Category Archives: Blount County

Learn Appalachian dulcimer at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Looking to get away from high-tech in your downtime this summer? Trade your computer laptop for a laptop dulcimer.

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a class for those interested in learning to play Appalachian dulcimer, beginning Tuesday, June 16. The class is nine weeks and runs 5:30-7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

The course fee is $95, payable to Pellissippi State. An additional material fee of $37 is payable to the instructor.

No prior musical knowledge is required.

Students will need to have an Appalachian dulcimer by the first day of class, and the instructor can provide sources for dulcimers if needed.

To register or find out more about this and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, the college’s non-credit wing, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Trevis Gardner named Pellissippi State’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni

Trevis Gardner

For Trevis Gardner, Pellissippi State Community College’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, success is all about building relationships.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an individual in recognition of significant professional achievement, service to the community, and support of the college and the Pellissippi State Foundation. The 1991 graduate was presented the award at a recent Alumni Association luncheon at the college.

Gardner is vice president of operations for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. He oversees nearly every tangible aspect of the airport experience — from parking to buying a ticket to getting on a plane and leaving and coming back to Knoxville — not only at McGhee Tyson Airport but also at Downtown Island Airport.

The MKAA is responsible for creating the business environment that allows the hundreds of airport vendors to engage with customers. Every layer of service between the MKAA and the passengers falls under Gardner’s purview.

But the technical responsibilities aren’t what Gardner talks about — it’s the relationships.

“I manage people from entry-level positions to folks who are much smarter than I am,” he said. “I get to have a lot of different relationships with people. I feel like I’m in the Tower of London making sure the crown jewels are safe. The organization trusts me to make sure I take care of these people.”

Gardner earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology from what was then Pellissippi State Technical Community College and later earned a surveying certificate. He served in the U.S. Air Force and Tennessee Air National Guard from 1987 to 2011, and he has worked for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority since 1991.

According to Gardner, his grades weren’t exactly those of a model student when he initially enrolled at Pellissippi State.

“I should not have gone to community college, should not have gone to university, should not have graduated, by all statistical measures,” Gardner said.

But after he came to Pellissippi State on the GI Bill, his mindset changed.

“I loved learning at Pellissippi State,” he said. “I felt like I was home. My time at Pellissippi State was some of the most fun I ever had.”

Besides working for the airport authority, Gardner is also very active in the community, particularly in his native Blount County. He has served on the Blount County Board of Education and the board of the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County. He has worked as a tutor for the GED Preparation Program at the Blount County Justice Center, as well as with many other organizations and causes.

“This year, there were three candidates for this award,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “A committee of Foundation board members reviewed the nominations and felt Trevis was the best candidate. We congratulate him!”

To learn about the benefits of being part of the Pellissippi State Alumni Association, visit www.pstcc.edu/alumni or call (865) 539-7275.

Pellissippi State: Blount County Campus hosts Health and Wellness Fair

Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus is set to host a Health and Wellness Fair Wednesday, April 15.

The fair features exhibitors providing demonstrations, informational materials and health checks. The event is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby of the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

The free health fair is open to the community.

Exhibitors include Alcoa Chiropractic, sponsor of the fair; Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Center; Blount Memorial Hospital; Blue Ridge Family Dentistry; Gold’s Gym; Healthy Mind and Counseling; Keep Blount Beautiful; Lowe’s Drugs; Ortho Knox; Rodan and Fields; the American Red Cross; Relationships Rx; Smart Toys and Books; Tennessee Vein Center; and the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

“Choosing to be healthy mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually is a choice we all make,” said Holly Burkett, dean of the Blount County Campus. “I want the students, faculty, and staff at Pellissippi State and the community to have the opportunity to begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

For more information about the health fair or Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Blount County Campus at (865) 981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Free open house at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus hosts the free “Sneak Peek” Open House for prospective students and their families 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

Students will receive all the information they need for a smooth entrance into college life: info on admissions, financial aid, services for students with disabilities, dual enrollment and degrees. Details about educational and training opportunities offered through the college’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services, also will be provided.

Guests can take a tour of the 70,485-square-foot, two-story facility, and light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the open house, call (865) 981-5300. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Medic blood drive set for April 6 at Blount County Campus

Medic Regional Blood Center has scheduled a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus on April 6.

The Medic Mobile will be in the main loop driveway of the campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 6. The community is invited to participate in the blood drive.

Medic, a nonprofit organization, supplies 27 area hospitals with volunteer donations. Medic representatives say there is a need for all blood types.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors should not fast before arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to donating.

