Support Friends of King Family Library with Kroger rewards program

SEVIERVILLE — The Friends of King Family Library raises funds through special book sales and other fundraising events to help fund the summer reading programs, monthly new book purchases, program supplies, gift cards and 3rd Floor Book Store gift certificates, Lifelong Learning series supplies and to help purchase large items such as the pergola. Money raised by the group also allows them to partner in grant opportunities with the Sevier County Public Library System to bring special live performances and art events to the library.

Kroger shoppers can now help support the Friends of King Family Library and help them meet their goals each time they shop and use their Kroger Community Rewards program card. Visit the Kroger Community Rewards Program website at www.kroger.com for more information. For additional questions, please call 865-453-3532.

UT history professor leads animal rights book discussion

KNOXVILLE — Members of the public are invited to join a virtual book discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday. University of Tennessee Knoxville distinguished professor and head of the history department Ernest Freeberg will discuss his new book, “A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of Animal Rights in 19th-century America.” Registration for the Zoom event is required at tiny.utk.edu/freeberg. Information is available at humanitiescenter.utk.edu or 865-974-4222.

Sevierville leaf collection ends Friday

SEVIERVILLE — City crews will be making the last of this season’s leaf collection runs on Friday. Residents must request a work order to schedule pickup. Bagged or vacuum leaf collection methods are available. To request a work order, call 865-429-4567 from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tips for preparing leaves can be found at www.seviervilletn.org.

Friday is deadline to apply for Sevier’s portion of federal aid

SEVIERVILLE — Agencies that work to assist residents with food and shelter needs have until 3 p.m. on Friday to apply for a portion of the $61,836 allotted to Sevier County as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Applications are open to public and private voluntary agencies. A committee is scheduled to meet Feb. 2 to review applications. Information is available at www.seviercountytn.gov, 865-453-4919, jayers@seviercountytn.gov or Sevier County Emergency Management Agency, 321 Court Ave., Sevierville, TN, 37862.