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Carl Papa didn’t think of himself as an inventor until he became part of the TIA.

18  It’s A Hard Knox Life For Us

Not only do the women risk injury each time they step foot in the rink, they make sure the crowed is well entertained.

21  Stumbling Upon a Passion

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Chip Fischer and his daughter weren’t looking for the Atomic City Aquatic Club, but they’re sure glad they found it. Carl Papa has become an important member of the TIA. Cover Photo courtesy of Carl Papa

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Farragut student spreads message across Knox County, trying to stop use of a derragatory term in Knox area schools.

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ith the summer here I’m thinking about getting out of the house and having a bit of fun in the sun. But with great fun comes great responsibility. So, for a ghostlywhite guy like myself, taking extra care while playing in the outdoors is vital. The sun can be pretty strong and without proper protection, people can suffer from nasty burns and possibly skin cancer. “Sunscreen prevents the harmful effect of the sun on the skin by absorbing high-energy ultraviolet rays and releasing them as lower-energy rays. A good sunscreen will offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays,” according to a blog posted by The Centre for Plastic Surgery. “By applying waterproof sunscreen generously prior to sun exposure, and reapplying every few hours, you can greatly reduce your risks of skin cancer as well as the effect of aging on your skin,” the blog added. But there are serious concerns one has to consider when it comes to the sun. In an article by Trinity Health: • There is no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Unprotected sun exposure causes premature aging of the skin. • Sun exposure can cause first and second degree burns. • Skin cancer usually appears in adulthood, but is caused by sun exposure and sunburns that began as early as childhood. You can help prevent skin cancer by protecting your skin and your children’s skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Trinity Health offers some safety tips: • Wear sun hats. There is also sun protection factor (SPF) clothing and swimwear available. • Apply generous amounts of sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection.

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he mission of the Youth Leadership Oak Ridge program is to provide an overview of the City of Oak Ridge and East Tennessee and the challenges facing the our community, while developing the leadership and communications skills of participants. Youth Leadership Oak Ridge got its start four years ago as an idea hatched by members of the adult 2009 Leadership Oak Ridge (LOR) class. Each year, the LOR groups are tasked with preparing a class project as a culmination of what the members learned from that year. This class project provides the opportunity to give back to the community before the graduation ceremonies orchestrated by the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Several members of the 2009 class agreed that instead of a project involving materials such as planting trees or renovating a building, we wanted to work with some of the potential leaders of tomorrow from Oak Ridge High School (ORHS). A committee was formed composed of employees of the chamber, members of the 2009 LOR class, and graduated students from ORHS. After many meetings, the program parameters were set and applications were distributed to the high school. Our first Youth Leadership class had its inaugural meeting in the fall of 2010 where they reviewed the requirements of the class and touched on some of the goals of the program. The focus of the program included fostering leadership skills and teaching participants about the community in which they live as well as providing programs that acquaint participants

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with community needs, opportunities, current issues, resources, and infrastructure. The class attended monthly three hour meetings on Wednesday afternoons. Items for discussion at these meetings included such topics as: quality of life, state government, healthcare, business and industry, sustainability, law enforcement and the legal process, leadership development, life skills, and education. It was always the committee’s wish that we might encourage students to become more involved as volunteers and realize the benefits of living in the City of Oak Ridge or East Tennessee Region following their education. The program also provides networking opportunities with business and community leaders. For example, the Youth Leadership group traveled to Nashville with members of the Youth Advisory Board to meet with Governor Bill Haslam and several other legislators on February 27, 2013. More than 40 students particpated in a mock senate session and debate. The group partenered with the Youth Advisory Board last year for

Former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale meets with members of the Youth Leadership Oak Ridge class Photo courtesy of Jim Dodson

the trip as well and it proved to be a great experience for both groups. Any Oak Ridge High School sophomores, juniors or seniors interested can submit applications electronically at the Oak Ridge Chamber website (www.orcc.org) and at ORHS Main Office. Students must have good academic standings and no attendance or disciplinary problems to participate in the group. June 2013

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The Summer Oak Ridge City Aquatics (ORCA) program program kicks off June 5 for any children swimmers looking to compete. Children team up and participate in Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association (GKAISA) meets. Children must be 5 to 8 years of age and be able to swim 100 yards without assistance to join. There will be team meets throughout the summer during the day. The dates and times of the meets will be decided at a later point. All swimmers must pay $120 to join. Non-residential swimmers must pay an additional $10. Visit the website at cortn.org to download an information packet and application.

Pool Party Are you Looking for a location to thow your summer bash? Oak Ridge Outdoor Swimming Pool can help. Throughout the summer, the pool hosts private party for anyone who’d like to rent. Parties cost $250 and normally begin a half hour after the pool closes to the public, which is 8:30 p.m. during weekdays and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sundays. No food or drink is allowed in the pool area. If you’re looking for more information, be sure to call 865.425.3450 or visit cortn.org.

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Hall of Fame Welcomes Six Inductees

The Lowdown on Locks

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Community contributor The 2013 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place Saturday, June 8 in Knoxville. The Class of 2013 addes six new memebrs to the Hall of Honor, including Gary Blair, head coach of Texas A&M; Jim Foster, recent coach of Ohio State; Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Mississippi Rebels all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Gillom-Granderson is preceded by her sister Jen Gillom as an inductee, making them the only siblings in the Hall of Fame. Jen Rizzotti, player for the University of Connecticut, aided the Huskies to their first national title and perfect season in 1995. Annette Smith-Knight is the Texas Longhorns’ all-time leading scorer. Sue Wicks holds the school

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Photo courtesy of Margo Pressley

record for scoring average, points, rebounds, and blocked shots at Rutgers University. With the addition of the Class of 2013, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will also be recognizing the Wayland Baptist University Flying Queens, from 1953 to 1958, for their

contributions to the game in a display at the Hall entitled, “Trailblazers of the Game.” The Flying Queens will join the All American Red Heads, Edmonton Grads, and the Former Helms/Citizens Savings/Founders Bank as the only four groups recognized as “Trailblazers of the Game.” There will also be a reception at the East Tennessee Historical Center, 601 S. Gay St. in Knoxville, hosted by Holly Warlick and Geno Auriemma. Induction Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. in Knoxville and will be emceed by ESPN analyst Debbie Antonelli, followed by a post-induction celebration and silent auction at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. These are ticketed events and open to the public. For more information about the Induction Weekend call 865-633-9000.

