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Citizens sound off at meetings on Town strategic plan ■ TAMMY CHEEK

A dozen Farragut residents gave their input about Town of Farragut’s strategic plan during an informal public meeting last week. Some said they wanted high-quality retail to fill and renovate vacant commercial centers, while others wanted to develop a Town Center, add a downtown parking garage or develop a major road plan.

“What would you like to see Farragut become?” Town administrator David Smoak asked. “Pedestrian friendly … better connected,” attendee Carol King said. “Less cars.” Robin Hill said he would like to see more technology companies moving into Farragut to create more employment. Larry Whiteside said while growth is inevitable, he thinks it is important “to maintain what we’ve got, the thing that attracted

us all here.” The gathering, which took place in Farragut Town Hall Tuesday, Aug. 29, was one of two public meetings to give Town leaders input on its strategic planning process. Six residents attended the first meeting, which took place Monday, Aug. 28. “We’re having a very good response [to a survey] online,” Smoak said. “We had these meetings for people who wanted to speak in person.”

He said the Town has had a strategic plan for several years. “Every year, we update it on the year’s goals, objectives and things Smoak we want to get accomplished for those years, but this year we want to go back,

test the plan and figure out what do we need to do. You’re here tonight to let us know if we are on the right track,” Smoak said. In reference to the Town’s vision statement: “Farragut — a home, a destination, a connected community that lives closer and goes further,” Smoak asked the gathering, “I’d like you to talk about what that means to you, to live closer and go further?” See STRATEGIC on Page 2A

CAK turns 40

Some reminisce back to Cedar Springs Presbyterian start in 1977, others look ahead


When Ernie Trebing rolled into Knox County in 1977, he didn’t know what to expect. All he knew was he would be meeting with a group of parents interested in starting a Christian school. For a long time, parents Jack and Carolyn Rice had been thinking about a Christian school. Their son, Dean, was about to start second grade. For several years, they and some friends from Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church had started talking about how nice it would be to have a Protestant Christian school in Knoxville. Those conversations had gotten more intense as the couples met at one another’s homes to pray about a school.

Finally, the day came and they met Trebing, the prospective headmaster at what would become Christian Academy of Knoxville, face-to-face. “He said, ‘How many students do you have?’ and we said, ‘One,’” Carolyn Rice recalled recently, as CAK celebrates its 40th anniversary. “The board had said, ‘Before we interview this man, sign your kids up.’ It was a long, time-consuming application and we had struggled to get it done. The others just hadn’t gotten it done yet.” “Trebing said, ‘Where are you planning to meet?’” Rice said, “And we said, ‘We don’t know exactly.’ We were looking at a couple of prospective properties. Different couples and one grandparent met with him that weekend and took him to dinner. Trebing said he’d pray about it, but he

eventually came. He was just very open to this challenge.” Rice said they told Trebing they were praying for 100 students by the end of the year in 1977. They met that goal. The school that started in the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church building now sits on a 77-acre campus at 529 Academy Way, just off Dutchtown Road, in West Knoxville. Instead of a handful of students, the liberal arts school that houses pre-kindergarten through high school Carolyn Evans students has an enrollment of about Carolyn Rice and her husband, Jack, 1,000, which represents 146 churches. The average ACT score is 28. There (not pictured) are two of the founders of are 53 middle and high school sports Christian Academy of Knoxville. teams and over the years, they’ve See CAK 40 on Page 4A

The Class of 2017 celebrates at Christian Academy of Knoxville. CAK celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Laine speech: state level shift has impact on Town Chuck Laine, president of Laine Communications and lobbyist for Town of Farragut, with Chris Camp, president of The Rotary Club of Farragut, after Laine’s speech during RCF meeting in Fox Den Country Club ballroom Wednesday, Aug. 30. Tammy Cheek


Tennessee’s General Assembly has seen a shift in its leadership in the past 10 years, both in the senate and state house, as various members have moved on to higher aspirations, retired or taken other political positions. “In the last 10 years, the legislature has changed from people being there forever to where, today, there is less than one-fourth of the people who were there 10 years ago,” said Chuck Laine,

president of Laine Communications and a registered lobbyist who represents Town of Farragut. He was featured speaker during The Rotary Club of Farragut’s regular noon Wednesday meeting Aug. 30 in Fox Den Country Club ballroom. “We’re kind of losing our leadership in the senate,” he added. As a result, “The laws they’re enacting are really a detriment to cities,” David Smoak, Town administrator and RCF past president, said after the meeting. “They are taking away our author-

ity to be able to govern the way the local officials would like to manage their own cities. “So, it’s been helpful to have someone in Nashville who is there all the time because we can’t be there all the time,” Smoak added about Laine. Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen contracted with Laine two years ago to represent the Town in Nashville, then renewed the contract last year. “One of the reasons we work See LAINE on Page 7A


Timmis wins at Lawn Chair Concert

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Farragut resident Lori Timmis, left, was winner of the prints giveaway at Lawn Chair Concert Series earlier this summer. Local artist Hannah Bingham did caricature drawings and presented the pieces of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash to Timmis during the concert at Founders Park at Campbell Station along Campbell Station Road.

