Police ask for help identifying suspect


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — West Precinct detectives are working to identify the woman believed to have stolen a purse from an unlocked car parked outside Franklin Road Academy at 4700 Franklin Pike on December 17.
The victim left her purse in the vehicle when she went inside the school to pick up her children at 11:35 a.m. She did not immediately notice her purse was missing. The suspect was captured on video surveillance 45 minutes later using the victim’s personal information to obtain money from SunTrust Bank’s 2503 Lebanon Pike branch.
The suspect is a middle-aged white woman with long blonde hair and bangs. She is approximately 5’5” tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. She wore an orange collared shirt and eyeglasses.
Detectives are also investigating whether the suspect has committed similar crimes in the Middle Tennessee area.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect is urged to contact West Precinct detectives at 862-7285 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at http://www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com. Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

Knoxville reciclaría mucho más en el 2010


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –El alcalde Bill Haslam anima a los residentes de la ciudad a reciclar sus guías telefónicas viejas. Los niños de las escuelas en la ciudad participan en una competencia por la escuela que recolecta más guias telefónicas desde ahora y hasta el 31 de enero de 2010.
Las escuelas ganadoras recibirán incentivos en dinero en efectivo. El sistema de escuelas del condado Knox recolectó en el 2009 92 toneladas de material reciclable que según los experto en reciclaje salvó de ser cortados a 1,564 árboles, ahorró 276 barriles de petróleo crudo o 5,298 galones de gasolina.
El impacto en el ambiente es en definitiva, profundo y esto llama a la atención de los residentes de la ciudad a participar nuevamente este año.
Otros lugares donde se pueden traer las guías telefónicas incluyen:

Kroger Stores:
4440 Western Avenue en Clinton
4918 Kingston Pike (Knox Plaza)
2217 Broadway (Broadway Shopping Center)

Food City:
5941 Kingston Pike
939 Alcoa Highway

City of Knoxville Downtown Recycling Center
400 State Street

Goodwill Collection Centers:
225 W. Moody Avenue. Collection Center en la esquina de Magnolia y Alice
341 Parkvillage Road – frente a P&S School Supply
820 Metler Drive
5003 Broadway (Fountain City)

Knoxville reciclaría mucho más en el 2010


Bajo la administración del alcalde de Knoxville, Bill Haslam la compañía DSM Servicios Ambientales ha terminado un estudio de un año y lo ha presentado a los oficiales de la ciudad para su revisión.
El Estudio se enfoca en la implementación de un sistema de recolección de basura reciclables a lo largo de una ruta en las aceras dentro de la ciudad. Al aplicar este modelo de recolección de basura reclicable se facilitará a los residentes de la ciudad que voluntariamente participan.
Según el modelo presentado se colocarían recolectores de 95 galones en puntos claves de la ciudad y se recogerían cada dos meses. Los participantes no necesitarán separar la basura reciclable.
Al momento se estudian los aspectos financieros teniendo en cuenta fondos federales y los $150,000 a $200,000 que resultan de la venta annual de material reciclable. Se estima que de los 59,000 hogares que participan en el programa regular de recolección de basura semanal, unos 20,000 hogares serían los vuntarios a ser parte del posible nuevo programa de reciclaje de la ciudad.
Una copia del proyecto se encuentra visitando www.cityofknoxville.org/sustainability

America can become energy independent


Purchase, NY – Amid mounting agreement that future clean, “carbon-neutral”, energy will rely on efficient conversion of the sun’s light energy into fuels and electric power, http://www.ethanol-bio-fuel.com group of researchers is focusing on one of the most ancient groups of organism, the cyanobacteria. Dramatic progress has been made over the last decade understanding the fundamental reaction of photosynthesis that evolved in cyanobacteria 3.7 billion years ago, which for the first time used water molecules as a source of electrons to transport energy derived from sunlight, while converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.
The light harvesting systems gave the bacteria their blue (“cyano”) color, and paved the way for plants to evolve by “kidnapping” bacteria to provide their photosynthetic engines, and for animals by liberating oxygen for them to breathe, by splitting water molecules.
For humans now there is the tantalizing possibility of tweaking the photosynthetic reactions of cyanobacteria to produce fuels we want such as hydrogen, alcohols or even hydrocarbons, rather than carbohydrates.
Progress at the research level has been rapid, boosting prospects of harnessing photosynthesis not just for energy but also for manufacturing valuable compounds for the chemical and biotechnology industries.
Such research is running on three tracks, one aimed at genetically engineering real plants and cyanobacteria to yield the products we want, the other to mimic their processes in artificial photosynthetic systems built with human-made components and the third to develop a Super Enzyme, which will increase the energy efficiency of current ethanol production processes.

