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March 5, 2012

Rogero tours STEM Academy

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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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a long lunch? “I would like to sit down for lunch with my father. He passed away in February of last year.�

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? “My 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.�

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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 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.� 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. “That 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,� says Greg. “The Steinway is the Rolls Royce of pianos – 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.� For the student, “playing the piano makes kids smarter,� says Greg. “As adults, it helps delay dementia and arthritis. Playing the piano bridges both lobes of your brain.� Although rich in tradition, the company isn’t mired in the past. “We 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.� 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? “A watch my father gave me.�

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? “She told me that if I ever smoked, she would whip my behind. I didn’t like having my behind whipped, so I never smoked.�

What is your social media of choice? “Facebook.�

What is the worst job you have ever had? “I 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.�

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why? “I loved ‘The Jetsons.’ It taught me to dream and open my mind to new things when I was a kid.� “My Life With the Great Pianists,� by Franz Mohr.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“People who don’t know how to drive.�

“When I was in the 8th grade, I put a perm in my hair.�

What are the top three things on your bucket list? “1. Walk my two daughters down the aisle on their wedding day. 2. Visit Holland. 3. Drive a race car.�

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

What is your favorite quote from a television show or movie?

“Most people say I’m hyper because I’m always on the move and ready to go.�

“Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner!� Guy Fieri in “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives�

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

What are you guilty of?

“Being more tolerant of people who evidently don’t know how to drive.�

“Having a paper clutter issue.�

What is your passion?

What is your favorite material possession?

“Serving God and my family.�

“My wedding ring.�

What are you reading currently?

What irritates you?

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have

What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? “The Farragut Folklife Museum. It really has a lot of great information about this area.�

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18? “I 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.�

What is your greatest fear? “Gas prices going over $5 a gallon.�

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? “I would get my girls and my wife and take off on a weeklong vacation without knowing where we were going. Let the adventure begin. ‌â€? It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Farragut Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Sherri Gardner Howell, Include contact info if you can.


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There was a sea of orange â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and purple â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at the kickoff luncheon for the 2012 Knoxville Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk held at the Laurel Church of Christ. UT Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;very, very graciousâ&#x20AC;? to lend her name to the fight against the disease, says Janice Wade-Whitehead, executive director of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tennessee. The acclaimed coach has been generous with her time, in spite of her demanding job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to be part of her team on another level,â&#x20AC;? says Wade-Whitehead. Cronan is also happy to devote time to the cause. Everyone has a friend whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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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&#x20AC;&#x153;Anne of Avonlea,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tu Diaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father was a with International Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son attended, the drop-out rate was higher than the graduation rate. But knowing those statistics only made him work harder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overcoming your situation that gives you strength,â&#x20AC;? he says. Johnson would have plenty to overcome in the years ahead. When he headed off to UT, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I promised my grandmother I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit. I had cousins and generations coming after me and I had to set a good example.â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;and I never have been able to figure out

how to tie my shoes with one hand.â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;things that happen to us in life are not designed to stop us, but only to reposition us. We are in Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands, and He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make mistakes. Life is always about attitude. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t control life, but with Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help, we can control our attitude.â&#x20AC;?

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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

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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@ 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&#x20AC;˘ MARCH 5, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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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&#x20AC;&#x153;Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a very, very typical story.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been kissed by an angel,â&#x20AC;? said Mills. He checked off the symptons he ignored: â&#x2013; Numbness in left arm â&#x2013;  Sharp pain in right shoulder â&#x2013;  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&#x20AC;&#x153;I came within hours of being sorry,â&#x20AC;? said Mills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listen to your body. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be stubborn.â&#x20AC;? Briggs said heart attack is the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 killer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lesson we can learn from Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story is to know the symptoms and be aware of your loved ones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is an element of denial that can kill.â&#x20AC;? Mills represented the 8th District and at one time chaired the commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love you all,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x153;A smile goes a long way,â&#x20AC;? she said. Bible has a compelling story, a booming business and about 100 real jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can be a $100 million company, and we want to move to Knox County,â&#x20AC;? said Bible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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&#x20AC;&#x201C;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&#x20AC;&#x153;Give him six!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Touchdown Tennessee!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willie Gault is going to run all the way to the state capital!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Count it down with me â&#x20AC;Ś five, four, three, two, one. The national champion is clad in Big Orange. â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? 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

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‘Shatner’s World’ comes alive! Knoxville to New York and back, driving, 1,400 miles in 50 hours. No big deal, right? It’s our chance to see William Shatner. William Shatner. Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. Or, if you prefer, Denny Crane. Or, if you’re under 20, the guy. Car loaded up, a buddy and I leave Knox Vegas at 5 p.m. (My wife wanted no part of this quixotic quest.) Billy Joel blaring on the iPod, we were ready. Some folks like to get away; take a holiday from the neighborhood …

Virginia. Forever. Then Maryland. Then Pennsylvania. I waved the white flag just across the New Jersey line. Rest stop. We were eating breakfast at Junior’s in Midtown Manhattan by 7 a.m. The server’s name was Cheryl and the eggs were awesome. (And scrambled.) The room at The Milford wasn’t ready. So, I grabbed a Daily News and snickered at Snooki being banned in Newark. Then I grabbed a nap before the matinee. “Shatner’s World (We Just The marquee at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in Manhattan announces William Shatner’s one-man show, Live in It)” is one hour and 40 “Shatner’s World.” Photo by Jake Mabe

William Shatner in his iconic role of Capt. James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” File photo

minutes of pure ego. And I mean that in the best sense of the word. Let’s face it: Shatner’s sense of himself is part of his charm. It worked as Kirk. It worked even better as Denny Crane. The show was charming, cute, poignant, perfect. He told us about his big break, on the Shakespearean stage in his native Montreal, stepping in to play “Henry V” for an ill Christopher Plummer. He hammed it up on Broadway 50 years ago in “The World of Suzie Wong” and saved the sinking ship. He lit up live TV, including the infamous night when Lon Chaney Jr. blinked in front of the never-blinking cameras and started spouting stage directions. He saw that thing on the wing in “The Twilight Zone.” And, then, NBC rejected Jeffrey Hunter as the captain of the Enterprise. Shatner got the nod and trekked his way into immortality. But don’t get the idea “Shatner’s World” is a Trekkie tour de force. It’s the story of a life, of a little boy growing up in Montreal who used to skip school for the

burlesque shows and knew he wanted to act. It’s about an equestrian, an actor, a linguist in love with alliteration so much he even recorded Elton John’s “Rocket Man” as a spoken-word album. Look it up. It’s a classic. Shatner says the secret to his success is that he said “yes.” When Chris Plummer was sick, he said yes. When “Star Trek” needed a captain, he said yes. When David E. Kelley needed Denny Crane, he said yes. “Saying ‘yes’ means risk,” Shatner says. But with risk comes reward. After the show we ate Italian on Restaurant Row and watched the snow and skaters at Rockefeller Center. Sunday morning we were up by 7 and gone by 8. I managed to grab a Times and a Daily News on the way to the car. It was the trip of a lifetime and it was gone in a flash and when I crossed into Tennessee I was still humming a nocturne for the blues in a New York state of mind. Visit Jake Mabe online at

