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VOL. 6, NO. 4
JANUARY 23, 2012
In this issue!
Shaking things up for the arts By Wendy Smith
Field Dog Heading to the house at the end of the year See Betty Bean’s story on page A-8
Memory Lane Keeping the post-World War II neighborhood See Wendy’s story on page A-10
Morning music Oak Ridge Sumphony members bring harmony to Tueday See Wendy’s picture on page A-3
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Blood sport Marvin looks at the rough and tumble world of football recruiting. See page A-6
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Rick Bennett has shaken and stirred the art scene in West Knoxville for 15 years with the eclectic mix of arts and crafts he offers at Bennett Galleries. Last week he put those same skills to work as a celebrity bartender at Echo Bistro and Wine Bar. He donated his generous tips to an organization that is near and dear to his heart – the Community School of the Arts. “I love it so much it’s incredible,” he says. The nonprofit program operates out of First Presbyterian Church downtown. It offers quality art education, like music, dance and fine arts, to students who would otherwise not be able to afford it. Bennett came up with the idea for the school’s Side-by-Side program, which matches students with professional artists. Students spend several months working in the studio with their mentor artist, and the apprenticeship culminates with an art show at Bennett Galleries featuring the work of both student and teacher. The program benefits the students, who receive one-on-one attention from a professional, as well as the artists, who get paid to participate. “Artists are always doing stuff for free,” explains Bennett. Community School for the Arts board member Annette Winston visited Echo for the chance to watch Bennett behind the bar. The program is valuable because it helps students do well in school as well as giving them an art education, she says. The school will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, and the Sideby-Side program is in its 16th year. The program was a finalist for a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2010, and Bennett would like to see it get more national recognition.
Bennett Galleries owner Rick Bennett works as a celebrity bartender with Sheena Patrick, who’s the real deal, at Echo Bistro and Wine Bar. Photo by Wendy Smith
“We need to take it to the next level,” he says. “We’ve got to reinvent it.” Echo Executive Chef Seth Simmerman was happy to put Bennett behind the bar. The two became ac-
quainted 30 years ago when Bennett supplied artwork for Club LeConte, where Simmerman worked. Echo is thriving, in spite of the fact that it opened as the recession was taking its toll in the summer of
2009. It’s developed a reputation as a neighborhood restaurant and bar, where everybody knows everybody, says Simmerman. “We have the best customers in the world.”
Knox Chamber to honor Bearden students Knoxville Chamber is hosting a reception at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, to honor the Virtual Enterprise team from Bearden High School. The team is sponsored by teacher Kathy McCoy and members are chief executive officer Lucas Marks,
the students in McCoy’s class first interviewed for positions in Elysium, the school’s virtual computer chief operating officer Ashley Mont- als. The reception is from 4:30 to 6 company. Next they wrote a business plan. gomery, chief financial officer Zach p.m. at 17 Market Square. Byrd, public relations director BritElysium does business with other Co-sponsors are the Tennessee tany VanDenBerg and vice presi- Small Business Development Cen- VE companies across the nation, as dent of marketing Josh Smith. ter and Pellissippi State Community well as other countries, and no other VE firms offer computer customizaBearden’s students are the first College. from East Tennessee to win the state As Wendy Smith wrote in a Nov. tion. “We’re hoping that will give us competition and advance to nation- 14, 2011, article in Shopper-News, the edge,” said Montgomery.
Bonuses and billboards at County Commission By Sandra Clark
ing opposition from the billboard industry and support from Scenic Knoxville. Norman wants to strip the Briggs Amendment off the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan. Less controversial but no less important are: appointment of 27 citizens to a Charter Review Committee and approval of a $15.5 million contract with Rouse Construction to build a new elementary school at Northshore Town Center.
Expect fireworks from Commissioners R. Larry Smith, Richard Briggs and Tony Norman at today’s County Commission meeting, which gets underway at 2 p.m. and is viewable on Comcast Channel 12. Smith wants discussion of the county’s certification process and bonus policies. He’s hammered at the bonus payments by Trustee John Duncan before certification work was complete, leading to Duncan’s decision to pay back part of the bonuses while referring to Smith as Billboards “grandstanding.” David Jernigan, a vice Briggs wants to extend president of Lamar Adverthe county’s moratorium on tising, and Russell Amanns electronic billboards, draw- of Outdoor Displays Inc.,
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“Hundreds of businesses rely on billboards,” said Jernigan. “As the county grows, we want to grow. We support the current ordinance, prior to the moratorium.” Commissioner Sam McKenzie Joyce Feld called the blinky billboards, “effective for you but extremely dangerous” for motorists. Joyce Feld, president of Scenic Knoxville, called electronic billboards “weapons of mass distraction” and
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Like everyone whoâ€™s met them, I was thrilled that Daniel and Mandy Watson and their three kids were chosen to receive a new home from â€œExtreme Makeover: Home Edition.â€?
I met the Watsons when I attended one of The Restoration Houseâ€™s â€œA Day in the Lifeâ€? programs back in 2009. I was struck by the fact that the Watsons gave up their careers for this nonprofit, which is their ministry.
Allison Roop, Brooke Thurman, Mary Smyth and Heather Robinette manage paperwork for â€œExtreme Makeover: Home Editionâ€? volunteers. Roop and Thurman are Knoxville Chamber Ambassadors, and Smyth and Robinette are teachers.
Karen Kartal, Susan Eddlemon, Ihsan Kartal and Sara Cho of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra perform at the Tuesday Morning Music Club last week at the Ossoli Circle Clubhouse. Photos by W. Smith
Theyâ€™re not about living for themselves, and my guess is that theyâ€™ll feel slightly overwhelmed in their posh new digs. But I know what theyâ€™ll like best about this tidal wave of media attention: increased awareness of The Restoration House (TRH). TRH helps restore single mothers and their children to Godâ€™s good intent for their lives. The nonprofit helps moms break cycles of poverty by providing housing, mentoring and family advocacy. The â€œA Day in the Lifeâ€? program allows participants to follow in the footsteps of a single mom with limited resources to see how difficult it can be to get a job or a place to live or a car, if just one of those key elements is missing. To learn more, plan to attend â€œA Day in the Lifeâ€? at noon Thursday, Jan. 26, Ruth Pate takes a break from peeling eggs at Longâ€™s Drug Store at 8912 Town and Country to show off her â€œExtreme Makeover: Home Editionâ€? T-shirt. She Circle. To reserve a space: and her grandson, Chase, served food to the crew one eve- www.therestorationhouse. ning. Ruth was impressed with the teamwork she saw, even as net. midnight approached. â€œIt was amazing how they didnâ€™t get on I didnâ€™t get anywhere near each otherâ€™s nerves. Everybody was working together.â€? the muddy construction site,
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The â€œThunderbird blueâ€? building at 5801 Kingston Pike, which was constructed in 1958 to be West Knoxvilleâ€™s first Home Federal Branch, will soon have a new tenant. The property will become home to a charitable organization, says owner Tony Cappiello. The bank moved to its present location in 1985, and the building was purchased by Rufus Smith, who used it as a real estate office. In the early 1990s, it became home to the Bearden Decorating Center. Cappiello bought the property seven years ago and changed the exterior paint back to its original blue. He intended to open it as a wine bar, but the economy changed his mind. He is pleased to have found tenants, but hopes there wonâ€™t be many changes to what he calls the â€œclassic retroâ€? exterior â€“ especially the paint. Photos by Wendy Smith
