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• Gov. Phil Bredesen recently announced more help for local communities that are still battling the Methamphetamine problem. Tenne-ssee’s anti-Meth effort has received nearly $1 million in federal grants for after school programs to help kids develop anti-Meth messages to persuade their peers not to try Meth. Tennessee once ranked second in the nation in Meth lab incidents, with more than 1,500 labs seized in 2004. Since the Meth Free Tennessee Act became law, the rate of Meth seizures has been reduced by more than 54

percent.

• Gov. Phil Bredesen is reminding Tennesseans that a long weekend of savings for families doing back-to-school shopping for supplies and clothing is just around the corner. Tennessee will hold its inaugural sales tax holiday in August, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 4, and ending at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6. During this designated time period, consumers may purchase selected clothing, school supplies and computers without paying Tennessee’s state and local sales tax on the items. This holiday also includes purchases of qualified items sold via mail, telephone, e-mail or Internet if the customer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.

• Tennessee students can now earn additional money for college under new Academic Competitive-ness and Science and Mathematical Access to Retain Talent grants. The Academic Competitive-ness Grants encourage high school students to take challenging courses by awarding up to $750 to rising college freshmen and up to $1,300 to rising college sophomores who completed a high school curriculum that meets the standards for rigor. College juniors and seniors who major in math, science or a critical foreign language can receive up to an additional $4,000 through the SMART grants. Students may become eligible to apply for these grants by following a challenging pre-college curriculum in high school. Students must score 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams and 4 or higher on IB exams. Enroll-ment Program Students must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit-bearing college coursework in core content subjects with at least a 2.75 high school GPA. A Tennessee has participated in the national State Scholars Initiative since 2002 through the Tennessee Scholars Program, operated by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Students who complete the Tennessee Scholars course of study meet the academic requirements for these grants. For both grant programs, students must be eligible for a federal Pell grant, be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students may determine eligibility for Academic Competitiveness or SMART grants online at http://federal student aid.ed.gov.

• Lindsey Lyle, daughter of Ben and Carla Lyle of Farrgut, has accepted Maryville College’s dean’s scholarship and plans to enroll at the private liberal arts college this fall as a member of the class of 2010. Lyle graduated from Farragut High School in 2006, where she was an honor student, a member of the Goody’s Teen Board, treasurer for the Knox County 4-H Horse and Pony club, a member of the Knox County 4-H Honor Club, a member of the East Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association, a member of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association and a member of the Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church youth ministry. The dean’s scholarship is awarded to those students with proven academic ability, and is valued at $16,000 for tuition and renewable with at least a 3.25 grade point average and leadership program participation.

• Premier Eyecare will be conducting its third annual free back-to-school vision screenings for school-aged children on July 18 and 25. Premier Eyecare is located at 11121 Kingston Pike, Suite A. The free screening is open to all school-aged children and will include vision and eye health testing. Interested parents can call Premier Eyecare at 865-966-0100 for more information or to arrange a free screening for their

children.

• Students from the Knoxville area have been honored at Lipscomb University for academic achievement during spring semester. Students who make perfect grades for the semester while taking at least 12 credit hours are named to the Provost’s List. Students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99 are named to the Honor Roll. Local students include Erin Brosey, Provost’s List; Heather Davis, Honor Roll; Ashley Gatlin, Provost’s List; Molly McKee, Provost’s List and Kathryn Montgomery, Honor Roll.

• Singer-songwriter RB Morris, columnist and author Ina Hughs, and magazine writer and editor Dorothy Foltz-Gray will be among the teaching faculty of the Sixth Annual Summer Writing Workshops July 10-27. Sponsored by the Knoxville Writers‚ Guild and the English Department of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, the workshops will be at the Hardin Valley Campus in classes between 6 and 9 p.m. Full schedule and registration information is available on the Knoxville Writers‚ Guild Web site, www.knoxvillewritersguild.org. Anyone may join KWG through the Web site to receive discounted workshop fees. Cost of joining is $25 ($10 for students). Morris will teach Tuesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 20, 6-8 p.m. in Room 337, McWherter. Cost is $40 for KWG members and $56 for non-members. Hughs will teach two sessions on memoir writing in which students will look at five hallmarks of good writing and learn to apply them to stories from their own lives. Hughs will help students develop drafts as the classes progress. The sessions are Tuesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 27, 6-8 p.m., in Room MC337 McWherter. Cost is $40 for KWG members and $56 for non-members. Foltz-Gray will teach a one-session class on how to write for magazines. The class is July 19, 6-9 p.m., Room MC 337 McWherter. The cost is $30 for KWG members and $42 for non-members.

 

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