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• A beginner fly-fishing class hosted by Grace Baptist Church off Oak Ridge Highway will be held in the church gym Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning March 2 and will meet for about eight weeks. Parents with children ages 12 or older are encouraged to attend together, but this is not required. Class is open to all men and women. Gear will need to be discussed as I do not have enough for all students. Class will consist of hands-on casting and classroom instruction to prepare you to be confident on the stream. Each sessions begins with hands-on casting lessons of 45 minutes in the gym followed by classroom discussion of the “topic of the week,” also lasting 45 minutes. Only people willing to attend each Tuesday night for the duration, with few exceptions, are to send their contact information, including phone number, to instructor Drew Still at Dstill@lbmc.com. Please put “fishing” in the subject line. For more information: www.gracebc.org. You must register before attending; space is limited.

• CBFO Volleyball spring season registration for girls and boys leagues (third through 12th grade) now available at UPS store, 11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 1. E-mail: cbfovolleyball@charter.net to get a registration form/schedule e-mailed to you. On hard copies, schedule is on reverse side of registration form. Deadline is Feb. 27. Openings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee is $80.

• Sign-ups for Farragut Baseball, Inc leagues is underway for ages 3 to 14 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 14. Sign-up forms at farragutbaseballinc.com or can be picked up at Goin Postal along Kingston Pike or the new Diamond Baseball Academy off West End Avenue. Signups for ages 15 to 18 begin this spring.

• Farragut Flames 10 and Under Baseball Travel Team is looking for two players for its spring season roster. Travel out of town will be limited. One Flames coach said the program is “committed to building fundamental baseball skills, character and a highly competitive team.” Players cannot have their 11th birthday before May 1. Team began practicing Jan. 10. For more information, call Roger Freeman at 865-414-2476 or Brent Chambers at 865-607-0197 to schedule a workout.

• Up to 150 runners are sought as Roadkill Running Club announces the inaugural Smoky Mountain Left Turn Marathon beginning in Oak Ridge March 15 and running through the cities of Oak Ridge and Clinton with only left turns. A training team is underway, with room for new runners to join and prepare for the event. Registration and other information is available at www.roadkillrunningclub.com.

• Harvey Broome Group of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club upcoming outings include: Jan. 24-25, Winter Backpack, Bob's Bald. Starting point is Beech Gap on the Cherahala Skyway, a drive of about one hour 45 minutes from Knoxville. The hike is about three miles, with an 800-foot elevation gain. Hike is rated moderate to difficult depending on weather. While hike distance is relatively easy, weather can be extreme at this high elevation (5,400 feet). High winds, some ice and snow are possible, so good winter gear is critical. Please speak with hike leader if you have not previously backpacked in winter. Destination will be changed if problems arise with road access. Preregister with Ron Shrieves by calling 865-922-3518 or e-mail: ronaldshrieves@comcast.net.

• Phil Garner, former Major League Baseball player and manager after standout careers at Bearden High School and as a Tennessee Volunteer second baseman, will have his number retired during the 2009 Tennessee Baseball Leadoff Banquet Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Knoxville Convention Center. Event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and the program follow at 7 p.m. Garner is featured speaker. The All-Century Baseball Team also will be introduced and honored. Individual tickets are $40. Tables (10 seats) are $350. Tickets can be purchased on UT sports.com. For more info, contact UT Marketing Department at 865-974-9001. Garner played second base for the Vols from 1968-70. He started his major league career with Oakland (1973-76), then played for Pittsburgh (1977-81) and was part of the 1979 Pirates team that won the World Series, contributing 10 hits in the Series. Leading Houston to the 2005 World Series has highlighted Garner’s managerial career.

• Town of Farragut 2009 Volleyball spring season registration starts in mid-February. Visit www.townoffarragut.org or contact Ben Darnell at 865-966-7057.

• Ronnie Carter, Executive Director of Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, announced at the Jan. 8 Board of Control meeting that he will retire in June 2009. Meanwhile, TSSAA Board of Control named Bernard Childress, Assistant Executive Director, as Carter’s successor.

 

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