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Town honors unsung navy

Frances Abel, Bill Dunlap, Charlie Owens and Doris Owens were heralded for logging at least 3,000 volunteer hours at the Farragut Unsung Navy volunteer banquet Friday, March 18, at Fox Den Country Club.

Hosted by the town of Farragut, the banquet honored 131 volunteers who have logged more than 7,000 hours in the past year and 60,000 since its inception in 1992. Leisure services director Sue Stuhl said the value of the service to the town is worth more than $70,000 and is calculated on the scale recommended by the Points of Life Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford gave the opening speech and thanked Fox Den Country Club for its contribution to the town as well as the present town aldermen.

Ford also expressed his appreciation to Farragut’s first mayor, Bob Leonard, and his wife, Marie, for “establishing the concept of volunteerism and building on that concept.”

He noted the many events sponsored by the town of Farragut that would not be possible without FUN volunteers such as Freaky Friday, Covenant Health Check, the Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo, the Farragut Folklife Museum and museum gift shop to name a few. Honoring the memory of volunteer and FUN Lt. J.T. White, Ford acknowledged White’s wife, Marge, and said, “We really miss him.”

Gift shop manager Frances Abel presented a check for $3,000 to museum director Doris Owens. Expressing her appreciation, Owens said, “We will use the money to buy one special item for the museum and as soon as we figure out what we will buy, I will let you know.”

Entertainment was provided by Frank Galbraith, long-time resident of the Farragut community.


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