You are invited to drive-in movie at a church. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy free movies.

Snacks and cokes will be available. Bring the family . Movies start at sundown, aproximately 8:30 pm.

If it is raining the movie will be canceled.

This event is sponsored by the FAITH FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH.



The movie is free to the community.

June 20…102 DALAMTIANS







‘Click it or Ticket’ Save Lives in Memorial Weekend Statistics Revealed

Safety Department Releases Preliminary Memorial Weekend Statistics


Nashville, Tennessee — The Tennessee Department of Safety announced Tuesday, June 3, 2008, that preliminary figures show 13 people were killed in traffic crashes in Tennessee during the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday period. That is down from the 21 fatalities during the Memorial Day holiday period in 2007 and 16 deaths in 2006.

Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “While the numbers are still preliminary and could go higher due to delayed reporting from local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Safety is pleased to see the 2008 Memorial Day weekend fatalities will be significantly lower than 2007. We continue to believe rigorous enforcement through sobriety and driver license checkpoints across the state is making an impact on the reduction of fatalities and serious injury crashes in Tennessee.”

During the holiday weekend from 6 p.m. Friday, May 23 through midnight Monday May 26, The Tennessee Highway Patrol deployed Troopers to 85 checkpoints in 8 THP districts across the state in an effort to reduce fatalities and serious injury crashes in Tennessee. Preliminary statistics reveal five (38%) of the fatalities across the state occurred in alcohol-related crashes. Five motorcyclists and one pedestrian were killed.

Seven of the people killed were vehicle occupants and four (57%) were not wearing safety restraints.

THP Colonel Mike Walker said, “Nationally in 2006, 68% percent of the passenger vehicle occupants in fatal crashes who were buckled up survived the crash. Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect you and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes,” Walker added. “That’s why we stress “Click It or Ticket” to save lives.” Despite Tennessee’s Primary Seat Belt Usage law, Colonel Walker stressed, “Approximately 61% of vehicle occupants who died in Tennessee in 2007 were not restrained.”

During the 2008 Memorial Weekend enforcement period, Troopers issued 5,725 citations for the following violations:

DUI Arrests 59 Child Restraint 131

Speeding 2,062 Safety Belt 788

Other Moving Violations 265 Financial Responsibility  628

Other Non-Moving Violations 1,792

The 78-hour, 2007 Memorial Day holiday period began at 6:00 p.m., Friday May 23, and ended at 11:59, Monday, May 26.

The Tennessee Department of Safety’s mission is ( to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.



Nashville, Tenn. – There’s no better way to express your love and appreciation than to take dad out for a delicious meal amongst the beauty of Tennessee State Parks this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.

Tennessee State Parks invite you to spend time with family and friends, celebrate dad’s special day and enjoy Tennessee’s natural wonders at one of eight state park restaurants serving a delicious Father’s Day Buffet. Buffet selections and prices will vary.

The Father’s Day Buffet will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. until closing at these state park restaurants:

Cumberland Mountain State Park…………… (931) 484-7186

David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg)…… (931) 762-9541

Fall Creek Falls State Park………………… (423) 881-5241

Henry Horton State Park………………….. (931) 364-2222

Montgomery Bell State Park……………….. (615) 797-3101

Natchez Trace State Park…………………. (731) 968-8176

Paris Landing State Park………………….. (731) 642-4311

Pickwick Landing State Park……………….. (731) 689-3135

Tennessee’s 53 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free 1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our Web site at


Beginning in June, tourists will be reimbursed at airports in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta for the amount of sales tax they paid during their visit;

This will apply to travelers who return to their countries of origin by sea or air and who can prove they spent at least 1,200 pesos ($116.03 at the current exchange rate), including sales tax;

The second phase of the refund will be implemented in the airports in Monterrey, Cozumel, El Bajio, Mazatlan and Morelia, and then subsequently at the remainder of the country’s air and sea ports.

Mexico City, June 5, 2008- Sales tax rebates will be paid to foreign visitors beginning in June to enhance the experience of traveling to Mexico and make the country a destination of choice for international tourists. The measure will go into effect once the Tax Administration Service (TAS), grants concessions to three companies to operate the program.

As part of their main objective, which is to increase the flow of international tourists to the country, the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), is spreading the word to their targeted markets where they concentrate heavily on tourism promotion with the hopes of encouraging foreign travelers to visit Mexico this summer

“With this action, Mexico is joining the world’s tourism powerhouses in striving to give a value-added incentive to tourists who are seeking to discover our diverse attractions beyond their borders,” said Oscar Fitch Gomez, CEO of the MTB.

The Value Added Tax (VAT) will be returned to foreign tourists who can prove they have spent a minimum of 1,200 pesos (approximately $160 dollars) – on Mexican territory and who are returning home by sea or air.

Following the model established in other parts of the world, sales tax paid for the purchase of services, such as lodging and food, will not be refunded.

The refunds are applicable for purchases made with debit or credit cards, but only for cash transactions in which the cost of the item was less than 3,000 pesos. The purchases can be made in stores and establishments that are affiliated with a TAS -authorized service operator.

Tourists will have the right to receive up to 50 percent of the net rebate – an amount not to exceed 10,000 pesos – in the form of cash; the remaining 50 percent will be refunded via electronic funds transfer within a period of 40 days.

Travelers that visit our country should present proof that they received the merchandise from the store of purchase and submit a reimbursement request form, along with bank statement.

Foreigners visiting our country should present receipts for their purchases, a form soliciting the rebate and if necessary, a bank receipt. In each case, the rebate operator will install clearly identified service centers where the relevant documentation can be verified and the sales tax refunded.

The procedure will be implemented gradually across the country. The first phase will be launched this summer at air terminals in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, all of which are cities with a sizable flow of international visitors.

The following phase, scheduled to go into effect six months after the initial launch, will include the airports in Monterrey, Cozumel, El Bajio, Mazatlan and Morelia; the system will later be set up at the country’s remaining airports, as well as at sea ports such as Acapulco, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Huatulco.

The operators of the service – Premier Tax Free, Global Refund Mexico and YVESAM Retornos Mundiales S.A. de C.V. – have successfully applied this model in other parts of the world. Global Refund and Premier Tax Free are companies with presence in over 50 countries.

Since each state possesses different programs of collection, for the structuring and definition of this model in Mexico, the Secretary of Estate and Public Credit (SHCP) performed diverse consultations and carried out comparatives of the systems that operate on a worldwide basis.

The European model, which contemplates various authorized users in free competition, and the systems of the countries of the European Union were also revised such as: Switzerland, Norway, Austria Spain, Italy; as well as the United States of America and Canada; as well as those of Taiwan, Chinese and Thailand, among others.

The Mexico Tourism Board is confident that it will be feasible for SAT to implement the program and resolve the demands of our visitors in a timely manner.

Knox County Parks and Recreation Hosts Meeting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The Knox County Parks and Recreation Department will host a meeting on Thursday June 19th, from 5-7 pm at Forks of the River Park, 5414 National Drive, to collect public input on a proposed exchange of park property in the Forks of the River area.

A developer has proposed an exchange of 28 acres at 5428 Strawberry Plains Pike for 18 acres that Knox County now owns at 5414 National Drive. The county park, used for youth soccer, is situated in the Forks of the River Industrial park. The developer has purchased an option on the Strawberry Plains site and realized during discussions with MPC that rezoning would be difficult. MPC staff suggested the exchange as a way to provide a better location for both of the intended uses.

“Although there are many details to work out, I believe this can be a win-win. So far, the feedback from the AYSO soccer organization and the community is receptive. This allows us to concentrate industrial use in the industrial park and provide a much better location for the park,” stated Parks and Recreation Director Doug Bataille.

Citizens may stop by the meeting anytime between 5 pm and 7 pm to review the properties and discuss the project with county officials. For more information call 215-6600.

Mayor Littlefield Targets Graffiti With Summer Youth Workers

Chattanooga, Tennessee – Some call it an eyesore; others call it art.  But the plain fact is that painting graffiti on public or private property is against the law.  Graffiti is a nuisance and in some instances it contains dangerous or offensive messages.  A new and innovative graffiti removal program called the “Chatt City Erasers,” will be made up of workers from the Summer Youth Program who will be responsible for painting over and cleaning up graffiti around the city.  “By utilizing our summer youth workers, we are able to make a noticeable difference,” said Mayor Ron Littlefield.  “Graffiti has become a serious problem for property owners, residents and visitors.  It detracts from the beauty of our city and leaves a negative impression.”

The Summer Youth Program provides employment opportunities and activities for teens and young adults.  Sponsored by the office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, the program encourages positive behavior through summer employment and mentoring.

The City of Chattanooga’s Public Works Department has already cleaned up graffiti on the North Shore and other areas.  Initially, the graffiti clean-up program was to be limited to graffiti removal from public property but was expanded to include private property.  Private property owners will be required to sign an agreement to indemnify and hold harmless before any work can be performed on the property.

Citizens are encouraged to call 311 (425-6311) and report graffiti or visit and click on the 311 logo.  Graffiti is costly, destructive, against the law, and sends a message that the community is not concerned about the appearance of its neighborhoods.

Join us for this year’s Kuumba Festival Junkanu Parade in Downtown Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– African American Appalachian Arts is proud to sponsor the 19th annual Kuumba Festival.  As always, a major part of the festival is the Junkanu Parade in Downtown Knoxville.  This yearʼs parade is scheduled for Friday, June 27. 2008 at 6:00pm and we invite your group to put on your parade best and strut your stuff!  If you own a float, would like to build a float, have a special interest vehicle, a horse unit or a group that would like to walk or ride in the parade; we encourage you to join us. There is no entry fee for parade participation.  The parade route begins at the corner of Depot and Gay streets and line-up begins at 5:30 p.m. The parade route follows Gay Street and culminates in Market Square where Kuumba Fest Friday entertainment continues.

For complete Junkanu Parade information call the 2008 Junkanu Parade Committee at 865-293-7858.

New assistant dean appointed to Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Maryville native Holly L. Burkett has been named assistant dean of the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Allen G. Edwards, the college’s president announced today.

Burkett has been director of admissions and the Communications Center at Pellissippi State since last year. Previously, she worked as alumni relations coordinator for the Pellissippi State Foundation and was enrollment management coordinator for Admissions and Records.

An alumna of Maryville High School, Burkett has a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from the University of Tennessee, where she majored in child and family studies.

“I’m extremely excited about this new opportunity to serve the college, especially at the new Blount County Campus,” Burkett said.

“Having grown up in Maryville, I know the value people who live here place on education, so it’s an honor to be able to help ‘grow’ this new campus for students who want a quality educational experience.”

“Holly has a diverse background with the college and excellent credentials in working with different constituencies that are important to our mission,” said Edwards. “The leadership she has already shown will help us achieve the next level of success with the new programs and opportunities we will offer in Blount County.”

Burkett is the daughter of Shirley and Clifford H. “Bo” Henry of Maryville. Bo Henry is a former member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the college’s governing body.

