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Panther picnic at Middle School

Powell Middle School is hosting the Panther Picnic for sixth grade parents and students from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and Open House for seventh and eighth grade parents and students from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. Both events will provide opportunities to tour the building, meet the teachers and see friends from last year. Sixth grade students only will meet from 8:30 a.m. until noon Monday, Aug. 13. The first day for all students will be 8:30 until noon Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Gospel night Powell Playhouse presents Gospel Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Jubilee Center on Callahan Road. Two quartets, three soloists and a duet will perform.


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Lego extravaganza By Ruth White Powell Branch Library hosted a free Lego Build workshop designed to familiarize kids with the art of competitive building. The workshop highlighted the Lego Build and Lego Extravaganza competitions available at the upcoming Tennessee Valley Fair. The Fair will host the Lego Extravagana on Saturday, Sept. 8. Participants in the individual building contests can check in at 10:30 a.m. with building beginning at 11 and judging at 11:30. A family/team competition will begin with check-in at 2:30 p.m. and building beginning at 3. Judging will begin at 4 with winners announced immediately following.

Free cookout Friday Independent Insurance Consultants will host a customer appreciation cookout at the Vaughn Pharmacy shopping center in Powell from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. There will be free lunch, games and prizes for all ages. Participating businesses include Independent Insurance Consultants, Vaughn Pharmacy, Powell Pediatrics, Orange Pearl Salon, Back to Wellness Chiropractic, Domino’s Pizza and Real Dry Cleaners. Info: David Worley, Connor Worley and Harrison Jones work together to build a Lego creation.

Heiskell seniors The Heiskell Community Center seniors program will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at 9420 Heiskell Road. Walta Patt from Powell Florist will demonstrate fall decorations. Lunch is at noon with Bingo to follow. Seniors will discuss the “Senior Prom,” scheduled 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Tickets are $5. Bring a dessert and a friend. Meeting and lunch are free, donations appreciated. Info: Janice White, 548-0326.

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Reagan Jones, Samantha Hile and Raelei Boles build with Legos during a demonstration at the Powell Branch Library. Photos by Ruth White

Improvements ahead for Emory Road eyesore By Sandra Clark Brian Blakely was grilled by the Knox County Blighted Property Review Commission about two of his properties with code violations. The most visible violation is the house turned sideways to Emory Road with blue tarps flapping in the wind. Blakely said his goal is to live in the house at 3316 Emory Road (near the Saddlebrooke subdivision) within a year. Codes officials brought Blakely before the Review Commission in May when he received a 90-day deferral. When he appeared last Wednesday, little had been done.

This house at 3316 Emory Road has stood vacant since the road was widened. Improvements may be near. Photo

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“I’m extremely embarrassed about this. I’ve let it go too long,” said Blakely. He has bush-hogged the lot and removed some shrubs, he said. Taxes have been paid and he’s lined up a company to in-

Jubilee marks five years By Ruth White Sharon Morton celebrated the fifth anniversary of Jubilee Banquet Facility with a big party last week. Family, friends and clients were invited out for cake, dancing and giveaways. When Jubilee opened in 2007, the Mortons were thinking of a place where church and school groups could gather.

“I never even thought of having weddings and corporate events in the facility when we first opened, but that’s what the community was looking for,” she said. “We have even hosted a wrestling match in the gym, so I guess you can say that we’ve pretty much done it all.” Jubilee Banquet Facility is known for its gourmet dining, served buffet style. It is host to Powell Playhouse

stall a green metal roof and build a retaining wall. He’s requested rezoning which will be heard by MPC in September and by County Commission in October. Larry York, who represents the 6th District, did not favor a second

extension, saying Blakely had not made progress to clean up the site. “I’m voting for 90 more days but no more,” said Bill Sewell, who represents the 7th District. His motion prevailed, and Blakely will be back at the board’s Oct. 24 meeting. Sewell told Blakely to “stay in contact” with Roy Braden of Building Codes. Blakely said a mobile home at 7524 Pelleaux Road has been moved to the back of the 3-acre tract and the property was mowed. “It looks much better.” On a motion by Sewell, that tract was removed from the Blighted Property list.

Sharon Morton celebrates her business’s fifth anniversary. Photo by Ruth White

productions, Powell Business and Professional Association and recently the annual Powell High School Alumni Banquet. Jubilee has been family-owned from the start. “We have a saying on our front desk, ‘Come as a guest, leave as a

friend’ and we try to make everyone feel that way,” said Morton. Jubilee is located at 6700 Jubilee Center Way off Callahan Drive. Info: 938-2112.

