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VOL. 5, NO. 19
MAY 9, 2011
Love that makes a difference By Wendy Smith
Rising leader West High’s Claire Coker is president of DECA International See story on page A-12
People, events and more! See page A-13
FEATURED COLUMNIST JAKE MABE
How four teachers made a difference Chad Edwards says thanks, 50 years later See page A-6
Budget woes Beck Cultural Exchange Center may face crippling shortage as the county cuts back See story on page A-5
West Hills residents Jayme and Jeff Ownby have eight kids. They only gave birth to two, and some only spent a year or two under the Ownby roof, but they’re all part of the family. “They’re still our kids,” says Jeff. Child and Family Tennessee Foster Care recruiter Terrin Kanoa would like to see more foster families like the Ownbys. There is a particular need for families who are willing to care for children who are 10 or older. Most foster parents want younger kids, she says, but teens who don’t have a relationship with a foster family will have no one when they age out of the system. There are advantages to fostering teens. There are no diapers to change, and teens can help around the house or get a job. They’re also able to have adult conversations and participate in adult activities, Kanoa says. The Ownbys have provided a home for six foster children over the past five years, including three teenagers. Their first foster child, Aissa, brought her newborn with her when she moved into the house. The Ownbys’ two biological sons were in middle and high school at the time. Jayme already had a relationship with Aissa, who was a resident at the Florence Crittenton Agency group home where she worked. Aissa and her baby, NaShya, were initially placed with another foster family, but when that didn’t work out, the teen moved in with Ownbys. It wasn’t an easy transition. The Ownbys had to remodel their basement for their boys so that Aissa and her daughter could live upstairs. Then the family took in two more
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foster children – brothers who were ages 2 and 3 – which made Aissa unhappy. She didn’t like that the boys took attention away from her and her baby, she admits. The young brothers were eventually reunited with their mother, which is always the goal of the foster parent program, says Kanoa. The Ownbys continue to have a relationship with the family, even though they live in another county. They also have a day-to-day relationship with Aissa and NaShya, who now live on their own. As an adult, Aissa can fully appreciate the role her foster family played in her life.
“Without them, I don’t know where I’d be,” she says. “If we need something, they’re who I call. They’re my family.” Foster parenting requires patience and flexibility, and the wisdom to ask for help if it’s needed, says Kanoa. The program offers continual support to foster parents, including weekend respites to families who need a break. “It’s better for them to have a weekend off than to say, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ ” she says. Jayme says being a foster parent to a teen is a time commitment. Since the schooling of many foster kids has been disrupted, making
sure they get the classes and the academic help they need is a challenge. Therapy sessions also take time out of the family schedule. The Ownbys agree that a good support system is critical for foster parents. The couple relies heavily on Jayme’s mother, Judy Wallace, who also lives in West Hills and keeps foster children. But the most important requirement for foster parenting is love. “You have to have a heart for kids,” says Kanoa. To learn more about becoming a foster parent: email@example.com or 524-7483.
By Betty Bean April 4 was unseasonably hot, with gusty winds up to 35 miles per hour. Around 10 a.m., a resident of Plumwood Road in West Haven noticed smoke billowing up from Tony Norman’s yard and called the Knoxville Fire Department. Before it was doused, the flames had climbed about 35 feet up a hickory tree, consumed a 15-foot section of a wooden privacy fence and destroyed a storage shed and its contents. The remains of a blue plastic Waste Connections container are puddled on the ground. Some small ornamental cedars closer to the house are badly, probably fatally, singed. Arson investigators told Norman and his wife, Jani, that the fire had been deliberately set, and although the damage was relatively minor, the “what ifs” were frightening. The property is heavily wooded, the fire not far from the wood-frame house. The Normans say the “whys” are disturbing as well. “I have a friend who was a private investigator who looked at it, and he said. ‘Obviously, somebody had been to your house at least twice (once to case property, once
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Jeff and Jayme Ownby enjoy a visit with their former foster daughter, Aissa, and her daughter, NaShya. The Ownbys have had six foster children over the past five years. Jeff says he wants to provide a loving home to children who can’t be with their parents because he was raised by his grandparents. He is the 4th District Knox County Commissioner. Photo
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Tony Norman surveys the spot where someone set his property on fire. Photos by Ruth White to set the fire).’ He said it was an amateurish job meant to send me a message.” The Normans hadn’t spoken publicly about the fire until a meeting of the West Knox County Council of Homeowners when Tony Norman was called upon to talk about the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan, which County Commission rejected by a 6-5 vote at its April meeting. The slope protection plan is a joint city/county project developed over a three-
year period by a group of volunteers and Metropolitan Planning Commission staffers. Norman is the cochair and the face of the plan, which would apply to slopes of 15 percent or more, prohibit development on 50 percent grades and impose stricter guidelines for clearing and grading on steep slopes. The plan would allow narrower roads and shorter setback requirements for higher elevations with incentives for developers to place ridgetops under
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and they came up with their strategy to kill it.” After Norman said that his wife and son would like to see him step back from the plan, Jani asked to be recognized. She said they have received “hate mail” and called the last few months “a horrible, horrible ordeal. “Three weeks before the vote, our property was set on fire. If we hadn’t had a Good Samaritan neighbor, 10 minutes later our house would have been set on fire.” City Council will be taking up the slope protection plan next, and Norman said he doesn’t plan to quit advocating for it. “This just makes me more determined,” he said.
