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Byline: Ben Benton
Aug. 10--DUNLAP, Tenn. -- Sequatchie County school officials headed off route reductions and another year of bus driver shortages by boosting pay and incentives over the summer, the system's assistant director said.
"Last year, we had 13 routes and we ran another bus in the morning; that's 13 1/2," said Pete Swafford, who frequently took the wheel as a substitute.
"At the end of the year, we had nine drivers, and one said he wasn't coming back," Mr. Swafford said. "Since then, we've really made a push to hire drivers."
A $2-an-hour pay hike and a 2 percent across-the-board raise for paraprofessionals drew the needed …