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State officials (i.e. Gov. Bill Haslam and Mental Health Commissioner Doug Varney) say two things up front about closing Lakeshore Mental Health Institute: 1. It’s not a done deal. 2. It’s not about the money. And while hardly anybody will admit it on the record, nobody with a lick of sense believes them. It is a done deal. It is about the money. That’s why City Council’s State Reps. Harry Brooks (left) and Bill Dunn talk with school board vice chair Indya Kincannon following Thursday’s State 8-1 vote last week to table a of the Schools address. Brooks, Dunn and Rep. Ryan Haynes white paper regarding the closing of Lakeshore makes drove in from Nashville to attend the session. Photo by S. Clark little sense. The report was prepared by the Mayor’s Council on Disability Issues. And the council’s rejection of it sent a signal that local government is not willing to take a strong, proactive stand to ensure fair treatment for one of the most vulnerable segments of society, the mentally ill. McIntyre typically bridgBy Sandra Clark Council also ignored a Superintendent Dr. Jim es the disparate calls for host of ancillary issues such McIntyre said Knox County reforms from the business community and the status Schools can do better. We’re proud of our steady, quo seekers in the education solid academic progress, ... establishment. But he usubut we have unacceptable ally leans toward reform. His predecessor, Charles achievement gaps. We can Lindsey, came to town and do better.” McIntyre’s address immediately joined the Thursday at Gresham Mid- Knox County Education Asdle School was well-received sociation, the teachers’ barMayor Madeline Rogero by a full house. He received gaining unit. McIntyre dissed the attended her first U.S. Cona standing ovation, surely a first in the history of Knox KCEA by refusing to give ference of Mayors meeting time off to its president, as a member this past week County Schools. and spent Wednesday early At least it was the first Sherry Morgan, this year. evening at the White House Morgan said Monday time a superintendent ever with President Obama. stood to explain the dis- she’s finally achieved the Clarksville Mayor Kim Mctrict’s performance or lack time off to work on KCEA Millan was also in Washingof same. Board chair Thom- matters (the group reimton. She grew up in South as Deakins wanted the “state burses her salary but she Knoxville. Rogero will be of the schools” address. “We does not lose benefits or seactive in the Women’s Mayare at a defining moment in niority). ors Association, too. public education,” Deakins McIntyre’s goals: Rogero was chosen to said. He recalled a time, not ■ More instructional chair the city Pension long ago, when “a Tennes- time Board at its Jan. 12 meetsee high school diploma had ■ Consistent, high pering to replace former City little value.” He cited the forming magnet schools Council member Barbara Knox County school board’s ■ Enhanced professional Pelot whose term had exhiring of McIntyre in 2008, pired. This places Rogero the adoption of a five-year development, including more lead teachers and in charge as she should be. strategic plan in 2009 and instructional coaches It also gives her owneradoption of the national ship of proposed pension ■ Supplementary techCommon Core standards in changes needed to make 2010. “We now have rigor- nology in the classrooms, the system financially soland ous standards and are movvent. It makes it likely for ■ Expanded perforing toward quality instrucher to attend all Pension tion,” he said. mance pay.
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Betty Bean as fair treatment for Lakeshore employees, historic preservation and looking out for city taxpayers who already feel put upon by a burgeoning homeless population. In a gutsy move, newbie member Mark Campen cast the only dissenting vote. The CODI document recommended that city government support the closure of Lakeshore, but only if the resulting savings are reinvested in community-based services and if it undertakes its own study of potential costs to the city and how the closure will affect Knoxville residents. The report also advocated a working group to collaborate with the state to develop
a workable transition plan and to allow that working group to become the nucleus of a collaborative effort to improve mental health services and delivery. Another newbie, Finbarr Saunders, made a motion to accept the 58-page CODI document, but failed to get a second after Council member Brenda Palmer said she was worried about the “implications” of the white paper and made the motion to table it, which means that a separate vote will be required to bring it back up for consideration. (Later, she said that having it presented in resolution form was a big source of her heartburn.) Duane Grieve, who represents the 2nd District where what’s left of Lakeshore resides, seconded the motion and said he shares Palmer’s concerns that approval of the CODI report would be interpreted as an endorsement of its recommenda-
tions, despite Law Director Charles Swanson’s observation that many past councils have routinely approved and accepted such documents without repercussion. Nick Della Volpe observed that the governor and the commissioner can promise that funding will follow the patients, but it will be up to the legislatures of the future to honor those promises – and therefore nobody can make long-term guarantees. Nick Pavlis recommended waiting to see what the Legislature of the present decides to do. Wait for the Legislature to act? Lakeshore is closing June 30. Five months out is not too soon to make a plan, which is what CODI has stepped up and done. If City Council members don’t like CODI’s plan, they should get together and make a better one. And inform the Legislature what Knoxville wants. The clock is ticking.
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Board meetings. The pension study task force chaired by Bob Cross continues to meet at KCDC with few in attendance. It is unclear if it will make any substantive proposals for change in the city plan despite rising costs to the city treasury. Mayor Rogero has to add $13 million for pension shortfalls in her first city budget this May. In 2013, she will need to add at least $14.6 million more. The issue seems to have been forgotten.
If she wishes to make changes in the current plan, the mayor must act by May to get charter amendments placed on the November 2012 ballot. The city charter requires Pension Board review of all proposed charter amendments. Cross is an investment adviser to the County Retirement System. ■ Currently there are 2,018 persons drawing a city pension, including this writer. Former City Council members Rob Frost, Marilyn Roddy, Joe Bailey, Chris Woodhull, Steve Hall and Joe Hultquist can draw $145.93 a month when they reach age 62. Bob Becker can draw $128.82 and Mark Brown can draw $129.93 a month when they are 62. Becker and Brown served less than eight years each
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on the council. ■ Barbara Pelot went off council two years ago but has not drawn her $171.83 monthly city pension. She is one of a very small group of people legally entitled to a city pension who have declined to get it when eligible. When I asked her about it last week, she said she planned to start drawing it in the near future now that she is no longer chair of the city Pension Board. ■ Former state Sen. Bill Owen has won a recent victory being re-elected to a four-year term on the Democratic National Committee. He has been in this position since 2000. It affords him an opportunity to network with national Democrats and attend the National Convention in Charlotte this year.
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Meet Judge Steve Sword The first thing you must know about the young attorney who replaced Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner is that heâ€™s not Richard Baumgartner. Steve Sword was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam from a list of three lawyers recommended by the Judicial Selection Commission. The former prosecutor and graduate of UT College of Law said he was thinking about running for district attorney when the judgeâ€™s job became open following the resignation of Baumgartner. Attorney General Randy Nichols is not expected to seek re-election. Sword said Knox County needed a judge â€œto restore trust and to be a servant to the community.â€? He spoke last week to the Halls Republican Club. â€œNow that people want to hear what Iâ€™ve got to say, I canâ€™t say anything,â€? he joked. Sword said thereâ€™s no way to instill perfect justice, but â€œmost of the time the jury gets it right.â€? Perhaps from his experience as a prosecutor, Sword is mindful of getting a case to trial quickly. While all judges work hard, he said defense attorneys often try to delay trials, particularly when their clients are out on bail. Every day of delay is another day they are not convicted felons. And attorneys usually have several balls in the air at once. They grab the ones that are about to hit the floor first. No lawyer works on a case until itâ€™s within three weeks of trial, he said. â€œI will set deadlines. You will not get a trial date until the defendant says he
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melted when Briggs offered an amendment that proponents said neutered the plan. Briggs says he just wants to be clear that a developer can â€œdefend before an electRidgetop ed bodyâ€? if the development Norman wants recon- plan differs from the regulasideration of the Briggs tions coming from the HillAmendment when the Hill- side and Ridgetop Protecside and Ridgetop Protec- tion Plan. Norman has been lobbytion Plan is voted on today. Norman, the primary spon- ing his colleagues in sunsor of the ordinance, met shined meetings, but it will opposition from builders, be hard for him to secure Realtors and the Knoxville six votes to strip the Briggs Chamber. That opposition Amendment. â€œlitter on a stick.â€? And Briggs said he has a â€œpersonal hangupâ€? with the number of â€œadult entertainment and strip jointâ€? billboards around the county.
