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• The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Community College offers several free English Speakers of Other Languages classes and preparation for the Test of English as a Foreign Language around the area through Dec. 13. Classes are for adults at a beginner to advanced level. To enroll, just come to the class during its meeting time. It is never too late to join. Classes cover conversational English, American culture and traditions, vocabulary development, reading with understanding, English grammar, form completion, message and letter writing, and more. For more information about the classes and for locations, call 865-539-7109.

• Pellissippi State Community College has named 30 top students to the summer dean’s list. To make the list, a student must take a full course load and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Pellissippi State honorees include Yousef Mousa Al-Khelaifi, Ashley Elizabeth Bartlett, Philipp Braaten, Lauren Bradbury, Martin M. Brown, Connolly Brown, Kevin Christopher Burell, Joshua Daniel Carmichael, Elizabeth Ann Cate, Eric A. Craig, Criner, Tyler Garrett Duke, Bryan C. Fox, Matthew P. Garron, Phillip Lee Hair, Jacob B. Hamby, Corrine Hennon, Chad M. Hofer, Kaylee Huskey, Amanda L. Johnson, Diane Martin, Kristen Ruth McClellan, Eric Daniel Moore, Nicholas C. Oliver, Whitney Leigh Pruett, Ryan Lee Reuss, Jacob Leon Sanabria, Christa Nicole Scarpino, Charles Starne and, Catherine Faye Widner.

• Military veterans interested in going to college will want to research new benefits provided under the recently passed Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill veterans receive a tuition and fees payment that is paid directly to the school. The maximum benefit is based on the highest undergraduate tuition and fees at an in-state public university. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also provides a monthly housing allowance and an annual book stipend. The Post-9/11 GI Bill includes the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Several colleges and universities in Tennessee, including Roane State Community College, are participating in this program. Veterans may contact Sandra Grice at 865-882-4539 or or contact Diane Castle, academic advisor, at 865-882-4597 or

• Bestselling author and human rights activist Greg Mortenson will visit Webb School of Knoxville’s campus to speak with Webb School students at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1. Mortenson is co-author of Time Magazine’s Asia Book of the Year and No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time.” Last year, Webb School students raised more than $5,000 for Mortenson’s Pennies for Peace effort to help build schools and provide school supplies for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

• Pellissippi State Community College’s enrollment for the fall semester is currently up 25 percent compared to this time last year, which could present some issues for students who haven’t yet registered or paid for their classes, according to college officials. Anthony Wise, vice president of learning, advises students who have already registered to pay their tuition now in order to hold their classes. He also suggests that students do not wait until the deadline to register or they may not get the classes they desire. Community colleges across Tennessee are reporting a flood of new and returning students looking to bolster their job prospects with degrees. Pellissippi State introduced the Weekend Scholars this semester in anticipation of the crunch. Students who enroll in weekend classes will pay only half the usual cost of tuition.

• The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Community College offers free classes to prepare participants to take the GED test. Day or evening classes are available Monday through Friday, for people ages 18 and over who want to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Individuals who are 17 years old may participate with an attendance waiver from their high school. In addition to the GED, the college also offers classes to prepare people to take exams for a variety of employment and educational opportunities: the ASVAB to join the military, PRAXIS to become a teacher’s assistant, business/industry-required basic skills exams and college placement exams. To learn more about GED classes and upcoming class orientations, call 865-539-7109.

• Knoxville High School Class of 1947 will be holding its 62nd reunion Friday, Aug. 28, at Buddy’s Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Dress is casual; cost is $20 per person. Contact Norma Davis Jones to make your reservation at 865-938-9639.

• Roane State campuses are offering extended hours to help students with registration and admission. Hours at most locations will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 24-27 and Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. All campuses will follow their normal schedules of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday Aug. 28, and Friday. Sept. 4. Students can register for classes until Aug. 29, the first day of school. For more information, call 865-882-4523 or visit

• Farragut Intermediate School’s Grade Level Open Houses will start the second week of school. Third Grade Open House will be at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24; Fourth Grade at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, and Fifth Grade at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27.

• The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is hosting the Ag Day 2009 Street Fair on Sept. 26. For more information, call 865-974-7466.

• 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 p.m. 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.

• 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, 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.

• Farragut High School Band members Hannah Silmon and Laura Royse will be part of a select number of students representing Tennessee in the 2009 Macy’s Great American Marching Band during the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Silmon and Royse were both selected based on musical ability and past achievements. They will be marching in the flag section of the band Nov. 26. The opportunity was open to students at more than 14,000 high schools across the United States.


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