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Matt Stillwell brings ‘House Party Tour’ concert to CCS

Country music artist Matt Stillwell is bringing his “Hometown House Party Tour” to Concord Christian School from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 7.

The event will celebrate CCS’s Elementary School Field Day, as well as concluding a “successful school year,” said Lorna Keeton, CCS’s director of marketing and development, who has come to know Stillwell and his family through joint membership at First Baptist Concord.

A native of Sylva, North Carolina, Stillwell has been touring nationally for more than a decade, building a strong fan base, with the unwavering support of his wife, Lindsey Stillwell, who works at CCS Preschool, and their daughters, Carolina and Ruby, who attend CCS.

Originally, Stillwell thought baseball would be his future, having been a baseball star at Western Carolina University, then a top 25 program. “Baseball was my world, but fate and a shoulder injury ultimately sidelined my baseball plans,” he said.

That’s when music began to take center stage.

After graduating from Western Carolina, Stillwell moved to Knoxville and began working for life-long friends Benjie and Heath Shuler, both of UT Vols Football fame, at Heath Shuler Real Estate.

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Richey Scholars Part 1:

Johnsen, an HVA senior, is 1st focus among 3 locals

Three Knox County Schools students with local ties recently were chosen as recipients of the Evan Richey Memorial Scholarship.

Tina Richey, mother of the scholarship’s namesake, the late Evan Richey, a Hardin Valley Academy graduate, said four $2,000 scholarships were awarded, three of which went to Linnea Johnsen of HVA, and Mason Motley and Christine Sprague of Farragut High School.

Johnsen will be the focus this week’s issue, with Motley and Sprague featured in upcoming issues.

Tina and Mark Richey established the scholarship in memory of their son, who lost his life to osteosarcoma on the day he received his high school diploma in 2019.

Adding two scholarship this year, “The scholarship winners were chosen based on several criteria,” Tina Richey said.

“We look at classes they have taken, such as Advanced Placement and Honors classes, and we also put weight in their volunteer hours,” she added. “Their essay on how cancer affected them is a major part of the selection criteria.”

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Farragut High School Grand Reunion

Farragut High School alums who graduated from the “old” high school, near the corner of Concord Road and Kingston Pike — which ended with the Class of ’76 — met for the first time in two years Saturday, May 1, in Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church for their annual “Grand Reunion.”

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