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• The Nashville based band, We The Living, is performing a benefit concert at Farragut High School's auditorium Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. Doors open at 6:30. All proceeds will go to Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit the band’s Web site to hear a sample of its music.

• Two prominent Tennessee bloggers will debate constitutional issues beginning at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge Campus. Event will be held in the City Room and will feature Terry Frank from Knoxville and Betsy Phillips of Nashville.

Public is invited. Frank, a columnist and radio personality, writes the blog Phillips, a well-known writer who posts under the name Aunt B, writes the blog State’s Social Science, Business and Education Division is presenting the debate as part of Constitution Day.

• Knox County Health Department and Knox County Schools kicked off their FluMist in-school vaccination campaign Monday, Sept. 14. Children eligible for the free nasally-administered vaccine must be healthy and between ages 2 and 19. Parents who wish their child to receive the vaccine must sign a consent form, available from schools or at FluMist and flu shots are available free to any child under age 19 at Knox County Health Department locations. Visit

• Support Farragut Primary School by sending in product labels with FPS students. FPS will be accepting Box Tops for Education coupons, Campbell’s UPC labels and Tyson Foods Project A+ box flaps and tear-off strips. Or link your store cards to FPS. Ingles, Target and Subway donate a portion of purchases to the school through the Ingles Advantage Card, Target Red Card and Subway Card. FPS also will be recycling printer ink cartridges and newspapers. All of these programs help raise funds for the school. For more information, or to arrange to have recycle items picked up, e-mail Laura Austin at

• Roane State Community College and the National Exercise Trainers Association, a non-profit fitness professional association, are co-sponsoring a two-day Personal Trainer Certification workshop Oct. 17-18 at the college’s Roane County campus. The Saturday, Oct. 17 session is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Sunday, Oct. 18, session is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The nationally recognized workshop includes demonstrations and practical application of one-on-one training, as well as exercise science review, communication skills, exercise programming and health assessments. Registration includes written exam and two-year certificate. To register, call 1-800-237-6242 or visit

• Pellissippi State Community College graduated 676 students during the 2009 Commencement ceremony at Thompson-Boling Arena, May 9.

• Cedar Bluff Schools Parent-Teacher-Student Association will hold its annual membership meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept.17, in the elementary school gym.  Special guest will include former Tennessee Volunteers basketball standout Dane Bradshaw and Knox County Supervisor of Parent Involvement Tracey Matthews. For more information, contact Tracy Griffin, 865-693-6260. 

• G.I. Jobs magazine has included Roane State Community College on its 2010 list of “Military Friendly Schools,” an honor recognizing the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Roane State is one of 15 postsecondary institutions in Tennessee to make the list.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will offer “Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People,” from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23. Instructor David Haynes will teach a beginning class in chord piano, in which people play piano by looking at guitar chord symbols instead of reading notes. To register, call 865-539-7167.

• 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. Greenway is now enrolling for fall 2010.  For more information, visit 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 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 Or visit 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.

• 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 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 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 or contact Diane Castle, academic advisor, at 865-882-4597 or

• 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.

• Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival on Sept. 25 & 26 on Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Campus. The festival is ranked by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September 2009. For more info check out or call (865) 694-6400.

• Dr. Elizabeth Strand, director of Veterinary Social Work, a program at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, will teach a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course this fall. The eight-week class begins Monday, September 28, 2009. A free orientation session for potential participants will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Sequoyah Room at the veterinary college. To learn more or to register, contact Tressie Brown at or (865) 974-5574.

• Pellissippi State offers non-credit class in home improvement. Eco Friendly options presented. The class meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 29. The cost is $99. To register, call (865) 539-7167 or (865) 539-7166.

• Bearden High School college workshop series to be held from Sept. 15-Nov. 2. Scholarships, college options, military careers and college planning for athletes are some of the topics. Check out http://beardenhs.knoxschools for more info.

• Taylor Fry and Deanna Giles, graduates from Farragut High School, are among 605 freshmen enrolled at Lipscomb University, contributing to the university’s overall record year enrollment of 3,418. The university experienced a 12 percent jump in overall enrollment from last fall.

• Local film, LOCK(ED) IN, has been accepted at the Shriekfest Film Festival in Los Angeles. Six local students in Lea McMahan’s drama class at Farragut High school wrote the screenplay.


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