Lift for Kids has big turnoutA teenager trying to fight through diabetes from Middle Tennessee, a Farragut women motivated by the loss of a special friend and a handful of professional bodybuilders all gathered along Outlet Drive for the same reason Saturday, March 22.
They were among 60 who participated in Third Annual Kidz Team Lift For Kidz, held at Next Level Training facility at 11210 Outlet Drive.
“We had a lot of great lifters come out. It was our biggest turnout ever,” said Allen Sizemore, professional trainer/competitive bodybuilder and tri-founder of Kidz Team with wife, Becca Sizemore and their friend, Wes McKeehan. “We ended up with $2,800.”
Proceeds “help the families of children who have recently been diagnosed with cancer requiring a long term stay at hospitals within the Knox County area,” a Kidz Team press release stated. “They provide a variety of products to the families including: personal hygiene supplies, gift cards at local restaurants and gas cards.” read more
Waltons reflect on Manhattan ProjectWhen Farragut residents Doris and Joe Walton both worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, it was still the “Secret City.”
Doris, 88, and husband Joe, 93, were 19 and 24 when they began working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, part of the Manhattan Project, during World War II to produce the first atomic bomb.
“He never talked about what he did,” Doris said about Joe. “Security was tight in the early days. “We had to have badges and everything. “It was still a closed city. If we had guests, we had to have passes.”
“When I worked there, no one knew what was going on, she added. “You just did your job and didn’t ask any questions.
“When the war was over, you felt so proud that you had been a part of winning the war. You felt you had done something.”
Joe said he did realize the significance of the work being produced there but he mostly dealt with stable isotopes, which are elements not showing a tendency to undergo radioactive breakdown. read more
Local authors speak about visionary, courageous Tennessee womenFarragut residents had an opportunity recently to learn
from local authors about Tennessee women who made a place in history.
Farragut Folklife Museum presented the event, “Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage,” Friday, March 14, in Farragut Town Hall.
Farragut Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche said this is the first year for the presentation.
The event featured a look at the book, co-edited by Charlotte Crawford and Ruth Johnson Smiley. The publication was a result of the Tennessee Women Project, out of which hundreds of Tennessee women throughout history were nominated and 22 were finally selected, Crawford said.
“Tonight we are here to celebrate Tennessee women,” she said.
“We are fortunate to have some wonderful ladies showing the stre-ngth, compassion and tenacity of Tennessee women,” LaMarche said.
The book is a compilation of stories of those 22 women written by Tennessee authors.
Crawford and Smiley joined one of the contributing authors in the book, Dr. Judy Arnold, in sharing insights into some of the women highlighted.
Among those chosen were Elizabeth Paxton Houston, mother of Sam Houston; Deborah Grace Staley, an East Tennessee pioneer; Angie Warren Perkins, an education advocate; aviator Evelyn “Mama Bird” Stone Bryan Johnson, and Dr. Elizabeth Rona, a chemist with the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge. read more
Cool Sports to host ‘Skate For Andy’Andy Whitcomb’s love for playing in Knox Amateur Hockey Association has taken a back seat.
Andy’s dealing with stomach cancer.
A Webb School of Knoxville student, Andy, 15, currently is a patient at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Cool Sports in Farragut, home of KAHA, has responded with support for Andy and the Whitcomb family, hosting a “Skate For Andy” fundraiser from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in the Icearium.
Open to the public, Skate For Andy admission is $10 each, $6 of which goes directly to the Whitcomb family according to Nadia Kogeler, Cool Sports general manager. Tickets only available at the door prior to the event.
In addition, “If anybody just wants to come and give a donation, they can do that,” Kogeler added. “We’re going to give T-shirts to the first 250 people.”
Also circulating are “AW” round stickers in support of Andy. “They are actually helmet stickers for your hockey helmet,” Kogeler said.
KAHA Jr. Ice Bears U-18 hockey team, fresh off a Division 1A national championship earned earlier this month in New Jersey, will be on hand for a special presentation. read more
Fulton welcomed as Concord A.M.E. Zion pastorHistory and the present unite at Concord A.M.E. Zion Church as members of the 149-year-old church welcome a new minister, the Rev. Sam B. Fulton Jr., to their fold.
“I’m very passionate abut serving God,” Fulton, 37, said.
Born in Mascot, he has preached at five African Methodist Episcopal Zion churches in the past 10 years, but this is his second charge. Fulton thinks he is probably the youngest pastor in the Tennessee conference, which includes nine churches in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Maryville.
