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VOL. 6 NO. 8

February 20, 2012


Cindi Ellison: Teacher of the year

West Valley Middle School 6th grader Kijon Dunn gets a hug from his greatgreat-aunt Gail Upton. She was a member of the Clinton 12 and the first black female to graduate from an integrated high school in Tennessee, if not the South. She spoke to the 8th graders at West Valley on Feb. 10, as part of their Black History Program. Photo by T. Edwards

Bearden Elementary School’s Cindi Ellison was selected as the Knox County Schools Teacher of the Year for grades Pre-K through 4 at the annual Teacher of the Year celebration Feb. 16. “I love teaching and can’t imagine any other job,” Ellison wrote on her classroom page profile. “I view my classroom as a “learning community,” bringing what we know, and building upon that knowledge each day! This is an amazing job, one that I cherish and still have a tremendous passion for after all of these years, to make a difference each day in children’s lives.” Ellison moved here from Texas, joining Knox County Schools in 2000.



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Marie Ellen Schult: Teacher of the year Cedar Bluff Middle School’s Marie Ellen Schult was selected as the Knox County Schools Teacher of the Year for grades 5-8. A sixth grade science teacher, Schult has done post graduate coursework at UT and is a lead teacher at Cedar Bluff. She joined Knox County Schools in 1999. She also was the school Teacher of the Year in 2006. She volunteers for various causes including the Knoxville Zoo and as the school’s recycling coordinator.

One Call Club helps young seniors, too By Wendy Smith


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Even though her sister is the program manager of the One Call Club, Patty Daughtrey never thought of herself as being someone who could benefit from membership. “In my mind, that was for people who are my parents’ age.” In fact, she knew almost nothing about the club until her sister, Kathy Sergeant, spoke at a meeting of the Farragut Rotary Club, to which Daughtrey belongs. The One Call Club is a service of the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Office on Aging, and it provides access to reliable, reasonably priced services for those over the age of 50. Even after she learned the details of the club, Daughtrey still thought it was something she might consider a few years down the road. But when she decided to remodel her kitchen, Sergeant told her that she knew some excellent general contractors. When Daughtrey asked for names, Sergeant told her to join the club. She did. By paying a $50 annual fee, Daughtrey has access to vetted service providers, many of whom offer discounts to club members. Subscribers can also find reliable help with transportation or other needs, like dog-walking or computer installation, with just one phone call. Daughtrey’s original plan for her kitchen renovation was that her husband would serve as her general contractor. After he con-

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A good excuse to eat cookies Cookies and chocolate pretty much make my world go ’round, so having Valentine’s Day fall during the week that Girl Scout cookies come to town is like having my chocolate cookie and eating it, too. (Who needs cake?) Nationally known quilt historian Merikay Waldvogel discusses the Market Square Mall quilt created by Oak Ridge resident Georgia Bailey in 1982. It was one of 15 quilts on display for the “History Under the Covers” luncheon, which featured 19th and 20th century folk-art quilts. The annual event is a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of a few of the East Tennessee History Center’s collection of 114 quilts. Photos by Wendy Smith

Blue Grass Elementary School kindergartners Davis Taylor, Elijah Bowman, Jessica Rose, Shep Gaston and Olivia Lown pose with two barrels of peanut butter that the school collected for the Jason Jablonski Memorial Project Heart Cart. The communitywide project, which collects food for Second Harvest Food Bank, is named for Jason Jablonski, a local musician who died from a heart attack in 2008. Rose is Jablonski’s niece. Don Henson picks up a hydrangea for his wife, Debbie, from the Valentine’s Day drive-through tent operated by Lisa Foster Floral Design on Bearden Hill. Henson, who has a nearby dental practice, heard about the drive-through from a patient, and he enjoyed being able to shop while listening to the radio. “This is perfect.” Alyssa Branson stayed comfortable serving customers from the heated tent. Like the weather, Valentine’s Day business was brisk, she said.

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Girl Scout cookies do more than rock my world. They’re an essential fundraiser for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, which involves almost 11,000 girls in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Northwest Georgia. Altogether, these Scouts sold almost 1.8 million boxes of cookies. Scout mom Linda Byrd waited patiently in a long line of cars to pick up the cookies for her daughter’s troop at Peroulas Warehouse last week. Her load was small – just 68 cases, or 816 boxes of cookies – because the troop is small. But the five Scouts, who are now in middle school at Farragut Middle School and the Episcopal School of Knoxville, have been together since 1st grade. The troop chose to keep 60 cents per box rather than earn incentives, she says. The money will help pay for a spring break trip to Savannah, Ga., to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout

Shannon Osucha, leader of Girl Scout Troop #20057, picks up 175 cases of cookies at Peroulas Warehouse with the help of John Garland. Her troop is made up of Ball Camp and Karns Elementary School students. program was founded in Savannah in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. Cookie sales also help fund activities like camping and horseback riding. “They know that selling cookies is a way to raise funds so they can do more fun things.” The West Knox cookie distribution site was organized chaos, but Kathy Michalec, product sales specialist for the Girl Scout

Council of the Southern Appalachians, was all smiles as she directed traffic. She is passionate about Girl Scout cookies. She was involved with Scouting as a child, and her daughter earned a trip to Europe by selling more than 2,000 boxes one year. “This is what Girl Scouts is about,” she says. “If we didn’t have Girl Scout cookies, we wouldn’t have Girl Scouts.”



hen a first-class letter or package is mailed from anywhere in East Tennessee (376-379 ZIP CODE) to anywhere else in East Tennessee, it has been expected to be delivered the next day, except on Sunday. However, the Postal Service recently announced the easement of service standards for first-class mail and periodicals (newspapers and magazines). If no action is taken by Congress to stop this action by the end of May, local firstclass mail and periodicals will take a minimum of two days to be delivered. Congress caused the financial problems of the Postal Service by forcing it to pay $5.5 Billion annually to prefund 75 years of retiree health benefits in a 10-year period, including benefits for future retirees not even born yet! This unreasonable burden, passed by Congress in 2006 before the Great Recession, has caused billions of dollars in losses annually for the Postal Service (without that burden, the Postal Service would have earned over $600 Million in profits over the past 4 years). Over 120,000 jobs have been cut, thousands of post offices are targeted for closure, and 6-day mail delivery is threatened. The U.S. Senate is soon expecting to debate bill S. 1789, a proposal that would provide some short-term financial relief for the Postal Service, but does nothing to stop the degradation of service standards and the end of over-night local delivery of first-class mail and periodicals (newspapers and magazines). It does not adequately resolve the prefunding burden of the $5.5 Billion payments, which is the overwhelming cause of the financial problems in the first place. Without addressing this burden, any other actions to cut costs will only be destructive and will further reduce mail service for all Americans. Only Congress can prevent the degradation of our mail service and preserve the Postal Service for many years to come. Contact your U. S. Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, and ask them to oppose S. 1789 unless it is amended to maintain current service standards and to correct the prefunding burden. Contact them today and let them know you value your mail service! Senator Lamar Alexander 800 Market St., Suite 112 Knoxville, TN 37902 865-545-4253

Senator Bob Corker 800 Market St., Suite 121 Knoxville, TN 37902 865-637-4180

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West Knox Rotary learns about inmate ministry Spouses of club members were special guests at the annual Valentine luncheon meeting of West Knox Rotary Club, with each visitor receiving a long-stemmed red rose and an opportunity to learn about the club’s numerous projects. Steve Humphreys

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Club member Todd Wolf told about the group’s dictionary project, which gives a free dictionary to every 3rd grader in Knox County schools. This year West Knox Rotary provided the books to more than 4,000 students. This is the fifth year for the program. Club members volunteer annually at Free Flu Shot Saturday at West High School. Scott Rhea said more than 1,500 people were vaccinated at that location this year. The event benefits the Empty Stocking Fund. George Wehrmaker told the group that World Rotary Day is an opportunity for area clubs to gather to

work together on a community project. This year West Knox Rotary built an outdoor classroom at Belle Morris School in North Knoxville. Gary Johnson and Kevin Foley outlined the club’s youth activities, which include members reading to and mentoring students at Pond Gap Elementary School. The club also sponsors an Interact Club at the Episcopal School of Knoxville. Interact has as its focus teaching 8th grade students leadership and service. As club president Lucy Gibson told the visitors: “We do a lot of good, not only in this community, but around the world.” Guest speaker for the day, Steve Humphreys, executive director of Focus Group Ministries, described the work his organizations does

with inmates while they are still behind bars and also after their release to provide education, job training, jobs and family involvement to decrease the rate of recidivism. Humphreys said the organization was founded in 1995 and now boasts 120 volunteers who last year provided 3,300 hours of service in East Tennessee. Prisoners are taught skills while incarcerated, and last year Focus placed 100 exoffenders in jobs in the construction industry. Family involvement is critical, Humphreys said. Statistically, the children of offenders stand a 55 percent greater chance of going to jail themselves than do other children. Focus works with those children and also with their imprisoned fathers to help them be better dads upon their release. “The forgotten victims of crime are the families. We offer support for the wives and children.” Humpheys said the national recidivism rate is 75 percent. In Tennessee, that figure is 65 percent. The cost per day of housing Tennessee’s 20,000 inmates is about $1.2 million.

Pond Gap School could expand By Sandra Clark Dr. Jim McIntyre is recommending a building project at Pond Gap Elementary School as part of his new capital planning priorities, but there is no timeline for completion. The school board must adopt the recommendations which were discussed at last week’s workshop. Three board members questioned the absence of middle school improvements on the list. Construction at Pond Gap could accommodate anticipated growth in Norwood, Inskip, West Haven and Pond Gap, McIntyre said.

“An addition and renovation at Pond Gap would build some enrollment capacity, provide future flexibility and potentially allow the design to support the fledgling Community Schools concept that is being piloted at the school,” he said. McIntyre’s other priorities are: ■ Shannondale Elementary, an addition of 14 class-

rooms at a school where one-third of the students are housed in portables; ■ Adrian Burnett Elementary, elimination of portables and expansion of core areas such as cafeteria, library, administrative space and restrooms. ■ Support for magnet schools, and ■ Deferred maintenance at Farragut and Powell high schools.

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to Atlanta to pick out cheap cabinets. When she received her list of recommended vendors from the One Call Club, she called the one at the top of the list – Ed Singletary. Two days after his visit to her West Knoxville home, Singletary gave Daughtrey a written quote for three projects. When she said the amount was over her budget, he brought the price down. While he estimated that the project would take five or six weeks, the work was done in four. He also managed the project, which included

The city of Knoxville will begin resurfacing Cherokee Boulevard from Kingston Pike to Kenesaw Avenue today (Feb. 20). The contractor, Rogers Group Inc., will perform this work one section at a time, and one side of the boulevard at a time, starting with

the entrance on Kingston Pike. Through traffic will be maintained for the duration. The expectation is that this work will be completed before the Dogwood Arts Festival begins in April. The project is part of a larger contract with Rogers that includes repaving 43

miles at a cost of $6.3 million, according to city spokesperson Jesse Mayshark. Because of failures in the road, the work in some sections will require not only milling the asphalt but also removing the underlying concrete and rebuilding the sub-surface.

