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• Farragut Primary School students, parents and staff will join schools around the world in Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 5. Activities will kick-off at 7 a.m. from the Knox County Library – Farragut branch and St. Mary’s Medical Medical Building on Campbell Station Road. Walkers will arrive at school at 7:30 a.m.

• Knox County Schools’ annual school coupon book sale began Sept. 22. The book contains money-saving offers that value more than $6,000, providing discounts on fast food, fine dining, personal and professional services, shopping and entertainment. The coupon books, which feature discount coupons for over 300 area merchants, are sold in a two-week campaign that has raised more than $1.4 million. The books cost $10 with $7.50 going to the school where the book is sold. Schools with a high number of economically disadvantaged students share $.90. Grolier On-Line for all Knox County Schools’ libraries is funded by $.15 of the proceeds and another $.15 goes toward Career Awareness which is a program under the “Schooled for Success” campaign. The cost of printing the book is $.90 per book. Only $.40 goes towards administrative costs. There are more than 40 new merchants in 2005. Among the new merchants in this year’s book are Disney on Ice, Gameboard, Green Hills Grille, Perkins Restaurant, Rack Room Shoes, Steak and Shake, Wal-Mart, Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse, Wendy’s, and many more great area businesses.

• The following students from the Farragut area are serving as Senators on Lipscomb University’s Student Government Association for the 2005-2006 academic year: Shelby Kohring, Bible major; Baker Luck, undeclared and Laura McCallister, exercise science major. The Student Government Association is comprised of 26 members. Four members are elected from each academic class and six are elected from the student body at large.

• Neel Butala of Farragut is a 2005 recipient of the McDermott International Scholarship and the Bechtel Global Scholarship. Butala’s parents are employees of BWXT Y-12 in Oak Ridge of which McDermott Inc. and Bechtel are parent companies. Butala will receive $1,500 per year for four years of college-level study and $2,000 for college-level study, respectively. Butala is the son of Mahendra and Sonal Butala of Farragut. Neel Butala attended Farragut High School where he was the valedictorian. He is a National Merit Scholarship winner, an AP Scholar with Distinction and winner of the McDermott and Bechtel Global scholarships. He was the chairman of the Red Cross Youth Council at Knoxville Red Cross Youth Council and founder of FHS’s Red Cross Club. He is the Tennessee Mu Alpha Theta vice president and a state Science Olympiad medalist. He earned first place in the Tennessee Tech Science Bowl and received various other math and science awards and was a Tennessee Governor’s School delegate. Neel Butala is attending Harvard University and is majoring in economics and pre-med.

• The foundations of Tennessee business laws that apply to contractors, current federal safety and health regulations and the basics of building codes will be taught during a two-day examination review course at Pellissippi State Technical Community College from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 7-8, at the Hardin Valley Road campus in room 206 of the Alexander Building. The course is designed to prepare people for the written examination for a Tennessee contractor’s license, a residential license, a commercial/industri-al/residential license or a business and law license. The instructor is Tom Dorsey, a licensed contractor. The course fee is $420. Six supplemental textbooks are recommended, including the Tennessee Contractor’s Reference Manual 2004 and OSHA Excerpts for Contractors. The six texts can be used in taking the state examination and can be purchased at the Pellissippi State Bookstore in the Goins Building before the course begins. Advance registration is required. The class will be limited to 25 participants. For more details, call 865-539-7167.

• The Tennessee Department of Education is now awarding an additional $100,000 in federal funds to teachers who pursue certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. These funds, plus an allocation of $33,600 that was awarded to the state of Tennessee in March, will allow 116 teachers in the state to receive $1,150 to offset half of the National Board Certification fee. Funds were made available from the U.S. Department of Education. Applications for subsidy awards are now being accepted for the 2005-2006 school year. A subsidy application is available at www.state.tn.us/education/conbcert.htm. For more information about National Board Certification, go to www.nbpts.org or contact Dr. Carol Groppel, the Tennessee candidate subsidy administrator, at carol.groppel@state.tn.us.

 

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