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Boosting Ronald McDonald House By Pam Fansler First Tennessee Bank was proud to be a major sponsor of the recent Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament. K noxville’s Ronald McDonald House is a temporary home-awayfrom-home Fansler for families whose children are receiving treatment for serious illnesses at area hospitals.

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two buildings can accommodate 16 families or 65 people nightly. The house needs everything that your house needs multiplied by 16. Keeping it stocked with everything from meals and coffee to laundry detergent and zip-lock bags is quite a challenge. (Go to www. k nox r m hc .or g/w i sh l i s t . html to view the “wish list.”) Everything needed is funded by the community. Support comes through fundraising events such as the annual golf tournament as well as donations of money and goods from caring groups and individuals. Knoxville’s Ronald McDonald House is one of 200 houses throughout the world helping 5,000 people daily. Pam Fansler is president of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region.

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Dr. Adam Reach has joined the staff of Halls Vision Center in Mill Branch. Reach is a 2003 graduate of Gibbs High and a 2007 graduate of the University of Tennessee. He recently graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Reach feels blessed to be back in Knoxville and helping out in his community. He is currently accepting new patients. Info: 922-7765. Photo by Ruth White


In an effort to reduce stress, keep the family intact and enhance the quality of life for families, the Ronald McDonald House provides affordable services in a caring, homelike atmosphere. The house, which has been serving families of sick and injured children since 1985, is open to any family with a child age 21 or younger who is receiving medical treatment at an area hospital, including East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Since it opened, more than 45,000 people have found a

home when they needed one the most. Families are asked for a donation of $5 per night for a room. The house provides facilities for sleeping, cooking, laundry and play. Relatives, including grandparents and siblings of children receiving medical treatment, are welcome. The Ronald McDonald House also offers a program where families with children at area hospitals use the house’s laundry, cooking and other facilities during the day. This enables families to complete daily tasks while away from home but still remain close to their sick child. On Valentine’s Day 2000, the Ronald McDonald House opened a second house beside the original house. Together, the

Richard Young of Next Generation Games stands in front of some of the new store’s wide selection. Located at 3509 West Emory Road in Powell, Next Generation Games buys, sells and trades new and used games. There are two game stations for in-store demo, and customers can preorder any game and get it on the game’s street date. Info: 3625163. Photo by D. Moss

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Home Federal Bank president Dale Keasling hands Nicodem Ngendabakana the keys to his family’s new home. Photos by Ruth White

Family members Naomi Nizeyimana, Henriette Nishimwe, Elisa Sindayigaya and Richard A. Nduwimana wait patiently on the porch of their new home with their grandparents and homeowners Stephania Mfatavyanka and Nicodem Ngendabakana.

Room for everyone By Ruth White Nicodem Ngendabakana and his wife, Stephania Mfatavyanka, are originally from Burundi, Africa, and have lived in camps and in different countries with no stability, often fearing for their safety. Since moving to this country, the family has often lived in separate apartments but is ready to live the American dream of homeownership. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity and its partners, the family – which includes daughter Gregonia and four grandchildren – will sleep under one roof for the first time in a long time. Elisa Sindayigaya described the feelings of his family best when he told the crowd gathered that he had experienced “the best time of his life” when receiving the keys to his grandparents’ new home in Lonsdale. “There is enough room for all of us,” he said. The home was made possible through partnerships with Habitat and a great deal of sweat equity from the family and volunteers. At 22 years, Home Federal Bank is Knoxville Habitat

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government Here comes the surplus, drip … drip A-4 • AUGUST 6, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS