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him from contractors who aren’t licensed and bonded, as he is. Securing a provider through the One Call Club can make home improvement projects go smoothly, Sergeant says, and membership is helpful in the event of a crisis. “You need to think of the One Call Club like you would a AAA membership. You never know when you’re going to need it.” Daughtrey is convinced that the club is a good idea, even for those as youthful as herself. “Now that I’ve gotten over the fact that I’m a senior, I will embrace it.”

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How Bob Booker made Bill Jenkins Speaker Last Tuesday, Feb. 14, was a trip down memory lane for me as Bill Vaughan, retired journalist and press aide to Gov. Winfield Dunn, and I drove up to Rogersville to have lunch with former U.S. Rep. Bill Jenkins at the historic Hale Springs Inn. Jenkins, 75, is in good health and still the gentleman farmer.

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Along with Knoxville attorney Dick Krieg (another former state representative) and Tom Jensen, I had voted in January 1969 to elect Jenkins the first Republican Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives in decades. It would take 40 years before another Republican would be Speaker. But in 1969, the House was split 49-49 between Democrats and Republicans with one independent, J. P. Kimbrell from Lawrence County, for a total of 99 members. It was uncertain whether Jenkins, the GOP nominee, or Pat Lynch, the Democratic nominee, would be chosen Speaker. When the House convened that day it was full of excitement and uncertainty, as the lone independent, Mr. Kimbrell, had not declared his intentions. It was assumed his vote would determine the outcome, so when the roll was called everyone waited for the clerk to reach the names beginning with “K” to find out what Kimbrell would do. However, the result became clear much earlier in the roll call when those names beginning with “B” were called. Bob Booker, an African-American Democrat from Knoxville, announced his vote for Jenkins to the shock of the 48 other Democrats and the happy surprise of Republicans. Then, Jenkins had his 50 votes and the Kimbrell vote, which made it 51, was not decisive. I asked Jenkins last week how he was able to secure Booker’s support some 44 years ago. He said he had met with Booker a few days before the vote and told him he would be fair in appointments and presiding. Booker, he said, told him he would support him and Booker delivered. Jenkins said he and Booker still stay in touch to this day. Jenkins was also a fellow East Tennessean. Jenkins has had one of the most diverse public service careers of any Tennessean, having served as a state representative for eight years, Commissioner of Conservation for Gov. Dunn (in fact the only commissioner in the Dunn Cabinet still living),

Director of TVA when directors still ran the agency, Circuit Court judge, and U.S. Representative. Jenkins has been in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of state government and the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. He also served a term on the Board of Trustees for Carson-Newman College. He says being Speaker of the Tennessee House was the most interesting “as it was a period of transition” for Tennessee politics to a two-party system. Buford Ellington was governor and the notion of a Republicancontrolled House was considered fantasy. However, in 1968, Richard Nixon carried Tennessee and Hubert Humphrey ran poorly. Tennessee had elected Howard Baker to the U.S. Senate in 1966, Bill Brock to the U.S. House from Chattanooga in 1962, and in 1970, Winfield Dunn was elected governor and Brock to the U.S. Senate. Two-party politics for Tennessee had arrived. Today it seems almost reversed in that the GOP is now the dominant party, which the Democrats were in the early 1960s and also in the 1980s. Both Houses of the Legislature are Republican as is the Governor and seven of nine congressional seats. Jenkins attributes the growth of the Republican Party in the Legislature to the Supreme Court decision of Baker v. Carr which required equal populations in districts for legislatures across the United States and assured a growth in Republican seats. Jenkins never overstayed his time in any position he has held. His integrity is well-established and his story telling is legendary. ■ Ray Building: It seems another matter the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation never voted on was naming their building on Gay Street for Gloria Ray. It was done by an agreement between former county Mayor Mike Ragsdale and Ray with the concurrence of former KTSC board chair David Duncan according to Kim Bumpas, interim KTSC president. There is no record of the board voting to do this. Bumpas is making a concerted effort to reach out to groups which Ray had ignored in the arts and cultural community. Don’t be surprised if the sign quietly disappears one day. ■ Attorney Ward Phillips is being paid $275 an hour which may be the best money KTSC has spent as he unearths past misdeeds and outlines a legal path to restoring trust. Had he been around earlier he might have been able to keep the board focused on the business of being real board members. Victor Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and Ambassador to Poland, can be reached at

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WDVX is nation’s top bluegrass station – again Two minutes before noon on a cold, gray Monday, the crowd at the Blue Plate Special was a little sparse and kind of quiet. Then Red Hickey picked up the microphone and asked them to make some extra noise and promised that stragglers would arrive to fill up the room by the time the opening act, Ryan Kralik, a singer/songwriter who’d come all the way from Kent, Ohio, plugged in his ukulele.

Betty Bean WDVX general manager Linda Billman (center) and interns David Cohen and Samantha Amick get ready for another “Blue Plate Special.” Photo by Betty Bean She was right. Five minutes later, the room was nearly full. And by the time the four singing sisters from Atlanta who make up the string band von Grey took the stage, it was standing room only. Their high lonesome harmonies couldn’t help but remind old-timers of the “Midday Merry-Go-Round” that was the hottest lunch hour ticket on Gay Street 60 years ago. The “Blue Plate Special” is a daily production of the radio station that The Oxford American magazine named the Best In America. Past performers there include locals, up-andcoming new national faces and occasionally, bona fide celebrities like Bela Fleck, Marty Stuart and David Grisman. The show broadcasts from a studio at the Knoxville Visitors Center, on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill. This month, WDVX was named Bluegrass Station of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. For the eighth time. The WDVX studios share the ground floor of the Gloria Ray building with Nancy Kendrick’s Coop Café (known for its many tasty variations on chicken salad) and Uniquely Knoxville, a gift shop featuring hand-made local products from paintings and pottery to jewelry, books and recorded music. On Saturday mornings at 10, there’s a chil-

dren’s show called “Kids’ Stuff,” hosted by Sean McCollough. Upstairs are the plush offices of the embattled Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, which is in the midst of a forced reorganization over questions about its financial structure. WDVX, which operates on an annual budget of just more than $600,000, relies on numerous volunteers, some part-timers and five full-time employees who are crammed into a space that is windowless and small, lit with fluorescent bulbs and provided by KTSC in exchange for promotional exposure on the air. Expansion plans have been put on hold by the turmoil on the top floor. Whatever the problems, Linda Billman, who served on the board of directors for six years before she was hired as general manager two years ago, says WDVX is happy to be downtown. “We are lucky to be here. It keeps us visible and we can do the ‘Blue Plate.’ We think we make a great contribution to the community – arts every day for free in downtown Knoxville. We have become a tourist destination,” she said. WDVX founder Tony Lawson, now the program director, incorporated the station in 1991 and guided it to its first FCC license in 1997 when it was broadcasting from a transmitter on Cross Mountain, near Briceville. Even-

tually, Lawson bought a used camper for $500 that became the station’s first permanent studio. Around that time, he got a financial boost from Don Burggraf, who put up his house as collateral on a $25,000 loan. “It’s just been a good soulful journey,” Lawson said, who treasures memories of people he has met over the years – like bluegrass prodigy Alex Leach, who started working on air when he was 9 years old. Leach is 22 now, and plays guitar, mandolin and banjo all over the Western Hemisphere. He still does a Tuesday night show with Lawson when he’s in town. And is the resemblance to the “Midday Merry-Go-Round” intentional? “Absolutely,” Lawson said. “It’s where we started, with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. And this is where we’re standing right now.” Billman is working on ways to translate the station’s prestige and popularity into economic stability. “That’s the challenge of nonprofits,” she said. “I’d like to figure out a way to make listeners into supporters. One of our challenges is that we are a radio station and a lot of people think of broadcasting as free. That’s fine and a lot of people can’t afford to contribute, but for people who can, it would be nice to have their support.”

Hutchison dismissed from Citizens Bank lawsuit Former Knox County Sheriff the bank. Tim Hutchison and his wife, Jan, Hutchison said have been dismissed from the he sold his stock in the SHE Group lawsuit filed by Citizens National Bank of Athens over money owed to a fellow sharethe bank by the SHE Group, a holder in February corporation that purchased Dean 2008. The owner/ Stallings Ford in Oak Ridge. manager of SHE The dealership later closed and Group later filed Hutchison was sued. for bankruptcy in He said Thursday that he can- Hutchison August 2009. not discuss the terms of the settleHe was notified of the bankruptment, but observed that he also cy filing by local media, Hutchison dropped his countersuit against said. “I was only a passive investor

and never had any involvement in the management or decision making at Dean Stallings Ford. Nor was I consulted over any issues with those responsible for ultimate outcome of that dealership.” Hutchison was elected sheriff five times and was term limited by the Tennessee Supreme Court during his fifth term. In 2010 he lost a primary bid to Tim Burchett for county mayor. He has been doing law enforcement consulting and construction/disaster relief.

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Raggin’ on ObamaCare Dr. Richard Briggs doesn’t like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called ObamaCare. The heart surgeon who also serves on Knox County Commission spoke last week to the West Knox Republican Club. He called the health reform law “the flagship of the

Obama Administration” and said few issues in our lifetime will be as important. Briggs recently ate dinSandra ner with U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, Clark a man who claims to have read all 2,700 pages of the federal law enacted in 2010. “It is not written in plain English,” said Briggs. people like, but other parts There are parts that are just unaffordable, said

Briggs. Popular parts include disallowing insurance caps on maximum lifetime coverage and forbidding insurance companies from “throwing people off.” Children can stay on their parents’ policy until age 26 under certain conditions. But the rub comes from the requirement that everyone buy health insurance. And opponents believe the premiums won’t be adequate, pushing increased

costs down to states. In fact, Gov. Bill Haslam says, “The Obama administration’s approach is an unaffordable healthcare mandate that is a significant overstep of the federal government’s authority. Forcing mandates on states and individuals is the wrong approach, and if Obamacare is implemented, healthcare costs will rise significantly, putting a seri- Richard Briggs speaks at the ous strain on state budgets West Knox Republican Club Photo by S. Clark across this country.”


… taller than the Statue of Liberty … blades are as wide as a football field. You can see the blinking lights for 20 miles … and on top of that, they have become the Cuisinart in the sky for birds.” ■ Ouch! ■ Mitt Romney will not be in Knoxville today (Feb. 20) but his fans will be gathering at 5 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel, 101 S. Central St. in the Old City for a rally. Susan Richardson Williams said “special guests” will attend, and

■ Sen. Lamar Alexander continues to tilt at windmills, calling the $27 billion wind subsidy a waste of money, adding: “And what do we get for these billions? A puny amount of unreliable electricity that arrives disproportionately at night when we don’t need it. These are not your grandma’s windmills. These gigantic turbines … are three times as high as stadiums

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School board member Karen Carson (at right) stands with architect Lanis Cope at the groundbreaking for a new elementary school at Northshore Town Center. Carson had advocated construction on the west side to alleviate overcrowding. File photo by S. Clark

School board issues: real and not so real By Sandra Clark Karen Carson is a thoughtful, rock-solid parent advocate on the Knox County Board of Education. Three times she has been voted school board member of the year by the Tennessee PTA. As a pediatric critical care and emergency nurse, she’s not easily rattled. But recent, unsigned comments in another weekly newspaper have brought some heartburn. Without debating the merit of unsigned comments, let’s examine at least three points raised. Issue: Who lives where, and why does it matter? Karen Carson lives at 10953 Twin Harbour Drive, Knoxville 37934. That address is zoned for A.L. Lotts Elementary, Farragut Middle and Farragut High schools. Elaine Davis, her opponent, lives at 913 Station View Road, Knoxville 37919. That address is zoned for West Hills Elementary, Bearden Middle and Bearden High schools. Most folks want their school board member to live inside the district they represent and be zoned for schools in the district.

