Rising Star

Mary Claire sings her way to Bijou middle school talent award

Mary Claire Carter sings during her winning performance in historic Bijou Theater, downtown Knoxville, in Fifth Annual Bijou Awards Youth Talent Competition Saturday evening, Jan. 14. As the only singer in her immediate family, Mary Claire Carter, 14, got a real early start when first being exposed to the sweet sounds of song.

“She’s always loved to sing,” said Christa Carter, Mary Claire’s mother, adding that while Mary Claire and twin sister, Sarah, were neonatal intensive care unit infants, “Mary Claire was a lot more sick than Sarah and they were separated for a while.

“So we played music for Mary Claire because we couldn’t hold her for a long time,” the mother added. “I don’t know if that had any influence.”

Mary Claire, a seventh-grader at Farragut Middle School, was champion among five middle school nominated finalists from the Knoxville metropolitan area, comprising nine counties, singing her way to Rising Star award during Fifth Annual Bijou Awards Youth Talent Competition. The ceremony was held Saturday evening, Jan. 14, in downtown Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theater.
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Grand Opening: OsteoStrong of Farragut

Lisa Monnig, left, Betsy Herzog, center, and Jenna Massa Dee Matchett, owner of OsteoStrong of Farragut, 11110 Kingston Pike, Suite 125, welcomed customers, numerous Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and town of Farragut aldermen during the business’ grand opening celebration, hosted by FWKCC, Wednesday morning, Jan. 11. The grand opening also featured some of Matchett’s friends along with OsteoStrong employees, including Matchett’s son, Ross Ledbetter. For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.

Arsenal’s Adams a ‘flab to fit’ success story

Staff and family members were in full force during Arsenal Strength Training Facility’s recent grand opening and ribbon-cutting. Among them is Chris Adams, third male from left, with son, Hayden, 9, standing in front. To Adams’ immediate right is wife, Tiffany, and son, Hunter, 12. Chris Adams, a 1996 Farragut High School graduate, is ready and willing to help fellow FHS alumni — or anybody else — stay or get physically fit.

After all, Adams himself has come a long way fitness-wise since childhood.

“How I got into fitness to start with was, I was a very overweight kid growing up,” said Adams, a minority owner of Arsenal Strength Training Facility, with a recently opened 18,000-square foot home, 10710 Lexington Drive, near Lovell Road and town of Farragut limits.

“I weighed more when I was 12 years old than I do right now, but not in a good way,” Adams, who earned a sports management degree from The University of Tennessee in 2001, added. “I was very much a couch potato. My parents really didn’t get me into sports. I was pretty much a lazy kid.
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Farragut Museum to display ‘Fashionably Late’ collection

Farragut Museum volunteer Joyce Moran, left, shows Julia Barham, Farragut Museum historic resources coordinator, a hoop for a skirt being included in a new exhibit “Fashionably Late,” which will open Monday, Jan. 23. The museum is located in Farragut Town Hall. Farragut Museum is looking at fashions of yesterday with its upcoming exhibit, “Fashionably Late.”

The exhibit, which opens Monday, Jan. 23, in the museum housed in Farragut Town Hall, features clothing and hats from the museum’s collection that are representative of those worn during the mid-20th Century, plus a couple of “undergarments from the 1800s,” said Julia Barham, Farragut Museum historic resources coordinator.

“I always feel excited about exhibits where we display items the public generally does not get to see,” Barham said. “We have so many wonderful items in our collection, and I love being able to pick a topic, such as fashion, and really showcase what we have.”  

Friends of Farragut Museum are invited to an invitation-only tea Saturday, Jan. 21, to kick off the exhibit.
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Faith Lutheran turns 40

Lutheran Bishop Julian Gordy dedicates a plaque that marks Faith Lutheran Church’s first service, which gathered in 1976 in the old Farragut Primary School, during a celebration in the church, 225 James-towne Blvd., Dec. 11. During the ceremony, Faith Lutheran charter member Alice Pigott prays. When Faith Lutheran Church began serving the community, Farragut was not yet a town.

Subdivisions were just being planned and Tennessee Valley Authority and Oak Ridge National Laboratories were still booming.

Forty years later, a little more than 400 current and former church members reminisced about the church’s beginnings at a 40th anniversary celebration of its first service. They gathered in the church at 225 Jamestowne Blvd., Farragut, Dec. 11, for two services and to open a time capsule.

“We wanted to celebrate the past but also look to the future,” charter member Mildred Fenske said.

“We sang the same hymns, which was nice,” Dr. Bob Stelter, current pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, said. He added Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill presented a proclamation in honor of the church’s milestone.

“Mildred searched for former members on the Internet,” Faith Lutheran charter member Eric Johnson said. “We had people come from South Carolina, from Georgia, Kingsport and Nashville who were charter members. People who were original charter members thought it was important to come.”
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Are your New Year’s resolutions nothing more than hope?

Happy New Year everyone! Is your New Year’s Resolution to get more organized in 2017 really just a New Year’s Hope?

Over the years, I’ve endeavored to help you get organized and at the same time help you to fall in love with YOU. I’ve dedicated my career to helping you and your quest to have a peaceful, cozy, organized and happy home.

Until I quit hoping I could get organized, I faithfully faced each New Year in a bigger mess than the year before, and with a bigger hope that this time I’d do it. That kind of hope is unconscious compromise with doubt. It’s wishful thinking. It’s like saying, “I’m going to try to get organized this next year.” When you try you lie. When you hope, it’s nope. So how do you quit hoping and trying and just do it?
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