Burkett assumes her new post Aug. 1. She replaces Bill Eanes as assistant dean. Eanes is now project manager for the Economic Development Board of Blount County.

Rate of Low-Birthweight Babies is the Highest in 40 Years

Essay Focuses on the Urgent Need to Reform Juvenile Justice
BALTIMORE – National trends in child well-being taken together have improved slightly since 2000, according to a report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2008 Data Book also presents a clear path to reducing the number of children and youth in America’s justice system. The 19th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book indicators show:
• Five areas of improvement: child death rate, teen death rate, teen birth rate, high school dropout rate, and teens not in school and not working;
• One area had no change: infant mortality rate; and
• Four areas have worsened: low-birthweight babies, children living in families where no parent has full time year round employment, children in poverty, and children in single parent families.
These national trends are not on par with the well-being improvements that were seen at the end of the 1990s, with little change since 2000. The report cites that more children are living in relative poverty in the United States than in any other economically advanced nation.
“KIDS COUNT contains some good and bad news,” says Laura Beavers, coordinator of the national KIDS COUNT project at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “We continue to see that well-being indicators have largely gotten better for teens, and they’ve gotten worse for babies. The percent of babies born at low-birthweight continues to increase, with the 2005 rate the highest reported since 1968.” Looking across all well-being indicators, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Massachusetts rank highest, and New Mexico, Louisiana, and Mississippi rank the lowest.
Casey’s KIDS COUNT Data Book’s essay, “A Road Map for Juvenile Justice Reform,” discusses developments in the nation’s juvenile justice systems, highlighting recent research and reforms that provide the basis for a fundamental, urgently needed transformation. In 2006, the estimated daily count of detained and committed youth in the custody of juvenile justice facilities was 92,854. In the same year, two out of three (66 percent) of all youth in custody were there due to a non-violent offense and the ratio of rates of youth of color to white youth in custody was 3 to 1.The essay makes the case for keeping youth out of the adult justice system, reducing incarceration, ensuring safe institutions, and eliminating racially disparate treatment.
“The state and federal government must take a much closer look at the problems that are entrenched in the juvenile justice system,” says Douglas W. Nelson, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. “These problems often include harsh or abusive conditions; pervasive disparities in the treatment of youth by race and ethnicity; and disproportionate sanctions for minor and predictable misbehavior. We know and there is evidence to prove that with effective interventions, system reforms, and more effective policies, the system can produce better outcomes for young people.”

The KIDS COUNT Data Book’s essay challenges local and state level jurisdictions to develop a starting point for change. More than two decades of research from scholars has expanded the understanding of causes of delinquency and the developmental pathways that lead young people into and out of delinquency. As a result, there are several lessons that states and the nation must consider in order to move forward, such as giving families a critical role in resolving delinquency and reforming practices that blur or ignore the well-established differences between youth and adults.
“Although the juvenile justice system is at a critical stage, these problems can be overcome to yield a far more efficient and fair juvenile justice system,” declares Bart Lubow, the Casey Foundation’s director of Programs for High-Risk Youth. “There is a disturbing and increasing propensity to prosecute minor cases in the juvenile justice system that provides no benefit to public safety, but instead puts kids in harm’s way. Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative has indisputably delivered evidence that reform is indeed possible.”
Reforms recommended by the Annie E. Casey Foundation include:
• implementing policies and interventions that are age-appropriate for the child;
• reducing reliance on secure confinement;
• increasing reliance on effective community–based services;
• ensuring safe, healthy, constructive conditions of confinement;
• strengthening and empowering families to help youth succeed;
• keeping children and youth out of the adult justice system; and
• reducing racial disparities.
The essay finds that progress can be made with a strong commitment to reform by diverse agencies and constituents. State and local leaders must find an entry point for their efforts. They should focus on a particular problem or issue, whose solution requires the adoption of policies and programs that can influence other components of the system. Jurisdictions must collect and analyze data in order to hold systems accountable. The federal government can help with reform by making crucial contributions to system funding; promoting aggressive efforts to reverse the disproportionate treatment of minority youth and reducing the alarming levels of abuse in correctional custody; and strengthening protections of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
“We are poised to turn a crucial corner in reforming juvenile justice,” says Nelson. “Over the years, juvenile justice systems have too often become a dumping ground for youth who should be served by other public systems. It is time that this nation realizes the court’s vision as a place where youth receive a measure of justice, worthy of its name.”
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is the largest private charitable organization in the world that focuses exclusively on improving the lives of vulnerable children and families. For more information, visit


<!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> Policy changes to save fuel, funds used for government vehicles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced significant changes to the fleet policies of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County as a comprehensive effort to offset the impact of rising fuel costs.

Dean has called on department heads to reduce the total number of fleet vehicles by 10 percent and significantly reduce the number of vehicles taken home by employees. Changes to vehicle replacement practices and a no-idling policy have also been implemented to increase fuel efficiency across Metro.

“Everyone – from businesses to families – is looking for ways to cut back on fuel use and government should not be the exception,” Dean said. “We’re already in tight financial times. When you add in the increasing cost of fuel and growing concerns about the environment, it’s clear these changes need to be made.”

Metro department heads have been asked to conduct a thorough review of the vehicles used in the performance of their department’s duties and reduce the total fleet size by 400 vehicles. This reduction is expected to reduce fleet operating expenses by over $1.4 million a year.

Over 900 vehicles are assigned to individuals as 24-hour “take-home” vehicles. The mayor is requiring department heads to review employee assignments to validate the need for a take-home vehicle and unless there is strong justification the vehicles should be parked.

To date, the Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Management and the Water Services Department have voluntarily reduced the number of assigned take home vehicles and have identified vehicles and equipment to remove from their departments.

Dean has also called for a change in the vehicle replacement policy, where opportunities to purchase compact or sub-compact, fuel efficient vehicles in lieu of full- or mid-sized vehicles will be taken, as well as consideration for use of hybrid vehicles.

In addition, Dean has directed Metro employees driving fleet vehicles not to allow engines to idle unless it impedes their ability to perform their job duties or in the case of emergency situations. This practice will not only save on fuel costs but will reduce air pollution and reduce the wear and tear on vehicles and equipment.


“Empowering Leaders to Serve”

WHAT: The Tennessee Child Care Facilities Corporation along with
conference partners will host its 6th Annual Leadership Conference for
Early Childhood Professionals. This two-day event is dedicated to
enhancing the management skills, professionalism, and leadership
capacity of directors, administrators, program managers, teachers, and
anyone working with or providing care and learning experiences for
children. Featured speakers include: Maurice R. Sykes, Early Childhood
Leadership Institute, University of the District of Columbia,
Washington, D.C.; Sandra R. Williams, Professional Development
Specialist, LeBonheur Center for Children and Families; and Dr. Bernard
Turner, Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations
at Meharry Medical College, Nashville. Conference participants will
walk away with practical and useful organizational and program
strategies helpful in building successful, quality child care programs.
Pre-registration is required. For further information or to register,
please contact 615-532-0936 or 1-888-413-CCFC (2232).

WHEN: Friday, June 27, 2008
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Children’s Concert – Kenneth Jackson- “Rhythm
& Blues Clues”
1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Leadership Institute
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Theatrical Production – “Beating Him at His own
Game” – Presented
by TBTBS Productions

Saturday, June 28, 2008
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Conference

WHERE: World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church
6655 Winchester Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38115

MORE: Friday and Saturday’s program will include networking
opportunities, a continental breakfast, luncheon, participant’s
marketplace of Exhibitors and Resource Providers, seminar tracks on
administration, management, leadership and more for Family and
Center-Based Programs, special guest speakers and presenters, a live and
silent auction, prizes and gifts. Conference participants will receive
eight training hours to satisfy DHS requirements and standards.
Training hours will be awarded to those who attend the featured
events—Leadership Institute and Grant Writing 2008: Getting the

● Cost of Children’s Concert is $3 per child
● Cost of Leadership Institute is $20 per person
● Cost of the Theatrical Production is $10 (tickets sold
● Cost of Grant Writing: Getting the Money is $20
● Conference cost is $45 per person


NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Child care providers across Tennessee are being put on
notice-keep the children safe during the hot summer months, or face the
consequences. The Tennessee Department of Human Services’ child care
licensing division is conducting its annual summer transportation
crackdown. Hundreds of unannounced inspections and surveillances are
planned this summer to ensure child care agencies follow DHS licensing
rules and keep children safe as temperatures rise. Those caught
breaking the rules face a range of penalties, from being put on notice,
probation or even suspension of their transportation operation.

Children can suffer sunburn and dehydration after only a few moments
inside a closed vehicle during hot, summer weather. Temperatures inside
a closed vehicle climb quickly, rising to more than 107 degrees within
minutes. Children exposed to such extreme heat can suffer heatstroke,
brain damage and death. Four children died in hot child care vans in
Memphis between 1997 and 2003.

“Most child care agencies we regulate are working hard to ensure
their children stay safe during the hot summer months,” said DHS
Commissioner Gina Lodge. “Providers are trained on transportation
rules every six months. Our counselors are checking in on them this
summer to remind them of the detailed procedures that must be followed,
correct problems they discover and, ultimately, help prevent

The risk of severe injury and even death, however, is not limited to
children transported by child-care providers. Extreme heat poses a
serious danger to all children. Nationwide last year, at least 35
children died when they were left in hot cars, trucks and SUVs-one of
these deaths occurred in Chattanooga. A 15-month old boy was left in
his father’s car in May 2007.

The Department of Human Services licenses 3,400 child care agencies
across the state, and more than 700 of these offer transportation. The
majority of transporting agencies are found in Memphis, with 268
providers offering the service. Knoxville has the second highest
concentration, with 64 providers transporting, followed by Nashville
with 60, Clarksville with 28, and Chattanooga with 25.

Last year, 80 providers were “put on notice” due to serious
violations, including failure to have proper signage on the bus and keep
proper maintenance records on the vehicle. Six agencies voluntarily
suspended their licenses to transport due to critical violations,
including failure to conduct proper walk-throughs, having exposed wires
in the vehicle and failure to keep transportation logs. Keeping
accurate logs helps ensure that providers know exactly where all the
children are at all times and that no children are left on the van or

If you witness transportation or other child-care violations, please
call the Child Care Complaint Hotline at
1-800-462-8261. This number is posted on every licensed child care

For more information on child care licensing, visit: If you see a child
left unattended in any closed vehicle, please call your local police
department for emergency assistance.

For more information on staying safe in the summer heat, visit the
Tennessee Department of Health website at:

“Teen Art Classes” to be offered at Blount County Public Library

MARYVILLE, TN  (June 9, 2008)  Teens looking for an outlet for artistic expression this summer can also learn more about the joy of drawing and painting during art classes for teens.

Taught by artist, Lyda Plemons, the three sessions will be held at the Blount County Public Library on three Saturdays, June 14, 21 and 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The sessions will include

Session 1:  The Art of Basic Drawing where students will draw still lifes to record a variety of sizes, shapes and textures.  They will experiment with different strokes (dark, bold strokes, light, feathered strokes, and long, sweeping strokes) to train the students’ hands to become quicker and more skilled.