In fact, after County Commission redistricted the school board, both Cindy Buttry and Thomas Deakins announced they would not seek reelection since they no longer lived within their district. Davis could have run in two years from District 4, where she lives and where she ran for County Commission, but she opted instead to run from District 5, Farragut. Issue: Carson doesn’t care about parents and kids. She showed that on rezoning. The contentious high school rezoning occurred in 2007, when Hardin Valley Academy was constructed. No one wanted to be zoned to the new school. But now that it’s open, the students and parents are pleased with its programs and facilities. As board chair, Carson led meetings all over town to enable parents and students to have a say. She pushed to establish a non-voting student on the school board, recommended by the Youth Action Council. She consistently asks whether parents are engaged when school programs are discussed. Issue: Connection to

Farragut Karen and Joe Carson have lived in the Farragut zone for 22 years. Their son T.J. is a recent graduate of UT who attended West High School; their son Doug graduated from Farragut High School and is currently a junior at Maryville College; their daughter Rebeka is a junior at Farragut High School. Elaine Davis graduated from Farragut High School and UT. According to her website, her three children are in grades 7, 5 and 3. She brief ly represented District 4 on County Commission before losing to Finbarr Saunders in a Democratic Primary. She currently chairs the county’s Ethics Committee. Sometimes we take strong people for granted. But hurtful statements hurt, especially when the statements are untrue or irrelevant. If I took a really sick kid to the emergency room, I’d want to see Karen Carson. She’s calm, smart and hard-working. And if I had kids in Farragut schools, I’d want Karen Carson as my school board representative for those same reasons.

Billy Stokes said it’s worth coming just to see Susan. ■ Herman Cain is coming to town, speaking to the Tennessee Conservative Union’s annual banquet. For $100 you can go. Wonder if the Crowne Plaza will cater in Godfather’s Pizza? ■ Stacey Campfield spoke to the Powell Republican Club last Thursday at Shoney’s on Emory Road. After considerable searching, the GOP found a restaurant that will serve Stacey.

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Before the traffic came ... MALCOLM’S CORNER | Malcolm Shell People often ask me what I consider to be the greatest difference between Concord/Farragut today and the way I remember it 60 years ago. Without hesitation, the most descriptive word I can think of is “serenity.” Of course, the biggest culprit to serenity is automobile traffic, which used to be very sparse on both Kingston Pike and most country roads. But even before the great influx of people, Highways 11 and 70 were the main east-west and north-south routes, and in the absence of Interstates 40 and 75, you would think there would have been much more traffic.

When I was about 12 years old, or about the 7th grade, I served as a patrol boy. They issued you a white belt and shiny silver badge, and it was your job to stop traffic and let students cross the Pike. At that time, Farragut School was located on the southeast corner of Kingston Pike and Concord Road, and my post was at that corner. There was only a blinking caution light at the time, and for a 12-yearold to walk out and stop a car was a big deal, a real feeling of power and authority. I served as a patrol boy for a complete year, and at no time did I have the opportunity to ex-

First preview of 2012 football TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West So good to hear that the worst is over, that Tennessee football is no longer in disarray, that progress, like cherry blossoms, is budding and will soon break out for all to see. This is your first official preview of football 2012. Cody Blanc said Jim Chaney said, “If we don’t win eight or nine ball games – well, seven or eight – that’s when we’ll know something’s not right.” I already know. I’m counting on the head coach,

offensive coordinator Chaney, the new running back coach, the new line coach, the reassigned receivers coach and other close associates to fi x it. I look forward to an attitude adjustment, led by the new defensive coordinator. I am hopeful that the coach of size, strength and speed will do something to help. When I am in charge of this operation, we will add a gate guard or grass-grower or other guru who knows how to kick and will

ert my authority. I never caught someone coming down the hill from the school at the same time a car was coming. When I had to stay after school for some reason and missed the bus, I had to walk along Concord Road to the Village, a distance of about two miles. Of course, all villagers knew each other, and the first car that passed would pick you up and often take you right to your home. But I can remember several times having to walk the two miles because a car never passed. Most people in the area made their living by farming, and there was always farm machinery on the Pike. In fact, another longtime resident, Ben Boring, remembers cutting and bailing hay on the grass median strip that separated the east-west lanes with no car in sight. And when a car did come along, it was usually someone who knew him and would stop and talk. Since much of the traffic consisted of tourists, many farm families took the opportunity to sell some of their cash crops

at temporary stands set up along the Pike. One resident remembers selling sorghum at a small stand where First Baptist Church of Concord is now located. She noticed that when tourists stopped, they always wanted to take her picture. She says she now realizes they were more interested in taking a picture of a “barefoot hillbilly” to show to the folks back home than they were in the sorghum. Farragut High School was a small rural school at that time. In fact, my 1956 graduating class had only 32 students, and with such a small number, it was hard to compete in sports with schools that had much larger student bodies. But our athletes competed favorably even though some football players had to play both offense and defense. Some of our sports rivals considered Farragut kids to be country bumpkins, and instead of calling us the Farragut Admirals, they called us the Farragut Farmers. In a way, the name was an accurate description, because the high

school curriculum placed considerable emphasis on agricultural education, and most students participated in the courses offered. Today, Concord/Farragut has some of the most impressive roads in the county, and Farragut, the country school, has turned into a large urban school recognized for its high academic rating and competitive sports programs. And yes, there is now more traffic on our roads during an afternoon rush hour than there was in a two-week period 60 years ago. More recently, the completion of the new Campbell Station Road from Interstates 40 and 75 to Kingston Pike has created a beautiful gateway to our town of which all residents can be proud. And instead of being considered out in the sticks, it is the desirable destination for new residents seeking a great place to live and raise their children, a place where community spirits and hospitality still exist in a way that is not too different than it was 60 years ago.

stand very near a certain kicker, in lunch lines, during practice and at all games. He will whisper tips and tidbits. There will be no more kicks that hit helmets. There was a time, back in the Phillip Fulmer era, when seven or eight victories wouldn’t have been enough. Expectations have been beaten down, hammered over the head with a two-by-four. Almost anything imaginable would be better than the 1-7 SEC record and some of those goshawful scores. The schedule is encouraging. There I go, becoming openly optimistic about Georgia State, Akron and Troy. Overconfidence is a dangerous error. Blanc, multitalented recruit from Knoxville Central, has his own reasons for positive thinking, good group of returnees, good group of new guys. Here’s the hitch: Georgia is

still ahead. Are the Vols now even with Florida, South Carolina and Mississippi State? Are they better than anybody? Dare I mention Vanderbilt and Kentucky? No question about Alabama. Good thing the coach there is a friend of the coach here. That may be enough to save the rivalry. The biggest game of Derek Dooley’s coaching life is the opener, North Carolina State in Atlanta. The Wolfpack has yoyo tendencies. We don’t know which group will show up. We are almost certain which pack of wolves will be howling if the Volunteers limp home empty-handed. Spare us that experience. This is the season Tennessee runs out of excuses. The squad has scars earned in combat. There is some depth. The quarterback will be a junior in eligibility if not maturity. If the talent level is not im-

proved, that will be Dooley’s fault. He will have three recruiting classes on the field. If they aren’t good enough, this will be a tragic time to make the discovery. On my depth chart, two seniors and seven juniors are penciled in as offensive starters. Two seniors and six juniors are my defensive guesses. Sophomores on both sides of the ball have star potential. Tyler Bray is the key. I honestly don’t know if he is a pipe dream or a future NFL prize. He has the arm. For some, he is the pied piper. For some, he is a pain. Contracts be damned, the coach and his new helpers are strung out on the fence. I sure hope they come down on the side of success, longevity and bowl bonuses. The other side is so messy. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is




Make my Concord UMC celebrates CD release with free concert heart as yours Knoxville Christian band OnTheBrightSide will celebrate the release of their debut CD “Find This Life” with a performance at Concord United Methodist Church on Feb. 24 in the church’s new Worship Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The music will begin at 7. The concert is free, but attendees are asked to donate two cannedgood items to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Opening act will be Larry Trotter, associate pastor at Concord and noted guitarist. His solo performance will include his own original music. OnTheBrightSide guitarist and keyboardist Zack Roskop and drummer Matt Malone are no strangers to Concord. They first performed at the church as teenagers from Middlebrook Pike UMC in 2006 as part of the annual district Festival of Gifts and Talents competition for Methodist youth. Both are now members of Concord, as well as part-time employees there. “That performance was a

CONDOLENCES Last week the community lost these members: Raymond Eldridge Carter, 79, was a sergeant in the Army National Guard and a member of First Baptist Church Concord. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frances Carter. Jessie Lee McArthur Cornelius, 87, was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. Primarily a h o m e m a ker, she was a longtime volunteer Cornelius with the 4-H program. Jack B. Eubank, 81, is survived by his wife, Barbara. He was a 22-year member of the Downtown Optimist Club and a graduate of UT. Wynell G. Golden, 94, attended West Hills Presbyterian Church and was the owner and operator of Wynell’s Dress Shop for many years. William Mack Grizzle, 78, was a U.S. Army veteran who retired from KUB. He was a member of Central Baptist Church Bearden. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Glena

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25 NRSV) Tout comprendre ce serait tout pardonner. (Germaine de Stael) Members of OnTheBrightSide are l-r: Zack Roskop, guitar; Matt Malone, drums; David “D.K.” Kelley, vocals; Jordan Mitchell, bass; Are Jay Helton, guitar and vocals

pivotal moment for us. It confirmed our desire to minister to young people, and it made us want to be a part of Concord,” said Roskop. “It’s amazing how six years later we are now back at Concord and they are so willingly hosting this concert for us. It has been kind of a full circle thing.” Other band members are

Are Jay Helton, guitar and vocals, David (D.K.) Kelley, vocals, and Jordan Mitchell, bass and vocals. They are also affi liated with Concord through membership, volunteer work and/or employment. OnTheBrightSide’s debut CD will be available at the event for $5. The youth pro-

Carol Van Hoozier Grizzle. Ronald L. Huffstetler, 64, worked for First National Bank in Lenoir City for 33 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir City. He is survived by his wife, Diane Huffstetler. James David “Dave” Miller, 71, had a career in construction, having owned Miller Construction and later Sagoda Properties. He was a longtime member of St. John’s Cathedral. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Evelyn Miller. Robert Lee Nipper, 76, of Karns, is survived by wife Nellie Sue “ To o t s i e ” Nipper. He was employed by Waste Management and was a Robert Nipper former employee of Waste Connections. Robert H. “Bob” Rainey Sr., 93, was an Army veteran employed as a chemist at ORNL for 33 years and at Oak Ridge Associated Universities for seven. He was a charter member of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and volunteered with many groups. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret “Peggy” Rainey.

