Green-Living Forums at Pellissippi State's Earth Fest

If you want to "Green It, and Mean It," this year's edition of Earth Fest will provide some informed commentary that could help. As in past years, the event will offer a full day of green-centric exhibits and activities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the Hardin Valley campus of Pellissippi State Community College. But for the first time there will also be a series of panel discussions on related topics. The slate:

"Are We Too Clean?" (11-11:50 a.m.), featuring Dr. Martha Buchanan and Al Iannacone from the Knox County Health Department and Dr. Alice Layton from the University of Tennessee.

"Livable Communities," (Noon-12:50 p.m.), featuring Liz Albertson of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Ben Epperson of the Knox County Health Department, and Jonathan Dickl of Knox County Schools.

"Local Actions, Global Ramifications," (1-1:50 p.m.), featuring Dr. John Nolt, Dr. Joanne Logan, and Dr. Michael McKinney, all of the University of Tennessee. For more information, see the website at