Congratulations to Chris Caldwell, Knox County’s new finance director. Chris and this writer have engaged in a war of words and numbers for which there is no clear winner. But Chris is a bright young guy who will serve Knox County well. Mayor Tim Burchett made a good choice. In a brief interview, Chris reiterated that no one knows what the county’s surplus will be until the numbers are in. And he said if it’s $17.3 million, well, he might take me to lunch. You can call me hardheaded or even bone-headed, but you can’t say I don’t dig at an issue until I’m satisfied. Here’s where I’ve landed on the “surplus.” First, our numbers were right. Knox County already has collected $17.3 million Jason Webster more in revenues than it budgeted for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Schools: By agreement, scared to publicly offer 72.2 percent of the sales tax criticism. Some tell stories goes straight to schools (it’s of “spies” present at the a bit less from the town of school-sponsored commu- Farragut, but that’s another nity forums. Their job was story). The money goes into to jot down the names of the school system’s fund any teacher who publicly balance until it’s spent. criticized the superintenAnd the spending process dent and/or his initiatives. entails a recommendation I can’t tell you that is by the superintendent, apa fact. I can tell you that proval by the school board, morale among the teachand approval by the county ers is low. Need proof? I commission. didn’t see many of them Last week, school offifilling the seats during cials projected a $6.6 milCounty Commission meet- lion surplus, and that could ings earlier this year to grow. Hopefully, the school support Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre’s budget. If they’d shown up in droves and stared down the commissioners, that budget might have passed. Instead, it wasn’t even voted on. By Anne Hart McIntyre is under Roger Kane was out before great pressure to produce the sun was up the morning results, thanks to the after he won the Republican education “reform” legisprimary in the state’s new lation from Nashville and 89th District of Karns and Washington, so he is mak- Hardin Valley. ing changes left and right “Got to get all my signs based on what he thinks is down. We want to keep best, community continu- these neighborhoods looking ity be damned. good,” he said as he talked Yes, schools exist to on his cellphone while pulleducate, but community ing up campaign signs along schools are just that – Clinton Highway. integral components of Kane said he celebrated each community. And with his supporters until the school staff, from the about 1 a.m., caught a few principal to the physical hours of shut-eye, did a radio education teacher, makes interview shortly after 7 a.m. that happen. and then hit the roads to go We don’t need Knox after those signs and thank County Schools becoming supporters along the way. a nightmarish cross beAnd about that win over tween McCarthyism and former Sheriff Tim Hutchison, William “Bo” Pierce and Orwell’s “1984,” with everybody looking over their Joey McCulley? Kane says no one was more surprised that shoulders just in case Big he was at the results. Brother is watching. “Every poll we did showed A former teacher of the year told me, with frustra- Tim winning. I felt like I was in a David and Goliath race tion dripping from every and I was a really skinny Dasyllable, “I wish I’d never gone into education. … It’s vid.” Kane’s campaign consuljust not any fun anymore.” tant, Jacob Swisher, senior Perception is reality. advisor with GovAim Inc., And right now our teachbelieves the approximately ers need more carrot and 5,000 phone calls made in less stick.

Change abounds in Knox County schools Knox County teachers will report back to the classroom this week, but in many schools they may not recognize the boss. We’ve confirmed 19 changes in principals, but as late as Friday school system officials could not provide a complete list of appointments.

Jake Mabe What gives? You read in the Shopper-News last week about the shakeup at Shannondale Elementary School. Popular physical education teacher Lisa Loftin has been transferred, as has longtime custodian Arthur “Mr. Arthur” Spencer. Several Shannondale parents told reporter Betty Bean they believed the transfers were in direct response to vocal criticism of former principal Dr. Joy Foster, who has also been transferred. Word came last week and was confirmed by two sources that Halls High School assistant principal Jason Webster has been transferred to the L&N STEM Academy. One source who asked to remain anonymous said the transfer was made against Webster’s wishes even though it was intended as a promotion and that Webster fought it. As a teacher put it, “Jason was the heart of this school. He was the one to pat you on the head and tell you everything is going to be all right or that you’re doing a good job.” Now, Halls High School principal Mark Duff must break in an interim football coach and find a new softball coach, a new track coach and a new athletic director, all while focusing on important things, like, oh, say, academics. Making matters worse, several top-notch educators retired last spring from Halls High. No teacher I spoke with would talk on the record, saying they fear retribution from the central office. During the spring debate over the school budget, nearly every teacher with whom I spoke was

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board, superintendent and commission will use it to fund one-time items listed in the budget that county commission failed to fund earlier this year. Raises: The commission sometimes spends money during the year. We’re still digging on this, but one major item was the mid-year 3 percent raise for employees under the sheriff and mayor. Caldwell estimated the cost for a half year (January through June) at $1.5 million. So, to answer Commissioner Richard Briggs who asked: “Where did this surplus go?” we’ve now got somebody besides this writer to account for $6.6 million plus $1.5 million. That’s $8.1 million down and $9.2 million to go. And there’s a lunch with Chris on the line.

What about the principals? Something else we’re digging on is persistent rumors that as many as 30 school administrators have been transferred this fall. We’ve got a list of 19, and a promise of the complete list this week.

