Town presents Beautification Awards

Standing in front of of Clarity Pointe off Concord Road are, from left, Steffon Seay, Macon Hunt and Eric Loveday, crew leader, of Bright Side Landscaping. Winners of Farragut’s 33rd annual Beautification Awards have been announced.

Mayor Ralph McGill presented each winner with a plaque during a Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Tuesday, June 9.

“When people do a great job at landscaping, they ought to be rewarded,” McGill said.

“We have a number of places that are spectacular every year,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any question that everybody considers this a beautiful town.”

While announcing the winners, Betty Scott, Farragut Beautification Committee chairwoman, talked about how the winners were chosen. Criteria FBC used in evaluating developments included landscape design, selection of plant material, maintenance, first impressions and last impressions.
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St. Jude Trike-A-Thon

Emma Palmer and Dylan Fri at the head of the group of St. Jude Trike-A-Thon participants Eighty-five preschoolers from Concord United Methodist Church’s

preschool program took to their trikes, bikes and scooters to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the program’s annual St. Jude Trike-A-Thon.

The preschoolers raised $2,450 during this year’s fundraiser, which took place in the parking lot of the church at 11020 Roane Drive, Farragut.

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

Dragon Boat Race builds KARM dollars

Knoxicans team in Boat 3 and Publix in Boat 1 race to the finish line in the 10th race of Heat 1 during the KARM Dragon Boat Race at The Cove at Concord Park Saturday, June 18. About 3,350 attendees turned out to participate or watch the 14th Annual Dragon Boat Races benefiting Knox Area Rescue Min-istries.

The races, which took place at The Cove at Concord Park Saturday, June 18, drew 40 teams from non-profit organizations, businesses and community groups. Besides competing on the water, teams vied for such honors as Best Drummer Costume and Best Tent.

At press time, the donation total was $150,000 and growing, Sue Renfro, KARM director of marketing and communications, said.

“I’m just excited,” Renfro said.

“I’m absolutely loving it,” Bert Rosen, KARM president and CEO, said. “You couldn’t have asked for more glorious weather. We’ve had a great time. This is a great event for a great cause.”
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Freedom Run planned for Independence Day

Fleet Feet Running Club is holding the inaugural Freedom Run in conjunction with Farragut Independence Day Parade, Monday, July 4, in Farragut. The 2-mile run will start at Town Hall off Municipal Center Drive. Running enthusiasts of all ages can get a step ahead of Farragut Independence Day Parade by participating in the inaugural Freedom Run 1-mile and 2-mile races.

Fleet Feet Knoxville Running Club, which annually holds Tur-key Trot on Thanksgiving, will present the race Monday, July 4, in conjunction with the parade. With the parade starting at 9:30 a.m., the 2-mile run will begin at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile run will begin at 9:05 a.m.

“[The parade] will be behind us and the walkers will be right in front of the parade, Katlyn Gagnier, Fleet Feet Sports marketing coordinator, said.

Roads affected by the race are, for the most part, the same roads that will be closed for the parade, Gagnier said. [See Page 1A]

“The only difference, for the parade route and us, is we are on Campbell Station at the very beginning, “ she said.
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Farragut native qualifies for 2016 Olympic Trials

Christian Baker, Farragut native and Class of 2013 Farragut High School graduate, swims freestyle at a 2015 NCAA competition in Houston. He qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in 400 Freestyle Saturday, June 7. Amid cheering, Farragut native Christian Baker made the cut for the 2016 Summer Olympic Trials.

His freestyle swim was part of the Tennessee Aquatics June Invitational.

“I always joked that I was the realistic 5-year-old who, when people said, ‘Do you want to make the Olympics?’ I’m like, ‘Nah, just the Olympic Trials.’

“So I’ve kind of reached what I always thought would be the pinnacle of my career but never knew if it was possible. So, it feels pretty good.

“It’s kind of some weight off my shoulders,” he said.

Baker registered a time of 3:56.92 in the 400-meter free-style, Saturday, June 5.

“It was kind of a now or never moment,” he said.

“This was truly an imminent moment. I got one shot.
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Good manners are learned. Need a teacher?

Does it bug you when you’re around someone who smacks while eating?

Unless you’re taught to close your lips while you masticate, the sound coming out of your mouth (especially when you are eating something crunchy) is very un-pleasant for those ar-ound you. If you think about it, when your kids are little and they smack be-cause they haven’t learned how not to, you might say to your child, “Stop smacking!"

But, rarely do you demonstrate what it sounds like to smack and actually show how to fix it. Who do you know who gives anti-smacking lessons? The House Fairy, of course.
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