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BOMA, EDAC in middle of Town tourism tussle New position, part-time coordinator, featured in BOMA’s $120,000 plan


After an hour’s discussion, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen has agreed to hire a parttime tourism coordinator, who would implement a marketing plan for the Town. The Board voted unanimously in favor of a marketing plan, which is budgeted at $90,000 and hiring a part-time tourism coordinator, budgeted for $30,000, dur-

ing its meeting Thursday, Sept. 14 despite objections from three Farragut residents and concerns from Alderman Bob Markli. The biggest bone of contention, brought up by Markli, was having more specific metrics in place to measure the effectiveness of the program and the coordinator. “It’s definitely going to take some time to come up with all those metrics to see how successful this [plan] is,” Town administrator David Smoak said. “It seems to me, if we are going to hire someone and give them a position, then we should have specific goals in mind before we hire them,” Markli said.

At the same time, three residents — John and Cheryl Nehls of Smith Road and Robin “Bob” Hill — asked the Board to defer action. Nehls “I would like to see this [issue] postponed indefinitely,” said Hill, a former chair of Farragut Municipal Planning Commission. He recommended looking at what Knoxville See BOMA on Page 4A

U.S. Rep. candidate’s wife builds ‘brick’ foundation

Hotel/motel assistance a better option: Hill


Encouraging Farragut’s hotel and motel management to develop a tourism promotion plan, which would help the Town avoid government expense and bureaucracy, sparked debate during the most recent Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting. As for government expense, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen recently decided to hire a part-time tourism coordinator [see related story on this page].

Speaking against hiring the tourism coordinator was Robin “Bob” Hill, former Farragut Municipal Planning Commission chair and a Farragut resident, who promoted using the Town’s hotel and motel personnel. “This Town has within its limits, I believe, eight motels. … I don’t see anything in this job description that incorporates the people who actually are benefitting from guests: the motels,” he said during the EDAC meeting Wednesday morning, Oct. 4. “In my opinion See HOTEL/MOTEL on Page 3A

From tackling to tuba

Speaks of Matlock’s strong ethics he wants to bring to D.C.

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Using analogies with a brick from a historic structure, Dean Matlock spoke about her husband, state Rep. Jimmy Matlock [R-District 21], and his bid for the 2nd District U.S. Congressional seat. She was featured speaker at Concord-Farragut Republican Club’s monthly meeting Thursday evening, Oct. 5, in Knox County Sheriff’s Office Turkey Creek precinct off Parkside Drive.


Dean Matlock brought a brick to Concord-Farragut Republican Club’s monthly meeting last week. Filling in as the club’s featured speaker for her husband, state Rep. Jimmy Matlock [RDistrict 21], “My husband is the brick that can go to Washington, D.C. and help firm the foundation for an ethical, moral government; to keep it firm,” Dean Matlock said Thursday evening, Oct. 5, in Knox County Sheriff’s Office Turkey Creek ~ Dean Matlock, precinct off Parkside about her husband, Drive. state Rep. Jimmy Matlock, State Rep. Matlock [R-District 21]. is running for the 2nd U.S. Congressional District seat to be vacated by the retiring U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr., a Republican. “This happens to be a Civil War brick. It was made in

“… He’s moral, he’s ethical, he’s giving, those things are in his ‘brick,’

See MATLOCK on Page 4A

Town commercial permits $9.2 million


In the calendar year through September, 122 new homes have been under construction in the Town of Farragut according to David Smoak, Town administrator. “That’s about an average of $367,000 per home,” Smoak said as part of his monthly report to the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee during its Wednesday, Oct. 4, meeting in

Town Hall. “So far this year we’ve had seven commercial permits for around $9.2 million,” he added. “This is all new commercial.” About Dollar General Store’s new store under construction along Kingston Pike near its intersection with Old Stage Road, Smoak said, “They’re looking to move out of their current facility at the old Ingle’s shopping center [along Kingston Pike] to that new building probably, I would say, sometime this winter.” Asked about “any plans” for the

old Ingles shopping center, with Dollar General the only remaining occupant, Smoak said, “We’ve had a lot of discussion with people over the years trying to get that re-used.” However, “The landlord is not quite ready to do anything with it,” he added. “We are definitely trying.” Robin “Bob” Hill, former chair of Farragut Municipal Planning commission and a Town resident, reported “a gluten-free bakery See PERMITS on Page 3A

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Concord Christian School football player Connor Quinlan, a freshman, pulls double duty playing the tuba during the Lions marching band performance at halftime of the game versus Cosby Friday evening, Oct. 6, at CAK.


Global warming details by the numbers for 5th District Democrats


Sharing specific details about global warming’s worldwide effect on climate change, an associate professor of environmental climatology at the University of Tennessee visited 5th District Democrats recently. About global warming’s harmful effects, “Right now the scientific community has been pretty much on board … somehow there’s a lot of controversy,” Joanne Logan said during her address to FDD at its monthly meeting Thursday evening, Sept. 21, in Rosarita’s Mexican Cantina off Lovell Road. “The largest source of global warming pollution is the burning of fossil fuels,” Logan added, noting it’s about “80 percent” of the problem. As for a measurable amount, Logan said, “We’re putting 110 million tons of man-made global-warming pollution into the atmosphere.” With China and the United States the world’s two biggest polluters according to Logan, “India will overtake us soon, so we will be in third place,” she said. As for temperature, “Since 2001, 16 of the 17 hottest years [globally] have occurred,” Logan said. “The hottest year was 2016. “Ninety percent of the extra heat energy trapped by the atmosphere is going on the oceans,” Logan

added, pointing out this helps create “ocean-based storms like hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones. “In 2015 there were three category-four hurricanes simultaneously occurring in the Eastern Pacific Ocean — the first time that had ever happened.” Moreover, “For every one degree Celsius increase in temperature, the air can hold 70 percent more moisture,” Logan said. “Even though in the U.S. we’re not seeing big changes in the total rainfall, we’re finding that it’s coming in greater amounts” per storm, she said. In extreme cases, “50 inches of rain in two days in some places,” Logan said. However, when looking at past hurricanes such as Katrina that hit New Orleans in 2005 and trying to blame the cause on climate change, “up until recently climatologists were always like, ‘mmmh, no, you can never blame one specific event on climate change,’” she said. Looking ahead, “Climatologists believe that we’re going to get more extreme situations. Heavy rains with heavy droughts … bouncing back and forth,” she said. Meanwhile, “Tropical glaciers are in crisis right now,” Logan said. “If you look at the glaciers they’re about half the size they were three years ago.” However, in a related concern, “the melting of the Arctic ice is not going to raise sea levels,” she said. As ice, “It’s already in the water.”

