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Dig this! Residents at Kingwood Arms in Manchester, TN, are creating a pollinator garden to provide food and habitat for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The gardeners are members of the Kingwood Wildlife Club which meets monthly to learn about a different conservation topic. The program is sponsored by the Coffee County Soil and Water Conservation District and led by District Technician Nina Hanson.

For the May program, Nina discussed the importance of safeguarding pollinators which are essential for our ecosystem as they help to pollinate plants, which in turn produce food. Then the class headed outdoors to dig in. Kingwood Arms Community Manager Stephanie Pendergraph says the residents will enjoy the garden all summer long—not to mention the birds and all those happy bees.


Young residents at Meadowbrook Apartments in Knoxville were invited to an educational program presented by the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee. They learned about coping strategies for dealing with stress and other uncomfortable feelings. The Mental Health 101 class was led by the association’s Madi Colbert.