Channing Tatum’s ‘FHS 1-on-1’ part of Regal screening

Behind a barricade about 50 yards from the entrance to Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18, these Farragut High School girls all take the opportunity for a selfie with movie heartthrob Channing Tatum, star of new movie “Logan Lucky.” From left are junior Samantha Wilson and sophomores Anna Claire Lamuth and Jillian Terry.
Six Farragut High School students got some face time with Channing Tatum last week.

Five of those girls waited for the superstar from behind a security fence in front of Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 theater hours before Tatum’s appearance Wednesday evening, Aug 9, for the benefit screening of his latest movie, “Logan Lucky.”

They were among roughly 100 fans who hadn’t purchased tickets — but were among the first to greet the movie heartthrob when Tatum exited his limousine and immediately headed to the line of about 100 around 7 p.m.

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Total eclipse nears

Farragut resident Dr. Sonali Shukla, an astronomy outreach tutor with Institute of Astronomy at University of Cambridge, England, has returned home in time to share a first-time experience of seeing a total solar eclipse with her family.

“I’ve never seen one, I’ve always wanted to see one,” said Shukla, a 1999 Farragut High School graduate. “I timed [the visit] so I would be able to see the eclipse.”

Farragut and area residents can share the total solar eclipse experience with the community at two events:

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Pershing: Aug. 22 Chamber panel opioid talk is vital ‘education’ tool

Karen Pershing
Responding to the growing opioid abuse crisis in East Tennessee, reportedly one of the 12 worst multi-county regions of abuse nationally, Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce has formed a panel that has tackled this problem from different professional perspectives.

Packaged as part of FWKCC quarterly Breakfast Speaker Series, this panel discussion begins at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22, in Fox Den Country Club main ballroom.

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Matlock has grueling 72 hours

It’s no wonder state Rep. Jimmy Matlock, a Farragut businessman, didn’t get much sleep over a 72-hour period two weeks ago.

That sleepless period began Monday night, July 31, a few hours after U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr., a Republican, announced he will not seek re-election having represented the 2nd Congressional District [including all of Farragut and Concord] since 1988.

Matlock’s sleepless period lasted into Thursday morning, Aug. 3, when this Republican state representative from District 21 — serving parts of Loudon and Monroe counties for almost 11 years — finally decided to throw his hat in the ring to replace Duncan.

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police reports

• A Tecoa Quarry Road complainant advised between Wednesday, June 14, and Thursday, Aug. 10, a suspect took his lawn mower. The complainant stated the lawn mower was in the back of his 1991 Nissan Pathfinder. The complainant stated his Pathfinder was totaled and just sitting in his driveway waiting to be scrapped. The complainant advised the suspect took the lawn mower out of the vehicle before it was picked up and was pawned at Cash America in Knoxville. Value of loss was listed at $200.

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Local Dems hear Knox PAC brass

Allie Cohn Knox County Progressive Action Committee chair, and Michael Davis, vice chair, were featured speakers during 5th District Democrats’ monthly Thursday evening meeting July 20.
Formed late last year after the November election looking to unite Knox County Democrats with other county political progressives, Progressive Action Committee was formed.

Allie Cohn, Knox PAC chair, and Michael Davis, vice chair, were featured speakers during 5th District Democrats’ monthly Thursday evening meeting July 20 in Rosarita’s Mexican Cantina off Lovell Road.

A self-described “slacktivist turned activist,” Cohn said following last November’s election there was “a need to bring people together. There was sort of this fracture within the Democrats and there were a lot of people who were identified as progressives who maybe didn’t feel as comfortable being identified as Democrats for whatever reason. … It took us a little while to get off the ground.”

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