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Two million miles and still going By Joe Rector John Brown has spent his life in the cab of an 18-wheeler. During that time, he’s been as safe a driver as anyone who’s ever hit the highways. Brown was recognized recently for an astounding feat. Not only has he driven more than 2 million miles for Conway Freight, but he has covered those miles without an accident. To put things in perspective, Brown has driven a 70-foot rig accident-free a distance equal to 80 trips around the earth or more than four round trips to the moon. A 1969 graduate of Karns High School, Brown began driving a truck when he was a teen. His family owned a furniture store in Oliver Springs, and he worked delivering furniture after school and during the summers. He was a publications and ad specialist with the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1969-1975. His driving career began at Skyline Freight, where he began as a dispatcher and ran a route

John Brown has spent most of his working years driving. Photo by Joe Rector

John Brown helps his grandfather drive a tractor on their farm in Karns. Photo submitted

to Greenville, Tenn., for 13 1/2 years. He has no idea how many miles he drove during that time. In 1991 Brown began at Conway and worked part time. The next year he became a full-time employee. He’s driven daytime driving hauls to Birmingham, Ala. One way the trip takes about five hours. This year he will start a route to Roanoke, Va., that will take approximately 4 1/2 hours each way. “It seems that I’ve been driving all my life,” he said. The best things about the job are meeting new people and seeing the countryside. Brown also says he’s able to think things over during the trips

before he makes decisions. When he needs entertainment, he listens to music and books on tape. The time is quiet because personal cell phone use isn’t allowed. Most of all, he likes being his own boss when he drives down the road. Among the things he doesn’t like about the job are tailgaters. “I despise tailgaters. Speed isn’t what kills. Instead, it’s following the car in front too closely. If a driver can’t see the rear tires of the vehicle in front of him, he’s too close,” he said. Brown also has a strong dislike for moms who have a carload of children and a phone at their ear. He says many of them zip between lanes at high speed

or hold up traffic by driving too slowly in the inside lane. John and his wife, Terrie, have been married for 31 years. They have sons: Justin, 28, and James, 26. Away from work, he and Terrie visit yard sales and find antiques. For his 45th birthday, Terrie bought him a 1966 Chevy Nova he’s worked to restore. Brown says he loves his job. Conway will present him a 2 million mile jacket at a celebration later in the year. He’s also earned company reward points for a variety of items. Brown has already started on his next million miles. He’s a safe driver and one with whom other motorists will gladly share the road.

Mayor Brown takes charge By Betty Bean Becoming mayor overnight is a big adjustment – just ask Daniel Brown, whose new office affords him a panoramic view of the Tennessee River between the now-closed Henley and Gay Street bridges. “Looking over there, the Gay Street Bridge is jammed,” Brown said. “A lot of times over the past few days, I’ll think ‘They should do something about this and they should do that.’ Then I realize ‘they’ is me.” The 6th District City Council member was named interim mayor by his City Council colleagues last Monday in the 11th round of voting. He succeeds Gov. Bill Haslam, who resigned shortly before Brown was selected. He will serve until a new mayor is elected and sworn into office in December. Meantime, there’s a city to run.

He says he plans to lean heavily on the services of Haslam mainstays Larry Martin and Bill Lyons. “I’m very glad they’re here,” he said. “If they had resigned or if the governor-elect had taken them with him, that would have been a major upheaval. This means stability. Those two gentlemen remaining in place will allow us to move smoothly during this transitional period. They really are the movers and shakers. And City Recorder Cindy Mitchell, she is of great help as well.” Brown, 64, is a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service, a longtime community volunteer and election worker, and a graduate of Tennessee State University. He has been a council member for a year and was considered something of a sleeper for the job of interim mayor because he

played his cards so close to the vest. “When people first started asking me if I was interested, I just answered, ‘We’ll see.’ Then when the mayor gave his press conference announcing when he’d resign, I saw where five of my colleagues said they were interested. I thought I better start letting people know that I was interested, too. “The morning we voted, because of the Sunshine Law, I had no idea how things were going to turn out. I knew I would get one vote – my own. Then, when we started voting and things were at a standstill, I thought ‘This may not work.’ But it did. “I believe that everyone on that council has integrity. I’ve said it before and will say it again – any one of us could have done this job and I respect and admire each and every one on that council. I



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The winter of our discontent Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. His is certainly the most recognized name among the thousands who worked to advance the cause of civil rights in this country during the last half of the 20th century. King – and others – gave their lives to the cause. King and his followers practiced Gandhi’s nonviolent mass civil disobedience as a way of effecting change. One wonders what he would make of today’s political climate in which overheated rhetoric has unquestionably incited the sort of violence this community suffered not so long ago at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Set aside for the moment the motivation of Jared Loughner, who police say murdered six people in Tuscon, Ariz., last week. Loughner’s attempt to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, may have been more than a coincidence, but the evidence is mounting that Loughner is insane, if not in the legal sense. Whether or not you think that Loughner and others similarly unbalanced can be driven to murder by television and radio “commentators,” it’s hard to conjure an argument in support of the invective we’re bombarded with daily. Politics has always been a rough and tumble sport, but a sinister cast has overtaken so-called “civil discourse,” and where it will end is anyone’s guess. We contribute to the problem when we allow willful ignorance to color our views and thus become pawns to one faction or another. The latest example of this is the push to repeal the recently enacted health care law in the face of a Congressional Budget Office review that says doing so will add about $200 billion to the deficit over the next decade. What’s the reaction to this news from those who oppose the law on (for example) the grounds that it violates their right of “choice”

BOGO at the zoo Through Monday, Jan. 31, visitors can present an outdated phone book at the Knoxville Zoo and receive one free admission ticket with the purchase of another. Since the zoo is currently celebrating Penguin Discount Days when admission is halfprice, visitors who bring an outdated phone book can get two admissions for half the

A fan stands near the entrance to Buford Pusser’s home in Adamsville, which is now a museum. in health care? They simply don’t believe it. Facts have taken a backseat to “beliefs.” Demagogues on the right and the left are not new on the American scene. But one could make a strong argument that not since the years leading up to the Civil War have the clashes between opposing views inflamed and polarized the public like today. We don’t have to agree with one another. (How boring would that be?) But there’s an edge of truth in the teasing adage about “respecting your right to be wrong.” Let’s bring back that respect. Snow didn’t slow down our intrepid contributors this week. Wendy Smith takes you on a walk with City Council member Duane Grieve, Lorraine Furtner meets a young man who stands out in a crowd, and Betty Bean wonders if Bill Haslam might become a national political figure sooner than you think. Wherever you receive the Shopper-News, you can check out every edition online at Let us know what you think of the new website. It’s a work in progress, but we’re making changes we hope you’ll like. Contact Larry Van Guilder at

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‘Walking on’

Daughter recalls Buford Pusser in memoir

Rhyne recalls meeting Buford Pusser

Dwana Pusser figures if anybody ought to be insane, it’s her. After all, her mother was murdered when Dwana was 6. Her father died in her arms when she was 13.

Jake Mabe Oh, and by the way — her father was legendary McNairy County, Tenn. Sheriff Buford Pusser. Dwana tells her story, and highlights much of her father’s career, in a new memoir, “Walking On.” Co-written with Ken Beck and Jim Clark (who previously authored an excellent book on “The Andy Griffith Show”), Dwana’s story is a quick, engaging and, at times, heartbreaking read. She does a lot to demystify the stories surrounding her famous father. She even provides, complete with documentation, a theory behind Buford Pusser’s controversial death on Aug. 21, 1974, in a car crash that she believes was not an accident. In many ways, Buford’s real life story is more exciting than the version Hollywood filmed as the “Walking Tall” trilogy in the 1970s.

“Walking On” by Dwana Pusser (with Ken Beck and Jim Clark) is available from Pelican Publishing Company. It can be purchased at book outlets or online at Born in Finger, Tenn. (McNairy County), in 1937, Pusser joined the Marines after high school, but was honorably discharged three months later because of serious asthma. He wrestled professionally for a short time and worked at Union Bag Company in Chicago before marrying Pauline Mullins and moving back to McNairy County in 1961-62 to become the city of Adamsville’s police chief, taking over for his ailing father, Carl. Pusser had already butted heads with the so-called State Line Mob, a group that ran a notorious gambling, moonshine and prostitution operation on the Tennessee/ Mississippi border. According to Dwana, Buford visited one of the joints, the Plantation Club, in March 1957. He caught one of the dealers switching dice on him during a game of craps, was jumped by four of the workers, pistolwhipped and beaten, robbed, and left for dead in the pouring rain. Doctors later sewed 192 stitches into him. Pusser got his revenge on Dec. 13, 1959, when he and two friends drove from Chicago back to the state line. He used a fence post – not the famous Hollywood stick – to hit one of the men responsible, W.O. Hathcock Jr., on the head. According to Dwana, Pusser and his pals escaped prosecution because an enterprising friend back in Chicago had time-stamped their time cards at the bag company the

“Walking On” is Dwana Pusser’s story about her life and memories of her legendary father, former McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser, of “Walking Tall” fame. day of the attack to give them an “alibi.” The biggest myth about Buford Pusser is that he wielded a large, wooden stick while chasing down crooks. It’s the one image that most people who saw “Walking Tall” remember about him. It’s pure Hollywood. Other than the fence post, Dwana writes that her father would sometimes use either a billy club or a switch (or his fists), but never a big stick. For the longest time, she says, he didn’t even carry a gun. After “Walking Tall” became a box office hit, Pusser would carry a stick to promotional appearances. Pusser was the youngest sheriff ever elected in the state of Tennessee when he won the 1964 McNairy County sheriff’s race at age 26. Unlike in the movie, which shows him with several deputies from the outset, Pusser was a one-officer police force at first. Like in the movie, he did hire the county’s first African-American deputy, Dave Lipford. The movie character Obra Eaker is based on him. Pusser eventually shot and killed one of the State Line Mob’s leaders, Louise Hathcock, on Feb. 1, 1966. An Illinois couple staying at Hathcock’s infamous Shamrock Motel on the state line reported to the sheriff’s office that $500 and some jewelry had been reported stolen from their room. According to Dwana, this happened many times to unsuspecting motorists who picked the wrong place to spend the night. The character of Callie Hacker in the first “Walking Tall” film is based on Hathcock. A drunken Hathcock shot at Pusser in her room at the motel, but missed. Her second shot misfired. Pusser killed her with three shots. The coroner later had to pry Hathcock’s revolver from her hand. As is accurately portrayed in the first film, Pusser was indeed once shot in the face by an unknown woman driver. And his wife, Pauline, was indeed killed in an ambush shooting on Aug. 12, 1967. Pusser had received an anonymous tip early that morning that something was wrong at the state line. Pauline decided to tag along and was killed when three shooters traveling in a Cadillac behind the Pussers opened fire. Pauline was hit in the head. When Pusser stopped the car to assist her, the shooters returned. Bullets blew off the lower left half of his face, including much of his jaw and several teeth.

Union County resident Marie Rhyne and her husband, Maynardville city manager Jack Rhyne, met Sheriff Buford Pusser several times through the Tennessee Jaycettes. Pusser was named one of the state Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Men in 1969. As Marie recalls, “When I was state president of the Tennessee Jaycettes, we saw and talked to him on occasion. One of my vice presidents was from Selmer (in McNairy County) and she is the one who introduced him. “I remember the first time I saw him. He got on the elevator with us (we had not met at this time) but I think he was the tallest person I had ever seen! He and I were supposed to judge a beauty contest in Smithville. However he didn’t show! But it was raining so hard I don’t blame him because we judged outside. “He was larger than life and every time we saw him, a gentleman.”

This marker along U.S. Highway 64 four miles west of Adamsville, Tenn., marks the spot at which Buford Pusser died in a controversial car accident on Aug. 21, 1974. File photo by Jake Mabe Accounts vary as to why Pauline Pusser accompanied her husband that morning. Dwana says that her mother asked her father to buy her breakfast on the way back and believed that her presence would cause him to finish work more quickly so the family could leave on a planned trip to see Pauline’s parents. In his 1971 book “The Twelfth of August,” author W.R. Morris writes – less convincingly – that Pauline was worried something would happen to her husband and decided to go with him. He even includes the ridiculous notion that Pusser cradled his wife in his arms, vowing aloud to catch her killers, before remembering a page or two later that Pusser’s jaw was shot off and he couldn’t speak. The ambush brought national attention, and federal agents, to McNairy County. Tennessee Gov. Buford Ellington offered a $5,000

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Retrospect at Beaver Ridge United Methodist Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church is offering another evening out for people who enjoy music. On Jan. 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the church will serve a four-course gourmet dinner. Entertainment for the event will be the group Retrospect. The meal includes appetizers, a spicy tomato soup, double entrees of beef and chicken, vegetables, and a special dessert of homemade apple pie in keeping with the Americana theme of the music. Retrospect formed in 1997. The members got together when the minister at Beaver Ridge, Catherine Nance, was serving a church in Norris. Over the years Retrospect has performed at numerous parties and weddings, the Museum of Appalachia and other venues. They also have released a CD entitled “Spirit Is a-Movin.” The group has a Facebook page with contact information. Brad Nance says that the group’s music focuses on Americana and alternative folk. He added that their influences include Peter, Paul, and Mary, Don Williams and Eva Cassidy. The reservation deadline is noon on Jan. 19. The cost is $18 for adults. ($5 for children 12 and under.) Families will pay no more than $50. Call the church office at

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690-1060 for information or reservations. Proceeds from the evening will go toward funding the church choir.

