Fox Den women host member/guest event

From left: Tee No.9A Shawn McGraw, Pam Schaefer, Kachelle O'Connor and Betty Davis by Carrie Wrinn. Fox Den Country Club 18-Hole League held a “50 Shades of “Green” tournament Thursday, June 25, at FDCC, giving those who turned out a glimpse into its creative worlds.

As part of its annual mem-ber/guest tournament, league members come up with a creative theme to make the day more entertaining.

“Every year, the 18-hole ladies pick a theme for this day,” Betty Dick, chairman of the league said. “As chairman of the group, it’s my responsibility to introduce my ideas. I went to the internet, actually, and I had three or four ideas, but this was the one, when I said it, everybody just laughed and it just went from there.”

Betty Macdonald, Brooke Walker, Linda Arbuckle and Karen Gilbertson won the event, but talk throughout the course came from Hole 16, where Dick scored her first hole-in-one, hel-ping her team finish with 99.
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Casual Pint fundrasier reunites military pilot with dogs

U.S. Air Force Retired Maj. Kevin Cook thanks Katie and Andy Brown for taking care of his dogs, Indi and Ruby, during his most recent overseas deployment of roughly six months. Katie Brown is Knoxville coordinator and liaison for Dogs On Deployment. To help support the care of pets whose military personnel owners are deployed overseas, or moved to another base where having a pet is not allowed, The Casual Pint in Farragut stepped to the plate.

“I approached The Casual Pint to participate in what we call a Beer-Dog Veterans Challenge. For every beer that is sold from 6 [p.m.] to midnight, $1 goes to Dogs On Deployment,” Katie Brown, Knoxville coordinator for Dogs On Deployment, said about the Friday evening, June 12, event. It featured the reuniting of retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Kevin Cook with his two Australian cattle dogs, Indi and Ruby, for the first time in more than six months while Cook was deployed overseas.

Dogs On Deployment facilitates the care of such pets.

A packed house witnessed Cook, a Special Operations military pilot looking to become an airline pilot, embracing Indi and Ruby with cheers all around.
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Rotary Club of Farragut International Food Gala

From left, John Germ, Judy Germ, Jerry and Linda Wear Rotary Club of Farragut hosted its first International Food Gala as its signature fundraising event.

The gala, which took place Saturday, April 18, at The University of Tennessee Visitors Center off Neyland Drive, Knoxville, featured foods from France, Spain, the Middle East and Italy. Event co-chairmen said they were pleased with the turnout.

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

Club Organized Admissions Exam

I’m starting an exclusive club for disorganized women, but not just anyone can join. Each person will have to pass an admissions exam. You can be one of my charter members as long as you can answer yes to at least five of the scenarios in the exam.

I’m in heaven as I think about starting this exclusive, club (no BOs allowed) and I’m calling it CLUB ORGANIZED. Really, I’m just changing the name of my website from to but in the excitement of being able to get this perfect name for my website, I started fantasizing about having a real club for us!)
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Expo educational for Farragut senior citizens

Amy Buford Stokes, left, a Mary Kay representative, talks to Doris Bianucci of Knoxville during a Senior Expo Wednesday, June 3, at Frank R. Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road. Farragut area senior citizens had an opportunity to learn more about services available to them during a Senior Expo.

The Senior Expo, which took place Wednesday, June 3, at Frank R. Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road, was the first such event for the center, Lauren Monahan, coordinator, said.

She estimated about 200 attended the Expo.

“They were busting the doors down,” Monahan said. “I knew this [event] was gold. It’s going to be fun.”

“It’s wonderful, Sidh Nath of Knoxville said. “I came to know about so many different things I didn’t know about before.”

“We invited any agency that works with seniors to put up a table and tell what they do,” Monahan said, adding about 40 agencies participated.

“In two hours, I didn’t have any more room,” Monahan said. “We have everything from transportation to caregivers, real estate, CPAs, chiropractors and health screenings.”
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Family fun at Free Fishing Day

Charles Rowe Jr., 10, of Farragut shown with father, Charles Rowe Sr., displays his catch. This was the first fish Charles had ever caught. The fish were biting for families and friends attending Free Fishing Day.

The annual event was presented by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Knox County Parks and Recreation and Tennessee Valley Sportsman Club Saturday, June 6, at The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore Drive. It provided area families a chance to fish permit-free.

