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• Farragut High School chorus is singing for area valentines in its annual Singing Valentines fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12. Two romantic songs are sung by talented FHS quartets, plus a rose and a card are given for on-campus deliveries for $5 and off-campus for $15. Deadline for orders is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Orders may be placed through FHS choral department, 865-671-7137, or at

• Greenway School invites interested families to tour and meet the faculty at a Visitors’ Open House from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21. Greenway provides hands-on learning in all subjects, a laptop computer to every student and free after-school care. Students are encouraged to advance to their highest level. Located in West Knox County, Greenway is a day school that draws students from Knox and surrounding counties. For more information, visit or call 865-777-0197.

• Bearden High School is hosting a leadership conference April 16- 18. BHS SGA are looking for families willing to host groups of two students during the conference. For more information, contact Jordan Kirkland at

• Dancer Debbie Ashton is turning 60. Celebrate her 35th year teaching anniversary with “Night at the Oasis,” 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at Pellissippi State Community College. The event will feature an international belly dance star, Gina of Las Vegas. For more information, contact Debka at 865-690-9548 or 865-414-8719.

• Roane State Community College Dean Myra Peavyhouse received the 2009 J. Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus Award from Tennessee Wesleyan College. Peavyhouse, a TWC graduate, is dean of Roane State’s Humanities Division.

• Several Farragut-area students were awarded a degree from Lipscomb University at the conclusion of fall semester 2009. Sarah Wasserman received a bachelor of science, cum laude. She is a graduate of Bearden High School. Ali Hitzing received a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and is a Farragut High School graduated. Elizabeth Davis received a master of arts degree in learning and education.

• Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will host the 10th annual “Love Your Library” used book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, and Wednesday, Feb. 10. Paperback books will be on sale for $1, and hardback books will cost $2. Other items for sale will include audio tapes ($1), video tapes ($1), CDs ($5), magazines (50 cents) and pamphlets (10 cents). Checks should be written to Roane State Foundation. Proceeds support the campus’s Coffey Library. Items will be on sale in the atrium in front of the library.

• The Episcopal School of Knoxville will host its Sixth Annual Saints Gala, a ball, dinner and auction to benefit the school’s annual fund, from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm. This year’s theme is “A Black Tie Affair” (black tie is optional), and tickets are available to the public. Ticket prices are $100 each and $1,500 for a table for 10. Sponsorships of $1,500 and up will also receive an invitation to a private reception prior to the evening’s events. Fundraising goal for the event is $150,000. The evening is shaped around good food, soft music provided by the American Piano Gallery from Knoxville, live and silent auctions and dancing to The Vibraslaps.

• 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 currently not 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, telling them about yourself and why you are a good candidate for the Key Leadership Training Program.

• David Randle of Farragut made the Dean’s List at Roane State Community College for fall semester 2009.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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 If you are interested in participating, call 865-246-2658.

• 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 its 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 more information, visit, or contact Amy Gibson, agibson1@ 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 through Feb. 22.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.• 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.

• 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.

• 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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