Special Olympics athletes descend on HVA

Farragut High School students attending Special Olympic games included, from left, peer tutor Alice Dupree, competitor Chris Peters, peer tutor Grace Mead and competitor Asher Brassfield.
Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville united more than 650 special needs athletes at Hardin Valley Academy’s football field April 11 and 12.

Both days were warm and sunny when area elementary, middle and high school students competed in track and field events, which included relays, 100-meter dashes, long-distance softball toss and the long jump.

The younger students filled the field early in the day April 11, then cleared the way for adult competitors in the afternoon.

High schoolers were the stars April 12, including Olympic representatives from both Farragut High School and HVA.

FHS had more than a dozen athletes and peer tutors at the event, and between 10 and 15 Farragut students were on the field most of the day.

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Einstein Bros. Bagels’ ‘Empty Bowls for the Hungry’

Alice Dupree, left, and Rose Trivedi, NAHS members, co-chaired this year’s “Empty Bowls for the Hungry.”
Area diners filled their bowls to remember the many who cannot during a recent fundraiser hosted by Farragut High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. “Empty Bowls for the Hungry” was held in Einstein Bros. Bagels’ Campbell Station Road location April 10.

Dozens of supporters paid $15 per ticket to support FISH Food Pantry in Knoxville. In return, they received a decorative handmade bowl, a choice of soups and bread — and the knowledge their efforts were helping feed people in need here in Knox County.

One hundred percent of proceeds went directly to eradicating local hunger.

Wendie Love, FHS art teacher and NAHS sponsor, began “Empty Bowls for the Hungry” locally in 2001, and she continues to oversee the event.

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Sixty-Seventh Annual Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville Home Show

Customer Denise Bilbrey, left, with Tim and Melissa Smith, associate brokers with Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors.
Sixty-Seventh Annual Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville Home Show, Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22, featured 125 vendors — most of which are HBAGK members — and more than 200 booths in Knoxville Convention Center. “It was totally sold out. There was not one empty booth this year,” said Ashley Burnette, HBAGK executive vice president. “The real key to this show is, if you are actively getting ready to build, or if your are ready to start adding an addition on your home, or renovating, this is an ideal show to attend,” he added. “It’s because all of the (Knoxville metro) builders are here, all of the renovation companies are here, all of the key suppliers are here.”

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Nance’s ‘8 Miles From Home’ based on local tragedy

Dana Williams Nance
With a degree in advertising from the University of Tennessee, Farragut resident Dana Williams Nance said she has enjoyed writing going back to high school when “I was on the newspaper staff.”

She took that interest to a new level by recently writing and publishing her first book, “8 Miles From Home,” a 163-page “fictionalized account” of a real tragedy, she said.

Last year Nance got wind of an apparent abduction-turned-murder of a 13-year-old Concord girl (name withheld due to surviving family members) along Evans Road Nov. 29, 1969 — which reportedly happened eight miles from the girl’s home along Virtue Road. The case remains unsolved.

A Farragut resident for 20 years who has lived along McFee Road for 12 years, Nance said she “really wanted to try and write a book” dating back a few years, she said.

“I had been prowling around the Internet one night. … I caught wind of it, and I thought, ‘That’s just in my back door.’ I had never heard of it,” she added.

“… And being married to a police sergeant (Paul Nance, Oak Ridge Police Department), I learned more and more about law enforcement and crime. I found just a snippet online about a cold case out here on Virtue Road.”

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‘Buried Sins’ 1st book from Gaines

Knox County resident Mary Gaines has published her first book, “Buried Sins,” and is working on her second.
Knox County resident Mary Elizabeth Gaines’ first book, “Buried Sins,” was published earlier this year. “Buried Sins,” self-published by IngramSpark in mid-February, is available in e-Book and hardbound forms.

“All the Amazon reviews I have received so far have been five star, and I am just amazed,” said Gaines, a resident of Andover Court subdivision just off Westland Drive, who already is in the middle of working on her second book.

“I have gotten lots of feedback so far,” she added.

Gaines has a website,, and a Facebook group page with about 450 members.

“The feedback (on the Facebook group page) has been phenomenal,” she said. “I have been so blessed.

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