Coupon book benefits FHS library

Dr. Jim McIntyre Jr., left, superintendent of Knox County Schools, and Scott Bacon, Business Partnerships supervisor, present the $20,000 donation from coupon book sales to Sarah Searles, Knox County Schools library specialist, during an Aug. 26 Partners in Education kick-off breakfast. Farragut High School joins other Knox County Schools in receiving a donation from coupon book sales proceeds that will provide an eBooks subscription to the school libraries.

“We are thrilled that our school library will benefit from the coupon book proceeds because this means that FHS students will benefit from the proceeds,” Holly Matthews, FHS librarian, said.

“Our school library serves and supports all FHS students and teachers,” Matthews added. “Putting the money toward an eBook subscription ensures that our students will have access to the information they need and the books they want to read on an on-demand, 24/7 basis.”

Sara Searles, library/media services specialist with KCS, said she is thrilled as well, adding she is grateful to be a funds’ recipient.

“Library services impact every kid in the district, and we are deeply appreciative to be made a priority in receiving the funds,” she said.

Amanda Johnson, public affairs specialist with Knox County Schools, said 13 cents from the $10 price of the coupon books will go to support kindergarten through 12th-grade eBook subscriptions for all Knox County Schools’ libraries.
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FHS Band ‘Fruit Sale Blitz Day’ this Saturday

While Fruit Blitz may sound like a new breakfast cereal to many people, the members of Farragut High School Marching Admirals Band know what it is really about. On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 20, band members will meet at Farragut High School, arm themselves with order forms, and hit the streets of Farragut, going door-to-door in search of fruit-loving band supporters. The name of the day, which comes around annually, is Fruit Sale Blitz Day.

Each year, the band sells grapefruit, naval oranges, juice oranges and tangelos. Whole and half boxes of each kind of fruit are available, but the most popular order are the mixed boxes, with a little bit of everything. Prices vary depending on the type of fruit and whether a whole box or half box is ordered. The fruit sale is the band’s largest fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds go to the band booster account, which helps pay for instruments and equipment.
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Grant seeks more women, underrepresented students

Enrollment in STEM — science, technology, engineering and ma-thematics — at community colleges across the United States comes up short for women and underrepresented students, but at Pellissippi State Community Coll-ege a new grant will seek to change that.

NASA has awarded $499,689 to the Tennessee Community College Space Grant Consortium, through the Tennessee Space Grant Con-sortium located at Vanderbilt University, as part of the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System program. The consortium is made up of Pellissippi State and four other Tennessee Board of Regents colleges.

“Pellissippi State is a major provider of qualified engineering technicians to local manufacturers,” Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation, said. “Similarly, NASA is committed to increasing the number of students graduating with STEM degrees.
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FHS, 31 others to form new Class 6A

Joe DeFur, Hardin Valley Academy junior linebacker (42), brings down William Blount runner Brandon Tipton during this District 4-AAA battle Friday evening, Sept. 5, at WBHS. Based on enrollment, both schools are slated to join the 32-team Class 6A format in TSSAA football next fall. With Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association voting last month to separate the state’s 32 largest public high school football program’s into a new Class 6A beginning next season, three Farragut area 6A coaches pointed out positives yet expressed a handful of concerns.

Eddie Courtney, Farragut High School varsity football head coach since 1996, said the new format “eliminates all that controversy we’ve had in the last few years” in determining which teams make the playoffs: all 32 automatically qualify.

Saying his program is used to playing “the biggest and the best” competition, Courtney said he likes the new 32-team 6A format. Division I classes 1A through 5A, meanwhile, revert back to the simpler process of taking the top four teams in the district.

“I only have one little concern, and we can work through that, is playing Kingsport [Dobyns-Bennett] and playing [Johnson City] Science Hill, and playing those with great travel, it’s going to be hard to schedule Monday JV/ freshmen games,” Courtney added about the same schools following up Friday varsity games with Monday JV/freshmen games against the same school. “… You play a program a hundred miles away, it’s hard on Mondays to go play a JV/freshmen game” with school the next morning.

Concerning the higher financial cost of traveling greater distances to play regular season games, Courtney said, “We’re OK with that.”
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