HVA looks forward to big year

Macey Collis, a Color Guard member of Hardin Valley Academy Band, learns new steps during band camp. Work has begun for Hardin Valley Academy Spirit of the Valley Band, as it starts its season with Band Camp.

Band members started camp Tuesday, July 12. The camp will continue through July 29, Alex Rector, HVA Band director said.

“Right now, we’re doing a lot of work on fundamentals marching and playing,” Rector said. “We also will start doing music for drill and competitions.”
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BHS goes on Mission

Matthew Thomas, left, Joshua Lueking and Austin Montgomery practice their Sousaphone skills during Bearden High School Band Camp Tuesday, July 19. The camp continued through Friday, July 29. Bearden High School Band members will be taking its audience on a mission as it prepares for the season with band camp.

Band members are gathering for the annual band camp, which started Monday, July 18, and will continue until Friday, July 29.

Band camp is dedicated to teaching marching and instrument basics and learning the music from this year’s theme, Jessica Cline, BHS drum major said.

Led by Cline and fellow drum majors, Samuel Vogel and Garrett Coppock, the theme will be Mission: Space.
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FHS Band starts new season with vision

Farragut High School Band drummers, Zach Koller, Carson Koller and Elliott Johnson learn basics the second day of band camp at the school Tuesday, July 19. Farragut High School Band starts a new year with new members and inspiration as members participate in band camp.

The camp, which started at the school Monday, July 18, and continues through Friday, July 29, taught new members the basics and prepared all members for this year’s show.

The band’s first performance will be a “Family and Friends” event Friday, July 29, with a barbecue starting 6 p.m. and the performance beginning at 8 p.m., at the school.
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Farragut High School Grand Reunion

From left, Earl Hall (1956), James Johnson (1954) and Joe Waldroop (1953) at FHS Grand Reunion About 50 Farragut High School alumni turned out for this year’s FHS Grand Reunion at Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Alumni who attended the school before the present school was built in 1976 reminisced and caught up with classmates.

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

FHS ‘Field of Dreams’ ready

On the new turf inside Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field, Admirals football skipper Eddie Courtney joins rising senior players, clockwise from left, Chance Bolen, Davis Simmons, Jack DeVault, Adam Fulton, Amon Johnson and Cooper Hardin. The sudden artificial turf ex-plosion on Knox County high school football fields has one Farragut man, who helped set the wheels in motion toward a $10.1 million Pilot Corporation donation for the fields, working harder than ever to execute the projects.

Farragut resident Mark Packer, news co-anchor at WVLT-TV, is project developer of the donation effort labeled “Fields of Dreams” — which includes the new artificial surface at Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field — thanks to the donation from Pilot founder Jim Haslam Sr.
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Ode to Mary Lou


Come Listen my friends to a tale I once heard, ‘bout a lady named Koepp, who came to work for Farra git/

It was rumored her first job was tending a still, but her dream was to teach at the school on the hill/
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Farragut Town Hall hosts middle school art show

Defrie Ekicki, a Farragut Middle School seventh grader, shows her artwork displayed at the Farragut Middle Schools Art Show in Farragut Town Hall during a reception. Students attending middle schools in Farragut had an opportunity to see what it was like to have their art works displayed in a juried art show.

Farragut Arts Council and town of Farragut hosted the 2016 Farragut Middle Schools Art Show in Farragut Town Hall. During a reception, families got a last look at the works and enjoyed refreshments before Pam Ziegler, Arts Council chairwoman, announced the winning artists.
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Four tips for quitting housework at 6 p.m.

Have you ever traveled a long way and upon arrival at someone’s home, the host asked, “Would you like to freshen up?”

Indeed, freshen up after a long journey sounds fabulous. In a way, each day is a long journey and at the end of it, it's time to enjoy the evening in leisure.

Often, right before my dad came home from work, Mom would say to my sister Peggy and me, “Girls, Dad’ll be home in 15 minutes, I’m going to go freshen up.”

She’d be in the bathroom for about 10 minutes and when she’d come out, she looked and smell fresh. What I didn’t realize back then was my BO (Born Organ-ized) mother was setting the stage for her leisurely evening with my dad.
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Invest Knoxville helps refugees find jobs

With help from Invest Knox-ville, immigrants and refugees can get help finding jobs within the specialty they pursued back in their home countries.

Robert Hodge, Invest Knoxville program director, said the project launched in March.

“We’re bringing in talent and weaving them into the marketplace here, and that makes us stronger,” he said.
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Brayton heads to China

Jack Brayton, a 2016 Hardin Valley Academy graduate, will go back to high school but this time in China.

Brayton, son of Andrea Bray-ton, has received a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship to study Chi-nese in China for the 2016-2017 academic years.
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