February-June Cooking Classes Reminder at Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina


Knoxville, Tennessee – – Knoxville’s very own gourmet food importing business is offering another set of cooking classes at their kitchen, La Cucina.  Featuring a wide range of cuisines and traditions, the classes always focus on efficient professional cooking techniques that will make any cook’s life easier – and more fun!

 During the traditional two-hour long technique-oriented class, you will receive samples of all food prepared over the course of the evening.  You’ll also receive the printed recipes and surprise tastings of other Avanti Savoia products!  Also, due to popular demand, Avanti Savoia is now offering a new series of classes on popular French Techniques.  Learn culinary skills that will give you the confidence to whip up truly outstanding meals at home.

 The classes are taught by Chef Joseph Lowery with other guest chefs and instructors announced along the way.  Chef Joseph is an author, chef, and cooking teacher and has taught cooking classes since 1972 in Canada, Mexico, and the USA.  He is currently the Chef Consultant with Avanti Savoia Imports.

 

Tuesday, February 28, 6pm – 8pm

Southern Fare with a Mediterranean Flair

Whether you call it fusion cooking or New American Cuisine, we guarantee that you will call it delicious.

Menu

  • MUSHROOMS, CARROTS and OLIVES a la GRECQUE:  “A la Grecque” is French for “in the Greek style”.  The concept can include any variety of vegetables, though in this recipe we use mushrooms, carrots and olives.  The ingredients are lightly simmered and then marinated in a zesty mixture of white wine, Tarragon vinegar, olive oil, Tarragon and other seasonings.
  • AMERICAN STYLE BOUILLABAISSE with TOASTED POLENTA ROUNDS spread with ROUILLE:  Our version of a famous seafood stew made with a variety of American seafood and laced with tomatoes, wine, herbs, and saffron.  We will serve ours with Polenta rounds seasoned with “Rouille”, a spicy paste traditionally served with Bouillabaisse.
  • QUEEN of the CUMBERLANDS WHITE CHOCLATE CAKE with SOUR MASH CHOCOLATE ICING:  A Tennessee adaptation of Julia Child’s famous Reine de Saba (Queen of Sheba cake).  

Cost: $50 (Demonstration Class with Some Hands-On Participation)

What to bring with you:  BYOW (wine)

 

Tuesday, March 6, 6pm – 8pm

The Fondant Intensive

Knoxville’s premier cake sculptress and designer, Regina Long, is bringing her gift of sugar artistry and wit to La Cucina at Avanti Savoia.  Regina has held the position of Chief Decorator at Rosa’s Catering for the last eight years. Her awards include People Magazine’s Best Wedding Cake in the state of Tennessee and numerous awards from the Imagination Library’s Great Cake Bake. Her class will be an entirely “hands on” experience.  Learn to do it all with a fun class experience that features limited seating with personal instruction and attention from Regina.  You will learn to carve cake by practicing with Styrofoam, followed by detailed guidance in working with the most popular cake decorating technique on the market today, fondant!

Cost: $60 (Hands on class with limiting seating)

What to bring with you: BYOW (wine)

 

Tuesday, March 13, 6pm – 8pm

La Technique: Knife Skills 101

Due to numerous requests from our students, La Cucina is presenting a full participation class featuring some the most fundamental skills required in the kitchen; knife work.  This is THE BASICS:  From how to properly hold your knife to methods of sharpening, honing and the numerous techniques and terms used in professional kitchens.  Mincing, chopping into Brunoise – large, medium and small dice; different size “sticks” known as Julienne, Allumette and Batonnet and many other tips that Chefs Karen and Joseph can pull from their lives in food service.  If you want to be a professional chef we highly recommend a serious culinary program at an accredited school or university, but if you are a beginner who needs to be more confident and effective in your home kitchen, this is the class for you! You will also have the opportunity to thoroughly practice one of the most useful cooking methods we know; sautéing.

Cost: $60 (Hands on class with limiting seating)

What to bring with you: A good paring knife and chef’s knife and BYOW (wine)

 

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 -8:30pm

ALMOST FABERGE

The most luxurious Easter eggs in the world were those created by famed jeweler Peter Carl Faberge for the Imperial family of Russia.  Join us in the celebration of this springtime tradition Avanti Savoia style.  Chef Karen Crumley and award winning cake artist Regina Long combine forces in this seasonal offering.  Chef Karen will share her family’s tradition of Handmade Sugar Eggs.  Each student will have the opportunity to decorate their own take home colored sugar eggs with tiny fondant figures on the inside and royal icing artistry on outside.  Regina Long will share her techniques for delicious Easter egg cake pops.

