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• Upcoming varsity high school basketball games for Westside teams, Thursday, Jan. 27, through Wednesday, Feb. 2 (all games start with girls game at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted): Farragut teams home versus Maryville, Friday, Jan. 28; home versus Heritage, Tuesday, Feb. 1. Hardin Valley Academy teams home versus Oak Ridge Tuesday. Bearden boys home versus Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 7 p.m., Thursday; BHS teams at Lenoir City Friday; home versus Maryville Tuesday.

• CYF Football, based at Christian Academy of Knoxville, is holding open registration for 7- and 9-year-old tackle football teams. Rosters will be capped when full. For more information, contact Jeff Taylor at 865-765-2119.

• The late Jimmy H. Elliott, former Farragut High School All-American and All-state basketball player (Class of 1980) who lost a battle with cancer last summer, will be honored during a ceremony when FHS hosts archrival Bearden for basketball games Friday night, Feb. 4. Jimmy's white home jersey, No. 41, has been framed and will be presented to family members by FHS officials during a brief dedication ceremony either before the boys varsity game (approximately 7:45 p.m.) or at halftime of that game (roughly 8:45). A plaque also will be presented that will hang on FHS's Wall of Fame located in the concourse of Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. A reception, with refreshments, begins at 7 p.m. in the gym's balcony area. Event also sponsored by Kidz Team, a local 501 C-3 charity that offers time-sensitive assistance to the families of newly diagnosed child cancer patients at East Tennessee Childrens Hospital.

• For a second time in roughly 10 days, Farragut High School’s varsity basketball games scheduled at Bearden have been moved to a new date. Originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 7, before being postponed due to weather — then rescheduled for Monday night, Jan. 17, only to see those plans change — this West Knox County rivalry showdown at BHS has been moved to Friday, Feb. 11. Varsity girls begin at 6:30 p.m.

• A $500,000 purse awaits top finishers at PGA Nationwide Tour’s annual stop at Fox Den Country Club, once again to be played in late August. Formerly known as Knoxville Open and annually played at Fox Den in early to mid-June before last year, this season’s Nationwide Tour event runs Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 25-28.

• CBFO Girls Softball sign-ups for girls ages 4 to 19 run each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Feb. 12, at program’s location, 11609 Northshore Drive. Leagues are 4-7, 8-10, 11-12 and 13-19. For more info, call 865-966-0907 or 865-805-2813.

• Harvey Broome Group, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, announces upcoming outings: Jan 29-30, winter backpack, Gabes Mountain Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park; register with Ron Shrieves by calling 865-922-3518 or e-mail: (e-mail preferred). Feb. 5, day-hike, Spruce Flats Falls in Tremont area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park; for more info, contact Linda Smithyman at or call 865-335-3559; Saturday-Sunday, Feb 26-27, backpack to the Hangover, near Joyce-Kilmer Slickrock Creek Wilderness; for more information, contact Shrieves (e-mail preferred).


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