“Packages for Heroes”

Payne, Wilson on mission for military troops serving abroad

Mary Lynne Payne, left, and Joy Wilson recently took their second shipment of boxes to the Post Office for overseas delivery. The two are heading up “Packages for Heroes,” which organizes care packages for active duty soldiers serving overseas.
Mary Lynne Payne and Joy Wilson may not be serving with the armed forces, but they are on a mission for servicemen and women just the same.

The pair have been hard at work on the “Packages for Heroes” project since September, and already have sent 60 boxes overseas, with plans for 30 more in the coming weeks.

They still are seeking donations to help provide even more sustenance and encouragement for men and women serving throughout the world.

Payne, director of community relations for Clarity Pointe Memory Care Assisted Living in Farragut, and Wilson, owner of the home healthcare business Right at Home, had the idea to send “care packages” to deployed men and women earlier this year.

Seedlings for the idea sprang from Payne’s personal experiences, as her son, Army Black Hawk pilot Capt. Spencer Robert Payne, was stationed in Afghanistan at the time, and she frequently sent him care packages.

She supplemented his rations with healthy snacks and other personal items, and realized that many other active-duty soldiers could likely benefit from care packages of their own.

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O’Briens InterFaith fundraisers take off

Dr. Pat O’Brien, right, The Casual Pint of Farragut co-owner, holds up the “Cheers & Beers” trophy his restaurant earned as top fundraiser, among The Casual Pint’s three Knox County locations, for InterFaith Health Clinic during November musical group performances. Alongside is co-owner Barbara O’Brien, his wife.
With Dr. Pat O’Brien’s past ties to InterFaith Health Clinic, and Town of Farragut citizens increasingly relying upon InterFaith’s services, a fundraising idea at The Casual Pint of Farragut has taken off.

Co-owned by O’Brien and his wife, Barbara O’Brien, The Casual Pint at 143 Brooklawn St. has hosted three band performances dating back to July, raising $2,835 for the InterFaith clinic.

InterFaith services “are based on income and the amount of people in your household,” assisting families without health insurance “caught in the cracks,” Melissa Knight, InterFaith executive director, said.

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Webb’s Hethmon honored By Optimist Club of Knox

Elizabeth Hethmon, Webb School of Knoxville senior, with her Service to Humanity Award 2017 plaque she earned from the Optimist Club of Knoxville.
Elizabeth Hethmon, Webb School of Knoxville senior, recently received a Service to Humanity Award for 2017 from the Optimist Club of Knoxville.

This award is given annually to one student from each local high school for his or her exceptional contributions to the community.

Hethmon has completed more than 100 hours of community service during her four years in Webb Upper School, helping at a variety of organizations including the Humane Society, Farmers’ Market, Habitat for Humanity and the Webb School community.

A member of Webb’s Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for excellence in math and the Upper School Rotary Interact Club, Hethmon traveled with Webb teachers and students to Ganado, Arizona, last year to work at Navajo Nation. In addition to assisting with building repair, painting and landscaping, Hethmon took the time to meet with elderly Navajo at a retirement home.

She also joined other Webb School students and faculty this past summer, lending a hand at a reading camp for children at Clearfork Community Institute in the heart of Clearfork Valley.

“Elizabeth puts others first in all areas of her life and makes every effort to improve the quality of life of those around her,” said Hemal Tailor, Webb Upper School community service coordinator. “She is a true asset to not only the Webb community, but also to the Knoxville community and beyond.”

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FWKCC Networking at farragutpress

Doug Horne, left, owner of Republic Newspapers, Inc., parent company of farragutpress, and Tom Sharp, Viamedia account executive
Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce held a networking hosted by farragutpress at 11863 Kingston Pike, Farragut, Thursday, Nov. 30. Catered by Water Into Wine Farragut, the event featured numerous prominent business leaders. Among those representing farragutpress were Doug Horne, owner of Republic Newspapers Inc., parent company of farragutpress, and Tony Cox, publisher and RNI president. Julie Blaylock, FWKCC president/CEO, was among scores of Chamber members.

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Webb students chosen

Eight Webb School of Knoxville strings students were selected for this year’s East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association Middle Area Junior Orchestra Honor Clinic.

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FHS National Merit Semifinalists

These Farragut High School seniors earned National Merit Semifinalists honors by scoring in the top 1/2 of 1 percent nationwide on the PSAT exam as juniors.

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