Demonstration Class with Some Hands-On Participation

  Friday, March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm

 THE WORLD’S FINEST BALSAMIC VINEGARS AND EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OILS 

A guided tasting of the “Heart and Soul” of Avanti Savoia; our “best of the best”!

Cost: $5.00

 

Tuesday, April 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm

BUONA PASQUA; AN ITALIAN EASTER FEAST

Enjoy Easter “Italian style” with this joyous springtime menu.

Menu

  • Crema di Uova e Pepperoni (Tri-color pepper and egg terrine)
  • Agnello al Latte (Lamb stewed in butter, brandy, herbs and milk)
  • “Quick” risotto with grilled artichokes
  • Crema al Limoncello (Limoncello Liqueur cream dessert)

Cost: $50 (Demonstration class with Some Hands-On Participation)

What to bring with you:  BYOW (wine)

 

Tuesday, April 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ REDUX! 

La Cucina’s most popular sushi class revisited, taught by our resident sushi expert, Chef Karen Crumley, a 2008 graduate of the Culinary Institute of University of Tennessee. Chef Karen has worked her way up the through the ranks in area restaurants and was trained at Nama Sushi Bar in the specialized skills required to prepare California/Japanese style sushi as well as the use of Japanese knives.  In this class with limited enrollment, students will receive detailed instruction and will have the opportunity to create their own maki, temaki, spicy tuna rolls, California rolls and other personal creations.

Cost: $60 (Hands on class with limiting seating)

What to bring with you:  BYOW (wine)

 

Tuesday, April 24th, 6:00-9:00pm

 LA TECHNIQUE: ADVANCED SUSHI

Chef Karen Crumley has delighted our students for two years with her superb knife skills and straight forward introduction to the art of making sushi.  In this class she will take you to the next level with a 3 hour, completely hands –on class devoted to even more intense knife work and other various techniques, including Tamago, “fish on top” rolls and creative nigiri.

 Cost: $75 (Hands on class with very limiting seating)

What to bring with you:  BYOW (wine)

 Tuesday, May 1st, 6:30-8:30pm

FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO 

Cinco de Mayo or the 5th of May is often misunderstood in America as Mexican Independence Day.  It is not. The 5th of May commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in 1862 at the battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate Mexican culture in all its vibrant aspects and has become particularly popular in the US.  Our menu celebrates Mexico with a nod to the influence of French cuisine.

Menu

  • Maximilian’s Quiche
  • Open Face Turkey Tamales with Mole Poblano
  • Gelatina de Café con Kahlua (Coffee liqueur laced dessert jell)

Cost: $50 (Demonstration class with Some Hands-On Participation)

What to bring with you:  BYOW (wine)

 

Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30-8:30pm

PIZZA PIZZAZZ!  

Perfect pizza at home; learn the secrets to delicious hand thrown crusts, sauces and other professional pizza making techniques.  You will not want to wait to amaze your friends at your own pizza making party!

Menu

  • America’s Favorite (Pepperoni, Tomato Sauce and Cheese)
  • Pissaladiere (Specialty Pizza-Tart from Southern France).

Cost: $50 (Demonstration Class with Some Hands-On Participation)

What to bring with you: BYOW (wine)

Tuesday, May 15th, 6:30-8:30pm

LA TECHNIQUE: ARTISAN STYLE PASTA 

Chef Arnold Bondi is one of our favorite guest instructors and currently the Corporate Regional Chef for Hopco Foodservice Marketing. He was formerly Executive Chef at the UT Faculty Club and Food and Beverage Director at Holston Hills and Gettysvue Country Clubs.  In this unique class Chef Arnold will draw on his family’s Italian heritage to prepare three different handmade pastas.

Menu

  • Potato Gnocchi with Cacciatore Sauce
  • Ciacatelli Pasta with Rose Sauce
  • Orecchiette Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Cost: $60 (Hands-On Participation with limited seating)

What to bring with you: BYOW (wine)

 

Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY 

Master Cake designer Regina Long and Chef Joseph Lowery celebrate their birthdays this week and you are invited to the party!  Help Chef Joseph to prepare his delicious golden layer cake from scratch and be amazed by Regina’s consummate skill with butter cream, fondant and other decorating techniques.  Raspberry/Mango punch and Peach Ice Cream will complete the menu.  Make your cake and eat it too! 

