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Chick-fil-A delays sign installation Bearden will not be home to a 50-foot sign (pictured on our April 2 front page) from Chick-fil-A. City Council member Duane Grieve, who represents District 2 which includes Bearden, received an email from Getra Thomason last Monday. “In an effort to work with the community and to be a good neighbor, Chick-fil-A Corporate, will be discussing internally this week a compromised modification to the existing 50 foot sign that was scheduled to be installed at the Bearden/Knoxville site this week. “We will not install the sign this week as originally permitted and approved by the City of Knoxville in November of 2011, but we will get back in touch with you on our decision of what modified sign we will install at a later date.” Thomason copied the correspondence to Joyce Feld, president of Scenic Knoxville. The proposed Chick-fil-A sign is legal under the city’s ordinances, but those ordinances are under review after recent turmoil over proposed 50-foot pole signs at Sherrill Hill. Chick-fil-A Inc. is based in Atlanta. – Wendy Smith

April 9, 2012

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Ghana gets boost from West Knox Lions By Wendy Smith They didn’t travel to Africa themselves, but the West Knox Lions Club got a close-up look at how their work benefits those from as far away as Ghana, Africa. James East, who recently returned from a weeklong medical mission trip to Ghana, spoke at the club’s awards banquet last week. He is a member of the Farragut Church of Christ, which has organized several trips to the country located on the western coast of Africa. The mission team of 17 included three doctors, a dentist and an optometrist. They worked alongside a Ghanaian doctor in a clinic in the Village of Hope, where there is also a school and an orphanage. Each morning, up to 400 patients arrived before 8 a.m. in order to take a number that would allow them to visit the clinic. Many of those who saw the optometrist needed only reading glasses, but others were examined and given donated glasses that matched their prescription. The West Knox Lions Club donated 1,800 pairs of glasses and 500 glasses cases to the residents of Ghana. East was particularly moved by a mother who

Beth East was one of 17 members of a medical mission team that took 1,800 pairs of glasses and 500 glasses cases donated by the West Knox Lions to the Village of Hope in Ghana, Africa, earlier this month. Photo submitted

West Knox Lions Club member Bill Howell, center, was chosen to be inducted into the Lions Hall of Fame at the club’s awards dinner last week. Jim McFarland and Bobby Harrington presented awards. Photo by Wendy


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All shook up! Powell guy David Hunter recalls a tale about Elvis and Cas Walker. Seems Elvis made a whistle stop in Knoxville, most likely when he came home from the Army in 1960. Cas decided, as a prominent Knoxvillian, to go down to the depot to say hello. David writes: “That evening, Cas was trampled by teenage girls. He showed up on the ‘Farm and Home Hour’ the next day, battered and angry about out-of-control youth.” See Jake’s column and more at

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Churches to join for day of service By Wendy Smith There will be strange things happening around Knoxville on Saturday, April 21. Expect free car washes, neighborhood carnivals or folks passing out smoke detectors. Less obvious happenings will be quiet acts of service to our most needy neighbors. It’s all part of Inasmuch United Knoxville, the local event of the national nonprofit Operation Inasmuch. Members of 32 local churches will pitch in, and more than 2,000 volunteers are expected David Crocker to participate, says David Crocker, executive director of Operation Inasmuch, which is based in Knoxville. Crocker was a pastor in Fayetteville, N.C., when he worked with other church leaders to put together a one-day event designed to get church members out of the pew and into the community in 1995. When he became senior pastor at Central Baptist Church in Fountain City in 2002, he continued to have a heart for compassion ministry. He stepped down in 2006 to devote himself to the nonprofit full time. While some Christians are turned off by the idea of a one-day event, the idea is to “draw in people who sit very comfortably on the sidelines.” Within a typical church, most of the work is done by 20 percent of the congregation. But Operation

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Eric West repairs a car during the 2011 Inasmuch United Knoxville. Members of 32 local churches will participate in this year’s event Saturday, April 21. Photo submitted

Inasmuch events are geared toward the other 80 percent, he says. Crocker travels across the country to train churches on how to conduct events like Inasmuch United Knoxville. His first task is to stimulate a vision of what could happen if the majority of members would participate in a day of ministry. Then, he helps with logistics, like how to find projects, organize volunteers and promote the event. In preparation for Knoxville’s event, three dozen local agencies were contacted ahead of time so projects could be planned. Some were large agencies, like Knox Area

Rescue Ministry and Volunteer Ministry Center. But others were small, like Agape Outreach Homes. “We’re trying to spread it out a bit, to get as many people to help as possible,” he says. Another goal is to acquaint church members with new service opportunities. Sometimes, they get hooked. “There’s nothing like exposing people to real need.” Crocker sees a nationwide trend toward compassion ministry over the last 15 to 20 years. Operation Inasmuch and other similar models have changed the way churches are working in the community. He’s encouraged by it.


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“God is doing this. And there’s no better place to be in the world than where God is working.” He is frustrated by churches that claim their membership is too busy to participate in community service. Some Christians say they can’t help because they’re too old. To them, he says, “Oh, yes, you can. You may not be able to get on a roof, but you can do something else.” “We’re all called, regardless of our age or situation, to do compassion ministry. So it behooves us to find something we can do.” For information about participation in Inasmuch United Knoxville, call David Crocker at 951-2511.


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Friends of Literacy helps local economy Current president of the The National Literacy Act, as passed by Congress local Friends of Literacy in 1991, defines literacy as group, Mick Reed, told West “an individual’s ability to Knox Rotarians that he read, write and speak Engalso defines lish, and to compute and literacy as solve problems at levels of a buildproficiency necessary to function on the job in sociing block of life. “It’s the ety, to achieve one’s goals foundation and develop one’s knowlupon which edge and potential.” success in Mick Reed life rests.” Reed said that 60 per cent of adult prison inmates Anne are functionally illiterate; Hart 70 per cent of youth offenders fall into that same category. Last year, 67 inmates at In Knoxville and Knox the detention facility reCounty, Friends of Literacy ceived their GED (or high is a non-profit organiza- school equivalency) certition whose goal is to carry fication. Because prisonout that mission. One of ers cost the taxpayers apthe ways it has done so is proximately $75 a day to by working with inmates at keep in jail, and because the Knox County Detention those receiving their GED Center. Its program there is at the center each receive 30 showing great results, and days off of their sentence, is saving tax dollars at the the program saved Knox County taxpayers about same time.

Softball offers fun for seniors The Knoxville Co-Ed Slow-Pitch Softball League, now in its fifth season, is accepting new members. This is a noncompetitive league, which means score is not kept and there are special rules to promote safety for all players. Women must be 55 years old and men must be 60 to participate. Special consideration is given for persons who are younger if that person has a diagnosed handicap and can still play slow-pitch softball.

The league consists of four teams including a “pool-players team” for players who cannot come to most of the games or who are brand new in the league. Each member of this team will play on one of the other four teams if he/she shows up on game days. All players will participate in every game since the league is about promoting healthy exercise and fitness, fellowship and fun. The season begins at 9:30


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■ The longest-running farmers market in Knoxville will open for the 36th consecutive year Friday, April 13, in the parking lot of the Laurel Church of Christ at the corner of Kingston Pike and Cherokee Boulevard. The Oak Ridge market opens the next morning at 8 across from Jackson Square. There will be fresh vegetables, honey, plants, baked goods and more. Info:

brought her 5-year-old son to visit the optometrist. The boy was blind and constantly clung to her, she said. His vision was checked, and he was diagnosed with near-sightedness. After he $150,000 last year. received glasses, the boy In addition, the rate of allowed clinic volunteers recidivism of those havto lead him away from his ing a GED or a high school mother. When they asked if education is about half that he could see her, he happily of those without. Reed said ran back to her. that fact could represent a ■ Downtown Speakers Club The team helped purchase meets 11:45 a.m. every savings to taxpayers as high national medical insurance Monday at TVA West Towers, as a million dollars a year, plans for some patients with 9th floor, room 225. Currently as former inmates are able chronic conditions. The inaccepting new members. Info: to find jobs upon their resurance costs $20 per year Jerry Adams, 202-0304. lease. and provides coverage for alReed said one in eight ■ UT Toastmasters Club meets most any medical need, but noon every Tuesday at the residents of Knox County since the average income in Knoxville Convention Center does not have a high school Ghana is $3,000 per year, on Henley Street in room diploma or a GED and one and even lower in rural ar218. Currently accepting new in 13 cannot read above eas, the insurance is unafmembers. Info: Sara Martin, sixth grade level. fordable for most. Those who 603-4756. A GED or high school can afford it have trouble lodiploma generally repre- ■ West Knox Lions Club meets cating a doctor, since there 7 p.m. each first and third sents an additional $10,000 Monday at Shoney’s on Lovell is only one doctor for every more in annual income to 100,000 Ghanaians. Road. the worker. With some 550 The church plans to send ■ West Knoxville Kiwanis adults receiving their GED another team to Ghana in Club meets 5:30 p.m. every here last year, that could Tuesday at Shoney’s on translate into about $5.5 Walker Springs Road. million added to the local ■ The West Knox Republican economy. Club will meet Monday, April “We are in the business of Food City has part9, at Red Lobster on Kingston helping those who want to nered with UT Medical Pike. Dinner will be served at help themselves,” Reed said. 6 p.m. followed by the proCenter to offer onsite Info: 594-1507 or www. gram at 7. Guest speaker Greg digital screening mamam Johnson from the Knoxville mograms utilizing g


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The East Tennessee Technology Access Center will host “The Sense of Darkness” dinner 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at The Foundry. Anyone Community clubs age 12 and older is invited to experience what it would be ■ The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable will meet at 8 p.m. like to be blind and try to eat Tuesday, April 10, at Bearden at a restaurant. Banquet Hall. Professor and auMusic will be provided by thor Thomas Flagel will discuss Emmanuelle Lo, 12, a singer “Messengers of Death: How the and songwriter who is blind. Press Reported the Civil War.” Tickets are $30 and Everyone is invited. Admission space is limited. RSVP by to the discussion is $5. Dinner Monday, April 30, by calling will be served at 7 p.m. for $15 ($17 nonmembers). RSVP by 11 219-0130.