Alan Sloan

Joanne Logan, associate professor of environment climatology/ biosystems engineer & soil science at the University of Tennessee, speaks about climate change in association with global warming. She was featured speaker during 5th District Democrats’ monthly Thursday evening meeting Sept. 21 in Rosarita’s Mexican Cantina.

police reports • At 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, a Branford Court complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct to file a report on an incident, which occurred at 10939 Kingston Pike, the location of Check First Cash Advance. According to the complainant the suspect, between March and Sept. 22, accessed the business’ inactive customer files and filled out fraudulent applications for payday loans with customers’ information. He said the suspect forged the signatures of the customers then pocketed the money. Complainant advised between March and Sept. 22, she had made 18 fraudulent applications. Complainant said when he uncovered what she had done during the month of March it involved 13 fraudulent applications, which totaled $5,000. Complainant said he confronted the suspect and told her if she

would repay the $5,000 by making a $250 payment each payday he would not press charges. According to the complainant the suspect was making her payments and he gave her another chance by continuing to let her work there. He advised she had it paid down to $2,737.04 when he discovered she had done the same thing again in September. Complainant stated the suspect had filled out five more fraudulent applications totaling $1,500. According to the complainant this made the total balance still owed $4,237.04. Complainant said he took the suspect’s total paycheck of $553.51 and applied to the debt, which left a balance of $3,683.53. Complainant advised the suspect paid $100 more, which has left the current balance owed at $3,583.53. He stated the suspect told him she could not pay anymore so he said

correction In a Farragut High School golf story on page 7B in our Oct. 5 issue, the first names of FHS golfers Chad Homan and Antonio Farinella were incorrectly listed. We regret the error.

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owner arrived. The residence appeared secure with the exception of tool marks on the door frame. Victim and the officer walked through the residence. Victim said there did not appear to be anything missing or out of the ordinary. Suspect was not present and was not observed.

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the motels here ought to organize themselves … and do the things that you are creating here for the Town to do. … We are not putting the people who have the most to benefit from tourism in charge of it.” However, committee member William Britt said, “I see a point that you making; however, I don’t see putting the Town’s business, being in a private sector, to make it their business, too. … That’s not what the local businesses are there for,. They are there to make their own business and flourish in their own way. I don’t see how they should be responsible for the Town’s well-being,” he added. “The hotels have been asked to be involved in the past, but they had no real interest in being involved,” Ron Williams, Town of Farragut Alderman, said. “They did show up when there was a concern about

Police From page 2A

around 1:30 a.m. The suspect made entry through the garage door that was left open. Victim stated she woke up on the floor with the suspect hitting her and screaming, ‘you left the garage door open, someone could have broken in and killed you.’ V i c tim had been sleeping in her bed when the suspect threw her onto the floor and started assaulting her. Victim’s son woke up and came into the room and was yelling for the suspect to stop. Victim was able to get away and take her son into her daughter’s room, then left. The suspect returned at 10:04 a.m. and told the victim to let him in the residence or he was going to break in. The victim refused. Suspect then attempted to break into the residence by breaking the glass on the back door. Victim grabbed her children and ran upstairs and called 9-1-1. The suspect left again. While officers were en route the suspect called the victim and told her to ‘call the cops and tell them everything was fine and to not come out or he would kill her.’ While officers were with the victim the suspect kept calling. Victim had bruises on her left arm and face. • At 1:37 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, a KCSO unit responded to a theft call at a Herron Road residence. Officers made contact with the complainant, who advised officers when the em-

the hotel-motel tax. But prior to that they had no concern about being involved with any sort of program. “And if they are not concerned about being involved in a program, the Town has to take it on itself to be involved in doing the program if they want tourism to grow,” Williams added. “… They change managers, and everyone Hill you talk to has got a different opinion. I’ve talked to all of them; Mr. Hill has as well.” Hill spoke again, briefly, to counter many of Williams’ points. “His remarks represent a classic big government approach,” Hill said. “We’re here to help. To admit that the hotel/motel community doesn’t want help or want to use help or doesn’t know how to do it is just plain dumb.

ployees at a construction site returned from lunch, they discovered tools and tool accessories missing: a 20-volt Dewalt Impact drill [with an estimated value listed at $250] belonging to one victim; a 20-volt Milwaukee impact drill [with an estimated value listed at $250], which belonged to another victim, and a 20-volt Dewalt battery and battery charger [with an estimated value of $100 each], which belonged to a third victim. Employees confirmed, via video, equipment the suspect had taken before fleeing the scene. Suspect later returned to the site and returned all stated property. A complainant attempted to stop suspect from leaving by reaching in his vehicle to turn off the ignition switch. When complainant did this, suspect drove away. Complainant said he was drug by the vehicle but was able to exit. Complainant did not appear to have any injuries and refused medical treatment. • At 7:07 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, a KCSO unit responded to a reported vandalism, 123 Lovell Road, at the Costco fuel pumps. Contact was made with fuel pump attendant [complainant/witness]. Complainant advised a male and female drove a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder over a curb near the fuel pumps and damaged a shrub. Estimated damage to the landscaping was listed at $100. The suspects left the scene and remain unidentified at the time of this report.

I think you ought to get them involved now, instead of hiring somebody, and see what the effect is. “For goodness sakes, be reasonable, be practical. You don’t have the money to do this. They have a business incentive to do that.” “We’re working with mom-and-pop hotels here,” said Stephen Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance. “They are not coordinated. It’s not that I don’t think they have an interest, I think they just don’t have the manpower. … I reached out to them about Dog Daze [recent dog jumping competition], they loved it. But they didn’t have staff to follow up on some things.” Concerning Tennessee Volunteers Football home games and hotel/motel demands it creates, Krempasky said, “they fill all the rooms downtown. They need the Farragut [hotel/motel] rooms.” About the Town’s ability to “grow special events,” Sue Stuhl, Town’s Parks & Leisure

Permits From page 1A

on Campbell Station Road — it’s been there for years, they serve great food — they’re looking for a new place to be. They want twice as much floor space as they have now because it’s crowded and they don’t have enough room for their customers. “My understanding, from the people that work there, that [the owner] is looking for some place else — and not in Farragut,” Hill added. “We need to keep that fellow in Farragut and that business in Farragut. … People come off the Interstate who know about him and do business there.

Services director, said, “the staff I have, we’re pretty tapped out on any more special events. But what we can do is partner” with outside entities. Christine Horwege, committee member, suggested “new ways of thinking about things rather than making someone’s department grow and the cost grow. To look at ways to leverage the non-profits and organizations and really use the brainpower that we have in this community.” A walking tour of Farragut was one idea presented. “Julia [Barham, Farragut Museum Historic Resources coordinator] and I have been talking about this for a long time, and that is a walking tour from Founders Park at Campbell Station to Pleasant Forest Cemetery and then to [Farragut] High School, which has some significant things … and then to Town Hall because of the Plaza and the Museum,” Stuhl said. “It’s an interesting little walk people could take, not real long.”

“Your homework is find this person a place to [continue doing] business in Farragut.” Stephen Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/ Farragut Business Alliance, said, “I knew they were looking but I didn’t know they were looking outside of Farragut.” In her monthly report to EDAC, Julie Blaylock, CEO/president of Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, reported 14 new members in September, five within Town limits: Cindy Kraus Keller Williams Realty, Graham & Cook Insurance, HealthMarkets, Hospital and Premier Eyecare. Upon hearing that dine-in ser-

vice at Farragut restaurants “is down about 20 percent … probably over the last six to 12 months,” Blaylock said, “We’ve talked to several of our restaurants and asked them, ‘is that true?’ And they’ve said, ‘yes.’ So they’re trying to figure out ways to mitigate that. “Some restaurants are upping their catering, others are trying to offer more promotions to get more people in the doors,” she added. “… We’re trying to figure out ways we can help them.” Among explanations for the decrease, Blaylock said, “Some of our younger generations are not going out to eat much anymore because they have other options.”