Cost: $50 (Demonstration Class with Some Hands-On Participation)

What to bring with you: BYOW (wine)

 

Tuesday, June 12th, 6:30-8:30pm

BEYOND BLUEBERRY PIE

The Baxters of Norris, Tennessee have been growing blueberries since 1980. They are now into the 4th generation of various blueberry related occupations. Paul Baxter and wife Glenda Ross operate Greenbriar Farm & Nursery for Edibles featuring blueberry plants (40+ varieties) and other edible plants for home landscaping; workshops for customers and consulting for farms.  You might say the Baxters are true blue bloods – enthusiastic about and committed to blueberries, that is. La Cucina at Avanti Savoia is proud to announce a special class featuring a Blueberry menu, loads of Blueberry information including cultivation tips as well as blueberry plants available for purchase.  Expect other blueberry surprises to be announced.

Menu

  • East Tennessee country biscuits with blueberry gravy
  • Main course spinach salad with goat cheese, pan seared tuna and warm blueberry dressing 
  • Jolly blue giant blueberry pie

Cost: $50 (Demonstration Class with Some Hands-On Participation)

What to bring with you: BYOW (wine)

Presidente Chávez será sometido a nueva operación en los próximos días


Caracas, 21 Feb. AVN.- Este martes el presidente de la República, Hugo Chávez, informó que en los próximos días tendrá que ser sometido a una nueva operación, tras detectarse una lesión de dos centímetros de diámetro en el mismo lugar en el que se le extrajo el tumor cancerígeno en junio del año pasado.

“¡Saldremos adelante! Me operarán de nuevo, me sacarán esa lesión, se verificará si tiene relación con el tumor anterior o no, y en base a eso informaremos después de la operación”, dijo el presidente Chávez durante una visita que hizo al Complejo Industrial Santa Inés, en el estado Barinas, y confirmó que no se consiguió metástasis en órganos de su cuerpo, como ha circulado por las redes sociales.

“Es una lesión pequeña de dos centímetros de diámetro, muy claramente visible, lo que obliga a extraer esa lesión y eso obliga a una nueva intervención quirúrgica, que se supone menos complicada que la anterior”, explicó el Presidente. 

La lesión fue detecta en un chequeo médico que se realizó el sábado pasado en La Habana, Cuba, y aún no se ha determinado el lugar en el que se practicará la nueva cirugía. Acotó que la misma debe ser en los próximos días.

El Mandatario Nacional informó sobre esta nueva situación médica. “Yo les pido perdón, para nada quiero hacer sufrir a mi pueblo, pero es la verdad”, manifestó.

“Hay gente que quiere que yo me muera, porque me odian. Allá ellos y sus malos deseos. Se han encargado todos estos meses, con mucha frecuencia, a sacar rumores. Comienzan a generar todos estos rumores para tratar de crear angustia, zozobra y tratar de desestabilizar al país”, expresó.

Llamó al pueblo venezolano a la unidad, a la batalla y a la lucha por la vida y la victoria. “Es una vida que pido a Dios alargue hasta que él quiera, sólo para servirle, cada día más y mejor, al pueblo venezolano”, puntualizó.

Explicó que cada cuatro meses debe ser sometido a rigurosos exámenes, al tiempo que recordó que el pasado mes de octubre se realizó un chequeo, el cual arrojó resultados positivos. Este sábado viajó a Cuba, donde se efectuó una nueva revisión médica.

AVN 21/02/2012 15:06

Comcast Announces Independent Minority-Owned Channel


PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 21, 2012 – Comcast Corporation today announced it has selected four new minority-owned independent networks to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems between April 2012 and January 2014. After a thorough evaluation of more than 100 proposals, Comcast selected four networks ― two of which are majority African-American owned and two that are majority American Hispanic owned and operated and programmed in English.

“We are thrilled to work with such talented individuals to launch these new networks that will bring exciting and fresh content to consumers,” said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. “Comcast is committed to delivering programming that reflects the interests of our customers, and we look forward to integrating these great networks into our rich programming line-up.”

African-American Category:

· Aspire: Spearheaded by Entrepreneur and NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, in partnership with GMC TV, Aspire is dedicated to delivering enlightening, entertaining and positive programming to African-Americans families, including movies, documentaries, short films, music, comedy, visual and performing arts, and faith and inspirational programs. Aspire will celebrate the successes, achievements and accomplishments of the African-American community and create new opportunities for the next generation of African-American visionaries. The network will launch by summer 2012.