More details at: http://www.ethanol-bio-fuel.com

Linus Torvalds is best known for having initiated the development of the LINUX operating system. His project is a great success.

Let’s do the same with the efficient conversion of the sun’s light energy into fuels and electric power! There is a possibility of tweaking the photosynthetic reactions to produce fuels we want such as hydrogen, alcohols or even hydrocarbons, rather than carbohydrates, as the photosynthetic reactions produce.

Scientists and Engineers! Let’s join our creative powers. Let’s accomplish this jointly by collaborating, all together, at the http://www.ethanol-bio-fuel.com portal.

11,000 Documents SharesTennessee History


Evidence of Tennessee’s rich history — pictures of schoolchildren from the Depression, police notes on the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., sheet music poking fun at the teaching of evolution from the time of the 1925 Scopes monkey trial, and documents from Civil War battles — have been gathered together for the first time in a digital museum called Volunteer Voices (www.volunteervoices.org).
Public school teachers and students to advanced scholars and researchers now have access to nearly 11,000 documents and images that were assembled with the help of a three-year, $928,000 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching support from 10 partner libraries, historical societies, and museums in the state.

Ahorre en su proxima visita al mercado


Pequeños cortes de gastos suman cantidades significativas de ahorro.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Los consumidores están gastando más que nunca antes en sus compras en el mercado, según los expertos en presupuesto familiar del Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) del Este de Tennessee.
Los expertos señalan que en promedio las familias gastaron $356 en enero 2009, comparado con $316 en enero 2008-un aumento del 12%.
“En una economía difícil como la de hoy, la reducción de los gastos en cualquier área puede ser de gran ayuda para el presupuesto familiar“, dice Daru Burdge, presidente de CCCS. “La reducción del gasto semanal de alimentos en sólo $ 25 agrega $ 100 al mes que se pueden utilizar para pagar deudas o añadir a una cuenta de ahorros”.
CCCS sugiere que los consumidores tomen nota de los gastos actuales y que se fijen en las oportunidades de reducir dichos gastos. Mirando los recibos de sus compras pueden identificar gastos en compras impulsivas o en golocinas que quizas no se necesitaban. Con tan solo cortar esos gastos se puede acumular cantidades significativas en ahorros.
CCCS ofrece los siguientes consejos para lograr ‘cortes’ en sus gastos de mercado:
La preparación y el planeamiento son claves
Haga una lista de lo que va a comprar y solo compre eso. Planee sus menús para una o dos semanas. Al tener una lista será más fácil hacer compras inecesarias. Use los cupones de descuento y aumente sus ahorros.
Revise la alacena antes de ir de compras para evitar comprar un producto que ya tiene.
Use Cupones
Aproveche los ahorros al usar cupones, las ofertas especiales y las promociones de compre dos por el precio de uno. Además de los periódicos del domingo y los supermercados se pueden conseguir cupones visitando http://www.couponmom.com para luego comparar los precios en el mercado. Si encuentra un producto en oferta cerciórese de la fecha de expiración del mismo. Solo compre los productos en oferta que Ud. normalmente compra. A veces resulta más económico comprar 3 docenas de huevos pero Ud. termina tirarndo una docena a la basura porque pasó la fecha de expericaión y no tuvo tiempo de comerlos antes.
Considere la compra en paquetes grandes compartidos con amigos o familiares para compartir el costo.
Otros consejos para evitar las compras innecesarias e impulsivas incluyen el comer antes de ir de compras. Revise los estantes más bajos y los más altos en los que puede hallar productos de mucho más bajos precios.
No asuma que los productos son más económicos porque contienen más o vienen en cajas grandes. Use una calculadora para determinar el costo de una libra del producto y comparelo con otras marcas y tamaños.
Ahorre en los almuerzos al llevar su almuerzo preparado en casa. Usando esta alternativa puede ayudarle a ahorrar bastante al final del mes en lugar de comprar cada día su almuerzo de comida rápida.
Si necesita ayuda en la preparación de su presupuesto familiar busque los servicios de CCC en 1-800-251-CCCS.