From page A-1 October, and trip coordinator David Gentry invited club members to participate. Among other awards presented, Georgia Cancillerie and Mark Dupes were given the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest form of recognition within Lions Clubs International. Bobby Harrington won Lion of the Year, and Nancy Hall won Lion of the Decade. Bill Howell was chosen to be inducted into the Lions Hall of Fame. Howell has been a member of the Lions Club for 48 years. While living in Illinois, he was District Governor and served on the Lions of Illinois Council of Governors and the Lions of Illinois Foundation. Since moving to Tennessee 13 years ago, Howell and his wife, Vivian, have assisted with vision screenings. “Thank you, and I’m glad to get it while I’m still alive,” he said.

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Goodwill Industries Knoxville hosted its 41st annual awards luncheon last week at the Hilton Hotel. President and CEO Robert Rosenbaum, fourth from left, stands behind this year’s winners: Gary Bowman, Guy Haskins, Vernon Hochesterler, Tonya

Deckard and Paul Jordan of Hilton; Jain Liu, Michele Norris and Wes Hicks of SAIC; and Dustin Roach and Katherine Torbett of WIVK. Bowman won State Use Star Employee; Haskins won School Student of the Year; Hochesterler won Most Improved

Client of the Year; the Hilton won Employer of the Year; Liu won EST Client of the Year; SAIC won Corporate Supporter of the Year, Roach won Worker of the Year, and WIVK won Corporate Sponsor of the Year. Photos by Wendy Smith

It’s the people you meet Nothing says “welcome to Knoxville� like belly dancers. The Friendship Force of Knoxville celebrated World Friendship Day on April 3 with a festive party that featured clothes and food from other countries and, yes, scantily clad women who moved in exotic ways – much to the entertainment of the visiting Canadians. Ten members of the Friendship Force of North Bay, Ontario, spent a week in our fair city. They met Mayor Rogero and took in the view from Newfound Gap. They spied wildflowers at Norris State Park and got their fill of local music at the WDVX Blue Plate Special. But even our spectacular dogwoods paled in comparison to Knoxville’s greatest asset – us. North Bay residents John and Sandra Train are veteran travelers. They spent two months in New Zealand and Australia last fall, and in early 2011, they drove to Fort Myers, Fla., then Austin, Texas, before passing through Memphis on the way home. They’ve also spent time in South Carolina and Virginia, and Tennessee’s not much different, John says. But he loves being here, just the same. “This might be similar to other trips, but it’s the people that you meet.� He said this even before meeting the belly dancers. But I’m sure being in a climate where people are willing to dance half-naked appealed to him. He showed me pictures of his home, which was covered with 3 feet of snow in early March. Life is different up in North Bay. People do things like drag small buildings out onto the frozen lakes so they can have parties while they fish through holes in the ice. They have snowmobiles and dogsled teams.

Wendy Smith They are hearty people. Here in East Tennessee, we like enough of the white stuff to use up a couple of snow days, but then we’re ready to be out on the lake. We want to fire up our gas grills by Valentine’s Day, and we prefer to do it in shorts and T-shirts. Friendship Force members appreciate those cultural differences. When they travel, they stay in private homes, and hosts take pleasure in sharing their lives, and their communi-

ties, with their guests. “We get to see places through the eyes of people who live there,� says Sandra. After being members of Friendship Force for four years, the Trains have friends all over the world. They enjoy traveling to see them, and they enjoy hosting them in Canada. Most of their friends probably prefer to visit in summer, when they can spend time at the couple’s lake house. Perhaps we’re not so different, after all. For more information on Friendship Force of Knoxville, contact Joanne Schuetz at 521-9937. To learn how to belly dance, contact Debbie Ashton at 414-8719. New classes start April 10.

Shirley Selby, Debbie Ashton and Chrissy Clark, also known as Debka and the Oasis Dancers, entertained the Friendship Force of Knoxville and their visitors from North Bay, Ontario, on World Friendship Day. Partygoers dressed in garb from other countries and dined on ethnic dishes.

Kurt Mack of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office visits with his daughter, Chloe Mack, and her 3rd grade classmates, Donovan West and Zane Zitawi. Mack arrived at Blue Grass Elementary School in the KCSO helicopter during Eagle Strut, the school’s annual PTA fundraiser. Other special guests included members of the UT women’s volleyball team and the UT men’s swim team.

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government Smelling a rat When you read that the county’s Charter Review Committee may split charter proposals between the August and November elections this year, you need to fasten your seat belts and be careful in reading what proposal goes where.

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Why? Because the county election on the first Thursday in August will be lucky to have 20,000 voters given the few offices to decide. However, the November general election will include the Obama/Romney presidential contest for which voter turnout in Knox County could reach 100,000. It is entirely possible that persons wanting a small turnout to decide the question and a desire to keep discussion to a small number of voters will opt for August. People who believe in full voter participation will want November. When we read that some charter members worry there will be too many proposals which might confuse voters, do not be misled. Voters are not stupid. They can smell a rat. This is an excuse, not a reason, for splitting proposals. Shelley Breeding, an attorney who wants to be the Democratic nominee for Knox House District 89 in northwest Knox County, is having residency questions raised. Seems the property she claims as her residence is partly in Knox County and partly in Anderson County. And apparently her house is in the Anderson County portion and that’s where her mortgage company has sent the property taxes. However, she has been a Knox County voter for several years. A lawsuit may develop which will secure her considerable publicity which her campaign could never afford to buy. If Breeding is disqualified, Democrats can re-open qualifying or do a write-in for someone else. Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas was in town

last week to visit Oak Ridge National Labs. He spent two full days there and had dinner with close friend Rep. Jimmy Duncan on Tuesday. Womack serves on the very important House Appropriations Committee and is vice chair of the Energy subcommittee which triggered his visit to Oak Ridge. It’s unusual for a new member to take out two days for such a tour and that is good news for Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Chick-fi l-A has announced it will revise its originally 50 foot high sign at its new Bearden location on Kingston Pike. Council member Duane Grieve and Scenic Knoxville helped persuade them to change course. If only TVA would listen to the public on their massive tree cutting program which has triggered a federal lawsuit and considerable outrage. The public hearing April 4 on proposed apartments near Island Home drew a capacity crowd at South Knoxville Elementary School. More than 150 persons attended along with Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis who represents South Knoxville on City Council and Council members Finbarr Saunders, George Wallace, Nick Della Volpe and Marshall Stair. Also present were high level Rogero officials Bill Lyons, Bob Whetsel and Communications Director Angela Starke. Starke is new while Lyons and Whetsel are veteran city officials. An obvious flaw was the absence of any working sound system. It was virtually impossible to hear unless you were within five feet of the one speaking. Had Special Events Director Judith Foltz been included in the planning she would have checked that box. I discussed this with Starke and she saw the urgent need for correction. She is new and energetic. I suspect she will not let this happen again. The plan itself is going nowhere until it is substantially changed. Attorney Chris Field and his wife, Casey, spoke eloquently on how the plan contradicts the city waterfront mission statement adopted a few years back. Next week more on TVA and how it has lost its way with the neighbors. Victor Ashe is a former Knoxville mayor and ambassador to Poland. Reach him at


Running for the county line In a lot of ways, Shelley Breeding is a mail order candidate.

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Instead of business as usual – you know the drill: trotting out a tired retread or some frat boy son-ofan-officeholder– Knox County Democrats have come up with a smart-asa-whip, likeable prospect with a real job as a candidate for the new 89th District House legislative seat. She’s a coal miner’s daughter (yes, really) who came down to Knoxville from the hills of southwest Virginia to attend the University of Tennessee as a Whittle Scholar (remember how hard it was to get a Whittle Scholarship?). She majored in political science, Japanese and world business, and interned at the first private medical facility in Japan. She stayed here to go to law school and paid her

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way by tutoring football and basketball players at the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center. She also found time to study international law in Cambridge, England; Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Cape Town, South Africa. She got her law degree and worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Office for Global Health, where she dealt with international health threats like bird flu, HIV-AIDS, typhoid and other infectious diseases. She returned to Knoxville to practice law in 2006 and opened her own

firm in 2008. She does a lot of business in family law – divorce, adoptions and foster care work – and says that representing children who have been abused is a big part of what makes her want to run for the Legislature. Today, Breeding and Dothard has six lawyers, six staff members and two clerks, making the 31-yearold Shelley Suzanne Breeding a small business owner as well as a lawyer. She’s made a payroll and she’s created jobs. But they may not let her run. “They” is the office of the state coordinator of elections, where Knox County’s election coordinator Cliff Rodgers punted the question of her eligibility after discovering that the house she and her husband, John Payne, built in 2009 sits right smack on the Anderson County line. Breeding says she didn’t realize that her mortgage holder was paying her taxes to Anderson County until Rodgers called her up to tell her that she couldn’t run. There are six criteria

used to determine residency, and Breeding says five of them put her squarely in Knox County – she votes here, gets her mail here, works here, is a notary public here and had her new septic tank inspected by the Knox County Health Department. Democrats suspect the Republic an- controlled election commission of partisan hanky-panky, pointing to Commissioner Rob McNutt, who voted seven times in a district where he didn’t live (a felony under election law). His GOP colleagues dismissed this as a mere technicality. Rodgers says that his staff simply came across the anomaly “while doing our due diligence” and checking the addresses of those who signed Breeding’s qualifying petition. He says he is awaiting an answer from Nashville and suggests that she might want to run in Anderson County. Breeding says she’s going to sue. And the fledgling career of the brightest new face in Knox County politics hangs in the balance.

