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• Area seniors ages 50 and older will have the opportunity to showcase their athletic talent at the East Tennessee District Senior Olympics April 27–May 2 in Gatlinburg. Individuals will compete within five-year age groups, starting at age 50. Participants age 49 are eligible in district and state as long as their 50th birthday occurs in 2007. Events include bowling, track and field, 5K run, tennis, swimming, racquetball, cycling, badminton, horseshoes, table tennis, basketball free throw, basketball hot shot and 3-point, shuffleboard and golf. Top four finalists in each event at the district level will advance to the state competition. Deadline is April 12. For an application, call Joyce Brown at 865-671-2331, e-mail at etnseniorgames@charter.net, or visit the event Web site, www.tnseniorolympics.com

•  Spring Fling Race Series continues with the Adam Downen Race for Responsibility, a 5K and 1 Mile fun run at 8 a.m. April 21, at Tyson Park, Knoxville. Final race of the series is the Run for the Deaf, a 5K, at 8 a.m. May 5, that begins and ends on the Tennessee School for the Deaf campus, with a route through the Island Home community of Knoxville. Races are on flat courses. The Adam Downen Race for Responsibility generates proceeds that are used to educate youth about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of riding with an impaired driver. Registration is $20 for each race and includes a t-shirt from each run. Entry forms are available on Knoxville Track Club’s Web site, www.ktc.org. To download forms: www.breakthroughknoxville.com. Tennessee School for the Deaf Web site is www.tsdeaf.org.

• A dedication ceremony for the port side anchor from de-commissioned U.S. Navy destroyer USS Farragut DLG6/DDG37 — located at Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field inside the east entrance gate since fall 2006 — will be held there beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, May 4. The public is invited. Various dignitaries and local officials are expected.

• Avalon Golf Course in Lenoir City is the site of the Fifth Annual Episcopal School of Knoxville Golf Tournament Tuesday, April 10. Space is limited to 32 four-player teams featuring a four-player scramble format. March 27 is registration deadline. Entry fee is $150 per player and $500 per team. Registration forms may be picked up at The Episcopal School of Knoxville, or e-mail Harrison Stuart at stuart@esknoxville.org to reserve a spot. For more information, contact Stuart at 865-218-4497

• Farragut Night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium will be celebrated Friday, April 13, as the Vol baseball team hosts SEC foe Mississippi State beginning at 7 p.m. Farragut Night honors UT’s five graduates of Farragut High School — pitcher Craig Cobb, shortstop Tony Delmonico, third baseman Cody Brown, pitcher Bryan Powell and catcher Scott Dean. Cobb, the Vols’ regular Friday SEC starter, is scheduled to take the hill. Doug Kose, director of marketing for UT Athletics, said two round-trip airline tickets to Las Vegas, Nev., Orlando, Fla. or Tampa, Fla. will be given away. Sports Belle is selling 100 general admission tickets for $3 each until April 10. The Farragut Baseball, Inc. youth team selling the most tickets will get to run onto the field with UT prior to the National Anthem and first pitch. Kose said plans are also brewing to have Farragut Mayor W. Edward Ford III throw out the first pitch. A fireworks show follows the game. For more info or to secure tickets, call 865-938-2063.

 

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