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• Cedar Bluff Middle School will host an inaugural community reception and luncheon from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Dec. 20. Local businesses, churches, Partners in Education, a school board representative, county commissioners, colleagues, and Knox County Schools central office personnel and many other individuals who have supported CBMS are invited to attend. This is a time for CBMS to say thank you to the many people who support the school. The strings students will provide music, and the PTSA and staff will furnish the food and trimmings. The student council will be actively participating. All local businesses are welcome. For more information, call Connie Brace at 539-7891.

• Morgan Bonham and Hillary Dziminski, both Farragut Middle School seventh-graders, will perform in the musical “A Christmas Wish” as part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 18th annual Clayton Holiday Pops. Bonham plays the lead, while Dziminski sings in the chorus. The one-act musical was written by KSO conductor Maestro Lucas Richman. The five performances will be held at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium from Friday, Dec. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 19. with two matinees. For more information or to buy tickets, call 291-3310 or check online at

• St. John Neumann Catholic School will present its annual Christmas program at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, in the school gymnasium. The students in kindergarten through fifth-grade will present "Mr. Scrooge’s Christmas." Music/theater teacher Susan Draper will be directing the program.

• Registration for Spring 2005 semester continues at Pellissippi State Technical Community College through Wednesday, Jan. 12. Returning students may register at any time on the college’s Web site: After applying for admission, new students should make an advising appointment by calling 865-694-6556. Final spring registration is Monday, Jan. 10, and Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road; Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Blount County Center and the Magnolia Avenue Campus and Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Division Street Campus. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Classes begin Jan. 18. For more information, call admissions and records at 865-694-6568 or go to

•Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s president formally donated 120 computers to the Knox County Schools superintendent Dr. Charles Lindsey, Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Spring Hill Elementary school. Dr. Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi State made the presenta Lindsey. The computers, with a value to the school system in excess of $80,000, will be used primarily at inner city schools in Knox County to assist the school system in its efforts to broaden student access to a number of different education programs. Spring Hill has received 22 computers from the Pellissippi State donation. Also receiving computers are Fulton, Austin-East and South-Doyle high schools, Whittle Springs Middle School, and Belle Morris, Christenberry and Green elementary schools.

• 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 in 2004 on THEC's Performance Funding. The THEC assessment considered measures such as the 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. Results of the evaluation included: 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 33 of 37 measures of student satisfaction; and 92 percent of Roane State career program graduates were placed in jobs in their field of study. Another measure used was the college’s five-year plan to utilize the assessment to improve student learning.


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