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VOL. 5, NO. 22

MAY 30, 2011




Thanking ‘Mrs. G.’ Google doodler awards scholarships in Bearden High teacher’s name By Wendy Smith

World War II veteran Bob Courtney and Wade Jones enjoy the music, lunch and festivities at the Memorial Day celebration at New Harvest Park.

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Bearden High School art teacher Flowerree Galetovic intended to be the one delivering accolades when she presented former student and Google doodler Dennis Hwang with a Distinguished Alumni Award during the school’s May 20 graduation ceremony. But Galetovic, known as “Mrs. G” by her students, was honored herself when Hwang presented $1,000 scholarships to two art students in her name. Noelle Grimes, who will attend Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, and Malory Johnson, who will attend Columbus College of Art and Design, were the first recipients of the Flowerree Galetovic Art Scholarship. Hwang intends to fund two scholarships each year. Hwang, who graduated from Bearden in 1997, is well known for creating the doodles that appear on the Google homepage on holidays and artists’ birthdays. He flew all night from his home in San Francisco to spend graduation day speaking to Galetovic’s art classes. He was born in Knoxville but moved to Korea as a young child. He returned to Knoxville at age 12, having forgotten English. But he went on to become a stellar math, science and art student, and attended Stan-

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Every July Fourth scofflaw with a firecracker and a match knows that fireworks are illegal inside the city of Knoxville, right? Wrong. On May 17, City Council voted not to close a loophole in the city code that has the unintended effect of legalizing fireworks. The glitch was inadvertently

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created when codes dealing with fireworks were rewritten. It was ratified by six members of City Council who disregarded pleas from Knoxville Police Department Chief David Rausch and Knoxville Fire Department Chief Stan Sharp, who requested the ordinance to cure the legal defect. The vote was 6-3, with Mayor Daniel Brown, Chris Woodhull and Brenda Palmer voting in the minority. At one point, Joe Bailey asked Deputy Law Director Ron Mills if fireworks are illegal.

Mills sighed, “Probably not,” he said, clearly uncomfortable at announcing the fact that citizens can now legally deploy roman candles, bottle rockets and other fireworks that do not violate the city’s noise ordinance. When contacted last week, he confirmed his misgivings. “The prohibition on sale and possession and use of fireworks in the city goes back a long time,” he said. “But it wasn’t laid out specifically in the city code. It was adopted by reference.

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because she didn’t like the word “assistant” in her title. Hwang thinks she probably regrets that decision now. He took the job himself and worked 80-100 hours a week while completing his senior year. He was the lone Google doodler for eight years; the team now has 60 designers and programmers. Hwang hasn’t forgotten where he got his start. “When I think back, it all started right here in this classroom,” he told the Bearden art students. “It’s pretty cool.” He encouraged them to continue to create art, even if they don’t choose it as a profession. The ability to communicate through drawing is a skill not everyone has and can be used in all kinds of situations, he said. One of the ways Hwang has chosen to give back is through Doodle 4 Google, a student contest to create the best Google homepage design on a given theme. Bearden art students, along with students from across the globe, compete for the chance to win a scholarship and have their artwork appear online. Hwang has travelled extensively in conjunction with the contest and was honored, and nervous, to meet Dennis Hwang, Bearden grad and Google doodler, visited Flowerree Galetovic’s the queen during a trip to London. art classes on May 20. He surprised Galetovic by presenting two art scholarships When she was told what he did for in her name at Bearden’s graduation ceremony. Photo by Wendy Smith a living, she asked, “Is this what you do all day?” ford University on a scholarship. homepage, they used online clip art. It was a surreal experience that made him think back to his humble The summer after his junior year, Hwang was not impressed. he applied for an internship at a “I looked at it and thought, ‘I can roots in Knoxville, he said. small start-up called Google. No one do a lot better.’ ” One student asked Hwang if Galeknew whether it would succeed, he After his first doodle, Hwang had tovic was as demanding a teacher said. There were fewer than 100 em- a new gig. When it came time for him during his high school days as she is ployees when he began his job build- to return to school, the company de- now. She was, he said. ing Web pages. cided to hire a full-time employee to “She’ll work your butt off, but the When the company began experi- take his place. The job was offered to more advanced you are, the better it menting with playful designs on its a young woman, who turned it down gets.”

mostly non-discussed heart of the budget, where everything from potholes to playgrounds takes a bite out of your tax dollar. Before County Commission votes on the budget in June, it appears certain that a compromise will be reached on Beck’s funding. An even greater certainty is that no acrossthe-board raises will be granted this year and no property tax increase will be enacted unless commission can override a mayoral veto. But

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what’s happening elsewhere with the mayor’s inaugural budget? Burchett’s FY 2012 budget unveils his plan to reduce the county’s debt by some $20 million per year between now and 2016. For those who watched with a great deal of trepidation the bonded indebtedness grow by more than $200 million under the former mayor, this will be viewed as a signal accomplishment if the administration pulls it off. There are two paths to get there: (1) Continue to shrink the size and scope of county government. There’s every reason to believe the mayor will go down that road until it hurts. (2) Grow your sales and property tax base. Because the mayor’s conservative principles dictate that government can do nothing more than create an environment in which businesses and individuals have the opportunity to thrive, there’s little direct action he can take to swell the revenue stream.

(These are mutually supporting paths, not mutually exclusive, and despite the administration’s pessimistic economic outlook this year, an eventual uptick in the economy has to factor into an ambitious debt reduction plan.) Outside the plan to whittle down the debt, it gets harder to find positives in the proposed budget. The school budget comprises nearly 60 percent of the total and is largely beyond the mayor’s control. The “general” budget, proposed for $149.2 million, continues to shrink, a trend that began with Burchett’s predecessor. Since 2008, and including the proposed FY 2012 budget, the general budget, which includes libraries, senior centers, parks, the sheriff’s office and public works, has shed $10.3 million. But that’s the aggregate, and it is deceptive. Over the same period, the sheriff’s budget has risen by $7.5 million. Take out public safety, and the remaining general budget

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has declined by $17.8 million, 18.5 percent since FY 2008. Even allocations for which a strong argument could be made that a healthy increase is warranted aren’t receiving much help. For example, stormwater management, a component of the engineering and public works budget, is slated to receive almost exactly the same funding as it did in FY 2011. It doesn’t take a hydrologist to conclude that with more effective stormwater management over the years, and stronger codes enforcement in general, much of the time and effort expended on the hillside and ridgetop protection plan might have been avoided. The proposed budget is likely to pass without major modifications. The mayor’s “I’m not Ragsdale” honeymoon will last at least through his first budget cycle, but citizen reaction going forward is likely to test the proposition that smaller is in all cases better.

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community A time for remembering Today is Memorial Day. Today we pay tribute to the men and women who gave their all so that we might enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted. The precise origin of Memorial Day is disputed, with cities in both the North and the former Confederacy laying claim to its birthplace. History does record that on May 5, 1868, General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a general order proclaiming that May 30, 1868, would be “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” Beginning in the late 1960s and continuing through the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War, respect for the armed forces declined among members of the baby boomer generation. In retrospect, it isn’t difficult to understand the outrage with which members of my parents’ generation viewed the “flower children” who heaped scorn on those in uniform. Millions of the “greatest generation” had worn those uniforms not so long before in the fight to preserve this country and the world from German and Japanese tyranny. More than 400,000 American military personnel died in World War II. The Korean War claimed another 53,000 lives, and more than 58,000 died in Vietnam. For years Korean War veterans could claim with some justification that theirs was the “forgotten war.” Vietnam became the war no one wanted to remember, a colossal strategic blunder in the eyes of many. Too many of its veterans became a lost generation, walking wounded who even today bear psychological scars which may never heal. So, it’s appropriate that as we remember those who fell in the cause of freedom, we also honor those remaining who fought by their side. Freedom fighters don’t always wear uniforms. This month marks 50 years since a group of men and women, black and white, boarded buses with the intention of claiming their rights as American citizens. The “Freedom Riders” were testing a 1960 ruling by the Supreme Court that racial segregation in interstate transportation was illegal because it violated the Interstate Commerce Act. Leaving Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961, the Freedom Riders planned a May 17 arrival in New Orleans. Jim Crow was alive and well in 1961, and the riders were beaten by mobs in Birmingham and Anniston, Ala. One bus was firebombed outside Anniston. Riders who later made it to Jackson, Miss., were arrested and sentenced to time at Parchman Farm, Mississippi’s infamous penitentiary. Freedom isn’t free – it never has been. The Freedom Riders knew that, and so did the millions who have worn the uniform of the U.S. armed forces. To all who fought for liberty so that I and others may express ourselves without fear, thank you. Contact Larry Van Guilder at


New friends heal old wounds Ten years ago, members of the Friendship Force of Knoxville visited Nagasaki. Last weekend, the club was able to return the hospitality to a group from Japan.

Wendy Smith The visitors experienced the best the area has to offer. They met Mayor Dan Brown, attended a symphony performance and visited Newfound Gap in the Smokies, among other activities. They also spent time at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge and rang the International Friendship Bell. Hideyo Mori says she had never heard of Oak Ridge, which played such a large role in the destruction of her hometown during World War II. While Nagasaki is far from the site of Japan’s recent devastating earthquake, Mori said her country has faced three disasters: the quake, the tsunami and the radiation that escaped from crippled nuclear power plants. She now thinks nuclear energy isn’t worth the risk. When she landed at McGhee Tyson Airport, Mori saw a sign that spoke of Knoxville’s “warm hospitality.” She was skeptical at first, but now agrees “100 percent” with that assessment. “People are so kind and cooperative. I was very moved.” For more information on Friendship Force: www.



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A small group of devotees of the Brontë sisters gathered at the Bearden Panera Bread last week to discuss the new movie adaptation of “Jane Eyre.” They agreed that the movie was both true to the novel and evocative of Charlotte’s style of writing. The Brontë interest group is one of several local groups that meet and post to discussion boards through meetup. org. Randall Grimsley organized the Bronte group. He is also the U.S. representative of the Brontë Society, which has a worldwide membership. New members are often asked to recount their first “Brontë encounter,” he says. Jim Rowland says he was first intrigued as a high school student when he came across an illustrated edition of “Wuthering Heights.” Like many other devotees, he has made the pilgrimage to the Brontë family home in England. His only disappointment was that when he walked on the famous moors, it was 90 degrees and humid – like East Tennessee – rather than “windswept.”

Leroy Rogers, Sachiko Miyazaki, Wanda Rogers and Tadayuki Miyazaki enjoy their last evening together at a Tex-Mex farewell dinner for Friendship Force visitors from Nagasaki, Japan. The Rogerses hosted the couple during the group’s five-night stay in Knoxville.

“People get so excited. They sometimes say, ‘We’ve been waiting for years to be picked,’ ” says Marjorie Lloyd, vice chair for the group, which is a committee of the West Hills Community Association. “It’s so much fun.” Still, it’s a daunting task, given there are more than 1,300 homes in the West Hills area. Even though the neighborhood is divided into three zones, it takes a couple of hours for members to analyze the landscaping of each yard in their zone. The committee is made up of members of the West ■ Yards of the Hills Ten O’clock Garden Club and the Gateway Garmonth den Club. In addition to They have been accused picking yard of the month of trespassing and some- winners, they publicize times worry that they will be and judge the fall display pulled over by the police, but and holiday mailbox decomembers of the West Hills ration contests. They are Beautification Committee also responsible for the continue to carry out their lighting of the West Hills mission to distribute “Yard Park Christmas tree and of the Month” awards. gazebo.

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It’s no surprise that a Shopper reader came through when we published a story about how teachers at West View Elementary School pitched in to put on their annual spring carnival after the school’s PTSA went defunct. The story noted that funds were so tight that a 5th grade field trip was about to be cancelled because the school didn’t have $150 for a bus. The grandmother of a 5th grader at the 200-student school read the story and paid for the bus. Hooray! The carnival was also a big success, partly due to the efforts of ESL teacher Mike Wueller and the many businesses and organizations that made donations. The carnival cleared $1,400 for the school. The Shopper would like to thank the generous donor, teachers and community for supporting the children of West View.

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Adding a splash of color By Tia Kalmon The Knoxville Museum of Art hosted the fourth annual Rainy Day Brush-Off on May 22. Twenty-eight local artists, businesses, school groups, 4-H groups and family groups decorated rain barrels to educate the public on stormwater pollution prevention. According to the Water Quality Forum, the environmental impacts of a rain barrel are great. A rain barrel increases rain water infi ltration and helps to reestablish the natural water cycle. It reduces stormwater runoff that carries pollutants like pesticides and sediment. A rain barrel reduces the amount of municipal water used that requires electricity to produce. “What happens when you have a lot of stormwater coming from your house is it picks up a lot of the pollutants that might be on your driveway or on the street and anything that’s on the road like oils, break dust, litter goes directly into our creeks, so we are trying to reduce stormwater pollution,” said Parci Gibson, coordinator of the event. From fish and underwater themes to the interworking mechanics of a rain barrel, sunflowers, stained glass, handprints and to a carousel, these

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Carol L. Montgomery sits beside her decorated rain barrel “There are Fairies at the bottom of your garden. Butterflies, beetles, lizards, toads … are you sure?” Photos by T. Kalmon rain barrels were creatively decorated and each had its own inspiration behind the artistic work. “As an artist I am really interested in environmental art and preserving the environment and practical ways of utilizing natural resources,” said Katie Walbeg, a Knoxville artist who created the rain barrel “The Magic is in the Water.” The public can go online to through July 10 and vote as many times as they would like for their favorite rain barrel. The top three artists will receive cash prizes. “It is a good way to support the local arts community as well,” Gibson said. The public can also go online to purchase the rain barrels that were displayed at the Rainy Day Brush-Off event. All of the money generated from the bids of the rain barrels will go straight to the Water Quality Forum. The Water Quality Forum states that public awareness has soared in response to this program, resulting in more than 2,500 rain barrels sold in

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Five-year-old Isis Cobb looks at Pat Joyces’ “Just Dance” rain barrel.

Hardin Valley Academy art club’s rain barrel “Tribute to Vincent” the county through this program alone. Partners for this event include: Joe Neubert, who applies the clear coat to the rain barrels after the artists have finished decorating them to make the rain barrels long lasting; Knox County Soil Conservation District; EarthFare; AMEC; S&ME; and Cannon&Cannon Inc.

