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Losing her 3-year-old son to drowning, Hughes finds way to keep parents on guard

The Hughes family, from left, daughter, Reese; mother, Nicole; daughter, Lily; father, Jonathan; and son, Levi, is pictured during their annual beach trip in 2017. This year’s trip, held in June, turned tragic with Levi’s drowning, but his mother is determined to save other children’s lives with the Water Guardian lanyard she designed and is tirelessly promoting.
Children’s drowning deaths rarely occur while swimming, as Nicole Salvaggio Hughes heartbreakingly discovered just over a month ago.

Her 3-year-old son, Levi, tragically drowned during a family vacation June 11, and while she can’t change what happened, she has made a determined effort to ensure Levi lives on in a way that might save other families from the same fate.

Hughes, her anesthesiologist husband, Jonathan Hughes; daughters, Reese and Lily; and Levi, were on the Alabama Gulf Coast with five other couples for a summer vacation the second week of June, just as they had done for the last five summers.

“It was six doctors and their wives,” explained Nicole’s twin sister, Farragut resident Melissa Glover. “It was the same families and all the same kids.”

Hughes, who is a University of Tennessee graduate and currently resides in Blountville, said there were 12 adults and 17 children at the rented duplex, which had a backyard pool.

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With 400+ volunteer hours, HVA’s Fleenor on ORSSAB student representative

Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board welcomes Olivia Fleenor as a new student representative. She will serve on the board for a one-year term.

This board is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, which is responsible for the cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation.

Each year the board seats non-voting student representatives from area high schools to participate and share the viewpoints of local students on environmental issues.

Fleenor is a rising senior at Hardin Valley Academy. She is an Honors and Advanced Placement student who enjoys chemistry and biology. She hopes to attend John Hopkins University and plans to pursue a professional career in medical research after college.

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Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance hosts Red, White & Blues Jam II

Lori Timmis, Farragut resident and farragutpress receptionist, and Steve Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance, which hosted the event.
The patriotic spirit continued in the days following Independence Day, as Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance hosted “Red, White and Blues Jam II” presented by SouthEast Bank in West End Center Saturday, July 7.

A collection of regional blues bands played standards and original works throughout the day at the free event, which also brought food vendors and beer and wine sellers to serve the crowds.

Local churches also supplied fun outdoor games including open-air bowling. Bubbles were free-flowing.

Steve Krempasky, Shop Farragut/FBA executive director, said the event “was triple the crowd that we had last year,” while labeling the addition of various new vendors a “really a big hit.”

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