“Aspire will be a network that encourages and challenges African-Americans to reach for their dreams and will appeal to all generations. Aspire will celebrate our heritage, our groundbreaking achievements and the fearless talent that has shaped American culture. I’m most excited about Aspire creating opportunities for the new voices, new visions and the next generation of storytellers,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

· REVOLT: Proposed by superstar and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs and MTV veteran Andy Schuon, this network is designed to have programming inspired by music and pop culture, including music videos, live performances, music news, and interviews and will incorporate social media interaction for music artists and fans. The network has entered into an agreement to launch in 2013.

“REVOLT is the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. REVOLT will be live, like all great moments in television history. REVOLT will also be immediate, like today’s social networks. We know it was a highly competitive process and we want to thank Comcast for this opportunity to truly change television with REVOLT.”

Hispanic Category:

· El Rey: Proposed by legendary Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, this network is designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming. The El Rey network will include programming that features Hispanic producers, celebrities and public figures. The network has entered into an agreement to launch by January 2014.

“This partnership with Comcast signals an important moment for the Latino community in this country – we are passionate about creating a wildly entertaining destination that we can be proud of by appealing to both Latino and mass market audiences,” said Robert Rodriguez and CEO of FactoryMade Ventures John Fogelman. “We engineered El Rey to address a burgeoning opportunity to deliver unique, high-quality and compelling content to a hard-to-reach demographic and are excited to bring more opportunities to generations of talent, storytellers and dreamers through this special partnership.”

-more-

· BabyFirst Americas: Proposed by Spanish language television veteran Constantino “Said” Schwarz, this network is designed for infants, very young children, and their parents, and emphasizes the importance of early development of verbal, math and motor skills. The network has entered into an agreement to launch by April 2012.

“We are thrilled to partner with Comcast and commend them for recognizing the importance of quality education for young children,” remarked Constantino “Said” Schwarz, CEO and Chairman BabyFirst Americas. “BabyFirst Americas aims to bring the essential academic building blocks for Kindergarten readiness into the home, making it accessible for families all across the U.S.”

Comcast made a series of voluntary public interest commitments in connection with the NBCUniversal transaction, one of which is to launch 10 new independently owned and operated networks over the next eight years. Of the 10 networks, four will be majority African-American owned, two will be majority American Latino owned, two will be operated by American Latino programmers, and two will provide additional independent programming. Ultimately, each of the 10 networks will be added on select Comcast systems as part of the digital basic tier of service.

Robert Rodriguez, P. Diddy, Magic Johnson, Said Schwartz Begin 4 New Minority-Owned Indie Networks With Comcast


PHILADELPHIA, PA –– Comcast Corporation announced it has selected four new minority-owned independent networks to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems between April 2012 and January 2014. After a thorough evaluation of more than 100 proposals, Comcast selected four networks ― two of which are majority African-American owned and two that are majority American Hispanic owned and operated and programmed in English.

“We are thrilled to work with such talented individuals to launch these new networks that will bring exciting and fresh content to consumers,” said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. “Comcast is committed to delivering programming that reflects the interests of our customers, and we look forward to integrating these great networks into our rich programming line-up.”

African-American Category:

· Aspire: Spearheaded by Entrepreneur and NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, in partnership with GMC TV, Aspire is dedicated to delivering enlightening, entertaining and positive programming to African-Americans families, including movies, documentaries, short films, music, comedy, visual and performing arts, and faith and inspirational programs. Aspire will celebrate the successes, achievements and accomplishments of the African-American community and create new opportunities for the next generation of African-American visionaries. The network will launch by summer 2012.

“Aspire will be a network that encourages and challenges African-Americans to reach for their dreams and will appeal to all generations. Aspire will celebrate our heritage, our groundbreaking achievements and the fearless talent that has shaped American culture. I’m most excited about Aspire creating opportunities for the new voices, new visions and the next generation of storytellers,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

· REVOLT: Proposed by superstar and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs and MTV veteran Andy Schuon, this network is designed to have programming inspired by music and pop culture, including music videos, live performances, music news, and interviews and will incorporate social media interaction for music artists and fans. The network has entered into an agreement to launch in 2013.

“REVOLT is the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. REVOLT will be live, like all great moments in television history. REVOLT will also be immediate, like today’s social networks. We know it was a highly competitive process and we want to thank Comcast for this opportunity to truly change television with REVOLT.”

