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Town celebrates the season ■

Tammy Cheek

Santa meets Ella Gruzalski, 5, and Silas Gruzalski, 2, during Celebrate the Season Thursday, Dec. 5, in Town Hall.


Hundreds flocked to Farragut Town Hall for the Town’s annual Celebrate the Season event Thursday, Dec. 5. “It’s great,” said Jacob Gruzalski of Farragut. Noting he and his family had attended Celebrate the Season two years ago and decided to come again this year. “”We’re glad there’s different activities, and you don’t have to wait in line to see Santa,” said Gruzalski’s wife, Celia. Celebrate the Season is a free event the Town sponsors for the community; however, those attending were encouraged to bring canned goods for Second Harvest Food Bank. Chelsey Riemann, public relations coordinator for the town of Farragut, said food barrels for donations are located in Town Hall throughout December. In addition to visiting Santa, the event featured many activities, such as reindeer ornament decorating, cookie decorating, Farragut High School Madrigal Singers, TNT Mountain Dulcimer Trio and Bearden United

Methodist Church Children’s Handbell Choir, where children could come down and play a song on the hand bells, Riemann said. “Celebrate the Season is one of our favorite community events of the year,” Riemann added. “This is such a fun night,” said Marty Rodgers, chairman of Farragut Beautification Committee. “The staff does a lot of putting it together. We decorate the Town Hall. We just come and have a good time implementing it.” Riemann said the Farragut Beautification Committee sponsors the event, and its members begin planning ideas for the event usually at their October meeting. “The basic elements of the event remain the same from year to year because they are so popular with the kids and their parents, including the Santa photos, cookie decorating, crafts and of course the Farragut High School Madrigal Singers,” Riemann said. Farragut families began congregating in the Rotunda, where Farragut Beautification CommitSee CELEBRATE on Page 2A

HVA PSTA outlines technology concerns at SERC meeting ■ Tammy Cheek

To comply for the certificate of compliance for a beer permit, Jarod Jordan, left, and David Stevens, who are buying Campbell Station Wine and Spirits, said they intend to move to Farragut.

BOMA amends setback ordinance


Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance on second reading regarding measuring of setbacks Tuesday, Nov. 19. Mark Shipley, interim Community Development director, said the amendment came out of a lawsuit involving the Town’s Board of Zoning Appeals, which denied a request for a variance concerning uncovered structures. Shipley said during the proceedings, the judge questioned the word, “appurtenance,” in the ordinance and suggested the Town make the language more clear. Shipley said the word was

replaced with “patios, decks, pergolas, arbors and other similar non-roofed and/or nonenclosed structures attached to and/or adjacent to a principal building.” On another note, the Board amended its budget to show a $35,000 increase in its expenses for the Town’s softball fence replacement project. Allison Myers, Town recorder, said the project was budgeted at $75,000. The increase will fund the installation of softball field fencing at the upper and lower softball fields at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, and the installation of the backstop area at Anchor Park softball field. Bids for the project came in at $106,479. See BOMA on Page 2A


Don’t be fooled into thinking that Hardin Valley Academy, only in its sixth school year of existence, isn’t struggling with technology concerns. Meanwhile, a critical deadline looms. Susan Perry, acting president of HVA’s Parent Student Teacher Association, outlined a handful of such concerns during Farragut Schools Education Relations Committee’s regular first Tuesday of the month meeting Dec. 3, in Town Hall’s board-

room. “Everybody needs technology, especially with Common Core and the PARCC testing. We have almost 2,000 kids, are we ready for that online testing [starting next school year]?” Perry said. “Nope.” “Are we going to be by next year? I don’t know.” HVA Foundation, the school’s major fundraising group, “apparently is still trying to get off the ground” with the goal of “raising big money,” Perry said. “… The Foundation goes after the big amounts of money because we need technology.”

Although pointing out HVA’s technology “was brand new” when it opened in August 2008, “It’s been well loved,” Perry added. “It just doesn’t hold up like it should or like we would like for it to. … The original set of computers are probably ready to go out the door. “We’ve got to have computers next year. I think the first testing starts in October. … We don’t have an option not to take these tests. A lot of it is online, and I don’t know how Knox County as a whole is going to be ready.” See SERC on Page 2A

Town Hall packed for Galbraith’s ‘Day of Infamy’ talk ■ ROBBY O’DANIEL

A packed crowd listened to Frank Galbraith, a retired geography and history teacher from Farragut Middle School, present “Dec. 7, 1941 – A Day of Infamy” Monday, Dec. 2, at Farragut Town Hall. Among those in attendance were numerous veterans, and in particular, four World War II veterans. All veterans were recognized at the presentation. Charles Benziger was one of the World War II veterans in

attendance at the presentation. “It’s great,” Benziger said. “I’ve been here four or five years while he’s been giving this thing each time he gives it. So it gets better every time.” Galbraith, a member of the Missouri wing of the Commemorative Air Force, wore his Commemorative Air Force uniform as he gave the presentation. “It’s a voluntary organization,” Galbraith said. “I paid to join, to be a member of it, and I’m a part of this Missouri wing. ... We have a couple of World War II planes,

you know, and we promote these old planes. We want to keep them in the public’s eye.” Galbraith took those assembled from the end of World War I through the attack on Pearl Harbor, touching on various other aspects of American history along the way such as the pop culture and sports of the time. Jack Bondurant, of Farragut, called the program excellent. He said he has seen Galbraith’s presentation on the Day of Infamy multiple times. See INFAMY on Page 4A

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Celebrate From page 1A

tee members served hot and cold drinks and treats and musical groups entertained. After treats, families sought out Santa. “Based on the number of Santa photos taken, we estimate between 350 and 400 people attended the event,” Riemann said. “The evening was an overwhelming success. “We had a line through the Town Hall Rotunda starting around 3:45 p.m. for Santa photos,” she added. “Santa was so excited to see the kids and vice versa. It was a wonderful event

BOMA From page 1A

Additionally, the Board approved the purchase of narrow two-way radio communication equipment for the public works department for $16,744.90. In other matters, the Board: approved a certificate of compliance for off-premise liquor store permit for Campbell Station Wine & Spirits at 707 N.

SERC From page 1A

Asked for a specific number of computers needed by Mark Littleton, SERC chair, Perry said, “I don’t know.” While HVA joins the four Farragut kindergarten-through12th grade schools receiving $22,000 each fiscal year from

enjoyed by children and adults alike.” Christine Richolson of Hardin Valley, formerly of Farragut, said she and 8-year-old daughter, Lydia, have been coming to the event since Lydia was 2 years old. “It’s a tradition,” Christine Richolson said. “It’s how we start our holiday season.” Shelly Worman of Knoxville said she came to renew her vehicle tags at the Town Hall and learned about the event, so she brought 4-year-old grandson, Matthew Worman. “I think it’s wonderful,” she said. Campbell Station Road. Silver Linings, LLC, wrote a letter of intent agreement on the terms of sale of the liquor store to applicants David Stevens and Jarod Jordan. The store purchase is expected to close Jan. 1, 2014. Myers said the state requires liquor storeowners to live in Tennessee. Tuesday, Stevens and Jordan said they plan to move to Farragut following the purchase.

policereports • Dec. 5: Oak Ridge Police Department received information regarding a student armed with a handgun at Robertsville Middle School at 8:53 a.m.. At least five officers responded to the scene. At 9:05 a.m., officers located the 13 year old student and detained him pending further investigation. A BB pistol, similar in appearance to a Colt Model 1911 .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, was subsequently located in the student’s backpack, which was contained in his locker. The student was arrested, charged with carrying a weapon on school property and aggravated assault. The investigation remains ongoing and no

further information will be released at this time. • Dec. 4: Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Kohl’s department store in Farragut to arrest a 16year-old female after store personnel reported observing her taking merchandise into a dressing room and exiting without it. Upon investigation, it was discovered the tags were removed from the clothing and the suspect was caught leaving in a gray 2004 Jeep. Suspect admitted to taking the merchandise and surrendered the clothing, which was valued at about $100. • Dec. 4: Police arrested a 39year-old woman and a 19-year-

old woman after they were recorded on video attempting to steal about $200 in merchandise from the Kohl’s department store in Farragut. The pair were taken into custody and their 2004 Mercury Cougar was impounded. • Dec. 2: A representative of Dog Days Canine Playschool reported to police an unknown suspect broke out a side window to the business, entered and took about $30 from the file cabinet. • Nov. 30: A Long Bow Road resident reported to police his home was burglarized while the family had been out of town for See COPS on Page 5A

town of Farragut, Perry said Sallee Reynolds, HVA principal, “wasn’t aware until recently that she had to send a request to release those funds.” Nancy Wentz, SERC member, said, “It’s out there. If they want it they can come and get it.” Perry said that upon talking to Reynolds, “She said that she would take care of that.”


