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TUESDAY, June 28, 2016     Issue No. 4

COLLISION COURSE . . . Students enrolled in Rod McMahan’s Advanced Collision Repair course through the Career and Technical Education program at South Doyle High School recently presented a 2014 Chevrolet Impala to the Knox County Schools Security Department.  The Impala, with just 4,470 miles on the odometer, was involved in a front-end collision and was declared totaled. Applying content learned in the classroom, South Doyle High School students completed repairs to the vehicle in order to get it certified by stringent Insurance Institute criteria.  To find out more about this project, visit this link.


WRITERS' RESEARCH TACTICS . . . Earlier this month, the Knoxville Writers’ Guild hosted a research workshop titled, “Smart Research Tactics for Writers” at Central United Methodist Church.  The workshop was led by historical novelist, Pamela Schoenewaldt and research librarian, Jamie Osborne from the Knox County Public Library. “Whatever your genre - fiction, nonfiction, journalism, memoir, poetry, or family history - this workshop will pay for itself many times over”, Osborne says.  Information presented in the workshop included an orientation to the wealth of material available through the Knox County Public Library, including the McClung Collection.  Find out more about the Knoxville Writers' Guild by visiting this link.


YOUTH SERVICE GAPS . . . In the fall of 2013, the Emerald Youth Foundation released a study that identified gaps in services with Knoxville's most economically disadvantaged youth and communities.This study sought to develop a comprehensive picture of youth development in urban Knoxville, including aspects of development for which there are gaps or overlaps.  The results of the study serve as a wake-up call that will result in a lasting impact for generations to come. Emerald Youth Foundation is a Christian, urban youth ministry that serves more than 1,400 urban children, teens and young adults each year.  Their ministry is implemented through a network of more than 15 churches and faith-based organizations in five youth and community zones.  To find out more about Emerald Youth Foundation, visit this link.


MEDICATION COLLECTION . . . Recent monthly Medication Collection Events, sponsored by the Metro Drug Coalition, took in over 1,600 pounds of unused medication.  The May event alone collected the highest amount ever for one day at one location in Knoxville. The MDC has now collected more than 16,112 total pounds since late 2008.  The MDC encourages the public to keep unused medications out of the wrong hands by purchasing narcotics in small amounts.  They also urge everyone to dispose of all unused medication at Collection Events or at the secure collection container located in the lobby of the Knoxville Police Department in the Safety Building at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Find out more about unwanted meds collection by visiting this link.


ALL ABOUT THE VASE . . . Following their move to a new facility on Workman Road, Random Acts of Flowers finally has the capacity to accept donations of glass vases. The public is encouraged to contact a representative about initiating vase drives at local churches and places of business. This approach enables RAF to better engage with the community and more clearly communicate specific needs concerning vase and container size.  While every vase received helps meet the mission,  RAF is always in need of financial support as well to sustain the operation. Contributing loose change collected in a vase for one month can help in a meaningful way! Every penny, dime and dollar counts!  RAF recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.  To find out more about Random Acts of Flowers, visit this link.


KRISTOPHER KENDRICK PARLOR . . . Knox Heritage was pleased to honor one of the most passionate and prolific preservationists in Knoxville history earlier this month by dedicating Historic Westwood’s Fresco Parlor in memory of Kristopher Kendrick.  Kendrick made an indelible mark on Knoxville’s historic architecture and his legacy will live on for generations in each building he rescued and restored with his signature flair. He emerged as a visionary who helped spark the renaissance of downtown that we are enjoying today.  The vision also extended to the historic neighborhoods that benefited from his ability to see diamonds in the rough.  We are all the beneficiaries of his passion and work on behalf of historic preservation. As part of the event, Knox Heritage presented a special screening of Conceptions, Visions, Dreams: The Kristopher Kendrick Story.  To find out more about Knox Heritage, visit this link.


DEVIL'S RACETRACK . . . A nationally rated downhill mountain bike trail opened in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, furthering Knoxville’s growing reputation as a significant mountain bike destination.  Devil’s Racetrack Downhill Trail is a professionally designed and constructed .8 mile extreme downhill trail funded by a $100,000 Bell Helmet grant awarded to the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC) through an online national vote. With more than 26,000 votes cast, Knoxville beat out Asheville and San Francisco to get the trail built in South Knoxville on the Baker Creek Preserve, property donated by the Wood family to Legacy Parks Foundation.   Find out more about Legacy Parks Foundation at this link.


BUS DRIVER SAFETY . . . In May, the second monthly Knox Co. Schools Bus Driver Safety Awards, sponsored by Ted Russell Ford and WIVK, were presented.  Five bus drivers were honored and each received a Certificate of Appreciation from Knox Co. Schools along with a $100 check from Ted Russell Ford. Graded using high standards set by the school system, school bus contractors, Sheriff’s department and school staff, these awards recognize bus drivers who do an excellent job in transporting our children every day.  For more information about the Knox Co. Schools Bus Driver Safety Awards, contact Knox County Commission Vice-Chairman Bob Thomas


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