Session 2:  The Joy of Learning to Draw will be a class helping students to “see as an artist.”  Selecting a favorite subject, students will use brush and ink to make value scales and will create quick sketches and action drawings.  For the art appreciation portion of this class, students will have the opportunity to view works of Franklin Booth and various illustrators and will learn the interesting story of Fred Harmon who began his art career as a young boy on a ranch in Texas.  In school, he drew only horses and later became the illustrator of his own comic book series.

Session 3:  Watercolor and Nature will cover the use of watercolor as a medium, art appreciation of works in watercolor by famous artists, and students will experience the beauty of using watercolor by creating their own works in a hands on activity.

At each of the three sessions, students will complete art work of their own in the hands on segment of the class.

Pre-registration for the classes is required along with payment of a $10 fee for materials and supplies. To register, go to the Reference Desk at the Blount County Public Library.  The number of students accepted in the class is limited, so the first to sign up will be accepted into the classes.

Lyda Plemons, the art instructor for the teen art classes, is an award-winning artist and has paintings throughout the U.S. and even a mural on a hospital wall in Russia.  She served as chair of a Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild committee who designed a flag which now hangs in Nashville.

Plemons has trained with artists at the Museum of Art in Oak Ridge, with Dr. Carl Gombert at Maryville College, with the late Martha Wright, and with nationally-known artists at the Art Guild of Tellico Village.  She has served as a docent at the Knoxville Museum of Art, teaches classes for Fine Arts Blount, and organized an art camp for three years for East Maryville Baptist Church.

Open to the public, the classes will be at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

To print a one-page monthly calendar of events at the library, go to the library Web site at, click on “Programs and Events” and then click on “Click here to view the monthly calendar of events in printable format” or sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email by scrolling down and clicking on and putting “subscribe” in the subject line.

Audition to Jam at Blount County Public Library

MARYVILLE, TN  (June 12, 2008)  Here’s a chance for your band or vocal group to perform in a new venue…at the library!

As the finale for the Teen Summer Reading Program, Blount County teen groups are invited to audition to participate in a band jam for teens.

At the jam on July 27 at 2:00 p.m., the featured player and emcee will be Ben Jackson, a sophomore at Middle Tennessee State University and 2007 William Blount High School graduate who will perform an acoustical guitar concert accompanying a local vocalist.

To be selected to perform at the Teen Band Jam, an audition and personal interview are required.  No group or band will be permitted to perform without advance selection.

If you are interested in auditioning for this event, please submit the following information by July 7:

  • Name of Your Group
  • Names of Group Members
  • Demo CD, if you have one
  • Copy of Lyrics
  • List of Instruments
  • Group Photograph
  • Contact Info—phone number, email address
  • Web site address, if you have one
  • Previous Gig Locations

Submit all requested information to

Reference Desk

Blount County Public Library

508 N. Cusick St.

Maryville, TN 37804

865-273-1435 or 865-273-1408

Weather permitting, the band jam will be conducted outdoors, so audience members need to plan to bring lawn chairs.  If inclement weather occurs, the jam will be indoors in the library’s  Reading Rotunda.

This event, along with the Teen Summer Reading Program, is hosted by the Blount County Public Library Teen Committee and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

To print a one-page monthly calendar of events at the library, go to the library Web site at, click on “Programs and Events” and then click on “Click here to view the monthly calendar of events in printable format” or sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email by scrolling down and clicking on and putting “subscribe” in the subject line.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Lucas Richman Renews Contract

KNOXVILLE, TN – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Lucas Richman has extended his contract with the KSO for three more years. This extension takes Maestro Richman through 2010-2011, the KSO’s 75th Anniversary season. <!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> June 10, 2008

Lucas Richman has done a great job leading the KSO during the last five years,” says Board President Jeffrey Lee. “He has taken the orchestra to new artistic levels while at the same time sharing with us his passion for music and his deep commitment to educational programs. Our organization is heading in the right direction and Maestro Richman is an integral part of that momentum.”

Lucas Richman recently completed his fifth season as Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He comes to Knoxville from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where he was Resident and Assistant Conductor from 1998 through 2004. Over the past five years he has introduced a nationally award winning Music and Wellness program and reinstituted the Family Series featuring his original animated character, Picardy Penguin.

The KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee since 1935. Under the leadership of Lucas Richman, the orchestra consists of more than 80 professional musicians and performs more than 250 programs throughout East Tennessee each season. Performing in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium, and in non-traditional places like hospitals, school classrooms, nursing homes, city parks and churches, the KSO reaches more than 200,000 people throughout the region each year.

Cricket Customers Can Register To Vote While Shopping For Phone, Paying Bills~

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. May 29, 2008 Cricket Communications Inc, a leading provider of unlimited wireless services, is offering their customers more than great cell phone plans. Beginning May 30, Cricket customers and anyone else visiting Cricket stores in Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville can register to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

People are excited about this election and we wanted to do our part to encourage people to get out and participate in the democratic process, said Rafael Gomez, Cricket district director for East Tennessee. As weve seen during the primary process, an unprecedented number of young people are showing an interest in politics. We think thats great and want to encourage it.

Cricket recently partnered with Declare Yourself, an organization dedicated to encouraging young people to vote.

Many of our customers will be eligible to vote for the first time this year, said Gomez. We want our customers to be heard in November, so we hope they will come to the stores and get registered.

In Tennessee, to be eligible to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, have reached your 18th birthday by Nov. 4, 2008 and not be disqualified by law. First time voters must be registered 30 days before the election. Cricket stores will provide registration forms, assistance with filling out the forms and submit completed forms to the election commission by Sept. 3, 2008.

30 Metal Storm Grates Reported Missing

City to Pay $9000.00 in Replacement Cost

Chattanooga, Tennessee – Three men were arrested this past Friday (May 30, 2008), for trying to sell a City of Chattanooga metal storm grate to a local scrap metal dealer.  Recently, thirty storm grates (or catch basin grates) have been reported as missing.  The grates are used to capture storm water runoff from streets throughout the city, “This is a very dangerous situation that could result in serious injury,” said Jim Templeton, Director of Citywide Services for the City of Chattanooga.  “Someone riding a bike or just walking on the side of any street could easily fall into an exposed opening.”  The replacement value for each storm grate is $300.00.  It is estimated that the scrap metal value per grate is $6.00 – $14.00.  Each grate weights approximately 150 lbs.

Arrested and charged with theft under $500.00 (only 1 storm grate was confiscated) were William F. Gifford, 47, Ringgold, Georgia, Paul Andra Gifford, 59, Chattanooga, and Donald Lindon Thomas, 52, Chattanooga.

The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed metal theft legislation that imposes stricter requirements on those buying and selling metal.  High metal prices have resulted in an increase in metal theft.  The new regulations include requiring a state issued identification card and a thumb print before selling any metals and making it a Class A misdemeanor to sell or buy scrap metal marked with the name of a governmental entity.  The new law goes into effect on October 1, 2008.  The city is in the process of replacing all missing grates.  If you know the location of a missing grate, please report it by calling 311.  If you are aware of any details relating to the theft of any city property, please call the Chattanooga Police Department at 698-2525.

ETSU hosts inaugural southeastern paleontology conference June 18-21, honors former Gov. Don Sundquist

JOHNSON CITY—East Tennessee State University’s Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology and the ETSU Office of Professional Development will host the inaugural Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology Conference scheduled Wednesday through Saturday, June 18-21.

The conference opens with a 6 p.m. reception on June 18, at the ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site, and concludes with a June 21 excursion to Ice Age fossil sites in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

ETSU’s more than five acres at the Gray Fossil Site is late Miocene in age, between 4.5 and 7 million years old. Core samples indicate the huge deposit — 100 to 140 feet deep — contains fossilized remains of an entire ecosystem and several new species of plants and animals that range in size from tiny pollen and seeds to red pandas, tapirs, alligators and rhinos.

On June 19 at 6 p.m., in the auditorium of the Johnson City Power Board (JCPB), 2600 Boones Creek Road, Dr. James Farlow will present a public talk, “It Came from the Sinkhole: A Glimpse of Hoosier Wildlife Before the Ice Age.” Farlow, a professor of geology at Indiana-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, coordinates the study of fossil plants and animals from the Late Neogene Pipe Creek Sinkhole site in northern Indiana.

The highlight on June 20 will be a dinner in Jonesborough honoring former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist. When the Gray Fossil Site was discovered by state highway road crews in 2000, Sundquist ensured that the roadbed’s location was altered so formal exploration of the unique site could begin. He played an important role again, with assistance in securing $8 million in vital funding through the Tennessee Department of Transportation for construction of ETSU’s new fossil site museum, research facility and visitor center which opened to the public on Labor Day weekend in 2007.

The dinner speaker will be Dr. Bruce McFadden, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida in Gainesville. He will address “Fossil Adventures Along the Panama Canal,” focusing on extensive new excavations in fossiliferous deposits which began there in 2007.  McFadden is a past president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Conference sponsors include the JCPB, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum and Visitor Center.

For further information, or assistance for those with disabilities, contact Darla Dye in the ETSU Office of Professional Development at 423-439-8025 or toll free 800-222-3878.

ETSU Sholes Lectureship to address issues of c-section on demand

JOHNSON CITY – The ethical issues of c-section on demand will be the theme of the 14th Annual Dr. Dillard M. Sholes, Jr. and Mrs. Mattie E. Sholes Distinguished Lectureship at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine on Wednesday, June 25.

The lecture will be delivered by Dr. James W. Van Hook at noon in the lower-level auditorium of Stanton-Gerber Hall, located on the VA Medical Center campus.  A pre-event reception on the first floor Mezzanine will begin at 11 a.m.

Van Hook is Professor and Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of OB/GYN at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He is board certified in OB/GYN, maternal fetal medicine, and critical care, and addiction medicine.  He also holds a certificate in medical management from the Southern Medical Association at Auburn University.

The lectureship was established in memory of Dr. Dillard Sholes, Professor Emeritus and former OB/GYN chair at the Quillen College of Medicine, and his wife, Mattie E. Sholes.

The ETSU Quillen College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ETSU’s Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this educational activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of participation in the activity. As an ACCME-approved provider, the CME credit offered during this ETSU educational activity is acceptable by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for nurse practitioner recertification and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for physician assistant recertification.

For more information, or to request special assistance, call (423) 439-8027.

ETSU remembers the late Dr. Rollin Williams, founder of Aerospace Workshop, university’s longest-running grant

JOHNSON CITY—During a recent Aerospace Workshop class at East Tennessee State University, Dr. W. Rollin Williams, who founded the program, was remembered through the presentation of mementos to Dr. Janice Williams, his widow.

Rollin Williams was founding dean of the ETSU College of Applied Science and Technology (now part of the College of Business and Technology), and, from 1967-1976, he served as chair of what was then the Department of Industrial Education. In retirement, he was accorded professor emeritus status.