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A cloud of witnesses Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 12: 1-2 NRSV) The question that started the whole conversation was whether ghosts are mentioned in the Bible. Apparently, everyone on all sides was willing to cede the point that was so obvious: the Holy Ghost, as a part of the pre-existing Trinity, present from before the beginning. But were there other ghosts? Spirits who existed separate from the earthly bodies they had once inhabited? And what, exactly, is a ghost? The undispersed, unused energy that is left over after a person dies too young? Are they spooky, to be feared? Are they poor, pitiable souls, wandering abroad with no body, and no hope of being released from their current condition? What is our fascination

with ghosts? Have you ever seen one? Well, I claim to have seen one, on the battlefield at Gettysburg, but I can’t be positive. What I saw was a horseman, in a military uniform, come riding up a trail, right up to my car. I remember clearly that the moon was full, and that it was Halloween night (both of which, I realize, could be arguments for an overactive imagination and


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against the validity of my sighting). But I saw what I saw, and then I was past him, out the Chambersburg Pike and the moment was gone. Years later, there was the creak on the stair that was loud enough to wake me from a deep sleep. I thought I had overslept, and that my husband had come back upstairs to wake me. That’s when I realized my husband was lying beside me. He had been awakened too, and was alert and reaching for his pistol. We searched the house over, but there was no one else there. Anyhow, thanks to Strong’s Concordance, that amazing tome that catalogs every word in the Bible every time it is used, I was able to ascertain that there are only two usages of the word in the Bible: the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Trinity, and the phrase “gave up the ghost,” used to describe a person’s dying. That usage of the word appears to me to equate “the ghost” with the soul. But then there is that wonderful Hebrews refer-

ence to the “great cloud of witnesses” surrounding us. What are we to make of the “great cloud of witnesses”? A “cloud” seems a little ethereal for flesh and blood, so are they the thousands and millions of souls who have finished the race? Are they cheering us on from the other shore? And how are we to understand the appearance of Moses and Elijah with Jesus on the Mount of the Transfiguration? I grasp that they are there to represent the Law and the Prophets, sort of a pair of bookends flanking the Christ, the culmination of God’s self-revelation to humankind. But were they ghosts, since we know that they had been dead for centuries? I suppose that the most interesting thing about the discussion that prompted all these musings is the fact that it originated on Facebook among a group of sophisticated 20-somethings, a generation typically not overly given to spiritual concerns. I am pleased that they are willing to “think on these things.” (Philippians 4: 8)

Thursday, March 8, at Bearden Banquet Hall on Kingston Pike. Fredda Temples and Theresa Phillips will perform, and the inspirational speaker will be Maxine Raines, executive director and founder of Lost Sheep Ministry. Admission is $12 allinclusive. Complimentary child care will be by reservation only. Info: Connie, 693-5298 or email

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■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, holds a beginner yoga class Mondays from 6-7 p.m. upstairs in the family life center. Cost is $10 per class or $40 for five classes. Bring a mat, towel and water. Info: Dena Bower, 567-7615 or email

Women’s groups ■ Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection will host “Discover Life’s Lost Sheep Luncheon”

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Good Samaritan holds election The Good Samaritan of Loudon County recently held its annual election. Pictured are: Donnie Wells, manager of WalMart in Lenoir City and new appointment; Susan Fox, director of Family Resource Center for Lenoir City and incoming president; and Ron Jordan, business administrator of First Baptist Church in Lenoir City and new appointment. Not pictured is John Evans, president of American Trust Bank and departing president of Good Samaritan. Photo submitted

CONDOLENCES Our community recently lost these contributors: Donald Lee Brewer, 55, graduated from UT and was a four-year letterman on the tennis team. His career was in comDonald Brewer mercial real estate and he founded Realty Investment Services. He leaves his wife of 32 years, Andrea Gosselin Brewer. Carl Wesley “Wes” Clarke, 71, served in the U.S. Navy and worked for 25 years as a pilot for TWA. He later owned a computer software business until he retired to Tellico Village in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Barbara. Esther Angela Flanders, 90, was a member of Concord United Methodist Church since 1959. She was preceded in death by husband Irving C. Flanders. James Edward “Jim” Hitchcock, 74, was of the Baptist faith. An electrical engineer, he held several innovative patents. During his career he worked for Chrysler Aerospace, RCA Television, Magnavox Electronics and retired from Philips Electronics. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty B. Hitchcock, children and their families. Donald Leroy “Don” Lyles, 81, was an Army vet-


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eran and former owner of Lyles Grocery. Virgil Mathews Jr., 66, of Loudon, is survived by his wife, Betty. A celebration of life was held Feb. 19 at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Jeannine Jarrett Mitchell, 72, graduated from UT and was married to Dr. Wayne Mitchell, a career Army dentist. Lester Earl Owenby, 86, was a WW II Navy veteran who was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda. Dr. Wilson Watkins Powers, 87, practiced internal medicine for 50 years including service in the U.S. Navy. Wilson Powers He leaves his wife, Rita. Marian E. Richards, 94, was a U.S. Army nurse in WW II where she met and married Robert Richards. She leaves two daughters and their families. Michael G. “Mike” Swaggerty, 61, formerly of Knoxville, was a member of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, and creator/producer of the radio program “All Mixed Up” at WCBE in Columbus, Ohio. Doris Jean Scott Walker, 87, a member of Concord United Methodist Church, was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Walker Sr.


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Fashionista paradise Knoxville Fashion Week premiers in style By Sherri Gardner Howell

Jaime Hatcher Hemsley must have felt a little like the A-Team’s Hannibal Smith Wednesday night: “I love it when a plan comes together.” Hemsley, founder of Knoxville Fashion Association and president of Gage Models & Talent, had a vision for a week to celebrate fashion in Knoxville. She and a talented team of models, designers, business owners and visionaries set out to make Knoxville Fashion Week more than just a dream. With the kickoff at Mercedes of Knoxville on Wednesday began four days

of focusing on fashion, complete with runway shows, trunk shows, emerging designers on the runway, parties, a men’s fashion show hosted by Coachman Clothiers and a grand finale at Knoxville Harley Davidson on Saturday. Fashion Week concentrated on showcasing boutiques with fashion-forward designer merchandise as well as emerging designers and cutting-edge fashion looks, says Jaime. Combining the kickoff event with a Knoxville Chamber Business AfterModels display upcoming trends in clothing and hair at Knoxville Hours Event brought a Fashion Week’s kickoff event on Feb. 29. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell crowd to Mercedes of Knoxville. The event was open to Chamber members and VIP guests and provided a fashion-forward backdrop for the week to come. Photographer and assistant event coordinator Elizabeth Scaperoth Wiseman with Knoxville Fashion Week and Gage Models and Talents helps welcome guests to the kickoff event.

Models Holly Daugherty and Wade Bryant enjoy the opening event of Knoxville Fashion Week.

Radio personality Hallerin Hilton Hill and Scott Blalock catch up at the opening event for Knoxville Fashion Week, held at Mercedes of Knoxville.

Modeling a necklace by Reeds of Gray at the kickoff for Knoxville Fashion Week is Ashley Gumarson.

Striking a fashionable pose at Knoxville Fashion Week are fashion consultant and director Kathy Hall and Knoxville Fashion Week staff member Hana Lively.

