Multi-talented Soland brings Sgt. York to stage

Hardin Valley resident’s 2-year effort culminates in ‘The Play’ starting April 20

Lisa Soland is a prolific author, having written the upcoming “Sergeant York: The Play” which opens this week West Park Baptist Church’s CedarBrook Outreach in the HUB Student Center. She also has written more than 80 additional plays, and a children’s book, “Somebunny Loves You,” which she shared Saturday, April 7, at Town of Farragut’s Book Fest.
Almost exactly 100 years after Sergeant Alvin C. York became an international World War I hero and legend, a Hardin Valley actress, director and playwright is bringing his story to life on a Knox County stage.

Lisa Soland worked more than two years on “Sergeant York: The Play,” which begins a six-week run at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, at West Park Baptist Church HUB Student Center, 8833 Middlebrook Pike.

The production stars Greg Helton, who not only plays the title role but also portrays all other characters in the play.

It is based on the true story of York’s life, which began in rural north-central Tennessee, near Jamestown, where he was one of 11 children born to William and Mary Elizabeth York near Pall Mall.

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Rotary sends Zetterberg to Germany

Daniel Zetterberg, left, a Farragut High School junior, joins his father, Jon Zetterberg, at Rotary Club of Farragut’s meeting in Fox Den Country Club Wednesday, April 4, to discuss Daniel’s Rotary Exchange trip to Germany this summer.
Farragut High School junior Daniel Zetterberg has been taking German classes for four years, but this summer he will have a chance to find out how much he has mastered.

Zetterberg will travel to Germany as part of Rotary Club’s short-term exchange program, sponsored by Rotary Club of Farragut, Bill Nichols, Rotary District outbound Rotary Youth Exchange chairman, announced during RCF’s meeting in Fox Den Country Club Wednesday, April 4.

Zetterberg, 17, son of Jon and Patty Zetterberg, learned about the opportunity through his German class.

“There was a flyer about this Rotary program, and one of my friends, Leoni Kunz, did the long-term exchange so I heard about (the exchange program) through her,” he said. “She’s in Germany right now.”

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Thousands expected at annual RAM Southern Tequila & Taco Fest

Thousands are expected to flock to the 4th Annual Southern Tequila & Taco Fest to sample the fare and support Remote Area Medical.

Hosted by Abuelo’s Mexican Food Restaurant in Turkey Creek, the festival will be held, rain or shine, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the parking lot of the former Gander Mountain parking lot, 11501 Parkside Drive.

It features more than 20 beverage providers giving out samples of 100 different types of tequila, eight food vendors and country music artist John Stone, the scheduled performer.

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Book Fest

Susan Moore with grandson Wells Moore.
Postal carriers are not the only ones who persevere and deliver despite bad weather. Add children’s book authors and Town of Farragut officials to that list.

Cold temperatures and rain forced a venue change for the Town’s annual Book Fest, from Founder’s Park at Campbell Station to Farragut Town Hall, Saturday morning and early afternoon, April 7.

But authors, illustrators, young readers and their parents still flocked to the new location in droves.

Some children came dressed as their favorite book characters while others just appreciated meeting writers in a variety of genres, hearing them share books during a live story time, seeing the wonders of a local magician and enjoying a variety of crafts.

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College in Boston wants ‘blank slate’

In the past year I have received upward of 500 flyers, bulletins, letters and magazines from schools that wanted me to apply, but out of all I must say the most memorable was a 3-by-7-inch slip with a pencil on it.

It was from a school in Boston, and it expressed a great desire for “blank slates.”

In short, this college was seeking students who could be indoctrinated to their university’s beliefs, easily, without resistance from previously-established convictions.

Colleges today are on the prowl for students who can make them great, kids with ambition and intellect, who will accomplish great things — but turn around and share credit with their alma mater.

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Central Baptist’s annual Tu Dia set for Saturday

Hispanic females, women and children alike, enjoy cosmetics in the Fellowship Hall of Central Baptist Church of Bearden during last year’s Tu Dia celebration.
Knox County’s Hispanic women can count on the outreach of a handful of West Knox County churches, with one annually hosting a celebration of culture in the name of Christianity one Saturday each spring.

Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, is preparing for Tu Dia, a special day of music, food, information and “pampering” for Knox area Hispanic women, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

In 2010, “this other Christian and I, Anna Garlington of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, we were very concerned about the Hispanic women in the community who had little support and little connection with the Anglo community,” said Joyce Wyatt, CBCB member and event co-founder. “So we dreamed up this idea of having Tu Dia,” which means in Spanish, “‘it’s your day.’

“But also, since we are faith-based and Christians — she was from a different church here in Knoxville — we wanted it to be ‘God’s Day’ also,” she added. “It is a bringing together” of the Hispanic and Christian communities.

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