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Every Fourth of July we’d get questions, and four or five years ago we switched to our own ordinance. We realized later it didn’t contain the same prohibition on use and possession of fireworks.” The week after the vote, two members who voted no said they may not have understood what they were doing, because the ordinance was near the end of a long, tiring agenda. “I’ll just say it,” said 1st District council member Nick Pavlis. “It was such a long meeting, and by the time it came up I didn’t put a whole lot of thought or interest into it. The timing was bad. They were trying to get out of it without egg on their face, and they need to bring it back again and explain it more clearly. I think it’s something that needs to be revisited.” Pavlis said he will invite Rausch and Sharp to attend the mayor’s dinner before the June 7 City Council meeting to talk about the ordinance. The measure can be put back

on the agenda by a council member who voted on the prevailing side. “I’m willing to take the lead and bring it back,” Pavlis said. Nick Della Volpe, whose hypothetical example of a 3-year-old girl being dragged off to prison for having sparklers on her birthday cake started the move to sink the ordinance, was less repentant. He said the chiefs didn’t adequately explain the ordinance. “I just keep going back to little Suzie being hauled off to jail with pink icing on her face,” he said. “I suppose the city could bring it back with a revised piece. They told us about the old code and the new code, and somebody slapped an ordinance together, and you’re a little punch drunk after sitting there all that time. … They should have said more.”

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents the “Artists on Location” exhibition and sale Friday and Saturday, June 10-11. Events include a demonstration by Nashville artist Dawn Whitelaw at KMA 7 p.m. Friday and artists creating “enplein” air at the location of their choosing and exhibiting the finished works 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at KMA. The demonstration on Friday is $10 and includes free hors d’oeuvres. The exhibit Saturday is free with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and live music by the Dennis Dow Trio. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Knoxville Museum of Art in memory of Betsy Worden. Info: www.

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It’s a numbers game, part II Last week in this column we provided an example of how a budget revenue projection, sales tax in this instance, usually conforms to the mayor’s stated economic outlook, whether pessimistic or optimistic. That’s not surprising. Despite rumors to the contrary, accountants are human and require food and shelter that’s hard to procure without a steady job. But numbers are abstract things, not concrete. Whether $5 or $5 million, no one has ever spoken to, shaken hands with or had lunch with a number. Numbers don’t have faces or names, and – best of all for politicians – numbers don’t vote. People vote, however, and the most feckless politicians spend a great deal of time trying to gauge how their constituents would have them vote on issues considered controversial. Another word for this is pandering, the favorite device of the politician who can’t be bothered worrying about what’s or right or wrong when what’s expedient is obvious. A case in point is the feeding frenzy touched off by Mayor Tim Burchett’s clumsy dealings with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. In practical terms, the proposed budget reduction of $138,000 effectively eliminates county support for the center and underscores the administration’s philosophy that the less government the better. With two or three exceptions, no commissioner has risen to defend the center. Most, in fact, apparently aren’t disposed to quibble with the words of 7th District Commissioner R. Larry Smith, who said to this reporter at last week’s commission meeting: “Where in the Knox County Charter does it say that we’re supposed to fund nonprofits? Period. Let’s move on.” Those words come rather trippingly off the tongue for a commissioner who makes regular use of his “discretionary” funds to donate

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to the public schools in his district, entities which, unlike Beck, are already guaranteed taxpayer dollars for support, and rightfully so. To be sure, Smith is only parroting the administration’s line, and he has a lot of company on commission, where trimming government for its own sake has become the philosophy de jure. And the premise is leaky at best; nowhere in the Charter do we find, for example, that we are “supposed” to provide health insurance for county employees, but we do it, because it’s the right thing to do. Numbers don’t have jobs. Numbers are never laid off. People have jobs, and when their jobs run afoul of the cold calculus of budget cutting, the result can be disastrous. At the same meeting in which Smith unloaded his nonprofit philosophy, Mark Henry, a 32-year low level county employee, told of how he had been notified that his job in the parks and recreation department was being terminated. Henry, who is disabled and uses a walker, said, “I had my disability when I came here. I’m not the type to sit back (and do nothing).” “What’s this fellow going to do in this situation?” Commissioner Tony Norman asked Burchett. Burchett said the department heads had been asked “to make these deductions. I know they’re hard choices.” Parks and Recreation Director Doug Bataille said Henry’s pay and benefits “matched the amount” of the necessary reduction. Mission accomplished, books balanced. After all, it’s only a number. Contact:

Veterans and the homeless Sue Renfro of Knox Area Rescue Ministries sends a Memorial Day reminder about the homeless and veterans. National statistics show that veterans make up between 15 and 23 percent of the homeless population. At least 33 percent of homeless men are veterans, and the local numbers mirror the national statistics. You can learn more at the Department of Veterans Affairs website,

Jamie Woodson’s decision to resign from the state Senate on July 9 (rather than last week) means the special elections to fill her seat will occur with the upcoming Knoxville city primary on Sept. 27 and the city runoff in November. It is being sold as a way to save tax dollars. While some tax dollars will be saved, it is not a large amount, as the city and senate district do not overlap in their entirety. Only 15 precincts from the state Senate district are inside the city, and many city precincts are not in that Senate district, so there is a cost regardless of when the special election is held. What is not being discussed is how this decision may impact both elections. Right now the election is a Republican primary contest between City Council member Marilyn Roddy and civic leader Becky Duncan Massey. No other Republican has entered and no Democrat seems interested in running in a hopelessly Republican district. Woodson’s decision adds another seven weeks to the campaign. Who does that help? Probably, it aids Massey as she is less well known than Roddy who has been campaigning for mayor or senator for more than a year now. It gives Massey needed time to introduce herself and raise money. But Roddy needs time to introduce herself to county precincts south, east and west where she has not campaigned. She needs time to explain several of her City Council

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votes which are not liked outside the city limits, as well as explain why she now prefers senator over mayor. The Sept. 27 primary will trigger a large turnout of Republicans who, in fewer than half of the Senate precincts, can also vote for a mayoral candidate and City Council candidates. For those who vote only for Republicans and do not cross over, their mayoral choice currently would be Ivan Harmon, the only Republican in the contest. The timing of the Republican primary may add votes to his column. However, two of the three

credible mayoral candidates are active Democrats. They are Mark Padgett and Madeline Rogero. Their candidacies are already exciting interest among hardcore Democrats. That will increase Democratic turnout in the city precincts, and these Democrats can decide to vote in the Republican state Senate primary. Whether a Democratic crossover helps Massey or Roddy is anyone’s guess, but it will occur. The city of Knoxville has more Democratic than Republican voters, while the remainder of the county has more Republicans. Depending on how close the mayoral or the Senate race is, the mixing of a partisan and nonpartisan contest on the same ballot the same day will have an impact. At this stage, it is hard to determine who is the ulti-

mate beneficiary in both the GOP primary and the mayoral contest, not to mention the four City Council races. Notes: Mayor Tim Burchett is making a real policy mistake cutting funding for the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Beck is a treasure to our community. It does not have the financial resources that some nonprofits in Knoxville have. This is an unnecessary fight over an institution that deserves better treatment. The cut also has racial overtones which do not add to racial harmony. Ultimately, County Commission will restore the funding and Burchett will lose this battle. My advice to Mayor Burchett is to acknowledge error and restore funding on his own. It will happen anyway. He can be part of the problem or part of the solution. The solution is preferable.

A ‘thorn’ between two roses? Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret, center, poses with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Daniel Brown last Friday at New Harvest Park. Photo submitted

Will the real Bill Haslam please stand up? Bill Haslam was mayor of Knoxville in 2008 when a man who hated liberals, Democrats and gay people fired on the congregation of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, killing two and wounding seven others. Afterward, the gunman’s spoken words and written documents revealed that he wanted to kill people who were friendly to gays. A few days later, Haslam issued a statement about his city, saying, in part: “It is often easy to make these tragic events, which are far too frequent, about the community in which they occur. Knoxville is a caring, compassionate city where diverse viewpoints are shared and respected. Every person, regardless of race, religion, age, sex, or sexual orientation, is a person of human dignity and a valued member of our community.” Haslam was elected mayor mostly because he successfully sold himself as a prac-

Betty Bean tical-minded business guy. Later, he won the Republican gubernatorial nomination over two strident, ideologically-driven opponents who made him seem to be the voice of reason. Now that he is governor, he is being faced with signing dozens of controversial, ideologically-driven bills, only a few of which have attracted more attention from the business community than House Bill 600, aka the interestingly named “Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act,” which prevents Tennessee cities from enacting anti-discrimination ordinances protecting gay and transgendered workers. The bill is short and simple and aimed primarily at Nashville, which adopted such a non-discriminatory policy.

Here is the language in full: “This bill prohibits any local government from imposing on any person an anti-discrimination practice, standard, definition or provision that varies in any manner from the definition of ‘discriminatory practices’ under present law or other types of discrimination recognized by state law but only to the extent recognized by the state. Under present law, ‘discriminatory practices’ means any direct or indirect act or practice of exclusion, distinction, restriction, segregation, limitation, refusal, denial, or any other act or practice of differentiation or preference in the treatment of a person or persons because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age or national origin. (italic added) “Under this bill, any such anti-discrimination practice, standard, definition, or provision imposed on any such person by a local gov-

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ernment prior to the effective date of this bill would be null and void. The above requirements would not apply with respect to employees of a local government. Additionally, this bill clarifies that with regards to discriminatory practices and human rights, ‘sex’ means the designation of the person as male or female as indicated on the person’s birth certificate.” Many of the state’s most influential businesses – Alcoa, AT&T, Embraer, FedEx, Nissan, United Health, Whirlpool and KPMG, to name a few – signed onto a campaign urging Haslam to veto the bill. He dithered for a couple of days, then thumbed his nose at those businesses and signed his name, causing many old friends to wonder what happened to the reasonable, business-friendly Bill Haslam who urged us to respect the rights and dignity of all.



Kelley Academy launches 49 grads It was an awesome evening as 49 young men and women graduated from high school at the Knoxville Center mall. The graduates came from across Knox County. All had encountered difficulties that made it unlikely they would graduate at all.

Sandra Clark “What a great honor to welcome you to the first ever graduation exercise of the Dr. Paul L. Kelley Volunteer Academy,” said Superintendent Jim McIntyre. “This Academy reinforces that we can have multiple paths through high school. … (The Academy) is a great opportunity and you cannot argue with the results.” A huge crowd cheered as the graduates entered while Tommy Muncey played “Pomp and Circumstance.” The loudest cheer was for principal Tracy Poulsen, who left an administrative post at Farragut High to tackle the challenge of guiding disparate individuals through coursework and testing necessary to obtain their high school diploma. Channeling Jerry Reed in “Smokey and the Bandit,” Poulsen said, “You had a long way to go and a short time to get there.” She hugged each graduate. Jennifer Lee Womack won a renewable college scholarship worth $28,000 from Simon Youth Foundation, presented by Dr. Chris Chalker. Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Durnil, also of the

Simon Youth Foundation, told the graduates, “You will earn $100,000 more in your lifetime than those without high school diplomas. “I believe in you and I believe you’ll be able to go anywhere and achieve your dreams. Let nothing hold you back,” he said. Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin stood against the wall. “I’ve got one here,” he said when asked what brought him out. “When they do right, you’ve got to be there for them.” Poulsen praised her staff and told her graduates: “Failure is not an option. You set lofty goals and achieved them. You graduated from high school on time. “I invite you to come back and visit. Encourage other students who are struggling. Give back to the community.” The graduation was a happy time, a validation for McIntyre and Poulsen who had gambled that the school would work. It was a tribute to Simon Youth Foundation, which supports 25 such academies in malls across the country. And it was a marvelous summation of the life’s work of Paul Kelley, a former school board member who refused to vote to expel students under “zero tolerance.” To paraphrase his remark every time: It is the school board’s job to educate children. We’ve got courts and jails to punish them. Kelley stood as the graduates filed past him. This reporter could not resist a comment. “This is on you,” I said. “You made this possible.” “There are worse ways to be remembered,” he answered.

The first graduating class of the Dr. Paul L. Kelley Volunteer Academy. Photos by S. Clark

Dr. Paul Kelley, standing with his son, Michael, at right, salutes the graduates.

Valedictorian Devan Shayn Overholt and principal Tracy Poulsen. Devan attended Gibbs Elementary, Holston Middle and Gibbs High schools before finishing at Kelley Academy.

Haynes, Woodson tackle strangulation Tennessee could have one of the toughest strangulation laws in the country on July 1, pending Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature of a bill sponsored by Sen. Jamie Woodson and Farragut Rep. Ryan Haynes. The bill adds attempting or intending to cause bodily injury to another

person by strangulation to the definition of aggravated assault and defines strangulation as “intentionally impeding normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure to the throat or neck or by blocking the nose and mouth of another person.” Currently, strangulation

is often treated as a less severe form of assault. The bill was supported by the Community Coalition on Family Violence, co-chaired by Russ Jensen. He said, “This never would have come to pass without their vision and leadership.”

