By Mike Steely

Senior Writer

Mark your calendar, put on your thinking cap, and tune into East Tennessee Public Service Television tonight for the start of the East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl.

The popular academic tournament will be aired on PBS at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays with new episodes through March 14.

High school students from public, private, parochial and home schools from East Tennessee and two Kentucky counties will compete for the Frank Miller Trophy and $1,000. Miller founded the completion now in its 38th year.

Local schools, Halls and Knox Central, go head-to-head on Wednesday. The first two shows have Alcoa vs. Roane County and Bell County, Ky. vs. Cedar Springs.

Host Frank Murphy returns to ask the two four-student teams questions about literature, language, science, art, math, geography, music, sports, history, religion and other subjects.

Hardin Valley Academy’s team took the championship last year and Cedar Springs Home School was the big winner in 2020 and 2019.

Webb School of Knoxville won in 2018.