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Wednesday, Jul 18th Newcomers Club meeting Newcomers Club allows women new to the area, or who just want to make new friends, to come and join the club for lunch and a program beginning at noon, Wednesday, July 18, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Patrick Riggins will speak about the Love Kitchen. For reservations, call 865-681-9989 before Friday, July 13.
Thursday, Jul 19th Vacation Bible School, Hillside Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, Hillside Baptist Church, 1321 Hickey Road, Knoxville, 37932, runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, July 19-21. Theme is “Jungle River Adventure: Ride the current to God’s perfect plan.” Students and teachers alike learn from the Apostle Paul to seek God’s perfect plan for their lives. The adventure begins on the road to Damascus with Paul’s salvation, then continues to Damascus where Paul is baptized. We join Paul with other believers in Antioch before paddling to Corinth, where Paul witnesses to others. Finally, we end up in Rome where Paul lives out the rest of his life as a follower of Jesus. Online registration at
Monday, Jul 23rd “Intro to Photography: Camera Controls" Do you own a camera that you don’t know how to use? If so, the Town of Farragut is hosting “Intro to Photography: Camera Controls,” a two-class series held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 23 and Monday, July 30. Instructor Thomas Morgan will show students how to use the buttons and dials on their cameras and discuss recommended gear, camera cleaning, shutter release modes, menu functions, focusing and more. Class is $60. Register by noon, Friday, July 20, at
Saturday, Jul 28th Mobile Pantry food giveaway Central United Methodist Church (Lenoir City) and First Farragut United Methodist Church will partner to host a Mobile Pantry food giveaway Saturday, July 28. The event will take place at Central UMC, 310 Hickory Creek Road (junction of state Highway 321 and state Highway 70 in Lenoir City). A semi-tractor trailer load of food will be distributed beginning at 8:30 a.m., July 28, until all food has been handed out. School supplies, gently used children’s clothing and coats in all sizes also will be given away. Families and residents in need of help can pick-up reservation cards from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27, at Central UMC. Cards also will be available Saturday, morning, July 28. A shared ministry of First Farragut UMC and Central UMC, Mobile Pantry distributes food purchased from the Second Harvest Food Bank. Church and community volunteers and local Boy and Girl Scout troops will be on hand to help distribute and load groceries. In July 2017, the previous Mobile Pantry, 250 families and 360 children were served.


Friday, Sep 21st “The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra” Clayton Center for the Arts, located on the Maryville College campus, announces its 2018-2019 Season line up, beginning with “The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra,” Friday, Sept. 21. Season tickets are on sale with individual tickets for each show on sale at a later date. Subscribers may choose a partial season of four to seven shows or a full season of eight to 10 shows. For ticket prices, visit the website at or call the box office at 865-981-8590.


Saturday, Oct 13th Crafts & Ale, The Faris A. Ashkar Memorial Craft Event Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is taking applications from vendors to participate in its first Crafts & Ale, The Faris A. Ashkar Memorial Craft Event, slated to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at West End Shopping Center in Farragut. Ashkar, who passed away in 2017, was a long-time Chamber member and wood-carving artist. Event is free of charge and open to the public. It will feature fine crafts, a beer garden and food from local restaurants. For vendor forms, visit

Rather & Kittrell cracks Financial Times’ top 300

The Farragut wealth management firm Rather & Kittrell has been named among the top 300 firms in the country by Financial Times. The company was notified of its inclusion on the 2018 Financial Times 300 in June, and was only one of two Tennessee firms to make this year’s list. “It’s an honor to be recognized,” said Chris Kittrell, who co-founded the company in 2000 with Lytle Rather. “It shows that a lot of what we have done over the last 10 years has gotten us where we are today, and it is very cool to see that recognized nationally in such a prominent publication. “This award certainly validates our process and our people and how we go about helping others make smart decisions with their money.” It is the first year Rather & Kittrell has been named to the list, which determines the top 300 registered investment firms among nearly 30,000 nationwide, based on criteria that includes assets under management (average FT 300 manages $4.1 billion in assets) and AUM growth rate, years in existence and compliance records.

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Sharing her love of art

A recent Farragut High School graduate wanted to share her love of art while also getting a taste of teaching when she opened her home to young campers during the last week of June. Alice Dupree, who served as co-president of the National Art Honors Society this past year and plans to study art education, advertised the camp on the neighborhood website,, in late spring. “I wanted to teach the basics of art (principles and elements), art history and new exciting art techniques,” she shared in her camp description. “I’ve wanted to do the camp for a couple of summers now, but never really got the courage to go all the way with it until this year,” Dupree said.

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