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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that. > Read more.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right). > Read more.

Business in brief


Gumenick Properties moved its headquarters this month to Libbie Mill-Midtown, a new 80-acre, mixed-use community being developed by the company. Libbie Mill-Midtown is under construction between West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road near Libbie Avenue. The community is the largest revitalization project in the history of Henrico County. Gumenick Properties will become the second organization operating from office spaces at Libbie Mill-Midtown. The first group to open an office there was the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, a regional, private health legacy foundation. The foundation moved in during autumn 2014. When complete, the community is projected to have 994 homes for sale and 1,096 apartments. Libbie Mill-Midtown also will have a total of approximately 160,000 square feet of retail space. The neighborhood is estimated to take approximately 10 years to complete. > Read more.

A dream remembered

Dr. Arthur Roots of Richmond (at right) sings a capella during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration at Highland Springs United Methodist Church Jan. 19. The event also featured Henrico native and actor Tony Cosby giving his impassioned version of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech and a performance by the seventh-grade chorus from Fairfield Middle School. > Read more.

Longtime RIR fire chief honored by NASCAR

Longtime Richmond International Raceway Fire Chief Donald “Doc” Jernigan, recently received NASCAR's Excellence in Track Services Award at the body's annual summit for safety, security and track services personnel. Jernigan was one of five officials from NASCAR's national, touring, IMSA and weekly series events to earn the award.

“Doc is dedicated to this cause and is a true leader who is highly regarded within the Richmond organization and industry as well,” said David Hoots, the managing event director for NASCAR Race Services. > Read more.

Lawmakers seeks to restrict drones

Five bills before the General Assembly would restrict the use of drones in Virginia, including two that would let localities prohibit even hobbyists from flying small unmanned aircraft.

Bills proposed by Del. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, would allow local governments to ban individuals from flying drones under 55 pounds. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration allows hobbyists to fly such model aircraft as long as they follow safety guidelines. > Read more.

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Community

Super spud stops in Henrico

The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck stopped by BJ’s Wholesale Club on Starling Drive June 15 as part of a seven-month cross-country tour marking the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) 75th Anniversary and raising funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels. Among the visitors who had their photos taken in front of the "specially cultivated” potato -- which weighs six tons and stands almost 12 feet tall -- were Andre Ragsdale, age 13, and nine-year-old Nathan Ramirez.

Hauled by a 48-foot-long, specially-constructed flatbed trailer that took a year to build, the 28-foot-long potato made its national debut at the Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho in December when ESPN featured it during the game. > Read more.

Summer concert series at Short Pump Town Center starts Thursday

National recording artist Toad the Wet Sprocket kicks-off the Summer Concert Series at Short Pump Town Center on Thursday, June 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the main plaza. Toad the Wet Sprocket was one of the most successful alternative rock bands in the early 90s. The band achieved fame with their album “Fear” (released in 1991) and the singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Summer Concert Series will continue every Thursday night until August 16. Admission is free. Town center retailers will offer giveaways and a $500 Short Pump Town Center gift card will be given away at each concert. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Father’s Day is Sunday – looking for a way to say I love you? Well it’s been said that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – Highland Springs UMC is hosting a bake sale and Walkerton Tavern is hosting an old-fashioned ice cream social. Or, give the gift of time and spend the day together at Lewis Ginter or bond at an outdoor screening of “The Muppets” at Deep Run Park. Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

AMC television series seeks background actors

The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.

“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.

Scene sparkles, food falls flat

American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.

I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.

“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.

Overstuffed turkeys

Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.

The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.

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