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Besides the actual locks, what are other things homeowners should think about in terms of security? Homeowners should think of home security in phases. It starts at the edges of your yard/lot and then goes to your house. Thieves tend to target secluded, easy in-and-out targets. They want to be able to go to your back door/windows unseen and undetected. That said, phase one should be your yard. Don’t leave anything out that might help a would-be thief. Next, think about the doors and windows of the home. One would be surprised how many “break-ins” occur and the thief gained entry because the back door/side door was left unlocked. Always lock your doors and windows

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Arts and Crafts for Children

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Farragut Branch Library hosting arts and crafts events in June.

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The Farragut Branch Library has several arts and crafts events for children throughout the month of June. Beginning Wednesday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m., the library, located at 417 N. Campbell Station Road, will host a build-your-own paper bag puppet session. Children are welcome to come out and make their own puppet with markers, crayons, glue and all sorts of other materials. Then, Friday, June 19 there will be a collage creation session. This event will allow children and parents to create pictures out of beans, peas, crayons and all sorts of other crafts. Finally, there will be a third event Wednesday, June 26 to make bookmarks. Anyone interested can come and make their own paper bookmarks with stickers, stamps and more. These events are in celebration of Farragut Branch Library’s summer reading program. The activities are intended for children up to the age of 10. Each one is dedicated to encouraging children to read and to check out the library for a new book for the summer.

When I tell friends that we need to get more foreclosed homes on the market they sometimes look at me askance and ask, “You want more families kicked out of their homes? Why would you want that?” At first I thought I wasn’t making myself clear, I then realized that was only part of the problem. My listeners didn’t have enough understanding about foreclosures to know what I was talking about. It seems as there is a bit of an odd stigma on the word that has come with the bad times we have been facing. The home foreclosure disaster has been going on for so long that when you hear all sorts of tales about what happened to whom, and impossible stories of salvation or destruction, it is sometimes difficult to know what is true. The more we chatted, the more I found myself explaining not only the foreclosure market but the real estate market in general. I wanted to help give my friends an opportunity to better understand exactly what was going on in the market. And the more I thought about it, it wasn’t just my friends who were misinterpreting the terms that many agents throw around daily.

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Have you ever gone to the zoo and wished you could see the animals up close? Come visit the Farragut Branch Library to see a variety of zoo inhabitants when the Photo courtesy of hibu Knoxville Zoo Zoomobile visits Wednesday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. The library invites families to interact with and learn about a variety of parrots, snakes, spiders and amphibians. According to the Knoxville Zoo’s website, the event teaches audiences how these fascinating creatures are able to survive and how they’ve evolved to do so. Bone structures, feathers and more are just some of the biofacts discussed. All the handlers are specially trained to control the animals, most of which can be petted and touched. However, there may be some cases where they cannot. The sessions normally run 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the audience. Admission is free. Visit knoxlib.org for more details. —Greg Galiffa

Magician Michael Messing is visiting the Cedar Bluff Branch Library Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. Messing’s magical act is a mix of illusions, jokes and amazingly head-scratching Photo courtesy of hibu entertainment. He blends sleight of hand, audience participation and prank magic, such as the neverending handkerchief. While Messing doesn’t go as far to cut assistants in two, the event still draws a large audience to the library each year. The show is also a chance for the magician to highlight Cedar Bluff Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program. Messing highlights several magic books in stock at the library during his routine and encourages children in the audience to give them a shot. This Tennessee local is a member of the Order of Merlin, which is an honor given to magicians who have consistently practiced their craft for 25 years or more. It’s an award presented by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, according to their website, magician.org. —Greg Galiffa

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A little background Foreclosures, known by banks as REOs — which stands for “real estateowned” — make up only a portion of our real estate market. Some of the other elements are “short sale homes” and “non-distressed homes.” These are what we ordinarily think of when we think of “homes for sale.” Each makes up a portion of the homes that are for sale in our community. We keep hearing reports that there are tens of thousands of foreclosures “out there.” That’s true enough, but many of

More move-in-ready homes are needed on the market for families to purchase. Photo courtesy of hibu

them are not for sale. The banks already own them but for mysterious reasons are not selling them.

Foreclosures, known by banks as REOs — which stands for “real estateowned” — make up only a portion of our real estate market. The real situation As for kicking families out of their homes, if a home is already a bankowned REO foreclosure — got all that? — nobody is living there anyway. They’re done. If folks are still living there, they have not been foreclosed on yet. Foreclosure is completed once the property is auctioned off by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

So what is going on here? What we have here is a situation where the banks are not hiring Realtors to market their REO properties for them. Those properties are melting away in the sun, getting moldy and sometimes being vandalized. Does anyone think this makes any sense? Once they get into that condition, families are not able or willing to buy them to live in. Even with great credit, their lender will not give them a mortgage because the house doesn’t qualify. We really need more move-in-ready homes on the market for families to purchase, move into and get on with life. There are not enough homes for sale to go around right now. That’s why I say we need more foreclosure homes on the market, and we need them right now. Gerald Jacobs is a real estate broker and board member of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of the Chamber Education Foundation. He can be reached at Gerald@ GoGerald.com. June 2013 13


Reinventing Your Way of Life Carl Papa didn’t think of himself as an inventor until he became part of the TIA. by Doug Gausepohl Publication assistant