In addition to his eight years of schooling, Fulton spent two years as a local preacher, two years as a traveling minister and five years as an ordained deacon before serving as elected elder at Concord A.M.E. Zion.
The new pastor gathered with some church members for Bible study Thursday, March 13, in the church.
“We’re blessed to have him, and he makes it fun,” church member Sandra Steen said.
“I think people want to see a young pastor,” Fulton said. read more
Ashkar turning medallion table from dream into reality“I like a challenge,” Farragut resident Faris Ashkar said about his wood artistic designs.
Ashkar has been designing works of art in wood full time for about 33 years. If you can dream it, he can build it. He has everything from jewelry and artwork to fireplace mantles and decks.
One of his recent challenges was a solid walnut table he built for marathon runner David Ingram.
Ingram ran close to 90 marathons in 50 states.
“I knew the guy for a number of years. [Ingram] got all these medallions [from those mara-thons]," Ashkar said. “He didn’t just want to hang the medallions on the wall. He asked, ‘What do you think we can do?’”
So Ashkar thought about it and came up with a table.
“It’s functional,” he said. “It looks good, a conversation piece.”
Ashkar started the table just after Thanksgiving and finished it around the end of February. read more
TSA hasn’t found it … yetSince 9/11, our lives and travel have drastically changed.
Because of those evil terrorists, we’re all use to being searched; scanned and occasionally ex-rayed (they promise it’s only radio waves). We all know not to carry knives, guns, hand grenades, bombs, sewing scissors, knitting needles, water bottles and liquid or jell cosmetics in containers larger than three ounces, and we all obediently take off our shoes, jackets, belts and coats, and dump out our pockets before we run our bodies through the detection devices. But there is one lethal weapon I manage to slip passed those inspections, every time I fly some place. I’ll tell you what it is later.
It’s funny; I’ve been pulled over by the uniformed checkers many times as they invariably discover some suspicious object in my carry-on suitcase that looks questionable to them. Every time I’ve been hauled aside and processed they’ve let me go with the item in question and of course I also get through with my lethal weapon. read more
CUMC’s preschool ‘trikathon’ benefits St. Jude HospitalEighty-two children at Concord United Methodist Church rode their bicycles and scooters to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“They fix kids that are sick,” 5-year-old Claire Luton, a student at CUMC’s preschool program, said about St. Jude Hospital.
The children, from ages 3 to 6, lined up Friday morning, April 10, at the church parking lot to ride in the church’s annual trikathon, which raised money for St. Jude’s, Pat Kegley, a preschool director, said.
The hospital in Memphis is a pediatric treatment and research hospital focused on treating children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Parents of these children do not have to pay for that treatment. Founded by the late Danny Thomas, entertainer, the hospital opened its doors in 1962.
Six classes at CUMC took part in the event, each lining up at the starting point and then riding around the parking lot. While some rode easily on their own, others had the assistance of training wheels and teachers. After the event, Kegley said the children received a treat. read more
Newby pharmacists go from Martin, to FarragutCarla Rice Newby and Laurie Todd Newby, who ended up marrying brothers then moving to Farragut in 1999 and 2002 respectively, became good friends in middle school in Martin.
Graduating Westview High School the same year, these close friends surprised each other by finding out both were pre-pharmacy majors at The University of Tennessee, Martin. They graduated from UT Pharmacy School in Memphis in 1988.
“I asked [Laurie], why are you in all these chemistry and organic chemistry and physics and biology [classes]? What are you majoring in,” Carla recalled. “And she said, ‘pharmacy,’ and I said, ‘me too.’”
Ever more interesting in terms of parallel interests between the two, fast forwarding to 2014, both are part-time Kroger pharmacists (36 hours per week) working out of the same Farragut Brooklawn Street store.
As for both choosing pharmacy as a career independent of what the other was thinking, “We’ve talked a lot about that because neither one of us had ever worked in a pharmacy before,” Carla said. “We knew we were medically inclined, but we didn’t want to be nurses, that hands-on.”
Laurie added, “I knew I wanted a medical-type field but I wanted to have a life and a family, too. So being a medical doctor was out of the question.” read more
Family Fun!Farragut Intermediate School students, parents and faculty set out on an adventure when they attended the school’s Family Fun Night Friday, March 7.
The event, featuring a pirate theme, offered activities throughout the school. After purchasing tickets at the front lobby, they could enjoy dinner or have their hair styled, face painted or arms or hands tattooed. There were carnival games, inflatables, prizes, a martial arts demonstration, Bricks 4 Kids activities and more. Students could even use tickets to release a teacher from a castle tower.
For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.