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• Sign-ups for Fall Baseball season, Farragut Baseball, Inc., are underway for ages 3-14 through Aug. 7. A 15-18 League season is possible if a enough interest is generated. Sign up forms at or at Goin’ Postal in the old Ingle's Shopping Center.

• Pigeon Forge Midnight 8K is set to begin at midnight, Saturday, July 31. Participants will line up at 11:55 p.m. Cost for registration is $20 through July 16. All mail-in entries must be postmarked by July 16. Cost July 17-28 is $25 and registrations are accepted online only. No registrations accepted July 29 or 30. Race day registration cost is $30. Participants can go to for details. For more information, contact co-race director David Morris at 865-607-8717 or via e-mail at or co-race director Caroline Lamar at 865-384-7441 or via e-mail at

• Harvey Broome Group, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, announces upcoming outings that include: July 24, evening full moon hike, Clingman's Dome to Andrew's Bald on the Forney Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park; register with Linda Smithyman via e-mail at or call 865-335-3559. July 24-25, backpack, Highlands of Roan, Carvers Gap to US-19E; register with Will Skelton: 865-523-2272, 865-742-7327 or e-mail: July 30-Aug 1, car camp, Balsam Mountain campground in GSMNP; register with Priscilla Watts: call 865-966-4142 or e-mail:

• The short course (25-yard pool) championship season for youth swimming, including Atomic City Aquatic Club, kicked off in Chattanooga with the Southeastern District East “Eight and Under” Championship held at Baylor School Aquatic Center earlier this year. It served as a last chance for all age-group swimmers to obtain Southeastern Swimming qualifying times and a ticket to compete in one of the jewels of regional USA Swimming events: The Southeastern Champion-ships (top youth talent from Tennessee, Alabama and Florida panhandle) hosted by Nashville Aquatic Club held at the Centennial Sportsplex. Swimmers totaling 1,022 represented 64 teams. Several ACAC swimmers excelled: Nathan Benko, 10, finaled in five of seven events. For the weekend, Nathan finished 10th overall out of 91 of the best 10-and-under swimmers in the southeastern United States. Erica Laning, 10, finaled in 5 out of 7 events that she competed. Erica finished second in 100-free and fourth overall in 500-free, where she cut 13.09 seconds off her previous best time. Erica finished in 10th overall. Sydney Ragsdale, 10, finished 25th overall, cutting time in five of seven events. Nathaniel Laning,15, finished 77th overall in senior boys division out of 200. Samantha Starnes, 14, cut time in each of her five events. Mason Laning, 12, cut time in each of his seven events, highlighted by 3.13 seconds reduced in 100-fly. Girls' 13-14 relay team of Kalie McMahan, Chandler Ott, Margaret Stansberry, and Samantha Starnes took ninth in 400-free relay. Jacob Gump, 12, finished 20th in 200-free (cut 6.04 seconds). Griffin Koch, 14, cut 6.72 seconds from his 200 fly time. Chandler Ott, 14, cut time in four of five events with her best finish coming in 200 IM. Rounding out the strong ACAC contingent in Nashville were swimmers Christopher Barnes, Abraham Gale, James Gault, Luke Johnson, Sydney Nunley, Brittany Rooney, Jessica Scott, and Marikate Walker.


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