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West Knox Optimists present funds

Optimist Club of West Knoxville members collected about 27 tons of used computer and computer-related printing equipment Jan. 14 as part of its second annual “Plug Into Your Community” event.

Club spokesman Brian R. Osgood told fellow Optimists the recycling effort has raised a total of $1,150 to be divided evenly among the Optimist Club, the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley and Goodwill Industries whose volunteers worked the event.

Laura Osgood, an Optimist member who also represents HSTV, received the benefit check for that group, and Liz Lucas received a similar check on behalf of Goodwill Industries.

Also present at the Jan. 26 meeting, held at Silver Spoon, were Farragut Mayor W. Edward (Eddy) Ford III, the club’s guest speaker, former Farragut Mayor Bob Leonard, and Stuart and Marti Greenwood, who won a new Compaq laptop computer as door prize for their participation in the “Plug Into Your Community” recycling program.

Ford updated club members on residential, business, road and other development plans affecting Farragut and its subdivisions.

Michael White, representing event sponsor Staples, also attended along with representatives of Knox County and 5R Processors, co-sponsors of the event.

Osgood told fellow Optimists he heard many favorable comments from participants during the recycling event, held at the Staples location near North Peters Road.

“The effort was well-received,” Osgood said, “and most people there told us we were doing a great thing that was really appreciated” by the community.


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