Farragut Lions Club helps FHS teacher’s little sister with sight-saving surgery

Farragut High School teacher Erin Ashe escorts her little sister, Makady Hill, 7, while they were in Toronto, Canada, for Makady’s surgery to help regenerate the nerves in her eyes.
Farragut Lions Club recently played a part in helping make sure a South Knoxville 7-year-old, whose sister is a teacher at Farragut High School, received sight-saving surgery in October.

Makady Hill, who has battled health issues since birth and eye problems since the age of 18 months, underwent a unique nerve replacement surgery at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada, which is the only facility in the world to offer the procedure.

She traveled with her mother, Deb Hill, and big sister, Erin Ashe, who teaches at FHS, and stayed nearly two weeks for the surgery and initial healing process.

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‘Too Tall Bandit,’ Town robber from ’14,’16, is elusive

The FBI Knoxville’s Safe Streets Task Force recently released information stating the man responsible for the most recent bank robberies in Jefferson City and Strawberry Plains may be responsible for seven additional bank heists — plus the hit on Farragut Pharmacy Dec. 18, 2014, and including Capital Bank in Farragut Oct. 27, 2016 — dating back to 2009 and including Middle Tennessee banks.

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police reports

• At 1:02 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, a complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct to report an incident involving a Jarmann Road residence. He said an unknown suspect used his credit card numbers to make two online purchases through Amazon for $1,000. Complainant said he received a call from StayBridge Inn and Suites in Turkey Creek advising him packages were received for him there and the shipping labels, which he sent to have the packages shipped somewhere else, also arrived. Complainant advised he spoke with a female at the hotel, who said she had his number on file from a previous stay. He advised her he did not have any packages or shipping labels sent there. Employee advised him she could not give him the name of the suspect or location the packages were to be shipped to, but she could give the information to a law enforcement officer.

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Admirals football, HWWW-PureMagic champs, accepts trophy, $1,000

Champions of 2017 farragutpress How the West Was Won presented by PureMagic Carwash contest for best regular season record among a seven-team Farragut-area field, Farragut High School collected $1,000 — $500 each from PureMagic and farragutpress — plus ownership, for at least the next year, of the HWWW PureMagic traveling trophy for its 8-2 regular season record. Checks and the trophy were presented during the program’s annual end-of-season banquet at The Venue in Lenoir City, Sunday evening, Dec. 2.

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Local bus awardee becoming rare breed

Farragut school route bus drivers such as Deborah Ditchfield with BLJ Bus Lines, who was one of five earning a Knox County Schools Bus Driver Award earlier this fall, apparently are a dwindling breed.

“It’s very difficult to find bus drivers,” said Susan Horn, Board of Education District 5 representative that includes Farragut schools, during an address to 5th District Democrats on various school issues.

Though Knox County Schools has “invested $1 million each year in transportation” according to Horn, she added, “Since our buses are contracted we can’t tell the bus drivers’ contractor what to do with the extra money that we give them.

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