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he tangible things we use on a daily basis were all previously created in someone’s head. Feel that heat wave coming on as the calendar flips to June? We can thank Willis Carrier for inventing the air conditioner in 1902. Too lazy to get up off the couch and hit the buttons on the TV? The Zenith Radio Corporation created the first remote control for a television in 1950. Inventions that bettered our quality of life are all around us. The Tennessee Inventors Association is helping to carry on the art of inventing. The Tennessee Inventors Association was launched in Oak Ridge in 1983 as an organization that helps support and promote inventors. Members of the association are from all over the state, and even all over the country with members located in Ohio, Virginia and Florida. All of the members are independent inventors who use the association to lead them through the process of an invention, from putting the idea into action to finding out how and eventually getting the patent for their particular invention. Carl Papa was elected as president of the Tennessee Inventors Association in 2012 after being a part of the association since 2009. Papa’s journey to becoming president was a unique one, and one he never anticipated to take. Papa was working in federal court as the Chief of Pretrial Services, which would meet with a person in jail that committed a federal offense and help make decisions of whether the person should stay in jail until trial or be released on bond. In his spare time, Papa always had a knack for fixing things. “If my car needed to be fixed, I could easily fix it,” he said. “If something in my house needed fixing, I could usually do it myself.” Papa was a also a big fan of golfing, but found himself struggling to improve his swing. Several of his friends told him he was shifting his weight from his back foot to his front foot too late, resulting in his swing being off. To fix his swing problem, Papa created what he called the

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A gentleman with the Tennessee Inventors Association explains his invention idea during a presentation. At the TIA’s monthly meetings, inventors mingle with each other about different ideas for inventions and ways to go about making their products better or getting patents for them. Photo courtesy of Carl Papa

Pin High Pro. It was a mat that had a disc where the front foot would be planted when a golf player is swinging. After a certain amount of pressure is put on the disc from the foot, the device would beep. This helped Papa know when he was shifting his weight to his front foot, and helped him correct his swing. Once the product was created, Papa needed more guidance. “When I had an idea about a product, I didn’t really know what to do,” Papa explained. “When I was online looking for marketing ideas, the Tennessee Inventors Association was getting ready to meet that Saturday.” Papa attended the meeting and immediately noticed the amount of camaraderie among people in the association. “They support each other,” Papa said. “Most of the time, if you go home to your family and you have some idea, they’re going to shoot it down. It’s just the opposite in the Tennessee Inventors Association, because everyone thinks outside the box. So you see the potential in someone’s idea and support them. We support and encourage each other.” After that meeting, Papa caught on to the love of inventing

and creating, and would eventually become a staple of the association. Today, Papa has four patents to his name. “Once you get into this inventing mode, you’re never happy with it,” Papa said about things he’s invented. “You’re always messing with it to make it faster, better or smaller.” Papa wound up doing that with his Pin High Pro, taking the mat away and selling just the disc itself. The product has been popular, so much in fact that it was recently featured on Golf Digest’s website.

“Everything I’ve created is to help other people.” —Carl Papa, President of the Tennessee Inventors Association Other inventors have thrived under the guidance of the Tennessee Inventors Association. Joseph Angelini of Jacksonville, Fla. created and received a patent for a boat that folds into a suitcase-shaped box. Craig Weaver of Crossville invented a walker that lets a helper easily assist someone to stand from a seated position by using a lifting arm attached to the walker.

“There are really brilliant people in this area,” Papa said. Gordon Campbell has been a part of the board of directors of the Tennessee Inventors Association for 30 years. An inventor himself, Campbell has a lot of expertise to share about the inventing process. “We try to give you the correct directions to go in and get help with doing something with [your invention],” Campbell explained. “We try to give you support, who to go to, who to talk to and the best way to get your information.” Campbell has two inventions to his name, with more currently in the works. Campbell invented an electronic computing device to help grade papers for teachers, a task Campbell is familiar with as a former teacher himself. Campbell said he’s currently working with Apple to make his device into an app that can be used on smartphones. His second and most successful invention is a scent alarm device, which wakes up people by releasing an odor which alerts their nose. Campbell created the device with another inventor, Dewey Feezell. Campbell said they sold a lot of the devices, but when the patent expired, other companies picked up the concept. “That one was real successful,” Campbell said. “It was fun to do and was a lifesaver for people.” Campbell made the device specifically for deaf people, knowing that some people were so hard-of-hearing that they wouldn’t notice an alarm going off. The alarm also has an “ear” which sets off the scent if a smoke detector or another alarm in the house goes off. The scent, which is called “alarming cinnamon,” was tested at Duke University, where the longest it took to wake a person up was 30 seconds. Another positive of the device was that the smell didn’t linger in a room long after the device was turned off. “That was pretty amazing,” Campbell recalled. As a teacher, Campbell was used to helping people. Inventing things to make people’s lives simpler came naturally to him. “Everything I’ve created is to help other people,” Campbell explained. “I’m always trying to find something that would help your life and make it easier for you.” One of the most popular and successful people in the Tennessee Inventors Association was Igor Alexeff. Alexeff and his wife Anne were some of the founding members of the association and Igor had an outstanding 20 patents to his name. Papa admired Alexeff for the connection he kept over the years with the association. “A lot of times, when someone hits it big, they don’t come to the group meetings anymore,” Papa said. “Igor and Anne continued to come. They were pillars in the community.” Alexeff continued to attend the monthly Tennessee Inventors Association meetings until he became ill. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a disease of the nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain that control muscle movement. Alexeff died on Oct. 25, 2012. Papa remembers him as a quiet leader. “He never talked much about himself,” Papa recalled. “We all knew he was intelligent. We all knew that just by being around him. He’s missed for a lot of reasons. He was just a unique person. It was fun having him a part of the group. We Continued on next page June 2013 15


Top: A gentleman explains his latest invention to the TIA. Inventors that are associated with the TIA are from all over the state, and even hail from as far as Ohio. Top-right: Carl Papa presents a plaque dedicated to the memory of Igor Alexeff to his wife, Anne. Igor died after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Middle-left: Inventors talk to each other at the monthly meeting. Igor Alexeff attended every meeting until he became ill. Middle: Carl Papa leads a meeting discussion. Papa was elected president of the TIA in 2012. Bottom-left: Leo Knight, the president of Entrepreneurs of Knoxville, makes a guest presentation on generating different product ideas. Bottom: Members of the TIA take notes and research different ideas. Bottom-right: Papa hopes more people are willing to become members, and encourages people to attend a meeting to see how they like it. Photos courtesy of Carl Papa