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Ed Shouse, Duane Grieve, Barbara Pelot, Brenda Palmer, Daniel Brown, Marilyn Roddy, Terry Faulkner and Jeff Ownby celebrate the opening of the bridge at Kingston Pike and Forest Park Boulevard at a ceremony held last week. The bridge reopened in April, 18 months after the project began. Photos by Wendy Smith
New bridge should bring business to Bearden The construction on the bridge at Kingston Pike and Forest Park Boulevard made for long, grueling commutes for a year and a half. But now it’s time for the Bearden community to celebrate having a pedestrian-friendly bridge with a turn lane by spending some dollars at businesses that suffered during the long project. City and county reps held a ribbon-cutting on the Forest Park Boulevard bridge over the Norfolk Southern tracks last week. Mayor Daniel Brown thanked business owners for their patience during construction. Second District City Council member Duane Grieve said it was easy to step into the shoes of someone who had already done most of the work. He gave credit to his predecessor, Barbara Pelot, who served as mediator between the neighborhood, the city and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) on the project. When asked to speak, Pelot encouraged those in attendance to promote Tom Weiss’ Highlands Row office space, which stood vacant during the entire construction project. Weiss signed his first lease on a space at the end of April. (Read more about Highlands Row in BizSpot.) Weiss also owns the Grill at Highlands Row, which opened a year ago. He’s seen a steady increase in business at the restaurant since construction ended in midApril, he says. Terry Faulkner of the Bearden Council praised Fred Corum and Steve Borden of TDOT for their work on the project. Bill Owen, a 45-year resident of the area, says the improved bridge will fur-
ther Bearden’s efforts to be a “walking neighborhood.” ■
The importance of collaboration
Knoxville is famous for its volunteer spirit. But without effective collaboration, even a stadium full of volunteers wouldn’t get anything done. “Big problems can only be addressed if we come together,” said Grant Standefer, executive director of Compassion Coalition, at last week’s Salt and Light Community Luncheon. David Kitts, supervisor of the family crimes unit of the Family Justice Center, and Ronni Chandler, associate executive director of Project Grad Knoxville, discussed the importance of collaboration in their work. Knoxville was one of only 15 cities in the nation to receive a grant to establish a family justice center, which provides support and services for victims of domestic violence, said Kitts. Offers of assistance from more than 60 local agencies helped seal the deal. “Knoxville has a wonderful reputation,” said Kitts. The key to getting so many groups to work together is the understanding that egos must be left at home, he said. Project Grad partners with the school district and the community to support a quality public school education for kids in the inner city. It encourages high school students to graduate and provides scholarships
David Kitts of the Family Justice Center and Ronni Chandler of Project Grad talk about the importance of collaboration at the Compassion Coalition’s Salt and Light Community Luncheon last week. and support for those who go on to college. Since the program began 10 years ago, graduation rates at Austin-East and Fulton high schools have jumped from 50 percent to more than 81 percent. A long list of community partners has contributed to Project Grad’s success. Successful collaboration happens when the work gets done without worries over who gets the credit, said Chandler. ■
Preserving the history of Pond Gap
David Williams, president of the Pond Gap Neighborhood Association, wants UT to reconsider its plans to do away with Mann Street during construction of new recreation fields on Sutherland Avenue. Mann Street enters Sutherland directly across the street from Dead End BBQ. The street is the only
remnant of a neighborhood that was home to 10 to 12 amateur baseball players during the 1940s and 1950s, according to Williams. The Bearden Tigers played on a field at the corner of Mann and Sutherland. The team was unique in that it had black and white players, he says. He’d like to see the street preserved, perhaps as parking space for the fields. He also thinks the construction of a baseball field near the site of the previous field could be a reminder to students that sports can help overcome racism. Williams plans to attend the May 12 meeting of the Metropolitan Planning Commission to get UT to hold off on demolition until it can sit down with the neighborhood association to discuss the history of the area. He is looking for anyone with a connection to the Bearden Tigers who is willing to share their story. Contact Williams at 256-1828.
Kerbela Shrine Paper Sale is May 9-15 The annual Kerbela Shrine Paper Sale will be held May 9-15 this year. The sale is the fundraiser that provides Shrine hospitals the ability to treat children selected during the recent mini-screening clinic at no charge.
This is not a profession known for extravagant financial rewards. Most reporters do what they do simply because they couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Nor do journalists receive much respect from the public at large these days. We’re too far left or too far right; we fail to take a stand or we shouldn’t take a stand; we miss the big picture or we miss the crucial detail; or maybe we should just fold our tents and let the citizen journalists crowding the Web keep everyone informed. Who are they kidding? We love the business despite the low pay, long hours and the critics. And when your work is considered worthy of recognition by your peers, well, that’s just a bonus. On April 29 the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists held its annual Golden Press Card Awards banquet. Journalists from around the region submitted their work for review by a panel in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Shopper-News acquitted itself admirably. Taking home awards were (in alphabetical order): ■ Personal Columns: Honorable Mention, Shannon Carey, for “Moms 101” ■ Deadline Photography: Honorable Mention, Shannon Carey, for “Building the Future” ■ Feature Writing: Jake Mabe, Honorable Mention, for “I’m Afraid the Town Is Gone” ■ Page One Designs: Award of Merit, ShopperNews Graphics Department ■ Editorials: Award of Excellence, Larry Van Guilder While we’re in bragging mode, I’ll point out that this year’s haul was nothing out of the ordinary for our newspaper. The Shopper-News consistently garners recognition for the work of its reporters, its compositors and its graphics professionals. Always mindful that “pride goeth before a fall,” we’ll keep working to bring you award-winning coverage each week. In our features section today, Jake Mabe brings you the story of how four teachers changed a young man’s life nearly 50 years ago. In government and politics, read some federal cost-cutting suggestions from former Ambassador Victor Ashe, then find out why peanut butter and jelly sandwiches may become a forgotten delicacy at the local hoosegow. As always, whether you live in Halls, Fountain City, Powell, Karns, Bearden or Farragut, we’ve got you covered in print and online at www.shoppernewsnow.com. Contact Larry Van Guilder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halls High reunion Halls High School’s class of 1966 will have a reunion noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Glen Abbey Clubhouse, 11716 San Martin Drive in West Knoxville. Friends from the ’65 and ’67 classes are invited to join them. Info: email Rick Rickerson at rickrickerson@att. net or Mike Cameron at email@example.com.
Senior novice tennis program offered in May The 22nd annual “Never-Ever” Senior Novice Tennis Program, offered to seniors 50 and older who have never played or haven’t played tennis in a number of years, will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning May 16 at Tyson Family Tennis Center and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning May 17 at the Murphy Courts in West Hills Park. Registration/ info: Bob Roney, 971-5896.
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government Some areas to cut As Congress looks at ways to cut federal expenditures, I know from personal experience at the State Department there are areas where savings could occur without jeopardizing the good and important work the State Department carries on daily.