“It’s a beautiful day to be fishing,” Jason Anderson of Farragut said. “The weather is perfect.”

Anderson brought his daughters, Ana, 9, and Lauren, 7.

“Ana’s been here before,” he said.

“I like talking about fishing while I wait for a bite,” the 9-year-old said.

TWRA stocked catfish in the pond and supplied fishing equipment to attendees during the event, Sgt. Joe Durnin, event organizer with TWRA, said.
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Pickleball debuts in Farragut area

Karen Carson and husband, Joe Carson, after about 30 minutes of pickleball play on the couple's court in View Harbor subdivision Saturday morning, May 30. While trying to help promote a growing sport in their View Harbor subdivision in Concord, Joe and Karen Carson have been testing the famous phrase from the movie “Field of Dreams:” “build it and they will come.”

Having already built a two-goal 60-by-40-foot basketball court 15 years ago for public use in their backyard, Joe decided in early May, with Karen’s blessing, to line off the court to also become a public use pickleball court (40-by-22-foot).

“This was definitely Joe’s idea,” Karen Carson said about the roughly $500 conversion, adding she was “a reluctant agreer … I’m more conservative with the money.”

However, “I love having something we can do outside and have fun and not have to go somewhere,” she added. “I enjoy it. I think we’ll have fun at it.”
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Farragut turns out for Rain Barrel workshop

Cheryl Rodgers, a Fountain City area resident, said she attended town of Farragut’s Rain Barrel Workshop Saturday, June 13, at Farragut Town Hall to find a cheaper rain barrel source. Farragut area residents turned out to learn more about the benefits of and how to install rain barrels.

Town of Farragut partnered with Knox County Water Quality Forum to host a Rain Barrel Workshop Saturday morning, June 13, in Farragut Town Hall. By attending, each participant received a 55-gallon rain barrel and learned how to install and maintain it.

“This has been a popular program,” Jason Scott, Farragut Stormwater Management coordinator, said. He added the Town has been doing the workshops since 2008.

“Farragut [housing] is booming,” Scott said, adding more houses lead to fewer areas for water to run off, except onto the streets and stormwater drains.

“What goes into the storm drains goes into the Tennessee River or into a sewage system, where it is treated,” he said. Rain barrels, Scott said, can help reduce some of that run-off.
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Wallaces celebrate ‘50th’ at Cove concert

Bernie and Aggie Wallace and their daughter, Dani Warren. Bernie and Aggie Wallace enjoyed what might be called a 50th wedding anniversary weekend enjoying one of their favorite entertainment pleasures: Second Saturday Concert Series at The Cove at Concord Park.

“It’s just enjoying people having fun, and good old-timey music,” Bernie said about this June 13 gathering, the first Second Saturday Concert of the 2015 season (through Sept. 12).

“And we like to watch the dogs, the dogs are so friendly and having a good time,” Aggie said. “This is special.”

Bernie and Aggie said they have attended almost all Second Saturday Concerts, seven years worth, since moving to West Knox County from the Reading, Pa., area.

They were among a few hundred on hand during a sunny but hot evening to enjoy classic rock hits from the group Second Opinion.
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Hole-In-One turns into family affair

Teleri Hughes of Farragut watches her tee shot during Second Annual Farragut Lions Club Hole-In-One Shootout at Willow Creek Golf Club hole No. 11 Friday evening, June 12. In back watching are fellow qualifiers including Teleri’s sister, Eirianwen Hughes (in black) and their mother, Denise Hughes. Also watching, from left, are John Covington, Sidney Hankins and Chip Thomas. After Glyn Hughes of Farragut saw a sign promoting Second Annual Farragut Lions Club Hole-In-One Shootout, his family would end up comprising one-third of the shootout field.

“I saw it advertised on the side of the road on the way to Ingles,” Hughes said about how his family ended up taking part in qualifying rounds before he, wife, Denise, and daughters, Eiri-anwen and Teleri Hughes, earned their tries at Willow Creek Golf Club’s No. 11 hole (177 yards) Friday evening, June 12. A hole-in-one would have meant ownership of a Mercedes-Benz Smart Car.

“I said to my wife, ‘Let’s go try it.’ We all went different days” to qualify. … Some of the girls from Farragut High School [golf team] were helping out, and we knew some of the girls,” added Glyn, whose younger daughter, Teleri, was a former Lady Admirals star player now a member of the Tennessee Volunteers Women’s Golf team.
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