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Outdoors Outdoor Living Special Section

February 27, 2012

West does best! German students place high on national exam

Find out where the wild things are and much more in this month’s “My Outdoors.” See the special section inside

By Betty Bean

Rotary wows! Area Rotary Clubs came together Feb. 18 to clean up the campus at Belle Morris Elementary School in celebration of World Rotary Day. When students returned to campus last Tuesday and saw the results, most were wowed by the Rotarians’ weekend work.

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Hayleigh Sneed is borne aloft by German teacher Mari Brooks and classmates Carolyn Craig and Matt Carpenter. Behind them are Reis Troutman, Leah Borsari, Spencer Trent and Matt Gentile. Photo by Betty Bean

West High School German teacher Mari Brooks’ students have done it again. Seven of them have placed in the top 10 percent of those who took the 90-minute National German Exam in early January. Almost 40 percent of Brooks’ kids win national honors. Brooks says this means she’s got a bunch of super-smart kids – “This test was taken by 25,000 kids around the USA.” The students credit Brooks with their success. “We have an awesome teacher,” said junior Carolyn Craig. “She has all these different styles of teach-

ing and really reaches everybody in the class. It’s always enjoyable – she makes it not lame.” Leah Borsari said Brooks’ teaching style helps students with rote memorization. “She makes everybody participate,” she said. “When she hands out a new verb sheet, she makes everybody get up and act it out.” Brooks said her philosophy of teaching is a little different from some because she doesn’t break out the top students into exclusive classes. This way, she said, the more advanced students help the others. “Each one of these kids functions as a competent, knowledgeable tutor, helping other kids. We have a real range of ability, and I To page A-2


‘Lolly-Madonna’ screening Friday A recently-uncovered 16mm print of “The LollyMadonna War” (also known as “Lolly-Madonna XXX”), an MGM movie filmed in Union County in 1972 starring Rod Steiger and Jeff Bridges, will be shown publicly for the first time in decades 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the East Tennessee History Center downtown. Admission is free. Parental discretion is advised. Info: Bradley Reeves, 215-8856.


Coming together Betty Bean writes about three small churches in Concord, two black and one white and all operating apart for 100 years, coming together for mutual support following church vandalism. Find it online at ShopperNewsNow. com.

Index Anne Hart Wendy Smith Government/Politics Marvin West Rotary feature Faith Schools Business Community Calendar Health/Lifestyles

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Friendship set to music By Wendy Smith Modern Western square dancing doesn’t require a ruffled skirt or cowboy boots. Even country music is optional. Maroon 5, Lady Gaga or Michael Jackson will do. It does require a quick mind and responsive feet. Members of the Double K Squares, which meets on Monday nights at Square Dancers Inc., have all been dancing for years. There are 10 levels in modern Western square dancing, and the Double K Squares is a C-1, or mid-level group, explains participant Melissa Neusel. As dancers move up in level, they become less interested in the outfits and more interested in the mental aspect of the dancing, she says. The concentration required to perform the moves called by Steve Kopman is evident on the faces

of the dancers. Each “square” is made up of four couples, and after performing a series of moves with names like “recycle” and “wheel and deal,” the goal is for each couple to end up where they started. That’s about the only time this group hoots and hollers. They are too busy following Kopman’s instructions for such frivolity. Kopman, who lives in West Knoxville, is a world-renowned caller. His father, Lee Kopman, is considered a father of modern Western square dancing, and he invented many of the calls currently in use in the square dance world. Steve began calling at the age of 7, and, like his dad, is in demand internationally. “He’s truly one of the best in the world,” says Neusel of Steve Kopman.

Ray Daugherty, Melissa Neusel, Kathy Kelly and Jerry Runnion dance with the Double K Squares at Square Dancers Inc. Photo by Wendy Smith While most members of the Double K Squares are in their 70s, they are young at heart – and in mind. “You don’t ever hear of any Alzheimer’s among square dancers,” says Kopman. “It’s brain exercise.”

It’s also physical exercise. The Double K Squares dance for three hours at a time with short breaks between dances. To page A-2

New playground at Carl Cowan Park Installation of new equipment at the Carl Cowan Park on Northshore Drive wrapped up Friday, but workers still must install Venture Turf, a rubber ground cover, according to Gary Rich of Rich Construction, general contractor. Knox County Parks and Recreation is constructing the playground to replace several old pieces of equipment that date back to the 1980s. “The playground at Carl Cowan was the oldest in our system,” said Doug Bataille, senior director. “With the number of visitors the park gets, especially during the summer months when the splashpad is open, an upgrade was needed for safety reasons.” The new playground is designed for children up to 12 years old and features two slides, a climbing wall

and climbing web, agility stations and several individual activity panels. It is handicapped accessible. Carl Cowan Park encompasses more than 30 acres along the Tennessee River. In addition to the splashpad and playground, amenities include tennis courts, a basketball court, soccer fields, a horseshoe pit, picnic tables and shelters, restrooms, a fishing pier and boat launch. A greenway loop around the fields measures threetenths of a mile and a onequarter mile natural trail along the river leads to Admiral Farragut Park. The park was built in 1949 and dedicated to Carl Cowan, a Knoxville lawyer instrumental in the desegregation of local schools. Cowan was born in Knoxville in 1902, attended Knoxville College and then received a law degree from Howard University Col-

Workers Gary Freeman, James Whitley and Michael Geerts install a slide in the refurbished playground at Carl Cowan Park. Photo by T. Edwards

lege of Law in Washington, D.C. He practiced law in Knoxville from 1934 until 1980 and was appointed the first African American assistant district attorney

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Steenrod learns ‘how things are done’ Shortly after Mitch Steenrod landed in Knoxville six years ago to assume an executive position with Pilot Oil Corp., he got a call asking him to serve on the board of the Knox Area Chamber Partnership. Knowing how timeconsuming his new job was going to be, he turned down the offer. A few minutes later Steenrod received another call, this one from his new boss, Pilot founder Jim Haslam, who explained “how things are done in Knoxville.” Steenrod, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Pilot, has been on the Chamber board for six years now and currently serves as its president. He told that story to a lot of laughter at the recent meeting of the West Knoxville Rotary Club. Steenrod said the Chamber currently has 2,100 member businesses, 80 percent of which are classified as “small businesses” with 50 employees or less. He said the organization has added about 200 new members since it implemented a “tiered dues” program that allows smaller businesses

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to pay lower dues than the larger ones, making membership affordable. In addition to its traditional focus on attracting and retaining business and industry to this area, Steenrod said the Chamber is putting considerable effort into working with the Knox County Schools with the primary goals being an excellent school system that will help attract business and industry to the area and a better educated work force. “I can’t emphasize enough that if we want the best businesses we have to get the best production out of our schools,” Steenrod said. “These companies have to have employees. We are investing in people capital.” In discussing the public policy aspect of the Chamber’s role in the community, Steenrod said, “We came late to the party,” as relates

Mitch Steenrod to the controversial Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan, approved by County Commission in January after months of meetings and public discussion. The Chamber did not get involved until the plan had been completed. Then the organization played a major role in an effort to defeat the plan, eventually jumping on board after the so-called Briggs amendment made the plan “advisory” only. Steenrod said Chamber officials meet regularly with both the city and county mayors, and that the Chamber derives about 7 percent of its budget from the two entities. He added that the Chamber is considering having a Political Action Committee (PAC), but that it “would be issue specific, not people specific.”

BEARDEN NOTES ■ Downtown Speakers Club meets 11:45 a.m. every Monday at TVA West Towers, 9th floor, room 225. Currently accepting members. Info: Call Jerry Adams, 202-0304. ■ UT Toastmasters Club meets noon every Tuesday at the Knoxville Convention Center on Henley Street in room 218. Currently accepting members. Info: Sara Martin, 603-4756. ■ West Knox Lions Club meets 7 p.m. each first and third Monday at Shoney’s on Lovell Road. ■ West Knoxville Kiwanis Club meets 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Shoney’s on Walker Springs Road.

Scoring high ’ From page A-1 like it that way. What’s significant about their accomplishment is most teachers cherry-pick and have the top five students take the test, or make it optional – pay the $5 and take the test. Who’s going to choose to do this unless they’re a really great student? We test everybody at West.” Brooks said she loves the idea of competing nationally because it helps her students know where they stand. “They hammer here, but will they hammer if they go on to school in Virginia, Massachusetts or California? I want you to know what your competition is, and y’all do it!” she said.

Some of the students said the section on grammar was the toughest. Other said the “listening” portion was the hardest. “I thought the grammar was going to ruin my score,” Hayleigh Sneed said. “Listening was the hardest part for me,” said Matthew Gentile. Spencer Trent, a junior who said he plans to pursue studies in arts, music and/ or writing, had the highest score in the class – he scored 98. Brooks said kids sign up for her classes for a variety of reasons. Freshman boys tend to be attracted by watching World War II shows on the History Channel, for example. Others may be attracted by the opportunities for jobs,

travel and study. Still others have German relatives. Others come for the food. Each week students make a German dish and bring it in. Perhaps the most popular is obst torte, a kind of fruit pizza. “We need to make a cookbook,” Brooks said. She says one big administrative change has benefitted her program – getting rid of block scheduling. “That has helped so much with understanding and retention. The writing I’m getting from my level-3 students is better than I’ve ever seen. And even my kids who struggle are doing way better than those who struggled in previous years.”

