Concord Christian School first-graders Seth Wilson, Nola Lawrence, center, and Hannah Daws lead pledges in CCS Veterans Day program Wednesday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Concord. read more
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Sat, Nov 18West Towne Christian Church holiday craft fair• West Towne Christian Church will host a holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18. Soup and sandwich lunches will be served with proceeds going to Youth Mission Fund. For more information, call 865-357-9822.
Sat, Nov 18Captain WYC Hannum Chapter 1881, UDC will meet• Captain WYC Hannum Chapter 1881, UDC will meet at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 18. For more information, call Debra, 865-856-9300.
Mon, Nov 20Bradley Cantrell will showcase photography from South Korea• Pellissippi State Community College alumnus Bradley Cantrell will showcase photography from South Korea at his upcoming exhibit from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Nov. 20 through Dec. 8, in Bagwell Center for Media and Art. For more info:
Thu, Nov 23“Hot to Trot 5k/10k & Fun Run” • Fleet Feet Knoxville Running Club will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day race “Hot to Trot 5k/10k & Fun Run,” beginning at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 23, in Turkey Creek. Cost is $30. For more information, visit
Mon, Nov 27U.S. Department of Energy’s public bus touris going on now through Nov. 27. The tour offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years. Prices are $5 per adult, $4 per senior citizen (65 and older) and $3 for students (ages 10 to 17). For more information, visit
Mon, Nov 27“Light the Park”Town of Farragut is looking for carolers to help welcome the holiday season for “Light the Park” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27, at Founders Park. For more information, call Lauren Cox, 865-218-3372 or email
Thu, Nov 30Friends of the Library’s 2017 Book Drive in underway until Nov. 30. Drop off your book donations at any Knox County Public Library Branch or at Union Avenue Books. For more information, call 865-215-8775 or visit
Thu, Nov 30Maggie Longmire will perform beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, at Laurel Theater. Tickets are $17. For more information, call 800-838-3006 ext. 1.
Thu, Nov 30Maggie Longmire will perform• Maggie Longmire will perform beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, at Laurel Theater. Tickets are $17. For more information, call 800-838-3006 ext. 1.

Farragut ‘codes’ to world record

How many people can say they broke a world’s record? Turns out, as of last week, more than 1,000 students in the Knoxville area can do just that. Select Knox County Schools’ students, including pupils at Farragut Intermediate, Northshore Elementary and Farragut Primary, along with students from Oak Ridge City Schools and several private schools, helped break the world record for simultaneous coding last Wednesday, Nov. 8. About 1,050 students from the various campuses were confirmed to have participated in the 30-minute exercise using an MIT program known as “Scratch.” That number broke the previous record of 1,000 students learning code, according to Theresa Nixon, director of Educational Technology & Library Services for Knox County Schools. The event had been in the planning stages since at least April, Nixon said in an e-mail, as she explained how Knoxvillians Brandon Bruce, COO of Cirrus Insight and Caleb Fristoe, manager of CodeTN, brought the idea to the school system.

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U.S. Navy Capt. McAlister keynotes CAK Veterans Day event

Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) hosted its annual Veterans Day event in its Campus Center gym at 529 Academy Way, Knoxville, Thursday, Nov. 9. The keynote speaker was U.S. Navy Capt. David McAlister, a CAK Class of 1989 alumni. McAlister reported to Naval Personnel Command as Civil Engineer Corps head detailer in May 2016. Previously, he served as Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Works Officer. A native of Knoxville, he was commissioned in 1995 through Officer Candidate School upon graduation from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in civil engineering. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from Naval War College in 2012. Early assignments included Public Works Department in Adak, Alaska; Alfa Company/Training Department of Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO; Officer in Charge of Construction Battalion Unit 402; assistant Public works officer for Navy Region Hawaii; Aide to the Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Division/3rd Naval Construction Brigade and as a plank owner of 1st Naval Construction Division.

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