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March 5, 2012
Rogero tours STEM Academy
New York and back, driving, in 50 hours? That was no problem for Jake Mabe and his buddy Matt Shelton, who pulled off a whirlwind trip to Manhattan to see William Shatner on Broadway.
See Jake’s story on page A-6
Coffee break Of course, you have to ask: Do you play? “No musical ability at all,” says Greg Scribner, manager of the American Piano Gallery in Turkey Creek. “What I do Scribner have is experience in business management and sales, an appreciation for the science and art that goes into making Steinway pianos, and a product that pretty much sells itself.”
Assistant principal Rob Speas, center, shows off workout facilities at the L&N STEM Academy to Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre and Mayor Madeline Rogero. Photos by Wendy Smith
By Wendy Smith She may be leader of the state’s third largest city, but Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s love of technology rivals that of the teenagers she encountered during a tour of the L&N STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy last week. She spent the morning at the school while participating in Knox County’s Principal for a Day program. She and 18 other government, community and business leaders toured classrooms and spent time with administrators in schools across the county. Her interest in iPads, iPhones and “apps” would have made her an ideal candidate for the magnet school, which Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre lovingly refers to as “Nerd Nation.” (Becky Ashe, the school’s real principal, says the students wear the title proudly.) Rogero even asked for a consultation with Mark Smith, the school’s technology teacher, for help with a favorite new application. “I love this stuff,” she says. She’s in good company. While
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Concert for Channon, Chris Southbound Band will play a benefit concert in memory of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian on Friday, March 9, at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson in Maryville. Cost is $10 per person and all proceeds go to the Channon and Chris Memorial Fund, which benefits the Newsom and Christian families. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert is from 8-10.
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cell phones were once an anathema to teachers and administrators, the technology has been embraced at the L&N STEM Academy. Classroom doors are adorned with QR (Quick Response) codes that allow students to access the day’s work via phones or iPads before class begins. Students are encouraged to use the devices as they would in a business setting, says Ashe. That means using them to learn or take notes during class, and waiting until class is over to check FaceBook and Twitter. This was Rogero’s first visit to the school since a ribbon-cutting ceremony last August. McIntyre joined the mayor on part of the tour, which included stops at a high-tech workout room and the physics lab where a basketballshooting robot was under construction. A team from the school competed in the FIRST Smoky Mountain Regional Robotics Competition, which was held last weekend at the Knoxville Convention Center. Ashe told Rogero that 280 rising freshmen have applied for
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computers in the hands of all Knox County high school students. Before she left the school, Rogero considered using her shortterm administrative power to extend lunch hour for the students, but decided against it. “That might be seen as pandering,” she said with a smile.
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The board approved a resolution of condemnation submitted by Robert Burnett involving a dispute over property easement with Andrew and Leigh Cheung, 9912 Westland Drive, to replace and relocate a water line. Easement is needed for the Ten Mile Force Main project. If agreement can’t be reached with the homeowners, the utility will begin condemnation action. “They just don’t want us there,” Burnett told the board. “They want us to go someplace else but we can’t.” He said neighbors are “on board” with the needed easements, but the Cheungs want $85,000. Burnett said that figure was “unreasonable.” The board’s next meeting will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at FUD’s office.
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a long lunch? â€œI would like to sit down for lunch with my father. He passed away in February of last year.â€?
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? â€œMy wrestling coaches in junior and senior high school had a big influence on my life. It takes a lot of self-discipline to play a sport that involves just you and one opponent. Wrestling and my coaches taught me to be self-driven, responsible and very disciplined.â€?
I still canâ€™t quite get the hang of â€Ś â€œTyping on the computer keyboard without looking at the letters.â€?