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Jean Hiser of Oak Ridge prefers lower level dancing, which doesn’t require as much concentration. She learned to square dance in Chicago after going through a divorce and frequented a club that welcomed singles. She met a fellow dancer in September and married him in December. They were married 19 years before he passed away. “The nicest people in the world are square dancers,” she says. “Square dancing is friendship set to music.” Square Dancers Inc., is located at 828 Tulip Ave., which is near the 17th Street exit from I-40. Classes are currently available on Thursday nights. Contact Hiser at 272-3077 for more information.

West Knoxville resident Steve Kopman, an internationallyknown square dance caller, keeps the Double K Squares on their toes.

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Ed Francisco, professor and writer-in-residence at Pellissippi State Community College, reads excerpts from his new book of poetry, “Only the Word Gives Us Being,� at last week’s Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting. He is currently working on a novel titled “The Amorous Adventures of William Shakespeare.� Seniors can audit classes at PSCC, he reminded the group, which meets Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett fist-bumps Blue Grass Elementary School 5th grader Eva Karat 11 a.m. on fourth Wednesdays at Naples nowski after speaking to the school’s student council last week. He works for them, he said, Italian Restaurant. Photos by Wendy Smith and gave the students a lesson in civics: “If you don’t like me when you’re 18, what do you do? Register to vote, and vote me out of office.�

West High School sophomore Jackson Busby and Bearden High School senior Davis Richards work behind the scenes at the annual Mardi Gras Celebration at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. The event is a fundraiser for the church’s missionary efforts in Bolivia, and both boys plan to travel there on a mission trip this summer. A medical mission team will be a part of this year’s group, says Associate Rector Brett Backus.

February fantasies Every stage of life comes with an obsession. When I was a preteen, it was Andy Gibb. When I was in high school, it was Calvin Klein. Then it became real, live boys, like the one who sat next to me in Communications 101.

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After the boy obsession played out, the baby ďŹ xation took over. I love listening to young moms talk amongst themselves about the latest organic baby food or the biter in their kid’s preschool class. The products may change but the babies don’t, so it’s like listening to a tape

of a conversation I had with the moms in my playgroup 15 years ago. When you’re the mother of small people, nothing else really matters. This year, I have a new preoccupation – water. Lots and lots of blue water curled up next to long stretches of white sand. It started with my idea of taking a family trip to celebrate my son’s graduation from high school and turned into a full-blown fetish that now causes travel websites to pop up every time I turn on my computer. I don’t watch much television, but I’ll drop everything to watch “House Hunters International� if there are beach houses involved. Today I was nearly paralyzed by a nature show about dolphins, of all things. I’m even spending more time in the saltwater pool at the Y. My new guilty pleasure

is the webcam at, which allows me to get a live peek at the beach in Akumal, Mexico, where I will spend a week with my family this summer. Yes, I ďŹ nally wore the husband down with all my beach talk, so now I can fritter away my time by mapping out every detail of our Caribbean adventure. I’m not sure why a trip to the tropics is so important right now. Sure, it’s normal to daydream about the beach in February, but we haven’t exactly been buried in snow this year. In fact, I wouldn’t be disappointed by a late blizzard. I think it has more to do with entering a new stage of life. We’ve done the Disney World thing, and we’ve experienced every imaginable camping catastrophe in the Smoky Mountains and be-

yond. It’s all been a blast, and I wouldn’t trade those memories for the world. But my chicks are starting to leave the nest, and I’m anxious to show them the larger world – the one that requires a passport and a few new vaccinations. I can’t wait to hear them try to place an order in Spanish or watch them snorkel in a cenote. (Look it up.) We’ll even climb Mayan ruins, which will be the oldest thing any of us have ever seen before. And while we’re up there, we’ll have a perfect view of – you guessed it – the water. I can hardly wait.

Craig Leuthold of the Knox County Property Assessor’s Office speaks to the West Hills Community Association. He is visiting neighborhood groups to answer questions about property assessments. Reappraisal is revenue neutral, he says, so the county doesn’t receive a windfall due to an increase in property value. A new computer system that allows residents to view property information online and correct any mistakes should be functional by May, he says.

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Leuthold is no change agent Almost two weeks ago the county Charter Commission met to elect its Victor chair – Craig Leuthold, a Ashe former County Commissioner and son of veteran County Commissioner Frank Leuthold. This Commission can make recommendations on county charter changes which then go to voters in November 2012. Leuthold was elected chair over commissioners R. Larry Smith and Sam McKenzie. Leuthold won on the third ballot when Smith withdrew and threw his support to Leuthold. Five current members of the group were absent on Feb. 15. Two members may have to be replaced due to residency issues. Leuthold is the public information officer for the property assessor, Phil Ballard, who is seeking his second and final term as assessor. Leuthold is thought to want to hold that position. Being the public information officer for the assessor is not exactly heavy duty. In fact, it is a pretty easy, simple and quiet position in local government. Ballard himself could handle most of the media inquiries. If the Leuthold job disappeared tomorrow, no one would notice. It represents waste in government. Leuthold’s election as chair sends a strong signal that this Charter Commission may do little progressive work and might seek a return to the past such as enlarging the current 11 member commission back to 19 members (at considerable cost to taxpayers), repealing term limits or extending the two-term limit to three terms, ensuring no charter change to the sheriff’s pension plan despite its massive costs, and protecting current fee offices. Craig Leuthold, on the county payroll for many years, worked in the Trustee’s office before moving to the Assessor’s office. It is hard to think of anything significant Leuthold did on County Commission, whereas his father was known for his vast knowledge of county finances. After his election he offered no ideas for charter changes. He said he would listen. No one would suggest that Craig Leuthold is a change agent. This new Charter Commission is very large with 27 members. Next public meeting is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the City County Building. Keep an eye out for bad things occurring under the radar screen. ■ Early voting has not been large. Democrats have nothing to vote for besides President Obama who has his nomination locked. Of early voters to date, more than 80 percent are voting in the Republican primary as this will decide the next county law director and property assessor. Democrats failed to field a candidate in either race. Not certain who the crossover Democrats will support for president. Be sure to vote March 6. ■ Financial adviser Peter Mahurin of Bowling Green, Ky., has been nominated to the TVA Board of Directors by President Obama. He lives in the same town as Sen. Rand Paul, son of presidential candidate Ron Paul. He must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. ■ Bearden High School was mentioned last Monday, Feb. 20, on the front page of the New York Times in an article on Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system as it relates to physical education teachers. See www.nytimes. com and type in Bearden High School on the search icon. Contact Victor Ashe at

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Get ready for a bloodletting as American Medical Response (AMR) gears up to challenge Rural/Metro for the county’s ambulance contract. John Mills, who works for R/M, is on County Commission’s agenda today. ■ R. Larry Smith will be heard on setting up a committee to investigate fee offices that pay bonuses for continuing education. Fur may fly if Sherry Witt attends. ■ Expect a release soon of the county’s audit of the Public Building Authority’s construction of Hardin Valley Academy. We hear there’s a question of $1,200 misapplied to HVA from the transit terminal project. Since Hardin Valley cost about $50 million and the transit project another $25 million, that’s not much of a mistake.

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Knox County candidates for property assessor, John Whitehead and Phil Ballard, speak to the Halls Business and Professional Association last Tuesday. Both are Republicans. Photos by Jake Mabe

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Candidates make their cases By Jake Mabe The Republican candidates for Knox County law director and property assessor made their cases at a candidate forum held at the Halls Business and Professional Association’s meeting at Beaver Brook Country Club last Tuesday. Law Director Joe Jarret and his challenger, Richard “Bud” Armstrong, and Property Assessor Phil Ballard and his challenger, John Whitehead, gave brief bios and answered audience questions. Joe Jarret: Law director since 2008, unanimously appointed by County Commission after former law director Bill Lockett resigned. Air Force veteran. Served in the public sector for 25 years. Licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee. Has experience before state and U.S. Su-

preme courts. Says he is responsible for all the county’s legal affairs and must be an attorney, a litigator, a mediator and an administrator. Moved to Knoxville from Florida in 2007. Richard “Bud” Armstrong: Says he’s “homegrown in Tennessee and Knox County.” Earned degrees from UT and Columbia University in New York in education and management science. Says he is the “only candidate running who is educated in Tennessee law.” Pointed to his charity work and serving on the board of the East Tennessee Historical Society when the new history center was built downtown. Member of a Masonic organization. Sunday school teacher. Served with TVA for 30 years, says he managed $60 billion in budgets and contracts. Has

had a law license for three years. Phil Ballard: Says he ran to streamline the Property Assessor’s Office and moved its entire operation to the City County Building’s second floor. Says he replaced a “20-year-old computer” system that, from 2008-11, cost $200,000 to maintain. Says employees have completed 3,000 hours in training that has saved Knox County $34,000. John Whitehead: Vietnam veteran, is the former assessor who left office because of term limits. Has his appraisal certification and has performed appraisals for federal bankruptcy court and chancery court, when that was allowed. Says he has done hundreds of appraisals in Knox County and for the last three years has worked with taxpayers to

put appeals together. Says that gave him “a different perspective coming from the other side.” Responding to questions, Ballard says the new computer system should be online by May. Whitehead said the old system “worked.” Ballard said it has become outdated, that there are only 22 systems like it left in the world. Whitehead said he would save taxpayers $1 million over four years by eliminating positions and restructuring salaries in the office. Questioned “part-time” employees. Ballard said six people reduced hours by one day in a revenue-neutral move that saved jobs. Early voting continues through Tuesday, Feb. 28. Election day is Tuesday, March 6.

