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COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF KNOXVILLE | 808 STATE STREET | KNOXVILLE, TN 37902

TUESDAY, September 20, 2016 Issue No. 10

AMERICORPS IN CRISIS . . . In response to the catastrophic flooding in Baton Rouge, LA, the Knoxville Chapter of the American Red Cross contacted CAC AmeriCorps. Members Isaac Hopkins, Owain Heyden, Shannon Haines, Sarah Carman, Christine Doka and Alex Bonner agreed to travel to Louisiana for a two-week deployment. During their trip, they worked 12-hour shifts, slept and ate their meals in the shelter, and integrated with the people they were serving. Their jobs included relief distribution and shelter work, distributing necessary supplies to the community and keeping the shelters as clean and comfortable as possible during the disaster situation. The unspoken job of shelter work is being prepared to interact with the people, many who had lost everything. Some AmeriCorps members expressed that they often felt both physically and emotionally exhausted, but all six said they will continue to provide relief whenever they are called upon.

PILOT LIGHT . . . Pilot Light is a small independent music venue that has been operating in Knoxville’s Old City for 16 years. The venue has booked many local artists and experimental bands that would have been hard pressed to find another location to perform. According to an article in Knoxville Mercury, Pilot Light recently incorporated as a nonprofit organization with plans to achieve 501(c)(3) status by the end of 2016.  Their Executive Director hopes the move will help the organization continue in the future as an artistic entity worth preserving. The goal is to make Pilot Light more viable by “fostering better organization and efficiency, finding new sources of financial support, networking with other nonprofits, and setting up a structure that can stand independent of its founder.” Check out the full article at this link and the Pilot Light's web site.
 
DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY . . . One school in Knox County recently received a $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. This funding, which is awarded to organizations across the country to help start or expand literacy programs, was given to four organizations in Knoxville including South Knoxville Elementary School. They will use this grant to fund an initiative called SKE Leaders That Are Readers Clubhouse which will encourage student literacy. The other winners from Knoxville were WC Two, Florence Crittenton Agency, and Emerald Youth Foundation. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or to see a complete list of winners, visit this site.


BIKE SHARE . . .  A new mode of transportation may soon roll into Knoxville. Representatives from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Office of Sustainability, the Knoxville City Council, and several nonprofits met recently to discuss the possibility of bringing a bike share program to Knoxville. This initiative, which would provide an environmentally-friendly and health-friendly way for citizens to get around the city, is still in its infancy. To find out more information about this project, you can read this article in the Knoxville News Sentinel by visiting this link.


SENIOR MERIT FINALISTS . . . Recently, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, among which were many students from 11 Knoxville area schools. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To learn more about NMSC, visit this link.


BOXING PARKINSON’S . . . There’s a new approach to fighting the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and it’s not what you might think. Rather than a breakthrough pill or surgery, Zach Guza, of Rock Steady Boxing in Knoxville, is using boxing to fight off the disease. He explains that that engaging in intense physical activity helps to stimulate different neural pathways in the brain. This reworking of our brain’s network can bypass the areas blocked by Parkinson’s. The benefits are beyond just physical. Up to one-third of Parkinson’s patients suffer from varying levels of depression. Being in an active space with others, working on the same goal and realizing you don’t have to face this disease alone is tremendously beneficial. To learn more about Zach Guza and Rock Steady’s mission, visit this link.


BLANKFEST . . . BLANKfest, a wide-ranging three day festival celebrating Knoxville’s rich entertainment culture, took place in Market Square in August. Presented by BLANK Newspaper and scruffycity.com, this year’s festival benefitted Knoxville-based nonprofit agency Positively Living, an organization devoted to improving the quality of life of those struggling with HIV/AIDS, addiction, disabilities, and homelessness. The event featured 70 acts spread among the outdoor stage at Market Square and three indoor stages from participating venues. For more information on Positively Living visit the organization’s Facebook page at this link.


WALKING ACROSS AMERICA . . . Many people paid their respects to commemorate September 11th, but nobody took it as far as Knoxville native Jan Redmond Walker, who has been showing her support since March by walking across the United States. She is a part of the nonprofit, 911 National Memorial Trail Alliance, whose purpose is “establishing a memorial trail that will link the planned and existing memorial sites at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the Flight 93 National Memorial.” She is walking to raise awareness and donations for her organization’s cause. Every morning she posts a video to her Facebook to discuss recent events in her trip. She hopes that her journey will encourage others to visit the memorial sites, so they may reflect on an important part of our history. For more information about the 911 National Memorial Trail, visit this link.


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