Admiral’s area tidbits

Introducing Admiral’s Area Tidbits, a new monthly feature of farragutpress.

There are so many people to pat on the back — if not in this column, in the future …

• While a new Town of Farragut administration has been in power a little more than a month — led by Mayor Ron Williams and featuring two new aldermen including newly appointed South Ward alderman Drew Burnette to replace Williams — some things don’t change.

Farragut keeps raking up statewide recognition, most recently through the efforts of Town staff and Cannon & Cannon Inc. (story on front page, Sept. 20 issue).

On a personal level ….

• A shout out to “Joe,” our so-called “mystery employee” who brings laughter to children and smiles to the faces of their mothers by just being … Joe.

He is a cheerful fellow who simply enjoys doing his job. Joe literally can make a bad day a little, or a lot, better. Bravo.

• Another shout out to “Coach D,” a fixture at Farragut High School for more than 20 years as a successful hoops coach and phys ed teacher — and current athletic director — who received a special honor in Sevier County Sept. 20.

Donald Dodgen, a 6-foot-5 high school basketball All-American (Class of 1969), who went on to star as a forward for Tennessee Wesleyan at the NAIA level in the early 1970s, was inducted into Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Hall of Fame.

Just one thing: don’t ask

Coach D about “running track” at Wesleyan.

• Among those needing prayer based on urgent health issues in the Farragut area is “Mother Rotary,” Joan McIntee, a pillar among an impressive cast comprising The Rotary Club of Farragut.

Her generosity is a product of a kind, loving nature combined with a rigid sense of duty, and the result has been decades of service to God through Rotary.

Get well Mother Rotary.

• A long overdue thank-you to Doris Woods Owens, former Farragut Folklife Museum stalwart with a rich family history dating back to Old Concord, for sharing so much valuable information for decades about the history of Concord and what is now Farragut.

• Thanks to non-staff photographers who have been valuable to us beyond explanation, each of whom have submitted, or offered to submit, photos where our tiny staff can’t be:

• Carlos Reveiz (www.crfoto .com) has been kicking into gear each Friday night of late with his camera (bad pun for the ex-UT Vol star kicker). Carlos — with help from his daughter and recent new mom, Ashley — has submitted sharp, dramatic-action sports photos to farragutpress in the fall and spring for several years now.

• Same for Bob McEachern Photographers of Loudon ( who have been doing the same with a friendly army of talent for at least 15 years.

• In recent years, the good folks at Pro Photo ( have jumped in, without being asked, and offered to help us with high school football photos.

~ farragutpress staff