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•Jillian Esnes of Knoxville received a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Loyola University during its 93rd commencement ceremonies on May 15.

•Rusty Harding, son of Ross and Mary Harding of Knoxville, was a member of the cast of the Otterbein College summer production of “Forever Plaid”. Harding, a 2002 graduate of Farragut High School, is a junior at Otterbein majoring in musical theatre.

•David Land of Knoxville recently received a Master of Science in information degree from Norwich University. Land was one of 132 students awarded online degrees during a June 25 graduation ceremony.

•Jordan E. Hirschhaut of Knoxville has been named to second honors on the Clark University’s dean’s list. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the spring 2004 semester. Hirschhaut attended Farragut High School and is a member of Clark University’s class of 2006 studying psychology.

•Premier Eyecare, the optometric office of Dr. Brent B. Fry, will be conducting free back-to-school vision screenings for school-aged children during the entire month of August. Premier Eyecare is located at 11121 Kingston Pike, Suite A, in the Farragut Corporate Center. The free screening will include functional vision assessment. The screening is open to all school-aged children. Call Premier Eyecare at 966-0100 for more information or to arrange a free screening.

•Registration for the fall semester is Aug. 19, 23 and 25 at Pellissippi State Technical Community College. Final registration for fall will be held Aug. 19 and 25 at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road, Aug. 23 at the Blount County Center and the Magnolia Avenue Campus, and Aug. 25 at the Division Street Campus. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. New students should complete the application process before final registration. Returning students may register any time prior to the end of the Final Registration period on the college’s Web site at Aug. 25 is the last day to register and pay fees for fall semester. Classes begin Aug. 30. For information call 865- 694-6568 or visit

• Roane State Community College is starting a new pharmacy technician program. Graduates of this one-year certificate program will be ready for a national certification exam and may work at area pharmacies, hospitals, home health care agencies, nursing homes or long-term care facilities. For more information contact Marianna Mabry, pharmacy technician program director, at 882-4533.

•The Tennessee Department of Education has been awarded $98,900 in federal funds to help teachers gain certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.The funds distributed by the U.S. Department of Education will provide subsidy awards of $1,150 to 86 Tennessee teachers to offset half of their National Board certification fee. Teachers are eligible for a subsidy if they have at least three years of full-time teaching experience, currently teach in a Tennessee public school, and hold a Tennessee professional teacher license. Priority is given to teachers from schools listed as high priority under No Child Left Behind standards. Currently, 91 Tennessee teachers have achieved National Board certification. The number is expected to increase in December when the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announces the names of the 2003 candidates who achieved certification.

•Roane State Community College is having a two-day “Freshman Experience”. This seminar will cover everything you wanted to know about college but were afraid to ask. The two-day orientation will take place Aug. 25-26 and is mandatory for most freshmen. Topics to be covered in the “information fair” format will include the student e-mail and Web system, financial aid, library services, disability services and establishing good study habits. The event is expected to run from 8 a.m. until noon and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Valerie Herd at 354-3000, Ext. 4238.


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