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• The Knox County Schools’ third annual Dine Out for Education raised $17,025 this year, a $1,652 increase compared to last year. More than 30 restaurants participated in the March 14 event and pledged to provide 10 percent of their pre-tax revenues to support students in Knox County. The money raised will support library services this year. The next Dine Out for Education is planned for Tuesday, March 13, 2007. Participating restaurants will be listed in the Knox County Schools Web site closer to the event.

• Knoxville Adaptive Education Center will hold an Open House today, Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. This will be followed by an “Ask the Doctor” panel discussion composed of three local child psychologists. They will answer different questions from the audience pertaining to the treatment of children and adolescents with emotional problems. Organizers ask that attendants bring tissues, paper towels or hand sanitizer as payment for the event. For more information, contact Rhonda Luebke by e-mailing her at

• The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) classes until Dec. 14 at various locations around Knoxville. For more information, call the Adult Education Program at 865-539-7109.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will offer non-credit courses in clarinet, flute and saxophone in October. The cost for each course is $145. The classes are for people who have some experience with the particular instrument, but have not played in a while. Jack Furnari, who is accomplished on clairinet, flute and sax, is the instructor. Furnari teaches, performs and repairs woodwinds. For more information or to enroll call Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services at 865-694-6405.

• The Farragut High School PTSO and the Jr. Optimist Club invite the public to join them for an evening of fun playing the game, bunko. The event will take place beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students ages 12-18. Snacks, deserts and refreshments will be served. A free cruise to the Bahamas will also be given away. Call 865-966-8312 to make reservations or send an e-mail to

• Peter Woerner, a freshman at American University, participated in the Freshman Service Experience. The service experience was a community service project in which freshman students contributed nearly 13,000 hours of service at 44 sites in and around the Washington D.C. area. Woerner is a recent graduate of Farragut High School.

• Thirteen students from Farragut enrolled this fall at Lipscomb University, a liberal arts school located in Nashville, TN. The students include Lydia Doty, Miranda Giles, Andrew Hall, Ali Hitzing, Jessie Hitzing, Trina Hughes, Evan McKee, Christine Perry, Andrew Shankles, Benton Smith, Bonni Standefer, Clint Suggs, Sage Woodroof. This fall Lipscomb University opened a new academic building, a 77,000 square-feet Ezell Center boasting 21 classrooms, television, and radio stations, the Doris Sang Chapel, the J.M McCaleb Mission Center, an interactive conference center and a cutting edge geothermal heating and cooling system.

• The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday, Sept. 27, introduced by Reps. Rick Keller [R-Fla.] and Buck McKeon [R-Calif.] to extend the Higher Education Act until Saturday, June 30. The HCA, which was due to expire, authorizes the funding of government programs that provide financial aid to educational institutions and students. Since being signed into law by former President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, the HEA”s programs have provided financial assistance for millions of American college students.


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