Ultimate sacrifice

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Marine Corps League Detachment 924 Honor Guard gives a rifle salute to fallen troops in combat during Bonnyman Young Marines Memorial Day Ceremony. This remembrance, annually held at Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout Medal of Honor Memorial, Virtue Cemetery, was Monday morning, May 25. One of 59 members of Lt. Alexander Bonnyman unit of the Young Marines, Sgt. Maj. Tyler Ward, 16, said he’s learned a lot about sacrifice.

There’s sacrifices he’s made as a Young Marine, much bigger ones ahead when he becomes a U.S. Marine — and the ultimate sacrifice of soldiers fallen defending this country.

“Before I joined the Young Marines I never really understood, and I still don’t really understand, the full sacrifice like these veterans do,” said Ward, who in his seventh year as a Young Marine helped coordinate annual Bonnyman Young Marines Memorial Day Ceremony in Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout Medal of Honor Memorial, Virtue Cemetery, from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 25. “But you get a better understanding of what it’s like for your brother around you to die for your life.
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Schoonmaker weighs in on school expansion

Expressing concern with Knox County Schools/Board of Education “bond debt of $255,

509,840 from 2015 through 2035” according to county budget figures he released, Knox County Commissioner John Schoonmaker said he questions the wisdom of going deeper into debt to fund three new KCS schools — including a Hardin Valley middle school.

“With the mayor’s budget, I was very impressed,” Schoonmaker, Fifth District representative (including town of Farragut), said about Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s proposed budget of $747,189,546.

It includes neither funding for new schools nor any tax increases ($435 million for KCS).

“Another interesting figure that’s been thrown around: in the last five years [Knox County] Schools have received $56 million. I guess the obvious question is, ‘Where’s all that money gone?’ Because $56 million sure hasn’t gone to the classroom teachers,” Schoonmaker said. “… They have had revenue increases all along.”
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We are the champions

A rather happy bunch of Hardin Valley Academy Hawks baseball players surround equally happy head coach Joe Michalski, who holds the Class AAA state championship trophy his Hawks earned moments before. Hardin Valley defeated rival Farragut 10-2 in nine innings Friday evening, May 22, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. (See stories and more photos in the Sports section).

FHS Grand Reunion held

Max Cruse (Farragut High School Class of 1954) enjoys an embrace with his former high school sweetheart, Carroll Hutchens Grubbs (Class of 1953), during annual FHS Grand Reunion in Virtue Cumberland Presbyter-ian Church Saturday morning, May 2. Max Cruse, a junior, became “sweethearts” with an older woman, senior Carroll Hutchens, during the 1952-53 school year at Farragut High.

“That’s exactly right. I still claim it,” Carroll Hutchens Grubbs said moments after an affectionate embrace with Cruse among roughly 60 alumni, mostly from the 1940s, 50s and early 60s graduating classes, during annual FHS Grand Reunion. This annual spring pilgrimage was held in Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s Family Life Center Saturday morning, May 2.

Grubbs recalled her first date with Cruse “probably was after a basketball game,” adding, “That’s about all there was to do back then. I mean, Farragut in 1953? And I [lived] all the way up at Cedar Bluff.”
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police reports

• On May 19 at about 7 a.m., a Cabot Drive complainant stated between 2 p.m., May 18, and 7 a.m., May 19, an unknown suspect gained entry into her vehicle by shattering the driver side window with an unknown object and taking several CDs. She advised the console had been rummaged through and the only items she could find missing at the time of the report was the listed property. She advised she was not going to file with her insurance company for the repairs of the window. Complainant advised that about a week ago she had two strange males knock on her door and by the time she got downstairs they were gone. She doesn’t know if this has anything to do with what occurred, but she wanted the detective assigned to the case be made aware. Value of the loss was $500. read more