Internship leads Leach on career path

Everglades adventure helps kick off Paideia Academy senior’s year

Paideia Academy senior Aidan Leach on a year-long internship that led him to do films in the Everglades for a week. Paideia Academy senior Aidan Leach had a chance to live out a passion for adventure and affirm his choice of a career when he took on a year-long internship that led him to do films in the Everglades National Park for a week.

“It was a good way to kick off my internship and really set the stage for the rest of the year,” Aidan said.

“We were in the heart of the swamp,” he said about his Florida experience. “You could step out, and it was there.”

Aidan traveled to Florida as part of an internship for school credit, said Tisha Clapp, director of advancement at Paideia Academy, a private school off Yarnell Road.

“We were gone from the first of July until July 4,” Aidan said.

Students at Paideia Academy spend their junior year writing a thesis paper about a topic related to a possible career interest then, as seniors, they seek out internships related to their thesis papers, Clapp said.
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Farragut resident turns 100

Jennifer Reddy, left, longtime friend, pins a corsage on Anne Davis of Farragut during her 100th birthday celebration, Sunday, Aug. 9, at the home of Jorie Rieves, cousin, in Lenoir City. When Anne Underwood Davis of Farragut celebrated her 99th birthday last year, she said she wanted a party this year, and she got it.

Friends, family, fellow church members and even Town officials turned out Sunday, Aug. 9, at the home of Jorie Rieves to celebrate Davis’ 100th birthday.

“I’m tired,” Davis said. “It took a long time getting here. I don’t think I’ll try for 200.”

When she was asked how she lived such a long life, she smiled, with a glint in her eye and answered, “God didn’t want me and the devil was afraid he would lose control.”

But, more seriously, she said she attributed her long life to good genes and a gift from God.

“I’ve enjoyed all my birthdays,” she said. “I tell [people] I’m just here by the grace of God.”
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Farragut Lions Club invites residents vision lab Sept. 16

Farragut residents can find a volunteer opportunity with Farragut Lions Club’s Mobile Vision Lab and see first-hand how eyeglasses are made during its next event starting 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Fountain City Lions Club building in Fountain City Park, Knoxville. Farragut Lions Club invites the Farragut community to see how glasses are made when it holds its Mobile Vision Lab.

“People are welcome to come and see what is going on,” Dave Crawford, a member of Smoky Mountain

Lions Charities and Farragut Lions Club member, said. “It’s an interesting operation.”

The next Mobile Vision Lab Mission 25 will have its next event at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Fountain City Lions Club building in Fountain City Park, Knoxville.

Lions Club members join professionals and other volunteers to make glasses and conduct exams in the lab, Crawford said.

Farragut Lions Club has scheduled nine exams at a cost of $105 and 11 pair of glasses at a cost of $220 with $50 in expected co-pays, Crawford said. “We charge co-pays if the glasses are for people who we helped less than two years ago.” These people would be those who lost or broke their previous glasses, he added.
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6 reasons not to read this column

1. If your home is immaculate and running like a well-oiled clock.

2. Your family begs to help with household chores.

3. You’re happy with your weight.

4. You’re wealthy and debt free.

5. You have a team of professional housecleaners who come and clean daily.

6. You are ecstatic with your marriage.

7. Okay, I thought of another one, you’re never late.
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Concord Yacht Club to hold Labor Day Regatta

Concord Yacht Club will be holding its annual Labor Day Regatta beginning Sunday, Sept. 6, giving the Farragut-Concord area one more weekend of summer before fall breezes in,

The CYC’s final summer regatta is a two-day pursuit race beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, and 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7. Anyone interested in watching the regatta can do so from the clubhouse patio, the gazebo or any of the docks at CYC at no cost.

“For the Labor Day Regatta,” CYC Commodore Sandra Ford-Johnson said. “It’s going to be a pursuit race so everyone’s going to start at a certain time for their handicap so you’re not going to see them all circling out there waiting for that thing. That’s scary.”
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Smith finds passion volunteering at The Lantern

Muriel Smith, a resident at Morning Pointe’s The Lantern facility in Lenoir City, goes through a scrapbook with Kassie Smith, who was recently hired as a resident assistant at Morning Pointe after volunteering since she was 15. While many 15-year-old girls are spending their summers with friends, Kassie Smith was taking a path that would lead her to a future career.

“God has brought me here,” Smith said, now 18. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

She said when she started volunteering at Morning Pointe’s The Lantern, an Alzheimer’s/memory care facility in Lenoir City, she never thought geriatrics would be her passion.

But after three years, Smith has been hired as a resident assistant, and she is pursuing a nursing degree at Roane State Community College with plans to transfer to Lincoln Memorial University.

“This is a great beginning,” she said about her experience at The Lantern.

In 2012, Smith, who attended Crossroads Christian School, decided she wanted to volunteer during the summer.
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Taste of Turkey Creek slated for Sept. 11

Just 10 days left to purchase advance price tickets for “The Taste of Turkey Creek” to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, hosted by the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek with the Cole Neuroscience Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center as the presenting sponsor.

This event gives the community an opportunity to experience in one evening the diverse wining and dining selections available at Turkey Creek while benefiting The Pat Summitt Foundation’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Adult tickets are $15 and children’s are $5 in advance and can be purchased online by going to or by calling 865-675-0120. Tickets also will be available at the event entrance for $20 per adult and $10 per child.
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31st Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo

Jungwon Kim and son, Damu, 4, with their catfish More than 100 youth competitors from preschool age to 13 took part in 31st Annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo, catching mainly catfish in the Fort Loudoun Lake-fed pond at Anchor Park in Farragut Saturday

morning, May 9.

Regal Cinemas gift cards when to winners, in six age and gender categories, for Biggest Fish Caught — Jaela Watt, Saddler Sims, Ellie Boertje, Keyton Watt, Brianna Cantrell and Charlie Clarno — plus one overall award for Most

Fish Caught — Reid Vining.

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