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• [In a presstalk earlier this summer], My post was about our community helping Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network celebrate September as National Suicide Prevention Month. As a follow up, I contacted Mayor [Ralph] McGill and the Farragut Board [of Aldermen] asking for their support in promoting this event. They were very cooperative and on board with the whole thing. Mayor McGill signed the TSPN Mayor’s Proclamation declaring and honoring September as Suicide Awareness Month. Subsequently I sent the editor of this paper a copy of the mayor’s declaration and other pertinent information. … I asked him to please include some or all of the print articles during the month of September. He never replied to my e-mail, and to date I see nothing in this newspaper celebrating suicide prevention month. … I think this is a subject that should be high on the list of information to share with our Farragut residents. I’m very disappointed in the editor’s choice to exclude all this information I sent him. Suicide has touched our community recently and TSPN has been working hard to help educate and council those who have been touched by this crisis. [This e-mail “fell through the cracks,” for which there is no excuse on our part. While the submission only mentions state references in its opening paragraph — which often means it won’t run if a local angle isn’t established — references to Mayor McGill and Town of Farrgut are indeed found in the following paragraphs. This omission is in no way the fault of the person submitting the information — it’s the editor’s job to be more thorough in checking incoming information. We regret the omission and do indeed support all efforts to publicize suicide prevention in our Town, county and state. Due to the anonymous nature of presstalk, the person submitting the information is not revealed] • I was mighty impressed when I first started to read Alderman Bob Markli’s Guestview column in which he claims to have read the writings of some of the leading philosophers and thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment. After all, among the ideas these great thinkers championed were tolerance, liberty, progress based on science and rational thinking, the separation of church and state to protect religious minorities, equality and constitutional governance based on the unalienable rights

Matlock From page 1A

Lenoir City … it came from what I think they referred to as the Jackson Hotel because Andrew Jackson supposedly stayed in it when he came through,” Dean Matlock said. “This brick, after 200 years, is still pretty firm. … My husband has the strong composite of a brick.” Dean said her husband’s qualities of “maturity and responsibility” were formed “when he was very young. … “It’s in the com-

and consent of those governed. The very ideas that inspired our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. Then Bob Markli did something very odd. He attempts to twist the great ideas of the Age of Reason — those that led to the founding documents of our country — into an effort to denigrate cities that provide services like fire and police protection, water and sewer, electricity and sanitation to its citizens as an example of poor governance as compared to the Town of Farragut, which provides very limited services. I found the argument puzzling and unpersuasive until it dawned on me what the problem was: Mr. Markli, a man of letters and philosophy, was clearly not a man of arithmetic. So I grabbed a pencil and paper, Googled a few facts about Farragut housing, population and the cost of the services and started to do some oldfashioned ciphering. If the average house in Farragut is valued at $350,000 and has 2,900 square feet, one can estimate that the average annual cost for water, electricity, gas, fire protection and garbage collection is $ 4,450 [$650 plus $2,000 plus $1,000 plus $500 plus $300]. If you add half of the average property tax [$1,000] of our average home, for services provided by Knox County [police protection, but not including schools, which are funded primarily through Sales Taxes], the total cost of services not provided by Farragut is $5,450 for the “average Farragut household.” With a population of 24,000 and an average of 2.79 persons per household [yes it can be Googled] there are 8,600 households within Farragut that spend nearly $47 million [8,600 x $5,450] for services not provided by the Town of Farragut. If you add the $7 million annual Farragut city budget to that estimate, one arrives at exactly the same $54 million budget as the Ohio city pilloried by Mr. Markli as an example of poor governance. I think it is best to rephrase Mr. Markli’s statement on an enlightened democratic government: it is the right of those being governed to make their civic choices as to how best to obtain necessary services and protection for their homes and families. One choice is not necessarily superior to another nor is it necessarily more cost effective. And that brings us back to the Age of Enlightenment. Those great thinkers placed high value on rational and reasoned arguments and mathematics. Perhaps we should expect our elected officials to have these values.

posite of his ‘brick.’ God has put those things in his life. “… He’s moral, he’s ethical, he’s giving, those things are in his ‘brick,’” she added. As a small child, “He had his own pigs that he raised. … And when he was big enough to roll a tire, he worked with his father,” she said. “… When he started college [at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro] he paid for his own college, it was not provided for him.” With the family opening Matlock Tire Service’s Farragut lo-

cation in 1980, “After two years Jimmy’s father became ill, so Jimmy quit college and went home to take care of family business and [tire store] business,” Dean Matlock said. “… When Jimmy was 23 his dad died, and Jimmy had to take over the business.” Raising young children when her husband first went to Nashville as state representative in 2006, Dean Matlock said, “I always say he was conquering. I held things together while he conquered.”

will be annually.” Another suggestion from residents was to hire an intern in the position, but Smoak warned an intern might not have the expertise needed to implement the marketing plan. Smoak said he and the Town staff have been working for several months on a plan to attract visitors and increase residential marketability “for residents to shop more in our Town and drive traffic to our retail establishments in our Town, our hotels and our different venues that we have.” In October 2016, the Board hired a marketing firm, Girl on the Roof, to analyze all the marketing assets Farragut has and to come up with a marketing plan. “To accomplish these annual goals, I am proposing to hire a part-time tourism coordinator who would help refine our marketing strategy and implement the plan,” he said, adding, “Our current Town staffing does not allow us for us to have the expertise or the time we need to devote to this endeavor.” In other action, the Board approved unanimously: • An ordinance that consolidated and updated its ordinance codes. • Directional signage for 2017 Parade of Homes. • Dates for the November and December Board meetings, which will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, and 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14. In other business, Mayor Ralph McGill: • Presented ann contributions of $22,000 each to Farragut Primary, Farragut Intermediate and Farragut High School and FHS Education Foundation • Read a proclamation declaring Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 Constitution Week in Town and a proclamation declaring Oct. 11 National Daughters of American Revolution Day in Town.

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is doing and use talents of people in Farragut. “It’s easy to put someone on the payroll, but it’s hard to get them off. Be frugal,” Hill warned. Cheryl Nehls recommended creating a tourism committee instead of hiring a tourism coordinator. “If you postpone [a decision} for a meeting or two, it would be a good idea,” John Nehls said. “I don’t see a rush.” “I agree with the speakers,” Markli said. “I am aware of the creeping expansion of our staff. The ongoing overhead expenses won’t go away.” “If we want these things done, we are going to have to hire someone,” Alderman Louise Povlin said. Vice Mayor Ron Pinchok also supported the marketing plan and hiring of a tourism coordinator. “I think what we need to do is get the groundwork moving forward on this and then I think, down the road six months or a year, set some more specific goals,” he said. “I think there’s so much here that needs to be done just to get off the ground, get moving, that I think that’s where we need to focus, then insist on more specific goals as [Markli is] mentioning.” ”I think it’s too early to set goals,” he added. “I disagree,” Markli said. “I think there needs to be something specific in mind before we implement the marketing plan. There has to be measurable outcomes.” “How long do you anticipate we need this new person on the payroll to implement this?” he asked Smoak. “Is this a six-month thing, a one-year thing?” “This will be an ongoing thing,” Smoak answered. “I think this

