Farragut Rotary keeps Governor’s Cup

A happy foursome of golfers representing The Rotary Club of Farragut show off the Governor’s Cup, a traveling trophy they earned, for a second straight year, June 6 at Willow Creek Golf Club by finishing first among a nine-team field representing all 65 clubs in Rotary International District 6780. Holding the trophy are Doug Powell, left, and Ben Harkins. Presented to the foursome by 6780 Past President Ray L. Knowis, right, during the club’s regular Wednesday meeting July 9 in Fox Den Country Club, other team members are Craig Collier, far left, and Ray Fisher. Ray Fisher did his best to deflect any credit for helping The Rotary Club of Farragut

win its second consecutive Governor’s Cup, a traveling trophy annually awarded to the top golfing team among 65 Rotary Clubs in District 6780 (most of East Tennessee and much of Middle Tennessee).

Yet Fisher and teammate Ben Harkins are two members of this 4-man RCF team that have led their club to back-to-back 6780 titles, the most recent in their backyard — Willow Creek Golf Club — June 6 among nine participating clubs.

In an 18-hole stroke play, best-ball format, the Farragut team shot 58 and won by one stroke.

Praising the play of teammates Craig Collier, Doug Powell and Ben Harkins, “We birdied the last five holes to win it,” Fisher said after RCF received its trophy, presented by 6780 Past Governor Ray L. Knowis, during a brief ceremony at the club’s regular Wednesday lunch meeting July 9 in Fox Den Country Club. “Doug and Craig deserve eighty percent of the credit. Ben and I carried the rest of it.
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Byrd tragedy reignites with lost-at-sea news

Barry and Liz Byrd of Farragut, left, join Liz’s parents, Ben and Carol Walters of Winter Park, Fla., during happier times. Real life tragedies at sea, such as the Malaysian jet that’s been missing since March 8, reignite horrible memories for Liz Byrd of Farragut.

Movies based on real life tragedies at sea, such as “Open Water” where a scuba diving couple is accidentally abandoned by their group while still in the water, are beyond what Byrd can take.

“I refuse to even go see that. … When there’s couples missing at sea, it brings back all those memories and what the families are going through,” said Byrd, whose parents, Ben and Carol Walters of Winter Park, Fla., were lost at sea while sailing in the Caribbean in February 1983 — from the Bahama Islands to the Dominican Republic — as guests on a 42-foot sailboat with Gerald and Dottie Gay.

No bodies, personal items or trace of their sailboat has ever been discovered by authorities — despite a “six-day dawn-to-dusk” search — or anyone else who has publicly come forward. A follow-up search privately funded by the Byrds also came up empty.
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NJROTC cadets Allen, Bui rise to Academy challenge

With a trophy case of Farragut High School Navy Junior ROTC awards behind them in the school’s Commons, Cmdr. Kevin Smathers, unit Senior Naval Science Instructor, encourages cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class Conner Conner Bui, left, a rising sophomore before he headed to NJROTC Leadership Academy Thursday through Sunday, June 26-29, in Greeneville. Cadet Ensign Grant Allen, a rising senior, was a cadre at the academy. Many times when success-driven teenagers face challenges, they enter them with overconfidence only to come away humbled by the difficulty and anguish.

For Conner Bui, Farragut High School rising sophomore and a cadet with FHS Navy Junior ROTC, the opposite seemed to apply.

Roughly a week before NJR-OTC Area 9 Leadership Academy camp June 26-29 in Greeneville, Bui said, “I kinda just want to get it over with.”

A little more than a week after the camp, Bui reflected on his experience. “It wasn’t really tough; it was more relaxing and fun,” he said. “I met new cadets. I basically stayed outside, trying not to draw attention to myself.

“I thought they were going to yell at us more and make us do hard [physical training],” Bui, who ran a “personal best” 6-minute-16-second mile at the camp, added.

“But PT worked out in two days. There wasn’t that much yelling at us.”

