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• Christian Academy of Knoxville will host an Open House for prospective families for rising sixth-grade through 12-grade students for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Open House will host prospective middle school students beginning at 6:30 p.m. and high school students at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, at CAK’s middle and high school campuses. For more information, call Wanda Mullins at 865-690-4721, ext. 190 or e-mail

• Vols4STEM is partnering with Knox County Schools to provide a STEM1 employer experience to all middle and high school math and science teachers in Knox County Schools, Feb. 15. This will allow up to 500 teachers to learn what skills are needed as a STEM professional and to learn how to apply the concepts they are teaching in daily classroom lessons. Vols4STEM and Knox County Schools hope area businesses will participate by allowing as many teachers as possible to visit its offices, learn about the company and shadow employees Feb. 15. The mission of Vols4STEM is to facilitate collaboration among area STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals and STEM educators and students, primarily through the Vols4STEM Web site: www.vols4 If you are interested in participating, call 865-246-2658.

• Roane State Community College’s visiting Egyptian students recently presented a $500 donation to CASA of the Tennessee Heartland, which serves Anderson and Scott counties.

• Roane State Community College continues to use federal Perkins grant funds to help students learn about careers. The college received $116,999 in Perkins grant funds for the 2009-10 school year. Roane State has received the Perkins grant, which provides federal funding for vocational and technical education, for the past three academic years.

• The Dean’s List for the 2009 fall semester has been announced by administrators of Maryville College, and 50 students from Knox County were among those meeting requirements for the academic distinction. Qualification for the Dean’s List includes a grade point average of at least 3.6 in all work undertaken with no grade below a “C.” Only full-time students are considered for the Dean’s List. Farragut area students earning Dean’s List recognition are Tyler Dougherty, Rachel Draper, Amber Gray, Jacob Holt, Ben Krager, Anna McRee, Jillian Norris, Matt Pomy, Jonathan Sigmon, Sara-Catherine Zingg, Elizabeth Rodriguez, William Alexander, Jr, Katelyn Stewart, Katherine Barnes, Mary Cunningham, Ben Lawson and Cory Lingerfelt.

• Through OUTLIVE, Tennessee Fights to Beat Cancer, Bruce Pearl, Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball head coach, plans to raise at least $1 million for five years to directly benefit cancer patients treated at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute, the coach announced during his weekly press conference, Jan. 11.

• The University of Tennessee Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Knox County Public Library invite you to participate in a reading group to discuss the book, “Justice as Fairness: A restatement” by John Rawls. Without this shared framework, American citizens may find political life dominated by dogmatic fanaticism and apathetic resignation. Citizens committed to the success of our system owe it to themselves to engage in the questions that occupied Rawls — perhaps the most important political philosopher of the 20th century. For further information, visit, or contact Amy Gibson, Sessions will meet on Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Ave. on the UT Campus. Meetings will be held Monday evenings, starting Jan. 25 and ending Feb. 22. Each meeting will be facilitated by a UT faculty member with expertise on Rawls work.

• High school students, adult learners and community college students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution are all invited to “Meet Maryville” beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, in Bartlett Hall. Hosted by Maryville College’s admissions staff, the “Meet Maryville” open house event is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally recognized liberal arts college. For more information about Meet Maryville or Minority Recruitment Weekend, contact the Office of Admissions at or 865-981-8092, or visit the web site at

• Families in our community need help with food and supply assistance. Saturday, Feb. 6, Boy Scouts will be visiting your neighborhood kicking off their annual “Scouting for Food” campaign. You can help by filling a “Scouting for Food” bag. Feb. 6, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Crews will be distributing bags so you can donate non-perishable canned, boxed food or other household items. Then, a week later on Saturday, Feb. 13, Scouts will be visiting again to collect your donated items, taking them either to the Second Harvest Food Bank or a local food pantry in your community. Donations also can be taken to Food City stores in Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge and Sevierville, or the Boy Scout Service Center, 1333 Old Weisgarber Road in Knoxville. For more information, call 865-588-6514. Your donations will help the Scouts help our community.