NASHVILLE POLICE URGES PEOPLE TO BE SMART


By Carlos Nicho nicho@mundohispanotn.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Music City is no more that one where people use to leave doors unlocked or purses misplaced while nobody would mind it.
A review of stolen vehicle reports in Nashville from Sunday, December 13, through Saturday, December 19, shows that 37.5% of the automobiles taken (nine out of 24) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or were made available to thieves.
The police department’s PARK SMART campaign strongly urges citizens to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables and REMOVE THE KEYS.
Officers also urge citizens to SHOP SMART by not leaving purses or other valuables unattended in shopping carts, even for a very short time. An unattended purse is an easy target for a thief.
People wishing for those ‘better days of the past’ might enjoy rather staying home watching old-time movies.

Knoxville Elementary Children Chorus Sing Tomorrow


Knoxville, Tenn.– The Spring Hill Elementary school chorus will be on an all day field trip singing holiday music on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The following list shows the locations where the Chorus will be performing.

10:00 Knoxville Center Mall in front of JC Penney’s
11:45 Market Square Mall in front of pavillion
12:30 City County Building, 2nd floor mezzanine

The Spring Hill Elementary school chorus gathers 70 students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

Joven Conductor Muere en Antioch


Antioch, Tenn. — Un trágico domingo reporta la Policía de Nashville, un joven identificado como Selvin Roberto Ramos Castro, de 16 años murió después de perder el control de su vehículo y chocar contra un edificio.
El reporte policial añade que a Castro quien murió en el lugar del accidente venía acompañado de dos pasajeros adolescentes, Isabel Torres, de 17 y María Moreo, de 16, quienes sobrevivieron el fuerte impacto contra el edificio. Ellas donde fueron transportadas al Centro Médico de la Universidad Vanderbilt donde ambas permanecen en condición crítica, según el reporte recibido.
El accident ocurrió en 2359 Antioch Pike a las 11:30 de la mañana del domingo. Castro conducía un Chevrolet Impala del 2007 y segú las investigaciones del accidente, conducía a alta velocidad.

Are You Toxic?


Why would internal cleansing be the right thing to do?

Every day we are exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the things we touch. Learning more about the potentially harmful chemicals we might be in contact with can be critical for making decisions to protect our long-term health.
A LITTLE STORY

As with any subject, toxins are best understood through a little history.
Toxins—or xenobiotics— have always been part of the natural environment. Many of them are made by plants, bacteria, and animals as defenses to keep predators at bay. The greater the abundance of toxins in a species, the more likely they will survive. This natural behavior has produced millions of different kinds of toxins including venoms and poisons.

Human exposure to toxins also depends on how food is prepared. The use of fire was a novel way to deal with food toxins, as heat breaks down many plant and animal defenses. Another example was fermentation in which microorganisms produce a food that is edible. As our ancestors improved upon their culinary talents, they were able to expand their palates.

Humans would eventually enjoy a wide variety of foods spanning all parts of the world. As they did, new foods and food preparation techniques would introduce new toxins. Examples are the chemicals produced by heat, such as char, nitrosamines or acrylamide, which can each be carcinogenic.

The act of living itself also comes to us at a cost. Toxins are produced within the human body from simply being alive day to day.They may, at times, be used to battle foreign bacteria or viruses. These can cause harm as they work to protect the body, but after their job is done, they are detoxified through biochemical processes.

Modern World

In our modern environment, pollution and food processing has increased our toxic load considerably. Humans have added thousands of new chemicals that pollute our air and water.These toxinscan often end up in our foods, not just in plants, but concentrated in the animals that we eat.Food is also laden with chemicals in form of pesticides, processing agents and artificial ingredients.

Continual flow of pollutants into water sources increases our risk of exposure to toxins.