As for what he learned, Bui said, “I’ve noticed that I’ve been respecting, like, more proper authority, like upperclass[men] authority. And I’ve noticed me taking the initiative in doing stuff. And being a better person in general.”
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HVA’s Rowcliffe on OR nuclear clean-up board

One student from Hardin Valley Academy and Oak Ridge High School is selected annually to join Oak Ridge Site Selection Advisory Board. It’s mostly a learning experience for a bright, science-driven student about all the aspects of nuclear waste clean up in Oak Ridge.

However, “One of [the students] got us on Facebook, which really expanded our coverage,” Dave Hemelright, ORSSAB chair, said about one example of how students give back to the board.

Rising HVA senior Claire Rowcliffe, STEM Academy, was chosen by faculty to serve the 2014-15 term (from May 2014 through April 2015).

“We kind of ask our top level students. … She was one who volunteered to participate. She was interested in those biological, life, environmental-type sciences,” Rudy Furman, HVA STEM Academy dean, said. “… She’s a very strong student. … She’s in the top of her class. She is an Honors AP student.”

“We try to offer it to the seniors first, but if there are no seniors that are interested in that … maybe a rising junior who’d like to take it,” he added. “… We’ve had a student on the board for the last four or five years.”

The experience “gives them a greater sense of community,” Furman said. “It gives them an understanding of historical aspects of things that have gone on, and that the things we do now affect our community and our surroundings for years to come.
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Manning ‘relaxed’ about FDCC fundraising tourney

Peyton Manning, considered by most experts as one of the great NFL quarterbacks of all time and a former Tennessee Volunteers All-American, right, joins Scott Moran, left, Fox Den Country Club Head Professional, and Dr. Joe Childs, director of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The threesome, standing on the FDCC practice green, prepare for 17th Annual Peyton Manning Golf Classic — the seventh straight at FDCC — Monday morning, June 23. Proceeds were split between ETCH and Manning’s PeyBack Foundation. Scott Moran seems to have a read on Peyton Manning’s feel for Fox Den Country Club.

“Seems like every single year that I’ve gotten to meet him and know him that he’s more and more relaxed knowing that everything is run to a T,” Moran, head PGA Professional at FDCC, said about Manning’s annual presence at Peyton Manning GolfClassic, benefiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Manning’s PeyBack Foundation. “By him being here they raise so much money.”

Manning, considered by most experts one of the all-time great NFL quarterbacks and a former Tennessee Volunteers

All-American in the mid-to-late 1990s, brought his 17th annual event to FDCC for the seventh consecutive year Monday morning, June 23. Ceremonially teeing off with each golfing group at No. 6 hole, Manning said he recognized several local participants who are “friends of mine.”

“These folks have played in this tournament just about every year,” Manning added. “… I appreciate their support of this golf tournament and their support of the foundation and the Children’s hospital. …”
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I lost 50 pounds in one day! 5 decluttering questions to ask yourself

Yesterday I crammed my big suitcase (the one that always weighs more than 50 pounds when I check it at the airport) with all the fall and winter clothes I hadn’t worn in the last year. Actually many of the garments hadn’t been worn in several years. If you haven’t worn a garment in the last year, what makes you think a year from now you will?

Yes, I lost 50 pounds of clothing that was clogging my closet, and when I dropped the contents of my suitcase off at Goodwill, I felt 50 pounds lighter spiritually! Whew! I always say that clutter is the biggest destroyer of peace, and decluttering closets, cupboards and drawers brings a peace that money can’t buy!

About half the stuff I’d packed in that suitcase, was just not me anymore. Like the linen, Kasper suit, that has beautiful classic lines that don’t go out of style, but it just didn’t fit my style anymore. (I was tickled it still fit my body!) I bought it at least 20 years ago as a speech suit and I probably spoke in it 25 times. Today when I speak, I wear casual clothes.

