En‘Gage’ing cancer, as a child, smiling

Gage and his grandfather, Joe Kirby, left Monday, Nov. 12, for Memphis, where Gage began proton therapy at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for a rare form of brain cancer for which he already has undergone two surgeries.
As quarterback for his Farragut Youth Football 10-U team, 11-year-old Gage Kirby leads and guides his fellow players, encouraging them in every way.

Now, Gage, a fifth-grader at Hardin Valley Elementary School, finds himself on the receiving end of that role, as he battles a rare form of brain cancer.

An active boy, and football player since age 4, Gage had few health issues, except for a history of migraines and allergies, when he started suffering severe headaches about three months ago.

Gage’s grandfather, Joe Kirby, who along with his wife, Jackie, has raised Gage and his sister, Riley, since early childhood, at first believed it was just a continuation of the family’s history of migraines.

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Sugarwood sounds off about Virtue

A handful of Sugarwood residents met with several Town of Farragut officials Wednesday, Nov. 7, to discuss planned changes to Virtue Road that will impact their properties.

Town Engineer Darryl Smith, assistant Town Engineer Matt Brazille, Farragut Mayor Ron Williams and Aldermen Ron Pinchok and Drew Burnette met with homeowners Jim Anderson, Jeff Meredith, Kami Darakshani, Rip Creekmore and Ricky Bullock at the corner of Virtue Road and Broadwood Drive to discuss Virtue Road improvements, which have been approved by Farragut Municipal Planning Commission.

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Town ‘Lady Lions Day’ celebrated Nov. 14

In recognition of Concord Christian School’s Division II-A state runner-up finish in high school volleyball, Town of Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman declared Wednesday Nov. 14, as “Lady Lions Volleyball Day” in the Town of Farragut.

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Light the Park set for Nov. 26

Eighth Annual Light the Park presented by TDS is from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, at Founder’s Park at Campbell Station.

Santa will throw the switch around 6:30 p.m. to light up more than 50 trees, garland pole wraps and other lighted decorations. Event will be held rain or shine.

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National engineering award earned by Town

Darryl Smith, Town engineer, displays an engineering award the Town received from American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee for the design of Phase II of its Kingston Pike sidewalk project. The award was presented following a Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Nov. 8.

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$500,000 in vandalism means security cameras for McFee Park

Attempting to take a bite out of crime with a full-time candid view, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen and its staff approved a grant program to help pay for the installation of security cameras on the lower fields of McFee Park.

The Board authorized the Town staff to participate in a Public Entity Partners property matching grant program during its meeting Thursday, Nov. 8, to help pay for the cameras.

Janet Wedekind, Farragut Resources manager, explained Public Entity Partners, formerly known as “the pool,” is the new name for the Town’s insurance agency.

She reminded the board that earlier this year about $500,000 in damage to McFee Park soccer field was the result of vandalism.

In that case, the perpetrator was not found.

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Police Report

• At 9:11 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office unit responded to Kohl’s, 11530 Kingston Pike, to investigate a shoplifting. The witness, a loss prevention employee, reported observing a black female concealing $78 worth of clothing (Adidas athletic wear) in a large purse and leaving the store without attempting to pay. Witness attempted to stop her but failed. Suspect got into a white Dodge Caravan bearing Tennessee tag 7A8 6T4 and left the area.

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