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Powell Ventriloquist teaches love of reading

Powell Ventriloquist teaches love of reading

A performer from Powell encourages reading without moving his lips. He's a ventriloquist with an educational message.

Weird and Wacky Day at Walland Elementary included funny costumes and fun stuff you can learn from books.

On stage, Asa Diamond used humor, magic, and characters like Charlie the dog to spread the joy of reading during his educational assembly programs called Go Fetch A Book.

The gym was no library and the kids were not quiet.

They laughed and they learned.

Homeless Student Report shows startling numbers

Homeless Student Report shows startling numbers

School systems across the state are seeing more students come through their doors without basic necessities, according to new report from the Tennessee Comptroller's Office of Research and Education Accountability.

The Homeless Students in Tennessee Public Schools report shows startling numbers of students classified as homeless.

In our viewing area, two school systems stood out as having especially high numbers of homeless students.

Cumberland County reported 696 homeless students in the 2010- 2011 school year. Hamblen County reported 649.

Free classes teach adults to read

Free classes teach adults to read

A surprising number of adults cannot read or read only at an elementary school level.

Friends of Literacy helps them develop reading skills for free.

The students in a classroom at the old Knoxville High School dare to dream.

They are new readers.

"The girl is jumping and kicking," one student sounded out from a textbook.

It is the only class in Knoxville for adults who can't read.

KCS officials to discuss rezoning at public meeting Tuesday

KCS officials to discuss rezoning at public meeting Tuesday

Knox County Schools will again talk about elementary school rezoning Tuesday night during one of four public meetings.

Last week, officials met at Hardin Valley.

A new school in southwest Knox County will likely change district zones for several Knox County elementary schools, including A.L. Lotts Elementary, Farragut Primary and Intermediate, and Hardin Valley Elementary.

Tuesday, official will hold a public meeting at Farragut Intermediate School starting at 6:00.

Cellular Sales donates $45K to Knox Co. Schools

Cellular Sales donates $45K to Knox Co. Schools

Some Knox County School programs got a boost Thursday, thanks to a local business.

Cellular Sales gave $45-thousand dollars to the Great Schools Partnership.  The organization uses private donations to help fund programs in Knox County Schools.

After the presentation, Cellular Sales officials toured the Verizon Cellular Sales Center for Academic Excellence at West High School.   The center is funded by donations made to the Great Schools Partnership.

School officials say it is making a difference.

Knox superintendent takes over school bus duty for one lucky teacher

Knox superintendent takes over school bus duty for one lucky teacher

Karns Elementary School had a special addition in its morning drop-off line on Thursday.

Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre surprised teacher Beth Caballero by taking over for her on morning bus duty.

This 4th grade teacher says she appreciates the relief!

"It shows how much he really does realize all the things that we're doing from bus duty to teaching, this is a great surprise. It's a great help for me.  I can go and enjoy my morning," said Caballero with a laugh.

Vols hoops to make at least 25 TV appearances

Vols hoops to make at least 25 TV appearances

Television networks have chosen some of the Tennessee Vols games to broadcast for the upcoming season.

The Vols will now appear in at least 25 televised games, with 15 of those being national telecasts.

Here is more on the TV schedule from the University of Tennessee:

The tipoff times and television designations for several non-conference Tennessee men's basketball games have recently been set.