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• Kindergarten Round-Up is 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6. Parents of upcoming kindergarteners are encouraged to come to the Farragut Primary School office and pick up their kindergarten packet of information. This will help our administrators plan for the correct number of students for the 2010-11 school year.

• Hardin Valley Academy musical theater department will host a yard sale to raise funds for the spring musical. The yard sale is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 20. Donations are accepted 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.”

• 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.

• Several West Knox County students have been honored at Lipscomb University for academic achievement during the fall semester 2009. At the end of each semester, students who make perfect grades for the semester while taking at least 12 credit hours are named to the Provost’s List. Students who achieve a grade average of 3.5 to 3.99 are named to the Honor Roll. Farragut High School graduates: Derek Allison, Jessie Hitzing, Christine Perry, Sage Woodroof, Deanna Giles (honor roll), Ali Hitzing and Lindsey Wilkerson. Bearden High School students named to the Provost list are Andrew Shankles, Jenny Randolph (honor roll), Ben Fennell (honor roll) and Lydia Buckley (honor roll). Chase Nieri (honor roll), graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School, was also named to the Provost list.

• Farragut High School senior Alex Houck has been awarded The University of Tennessee’s Chancellor’s scholarship for a minimum of $5,000 per year. Alex also was recognized as one of the state’s 60 candidates for the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholarship program. He is one of nine students in Knox County who have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the scholarship. Alex also scored a perfect ACT score of 36.

• Maryville College invites prospective students to take one more step toward making their college decision by attending a “Just for Juniors” event. The “March Junior Open House” will be 3:30 - 7 p.m., Friday, March 26, and “May Day” is set for 3:30 - 7 p.m., Friday, May 7. Current high school juniors are invited to campus to participate in events that will inform them about Maryville College’s academic programs, facilities, faculty, staff and current students.

• Pellissippi State Community College is hosting a free panel discussion on the topic that features faculty and staff. “Appalachian Coal Families” is 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Monday, March 22, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Panelists with a background in coal mining will recount their personal experiences, then open the floor to the audience. The discussion is part of a series of Common Academic Experience activities that revolve around “Storming Heaven,” by Denise Giardina. The historical novel of the coal-mining wars in Appalachia is the college’s Common Book choice for the academic year.

• Cari Breanna McInturff, a Bearden High School graduate, has been selected as a scholarship finalist from a field of more than 2,200 semifinalists by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Students were chosen based on academic excellence, school involvement and community leadership. Scholarships are sponsored by the local Coca-Cola Bottler and The Coca-Cola Company. Thursday, March 25, she will join other finalists as they travel to Atlanta, Ga. headquarters for The Coca-Cola Company, to compete for 53 four-year college scholarships of $20,000 and 200 four-year scholarships of $10,000.

• Jamie Marie Yeager of Knoxville has been named to Miami University’s (Ohio) Dean’s List. This student achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average for first semester 2009-10.

• The 18th annual Mathminded-ness Contest for East Tennessee area students (high school age and under) is 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.

• 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.”

• 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.

• Webb School of Knoxville senior Craig Clayton was honored by YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, 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.

• 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.

• 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

• 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.

• 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

• 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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