As a post-9/11 reaction, State has pushed a massive new embassy building program across the globe, placing embassies in ugly fortress-like buildings often miles away from the city center. While in nations such as Pakistan and Afghanistan such security measures are necessary, the “one size fits all” approach does not makes sense in Iceland, Slovenia, Poland or Malta. In Poland, the Department’s building office (known as OBO) is working now to spend more than $84 million for a new consulate to house 11 Americans to be located 10 miles from the city center. This works out to $8 million per American. As Ambassador, I worked to halt or slow down this wasteful project. OBO has already spent more than $1.5 million over 10 years with site visits, studies and appraisals. Once I departed Poland, a new consulate went back into active consideration by State. Congress and State should classify the nations we have diplomatic relations with around the world in terms of security threats, just as the threat alert at our airports are classified based on threat. Less expensive and architecturally more pleasing
buildings make a statement about the U.S. which is positive. Embassies which look like prisons or fortresses make a negative statement to the host nation. They are also terribly expensive. The new embassy planned for London is estimated to cost more than $1 billion (yes, billion) dollars. It has a moat around it, something even the Queen does not have at Buckingham Palace. Congress could fail to fund this project. Recently, State signed a 9-year lease for a new Ambassadorial residence in Kingston, Jamaica, at the cost of $25,000 a month ($300,000 a year, or $2.7 million over 9 years) because the current residence was an hour’s commute from the office. The current residence is unoccupied now and not sold. It sits empty but furnished, waiting on who knows what. Meanwhile, the leased residence may only be minutes from the office, but it lacks the spacious grounds of the prior residence or its history with the Embassy. Now we have two residences for one ambassador in Jamaica. One questions how such financially foolish decisions get made. Where is the supervision? This is not to suggest our personnel should not be protected in dangerous areas where security is vital. They should be. However, common sense needs to prevail along with safety. Money should be used wisely and in a way which makes a positive statement. Embassies far outlast the ambassador of the day whose name will be forgotten after his or her departure. We should showcase America’s best architects and best practices, and stop constructing buildings which convey fear, worry and trepidation.
A-4 • MAY 9, 2011 • BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS
No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Burchett budget cuts jail
In “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Clint Eastwood uttered one of the more memorable cowboy flick lines of all time. Confronted by a bounty hunter out for Eastwood’s hide, the actor growled: “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy.”
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While the experience may fall short of dying, going to jail in Knox County is going to become less of a “living” than ever according to Mayor Tim Burchett’s proposed FY 2012 budget. The public safety component of the budget is growing. “Patrols and cops” is up from $24.9 million to $25.3 million in the proposed budget. “Warrants” grows from $161,365 to $275,815.
Line items for detectives, forensics, narcotics and the juvenile division have also increased. These bolstered resources naturally lead one to conclude that the sheriff anticipates more bad guys and gals to go after and nab, and if he’s successful the jail will be busier than ever housing miscreants. Aye, and there’s the rub for those stupid enough or unfortunate enough to find themselves taking an expense-paid vacation on the county’s dime. While stepped-up enforcement packs the jail to the rafters, the jail commissary expenses are budgeted to drop from $640,160 to $632,367. Unless you grow your own beans and greens and maintain a herd of cattle and a catfish farm, you’re familiar with the ever-increasing pain in your wallet that comes with a trip to the grocery store. Nonetheless, the sheriff is pulling off a financial miracle worthy of national attention, and the mayor and his staff have signed off on it.
That’s small wonder of c ourse, when the mayor has pledged that essential services will not suffer under his first budget despite J.J. Jones pulling back on personnel, supplies and materials in a number of dep a r t m e nt s beneath his purview. Feeding more with less is wholly consistent with the admini s t r a t i o n’s Tim Burchett philosophy and could ease the tension between Burchett and Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones. With the national debt spiraling out of control and legislators arguing over whose cow is more sacred, it would be unpatriotic and selfish for the sheriff, the mayor and their financial wizards to withhold their
secret. So we’re calling on them to do their duty and share with Congress, the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama before the country tumbles into the fiscal abyss. Has the sheriff hooked up with a cheap source of Chinese-produced Spam? Is he buying day-old bread in bulk from Walmart? Is he using former Mayor Mike Ragsdale’s Bosnia connections to import cut-rate Eastern European beef and pork? It’s a tantalizing mystery. Until those at the top of the county’s food chain reveal their methods, a word of caution seems appropriate for those contemplating mischief in Knox County. Another famed law officer, none other than Deputy Barney Fife, put it this way: “A man confined to prison is a man who has given up his liberty, his pursuit of happiness. No more carefree hours, no more doing whatever you want, whenever you want. No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Owen previews his campaign Bill Owen didn’t mention a word about running for City Council, but he dropped some pretty serious clues about the direction his campaign is going to take when he spoke to the Council of West Knox County Homeowners last week.
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At first blush, talking to a group of homeowners who (mostly) live outside the city limits might seem an odd way for a candidate to spend his time, but Owen used to represent them when he was a state senator, so he was in familiar territory. And it gave him a friendly environment to test-drive some things that he’ll be talking about this summer. His topic was “How to Build a 21st Century Society,” and he began by returning to a tough stretch in his life. He’d been defeated for re-election to the senate and gotten divorced. (He didn’t mention getting arrested for drunk driving – a charge he beat, twice, in two highly publicized trials. The evidence against him really was pretty weak, but that had to have been a major bummer. We’ll find out in August if Jane and Ivan Harmon enjoy the sunshine at the opening of this little scandal has passed Ivan Harmon’s campaign headquarters in his race for Knoxville its expiration date). mayor. The office is located in the Kroger shopping center on He’d gone off somewhere Western Avenue, just west of I-640. Harmon, whose slogan is to a transformational train“One of the people, for the people,” had all sorts of people at ing program and had an the opening. “Here’s my number and I won’t change it after I’m epiphany that inspired him elected,” he said. Info: 389-5652. Photo by S. Clark
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to return to Knoxville, start a lobbying business, remarry and generally rebuild his life. It was about this time that he met bandage mogul Pete DeBusk, founder of DeRoyal Medical Products. DeBusk was having some trouble getting Medicare to approve one of his products and needed some help. Owen was friends with Harold Ford Sr., who
GOSSIP AND LIES Donnybrook ahead as Becky Duncan Massey enters the battle to replace Sen. Jamie Woodson, who resigned. Already Marilyn Roddy has abandoned the mayor’s race to go for the Senate seat, and County Commission chair Mike Hammond seems poised to jump in, too. Mayor Daniel Brown took Bean’s advice (from last week’s Shopper) and just said no to those trying to talk him into the Knoxville
chaired a House subcommittee and was able to give him that help. Thus began a valuable relationship, and Owen has been lobbying for DeBuskrelated interests ever since. He said the DeBusk connection has allowed him to meet people from all over the world, and he is especially proud of work he has done in Kenya, where DeRoyal (at Owen’s suggestion) sent production overruns of bandages and bedpans and other medical supplies. Owen flew to Nairobi, presented the goods and took the opportunity to tour the city’s slums. He saw people living in unimaginable poverty who still had hope. “What I saw were people who were energetic and enthused about life. Instead of dejection, I saw people determined to build a 21st century
society,” he said, launching into full campaign mode with talk about America still being the hope and inspiration of the world. Then he got to the part we’ll be hearing about this summer. He wants to make Knoxville the education capital of the state of Tennessee, or maybe even the country. He said that putting the Lincoln Memorial University law school in downtown Knoxville was his idea (“My idea, Pete’s money”), and that he is working on a plan to put a boarding school for at-risk kids on the Knoxville College campus. “I want to market Knoxville as an educational center and an economic engine to drive us forward,” he said, ending up with a good line about “faith in the future, faith in education and faith in America.”
