Knoxville-Northshore chapter of Moms Offering Moms Support club international is hosting its 7th annual West Knox Preschool & Activities Fair from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 25, in the gym of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 625 St. John Court in Farragut.
There, parents will be able to find out more about more than 30 area preschool and activity programs, including education, soccer, dance, martial arts, language study and gymnastics.
While parents are learning, their children will have the chance to play, enjoying crafts from the Episcopal School of Knoxville and interactive opportunities from The Muse, Cool Sports Home of the Icearium, Kindermusik and Knox Dance Worx.
Remembered for his Christian love and service locally, Pete Billingsley, FHS Sports Hall of Famer, memorialized
Hundreds were on hand in Foothills Church Theater in Maryville early Saturday afternoon, Jan. 11, to memorialize the late Arthur Pete Billingsley, Farragut HIgh School Class of 1972 and former Admirals star basketball player who was induced into the FHS Sports Hall of Fame. Remembered most fondly for his influence as a coach, teacher and Christian leader while at Maryville High School, as expressed during a roughly 90-minute service, several former FHS classmates. teammates and coaches were on hand. Three of his teammates join then head coach Lynn Sexton, center, and then assistant coach Jerry Cannon, second from left, in a show of solidarity. From left are ex-Admirals Mark Priode (Class of 1972); Glenn Harness (Class of 1974) and Willie “Bones” Almond (Class of 1972).
A pioneer by circumstance, yet a sacrificial lamb by choice: that sums up, perhaps, the two most important impacts of Arthur Pete Billingsley’s life.
Not even a teenager, Pete was breaking the athletic color barrier at what was then called Farragut Elementary School (kindergarten through eighth-grade) in the mid-1960s.
It’s no wonder why Roy Stone, one of hundreds to attend a Memorial Service in honor of this 1972 graduate of Farragut High School, had a point to make about a man praised more for his selfless walk with Jesus Christ, as a devout Christian, than for his abundant basketball skills that earned him All-state honors and a scholarship to Carson-Newman University.
Referencing now-retired Farragut Elementary/Middle School basketball coach and teacher Bobby Henry, “All he talked about was Pete Billingsley, what a wonderful man he was,” he said about Henry’s respect for Pete while Stone (FHS Class of 1981) was a student/athlete of Henry’s at FMS.