Ball Camp Baptist children’s program Children at Ball Camp Baptist Church recently presented a musical program for other church members entitled, “First Action Heroes.” Children from grades K-5 performed. The church encourages youth to be involved in programs, as well as in the youth ministry.

The younger members of Ball Camp Baptist Church present a musical program. Photo submitted

‘Walking On’ reward for any information leading to the shooters’ capture. The citizens of McNairy County offered another $2,500. Fourteen .30 caliber cartridge cases were found at the scene of the Members of the group Retrospect include Dan Thomas, Brad shooting. Eleven bullet holes Nance, Tom Bates, Cindy Hopper and David Hopper. Photo sub- were found in the Plymouth mitted that Pusser was driving. Within three years, all of the suspected killers, profes■ April 30: Dogwood ■ April 15-17: Dogsional assassins from out of wood Arts Festival Market Arts Festival Chalk Walk, state, were dead. Square Art Fair Market Square & Krutch “So, who was behind their ■ April 19-30: KnoxPark, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. deaths?” Dwana writes. “I ville Botanical Gardens’ don’t know. But there are ■ April 30: Market Tapestry of Flowers, some folks who believe Daddy Square Farmers Market Krutch Park Extension got to one or more of them.” in conjunction with Chalk ■ April 29: Dogwood Pusser was driven to Walk, Market Street, 9 Parade, Gay St., 7 p.m. Memphis’s Baptist Memoa.m. to 2 p.m. ■ April 29: Dogwood rial Hospital for emergency Mile, Gay St., 8:45 p.m. ■ May 6: First Friday surgery. The room was surrounded by armed guards.

Karns Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 7184 Knoxville, TN 37921 29 Membership Program 865.691-10 Fire Chief 865.691.8994 Business Phone: 691-1333


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the Board of Directors t (KVFD), the Corporate Board and The Karns Volunteer Fire Departmen to transition the KVFD from a ed decid has ue, reven stent consi in order to develop stable and nteer Fire Department bership department. The Karns Volu donation only department to a mem ip is our only funding bersh Mem ce. servi you to provide does not receive any Tax Dollars in January 2011. source. The new program will begin ted the requested amount ent? It means that if you have dona What will this mean to you the resid on 7 cents per square based is ip bersh Mem . rence diffe or no in the past years you should see little membership fee is Your e. offic s ssor’ Asse ty the Knox Coun foot and square footage is based on like to assist the d woul you if donate additionally, still tax deductible and you may er. earli department in reaching our goals KVFD as a member or past will now be required to join the Those who have not donated in the costs which will result l actua at ed charg be will services Proudly Serving be charged for service. The cost of these ip fee (see enclosed bersh mem al annu tly more than the in your receiving a bill for significan Cost of Service on back of invoice). public. That said those nd to a request for service from the The KVFD will never fail to respo ving our ability to impro and g tainin main of in the cost who fail to join the KVFD and share the fact. after ered deliv ces to pay a premium for servi service you the public, should expect m that will allow us a stable and predictable revenue strea This will mean that the KVFD will have ion (ISO) Class nizat Orga ces Servi ance Insur our Improve the new fire to move forward with plans to 1.) begin To 2.) ance. insur rs fire and homeowne by 8 to 12 D rating and decrease the cost of your KVF the of side response times to the west station for Hardin Valley, cutting apparatus. 4.) Hire trained aging our ce repla to e engin fire new a 3.) Purchase of minutes. properly, 24 hours a day. is ready to respond and maintained drivers to insure that the equipment ct you. prote to teer volun who ment for those 5.) Provide the best training and equip avoid any direct costs to become a member of the KVFD and The KVFD strongly encourages you department. fire your of ort supp nued conti for service. We look forward to your Thank you, The Karns Volunteer Fire Departmen

t, the Corporate Board and the Board

Pusser said if he had it to do over again he wouldn’t have sought to be sheriff. “When I think of what I lost,” he told Charles Thompson of the Nashville Tennessean, “Pauline, her death – it just wasn’t worth it.” “I started the 1st grade the following week,” Dwana writes, “just like any other normal 6-year-old kid.” Next week: Part II will cover the Hollywood film version of Buford Pusser’s story, including analysis of “Walking Tall” from UT film studies professor Chuck Maland and Dwana’s dramatic account of Pusser’s controversial August 1974 death. Call Jake Mabe at 922-4136 or e-mail Visit his blog at

1. Why do we need to change how we fund the department? The reason for the change has occurred over the last several years, as the Karns Volunteer Fire Department’s area has grown and the increased its call volume, the donation rate has remained at only 20%. This means that 80% of the residents do not donate to defray the operational costs of running a fire department.

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He was unable to attend his wife’s funeral because of his injuries (unlike his dramatic appearance at Pauline’s funeral in the 1973 film). Dwana writes that she didn’t at first understand the news that her mother had been killed. All she heard was that her father was injured. She assumed her mother was with her father at the hospital. When her grandfather, Carl, came to a friend’s house to tell her about her mother, Dwana writes, “All of a sudden, this really loud, squealing noise just railed inside my head. (At home), I lay on the bed and cried and screamed. I could not believe my mother was dead.” Asked later, Buford

Frequently Asked Questions about the new Membership Program

Karns Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 7184, Knoxville, TN 37921

Proudly Serving the Karns Community since

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Examples of membership fees: $100 for Mobile Homes $100 Minimum Membership for Residential Structures 1500 square feet X 0.07 = $105 per year. 2000 square feet X 0.07 = $140 per year. 3000 square feet X 0.07 = $210 per year.

2. Will the amount we were asked to donate change? Membership fees are set at 7 cents per square foot of your property, per the Knox County Assesor’s office. Those who have not donated will now need to pay the membership fee or face higher costs if they need the fire department for fires, car accidents, smoke alarms, illegal burning, gas leaks or any other type of call. 3. Will you respond to fire at a non member’s home? We will respond to all requests for assistance, regardless of membership. Those who are not members will receive a much higher bill for the services. Response to a structure fire will be $1900 for the first hour. Fires could result in several thousands of dollars. 4. Is Karns still going to be a volunteer fire department? Karns became a Combination Fire Department when we hired the first paid personnel in 2001. We still continue to relay on volunteers to man and staff the fire trucks and will continue to do so. 5. If it’s volunteer why do we need to join as members? While the volunteers work for free, the department still must pay for fire trucks, stations, fuel costs, equipment, hose, workers compensation, insurance and other costs. To replace a fire truck costs $450,000, this does not include equipment. The cost to train and equipment just one firefighter with his or her personal protectiveequipment is upwards of $14,000. 6. What about the new Hardin Valley Fire Station? The new station is excepted to cost $1.5 million dollars to complete. This station will need to meet the growing needs of the Karns Volunteer Fire Department for the next 25 to 30 years. As such we are working to insure that it is built to future as well current needs. 7. What is ISO and why is it important? ISO is the Insurance Services Organization that sets the property insurance rates for the insurance industry. The lower the Class numbers the lower the cost of home owners insurance. Karns is a Class 7. The raters grade a fire department’s apparatus, staffing, response times, number of personnel available to respond to an emergency, dispatch times and staffing and the water delivery capabilities. A decrease from Class 7 to Class 5 could result in a $85 to $150 decrease in your homeowners insurance. Offsetting your membership fee.

the8.Karns Community since 1978 Proudly Serving the Karns Community since 1978 Why should I join the membership program? The more people who

join the membership program the quicker we can start to deliver faster and better service to the community. Also the more who join the lower the cost is to all of you. It also ensures that we will be there when you need us.

9. What if we are on a fixed low income? Those who truly can not afford the fee may request a hearing from the Board of Directors. They may reduce and/or waive fees for those on limited income or hardships. 10. What are the Karns Volunteer Fire Department plans for the future? The Karns Volunteer Fire Department’s Strategic Plan 2011-2012 1. Implement the Membership Program 2. Purchase a Fast Response EMS and Rescue Vehicle, to decrease the usage of the front line Fire Engines 3. Build a new station in Hardin Valley. 4. Add additional 24 hour firefighters to staff Station 402 Hardin Valley. This will cut response time to the Hardin Valley and Solway by 6 to 15 minutes, allowing faster on scene times. 5. Continue to train and recruit volunteers. 6. Prepare for Insurance Services Organization survey to set new insurance rates for both commercial and residential properties. RESDENTIAL NON MEMBER FEES PER EACH REQUEST Structural Fire Call $1,900 first hour $950.00 each additional hour per engine Brush Fire $950 per engine per hour Vehicle Accident with Extrication $1900 Vehicle Accident no Extrication $950 Vehicle Fire $950 Utility Emergency $950 per engine per hour Hazardous Materials $950 per engine per hour plus all costs Smoke Alarm No Fire $450 Carbon Monoxide $450 Emergency Medical Call $150 All Non Listed Emergency Calls $950 per engine per hour

Avoid these higher fees by becoming a member today.

government Romney/Haslam 2012? Some say money is the mother’s milk of politics, but from where I sit, it’s rumors. Seven years ago, the hot underground rumor was that although Bill Haslam was running for mayor, his longterm goal was to be governor. Sure enough, even before Haslam swapped his big house in Westmoreland for a bigger one in Nashville, here came speculation that he had even longer-term goals. And that speculation is not confined to the borders of the Volunteer State, or even to a future as distant as four years down the road. Is the brand new governor of the state of Tennessee already positioning himself to run for something in 2012? Specifically, is he working toward being Mitt Romney’s running mate if Romney captures the Republican presidential nomination? There are signs that this might be the case, if one goes looking. There are obvious signs, like Romney endorsing Haslam and directing his Free & Strong America PAC to donate $2,500 to the Haslam campaign last summer. And there’s the post-election “Mitt congratulates Bill Haslam – Laying the foundation for 2012” Facebook ad with the embedded link routing readers to the Free & Strong America Facebook page. And speaking of strength, Haslam’s hiring of Nashville investment banker Bill Hagerty as economic and community development commissioner looks pretty reasonable on its face, based on Hagerty’s apparent business acumen. But there’s also a strong Romney tie there, beyond the press release that Romney fired off to let the world know that Hagerty will create jobs by “removing the burdens on employers and unleashing the power of innovation.” Hagerty has strong GOP national credentials and was

Betty Bean finance chair of Romney’s campaign for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Another sign might be who Haslam isn’t taking to Nashville. His upper level administrators for the city of Knoxville are widely acclaimed for their competence, but he hasn’t hired any of them for the scores of jobs a new governor must fill. Instead, he’s cherrypicked commissioners and managers from every corner of the state, building statewide support that’s stronger than a Cosby ramp. Maybe he’s already feeling insecure about his re-election prospects despite the 65-35 margin he rolled up against Democrat Mike McWherter (sarcasm alert). Or maybe he’s thinking back to 2008 and remembering the highly publicized 80-something percent home state favorability rating Sarah Palin enjoyed before John McCain tapped her as his running mate. And finally, what’s in it for Romney? A running mate from the South who got some Tea Party endorsements despite being accused of not loving guns enough. A running mate whose family had close personal, political and/or business ties to Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker before they ever became U.S. Senators (Corker was big brother Jimmy Haslam’s college roommate and fraternity brother. Former governor and University of Tennessee president Alexander has benefited from his Haslam ties for longer than young voters have been alive). Obama has Oprah, Romney could have Big Jim, whose Rolodex is a very good place to go prospecting for new best friends.