In addition to his interest in the aerospace program, Williams and his wife enjoyed Asian culture. He spent two one-year periods as a Fulbright Scholar—one in Thailand and another in Taiwan. In addition, he taught for a year each in Taiwan and in Nanjing, China.

The annual summer Aerospace Workshops began in 1975. Scholarships are granted to area elementary or secondary school teachers or administrators to give them meaningful experiences and material, which they can then offer the children in their schools. This is the longest-running continuous grant administered by ETSU.

During the 33 years of the program, some 1,500 teachers have taken the workshops, which are given annually at the basic level and every-other-year to advanced students.

The three-week basic workshop now in progress provides a tour of Tri-Cities Airport, including the radar room and air traffic control area; a NASA representative directing a session; and rocket building and launching. An “egg drop” exercise involves safely packaging and dropping an egg with “style and accuracy” from the height of a three-story building. In another project, participants build a glider or paper aircraft to be tested in the ETSU Mini-Dome for the greatest distance and duration of flight.

A field trip is scheduled to Charleston, S.C., where the students will view United States Air Force facilities and tour the Boeing Company operations.

Individual flight instruction is a major component of the workshop, with participants receiving two one-hour sessions.

For further information, contact Dr. Paul Sims of the ETSU Department of Technology and Geomatics at (423) 439-7819

Pellissippi State appoints Byrd new dean of English

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.– Pellissippi State Technical Community College has selected Associate Professor Kathy Byrd to be the new dean of the English Department. Byrd replaces Lois Reynolds, who recently stepped down after serving in the position for 18 years.

Allen Edwards, Pellissippi State president, announced the appointment May 23.

“I am pleased to announce that Kathy Byrd has accepted the role of dean of the English Department at Pellissippi State,” he said. “I look forward to working with Dean Byrd in her new role.”

Byrd, a member of the English faculty since 1992, taught at Blount County Center for 15 years and served as coordinator of the Dual Enrollment program for the past year.

“Lois Reynolds deserves a lot of credit for her exemplary leadership and tireless service to Pellissippi State over the years,” Byrd said. “She has given me a great model to follow, and I look forward to continuing to work with a wonderful group of departmental colleagues whose dedication, passion and creativity I admire.”

Byrd earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee. She taught journalism and English at Illinois State University, the University of Cincinnati and Maryville College before coming to Pellissippi State as an instructor in English. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1995 and associate professor in 1999.

Byrd has been a member of the college’s Faculty Council for 11 years and served a two-year term as president. In 1998-99, she received Pellissippi State’s Outstanding Full-time Faculty award.

In 2003 Byrd was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to be the faculty representative to the Tennessee Board of Regents, the college’s governing body. Along with Pellissippi State colleague David Vinson, she co-chaired the Steering Committee and led the TBR Faculty Forum in Nashville in 2007.

Byrd is a member of the Leadership Blount Class of 2007, the National Council of Teachers of English and the Two-Year College English Association of Tennessee.

A sports enthusiast who enjoys running, cycling, tennis and golf, she completed the Knoxville Half-Marathon in March. Byrd lives in Maryville with her husband, Leonard Butts, interim sports editor at The Daily Times. They are the parents of two daughters: Lauren, a graduate student at Syracuse University, and Courtlin, a junior at Vanderbilt University.

Pellissippi State honors outstanding employees

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.– Pellissippi State Technical Community College recognized the efforts of its faculty and staff at the 2008 Employee Appreciation Awards ceremony April 23. All winners received a cash award, plaque and medallion, and all retirees a desk clock, provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Susan McMahon, program coordinator of Pre-nursing Education, earned the college’s highest honor for an employee, the Excellence in Teaching Award.

When McMahon couldn’t locate a suitable lab manual for her cell biology course, she wrote her own. She developed most of the experiments herself as well, including ones on bioremediation of oil spills, in which the students created an oil spill and used microorganisms to clean it up, and tissue culture, in which students cloned African violets.

McMahon joined forces with faculty in the college’s Media Technologies degree program to produce 17 DVDs to use in a nutrition course.

“Being filmed in this way was out of my comfort zone at first,” she said, “but hearing students’ positive comments has made me pleased that I made the effort.”

McMahon also developed a new course, Careers in Biology, that focuses on career opportunities in biology, medicine and agriculture.

Dulces et utiles [literally, pleasant and useful]—to instruct while delighting—this has been my personal creed for my entire education career, and I attempt to embody it here as the senior instructional technology specialist,” said Audrey Williams, winner of the Innovations Award for her work in helping faculty and students use technology to improve teaching and learning.

Williams is a technology wizard, with a trunkful of knowledge and resources to inspire her audience. One day she helps an instructor create a recording of Civil War photos and songs to use in class. Another, she demonstrates the bells and whistles buried in Microsoft Office Excel.

Yet another day she hosts a workshop on Desire2Learn (D2L) software, providing faculty teaching online with the administrative tools for recording grades, interpreting data and creating new courses.

“The number of online courses has grown from 12 sections in 1999,” she said, “to more than 105 sections in fall 2006. I now have more than 280 Pellissippi State faculty members subscribed to my Learning Online (LOL) listserv.”

Williams also maintains three blogs—Technology Tuesday, Technology Update and TeachTech—to share technology news.

“Our blog visitors are from around the world,” she said, “putting Pellissippi State and its blogs on the map!”

Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity, earned the Gene Joyce Visionary Award for launching and coordinating the Transition to College program.

Transition to College provides intensive instruction and guidance to high school students from underrepresented urban and rural communities to boost their chances of academic success in college. This year’s participating high schools are Alcoa, Austin-East, Central, Fulton, Gibbs, Heritage and William Blount.

All costs of the program are covered by Pellissippi State.

Transition to College, which began in 2005, had until 2007-08 been limited to a two-week learning experience. Wood applied for and received a grant that allowed the program to continue year-round.

This past fall, Pellissippi State transported students to the Pellissippi Campus who had been identified by their high school counselors as at risk for academic success. The students received several days of individual and classroom instruction in mathematics, reading and English to prepare for the ACT exam. Participants then took the ACT at the college.

Spring semester, Pellissippi State brought in a new group of students for intensive instruction and brought back for a refresher those whose scores on the ACT placed them in college developmental classes.

“Our latest data, from last summer, showed that as a result of completing the course,” said Wood, “85 percent of the participants gained at least one level on the college placement exam and 25 percent gained two levels.”

This summer, Transition to College will provide a full 30-hour week of tutoring and instruction, and Wood says she expects the exam improvement rate to climb even higher.

The program results have been presented at a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development conference and also have been the focus of an article in “Inside Higher Ed.”

The selection committee that chose the Innovations, Gene Joyce and Excellence in Teaching winners was composed of seven Foundation Board of Trustees members. The committee reviewed materials submitted by the nominees. In addition to a plaque and medallion, Williams and Wood received $1,000 each and McMahon $1,500.

The ceremony also recognized as outstanding the following employees, each of whom was presented with a plaque, medallion and $100 check from the Foundation:

    • Ray Booth, adjunct faculty, Mathematics—Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award
    • Janis Foreman, director, Applications Programming Support—Outstanding Administrator Award
    • Marilyn Harper, assistant professor, Liberal Arts—Outstanding Full-time Faculty Award
    • Mike Looney, computer technician, Network and Technical Services—Outstanding Technical/Service/Maintenance Award
    • Lori Warneke, executive assistant, Information Services—Outstanding Support Professional Award

Peter Nerzak and Martha Merrill both received the Tennessee Board of Regents Lana Doncaster Innovations Award. Nerzak, director of Library Services, was recognized for his service statewide in distance education. Merrill, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology, was honored for her work with students using D2L software.

Phi Theta Kappa Advisor awards went to Regina Buckley for 10 years as chapter advisor and Linda Streebeck for five years.

Retiring faculty and staff: Judy Ahrens, Jane Casey, Judy Hall, Carol O’Farrell, Linda Stutzenberger, JoAnne Thomasson and Karen Whitaker.

ETSU receives NIH funding for study of language impairment in children

JOHNSON CITY – With good examples and training, most kids develop basic grammar skills by the time they reach preschool age.  But some fall behind.

“This particular group of children has delays specifically in grammar and vocabulary development but do not have an underlying condition, such as autism or hearing loss, to which it can be attributed,” said Dr. Kerry Proctor-Williams, an assistant professor of communicative disorders in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences at East Tennessee State University.

“It’s more than just using poor grammar,” she added.  “It’s an impairment of language learning – something many believe is related to processing.  And, if the problem is not treated when children are young, it often leads to further language delays and places the child at risk for reading and other academic problems.”

Proctor-Williams has received a three-year $204,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to further explore one treatment approach, called recasting, which has shown effectiveness in previous studies.  Based on what parents naturally do, in recasting, when a child says something that is grammatically incorrect, the parent will immediately repeat what the child says but with a correction. For example, a child says “He running,” and the parent replies “He is running.”

“How often recasts should be provided and over what duration of time in order to speed up the learning of grammar by children with delays are the two main questions we will be pursuing with this grant,” she said.

Proctor-Williams is a speech-language pathologist with the ETSU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic located in Lamb Hall.

Public invited to free talk on ‘A Brief History of Tapirs’ at ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum at Gray Fossil Site

JOHNSON CITY – The “plight” of the tapir will be discussed by Dr. Matt Colbert of the University of Texas in a public talk entitled “A Brief History of Tapirs” on Tuesday, June 17, at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site.

The tapir is the “lovable, yet completely indescribable mascot” for ETSU’s fossil site museum as more than 70 tapir specimens have been uncovered at the Miocene-era dig so far, which is more than has been recovered at any site in the world.

Colbert specializes in the evolution of tapirs and talks about the subject to increase knowledge of the species, as well as raise awareness for the plight of the endangered animal, which is found only in Central America, South America and Malaysia.

He received his master’s degree in biology at San Diego State University before earning his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin, where his dissertation covered various issues relating to the evolution of the tapir.  Information regarding behavior, diet and habitat provide explanations about the extinction of a species, like the dwarf tapir found at the Gray Fossil Site, and can be used to help prevent the loss of endangered species such as the Baird’s, Mountain, Lowland and Malayan tapirs.

Colbert, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California–Berkeley with a double major in paleontology and zoology, now works in the High-Resolution X-ray CT facility at Texas and specializes in scanning and analyzing natural history specimens.

Tuesday’s free 5 p.m. event in the museum’s Eastman Credit Union Multi-Media Classroom will informally launch the inaugural Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology Conference, which is being co-sponsored June 18-21 by the museum and ETSU’s Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology as well as the Johnson City Power Board.

For information, visit or call toll free 1-866-202-6223.

ETSU finds going “green” is good

JOHNSON CITY—East Tennessee State University is making important strides in becoming a “green” university through a number of initiatives.  A highly successful event held recently encouraged businesses and homeowners to bring to campus their old electronic devices, such as computers, VCRs, and cell phones, to be collected and removed for safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly recycling.