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Valerie Guess of Farragut has opened a showroom, which fronts the warehouse for her business, Val’s Boutique, to give Farragut residents a place to stop in and shop. The showroom and warehouse, 11110 Kingston Pike in Aspen Square shopping center, opened in March but “we just started opening for customers [Sept. 2],” Guess said. The boutique carries ontrend women’s clothing and accessories. “We have stuff for all ages,” she said. “My 3-year-old [daughter] wears my jewelry from here, and my 92-year-old grandmother wears stuff from here all the time. “We have a very classic look, so we like for people to, say, take something and wear it five different ways and have something they can not spend a fortune on but still be able to wear it for a while,” Guess said. “It’s so basic and classic you can wear it over and over again.” This year marks the 10th year Val’s Boutique has been operating. It started as pop-up shops before it grew into a brick-andmortar boutique. “[Pop-up shops] have become a trend over the last three years,” she said. “A pop-up shop is where you literally just pop up [with] what you’ve got and sell it to whomever can come. I’ve done it from people’s homes, and I had two stores in Nashville that I did it in. It’s just more of a short-term sale than an actual brick-andmortar storefront … you’re just kind of popping up and leaving.”

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Valerie Guess, owner of Val’s Boutique, is ready to welcome Farragut customers to her new showroom at 11110 Kingston Pike in Aspen Square shopping center, which is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Friday, or by appointment.

She operated Val’s Boutique out of her car for four years then opened the Knoxville store six years ago. Her husband, J.P. Guess, came on board two years ago. Before starting her own business, Guess, a Farragut High School Class of 1999 graduate, started in medical sales after

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Town’s Eagle Karate Systems school touts family-based training


Larry Hartsook, owner of Eagle Karate Systems, has opened a martial arts school in Farragut geared toward bringing families together. “It’s a family environment,” Hartsook said. “Through the years, I’ve had couples that were divorcing and ended up not [divorcing]; I’ve had families that were falling apart because dad’s too busy or mom’s too busy. That was corrected.

“And I’ve had abusive situations,” he added. Hartsook opened Eagle Karate Multiple Arts School, 11214 Outlet Drive, bringing with him more than 45 years of ongoing training in traditional martial arts from Japan, Korea and U.S. Army Special Forces Combatives. He chose the Outlet Drive location because of its vicinity to Cotton Eyed Joe, with which people are familiar, Hartsook said. The Farragut school is the seventh Eagle Karate Systems’ school he has established.

His other locations include three in Atlanta and one each in Houston, Honolulu, Heidelberg, Germany and Madisonville. Eagle Karate offers five primary styles of martial arts, which include Korean taekwondo; hapkido, which Hartsook said is an excellent street self-defense art [think Steven Seagal] and tae ki jutsu, which is a mix of the three martial arts of taekwondo for conditioning, hapkido for street defense and danzan ryu jujitsu for ground defense. Using those styles, Hartsook offers Triad Tigers, a 30-minute program for children ages

3 to 5, and family classes in which the whole family can participate in one class. The family classes have students from youngsters to grandparents — ages 6 to 78. “We all train together because we all live together, and the reason [the classes] work so well is, No. 1, it gives the family something to do together,” he said. “I really don’t know of any other schools that do that. I’ve done it for 25 years.” Secondly, the class is another bonding platSee EAGLE KARATE on Page 7A

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form for the family, Hartsook said. “What happens in a family environment is typically the guys pick up on the self-defense part,” he said. “The women pick up on the forms because women like to dance. The kids pick up on language rapidly — much better than adults,” Hartsook added. “So what happens, over a short period of time is, as the family leaves here [the family members] are working at home together.” Eagle Karate has full, one-hour classes while many others have from 30- to 35-minute classes, Hartsook said. It also has a solid, rapid exercise program, which will condition students and is very challenging, he added.

(Above left) Eagle Karate student Andrew Jones, 12, breaks a board, held by instructor Adam Silvey, during a breaking clinic. (Above) Student Jordan Donithan, 14, breaks a board held by instructor Jim Umphrey during the clinic. (Right) Student C.J. Tallent, left, spars with Umphrey during a test at the Eagle Karate location, 11214 Outlet Drive, Saturday, Sept. 23.

Additionally, he said the classes are reality-based so a student can defend himself or herself in a real situation. “The techniques you learn here are designed [so that] the longer you stay, you will get to street speed and [the techniques will] become muscle memory,” Hartsook said, “Because, if you have to think of a technique, you probably are already hit.”

The school’s main motto is, “You are as you train.” “Isn’t that the same in all of life?” Hartsook asked, then added, “If you don’t put into something totally, you don’t get anything out of it.” The other motto he emphasizes, especially with young people, is, “We train to never fight. “Now that doesn’t mean we can’t fight,” he added. “They are taught to talk their way out of a situation.

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If that doesn’t work, they are taught to run. They can put their egos in their pockets when they are running. There’s no shame in that. “But if there is no way out of [a fight] and you commit, it’s full force.” All Eagle Karate instructors are annually certified, which means they have the normal background checks one would do for such businesses as daycare centers, he said,

adding the instructors also are taught how to motivate people — not mandate things. Hours are from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-school programs also are offered. “You can come all five days a week, and there’s no additional charge,” Hartsook said. “Contracts are not required.” For more information, call 865522-4616.


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Nashville.” Guess and her husband were “living a rock away from each other” in Farragut and graduated from FHS but they did not get together until they each lived in Nashville, she said. “When we met and married, we decided to open a store,” Guess added. “We were deciding between Nashville and Knoxville and

we chose Knoxville just to come home.” She opened that store at 7309 Kingston Pike, near West Town Mall, April 2, 2011. Guess later opened a second Val’s Boutique at 707 N. Campbell Station Road while J.P., who was in the U.S. Army Reserves, was deployed. “We did [the Campbell Station store] for a year,” Guess said. “I did not like having a second location. It was just too much, so

I changed it to a children’s shop, Weiss Baby.” She subsequently sold the Weiss Baby business in December 2013 and the new owner moved the store to Franklin Square in Knoxville. After completing his service in the Reserves, J.P. joined his wife in running Val’s Boutique. “We were doing everything out of our house,” Guess said. However, the Guesses outgrew the space. They built an addition

but after a year, they also outgrew that addition, so they looked for more space. “We wanted to have it in Farragut because that’s where we’re from, and it kind of gives us both ends of Knoxville — by the mall and over here,” Guess said. “We wanted a space that had a little bit of a front area for a showroom so that we would give Farragut customers the chance to shop out here, but we didn’t want to be open as a second location.

“We settled on being open Tuesdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment,” she added. “And also when I’m here — we’re here all the time so we put the ‘open’ sign on — [customers] can walk in.” Guess said the showroom gives Farragut residents a sneak peak of what will be sold in the Knoxville store. For more information or to book an appointment, call or text to 865-776-9405.

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Joe Drummer, longtime college pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, with a sculpted Bearden Bulldogs mascot in front of the school. He is the son of Mary Lynn Davis, a BHS student who came up with the school’s nickname in 1947.