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Wisconsin just held a food drive for fellow Walmart employees. Getting a job does not mean you will have a living wage. The problem is much more complicated than that. I would hope the children listen to those who inspire them to help these people, rather than to those who, in many cases, unfairly and negatively label the destitute. Charitable organizations are lacking and cannot do enough to

come in the form of the Bernie Madoff’s of the world and completely wipe out your life savings. A rapist and murderer can be like the nice dressed Ivy League students of the world such as Jeffrey Daumer [sic]. Of all the crimes and things to be afraid, of all the atrocities that go on in this country, I will never understand why many here choose to blame it on the poor and downtrodden? A call to the police department will quickly calm irrational fears of beggars ever causing harm to those giving money in the town of Farragut or nearby. There has not been a single instant [sic] of this. You are more likely to [be] robbed by sophisticated schemes involving the telephone. To say that panhandlers are upstanding citizens would be mistaken. To say that they are worse than others is very unfair. Less fortunate means, at the very heart, unable to get by in our world, and in many cases this leads to desperation. But as far as begging in the rain to avoid taxes as the opinion piece suggested? That goes too far. Most teachers, waitresses and store cashiers do not pay taxes as they do not earn enough for the federal government to tax. It’s easy to play the blame game and say they should get a job. The Walmart employees in


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done. I’m glad it will more visible now. I live off of Watt Road in Farragut and I don’t recall ever noticing the smaller sign that was out there. This new sign expresses and represents the respect we carry for our Town’s boundaries. Good job Farragut government. • This is the way we feel about carrying handguns in the parks. When we are walking, just look at one of my pockets or on my belt, you will see my lead holder ready for use. We will not be robbed or beat up and are very law-abiding people. Yes, we both have handgun carry permits. • Regarding the Split Rail See PRESSTALK on Page 5A

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Thanksgiving holidays. Complainant stated upon returning to the residence she found the back door “busted” in. Missing was all of her jewelry including diamond rings, watches, bracelets and earrings taken from two different jewelry boxes in her bedroom. Also missing was her collection of silver coins. Victim stated it appeared the unknown suspect had used an ashtray from the back patio to “bust” in the door and had left most of the lights on in the residence. Estimated loss was $121,500. • Nov. 29: A Yarnell Road woman reported to police her car was burglarized while parked at her place of employment at Walmart in Turkey Creek

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Farm development, the town should have been sued several years ago. It seems the Town’s aldermen and mayor are trying to get something done just to hurt these people. Building a road and taking part of their land and cutting down the number of homes these people can build is a disgrace. This is not letting them build homes. We had hoped Farragut would go back into Knox County. Again, we want to know who is getting the money and where it is being spent. There is a way to find out if the city does not want to tell and try to cover it up. Why is it necessary for them to have to pay $160,000? We can show the city approved a building to be placed within five feet of a property line. No wonder good builders won’t build in Farragut. The talk is out now that it costs 10-to-20 percent more to build in Farragut. Let’s vote these people out of office. • I am responding to the article in the Knoxville News

off Parkside Drive. Missing from the vehicle was the vehicle radio, a comforter and a Shell gift card, all valued at $420. • Nov. 28: An Old Colony Parkway resident reported to police his residence had been burglarized. Upon arrival, officers noted the side sliding glass door to the residence had been broken. An X-ray unit responded and processed the scene. Estimated loss is unknown. • Nov. 26: Police were advised by a Rockwell Farm Lane resident an unknown suspect vandalized her residence. Complainant advised she and her family were in the kitchen when they heard glass breaking in the dining room. Complainant stated she went to investigate and found the window to the dining room completely shattered as if an object had been thrown or Sentinel. Does the governor not like poor people? To sum it up, [the author] states more than 300,000 individuals have become eligible for this free medical insurance for you and your family. But, [Gov. Bill] Haslam said, “no.” He has enough money to afford the best for his family and he supposedly has an alternative plan that no one has ever heard or seen. Governors of other states have signed up so their citizens can get MediCaid. After all, the U.S. government pays for most of it. Next election, exercise your right and please vote for someone who cares about the people. • We want to thank the farragutpress for this year’s news and keeping all the people well informed. Each one does a great job. After reading about the new Farragut signs that will be going up we feel there was one more word that could have been used, “welcome.” This could cause some people to forget some of the things that has [sic] happened in the past under one person.

shot through it. However, there was no evidence as to what that object might have been. Estimated loss is about $200. • Nov. 26: A state of Tennessee employee reported to police he noticed a laptop computer was missing from his vehicle while it was parked at his Monticello Drive residence. Complainant advised the vehicle was locked but there was no damage to said vehicle and he is unsure of how they entered. Estimated loss is about $700. • Nov. 26: Police responded to a residential burglary alarm at a Prince George Parish Drive residence. Officers discovered the rear window to the residence had been pried open. The owner state he left the residence at

around 6:30 a.m. and said his wife’s jewelry box was gone. Value of the loss is about $1,100. • Nov. 25: Police arrested a 33-year-old woman and a 36year-old woman after Kroger Marketplace personnel observed the pair remove about $50 in merchandise, consisting of eight bottles of auto fluid and a 20ounce soft drink, and exit the store without paying for it. Suspects made no attempt to pay for the merchandise before removing it from the store. The pair’s vehicle, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, was impounded. • Nov. 25: A Fort West Drive man reported to police a 34-yearold woman took his debit/credit card and used it. He stated the suspect was allowed into his

home to clean it and removed the card from his wallet, which was on the kitchen counter. Estimated loss is $740. • Nov. 24: A Stonebriar man representing Virtual Sports off Kingston Pike in Farragut reported to police the business had been burglarized. Complainant advised that while reviewing video surveillance he observed an unknown person force entry into the business. It was unknown at the time of the report whether anything was missing from the business. • Nov. 24: Police arrested a 50-year-old woman for attempting to steal $653.19 in merchandise from Kroger Marketplace off Brooklawn Street in Farragut.

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The tnAchieves program is looking for more mentors, including ones in Knox County. “We’re a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program with the mission of providing more opportunities to access higher education across the state of Tennessee,” said Graham Thomas, director of college access with tnAchieves. The deadline to sign up to become a mentor has passed, but registration to become a mentor will most likely stay open until Friday, Dec. 13, he said. “We think that the mentoring component is really the heart and soul of the program,” Thomas said. “Most of our students, having an open-acceptance policy, most of our students are first-generation college attendees, so they just need a little extra support as they work through the college-going process, and that’s what our mentors provide. ... We say that our mentors do two things: the first is serve as a cheerleader and encourager and the second is to serve as a taskmaster to make sure the students are meeting their deadlines and requirements.” Those interested in signing up to become a mentor can go to the tnAchieves website at, or they can call Thomas at 615-6041306 or e-mail Thomas at “The scholarship applicants – See TNACHIEVES on Page 10A

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Apple Cake Tea Room celebrated its 30th anniversary Nov. 8 by giving away apple cake and birthday cake to customers. Both long-time customers and newer ones packed the tea room to have lunch and

celebrate. “They’re getting mostly the tea room medleys and the chicken salad,” said Mary Henry, owner of Apple Cake Tea Room in a Nov. 8 interview during the celebration. “We were selling a lot of pounds of chicken salad today for the [UT foot-

