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• The Child Advocacy Center’s “Back to School Bash” will become an annual event as a result of the positive response of the 30 children who attended. The event was Aug. 4, at the Center in Lenoir City, with children coming from the Center’s service area: Meigs, Morgan, Loudon and Roane counties. Each child was given a backpack for school filled with grade-appropriate supplies. Children ate and helped with the Center’s calendar project by drawing pictures of “a happy day.” Pictures of holiday fun, a day at the beach, children at play and sunny days were some of the creations of the children ages 5 to 16. The 2006 calendar is a project to raise funds to help provide services to these and other children who are brought to the Center as alleged victims of sexual or severe physical abuse. Linda Wright, a volunteer at the Center, chaired the event and was assisted by Norma Racke, Sarina Baker, Carol Steinghan and Carmen Fahey. The Good Samaritan Center, Wal-Mart, Regal Cinema and individual donations provided support for this event. Parents, the Center’s staff and board members also attended the “Back to School Bash.” The Child Advocacy Center receives referrals from law enforcement and the Department of Children’s Services and provides a child-friendly environment for the intervention and investigation of all cases of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. For information about the Calendar Project or for more information about the Center, call the Center at 986-1505.

• Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, School of Education & Allied Professions, has placed Michael (Drew) Rzezutko on the Dean’s list for the second semester, 2004-2005. This honor recognizes achievement of a scholastic average of between 3.50 and 4.00 on at least 12 credit hours of academic work. Rzezutko was a 2003 Farragut High School graduate.

• New and returning students at Pellissippi State Technical Community College are registering for the fall 2005 semester, which will begin Aug. 29. For new students, the registration process includes applying for admission and setting up an advising appointment, as well as selecting courses and a schedule and paying fees. New students can register through Aug. 24 after submitting an application and necessary test scores and should call 865-694-6556 to schedule an advising appointment. Returning students can register online anytime before classes start. The last day to pay fees for priority registration is Aug. 16. Final registration for the Pellissippi Campus is 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Aug. 18 and 24. Final registration for the Blount County Center and Magnolia Avenue Campus is 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Aug. 22, and for the Division Street Campus it is 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Aug. 24. The final date for students to apply, register, take any necessary placement tests and to pay their fees for fall classes is also Aug. 24.

• The TRiO Student Support Services program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College is receiving nearly $1 million in U.S. Department of Education funds to continue assisting students with financial needs pay for school. The College is to receive $235,689 for each of the next four years, which will enable the support program to assist first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities achieve academic success, graduate and transfer to four-year institutions. The TRiO program’s mission is to assist students with their transition to college; provide opportunities for self-understanding, cultural development and career exploration; strengthen academic performance; and motivate participants toward the successful completion of a college degree. For information about the college, visit the Web site at


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