Drummer’s mother chose Bearden High nickname in 1947; also chose Angels


Gas was 15 cents a gallon, Harry S. Truman was president and Mary Lynn had an idea. Actually, Mary Lynn had two ideas 70 years ago in 1947 — both for a contest at Bearden High School. That year class officers were tasked with choosing a mascot, her son, Joe Drummer, said recently. Mary Lynn, treasurer of the senior class and a member of the girls’ basketball team, entered her suggestions: the Angels and the Bulldogs. Years later, Mary Lynn Davis Drummer often talked about

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Farragut resident Carol Jordan was stunned last November as the Gatlinburg wildfires marched toward her childhood home and toward Ski Mountain, where her parents started a cabin rental company in 1972. Nearly a year later, on Oct. 6, Jordan, other family members, and employees of Mountain Laurel Chalets were honored for their community service at the 2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism. The three-day conference was held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. “The award was related to the ways that our company cared for the community after the fires and helped coordinate volunteers and workers to serve the community,” said Jordan, a Village Green resident. “When we received a frantic call that Ski Mountain was on fire, our hearts grieved,” she said last December. “We watched in disbelief as my hometown faced an inconceivable tragedy. “In the midst of our loss, we were looking for ways to care for others who also faced losses related to the fires. We’re a property management company and are currently seeking permits to rebuild some of the 42 homes destroyed in the fire,” Jordan added. But she and others rallied, bringing relief to rescue workers and residents. They set up a food and beverage station at the Mountain Laurel Chalets office on Ski Mountain Road. Volunteers included her immediate family, her siblings Susan Goodwin and Randy Egli and their families, friends Photo submitted from First Baptist Village Green resident Carol Jordan Concord, Concord United Methodist stood with a sign on Ski Mountain Road after the wildfires last fall. Her parents, Ralph and Dot Egli, started See RELIEF Mountain Laurel Chalets in 1972. on Page 5B

Betz climbs from FMS teacher/coach to Primary School assistant principal


Farragut Primary School welcomes a new assistant principal to its faculty this school year. Ches Betz, who has served in Farragut Middle School as an English teacher, coach and administrative assistant for six years, was hired as FPS’ assistant principal in July. “He’s doing a fantastic job,” FPS principal Gina Byrd said about

Betz. “He has a great reputation with the Farragut community. “What I like most about him is he has gotten to know the teachers and the students, which is super important in a primary school.” Betz taught eighth-grade English and coached track and field at FMS for a few years before taking on the role of instructional coach and administrative assistant for the last two years. In administration, he had worked with teachers on cur-

riculum, Professional Learning Communities and other duties. Mostly, h o w e v e r, Betz said he worked with students who Betz needed extra academic or behavioral help. “So, it’s been a big change going from middle schoolers to 5-, 6- and

7-year-olds,” Betz said. For several years, he has wanted an assistant principal post so when Betz heard FPS added that position, he applied. “Gina called me and set up an interview. I went through the waiting process and [the move to FPS has] been a great change,” Betz said. “[Administration is] a good fit for my skill set. “I’m super-passionate about people and kids in particular. Being in an administrative role, I’m

a big believer that the way that we treat people, it goes from the top down,” he added. Betz said one of his favorite quotes is: “If the principal sneezes, the whole building gets a cold.” “I’m just a big believer that school leaders need to have positive mindsets, and that’s really going to have a big impact on student learning,” he said. Betz added Farragut schools See BETZ on Page 4B

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October • ET4PR is a coalition of community members, nonprofit organizations, business owners, and religious leaders that is providing much-needed relief and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Maria. The new organization plans to raise monetary contributions to be donated to Unidos por Puerto Rico (United for Puerto Rico), a Puerto Rican-based charity that is tasked by the Puerto Rican government to fund relief efforts on the island. Items are being collected at Park West Church Dutch Valley. Monetary donations are being accepted at Tennessee Members First Credit Union. For more information, visit etn4pr Facebook page. • Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s is seeking volunteer for its driver program. For more information, call Nancy Welch, 865-673-5001, or e-mail

• Northshore Senior Living will host its fall festival from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct 12. There will be a silent auction and $5 chili dog dinners. For more information, visit • Knox County Veterans Services Office will be at Frank R. Strang Senior Center from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct 12, to provide information and assistance to veterans and family members concerning VA benefits. For more information, call 865-215-5645 or email veterans@ • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present “A Beatles Tribute: Sgt. Pepper’s & More,” conducted by Aram Demirjian, as part of the Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct 13, at Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Tickets range from $20-$62. For more information, visit • Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans,

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at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct 16, at Clayton Center for the Arts’. For more information, call 865-981-8209. • Town of Farragut will host classes taught by local company Social Media 4 Seniors in October. Participants must be 55 years or older to attend and must bring their own device to class. Classes are limited to five participants, so register early. The classes are as follows: How to Use Facebook for Seniors from 10 a.m. to noon, Moday, Oct 16. Cost is $30. Registration and payment deadline is Friday, Oct 13. Pinterest/Instagram/ Twitter for Seniors from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct 17. Cost is $30. Registration and payment deadline is Monday, Oct. 16. Awesome Apps for Seniors from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct 25. Cost is $30. Registration and payment deadline is Monday, Oct 23. To register, call 865-218-3375 or visit • KARM will host a premiere

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During this rehearsal scene, juniors Tristin Saidak and Savanna Estes are portraying Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in HVA Advanced Theater Department‘s production of “Pride and Prejudice.”


Hardin Valley Academy’s Advanced Theater Department students are taking audiences back in time with Jane Austen’s literary classic, “Pride and Prejudice.” About 50 HVA theater students will perform the play, based on Austen’s 1813 romantic novel, beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22, in the school’s auditorium, 11345 Hardin Valley Road. Performancs are open to the public. Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds go to the theater department to fund this and future performances. Of the students involved in the play, HVA theater teacher Robert Warren said about 35 make up the cast while the others are behind the scenes. “This is my favorite of the Jane Austen novels, so I suggested ‘Pride and Prejudice,’” he said. “We looked at it, we reviewed it and we all liked it.” Warren said there were enough familiar relationships among students to do romances scences family relations situations. “Emotional delivery also is a hard thing to teach kids,” Warren said. “I had some really good kids who would be able to do that.” As for other challenges, “This particular piece is historical,” he said. “You have to study the history of the time, and we did. … We also had to learn a proper British accent, which we spent doing during the summer.” Leading roles went to HVA juniors Savanna Estes, who portrays Elizabeth Bennet, and Tristin Saidak, who portrays Mr. Darcy. They received the roles through an audition process. “Last year, I was Twiddle Dum in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” Estes said. “I joined theater [last year] because my dad said it was either theater or sports. I don’t run, so I joined theater and I fell in love with it.” She initially became familiar with “Pride and Prejudice” when she read the novel for her sophomore summer reading assignment and fell in love with the novel “I’m a writer so I love the way Jane

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Customers filled a large collection box at Farragut Ingles with water bottles, canned food and dry items for victims of Hurricane Maria. The local Army reservists picked supplies up on Sunday evening, Oct. 8, but donations are being taken for the foreseeable future at the Reserve Center, 1334 E. Weisgarber Road. On Thursday, Oct. 5, local armed forces reservists and a representative from Ingles Corporation in North Carolina were on hand at Farragut Ingles to promote the food drive. “We’re thrilled to team up with the servicemen and being able to help in Puerto Rico any way we can,� said Farragut Ingles manager Jim Meschendorf. Customer Dorothy Wilt stopped by the box to see what she could do. Josh Santos with the Bravo Company 49th Civil Affairs Battalion in Knoxville told her the biggest needs are bottled water, canned food, batteries and radios.

