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Admirals vs. Angels?

Drummer’s mother chose Bearden High nickname in 1947; also chose Angels

Joe Drummer, longtime college pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, with a sculpted Bearden Bulldogs mascot in front of the school. He is the son of Mary Lynn Davis, a BHS student who came up with the school’s nickname in 1947.
Gas was 15 cents a gallon, Harry S. Truman was president and Mary Lynn had an idea.

Actually, Mary Lynn had two ideas 70 years ago in 1947 — both for a contest at Bearden High School.

That year class officers were tasked with choosing a mascot, her son, Joe Drummer, said recently.

Mary Lynn, treasurer of the senior class and a member of the girls’ basketball team, entered her suggestions: the Angels and the Bulldogs.

Years later, Mary Lynn Davis Drummer often talked about that contest with her sons, Joe, longtime college pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, and David, who works at Gerdau Steel Company. Unfortunately, Mary Lynn passed away in 1996, just one year short of the 50th anniversary of naming the mascot.

“I remember that she told me that there was a contest to name the Bearden mascot,” Joe Drummer said. “They chose Bulldogs. She won the contest.”

Drummer said his mom attended BHS when it was housed in the current Bearden Elementary School building.

“Bearden has a big history for me,” he said, “Because one, my mom named the Bulldogs.

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Farragut wildfire relief work earns state recognition

Village Green resident Carol Jordan stood with a sign on Ski Mountain Road after the wildfires last fall. Her parents, Ralph and Dot Egli, started Mountain Laurel Chalets in 1972.
Farragut resident Carol Jordan was stunned last November as the Gatlinburg wildfires marched toward her childhood home and toward Ski Mountain, where her parents started a cabin rental company in 1972.

Nearly a year later, on Oct. 6, Jordan, other family members, and employees of Mountain Laurel Chalets were honored for their community service at the 2017 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism. The three-day conference was held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

“The award was related to the ways that our company cared for the community after the fires and helped coordinate volunteers and workers to serve the community,” said Jordan, a Village Green resident.

“When we received a frantic call that Ski Mountain was on fire, our hearts grieved,” she said last December. “We watched in disbelief as my hometown faced an inconceivable tragedy.

“In the midst of our loss, we were looking for ways to care for others who also faced losses related to the fires. We’re a property management company and are currently seeking permits to rebuild some of the 42 homes destroyed in the fire,” Jordan added.

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HVA Advanced Theater’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Oct. 20-22

During this rehearsal scene, juniors Tristin Saidak and Savanna Estes are portraying Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in HVA Advanced Theater Department‘s production of “Pride and Prejudice.”
Hardin Valley Academy’s Advanced Theater Department students are taking audiences back in time with Jane Austen’s literary classic, “Pride and Prejudice.”

About 50 HVA theater students will perform the play, based on Austen’s 1813 romantic novel, beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22, in the school’s auditorium, 11345 Hardin Valley Road.

Performancs are open to the public. Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds go to the theater department to fund this and future performances.

Of the students involved in the play, HVA theater teacher Robert Warren said about 35 make up the cast while the others are behind the scenes.

“This is my favorite of the Jane Austen novels, so I suggested ‘Pride and Prejudice,’” he said. “We looked at it, we reviewed it and we all liked it.”

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Farragut Ingles, Army Reservists provide Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Local Army Reservists were at Farragut Ingles Thursday, Oct. 5, to promote a food drive for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. From left are Army Reservists Eddie Torres, Luis Alamo, Lizmari Figueroa, Josh Santos and Ingles manager Jim Meschendorf.
Customers filled a large collection box at Farragut Ingles with water bottles, canned food and dry items for victims of Hurricane Maria. The local Army reservists picked supplies up on Sunday evening, Oct. 8, but donations are being taken for the foreseeable future at the Reserve Center, 1334 E. Weisgarber Road.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, local armed forces reservists and a representative from Ingles Corporation in North Carolina were on hand at Farragut Ingles to promote the food drive.

“We’re thrilled to team up with the servicemen and being able to help in Puerto Rico any way we can,” said Farragut Ingles manager Jim Meschendorf.

Customer Dorothy Wilt stopped by the box to see what she could do. Josh Santos with the Bravo Company 49th Civil Affairs Battalion in Knoxville told her the biggest needs are bottled water, canned food, batteries and radios.

“I want to do something to help,” she said. “I feel so helpless. These people are suffering horribly.”

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