Gentry-Griffey in court of public opinion Shortly before City Council denied an appeal of Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel’s building permit to add a crematorium to the historic structure on the hill overlooking Fountain City Lake, Gentry-Griffey’s lawyer Arthur Seymour Jr. made a claim that drew hoots of derisive laughter: “Our marketing area is Fountain City,” Seymour said, shrugging off the chorus of guffaws from members of Community Awareness Network (CAN), who filed the appeal. Last year, city building official Tom Reynolds approved the crematorium as an accessory, or secondary, use. But opponents have taken note that Gentry Griffey’s permit will allow them to run the incinerator 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Give or take a couple of corpses, that equals some 1,400 bodies annually. Gentry-Griffey conducted 70 funerals last year. Barring a recurrence of the Black Plague, it’s doubtful that Fountain City can supply enough bodies to satisfy the needs of Seymour’s client. Furthermore, GentryGriffey, which is no longer owned by Fountain Citians,

Betty Bean should probably hearken back to the furor stirred up in the late ’70s when developers – who, if memory serves, were also represented by Seymour – demolished a stately Victorian home to build a Target store. The Target, like the Woodward-Williams house before it, is long gone now, but there are many Fountain Citians who refused to shop there. Taking Seymour’s dubious claim of marketing only in Fountain City at face value, and recognizing that funeral homes – even more than big box retailers – operate primarily on good will, do the owners expect an uptick in business? It could be that the court of public opinion won’t be Gentry-Griffey’s only trial. Despite City Council members’ oft-stated wish to stay out of court, they might end up there anyway. CAN spokesperson Nan Scott confirmed that the group is exploring legal action and has received offers of finan-

cial support to do so. No doubt part of their anger stems from the fact that Gentry-Griffey applied for a permit to build the crematorium February 22, 2011. None of its neighbors knew what they were doing until the following October when they read about it in the Shopper-News. It is unlikely that any of the 80-some people who showed up to support the CAN appeal on a rainy night will be recommending Gentry-Griffey to their friends and family. And think City Council member Nick Della Volpe was hot when five of his colleagues, all of whom hail from West Knoxville, voted against the Della Volpe Fountain City citizens’ appeal? Here’s the text of a love letter he emailed them the next day: “To my dear colleagues from the western half of town: “I will always cherish and remember your kind support of the people of Foun-

tain City. I know they are truly proud of their city officials. May the gentle plumes wafting across the lake from Gentry-Griffey be a visual reminder of your tenacious commitment to neighborhood integrity.”

Underwood wants school policy enforced Conley Underwood says campaign workers for school board member Mike McMillan are handing out materials at schools and he wants it stopped. School spokesperson Melissa Copelan said, “We have reminded school administrators and school security of Policy CC (Political and Commercial Solicitations in Schools). If persons are discovered violating this policy, they are being asked to cease such activity.” Underwood says McMillan workers have been found leafleting the car riders lanes at Gibbs, Carter and Corryton elementary schools. He figures Ritta is next. Meanwhile, Underwood and McMillan will participate in a forum at Gibbs High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The election is Tuesday, March 6.

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End of an era The end. Well, almost. An era of historical signiďŹ cance is winding down. There never has been anything like the Pat Summitt story and it seems unlikely there ever will be. She made the remarkable trip from genuine country girl on a dairy farm to the absolute top of the basketball world. Talent got her started. Work was a big factor. Fierce determination, the will to win, put her on the peak. Among the prizes were Olympic success as player and coach. Pat is famous for intensity and The Stare. And defense. And discipline. She is big on positive attitudes and the Golden Rule. Been there and done all that and won almost 1,100 games. There are no mountains to climb. She is in the relevant halls of fame. The Tennessee basketball ďŹ&#x201A;oor is named in her honor. She has her own street. Some day she will get a bronze statue. Pat has always said it was all about the players but she gets credit for doing more than any college coach and I do believe she did it the right way. She has overseen the harvest of eight national championships. Beyond the numbers, she has touched lives, changed lives and encouraged, even demanded, excellence from her Volunteers. She has charted a clear course. She has applauded as hundreds earned degrees and charged boldly ahead, willing and able to compete in the real world. In her spare time, Pat has been the best ambassador ever for the University of Tennessee. Andy Holt is runner-up. Peyton Manning may someday move into consideration. Oh, I know, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m making a

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big fuss and it is only womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball. Well, Pat Summitt took it above fun â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n games when she went public with her afďŹ&#x201A;iction, early onset dementia, Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s type. She would, by the grace of God, refuse to surrender. That meant she would ďŹ ght it with both hands and all her might. She would take her medicine and work her puzzles and do all the stimulating mental gymnastics doctors recommend. Pure Pat quote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to be any pity party.â&#x20AC;?

Part of the war would be increasing awareness. When Pat speaks, people listen. Never has there been such a voice for this cause. Fans and foes joined hands. Her new foundation sprouted wings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We back Patâ&#x20AC;? is more than a slogan. It is a genuine inspiration. I actually bought a T-shirt. The Patricia Sue Head story started almost 60 years ago in Clarksville. She was fourth among ďŹ ve children in the Richard and Hazel Head family. Daddy was tough enough. Mother was an angel. The Head boys liked baskets and the father put down a ďŹ&#x201A;oor and put up a goal and lights in the large barn. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where Trish learned to play, against big brothers, push and shove or get out of the way. She was 5-9 in 3rd grade but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be so tall. Years later, Daddy ap-

preciated her desire and talent enough to move the family from a brick home in Montgomery County to a cold, two-story frame house in Henrietta so she could attend Cheatham County High. It had a team. Trish was multitalented. She was in the 4-H Club. She showed cattle at the fair. She rode horses, barrel races, in Ashland City. She was voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most Popularâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basketball Sweetheart.â&#x20AC;? The gym where she played now bears her name. UT-Martin wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t her ďŹ rst choice for college. It was Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. His perspective mattered. He was going to pay. Martin didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give scholarships to women way back then. She became an AllAmerican. The Martin athletic director pushed her toward the World University Games. Because she would play defense and rebound, coach Billie Moore

took her to Moscow. Back at Martin as a senior, Trish suffered a serious knee injury. The doctor said ďŹ nished. She never believed it for a minute but admitted rehab was much harder than expected. She decided to take her restoration project to Tennessee â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as a graduate student and assistant coach, $250 per month. She moved up before she arrived. The head coach requested a leave of absence. Pat Head, 22, worked on her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, taught classes, coached baskets and put unbelievable effort into rebuilding the bum knee. She got well in time to become co-captain of the 1976 Olympic team. We sat together in the Court of Flags in Montreal and talked for some time. She was wise beyond her years. Her rise to coaching immortality was not instant pudding. She ďŹ rst cut down national nets in her 13th

season. In the years that followed, Pat and great players kept cutting. She became a mother and a millionaire and a legend. She wrote books and should have books written about her. The Vol Network produced a magniďŹ cent threedisc video of her success. My cameo appearance adds little but you really should own the set. The Pat collection? Naismith coach of the century. Architect of a perfect season. Winner of lots and lots of games and the same number of titles as Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight and Dean Smith combined. Without thinking, I assumed good times would go on forever, until she ďŹ nally grew weary of winning. Alas and alas, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen that way. Sad, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? Call it triumph and tragedy. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Arthur Seymourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great week Fountain City lawyer Arthur Seymour Jr. had a smashing time at City Council last week. First, he steamrolled developer Tim Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal for the corner of Clinton Highway and Merchant Road. Graham wanted commercial zoning that avoids site plan review. That vote passed 6-3 with only Marshall Stair, Mark Campen and Duane Grieve voting no. Brenda Palmer, who represents District 3 where the property is located, zinged Lynn Redmon, president of the Norwood Homeowners Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are what, maybe 15,000 people in the Norwood area,â&#x20AC;? she said, implying that Redmon did not speak for the majority. Then she stumbled over his name.

Campen, Nick Della Volpe and Nick Pavlis voting with the neighborhood. Rumor has it that later Sandra in the meeting Seymour Clark reached up to scratch his ear and three Council members hit their lights, trying Redmon may be one of to change their vote. 15,000, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dynamo If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not true, it should political operative, espebe. It was that kind of week cially in city elections. for Arthur Seymour. Palmer may someday know his name. Money quote But back to Seymour. Next â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to do the right up came Gentry-Griffey Futhing and let the lawyers neral Chapel, arguing against ďŹ ght it out,â&#x20AC;? said Nick Della a neighborhood group that formed to ďŹ ght the funeral Volpe after Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney Rob Frost and city Law homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crematorium. Seymour represented Director Charles Swanson Gentry-Griffey owners opined that Council really Tim Williams and Jim shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overturn the GenClayton, and he won again. try-Griffey building permit. This time the vote was closer, 5-4, with Council Pension war members Daniel Brown, County Commissioners




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Kim Bennett may preempt the Charter Review Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion and vote on changes to the Uniformed OfďŹ cers Pension Plan. Commissioner Richard Briggs said at a workshop last week, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can put this on the ballot as County Commission and not wait on the Charter Review Commission.â&#x20AC;?

Kim Bennett, executive director of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Retirement and Pension Board, said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not uncommon for uniformed ofďŹ cers to have an enhanced plan, as opposed to people who sit behind a desk like myself.â&#x20AC;? Commission chair Mike Hammond asked Bennett if the ofďŹ cersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plan is solvent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My feeling is we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep doing what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing.â&#x20AC;? Finance Director John Troyer said the pensionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;liability grows every year.â&#x20AC;? He estimated the fund is worth $105 million with liabilities of $124 million. Briggs wants Mayor Tim Burchett and Sheriff Jimmy â&#x20AC;&#x153;J.J.â&#x20AC;? Jones to weigh in on the discussion. He suggested both attend todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pension Board meeting.


