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Wednesday, Dec 19th • Women who are new to the area or just want to make new friends are invited to Newcomers Club lunch starting at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Enjoy Craft Sale and Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. For reservations, call 865-985-0521 before Friday, Dec. 14.
Thursday, Dec 20th • December is the month to celebrate Project Blue Light, which is a silent “Thank You” to patrolling law enforcement officers who “are ready to respond when our needs are greatest and most dangerous,” a press release from Concerns of Police Survivors Middle/East Tennessee Chapter stated. Placing a blue candlelight in a prominent window at your home or workplace is that silent “thank you.”
Sunday, Dec 23rd • DreamBikes Knoxville and Ignition Church will provide the “experience of music, worship, community and fun” along with “holiday activities for adult and children” during a bike drive for Knoxville’s non-profit bike shop, DreamBikes, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, at 211 W. 5th Ave. NW, in Knoxville. Participants can donate a bicycle to help create jobs for local, underserved teens in the community. DreamBikes, 309 N. Central St. just outside of the Old City, also provides fully refurbished bicycles to the community at a low cost.
Monday, Dec 31st • The Nelons, Multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy -nominated recording artists will be featured beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31, at Knoxville Christian Center, 818 North Cedar Bluff Road. The Nelons, who were recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, have been singing hit songs, bridging the traditional sounds of Gospel music with contemporary influences for decades. Enjoying success as a part of the prestigious Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series, the popular musical family earned the 2017 Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year for their hit release, “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace.” Amber Nelon Thompson, female vocalist who was named the youngest Dove Award nominee in history by Gospel Music Association, joins The Nelons. More information is available by calling 865-806-7678 or visiting www.thenelons.com.
Monday, Dec 31st • Farragut Museum will offer special incentives for friends joining through through Monday, Dec. 31. Each Friend will receive a voucher valued at 10 percent of his or her donation, which can be used in the museum gift shop. Those interested in becoming a Friend can visit townoffarragut.org/register or Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. To register online: chose “programs,” then “register” on the right side of Friends of the Farragut Museum listing. For help, call Arleen Higginbotham at 865-218-3375. Donation is valid for one year if not Lifetime level.


Monday, Jan 7th • The Rev. John H. Peach of Farragut is offering area Christians a chance to visit Israel, highlighting a Holyland Tour Feb. 14-24. Cost is $3,153 per person (double occupancy) with a $1,382.72 down-payment for the flight. Balance is due Monday, Jan. 7. Cost includes air fare, round trip from Charlotte, 10 days and nine nights at 5 Star Hotels (including breakfast and dinner meals), bus transportation, professional tour guide in Israel and all entrance fees. Travel insurance is not included. Earning a master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Seminary, Peach will serve as tour host. This will be his fourth trip to the Holy Land. For more information, contact Peach at 865-675-5956 or PeachRoot@aol.com/.


Saturday, Mar 30th • Registration is open for Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events taking place March 30-31, 2019. For the upcoming 15th annual race event, participants are encouraged to register online at www.knoxvillemarathon.com. Participants will enjoy a new finish-line experience in World’s Fair Park. Due to scheduled renovations at Neyland Stadium, the finish line will be moved for both the 2019 and 2020 race weekends. For more information and to register, visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com.

After 60 years, Coburns reflect on ‘very good times’

Not many married couples maintain the affection and love beginning during courtship, but Damon and Mary Coburn aren’t just any couple. The pair, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday, Dec. 6, maintain a jocularity and devotion that goes far beyond simply being married. They have shared a lifetime of adventure and excitement, from a love of the outdoors to a passion for antique vehicles, three of which they still have. Farragut residents for the last four years, the Coburns met on a blind date in Mary’s home state of Michigan, where Damon had gone to work following his Army service in Korea above the 38th Parallel. “A girl I worked with said her husband’s friend was coming to town, and would I want to go out?” Mary said. “I had just broken up with a boyfriend, so I said, ‘Sure.’

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Service in 3 wars for Sizemore

For the first time in three years, a World War II veteran was in the audience for Frank Galbraith’s annual “Day of Infamy” presentation at Farragut Town Hall. Allen Sizemore, 89, of Farragut was a veteran not only of that great war but also combat battles in Korea and service in Vietnam during his 31 years in the U.S. Army. The Sevier County native was only 17 when he enlisted. He needed permission from his father, who was reticent because Sizemore’s brother, Charles, already was fighting overseas. “He didn’t want another son in the war, but I wore him down,” Sizemore said. “I thought I might be able to be with my brother.” Tragically, Charles was killed at the Battle of the Bulge just days away from the end of the War in Europe. Sizemore, as a member of the 101st Airborne division, said he was called into service in Japan and helped set up a hospital after the atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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