A disappointing loss is at Whittle Springs Middle School where Dr. Jill Hobby has resigned for personal reasons. Dr. Elizabeth Alves is the interim replacement for Assistant Superintendent Dr. Donna Wright who departed for a similar job in a smaller system near Nashville. Two important appointments were announced earlier and became effective July 1. Dr. Clifford Davis, assisted by Dr. Jon Rysewyk, now oversees high schools and middle schools, joining Nancy Maland who oversees elementary schools. These administrators are key to staffing pr incipa ls, one must assume, although the Clifford Davis final call belongs to Superintendent McIntyre. Davis replaced Ed Hedgepet h who retired. Davis is a former Jon Rysewyk principal at South-Doyle and Karns high schools as well as Cedar Bluff Middle School. He joined Knox County Schools in 1990 as a math teacher

at Farragut Middle School. He served as an assistant principal at Bearden Middle from 1994-99. His doctorate is from UT. Rysewyk, formerly principal at Fulton High School, has replaced Davis as supervisor of secondary education. He joined Knox County Schools in 2002 as a science teacher at Karns High School after serving previously as a science teacher in the Roane County Schools. He was appointed assistant principal at Fulton High in 2004 and as principal in 2008. His doctorate is from East Tennessee State University.

Obamonomics Finance guru Andrew Tobias, who frequently writes for Parade Magazine, posted this on his blog: “Had you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500 under just Republican presidents for the 40 or so years that they controlled the White House since 1929, that $10,000 would have grown to … $11,733. Had you invested that same $10,000 for the 40 years since 1929 that Democrats controlled the White House prior to the election of President Obama, it would have grown to $300,671. “Pop quiz: which is more? “And that $300,671 was before President Obama took office. The S&P is up 38 percent since then – which turns that $300,671 into $415,000.”

Roger Kane wins in upset

Roger Kane (center) receives high fives from supporters as he wins the 89th District election. Surrounding Kane are: Jacob Swisher, Manuela Ptacek, Michael Bright, son Tim Kane and Jack Liu. “I am truly honored to serve the people in the 89th District, and I will not let you down,” he said. Photo

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the 72 hours before election day may have turned the race in Kane’s favor. “We did the phone calls in addition to mailers and the usual things,” Swisher says. “This was a very important election.” “Those were real people on the phones – volunteers,” Kane adds. “They answered questions from voters up until the last minute.” Kane ran a strong grassroots effort. “Every Wednesday night for many months I have had people around the dining room table in my home. Volunteers have spent

Saturdays knocking on doors for me all over the district, and we have been at every event encouraging people to vote. “On election day we had people at every polling place asking for votes. I think that made a big difference, too. Many people don’t make up their minds who to vote for until they get to the polls.” Because there was no Democratic candidate in the race, Kane’s campaigning for this election cycle is over. He says he’ll spend the next few months going to Nashville “to see what is in the pipe-

line and start carving out my goals and desires for the district. Frankly, I think we have too many laws that are burdensome to the business owner. I want to see what we can eliminate.” He is also looking forward to spending some time with his family, most of whom weren’t in town for election day. Except for son Tim, they were in Houston watching daughter Hope win gold and silver medals in twirling at the Junior Olympics. There will be lots to celebrate when the Kane family is all together again.

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Never give up – never You want leadership? Elect Herman Lathers. ■Courage in crisis. ■ Experience in disaster management. ■ Sound judgment. ■ Sense of direction. The vote should be unanimous. Tennessee football needs Herman Lathers. Herm is a big fellow. He has been tested by fire. He really, really wants to be a winning Volunteer. He does not project as a first-round draft choice but he has earned the respect of teammates. He is long past childhood. From my perspective, Herman Lathers is an inspiration, the sort of story the Vol Network or FCA or NCAA could make into a movie for the benefit of all football. And the world.

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The theme is never give up. Never. Lathers, 22, made it from Baton Rouge to where he is, UT graduate, senior linebacker, old man’s body, unofficial commander in chief, without a lot of socalled advantages. No easy street. No silver spoon. No daddy on duty. Childhood was marred by five years of bone cancer and many, many injections.

Happy heart took a hit in high school. He could play but LSU didn’t want him. Tennessee did. Herman reminded John Chavis of John Chavis. Defy the odds. Prove everybody wrong. Just do it. Achieve and exceed all expectations. Lathers did not get off to a great start. The routine physical discovered a blood disorder, maybe thrombocytopenia. Out with the spleen. Ask a doctor for details. Herman became a 2008 redshirt and was not a factor in the Fulmer staff exit. Lathers recovered. In middle-late 2009, injuries to others created an opening and he became a starter. He played well. In 2010, he was second in

Prayer at City Council Sorry to have been absent with a column the past two Mondays. I had a bum right hip replaced on July 16 under the skilled direction of Dr. Brian Edkin at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and the hospital staff. Recovery was not as fast as I had anticipated (which is not surprising), but I am now home and doing out-patient therapy. It is truly amazing what medicine can do today, and I am most fortunate to receive terrific care helped by a caring wife, Joan, and daughter, Martha. While media attention has focused on how County Commission handles prayer at the start of its meetings, this has not gone unobserved by city attorneys. When I was mayor, then council member Ivan Harmon gave the invocation. Then council member Barbara Pelot gave the invocation for eight years. Now it is rotated among those of the

