I am on the prowl for news in West Knoxville! Here are a few things going on:
West High School senior Kate Robinson won the varsity girls’ 5000 event at the Knoxville Interscholastic League (KIL) Championship at Sequoyah Park Sept. 23. She was one of four individual champions. (The others were Catholic High School Junior Keegan Smith, varsity boys’ 5000; Webb School of Knoxville senior Ellie Simpson, junior varsity girls’ 5000; and Farragut High School junior Jase Morton, junior varsity boys’ 5000.
Second Presbyterian Church member Jessica Lewis recently graduated from seminary with her master of divinity degree. She has passed all of her ordination exams and requirements. The Presbytery Committee on Ministry has approved her for ordination and installation as the director of the MAST (Maryville Adventures in Studying Theology) program at Maryville College, where she has worked for the past two years. She and her family are on course to stay in Knoxville and remain at Second Presbyterian. Good news for that church and an accomplishment for Lewis!
⇒ Nine senior boys at Webb School of Knoxville, all members of Boy Scout Troop 757, have earned Eagle Scout. Nine in one class is an impressive number by any measure. Many of the boys, led by Scoutmaster John Osborne and recently retired scoutmaster Jonathan Johnson, have participated together since elementary school.
⇒ Greer L. Fox, UTK distinguished professor emeritus (Child and Family Life Studies) of Farragut wrote a story, “The Ghosts on Skyline Drive,” for Terry Shaw’s and Brad Lifford’s new book, 23 Tales: Appalachian Ghost Stories, Legends, and Other Mysteries. The book, published by Shaw’s Howling Hills Press, got a Page 1 write-up in the Johnson City Press. You can order the book here.
⇒ A new restaurant in Bearden, Thistle and Brier, located at 4705 Old Kingston Pike where Tom Weiss’s The Highland Grill used to be, serves British and Irish food seven days a week. It had a quiet opening July 24 and gets good reviews. Thistle and Brier Florist Shop operates out of the same building. Owner Raylene Brown also owns the Flower Pot at 2314 North Broadway.
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