True neighbors emerge as two Farragut homes are ravaged by fire

Brixworth duo risk lives to save family members; dogs saved

This Brixworth neighborhood home, 11918 Farmhouse Drive, caught fire Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 3. Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to the blaze. No one was home at the time of the fire, which is still under investigation.
Despite heroic efforts from nearby neighbors, a fire destroyed a Brixworth subdivision home in Farragut last week.

The home, located at 11918 Farmhouse Drive just off Turkey Creek Road, caught fire Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 3, and suffered extensive damage.

The residence belongs to Wade and Jennifer Cornelius.

Although no family members were home at the time of the blaze, two dogs were saved by neighbors.

The fire was reported just after 3 p.m., according to Jeff Bagwell, public information officer with Rural/Metro Fire Department, which responded to the call.

Neighbor Randall Gore of Lake Vista Lane, in his home along a cul-de-sac located nearby, saw the smoke from an upstairs bedroom, as did his wife, Nicole, and son, Kennedy.

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Kingsgate home destroyed

Fire consumed a Farragut home early Sunday morning, Jan. 7, during a continued cold snap.

It was the second house fire in less than a week within Town limits. No injuries were reported.

Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to 500 E. Kingsgate Drive at 3:40 a.m. after an emergency call.

Five engines and 16 fire department personnel responded to the fire, in which the second floor and roof “were fully engulfed” by the time emergency personnel arrived, according to a R/M press release.

“A defensive attack was used, [and] the fire was brought under control at approximately 4:15 a.m.,” the press release further stated.

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Town’s NEDC special for ‘687 births,’ not just ‘24-year’ embryo-to-birth

Rachel and Gregory Cox recently visited with Dr. Jeffery Keenan, president and medical director for the National Embryo Donation Center, who oversaw the couple’s pregnancy that resulted in the births of triplets Leora, Annalyn and Jayla Rae, who are now 6-months old. Also pictured is the Cox’s adopted son, Bryce.
A Farragut facility dedicated to helping childless couples realize the dream of parenthood recently was in the national spotlight — but for its staff it was just another miracle of modern technology they have facilitated for nearly 15 years.

Since 2003, the non-profit National Embryo Donation Center has been a conduit between preserved embryos and couples throughout North America.

The birth of Emma Wren Gibson Nov. 25, to parents Benjamin and Tina Gibson, was in the spotlight because she was the result of an embryo created 24 years ago.

“Worldwide, there has not been a recorded birth from human embryos frozen for this length of time,” Carol Sommerfelt, NEDC’s embryologist, said.

However, entering 2018 there were 687 babies born with NEDC embryos — with more on the way.

“That is one thing I constantly tell people, that here is an amazing global story, but [the NEDC] has had a hand in more babies being born than any other [organization of this type],” said Mark Mellinger, the facility’s marketing and development director.

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Concord pastor ‘inspired’ by Dr. King

It wasn’t through direct contact that a young Ruby Winton, an African-American Christian, became inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Unfortunately I never met Dr. King or attended any of his rallies or speeches,” said the Rev. Winton, pastor of Concord Original Church of God.

However, she “followed via T.V.” the leadership of Dr. King to champion civil rights in the United States, and said she is a better person as a result.

“Dr. King has inspired me both in the physical and spiritual realm,” said Winton, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday will be observed Monday, Jan. 15.

“As a man of African-American descent he portrayed us as a bold, proud, passionate and peaceful people,” she added, “Striving to reach goals and making a difference in the world — and that we could reach these goals in unity and in peace.

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police reports

• At 5:56 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, Knox County Sheriff’s Office units responded to a theft at Kohls, 11530 Kingston Pike. When officers arrived two suspects were observed on camera, by the complainant and loss/prevention officers, concealing items in their jacket and purse. Officers observed male arrestee concealing an electronic speaker under his jacket. Arrestees were walking toward the front door when officers approached the arrestees. Two items fell from under the male arrestee’s jacket. The female arrestee had several clothing items concealed in her purse. After female arrestee was Mirandized, she said they were trying to steal the concealed items. Both arrestees were charged with theft and transported to the Roger D Wilson Detention Facility. Merchandise was returned to Kohls. A records check revealed male arrestee driver’s license was revoked.

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