Celebrate the Season held in Town Hall for final time

Annual free event, Dec. 6, shifts to new Community Center in 2020

For the last year of holding Celebrate the Season at Farragut Town Hall, Town of Farragut invites families in the community to the 26th annual free event taking place from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6.

This year’s “Celebrate” being on a Friday is unlike other years when the event was held on a Thursday.

“We thought it would be better attended since it won’t be a school night,” said Wendy Smith, Town Public Relations and Marketing coordinator.

With Town Hall adorned with Christmas finery, many favorite activities return for children and their families: crafts, refreshments, cookie decorating, museum tours, entertainment by Farragut Middle School Choir, Farragut High School Madrigal Singers and Bearden United Methodist Children’s Bell Choir — and, of course, meeting and having photos with Santa from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Final photo numbers, a must, will be given at 6 p.m., Smith said.

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Life after death

A deceased infant’s heart is FHS junior’s ‘gift of life’

Heart transplant recipient Graham Baakko holds a picture of Austin, the 5-month old whose death 16 years ago gave Graham the gift of life.
As a basketball-playing honors student, Graham Baakko seems like any other 16-year-old — but this Farragut High School junior actually is a living miracle several times over thanks to a selfless donation when he was just 41 days old.

Graham was born March 8, 2003, in Michigan to Angela and Tim Baakko, and was critically ill from the beginning. He suffered from a heart defect, which had been undetected in his utero.

“The ultrasound showed everything was normal, but as they later explained they had been unable to detect the issue on the left side of his heart,” Angela said. “Then when he was born, he turned purple and they put him on a ventilator before airlifting him to the University of Michigan, Mott Children’s Hospital,” which was about an hour away.

Graham’s prognosis was poor.

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FB Concord hosts TN Baptist Convention

Pastors, leaders discuss pastoral care, religious liberty, Senate ‘Pro-Life’ bill

State Rep. Jason Zachary (R-District 14), left, was one of the guest speakers when Tennessee Baptist Convention visited First Baptist Concord Nov. 17-20. The Rev. Randy Davis, right, is Tennessee Baptist Missions Board executive director and a former interim pastor at FBC.
First Baptist Concord hosted hundreds of church pastors and leaders who attended the 2019 Tennessee Baptist Convention’s annual Summit convention Nov. 17-20.

It offered worship services, breakout meetings and topical updates on key issues of concern, including pastoral care, religious liberty and an upcoming Senate bill addressing abortion.

It was the first time in about 15 years the event took place at FBC, said Chris Turner, director of communications for Tennessee Baptist Missions Board, noting the Summit is rotated between the state’s east, middle and west divisions.

Turner said 997 “messengers” from Baptist churches across the state attended, as did 150 guests including spouses and laypersons.

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Fox Run key area of Town’s pilot program to ID areas with weaker stormwater infrastructure

Following a year in which two unexpected stormwater failures cost Farragut more than $300,000 in repairs, the Town is considering an overall infrastructure mapping project. But officials are gingerly testing the waters with a pilot program to better understand how to proceed.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a proposal during its Thursday, Nov. 14, meeting from Civil & Environmental Consultation to begin the pilot project in two locations: Fox Run subdivision and near the Interstate 40/75 interchange under Campbell Station Road.

BOMA elected to put $750,000 into the stormwater fund for fiscal year 2020 to fund a comprehensive study of the stormwater infrastructure, prepare a prioritized list of repair/replace locations and to fund initial projects identified. Cost of the pilot, $39,070, will come out of that fund.

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The name of Lauryn Smith, Hardin Valley Academy senior and former Lady Hawks soccer standout who recently signed as a future student/athlete at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, was misspelled in a “signing day” story in our Nov. 21 sports section. We regret the error.