8-1 vote sends budget to Burchett It was almost a historic unanimous vote for a superintendent’s budget, but in the end Mike McMillan could not say yes.

Sandra Clark McMillan seemed to want to vote yes. He said the budget contains many items he supports. He even said since he “just got re-elected,” he could vote yes (without political consequences). He tried to postpone the vote on personal privilege, a courtesy extended to members who want a month’s delay. Cindy Buttry quickly quieted that suggestion, observing that the county charter requires the school board to vote on a budget by April 15. McMillan said “my district” is not willing to pay more taxes, and he’s concerned that the mayor would veto this budget, even if it was adopted by County Commission. So he voted no. Support came from all others: Buttry: “I am super excited about … this budget. Some folks don’t realize how far behind we are in

technology. We were behind five years ago; now we are further behind. … And this budget is more than just technology. It’s academic and capital improvement driven. Every district and every student will benefit.” Indya Kincannon: “I’m all in. We have a specific plan for how to spend the (extra requested) $35 million; not just for one year but for five.” Pam Trainor: “I am uber-excited. This moves the community forward.” Karen Carson: “I like the high accountability factor of this budget. If we can accelerate the funding, we can accelerate the outcome. … We need the community around each of our schools (to give support).” Lynne Fugate: “It’s the obligation of this board to do what we can to increase resources. We’re expecting more from students and teachers. In the private sector, where I come from, when we expect more we invest more.” Kim Sepesi: “I ran on moving education forward. For me, the issue is the pace. Do we move forward slowly or do we accelerate the movement? Our children will compete in a global economy. I favor this budget.” Thomas Deakins: At the joint retreat of school board members and coun-

School board chair Thomas Deakins talks with board member Cindy Buttry following last week’s meeting. Deakins said: “I will champion this budget.” Photo by S. Clark ty commissioners, we agreed that we want “the best school system in the southeast. This budget allows us to move to that.” Deakins said the school system must build the infrastructure for technology, and then equip each teacher and student with tools, whether iPads or Notebooks or something not yet invented, to teach the way today’s kids learn. “It’s time for this board to lead. Let’s invest in what matters,” he said. Gloria Deathridge didn’t make a rousing speech; she just voted yes.

Buttry, who has opposed previous budgets, said this one got it right. “We can pay it now or pay it later because these are things we need.” Leaving Mike McMillan, the man whose district is getting a brand new school at Carter Elementary, to cast the solitary no vote. So it’s on to Mayor Tim Burchett and then to County Commission. There’s a short time frame. Burchett will present his budget in early May; the commission will vote before May’s end. More details than you ever wanted are available on the KCS website at


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GOSSIP AND LIES ■Mike McMillan tried to delay the vote on the school budget by saying something like: “Do we still have that rule where one member can hold up an item?� We think the board should consider a new rule: Only the members who know it’s called personal privilege can invoke it. ■ Vanderbilt Brabson IV is a Republican candidate to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Harry Tindell. His website is online and his most Brabson recent experience is as a legislative

intern. But he’s for family values, whatever that means, and these days maybe that’s all it takes. Also, can we call him Bubba? ■Greg Johnson, newspaper columnist and general curmudgeon, will speak to the West Knox Republican Club at 7 p.m. today (April 9) at Red Lobster on Kingston Pike. Arrive at 6 p.m. to eat. ■ Pity Mike Williams. He qualified to run for the state Senate in the Republican Primary but some folks in Nashville say he’s not a “bona fide� Republican. Kick him out. But wait, a real Republican would say let Mike run and the voters decide. ■ You know the Republicans are in trouble when guys like Bob Corker and Lamar! are the reasonable ones.

running for the Democratic nomination to oppose Corker. That could be fun. ■We went on Facebook to learn more, having never heard of Park Overall, and discovered you can’t friend her. She’s topped the limit with 4,999 friends. Who knew? ■ Tom Kilgore, CEO at TVA who makes about $4 million a year, says he needs another $1.5 billion to $2 billion to complete the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor. The agency underestimated the time and money it would take to complete the project, he said. ■ Really, Tom? Hey, we know a kick-butt administrator who would take the TVA job for about 10 percent of Kilgore’s annual wage. Somebody call Gloria Ray!

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Expect a running attack It has been said that 95 percent of college coaches want their teams to be able to run the football. Mike Leach is on the fence. Let us assume that somebody on the Tennessee staff knows how to develop a running attack. There is no positive proof but it just seems logical. These people get paid a lot to know all about the game. They have extensive experience. Let us believe Tennessee wants a running attack. If nothing else, it is embarrassing to be floundering around at the bottom of college rushing statistics. A decent running attack would improve the chances of winning an occasional game. Of course coaches want to win. All contracts include bowl bonuses. Success is at serious risk if you can’t make a first down on third and one. All that said, there must be other reasons why Tennessee has been so awful at running the football. Basic ingredients in run-

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ning for gains are philosophy, scheme, blockers, technique, tailbacks, determination, play selection, threat of a pass and how tough are opposing tackles and linebackers. 2010 Philosophy: Derek Dooley and his offensive coordinator, Jim Chaney, looked at available offensive players two years ago and decided what they could probably do best was throw and catch. They charted a course. The emphasis for linemen was to protect the quarterback. 2010 Talent: By the time Tyler Bray became the starting quarterback and young receivers blended in with three veterans, the pass-first concept made some sense. Perhaps it was too much to ask the green-as-grass of-

fensive line to walk and chew gum at the same time. 2010 Results: Nothing to shout about. The Vols came up short against Florida, LSU, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina – and almost lost to UAB. They aced November but lost December. 2011 Philosophy: Let us do what we were doing only better. Throw the football. Tauren Poole’s mostly insignificant 1,034 yards as a junior runner must have been an accident. 2011 Talent: Poole wasn’t bad at tailback but there wasn’t much behind him. Freshman offensive linemen were suddenly sophomores. They might be pretty good. Wasn’t it Tennessee that once had Flamin’ Sophomores? 2011 Results: Sorry, no fire. One SEC victory, by the grace of God, over Vanderbilt, in overtime. Dooley summation: “At some point you just say we aren’t very good at running the ball. How many times can you get asked, ‘What’s wrong

Gift to HonorAir Col. David Evans, 1st Lt. Stephanie McKeen and Lt. Col. George Haynes with the 119th Command and Control Squadron Air National Guard present a check for $4,200 to Eddie Mannis, (second from left) founder and board chair of HonorAir Knoxville. The unit held two dinners and a garage sale to raise the funds for the donation. Photo submitted

SEC foes and certain smart alecks keep score. Jay Graham is the new coach of running backs. Sam Pittman is now line coach. 2012 Talent: Volunteer offensive linemen are bigger and stronger. Inexperience is no longer a valid excuse. Spring practice includes a

with the run game?’ We are not very good running the ball.� He got that right! 2012 Philosophy: It appears Tennessee has reconsidered and now recognizes the absolute necessity of a running attack, being that the Vols must play several

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e had an uninvited guest at dinner just the other night. Well, uninvited to me; unwelcome to Grandma. Upon aiming for my first bite of salad, I spied something walking down the right sleeve of my shirt. Not walking, exactly, either, but getting along by a mode of travel the caterpillar people call “looping” – front feet out and down, bring the back ones up, repeat. Yep, a nice, vigorous inchworm was heading down the sleeve, trying to get to the salad bowl ahead of me. They must be fond of salad. We recalled an episode when I found an inchworm in my salad at the now long-gone Olive Garden on Merchant Drive. Just sat him over on a nearby potted fig tree, and continued to eat the salad, so as not to cause a fuss. Anyhow, caterpillars make butterflies, so after dinner I got out my trusty “Field Guide to the Caterpillars of Eastern North America” by David L. Wagner, an excellent guide, full of illustrations that just aren’t in the usual butterfly books. I hoped to find just what inchworms morphed into after their worm stage. As is the usual case with things I decide to check into, what I knew paled into insignificance compared with what the field guide knew. First, there wasn’t an inchworm: there were photos of 84 different species of them, with a reference to a

U.S. Forest Service bulletin showing 187 species of them. And then, to add to my feelings of inadequate savvy, the book said that inchworms don’t even turn into butterflies; they all become moths! Now, all the butterflies and moths are in the order of insects called Lepidoptera. There are around 11,230 species of Lepidopterans in North America. By far, the most familiar Lepidopterans are the spectacular, colorful butterflies. But there are only 760 species of butterflies and the remaining 10,470 species are moths. All those inchworms? They turn into part of that horde of 10,000 species of North American moths as adults. So do a bunch of other familiar “worms”: the troublesome tobacco hornworm, the dreaded tomato hornworm and all those tent caterpillars that are munching on your cherry trees right now. If moths outnumber butterflies by nearly 14 to 1, how come we see so few of them? One main reason is that moths are mostly nocturnal, going about their lives on the 11-7 shift, so that even the big spectacular ones are rarely seen. And then, over half the moths are in a group called “microlepidopterans,” are very small and inconspicuous and have lifestyles that keep them hidden and out of sight. Think clothes moths, eating your favorite wool sweater. But back to the inchworms. As a group, they are

masters of camouflage and disguise. Their colors are mottled or striped browns and grays, and they sport various bumps and knobs to make them look remarkably like sticks and twigs. One, the camouflaged looper, actually attaches little bits of leaves or blossoms to its body for disguise; they should be the envy of any turkey hunter, trying his best to look like a tree. But this is spring migration time! So this quote from the field guide really caught my eye: “In terms of abundance and biomass, loopers are among the most important forest lepidopterans in eastern North America. They are an especially important component of the spring caterpillar fauna of deciduous forests, where they are the staple in the diets of many forest-nesting birds.” Well, there you have it! Inchworms are warbler food! All those little worms that are riddling the new tree leaves with holes, and dangling in front of your eyes on threads attached to some twig higher above, plus all those scores of species of inchworms, are amazingly timed to hatch out just as the fresh green leaves appear. Which in turn, at least in an average year, happens to be just when all those hungry, migratory birds are arriving here for the season or fueling up to continue to nesting places farther north. Biologists tell us that if the birds didn’t show up for