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nine council members who wish to give the opening prayer: Daniel Brown, Mark Campen, Nick Della Volpe and George Wallace. This writer has learned that council attorney Rob Frost and city Law Director Charles Swanson are seeking to avoid a potential lawsuit on this issue and have advised the council members as to what words might trigger litigation. â– Mayors Rogero and Burchett have named new members to the Metropolitan Planning Commission. However, these five persons must be approved by the State Planning Commission before they actually

tackles. He endured a few hurts but fought through the pain. The damaged shoulder required repairs after the bowl game. That cost spring practice. More troubles loomed. The first day of medical clearance, early June 2011, volunteer workout, seven on seven, collision in pursuit of a pass, cleats stuck in turf, terrible ankle fracture. Great physicians Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher inserted a metal plate and a bunch of screws, nine little ones and two big, ugly twisters. Herman Lathers woke up wondering why me, Lord? He felt sorry for himself. He wept. For the fi rst time in his life, he thought about quitting. Maybe it wasn’t worth it. He found solace in his faith that God never lays more on you than you can

start to serve. The commission lacks a quorum until Gov. Bill Haslam names new members and will not be able to approve these appointees until a quorum is serving and able to meet. ■South Knoxville, which previously had no representation on the MPC, now has two members as both mayors appointed South Knox residents. ■ Art Clancy, who was not re-appointed by Mayor Rogero, was appointed to a one-year term by Mayor Burchett so he will continue on MPC for another year. Clancy’s mother, the incomparable Sue Clancy, celebrated her 80th birthday on July 31 with events at both Cheskepeake’s and The Orangery. Sue led Knoxville’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1991. ■ Eyebrows were raised when financial disclosures showed Mayor Rogero had donated to Democratic state representative candidate Anthony Hancock. It is not a surprise that Rogero, a Democrat, is supporting a Democrat but often mayors

Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers greets fans at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days in Hoover, Ala., on July 19. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Linda Stelter)

somehow handle. Nick Reveiz said there might be a higher purpose for struggles, that how he managed the mess might be a message for others. Bingo!

avoid an actual donation. It will be interesting to see if Rogero personally gives to other Democratic legislative candidates. Hancock is considered the underdog in the race against Steve Hall. â– Rogero carefully avoided taking sides in the controversy over closing Belle Morris precinct by the Knox County Election Commission which Democratic candidate Gloria Johnson has made an issue. The Gary Loe vs. Gloria Johnson race will be the most contested House race in Knox County this November. â–  Roger Kane defeated two better-know candidates in the GOP primary for state representative. He had the quiet but active backing of state Rep. Bill Dunn. It is unlikely former Sheriff Tim Hutchison will be a candidate in the immediate future given his second place finish to Kane coming on top of his lopsided loss to Tim Burchett in 2010. Many had thought his better name recognition would win the nomination for him in a four-way race, but it did not.

Lathers adjusted his attitude. He found blessings to count. He was alive. He could walk, well, hobble. He realized others faced trials and tribulations, some worse. Lathers was an untitled assistant coach last season, in meetings, at practices, keep going guys, you can do it. Teammates teased him about being old and just standing around, drawing unemployment checks, looking to Medicare. This spring he resumed combat, tentatively at first, then out front. This summer he called the group to order, study more video, grasp the vision, choose unity, build a house, climb a mountain, raft a river. Other Vols said he is the general. That’s good enough. He gets my endorsement. Elect Lathers. There is a need. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Caldwell to head finance

Chris Caldwell has been appointed finance director for Knox County by Mayor Tim Burchett. Caldwell has worked for the Finance Department for 10 years. “Chris has done an outstanding job as interim finance director and has Chris Caldwell proven that he is fully capable of serving in that position on a permanent basis,� said Burchett. A native of Jacksboro, Caldwell graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln Memorial University and earned a master’s degree in business from Bellevue University. He will earn $120,000. Caldwell began working for Knox County as an accountant in June 2002. He worked his way up to the position of accounting and budget director, and has been serving as interim finance director since April.

