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• Brenda Swinson, music educator at A.L. Lotts Elementary School, has been selected to attend the 2009 Tennessee Arts Academy in July. Academy is a nationally-recognized flagship program of intensive teacher training in art, music and drama or theater, sponsored by Arts Education Program of the Tennessee Department of Education. “I can’t wait to experience all of the practical lessons and ideas so that I may bring all of those wonderful things back to my classroom,” Swinson said.

• Registration for Roane State Community College's fall semester is under way. For more information about registering for classes, call 865-882-4526 or register on-line at Fall classes begin Aug. 29. Students are encouraged to register soon because classes are already filling up. For students who register on or before Aug. 12, fees for fall semester courses are due on or before Aug. 12. Students can pay their fees on-line.

• Christian Fellowship Academy is now enrolling in campus school and home education program. Orientation is at 6 p.m., Friday, July 24, at Carpenter's Chapel, 10613 Dogwood Road in Solway. For more information, call Minnie Stombaugh at 865-671-8983.

• Jonathan E. Twigg, a rising junior from Knoxville, recently was named among the 432 cadets at Virginia Military Institute cadets named to the Dean’s List for the second semester of academic year 2008-2009. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a cadet must have a term grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade below C. Twigg's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Twigg.

• Alumni from 1979, 1989 and 1999 are invited back to Pellissippi State Community College for a reunion Saturday, Sept. 26, during the 2009 Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival. The class welcome begins at 4 p.m. and a VIP picnic starts at 5. For only $10, participants will enjoy not only the reunion but also special front-row seating for the evening’s entertainment, an event memento and a Saturday vehicle pass. The balloon festival, the college’s main fundraiser to benefit students, has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2009” by the Southeast Tourism Society. The two-day festival features hot air balloons, entertainment, a balloon glow each evening (weather permitting), arts and crafts, children’s activities and a wide variety of food. Hours are 4 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, and noon to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26.

• Pellissippi State Community College invites you to attend a free “Study Smart” workshop in August. In it, new and potential students will learn how to develop a personal study plan, create a system to retain information, become an active learner, maximize organizational skills and improve academic and classroom study skills. The workshop will be offered three times: Aug. 4, 12 to 12 p.m.; Aug. 10, 4 to 6 p.m.; and Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each session takes place in Room 151 of the Alexander Building on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Parking is free. To make a reservation, contact Gayle Wood at (865) 539-7160 or

• Roane State Community College needs host families for visiting international students. Host families provide a bed, meals and a place to study. The families do not have to provide transportation or buy any personal items for the students. Occasionally, host families may be asked to volunteer as drivers for field trips, but participation is optional. Roane State’s international students range in age from 18 to 22 and speak English, although skill levels vary. A support system composed of college staff members and other host families will provide assistance. Host families receive a monthly stipend to help offset expenses. For more information or to volunteer, contact Melissa Rahmanian at 865-919-7857 or

• Pellissippi State Community College’s Business and Community Services Division is now offering Advanced Firearm Safety. In the seven-hour course, students will learn how to apply the knowledge, skills and attitude required for the use of a firearm, both at home and in real-life situations. Classes are scheduled on Saturdays, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. All sessions are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will meet at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road for five hours, then spend two hours of range time increasing their defensive and tactical skills. Cost is $119, with a range fee of $6. To register or find out more, contact BCS at 865-539-7167.

• Pellissippi State Community College students can take weekend classes this fall and pay half the normal cost of tuition. The Weekend Scholars program provides an alternative for students who may not be able to attend during the week or take classes online. “Weekend” classes are defined as those that begin at 3 p.m., Friday, or after and those offered on Saturday. Classes will be at the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. For more information, call 865-694-6400.

• Lipscomb University’s College of Natural and Applied Sciences is hosting a one-week, non-residential program for rising eighth- through rising 12th-grade students, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 27-31, on Lipscomb’s Nashville campus. Students will focus on the influence of DNA technology on forensic science. Applications are available at For more information, contact Ben Hutchinson at 615-966-6042 or

• Lipscomb University is now accepting applications from military veterans and eligible family members who qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, a benefit under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that provides college tuition, a housing stipend and money for books. Lipscomb intends to match dollar-for-dollar the federal government aid provided through the Yellow Ribbon Program, allowing those eligible to earn an undergraduate Lipscomb degree tuition-free. For application information visit or contact David Hughes at 615-966-5176.

• Roane State Community College invites public to sign up for e-mail notification of RSTCC upcoming events. To register, e-mail For more information, call 865-882-4507

• Hardin Valley Academy is looking for volunteers whose careers are in the health science field to help develop a Health Science Explorer Post. Commitment would require a couple of nights per month. For more information, e-mail

• Hardin Valley Academy announces season passes for its inaugural varsity football season, including reserved stadium seats and parking permits, are now on sale. To purchase, or for more information, visit 

• The College of Nursing at The University of Tennessee announces it will offer upper division nursing courses in its RN to BSN program online. Interested persons need to contact the College of Nursing Student Services Office at 865-974-7606.


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