■ Joy McCroskey did not show up at commission last week to answer questions about her budget. Perhaps she’s so peeved at Burchett that she’s snubbing the whole public vetting budget process. ■ Sarah Palin has chartered a bus for an extended trip from Washington, D.C., up through New England visiting historic sites. Maybe the tour will end in New Hampshire where Palin will camp out, trapping wildlife, until the 2012 primary. ■ Facing pushback on his budget, Tim Burchett is planning a direct public appeal while at the same time promoting the use of mass transit. “If Palin can tour the East Coast in a bus, surely I can ride a KAT through East Knoxville,” Burchett says. First stop – Beck Cultural Center. ■ Richard Bean, over at the juvenile detention center that bears his name, says his residents often leave without underwear. So he and his board have launched a “Pennies for Undies Ministry,” collecting pennies to buy underwear. Area churches are pitching in. Info: 215-6500. ■ With Burchett’s budget, we may be collecting pennies for parks, prisoners and potholes. Stay tuned. ■ Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says we ain’t seen nothing yet, referring to the legislature’s penchant for half-baked social issues. Maybe he’ll make Stacey Campfield the speaker protem to replace Jamie Woodson. Since Campfield already is our most famous senator (Daily Show, Colbert Report, CNN, Fox), we could turn him into a tourist attraction. ■ Jamie Woodson will be missed. Heck, I’m missing her already. – S. Clark

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surfaced and stayed in the national consciousness about Crockett was one of the reasons he decided to write a biography, “David Crockett: The Lion of the West.” “This is a book for people interested in the truth, or as much truth as can be uncovered. I hope readers learn insight into the man.” Wallis says that Crockett was a three-dimensional human being, “with exaggerated hopes and well-checked fears,” who could be good and bad, calculating and selfaggrandizing, authentic and contrived, “most comfortable in the woods on a hunt but who could hold his own in the halls of Congress.” He was a 19th century enigma. Crockett fought and first made his name in the Indian Wars under Andrew Jackson, only to later become a Whig and an outspoken political opponent to Old Hickory. Crockett was resentful perhaps that Jackson, who was for all practical purposes landed gentry, was able to pass himself off as a populist hero of the people.

audience’s delight. “The national mythologizing of Crockett had already started during his lifetime.” Crockett would write a best-selling autobiography. It and the Crockett almanacs popular at the time would go on to influence the humor of Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and Will Rogers. “The final scenes of his life took place at The Alamo,” Wallis says, “but the curtain calls have never ceased for the historical Crockett.” Foes and fans alike argue to this day over how and when Crockett died. He was in Texas only a few weeks, but that part of his life dominates many movies and books based on his life. “There was the David Crockett of historical fact. The other is an American myth.” Wallis says he hopes that people will discover through his book that the real-life Crockett “is a hero in his own right, and include the good, the bad and the stages of gray. Most “He was neither a buffoon nor of all, he was a man willing to take a great intellect, but a man always a risk.” evolving. He was arguably the first Somebody asked Wallis when he popular celebrity and his story is learned that most of what he knew far more than a one-note Disney about Crockett was a myth. character.” “Probably by the time I turned 12,” David Crockett spent more than he joked, saying that as a writer he is half of his 49 years living in the drawn to “people that are people. I East Tennessee of his birth. Wallis like to find these puzzling enigmas.” said that Crockett would have been A few years ago, Wallis re-watched pleased that his rifle (no, not “Ol’ the Fess Parker series that had so Betsy”) is on display at the East Tencaptivated him and his generation. nessee History Center downtown. “My, oh my, it’s Walt Disney. “His East Tennessee roots There’s no blood. And, there he was, shaped much of his character and grinning a bear out of a tree,” he he remained a Tennessean until his says, shaking his head. dying day.” “But it worked on me. I slept in Crockett proved to be so popular that coonskin hat.” that a play, “The Lion of the West,” Call Jake Mabe at 922-4136 or email JakeMabe1@ opened in New York during his life- Visit him online at jakemabe.blogspot. time, featuring a character named com, on Facebook or at Nimrod Wildfire that was not-soloosely based on Crockett’s exploits, be they real or imagined. The myth “David Crockett: The Lion of the and the man met the night Crockett West” by Michael Wallis is availhimself saw the play, when the actor able now from W.W. Norton and playing Nimrod and Crockett took Company. It retails for $27.95. turns bowing to one another to the

special permission from Commissioner Pete Rozelle to sign a convicted felon. Robinson was less than a perfect conformist. He skipped some practices and didn’t follow all instructions but necessity finally put him on the field, Oct. 19 at Dallas, on Monday night TV. The show kicked off as if everything was real. Frank Gifford, Al Michaels and Dan Dierdorf were in the booth. Hank Williams Jr. delivered “All My Rowdy Friends.” Roman candles erupted. Smoke billowed. Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders did their thing. Tony came through, 11 completions in 18 attempts, 152 yards, a 13-7 Washington victory. Seems to me this was the magic moment of his life. As you might expect, the strike ended. Released replacements faded away. Tony violated parole and returned to prison. Joe Gibbs developed the real Redskins into Super Bowl champions. For that one big win, Tony received a ring and $27,000, enough to buy refreshments and pay attorney fees. Sad stories are sprinkled across the great decades of Tennessee football. Cruel injuries. Strange ailments. Auto crashes. Arrests. Deaths. Too often we are left to wonder what might have been. The tale

of Tony Robinson is atop the heap. Some argue he was the most talented quarterback in Volunteer history, superior athletically to Heath Shuler, more exciting than Condredge Holloway, cannon for an arm, touch of a fly-fisherman, even better than Peyton Manning. Kevin Altoona Robinson came from a good Tallahassee family. Tony said he grew up going to a Baptist church, that both parents were preachers. Leon High lost three games in his three years. He set state records with thousands of passing yards. Tony wanted to stay and play for Florida State. Bobby Bowden had never had a black quarterback and wasn’t quite ready to begin. Besides, he didn’t think the skinny beanpole (6-4, 180) could take the pounding. Florida never was interested. Georgia recruited hard but cooled late in the process. There were whispers about lack of leadership ability. Tony seemed introverted, indecisive, maybe not too terribly concerned. Majors wanted him and then he didn’t. He was short on scholarships and had seven quarterbacks committed but none with such an arm or touch. The coach and the kid finally said yes. Robinson spent his freshman season watching Alan Cockrell. As a sophomore, he gave up and went

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s long as he lives, Michael Wallis will never forget the evening of Dec. 15, 1954. He was 9 years old. That was the night ABC-TV aired “Davy Crockett: Indian Fighter” on what was then called the “Disneyland” TV series. “I could have predicted the show’s success,” Wallis told a crowd at the East Tennessee History Center last week. “I was hooked in two minutes when I heard the theme song ‘When You Wish upon a Star.’ Then Walt unleashed this frontier character in the form of a lanky Texan named Fess Parker. “I got whiplash.” Wallis says that Fess’ Davy sent his fickle 9-year-old heart a-flutterin’. He’d met William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd and Duncan “Cisco Kid” Renaldo. Forget it. They were relegated to the lower rungs of preadolescent hero worship. “Even Stan ‘The Man’ Musial, who was etched in granite at the top of my heroes list, was threatened to be toppled.” Wallis forgot all about staying up to watch “Strike It Rich” and “I’ve Got a Secret.” He even forgot about the snow that was forecast for the following day. Instead, he went back to his bedroom and pored over the Davy Crockett entry in the World Book Encyclopedia. The scene was playing itself out in households across America. Some 40 million viewers tuned in that Wednesday night. By the time

Author Michael Wallis talks about his new book, “David Crockett: The Lion of the West,” at the East Tennessee History Center last week. In addition to writing best-selling books about the West, Route 66 and Pretty Boy Floyd, Wallis is also a voice actor who appears as the sheriff in “Cars” and “Cars 2.” Photo by Jake Mabe the final episode aired a few weeks later, the U.S. was caught up in a true Crockett craze. Crockett would sell $100 million in merchandise (some $8 billion in today’s dollars), everything from pajamas to lunchboxes to the coonskin cap that was ubiquitous in 1955. “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was No. 1 on the Hit Parade for 13 weeks. “And I knew,” Wallis said with a smile, “that every single word of the song was the gospel truth.” Of course, it wasn’t. Wallis says all the recognition was a good thing, but that the misinformation that

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he current difference of opinion between NFL owners and players brings to mind labor strife of 1987. That immediately leads to the strange tale of the replacements and Tony Robinson, former Tennessee quarterback, and his one game in pro football. For 24 days, the league kept games going with substitute teams made up of substitute players. Some, on loan from fall plowing, desk jobs and gas stations, weren’t very good. Tony, on work release from prison, was excellent. When he was a Volunteer, everybody knew Tony Robinson could play. Johnny Majors used phrases like “best I’ve ever seen” and Dallas super scout Gil Brandt said “he could be better than Joe Montana because he has a stronger arm and moves quicker.’” Alas, all was lost when a terrible knee injury took Tony down in the

1985 Alabama game. After that, far more was lost when Tony and roommate Kenneth “B.B.” Cooper were nailed at their apartment for delivering cocaine to an undercover agent. Judge Ray Lee Jenkins sent Tony to jail but cut him some slack, an unusual out if he could find a football job and stay clean. Tony looked and looked but had to settle for the very minor league Richmond Ravens. No pay but the team helped find a day job to cover hamburgers, rent and gas. Tony tried telemarketing. He moved on to mall parking lots with hopes of selling cheap cologne. He didn’t like it one bit but he was forced into a construction job, up at 5 a.m. for manual labor. He was laboring, digging holes for fire hydrants, when NFL players went on strike and the Washington Redskins called. They had

home. His father sent him back. He played a little, six completions in 12 tries. He started as a junior. He put on a show against Florida. The Gators won. He was big against Alabama. The Vols won. He made some mistakes against Kentucky and went down in history as the last quarterback to lose to the Wildcats. This was 1984, a 7-4-1 campaign, 61 percent completions, 14 touchdowns, nine picks. He could throw the football the length of the field. Best Saturday was Sept. 28 of his senior season, Vols against No.1 Auburn, Sports Illustrated at the stadium to do a Heisman preview about Bo Jackson. Tennessee scored a stunning upset. Tony threw four TD passes and took the magazine cover. After that came the torn knee, Sugar Bowl on crutches, maybe a setup, stop-the-presses arrest, plea bargain, one good night in the NFL, other crimes and other punishments, talent wasted, life squandered – leaving only fond, forgiving memories of the good times at Tennessee. For years, Tony was in and out of prisons. Seems he has avoided headlines since 2009. That could be good news. He is 47. I hope he is well. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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Living in light

Chelsie Bittle and her recently adopted brother Zachary plant flowers.

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n 2004 the Bittle family (Donnie, Melanie and children Chelsie and Hunter) found themselves on a dark path that would lead through death, cancer and depression. Their road became brighter last year with an incredible recovery from stage IV cancer and the adoption of son Zachary on March 9 of this year. The Bittles were shoved into despair on May 19, 2004, when Melanie’s car was hit head-on by a driver impaired by alcohol, marijuana and Xanax. The crash ejected Melanie and her seat into the highway and instantly killed 3-year-old Hunter. Chad Sparks, teaching pastor at Providence Church, recalls the agony of informing Melanie and Donnie that Hunter had died. “It’s still not something I like to talk about,” said Sparks. “I was especially afraid that Donnie, being a new Christian, would blame God, but he didn’t. Instead of faltering spiritually, his faith solidified over the weeks and months, but it was still a battle.” Perhaps he was gaining strength for what lay ahead. By December 2005 the Bittles had moved to West Knoxville and were coping with life without “Bubby.” Melanie found a job at a local clinic and formed a nonprofit organization called LEGACY (Leading Educating and Guiding the Attitude and Choices of Youth) to educate middle and high school students about how their choices affect others. The program was shelved because Melanie was diagnosed with breast cancer, resulting in a double mastectomy. In 2009, three years and six surgeries later, her reconstruction just finished, Melanie complained to her doctor of having a lot of pain in her chest. The cancer was back: in her sternum.

Hunter Bittle’s young life was ended by a drunk and drug impaired driver on May 19, 2004. Photo submitted

Melanie began aggressive chemotherapy. Due to her fragile immune system, the extroverted Melanie was forced to segregate herself from large crowds. Isolation became the norm. “I began to wonder if people were just my ‘charity friends,’ that I was just some cancer patient they could bring food to,” Melanie says. “I had cancer, but it didn’t define me. But I was afraid it was defining me to others.” Chelsie, now a teen and afraid to wake her mom from the long naps she needed, spent most of her time at friends’ houses. “I thought she didn’t need me and she thought I didn’t need her,” said Melanie. On top of that, the Bittles were devastated to learn the treatments hadn’t worked. The cancer was now stage IV (the highest level), having spread to eight places in her bones, as well as to organs. So, they began a new chemotherapy. The final straw came in December 2009 when, without warning that her benefits had expired or a phone call of any kind, Melanie received a termination package in the mail from her employer. “That pushed me to the edge. I became really angry at all I’d been through,” said Melanie. The next week, she was hospitalized for a reaction to the chemotherapy that caused congestive heart failure and kidney failure. “After coming home, there were

Message from the universe CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 NRSV) When in doubt, tell the truth. (“Hazel’s Law,” Hazel Sherwood)

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she was going to die from cancer. Instead, Melanie questioned her reason for living and suffering through such trauma. The answer had come early in the spring of 2010, but the Bittles did not know it yet. While “This is the reason I’m still here,” says Melanie Bitvisiting her sister- tle of her recently expanded family: Melanie Bittle in-law Vickie Pat- holding Zachary Bittle, Chelsie Bittle and Donnie terson, Melanie and Bittle. Photos by L. Furtner Chelsie met Vickie’s cause of all the circumstances that new foster child, brought him here, Zachary is the Zachary. Zachary was 15 months old and real miracle in my life.” Melanie had to be cancer free suffered from neglect and reactive affective disorder and would not for a certain amount of time bereact with any adults trying to pick fore adopting and Zachary’s birth him up or hold him. Chelsie was an- parents had to sign away their paother matter. There was an instant rental rights. bond between the two. Zachary Finally, after watching the Bitpitched a fit when Chelsie left. tles interact with Zachary, his bioIn the car Chelsie said, “Wouldn’t logical mother told Melanie, “Now it be neat if we could adopt Zach- I know why I had him – to give him to you.” ary?” The Bittles adopted Zachary on As the months progressed, Zachary became a frequent visitor and it March 9. was mutual love. The Bittles wanted Seven years after tragedy the to raise him as their own son. Bittle family has experienced “Zachary even looks like he healing from cancer and the healcould be our son,” said Melanie. ing that comes from opening up “Ironically, Zachary’s birthday is your heart again to love. on Hunter’s due date. When I saw Now, days are spent rocking on Zachary, I thought, this is why I the front porch, watching Zachwas healed. This little boy needs ary plant flowers with his “sissy” me as much as I need him. Be- Chelsie.

There are vouchers, folders, notes to myself, notes to others, reminders, scrap paper, informational bulletins to be handed out, etc. There are notes attached to my computer screen, reminders of what password goes with what program (carefully encoded, of course), checking account balances and notes to myself about something I need to discuss with tomorrow’s team leader. So finding a scrap of paper filled with obscure notes is not an unusual circumstance. Yesterday, I came across a small sticky note with seven words written on it. I remembered the conversation it referred to, knew that it had been taken care of and started to throw it away. That’s when I saw eight words, written at a different angle, up the side of that tiny yellow piece of paper.

