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Pool champ welcomes biz


Nick Varner, eight-time world champion pool player, headlined Games & Things’ re-opening.- Heather Mays/farragutpress
West Knox County business Games & Things hosted eight-time world champion pool player Nick Varner for its grand re-opening, June 19-20.

Varner, who has been playing since he was 5 years old, held exhibitions at Games & Things, 10706 Kingston Pike.

“My father liked to play and when I was 5 years old, he bought a small pool room in Southern Indiana. That’s what got me started when I was growing up,” Varner said.

“My first real taste of competitive experience was when I went to college. I went to Purdue University and won that national collegiate tournament a couple of years.

“So that’s kind of what got me into competitive tournament play,” he added.


Varner still plays competitively and also is a pool tournament commentator for ESPN and FOX.

“I never expected to make it my entire life playing pool, but it worked out O-K,” Varner said with a laugh.

Games & Things recently completed a move from another location off Kingston Pike, and also is celebrating 29 years in the Knoxville area.

Scott and Lisa Mellon, owners, said they needed more space, which they found in the newly-constructed 10,000 square foot facility adjacent to the Rush Fitness Center at the corner of Kingston Pike and Lovell Road.

For more information, call Games & Things at 865-671-4530.

 

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