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“My comment is what a waste of money,” attendee Nancy Wentz said. “The new [‘Welcome to Farragut’] signs, the ones that are green are horrible [for visibility]. You can’t see the white lettering. The ones that are dark blue are OK. “I think [the vision statement is] marketing, and I’m anti-marketing,” she added. “I think a lot of people don’t know what [live closer, go further] means or what the concept was around it when it was developed,” said Joy Whiteside, a Ford

Cove Lane resident. “What does live closer mean to you?” Smoak asked. “Convenient,” a resident answered. “Living close enough that we have everything we need in a well-defined area,” Larry Whiteside said. “Being closer to people and knowing them well,” attendee Jessalyn Friske said. “Having good medical facilities nearby …” Joy Whiteside said. “What about ‘go further’?” Smoak asked. “Achieve more … go further in life … expanding horizons” were some of the responses.

“Does that mean, maybe, because Farragut is a little more prestigious?” Terri Lenoci, a Smoke Creek Lane resident, asked. Attendees were asked to look at statements regarding “critical success factors” of the community, such as “providing excellent parks, recreation, cultural amenities and programs.” Attendees also discussed the Town’s buildings, infrastructure and assets; the Town’s financial position; collaborating with regional leadership in “advancing a high-quality-built environment;” supporting the Town’s workforce and promoting Farragut’s retail and services as a destination.


• A Pintail Road complainant advised between 12:01 a.m., Monday, Aug. 28, and 12:55 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, an unknown suspect damaged the driver’s side window of her Toyota vehicle by shattering it with an unknown object at a Lost Tree Lane address. She advised the door to the vehicle was open, but no property was taken. No value of damage was listed. • An Oakmont Circle complainant advised between 11:50 p.m., Monday, Aug. 28, and 3:11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, an unknown white female broke into his wife’s 2014 Lincoln Navigator. Complainant stated the suspect parked in front of their residence, pretending to have car trouble. Complainant advised the suspect made her way to the vehicle and busted out the pas-

senger side window, when at this time the complainant came outside startling the suspect, and she took off. Estimated value of damage was listed at $100. Complainant stated the suspect was driving a dark-colored Ford Edge with a Loudon County tag. Complainant advised nothing of value was taken from the vehicle. • A Way Station Trail complainant advised between midnight, Monday, Aug. 14, and 1:38 p.m., Monday, Aug. 28, the suspect, her son, stole a flat-screen television [listed value $200], DVD player [listed value $250] and gold pendant jewelry [listed value $800] from her home. She advised he did not have permission to be in the house but he knew where the spare key was and used it to See POLICE on Page 4A

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guestview: Vice Mayor Ron Pinchok New Strategic Plan will guide the Town in coming years

Working on the Town’s new Strategic Plan confirms something we all know is true but don’t always like to acknowledge — change is inevitable. I remember Farragut as it was 30 years ago — a quiet, semi-rural community with limited commercial development and few housing options. It was a small, close-knit community and I’m glad I was here to experience that era. Today, it’s a thriving municipality with a population of around 23,000. We’re still close-knit, but our dining and retail options, as well as our population, are more diverse. Our excellent schools

and lack of property tax make us an attractive place to put down roots, so our real estate market is bustling. Growth is inevitable and necessary if we want to maintain the outstanding services we’ve Vice Mayor come to exRon pect. Going Pinchok backwards isn’t an option. That’s why the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Town of Farragut management team have

been working with Julia Novak of The Novak Consulting Group to craft new Vision, and Mission and Values statements and finetune seven Critical Success Factors, or visionary goals, for the Town. In August, we asked residents to chime in by completing an online survey and/or attending two community meetings at Town Hall. We wanted you to let us know what you think of our vision for what Farragut will become over the next 10 years. Strategic planning helps organizations shape and guide what they are, what they do and why they do it. Plans are typically revised every five to 10 years,

and the Town’s last update was in 2011. The Novak Consulting Group was chosen through a Request for Qualifications process to lead us through the process. The Strategic Planning Framework includes Critical Success Factors that define our objectives in regard to parks and recreation, infrastructure, fiscal leadership, regional collaboration, our built environment, Town staffing and promoting Farragut as a retail destination. The goals we set in these areas will influence our decisions about how we grow — where we invest, how we develop and how we relate to

neighboring communities. Hundreds of you joined the community conversation about our Strategic Plan, and we truly appreciate your involvement. Now Town staff and leadership will come together again to refine the plan’s language based on your input. The final version of the new Strategic Plan will be released this fall. When it is, I hope it will accurately reflect the goals and ambitions of the community and inspire us to move forward — together. The Town of Farragut: Live Closer. Go Further.


convenience store along Lovell Road on report of a pedestrian stuck by a truck. After working the accident, Pilot employees informed officers the suspect had shoplifted a beer from inside the store. The manager/complainant showed officers a security video of suspect stealing the beer and running out of the business. Suspect was transported to The University of Tennessee Medical Center with injuries from the accident. A warrant will be filed. • An Ashton Court complainant stated between 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, and 6:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, an unknown suspect broke into her 2000 Toyota Highlander and stole a GPS system and sunglasses with a total listed value of $800. Complainant stated the doors were locked and

there was no damage done to the vehicle. • A Lanesborough Way complainant stated between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, an unknown suspect took patio chairs and a George Foreman grill from his patio. Total value of stolen items was listed at $629. Complainant was advised to call back with a serial number for NCIC entry. • A Gwinhurst Road complainant advised that at midnight, Monday, Aug. 21, she discovered an unknown suspect had stolen the license plate from her 2012 Ford Focus and replaced it with another plate. Value of stolen plate was listed at $60. Complainant stated the other license plate does not belong to her.

