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TUESDAY, May 17, 2016     Issue No. 1

TONS OF TRASH . . . For 27 years, approximately 1,000 community volunteers have participated in the Ijam’s Nature Center River Rescue on an annual basis to remove tons of trash from Knoxville’s river and creeks. Volunteers may choose to participate as individuals or as a part of larger groups - families, friends, corporate teams, scout troops, church groups, etc.   The 2016 River Rescue event was held on Saturday, April 2nd, but that leaves plenty of time for you to plan to participate next year!  For more information, visit this link.  Watch the "Ijams Nature" show on Community Television of Knoxville.


TRANSITION TO CHAMPION . . . Roman Whitfield loves wrestling. So, when he got his new job at Walmart, he knew he had to have the Employee of the Week prize - a champion belt!  Roman came to Goodwill Industries for their Transition Program and later participated in Work Adjustment. Though he has an intellectual disability and required assistance with job applications, resumes, HR paperwork and other written tasks, he has found a position that he loves at Walmart as a Remodel Assistant.  For more information, about Goodwill Industries visit this link.  Watch the "Goodwill Show" on Community Television of Knoxville.


CIRCLE OF CHANGE . . . The annual Circle of Change Awards are presented to members of the community who give significant time and energy in the service of social change. This past April, Community Shares presented awards to the "Tennessee is Not for Sale" Campaign, Regions Bank, Summer Awad, Edward Chayehoi, Anabel Lino and Carlos Pinilla, and Erik and Libby Johnson. Congratulations to all of the recipients! To learn more about the Circle of Change awards, visit this link.  Watch the Community Shares "Voices of Change" show on Community Television of Knoxville.


WINNING THE PRESSER . . . Ariel Allen with the CAC AmeriCorps Program reports that the training and knowledge she gained from a recent FREE 3-hour Media Relations workshop she attended at Community Television of Knoxville gave her invaluable insight. It gave her increased confidence and the necessary skills to be poised and articulate during a press conference as well as tips on how to be an effective communicator during any media interaction. Find out more about the CAC Americorps Program by clicking this link.


SERVICE TO SENIORS . . .  The Office on Aging recently celebrated senior advocacy and the work of the Senior Citizens Information & Referral Service with a wine pull, silent auction, music, food, and fun at their 15th annual Duncan Awards ceremony at Hunter Valley Farm. The event honored 15 years of previous Duncan Award recipients.  To learn more about the Duncan Awards and other Office on Aging events, visit this link or Facebook.  Watch the Office On Aging "The Aging Advantage" show on Community Television of Knoxville.


UT FARMERS MARKET . . . Mayor Madeline Rogero helped UT Institute of Agriculture Chancellor, Dr. Larry Arrington, officially open the UT Farmers Market on May 12 by ringing the opening bell at 4 p.m. In addition to the availability of local produce and baked goods, the day included music by the Knoxville Banjo Orchestra, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, yoga, beautiful flowers in the UT Gardens and more!  Find out more about the UT Farmers Market by clicking this link.


NICE ON ICE . . . The Ice Bear skating rink was painted purple on March 11th in support of Alzheimer’s disease research.  For a small donation to the East TN Alzheimer's Association, hockey fans painted messages on the ice showing their support and love for those diagnosed with the disease. The purple paint could be seen through the ice for the Ice Bears game against the Columbus Cottonmouths the following day. For more information about this event, visit this link.  Watch the "All About Alzheimers" show on Community Television of Knoxville.


COMING UP DAFFODILS . . . Knoxville has daffodils this year, including the more than 3,000 bulbs that were placed in the ground this winter - thanks to the Knoxville Garden Club. With all this warm weather, these harbingers of spring are coming up fast and strong in the Knoxville Garden Club Danae Garden. Among the thousands of bulbs are unique cultivars such as ‘Sir Winston Churchill’, a tall, heavily fragrant double flowering variety that has been a star performer for years in the Danae Garden.  For more information, visit this link.


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