Former Vol Inky Johnson, father find faith after paralysisFor all the inner city hardships Inky Johnson recalled enduring from his youth — sleeping on the floor among 14 children, having uncles selling illegal drugs, attending one of Atlanta’s roughest and least academically sound high schools — his partial paralysis football accident in college actually led to discovering two men’s Christian faith.
Though recalling his confidence about a promising NFL career while earning honors as a Tennessee Vols defensive back entering the 2006 season, one hit early that year ended those dreams. Nerve damage in his right shoulder left his right arm paralyzed.
As keynote speaker during the first of a two-day “Man Up” Christian leadership event Friday, Feb. 6, in Concord United Methodist Church auditorium, Johnson recalled his father “being mad at God.”
But Johnson said he later “saw my real father when I had my injury. … He stayed with me for months, he bathed me, he helped get me dressed. He took me to class. read more
Living her dream
Rogers wins Miss Shining Star crownMika Rogers’ lifelong dream was realized last month.
“Ever since Mika was a young lady, she wanted to be in a pageant,” Vannesa Rogers said about her daughter winning the Miss Shining Star Pageant crown Saturday, Jan. 24, in the 18 to 35 age category at Chilhowee Baptist Church in East Knoxville. “She was really excited.
“Like her cousin, Brooke Rogers … she was always in a pageant and Mika always admired that so much.”
Miss Shining Star pageant “is free to all the girls with special needs,” Vannesa added. “… Mika never understood why she couldn’t be in pageants … she never understood some of the requirements other pageants had” until Miss Shining Star began, sponsored by Open Doors of Tn. “It’s a Godsend. … A wonderful opportunity for those with special needs to enter and participate in. … They feel empowered.”
Mika, 27, a Farragut resident and member of First Baptist Concord, already had enjoyed pageant success from the previous year.
“She entered this pageant last year and won ‘Miss Personality,’” said Vanessa, who along with husband, Michael Rogers, also are Farragut residents. read more
Open House at Dixie Lee Wines & LiquorsDixie Lee Wines & Liquors celebrated the completion of its new wine tasting room and beer cave [freezer] with an open house.
Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce members gathered for the event, Friday, Dec. 5, in the wine tasting room of the store, 13044 Kingston Pike, Farragut.
For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.
FIS 5th-grader wins spelling beeFarragut Intermediate School fifth-grader Ashlyn Sims won the school’s spelling bee in Dec-ember 2014, while fellow fifth-grader Danielle Nastasi came in close as runner-up.
Ashlyn said she is excited about winning. She will go on
to compete in the News Sentinel Southern Appalachian Regional Spelling Bee in March at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
“I couldn’t believe that I had won, she said. “I was a little bit surprised.” Ashlyn is the daughter of Mark and Crissy Sims of Farragut and granddaughter of Beverly Miles, Brenda Miles and Gerry Miles.
Ashlyn said she thought since she is a fifth-grader now, she had a better chance of winning.
“I was in it last year, and I got to sixth place. I won third place, and I noticed the two who beat me were fifth-graders.
“I thought maybe now that I’m a fifth-grader I could win or come closer,” she said. read more