Manager, American Piano Gallery
Of course, you have to ask: Do you play? â€œNo musical ability at all,â€? says Greg Scribner, manager of the American Piano Gallery in Turkey Creek. â€œWhat I do have is experience in business management and sales, an appreciation for the science and art that goes into making Steinway pianos, and a product that pretty much sells itself.â€? Greg has been at the store that specializes in Steinway pianos since it opened more than three years ago. One of his first training exercises was a visit to the Steinway factory in Queens, N.Y. â€œThat trip enlightened me not only to the craftsmanship, history and expertise that goes into making every Steinway, but on what playing the piano does for a person,â€? says Greg. â€œThe Steinway is the Rolls Royce of pianos â€“ and that is not something I have to say, because other people say it for me. When you go to the factory, you see that Steinways are made by hand with more than 250 craftsmen touching each piano during the process. No two are alike.â€? For the student, â€œplaying the piano makes kids smarter,â€? says Greg. â€œAs adults, it helps delay dementia and arthritis. Playing the piano bridges both lobes of your brain.â€? Although rich in tradition, the company isnâ€™t mired in the past. â€œWe now have what are called recording strips. You put it under the keyboard, and it turns your acoustic piano into a digital instrument and connects to your personal computer. It also opens the door to distance learning.â€? Greg and wife Debbie have three children and live in West Knoxville. He has been in Knoxville since 2000. Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Greg Scribner:
What is the best present you ever received in a box? â€œA watch my father gave me.â€?
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? â€œShe told me that if I ever smoked, she would whip my behind. I didnâ€™t like having my behind whipped, so I never smoked.â€?
What is your social media of choice? â€œFacebook.â€?
What is the worst job you have ever had? â€œI am happy to say I have never had a bad job. I have only had a couple of jobs and all have given me great experiences.â€?
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why? â€œI loved â€˜The Jetsons.â€™ It taught me to dream and open my mind to new things when I was a kid.â€? â€œMy Life With the Great Pianists,â€? by Franz Mohr.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
â€œPeople who donâ€™t know how to drive.â€?
â€œWhen I was in the 8th grade, I put a perm in my hair.â€?
What are the top three things on your bucket list? â€œ1. Walk my two daughters down the aisle on their wedding day. 2. Visit Holland. 3. Drive a race car.â€?
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
What is your favorite quote from a television show or movie?
â€œMost people say Iâ€™m hyper because Iâ€™m always on the move and ready to go.â€?
â€œWinner, Winner, Chicken dinner!â€? Guy Fieri in â€œDiners, Drive-ins and Divesâ€?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What are you guilty of?
â€œBeing more tolerant of people who evidently donâ€™t know how to drive.â€?
â€œHaving a paper clutter issue.â€?
What is your passion?
What is your favorite material possession?
â€œServing God and my family.â€?
â€œMy wedding ring.â€?
What are you reading currently?
What irritates you?
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have
Whatâ€™s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? â€œThe Farragut Folklife Museum. It really has a lot of great information about this area.â€?
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18? â€œI was 18 in 1983, so I would tell myself to buy stock in a company called Cisco. A $25,000 investment then would have netted $2.5 million today.â€?
What is your greatest fear? â€œGas prices going over $5 a gallon.â€?
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Anne Sprouse, former UT Womenâ€™s Athletic Director Joan Cronan, Alzheimer Tennessee Execu- Joyce Wyatt and Anna Garlington prepare for â€œTu Dia,â€? a day tive Director Janice Wade-Whitehead and Carolyn Pointer Neil sport orange and purple at the of workshops and pampering for Hispanic women. They orgakickoff luncheon for the 2012 Knoxville Alzheimerâ€™s Walk. Sprouse and Neil are event co-chairs. nized the event, which was held Saturday at the Middlebrook Christian Ministry Center. Photos by Wendy Smith
Walking to â€˜back Patâ€™ By Wendy Smith
There was a sea of orange â€“ and purple â€“ at the kickoff luncheon for the 2012 Knoxville Alzheimerâ€™s Walk held at the Laurel Church of Christ. UT Womenâ€™s Athletic Director Joan Cronan spoke at the event, which kicked off fundraising efforts for the upcoming walk. Pat Summit and Phil Fulmer are honorary chairs for the walk. Summit has been â€œvery, very graciousâ€? to lend her name to the fight against the disease, says Janice Wade-Whitehead, executive director of Alzheimerâ€™s Tennessee. The acclaimed coach has been generous with her time, in spite of her demanding job. â€œWeâ€™re happy to be part of her team on another level,â€? says Wade-Whitehead. Cronan is also happy to devote time to the cause. Everyone has a friend whoâ€™s
