Sherrill Hills ‘Showcase of Trees’ begins Dec. 1

Sherrill Hills Retirement Resort staff are getting ready for their upcoming Showcase of Trees. Decorating one of the trees, from left, are Daniel Beebe, chef; Stefany Lewis, lead concierge; Cassie Smith and Dal Smith, management team; and Sara Hornbeck, marketing director. Sherrill Hills Retirement Resort welcomes the Farragut community to its Showcase of Trees.

The facility, 271 Moss Grove Blvd, West Knoxville, is hosting the Showcase of Trees as part of an open house Monday, Dec. 1, through Thursday, Dec. 18, Sara Hornbeck, Sherrill Hills marketing director, said.

“Nov. 29, Sherrill Hills Retirement Resort will transform into a winter wonderland with sponsor-decorated trees on display,” Hornbeck said. “Community members and visitors will be welcome to walk among the trees and bid through silent auction on trees.

“We’re asking businesses and individuals to sponsor a tree or a wreath,” she said, adding the decorated trees are donations to Sherrill Hills and will be auctioned. All money raised from the auction will go to Knox County Community Action Committee Mobile Meals–Knoxville Meals on Wheels program serving area seniors, Hornbeck said.

This is Sherrill Hills’ first Showcase of Trees event.

“We are hopeful we will continue to have it next year, and it will grow,” Hornbeck said.
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Sea Scouting Concord’s best-kept secret

Sea Scouts members, from left, Justin Douthat, Sidanni DeFranco, Nick Koob, C.J. DeFranco and Cassidy Walker take a winter sailing trip. Scouts meet year round and sail whenever the weather permits. Sea Scouting is probably the best-kept secret in East Tennessee, George Hubbell, committee chairman of Sea Scout Ship 300, said.

Sea Scout Ship 300 covers the Farragut and surrounding area. Hubbell, executive officer representing Concord Yacht Club, which sponsors Ship 300, said Sea Scouts use the term “ship” as the Boy Scouts use “troop.”

Carter Busby, 13, said he joined the Sea Scouts because he always liked sailing. Busby said what he liked most about the organization is making new friends and learning more sailing skills.

“Sailing is always a learning experience,” Hubbell said. “The weather is never exactly the same from day to day. Sea Scouts learn from one another, a key part of the program since its beginning in 1912.”

Justin Douthat, 16, the boatswain’s mate, said he learned about the organization from another Sea Scout.
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Kohl’s $5 books, plush toys to benefit Children’s Hospital

Kohl’s Department Stores is offering new Disney-themed children’s books and special-edition plush toys to benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

The Holiday 2014 Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise is available

for $5 each now through Dec. 24,

at Kohl’s stores and online at Kohl’s will donate 100 percent of the net profit from local stores to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for use in the Kohl’s Helmet Safety program.
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Working Joe: Turning hobby into a profession

From hunting as a child to corporate ‘Employee of the Month,’ Sykes loves his job in firearm sales

Martin Sykes received the opportunity of a lifetime in 2006.

He got to convert found memories, such as “being the ‘bird dog’” when dove hunting with his father and uncle as a 12-year-old, into a profession.

A firearms sales associate in the hunting department at Gander Mtn., Far-ragut location off Parkside Drive, “It was an opportunity to convert my hobby into a paying profession. … This is fun,” Sykes, 62, said about his more than eight years there. “I look forward to coming to work.”

Based on glowing feedback of Sykes’ salesmanship from one customer, which was unsolicited while pointing out detail about his stellar assistance, Sykes was named nationwide corporate “Employee of the Week” earlier this year.
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Will your Thanksgiving day feast be organized? Or not?

The following is an account of a SHE Thanksgiving Day (from experience) and a BO (Born Organized) one. I hope it makes you smile and plan ahead.

Thanksgiving Holiday Feast Plans: Organized/Disorganized
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Farragut graduate Waibel’s leap of faith draws Volunteer cheers

Harry Kirk, left, and Roger Amann enjoy some time talking with Tess Waibel, freshman member of UT Cheerleading team and 2014 FHS graduate, during a pep rally at Parkview Senior Living Community Friday afternoon, Oct. 3. Taking the chance she could actually make The University of Ten-nessee Cheerleading Squad, Tess Waibel had to bypass her senior prom at Farragut High School in late April.

“It was definitely challenging, but I had confidence and faith it would work out,” said Waibel, a UT freshman and one of 16 cheerleaders among “about 65 trying out” to make the squad. “I was happy with the preparation I had put into it.”

In fact, “I had a good time. I thought it was almost fun to kind of finally get to jump into the Tennessee Cheerleading world,” Waibel added.

About missing senior prom, “Now I wouldn’t second guess that decision at all,” said Waibel, who labeled herself “definitely a UT fan” before even being accepted as a student.

It was a family atmosphere at Parkview Senior Living Community in Farragut Friday afternoon, Oct. 3, where Waibel was one of six Vols Cheerleaders plus five members of UT Dance Team, along with “human” mascot, Smokey, who came to fire up senior residents one day before UT’s home football game against Florida.
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Do soccer helmets help?

While Hardin Valley Academy’s recent participation in TSSAA Class AAA Girls Soccer State Tournament closes the door on high school soccer for the calendar year locally, the subject of concussions in the sport is quite an open door of opinions.

If not a remedy for the problem, at least one area high school girls team (Loudon) and individual players from at least a few other girls teams have donned protective headwear.

“I know in youth soccer, I coach a U-12 FC Alliance boys youth travel team as well. … So what some of my parents have done so that [a concussion] doesn’t happen is they’ve bought them some headgear to wear during the game,” Mike McLean, HVA girls and boys soccer head coach, said.

Though McLean said, “I haven’t heard any proof yet” that such headgear does help prevent concussions, he added he’s been encouraged because of Great Britain soccer star goalkeeper Peter Chek. “He’s had a few concussions being a professional keeper, and he’s been wearing that for a few years now and it doesn’t affect his game at all and he’s been able to play,” McLean said. “It was almost going to end his career because of concussions.”

Ryan Radcliffe, Bearden High School girls and boys soccer head coach, estimated that “within five years I would say you could come to a [high school] soccer game and see a majority of the girls wearing it.

“I haven’t heard that the headgear doesn’t work.”
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Free Day of Putt-Putt

Aaron Brunsman, left, and Jason Warden at Free Putt-Putt Day Families and friends gathered Monday, Sept. 15, to enjoy a free day of putt-putt golf at Putt-Putt Golf and Games, West End Center, as part of Free Putt-Putt Day. The event, sponsored by the town of Farragut and Putt-Putt Golf and Games, allowed the community to come out and play as much as they wanted between noon and 9 p.m.

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