Educational surrogate parents needed in Sevier County

SEVIERVILLE — Looking to make a difference in the life of a child? Children who have disabilities are often in need of special education services. In certain situations, these children might need a concerned volunteer to help make decisions about educational services.

Adults who are not an employee of the Sevier County School System and interested in becoming an educational surrogate parent, call the Sevier County Schools Special Education Department at 865-453-1036 and ask for Janet Johnson.

Temporary lane closures planned for 5K

SEVIERVILLE — A temporary lane closure on portions of the Parkway and Collier Drive will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, to facilitate a 5K road race special event.

The following lane closures will be in effect from approximately 7 a.m.-10 a.m.:

• Parkway northbound right travel lane from New Era Road to Collier Drive;

• Collier Drive eastbound right travel lane from the Parkway to Ridge Road.

MEDIC holding drives next week

MEDIC Regional Blood Centers will have its mobile unit in Sevier County at three locations next week.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, the mobile unit will be at the Collier Development, 2772 Florence Drive, Pigeon Forge, from 8 a.m. to noon. They will also be at the Pigeon Forge Walgreens, 3071 Parkway, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 24, the mobile unit will be at the Sevierville Kroger, 702 Winfield Dunn Parkway, from noon to 6 p.m.

All donors will get a tshirt and a coupon for a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer.

TWRA photo contest deadline approaching

NASHVILLE — The Sept. 30 deadline is nearing for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2022 photo contest. Winning entries will be selected to appear in the TWRA’s annual calendar issue of Tennessee Wildlife magazine.

All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife species native to Tennessee. In the past, the calendar had been the summer issue of Tennessee Wildlife magazine and began in August. The new format will begin in January 2022 and run through December 2022.

Photos must be horizontal (landscape), in JPEG format, and submitted online at or by CD. They must be sized to print no smaller that 8-1/2x11 and resolution should be at least 300 pixels/inch.

If a photo is selected for the calendar edition, the photographer will receive a cash stipend of $60. Photographers must be sure to provide their name, address, phone number, and e-mail address with their disk. Disks cannot be returned.

Entries may be mailed to: Tennessee Wildlife, Calendar Issue, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, 5107 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211.