Tankersleys’ ‘fabulous’ restoration

Former Old Concord childhood home of Linda Laughlin Ford gets ‘transformation’

Dan and Amy Tankersley built a new front to the house facing Church Street. Dan Tankersley said he bought the former childhood home of Linda Laughlin Ford, wife of Farragut’s second Mayor Eddy Ford, in Old Concord for a project and a home for he and wife, Amy.

“I thought it was fabulous,” Ford said about the Tankersleys’ restoration of the home at 1100 Church St., which sits in the historic district of Old Concord. Ford said she knew the Tankersleys would have to make some renovations to make the house fit their lifestyle, but they maintained the integrity of the home, saving the windows and other original elements, including marble from a former quarry.

“That is very special to me,” she said. “The first time I walked into the home, I was totally amazed. It was so beautiful.

“My parents would be very happy with the transformation of their home,” Ford added. “They are both buried in the Masonic cemetery that overlooks the property.”
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Albritton’s PSCC success recognized by Obama

Ashley Albritton, right, and her son, Mason, accept tickets to the Friday, Jan. 9 Presidential address at Pellissippi State Community College from president L. Anthony Wise Jr. and Rebecca Ashford, PSCC vice president of Student Affairs. Ashley Albritton, age 32, got her career as a medical missionary jump-started in fall 2013 thanks to her younger sister, Alissa Albrit-ton-Sellers.

In fact, seeking a nursing degree while enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College has opened up a whole new life for Ashley. She happily studies alongside her Farragut Middle School seventh-grade son, Mason, at their kitchen table.

It’s a story so powerful in terms of overcoming adversity that U.S. President Barack Obama took notice during his visit to Pellissippi State Community College Jan. 9.

Briefly speaking with Obama following a handshake, “He said, ‘Ashley, I know who you are and I know how hard you are working. Keep up the good job,’” Ashley recalled the President saying. “And I say, ‘Yes sir.’ And he said, ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you.’
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‘Kane’ to Rotary: giving and business fit together

Alex Barnwell, member of The Rotary Club of Farragut, right, enjoys a lively conversation with Glenn "Kane" Jacobs after Jacobs' address to the club during its Wednesday, Nov. 19 meeting. Glenn “Kane” Jacobs told the story of how an elderly woman’s pile of hospital medical bills had been forgiven by a highly regarded surgeon because, several years before, that surgeon was a young door-to-door salesman treated kindly by that very same woman.

“In life, however, things aren’t always as neatly packaged as they are in our story,” Jacobs, the former champion “Kane” in World Wrestling Entertainment, added. “Sometimes we don’t benefit directly from our giving.

“But nevertheless, I believe that givers do gain because givers gain by the very act of giving.”

Jacobs, a Missouri native now living in Knoxville who is co-owner of The Jacobs Agency insurance, was featured speaker during The Rotary Club of Farragut’s Wednesday, Nov. 19, meeting in Fox Den Country Club clubhouse. “Human beings are hard-wired to be empathetic toward one another.”
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Hundreds attend Chamber Open House

Larry Thompson, Sierra Pacific Mortgage, and Sara Harville, Thierry Sommer & Associates, are among those who attended Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Open House Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Chamber office, 11826 Kingston Pike, Farragut. Hundreds turned out to mingle, elbow to elbow, during Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Open House.

The event, which took place Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Chamber office, 11826 Kingston Pike, Farragut, offered music, food, drink and a chance to help underprivileged families in Appalachian areas through the Mission of Hope organization.

“It was a great event,” Betty Sisco, chamber president and chief executive officer, said, adding she was pleased with the turnout. She estimated about 300 came out for the open house.

“There seemed to be more than ever in attendance,” she added. “Lots of new members attended, as well as those who have always supported the Chamber.
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Fall Fire Prevention Festival

From left, Hisan Ashfag, Moet Ashfag and Rafae Ashfag Farragut and area families checked out the simulations, demonstrations and presentations during the Seventh Annual Fall Fire Prevention Festival Saturday, Oct. 18, in the parking lot of Tennova Medical Center off Parkside Drive.

The event offered opportunities for parents and children to learn how to stay safe and prevent fires. While parents talked to Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers, youngsters could check out fire department vehicles.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.