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are “great places.� “Being in Farragut, in a classroom and a coach and then working in an administrative role at the middle school, we’ve got the best kids around,� Betz said.


“I want to do something to help,� she said. “I feel so helpless. These people are suffering horribly.� “This is not like other hurricane responses in Florida or Texas,� Santos said. “This one will be measured in months, not weeks or days. In Puerto Rico, you had a storm that knocked out all the first-world infrastructure that people rely on and take for granted. So the lights don’t turn on. The water doesn’t come on. That means the toilet doesn’t flush. The faucet doesn’t work. So think about that — you went from living in your home and having a pretty normal life to now you’re on an extended camping trip and you don’t know when it’s going to end.� Lizmari Figueroa, a supply specialist for Bravo Company, is a native of Puerto Rico and has been stationed in Knoxville since 2015. Her family back home has endured the storm. “It’s been really hard from day one,� she said, “because they live in the center of the island where it

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Local Army Reservists were at Farragut Ingles Thursday, Oct. 5, to promote a food drive for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. From left are Army Reservists Eddie Torres, Luis Alamo, Lizmari Figueroa, Josh Santos and Ingles manager Jim Meschendorf.

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“Probably our best assets are our parents. They are second to none with their involvement; so being able to stay in Farragut, I couldn’t ask for anything better. “We’ve got a leg up on most places because of our kids and our parents,� he added. Betz said before being hired at

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“In the five or six days the city was first re-opened, Mountain Laurel Chalets owners and staff provided food and drink to returning residents and emergency and utility workers while Gatlinburg was closed to the public,” he added. “Our office was one of the few things standing at the base of Ski Mountain Road,” Jordan said. “We worked with Concord Baptist Church to provide free drinks and food and we opened our office restroom facilities and so forth as a service to our community in the midst of us assessing what was the future for our company. That continued beyond those initial

five or six days. We developed a Gatlinburg relief fund in partnership with Cru that raised over $14,000 that was used to bless those people who had significant loss in the community. “Also, we just have really tight connections with Cru because of our family involvement with them over the last 30 years,” she added. “The campus ministry had used our cabins for their retreats, so in the middle of December when students from Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia came up for a conference that was already scheduled, they were moved out of Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge, but they

came into Gatlinburg and asked, ‘How can we help serve?’” “That began these opportunities where we mobilized students with Cru to do community service,” Goodwin said. “We had over 400 students in the course of those four months who did painting, food distribution, prayer walks, limb and tree cleanup on properties that were devastated and that continued all the way through the summer. “We also started a movement called Pray for Gatlinburg that continued through the spring,” he added. “We made T-shirts that said ‘Pray for Gatlinburg’ and our key verse was 2 Chronicles 7:12,

‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’” That was the verse that Carol’s mother had painted on rocks and placed in front of the office and in front of her house and her children’s houses. They created thank-you cards with the verse to hand out to local government officials, pastors and first responders, since for safety reasons they couldn’t send volunteers to demolition areas. “Our stipulation was, ‘if we said in the good times the Lord has helped us, then we’re going to believe in the hard times that He has helped us as well,’” Goodwin said.

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Bearden from ’78 to ’80 while I was in college, and all three of my daughters went to Bearden. When I was at the school one time for one of my daughters, I looked in the history case and there was my mom on the steps of the old high school.” According to the school’s website, Bearden High School was founded in 1939. The name originates from Marcus De LaFayette Bearden [1830-1885] who served for the Union Army in the Civil War. Bearden also served as Knoxville’s mayor and as a state legislator. What is now Bearden began as a small community that developed around a fortified house, probably located near the modern junction of Kingston Pike and Northshore Drive, according to Tennessee Center for Transportation Research. The community was initially known as “Erin,” presumably after the large number of Irish settlers that inhabited the area. In 1792, Knoxville surveyor Charles McClung surveyed the “Kingston Road” — the forerunner of the modern Kingston Pike— which was built to connect Knoxville with Campbell’s Station (modern Farragut). This brought increased settlement to western Knox County, states the Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Commission history. According to the book “Standard History of Knoxville,” and the East Tennessee Historical Society, during the late-18th century, due to “Indian” attacks, the Bearden area was one of the more hostile

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College Fair Farragut High School hosted a College Fair Tuesday, Sept. 26, that attracted about 1,500 students and parents from FHS, Hardin Valley Academy, Bearden High School and various local private schools. The annual event, a collaboration between the three schools, welcomed representatives from 126 colleges and universities, from as near as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to as far as the University of California.

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The resilient Farragut Lady Admirals girls golf team “made an incredible comeback on the final round” of the TSSAA state championships Wednesday, Oct. 4, said Kathy Nagy, right, head coach, to earn Large School state runner-up honors at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester. The team’s top three players, from left, Emily Keeling [79-78—157], Lexanne Halama [73-74—147] and Jennaly Nolan [78-85— 163] “were down one shot to Clarksville going to the final two holes,” Nagy said. Keeling sank a 30-foot putt off the edge of the par 3, 17th green for a birdie, which pushed FHS into a second place tie. Moments later on the par 4, 18th green, Halama “made a downhill double-breaking 40-foot-plus putt for birdie that not only pushed Farragut ahead by one stroke over Clarksville but also solidified Lexanne’s top five finish individually,” Nagy said. “However, Farragut wasn't done just yet.” Keeling launched her drive at 18 to the center of the fairway. Her approach shot “landed an outstanding 5 feet from the hole for a tricky birdie attempt. Emily walked up to the final putt of her high school career with nerves of steel ... as she sank that downhill left-to-right birdie putt that ensured Farragut would bring home the state runner-up trophy [303, second behind Houston].” Not pictured is Aynsleigh Martin, the No. 4 player.

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Farragut High School released its FHS Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 nominees late last week. Annual FHS Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, in the school’s Commons. Coach nominee is the late Wallie Culbreth, boys soccer head coach from 2002 through 2015 who led the Admirals to four Class AAA state championships and one national championship, one state runner-up finish and regular appearances in the state tourney. Male athlete honorees are Lytle Rather, basketball, Class of 1982; Brian Foster, baseball, 1988; Chad Starliper, golf, 1991; Darren Rothenberg, football/track, 1996; Chris Martland, track, 2000, and Eric Watkins, wrestling/football, 2001. Female athlete honorees: Rhonda Snow, softball/basketball/cross country, Class of 1982; Jeane Heydet, track/cross country, 1985; Julie Crews, soccer, 1988; Meredith Lance, basketball/cross country, 1994; Lacie Smith, volleyball, 2003, and Alyssa Randolph, golf, 2008. Service Awards will go to Bobby Henry and Dr. Jerome Mckenzie.