Continued from previous page miss his interest in everyone’s ideas.” Anne Alexeff took a leave of absence from her position as treasurer once her husband passed away. Papa was happy to report that Anne had returned to her position in February. Even without Igor Alexeff there, the Tennessee Inventors Association moves on under the leadership of Papa. A few years ago, Papa wouldn’t of imagined himself in this position. “My career’s taken on a new life,” Papa said. The Pin High Pro that Papa invented is his big invention of the moment. He admits that he’s had some other ideas for other inventions, but the timing has to be there. “A lot of it is luck,” Papa said. “So many people have great ideas, they just don’t take off because it’s not the right time or they don’t get it in the hands of the right people.” Carl Papa’s life has changed since joining the Tennessee Inventors Association. People notice him on the street, and have heard of him before Papa even meets them. “There’s something unique about that,” Papa said. “It’s kind of hard to explain. I like the idea that I invented something. I feel blessed that I had that opportunity given to me.” Being a member of the association helped Papa realize the people in the Tennessee Inventors Association are a lot like him. “I like being around other people that invent stuff and think outside of the box,” Papa said. “I wouldn’t know about this culture if I didn’t have this idea.” Inventors are an integral part of what allows the world to continue to advance. Think about how life would be if Willis Carrier didn’t invent the air conditioner, or if the Zenith Radio Corporation never created a remote control for your television. Inventors are a special and necessary breed. “I think that you need new ideas all the time,” Papa said. “You need the inventing spirit to always look for something better. Inventors fix things; I fixed my golf swing. There’s problems people in the future are going to have, and [inventors] are the only way those problems are going to be solved. There’s always going to be a place in society for someone who thinks a little differently to fix or solve problems that most of us are having.” To find out how you can become a member of the Tennessee Inventors Association, visit tninventors.org to see when the next monthly meeting is. 16 June 2013

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makes the sport so thrilling. Kirkland is the media coordinator for Hard Knox Roller Girls

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How do you become a Hard Knox Roller Derby Girl? We do have a newbie session set up where people can come and view practice and decide if they are interested in it and then we do have a tryout process. There is a whole lot that a brand new skater goes through. There is a setup in terms of learning the rules, learning what kind of gear to get, learning how to skate. Some people come I just completely fresh. The first thing they need to learn is how to fall and how to take hits and stuff like that. You build from the ground up.

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How many girls are on the team? An entire roster is 14. You can travel with 16 for two alternates. Normally we are going to have a regular group of 14 out there on the bench ready to go.

Trace of Death, Miss Murder and Battle Ready Betty keep a tight wall to keep the opposing Jammer back. Photo courtesy of Todd Reinerio

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Do you guys hold fundraisers or outside events during days that competitions aren’t held? We are very active in the community. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit sports organization so we are all grassroots, skater owned and operated. We do all of the fundraising and all of the advertising. All of that is on our own time and out of our own pockets. We’ve been involved with tons of different organizations around the area.

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The Hard Knox Roller Girls are a 501(c)3 nonprofit group. The team donates time to local groups, charities and other nonprofits. The 2013 season is underway; don’t miss a chance to catch the team in action. Photo courtesy of Todd Reinerio

It’s A Hard Knox Life For Us Not only do the women risk injury each time they step foot in the rink, they make sure the crowed is well entertained. by Tony Morisset Publication assistant 18 June 2013

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ince 2006, the first women’s roller derby team in East Tennessee has been kicking butts and taking names. The 501(c)3 nonprofit sports organization funds its own trips. These girls may look sweet and innocent off the track, but once they lace up, the fierce competitiveness is noticed instantly.

In addition to skating as a team the women spend countless hours giving back to the community. Earlier team members attended Porter Elementary in Maryville at its fourth annual fitness fair. In full gear, team members showed students the softer side of roller derby while promoting physical fitness as well. Paradise Kirkland, also known as Battle Ready Betty in the rink, spoke with Oak Ridge Life about who the Hard Knox Roller Derby Girls are, what it takes to become one, and what

We’ve actually went to Porter Elementary and go to their fitness fair. This is the second or third year in a row we went there. We go down there and educate the kids and tell him the importance of exercising and eating right and do some exercises with them. We played tag and did stuff with the kids to show how fun exercising is.

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What type of girls do you get that sign up for the team? We get pretty much everybody. We got girls that are reserved that are a little softer spoken — people that are really vocal and in your face. We really have girls just all over the board. We have wives, mothers, working people. There is no one kind specific roller girl.

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What should girls know if they are thinking of lacing up for the Hard Knox Roller Derby team? It is a good idea that you know how to skate already. It is a good thing if you have insurance. Basically there isn’t anything you need other than those two things. We give you everything else that you need to know. We have areas open for skaters that want to play the sport. We have areas that are open for people that want to help out with advertising or helping the refs. There is not just one thing you can do with us and you can help out in so many ways. We are always looking

Big Ugly Bang signs an autograph for a fan at Porter Elementary Fitness Fair. Photo courtesy of Todd Reinerio

for anybody to come on and join us and revive the sport of derby and hopefully get it to the Olympics next time. It is actually on the board up for discussion for it to be in the Olympics so we are super excited.

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If you could describe Roller Derby as short as possible, what would you say? Fun, action packed, and great no matter who you are. June 2013 19


Children’s Museum Turns 40 The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge turns 40 and its deputy director celebrates the people who got it there. by Carroll Welch Community contributor

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he Children’s Museum of Oak RidgRidge celebrates the many acts of volunteerism, large and small, that have brought happiness and fond memories to children of all ages. Each volunteer is an essential part of making our museum a unique and eclectic resource for the children that we serve. Our volunteers are receptionists, docents, exhibit designers, carpenters, artists, teachers, landscapers, architects, policy makers, security officers, musicians, special events organizers, a marketing publicity team, sound technicians, web designer, drafting designers, graphic artists, technical assistants, and ambassadors. They

represent the heart of this museum and they are fine role models for many generations to come. Our teen volunteers provide invaluable service as they help with Imagination Station summer camps and special events, including the International Festival and Gala.

Museum Through the Ages The Children’s Museum is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Volunteers have been the heart of the museum since its founding on March 11, 1973. Through the years, we have enjoyed many partnerships with individuals, businesses, corporations, schools, and civic organizations. These affiliations have been an intricate part of the success of the Children’s Museum. Our most recent addition is our Girl Scout Exhibit, whose opening coin-

cided with the 100th birthday of the Girl Scout organization. Girl Scouts were the museum’s founders and first volunteers when Girl Scout Troop 69 received a $500 grant to start the Children’s Museum in 1973. The scouts opened a one-room museum in the library of the former Jefferson Junior High School. Today, the family-friendly regional museum fills the former Highland View School, fulfilling the Girl Scouts’ vision of a place where children and families could enjoy activities together. These Girl Scouts are an excellent example of how volunteers have so generously given their time and expertise to the Children’s Museum over the years.

