Couple neato things coming up for you nerdy, wonkish types:
From the League of Women voters, the citizens academy:
League of Women Voters Accepting Applications for 2014 Citizens Academy
Knoxville, TN – Have you thought about running for office, but don’t know where to start? The League of Women Voters is making that the focus of this year’s Citizen’s Academy, and they are accepting applications now. The 2014 League of Women Voters of Knoxville and Knox County Citizens Academy, the third for the League, will focus on how to run for office, with sessions on February 15th and 22nd and March 8th. This program is open to everyone and is available to participants free of charge.
Speakers and Panelists include:
• Amy Broyles, Knox County Commissioner
• Richard Briggs, Knox County Commissioner
• Karen Carson, Knox County Board of Education
• Gary Drinnen, Public Relations Professional
• Gloria Johnson, Tennessee General Assembly
• Gene Patterson, WATE Anchor
• Nick Pavlis, Knoxville City Council Member
• Cliff Rodgers, Knoxville Administrator of Elections
• Rick Staples, Former City Council Candidate
• Sherry Witt, Knox County Register of Deeds
Topics will include campaigning 101, fundraising, interacting with the media, and a panel on special issues for female candidates. Lunch will be provided during the first two sessions. A reception will follow the final session on March 8th.
To apply to participate, download the application from our website at http://www.lwvknoxville.org or email League@lwvknoxville.org. Submit completed applications by email to League@lwvknoxville.org or by mail to League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County, P.O. Box 31825, Knoxville, TN 37930 no later than January 31st. Space is limited to 30 participants, so submit your application now!
And I think this might be cool, too, a brown bag about found stuff at the old Peter Kern house site:
Where – The East Tennessee History Center.
When – Thursday, January 16, 2014 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ever wonder about the history buried beneath the pavement and buildings of downtown Knoxville? A special Brown Bag Lecture at the East Tennessee History Center on January 16 will introduce us to the history of one such site, the old Peter Kern home that once stood between Locust and Walnut streets and was recently excavated in preparation for the building of a new multi-level parking garage. Examples of items discovered will be on display.
The excavation discovered the foundations of Kern’s home, a two-story stable that could house up to 20 horses, and a vast assortment of remnants of everyday life in early downtown Knoxville. Also unearthed were artifacts associated with an early hotel, mission house, and a grocery store that once served downtown residents. Project archaeologists and researchers Hunter Johnson, Ted Karpynec, Keith Little and Travis Rael will discuss the project and findings, as well as the importance of learning about and documenting everyday life in Knoxville during the past 150 years.
Peter Kern was born in Germany in 1835 and immigrated to America in the 1850s. He was a Confederate veteran who fought with the 12th Georgia Infantry. While passing through Knoxville he was apprehended by Union troops and forced to remain in the city. It was at this time that he started a small bakery to sell flour and molasses and cookies to Union troops. The small business evolved into Kerns Bakery, an enterprise familiar to East Tennesseans even today. Kern became a well known and respected entrepreneur, philanthropist, and politician and served as the mayor of Knoxville from 1890-1892.
The program is sponsored by 21st Mortgage and is and free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available to purchase. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824.