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“We’re in the process of gathering data from faculty, staff, board members and parents,” Neu said. “What kinds of facilities, if any, are needed moving forward.” “We’re going to take a moment to look back, but we’re going to look forward, too,” Collier said. “We partner with Christ families,” Neu said. “The parents are the primary educators. One of the things we’re doing, because we were founded as a Christian school, is we’re going to remain true to our founders. … We’re free to talk about the big questions. The faculty members are willing to get involved with the kids. “What’s important is that all the faculty and staff have a relationship with Christ,” he added.

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get into the house. Complainant advised she waited to make the report because she was trying to see if she could locate the items at a pawn shop. • A Shadowfax Road complainant advised between 5:30 and 6:17 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27, an unknown suspect stole jewelry out of her jewelry box. Total value of loss was listed at $350. She advised her house is for sale and they had an open house the day of the reported theft. She advised after the open house was over, she realized her jewelry was missing. • At 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, Knox County Sheriff Office units were dispatched to Pilot

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Cotton Eyed Joe celebrating 25th year Country music artist Tracy Lawrence is scheduled to perform Friday, Sept. 15, in Cotton Eyed Joe, 11220 Outlet Drive, Farragut.

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In the almost 25 years the doors of Cotton Eyed Joe have been open, it has become “a destination” where new and bigname artists, especially country music artists, have played. “We are the place to be,” said Gingi Bakri, owner and general manager of Cotton Eyed Joe, 11220 Outlet Drive, Farragut. Performers — and famed actors in a couple of cases — such as Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, Charlie Daniels, Kevin Costner, George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and Chris Stapleton have entertained Cotton Eyed Joe’s customers. “About 80 percent of the artists have been through here,” Bakri said. Popular country music artist Tracy Lawrence will perform Friday, Sept. 15, in the club. Bakri recommends purchasing tickets in advance. The show begins somtime after 9 p.m. Tickets for customers age 18

and older are $10 in advance online [along with a 15 percent service fee] at and $15 at the door. All tickets purchased online may be picked up the day of the event at Cotton Eyed Joe “Will Call,” which opens at 6 p.m. If a show is rescheduled, customers can get a rain check for the date that show is rescheduled. “It’s a destination, especially on weekends and big holidays,” Bakri said. “We get customers come from all surrounding states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia.” He estimated the club averages 6,000 to 7,000 people a week come through the door when there is no concert. With concerts, Bakri estimated a crowd of 10,000 to 11,000 a week. The club also is a destination for country music artists wanting to perform in Knoxville, said manager Jed Bakri, Gingi’s brother. “With our close proximity to Nashville, we get all the artists

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Gingi Bakri, left, owner and general manager, and his brother, Jed Bakri, manager, have made Cotton Eyed Joe, 11220 Outlet Drive, a destination place for music lovers and performing artists.

and new artists from Nashville,” Gingi Bakri said. “It’s just a twoand-a-half-hour ride for them, so this is a very good destination for a gig and even a test market for the music to be in Knoxville and especially for Cotton Eyed Joe. “It is known in Knoxville, if you are going to make it, you’ve got to play at the Cotton Eyed Joe,” he added. “When you are honest with them, when you do what you tell them you are going to do, when there’s a good sound and you provide the environment and

the atmosphere for them to have a good show [then you draw the artists].” Gingi Bakri attributed the success of getting the artists to word-of-mouth. “People talk among themselves,” he said. “So, all the time, we get phone calls from bands that like to play at the Joe, so we pick and choose.” Gingi Bakri opened the club in 1993. “I used to work for other companies — I was doing security and managing restaurants

and lounges. After I finished college, I determined a man must have his own business to make it,” he said. “You can work for others and make money for them or you can work for yourself and make money for yourself,” Gingi added. Through the years, Gingi said, “Country music, in general, changed and you have to adapt with the times. “Country music in the ’80s and See BAKRI on Page 6A

Morning Pointe's Westland groundbreaking draws Knox leaders

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Independent Health Care Properties and Morning Pointe Senior Living executives joined Knox County officials to break ground on Phase 1 of Knoxville Morning Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, at 9649 Westland Drive behind Shoreline Church in Knoxville. This 58,000-square-foot, single-level facilty will sit on 10 acres of the 20-acre lot. On hand, from left, were Franklin Farrow, CEO of Morning Pointe Senior Living; Russ Langdon, vice president of Brain and Spine Institute at The University of Tennessee Medical Center; John Schoonmaker, Knox County Commissioner for District 5, which includes Farragut and Concord; Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett; Kerry Howland, retired assistant academic director for Tennessee Lady Vols athletics who is serving seniors at East Tennessee Personal Care Service; Patricia Robledo, business liaison for City of Knoxville; Greg A. Vital, president and CEO of Independent Properties Inc., parent company of Morning Pointe; the Rev. Henry BIeber, partner care pastor at Shoreline Church; Janice Wade-Whitehead, executive director of Alzheimer’s Tennessee; Sherry Whitt, Knox County Register of Deeds; Knox County Commissioner Carson Dailey, representing District 9, and Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office chief of Administration.


Bakri From page 5A

’90s, even early 2000s, is different from the country music today. Then, about every country artist had a cowboy hat,” he added. “Today, you go to Nashville and the first thing they tell you is ‘take that cowboy hat off.’ The artists in Nashville look like a GQ [photo]. It doesn’t look nothing country. “So, you have to adapt in my business to the industry that’s going on around you. That’s why a lot of lounges in clubs in my field will not last long — because they are not adapting right.” However, Gingi Bakri said he

learned to adapt “from a music point of view and from the dancing point of view. “In the early ’90s, everyone did not line dance. Everything was couple dance,” he said. “Today, about 80 percent of the dancing is line dancing, which is performed to country and hip hop. So, you have to play the country that’s coming out of Nashville today. Cotton Eyed Joe still plays some “old country.” “It just depends on when you come in, early night or late night,” Gingi Bakri said. “But, you still have to play the hip hop and the upbeat music for line dancing.”

