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Joel and Angela Farmer, 20 years in August
Joel H. Farmer and Angela Atherton Farmer celebrated their 20th anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Both graduated from Farragut High School in 1982, and The University of Tennesse, Knoxville. Joel is director of Corporate Accounts for Weavexx.

The couple was married at Messiah Lutheran Church in 1987. They have two children: 16-year-old Emily and 10-year-old Carson.

Joel and Angela are traveling to Italy to celebrate their anniversary.

Angela gave this advice to younger couples: apologize when necessary, share your feelings, try to see your spouse’s point of view and take time to work on your marriage.


David and Donna Dabbs
David L. Dabbs and Donna L. Roskelly Dabbs celebrated their 20th anniversary Wednesday, May 30.

They were married in 1987 at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge. The wedding party included sister Jean Darby, sister-in-law Cinda Roskelly, Linda Simpson, Billy Howe, Sam McLane and Tommy Riikola. Still a little hazy from the bachelor party the night before, David actually had to ask Sam who the woman in white was that was standing at the back of the church.

The couple honeymooned in Georgia, visiting Stone Mountain National Park, Six Flags and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. They lived in Oak Ridge until July 2004, when they bought a house in Kingsgate Subdivision, where they currently live with their two adopted cats, Snowball and Smokey Joe.

David and Donna celebrated their anniversary with a nice dinner at EdisonPark Steakhouse and a beautiful diamond ring. The couple said they believe the secret to a long and happy marriage is that you have to be willing to compromise on the little things, work hard together on the big things and never stop having fun with each other.


Phil and Patricia Carnes celebrate 20 ‘wonderful’ years of marriage
Phil and Patricia Carnes celebrated 20 “wonderful” years of marriage Tuesday, Sept. 4. 

Their courtship began in February 1986. Patricia was singing in the choir at the church. After three phone calls from Phil, Patricia finally accepted a date. It was almost love at first site, Patricia said. Each has never dated anyone else after the first date. After an approximately 18-month courtship, they said “I do.” 

Prior to the couple meeting, Patricia agreed to a blind date with Ray Carnes, Phil’s brother. It wasn’t until later in their courtship, when they were driving by Phil’s mom’s house and Patricia saw Ray’s car parked in the driveway, that she made the connection. It was as if a light bulb had come on, Patricia said. The couple got quite a laugh out of this.

The couple has three children: Tonya Quiver and Gerald Carnes live in Oklahoma and Jason Buchanan lives in Seymour. They have seven grandchildren: Damien and Ryan Satepauhoodle, Colton James Buchanan, and Spencer and Abby Smith. Their great-grandchildren are Rylee and Hannah Satepauhoodle. The couple has another great-grandchild due anytime.

The couple said they believe they made it to their 20th anniversary for three reasons. First, they did not forget the commitment they made to each other before God, family and friends. Second, they have a strong faith and commitment to their “Lord and Savior.” Third, they never go to bed angry at one another. 

Phil and Patricia said they continue to enjoy life and one another each day and consider it a gift from God. They enjoy traveling in their RV and have been in all of the 50 United States and seven different countries.


Tom and Tegwin Squires celebrate 20 years
Tom and Tegwin Squires celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Both Tom and Tegwin grew up in St. Joseph, Mo., where they began dating in 1980 during their junior year. They married after college. Both were 23 years old. They had a large wedding and very fun reception at the St. Joseph Country Club.

Tegwin said they had a difficult beginning to their honeymoon in the Bahamas, which they laugh about now. They left their envelope with their passports, all of their traveler’s checks and airline tickets in the cab they took from the airport to the hotel. It was raining, and they had no place to stay, no money and no way to get back home. Tegwin said they eventually got everything worked out. 

After the honeymoon, Tom and Tegwin lived in Phoenix, Ariz., until 1992, when they moved to Knoxville. Their first child, Zach, was born in Arizona and is now 16 years old. He is a sophomore at Farragut High School.  Their oldest daughter, Megan, is 12 years old and is a seventh-grader at Farragut Middle School. Their youngest child, Mallory, is 9 years old and is a fourth-grader at Farragut Intermediate School.  Tegwin said the family “loves it here.”

The couple credits reaching the landmark anniversary to not taking each other for granted, great communication and laughing as often as possible.


birth notices
Baptist Hospital for Women announces:

• Terry and Kara Gibson, Crossville, a girl, Chloe Kaye

• Rafael and Laura Galindo, Knoxville, a girl, Gabriella Grace

• Kevin and Jill Hall, Knoxville, a boy, Conner Thomas



Parkwest Medical Center announces:

• Ryan and Laura Hardin, Knoxville, a girl, Isabella Evelyn

• Jeffrey Dean and Darsey Watts, Knoxville, a girl, Emily Beth

• Derek Jett and Missy Long, Oliver Springs, a boy, Jaxon Owen

• Kevin and Lydia Zinn, Alcoa, a girl, Clara Marie

• Bob and Jessica Babineau, Kingston, a girl, Lillian Diane

• Keith and Rachel Brown, Kingston, a boy, Brandon Alexander

• Melissa and Casey Harold, Knoxville, a boy, Jacob Brayden

• Edward and Karen Green, Oliver Springs, a girl, Avery Jordan

• Codee and Mikkie Edmonds, Lenoir City, a girl, Natalee Nichole

• Robert and JoAnn May, Oak Ridge, a girl, Zoe Catherine

• Mr. and Mrs. Sultan Al-Sulaiman, Maryville, a boy, Musa Sultan Mohammad

• Rod and Suzanne Richards, Knoxville, a girl, Addison Grace

• Kevin and Mindy Watkins, Jacksonville, N.C. , a boy, Damion Wayne

• Darren and Janelle Fuller, Knoxville, a girl, Cara Ansley

• Mike and Lisa McConaha, Knoxville, a boy, Dylan Louis

• Duncan and Sara Coble, Maryville, a girl, Sophie Taylor

• Jason and Julie Watson, Kingston, a boy, Tyler Jason

• Jason and Jessica Newport, Oakdale, a boy, Sawyer Hudson

• Jamie and Laurie Farr, Kingston, a girl, Alyssa Leann

• Jason and Vanessa Lemons, Knoxville, a boy, Barrett David

• Jim and Jami Thacker, Harriman, a boy, Lucas James

• Dr. Sean and Christa Newport, Knoxville, a boy, Halston David

• Gary and Amanda Hager, Knoxville, a, girl, Carly Savannah

• Kenneth E. and Cristi P. Miller, Oak Ridge, a girl, Catherine Mae

• Cory and Kerissa Stott, Knoxville, a girl, Aubrie Elin

• Nicholas and Jaclyn Stephenson, Knoxville, a girl, Ava Michelle

• Jayson and Amanda Taylor, Clinton, a girl, Ashley Grace

• Randy and Windy Wester, Maryville, a girl, Abigail Renee

• Paul and Tonya Hargis, Wartburg, a girl, Ryleigh Sage

• Stacy and Kate Reagan, Knoxville, twin girls, Andrea Paige and Grace Katherine

• Christopher and Christen Pecoraro, Knoxville, a boy, Daniel Blake

• Wes and Erin Harris, Knoxville, a boy, Jacob Thomas

• Sabata and Abigail Mixon, Knoxville, a boy, Baine Alexander

• Chris and Lori Humphreys, Corryton, a girl, McKenzie Caroline

• Charles and Colleen Vesser, Knoxville, a boy, Charles Walter III

• Johnny and Leslie Caldwell, Corryton, a boy, John Douglas

• Jerome and Jessica Brown, Knoxville, a boy, Jordan Ashton

• Joseph Lozano and Kimberly Mather, Knoxville, a girl, Allison Renee

• Jonathan Armes and Teresa Hamby, Lancing, a boy, Landen Drake


Jeremiah Stombaugh turns 20 years old this month
Jeremiah David Miller Stombaugh celebrated his 20th birthday Monday, Sept. 24.

He was born at 4:15 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kokomo, Ind. He weighed 7 pounds, 9.5 oounces and was 18.5 inches long.

Jeremiah and his dad share a love for wildlife. When others are shooting animals for sport, they feed the wildlife and are cautious to preserve areas for them. As a baby, Jeremiah learned to appreciate the sounds of nature. As a child, Jeremiah had a “mini-farm” of chickens that laid colored eggs, rabbits in a hutch he designed and built, baby ducks that took over the kid’s pool, a nubian goat expecting twins, as well as a couple of billy goats that ate blackberries. He also could identify and imitate the different sirens of fire engines, ambulance and police cars.

“We should have known he would grow up to serve our community,” Minnie said.

By the time he was a teenager, he established a summer lawn care business. He and his grandfather started an automotive repair business together. In fact, he owned three vehicles before he was old enough to drive. He earned his ASE automotive certification at age 14.

At 14, Jeremiah went to the Rural Metro Fire Station No. 11 to complete his Emergency Preparedness BSA merit badge. Keith Kregel quickly became his Explorer Post Advisor, and Jeremiah was training.

Jeremiah joined BSA Troop No. 17 when he was 11 years old. Robert Spreng was his scoutmaster. He earned his Den Chief Service Award assisting Cub Scout Pack No. 444. He holds Brother-hood Honor Level of Pellissippi Lodge No. 230, BSA’s National Honor Scouts. In 2005, he earned the BSA Eagle rank.

After graduating from Christian Fellowship Academy with honors, he enrolled with Rural/Metro Firefighter Academy and Pellissippi State Technical Community College. He transferred to Roane State Community College to pursue Emergency Medical Science interest. Today, Jeremiah is stationed at Rural Metro Firefighter Station 28 off Gov. John Sevier Highway. He also is employed as an assistant manager at Advanced Auto Parts in Farragut.

Jeremiah is one of the “good guys,” Minnie said. He works hard and plays hard.

Jeremiah has five siblings: 28-year-old Jennifer, 26-year-old Stephanie , 16-year-old Sarah Joy, 14-year-old Joseph and 12-year-old Jacob. He has three nephews: 9-year-old Benjamin, 7-year-old Deano and 4-year-old Trenton. His only niece is 6-year-old Victoria. His grandparents are Jerry and Audrey Miller of Farragut and the late Clifford and Mattie Stombaugh.




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