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some reason, many or most of the trees would actually be defoliated by the millions of worms per acre munching away at them. This year, it will be interesting to see how it goes, with the leaves and worms coming out two or three weeks ahead of the main waves of migrant birds. It’s that glorious time of year when birders around these parts rejoice and head out the door with a gleam in their eye. Excellent birding sites abound. This year, try some birding at the Halls Community Park, Schumpert Park, Ijams Nature Center, House Mountain, Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery or Cove Lake State Park. Don’t forget the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Another great spot is the Sharp’s Ridge Park. It is a nationally-recognized migrant area that often has scarlet tanagers, Baltimore orioles and more than a dozen species of wood warblers in a single morning. Again this year, there will be a series of Thursday morning bird walks led by birder Tony Headrick, accompanied by numerous friendly and beginner-helpful members of the Knoxville Bird Club. Walks will leave from the parking area at the old ranger’s house at 8 a.m. on April 12, 19 and 26 and May 3. You may call Tony’s cell at 621-9836 for information or directions. The big annual Knoxville Bird Walk, which happens each year during the Dogwood Arts Festival, will begin at the J.B. Owen Overlook on Sharp’s Ridge at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars! The next time you encounter an inchworm, please be nice to it. It is important and high-quality bird food!

Sultana reunion is this month held in Knoxville 11 more By Dr. Jim Tumblin On April 26, 1865, an over- times as well as in Vicksburg loaded packet boat, the Sulta- (Miss.), Athens (Ala.), Mansna, left Memphis with 2,300 field (Ohio) and Chattanoopassengers aboard, many of ga, Franklin and Memphis them Union soldiers recently (Tenn.) – all at or near sites freed from Andersonville and connected to the disaster. The 25th annual reunion Cahaba prisons at the end of the Civil War. Seven miles will be held April 27-28 near upriver and a few hours later, Cincinnati, Ohio, where the one of the boilers exploded group will tour the defenand the boat burned and sive line built across the sank. In the largest maritime Ohio River on the outskirts disaster in American history, of the city, a historic river about 1,700 lives were lost walk on the river’s shore compared to the 1,517 who line, the site of the Litherdied when the Titanic sank bury Shipyard where the Sultana was built and Camp on April 14, 1912. Among the passengers on Dennison, where many of the Sultana were some 400 the Ohio and Indiana Union troopers of the 3rd Tennessee soldiers who were on the Cavalry (USA), many of them boat were mustered into from Blount, Knox, McMinn service and trained. Those interested in atand Monroe counties. Until the last one died in 1931, the tending the meeting should local survivors of the disas- contact Norman Shaw at ter met annually on April 27 693-2171 or email shawto commemorate the loss of Editor’s Note: Dr. Jim their comrades. When he realized the need Tumblin will have a feature to memorialize those whose story on the Sultana in next lives were lost in the Sulta- week’s Shopper-News on na Disaster as well as those page A-6. who suffered but survived, local attorney Norman Shaw organized a modern-day annual Reunion of the Descendants of the Survivors of the Sultana. The inaugural meeting was held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Maryville Pike in April 1988, where an impressive monument was erected in 1916 to commemorate the event. Since that time the re- The Sultana memorial monument. Photo by union has been Jim Tumblin

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Churches to join for day of service By Wendy Smith There will be strange things happening around Knoxville on Saturday, April 21. Expect free car washes, neighborhood carnivals or folks passing out smoke detectors. Less obvious happenings will be quiet acts of service to our most needy neighbors. It’s all part of Inasmuch U n i t e d K nox v i l le , the local event of the national nonprof it Operation I n a s muc h . Members of 32 local David Crocker churches will pitch in, and more than 2,000 volunteers are expected to participate, says David Crocker, executive director of Operation Inasmuch, which is based in Knoxville. Crocker was a pastor in Fayetteville, N.C., when he worked with other church leaders to put together a one-day event designed to get church members out of the pew and into the community in 1995. When he became senior pastor at Central Baptist Church in Fountain City in 2002, he continued to have a heart for compassion ministry.

He stepped down in 2006 to devote himself to the nonprofit full time. While some Christians are turned off by the idea of a one-day event, the idea is to “draw in people who sit very comfortably on the sidelines.� Within a typical church, most of the work is done by 20 percent of the congregation. But Operation Inasmuch events are geared toward the other 80 percent, he says. Crocker travels across the country to train churches on how to conduct events like Inasmuch United Knoxville. His first task is to stimulate a vision of what could happen if the majority of members would participate in a day of ministry. Then, he helps with logistics, like how to find projects, organize volunteers and promote the event. In preparation for Knoxville’s event, three dozen local agencies were contacted ahead of time so projects could be planned. Some were large agencies, like Knox Area Rescue Ministry and Volunteer Ministry Center. But others were small, like Agape Outreach Homes. “We’re trying to spread it out a bit, to get as many people to help as possible,�

he says. Another goal is to acquaint church members with new service opportunities. Sometimes, they get hooked. “There’s nothing like exposing people to real need.� Crocker sees a nationwide trend toward compassion ministry over the last 15 to 20 years. Operation Inasmuch and other similar models have changed the way churches are working in the community. He’s encouraged by it. “God is doing this. And there’s no better place to be in the world than where God is working.� He is frustrated by churches that claim their membership is too busy to participate in community service. Some Christians say they can’t help because they’re too old. To them, he says, “Oh, yes, you can. You may not be able to get on a roof, but you can do something else.� “We’re all called, regardless of our age or situation, to do compassion ministry. So it behooves us to find something we can do.� For information about participation in Inasmuch United Knoxville, call David Crocker at 951-2511.

WORSHIP NOTES Community Services ■Concord United Methodist Church’s Caregiver Support Group, affiliated with Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. each first Tuesday in Room 226 at the church, 11020 Roane Drive. Anyone in the community who gives care to an elderly individual is invited. Info: 675-2835.

Fundraisers and sales â– Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will have a rummage sale in the family life center 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Doors will reopen from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to sell everything for $5 a bag. Items can be donated for the sale Thursday evening, April 26, or anytime Friday, April 27. Info: 690-1060.

Rec programs â– 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

Special Services â– Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, will welcome evangelist Tim Lee and Christian comedian Tim Hawkins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13. Tickets are $19 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP tickets are $49. Info: www. â–  Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike, will present noted author and speaker Tony Campolo at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Campolo is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE). Info: 523-2189 or

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Women’s groups ■Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection will host the “Hunting for the Good in Everyone� luncheon Thursday, April 12, at Buddy’s Banquet Hall on Kingston Pike. Special guest will be stylist, designer and hairdresser Joey McEachern, who will give updates on the latest in hair fashions and makeup. Inspirational speaker will be Phyllis Page from Alabama. Admission is $12 inclusive. Complimentary child care by reservation only. For tickets, call Connie at 693-5298 or email her at

Youth ■Farragut Presbyterian Church Mother’s Day Out program and preschool registration is open for the 2012-2013 school year. Info: Beth Hallman, 671-4616 or email

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Bearden Elementary School students (front) Xavier Stahlman, Emmaline May, Aiden Brown, (back) Geeya Patel, Claire Wilson, Maggie Gordon and Joseph Angelino won first place for their Bearden High School AP art students Jennifer Nicklaus, Heather McNamara and Rachel Jones work with the Odyssey of the Mind project “Ooh-motional Vehicle.” The students designed, are participating in the Dogwood Arts Festival Student Art Exhibition. Their work is on display built and “drove” a vehicle through a course where it encountered three different situations and at the Clayton Center for the Performing Arts through April 27. Megan McClure is also particiutilized two different propulsion systems. pating. Photo by Wendy Smith

Bearden art students have work in Dogwood show By Wendy Smith If there’s an art show or competition, and Bearden High School art teacher Flowerree Galetovic learns about it, you can bet some of her students will participate. So it’s no surprise that four members of her Advanced Placement art class have pieces in the Dogwood Arts Festival Student Art Exhibit. They are Rachel Jones, a junior, and seniors Heather McNamara, Megan McClure and Jennifer Nicklaus. McNamara is the 12thgrade winner of the show. While only a fraction of her students will aim for a professional career in art, “Mrs. G” doesn’t miss a chance to groom them for it. Posters for art competitions adorn her wall, and today, the day before Easter Break, she reminds students to apply for a weeklong summer art program in Denver that’s free for those who are picked. “Everyone who is chosen for this camp will get scholarship offers,” she says as

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■ A student art show will be held for Rocky Hill Elementary School at DaVinci’s Pizzeria, 3337 Sutherland Ave., until Friday, April 13. In celebration of Youth Art Month, one piece of artwork from each classroom will be on display.

■ Knox Seniors Co-Ed Softball Season open registration will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Caswell Park. Noncompetitive league, new players are welcomed. There is a $10 fee for accident insurance (a city of Knoxville requirement). Info: www.