One dress that went in the suitcase, I’d bought to wear to a big deal occasion several years back. My good friend Marla Cilley, the Flylady, had invited me to speak at an event put on by Yahoo to celebrate Flylady’s reaching 500,000 Flybabies through email. I think I got too excited about the affair, because the dress was more like something you’d wear if you were a queen at your coronation.
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Working Joes: Shrimp Dock’s dynamic duo

Shields father-son team prove their vast knowledge of seafood at The Shrimp Dock’s Farragut location

Allen Shields, left, manager of The Shrimp Dock in Farragut, 11124 Kingston Pike, is joined by his son, assistant manager Jeff Shields, to display some king salmon. A father-son team, both disgruntled with work in a grocery store while itching to prove their vast knowledge of seafood, have teamed up since April 2008 to run the show at The Shrimp Dock’s Farragut location, 11124 Kingston Pike.

Allen Shields, manager, and his son, Jeffrey Shields, assistant manager, found almost the perfect job working for owner Phil Dangel.

“When I lived down in Florida [Altamont, near Orlando], I worked for a wholesale seafood company,” Allen, 60, said about his 19 years there. “I was the fresh fish processing manager, the [hazardous analysis and critical control points of the seafood industry] coordinator.”

Jeffrey, 35, “is just as knowledgeable with the fish industry and cutting fish, so that on my days off he fits right in,” said Allen, who started out as a grocery store meat cutter and seafood manager “for about 19 years” before his wholesale seafood career.

About working with Jeffrey, “I find it very rewarding because I know that, No. 1, he’s always got my back,” Allen said. “If something happens, he can fill right in for me and take care of whatever problem.”
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New volunteers to serve Town

Town of Farragut has been looking for volunteers to add alongside veteran members of its committees and boards.

A handful of citizens have responded successfully. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen selected new members Shandy Dixon and Susan Suter, Farragut Arts Council; Holly Janney, Beautification Committee; Martha Cook, Museum Advisory Board; Tim Hill and Clark Brekke, Parks and Athletics Council; Wes Tankersley on Plumbing, Gas and Mechanical Committee; Edwin Anderson, Visual Resources Review Board; Tony Carasso, Carla Werner and Lee Wickman, School Liaison Committee, and Marie Meszaros, Stormwater Committee.

“I hope to lend a helping hand,” Suter said about serving on the Arts Council. “When you have more people, you get more accomplished. You don’t put the burden on just a few people.”

Suter said she was encouraged to volunteer for the Arts Council by Council member Sandy Dean.
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Full-time mom Kitrell is Muse director

Ellie Kitrell, The Muse executive director, answers questions about tadpoles for Emeri Seaton, 6. Kitrell is a former stay-at-home mom who now educates children, parents and teachers about the science, technology, engineering, art and math disciplines. Ellie Kitrell is a Farragut mom of three boys ages 10 and younger. Although this qualifies as a full-time job to many, she makes time for one more full-time job: serving as executive director for a non-profit children’s educational organization known as The Muse.

The Muse brings together the growing concept of science, technology, engineering, art and math into one educational play center. What began as an interim position for Kitrell serving on a board to combine The Muse and the former East Tennessee Discovery Center became a full time volunteer position and gave her a new job title. Despite not having any background in science or teaching experience, Kitrell now runs a multi-platform organization that is centered around teaching children, parents, grandparents and even school teachers how to incorporate STEAM disciplines into everyday life.
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Webb students make historic ‘dropping’ polio vaccine trip

Five Webb School of Knoxville Interact Club students joined four adults that included Frank Rothermel, past Rotary Club International District 6780 governor, for a historic visit to India last January.

“As it happened, India was declared polio-free two days before we got on the plane in January to fly over there,” Liz Gregor, Webb Multicultural coordinator, said about the group’s reasons for visiting that included participating in India’s National Immunization Days by “dropping the drops.”

This presentation about the group’s historic trip came during The Rotary Club of Farragut’s weekly Wednesday lunch meeting, June 18, in Fox Den Country Club.

“What kind of made this one special was we were taking students ages 15, 16, 17 to this amazing experience,” Gregor said. “We told the students, ‘One day you’re going to be telling your grandchildren you were in India at a historic time.’”
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