Golden anniversary for FHS Class of ’64

Farragut High School Class of 1964 Charlie Russell and his wife, Linda Reynolds Russell, broke the ice and were the first couple strutting their stuff, dancing to early 1960s hits from The Beatles, during Farragut High School Class of 1964 50th Annual Reunion.

Though they were “high school sweethearts” who “dated off and on” during their four years at FHS, Russell and Reynolds went their separate ways “and different college” after graduating, Charlie Russell said.

However, roughly one month after the unmarried pair attended the class’s 25th anniversary reunion in 1989, “We were married in our old home place right there at Campbell Station [historical Russell House] that we just sold to the town of Farragut last fall,” Charlie Russell added.

With Charlie a retired health and safety consultant, the couple has lived in Alpharetta, Ga., since marrying.

They were two of 40 graduates from 1964 who attended the class’s 50th reunion Saturday evening, Aug. 23, at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center.
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You get a second chance

Did you know we can actually be a parent to ourselves? I know it sounds sort of crazy, but it’s true.

I received an email from one of my subscribers and it illustrates my concept very well.

Dear Pam,

Here is the story that compelled me to write to you:

I had noticed a family at my daughter’s school all year; the children look like they came straight out of a fairytale. One day, they were playing with their dad at the park when we were there. He was so gentle and caring with his children. He laughed and played with them. They even included my children in their games. As we were leaving the park, I heard the thought in my head, “I wish I could be in that family.” I immediately envisioned myself as his wife and thought, ‘No way! I am happily married to a wonderful man who is a wonderful husband and father. I have never even been tempted to stray! Where in the world would such a sick thought come from?!’ I was angry with myself. Then I realized that it was not my desire to be his wife, but the desire of someone within me to have a gentle, loving father. Wow!
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FHS senior among estimated 150 for annual FBC Prayer Walk

Justin Eustace expressed concern about many of his fellow Farragut High School students.

“I just see a lot of students around Farragut, and a lot of them seem very lost,” Eustace, an FHS senior, said about his reasons for being among roughly 60 adult, teenagers and children on hand for annual Prayer Walk at FHS, sponsored by First Baptist Concord, Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9. “They seem sad a lot of the time. I could see myself being one of those kids when I was younger. … It breaks your heart.”

An estimated crowd of 150 gathered at FBC for a lunch prior to splitting up and going to all four Farragut schools among 10 schools in West Knox County, where participants went to pray for students, teacher, administrators and all school employees of that given school, and for that school’s overall well being.

As opposed to pressuring his classmates into a Christian path, Eustace said he attempts “to be a good example.”
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Former detective’s fondness for Knox Co. leads teaching at FHS

A far cry from all the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., Southern California native Derek Pacifico was impressed with the relationship he witnessed between local law enforcement and Knox County citizens.

That first visit here, in spring 1999, would eventually lead to Pacifico, 45, discovering another passion of his: teaching at Farragut High School.

So impressed with Knox County was Pacifico, then a homicide detective with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, it became the spark that ignited his desire to move here. A weeklong “family vacation” to the area in 2001 sold wife, Johanna.

Though he and Johanna also “fell in love with the beauty of East Tennessee,” Pacifico wasn’t able to move, for professional and financial reasons, for another 13 years.

“We wanted to move immediately, but it just wasn’t financially feasible,” Pacifico said. “I had just made it to homicide [detective]. … To leave my department would have meant starting all over with another agency at the bottom.
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Concord United Methodist ‘bares fruit’ for others

Susan Perkins, Concord United Methodist Church “Garden Party” volunteer, picks green beans alongside her dog, Dakota, during this CUMC weekly harvest Thursday evening, July 31. Perhaps the most important duty of Christians for more than 2,000 years has been to “bare fruit,” reaching out to those in need as an example of Jesus Christ’s ministry.

Concord United Methodist Church began the process of “baring fruit” in a literal sense last February: church leaders decided to start a community garden, so those in need could enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit, in a vacant lot next to its sanctuary off of Roane Drive in Farragut.