“Never take the burden I can help you,” it said. No punctuation. Just those eight words. In my handwriting. I am being absolutely honest when I say this: I have no memory of writing those words, no idea of why I wrote them, or where they came from. Was it something a friend had said to me? A colleague? My supervisor? No idea. I only know that when I read them, it felt as if God was speaking directly to my heart. It was a message from the universe. Once before, years ago, I awakened from a dream and heard a voice (that was not my own) inside my head say, “I speak to you in many voices.” That time, the voice verified the truth of the dream. This time the voice spoke in the written word, in my own hand.


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ist, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Health Services Provider with Bearden Psychological and Wellness Center PLLC in West Knoxville. The program at Christ United Methodist developed out of a sermon she gave last fall. Her sermon focused on how to set boundaries and still feel like a Christian. Sometimes those boundaries may involve treatment for a romantic interest, but according to Wilson, overwhelmingly, they involve older parents with adult children. It’s just hard to say no. Dr. K. Shannon Wilson Photo by Older parents have spent Greg Householder a great deal of their lives raising their adult children and a parent always views a by the “prodigal” child is child as just that – a child. one reason. Cognitive im- And they feel compelled to pairment is another. Bad life help if possible. choices are also prevalent as The class helps seniors a reason, as is depression. come to the understanding Some seniors are going that they are not responsithrough their life savings to ble for their adult children’s support their adult children. choices. Wilson and the Rev. Wilson, who attends Christ United Method- Bruce Marston, pastor at

Seniors suffering financially to support their adult children By Greg Householder For many seniors, folks looking towards retirement or perhaps already retired, all too often they are called upon to support an adult child indefinitely. “Just look at the statistics as to how many grandparents are raising their grandchildren,” says Dr. K. Shannon Wilson. “Why? It’s because the parents are not functioning independently.” Wilson facilitates a support group at Christ United Methodist Church in Halls for folks who are being asked to support an adult child. Surprisingly, there are enough people at the church in that situation to warrant the class – usually numbering around 20 according to Wilson. There are many reasons for such “prodigal” behavior. Drug and alcohol abuse

Christ United Methodist, have decided to open the program up to others in the community. When asked what message she would want sent to the community, Wilson said that they (senior parents being asked to support adult children) should know that “They are not alone,” she says. “Lots of people are dealing with it. The group is a safe and supportive place to learn about what others are doing and talk about it.” Although the group meets at the church, Wilson wants to emphasize that it is not about the church. No one is going to ask anyone to join or bring their children or anything like that, she assures. It is not about the religious aspect but takes more of a clinical approach she stresses. Cost for nonmembers of Christ United Methodist is $5 per person per session. The group meets 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more info, call the church at 9221412 or email Wilson at

COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ K-Town Sound Show Chorus, a new Knoxville Sweet Adelines Chapter, will have guest night 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Ave. There will be food, drink, singing and friendship. Info: JoAnn, 483-8790 or visit www. ■ Speechmasters Advanced Toastmasters Club will meet 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Shoney’s on Walker Springs Boulevard. Arrive at 6 p.m. for dinner. Three speakers are on the agenda. Info: 272-9818. ■ Knoxville Writers’ Guild will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Laurel Theater. Award-winning producer Mike Stanley will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited. A $2 donation will be requested at the door. Info: Jeff, 330-3606. ■ The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, will have its 2011 Confederate Decoration Day Commemoration Service 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Henry Lonas Cemetery on Fillmore Avenue. Those attending should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. and park at the Tennessee Department of Human Services lot, 2700 Middlebrook Pike. Shuttle service will be available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 862-6538. ■ Farragut Lions Club will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Pimento’s restaurant in Turkey Creek. ■ 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 or call Sue Goepp, 599-0829. ■ 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.

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Tra Ramseur, Power Cross Ministries co-founder Jeff Storment and assistant coach Wendell Hill pray with the team after a game at the Under Armour National Championships in Orlando. Power Cross, a youth ministry that allows underprivileged children to play sports while offering a Christian witness, is looking to expand to the Knox area. Photo submitted

Youth ministry hopes to expand to Knox area By Tia Kalmon Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older they will remain upon it. Proverbs 22:6. Each life of a child is different, but the people involved in that life make all the difference. Power Cross Ministries is an organization that strives

to help young males compete in sports free of charge through ministry teachings, Bible studies and encouragement that will lead them far beyond the pitcher’s mound or football field. “This is a way to teach kids there is hope for Jesus Christ,” says Power Cross founder and Halls native Jeff Storment.

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upon themselves to pay for entry fees, uniforms and transportation for four of these students to play football under one condition – that these students attend a Bible study hosted by Natalie and Jeff with a dinner included. From that point on, this idea took off. “These boys now have in front of them the chance to choose the path to stop the trend,” Natalie said. From four young males in the beginning to now more than 200 young males, the program is changing lives. Natalie and Jeff have both quit their jobs to work full time with Power Cross. They now drive 15-passenger vans instead of cars and they have a passion to make an impact in these lives. “It is an awesome blessing to be a part of this ministry. The biggest improvement we have seen is by a child who started a gang and wasn’t doing well in school, and now this same student is in all ad-

Power Cross was founded in North Carolina by Jeff and his wife, Natalie Storment, who is from South Knoxville. They created this ministry after they saw young adults in the Statesville area turning down offers to play sports for their school due to financial and other reasons. These boys come from homes from

which one parent is missing because they are in jail and from underprivileged homes in which food is not often served. Natalie said most of the boys coming from homes like this do not make it all the way through high school and often follow their parents’ example. Natalie and Jeff took it



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vanced classes and a straight A and B student,” Jeff says. Power Cross now runs its own football, basketball and baseball teams, has 12 coaches, holds four different weekly Bible study meetings and serves more than 20,000 free meals. More than 200 7- to 16-year-old boys are involved in this program. Power Cross is located in North Carolina, but the Storments have aspirations to expand the ministry to Knoxville. A benefit dinner and silent auction will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Jubilee Banquet Facility on Callahan Drive. Anyone is welcome to attend. For reservations, contact Natalie Storment at or call 704-402-8011. For more information, contact Power Cross at 303 Mitchell Ave., Statesville, NC 28677 or contact Natalie Storment. Visit www.


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Summer fun …

The days are heating up, and at your local church preparations are well underway for those weeklong festivals of fun and Bible learning known as Vacation Bible School. But, just like many church institutions, Vacation Bible School had humble, and perhaps surprising, beginnings.


hile summer Bible programs probably existed before this, it’s said that the first Vacation Bible School was held in 1894 in Hopedale, Ill., by Sunday school teacher D.T. Miles, who also taught public school. Feeling that the Sunday school hour was too short a time in which to teach children the important lessons of the Bible, she started a daily Bible school during the summer. Her first class was four weeks long and hosted 40 students, meeting at a local schoolhouse. Four years later in 1898, Eliza Hawes, director of the

with a message! delphia and Chicago. He went on to establish a worldwide VBS organization in 1923. In 1923, Standard Publishing created the grandparent of todays VBS “themes” by publishing a VBS program. The publishing house later divided the program by grade level, added themes and, in 1987, offered more than 120 VBS products. VBS timing has changed, too. According to statistics, only 29 percent of VBSs meet in the morning, as opposed to 55 percent just 10 years ago. Evening programs help accommodate today’s working family and get more of the church family involved in VBS. VBS programs are a huge part of many churches’ community outreach and often encourage church-going kids to bring their friends

children’s department at Epiphany Baptist Church in New York City, noticed an increase in the number of immigrant children in local slums. That July, she rented the only space available, a beer saloon, and held Bible classes for children for six weeks. When she retired in 1891, Hawes was running seven such schools. Dr. Robert Boville of the Baptist Mission Society took notice of Hawes’ summer Bible schools and took up the standard, growing the program to 17 schools by 1903 and later expanding to Phila-

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Alder Springs Baptist Church, Hickory Valley Road, Maynardville, will have Vacation Bible School 7-9 p.m. June 13-17. Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, 405 Black Oak Drive, will have Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street VBS 6-9 p.m. June 5-10, for ages 3 years through 5th grade. The Rev. Steve Ross is pastor. Info: 689-5397 or Black Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 6404 Old Maynardville Pike, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 13-17, for ages 3 and older. There will be classes for youth and adults, and nursery is provided. Complete meals will be served each night. Friday night is Family Night with games, crafts and gifts, and the children will perform their program. Info: 254-3363. Cedar Ford Baptist Church, at the intersection of Tazewell Pike and Highway 61 in Luttrell, will have Gold Rush VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 19-24. Classes for all ages. Transportation provided if needed. Info: 992-0216. Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, 5364 North Broadway, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 9 a.m. to noon, June 13-17, for children preschool (age 3 before Sept. 30) through rising 6th grade. Info or to register: or 688-2421. Corryton Church, 7615 Foster Road, Corryton, will have SonSurf Beach VBS 9 to 11:15 a.m. Sundays, June 5-Aug. 7, for kindergarten through 5th grade. Info: 688-3971. Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road, Corryton, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 6-9 p.m. June 19-24. Info or to register: 687-5648 or

Faith UMC, 1120 Dry Gap Pike, “PandaMania: Where God is Wild About You!” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6-10. A snack supper will be served each night. Kids of all ages. Info: Fellowship Christian Church will have SonSurf Beach VBS 7-9 p.m. June 6-10. There will be classes for all ages. Info: 9259792. Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, will have The Adventure Squad 2011 VBS 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22-24, for ages 2 years through 5th grade. There will be nightly giveaways. Info or to register: Greenway Baptist Church, 2809 Adison Ave., will have The Big Apple Adventure VBS 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday through Friday, June 12-17. Info: 687-5369. Hubbs Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Hubbs Grove Road, Maynardville, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 12-16, with a Family Night Block Party June 17. There will be Bible study, snacks, music, crafts and games. Classes are available for all ages, infant through adult. There will be special activities for teenagers and Bible study for adults. All are welcome.

who may not attend church. According to the Southern Baptist Convention, 25-28 percent of baptisms are a direct result of VBS. In recent years, the SBC reports that 101,000 children made professions of faith at VBS, and Sunday school classes enrolled 45,000 new members as a result of VBS. Total SBC VBS enrollment in 2006 was 2,962,457. That’s a whole lot of kids, a whole lot of macaroni art, a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of faith. From a rented saloon to professional productions, VBS continues to grow in quality and attendance. It’s a fixture of summer for churchgoing families, and a good time for parents, too. Here are some of the VBS themes you can expect at your local churches this year. – Shannon Carey

New Liberty Baptist Church, 5901 Roberts Road in Corryton, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday, June 12-17. Kick off is 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, with a “Kickin’ It Old School” parade, picnic and concert. Powell Church, 323 West Emory Road, will have Kingdom of the Son VBS 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 13-17, with a visit by the Knoxville ZooMobile June 13, and Family Night with inflatables and food June 17. Classes for ages 4 years through 5th grade. Info or to register: or 938-2741. Salem Baptist Church, 8201 Hill Road, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 9 a.m. to noon, June 20-24, for all children ages 4 years through 5th grade. Info or to register: 922-3490 or www. Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike, will have Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street VBS 9 a.m. to noon, June 20-23. Info: or 523-2189. Son Light Baptist Church, off Rifle Range Road, will have Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street 6:45 to 9 p.m. June 20-24. Classes for all ages. Dinner provided. Commencement will be 6 p.m. June 26. Info: 922-5501.

Karns Church of Christ, 6612 Beaver Ridge Road, will have VBS, themed “The Battle Belongs to the Lord,” 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 26-29. Info: 691-7411.

Union Baptist Church, 6701 Washington Pike, will have PandaMania VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 26-30, for ages 4 years through 5th grade. The kick-off party will be 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, with food, inflatables and games. Info or to register: www.

Milan Baptist Church, just north of Paulette Elementary School on Maynardville Highway, will have SonSurf Beach Bash VBS 6:45 to 9 p.m. June 13-18. There will be snacks, music, crafts and games.

Union Baptist Church of Halls, 8244 Old Maynardville Highway, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. June 12-17, with a kick-off party and dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. Info: 922-7714 or

Mountain View Baptist Church, 2974 Cecil Ave., will have The Big Apple Adventure VBS 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6-10. Info: 525-4192.

Warwick Chapel Baptist Church will have Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 6-10. There will be classes for all ages. The kickoff fun day will be 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

New Beverly Baptist Church, 3320 New Beverly Church Road, will have PandaMania VBS 6:15 to 9 p.m. June 13-17. There will be food, crafts, inflatables and music. Info: 546-0001 or www.

West Park Baptist Church, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, will have SonSurf Beach VBS 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 13-16, for ages 4 years through 6th grade. A Spanish-speaking class is available. Info or to register: 690-0031 or


vbs 2011 Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street draws on Jesus’ parables, setting them in modern-day contexts so kids can easily connect with their messages. Through these stories, kids learn about gratitude, grace, forgiveness, compassion and faithfulness. The Main Street tales will teach them that Jesus can make a difference in their lives, their neighborhoods and the whole world.

SonSurf Beach Bash What better way to spend your summer days than at the beach? Kids going to the SonSurf Beach Bash will get to do all the fun beach activities right here at home. Sandcastles, water fun and sea shells will abound. While they’re playing in this sun-soaked paradise, kids will get to learn who Jesus is and why he’s important in their lives.

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intern and learn from Big Apple Adventure nary and Take a step out of the ordinary eps into the city that never sleeps with Big Apple Adventure VBS. With rotation stations like “Worship Rally at Times Square” and “Bible Study at Battery Park,” kids can explore the big city through music and activities. This VBS, whose tag line is “Where faith and life connect,” teaches kids to rely on faith, connect with Jesus and share his message with the world.


Big Apple Adventure's theme Bible verse is Romans 10:17 …

Your kids will go wild with PandaMania VBS, meeting exotic critters and learning about God’s unconditional love. This wild celebration of God’s love is so much fun, kids won’t even realize they’re learning important lessons. With special songs, play time, crafts and snacks, each element of PandaMania points straight to the Bible and what it says about God’s love.

