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• Hardin Valley Academy musical theater department is having a yard sale to raise funds for the spring musical. The yard sale is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 20. They are accepting donations through March 18. The musical “Bye, Bye Birdie” is April the 22-25.

• Farragut Middle School PTSA will host Spring Fling to be held at the recently renovated Zuma Fun Center. Friends and families of FMS will have exclusive use of all of Zuma’s indoor and outdoor facilities 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, March 19. Activities include two miniature golf courses, go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, rock climbing wall and outdoor amusement rides. If their attendance reaches 500 participants – Zuma has said they will turn about 60% of the arcade games on “free play.”

• The 18th annual Mathminded-ness Contest for East Tennessee area students (high school age and under). Sponsored by West Knoxville math tutor David Williams, the contest requires students to answer questions about math in government, recreation and comedy. Thought-provoking questions include Einstein’s remarks about God and the universe and making math-related gifts for Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam. The winner and finalists win prizes that showcase various math topics and get to present their gifts to the mayor. Two other contests are being held this year as well. The “I Love Math” contest has entrants writing a short essay explaining why they have a love for math. Prizes are math related. For those who “Hate Math” there is a contest for them to tell why math is hated and what could be done to make it more enjoyable. Prizes will show the fun side of math. To get official entry forms mail a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: David Williams, 505 Hollywood Dr., Knoxville, 37919. Call 865-256-1828 for more details.

• Webb School of Knoxville’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show and Sale will host more than 60 notable local and regional artists, and close to 2,000 pieces of art, March 12 – 14, at Webb’s campus in West Knoxville. The art sale is open to the public, admission is free, and free parking is available on-site. Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 2 p.m., Friday, March 12. An informal reception, including a complimentary buffet provided by Rothchild Catering, will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 12. The art show and sale continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 13, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 14. Visit

• William Greer Mackebee, studying civil engineering, was named to the dean’s list with distinction at Duke University for the Fall 2009 semester. To be named to the dean’s list with distinction at the Pratt School of Engineering, students must rank in the top tenth within their academic class.

• Introduction to Scuba Diving now is offered through Pellissippi State Community College’s Business and Community Services. Get firsthand experience diving and have the opportunity to continue on to become an expert scuba diver. For anyone who is a little hesitant, the center offers a $25 session to “get your feet wet.”

• Business and Community Services at Pellissippi State Community College is offering Introduction to Golf. The course is designed for brand new players and those who want a better understanding of the basic mechanics, history and methodology of the game. Golf pro Tom Keefe will teach the class 6-7 p.m., Thursdays, March 16-April 1. The classes are at Target Golf on Beaver Creek Drive. Equipment will be provided, or students may bring their own.

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

• Community members, high school and college students interested in teaching, and teachers early in their career are invited to attend the Future Teachers Conference at Pellissippi State Community College 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 20. The conference takes place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, Check-in and registration are 8:30-9 a.m.; the keynote speaker kicks off the conference at 9 a.m. The keynote speaker is Kathy Brashears, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Tennessee Technological University. Brashears will share stories and insights from her many years of teaching.

• Webb School of Knoxville senior Craig Clayton was honored by YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), with a $3,000 award for excellence in writing during the recent 2010 national YoungArts Week in Miami, Fla. Clayton was among the 143 students, nationwide, to be named a 2010 NFAA YoungArts Finalist, and attended YoungArts Week, January 11-16. He was the only 2010 Finalist to represent the state of Tennessee, and was recognized for his portfolio of two short stories: one was in reference to Dante’s The Inferno and the other was entitled Grand Finale. YoungArts identifies the nation’s most talented 17 to 18-year-olds in the performing, literary and visual arts.

• Virginia Military Institute cadets are among the 449 cadets who were recently named to the Deans’ List for the first semester of academic year 2009-10. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a cadet must have a term grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade below C. Knox county resident Jonathan E. Twiggis, a junior, who is majoring in chemistry has been named to the Dean’s List.

• 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.

• Roane State Community College will provide scholarships and other assistance to those affected by recent layoffs in Scott County. Scott County has suffered from significant job losses and has an unemployment rate of 18.8 percent, among the highest in the state. Roane State, which has a campus in Huntsville, is committing up to $100,000 per year, for the next three years, to help laid-off workers go to college and learn new skills. The funds will come from the Earl McDonald Scholarship Endowment. The endowment was started with a $2 million bequest by the late Earl McDonald.

• 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

• 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

• 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. through 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.


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