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February

Tuesday, Feb 18th 2020 Breakfast Speaker Series: Champion’s Cheat Code for Sports, Life & Business Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce 2020 Breakfast Speaker Series: Champion’s Cheat Code for Sports, Life & Business will feature former Tennessee Volunteer Football “Vol For Life” Derrick Furlow beginning at 7:30 a.m, Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Fox Den Country Club, 12284 N. Fox Den Drive in Farragut. Cost is $30 for FWKCC members, $15 for students (must present ID) and $40 for non-members. A table with 10 seats is $275. (No refunds for no-shows or cancellations after Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets can be purchased online at info@farragutchamber.com/.
Wednesday, Feb 19th Newcomers Club meeting Newcomers Club meeting begins at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Ladies are invited who are new to the area or who just want to make new friends. Come and join us for lunch and a program about Mobile Meals. Reservations can be made by calling 865-681-9989 before Friday, Feb. 14.
Friday, Feb 21st “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” Pellissippi State Community College will celebrate the music and poetry of outstanding African-American artists by hosting the chamber music theatre work “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” as one of its Black History Month events. The work, which features one actor accompanied on stage by an instrumental trio, will be performed beginning at 7 p.m, Friday, Feb. 21, in Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information about Pellissippi State’s upcoming Black History Month events, you can visit www.pstcc.edu/events/black-history, or contact Wood at 865-539-7160 or gwood@pstcc.edu.
Sunday, Feb 23rd Black History Month in Farragut Museum Take a deep dive into Farragut history. Former state representative and local historian Robert Booker will speak at a free event in honor of Black History Month in Farragut Museum, Housed in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Sunday, Feb. 23. A reception and museum tours begin at 1 p.m, and the presentation starts at 2 p.m, For more information, visit farragutparksandrec.org/historicresources or contact Historic Resources coordinator Julia Barham at jbarham@townoffarragut.org.
Tuesday, Feb 25th Join master gardeners Marsha Lehman and Jan Gangwer to learn which trees and shrubs can be pruned now, as well as the tools and best practices in pruning.  This free public event is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, at West Knox County Senior Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd, Suite 101, in Farragut. For more information, call 865-288-7805.
Wednesday, Feb 26th “Essential Oil: Girls’ Night Out” Join instructor Kristi Hulsey of Tennessee Thyme for the ultimate “Essential Oil: Girls’ Night Out” from 6 to 7:30 p.m, Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the medium classroom at Farragut Community Center (239 Jamestowne Blvd.). All things girly from fashion and beauty to skin care and emotions will be the topics of discussion. Participants will make support rollers. This is a free class; however, registration is required. Register by Monday, Feb. 24, at townoffarragut.org/register, in person at the community center or by phone at 865-218-3375.
Thursday, Feb 27th Stop the Bleed training and certification Stop the Bleed training and certification is from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the large classroom at Farragut Community Center (239 Jamestowne Blvd.). This class is part of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma’s effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. Class and certification are free; however, registration is required. Register by Monday, Feb. 24, at townoffarragut.org/register, in person at the community center or by phone at 865-218-3375.

March

Saturday, Mar 28th Farragut Heath & Wellness Expo Farragut Heath & Wellness Expo, presented by Turkey Creek Medical Center, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, in Farragut Community Center gym, 239 Jamestowne Blvd. Free of charge, this Expo will include all aspects of health and wellness, from health organizations and fitness businesses to financial experts — “and even a jewelry store, which has crystals and healing beads,” said Stephen Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance. “It’s a tabletop health trade show. … It’s all about living well.”

Queen Mary + 365 = 61

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Parrott and Donna Parrott have been richly blessed during their lives, perhaps never more so than when they met crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary in 1957. Though their first meeting wasn’t on Valentine’s Day, the couple’s romance aboard that ocean liner has made every day special since. From the moment they met, “I knew there was something special about her,” Bob said last week when the couple was interviewed in their cozy apartment in Farragut’s Autumn Place senior community. Bob, a Methodist minister from Louisiana, and Donna, a Snyder, Texas, school teacher, each were traveling with friends when they set sail on the deluxe ocean liner in June 1957, ready for a summer abroad. “We each had been saving money and were on a tight budget,” Donna said. The ship was traveling from Newport, Virginia, to Cherbourg, France, and the couple met in the dining room their first night at sea. “I didn’t go on the trip to find someone else, but I was certainly open to it,” Bob said in a short but sweet You Tube film, “A Queen Mary Romance” the liner’s parent company made about the couple in 2016.

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‘Iced Out Admirals’ fundraiser goal $5k

A Farragut High School senior who helped raised more than $3,000 for breast cancer awareness last fall — with an incentive to shave his head —is at it again, this time to help raise money for the Special Olympics. Garrett Howe set a $5,000 goal for this fundraiser, and if met he and several other students, along with FHS teachers and administrators calling themselves the “Iced Out Admirals,” will jump into freezing cold water Saturday, Feb. 22, at World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville as part of the Knoxville Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. At deadline, the group was more than halfway to its goal. Half of the money raised will go to the Special Olympics parent organization, while the rest will be used to purchase uniforms, backpacks, water bottles and other paraphernalia for participating FHS students.

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News

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Old Kroger to be ‘Mixed Use development:’ Williams  Read More

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‘Vol For Life’ looks to keep Chamber Breakfast S-Series lively  Read More

KCSO police reports  Read More

Presstalk

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Opinion

letters to the editor  Read More

Deadline for political letters to the editor, presstalk  Read More

School

‘Iced Out Admirals’ fundraiser goal $5k  Read More

Annual ‘gift from the heart:’ SJNCS Ponytail Drive  Read More

Farragut schools to learn women’s suffrage at 100  Read More

FIS Admiral Awards for 3rd-, 5th-graders  Read More

Book drive hosted at FMS thru Feb. 21  Read More

Business

Something’s cooking in May  Read More

Renovations complete for Rick Terry Jewelry Designs  Read More

Community

Queen Mary + 365 = 61  Read More

Primka support of MercyShips ministry up to 20 years  Read More

Cool Sports, Home of the Icearium & Town of Farragut Free Skate Day  Read More

Markli among new pro-biz, pro-school trio in 2009, 2010  Read More

Cats, dogs can get high blood pressure  Read More

Sports

Davidson’s decade  Read More

Led by swim state champ Houk, HVA 4th; King, FHS girls 8th  Read More

Hitting the boards, ‘D’ lift Ads at HVA  Read More

Seven Bulldogs, three Warriors choose National Signing Day colleges  Read More