Hispanic Category:

· El Rey: Proposed by legendary Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, this network is designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming. The El Rey network will include programming that features Hispanic producers, celebrities and public figures. The network has entered into an agreement to launch by January 2014.

“This partnership with Comcast signals an important moment for the Latino community in this country – we are passionate about creating a wildly entertaining destination that we can be proud of by appealing to both Latino and mass market audiences,” said Robert Rodriguez and CEO of FactoryMade Ventures John Fogelman. “We engineered El Rey to address a burgeoning opportunity to deliver unique, high-quality and compelling content to a hard-to-reach demographic and are excited to bring more opportunities to generations of talent, storytellers and dreamers through this special partnership.”

-more-

· BabyFirst Americas: Proposed by Spanish language television veteran Constantino “Said” Schwarz, this network is designed for infants, very young children, and their parents, and emphasizes the importance of early development of verbal, math and motor skills. The network has entered into an agreement to launch by April 2012.

“We are thrilled to partner with Comcast and commend them for recognizing the importance of quality education for young children,” remarked Constantino “Said” Schwarz, CEO and Chairman BabyFirst Americas. “BabyFirst Americas aims to bring the essential academic building blocks for Kindergarten readiness into the home, making it accessible for families all across the U.S.”

Comcast made a series of voluntary public interest commitments in connection with the NBCUniversal transaction, one of which is to launch 10 new independently owned and operated networks over the next eight years. Of the 10 networks, four will be majority African-American owned, two will be majority American Latino owned, two will be operated by American Latino programmers, and two will provide additional independent programming. Ultimately, each of the 10 networks will be added on select Comcast systems as part of the digital basic tier of service.

Estafan a familias inmigrantes


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—  Un sujeto hasta hoy desconocido por las autoridades pidio $6,000 a la esposa de un hombre sentenciado a 7 años de carcel. El hombre se identificó como agente de inmigración e intentó reunirse con su victima para la entrega del dinero.

Las autoridades de inmigración recuerdan a la comunidad que los agentes de ICE no se comunican con las familias de los detenidos para pedir dinero como fianza para su liberación.

Los Tigres del Norte Wins The GRAMMY®


LOS ANGELES, CA —

Los Tigres del Norte were recognized as winners of the Best Norteño Album at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.  Winning their SIXTH career GRAMMY Award for their landmark “MTV Unplugged: Los Tigres del Norte and Friends” album, the legendary group widely known as ‘the voice of the people’ continue to set the benchmark for artistic excellence in their genre.

 

The first-ever MTV Unplugged project dedicated to Regional-Mexican Music, “Los Tigres del Norte and Friends” finds the pioneering Norteño superstars revisiting many of their greatest career recordings in an acoustic format while joined by special guests such as Juanes, Residente of Calle 13, Paulina Rubio, Diego Torres, Andres Calamaro and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine in his first-ever Spanish language performance. 

 

Eduardo Hernandez, a member of Los Tigres del Norte, performs at the National Western Complex, on February 10, 2012. Manuel Martinez/Viva Colorado

MTV Unplugged: Los Tigres del Norte and Friends” debuted at #1 On Billboard’s “Top Latin Albums” chart and was one of the genre’s best-selling albums throughout the year- receiving a rare Diamond Sales certification in Mexico and going Gold In The United States.  Having already won the most recent LATIN GRAMMY for the genre, today’s GRAMMY recognition gives the album a clean sweep of the year’s two most significant awards for Norteño music.

 Currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, Los Tigres del Norte were greeted by thousands of fans at packed concerts this weekend in New York, Boston and Denver.  As they continue to tour in February and March, Los Tigres will soon add to their legacy of bringing Regional Mexican Music to new audiences as the band gives the genre’s first-ever performance in the newly built Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, California.  The performance will take place on March 8, 2012 and tickets are available now at:  http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/los-tigres-del-norte/

Urban Farm: Planting in the Greenhouse


Hands On Nashville  http://www.hon.org

 Volunteer in a greenhouse (it’s warm!) to help get our Urban Farm started!! We’ll be mixing up starting soil, planting seeds, and taking care of plants in the greenhouse that will be planted in the spring. Come help us grow healthy food in a beautiful garden!