So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Jesus Christ.

Join us this summer for SonSurf Beach Bash VBS! It is an experience your child will never forget! Children ages 4 years - 6th grade welcome. Spanish speaking class available.

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KMA SUMMER ART ACADEMY JUNE CALENDAR ing, ages 13-15, 1-4 p.m. This The Knoxville Museum of Art two-week class is $170 for will host Summer Art Acadmembers, $200 for nonmememy classes June 6 through bers. The course will focus Aug. 5, offering classes to ignite on incorporating texture and the imagination for kids of all sculptural relief into a painting. ages. Classes are held at the museum, with morning classes for ages 3-12, and afternoon June 13-17 classes for ages 13 and up. Tu- ■ Shapes and Animals, ages ition for each weeklong class 3-4, 9 a.m. to noon. Students will use the basic shapes in colis $85 for members and $100 lage and drawing to make their for nonmembers, and includes favorite animals. workshop supplies, instruction and guided tours. Workshops ■ Pop Art, ages 5-6, 9 a.m. to noon. Take everyday images and scholarships are filled on and turn them into mastera first-come, first-served basis. pieces. Please send two white Info or to register: 525-6101 ext. T-shirts with your child. 246 or

June 6-10 ■ Introduction to Art , ages 3-4, 9 a.m. to noon. Class encourages hands-on activities in multiple visual art media, including drawing, painting and sculpture. ■ Funny Faces, ages 5-6, 9 a.m. to noon. Choosing a theme of fruits, vegetables or flowers, sketch your portrait with pencil, then add color, light and shadow. ■ Collage: Painting Without Paint, ages 7-9, 9 a.m. to noon. The style of Romare Bearden will be your young artist’s guide as he or she creates wonderful collages.

■ Colors and Animals of the Rainforest, ages 7-9, 9 a.m. to noon. Gather under the canopy of the rain forest to create art inspired by cheetahs, frogs and parrots.

■ Learn to Knit, ages 10-12, 9 a.m. to noon. You’re never too young to learn to knit! ■ Genre Painting, ages 15 and up, 1-4 p.m. By observing people engaged in everyday activities, create a genre painting using pairs of complementary colors.

June 20-24

In Jaime Morrell’s 3rd grade class at Sequoyah Elementary School, Hudson Schmid and Sarah Grace Hollingsworth, center, serve up tasty treats for their mothers, Stacey Schmid and Lindy Hollingsworth.

Sequoyah students honor moms Third grade students at Sequoyah Elementary School have honored moms and grandmothers each May for as far back as most can remember. Lee Bailey, grandmother of 3rd grader Logan Haun, says she attended the Mother’s Tea when her children, now ages 32 and 34, were students at the school. “A lot of these families have been in the community for a long time, and it’s a tradition they’ve passed on,” she says. Teacher Jaime Morrell has been at the school for six years and says her students love reciting poems and creating self-portraits for their mothers. Sarah Grace Hollingsworth sums up why moms are worth all the fuss. “She gives me hugs and kisses.” – Wendy Smith

Karina Ottaviano, a 3rd grader in Dian Hanisek’s class, honors her grandmother, Cheryl Ottaviano, at Sequoyah Elementary’s Mother’s Tea.

Donna Fielden named to Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame By Betty Bean

Early one April morning West High School assistant principal Donna Fielden was walking toward the building when she saw her friend Mis■ Pastel Drawing, ages 10-12, 9 a.m. to noon. This beginning ■ Looking at Art in Nature, ages sy Kane’s car pulling out of course introduces students to the parking lot. She wondered 5-6, 9 a.m. to noon. For the soft pastel and different apwhat Kane was doing there. beginners who need to learn plication techniques. She got her answer when about perspective and depth. she got to her office and found ■ Color Theory, ages 13-15, 1-4 ■ Art Down Under, ages 7-9, 9 a note that said “Yea, Donna!” p.m. Add some color tricks a.m. to noon. Travel to Australia to your bag while studying to explore the aboriginal arts of on the outside. artists like Josef Albers and “I opened it up and it said dot painting and rock art. Bridget Riley. the Sports Hall of Fame com■ Scrapbooking, ages 10-12, mittee had met and voted to 9 a.m. to noon. Students will put me in. I was shocked. It June 6-17 create memorable and imagicame completely out of left native scrapbooks. ■ Acrylic Mixed-Media Paintfield,” she said. Kane, who is a voting member of the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, wanted ■ Knoxville Track Club’s Youth Athletics program, Tuesday, May to let Fielden know that she 31, through Saturday, June 25, includes 50-meter dash, discus had been selected for inducthrow and high jump. Girls and boys ages 5-18. Practice is held tion this year. Fielden was 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Includes four Saturtaken by surprise, despite day track meets on the UT campus. Cost is $39. Info: 406-4128 or having spent 22 years as a visit basketball official. She was following in the footsteps of her father, the late Elbert Fielden, who officiated both high school and college basketball before becoming TSSAA supervisor of the Knox Ridge Association, which included all the high schools in the north end of the county plus districts like Oak Ridge and Scott and Morgan counties. He went into the Hall of Fame in 2002. Now Donna will join him. A third generation Halls resident, Donna Fielden’s family valued academics and athletics. It was her dad who started her playing golf when she was 8. She won both local tournaments for children.


Mary Lewis Walton, a 3rd grader in Janet Reinholz’s class, reads a poem written in the shape of a heart to mom Elizabeth Walton. Photos by Wendy Smith

■ Nature Hike, ages 3-4, 9 a.m. to noon. Students will explore the great outdoors while learning about line and texture.

Donna Fielden “I was raised by June and Ward Cleaver,” Fielden says. “Two parents dedicated to the family – nice home, clothes clean, meals on the table, grandparents on weekends – it was the storybook childhood. Academics and athletics went hand-in-hand. Dad was a good athlete and played some college ball at LMU and graduated from East Tennessee State. Mom (Darlene) was a cheerleader, but we won’t hold that against her.” There weren’t many opportunities for girls to play sports in high school in those days. She graduated from Halls High School in 1974, just months before the county reinstated girl’s basketball. “My little sister (Lisa) got to play her last two years at Halls. It was the old threeon-three. She couldn’t dribble and she couldn’t shoot. She was All-District her senior year.” Donna made up for lost time when she got to UT and joined the junior varsity women’s basketball team, coached by Sylvia Ryan (now Hatchell, head coach at the University

of North Carolina). Pat Summitt, whom Fielden says “Is just as classy as everybody says she is,” was the newlyminted head coach. “After my freshman year, Pat was afraid I would hurt one of her good players, so she asked me if I wanted to be manager and I did that the rest of the way through college. That was an excellent experience.” After she got her undergraduate degree, she interviewed for a coaching job at a North Carolina junior college. She got an offer, but Knox County Schools called her about a job teaching science at Karns Middle School, so she decided to stay home and was eventually transferred to Powell Middle School. But she still wanted to be involved in athletics and decided to try her hand at refereeing. Her dad didn’t know about it until she turned up at a TSSAA meeting in the fall of 1982. “He just looked up and there I sat with that goofy look on my face. He said ‘My God, what have I done to deserve this?’ He told me up front ‘I will never give you anything. But I will never take anything away from you.’ So there I went. I started doing middle school, elementary school games. Any game anybody would give me, I refereed. I loved it. It was a great bonding experience with my dad even though he was my supervisor. He had a couple of assistants and he left me to them.” She worked her way up to

high school games and then to junior college, Division II and eventually Division I college basketball in 1990. In 1994, she became the first woman to officiate a boys’ state championship game. In December 1987, she refereed a men’s college game with her dad, marking the first father-daughter referee team. It was Elbert’s last game, and she cherishes the memory. “Daddy was going to call his last game with Doc Simpson, but Doc came down with Lou Gehrig’s disease that spring and couldn’t do it. Dad always loved Johnson Bible College because they played for the love of the game. He handed me one of those old pea whistles etched with Doc’s name. He said ‘Doc called his last game with it and I called my last game with it. Keep its integrity.’ The first call I made in the boy’s state tournament I used Daddy’s and Doc’s whistle. I’ve got it at home in a case that says ‘Daddy and Doc.’ ” She went on to call the NCAA Division III national championship game, the NAIA National Championship, the junior college national championship, five NCAA Division I tournaments and got to a Sweet 16 before she quit in 2005. “Things were different. I had after-hours responsibilities being a principal and I felt I wasn’t doing my part. My father passed away in 2005 and it just wasn’t as much fun without him – the last couple of years, he’d pick me up, drive me to my games. Mother would pack a cooler with drinks and snacks and he’d drive me home and put me at my doorstep. I hadn’t had a free weekend for almost 22 winters in a row and there were times I’d drive back from a game and get into town at four or five in the morning.” So she decided to pack up her memories (she says Sheryl Swoopes was the best player she ever refereed) and go on to the next chapter. “It was an honor and a privilege. But it was time.” Last week, on a day when the seniors were already gone and the school year was worn down to a nub, Fielden summoned 11 students to her office. They probably showed up with their hearts in their throats. But what she did was throw them a party. They’d gotten what the school calls positive referrals from teachers, and this is the kind of thing she wouldn’t have had time for when she was calling basketball games. She says she hasn’t looked back. “It was an honor and a privilege and I am shocked and humbled to be named to the Halls of Fame,” she said. Is she the first woman to be inducted as an official? “You know what? I may be. I’m shocked and humbled.”


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Coloring outside the lines At Community School for the Arts, it’s all about empowerment By Wendy Smith Isaac Mobley’s first artistic endeavor at the Community School for the Arts, located in First Presyterian Church on State Street, was coloring. He wasn’t very good at it. “Coloring inside the lines was still a tad bit shaky,” he admits. He loved it anyway. Ten years later, he’s graduating from the school, as he is from West High School. Since his coloring days, he’s taken trumpet, trombone and piano lessons, and art classes have given him experience in clay sculpting, caricature, glass blowing and printmaking. The Community School for the Arts provides free art, music and dance lessons to kids whose families otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them. The paid faculty are accomplished artists, like songwriter Sarah Pirkle and Carol Zinavage, who has been principal keyboardist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 1985.

while working with mentor Richard Jolley. The glass phone, along with work by Jolley, will be auctioned off this week at the Side-by-Side auction at Bennett Galleries. The work of 14 students and their mentors will on display beginning Tuesday, May 31, and the reception and auction will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 3. “The kids do amazing work,” says the school’s assistant director Jenn Sudaria. “Every year it amazes me.” This is the third year Mobley has worked with Jolley. The first year, he made a glass football. Last year, he made a football helmet. While he loves his artwork, he feels like he’s left a legacy by allowing the pieces to be auctioned off. “It’s like part of my story is in someone’s living room.” His story is a happy one. He was an All-State offensive guard at West and also performed in the school’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” last winter.

Wednesday, June 1 ■ The Market Square Farmers Market will be open for business 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through Nov. 19. All items are grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. ■ The Art Market Gallery, 422 South Gay St., will present an exhibit of recent works by watercolorist Nelson Ziegler of Sevierville and wood carver Steve Smith of Mascot Wednesday, June 1, through Sunday, June 26. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 525-5265 or visit

Graduating senior Isaac Mobley, right, looks on as Community School for the Arts instructor Nate Barrett leads Brijah Hill, JaJuan Chaney, Briana Craddock, and Faith Harris in a practice for the school’s awards banquet, which was held last week at First Presbyterian Church. The drummers are members of a performing group called Beat Attack. Photo by Wendy Smith

Thursday, June 2 ■ Sundown in the City will present Grammy winning singer and guitarist Jonny Lang with Nashville-based singer and songwriter Megan McCormick at 6 p.m. June 2. The concert is free on Market Square with festival seating.

■ ‘Pieces of Me,’ a new exhibit of photography by local artist Scott W. Lee, will be presented by The Arts and Culture Alliance and Knox Heritage beginning 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Balcony of the Emporium Center. Lee is an award-winning filmmaker, director and editor who brings his sense of composition and storytelling to his photographs. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 523-7543 or visit

Saturday, June 4 ■ The Market Square Farmers Market will be open every Saturday through Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All items are grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region.

Sunday, June 5

This painting of Janis Joplin and many other works by Chuck Jensen will be on featured at Bliss Home throughout the month of June.

Friday, June 3 ■ Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, will highlight the art of Chuck Jensen throughout the month of June, starting with a reception 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 3. Jensen’s vibrant acrylic paintings focus on well-known personalities. For this collection, he focuses on artists from Woodstock. Info: Anne, 673-6711. ■ “Expressions and Impressions,” a new exhibition of paintings by local artists Rickey A. Beene and Maya Simonson, will be presented by The Arts and Culture Alliance beginning 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the main gallery of the Emporium Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 523-7543 or visit ■ Knox Heritage and the Arts and Culture Alliance will present a new exhibit of 12 photographs by local artists as part of Knox Heritage’s fifth annual Art and Architecture Tour 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, on the north side of the Balcony at the Emporium Center. The photographs originally created Knox Heritage’s Photography Contest and tour route of historic sites through the Old City and surrounding area. An opening reception will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 523-7543 or visit www. ■ The Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival will return to the Bijou, kicking off at 6 p.m. Friday, June 3. The films shown were written, shot and edited in a 24-hour period the previous weekend. Up to 30 teams of filmmakers will show their films, and prizes will be awarded. There will also be a surprise musical performance. Info:

■ The Historic Tennessee Theatre will host a screening of the Clarence Brown directed silent film “A Woman of Affairs” at 3 p.m. June 5. Return to the silent movie golden era of the 1920s with star Greta Garbo accompanied by Ron Carter on the theatre’s Wurlitzer organ. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over. Doors open at 2 p.m. Info or for tickets: 684-1200 or www.