been touched by the disease, she says. Sheâ€™s received letters from around the world saying that Pat Summit has made a difference for a family member. â€œPat is as focused on this goal was she ever was on winning a national championship,â€? she says. The Knoxville Alzheimerâ€™s Walk begins at 10 a.m. on April 14 at the Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike. The 1.5-mile walk is optional, and there will be food, entertainment and door prizes. To register: www.alzTennessee.org â–
WordPlayers offer â€˜Anne of Avonleaâ€™
Sure, itâ€™s old-fashioned. But the story of Anne of Avonlea is timeless, says Jeni Lamb, managing director of the WordPlayers, and the characters are as beloved
now as they were when they were created in 1909 by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The play is based on a sequel to â€œAnne of Green Gables,â€? and the title character is Anne Shirley, an orphan who finds a home with elderly siblings who live on Prince Edward Island. â€œAnne of Avonleaâ€? chronicles Anneâ€™s transition from childhood to young adulthood. The production is wonderful for families with children over the age of 6, says Lamb. Remaining performances are at the WordPlayersâ€™ Theater at 1540 Robinson Road at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students over 18 and seniors, $8 for ages 12-17, and $5 for children under 12. Thursdayâ€™s performance is â€œpay what you can.â€?
the event and his life before and since the accident in his book, â€œInky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance.â€? He told his story to West Knox Rotarians, who gave him a standing ovation. It was the fourth quarter Johnson grew up in poverof the UT vs Air Force Acadty in Atlantaâ€™s tough, crimeemy footridden neighborhood of ball game Anne Kirkwood in a two bedroom, on Sept. 9, Hart one bathroom house with 13 2006. With other family members, but just two he was a determined, goalminutes of play left, Vol chance hit to his body by the oriented little kid. â€œFrom the age of 7, I saw s t a n d o u t helmet of the other player, football as a way to help my Inky John- Johnson was left with his family. I always heard that son moved right arm paralyzed, his Inky Johnson in for a rou- football career over. The hit hard work pays off, and I betine tackle â€“ and in an instant also left him bleeding in his lieved it. I would practice foothis life was changed forever. chest from a burst artery. ball in the park near our house, By all accounts destined Only emergency surgery and when it got dark I would ask my mother to turn on the for future greatness in the saved his life. car lights so I could see.â€? NFL, instead, because of a Johnson has chronicled At the high school John-
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Anne Shirley (played by Rachael Chesnutt) learns that her best friend, Diana Barry (played by Kelsey Broyles), has a beau. Both appear in the WordPlayers production of â€œAnne of Avonlea,â€? which runs through March 11. Tickets can be purchased at student of Wyatt and her the door with cash or check. husband, Roy, when they served as missionaries in Info: 539-2490. Spain. So when Anna, a â– â€˜Tu Diaâ€™ honors multilingual interpreter, decided to reach out to loHispanic women cal Hispanic women, Wyatt Joyce Wyatt and Anna was happy to help. Garlington have been The two friends orgafriends since, well, be- nized a daylong celebration fore Garlington was born. for women in conjunction Garlingtonâ€™s father was a with International Womenâ€™s son attended, the drop-out rate was higher than the graduation rate. But knowing those statistics only made him work harder. â€œItâ€™s overcoming your situation that gives you strength,â€? he says. Johnson would have plenty to overcome in the years ahead. When he headed off to UT, â€œI promised my grandmother I wouldnâ€™t quit. I had cousins and generations coming after me and I had to set a good example.â€? After that ill-fated day on the football field, Johnson faced circumstances that would have defeated a weaker person, including many surgeries, years of rehabilitation, learning things as vital as how to write with his left hand, â€œand I never have been able to figure out
how to tie my shoes with one hand.â€? He can laugh about the shoe-tying efforts now, but he is quick to add that he had some help in figuring out what to do with the rest of his life. The deeply religious Johnson says he realized early on that â€œthings that happen to us in life are not designed to stop us, but only to reposition us. We are in Godâ€™s hands, and He doesnâ€™t make mistakes. Life is always about attitude. We canâ€™t control life, but with Godâ€™s help, we can control our attitude.â€?
