Community Notes:

Alcoa’s Carswell graduates from FBI Academy
City of Alcoa police Lt. David Carswell recently graduated from the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va. Lt. Carswell attended the 10-week school from July 9, 2006 through September 15, 2006. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Its mission is "to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world."

Carswell attended the academy with 260 leaders and managers of state and local police, sheriff departments, military police organizations and federal law enforcement agencies. Participation is by invitation only through a nomination process. Less than one percent of all law enforcement officers in the country will ever receive an opportunity to attend. Participants
come from every state in the union, U.S. territories and over 150 foreign nations.

National Academy officers enroll in undergraduate and graduate level courses through the University of Virginia. They participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training. Students share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that span state, national and international lines. Following graduation, each officer has the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, a dynamic organization of more than 15,000 law enforcement professionals who actively work to continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation and integrity across the law enforcement community.

Jessica Woods studying in Australia
Jessica Woods, an honors student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is currently participating in a two semester study-abroad program at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her course of study in Adelaide and major at UTC is geology and chemistry. Jessica has been on the UTC Dean’s list for four semesters and has been named a United States National Collegiate Award winner in Physical Science and a Collegiate All-American Scholar. While at UTC, she has served as a University Honors Council Representative and Community Service chairperson.

Jessica was a 2004 salutatorian at Maryville High School where she was a member of the Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, soccer, track and swim team. She is the daughter of Don and Karen Woods of Maryville and the
granddaughter of Louise Pasqua and the late Dr. Pete Pasqua of Alcoa.

Little River, Big Future begins third phase
Little River, Big Future, the participatory planning process that involves resident stakeholders of the Little River Watershed in the sustainable development of the watershed’s resources, will enter its third phase.

The next Little River, Big Future public forum will meet on Monday, Oct. 30, at the Blount County Public Library in Maryville. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will last two hours. Anyone concerned with the future of the Little River Watershed is encouraged to attend and participate.

Earlier this year, the Blount County Soil Conservation District was awarded an $835,000 Targeted Watershed grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create and implement programs that address many concerns identified by residents of the watershed during previous phases of the Little River, Big Future planning process.

Hundreds of watershed residents attended previous Little River, Big Future public meetings, which generated discussion that identified many watershed community needs that were ultimately included in the EPA proposal. The public forum will detail the Targeted Watershed program and create citizen-led advisory committees to develop and guide previously identified programs related to recreation, education, urban stormwater management, septic and rural stormwater management, and solid waste and recycling. Little River, Big Future public forums are facilitated by the University of Tennessee Community Partnership Center and partner state and local government agencies, environmental resource groups, and community organizations for the sustainability of local resources.

Urgent need for A and B type blood
Medic Regional Blood Center has issued an urgent need for A Positive, A Negative, B Positive and B Negative blood types. All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood as soon as possible. For questions regarding eligibility, donors can call 865-524-3074 for more information.

Donors are welcome seven days a week at the Medic donor center, 1601 Ailor Avenue in Knoxville or stop by a community blood drive.

  • Friday, Oct. 20, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, 1010 Middlesettlements Road, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Medic Mobile.
  • Monday, Oct. 23, Eusebia Presbyterian Church, 1701 Burnette Station Road, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Medic Mobile. *Free soup for all donors.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson, 1820 West Lamar Alexander Parkway, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Medic Mobile.

    All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh more than 110 pounds and have positive identification. Donors will receive a free t-shirt, cholesterol evaluation (no fasting required) and year’s membership toward Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program. This program exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed.

Medic is a not-for-profit organization and the only blood supplier for 28 area hospitals located throughout 21 East Tennessee counties.

Dogs can bring their owners to Paws in the Park
Paws in the Park, which draws hundreds of dogs and their owners to Springbrook Park each year, will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Sponsored by the Blount County Animal Rescue Effort (BlountCare), dogs and their owners can compete, eat, or do nothing. Admission is free.

Teresa Cutshaw, president of BlountCare, said the event is a fund-raiser for the organization, which educates the public about necessity to spay and neuter pets, promotes responsible pet ownership and rescues unwanted animals. Several rescue groups with adoptable animals will attend, she said.

The headline event will be Dawn Elberson and her comedy canines at 12:30 p.m. Elberson, who appears regularly at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, has had professional training in the handling of exotic animals and serves as a regional manager for a nationwide dog training company. Dogs appearing on her show are rescues.

Becky Swatzyna of BlountCare said other events include: Cakewalks and a silent auction.

There will be a rally obedience, which is a course consisting of a sequence of stations. A sign at each station explains an obedience exercise the dog must perform. Show and go, a short obedience competition allowing the more serious dog owner an opportunity to "bone up" on obedience. Agility course, where experienced and inexperienced dogs can run an agility course with help from volunteers. Frisbee competition will determine which dogs can catch the longest throw.

Contests – "Be wild and crazy and see how your dog measures up in silly contests," said Swatzyna. Costume contests as well as waggiest tail, kissingest dog, food toss, quick sit and long down. Ribbons or prizes will go to the winners.
Pet photos will be available from White Dog Studios. She said those wanting pictures should call ahead 865-250-8536 to schedule a time.

In case of rain, Paws in the Park will be Sunday, Oct. 29.

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