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Little Gym’s Ley earns Owner of Year award at International fest

Karalyne Ley, owner of The Little Gym in Farragut (215 Brooklawn St.), recently received 2018 Annual Franchise Owner of the Year Award from The Little Gym International during its annual gathering, The Reunion, held this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Presenting the award was company International president/CEO Alex Bingham.
The Little Gym International has announced Karalyne Ley of Farragut as recipient of the 2018 Annual Franchise Owner of the Year Award.

Ley, owner of Farragut Little Gym (215 Brooklawn St.) among her three regional ownerships, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to The Little Gym during the company’s recent gathering at The Reunion, an annual international three-day conference filled with brand-building workshops and presentations.

The Reunion is attended by hundreds of franchisees representing many of The Little Gym locations, which span 32 countries. This year’s event was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“I am honored to receive this award, especially because there are so many talented gym owners in our system,” Ley said. “It’s sometimes easier to see what kind of impact you have in your own gym, but when you’re recognized as a leader in the entire franchise community, it’s an incredibly special moment.

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Big Kahuna Wing Festival to pour on the heat June 16

Seven years ago, Matt Beeler had an epiphany that combined his own background in barbecue seasonings with the national fascination for “buffalo” chicken wings, and a tradition was born.

Celebrating its sixth year Saturday, June 16, Big Kahuna Wing Festival brings thousands to Knoxville’s World’s Fair site to enjoy samples of “the best of the best” chicken wings, prepared by nearly three dozen teams from all over the South, all of whom are vying to win the festival and be recognized as Tennessee State Champion.

Festival winners becoming eligibility to compete in the World Food Championship in Orange Beach, Alabama, in November is new this year.

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