U.S. Navy Capt. McAlister keynotes CAK Veterans Day event

Christian Academy of Knoxville parent Tony Rogers, left, (Army veteran) joins CAK grandparents Dr. John R. Rogers Jr. (Navy veteran) and Marlena Rogers during CAK Veterans Day activities.
Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) hosted its annual Veterans Day event in its Campus Center gym at 529 Academy Way, Knoxville, Thursday, Nov. 9. The keynote speaker was U.S. Navy Capt. David McAlister, a CAK Class of 1989 alumni.

McAlister reported to Naval Personnel Command as Civil Engineer Corps head detailer in May 2016. Previously, he served as Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Works Officer.

A native of Knoxville, he was commissioned in 1995 through Officer Candidate School upon graduation from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in civil engineering. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from Naval War College in 2012.

Early assignments included Public Works Department in Adak, Alaska; Alfa Company/Training Department of Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO; Officer in Charge of Construction Battalion Unit 402; assistant Public works officer for Navy Region Hawaii; Aide to the Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Division/3rd Naval Construction Brigade and as a plank owner of 1st Naval Construction Division.

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Horn: NW sector rezoning a win-win for FHS, HVA

Helping to make Knox County Board of Education’s vote unanimous to rezone high school students from a handful of subdivisions in the Town of Farragut’s northwest quadrant — zoned back to Farragut High School instead of Hardin Valley Academy — Susan Horn, District 5 Board representative, said its a win-win situation.

“This should be a solution that really should satisfy all the families,” Horn said.

“As I was knocking on doors when I was running for office, when I was in those neighborhoods — including Saddleridge, Sedgefield and Fox Run [subdivisions] — I heard time and again … many, many of those people wanted those neighborhoods zoned back to Farragut,” she added.

With children in this quadrant attending Farragut public schools from kindergarten through eighth-grade, Horn said, “I think it’s because they are part of the Farragut community” about why so many parents wanted to be zoned back to FHS. “Their kids have gone to Farragut Primary, Intermediate and Middle schools. And they’re on the same sports teams.”

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One final salute

Concord Christian School first-graders Seth Wilson, Nola Lawrence, center, and Hannah Daws lead pledges in CCS Veterans Day program Wednesday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Concord.

Friends were unknowingly Congressional opponents

Gross, Town resident, gladly drops out to endorse Matlock to replace Duncan

Farragut resident Ken Gross, right, came to Matlock Tire Service & Auto Repair Wednesday morning, Nov. 8, to officially endorse state Rep. Jimmy Matlock [R-District 21], a Farragut businessman who is running for the 2nd District U.S. Congressional seat. Gross, vice president of Safety & Risk Management for AMERESCO, dropped out of the 2nd District race “around Oct. 15,” a few weeks after learning Matlock also announced his candidacy.
It may seen like customer loyalty to the extreme, but Farragut resident Kenneth Gross enthusiastically spelled out his most important reason for terminating his campaign for the 2nd District U.S. Congressional seat.

While saying business travel “was really extensive,” eating up precious campaign time otherwise spent meeting citizens and fundraising, this local Republican had a much more personal reason to end his campaign.

A close friend of state Rep. Jimmy Matlock [R-District 21], a Farragut businessman who also announced his run for the soon-to-be-vacant 2nd District seat in early August, “I didn’t realize, and Jimmy didn’t realize, that we were both announcing [for Congress],” Gross said during a brief ceremony announcing his decision at Matlock Tire Service & Auto Repair in Farragut Wednesday morning, Nov. 8.

Both men announced their candidacies within a week after Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr., 2nd District representative since 1988, announced July 30 his decision not to seek re-election.

About a week after Duncan’s announcement, “Jimmy [Matlock] called me one morning and he said he’d like to have my support,” Gross said. “I said, ‘Well Jimmy, I’ve announced too.’

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Hollenhead joins farragutpress staff

Award-winning reporter Michelle Hollenhead, Knoxville native and Farragut High School alumnae, has joined farragutpress.

With experience as an editor, Hollenhead has worked for several publications in East Tennessee during the last two decades, including Knoxville Business Journal, Harriman Record, Roane County News, Knoxville News Sentinel, and most recently, the Morgan County News.

Hollenhead, a 1984 FHS graduate, has won several writing awards, including two Virginia Press Association Awards for layout and design, a Tennessee Press Association Award for Best Single Feature, and more recently shared TPA awards with fellow staff members in both business- and feature-writing categories.

“I am thrilled to be working for the farragutpress — it has been a professional dream of mine for quite some time,” she said. “I am very eager to get to know the people of Farragut and to write about what is important and interesting to them.”