What Makes It Worth It When I was leaving the museum a few weeks ago, a woman in the parking lot asked, “Is the Children’s Museum open?” She was a long-time Oak Ridge resident and was visiting the museum with her daughter, granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. The children were skipping toward the museum door.

“They help create lasting memories and unique experiences that the museum is able to offer to the community.

Top: Spice of India, Classical/Folk Indian Dancers at last year’s International Festival. Bottom left: Chris Clark, senior director of strategic program development. Bottom right: Long-time volunteer front desk receptionist and storekeeper, Diana Bagguley. Photos courtesy of Carroll Welch

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“This is a multi-generational visit! Is the polar bear still here?” she asked. This encounter reminded me strongly of why the work of volunteers at the Children’s Museum is so important – they help create lasting memories and unique experiences that the museum is able to offer to the community. We thank all of our volunteers for their many years of hard work, giving so much of their lives for the betterment of children and their families, and for their continued support.

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Stumbling Upon a Passion Chip Fischer and his daughter weren’t looking for the Atomic City Aquatic Club, but they’re sure glad they found it. by Chip Fischer Community contributor Kids have boundless energy. We’re talking Energizer Bunny energy. Take my word for it — I have an 8-year-old daughter. If I had a quarter of her energy, I would be an Olympic champion and you would see my face on Wheaties boxes. Thank goodness for the Atomic City Aquatic Club. We moved here from Florida. My daughter’s been in the water since she was 1, and has always enjoyed it. Logically, we figured we should put her in swim lessons. She could be doing something she enjoyed, could do for the rest of her life and we might develop at least some peace of mind. This was when we first discovered the Atomic City Aquatic Club. Every Saturday, she would learn to swim. After her weekly lesson, we would see Atomic City Aquatic Club team members strutting out onto the pool deck. They were kids of all shapes, ages and sizes. Some shivered. Some primped and posed. Others listened to music. But as they poised to jump from the blocks, you just knew that these bundles of energy were about to hit the water like a bolt of lightning. Those mornings we could see why they call this team the Atomic City Aquatic Club. We soon discovered the team was formed in 1951. It is the oldest swim team in the area. The likes of Olympic gold medalists Claire Donahue and Matt Vogel have had stints as training mates and members. In fact, Vogel came back to coach the team. It was and currently is a club with an impressive pedigree. The first time we saw an actual swim meet was by accident. We were not made aware that the pool was being used during our practice time for a competitive swim meet. We were a bit

Photo courtesy of Chip Fischer

ACAC The atomic city aquatic club started in 1951 as a competitive swim club based out of oak ridge. swimmers that competed on the team have gone on to swim at prestigious schools such as Tennessee, STANFORD, PENN STATE, minnesota AND AUBURN. perturbed — at the instructors, the Civic Center, and the team. But we stayed and watched. It was like the eighth wonder of the world. Teams from all over camped out in the gymnasium with their bags, goggles, beach chairs, blankets or towels laid out. Their team colors flying with fruit and snacks showing on the children’s faces. The pool deck itself was mobbed with kids, officials, coaches, spectators. There was sheer joy and camaraderie. Starters emitted their

undeniable bellows as the starter lights flashed. But we were mesmerized by one team — the one with the sleek black and red suits, with the now familiar “ACAC” insignia. Swim caps, some black, some red, again with “ACAC” prominently displayed, the goggles of all different shapes, ages and sizes. That same sense, multiplied exponentially, that these children we saw on other Saturdays would cause an atomic explosion upon water entry. My daughter, at 5, was hooked. Her father also was hooked. Now I’m like a religious zealot. The reason for my enthusiasm is not the competition. It’s not that my child now knows — really knows — how to swim all four competitive strokes and probably can beat me in one or two. It’s not that she is in a sport she can participate in the rest of her life (even golf is questionable — ask Tiger Woods in 20 years). Nor is it that she has developed friendships, camaraderie, leadership, sense of team, and high selfesteem. It’s not that I see kids who join the team at 6-9 years old, who can’t even swim one 25 yard length of the pool, swimming 50 yards and even 100 yards in weeks or months. It’s not that the meets are set up so that kids swim in heats with others who lay down similar times so that everyone has a chance to win a race. And it’s not because I know that my daughter isn’t among the minions of children whose only exercise consists of toning their thumbs with their electronic devices or (sorry daughter) exercising their mouths. And it isn’t because this has created the perfect outlet for my daughter’s boundless energy. It’s because of all of these things. If you are interested in learning more about the Atomic City Aquatic Club, you can go to swim4acac.com or email swim4acac@gmail.com. June 2013 21


Where Did All of Our Creativity Go? As kids we all loved to draw and paint, let’s work toward getting that feeling back. by Hannah Blythe Community Contributor

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hen was the last time you held a paintbrush? Or let yourself draw something other than a stick figure? It was probably sometime back in elementary school. Something happens between our parents pinning our drawings on the refrigerator and adulthood. Why is it that so many of us have lost the creativity to paint, draw or sculpt? I believe we let our self-consciousness get in the way. “What if I don’t like it, or worse, what if other people think it looks stupid?” we tend to think. At some point, we developed a worry about how others perceive us. It probably happened around the same time we started begging our parents for those superexpensive jeans.

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May 30

Oak Ridge High School Graduation Celebration

All graduates from Oak Ridge High School are invited to the 15th Annual Graduation Celebration at the Oak Ridge Civic Center, 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The event runs 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 30 and 31. Prizes will be given out. No drugs or alcohol are permitted.

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June 3

Battle of Campbell Station Exhibit

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15th Annunal Lavendar Festival

Art can become very personal for many people, and we don’t like to expose ourselves to the judgment of others. Overcoming this fear of art can be intimidating. We have to first admit we want to be creative. Most people don’t know how creative they truly are or how much creativity is truly valued in our culture. Think of it this way: Coca-Cola has been the same general product for decades. What is it about Coke that really changes with the times? It is the advertising, the packaging, the artwork, all the things that require the creativity to drive the consumer back time and time again.

