ChampionsA happy bunch of Farragut Admirals football players soak up all the statewide attention, with Navy blue and gray-clad fans going crazy all around them, after the program’s first state championship was in the bag. Rallying from a 35-7 deficit late in the first half, the Admirals captured the Class 5A state crown with a stunning 45-35 victory against previous unbeaten Independence, defending state champion, Friday night, Dec. 2, at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium in Cookeville. This was Farragut’s second comeback from a 28-point deficit during the playoffs, having beaten Ooltewah 56-49 in double overtime during a quarterfinal thriller at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Nov. 18. read more
Farragut, Hardin Valley, Northshore schools collect for GatlinburgStudents and teachers in 20 Knox County Schools have reached out to help victims of the wildfires in Gatlinburg.
Farragut Middle and Farragut High schools, Hardin Valley Academy and Northshore Elementary School were among those Knox County Schools that have organized collections of cash and in-kind donations to help the victims.
After tragedy struck residents of Gatlinburg when wildfires destroyed homes and businesses in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the schools stepped up to offer support, Abbey Harris, Knox County Schools public affairs specialist, said.
FMS students and faculty took up money for two days and then donated $1,608 to American Red Cross, FMS principal Wes Edmonds said
“There’s no limit to how much the kids will give back,” he said. “It’s truly amazing.”
FMS administrators and faculty were talking about having a relief effort at the school, when Edmonds said a teacher told him she was approached by a student who wanted to help as well. read more
Son arrested in parents slayingsA “very gruesome murder” and “horrific crime scene” involving body dismemberment of a middle-aged couple during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Michael K. MacLean, happened within one mile of Farragut town limits.
Joel Michael Guy Jr., 28, allegedly killed his parents — Joel Guy Sr., 61, and Lisa Guy, 55 — “with vicious, multiple stab wounds as well as dismemberment” with “remains disposed in multiple rooms in the house,” MacLean said during a Wednesday, Nov. 30, news conference in KCSO Conference Room.
“… Portions of the remains were placed in an acid-based solution in an attempt to destroy evidence,” MacLean added.
Guy, a former student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., “was arrested Tuesday evening, [Nov.] 29,” in Baton Rouge according to MacLean. read more
KCSO offers tips for safe shoppingThe holidays have arrived and shoppers are out looking for gifts for family members and friends.
Capt. Robbie Lawson, Knox County Sheriff’s Office liaison for Farragut, warned shoppers to be aware as thieves also are on the lookout.
“Always be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season,” he said.
While shopping, he advised people should keep all vehicle doors locked while in or out of their cars and set the car’s alarm.
Lawson also advised people to avoid driving alone or at night.
“If you must shop at night, park in a well-lit area,” he said. “Use the buddy system and shop with a friend. You’re more likely to become a target if you’re alone.” read more
Safety first when dealing with natural gasReviewing safety measures concerning natural gas is especially important as we approach winter, a Knoxville Utilities Board safety expert said concerning the utility’s 7,369 Farragut customers.
“This time of year folks are starting to light up their pilot lights and getting their furnaces going, and so we really want to get the message out about if they recognize a leak or potential leak, that they contact us immediately so we can get folks out there to do a quick leak investigation,” said Brooke Sinclair, KUB manager of safety, security and technical services.
The slightest smell of natural gas, the so-called “rotten egg odor that we put into our [natural] gas so that customers would smell it at a very low, low level,” is reason enough to call KUB, Sinclair said.
If suspecting a natural gas leak without being sure, “when in doubt just call us [865-524-2911],” Sinclair said. read more