Mark Field, senior vice president of membership with the Knoxville Chamber, thanks Dean Carroll of Coachman Clothiers and Rick and Blake Terry of Rick Terry Jewelry for their donations to the Knoxville Fashion Week kickoff event.

BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS • MARCH 5, 2012 • A-9 Bearden High School students, led by Barrett Burgin, created a film for the Fifty-Four Film Fest. Participants are: (front) Laura Dupper, Burgin, Austin Fray, Ben Nebenfuehr, Ben Maxey; (back) Elizabeth Gibson, Ashley Campbell, Temple Duke, Alli Acuff and Tyler Cheek. Photo by Wendy Smith

Bearden students make ‘Memories’ for Fifty-Four Film Festival By Wendy Smith Bearden High School senior Barrett Burgin has been making films since the 2nd grade. But he couldn’t have pulled off his biggest achievement, a sevenminute film he produced and directed for Knoxville’s Fifty-Four Film Fest, without a little help from his friends. If it weren’t for them, Burgin might still be dreaming about owning a camera. He’d always borrowed cameras before his 18th birthday, when classmate

Temple Duke led operation “get Barrett a camera,” he says. His friends presented him with $400, and using additional Christmas and birthday funds, Burgin was able to purchase a CanonT31. As soon as the camera was in hand, he started researching film festivals. He learned that the Fifty-Four Film Fest, which was held Feb. 3-5, was just days away. Once again, he called on his friends to help him create a movie in 54 hours.

Team captains arrived at Community Television of Knoxville headquarters on State Street at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3. Each team was required to use the same prop (a VHS tape), a common line (“Why do I do this to myself?”) and an action (a punch) in its video. Each captain also drew a genre. Burgin selected ‘tragedy or drama.’ Then the hard work began. The students gathered for a brainstorming session that lasted until 11 p.m. The team also included three adults, including Jupiter

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Entertainment employees Jeremy Ashcraft and Robert Ivkovic, whom Burgin met while interning there. Ivkovic was willing to stay up most of the night to try his hand at screenwriting. At 10 a.m., the 12-hour fi lming session began. Burgin and Ashcraft spent the following day editing, but the process of rendering and exporting the video was so timeconsuming that the team missed the contest’s midnight deadline on Feb. 5. While the film wasn’t

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eligible to win an award, it was shown at a screening held at the Carmike Cinemas Wynnsong 16 on Feb. 18. Viewing his work on the big screen was one of the most amazing experiences of his life, Burgin says. The movie tells the story of a man who becomes engrossed in a box of old videotapes and pictures while packing for a move. When he takes a close look at videos of a lost love, he realizes that the relationship was not what he remembered. The fi lm can be viewed at by searching “Stripling Studios – Memories.” Burgin received other perks for participating in Fifty-Four Film Fest. He had the opportunity to network with other Knoxville filmmakers and got to know festival founder James Thayer. According to Thayer, 22 teams competed, and most were made up of industry professionals. While only three teams included high school students, it was valuable for them to have the experience of working under a tight deadline, which is common for the industry, he says. The intense weekend also served to weed out those who aren’t cut out for the profession. “If you can go through this process and still love it, it might be something you can do as a career.” Burgin still loves it, but insists he couldn’t have done it on his own. “This whole festival opened a world of opportunities for me. I really owe it to all of my friends. I put in a lot of work, but they put in just as much.”

Local students make dean’s list at Maryville College Bearden High School put seven graduates on the dean’s list for the fall semester at Maryville College. They are: Mary McAlexander, Sara Biorck, Kelly Hertzel, Ashley Howarth, Louis Nelson, Jessica Vail and Thomas Webster. West High had one graduate on the list: E. Windsor

Wall, while Webb School had five: Ellison Berryhill, Robert Britt, E. Katerina Datskou, Kayla Dougherty and Jason Johnson. Qualification for the dean’s list includes a grade point average of at least 3.6 in all work undertaken with no grade below a “C.” Only fulltime students are considered.

Bearden Middle School student Mark Black stops by one of the booths at the Knox County Schools Career Fair to inquire about jobs in the future. Each student who asked three questions earned 20 “school bucks” which could be redeemed for prizes at the event. Photo by Jake Mabe

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Bearden Middle schoolers Savannah Huff and Casey Thornton receive information from Katrenia Hill, coordinator of the simulation lab at Pellissippi State Community College, during the career day fair at the Expo Center on Feb. 23. The lab has computerized manikins, including the top-of-the-line Sim Man 36 used in their nursing program. Photo by T. Edwards of

Box Tops for West Hills Box Tops for Education from General Mills’ products and Labels for Education from Campbell’s products are being collected to purchase supplies for the school. Labels can be dropped off in the silver collection box at the front of the school or can be mailed to: West Hills Elementary School, 409 Vanosdale Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. Info: email Jill Schmudde at

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West High Mock Trial team advances to state West High School seniors Raney Shattuck (standing) and Alex Gilbert are members of the Mock Trial team that will represent the Knoxville area in statewide competition later this month. Photo by Betty Bean

By Betty Bean On Tuesday before the second round of Mock Trial competition, the West High School team found out that one of its witnesses had a scholarship interview to attend the following Saturday morning instead of going to trial. Things got worse on Friday night when one of the team’s lawyers got sick. At 6 a.m. Saturday, student lawyer Raney Shattuck found out that she would be filling in for him. She wrote her argument that morning. Fellow senior Alex Gilbert pulled

Ruby Miller, 4, grandmother Malissa Scruggs and 1st grader Parkey Miller enjoy lunch together on grandparent’s day.

double-duty as a witness. As if that wasn’t scary enough, they wouldn’t know who made the final round, which was conducted in a real courtroom at the City County Building, until everyone arrived at 8:45 a.m. West High ended up facing – and beating – the team from traditional rival Bearden High School. The West High team will go to the state competition later this month. Raney was complimentary of her opponent: “Bearden was amazing. They definitely stepped up their game from last year and I think they have a really good future in Mock Trial.” The competition pitted teams from seven area schools against one another. The West High School team, which is sponsored by government teacher Adam Crownover, was coached by a couple of West High School parents,

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Andy Long and General Sessions Court Judge Patricia Hall Long. Each team is given an identical set of facts, which they must learn to prosecute and defend. This year, they argued a civil case involving a fire in a denim factory and a question of potential insurance fraud before members of the other teams, who sat in the audience. A judge from the state Court of Appeals presided. “We’d been practicing for months getting ready,” Alex said. “It’s not easy putting on an entire court case to a jury made up of lawyers who judge us and score us.” “Winning was surprising,” said Raney, who had to fill two lawyer roles. “We didn’t do it without overcoming some big obstacles. Everyone from all the other teams watches you, so it’s scary,” Raney said.

Neither Raney nor Alex has made a final decision about college yet, but they are confident that West High School will continue to have a successful Mock Trial team in the future because there are promising undergraduates on the 18-member squad. Raney wants to study international relations and political science and then go to law school. Would they recommend the experience to other students? The answer is a resounding yes. “If you can handle the heat and aren’t afraid of working very hard, it’s such an amazing feeling to know that you know a real case like the back of your hand,” Raney said. “It’s a completely unique skill set.” Raney’s parents are Christie and Deaver Shattuck. Adam’s are Anne and Mike Gilbert.