Twelve trailer trucks were needed to haul away 230,000 pounds of materials over the course of four “eWaste” recycling days in May.  ETSU served as the lead institution for this effort, which ran concurrently at Vanderbilt University and the University of Memphis.  Nearly one million pounds of recycled items were collected across the state.

ETSU students have embraced the green movement and recently voted to approve a Green Fee of $5 per student each semester.  A student committee will oversee allocation of the funds.

A major effort in recycling began in September 2007.  A Recycling Coordinator was hired just the month before to oversee the many new efforts and those begun at various times by different faculty, staff, and student organizations.

With support from across the campus community, ETSU’s programs are paying off in even greater numbers than anticipated.  Since October, over 50 tons of material have been recycled—with a monthly average now reaching 10 tons.  In five years, ETSU projects that it will be recycling 25 percent of all waste materials.

Bins in every building make recycling convenient, as do ETSU’s four recycling centers.  Students in some residence halls have personal recycling bags to make collecting and dropping off items much easier.

Students from kindergarten through seniors at ETSU’s University School are enthusiastically doing their part—including establishing compost bins, planting an organic garden, collecting water for their garden in rain barrels, recycling, and practicing water and energy conservation.

The university requires many vehicles to meet its transportation needs.  Through the use of hybrid and flex fuel vehicles, utility carts, and expanded shuttle bus routes, ETSU has cut back on fuel needs and air pollution.  Another initiative, known as the Yellow Bike Program, involves used bicycles, which are repaired, painted yellow, and parked at the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity.  Any student, faculty, or staff member may present an identification card at the desk inside the building and then ride one of the bikes for the day, rather than driving an automobile.

For ETSU’s air pollution reduction efforts, the university recently received an Ozzie Award—one of only three presented—from the Ozone Action Partnership, under the auspices of the First Tennessee Development District.  The award, presented at the East Tennessee Environmental Conference, recognizes efforts to prevent the formation of ozone in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Conservation is vital to any green program, and ETSU is invested in an Energy Performance Contract, with $10 million in expenses expected to realize future savings.  Upgrades are in progress on the university’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, and water systems.

Future plans for a “greener” ETSU continue to evolve.  Educating the campus community, more yellow bicycles and bike trails, outside recycling containers—even composting in the dining areas—are under discussion to make ETSU the best possible steward of East Tennessee’s natural resources.

For further information, contact Kathleen Moore at (423) 439-7766 or via

Nashville’s International Puppet Festival!

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Nashville, Tenn.– Theater lovers of all ages, and fans of magical marionettes, won’t want to miss Nashville’s International Puppet Festival, June 20-22 at the downtown Main Library, 615 Church St. and Church Street Park.

The three-day festival presents world-class puppeteers from Italy, France, Germany and China as well as the library’s own Wishing Chair Productions, performing a variety of shows in the best European and international puppetry traditions, from traditional Punch and Judy to cabaret showcase and “object theater.”

Scheduled festival performers include:

  • Magdeburg Puppentheater (Germany): The puppeteers from Nashville’s sister city, who packed the house on a visit to the library in 2004, return with their special brand of puppet magic in Little Red Riding Hood.

  • Teatro dei Burattini San Carlino (Italy): Color and craft are the hallmarks of the San Carlino group, who perform Music Abducts Puppets, a free interpretation of the opera The Abduction of the Seraglio by W.A. Mozart accompanied by Orchestra Nashville, and the U.S. premiere of Pulcinella.

  • Le Vélo Théâtre (France): Formed by Charlot Lemoine and Tania Castaing in Angers, France in 1981, Vélo Théâtre creates performances based on images with few or no words, inviting the audience into a relationship called “le Théâtre d’Objet” or “Object Theater”. Vélo will perform There Is A Rabbit In The Moon and The Postman.

  • Dragon Art Studio (China): Yuqin Wang trained in classical Bejing opera and performed with the national Puppet Art Troupe of China for more than 30 years. Zhengli Xu graduated from the Beijing Puppetry Art School and spent many years studying under the great puppet masters of China, performing as a rod puppeteer for more than 40 years. The pair, now based in the U.S., blends puppetry and music with elegance, humor and special effects in Images of China, which presents a series of vignettes based on traditional—and sometimes not so traditional—Chinese tales.

  • Phillip Huber: This Emmy award-winning master puppeteer, best known for his marionette work for the film Being John Malkovich, creates sophisticated performances and incredible, complex puppets famed around the world. Huber will perform Suspended Animation at the festival.

  • Wood and Strings Theatre: Artistree, the creative team behind this national puppet theater, is known for bringing storybook illustrations to “life” in three-dimensional form. Using elegant reproductions of classic Bunraku puppets of Japan, the company will perform Out of the Mist…a Dragon, a romantic drama that reaches into the world of myth and legend to portray a young man’s exotic journey of self-discovery.

  • Wishing Chair Productions: Nashville Public Library’s resident puppet theater company will showcase their stunning adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream complete with dramatic sets, an original score and handmade puppets and costumes.

Street theater performers include juggler and magician Scott Tripp, Laura Wallace of Bread and Puppet Theatre Company, local kid’s band Adam and the Couch Potatoes, and Adrian Rose and Lon Chaney performing as Mechanical Animals.

Those bitten by the puppetry bug can participate in build-a-puppet craft sessions for all ages, or learn about puppet theater in professional workshops led by Wishing Chair Productions including Puppet Making for All Ages, Adapting Literature for Puppet Shows, and Acting with Puppets.

Showcased in magical sets, an exhibit of historic marionettes from the Tom Tichenor and Peeko Puppets collections at Nashville Public Library will be displayed in the Courtyard Gallery during the festival.

Nashville’s International Puppet Festival, June 20-22 at the downtown Main Library, 615 Church St. The entire event is free and open to the public.

Free shuttle service to the library from state parking lot 28 on Charlotte Ave. and 10th Circle North on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (limited parking available on Friday, June 20 in the attached 7th Ave. garage).

Tickets can be reserved online ($2.50 handling fee per ticket) at, or available on first come, first served basis from the Tickets Nashville booth at Church Street Park (across from the downtown library) on festival days. For more information or a complete performance schedule, visit or call 862-5800.

Related events:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Featuring a glorious set inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” voice talent by some of Nashville’s finest actors, custom marionettes and hand-and-rod puppets, and a sweeping original score by Dan Landes, this production brings Shakespeare’s comedy classic to new life (recommended for ages 6 and older; running time: 70 minutes). Fridays and Saturdays, June 13, 14, 27, 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Theater at Main Library, 615 Church St. Special performances will be held during Nashville’s International Puppet Festival, June 20-22; visit for schedule.

Let’s Make Puppets with Wood & Strings Theatre

Wood & Strings Theatre, a national puppet theater company featured in Nashville’s International Puppet Festival, conduct a two-hour puppet-making workshop with all materials provided (Ages 10 and up). Space is limited and registration is required; call 880-3957, ex. 3. Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 PM at Edmondson Pike Branch Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike, 880-3957.

Storytime with Wood and Strings Theatre

Wood and Strings Theatre, national theater company based in Tennessee, present a special storytime for preschoolers featuring a variety of skits and handmade puppets. Wednesday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Goodlettsville Branch Library, 106 Old Brick Church Pike, 862-5862.

Wood and Strings Puppetry Workshop

Learn about puppetry arts and make your own puppet to take home at this two-hour workshop with all materials provided for ages 8-12, hosted by Wood and Strings Theatre. Space is limited and registration is required; call 862-5862. Wednesday, June 18 at 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. (two workshops) at Goodlettsville Branch Library, 106 Old Brick Church Pike, 862-5862.

Make-a-Marionette with Wood and Strings Theatre

Wood and Strings Theatre, a national puppet theater company based in Tennessee, introduce the art of handmade marionettes and lead children in a make-a-marionette session with all materials provided (Grades 3 and up).

Space is limited and registration is required; call 880-3951, ex. 3. Thursday, June 19 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Hermitage Branch Library, 3700 James Kay Lane, 880-3951.

Music @ Main: The Hollow Trees

L.A. based ensemble The Hollow Trees, performing at the 2008 CMA Music Festival, specialize in high-energy acoustic Americana music played with passion, skill, and humor. Combining bluegrass, country, folk, blues and jazz, they put their stamp on both traditional folk songs and their own original songs, creating “folk music for families.” Saturday, June 7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Division at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Summer Reading 2008

Children, teens and adults are invited to Summer Reading at Nashville Public Library. More than 200 programs are offered during Starship Adventure (preschoolers and school-age children) including author readings, storyhours, movies, magic shows, musical performances, craft sessions, and workshops by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. TSR 2008 (teens 12-18) offers computer game tournaments, trivia contests, crafts and board games, movies and anime. Have Books, Will Travel (adults 18+) includes lectures on local and international travel, travelogues on China and Peru, and photography, travel journal and scrapbook workshops. Children who register by June 23 receive a game night package from the Nashville Sounds. Prizes for kids and teens who complete their reading logs include free admission to Adventure Science Center, Grand Old Golf, The Hermitage, Cheekwood, Nashville Shores, Wave Country or Laser Quest. Adults receive a travel tote bag and entry into grand prize drawings for a vintage travel trunk filled with travel accessories. June 2-July 12 at all branches of Nashville Public Library. To register, visit your local branch or For more information, call 862-5800.

The Open Door: Libraries in the 21st Century

How will libraries meet the educational and recreational needs of modern communities? Stephen Abram, president of the Special Libraries Association, past-president of the Canadian and Ontario Library Associations, and chief strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute, was named one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries by Library Journal. Join Abram as he shares technologies that will be vital to libraries of the future, and explores ways that libraries can be more open to their communities and neighborhoods. This event is part of “A Strategic Conversation About Nashville Public Library,” a 2008 initiative using public feedback to help direct the future of the library. June 5 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Main Library, 615 Church St. For more information, call 862-5804, ex. 6047.

Authors at Main: Joe R. Lansdale

East Texas resident Joe R. Lansdale is the multi-award winning author of thirty novels and more than 200 short stories, articles and essays. He has received the Edgar Award, the Grinzani Prize for Literature, seven Bram Stoker Awards, and many others. His stories, Bubba Hotep, and Incident On and Off a Mountain Road, were both filmed. He has written screenplays, teleplays, comic book scripts, and teaches creative writing and screenplay writing at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is also the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan, and has been in the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame four times. Join Lansdale, fresh off his guest of honor stint at Hypericon 4 in Nashville, for a reading and signing on Sunday, June 29 at 3 p.m. at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

ETSU School of Graduate Studies honors ‘Outstanding’ students

JOHNSON CITY— The East Tennessee State University School of Graduate Studies recently honored its recipients of awards for outstanding graduate work. Each award was determined by a committee comprised of graduate faculty members representing different disciplines and chaired by a member of the ETSU Graduate Council.

Each award winner was presented a plaque and $100. The names of these award recipients will be on permanent display in the School of Graduate Studies lobby in Burgin E. Dossett Hall.

