Champions

A 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 Gatlinburg

Attendees of Hardin Valley Academy’s men’s and women’s basketball games Thursday, Dec. 1, brought in food, water and cash donations to help victims of the wildfires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Students 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.
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Son arrested in parents slayings

A “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.
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KCSO offers tips for safe shopping

The 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.”
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Safety first when dealing with natural gas

Reviewing 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.
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police reports

• On Oct. 20, 2016, at around 2:35 p.m., Knox County Sheriff’s Office officers received a call from complainant Belk Loss Prevention about a 33-year-old white male subject who selected a pair of jeans valued at $89.50 he then used a tool he had to remove the electronic article surveillance tag. Suspect by-passed all points of sale failing to pay for the jeans and exited the store at which time he was approached by Belk Loss Prevention. Suspect ran from Belk Loss Prevention and through the parking lot across Parkside Drive into the parking lot of Smoky Mountain Brewery. Officers with marked and unmarked patrol cars with emergency equipment activated pursued after suspect as he ran. Suspect entered into Moe’s restaurant and out the back door where he climbed into a tree. Officers were informed by citizens of suspect’s location and he was taken into custody. Upon pat down of suspect several lock picks, a showcase security key, magnets and a part from a Sensomatic removal tool used to remove EAS tags. All tools were confiscated and placed into evidence. Upon check of records and NCIC it was discovered that suspect had an outstanding warrant from Hamilton County for theft. Suspect was transported to detention facility. Suspects vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, was found parked in the parking lot of the Belk store located at 11397 Parkside Drive. A KCSO officer observed in plain sight in front and rear seats tools used to defeat EAS systems consisting of similar items found on suspect. Also in plain sight were numerous EAS anti-theft devices, which appear to have been defeated, new merchandise in seat and bags. A credit card lying in the back seat not in the name of the suspect and several note books. Vehicle was towed to Cedar Bluff Towing with a hold placed on it. read more