Gov. Bredesen Visits Knoxville (Sort of); Computer Recycling Day

Gov. Phil Bredesen will speak to the Knoxville and Blount County Chambers of Commerce Friday at 8 a.m at the Hilton Knoxville Airport. Bredesen is touring the state to ask business leaders to support his education bill, which will come up next week before a special legislative session. The bill would connect teacher tenure with student performance, and is part of Bredesen’s bid to secure potentially $500 million from the Department of Education in a national contest for reform.

Those interested in breaking fast with the governor can call the Blount County Chamber at 983-2241, or visit it on the Web at blountchamber.com. Tickets are $25 per person.

The City of Knoxville’s sponsoring two computer recycling days, one on Jan. 9 and another Jan. 23. If you’ve got a PC, monitor, keyboard, printer, hard drive, speakers, or anything else that once seemed like a must-have, take it down to Farragut High School on Jan. 9 or to Chilhowee Park on Jan. 23, both between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Even though these things make us feel clean and organized (or dirty and perverse, depending on your habits), electronics contain a number of hazardous metals such as mercury and lead; recycling prevents them from ending up in a landfill while creating raw materials to make new electronic goods that you’ll one day want to drop off at one of these free recycling events.

Corrected: Location for Jan. 23 recycling day.