boost Daniel Brown. To his credit, he figured that out. There’s sad irony in the upcoming reception for Daniel Brown, hosted by the UT Alumni Association. That’s because Brown, when ready for college, was prohibited from attending UT. Hard to believe that happened in our lifetime. And finally, Jay Leno says Prince William and his bride, Kate, want honBecky Massey eymoon privacy in a place mayor’s race after he said he where no one will recognize would not run. For the most them. Their destination: part, they were out to hurt Pakistan. Madeline Rogero more than – S. Clark
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Whacking on seniors Burchett pledges no reduction in service Mayor Tim Burchett met with citizens in all nine County Commission districts last week to discuss his FY 2012 budget, a move unprecedented in the county’s history. Previous executives had their own style of budget presentation: Tommy Schumpert liked to pull everyone into the small assembly room; Mike Ragsdale mimicked city mayors with a meal funded by donors and invitations to friends; Dwight Kessel just had Herb Acuff type it up and walk it over to the commission.
Sandra Clark At Halls last week, just hours after his budget speech, Burchett faced the question on e v e r y o n e ’s mind when Roy Kruse asked: What about reduced services? Hemal Tailor It was a fair question considering
Burchett’s budget does not raise taxes, reduces 30-plus employees and cuts the operating budgets of most departments (outside of schools and law enforcement). Burchett said services won’t be reduced as he’s asking his department heads to do more with less. Taking that message to heart was Hemal Tailor, director of senior services. “We absolutely will not cut services. (My staff) won’t allow that to happen,” said Tailor. “We’ve already been managing with less, for about 18 months now.” She said hours will not be reduced at the county’s senior centers, but some
Beck Center funding cut Director calls proposal ‘absurd’ By Larry Van Guilder Since its founding in 1975, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center on Dandridge Avenue has served as an artistic and historical draw for AfricanAmericans across East Tennessee. In the words of its current director, Avon Rollins, “Beck is a magnet that brings people into this community.” That may change if Knox County’s contribution to the center remains at the level proposed by Mayor Tim Burchett in the FY 2012 budget. After receiving $150,000 from the county’s Hotel/Motel Fund last year, Beck is scheduled for a $12,000 donation in this year’s proposed budget, a 92 percent reduction. Summing up the fiscal picture, Rollins flatly states, “Beck will be forced to close,” unless additional funds can be raised. The city of Knoxville has
allocated $26,000 to the center in Mayor Daniel Brown’s proposed budget. Combined with the county’s $12,000, the total may be enough to cover the facility’s utility bill which, according to Rollins, approaches $36,000 annually. Exclusive of a $1 million capital investment in 2005, Beck’s allotment from the county had been declining for several years. In FY 2008 the center received about $400,000 from the Public Library Fund. The following year saw the source for Beck’s $225,000 funding shifted to the Hotel/Motel tax. The center’s funding remained level for FY 2010, but was cut by 1/3 to $150,000 in last year’s budget. The precipitous funding drop in the new budget proposal caught Rollins off-guard. “We had no warning,” he said. “I didn’t know about this until (1st District Commissioner) Sam McKenzie called me.”
Say what? Mayor Tim Burchett talks with KCS Superintendent Jim McIntyre and Commissioner R. Larry Smith following his budget meeting at the Halls Senior Center. Sorry, but we only got the picture. No word on what the mayor said. Probably something like, “Don’t worry!” Photo by S. Clark
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There will be no paid staff reduction at the Halls Senior Center, even though the budget document shows a cut. That was a glitch in the budget software, said Michael Grider,
She said the seniors themselves can make up the slack in staffing. “Seniors in South Knoxville are handing the landscaping; many instructors work for free.
“We offer important programs and have between five and 20 seniors sign up each week. We offer free services through our health partners, Covenant and Mercy. We are the Volunteer State, and we’ll make this work.”
the county, including those like the Beck Center that were funded under “defined service contracts.” Rosenberg’s responsibility ends with checking the applications for legitimacy. “We don’t evaluate the merits of any application,” Rosenberg said, noting that the mayor makes that call. At-large Commissioner Ed Shouse said he had heard from “maybe six other nonprofits” concerned about funding, as well as county employees “disgruntled about no raise.” “It’s a ‘tighten the belt’ budget,” Shouse said, adding that he did not feel comfortable making recommenda-
tions before public hearings on the budget begin. Commission chair Mike Hammond was also noncommittal. “We’re going to encourage everybody to come and talk to us (at the public hearings),” Hammond said. In response to a reporter’s question about the reduction in Beck’s funding, Burchett said in part that, “Knox County taxpayers spent nearly $2 million on renovating their building.” With that much invested in the center, allowing it to close for lack of funds might not be the best use of taxpayer funds. Rollins’ opinion is blunt: “This is absurd.”
Burchett’s response: “When I first took office, I charged my senior staff with finding ways to save money. … None of the recipients of community grants or contractual funding were notified of their funding level prior to the budget presentation, (and) … the budget before commission … is still subject to change. “Specifically, the Beck Cultural Center has received millions of dollars in taxpayer funds over the past several years. Knox County taxpayers spent nearly $2 million on renovating their building, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that they were receiving through the community grants and the contractual funding process. (The current proposal) … brings Beck’s … funding in line with other historic homes and nonprofits. … Continuing to give the Beck Center a six-figure taxpayer funding is not appropriate, especially when other nonprofits are seeing their funding reduced or eliminated, and Knox County employees are being laid off.”
– Mayor Tim Burchett Rollins emphasized that Beck is more than a cultural center. The afternoon programs for children are always busy, he said. Brown called Beck “a great resource, a very important institution for all Knoxvillians. I want to emphasize that.” Acknowledging that this is a tough year for all nonprofit agencies, Brown could not commit to additional help from the city. Still, “I’m hoping to see it preserved,” he said.