The Belle Morris Elementary School playground that faces the fire hall at Buffat Mill Road shows the cleanup efforts by eight Rotary clubs. Photos by S. Clark

Anne Parks of Downtown Rotary donated original artwork depicting the Belle Morris School mascot, the black bear.

District Gov. Frank Rothermel works on bleachers for the outdoor classroom. At left is Bruce Williamson.

Farragut Rotary Club members working on the outdoor classroom are: George Weaver, Dave Beaman, Bryan Harper, Jim O’Brien, Fred Martin, Doug Powell, Jeff Reed and Bruce Williamson.

working. Anytime you have a clean house it makes you feel better inside. That’s how we feel at Belle Morris.” School board member Indya Kincannon said, “The playground looks great! Belle Morris is a great little school. Princilast week. “Their eyes got pal Hursey and the teachbig with an excited, happy ers there are making some look. When we took one good things happen. And group to the outdoor class- lots of young families are room, a student said, ‘Now moving to the zone.” everyone has a place to sit.’ Driver said the entire “Another one said, ‘I wish project will reflect a $10,000 all schools could have (a investment. Thirteen trees playground) just like this.’ were planted on the cam“It was like a beehive pus, the library will get new here, so many people were carpet during spring break,

Rotary clubs ‘wow’ Belle Morris By Sandra Clark When students at Belle Morris Elementary School returned to class last Tuesday, most were wowed by the weekend work of Knox-area Rotarians. Eight clubs contributed money and labor to improve the school, located at 2308 Washington Pike. Under the leadership

of District Gov. Frank Rothermel and assistant governors Fred Martin and Phyllis Driver, the Rotarians cleaned desks, spread mulch and constructed an outdoor classroom. “How to put into words the reactions of the students?” said principal Terry Lynn Hursey later

and then new books will be added to the library. This is the fourth year for such a project, Driver said. Last year Rotarians worked at Tennessee School for the Deaf, two years ago at South Knox Elementary School and three years ago at Sarah Moore Greene. “This is a good cooperative effort,” said Driver. Last Thursday, Rotarians gathered on Market Square to mark World Rotary Day by showing public service announcements, billboards and other graphics celebrating Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign.

Rotary International has been instrumental in the worldwide effort to eradicate polio, an idea formed in East Tennessee and celebrated by the Krutch Park statue of Oak Ridge Rotarian Bill Sergeant inoculating a baby. In 1988, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, there were 350,000 cases of polio worldwide. In 2008 there were just 1,655 cases – a decrease of more than 99 percent. The number of polio-endemic countries has fallen from 125 to four – Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

NEWS FROM UPSTAIRS As UPSTAIRS at Todd Richesin Interiors approaches its first anniversary, we are thrilled to share the many exciting happenings and new arrivals to our store. Boxes arrive daily with selections from the gift show in January, including several new lines. One line we are particularly excited about is Michael Aram. For those who are not familiar with his über stylish designs, it is a beautiful line of polished aluminum serveware. The simple and modern detailing will coordinate with any classic serving pieces you may already have. Beautiful hand-painted pillows from Shantalle’s Studio are a colorful arrival. These pillows all have down fillers, and are hand-painted with classical fruit, flower, and landscape designs on silk. They are beautifully crafted with decorative trimmings. We have new Italian pottery coming from Fortunata. We were able to meet one of the artisans, who creates these pieces at the show, and watched him work on new

designs. All these pieces are fully handmade and hand finished and are coming in rich colors. With Easter right around the corner, decorations are hopping in daily! Fun velvet rabbits in psychedelic colors, giant foil eggs and lots of happy vintage inspired items from Bethany Lowe Designs, including giant glittery egg houses including the bunny that lives inside are just a few of the items we have chosen for Easter. New candles from Thompson Ferrier, exclusive to UPSTAIRS were a wonderful find at the gift show in January. With delicious scents in stylish containers, these candles have a distinct modern sensibility and are a perfect complement to our existing candle lines. We are also pleased to announce that we now carry NEST candles including their signature Elton John Collection, where each candle purchased makes a contribution to the Elton John World AIDS Foundation.

Some of the most exciting finds we have acquired are original paintings from Gar Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert was the illustrator for acclaimed fashion designer Christian Dior in Paris between 1960 and 1980. We have two of his beautiful portraits. Additionally, we have added a fantastic collection of antique wooden boxes. These are all unique, and have beautiful inlay and decorative detailing. Baker Furniture is known for their fine craftsmanship and timeless furniture. Our new arrivals include a Baker pine chest from their Historic Charleston collection, as well as a beautiful painted French style chest from their Continental collection. We invite you to come in to see our new arrivals. We look forward to helping you add the touches to your house that will make it a home and becoming your “go to” spot for the best selection of unique gifts.

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Lily Pulver, 4, helps bag sweet potatoes at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. Her family, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farragut, all volunteered, since they enjoy doing things together. Mom Karen Pulver said, “When Joe Thompson, president of the Oak Ridge United Methodist children get practice helping when they are young, they will Men, receives a trailer-load of sweet potatoes for delivery to Valley help when they grow up.” Photos by T. Edwards of View Methodist Church for their food pantry, one of many recipients. Nothing is wasted. Produce donated is too large, too small, or otherwise unsuitable to sell to grocery stores. The squishy or heavily gouged potatoes were given to the Knoxville Zoo.

Sunshine and shadow Have mercy on me, O God, According to your steadfast love; According to your abundant mercy Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. – Psalm 51: 1-2 NRSV Loss and possession, Death and life are one. There falls no shadow where There shines no sun. – Hilaire Belloc As I write, days ahead of publication, Ash Wednesday is looming. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of self-examination, repentance, reflection and fasting. There are people who dislike Lent and its disciplines, but I am not one of them. Perhaps it is some native melancholy in me that leans into the thorns. I learned pretty young that life has valleys as well as mountaintops, and one had best be prepared to experience them both. I believe that the depths of life, as well as the heights, expand our souls. So I love the somberness of the Ash Wednesday service. I love that the ashes used in the service are traditionally from the burning of last Palm Sunday’s palm branches, a symbolic linking of one Easter cycle to the next. I love the texts that are read (especially David’s psalm of contrition, quoted above), the penitential music, the silences, the acknowledgement of our humanity and our sinfulness. I love that we can be honest with God, that we can admit to God what we know to be true about ourselves. I love the idea that God hears our confession with compassion and forgiveness. I love that God loves us enough not to say, “Oh, that’s


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Bearden High School orchestra students Bennie Hunt, Lily McKee, Connie Wang and Kaitlyn Kah rehearse for an upcoming concert that will feature Knoxville Symphony Orchestra members playing side-by-side with high school students. Photo by Wendy Smith

Bearden students to rub shoulders with symphony but each student has the chance to interact with seasoned performers. “All of my kids are literally sitting next to these professional musicians,” she says. “They want everyone to succeed and get something out of it.” The opportunity isn’t lost on the teenagers. They have had two rehearsals with the KSO members, and have enjoyed the chance to rub shoulders with the pros. “They put me at ease immediately. I didn’t feel selfconscious. I could tell they respected me as a musician,” says senior Amanda Seale. At the same time, the presence of the adult players reminds the students of their own inexperience. “They’ve been playing for a lot of years. It makes you feel like you’re in middle school again,” says junior Dylan Chia. Playing for Richman also provides a change of pace for the students. They describe him as enthusiastic and fast-paced. “He makes it so you become the music, in a way,” says senior Deanna Pliagas.

By Wendy Smith An upcoming orchestra concert at Bearden High School will allow students to perform side-by-side with professional musicians and give middle school students the opportunity to do the same with their future peers at Bearden. The concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, and the community is invited. It will feature a combined performance of Knoxville Symphony Orchestra members and Bearden students that will be led by KSO Music Director Lucas Richman. Selections will include Bloch’s “Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Strings and Piano” and Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins in B minor.” Two KSO soloists, Edward Pulgar and Ilia Steinschneider, will be joined by Bearden violinists Bennie Hunt and Grace Moon in the Vivaldi concerto. Bearden orchestra teacher Katie Middleton applied to the KSO for the program, which she says wouldn’t have happened without the sponsorship of UT Medical Center. The performance doesn’t include the entire symphony,

The high school students will serve as mentors themselves when they are joined on the stage by 6th graders from West Valley Middle School. West Valley orchestra teacher Dan Thompson, who is also an assistant conductor for the KSYO, will conduct the combined middle and high school performance. The West Valley and Bearden orchestra programs are both experiencing tremendous growth. The high school orchestra has more than 50 members this year, which is up from 25 last year. There are currently 65 8th graders in the West Valley program, so if 50 of those continue into high school, Bearden’s orchestra will double again. “It all boils down to recruitment,” says Middleton. She credits Thompson for allowing his students to play a variety of music. When rising 5th graders visited West Valley recently, the orchestra played a rendition of Katie Perry’s “Firework.” “It’s nice for them to play something that’s fun and modern.”

Preparing for ‘Spoleto’ The percussion section of The Sequoyah Undertones prepares to perform at this year’s Spoleto festival, to be held Thursday, March 8, at Sequoyah Elementary School. Everyone is invited to attend. The annual event is named after a town in Italy which celebrates the fine arts each year with a festival. Dinner by reservation will be served at 5 p.m. and performances are from 6-8 p.m. Pictured are Parker Greene, Parker Guyton, Andy Nored and Addison Kirby. Photos by S. Barrett

Sequoyah Elementary School students Noel Stach, Tess DeBord and Maddie Tisdale rehearse an a cappella performance with The Sequoyah Undertones scheduled for the Spoleto festival. Made up of 42 students, the group will perform using only their voices as instruments.