Day, which is a big deal in South America, says Anna. The event, called â€œTu Dia,â€? or â€œYour Day,â€? was held on Saturday at the Middlebrook Christian Ministry Center. It included a conference on womenâ€™s health, workshops on budgeting, parenting and Bible study, and personal pampering, like manicures and massages. Community partners like Legal Aid, the Knox County Health Department and obstetrician Humberto Rodriguez pitched in. Wyatt attends Central Baptist Bearden and Garlington attends Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. Garlington was glad to have the opportunity to reach out personally to women she works with professionally. â€œThere are so many needy families here, and the women donâ€™t get out much.â€? Johnson now travels and works to motivate young people, including those at Knoxvilleâ€™s Emerald Youth Foundation, where he has been a mentor since his days at UT. He does some coaching, and wrote the book he says â€œto encourage others, to inspire and motivate them. I want them to know that the road to success is always under construction, and that God is always in charge.â€?
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Williams forecasts Obama victory Back when writer/commentator Don Williams was invited to speak to the 6th District Democrats about why Barack Obama should be re-elected, it was a challenging topic. The slight signs of economic recovBetty ery hadn’t been enough Bean to boost Obama’s sagging approval ratings, and top Republican challenger Mitt Romney was running ahead of him in most any poll out there. That was January. By the time his Feb. 28 speaking date rolled around, Romney had stumbled and the case for Obama’s re-election was a far easier sell. “Just to get to the short answer, if you look at it as a contest, it’s got to be a resounding yes. He should easily win re-election. First of all, the guy’s a rock star. People say that as a criticism, but he’s likable, much in the same way as Reagan was likeable. He’s a charmer. When you see him sink a 3-point basketball shot on a dare, or hear him sing Al Greene’s ‘Let’s stay together,’ which instantly became a ringtone … the guy’s got chops,” Williams told some 20 Democrats at the Karns Middle School library. “Even though I have some problems with the Don Williams way it was executed (Williams wishes Obama had taken less of a “top-down,” banks-first approach to the mortgage crisis and done more to help struggling homeowners escape foreclosure), you’ve got to give him some credit for preventing a great depression. Can you imagine 30 percent unemployment?” “Then there’s Obamacare – they’re going to be sorry they (nicknamed it) that,” he said. “I have a grown son who has insurance now because of Obamacare. In the end, he’ll be glad they named it for him.” He ticked off a list of daring foreign policy accomplishments: the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden; leading from behind in the liberation of Libya; ordering the rescue of Americans captured by pirates; and bringing an end to two wars. He cited Obama’s speechifying ability, his “nearly spotless” adult reputation, his attractive family, his civility in the face of opponents who have challenged his religion and his citizenship and called him everything from a Marxist to the son of a Kenyan witchdoctor. “He doesn’t stray into dangerous waters through ignorance. He makes decisions for the long game, and when he errs, he errs on the side of decency and dignity. … He has turned the other cheek again and again – to a fault some of us thought. But in the long run, it stood him in good stead.” Williams points to another reason why the president will be re-elected: “Obama has been blessed by his opponents. Could there be a more embarrassing lot?” Finally, Williams ended by warning the gathered Democrats that as good as Obama’s prospects are now, they could still be upended by a “black swan” event – like Sept. 11, 2001 – that comes out of nowhere and instantaneously rearranges the political landscape.
GOSSIP AND LIES Rick Santorum brought along his daughter, Elizabeth, to his talk at Temple Baptist Church in Powell where women are discouraged/forbidden from wearing slacks. Elizabeth, wearing slacks, sat behind her dad. When we noted it might well be the first time a woman wearing slacks had been near the Temple pulpit, a friend observed, “or a Catholic.” Mitt Romney did not come to the Public Market at Turkey Creek last Friday, and he never intended to. Yet the event’s publicity fooled two members of the Shopper news team who are trained to discern such things. Sorry, Bill Haslam, but we didn’t hold the presses during a tornado watch to get a shot of you talking about Romney.