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Dr. Seuss Week at Rocky Hill Third graders Riley Bogle and Christopher Curtis are captivated by the Dr. Seuss book being read aloud by guest reader and Principal for a Day, County Commissioner Jeff Ownby.

WIVK radio personality Gunner visits with Rocky Hill Elementary School secretary Kristy Hall after his stint as guest reader during Dr. Seuss Week. “Well, boys and girls, do you have any questions for me about Dr. Seuss, or radio, or cowboys?” he said after reading a book aloud. The cowboy subject seemed to prevail among his listeners. Photos by S. Barrett

Rocky Hill Elementary School principal Crystal Marcum discusses the week’s activities with “Principal for a Day” and guest reader, County Commissioner Jeff Ownby. “It was important enough to him that he took time from his job to see what we do,” said Marcum of Ownby’s visit as PFAD. “He got to see some of the successes that we get to see every day.” This was the first year Rocky Hill was chosen to have a guest principal.

Halls High School class of 1952 will hold its 60th reunion in conjunction with the yearly alumni banquet Saturday, April 28, at the Halls High School cafeteria. Info: Judson Palmer, 922-7651 or 712-3099.

Blance signs with Cumberland University Webb School of Knoxville senior running back Caleb Blance recently signed his commitment with Cumberland University. Pictured at the event are: (seated) Caleb’s brother, Aaron Blance; Caleb; his mother, Angela Blance; Robert Blance; (middle row) Caleb’s brother, Malone; and his sisters, Yahara and Tahara; (back) Webb upper school dean of students and boys’ varsity basketball coach Ricky Norris; Webb upper school head Matt Macdonald; Webb assistant varsity football coaches Clark Wormsley and Jay Moore; Cumberland University assistant football coach Buddy Brown; and Webb assistant varsity football coach Randy Carroll. Photo submitted

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West High wrestlers honored West High School wrestlers Johnny Woo and James Peck, along with coach Marc Giles, represented the Region 2 champions when the team was honored by County Commission last week. The Rebels have qualified for the state tournament three years in a row. Commissioner Jeff Ownby, whose son Jeremy also wrestles on the team, sponsored the resolution. Photo by S. Clark

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Proud signs with Belmont University Webb School of Knoxville senior Emily Proud has signed to play for Belmont University. Pictured at the signing are: Emily (seated, center) with her parents, Geoffrey and Melody; (back) Webb upper school head Matt Macdonald and Webb upper school dean of students Ricky Norris. Photo submitted

West Knox Homeowners The Council of West Knox County Homeowners will meet at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Peace Lutheran Church, 621 Cedar Bluff Road. Kaye Graybeal, the new Knoxville/Knox County historic preservation planner with MPC, will speak.

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ew things in life are as unpleasant as legal disputes among family members. The good news is that most of those disagreements, which can lead to lengthy and expensive court battles, can be avoided with the help of good legal counsel at the right time. Local attorney Rebecca Bell, who also goes by her married name Rebecca Bell Jenkins, a family law practitioner, says the remedy is to anticipate and take care of important legal matters before they

can become problems. A Knoxville native who received both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia, Bell has been licensed to practice law since 1995. She started her career in the Knox County Attorney General’s office, where she prosecuted DUI cases. She went into private practice in 2000 with offices at Franklin Square. “This is really a general practice,” Bell Jenkins says. “We do a little bit of

Money can’t buy me a network My dad, who ran a law office in Halls for 30 years, was a member of the North Knoxville Rotary back in the day.

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If you don’t know what the Rotary is, give it a Google search. It’s an international club of business people who get together for lunch and to do good things in the community. My first Rotary experience came at the ripe old age of 4, when Fountain City Lake, aka the Duck Pond, had to be drained and dredged. First order of business: round up the ducks. I watched from the sidelines as Dad, our old Labrador Linus, and other Rotarians waded armpit-deep in water and waist-deep in muck to herd those ducks.

Once you’ve herded ducks with somebody, business relationships come easy, I think. So, every time I hear about networking events these days, I think back to that day beside the duck pond. Newspaper reporters showed up, and I think they were even on TV. The respect those serious business guys won that day was worth 20 $100 luncheons. Yes, one way to grow your business is to grow your contacts. But, there are more valuable ways to do it than sipping a latte with someone. The respect that comes with being a contributing member of the community beats the pants off networking any day. Next time you’re tempted to spend money on a high-powered networking group, take a moment to think who else could use that money. Maybe you should donate it to your local PTA or Boy Scout troop instead. Who knows? You might wind up in a newspaper, too.

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■ The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Farragut West Knox Chamber and TradeMark Advertising will begin the new Marketing Series for Business Leaders on Tuesday, March 6, at SunTrust Bank on Kingston Pike. The series is titled “Business Survival Guide: Marketing Edition.” Info or to register: ■ Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce networking breakfasts will be held at Michael Brady Inc., 299 North Weisgarber Road, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8; and Brixx Woodfired Pizza in Turkey Creek, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15. Info: www.farragutchamber. com.

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Winter concerts for KSYO By Pam Fansler Twice in February, the historic T e n nessee Theatre w a s filled with the sounds of the K noxFansler v i l l e Symphony Youth Orchestra Association. The free concerts were sponsored by The First Tennessee Foundation. The first featured the Youth Symphony Orchestra, led by music director James Fellenbaum. This concert featured solos by the winners of the Youth Concerto Competition: Ellie Lai, piano; Catherine Rothery, flute; and Chloe Amelia Harvel, violin. Fellenbaum says the concert allowed the Youth Orchestra to realize two goals: To perform a stand-alone, full-length concert by themselves and to accompany three soloists. The second concert featured performances by four of the five orchestras in the Association: the Preludium, led by Erin Archer; the Philharmonia, led by Katie Hutchinson; Sinfonia, led by Association general manager Kathy Hart-Reilly; and the Youth Chamber Orchestra, led by Wesley Baldwin.

The KSYO Association, entering its 38th season, is an auditioned full symphonic orchestra comprised of some of the area’s most talented young musicians. It performs at least three concerts during the season and is open to all students grade 12 and younger who play an orchestral instrument. Its mission according to Fellenbaum is twofold. “We work in a professional environment to educate students through high level orchestral training, all while developing new audiences for symphonic music.” Their next concert is May 7 at the Tennessee Theatre. Sponsored by the Knoxville Symphony League and the Knoxville Symphony Society, the KSYO is comprised of five ensembles and a training class totaling more than 250 student musicians. Members may also choose to participate in the Association’s Chamber Music Program where they have the opportunity to play in smaller ensembles. Fellenbaum says, “It’s amazing the amount of growth we continue to see in membership of our youth orchestra groups.” The First Tennessee Foundation is proud to sponsor these talented young performers. Pam Fansler is president of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region.