Senators, all Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson and her colleagues, Sens. Mae Beavers and Delores Gresham, on the first day of the 107th General Assembly. Woodson was appointed to the leadership position by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. She also was appointed to three committees: Commerce, Labor and Agriculture; Education; and Finance Ways and Means. Photo submitted


The way we were I was born in 1950. As I reached adolescence, the civil rights movement was entering its most tumultuous period. The hardening of segregationist attitudes, especially in the Deep South, threatened to make a mockery of Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolent protest. In May 1963, Birmingham, Ala., police chief “Bull” Connor ordered fire hoses and dogs turned on peaceful civil rights demonstrators. Those newspaper and television images made their way around the world. In September, four African-American girls ages 11 to 14 died when a bomb set by Ku Klux Klan members exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Nearly a year later, in June 1964, three student civil rights workers were murdered by the Klan in Neshoba County, Miss. More than 40 years would pass before the last of the living perpetrators of these crimes, Edgar Ray Killen, an ordained Baptist minister and Klan member, was convicted and imprisoned. Brutality directed at African-Americans was nothing new in the South, nor were they spared humiliation and even lynching north of the Mason-Dixon Line. What was

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivers the “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Our family moved to Fountain City soon afterward, where I attended elementary school and later Central High School. I was 15 before I saw black students in my school, and when I graduated they still numbered but a handful. It’s especially difficult for anyone, black or white, born after the civil rights upheaval of the 60s to understand how different it was before King and his peers defied the segregationists and began the long, painful process that would abolish discrimination in voting rights, education, housing, employment and in every aspect of everyday living we casually take for granted. Prejudice and co-

vert discrimination still exist and probably always will. But the distance from separate drinking fountains in Sears to Knoxville’s first AfricanAmerican mayor is measurable only in terms of human sacrifice that should never be forgotten. One day before he was assassinated in Memphis, King, in another memorable peroration, said, “He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land.” King looked over the mountain and saw a world of equality for all. It’s fitting that we should honor the man and his vision today. contact:

By Betty Bean up the city/county unification effort and got to know a bank CEO who was so deQuestion: In the nearly two years voted to the cause that he went door-tothat Bill Haslam was off in Mountain door trying to persuade county voters to City and Memphis and everywhere in consider the benefits of combining city between running for governor, who was and county governments. It was a losing running Knoxville? effort. Answer: A banker and a professor. “There was a lot of misinformation And no, this isn’t the punch line to a out there,” Martin said. “Gilligan’s Island” joke. “It was a very intense effort,” Lyons There is a rare unanimity among adds. “People outside the city were unwatchers of the local political scene: easy over future tax burdens, and there Deputy to the Mayor Larry Martin (the was the issue of an elected sheriff versus banker) and Senior Director of Policy an appointed sheriff.” and Communications Bill Lyons (the professor) did a remarkable job while Deputy mayor Larry Martin and policy Eventually, Lyons stepped out of the mayor was barnstorming the state. specialist Bill Lyons stand ready to work for academia and chaired the Knoxville They are very close, personally. Both the new mayor. Photo by Betty Bean Community Development Corporation are Memphians whose first careers board. He worked closely with board brought them to Knoxville, and both have chosen public ser- member Bill Haslam on downtown development projects and vice as a second career. managed Haslam’s mayoral campaign in 2003. He is scheduled They are both members of the same Sunday school class at (but perhaps not locked in) to return to UT in August. He has Church Street United Methodist Church, and they both show been lauded for bringing a participatory, collaborative approach up every day for a 7 a.m. planning meeting. They make their to government, engaging on local blogs and e-mail lists. own coffee, which Lyons admits isn’t necessarily a wonderful “I really believe in this interactive approach to communicathing. tions,” he said. “It’s just a way to engage people and take the Martin worked for First Tennessee Bank for 41 years and high road, for the most part. I’ve slipped up a few times, but came to Knoxville with his wife, Jane, in 1987. He was chief overall, I think it’s paid off.” executive officer of First Tennessee’s banking group when he Lyons and Martin have grown comfortable working toretired in June 2006. By September, Haslam had asked him to gether. Martin admires Lyons’ knowledge of government and come to work as deputy mayor and senior director of finance. public policy. Lyons says Martin’s administrative skills are off He gave up the latter duty to Jim York in 2008, around the the charts. time that Haslam began running for governor. And they both are keenly aware that the clock is ticking. Martin sounds almost surprised when he talks about how Meanwhile, there’s a new mayor in town. The day after City much he loves his job. Council member Daniel Brown’s colleagues elected him in“I can assure you that when I retired, I had no plans, no terim mayor, Lyons and Martin invited him to lunch. They’re thought whatsoever of going to work in the public sector. That excited about working with him. said, I didn’t just want to go to the house. And I can tell you “Right now, we are both committed to Mayor Brown having clearly, my wife didn’t want me to come to the house. That every success,” Lyons said. first Monday morning, she went out to run some errands, and when she came back I was in the kitchen. City Council meeting “She said, ‘Am I mistaken, are you still here?’” The Knoxville City Council will meet 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. Lyons had always dabbled in politics and public policy from an academic perspective since arriving in Knoxville in 1975 to 20, in the main assembly room of the City-County building. The take a position as assistant professor in the political science purpose of the special called meeting is for City Council to fill the department at the University of Tennessee. In 1996, he took vacancy in the Fifth District City Council seat. Info: 215-2075.

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Three promoted by KCS The county school board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the AJ Building board room. Agenda items include in-depth discussion of the recently released AYP scores and what Jim McIntyre calls “beginning a public conversation about strategic compensation.”

Sandra Clark We’re guessing that’s geek speak for paying people more who contribute uniquely, a common practice in business. Some real old-timers remember when Mildred Doyle pushed for equal pay for elementary school teachers at a time when they were mostly women and made less than their high school counterparts who were often men. Sometimes equality is reform … and sometimes institutionalized inequality is reform. Live long enough and it all rolls back around. Cecil Kelly was a fine man, a committed educator

and a community leader. He died last week after years of declining health. But we’ll remember Mr. Kelly as the 7th District school board member (before Diane Dozier who came before Rex Stooksbury who came before Kim Sepesi) who won election on a happy night when this writer chased him down at his house on Mountaincrest Drive for a picture. We showed Leo Cooper, Mary Lou Horner and Cecil Kelly clasping hands – perhaps the first and last time the commission and school board held hands. STEM at L&N: Board members beat up on McIntyre for a couple of hours, then unanimously adopted his recommendation to put the new STEM high school at the L&N Station downtown. The school will house 800 students in grades 9-12 when built out; admission will be voluntary and by lottery if too many apply. Becky Ashe is the new principal for the STEM high school. A former West High School science teacher, Ashe now works at the central office in curriculum. She’s high-

energy and should do a super job at the science, technology, engineering and mathematics acadBecky Ashe emy. Jon Dickl, the new chief of food services, has upgraded s c h o o l lunches with the addition of salads and whole grain Jon Dickl breads. His team also has brought in fresh fruit choices and “lowfat cookies” with the heads of presidents to support instruction. Ahhh, a vision. Two kids in the back of the lunchroom trading cookies: “I’ll swap you two Hoovers for a Truman and a Bush 43!” Ginnae Harley came to learn and has stayed to manage. The administrative intern has replaced Lois McSwine as Ginnae Harley

director of federal programs. McSwine retired after 30+ years with KCS. Tom Brown, longtime Holston Middle School principal, gets to keep that job while taking on additional duties as mentor principal for schools entering the TAP compensation program. Some 14 more schools will be added with federal “Race to the Top” dollars. Say what? Board member Karen Carson asked, “What happens if it burns?” referring to the L&N Station, which the school board has agreed to lease for 20 years. Assistant Law Director Marty McCampbell said, “The school board’s obligation to make the payments continues.” That can’t be right. Who writes a lease like that!?! C.B. Howell spoke against the L&N site, saying the selection was “rammed down our throats” without public input. “It stinks!” Magnet school open houses: If you’ve thought

about sending your kid to a magnet school, get details this week and next at area open houses. High school magnets are Austin-East (performing arts), West High (International Baccalaureate) and the new

STEM Academy, which will open for 9th and 10th graders in August. The high school meeting is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center, 801 Tipton Ave.

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■ Author Katherine Paterson will return to Bristol for the annual Buechner Lectureship and a dramatic rendition of her book, “The Bridge to Terabithia.” Events are Jan. Paterson 28-29 at the paramount Center for the Arts. Paterson graduated in 1954 from King College and later earned two master’s degrees. She now lives in Vermont. Info: Dale Brown at wdbrown@ or 423-652-4156.

■ Nursing students for Fall 2011 have two January deadlines. Applicants must register for the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam by Jan. 29 and take the exam no later than Jan. 31. Nursing applications also must be submitted by Jan. 31. Info: learn or 694-6454.

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By Natalie Lester Patrick Galka-Martin and Sandi Galka opened the January show for Red Line Gallery on Jan. 8. Their joint exhibit, “Freaks and Sweets,” features bright colors, glitter and skeletons. Galka-Martin works with recycled paint, wallpaper and wood and draws inspiration from his childhood and food. “Food was like the extra member of our family that was always around. Every memory from my past correlates with a food, like bowls of ice cream when times were rough.” His piece “Ice Cream Makes Everything Sweeter” Patrick Galka-Martin with his work, “Pink Cupcakes with Royal stemmed from those recol- Icing.” Photo by N. Lester lections. He said he tends to nivals and circuses I used to lection are more of a hobby. see life through “rose-colored go to would have side shows, “It’s just fun to make,” she glasses.” and you don’t have that any- said. “Our memories are always The show will be on dismore, so the circus I know is sugar coated,” he said. play at the Red Line Gallery really dead.” Galka-Martin picked up a She used skeletons to con- through Monday, Jan. 31. paintbrush for the first time two years ago. His collec- vey her ideas, and the work All Home tion took him two months took her three months. A lifelong artist, she to create. IMPROVEMENTS rESIDENTIAL ROOFINg His mother, Sandi Galka, trained at the Art Institute in Painting, Siding, created sculptures from mem- Chicago and works as a Faux Flooring, Landscaping ories of carnivals and circuses. Finisher artist. Works such 865-924-5119 “When I was a kid, the car- as those she made for the

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School’s out, what to do? With only two days of school since Dec. 22, what are kids, parents and teachers doing with this time off? Parents report children sledding, building snowfolk and making “snow cream.”

AmeriCorps volunteers Ellen Baker and Jennifer Bowe are also looking for a hand from school staff, parents and the community to build a rain garden and outdoor classroom at West Valley. Bowe and Baker met with staff on Jan. 5, seeking support and volunteers for a steering committee. Parents Lorraine or community businesses Furtner willing to help should e-mail Baker or Bowe at elle.bake@ or jbowe01@ (In a previous column, I Teaching assistant Andrea Ridley Dreyer said her misspelled Bowe and I apolteens, Lauren and Christian ogize for the error.) from Farragut High School, have been hanging out with Blue Grass AYP grades Knox County announced friends, staying up late and sleeping in. A friend and par- Adequate Yearly Progress ent of three (who wishes to (AYP) scores, and Blue remain anonymous) jokes, Grass Elementary School “school should resume soon principal Reggie Mosley is because crazy doesn’t even pleased his school received A’s for achievement in readbegin to describe it.” She adds that her prayer ing, math, science and social for the sanity of mothers studies. Knox County retrapped indoors with hyper ceived B’s across the board children for days on end is, in achievement, while the “Please God, can’t you send state earned all C’s except a some sunshine before we all B in social studies. need therapy?” Mosley said there is room for improvement on the valParent support ue-added scores, where Blue wanted at West Valley Grass earned an A in math, Barbara Mosley, 6th grade and the rest B’s. With the language arts teacher at West assessment now set to the Valley Middle School, said ev- higher state standards, Moseryone might think teachers ley is aiming for A’s in both are happy to get a break for achievement and value-addsnow, but not always. When ed scores next year. Achievement scores refer so many days are missed right after the winter break, to grades made on specific it’s hard to get students re- tests. The school system’s website explains that valuefocused and back on track. Mosley said the biggest added data uses a formula to challenge the weather has show “student growth withcreated for teachers is there’s in a grade and subject.” This now a crunch to cover all the formula takes past years material for TCAP (Ten- into account, explaining nessee Comprehensive As- why some schools have A’s sessment Program) testing. in achievement but lower She especially encourages scores in value-added. Mosley said his staff is parents to help students get in the right mind-set for re- working to find innovative ways to improve student turning to school.

A snowman behind Farragut’s Putt-Putt Golf and Games welcomes students to school. growth by reaching all students including struggling and the above average students. “We also maintain professional learning communities (PLCs). Teachers in each grade level work together to develop strategies for reaching all students,” said Mosley. Info: www.knoxschools. org

Nick Wilson (front) and Sydney Coffey build snowfolk during recess at Farragut Intermediate. Photos by Lorraine Furtner

FIRST robotics kick-off Area high school robotics teams met at University of Tennessee on Jan. 8 for the NASA TV live kick-off of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition. Farragut High School, Hardin Valley Academy and Webb School of Knoxville fielded teams. Teams have six weeks to design and build a robot to compete in this year’s game called “Logo-motion.” The robots will attempt to move and place inflated tubes shaped like FIRST’s logo, then race “mini-bots” up a pole. The kick-off (much like a pep-rally and inspirational sermon on technology combined) explained the mission

SCHOOLS CALENDAR ■ Episcopal School of Knoxville will host an admissions open house for all grades (K-12) from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. Info: www. or 777-9032. The event replaces a Jan. 11 open house rescheduled due to icy weather.

Oh that’s cold! Callie Teague finds out gloves are nice when making snowballs.

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Country musician Blake Shelton will perform Friday, March 18, at the Corbin Arena in Corbin, Ky. Special of the competition (promot- guests include Chris Young and Steel Magnolia. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Tickets: www. ing science and technology), or 800-745-3000. revealed the theme for this year’s game and received enRomantic music from KSO dorsement from Black Eyed The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present Peas front man romantic music from Broadway and Hollywood during said, “This is the Clayton Valentine’s Pops Concert 8 p.m. Saturday, cool. You are cool. I may fly Feb. 5, at the Civic Auditorium. Smash hits from “The all over the world, but you Way We Were,” “Titanic” and “Mama Mia” will be guys build the planes that included along with works by George Gershwin and get me there.” Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets start at $34. Tickets: www., 291-3310 or 656-4444. Info:

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Snowy recess at Farragut Intermediate

Jacob Becker shows off his pocket-sized snowman. Jackson Powers (center) and Gabe Warden look on.

Ashlie Barnard makes her own snowstorm.

“Foot sledding” at recess at Farragut Intermediate school are: (front to back) Eryn Hill, Jessie Graham and Zac Carrier. Photos by Lorraine Furtner

Bo Ruttiens and Jake Turner start a snow creature as classmates watch.

