East-West Blood drive scheduled

Does your blood flow orange or crimson?

The annual blood drive between Morristown-Hamblen East versus Morristown-Hamblen West Blood Drive will be Tuesday, Aug. 20.

To give for East High, the hours are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the old cafeteria, or 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the bus outside for community donors.

For West High, the hours are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the auditorium. The bus will be located outside for community members 8 a.m. –5 p.m.

Students ages 16 and 17 must provide parents’ permission to give blood. Forms can be obtained from health sciences teachers. MEDIC officials say there is a great need for Types O-, O+, and A blood.

This is a great opportunity to help out the school of your choice, while also lending a hand to emergencies in the community. The winner will be announced at the East-West Kickoff Classic.

Hamblen Schools to hold early dismissal Thursday

Hamblen County Schools has the first of five abbreviated days next week allowing administrators, teachers, and staff to collaborate.

Students will be dismissed at 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22. Administrators, teachers and staff will come to together to focus on student data, collaborative differentiation, and individual student need. This first day, schools will focus on school improvement plans. The Extended School Program will be available on Thursday, Aug. 22, and on the other abbreviated days scheduled throughout the school year. For parents wanting ESP after school service, a registration form will need to be filled out beforehand.

GSMNP seeks volunteers

The elk herd in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is growing, and rangers are looking for volunteers who will help with the growing number of visitors who want to see the majestic animals in the wild.

Volunteers are being recruited for the fall season to help manage elk viewing opportunities in the Oconaluftee and Cataloochee areas of the park. The volunteers will work through mid-November for one, four-hour shift per week in the late afternoons.

The volunteers will provide information to park visitors to prepare them for responsibly viewing elk in a manner that keeps themselves and the elk safe. Volunteers will join either the Luftee Rover volunteer program at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center or the Elk Bugle Corp volunteer program in Cataloochee. When elk are present in the fields, volunteers will assist with traffic management to provide for visitor and wildlife safety. Volunteers will also provide information about elk along with cultural and natural resources found at the Mountain Farm Museum near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and in the Cataloochee Valley. Volunteers are required to attend a training session on Friday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Oconaluftee Multi-Purpose Room near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee, NC.

To register for training or for more information, contact Kathleen Stuart at 828-497-1914 or kathleen_stuart@nps.gov. For more visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/elk.htm.