‘Bloom Bash’ to help area ‘Mamas’ March 24

An upcoming fundraiser for Helping Mamas Knoxville chapter will feature special cocktails, a fashion show and a silent auction when the 3rd Annual “Bloom Bash” is held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 24, at The Reserve at Bluebird Hill, 1411 Midway Road in Lenoir City.

Tickets are $70 per person.

The event is planned as a “a fun evening out with … girlfriends,” according to press release information provided by the organization.

“We will have a special cocktail provided by Sugarlands Distilling Company, hors d’oeuvres from Farm to Feast, dessert from Grizzly Bear Baking Company, silent auction items, Flourish Flower Truck, live painting, spinning photo booth and a fashion show featuring our local boutiques Gather Knox, Retro Local, Joy in The Dawn, elle Boutique, Bliss and Tallulah’s,” the release further stated.

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Farragut dancers bring ‘Fairy Tales’ to life

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association will present “Fairy Tale to Fairy Tale” in Oak Ridge Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2.

The ballet is comprised of scenes from four popular fairy tales: The Little Mermaid, Snow White, The Frog Prince and Beauty and the Beast, and in its cast are several members of the Farragut community in lead roles. Those include Farragut High School student Lily McDonnell as Ariel and Farragut Middle School student Henry Williams as Prince Eric and The Frog Prince.

Additionally, FHS students Lily Egner and Autumn Mullins will share the roles of Ursula and Snow White, while FHS student Addison Doss and Farragut resident Adalyn Garland will share the role of The Frog Princess.

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Doctor’s own drug addiction shared as RCF featured speaker

Rotary Club of Farragut addressed the opioid crisis in Tennessee and closer to home by inviting a Farragut doctor as its featured speaker who personally experienced drug addiction.

“You’ve got doctors and friends right here in Farragut who are addicts, and you don’t even know it,” said Dr. Stephen Loyd, a Farragut internal medicine physician, during his address to RCF at the club’s weekly noon meeting Wednesday, March 1, in Fox Den Country Club. “The percentage of doctors who are addicted is higher than the general population.”

Loyd “has walked the walk and he talks the talk as an addict, as a physician,” said RCF member Dr. Charlie Barnett, a colleague of Loyd’s. “He is probably Tennessee’s No. 1 physician when it comes to addiction, opiate use and chronic pain, guiding the judiciary in how to work with addicts. 

“He’s also one of our nation’s leading doctors, too, when it comes to the huge opioid settlement. I don’t think anyone in this region, state or nation knows more about addiction,” Barnett added.

“Everyone in here has had friends, family affected by addiction. And if you try to deal with addiction, you know you can’t help them. You cannot help them until you understand their brain.”

Loyd was in his early 30s in the final year of his residency program at East Tennessee State University when he became addicted. He recalled it started when he took one half of a hydrocodone pill following a dentist appointment.

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