Easter comes to Farragut

Concord UMC observes ‘seder’ Passover

They got together to light a candle, eat some bitter herbs and remember a night that happened more than 3,000 years ago.

About 200 members and guests at Concord United Methodist Church filled tables in the worship center on April 12.

The mission is to reflect on the roots of Christianity and retell the story of God delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The Passover story is in the Book of Exodus or the Shemot in the Hebrew Bible. Each year CUMC puts on a festive yet orderly “seder” meal, a custom that has been observed for millennia. The Hebrew word “seder” means “order,” or “arrangement,” and the crowd was instructed not to eat or drink anything until instructed.

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Johnson among 7 FHS athletes to sign

These seven Farragut High School senior student/athletes signed scholarship papers on National Signing Day, Wednesday morning, April 12, in FHS’s Vickie B. Wells Auditorium. Seated, from left, are Lily Schneider [diver, The University of Tennessee], Anna Johnson [diver, Rochester Institute of Technology] and Hannah Price [tennis, Carson-Newman University]. Standing, from left, are Justen Freeman [baseball, Lee University], Kevin McCarthy [baseball, Roane State Community College], Adam Fulton [football, Concord University, W. Va.] and Nick Rogers [basketball, Carson-Newman].
Anna Johnson broke down one barrier at Farragut High School, which allowed her to earn a scholarship to a New York college.

A three-year diver on the FHS Admirals swimming and diving team who took up the sport in the eighth grade, “She is the first deaf diver at Farragut. … She was 10th in the state this year,” announced Brenda McGrath, an FHS math teacher who has been a long-time team sponsor.

Johnson, who signed scholarship papers with Rochester Institute of Technology, along with six other signees were recognized during a National Signing Day ceremony Wednesday morning, April 12, in FHS’s Vickie B. Wells Auditorium.

Other signees were baseball infielder Justen Freeman [Lee University] and infielder Kevin McCarthy [Roane State Community College]; diver Lily Schneider [The University of Tennessee]; basketball guard-wing Nick Rogers [Carson-Newman]; football quarterback Adam Fulton [Concord University, W.Va.] and tennis star Hannah Price [Carson-Newman].

Mauricio Robles, volunteer coach with UT Men’s and Women’s Diving teams and a two-time SEC Diver of the Year and All-American with the Vols, praised Schneider and her three years of top-four state finishes in the 1-meter event.

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Working Joe

Yoga brings balance to Rainey

Randy Rainey leads yoga class at Blue Ridge Yoga, 623 N. Campbell Station Road. Rainey discovered yoga about 20 years ago and teaches six classes a week there.
Randy Rainey was on the road. As a marketing and sales rep for Kraft Foods in Knoxville, he was on a plane or in the car at least three days a week.

“My job was very stressful,” he said. “I had been a runner for years, but I wanted to do something more sustainable for the rest of my life, something that added a mental and physical component.”

So about 20 years ago, he walked into his very first yoga class.

“Yoga is traditionally taught by men in India,” Rainey laughed, “but I was in the minority in that first class.”

Now retired, Rainey is a popular teacher at Blue Ridge Yoga on the corner of Grigsby Chapel and Campbell Station roads. He teaches six classes a week there, a couple of regular classes for the YMCA, volunteers with American cancer support association in Bearden and works with athletes.

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FMS receives $500 grant

Darrell Welch, left, district manager of KenJo Markets, presents a $500 check to Weston Edmonds, FMS principal, and Trudy Rogers, FMS Science Department chairwoman. The $500, which was a grant from an Exxon Mobile National Math and Science Initiative, will be used for technology and professional development.
Farragut Middle School has received a $500 grant from Exxon Mobile for math and science.

The grant was part of an Exxon Mobile National Math and Science Initiative, of which the company is the founding sponsor.

“We are really excited to receive the grant,” FMS principal Weston Edmonds said. “We received a call from Darrell Welch, district manager of KenJo Markets. He said that Exxon had a grant competition for schools.”

Welch entered FMS in the competition, Edmonds said.

“Farragut Middle School was chosen and received a check for $500, which will be used for staff development and technology.  

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