Kids run, a chess tournament and new kid space at ETHS

Jay FitzOur Town Youth

August 28

Kids across East Tennessee are invited to participate in the Aug. 28 Covenant Kids Run kickoff race at Zoo Knoxville.

The one-mile fun run, part of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, starts at 8 a.m. and is the start of an extended challenge for children to complete a 26.2-mile marathon. The children will complete the last mile of their personal marathon together on Saturday, Oct. 2, when the Covenant Kids Run starts at 4:30 p.m. on the Clinch Avenue Viaduct near the Sunsphere, continues through the Fort Sanders neighborhood and ends back at World’s Fair Park.

Each child who participates in the Covenant Kids Run also will earn one point for his or her school in the Fittest School Challenge, a competition among area schools, presented by Dollywood. Schools register for the Covenant Kids Run and provide a total student enrollment count. The top five schools in the small school (fewer than 300 students) and large school (301+ students) categories with the highest percentage of student participation in the race win prize money and a Fittest School Challenge plaque. For more information and to register for the Covenant Kids Run and all races, go here.


The Cedar Bluff Middle School Chess Club is hosting a Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 28, starting at 8 a.m. The tournament will be held at at the school, 707 N. Cedar Bluff Rd.  Proceeds will benefit the CBMS Chess Club.  Register online here and pay $20 onsite, cash or check only.  For more information call 865-567-1153 or email: [email protected]

Coming Soon!

History Headquarters at East Tennessee Historical Society

History Headquarters (History HQ) is the East Tennessee Historical Society’s exhibition experience for young historians and their families. Come learn the key skills of a historian’s detective-like work: investigating sources, such as artifacts, images, and documents, to better understand history’s mysteries.

History HQ features interactive activities that encourage families to engage with East Tennessee history and culture through investigation, discovery, and play:

  • Explore discovery boxes that hold clues to famous Tennesseans starting with the 1700s.
  • Trace photography from its beginnings in the 1800s to modern digital images and make a stop motion movie.
  • Learn about artists and craftspeople including doll makers, basket and cloth weavers, and quilters. Then try it yourself!
  • Create characters and put them on stage in the Story Forest.
  • See yourself in the past through an interactive mirror.

Saturdays: Five available time slots from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Make reservations here. Sundays: Three available time slots from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Make reservations here. During the school year, History HQ is reserved for student groups (including homeschool co-ops) on weekdays (contact [email protected]) and open to the general public on weekends. Reservations are required for all visits.

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