Martzin earns C-N degree

Aaron Martzin of Clinton graduated with a bachelor of science, biochemistry, degree from Carson-Newman University at the conclusion of the institution’s fall semester. Winter commencement ceremonies took place Dec. 11 at the Sevierville Convention Center.

Scott High student wins essay contest

The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is proud to announce the 2020 Civics Essay Contest winners for students who served as poll officials during the Nov. 3 election.

Callie Carson of Scott High School won first place in the East Division.

Contest winners will all receive a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship. The three first-place winners receive a $1,000 scholarship. The second- and third-place winners receive $500 and $250 scholarships.

ACHS awarded one of 197 TVA STEM grants

The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Inc., a TVA retiree organization, announced this week the award of $800,000 in grants to educators in public schools to develop science, technology, engineering, and math education projects all across the Tennessee Valley.

Anderson County High School was one of the schools to receive one of the 197 grants that were approved.

The competitive STEM classroom grant program, operated in partnership with Battelle, received more than 600 grant applications from across TVA’s seven-state service territory.

Across the Valley, educators submitted projects large and small, to further STEM education initiatives in the classroom — both in person and virtual.

“Despite the new challenges Valley teachers faced in 2020, they are still focused on providing the best STEM education possible and have adjusted to new ways of teaching,” said Community Engagement Senior Program Manager Rachel Crickmar.

Arboretum Society virtual program will take a look at wildlife crossings

Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for an educational virtual program on wildlife crossings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation recently installed new bear-crossing signs on Interstate 40 near the North Carolina line on a section often considered a death trap for wildlife.

Jeff Hunter, senior program manager with National Parks Conservation Association in Asheville, will speak on innovations to provide safe passage options for wildlife. As our world warms, wildlife populations need to expand northward. Highways are formidable barriers to this movement.

Hunter facilitates the work of nearly 20 federal, state, tribal, and non-governmental organizations collaborating to make a 28-mile stretch of I-40 near the Smokies permeable for wildlife and safer for people.

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