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• Hero Day at Hardin Valley Elementary School will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14. This special day allows students to invite their “hero” to lunch. It began as a celebration of our grandparents, heroes in our children’s lives. After the devastation and tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, many more heroes are remembered and recognized on this day. Students may invite parents, grandparents, soldiers, police officers, fire rescuers and any other hero who has set the standard for character in their lives. Students get to eat lunch with their hero, and have their picture made with them. Service vehicles will be at the school for the children to tour.

• Greenway School, a private, independent middle school, will hold a Visitors’ Open House from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30. Interested families are invited to tour, meet the teachers and learn about Greenway School’s advanced curriculum for grades six, seven and eight. This day school provides a laptop computer for every student and features hands-on learning in all subjects, critical thinking labs, and free after-school care until 6 p.m. The college-track curriculum is taught by master teachers in small classes in a nurturing environment. Greenway School is located in West Knoxville at 544 Canton Hollow Road, one mile south of the Lovell Road intersection with Kingston Pike. For additional information, call 865-777-0197 or visit www.

• West Hills Elementary Fall Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. The entire community is invite to participate in carnival activities such as a chili cook-off, silent auction, concessions and inflatable play area for children. For more information, contact Kari Matthews at 865-691-6811.

• The next ACT test will be administered Saturday, Oct. 27. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by Friday, Sept. 21, the deadline for having the registration postmarked. There is an additional late registration postmark deadline of Friday, Oct. 5; however, an extra fee is charged for late registrations. Students can register online at or pick up registration forms from high school counseling offices. Cost is $30 for the traditional ACT and $44.50 for the ACT Plus Writing. Some colleges require ACT’s optional Writing Test score while many don’t, so students should find out the requirements of prospective colleges before registering for the exam. ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the United States.

• The annual Time Out for Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in Roane State Community College’s main campus’ gymnasium. Roane Medical Center will provide blood-work services. Cost is $30 per person, and those planning to have blood-work must fast for 10 hours in advance. For men 50 and older, a PSA test, which checks for signs of prostate cancer, will be available for $20. Several free workshops have been scheduled. Topics include fitness for seniors, osteoporosis, financial planning/retirement, legal assistance, death and dying, funeral planning, computing for seniors, using the Internet, tai chi and yoga/pilates. Free services will include blood pressure checks, bone density screening, glaucoma screening, stroke screening and vision screening. For more information, call Kristi Beason at 865-882-4607 or toll free at 866-462-7722, ext. 4607.

• Central High School Foundation and the CHS Alumni Association will honor four inductees to the Central Wall of Fame at a gala breakfast at 9 a.m., Sept. 22, at the CHS Commons. This year’s honorees are Dr. James Blankenship, a noted Oak Ridge physicist, Class of 1950; Judge Tim Irwin, a former Minnesota Vikings player and currently Juvenile Court Judge, Class of 1976; Con Hunley, a nationally know country singer, Class of 1963 and Ava Barber, country singer and performer on the Lawrence Welk Show. Event will be catered by Ramseys and will include a silent auction and entertainment by Barber. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Central Office, or can be reserved by calling 865-922-5433. For more information, e-mail or call 865-545-4316 ext. 20.

• Larry Frank, Knox County Public Library director, will be the featured speaker for the third annual observance of Constitution Day at Pellissippi State TechnicalCommunity College, Monday, Sept. 17. The event, which is open to the public as well as students, faculty and staff, begins at 2 p.m. in the Goins Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. For more information, contact Mary Bledsoe in the Student Life and Recreation Office at 865-694-6415.

• Approximately 664 Pellissippi State Technical Community College students received diplomas during spring commencement 2007, including Chris Barry, Shawn Beasley, Brad Chohanin, Melissa Carleton Edmunds, Tamer El-Adawy, Stephen Thoma Estep, Vanessa Fowler, Paige Ginn, Tiffany Greene, Steven Craig Greenfield, Jordan Michael Helton, Bryan Douglas Ibson, Joey Thomas Jaccard, Mercedes Jones, Donald Lee Jones II, Brad Landon, April Lawhorn, Corey Lien, Jessica Marie Lloyd, Lea Miller, Kathleen Mulholland, Ami Pauline Ndiaye, Huyen Nguyen, Bobby Nicholson, Callie Painter, Locke Porter, Seth Alan Price, John Rech, Shanna Ricker, Steven Rimmer, Cindy Lee Rodriguez, Taro Sakamoto, Krystal Sewell, Jaime Whiting, Johnathan Stephen Winfrey, Mona Abu-Owda, Anne Bethencourt, Ceresa Dyvonne Caudill, Michael Thomas Cover, Mary DeSmidt, Tamara Rosa Ferguson, Michelle Gagne, Trevor Greene, Haley Vann Hartsook, Brittany LeAnn Hodge, Mari Kursun, Danielle Ledford, Kristen Mohney, Andrew Nutsch, Jeffrey Openshaw, Jeffrey Salerno and Joshua Turner.

• Roane State Community College’s associate of science degree with an emphasis in pre-pharmacy offers students all the academic courses needed to apply for admission to the new College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. Completing the college’s pre-pharmacy preparation enables students to apply to ETSU without also earning a bachelor’s degree. For additional information, call 865-882-4526 or visit

• Cedar Bluff PTSA’s annual membership event “Spread your wings ... Do great things” will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Cedar Bluff Middle School cafeteria. PTSA will be hosting an ice cream party to celebrate the closing of the PTSA membership drive as well as the completion of Phase 1 of the new Cedar Bluff Elementary School. On hand for questions will be Karen Carson, School Board chairperson, principals, representatives from Merit Construction and other Knox County officials. 

• Dr. David Williams celebrates 28 years of math instruction with “The Most Unusual Math” contest. Tell Williams about your most unusual use of math or your most interesting or clever use of numbers this summer. Math prizes such as Einstein action figures, Newton’s cradle, three-way yo-yos, puzzles and games will be given to winners. Deadline is Sunday, Sept. 30. Contest is open to all area students, high school age and under. For more information, call 865-256-1828.


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