Looking and sounding presidential, Rick Santorum brought his message of limited government and freedom to Powell’s Temple Baptist Church last Wednesday. “We’re heading to Super Tuesday with the wind to our back,” he said, citing the previous day’s Michigan Primary where he matched Mitt Romney for delegates, each with 15. “We were outspent 6 to 1, maybe 10 to 1, in his home state and yet we ran dead even.” Santorum introduced his daughter, Elizabeth, and ment ioned his Knoxville ties. His brother married the daughter of the late Santorum educators Sarah and James “Doc” Simpson. Echoing his remarks
Sandra Clark from Michigan, Santorum said the U.S. Constitution is the country’s operations manual, “the how,” while the Declaration of Independence is the soul, “the why.” He stood easily in the Baptist pulpit with flags on both sides and a choir behind. “This country is a moral enterprise. … The right to life is fundamental. Without life the other rights don’t much matter. The right to liberty is bigger than property rights. And the pursuit of happiness does not mean to do whatever makes you feel good. It means doing what you ought to do. “This is our American
creed. We are a people that are called to something greater than ourselves.” Santorum called the GOP philosophy “ground up” and the Democratic philosophy “top down.” Settlers came to America to escape oppressive government, he said. “Now the yoke of government is weighing heavily on the people of this country. “This race must be about big things – about who we are at our core. America is an ideal, an ideal that changed the world, an ideal that believes, ‘yes, you can!’ Central to that ideal is liberty.” Specifically, Santorum said he would repeal Obamacare in January 2013. He would authorize construction of the Keystone Pipeline on Day One. He would balance the budget in five years, without cutting defense spending. In 1958, the year he was born, Santorum said de-
fense spending was 60 percent of the federal budget, while now it’s 17 percent. Also that year, entitlements were less than 10 percent of the budget. Now they are 60 percent. “And with Obamacare that will grow to 70 percent. “This is the most important election of your lifetime. … There is no reason to lose hope in America. We just need to believe in ourselves.” Santorum was mobbed by students and guests. He posed for pictures which he urged people to post on Facebook. There were few elected officials present, although I did spot R. Larry Smith. Our governor and two U.S. senators are supporting Romney. But when the dust settles tomorrow, Rick Santorum will have taken Tennessee. You had only to hear him talk in Powell last Wednesday to understand why.
Who would buy the Hall of Fame? It is hard to imagine who would want to buy the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame which Knox County wants to sell. In fact, the organization which operates the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame could decide to relocate out of Knoxville. It is a board composed primarily of persons who do not have ties to this area. Whether they own and could move the contents of the building with them is unclear. It presents a tough issue for County Mayor Tim Burchett and County Commission which rightly see no reason to be the landowner of this building which, unfortunately, attracts few visitors. While Gloria Ray suggested KTSC should buy it, one has to wonder for what purpose? Who would pay its maintenance costs? If the Hall of Fame moves, what does Knox County do with this building with the basketball on top? City Council attorney Rob Frost is starting out at $10,500 less than city Law Director Charles Swanson made when he was council attorney. Vice
Mayor Nick Pavlis determined a new person should start out at a lesser pay than his predecessor made after 26 years – a wise decision. Expect Frost’s performance to merit a pay increase over the years. Jon Roach, a former city law director and husband of KUB CEO Mintha Roach, is Knoxville’s largest contributor to Barack Obama at $2,000, with $1,000 given June 15, 2011, and the second installment given Dec. 30, 2011. Both Roaches are strong Democrats. No one in Knoxville has given the president the full $2,500 permitted under federal law. It is still likely Obama will win the city of Knoxville in November while losing Knox County by a sizeable margin. Jeff Hagood, Knoxville attorney and close friend of Chattanooga Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, says House
