The Town of Greeneville's first "Citizens Academy" kicked off last Thursday with orientation of 12 students at Town Hall.
The free, eight-week program is designed to teach participants how the town government operates.
Classes are scheduled for each Thursday night, ending with graduation on Oct. 10.
The orientation session on Aug. 22 was led by Greeneville Public Relations Manager Amy Rose, who presented an overview of the town's history, geography, demographics and governmental structure.
Rose also showed a slideshow of Town of Greeneville-related photos.
Orientation also included an icebreaker activity, and introductions by representatives of each of the Town departments and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
All class participants introduced themselves and stated why they wanted to be a part of the Citizens Academy.
Class participants range in age from high school senior to 76 years old, and represent a variety of backgrounds, including educator, banker, and social worker.
Participants include: Larry Aguilar, Linda Berlepsch, Marcia Brewer, Joe Fain, Alexis Franklin, Doris Henderson, Bobby Holt, Amy Jones, Bland Justis, Katie Rickard, Trey Ricker and Zach Smith.
The next class, scheduled for Thursday, will feature the Greeneville Police Department.
Participants will see police operations and equipment and meet department staff.
In the coming weeks, participants will also visit and learn about the Greeneville Fire Department, the Public Works Department, Administration, and the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Town planning, and the Parks and Recreation Department.