One of the first headlining performers was Chris LeDoux, who performed in the mid-1990s. With the success of the club, Gingi Bakri said he has received offers to buy Cotton Eyed Joe, but added, “no checks have cleared.” Club hours are from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Business hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The club is closed Tuesday. Cotton Eyed Joe also offers free-line dance lessons for children ages 10 years and younger and $5 for anyone 11 years old and older. For more information, call Cotton Eyed Joe at 865-675-3563.

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Laine From page 1A

with the Town of Farragut is when Republicans took over [in Nashville], they don’t like cities. That’s where the Democrats are,” said Laine, a RCF member for 30 years and a Farragut resident. “It’s been almost a blood bath for four or five years and [legislators] have been real hard on [the cities]. “They passed de-annexation and all those kind of laws that go after [revenues that] cities have been used to getting like the Hall Income Tax,” Laine added, pointing out the Town of Farragut is starting to feel the fall-out from those laws.

Smoak said Laine has helped with all bills dealing with the Town that “we’re concerned about, affecting our authority to govern or ability to help protect our citizens’ health and welfare. We’ve done numerous things with him on red-light cameras and on the Improve Act that got approved last year by the legislature. “That was very helpful,” he added. Other bills included funding for bicycle trails and curbing deannexation. “We got with the Tennessee Municipal League,” Laine said. “While I can’t say we did away with de-annexation, we delayed it for two or three years. It was

coming on like a freight train. “We’ve come up with about 40 to 100 bills we feel might affect Farragut. We send them to David and he and his staff get together and come up with 15 or 20 he wants us to watch,” Laine added. Expressing a personal interest in the Town, Laine said, “I live in Fox Den and have lived in Farragut since there has been a Farragut, so it’s nice to have that warm feeling when you are representing people who mean a lot to you.” “Chuck does a great job at what he does,” Smoak said. “… He’s been in Nashville from January through April and May.” He also deals with “legislative issues as a lobbyist for mainly the coal and

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Sid Fulton laughed as Snuggles the puggle lived up to her name. “That’s the first woman who ever licked me on the ear,” he joked. The pug-beagle mix was a hit at church … well, technically in the church’s community room. Snuggle’s mission was to provide pet therapy, something she’s good at. She makes regular visits to Concord United Methodist Church’s Adult Day Enrichment Services program, a daytime program for senior adults of all denominations, at CUMC. Snuggles brings her owner, Louise Snodgrass, along for the ride. The dog sits on Louise’s lap as they move around the community room on a rolling chair. Snuggles allows herself to be petted by one senior after the other. When she isn’t working, Snuggles enjoys spending time at home in Farragut with Louise and Hal Snodgrass and their son, Todd. She tolerates the presence

of Rushball, the family cat. Louise Snodgrass is responsible for growing the pet therapy program that CADES participants look forward to without fail. “I retired from nursing,” she said. “I spent my last 25 years at Parkwest Hospital. There was some pet therapy there. I didn’t know a lot about it until we got Snuggles and I started investigating.” She said pet therapy helps people with memory problems as they recall their younger days with their own pets. And their blood pressure drops as they stroke an animal. Dogs of all sizes — from 5 pounds to 75 pounds — come to visit with participants of CADES. “After my mother-in-law passed away, we’d had three deaths in the family in six months and had to have two older dogs put down,” she said. “I told my husband I

need something younger and he said, ‘Oh no. Not a puppy.’ “I wanted something smaller I could snuggle with and saw Snuggles, a pug and beagle mix, on the Internet. I’d always been found of beagles and hounds and just had to find one around here. I saw her in a newspaper ad and got Snuggles in Roane County through an individual.” Snuggles was just what the doctor — um, nurse, ordered. “She wants to be skin on skin all the time,” Snodgrass said. The pet therapy program started 10 years. “We’d had my mother-in-law here [at NHC] with dementia,” Snodgrass said, “but she could always remember when the animals visited. After that we got Snuggles. They had a few animals that came here, but it wasn’t really orgaSee CHURCH DOG on Page 4B

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Could you have high blood pressure? Should you care? Town of Farragut will host a free educational session on hypertension Monday, Sept. 18. “Hypertension Lunch and Learn with Walgreens,” with a light lunch provided, begins at 12:30 p.m. in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center

Drive, across from the Farragut Branch Post Office. Jennifer Aramburo, pharmacy manager of Walgreens on the corner of Lovell Road and Kingston Pike, will be the instructor. “At Walgreens, we try to do a lot of outreach programs in our area,” Aramburo said. “We’ve done quite a few and cover a lot See HYPERTENSION on Page 2B

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Farragut Middle School has added a third art teacher to its faculty fold while, at the same time, starting a National Art Honor Society. Abigail Malone, previously with Clinton City Schools, was hired this year to teach digital art at FMS. “It’s a great thing for us to have,” FMS principal Weston Edmonds said. “Due to our increased enrollment, Knox County Schools granted us an additional teaching position and a art class. Having [the art class] focusing on digital art

seemed like something our students would have an interest in and would be beneficial to them in their future. “The benefit to having Malone an additional art teacher is more flexibility in both course offerings and schedule,” he added. “We have students who are very interested in graphic

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Hensley, Booth ‘grow’ at summer camp Alex Hensley and Cameron Booth, both juniors with Farragut High School NJROTC who hold the rank of ensign, were part of a special learning experience earlier this summer. Hensley (right) shared his experience. “I was in the Leadership Camp in Tullahoma about four days,” he said about being one of roughly 100 NJROTC cadets from throughout Tennessee and the Southeastern United States. “It was a wonderful experience. It was kind of hard at first. Mostly they teach you how to be more independent toward yourself and how to work with others, like a team, and showing you how to lead.” For example, “They let us command a group of cadets, to march them out on the field while showing us how to make sure that they march correctly and knowing what to do if we had to take over a unit,” he added. “… You learn from each other, you learn to work with new people whether you like them or not — that’s life — but you make a lot of good friends, too.”