Tim Burchett pleaded a previous commitment to avoid introducing Rick Santorum at Temple and then met with the former senator on his plane. That picture was leaked to a right-wing blog where (hopefully) the large contributors that Burchett doesn’t want to offend would not notice. We talked to Burchett about a persistent rumor in the 8th District that Carter Elementary School will be stopped if a certain candidate is elected to the school board. “Absolutely not true,” said Burchett. “I just talked to the builders Monday and we’re on schedule.” Occupy Nashville protesters are getting a bit snarky about efforts by Gov. Bill Haslam and the Republicancontrolled Legislature to outlaw them on public property. In a fiesty email, Occupy Nashville said if banned from the Legislative Plaza they would occupy the State Capitol,
can email him at mkelley@ KMFPC.com/. It is not clear what standards or criteria will be employed in seeking new members. However, it should be persons who ask questions and take their fiduciary responsibility seriously. The remaining KTSC members seem to recognize they have to reestablish public trust plus work closely with the two mayors. Early voting for the March 6 primary is 15,552 countywide which suggests total voting may not exceed 40,000 – a very light turnout. Heaviest voting was at Downtown West (4,288 votes) and the smallest vote was at Love Kitchen (155 votes). As people realize that Randy Nichols really is retiring as district attorney general in 2014, expect Republicans to make an effort to take back the DA’s office. It is an eight-year term and therefore attractive to many. Nichols has been a likeable DA who has on occasion endorsed Republicans, such as Bill Gibbons (a fellow DA) for governor in 2010.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor will host a fundraiser for Fleischmann on April 20 in Knoxville. House Speaker John Boehner has already appeared for Fleischmann in Chattanooga. Fleischmann faces a primary challenge from Weston Wamp, son of former Rep. Zach Wamp. The GOP primary winner is a clear favorite to win in November. The top two House Republicans backing Fleischmann is a clear, unmistakable signal the House leadership is not anxious to have another Wamp return to Congress. Dennis Francis, Knoxville attorney and prominent Democrat, serves on Knox County Election Commission but is the only current member of either party not to have his photo on the Election Commission website. Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation has several seats to fi ll after the Gloria Ray debacle. Former city Law Director Michael Kelley chairs the KTSC nominating committee to seek new members. Interested persons
reclaim foreclosed homes and occupy the restrooms of all Pilot Travel Centers. KCEA has endorsed two school board candidates: Gina Oster in District 3 and the unopposed Indya Kincannon in District 2. Some candidates didn’t even meet with the group’s political action committee, leading one member to say: “Usually they wait until after they’re elected to disrespect us.” Rep. Harry Brooks has set a series of public meetings. I may drop by to discuss his bill to prevent delivery of free newspapers. What a slam. ... ... Meetings are on Saturdays: March 10 at 10 a.m. at Tennessee School for the Deaf and 2 p.m. at Carter Community Library; March 17 at 10 a.m. at Corryton Senior Center and 2 p.m. at Powell Branch Library. – S. Clark
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BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS â€˘ MARCH 5, 2012 â€˘ A-5 1989, 1997 and 1998 come to mind. Terrific players ran to and fro, knocking down rivals on their way to AllAmerica honors and the College Hall of Fame. Herman Hickman, Bob Suffridge, Bowden Wyatt, Doug Atkins, Bob Johnson, Steve DeLong, Ed Molinski, John Michels, Steve Kiner, Reggie White, Frank Emanuel and Chip Kell live on. There were others, oh yes, tailbacks who followed blockers: John Majors, Hank Lauricella, George Cafego, Beattie Feathers, Gene McEver ... and still others. This was home to the Swamp Rat, Hacksaw and Curt Watson, where the Artful Dodger scrambled, Larry Seivers made spectacular catches, Bobby Majors returned punts, Tim Priest picked off passes, Al Wilson backed the line with vigor and Travis Henry rushed for several of his 3,078 yards. The Pride of the Southland band was full of pride.