Carl Tindell. Tindellâ€™s term has expired, but County Mayor Tim Burchett has not selected a replacement. Miller may have to resign because heâ€™s moved out of county. The lawyers are checking.
wonâ€™t accept a plea bargain. Iâ€™ll tell the defendant what the penalties will be if convicted, and then set a trial date. I wonâ€™t accept a plea on (high level) felonies on trial day,â€? Sword said. â€œAnd Iâ€™ll give you a trial within two months.â€? In October, Swordâ€™s second month on the bench, the three divisions of Criminal Court closed 200 felony cases. Sword closed 108 of them. The three divisions collected $78,000 in fines and fees. Of that, Sword collected $32,000. The young man loves the job and plans to work hard. He promises not to embarrass the county. He graduated from UT law school and King College in Bristol. Heâ€™s a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and is active at Fellowship Evangelical Free Church. He and his wife, Alice, have two daughters.
PBA regroups, sort of Mayors come and go, but the Knoxville-Knox County Public Building Authority rolls on. Meeting to reorganize last week, the group re-elected its officers: Billy Stokes, chair; Winston Frazier, vice chair; George Prosser, secretary. Those three plus Scott Davis and Keena Ogle make up the executive committee. Other members are Tierney Bates, Lewis Cosby, Jennifer Holder, Dr. Rocio Huet, Chip Miller and F.
Leaks abound And weâ€™re not talking Judge Steve Sword about those employees in the Trusteeâ€™s Office who keep calling R. Larry Smith. No, these leaks are falling on the desk of Dr. Bill Lyons, deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero. PBA chief Dale Smith said he decided to use rappellers to wash windows PBA chair Billy Stokes at the City County Building. That meant the railing for scaffolds could be torn down. But the railing was â€œembedded in the membrane roofâ€? and punched a hole, said Smith. â€œIt leaked on Dr. Lyons.â€? PBA got a half million dollars insurance settlement for hail damage to re- Tim Howell place the roof so allâ€™s well.
Senior Citizens Home Assistance seeks county aid Tim Howell said Knox County has a ways to go toward fulfilling a commitment made by former Mayor Mike Ragsdale toward building the agencyâ€™s new facility. Speaking at County Commissionâ€™s workshop last week, Howell said Ragsdale promised a $3 million challenge grant to Senior Citizens Home Assistance and the group has â€œdone what we said,â€? raising more than $5 million. Knox County has paid $2.4 million, leaving a $556,000 balance. Commissioners told him to meet with Mayor Tim Burchett to seek help in the countyâ€™s 2013 budget.
â€˜Iâ€™m here! Yes!â€™ Becky Massey hit the wrong button on her first state Senate vote. The panel on each legislatorâ€™s desk offers three choices: green for yes, red for no and blue for present (no vote). When the speaker called for a roll call of members, 32 senators hit blue and Massey hit green. The colors flashed on the wall for everyone to see. And now Massey is getting some digs from her colleagues. Cortney Piper, Democratic Party rep on â€œThis Week in Tennessee,â€? will speak to the District 6 Democratic Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Karns MIddle School library. Info: Janice Spoone.
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Farragut Cleaners. At the new facility he was joined in his practice by Dr. Hollis Duncan, and the Cobb-Duncan Clinic offered excellent medical services to the community for many years. Both physicians regularly made house calls and in many instances helped birth children at a patient’s home. There were no regular office hours for these two physicians. They were on call 24 hours every day, and an emergency call from a patient’s family at midnight would bring them to your home within 30 minutes. Ambulance service at that time in rural areas was mostly offered through funeral homes, and it often took up to an hour
before an ambulance arrived. If the patient was critical, Dr. Cobb would get them to his car and drive them to the hospital to save time and, often, the patient’s life. Our home was located on the street behind the Cobb residence, so we usually managed to get to his home when someone was ill. I can remember him turning me over his knees and giving me a shot in the rump while I protested loudly because his daughter, Julia, was peeking around the corner at me in this compromising position. But on numerous occasions he would just walk over with his medical bag. Just his presence in the room made you feel better when he would say, “He’ll be OK – it’s just that mean old flu that’s been going around.” With his experience in the war, he could have enjoyed a practice as a successful surgeon, which would have resulted in better compensation, but Dr. Cobb saw a need in the community for good medical services and he
chose to fill it. During his years of practice in the small office behind his residence, Dr. Cobb never had many of the modern conveniences that physicians have today, including an answering service and secretaries. However, Mrs. Cobb was an RN and was there when needed. He did, however, have an “unofficial answering service” thanks to our telephone company. Retha Hammonds ran the switchboard from her home and could see his small office from her window. When someone would call for Dr. Cobb, she could look to see if his car was there. If he was not there, she would tell the caller that he was out, but she would call them back when he came home. I am not sure Dr. Cobb was ever aware of his answering service. I have many fond memories of the Cobb family, particularly his son, Malcolm, who was my age and my best friend. But I also had some embarrassing moments. One particular instance was
in my capacity as best man at his wedding. Dr. Cobb gave me a check to pay the preacher. After the ceremony, I couldn’t find the check, and after frantic searching I had to admit that I had lost it. Of course, Dr. Cobb simply wrote another check, but at the time I thought it was an unforgivable dereliction of my duty. The Cobb family moved to a beautiful new twostory brick residence on Kingston Pike in the 1950s. As of this writing, the house still remains and is part of the Cosco property at the corner of Kingston Pike and Lovell Road. From the Pike you can tell that the house has been gutted and is slated for demolition. But, in its time, it was one of the finest homes on the Pike. But like many stately homes along the Pike, it too has fallen victim to the march of progress. However, for many of us “oldsters,” it will always be the home of our beloved physician.
mind-reading) is a start. Next comes salesmanship. Following yes is the task of maintaining agreements as coaches switch jobs. Sometimes there is unscrupulous bombardment. Tennessee coaches would never do such a dastardly thing but some coaches lie. | Marvin West They tell prospects and girlfriends and grandmothers bowl bonuses. The flip side is what they think they want losing and getting stuck with to hear. Come to our place a stack of orange pants. and take a large leap toward As important as funda- greatness. You are the best mentals, strategy and ex- we have ever seen. We’ll ecution are, securing talent care for you under all ciris far more significant. cumstances. We have fabuThere is an old saying lous facilities and a great that you can’t win the Derby support system. Your eduwith a donkey. Applied to cation is guaranteed. Just recruiting, that means you sign here. better recognize the difBased on Vol for Life preference between thorough- requisites, most Tennessee breds and plow horses. recruits are not bandits or Precise evaluation (and thieves. Alas, young players
may make promises they do not keep. Sometimes they make promises they have no intention of keeping. Sometimes they just change their minds. Daily, hourly, minute by minute. Indeed, hearts are broken and spirits are crushed. Weeks, months, even years invested in relationship building go to waste in an instant. Recruiting is bloody mean on both sides. Coaches tell big, fast Frankie that he is the man of their AllAmerican dreams, the only middle linebacker on the recruiting board. Frankie says “cool” and count me in. Committed! Those same coaches conclude, after careful video study, that Charley, in another township, is bigger and faster than Frank,
meaner, too, with genuine linebacker hair on his chest. The same sales pitch is delivered. Charley swallows a huge helping and pledges allegiance. Frankie eventually realizes something is seriously wrong, no more happy calls or witty texting. Silent message? He should consider other opportunities, he doesn’t exactly fit the new and better plan. But there was a commitment. Oh? Pressure peaks on both sides when coaches must pry a committed athlete from rival clutches. Adults contribute to juvenile delinquency. They suggest it. Encourage it. Demand it. Rewards far outweigh risks. It doesn’t matter what you told that other coach.
This is a better deal – for both of us. Some coaches, fighting for their professional lives, chose survival over integrity. Then, there is the NCAA moat, one-year scholarships, 25 max, renewable at the coach’s option, 85 total, impossible calculations, public relations nightmare. Coaches can exchange people against the big number by creating vacancies. There are induced transfers and occasional medical discharges and the almost always available violation of team rules. Privacy laws conveniently prevent explanation. Sadly, the majority motto this time of year is do whatever it takes, just win, baby. If you spill a little blood, we’ll mop.
