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Kilt Trip

Farragut resident Nicholas “The Wandering Kiltsman,” Cornett, 35, recently completed the American Triple Crown trail systems — the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail — becoming one of less than 500 to achieve that goal. Cornett hiked 10,000 miles in three years on some of the most difficult and remote terrain in the United States. “I’m glad that I was able to finish what I started,” Cornett said. “Now I just need to figure out the next step to take.” Along with that three-trail feat, he did it all wearing a kilt. “I always wear a kilt,” said Cornett, a Farragut High School Class of 2004 graduate, filmmaker and former Navy Corpsman. “It’s the only way to live.” While his paternal grandmother has the Scottish genes — “she traced her lineage of the MacDonald clan back to the 1600s” — he was introduced to wearing the kilt while attending the Scottish Highland Festival in July 2016 in Los Angeles. “I was given a kilt by my ex-sister-in-law,” he recalled. “I wore it all weekend and then came home and threw away all of my pants because I decided I was only going to wear a kilt. “It’s more comfortable, it’s an automatic conversation starter; people become a lot less shy around you,” Cornett added. “It’s amazing what people will come up and ask you.”

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Snow much fun!

A Farragut Primary School second-grader is convinced her “snow ritual” paid off in a big way Monday, Jan. 3. Before she went to bed the night before, Julia Logan Horne said she followed instructions relayed by her FPS physical education teacher Elizabeth Bell. “I flushed ice cubes down the (commode), wore my pajamas inside out, and my teacher said to sleep with a toothbrush under our pillow — but I used two and seven different cups of ice,” Julia excitedly relayed that afternoon. “She said if we did all that, the snow would probably come, and it did.” The 7-year-old daughter of Katrina Logan Horne and the late Brook Horne said she wanted to try Bell’s ritual because “I love the snow, a lot, and we never get it anymore.” Julia said she also was hoping for a little extra time added to the holiday winter break Knox County students enjoyed through Jan. 3.

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