Monford Clark Rice, 78, was a retired USAF lieutenant colonel and rated navigator. He taught ROTC at A-E and Karns high schools and is survived by his wife, Barbara. Chamorro Racme Rusinek, 21, a graduate of West High School and Tennessee Technology Center. He was formerly employed with D.F. Shoffner Mechanical & Industrial Contractors. Bob Sentell, 77, a member of Gallaher Memorial Baptist Church and the White Store manager in Bearden for 40 years. Upon retirement, joined the Bob Sentell Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel staff. Survived by wife of 35 years, Linda Sentell. Elizabeth Prater “Pinkie” Sterchi, 97, was a lifelong member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, also active with Cherokee Country Club, Dixie Highway Garden Club and the Knoxville Chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities. – Compiled by S. Clark

gram at Concord will receive $1 from each CD sold. Concord UMC is located at 11020 Roane Drive in Farragut. For more information on the church, call 966-6728. For more information on the band, phone 466-9710 or email OnTheBr ig htSideBa nd@

WORSHIP NOTES 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. Anyone in the community who gives care to an elderly individual is invited. Refreshments. Info: 675-2835.

Rec programs ■ Beaver Ridge UMC , 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, holds 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@

It was given to me so long ago I can’t remember who gave it to me, or why. It is a wooden plaque with a French proverb – quoted above – lettered beautifully on parchment and edged on three sides with delicate flowers. My French is slim to nonexistent but “comprendre” and “pardoner” are cognates that are pretty recognizable: comprehend and pardon. It translates roughly: “All you can understand, you can forgive.” Tolstoy quoted Mme. de Stael’s proverb in his prologue to “War and Peace” and is sometimes mistakenly given credit for its authorship. My daughter Eden brought all this to mind recently when she told me about something she had learned recently: in Chinese, the figure for the word forgiveness quite literally means “Make my heart as your heart.” We pondered the ramifications of that over the phone then moved on to other things. Even after our conversation ended, I kept going back to it, in much that same way that your tongue can’t stop feeling the rough spot on a tooth. I wondered what it meant, exactly, and considered how making my heart as your heart would equal forgiveness. I could sort of see the possibility of two hearts being in tune, in harmony – in sync, as it were – and how that might be tantamount to forgiveness. And then it dawned on me. What I was trying to

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CROSS CURRENTS get my mind around was the Incarnation. God, who created this world, and loved it in spite of the mess we made of things, decided to make God’s heart as our hearts. God became human in order to be one of us: to love, to laugh, to be weary, or tired, or angry, to hurt, to grieve, to hope, to dream. To share our experiences. To understand. Because when God – in Christ – experienced what it was like to be human, God could forgive us our sinfulness. Not condoning it, yet understanding. And understanding makes forgiveness possible. There is, however, another side to that transaction. In Jesus, a forgiving God made his own heart as ours, breakable and subject to temptation. Jesus paid the price of all of our broken hearts, so that our hearts ultimately may be made like his: pure, sinless and full of God’s own love. This week Christians all over the world will observe Ash Wednesday, a day to consider and repent of our sinfulness, to seek forgiveness and to give thanks for God’s heart of mercy. May God make our hearts as His heart.

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All-State East band Members of the Bearden High School Band selected to participate in the AllState East Senior Clinic are: (front) Nathan Hardcastle, Matt Getz, Elizabeth Schwartz, Ashley Fannon, Emma Burklin, Jacob Steimer; (back) Will Bendy, Benjamin Harmon, Matthew Raymond, Martin Lu, Jack Li, Rob Jones and Nick Thomas. Not pictured is Carson Fracus. Photo submitted

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PELLISSIPPI NOTES ■ Dave Vinson, associate professor of mathematics, will present “The Order of Everything” from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. Dave Vinson 22, in the Goins Building auditorium. The community is invited. Vinson will speak on using math and a computer to resolve group decisions. “By removing the element of personality and giving everybody an equal voice, a plan of action can be easily reached,” he says. His lecture is sponsored by the college’s service-learning club, Gnosis. Info: Annie Gray, ajgray@pstcc. edu, or Trent Eades, tweades@, or call 694-6400.

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■ “Living with Jim Crow: Growing Up in the Segregated South” is a panel discussion for Black History Month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Goins Building auditorium. Panelists are faculty members Robert Boyd and Joy Ingram and Freddie Owens, a decorated Vietnam veteran. The community is invited.

Student Lounge of the Division Street Campus. Mike North, the campus’ assistant dean, said the goal is to foster dialogue rather than debate between the parties. Panelists will

include Democrat Doug Veum, Republican Ray Hal Jenkins and Libertarian David Kerns. Marsha Hupfel will moderate the discussion. Info: Marcia Coleman at 971-5200.

■ Home-schoolers and their parents are invited to an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Goins Building auditorium. Reservations should be made by March 8 by calling 539-7189 or emailing Staff members will address the specific needs and questions posed by home-schooling families including dual enrollment which gives high school juniors and seniors the chance to earn both high school and college credit.

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■ Chinese delegates will visit the campus during the week of Feb. 20, during which the college plans to share its best practices in “Building a Green Campus.” The team of five delegates represents Rizhao Polytechnic, a comprehensive vocational and technical college in China’s Shandong province.

Lois Greenfield, internationally acclaimed photographer, will visit Pellissippi State Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 22, for a free public forum on photography. Pictured are Greenfield’s “Flipper Hope, Jack Gallagher, Daniel Erzalow and Ashley Roland” and “Sham Mosher.”

■ “Civil Rivalry in the Political Landscape: A Panel Discussion” will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the

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Parents Of Greenway Graduates Talk About High School: From Pat Hudson-Stapleton: “After spending all of middle school at Greenway, our daughter had no trouble at all adapting, both socially and academically, to a large public high school. Because of the nurturing environment and individualized instruction she’d experienced as a middle schooler, she entered high school with confidence in her own abilities and the academic foundation that allowed her to excel.” From Tasha Endsley of Oak Ridge: “Greenway School is an inspiring, creative, and healthy place where you know your child will be acknowledged, challenged, respected, and safe. The school really embraces the idea of teaching the whole child . . . . addressing the physical, emotional, and psychological issues facing our adolescents, in addition to the academic. . . .Our kids . . . .were very well prepared to tackle the rigors of a topnotch, college-prep curriculum like that offered at Oak Ridge High School. Our oldest child graduated from ORHS as an “AP Scholar with Distinction” in 2010. Our youngest is currently a well-adjusted 10th grade honors student. We couldn’t be more proud of them, or more sure that we made the right decision in sending them to Greenway School for their important middle school years.”

■ Greenway School’s 20-acre wooded campus provides an outdoor art studio, a hands-on science lab, a fitness venue, and a natural recreational area for fresh air during daily motion breaks.

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Bearden dancers soar at nationals By Wendy Smith The Bearden High School dance team has a warning for the few squads that bested them at this year’s national championships: we get better every year, so look out! The team placed fourth in large varsity pom (short for pompon) and seventh in large varsity jazz at the Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship held earlier this month in Orlando, Fla. Their success comes from long weekends spent in the school’s dance studio and the camaraderie they’ve built, says coach Jennifer Evans. “They’re such a sweet group of girls, and they love spending time with each other.� Some have spent quite a lot of time together. Six of the team’s seven seniors were on the dance team at West Valley Middle School before moving up to Bearden. West Valley also has a strong dance team, and this year’s squad placed second in junior high jazz at the National Dance Team Championship. Bearden’s dance team has blossomed over the past few years. In 2010, the squad was thrilled to place 17th in pom at nationals. Last year, it placed 12th

in jazz, but didn’t make it to semifinals in pom. That was devastating, since the team had a reputation for doing well in pom, says Evans. But the loss served as motivation to do better. “They learned that nothing is going to be given to them.� Evans, who was on the dance team at UT, is coaching the Bearden team for the second year. She knew that this year’s squad had potential to excel when they came in first in jazz and second in pom at the state competition held last November in Murfreesboro. After that, the girls set a goal of placing in the top 10 in jazz at nationals. They took December off, then got back to work in January to perfect new dances. Teacher Angelia Ford, one of team’s three sponsors, noticed the girls’ long practice hours. “After state, we saw how much potential they had. We were so excited to see how well they were going to do.� All three sponsors attended nationals. Semifinals were a preview of things to come. The team placed seventh in its heat of 22 in jazz, and there was just one other heat. The big surprise came when the girls learned they had placed second in their

heat in pom. Those results buoyed their confidence for finals, says team captain Katie Goddard. It was a bittersweet performance for her because she knew it was one of the last times she would dance with the squad, which has included her younger sister, Faith, for the past two years. But when it was over, the dancers felt nothing but pride. “We thought, no matter what we get, we gave it everything, so it’s OK,� Goddard says. The winners were announced backwards, which created high drama for the team. When 11th place was announced, the squad knew they had met their goal of making it into the top 10. They were nearly overwhelmed by their fourthand seventh-place wins. The dancers don’t just excel on the dance floor. The team received the TSSAA Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for having a collective GPA of 3.675 at the end of fall semester. In spite of losing seven seniors, Ford says there won’t be a rebuilding year because the team also has seven freshmen. One of those, Marissa Tarantino, agrees. “We’re a close group. We can maintain.�

Taylor Kidd, Lindsay Tom, Kylie White, Season Guffey, Ashley Williams, Elena Alles, Caroline Ward and Hannah Wunschel celebrate the Bearden High School dance team’s fourthand seventh-place wins at the National Dance Team Competition. Other team members are

Samantha Schriver, Katie Goddard, Leah Pearl, Hannah Slate, Maddie Luepke, Teresa Ackerman, Faith Goddard, Olivia Riley, Rachael Buckley, McKensie Wehinger and Marissa Tarantino. Photo submitted

SPORTS NOTES ■Coach Mark Bradley’s Lineman clinic will be held 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 3, CAK football field, for current 4th through 7th graders. Cost is $10. Campers should bring running shoes and cleats. Preregister by calling Jeff Taylor at 765-2119. ■ Coach Rusty Bradley’s quarterback and receiver clinic will be held 6 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, April 2, and Monday, April 16, for current 4th through 7th graders at CAK football field. Cost is $20 and includes both dates. Campers should bring running shoes and cleats. Preregister by calling Jeff Taylor at 765-2119.

Sequoyah spellers Sequoyah Elementary School 5th grader Parker Greene will represent the school at the regional spelling bee. His 4th grade brother, John Greene, was the runner up. Pictured are the class representatives for this year’s spelling bee: (back) Mick Rash, Helen Babb, Brandon Wilhoit, Elizabeth Babb, Kevin

Shattuck heads to Hargrave By Betty Bean Junior year is crucial for high school football players. College coaches scout for prospects and issue inv itations for sumAlan Shattuck mer camps based on who impresses them during the season. So it’s something of an understatement to say that Alan Shattuck’s junior year didn’t go as planned. Early in the season, he broke his left leg just above the ankle. He fought his way back and then suffered a lateseason concussion. The scouts didn’t get to see him play. The West High School senior still wants to play college ball, but unsurprisingly, recruiting didn’t go as he’d hoped, so the 6-4, 235-pound tight end/defensive end started thinking about options. He took a big step the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr.