Dates: Febrero 14 a las 4pm

            Febrero 21 a las 4pm

 

Lugar: Hands On Nashville
209 10th Avenue South, Suite 318
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: (615) 298-1108

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker; Corinne C. Bergeron, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Jackson National Life Insurance Company; Brian Williams, Executive Director, Hands On Nashville; and Mayor Karl Dean join volunteers in painting Nashville Fire Department Station No. 19.

Photo of a previous volunteering activity. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker; Corinne C. Bergeron, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Jackson National Life Insurance Company; Brian Williams, Executive Director, Hands On Nashville; and Mayor Karl Dean join volunteers in painting Nashville Fire Department Station No. 19.

Abierto primer Café Cibernético de Maryville


MARYVILLE, Tenn —- ¿No computadora? ¿No internet? ¡No hay problema! Este es el mensaje que Sharon Barnett, dueña del CaféNet, que esta ofreciendo para la Comunidad Hispana.

CaféNet, localizada en la esquina de Midland Shops cerca de Kumon Learning Center (en frente de Wendy´s y Midland Plaza 265 S. Calderwood St., Alcoa) es Blount County´s primer internet café que tiene computadoras disponibles para los clientes. ¡No necesita su laptop! El CaféNet, que fue abierto en el mes de Diciembre, dispone de seis computadoras en las que los clientes pueden navegar en Internet, jugar juegos, video chat, transferir dinero por vía Xoom, fax, fotocopias, crear, e imprimir documentos. También, los clientes pueden jugar con el Play Station 3 que aquí tenemos.

Barnett vio la necesidad de los servicios de computación en la Comunidad Hispana. “Internet cafés son muy populares en Latino América con bajos costos para que la población se mantenga en contacto con sus amigos y familiares en otros países.” Usando los programas de video chat tales como Skype les permite a los clientes no solo hablar con sus seres queridos de forma gratuita si no que también los pueden ver. Las computadoras también ofrecen servicios de llamadas telefónicas a bajo costo de forma ilimitada a muchos países de Latino América.

CaféNet intenta eliminar la barrera del lenguaje para la gente Hispana cuando se trata del uso de las computadoras. “Cuando un cliente se sienta enfrente de una computadora, solo con el uso de una tecla, usted puede disponer su computadora y su teclado en español. También tenemos un personal para responder sus preguntas en ingles y español. Incluyendo que estamos ofreciendo clases de computación en español los jueves y sábados empezando a las 7 p.m. por $5 dólares la sección.” Agregó Barnett.

CaféNet ofrece refrescos, bocadillos y jugos de Mexico.

La tarea más difícil ha sido llevar la información de CaféNet a la población. “Cuando estas tratando de interactuar con los clientes que no hablan mucho inglés o no tienen acceso a las comunicaciones electrónicas, tu aprendes a ser creativo.” Comentó Enrique García, empleado de CaféNet. “Hemos repartido información en La Pulga, tiendas locales, restaurantes, e iglesias. Y recientemente comenzaron anunciar a cerca de CaféNet en La Lider, 93.5 f.m.

Varios empleados de CaféNet saben lo que es estar separados de sus familias y amigos. Garcia de Cuba y acróbata de Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus cree que CaféNet llenará una gran necesidad en la comunidad local. Permitiendo abrir una ventana al mundo.

CaféNet empleado, Max de la Fuente, estudiante de Maryville High School y nativo de Mexico dijo “Muchas personas quedaran impresionadas al saber que por $5 dolares la hora pueden comunicarse con sus ser queridos.” También de la Fuente esta organizando un torneo de videojuegos, para que los clientes disfruten en la tarde. Registración para los torneos es requerida y ganadores tendrán sus premios.

Por supuesto el CaféNet esta abierto para todos que necesiten internet. Le damos la bienvenida a todos. (Le atenderemos en ingles y español.)

(CaféNet esta abierto todos los dias de 11a.m. a 10p.m.) 265 S. Calderwood St., Alcoa, TN 37701. Para mas información llame al 865.233.7282 y con gusto le atenderemos.

EDUCATION SECRETARY DUNCAN TO HOST TWITTER TOWN HALL ON HISPANIC EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE


Following President Obama’s State of the Union Address—in which critical topics like college affordability, dropout rates, teachers, and job training were addressed—U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will engage with the Hispanic community through a twitter town hall at 3:00 p.m. ET on February 8.  The conversation will be conducted in both English and Spanish. 

Jose Rico, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will join Duncan for the virtual town hall. As head of the initiative, Rico helps carry out President Obama’s efforts to improve the academic achievement of Hispanic students.

