MEDIC extends hours for blood donations

Farragut residents wanting to donate blood can work the donation into their schedules.

As of Feb. 1, MEDIC Regional Blood Center’s Farragut donor site, 11000 Kingston Pike near Pittsburg Paints, has extended its hours so the center will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday.

“A lot of donors have asked us to [extend the hours],” Ben Prijatel, MEDIC director of marketing and public relations, said, “It’s a little more convenient for them.

“There are a lot of people that would like to donate more regularly, but are unable to because of their busy schedules,” Jim Decker, MEDIC CEO, said. “Our expanded hours will make it easier for donors to stop by before or after work,” Decker added MEDIC hopes the new hours will offer more flexibility for its current donors and encourage new donors to make a lifesaving gift.
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Five ways to get rid of doubt

When you doubt, you’ve stopped trusting the power that created the Universe. Such a silly thing to do when it’s put that way, don’t you think? If you plugged a lamp into the socket, and the light didn’t go on, you’d figure the bulb was bur-ned out or you hadn’t paid the electric bill. In other words it would be something on your end that caused the light not to work. You would never doubt that the power of electricity was no longer effective.

So when you doubt yourself or have doubts about some event or other person, the problem is on your end, because the power that created the Universe has your back and there is nothing to worry about. So how do you fix your end of this deal? I’ve come up with 5 ways to get rid of doubt so you can stay hooked into the joyful source of your life and see the truth that all is well.
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Anderson, a top 16 nationwide counselor, visits The White House

Beverly Anderson in The White House with Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative. Ranked among the top 16 nationwide among grade school counselors last October, Beverly Anderson was invited to a “recognition ceremony” in The White House Friday, Jan. 30.

“We all met the First Lady,” Michelle Obama, “and we were all in a circle in the Blue Room. And she came in with an encouraging, uplifting speech of recognition and appreciation,” Anderson, Bearden High School counseling department chair, said about the fruits of being honored as a National Counselor of the Year Semi-finalist. “Then we all went into the East Room. … After that there was a reception.”

Anderson’s honor came after being named Tennessee State Counselor of the Year during the 2011-12 school year.

Dr. John Bartlett, BHS principal, said Anderson “is highly professional. But I guess her biggest quality is her passion for students — her passion to make sure that every student has the opportunity to go to college and be the best they can be, that’s what separates her. That level of passion she brings every day.”
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Empty Bowls benefit scheduled March 9

Madelyn Vagott, Farragut High School National Art Honor Society chairman for Empty Bowls. The Farragut community can enjoy their favorite soup in a handmade bowl while helping Farragut High School students help others in need.

For the fourth year, FHS’ National Art Honor Society and Einstein Bros. Bagels in Farragut have teamed up to hold their Empty Bowls event, which is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, March 9, in Einstein Bros. Bagels, 11693 Parkside Drive.

“All the proceeds from Empty Bowls goes straight to the Fish Pantry and to spread hunger awareness,” Madelyn Vagott, this year’s NAHS event chairman, said.

National Art Honor Society is made up of students in the arts at FHS.

“Every year, the National Art Honor Society heads up the event,” Yvonne Kidder, Einstein Bros. owner, said. “The joy of doing this is [because] the event is student-run and student-organized. They will do everything. We provide space, soup and bread.
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Farragut High School FIRST Robotics Flagship 3140 team Pancake Breakfast

Chris Burns, Chili's manager, with FHS teachers Jane Skinner, right, and Aundrea Mitchell plus Alexander Peters, freshman, left, and Michael Jensen, senior Farragut High School FIRST Robotics Flagship 3140 team held its fall fundraising pancake breakfast at Chili’s Grill & Bar, 120 W. Mabry Hood Road, Saturday morning, Oct. 25.

Teacher-sponsors Jane Skinner and Aundrea Mitchell joined dozens of team members and their booster parents for a tasty, hot breakfast.

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