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Education

  • ETSU open house slated

    East Tennessee State University will have an open house on Nov. 1 for high school students, transfer students and their families.

    Guests will be able to check in starting at 8:45 a.m. in the second floor Atrium Food Court of the D.P. Culp University Center.

    From 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., visitors can experience displays and conversations with faculty members and representatives from housing, financial aid, admissions and academic departments.

  • Hand in forms for free FluMist, flu vaccines

    Parents of students in the Roane County school system should have received a packet earlier this week detailing the offering of free flu vaccinations and FluMist to all students in pre-K through eighth grade.

    Parents and guardians are reminded to return the questionnaire and insurance information sheet to the school nurse as soon as possible.

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health and Roane County Health Department are offering the free immunizations, which will be administered on site at all elementary and middle schools in November.

  • Americanism essay contest open to grades 7-12

    Public and homeschooled students in grades 7-12 are eligible to enter Crossville Fleet Reserve Association Branch 294’s 2014-15 Americanism essay contest.

    The competition is part of a National Fleet Reserve Association contest offering a $5,000 grand prize.

    The Crossville branch will present a $50 minimum grand prize for each grade winner and will then submit that winning essay to the regional FRA, which also offers a grand prize of all its received entries in the region.

  • Free FluMist, shots available to Roane students

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health and Roane County Health Department will offer free flu vaccinations and FluMist to all students in pre-K through eighth grade.

    Injections and FluMist will be administered on site at all elementary and middle schools in November.

    The Roane County Health Department will administer the shots and FluMist, depending on arrival of the vaccine.

    A packet will be sent home to parents on Oct. 20. The questionnaire and insurance information sheet will need to be returned to the school nurse as soon as possible.

  • Avery Trace DAR continues book scholarship tradition

    Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution’s mission is “To Give Back to Our Community.”

    One way they accomplish this mission is through a $400 Avery Trace book scholarship to a Roane State Community College honors student pursuing a degree in history.

    The scholarship, established in 2011 with the assistance of Roane State Foundation Coordinator Linda Brown, continues in 2014.

  • Run for Your Health to help wellness programs

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program’s sixth annual Run for Your Health will be on Nov. 1.

    Run for Your Health is a 5K race/walk, with proceeds from the race used to supplement health and wellness initiatives for students enrolled in Roane County Schools.

    Efforts that create opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles are an integral part of the educational process and enhance academic success.

    The race/walk beginning and ending at Fort Southwest Point has been sanctioned by USA Track & Field.

  • American Bar reapproves paralegal studies program

    The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates recently reapproved the Roane State Community College Paralegal Studies program.

    The reapproval successfully concludes a two-year self-evaluation of the program by the college.

    “I am pleased that the ABA has reapproved our program,” said Ken Yager, director of the program. “Reapproval is a designation signifying the college’s adherence to the highest academic standards and ABA requirements. Graduates of our program are fully prepared to enter the workforce.”

  • McTeachers Night a success

    Kingston Elementary School Principal Shelia Sitzlar accepts proceeds from a recent McTeachers Night at McDonald’s from Jay Faris, McDonald’s assistant marketing director.

    During the event at area McDonald’s restaurants, school administrators, parents and students work in the lobby and meet with the public.

    Kingston Elementary’s McTeachers Night was at Kingston McDonald’s at 840 N. Kentucky St.

    McDonald’s owners/operators John and Sondra Faris said they are committed to education and supporting community schools.

  • Focus 30’s goal to help Bowers students learn

    Bowers Elementary is focusing on educational equity this year, making certain students are challenged to learn.

    All students from kindergarten through fifth grade are engaged in activities to improve skills in reading and math every day during the first 30 minutes of the school day.

    The endeavor, called Focus 30, is Bowers’ Response to Intervention program.

    “Focus 30 is an intense focus on the skills that each child needs to be working on to improve in reading and math,” Bowers Principal Brenda Arwood explained.

  • Band director toots his horn

    Tennessee Air National Guard Master Sgt. Zack Williamson, band director at Roane County High School in Kingston, recently performed on several occasions during the 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention in Knoxville.

    Williamson, a trombonist, performed as part of the Band of the South, the 572nd Air National Guard Band.

    He was part of several ensembles throughout the four-day event honoring 45-50 of the 78 living recipients of America’s highest military honor.