The MO for the snow Time was, or so a colleague’s joke goes, the way Knox County Schools used to decide whether to delay or call off schools was when (former deputy and interim superintendent) Roy Mullins looked up into the sky on his way to feed the cows on his Corryton farm. All kidding aside, the Shopper-News sent in a query to director of public affairs Melissa Copelan last week to get the MO for the snow when the school system decides whether to call off or delay schools. The sole decision lies with the superintendent – in this case Dr. Jim McIntyre – per school board policy. But beforehand, he gets a little

help from his friends. According to the procedure, the chief-of-staff (Russ Oaks) confers with the supervisor of transportation (Jeff Graves), the chief of security (Steve Griffin) and “other appropriate school system staff and local governmental entities to gather information and make a recommendation to the superintendent concerning the status of schools. “The intent is to make the decision as early as possible to allow parents to have time to make appropriate arrangements. In the event that the decision to cancel school or delay school must be made in the early morning hours, this decision should be made prior to 5 a.m. if at all possible,” the procedure reads. The school system first announced the decision to close at roughly 4:40 a.m.


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Highlighting KCS procedure for calling off school By Jake Mabe

‘Aluminum Show’ A troupe of Israeli performers have choreographed “The Aluminum Show” wearing structures of recycled aluminum and will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Tickets range from $20-$35. Info: 9818590 or www.

Book sale Blount County Public Library will hold a used book sale of over 50,000 books 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Info: www.blountlibrary. org.

‘Aluminum Show’ A troupe of Israeli performers will wear structures of recycled aluminum in “The Aluminum Show” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Clayton Center for the Performing Arts in Maryville. Tickets start at $20. Info: 981-8590 or www.

The Black Lillies will perform a CD release show 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Bijou Theatre. Info: 522-0832 or www.

KSO Horns Calvin Smith and the KSO Horns will perform 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the UT Alumni Memorial building. Admission is free. Info: 974-5768.

‘Night Visions’ Members of the Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Ave., will present “Night Visions” through Sunday, Jan. 23. Hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Info: 482-1441 or www.

Pilobolus Internationally renowned dance troupe Pilobolus will perform 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are $25 ($20 UT faculty, $5 students). Info: 974-5455.

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Bluegrass band Blue Moon Rising will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Palace Theater in Maryville. Tickets are $13 ($15 at the door). Info: 983-3330 or

Monday, Jan. 10, after last week’s snowstorm hit the area after midnight. Copelan says that “our intent is to make calls as soon as we can, but when that call is made that it is the most informed decision we can make. There are a variety of things we look at, No. 1 being the safety and security of our students and staff. It’s rarely an easy or simple decision. “Living in the (Tennessee) Valley, things change (i.e. the weather).” She said that the forecast for Friday, Jan. 7, is a perfect example. Forecasters were calling for significant snow the night before only to see rain fall throughout the day. School security officers and four bus contractors (one assigned each to the north, south, east and west) are the primary source for bus route assessment.

Copelan says that other agencies are also consulted, including the National Weather Service, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, city and county traffic engineering departments and local law enforcement officials and emergency first responders. Schools maintenance and security personnel survey 90 school facilities to determine their conditions as well, Copelan said. A group of school personnel headed by Oaks evaluates all the collected data before Oaks makes a recommendation to the superintendent. This group also includes assistant superintendent for administrative services Bob Thomas, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Donna Wright, Griffin, Graves, director of transportation and enrollment Rick Grubb, director of maintenance and operations Jim French and Copelan.

Paige Molloy looks up from making snowballs.

The assessment and decision to close schools while they are in session is the same as the after hours procedure. If it happens, procedure dictates the central office and all school offices “will remain open and operational until it is reasonably confirmed that all students have safely reached their homes or have been picked up by their parents or guardian. “No school will cease operation or close until the principal reports out to the superintendent and receives permission to do so.” Notification to the public is made through a ParentLink phone message, on the school system’s website and by contacting primary local media outlets. Copelan says the decision to call off schools is “typically an all-county decision” in part because of challenges that would arise with only calling off schools in a particular area or district, “such as if a teacher lives in West Knox County

but teaches in East Knox County.” When the school system is closed, the central office is also closed other than those designated as “mission essential personnel.” Copelan says designees could depend on various circumstances and could vary by circumstances, but that she, the superintendent, the chief of staff and certain maintenance personnel work during inclement weather.

Guitar class Three-time USA National Guitar Champion Steve Kaufman will teach an alllevel mandolin workshop Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, at Mainstay Suites, 361 Fountain View Circle, and an all-level flatpicking workshop Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19, at the Townsend Visitors Center. RSVP to JoEllen, 982-3080 or e-mail jo@



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Beaver Brook Country Club will host North Knoxville’s Best Bridal Show 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. The event is free for brides and a guest, and hors d’ouerves and entertainment will be available throughout the day. North Knox’s best vendors will have booths showcasing their wares and services. Brides who pre-register will enter a drawing for a Gatlinburg cabin overnight getaway and dinner for two at Beaver Brook’s Greenside Grill. Brides may also book their receptions at Beaver Brook. The event is sponsored by Beaver Brook, B97.5 and Shopper-News. Info: 689-5177 ext. 11.

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The Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris is looking for new members to sell their handmade crafts in the Craft Center gallery. Anyone interested in going through the jurying process should bring three samples of their work to the center between Friday, Jan. 21, and noon Thursday, Feb. 3. The jurying will take place Tuesday, Feb. 8, and items must be picked up by Friday, Feb. 18. Each person going through the process must fill out a form and pay a nonrefundable $25 jurying fee. Currently there are about 70 crafters who sell in the shop. Jurying takes place four times a year, in February, May, August and November. Info: 494-9854 or www.

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■ First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, will have a child dedication ceremony Sunday, Jan. 30. Registration deadline is Saturday, Jan. 19. Info: email ■ Heska Amuna Synagogue, 3811 Kingston Pike, encourages everyone in the community to celebrate Mitzvah Day (Good Deed Day) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, by participating in projects needed by the Knoxville Family Justice Center. Info: Knoxville Jewish Alliance, 690-6343. ■ Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, will host GriefShare Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Get support from the group while recovering from a loss and rebuilding your life. Registration: Laura, 470-9800. ■ Journey Builders, a new group for young professionals, couples and singles, will meet 9:50 a.m. Sundays in room 133 at Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Info: Jennifer DeTar, 719-1626 or 966-6728, ext. 242. ■ Bearden UMC, 4407 Sutherland Ave., invites everyone to “Jubilee Praise and Worship” 6 p.m. every second Sunday in the fellowship center. Park in the back of the church and enter through the gym. Fellowship and a snack-supper follow the service. Info: www.

Tennesseans will receive 10 free flowering trees when they join the Arbor Day Foundation during January. New members will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two goldenraintrees. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, Feb. 1 through May 31. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free ■ Two Rivers Church, 275 of charge. Harrison Lane, Lenoir City, Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a will host “the Launch” 5-7 p.m. subscription to the foundation's bimonthly publication, Sundays in the Fireside room. Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information Come experience community and connect with others in about tree planting and care. a Growth group. Info: www. To join, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31. Info: Courses january.

Romantic music from KSO The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present romantic music from Broadway and Hollywood during the Clayton Valentine’s Pops Concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Civic Auditorium. Smash hits from “The Way We Were,” “Titanic” and “Mama Mia” will be included along with works by George Gershwin and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets start at $34. Tickets: www., 291-3310 or 656-4444.

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of First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, will hold an open house 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, in room G207. Enjoy coffee and dessert while listening to testimony. ■ Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive, will host a “Morning Moms” group 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday in room 296. Bible or book studies will be discussed relating to women’s lives in general. Child care is provided. Info: www.

Men’s groups ■ Concord Woodcarvers will meet the first and third Friday mornings of each month at Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Info: www.concordumc. com. ■ Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 Northshore Drive, will host “The Brotherhood of St. Andrew” 7-8 a.m. each Thursday for prayer and study. Info: www.

Youth ■ The WEE Preschool of First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, will have registration packets available for the 2011-2012 school year Tuesday, Feb. 1. Info: 966-6853 or 288-1629. ■ The Concord Christian School at First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, will host a preview 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. Info: 966-8858. ■ First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, will host “DNOW” for students in grades 6-12 Friday through Sunday, Jan. 21-23, where they will be challenged to step into a deeper relationship with Christ. Info: www.fbconcord. org. ■ Rocky Hill Baptist Church, 7409 Northshore Drive, invites kids to the Word of Life Club on Sundays at 5:45 p.m. There will be games, Bible study and more. Info: www.

Fundraisers ■ The Restoration House is in need of a van or car for a single mom with four children to travel to work and school. Also needed are $10 gas gift cards for moms to get to and from school. Info: Amanda Love, 332-0309 or e-mail Amanda@

Rec programs ■ FX Book Club of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville, 1250 Heritage Lake Blvd., will meet 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, to discuss “God in the Dark” by Os Guinness. Info: www. cornerstonechurchofknoxville. com. ■ First Farragut UMC, 12733 Kingston Pike, invites everyone to “Wednesday Night Live,” 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Enjoy a home-cooked meal with your family and have some fun and fellowship. A family of four can have dinner for only $22. Info: ■ Heska Amuna Synagogue, 3811 Kingston Pike, is collecting aluminum cans to recycle and purchase new energy-efficient lights for their upstairs hallway. Info: www.

An evening with Phillip Fulmer “Breaking the Cycle: an Evening With Phillip Fulmer” will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Knoxville Museum of Art. There will a reception followed by a motivational speech by the former head coach of the Tennessee football team. This celebration of National Mentoring Month is geared to attract new mentors to the AMACHI Knoxville program, a ministry of the Knoxville Leadership Foundation which seeks to put adult mentors of faith with children who have a parent incarcerated in prison. RSVP: 524-2774 or e-mail

Garden Montessori to host open house Garden Montessori School in Fountain City will host open houses 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6. Parents and potential students are welcome to attend, meet teachers and tour the school. Garden Montessori enrolls students from 2 years old to middle school. It is located at 3225 Garden Drive, on three wooded acres that include the historic Savage Garden. Info: 688-6776 or



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Bearden boys storm to top spot Bearden Middle School’s boys basketball team kept its perfect record intact and took sole possession of first place in the Knox County Middle School Basketball Conference with a 55-46 victory over West Valley last Thursday night at Bearden. The Bruins (13-0 overall, 7-0 in conference) handed the Wolves their first loss of the season. “I think we made some good runs but they just had too much firepower,” West Valley coach Chuck Comer said. “They were just too strong on offense and too strong on defense. Bearden took the upper hand early with a 9-2 surge to open the game before Comer called a timeout. The Bruins extended their advantage to 15-7 by quarter’s end as Will Morrow, Jordan Anderson and Yasmond Fenderson carried the offensive load in the first half. Morrow scored five points in the first six minutes, including a 3-pointer that jump-started the Bruins. Anderson scored 10 of his 21 points before halftime, and Fenderson 10 of his 18 points before the break. Bearden also received a spark from Nathan Yeo, who came off the bench to replace starting center Sam Phillips, who was whistled for three first-half fouls. Yeo didn’t score, but his rebounding and defense kept the Wolves at bay. Bearden’s Yasmond Fenderson attempts a layup against West “Nathan stepped up and Valley last Thursday. Fenderson scored 17 points in the Bruins’ did a great job for us,” Bru55-46 victory over the Wolves. The win gave Bearden sole pos- ins coach Ben Zorio said. session of first place. Photos by Ruth White. “I was really proud of all of

The core of athletics Why are high school and middle school sports such a big deal? I have been asked this question or some variation of it several times. When talking about high school football to co-workers at a former job, I would get blank looks and responses implying that the level of competition is inferior to that in the collegiate or professional ranks. Sure, high school and middle school athletics do not get the publicity that the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Titans or the Atlanta Braves get. Thanks to an ever growing media, all the games these teams

special about it? The word “special” means different things to different people. In late August last Travis year, I witnessed Bearden Cabage senior running back Devrin Young score five touchdowns in one half. A half in high compete in can be viewed school football is 24 minutes. with convenience. Gambling If Titans running back Chris also plays a role in the lack Johnson had scored five of publicity, because odds touchdowns in 24 minutes, makers in Las Vegas don’t the national media would have an interest in setting a probably still be talking about line for the Bearden vs. West the performance and fantasy basketball game next week. football team owners would So why bother cover- be grinning ear-to-ear. ing high school and middle I like to ask, what is so sports at all? What is so special about that? Why is

Ken Lay our guys. “I told my guys that we played well tonight but I also told them that there was a pretty good chance that we would see them again (in the postseason tournament) and that we would have to play even better next time.” West Valley (7-1, 6-1) trailed 27-18 at halftime. The Wolves played strong early in the third quarter but never got closer than four points. Griffin DeLong pulled the visitors to within 36-32 with a pair of consecutive 3-pointers with 2 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the third stanza. Adam Fulcher led the Wolves with 13 points. DeLong finished with 12. Matthew Eggert added 10. McKinney sisters lead Bruins past Wolves: KeKe McKinney scored 17 points and Alexondria McKinney added 11 to lead Bearden to a 38-25 victory over West Valley Thursday night. The Bruins used their press defense to force the Wolves into numerous turnovers. Bearden also dominated the boards en route to opening an 18-9 halftime lead. The Wolves clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter with a 13-4 run that tied the game at 22 heading to the final stanza.