As our bodies are endlessly exposed to toxins,they can overwhelm the body’s natural detoxification defenses.A slow accumulation of toxins in our bodies may eventually disturb our natural processes.

It only adds to our toxic load when we supersize the food and drinks we consume. Most of the foods available are designed, not to support us nutritionally, but to appeal our taste buds. Our busy schedules have also made processed foods all the more convenient, adding to the waistline-expanding potential of sedentary lifestyles, and putting further burden on our bodies.

Human Body

The human body has had to adapt over the generations to removing varying toxic loads. Our bodies come equipped with powerful protections in forms of detoxification or cleansing systems. They are found throughout the body: in the stomach, the intestine, the liver and the kidneys.

The liver is a primary detoxification organ, metabolizing thousands of different chemicals we are exposed to daily. Much of what we eat must pass through our livers. As the liver breaks nutrients down, it also metabolizes toxic substances. In most cases, these toxins are cleared from the blood, then eliminated through bile or urine. At other times, they can become stored in fat.

In addition, each individual cell contains its own inherent protections from the daily stresses of simply living. These include powerful detoxification and antioxidant enzymes, which help maintain cellular integrity so that the cell may function appropriately.

Nutritional Cleansing

Our ancestors found ways to enhance many of the body’s internal detoxification and cleansing systems.These nutritional cleansing methods, which have been around for thousands of years, are only now beginning to be understood. A common practice was the use of fasting along with herbal teas or special botanicals. The reduced food intake would allow the body to purify itself through rest and renewal. Botanicals such as aloe gel, licorice root and ashwaghanda root contain bioactives that encourage detoxification within the liver and in the individual cells.

For more information and methods to assist your body in the natural process of detoxification, please visit DrChen.Isagenix.com

Direct Auto Helps Children Have a Special Christmas Time


KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– This holiday season, as many people continue to struggle financially, help can be found locally in Knoxville, TN from Direct Auto, the insurance provider whose promise is all about doing right by its customers. Direct is taking this commitment to the local Knoxville community as part of its “We’ll Do Right by You” pledge. Partnering with the local Toys for Tots, Direct Auto kicks off the campaign during the month of December to collect much needed toys for local children and their families.

Direct Auto will be working closely with the local U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Their mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the winter months, and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to children in need within the Knoxville community.

With growing economical concerns, the number of families requesting donations from Toys for Tots has increased from last year. Local community assistance is needed to spread the word about the partnership and the official in-store drop off location so that Direct Auto and its partners can bring smiles to children’s faces this holiday season.

The following Direct Auto locations will be collecting toys on site through the end of December.

o 4556 Chapman Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 573 7111

Sammy & Robert Discover the Ocean


Children books writer Darcie Mae bring up her third book, an 8 ½ x 11in., 39 pages, full color production ISBN# 978-1-61546-827-0.
Author’s website: http://sammyandrobert.tripod.com

In this third book in the Sammy and Robert series of fun, rhyming, and educational children’s stories, there are three full length stories.
Every page in the book is full of words and pictures. The first story – Sammy and Robert Visit A Beach is about a fun day at the beach and some things Sammy and Robert learn while there. The second story – Sammy and Robert Visit The Ocean is about a fun day in a boat out on the ocean and the things they learn while doing this. The third story – Sammy and Robert See Crustaceans and Mollusks is about a day they spend having fun snorkeling and finding crustaceans and mollusks.

Get the Shot at Hickory Hollow Mall December 12th and 19th


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro Public Health Department will hold H1N1 vaccination clinics on Saturday, December 12th, and 19th, offering H1N1 flu shots to anyone seeking the shot. The walk in clinics will be held at Hickory Hollow Mall.
Health Department nurses will offer 750 H1N1 flu shots and 250 doses of the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine from 12 noon until 5:00 PM. The H1N1 vaccination clinic is located in the South Wing of the upper level of the Mall. Closest Mall entry is located on the South side near Sears. Both the H1N1 flu shot and FluMist nasal spray are free.

The H1N1 FluMist nasal spray vaccine is offered only to those persons who are 2 – 49 years of age, without underlying health conditions, and not pregnant.

