Concord Christian School first-graders Seth Wilson, Nola Lawrence, center, and Hannah Daws lead pledges in CCS Veterans Day program Wednesday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Concord. read more
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Thu, Nov 23“Hot to Trot 5k/10k & Fun Run” • Fleet Feet Knoxville Running Club will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day race “Hot to Trot 5k/10k & Fun Run,” beginning at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 23, in Turkey Creek. Cost is $30. For more information, visit
Thu, Nov 23Red Kettle CampaignThe Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign has officially kicked off and will run through Saturday, Dec. 23. For more information, visit
Thu, Nov 23Holiday Matching Gift ChallengeEpiscopal Relief & Development is launching its annual Holiday Matching Gift Challenge now through Dec. 31. For more information, call 855-312-4325.
Thu, Nov 23Art Market GalleryRecent works by Marie Merritt and Nelson Ziegler will be on display starting at 5:30 p.m., now through Nov. 30, at Art Market Gallery.
Fri, Nov 24East Tennessee Regional Student Art ExhibitionKnoxville Museum of Art and Tennessee Art Education Association will present East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 14. For more information, visit
Mon, Nov 27U.S. Department of Energy’s public bus touris going on now through Nov. 27. The tour offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years. Prices are $5 per adult, $4 per senior citizen (65 and older) and $3 for students (ages 10 to 17). For more information, visit
Mon, Nov 27“Light the Park”Town of Farragut is looking for carolers to help welcome the holiday season for “Light the Park” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27, at Founders Park. For more information, call Lauren Cox, 865-218-3372 or email
Thu, Nov 30Friends of the Library’s 2017 Book Drive in underway until Nov. 30. Drop off your book donations at any Knox County Public Library Branch or at Union Avenue Books. For more information, call 865-215-8775 or visit
Thu, Nov 30Maggie Longmire will perform• Maggie Longmire will perform beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, at Laurel Theater. Tickets are $17. For more information, call 800-838-3006 ext. 1.


Fri, Dec 1Nutcrackers in Farragut Town HallNutcrackers collected over a span of 40 years currently are on display in Farragut Town Hall. The collection, which belongs to Beverley Hammond, Farragut Arts Council and Farragut Museum docent, includes a 100-year-old nutcracker that was brought to America from Sweden by her mother-in-law. Collection on display through December. For more information, call 865-218-3372.
Fri, Dec 1Dogwood ArtsDogwood Arts are calling all artists for Dogwood House & Garden Show. To apply before Dec. 31, email,
Sat, Dec 2Scholastic Chess Tournament Cedar Bluff Elementary School Chess Club will host a Scholastic Chess Tournament starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2. Proceeds will benefit the CBES Chess Club. For more information, call 865-567-1153 or visit
Sat, Dec 22017 Tree Give-AwayTrees Knoxville announced its 2017 Tree Give-Away, from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, at Knoxville Botanical Garden. The giveaway is open to residents and businesses of Knoxville and Knox County. For more information, call 865-441-7752.
Sat, Dec 2“9 to 5: The Musical”Maryville College Theatre department will hold auditions for “9 to 5: The Musical,” from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at Clayton Center for the Arts. For more information, call Chloe Kennedy, 865-981-8209.
Sat, Dec 2Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil WarKnoxville area Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Lucinda Heatherly Detached Tent 3, will hold its meeting at starting at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at Loudon County Visitors’ Bureau. For more information, call 865-573-1116.
Sat, Dec 2The NutcrackerAppalachian Ballet Company will perform The Nutcracker, with live music by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, staring at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, in Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Performance at Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville start at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, and 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. For tickets, visit
Mon, Dec 4“A Day of Infamy” by Frank GalbreithA reception for veterans will precede a presentation, “A Day of Infamy” by Frank Galbreith, detailing events leading up to the United States entering World War II. Presentation begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, in Farragut Town Hall. For more information, call Lauren Cox, 865-218-3372.
Tue, Dec 5Ugly Sweater WorkshopGoodwill will host its 2nd Ugly Sweater Workshop starting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec 5, at Ijams Nature Center. Cost is $15 and includes a sweater and all decorations and instructions. To register call 865-588-8567 or visit
Fri, Dec 8Jubilee Community Arts presents John DoyleJubilee Community Arts presents John Doyle starting at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at Laurel Theater. Tickets are $17. For more information, call 865-522-5851.
Fri, Dec 8AARP Smart Driving ProgramParticipants who complete the eight-hour AARP Smart Driving Program are eligible for a discount of up to 10 percent on their auto insurance. Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, in Farragut Town Hall. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, call 865-218-3372 or visit
Sun, Dec 10“It’s a Wonderful Life”Tennessee Theatre will present “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at 1 and 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10. The event is free. For more information, call 865-544-0088.
Fri, Dec 15“A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas”The WordPlayers, in collaboration with Pellissippi State Community College will present “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15; 2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16-17, at Clayton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8-$12. For more information, visit

Farragut ‘codes’ to world record

How many people can say they broke a world’s record? Turns out, as of last week, more than 1,000 students in the Knoxville area can do just that. Select Knox County Schools’ students, including pupils at Farragut Intermediate, Northshore Elementary and Farragut Primary, along with students from Oak Ridge City Schools and several private schools, helped break the world record for simultaneous coding last Wednesday, Nov. 8. About 1,050 students from the various campuses were confirmed to have participated in the 30-minute exercise using an MIT program known as “Scratch.” That number broke the previous record of 1,000 students learning code, according to Theresa Nixon, director of Educational Technology & Library Services for Knox County Schools. The event had been in the planning stages since at least April, Nixon said in an e-mail, as she explained how Knoxvillians Brandon Bruce, COO of Cirrus Insight and Caleb Fristoe, manager of CodeTN, brought the idea to the school system.

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U.S. Navy Capt. McAlister keynotes CAK Veterans Day event

Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) hosted its annual Veterans Day event in its Campus Center gym at 529 Academy Way, Knoxville, Thursday, Nov. 9. The keynote speaker was U.S. Navy Capt. David McAlister, a CAK Class of 1989 alumni. McAlister reported to Naval Personnel Command as Civil Engineer Corps head detailer in May 2016. Previously, he served as Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Works Officer. A native of Knoxville, he was commissioned in 1995 through Officer Candidate School upon graduation from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in civil engineering. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from Naval War College in 2012. Early assignments included Public Works Department in Adak, Alaska; Alfa Company/Training Department of Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO; Officer in Charge of Construction Battalion Unit 402; assistant Public works officer for Navy Region Hawaii; Aide to the Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Division/3rd Naval Construction Brigade and as a plank owner of 1st Naval Construction Division.

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