‘Chalk it up’ to Town children making art on McFee pavement

Ahh, to be a kid again! No worries other than the next color of chalk to grab, coloring the kaleidoscope of a child’s imagination on the parking lot without a care in the whole wide world of the bigger picture.

For Farragut’s first Chalk the Park event, it was an absolutely gorgeous, cloudless, day the morning of Saturday, June 8, when these little artists out at McFee Park were drawing away to their hearts’ content — with the biggest worry being maybe just how big should a rainbow be, how colorful a butterfly’s wings or how big a chalk-filled heart should be drawn — using anything at all that crossed their creative minds with which to decorate the blacktop.

“This is the first time that we’ve done this event,” said Rachel Malone, recreation and event manager of Farragut Parks. “We kind of wanted to do a summer kickoff thing, just a free, fun, family-friendly event. And everybody loves chalk.”

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Choi learns to value Kinsons, new friends, area life

Taking care of one of your own children is a task unto itself, but taking on an absolute stranger’s child from anywhere in the world is another thing entirely.

Many families, though, find it an invaluable experience and go head first into it, welcoming in a stranger they will come to know, and know they’ll have to say goodbye to, usually, much too soon.

The Kinsons are one such family. Tory, a member of the Rotary Club of Farragut, and his wife, Monica, opened their door and hearts to Junoo Choi about a year ago, saying goodbye to the South Korean exchange student Wednesday, June 5, before heading off the next day to Korea themselves to bring home their daughter, who also participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange.

Monica said over a Chick-fil-A lunch, Choi’s absolute American favorite, “He is like a child to me. ... I’m responsible for him, and I treat him like any other of my kids,” meaning there weren’t any exceptions in terms of chores, family rules, etc.

“I have been dreading this,” Tory told the crowd, seemingly missing him already.

“Today is the last day we’re going to have our son, Junoo, with us,” he continued, echoing his wife’s sentiment. “And I use that word ‘son’ in every sense of the word.”

Choi, 19 in his homeland, hosted by the Kinsons as part of the program, stood before the club last Wednesday to recount his “exchange journey,” as he called it, here in East Tennessee.

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60th reunion, Farragut High School Class of 1964

Farragut High School Class of 1964 graduates walked down memory lane remembering the early 1960s, friends and the campus way of life from days gone by during their 60th reunion in Virtue Church Family Life Center, 725 Virtue Road, Saturday afternoon, June 8.

Of the 34 who attended, 27 were graduates, with the rest spouses and guests.

In 1964, the United States and Russia were making strides toward space travel, Tokyo hosted the 18th Summer Olympics and the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.

But for seniors at FHS that year, it was about sporting events.

“All the guys played basketball and football, and us girls played basketball and cheered,” classmate June Graham Scarbrough recalled.

Fellow classmate Gary Scarbrough praised organizer Wayne Smathers, who had taken care of the reunions since the class’ 50th in 2014.

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‘Red’ benign tumors; flea treatment should be 365

Q: I took my dog, “Goldie,” to the vet (recently). She has this tumor on her neck. It’s red and pretty ugly. The vet called it a histiocytoma and told me everything would be OK, but she keeps scratching it. I’m still worried. What should I do? T.K., Farragut

A: Please be assured that histiocytomas are benign tumors. This type of tumor can arise acutely and is typically hairless, red and occasionally bleeds and/or itches. The tumor should be differentiated from other potentially serious tumors. The typical method of diagnosis is fine-needle aspirate — placing a needle into the tumor and examining the cells.

In addition to histiocytomas being benign, most of them regress on their own (simply go away) within a few months without needing surgery. And yes, I agree, these tumors can look angry and scary, but over 99 percent will be gone in a short while.

Histiocytomas are common in younger dogs, but can occur at any age. The tumor is common in boxers and dachshunds, but can affect any breed or mixed breed.

If Goldie’s tumor doesn’t regress, surgery is always an option. If she is particularly itchy, speak to your vet regarding medical options to keep her comfortable. Best of luck to Goldie.

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Flag day salute, Arbor touch

To honor Flag Day, which is Friday, June 14, and to salvage use of an historic cedar tree — one of the oldest in Knox County and a fixture at Tate’s School in Cedar Bluff that was damaged when a category 2 tornado roared through the campus on Aug. 7, 2023 — “Joe Tate, one of the founders of Tate’s School and self-taught artist himself, reached out to wood sculptor Jeff Banning of Louisville (Blount County),” a school press release stated, as Banning poses with his on-campus creation (above).

“I am really pleased with this sculpture because it reflects the patriotic values inherent in the culture of Tate’s School ...,” said Joe Tate, New Development director for Tate’s School.

It took Banning about three days to complete this project.

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