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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Registration is underway for the first entirely on-line course offered by University of Tennessee Community Programs.

 The aptly named class, “Plug into the Wired World: Civilization in the 21st Century,” begins Feb. 2.

Dr. Robert Loest, who heads IPS Advisory, Inc., a local investment firm, will lead the class in an exploration of the economic and social impacts of the Information Age.

 Persons interested in enrolling should visit for a preview of the course. Registration is available by e-mail at or by calling UT Community Programs, 423-974-0150. The cost is $75.