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Beginning next week, and continuing into June, the UT Institute of Agriculture will be hosting Master Beekeeping classes all across the state. The classes will feature hands-on training at a bee yard, and presentations and lectures will cover bee biology and behavior, disease and pest management, tools and equipment and tips on improving beekeeping skills. This program is intended to increase the knowledge and skills of beekeepers, in addition to improving the overall health of the bee industry. The first class will be held on May 13 and May 14 at the Plant Biotech Building on the UT campus in Knoxville. Classes in June will be held in Charlotte, Winchester, Lawrenceburg and Cookeville. For more information, go to bees.tennessee.edu.
The Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville has announced the upcoming Broadway shows for the 2016-2017 season, and these include Cinderella, Rent, Chicago, and Dirty Dancing. If you are interested in tickets, subscription packages for the series are on sale now, including three different packages with four, five, and six show options are available. The subscription benefits include reduced service fees compared to single ticket purchases, first notification of next year's season, and free same-show ticket exchanges (beginning June 8). For more information on tickets call the Tennessee Theatre box office at 865-684-1200, ext 2. Or visit the box office in person on Clinch Avenue in Knoxville, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., or Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released a series of photos that show what Gary Simpson purchased from the Rogersville Walmart, shortly before he removed 9 year old Carlie Trent from school and triggered an Amber Alert. These items include a pink and purple zebra print blanket, a green shirt and black pants Gary Simpson purchased for himself, khaki pants and girl’s underwear purchase for Carlie, pink and green nail polish, pink and purple lipstick, a pink child’s camp chair, a child’s night gown with purple stars and a black and pink bikini. More than 500 tips have been received, yet there have been no verified sightings. Gary Simpson is Carlie’s uncle by marriage, and he has no custodial rights to the girl. He removed her from school on Wednesday May 4th under a lie, and Carlie has not been seen since. TBI has also released a high-quality video of Carlie and Gary from the Save-A-Lot in Rogersville, in the hopes that someone may be able to recognize their gait in case they have abandoned the 2002 white Dodge Conversion Van. The US Marshall’s Service has also increased their reward to $5000, in the hopes it will catalyze finding Carlie.
A resident of Ponderosa Drive reported the burglary of their home with $2400 worth of belongings stolen. The victim told authorities that a rear door was pried open to gain entry. Thieves took 2 tv’s, blu-ray players, a laptop computer and several jewelry items.
A resident of Shug Circle reported the theft of his 1998 BMW 323i over the weekend. According to the victim, he had lost his keys while at the Blind Zebra and being too impaired to drive anyway, left with an unknown male subject. He returned the next day to find his vehicle missing from the parking lot. The vehicle was described as red with a black convertible top and valued at $3500.