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• Carson Sandefur has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Carson will be honored during an induction convocation this fall.

• Michael Wentz of Farragut graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education, Dec. 18, 2009. Wentz graduated Farragut High School in 2005 and now plans to pursue a masters degree.

• Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People taught by David Haynes at Pellissippi State Community College will be 6 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18. In one class, learn chord piano. For more information or to register, call 865-539-7167.

• Hardin Valley Academy PTSA will host a pancake breakfast to benefit Graduation Celebration at Aubrey’s, Cedar Bluff, March 20. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased from PTSA Board members or at the door.

• Farragut High School’s drama department will present a one-act play “Trophies,” and readers theatre pieces “Anthem” and “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25 and 26; and 3 p.m., Feb. 28, at FHS Ferguson Theater in the red wing. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens; $8 for adults. For more information, call 865-671-7167.

• Webb School of Knoxville’s will present “BLOODWEB,” written and directed by Webb Upper School drama teacher Patrick McCray, Middle School drama teacher Stephen Perkins and Todd Fluhr. Performances are at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 26, 27, and March 5 and 6; and at 3 p.m., Feb. 28 and March 7. Audiences are limited to 30 people per performance. Admission is free and open to the public.

• Drew Still of IT for Enterprises has accepted a part-time position with UT’s Professional and Personal Development Department. Still will be teaching a new course called “Fly Fishing with Drew Still” to begin June 8 each Tuesday and Thursday until June 24. To register early or for additional information, contact Still at

• Sacred Heart Cathedral School is holding a Silent Auction to benefit the SHCS home and school association’s dinner, dance and auction fundraiser. The Auction is for two tickets – two nights of an American Idol taping and broadcast, April 6 and 7 in Los Angeles, Calif. The bidding is open to all American Idol fans in the Knoxville area. It will be held 2 to 5 p.m., Monday, March 1, in the Sacred Heart front lobby, 711 Northshore Drive. Bids can be made in person or bids can be placed by calling 865-661-1574. E-mail AmericanIdol@ for bid status.

• Roane State Playmakers are performing “The Boys Next Door” in the O’Brien Theatre at the college’s Roane County campus in Harriman. Performances are scheduled 7 p.m., Feb. 25-27; and 2 p.m., Feb. 28. The comedy by Tom Griffin tells the story of four mentally challenged men who live in a home in New England. The play is filled with laughter and compassion. General admission is $10, and student admission is $7. For more information, contact Michael Golebiewski at or 865-882-4589.

• Ed Smith, Roane State Community College director of developmental studies, has been honored by the Tennessee Association for Developmental Education. The honor recognizes long-term contributions to developmental education students by a TNADE member. Smith received TNADE’s 2009 award for “Outstanding Service to Developmental Education Students.”

• Webb School of Knoxville is pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Dean Bruner as Webb’s new Alumni Coordinator. For the last nine years, Bruner served as the Director of Alumni and Parent Relations for Maryville College. In this capacity, she worked closely with the Maryville College Alumni Association Board of Directors and Parents’ Council to plan, organize and implement numerous activities and events, including class and regional reunions, Homecoming, and Parents’ Weekend. Her position required ongoing, effective communications with alumni as well as educating students about the role of alumni at the College.

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

• 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.

• Radiological Control Technology course to be offered at Oak Ridge campus. Roane State Community College’s Office of Community Outreach and Professional Training will offer a Radiological Control Technology course at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. The course will be on Fridays from 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. from Feb. 19 to March 27. There will be no classes on March 12 and 13. This course will prepare students to gain skills and knowledge to pass the U.S. Department of Energy Core Academy Exam and start a career as an entry-level health physicist in a DOE facility. The cost is $499 and includes a certification test. To register for the course, contact Sonya Parker at 865-481-2031 or

• General Tommy Franks (Ret.) has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at Operation Yellow Ribbon to be held at Lipscomb University, March 23. Special acoustic performances by Charlie Daniels and Amy Grant will also be a part of the evening activities. Capping off the day’s events, Franks will address attendees at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. Special musical appearances by Daniels and Grant are also scheduled for the 7 p.m. event. Admission to the symposium is by invitation only. A limited number of tickets for the evening event are $10 at the Lipscomb University box office and through Ticketmaster.

• 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.

• For the second year in a row, 98 percent of Roane State Community College nursing graduates passed their licensing exam on their first attempt.


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