Tennova Healthcare goes red

Newborns receive knitted hats to promote Little Hats, Big Hearts national initiative

Neil Heatherly, Tennova Healthcare Systems CEO, and his wife, Katie Heatherly, bring their 6-month-old daughter, Evelyn Heatherly, to the Little Hats, Big Hearts kickoff. The Heatherlys are chairing this year’s Go Red for Women. Volunteers at Tennova Healthcare are delivering red knitted and crocheted hats to babies born in February at its hospitals in recognition of American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program.

Tennova joined American Heart Association representatives for a kick-off of the program Monday, Feb. 1, in Turkey Creek Medical Center off Parkside Drive in Farragut. At the kick-off the hospital presented an honorary red hat to Sadie Edixon and her parents, Robyn and Lyle Edixon. Lyle is senior financial analyst for Tennova’s East Tennessee hospitals.

Jerry Askew, vice president of External Relations with Tennova Healthcare, said Little Hats, Big Hearts is a program to raise awareness of heart diseases, specifically congenital heart defects, which is the most common type of birth defect in the country.
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Zachary sworn in as member of 109th General Assembly

State Rep. Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville), second from left, was sworn into office as a member of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly. NASHVILLE — The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week, marking the beginning of the second half of the 109th General Assembly in Tennessee.

As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Rep. Jason Zachary (R–Knoxville) took the oath of office and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Zachary was elected to the House during a special election to fill the seat of now retired State Rep. Ryan Haynes.

This year, legislators are looking to build upon the success of the previous legislative session that saw wasteful government spending cut from the budget, taxes reduced for all Tennes-seans, measures passed to en-courage job growth and numerous government reforms.
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Campbell Station Wine & Spirits Open House

Jared Jordan and Kathey Eaton Campbell Station Wine & Spirits welcomed Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce members as it celebrated the completion of the store’s remodel and expansion with a ribbon-cutting event.

Chamber members and customers gathered Thursday, Nov. 12, in the store at 707 N. Campbell Station Road, Farragut, to see first-hand the store’s new features, which include a 22-foot-by-14-foot climate-controlled wine room, about 2,000 more square feet, new lighting, floors and other features.

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

Lackey chosen to march with Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Iowa

Farragut High School senior Brianna Lackey, front, performs with FHS Band. Briana Lackey, a Farragut High School senior, seeks to fulfill her dream of marching with Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Du-buque, Iowa, and she is asking for the community’s help in fulfilling that dream.

“It means the world to me” she said. “It’s an amazing opportunity.”

She compared the experience to the marching band big leagues.

Briana, a member of Farragut High School Marching Band and Winter Guard program, is trying to raise $3,500 so she can join Colts Drum and Bugle Corps when it marches this summer. She auditioned Dec. 18 and was offered a contract. The balanced has to be paid by May 15, she said.

She has a Help Me March Drum Corps 2016 gofundme account at gofundme.com/breecolts2016.

Briana also is planning a garage sale in spring and is saving money by working.
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Consider timing, lifestyle when choosing first pet

Ask the Vet

Q: We haven’t had a pet in a few years, and I think we are finally ready.

The kids really want a dog, and they are getting old enough to help. Are there any breeds you recommend for families?

Anything else we should think about beforehand? L.B., Farragut

A: Congratulations! Yes, there are many things for you and your family to think about before adding to your family.

First, consider your lifestyle. Do you want a dog that will go run or hike with you, or simply snuggle on the couch with you?

Those thoughts may help you decide what size of dog might fit in best with your family.

You don’t mention the ages of your children, but are they willing to help with grooming your new pet?
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Knoxville Opera presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’

Knoxville Opera is bringing the classic tale of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” to life.

The the fully-staged production of “Hansel and Gretel” will be performed in English at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” follows two mischievous children, portrayed by Chrystal Williams as Hansel and Lindsay Russell as Gretel, who venture deep into the heart of an en-chanted forest.

What begins as an innocent hunt for strawberries quickly transforms into an exciting es-capade, as Hansel and Gretel encounter a Sandman, a Dew Fairy, a chorus of angels and an evil witch.

Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera executive director, will host a preview, which will begin 45 minutes before each performance.

“Opera lovers won’t want to miss Hansel and Gretel as they sing, dance and rescue their newfound friends from evil,” Salesky said.
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