Light the Park
Hundreds turn out for annual Town, FBA community eventAmong all the fellowship, music, holiday sentimentality and colorful lights enjoyed by hundreds at Third Annual Light the Park presented by TDS, a local father-son musical act made their first-ever public appearance.
Thomas Clay, a freshman at Hardin Valley Academy, played saxophone accompanying his father, local jazz vocalist and pianist Brian Clay, as the rain held off in Campbell Station Park Monday evening, Dec. 2.
The pair performed “Mary Did You Know,” as Brian’s face occasionally beamed with a big smile observing his son’s performance.
“I’m really proud; there’s nothing like being able to perform and do music with your son,” Brian said. “For his first-ever performance, I think he did wonderful. He’s got a future in music.”
Although Thomas said he wants to become “a professional football player,” he added, “I like playing instruments for fun. I’ve played saxophone for three years and trumpet for four years.” read more
New signage welcomes visitors to FarragutMotorists entering the town of Farragut at Watt Road will see a larger entrance sign.
Public Works staff members from the town of Farragut recently installed the new entrance sign at the Farragut border to be more prominent, said Chelsey Riemann, public relations coordinator for the Town.
“The more prominent en-trance signs were identified as a priority project of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the Farragut Strategic Plan process,” Riemann said.
“As easements are acquired in the future, additional entrance signs will be installed at the town of Farragut borders,” she added. “These signs will replace the current smaller signs, providing clear identification of the entrances to the Town.”
However, these signs are different from flagstone structures, featuring an anchor and lights, the Town’s planners earlier proposed.
“Apparently [Tennessee Department of Transportation] does not allow stacked stone signs in the right of way,” said Sue Stuhl, Parks and Leisure Services director. “It had to be wood break-away signs. read more
Parkside BB&T robbedThe Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chief David Rausch of the Knoxville Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man, pictured above, who robbed a BB&T branch Monday, Dec. 2, in Knoxville, just outside of Farragut.
At about 10:53 a.m., a man entered the BB&T bank at 11113 Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek in Knoxville brandishing a silver handgun and demanding money from the bank employees. The subject has been described as follows: White male, 6-foot to 6-foot-2 tall, late 20s to early 30, 180-200 pounds, medium build, brown hair with a beard, last seen wearing a brown Carhartt cap, navy blue jacket, dark pants and glasses.
Suspect is armed with a silver handgun.
After obtaining money from the bank, the man fled on foot eastbound past Jimmy Johns restaurant. read more
Town accepting applications for second ‘Introduction to Farragut’Town of Farragut invites community members interested in learning more about Farragut to apply for its second “Introduction to Farragut” program set to begin in January 2014.
“‘Introduction to Farragut’ is a unique way to connect participants with the Town, providing information on its history, government structure and operations, public safety, education and volunteer opportunities,” Chelsey Riemann, public relations coordinator for the Town, said.
Open to any interested person — Farragut residency not required — the program will begin with a reception and kick-off at the Farragut Town Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, Riemann added.
Classes will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11 and March 25, all at Town Hall. Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8.
Riemann said, “New this year, participants will take part in the Food for Kids program.” read more
Common Core topic for FIS campOwen Cianciolo, a fifth grader at Farragut Intermediate School, summed up new statewide Common Core public school standards well enough to be repeated during a special camp.
“To his parents at the table he said, ‘We used to just pick an answer and mark it and go on, but now what we do is we read something, we choose an answer, we think about it and tell why that answer is right, and we back it up with text evidence,’” said Candace Evans, FIS instructional coach.
Evans joined other FIS teachers and administrators, including principal Kay Wellons, for FIS Common Core Camp, a parent-student learning session in the school’s music room and library Thursday evening, Oct. 24.
Roughly 15 different families of FIS children attended this 90-minute session.
“We’re showing an overview of what tasks students will be asked to perform on the state tests coming up next year [February 2015],” Evans told parents and students about the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness For College and Careers test.
“What boys and girls are asked to do is to take text, analyze it, choose pieces of importance and write about it,” Evans added. read more