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“This (budget) is positive, and our staff will make it work. I’ll work in the centers myself and was in Halls last Thursday,” she said.
less-used programs may be tweaked. Tailor has challenged her staff to be creative, to use volunteers effectively and to encourage support from businesses.
Like Rollins, Robert Booker, a former City Council member and state legislator, has played a prominent role in the local civil rights movement. “I wasn’t aware of how much it was,” Booker said of the cut in funding. “It bothers me. That is certainly drastic.” Grant Rosenberg heads the county’s Community Development department. This year was the first time that all nonprofits were required to file grant applications with
Halls and Farragut’s Frank Strang Center each will retain two full-time paid staff, a reduction of one at Strang, Tailor said.
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Carolyn Mitchell, Brenda Waters, Alma Williams, Chad Edwards and Sharron Coker share memories at the Halls High Class of 1961’s reunion at Beaver Brook Country Club on April 29. Photo by Jake Mabe
How four teachers changed a life PULL UP A CHAIR … | Jake Mabe mid all this hyperbolic hogwash about teachers being the root of all evil, don’t forget the impact an educator can have on a young mind. Remember, too, the awesome power of acceptance. If you don’t believe me, ask Chad Edwards. Chad made the nearly 1,000-mile journey from Texas to Tennessee on April 29 to reunite with his mates from the Halls High School Class of 1961. And he came to say thanks. He will tell you that he was the smallest, scrawniest guy in the class. He says “teenager” is probably a better description of him during his high school years because, “I am not so sure I was a very good student.” He isn’t even a Halls native. He moved here during his early high school years because his father became the pastor of what was then
called the Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren. That “outsider” thing could have been a big deal, especially in a close-knit community circa the late 1950s. It is a credit to his classmates that it was not. “We were close. We had a good time,” Chad says. “When I came here, I don’t recall anything negative. These kids took me in just like I was one of ’em.” And he became one of them. Drum major of the band his senior year. All-State Choir. Actor in school plays. Following graduation, Chad spent part of the summer of ’61 as a student at UT. But he found it too big, too overwhelming. So, he enrolled as a music major at East Tennessee State University, but left after a year. He finally found
In the breaking of the bread CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24: 13-16, 28-31 NRSV)
a home at Bridgewater College, located in what he calls “the smack dab middle of the Shenandoah Valley,” in Virginia. “It was a good fit. It was a small, church-affiliated liberal arts college.” He graduated in 1965 with a degree in music education and taught for a few years in public schools at Manassas and Richmond, Va. He topped off this part of his career as director of music and drama at John Marshall High School in Richmond. Then Chad got the opportunity to become a faculty associate in choral music at Arizona State University, to complete doctoral work and to study with renowned conductor Dr. Douglas McEwen. It was an inauspicious start, though.
This is far and away my favorite post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus. (That is, unless I am reading and studying one of the other appearances, then that one is my favorite. They are all rich with meaning and sparse enough in detail to be fascinating!) This was the lectionary text for the Third Sunday of Easter and I was scheduled to preach. So this passage has been incubating in my mind for weeks. In the course of that incubation, I have come to realize a few things and to draw a few conclusions. First, it was, I think, Augustine who said, “There is no such thing as an alone Christian.” We need each other, the companionship, the correctives, the corrob-
“Going from the green hills of Virginia to the desert of Arizona was truly a physical and environmental shock. When I got to Phoenix, pulling a trailer with everything I had in it including a piano, I got out and thought I’d walked into the hinges of hell. It was 118 degrees. I hated it. “But then winter came and I understood why the snowbirds came here. I fell in love with Arizona.” He moved to Tyler, Texas, in 1975 to become director of choral studies and professor of music at UT-Tyler. He became director of worship and music at Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston in 1990 and then moved to Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas in 1998. Highlights included playing at Gov. Bill Clements’ inauguration in Austin. “And it all happened,” he told his classmates at the reunion, “because of four people.” Margaret Jenkins taught him “the skills, joy, beauty and discipline of the English language. What can be found in literature is beyond the scope of imagination. She opened the door into that world for me.” Drama teacher Ruth Howe “pulled the curtain aside and allowed this scrawny teenager to step in front of the lights. I cannot tell you how many times her face has been ‘stage right’ as I conducted, directed and taught.” Mildred Denton “knew how words and music could, and should, be wedded. I can still recall how she trained those of us who were preparing for region and/or all-state choir. In my ear I still hear her say, ‘The music carries the word, but you must know what the words mean so that the music has something worthwhile to say.’ “But the most important thing she taught me was … everyone was worth something and valued as a person. It is indeed the benchmark I
oration of our fellow Christians. Jesus did not appear to any of his followers alone, with the notable exception of Mary Magdalene at the tomb (and that is a column for another day). It is in our faith community, in a band of believers, that we are most apt to find Jesus in our midst. In this story there were two of his followers together when “Jesus himself came near and went with them.” (Luke 24: 15b) Secondly, Jesus explained himself and his ministry to them, in context. Beginning “with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” (24:27) Wouldn’t you love to have more detail about that account of his life?
have endeavored to mirror. No matter how hard we worked to achieve ensemble she never lost the sight of the human factor.” B.K. Thompson “wanted the best and would settle for nothing less. He wanted me to see a world far beyond the high school. He shared his recordings with me. He took the time to show me conducting patterns and was the first to say to me that you must show what you want with your hands, movement of the arm and look of the eye.” Thompson took young Chad to performances of the Knoxville Symphony. “He had me sit just behind him, so I could see and hear something much more intense, broader in musical scope and depth than anything I could ever have known in the band hall. I have no idea why he took me. Did he see something I could not see? Perhaps. But good teachers always do.” Chad says his only regret is that he never spoke to any of these teachers again after leaving East Tennessee. “As they look over my shoulder from their eternal perch I hope they know how much I adored them and how profound their humanity, knowledge, skill and love of their individual art impacted this mortal. If God has a human face and a human touch, they were it for me.” Remember Chad’s story next time you hear some political windbag try to tell you that teachers are to blame for our nation’s woes. I’ll remember, too, the group of classmates that surrounded and embraced Chad Edwards the minute he walked into Beaver Brook Country Club that Friday evening. You can’t underestimate the power of acceptance. Call Jake Mabe at 922-4136 or e-mail JakeMabe1@ aol.com.
