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Maryville police to hold rape aggression defense course
The City of Maryville Police Department will offer the nationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course free of charge Nov. 9-11. The three-day, twelve hour course is part of the Police Department’s Community Policing program to citizens.

The objective of the course is to develop and enhance options of self-defense to a woman who is attacked. The class will be hosted by the Maryville Police Department and taught by certified RAD instructors.

RAD is based on a defense system that does not require extensive training or exceptional physical prowess. The course has been taught on college campuses across the nation, as well as to women’s groups, including senior citizens.

The RAD class will take place at the Maryville Police Department located at the Maryville Municipal Center, 400 West Broadway Avenue. The Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10 classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. The final class on Saturday, Nov. 11, will take place at Maryville High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Advance registration is required due to the limited class size. People who are interested in signing up or would like some more information about the RAD course can call Officer Brett Hall or Officer Jason Barham at the Maryville Police Department’s Foothills Mall Precinct, 977-6964.

Friendsville kids won’t ‘dodge’ this Falcon Fest
If you think kids today dread dodge-ball, think again. Students and teachers at Friendsville Elementary are choosing sides and planning strategy for the first-ever Falcon Fest that slams into the gym on Friday, Nov. 3.

Falcon Fest is designed to build school spirit, and the fundraising elements will help the school purchase much-needed computers.

"Believe it or not, dodge ball seems to be the ‘it’ game for kids in elementary school," says Lori Baxter, chair of the Friendsville Booster club. "It took a few of us by surprise but the kids are excited about it, and we’ve planned an entertaining night complete with dinner, silent auction and teacher basketball match-up. The younger grades will compete in relay games."

Friendsville identified computers as one of its most-needed educational resources. The Booster Club set a goal of purchasing 25 computers.

"That means we’ve got a lot of work to do," says Baxter. "We are so incredibly blessed with talented parents and teachers. They have pitched and collected some fabulous items for auction."

Each class is sponsoring at least one auction item, many of them with themes such as Gone Fishing, Tool Time, Chocolate Lovers’ and UT Tailgate. Horseback riding lessons, a weekend getaway in the Smoky Mountains, professional teeth whitening session, and an Ipod Nano are just a few of the items being donated for the auction.

The Dodge Ball challenge will see classes competing in same-grade categories. One of the main events will be a teacher versus teacher basketball game.

"Actually, I think our teachers are as much, or more competitive than the kids," says Baxter. "A few of our teachers played basketball in college."

Falcon Fest will also include a Chili Supper that begins at 5 p.m. Advance supper tickets also include free admission to the dodge ball challenge.

"All money raised from the event will be going toward our technology fund," says Baxter. "Too many classrooms are making-do with much older computers that are just limping along. This event will go a long way to help us reach our goal."

For more information on Falcon Fest this Friday, or to get the latest list of auction items, contact Friendsville Elementary by calling 980-1252.

Easterling plans party at Grounded for CD release
Local musical artist Kermit Easterling will showcase his new work during a CD release party on Nov. 4, at Grounded Coffee and More.

The show starts at 8 p.m.

Grounded Coffee and More is located on High Street in Maryville. Copies of the new CD, T-shirts and other merchandise will
available. For more information, visit on the internet.

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