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January

Saturday, Jan 18th Sixth Annual Mission Blitz Concord United Methodist Church will be hosting its Sixth Annual Mission Blitz Saturday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20, with 20 opportunities to serve throughout Knox County and surrounding areas. Projects range from packing disaster relief kits and Habitat House trim painting to delivering dinners to senior citizens. Visit the church’s Mission Blitz page at http://www.concordumc.com/missionblitz/) to register for an activity.  For more details, call the church at 865-966-6728 or e-mail Jane Currin at jcurrin@concordumc.com.
Monday, Jan 20th 2020 Farragut Primary Schools Art Show 2020 Farragut Primary Schools Art Show, sponsored by Town of Farragut, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Jan. 24 (regular Town Hall hours, 11408 Municipal Center Drive). Featuring young artists from Concord Christian School and Farragut Primary School, the show also features a reception to honor private school artists from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, and a reception to honor public school artists from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Wednesday, Jan 22nd Knoxville Writers’ Group Knoxville Writers’ Group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Holiday Inn West at Cedar Bluff, 9134 Executive Park Drive. Guest speaker will be author and Holocaust survivor Sonja DuBois. All-inclusive lunch is $14. RSVP by e-mailing kaye.george@gmail.com by noon, Monday, Jan. 20.  Use KWG/RSVP in subject line.
Thursday, Jan 23rd West Under 40 icebreaker social Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce young professionals group, F.U.E.L, has rebranded, changing its name to West Under 40. It will meet for an icebreaker social from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at First Utility District office, 122 Durwood Road, Knoxville.

Pete’s legacy: ‘leaving a mark’

A pioneer by circumstance, yet a sacrificial lamb by choice: that sums up, perhaps, the two most important impacts of Arthur Pete Billingsley’s life. Not even a teenager, Pete was breaking the athletic color barrier at what was then called Farragut Elementary School (kindergarten through eighth-grade) in the mid-1960s. It’s no wonder why Roy Stone, one of hundreds to attend a Memorial Service in honor of this 1972 graduate of Farragut High School, had a point to make about a man praised more for his selfless walk with Jesus Christ, as a devout Christian, than for his abundant basketball skills that earned him All-state honors and a scholarship to Carson-Newman University. Referencing now-retired Farragut Elementary/Middle School basketball coach and teacher Bobby Henry, “All he talked about was Pete Billingsley, what a wonderful man he was,” he said about Henry’s respect for Pete while Stone (FHS Class of 1981) was a student/athlete of Henry’s at FMS.

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Gift to Cooper

Cooper Stansbury of Farragut was unable to attend the birthday party held in his honor Friday, Jan. 10, but more than 100 friends, family members and even strangers made sure it would be a day he and his family will never forget. While Cooper, 4, was at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital beginning his fourth round of chemotherapy for neuroblastoma (which had been diagnosed in November), a replacement blood drive was held at Shoreline Church, where his family attends. “We just asked for his birthday that people donate,” explained his mother, Lauren Stansbury, who said she worked with MEDIC on the details. “For every donation, a $15 credit goes toward Cooper’s account to help with blood transfusions. Eleven people donating equals the cost of one transfusion.”

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News

Gift to Cooper  Read More

Rash of Town vehicle thefts, burglaries continue: Hall  Read More

1st-degree murder is charged  Read More

Hoteliers can’t stop 4-1 vote  Read More

Markli targeted by BOMA over anti-tax letter in fp  Read More

KCSO police reports  Read More

Opinion

letter to the editor: anti occupancy tax  Read More

letter to the editor: pro occupancy tax  Read More

letter to the editor: anti occupancy tax  Read More

letter to the editor: delay structures  Read More

Business

Going the extra mile, Honest-1 Auto Care comes to the rescue  Read More

Choto future home to Johnny Brusco’s NY Style Pizza  Read More

business briefs  Read More

Community

7th Annual West Knox Preschool & Activities Fair Jan. 25  Read More

Pete’s legacy: ‘leaving a mark’  Read More

Hundreds of gifts in tow, FDCC hits the road  Read More

St. John Neumann Catholic Church Epiphany Open House  Read More

‘Ambassador’ LaMarche had a ‘family’ first impression of Town staff  Read More

Sports

Six 3s in a quarter: 164  Read More

Back on track, Admirals romp LC  Read More

CAK girls trip Webb  Read More

Spartans rule CAK  Read More

Turkey Trophy 2 again earned by FMS boys vs. Hawks  Read More

With a dominant performance, HVMS girls earn Golden Turkey Trophy  Read More

Daily Update

Happy 40th, Farragut  Read More

Malfunctioning sprinkler system at Primrose School has Rural/Metro, KCSO responding; no injuries reported  Read More