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of topics.” According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 million American adults — almost one in three — have high blood pressure and it greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death, respectively, in the United States. It’s known as “the silent killer” because many people don’t know they have high blood pressure, and many of those who do know don’t control it effectively. “You wouldn’t actually know you had high blood pressure until you got it checked out,” said Aramburo, who has been with

Walgreens for 15 years. Normal blood pressure ranges change as people age, she said. “Generally speaking, 120/80 used to be the perfect blood pressure. Now the guidelines allow it to be a little higher depending on age and other factors. We like to see blood pressure lower than 140/90. Some people, depending on their risk factors, might need to be a lot lower. That’s a very, very patient-specific thing that should be discussed with their doctor.” At the end of the presentation, those who are interested can get blood pressure screened free, a service that also is offered in Walgreens stores, Aramburo said. Register online at, in person at Town Hall or by phone at 865-218-3375.

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5th Sevier Soiree from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 865-573-5508 or visit • Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will present Oak Ridge 75th Anniversary Celebration beginning at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, with Historical display at Historic Grove Theater. Also featured, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., is honored guest Ed Westcott; and 6 p.m., “The Legacy of Place.” For more information, visit • Loudoun County Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Garage Sale and Boutique from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Christian Life Center of the Community Church at Tellico Village. Volunteers will be on hand from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Sept. 15, at the church to accept donated items. For more

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design and digital photography and this seemed like a natural progression in our art program.” Edmonds said FMS advertised, looking specifically for a teacher who could start the school’s digital art class. “We interviewed a large number of candidates, but Mrs. Malone just blew us away in her interview with her passion for both kids and her content,” he said. “Additionally, Mrs. Malone had a lot of experience with digital art and her references spoke glowingly about her.” Malone said she had been teaching art to kindergarteners through sixth-graders in Clinton for the past seven years — then

she learned about the opening at FMS. “I was talking to Heather Casteel with Knox County Schools Fine Arts Department head about a middle school position. I always wanted to go back into the middle school,” she said. “I did my internship in South Doyle Middle School through Knox County, and I really liked the age. “[Casteel] said there were some middle school positions opening up that I should apply for and there was a media arts position here,” Malone added. “I expressed to her all the things I was wanting to do as an art educator, and [the position opening at FMS] sounded like a perfect position.” Malone said she also has been a professional photographer for a

number of years. “I just love photography, and I do my own personal artwork. I’m really active in promoting photography as an art form, and I’m a member of the Knoxville Community Dark Room and Arts and Cultural Alliance,” said Malone, who has a degree in traditional darkroom photography from Carson-Newman University and a master’s degree in art education from The University of Tennessee. She’s had works published, while other works have been displayed at shows. “I have done some digital art with my kids in fifth and sixth grade but I have always wanted to do more, so I thought this was a great opportunity to actually do that,” she added. Besides photography, Malone said FMS students would be using

computer editing programs to manipulate their photos while trying to create some videos. “To be able to focus on that is exciting for me, to offer [digital photography] to the kids because they are excited ... it’s a very current media for the kids to use,” she said. Malone said many of the students have never used an SRL camera — having only done iPhone photography. “So, it’s very different for them to hold a real camera,” she said. “But, I want to incorporate the iPhone, too. I want to incorporate everything if I can.” “The response to the new class been very positive,” Edmonds said. “The students have really enjoyed learning about digital art and especially digital photography. We

are very excited about the class moving forward and how we can continue to grow the class through fundraising to purchase the necessary equipment for Mrs. Malone to teach all the necessary skills.” The school celebrates another milestone: starting a National Art Honor Society. “There’s lots of exciting things happening in the art department [at FMS],” said FMS art teacher Angela McCarter, who started the society at the school. “I learned about [the honor society] through the [National Art Education Association] that’s affiliated with it,” she added. “I think we are the only middle school in Knox County to have it so far.” “We just had our first meeting [Aug. 17]. The kids are so excited.”

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nized, so the activities director said, ‘Would you get the paperwork in order?’ I said, ‘Yes, I’d like to do that.’ I’ve built the program up, but it’s because of volunteers – it’s people I meet in my swim aerobics class at Fort Sanders Fitness and neighbors and friends. I just met a new neighbor from Florida who has a dog and is looking for activities. I said, ‘How about coming to CADES?’” When a new person gets involved, Louise comes with him or her. “The main thing is they need to

love people and meet the requirements: you can’t have a dog that wants to bark for 30 minutes or is too scared to come into the room to visit. We have 11 dogs that come here to visit,” she said. “I make a schedule out each month. Some come once a week, some come once a month and some are subs. “When animals visit, they’re very instinctual,” Snodgrass added. “There’ll be a lady that’s very frail and [Snuggles] will be really calm and quiet not to hurt the lady. Then there will be a more robust man and she’ll just be lively and maybe give him kisses. He’ll pet more roughly and she likes that. “Pet therapy is my passion. I like

to share it with the elderly. Everybody has something inside them they have a passion for. You have to find out what it is. When you love doing something, it’s not a chore. You want to share it.” The program is popular and often has a waiting list, but Celia Gruzalski, who has been CADES executive director since June, said there are openings on certain days. “We always encourage people to come visit and if we’re full to check back,” she said. “If people are hesitant to use day service, we encourage them to come with a family member to have coffee and look at the program.”