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St. John Neumann Catholic Middle School students Cullen Smith and Damien Golack were selected to the All KIL Middle School and TSSMSA All Regional Basketball Team for the 2011-2012 season. Both boys will attend Knoxville Catholic High School next fall, where Golack plans to play soccer and basketball and Cullen plans to play football, baseball and basketball. 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.

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The West Valley Middle School dance team placed second in the nation in Junior High Jazz at the Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship held in Orlando. WVMS team members include: (front) Becca Jernigan, Lily Tirgrath, Alison ■ Coach Rusty Bradley’s quarterback and receiver clinic will be held Napier, Libby Julian, Chloe McClish, Lyndi Vaughn; (middle row) Sarah Boggs, Haley Mañalac, Natalie Werner, Alyssa Buzzeo, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, April 2, and Monday, April 16, for current 4th Shaylie Rutherford; (back) Sarah Balsley, Jade Gatton-Bumpus, Perry Johns, Madison Deatherage, Taylor Green and Alyssa through 7th graders at CAK football field. Cost is $20 and includes both Menavich. The team is coached by Amanda Varnes and sponsored by Beth Abee. Photo submitted dates. Campers should bring running shoes and cleats. Preregister by calling Jeff Taylor at 765-2119.

Mardi Gras at Farragut Intermediate Fifth graders Eric Zhang, Chandler Davis, Mack Ratliff, Alyssa RenoDemick, Megan Smith and Logan Jones practice notes on their recorders while waiting for the parade of students to pass by. Photos by S. Barrett

Music teacher Laura Taliaferro joins in the festivities of the school’s Mardi Gras parades. The students from each grade paraded down the hallways with masks they made in art class. They were taught the dance moves in gym class, and during their time in the library, they learned about the culture and origins of Mardi Gras.

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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

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Joey Mann works on robot wiring for students from Farragut, Bearden and Maryville high schools along with some homeschooled students, hoping they win a robotics competition this weekend. Photo by S.F. Neal Matt Holt goes high to make an adjustment to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robot while Amos Manneschmidt and Evan Widlowski check to see if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going OK.

Nothing but net Robotics team aims to dunk it for win By Suzanne Foree Neal Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebound Rumbleâ&#x20AC;? and it will take place at the Smoky Mountains Regional competition of FIRST Robotics at the Knoxville Convention Center on March 1-3. A blended team of students from Farragut, Bearden and Maryville high schools and several home-schooled students are hoping their robot scores. Teams were provided

with an industrial erector set of enough bits and pieces to build a Lego-style structure that can shoot a foam basketball into a hoop. Construction has been going at a feverish pace in the Career and Technical Education building at Farragut High School. Amos Manneschmidt thinks the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances are pretty good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Balance is important and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good on that,â&#x20AC;? he says. His love of robotics started in middle school when he won a Lego robot kit in a drawing at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

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BUSINESS NOTES â&#x2013; Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret will be the keynote speaker at the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce breakfast 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Fox Den Country Club. Jarret will speak about employment law and conďŹ&#x201A;ict in the workplace. Info or to register: â&#x2013;  ITT Technical Institute will host an alumni and business networking event 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. There will be refreshments and campus tours. Info: 671-2800. â&#x2013;  The Knoxville Area Urban League will host a workshop about interview tips and techniques 9-11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 1514 East Fifth Ave. Instruction will be provided by Nikki Frye of UT Medical Center. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Info or to register: 524-5511. â&#x2013;  The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Farragut West Knox Chamber and TradeMark Advertising will begin the new Marketing Series for Business Leaders on March 6 at SunTrust Bank on Kingston Pike. The series is titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Business Survival Guide: Marketing Edition.â&#x20AC;? Info or to register:

First Lieutenant Reggie Dotson (left) and Carl Lambert (right) present Rural/Metro Market General Manager Danny Edwards with the Patriotic Employer Award for his support of Lt. Dotson during his various duty assignments. Photo submitted

Patriotism at its finest By Rob Webb There are many things we can do to support our military overseas, and at Rural/ Metro we are committed to doing our Webb part. Wayne Pack, Knox County EMS supervisor, just returned from a deployment in Afghanistan. He has been with Rural/ Metro for more than 19 years, and we have worked with him throughout his deployment to hold his job for him upon his return. John Brinkley, a quality improvement ofďŹ cer, is another outstanding

patriot working at Rural/ Metro. An Army reservist for 21 years, Rural/Metro has held his position during multiple deployments, allowing him to maintain steady work between duty assignments. Recently, Rural/Metro and Danny Edwards, market general manager of Franklin County, were honored with the Patriotic Employer Award on behalf of all the Guard members and reservists in service. The award was given in recognition of support for 1st Lt. Reggie Dotson. Lt. Dotson, a Blackhawk pilot for the TN ARNGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1/69th Aviation, has been a paramedic at Rural/Metro in Winchester, Tenn., since 2001. Last year, he spent

27 weeks serving the National Guard in various temporary duty assignments. Edwards ensured Lt. Dotson maintained a steady amount of work as a paramedic between his military assignments. In appreciation for the support he received from Edwards and Rural/Metro, Dotson nominated them for the Patriotic Employer Award and planned a special presentation after Rural/Metro was chosen for the award. Lt. Dotson will soon return to Afghanistan to pilot a hospital helicopter, and we plan to continue supporting him and others at Rural/Metro who put their lives on the line for our country. We are proud of our employees and their commitment to their communities and their country. Rob Webb is Rural/Metro Division General Manager.

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Urban Park returns for ‘encore’ By Sandra Clark


ne condo developer kept chugging through the economic downturn. “We have 38 units left of the original 78 at Urban Park,” said Gary Koontz, a partner with builder E. Doyle Johnson in Johnson-Koontz LLC. Built on 12 acres off Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville, the condos have features usually found in units substantially more expensive. In fact, at $119,900 for a 1,020 square foot unit with garage, you won’t find comparable new construction anywhere in Knox County. Encore at Urban Park is

an extension of the Urban Park Villas launched in 2008. After ranking No. 1 in sales for condos in the Knoxville market in 2009 and 2010, the developers took off in 2011 to concentrate on custom homes. Now Koontz and Johnson are back with a modified floor plan and exterior construction of brick and stone. The Planned Unit Development (PUD) is designed so “every unit is an end unit,” as Gary likes to put it. Living spaces are separated by the garages for maximum privacy. Units have 30-year dimensional roofs. Homeowner association fees of $50 per month include all exterior maintenance.

Inside, the units have two bedrooms with two baths and walk-in closets. Each living room/great room has a cathedral ceiling for a spacious feel. And hallways are 4 feet wide. The kitchens come equipped with energy efficient Whirlpool appliances: dishwasher and smoothtop stove plus microwave. Both the heat and air units and the windows are energy efficient, Johnson said. The floors are tile, hardwood and carpet. Each unit has an 8-by-12 deck. Urban Park homeowners include some retirees, and many residents are associated with the University of Tennessee or UT

Vicki and Gary Koontz of Realty Executives. Medical Center, Koontz said. The location is convenient to UT, downtown and West Town Mall. E. Doyle Johnson has 40 years’ construction experience building both condos and custom homes. He estimates he’s built more than 1,000 condo units, including Pebblestone in Fountain City. Gary E. Koontz has a

background in real estate sales following service in the Marine Corps. “When you deal with us you deal with the owners,” he said. “We are the developer, the builder and the Realtor. “We use the same subcontractors for our projects, giving us the same quality on the first unit as the last. And our turnaround time is remarkable.” Interest rates are at modern-day lows, around 3.5 percent. Financing includes conventional, FHA

or VA. “We’ll even accept cash,” said Koontz. “You can own cheaper than you can rent. I’ve never seen rates this low.”

Directions: At Main Post Office on Weisgarber, turn right on Middlebrook Pike. Turn left at first light on Amherst. Bear right after 1/4 mile on Jackson. Urban Park is 150 yards on right.

Showings are by appointment. Call Vicki or Gary Koontz at 588-3232.

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ime is running out for homeowners who were victimized by last year’s hailstorms and want to have their roofs replaced for little to no money out of pocket. Aaron Killian, Senior Claims Manager with Best Choice Roofi ng, explains that most insurance companies only allow homeowners a year from the date of the storm to fi le an insurance claim. “The hailstorms of last April and May were unprecedented, but what was also unprecedented were the amount of insurance claims and subsequent backlog of roofing jobs in East Tennessee,” Killian said. “Some roofers were backed up six months to a year, and that wait is unac-

ceptable for any homeowner to have to endure.” Killian noted that many people became frustrated when their insurance companies turned down their claims or when roofing companies became bogged down with jobs.

“A lot of people felt like they were being put off. Many homeowners have given up hope on getting a claim approved or getting the work done altogether,” Killian said. “That’s

where we come in to help.” Killian said that for those with an insurance check in hand, Best Choice Roofing can schedule to have the work done within a few weeks. “We installed 3,000 roofs last year, and we’re the biggest roofer in the state of Tennessee,” Killian said. “With that kind of manpower, we can get a homeowner’s work done in as little as a day. “We won’t leave homeowners hanging for months and months. This is their home. The work needs to be done as soon as possible before any further damage can occur.” Killian added that many homeowners may have damage to their homes

Senior Claims Manager Aaron Killian displays roofing samples at a home for which he was able to work with the homeowner’s insurance to get a full roof replacement after a recent hail storm. Claims managers work on behalf of the homeowner to help process the claim and get repairs done properly and quickly. For more information, call Killian at 865-237-3353. without realizing it, and by utilizing a claims manager, the homeowner is more likely to get an insurance claim awarded, including claims that have already been turned down. “Insurance companies know us and trust our judgment,” Killian said. “When insurance adjusters come to the home to assess the damage, we meet with them and show them the damage we’ve found. “They like working with us because they know when Aaron Killian from

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Preschool Storytime at library

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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.