Participants also are asked to present photo identification and a list of current medications.

For other questions about the blood drive or donor eligibility, visit www.medicblood.com. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State: Fortieth anniversary focus of Memory Lane Monday at Blount County Campus

Take a stroll down memory lane on Monday, March 30, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus.

Holly Burkett, Blount County Campus dean, invites the community to join faculty, staff, and students in celebrating Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary at the event, which will feature an ice cream sundae bar, tours of campus, scrapbooks and slides of the campus’s history, and a performance by the college’s bluegrass band, Hardin Valley Thunder.

The celebration is free. The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

The event begins at 3 p.m., and the Hardin Valley Thunder performance is 4-5 p.m. The student performers will sing classic and contemporary bluegrass tunes, including songs by Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, The Civil Wars, and Bill Monroe.

Pellissippi State began celebrating “40 Years of Achieving Success, One Story at a Time” fall 2014. Throughout this year, the college will host special events for the community, as well as for students, faculty and staff.

Students, alumni and community members are encouraged to share positive stories and memories of Pellissippi State at www.pstcc.edu/anniversary. On social media, use #PSCC40.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Bluegrass ensemble entertains at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Pellissippi State Community College’s bluegrass ensemble brings the thunder to the college’s Blount County Campus Monday, March 30.

Hardin Valley Thunder performs 4-5 p.m. in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. The event is free and the community is invited. 

The student performers will sing classic and contemporary bluegrass tunes, including songs by Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, The Civil Wars and Bill Monroe. The bluegrass ensemble was formed in 2009 and is led by Larry Vincent, associate professor of Music hire best inflatable zorb balls.

“Bluegrass has a special place in our community,” said Vincent, “because of its origins in this part of the country, and our ensemble reflects that proud heritage.”

For more information about Pellissippi State or the Music program, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Family feuds and more: Discover Appalachian history at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College is offering two early-spring non-credit classes on the history of Appalachia, covering everything from the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys to the coal-field wars to the Cherokee nation.

Leading the classes is Mark Davidson, a retired William Blount High School teacher who developed an Appalachian studies program while at the school.

“Our Appalachia: The Little Tennessee—The Valley of the Cherokee” is 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3-April 14, at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. “Our Appalachia Part II: More Mountain Mayhem—Feuding, Hard Times and Such” is also at the Blount County Campus, 6-8 p.m. Mondays, March 2-April 13.

“The Little Tennessee—The Valley of the Cherokee” takes on the history of the Little Tennessee valley, from the earliest exploration of the area to the forcible removal of the Cherokee. The class includes visits to Fort Loudoun, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tellico Blockhouse, Chota and Tanasi.

“Feuding, Hard Times and Such” covers the difficulties of life in the coal fields, the dangers of building railroad lines through the mountains, the Blair Mountain war, and various Appalachian feuds, including that of the infamous Hatfields and McCoys.

The cost of each class is $89, plus a $15 material fee.

For more information about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus hosts bluegrass band

row of musicians singing and playing instruments on a stage outdoors

Pellissippi State Community College’s bluegrass ensemble brings the thunder to the school’s Blount County Campus Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The bluegrass ensemble, known as Hardin Valley Thunder, performs 4-5 p.m. in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby of the campus, located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. The event is free and the community is invited. A brief reception follows the music.

The students will perform both classic and contemporary tunes, among them, “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Kentucky Waltz,” and “Landslide.”

The bluegrass ensemble was formed in 2009 and is led by Larry Vincent, assistant professor of Music.

“Bluegrass music is part of the heritage of East Tennessee,” Vincent said. “Bluegrass has a special place in our community because of its origins in this part of the country, and our ensemble reflects that proud heritage.”

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts ribbon-cutting for new Blount County Campus fitness trail

WHO: L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State Community College president, will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting for the new fitness trail at the Blount County Campus Friday, Oct. 24. The community is invited to attend.

WHAT: The one-mile fitness trail is open to Pellissippi State students, employees and the community. The trail’s wide path winds around the scenic campus grounds and includes benches, picnic tables, a fountain and an outdoor amphitheater, plus comfortable rocking chairs in the college’s courtyard. At the ribbon-cutting event, stations will be set up along the trail that include activities for families and children. There also will be an ice cream sundae bar for all attendees.

WHEN AND WHERE: The ribbon-cutting will be held at 10:40 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, on Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. The grand opening event lasts from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

For more information about the Blount County Campus, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.