Apparently, a football player the size As talented as the teachers are, the of Mobley doesn’t get teased, even if school isn’t in the business of produche dabbles in theater. ing professional artists. He will begin an Upward Bound “The Community School for the precollege program at UT in July. He’s Arts is about empowerment, and arts excited about the early start, which are the vehicle,” says Executive Diwill give him extra practice time with rector Jennifer Willard. the Vols. He’d like to One way the school play defensive tackle empowers students while he studies enis to pair them with Bennett Galleries, gineering. professional artists 5308 Kingston Pike, Outcomes like in their studios. The will host work from the Mobley’s are the goal mentoring program Side-by-Side mentors of the Community is called Side-byand students of the School for the Arts. Side, and it gets the Community School for Enrollment for the students out of their the Arts May 31-June environment and alschool is currently 3. A reception and auclows them to have a frozen, however, due different perspective to a funding shortfall tion of the work will be on the world, says that Willard says will 5-8 p.m. June 3. Willard. hit next year. Several private donors have “What the stugiven notice that dents get, most of all, they will have to cut back. is someone willing to spend one-onone time with them.” The school will have to find new sources of funding if new students What Mobley has gotten out of the are to have a chance at a happy story Side-by-Side program is a cellphone like Mobley’s. – created out of blown glass, that is –


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Father visits War Memorial with son on HonorAir Nineteen stainless steel sculptures stand silently under the watchful eye of a sea of faces upon a granite wall – reminders of the human cost of defending freedom. These elements all bear witness to the patriotism, devotion to duty, and courage of Korean War veterans. – National Park Service website description on the Korean War Memorial Kenny Dickson from Englewood is one of those veterans. Dickson was recently selected to participate in the HonorAir Knoxville ight to Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., to view national monuments dedicated to those who have served in the armed forces. This trip was especially memorable to Dickson because he was able to share the experience with his son, Dr. Mitchell Dickson of Parkwest Medical Center, who served as the HonorAir Flight physician. “Veterans of this era didn’t have medical counseling like ours do today. Their coping mechanism was to simply not talk about it,â€? said Dr. Dickson. The elder Dickson joined the Air Force on Jan. 5, 1951, in Corbin, Ky., with three of his friends. Together, they were sent to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. They had to sleep in tents for two weeks with

the clothes on their backs before they were issued fatigues. From there, Dickson was sent to supply school in preparation for Greenland Air Force Base where he served as supply sergeant for 13 months. “There was no phone service, but my soon-to-be bride wrote to me every day,â€? said Dickson. He quickly married upon his return to Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C., where his wife, Bobbie, was employed by the Army at Fort Bragg. After his discharge in 1955, he worked with the postal service and Bobbie went into teaching. Together, they raised three children and engrained themselves into their community. “We were raised in a very social environment,â€? said Dr. Dickson. “I really get a kick out of helping patients get better, and I think a great deal of that is the inuences I had growing up with my family.â€?

Dr. Mitchell Dickson with father Kenny.

Dr. Dickson, who also serves on the Covenant Health board of directors, enjoyed the trip because it gave him a chance to connect with his father and reect on his past experience. “To me, the best thing about these HonorAir trips is the way the veterans are treated. They receive applause and ovations throughout the whole trip – walking through a parade and singing patriotic songs. It’s a special time that is well organized with great detail, honoring veterans who would not have otherwise ever been able to experience.â€? “When I returned from the HonorAir ight, it was very emotional seeing everyone with their cheers, the band playing and kind words of appreciation as I walked down the ramp to be joined by my family,â€? said Dickson. “It was particularly meaningful to me to be able to take the ight with my son to see the Korean War Memorial. The experience will deďŹ nitely live forever in my mind, and I appreciate all the people who worked so diligently to make the ight possible and the whole day extra special.â€? Dickson, who turned 80 this month, enjoys riding horses and manages his Englewood farm with Bobbie.

More about HonorAir of Knoxville HonorAir of Knoxville is presented by Prestige Cleansers and sponsored by Covenant Health. It is a one-day, all-expense paid trip that includes tours of the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Marine and Air Force memorials. In addition, the group sees the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and drives past the Navy Memorial. Around 40 volunteers escort the veterans on the trip. Joseph E. Sutter, a retired colonel with the Air Force, serves as ight commander for HonorAir Knoxville, and Eddie Mannis of Prestige Cleaners is the HonorAir Knoxville chair. Both Sutter and Mannis also serve the community locally as members of the Covenant Health board of directors. “It is an honor for my company to participate in this program. These veterans made a great sacriďŹ ce for their country and we are proud to honor this group of special people,â€? said Mannis. The HonorAir program was founded by Earl Morse in Ohio and now has roots in 10 states. After Mannis was invited to join his

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs: N Sixteen million Americans served in World War II. N There are approximately a little more than 3 million veterans alive. N About 1,500 to 1,700 WWII veterans die each day. N In the next decade, almost all WWII veterans will be gone. friend, Jeff Miller in North Carolina, bringing the program to East Tennessee veterans took ight. “The experience changed my life,â€? said Mannis. The Korean War, often referred to as the “forgotten war,â€? was a conict in which more than 36,000 Americans lost their lives. Many veterans of these two wars have never seen the World War II and Korean War memorials, so one of HonorAir Knoxville’s goals is to take as many area veterans

as possible on these special ights. Two more HonorAir Knoxville ights are tentatively planned for August and October, depending on the level of funding the

We salute you. Parkwest expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans. Happy Memorial Day.

program receives from the community. To learn more about HonorAir, visit the program’s website at www.honorairknoxville. com or call 865-938-7701.


Senior adults: It’s hot outside, stay cool inside When it’s just too hot outside to enjoy your favorite activities, step inside the doors of the Strang Senior Center where it’s nice and cool and buzzing with activity.

Ruth White

Senior centers in Knox County offer a wide variety of activities every weekday that are perfect for card sharks, expert line dancers or for those just beginning to learn a new hobby or skill. Exercising is always more fun when done with a friend or two. The senior center offers Tai Chi 1 on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:45 a.m. and Tai Chi 2 at 10 a.m., Advanced Cardio on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:45 a.m., Pilates at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday and Friday and Yoga at 12:30 p.m. on those two days. If dancing is more your speed, check out the Belly Dancing class on Monday at 12:30 p.m. or line dancing at 2 p.m. on Monday. Wednesday features include Lunch & Learn with special topics including legal issues, Medicare/Medicaid, sleep disorders and special guests providing wonderful entertainment. For the card lovers, the center hosts many different card games each day. If you’re a fan of Pinochle, Canasta or Bridge, come by the senior center on most days and you can find rooms filled with serious and not-so-serious card players. Canasta players gather at the center on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.

The lounge at the Strang Senior Center is a nice, friendly place to relax after a class, drink a cup of coffee and chat with friends. Following an advanced cardio class last week, Bobbie Phillips, JoAnne Perrine, Donna Verholek, Sandy Bradshaw, Trish Igoe, Bonita Malone and Bettye Fulton enjoy some laughs and “solve the world’s problems.”

STRANG SENIOR CENTER Gwen Burke enjoys gathering for a fun game of Canasta at the Strang Senior Center in West Knoxville. Burke has been playing for 15 years – before the center was built – and enjoys meeting new people and being with friends. Photos by Ruth White and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Bridge is played on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Beginners Bridge on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., Social Bridge on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m., and Duplicate Bridge on Thursday at 11 a.m. Join a game of Pinochle on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Other great activities include Scrabble on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m., Rummikub on Friday at 1 p.m. and oil painting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. This month will offer Caregiver Training on Fridays at 10 a.m. to noon at the Halls Senior Center. The Senior Citizens Home

Assistance Services HOPE training (Helping Others Provide Exceptional care) will help answer questions and help caregivers receive much needed relief. Topics covered during the training will include caring for the elderly and disabled, elder law, medication management, nutrition, personal stress reduction, fall prevention and more. To register for classes, contact Jean Dalton, 523-2920. For a full calendar, check out seniors or call the Strang Senior Center at 670-6693. The center is located at 109 Lovell Heights Road off Kingston Pike.

Some of the dogs taken from the March 29, 2011,

Warren County puppymill bust who are looking for a special family to call their own! Hawkeye

Dash 7 month, 7 pound male, Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix

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We need homes to call our own! Tidbit 6 year old, 4 pound male, Chihuahua

Bobbie Phillips shows off a painting she completed in one of the art classes offered at the Strang Senior Center. When she first entered the class Phillips admits that she had only colored in a coloring book. Five years later, she has blossomed into a true artist.

Simple gifts I guess it’s too much to hope for that single aunts and uncles will read a column for moms. But, if any of you singletons have been caught by surprise, I implore you to keep reading. There’s something you need to know about buying gifts for your nieces and nephews, something you’ll only hear from me. Moms like to joke about noisy or messy gifts, like drum sets or finger paints. But I’ve got to say that I don’t really mind gifts like that. When you’ve got kids, you’re used to a certain noise level, and you’re prepared for messes. I know that one day Daniel will create a mural in permanent marker in my powder blue painted hallway. I accept that. Finger paints are OK because I know to keep them put away until I can keep an eye on him. However, there are a few categories of gifts that you should avoid, or you’ll risk the permanent resentment of the mom in question. She might even retaliate when you start your own brood. St. Bernard puppies, anyone?

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■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Community), 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or www. ■ Chronic Pain and Depression support group meets noon to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at Faith Promise Church off Pellissippi Parkway. Info: Paula,

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moms101 That, by the way, is the first on the list of bad gifts. Live organisms of any kind are a big no-no in my book, unless they have been cleared in advance with the parents. Now, I don’t mean asking the parents in front of the kid if they’d like a puppy. In fact, why not just wait until you hear the parents (particularly the mom) talking about getting a dog until you offer that particular gift. No matter how innocuous the animal may be, remember that any critter needs care, and the parents will be ultimately responsible for that care. Even a gerbil needs its cage cleaned. Destructive toys are also best avoided. Some kids can make a deadly missile out of a rag doll, but it’s best to stay away from toys meant

945-3810, or 748-1407. ■ Fibromyalgia screenings are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fibromyaligia Clinic located at Total Rehab Physical Therapy. Also support group meetings and several classes are held on the third Wednesday of each month. No charge. Info: 548-1086. ■ Grief support groups at Fort Sanders Sevier Hospital at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Covenant Home Care Knoxville office and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Covenant Home Care Oak Ridge office. Registration is required. Info

Events for the week of May 30: ■ Monday, May 30: Center is closed in honor of Memorial Day Tuesday, May 31: 8:45 a.m., new Tai Chi class begins; 10 a.m., Tai Chi 2; 11:15 a.m., Pilates; 1 p.m., Advanced Windows ■ Wednesday, June 1: 12 p.m., Covenant Lunch & Learn: “Vim, Vigor and Viagra” with Dr. Walter Chiles. For men only. Call 541-4500 to reserve a seat. ■ Thursday, June 2: 11:15 a.m., Advanced Cardio; 12:30 p.m., Scrabble; 2 p.m., Chorus; 5:45 p.m., Advanced Cardio ■ Friday, June 3: 9:30 a.m., Canasta; 10 a.m., Men’s Club; 1 p.m. Rummikub Info. or to register for classes: 670-6693

for mayhem. My older sister likes to tease me about this stuff. She tweeted me from Toys R Us while shopping for Daniel’s birthday present, saying she’d taken a liking to a toy Thor hammer, complete with light effects and crashing thunder when you bonked something with it. Classic example of a toy destined to smash lamps, picture frames and jars of pickles. For the doublewhammy, it’s a noisy toy, too. Luckily, my sis settled on Woody from “Toy Story” as her gift. Depending on the age of the child, sugary candy and anything motorized could also land you on a parent’s fecal roster. To be fair, Daniel has received so many awesome gifts. They far outweigh the ones that made me grind my teeth. The absolute best so far was a Knoxville Zoo membership. For a year, I got to take him to the zoo whenever he wanted for free. Absolutely, totally cool, and we had a great time. As a bonus, Daniel took long naps on zoo days! Contact Shannon Carey at shannon@

or to register: 541-4500. ■ Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. the third Monday every month at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081. ■ Stop Smoking: 215-QUIT (7848) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. ■ Support group meeting for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Avenue. Info: Rebecca Gill, 602-7807 or


Critterfest and eye exams Our neighbors at the Blount County Humane Society (BCHS) will host the fifth annual Smoky Mountain Critter Fest noon to 5 p.m.

way in Maryville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Come see the famous “cat room” at the store where the organization’s adoptable cats live. All proceeds benefit the animals of the humane society. Info: www.blountcounty ■

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Critter Tales this coming Sunday at Pearson Springs Park. What a great excuse to load the family in the car (pets included) and take the peaceful, pretty drive to Maryville. Several area rescue groups will be on hand to introduce their adoptable animals. “We want the public to see what alternatives there are

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5 units, each unit w/ ALMOST NEW Ranch separate lease. Includes Restaurant, Food in great subd. with neighborhood pool, 9' Center, Dental Office, U.S. Post Office & ceilings, hdwd flrs, Hardwood Flooring open & spacious. Dist. $500,000. Will Open House Sun. 1-4. pay for itself in 10 yrs! Northshore to R on Howard Henegar, Choto to L on Harvey Broker, 865-548-9379. to R to 1313 Amber Glades Ln. $229,500. Call Tom 865-256-0415 Investment Prop-Sale 61 ***Web ID# 792508*** 10 UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING available. Creative financing available. Trades FANTASTIC SPACIOUS welcome. Call for Westland Court Condo, details. 865-712-8833. comp remod in 2008. Gated comm w/pool, rear entry gar, 3 br, 2 1/2 ba, office & courtyard Office Space - Rent 65 $359,000. 865-705-4948 ***Web ID# 767849*** OFFICE SPACE 1500, rent reasonable, 3-5 downtown Farms & Land 45 minutes courthouse. 865-771-3099

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For Sale By Owner 40a 2.3 AC. LAKEVIEW HOME, Kingston, indoor pool, 4 BR, 3 BA, FPS, DR/LR, FR, Below Appraisal $295,000. 865-414-9634 ***Web ID# 793701*** 3/4 BR, 2 full BA, appx. 2400 SF, Harriman TN, fin. bsmnt. For info. 865-604-2405; 748-6599 ***Web ID# 777601***

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50 acre pasture, fenced, 4 BR mobile 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA townhome, lg. 10 stall barn w/elec. & water. house near West Town, Kingston close to I-40. new carpet, W/D conn, $565/mo. 865-584-2622 $1250/mo. lease + dep. 865-376-1030; 686EXTRA NICE 1BR 5376 Apt., Seymour area. ***Web ID# 793902*** All util., cable, phone incl. no pets/smoking. Call 865-216-2563. Acreage- Tracts 46

