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KNOXVILLE — There is only one more week to nominate your favorite educator for a spot in the Educators Hall of Honor, housed in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Nominations are due March 10, and the next group of Hall of Honor inductees will be announced during a ceremony on March 25.

The Hall of Honor is a place to acknowledge the work of professionals who already have established themselves in the education field. The hall is open to any professional in the United States, and members have come from throughout Tennessee and the nation. Those honored have been teachers from elementary school to the college ranks.

With a $1,000 contribution, a donor can nominate an educator for the Hall of Honor. For a contribution of $25,000 or more, a separate scholarship endowment fund will be established in the honoree’s or donor’s name.

To learn more about the Educators Hall of Honor and how to nominate someone, see

Donations to the college — including those made for the Educators Hall of Honor — also count toward the $1 million challenge made by an anonymous donor to raise money to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in UT’s teacher internship program.

The donor, a longtime supporter of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, has offered to give $1 million in memory of the late J. Clayton Arnold if the college can collect at least $1 million in contributions from other supporters.

The J. Clayton Arnold Challenge is based upon the inspiration of a man whose desire was “investing in the human race.” Arnold, a rural mail carrier in Williamson County, began providing financial assistance to students studying to be teachers in 1965. While Arnold only earned a $60-per-month salary and never attended college, he was a smart man who made investments throughout his 95 years. These investments allowed him to give UT Knoxville its first $1 million gift.

“By making a charitable gift to the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, you are not only helping to meet the J. Clayton Arnold Challenge, but also making an investment in future educators whose impact will last beyond a lifetime,” said Bob Rider, dean of the college.

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Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,