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In an attempt to “help break down social barriers” while promoting anti-bullying, Hardin Valley Academy “Mixed It Up” Tuesday, Oct. 29. HVA Leadership class, led by teacher Ramona Dew, directed Mix It Up as part of its Project U program “to help the school unite” through matching up students who knew little or nothing about each other, Dew said. At random, students were assigned one of four colored wristbands, with each color having a number. All students with a Yellow 9 wristband, for example, would meet and get to know each other at the Yellow 9 table during each of the school’s four 30minute lunch periods. “Break down those social barriers and have kids mix it up for 30 minutes. Talk to students they wouldn’t talk to,” said Heidi Vos, a “climate counselor” for Knox County Schools who presented the Mix It Up concept to HVA. Hardin Valley labeled its version Twist It Up. Helping to break the ice at each table were “conversation starters” cards. Leadership student Baylee Bohanan gave some encouragement to one shy student “who didn’t want to sit at a table.” However, “We tried to convince her to go to her table, and she eventually did,” Bohanan added. “And she met some new people. … She talked to them for the whole lunch.” Leadership student Molly

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Christ Covenant ‘Sanders Family Christmas’ starts Friday ■ ROBBY O’DANIEL

Christ Covenant Church will present the musical comedy “Sanders Family Christmas” Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 at the church. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance is at 6

p.m. “It’s set on Christmas Eve 1941, which is right after the Pearl Harbor attack, and young Dennis is getting ready to ship out for boot camp,” said Teresa Pratt, media coordinator and music and worship assistant at Christ Covenant Church. “And the Sanders family, they are gospel singers, and this is the last time they will be singing for a while

before he ships out.” She described the music of the play. “The music, it’s a lot of gospel and bluegrass and Christmas carols,” she said. The cast is made up of people who attend the church and others from outside the church, Pratt said. “We have some actors and actresses that do things in the

community, but they’re also at our church,” she said. “... We also have some actors from outside of our church who do things in the community too, so it’s a mixture of both.” Pratt talked about how the play, which Connie Ray wrote and Alan Bailey conceived, was chosen. “We do a Christmas program every year, but this year, we just

really wanted to draw in the community,” she said. “We wanted to just do a gift for the community for Christmas in celebration of Jesus’ birthday, so this is just a very funny and heartwarming play and the music is just so fun. ... [Church music and worship director] Gabe Loving, he’s the one who chose to do this this See SANDERS on Page 8A



community Now Jessica Bolin earned a full scholarship to King University though its Degree of Success Scholarship promotion for outof-school adults, which was announced during a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 7, on King’s Knoxville campus at The Village at Hardin Valley.

Now Concord Christian School celebrated its first ever signing day Monday, Nov. 18, as senior Brooke Stowell, a first-team All-state “middle hitter” for CCS’s Lady Lions volleyball team, signed National Letter of Intent papers to become a volleyball student-athlete at North Greenville University (South Carolina).

Association will present the Eight Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, from now through Jan. 12. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call Angela Thomas, 865-9342034.

Dec. 12 Farragut High School Choral will hold its concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in the auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-966-9775.

Dec. 12 Knox County Veterans Service Office will provide information and assistance to Veterans and family members concerning VA benefits from 11 a.m., to noon, Thursday, Dec. 12, at Frank R. Strang Senior Center. For more information, call 865-215-5645.

Now Kent Wakefield, senior at Bearden High School, is the recipient of Dean’s Scholarship at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, for fall 2014. Kent is the son of Barbara and Matthew Wakefield.

Dec. 12 Bearden High School Holiday Chorus and Orchestra combined concert will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in the theater. Cost is $5 at the door. For more information, call 865-5397800.

Now Knox Count Public Library has announced a service that allows library cardholders to download current magazines to a variety of electronic devices. “Zinio for Libraries” provides digital access to 75 full color interactive magazines from art, photography, science and technology. For more information, visit

Dec. 13 Town of Farragut in conjunction with Bricks 4 Kidz will offer “Kidz Night Out,” from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at Town Hall. Cost is $30 for first child; $25 for each additional child. For more information, call 865966-7057.

Dec. 13 Now Medic Regional Blood Centers currently are in need of all blood types, especially the negative types. For more information, call 865-524-3074.

Now-Dec. 21 Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “Little Women” at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 6 through 21; from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, at 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 865-208-3677.

Comcast Christmas at Chilhowee Park will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. There will be a forest of lighted trees floating on the lake, performances by Knox County Schools choirs and train rides for children of all ages. Free activities including pictures with Santa Claus, marshmallow roasting, hot cocoa by the Salvation Army, face painting, balloon animals and much more! Nightly self-guided driving tours through the park from Dec. 13 to Jan.1. For more information, visit

Now-Jan. 5 Home Federal Bank will sponsor the eight seasons at Market Square Ice Rink from now through Sunday, Jan. 5. For more information, visit www.knoxvillesholidaysonice. com/

Now-Jan. 12 Knoxville Museum of Art and Tennessee Art Education

Dec. 13-14 Pellissippi State Community College and The WordPlayers will present “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, in Clayton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for youth ages 12-17 and $5 for children under 12. For more

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Society. For more information, contact Randy Tindell,

Dec. 14 Oak Ridge Community Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Dec. 15 Wilderness at the Smokies Resort will host Santa Hustle 5K/Half Marathon at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. For more information, call Ellen Liston, 865868-2176.

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Dec. 14 Appalachian Ballet Company will present “The Nutcracker,” at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Clayton Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are $40, $35, and $25 student and senior will receive a $5 discount. For more information, call Natash Blum, 865-982-8463.

Seymour High School Forensics Team will present Seussa-Palooza at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16, in the auditorium. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students, $7 for children 5-10 and includes dinner. For more information, call 865-577-7040.

Harvey Broome Group will take a biodiversity tour Saturday, Dec. 14, at Albright Grove. For more information, call Mac Post, 865-806-0980.

Newcomers/New Friends Club will hold its lunch with Farragut High School Madrigal Singers at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Bearden Banquet Hall. For more information, call 865-531-1935.

Dec. 20-22 Dec. 14 The Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis is from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in Downtown Square. For more information, visit

Dec. 14-15 Cornstalk Heights Historic Community Organization in Harriman will open its homes for the 23rd Annual Home Tour and Tea from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, and from 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. Cost is $15 per person, $5 for children 6-12. For more information, call 865-882-9414.

Dec. 14-15 Mabry-Hazen House will host its annual Christmas Tour from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, and from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. Donations are welcomed. For more information, call 865-52-8661.

Dec. 14-16 The 45th Nativity Pageant of Knoxville to be held at 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, and 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16, at Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Admission is free. For more information, call 865-2589985.

Dec. 15 Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold its monthly meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, at East Tennessee Historical

First Annual Knoxville Run for Their Lives Race 5K will be held on Nation Human Trafficking Awareness Day and begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at Market Square. For more information, call Karen Houston, 734-306-8333 or

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juried standard flower show, Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. Artwork and application fee are due from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, and from 8 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10. Entry fee is $5 per piece. For more information, call Sue Stuhl, 865-966-7057 or visit artsandculture/

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present its 27th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21, and 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22, in Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Cost range from $14 to $45 per ticket. For more information, call 865-2913310.

Dec. 21 Samuel Frazier Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at the home of Sharon “Sam” Wyrosdick. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Martha Kroll, 865-603-4655.

Dec. 21-22 Sevier Heights presents The Living Christmas Tree at Thompson-Boling Arena at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22. For tickets and more information visit

Dec. 22 The Captain W.Y.C. Hannum Chapter 1881, United Daughters of the Confederacy will hold its meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, at Old Gray Cemetery. For more information, call Charlotte Miller, 865-448-6716.

Jan. 9-10 Farragut Arts Council will sponsor a juried art show and

Town of Farragut will host an event detailing information about Farragut on its history, government structure and operations, public safety, education and volunteer opportunities, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11, and March 25, at Town Hall. For more information, call 865-9667057.

Jan. 25 West Knox Preschool and Activities Fair will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Farragut Town Hall. The open house is for parents to learn about West Knox preschools, daycares and children’s activities. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact, momsclubfarragut@

Feb. 27 Knoxville City Council workshop will hold its “New Homelessness Plan,” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the main assembly room, City-County building. For more information, call 865-2152075.