H1N1 FluMist and H1N1 injectable vaccine are also offered at the Metro Public Health Department’s Lentz Public Health Center, 311 23rd Avenue North, each Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For the latest information about H1N1 influenza and flu vaccine visit the Health Department’s website – http://www.health.nashville.gov, or call (615) 340-7775.

SUN PROTECTION NEEDED ALL YEAR LONG


Helpful Tips to Protect Your Skin During the Winter Months

New York, NY – Although the temperature may be frigid and sunlight less intense, the amount of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays reaching the surface of the earth remains very strong throughout the year, especially ultraviolet A (UVA). While ultraviolet B (UVB) rays (the sunburn-causing rays) are the strongest in summer, UVB loses intensity in the winter and UVA rays remain constant.

“Our knowledge of the dangers associated with UVA rays (the sun’s longer-wave rays) has grown significantly over the last few decades. We now know that UVA plays a significant role in skin cancer,” said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Therefore, consumers need to educate themselves on how to protect against these damaging rays and remember that sun protection is an all year round concern.”

UVA can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin causing wrinkles, brown spots, sagging, and other signs of skin aging. It also contributes to the development of skin cancers. Although UVA rays are less intense than the shorter wavelength UVB, they can be 30 to 50 times more prevalent than UVB rays. In addition, up to 80% of ultraviolet A and B penetrate through clouds and 100% of UVA rays go through glass.

For effective UVA protection, look for sunscreens that contain some combination of stabilized avobenzone, oxybenzone, mexoryl, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The Skin Cancer Foundation also recommends using sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher daily.

Sun Protection Tips For Everyday

Applying a moisturizer that contains an SPF of 15 or higher to the face, hands, and other exposed areas of the skin will suffice if you don’t plan on spending too much time outdoors. Many cosmetics, such as foundation, lipsticks and powder contain an SPF, making sun protection even easier. A powder with an SPF 15+ is a great way to reapply protection without ruining makeup.

Sun Protection Tips For Outdoor Activities

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and don’t forget areas such as underneath the nose and chin where skin is exposed to snow reflection. Snow reflects about 80% of the UV light from the sun, so that the rays hit you twice, further increasing your risk for skin cancer and premature aging. Wear protective clothing such as a hat, gloves and UV-blocking sunglasses with wraparound or large frames. Also, reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, and more often after sweating or exposure to wind and snow. Activities such as skiing and snowboarding call for just as much sunscreen as you would use at the beach.

Remember to be mindful of time spent in the sun, regardless of the season. Sun protection is a part of an overall healthy lifestyle. To find out more about how to protect your skin this winter, visit skincancer.org

Now celebrating its 30th year, The Skin Cancer Foundation is committed to educating the public and medical professionals about sun safety. As leaders in the fight against skin cancer, the Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, detection and treatment of the world’s most common cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. To learn more about the Foundation and its programs, visit skincancer.org

Episcopal School Hosts January Open House


Contributed by Kelly Norrell, Communications Director
The Episcopal School of Knoxville

The Episcopal School of Knoxville will host an Open House for all grades on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2-4 p.m.
Parents may bring children or come alone. No reservations are required. The school is located at 950 Episcopal School Way off Lovell Road in West Knoxville.
At the Open House, parents can enjoy coffee and homemade cookies, tour classrooms, and meet with faculty and staff to learn about the curriculum and programs of the school. Episcopal School Headmaster Jay Secor and Assistant Headmaster Peter Klekamp will be on hand. Visitors may also meet with current students and their parents.
Now in its 12th year, the Episcopal School is an independent, K-8 school, which offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, daily chapel, three foreign languages, a range of courses in the arts and a full sports program. Its interscholastic activities include Youth Legislature, Model United Nations and Destination Imagination.
The school is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and offers a faith-based environment. The school actively seeks children of diverse faith and background.
The Episcopal School has an enrollment of 294 and a faculty of 59.
Info: call 865-777-9032, visit http://www.esknoxville.org or contact Peter Klekamp at klekamp@esknoxville.org

It’s Human Nature


By Daniel L. Gardner.

It’s human nature. It’s also biological nature…if there is such a thing. Eating carbohydrates. The more one eats, the more one wants to eat.

I’ve gone on the Atkins’ Diet several times the past few years. Atkins advocated a high protein diet while eating no to few carbs during the first couple of weeks, and eating very modest levels of carbs as a lifestyle diet.