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pring is here and that means it’s time to celebrate with the 15th Annual Lavender Festival beginning Friday, June 14. Come by Historic Jackson Square, 235 Jackson Square, to see the numerous vendors share their art, homemade jams, and music. The event is a great way to get outside and join thousands of other visitors as this festival grows each year. And don’t miss the Herbal Luncheon at noon with harpist Becky Hook, who will also be joining for your entertainment. There will also be cooking lessons and informative sessions throughout the festival. Other musical acts include Mighty House Band, Liz and Tim, Early Bird Special Come, Andy Howe Band, Allen McBride and more.

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need to release the tension and self-consciousness that comes along with it. Create in a space you feel comfortable. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself in the beginning. Do you think Michelangelo sculpted the David on his first try? Sometimes taking a class can help steer you in the right direction, but make sure you find the right fit. After a while, you will become confident in showing off your new creativity. You will be amazed at how impressed many people will be; your Facebook wall will be full of “likes” and comments about how creative you are. By simply taking a few steps toward being creative you will be impressed at how quickly your confidence rises, and how proud you become. Hannah Blythe is general manager of Simply Art Studios, which offers step-by-step painting, jewelry-making and floral design classes to people of all skill levels, to help everyone overcome the intimidation of art!

Overcoming your fears

The first step to finding your inner creativity is to find something that interests you. You may not be interested in drawing or painting, but that doesn’t mean you’re not creative. Many people design and create unique works of art every day that have nothing to do with paintbrushes. Think of the jewelry you could create, or a scrapbook you could put together, or even a cake you could decorate. Once you’ve found a creative outlet that interests you, you

Gotta go!

Arts and crafts were great fun for us as kids, but as adults we may not feel that way. Photo courtesy of hibu

The event concludes Saturday, June 15. Volunteers are welcome. For more information and vendor forms, email barbaraferrell24@aol.com or visit jacksonsquarelavendarfestival.org. If you’d like to make luncheon reservations or have questions, call 865-483-0961.

Come out learn about a piece of Farragut history through the Battle of Campbell Station Exhibit featured at the Farragut Folklife Museum, located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive in Knoxville. Items related to this historic battle will be on display. The exhibit is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will run until November. The event is free to all Photo courtesy of hibu who visit. townoffarragut.org • 865-966-7057

June 8

Knoxville Tour de Cure

The American Diabetes Association’s Knoxville Tour de Cure, is happening at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville. Registration costs $15 and check-in opens at 6 a.m., Rides begin at 7 a.m. for the earliest races. Several other races begin afterward. Breakfast will be served to those who enter. For more information, email Photo courtesy of hibu wmullings@diabetes.org main.diabetes.org • 1-888-DIABETES, ext. 3343 June 2013 23


Advice

The Truth About Hydration Fitness Together owner Andrew Henderson gives tips on staying properly hydrated this summer. by Andrew Henderson Community contributor

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ummer is here and it’s time to go out and play. Whether you’re into golfing, tennis, running, hiking, biking, or any other activity, staying properly hydrated is crucial to your overall health as well as your performance. The goal of this article is to shine some light on this topic, and see what guidelines “hold water” and which ones are just “all wet” (please forgive the puns). “How much water do we actually need?” is a question that we hear a lot, so

the simple answer is “enough to stay optimally hydrated.” But, how do you know if you are hydrated or not? A simple way is to look at the color of your urine; if it is darker than the color of the sun, then you are probably dehydrated. The exception to this rule of thumb is if you are taking a mulit-vitamin that can discolor it. Other symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, fatigue, headache and dizziness. While the typical guideline of six to eight glasses of water a day is a good starting point, your particular situation (medical condition, heavy exerciser, medications) may require more or less.

Fostering a Family Foster children across the area have been cared for by members of the Camelot Care Center, located at 103 Donner Drive. According to Licensure and Recruitment Administrator, Chante LaDage Hensley, MSW, there are more than 9,000 foster children in Tennessee. Almost 800 of those children are in the Knoxville area alone along with about 350 foster families. If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent or know someone is, contact the center at 865-481-3972 or visit the website at thecamelotdifference.com for more information.

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Fitness Together, Hardin Valley location. Photo courtesy of Andrew Henderson

Camelot Care Center has several locations across the state, two of which are located in East Tennessee. Other than their Oak Ridge location, there is an office at 240 W. Central Ave. in Lafollette. The following pictures are pictures of families and children from the center. Photo courtesy of Meghan Posey

Water you drinking?

Andrew Henderson is the owner of Fitness Together Photo courtesy of Andrew Henderson

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What else can I drink besides water? I get it — some people don’t drink enough water because they just don’t like it. An inexpensive and low calorie way to flavor your water is to infuse it with fresh lemons, oranges, berries or melon. Keep a large pitcher of water with some of your favorite fruits in the refrigerator and see how long it lasts. There are other drinks besides water that can help you stay hydrated. While water is usually still the best choice, milk, juice, herbal teas and even small amounts of coffee can all serve to keep you hydrated. If you are exercising vigorously for more than an hour, a sports drink that provides carbohydrates and electrolytes may also be beneficial. However, be careful of consuming too many calories! I typically advise our clients to stay away from soft drinks and energy drinks, even the low-calorie variety. They often have a lot of chemicals and stimulants that may not be healthy for us. Last, don’t forget about fresh fruits and vegetables that contain water as well. A watermelon’s weight is 92 percent water, an orange is 82 percent water, and a cucumber is whopping 95 percent water. Like anything, knowledge without action is not going to do much, so commit to tracking your hydration, and monitor the amount of sodium, caffeine, alcohol and other dehydrating agents while increasing the amount of pure water and other healthy drinks. Start with a small goal of replacing one “bad” drink with one “good” one each day and I think you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.   Andrew Henderson owns two Fitness Together centers located at 10752 Hardin Valley Road in Hardin Valley and at 9430 S. Northshore Drive in Northshore.

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JUNE events

Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information.