• Knox County Health Department will begin second phase H1N1 vaccinations in Knox County Schools. Children under 10 who have already received a H1N1 vaccine need a second dose to gain full immunity. During Phase 1 last fall, more than 16,000 children were vaccinated against H1N1 flu. Knox County Health Department recommends vaccinating your child even if you think he or she may have had H1N1 flu (physician in-office rapid tests aren’t always accurate). Vaccination will ensure they are protected. KCHD also offers the following information for parents: During Phase 2, KCHD also will provide a first dose to any child who has not yet been vaccinated. Parents can get a consent form at or at their child’s school. Completed consent forms will be accepted at school up to the day of the child’s in-school clinic. The first dose and second dose of vaccine must be separated by at least 21 days. Children who received their first dose less than 21 days ago can get their follow up vaccine free at any KCHD location when the allotted time has passed. A child who has taken Tamiflu or Relenza must be off the medication for 48 hours before receiving an intranasal dose of H1N1. If your child has taken either of these medications within 48 hours of his or her school’s vaccination clinic, send a note to the school office the day before the scheduled clinic so that Knox County Health Department can pull their consent form. Your child will not be vaccinated during the school clinic. H1N1 vaccine now is available and free at any KCHD location to everyone who wants to be immunized.

• ‘Back into Black’ debt elimination courses at Pellissippi State. Financial educator George Lucke is his own student success story. He eliminated more than $265,000 of his debt using the Automatic Debt Elimination program, a system he developed and now teaches to others. Students may register for the March 18 course. They are encouraged to bring a list of debts to begin planning their own debt elimination strategy while in the classroom. Tuition is $49 and includes a 16-page workbook. The March 18 times are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Each class meets at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. To register for “Back into Black” or to learn more about the entire menu of non-credit courses, visit or call 865-539-7167.

• Explore the rhythms of a variety of cultures and learn some new dance moves at the same time. Pellissippi State Community College offers non-credit dance classes this winter and spring that introduce beginning students to the movements and sounds from an array of origins. You can take dance classes to learn 1940s East Coast Swing, Cuban cha-cha and Middle Eastern belly dance. For additional information, cost, or to register, visit or call 865-539-7167.

• Roane State receives honor for annual Academic Festival. The Tennessee Board of Regents awarded an Academic Excellence Award to Roane State Community College for the college’s annual Academic Festival. The Tennessee Board of Regents oversees the state’s public community colleges and the public universities outside The University of Tennessee system. The award recognizes programs and initiatives that exemplify excellence in teaching, research and public service.

• Roane State program prepares students for leadership roles. Roane State Community College has launched an innovative program that prepares students to embrace leadership roles. The Leadership Excellence and Dedicated Service program includes seven students who meet monthly and participate in various activities. Sammie Mowery, LEADS coordinator, said the program’s focus is to help students develop leadership skills that they can use in their careers and in their communities.

• Ninety-eight percent of Roane State nursing graduates passed licensing exam. For the second year in a row, 98 percent of Roane State Community College nursing graduates passed their licensing exam on their first attempt. The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level registered nurse. One hundred May 2009 Roane State graduates took the exam this year. In 2008, 98 percent of 93 graduates passed the exam in their first attempt.

• The Farragut High School Marching Admirals Band has been selected to perform at the February 2010 College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference. The Symphonic Band will travel to the University of Mississippi in Oxford to perform. They are one of only five high school bands selected to perform at the prestigious conference.

• The renowned Gesell Institute is holding a three-day training workshop in Knoxville Feb. 1-3. Hosted by Christian Academy of Knoxville. Reservations can be made by calling the Gesell Institute at 1-800-369-7709.

• Several Farragut area students have been inducted into the Tennessee Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society at Lipscomb University. Farragut residents include: Allyson Hall, Lindsey Wilkerson and Jenny Randolph. Farragut students are among 69 undergraduate and graduate students inducted into the prestigious society. Alpha Chi is a national college scholarship honor society that promotes outstanding character and academic excellence in all disciplines, said Dr. Lin Garner, assistant athletic director for academics, senior woman’s administrator and faculty advisor of Alpha Chi.

• Pellissippi State Community College makes veterans’ education more accessible and affordable. The number of veterans enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College this semester is up 15 percent from spring and 20 percent from last fall, and the institution has put in place a number of resources to make their experience a success. In anticipation of the increase — which stems in part from changes in benefits in the GI Bill — the college convened a work group to study services provided to veterans and learn how to better coordinate programs for students in and discharged from the military. Pellissippi State also is one of four Tennessee community colleges participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program helps pay tuition and fees that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate rate, which, in Tennessee, is $6,850 at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Qualifying students receive $1,000 per semester, with $500 coming from the VA and the other $500 from Pellissippi State. (The funding doesn’t cover the international fee.) The money covers 25 veterans each semester on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Shastid, 865-694-6472 or


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