it “special” to have someone praised for what they did every day of the week for 24 minutes. It gets to the core of what high school and middle school athletics are about. The games are intimate settings between players, coaches and fans. If one player or a team has a record-setting night, only a select few will get to witness the feat. On the night of Oct. 17, 2003, a 2-5 Karns football team hosted top-ranked Dobyns-Bennett. The game was a foregone conclusion. Dobyns-Bennett was supposed to win decisively and easily. What transpired that night was something seen by only a few hundred people, who included me in the press box and my future wife in the

Kind words for Matt Simms Never would I interrupt the choir still singing praises of Tyler Bray but here are two words of appreciation for Matt Simms. Tough guy. Matt took the knockdowns and kept getting up when the Tennessee offensive line was totally overmatched. OK, some of the 25 sacks were his fault because he held the ball too long. Some were caused by blocking busts by backs. Some were Chinese fire drills with cornerbacks, linebackers and ugly tackles running dangerously free. Through it all, Simms did not hold up his hand and ask to be excused. Could be his highlight was saving the season back in September. He threw one Denarius Moore could catch in the second overtime against Alabama-Birmingham. The Blazers were within a few inches of creating a disaster. Stats said they beat the Vols but Simms and the scoreboard said no. Not much good happened in October but we never heard Simms complain – until he lost his job. He didn’t like that one bit. He stood in the eye of the storms that were Oregon, Florida, LSU, Georgia and Alabama. All were losses and four were very convincing –

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but not entirely his fault. He thought he was playing his best game at South Carolina, 10 of 13 and one touchdown, but he fumbled and that was the signal for Derek Dooley to make a change. It was the correct move. Inserting Bray created optimism, put a positive spin on the future instead of belaboring the negative past. The November schedule wrapped a genius cloak around the switch. It did not convince Simms. He was 99 percent certain he could have been a winning quarterback against Memphis, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt and 97 sure he could have guided the continuation of the Kentucky streak. Fortunately for all concerned, Dooley and Simms talked. Simms became a dependable reserve. He congratulated good plays. He held for place kicks when Chad Cunningham had a hurt hand. Indeed, Matt contrib-

uted. If sanity prevails, he will be available next season, play when needed, earn a degree and live happily ever after. Lane Kiffin directed the recruitment of Simms. Nobody said he was as good as Cam Newton but he had a strong arm and a royal pedigree. His dad has two Super Bowl rings. It appears Matt did not precisely follow in his father’s footsteps. Alabama fans found an infamous hot tub photo and didn’t wait for the lab report to analyze the smoke. Matt Simms did not ride coattails into the Tennessee starting lineup. He worked for the opportunity. He provided leadership in spring, summer and fall when leadership was desperately needed. I recall a Dooley quote from late August explaining what, at the time, distinguished Simms from Bray: “It’s the ability to process the situation, get the play, spit it out, distribute it to 10 people, line them up, get the motion and then here comes the play. It’s a whole-managing-theoffense deal.” Made sense. Simms was a junior, about to be 22 years old, far more experienced and mature. Dooley said nothing about forever. It was apparent Bray


had more potential. How quickly he absorbed the concept and adapted to the speed of the game would determine when he moved up in the pecking order. How Simms performed might be a factor. Strange, indeed, that Bray’s first pass against South Carolina was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. If Tyler had shattered, if he had ducked his head and handed the job back to Simms, November would certainly have been different. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. Bray endured. Simms stewed. Bray won. Simms sat. Once upon a time, a second-team Tennessee quarterback carved out an interesting career in the National Football League. I do not expect Simms to flourish in the big show but he is plenty sharp enough to be a business success. He might be an excellent coach. He knows the game. He has leadership ability. He had a silver spoon but was willing to work for what he got. He has dealt with adversity; felt the sting of rejection and survived. Believe me, there is a place for tough guys. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

West Valley’s Tiara Hollins battles with Bearden’s Alexondria McKinney in the Bruins’ 38-25 KCMSBC victory last week at Bearden. The final frame was a seesaw battle until Bearden used some late free throws to put the game away. “We did a good job with our press,” said Bearden coach Mark Vaughan after notching his first-ever win over the Wolves. “I don’t know what happened to us in the third quarter. “West Valley hit every-

thing and we couldn’t hit anything.” Susan Kinney scored eight points, including six during West Valley’s early thirdquarter run. Upcoming schedule: The Bruins host rival Farragut and the Wolves travel to Gresham this Thursday, Jan. 20. Action begins at 4:30 p.m.

band. Karns had knocked off the undefeated Indians 2514. People who attended can remember when Karns botched an extra point attempt, only to see the kicker pick up the ball and score a two-point conversion. They can also recall a bone-jarring hit by a Beaver linebacker that caused a key turnover. And when the clock struck zero, fans rushed the field and celebrated for a long time. That evening, no local television stations had clips from the game. In fact, only one even announced the score, and that was right before the station went off-air. The final score did make the Saturday morning newspa-

per, but there was no picture anywhere, and the story was miniscule. That night was special because it came out of nowhere, and only a select few were able to witness the event. High school and middle school sports are like that. Any given night, any team or individual can do something amazing. That’s why it is exciting, and to this writer, it is at the core of all things that are good in athletics. So the next time you have a choice on a Friday night to watch the Miami Heat play the Los Angeles Lakers or head down to your local high school or middle school, give the kids a chance. You just might witness something special.

Weather scrambles prep hoops schedules By Greg Householder The wintry weather twisted high school basketball schedules in the worst way last week. Games were rescheduled and then rebooked again as icy road conditions forced postponements. In girls action Jan. 7, Webb rolled over Donelson Christian 61-28, Halls topped Powell 43-41, West downed Catholic 53-34, Grace Christian fell to Midway 47-40 and Central beat Karns 49-39. In boys play Jan. 7, Donelson Christian beat Webb 43-42, West topped Catholic 71-51, Grace rolled over Midway 81-48, Central downed Karns 70-63 and Powell topped Halls 52-50. Last Tuesday’s games were rescheduled, and the only game played before press time was Powell at Fulton last Wednesday. Fulton’s girls won 41-36, and the Falcon boys won 58-48.

The Bearden-Farragut rivalry game at Bearden scheduled for Jan. 7 was reset for tonight. The Bearden at Heritage game originally scheduled for Dec. 14 is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22. The Farragut-Maryville game was rescheduled from last Tuesday to last Wednesday and then rescheduled – no word on a makeup date. Grace Christian Academy’s game at Tellico Plains originally scheduled for Dec. 13 has been reset for Jan. 31, and GCA’s game at Berean Christian scheduled for last Tuesday has been rescheduled for Jan. 25. The Oak Ridge at Halls, Hardin Valley Academy at Central and Campbell County at Karns games were canceled last Tuesday. Makeup dates were unavailable at press time. Thursday’s results were not available at press time.

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Parkwest named among state’s best performing companies One of two Tennessee businesses to earn TNCPE Award of Achievement Parkwest Medical Center has earned an Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee award program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). It is one of two companies to achieve this designation. “My congratulations to Parkwest Medical Center for earning TNCPE’s Achievement Award and for all the hard work that helped them achieve this honor,â€? said immediate past Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. “Parkwest Medical Center has met a speciďŹ c set of criteria and standards only found in the country’s best-run organizations. Pursuing these stan-

“Parkwest Medical Center has met a specific set of criteria and standards only found in the country’s best-run organizations.â€? – Phil Bredesen dards is a signiďŹ cant achievement that encourages growth and innovation within the business, which helps drive economic development in Tennessee. I applaud Parkwest Medical Center for achieving this recognition.â€? Through an annual evaluation and assessment process, the nonproďŹ t TNCPE recognizes organizations that have achieved the highest standards of excellence in their operations and results. The program uses the Criteria for Performance Excellence, established by the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, as the evaluation tool. Awards are presented in four categories: Interest Recognition (the beginning level), Commitment, Achievement and the highest level – the Excellence Award. “We had applied for a Level 4 Excellence Award – the highest level – but it would have been unusual to have received this designation the ďŹ rst time we applied,â€? explained Parkwest CAO Rick Lassiter. “This time, only one of the 14 TNCPE applicants was awarded a Level 4.â€? Recipients of Excellence Awards are outstanding examples of highperformance organizations, exhibiting processes that serve as role models for others with some processes being at or near best-in-class. More than 1,100 participants in the award program have applied for a Level 4 Award, but only 21 have attained this level of recognition. Their success is typically the result of applying feedback from previous TNCPE applications. “Level 3 is an advanced level of participation,â€? Lassiter continued. “It recognizes organizations that have demonstrated, through commitment to and practice of performance improvement principles, sig-

Parkwest has won a state award for a performance excellence process. Members of the Parkwest Senior Leadership Team are: (seated) Janice McKinley, who served Parkwest as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer during the performance excellence process, and Vice President and Chief Support Officer Em Cobble; (back row) Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Scott Hamilton, Vice President of Behavioral Health Jeff Dice, Director of Clinical Effectiveness Missy Sanford, Peninsula Hospital Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer Teresa Gomez, Director of Business Development and Marketing Roger Ricker, and Parkwest President and CAO Rick Lassiter. 11 earned the Commitment Award and, to date, four have earned Interest Recognition. The TNCPE program, which is itself a national and international role model, is available to all businesses, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, government agencies and other nonproďŹ t entities. Parkwest representatives will accept the award at the 18th annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet on Feb. 23 in Franklin, Tenn. Parkwest Medical Center is a 462-bed facility located in Knoxville, Tenn. Its 307 acute care beds are located at the agship hospital on Park West Boulevard in Knox County and its 155 psychiatric beds are located at Peninsula Hospital in neighboring Blount County. Parkwest’s behavioral health division also provides outpatient services in four surrounding counties. Parkwest is one of 30 healthcare organizations managed by its parent company, Covenant Health, which serves a 16-county area of East Tennessee.

Operational and clinical excellence are intertwined The daily arrival of thank you notes from Parkwest patients, family members and visitors is something Parkwest CAO Rick Lassiter never takes for granted. “I’m still pleasantly surprised by how many people take the time to let us know when we’ve done an excellent job,â€? Lassiter said. “I believe it comes down to this: people can get their healthcare needs met at a lot of places, but it is how those needs are met that makes the difference. Clinical excellence should go hand in hand with service excellence.â€? ’Treated Well. Well Treated is not just a motto – it’s our company culture,â€? he stated. “What this means for our patients and family members is that every employee strives to provide excellent service every time.â€? For ďŹ ve years, Parkwest and its behavioral health division, Peninsula, have been on a “Journey to Excellenceâ€? initiative niďŹ cant progress and results building in sound processes. So, I am pleased that examiners stated that Parkwest is ‘a very strong Level 3.’ â€? Recipients of Achievement Awards have demonstrated signiďŹ cant progress in building systematic processes using performance improvement principles. Results for some key processes show improvement that is directly attributable to a systematic improvement approach, a robust management system and performance management principles. These organizations have many practices from which other organizations can learn and grow. “While I’m delighted to honor Parkwest Medical Center with an Achievement Award, I want to emphasize the true nature of this achievement,â€? said TNCPE President and CEO Kathryn Rawls. “This is so much more than a plaque on a

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Values In service to God and community, we value: Integrity, Quality, Service, Caring, Developing People and Using Resources Wisely

Vision Parkwest Medical Center will be recognized as a model of excellence where every healthcare employee wants to work, every physician wants to practice and every community member wants to receive care.

boardroom wall. Pursuing a TNCPE award demonstrates that Parkwest Medical Center has adopted proven performance practices, principles and strategies that nurture excellence in all aspects of business – from client relations to workforce development to results. These processes will help Parkwest Medical Center continue to be successful for years to come.â€? Lassiter agreed. “When we decided to apply for this designation, our leadership team agreed that it wasn’t about winning – it was about what we would learn that will help us get better, faster,â€? Lassiter said. “The Parkwest culture will always strive to exceed expectations, to achieve excellence and go beyond. Treated Well. Well Treated.™ is much more than our slogan. It is our culture and our strategy,â€? he stated.

which links a sustained focus on service, quality, employee and patient satisfaction with growth and bottom-line results. The initiative centers around core principles which include committing to excellence, measuring the important things, building a culture around service, creating and developing leaders, focusing on employee satisfaction, building individual accountability, aligning goals and values, communicating at all levels, and recognizing and rewarding excellence. “The measures of success include things such as voluntary employee turnover rate, patient satisfaction rate, market share and clinical quality indicators,� Lassiter explained. “We have improved our measures in each of those areas since we embarked on this journey and we have every reason to believe that improvement will continue.�

Diane Oliver rejoins Parkwest

“These efforts translate into organizations where people want to work and want to do business,â€? said Rawls. “I’m proud that Parkwest Medical Center is among these high achievers taking such positive steps to grow internally and beneďŹ t our economy.â€? Since TNCPE’s creation in 1993, more than 1,100 organizations have progressed through one or more levels of achievement. A Board of Examiners made up of experts in business, education, healthcare and government assessed this year’s applicants in seven categories: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. This year, CIGNA Government Services earned an Excellence Award. Two organizations earned the TNCPE Achievement Award,

Congratulations, Parkwest!

