Gunter, Weber garner All-State honors

Brianna Weber, left, and Kathryn Gunter receive their certificates, showing they were selected to be on the All-State TCCA Team, while they were at Coffee County Central High School in Murfreesboro. Hardin Valley Academy cheerleaders Brianna Weber and Kathryn Gunter, both seniors, have been selected to be a part of All-State Cheerleading Squad and compete in Cheerleader of the Year Scholarship program.

“They were selected from all across the state,” Julie Gunter, HVA cheerleading coach, said.

All All-State members will be invited to cheer for the 2016 Toyota Tennessee East-West All-Star Football game held in December.

The All-State squad will be introduced and awards will be presented during TSSAA’s State Cheerleading Championships Saturday, Nov. 12, at Middle Ten-nessee State University in Murfreesboro. The Cheerleader of The Year also will be announced at that time.

During the championship, participants have an opportunity to win individual medals and a $500 Cheerleader of the Year scholarship and other prizes.
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Knox County launches Wreaths Across America

Volunteers laid wreaths at the foot of veterans’ graves at Old East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery off Lyons View Pike in Knox County as part of Wreaths Across America. The Farragut community can take part in honoring veterans buried in Knox County veterans’ cemeteries during the Christmas season.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett once again is launching a Wreaths Across America team, which will be raising funds to place as many live holiday wreaths as possible on graves of veterans buried at the three veterans cemeteries in Knox County.

“If you simply sponsor one wreath or choose to sponsor 100, you are honoring veterans and families who have honored our community with their service,” Burchett said. “Whether the men and women buried in our veteran cemeteries were lost during combat or after living a long life, we do this for the family members who are still living.

“When my mom was alive, I can remember how much it meant to her seeing the wreaths placed on graves at the Lyons View cemetery, where my dad is buried, and now that both my parents are buried there, it means a great deal to me.
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Bearden High School hosts Career Fair

From left, Brad, Caroline and Judy Hobbs Students and parents of Farragut and Bearden high schools and Hardin Valley Academy talked to recruiters of colleges from across the country to get information about the institutions during a Career Fair hosted by BHS Tuesday, Oct. 4. About 115 colleges were represented at the event, attended by about 500 students.

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

Four ways to use your imagination to get back on track: Taking a turn for the best

Because we’re human, we get tempted by foods (and other things) we know aren’t especially good for us. It’s just not fair that foods that aren’t good for us, taste so darn good!

Been on the SES (Summer Eating Spree Diet) Diet lately? You know, too much potato salad and too many corn-on-the-cobs, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, s’mores, sodas, beers, cupcakes and crackers and more. They’re all the treats of summer picnics, camping and barbeques and we associate these fun times with those fun foods. And, you probably have it in your mind that those times without those treats just wouldn’t be fun.
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HVA students place in top 10 at national conference

National Technology Student Association Conference 2016 was held in Nashville June 28 through July 2, Hardin Valley Academy participants included, from left, Sarah Lloyd (senior), Simon Jolly (junior) and Sydney Rowell (senior). In love with the Chinese language and looking toward a possible career in international relations, Sydney Rowell has a string of top-10, even top-five, national finishes in technology related competitions dating back to middle school.

Rowell, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy, who also is student representative on Knox County Board of Education, recently helped HVA win three top-10 honors at a national event.

National Technology Student Association Conference 2016 took place from June 28 through July 2 in Nashville.

Placing fifth nationally in Debating Technology Issues with teammate Ryan Hart, an HVA rising junior, Rowell said, “We work well together. Ryan and I have known each other a couple of years now.
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Picnic brings together veterans of Vietnam, Gulf wars

Although Gulf War veterans were being honored, Sgt. Danny Gordon, Gulf War soldier, left, paid tribute to his father, Danny Gordon Sr., for his service during the Vietnam War. Vietnam Veterans of America Capt. Bill Robinson Chapter 1078 reached out to East Tennessee region’s Gulf War veterans and their families for a picnic.

About 150 attendees, made up of Vietnam and Gulf wars veterans and family members came together for the event, which took place at The Cove at Con-cord Park.

Don Smith, VVA Chapter president, said the picnic provided an opportunity for camaraderie and to demonstrate VVA’s mission that “never again will one generation abandon another.”

“We know the sacrifices you’ve made during your service and after,” Smith said. “We understand and we are here for you.”

He referred to the Gulf War veterans who served from 1990 to the present.

“This is a special day for me,” Sgt. Danny Gordon, a Gulf War veteran, said.
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Anchor Park offers activities for all ages

Jogger Brandon Silvers stopped on a pier in Anchor Park Tuesday, July 16. He said Anchor Park was his favorite park in the immediate area, and he enjoyed jogging there as well as on Turkey Creek Greenway across the street from it. With its fishing piers, fitness course, picnic areas, basketball court, athletic fields, horseshoe toss areas, playgrounds and nearby Turkey Creek Greenway, Anchor Park appeals to many different visitors.

Brandon Silvers, a Farragut resident jogging on Anchor Park’s paved path, said he had looked at all of the parks in the immediate area, but Anchor Park was his favorite.

“It’s great for all ages, kids and adults alike,” he said. The park had many amenities, including fishing piers, from which he had seen people fishing as early as 4 a.m.

Other features of Anchor Park include a sandbox, slides, a rectangular field and a baseball field. The Wells Fargo Gamefield Jogging Course, behind the rectangular field, includes devices for thigh stretches, pull-ups and other exercises.
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