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Dec. 14 Mark Cabus will present Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at First Christian Church. A freewill offering will be received. For more information, call 865522-0545.

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Crye-Leike Realtors unveiled its decorated Christmas tree for the upcoming Fantasy of Trees fundraiser for Childrens’ Hospital of Knoxville themed “Christmas on Main Street” Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Under the direction of co-chairs Mary Bates and Diana Traylor, this years gold-and silver-trimmed table top tree started with a pair of boots and expanded from there. Traylor, who designed the tree, said she was trying to think of something a little more creative this year when she saw a pair of rain boots and then found an ornament in the same shape. The jeweled crown, which serves as the tree topper, was inspired by the design on the top of each boot. This beautiful tabletop tree will be sold during the Fantasy of Trees 12 Days of Christmas. For more information about Fantasy of Trees, visit or call 865-541-8385 or e-mail

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Mother Nature doesn’t de-junk and say, “There!” De-junking is an on-going process. Plants grow and make flowers, fruits and vegetables. Today’s salad will be in tomorrow’s sewer. Today’s dirt is yesterday’s plants and animals, and then there’s the tide. It’s all a continual process of acquisition and elimination. We are smart when we use Mother Nature as our example for de- Pam j u n k i n g . Young Here’s what Make it I suggest. Fun! Mother Nature’s biggest dumping and streamlining time is autumn and winter when all the leaves fall, and then the stormy winds blow. So let’s use this time of year to focus on de-junking basements, attics and garages. Garages were meant to store the car you know. Note: Nature doesn’t get rid of Her leaves in a day, so don’t think you’ll clean out the garage in a day, especially if the car has been in the driveway all year.

deathnotices birthnotices • Taylor and Katilyn Keller, Maryville, a boy, Josiah Aiden • Amy and Walter Stephens, Jellico, a girl, Harley Jade • Joseph and Terra Caldwell, Loudon, a boy, Judah Isaak • Charlie Seivers and Haley Morgan, Knoxville, a girl, Harper Lynn

Remember Nature takes about two months to de-junk the leaves, so don’t get on a crash, cleaning schedule, because you’ll burn out. Take it easy, and take a couple months, like Mother Nature. Clutter in your home comes from you and your family leaving things out after you are through with them. When Nature is through with something, She puts it away. What if every time you have to go to the bathroom (#1) you use that urge as a cue to put something away before you go, and after you’re through and you’ve washed your hands put one more thing away? Depending on how active your bladder is you could put many of your items back where they belong and you’ll also activate your awareness of putting things where they belong. Then, when you have to go #2 use that urge to remind you to put some item into a donation bag which will be taken to a charity once a month. The people at the charity will never know what that full bag of castoffs represents, but you will! When you put away your holiday decorations this season, be sure you love each and every item before you store it away for next year and when you get out everything you put away to make room for holiday decorations make sure you really love what

you put back out. Your home should reflect who you are now, not who you were yesterday. But many homes unconsciously fill up with stuff that you no longer want. Then, our garages get filled with stuff. “Honey, where should I put this?” “Oh, put it out in the garage for now.” Mother Nature doesn’t put stuff somewhere else until she can deal with it later. If you wanted to follow Her methods, you could make your New Year’s resolution be to get the second largest purchase (your car) in the garage in 2014. Imagine room enough in there for it. Just think what a difference that would make. If your car has been living in your drive-way, when it’s in the garage, you’ll confuse all your neighbors. They’ll think you’re on vacation. And just think what your car will think! It’ll think it’s important, like the second largest purchase that it is. For more from Pam Young go to www.makeitfunanditwillgetdone.c om. You’ll find many musings, videos of Pam in the kitchen preparing delicious meals, videos on how to get organized, ways to lose weight and get your finances in order, all from a reformed SLOB’s point of view.

• No deaths were reported this week

Parkwest Medical Center announces: • Luis and Darling Castaneda, Knoxville, a girl, Raquel Aliyan • Brandon Gibbs and Whitney Puleo, Knoxville, a girl, Abigail Rose • Allan and Kristin McCool, Lenoir City, a boy, Ethan Luke • Keith and Amy Godsey, Harriman, a boy, Jase Holden

Turkey Creek Medical Center announces:

• Robbie and Amber Jenkins, Knoxville, a boy, Jonah James • James and Joy Cowart, Knoxville, a boy, Hudson Taber • Tyler and Nicole West, Powell, a girl, Brylee Harper • Evan and Jillian Clabo, Knoxville, a girl, Brynlin Kate

• No births were reported this week

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One of Hardin Valley Academy football’s season highlights was the crowning of 2013 Homecoming Queen Ashleigh Houser, a senior. Doing the honors during a halftime ceremony is 2012 Queen Gabby Valentine, a 2013 HVA graduate. Also crowned was 2013 HVA Homecoming King Andrew Meek, a senior.

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Representing is most of the cast of “Sanders Family Christmas,” back row are, Bryan Flatford, Mike Watkins and Gabe Loving. Front row are,Tiffany Talent, Jennifer Rokisky and Katie Appleby. Not pictured is Grady Milligan.

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year.” Rehearsals for the play have taken place since September, she said. Pratt identified what she hopes people who attend the play take away from it. “Ultimately the Gospel is shared in just a very dear and

sweet way, so we want those who don’t know the Gospel, we want them to hear the gospel and the sweet message and ultimately to come to know Jesus Christ,” she said. “For those that are already His, we know they will be blessed by this dear and sweet, heartwarming story. ... Our goal as a church is for everyone to come to know Jesus. That’s our goal for everything we do.”


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Charlayne Frazier, program director for TENNder Care, center, speaks to Grace Baek, Farragut High School senior, right, and Caroline Bradley, Knoxville Central High School senior, during TENNder Care’s Fifth Healthy SWAG Conference (Students Working to Achieve Greatness) at Bearden High School Saturday, Nov. 2. While Bradley participated in the event’s life maze, Baek served as a maze “hospital” volunteer as a member of TENNder Care’s Youth Health Board.

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Looking to make public health her career, Grace Baek’s focus the past couple of years has been the health of high school and middle school youth — especially those who are disadvantaged. Baek, a senior at Farragut High School, has been a member of TENNder Care’s Youth Health Board for two years. She was among an estimated 60 volunteers at Bearden High School Saturday, Nov. 2, to assist TENNder Care’s Fifth Healthy SWAG Conference (Students Working to Achieve Greatness). Located at a “hospital,” Baek helped high school students navigate a maze that simulated real life obstacles. “Our goal today is that we want to help our children make the

best decisions possible,” said Charlayne Frazier, program director for TENNder Care. “Because we realize that the things that they do now will affect their outcome later. So we’re trying to give them a positive challenge and do it in a fun and interactive way.” Baek is one of “more than 30” Youth Board members representing almost every Knox public high school. “I think the main purpose of the teen maze that’s going on is that it opens your eyes to a lot of the things that may be going on in your own school,” Baek said. “And that it raises awareness. And also, if you ever get caught in any of these situations, how you should respond in a healthy way and a safe way to better your life.” Baek said her experiences as a

Youth Health Board member is “really eye-opening because when I go to school I don’t see any of this happening. But also, you kind of get the rumors and stuff and you know that it’s happening, but you never actually see, like, the consequences of it. “I feel like a lot of my peers don’t know the direct consequences, even though they teach us in health classes,” Baek added. “This is a really awesome way to help people know what’s going on and how to combat it in real life.” “You don’t know these things until you work directly with this program.” As a career, “I want to go into public health. … I get to work with public health officials and people at the Knox County Health Department face-to-face almost regularly, every month,” Baek said.

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Kristi Lutes, personal trainer at Anytime Fitness, spots Jay Povlin, Anytime Fitness owner, while he lifts weights.


You don’t need to panic about indulging this holiday season. Farragut area fitness centers have advice on how you can get back in shape. “If a person wants to lose weight or just be healthier, what I tell them is this: ‘If you have a special event coming up, don’t worry about it. Go ahead to the special event, and then get right back on the [wellness] program,’” advised Ron Garrett, who co-owns Quick Gym in Farragut with wife, Sylvia.

