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Town receives Govís recognition

The town of Farragut, through the Water Quality Forum of Knoxville, contributed a significant amount of financial and in-kind support to the 2010 Rainy Day Brush-Off Artistic Rain Barrel Competition, which recently was awarded the 2010 Governorís Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence in Environmental Education and Outreach.

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals, businesses, organizations and other agencies for successful environmental projects and conservation measures.†

With notable contributions not only from the Town, but also from the City of Knoxville, Knox County, The University of Tennessee and other Water Quality Forum partners, the Rainy Day Brush-Off event engages the regional visual arts community while producing a unique collection of artistic rain barrels and providing the community with an aesthetically compelling and easily accessible water conservation tool.

The competition features actual works of art on 55-gallon rain barrels to help raise awareness about water conservation and water pollution. To date, the event has contributed to the creation of more than 80 artistic rain barrels and the installation of more than 2,000 functioning rain barrels in homes around Knox County.

Jason Scott, a Farragut engineering technician, played an integral role in this yearís Rainy Day Brush-Off event, providing art direction ó which included the coordination of 30-plus visual artists; photography, design and printing of the official poster; Web site and facebook page design and management; sponsorship solicitation and securing the Knoxville Museum of Art as the event venue.

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