Packer LLS ‘Man of Year,’ Azambuja top ‘Woman’

Through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s unique philanthropic competition, Man & Woman of the Year, “six motivated, passionate and dedicated local professionals raised $346,754 for LLS’s cutting-edge cancer research and patient services,” a LLS press release stated.

Mark Packer of Farragut, owner of Pack Man Productions and former anchor at WVLT-TV 8, raised the most funds among men, earning him the title of “Man of the Year.”

This honor “is a 10-week philanthropic competition among a group of motived and dedicated individuals in the community,” the press release further stated.

Maryann Azambuja of Lenoir City, senior account executive at Choice Home Warranty, raised the most funds among women, earning her the title of “Woman of the Year.”

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Hello ‘Dolly’

New teammate joins Rural Metro

American Medical Response-Rural/Metro has added a new VIP to its crew.

Recently welcomed was Dolly, a 17-month-old Goldendoodle certified by Global Medical Response as the fire station’s regional training and therapy dog to assist emergency workers. The announcement came at a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce networking, hosted by AMR-Rural Metro Fire at Farragut Community Center.

“These guys have dealt with more stress than probably any (other) people in the community,” said Mike Arms, a senior partner of Tennessee Strategies and lobbying supporter for AMR-Rural Metro Fire.

“She was named after Dolly Parton,” Fire Chief Jerry Harnish said, adding she also is trained and certified through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be available for FEMA.

The pup is in the care of co-handlers Darek Shetterly, administrative supervisor, and Daryl Warren, operations manager.

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Camp looks at ’70’s impact

Farragut High School Class of 2004 alumnus Michael Camp’s master’s degree thesis led to him recently authoring a book, “Unnatural Resources.”

The book focuses on energy and environmental issues arising out of the 1970s.

“There’s a chapter on an experimental reactor on the Clinch River near Oak Ridge that was never actually built, but it illustrates a lot of things about the conflict between energy production and environmental priorities,” he said.

Camp also wrote about the Tellico Dam controversy in Loudon County, and he wrote about the administrative restructuring of TVA from a board of directors consisting of three full-time federal employees to 15 part-time members made up of private-sector lawyers, bankers and other businessmen.

Published through the University of Pittsburgh Press, “It’s a book that tries to have a dialogue between these things happening nationally … and with the Tennessee state government, but especially the administrators of these very local projects and what it meant for the Knoxville community to become this very intense focus of federal tension as a site of potential energy production,” the author said.

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DAR honors pastor, Vietnam-era spouses

The Daughters of the American Revolution’s Samuel Frazier Chapter recently presented the DAR Medal of Honor to a local pastor, while commending a group of Vietnam-era U. S. Army spouses during two separate ceremonies.

Remembering Vietnam

Sharon “Sam” Wyrosdick and Doris Catts, both of Farragut, along with Eileen D’Araujo recently shared their experiences and memories as U.S. Army spouses during the Vietnam War era with members of the local chapter, which commemorated Women’s History Month and National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

The three Veteran spouses represented the importance of family support – the force behind the force – for those who serve in the armed forces, with a combined 170 years of marriage and spouses with 85 years of military service, four years of unaccompanied deployments to Southeast Asia and 60 moves across the country and around the world in service to our nation, according to a DAR press release.

“This was a very special program for our members,” DAR regent Margaret Scobey said. “It was also meaningful to hear from our Chaplain, Susan Lee, who served as a flight attendant on military flights returning soldiers home from a tour of duty in Vietnam.”

Medal of Honor given

The DAR’s Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious award given by the DAR and must be reviewed and authorized on a national level before being awarded to a recipient, according to the DAR press release.

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