Timothy Southern of Fletcher, N.C., was honored as the Outstanding Dissertation Award recipient for his study, “Examination of Microsporidia Spore Adherence and Host Cell Infection in Vitro

Mark Sharman of Northampton, England, received the Outstanding Thesis in the Arts and Humanities Award for his work, “A Study of How Four Black Newspapers Covered the U.S. Masters Tournament, 1994 Through 2001.”

Bradley Edwards of Jonesborough was honored for the Outstanding Thesis in Education and Social Sciences for his investigation, “Media: Effects on Attitudes toward Police and Fear of Criminal Victimization.” He received his bachelor’s degree from ETSU and is now pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice. He is employed by the Jonesborough Century 21 Home Team. Married to Nyela Edwards, he is the son of Dennis and Judy Edwards of Harrogate.

Christian Muenyi of Johnson City earned the Outstanding Thesis in Science, Math, Technology, and Computer Science Award with his study, “Vitamin E (Tocotrienols) and Prostate Cancer: A Protemics Approach.” He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buea in his native country of Cameroon, and he is employed by the Department of Pediatrics in the ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

Patti Andrews Marlow of Elizabethton received the Outstanding Capstone Award for her project, “The Quilt, the Patterns, the Makers Yesterday and Today: From a Utilitarian Mainstay to a Twenty-first Century Object of Art.” The recipient of an associate degree from Milligan College, she earned a bachelor’s degree at ETSU and is currently pursuing a master of arts in liberal studies degree with a concentration in Appalachian Studies. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda honorary society, and she has been employed by the ETSU Department of Music for 18 years, serving as events coordinator. The wife of Randy Marlow and mother of two children, she is the daughter of Walter and Betty Andrews of Hampton.

Two awards were given for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Associate or Assistant:

Angela Barlow taught within the ETSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The Johnson City resident also received a James H. Quillen Graduate Scholarship for her studies toward a master’s degree in sociology. She is the president of Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honorary society and the recipient of the Dorman Stout Sr. Academic Excellence in Sociology Award. She received her ETSU undergraduate degree summa cum laude in 2006.

Wyatt DesOrmeaux taught in the ETSU Department of Mathematics. The son of Robert and Lorraine DesOrmeaux of Mosheim, he attended the University of Florida and Tusculum College before entering the master’s degree in mathematics program at ETSU. He collaborates with the United States Department of Agriculture in new crop development for Tennessee. A member of Gamma Beta Phi and Kappa Mu Epsilon honorary societies, he is also the recipient of a James H. Quillen Graduate Scholarship.

ETSU names Quillen Scholarship recipients

JOHNSON CITY—East Tennessee State University has named the 2008 recipients of James H. Quillen Scholarships.

The $4,000 scholarships were created through a bequest to ETSU by the late James H. Quillen, who represented Tennessee’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

Quillen requested that endowment proceeds be used to fund scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students from the First Congressional District on the basis of scholastic endeavors, school and community leadership, volunteer services and activities, other extracurricular activities, and work experience.

Among those selected as undergraduate-level Quillen Scholars are:

Blountville: Diana Smith of Blountville is the wife of Kevin Smith and the mother of four children. An ETSU senior, she is working toward an interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in elementary education. She attended Northeast State Technical Community College and Virginia Highlands Community College, and earned an entry in Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students. A member of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi honorary society and the National Scholars Honor Society, she is also a member of the Student Teachers Association, the Tennessee Education Association, and the National Education Association. She is the recipient of a Collegiate All-American Scholarship and serves as a foster parent for the State of Tennessee. Among her many volunteer activities is working in after-school programs at Fairmont and Gray Elementary schools. She is the daughter of Tifton and Susan Sanders of Murfreesboro.

Bluff City: Kelley Cross, daughter of Phil and Janice Cross of Bluff City, will enter ETSU in the fall to study biology. She is a member of the Class of 2008 at Sullivan East High School. A keyboardist in the Bluff City Baptist Church praise band, she was a Queen of Hearts participant and raised $18,000 for the American Heart Association.

Church Hill: Amanda Marsh is an ETSU sophomore majoring in mass communications with a concentration in journalism. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a staff writer for ETSU’s student newspaper, the East Tennessean.  A volunteer at The River women’s shelter in Johnson City, she is vice president of Alpha Lambda Delta honorary society. She is the daughter of Darryl and Debbie Marsh of Church Hill.

Elizabethton: Shelby Smith, son of Lynn and Lisa Dawn Smith of Elizabethton, is an ETSU freshman majoring in music.

Erwin: Bonnie Guinn is a 2008 honors graduate of Unicoi County High School. She participated in the ETSU Upward Bound program. During her high school career, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Beta Club. She is the daughter of Gary Guinn of Erwin.

Greeneville: Amanda Willett, daughter of Rickey and Patricia Willett of Greeneville, will enter ETSU in the fall as a freshman. She is a member of the 2008 graduating class at West Greene High School.

Johnson City: Erica Nicole Edmisten is a junior at ETSU, where she is majoring in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. She is a member of several national honorary societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Alpha Sigma Lambda, and Gamma Beta Phi. She is the daughter of Brenda Sneyd and Charles Edmisten, both of Johnson City.

Morristown: Alaina Akens is a 2008 graduate of Morristown East High School, where she was editor of the yearbook. A member of Trinity United Methodist Church, she was named in Who’s Who Among American High School Students. She plans to major in computer science and is the daughter of Greg Akens of Morristown and Kim Dockery of Bulls Gap.

Justin Frazee will transfer from Union University to ETSU as a junior majoring in digital media. He also attended Walters State Community College, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honorary society and was named in Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. He is the son of David and Bonnie Frazee of Morristown.

Roan Mountain: Mary Whitehead is a 2008 graduate of Cloudland High School where she was a data analyst for the Cloudland After-School Runway Program. She plans to study business administration, concentrating on accountancy. A member of Morgan Branch Free Will Baptist Church, she is the daughter of Jeff and Carmelita Whitehead of Roan Mountain.

Among those selected as graduate-level Quillen Scholars are:


Blountville: Christina Caflisch received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in December and will enter the ETSU doctoral program in physical therapy next fall. She is the daughter of George and Emily Caflisch of Blountville.

Bristol: Brooke Mann, who is working toward a master of arts in teaching degree, is the daughter of Terry and Lydia Mann of Bristol.

Church Hill: Ashley Chapman, a graduate of King College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics, is a student in the ETSU master of arts in teaching program and is a graduate assistant to Dr. Norma MacRae, ETSU’s Vice Provost for Public Service and Dean of the School of Continuing Studies. Chapman is a member of the National Education Association for Students and the National Scholars Honor Society. A member of First Baptist Church in Gate City, Va., she serves there as a Girls in Action leader and basketball coach. She is the daughter of Craig and Debbie Chapman of Church Hill.

Elizabethton: Stephanie Jeter earned a bachelor’s degree from Milligan College and has entered the ETSU doctoral program in physical therapy. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association, she is also part of the ETSU bluegrass program’s “Old Time Ramblers” as well as playing with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Black Tie Brass Quintet. She and her husband, Robert Jeter, reside in Elizabethton, as does her mother, Hettie Lyons. She is also the daughter of the late Darrel Lyons.

Greeneville: Christine Roser Ingram of Greeneville is the mother of two teenagers and is the Gifted Education Program Assistant for Greene County Schools grades K-8. A member of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi honorary society, she is pursuing a master’s degree in special education. She is the daughter of Carl and Joyce Roser of Greeneville.

Kara Kahley received two bachelor’s degrees—one in management and one in Spanish—from ETSU, and she is now studying toward a master of business administration degree. An active volunteer, she was presented with a 2007 Harold Love Outstanding Community Involvement Award, presented by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Kahley represented the ETSU Graduate and Professional Student Association at the national association’s Southeast Regional Conference in Miami earlier this year, and she is currently an intern with the Johnson City Development Authority. She is the daughter of Elwood and Kathe Kahley of Greeneville and the granddaughter of Harvey and Doris Erb of McClure, Pa., and the late Elwood Sr. and Marjorie Kahley.

Amy Ellen Laws, daughter of Johnny and Sandy Laws of Greeneville graduated summa cum laude from ETSU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in French. She is now studying for a master’s degree. During her undergraduate career, she was the president of the student French Club and of Pi Delta Phi French honorary society. She participated in a summer program in France and received the 2005 Faculty Award from the ETSU Department of Foreign Languages. A member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Theta Kappa honorary societies, she was also involved in ETSU theatre and was named Best Actress in a Musical in 2003 for her work with the Johnson City Community Theatre.

Johnson City: Kawanda (Kay) Collake, mother of a four-year-old son, is working toward a master of social work degree. She is vice president of the ETSU chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, and a Pre-Certification Specialist at Woodridge Hospital. A member of Grace Fellowship Church, she is the daughter of Robert and Nyoka Bentley of Johnson City.

Patricia Cross, daughter of John and Charlotte Cross of Johnson City, is pursuing a master’s degree in biology.

Joshua Gibson earned an ETSU degree in exercise science and is now seeking a doctorate in physical therapy. He has been a member of the ETSU cross-country and track teams and was named on the Southern Conference Athletic Academic Honor Roll every semester of his undergraduate career. As a member of the Student Athlete Academic Committee, he has volunteered with Toys for Tots and Campus Cleanup. Currently a physical therapy technician at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, he is also employed by Mazer Corporation and Richard Tittle Cleaning Services, in addition to being self-employed as a landscaper and personal trainer. He is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and the State of Franklin Track and Field Club. He and his wife, Rosanna, reside in Johnson City, and his parents, Allen and Teresa Gibson, live in Limestone.

Charity Higgins of Johnson City is the wife of Eric Higgins and mother of one child. She was awarded a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and Spanish by ETSU and is now studying for a master of arts in teaching degree. She previously earned an associate degree in general studies at Northeast State Technical Community College. A member of the Student Teacher Education Association and Criminal Justice Society, she holds membership in Pi Gamma Nu and Kappa Delta Pi honorary societies. She is a member of River of Life Church, where she works in the nursery and as a Vacation Bible School teacher. In addition, she has served as a team captain for the “March for Babies” event sponsored by the March of Dimes. She is the daughter of Linda Addison of Kingsport and Gaines Fields of Bluff City.

Jeffrey P. Nowiski, a resident of Johnson City, is pursuing a graduate degree in applied computer science at ETSU. He is the son of Cindy Nowiski of Bristol and Dave Nowiski of Knoxville.

Caitlin Quinn holds an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is now seeking a graduate degree in physical therapy at ETSU. A participant in intramural sports, she resides in Johnson City, as do her parents, Bruce and Pat Quinn.

Jonesborough: Jonesborough resident Aprele Fitzgerald, a summa cum laude graduate of ETSU, is returning to the university to do graduate work in biology. She was an Honors-in-Discipline undergraduate and recipient of a Dr. Herman O’Dell Scholarship. A seasonal interpretive ranger at Warriors Path State Park, she is the raptor keeper at Bays Mountain Nature Preserve, a program assistant at the ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site, and a member of the Friends of Roan Mountain State Park. She is the daughter of Sarah Neff and sister of Rachel Frye, both of Westmoreland.

