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• Bearden High School will host its winter/spring Open House starting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28. Informational tables involving PTSO, Foundation, sports and club activities will be set up in the West Mall starting at 5:30. At 6:20 parents will meet in their student’s first-period class for announcements. Parents will then follow their student’s class schedule.

• Farragut’s Kiwanis Club is looking for youth between the ages of 14 to 18 interested in leadership training. Kiwanis International Key Leadership education program has a mission to provide a “life-changing” experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service and leadership. The Key Leadership program takes place this year, April 23-25 at Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend. Leadership training sessions include large and small group discussions and activities. Small break out sessions also will be available. It’s a great way to make new friends and to develop leadership skills at the same time. The program is open to all Kiwanis student groups as well as to those not currently involved in Kiwanis but interested in community service and leadership. Farragut Kiwanis is offering sponsorship to this fantastic event. If you would like to attend, e-mail a brief letter to farragutkiwanis@gmail.com, telling them about yourself and why you are a good candidate for the Key Leadership Training Program.


• Build-A-Bear Workshop recognizes efforts of young people to help those in need through its Huggable Heroes program. Huggable Heroes are young leaders who Build-A-Bear Workshop recognizes, honors and cele-bear-ates each year for providing extraordinary service in their communities and around the world. The seventh annual search for these special people, ranging in age from 8 to 18, is now on. Anyone and everyone, ages 8 and above, are eligible to nominate a candidate (and kids can nominate themselves) by visiting buildabear.com/huggableheroes or by picking up an entry form at a participating Build-A-Bear Workshop store in the United States and Canada. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 26.

• David Randle of Farragut made the Dean’s List at Roane State Community College for fall semester 2009. To be eligible, a student must attain a 3.5 grade-point average while attempting 12 or more semester hours.

• 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. For more information, visit www.vols4 stem.org. If you are interested in participating, call 865-246-2658.

• Healthcare employers invited to participate in Roane State Community College job fair. Employers are invited to participate in a Feb. 24 job fair for Roane State Community College students who are pursuing careers in healthcare and plan to graduate this year. The fair is planned for 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. Setup begins at 1 p.m. Employers are asked to register by Feb. 1. There is no registration fee. To register online, visit www.roanestate.edu/placement.

• Rocky Top Books announces an innovative textbook rental program designed to lower the cost of textbooks for students while also providing students with a choice between renting or purchasing textbooks new or used. Rocky Top Books has made their most popular textbooks available for rental to students for the spring 2010 term. Renting textbooks cuts the students’ cost in half – rented textbooks are guaranteed to save 50 percent or more off the cost of a new book on every rental. This program offers students an economical choice for textbooks.

• 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 UT Medical Center Cancer Institute.

• 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 http://bakercenter.utk.edu, or contact Amy Gibson, agibson1@utk.edu. 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 admissions@maryvillecollege.edu or 865-981-8092, or visit the web site at http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/admissions.

• 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 www.knoxcounty.org/flu 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 www.pstcc.edu/bcs 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 www.pstcc.edu/bcs 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 seshastid@pstcc.edu.

 

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