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oday, our area is fortunate to have stateof-the-art medical services that are within minutes from most locations. The new Medical Center of Turkey Creek and Parkwest Medical Center are recognized as premier facilities and offer services that would have been available only in major metropolitan areas 60 years ago. But the community was fortunate to have one of the finest physicians a small community could hope for in Dr. Malcolm F. Cobb. After graduating from the University of Tennessee Medical School, he opened a small office in 1934 at the rear of his residence at the corner of Olive Street and Third Street.
He continued his practice there until he entered military service in 1942. He served in the European Theater during World War II and was decorated for bravery under fire. On one occasion he continued to perform surgery and treat soldiers in a medical tent near the front lines where incoming enemy artillery rounds were sending shrapnel through the tent. Dr. Cobb never talked about his military service and most of what we later learned came from official sources. After the war he returned to his small office, where he continued his practice for several years before moving to a new facility on Kingston Pike just east of present-day
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BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS • JANUARY 23, 2012 • A-7 say with certainty. But I have spent no little time considering what it means to me. First and foremost, to me Why do you want the day of the Lord? at least, it means that my efIt is darkness, not light; fort is required. I can’t sit as if someone fled from a lion, down and hope that God will and was met by a bear; fix, disentangle, put to rights, or went into the house and rested a hand against or mend whatever messes the wall, and was bitten by a snake. I have gotten myself into. I (Amos 5: 18-20 NRSV) can’t just hope that God will provide a living for me, or a Oh, Lord, you delivered Daniel from the lion’s den; future, or a dream. You delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale, I can (and do) hope that and then, God will give me a level playThe Hebrew children from the fiery furnace, ing field, like the preacher in So the Good Book do declare. the old song quoted above: Oh, Lord, Lord, if you can’t help me, “Oh, Lord, Lord, if you can’t For goodness’ sake, don’t you help that bear. help me, for goodness’ sake, (“The Preacher and the Bear,” don’t you help that bear!” lyrics by Joe Arizona) I can (and do) expect that God will be with me and guide me (if I am willing to It matters how we act. be led). I also believe that How we exercise judgment. God expects me to think on How we pray. And how we Cross Currents my own account – to use the hope. sense God gave me. Lynn I spend part of my working I can (and do) expect that Hutton life dealing with folks who God will forgive me when I are struggling. In some cases, mess up (for which I am imtheir struggle is the result of mensely grateful), because just plain bad luck. In others, they are having a hard time plained it to Lucy this way: the psalmist sings that “… because they have made bad “Hoping to goodness is not as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our decisions. (Who hasn’t, at theologically sound.” one time or another?) And in That was his final word on transgressions from us.” still others, their troubles are the subject. He did not go on (Psalm 103:12) caused by not acting: by not to explain what works better And I can (and do) expect doing that thing – small or than “hoping to goodness.” that at the last, God will large – which might begin to I have carried that line in open His everlasting arms turn the situation around. my head for decades. What and receive me into His emLinus, that philosopher Linus (and his creator Charles brace. Which is, of course, of the Peanuts gang, ex- Schulz) meant by it, I can’t hoping to goodness.
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Community Services ■ Concord United Methodist Church’s Caregiver Support Group, affiliated with Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. each first Tuesday in Room 226 at the church, 11020 Roane Drive. The next meeting will be Feb. 7 when guest speaker will be Connie Taylor, Elder Care Coordinator for Elder Law of East Tennessee. Anyone in the community who gives care to an elderly
Fundraisers and sales ■ Highways and By-Ways Ministry will hold a fundraiser dinner and silent auction 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 544 Broadway in the fellowship hall. All proceeds will be used in the organization’s homeless ministry to help anyone in need. Info: Call Penny Carson, 973-0504.
■ Hardin Valley Church of Christ, 11515 Hardin Valley Road, will host a free showing of the movie “Courageous” 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Info: 824-3078.
Rec programs ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will have a beginner yoga class Mondays from 6-7 p.m. upstairs 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 denabower@comcast. net.
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West High ’s Donna Fielden to retire ‘Field Dog’ heads to the house at year’s end By Betty Bean
Opera in the gym Soprano Anna Eschbach of the Knoxville Opera reaches out to students from Bluegrass, A.L. Lotts, Bearden, Norwood and West Haven elementary schools who joined 8th graders at West Valley Middle School for an abbreviated version of “Romeo and Juliet.” As conductor Brian Salesky pointed out to students, it’s not often that opera is performed in a school gymnasium. Photo by Wendy Smith
SPORTS NOTES ■ Rec Baseball Sign-ups: Halls Community Park spring rec league baseball, 4U-14U sign-up times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday in January; Saturday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 11. Info: www. hcpark.org. ■ Ski and Snowboarding Clinic, 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 5 p.m. on Fridays through Jan. 24 at Performance Training Inc. at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center. All ages are welcome. Info: 531-5453.
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Every picture, sign and what-not in Donna Fielden’s office has a story behind it. The screen name on her smart phone is “Field Dog,” given to her by a student who observed, “Ms. Fielden will hunt you down like a dog.” Her “Honey Badger” nameplate was a gag gift from her colleagues. A framed photograph of Mo, Larry and Curly playing football that another student brought her hangs on the wall next to her desk. A coffee pot and a gumball machine invite visitors to linger, despite the sign outside her door, another student gift, that says, “The Witch is In.” “I guess I’m a tad tenacious,” Fielden said. “But it’s hard to offend me, after refereeing basketball for 22 years. The kids here, they appreciate being disciplined. Kids want to know the rules. It gives them a sense of stability and a sense that somebody cares enough about you to have expectations. It’s like my daddy used to say, ‘If I didn’t care, I’d let you do whatever you want to do.’ ” After 32 years as an educator and 14 years as assistant principal at West High School, Fielden says it’s time to go to the house. “It’s like anything in life – in your heart you know when it’s time,” Fielden said. “There are some other avenues I’d like to explore and I want to do it while I still can.” She arrived at West in January 1999, much to her own surprise. “When you are a teacher not seeking an administrative position and you get called to the superintendent’s office in December, your
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Donna Fielden and Marketia Brabson Photo by Betty Bean stomach churns. I thought Donna Wright and Roy Mullins were going to fire me. Instead, they transferred me. I was so thankful I wasn’t in trouble I immediately accepted, although I hated leaving the classroom.” Student discipline has long been one of her primary duties, but her office with its black velvet Elvis painting and mementos of a long and colorful career as a teacher, administrator and basketball referee is a refuge and a gathering place for students and colleagues alike. The
small screen TV sitting atop a file cabinet gets lots of use at lunch hour from students who come in to watch “I Love Lucy” or “Three Stooges” reruns, which she uses for subtle object lessons. “Lots of kids don’t like to eat in the cafeteria – I’d look up and they’d have their trays and say ‘Can I eat with you?’ I’d tell them this is comedy without profanity and vulgarity.” Last week she was sitting at her desk listing the things she wants to do after she retires at the end of the school
year – volunteer for Mobile Meals; spend more time with her mom, Darlene, and three young cousins; work on getting back into shape (“Sometimes you’re here 60-70 hours a week and it’s hard to do much of anything else…”) – when 11th grader Marketia Brabson came by to talk. She was shocked by what she was hearing. “No!” she said. “That’s terrible. Can’t you wait til my senior year to get done? I’m not even going to go to school without her. She’s like my second mom.” Fielden, who grew up in Halls, was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Hall of Fame as a basketball official last year, joining her late father, the legendary Elbert Fielden. She is constantly reminded of what he told her to do when the game was on the line: “One: Don’t call anything you haven’t called all night. If you’ve let them stand in the lane all night, continue to do so. Two: Nothing cheap. Three: Have the guts to call it if it’s there. That’s kind of the way I do school – basically it’s all life lessons.” Another lesson she remembers is from an inspirational book of sayings her dad gave her for Christmas with the inscription “Merry Christmas – if I have done 167, my journey is complete.” She looked up 167 and read, “Leave things better than you found them.” “That’s my hope, too,” she said. “I love this place. I may come back here and volunteer. It’s been such an honor. Friendships and memories – that’s what life is about.”