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bony Jeweling, Swamp Speedwing, Twin-spotted Spiketail, Black-shouldered Spinyleg… are these creatures from the latest special-effect, aliens-consumethe-world movie at your local theater? Nope, they’re dragonflies, the other really neat flying insects out there besides butterflies. And, as an added bonus, they love to eat mosquitoes. But more on that in a moment. For sheer numbers of people in the field, nothing surpasses the phenomenon of bird-watching, or birding, as birders call their sport. Millions of individuals are out there, looking, listing and counting. And nowadays, they are all connected by the Web, through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology e-bird site, where literally every person in the world can report and save their sighting records, even on a daily basis. And all the data are fed into a giant Mother-disc with millions of pieces of information, giving an increasingly detailed pic-

ture of the world’s bird activity, up to the minute. But sometimes even hyperactive, twitchy birders run out of something to see. In off-season, on hot summer days, on just bad days, there may not be much shaking, bird-wise. So, some birders don’t just go home, they look for something else to watch. The next thing on nature’s plate for them would be wildflowers, if it’s the season, or butterflies, if they’re in the right place at the right time. And butterflying is now a booming hobby. Similar to the long-established birding organizations and activities, butterfly people have a national organization, the North American Butterfly Association. They have local groups, field trips, organized butterfly counts. And they have built a remarkable National Butterfly Center in South Texas on the Rio Grande River, complete with a nice reception center, educational displays, and acres of gardens that attract scores of common and rare butterflies,

many from across the border in Mexico. It is a destination attraction for everyone to see and enjoy, even if you’re just in tourist mode. Butterflies are amazing and beautiful, with lots of neat features, but for this birder, and a growing number of enthusiasts, there is another group of flyers out there that will really test your eyesight and reflexes: those dragonflies. Let’s train our binoculars on them here for a minute. Dragonflies have been around for a long time, a whole lot longer than possums and dinosaurs, right up there for longevity with everybody’s favorite, the cockroaches. There are beautifully-preserved fossils of dragonflies (and roaches) going back to the Carboniferous period, roughly 300 million years ago. In fact, there were some really big insects flying around the Coal-age swamps. There are fossil dragonflies from those times measuring a whopping 28 inches of wingspan! To have survived this long and prospered, you’d think they must be well-equipped for getting along in the world and they are. Unlike possums, which have made it through the eons by eating anything and having zillions of babies, the dragonflies survive with speed, quickness, excellent eyesight and scary, predatory larvae.

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Fly fishermen and other close observers of life in nice, clean, rocky streams recognize dragonfly larvae. They live in various situations – in the bottom sand, on vegetation, behind rocks – but they all have a common weapon. It’s a big, hinged lower jaw with graspers at the ends that folds up against their face and then shoots out in a fraction of a second, to nab their prey. They eat other aquatic critters, insects and the like, and even grab small minnows. After terrorizing the stream where they live for varying periods of time, depending on species, the larvae metamorphose into adult dragonflies, ready for some real predation. For vision, the dragonflies have a pair of huge, compound eyes made up of as many as 56,000 transparent lenses, perfect for detection of tiny bits of (mosquitosized) movement, from as

far away as 30 yards. They have a neck like a praying mantis. As they sit or fly, they very quickly, and constantly, look up, down, sideways, ever alert for a possible meal on the wing. And flying? They zoom around at speeds of up to 20 miles an hour and border on the impossible for a person to catch. As they fly, the dragonflies hold their six legs down beneath their body to form a basket, which they use to capture small flying prey. Then the food item gets passed up to the jaws, where it is chomped up and eaten, frequently on the wing, without missing a wingbeat. They eat millions of mosquitoes, and keep bogs, ponds and marshes habitable for the rest of us with their healthy appetites. They eat critters even larger, though, on up to other dragonflies. There are seven families of dragonflies in North Amer-

ica, plus three of their cousins, the damselflies and more than 435 separate species. They come in a huge variety of colors and patterns. Often, like the birds, the males and females of a given species will have completely different colors. A nice pond or marshy area is prime dragonfly territory since they lay their eggs in or near water, but you can find them in pastures, parks and fields of wildflowers as well. I’m finding that digitally photographing them is really fun and challenging. With luck and patience, you can move up much closer to dragonflies than you can to birds, and they will sometimes cooperate for a nice still close up. Then, you can take them home on your memory card, look them up and identify them at your leisure. With increasing interest in dragonflies, good field guides are increasing in availability. Among others, try the “Stokes’ Beginners Guide to Dragonflies,” or Dunkle’s “Dragonflies through Binoculars.” And, by the way, a pair of close-focus binoculars is a big help with your observations, too. So there you are, another good reason to go out the door, folks. Spring flowers gone? Birds not singing? Try some dragonflies on for size.

