Appreciation party for emergency, medical personnel at Cotton Eyed Joe


Respecting the “front lines” of risk First Responders and Essential Workers are going through with the summer spike in COVID-19 cases countywide, Cotton Eyed Joe responded with a First Responders and Essential Workers Appreciation Party Friday evening, July 31.

Listening to one of those honorees on hand, Vanesia Cohan, RN — who is “front line in taking care of COVID-19 patients” — this recognition has been limited during the past two months.

After having “a lot of pizza coming our way … there was a lot of attention” from an appreciative community “in the beginning” — mid-March through May — “that’s kind of all died down since the first of June,” she said.

“We’re greatly appreciative of Chuck (Ward, owner) to honor us in this way,” Cohan added. “We’re still out there doing this every day. And cases are rising in our area.”

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Ex-teacher still ‘educates’ as KW Realtor

After being a Realtor for 24 years and a Farragut High School teacher for four years prior to that, Farragut resident Gina Johnson still sees herself as an educator.

“As a realtor, you are still educating your clients,” said Johnson, a Realtor with Keller Williams Signature in Bearden. “Every day, you’re researching new materials.

“Part of being a Realtor is you have to educate buyers and sellers on the process,” she added.

“There are a number of teachers in the real estate profession. The pay is better.”

Johnson, a Knox County native, taught math to ninth through 12th graders at FHS then went to teaching adults at the Computer Learning Center and being a microcomputer consultant at the University of Tennessee. She ventured into real estate in 1996.

As an educator, she said the most rewarding experience was teaching a student, then later seeing that child become successful and want to give back to the community.

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Playtime in the Park

About 50 children with mothers, grandmothers and babysitters swarmed Founders Park at Campbell Station, along North Campbell Station Road, Wednesday, July 29, just to get out and enjoy the sunny weather and park creek.

The swarm was not planned — individual mothers simply had the same idea: take their youngsters to the park.

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Local biz effort, 36 strong, leads Wellness Expo Aug. 8

Featuring 36 Town and local businesses specializing in the care of the human body, providing products for comfort and well-being and healthy lifestyle tips, inaugural Farragut Health & Wellness Expo is just two days away.

It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, in Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd. just north of Village Green Shopping Center and Planet Fitness near Campbell Station Road.

Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance is the backbone of this new event, free of charge, which is sponsored by SouthEast Bank.

“We have a few new businesses that have to do with your mental health,” Stephen Krempasky, Alliance executive director, said. “Amramp will show how it is a leader in mobility access. ACTFAST Inc. specializes in CPR training and other emergency techniques.

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Dog Daze Aug. 14-16

DOG DAZE IV @ Village Green Shopping Center is presented by TDS Telecom Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 16. This three-day festival of fun, food and national competition is in Village Green Shopping Center parking lot just south of Stein Mart and Planet Fitness.

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