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High school drama takes the stage By Shannon Morris


lthough music and fine arts have been a strong tradition at Grace Christian Academy for many years, Feb. 28 continued that tradition with the high school drama department’s performance of “Phantom of the Old Opera House.” Set in an old vacant opera house in Denville, we were taken back a quarter century to a group of actors staging “The Phantom of the Opera.” Right at the climax of the play the hero shoots the Phantom with a prop gun. However, a tragic twist occurs when it is discovered that the gun is loaded with real bullets, and the actor playing the Phantom is actually murdered. This devastating tragedy closes the doors of the opera house. Many years pass, and strange lights and sounds in the

theatre lead to the theory that the old building was haunted, presumably by the ghost of the murdered Phantom. Now, 25 years later, the local high school drama class decides to revive

“The Pha ntom of the Opera” on the abandoned stage. Yes, the results are funny, mysterious and scary! Last Friday night, 16 Grace high school students brought this production to life, each playing an important role on stage and behind the scenes. The whole process of performing arts is a growing part of student life at Grace under the direction of Tonya Wilson, who brings 25 years

of television, stage and speech experience to the classroom. The excitement of a growing drama department at the high school level started last year with the first dramatic presentation of “Ransom of Red Chief.” Not only have students been involved in stage productions, but several students h a v e b e e n involved in speech competitions, and have helped in the construction of Knoxville’s Nativity Pageant. A strong and serious drama program in a high school offers students the opportunity to experience the many aspects of theater arts, which would not be available to them otherwise. In any drama, there is so much more to do than perform on stage. Helping in set construction, make up, prop work, cos-

tuming, sound and lighting affords these students a chance to sample what theater life might be like. Plus, the chance to work together as a team to produce a fi nal product of such quality and excellence provides valuable life lessons. Grace is proud to offer this exciting program to its students, and the community members who come to see the productions are blessed by seeing dedicated and talented high school students putting on shows of excellence that the entire family can enjoy.

Wendy Adams and Chris Caylor in “Phantom of the Old Opera House.”

Madi Scealf and Cody Clift in “Phanton of the Old Opera House.”

The Grace Christian Academy middle school boys “A” basketball team are honored on Pilot’s High School Heroes on WVLT. Pictured are: (front) Billy Wilson, host Mark Packer, John Holland, Lee Poff; (second row) Wade Sluss, Zach Walker, Jon Creel, Christian Hammond; (back) Grant Ledford, C.J. Gettlefinger, Landon Hensley, Nick White, Chase Kuerschen, Robbie Windham and Ben Andrews. Photo by Patti Andrews

Middle school basketball on top By Shannon Morris With a regular season record of 27-1, the Grace middle school boys “A” basketball team headed to the KISL tournament after setting a season record for wins. Continuing that winning streak, the team beat schools in the post season that have proven to be tough opponents in years past, resulting in a championship win in the KISL tournament. The team racked up other victories as champions of the Maynardville Preseason Tournament and the Karns Christmas Tournament. But, the wins did not stop there. The team was invited to participate in the “Tops N Tennessee” fundraiser tournament sponsored by Springfield Mid-


dle School. Teams travel from across the state to compete, determining the top middle school team in each of five divisions. The divisions are ranked by the size of the school. The Grace Middle School boys came home with the victory in their category. They even had the privilege of being interviewed on Pilot’s High School Heroes program with Mark Packer on WVLT. The success of the middle school boys team bodes well for the future, as several of these young men will be taking part in the already successful high school basketball program. The faculty and staff of Grace offer congratulations to these athletes and their coaches!

Three Grace seniors sign to play football for University of the Cumberlands. Pictured are: (front) Mark Palmer, Harley Palmer, Denise Palmer, Kim Melton, Caleb Melton, Jason Melton, Kristina Campbell, Abbey Campbell, Jake Minga, Tim Minga; (back) coaches Matt Green, Randy McKamey, Jason Hamock, John Bland of University of the Cumberlands and Eric Woodard. Photo by Miranda Fox

Moving to the next level By Shannon Morris Despite the cloud of a postseason ban hanging over the heads of the Grace Christian Academy football team, the Rams showed tremendous fortitude and determination in finishing the season with a perfect 10-0 record. Not only were they victorious each time they stepped onto the field, but they were almost impossible for other teams to score against, finishing the season with six shutout wins, and also finishing second in the state in total points allowed.

Much of the success of this year’s squad was due to a strong class of 11 seniors, who demonstrated leadership both on and off the field. Their examples of hard work, dedication to the team, and determination to succeed paved the way for victories this year, and built upon an already strong foundation of success that the Rams have experienced in recent seasons. Several of these outstanding seniors excelled to the point that they were deemed

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ready to take their games to the next level. In February, Christian Steward (OL/DL) signed with Carson-Newman, while Parker Shelton (QB/DB) signed with Lindsey Wilson. Three more players recently committed to the University of the Cumberlands: Harley Palmer (RB/ LB), Caleb Melton (TE/DE) and Jake Minga (WR/DB). Each Grace football senior has shown the mettle to lead, and the determination to succeed during this outstanding season.


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Owen Liles (held by dad Robbie) was recently born in a LDRP suite at Fort Sanders Regional. Big sister Avery and mom Katelyn celebrated baby Owenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth with a birthday party in the hospital.

laughs Liles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels like a regular bed until time to deliver the baby, then you just lie there, and they remove the bottom and the stirrups come up, and it elevates into a seated position if needed.â&#x20AC;? After birth, a baby can stay with his or her mother full time or go

Be baby-ready: Attend Teddy Bear U! Congratulations! Becoming a parent is an exciting and challenging time. Teddy Bear University at Fort Sanders Regional is designed to help you develop the k n o w l edge, skills and confidence to prepare for the birth of your child. A variety of expectant parent Teddy Bear University classes, ranging from pregnancy and childbirth to breastfeeding and infant CPR, are offered at Fort Sanders Regional. There are also classes for big brothers and sisters, as well as parents expecting â&#x20AC;&#x153;marvelous multiples.â&#x20AC;? Classes fill quickly, so be sure to reserve your space before your fifth or sixth month of pregnancy. For Teddy Bear University classes and dates, call 865-673-FORT (3678) or visit

to the nursery if she prefers. Baby Owen was checked for health in the LDRP room and received his ďŹ rst bath there, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got to watch that, and I actually really valued that part,â&#x20AC;? remembers Liles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it was really nice having the warmer for

the baby right in the room, next to me.â&#x20AC;? Despite its home-like appearance, the LDRP suites contain emergency medical equipment hidden away in the bedroom furniture. Patients can receive pain medications in the room, and

thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an infant warmer ready to go as well. Each LDRP suite also has a bathroom with either a shower or whirlpool. The room also has a baby crib and a chair that pulls out to make a bed for a visitor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom stayed with me at night, and she said it was pretty comfortable too,â&#x20AC;? says Liles. After baby Owenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth, his big sister, Avery, 2, wanted to throw a birthday party in the LDRP suite. The nursing staff helped her sing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthday,â&#x20AC;? but the decorations were decidedly Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; pink princess balloons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure my son didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind,â&#x20AC;? Liles says with a laugh. Liles had the same labor and delivery nurse for Owen that she had for Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth, Amber Squires. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel really blessed by that. Amber is an amazing nurse. They all are, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just fabulous.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Ellen Moffat delivered Owen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely fabulous, a really good doctor, too,â&#x20AC;? says Liles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just felt like I was in really good hands, absolutely. Fort Sanders was excellent,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall it was such a good experience. Someday I want another baby, and I will deďŹ nitely use Fort Sanders.â&#x20AC;?