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What! No bulldog? Bearden group seeks funds for service dog By Wendy Smith Bearden, a future service dog sponsored by the Bearden High School Navy Junior ROTC, has received a promotion. Due to his fearless nature, the golden retriever pup is now a Seaman Apprentice, says NJROTC instructor Chief Randy Dickson. Bearden is being trained by Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, and he is now 6 months old. Students in the Bearden High NJROTC program raised $2,500 last year to sponsor the puppy, and the fundraising effort continues. It will cost
$12,500 to train Bearden as a companion for a disabled veteran or an autistic child. The cadets are more enthusiastic about raising funds for the dog than they are for collecting money for an upcoming trip to a competition in Kansas City, says Dickson. It was, after all, their idea to sponsor the dog. They wanted to do something for those who have served our country, says Maj. Belinda Twohig. He may be young, but Bearden’s already gotten a lot of attention. He was
specially selected from his litter by a trainer because he was curious, friendly and not bothered by loud noises, says Mike Kitchens of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs. He stole the show during his first public appearance – the Knoxville Veterans Day parade. “He owned that parade,” says Kitchens. The attention is deserved. Bearden will receive approximately 1,200 hours of training before his second birthday. As a service dog, he will be able to do things like fetch a cordless phone, throw
away trash and turn on light switches. But before he graduates, Twohig hopes the pup can accompany members of the NJROTC on visits to the Ben Atchley State Veteran’s Home. Cadets are encouraged to perform community service, she says. Dickson and Twohig have become fans of the work of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs and would like to get other Knox County schools with ROTC programs involved. The Bearden NJROTC program is planning to host a 5K run and one-mile walk in March to
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CPR saves lives By Rob Webb Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, can mean the difference between life and death for cardiac arrest patients. But sadly, an alarming majority of Americans are afraid to administer CPR because they don’t know how. Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and 80 percent of them occur at home. So the life you save with CPR could likely be someone you love. Webb Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival and significantly reduce the chance of long-term disability from the incident. When someone experiences cardiac arrest, the heart stops pumping. The oxygen carried by blood is critical to vital body functions, so every second counts. In a cardiac emergency, the most important thing is to keep blood flowing. That is why Rural/Metro, the American Heart Association and other emergency service providers are encouraging everyone to learn Hands-Only CPR. It is an easy, effective way to keep oxygenated blood flowing until emergency personnel arrive. You can do Hands-Only CPR in three easy steps: ■ Imagine a line connecting the armpits of the victim. Place your hands one on top of the other in the center of that imaginary line. ■ Each push/compression should be hard; about two inches deep. ■ Push fast; around 100 compressions per minute. Imagine the beat of the Bee Gees song “Staying Alive.” You don’t have to be a trained professional to help save a life. Everyone can learn Hands-Only CPR – and everyone should. You never know when a little knowledge can save someone you love. Rural/Metro provides public and professional CPR training and Advanced Cardiac Life Support education through the American Heart Association. Info: Rural/ Metro at 573-5779 or ruralmetrosouth.com.
Knox County officer of the month Officer Glenn Simerly receives December “Officer of the Month” award from Lt. Todd Clark, who praised him for his outstanding work, especially in a certain case. Clark said, “Every call is going to be different. Every situation is different. There are no cookie cutter cases.”
Officer Mark Belliveau receives November “Officer of the Month” award from Sgt. Matthew Lusk at the Elks Lodge No. 160 on Jan. 17. Also present at the ceremony was Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones. The certificate says, “For your loyal dedication and unwavering commitment.” Photos by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com
Sutherland Heights gets organized By Wendy Smith Residents of Historic Sutherland Heights are joining forces to make sure their post-World War II neighborhood continues to be composed of singlefamily homes. Christine Griffin told the Bearden Council that she and her neighbors have collected 60 signatures, which they plan to present to City Council in an effort to change the neighborhood’s zoning from R2 to R1. R1 zoning is for single family homes; R2 includes duplexes and apartments. Historic Sutherland Heights is at the southeast corner of Sutherland Avenue and Tobler Lane. There is only one duplex in the neighborhood, and residents don’t want any apartment complexes springing up. One challenge to the campaign is that almost half of the homes belong to landlords, rather than being owner-occupied. One landlord, who owns 15 of
Residents of Historic Sutherland Heights have banded together to protect the post-World War II neighborhood. Photo by Wendy Smith the homes, is against the change, Griffin says. Most of the other landlords rent to friends or relatives and want to help the neighborhood maintain its integrity. In other council news, Chair Terry Faulkner plans to apply for an “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund improvements to Sutherland Avenue. The NEA provides grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 to
organizations for “creative placemaking” projects that partner public, private, nonprofit and community sectors to shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood. The goal of the program is to bring diverse people together with rejuvenated streetscapes, increase visibility of local businesses and improve public safety. Faulkner would like to use grant money to fund sidewalks along the businesses
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neighborhood association meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. The Bearden Council, which is made up of representatives from Westwood, Forest Heights, Historic Sutherland Heights, Sequoyah Hills and Lyons View neighborhoods, voted to continue their support of
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NEWS FROM WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE
School choice: The Webb School experience By Scott Hutchinson, Webb School President
ollowing the line of reasoning introduced in last month’s advertorial on the importance of school choice in a child’s development, this month’s article identiﬁes and highlights four characteristics of the Webb School experience that distinguish it by degree from other schools in the area and make it a particularly attractive school choice for Hutchinson some families. Those four characteristics are an institutional understanding of modern brain research and how that translates to program and teaching methodologies, the element of participation, the importance of relevancy, and a standard of excellence. ■ An underlying assumption of any healthy school program is that during the school-age years, a child’s many facets are developing quickly and that appropriate stimulation will further enhance that development. Although that might be most easily seen in the physical development of young people and their participation in athletics, it is actually most powerfully and signiﬁcantly true in one’s intellectual development. The human brain is most inﬂuenced by outside stimulation prior to and during the teenage years, when new academic challenges actually require the brain to grow and strengthen to address those challenges. Reading at a level of difﬁculty that stretches one’s vocabulary and understanding of syntax, collecting and organizing thoughts in writing and speech, analyzing and synthesizing across disciplines, being exposed to new and increasingly complex math and science reasoning, learning a new language,
Webb School is a school community ﬁlled with universally high expectations; that standard for effort, achievement, and honorable behavior is a powerful current that runs through all that we attempt. playing an instrument, and a whole host of other activities all contribute in different and complementary ways to the development of a young mind. ■ At Webb School, the opportunities to build a strong mind and the ability to participate in those opportunities are unprecedented in East Tennessee for a school of its size. In a high school of 480 students, for example, Webb School offers 22 Advanced Placement courses representing all of the major disciplines and a similar number of honors courses, as well as classes as diverse as Shakespeare, Chaos and Fractals, Forensic Science, Mandarin Chinese, Appalachian Studies, and Anatomy and Physiology. Additionally, Webb’s high school offers 32 arts electives each year and 25 interscholastic sports opportunities. The key point here is this: Webb School recognizes the importance of offering a vibrant, diverse, and challenging experience for its students, and the volume of offerings and the size of the student body virtually guarantee that all students will be able to participate in all areas of interest to the degree that they desire. This philosophy often creates classroom enrollments in the 12-16 range in the high school; but the expense of operating a program of this scope is at the heart of the value to, and investment of, Webb families.
For 10 years, Webb School’s robotics team has participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition, a national program where students hone their engineering and teamwork skills to build and program a robot that meets an engineering challenge. Webb Team #1466, with a roster of some 26 members, grades 8-12, will compete at the 2012 FIRST Smoky Mountain Regional robotics competition, March 1 -3.
Webb’s Upper School Forensic Science elective is a hands-on, team-oriented, multidisciplinary course that exposes students to the real work of forensic scientists – processing crime scenes, analyzing lab data and conducting criminal investigations. (above) Students test how height can affect blood spatters, and will later use that information to determine the height of a crime scene’s suspect.
