Local churches offer trick-or-treat alternatives

Tammy Cheek Robin Taylor, left, brings sons, Charlie, 2, and Lando Taylor, 5, to a Trunk or Treat event Friday, Oct. 24, hosted by Faith Lutheran and Farragut Presbyterian churches, at Farragut Presbyterian Church. They stop at the car of Beth Hartman, Farragut Presbyterian member. Farragut churches are reaching out to the community to offer events that can be an alternative to trick-or-treating or an addition to Halloween festivities.

One such church, First Baptist Concord at 11704 Kingston Pike, offers another take on Halloween and the holidays.

“We just started a new campaign, Holidays on the Go, that gives ideas on just being intentional during the holidays with neighbors and family and placing Christ in the middle of holidays,” Dawn Wilson, family ministry administrative assistant, said.

The church handed out booklets with ideas on how families can use the holidays to point back to Christ, she said. Those ideas can be found on the church’s website, fbconcordfamily.com, as well.

“There is a section that has the holidays and activities they can do,” Wilson said.
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Inaugural Farragut 13.1 Half Marathon, 5k, Kids Mile road closures Nov. 1

The following roads will be affected during the Farragut 13.1 half marathon, which begins and finishes at Farragut High School Saturday, Nov.1. The event begins at 9 a.m. and finishes at 1p.m. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes, or expect delays, perhaps lengthy at times.

N. Campbell Station Rd. from Sonja Drive to Kingston Pike:

9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
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Owens reconnects with Farragut roots

FHS Class of 1943 alumnus instrumental in creation of Farragut Folklife Museum

Doris Woods during her teenage years as a Farragut High School student. Homecoming ’86 celebration throughout the state of Tennessee also was a homecoming, in terms of reconnecting to her Concord and Farragut roots, for Doris Woods Owens.

A major force in the creation and growth of Far-ragut Folklife Museum, which was born from Hom-ecoming ’86, Owens dedicated more than 20 years of her life, as museum director, to uncovering and displaying artifacts and information on Concord and Farragut history in the museum.

“At the same time that the museum was fresh and we were setting it up, Mary Nell [McFee] got me in on it when they asked her to start it,” Owens, a retired school teacher and Farragut High School Class of 1943 graduate, said. “She asked me to do an early photographs museum because she knew that I knew people in the community.

“My parents had just passed away and I really needed something, and that just came at the right time,” she added. “I said, ‘I will if you’ll let me ask Bill Dunlap to help me. … He was used to doing things like that.

“We set up as many early photographs and then we had scrapbooks. … It became something alive to me.”
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Thank a Teacher

Karen Carson, Fifth District School Board rep, serves Carley Mitchell, FIS fourth-grade teacher While superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre Jr. donned an apron, other Knox Count Schools officials joined Knox County Board of Education representatives and Great Schools Partnership leadership to serve breakfast while saying ‘Thank You.’”

“Thank a Teacher Week” within KCS kicked off in Farragut High School library, with breakfast served to teachers and administrators from Farragut’s four public schools from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m., Monday morning, Sept. 29.

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

Kids grow quarterly, it’s time to declutter their rooms

Now that the kids are back in school, it’s a great time to streamline their rooms. Children are much more likely to keep them neat if they don’t have drawers and closets constipated with too many outgrown clothes and too many unused toys and books they’ve quit enjoying. Parents have to be the laxative here, because kids can’t do it alone. You may or may not have read my quarterly warning: KIDS GROW QUARTERLY. read more