Thirdly, Jesus did not force himself on them. “He walked ahead as if he were going on.” (24:28a) He waited, politely, for an invitation. Even today, he does not intrude into our lives unless we invite him in. But be warned: invite him in – open your heart to him – and he will move in and take over. Notice that even though he was a guest in that house, “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.” (24:30) He became the host in someone else’s house. It was not until he broke the bread that they recognized him. Why? What was it that had prevented their knowing him until that moment? And what was it that suddenly revealed his iden-
tity to them? Years ago, when my daughters were little girls, we had a series of video tapes of Bible stories told from the perspective of fictional children who were at the fringes of the stories. In the episode of the Emmaus Road, there was a little servant girl in the house that Jesus was invited into. When he held up the bread and broke it, she was watching, and she whispered to her mother, “His hands! Look at his hands!” And there, in the hands holding the bread that forever after would become for us his body, were the scars the nails had left. “… (H)e had been made known to them (and to us) in the breaking of the bread.” (24:35b)
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‘Scoop’ Remembering Bob Cunningham HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin
robably no Knoxvillian had more close friends among the influential “movers and shakers” in downtown Knoxville than News Sentinel reporter Bob “Scoop” Cunningham. One of his friends was Chancellor A.E. Mitchell. Mitchell told this story: “One day, covering the courthouse, Bob picked up a petition from the in-basket, not knowing it was a year old and had been pulled out of the files for me to use in a hearing. He phoned it in, and the first thing I knew, it was published in the paper.” The chancellor kidded him, “What kind of scoop is that, Bob?” The nickname stuck. Robert Larrymore “Bob” Cunningham was born on Feb. 25, 1893, in Cottontown, near Gallatin, Sumner County, Tenn. He was one of the three children of Thomas Garrett Cunningham, a farmer, and Margaret (Franklin) Cunningham. Bob attended elementary school in Sumner County, then the Hawkins Preparatory School for Boys in Gallatin, about eight miles from his home. He then attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for three years (circa 1912-1914) and later found himself in Camp Pike, Ark., training to participate in World War I. As with many military personnel during those years, he fell victim of the dreaded influenza epidemic and, therefore, never went overseas. While he was a student at UT, he carried the newspaper and solicited subscriptions in neighboring towns.
When he returned to Knoxville in 1919 after the war, he was employed as a reporter for the Knoxville Sentinel, the predecessor of the News Sentinel. He became a lasting friend of Wiley L. Morgan, managing editor of the Sentinel, who hired him. Warner Ogden, then city editor, stated, “I showed Bob around the courthouse and some of the other beats. In no time he had made a lot of contacts and was even turning out ‘early copy’ for the next day’s paper.” When the Sentinel became the News Sentinel in 1926, he was already a veteran of the political and city hall beats and, at times, covered the state Legislature. He advanced to the position of city editor over a period of years. While he was attending UT, Bob met fellow student Reba Gentry. Their courtship lasted through his military service and while Reba established her career as an elementary school teacher. Once, when he was covering a school board meeting, some of the school officials decided to play a joke on him. Superintendent W.E. Miller was reading a list of names of teachers who were resigning for various reasons. Superintendent Miller said, “Reba Gentry, resigning to get married.” Bob jumped to his feet and said, “Why, that’s my girl!” On Dec. 29, 1923, they were married. Although he was unassuming, Bob Cunningham was a student of the classics in both American and English literature. During the Civil War Centennial years (1961-1965), he used his long-term interest in
NFL surprises in both directions TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West Every year about this time, before or after the NFL draft, some bigcity journalist reviews the history of first-round selections and presents a hot list of busts, failures, embarrassments and disappointments. The names are the same. Quarterback Ryan Leaf, Washington State superstar of the late 1990s, is nearly always No. 1. Maybe you remember that some scouts argued he was a better pro prospect than Peyton Manning. The San Diego Chargers gave blood to move up in the draft and get Ryan second. His record as a starter was 4-17. He threw 14 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions. He was a genuine bust. Quarterback Art Schlichter, allworld at Ohio State, was all-awful with the Colts. Gamblers had his signing bonus by October of his rookie year. His career was 13 games, three TDs, 11 picks, arrests,
scandals, addiction, sadness, pity. So you don’t have to look it up, yes, it was Schlichter who threw the interception that lost the 1978 Gator Bowl, triggered the sideline assault by coach Woody Hayes on a Clemson linebacker and led to the next-day dismissal of Daddy Buckeye. Once upon a time, the Tampa Bay Bucs spent the first draft choice on running back Ricky Bell of Southern Cal. Tony Dorsett was available. The Seattle Seahawks invested $11 million (when that was a lot) in Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma linebacker. He couldn’t cut it but he was decent in the movies. First-round quarterback disappointments are plentiful – Tim Couch of Kentucky and the Cleveland Browns, Akili Smith of Oregon and the Cincinnati Bengals, Alex Smith of Utah, the San Francisco 49ers and others.
Robert “Bob” Cunningham (18931979). His career with the Knoxville News Sentinel lasted more than 49 years. Writing as a longtime resident of Fountain City, many of his col- The Cunningham Home at 101 E. Adair Drive. Bob’s nightly walks to Doc umns discussed people, places and Stewart’s Smithwood Drug Store for his cigar enabled him to visit with the events connected with that suburb. children and youth of the Adair Gardens neighborhood. Photo submitted Photo courtesy of Robert L. Cunningham Jr.