“Get right back on the discipline of eating,” Garrett added “If you want biscuits and gravy, there’s nothing wrong with biscuits and gravy – if you have it once in a while. “But if you have bad foods every day, then it adds up,” he said. Ruby Rubendall, fitness director at Workout 24/7 Anytime in West Knoxville, also recommended portion control during meals. “Get a plate of food, cut everything in half,” Rubendall advised. “It allows you to see how much See SHAPE on Page 10A

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you’re eating.” He noted some people fill up their plates and only eat half or eat until they are completely stuffed. Then there is exercise. Fitness experts advise there is no time like the present to start an exercise program. “A lot of people want to do stuff, but they don’t know where to start,” said Jennifer Celeste, manager of Anytime Fitness in Farragut. She advised the moment a person starts thinking about working out, they should start then. “I would encourage people to walk after a meal during the holidays or do some type of exercise,” Garrett said. “Discipline yourself to walk at least 15 minutes a day, if nothing else.” “Think of it as adding it to your lifestyle,” Celeste said. “It’s not a fad. “Try different things and find something you are comfortable with,” she added. For someone just starting out, Rubendall recommended going at a crawling pace. He suggested starting with a 10-minute walk around the neighborhood then developing a plan of action for a program. People looking to join a gym should feel comfortable about working out in that gym, Celeste advised. Garrett suggested people should look at the time being spent in the gym in relation to the amount paid for the membership. Matthew McGee, wellness coordinator and trainer at Davis Family YMCA along S. Northshore Drive, also recommended little changes, starting with diet and one’s daily routine. He recommended adding walking to one’s routine, trying new ways to exercise or partnering with someone. Other than having the motivation to start a program, people need to want a lifestyle change, Rubendall said. Garrett said he has seen people start working out with good intentions, but they are not disciplined enough to keep at it. They want instant results. Working out is a daily lifelong thing,” he said. “It’s not a sprint;

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the seniors in high schools – are the mentees or the students being mentored, and our mentors are just local community leaders and activists that want to spend about an hour a month making a difference in a student’s life,” he said. Most mentors have at least four students they work with for an hour per month total, not per student, he said. “They start working with their students in January, so it’s the last semester of their high school careers,” he said. “We ask that we kind of hang with them through that semester, over the summer and through their first semester of college.” John McDevitt, director of global manufacturing operations with Radio Systems Corporation, is entering his fifth year as a mentor in the program, with four years mentoring Farragut High School students.

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Ron Garrett demonstrates the range of motion machine at Quick Gym.

it’s a journey.” Another factor in getting fit is hydration, fitness trainers agreed. “One of the things we encourage people to do, especially during the holidays, is to make sure they are hydrated,” Garrett said. He recommended a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. Celeste said starting a fitness program the first of the year or the Monday after Thanksgiving is probably a good idea. “It’s not a diet or just a program; it’s a lifestyle change,” she said. “Your life is going on now, not Monday.” Garrett also observed people rationalize since they worked out they still can eat fattening or high-calorie foods. By doing so, he said they’re undermining their wellness program. He recommended people make sure they are eating enough protein while exercising, being conscious of what they are eating and making sure they eat a good breakfast. “And, some people want to “For me, I have the benefit of knowing that I’m helping someone improve their chances of being successful in the workplace and the marketplace, and it’s helped me too to learn this process, to help guide my children through the college process,” McDevitt said. McDevitt would recommend that others become mentors. “I think that it’s a rewarding program,” he said. “I think we have an obligation to our community and the people in this community to educate the children in our area, so they can get better jobs, make more money, meet new people.” Susan Bolinger, college counselor and department chair of the counseling office at Farragut High School, said the number of student applicants for the tnAchieves program at FHS has gone up each year. It has climbed from six applicants for the 2009 program to 168 applicants for the 2014 program.

work out every day because they think more is better,” Garrett said. “More is not always better because once you work out, you have to let your muscles relax and repair themselves.”


Roughly one out of eight babies in Tennessee is born premature, according to March of Dimes 2013 Premature Birth Report Card. This issue hits home for Seth Smith and wife, Millicent, whose 7-year-old daughter, Shelby Zoe, was born 12 weeks premature Oct. 25, 2006. The ordeal inspired Seth, athletic director at Farragut High School, and Millicent to begin a pre-season high school basketball fundraiser, Hoops For Preemies, in 2007. “It’s just our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the people at the NICU for the care our daughter received,” Seth said about The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as Shelby Zoe “spent the first 100 days of her life in the NICU at UT. They took great care of her; they kind of walked us through the process.” “We say, even through all the struggles, we never had a bad day at the NICU,” he added. “We’re blessed that she’s a healthy 7 year old now. We know that’s in large part to the care she

received at UT.” Having started “with four boys teams and four girls teams” in 2007, Seventh Annual Shelby Zoe Smith Hoops For Preemies drew 14 Knox-area teams (10 schools) to FHS, Farragut Middle School and Webb School of Knoxville for a series of one-hour fundraising games Saturday morning and afternoon, Nov. 2. All proceeds benefit UT Medical Center’s NICU. “A lot of these coaches are just really good friends of mine,” Seth said. “When we went through it, they were going through it with us. Very empathetic folks.” Shelby Zoe “has grown to love them and they’ve grown to love her,” Seth added. Those coaches especially close include Jody Wright, boys varsity head coach and athletic director at Fulton under whom Seth was an assistant coach, Ricky Norris, boys varsity head coach at Webb, and Jason Mayfield, FHS girls varsity head coach. “He called me and knew that it was way early. He said, ‘we’ve gone to the hospital, Millicent’s gone into labor.’ I was there fairly quick,” Wright said. See HOOPS on Page 11A



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Holiday hazards for pets This time of year, I often get questions regarding holiday hazards for pets. So I wanted to pass along a few reminders: • Poinsettias and mistletoe – If eaten, these popular holiday plants can cause mild gastric irritation and vomiting, but are not as poisonous as previously Stephanie Myers believed. • LiliesAsk T h e s e the Vet plants will cause acute kidney failure if ingested by your cat. If your cat is indoors, it’s

really safer to simply not have them in the house. • Tinsel and Ribbon – The sparkle and texture is tempting for some pets. If eaten, tinsel and ribbon have the potential to get stuck somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract. • Snowglobes- Some, but not all, contain ethylene glycol (antifreeze). If these should crack or break, clean up the liquid as soon as possible, before your dog or cat has a change to lick it up. Dispose of the mess somewhere that your pet cannot access it. • Chocolate- Ingestion typically results in mild vomiting and or diarrhea. But for smaller pets ingesting dark, more concentrated chocolate, the potential is there for severe GI distress.

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Seth Smith, Farragut High School athletic director, enjoys a lighthearted moment with daughter, Shelby Zoe, 7, the inspiration for Hoops For Preemies that Smith and wife, Millicent, co-founded in 2007. Also on hand to volunteer for 7th Annual Hoops for Preemies in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium Saturday, Nov. 2, were several FHS cheerleaders. They included sophomore Maura Mayes, left, senior Abbie Odom, right, and Denise Baughman, cheerleading coach and FHS math teacher.

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Both Fulton teams annually participate Hoops For Preemies. “When you see one of your friends go through a situation like that, No. 1 it’s a helpless feeling,” Wright said. “When you see the heartache that they go through on a daily basis of leaving their child there when they go home.” Mayfield said he got to know Millicent at Karns High School while he was a teacher/coach and she was an assistant principal when Shelby was born. “I’ve known Seth and Millicent for a long time,”

Mayfield said. “There’s a good little connection with the coaches and this event.” Norris said Webb’s involvement “starts with our relationship with Seth. He’s just such a great guy. We’ve known his family and Millicent for years. … With what they went through with their daughter, it just made perfect sense to help them out and help a great cause.” In the first six years, “We probably raised in the neighborhood of $25,000 for the NICU,” Seth said. “We don’t charge at the door, we just take donations.





