Greater Knoxville Hall of Fame recognizes FHS dominanceLynn E. Sexton’s time as tennis coach at Maryville College, in the late 1950s, wasn’t exactly the catalyst propelling him into Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.
“They got me coaching tennis one year, and it was a joke because I was not a tennis player. … I drove them to the matches and sat back and watched them,” said Sexton, whose fame is based on 544 career basketball wins as Farragut High School varsity boys basketball head coach, three state tournament appearances and East Tennessee dominance from 1977 through 1983.
That came during 30 seasons as Admirals skipper (1961-62 through 1990-91).
Sexton’s best seasons ran from 1977 through 1983: 36-1 in 1982-83 (state semifinal appearance), 32-2 in 1981-82, 29-5 in 1980-81, 28-5 in 1979-80 (state tourney appearance), 29-6 in 1978-79 and 28-7 in 1977-78 (state tourney appearance). read more
Rock Around the Dock for AutismHundreds supported the battle against autism by attending the third annual Rock Around the Dock for Autism.
The event, presented by Regal Entertainment, was hosted by The Shrimp Dock at its Bearden location. It benefited Autism Society of East Tennessee and featured a Cajun shrimp and crawfish boil, complimentary beverages, a performance by the musical group, Tall Paul, and a silent auction.
For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.
Optimist Club prepares for Camp Eagle’s NestWest Knoxville Optimist Club will be preparing a big meal to send to Camp Eagle’s Nest Tuesday, July 31.
Camp Eagle’s Nest is for patients from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology Clinic.
“I just think … it’s a huge display of their courage, and it’s a moment where they get to celebrate and get to be kids, 100 percent kids,” Cynthia Cormany, West Knoxville Optimist Club sergeant at arms, said.
“The Sunday they show up for camp, we prepare a cookout supper: hot dogs, hamburgers, that kind of thing, for all the kids and the counselors that are at the camp,” Chris Albrecht, Club intermediate past president, said.
“Seeing those kids puts your own problems in perspective real quickly,” Albrecht said regarding the children at Camp Eagle’s Nest. read more
Volunteers turn trash into mats for homelessPlastic bags have never looked as good as when willing hands turn them into crocheted mats for the homeless.
A recycler, Chuck Stuewe knew a good recycling project when he saw it.
His bridge partner, Diane Sams, got the idea for the mats after seeing her ex-husband, a doctor, use them to cushion medical equipment and supplies being sent to impoverished countries. Once at their destination the “packing material” was offered to people who had nothing more than dirt for a bed.
Stuewe saw a way to bring the idea closer to home. He found the most interest in the project at the Davis Family YMCA along Northshore Drive. A friend sent him and his idea to Pam Williams, vice president of membership. “She took right off with it,” Stuewe says. read more
KCHD begins summer campaign to reduce mosquito bitesKnox County Health Department has launched a summer-long public health campaign, #MosquitoMonday, to reduce mosquito-borne illnesses, including the Zika virus.
“This is a special media campaign to cause awareness about how people can reduce the number of mosquitoes on their property,” Dr. Martha Buchanan, Knox County Health Department director, said.
During the campaign, KCHD will post tips and advice for residents each Monday on its Facebook and Twitter pages, Katharine Killen, KCHD Community Relations director, said.
“Our hope is that #Mosqui-toMonday will serve as a weekly reminder for residents to do what they can to prevent mosquito bites and reduce breeding grounds around their homes and businesses,” Buchanan said. “This campaign also should be a conduit for residents to find up-to-date, easily sharable information about the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.” read more
Get away for fun-filled week at Henderson RanchYoung people don’t have bucket lists because there’s just too much they want to do to put on a list.
Besides, young people are too busy with now to think much about tomorrows. They’ll also discover as they age, they could never imagine some of the stuff they’ll do without it ever ap-pearing on a list.
My bucket list is getting shorter, but it’s a good thing. I’m finding out, I cross off the been-there-done-that stuff faster than I’m adding more to do. Then there are those desires that gradually fade in time.
For example, I carried around a wish for 50 years that I’m “happily” crossing off my bucket list, not because I did it, but because now I don’t want to.
With just a little thought I got to the bottom of why it’s been such a perennial desire — advertising. read more