Local artist, student set to release first album

Knoxville Catholic High School senior Briston Maroney spent part of his summer vacation teaching guitar lessons to residents of Benin, Africa. Maroney, who appeared on American Idol earlier this year, will soon release a compact disc of original material. Briston Maroney isn’t happy if he’s not making music and soon, his music will be out for everybody to enjoy.

Maroney, a 17-year old student at Knoxville Catholic High School, will release a compact disc of original material. The release date wasn’t known at press time but Maroney said that he hoped the album would be available in late-August.

“We’re going to have a release party at the Open Chord [a concert venue on Kingston Pike in Bearden], when it comes out,” Maroney said of the untitled album. “We’ve had about 10 ideas for a title but we haven’t settled on one yet.”

Maroney appeared on Fox’s American Idol earlier in 2015 and said that was his first experience in the real music business.
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Pet Fair

Paula Patton, left, with Pam Stanner and dog, Spirit at Sixth Annual Village Veterinary Medical Center Pet Fair Sixth Annual Village Veterinary Medical Center Pet Fair at VVMC’s 11301 Kingston Pike location Saturday, May 2, featured lots of variety.

Hundreds of children and adults — many with their pets — plus pet adoption advocacy groups and dogs up for adoption were featured, along with Knox County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, parrots from Parrot Mountain and Garden of Eden in Pigeon Forge, pet businesses and VVMC veterinarians.

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

FCC Mobile Book Club prepares for school

FCC Mobile Book Club volunteer Kathy Henry sat down with Grace and the children of Farragut Community Park to read “The Teacher From The Black Lagoon”. Children living at Farragut Park started school prepared with backpacks filled with school supplies donated by the Farragut Christian Church Mobile Book Club on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

FCC Mobile Book Club normally visits and reads to the younger residents at Farragut Park — a mobile home community just off North Campbell Station Road owned by Yes Communities, which is a national operator of residential properties established in 2007 that provides customers with affordable places to live.

“We picked Farragut Park because we have some families that participate in our food pantry and we really wanted to reach out to them as well,” FCC children's minister Randi Nussbaum said. “We were challenged by our senior minister Jason Warden to do something called ‘My Five’ and that was to kind of to reach out to your community in a tangible way and we felt like school supplies were so expensive anymore that for the kids that participated in Red Books, then we wanted to reward them with something and we felt like this would be a great thing for them to have.”

Grace, who is about to start fourth grade at Farragut Intermediate School, is one of about 30 Farragut Park children now with well-supplied backpacks heading into the school year.
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Let’s Take a Pity Trip

An off-the-wall de-junking project

When you see a photo of a well-ordered clothes closet, are you inspired to have an organized closet?

What you wear takes up a lot of your energy and when your closet is constipated with stuff you don’t wear (for whatever reason), it becomes a gigantic IPOD (Important Pile of Decisions). Your closet is just like your garage if your car is parked in the drive-way.

What might surprise you is the pile of decisions isn’t a bunch of various decisions like when you have to file papers into a filing cabinet, because 90% of the stuff you’re not making decisions about just needs to go! Good-bye, ciao, ta ta, Cheerio, fairwell!

I’ve been helping people get the spark and motivation to declutter for almost 40 years and have come up with some very creative and fun ways to give you that spark. This one I’ll call Operation Pity Trip.
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Flood earns Eagle Scout rank

Matthew Evan Flood, formerly of Farragut, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor on July 26. Matthew became the 75th Eagle Scout in Troop 75 in Hender-sonville. Matthew is the son of Pat and Karen Flood.

Matthew began his scouting career in Farragut in 2005 as a Cub Scout with Pack 125 led by Pete Armendarez and advanced to Boy Scout Troop 125, chartered to St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Thanks to the leadership of Scoutmasters Bob Baugh and Brian Forward and the many dedicated parents of Troop 125, Matthew experienced numerous hiking and camping trips and advanced in rank to Life Scout just before his family relocated to Hendersonville in August 2013.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout Matthew earned 34 merit badges and demonstrated leadership by organizing and building an Eagle Scout project. Matthew’s Eagle Scout project consisted of building a pavilion at Jack Anderson Elementary School, which will be used as the focal point for its new outdoor classroom.
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