Kingsport: Michelle Greene, daughter of Alice Greene of Kingsport, is earning a master’s degree in social work. She is a member of the Masters of Social Work Student Association.

Knoxville: Ashley Denise Frazier, daughter of Stan and Sue Frazier of Knoxville, earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and she is now working toward an advanced degree in biomedical science at ETSU. A member of the Biomedical Science Graduate Student Association, she also serves as secretary of the Tennessee State Judo Committee through Tennessee Judo, Inc.

MaDonna Ann Shipe holds an ETSU bachelor’s degree in public health and will enter the Master of Public Health program. She is president of the National Panhellenic Council and a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, which she served as treasurer. A peer mentor, she was a Quest Leader, member of the 3.0 Leader’s Club, and participated in the ETSU Gospel Choir, acting as that organization’s chaplain and secretary. She has a student placement in the College of Public Health where she has helped create the new college’s Web site, and she is a member of the Public Health Student Association. She is the daughter of Vivian Shipe of Knoxville and Marcel Shipe of Clovis, Calif.

Mosheim: Wyatt Jules DesOrmeaux, son of Robert and Lorraine DesOrmeaux of Mosheim, attended the University of Florida and Tusculum College before entering the master’s degree in mathematics program at ETSU. He collaborates with the United States Department of Agriculture in new crop development for Tennessee. A member of Gamma Beta Phi and Kappa Mu Epsilon honorary societies, he is the recipient of a 2008 ETSU Excellence in Teaching Award for his work as a graduate teaching assistant.

Piney Flats: William D. Rader Jr. graduated cum laude from ETSU with a bachelor’s degree in biology and is now studying in the doctoral degree program in physical therapy. He is the son of William and Linda Rader of Piney Flats and the grandson of Marjorie Rader of Newport.

Sevierville: Jennifer Gannaio and her husband, John, reside in Sevierville and are the parents of six children. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University and has taken graduate-level classes at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A member of Kappa Delta Pi honorary society, she is a student in the ETSU master of arts in teaching program. She is a member of the Tennessee Reading Association, the Association of Christian Schools, and The Church at The Gathering as well as volunteering with The Lord’s Child Ministry.

Megan Hillard is studying for a doctoral degree in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Lonas and Jana Hillard of Sevierville.

Out of state:

Jessica Wellington, a graduate of Tusculum College with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, is studying for a doctoral degree in physical therapy at ETSU. She was named the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society 2005 Athletic Training Student of the Year and is a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Laurie and Jon Nuta of Davie, Fla., and Bill and Ellen Wellington of Southwest Ranches, Fla. She is engaged to Jonathan Brewer of Sevierville.

Library Seeks “Edible Book Contest” Entries

Edible Book Contest entries to be on display at Blount County Public Library

MARYVILLE, TN  (June 4, 2008)   As an individual or family project, “edible books” make a fun way to relax and spend some fun time tapping into your creative juices this summer.  If your entry is judged a winner, you could expand your summer-time fun money by $25-$100.

The steps are easy.  From the 200,000+ items in the online catalog at the Blount County Public Library, just select a book or book title about which you’d like to concoct a “sculpture” made of 95% food products.

Each edible creation must depict a fictional or nonfictional literary work in the permanent collection of the Blount County Public Library.  The Internet address for the Blount County Public Library online catalog is, and the phone number for the Reference Desk is 982-0981, Ext. 4.

For example, an entry might be based on Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and could depict a top hat-shaped object with “sides” of “green egg-shaped items” and some type of “ham-like” object.

The main goal for the contest is to have fun, so implement your creative talent and submit a winning entry for the fourth annual contest.

Contest rules are simple:

Who May Enter: Any person eight years old and older who has a Blount County Public Library card.  Library cards are available free at the circulation desk with the proper ID for Blount County residents and $20 for nonresidents.  You may enter as an individual or as a member of a group.

Requirements: Each edible creation must depict a fictional or nonfictional literary work in the permanent collection of the Blount County Public Library.  The Internet address for the Blount County Public Library online catalog is

Each food creation must be at least 95% edible.  In this case, edible means made of food or foodstuffs.  It can be no larger than 18x24x24 inches.  The creation will be without refrigeration and on display three to four days so it must not be made of extremely perishable ingredients.   A list of ingredients has to accompany each creation.  Each creation becomes the property of the Blount County Public Library.

How to Enter: Complete the official entry form available at the Blount County Public Library or available on the library’s web site.  The form must be received or postmarked by Tuesday, June 17, 2008.  The edible creation must be delivered to the library on Thursday June 19 between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  An individual may enter in only one category and only as an individual or member of a group, not both.

Procedure: All entries must be received between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday June 19.  Judging will take place that evening.  The award presentation will be on Sunday June 22 at 3:00 p.m. and entrants may pick up their entries after the presentation. The library reserves the right to display the entries anywhere in the library.

Judging: Each entry will be judged based on the following criteria:  (a) Originality and Creativity; (b) Skill and Construction; (c) Visual Appeal; and (d) Tie-In with the Literary Work being depicted.  A first, second and third prize ($100, $50, & $25) will be given in each of the following categories:  (a) Juvenile (8-12 years old); (b) Young Adult / Teens (13 – 19 years old); (c) Adult (20+ years old).  Special prizes of $100 will also be awarded for Creativity, Humor, Judges’ Choice, and Viewer’s Choice.  The decision of the judges is final.  Prizes are provided by the Friends of the Blount County Library.  (Professional entries will also be accepted; however, they will not be judged.  They may display their business cards.)

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

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Pellissippi State Hospitality coordinator earns PAULY Award

When he started out wiping tables and washing dishes at age 13, Tom Gaddis probably didn’t realize that the job would be the humble beginning to a lifelong profession.

More than 30 years later, Gaddis, who coordinates the Hospitality concentration in the Business Administration program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, has received a PAULY Award for his contributions to the hospitality industry.

“It was a real surprise to me,” he said. “I was sitting at the table, and they started talking about the next award winner, and I thought, That’s me!

Gaddis’ PAULY was for Service/Supplier Employee of the Year. Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, presented Gaddis with the honor at the Fourth Annual PAULY Awards ceremony May 1.

Gaddis is a past president of the Knoxville Tourism Alliance and immediate past president of Skal, a tourism professionals organization. In 2001 he was named Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Hospitality Education Council.

Gaddis credits his dad with helping him discover a passion for the hospitality industry. When he was 13 and wanted a motorcycle, his dad challenged him to earn the money for it. So, Gaddis’ career in hospitality began with washing dishes at a restaurant.

He went on to earn a doctoral degree in hospitality from the University of Tennessee and has been the head of Hospitality at Pellissippi State for 11 years.

“We’ve got about 70 students taking classes, some full time, some part time,” he said. “Of those who’ve made it through the program, we’ve had 100 percent placement.”

Gaddis points out that the hospitality industry allows for flexibility.

“Restaurants, hotels and travel agencies are everywhere in the world, so you can pick where you live.” Some students now have international jobs, he says, and a couple have gone to work for Disney.

Gaddis says it’s very gratifying to attend industry functions and see former students who are now business owners.

“If ever you wonder if you’ve made an impact—there’s proof. That charges me more than anything else.”

The awards ceremony was sponsored by the Knoxville Tourism Alliance, the UT Tourism Institute and Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation. Eleven PAULYs were presented during the luncheon at the Foundry.

The award is named in honor of Paul Sherbakoff, a longtime leader in Knoxville’s tourism industry.

“Paul was the first manager of the Hyatt Regency,” Gaddis said. “He was instrumental in bringing tourism to Knoxville. He’s one of the nicest people you’d ever meet.”

Exhibitor Booths Give Businesses and Organizations Exposure to Thousands

Knoxville, Tenn. (June 12, 2008) – Limited time remains to reserve a booth at the 89th Tennessee Valley Fair. Excellent booth spaces are available for lease in the air conditioned Jacob’s Building for as little as $360 for all 10 days of the Fair. <!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –>

Exhibitor booths give businesses exposure to thousands of visitors, and are excellent for retail or wholesale businesses, non-profits, and homemade products and crafts.

The Tennessee Valley Fair is September 5-14, 2008. Information about booth size, fees, etc., or to reserve a booth, contact Kim Harbin at (865) 215- 1478.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Summer Movie Magic, the annual classic film series at the historic Tennessee Theatre presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages with support from the News Sentinel, kicks off the 2008 season on June 22, with screenings of Thunder Road and festivities celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary including the attendance of James Mitchum, Thunder Road co-star.

The East Tennessee Region Antique Automobile Club of America will display a collection of Thunder Road-era cars and is coordinating a weekend of events surrounding the anniversary, to include a reenactment of the film’s famous chase scene and a parade of classic cars. The Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound at the East Tennessee History Center will screen original trailers, vintage local ads, and classic film previews.

Series passes are on sale now and will be available up until the first screening. Single tickets go on sale June 2. Single tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for youth ages 12 and under and seniors 60 and over, plus $2 per-ticket service fee for tickets purchased online and by phone. Series subscriptions are available for $40.50 adults, $30 youth/senior. Tickets are available at the Tennessee Theatre box office, by phone at (865) 684-1200 or in the online gift shop at

All seating is general admission. The theater opens one hour prior to each performance. Sodas, water, popcorn and other snacks will be sold at each performance. Bill Snyder will play the Mighty Wurlitzer before every feature film.

Summer Movie Magic 2008 screenings include Thunder Road, The Seven Year Itch, Vertigo, Grease, It Happened One Night and Gone with the Wind. For more movie information, contact the box office at (865)684-1200.

For more information, contact Paige Travis of AC Entertainment at (865) 523-2665.


A Celebration of the Life of Howard Armstrong

CARYVILLE, Tenn. – The Campbell Culture Coalition will be hosting the Second Annual Louie Bluie Festival to celebrate the life of Howard Armstrong from 11a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 14 at beautiful Cove Lake State Park. Admission is free.

The Festival prides itself on offering a diverse presentation of music, art, crafts and food.  There will be storytelling with The Bell Witch, fiddle contests, fireworks and off-beat fun to go along with the incredible Blues, Jazz and traditional Mountain Music.

This year’s Festival will feature a special performance of “Between a Ballad and a Blues,” a new play about Armstrong’s life presented by the Carpetbag Theatre of Knoxville, Tenn.

In 1930, Armstrong recorded for the Vocalion label in Knoxville, Tenn. at the landmark St. James Hotel field sessions. His confidence was given a great boost when opera legend and movie star Grace Moore encouraged him to pursue a career in music following a command performance in nearby Jellico. After moving to Knoxville, he quickly became known as the backbone of the Martin, Bogan and Armstrong trio, a group that folk artist Steve Goodman called “the best string-band ever!”

For more information, visit or call the information line at (423) 566-0329.

