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Kai’s bench in memory

Mom finds special way to honor her late son, 2018 FHS grad who took his life last March

A grieving mother has created a tangible way to honor and remember the beloved son she lost to suicide almost exactly a year ago.

Kristina Thiagarajan personally designed a granite bench, which was placed in Pleasant Forest Cemetery Wednesday, March 18, in honor of her son, Kailash, better known as Kai, who died March 29, 2019, while a student at the University of Tennessee.

Kai was an honors student and student leader at Farragut High School and had graduated in 2018. He proudly served in many clubs — most notably as Student Government president from 2017 to 2018 — and also was a member of the FHS track and field team among his many accomplishments.

“I am very proud of Kai, and I miss him terribly,” said Kristina, who is not alone in her grief, as Kai was one of several former or current FHS students who took their own lives over a two-year span.

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Groundbreaking robotic surgery: Dabbs

Dr. Ryan Dabbs, who lives just outside Farragut, recently has performed the first robotic total knee replacement surgery in the state using the newest ZimmerBiomet ROSA device.

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dabbs specializes in hip, knee, shoulder, total joint and fracture care and arthroscopic surgeries and is certified in robotic-assisted hip and knee replacement systems.

While there have been previous robotic knee replacement surgeries, the one he performed in early January marked the first use of this newest, most cutting-edge technology in the state, according to Dabbs, a partner at Tennessee Orthopedic Clinics in Towers of Parkwest in Knoxville.

ZimmerBiomet, which “has the largest market share in the world of joint replacements” released the ROSA robotic system in January 2019, Dabbs said.

He already had been using ZimmerBiomet equipment for his total joint replacements.

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Family Fun Night

Games, food, inflatables and crafts were on the menu March 6 when Farragut Intermediate School hosted its annual Family Fun Night. Hundreds of students, family members, teachers and staff attended the event, which also featured performances from the School of Rock.

Williams fascinated with local government, led him to get involved

Developing a fascination with the comparisons and contrasts of the local governments he could observe from close range, Farragut Mayor Ron Williams’ first taste of Town government would come in California.

Serving on Sugarwood subdivision Homeowners Association

“for 20-years-plus,” which included a stint as its president, would further hone his ability to work with people.

Moving to Sugarwood in 1991 after living in metro-Chattanooga, Hixson, for about four years — beginning work with Sunnen in 1987 (see Profile on this page) — “I kind of got to know (former Mayor) Ralph McGill, my wife got to know (former North Ward Alderman) Marianne McGill and (former Vice Mayor) Dot LaMarche,” Williams said.

“At that time the Sugarwood subdivision had an HOA that was in pretty bad shape.”

With Williams, LaMarche and the McGills among others in HOA leadership, “We all worked together to get it in good financial shape” while “the recreation area expanded … and we put streetlights in,” he said.

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