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Bearden Elementary School students (front) Madeline Sailors, Lizzy Kirby, (middle row) Sofia Hamby, (back) Perian Reese, Madi McCoy and Alan Boles won first place in the state competition of Odyssey of the Mind for their work with the project “Odyssey Angels.” The students were challenged to find positive solutions for negative situations to help save a fictional community.

work, then asks, Who is the client? What are they looking for? While the Dogwood Arts Festival celebrates springtime, there will be a mix of subjects at the Student Art Exhibit. McNamara’s winning piece is a self-portrait – of her screaming. Shows and competitions provide valuable life lessons for students, Galetovic says. “They learn that there are no guarantees. A piece can get turned down, then ■ Baseball tournament, Chris Newsom Preseason Claschosen for Best in Show the sic (open), Friday through next time.” Sunday, April 13-15, for open/ She’ ll soon lose her setravel teams. Tee ball and niors, but they’ll leave 14U. For more information, with a love of art. McNacall 992-5504 or email hcpsmara and Nicklaus won’t be art majors, but they’ll ■ The ninth annual Fighting use their art skills when Irish Spring Classic will be they enroll in UT’s school begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, of architecture next year. April 28, at Smokies Park. All McNamara likes that the proceeds benefit the adoption and pregnancy services program will combine art of Catholic Charities of East and math, which she also Tennessee. There will be a enjoys. home run hitting contest, “It will be a nice balance guest speaker Michael Rivera because we’ll have art classand games between Grace es, but we won’t be in the Christian Academy and Jefstudio all the time,” she says.


■ Box Tops for Education from General Mills’ products and Labels for Education from Campbell’s products are being collected to purchase supplies for West Hills Elementary 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 School seniors Chandler Hale, Liz Kemp and Alan Shattuck Photo by Betty Bean

Harvard weekend West High students learn nuts and bolts of government By Betty Bean Liz Kemp was a lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union; Chandler Hale was a member of a committee that passed two energy bills; Alan Shattuck was a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention: Pretty good for a pack of 12th graders. West High School history teacher Lou Gallo is the one who made it possible for Liz, Hale and Alan and eight other seniors who have been active in youth government activities to attend the Harvard Model Congress this semester. HMC, an educational nonprofit and the nation’s oldest government simulation conference, is run by Harvard undergraduates at Harvard College. In addition to its obvious academic benefits, it delivers the additional bonus of being lo-

cated in Boston, which is crammed with fine restaurants and cultural/historical attractions. Not that the West High kids had a lot of free time. Liz stayed busy working for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, among other projects. Chandler’s committee worked on a lot of measures, but actually passed two energy bills – one promoting offshore drilling and funding renewable energy sources, the other putting more money into research and development of solar power. Alan participated in a re-enactment of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, playing the role of Robert Yates, a cantankerous New Yorker who opposed a centralized federal government and ended up walking out of the convention in protest. Alan says it

was a tough assignment. “Yates was in favor of the Articles of Confederation and states’ rights. I was in the minority in that respect and had to make a lot of compromises.” Did he come to like Delegate Yates? “No, not really. I was constantly up against the wall, having to argue his beliefs, which were flawed, since the other side could quote from the Constitution, which didn’t exist.” He even got hauled out of bed at midnight to deal with an uprising against the centralized military – “We couldn’t have a national standing army and had to have a state militia,” said Alan, who plans to attend Hargrave Military Academy next year. Liz and Chandler both liked their roles. “I didn’t know what lobbyists did until then,” said Liz, who will attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill next fall. “So I got an education in that aspect of government. One thing I learned was not a lot of people liked us.” Chandler, who will attend Auburn University, said he learned some alarming facts in the course of his role-playing. “I had never been too informed on many environmental issues or how in debt we are to foreign countries for oil. I learned that we definitely have to cut our dependence on foreign oil.” “This is a real handson experience,” Gallo said. “These guys are all brighter than I thought, apparently. They really learned the mechanisms of how our government works.”

Girls on the Run members (front) JaCiauna Campbell, Daniya Hill, Kenia Sanchez, Jaden Schubert; (back) Katrina Gallaher, Amya Shervington, Jacqueline White, Khaliyah Baker and Samara Johnson joke around before taking off together on a 1-mile run around the schoolyard. Not pictured are members Emily Simpson and Kaitlyn Ivy. Photos by S. Barrett

Girls on the Run By Sara Barrett When you hear about girls running together each week after school, things that may come to mind are fitness and exercise. But with Girls on the Run, participants get so much more than just a good workout. The Girls on the Run at Pond Gap Elementary School meet twice a week for a 1-mile run around the schoolyard. Before the run, though, they discuss topics as a group that they may deal with on a daily basis including gossip, relationships and peer pressure. Last week’s meet involved squeezing a tube of toothpaste and showing the kids that – just like with gossip – once you make a mess with it, it’s hard to put it back the way it was at the start. First grade teacher Morgan Howe and school counselor Sarah Hamilton lead the group during each meet, hand out healthy snacks and reward “exceptional motivation and attitude”

REUNIONS Kids helping kids Girl Scout troop 20057 organized a game of Cornhole for the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk held April 1 at Knoxville Catholic High School. All proceeds from the day’s activities went to the Columbus Home Children’s Services. More than $60,000 was raised for the organization. Pictured are: (front) Jessica Ivey, Ashlyn Ivey, Mary Osucha, Kayla Owens, Sarah Osucha; (back) Shannon Osucha. Photo submitted

Pond Gap Elementary School student JaCiauna Campbell proudly wears the medal she earned when showing a great attitude during a meeting of Girls on the Run.

■ Annual Woodhill Reunion will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Old Pleasant Gap Fellowship Hall. Bring a covered dish. Info: Phyllis Summers, 922-2884, or Betty Effler, 982-0174.

■ Gibbs High School Class of 1972 will hold its 40th Class Covered-Dish Reunion 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the fellowship hall at Christ UMC, 7535 Maynardville Highway. Info: Linda Harrell Tunstall, 986-4565 or ■ Gibbs High School Class of 1982 will hold its 30 th reunion 6-10 p.m. Saturday,

Pond Gap Elementary school student Jayden Schubert whispers a “rumor” to Katrina Gallaher while playing the telephone game during a meeting of Girls on the Run. The game shows an example of how gossip can change and grow from one person to the next. with “Energy awards,” including a medallion that is worn by the recipient at the next meeting. There is an annual fee to join, which covers two Tshirts, snacks, admission to a 5k race and a medal given out for participating on race day. Scholarships are available if needed.

Aug. 18 at Jubilee Banquet Hall, 6700 Jubilee Center Way. Cost is $40 per person and includes dinner. Info: ■ 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. ■ Halls High School Class of 1962 will hold its 50th reunion 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Another opportunity to reunite with classmates will be at the annual alumni banquet 6 p.m. Saturday,

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Romano signs with Birmingham-Southern Webb School of Knoxville student Jane Romano has signed to play basketball with Birmingham-Southern College. Pictured at the signing are: (front) Jane’s brother Frank; her dad, Mark; Jane; her mom, Amy; Jane’s younger brother, Anthony; (back) Webb school president Scott Hutchinson, Webb head varsity girls basketball coach Shelley Collier, Webb assistant varsity girls basketball coach Ray Christian and Webb Upper School dean of students Ricky Norris. Photo submitted

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By Theresa Edwards This recipe was shared by Susan W. Arbital at Southern Market’s Spring Fling. Ingredients: 200 grams of semolina flour 1 egg dash of salt Splash of white table wine Directions: Create “volcano� with flour and then add small amount of salt. Crack the egg into the well and splash in a small amount of white wine. With fork, gradually incorporate all the flour to create a ball of dough. (You may use a portion of regular flour to make it easier getting the desired consistency.) Knead dough until stiff, adding more flour if necessary. Wrap in plastic wrap

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Real estate sales improve in March By Sherry Witt The weather isn’t the only thing that warmed up during the month of March. Even as record-setting temperatures bathed East Tennessee, the local real estate market emerged from the winter season with a healthy spring surge. For the month that ended on Friday, Witt March 30, there were 681 property transfers in Knox County. That was a jump of 167 from the month of February and 32 parcels ahead of the pace from March 2011. March produced total land sales of $110.7 million, compared to about $89 million a month ago. Preliminary analysis of the first quarter data indicates that 2012 is slightly behind 2011 in terms of the aggregate value of property sold. Since Jan. 1, about $288 million worth of property has sold

in Knox County, compared to $320 million during the first quarter of 2011. Lending markets were rather robust in March, with more than $312 million loaned against property in Knox County, making it the strongest month since December when a large amount of money was refinanced by Tennova Health Systems. Perhaps the most notable transfer was for commercial property known as The Shops at Turkey Creek. The sale brought $4.3 million. On the lending side, the largest refinance was by Scripps Media in the amount of $22.95 million against the property located on News-Sentinel Drive. Another transaction in the amount of $18.3 million involved the Sherrill Hills Retirement Community. I would like to say thanks to everyone who participated in the recent primary elections. By exercising your right to vote, you are helping to honor and protect one of our most sacred privileges.