Labor in luxury with Fort Sanders birthing suites High-risk pregnancies have always been the specialty of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, but now, the hospital has six suites just for low-risk patients as well. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re called LDRP rooms (for labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum), and they offer a home-like environment and privacy for mother, child and family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a warm, homey feeling,â&#x20AC;? explains Fort Sanders Director of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services Bernie Hurst. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a bedroom than a hospital room. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very nice.â&#x20AC;? In an LDRP suite, the bed is all-in-one, adjustable for labor, but fitted with an extra mattress afterward for a more comfortable stay. The furniture in the room includes wood dressers that hide medical equipment and a wooden bassinet for the baby. Other family members can stay as well, in a chair that transforms into a bed. Each LDRP room has a shower and two of the labor and deliver rooms also have whirlpool tubs. Nearby are facilities for more high-risk births, premature labor and emergency Caesarean-section deliveries. The hospital has a Level II nursery on site to care for moderately premature babies. Any newborn needing extra care is transferred quickly to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) across the street at East Tennessee Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital via the underground tunnel that links the two buildings. Neonatologists

at Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital work closely with physicians at Fort Sanders for any highrisk pregnancy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have anything and everything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want for having a baby,â&#x20AC;? says Hurst. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can offer more options than anywhere else because we have both high-risk and low-risk care.â&#x20AC;? Fort Sanders has long been the leading hospital in East Tennessee for highrisk, multiple deliveries. Last year, Fort Sanders physicians delivered 51 sets of

twins, plus two sets of triplets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have very good outcomes.â&#x20AC;? says Hurst. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud of our high success rate with our multiples, twins, triplets and quads. Plus, we love babies because we do more deliveries than any other facility in the area.â&#x20AC;? For additional information about Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services at Fort Sanders Regional, call 865-673-FORT (3678) or log onto

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Strang volunteers appreciated

Strang Senior Center director Lauren Monahan and County Mayor Tim Burchett express their appreciation for the many volunteers who help the center be what it is to serve seniors in the community.

Director Lauren Monahan (center) thanks Anne Little and Nancy Parker for helping out as Martha Farrelly directs the hosts at many of the events. “I enjoy getting out, meeting with friends and helping the Golden Tones chorus. They center,” Parker said. will be presenting “Broadway Ladies” at the Strang Senior Center at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16.

Tennessee is the volunteer state, and the volunteer spirit is alive and well at the Strang Senior Center where an appreciation lunch was held.

There are volunteers who lead classes (oil painting, computer, exercise), cook, clean, serve, lead music, coordinate book and card clubs, provide seminars, fi x things, come with a smile to cheer up everyone’s day Theresa and more. The Senior Mini Expo at Edwards the Strang Center will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Pianist Penny Norris provides the musical entertainment for March 14. There will be the appreciation banquet. vendors, door prizes, food, County Mayor Tim Bur- free information and givechett, Director of Senior aways. Services Hemal Tailor and Strang Director Lauren Monahan thanked the group. “We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you. You are the ones who come when I say ‘help’ Kathy Coffey of Arbor and do whatever is needed,” Terrace and Susan Monahan said. Long of East Tennessee Monahan also went Personal Care Services around to each individual, provided the food for introducing them and exthe volunteer appreciaplained how they volunteer, tion lunch at the Strang thanking each person in a Senior Center. Photos by T. Edwards of wide variety of categories.

We need homes to call our own! Lola is a female Chihuahua mix, 5-months-old, and 7 pounds.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES For registration info about these and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. ■ 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 5-6, St. Mark’s UMC, 3359 Louisville Road, Louisville. ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 12-13, Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway. ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 12-13, Chota Recreation Center, 145 Awohli Drive, Loudon.

Lucas is an 8-month-old male Chihuahua mix, only 9 pounds.

Tidbit is a 7-year-old male Chihuahua, weighing 4 pounds.

SBRET ha Chihua s lots of hu Chihua as and hua m ixe Please join us s. a Wome t the n at the Today Expo Knoxv ill Conve ntion C e enter March 16 meet d -18 and ogs lik e these and m ore!

966.6597 Small Breed Rescue of East TN Space donated by Shopper-News. contact: Karen 966-6597 or Tyrine at 426-3955 email:

■ 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, Dandridge Senior Center, 917 Elliott Ferry Road, Dandridge. ■ Noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 15-16, South Knoxville Center, 6728 Martel Lane. ■ Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 21-22, O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 22-23, Mid-East Community Action Center, 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood. ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 2627, Fort Sanders Senior Center, 1220 W. Main St., Sevierville. ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 28-29, Kingston Public Library, 1004 Bradford Way, Kingston. ■ Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, and Friday, March 30, Morristown Service Center, 801 Lincoln Ave.

Medical librarians to train South Africans Medical librarians from the UT Graduate School of Medicine will travel to South Africa later this month to train public librarians there how to find the Martha Earl best online health information available to share with families in their communities. The trip is sponsored Cynthia Vaughn by the U.S. Embassy in South Africa in partnership with the Library and Information Association of South Africa. Cynthia Vaughn and Martha Earl will conduct numerous workshops throughout South Africa to help community librarians successfully navigate and access the wealth of quality online health resources. The workshops are patterned after those utilized in a successful study, called A Simple Plan Extended, in which Vaughn and Earl participated and taught librarians throughout the state of Tennessee about health information.

HEALTH NOTES ■ A demonstration of the Alexander Technique will be held at noon Tuesday, March 20, at Lawson McGhee Library. The technique shows how to move with more ease and better posture. Info: Lilly Sutton, 387-7600 or ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Community), 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or

Vaughn, a clinical information librarian and assistant professor with UT Graduate School of Medicine, is excited. “Finding medical information is my passion and having the chance to share this knowledge with public librarians in South Africa is something I never dreamed possible.” The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/ LM) developed the classes Vaughn and Earl will teach during the trip. The schedule includes presentations to librarians in major cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban, as well as in the areas of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. “Wherever we go, whether rural or in urban Tennessee or South Africa, people want to learn about the most reliable sources for health information for themselves, their communities and their families,” said Earl, assistant director of Preston Medical Library and an assistant professor with UT Graduate School of Medicine. “Health information empowers consumers the world over. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to share and learn from our colleagues in South Africa.” Jim Ragonese contributed to this report.

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

■ Covenant Health’s Bodyworks offers community exercise for all ages at $3 per class. Classes include Easy Cardio Max, Mind and Body, and Senior Cardio. Visit bodyworks or call 541-4500 to find a location near you.

■ 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: Penny Sparks, 544-6279.

■ Gastrointestinal Associates is encouraging first-time patients to be screened for colon cancer Thursday, March 8, during National Colon Cancer Screening Day. Anyone 50 or older (45 or older for African-Americans)

■ 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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Stimpy hopes for a second chance Stimpy has fallen on hard times and is looking for a fresh start. He was initially surrendered at a shelter in Knox County with his friend Ren, who was euthanized before the pair could be picked up by the Humane Society.

