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• Bearden High School will host fall Open House Thursday, Sept. 10. Informational tables involving PTSO, Foundation, sports and club activities will be set up in the West Mall starting at 5:30 p.m. Also, there will be a Parents of seniors meeting in the auditorium. At 6:20 p.m. parents will meet in their student’s first-period class for announcements. Parents will then follow their student’s class schedule. Student Government Association members will be collecting canned food or monetary donations for Second Harvest Food Bank during the event.

• Pond Gap Elementary School, Classes of 1954 through 1974, will hold a reunion at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the school. For more information, contact David Williams at 865-256-1828.

• Roane State Community College students who traveled to Italy in May will display artwork inspired by the trip Sept. 8 — 30 in the theatre art gallery on the Roane County campus. Department of Computer Art and Design will host the Arte d’Italia! 2009 exhibit. A reception to honor the artists and the donors who contributed to the trip will be held at noon, Thursday, Sept. 10, in the art gallery. Public is invited. Participants were Gin Garner of Sweetwater, Alicia Hundley of Kingston, Britny Lawhorn of Lenoir City, Meagan Linley of Kingston, Celeste McCracken of Knoxville, Gloria McCracken of Crossville, Yuri Min (an international student from South Korea), Darlene Parks of Rockwood, Kelsey Rose of Crossville, Katie Wood of the Swan Pond community, and Tristan Woody of Crossville. Roane State art professors Bryan Wilkerson and Stacy Jacobs and grounds supervisor Nancy Humphreys led the trip. Students received $700 scholarships to help with the cost.

• Greenway School invites interested families to tour and meet the faculty at a Visitors’ Open House from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20. A fully-accredited, private, independent middle school — grades six through eight — Greenway is now enrolling for fall 2010.  In classes of no more than 14 students, the college-track curriculum is taught by experienced, licensed teachers in a nurturing environment.  For more information, visit www.greenwayschool.com or call 865-777-0197.

• Free flu shots will be given from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 26, (while supplies last) at Austin East Magnet High School, Farragut High School, Halls High School, West High School, South Doyle Middle School, and Carter High School. Free Flu Shot Saturday is open to all, ages 4 and older. Donations are welcome and benefit Empty Stocking Fund, but are not required to receive the vaccine.

• Roane State Community College’s Corporate Training Center will offer a radiological control technology course in September. The course, scheduled for Sept. 4-26, will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the College’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. Course will help students gain skills and knowledge to pass the U.S. Department of Energy Core Academy and start a career as an entry-level health physicist in a DOE facility. Cost is $499 and includes a certification test. To register, contact Sonya Parker at 865-481-2031 or parkers@roanestate.edu

• Roane State Community College Support Staff Council has set the date for its 17th annual Craft Fair and is seeking vendors. Fair will be held at the Roane County campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. Proceeds from booth rentals fund the Gayle Mullins Memorial Student Book Scholarship, which helps Roane State students with the costs of textbooks. Mullins was a former president of the Support Staff Council. She died in 2000, and the scholarship is named in her honor. To receive a registration form, contact Jeana Bradley at 865-882-4507 or at bradleyjc@roanestate.edu. Or visit www.roanestate.edu. Registration is $30 per crafter.

• Lipscomb University was selected as one of only 16 “top up-and-coming” master’s universities in the South, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s “2010 America’s Best Colleges” guidebook. Lipscomb has16 new graduate programs and $40 million in construction and record enrollments since 2006.

• Remote Area Medical will have a free dental-and-vision clinic Sept. 19-20 in the Student Lounge at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus in Harriman. Clinic is designed for those without health insurance or with limited health insurance. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Lines can be long, and visitors are asked to be prepared to wait. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Dental services will include free exams, cleanings, tooth extractions and fillings. Vision services will include free eye exams, and free glasses will be provided to those who need them. Clinic is a community service project of the Roane County Health Council in cooperation with many sponsors.

• AMSE Science Saturday is offered one time a month from September through December for students in grades two through five. Each month is a new science exploration. Students use microscopes, build a cell model, create a “yeastie/beastie” chamber, investigate the science behind sports and develop their creativity. All AMSE Science Saturday sessions are from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; cost for each session is $5 for non-members and free for AMSE members. Visit www.amse.org for Science Saturday dates and registration information. 

• Homeschool Programs at AMSE are scheduled every other Friday from Sept. 18 through Dec. 11 for grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Length and cost of Homeschool Programs vary depending on grade level. Cost for each session for Grades K-2 is $5 for non-members and $4 for AMSE members, while the cost for Grades K-6 is $10 for non-members and $7 for AMSE members. Visit www.amse.org for Homeschool Program dates, cost and registration form.

• 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. Call 865-539-7109.

• 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 gricesd@roanestate.edu or contact Diane Castle, academic advisor, at 865-882-4597 or castledl@roanestate.edu

• 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.

 

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