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• Farragut High School is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently renovated science lab at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4.

• Sallee Reynolds, principal at Hardin Valley Academy, announces two upcoming meetings. A parent meeting will be held from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Hardin Valley Elementary cafeteria. This will be a great time to begin getting to know one another as well as begin forming the high school’s parent/community groups, such as a Parent-Teacher-Student group, a Foundation, an Athletic Council and four Academy Advisory Groups. A meeting for future HVA students will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at Hardin Valley Elementary cafeteria. Students will begin getting acquainted, will have the opportunity to ask the team any questions or express any concerns and will begin discussing the mascot, which must be decided on soon.

• Prejudice, home, family, and freedom will be just some of the topics of discussion when award-winning young adult author Shelley Pearsall, and Charles Shields, author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee,” speak with Webb School of Knoxville students, Wednesday, Oct. 3, and Thursday, Oct. 4, respectively.

• Knox County Schools’ annual school coupon book fund-raiser began Thursday, Sept. 20. Books contain money-saving offers valued at more than $6,000, providing discounts on fast food, fine dining, personal and professional services, shopping and entertainment. Students sell the coupon books, which feature discount coupons for more than 300 area merchants, in a two-week campaign that raised more than $1.5 million in 2006. Books cost $10 with $7.50 going to the school where the book is sold. Schools with a high number of economically disadvantaged students share $.90. Grolier On-Line for all Knox County Schools’ libraries is funded by $.15 of the proceeds and another $.15 funds the “Schooled for Success” program and eighth grade career awareness initiative in each Knox County middle school. Cost of printing is $.90 per book. Only $.40 goes towards administrative costs and student incentives. Among the new merchants in this year’s book are Gander Mountain, Puleo’s Grill, HobbyTown USA and Kroger. The book also has many favorites returning for another year, including Home Depot, hhgreg, Aubrey’s, Calhoun’s and Wal-Mart. For more information, contact your local Knox County school or Russ Oaks at 865-594-1905 or

• Knox County Retired Teachers’ Association will meet Thursday, Sept. 27, at Ramsey’s Cafeteria, Days Inn Conference Center, 5335 Central Avenue Pike. Executive board will meet at 9:30 a.m., and the general meeting will begin at 11:15 a.m. Roy Mullins, interim superintendent of Knox County Schools, will present program highlighting the state of the Knox County School’s system.

• 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. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from any Thursday night food and drink sales go directly to the high school if customers mention that they are affiliated with FHS. For more information about the Newcomer’s Group, 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 to unveil those names.

• Dr. Bill Bass, the author and world-famous forensic scientist who founded the “Body Farm” at The University of Tennessee, will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Roane State Community College theater, Roane County campus, Harriman. Bass will discuss some of the many cases he has worked on in his career as a forensic scientist. This free event is co-sponsored by Kingston Public Library and Roane State Community College Library. Bass has written several hundred academic articles in the fields of anthropology and forensic science. He has also co-authored a memoir and several popular works of fiction, including “Flesh and Bone” and “Carved in Bone.” Bass most recently co-authored “Beyond the Body Farm” with veteran journalist Jon Jefferson. Bass’ books will be available for sale following the presentation.

• 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 the school’s Web site at 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 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.


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