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Gavin Wilkinson was thrust into the spotlight as Farragut High School’s football team, ranked No. 6 statewide in Class 6A, played its home opener on Thursday, Aug. 31. And the sophomore quarterback shined. Wilkinson, who made his first high school start under center, threw for 328 yards [15 of 24] and four touchdowns as the Admirals knocked off Morristown West 33-10 in the Region 1-6A opener for both schools at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field. “It was just good to come out here and win that first region game against a good team,” said Wilkinson, who had been splitting time with Jake Evans at quarterback while senior and projected starter Max Travis has been recovering from a finger injury he suffered in the preseason. “We’ve got some great bigtime players and we just have to get them the ball,” he added. Wilkinson certainly wasted little time accomplishing that task. Farragut [3-0 overall, 1-0 in the region] scored the first touchdown of the contest when the first-time starter connected with Andrew Williams on a 51yard scoring strike to make the score 6-0 just past the midway point of the opening stanza. The Ads, however, missed the extra point, which was blocked. But the touchdown was the first of three for FHS in the opening frame. Farragut took a 12-0 lead when Isaiah Gibbs scored on a 2-yard plunge with 3 minutes, 10 seconds left in the first quarter. The Admirals extended their advantage to 14-0 when Wilkinson connected with Jacob Warren for a 2-point conversion. Farragut scored another

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touchdown when Wilkinson connected with Jaden Gibbs from 14 yards out as time expired in the inaugural frame. The Trojans (1-2) blocked another extra point but the Admirals still had a 20-0 lead. The Trojans clawed their way

back into the contest in the second quarter as Jadon Payne scored on a 2-yard run with 7:20 remaining. Morristown West pulled to within 20-10 when Juan Villasenor kicked a 43-yard field goal with 2:10 to go. Farragut missed a field goal

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When Farragut High School returns to action at Bill Clabo Field Friday night, it may have some extra motivation. The Admirals, with a 3-0 record in 2017 while in the midst of a 15-game winning streak, are ranked No. 6 statewide in Class 6A. Farragut will host Oak Ridge, with a 7:30 p.m. opening kickoff Sept. 8. The Wildcats (2-1) were the last team to beat Farragut. That victory would eventually net Oak Ridge the 2016 Region 3-5A championship. But the Wildcats would make an early exit from the playoffs while the Admirals would win the 5A state title and bring a gold football back from Cookeville. Friday night will represent the 43rd installment in one of East Tennessee’s longerrunning football rivalries. The series dates back to 1977 and the two teams have played every year since 1993. The Wildcats hold a 30-12 advantage in the series and have won three playoff games against the Admirals: 1998, 2004 and 2005. However, Farragut dominated the series from 2006 through 2015. The two teams have been league foes several times over the years and were Region 3-5A opponents the previous two seasons. With the Admirals moving up to Class 6A this season, the game has no playoff implications. “It’s not a league game but it matters on your overall record,” Admirals head coach Eddie Courtney said. “The game is always big for both teams because we’ve played so many times. “It’s always a good game for See WILDCATS on Page 12B

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BLOUNT COUNTY — Frustrated by two close losses where the kicking game proved critical, Hardin Valley Academy made sure Heritage wouldn’t be within kicking distance in the fourth quarter. A balance of run and pass — three touchdowns on the ground and three more through the air — fueled a 44-26 Hawks victory, its first of the season, at HHS Friday evening, Sept. 1. “We executed on offense, that was the biggest thing,” HVA head coach Wes Jones said. “We didn’t beat ourselves up in crucial situations, and we made some big plays on offense. That was probably the

just before halftime, as the second quarter against the Trojans continued a dubious trend for the Admirals, who have gotten off to fast starts in every game this season only to struggle in the

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Aaron Dykes, Hardin Valley Academy senior running back, cuts back past a Heritage defender during this clash at HHS Friday evening, Sept. 1. The Hawks picked up their first victory, winning 44-26.

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Hardin Valley Academy picked up its first win of the 2017 football season Friday night. The Hawks played Heritage and left Maryville with a 44-26 victory. Head coach Wes Jones said he was pleased to see his squad emerge victorious over the Mountaineers, especially after a pair of gut-wrenching losses to open the campaign. But he knows that things won’t get any easier this week when HVA entertains the Central Bobcats. Opening kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m., Friday night, Sept. 8, and Jones fully expects Central to give his squad a tough test. “This is just another playoff-type game for us because we play such a tough schedule,” Jones said. “We’ve already played three of those and

we’ll have more. “I was really pleased with the way we played against Heritage. I was proud of our guys for the way that they battled and the way we executed. We executed a lot better against Heritage than we did in our first two games. That was big for us. It was big because Heritage is a big and physical football team. That’s a tough place to play and coach [Tim] Hammontree does a good job with them.” Against the Mountaineers, HVA (1-2) received another stellar performance from senior running back Aaron Dykes. He had 117 yards on 19 carries. He got some help from Loch Hardin, who carried nine times and amassed 67 yards and scored three touchdowns. Hardin also had eight tackles [including two solo stops] and inSee BOBCATS on Page 11B


