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• Inaugural Farragut Christmas Parade begins at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, on Knox County Schools grounds on the drives and parking lots of three Farragut public schools fed by West End Avenue (Farragut Middle and Farragut Primary) and West End, Lendon Welch Way and North Campbell Station Road (Farragut High).

While all entries have not been finalized, a guest appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus is expected to close out the parade, which is not the only highlight, as the event also will offer vendors in the interior portion of the high school parking lot, where “Christmas Village Shopping” can take place from 3 to 6 p.m.

Organizers are also expecting food truck vendors.

Those interested in being a vendor are asked to e-mail, while those interested in entering the parade are asked to e-mail Deadline is Friday, Nov. 18. For more information, visit the Farragut Christmas Parade page on Facebook.

• Runners have two opportunities to race for charities this fall: the Veteran Salute 5K/10K road races Saturday, Nov. 12, and Hot to Trot 5K/10: & Fun Run Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.

“Part of the proceeds from the (Veterans Salute) run will benefit the United Veterans Council of East Tennessee in support of Wreaths Across America,” Town Tourism manager Karen Tindal said,

The Veterans Salute races, starting and finishing at Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd., will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K race and continue at 8:15 a.m. with the Fun Run and a 5K, the latter starting at 9 a.m.

“This event will include temporary one-lane closure of Jamestowne Boulevard, Kingston Pike, Campbell Station Road and the streets through Village Green subdivision,” Tindal said. “With the exception of the Fun Run, the other two races are a loop; and once runners have passed that area, the road will be re-opened.

“The lane closure on Kingston Pike is for a very short distance — from Russgate to Boring Road,” she said. “The lane closure on Campbell Station Road is from Old Colony Parkway to Jamestowne.

For more information, contact Shahin Hadlan of Fleet Feet Knoxville Track Club, 865-850-5022, 865-675-3338 or e-mail

Cost is $25 per person for the 5K, $25 for the 10K, $35 to sign up for both 5K and 10K and $15 for the 1-Mile Fun Run, Participants can sign up online on Town of Farragut’s website at or at https//

Hot to Trot 5K/10K and Fun Run, also is open to the public, Thanksgiving Day along portions of Parkside Drive.

Hot to Trot is anticipated to have as many as 1,500 participants. Traffic control from parking areas and along the route itself will be addressed with Knox County (Sheriff’s Office) and City of Knoxville Police staff. EMS personnel from Rural Metro also will be on hand.

Cost for the 5K/10K is $30 per person now through Sunday, Nov. 20, and $35 per person from Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Registration for the 1-Mile Fun Run is $15 per person through Monday, Nov. 21, and $20 from Tuesday, Nov. 22 to race day.

No race-day registration for either event. To register for Hot to Trot races, visit

• Installation of stamped asphalt crosswalks at four Kingston Pike intersections (Campbell Station Road, Brooklawn Street, Lendon Welch Way and Concord Road) began Wednesday, Oct. 26.

“The work will take place nightly between 7 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the intersections will remain open,” according to Wendy Smith, Town public relations and marketing coordinator. “The project is expected to take a few weeks.

“Please use caution driving around construction crews,” she added.