AND SUFFERED A TENDON RUPTURE, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles John- 10.9 ACRES. Lenoir City. Private. Will son 1-800-535-5727 subdivide, $198,000.  865-771-0919 ***Web ID# 785778***


informative booths for parents, gourmet dog treats for the pups and much more. If you can’t make it to Critterfest, visit the thrift store operated by BCHS, located at 1005 East Broad-

WEST. APT. 2 BR 1 1/2 BA, W/D conn., Cent H/A, $585 mo. No pets 865-690-5418; 414-0054

Beautiful & Priv, Halls Apts - Furnished 72 7.51 Ac, main house, plus guest house, year DELUXE 1 BR with round spring house, office on lake, fully creek, grt views, 5505 furn. w/util, cable, Salem Church Rd. & WIFI near UT/ $179,000. 865-922-3436 downtown. No pets/ ***Web ID# 786645*** no smoking $750/mo 865-573-1507, 389-4717 Lakefront Property 47 ***Web ID# 796075*** Ft. Loudon Lakehouse sleeps 8-10, 4BR/4BA, Lindal Cedar ext, boathse w/pwr lift & jetski ramp, 6A close-in to Pell. Pkwy $549,000. Catherine Traver, Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace 865-256-3779

Watts Bar Log Home with dock. $259,000. Call 865-335-8771 ***Web ID# 788244***

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2 BR, 1 BA renovated, North & Halls. Starting at $600. 865-414-1848

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2 • NOON Auctioneer’s Notes: Upscale Builders is liquidating all assets. Items include all office furniture, 6 Bobcats and equipment, Toyota truck and F-150 and 350 trucks, and all staging furniture. All assets ordered sold, regardless of price Office furniture includes: Cherry executive desk and credenza, cherry reception desk, 18 ft granite conference table, office units, office chairs, legal size file cabinets, lateral files, phone systems, book shelves, blue print printers, computers, printers, copiers, work centers, small decks, secretary desk, small granite conference table, library tables, hundreds of office supplies and decorative pieces. Staging furniture includes: LR sets, BR suite, rugs, lamps, glass top tables with chairs, prints, decorative pieces, plants, misc. items. Terms: 10% buyer’s premium added to all sales. All sales are final. Viewing: 1 hr. before Live Auction. Directions: From Knoxville, I-40 to Lovell Rd to R on Deerbrook (beside Johnny Caronies Restaurant) to 10627 Deerbrook Dr. More details or photos go to

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A number of service dogs lined up at UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine last week to receive their annual eye exams. The college provides the exams free of charge for animals in the service industry. One group of dogs who were examined actually helped out with the posttornado rescue efforts in Alabama. Of almost 20 dogs who were examined, only one was scheduled for a followup appointment later in the year to monitor a minor cataract.

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ROTTWEILER PUPS, AKC reg., 2 M, 5 wks, beautiful, German bldln. $300 ea. 423-234-0476

SCHNAUZERS, MINI CKC reg, M & F, 8 wks, blk, salt/ pepper, 1st shots. Health guar. 423-620-5267 Make $700-$1000 a week Driver's wanted for a fast ***Web ID# 795514*** paced environment. SHIH TZU Puppies, Must be 21 with valid AKC Reg. Males $225. 865-426-8317; license, quick on your 865-963-1965 feet, dependable, have a ***Web ID# 792114*** positive attitude, and be able to lift 35lbs SHIH-TZU PUPPIES, FARRAGUT beautiful repeatedly. Call vet chk'd, 4 males, 4BR 2BA, 2 car gar, 2 females, all colors 865/455-1365 deck, big yard, no $250/ea. 865-679-5275 pets, $1,250. 377-3151 ***Web ID# 792441*** 110 SHIH-TZU PUPS, CKC FTN CITY 2 BR, 2 Healthcare BA, DR/den, office, M&F, 2 colors, 1 CHA, hdwd floors, EXP'D CAREGIVERS shot, health guar., W&D conn, 1 acre, NEEDED to work $300-$400. 865-216-5770. secluded, $850/mo. w/elderly in their ***Web ID# 792256*** + dep. Incl. yard homes. Duties incl. work. 865-742-8662 light housekeeping, SIBERIAN Husky AKC meal prep, hygiene Pups, champ lines, HALLS COMMUNITY assistance, & transp. shots, $300 to $500. Murphy Hills, 3BR, Immed openings for 865-995-1386 1 1/2 BA, den, hrdwd. live-in. Call 474-9710 ***Web ID# 792177*** flrs., CH&A, W/D to schedule interview. hookup, $750 + dep. YORKIE, AKC Reg., Call 865-254-0390. 8 wks. old, 141 male, home raised, $400. LAKEFRONT Luxury Dogs 865-548-3940 townhome, Watts Bar AIREDALE PUPS, 10 Lake in historic LouYORKIE PUPS, wks, 1st & 2nd shots don. New 3 BR, 3 1/2 & wormed. $150. AKC, 1 M, 3 F, 9 wks., BA, hdwd flrs, granite Mom & Dad onsite. Call 865-209-8408. counters, dock, maint. $500. Call 865-363-5704 ***Web ID# 794975*** free. $1300 mo., may ***Web ID# 793406*** apply all rent to purHOUNDS, chase option @ $279,900 BASSET AKC, shots & 865-924-0791 145 wormed. $250 cash. Free Pets ***Web ID# 792765*** 423-322-9338 ***Web ID# 793763*** MERCY HOSPITAL (St. Marys), 2BR, ** ADOPT! * * BICHON PUPPIES, 1BA, appls., CH&A, Cute & adorable, CKC Looking for a lost pet or a new fenced yard, $675 + reg., shots & wormed, one? Visit Young-Williams dep. & lse. 865-966-8597 6 wks. old, 4 M $400. Animal Center, the official 423-404-4189 NE, Emory Rd., 3BR, shelter for the City of Knoxville & Knox County: 1BA, CH&A, carport, fenced yard, Section 8 accepted. $700 + dep. Bloodhound Puppies, 3201 Division St. Knoxville. AKC reg, black & tan Call 865-966-8597. $400, red $450, vet ckd. * * * * * * * * 865-680-2155; POWELL 2 BR, 2 BA, mountainviewblood lg. fam. rm, gar., storage, screened Farmer’s Market 150 back porch, $650 + BOSTON TERRIER dep. 865-414-1875 Pups, M&F, CKC, HAY SQ. BALES IN 1st shot, health guar., FIELD. $2.75. Weed STRAWPLAINS $300-$350. 865-216-5770. Free. Good Hay. 865Beautiful executive ***Web ID# 792251*** 397-7411 Dandridge. Villa, 2 BR, 2 1/2 BA plus bonus room, Boxer Pups-6 wks, MASSEY TRACTOR, 2 car garage, fenced 3M/3F, tails docked, Gas, runs good, backyard, $925 mo. declaws, 1st shots, good tires, $2850. Call 770-639-9754. NKC, $350. 865-805-7044 865-690-3189 ***Web ID# 792414*** WEST. Hardin Val. 2 Cairn Terrier Toto WIL-RO 20' 12 ton GN Pups. CKC. 9 wks. dump trailer, hyd. pretty homes, 1905 Shots. M&F. $450. brakes, rollover Marty Cir. $1100. Call/text 865-919-8167 tarp, other extras. 1901 Knoll Tree Dr. ***Web ID# 795893*** $10,000. 423-235-1239 $1125. 865-622-9705 Chihuahuas, CKC, 8 WEST, OFF George wk M&F, S/W, very Farm Foods 151 Williams, 3 br, 2 1/2 tiny, $225. Also 4 yr F, ba, living rm w/frpl, $100. 865-659-3848. screened in porch. You Pick Strawberries! Appl furn, great ***Web ID# 792388*** Strawberry Knob schools, no pets. DACHSHUNDS, Mini, Farms, I-75 South, $995/mo + sec dep. choc, AKC, M&F 1st take exit 60, turn left, Call 865-250-9262 or shots, dewormed. go 8 miles on Hwy 68, 865-207-8186 $350 ea. 865-223-7162 On right. 423-836-1133. ***Web ID# 788650*** or 865-680-4244. ***Web ID# 794485***

49 3 BR, DR, kit, 1 ba, Cemetery Lots LR, 2 acres outside 76 2 Executive Rentals, Condo Rentals of Rockwood. $70k BURIAL CRYPTS & PLOT all brick, 5 BR, 5 BA, obo. 865-354-3517 2 adjacent burial great rm, cathedral 2 BR on priv golf ***Web ID# 792905*** crypts at Woodhaven ceilings, master & course in W. Knox guest BR on main, 2 Farragut, TN - $1,050/ Memorial Gardens in Powell bonus rms, office, mo - outdoor patio, North 40n Mausoleum lrg kit. w/granite -- $2000 ea/b.o. 1 burial overlooks Fox Den countertops & S/S plot at Highland Mem. golf course hole #11 Cemetery -- $2500/b.o. 2BR, 1BA, Kit., LR appls., formal DR, 1 fairway & green, hdwd Year Lease. No pets. All appls., W/D, H/A Call 531-5197. flrs, weekly trash All Farragut schools. pick up; less than 1 mi 1 Car Gar., FSBO $62,500, 865-748-1817. $3500 mo. 865-300-3300 from Turkey Creek. ***Web ID# 792918*** ***Web ID# 796126*** 865-441-6550 ***Web ID# 793838*** Real Estate Auctions 52 Real Estate Auctions 52 Real Estate Auctions 52

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Brockton Place Condos, 2 BR, 2 BA w/vaulted ceil. all appl. furn., W&D conn., all new flooring, 1 car gar. patio w/privacy fence, Very clean. No Pets. $725. 865947-1637 or 679-8238 WEST, convenient to everything. 3 br, 3 ba, bonus rm, 2 car gar., $1300 mo + dep. Lease req'd. 865-405-5908. ***Web ID# 780612***

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Air Cond/Heating 187

German Shepherd pups, AKC 3 B, 4 G, vet ck., RHEEM 3 TON heat Fam. raised. Military/police pump, good condidisc. 865-924-4301 tion, $1,200 obo. 865***Web ID# 791894*** 988-7953 German Shepherd Pups, AKC, adorable, 2 M, Lawn-Garden Equip. 190 3F, 8 wks, great family dogs, $350. 423-748-4443 ***Web ID# 792189*** JOHN DEERE XD45 14HP Hydro, 48" Golden Retriever deck, tri-cycler, Puppies AKC born mulcher, electric 4/24, Parents on site. start, Sulky, 130 $350 ea. 606-521-3524 hrs. $2,800 nego. ***Web ID# 794292*** 865-806-6049 Great Pyrenees Pups, R E DU CE D! 2 F. Working parents JOHN DEERE LT 133 on lrg goat farm, RIDING MOWER, full bred, $175. 93142" deck, low hours, 738-8272 aft 7pm newly sharpened ***Web ID# 793834*** blade. Great cond (slight cosmetic Havanese, AKC reg 8 damage.) Runs like wks, rare toy breed. new! Brand new www.windyhillhava carburetor & batnese $1200. 865-363-3424 tery. Ftn City pickup. $1000 obo. HAVANESE PUPS 776-0529 AKC, home raised, 262-993-0460 Household Furn. 204 ***Web ID# 793887***

PUPS, AKC reg, BR Set, med. oak, king Furnished Room, Near LAB 6 wks old, 1st shots HB w/storage, ladies East Town Mall & wormed, 865-457dresser w/mirror, $325/mo. No smoke/ 9368 men's dresser. Good drugs/booze/pets/ cond. $500. 865-382-5575 parties. 865-951-0510 MALTI-POO PUPPY, female, 7 wks., champagne, Pools/Hot Tubs 209 Trucking Opportunities 106 small, $400. 423-442-9996 ***Web ID# 792058*** 2011 HOT TUB, holds Driver 2 M, 2 6, new, warranty, 51 Average Weekly $1,000 MALTI-POOS, F, small & lovable, jets, LED lights, Think RED Flatbed! M $250, F $300. 865waterfall. Retails No NYC or Canada. 246-9446 or 986-7423 $8100, now $2790. Home Weekly Call 865-312-7326 Olde English Bulldog $25 Tarp Pay ***Web ID# 795710*** puppies, WBA reg., $25 Extra Stop Pay ch. bloodlines, 2M, 39 - 40 cpm Starting Pay 3F $600/bo 931-337-5137 Arts Crafts 215 CDL-A, 1 Yr. T/T Exp. ***Web ID# 792911*** Within Last 3 Yrs. Req. PAPILLION/YORKIE PARAGON FIREFLY 888.461.3580 kiln w/digital conmale, small, blk & troller, never fired, tan 16 wks. All shots Equal Opportunity $550 LM 865-671-3032 $350. 423-442-9996 Employer ***Web ID# 792061***

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PEMBROKE CORGI Puppies, AKC Reg. 3 M $350 each, 1 F $400. 865-566-1337. ***Web ID# 794285***

Volu nteer Ass is ted Trans port at io n NURSERY, CAC's Office on Aging POODLE We Have All Sizes, is seeking volunteer all colors. Pups are reg., drivers for their Volunhave shots, health teer Assisted Transguarantee & wormed. portation program. Our nursery is full. Volunteers utilize $175 & up. 423-566-0467 agency-owned hybrid sedans while accomPOODLES panying seniors or STANDARD Puppies, persons with disabiliAKC, $300 & up ties to appointments, Call 865-230-3242 shopping, and other errands. Training is PUPPY NURSERY. provided. If you are Many different breeds interested, please conMaltese, Yorkies, tact Nancy Welch at: Malti-Poos, Yorki865-524-2786 or Poos, Shih-Poos, shots nancy.welch@ & wormed. Health guar. 423-566-0467



CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AUCTION – PINE KNOT, KY D.H. Campbell Liquidation Sat., June 18th Call for info: 800-806-3395 Ritchason Auctioneers, Inc. TN#2048

Four-month-old male shepherd-mix puppy Caleb is very playful and adores people. He loves to be petted and hopes that no one minds if he nibbles on a shoelace during the interaction. Chewing and other puppy behaviors are something to keep in mind before adopting a young companion. Growing teeth make a puppy want to chew. Puppies and dogs should have appropriate things to chew, toys for playing and a comfy place to sleep. A little planning and preparation can make a pet comfortable in a new home and keep the home free from damage – mostly. Caleb and many other puppies are available for adoption at Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. See photos of all of the center’s adoptable pets at

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NEXT AUCTION: TRAIL LITE CORVETTE Z06 2001 CRUISER 2004 black, w/black & red Tues June 7th, 6pm like new, $7900 cash. int., 13K mi., $25,900 Cherokee Auction Co. 865-376-6856 obo. 865-755-4729. 10015 Rutledge Pike ***Web ID# 792304*** I 40 - 10 min from Zoo exit. Motor Homes 237 Consignments welcome Let us do your estate sale PACE ARROW Vision FORD 865-465-3164 MUSTANG 1996, Class A, 35' a u c t i o nz i p. c o m 2002 Coupe 2 dr., 41K mi., all extras, TA L 2 38 6 FL 5 62 6 pewter w/black lthr $23,000. 423-346-5230 int, 73K mi., loaded, $5,900 (Blue Book Medical Supplies 219 Motorcycles 238 $6,825). 865-567-3880 DAV Chapter 24 has FREE RENTAL OF POWER WHEEL CHAIRS available for any area disabled veteran or members of their immediate family. Manually operated wheel chairs also available. Call 690-7690 for information.