Duncan and Rico will discuss how Hispanic success in education is important to the country and respond to questions submitted on Twitter. The town hall will be moderated by Elianne Ramos and Cheryl Aguilar from LATISM, a nonprofit social media outlet aimed at advancing the social, economic and educational status of the Latino community.

The event will be streamed live online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department.  Twitter users can ask questions in advance and during the forum using the hashtag #HispanicED. Community leaders and ED staff will help flag questions through retweets on Twitter.

WHO:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan   

José Rico, executive director of the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics

 

WHAT:

Twitter town hall discussion focusing on Hispanic education 

WHERE:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department

#HispanicED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/HispanicED

WHEN:

3:00-4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tire Package

Valentine’s Weekend Sale- Save Up to 20%- Ends Feb 13th at Midnight

Letter to the Editor


Steve DeMaura

O-703-535-3110

C- 603-801-7620

 

I want to thank Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee for doing the right thing and standing up for a free and open Internet by opposing the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). On January 18, every day Americans spoke out and Capitol Hill listened. Over ten million people signed a petition against both SOPA and PIPA—making it the most signed petition ever to be sent into Congress—and Congressional offices were inundated with calls and emails from constituents opposing the bills.

 

The legislation’s stated goal was to eliminate online piracy and copyright infringement, but this is a classic case of the proposed, Washington D.C. solution being worse than the problem.

 

No one should be allowed to steal American ideas or products, but these bills would ultimately impose onerous regulations on Internet search engines, service providers and pretty much any website that hosts user generated content. This means social media sites would face such liability for their users’ actions that it would be almost impossible for a company like Twitter, Facebook or YouTube to get off the ground.

Please thank Sens. Hatch and Lee for joining the millions of Americans who believe the Internet is too important—to our economy, free speech and America’s history of innovation—to cripple it with unnecessary and harmful regulations.

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR DIABETES! AT THE SCPLS KING FAMILY LIBRARY


 Sevierville, Tenn.— What is Take Charge of Your Diabetes? The program Take Charge of your Diabetes, sponsored by the Sevier County UT Extension Office, is designed as a fun, skill-building program for people living with diabetes. During the six-week, free of charge program, attendees will learn to take day-to-day responsibility for their diabetes care while gaining the necessary skills to manage their diabetes. Learning how to work effectively with their health care professionals will also be part of the program.

 Anyone living with diabetes can attend the 6-week program beginning on February 20 and ending March 26. The weekly sessions are from 10:00AM – 12:00PM on Mondays and will be held at the SCPLS King Family Library, 408 High Street, in Sevierville. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Linda Hyder at the Sevier County UT Extension Office at 865.453.3695 or lhyder@utk.edu. Deadline to register for the program is Friday, February 10, 2012.
Tire Package

Mayor Rogero speaks at the groundbreaking of new tennis center


 The City of Knoxville and Greater Knoxville Tennis Association will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for West Hills Tennis Center Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Mayor Madeline Rogero will lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the new West Hills Tennis Center.

The location is at West Hills Park, 410 N Winston Rd. a 1,400-square-foot facility will serve as a clubhouse and feature both interior and exterior public restrooms. City Council voted to enter a contract for the $370,000 project on January 24, 2012. The City contributed $220,000 and the Greater Knoxville Tennis Association gave $150,000 to build the tennis facility. This marks Phase II of a long-term plan to renovate the West Hills tennis courts.

Davidson County Spelling Bee


WHAT: Metro Schools’ Language Arts department will host the Davidson County Spelling Bee. Seventh and eighth graders from area public and private schools will participate in the spelling bee. Also participating will be Metro-Kathryn Mitchell Spelling Bee winner and runner-up.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Trevecca Nazarene University-Towers Annex Auditorium, 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

Former Attorney Found Liable of the Unauthorized Practice of Law


January 18, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Consumers who have filed complaints against a Nashville man, suspended for practicing law without a license, may be eligible for restitution, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Gary Cordell, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs announced today.

Michael H. Sneed of Nashville, who has been found liable for the unauthorized practice of law and violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, has been ordered by the Davidson County Circuit Court to pay $18,372 to eligible consumers who used his services. The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered Sneed suspended from the practice of law on Feb. 24, 2009 for 18 months. He was later found to have continued representing multiple consumers acting as an attorney during his suspension. 

