Vamos a la feria en Knoxville

Knoxville– Con el lema ‘Luce tus cosas’ se prepara la Gran feria anual del Valle de Tennessee en el campo ferial localizado en la Calle Magnolia de Knoxville.
Diversión , artesanías, muestras de animales y mucho de la cultura de Tennessee estará en despliegue desde el 6 al 14 de septiembre.

Governor Bredesen and Connected Tennessee to Present Nearly 200 Nashville Area Foster Kids with Free Computers

Computers 4 Kids Program Arrives in Davidson County and the Mid-Cumberland; New Partners of the Program to Be Announced

What: Governor Phil Bredesen and Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids program will be presenting 183 deserving
children in the Davidson County and Mid-Cumberland regions with brand new Dell laptops valued at over $100,000.
The recipients were recommended by the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) based on specified behavioral and
academic expectations. Computers 4 Kids is an innovative project designed to positively impact the future of disadvantaged
children in Tennessee by distributing computers to children and families facing economic challenges, are in the foster care
system or that struggle with behavioral disorders and other issues. Connected Tennessee is pleased to announce that
Commissioner Deborah Tate from the Federal Communications Commission will also be in attendance.  Commissioner
Tate will provide comment on Internet security for the Computers 4 Kids recipients and families and announce Connected
Tennessee’s recent partnership with the iKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition.

Phil Bredesen – Governor, State of Tennessee
Deborah Tate – Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Dr. Bob Fisher – President, Belmont University
Kenny Blackburn – AT&T
Michael Ramage – Executive Director, Connected Tennessee

August 8, 2008 at 11 a.m.

Where: Belmont University
Gordon E. Inman Center, 1st floor
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

Why: Almost half of the low-income families in Tennessee cite a lack of a computer at home as the reason they are not accessing
the Internet. Computers 4 Kids is intended to help bridge the gap between those who can afford computers and those who
cannot, while allowing thousands of disadvantaged Tennessee children and families the opportunity to participate in
the educational, economic and civic opportunities made available by having a computer in the home.

Media Contact: Mandy Hale at 615-242-9508 or

About Connected Tennessee: As a public-private partnership, Connected Tennessee partners with technology-minded businesses, government entities and universities to accelerate technology in the state.  For more information about what Connected Tennessee is doing to accelerate technology in Tennessee’s communities, visit

About Computers 4 Kids: Computers 4 Kids is an innovative project designed to positively impact the future of disadvantaged children in Tennessee by distributing computers to children and families facing economic challenges, are in the foster care system or that struggle with behavioral disorders and other issues. Through C4K, Connected Tennessee will award 1,000 computers per year over the next three years to children in need across Tennessee.


MARYVILLE, Tenn.– During the sultry evenings of August, you are invited to the Blount County Public Library to enjoy the seventh season of Hot Summer Nights Concerts along with other programs such as a Northern India Travelogue and a presentation about the Appalachian Quilt Trail.

Or you may want to just drop by to read, use the internet, get information about a dream vacation spot, check out a free movie, music CD or book on tape or order a smoothie or cappuccino from the Bookmark Café. All of these services and more are available—free—at the Blount County Public Library. We hope to see you there.

Hot Summer Nights Concerts at the Library will be in the Reading Rotunda (INDOORS):

§ Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.: “Laurel Wright” 12-year-old country vocalist, guitarist and composer, is accompanied by back-up band of Ricky “Red Hog” Gourley on banjo, Jim “Brother Dud” Raines on bass, Mike “Pickle” Johnson on electric guitar, Dwight “Waterdog” Waters on lead guitar with Steve Martin on drums. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

§ Thursday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.: “The Pair Family” (Jill, Bob, Hannah, Lydia & Abigail) present vocal harmony from a variety of musical genres and traditions with each family member playing a variety of instruments including hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, upright bass, banjo, Irish drum, and mountain dulcimer. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

§ Thursday, August 21, 7:00 p.m.: “Sparky and Rhonda Rucker,” internationally acclaimed performers will present folk songs and story telling, with Sparky accompanying himself with finger style picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo and spoons while Rhonda plays harmonica, piano, banjo, bones and adds vocal harmonies. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

§ Thursday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.: “Christabel and the Jons” present “Tennessee swing,” a sultry blend of blues, folk and southern swing. Featuring Christa DeCicco with vocals, guitars, accordion and banjo, the band also includes Seth Hopper on violin, mandolin, trumpet, accordion, and vocals; Jon Whitlock on drum kit, percussion and vocals; and various musicians on upright bass. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.


§ Monday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.: “Final Grand Prize Drawing on August 4”. All persons who registered in the Adult Summer Reading Program are eligible to win the final Grand Prize drawing. Weekly prizes, including items such as bookmarks, library mugs, café gift certificates and Blount County Public Library book bags, have been awarded each week during the program. All prizes are provided by the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Library.

§ Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 p.m.: “Northern India Travelogue (slide program),” by Don Morrison, describing scenery, people, history and locations he encountered during his service with Cross-Cultural Solutions, an organization with venues for volunteer work around the world. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.

§ Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.: “Appalachian Quilt Trail: People and Places,” by Jeanie Hilten, Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jane Richardson from Mountain Sage Gallery, and Nancy Williams from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, will discuss the history of the Appalachian Quilt Trail as well as the implementation of the program in the Blount County area. Several quilters will show their work: Ila Mae Morton, Maetta Conrad, and Dorothy Belcher. This program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.

§ Tuesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.

§ Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 30, 31 and September 1, LIBRARY CLOSED, in honor of Labor Day weekend.


§ Back to School @ the Library: Teens, utilize library resources to help you succeed in your school assignments this year…or to provide some leisure time fun. Read books, do research, ask a Reference Librarian for assistance in locating information, use the internet, check out DVDs and CDs. The library is a great place to work, study or relax.

COMPUTER CLASSES: FREE two-hour classes. First six persons to arrive can attend class. Call or come by the Reference Desk at 273-1436 for schedule of classes or if there are questions. Computer classes will resume in mid-August. Call for a schedule.

Classes will resume in mid-August for

o “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,”

o “E-Mail,” and

o “Internet: Use of the Internet & Internet Searching.”


August Book: The Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz

Place: Library Board Room

Date: August 13 (2nd Wednesday of each month)

Time: 10:30 a.m.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: August 2008 Phone: 273-1414

(Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library)

§ Foreign Language Story Hours: Community volunteers will present bilingual stories and crafts for all interested children. Please call the library to verify that story hour will be held as scheduled:

o First Wednesday, August 6th, 5:00 p.m., Japanese Story Hour.

o First Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Mes Amis French Story Hour. RESUMES IN SEPTEMBER

o Last Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Italian Story Hour. RESUMES IN SEPTEMBER

§ Monthly Surprise Display will be showcased in the children’s library office window. The monthly topic will not be publicized, but children can guess the theme by reading clues on the library’s website, Visit the children’s library to see if you guessed the correct display topic.

Elementary Age Activities:

§ Fiction Favorites – Kids’ Reviews. Read Juvenile Fiction books, write and share reviews. Find book review forms and logs in Children’s Reference area.

§ Sundays, Family Game Day. Families with children of all ages can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of board games, puzzles, hopscotch, toddler bowling, play huts, and more.

§ Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library. Sign up in Children’s Library to participate with new crafts.

Aug. 5 Grades K-2 Color canvas backpack

12 Grades 3-6 Ceramic bugs

19 Grades K-2 Take flight: Butterflies & Airplanes

26 Grades 3-6 Canvas bookmark & bracelet

§ Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., Library Skills Workshops are offered quarterly to teach proper use of the Dewey Decimal System, Reference, Online Computer Research, and book location.

§ Thursday, Aug. 14th, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with surplus crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.

§ Thursdays, 4:00 p.m., Treasure Hunts are themed book searches and games where children follow the clues to the treasure box. Book search will resume in September.

§ Thursday, August 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Kids’ Studio Art Class, offered by YEStudio (Youthful Expressions Studio) as a FREE community service project. This monthly art class will usually be offered on the third Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 may sign-up at the Children’s Check-out Desk for the class. Classes will include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.

There will be NO Pre-School Story Hours in August. They will resume in September.

§ Musical Story Hour is offered by a professional presenter with stories, fun movement, and exploration of musical instruments for children ages birth to 5 years old. The program will be presented on the first Sunday of each month at 4:00 PM. Sessions resume in September.

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.

West Nile Virus confirmed in Knox County

Knox County Health Department (KCHD) received separate lab reports today confirming the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Knox County. A sample of mosquitoes, called a pool, taken from the 37914 zip code area of Knox County and a bird turned in by law enforcement from the same zip code have both tested positive for the virus. WNV is a mosquito-borne disease which can infect humans, horses and birds.

This is the first summer in three years that WNV has been detected in the county.

“We will be focusing our treatment efforts immediately on the affected area of East Knoxville,” Said Ronnie Nease, KCHD director of Environmental Health. “Mosquito control technicians will be in that particular area Sunday night and Monday. Other areas will continue to be treated as scheduled.”

To address the public health concerns caused by mosquitoes, Knox County Health Department (KCHD) conducts a mosquito control program during the summer months.

Every year, as the weather begins to warm, KCHD public health professionals begin evaluating communities for mosquitoes and treating specified areas to reduce the mosquito population. From early in the spring until the first frost, larvicides are used in areas with standing water to prevent mosquito proliferation. As mosquito populations grow, another approved treatment, in the form of a mist, also is used. Application is done in the overnight hours between midnight and 6 a.m., beginning the first week of June until the first frost.

