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• Hurry and sign up now for a new course on holiday decorating taught by Ruth Pardue. Learn her secrets of decorating for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's by using many of the same decorations but making just a few alterations. Demonstrations include living and silk wreaths, table decorations, tree ornaments, tree forms and kissing balls to name a few. The course will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 19, on the University of Tennessee campus. Cost is $49. Course No. is 261600. For more information or to register, contact UT Professional & Personal Development at 865-974-0150 or register online at:

• Farragut High School Band's annual Citrus Fruit Sale will be held until Friday, Nov. 18. Fruits will include tangelos, juice oranges, navel oranges and grapefruit. Cost is $18 for one-half box, $26 for a full box and $30 for a full mixed box (one-fourth of each fruit). Please contact a band member or call the band room at 865-671-7135 to place your order. Blitz Day ( students will sell door-to-door ) will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5. Orders will be delivered between Saturday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 14.

• Beginning Oct. 31, school coupon books will be available at the following locations while supplies last: AmSouth Bank Branches: 6100 Kingston Pike, 707 N. Broadway, 9206 Park West Blvd., 505 S. Gay St., 7320 Chapman Highway, 6000 Chapman Highway, 1831 Cumberland Ave., 5005 Washington Pike, 11513 Kingston Pike, 2901 Essary Road, 10245 Kingston Pike, 1503 Magnolia Avenue, 318 Merchants Road, 4422 Western Ave., 8921 Kingston Pike, 1185 Keowee Ave. and 7821 Kingston Pike; BreadBox Food Stores: 5328 Pleasant Ridge Road, 1606 Lovell Road, 7523 Kingston Pike, 8480 Gleason Road, 10636 Hardin Valley Road, 5340 Millertown Pike, 3818 Sutherland Avenue, 3101 Tazewell Pike, 7100 Tazewell Pike, 2901 Whittle Springs Road, 7501 Middlebrook Pike, 5020 Washington Pike and 1417 Emory Road; Knox County Trustee Branch Offices: Chapman Plaza, Farragut Towne Hall, Halls Center and Knoxville Center Mall; Hearth & Patio, 9335 Kingston Pike; Frameworks, 8895 KingstonPIke; P & S School Supply, 304 Park Village Road; Tots & Teen Optical, 2100 Clinch Avenue, suite 400; Linda's Hallmark, 7240 Kingston Pike and 7328 Norris Freeway. The books contain money-saving offers valued more than $6,000, providing discounts on fast food, fine dining, personal and professional services, shopping and entertainment. The books cost $10.

• Meghan Sims has been selected as a member of the Millikin University’s University Women’s Choir for the 2005-2006 season. A music major, Sims was chosen by audition and will sing soprano. Sims is a West High School graduate.

• The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is now ranked 38th among the nation's 50 top-tier universities by U.S. News and World Report's 2006 college and university rankings.

• The Pride Award Breakfast will be 7:30 to 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Fox Den Country Club. The breakfast is free to recipients and $10 for additional guests (including parents). Attendance is not mandatory, but encouraged. All Pride Award recipients must fill out the Pride Awards Breakfast form even if they do not plan to attend the breakfast. The names of the recipients and the Pride Awards Breakfast forms are on the Pride Bulletin Board, in the guidance office, and on the FHS website. Contact the Guidance Office if you have questions.

• A.L. Lotts Elementary needs library volunteers. Contact Tracy Loftin at 865-671-6455 for more information.

• A.L. Lotts will have Make a Difference Day Friday, Oct. 28. People are encouraged to adopt a tree at the school by contributing a bag of hardwood mulch to spread around the tree. Adoptable trees will have blue and pink ribbons. Remove the ribbon to select the tree and keep the ribbon as a keepsake. Mulching should be completed by the end of October. For more information, contact Gamble Oegema at 865-769-4374 or Debbie Durst at 865-386-6595.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will host a free workshop, "QPR for Suicide Prevention — Question, Persuade and Refer," on identifying the warning signs of potential suicide from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the College’s Blount County Center, Middlesettlements Road in Alcoa. Stacy Hicks of the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee will give the presentation. The workshop is open to those who might be interested in knowing more about how to recognize signs that a friend or loved one might be contemplating suicide. Information will be provided on warning signs, how to get help and resources available. Resource materials also will be distributed at the workshop. For additional information or to reserve a seat, call 865-981-5300.

• Peter Nerzak, director of library services at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, has received recognition for his role in planning an international conference of college and university multimedia development administrators. Nerzak, who has been director of the Pellissippi State library since 1993, received an Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Board of Regents. He assisted with the planning of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching conference in July in Nashville.


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