Among charitable organizations benefiting from about 1,100 pounds of produce grown and harvested through late July — 11 different vegetables and fruits grown — from its roughly 70-by-90-foot garden has been Faith Lutheran Church’s Shepherd of Hope Food Pantry (239 Jamestowne Blvd.).

“We were thrilled because most of the people that we serve do not get fresh produce,” Jan Darnell, pantry coordinator, said. “So they have been just super thrilled to get fresh produce.

“This has been a huge blessing.”

During the church’s weekly Thursday “Garden Party,” Mike Smith and other CUMC garden coordinators plus other church members gather to harvest ripe vegetables and fruit.
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Lewis reflects during FBC Celebration of Life

Standing in front of the automated external defibrillator that helped save his life following a heart attack May 20 at First Baptist Concord, Charles Lewis, in back, was main man during a Celebration of Life ceremony in FBC’s The Café at Concord early Sunday afternoon, Aug. 3. Luckily for 65-year-old Charles Lewis, 10-year-old Sebastian Borthwick remembered lessons learned in Sherilyn Dawson’s Concord Christian School computer class about CPR and the life-saving importance of automated external defibrillators.

An AED was close by, hanging on the wall in First Baptist Concord’s Family Life Center, which Sebastian remembered when Lewis collapsed. He suffered a heart attack “and died” while playing in a church league championship basketball game in FBC gym May 20, Lewis said.

“There’s a lot of stuff that used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore,” added Lewis, almost completely recovered from his heart attack though having lost most of his memory from Monday, May 19, through Saturday, May 24. “I’m back to playing basketball.”

Despite having no previously known heart problems, Lewis said he had “three stints put in and an automatic internal defibrillator.”
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Scott promotes clear communication

Lisa Scott during a training session. Lisa Scott of Farragut found herself front and center in the Knox area news a few weeks ago.

Due to negative feedback and protests, a Southern accent red-uction class Scott was scheduled to teach at Oak Ridge National Laboratory last month was cancelled.

“The class cancellation appe-ared to be due to a misunderstanding and a miscommunication about the nature of the class. … The people who come to me with concerns about their Southern accent usually either work with people outside the area or are preparing to move to another part of the country,” Scott, who runs Accentuate, a accent reduction class, said. “They are concerned about perceived stereotypes and want to eliminate any possible barriers to clear communication.

“On the other hand, some people feel that their accent or dialect is an integral part of who they are and an important part of their heritage,” Scott added. “For them, reducing or changing their accent would be giving up part of who they are as a person and the suggestion that they should do so would be offensive.
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Former FHS star Bunn shines in Open first round

Brandon Bunn's tee shot on No. 9 during opening round of News Sentinel Open play Thursday, Aug. 14. A Fox Den Country Club member his whole life, Brandon Bunn took command of his home course during opening round action of 25th News Sentinel Open Thursday, Aug. 14.

With his parents, Joan and David Bunn, and younger twin siblings, Tyler and Davis Bunn, on hand among an entourage of about 40, this former Farragut Admirals star, a pro since 2011, birdied four of his last five holes — Nos. 5, 7, 8 and 9. As a result, Bunn finished tied for second place (5-under, 66) among the 156-man field including former PGA Tour pros.

“I felt pretty good all day long, and I was hitting good shots,” Bunn said after Friday’s opening round. “I felt like I was putting it really well.

“Obviously, when you get hot you kind of roll with it,” he added. “I was pretty calm out there all day long. “The [South College] Shoot Out on Tuesday [Aug. 12] kind of helped me a lot because I was the very first person to tee off. Had a bunch of friends out there. I was nervous.”

Turning pro in 2011 after his college career at the University of Memphis, Bunn, 27, cooled off the final three days — especially Sunday, Aug. 17, with final round a 4-over-par 75 — finishing 2-under.
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Dunkin' Donuts Opening celebration

Ava Barnes, 9 and Natalie Aldrich, 10 at the Hardin Valley Dunkin' Donuts Opening celebration Farragut and West Knox County families and friends made their way to the new Hardin Valley Road Dunkin’ Donuts earlier this summer. Plenty of fun was available for the children to enjoy, including a donut-decorating station, a munchkin-guessing table and free medium size coffees for all to enjoy.

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