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WHERE: Market Square, Knoxville INFO: Call 215-3815

Thursday 16 Avett Brothers 8 p.m.

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WHERE: Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville PRICE: $46.50, $43, $29 INFO: Call 877-995-9961

FRIDAY 17 Photoshop 4 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. WHAT: Learn advanced layer techniques to selectively hide and reveal portions of artwork, to align images, and to add layer effects to a type layer. WHERE: The University of Tennessee, 527 Andy Holt Ave., Knoxville INFO: Call 865-974-9679 or email jdmiles@utk.edu

FREE FRIDAY 17 The Rite of Spring 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 S Gay St., Knoxville PRICE: $11 - $83 INFO: Call 865-656-4444 or visit knoxvillesymphony.com

Friday 17 Bike to Work Day 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. WHAT: Bike commutes are invited to stop by for a free biscuit & coffee. Awards for best decorated commuters will be presented at 8 a.m.

Friday 17 Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: The Rite of Spring 7:30 p.m. WHAT: Lucas Richman, conductor Inbal Segev, cello Wagner: Overture to Tannhauser Richman: Three Pieces for Cello & Orchestra Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring. WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville INFO: Call 865-291-3310 or email info@tennesseetheatre.com

Friday 17 Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service 10 a.m. WHAT: All law enforcement agencies from the Knoxville area will remember the service of peace officers who passed away from May 2012 until the present. WHERE: Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum (Mary Costa Plaza), ‘500 Howard Baker Junior Avenue, Knoxville INFO: Email hillary.coward@ knoxsheriff.org

Friday 17 Sunset Dinner Cruise Volunteer Princess Yacht 6 p.m.

show your private table. WHERE: Volunteer Princess Cruises, 956 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville PRICE: Adults: $45.95, Children (10 and Under): $22.95 INFO: Call 865-541-4556 or email volunteercruises@bellsouth.net

FOOD Friday 17 Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: The Rite of Spring 7:30 - 10 p.m. WHAT: The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform the final concert at the historic Tennessee Theatre. WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville INFO: Call 865-521-2317 or email rdellinger@knoxvillesymphony.com

Friday 17-18 Knoxville Flea Market 3 - 7 p.m. WHAT: Over 300 booths of antiques, crafts, jewellry, surplus, bath & body, candles, etc. WHERE: Knoxville Expo Centre, 5441 Clinton Hwy., McClain Shopping Centre, Knoxville INFO: Call 502-456-2244 or visit stewartpromotions.com

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Saturday 18 CASA Run for the Child 8 a.m. WHERE: Roane State Community College, 276 Patton Ln., Harriman PRICE: Adult runners and walkers: $20, Child under 15: $15 INFO: Call 865-4186 or visit casaninth.org or email info@ casaninth.org

SATURDAY 18 Panther Creek Challenge 9 a.m. WHAT: The course will begin at the overlook in the northwest corner of the park, descend a steep single track and then wind up, down and around, in a dizzying ten-mile series of circuitous loops through the woods and along the glittering waters of the lake. WHERE: Panther Creek State Park, 2010 Panther Creek Park Road, Morristown INFO: Call 423-312-0140

Saturday 18 PJ 5k 9 a.m. WHAT: Novice to experienced runners are encouraged to roll out of bed, come out in their pajamas and run to find a cure for CF! WHERE: World's Fair Park Lawn, 1600 Worlds Fair Park Dr., Knoxville PRICE: $25, $30, $35 INFO: Call 865-583-0355 FOOD • FAMILY

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JUNE events

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Let us know about any upcoming events. Email us at oakridge@hibu.com Saturday 18 Sevierville Sprint Triathlon & Kid’s Splash and Dash 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. WHAT: Pool sprint triathlon 150yd S -18K B - 5K R. WHERE: City Park Outdoor Pool, Sevierville INFO: Visit imathlete.com

Saturday 18 Children’s Festival of Reading 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. WHAT: World’s Fair Park will come alive with world-class children’s book authors and illustrators, storytellers, musicians, and all manner of crazy fun. WHERE: World’s Fair Park, 1600 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville INFO: Visit knoxlib.org

Sunday 19 Darius Rucker "The True Believers Tour" with special guest Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville, TN PRICE: $62, $50, $39 INFO: Call 877-995-9961

SUNDAY 19 Heart & Sole 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run 3 p.m. WHAT: Courses take runners through the beautiful

Westmoreland area starting & finishing on the Sacred Heart campus. WHERE: Sacred Heart campus, 711 S. Northshore Dr., Knoxville INFO: Call 865-558-4126 or visit tngrandprix.com or email katwolski@comcast.net

MONDAY 20 Comparative & Experimental Medicine and Public Health Research Symposium 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHAT: Presentations on human and animal health research on the UT Agricultural Campus. WHERE: 2431 Joe Johnson Drive, University of Tennessee, Knoxville INFO: Call 865-974-7446 or visit vet.utk.edu or email mmcginn2@ utk.edu

FREE Monday 20 The Price is Right 7:30 p.m. WHAT: The Price Is Right Live! is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "Come On Down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show. WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 S Gay Street, Knoxville PRICE: $78, $48, $38 INFO: Call 865-684-1200

Friday 24 Art A La Carte Noon - 1 p.m. WHAT: A series of brown bag luncheons that may include video tours of other museums or special exhibitions, profiles of national , international and regional artists and their work, and features on specific media and techniques for handling that medium. WHERE: The Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Road, Oak Ridge

FREE Saturday 25 Hard Knox Roller Girls vs. NRV Christiansburg, VA 8 p.m. WHERE: Knoxville Civic AuditoriumColiseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville PRICE: $12, Kids (ages 6-12): $8, Kids (ages 5-under): Free INFO: Call 877-995-9961

Friday 31 The Addams Family 8 p.m. WHAT: A visually satisfying, ribtickling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death! WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 S Gay Street, Knoxville PRICE: $77, $67, $52, $37 INFO: Call 865-684-1200

june Saturday 1 Knoxville Firefighters Association Benefit Concert Featuring: The Family Stone 8 p.m. WHAT: Featuring the Powerful Voices of Alex Davis and Trina Johnson on vocals bringing you the message of peace, love, and social consciousness through musical harmony with some of the funkiest players of all time. WHERE: Knoxville Civic AuditoriumColiseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville PRICE: $27.50 INFO: Call 877-995-9961

MONDAY 3 An Evening with Widespread Panic 7:30 p.m. WHAT: Widespread Panic offer listeners the sonic equivalent of a dip in a cool mountain stream. WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville PRICE: $45 INFO: Call 865-684-1200 or email info@tennesseetheatre.com

Thursday 6 Kevin James 8 p.m. WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 S Gay Street, Knoxville PRICE: $69, $49 INFO: Call 865-684-1200

Friday 7 Knoxville NightHawks vs. Louisiana Swashbucklers 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 15 Knoxville NightHawks vs. Alabama Hammers 7 p.m.

