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Darnell leaves Town for UT post

The town of Farragut’s Parks and Recreation department lost it’s coordinator, Ben Darnell, Friday, March 13, when he left to pursue a new career as the director of The University of Tennessee’s Outdoor Recreation Program.

Anne LaGrow, volunteer coordinator for the Town, had the opportunity to work closely with Darnell during his two-year tenure with the Town.

“We are all really sorry to see him go but we wish him all the best and we think it is going to be a really good move for him,” LaGrow said.

Darnell, who graduated from UT with a degree in outdoor education, already is familiar with the outdoor program.

“I did my graduate assistantship there in the outdoor program and that is my background anyway, outdoor education,” he said.

Darnell said although his position with the town of Farragut was a little outside his comfort zone in the beginning, it was what he needed.

“I really have enjoyed my tenure here, it has been great. I have learned so much. My background before was outdoor education so I was always out in the field. Sometimes just for a day and sometimes for weeks at a time. ... Then I came here and it was a very administrative-based job and that is really what I needed because you can only go so long in the outdoor education field as a field worker,” he added.

Darnell was responsible for the inception of several programs within the Parks and Recreation department, including a bicycle safety clinic, which will be held in May, and the newest component of the Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo, access fishing for participants of Sunshine House.

The Town currently is searching for a replacement.


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