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• Farragut High School Founda-tion will hold its annual ‘Phone-a-thon” Monday and Tuesday evening, Oct. 27-28. Education Foundation has been instrumental in funding many of the necessities that Knox County has been unable to provide FHS students and teachers. In the past, Foundation authorized expenditures for lab stools and computers in the Science Department; curtains, lighting and a stage ladder for the auditorium; white boards for the Math Department; digital projectors and chemical storage units for the Art Department.

The Foundation is asking for a tax-deductible donation of $36 per child at FHS, which amounts to approximately $1 per week per child. Volunteer parents will be making calls to those families who have not yet sent a check. For more information about the Education Foundation, or assisting with the “Phone-a-thon,” call Jerry Martin at 865-599-3011 or the school office at 865-966-9775.

• Farragut High School will host “Alive at 25,” a defensive driving course developed by National Safety Council to address the growing problems of accident-related fatalities for people under the age of 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Nov. 15, in room T406 of the technical and Career building. Class is free to students but is limited to the first 25 students to respond. Class is only open to students with a valid driver’s license. Students interested in signing up should see Guy DeMarco.

• Farragut High School will hold its annual Newcomers Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Aubrey’s in Farragut. Dinner is intended to provide information and answer questions for parents and students who have recently moved to the area and are new to FHS. For more information about Newcomers, call Maureen Digeon at 865-671-8404.

• Farragut High School Parent Connection will hold its next meeting Thursday, Nov. 13, at Fox Den Country Club. Discussion topic will be stress and will encompass lessening stress factors for both parents and children. The 90-minute luncheon focuses on relevant parenting issues and provides parents with a forum for mutual interaction. Cost of meal is $12 and reservations are required. Contact or for more information or reservations..

• Episcopal School of Knoxville will host Open House for all grades from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, and from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16. Parents may bring children or come alone. No reservations are required. ESK is located at 950 Episcopal School Way off Lovell Road in West Knoxville. At the Nov. 12 Open House, parents will have the opportunity to watch classes in progress. On Nov. 16, they will receive full campus tours. At both events they will meet with faculty and staff to learn about the curriculum and programs of the school. Episcopal School Headmaster Jay Secor and Assistant Headmaster and Admissions Director Peter Klekamp will be on hand. Visitors also may meet with current students and their parents.

• Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform for thousands of elementary school students at this Fall’s annual Young People’s Concerts October 28-30, at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. KSO Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum will conduct the concert entitled “Where Have I Heard That?  “Performances, sponsored by Covenant Health, will be held at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m., Oct. 28 and 29 and at 9:30 a.m. only Oct. 30. Performances are open to the public for $6 per person; tickets can be purchased at the door.  For more information, call 865-521-2317.

• Virginia Tech University announces Margaret Morris, a junior majoring in psychology in the College of Science, has gained membership to the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech. To qualify for the marching band students must audition one week before the beginning of classes each fall. Commonly known as The Spirit of Tech, Virginia Tech’s marching band is celebrating its 35th year of performances and musical entertainment this year. Under the direction of David McKee and Will Petersen, the band will present music by Jimi Hendrix, The Rascals, The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd and other artists during the 2008 season.

• Greenway School invites interested families to tour and meet the faculty at a Visitors’ Open House from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2. A fully accredited independent middle school — grades six through eight — Greenway is now enrolling for fall 2009.  Partial scholarships, based on academic performance and financial need, are now available.   No reservation is necessary to attend. For additional information, call 865-777-0197

• Farragut Middle School is holding its annual Membership Drive. Parents should have received a PTSA envelope sent home via their child’s teacher. If not, e-mail Polly Barnett at

• For the third fall semester in a row, Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s enrollment numbers have hit a record high. Enrollment for the current semester is 8,742 students, an increase of 1.5 percent over fall 2007.


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