Half-century of teaching

Cheering goodbyes for popular Akins, capping 50-year career with final 17 at Concord Christian

Concord Christian School fifth-grade teacher Jim Akins directed car-line traffic throughout the 17 years he spent at the school, so it was only fitting that a “Final Car-Line Salute” honored him as he retired last week following 50 years in the profession he described as “a calling.”

“Every single day he came to the lot and directed the traffic through,” said Stephanie Mason, marketing director for CCS. “This just seemed like the perfect way to say goodbye.”

Akins wholeheartedly agreed.

“I loved it,” he said. “I always directed traffic, and because of COVID-19, we couldn’t have all gotten together.

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Story-film duo shine nationally

With both a passion and God-given talent to write short stories, as evidenced by having various works published in book-form in recent years, Trey Anderson also has a celebrated film background.

In fact, his full-time job at Ingles in Farragut has been the subject of one of those more celebrated short films, produced by a best friend from high school.

Dr. Jerod Hollyfield, an associate professor of Film and Communication at Carson-Newman University, got to know Trey while they were students at Farragut High School (Anderson is a 2001 graduate, Hollyfield a 2002 grad).

“He was in a lot of film projects that I made in high school,” Hollyfield said. “…. He’s a very talented actor. He was in a play that I directed in high school and just blew everybody away with his performance.

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Mothers Day Parade

The Villages of Farragut came up with a nice alternative to direct contact with mothers on Mothers Day, at its senior living residence — which, of course, was due to COVID-19 concerns.

An eight-vehicle parade, which gathered in the parking lot of farragutpress, proceeded up 230 Village Commons Blvd. toward The Villages to honor their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother — all Villages residents — Sunday morning, May 10.

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