Weather did not dampen Farragut Food Festival

Despite the rain, a crowd turned out for the Farragut Food Festival Friday, Sept. 25, on the lawn of Renaissance | Farragut. A little more than 30 vendors offered samples of their food and beverage items during the event. The rain forecast did not dampen festivities for Farragut Business Alliance’s Farragut Food Festival.

The annual event, presented by TDS Telecom, took place Saturday night, Sept. 25, on the lawn of Renaissance | farragut.

“We were here last year, and we loved it,” Scott Huskin of Farragut said, adding he loves this year’s event, even with the rain.

“It was trying because of the ever-changing weather forecast, but the result was spectacular,” Allison Sousa, FBA executive director, said. “Considering the weather, the turnout was great. The vendors are happy, and we’re getting rave reviews.”

Sousa estimated between 750 and 800 attended the festival.

“Unfortunately, our attendance was hurt by the rainfall earlier in the day,” Sousa said, “the night brought perfect weather for us though, and the folks in attendance were glad to be there.”
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Fire Prevention Festival slated for Oct. 17

Mason Allen, right, Karns Fire Department member, talked to Wyatt Socha, 4, left, Isaac Socha, 4, center, and Zathan Socha, 7, during last year’s Fall Fire Prevention Festival. This year’s event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p..m., Saturday, Oct. 18, in the parking lot of Tennova Medical Center in Farragut. Fire trucks, helicopters and mock traffic accidents once again will draw Farragut and surrounding area families to Turkey Creek Medical Center.

Town of Farragut has partnered with Tennova Healthcare, Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau and Rural/Metro Fire Department to present the eighth annual Knox County Fall Fire Prevention Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at Tennova Healthcare’s parking lot at 10820 Parkside Drive.

The festival is being presented as part of National Fire Prevention Month, Colin Cumesty, fire prevention specialist for Knox County and Fire Prevention Bureau, said.

“I think the festival goes a long way to educate people on all the agencies that work hard to reduce incidents of fire and improve life safety here in Knox County,” Cumesty said.
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Public invited to Rotary Wine Tasting & Silent Auction fundraiser

Sam Taylor III, left, Dixie Lee Wines & Liquors, poured a glass of red wine for Aneisa McDonald during the Rotary Club of Farragut Wine Tasting & Silent Auction event last year. Farragut residents can help end polio, help their community and enjoy a wine tasting and silent auction at the same time.

Rotary Club of Farragut invites everyone to its 15th annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Community Room of South-East Bank at 12700 Kingston Pike, adjacent to Renaissance | farragut.

“This event is truly a lot of fun while helping raise a lot of money for some great causes,” Dr. Stephanie Myers, DVM, Rotary event chairperson, said.

The Community Room of SouthEast Bank is a new venue for the club’s event.

“We are really excited because we moved to a different venue that’s absolutely beautiful,” Myers said. “Over the years, the event has been hosted at Fort Loudoun Yacht Club, private homes, The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farms and Fox Den Country Club. We change venues every few years to generate interest.”
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FMPC OKs West End Center facelift

A site plan to give West End Center a facelift has received the green light.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission voted unanimously at a meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, to approve applicant Stewart Anderson’s and architect George Ewart’s site plan to remodel the facade of West End Center at 129 West End Ave.. The plan would involve updating the west side of the buildings at West End Avenue, which includes the freestanding building that houses Fruition Café.

Mark Shipley, Farragut Community Development director, said the remodel is part of a multi-phase effort to construct a built environment with a more town center appearance and function.

“They are trying to make it more consistent with the Mixed Use Town Center,” he said, “I think the façade [in the plan] looks great,” Commissioner Annette Brun said.
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police reports

• On Sept. 26 at around 6:33 p.m., a Marshalls clothing store off Parkside Drive in Farragut complainant advised Knox County Sheriff’s Office that between 4:56 and 6:33 p.m., Sept. 26, the unknown Black female suspect entered the Marshalls for around five minutes took a Michael Kors purse and left the building. Complainant approached the unknown suspect outside and she dropped the merchandise and left. Complainant advised there is video surveillance available. Value of the loss is $1,018. read more

KCHD postpones in-school influenza vaccination clinics

Knox County Health Department is postponing in-school influenza (FluMist) vaccination clinics due to a delayed shipment of vaccine from the manufacturer.

All clinics scheduled from Tuesday, Oct. 6, to Monday, Oct. 26, with the exception of Grace Christian Academy, will be postponed. The rescheduled dates will be made available as soon as possible. Grace Christian Acad-emy, rescheduled from Sept. 25, will still occur on Tuesday, Oct. 6. An updated clinic schedule will be available at
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