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Area students compete in District Best Bagger Contest

A Bearden High School senior “bagged” third-place.

William Durrant, 18, earned third-place among 11 employee contestants from Knoxville west to Crossville during Food City grocery chain’s District 8 Tennessee Grocery Association Best Bagger Contest at the Farragut store Saturday, March 17.

Champion at the N. Peters Road store, Durrant, a cashier, admitted to being “real nervous” before the two-part competition started involving paper and plastic bagging of various items. Durrant won a $20 Food City gift card.

Farragut Food City representative Jason Knox, a junior at Lenoir City High School, finished ninth and earned a $10 gift card.

Winning among his Farragut store colleagues leading up to Saturday, “I knew people were practicing all week, but I just kinda jumped in there and did it,” said Knox, a cashier/courtesy clerk.

Durrant’s BHS classmate, sophomore Dana George, was champion of the Middlebrook Pike Food City contest. George, a cashier/courtesy clerk, finished 10th and earned a $10 gift card.

“I think it’s a very good thing Food City does, and it makes the courtesy clerks feel like they are part of the team,” said Deborah Dungan, Farragut store manager. “I feel very privileged to host this event. We’ve held it here for the last two years.”

District champion Jake Kleinschmidt, representing the Loudon store, competed in the state Food City competition March 31 in White Pine.

That champion will compete in the overall state TGA bagging contest Thursday, April 15, in Nashville.

Overall state champs will compete in the National Grocers Association competition later this year.


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