Building business, building relationships Sure, washing cars is about getting them sparkling clean, but for Brian Davis of Synergy Auto Wash, it’s also about the people, both his customers and his employees.

for the kind of quality handwash and hand-dry that was up to his personal standards, and he wanted a business where he could see his customers more frequently. “We’re building this business around customer service,” he said. To that end, Davis made a commitment to hiring people Shannon who are as customer-focused Carey as he is. Manager E.B. Hunter had no car wash experience before he joined Synergy, but Brian Davis, owner of Synergy he’d successfully owned and Davis, a Knoxville na- operated Hunter Brothers Auto Wash. Photo by S. Carey tive who attended Farragut Deli in Halls Crossroads for High School and UT, opened decades. customer service,” said DaSynergy after nine years in “You can teach anybody vis. “He (Hunter) treats this real estate, development and to wash a car, but you can’t place as if it was his own.” remodeling. He saw a need teach the heart and soul of In turn, Hunter hired em-

Home Federal Bank has donated to the YWCA Knoxville and YMCA of East Tennessee to help families in need celebrate Easter. Dale Keasling, bank president and CEO, authorized $10,000 toward the purchase of Food City gift cards for designated recipients. Food City discounted the gift cards purchased for the program to help the donation go further. The program, “Eats for Easter,” is in its second year and is designed to support women in crisis and families in transition during a time of year that is less visible than Christmas or Thanksgiving. Last year, the YMCA was able to provide groceries to more than 150 families through the program, demonstrating to clients the generosity of the community. “We’re humbled and honored to support the outreach efforts of the YWCA and the YMCA during this time when we have so much to celebrate,” said Keasling. In addition to money,

Keasling presented both rocking chair, an iconic organizations with a red symbol of Home Federal.

ployees who may not have car wash experience, but who are clean-cut, personable and committed to doing a great job every time. “What is (Hunter’s) biggest asset to this company is the way he’s trained these guys,” said Davis. Davis’s mother, Jolene, works behind the register. “People love her,” he said. “People come to this car wash just to see her.” Now, Davis says seven out of 10 customers are returns or referrals.

Even though it’s gotten him some complaints, Davis is committed to what he calls “the Chick-fil-A concept” of closing shop on Sundays to give his employees a day to rest and spend with family. “Would we make more money if we were open Sundays? Yes. It’s probably an expensive investment, but ultimately it’s worth it to me to make sure my guys are taken care of,” he said. Before opening Synergy, Davis spent two years researching the car wash

YMCA president and CEO Jim Dickson and YWCA CEO Marigail Mullin enjoy a new pair of red rockers, compliments of president and CEO of Home Federal Bank Dale Keasling. Photo by Ruth White

celebrates one year anniversary with In the fall of 2009, Todd Richesin and Bobby Brown started looking for a place to expand their retail presence in the area. There was an instant attraction to the unique building at the corner of Kingston and Lyons View Pikes, the former Up N Down Gulf gas station. With its great energy and beautiful light, this little spot would perfectly showcase their antiques and unique product lines and was transformed into UPSTAIRS at Todd Richesin Interiors. Now celebrating its first anniversary, it seems Richesin and Brown did indeed find the perfect location. UPSTAIRS has received an amazing response from the community and has quickly become the go to place to find unique home accessories, lamps, furniture, antiques, and gifts. They are always on the hunt for new and different items to share with customers. Unique products coupled with an incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable sales staff is what sets UPSTAIRS apart. One product recently added is a candle exclusive to UPSTAIRS; Thompson Ferrier has exotic scents and upscale packaging. Todd Richesin Also just in: a new shipment from Fortunata, an Italian ceramics company, who produces hand made decorative bowls and containers and a new collection of antique accessories including a beautiful selection of English wooden boxes. UPSTAIRS also carries a wide array of beautiful lamps by Lauren Lighting from Ralph Lauren. During this special event, Nashville jewelry designer Kari Beth, will be having a trunk show of her one-of-a-kind pieces that she creates by layering found heirlooms of bygone eras. Local artists Alex Smith and Susan Seymour will be doing in-store demonstrations and will be exhibiting new works.

industry. He said Synergy has grown twice as fast as he expected. “If someone will come here once, we will have them as a customer for life,” he said. “We have a great group of employees who really, truly care. It’s hard to find that.” Synergy Auto Wash is located at 10500 Kingston Pike. Info: 297-3403 or Shannon Carey is the Shopper-News general manager and sales manager. Contact Shannon at shannon@shoppernewsnow. com.

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Paideia Academy celebrates spring By Theresa Edwards Paideia Academy held its annual spring banquet and auction at thee Foundry with board members, bers, teachers, parents ts and students attending. “An event like this doesn’t take place by itself in a vacuum,” m,” headmaster James ames Cowart said. He thanked “behind-the-scenes” nes” people and a host of volunteers who helped make the banquet possible.. He also gave special recognition cognition and thanks to Mitzi tzi Bodie, Kevin and Janett Bryant, and Julie Raines. The evening started off with a reception tion and silent auction. Musician Prentiss Kendall ll Allen played the harp.. Auction items included many donated gift baskets, kets, gift cards and memberships b hi from local businesses. The dinner buffet included roast beef, salmon, new potatoes, mixed veg-

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cluding 10 items handmade by students as school projects. A hand handmade quilt contained self-portrait tain drawings of the d kindergar ten students. “All the parents of the kindergarten kids are going to want this g because they made beca it,” Julie Raines said. Other student projects in the auction were: handauc made bus busy bee gardening pots by 1st 1 graders, sea creatures toy box by 2nd graders, gardener’s bird bath and canvas by 3rd graders, treasure box by 4th graders, coffee table grad book b by 5th graders, picnic basket inspired b by Tennessee history by Tenn 6th graders, Nicene Hall grade project of two handmade picnic tables, tabl and Apostles Hall of a handH ll project j made reclaimed cedar bench and a park bench. “These items have sentimental value,” Cowart

said before he started the auction. “Hopefully, it’ll draw some bids. It won’t be a typical auction, I can promise you that.” All of the auction proceeds fund Paideia Academy’s need-based tuition assistance program. After the auction, presentations were given by Arnold Lumsdaine, Dr. Keith Gray and Sherry Allen regarding the three distinctions of Paideia. It is a Christ-centered, classical school and covenantal. Keynote speaker G. Tyler Fischer then gave a presentation followed by a question and answer session. He is the headmaster at Veritas Academy and the managing editor of Veritas Press Omnibus Project. The evening ended with closing announcements and benediction. Paideia Academy is located in West Knoxville at 10825 Yarnell Road off Lovell Road.

Headmaster James Cowart is the auctioneer for 30 items, including 10 items handmade by students as school projects. Proceeds from the auction fund Paideia Academy’s need-based tuition assistance program.

G. Tyler Fischer is the special guest speaker at Paideia Academy’s spring banquet. He is the headmaster at Veritas Academy and managing editor of Veritas Press Omnibus Project.

Prentiss Kendall Allen plays the harp at Paideia Academy’s spring banquet. Photos by T. Cindy Williams and Hannah Warrick enjoy the spring banquet.

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Ken and Tammy Lowery win the largest auction item, one week’s vacation at Gulfshores, Ala. Included is excusal from school for the vacation, granted by headmaster James Cowart.

School friends Nehemiah Guinn, Caleb Bethel, Ayden Case, Bryce Kenny and Drew Clapp gather at the Paideia Academy spring banquet.

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NICHE focuses on health care needs of elderly Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) is an innovative program designed to enhance the care of older adults. NICHE is a nationwide effort to better meet the unique health care needs of aging adults across America. Covenant Health is proud to be the first health care system in the state, and the only one in East Tennessee, to bring the specialized services that NICHE offers to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Stan Boling, Covenant Health’s vice president of senior services, explains, “The care of the older adult presents a different set of challenges that all health care team members should be aware of, and should assess on admission, “Multiple chronic illnesses and reduced function, both physical and during the acute care stay and all cognitive, accompany the older adult patient into the acute-care stay the way through to the discharge and can affect post-discharge success,” he says. “The health care team needs to become expert in anticipating geriatric syndromes, in using setting.

“The care of older adult patients presents a different set of challenges. …” – Stan Boling, Covenant Health Senior Services state-of-the-art assessment tools and procedures based on sound integration of the NICHE program.” NICHE provides nurses with specialized training related to common health problems of older adults. These include issues such as skin breakdown, falls/injuries, confusion or loss of strength/mobility. NICHE-certified gerontological nurses offer patients and families a high standard of care while promoting patients’ independence and facilitating a comfortable transition home.

Fort Sanders Regional recently was identified as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country that has performed exceptionally in disseminating knowledge and incorporating validated protocols for geriatric care into nursing practice. Fort Sanders Regional has also participated in research projects sponsored by NICHE. For more information about the NICHE program, including resources for older patients and their families, visit www.

Let the 50+ fun begin with Covenant Passport! Covenant Passport’s motto is, “Life is a journey, and it’s more enjoyable if you stay healthy, fit and active.” That’s what Covenant Health Passport strives to be all about: helping people age 50+ enjoy better health and get more out of life. P a s s p o r t members enjoy opportunities like free or reduced-cost health screenings, and free or lowcost Lunch ‘n Learn programs, lectures and seminars. There are also travel opportunities for Passport members, featuring special

rates on local tours and events as well as longer excursions such as cruises or trips. Members receive a quarterly newsletter with stories about active senior adults, health information and handy tips about dealing with life changes. Membership in Covenant Passport is FREE! Ready to join? Visit the Covenant Passport website at or call 865-541-4500 for details.

Exercise rules for seniors Experts recommend that, as an older adult, you: ■ Contact your physician first before starting an exercise program. ■ Always wear appropriate safety gear. If you bike, for instance, use a bike helmet. ■ Wear appropriate shoes for each sport. ■ Warm up before exercise. ■ Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. ■ Exercise with a buddy. ■ Never increase your activity (distance walked or weight lifted) by more than 10 percent a week. ■ Avoid the same routine two days in a row to work different muscles. Walk, swim, play tennis or lift weights. Different activities work different muscles. ■ Stop exercising if you experience severe pain or swelling and contact your physician.

Love your aging skin!

