Beckner Town featured artist

Farragut Arts Council presents handmade sewing creations from Artist of the Month for August and September, Jackie Beckner, in an exhibit in Farragut Folklife Museum located in Farragut Town Hall. Visitors of Farragut Folklife Museum have an opportunity to see handmade sewing creations of Knoxville native Jackie Beckner in a current exhibit taking place now through September.

The town of Farragut Arts Council presents Jackie Beckner as August-September Artist of the Month. Each month, the work of an artist or group of artists is featured in specially designed cases on the second floor of the rotunda in Farragut Town Hall, Chelsey Riemann, Farragut public relations coordinator, said.

“We feature artists of all kinds, and she makes beautiful handmade purses and clothes for kids, so her sewing is an art in itself,” Riemann added.

“I love sewing,” Beckner said. “It keeps my sanity.”

“What I like the most, more than anything, is making children’s clothes,” she added. “I like to make pocket books and things like that, too.”
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Bailey, Campbell to perform in ‘Seussical’

Emma Campbell and Jacob Bailey from Seussical: The Musical presented by Knoxville Children's Theater. Jacob Bailey is attempting to take his singing talent to a new level, performing in a high-profile setting for the first time ever, while playing a “bad guy.”

This 15-year-old freshman at Knoxville Christian School plays one of the Wickersham Brothers in “Seussical: The Musical,” Presented by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. The curtain rises at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturdays, and at 3 p.m., Sundays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 5.

“I’ve always sang before but I’ve never been in a play or a musical,” said Bailey, who is joined in the musical by another Farragut-area talent, Emma Campbell. This 17-year-old said she is looking toward a theater-related career.

Bailey’s big break came because his younger sisters “were trying out for it and my mom was talking about it, and I just asked if I could also try out. So she called the director [Deanna Surber] and asked if I could try out, if there were any spots left for me to try out for,” he said. “I tried out mainly just to get a part and they ended up giving me that role.”
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Victory Birds’ $5,000-plus to fight brain cancer

Victory Birds participants Jennifer Reddy, left, and daughter, Jocelyn Reddy. The vision of a Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church member with Christian empathy toward the horrors of brain cancer, inaugural Friends of Brooke Wheeler’s Victory Birds 5K/Pet-and-Kid Walk/ Gathering fundraiser drew between 125 and 150 participants Saturday, Aug. 23.

“I would have loved to see more, but considering that we did that in three weeks time, we thought it was phenomenal,” said Becky Johnson, UCPC member whose daughter, Brooke Wheeler of Austin, Texas, is successfully battling brain cancer. “This is going to be annual and we’re going to grow it next year.”

Victory Birds’ effort “raised over $5,000” to fight brain cancer, Johnson added about the event, which was held near UCPC. “We’re absolutely happy. In the back of my mind I knew that if we made $5,000 it was successful. I was not expecting that.”
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Manorhouse expands

Increased demand for safe and secure living arrangements for seniors that are managing memory impairment has led to the expansion of the Alzheimer’s and dementia care program in the Pavilion at Manorhouse Assisted Living.

“By adding 10 apartments, a second dining and activity space, updating the finishes in the living areas, and renovating the existing indoor and outdoor common areas of the Pavilion, we have expanded and further enhanced what we can offer to our current and new residents,” Tim Robinson, Manorhouse executive director, said.
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The book that changed flylady’s life

I ran into a Flybaby at the airport in Boston. (What’s a Flybaby? It’s a person who follows the nationally known woman who helps women get organized via the Internet. She wears purple as do many of her followers. I happen to be her mentor.) How could I miss this follower in the airport? She had a purple Flylady office in a bag, (sort of a “mobile desk), was wearing purple and was working on deskwork. I went over to her and said,

“I recognize your office in a bag, have you read Sink Reflections (Flylady’s book)?”

Fifteen minutes later she ran out of breath from espousing her joy and gratitude for Flylady! Then she asked me if I was a Flybaby and I said,

“Well, not exactly, but I’m the reason you’re one.” She looked a little confused so I told her this story.
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Working Joe:

Moore credits bloodlines for his coaching enthusiasm

David Moore, FHS softball head coach, after his 300th win in the early 2000s. David Moore traces his desire to become a coach back to his bloodlines.

“A lot of that comes from my dad [David]. My dad coached me in youth sports growing up. I know that’s something that he probably had a desire to do [coach professionally], but didn’t get that opportunity,” said Moore, serving his 31st school year as a coach in four sports at Farragut High School while a driver’s education/physical education teacher.

As head coach of FHS Lady Admirals volleyball teams for 23 seasons beginning in the 1987-88 school year, Moore’s girls were a dominant force in district and Knoxville metro area competition, especially in the first decade of the 2000s. Moore led his girls to numerous district and region championships while earning a handful of Class AAA state tournament appearances.
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More Fun with Farragut Fleet

Nikolai Korniyenko at 13th Annual Fun with Farragut Fleet Scores of families with children flocked to the 13th Annual Fun with Farragut Fleet event Saturday, Aug. 16, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. The event, hosted by the town of Farragut, gave area children a chance to see up close the vehicles used by the Town’s Public Works and Parks and Leisure departments, along with various emergency agency vehicles. Children also received snacks and made crafts compliments of Knoxville Moms Blog.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.