SCHOOL NOTES Greenway School ■Visitors’ open house will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Info: www.greenwayschool. edu.

holiday when he tried out for Hargrave Military Academy, a post-graduate prep school with a record of producing successful college and professional athletes. He had to run 40 meters, demonstrate his strength at bench press, show off his blocking and catching ability, and go one-on-one with the other applicants. “It’s in Chatham, Va., kind of in the middle of nowhere, but more than 300 kids tried out, and 55 made the team,� Alan said. “Their record for getting kids into D-1 colleges, and getting scholarships for them is very good – last year 16 out of 55 kids went on to major D-1 schools – SEC, ACC, Big 12. They’ve had 60 NFL players in the last 10 years.� Hargrave plays college junior varsity teams from all over the country, but primarily from the Northeast. Alan will play tight end and will be taking college classes as well as a test prep class – not that he should need that, since he’s carrying a 3.5 GPA and is a National Honor Soci-

West Hills Elementary ■Box Tops for Education from General Mills’ products and Labels for Education from Campbell’s products are being collected to purchase supplies for the school.

Chen, Parker Greene, John Greene, Nathaniel Morgan, Elisabeth Bernard; (front) Jack Scott, Baker Wooten, Sarah Heistand, William Dishman, Stefan Steiger, Anna Huff, Collin Dobson, Laurel Padgett, Iris Zaretzki, Maddie Tisdale and Slade Newton. Photo submitted

ety member and an AP student with distinction, which means that he’s not ducking tough classes. He’s looking forward to the coming year, which won’t count against his college eligibility. “The good thing about it is, we don’t have anybody higher than post-graduates, so you are coming in with a whole new group of guys every year,� he said. “It’s something totally new and different for everybody, so you’re not totally alone. It’s a military school, so it will be pretty disciplined – I’ll wear a uniform, get up at 6, shave every day, shave my head, but I think it will be worth it. I’m definitely looking forward to it.� Alan is the son of Deaver and Christie Shattuck, and he’s hoping to get an offer from the University of Richmond, where his dad played outside linebacker. He has a twin sister, Raney, as well as a younger brother, Reed, and two younger sisters, Kylie and Nancy Grace. “I hear a lot of kids freaking out about whether they’re going to get in, so it’s nice to have my mind made up and not worry about money that much. If everything goes well, I’ll get into a really good school, and money won’t be an issue.�

Labels can be dropped off in the silver collection box at the front of the school or can be mailed to: West Hills Elementary School, 409 Vanosdale Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. Info: email Jill Schmudde at jschmudde@

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THROUGH MARCH 19 Volleyball league team sign-ups Registration for the spring 2012 volleyball leagues for the town of Farragut Parks and Leisure Services Department is under way. The deadline to sign up a team is 5 p.m. Monday, March 19; registration will close earlier if leagues are full. To register a team, contact Jay Smelser or Ashley Lanham at Parks and Leisure, 966-7057. The town also has a volleyball rubric to assist with finding the right league for each team. It can be accessed through or by calling Smelser for assistance.

THROUGH MARCH 19 Softball league open sign-ups The town of Farragut offers coed and men’s softball leagues each spring and fall. Sign-ups for the spring season, April through June, are under way. The leagues consist of recreational games and are considered “D” leagues. Play includes seven regularseason games and a tournament. All games are played at Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Watt Road. Men’s League plays on Monday evenings; coed teams play on Thursdays. Deadline for signing up a team is Monday, March 19, or until leagues are full. To sign up, contact Jay Smelser or Ashley Lanham at Parks and Leisure, 966-7057.


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THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, FEB. 23-24 KSO to do Mahler’s symphony The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” for the February edition of the Moxley-Carmichael Masterworks Series at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24, at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Lucas Richman will conduct as soprano Katy Williams, mezzo soprano Lorraine DiSimone and the choral ensembles of the University of Tennessee join the KSO for the performance. Angela L. Batey is UT’s director of choral activities and Gene Peterson the associate director. A Pre-Concert Chat will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45. Tickets are $22-$84 ($11 for students) and are available at

TUESDAY, FEB. 21 Older Preschool Storytime at library Older Preschool Storytime for ages 4-6 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Farragut Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Info: 777-1750.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 Baby Bookworms at library Baby Bookworms for infants to age 2 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Farragut Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Info: 777-1750.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 The Knoxville Writers’ Group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Edward Francisco, professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College, will speak about his recently published book of poetry, “Only the Word Gives Us Being.” An all-inclusive lunch is $12. Reservations must be made by Monday, Feb. 20, at 983-3740.

THURSDAY, FEB. 23 Toddler Storytime at library Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Farragut Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Info: 777-1750.

THURSDAY, FEB. 23 Eight choirs to perform in festival The Maryville College Division of Fine Arts will host a Choral Music Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Two high school ensembles from Knox County – Bearden and Karns, under the direction of Mary Sexton and Caryn Marlow, respectively – will perform. Collegiate choral ensembles from Hiwassee College, Roane State Community College and Pellissippi State Community College, directed by Alan Eleazer, Brenda Luggie and Bill Brewer, respectively, also will take part. The Highlander Chorale, a community high school choir based at Maryville College and directed by Jill Purvis, is also on the program. The festival will conclude with performances by the Maryville College Concert Choir and the vocal ensemble Off Kilter. The festival is free and open to the public. All participants, their families and their friends are invited to a reception in the William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer immediately following the performance. Information about Maryville College and its fine arts program will be available.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, FEB. 23-24 Senior safe-driver class at Strang Seniors can refresh their driving skills at a two-part AAA Safe Driver Class, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24, at Frank R. Strang Senior Center,

Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir The Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event, part of Pellissippi’s Black History Month celebration, is free and open to the public.


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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Farragut Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Info: 777-1750.

FRIDAY, FEB. 24 Performers share Chinese arts A troupe from China’s Hubei University will perform at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Approximately 30 performers will take the stage for a performance that incorporates Chinese history and culture as expressed through dance, music, martial arts and calligraphy. The Chinese Dragon Dance and the Lion Dance will be featured. The event is free and open to the public. A related lecture by Professor Yiping Yang, associate director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis, will take place at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium. The lecture is titled “The Chinese Perspectives of the Dragon.” The performers are visiting as part of Pellissippi State’s Confucius Classroom, which was established thanks to the school’s status as the 2010 recipient of a grant from the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis.

“Bella Notte,” an Italian-themed family dinner and auction to support youth ministries at Concord United Methodist Church, will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, at the church’s new contemporary worship center on Roane Drive in Farragut. The evening of food, shopping and entertainment will begin at 5 with appetizers and the launch of a silent auction. The dinner buffet featuring favorite Italian entrees and desserts will open at 5:45. A live auction will begin at 6:45. Children will be entertained after dinner with games and a Disney film. Auction items will include an automobile, Florida and Wyoming vacations, a golf cart, paintings and jewelry. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for 11 and under. They are available Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings and weekdays at the church office, 11020 Roane Drive. The event is the main fundraiser for CUMC youth ministry service projects in East Tennessee, a mission trip to repair hurricane damage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and a summer youth choir trip. For more info or to donate goods and services, contact Jane Currin, director of youth ministries, at 966-6728, ext. 227.

MONDAY, FEB. 27 Preschool Storytime at library

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Facilities closed for Presidents Day Farragut Library and Frank R. Strang Senior Center will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 20. The town of Farragut Town Hall will be open, but Knox County offices in the building will be closed.

The celebration will begin with a 2 p.m. meet and greet, followed by a 3 p.m. presentation featuring Knoxville College president Dr. Horace A. Judson as keynote speaker. Local historian Robert Booker will present a video of Knoxville. WATE-TV, Channel 6 anchor Tearsa Smith will serve as master of ceremonies. After the main program, there will be a reception during which longtime Knoxville saxophonist Lance Owens and pianist Patricia Dulaney will provide music. Attendees will be able to view displays featuring historic Knoxville College. The Farragut Folklife Museum, housed in the Farragut Town Hall, works to preserve the heritage of the community. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; admission is free. For more info about the Feb. 26 event or the museum, contact museum coordinator Julia Jones at julia. or 966-7057.

Doc Rock for Health, the ultimate battle of physician bands, will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at the Valarium, 1213 Western Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first band taking the stage at 7. Dr. Bob Overholt will be the master of ceremonies. Five bands – The Agenda, Full Tilt, Killin’ Floor, Remedy and Second Opinion – will perform at the benefit presented by the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance. Each will perform a 45-minute set. The band with the most audience support will win the concert’s proceeds, which will then be donated to the group’s chosen charity: Interfaith Clinic, Methodist Hospitality House, Ronald McDonald House, Hope Resource or Free Clinics of America. Money collected for VIP seating will be split evenly among the charities. The event will be nonsmoking and family friendly. Cover charge is $10 for 21 and over and $15 for under 21.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, FEB. 24-25 Tax assistance for elderly, low income On Fridays and Saturdays through April 14, lowerincome and senior taxpayers can receive help with their federal tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, sponsored by the town of Farragut and the Internal Revenue Service, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. At no charge, volunteers will complete and e-file tax returns for participants. Taxpayers should bring wage and earnings statements (Form W-2 from employers, Form 1099-MISC from clients); interest, dividend, capital gains, pension, IRA and Social Security statements; a list of items that might be considered for itemized deductions; support for other income and credits; and a copy of last year’s tax return. Taxpayers should also bring Social Security numbers and correct birth dates for all taxpayers and dependants to be listed on the return. VITA volunteers will be available beginning at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday. Participants are encouraged to be in line no later than 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

SUNDAY, FEB. 26 Black History celebration at museum The Farragut Folklife Museum will celebrate Black History Month with an afternoon of events beginning at 2 on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The theme for the celebration is “Building the Future with Respect to the Past.” Admission is free.

Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Farragut Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Info: 777-1750.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28 Puppet show at library Older Preschool Storytime for ages 4-6 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Farragut Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. The library also will host a puppet show, “Sody Salaratus,” at 4 p.m. A craft project will follow. Info: 777-1750.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28 Caribbean Festival at Pellissippi The Caribbean Festival will take place from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Goins Building College Center at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The festival will feature the Carib Sounds Steel Band, the Hotep Dancers and Caribbean food. The event, part of Pellissippi’s Black History Month celebration, is free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29 Baby Bookworms at library Baby Bookworms for infants to age 2 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Farragut Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Info: 777-1750.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29 Development process is focus The town of Farragut will hold a Development Information Meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The meeting will be repeated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, for those unable to attend the Feb. 29 session. Members of the development community – developers, designers, architects and landscape architects, engineers and surveyors – are invited to attend. The Community Development Department staff will work with attendees to review the town’s development process, including the process for obtaining a building permit and working with the Municipal Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, and get feedback on how to improve the process. For more info, contact the Community Development Department, 966-7057.