Attorney General Cooper, on behalf of the Division of Consumer Affairs, brought a civil lawsuit against Sneed for the unauthorized practice of law following numerous complaints to the Division of Consumer Affairs. An ensuing investigation determined violation of state laws. The Court subsequently entered an injunction prohibiting Sneed from continuing to advertise or offer services as a licensed attorney. During a recent court hearing, Judge Joseph Binkley Jr. granted the state’s request to compensate consumers harmed by Sneed. Additionally, consumers who come forward within six months of the Court’s Order dated January 6, 2012 are eligible for restitution. Judge Binkley additionally awarded the State $77,000 in remedial civil penalties for violations under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, $77,000.00 in remedial civil penalties under the Unauthorized Practice of Law statutes, and attorney and court costs associated with the case. 

“We are pleased with the Court’s decision,” Attorney General Cooper said. “We will not tolerate unauthorized practice of law in Tennessee, and encourage anyone who suspects such behavior to contact our office.”

If you were represented by Michael H. Sneed as your attorney at any time after February 24, 2009, please contact the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office at (615) 741-1671 or toll free within Tennessee at 1-877-275-7396. Because many of Sneed’s clients are Hispanic and much of his advertisements were directed toward the Hispanic Community, the Attorney General’s Office has a Spanish speaking staff member available to talk with Spanish speaking victims.

To find out if an attorney is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and is in good standing, call the Tennessee State Board of Professional Responsibility at (615) 361-7500 or visit their website at http://www.tbpr.org/. 

Consumers with complaints about individuals or businesses engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices should contact the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-342-8385 (toll free inside Tennessee) or (615) 741-4737.

To see a copy of the State’s filings in the Sneed case, go to www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/ and click on Filings of Interest.

En prision preparador de impuestos hispano


Nashville, Tenn.- Elmer Virula, de 54 años, ha sido condenado a 24 meses en prisión, seguidos de un año de libertad supervisada, por preparar y presentar declaraciones de impuestos fraudulentas al IRS, según un comunicado del Departamento de Justicia.

Virula también fue ordenado repagar al IRS $167,535 por presentar fraudulentamente créditos fiscales en las declaraciones de impuestos de sus clientes que generaron un reembolso mayor. También él debe cesar y desistir de representarse a sí mismo como un contador público certificado y no se le permitirá preparar declaraciones de impuestos para otros.

Virula fue acusado el 8 de abril de 2010 con 16 cargos de ayudar y asistir en la preparación de declaraciones de impuestos falsas. Según la acusación, Virula principalmente atendía a la comunidad hispana de Nashville, preparando declaraciones de impuestos de los años 2003 al 2006.

Virula, era dueño y operaba tres negocios de preparación de impuestos en la zona central de Tennessee y entrenó a sus empleados para ingresar fraudulentamente créditos fiscales en las declaraciones de impuestos de los clientes para generar un reembolso mayor a sabiendas que los clientes no tenían derecho.

“A medida que nos acercamos a la temporada de impuestos, los contribuyentes deben elegir un preparador de declaraciones de impuestos cuidadosamente. Las personas deben revisar sus declaraciones a fondo y asegurarse de que entienden todos los elementos en ellos, ya que son ellos los responsables de todo”, dijo Christopher A. Henry, jefe de la oficina de Investigación Criminal del IRS-Nashville.

Sentenced to prision Hispanic Tax preparer


 Nashville, Tenn. –Elmer Virula, 54, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for preparing and submitting fraudulent tax returns to the IRS, acording to a United States Attorney release.

Virula was also ordered to repay the IRS $167,535 for fraudulently enter tax credits on clients’ tax returns to generate larger refunds. He must also cease and desist from representing himself as a Certified Public Accountant and he is not allowed to prepare tax returns for others.

Virula was indicted on April 8, 2010, and charged with 16 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns. According to the indictment, Virula primarily catered to Nashville’s Hispanic community, preparing fraudulent federal income tax returns for calendar years 2003 through 2006.

Virula, owned and operated three tax preparation businesses in the middle Tennessee area and he trained his employees to fraudulently enter tax credits on clients’ tax returns to generate larger refunds for which the clients were not entitled.

As we approach the filing season, taxpayers are reminded to choose a return preparer carefully. Individuals should review their return thoroughly and make sure they understand every item on them as they are ultimately responsible for everything claimed on the return,” said Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation-Nashville Field Office.

During the sentencing hearing, numerous witnesses testified that Virula fraudulentaly represented himself to the immigrant Hispanic community as a christian minister and a CPA.