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• The Knox County Health Department has partnered with the company that makes FluMist to offer free in-school vaccinations for all children living in Knox County. The vaccinations will be offered in both public and private schools throughout Knox County Sep. 18 to Oct.13 with weekend clinics available Sep. 23 and Sep. 30. Parents can download the clinic schedule by visiting


• Farragut Intermediate School received 48 new tournament quality chess sets, enough to put one in every room. Kay Willons, principal at FIS, accepted the chess sets Friday, Sep. 8. The chess sets were donated by Farragut Chess Club and Farragut Intermediate School Chess Club.

• Webb School of Knoxville teamed up with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity Tuesday, Sep. 5. This will be the third Habitat for Humanity house the school has helped build. Volunteers gathered for “Blitz Day,” Tuesday, to begin work on the walls and roofing at 1701 Cathedral Lane., located in the October Woods subdivision off of Rutledge Pike. Webb volunteers will work Saturdays over the next few weeks, finishing the roof, installing interior walls, painting and other tasks. Completion is scheduled for mid-November.

• Straight A’s: Public Education Policy and Progress is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington D.C. and around the country. The format makes information on federal education policy accessible to everyone from elected officials and policymakers to parents and community leaders. The newsletter is released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a not-for-profit organization working to make it possible for America’s six million at risk middle and high school students to achieve high standards. To learn more about the Alliance for Excellence Education, or to access reports, visit

• Ben Royer has accepted the Dean’s Scholarship at Maryville College. Royer is a 2006 graduate of Bearden High School. He will enroll at Maryville College as a member of the Class of 2010. While at Bearden High School Royer served as Key Club president and captain of the AquaDog swim team. Royer also received scholarships from the Bearden High School Foundation and Kiwanis Club of West Knoxville in recognition of his leadership, service and academic accomplishments. Royer is the son of Philip and Betty Royer of Knoxville.


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