Watch solar eclipse, livestream from stratosphere at Pellissippi State

The stratosphere as visible from a high altitude balloon. Pellissippi State students, in partnership with NASA, will send a high altitude balloon into the stratosphere during the upcoming total solar eclipse. Watch the eclipse and livestream footage from the balloon at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus during Tailgating in Totality.


Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to enjoy a unique view of the total solar eclipse — from the ground and from the stratosphere — on August 21 at its Blount County Campus.

The family-friendly Tailgating in Totality event begins at noon and lasts until 3. Food trucks will be on campus, but attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. Bring your own chairs, blankets, sunscreen and other supplies. Alcohol is not permitted on campus. Please do not bring pets.

Pellissippi State will furnish attendees with eclipse glasses until supplies run out. Parking is limited; arrive early.

Attendees will have a prime viewing spot for the total solar eclipse when it begins at approximately 2:30. The college will be streaming live footage from a high-altitude balloon of the eclipse as well. The footage, produced by Pellissippi State students in partnership with NASA, will provide a unique view of an eclipse from the stratosphere. Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s bluegrass band, will play from 1:15-2 p.m.

Enrollment and student services — including admissions, financial aid, advising and the bookstore — will be closed at the Blount County Campus all day, Aug. 21. These services will be open at all other Pellissippi State campuses.

For more information, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or

Community invited to Health & Wellness Fair at Pellissippi State

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The community is invited to a Health and Wellness Fair at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus Wednesday, April 12.

The free event will feature health exhibitors providing demonstrations, free materials and free health checks from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. A Medic blood drive will be held on campus from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. that same day.

Exhibitors including AccuQuest Hearing, Alcoa Chiropractic Center, Blount County Eye Center, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Ridge Family Dentistry, Gold’s Gym, Healthy Living Essential Oils, Healthy Mind Counseling Services, Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, Profile by Sanford Weight Loss Center, Smart Trips, Tennessee Orthopedic Clinic, Tennessee Vein Center and UT Medical Center.

Pellissippi State Nursing students will offer free blood pressure and glucose screenings. 
The Health and Wellness Fair is organized with the help of Alcoa Chiropractic Center. 

For more information about this event, contact the Blount County Campus at 865-981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or

Pellissippi State Announcements: Blount County Campus to host open house ‘sneak peek’

Pellissippi State Community College invites interested students to attend an open house “sneak peek” at the Blount County Campus from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Tour campus; get more information about financial aid, Tennessee Promise and Pellissippi State’s degree programs; and enter to win a $250 scholarship provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. For more information, call the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville, at 865-981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or

Pellissippi State campuses to become HABIT facilities

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Pellissippi State Community College students interact with a HABIT dog during finals week.

Pellissippi State Community College, in partnership with Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, is on track to make all five of its campuses official HABIT facilities.

HABIT is a program that sponsors visits from medically and behaviorally screened dogs, cats and rabbits to facilities like schools, retirement and assisted-living facilities, rehabilitation facilities and hospitals. For many years, Pellissippi State has hosted HABIT animals on its campuses during final exam weeks as a de-stressor for students.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus is the first among the college’s campuses to attain its HABIT facility designation. Pellissippi State is the first community college in the state to be named a HABIT facility.

“I have a Maine Coon cat who is a HABIT animal,” said Betsy Boyd, a counselor on the Blount County Campus. “I have been bringing him by campus to visit, and he became an immediate hit with our students, faculty and staff.”

HABIT facilities can host volunteers with HABIT animals at any time. For Pellissippi State students, that means that comfort animals can be available more than simply during finals weeks.

Elizabeth Firestone, director of Counseling Services at Pellissippi State, said, “We like the idea of promoting visits from HABIT animals to all of our campuses because our students have so much stress in their lives — from the simple stresses of the college workload to the fact that many of our students are juggling multiple roles at home and at school.”

HABIT, which is housed at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, promotes the benefits of human interaction with animals, including lowered stress and improved senses of wellbeing. More information about HABIT is available at

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.

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