‘Becoming His Bride’ Wiley’s tragedy therapy

Karen Wiley endured a tragedy no one should have to face alone — and she didn’t.

When her husband, David, suddenly committed suicide in 1994, she said the Lord was with her every step of the way, laying a foundation for a deeper connection to Him and enabling her to share her story with others. David also left behind children Andrea and Josh.

Wiley has written a book about her experience, “Becoming His Bride,” which was published earlier this summer. Already word-of-mouth has seen it sell out at Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore (it has since been restocked), and she and her husband, Michael Young, are on their second set of print editions they are selling themselves.

Both Karen and David were runners, and Karen had gone for her morning run around 4:30 a.m. in the early days of the new school year, both being Knox County Schools teachers. As she returned home, “I heard, what I thought was a tree limb falling,” she said.

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7-time world champ for Ron

In Ted’s Image TN Walking horse adds 2 world crowns in Shelbyville

Rotary Club of Farragut member Ron Lawrence saw his Tennessee Walking show horse, In Ted’s Image, go from a colt raised on his Loudon County farm to make history as a seven-time World Champion and first-time World Grand Champion at 82nd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville Friday, Sept. 4.

“Excitement and humbleness” were Lawrence’s first thoughts when his horse was announced the winner.

“Never did I believe we could achieve this level,” he stated in a Sunday, Sept. 6, e-mail. “In this breed, he has made history.

“I don’t think there’s been a horse that has won three blue (ribbons) and a World Grand Champion,” Lawrence told fellow Rotarians during a virtual Sept. 9 RCF meeting.

“I feel good about this horse,” he added. “He’s a very exceptional horse.”

In Ted’s Image earned four trays and cups, three ribbons and one floral horseshoe that is only given to a World Grand Champion. All of his winnings were from the fine harness division, said Lawrence, who grew up in Farragut and graduated from Farragut High School.

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Pair of Josie Music Awards for Passmore, Sedgefield songwriter

Sedgefield subdivision resident David Passmore recently earned international Josie Music Awards for his lyrics to two songs.

He accepted those awards — Outlaw Song of the Year for “Muddy Water,” which he collaborated with Nashville singer/songwriter Dee Rock and songwriter Connie Cassell Tuck, and Holiday Song of the Year for “Christmas Changes Everything,” which was sung by Jennifer Bone, while Passmore collaborated with Bone and Tuck — during the 6th Annual Josie Music Awards ceremonies in Country Tonite Theater in the Dollywood Theme Park, Pigeon Forge, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4-6.

“I cried,” Passmore recalled. “As I walked down to the stage, I cried. It almost leaves you speechless.”

On his Facebook page, he stated he was “honored and blessed” to receive the awards.

“I am still on cloud nine.”

Passmore said he hopes to make an impact with his songs, such as “Christmas Changes Everything,” and “Muddy Water.”

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Food Trucks in the Park

About 50 business professionals under 40 gathered for Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce’s West Under 40 outdoors event, Food Trucks in the Park — A Young Professionals Event, which took place at Badget Field/Tri-Star Park, a private park off of Ball Camp Pike, Thursday, Aug. 27.

The event offered live music by Slade & Pete and food by Knox Dough and CJ’s Tacos.

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