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Rutherford County Mourns School Board Member

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Officials with the Rutherford County Schools district said in a press release they are mourning the death of Helen Blankenship, a Rutherford County Board of Education member.

"Helen was dedicated to ensuring Rutherford County students received strong academic opportunities," Director of Schools Don Odom said. She was especially supportive of career and technical education offerings. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."

Blankenship, 45, was elected to the School Board in August 2012. According to the press release, Blankenship was known for her good-mannered personality, her dedication to duty, her love for her family and her pride for her community.

The release does not indicate a cause of death.

Visitation will be held March 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home at 820 South Church Street in Murfreesboro. The funeral will follow at 6:30 p.m. at Jennings and Ayers officiated by Jim Newman, pastor of Lascassas United Methodist Church, where Blankenship was a member. Additional information about the services and Blankenship can be found on the funeral homes website.



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