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• Hardin Valley Academy principal, Sallee Reynolds, will conduct an orientation session for parents and students zoned to Hardin Valley Academy beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Hardin Valley campus.

• Farragut High School PTSO Newcomer’s Group invites all new families and students to a meet and greet question and answer session at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at Pimento’s Café – Turkey Creek. For more information, call 865-671-8404.

• Maj. Belinda Twohig, Bearden High School’s Senior Naval Science instructor for Navy JROTC, asks the community’s assistance in locating names and information of BHS graduates who were veterans that died while on active duty. Community members who have information should contact Twohig or Chief Randy Dickson at 865-539-8640 by Sunday, Sept. 30. A ceremony honoring these individuals will be held at 7 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at BHS.

• Dr. Bill Bass will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Roane State Community College theater, Roane County campus, Harriman.

• For those wanting to learn more about studying abroad opportunities, The University of Tennessee invites you to attend the Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the University Center Ballroom.

• 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 more 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.

• The Episcopal School of Knoxville will host its Second Annual ES “5” K Run and Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 13. The 5K run and one-mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. at the Cove Subdivision directly behind the Pinnacle Theaters in Turkey Creek. Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school’s wooded campus. Admission to the festival is one non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the food pantry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Registrations are now being accepted for the run, which costs $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race. To register, pick up forms at either location of the Runner’s Market or New Balance athletic stores or at the school, register online at or at the run starting point at 7:45 a.m. the day of the race. For more information, call the school at 865-777-9032 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. PTSA will also conduct a short business meeting during the event.

• 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.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is inviting arts and crafts exhibitors to participate in the fourth annual Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival, scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Fee for a single booth is $90, and a double booth is $175. Electricity is available for an additional $10. Arts and crafts exhibitor applications are being accepted through Saturday, Sept. 1. To request more information or an exhibitor application, contact the Pellissippi State Foundation at 865-694-6528 or visit Applications can also be downloaded from the Web site by clicking on “Vendors.”


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