Fall Fire Prevention Festival Oct. 18

Annual Knox County event brings together public, first responders in a family atmosphere

Area fire department members helped children learn how to get out of a house safely during an emergency during last year’s Knox County Fall Fire Prevention Festival. This year’s festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in Turkey Creek Medical Center parking lot, 10820 Parkside Drive, Farragut. The Farragut community is invited to the seventh annual Knox County Fall Fire Prevention Festival, presented as part of National Fire Prevention Month.

The free event is slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18,

in Turkey Creek Medical Center parking lot at, 10820 Parkside Dr-ive, Farragut.

“I think this is a wonderful event that brings together first responders from throughout Kn-ox County to meet our customers in a family-friendly atmosphere, free from the trauma of an emergency, when people would have normally had a chance to meet us,” Colin Cumesty, fire prevention specialist for the Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau, said.

Cumesty said the event’s purpose is two-fold.

“First, the festival allows emergency responders across Knox County to come together to interact with people to showcase their commitment to those we serve,” he said.
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Parkview seniors staying fit

Debbie Harris, a certified fitness instructor specially trained to work with Stay Active & Independent for Life seniors classes, left, leads this Parkview Senior Living Community SAIL class Wednesday morning, Sept. 10. Among roughly a dozen residents of Parkview Senior Living Community in Farragut, ages 65 and older, who take advantage of a special Knox County Health Department Exercise program, Maxine Byrne has an obligation to stay fit.

“My grandma lived to be 101 and my aunt 103, so I better take care of myself,” Byrne said about her regular participation in Stay Active & Independent For Life exercise class.

Begun at Parkview in May 2013, SAIL classes are part of a Knox County Health Department program available for residents from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“It focuses on balance, flexibility and strength. Their doctors have said their balance has improved, and that it’s made a difference in their activity level,” Genna Minihan, Parkview Activities director, said. “Having a person come makes it more fun and the residence more involved.
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The thankful games

My husband, Terry and I took a road trip to the Oregon Coast for our anniversary a couple of years ago and while he was driving I suggested we play a game.

“Is this gonna be some lady’s magazine deal?” he asked with a sense of apprehension.

“No, I’ve been reading Deborah Norvel’s book on the power of thankfulness.”

“So Deborah told you to do this?”

“Nope, I thought this game up all by myself.”

“Okay, what do I do?”
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Tennova Metabolic Bariatric Surgery, Quality Improvement Program accredited

Tennova Healthcare’s bariatric surgery program at Turkey Creek Medical Center in Knoxville is now accredited by the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery and Quality Impr-ovement Program accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adol-escent Qualifications.

“We’re seeing alarming increases in severe obesity among teens and young people,” said Stephen Boyce, MD, FACS, FASMBS, medical director of New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery and the Tennova Center for Surgical Weight Loss. “Patients are now showing up at very young ages with obesity-related health conditions like diabetes, sleep apnea and hypertension.”
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Reveiz record broken by Georgia Bulldog

Fuad Reveiz attempts a field goal in 1990 as a Minnesota Viking. Who better than Fuad Reveiz, Farragut businessman, to know that records are made to be broken?

Once holding the National Football Le-ague record for the most consecutive field goals made (31 fr-om October 1994 to September 1995) while holding two Sou-theastern Conference kicking records as a Tennessee Volunteer — most consecutive field goals made (18 in 1982) and longest field goal (60 yards in 1982, at Georgia Tech, as part of the streak) — Reveiz has seen two broken and one, the 60-yarder, tied.

The latest one was shattered by Georgia Bulldogs kicker Marshall Morgan, whose two field goals at South Carolina Saturday, Sept. 13, allowed Morgan to break then pad his new record of 20 consecutive made.

“It was very gratifying to see that it stood for so long,” Reveiz, owner of Reveiz & Associates, said. “But like everything else it had to come to an end. Obviously, I wish it wouldn’t have come to an end. But, that’s part of life.”

However, while he was making SEC history with his 18 straight, “I was not aware … I remember somebody telling me after the fact,” Reveiz said. “… When I was in college, nobody paid much attention to that record until after the fact.”
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Shrimp Dock serves up gator

Allen Shields, manager of The Shrimp Dock, 11124 Kingston Pike, shows the selection of gator meat it is offering this week for the University of Tennessee versus Florida game. The selection includes sausages, fried gator platter and po’ boy sandwiches served with jambalaya and coleslaw. Farragut football fans can enjoy tailgating with gator tail for the University of Tennessee game against Florida this Saturday.

The Shrimp Dock in Farragut has gator tail available now at

its Farragut store, 11124 Kingston Pike. It will open 8 a.m., Gator Day, Saturday, Oct. 4, because the game will start at noon, so people can pick up their gator, Phil Dangel, owner of The Shrimp Dock, said.

“We will have them available all through the weekend,” Dangel added. “We started bringing it in two weeks ago.

“We will have them through Sunday, after the victory.” The Shrimp Dock has frozen and fresh gator meat, as well as smoked sausages, gator gumbo, fried gator platter and po’ boy sandwiches.

The Shrimp Dock has undertaken bringing in gator tail meat

for about 20 years, Dangel said, adding the tradition began with his predecessor, Paul Willis, be-cause of customer demand.
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Toga Night

Olivia Martin, left, alongside, from left, Caroline Humphries, Kelli Phillips and Karli Rist Farragut High School Class of 2015 got its turn at turning back the clock several hundred years style-wise, as annual Toga Night for FHS seniors found dozens in creative attire. The occasion, as always, was the Admirals varsity football team home opener at Bill Clabo Field, which this year fell on Friday, Aug. 22, against Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett.

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