This diet works…as long as one has the discipline to eat modest levels of carbs, exercises regularly, and does not consume more calories than he/she burns. If, however, one consumes more calories than he/she burns…well, we all know what happens then.

Actually, two things happen: one gains weight, and one’s appetite increases. I’m getting too big to fail!

Nutritionists and dieticians have told me the Atkins’ Diet is not good for people. They should know. I’m just another fat guy struggling to maintain a semblance svelte health and vibrancy.

Coincidently, have you noticed that addicts, by nature and definition, generally consume more and more of whatever they’re addicted to, to the point of some kind of demise or breakdown?

Washington has always been addicted to spending. Of course, Democrats are more Bohemian than Republicans, but still both are guilty of spending more of our tax dollars, creating more taxes, and finding ever more clever ways to tell us how much good they are doing for those in need.

Who are those in need, and how exactly is Washington helping them? From Washington’s viewpoint, 50 percent of Americans are not in need, at least in ‘income tax’ language. Half of us pay 97 percent of all income taxes. Doesn’t the other half share any of the burden? Yep. They share by receiving government checks and not paying any income tax. This isn’t an Obama thing. It’s a Washington thing.

In this season of giving and receiving (used to be the season of giving), Americans are once again bombarded with advertisements, mass mailings, and telephone calls urging us to give to those in need. And, we do. Americans are the most generous people on earth. We’re also the wealthiest.

Following the lead of American charities and Americans’ inclinations to support charitable causes, Washington continues to install bureaucracies to facilitate the transfer of charity dollars – aka tax dollars – from those who pay taxes to those who need charity dollars – aka entitlement dollars.

Is there a limit to how much Americans can pay, i.e. transfer, or is America too big to fail?

I would guess most Americans would ridicule the supposition America could fail, particularly at the hands of our own elected government. How preposterous!

Desperate people commit acts of desperation. During summers in high school I worked at the local golf course. One of the workers, a wizened street kid, told me stories of thugs in Memphis who would mug an easy target for as little as $3.

A friend recently told me she had seen such desperate times when her family was hungry and had no food that she was tempted to steal money to feed her family. “Les Miserable’s” American style.

Another told me about a teenaged boy laid off last summer, living with mom, and collecting enough unemployment to cover his truck payments and having a little left over to date and hunt. He’s waiting for just the right job to come along.

I remember times early in our own marriage when the month exceeded the paycheck. Once our pastor ‘accidently dropped’ a $20 bill in our home to help us out.

What happens when that upon which one is dependent ceases? What happens when the government can only issue IOUs, like California? What happened when New York City, indeed all of New York State bankrupted its welfare system (1975)?

Some socialist academics and politicians are actually on record advocating overloading America’s entitlement programs in order to bankrupt America and induce mass, violent uprisings which would transform America into a socialist state, i.e. Washington would guarantee everyone income, food, housing, and healthcare to stabilize the masses.

If we all just share the wealth equally, America is not too big to fail.

It’s human nature. Government spending. The more Washington spends, the more some are entitled.

Department of Education Announces $1M for Two Knox County Schools


Nashville, TN – Members of the Knox County Legislative Delegation and Education Commissioner Timothy Webb are proud to announce two Knox County Schools have been awarded $500,000 Title I School Improvement High School Redesign Grant to improve student achievement.

“We are excited that each of these schools and district’s decided to embark on a new path to success for their students,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “There will be challenges in meeting the new standards set forth by the Tennessee Diploma Project and we want our students to have the best tools in preparing themselves for the future.”

In order to receive the grant of up to $500,000, each school submitted a substantial redesign plan using the Eight Elements of High School Improvement: A Mapping Framework provided by the National High School Center as the research model.

Each district’s plan for its school was required to focus on meeting federal grant measurable outcomes:

To substantially redesign high schools to meet new standards and prepare students for the next level of schooling
To improve student proficiency and increase the number of schools that make AYP
To use data to make informed decisions and create a system of continuous feedback and improvement
To sustain redesign and subsequent improvements without assistance from state or private external technical assistance providers

Knox County Schools receiving the grant include:

Austin East High School $500,000
Fulton High School $500,000