Early voting underway

Early voting is underway in Farragut and Knox County as of Wednesday, Nov. 16, for the Tuesday, Nov. 4, state and federal General Election.

Thursday, Oct. 30, is the final day for early voting.

Early voting times at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, through Monday, Oct. 27. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 28-30.

Included on the ballot are four state Constitutional Amendments related to abortion, the process of choosing state Supreme Court and intermediate appellate court judges, limiting state legislators’ power to tax and new lotteries needing two-thirds approval in General Assembly.

‘Hilly’ Chamber 5k OK with Hansen, senior champs

Dira Hansen, overall FWKCC 5k champ, 23, greets Larry Acuff, 76, champ in the Male 76-80 category. A female smoked the field in the running portion of 20th Annual Farragut 5k, Fun Walk and Pet Parade presented by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce.

Meanwhile, a pair of senior citizens said they used this “hilly” course surrounding Mayor Bob Leonard Park, where the race concludes, as training for upcoming half marathons.

Dira Hansen, 23, of West Knoxville was overall winner (18:59.17) among a field of 114 ages 7 to 80. She earned a $50 check as top female. “It was a hilly course and the weather's not too good,” Hanson said after the Saturday morning, Oct. 11 race that finished in a steady rain, but added she was anxious to run the course because of “the hills.”

“Even though they’re hard it’s so good to us mentally and physically,” Hansen, who finished second overall in last year's FWKCC 5k, added. “... I'm doing 5ks for like endurance. This is probably my fifth 5k” of 2014.

A former multi-even track and field athlete at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., “I'm like a middle distance runner for track. … I train with Bobby Holcombe, Knoxville Endurance,” Hansen said. “… I do the 800 [meter run]. I just go to like collegiate meets or open track and field meets wherever I can drive my car.”
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Congressional Medal of Honor duo welcomed at HVA

Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Maj. James Taylor gets a hug from an HVA student. Let alone the students, it was Hardin Valley Academy teachers such as Trey Williams who were expressing excitement upon the visit of two Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to HVA Friday morning, Sept. 12.

“It’s a wonderful experience for me and the students,” Williams, a social studies/U.S. history teacher, said about retired U.S. Army Col. Roger Donlon and retired U.S. Army Maj. James Taylor, both Medal of Honor Vietnam Veterans, who arrived via Blackhawk helicopter and entered HVA from the school’s eastern grounds through a human tunnel formed by the student body.

Donlon and Taylor were among several dozens of 78 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, to visit Knox County during Congressional Medal of Honor Convention in Knoxville Sept. 10-13.
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Linderfest a Town hit

Jenny and Brad Summey and Phil Dampf enjoy Linderfest, which took place Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11, in front of Restaurant Linderhof. Rain and cloudy skies did not deter Farragut and area residents from enjoying beer, brats and bands at Linderfest, formerly Octoberfest.

“I’m just glad there’s no thunderstorms,” Amy Smith said. She and her friends came because friend, Tracy Sharp, wanted a turkey leg and Smith wanted the beer, Smith said.

This is the third year Restaurant Linderhof owner Aaron Schmissrauter hosted the event, which took place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, in front of Restaurant Linderhof, 12740 Kingston Pike in Renaissance | Farragut. The festival was rebranded this year from Oktoberfest to Linderfest to feature the restaurant’s new location.

I think it’s great,” Dan Greaser of Farragut said. “There’s been great music, good food and beer all night long.

“[Linderfest] is a reminder of our roots,” Greaser added.
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An Oct. 9 farragutpress story in our Community section, Third Annual Tailgate Fish Fry Boy Scouts Troop 444 fundraiser, incorrectly listed the date of the event. It will take place from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, in the parking lot of Foothills Bank and Trust, 11216 Kingston Pike.

We regret the error.

Freaky Friday Fright Nite again key for RM House

Kassidy Kriesler, left, and Delaney Kreisley, both 3, decorated and feasted on Halloween cookies during last year’s Freaky Friday Fright Nite event at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Farragut and area families can don their Halloween costumes and take part in this year’s Freaky Friday Fright Nite while supporting the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House.

The town of Farragut will host the 18th annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park along Watt Road, Farragut.

Last year, Freaky Friday Night drew 1,700 children, Chelsey Riemann, Farragut public relations coordinator, said, adding the Town typically expects several thousand people every year.

“Halloween is, obviously one of the most popular holidays of the year, and we feel the event offers the best of the holiday in a safe environment,” Riemann said.

Children can participate in Halloween activities and, at the same time, support the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House, she added.
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