Webb School offers more than 30 visual and performing arts opportunities for students. Outstanding facilities and a dedicated fine arts faculty provide Webb students with exceptional classroom and performance experiences. Webb School students have consistently earned top honors at local, regional and national visual and performing arts competitions. ■ Schools today are preparing students for their lives in the rapidly changing world of tomorrow. This kind of preparation and education for our modern lives is very different from the one that previous generations received for their respective roles in their work places and their societies years ago. In the same way that few people would purchase a television with 20-yearold technology or visit a dentist with 20-year-old equipment or procedures, people should hold schools accountable not to apply 20-year old practices in their classes. At Webb we are constantly studying the skill sets that colleges and employers will be demanding down the road and the new best practices for how to present and acquire those skills. In response to those challenges, we are designing new courses, teaching new ways, and constructing new facilities
that will equip our graduates to lead in a life beyond Webb. ■ Finally, Webb School is a school community ﬁ lled with universally high expectations; that standard for effort, achievement, and honorable behavior is a powerful current that runs through all that we attempt. Our Honor Code is a foundation for all that we do and aspire to be, and the simple maxim that “students do not lie, cheat, or steal nor tolerate those who do” guides our daily lives on campus. We have found that those who develop to their fullest potential have been nurtured in their formative years in an environment of challenge, support, and high expectations, and we strive to create that environment every day.
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HEALTH & LIFESTYLES NEWS FROM FORT SANDERS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Itâ€™s flu time in Tennessee E
very year more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized from complications due to inďŹ‚uenza. InďŹ‚uenza is a viral infection that often causes high fever, muscle aches, headaches, severe fatigue, cough and runny nose for several days, although symptoms may sometimes linger for weeks. In most cases, this viral illness does not cause serious long-term health concerns, but for people in high risk groups, the ďŹ‚u can be dangerous. â€œIf youâ€™re very young, very old or have a weak immune system, inďŹ‚uenza can be life threatening,â€? explains Elizabeth Hull, M.D., Medical Director of the Fort Sanders Regional Emergency Department. InďŹ‚uenza viruses are spread from an infected person to a noninfected person by coughing and sneezing, or by getting the virus on your hands and then touching your nose or mouth. â€œUse common sense to help prevent contracting or spreading ďŹ‚u,â€? says Dr. Hull. â€œHand washing, covering your mouth when you cough and limiting your contact with others is so important.â€? Dr. Hulls says if you experience ďŹ‚u-like symptoms, STAY HOME. â€œIf you think you have the ďŹ‚u, donâ€™t go to work, donâ€™t
A simple way to keep the flu away Your best defense against the ďŹ‚u is to get immunized. Depending on your age, you can do that in one of two ways: â– With a ďŹ‚u shot, given with a needle. This form of the vaccine contains killed virus and is approved for people over the age of 6 months. â– With a nasal-spray vaccine. This form contains live, weakened ďŹ‚u viruses that cannot cause the ďŹ‚u. This form is approved for healthy, nonpregnant people ages 2 to 49 years, except those who have diabetes, heart problems or chronic respiratory disorders, such as asthma. A ďŹ‚u vaccination is most important for children 6 to 59 months, adults ages 50 and older, anyone with a chronic disease, anyone who lives in a nursing home or other long-term care site, health care workers and people who are in frequent contact with the elderly or chronically ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says children 6 months to 8 years old who were never immunized or received only one dose of vaccine in the previous year should get two full doses of vaccine, one month apart. Doctors also advise ďŹ‚u shots for women who plan to be pregnant during ďŹ‚u season. Flu shots are OK for breast-feeding mothers, the CDC says.
Who should not be vaccinated ?
Some people should not be vaccinated without ďŹ rst consulting a physician. They include: â– People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs. â– People who have had a severe reaction to an inďŹ‚uenza vaccination in the past. â– People who developed Guillain-BarrĂŠ syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an inďŹ‚uenza vaccine previously. â– Children less than 6 months of age (inďŹ‚uenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group). â– People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen. If you have questions about whether you should get a ďŹ‚u vaccine, consult your health care provider.
go to school, donâ€™t go to the mall and spread the virus further.â€? The incubation period for inďŹ‚uenza is one to four days, with an average of two days. Adults typically are infectious from the day before symptoms begin through ďŹ ve days after the symptoms appear. Children can be infectious for seven or more days, and young children can spread the virus for up to six days before they show signs of illness. People whose immune systems are severely weakened can remain infectious for weeks or months. In most cases, mild ďŹ‚u cases can be treated at home without emergency intervention. â€œDrinking lots of ďŹ‚uids and controlling fever can help treat the symptoms and keep you from getting dehydrated,â€? says Dr. Hull. However, people who are more at risk of developing complications from inďŹ‚uenza, such as the elderly, the very young and those with respiratory or chronic health conditions, should consult with their physician if they contract the ďŹ‚u. The severity of inďŹ‚uenza varies from year to year. Flu season can begin as early as October and usually peaks in the winter months. For more information about influenza, call 865-673-FORT (3678).
Wash the germs away! Hands should be washed often â€“ more frequently than most adults and children do. Because bacteria and other germs cannot be seen with the naked eye, they can be anywhere. At home or work, wash your hands often â€“ and properly: Use soap when your hands are visibly soiled. Moisten hands with clean, warm running water and then apply soap. Rub hands vigorously together for at least 20 seconds â€“ the time it takes to sing â€œHappy Birthdayâ€? twice. Make sure to wash all surfaces well, including your wrists, palms, backs of hands and ďŹ ngers. Clean and remove the dirt from under your ďŹ ngernails. Under running water, rinse your hands thoroughly to remove all soap. Dry your
hands with an air-dryer or a clean paper towel. Turn off the faucet with a paper towel. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used to clean your hands. When
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When should I wash my hands? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hand washing is especially important: â– Before preparing food â– Before eating â– After using the restroom â– After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
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Bundles of love Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett stopped by the Love Kitchen last week to see founders Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner and to drop off a special delivery thanks to The Holiday Festival of Lights at The Cove at Concord Park. The audience at the Strang Senior Center was packed for the concert by Hugh S. Livingston Jr.
As the mayor walked through the kitchen doors to greet the twins, he received as much in hugs and smiles as he brought to the kitchen. Ashe and Turner chatted up a storm with the mayor and piled on hug after hug prior to the presentation. Thanks to the generosity of Knoxvillians, the Love Kitchen was presented with more than $2,500 in cash and nearly 2,500 pounds of food. The festival is a free event presented by the Parks and Recreation Department. Visitors were encouraged to donate food items needed by the Love Kitchen to continue providing meals and emergency food packages to families in need.
HEALTH NOTES ■ “An Introduction to the Alexander Technique” will be taught from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 10, at Lawson McGhee Library. Info: Lilly Sutton, 387-7600 or visit www.lillysutton.com. ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Sup-
Docs demo robots at Turkey Creek Medical Center Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, founders of the Love Kitchen, are giddy with excitement as they accept more than $2,500 in cash and barrels of food items from County Mayor Tim Burchett. Photo by Ruth White
As workers for the Parks and Recreation Department wheeled in barrels and carried in boxes packed with nonperishable food items, the sisters squealed with delight and could not quit thanking everyone for their donations. “They are national treasures,” Burchett said of Ashe and Turner. “They are very honorable people.” Ashe and Turner are on
port 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 www.cancersupportet.org. ■ Long Term Care Problems and Solutions will be discussed in one hour sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at
a continuous mission to feed the homeless, helpless, homebound and hungry people in Knoxville. Through the donations they are able to help even more people. It is something that the pair truly enjoys. If you have never been to the Love Kitchen, stop by, sign up to volunteer and receive one of the best hugs in town.
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Holly’s Eventful Dining Holly Hambright, Managing Chef of Holly's Eventful Dining, poses with a few dishes she and her staff created for the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” wrap party. Among 10 caterers from Knoxville to serve at the wrap party, Hambright presented smoked cheddar and pimento cheese sandwiches, white cheddar and poblano pepper sandwiches, curry chicken salad and cashews, and more. Hambright has been cooking and creating dishes for more than 30 years. Holly's Eventful Dining offers creative, unique, delicious food as an off-premises caterer with a small dining facility available for rent. Info: hollyseventfuldining.com or 300-8071.