It's a ‘No. 5’ nightmare for Lions vs. Mt. Juliet Christian ■ combination of speed and power overwhelming his team’s defense. “A lot of those came off of missed tackles,” Fleming added. “… There were quite a few times where we were putting them in position to make tackles for losses, tackles at the line of scrimmage, and we just didn’t do it. “We just came up short on gang-tackling as a unit, which we preach.” The Lions’ TD came thanks to a freshman connection: a 30-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter from freshman quarterback Gage Maynard to freshman running back Sam Kniss. “I felt my freshman quarterback, Gage Maynard, played outstand-


KNOXVILLE — Concord Christian School defensive players may be having nightmares about Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s “No. 5.” Darius Hylick, Mt. Juliet junior running back, scored seven touchdowns that included runs of 59 and 25 yards, as the Saints dominated the Lions from the start and won 47-7 at Christian Academy of Knoxville Friday evening, Sept. 1. “Really, when you look at the game in totality, it comes down to one player making a difference for a program, as in No. 5 for Mt Juliet Christian,” Troy Fleming, CCS head coach, said about Hylick’s

ing for the position he was put in,” Fleming said. “The offensive line struggled with some run blitzes and blitzes in-general.” However, “Gage was able to extend plays long enough to make some plays for the skill guys,” Fleming added. “I thought Rafe Keyes did well from the backside as our X receiver on one-on-one match-ups.” Jason Klenkel, a junior, converted the CCS extra point. With this Division II-A East Region victory, the Saints improve to 3-0 overall. Concord Christian, still looking for the program’s first win in its third season competing in TSSAA varsity football, falls to 0-3.

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had chances to do some things and win a football game, we just didn’t get it done. “Our effort was tremendous in every Meske place on the field. Our kids played hard,” added Meske after Webb fell to 1-1. “We went for it. We had nothing to lose. “I’m proud of them.” Perhaps the most important factor, according to Meske: “it made us a better football team. In the long run we’re going to be a better football team because we played Ensworth [3-0].” A 4-yard touchdown run by junior Roderick Lewis and a 50-yard

TD scamper by junior Jahlil Jefferson — both in the first half — accounted for Webb’s points. “Losses always make you stronger, especially if you’re a team that’s disciplined and as close-knit as we are,” said Morgan Ernst, Spartans senior star running back/ linebacker. “It was tough, losing’s always tough, but we’ve just got to bounce back from it.” Specifically, “We’ve just got to hunker down on defense, that’s the biggest thing,” Ernst added. “Work on everything in practice and get better.” Meske said playing Ensworth fits a pattern of “scheduling a couple of tough teams” outside of the Spartans’ region each season. “We always have. And in the end, those games have always made us a better football team.”

Irish dominated by visiting Georgia power

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KNOXVILLE --- When Jake Mahoney scored a second-quarter touchdown for Knoxville Catholic High School Friday night, things were looking good for the Irish in their home opener. But after Mahoney’s 3-yard touchdown plunge, which gave Catholic a 10-7 lead against Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, Georgia, things went south for the home team Sept. 1. The Chargers, the two-time defending Georgia Class A state champions, scored 48 unanswered points to claim a 55-10 victory over the Irish on a cool night at KCHS’s Blaine Stadium. Irish head coach Steve Matthews said his team got a wakeup call after it was dominated by Eagle’s Landing (3-0), which went undefeated in 2016. “There’s really not much to say,” Matthews said. “We just have to forget about this and come back and get back to work. “We just have to keep getting better each day.” Catholic (1-2) scored first when Paxton Robertson kicked a 33-yard field goal with 6 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Irish were proficient on offense early. Robertson’s field

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goal culminated a 15-play drive eating up more than five minutes. KCHS quarterback Jack Sompayrac had three completions on his team’s opening drive and the Irish drove to the Chargers’ 16yard line before taking the lead. “We moved the ball and we did some good things early,” Matthews said. “But we just made too many mistakes. If you make those kinds of mistakes against a good football team like that, this is what happens. ... You’re going to get your brains beat in.' Eagle’s Landing, which was forced to punt on its first possession, would eventually answer. The Chargers took advantage of some good position after a short Catholic punt gave them the ball on the KCHS 48-yard line. ELCA would score two plays later when quarterback Brayden Rush connected with Sean Queen on a 44yard touchdown strike.

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Mahoney’s touchdown seemed to awaken the Chargers, who scored when Kaleb Hood returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards. Josh Mays and Nate McCollum would add rushing touchdowns in the second frame. Jelan Pearson also caught a touchdown pass from Rush, who completed just two passes [both for touchdowns]. Catholic did have 12 first downs before halftime and held a decisive advantage in time of possession. But an interception and a fumbled kickoff return on special teams also were factors in the Irish’s demise. Catholic’s Dashon Bussell said the Irish must quickly put this game in the rearview mirror. “We just have to take this one on the chin,” he said. “We just have to come back in and work harder. “We have to work hard on all aspects of the game.”

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tercepted a pass. Junior quarterback Grayson Vaughn completed 10 of his 17 passes and threw for 190 yards and had three touchdown tosses. He also was intercepted twice. Top receivers included Luke DeFur, who had four catches [including two touchdowns] for 92 yards, and Noah Moro, who had a pair of receptions for 27 yards and a score. Central also enters the contest with a 1-2 record. The Bobcats, who reached the Class 4A state championship game in 2016, opened the 2017 campaign with a victory over Tennessee High in Bristol Thursday, Aug. 17. But Central has fallen upon hard times recently as it has dropped back-to-back games to Fulton

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first time this year we’ve really made some big plays. “We had a lot of guys do things on offense,” Jones added. “Aaron Dykes had a great first half, he went out and rushed for 117 yards.” But the senior star running back/ defensive back “suffered with some cramp issues and we had to take him out of the game,” Jones said.

