• Want to play a special role in this year’s Independence Day Parade?

Volunteer to drive your boat. Due to a shortage of new boats available at dealerships, the Town needs volunteers to provide two boats to carry our grand marshals (four school principals) and the five members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. For insurance reasons, the boats must be towed by their owners.

This 2.5-hour commitment, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 3, is a great way to be a part of Farragut’s favorite event and show off your beautiful boat. Call Farragut Parks & Rec Department at 865-218-3376 for more information.

• Visit Farragut has won a 2020 Award of Excellence from the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council for a dining guide brochure distributed during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was part of the “Doors are Opening” marketing campaign the tourism department implemented at the request of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to address the needs of local businesses.

Visit Farragut received the Pivot Award for the dining guide, which provides information about services offered by local restaurants such as take-out and delivery services or outdoor seating. It is distributed through area hotels and businesses, and a digital version is available at

Similar to “many tourism organizations, Visit Farragut’s objective in 2020 was helping businesses stay afloat rather than encouraging travel,” a Town press release stated.

“Visit Farragut changed its focus to supporting our local businesses, restaurants, hotels and citizens during the pandemic. The dining guide is now a valuable resource to support our local economy and beyond,” tourism coordinator Karen Tindal said.

Tourism Awards of Excellence honors events, festivals, marketing projects and individuals that have enhanced and increased tourism’s positive economic impact on the 16 counties of the METTC region.