Growing good out of tragedy

Carol Waldo, left, executive director of Knoxville Internationals Network, and University of Tennessee graduate student Teresa Slade, work in different capacities with the PrayKnox movement. They are holding a copy of the PrayKnox devotional, which has specific prayer topics to target daily.
A city-wide movement, which began in response to tragedy, continues to gain momentum and will next meet at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, in First Baptist Concord.

PrayKnox began last year and grew out of an opportunity organizers saw as they prayed collectively in the aftermath of local and national events.

The church community “came together after shootings and suicides, for example, but we realized we were only getting together when Satan called, and we were grieving,” said Carol Waldo, executive director of Knoxville Internationals Network, who is one of many PrayKnox organizers helping facilitate the movement. “We are all willing to come together after a tragedy, but [we thought] maybe we should go on the offensive, rather than the defensive, and come together in a spirit of intercession.”

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Town-FKC 13th Annual Shamrock Ball March 3

Halle Bennett and uncle, John Bickford, were just two of nearly 500 party-goers at last year’s Shamrock Ball.
While many high schoolers anxiously anticipate prom season, a younger set will enjoy a night all their own when the 13th Annual Shamrock Ball takes place March 3.

The event is promoted as a “father-daughter dance,” and will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Farragut High School commons area. It is open to all ages, and those attending can enjoy evening of music, dancing and light refreshments.

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40th Annual Dogwood Arts Festival House & Garden Show

Rachel Kahn of Stanley’s Greenhouse stands with a new selection of glass windchimes the store offers.
This year marked the 40th Annual Dogwood Arts Festival House & Garden Show, and the three-day event offered a little something for everyone. In addition to local and regional vendors offering everything from outdoor fire pits to flowers, stained glass windows, recycled yard art, fine jewelry and tree removal, do-it-yourselfers were treated to hands-on demonstrations from local and national experts.

The show is the largest fundraiser for Dogwood Arts Festival, which will offer events throughout the region in March and April.

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