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ball] game tomorrow, of course, and just some people are even trying new things that they have never tried. Some people are saying, ‘Oh, I’ve never got this, and I’m getting this today,’ or some people are saying, ‘Usually I’m too full to get dessert, but today I’m getting apple cake.’” Long-time customers reminisced on the day, she said. “They’re just saying, Oh, I brought my little girl in here when she was 6, and she’s 16 now,’” Henry said. “We’re glad to see them still coming in, and the regulars that are coming in are saying, ‘Oh yeah, we’ve been coming here a long time, and we’re just so, so happy that you’re successful, that you’re in Farragut and that it’s a success story.’” Fern Smith has come to the tea room since it opened, she said. “I just think it’s a delightful place and never get tired of it,” Smith said. Meanwhile, Cindy Planicka is a newer customer. She has gone to the tea room for about two years, she said. “We love it,” Planicka said. As the tea room celebrated its 30th anniversary, another group

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On Nov. 8, Cathy McDonald (middle) and Debbie Reynolds (left) ate lunch with McDonald’s two daughters — Kim Goldsborough (second from right) and Ashley McBride (second from left) – along with Kim’s daughter, Ellie.

of people were celebrating a different occasion at the tea room: a birthday. It was not the first time. Cathy McDonald and Debbie Reynolds have a tradition of celebrating their daughters’ birthdays by going to Apple Cake Tea Room, Reynolds said. “We started coming here 30 years ago for our daughters’ birthdays when they turned 1 – me and my best friend, Cathy McDonald – and the girls would eat peanut butter sandwiches and hot dogs because that’s what they had on the kids menu,”

Reynolds said. “And it just became the tradition that we would all meet here on their birthdays, so we’ve been doing that for – between the two of us, we have three daughters – so Cathy and I have been bringing our little girls here for 30 years now.” So on Nov. 8, McDonald and Reynolds ate lunch with McDonald’s two daughters -- Kim Goldsborough and Ashley McBride – along with Kim’s daughter, Ellie. Reynolds’ daughter was not able to attend this time. Ashley McBride turned 31.

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didn’t know him that well. … We had these conversation starters and we just kind of started talking,” he added. “He was one of the people I connected with. … I think we’ll still be friends after this. We exchanged numbers.” Project U leadership class students Madalyn Neal and Mary Elizabeth Dew, Ramona’s daughter, also broke the ice. “I had known her a little bit before. … But I never knew her that well,” Neal said of Mary. “We have good personalities that work together. I would love to go get coffee with her sometime.”

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Runners, walkers, pets and volunteers alike enjoyed an extra 10 degrees of warmth, as compared to the previous year, on a sunny Saturday morning, Nov. 2, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Over 200 participants came together for the Annual Farragut Fall 5K, Fun Walk and Pet Parade from as near as Farragut (several walked to the race itself) and as far away as Kentucky.

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business briefs • Frullati Café & Bakery, 129 West End Ave., will host Last Minute Christmas Deals from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12. Multiple vendors will be on hand, and refreshments will be served. Vendors include Thirty-One Gifts; The Pampered Chef; Mary Kay Cosmetics; Soy Candles and Baked Goods; Creative Memories; Handmade Scarves; Fashion Accessories & a Raven Originals, and Jamberry Signature Nails. • Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon welcomes Justin Graham, GISP, as information management practice leader to oversee a new service that will provide the firm a breadth of information management services that includes application development, asset management, geographic information systems, technology consulting, remote sensing and mobile data collection. • Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Open House will take place for chamber members from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Chamber offices. • Allstate Insurance — Lonnie Jones Agency, 620 N. Campbell Station Road, suite 9, will host a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting, starting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17. • The Leapfrog Group announced its list of Top Hospitals, including East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. recently. Children’s hospital is honored for setting the highest standards in safety and quality. Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for highrisk procedures, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. • For the 19th time, financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms, according to four Edward Jones Financial Advisors in Farragut. The magazine randomly selects financial advisors nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories. Edward Jones’ overall score was 9.5 out of a possible 10. The firm earned near perfect scores in overall ethics and public image according to

Holiday on Square ‘gives back’ ■


Franklin Square became a winter wonderland for Holiday on the Square, which took place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. “It’s an annual community event that the merchants association does in conjunction with all of our store owners, and it’s just a way to give back to the community and celebrate the season,” said Kathy Hill, events coordinator and board administrator for Franklin Square Merchants Association. “We’ve been doing it for at least 20 years, maybe longer. ... We do photos with Santa. Santa’s been with us I think since we started this event, and we offer carriage rides and children’s crafts and they’re all presented and offered by our store owners. “So everybody sort of gets involved for the holidays, and the whole community looks forward to it.,” Hill added. “We have people who come back year after year with their children. It’s a great event.” Entertainment included the Farragut High School Madrigal Singers, who Hill said were caroling and putting on a concert during the event. Brandywine bluegrass band and SonLight Puppeteers also were part of the event, she said. “We do take donations for those

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Gavin Pointer, 1, poses with Santa at Holiday on the Square, which took place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

carriage rides — and actually, for all of the activities that we’re putting on today — and all of that money will go to the Cathy L. Hodges [Memorial] Cancer Foundation,” Hill said. A portion of the Dec. 7 sales for Gregory’s Greenhouse also went to the foundation, she said. Hill talked about the generational aspect of the event. “Well, it’s just a way of celebrating the holidays, and all of our

store owners, I think they’ve been doing it for so long their children, now their grandchildren are enjoying the event,” she said. “So it’s just been a generational thing, and it’s very strongly supported by all of the store owners here. And many of them have been in business since the square was founded and opened for business, so it really is a generational, community type of event,” Hill added.

Attendees included Pat Williams and her granddaughter, Reese. “It is the first time I have been,” Pat Williams said. “Reese has been before.” “Well, she just loves to get face painting, and she loves puppets,” Pat Williams added. “And she loves the toy store [Smart Toys and Books], and she loves carriage rides and so it just had everything that she loves.”

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Former Mr Zip (Phillips 66) convenience store, corner of Kingston Pike and N. Campbell Station Road, has its underground gas storage containers removed.

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As of Friday, Dec. 6, underground gas storage containers were in the process of being removed at the former Mr Zip (Phillips 66) convenience store, corner of Kingston Pike and North Campbell Station Road. ”I am listing this property for sale,” said Ean Moffett, real estate broker with Holrob Commercial Real Estate. It was the owner of the property’s decision to have the containers removed. “There’s nothing wrong,” Moffett said. “It’s just the owner’s doing it because it’s a redevelopment opportunity. A prospective buyer would not want those tanks in the ground. They’d have to still remove them anyway, so he went ahead and did it anyway. So he’s doing it to help with the mar-

ketability of the property. ... This is just a regular process with properties that have been gas stations.” He said the underground storage containers were not leaking, and they did not pose an environmental hazard. “The future use would not require the underground storage containers,” he said. He said that the property is garnering “quite a bit of interest from prospective buyers.” “It’s basically, when we describe it as a redevelopment opportunity, we’re not really putting any value into the current building,” he said. “We anticipate that a buyer would want to come in and build their own building on that property.” For more information about the property, call Moffett at 865342-8748.

Effective Thursday, Oct. 10, Jerry Harnish is new regional director for Rural/Metro – Tennessee. Harnish served as interim division general manager for Rural/Metro for about five days prior to becoming regional director, he said. “Essentially it’s the same position,” he said. “The difference in the title is the interim title is used before someone is confirmed in the position.” Harnish previously served as Knox County fire chief, a position he held for almost seven years, he said. “I started 33 years ago as a firefighter on an engine company,” Harnish said. “I have steadily worked my way through the ranks since then. I was promoted to captain in the late ‘80s and then district chief. ... I served as a district chief here in Knox County from 1989 to 2002 and then as division chief from 2002 to 2007, and that’s when I was appointed as fire chief.” Harnish’s experience has prepared his for his relatively new position. “Everyone in emergency services to some degree has to learn all aspects of operations,” he said. “So one of the responsibilities as fire chief is to learn how to conduct all kinds of operations. One of the things that I was fortunate enough to have as an experience was to participate

with the team that wrote the proposal for the Knox County ambulance contract last year.” Harnish talked about what he will bring to the new role with Rural/Metro. “I hope continued integration of the fire and emergency medical services into an integrated organization,” he said. “Interestingly, about two-thirds of the work done in a fire division is for medical emergencies, rather than fire emergencies, so I already have some familHarnish iarity with that. But Knox County benefits from an unusually tight relationship between the fire and ambulance services. ... I believe my experience in the fire department gives me the insight to further the integration of those operations.” He discussed the current state of Rural/Metro. “It’s largely a matter of expanding operations,” he said. “This is a growing community. We have to grow with the community, and also emergency services is a field where the technology is changing very rapidly as well, so it’s not just the physical growth of the operation but also changes in the technological advances that are used.”