Sara Barrett

Critter Tales Stimpy is now by himself, trying to cope with the loss of Ren and hoping a new family will come his way. Amber Mullins, event and volunteer coordinator for the Humane Society, said Stimpy’s a big teddy bear, but she thinks his size scares people off. Stimpy’s tail is wrapped in surgical tape because “he’s so happy all the time … he wags it so much that it wacks his cage.” This condition is expected to improve once he’s in an open space, such as a fenced backyard. The Great Dane mix is great with kids and seems to be fine around cats and other dogs. He has been neutered, microchipped, dewormed, vaccinated and loved by the people at the Humane Society.

offered to help with the animals they rescued. The note was so touching, I wanted to share part of it with you: “ … Two weeks ago, I and two other ladies trek to YWAC to help. As we were led to the rooms that these (rescued) cats were held in, we passed room after room of animals. I’d never seen so many animals and the thought of this being one shelter in one town was so sad. The most disturbing was that during the four hours we were there ‘evaluating’ cats, the f low of cars (surrendering) animals to the shelter never stopped. “… I cry as I type this, I cry for each of those poor souls brought there in that one day and cry for all those in the past, and God help the ones to be brought in tomorrow. I cry for the workers at the shelter who look into the faces of these lost, unwanted, abused and unAmber Mullins of the Humane Society spends some time with loved animals every day. “Just as we who work in adoptable dog Stimpy. He’s almost as tall as she is when he rescue struggle to save ‘one stands on his back legs. Photo by S. Barrett more’ and sometimes question if we’re making a differThere is an adoption fee Additional note: I re- ence, we must continue to of $150 which will help cov- ceived a letter from a mem- remind ourselves … it mater medical expenses, sup- ber of the Stray Connection ters everything to those few plies and general overhead rescue group regarding last we are able to save.” for the shelter. week’s column. This group If you have a question or For more information has been assisting with the comment for Sara, call her about Stimpy, call 573- recent hoarding situation at 218-9378 or email her at 9675 or visit www.humane on Murphy Road. Young- barretts@shoppernewsnow. Williams had graciously com.

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Jenny Eubanks is the new receptionist for Fix-A-Pet at the Humane Society located on Bearden Hill. Spay and neuter fees are much cheaper there than at most veterinary offices, with cats less than $50 and most dogs around $60 (depending on weight). Give Jenny a call for more info at 579-6738.

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DAV Chapter 24 has FREE RENTAL OF POWER OR MANUAL WHEEL CHAIRS available for any area disabled veteran. Also looking for donations of used wheelchairs (power only). Call 7650510 for information.

For Sale By Owner 40a NEWPORT. 3 BR, 2 BA, 2 story, approx 2 yrs old with 1568 +/- SF. 361 Woodson Dr. Asking $114,900 & owner will finance w/$5,750 dwn. Bill 877-488-5060, ext 323 REDUCED TO SALE $257,500! Or Rent, Tellico Village, 2700 SF, 4BR, 3 1/2BA w/ bonus, 2 car gar, 4 1/2% assumable FHA loan. Call 865-388-5476. ***Web ID# 942590*** WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN! Seller Financing -$400 Down, $250 monthly. 3728 Lilac Ave., Knoxville, TN. 3 BR, 1 1/2 baths, only $26,485. 888-605-7474.



BLUEGRASS AREA, 9813 Crested Butte Ln., Brick front, Est. 1900 SF, 3BR, 2.5BA, fenced bkyrd. w/covered deck, granite, hardwd., bonus. $205K. 865-742-3242.

Condos- Townhouses 42 EASY WALK TO UT 3BR unit, 3rd flr., Laurel Station Condos, 1517 Laurel Ave. Call 615-969-1013. SPECIAL PRICING WITH 30 DAY CLOSE. END UNIT.. LAST ONE! 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, 2 car gar., approx 2100 SF. Halls area. For info 865-898-4558

Acreage- Tracts 46 6 ACRES w/creek. Owner financing. 1 hr from Knoxville. $31,500. 517-416-0600


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1 LOT, Masonic area, at Lynnhurst Cem. Includes headstone, $3200. 865-673-9961.

■ Moneyball: Former UT football coach Phillip Fulmer, UT softball coach Karen Weekly and UT baseball coach Bill Mosiello will host a panel discussion about the book and movie “Moneyball” and the use of business analytics in sports, business and recruiting. This is an invitation-only event for top students in the College of Business Administration to be held today (Monday, March 5) at Club LeConte, Plaza Tower.

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Free GED prep The Adult Education program at Pellissippi State Community College offers free GED preparation available both day and evenings hours at several locations. Enrollment is open to everyone, and classes are taught by small-group or one-on-one instruction. “Even if you’ve been out of school for years, there’s no reason to fear the GED,” says Joan Newman, director of Academic Testing and Adult Education. “Approximately 70 percent of adults who take the GED pass,” she said. “Unfortunately, only about 1.5 percent of all adults who did not graduate from high school even attempt it. The odds really are in your favor, especially when you’re prepared.” Pellissippi State also offers a free practice test that, according to Newman, provides a reliable predictor of actual GED scores. Info: 694-6400.

■ Bill Landry, longtime actor, director and producer, will be honored at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Crowne Plaza at the 10th annual Appalachian Spring gourmet dinner and auction hosted by the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management. Tickets are $150. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 12. Money generated will be used for student scholarships, industry trips and internship support. Info: Ann Fairhurst at 974-6614 or

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■ Rupy Sawhney, Weston Fulton Professor and head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, challenged his students to find a way to help Edi Deaver, a UT alumnus with cerebral palsy, be more mobile. A team of five graduate students, led by Lavanya Marella, researched how Deaver’s body moved and then customized an over-the-bed lift system to accommodate his movements. Sawhney used research funds to purchase the system that was adapted for Deaver’s needs.

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The staff at Young-Williams would like you to meet 3-year oldmale tabby cat Colton. He is gentle, loving and will make someone a wonderful companion. Colton is available for adoption at the main center at 3210 Division St. Hours there and at the “new” center at Young-Williams Animal Village on Bearden Hill are noon to 6 p.m. daily. If you don’t have time to drop by and take a look, visit to see photos of all of the center’s adoptables and call 215-6599 for more information about each pet.


