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• Farragut Primary School will host its Kindergarten Round-Up from 3:30 to 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 administrators plan for the correct number of students for the 2010-11 school year.

• Hardin Valley Elementary School will hold its Kindergarten Roundup for the 2010-2011 school year is 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 6. Call 865-470-2088 for more information.

• A.L. Lotts Elementary School will hold its Kindergarten Roundup from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 6. Registration packets may be picked up in the Lotts Office. Call 865-539-8611 for more information.

• Kendra Albers of Farragut has been named to the Dean’s List at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, Ind.). She is studying optical engineering. She earned at least a 3.3 GPA.

• The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will host a free lecture, “Hardy Camellias for this area” by horticulturist Debbie Roberts at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 6, in Oak Ridge City Room at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge. For more information, call 865-482-6656.

• Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will serve as a pilot for a new course format that allows students to complete one class in three weeks. The “Maymester” classes will be held in early summer. Courses offered will primarily be general education classes. For more information, visit or call the student enrollment and recruitment office at 865-882-4554.

• Internationally acclaimed Canadian author and social activist Deborah Ellis will speak with Webb School of Knoxville Middle School students Monday, April 5, and with Upper School students Thursday, April 8 in Webb’s central library. Ellis also will visit Webb fourth- and fifth-grade students on Wednesday, April 7, in the Lower School library.

• The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present the lecture “Camellias – Hardy Selections for this Area,” by the horticulturist Debbie Roberts, 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, at the Oak Ridge City Room of Roane State Community College. Camellias will also be the “Featured Plant” at the UT Arboretum Society’s Spring Plant Sale, April 16 and 17 at the Arboretum located off Illinois Avenue. For more information on the lecture and the plant sale, visit

• Pellissippi State Community College’s Adult Education Program, in conjunction with Mount Olive Baptist Church, will offer an ESOL orientation for people interested in taking free English classes. The English for Speakers of Other Languages orientation is open to all adults and scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., April 5 and 12 at Mount Olive Baptist Church South. The church is located at 2500 Maryville Pike in Knoxville. For more information, call Pellissippi State Adult Education at 865-539-7109.

•”Publish Your Nonfiction Book Now!” offered at Pellissippi State Community College, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 27, at Pellissippi State. The one-day seminar is available through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services and is taught by Ron Mikels, a successful book author and writer for national health, religious and business publications. Cost of the seminar is $55. To register, call business and community services at 865-539-7167.

• Drew Still will teach a new course: “Fly Fishing with Drew Still” to begin June 8 at The University of Tennessee. To register early or for additional information, contact Still at

• The 18th annual Mathmindedness 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 also are being held this year. The “I Love Math” contest has entrants writing a short essay explaining why they have a love for math. Prizes are math related. There is a contest for those who “Hate Math” – 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.

• 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.


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