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Monday, Sep 21st Tennessee Volunteers versus Florida Gators blood drive MEDIC Regional Blood Center and LifeSouth Blood Centers are keeping the annual Tennessee Volunteers versus Florida Gators blood drive competition on its original dates: Monday, Sept. 21, through Thursday, Sept. 24, as the two blood centers battle year after year to see who can collect the most blood and blood-related products. MEDIC won the trophy in 2019 after losing in 2018.  Donors can visit any one of the four donor centers or any community drive to donate. A full list of blood drives, locations and times can be found at All donors will receive a special edition T-Shirt and coupons for Salsarita’s and Texas Roadhouse restaurants. Donations continue to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies through Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Wednesday, Sep 23rd MEDIC Regional Blood Center MEDIC Regional Blood Center is now at the critical level for O Positive, O Negative and A Negative blood types.  Donate at 1601 Ailor Ave. in downtown Knoxville or at 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Location hours, directions and mobile blood drive list at MEDIC is requiring all donors to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one. Appointments can be made online at using the donate link. Appointments also can be made by calling 865-524-3074.
Wednesday, Sep 23rd COVID-19 Information Line Knox County Health Department COVID-19 Information Line is 865-215-5555, or call toll-free, 888-288-6022, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, Sep 23rd Smoky Mountain Service Dogs Non-profit Smoky Mountain Service Dogs has a goal of pre-selling 1,000 specialty plates, the proceeds of which will fund SMSD training of mobility assistance service dogs for veterans with service-connected physical and psychological disabilities. To purchase, visit
Monday, Sep 28th Tee It Up Fore Suede Knox Area Rescue Ministries Golf Tournament Tee It Up Fore Suede Knox Area Rescue Ministries Golf Tournament is set for Avalon Golf & Country Club, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28. You can participate as an individual, as a member of a team and/or as a sponsor. A sign-up-now-and-pay-later option also is included. This tournament also will serve to honor the memory of Kristoffer Suede’s “life and his love of the game of golf, all while providing important funding for KARM,” a KARM press release stated. For more information, or to register, call 865-230-3398.
Wednesday, Sep 30th MEDIC Regional Blood Center MEDIC Regional Blood Center continues to screen all donors for COVID-19 Antibodies, through Wednesday, Sept. 30, an effort to identify COVID Convalescent Plasma donors to increase inventories to meet the demand of regional hospitals. MEDIC continues to screen donors at all of its regional locations, including 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. MEDIC is not performing COVID-19 virus testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms. Donors must have a successful blood or blood-related product donation to receive the antibody test. Visit for locations and screening times.


Thursday, Oct 1st “Stars on Stage Virtual Concert: A Streaming Fundraising Event” Tennessee Theatre will hold its first semi-public event since the pandemic closed the venue six months ago with the screening of a concert by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors to celebrate the theatre’s 92nd birthday with “Stars on Stage Virtual Concert: A Streaming Fundraising Event,” which begins at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, the same day as the theatre’s birthday. For more information about “Stars on Stage,” visit
Thursday, Oct 1st Bluegrass Jam Bluegrass Jam (new event from Mamajam), originally scheduled for May, will now be in October (date still tentative according to Town of Farragut officials) and may move to Campbell Station Plaza.
Sunday, Oct 4th Farragut Fall Festival From 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, “Shop Farragut will assemble vendors from all across the Farragut Business Community for the first Farragut Fall Festival,” said Stephen Krempasky, Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance executive director. “The Festival will feature three dozen retail and promotional booths including food and beverage vendors. They will showcase their products and services in the former Kroger Parking lot, 11240 Kingston Pike.” With admission free to the public, “Participating businesses include a wide variety of retailers,” Krempasky said. “Patrons can get food and drink from The Admiral Pub, Water Into Wine bistro & lounge, The Farragut Table, Kiki’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, Mucho Gusto, Cruisin Cuisine, Sof-Tee Serve Ice Cream and Berrylicious Bouquets.” Also available will be “information, discounts or merchandise from the Farragut area businesses,” he added, listing the following: Great Clips; Jessica Phillips, CPA; 865LIFE Wearables; Premiere Martial Arts; Amazing Nails with Kellie; Kat’s Lash Lounge & Wax Studio; Sir Goony’s; Simply Physio; Snooty Patootie; STAR Riding Academy; Knoxville Academy of Music; Staybridge Suites - Knoxville West; Faith Promise Church | Farragut; Villages of Farragut; 865 Candle Company; Young Living Essential Oil; Root Journey; Blush & Bashful; Cool Sports Home of the Icearium; Exodus Chiropractic and First Watch Café. Parking can be found on the “north or east sides of the old Kroger parking lot, at Farragut High School (including along Lendon Welch Way) and at West End Center,” Krempasky said.


Thursday, Nov 12th Hobie Bass Open Series Tournament of Champions Farragut Community Center will be hosting the Hobie Bass Open Series Tournament of Champions in November. This is a national kayak fishing tournament series that provides a platform for anglers to compete in an elite two-day event in one of several locations across the nation targeting bass. Anglers fish for large cash payouts, sponsored prizes, Hobie Fishing Worlds spots and angler of the year points, which all culminate at the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season when 50 anglers battle it out for large cash payouts. Event is open to any angler age 16 years or older, and all brands of kayaks are welcome. Event officials will be using the assembly hall pre-function area as their headquarters and for their nightly gatherings. Officials will be here starting Thursday, Nov. 12, and the competition will take place Sunday, Nov. 15.   The tournament starts Friday, Nov. 13, with an open call for anglers to fill the last spot in the championship – their could be 100 for that day’s event (plus their families). The championship is the top 50 from the series, and they will fish on Saturday and Sunday.  Some of the anglers will stay at hotels in Farragut, but some in houses or RVs.
Saturday, Nov 14th Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, originally planned for the weekend of March 28-29 before postponement due to COVID-19, has been re-scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15. Kids Run is scheduled for Saturday evening, and the marathon, half marathon, relay events and 5k will take place Sunday morning. The weekend also is set to include the Health & Fitness Expo and a post-race celebration for all runners, volunteers and spectators.


Saturday, May 15th Southern Skies Music Festival Due to COVID-19, Dogwood Arts has moved inaugural Southern Skies Music Festival to May 15, 2021.

‘Becoming His Bride’ Wiley’s tragedy therapy

Karen Wiley endured a tragedy no one should have to face alone — and she didn’t. When her husband, David, suddenly committed suicide in 1994, she said the Lord was with her every step of the way, laying a foundation for a deeper connection to Him and enabling her to share her story with others. David also left behind children Andrea and Josh. Wiley has written a book about her experience, “Becoming His Bride,” which was published earlier this summer. Already word-of-mouth has seen it sell out at Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore (it has since been restocked), and she and her husband, Michael Young, are on their second set of print editions they are selling themselves. Both Karen and David were runners, and Karen had gone for her morning run around 4:30 a.m. in the early days of the new school year, both being Knox County Schools teachers. As she returned home, “I heard, what I thought was a tree limb falling,” she said.

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Drive-through Freaky Friday is set for Oct. 30

With the continued risk of COVID-19, Farragut’s annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite will look a lot different this year, but Town staff has been working hard to ensure the event — a long-time celebrated holiday staple — will still take place. Instead of in-person trick or treating at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, Freaky Friday Fright Nite will become a “drive-through” event from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, along Jamestown Boulevard in front of Farragut Community Center.

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