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TUESDAY, January 9, 2018  Issue No. 30

COMMUNITY TELEVISION . . . Last month on CTV, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville discussed their Back on Track program and shared ways to switch up your wardrobe this winter. The Knox County Community Action Committee shared information about their Volunteer Assisted Transport program and their Snowflake Ball. CTV also moved to a new location in the last month! For 42 years, CTV has been providing training and access to media production facilities for the exclusive non-commercial use of community residents. We look forward to continuing our service to the community from the Plaza Level in the First Tennessee Building. For more information about CTV's move, visit this link.

MARKETING RESTORATION . . . Recently, a group of students at UT’s Haslam College of Business ran ad campaigns for the Restoration House through a business analytics course created by Julie Ferrara called "Google Ad Words Class for Nonprofits." Not only does this class gives students the chance to expand their knowledge in their fields of choice, but also provides the unique opportunity for them to get hands-on training while personally impacting the Knoxville community. The Restoration House hopes that the increased traffic to their website will result in more involvement from the community and will assist them in their mission of helping women and their children find the restoration they need in order to make successful life transitions and achieve their future goals and dreams. To find out more about the Restoration House, visit this link.

DRUG FREE ALLIANCE . . . Prevention Alliance of Tennessee and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids are two nonprofit organizations with a common mission to combat substance abuse, which is why it made sense for them to combine efforts. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides help to families that face issues associated with their child’s substance abuse while the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee is a coalition of 50 members that encourages collaboration between its members and leverages resources to enhance environmental strategies and targeted statewide services concerning substance abuse prevention and public health. To find out more about the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids view their website at this link and Prevention Alliance of Tennessee at this link.

PUBLIC ART . . . Do you remember the 18 foot treble clef in the triangle shaped park at the corner of Summit Hill and Gay Street? That artwork had deteriorated and was removed from the site in 2009. The City of Knoxville’s Public Arts Committee, with a budget of up to $500,000, is now inviting artists (and artist teams) to submit a statement of qualifications for iconic, site-specific, permanently installed public art to be located in the public space, currently known as Cradle of Country Music Park. Up to five finalists will be selected to participate in a site visit, develop a proposal, and return for interviews. The full RFQ may be found at this link.

HOLIDAY HELP . . . Jeffrey Wallace was diagnosed 12 years ago with the autoimmune disease lupus, which requires that he receive dialysis treatments while he awaits a new kidney. Because he still works part-time and his wife works full-time, his family is not eligible for government assistance even though they have 3 children they raise. An East Tennessee nonprofit, the Empty Stocking Fund, was able to step in and help during the holidays by providing a food basket and gifts for the children. The family is very appreciative of the extra help they received around the holidays the past two years from the nonprofit. To learn more about the Empty Stocking Fund and how you can help the cause, check out their webpage at this link.

HOLIDAY CONCERT . . . The Joy of Music School held their Holiday Sparkles and Spirits Gala last month. At the gala, they held live and silent auctions, a brief holiday concert from the students, and served food and drinks. The money raised went to support their mission of providing free music lessons and instruments to hundreds of financially disadvantaged, at-risk children and teens. The Joy of Music School endeavors to broaden the lives of financially disadvantaged young people, to teach good habits that will carry over into their lives’ work, and to expose young people to new opportunities for success through music lessons. To learn more about the Joy of Music School, visit this link.

WILDLIFE FUNDING . . . A bill was reintroduced to the House of Representatives in December that would channel around $1.3 billion from the processing of fossil fuels on federal lands to states that work toward saving endangered wildlife. Tennessee could be awarded up to $20.8 million, if the legislation passes, according to Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Tennessee Wildlife Federation is a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit and one of the oldest and largest organizations in Tennessee dedicated to the conservation of the state’s wildlife and natural resources through stewardship, youth engagement, and public policy. To find out more about the work Tennessee Wildlife Federation does, check out this link.

LEADERSHIP KNOXVILLE . . . Serving the Knoxville region for over 30 years, Leadership Knoxville is a 10-month experience that is transformational for both participants and the organizations they lead. Through hands-on experiences, participants fully explore local government, education, economic development and the arts. Leadership Knoxville’s Flagship program offers class members the opportunity to further develop and enhance their personal leadership skills while learning more about the community, our history, opportunities and challenges. Knoxville’s Flagship program was recently recognized as Program of the Year at the annual conference of the Tennessee Association of Leadership Programs. See more about Leadership Knoxville and the members of the current class at this link.

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