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■ Gavin Wilkinson, Farragut sophomore quarterback (above), fired three touchdown passes to Braden Colllins, senior receiver, covering 54, 34 and 33 yards despite a 4234 setback at Kingsport DobynsBennett Friday evening, Oct. 6. Isaiah Gibbs, junior running back, scored on two short runs against the Indians, which handed FHS its first loss of the season.

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Farragut High School’s football team had a 19game winning streak snapped last week at Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett. The Admirals, however, won’t have long to brood over their 42-34 loss to the Indians. FHS (7-1 overall, 3-1 in Region 1-6A) will host Kingston Pike rival Bearden Friday night, Oct. 13, at Bill Clabo Field. Admirals skipper Eddie Courtney said he knows his squad must be ready to play against the Bulldogs (4-3, 1-2). “This game is a big one because it’s our next one,” Courtney said. “That’s just the way it is in this region. “We have a healthy respect for Bearden be-

cause they’re a good football team. They have a great quarterback in [sophomore Collin] Ironside. They have some good running backs and they have some great receivers.” The Admirals have made a habit of jumping ahead of their opponents early, but things didn’t unfold that way in Northeast Tennessee in that loss to the Indians (4-3, 2-1). With Dobyns-Bennett using timely passing and a power running game eating up huge chunks of yardage, the Admirals fell behind 21-0 early and, despite closing it to a one-score deficit twice, couldn’t recover. Farragut highlights were three Gavin Wilkinson touchdown passes to senior receiver Braden Collins of 54-, 34 and 33 yards, and a pair of See SHOWDOWN on Page 13B


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A modest four-game winning streak came to an end for the Hardin Valley Academy football team Friday night, Oct. 6. The Hawks came up on the short end of a 41-35 decision against Science Hill in Johnson City. Prior to the game against the Hilltoppers, HVA head coach Wes Jones said he was waiting for his squad to truly play “Hardin Valley Football.” The Hawks may have just done that at Science Hill. But all they had was a narrow loss to show for, arguably, their best game of the 2017 campaign. “We had a chance to win the game late but we just came up a little short,” Jones said. “It was one of those crazy games. They put points on the board and we put points on the board. We both scored points. “They just made a few more plays than we did. We played hard and I thought that we executed just fine against a very big, very physical football team. We would drive and then we would get a holding call.” The Hawks [4-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 1-6A] will see another big a physical team this week when they host Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Friday night, Oct. 13. “They’re big and physical,” Jones said of the Indians, who


KNOXVILLE — Troy Fleming isn’t one to celebrate moral victories. But the Concord Christian School football head coach couldn’t help to feel proud of his team Friday night. “I’m really proud of the way that we fought and I’m happy with the way we battled back and had a chance to win the game on our last [offensive] play,” Fleming said after the Lions came up on the short end of a 7-6 decision against Cosby at Christian Academy of Knoxville Oct. 6. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t win this game because we had a good week of practice and we’ve really been working hard.” Concord (0-8) had a chance to win late but failed to convert a fourth down play from the Eagles 27-yard line with 2 minutes, 34 seconds remaining in the contest. The Lions might’ve come up just short of victory, but things couldn’t have started better for them on this night. Cosby (3-4) fumbled on its first play from scrimmage and CCS’s Conner Quinlan recovered on the Eagles 22. Concord’s first offensive drive would stall and Grant Sillyman missed a 33-yard field goal with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter. The two defenses took center stage early as the Eagles and Lions slugged through a scoreless opening frame. Concord’s defense was especially stout as it forced Cosby to punt on its first four possessions. The Lions also got interceptions from Rafe Keyes and Jason Klenkel. “I thought our defense played really well,” Fleming said. “We made some big plays. “When we looked at film on [Cosby], we knew that we could blitz them and rush off the ends. We were able to have some success with that.” Cosby, however, would break the scoreless tie midway through the second quarter when Andrew Lillard threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Michael Darby. Kicker Eduardo Gonzalez would

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Rafe Keyes, Concord Christian School junior wide receiver, makes an athletic catch over Cosby’s Ethan Shults and finishes in the end zone to score for the Lions. It would be the only Lions points in a heartbreaking 7-6 loss at CAK Friday evening, Oct. 6.

add the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 6:15 remaining in the second stanza. After halftime, the Lions were a little lethargic on the thirdquarter kickoff and Cosby recovered at the CCS 25. The Lions, however, would See LIONS on Page 15B


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KNOXVILLE — The 2017 season came to an end for the Farragut High School volleyball team. The Lady Admirals, who had made the Class AAA state tournament in each of the last four seasons and reached the championship match three consecutive times, saw things come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Maryville at South-Doyle High School in the loser’s bracket semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 4. Despite seeing things end early, Farragut head coach Susan Davidson saw plenty of reasons for optimism. “We had a young team this year and then we had a lot of injuries,” Davidson said. “It was a rough deal. We have a tough district. “We lost most of our sets by two to five points and we lost our leaders due to injury, and at the end of the season we were starting three really good freshmen. “We’re looking forward to moving on and we’re starting to look forward.” Despite facing adversity, the Lady Admirals did manage to finish second in District 3-AAA regular season, one of the toughest

leagues in the state of Tennessee. Hardin Valley Academy won both the regular-season championship and tournament titles. The Lady Hawks posted a perfect district record and had non-league victories versus three-time defending state state champions Brentwood [Class AAA] and Webb School of Knoxville [Division Davidson II-A]. The Lady Hawks joined Farragut in Murfreesboro last year and posted a third-place finish. Hardin Valley was eliminated by the Lady Admirals in the midstate in 2016. “Our district was tough and Hardin Valley got everybody back,” Davidson said. “I fully expect that they’ll make a deep run at state. [Coach] Mitzi [McCurry] has done a great job over there.” “Maryville, William Blount, Heritage and Lenoir City have good teams. South-Doyle is rebuilding. They had a new coach this year and they’ve really improved.” Farragut had three players receive All-District 3-AAA First Team

honors. Caroline Bower, Sydney Cherney and Allison Yander were all named to the First Team. Bower was the district’s Hitter of the Year and Cherney was 3-AAA Setter of the Year. Lexi Cosey was Second Team All-District. Davidson said Cherney emerged as a team leader and played through injury late in the year. “Sydney played through injury and she played every position on the floor for us this year,” Davidson said. “The way that she mentored the younger players during our matches was amazing. “Caroline really played well for us until she got hurt.” Davidson said volleyball in the Knoxville Area has gotten better because three district teams [Farragut, Hardin Valley and Heritage] all fielded freshmen teams along with Karns and Knoxville Catholic. “We have the schools that added a freshman team and that means that 12 to 15 girls got to play this year who wouldn’t have gotten the chance to play before,” Davidson said. “Karns and Catholic also had freshman teams in the area. “Our freshman team didn’t play too much, but they went undefeated.”

performer of their own in senior Aaron Dykes, who accounted for nearly 300 yards of total offense against the Hilltoppers. “Aaron had a huge night for us,” Jones said about the running back. “He scored touchdowns and he had about 285 yards of total offense. “He’s done what he’s done for us all year.” Dobyns-Bennett’s victory over the Ads, the defending Class 5A state champions, has left a log jam atop the Region 1-6A Stand-

ings. Farragut (7-1, 3-1) is tied for first with the Hilltoppers (6-2, 3-1). The Indians (4-3, 2-1) and HVA (4-3, 2-1) are knotted in a second-place tie. Bearden, which tangles with Farragut this week, is 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the region. The series between the Hawks and the Indians is relatively new. The two teams have played twice with Dobyns-Bennett prevailing in both tilts. The Indians notched a 31-7 victory last season and edged HVA 24-22 in 2015.

