KCSO team wins Rotary Bee

Knox County Sheriff’s Office team was champion during The Rotary Club of Farragut’s Eighth Annual Spelling Bee for Adults Tuesday, evening, April 1, in Faith Lutheran Church. From left are KCSO Capt. Bobby Hubbs, Investigator Frankie Byrne are Marianne Thompson. What is two-thirds British, two-thirds middle school and 100 percent law enforcement?

The top three finishers during The Rotary Club of Farragut’s Eighth Annual Spelling Bee for Adults Tuesday evening, April 1.

Correctly spelling “tanha,” the Knox County Sheriff’s Office team won for the second time ever in this adult bee (also 2012), held for the second straight year in Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd.

Marianne Thompson, Capt. Bobby Hubbs and Investigator Frankie Byrne each took home a first-place trophy.
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Vincent breaks barrier

Senior Marissa Vincent, HVA’s first-ever female wrestler, signs with King University, Bristol, during a Wednesday, March 12, ceremony in the school’s library. Seated alongside Vincent, from left, are her relatives: Andrew Foster, cousin; David Marshall, uncle, and Andrea Marshall, aunt. Standing, from left, are Shawnee Foster, cousin; Diego Contreras, HVA head coach, and Wesley McNeely, Cumberland County wrestling head coach. Because Marissa Vincent dared to become Hardin Valley Academy’s first female wrestler, a handful of eight-graders who will attend HVA next fall have signed up to follow in her footsteps.

Vincent’s interest in wrestling, starting her junior year, stems from she and her cousins “beating each other up” in pick-up wrestling, figuring “why not” try high school wrestling?

“I ended up loving it,” Vincent said, adding that cousins Shawnee Foster, an HVA junior and former high school wrestler, and Andrew Foster, a freshman, “are the main reason that I wrestle.”
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Local Easter egg hunting choices

A number of Easter egg hunts are taking place in the area as the holiday approaches.

Faith Lutheran Church is having an Easter egg hunt starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at the church.

“Registration is required, so we know how many children are coming,” said Mary Boring, office manager at Faith Lutheran Church, said. “They can visit our website at www.faithloves.org for information on how to register.”
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A new hobby . . . get organized!

In my work as a reformed slob turned writer to help moms get organized, I get a lot of mail from my readers. I received this email from Ina and felt it was worth sharing because it seems she’s been “working” at getting organized for years and not getting anywhere.

Dear Pam,

I am a soon to be retired teacher who has never managed to get my act together. I get the necessary business taken care of, but not in an efficient or organized manner. As you know, this takes a great toll on one's peace. I watched my mom go from a vibrant and charismatic ball of disorganized fire to a burned out shadow of her former self as she got older and her ability to pull off anything at the last minute deteriorated. She felt helpless and useless although she was still greatly beloved by many. In an effort to learn from her experience, I have tried and failed to become a model of organization. I have tried, I have failed, but I have not given up!
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Spread the Word to End the Word

Wendy Bennett, left, her daughter, Emma Bennett, and Wendy's sister-in-law, Meredith Bennett at Spread the Word to End the Word Farragut High School’s annual campaign to Spread the Word to End the Word — retarded — climaxed with a walk-around-the-track fundraiser at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Friday evening, March 7.

Dozens of FHS students, including several cheerleaders and dance team members, joined families and friends of intellectually challenged students plus a handful of teachers and administrators.

In addition to walking laps, program sponsors sold T-shirts while participants pitched horseshoes and enjoyed some laughs and lighthearted fun.

Emma Bennett, FHS senior, received huge applause after singing the National Anthem to begin the evening.

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

Distemper outbreak: should I be concerned?

Q: Recently, I have heard about outbreaks of distemper at some local animal shelters. I think my dog is vaccinated for it. Should I be concerned? M.T., Farragut read more

FHS, Einstein Bros. team up to feed hungry

FHS NAHS members help teach Einstein employees bowl making 101

Standing next to their Empty Bowls display in FHS Commons are three of the school’s National Art Honor Society members who helped lead the way in making the fundraising bowls. From left are seniors Grace Khalsa, NAHS president, Brianna Weiss and Sarah Lowrey. With Einstein Bros. Bagels’ annual Empty Bowls soup fundraiser Thursday, April 17, employees have been getting the hang of ceramic bowl-making.

“We did have some work days where some employees got to go in and actually make some bowls, too,” Elizabeth Kidder, Einstein marketing manager and event “facilitator,” said about visits to Farragut High School ceramics classes Tuesdays and Thursdays dating back to January. “Not just old Farragut students, but just members of our crew who had never even been to [FHS] came in and made bowls.
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