Dr. Kenneth Cofer (above) and Robert Lott demonstrate the latest technology as the Turkey Creek Medical Center hosts the Farragut West Knox Chamber. Tennova Healthcare’s West Side facility (formerly Baptist West) is home to the da Vinci Si robotic surgical system and the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, both of which are only available at Tennova Healthcare in Knoxville. Info: www.TennovaHealthcare.com/.
WEST SIDE SHOPPER-NEWS • JANUARY 23, 2012 • B-3 Smoky Mountain Harmony Show Chorus members Mary Ann Page from New Tazewell, Debbie Clark from Farragut, assistant director Anna Miller from Oak Ridge and Nancy Torrence from Sequoyah Hills gather on Mondays to practice. Women of all ages are invited to their open house 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church (rear entrance to gymnasium), 6900 Nubbin Ridge Road. Photo by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com
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Vena Carter shares a moment with Brady during “paws to visit” from to Heritage Assisted Living by the Humane Society of East Tennessee. Brady is available for adoption.
Brady the Chihuahua needs a home Louise Cagle enjoys her visit from Brady, the p.r. puppy.
Jess Hensley, staff member of the Humane Society, brings Brady to visit Beulah Lagen at Heritage Assisted Living.
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in front of groups (in the community) makes it all worthwhile, when you see the joy in their eyes.” Miller was the first music instructor at Pellissippi State Community College in 1987. She taught a variety of music courses ranging from appreciaton of music to music major courses. She said, “It’s exciting to see how the music program has really blossomed over the years. Today the college has three full-time and over 30 part-time faculty in the music program.” Miller and others are glad to share their talent and expertise to help teach others who join the chorus. All skill levels are welcome. They say, “Join the chorus, join the fun!”
According to Levy, when a HABIT animal visits a classroom it usually interacts with the students as a group. But in this class, the children benefit from oneon-one time. Levy said the interaction helps the children gain selfconfidence and can improve Sara their ability to relate to othBarrett ers (both humans and animals). Animals in the program have passed both a medical and behavioral test and are paired with trained volthe back door of the room unteers who are evaluated next to the window, read- regularly. ing to Katja as she lay at The human-animal duo their feet. She would wel- of Katja and Levy have come a hug or scratch be- been visiting Cobb’s room hind the ear anytime it was for about four years. Info: offered. www.vet.utk.edu/habit/.
Austin Hankins spends some time with HABIT dog Katja who visits Susan Cobb’s class at Farragut Intermediate School weekly. Photo by S. Barrett
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Local woman helps others with chronic kidney disease In America today, an estimated 26 million adults suffer from some from of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Portia Wiggins is one of those people. Wiggins had no idea she had CKD because her primary presenting symptom was swollen feet. Because swollen extremities are also an indicator of heart disease, her primary care doctor referred her to a cardiologist. When heart problems were ruled out, she was referred to Dr. G. Edward Newman, a nephrologist at Parkwest. “I didn’t really feel bad,” said Wiggins. “But after he looked at my tests, Dr. Newman started me on medication and sent me for a kidney biopsy to make sure.” Tests revealed that Wiggins suffers from membranous nephritis in both kidneys, meaning her kidney ﬁ lters have thickened, causing them to leak pro-
tein and no longer function as they should. “I had to take steroids for a while; they made my face swell,” said Wiggins. “I’ve been lucky though, so far I’ve not had to go on dialysis. My labs got wacky last August so they decided to put a ﬁstula in my arm in case I need dialysis. But for now I just have to really watch the sodium, potassium, phosphorus and vitamin D in my diet and get regular labs to make sure everything’s OK.” In addition to her medication, Wiggins attends a clinic for anemic patients held at Dr. Newman’s practice, Knoxville Kidney Center, LLC. As part of that clinic, Wiggins gets her labs drawn monthly and receives shots to help her kidneys continue to function as best they can. While some people facing CKD might let it get them down, Wiggins uses
her situation to try to help others. She is a regular attendee of the CKD support group at the Knoxville Kidney Center and also coordinates a luncheon at her employer’s ofﬁce to educate her co-workers on the disease. In addition to her local efforts, Wiggins and her family have held fundraisers to beneﬁt the National Kidney Foundation. Her two granddaughters, Brittanie and Kelsie, are avid softball players and their teams have helped Wiggins raise money. “Ms. Wiggins is one of those patients who is an inspiration to my entire staff and many of our other patients. She is active in our support group, is diligent in following our advice and has accepted all the ups and downs of her disease with no complaints. She has turned a lot of her energy into helping others
People with diabetes, hypertension or a family history of kidney disease are at greater risk for developing CKD. The disease is classified in five stages; most people are diagnosed when they are in stage three. Portia Wiggins, pictured here with Dr. G. Edward Newman and Dr. Kendra Hendon, was in stage four when she was diagnosed. Ten years after her initial diagnosis, Wiggins has recently been accepted for placement on the kidney transplant list. with CKD and CKD awareness. Her disease has been resistant, and she is now focusing on hopefully get-
ting a transplant. I have “There are a lot of people no doubt that she will be a with this disease,” Wiggins very successful transplant said. “I just want to help.” recipient,” said Newman.
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Dr. Christopher Pollock met with Ray Hensley shortly after implanting the Gore® Hybrid Vascular Graft. The procedure went smoothly and took less then 45 minutes.
Parkwest ﬁrst in Tennessee to implant innovative dialysis graft Strawberry Plains man can now undergo dialysis with less difficulty Parkwest Medical Center was the ﬁrst hospital in Tennessee to implant a new dialysis graft that will revolutionize dialysis treatment for 68-year-old Ray Hensley and millions of patients like him who require dialysis treatments. In February 2011, Hensley’s kidneys stopped functioning normally, and he required hospitalization to implant a temporary graft to begin his three times a week dialysis treatment. The temporary system was working, but not without difﬁculty. Dr. Christopher Pollock with Premier Surgical Associates at Parkwest changed that. By implanting the new Gore® Hybrid Vascular graft, Hensley now has a lessened risk of the graft closing because of clotting. Also, instead of each dialysis session taking approximately four hours,
Hensley can expect these sessions to go a little faster since the new system is stronger than existing systems and can push the blood through quicker. “We are pleased to be the ﬁrst hospital in Tennessee to offer this new device to help improve outcomes for our patients,” said Pollock. “This device will mean fewer complications for our patients because of the decrease in clotting, meaning fewer surgeries to reopen previous grafts and decreased hospital stays.” Pollock stated that the procedure takes about 45 minutes and most patients can return home the same day. The device is ready to use two weeks after insertion, a timeframe that is faster than previous graft options.
Donna McKenzie, M.D. has joined Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, as a staff psychiatrist. McKenzie will work at Peninsula Hospital with adult and adolescent patients. McKenzie, who has nearly a decade of clinical experience as a psychiatrist, comes to Blount County from Lawrenceburg, Tenn., where she owned and operated Psychiatric Associates of Lawrenceburg, which provided outpatient services including psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatment to adult, geriatric and adolescent patients. She also has served as medical director of Intensive Outpatient Program at Patient’s Choice in Erin, Tenn., and as medical director of both Youth Town in Jackson and Natchez Trace Youth Academy in Waverly. Prior, McKenzie served as medical director of Pathways Behavioral Health in Jackson. “I am originally from Johnson City and I still have family and friends in both Johnson City and Knoxville, so this is an excellent location for me,” McKenzie said. “One of my particular areas of interest is helping severely and persistently ill patients, and I am delighted to have that opportunity.” McKenzie holds an undergraduate degree from
Dr. Donna McKenzie Louisiana State University and a doctor of medicine degree from East Tennessee State University. She has served as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at East Tennessee State University and as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee-Jackson. McKenzie is Board Eligible in Psychiatry. She has passed her written exams and is scheduled to take her Oral Boards in January 2012. Among her professional accolades, McKenzie received the Outstanding Resident Faculty Choice Award from East Tennessee State University in 2002. She was also selected as Outstanding Clinical Preceptor of the
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Year in 2007-2008 from the University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine. Additionally, she serves on the AstraZeneca Lecture Bureau. “Peninsula is fortunate to have someone of Dr. McKenzie’s caliber on our team,” said Jeff Dice, vice president of Behavioral for Peninsula. “She genuinely cares about each patient, and she has extensive experience as a medical director. Her addition will help Peninsula not only care for our current patient population, but also any future patients we receive as a result of the proposed closing of Lakeshore.” Peninsula is East Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health care services, providing a complete range of mental health and alcohol/drug treatment programs. In addition to outpatient centers in Blount, Knox, Loudon and Sevier counties, facilities include Peninsula Hospital and Peninsula Lighthouse. The hospital provides acute care inpatient services, while the Lighthouse provides outpatient programs for people who need several hours of treatment daily to avoid hospitalization.
