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• Webb’s Upper School choral, strings and wind ensembles will present its annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, in the James R. Cox Auditorium at The University of Tennessee’s Alumni Memorial Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Webb’s Madrigal Singers will greet audience members with traditional holiday music, followed by a variety of holiday selections by Webb’s Upper School wind and string ensembles, and combined choirs. Program will include Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in g minor, Op. 6, No. 8 (The Christmas Concerto), featuring Webb senior violinists Ethan Lai and Sonia Trevino-Dopatka, and freshman cellist Sarah King.

• Representative from the executive search firm Ray and Associates will meet with Knox County Board of Education at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, to discuss the ongoing superintendent search process. Meeting will be in the first floor boardroom of the Andrew Johnson Builing, 912 S. Gay St.

• Knox County Schools has sent out letters to parents whose child has been absent more than is permitted by school policy. Knox County policy is that the student has five class days in which to turn in a note after returning to classes. Students are allowed 10 “parent” notes a year. After 10 absences, a doctor’s note is required in order to be counted as excused. All absences are entered as unexcused when a student is absent and then changed to excused (either by a parent note or a doctor note) only after a note is received. If a student receives 10 unexcused absences, both the parents and the student are requested to attend a hearing.

• Getting a teaching degree just got easier for students at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, which has received approval from its governing institution, the Tennessee Board of Regents, to offer an Associate of Science in Teaching degree for elementary education, with a K-6 emphasis. Degree will transfer to any TBR institution, and to Carson-Newman College. A.S.T. coursework includes 15 hours of field experience in elementary schools. Students also have the option of completing a bachelor’s degree without leaving campus. The A.S.T. degree leads directly into Tennessee Technological University’s education program. Through that program, Pellissippi State graduates can earn elementary teaching licensure (grades K through 6) and a bachelor’s degree in human learning at Pellissippi State. For more information, contact Meg Moss at 865-694-6673 or, or visit

• Dr. Nancy Locklin, history professor at Maryville College, recently published a book by Ashgate Publishing Company titled “Women’s Work and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Brittany.” For more information or to order the book, visit


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