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.

MONDAY, FEB. 27 Global-warming program at Town Hall Two Oak Ridge National Laboratory alumni, town of Farragut Mayor Dr. Ralph McGill and Farragut resident Dr. Arvid Pasto, will discuss global warming at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Board Room of the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The presentation, “Anthropogenic Global Warming: A Cold Look at a Hot Topic,” will cover such facets as Earth’s temperature history, the theory of greenhouse effects on climate, and climate models. The presentation is free and open to the public. Info: 966-7057.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28 Caribbean Festival at Pellissippi

Best Choice Roofing says a home has damage, the home has damage. We make their job easier.” Killian compared working with a claims manager to having legal representation in court. “No one should ever go before a judge without an attorney present, and no homeowner should ever file a claim on their home without the assistance of a claims manager,” Killian said. “When an insurance company learns that a homeowner has a claims

manager on their side, the insurance company knows it’s a serious claim.” Killian said that he can spot hail damage in as little as five minutes. “I will do a free, no obligation inspection of the home,” Killian said. “If I find damage, I’ll work with the insurance company on behalf of the homeowner to get a full roof replacement. “Best Choice Roofing will complete approved repairs for the exact dollar amount awarded by the insurance company, and if the claim is denied, the homeowner is under no obligation to have us do any work.” Killian said it is a winwin for everyone. “What does the homeowner have to lose?” Killian said. “The last thing we want is for the homeowner to lose out on a new roof for their home.”

Best Choice Roofing To schedule a free inspection or for more information, call Aaron Killian at 865-237-3353 or visit

A $2 donation is requested at the door. Laurel Theater is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. Info:

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, TO MARCH 9 Farragut Primary School Art Show Artwork by Farragut Primary School students will be on display Thursday, March 1, through Friday, March 9, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The display will be available for viewing during regular Town Hall hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. A reception to honor the artists will be held from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.


The Caribbean Festival will be held 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Goins Building College Center at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Preschool Storytime at library The festival will feature the Carib Sounds Steel Band, Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 will be held at the Hotep Dancers and Caribbean food. The event, part 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, at the Farragut Library, of Pellissippi’s Black History Month celebration, is free 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Each child must be acand open to the public. companied by a parent or guardian. Info: 777-1750.




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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.

The newly reopened Farragut Folklife Museum is remembering the 1982 World’s Fair with an exhibit that runs through Friday, May 18. The World’s Fair exhibit features an assortment of artifacts from the museum’s collection as well as items on loan from museum committee members. The display includes memorabilia from booths that represented various countries, a slideshow of the fair’s exhibitions, and T-shirts, mugs, commemorative beer and other souvenirs from the event, which was held in downtown Knoxville from May 1 to Oct. 31, 1982. The museum, housed in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. Info: Julia Jones, julia. or 966-7057.

THROUGH MONDAY, 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 MONDAY, 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 regular-season games and a tournament. All games are played at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Toddler Storytime at library Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Farragut Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Info: 777-1750.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Civil War lecture on Longstreet Dot Kelly, an active member of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable and Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, will give a Civil War history lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Farragut Folklife Museum at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Kelly will discuss Confederate Gen. James Longstreet’s fall 1863 East Tennessee campaign. The Battle of Campbell Station was a pivotal engagement leading up to the battle for control of Knoxville. Museum tours and refreshments will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. Info: 966-7057.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Hebert covers writing challenges Christopher Hebert, author of “The Boiling Season” (Harper Collins, 2012), will speak to the Knoxville Writers’ Guild at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Hebert, a New York native, will address the challenges of writing about a culture other than one’s own and the complexities of juggling fact and fiction. His novel, available in March, is about a young man from the slums of a Caribbean island who tries to escape political turmoil and poverty by becoming the caretaker of an estate in the remote hills outside the capital. Hebert earned his bachelor’s from Antioch College and his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. He has spent time in Guatemala and taught in Mexico, and he worked as a research assistant to author Susan Cheever. He teaches at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville.

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 dependents 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.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 2-4 Scrapbookers to gather at Fling The second annual Tennessee Spring Fling, “the ultimate scrapbooking and papercrafting getaway,” will be held from 9 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St. Participants can craft around the clock with ample room for their materials (each person gets an end seat), shop in the Croptopia Market Place, enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations and delicious buffet meals, receive goody bags and test their luck at prize drawings. Day and mini packages are available. Info or to register:

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 TO MARCH 11 WordPlayers do ‘Anne of Avonlea’ The WordPlayers will present “Anne of Avonlea” at 1540 Robinson Road. “Avonlea” continues the story of “Anne of Green Gables” as Anne Shirley gets ready to teach school for the first time. The play is recommended for ages 6 and up. There will be 2:30 p.m. matinees on Sundays, March 4 and 11. Tickets are $5-$12 and may be purchased at or at the door with cash or check.



ArtXtravaganza showcases wide range of works by top artists M

ore than 2,000 pieces of art by 70-plus acclaimed artists, hailing from across the Southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase at this year’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show & Sale, March 9-11, at Webb School’s Lee Athletic Center. Featuring oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, sculpture, photography, metal works, printmaking, glass, metal, jewelry, and more, ArtXtravaganza promises something in everyone’s price range. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. ArtXtravaganza is one of the premier art shows in the Southeast and has played a significant role in helping to establish Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts, and to further the careers of prominent artists. Reflecting Webb’s staunch commitment to excellence in the arts, ArtXtravaganza supports Webb’s ArtistIn-Residence Program, an on-campus teaching and learning experience for students. The school welcomed Chicago-based photographer/educator Cecil McDonald Jr. in fall 2011, and is currently hosting mixed media/conceptual artist Michael Bramwell from North Carolina.

New this year is the launch of a partnership with Mooreland Heights Elementary School in which a portion of the proceeds from ArtXtravaganza will go to benefit Mooreland Heights’ arts program. Mooreland Heights is an arts-integrated public school supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission. In addition, Mooreland Heights is mentoring four other Title One Knox County schools through a four-year Art360 grant. According to Danielle Nutt, chair of ArtXtravaganza 2012, the new effort expands on Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation. “That tradition is not isolated to just our school community,” says Nutt. “We recognize that we are part of something bigger and with ArtXtravaganza, we have the opportunity as a school to support the arts in the community at large.” Dr. Roy Miller, principal of Mooreland Heights Elementary, says that his school’s new partnership with Webb is forged through a common understanding that all children can unite through the arts. “This is a

Reflecting Webb School’s staunch commitment to excellence in the arts, ArtXtravaganza supports Webb’s Artist-In-Residence Program, an on-campus teaching and learning experience for students. Webb has also forged a new partnership with Mooreland Heights Elementary School in which a portion of the proceeds from ArtXtravaganza will go to benefit Mooreland Heights Elementary’s arts program. great opportunity for our children to connect with other children through their visual understanding of the arts,” says Miller, “and if a strong foundation is built this year, this initiative could lead to incredible opportunities for our students for years to come.” ArtXtravaganza 2012’s featured artists are Ohio-based father and son painters Gary Stretar and Luke Stretar. Gary Stretar’s painting “Seascape” and Luke Stretar’s piece “Barn and Silo” will be offered by si-

lent auction during this year’s event. This year’s show and sale will also include a student art exhibit, featuring works by Webb’s Lower, Middle and Upper School grades as well as pieces created by children from Mooreland Heights Elementary. Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 9. The art sale continues Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, go to www.artxtravaganza. org or call (865) 291-3846.

Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’, ‘Hedda Gabler’ Come Alive on Webb Stage

Webb’s Upper School drama department will present two of Henrik Ibsen’s classic plays, A DOLL’S HOUSE and HEDDA GABLER in repertory. A DOLL’S HOUSE will be performed March 2, 5 and 10, and HEDDA GABLER is scheduled for March 3, 9 and 12. Performances are at 7 p.m. in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. (above) Sophomore Katie Samples as Mrs. Linde and junior Mary Kate Heagerty as Nora Helmer rehearse a scene from Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE.

It’s one thing for a high school theater department to tackle the complex, powerful dramas of Henrik Ibsen; it’s quite another to present them in repertory. An ambitious undertaking, to be sure, but Webb’s Upper School drama students are up to the task as they present two of Ibsen’s major plays, A Doll’s House, March 2, 5 and 10, and Hedda Gabler, March 3, 9 and 12, in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium. All performances are at 7 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public. Ibsen, considered “the father of modern drama,” and one of the great playwrights of all time, held a mirror up to the societal issues that lay behind the facades of late 19th century society – issues that still resonate today. That was one of the reasons Webb Upper School drama

teacher, Patrick McCray, chose Ibsen’s works for the school’s spring production. “Ibsen’s plays and his insights, and the conflicts remain so incredibly fresh and very clean and clear and elegant while also having some wonderful ambiguities,” says McCray. He also noted that his students had wanted to do a drama. “And I thought if we’re going to do dramas, let’s do great ones,” he said. “And let’s do it right.” For McCray that meant taking on not one but two of Ibsen’s most famous works – two of which he says have so many parallels that it would be a disservice to perform one without the other. Each production sports a cast of seven actors as well as a separate technical crew, giving his students the op-

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portunity to work with the intensity of a small-cast show and opening the door for more people to participate. According to McCray, A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler present an opportunity for his actors and audience members alike to experience two of the great classics in theater. “You come to understand why they’re classics because they are so electric and ripe, and alive and full of possibilities,” says McCray. “It’s exciting not only to be exposed to two of the major works of the Western canon, but to also see that they’re classics for a reason . . . that they still matter, that they’re still relevant, that they still play.” A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler contain mature themes and are intended for mature audiences, high school aged and above.

