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ET Medical Group celebrates National Medical Group Practice Week
Free gourmet coffee for patients, employee surprises and staff recognition will kick off National Medical Group Practice Week Jan. 22-26, at East Tennessee Medical Group (ETMG), 266 Joule Street, Alcoa.

On Monday, Jan. 22, ETMG will provide complementary gourmet coffee (Vienna Coffee Co.) to its patients in its facility in Alcoa. Darrell King, CEO of East Tennessee Medical Group, said the special week-long celebration also will treat ETMG employees to "secret surprises."

The week is intended to advance public and industry awareness of the key benefits that group practices provide their patients, communities and physicians. It also recognizes the professionals who lead and manage the growing number of these organizations.

"Our organization, representing more than 45 providers and 250 staff, appreciates the opportunity to provide excellent healthcare services to our community," King said. National Medical Group Practice Week is held annually the fourth week of January.

East Tennessee Medical Group is Blount County’s most comprehensive physicians’ organization, with more that 45 physicians and allied health professionals, supported by state of the art technology and staff, dedicated to your family’s health. For more information, call 865-984-ETMG or visit the website at www.etmg.net.

World Religion Day celebration Sunday, Jan. 21
A Celebration of World Religion Day to recognize the unity of all religions will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2007, at the Sharon Lawson Room of the Blount County Public Library at 3 p.m. The celebration is an annual event held at different locations in the Greater Knoxville area. The public is invited to come.

Bahá’ís believe that religion should be the cause of love and agreement, a bond to unify all mankind for it is a message of peace and goodwill to man from God. Religion is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world and for the peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein. Since its beginning in the United States, the celebration of World Religion Day has spread to many other countries.

All of the major religions and denominations of the Greater Knoxville area have been invited to participate or attend. Readings and prayers from different religions will be read at the celebration. There will also be musical entertainment and cultural dancers. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Marjory Tucker at 865-984-5706.

MHS Symphonic Orchestra to hold concert
The Maryville High School Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Bill Robinson and Tom Delozier will present a concert on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in the auditorium of First Baptist Church, Maryville. The concert will feature works either written during or about the Civil War era. The concert will open with The Blue and the Gray, a collection of Civil War songs. This will be followed by Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar, used as the theme song for Ken Burns’ Civil War series on PBS.

The orchestra will then perform American Salute, Morton Gould’s famous arrangement of When Johnnie Comes Marching Home Again. The 110-member ensemble will conclude the concert with Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. Providing narration for the evening will be Bill Williams who recently retired as news anchor for WBIR-TV. Williams is also highly involved in the Knoxville-based charity Mission of Hope. In recognition of his appearance with the orchestra, donations will be accepted at the concert for the Mission of Hope as part of the music department’s way of contributing to this charity.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. The concert begins at 7:30 pm.

Maryville Forensic Team to hold invitational
The Maryville Forensic Team will be hosting their annual MHS Rebel Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Various schools from East Tennessee will be competing as the Maryville team serves as guides, timers, and audience for the various speech and acting competitions.

The tournament begins at 8 a.m. with three preliminary rounds in the morning and the final round at approximately 2 p.m. with the top six competitors in each event performing for a panel of three judges per event.

Trophies will be awarded to the top six competitors in each event and "sweepstakes" trophies to the top three schools for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

The MHS Forensic team is coached by drama teacher, Leslie Capozzoli.

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