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AJ to lead Dec. 4 parade

A special youth has been selected as grand marshal of inaugural Farragut Christmas Parade.

Farragut Middle School sixth-grader AJ Cucksey — who has bravely faced a number of medical issues yet played on the seventh-grade middle school football team that recently won the Knox County championship — will lead the parade when it kicks off at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4.

“When we were talking about a family-friendly parade, his name just popped into my mind,” said Mandy Kincaid, Farragut Primary School kindergarten teacher who co-chairs the Christmas parade committee with Mary Nussbaum. “AJ and my daughter, Emme, have been together since kindergarten, and I had his sister, Gia, in my class.

“They are such a wonderful family,” she added of AJ’s parents, John and Shannon, Gia and brother, Vadin.

“And he is a remarkable kid.”

AJ has been battling a form of childhood cancer, Pilocyctic astrocytoma, since being diagnosed at age 4, which causes non-malignant brain tumors.

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In memory of her grandparents, Lynch has Send Seniors Christmas Love in high gear

In honor and in memory of her own grandparents, Doyle and Irene Arwood, Ashley Lynch of Farragut has made it her mission to make sure senior citizens feel loved all year long.

The Christmas-focused event, Send Seniors Christmas Love, is in full swing again this year, and has a need for 2,000 sets of gifts, which will be distributed in nursing homes throughout East Tennessee in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

The SSCL project, inspired by Lynch’s charity Send Senior Citizens Love, officially kicked off with the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek’s All is Bright holiday celebration Friday, Nov. 18, and will run through Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Tiny trees, adorned with gift tag “ornaments,” are located near the 60-foot lighted Christmas tree in the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek shopping center and also are scattered throughout the development, which is a long-time partner for the event.

Each tag is simply listed as “male” or “female,” and has suggested gifts for nursing home residents, including such practical items as warm slipper socks, blankets, stationary, hats and gloves.

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Light the Park

Hundreds of Farragut and area families made what has become an annual late November visit to

Founders Park at Campbell Station, as Town of Farragut’s Countdown to Light the Park featured more

than 70,000 lights being turned on by Santa Claus Monday evening, Nov. 21.

Providing entertainment in the minutes leading up to the lighting ceremony included Akima Club Singers,

Concord Brass, Angela Floyd Students and an FHS Choral group.

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New Mission of Hope exec. director seeks Town help for Christmas Drive

As Farragut resident David Heatherly moves through the transition phase as new Mission of Hope executive director, MOH carries on its Cyber Barrel Christmas Drive, which started Nov. 1 and will continue to Monday, Dec. 5.

“We’re in the middle of doing our 27th Christmas Drive, where we collect new toys, new clothing, non-perishable food and hygiene items,” said Emmette Thompson, retiring MOH executive director. “You go online and it tells you how you can purchase something.”

“We have already selected toys and clothing items on our online registry, and the registries on Amazon, Target and Walmart,” MOH operations assistant Becky Mills said. “You go to the (MOH) website or scan a QR code (and) it will take you directly to the page that will link to our registry.

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