Expanded product line benefits patients By Sandra Clark There’s a reason people from a four-state area travel to Knoxville for hearing aid advice and instruments. Gary and Belinda Weaver are all about customer service. “We are a provider to the hearing impaired 24/7,” said Gary. So Weaving Hearing Aid Center has forged relationships with wholesalers to bring an array of products to its office in Franklin Square. A major manufacturer is Oticon, which offers ConnectLine. These devices link wirelessly to hearing aids,

connecting the patients to their cell or landline phone, to music, the computer or the television. “With ConnectLine, your hearing instruments become a personal wireless headset,” said Gary. And he won’t just send the device home with a patient who has no clue how to use it. He will program it and demonstrate it until each patient is comfortable. Because the sound is transmitted directly to your ear, the speaker’s voice is not amplified to create disturbance for others in the

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BUSINESS NOTES ■ The Knoxville Area Urban League will host an all-day Independent Contractor Workshop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1514 East Fifth Ave. The workshop is designed for small trades contractors with

six or fewer employees. The workshop is sponsored by the Knoxville Area Urban League and presented by SCORE. Cost is $100, which includes lunch, computer software and business forms. Info or to register: 524-5511 or ■ The Knoxville Chamber board of directors will discuss

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Belinda and Gary Weaver. clude a pillow vibrator to help you “hear” a smoke alarm. The device might also have a strobe light and even dial for help. Freedom Alert is an exclusive new product with a programmable 2-way voice emergency pendant and no monthly fees. Gary can program numbers for four emergency contacts: family, friend, neighbor, nurse or E-911. Worn around the neck,

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Phyllis Nichols, president and CEO, Knoxville Area Urban League; Lt. Brandon Hardin, U.S. Air Force; and Mayor Madeline Rogero stop for a photo at the Urban League Annual Membership Breakfast on Feb. 15. At the breakfast, Hardin presented the Urban League with a flag that he flew over Afghanistan in honor of the organization.

A flying success By Alvin Nance Often, we perform community service realizing that we may never see the fruits of our labor. We plant “seeds” Nance of good works and trust that they will grow over time. At the Knoxville Area Urban League Annual Membership Breakfast last week, those of us attending had the pleasure of seeing good works come full circle as we heard from a young man who was impacted by the work of the Urban League. Here is his story: Brandon Hardin was born and raised in Knoxville. He graduated from Austin-East Magnet High

School with honors in 2002. During high school, Brandon was active in the Urban League’s National Achievers Honor Society. In his remarks, Brandon became a bit emotional as he talked about how the Urban League helped mold him into the man he is today. After graduation, Brandon continued his studies at MTSU. He earned his civilian pilot license in 2004 and a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Administration in 2006. He earned his presidential commission as a 2nd lieutenant in 2008 and his silver wings and the aeronautical rating of pilot from the U.S. Air Force in 2009. Hardin currently flies the KC-135 Stratotanker for the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville. That’s where


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the special thanks comes in. On Christmas Day 2011, during a combat air-to-air refueling mission supporting coalition aircraft in active combat, the American flag was flown over the skies of Afghanistan in honor of the Knoxville Area Urban League. It was Brandon’s way of recognizing the Urban League’s part in helping him reach such heights of success. Today, Brandon is giving back to the community through Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, the Urban League Young Professionals and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Thank you, Brandon, for reminding us why service to your community and your country matters. Thank you, Urban League, for all that you to do empower communities and change lives. Alvin Nance is President/CEO of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC). He can be reached at 403-1105.

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The addition of this technology can dracourse of treatment. This is all done right at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. Fort Sanders is well-known for its stroke exper- matically improve the outcome for stroke the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedside. tise. Board-certiďŹ ed neurologists, neurosur- patients living in Knoxvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surrounding Timing is the key in treating a stroke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The clock starts ticking with the onset geons and neuro-interventionalists staff the communities. of symptoms in a stroke,â&#x20AC;? says Fort Sanders facility and provide excellent patient care. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can share our expertise in real time â&#x20AC;&#x153;We treat strokes the way no one else to ensure appropriate diagnosis and treatneuro-interventional radiologist Dr. Keith in our region can,â&#x20AC;? explains Fort Sanders ments, we can eliminate unneeded travel Woodward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As time ticks by, treatment options be- President Keith Altshuler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From diagnosis time to transfer patients between rural comcome more limited and patients can lose more to state-of-the-art treatment, research and munities and Knoxville,â&#x20AC;? adds Altshuler. Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and more functionality. With the help of this rehabilitation, our focus is to minimize the has a team of experts available to treat patele-medicine tool, we can advise surrounding long-term physical impact of stroke.â&#x20AC;? tients 24 hours a day, seven emergency departments on days a week. The Stroke Team how best to treat their stroke includes neurologists, neuropatients or to have them surgeons, neuro-interventional transported to Fort Sanders radiologists, nurses and therafor advanced care.â&#x20AC;? The early symptoms of stroke are often overlooked or ignored. If you pists who work to quickly diagFort Sanders Regional suspect that you or a loved one is having a stroke, think FAST: nose patients and use the most is a Stroke Center of ExcelF â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FACE: Look at your face. Is one side sagging? technically advanced methods lence. It is the only facility A â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ARMS: Hold out your arms. Is one arm lower than the other or in the region to hold both a available to remove clots, reharder to hold in place? pair broken arteries that cause Primary Stroke Center certiS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SPEECH: Is your speech slurred or garbled? strokes and restore blood ďŹ&#x201A;ow ďŹ cation from the Joint ComT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TIME: Time is critical when trying to minimize the effects of stroke. mission and three separate to the brain. stroke accreditations from For more information about Call 911 and get to a hospital as quickly as possible. And be sure your CARF (the Commission on stroke care at Fort Sanders hospital is a stroke-ready, Primary Stroke Center. the Accreditation of RehaRegional Medical Center, call bilitation Facilities) for the 865-673-FORT (3678).

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Fort Sanders Regional: Knoxvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primary Stroke Center Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the top cause of disability in adults. Strokes affect more than 600,000 Americans every year. A stroke is basically a â&#x20AC;&#x153;brain attack.â&#x20AC;? It happens when the blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted by a blocked or broken blood vessel. When a stroke occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area and endangers cells in surrounding brain tissue. Without immediate medical treatment, a larger area of your brain can die. As a result, you may suffer permanent brain damage, paralysis, speech impairment or even death. Symptoms of stroke

may include: weakness of the face or arm on one side of the body, loss of vision and a sudden severe headache. As a Primary Stroke Center, Fort Sanders Regional is equipped to handle stroke from the initial diagnosis, to the treat-

ment and through the rehabilitation process. The nationally-recognized rehabilitation programs at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center (located inside Fort Sanders) help stroke patients restore abilities and regain lost capacity. When a patient suspected of having a stroke comes to Fort Sanders Regional, he or she receives a CT scan within 45 minutes. If they arrive within three hours of the onset of the stroke, the patient will receive powerful clot-busting drugs (called thrombolytics) that can open blocked arteries and reduce the effects of stroke. For stroke patients who ar-

rive in the emergency room after eter to remove a clot to restore three hours, thrombolytics can normal blood flow to large arterbe administered directly into the ies in the brain. Fort Sanders Regional is one of the few facilities in Tennessee to hold a Primary Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission, as well as three separate stroke accreditations for our Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center from the Center for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Every 3.3 minutes someone in the United States dies from stroke.

clot through a small catheter that For further information about goes up the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leg into the stroke treatment and rehabilitation blocked artery in their brain. In at Fort Sanders Regional and some cases a corkscrew device, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, call 865-673-FORT (3678). called the Merci clot retriever, can be inserted through a cath-


FORT SANDERS REGIONAL Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is the only facility in our region to hold both a Joint         Center, as well as three CARF* Accreditations for                        Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Regional Excellence!



Tellico Tappers Amy Covell, Mary Vaughn and Michel Hamilton dance to the song “Top Hat.” Photos by T. Edwards of

Dylan Ann Hash, Judith Hutchison, Mary Jane Pope and Mary Vaughn tap-dance with the Tellico Tappers to “Rocky Top.”

Tellico Tappers at Strang The Strang Senior Center celebrated their 14th anniversary with entertainment by the award-winning Tellico Tappers. Penny Norris of Lovell Heights Music Studio played the organ adding to the festivities. Alex Hamilton was the master of ceremonies. NHC Farragut provided Michel Hamilton dances to refreshments. There were “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” also several door prizes. Marilynn McKenna be-

to retire. But she missed dancing and started a group of tap-dancers, many with Theresa no dancing experience. Edwards However, they practiced and put a routine together which they performed during the July Fourth celebration at Tellico Yacht gan The Tellico Tappers 12 Club. She said, “Of course years ago. She had a dance our husbands clapped, studio in Michigan, and yelled and screamed. It put then moved to Tennessee a spark under us.” That is

Knee resurfacing comes to Turkey Creek Turkey Creek Medical Center has performed the first MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing on Veronica Erwin of South Knoxville. The process is a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive

than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using a surgeon controlled robotic arm system. “MAKOplasty allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision, said Dr. Gregory Hoover, board certified orthopedic surgeon with Family Orthopedic Clinic,

who performed the first MAKOplasty procedure at Turkey Creek Medical Center. “Because it is less invasive and preserves more of the patient’s natural knee, the goal is for patients to have relief from their pain, gain back their knee motion, and return to their daily activities.”

how the Tellico Tappers began, she explained. However, members come from various places, with about half from the West Knoxville area. The group’s costumes really add zest to their performances. For more information, visit their website at On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at noon Parkwest will pres-

ent “Evolutions in Cardiology” as their boxed lunch and learn presentation at Strang. Wednesday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be the Strang Senior Expo, presented by Independent Insurance Consultants. There will be 25 exhibitors, free lunch and door prize drawings including a grand prize of two nights at Wilderness of the Smokies.

Nose fungus harms area bats The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to spread the word about white-nose syndrome, an aggressive fungus that has killed more than 5 million bats in North America since 2006.

Sara Barrett

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Purrrfect Day … to adopt a cat

We have: Bobtails, Tabico’s, Maine Coone’s and more! at the Humane Society of East Tennessee! All are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped! Now taking appointments for our low cost Micro-Chipping and Vaccination Clinic! Call Us @ 865-221-0510 for details. P.O. Box 4133, Maryville, TN 37802 We always need monetary donations & are a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible. Ad space donated by

Critter Tales Although WNS is not harmful to humans, it is currently harming our ecosystem and could therefore harm us in the future. Fish and Wildlife service director Dan Ashe says bats “provide tremendous value to the U.S. economy as natural pest control for American farms and forests.” Bats also play an essential role in helping to control insects which can spread

A bat with white-nose syndrome

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service.

disease to people, he said. Once a bat is infected, it displays unusual behavior such as sleeping or hunting in daylight and roosting on outside structures such as a house or barn. The fungus spreads quickly through a colony and has been known to wipe out the entire population of bats in many areas. So far, WNS has infected

bat colonies in 16 states and certain parts of Canada. If you are a caver or spelunker, help prevent the spread of WNS by avoiding caves where bats may be hibernating. You could take the fungus from the area on your clothing and spread it to other bat colonies. Info: whitenosesyndrome

The staff at Young-Williams introduces 9-month-old female boxer/ Labrador retriever mix Cami. A bit of a wild child is to be expected from a young dog. Boxers are known to be wonderful family pets, and Labs are, too. If now is not the right time to adopt, you can sponsor a pet by becoming a Furry Friend and prepaying a pet’s adoption fee or you can donate to the center’s spay/ neuter fund for owned pets. Cami is available at the main center at 3210 Division St. The “new” center at Young-Williams Animal Village is at 6400 Kingston Pike. Both are open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Info: www. or 215-6599.