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Compassionate cardiac care at Fort Sanders For more than 35 years, Knoxville Heart Group physicians have served heart patients in Knoxville and East Tennessee. This team of experienced cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists is dedicated to providing award-winning care to patients at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Fort Sanders’ Heart Center is recognized by the National Cardiovascular Data Registry for Gold Performance Achievement, and the Echocardiography Lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL.) Fort Sanders has a strong tradition of cardiac excellence, serving as a regional referral hospital where many other facilities send their most difficult cases. The Heart Team is partnered with Rural/ Metro Ambulance Service to send a heart patient’s EKG data directly to the Fort Sanders emergency room while the ambulance is en route. Having this lifesaving information ahead of time allows the heart catheter laboratory team to make a preliminary diagnosis and prepare for the patient’s arrival. Heart attack patients are taken directly to the Cath Lab for immediate treatment. The amount of time from when

angioplasty and stenting (inserted through the femoral artery in the groin) to open blocked heart vessels, Knoxville Heart physicians are also using the innovative transradial approach. In this technique a cardiac catheter is placed through an artery in the wrist. As the use of the transradial technique and other cardiac diagnostics and treatments continue to develop and evolve, Knoxville Heart Group and Fort Sanders Regional will continue to be on the forefront of providing excellent heart care and technology to the people of East Tennessee. For more information about the Heart Center at Fort Sanders, call 673- FORT (3678).

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The Fort Sanders Cath Lab team assists as interventional cardiologists Dr. Mike Ayres (pictured left side of the table) and Dr. David Wood (right) perform a procedure to close a small hole (PFO) in a patient’s heart a cardiac patient arrives at the ER to the opening of a blocked heart artery is called “Door to Balloon” time. The American College

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How many calories do you really burn? By Aaron Killian Did you know that you have to eat in order to lose weight? The staff at The Wellness Center at Dowell Springs wants you to understand why. “If you don't eat enough, you will prevent yourself from losing weight,” said Casey Peer, Chief Dietitian with The Wellness Center at Dowell Springs. So you may be asking....How do I know if I am eating enough? The Wellness Center offers tesing that helps you answer that question. Metabolic testing measures the number of calories your body burns each day. "We teach balance and timing as it relates to the science behind food and

what that food does when you eat it.” Peer noted that often times people underfeed themselves in an effort to lose weight. This causes a cycle of dieting: reduce calories, lose weight, plateau and resume old eating habits. Most people gain the weight that was lost plus more. “Maybe you started this cycle, and you are not necessarily hungry, but you just can’t seem to lose any more weight,” Peer said. “The frustration continues to build, and you may be tempted to just quit.” “Don’t quit. Take a positive step forward by having your resting metabolic rate measured. This test will provide you the number of calories you need to lose weight.” “Most people are primed to focus on

numbers,” Peer said. “I use metabolic testing to illustrate that the body is very intelligent, and it needs fuel – just like your car. If you do not fuel your body adequately, it will begin to slow down and not run efficiently. “It will also begin to use muscle for energy instead of stored fat because the fat doesn’t require as much energy/food (to maintain) as muscle does.” What is the bottom line? “You really do have to eat to lose,”

Peer said. “In order to be successful in your efforts, you must fuel your body.” Peer noted that once people know their metabolic rates, they can incorporate the correct balance and timing of their foods. “You will be amazed at your body’s response,” Peer said. To sign up for metabolic testing or for more information about The Wellness Center at Dowell Springs, call 2321414 or visit

Coming in March to The Wellness Center The Wellness Center at Dowell Springs recently announced new hours and classes in March. ■ New hours are Monday through Thursday 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Fridays 5:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturdays 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. ■ Healthy Eating Series: “Sugar Addictions” will be Thursday, March 15 at noon, and Monday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m.

■ Book Study Series: “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” is about the clutter around you and the clutter inside you that prevents you from living life to the fullest. It can affect every aspect of your life, including the numbers on the scale and your relationship with food. Join us for a six-week book study on a fun, practical and different approach to clearing out and cleaning up the

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Evolutions in cardiology ANIMAL EVENTS Jaan Anne Kelly, certified physician assistant with Cardiology Associates at Parkwest Medical Center, presented “Evolutions in Cardiology” at the “boxed lunch and learn” at the Strang Senior Center. Kelly is board certified by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and the NCCPA Board of Certified Physician Assistants. She is a board certified Lipid Specialist and an ACLS in-

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structor. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, National Lipid Association and the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. This presentation covered the development of various methods to screen for heart disease with the benefits and risks of each technique, treatment options for arterial blockage, and suggestions to prevent heart disease. The first procedure Kelly discussed to screen for heart disease and the hardening of arteries was the stress test, which will work about 85 percent of the time to determine the presence of blockage. A test with a higher accuracy rate is the cardiac CT scan. A more advanced screening procedure is the cardiac MRI, which produces better imaging. The most accurate but invasive test is the heart catheterization or angiogram. Kelly referred to the 100 percent expression, “The dye don’t lie.” This procedure is usually performed when a person has already had a heart attack.


Kelly explained how high LDL cholesterol levels contribute to the hardening of the arteries which causes heart disease. There are prescriptions used to lower cholesterol, but they have risks of side effects. She suggested the alternative use of fish oil with EPA-DHA or Niaspan which has very good antiplaque and anti-inflammatory properties. When Kelly was asked what she would do if she had heart disease, her answer was “I would absolutely, positively alter my diet. I do think it’s OK to eat fish. And I would eat chicken once in a while, but no red meat. Your body does not break down animal fats well. Drinking pasteurized milk is like pouring gunk into your arteries.” She referred to the food pyramid as a guide to eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables every day. She also suggested adequate sleep and exercise. Kelly finished by saying, “If you take these medications, eat healthy and exercise to do your part, heart disease is reversible and treatable.” ■ The Senior Mini Expo at the Strang Center will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. There will be vendors, door prizes, food, free information and giveaways.

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

Adopt and drop the pet shop By Sara Barrett For those people who would prefer to buy an animal at a pet shop or from a breeder instead of adopting a homeless or rescued animal, listen up. I recently saw some information on Young-Williams Animal Center’s home page that would (or should) stop an animal lover in their tracks. The website said the number of homeless animals that were brought to Young-Williams last year could fill every seat of Thompson-Boling Arena. Now add to that number all of the other animals that were saved by rescue groups and Good Samaritans in and around Knox County that didn’t go to Young-Williams. That is a very large and very pitiful amount. And that’s just here in our small part of the world. Yet we continue to allow strays to breed and breeders to operate. Think twice before you get an animal from someone who will profit from the transaction. Once you’ve thought twice, if you’re still considering going to a pet shop or breeder, please drop by Young-Williams on your way there.

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■ Stop Smoking: 1-800784-8669 (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. ■ Support group meeting for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Ave. Info: Rebecca Gill, 602-7807 or

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If you don’t have a car, look online at www. I did a search for dogs within 35 miles of zip code 37922 and 480 animals came up. If you can’t find a new friend out of 480 choices, it’s time for some self-evaluation, folks. If you still don’t find an animal that will fit your family’s needs, contact a veterinarian’s office or look through Critter magazine. One of these sources will know of an animal in need that needs to be off the streets … or off the euthanasia list.

■ UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: Call Penny Sparks, 544-6279. ■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support, for any adult who is suffering loss, meets 5 to 6:30 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: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277.

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■ The 5th annual Mardi Growl parade will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, with a festival in Market Square afterward from noon to 2 p.m. The parade will begin at the PetSafe Downtown Dog Park at Summit Hill and Central Avenue. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. Info: mardigrowl or 215-6360. ■ Appalachian K9 Training Center’s “Jump into Spring” celebration will be held noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 8324 Old Maynardville Pike. There will be obedience demonstrations, refreshments, a rally course and agility equipment to try out with your four-legged pal. Rain date is Saturday, March 31. Info: 922-7929.

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COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ The West Knox Toastmaster Club meets 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7324 Middlebrook Pike. Now accepting new members. Info: Ken Roberts, 680-3443.

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Parkwest imaging technician Tiffany Martin explains the X-ray process to Karns High School students. Watching Martin and fellow “student/patient” Shannon Rysak are, from left: Kaley Nelson, Maddie Berezansky and Austin Long.

Karns student Kaley Nelson wears a safety belt as she learns how to descend stairs with help from Parkwest physical therapist Traci Hoag. Other students, from left, are: Shannon Rysak, Austin Long and Maddie Berezansky.

