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Mayor OK after fainting; recuperating


Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill is recovering after a brief health scare due to dehydration Friday, July 2.

McGill attended the inaugural Red, White & Blues event with his family Friday night, but was taken to a hospital after he fainted near the end of the event.

“I’m OK. In fact, I was OK pretty quickly after my brief encounter with another universe,” McGill joked in an e-mail.

“I now have something in common with [U.S. Army] Gen. [David] Petraeus, whose moment of fainting in the Senate hearing was also due to dehydration,” he added.

McGill’s hospital stay also prohibited him from attending Farragut’s annual Independence Day Parade Saturday, July 3, in which he and other members (past and present) of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen were grand marshals.


McGill’s wife, Marianne, who also was an early Town alderman, represented the couple in the parade.

Ralph said the health scare wasn’t all bad.

“A couple of good things came from my experience — Marianne has been telling me for years that I needed to have my head examined, so I got that done while in the emergency room,” McGill said.

“As I expected, there was nothing there,” he joked.

 

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