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Bulldogs break out the broom against Rebels ■

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Bearden High School’s basketball teams swept West High on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Marble City. The Lady Bulldogs came away with a 67-35 victory while the Bulldogs trounced the Rebels 8464 at West High School. The Lady Bulldogs got off to a

fast start and didn’t let up against an athletic West Lady Bulldogs 67 s q u a d West High School 35 that has struggled in recent years. Bearden (8-1 overall, 2-0 in District 4-AAA) jumped to a 24-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Lady Bulldogs’ head coach

Justin Underwood said that he was pleased with his squad’s fast start against the Lady Rebels. “We actually had a very solid team effort,” Underwood said. “West is very athletic and we’re trying to learn how to take everybody’s best shot.” Bearden won the Region 2-AAA Tournament Championship last season and went on to the state

tournament. Now, everyone is looking to Bulldogs 84 knock off the Lady West High School 64 Bulldogs. “It was great to go to the state tournament last year,” Underwood said. “But that means that we have a target on our backs now and we’re not used to that. “West is physical and I’m really

pleased with how we came out and matched their physicality.” Bearden had three players score in double figures and two of those players are enjoying their first significant varsity playing time at BHS. Junior forward/center Madison Rice, who has come up big for the See BULLDOGS on Page 6B

Lady Ads, HVA boys roll in rivalries ■


Farragut’s Lady Admirals wasted little time taking charge of its rivalry game at Hardin Valley Academy Friday evening, Dec. 6. Meanwhile, the HVA boys used a strong s e c o n d - Ladys Admirals 71 half surge Lady Hawks 42 to blow past Farragut 75-50 — but only after the Admirals’ most dominant player, senior post Billy Williams, left the game and was taken to the hospital early in the third quarter. “His blood pressure was sky-high and they couldn’t get it down,” Hawks 75 FHS head Admirals 50 c o a c h Chris Cool said. (No update on Williams’ condition was available at deadline). The Lady Admirals (7-1 overall, 2-0 in District 4-AAA entering the week) built a 19-12 first quarter advantage into a 30-point lead, winning 71-42. “I just feel like we moved the ball more, and our offense was really there tonight,” said FHS senior wing Madison Maples, leading four Lady Ads in double figures with 18 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. “We crashed the boards for rebounds on offense. And our defensive intensity was there.” “I was really proud of her,” FHS girls head coach Jason Mayfield said of Maples. Kristen Freeman added 13, followed by Rebecca

Jameson with 11 and Madyson Newby 10. Maegan Hudson scored nine. “We’ve worked on moving without the ball, and we’ve been sharing it a lot better,” said Jameson, a senior post. Junior post Lacy Cantrell’s 12 points led Hardin Valley, which stood at 3-4 overall, 0-2 in 4-AAA entering the week. “They play a lot of pressure defense, and there were times where we weren’t poised with the ball,” said HVA girls head coach Jennifer Galloway, who also was unhappy with her team’s defensive rebounding. As for the boys, junior wing Blaine Shockley, who finished with a game-high 17 points, combined with senior guard Daniel Linebaugh to nail five 3-point field goals in the first half for the Hawks (5-2 overall, 2-0 in 4-AAA entering the week). Linebaugh ended with 14, also joined in double figures by senior post Zak Carter with 12. Senior guard Cameron Turner led Farragut (3-5, 1-1 in 4-AAA starting the week) with 16 points. Williams added 11. “We hit a lot of shots, a lot of threes were falling for us,” Linebaugh said. “And then our inside presence was good.” Carter added, “Everybody stepped up.” HVA boys head coach Keith Galloway said his Hawks “finally figured out how to extend that lead,” which was only 32-29 at See FHS-HAWKS on Page 4B

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Driving to the basket is Cameron Turner, Farragut guard, who tries to power his way past Hardin Valley Academy defender Jordan McCroskey.

Spartans 2013 Division II-A state champions ■

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COOKEVILLE — Webb School of Knoxville running back Todd Kelly Jr. closed his high school football career with a bang on Thursday, Dec. 5. Kelly Jr. rushed for 248 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 28-14 victory over St. George’s in the Division II-A

State Championship Game at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium. “Todd is a great player and he’ll do well at The University of Tennessee,” Webb head coach David Meske said. Kelly wasted little time making an impact in the championship game that netted the Spartans (10-2) a second consecutive state championship and fourth in five

years. He gave the Spartans a 6-0 lead with 9 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Robby Strachan, another Webb s e n i o r, Spartans 28 missed the extra St. George 14 point. Kelly extended the Spartans’ advantage to 12-0 just over six minutes later with a 27-yard scor-

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ing run. He caught a pass from Johnny Chun for the 2point conversion to make the score 140 with 3:13 to go in the opening frame. T h e Kelly Jr. Gryphons (9-

4) would answer with a pair of touchdowns in the second stanza. Quarterback Dean Brown got St. George’s on the board with a 3yard scoring plunge early in the second stanza to pull the Gryphons to within 14-6 with 10:12 left in the frame. A 2-point conversion, however, failed. The Gryphons knotted the See SPARTANS on Page 6B


Knoxville Warriors take advantage of Admirals’ sluggish start ■

KEN LAY Correspondent

A fierce comeback effort came up just short for the Farragut High School hockey club Thursday, Dec. 5. The Admirals couldn’t quite overcome a sluggish start and dropped a 9-8 decision to the Knoxville Warriors at the Icearium. The loss was the second consecutive setback for Farragut, which went undefeated last season. T h e Ads (1-2) Knoxville Warriors 9 f e l l Admirals 8 behind 30 early as the Warriors, the 201112 league champions, relied heavily on Christian Academy of Knoxville junior Austen Thompson. He finished the night with five goals and two assists in this shootout. Thompson tallied twice in the first period and had an assist. He scored the game’s first goal with 8:47 to go in the opening frame. He then got an assist on Michael Roulier’s marker 50 seconds later and then gave the Warriors (2-1) a 3-0 lead. “Austen is a great player and we knew we had to stop him,” said Farragut assistant coach Jeff Lindsay, who coached while head coach Rob Despins was on a Canadian business trip. “It’s like playing in the NBA against LeBron James. “Everybody knows they have to stop him but they can’t. That first period was what hurt us. They came out ready to play and we didn’t.” The Admirals did score the final goal of the stanza to pull to within 3-1 on a marker by captain Harley Gorlewski with 33 seconds left. The Warriors came out hot in the second period as Thompson scored just 1 minute, 25 seconds

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Admirals' Felix Bjurstrom breaks toward the Knoxville Warrior goal on his way to a score during play Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Icearium.

in to make the score 4-1. Roulier made it 5-1 a short time later before the Admirals answered another late wake-up call. Farragut’s Gavin Gauld made it 5-2 when he scored of an assist from Gorlewski with 4:41

left in the frame. FHS was far from finished in the frame. The Ads’ Felix Bjurstrom scored the next two goals. Bjurstrom’s first tally of the period came with 2:44 left and was assisted by Kyle

Lindsay. Bjurstrom scored an unassisted short-handed goal before Thompson completed his hat trick with a power-play goal with 10 seconds left to give the Warriors a 6-4 lead at intermission.

