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Fran Bennett

Fran Bennett

Age: 42

Married to Dave Bennett for 19 years. They have three children: daughter Micah, 22, son Hunter, 18, and daughter Lexi who is 9.

Occupation: Sales and marketing with The Catering Connection.

Fran Bennett of Maryville has a new career working in sales and marketing for The Catering Connection out of Sweetwater. At 2 years old, the company is already a $1 million venture.

“It is a lot of fun to meet with brides and help them plan their big day and to meet with the different businesses around Blount and Knox Counties,” Bennett said.

Bennett and her husband, Dave, have been members of Fairview United Methodist Church for almost 12 years. Fran Bennett said she and her family have people at the church who are like grandparents and parents to them. “They have embraced us. It’s our family, a family of 1,200 people.”

Bennett said the community’s caring attitude was evident when her son Hunter and several other students were involved in a wreck on the way to Maryville High graduation May 16 at Thompson-Bowling Arena in Knoxville.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at MHS for delaying the graduation for Hunter and the others involved. This was such an important day for them, and the fact that they delayed graduation so that these young men could get there and walk with their classmates truly shows that the caring extends beyond the classroom. Thankfully, nobody was injured, and our prayers were answered. We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community.”

Here are 25 Random Things about Fran Bennett:

1. I first met Dave when he was 15 years old. Not much has changed about him since that time.

2. On May 26, Dave and I will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. I hope this goes to print before then so that Dave will remember. M A Y 2 6 - subliminal message.

3. Our oldest daughter, Micah, got married to her high school sweetheart, Matt Trentham in December of 2008. We are now officially old. They have blessed us with a granddog named Tessi.

4. Our son Hunter will be attending Pellissippi State this fall. I’m not sure he knows what he wants to be when he grows up. I just hope that he doesn’t grow up before his dad does.

5. Our youngest, Lexi, turns 9 on May 31. She keeps me young, but somehow still manages to make me feel old. Explain that.

6. I was born in Smithville, Tenn. I tell everyone that I was born in a funeral home. The hospital that I was born in is now a funeral home. What a way to start a life!

7. I grew up in Nashville. We moved there when I was in the 3rd grade. What a culture shock. To go from a town that had only two red lights and everything closed “on the square” at noon on Wednesday and Saturday to a big city like Nashville was crazy. There were more kids in my 3rd grade class at Sylvan Park Elementary than in the whole school in Smithville.

8. I kissed Dave first. (Just had to get that one in there)

9. On the day that Dave and I got married, he started calling me the Warden. He became lucky prisoner #1. He also told me that if we made it to me turning 40, he was “gonna trade me in for two twenty years olds.” I turned 40 in January of 2007. I guess he wasn’t wired for 2-20.

10. When our daughter Micah was 3, I convinced her that she and I were The Judds. So every time a song came on the radio that The Judds sang she would get excited and say, “Mommy, it’s us again.” This was really cute until one day we were shopping, and I told her that I didn’t have enough cash to pay for some toy that she just had to have. Her comment was “but Mommy, we are The Judds. What happened to all our money?”

11. I was in a John Anderson video called “Who’s Lovin’ My Baby.” I played a mannequin in a storefront. I got paid $100 for 5 seconds work. Why can’t I find a job like that anymore?

12. I have 10 nieces and only 2 nephews. They range in age from 5 months to 24 years.

13. Dave and I have a farm in Smithville, Tenn. According to the kids it isn’t a farm ‘cause there are no cows.

14. My first job was as a florist at 15 years old in Nashville.

15. While working at the flower shop in Nashville, Amy Grant came in to purchase flowers. I had a conversation with her. It went like this: “Hey, has anyone ever told you that you look kind of like Amy Grant?” response… “ That’s because I am Amy Grant.” My reply (with hysterical laughter followed by a choking sound) “Yeah, right. (insert choking sound) You don’t look that much like her.” I found out later (when I looked at her check) that she really was Amy Grant. We have not spoken since.

16. My very favorite movie of all times is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” I love the Oompah Loompahs’. Plus, I think under all the sugar, chocolate and candy, there is probably some sort of moral to the story. I just like the Oompahs.

17. When I was 5, I sang in a gospel trio with my cousin who was 4 and a friend who was 7. We thought we were it. Then again, my cousin ate dirt. Not while we were singing, though that might have added to the entertainment value.

18. When I was in the 8th grade, I performed in a choral ensemble that was asked to appear on The Bobby Jones Gospel Hour. We were so excited to be invited, even though we weren’t quite sure who Bobby Jones was. Then we realized that it was a live show on Sunday morning at 5 a.m. Talk about some tired, bummed-out 12- and 13-years-olds.

19. Everyone calls Dave “The Twinkie King” because of his deep frying Twinkies. Yes, they are good. I have crowned myself The Twinkie Queen and dubbed our children The Cholesterol Kids. We are Royalty in our own minds.

20. My favorite holiday is Christmas. We have a tradition to buy pajamas for the kids. I buy Dave a pair, and he buys me some too. We exchange them on Christmas Eve so that we all have new pajamas for Christmas morning.

21. My brother and sister both passed away in the month of December. In their memory, I buy a new ornament every year on the days they died that reminds me of them. It’s my way of making an otherwise painful day a day to remember and rejoice.

22. Our first Christmas together, Dave bought me 48 iced tea glasses. They were broken, I mean gone, by January. To get even with him, for the first few years that we were married, every time he left town for a few days, he would come home to a new pet. Sometimes it was a fish; other times it might be a dog. He never knew what to expect when he returned home. I haven’t gotten anymore iced tea glasses as a gift.

23. The best concert I have ever been to was Hank Williams, Jr., at the Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville. Every May for several years, Dave and I would go to Starwood and help Old Hank celebrate his birthday. There’s nothing like celebrating with all your rowdy friends and thousands of rowdy strangers.

24. I love, love, love chocolate.

25. Almost every Monday and Thursday, I get a call, or a text, from one of my closest friends, asking if “We” won the lottery. So far, no. I am keeping tabs of how much he owes me for “our” lottery tickets, and soon I will be receiving a small lottery check of my own.

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