Local residents ‘Feeding God’s Children’Feeding God’s Children, the brainchild of Farragut residents Sid and Shannon Kemp that started in 2004, combines food distribution, spiritual guidance and emotional support to places including Guatemala, Bell County, Ky. and Lenoir City.
Yes, Lenoir City is a major area of concern.
“Trying to get Christ into their lives by providing their basic needs of food and education, and locally trying to help the folks in Lenoir City,” said John Farinella, FGC board member and Farragut resident who is aided by his wife, Donna. “There’s a lot of poverty over there that we’re trying to beat. … There’s a substancial need.”
The Lenoir City effort “is one of the new initiatives we’re working on,” said Sid Kemp, also FGC chairman, stressing an effort to feed children whenever they are not in school.
“There are a lot of hungry kids five miles down the road.”
Their sponsorship program is simple: “Thirty dollars a month feeds a kid, period,” Sid Kemp said.
Efforts included an inaugural fall FGC Boys & Girls Golf Challenge at Concord Park Par 3 Golf Course off Northshore Drive. That effort was “trying to get kids helping kids,” Farinella said.
“Ninety-five percent of the money we raise, or comes from our donors, goes directly to feed the kids,” Sid Kemp said. read more
VOAD fair prepares kidsThe East Tennessee VOAD Emergency Preparedness Fair took place Saturday, Sept. 21, at Cokesbury Center.
Madelin Ebbert, an eighth grader from Farragut Middle School, led a booth at the fair that utilized the American Red Cross’ Scrubby Bear program.
“It teaches little kids what germs are and how to get rid of them by washing their hands,” Ebbert said.
Ebbert, 13, was helped by her friends and fellow Farragut Middle School students Alice Dupree and Caroline Wade.
Ebbert outlined the steps in washing hands.
“First you get your hands wet, and then you get a squirt of soap and you wash them,” she said. “And then you rinse them, and then you dry them and turn off the faucet.”
She addressed why it is important for children to learn proper handwashing.
“Because if they just put their hands under the water, they aren’t really getting rid of the germs, and then they
can get sick easier,” she said. read more
Vaughn takes 2-year trekKimball Vaughn still remembers when he became a Mormon.
“My parents were raised in the Mormon church, and when I was 8 years old, I decided I wanted to join the Mormon church and be baptized,” Vaughn said. “So I guess since I was 8, I’ve been a Mormon.”
Vaughn, 21, of Farragut, completed a two-year mission, serving one year in the Utah Ogden Mission in Ogden, Utah, and one year in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. He began the mission in August 2011 and finished August 2013.
“Basically for two years, it was kind of weird because we had to completely say goodbye to our family, and we lost complete communication with them,” he said. “We could e-mail them once a week but no phone calls except Mother’s Day and Christmas. So essentially we were going to a place that was foreign to us, and what we were going to do every day was teach people about Jesus Christ for two years.”
He did a variety of things on his mission, he said.
“Primarily what we do every day is we would go out, and we would look for people that were interested in learning more about Jesus Christ or people that already knew Jesus Christ and already had a good relationship with him but wanted to strengthen it,” he said.
He and others would teach them. They also helped people and the community, he said. read more
Stay alert! The joy dispensers are here!I was shopping at Michael’s (the craft store) in the late afternoon when I heard a conversation in the next aisle between a mother and her six-year-old child.
“Oh, Mama, look at this!”
“I love this!!”
“I have one don’t I!!!”
“You made it for me didn’t you, Mama!!!!”
“Can you make one for Sissy?”
As I listened to the excitement and love in the sweet child’s voice, for her mother and her little sister, and the tired drone of her mother’s responses, tears welled up in my eyes. I thought about how many times I’d done the same thing with my children when they were young. After all, I had a centerpiece to make, a decoration for the front door to think about, colors to consider, people coming for the holidays to entertain and make welcome and not enough time! read more
Open Art Show 2014 May 16-17Open Art Show 2014, with the theme “ALCHEMY – The Magic of Art and Flowers,” will take place May 16 and May 17 at Farragut Town Hall.
Sponsoring the show is “Farragut Arts Council, in conjunction with the Dixie Highway Garden Club,” said Pam Ziegler, vice president of Farragut Arts Council.
For artists wishing to submit for the show, art will be accepted on two days early in January.
“The pieces will be accepted Thursday, Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Jan. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon,” she said.
Applications and fees will be accepted on those two days.
Artists can submit an unlimited amount of pieces, though the entry fee is $5 per art piece, she said.
People can apply by going to the Town’s website, www.townfofarragut.org, she said, and applications also will be sent to all in the council’s artist directory. read more
Fall FestivalFarragut Primary School celebrated autumn Saturday, Oct. 12, with its 21st annual Fall Festival, which raised funds for the school.
More than 4,000 attended this year’s festival. FPS Principal Gina Byrd and Arlene Driver, president of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, both declared the event a success.
“Everyone was saying it was the best fall fest ever,” Driver said.
For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.