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TUESDAY, October 18, 2016 Issue No. 12

GATOR HATORS . . . The decades long rivalry between the Tennessee VOLS and the Florida Gators came to a head once again in September. One local organization thought they would use that competition to support the Love Kitchen, which serves more than 3,000 meals a week to the hungry in Knoxville. The Scarecrow Foundation held 8 days and nights filled with more than 30 events for the 12th Annual Gator Hator Week. All of the funds raised throughout the week went directly to the Love Kitchen, which will provide critical funding needed during the colder months ahead. To learn more about the Scarecrow Foundation or the Love Kitchen, visit this link.

BREWERS JAM . . . The 20th Annual Brewers Jam took place in October at Worlds Fair Park. This event, which started as a gathering of a few dedicated microbrewers, has blossomed over the years into the Southeast's largest beer event. Always a big hit in Knoxville, it is the largest fundraiser of the year for Community Shares, a local nonprofit that supports social, economic, and environmental justice by raising capacity, awareness, and funds for local grassroots organizations that address the root causes of problems in our community. To learn more about Brewers Jam or Community Shares, visit this link.
GREAT LLAMA RACE . . . The Great Llama Race was held in October in downtown Knoxville. During this footrace coordinated by Casa de Sara, local celebrities were paired with a llama from the Southeast Llama Rescue and a Knoxville school. Participants ran in heats, with the first place school winning a percentage of the funds to go to a project of their choice. The rest of the money raised was split between the Southeast Llama Rescue and Casa de Sara, an international nonprofit that provides education and opportunities for at-risk children and their families. To learn more about the Great Llama Race, visit this link.

COMPLETE TENNESSEE . . .  Complete Tennessee, a non-profit organization that encourages leadership in higher education, as well as collaboration on a larger statewide level, has developed a program called the Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA).  In the coming months, the CTLA will meet in Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga and Sewanee, TN. Kacy Murley, director of Engagement and Advocacy for Complete Tennessee, reports that they have worked to gather a diverse group of participants that will accurately represent the state. To learn more about the program, visit their website at this link.

VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES . . . Last month the East Tennessee Technology Access Center offered improved ways in which people with disabilities can vote and do so independently. They provided access and instruction on how to use a special voting machine that will assist in several ways. They incude headphones for reading the ballot to people who are blind, have poor vision or are unable to read. They also have the ability to be operated using sip and puff mechanisms for people who are unable to access the buttons. All of this can be done independently without external influence from voting staff. Hopefully, these features will increase the turnout of people with disabilities and help them have their voices heard. To learn more about East Tennessee Technology Access Center and their projects, visit their website at this link.

SEEED . . . Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEED) is a green community development non-profit organization focusing on creating and sustaining jobs for Knoxville's urban young people, as well as ensuring clean energy technologies and a sustainable food supply are available for low income residents. SEEED operates a community garden in response to the food desert in inner-city Knoxville. They have 52 fruit trees and plants in the edible forest and 6 raised garden beds.  The goal is to inspire people to learn about gardening, then grow their own fruits and vegetables from their yard. Members of the community are encouraged to use the beds to plant their own food. Check out more about the community garden and other programs offered at SEEED by visiting their website at this link.

GOGREENET . . . is an online resource providing news and information to guide East Tennessee businesses and other organizations towards being more environmentally responsible and energy efficient. The host of is the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. The site offers news on recent green initiatives and accomplishments; a directory of businesses that offer environmentally friendly products, services and/or information; and resources to help you start or continue your effort to go green! To access a wealth of information about going green, visit this link.

KNOXVILLE UNEARTHED . . . Knoxville and the surrounding area have a rich history told through the artifacts left behind by settlers and native people. The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is currently hosting "Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley". The collection includes many pieces excavated in the area, including a Chinese teapot, Cherokee decorative items, remnants from slave quarters and old medicine bottles, providing a glimpse into the lives of those who came before us. Seeing and touching the physical objects that they used serves as a strong reminder of the roots of our Appalachian community.  Further information about the exhibit can be found at this link.

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