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• Fifteenth Annual Herman Gettelfinger Bass Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, on Fort Loudoun Lake. Event will begin at the Tellico Canal Ramp, with ease off at safe light. All proceeds benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center and are 100 percent tax deductible. Grand Prize payout is a fully rigged Ranger 188VX boat. Tourney registration fee is $300 per boat (two man team). Pre-event registration will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 4, at Tellico Canal Ramp Pavilion. Lunch and goodie bags will be provided. Registration forms are available at www.mcnabbcenter.org For more info, contact Emily Ledford at 865-329-9030 or eledford@mcnabb.org

• CBFO Girls Softball Recreational League sign-ups for interested children and teenagers ages 5 to 19 will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, alongside league fields at 11609 Northshore Drive. All games and practices at this facility. No travel. For more info, call 865-966-0907 or 865-805-2813. Space limited.

• Harvey Broome Group of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club upcoming outings include: Feb. 23-24, Winter Breakout Backpack, Grassy Ridge Bald, Highlands of Roan (near Roan Mountain). Contact Beverly Smith 865-531.8480 or e-mail blsmith1300@comcast.net (email preferred). Hike begins in Carvers Gap at the western base of Round Bald and will follow the AT for 1.8-miles over Round Bald and Jane Bald, and then take the spur trail to Grassy Ridge Bald for a total of 2.6 miles on the trail. Hike distance is relatively easy, but weather can be brutal at high elevation (Grassy Bald 6,200-foot). High winds and some ice and snow should be expected. Good winter gear and winter backpacking skills are critical. Speak with the hike leader if you have not previously backpacked in winter. If weather makes road to Carver’s Gap difficult, hike location will be changed.

• Town of Farragut invites sand volleyball enthusiasts to break out of the winter months and participate in the “Break the Chill” Sand Volleyball Tournament to be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 29, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park off Watt Road. Tourney will feature two divisions – co-ed recreational and co-ed competitive – and consist of four to six players with at least two females. Players will only be allowed to play on one team and may not play in both divisions. Early bird registration is underway and runs through Friday, March 7, at the cost of $150 per team. Registration fee from March 10 through March 25 will be $175 per team. Registration will be limited to the first eight teams in each division; registration and payment deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 25. For a list of details and rules, plus an entry form, visit www.townoffarragut.org. Entry forms and payment may be returned in person or by mail to the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. For more info, contact Ben Darnell at 865-966-7057 or ben.darnell@townoffarragut.org.

• Tryouts for 9-and-under traveling competitive baseball team’s 2008 season are now being accepted. If a child is interested, parents/guardian should contact Greg Monger at 865-591-1534 or Don Simpson at 865-388-3467. Will work tryout times around your schedule. Spots are limited.

• Registration for Knoxville’s largest adult recreational tennis league is now in progress through March 1. Players are grouped into different ability levels based on National Tennis Rating Program. Adult and Senior Divisions offered for this USTA League. Play consists of singles and doubles, or just doubles as with Senior Division. Outcomes based on team scoring. A weekday league targeting women with school-aged children available. Matches are scheduled weekday mornings. Officials will be on hand to help you find a team. Players must be at least 19 years old. For more information, call Cheryl Thompson at 865-688-1070 or visit Greater Knoxville Tennis Association’s Web site: www.gkta.org

• Sign-ups are officially underway for Farragut Baseball, Inc.’s Spring 2008 season. Forms available at Pak Mail (11803 Kingston Pike in Farragut Towne Square) or go online to download a form at www.farragutbaseballinc.com. Forms are located under “handouts” section. Completed forms should be returned to Pak Mail. Registration slots are limited. Once leagues are full, a waiting list will be formed. Evaluations held in late February, practices begin in March. For more info, e-mail farragutbaseballinc@yahoo.com or visit Web site.

• Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is set for Sunday, March 30, Participants may run or walk in a 5K, relay, half marathon or full marathon. More team info available at www.covenant-health.com. For more info: www.knoxvillemarathon.com.

• Officials with U.S. Transplant Games’ Team East Tennessee, an Olympic-style competition for recipients of life-saving transplants, is currently scouting for athletes, volunteers and sponsors to participate in the bi-annual Games, to be held July 11-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa. To become involved with the Team as an athlete, call the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee at 865-688-5481 in Knoxville; 423-267-8655 Chattanooga, or 423-323-1650 in Tri-Cities area or visit the Web site: www.kidneyetn.org.

• Loudon County Habitat for Humanity invites women golfers to play the Tennessee National Golf Course Monday, April 7, to raise funds for Women Build 2008, a Habitat home to be built by women volunteers next fall. Team registration forms are now available at www.loudoncountyhabitat.org. Click on “Habitat golf” to download the registration form, or to find out about event sponsorship packages. For more info, call the Loudon County Habitat office at 865-640-5578.

 

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