By Anne Marie Rodgers, enterostomal therapist, Fort Sanders Regional

Skin trivia : Did you know? ■ The skin is the largest human organ, covering nearly 25 square feet. ■ Skin makes up about 15 percent of our body weight. ■ Humans shed and replace outer skin cells every 27 days. ■ With aging this replacement of the outer skin cells takes longer. ■ By the age of 70 an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin. As we get older, understanding the ins and outs of aging skin care becomes more important. Here are some tips about aging skin care to keep in mind: First, aging skin care is not just

about looking younger. The goal is to make sure your skin has all the nutrients it needs to be healthy. As we grow older, our body produces less of what our skin needs to keep from getting flaky and brittle. It is up to us to change the way we take care of our skin to compensate for that loss. For example, your current soap may cleanse well, but do nothing to replenish necessary nutrients your skin needs. It may actually remove essential elements that older skin no longer produces in excess. Changing to a gentler soap may be part of your skin care regimen. It’s also important to avoid the use of hot water and excessive friction. Environmental factors such as low humidity and cold air lead to dry skin. Moisturizing dry skin helps keep the skin more supple,

lessening the chance of the skin cracking and reducing the possibility of injury from trauma. Apply moisturizers twice a day to slightly moist skin to get the most benefit. What you eat may help your skin age better. Our skin, like any of our organs, needs vitamins and nutrients to be healthy. As we age, we need more of certain elements to keep our skin supple and healthy. Daily suggestions can be found on the Modified Food Pyramid for Seniors. Any dietary changes or supplements should be made with approval of your physician. Recognize what a dynamic organ the skin is throughout your life span and appreciate the skin you’re in! Realize that you have the ability to protect and maintain your skin integrity.

B-2 • APRIL 9, 2012 • SHOPPER-NEWS

HALT, popular vote and training

Stay safe! Last Wednesday at the Strang Senior Center, Knoxville Police Department Deputy Chief Gary Price gave seniors helpful advice on staying safe. This presentation sparked a lot of interaction, with the group having many questions as well as some of their own safety suggestions.

Theresa Edwards

The warmer weather has brought our local animalrelated groups out of hibernation. Here are some newsworthy items you should know about from our local animal community:

Sara Barrett Knoxville Police Department Deputy Chief Gary Price Photo

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Price addressed safety issues including fraud, identity theft, home safety, personal safety outside the home and safety resources. There are a lot of scams and frauds to beware of. To avoid identity theft, closely guard your personal information. “Do a periodic credit check to see if there is anything suspicious, and look carefully at your bank and credit card statements,” Price said. “Use your card as a credit card rather than a debit card. It gives you more protection,” he added. He also suggested not carrying too many cards. Regarding home safety, Price explained criminals look for the easiest targets, weighing the risks involved. He recommended alarm systems since the noise usually scares off burglars. “In my 30 years on the police force, only two or three times have robbers not left when an alarm was going off.” Trim bushes around the house which could conceal a possible intruder.

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The staff at Young-Williams would like you to meet 3-yearold male Siamese mix Ty. Siamese are known to be chatty Use lights. “A dog is always cats. Ty has not shared many opinions with Animal Center good. Get a big one that staff, but we suspect he will settle into a home relatively looks mean or a noisy one quickly and let his new family know what he thinks. Ty is that will warn you if someavailable for adoption at the main center at 3210 Division one is near,” he said. St. The “new” center at Young-Williams Animal Village is When going out, there is at 6400 Kingston Pike. Both facilities are open daily from safety in numbers. Awarenoon to 6 p.m. If you don’t have time to drop by and take ness is also of utmost ima look, visit to see photos of all portance. Pay attention. of the center’s adoptables and call 215-6599 for more in“Criminals look for least reformation about each pet. sistance,” Price explained. “Don’t be flashy. Don’t wear a lot of jewelry.” Prescrip■ Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday tion pills are a major proband Thursday, April 18-19, lem, so be conscious of who Cheyenne Conference Room, is around and beware if 964 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak someone follows you after AARP driver safety Ridge. you buy your medications. ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday Price also recommended classes and Thursday, April 18-19, various safety resources. For registration info about Roane County United Way, Call 211 for social servicthese and all other AARP 2735 Roane State Highway, driver safety classes, call Caroes that are available. LoHarriman. lyn Rambo, 584-9964. cal law enforcement and ■ 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ThursSheriff’s offices are avail- ■ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April day, April 19, New Market able resources. To find out 10, Buckingham Clubhouse, Senior Center, 1611 Depot St., 801 Vanosdale Road. what crimes have occurred New Market. in your community, go to ■ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, ■ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, April 11, Harrogate Senior CenWest Park Baptist Church, 8833 ter, 310 Londonderry Road, On Wednesday, April 11, Middlebrook Pike. Harrogate. at 1 p.m., the Strang Senior ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Center welcomes a travel ■ Noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 23-24, Maryville party with Starr Travel. Tuesday, April 16-17, Loudon First UMC, 804 Montvale StaCounty Senior Center, 901 There will be information, tion Road, Maryville. Main St., Loudon. prizes and goodies.


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Critter Tales The HALT program (Humans and Animals Learning Together) is about to kick off its spring training session with five lucky dogs from Young-Williams Animal Center. The program – which is celebrating its 25th anniversary – shows at-risk youth how to teach obedience training to dogs while building the adolescents’ self-confidence and social skills in the process. The dogs will be available for adoption once they graduate from the program. “Meet and greet” events with the animals will be held Saturday, April 14, at Mast General Store on Gay Street; Saturday, April 21, at Rita’s Italian Ice on Market Square; Saturday, April 28, at PetSmart on Morrell Road by West Town Mall; and Saturday, May 5, at Union Avenue Books on Union Avenue. During the last 25 years, 324 dogs have found homes after graduating from HALT and 1,300 adolescents have helped teach them manners.

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Sassy is a student in the spring semester of the HALT program. She will be looking for a forever home after she graduates. Photo submitted

Info: Young-Williams Animal Center hopes to be in the running to receive $100,000 in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, but the organization needs to get votes from community members (through Monday, April 16) in order to compete. If won, all of the money will go toward improving spay/neuter, adoption and pet food pantry programs. Info: If your pooch doesn’t understand the word “no” or if you don’t have the courage to tell him or her “no,” PetSafe Dog Park will host a series of training demonstrations by PetSafe Village trainer Mike Shafer. Dates are 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at PetSafe Village Dog Park, 10424 PetSafe Way; 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at PetSafe Downtown Dog Park; 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Tommy Schumpert Dog Park; and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Carter Doyle Dog Park.

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SHOPPER-NEWS • APRIL 9, 2012 • B-3


Casey Peer

From the desk of Casey Peer, Chief Dietitian

April 2012 PROGRAMS Don’t be DENSE: Trim Calories per Bite to Trim Pounds, April 19, noon-1 p.m. LiveWELL Lifestyle Change: Starts April 9, noon to 1:30 p.m. M-W-F. Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? Six-week book study, Every Tuesday, April 10 thru May 15, noon to 1 p.m. Hypothyroidism & Weight Management: April 12, noon to 1 p.m.; April 18, 5:306:30 p.m. The REAL Secret to Weight Loss: April 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; April 26, noon to 1 p.m. Duathlon/Triathlon Training: Eightweek training, Tuesdays, April 10 thru May 29, 5:30-7 p.m. Group setting, use of Spin Bikes & Treadmills; beginner to novice duathlete/triathlete. Focus on physical conditioning needed to complete a Sprint to Olympic distance triathlon/duathlon. YIN + Flow Yoga Series: Wednesdays, April 11 thru May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. What is YIN + Flow? 1.5 hour class, appropriate for all levels, fusion of YIN (long held poses) with Flow (rhythmic flow of postures). YIN targets the connective tissues which involve ligaments and joints that are not normally exercised in more active styles of yoga practice. Flow is a more flowing group of yoga poses that will build strength as well as flexibility.

Lifestyle change ‘Tried and true’ protection against adult onset diabetes By Mike Wigger Every day we are inundate d with the “newest and best” health informat ion – new products and foods that guarantee we will shed the weight and keep it off. Recent media outlets (New York Times, Good Morning America) have made popular a study claiming weight loss surgery is more effective in reducing and reversing type II diabetes than lifestyle intervention. It is informat ion like this that is devastati ng our society and further fueling the “quick fix” mentality. Make no mistake, the incidence of diabetes in the United States has tripled in the last 30 years and there is no doubt this is a critical issue facing our society today. Contradictory to the findings of the study, The NIH (Nationa l Institute s of Health), CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and NDEP (Nationa l Diabetes Education Program) conclude d after 10 years of research that intensive lifestyle changes, i.e., losing 5 to 7 percent of weight through increased physical activity and responsible nutrition prevented or delayed the onset of type II diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for the disease. The same researche rs also showed that metformi n, an oral diabetes drug, reduced the onset of type II diabetes by only 31 percent. Unfortun ately, the article from the Times only alludes

to one of many problems with weight loss surgery: a 31 percent success rate. This means about 2/3 of patients that undergo surgery do not see long term weight loss results. The article mentions , “Patients may lose 100 pounds or even more after the surgery. Most gain some weight back; some gain a lot back.” Lifestyle intervent ion has been shown to be effective 58 percent of the time in reducing or reversing the effects of type II diabetes for those at high risk. Compare this to the success rate of medication (31%) and surgery (31%), it is suddenly clear that lifestyle intervent ion is twice as effective as alternate treatments for such a prevalent and serious disease. So why then is lifestyle intervent ion seen as the least popular of treatment for type II diabetes? Unfortun ately, recent media made it seem as though weight loss surgery is the exclusive fix for type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is a lifestyle related disease, meaning it is develope d over time as a result of physical inactivity and poor nutrition habits (genetics also play a role). However, your stomach is not solely responsible for the development of type II diabetes, your lifestyle is. Why then is it acceptable to “fix” the stomach if the stomach isn’t the problem? You wouldn’t put a cast on your ankle if you broke your arm!