New Extended Hours for Art Museum’s “Alive After Five” Summer Series

KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five music series is extending the length of the program and adding an opening act beginning with the summer series premier featuring performances by Hokum’s Heroes and The LoneTones on Friday, June 13, from 5:30-9:30 pm.

Hokum’s Heroes hail from Boston and play early 20th century pop, twining together the roots of early Jazz, Country Blues, Ragtime, Folk, Vaudeville, Hokum, Gospel, Stringband, Jug Band and Gin House Blues while rendering the result with spontaneity, modern sensibilities and a big backbeat. Its various members have worked on the frontlines of some of America’s best music, having performed and recorded with 1920s-30s stringband legend Howard ‘Louie Bluie’ Armstrong (appearing with him in the PBS documentary “Sweet Old Song”), Morphine, Jim Kweskin, Tarbox Ramblers, Either Orchestra, and many others, at venues as diverse as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, The Boston Folk Festival, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and The New York City Blues Festival, garnering praise from the New York Times, Boston Magazine, The Boston Music Awards and more along the way. A Hokum’s Heroes performance offers a glimpse of a time before record stores and radio stations divided music up – when blues, rags, folk, jazz and more sat side by side on the shelf as popular songs.

A popular Knoxville band, The Lonetones have garnered regional and national attention for their unique style, literate songwriting, inspiring live shows and fine recordings. The band’s instrumentation looks that of a bluegrass or old-time stringband, but their music is influenced heavily by more modern sounds from rock, the folk revival, singer-songwriters, alternative country and even emo. Their music rings from the mountains of Appalachia with a reverent, enduring and, at times, conflicted spirit.

Both Hokum’s Heroes and The LoneTones will be performing at Cove Lake State Park on June 14 as part of  the 2nd annual “Louie Bluie Arts & Music Festival” which pays tribute to the late, great East Tennessee musician and artist, Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. In honor of Mr. Armstrong and his music, the museum is proclaiming this evening’s “Alive After Five” to be “Louie Bluie Night” and is encouraging audience members to wear something blue or purple (“Louie Bluie” was fond of wearing purple himself) to celebrate the occasion.

For more information about Hokum’s Heroes, visit To request an interview, contact Bruce Millard at or 617-461-6524.

For more information about The LoneTones, visit

Alive After Five is a unique live music series presented on thirty-five Fridays per year in four seasonal series. The programs take place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Great Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, free parking, and a licensed therapeutic masseuse available. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries for no additional charge.

Admission to the June 13 performance of Alive After Five is $9 for non-members and $5 for museum members and students with ID. After 8 pm, admission will be reduced to $5 for non-members and $3 for museum members and students with ID. Age 17 and under are admitted free. The summer series of Alive After Five is sponsored by Amica Insurance, Cherokee Distributing Company, East Tennessee Public Television, Knoxville News Sentinel, and WDVX-FM. For more information about the Alive After Five series, call (865) 525-6101 or visit

The 2008 Summer Series Schedule for “Alive After Five”:

June 13 – Hokum’s Heroes with The LoneTones

June 20 – Brad Walker Orchestra with Melanie Hayes & The Meltones

June 27 – Christabel & The Jons with Jackson Mohr

July 11 – Willie King & The Liberators with the Gee’s Bend Singers

July 18 – The Streamliners with the Johnson Swingtet

July 25 – Avenue C and Soulfinger

August 1 – Lonesome Coyotes with Brendon James Wright & The Wrongs

August 8 – R. B. Morris Band with Y’uns

August 15 – The Accidentals with Groove Therapy

August 29 – “Summertime Blues Fest” featuring Li’l Dave Thompson with

Lost & Found and the Terraplane Drifters


FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The 2008 Symposium, “Fighting for the Heartland!” takes place June 19-21 in Franklin. It provides an engaging exploration of the Civil War story in Middle Tennessee from 1862 to 1864 and enhances the understanding of the War’s significance.

Supported by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Symposium features expert guides and faculty who will provide tours and lectures addressing such themes as the military campaigns, the costs of occupation and the promise of emancipation. The Symposium also will present workshops on best practices in battlefield preservation and heritage tourism, including a discussion of the new state Civil War Trails system.

The Symposium includes two bus tours scheduled for June 20 and 21. The first will explore the scene of the bloody and decisive Battle of Franklin, which took place on Nov. 30, 1864. The tour will include stops at Winstead Hill, Carnton Plantation, the Carter House and Fort Granger. The second tour will visit three different battlefield sites including Thompson’s Station, the Battle of Murfreesboro and Stones River Battlefield.

There will be a host of well-known scholars and experts for the Symposium including Dr. Carroll Van West of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Mitch Bowman of the Civil War Trails, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Carole Morris of Meritage Consulting, Thomas Cartwright, director of The Carter House, Eric Jacobson of Carnton Plantation, and others. The Symposium will close with a walk through the Living History at the Eastern Flank Battlefield in Franklin and a dinner on the grounds of Carnton Plantation. Both days are packed with information, food, and fun.

The host hotel for the conference is the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Reservations at the hotel may be made by calling (888) 236-2427.

Registration for the conference may be made online at the Franklin’s Charge Web site,, or by calling (615) 595-0636.

Franklin’s Charge, Inc., in cooperation with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Franklin-Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, The Carnton Association, The Carter House, the African American Heritage Association, The Heritage Foundation, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association and the Tennessee Preservation Trust, are working together to present this Symposium.

For more information, contact Stacey Watson at (615) 595-0636.


Visitors Get the Best of Oak Ridge “Then” and “Now”

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Department of Energy’s 2008 Oak Ridge Facilities Public Bus Tour began June 2 and will continue through September 5, offering visitors a first-hand look at the DOE facilities located on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

The DOE Public Tour program began in 1996 and has welcomed more than 20,000 visitors from all 50 states since its inception. The 2½ hour bus tour travels across the entire Reservation, enabling visitors to learn about the magnificent historic past and present world-class missions of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities.

The bus tour offers off-the-bus stops at the Y-12 New Hope Center, The Spallation Neutron Source, the Historic Graphite Reactor and the East Tennessee Technology Park

The reservation-wide bus tour continues to be a focal point for tourists who visit the area and offers a two-fold story, coupling visitors interest in seeing the current day, world-class science research and technology and environmental cleanup work, along with seeing first hand some of the sites and buildings that helped to shape history during the Manhattan Project and WWII.

The tour program is sponsored by the DOE Oak Ridge Office and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Site Office. Tour partners include UT-Battelle, which operates the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; B&W Y-12, the contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex; Bechtel Jacobs, the Oak Ridge Environmental Management contractor; and the American Museum of Science and Energy.

Unites States citizens (ages 10 and up) can sign up on a first-come first-serve basis at AMSE beginning at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, except for government holidays (July 3-4 and September 1). The tour departs AMSE, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, at 12 noon and concludes at 2:30 p.m.

The AMSE Admission is $5 per adult, $4 per senior citizen (65+), and $3 youth (ages 6-17), and includes the bus tour for U.S. citizens 10 years and up, who wish to register for the public bus tour, when paying the AMSE admission. If you require special accommodations to participate, please contact AMSE 48 hours in advance.

For more information, please call Lissa Clarke at AMSE at (865) 576-3218 or

DiAnn Fields of DOE at 865-574-3612.


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Hermes Creative Awards recently announced winners for the 2008 international awards competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. Among the winners was the Oak Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau (ORCVB), winner of the Gold Award for the revamped Web site that helps guide visitors around the Secret City.  Hermes Creative Awards recognize outstanding work in the industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communication professionals.

“This is the second award we have won for our Web site in the past few months,” said ORCVB President Katy Brown.  “We have a very unique, user-friendly site that appeals to the tourism market, but also matches our brand, ‘Unlock the Secrets of America’s Secret City.”

“Given that today’s society is dependent upon using Web sites for all of their travel needs,” Brown explained. “It’s very important that we are on the cutting edge of this trend.”

The overall goal of the ORCVB’s site is to provide information about Oak Ridge to visitors, group tour operators, meeting planners and members of the media. The Web site offers information about the city’s history, attractions, arts, outdoors, accommodations, shopping, restaurants, a calendar of events and much more.

There were over 4,000 entries from throughout the United States and several other countries in the Hermes Creative Awards 2008 competition. Entries came from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.

Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and free-lance professionals. AMCP oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.

Winners were selected from 136 categories in seven forms of media and communications efforts including advertising, publications, marketing/branding, integrated marketing, public relations/communications, electronic media and pro bono.

In October 2007, the new Web site was honored with its first award, the Silver Web Award given by the American Association of Web masters. was designed by Techno-Info Solutions, an Oak Ridge based business.  Hanna Shapira, president of the company, worked closely with the ORCVB staff to create this award-winning Web site.

The ORCVB is a non-profit organization, formed to strengthen the area economy through the marketing and promotion of Oak Ridge as a destination for meetings, business and leisure travel.

For more information, visit our award winning Web site at or call Nicky Reynolds at (865) 482-7821.

Roane State hosts ‘Welcome Festivals’

Roane State Community College recently hosted Welcome Festivals designed to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community.

The events included food, entertainment, and information about community and education services. Festivals were held in Roane County, Lenoir City, Crossville and Oak Ridge. Combined, the events attracted hundreds of visitors.

“Thank you to all those who helped make this event a success,” said Maria Gonzales, Roane State director of admissions and recruitment. “We especially appreciate those who took time out of their busy schedules to visit the festivals and learn more about the community and education services available to them.”

A grant awarded to Roane State funded the festivals.

“Digital or Film: Which is Better?”

“Digital or Film: Which is Better?” to be at Blount County Public Library
DOE Photographer Lynn Freeny to present program at Library

MARYVILLE, TN (June 5, 2008) Everywhere you look, people are snapping away, capturing images left and right with palm-sized digital cameras. However, you hate to give up your trusty old 35 mm film camera. Even though it’s heavy to carry in its camera bag, slung across your shoulders, it has been a faithful companion through family weddings, births, holidays, vacations, graduations…many milestones in life. It’s like a trusted friend. So the question arises: Is digital as good as film?
Lynn Freeny, professional photographer for the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, plans to address the question of “Digital Photography: Is it as Good as Film?” at a presentation at the Blount County Public Library at 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 16.
In his presentation, Freeny will discuss, “Is digital photography that much different from traditional film photography?” He will provide an overview about digital photography, using a Power Point presentation and will also talk about the future of photography.
Freeny has more than 25 years experience as a full time professional photographer. He has a degree in art from the University of Tennessee and has taught photography workshops and college photography courses throughout his career.
Freeny’s images have appeared in Wilderness Magazine, Nature, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Blue Ridge Country and many other national and international publications.
  His subjects range from captivating sunrise shots of Cades Cove and the Smokies to touching images of his wife and two daughters to more abstract images.
His Web site,, contains many examples of his images which present a point of view different than others usually see. The images often elicit a response of strong emotion and energy.
People who view Freeny’s images are also invited to read and share at Freeny’s Blog site
  Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
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