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• Johnson and Wales University held May commencement ceremonies across the country, and Matt Hinkle received a Bachelor of Science degree in culinary arts from the College of Culinary Arts at the Charlotte campus ceremony.

• Smoky Mountain Home Education Association is planning an informational meeting for new home educators from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Fireside Room, Two Rivers Church, 701 Harrison Lane, just west of Watt Road. The two-and-a-half hour meeting will cover such topics as how to get started in home education, getting organized, basic information on Tennessee home education law, home school registration, choosing curriculum and homeschooling high school students. Those wishing to schedule a meeting or who have questions should contact resident@ Meeting costs $5 for materials. To register or for more information on other locations, either call 865-671-3059 or e-mail

• Knox County Schools Adult Education Program is offering the GED test free if you earn a minimum score of 430 on each of the Official Practice Test subtests and an overall test average of 480. Adults ages 18 and over no longer need an official age waiver or withdrawal form from high school to be eligible to take the exam. Those interested in qualifying for the free GED test should come to Historic Knoxville High located at 101 E. Fifth Ave. to take the Official Practice Test. Daytime and evening classes are available with licensed instructors. Lottery scholarships to attend college are available for GED graduates who score an average of 525 on the GED test and a 21 on the ACT test. To schedule an appointment, call Knox County Schools Adult Education at 865-594-3622.

• Vandy Kemp, Maryville College vice president and dean of students, has been selected to attend the Harvard University School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management. IEM focuses on the qualities necessary for effective leadership, especially during times of major institutional change. Four themes are examined: senior leadership, the contexts of leadership, the changing industry of higher education and mobilizing for change.

• Administrators of Maryville College announced the Dean’s List for the 2007 spring semester recently. Qualification for the list includes a grade point average of at least 3.6 in all work undertaken with no grade below a “C.” Only full-time students are considered for the Dean’s List. The following students were named to the list: William Alexander, Megan Courtney, Stephanie McLain, Ashleigh Oatts, Benjamin Royer and William Tantum, all from Bearden High School. Jessica Altshuler, Bradley Atchley, Brian Atchley, Ashley Baldwin, Amy Hoover, Saleah Kirkham, Caitlin Martin, Anna McRee, Erin Mentzer and Kathryn Powell, all from Farragut High School. Brandon Aaby, Emily Allen, Lauren Ambrosia, Kelly Cameron, Spencer Clancy, Evan Giordano, Allison Higginbothom, Chelse Niere and Christopher Waggoner, all from Knoxville Catholic High School. Katharine Beaty, Thiago Buchert, Chante LaDoge and Jennifer Seivers, all from Webb High School

• Brian Edward Fuller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fuller, and Julie Ann Fenstermaker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fenstermaker, were named to the Dean’s List at Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Sciences. In order to qualify, students must receive grades equivalent to a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

• Bradley Hunter Welch, son of Ronald and Gail Welch of Knoxville, has received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. Bradley also holds a Master of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in organ performance from Yale. His Bachelor of Music degree was earned at Baylor University. Bradley currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he is the organist/artist-in-residence at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

• Rissa Ivens, graduate of Webb School of Knoxville, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2007 semester at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. To qualify, Ivens had to earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

• Farragut High School will have registration for new students at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 9. Arrive promptly. There will be a short introduction and students will also be able to complete their schedules. Bring the following items: two proofs of residence, Social Security card, birth certificate, Tennessee State Immunization Green Form and proof of guardianship if the child does not live with both natural parents. A parent/guardian must be present before the school can enroll a student.

• Farragut Primary, Intermed-iate and Middle School new student registration times are from 8 to 11 a.m., Mondays and Fridays and from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 7. There will be no registration Wednesdays. For additional information, visit Knox County’s Web site at

• Knoxville West High School Class of 1987 is having its 20-year reunion at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Holiday Inn Cedar Bluff. For more infromation or to register, visit or contact Shannon at 865-748-2611.


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