Diane Oliver returned to Parkwest as Vice President and Chief Nursing OfďŹ cer effective Jan. 3. “Diane has spent more than a decade of her 30year nursing career at Parkwest and is familiar with our employees, organization and culture,â€? said Parkwest CAO Rick Lassiter. “We are glad to have her on our team once Diane Oliver again.â€? Oliver served as Director of Patient Care Services at Parkwest until she was tapped to be the CNO at Fort Loudoun Medical Center in 2008. While at Loudoun, she also held the position of interim CNO at LeConte Medical Center. Oliver ďŹ lls the position recently vacated by long-time Parkwest leader Janice McKinley, who was tapped to take a position with Covenant Health Corporate to lead the health system’s quality efforts and related clinical and operational initiatives.

Winner of the



An icy pool

Winter warmers While shivering through day after day of cold and snowy winter weather, your outdoor pet may soon grow tired of freezing temperatures and a chilly bed. One easy solution safer than most is a disc about the A “SnuggleSafe” pet heating size of a small pizza called disc can supply your outdoor animal with hours of warmth “SnuggleSafe.” and comfort. Meet Young-Williams Animal Center kitty Pickles. This 2-year-old male tuxedo cat is a delight. He loves to be petted and might enjoy these snowy days a bit more if he could spend them on someone’s sofa. Not just any old someone. He has been waiting at the Animal Center to be adopted for quite a while. He is ready to move on and we want his wish to come true. A sofa, a lap, a bed – whatever is available for this handsome snuggler. He is available for adoption at the main center, 3201 Division St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. The adoption center at Young-Williams Animal Village, 6400 Kingston Pike, is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Info:

contains Thermapol, a nontoxic product that disperses if seriously overheated, a SnuggleSafe can still cause injury to its user if overheated so check the packaging for proper microwaving information. By tucking them under This product is really an animal’s bedding, these ideal for frail kittens or pupplastic discs allow a pet to pies missing their momma. stay warm for up to 12 hours Although as with all heating without their owner moni- products, make sure the anitoring a heating pad cord or mal can move away from the Toastmasters leadership training thermostat. heated area in the event that The local chapter of Toastmasters International will ofThey are completely mi- they get too hot. You can find fer leadership training from 8:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, crowavable and most come SnuggleSafes for around $30 Jan. 29, at National College on Kingston Pike. The public with a soft, removable cover. at most pet stores or online is invited. Although the core of the disc at Training topics include keynote speeches and workshops on leadership, communication and publicity. Cost is $5 at the door. Info: or 272-9818. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership ■ There will be a pet loss support group 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organiJan. 18, in the family room of UT Veterinary Hospital, 2407 River Dr. zation currently has 260,000 members in 12,500 clubs in Anyone who has experienced the loss of a companion animal is 113 countries. Since its founding in October 1924, the orgawelcomed to attend. Info: 755-8839. nization has helped more than 4 million men and women ■ Anyone interested in volunteering with Human Animal Bond give presentations with poise and confidence. Info: www. in Tennessee (HABIT) is encouraged to attend a free informational

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meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in room A118 of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration.

■ Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St., will hold a volunteer orientation 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, for PAC (Pals of the Animal Center). Volunteers are needed to help train dogs, socialize cats, assist in adoptions and more. Anyone 16 or older who is interested in helping out at the center is encouraged to attend. Spots fill up quickly. Info: Deonna Light, 215-6662. ■ Oak Ridge Humane Society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. Info: 381-1550.

Chapman and Morris to perform Nashville legend Marshall Chapman will perform with Knoxville’s own R.B. Morris 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Laurel Theater. Tickets are $14 and are available at the door, online at or by calling 523-7521.

Workshops at ETTAC The East Tennessee Technology Access Center will host free workshops back-to-back Wednesday, Jan. 19, at its new office, 116 Childress St. The workshops are for parents, professionals and teachers. The first will be held 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will discuss the Touch Accessible Platform for Interactive Technology. TAP-it is a touch-sensitive device designed for use with students with special needs. The device can recognize intended and unintended touches. Info: www. The second workshop will be held 1-3 p.m. giving a basic training of Dynavox communication devices. Anyone who is interested in or could benefit from speech generating devices should attend. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 17. Info: 219-0130.


Last week, I outed myself as a mommy worrywart. But, my worries are mostly about general health and development. I tend not to worry too much about situations. While I have covers on my electric outlets, a gate across the stairs and the knives out of Daniel’s reach, I’m not a fan of obsessive babyproofing. Accidents happen, and coating all your furniture in foam rubber isn’t the answer. So far, Daniel has been hiking, horseback riding, backcountry camping and canoeing. He’s even taken an accidental swim in the French Broad River. We use safety gear like life vests, but we don’t hesitate to get Daniel out there. That said, a recent incident has prompted me to once again bang the drum for pool safety. It was cold, really cold, and there was snow on the ground. Daniel was watching a video, and Zac and I were folding laundry in the guest room. Suddenly, we heard the distinct yowling bark of a hound dog in distress. If you’ve ever owned a hound, you know that sound. It’s a deep, guttural cry like a foghorn. At first, we thought one of our basset hounds was hurt, but then we remembered that they were both inside because of the cold. We looked out the back window, and there, in our neighbors’ iced-over, aboveground pool was a coonhound thrashing around in a hole in the ice. He couldn’t get enough purchase on the deck with his front paws to pull himself out. Zac rescued the dog, pulling him out of the pool by his front legs, right about the time his owner, our across-

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moms101 the-street neighbor, came looking for him. The pool’s owners weren’t home. As she thanked us, the dog’s owner said something that stuck in my mind: “It could have been a kid.” She’s absolutely right. The gate to the backyard with the pool in it had been left open. A curious child could have wandered back there and fallen in. Small children are more susceptible to hypothermia than adults or furcovered dogs, and they can’t call for help as loudly as that hound dog did. It’s a good bet no one would have come to a child’s rescue. Again, I’m not an alarmist mommy, but pool owners need to know that a pool without a locked gate is, in legal jargon, an attractive nuisance. That’s something children want to play with that can pose a danger to them. Yes, parents should watch their kids, but even the best parent has to sleep sometime. If your pool gate is standing open and unlocked, you are just as much at fault for a child drowning as an irresponsible parent. We’ve had several children drown in pools in recent years in the Knoxville area. You’d think more people would be aware of these dangers. A pool is a fun thing to have, but please, be a responsible property owner and lock it up. Contact Shannon Carey at shannon@

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■ “Look Good, Feel Better,” 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Clinton Physical Therapy Center, 1921 N. Charles Seviers Blvd. Free workshop for women undergoing cancer treatments. Licensed cosmetologist Robin Martin will give suggestions to help enhance their appearance and self-image as well as explain skin care and beauty techniques. To register: 584-1668 or Kelly Lenz, 457-1649. ■ Mobile Mammography Unit from Thompson Cancer Survival Center, beginning 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at Clinton Physical Therapy Center. Most insurance is accepted. Anyone uninsured or meeting financial criteria will be eligible for a free mammogram. To schedule appointments: 1-800-442-8372 or 541-1312. ■ Beginner Yoga classes will meet 5:15 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for 4 weeks beginning Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Clinton Physical Therapy Center. Equipment provided. Cost is $40. Space is limited. Info: 457-8237. ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Community), 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or ■ Chronic Pain and Depression support group meets noon to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at Faith Promise Church off Pellissippi Parkway. Info: Paula, 945-3810, or 748-1407. ■ Fibromyalgia screenings are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fibromyaligia Clinic located at Total Rehab Physical Therapy. Also support group meetings and several classes are held on the third Wednesday of each month. No charge. Info: 548-1086.

Snow blankets a barn behind First Farragut United Methodist Church on Kingston Pike. Photo by L. Furtner

Tea Party meeting

Relay for Life kickoff

Kickoff for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Knox County is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Everyone is invited. Grief support groups at Fort Sanders Sevier Hospital at 6 p.m. the Honored survivor and guest speaker Deborah Mauldin, first Thursday of each month, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the third Wednespromotions and marketing director of South Central Comday of each month at the Covenant Home Care Knoxville office munications, will share her story and refreshments and and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the prizes will be offered. Covenant Home Care Oak Ridge office. Registration is required. Info This year’s events are set for: or to register: 541-4500. ■ April 29-30, The Cove at Concord Park Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. the third Monday every ■ May 13-14, Mercy North Health & Fitness Center month at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081. outdoor track ■ June 17-18, World’s Fair Park Stop Smoking: 215-QUIT (7848) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This year an estimated 300 cancer survivors will walk Monday through Friday. the ceremonial opening lap to show the communities in Knox County that cancer can be defeated. Support group meeting for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of Volunteers are needed to serve on the planning commiteach month at Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Avenue. tees. Subcommittees include: team recruitment, logistics, Info: Rebecca Gill, 602-7807 or corporate sponsorship recruitment, survivors lap and UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 ceremonies, luminaria sales and ceremonies, food and and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No entertainment, hospitality, and day of event. medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: 544-6277 Info: Stacy Hall at 558-4053 or

or 544-6279.

■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support, for any adult who is suffering loss, meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month in the UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info or to reserve a spot: 544-6277.

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World-class professional ice sculptors will compete at the Titanic Museum’s 2011 kick-off 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in Pigeon Forge. Admission is free. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for best views of the ice carving. The National Ice Carving Association will award cash prizes to the winners at 3 p.m. Info: www. or 1-800-381-7670.

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BANK SALE 2 BR, 1 BA, quiet comm., 2915 & 2911 Beaverwood Dr Halls, All Sizes. 865-719-1338 $600 mo. 865-414-1848. ***Web ID# 708141*** ***Web ID# 692624*** GREAT LOCATION-WEST 3BR, 2BA, fireplace, laundry rm, 1 yr lease $770 mo $250 dam. dep. 216-5736 or 694-8414

FRENCH BULLDOG Puppies, 5 wks. old, very bulldoggy & exc. bone. $1800. 865-607-4984 ***Web ID# 713073*** GERMAN Shepherd Puppies (Imported) dual reg., champ. bloodlines, all sable in color, 5 F, 3 M, ready now, $650 ea. 865-256-6512 ***Web ID# 714586***

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DRIVERS WANTED WOODLAWN CEME- 2BR, 1BA, hdwd. flrs, Make $800-$1000 a week. W/D conn., storage, TERY, 2 lots, West 1 $425/mo. + $225 dep Must be 21 or older, have & 2 D Section. a good driving record 1739 Connecticut Av $1200/both. 863-533-9162 865-250-4899 aft 6pm and a great personality. Please call between BR, 2 BA, 1500 SF, 5 10am-6pm 423/723-9716 Real Estate Wanted 50 3min. UT, Home looking or 865/455-1365 for good fam. $800 mo. I BUY HOUSES!! 1708 Young Ave off AlCASH FAST! coa Hwy. 423-625-3300 RESIDENTIAL ANY SITUATION!! CLEANING865-363-8010 AVAIL: Cedar Bluff Area, 4BR, 2 1/2 BA, Mon-Fri, drug screening. lg. family room, Applications on Mon. & Commercial Prop-Sale 60 appls., fenced yard, Tues. Call 865-688-0224 gar., deposit & lease 2,276 SF Office, w/100' $975. 865-966-8597. road frontage. 600 SF CUMBERLAND EST, Business For Sale 131 unfin. 7624 Gleason Rd. 37919. $489,900. 3 BR, 2 BA, appls., Connell Properties Inc. fenced yd, no pets/ CHECK CASHING & PAY DAY LOAN. smkrs $800. 938-2294 865-588-0220, ext. 10 Bill payments, Visa Cards. 865-256-5117 Investment Prop-Sale 61 10 min. from downtown. 3 BR, 3 BA, on 3 Dogs 141 2 HOUSES ON 1 LOT, acres of privacy with $27,500 OBO. Fixer fully stocked lake. BERNESE MTN. Dog Upper, Knox City $1400/mo. 865-687-8300 Pups, AKC, perfect appraised @ $58,300. confirm., temp., & Farragut. 4 BR, 2 BA, 865-250-4306 markings. $1,000 to den, frpl, scrnd bk $1,500. 803-292-4819 6 RENTAL HOUSES, porch, fncd bk yrd, sell at $199,000 OBO $1200 mo. No smok- ***Web ID# 714770*** (Knoxville City ing. 11713 Foxford BICHON, Beautiful appraised at $252,200) Rd. 865-310-9822 female 5 mos, male 865-250-4306 ***Web ID# 711838*** 3 mos, shots, reg. $350. 865-387-2859 KARNS – NICE 2 BR, Comm. Prop. - Rent 66 1 BA, central H&A, ***Web ID# 711686*** appliances, $440/mo. Blue Heeler pups, full 865-938-1653 2804 SUTHERLAND blooded, tails docked, Ave. 1200 SF office S&W, avail 2/5, 4M, + 450 SF storage N.E. 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, 2 2F. $125. 865-376-4852 car gar., 2000+ SF, w/loading dock, 3 2 story w/new hdwd ***Web ID# 713007*** restrooms + break flooring, $1100 mo. BOSTON rm. Detached 1340 TERRIER 865-599-8174; 938-7200 SF whse bldg w/13' Puppies, NKC, 6 wks., ceil. hgt. 12'x12' OH ***Web ID# 713199*** 1st shots, dewormed, door. Fenced, outFem. $350; males side storage. Lease N.E. 3 BR, 2 BA brick $300. 865-660-5537 w/2 car gar., new $1350/mo. 865-765***Web ID# 713168*** tile/hdwd flrs. $950. 1123; 539-1145 599-8174; 938-7200 BOSTON TERRIER ***Web ID# 713195*** puppies, ready 1/16, Warehouse - Rent 67 NORTH Whittle Sprgs 4M, 4F $300 with papers, 865-454-1955 area, 2 BR, new ***Web ID# 712753*** 3500 SF Warehouse appls. + W/D, $725 with 1500 SF office mo. + dep. 335-5938 CAVALIER KING space w/kit. & reception ***Web ID# 708408*** CHARLES SPANIELS, area, Conv. location close to interstate O F F B R O AD W AY CKC, M&F, $450-$700, 3 colors. 865-216-5770. at 115 Hayfield Rd. 3 to 4 BR, 1 BA, ***Web ID# 711555*** 37922. Loading dock. appls & W&D furn., Connell Properties lg. yard, $750/mo. + CHIHUAHUAS, beautiful 865-588-0220 DD. 865-947-4470. small puppies, fawn, ***Web ID# 714519*** M&F, shots, reg., $300. 865-387-2859 Apts - Unfurnished 71 Rocky Hill. 3BR/2BA ***Web ID# 711681*** house for rent. $1,000 month + $1,000 dep. 2 BR, 1 BA upstairs DOBERMANS, rare apt. in house, 1429 Pets O.K. with $250 . blues, M&F, fixed McCroskey, $500 n o nr e fu n d ab l e p et adults. Fiesty! $550 month. 865-414-1848. deposit. Fenced yard, obo cash. Cookeville 2 bonus rooms, 2 car ***Web ID# 692627*** 931-858-4242 garage, W/D hookups. TURKEY CREEK, 3 ENGLISH BULLDOG 1BA up, 1BA down. BR 2 1/2 BA twnhse, Puppies AKC, 1 yr. Call Jo Marie W/D conn. No pets. Dean-Smith REALTOR guar. $1,200 to $1,500. $690 mo. 865-405-0678 865-323-7196 @ C.865-368-6456 ***Web ID# 714390*** ***Web ID# 712714*** O.865-588-5000