Proper nutrition and regular physical activity are still necessary for successfu l weight management. In order to ensure long term success, we must take a comprehe nsive approach to our health, not simply rely on surgery as a quick fix. Weight loss surgery can be a viable and necessar y treatment in some situation s, especiall y when serious health issues have already develope d because of excess weight. Whether or not weight loss surgery is used as treatment for type II diabetes, lifestyle intervent ion is the only way to guarante e long term success.

The LiveWEL L Lifestyle Change Program goes stepby-step through the behavior change process in order to develop life-long healthy habits. We teach the facts about nutrition, how to use exercise as medicine and even how to do it all on a budget. Provision Health & Wellness wants you to become a healthier, happier person, one step at a time. Join us Thursday, April 12, at 5 p.m. or Friday, April 13, at noon for an informat ional session to learn more about our LiveWEL L Lifestyle Change Program . Mike Wigger, MS, CSCS, is the Exercise Specialist/Wellness Coordinator at Provision Health & Wellness.

NUTRITION CLASSES: The Real Secret to Weight Loss Don’t Be DENSE: Trim Calories per Bite to Trim Pounds Hypothyroidism and Weight Management Diabetes Made Simple Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? (book study) For information on these and other classes, please call (865) 232-1414.

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Once candidate for amputation, Virginia woman now runs It was early February when Linda Kidman caught the Gingerbread Man. He’d zipped through her kitchen at breakneck speed, giggling as he taunted her with “Run, run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me – I’m the Gingerbread Man.” But before he knew it, Kidman’s 3-year-old grandson had been scooped up into her arms, and the 52-year-old grandmother – once wheelchair-bound and told by doctors that she should have her leg amputated – suddenly realized that she was running. “It hit me so hard that I just stopped and thanked God right there that I could run,” said Kidman. “I’m running everywhere – through the living room, through the den, the kitchen, the dining room, around in circles, and I’m screaming, ‘I’m running! I’m running!’ ” For Kidman, whose knee problems had once taken her to the depths of despair, chasing her grandson was nothing less than a miracle performed by God and delivered by Parkwest Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Dr. Hal E. Cates and Charles Strader, his physician assistant at the Tennessee Orthopedic Clinic. “I love them both,” said Kidman. “They’re both my heroes. They really are, and God is using them for a purpose – to give people back their lives.” By the time Kidman met Cates, she had given up all hope for a normal life. Two total knee replacements back home in Roanoke, Va., had left her left leg bent at an almost 45-degree angle, she could no longer stand and spent much of her time in a wheelchair. She was taking seven pills a day and was so depressed that she was putting on a lot of weight which aggravated her back problems caused by her bent gait. When her doctor in Roanoke had recommended amputation or fusing her leg at the knee, she had sought help elsewhere. Unable to get an appointment at the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, she began searching online and found hope at a prestigious university medical center in yet another state. Taking her medical records –

1,876 pages – in a box, her hopes were quickly dashed. “The doctor didn’t even read them,” she said of the records. “He looked at me and said, ‘There’s no hope. You can never have surgery on that leg again. You’ve had two total knee replacements, and the way that your body makes scar tissue, it will make it worse if we open it up again. Prosthesis is the route.’ And when he brought out a piece of a prosthetic, I lost it and started to cry. All I could think about was that I could never carry my grandbaby. That killed me in my heart. I was at the end of my rope because I believed he was THE best – there was none better. At that point, I gave up.” But Kidman’s brother, Ricky Legard, hadn’t given up. Legard, who owns a fireplace supply store in Greeneville, Tenn., had met a customer in his store who had gone through a similar ordeal. That customer, Patsy Denton, was so convinced that her doctor – Dr. Hal Cates in Knoxville – could help that both she and Legard began pressing Kidman to make an appointment. After numerous calls from her brother and Denton and urging from her husband, Terry, Kidman relented and made the appointment “just to pacify them” but still believing it a waste of time. She pared down her medical records to 481 pages and sent them along with a letter to Cates. “I didn’t tell him in my letter how the other doctors wanted to cut my leg off because I was afraid he would jump to that conclusion and say, ‘Well, they’re right – let’s take it off. There’s nothing you can do.’ ” The 5 1/2-hour trip from her home in Virginia was filled with quiet despair. “I went in thinking, ‘Why am I going? I’ve already seen the best and they can’t do anything – there’s no hope. What’s this man going to do?’ ” said Kidman. “Little did I know he was going to turn my world around. “When he walked in, he shook my hand and looked at me. I swear I looked into his eyes and I KNEW he was going to do something for me,” said Kidman. “He was different from the minute he stretched out his hand. He said, ‘I’ve got all of your notes, and I’ve read your letter and I’ve read every page.’ And I thought, ‘Oh my God! Is he for real?! He’s read all those pages – all 481?!’ He said, ‘I’m going to have you walking in eight to 10 weeks.’ At that point, I put my trust in that man, completely. When I walked out of there, I had hope, hope that had gone out of my life.” Upon his initial evaluation on April 2, 2008, Cates noted Kidman was Kidman sent 481 pages of medical records to Cates in advance of her appointment – and was shocked when she learned he’d read them all.

Linda Kidman was deeply depressed when she made the 5 1/2-hour trip from her home in Roanoke, Va., to her first appointment with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Hal Cates (photo at right) at Parkwest Medical Center. “I went in thinking, ‘Why am I going? I’ve already seen the best and they can’t do anything – there’s no hope. What’s this man going to do?’ Little did I know he was going to turn my world around,” she said.

“extremely debilitated” and had suffered “almost every complication possible” after her first total knee replacement, including a condition known as heterotopic ossification – or abnormal bone growth in soft tissues – inside the knee. “When I first saw her, she had essentially only 30 degrees of range of motion, and a stiff and painful knee that required her to limp,” said Cates. “She used her hands getting out of a low chair. Her prior surgeries included a first time total knee replacement, followed by manipulation, then an arthroscopic scar removal and manipulation, followed by a formal revision of the knee, followed by yet another manipulation on two occasions – she’d had six knee operations and a complex revision knee implant when I first saw her.” Despite the higher than usual risks, he was confident he could improve her condition. “I have seen cases similar to this that turned out well, and I was excited about trying to help her get her life back,” he said. Doing so, however, would require a lot of pre-operative planning, and the ossification, which recurs with each surgery, must first run its course over 12 to 18 months before any intervention. To minimize the risk of recurrence, Cates ordered radiation therapy on her knee. “He had me go to the cancer

center and I thought, ‘I don’t have cancer!’ but he did radiation on my knee,” Kidman recalled. “I don’t really understand it, but he said he had a window of time. He said, ‘When the time is right, we’ll do the surgery.’ And I would come down and be tested and stuff, and then one day, he looked at my knee and said, ‘Now is the time.’ ” On Oct. 21, 2008, Kidman was rolled into surgery. “It was completely different at this hospital,” said Kidman. “They put blankets on my body to warm my blood before he opened me up. He was with me all the time, explaining and telling me everything, reassuring everything for me.” The surgery was pretty much uneventful, although scar tissue from the previous surgeries had so encapsulated the entire knee area that the main ligaments had to be cut. “They had to come into my room to do therapy, because I couldn’t walk to them,” said Kidman. “I asked, ‘Is this going to put me behind? Am I going to walk?’ They said, ‘You’ll walk.’ ” “The service we got at this hospital, the kindness that everybody showed, from the person who took my blood samples to the nurses to the doctors to the people cleaning in my room, I’ve never had such treatment,” she said. “Even the food was good! That’s saying a lot, but I

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have bragged so much to everybody about Parkwest and how different it was.” Just as Cates had promised, Kidman was walking within 10 weeks – not big steps, but enough to get her on the road. She returned home to Virginia and began rehabilitation therapy, returning to Cates periodically for follow-ups and to track her progress. Whenever she returned, she would always bring another family member with her. “They all wanted to come and meet this great healer that I was always talking about,” Kidman said. While her revised knee has done well, her right knee has developed arthritis, requiring Kidman to return to Cates every three months for a steroid shot and evaluation. The shots, he told her, should help until she has a necessary total knee replacement in her right leg. “If it gets to the point that it’s bothering me really bad, he said he would go in and take care of it for me,” said Kidman. “I can deal with a little clicking every once in awhile to be able to walk, but I’m not going to have another knee replacement until I can’t stand it any longer. When that time comes, I will come to Dr. Cates.” “Now they tell me that I can’t have another knee replacement on the left leg – three’s all you can have but they only last 10 to 15 years,” Kidman added. “So I don’t know what the future holds, but Dr. Cates reassured me. He said, ‘Think about medical technology and how far we’ve come from year to year. By the time you need that, there’ll be something else.’ And he said, ‘I’ll take care of you.’ That was what I needed to hear. I haven’t worried about it again because I know whenever it is, he’ll take care of me. I don’t care if he was 1,000 miles away; I’d fly to see him wherever he is.” With that assurance and the ability to walk again, she has shed 91 pounds, dropping from a size 22 dress to a size 12. The collection of knee braces, cane, walker, electric scooter and wheelchair that were all once part of her life are now in the garage. “Dr. Cates changed my life. He gave me my life back,” Kidman said. “He gave us all my life back. I see a future now and I am enjoying life like never before. I am standing by my husband’s side, I can go shopping with my daughters and I can play ball, and take walks and RUN with my grandsons and chase them. I can pick them up and carry them to bed.” It’s been 18 months since she last saw Cates. But when she caught the Gingerbread Man in her kitchen, she fully realized just how far the doctor had brought her. “ ‘Thank you’ is not enough,” she said. “When the world – and I – was giving up on me, God picked me up and handed me to Dr. Cates.” For more information, visit or call 865.374.PARK for more about Parkwest Joint Center – The Retreat.

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