and extensive knowledge of American history to write a series of articles on the causes of the war. These excellent essays were considered by many to be among the best of the thousands of essays on the subject during those Centennial years. He was also well versed in the history of Fountain City and many of his columns discussed people, places and events connected with that suburb of Knoxville. However, one piece of history stood out in his memory because of a story that he could not get. In 1923, not long after the death of President Warren Harding, a Senate committee was investigating the Teapot Dome scandal. In a story making national headlines, Albert B. Fall, Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, was accused of accepting bribes from big oil company barons who wanted to drill for oil in lands set aside for reserves for the U.S. Navy. One of those big oil barons, E.L. Doheny, passed through Knoxville on the train en route to Washington to testify. When Doheny emerged from the back of his private car, who should be standing by the tracks seeking an interview
but Bob Cunningham. Bob said later, “I asked him everything I could think of, but he wouldn’t answer anything. The next day, he spilled everything to the committee.” (Another reporter, Knoxvilleborn John Y. Anderson [Central High School 1910], would later win the Pulitzer Prize for his series of stories on the scandal in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.) Courtly, silver-haired Bob Cunningham, with his old-school manners and old-fashioned work ethic, could often be seen proceeding along Gay Street to the S&W Cafeteria for lunch, while visiting with friends along the way pursuing another “scoop.” In his early days, he was often the last to leave the office, still seeking late breaking news after others had departed. Even after his retirement in 1968 and after a 49-year newspaper career, he would visit the paper and sometimes would write a story on some subject that interested him. Eventually, it became difficult for him to find one of the old manual typewriters he had always used and, unfortunately for his faithful
readers, his contributions ceased. The Cunninghams and their son, Robert G. Cunningham (Central High, 1946, UT 1951), who became a stock broker in Chattanooga, lived on East Adair Drive (Adair Gardens) for many years. Bob Cunningham, a member of the Central Methodist Church and former member of the church board, passed away on Feb. 1, 1979. He is interred at Greenwood Cemetery beside his wife of 56 years. The editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel summed up “Scoop” Cunningham’s contributions in these words: Occasionally in editorials we eulogize Knoxvillians who have died, leaving behind long lists of business, religious and civic accomplishments for which they are remembered. Today our subject is one of our own former colleagues, Robert L. (Bob) Cunningham, 86, who died Thursday. Bob’s newspaper career spanned 49 years before he retired from the News Sentinel in 1968 on his 77th birthday. “Scoop” was truly a gentleman of the old school.
Alas, Tennessee gets equal representation. Quarterback Heath Shuler is listed among the NFL busts. He wasn’t quite that bad. Washington picked Heath third in the 1994 first round and he got off to an awkward start after a bickering holdout. He had a decent rookie season, only three or four notches under expectations. Washingtonians said very unkind things about Shuler. They called him an unmitigated disaster. Exhibit A was those five interceptions in a horrible loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Legendary Redskin Sonny Jurgensen, loud as a broadcaster, helped destroy Shuler’s chances. Out of here with the handsome, famous, rich kid. Give us the common man, the unheralded and poorly paid Gus Frerotte. Better story. Management voted with Sonny. Mel Kiper Jr., world’s greatest draft analyst (self-proclaimed), was a large help. He ranked Shuler among the all-time greatest failures. Kiper never noticed injuries and other contributing factors. Shuler was brave. He kept trying. He made little impact. He invested wisely. He serves in Congress. Pay is less. Hits are verbal. First-round failures is a pile-on story. It is far more fun to recall suc-
cesses at the other end of the NFL spectrum. Bill Bates is my poster man among old Vols who shocked professional football. In the illustrious history of the Dallas Cowboys, no free agent achieved more or enjoyed such fan appeal. They voted him most popular player four years in a row. Bill was snubbed 12 times each by every NFL team in the ’83 draft. Goofballs picked 335 players but not Bates. Not big enough. Too slow. He just couldn’t play at the next level. But he did, fiercely on special teams, intimidating at safety. Returners and receivers hated him. John Madden, old coach turned TV analyst, told you all you need to know: “Bill Bates – boom! – should be in the Pro Bowl.” There was another defining moment. Dallas won in Detroit. Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were honored with game balls. They gave them to Bill Bates. J.J. McCleskey, wide receiver and defensive back at Tennessee (1989-92) really was too small for pro football. He was only 5-8. Of course he was undrafted. But he played eight seasons, Arizona and New Orleans. Pat Ryan, reserve QB at Tennes-
see, was drafted in the 11th round by the New York Jets in 1977. He lasted 13 years. Nice paycheck and pension. Reggie McKenzie, UT outside linebacker in 1984, was drafted in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Raiders. He did very well. Twin brother Raleigh, Vol center, went in the 11th round to the Redskins. He did even better, 16 seasons, 184 starting lineups, two Super Bowls, administrative career with the Green Bay Packers. Jabari Greer, good cornerback from Jackson, 2000-2003, broke up 33 passes and made 147 tackles for Tennessee. The two-day draft came and went but nobody mentioned Jabari Greer. He finally got a job with the Buffalo Bills. He advanced to the New Orleans Saints. They won Super Bowl XLIV. Jabari got a ring. March 5, 2010, was Jabari Greer Day at South Side High in Jackson. Jabari is famous. He has his own website. In preparing for his eighth pro season, he sometimes tells others that how you start isn’t as important as how you finish. The NFL is like that. Some start high and sink like a rock. Others go the other direction.
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A life filled with honor By Valorie Fister
As the nation reacts to the death of Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist leader responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., one local military family continues to cope with the death – and celebrate the life – of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant Jr. “I couldn’t comment on that, it’s difficult at this time,” Bryant’s sister, Amie Whitworth, said of the Bin Laden announcement. “I’m not going to go there.” Bryant, 37, died April 27 at the Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in gunVanderbilt nurse Kathi Soe explained the dementia study at fire when an Afghan miliVanderbilt to the CADES caretaker support group last Tuesday. tary trainee opened fire on The 10-year-old study looks for common genes in patients Americans at the airport. that could be possible causes of memory loss. Participants go Eight U.S. service members through a medical history exam, memory testing, blood work and one contractor were and other procedures only once and are then updated on the killed that day. Bryant was a native of study with annual newsletters. “It is a one-time visit, but our relationship is ongoing,” Soe said. “We’re here for whatever you Karns and graduated from Karns High School. He was need. It is all about education and resources.” Photo by N. Lester assigned to the 56th Operations Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he was described as “a member of our Luke family” there since August 2007 according to base officials. He was well known in the military as a veteran F-16 pilot who taught others. And before his time in the military, he was well known in Karns for his love of wresGFWC Ossoli Circle’s Action Committee presented a check for tling, his wit and his drive $1,535 to Wesley House Community Center for the purchase of to accomplish his goals. “We’re devastated by the a game cabinet, games and backpacks for its summer program for inner city children. Pictured are Ossoli members Janice Hix- loss of Lt. Col. Frank Bryson, Bett Greene and Janet Oakes, Wesley House director Rich- ant,” said Brig. Gen. Jerry D. ard Gibson and Ossoli members Susie Kelley and Ann Durall. Harris, 56th Fighter Wing Photo submitted commander. Harris described Bryant as an “excellent pilot, wingman and airman. He exShape Note Singings celled in everything he did ■ Old College Annual Harp Singing, 2:30 p.m. and gave his life defending Sunday, May 15, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 123 S. Jackthe nation he served for 16 son St., Athens. Info: Cora Sweatt, 423-745-0248. years.” ■ Old College Monthly Harp Singing, 6 p.m. “He went on so many Tuesday, May 17, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 123 S. Jackmissions in the air, he was son Ave., Athens. Info: Cora Sweatt, 423-745-0248. just teaching and leading,” ■ Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, 7 Whitworth said, describing p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Middle Creek United Methodist her brother as “pretty reChurch, 1828 Middle Creek Rd., Pigeon Forge. Info: David spected in the Air Force.” Sarten, 428-0874. ■ Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, ‘Arts in the Airport’ 201 N. Main St., Greeneville. Info: Jeff Farr, 423-639-8211. The Metropolitan 75th anniversary of KSO Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will conclude and the Arts and Culture its 75th anniversary season with a performance 8 p.m. Alliance will present “Arts Thursday and Friday, May 19-20, at the Tennessee Thein the Airport” through atre. Tickets start at $23. Those who attend are encouraged to prepare by reading the program notes or listening Thursday, Oct. 20, in the secured area behind McGhee to the podcast at www.knoxvillesymphony.com.