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Occupational therapist Christa Nehls helps Shannon Rysak exit a “vehicle” as part of Karns High School’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day at Parkwest Medical Center. Watching on are Karns students Austin Long, Maddie Berezansky and Kaley Nelson. even performed “surgery” – using I knew that the sports would help surgical instruments to place Tic me stay interested. Plus, it’s good Tacs into the hole of a LifeSaver job stability.” Maddie Berezansky, an ambicandy. tious junior who plans to graduate early so that she can start college sooner, plans on becoming a pediatrician. “When I was little, I wanted to be a teacher but what kid doesn’t want to be a teacher?” she said. “But in middle school, I decided I wanted to be a nurse, because I loved the idea of taking care of people, and it’s just gone Austin Long, a senior who up and up and up from there. So wants to go into sports medicine, now, I want to be a pediatrician. said the experience in physical That way, I get my love for kids therapy was enlightening. An of- and my love for helping people all fensive and defensive lineman in one.” for the Karns football team, he Kaley Nelson, a senior, said became interested after an ankle she likes the “caring” aspect the health profession affords and injury. “I did rehab with the school’s would like to become a nurse trainer and I thought it was inter- anesthetist. “I knew all along that esting in the different ways that I wanted to help people,” she said. can help you come back quicker,” “I just didn’t know what I wanted said Long. “I asked her a few ques- to do. When I was younger, my tions, and became interested from granddad had a stroke and I spent that. I knew I wanted to stay in a lot of time at the hospital and something related to sports, and saw how they took care of him. I

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Karns High’s Maddie Berezansky gets a blood pressure check from Parkwest physical therapist Traci Hoag as fellow student Austin Long looks on. just thought it would be great to help people like that, and I think it’s something that’s really suited for me.” Nelson said while she enjoyed her visit to the radiology department where she saw stones removed from a patient’s liver, she just isn’t “into” radiology. “But,” she added. “I like experiencing different aspects because I could change my mind at any minute about what I want to do before I go into college.” Shannon Rysak, also a senior, DID change her mind. “I was looking at becoming an X-ray technician, but after the job shadowing, I think I’d rather work with ultra-

sound. The X-ray technician has to deal with moving the patient and that can be hard sometimes. Plus, I got a little bored in X-ray.” And that’s OK, says instructor Holly German. “Some of them will leave saying, ‘I don’t know … maybe an Xray tech is not what I want to do,” said German. “And I tell them, ‘It’s OK to say that. At least you’ll know that now before you get out of high school instead of fi nding out after you’ve gone through radiology school and then get to working and say, ‘I don’t care much for this.’ It’s OK to change your mind. They’re just kids, but they’re good ones.”


Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow this past Groundhog Day, but just more than a week later, 32 students from Karns High School were doing a little shadowing of their own at Parkwest Medical Center. It was all part of Junior Achievement of East Tennessee’s annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day, an annual event that gives students a sneak peek at occupations they may be interested in pursuing and the tools they’ll need to do those jobs. According to Maria Ryan, education manager of Junior Achievement of East Tennessee, hundreds of Groundhog Job Shadow Day students from about 22 schools in Knox, Blount, Campbell, Anderson and Sevier counties were “working” at a wide range of careers at scores of businesses throughout the region. “By bringing a young person into the workplace to see a marketing professional, an environmental scientist or health care technician, very real and tangible options come alive for that student,” Ryan said in a news release. “It creates an atmosphere in which a young person can ask questions such as ‘Why did you choose this career?’ and ‘What kind of education do you need for this job?’ These are central and vital questions to students when they are trying to decide what career paths to pursue.” For some students, it meant working at retail stores, television stations, hotels and other locations. At Parkwest Medical Center, the Karns High School students were discovering what it was like to be “Treated Well. Well Treated.” According to Angie Montgomery of Parkwest’s Human Resources Department, the students and instructors Holly German and Steve Ellis were treated to breakfast and lunch, and Parkwest paid for the bus transportation to and from the school. “It’s kind of our way of giving back to the community,” said Montgomery. After a brief orientation by Darrell Brackett, Parkwest’s director of cardiovascular services, the students explored health career options in several areas. They witnessed the removal of stones from a liver, the cleaning of a tracheal tube, chemotherapy infusion and


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Where the wild things are By Shannon Carey


ou don’t have to go far from home to get a wilderness experience. You can leave civilization behind and commune with nature right here in Knox County. The Legacy Parks Foundation has been hard at work to secure natural and historic areas for public use, and two locations in particular are situated to provide outdoor adventures for one and all.

Urban Wilderness South Loop Since 2009, Legacy Parks Foundation has been working to preserve and link several areas of natural and historic value in South Knoxville. Now, 30 miles of natural-surface trails are set to open to the public in May or June. This phase of the project, called the Urban Wilderness South Loop, connects Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, William Hastie Natural Area and Marie Myers Park with trailheads and parking at several points. The loop is designed for hikers and bikers of any experience level. An additional 15 miles of secondary trails offers more varied terrain. Along the way, hikers and bikers will pass rock features, mature forests, farms, and views of the Tennessee River. Also on the loop are the beautiful Ross Marble Quarry and Meads Quarry. The loop was formed through a unique partnership of Legacy Parks, city of Knoxville, Knox

County, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Ijams, the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, private donors and land owners. Major donors include former Knoxville mayor and ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe, Knox Greenways Coalition and Knoxville Track Club. The two remaining phases of the Urban Wilderness are the Battlefield Loop, which will include River Bluff, three Civil War forts and acres upon acres of mature forests; and the connector, which will link the Battlefield and South loops for bicycles and pedestrians.

Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge A backcountry camping and paddling experience is right here in Knox County, too. Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge now offers five primitive campsites along the French Broad River, along with non-motorized boat access, twelve miles of natural trails and scenic views. Seven Islands is managed through a partnership between Knox County Parks and Recreation, the Seven Islands Wildlife Foundation and Legacy Parks. The refuge offers more than 400 acres and 12 miles of natural trails. Over 10 years, 300 acres of fescue pasture at Seven Islands have been replaced with native grasses, making the refuge a bird watcher’s paradise. More than 140 species of birds can be found at Seven Islands. The refuge and the stretch of river it borders are home to several threatened, rare and endangered species.

Also, three restored barns and two restored homes give the refuge historic significance, calling attention to the several generations of farmers who made Seven Islands their home. One home is now the Seven Island’s land manager residence. The other is open to the public to tour. Two ponds, Wayne’s Pond and Schumpert Pond, also grace the refuge, along with informational signs about the history of the land. The campsites may be reserved through River Sports Outfitters at 523-0066 or laura.jones@ The refuge is located in East Knox County off the Midway Road exit from I-40. Info: www.legacy

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of your feed needs. We carry a wide variety of feeds from CO-OP, Sportmix, Diamond and Purina.

Spring planting

is upon us. Stop in Knox Farmer’s CO-OP Halls for all of your lawn and garden needs.

3903 Fountain Valley Dr. 865-922-2114 • Mon.-Fri. 8-5, Sat. 8-1 6616 Asheville Hwy. CO-OP Mon.-Fri. 8-6, Sat. 8-4 KNOWS You do not have to be a member to shop at the co-op.




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Spruce up now for Spring! NEW GARDEN ART & CONTAINERS

It’s time for bulbs, pansies, hydrangeas, trees & shrubs! Come see us, you won’t be disappointed!

M-F 8-5 • Sat 9-5 Starting Mid March - June • open Sun 1-5


60% OFF Kids’ Winter Clothing Most Clothing, Outerwear, 50%-75% OFF and Footwear Select Toms, Chacos & Hiking 40% OFF UGGs Footwear excluded from the sale Toms Wedges & Cordones 30% OFF Select Tents, Backpacks 25%-50% OFF & Sleeping Bags We just received a late season shipment of winter apparel with new styles and sizes and it was 70° last week! A warm winter means you SAVE on our one-week clearance sale!

9715 Kingston Pike Knoxville TN 37922 (865) 357-8566 Store Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10am - 7pm


3029 Davenport Road • 5 minutes from downtown

in town on all the brands you love! Northface Patagonia Mountain Hardwear Five Fingers Prana Uggs Toms MSR Osprey and more!

Tips For Family Road Trips N matter mat atte ter where you choose No to go on your next family road trip, traveling by car with the kids can turn travel time into quality family time. It’s almost inevitable that at some point on your journey you will face overcrowded roads, tough driving conditions and many repetitions of “Are we there yet?” A little preparation can make your car trip safer and more pleasurable. ■ Keep your little ones protected. Seasonal road trips can be dangerous due to slippery conditions and additional motorists on the road. Many of the newest child seats rely on innovative plastic materials for safety features -- three- and five-point harness systems, shock absorbing foam padding, head impact

fire-resistan nt upup pprotection and fire-resistant holstery -- that help protect your children on the road. ■ Fuel-up in advance on gas -- a full tank helps avoid extra stops along the way. And consider installing a cell phone app that geo-locates gas stations with lower gas prices. ■ Lighter vehicles often are more fuel-efficient. So if your family can fit comfortably, a smaller, lighter car could save on gas money. One reason is that today’s cars employ many design, comfort and safety features made with lightweight plastics, which helps reduce overall vehicle weight to improve fuel economy. Modern automobiles now are made of 50 percent plastics by volume, but only 10 percent by weight. ■ Pack healthful road snacks.

C ons nsider foods such as cheese Consider sticks, carrots and dried fruits. Buy in bulk and pack individual portions in convenient re-sealable plastic bags and containers. Avoid overly sugary treats that may make it harder for kids to sit still. ■ Transport food safely. Bring family meals in coolers and containers so you can safely go straight from your kitchen to the car to your plate. Lightweight plastic coolers are easy to transport and help keep prepared foods cold by trapping cool air inside and keeping out warmer air. Airtight plastic containers help keep individual dishes fresh. ■ Use space-saving packaging. Packing for a trip can be challenging, so consider using airtight plastic “space saver” bags that prevent wrinkles, keep

your clothes fresh and save space – this could even cut down on the number of bulky suitcases that could block the driver’s visibility. ■ Recycle along the way. When snacking on the road, reuse plastic grocery bags to collect your recyclable plastic bottles, containers, bags and wraps until you can drop them in a recycling bin.

For additional tips on car safety, recycling and more, visit w w w.plastic sma keit possible. com . But above all, pack a map or bring a GPS so the kids can answer the question: “are we there yet?” Learning to read a map is a valuable life skill!

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