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• For an unprecedented third year in a row, Roane State Community College has earned a perfect score on an evaluation by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Roane State is the only college in the state to receive 100 points in 2002 and 2003 and one of only two schools to achieve 100 on THEC’s Performance Funding in 2004. The high scores denote excellence across the board, said Roane State President Dr. Wade McCamey. The THEC assessment considered such measures as scores of graduating students on exit exams and licensure tests, job placement rates, student and alumni surveys and the college’s five-year plan to use the assessment to improve student learning. Some details from this year’s Performance Funding report are as follows: Roane State students exceeded the national mean score on a national test of general education outcomes. Roane State Dental Hygiene and Medical Records Technology students exceeded the national mean score on national licensing examinations. Roane State exceeded the average scores of Tennessee two-year institutions on measures of student satisfaction. Ninety-two percent of Roane State career program graduates were placed in jobs in their field of study.

• The Farragut High School Varsity Dance Team will hold an instructive dance clinic, “Dancing in a Winter Wonderland,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Farragut High School gymnasium. Cost of the clinic is $35 and includes instruction by the Farragut Varsity Dance Team using the most up-to-date choreography, a clinic T-shirt, fun snack, and a choreographed routine. Participants may register on the day of the clinic. For more information or to register, contact Lisa at 679-7345. A copy of an insurance card must be provided the day of the clinic.

• The Art and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville will sponsor “Perceptions,” an exhibition of the work of Knox County art educators showcasing the talents of art specialists in Knox County Schools. The exhibition is slated to run Nov. 8-28 at the Emporium located at the corner of Gay Street and Jackson Avenue. The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ,Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Point of Contact for Knox County Schools is Russ Oaks, 594-1905 or

• Tate’s School of Discovery is doing something different for holiday giving this year. This year the students are purchasing and filling backpacks for school children in Iraq. The school has a contact with the U.S. Army, Captain Scot Bell, who is stationed in Iraq. Along with the backpacks filled with school supplies, the children will enclose notes from Tate’s School with hopes of receiving a response. The packages will be mailed early so students will receive their gifts by Christmas.


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