Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lyle Ailshie recognized Brylee Cordell, a first grader at Johnson Elementary School, for submitting the artwork which was selected as the 2016 KCS holiday card.
- The card was sent to elected officials (state and local), select community members, members of local Boards, and other administrative personnel.
- Dr. Ailshie presented Brylee with a framed copy of her artwork, which served as the cover of the 2016 KCS holiday card. She was also given printed copies of the holiday card as a keepsake.
Board member Mr. Todd Golden recognized the Sevier Middle School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams for placing first in the TMSAA State Cross Country Championships on October 8, 2016 in Clarksville, TN. The teams are coached by Shaun and Julie Potts.
- The Boys team earned their first-ever State crown with a score of 48, topping 2nd place Mount Juliet Middle School by 16 points. Team members were Joe Neglia, Jackson Farr, Justyn Knittel, Will Everett, Dana Sullins, Eric McReynolds, and Jermone Jarjoura.
- The Lady Warriors won their third straight State championship, posting a team score of 58 to 2nd place Oakland Middle School's 97 points. Team members were Morgan Cordell, Jaden Potts, Macee Pickup, Autumn Headrick, Sarah Smith, Olivia Doran, and Emma True.
Board Vice President Mrs. Susan Lodal recognized Mr. Graham Clark, head football coach at Dobyns-Bennett High School, for being named a 2016 inductee into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Coach Clark and others in the class of 2016 were inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on December 3, 2016 in Cookeville, TN.
- Coach Clark is in his 40th year of coaching, including 35 years at D-B, his alma mater.
- He has been the Indians head coach for 24 years.
- During his tenure, D-B has accumulated a record of 222-60 and reached the playoffs in his 23 previous seasons.
- During the playoffs, Clark's teams have made seven trips to the quarterfinals and three trips to the semifinals.
Board President Mr. Eric Hyche recognized Mr. Lafe Cook, Band Director at Dobyns-Bennett High School, and members of the marching band for their accomplishments in 2016 competitions.
- On October 15, 2016, D-B was named Grand Champion at the Bands of America competition in Winston-Salem, NC. This took place at the BB&T Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University.
- During the next round of competition, the Super Regional Championships at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on October 29, the band was named Class AAA champion and received a "caption sweep."
- The caption sweep was achieved by D-B being awarded Most Outstanding Music, Most Outstanding Visual Effect, and Most Outstanding General Effect in its class at this prestigious and highly competitive event. This accomplishment was a first for Dobyns-Bennett and a first among all bands in Tennessee in the Super Regionals.
- In the Super Regional finals competition among the 12 highest-placing bands, D-B received the award for Most Outstanding Music among all classes and finished third overall, the school's highest placement ever at this event. At the 2015 Super Regionals, D-B captured fourth place among all finalists, its second highest placement at the finals in school history.
- At the Bands of America Grand National Championships on November 12, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN (Lucas Oil Stadium), the DBHS marching Indians reached the finals for the first time in the history of the school.
- The 13th place finish also marked the first time a Tennessee band performed at the finals since 1997.