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Karns High School graduate and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant Jr., 37, died April 27 in Kabul, Afghanistan. His leadership and contributions as a top F-16 instructor are recognized Special Services ■ Fellowship Church, 8000 nationwide. Photo submitted
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“He was a senior officer there, and he won an award,” Whitworth said. “He was the top F-16 instructor in the Air Force last year.” Whitworth, who now lives in Morristown, described the last week as a blur of media interviews and preparations for her brother’s military funeral. Due to Bryant’s high military profile, national news agencies in addition to local news outlets have called the family continuously requesting interviews. Whitworth said members of Bryant’s family, who still live in Knoxville, are traveling to the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., for burial services there. But Bryant’s family and friends all over the country have found an outlet they can all plug into to share words of comfort – the Web. “Have you gone to Legacy.com?” Whitworth asked, adding that a family friend
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The matinee performance of the Clarence Brown presentation of “The Music Man,” on Sunday, May 15, will be preceded by a lobby concert offered by Knoxville SmokylandSound Barbershop Chorus. Pictured are performers in the musical, the Collector’s Edition: tenor Ted Jett, lead Chuck O’Donnell, bass Jim Bonomo and baritone John Oxendine. They appear as the feuding “school board” that ends up making perfect harmony. Photo submitted
COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ UT Toastmasters Club will meet 12:05 p.m. sharp every Tuesday at the UT Conference Center Building, 600 Henley St., room 218. Info: Email Evelyn Winther at ewinther@flsenergy. com or call Sue Goepp, 599-0829. ■ The Harvey Broom Group/Sierra Club will welcome guest speaker Ben Royer 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Kingston Pike. Royer will discuss “Walking the Wrong Way: My Southbound Appalachian Trail Thru Hike.” Everyone is invited. ■ Bonny Kate Chapter, DAR will meet 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Palm Court room of the Orangery restaurant on Homberg Drive. Guest speaker Barry Miller will present the program “The Daily Life of a Common Soldier.” The annual memorial service will follow. ■ Farragut Lions Club will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Pimento’s Café in Turkey Creek. ■ Knox Writers’ Refuge will meet 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Joe Mugs Café in Books-AMillion on Kingston Pike. ■ Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Ave., for a monthly business meeting and a clean-up at Bethel Cemetery. Prior to the clean-up, member Ronnie Slack will present a short program on his ancestor who served in the 43rd Tenn. Infantry. The presentation is free and open to the public. ■ The Writers’ Guild will host humorist Judy DiGregorio’s workshop “From Pen to Publication: How Do You Start?” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. Cost is $15 for guild members, $20 for nonmembers. Info and RSVP: www. knoxvillewritersguild.org. ■ National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Oak Ridge Chapter 1476 will meet noon Tuesday, May 17, at the Dou-
ble Tree Hotel on South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. A hot lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. for $14 per person. Guest speaker will be Terry Morrow, entertainment editor and columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Info: 938-4532. ■ The Poetry Quintessence Society will host poet and writer K.B. Ballentine 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Farragut library on Campbell Station Road. Everyone is invited. Info: 357-6134.
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■ Little T Squares, the largest square dance club in Tennessee, is now offering classes in Plus Square Dance calls. The group is also accepting couples and singles for its basic square dance class starting later in the year. Info: 966-3305 or 966-0745. ■ West Knox Lions Club meets 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at Shoney’s on Lovell Road.
REUNIONS ■ Knoxville High class of 1951 will hold its 60th reunion beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, with an informal reception in the William Blount Room of the Marriott Hotel; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4, with a tour of Knoxville; and at 6 p.m. (social hour) and 7-9 p.m. (cruise and dinner) with a river boat cruise at Volunteer Landing. The event is being hosted by Jan and Carolyn Fay. The weekend will conclude with a Sunday brunch 8:30 to 11 a.m. June 5.
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■ Halls High class of 1965 will hold its 46th reunion Saturday, June 25, on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Boarding at 6:30 p.m. and departure at 7. Cost is $43.75 per person for the dinner and cruise. Info: Elaine Wolfenbarger, 256-6292. ■ USS Albany Association will holdits 22nd annual reunion Sunday through Friday, Oct. 9-14, at the Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg. The association is currently looking for shipmates who served on one of the USS Albany ships (CA123, CG10, SSN753). Info: Dick Desrochers, 603-5949798 or www.ussalbany.org.
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Gymnasts attend Junior Olympic championships Premier Athletics has four men representing Tennessee in Long Beach, Calif., for the Junior Olympic National Gymnastics championships. Ryan Kerr, a sophomore at Catholic High School, is a part of the regional team by placing in the top six within Region 8, a region comprised of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Chase Cannon, Matt Lee and Justin Reynolds will all be competing, with Ryan, in the Level 10 competition. All four are coached by Phil Savage, a Hall of Fame coach as well as a 2010-2011 U.S. Jr. National Team coach. The two women representing Premier Athletics at the National Championship Competition this year are Kaylor Kelley and Hannah Hamblen.
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Sequoyah Elementary School 1st grader Ella Kurtz (front) stands with school principal Martha Hill and East Tennessee PBS assistant general manager and director of educational services Frank Miller. Ella was one of the first place winners of PBSâ€™ annual writersâ€™ contest for her story â€œHarry the Hairless Dog.â€? Photo submitted
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