Junior ninja

FIS fourth-grader one of 64 selected for American Ninja Warrior Jr.

Enoch Jones spends a lot of time in his backyard, where he practices on American Ninja Warrior trademarked equipment installed by his father, Dr. Paul Jones, left. Also supporting Enoch’s growing skills set are his mother, April, and his older brother, Parker.
A Farragut Intermediate School fourth-grader is putting his Ninja skills on the line on a newly-formed nationally-broadcast reality show.

Nine-year-old Enoch Jones was selected from more than 5,000 applicants to compete on American Ninja Warrior Jr. earlier this year, and traveled with his family to Los Angeles this summer, where the show was filmed.

The program is a spin-off of the wildly popular NBC show American Ninja Warrior, which in recent years has featured Knoxville-area athletes Grant McCartney and Mike Wright.

The Junior edition’s episodes began its 20-episode weekly broadcast this past Saturday, Oct. 13, on the Universal Kids Network (Channel 325 on TDS). However, Enoch’s parents, Dr. Paul and April Jones, have not yet been informed when his episode will run.

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Committed office trio unite

Three ladies’ successful battles with cancer

Dr. Susan Barnes, left, along with two of her employees, Teresa Bible, right, and Sam Slone, are all cancer survivors. They will be taking part in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as members of “Barnes Bunch” Saturday, Oct. 27.
Three ladies working in the same dental office share much more than a workspace — they are united though their individual yet successful battles with cancer.

Dr. Susan Barnes, her dental assistant Sam Slone and office manager Teresa Bible have suffered from the dreaded disease, but remain steadfast in their commitment to each other, even as Slone recently has been diagnosed a second time with breast cancer.

Slone’s first bout was in 2000, and she had been in remission until a mammogram found cancer again. She underwent surgery to remove it earlier this year.

Slone credited Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center for finding the recent mass.

“It was so small, I could not have felt it on my own,” she said. “The mammogram saved my life, well — I believe the Lord saved my life — but without the mammogram they would not have found it.”

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Mom’s advice pays off for Packer, Knox youth

Mark Packer of Farragut, left, afternoon news anchor/sports anchor at WVLT-TV Channel 8 (CBS), has a few laughs with The Rotary Club of Farragut members Tom Marsh, center, and Ray Fisher following Packer’s address as featured speaker during the RCF meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Fox Den Country Club.
Mark Packer of Farragut recalled some valuable advice from his mother, Paula Packer, as a youngster growing up in Dallas-Fort Worth — advice that would indirectly benefit thousands of students several years, and hundreds of miles, later.

“My mom’s advice always to me, and to my brother and my sister, was ’don’t be afraid to throw it up against the wall, and if it doesn’t stick that’s OK,’” said Packer, afternoon news anchor/sports anchor at WVLT-TV Channel 8 (CBS) and long-time Knoxville TV personality.

“‘You’re no worse off than before you threw it.’”

He addressed The Rotary Club of Farragut’s as featured speaker during its Wednesday, Sept. 26, meeting in Fox Den Country Club.

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News too negative? God’s word offers relief

I was reading the article in the farragutpress about 9-year-old Aiden Barger when a quote by his father caught my eye.

He said that “there’s a lot of negativity in the news, so it’s good for him to know there’s still good people doing good things …”

This is so true.

I’m convinced the antidote for the negativity that seems to permeate our society today can, and is, found in the word of God.

The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”

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