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(Above) Teleri Hughes of Farragut won 2017 Tennessee Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Fox Den Country Club Tuesday, Oct. 3, ending a 36-hole, two-day event at 77-70—147. Hughes, a Farragut High School alumna and member at Willow Creek Golf Club, played college golf at the University of Tennessee. Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship was combined with Mid-Amateur at Fox Den, featuring seven senior flights and a Championship Flight. (Below) Lynda Wimberly of Brentwood, right, won Championship Flight (75-78—153). She received her award from Carol Hornstra.

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knocked off Farragut 42-34 last week. The Indians (4-3, 2-1) snapped the Ads’ 19-game winning streak at home Friday, Oct. 6. “They have a nasty offensive line and they’re very aggressive on both sides of the ball. They have a great running back,” Jones said. That running back is Ian Hicks. But the Hawks have a stellar

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short TD runs from junior Isaiah Gibbs. In fact, the Indians also handed Bearden its most recent loss, traveling to BHS’s Bill Young Field and winning 23-7 Sept. 29. “We’re going to have to come out and do a better job executing early on offense,” Courtney said. “We’ve done a pretty good job of doing that this year. But we didn’t the other night. “Bearden has size and they’re physical. But we’ve just played two physical football teams in Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett,” he added. Looking ahead, “We’ll have a bye week after this game,” Courtney said. “We’re going to put everything that we’ve got into this game and then we’re going to take a couple of days off.” As for the Bulldogs, they enter Friday night’s game after an open date. Bearden took some time to punch the reset button during its off week. “During the bye week, we concentrated only on us,” BHS head coach Morgan Shinlever said. “We had a productive week. “We know that Farragut has a good football team and a great program. This is a big game because the rivalry makes it special,” he added. “But it’s also big because Farragut is in a two-way or three-way tie for first and we’re still fighting for a playoff spot. I think it will be a fun game to watch and I think that it will be a competitive game, much

like it was last year.” Farragut rallied late to edge the Bulldogs 28-27 in 2016 — also played at Bill Clabo Field. The Ads have won four consecutive games in the rivalry series, which dates back to 1949. Farragut has a 38-20 advantage in the series and has won 17 of the past 19, including a 3-1 edge in playoff matchups, dating back to 2001. The Bulldogs last beat FHS in 2012, a 48-45 overtime thriller at Bill Clabo Field.

Players to watch for Bearden include: Sam Coffin (running back/linebacker); D. J. Cox (running back); Ironside; Hayden Candela (wide receiver) and London Stephney (wide receiver). Key players for the Ads include: Kyle Carter (running back); Isaiah Gibbs (running back/defensive back); Gavin Wilkinson (quarterback); Braden Collins (wide receiver) Jacob Warren (tight end) and linebackers Drew Butler, Cade Burkey, Neyland Harmon and Alex Williams.

(Above) Gabe Hensley, FHS sophomore linebacker, tackles Indian running back Nate Whitley. Farragut sophomore A’koiyea Johnson (60), left, and senior teammate Andrew Maxey block Dobyns-Bennett defensive tackle Noah Davis. Photos courtesy Carlos Reveiz/Ashley Wathen/








Farragut Middle School JV, Varsity are Knox County Softball League champs

Farragut Middle School varsity softball (right) captured Knox County Middle School 14-U Fastpitch League title in Gold Division (12-2-1 overall record) at Caswell Park Thursday, Oct. 5. The FMS junior varsity (above) captured Junior Varsity Division Oct. 5 at Tyson Park with an overall 13-2 record. Junior varsity team members, front row from left, are Addison Pressley, Laney Shrader and Lily Tate. Standing, from left, are Carly Vining, Lexi Howard, Sarah Lynn, Amelia Retterer, Riley Kate Ragan, Ava Guzowski, Avery Mattina and Emma MacTavish. Coaches, from left, are Harold Lynn, Brad Howard and Frank Guzowski.

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FMS varsity team, front row from left, are Autumn Caywood, Emily Musco, Vivian Boles, Ashlyn Sheridan and Lauren Brakovec. Standing, from left, are assistant coach Ashley Day, Avery “Ace” Strickland, Sarah Livingston, assistant coach Joe Brakovec, Savannah Pitts, Avery Flatford and head coach Chuck Flatford.

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Irish fight to within striking distance of Farragut Things have tightened up at the top, Scoreboard-wise, as we enter the final three weeks of the high school football regular season. Farragut nemesis Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett punched a huge hole in the Admirals’ two-year winning streak, which ends at 19. Meanwhile, Knoxville Catholic and Bearden pull to within striking distance in farragutpress’ How the West Was Won presented by PureMagic Carwash contest for best regular season record. While Farragut dropped to 7-1 after its 42-34 loss at KDB last Friday night, Steve Matthews’ Irish, defending PureMagic HWWW champs, move to within two games in the loss column [5-3]. Catholic destroyed West Greene 58-7 in Blaine Stadium led, as usual, by its powerful Jack Sompayrac-piloted offense. The Irish again will be a heavy favorite this Friday, heading to Bradley County for a Region 4-5A game versus Walker Valley.

Meanwhile, Bearden took the week off while beginning preparations for this Friday’s gigantic showdown at Eddie Courtney Stadium/Bill Clabo Field. The Bulldogs would continue having a pulse in the PureMagic HWWW contest, while celebrating one of the school’s biggest football wins in years, with a victory in Admirals Country — which would be its first since 2012 in this rivalry series and just its third since 2001. Including playoffs, Farragut has won 17 of the past 19 games versus Bearden. An Admirals victory Friday wraps up the program’s second PureMagic HWWW crown in three seasons. Having to bounce back from a tough 41-35 region loss at Johnson City Science Hill last Friday, Hardin Valley Academy also could win out and claim the PureMagic HWWW crown. However, region foe Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, the Hawks’ Fri-

day opponent at HVA, already has laid waste to Bearden at BHS’s Bill Young Field [23-7] before powering past previously unbeaten Farragut at home last Friday. It’s another huge opportunity for Wes Jones’ Hawks to make a statement. But dealing with the Indians’ power running game and efficient passing attack won’t be easy. Meanwhile, Troy Fleming’s Concord Christian School Lions came painfully close to grabbing the program’s first win, losing 7-6 against Cosby at CAK last Friday. After a week off, the Lions will look for that elusive first program win at Ezell-Harding Oct. 20, or against Friendship Christian at Grace Christian Academy Oct. 27. Webb pulled even at 3-3 on the season with an easy 40-13 victory in Chattanooga versus Boyd-Buchanan. The Spartans return to Hamilton County this Friday for another Division II-AA East Region tilt, this one against Chat-

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Todd Henningsen, Concord Christian School junior defender, wraps up Cosby Eagles runner Hunter Workman.

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