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• “Fun with Chemistry,” a chemistry magic show held in conjunction with the Summer Science Academy at Maryville College, will start at 1 p.m. July 15, in the in the Music Hall of the college’s Fine Arts Center. The one-hour show is free and open to the public and children of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Dr. Kristi Kneas at 865-981-8055.

• Homebuilders and remodelers who complete an intensive weekend course at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville can earn a limited residential contractor’s license without undergoing any testing normally required by the state. The course is for men and women interested in a limited license up to $70,000. The contractor license course begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, through 6 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. The course is approved and endorsed by the Tennessee State Board of Licensing Contractors. Cost is $305, which includes continental breakfasts, lunches and snacks, the Standard Building Code book and all other course materials. The course is limited to the first 60 who register. For information, contact Pellissippi State at 865-539-7167.

• Local residents interested in sharpening their writing skills still have time to sign up for a series of writing workshops offered by the Knoxville Writers’ Guild at Pellissippi State Technical Community College this month. Local writers will teach workshops on fiction, poetry, memoirs, creative non-fiction, self-publishing and other topics. Workshops are underway and continue through July 28. Each class will meet for one or more two-hour sessions, 6-8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Course costs range from $20 to $78. Pellissippi State’s English Department is cosponsoring the workshops, which will take place at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road in West Knoxville. For information on course descriptions, costs, dates and registration, visit the Writers’ Guild Web site at or contact John Reaves at 865-659-2651 or

• More than 600 students met the graduation requirements at Roane State Community College during the 2004 fall and 2005 spring semesters. Local graduates: Elizabeth H. Birdwell, Patricia Carnes (cum laude), Michelle Leigh Culbertson, Elizabeth Jane Donnell (summa cum laude), Chris Alan Dunn, Rebecca Rae Ellis, Stacey B. Hensley, Kyla Sue Ledford, Judy Ann Lewis (magna cum laude), Meda Joy Lindley (magna cum laude), Lindsey Leigh Parrott, Amber Elaine Ralston, Laura Jo Shell, Elizabeth Ann Stevens, Janie M. Grigsby, Sarah Elizabeth Heaton, Charlotte T. Lee (summa cum laude), Stephen Michael Sartin, Kristen L. Sweet, Deborah Reynolds Towle (cum laude) and Pamela Ann Walker.

• Farragut High School rising seniors should come to the school between 9 a.m. and noon July 25-29 to register vehicles and purchase hang tags. Cost of tags is $35.

• Blaze Manning of Knoxville and Miss Tennessee Preteen 2005, recently attended the 2005 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) national conference in Washington, D.C. Manning, a student at Cedar Bluff Middle School, was selected to be the voice for Tennessee teens as students met with national legislators. She was selected based on her involvement in local school and community issues and dedication to SADD activities and a substance-free lifestyle. Manning plans to establish a SADD chapter in her middle school to bring awareness of the dangers of underage drinking to her community.


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