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• Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Adult Education Program will provide free beginner computer classes, through November, for those wishing to learn word processing, e-mail, Internet use and simple spreadsheet methods. Classes meet from 2 to 4 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, for three weeks each at Pellissippi State, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. To register, call 865-694-6454.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College media technologies students will display their work — graphic and Web site designs, photography and student-produced films — in the Arts and Culture Alliance’s Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from Thursday, Sept. 14, to Thursday, Sept. 28. One such Media Works project, by graduate Missy Thomas, highlights film students’ efforts to help rebuild Katrina-ravaged New Orleans. Media Works opens at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, with a free, four-hour reception.

• The Knox County Public Library will offer several free September children’s programs — from making real apple butter with legendary Johnny Appleseed (Jonathan Chapman) at 6 p.m., Sept. 12, at the Cedar Bluff library, to celebrating Curious George’s birthday at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Farragut Branch Library. For details, call 865-215-8756, e-mail or visit

• Knoxville native Brandon O’Neal will be at Angela Floyd School for the Dancer in Farragut Monday, Sept. 4, to hold classes in Lyrical and Hip Hop dance.  O’Neal is lead gazelle and a flying dancer in “The Lion King” on Broadway in New York. Previously, O’Neal was a finalist on NBC’s 2003 “Fame” talent competition. His classes cost $20 to $30 and include intermediate lyrical, 9:30 to 11 a.m..

• Peter Woerner, a 2006 graduate of Farragut High School, has been accepted to American University in Washington, D.C. Woerner will be one of 1,449 students in the freshman class of 2010 that begin college studies later this month.

• Joseph Saei of Farragut and Keely Roberts of Corryton are the 2006 recipients of the Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure Citizen Sholars Scholarships. The students’ parents work at BWXT Y-12 in Oak Ridge. Saei and Roberts will receive a $2,500 award for undergraduate study. Saei graduated from Farragut High School.

• The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering free English Speakers of Other Languages classes Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 at various locations in and around Knoxville. Interested students should pre-register by attending an ESOL orientation. An orientation session will take place at the Downtown YWCA, Saturday, Sept. 9. Orientation will also take place every Wednesday morning and Thursday evening Sept. 5 to Nov. 30 in the Heart of Knoxville Career and Resource Center on Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.

• Job placement is up for Pellissippi State Technical College graduates. In 2005 ninety-six percent of “career/technical” graduates accepted jobs in their field of study, or continued their education, according to the latest statistics released by the college’s placement office. Career/technical students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree that prepares them to enter the work force directly after graduation. The percentage of students who have accepted jobs out of college has increased one percent since 2004.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering Linux certification during the fall, 2006 semester. The certificate program will offer four courses to prepare students to install, manage, and secure stand-alone and networked systems using Linux. For more information contact Laxman Nathawat at 865-694-6490 or by e-mailing him at

• Maryville College was listed as a top school by the 2007 U.S. News and World Report publication. The college was ranked No. 3 for the second year in the “Best Comprehensive-Bachelor’s” category for southern colleges and universities. For the fifth consecutive year the college also ranked No. 5 under the “Great Schools, Great Prices” headline. U.S. News and World Report judge colleges and universities annually, and publish rankings in the weekly magazine, America’s Best Colleges. Current college and university rankings can be found at A completed listing of the 2007 rankings will be included in the Aug. 28 issue of U.S. News and World Report.

• The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program results, released Wednesday, Aug. 16, show that Knox County schools are improving. The results were released by the State of Tennessee, and based the school’s progress on No Child Left Behind benchmarks. Five schools that had been on the state’s high priority list for not making adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward meeting the NCLB standard included Green Elementary School, Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School and Inskip Elementary School. The schools have made AYP the past two years and are no longer on the state’s high priority list. Northwest Middle School also made AYP in all areas this year. If the school makes AYP in 2007 it will come off the state’s high priority list.

•Catherine Marie Webb, daughter of David and JoAnna Webb of Farragut, recently received an M.S. degree in biological sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Catherine graduated from Farragut High School in 1999. Catherine received a B.A. degree at Maryville College in 2003. Catherine is currently employed at Virginia Tech in the biology department.

• ACT scores are improving in Tennessee. Ninety-three percent of Tennessee graduates took the ACT in 2006 and achieved an average cumulative score greater than their 2005 peers. Tennessee’s average ACT score in 2006 is 20.7, which was higher than 12 of the 14 other Southern Regional Education Board member states. Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native students in Tennessee scored higher than their peers nationwide. African-American and Asian-American Islander students in Tennessee scored on par with their peers across the nation.

• Kimberley Alice Cobble, daughter of Phil Cobble and Cathy McDonald of Farragut, graduated with honors from The University of Illinois May 13, 2006. Cobble graduated from the school of business and will attend graduate school in occupational therapy at the University of Belmont in Nashville, Tenn.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College named 24 top students to the summer 2006 Dean’s List. Students included in the list must take 12 hours of college level credits and earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average. Honorees include Ashley M. Loy, Dianna Lynn Jennings, Pamela Elizabeth Phillips, Steven Earl Stratton, Crystal Tiffany Staton, Ashlee Rose Myers, Jania Irene Blakley, Amanda Claire Zetans, Heather Ann McCullah, Rachel Elaine Bills, Jeffrey Eric Salerno, Kasey Noel Johnson, Sue Ann Holton, James Ryan McNutt, Donnie Lee Jones and Elizabeth Gaynelle Burkhalter.

•New students at Pellissipps State Technical Community College in selected first-ßyear courses this fall will receive a free book as they begin their studies. “Mountains beyond Mountains,” by author Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, will serve as a cornerstone for the college’s Foundations of Excellence project. Pellissippi State was one of 10 colleges chosen from across the country by the Policy Center on the First Year of College to participate in the development of a model for excellence among two-year colleges during the 2005-2006 school year.


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