Bowdle practice reaches silver

Twenty-five years after ‘Blizzard of ’93,’ 100-plus patients celebrate with staff

Dr. Keven Bowdle is surrounded by his dental practice staff in front of their clinic home for the past 25 years, 11232 B West Point Drive in Farragut, during a silver anniversary celebration Thursday, April 19. From left are Lisa Myers, Linda Rose, Robin Maples, Lisa McGuire, Jeannie Wilson and Faye McKelvey.
The famed mid-March “Blizzard of 1993” delayed the opening of Dr. Keven Bowdle’s dentistry practice in Farragut

“That was supposed to be my first week of practice, but I had to cancel the first two days of patients because of the snow,” said Bowdle, a native of Cleveland (Bradley County), about his first and only practice after graduating dental school at the University of Tennessee Memphis in 1989.

A memorable storm in human form, more than 100 patients, came by to celebrate the practice’s 25th anniversary in the office parking lot, 11232 B West Point Drive, Thursday evening, April 19.

“In 1993 we had our first baby (son, Garrett), our first house, our first practice and our first dog,” Bowdle said about he and wife, Karen Bowdle. Younger son, Jackson Bowdle, was among those on hand for the celebration.

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Smoak details impact of wine store closings

While grocery store wine sales continue to negatively impact Town of Farragut wine and spirits retailers, an industry giant locating just outside of Town limits will look to further change alcohol spending habits.

However, despite the recent closing of a second wine and spirits store in Farragut — Cork’s Wine & Spirits, 11688 Parkside Drive — Town of Farragut isn’t hurting from a tax base perspective, it’s top non-elected government official said.

“I think what we’ve seen is a redistribution of some of those taxes we get … obviously the grocery stores are doing phenomenal because they’re able to sell wine now,” David Smoak, Town administrator, reported to Shop Farragut board during its monthly meeting Friday morning, April 20, in Town Hall.

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Leuciuc up for national honor

Based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology, .Jacob Leuciuc, a sophomore honor student at Farragut High School, has been nominated for The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts, held June 29 through July 1.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The purpose of this event is “to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal,” a National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists press release stated.

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Q & A from Marsh’s financial e-mailbag

Question: Can I contribute to a Health Savings Account if my wife is on Medicare but I’m still working?

Answer: You must be enrolled in a high-deductible health plan as a requirement to fund an HSA. Then, yes, you can contribute up to $3,450 as an individual, plus an extra $1,000 assuming you are over age 55. The tax benefits of an HSA are triple: the contribution is tax deductible, the growth is tax-deferred and the withdrawals are tax-free for qualified medical expenses. Pretty hard to beat!

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