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TUESDAY, Feburary 13, 2018  Issue No. 31

COMMUNITY TELEVISION . . . Last month at the City of Knoxville PARC meeting, training was provided by officer John Morgan on the Neighborhood Watch program, which allows citizens to work together to be the eyes and ears for the police department. At the Knoxville Transportation Authority meeting, a representative from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization spoke about a grant the organization received that will allow them to take a close look at the Chapman Highway Corridor to consider its walkability, bike-ability, and the potential for better public transit options in that area. The Knox County Commission meeting contained several items concerning ways to combat the opioid epidemic, an update to the Carter Convenience Center, and a discussion with a representative from Metropolitan Planning Commission about items on their agendas that get tabled indefinitely. To watch live and recorded gavel to gavel coverage of City and County Government meetings, visit this link.

GIVE FOR PAT WEEK . . . Last week, MEDIC Regional Blood Center completed the second annual “Give for Pat Week.” The effort was designed to honor former Lady Vols Head Basketball Coach Pat Summitt while also helping the foundation which bears her name. During the week, $10 was donated to the Pat Summitt Foundation for every person who donated lifesaving blood. The money goes directly to help fund patient care, caregiver support, and Alzheimer’s disease clinical research. During her coaching career, Summitt was a MEDIC blood donor and often promoted the importance of donating blood. Check out more about MEDIC at this link and the Pat Summitt Foundation at this link.

KNOX PAWS . . . The Office on Aging in Knoxville has a program it calls Pairing Animals With Seniors, or PAWS, which pairs seniors with pets in order to provide companionship. The organization has paired almost 100 pets with seniors since the program’s inception in 2004. The initial costs of owning a pet can be a burden, especially for those on a fixed income, like many seniors. To ease that initial burden of would-be senior pet owners, Knox PAWS pays for an initial medical exam, vaccinations, medicine, microchips, and more. This program seeks to improve our seniors’ physical, emotional, and mental health. To find out more about this program of the Office on Aging, visit the PAWS webpage at this link.

POSITIVELY LIVING . . . Board members for Positively Living and local dignitaries recently cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of a new clinic called Choice Health Network. The new clinic, which will be open to anyone with HIV, is in Suite 209 at the Regency Business Park, 900 Hill Avenue, east of downtown Knoxville. It will provide both primary and infectious disease care. Positively Living serves vulnerable groups struggling to survive the challenges created by HIV/AIDS, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and disabilities. Their aim is to improve the lives of the people they serve through advocacy, counseling, socialization, housing, case management and support. To learn more about Positively Living, visit this link.

NATURE PRESCHOOL . . . Last month, Ijams Nature Center held informational sessions to introduce interested parties to the organization’s new Nature Preschool. The Nature Preschool will focus on child-led, age-appropriate experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Most of the day will be spent outdoors, exploring nature and making a strong connection with the environment. Children will learn through play, discovery, and inquiry. The Nature Preschool will help to develop the whole child. Not only will children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning, but they will also cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life. See more at this link.

RED CARPET CARE . . . Remote Area Medical clinic recently offered five days of free medical care for those in need, without the need for insurance or ID, for its 900th mobile clinic. Services provided over five consecutive days included, dental work, vision, women’s health, and general medical exams. In addition to these services, new items were added this year including STD testing, flu vaccines, and dermatologic exams. Red carpet was also rolled out for patients to serve as a reminder that they are just as valuable as a highly esteemed celebrity. To learn more about this vital nonprofit organization, visit their website at this link.

BOOK FAIR . . . Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee held a book fair during National Mentoring Month, which was in January. Scripps Howard Foundation donated 1200 books, and the fair was held for the families that the partnering organizations serve and for the partnering organization's volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. To learn more about Big Brother Big Sisters of East Tennessee, visit this link.

FIGHT HUNGER WEEK . . . The Scarecrow Foundation is committed to helping end hunger in America. The organization’s goal is to develop and communicate creative ways to bridge technological and new media marketing gaps and offer an ideal platform for many to connect their solutions to hunger with those who can volunteer and contribute time, talents, and other considerable resources. Fight Hunger Week, an initiative of The Scarecrow Foundation, wrapped up in Knoxville on February 4th. Events during the week included open houses at local agencies fighting hunger, a poker tournament, and USA Amateur Boxing. Find out more by visiting this link.

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