Eliminating breeding areas is an important factor in controlling the mosquito population. KCHD urges the public to reduce breeding sites around their homes by following these tips:

· Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flowerpots, or trashcans.

· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.

· Make sure roof gutters drain properly and water doesn’t stand in them.

· Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week.

· Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

· Keep swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs clean and properly chlorinated;

· Remove standing water from pool covers.

It also is important for residents to take necessary precautions against West Nile Virus during outside activity, either by proper clothing or insect repellant. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to keep mosquitoes from biting you. During mosquito season (generally April through October), take the following precautions:

· Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, if possible, since this is the time of greatest mosquito activity.

· If you are outside when mosquitoes are prevalent, wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks.

· Use a mosquito repellant that contains DEET (the chemical N-N-diethyl-meta-toluamide); and

· Follow the directions on the label. If you are concerned about using repellent products on children you may wish to consult a health care provider for advice or contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) through their toll-free number at 1-800-858-7378 or

Surveillance of mosquitoes and birds has revealed no WNV activity since 2005. To protect you and your family from disease, KCHD recommends vigilance in using insect repellant while outdoors and continued property evaluation for mosquito breeding sites.

More information on the mosquito control program and the treatment schedule are available by calling 215-5200 or online at KCHD also provides the West Nile Virus Fact Sheet and the Public Health Fact Sheet discussing insect bites and repellents. All informational materials may be reproduced and distributed as needed. A Mosquito Control Technician is available to discuss mosquito control at community groups or neighborhood association meetings. Residents may opt out of the treatment program by calling the Health Department.

Pellissippi State president visited Belgium

Knoxville, TN—Allen Edwards has been committed to bringing the world to Pellissippi State Technical Community College since 1993, when he was named president of the institution. Among the many international opportunities for students he has been behind: a sports exchange program with Cherbourg, France; choir tours to Poland and France; and study abroad through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, a statewide organization Edwards co-founded that is housed at the college.

Now Edwards is taking his knowledge of and enthusiasm for community colleges to the world. Later this month, he is scheduled to speak at a two-day European Union conference in Brussels, Belgium.

Edwards and other speakers at the June 23-24 Forum on the Future Workforce: New Strategies for New Demographics will offer solutions for Europe’s dilemma: a dwindling workforce coupled with low birthrates that is threatening economies.

The conference is sponsored by the European Commission and AARP International. The European Commission is the executive branch of the EU, which is composed of 27 nation states. Sessions will be presented by speakers of English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

“Europe is not growing,” he said. “The population is very stagnant and is in many cases on the decline.”

Edwards will discuss the role community colleges can play in keeping older workers’ skills current, thereby keeping people in the workforce longer.

The number of young workers needed to support those who retire has declined so much that the EU has set two goals for 2010: The Stockholm Target aims to increase the average employment rate among people ages 55-64 years to 50 percent, and the Barcelona Target seeks to delay retirement by five years.

“The European Union is looking for policies to implement that would help sustain their workforce,” he said. “My role is to talk about the community college providing access to retraining employees. I think the key thing about community colleges in America is that we’re so readily available to the people.”

Conference topics include Combating Age Discrimination and Promoting Age Diversity in the Workplace, Lifelong Learning and Training, Financial Considerations for Working Longer and Making Workplaces and Working Time More Accommodating.

Edwards is co-founder and president of the International Association of Colleges, an organization for community and technical colleges that has hosted conferences on technical educational issues in South Africa, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States.

The IAC co-sponsored the 2008 World Congress and International Association of Colleges Conference in New York in February.



What: Library Lunchtime Concert Series: Serenatta

When: Wednesday, August 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Courtyard at Main Library, 615 Church St.

Cost: Free and open to the public

More:, or 862-5800

Romantic musical ensemble Serenatta evokes the splendor and magic of
the Latin spirit. Using violin, vocals, Spanish guitars, upright bass
and percussion, they explore the lush rhythms of tangos of Argentina,
bossa novas from Brazil, pasillos and bambucos from Colombia, joropos

from Venezuela, waltzes from Peru, boleros from Mexico, and guaranias
from Paraguay among other Latin American musical styles.

2008 Lunchtime Concert Series continues with:

August 20 Big Band dance ensemble Radio Daze
August 27 A cappella gospel by members of Take 6
September 3 Pop/jazz stylings of Anna Wilson
September 10 Blues legend Nick Nixon
September 17 Rockabilly/Western Swing entertainer Chris Casello

September 24 Rockabilly with David Tanner
October 1 Hawaiian/Country artist Courtney Jaye
October 8 Special guest to be announced

The Lunchtime Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the
Nashville Public Library Foundation, and by staff and support
contributions from Zendo Aerial Corporation. For more information about
Nashville Public Library and the concert series, visit or Photos will be

available after each concert for viewing and downloading at

Deanna Larson
Public Information Officer

Nashville Public Library
615 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37219