Community law school answers questions, shares information For community members who have questions regarding the law, Community Law School hosted by the Knoxville Bar Association will help find answers. The event is a free program focused on sharing information with the public about their legal rights and the role these rights play in their daily lives. Session I will focus on wills and estate planning

for everyone and will be offered 9-11 a.m. Experienced local attorneys will provide information regarding planning for incapacity and death, which can happen to anyone at any age. Participants will learn about the documents everyone should have in place and what can happen if there are no documents. Session II, Consumer Rights and Responsibilities,

will help individuals learn to protect themselves and their assets from identity theft and steps to minimize the damages if you become a victim. Community Law School will be held at Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, on Saturday, March 31, and preregistration is encouraged. To register, call 522-6522 or register online at

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News from the Turkey Creek Public Market

Freddie Jackson of Epic Adventures shows his son, Logan Jackson, the Power Rangers Megazord. Their Star Wars items are also popular, appealing to all ages. Jackson said, “There’s a kid in everyone.” Photos by T. Edwards of

Michelle Smith purchases a new purse from Victoria Haddad at If I Were a Rich Girl.

Turkey Creek Public Market

Destinee Roberts and her grandmother, Shirley Bockner, shop for apparel for their little dogs at Kibbles & Glitz.

Steve Vandergriff entertains shoppers in the Food Court at Turkey Creek Public Market on Feb. 5. He plays the acoustic guitar and sings ’60s and ’70s songs from the Beetles and James Taylor to Jimmy Buffett. Christy Spradling, owner of Kibbles & Glitz, sews custom pet wear.

HEALTH NOTES ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Community), 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for


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cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or ■ Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. the third Monday of every month at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light

■ Smoky Mountain Hospice will conduct orientation and training sessions for its volunteer program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Burlington branch library. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Info: 673-5877.

45 Houses - Unfurnished 74 Wanted To Rent 82 Dogs

FSBO. $129,900 2 yr old house & 44 acres located at 1245 Snake Hollow Road, Sneedville. House has 3 BR & 2 BA, total of 1,056 SF. Owner will finance with $7,000 down. Call Bill at 877-488-5060 ext 323.

Acreage- Tracts 46 15

refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081.

6 ACRES w/creek. Owner financing. 1 hr from Knoxville. $31,500. 517-416-0600

DAV Chapter 24 has Cemetery Lots 49 FREE RENTAL OF POWER OR MANUAL 4 LOTS in prime secWHEEL CHAIRS tion of Lynnhurst available for any area Cemetery, Will sell disabled veteran. Also 2 or 4 at a good looking for donations deal! 2 for $2800 or of used wheelchairs 2 for $3700 will incl. (power only). Call 765open & close. Cash 0510 for information. or cashiers ck. only 865-281-2423; 599-6414 IF YOU USED before 9pm. YAZ/YAZMIN/ OCELLA BIRTH CONTROL PILLS or NuvaRING VAGINAL RING CONTRACEPTIVE between 2001 & the pre- Real Estate Wanted 50 sent & developed blood clots, suffered a stroke, heart attack or required Pay Cash, Take over gall bladder removal you payments. Repairs may be entitled to com- not a problem. Any pensation. Call Attorney situation. 865-712-7045 Charles Johnson. 1-800-535-5727

3 BR, 1 BA, $750/mo. $750 dep. No pets. 1 yr lse req'd. Accept Sec. 8. 2709 Boright Place. 865-388-2736 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA home off John Sevier near UT/downtown, stove, frig., & W/D hookups. $850/mo. + dep. No pets. Credit check. 865-385-2860

3 BR, 2 BA Home Manf’d Homes - Sale 85 Avail. For Rent. $850/Month. Please contact 865-385-8754 FSBO $25/SQ FT IN WEST KNOX! 1792 sq Cedar Bluff. 3 BR, 2 ft, 2006 28x64, strg 1/2 BA + bonus, 2 bldg. Perfect cond, car gar. No pets. nicest community in $1300 mo. 865-806-8456 Knox, 3 lakes, clubhouse, swimming, CLOSE TO UT, 5BR, bkgrnd check req'd. 3BA, 3500 SF, $1495 mo. $45,000. Call 865-362GREAT W. Knox loc., 5583 for recording. 3BR w/bonus, 2 1/2 BA, $1200. Both have all appls. incl. W/D. Manf’d Homes - Rent 86 865-363-9190 ***Web ID# 935556*** KARNS AREA NORTH - Ftn City - 2 3 Bedroom Homes in houses, appls. furn., Volunteer Village. exc. cond. $525 & 865-250-4205 for info. $575. 865-804-0914.

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DRIVERSProfessionals willing to Team. $45005500/mo avg. Great Benefits, Hometime! HAZ Freight & Explosives. CDLA. 800-835-9471

CHIHUAHUA PUPS, CKC reg., very tiny, S&W, $300. Call 865-323-1433. CHIHUAHUA Valentine Pups, 6 wks., LH & SH, shots $200-$300. 865-232-9078. ***Web ID# 934716*** DOBERMAN PINCHER pups, M & F, CKC, Black & rust. 865206-8464 ***Web ID# 935103*** English Labrador Pups, 6 wks. choc. & black. www.rhea $800. 423-296-0708 ***Web ID# 935510***

NEW CUSTOM HOME, 3 BR, 2 BA, cath. ceilings, frpl., W/I closets, tile & wood flooring, 2 car gar., split BR floor plan, brick exterior, 2012 SQ. FT. incl. gar., & more. 5 min. to schools, Boyd's Creek/Seymour area $169,900. 865-680-4631


CEDAR BLUFF AREA NO DAMAGE DEPOSIT 3BR town home, 2BA, frplc, laundry rm, new carpet, 1 yr lease, $770 mo. 865-216-5736 or 694-8414. FARRAGUT/NEAR TURKEY CREEK 2BR, 1BA, laundry rm, family neighborhood, 1 yr lease, $680 mo. $250 dam. dep. 865-216-5736 OR 694-8414

to develop, plan and implement an activities program. Send resume to or apply in person M-F, 9-4pm

Parkview Senior Living 10914 Kingston Pike

■ UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No medical experience is re-

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ADOPT! Looking for a lost pet or a new one? Visit YoungWilliams Animal Center, the official shelter for the City of Knoxville & Knox County: 3201 Division St. Knoxville.

THE PICKY CHICK CONSIGNMENT 3/1 10am-8pm 3/2 10am-8pm 3/3 9am-3pm

Knoxville EXPO Center 5441 Clinton Hwy.

Basically EVERYTHING for Babies to Juniors!

Farmer’s Market 150 SPRING CUTTING, GRASS HAY, sm square bales, avg 50 lbs. 865-850-0130.

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Boats Motors




90 Day Warranty 865-851-9053 1716 E. Magnolia Ave.



BUYING OLD U.S. Coins, Gold & Silver

YORKIE PUPPIES, M&F, reg., vet ckd, Will Consider UTD S&W, for more Collectibles, Diamonds info. 423-539-4256 or Old Guns. YORKIE PUPS 7600 Oak Ridge Hwy. AKC, parents on 865-599-4915 premises, M $300, F $400. 865-680-7672 YORKIES AKC 8 wks health warr., S&W. 5F (1 choc) $650 up, 865-441-6161, 463-2049


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

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YOU BUY IT, we install it! Fencing & repair. We haul stuff too! Call 604-6911.

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JEEP Wrangler X 2006, exc cond, 58K mi, CERAMIC TILE instalstraight 6, 6 spd, lation. Floors/ walls/ $14,500. Owner 588-8493 repairs. 32 yrs exp, exc work! John 938Comm Trucks Buses 259 3328

1993 Astro fiberglass bass boat & trailer 2000 KW T2000 w/525 w/75 HP Merc., gar. Cummins Engine, kept, $3800. 931-484-2055 18 Speed, $19,999 OBO. 719-2804

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quired. Training is provided. Info: 544-6279.

MAZDA B2300 2007, 1 CLEANING NETWORK owner, 5 spd., 72K Wkly/ Bi-wkly/ Mo. mi., exc. cond. Good refs! Free est. $7200. 865-966-9646. 258-9199 or 257-7435. ***Web ID# 935995***

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the third Tuesday of each month at Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Ave. Info: Rebecca Gill, 602-7807 or

King Charles puppies, 235 CKC reg, 6 wks, tri 1993 200EX Hitachi Campers color, vet ckd w/ shots, Excavator, low hrs., CAMPERS WANTED $700-$800. 865-661-1838 asking $38,000. We buy travel trailers, ***Web ID# 934879*** ANTIQUE 1956 420C 5th Wheels, Motor John Deere Track LABRADOR PUPS homes & Pop-Up Loader, asking $3500. AKC, 5 Males & 2 Campers. Will pay Call 423-912-1723. Females, Chocolate cash. 423-504-8036 & Cream 865-579-1998 River Ultralight ***Web ID# 927194*** Jewelry 202 Forest 27 ft, 2005 by Rockwood: Labrador Retriever elec. jack, lg slide, new Pups, all silver very tires. $10,000 bo. Bobby rare, AKC. S&W. Health 865-368-8636 guar. 931-823-3218 ***Web ID# 936399*** Will Consider Diamonds Motorcycles 238 MIN PIN (TINY) Collectibles, Old Guns. puppies CKC 8 wks. 7600 or Oak Ridge Hwy. CHOPPER BIG DOG Female $400, Male 865-599-4915 Ridgeback, one of a $350, 865-740-5249 kind custom in like ***Web ID# 936523*** new cond 1st $15,750 MIN. SCHNAUZER Household Furn. 204 takes it ($34,000 inpuppies, AKC, vested). 865-388-3864 PIANO, ***Web ID# 934814*** champ. sired, health KIMBALL Spinet style, good guar., 865-254-3674 cond. $650 obo. ***Web ID# 934735*** FULL SZ. BED, & RAT TERRIERS, chest of drawers, 1200, 2008, low SportMin. CKC, black & ster, 5500 miles, $225 obo. 865-309-3045. white, M&F, $200 to 865-850-4981 $275. 865-216-5770 ***Web ID# 937608*** 2 yrs. old, very good Harley Davidson 2007 Road King, FLHR, ROTTWEILER PUPS cond $400. 865-992-0372 black, 6 spd, w/w AKC, German tires, hard bags, champ bldlns, $550 sec. systm, windor trade 423-663-7225 Household Appliances 204a shield, only 84 mi, $14,200. 865-457-1897



■ Support group meeting for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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AMERICAN PIT Bull Pups, UKC purple ribbon, 7 wks, S&W, $700-$1500. 865-924-8960 ***Web ID# 935214***

BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA 865-356-3417 Condo + Garage + Adoption 21 General 109 Fireplace + New WE BUY HOUSES, Paint, in Powell. $750 any reason, any conmo. 727-600-4054. ADOPTION: GOOD JOB for good dition. 865-548-8267 A secure, happy, electricians & HALLS. $1100 mo. loving home awaits ers. Drug testing HOA $65 mo. 3 BR, your baby. Expenses req'd. CDL a plus. 2 1/2 BA, 2 car gar., Lse paid. Marcy & Call 219-8303. Andrew, 1-888-449-0803 Comm. Prop. - Rent 66 to purch. 865-898-4558 525 S.F. off Broadway NORTHWEST, 2 BR, ceramic tile Healthcare 110 Homes 40 on Walker Blvd. 2& BA, wood, stove, frig, (behind Fisher Tire) W/D conn., no pets, Fresh paint & new 2 BR 1 BA, 840 SF, dep. & lease req. AC unit. $500/mo. 1st 7013 Eddie Kimbell $695/mo. 865-531-6321 CNA / & last due upon Ln, $69,500. 690-7632. move in (865) 696-9555 CAREGIVER GREAT FAMILY HOME Private Duty Care Wanted To Rent 82 IN KARNS AREA! needed in Union Co. 5BR/2.5BA, 3011 sq. Apts - Unfurnished 71 puppies, reg., Night shift. Family of 3 needs 3 BR, ft. Brand-new hdwd $300 ea. 423-587-0839 Not an agency. 2 BA upscale newer flrs, huge eat-in kit, 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA towncondo, townhouse or SIBERIAN Husky AKC spacious rms. Fenced- house near West Town, CALL small house conv. to Pups, champ lines, in bkyd perfect for en- new carpet, W/D conn, 865-258-1239 Pellissippi Pkwy. shots, $500. 865tertaining! 368-5150 $585/mo. 865-584-2622 7/1/12. 865-368-5315 995-1386 SOUTH, 2 BR, 1 BA, ***Web ID# 934576*** 1200SF, appls., priv. Two bedroom, one YORKIE POO $675/mo+dep, no pets/ General 109 General 109 PUPPIES, bath on an acre lot 7 wks, 1st smoking. 865-577-6289 with beautiful views. shots, M $350 $65,000. 318-518-6416 423-442-9996 ***Web ID# 934730***

PARKVIEW INDEPENDENT HELP WANTED For Sale By Owner 40a Apts - Furnished 72 LIVING WALBROOK STUDIOS 930752MASTER Activity/Social FSBO – Log home on 25 1-3 60 7 Tennessee River. Ad Size 2 x 2 1 acre, covered boat $140 weekly. Discount Coordinator avail. Util, TV, Ph, dock, 3 miles East bw NW help wntd Stv, Refrig, Basic Must love working with seniors, of Kingston. 865-376Cable. No Lse. 5370, 865-399-5726 <ec> be creative, enthusiastic with the ability

■ Stop Smoking: 1-800-7848669 (1-800-QUITNOW) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Clean slate: New year begins with rare amnesia Her husband’s prayer for a fresh start was one of Susan Entner’s last memories of 2011. “It was a beautiful prayer about starting the New Year fresh with a clean slate,” Entner said, recalling the small New Year’s Eve celebration at a friend’s house. “After that, my memory was like a computer hard drive that had been wiped clean.” Rather than awakening to a New Year filled with renewed optimism, Entner awoke to a frightening experience few will ever know – transient global amnesia (TGA), a rare and little understood syndrome that quickly and mysteriously appears like a swift-moving fog bank, temporarily robbing its victims of the ability to store new memories. “My brain was like Teflon – nothing would stick to it,” Entner would say later as she tried to describe the events surrounding the attack that ushered in 2012 and lingered for days. The night before, Entner, a registered nurse who had served three tours with Mercy Ships and who once served as an area coordinator with Compassion International, and her husband had joined friends to celebrate the coming of a new year. It was at this gathering that Bob Entner, a pastor and church consultant, offered up his prayer for a fresh start. Hours later, Susan Entner awoke and took a shower. When she emerged, she was puzzled to see her clothes lying on her bed. Who, she wondered, had put them there? The answer, of course, was that she had. “Sue had laid her clothes out for Sunday (church),” said Bob Entner. “She was standing there looking at them and asking me if I had laid them out. She couldn’t figure out where they had come from because she didn’t remember laying them out. Then, she kept saying, ‘I just can’t remember anything. I can’t remember getting up. I can’t remember taking a shower.’ She kept repeating the same things over and over.” Fearing his wife of 12 years had suffered a stroke or brain tumor and believing she would become combative if he called an ambulance, Bob Entner rushed his wife from their home in Sevierville to the emergency department at Parkwest Medical Center. Upon arriving at Parkwest, Sue Entner began experiencing a headache unlike the migraines she normally has. “My husband says I kept complaining about a headache, but I kept telling him, ‘It’s not the same. It’s not the same,’” she said. “Normally, it’s behind the left eye and I get the aura and all of that, but there was none of that. He said I kept telling him, ‘It’s real different. It’s not like a migraine.’ He knows what my migraines are like.” The headache, coupled with the memory loss, led Parkwest hospitalist Dr. Andrew Sexton to suspect a stroke even though she did not exhibit other outward signs such as slurred speech or paralysis. “Naturally, they assumed it was a stroke until proven otherwise because I didn’t have any of the

Susan Entner of Sevierville began 2012 with a rare phenomenon known as transient global amnesia. Dr. Andrew Sexton (inset) has diagnosed eight to 10 cases of TGA during his nine years of practice.

classic severe, severe headaches until I got to the hospital but then, I have a history of migraines. And evidently, there was some weakness on one side but that could be attributed to migraines too,” she said. “It’s a diagnosis of exclusion,” said Sexton, explaining that a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke) would show up in a similar fashion. “We don’t see (TGA) very often but you have to keep it in the back of your mind because you can’t make a diagnosis that you don’t think of. So, you have to maintain that index of suspicion to be looking for strange things. The other thing that we’re taught in medicine is to look for horses, rather than zebras, when you hear hoof beats. That is to say common things happen commonly and rare things happen rarely. So you don’t want to jump to a rare diagnosis very often unless you really need to.” According to Sexton, there are only five to 10 incidents of TGA per 100,000 cases, but those odds virtually double when a person reaches age 62. Often, TGA patients have a history of migraines as did Susan Entner. After an EEG, CT scan, MRI and blood work revealed that she had not suffered a stroke, Sexton rendered his diagnosis. “Initially, she was puzzled,” said Sexton. “She did not know such a thing existed. At the time,

she was still experiencing some anxiety about not being able to recall everything. So, it took some time to set in.” While the Entners were relieved to learn it was not a stroke, the bad news is that there is no treatment for TGA. “You’re really not able to do anything to treat it other than provide information and supportive care,” said Sexton. “It has to run its course and clear up on its own.” Sue Entner was hospitalized overnight for observation and released the next day. Upon returning home, she found herself still struggling with the strange feeling of having lost time and so fearful of a recurrence that she was afraid to leave her home. “All I have are these little pinholes of memory,” she said. “In the week or so afterward, I was terrified. I usually have all kinds of music playing all throughout the house or I’m busy talking with people on the phone, but I didn’t want any noise, didn’t want any distractions. I didn’t want my husband out of my sight because it’s terrifying to realize you’ve lost a block of time – everybody can tell you what happened and you can have pinhole memories of it – but it is absolutely terrifying to realize this had happened. It’s like living with a cloud over your head: Will this happen again?” To combat the fear of a recurrence, she de-

cided to research it on the Internet but only found the results more troubling. “They told me at the hospital that recurrence is very rare, but if you go online, you read about people who have had three, four or even five episodes,” she said. “That frightened me even more so I stopped going online because the more you check, the more people you find who have had it many times, and I don’t want to live a life being paranoid. I want to educate myself on what it was and be smart enough to make sure that I always have identification on myself.” That’s why she now keeps sticky notes around the house to let others know where she has gone and has written a note, detailing the date and diagnosis of transient global amnesia in big letters on the front of the address book she keeps in her purse in the event that “I end up in Timbuktu and don’t know how I got there.” She’s still considering ordering a medical alert bracelet detailing her TGA episode “because when you lose yourself for 36 or 48 hours, it’s like you stepped off Planet Earth and then stepped back on.” She doesn’t remember a great deal about her stay at Parkwest, but a few things stood out. “Maybe it was because of his kind and quiet, confident attitude, but I remember Dr. Sexton. Now, do I remember what he said? No, but I do remember his whole demeanor was very comforting the way he listened to me,” she said. “I was very impressed by the attitude of everybody – not only in the emergency room, but in whatever floor I was on. Just a very kind, unhurried, I’mlistening-to-you attitude and that makes all the difference in the world. I don’t remember their names or why they were there, but everyone from the cleaning staff to the physicians would come in as if they had all day to sit there and talk to you. That’s why I go all the way to Parkwest – it’s not the closest hospital, but that’s why I keep going back to Parkwest.” She counts her blessings in other ways, too. “I feel very blessed that I was home, and I thank the Lord that my husband was home. I’d hate to think what could’ve happened if he wasn’t here,” she says. “I have a tremendous amount of things to be thankful for. I can thank the Lord that there wasn’t a stroke but some anomaly I had never heard about, and most likely will never happen again.” After a pause, she smiles before adding yet another blessing. “My husband is a very quiet strong person, and he’s been so loving and patient with me,” she says. “It comes from him personally and from his profession, his being a pastor. He would hold me, and say, ‘It’s OK, it’s alright. You don’t NEED to remember. God is in control.’ That’s my mantra. It doesn’t matter that I can’t remember – he’s in control.”

TGA or stroke? Let the doctor decide The chances of a transient global amnesia attack are slim at best – only five to 10 incidents out of every 100,000 cases. But those odds climb as one heads into their 50s, eventually doubling to 10 to 20 cases out of every 200,000 with the average age of an attack being 62. Yet, Dr. Andrew Sexton, hospitalist with Parkwest Medical Center, says he has seen about three cases in just over the past few months and about eight to 10 cases in his nine years of practice. The sudden loss of memory is often associated with signs of a stroke or mini-stroke and can be very frightening for its victims. However, TGA usually clears up within hours or days but has no apparent lasting effect.

The memories lost, however, are seldom regained. “For most people, it’s a single episode,” says Sexton. “It’s rare enough to have it happen once, but there are cases where people have had multiple episodes of this. I’ve never seen that happen personally, but there are reported cases where it can become a recurrent type of illness.” Furthermore, Sexton says, there is no way to treat TGA or decrease the chance of it happening again. “TGA is one of those kinds of diagnosis that will terrify people,” Sexton says. “This is a frightening thing to have happen, and the most important role that I have as a doctor is to provide that reassurance. That’s where

spending the time, explaining what’s going on, making the family feel comfortable, listening and developing trust is really important in these kinds of conditions. The main thing is letting the patient know everything’s going to be OK and explaining the tests, and that it should clear up on its own.” While a TGA episode leaves no lasting after-effects aside from the lost memories, Sexton says it’s critical that a patient receive immediate medical attention because strokes can manifest themselves in many ways. “Even though this is a rare entity, it’s important for the public to have some awareness of how this presents because it’s possible you might find yourself with a loved one who might suddenly have a memory

loss like this,” he says. “If it happens to you, you’re probably not going to know what’s going on in the moment enough to be able to make that connection. But in the short term, I think the clear answer is to get to the emergency room because it is hard sometimes to distinguish from a stroke which is a true life-threatening emergency that requires quick intervention. Time is of the essence with a stroke, and it’s hard to be sure that it isn’t a stroke because you can have all kinds of odd things happen with strokes – it depends on what part of the brain it’s on. It’s certainly not a diagnosis that you’d want to make yourself and say, ‘OK, I’m confident this is what’s going on.’ You need to seek medical attention.”

Parkwest Medical Center remains on the forefront of diagnosing and treating disease with the most advanced technology available…those who entrust their healthcare to us demand nothing less. But technology alone isn’t enough to bring healing and comfort to patients and families. True healthcare begins with something less expensive, non-invasive and pain free. It’s called listening.

At Parkwest…listening is state-of-the-art.


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