A-10 • FEBRUARY 27, 2012 • BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS
St. John Neumann Catholic Middle School students Cullen Smith and Damien Golack were selected to the All KIL Middle School and TSSMSA All Regional Basketball Team for the 2011-2012 season. Both boys will attend Knoxville Catholic High School next fall, where Golack plans to play soccer and basketball and Cullen plans to play football, baseball and basketball. Photo submitted
SPORTS NOTES ■ Coach Mark Bradley’s lineman clinic will be held 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 3, CAK football field, for current 4th through 7th graders. Cost is $10. Campers should bring running shoes and cleats. Preregister by calling Jeff Taylor at 765-2119.
West Valley dance team takes second in Orlando
The West Valley Middle School dance team placed second in the nation in Junior High Jazz at the Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship held in Orlando. WVMS team members include: (front) Becca Jernigan, Lily Tirgrath, Alison ■ Coach Rusty Bradley’s quarterback and receiver clinic will be held Napier, Libby Julian, Chloe McClish, Lyndi Vaughn; (middle row) Sarah Boggs, Haley Mañalac, Natalie Werner, Alyssa Buzzeo, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, April 2, and Monday, April 16, for current 4th Shaylie Rutherford; (back) Sarah Balsley, Jade Gatton-Bumpus, Perry Johns, Madison Deatherage, Taylor Green and Alyssa through 7th graders at CAK football field. Cost is $20 and includes both Menavich. The team is coached by Amanda Varnes and sponsored by Beth Abee. Photo submitted dates. Campers should bring running shoes and cleats. Preregister by calling Jeff Taylor at 765-2119.
Mardi Gras at Farragut Intermediate Fifth graders Eric Zhang, Chandler Davis, Mack Ratliff, Alyssa RenoDemick, Megan Smith and Logan Jones practice notes on their recorders while waiting for the parade of students to pass by. Photos by S. Barrett
Music teacher Laura Taliaferro joins in the festivities of the school’s Mardi Gras parades. The students from each grade paraded down the hallways with masks they made in art class. They were taught the dance moves in gym class, and during their time in the library, they learned about the culture and origins of Mardi Gras.
Amy Cloud and Savannah Collins show their Mardi Gras spirit during last week’s 5th grade Mardi Gras parade at Farragut Intermediate School.
HELP US SAVE OUR LOCAL MAIL SERVICE!
hen a ﬁrst-class letter or package is mailed from anywhere in East Tennessee (376-379 ZIP CODE) to anywhere else in East Tennessee, it has been expected to be delivered the next day, except on Sunday. However, the Postal Service recently announced the easement of service standards for ﬁrst-class mail and periodicals (newspapers and magazines). If no action is taken by Congress to stop this action by the end of May, local ﬁrstclass mail and periodicals will take a minimum of two days to be delivered. Congress caused the ﬁnancial problems of the Postal Service by forcing it to pay $5.5 Billion annually to prefund 75 years of retiree health beneﬁts in a 10-year period, including beneﬁts for future retirees not even born yet! This unreasonable burden, passed by Congress in 2006 before the Great Recession, has caused billions of dollars in losses annually for the Postal Service (without that burden, the Postal Service would have earned over $600 Million in proﬁts over the past 4 years). Over 120,000 jobs have been cut, thousands of post ofﬁces are targeted for closure, and 6-day mail delivery is threatened. The U.S. Senate is soon expecting to debate bill S. 1789, a proposal that would provide some short-term ﬁnancial relief for the Postal Service, but does nothing to stop the degradation of service standards and the end of over-night local delivery of ﬁrst-class mail and periodicals (newspapers and magazines). It does not adequately resolve the prefunding burden of the $5.5 Billion payments, which is the overwhelming cause of the ﬁnancial problems in the ﬁrst place. Without addressing this burden, any other actions to cut costs will only be destructive and will further reduce mail service for all Americans. Only Congress can prevent the degradation of our mail service and preserve the Postal Service for many years to come. Contact your U. S. Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, and ask them to oppose S. 1789 unless it is amended to maintain current service standards and to correct the prefunding burden. Contact them today and let them know you value your mail service! Senator Lamar Alexander 800 Market St., Suite 112 Knoxville, TN 37902 865-545-4253
Senator Bob Corker 800 Market St., Suite 121 Knoxville, TN 37902 865-637-4180
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