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Julia’s ‘ritual’ had a sizeable payoff

A Farragut Primary School second-grader is convinced her “snow ritual” paid off in a big way Monday, Jan. 3.

Before she went to bed the night before, Julia Logan Horne said she followed instructions relayed by her FPS physical education teacher Elizabeth Bell.

“I flushed ice cubes down the (commode), wore my pajamas inside out, and my teacher said to sleep with a toothbrush under our pillow — but I used two and seven different cups of ice,” Julia excitedly relayed that afternoon.

“She said if we did all that, the snow would probably come, and it did.”

The 7-year-old daughter of Katrina Logan Horne and the late Brook Horne said she wanted to try Bell’s ritual because “I love the snow, a lot, and we never get it anymore.”

Julia said she also was hoping for a little extra time added to the holiday winter break Knox County students enjoyed through Jan. 3.

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‘Vanilla’ provides 421K meals to Second Harvest

In just 18 months, Farragut High School sophomore William Cabaniss’ selfless generosity and unique talent for making vanilla extract has provided close to half a million meals for hungry East Tennesseans.

The “Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow” non-profit he began in his Farragut home in May 2020 so far has contributed $140,405 to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, which organizers say is the equivalent of 421,215 meals.

Cabaniss, who is the son of Mark and Jillina Cabaniss, has made several separate donations to Second Harvest, most recently one for $40,000 Thursday, Dec. 20.

Grateful for his ongoing contributions, on that same day, Second Harvest placed the Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow logo in its volunteer lobby and began selling the extract there as well.


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Concern level when pet has high liver enzymes?

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Q: “Brewster” is my sweet little mutt that I adopted from the shelter a few years ago. We were just at the vet for his annual check-up, and my vet said his liver enzymes are high. Brewster is middle aged, but we don’t know his exact age. He is happy and active — how concerned should I be? P.R., Farragut

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Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance’s Health & Fitness Expo

A crowd of about 350 attended Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance’s 2nd Annual Health & Fitness Expo, which took place in Farragut Community Center Saturday, Jan. 8.

About two-dozen vendors — from chiropractors, Tennova Healthcare, MLILY Mattress and health coaches to credit unions and financial planners — were on hand to give advice and information on their products. Those who attended also had a chance to take a CPR class provided by ActFast CPR in Knoxville, which took place during the Expo.

“Patrons enjoyed the variety of businesses that were represented, and on average spent 30 minutes on the show floor,” Shop Farragut/FBA executive director Steve Krempasky said. “The vendors said that they are committed to helping me grow this event, and one stated, ‘The community needs this event for its future potential.’”

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• A volunteer income tax assistance site in Farragut, certified by the IRS, is offering tax preparation services free of charge to those who are financially challenged, and the elderly, among those needing special assistance. The service is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, through Friday, April 15, at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 616 Fretz Road. Service is on a first-come, first-served basis. “Taxpayers must bring government-issued photo ID, Social Security cards for everyone named on their return, and all their tax documents,” a press release stated.

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