Easter sunriseVirtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church congregation members celebrated Easter as the sun rose over the trees early Sunday morning.
About 70 of Virtue Church’s 100 members gathered just before 7 a.m., Sunday, April 20, as the dawn broke in front of the church’s pavilion.
“We started this [sunrise service] about 1950 or 1951,” church member Alfred McFee said. “We did it in different locations. It’s a great thing to do. We have good fellowship, and it’s a good way to worship.”
“It makes me feel alive,” Virtue elder Herman Waddell said about the Easter sunrise. “It’s just like we’re looking for the second coming.
“It feels like this is the morning. Of course, we think [the second coming] is some time off, but it will be great it does [happen],” he said.
“To me, it’s Christ coming out of the tomb,” church member Anne Shipley said.
“To me, it’s very important just to celebrate the resurrection of Christ,” church member Dave Huffman said. “It’s just like a new birth, really, on this day anyway.” read more
FHS alumni host grand reunion Saturday, May 3It’s that time of year when Farragut High School senior citizen alumni begin planning for their “grand” gathering.
Annual FHS Grand Reunion, which dates back to the mid-1990s according to event organizer George Hamilton (Class of 1943), will run from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3, in Virtue Cumberland Pres-byterian Church Family Life Center off Virtue Road.
“Bring your kids and your family. You can bring anybody you want to,” Hamilton said about alumni who aren’t limited to just bringing a non-alumni spouse.
“We cut through the baloney, and everybody just has a good time and reminisces with their friends and classmates and all that stuff,” Hamilton added.
Cost is $5, Hamilton said, and can be paid at the door. Refreshments include “coffee and do-nuts,” Hamilton added.
An array of old FHS annuals and yesteryear photographs will be laid out on rows of tables for all to enjoy and use as references for reminiscing.
Graduates from the late 1930s and early 1940s were the most “grand” of all attendees last year. In all, “about 80 something” attended in 2013 at Virtue Family Life Center, Hamilton said. read more
BOMA ponders beer ordinance changesFarragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen is expected to have a new beer ordinance before it that would be more lenient to non-food business owners wanting to have beer in their stores.
The Board discussed amending the ordinance during its Thursday, April 10, workshop, which took place before the meeting. While the Board took no action, staff is expected to have a proposed ordinance to Board members for first reading at its meeting Thursday, April 24.
Echelon Bicycle owners Kelly and Tanya Hamm said they are optimistic about the Board’s reactions.
“Obviously, we are really excited,” Tanya Hamm said.
“I think it’s a very encouraging move ahead,” Kelly Hamm added. “I didn’t know what to expect. I think I have a pretty good understanding of their transcendental concerns with allowing non-food businesses serving beer. They are wary of other types of businesses.” read more
Two compete for County Commission Open Seat 11A political novice who’s a prominent radio personality, promising to “watch every dollar spent,” faces off against a saleswoman and multiple non-profit cause activist who is looking for a second stint on Knox County Commission.
Republicans Donna Michele Carringer and Ed Brantley face off for County Commission’s Open Seat 11. Barring an unheard of successful write-in candidacy from a Democrat or Independent (Knox Primary Tuesday, May 6) the GOP primary winner will be elected Thursday, Aug. 7.
(Early voting began Wednes-day, April 16, and runs through Thursday, May 1).
Brantley said, “I want to be a County Commissioner so that I can protect the people and protect their money. And I’m talking about taxes. The role of County Commission mainly is to dispense money and also to work on certain property issues.
“To watch how money is spent, every last dollar,” Brantley, a Hardin Valley resident, added. “We’re doing something like a million dollars a day. … I’m going to follow every dollar, make sure it’s spent correctly and that it benefits the people.”
Carringer said she has “always had the heart of serving people. I serve on various non-profit boards throughout all of the county. read more
Businesses seek more signsSignCo Inc. and Dura-Line representatives seeking additional signage on the east and west sides of the Parkside Plaza building off Parkside Drive will have to wait to see if the Town approves their request.
Farragut Municipal Planning Commission listened and discussed but took no action on their request during its meeting Thursday, April 17.
The companies are each seeking an additional sign on the sides of the building. Mark Shipley, Farragut Community Development director, said the request would involve amending the Town’s existing sign ordinance.
“Parkside Plaza I and II are the largest office buildings in the town of Farragut,” Deborah A. Petrolina, president of IMS Inc. and Parkside Plaza I facility manager, said. “When the business park was developed, the town of Farragut and the developer worked together to develop a new zoning ordinance for buildings of this size. Buildings over 100,000 square feet are usually occupied by multiple major companies. Most of these types of companies demand building signage.” read more
Farragut resident’s compassion is ‘planting seed’Planting a seed that grows into worldwide orphanages, a by-product of Allen Sizemore Jr.’s compassion toward South Korean orphans during the Korean Conflict.
“What got me thinking: we can go out there and plant a seed. … I was the one who really started the idea of taking a kid in,” said Sizemore, 85, a retired U.S. Army sergeant major living in Farragut who served in the 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Company C, about taking in orphans and helping them get adopted. … I inspired people in the unit to do that.”
Emphasizing the value of his Christian faith, Sizemore’s “planted seed” germinated throughout his duty in Korea — and for his entire life for that matter — influencing Pfc. David Beattie.
Beattie’s kindness and influence with an 11-year-old orphan, Sung-Hak Baik, sure did bear fruit. It would become a national “manhunt story” years later.
Badly burned due to a gas drum explosion that “put him in the hospital for 19 months” according to Sizemore, Baik recovered and would learn much from Beattie, who Baik affectionately called “Billy.” read more
SERC seeks space in Town’s Annual ReportLooking to include “a distinct section” within the town of Farragut’s Annual Report magazine on the five schools to which the Town annually pays $22,000, some Schools and Education Relations Committee members say they want “four more pages.”
While pointing out there’s a lengthy paragraph reference to the four Farragut K-12 schools and Hardin Valley Academy in Town’s 2014 annual, Sue Stuhl, Parks and Leisure Services director who also serves as annual editor, made another point.
“You have to realize, education is not us,” Stuhl said during SERC’s monthly meeting, which lacked a quorum and could therefore not act on any business, Tuesday afternoon, April 1, in Town Hall boardroom. “We do not control it, so we have to be very careful in what we say.”
With Stuhl saying the 2014 annual report represents the third straight year this free publication has been shortened from 32 to 28 pages, SERC chair Mark Littleton asked what would be required to add back the four pages while advocating that much of that addition go toward those five schools.
Stuhl said the decision came from “administration,” led by Town administrator David Smoak, “and the Board” of Mayor and Aldermen.
“There’s a lot less in here now than used to be,” Stuhl added. “… There is very little left to cut. … We cut the Mayor and Aldermen back a whole page. We limited their bios to a very short thing.” read more