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and scored the first two goals in just over three minutes. His first goal came just 51 seconds into the period and pulled the Admirals to within 6-5. He scored the equalizer with 9:05 left. Knoxville answered to reclaim the lead on Thompson’s fourth goal. The Warriors then got another goal on the power play when Jayce Dorman tallied to make it 8-6 with 7:27 to play. Thompson extended the Warriors’ advantage to 9-6 with 5:10 left. Farragut scored the final two goals of the game. Trey

Rogowski made it 9-7 before Kyle Lindsay closed the scoring in the contest and completed a hat trick with 50 seconds left in the game. Like his father, Kyle Lindsay lamented Farragut’s slow start. “We have to come out and step it up,” Kyle said. “We have to tighten down our defense and make it easier for our goalies. “They saw a lot of shots and we have to protect them,” Kyle added. Farragut’s goaltending tandem of Dakota Christian and Tatum Magill faced 30 shots from the Warriors. The Admirals had 22 shots in the game and will try to snap a two-game losing streak against the Knoxville

Knights this week. “We’re not used to losing,” Gorlewski said. “We’re going to have to get our forwards more conditioned and we’ll have to tighten up our defense. “With every loss, we learn a lesson.” Farragut and the Warriors have dominated the league over the last two seasons. But those days are over. Each team in the league has at least one win in the first three weeks. “All these games are close and you have to bring your Agame every night,” Thompson said. “This league has gotten better and these teams are all good.”

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Madison Maples, Farragut defender, blue, tries to stop Hardin Valley Academy point guard Taylor Bishop from advancing to the basket during the teams’ Friday, Dec. 6, game at HVA.

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halftime. “… Zak started taking over a little bit, getting to the rim.” Shockley and Linebaugh “shot it well. Biz [6-foot-8 senior post Dyonta Bizzle-Brown] bothered them in there,” Keith Galloway added. Farragut was coming off a 29point performance from Turner in a 46-41 home win against previously undefeated Heritage Dec. 3. “Billy’s a big leader on our team,” Cool said. “In the second half [versus HVA} we missed a lot of shots that we can make. And

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Bearden High School’s wrestling team, it seemed, had a big showing at the Catholic Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs had a champion in 152-pound sophomore Jacob Gerken. Bearden’s 220-pound senior Triston Majors posted a runner-up finish. The Bulldog grapplers had five other medalists, but head coach Donnie Floyd was far from ecstatic when the dust settled late Saturday afternoon in Bearden’s fourthplace finish at Knoxville Catholic High School. “We did really well [Friday] night and this morning, we came out flat and I’m not as pleased as I could be,” Floyd said. “We had a lot of close losses but we picked it up later in the day.” Gerken, who improved to 13-0 on the season with his 8-7 victory over Halls High School’s Andrew Kitts, claimed the Bulldogs’ lone individual championship of the two-day event. He was happy with his title but sees room for improvement for his team. “I wrestled hard and I wrestled smart against some tough competition,” Gerken said. “But after a night’s sleep, we came out really flat this morning and we lost our momentum. “We’re probably going to have to do some more conditioning to get our stamina up.” Despite the peaks and valleys of the weekend, Bearden mustered enough energy to claim fourth in the tournament. Majors, Bearden’s representative in the 220-pound weight class, was dominant before falling 9-5 in the title match to Heritage’s Jeb Davis, who boasts a 13-0 record this season. It was the first loss of the 201314 campaign for Majors (13-1).

Bearden had a trio of thirdplace finishers in Zach Patterson (126 pounds), Ben Kaemmerer (132 pounds) and David Garabrandt (145). Dustin Wilson (182 pounds) finished fourth in his division and Teo Lopez (106) took fifth in his weight class. Halls won the team title with 228.5 points. Heritage was second (226.5), followed by Science Hill (211), the Bulldogs (206.5) and Sprayberry (Ga.) with 164. Hardin Valley Academy, despite having a young team and new coach, had a pair of athletes earn medals as Ian McNitt finished second in the 120-pound division and Nick Moore (138) posted a sixth-place in his weight class. McNitt, a sophomore, pinned all of his opponents en route to a showdown in the finals against Heritage’s Nick Crawford. McNitt dropped a 13-2 decision to the Mountaineers’ junior (8-1). “I ran into a buzz saw,” said McNitt, who fell to 13-1 with the loss to Crawford. “I feel like I wrestled to the best of my ability. “I had my shots [against Crawford] but I just wasn’t finishing them and he rode me really well. We have a young team and we’ll get better.” New Hawks’ head coach Diego Contreras said he was pleased with his squad and McNitt. “We’re really young and right now, we’re working toward January and February,” Contreras said. “We have 12 new wrestlers and this was a good tough tournament for us to see where we are early in the season. “We’re really proud of Ian. He knows what he has to do to get better and he’s a hard worker.” Farragut also competed in the tournament. Like the Hawks, the Admirals have a young team and FHS head coach Joe McAllister is

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Bearden's Jacob Gerken, a 152-pound sophomore, gray uniform, takes first after defeating Halls' Andrew Kitts 8-7 during championship rounds of the Knoxville Catholic Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Dec. 7.

hoping that the weekend’s competition will make his team better in the long run. “We’re young and green,” McAllister said. “We need more confidence. Farragut had a pair of seniors go 2-2 during the weekend. Blade Martin (152 pounds) and Ryan Coke (182) both split their four matches. McAllister said he was hoping those athletes would’ve fared a bit better. “I was hoping for better out of Blade and Ryan, but that’s the way this sport goes,” he said. Martin, however, said that he learned some valuable lessons at Catholic. “I wrestled the top seed in my

first match and were locked up early,” he said. “But I lost it and

in my next match, I was a little too cocky.


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Lady Bulldogs early this season, led the way with 18 points and was a dominant force on the boards. Anajae Stephney, another newcomer, scored 16 points and senior guard Erin Walsh finished with 16 points for Bearden, which held a 38-19 advantage at halftime. Underwood said that he’s been pleased with Rice early this year. “Madison does a great job when she posts,” he said. “She’s an undersized player in the post. “She works hard and she’s an excellent free throw shooter.” Bearden’s boys also had an easy time with the Rebels, who were without several football players. It was the third consecutive win

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game 14-14 when Brown hooked up with Corey Jones on a 74-yard scoring strike with 56 seconds left in the first half. Brown hit Scott Mullahey for the game-tying 2point conversion. The late first-half score gave St. George’s a shot of momentum. The Gryphons were in the midst of a potential go-ahead touchdown drive and had the ball at Webb’s 24 when senior Matthew Melton intercepted a pass from Brown at the Webb 10-yard line at the 3:44 mark of the third quarter. “We played pretty well on the defensive side,” Meske said. “In the second half, Matthew Melton had an interception that turned things into our favor.” Melton, who also plays running back for the Spartans, scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 26-yard run with 38 seconds remaining in the period. He rushed for 67 yards on eight carries and gave the Spartans a 21-14 lead. After that,

for the Bulldogs (4-2 overall, 2-0 in the district). It also was Bearden’s second game back after a long hiatus. The Bulldogs took Thanksgiving Week off while longtime head coach Mark Blevins had neck surgery. Against the Rebels, the Bulldogs boasted a balanced scoring attack. Jack Graham led Bearden with 17 points. Jason Smith added 15 while Jarrell Stephney and Austin Duncan each finished with 13 points for the Bulldogs, who had some struggles prior to the long break. Bearden had some time off after outlasting Knoxville Catholic 57-44 Nov. 22 at KCHS. In its first game back, BHS upended Lenoir City 100-69 Tuesday, Dec. 3, at LCHS and that

“For the last 15 years, the game has come down to the last possession every time we’ve gone down there. It was nice to play well and score 100 points down there where they always play tough.”

result left Blevins pleased. “I’m really happy with the way we’re playing,” Blevins said. “We played well at West but I’m really pleased with the way we played at Lenoir City.

Webb was ahead for good. Kelly closed the scoring with an 8-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. For the Spartans, the championship game was business as usual. Webb did its offensive damage on the ground with its threeheaded running attack. Strachan had a big second half and finished the contest with 131 yards on 22 carries. “Robby Strachan was big for us in the second half,” Meske said. “This is a very good football team. We have a lot of talent. “We were fortunate enough to have three great running backs. We had eight seniors and they all came to practice every day and they worked hard. They all did a great job.” The game was played while intermittent showers rained onto the field, but Meske didn’t think that the inclement weather was a factor. “It rained off and on but it didn’t rain hard,” he said.

Graham scored 22 points and was one of four players in double figures. Sam Phillips added 14. William Snyder had 14. Stephney finished with 12 and Smith had 11.

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