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Program offers hope for chronic conditions Improve your quality of life
Barbara Monty prepares materials for the upcoming â€œLiving well with chronic conditionsâ€? workshop. Photo by Aaron Killian
By Aaron Killian
or those suffering with chronic health conditions, help is on the way. Starting this month, the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committeeâ€™s Office on Aging will offer a program called â€œLiving well with chronic conditionsâ€? to improve the quality of life for those dealing with chronic health issues. Barbara Monty, director of the CAC Office on Aging, said she is excited to offer this program, which is designed for people with any kind of chronic illness from heart disease and diabetes to chronic pain and depression. â€œThis is an evidence-based program that was created by Stanford University in California and carefully researched to show that it does have a positive effect on people with chronic conditions,â€? Monty said. Monty added that Stanford University research has shown that those who successfully completed the program visited the emergency room, hospital, and doctors less after the program and reported that they felt better in general. â€œSome of that is just feeling more in
control and able to cope,â€? Monty said. Although the Office on Aging primarily serves senior citizens, Monty said the program could be valuable to any adult with a chronic condition. â€œWe think this might be helpful for those
who are employed,â€? Monty said. â€œItâ€™s for any age adults â€“ any adults and their caregivers. Weâ€™re very excited about this. A very high percentage of adults have a chronic condition, and a fairly large percentage of adults have more than one chronic condition diagnosed.â€?
Each workshop in the six-week series lasts two and a half hours, and session topics include managing pain and frustration, wise use of medications, how to communicate with physicians and family members about a condition, setting goals on how to better cope with a chronic condition, and much more. â€œWhen I first heard about it, I thought it was too good to be true,â€? Monty said. â€œBut I have looked at the research, and I am convinced.â€? Monty said that training for the class was intense, requiring each prospective volunteer workshop leader to go through four days of coursework to become certified. The class is free, but registration is required. Materials for the class are being paid via a grant through the Office on Aging. The January session is full with the next session set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17. Those interested in attending are encouraged to contact the Office on Aging at 524-2786. Monty plans to offer the workshop ten times per year, serving around 20 people per class. Monty added, â€œWe would love to have this program available to people as theyâ€™re getting diagnosed with a new chronic condition so that they can avoid some of the same problems other people may have had to deal with for years without this program. â€œWe really feel a commitment and obligation to make this available to as many people as possible.â€?
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RSVP volunteer that Hare placed with the Ross Learning Center through Pellissippi State Community College. â€œI feel like I can share some of the information in a novel way to help learning rather than preach,â€? Sweet said. â€œWe do creative things in the work. I want to share and see success.â€? Sweet works with groups of students studying for the GED test at the Ross Learning Center. â€œI use the philosophy of learn by teaching. If I have a group, I teach one item to the group. When I have a student who gets it, Iâ€™ll have that student teach it to the group.â€? Bob Dawson with the Kiwanis Club of Norwood said he gets more out of
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ment with an eye doctor falls in the diet, consider a vi■ Eat foods rich in eye healthy tamin supplement specificallynutrients, such as tuna or salmon formulated for eye health for omega-3s and spinach, kale To learn more about the Eye on the Boomer survey as well as eye health, please visit and broccoli containing lutein ocularnutritionsociety.org. and zeaxanthin – ARA ■ To help overcome short-
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NEWS FROM PARKVIEW SENIOR LIVING
Parkview offers security and peace of mind By Aaron Killian Life is good at Parkview Senior Living Community, just ask any of their residents. â€œI wasnâ€™t expecting this type of facility when I started looking,â€? Jeneal Wood said. Wood had researched and visited several senior living facilities in Tennessee before settling on Parkview because of its amenities. She moved from her home in Tullahoma near Nashville to come to Parkview. Wood loves the on-site movie theater, library, free transportation, and pool table. â€œWe have an activity room with a schedule, and itâ€™s great,â€? Wood said. â€œIf you want to participate, you can. If you donâ€™t want to, you donâ€™t have to.â€? With all of these amenities, Wood still has her priorities, â€œWe have a beauty shop, and every Wednesday, I go at nine oâ€™clock for my beautiďŹ cation.â€? LaVonne Knight, a resident of three years, loves the companionship she ďŹ nds at Parkview. â€œYou have company your own age, which is the number one thing you have here,â€? Knight said. â€œHaving other people around you your own age is important.â€? Life before Parkview was different for Knight. â€œI lived alone in my house for two years after my husband died,â€? Knight
said. â€œIt was very lonely.â€? Today, Knight exercises daily with her friend Hope Davis, and the two enjoy the activities the facility offers them on a daily basis. â€œYou just sign up in the activity room,â€? Knight said. Knightâ€™s favorite activity is Mighty Musical Monday. â€œWe go to the Tennessee Theatre the ďŹ rst Monday of every month and get to enjoy a show,â€? Knight said. Dana Jeffers, nephew of Parkview resident Murl Phillips, has been pleased with how the staff of Parkview has treated his aunt, who has Alzheimerâ€™s Disease. â€œShe was to the point at 89 where she could no longer live alone, and I knew it was going to be very difďŹ cult to ďŹ nd someone who could live with her and take care of her,â€? Jeffers said. â€œI started looking at facilities for her to live. I looked at several, and out of the facilities I looked at, I was so impressed by Parkview.â€? Not only did the facilities impress Jeffers, but the staff did as well. â€œEveryone there has been so kind and courteous,â€? Jeffers said. â€œIt was just like she was a member of the family. They treat her so kindly.â€? Jeffers said that the care his aunt receives puts his mind at ease, knowing
LaVonne Knight, Hope Davis, Liz Baker and Jeneal Wood enjoy breakfast together at Parkview Senior Living Community.
Bessie Keller reads a magazine while Jeneal Wood (center) talks to Dotty Kosier with Elite Beauty Services at Parkview Senior Living Community. Photos by Aaron Killian
she is in a secure facility with staff who care. â€œIâ€™m very pleased with the facility. Iâ€™m there almost daily,â€? Jeffers said. â€œI think itâ€™s necessary that they provide the service theyâ€™re doing. They go above and beyond what theyâ€™re called to do.â€? The facility offers two meals per day â€“ continental breakfast and chef prepared dinners with hot breakfast served once per week. â€œThe food is excellent,â€? Jeffers said. â€œIâ€™ve eaten there myself many times, so I sing their praises.
â€œI told my wife, â€˜If anything happens to you, the ďŹ rst thing Iâ€™ll do is move down there myself because it would be a great place to live.â€™â€?
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All-inclusive services and amenities at Parkview include: â– Two meals per day â€“ continental breakfast and chef-prepared dinners â– Hot breakfast served once per week â– In-house movie theater, gym, library, walking trails, beauty salon services â– Seasonal special events each month â– Weekly lunch outings â– Private living and dining room areas for family events and parties â– Transportation services â– Weekly housekeeping and laundry services â– Dogs under 25 pounds welcomed â€“ scheduled doggy play days â– Internet availability â– Management/security staff on duty 24 hours per day
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