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Farragut High mourns loss of senior

A Farragut High School senior was remembered as a “great kid” with a “wonderful sense of humor” by one of his former teachers following a single-car accident in Grainger County that took his life.

Carson Howard, 17, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, in The University of Tennessee Medical Center following the Monday evening, Dec. 1, accident in Blaine.

Driving without passengers in a Toyota Supra, Carson lost control on Indian Ridge Road and “went off the right side of the highway in a ditch; vehicle came back on the roadway, lost control, went off the roadway on the left, striking a utility poll,” said James White, dispatcher with Tennessee Highway Patrol, Fall Branch District.

White also confirmed a THP trooper report Carson was wearing a seat belt, and neither drinking nor drugs were a suspected cause, as THP “did not request a test on either one of them.”

Tracy Poulsen, an FHS assistant principal, was Carson’s honors biology teacher his freshman year and botany zoology teacher his junior year.

“He was just a great kid,” Poulsen said. “He had a lot of friends. He always had a smile on his face. He was a real positive young man. He brought a lot of life to the classroom, he had a wonderful sense of humor. And he surrounded himself with all sorts of kids.


body in the school is touched by this loss because he wasn’t necessarily affiliated with just one group of kids,” Poulsen added. “Carson knew everybody and everybody loved him and wanted to be around him because he was funny and he was kind and he was generous.”


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