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AFA awards honor CCS teacher Dawson

Concord Christian School science teacher Sherilyn Dawson received both the Air Force Association’s local chapter Gen. Bruce Holloway Teacher of the Year Award and AFA State Teacher of the Year Award. She received the awards from Lt. Col. Dave Garner, left, representing AFA chapter and Tennessee Wing of Civil Air Patrol, and Lt. Col. Gary Lynn, also of the Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol.
A Concord Christian School teacher has won two prestigious awards from the Air Force Association for her extensive work in using the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program with her students.

Sherilyn Dawson received the Air Force Association local chapter Gen. Bruce Holloway Teacher of the Year Award and AFA’s State Teacher of the Year Award.

“Ms. Dawson won both awards based on her aerospace education instruction the past school year to both elementary and high school students,” AFA Lt. Col. Dave Garner stated in a press release.

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Lawson murals to Trump, Bush

Incident with Palmer, Ivy League football told

David Lawson shows his framed plaque canvas artwork, measuring 24-by-26 inches, honoring patriotic landmarks and all U.S. presidents, with current President Donald J. Trump the centerpiece. Preparing to send Trump this plaque as he did a similar work sent to the White House in 2004 for then President George W. Bush, Lawson addressed Concord-Farragut Republican Club members about his plaques during a recent meeting in Knox County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct, Turkey Creek.
Having had a few brushes with greatness — including one nationally televised moment of infamy — David Lawson has focused in recent years on impressing a couple of inhabitants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

This Farragut-area resident actually got in trouble with golfing legend Arnold Palmer during

the final round of the 1970 PGA “major” in Tulsa, Oklahoma: angering Palmer — one of his boyhood heroes — on the 11th tee with the click of his camera.

Filming a golf feature at the same course, Southern Hills Country Club, in Tulsa where Lawson lived at the time “about three years later,” Palmer was introduced to Lawson by a man who thought the golfing legend might remember the “camera click” incident.

“I give him the brief story (about what happened in 1970), and he starts laughing ... and he said, ‘Dave, I’m so sorry. I bet that embarrassed you to death,’” Lawson recalled Palmer saying.

“He hugged me,” an emotional Lawson added about reclaiming his hero that day in 1973.

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Bringing the community together as one

Founders Park Lawn Chair Concert Series, Americana style, begins June 23

With the goal of “bringing the community together as one big family” according to Lawn Chair Concert Series founders, this season’s monthly music events mark four years in Founder’s Park at Campbell Station.

The Series, free of charge, will take place on Saturdays beginning at 6 p.m., June 23, July 14 and Aug. 25.  “The last note must be hit by 9:30,” said Shandy Dixon, event co-founder.

Featuring Americana bands Carolina Story, Guy Marshall and Jubal, “We feel that inviting our core bands back each year allows the audience to develop a relationship with the artists and their music,” Dixon said. “We want LCCS to feel like a family reunion of sorts.”

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Monahan steps down

Ex-Strang coordinator moves to Florida citing spouse’s health

Former Frank Strang Sr. Center coordinator Lauren Monahan, at right, met many special people during her 18 years of service, including actress Patricia Neal, who was a Knoxville native.
Frank R. Strang Senior Center has lost its coordinator of nearly 18 years.

Lauren Monahan, who would have celebrated her 18th anniversary at the facility May 29, recently resigned, citing the ill health of her husband, Buz Monahan, which influenced the couple’s immediate move to Florida as reasons for her departure.

Buz Monahan has suffered from a variety of illnesses over the couple’s 20-year marriage, including chronic congestive heart failure. Lauren said “time was of the essence” in rushing the move.

Her last day in the office was Friday, May 18.

“I hate to see her go,” said April Tomlin, senior services manager for Knox County. “She has served for 18 great years, and she will be missed.”

Monahan was understandably sad about leaving the facility she has served for so long.

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E-cigs dangerous, not cute, for pets

Q: A friend of mine was talking about their Lab chewing on their e-cig and thought it was cute. I was afraid it might hurt him. Can you tell us more? P.R., Farragut

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Parents are sold: Grunau to AFA

Kaitlyn Grunau’s parents, Tim and Leigh Grunau, weren’t initially on board with her pursuit of a U.S. Air Force Academy appointment.

“My dad wasn’t too thrilled,” admitted Grunau, who was this year’s sole military college appointment from Farragut High School’s Class of 2018.

“It was such a new idea (for both my parents), and it was kind of sudden. It took some getting used to.”

Both Tim and Leigh are pilots — her father for Delta and her mother for United Postal Service. And even though Tim did serve a stint in the Air Force, he still did not envision his daughter’s serious commitment.

Not only would it require she attend a school across the country in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but it also would mean she was expected to serve at least five years of military service after graduation.

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Farragut Honor Roll students told

• Olivia G. Barrett from Farragut earned Dean’s List honors at East Tennessee State University for Spring 2018 semester. To receive this honor, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework with no grade below B- in any course taken, and a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a scale up to 4.0.

• Four students from Farragut attending Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate earned Dean’s List honors for Spring 2018 semester: Ethan Elliott, Brittany Gray, Heather Herren and Lauren Walker.

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