Town hosts Green Earth, Blue Skies Sunday

Dennis Rochat, far right, president of Rainwater Resources/Perfect Water goes over the maintenance of Farragut outdoor classroom’s rainwater collection system with the town of Farragut’s Public Works Department crew before the Town’s Public Lands Day event, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the outdoor classroom and Founders Park along N. Campbell Station Road. The town of Farragut is hosting a new event this year.

Green Earth, Blue Skies — A National Public Lands Day Event is scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, at Founders Park at Campbell Station and the new outdoor classroom off N. Campbell Station Road at the entrance to Farragut High School.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sanctioned by National Public Lands Day, one of the nation's largest, single-day volunteer efforts for public lands, Chelsey Riemann, Farragut public relations coordinator, said.

“We hope folks will come out and have a good time and talk about our amenities at the outdoor classroom,” Jason Scott, Farragut stormwater coordinator, said. “The real idea is to get people to come out, be active and explore natural amenities here.”
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Cork’s McElveen inducted into Jurade

Farragut store owner one of only four U.S. citizens honored

McElveen’s induction in Bourdeaux, France. Receiving a prestigious international induction into Jurade wine fraternity in Bordeaux, France — which dates back to the 1100s and adds only a few dozen new members worldwide each year — Ryan McElveen of Far-ragut was one of only four U.S. citizens honored during this year’s induction.

McElveen, owner of Co-rk’s Wine and Spirits, 11668 Parkside Drive in Farragut, was inducted into Jurade Saturday, June 14.

“I was surprised. It was very humbling,” McElveen, a certified sommelier since 1997 who got into the wine business in 1994, said. “When you stand in St. Somaliland, which is this ancient village in Bordeaux, and you’re surrounded by all that tradition and all that kind of pomp and circumstance, it’s a very humbling honor.

“Today the Jurade chooses individuals to become members of the Society based on the way that people promote the wines of Bordeaux,” McElveen, who has operated Cork’s since April 2013, added. “We at the store are very big proponents of Bordeaux. I would say that we probably have, if not the largest collection of Bordeaux in the state, certainly one of the largest.”
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FPS 23rd Annual Fall Festival Oct. 18

For the 23rd year, Farragut Primary School’s Parent-Teacher Association presents the school’s annual fall festival.

This year’s event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, at FPS. The event is

communitywide and open to the public.

“Our fall festival committee is up and running,” Gina Byrd, FPS principal, said. “They’re raring to go. It’s awesome to see.”

“We are very excited and are looking forward to another great fall festival,” Marshanda Pinchok, chair of this year’s event, said.

Pinchok said there will be food, crafts, a silent auction, bake sale and inflatables for all ages of children. She added the event also will have several food vendors from area businesses.

Additionally, FPS second-graders will sing and children in various grades will demonstrate karate, she said.

“The event always brings a lot of people and proves to be the PTA’s largest fundraiser,” she said. “We are very grateful for the many community businesses sponsoring this event.”
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More sponsorship sought for Admirals’ Cup band competition

An expected crowd of 2,500 spectators plus 12 high school bands from East and Middle Tennessee will fill Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field for the 2014 Admirals’ Cup Invitational Marching Band Competition Saturday, Oct. 18.

Hosted by Farragut High School Band Boosters, this event showcases musical talent from the region and is one of the band boosters’ largest fundraisers.

Farragut area businesses are being invited to sponsor the Admirals’ Cup Invitational in two ways. The first way is to be an event sponsor. Two local media companies, i105 WFIV.FM and farragutpress already have committed to event sponsorship. Other businesses that join as sponsors will receive:
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7 steps to being a highly successful procrastinator

Face the thing you have to do and get very clear with yourself how awful the job is going to be. Make sure you do not WANT to do it and get the feeling that you HAVE to do it.

Add to the distasteful thought of the task, by remembering how much you hated doing it or a similar job at another time.

To complicate matters, see if you can actually become afraid of what you HAVE to do. Think about all the things that have to be done before you can even start do to the job you HAVE to do. Also use your imagination and imagine some terrible thing that could happen if you did do what you’re putting off.

Think up some excuses why you can’t do the job right now. This will make you temporarily feel better.
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Free fire prevention demo Oct. 8

Town of Farragut Fire Prevention Office, in conjunction with the Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau, will provide free fire safety demonstrations for residents and businesses during two sessions, from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Farragut Town Hall, at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, across from Farragut Branch Post Office.

Farragut homeowners can learn about fire safety during a workshop and safety demonstrations.

“Having a fire extinguisher is part of a well-rounded fire safety program for your home, but not understanding how it works, like any tool, you won’t be able

to operate it in an emergency,” Colin Cumesty, fire inspector with Rural Metro Fire Department and town of Farragut Fire Prevention Office, said.

Additionally, they will offer a workshop, Fire Safety and Prevention for Homeowners, between 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Cumesty said the demonstrations feature the Fire Bureau's fire extinguisher simulator. Participants can attend at any time during the one-hour sessions. He added attendees do not have to be there the entire hour.
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Virtue Cumberland welcomes new pastor

Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s new pastor, the Rev. Steven Graham, and wife, Wanda Graham, right, watch as Virtue Church member Julia Paschal helps prepare a meal Tuesday, Sept. 9, for the church’s Picking for the Lord, a singing it holds every second Tuesday of the month. Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church welcomes its new pastor, the Rev. Steven Graham, to its pulpit.

Graham comes to Virtue Church, 725 Virtue Road, Farragut, from Fairfield Pres-byterian Church in Blue Springs, Miss.

“We’ve been without [a pastor] for about a year, so it’s exciting,” Virtue Church member Wilma Waddell said.

“I felt led to accept the call,” he said. “You get a feel for the people and the community. This is a wonderful community.”

Graham has been a full-time pastor for 20 years. Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian is the sixth church Graham has pastored. In addition to Fairfield Presbyterian, he has pastored churches in Greenville and three in Kentucky: Campbellsville, Crayne and Franklin.

“[Graham is] very knowledgeable and very energetic,” Waddell said. “He does not stand behind the pulpit.”

“That’s what I like about him,” church member Allen Capps, said. “I like to have someone up front, energetic.”
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Concord United Methodist Church Block Party

Lynne Keaner and Ralph Flanders at Concord United Methodist Church Block Party Concord United Methodist Church members and the community turned out for the church’s Block Party Sunday, Aug. 17, on the church grounds, 11020 Roane Drive, Farragut.

Rain did not deter all ages from enjoying the event, which featured games, food, inflatables, music by WestWind, tours of Concord Community Garden and an opportunity to participate in Stop Hunger Now, a hands-on mission project to pack meals to feed people in Africa and other places around the world.

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