Farmer gridiron rodeo wrangler

Farragut High School senior Carson Farmer attempts to rope a steer during one of his recent rodeo competitions. Farragut High School senior Carson Farmer, 17, has fallen in love with rodeo.

The son of Joel and Angela Farmer, formerly of Farragut, Carson competed in the Red Gate Festival and Rodeo Friday and Saturday, July 18 – 19, at the Red Gate Horse Farm in Maynardville.

Farmer has been competing in rodeos for two years and competed in the Bartow County Cham-pionship Rodeo in Cartersville, Ga., Saturday, July 12, with

his father and cousin, Stephen Farmer. Before he competed in rodeos, he grew up playing football.

“I played football for eight years,” Carson said, adding his father had played football for University of Tennessee.

“I got burned out with football,” Carson said. “My dad said, ‘Find a job or find another sport.’”

Carson grew up around horses, so, three years ago, he looked

to his uncle, Ed Farmer of Georgia, who competed in rodeos for a living.

“He’s been all over the West,” Farmer said about his uncle. “His son, Stephen, rodeoed a long time.
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Rather sisters make second trip to Malawi orphanage

Callie and Sarah Rather, in Malawi, Africa, in June during their visit to the orphanage their family co-funds. Farragut sisters Callie Rather, 21, and Sarah Rather, 18, took a second trip to Malawi, Africa, in June to visit the orphanage their family co-funds.

The Harvest Home, as the Rather family likes to call it, is a product of several families’ desires to help orphaned children in Malawi. Callie and Sarah traveled with their parents last year for one week to help and visit, but decided to revisit without them this year for three weeks.

“It was different it was definitely harder just kind of having to [go without them]. It’s a very relaxed kind of community, not really a lot of initiative I guess, so having our parents [last year] gave us something to kind of look to, so we kind of had to take care of ourselves and we planned our own days and kind of fended for ourselves,” Callie said.

“It was definitely a lot harder and different, but I’m glad we did it,” she added.

The sister duo traveled down with family friends to help prepare the fourth cottage-home at the orphanage. The idea is to put about 12 children in each home with a mother and father figure, implementing a family atmosphere to those who did not have any.
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How prepared are you

The Palmer family, (left) Elijah Palmer, 13, (back) Meagon Palmer, and (right) Abigail Palmer, 11, take a weekly self-defense class with Master Eun at Eun’s Martial Arts Center, 11110 Kingston Pike in Aspen Square. Self-defense is a one of many life skills that most think they

will never need, but when 19-year-old Gregory Crenshaw allegedly attempted kidnapping a Pell-issippi State Community College student Thursday, June 19, she knew how to best protect herself.

But how prepared are other West Knox Country residents if this were to happen again?

Master Seong J. Eun, owner of Eun’s Martial Arts Center, 11110 Kingston Pike (Aspen Square), has a solution to filling the gaps in knowledge of self-defense. He offers an adult self-defense class three times per week, teaching students the importance of protecting themselves in the rare chance someone attacks.

“Of course we have a self-defense class … our program is the physical-mental training, so for example, we have an excellent women’s self-defense class. First, it is good exercise, and they can learn specialized self-defense and defend themselves,” Eun said.
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There’s always room to grow

Have you ever wanted to tell another adult to “grow up?” It’s interesting to watch an adult act like a child, but it’s not as easy to see immature behavior crop up in ourselves. I think we all carry remnants of our childhood into adulthood and studying those remnants in the lab of my own life has been a hoot for me.

July 4, 2014 marks twelve years since I met Nelly. She’s my inner child and constant companion, and when a few hours go by and I haven’t heard from her, I do as any mother would do; I check up on her.

I might ask myself, “Is something bothering you little girl? You don’t seem very happy right now.” If I’m still and listen, I’ll get an answer that would have remained unexpressed had I not questioned myself.

When children are ignored, whether they are real or within, they want attention and they will get it.)
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June bugs in July

It may be July, but the June bug beetle is not afraid to continue buzzing around Town.

The green June beetle makes its annual appearance each year in correspondence with the temperature, day length and season. The prime time for them in this area is June, or, in this case, their swarming begins in June. It is now mid-July and the June bugs continue to hangout, but not to worry — they only last for about four weeks and are harmless to humans.

“It’s that time of year where they do start to come out they only are around maybe four weeks they are very, very

seasonal,” Cheri Coldwate from Heritage Termite and Pest Service, Inc. said.

“They are just annoying. You do not really want them around and they do not destroy things,” she added.
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Breakthrough 5K Run/One Mile Walk For Autism Awareness

Melissa Breeden (707), Danielle Trent (925), Rebekkah Nance (847) and Danyelle Trent at Breakthrough 5K Run/One Mile Walk For Autism Awareness Combing the love of avid running with the dedication to stamp out autism,

Eighth Annual Breakthrough 5K Run/One Mile Walk For Autism Awareness drew hundreds of runners and walkers along Parkside Drive. Participants started along Turkey Cove Lane and ran into The Cove subdivision, eventually finishing in the parking lot of Regal Cinemas Pinnacle Stadium 18 Saturday morning, April 5.