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February

Friday, Feb 23rd Maryville College Theatre Department will present “9 to 5: The Musical” starting at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25, in Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. For more information, call Chloe Kennedy, 865-981-8209.
Saturday, Feb 24th Captain WYC Hannum Chapter 1881, UDC meeting Captain WYC Hannum Chapter 1881, UDC will hold its meeting starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb 24. For more information, call Debra, 865-856-9300.
Saturday, Feb 24th Tennessee Environmental Council is hosting 250K Tree Day on Saturday, Feb. 24, with the goal to plant 250,000 trees across 95 counties. For more information, visit tectn.org/250ktreeday/
Saturday, Feb 24th Hal Galbraith with “The Legacy of Woodworking” will hold demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at Ramsey House. Class fee is $25. For more information, call 865-546-0745.
Sunday, Feb 25th Farragut Museum will host a free event in honor of Black History Month starting at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25, in Farragut Town Hall. A reception and museum tour will be held at 1 p.m. For more information, visit museum@townoffarragut.org/
Tuesday, Feb 27th Town of Farragut will host classes taught by local company Social Media 4 Seniors in February. Participants must be 55 years or older to attend and must bring their own device to class. Classes are as follows: “Awesome Apps for Seniors,” from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27. Cost is $30. “Getting the Most Out of your Smartphone/Tablet Camera for Seniors,” from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 27. Cost is $30. To register, call 865-218-3375 or visit townoffarrgu.org/register/

March

Friday, Mar 2nd Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble Knoxville’s own Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, has recently returned from a successful tour of Hungary and will open its 37th season starting at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3, in Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $13 for children and $26 for adults. For more information, call Cheri Mckeever, 865-207-1954.
Saturday, Mar 3rd 13th annual Shamrock Ball Town of Farragut and Kiwanis Club of Farragut will host the 13th annual Shamrock Ball, a Father-Daughter Dance, from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 3, in Farragut High School Commons. Tickets are $20 per couple and $30 per family in advance, and $25 per couple and $35 per family at the door. Extra tickets for individuals are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call 865-966-7057 or visit townoffarragut.org/register/
Monday, Mar 5th Frank Galbraith, retired Farragut Middle School history teacher, will share stories about the Alamo, Sergeant York, Thunder Road, Davy Crockett, Dolly Parton, Pat Summit and more beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, March 5, in Farragut Town Hall. For more information, call 865-966-7057.
Saturday, Mar 17th California Guitar Trio will appear at The Open Chord beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 17. Tickets are $18. For more information. visit openchordmusic.com/
Sunday, Mar 25th Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events take place March 24-25, but now is the time to register and start training. Participants are encouraged to register online at www.knoxvillemarathon.com/.

Town Sampler contest starts March 1

Direct-e-mail shopping between Farragut consumers and Town businesses will become much more of a precise science thanks to “Town Sampler,” the contest brainchild of a Shop Farragut board member. That’s the prediction of Stephen Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance, following the alliance’s “third Thursday morning” meeting Feb. 15 in Town Hall.

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Orange & Black ... On Rocky Top about to turn 50

Farragut resident Bobby Scott, a sophomore quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers almost 50 years ago, was part of some groundbreaking moments when the Georgia Bulldogs visited Neyland Stadium to open the 1968 football season Saturday, Sept. 14. It marked the first Southeastern Conference football game ever played on artificial turf; the first Vols versus UGA football game in 31 years, and the first UT Football game ever broadcast by now retired “Voice of the Vols” legend John Ward — also a Farragut resident. But most importantly, it was the first varsity game for sophomore wide receiver Lester McClain — the first African-American UT Football player and one of the first three black athletes in Vols history. During Black History Month, and coming up on the 50th anniversary of McClain’s first UT varsity game, both men looked back upon Big Orange history — which also became SEC history. Though “Kentucky had two [African-American] guys who came in ahead of me,” neither finished a complete season according to McClain. As a result, “I was the only black guy [in the SEC] who played every game in 1968 … and the first black football player to actually letter in the SEC,” added the former State Farm agent in Knoxville, and most recently Nashville, who came from the mid-state as a teenager to help break the school’s athletic color barrier. McClain, who went on to earn Honorable Mention All-SEC honors during a three-year UT career, contributed to a Vols rally to earn a 17-17 tie with the Bulldogs that groundbreaking afternoon in 1968. “When I think about Lester McClain, I think about a kid who was hard working. … There wasn’t anybody who was going to outwork Lester,” Scott said. “He didn’t expect anybody to give him anything. He wanted to earn it. “If I wanted to go out 20 minutes early before practice and get some extra throwing in, or if I wanted to wait until after practice and get 30 minutes of extra throwing in, he was the first one in line,” he added. “I thought we were good teammates,” McClain said about Scott, adding with a laugh, “I always liked it when he threw it to me.” Overall, “I had a great relationship with him,” Scott, a sales representative with Balfour, said about McClain. “… He also was a great guy; he was somebody you enjoyed being around.” The Scott-to-McClain connection helped the Vols compile a 20-3 record in two seasons, including the 1969 SEC championship.

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News

Town Sampler contest starts March 1  Read More

Orange & Black ... On Rocky Top about to turn 50  Read More

Developer eyes ‘R-4’ 28 acres off K-Pike  Read More

Green light for new Big Kahuna  Read More

police reports  Read More

‘Reformed’ Jones keys Town’s Retail Crime Forum talk  Read More

Presstalk

presstalk 671-TALK  Read More

School

SJNCC 7th Annual Ponytail Drive has 11 girl student volunteers  Read More

Tate’s students make snow  Read More

Business

Kumon of Farragut gears up for open house  Read More

New medical clinic takes ex-Pediatric Group locale  Read More

Change in services coming to Turkey Creek Medical Center by spring  Read More

business briefs  Read More

Community

Growing good out of tragedy  Read More

Town-FKC 13th Annual Shamrock Ball March 3  Read More

40th Annual Dogwood Arts Festival House & Garden Show  Read More

Sports

Knox dynasty?  Read More

Bearden girls smother MHS to win tourney  Read More

Middle school Ads, No. 7 tourney seed, take home silver  Read More

Ads’ 14-0 run, built with tough defense, overcome by Irish duo  Read More

State’s No. 2 Dawgs roll to 4-AAA finals  Read More