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Flowers from a stranger prove to be good therapy Rita Stroud pulls the handwritten list from her blue frock and begins calling out room numbers. In this room, there’s a 46-yearold woman who has been a patient at Parkwest Medical Center for almost two weeks. In that room, there’s a 62-year-old woman who’s been here for almost a week. Neither knows the other but before the day is done, both will share a common bond – they’ll both receive a bouquet of flowers from a perfect stranger. In fact, on this day, the two women were among 91 patients at Parkwest Medical Center who received bouquets from Random Acts of Flowers, a Knoxvillebased charity that turns used floral arrangements from weddings and funerals into smiles for unsuspecting patients in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care. “The great thing about working with the hospitals and volunteers like Rita is we don’t know who’s going to get the flowers. It’s very random for us,” RAF founder Larsen Jay is saying. “We literally just get a list of room numbers. We let the nurses decide who gets them. That’s the best part. The nurses in the trenches know who needs the pick-me-up. They know who needs a little love and cheer in their day. We just show up with however many we can and make it happen.” Stroud, a volunteer patient representative, has been RAF’s eyes and ears at Parkwest for almost three years now, ever since March 17, 2009 – that St. Patrick’s Day when the organization made its first delivery of 25 bouquets. Since then, it’s been Stroud – working closely with nurses on six floors of the 300-plus bed hospital – who has managed the list that has directed the monthly floral deliveries to a total of 1,621 Parkwest patients thus far. The list, she explains, starts from a simple listing from the hospital’s Bed Control Unit, which is then filtered to sort out patients in isolation, critical care and those who would be discharged before the flowers arrive the third Tuesday of each month. “I’ll try to see as many patients as I can,” said

Parkwest volunteer Rita Stroud and patient representative Trish Lawson receive another delivery from volunteer Andrea Murphy with Random Acts of Flowers. Parkwest patient Julia Poling receives a bouquet from Chris Powell of Leadership Knoxville. Stroud. “When I go into a room, I’ll look around the room and if they didn’t have any flowers or cards, I’ll put them on my list. The older patients may have lost all their siblings. Some may come here from nursing homes and don’t have any visitors. So I try to make sure that they get something. “I will go to the nurse’s station and show them my list of who I have chosen to give flowers to and ask if they have anyone they might suggest who needs flowers,” she added. “Or sometimes they’ll come up to me and say, ‘Rita, the patient in room so and so just got some really bad news. Do you have some flowers to give them?’ and I’ll make sure they get flowers too. But I write down whether it’s male or female, their ages, the number of days they have been here, and then, if the patient has been discharged, we’ll give them to someone else because as soon as a room empties out, it fills back up again.

They don’t stay empty long. That’s how it works.” And it works well, say the Random Acts volunteers who deliver the flowers. “It’s amazing. You just choose (an arrangement) and walk in and it turns out to be their favorite flower or sometimes it’s the first time anybody’s given them flowers or they’ve received bad news,” said Rena McAlister, who’s been delivering flowers since RAF began soon after her husband died. “The timing and the flowers are perfect for whoever is in the room.” Another volunteer, Jane Feezell, recalls once entering a room where a woman lay crying. “She said, ‘Well, you’ve come at a good time. I’ve just lost my leg.’ It cheered her up at least a little bit. You run into a lot of things like that.”

Patient Julia Poling said receiving the bouquet was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. “It’s a nice thing,” she said. “This is my third round of being either here or at NHC so flowers aren’t everybody’s priority at this time, but that was nice. It made me feel good.” It also made Chris Powell feel good. “It’s always good to see a smile put on somebody’s face and wish them well,” said Powell, executive vice president of human resources at Scripps Networks, who delivered the flowers to Poling. “That made me feel good.”

Both Powell and Larry Brown, director of the Great Smoky Mountain Council of Boy Scouts of America, helped make the February deliveries to Parkwest as part of a Leadership Knoxville project. “At first, it was a little awkward because I don’t do this every day,” admitted Brown. “After a couple of deliveries I felt like I was welcomed. So, it makes you feel good, which is what volunteering is all about. And it seems to be good therapy for them.” Peggy Buckner had been in Parkwest a week when she received her Random Acts delivery. “There’s nothing like a beautiful flower to brighten a day up, is there? That’s really sweet. It brightened my day. They’re bringing a lot of sunshine to a lot of people.” As a volunteer van driver, Andrea Murphy has seen her share of pickups and deliveries but one that stands out for her was the time she was called to pick up flowers from the funeral of a teenage child. “That was really difficult, but the parents got a little bit of peace in knowing that the flowers would brighten someone else’s day,” she said. Random Acts of Flowers has now made 11,441 deliveries, but the newness hasn’t worn off for RAF founder Larsen Jay. “I get a thrill with every chance I get to go out and deliver because every room is an individual accomplishment, and it’s all different,” said Jay. “I think about a third of the people that we deliver to kind of give us the stink-eye like ‘what are you selling?’ because they aren’t used to strangers doing nice things for them anymore. It’s pretty rare. A third don’t ‘get it’ but you can tell they will later. Then, a third are just so grateful – I had a few of those patients today where I walked in and this woman just burst into tears and said, ‘Nobody ever gives me flowers!’ Ahhh! It made her day, and that’s infectious. It helps her, the family, the nurses, everybody and it’s so simple. I love going on deliveries. I’ll go every week until I die if I can.”

Random Acts of Flowers began with a fall He had been up and down that ladder 15 times, but the final time was almost Larsen Jay’s last for anything. “I should be dead,” he says flatly of the fall from the ladder that almost killed him but instead launched Random Acts of Flowers, a charity that has touched well more than 10,000 lives and may soon be spreading to other cities. Jay, a television and film producer whose credits include Erin Brockovich, was working on the roof of his workshop in 2008 when the ladder inexplicably “kicked out,” throwing him face first into the concrete one and half stories below. “I broke everything in my body – my left arm, my left wrist, my right wrist, my right elbow, my right femur, my nose, 10 facial fractures,” he says, before adding that he’s had 11 surgeries “and counting.”

ing throughout the floor we noticed how many rooms had no plants, no flowers, no visitors – no life – and here we had a room full of joy. It seemed kind of obvious what I should do … we just went back to Random Acts of Flowers founder Larsen Jay says he the room, took never tires of delivering smiles one bouquet at a time. all the cards off my flowers, loadBut it was through that pain ed up my wheelchair and just went that Random Acts of Flowers took into people’s rooms and gave away root. “I received a huge amount of our flowers. It made a huge impact outpouring of support in the way on them and on us.” of flowers,” said Jay. “By the end The three and one-half months of the first week on the trauma he spent in a wheelchair gave floor, my room was like a jungle Jay plenty of time to think about (but) I was about to go stir crazy. his flower give-away. By March I convinced nurses and family to 2009, Random Acts of Flowers get me out of the room and roll was born. Taking donations of used flowaround the hall. As we were go-

ers from funerals, weddings and other events, the charity began repackaging them into bouquets and delivering them to hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care programs. Today, Random Acts of Flowers relies on two full-time employees, one part-time worker and about 130 volunteers to wash used vases, arrange flowers, pick up donations and make deliveries twice a week between seven hospitals, 35 nursing homes and five hospice care programs. As of Feb. 20, RAF had delivered 11,441 bouquets. “When we first started, we were doing between 50 and 150 bouquet deliveries a month,” says Jay. “Now we’re doing 400 to 600 a month.” It’s little wonder, then, that Random Acts of Flowers is drawing attention from other cities that have expressed an interest in starting programs. “We’re hoping that in 2013, about this time next year, we’ll start ex-

panding to other cities and replicating what we’ve done here,” said Jay. “In every medium- or large-size city in this country, there is no shortage of flowers thrown away and no shortage of people who could use them. So, there is an endless supply and an endless demand. We need to be there to help it out.” “The cool thing about our program is it’s a 100 percent recycling charity – we don’t buy anything,” he added. “Every vase, every container, every flower, every part and piece is recycled and reused. We always say flowers have a purpose, whether for celebration, joy, comfort, whatever – all we’re doing is repurposing it before it goes into the trash. So, every smile we deliver comes from what otherwise would be garbage.” For more info or to volunteer, call 865-633-9082 or visit

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

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


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