as it looks. Every convenience has been considered and built-in at an unbelievably affordable price. Hurry in to our designs center and take advantage of the opportunity to “custom design” your home. You make the selections – we’ll do all the work! Call Gary or Vicki today to schedule a private tour at our incredible model home.

All are invited, tunebooks are provided and it’s free. Info: ■ Old College Monthly Harp Singing, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 123 S. Jackson St., Athens. Info: Cora Sweatt, 423-745-0248. ■ Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. Info: David Sarten, 428-0874. ■ Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Main St., Greeneville. Info: Jeff Farr, 423-639-8211.

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In historic area be- FSBO - Cumberland tween downtown & County, 22 ac KOA Ftn City, conv. to St. park. 40 campsites, Mary's Hospital, 4 room Motel w/ churches, schools, pool. 2 cabins, 2500 shopping & UT. Great sq ft home, 2000 sq ft character. Well built. recreation building. New paint inside & $650,000. 931-267-9868 out. Orig. hardwood floors, refin. New front porch, all new light fixtures, closed in back porch, elec. heat, 3 frpls w/orig. mantels. These frpls have been closed off. 2 BR, 1 BA, orig. claw foot tub, lg. LR & DR. Been in same fam. 4 gen. Inherited last spring along with a ca. 1890 house, 1946 house & 1965 house. All on same street. Wonderful opportunity for ready made rental business. 1130 Harvey St. $55,850. 865-924-7305

Old Harp Shape Note singings

The Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center, 7035 Middlebrook Pike, Suite B, will hold Turkish classes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18. The 8-week course for beginners consists of 16 classes held 6 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Course fee is $80 which includes class materials. Info: E-mail Include name, address, e-mail and phone number in the message.



The Knoxville Tea Party will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore, 504 N. Peters Rd. to inform the public of an opportunity to fight “Obamacare.” Van Irion, a constitutional attorney who created the “Obamacare” class action lawsuit, will join KTP to discuss the topic. The goal of the lawsuit is to have the entire “Obamacare” act ruled unconstitutional.

Turkish classes

40s Acreage- Tracts 46 Apts - Unfurnished 71 Houses - Unfurnished 74 Dogs

OWNER FIN., 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA w/Jacuzzi, newer home, W/D conn., lg. deck, level yard, 2 mi. to UT, river, park, & tennis, $5,000 down, $713/mo. 865-405-5472 ***Web ID# 710915***

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, KUB’s payment centers at 4428 Western Ave., 445 S. Gay St. and 4218 Asheville Highway will be closed Monday, Jan. 17. Customers with utility emergencies or other immediate needs will still be able to contact KUB by phone Jan. 17 by calling 524-2911. Online payments can be made anytime at and secure payment drop boxes are also available at each payment center location.

GREAT DANE PUPS born 10/24, NKC reg, 1st S&W, vet ck $400. 865-789-3347 ***Web ID# 713362*** Great Pyrenees puppies, 6 wks old, M&F, UTD on shots, $150. 865-376-0364 ***Web ID# 714329***

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A committee that cares The KCDC Community Involvement Committee is an employee-run volunteer committee.

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transformations Headed by Becky Fetters, occupancy manager at Northridge Crossing, and Tammy Kitts, office assistant at Virginia Walker and Bakertown Apartments, the committee is an active group. They, along with committee members Joy Russell, David Nelson, Bill Clanton, Jennifer Jamison, Tiara Webb, Sherry Taylor, Tina Reed, Candy Miles and Rosetta Brown, have been busy doing a lot of positive things. In August, they hosted a booth at the Knoxville Area Urban League’s “Shoes for School” event, which included food, games and new shoes and school supplies for about 1,000 area children who most needed the help. In September, the committee supported a walk in honor of an employee’s son who has been hospitalized at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as a result of cancer. Several employees also participated. It was a great show of support for a friend and coworker facing a tough time. In the fall, the group participated in the Volunteer Ministry Center walk and collected coats for the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries “Coats for the Cold.” They also assembled 15 Thanksgiving baskets, filled with all the ingredients for a wonderful meal. Baskets were given to KCDC residents based on need. It was encouraging for all of us to know that we made the holidays a little brighter for some people going through tough times. In December, we put on our running shoes to participate in the Jingle Bell Run for the Arthritis Foundation. Later this year, we will play Mud Volleyball in support of the Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee. Art Cate, our chief operating officer, is team captain. I look forward to providing details, and I commend our committee for their excellent work and the KCDC employees who take time to support their efforts.

By Sandra Clark


he Neighborhood Watch has been taken to a new level. You don’t need to hide in the weeds to see what’s happening down the street any more. Just check out Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones’ new website. Wow. One resident said she logs on every morning – presumably to see if anyone she knows is in jail (or is out). If you check www. you will find a list with pictures of everyone who is in jail, Knox County’s “most wanted,” and a 24-hour arrest list. Slide your cursor over to the right and click on “crime map.” Type in your address to discover what crimes have been reported in your neighborhood. We caught up with Martha Dooley, director of planning and development for the Sheriff’s Office, a job she’s had for “12 of the happiest years of my life.” Dooley came to work for Sheriff Tim Hutchison after serving as news director for WATE-TV. She had just returned Thursday from an accident in East Knox County where a school security officer had skidded into an earlier wreck. The officer’s vehicle bumped into two teenagers who were waiting for a school bus. Dooley said she almost fell a couple of times at the scene and another officer, Frank Phillips, fell on the ice and hit his head. He was treated for a concussion.


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Sure enough, Dooley’s report of the event (minus her own near-calamities) was already on the website. “Hey, we’re not afraid to put bad news up there. We post good news too,” she said. “Sheriff Jones says, ‘It is what it is.’ He gives us the tools and lets us run with them. … Transparency is an overworked word, but that’s what this is.” For instance, Dooley posted a blurb on Wednesday about pharmacy robberies. “Pharmacy robberies are on the increase, but the good news is that the majority of them are being solved,” she wrote. “Lt. Clyde Cowan of the Major Crimes Unit credits

crime statistics for the Sheriff’s Office, and Chief Robert Waggoner. Dooley is quick to credit Dick Moran, director of Information Technology for Knox County, and his staff with designing the new website. “They made it easy to navigate and extremely informative.” Hubbs updates the crime map “every three to four hours,” Dooley said. Why post the mug shots of inmates? Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones Martha Dooley Dooley said it simplifies media requests for pictures. the high solvability rate to 2010 there with 20 with 16 The website photos can be cooperation between law solves; in the first weeks of downloaded and used by enforcement agencies.” 2011 there have been three newspapers or television. Dooley said in 2008, there robberies with two solved. “This office belongs to the were three pharmacy robber- The story also quotes Lt. people. We need to let them ies; in 2009 there were 10; in Bobby Hubbs, who compiles know what’s going on.”

Snow slams commerce Just when the economy seemed to be taking an upward turn, with recent holiday shopping (and spending) at a stronger pace than that of the last few years, here came the white stuff to give a smack down to local merchants. While local TV news crews persisted in showing a Kingston Pike that had been salted and scraped, giving the impression that all was well in the west part of town, those of us who live off the Pike knew better. So did the shopkeepers along the Pike. Not only could we not get to them, many of them couldn’t get to their own stores. The hills and winding, shady, narrow roads that help make this part of the country such a pretty place, also spell trouble with a capital “T” when snow and ice and cold temperatures

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combine. What a mess. Many of the smaller shops and restaurants were shuttered for part of last week, and those that were open worked with skeleton staffs and saw far fewer customers than they would have wished. It’s likely the retailers were praying local residents weren’t at home making purchases online. Many of these businesses have really struggled to keep their doors open through a tough economy and need all the support they can get from local residents. Faithful clippers of coupons and those who fol-

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low annual sales cycles are aware that January has long been known for its “white sales.” That has always indicated bedding. Perhaps this year it will also portend other goods that will be discounted as retailers try to move additional types of inventory quickly in advance of adding new spring merchandise. Meanwhile, business owners along Kingston Pike, just west of Western Plaza, are further hampered by the continuing roadwork, including the rebuilding of the bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at Forest Park Boulevard that was supposed to be completed last October. Traffic jams in the area, and the ability of only the most determined drivers to easily reach certain stores and restaurants, including

FARRAGUT WEST KNOX CHAMBER ■ Networking, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, Prudential and Pimentos, 11378 Parkside Drive. ■ Board of Directors meeting, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, Pinnacle Bank, 241 Brooklawn St. ■ Networking, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, Painting with a Twist, 10932 Murdock Road, Suite A-103. ■ Networking, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, Snooty Anti-Aging Boutique, 11677 Parkside Rd. ■ Ambassador Meeting, 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8,

Tom Weiss’ popular Grill at Highland Row, continue to frustrate and try the patience of shoppers, diners and store and restaurant owners alike. When will it all end and life return to normal along that heavily traveled stretch of the Pike? Who knows? Efforts to reach someone at TDOT who could answer that question were fruitless. Apparently they were all busy dealing with – you guessed it – the snow. After last week, I bet a lot of you will identify with a real estate client I was working with at the time of a major snow storm here some years ago. She called asking to see a listing I had. I explained that I would be happy to show it to her, but couldn’t do it that day because I couldn’t get out of my snow and ice covered driveway. Schools

Pinnacle Financial, 232 Brooklawn St.

were closed, the roads were treacherous, and most of Knoxville was socked-in, as had been the case for several days. She asked if I could find someone with a four-wheel drive vehicle who could pick us both up and drive us to see the house. When I replied that I didn’t really think it would be a good idea to ask someone to put life and limb at risk, she shrieked – and I do mean shrieked – “You have got to get me out of this house. I have been in here for three days with my children and they’re driving me crazy. I can’t take it another day.” And then she sort of sobbed, “Please help me.” Hope your weatherimposed time at home was better than hers! Contact:

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Manhattan Crab Chowder 6 servings (1 1/2 Cups each) Ingredients 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup finely diced onion 1 cup cored fennel bulb, finely diced, plus 2 Tbsp. chopped fronds, divided 2 tablespoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth 1 1/2 cups water 2 cups pre-cooked, diced potatoes (See Tip) 2 cups canned, crushed tomatoes 1 pound pasteurized, drained crabmeat Preparation Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, diced fennel, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are just starting to brown (6 to 8 minutes). Add broth, water and potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender (3 to 5 minutes). Stir in tomatoes, crabmeat and fennel fronds. Return to a boil, stirring often; immediately remove from heat.