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Community Services ■ Catholic Charities now offers counseling for those with emotional issues who may not be physically able to come to the office for therapy. Licensed professionals are available over the phone, and the first session is free. Subsequent sessions are provided on an income-based sliding scale. All information is completely confidential. Call 1-877-7906369. Non-emergency calls only. Info: ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Avenue Pike, will open the “John 5” food pantry 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. To make an appointment, call 938-2611 and leave a message. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane (across from Tractor Supply in Halls), distributes free food 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265. ■ New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry will distribute boxes of food 5 to 6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.

Fundraisers ■ Bookwalter UMC, 4218 Central Avenue Pike, will host a community yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. To be a vendor, call 773-3380. Set up is free. A Fall Festival will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Setup fee for vendors is $40 ($45 inside). To register: 773-3380. ■ Rutherford Memorial UMC, 7815 Corryton Road, will host a rummage sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9-10.

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Rec programs ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, holds a beginner yoga class 6-7 p.m. Mondays in the family life center. Cost is $10 per class or $40 for five classes. Bring a mat, towel and water. Info: Dena Bower, 567-7615 or email ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, will hold Open Gym Night each Wednesday during summer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. Elementaryage children must have a guardian accompany them. Info: randycreswell@yahoo. com or 690-1060. ■ Callahan Road Baptist Church, 1336 Callahan Road, will host free drive-in movies at dusk every other Friday through Aug. 17 (weather permitting. Concessions will be available for purchase. No skateboards, scooters or roller skates. Info: 938-3410. ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5. Info: 689-7001.


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Special services ■ The Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon (KFL) will meet at noon Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Golden Corral on Clinton Highway. Kathy Fletcher will speak. Info: ■ Clear Springs Baptist Church, 8518 Thompson School Road, will welcome former University of Tennessee football player Inky Johnson as guest speaker Sunday, Aug. 12. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. with worship service at 10:15. Info: www.

Women’s programs ■ Knoxville Day Aglow Lighthouse outreach meeting is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Ave. Pike. Faye Porcella, co-pastor of New Covenant church, will speak. Info: Diane Shelby, 687-3687.

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Students my age don’t usually get excited about going to school. As for me, I am overly excited. For a freshman, high school can seem a little scary, but I have a feeling the teachers and students at the L&N STEM Academy are friendly. Built in 1905, the L&N was a train station. It contained separate waiting rooms for couples, single women and for the “colored.” While the walls and windows for the “colored” waiting room were simple and dull, the “white’s”

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The 2012 version of Shopper-News interns has ended with this week’s report on the L&N STEM Academy. We had a blast! On Tuesday we asked interns to evaluate the program, looking for places to keep or toss for next season. Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin was a hit with every intern. Most were impressed with the courtroom experience with Circuit Court Judge Dale Workman, although Jacob Messing said he wished we’d “had a better trial.� Workman probably did too. The hands-down favorite meal was prepared by B&G Catering in Gibbs. The kids are still talking about those hamburgers and cookies. The most interesting venue for lunch was the Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. Best characters were Joe Longmire talking about Corryton history, followed by a visit to the farm of Carolyn and Calvin Copeland.

What stood out? The big guns at the regional FBI headquarters; the big press at the News Sentinel; the big sludge pond at Hallsdale Powell Utility District. Everyone enjoyed a personal tour of the STEM Acadmy and two of this year’s interns plan to attend there. Two former interns, Owen Sanders and Leo Coppock Seal, already are students there. So here are thanks to those who helped: Ruth White and Sara Barrett from the Shopper staff. Ruth’s motto: “What is said in Ruth’s car, stays in Ruth’s car.� Karen Schmidt at KNS and the folks at Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Halls; Ranee Randby who set up our tour of the Knox County Health Department and Sue Renfro who did likewise at KARM; Sandy Liford, Nick Jackson, Ronnie Qualls and the HPUD staff, along with Roy Arthur who talked about his work to clean up Beaver Creek and Jenny Woodbery who showed us around the

new engineering building at UT. Thanks also to Joe Longmire and the Copelands; to Judges Workman and Irwin; and to the one and only Richard L. Bean, for whom a building is named. Thanks to Carol Evans of Legacy Parks Foundation for showing the kids Mead’s Quarry and Fort Dickerson; and thanks to Judy McCarter for arranging our tour of the FBI. Thanks to Russ Oaks and Mary Martin who arranged our tour of the STEM Academy, along with principal Becky Ashe and her staff who made it fun. Ruth, Sara and I made a pact: We’re starting today to recruit interns for next summer. We’re looking for rising 9th graders who can meet with us on Tuesdays. There’s no cost and lunch is on us. We ask that interns photograph or write about the places we visit. Interested? Email Sara at or Ruth at betty