Tour time Based on the University of Tennesseeâ€™s rich tradition, rare appreciation for public relations and endless appetite for money, I, as a graduate and honorary letterman, offer positive suggestions: Former Commissioner John Mills with heart surgeon and Commissioner Richard Briggs. Photo by S. Clark
Being stubborn can kill you Notes from County Commission By Sandra Clark Commissioners heard a sobering message from a former colleague last week. John Mills told of his near death because he was too stubborn to have symptoms of heart disease checked out. Mills was introduced by Commissioner Richard Briggs who said â€œJohnâ€™s is a very, very typical story.â€? â€œIâ€™ve been kissed by an angel,â€? said Mills. He checked off the symptons he ignored: â– Numbness in left arm â– Sharp pain in right shoulder â– Pressure on his chest Mills went on to work at Rural/Metro where he was surrounded by paramedics. His boss, Rob Webb, insisted that he go directly to the hospital. â€œI came within hours of being sorry,â€? said Mills. â€œListen to your body. Donâ€™t be stubborn.â€? Briggs said heart attack is the countryâ€™s No. 1 killer. â€œThe lesson we can learn from Johnâ€™s story is to know the symptoms and be aware of your loved ones. â€œThere is an element of denial that can kill.â€? Mills represented the 8th District and at one time chaired the commission. â€œI love you all,â€? he said.
Battle of Midway is back A Russellville, Tenn., company wants to buy 22 acres in the proposed Midway Business Park along I-40 at the Midway interchange. P roblem is, the land is not zoned for commercial use and the zoning would require an amendment Patricia Bible to the East County Sector Plan. Yet Patricia Bible came to the commission last week asking for consideration for KaTom, a restaurant supply business. Can she succeed where others have failed? â€œA smile goes a long way,â€? she said. Bible has a compelling story, a booming business and about 100 real jobs. â€œWe can be a $100 million company, and we want to move to Knox County,â€? said Bible. â€œIâ€™m in,â€? said commission chair Mike Hammond. On Thursday, The Development Corp. voted to sell the land for $550,000, subject to rezoning. Here we go again.
Now, as we escape the dark ages of football and approach a new dawn, is the time to cash in on the beauty and fame of Neyland Stadium. Open it to fan tours, $7 for adults and $3 for teens. Little people should get a real deal. Call it the beginning of the recruiting process. Route traffic through the gift shop at Gate 20. Sell souvenirs. Provide something free, maybe one folded page with stadium illustration, historic tidbits and a map. Tour guides could be volunteers, nice people, reliable, courteous and able to communicate in several languages so New Yorkers and even Louisiana visitors could ask questions and understand answers. Clean shoes, please, to enter the spacious Peyton Manning Locker Room where, some day soon, great players will again get dressed and great coaches will recite Neyland maxims with the idea of winning big games. Stop at the Lauricella Room where each football Saturday famous Vols and old linemen gather for fellowship. Considering accomplishments, this is a
genuinely modest group. Visitors should be so advised. They might enjoy Vol Network video in the background. Take a walk on ShieldsWatkins Field, sown in 1921, nurtured by a wealthy banker, W.S. Shields, and his gracious wife, Alice Watkins Shields. Oh, the games on the grass â€“ played by real men who really cared, heart and soul, whatever it took, everything on the line, be it sweat and spit, contusions and tears. From 1925 to 1933, there were 55 games without a loss. Think about it. This is where, in 1939, Tennessee completed a season without giving up a single point, all shutouts in a streak of 15. Nothing like that has happened since. Other great teams, in the truest definition, graced that field â€“1950, 1951, 1956, 1967, 1985,
Ah yes, those were the days. The tour should include the Tom Elam press box and John Ward broadcast center. Offer play by play, home and away. â€œGive him six!â€? â€œTouchdown Tennessee!â€? â€œWillie Gault is going to run all the way to the state capital!â€? â€œCount it down with me â€Ś five, four, three, two, one. The national champion is clad in Big Orange. â€Śâ€? Visitors must experience sky boxes. They might buy one or two. The Neyland Stadium tour should pause for pics at the statue, the great bronze likeness of Robert R. Neyland, and perhaps return to the starting point for more and better souvenirs. This is a free plan for preserving memories and promoting the marvelous story that was Tennessee football. Who knows, even in hard times, we might earn enough to afford a historian, maybe even Tom Mattingly. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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