Life happens Stay on track with your New Year’s goals By Sandra Clark


ecent snow and ice storms have jolted more than school schedules and travel plans. The best-made plans for healthy eating and increased physical activity have taken a hit as well. Lisa Wolf, managing director of The Wellness Center at Dowell Springs, said people must refocus to get through deep winter. “Don’t let those great plans be derailed.” It sounds simple, but we all must remember that “every day is a new day,” Lisa said. “And every meal is a new meal,” added dietitian Casey Peer. “Make a note,” we said to Lacey Raburn, an intern from UT who had joined our group. Casey was serious. “Lunch is a time to overcome that PopTart you had for breakfast,” she said. “Just realize and accept your choices. And keep moving toward your goals.” It’s not just the weather that can stifle good intentions. It’s illness, etc. Life happens. It’s easy to miss a scheduled workthe advice given riders who fall out if your child is sick, the car off the horse. Just climb back won’t start or company drops in on and keep moving,” said Lisa. from Milwaukee. That’s when “And remember, there is value in staying on track requires makgood health for both you and the ing yourself and your health a people around you. priority. “If you don’t make (your health) “Our message is this. You a priority, no one else will.” will have obstacles – vacations,

Casey said her son, 11, recently cited her as his “hero” on a school project. Along with the usual attributes of love and play, he said his mom “works out and eats healthy foods.” Bad weather didn’t close The Wellness Center, but it did operate on restricted hours, Lisa said.

New and different classes are upcoming, based on member requests. Some Saturday classes have been added and the first smoking cessation class will start soon. Next week we will visit a wellness class for kids. Errr, that is, if it doesn’t rain or snow!

expert-led sessions focus on proper technique and muscle imbalances. Each athlete will receive a Functional Movement Screening after joining to identify individual risks, then basic movement patterns are used to modify behavior. Challenge U – Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone with Challenge U. The strength and conditioning staff at The Wellness Center have developed circuit-based classes as part of Challenge U using the technique of muscle confusion to achieve maximum results. Participants should attend three days per week for best results, complementing an existing workout or cardio-training. You can even join one or more classes for one low fee per month. Core and More – In Core and More, you’ll utilize resistance band training, dumbbells and body weight resistance in 60-minute circuit sessions for a total body workout with a special focus on the core. Xpress Fitness – Ideal for working individuals and travelers, our convenient morning Xpress class fits a total-body workout into only 45 minutes. Work It Circuit – Designed for females only, you can feel comfortable in this 60-minute total-body workout created just for you.

Healthy Eating Series – It’s all about food! Classes are designed to provide you a hands-on, food-based learning experience to bring comfort to your kitchen. Each month will highlight a new topic to help YOU find success with nutrition. Eating with Diabetes Made Simple – This 90-minute group class is specially designed for those with diabetes, and focuses on reading food labels, meal planning and eating away from home or on the go. Grocery Store Tours – Get out of the classroom setting and take a closer look at how to properly read food labels and recognize healthier choices right on the grocery store shelf! You’ll discover there are a lot of choices available that pack as much flavor as nutritional value. Kids in the Kitchen (Healthy Cooking) – When the kids get involved in preparing nutritious meals, eating right becomes something the whole family looks forward to. Our Kids in the Kitchen classes help families make time for healthy cooking and eating, even in the midst of busy schedules. Weight Management: Getting to the Basics – In this six-week group program, you’ll meet 60 minutes per week to learn about identifying the barriers to successful long-term weight loss, plus effective strategies to overcome those barriers.

Nutrition (Per serving) 210 calories; 19g protein Tips Look for pre-cooked, diced potatoes in the refrigerated section of most supermarket produce departments – near other fresh, prepared vegetables.

Chicken & White Bean Soup 6 servings (1 1/2 cups each) Ingredients 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4-inch rounds 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh sage, or 1/4 tsp. dried 2 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 cups water 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed 1 2-pound roasted chicken, skin discarded, meat removed from bones and shredded (4 Cups) Preparation Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until soft (about 3 minutes). Stir in sage and continue cooking until aromatic (about 30 seconds). Stir in broth and water, increase heat to high, cover and bring to a boil. Add beans and chicken and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until heated through (about 3 minutes). Serve hot. Nutrition (Per serving) 199 calories, 22g protein

PROGRAMS AND OFFERINGS Arms and Abs – Designed for quick, convenient 30-minute group sessions, our Arms and Abs class helps you gain strength using your own body weight, dumbbells, resistance bands, BOSU balls and more. Pilates – Improve your balance and core strength with our Pilates class. Yoga – Learn essential yoga basics and experience the wellness benefits of poses, bends and relaxation in our one-hour group sessions. Pilates/Yoga Combo – Our onehour Pilates/Yoga Combo group fitness class utilizes specially selected pilates and yoga exercises to increase your muscle strength, endurance and overall flexibility. Pump – Ideal for everyone from beginners to experienced exercisers, our Pump class targets every major muscle group. With minimal down time between exercises, you’ll get the most out of using the body bar, dumbbells, BOSU, step bench and more. Spin – Ready to challenge yourself by starting your own spinning regimen? Spin is an entry-level spinning class lasting 45-60 minutes, perfect for beginners. Cycle In, Yoga Out – An ideal fit for both beginners and veteran spinners, this is your chance to change up typical spin class routines by starting with 45 minutes on the bike and ending with 15 minutes of standing yoga – all in our 60-minute group classes.

Kid Fit – Don’t let busy schedules get in the way of your exercise regimen. Fit in your own workout while your kids enjoy a fitness class designed just for them. This one-hour group fitness class for ages 6-12 is focused on making physical activity fun for kids – and giving you a break from supervising. Power Hour – Push yourself in our one-hour Power Hour class with 30 minutes of hardcore cycling hills, sprints and races, immediately followed by 30 minutes of intense leg and ab work. Functional Fitness – Class involves a variety of exercise, including but not limited to: cardiovascular, balance and strength. Appropriate for seniors or individuals who desire fitness gains with little impact on the joints. Sunrise Yoga – Refresh yourself by starting the day with our onehour Sunrise Yoga class. Mostly held indoors, Sunrise Yoga may be occasionally moved outdoors to take advantage of the fresh morning air when weather permits. SmartFit by Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic – In collaboration with our expert partners at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, SmartFit classes aim to minimize the risk of future injury for young athletes ages 8-18. These one-hour

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The Five Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Modern Supply Modernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Millie Modern Supply's design consultant and remodeling expert. Hi, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Millie. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a certified kitchen & bath fashionista for Modern Supply here in Knoxville as well as in Johnson City and Chattanooga. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got 12,000 square feet of showrooms, chock full of top-of-the-line appliances, fixtures, cabinets and countertops. My team and I have hundreds of years of combined experience working with residential and commercial clients (even though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m forever young). I personally attend the national Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and the International Buildersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Show every year to research trends and find the best products for your home. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m constantly on job sites, hence the fuchsia hard hat, and I consult with our awesometastic in-house decorators to design jawdropping showroom displays. I do a lot of remodeling jobs working closely with Judy, Jennifer, Jacque, Jessica and Janice. In fact, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just added Armstrong Cabinets to our product portfolio, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some spanking new showroom displays to ignite your dreams and delight your senses. My personal design philosophy is best summed up as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Form follows function meets flight of fancy.â&#x20AC;? In other words, install quality products that are useful as well as lovely and make your house a home that reflects your individual tastes and needs. Whether that means extra storage, sleek stainless steel, handicappedaccessible or cozy, old-world charm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got that! So hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot for 2011: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing bold color and lots of it. Neutrals are so last year. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge emphasis on remodeling over new home construction, as folks are nesting and spending money on where they live now. Why move when Modern Supply can update your home to suit your style and your budget? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going be a regular columnist here, so please send your questions, comments, design quandaries and remodeling quagmires to me at millie@ Or stop by our showroom just off Lovell Road and tell â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em Millie sent you!

They call them â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Five Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? and whether you meet them individually or all together, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the public face of Knoxvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Modern Supply. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sheer coincidence that the five women who meet and work with customers at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters and showroom on Lovell Road all have first names that begin with the letter â&#x20AC;&#x153;J,â&#x20AC;? but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no coincidence whatsoever that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the ones selected to serve the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clientele. They do it well. When you call or visit the business, the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jâ&#x20AC;? you meet, and the one with the longest tenure with the company, is the ebullient Judy Pultz. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been there for 17 years and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the gatekeeper and the traffic manager. She answers the telephone, makes appointments and greets customers. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural for her position with the company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love my job because I get to talk to people all day,â&#x20AC;? she laughs. A North Knoxville native and Fulton High graduate, Judy was a banker for 18 years in Halls, where she has lived with her husband, Tom, a retired Knoxville firefighter, for 37 years. She is an avid

The 5 Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Modern Supply are Janice Allen, Jacque Quarles, Jessica Ducote, Judy Pultz and Jennifer Poston. Photo by Justin Acuff her work, gives some as gifts UT sports fan, cheering on the football team and both the and sells others. Her dream is to sell her fibre art through menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball a gallery. teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I live, eat and drink UT sports,â&#x20AC;? she says. We Her years with Modern believe her. When we met her Supply have given Allen a she was wearing lots of orange, vantage point from which including orange earrings. to observe more than just design trends. As an example, Janice Allen is second she says that while there in seniority among the five has been a decrease in new women. She has been with home construction because Modern Supply for 14 years of a slowed economy, there and specializes in sales and design of kitchens and baths, has been an increase in the remodeling of kitchens and a job for which she is well baths, as homeowners decide trained. She has a degree in to improve their existing interior design from Middle homes rather than buying a Tennessee State University. She is also an artist, work- new home. Jacque Quarles has been ing in both needle arts and fibre arts. She keeps some of a showroom consultant with

Modern Supply for about nine years. She was previously in advertising sales with the Halls Shopper. She is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lake person,â&#x20AC;? who can be found boating or skiing on weekends from spring to fall. Quarles is also a North Knoxville native and a graduate of Fulton. She has a daughter, Traci Cumins, and a son, Kevin Cumins. And she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want us to leave out her pride and joy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; her Giant Schnauzer, Taylor. Jennifer Poston, also a showroom consultant, is another of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? with a degree in interior design. Hers is from East Tennessee

State University. She has been with Modern Supply for about six years. She and her husband, Bubba Poston, who was a UT cheerleader, recently celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary with a trip to New Orleans. They are also â&#x20AC;&#x153;outdoor people,â&#x20AC;? who enjoy boating, snow skiing and tailgating at UT games. Their extended family includes pups Scooby and Buddy. Jessica Ducote, the newest showroom consultant, has been on staff for almost three years. Her specialty is kitchen design. She says cherry finishes remain popular in cabinetry, and white sinks and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures are also best sellers. Also an ETSU graduate, Ducote and her fiancĂŠ, Mark Whitmire, are busy planning an April wedding. In her spare time, Ducote enjoys cake decorating, but she wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be doing her own wedding cake. She says there will be too many other details to take care of. So stop by Modern Supply if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re building a new kitchen or bath or remodeling an old one. By the time you leave, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jâ&#x20AC;? will be your favorite letter of the alphabet. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Anne Hart

Modern Supply enters 7th decade Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: We welcome a new Strategic Partner to Shopper-News. Modern Supply is both a wholesale and retail source of kitchen and bathroom supplies, located on Lovell Road in Farragut. Nick Frantz interviewed owners Pace Robinson and Dottie Ramsey two years ago. Here are excerpts from that story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can still tell you where the displays were at our downtown showroom,â&#x20AC;? says Pace Robinson, CEO of Modern Supply, about the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location nearly 30 years ago. The Knoxvillebased business moved out to its current location, 525 Lovell Road, in 1980 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; displaced by the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fair. Over the years, one thing has remained constant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are the most important part of what we do,â&#x20AC;? Robinson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can buy things, we can open up stores, but if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have great people, the rest doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We spend most of our time hiring and cultivating relationships. Attitude canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be taught but faucets, baths â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that can be taught.â&#x20AC;?

Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father started the business on Magnolia Avenue in a one-room house, selling scrap plumbing to builders and contractors. The legend is he started with $1,600, according to Dottie Ramsey, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president and COO. Modern Supply quickly outgrew its Magnolia location and moved to Western and Dale avenues in the late-50s; then to Farragut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we came out to Lovell Road. There wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything here except us and a couple of truck stops,â&#x20AC;? Ramsey says of the now-hectic stretch of road near Turkey Creek. For the first 20 years, Modern Supply only sold one thing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plumbing. The company added HVAC. Then came cabinets and kitchen appliances. The â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s brought expansion with a Morristown location. Modern Supply currently has seven branches in Tennessee and Virginia. Recently, the company remodeled its 10,000 square foot showroom and redesigned its

Now and then: Dottie Ramsey, president and COO of Modern Supply, shows off the latest kitchen appliances and cabinets. website to target individual buyers as well as general contractors and builders. One of the best services Modern Supply can offer is its expertise. Those expert showroom consultants give its customers design, planning and installation consulting services. For free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just AC where we have experience. Our people know it all. At some big box stores, you may have to go

to Aisle 11 to get help there and then another person helps you in Aisle 15. We all do Aisle 1 to Aisle 30,â&#x20AC;? Ramsey said. But, if you think that experience has led to a stale, stuffy, old-fashioned business, think again. You can take a virtual 360-degree tour of the showroom on the new website. You can find Modernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Millie on Twitter and be a fan on Facebook.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the place to go online to find out how much a faucet costs,â&#x20AC;? Robinson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about. But you can take a look at what we do have to offer in our showroom and then come in and see what a great thing weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got going on here.â&#x20AC;? Modern Supply is located at 525 Lovell Road. Info: 9664567 or www.ModernSupply



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