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Cobble gives First Amendment ‘dose of truth’ as AFA speaker

Jeff Cobble, center, a prominent East Tennessee attorney from Greeneville, speaks with ACT For America members Kevin Desmond, left, and Andy Andrew.
Labeled by an ACT For America press release as a “Christian conservative attorney from Greeneville who argued our case against same-sex marriage proposal before [the General Assembly] in Nashville,” Jeff Cobble shined a unique light on the First Amendment recently.

“You’re about to get a dose of truth that I will be surprised if you’ve heard anywhere else, ever. ... Our judges don’t understand what I’m about to say tonight; most attorneys do not understand,” Cobble said as AFA featured speaker at its Thursday, Oct. 26, meeting in Don Delfis Pancake House and Restaurant.

“... It’s a misunderstanding of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. ... We were states before we were a nation,” he added. “... The people came first, the states came next and the federal goverment came last, and the power is in that order. ... The states delegated limited powers to the federal government.”

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Concord Christian School students honored area veterans

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brakebill, 93, was one of two featured speakers during Concord Christian School’s annual Veterans Day celebration, “We Will Not Forget: A Patriotic Salute to Our Nation’s Veterans,” Wednesday, Nov. 8. in FBC Worship Center,
With a patriotic salute, gifts and heart-felt thanks, Concord Christian School students honored area veterans last week.

“We Will Not Forget: A Patriotic Salute to our Nation’s Veterans” was held Wednesday, Nov. 8, in First Baptist Concord Worship Center, and was hosted by the church’s Outreach Center, its Warrior’s Heart Ministry and Concord Christian School and Preschool.

Veterans from all over the community were invited to attend the program, which was held earlier this year than it had been in the past.

“We normally do have it on Veteran’s Day, but with it being on Saturday this year, we wanted to offer our veterans the choice to participate in other activities, too,” said Stephanie Mason, director of admissions and marketing with Concord Christian School.

And, area veterans responded in kind, attending by the dozens.

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St. John Neumann Catholic Church hosts U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony

American Heritage Girls, from front, Margaret Compton, 6, Clare Donahue, 17, Felicity Compton, 8, and Mary Donahue, 13, wait their turn to submit flags to be retired during U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony, hosted at St. John Neumann Catholic Church Saturday, Nov. 11.
Farragut and other area veterans, scouts and their families gathered to pay tribute to veterans while retiring old flags.

More than 50 attendees watched the U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony, hosted at St. John Neumann Catholic Church Saturday, Nov. 11. Among those who participated were members of American Legion posts 278, 70 and 256; Veterans of Foreign Wars Huff Post 5150- 12135; Catholic War Veterans Post 1973; Knight of Columbus Council 8781; Knights of Columbus Assembly 3500, Campbell Station Fire Station 141, University of Tennessee Reserve Officers Training Corps, Boy Scout Troop 125 and American Heritage Girls Troop 278.

Veterans came forward to stand with their military branches’ flags during the ceremony.

“We had quite a few veterans here,” said master of ceremonies U.S. Army Sgt. George C. LeCrone Sr. with American Legion Post 70. “We had all the service flags represented.”

“It’s a good experience. I had three brothers in service,” said Kyle Stooksbury, who originally is from Farragut and is a Korean War veteran. “It’s a way to honor the flag.”

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Webb School pays tribute in annual Veterans Day Celebration

Webb School of Knoxville Lower School paid tribute to those who have served this country in the military, holding its annual Veterans Day Celebration Friday morning, Nov. 10, in the Lower School Commons.

“The acrostic-style song, entitled ‘Our Homeland Heroes’ and composed by Webb School of Knoxville Lower School Music Specialist, Liz Britt,” was part of celebration, a Webb press released stated.

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police reports

• At 8:21 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, a complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct to file a report on an incident at Willow Creek Golf Club, 12003 Kingston Pike. He advised that an unknown suspect damaged a green by digging holes and drawing a picture of male genitalia in the grass. He advised he has no video surveillance but did take pictures for the detective assigned to the case. Estimated value of damage was listed at $2,000.

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A story on McFee Park Master Plan Phase III construction project, approved by Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen during its Thursday, Oct. 26 meeting with an estimated cost $6.1 million, had an incorrect amount listed in our Nov. 9 issue, page 2A.

Figures for a BOMA-approved design services contract with Ross/Fowler Architecture in Knoxville, to receive 7.25 percent of the estimated construction budget — which comes to $442,250, also was incorrect.

We regret the errors.