WHERE: Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville PRICE: $48, $32, $26, $18, $14, $10 INFO: Call 865-686-6106 or email sales@knoxvillenighthawks.com

WHERE: Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville PRICE: $48, $32, $26, $18, $14, $10 INFO: Call 865-686-6106 or email sales@knoxvillenighthawks.com

TUESDAY 11 Earth, Wind and Fire “NOW, THEN & FOREVER” Tour 8 p.m.

Thursday 20 Concerts on the Square 7 - 9 p.m.

WHAT: EWF combines high-calibre musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism and ’70s multicultural spiritualism. WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville PRICE: $79 INFO: Call 865-684-1200 or email info@tennesseetheatre.com

Saturday 15 Clayton Center Celebration Expo, Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit 10 a.m. WHAT: Join for a day of fun for the entire family. The Clayton Center is parterning with Independent Insurance Consultants to bring East Tennessee a fun filled day celebrating healthy Minds, Body and Spirit. WHERE: Clayton Center for the Arts (William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer), 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville INFO: Call 865-981-8590 FREE • FAMILY

WHAT: Variety Thursday, come to Market Square to listen to live music performed by Knoxville Community Band. WHERE: Market Square, Knoxville INFO: Call 215-4248

Friday 21 Summer Solstice Party 6 p.m. WHAT: Celebrate the summer solstice at a farm-to-table dinner on the grounds of the Knoxville Botanical Garden. WHERE: Knoxville Botanical Garden, 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville INFO: Call 865-862-8717 or email info@knoxgarden.org

FOOD Saturday 22 Terry Minor Golf Classic 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. WHAT: “Create an Opportunity for Change “in the 11th Annual Terry Minor Golf Classic. WHERE: Three Ridges Golf course, 6101 Wise Springs Rd., Knoxville INFO: Call 865-321-0685 or email

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FAMILY Saturday 22 Cherokee Heritage Day 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. WHAT: Relive the events surrounding the Signing of the Treaty of the Holston. WHERE: James White Fort Association, 205 Hill Ave., SE, Knoxville INFO: Call 525-6514

FREE Saturday 22 Rocck Racing 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. WHAT: Radio operated car racing presented by the Radio Operated Car Club of Knoxville. WHERE: Chilhowee Park (Tractor Pull Area), 3301 E Magnolia Ave., Knoxville INFO: Visit rocckracing.com

Saturday 22-23 Kuumba 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. WHAT: The largest African American cultural arts festival in East Tennessee. WHERE: Chilhowee Park, 3301 E Magnolia Ave., Knoxville INFO: Call 865-217-6786

MONDAY 24-28 Junior Playhouse Summer Academy 2013 1 - 4:30 p.m.

presentation, audition techniques and music and movement for acting. (Grades 3-5) WHERE: Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway in, Historic Jackson Square, Oak Ridge PRICE: $125 INFO: Call 865-805-1307

Thursday 27 Patriotic Bike Parade 6:30 p.m. WHAT: Festival Bike Parade, decorate your bike and ride in the bike parade. WHERE: Market Square, 411 Gay St., LLC, Knoxville INFO: Call 865-215-4248

FAMILY ONGOING 31, Jun. 1 The Addams Family 8 p.m. WHAT: The Adams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy. WHERE: Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville PRICE: $37 - $77 INFO: Call 865-684-1200 or email info@tennesseetheatre.com

ONGOING may 31, June 2 Fanboy Expo Noon - 7 p.m. WHAT: Pop culture and comic collectors show. WHERE: Jacob Building, Knoxville INFO: Visit fanboyexpo.com

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and another thing . . . Student Spreads Message Across Knox County Farragut student trying to stop use of a derogatory term in Knox area schools. Greg Galiffa Publication assistant In an effort to stop the use of an insensitive term to describe those with developmental disabilities, one Farragut teenager has met with hundreds of school officials and thousands of students to make sure her message is heard. Natalie Campbell, 15, is a freshman at Farragut High School who started campaigning for the Spread the Word to End the Word movement three years ago. Her younger sister Olivia, 13, was born with Down syndrome. Ever since she was young, Natalie protected her sister. With the Spread the Word movement, that protective nature has developed into a full-blown venture to prevent students, teachers, parents, administrators and anyone else who’s willing to listen from using the word “retarded” to describe someone with developmental disabilities. “My dream is to build a support system around Olivia so that she won’t have to deal with the bullying,” Natalie said. “If I can just save her from one comment, it’s completely worth it for me.” Her speeches are concentrated on students in the Farragut School District. In March, she and a few of her friends set up

rallies at Farragut Middle School and High School. T-shirts were made; wristbands worn. During the assembly, students watched videos and listened to speeches. The support system was growing. “She’s reaching more than 3,000 students who are then talking to their families when they come home with a wristband or a T-shirt,” said Jackie Campbell, Natalie’s mother. “It reaches so many.” But the students she reaches out to can only do so much. It’s just as much the teachers’ and administrators’ responsibility. Natalie knew this, so she made a move on that as well. More than 250 people, including Knoxville County superintendants, teachers, and the like, gathered March 7 of last year to hear the freshman speak. “It is very important for teachers to get passionate about this,” Natalie said. “I wanted to make sure they would take action if they heard students using the word.” The support system needs to spread further, though. She wants to reach out to more than Knoxville. She wants to talk to all the different schools across the area, which is why speaking to the “big wigs,” as her mother said, assured more exposure — more exposure that Natalie believes is a “good gateway to talking to other schools.”

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