FHS alumnus films seniors for series

Jerod Hollyfield, left, Western Kentucky University professor and Farragut High School alumnus, interviewed John and Mame Stone. John Stone commanded troops under Gen. George S. Patton and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, when Eisenhower was a general. Dr. Jerod Ra'Del Hollyfield, a Farragut High School Class of 2002 alumnus, has created a web series, “The Assisted Stories Project,” with which he documents and profiles lives of senior citizens in the South.

The project is a documentary aimed at sharing and preserving senior citizens’ stories, he said. The web series was created in partnership with Western Kentucky University, where Hollyfield is an English literature and film professor.

The series premiered Memorial Day this year with a new episode being debuted each week on Western Kentucky University English Department’s website. The last episode is scheduled to debut Friday, Aug. 26. However, the series will continue online.
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Costco donation boosts Rotary backpack program

With help from Rotary Club of Farragut, Costco Wholesale has donated 420 backpacks to children who may need them.

“We just love giving back to the community. It’s a form of good deed, and it gets Costco’s name out there as a company that makes helping the communities in which we do business part of our business,” Todd Galanti, warehouse manager of Farragut’s Costco Wholesale, said.

Galanti explained about the backpacks to Rotary Club of Farragut members during a Rotary meeting at Farragut’s Costco Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Galanti said Rotary Club of Farragut and other Rotary clubs across East Tennessee would help distribute the backpacks.

“I’m coordinating with David [Smoak], and we’re going to be donating them to several schools on behalf of the Rotary Club … We’ll be making a pretty big donation on all of our behalf,” he said.
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Remember a loved one with Plant a Tree program

Mark Shipley, Farragut Community Development director, visits a memorial for his late father, Buford Fred Shipley, in McFee Park. The shumard oak tree, donated by Farragut Municipal Planning Commission in 2015 in memory of Shipley’s late father, and small marble commemorative plaque are part of the Town’s Plant a Tree Program. As town of Farragut Community Development director Mark Shipley is apt to promote Town projects and goals.

Plant a Tree Program, however, is special.

A shumard oak tree at McFee Park was donated by Farragut Municipal Planning Commission in 2015 in memory of Mark’s late father, Buford Fred Shipley.

“This year, the town of Farragut is planting a tree at Mayor Bob Leonard Park in honor of the late Pete Hammon-tree, who was a Public Works foreman when he passed away in early 2016.

He worked for the Town for 23 years,” Alden Rosner, Town Parks and Athletics coordinator, said.

This program “offers a unique way for community members to remember or honor their loved ones … by purchasing a tree to be planted in one of Farragut’s parks or along a Farragut greenway,” a Town press release stated.
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Farragut High School tailgating & toga party

Farragut High School seniors started the football season with a tailgating and toga party before the school’s first home game with Powell High School Thursday, Aug. 19, at Farragut High School.

Donning the togas is a tradition for seniors, who enjoyed eating, playing corn hole, Frisbee and other games before the competition started on Bill Claybo Field.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.

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If you are a caregiver, do you find it hard asking for help when it comes to your home?

If that's a problem for you, this story may help make it easier to ask for help if you need it. Incidentally, we all need help in areas in which we aren't competent. We get accountants to help with our bookkeeping, lawyers to help with legal issues and we're willing to get help with electricity and plumbing problems; but for some reason when it comes to our homes, we caregivers have a crazy notion we should be able to take care of everything ourselves.
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