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First impressions segregated South prepared to What impressed me most board trains years ago. Markings on the floor during the interns’ tour of the L&N STEM Academy of the career planning and was the perfect blend of past, guidance area even show where walls were used to present and future. Original L&N Depot light- keep people of different races ing in the form of a huge glass from interacting with each chandelier hangs in the en- other. Students of every color tryway, right over the desk now walk those floors today – in the school’s front office. side by side – to get to their Mosaic tile still covers the next class with iPads in hand. Technology is neatly floor where folks from the

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tucked into every corner of the old train station; even the water fountains are high-tech with slots to fill water bottles in addition to the usual water fountain. Need to contact your teacher, but don’t have a pen to jot down her email address? Just use your iPad to scan the Smart Code taped to the classroom door. Within a couple of seconds, the teacher’s information page comes up from Knox County Schools’ website. While climbing the stairs to the second floor, I wondered if the students attending classes in this environment realize how fortunate they are. School principal Becky Ashe told the Shopper interns about the art students’ weekly visits to the neighboring Knoxville Museum of Art, and how gym class is often a swift stroll down the block to the Y. As an “old school” high school graduate from Farragut, I can see how many parents may be just a bit envious of their child’s experience at the L&N STEM Academy.

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“would help us expand our spay/neuter program, enhance our adoption and foster programs, and strengthen the safety net for our community’s neediest pet owners by expanding our pet-food pantry.” To help raise the number of adoptions, YWAC will have special promotions during the three-month period including a “Read to the Dog” back-to-school adoption evening 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, where families can read to and visit with shelter dogs. Reduced adoption fees for adult dogs and puppies will be available Orphan Annie is one of the during the event. many animals you can adopt On Saturday, Aug. 25, at Young-Williams this month folks can take advantage of to help the facility win the “Big Orange” adoption day ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K to kick off football season. Challenge. Photo submitted Reduced adoption fees will be offered noon to 6 p.m. on Amy Johnston, director all animals. of outreach for Young-WilOther events can be liams Animal Center, said found online at www. the $100,000 grand prize

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Grace Christian Academy is the first school in Knox County to install artificial turf on its football field. Photos by Kara McKamey

By Shannon Morris The Grace Christian Academy Rams are gearing up to take the field again this fall. The first football game of the season will be Thursday, Aug. 16, as the Rams host the Carter Hornets in a televised High School Rivalry match up. This will be the inaugural football game on the brand new turf field. Some other area schools have followed suit, but Grace was the first school in Knox County to install an artificial turf playing surface, so this

first game promises to be very exciting. The Rams are riding a 10-game winning streak, having finished last season with a perfect 10-0 record. This game will not be the first time the field has been used, however. Grace has hosted soccer tournaments and other events over the summer, including a tremendous football camp with former UT Vol and current NFL player Eric Berry. Football players from around the region benefitted from personal training with Berry, in

Back to school By Shannon Morris August is the month for back to school! In the next few days, students will be preparing for that anticipated day. New clothes, classroom supplies and backpacks will be flying off the shelves. On that first day of school, Grace Christian Academy will be poised and ready to receive each student from kindergarten through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school, Grace is committed to a high standard of academic excellence in all grades. Even as early as kindergarten, there is a strong academic foundation established in art, computer, Spanish, music, library and physical education. The loving, caring environment and family atmosphere puts even our youngest students at ease each day. Grace’s educational program is a guide to enable students to discover God’s purpose for their lives and to


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ment for learning with use of interactive whiteboard technology and exposure to departmentalized instruction. The middle school offers exploratory classes in foreign languages, physical education, computer, drama, music and art. With 16 middle school sports teams, our students have the opportunity to experience a sport they may be interested in pursuing more once they reach the high school level. The goal at Grace is to maximize each student’s God-given abilities and talents while teaching to the whole child – mind, body and spirit. The high school students are enriched with choices in advanced placement and honors classes. Our academic and college counseling service is top-notch and helps to direct each student in his or her academic path for future success. The January term enrichment program, known as Winterim, allows students to test the workforce, to see what different career opportunities are available and what they look like from inside the business or corporation. The strong athletic training and

competitive sports program allows students many extracurricular opportunities each year. Several student athletes have signed national letters of intent in a diverse range of sports. As a school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Schools and Council of Accreditation and School Improvement (SACA-ACSI), and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Grace seeks to partner with families in educating a diverse student population. Graduates have received appointments to U.S. Military academies, as well as acceptance by Yale University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee and many more. Grace exists to lead students to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, to build them up to their full potential in Him, and to equip them to serve Him. If Grace Christian Academy sounds like the perfect fit for your student, please feel free to contact the school office at 934-4780 for more information on how your family can be a part of our family.


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