(41-0) and Sevier County (20-7), Xavier Washington was in on 17 tackles [including six solo stops] for the Bobcats against the Smoky Bears (2-1). Central will be without the services of sophomore starting quarterback Dakota Fawver, who started as a freshman for Carter High School before transferring to Fountain City. Fawver suffered a foot injury against the Falcons and was scheduled to have surgery today [Sept. 7]. Central head coach Bryson Rosser said that he was hoping to start Eli Sharp, another sophomore, against the Hawks. But Rosser said Sharp was injured last week and his status for the Hardin Valley game was uncertain at press time. “We’re hoping that Eli can go, but

he was injured last week and we’re going to have to keep an eye on him,” Rosser said. “If he can play, we’ll be OK. If not, we might be in a little trouble.” Like Jones, Rosser said the game will be big for both squads. “We both came in with high hopes for the season and we’ve both struggled early,” Rosser said. “They’ve made some mistakes and they really should’ve won their game against Oak Ridge. I know that they had some chances against West. They have everything they need to be a good football team. “The same kinds of things have happened to us. We’ve had mistakes and penalties, too. We need to minimize our mistakes and eliminate the penalties,” he added. The Hawks and Bobcats have met four times over the years, with each team having won twice.

However, “Lock Hardin came in and scored three touchdowns in the second half. He really stepped up and made some big plays,” Jones said about the 195-pound junior. As for the Hawks’ air attack, “Grayson Vaughn, our quarterback, he threw for around 200 yards and three touchdowns,” Jones said about the junior. Luke DeFur, junior receiver, hauled in two of Vaughn’s TD tosses “and had just under a hundred

yards receiving,” Jones said. Another junior receiver, Noah Moro, had one scoring reception. “And I felt like our offensive line had a fantastic night. … Opened holes all night long,” Jones said. Defensively, “Braylin Jackson had a big night. He had a big night [the previous week versus West]. He was just a force [against HHS] rushing the passer and making plays,” Jones said about the 6-foot, 215-pound senior defensive lineman.

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second quarter in each game. “We’ve done what you want to do in the first quarter,” Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney said. “We start fast and then we don’t play well in the second quarter. I don’t really know why. “I can figure it out once I get to know the character of this team a little better. We’ve gotten better with every game that we’ve played this year.” After a difficult second stanza, the Admirals were able to reclaim control of the contest after halftime as Wilkinson had two more touchdown tosses. He connected with Williams on a 39-yarder to make the score 2710 late in the third frame.

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us and it’s always a classy game between two good teams. I think the first time we played was back in 1977. Then, we were in their classification for years. “Then [the series] went away for awhile,” the Admirals skipper added. “Over the years, we’ve probably played them as much or more than we’ve played anybody.” The Admirals won their home opener last week when they routed Morristown West 33-10 (see related story beginning on page 8B). Gavin Wilkinson, a sophomore, and junior Jake Evans have split time at quarterback in 2017 while projected starter and senior Max Travis has been shelved with a finger injury. “They’ve both played well and done a good job for us,” Courtney said. “We have a lot of weapons and we’re going to have to use all of those weapons.” The coach noted that Travis may play against the Wildcats this week.

He also helped the Ads avert disaster in the fourth quarter when he fielded a bad snap, dodged a few Trojans defenders and found Wyatt Lucas in the end zone from 23 yards out. His heroics culminated a drive that saw a pair of Farragut scores nullified by penalties. Courtney said he was proud of the way that his team fought through some adversity on its final scoring drive. “I was disappointed because we had those penalties but I was proud of the way we fought back,” he said. While Wilkinson had a stellar effort, the Admirals also got a big game from Isaiah Gibbs, who scored a touchdown, had an interception and set up another score with a big punt return.

Cade Burkey, Ads senior linebacker (31), makes a diving tackle on a Morristown West ballcarrier Thursday evening, Aug. 31, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

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As for Oak Ridge, the Wildcats are coming off a 17-15 comeback win versus Campbell County last Friday. They overcame a 9-0 deficit with 17 consecutive points and prevailed late when the Cougars missed a potential game-winning two-point conversion. After Oak Ridge opened its season with a 21-20 victory against Hardin Valley Academy at Blankenship Field — when the Hawks missed a tying extra

point attempt with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter — the Wildcats fell to Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett 28-25 one week later. Players to watch for Oak Ridge include quarterback Johnny Stewart, who threw for 211 yards and a pair of scores in Jacksboro. His favorite targets are Caleb Martin and Jeremy Mitchell. Running back Jordan Graham is a top player in the area.



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It was family awards evening for the Courtneys Thursday, Aug. 31, prior to Farragut’s home game versus Morristown West at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field. Eddie Courtney, Admirals varsity football head coach (holding plaque), received 2016 East Tennessee Careacter Star Football Head Coach of the Year award. His wife, Anita Courtney, received a special Tony Cox award for helping make her husband successful thanks to her support. David Moore (third from left), Careacter Star founder, and Gregg Bostick (center), CS committee member, presented the awards. Also part of the ceremony, from Junior Grayson Vaughn, HVA quarterback, looks left, are Ryan Siebe, FHS principal; John Moore, coach Moore’s grandson, and Donald Dodgen, Admirals athletic for running room against the Heritage defense Friday evening, Sept. 1, at HHS. director.

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