HARLEY DAVIDSON Domestic 265 Wide Glide 1996, like new, 2K mi, lots of BUICK Park Avenue chrome. 865-237-4817 2000, cold air, runs great, lthr., loaded. H.D. 1994 FXDL, only $4900. 865-679-2100. 8K mi, exc cond, garage kept, $7200. BUICK Regal GS 1999, Call 865-774-4009 loaded, new tires, very ***Web ID# 792885*** ^ econ. & reliable. HONDA GOLDWING $3295/b.o. 865-397-7918 1981, new tires, 45k ***Web ID# 792465*** mi, looks/runs good, FULLY HANDI$2000/bo 865-742-4002 CAPPED 99 Ford Cleaning 318 Windstar, runs exc. Triumph Rocket III $4000. 931-707-7990 Touring, 2009, 1000 CAROL'S CLEANING ***Web ID# 796179*** mi, like new. Blk, SERVICE 20 yrs exp, $13,000/obo. 865-254-5106 comm & residential. Roofing / Siding Power Wheelchair ***Web ID# 792971*** Bonded & insured, refs from Scooter Store. avail. Call for quote Good cond. $400. 323-9105 Call 865-922-8879 Autos Wanted 253 ***Web ID# 794647*** CHRISTIAN CLEANING LADY SERVICE. DeA BETTER CASH pendable, refs, reafor junk cars, Wanted To Buy 222 OFFER sonable. Call 660trucks, vans, running 2636, ask for Charlotte. or not. 865-456-3500

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Small or Large Tracts Utility Trailers 255 of Timber to Log Kentucky &Tennessee Very Sturdy 116"Lx77"W Master Logger x22"H, 14" tires like new, Program wood sides/metal bottom, $395 obo. 865-919-1646 606-573-4773 ***Web ID# 791943*** 606-273-2232

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FENCE DOCTOR Fencing & repair, chain-link & wood. I also haul off junk & cut downed trees. Call 924-3052.




CERAMIC TILE installation. Floors/ CHEV. SILVERADO walls/repairs. 32 yrs 2007, 24K mi, black, exp, exc work! $11,500. 865-249-7446 John 9 3 8 -3 3 2 8 or 258-2821

GOLF CARTS priced to sell 1988 thru 1990 for home, farm, or recreational use. All gasoline with CHEVY SILVERADO Furniture Refinish. 331 tops, beige or white. 2002, 4.8 Vortec, 88K 865-577-8172 mi., white, $6,000. DENNY'S FURNIPrvt. 865-274-8043 TURE REPAIR. Garage Sales 225 Chevy Silverado HD Refinish, re-glue, etc. 45 yrs exp! Re2003, Crew Cab, all tired but have a deHUGE ESTATE SALE & pwr, w/extras. Nice! sire to keep active $7800. 865-654-7737 AUCTION at Yard sale in the trade. 922prices! June 2,3 & 4, ***Web ID# 796119*** 6529 or 466-4221. 8:30a-3p. 7409 Blacks DODGE RAM 1500 Also antiques for Ferry Road. 1999, 68K mi., tow, sale! air, liner, good tires, fair. $2700. Boats Motors 232 body Guttering 333 Call 865-207-3834. ***Web ID# 793725*** 1965 CORRECT Craft, HAROLD'S GUTTER 17'6" Ski Boat with SERVICE. Will clean cover & trlr., 200hp 4 Wheel Drive 258 front & back $20 & up. Inboard, all orig., Quality work, guaranlooks & runs great! CHEVY SUBURBAN teed. Call 288-0556. $5,500. 865-671-3003 2002, 4WD, 107K mi, 43 CALIFORNIAN all pwr, lthr, rear air, tow, good tires, Lawn Care DIESEL Trawler, 339 $9400. 865-207-3834. 1984, motivated, Paul 954-591-7342 ***Web ID# 793722*** ***Web ID# 792243*** Dodge Ram 1500 2001, CHAPARRAL 200SSE V8 Magnum SLT 2000, with trailer & Laramie, ext. cab. 163k equipment, very mi. $5000/bo. 865-237-8439 low time, eng. 5.0L, ***Web ID# 792978*** 225HP Mercury Cruiser I/O with 236 total hours, asking Antiques Classics 260 $14,000. 865-804-0872 ***Web ID# 790234*** CHEVY CORVETTE, 1980, red, T-Tops, EBBTIDE 14' Fishing 67K mi., exc. cond. Boat, 50HP Mercury, $17,500. 865-577-9209 trlr, TM, live well, as is, $750. 865-588-7136 CORVETTE Conv. Pace 1986, ylw/blk, 48K Houseboat, Stardust Car all docs. & decals, 1971, slps 6, Attached mi. $17,000 obo. 865-755-4729 Dock, Norris Lake ***Web ID# 792288*** $9,900 OBO 293-8258 ***Web ID# 795357*** FORD Mustang Conv, 1964 1/2, blue/wht, 260 LARSON 2001, open V8, pwr top, $24,500. bow, 18', 180 SEI 865-274-7079 I/O, 6 cyl, 190 hp, ***Web ID# 794563*** new tires & rims on ^ trlr. Must see, low hrs. $11,500. Call Sport Utility Painting / Wallpaper 344 261 847-363-1270 ***Web ID# 792761*** AA PAINTING Cadillac 2011 SRX, 2600 Int/Ext painting, mi, Bose, Michelins SEARAY Sorrento 18", no hail. $33,750 staining, log homes, 1988, 21', w/trailer, pressure washing. obo. 865-680-7068 needs floor, $1800 9 9 2 -4 0 0 2 865-696-0082 FORD Explorer XLT or 6 1 7 -2 2 2 8 2005, 1 ownr, 90K mi. YAMAHA 2007 PWC ONE ROOM 3rd seat, keyless, VX Cruiser w/trlr, AT A TIME $9,495. 865-712-4848. low hrs, $6200. Call Int/ext, wallpaper 865-458-9370 GMC Envoy, 2002, 4 WD, removal, faux fin***Web ID# 785697*** exc. cond., fully loaded, ishes. 15 yrs exp, refs leather, Bose sound. avail. Call Sue at 689865-671-4006 7405 . Campers 235 $7975. ***Web ID# 795387*** DUTCHMAN-LITE Plumbing 348 2007, 25', fully Imports 262 contained, $8750, below TIMOTHY'S book. 865-748-0596. BMW 330i, 2001, blk, PLUMBING ***Web ID# 795386*** 121K mi, AT, many  New Work  Repair  upgrades, new whls  Remodel  Sierra 5th Wheel, 2001, $9,900. 865-455-6386  Drain Cleaning  36', 3 slides, good NO EXTRA CHARGE cond. $11,000. 713- HONDA FIT Sport FOR WEEKENDS. 208-0437 Sevierville) 2009, loaded, 5 spd. Free est, lic'd plumber. ***Web ID# 794086*** auto, 40+ MPG Call Tim 384-4305. Hwy, 4500 mi., STARCRAFT 2007 24 white jewel, below ft, exc. cond. Sleeps blue book, $18,000. Pressure Washing 350 6. Air, cable outlets, Call 865-966-6488. bath, $9000. 865-6591323 or 865-659-8295 HONDA ODYSSEY ***Web ID# 795706*** 2006, 1 owner, looks and runs great! STARCRAFT 100K mi., loaded. TRAVELSTAR 2007 $16,900. 931-287-7178. 27RPH, exc. cond. ***Web ID# 795256*** $9,500. 865-209-6802 STARCRAFT Venture Mercedes SL500 2002, rare silver arrow 1999 Pop up, 12', ice edition, 59K mi, new box w/AC, slps 6, no tires, very sharp, leaks, great shape, $19,500. 865-809-0492 $2500/obo. 865-271-8054 ***Web ID# 794712*** NISSAN ALTIMA 2006, 2.5L, 62k mi, AC, loaded. $10,000. 423-442-9995



CHEVY SSR 2005, 10K mi., loaded with cover red, $32,900. obo. 865-755-4729. ***Web ID# 792291***



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Fort Sanders nurses honored for excellent care Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center recently recognized 33 staff members as recipients of the hospital’s 2011 Clinical Excellence in Nursing Awards. The honors were given out during a special National Nurse Week ceremony. The awards signify the exceptional care and compassion each honored individual regularly gives to his or her patients. The Fort Sanders Nursing Excellence Awards are especially meaningful because the employees are nominated by those who provide care beside them, their nursing co-workers. The final winners are then selected by a panel of hospital leaders that includes past honorees. The Registered Nurse winners of this year’s Clinical Excellence Awards are: Dina Moore, 2 North; Carlis Muncy, 3 North; Salena Garner, 3 West Dialysis; Tashauna Graves, 5 North; Pam Wayman, 5 West; Denise Price, 6 North; Dina Miller, 7 North; Anne Boring, 8 North; Misti Hurst, 9 North; Danny Jones, Ambulatory Infusion Center; Misty Davis, Cardiovascular; Mandy Huffaker, Case Management; Elaine Steele, Cath Lab; Jim Mead, Critical Care; Pam Stelzmen, Emergency; Carol Horne, Float Pool; Lori Seal, Labor and Delivery; Elizabeth Hawes, Nursery; Jane Jenkins, Out Patient Day Surgery; Teresa Arms, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center 4 East; Julie Thornburg, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center 4 West; Meredith Johnson, Post Anesthesia Care; and Rementna Mona Dockery, Surgery. Hospital-wide winners receiving Excellence Awards are: Zac Caldwell, HUC; Jill Moore, Department Assistant; Sara Adams,

2011 Fort Sanders Regional Clinical Nursing Excellence Winners Surgery Technologist; Charlotte Pointer, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Technologist; Sallie Bush, Obstetrics Technologist; Rick Smith, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Technologist; Bobbi Dake, CAN;

and Armentha Eskridge, LPN. In addition to the Clinical Excellence Awards, the Fort Sanders nursing staff selected Labor and Delivery nurse Tina Shackelford to receive the 2011 Peggy May-

er Gilbertson Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award. Fort Sanders Regional physicians honored Cardiovascular Step-down Unit nurse Wendy Pittman with the Elizabeth Killeffer Award. Congratulations!

Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts. – Florence Nightingale

Nurses earn Fort Sanders Hospital’s highest honors Peggy Mayer Gilbertson Fellowship Fort Sanders Regional Labor and Delivery nurse Tina Shackelford has been awarded the 2011 Peggy Mayer Gilbertson award, which provides funds for continuing education. It has been given since 1989 in memory of the wife of Dr. Bob Gilbertson, a former chief of staff at the hospital. Candidates for the award, who must have their nursing certifications and have five years of experience at Fort Sanders Regional, are nominated by their fellow nursing peers. The Gilbertson Award winner is chosen by vote of the hospital’s nursing leadership staff. Shackelford is a registered nurse in the Women’s Services’ Labor and Delivery Unit and a night side shift leader. She has been a nurse at Fort Sanders since 1996. Co-worker and Clinical Practice Specialist RN Cathy Fry says Shackelford is definitely an asset to the Women’s Services’ team. “Tina is an excellent leader. She always stays on top of the duties in her unit and helps in a positive, upbeat way.” Fry says Shackelford has earned the respect of her fellow nurses and patients. “She has excellent skills, and it shows. She’s especially great with patients in labor. Tina has a very soothing voice and

Elizabeth Killeffer Award The Fort Sanders Regional Medical Staff physicians have named Cardiovascular Stepdown nurse Wendy Pittman as the 2011 recipient of the Elizabeth Killeffer Award. Elizabeth Killeffer was the director of nursing from 1922 to 1960 at what was then called Fort Sanders Hospital. Since 1992, the Killeffer Award has been given to an outstanding employee who is nominated by peers and chosen by vote of the hospital physicians. Pittman, this year’s recipient, has been a nurse at Fort Sanders Regional since 1990. During that time she has served in the Critical Care, Dialysis and Cardiac units. Currently she works with cardiac patients who are recovering form recent open heart surgery. Pittman also teaches heart failure patients about the diet and lifestyle changes they will need to make to have a healthier heart. “Wendy is marvelous with patients,” says Jennifer Debow, Fort Sanders Director of Cardiovascular Services and Critical Care. “She is so caring, compassionate and kind, Tina Schackelford, RN not just to patients, but to everyone she Peggy Mayer Gilbertson Award Winner comes in contact with. Her strong faith really shows through in everything she does.” puts our patients at ease during stressful Debow says Pittman’s nursing knowledge times.” and expertise has earned the respect of the Shackelford is well-deserving of the Gil- hospital’s physicians and staff. Debow says bertson Award. “Quite simply: she’s just a she’s a perfect fit for the prestigious Killeffer Award. “Wendy truly deserves it. In fact, great nurse,” smiles Fry.

Wendy Pittman, RN Elizabeth Killeffer Award Winner I can’t think of anyone who deserves this honor more.” Both Pittman and Shackelford received framed plaques of their awards, and their names were added to the permanent display of nursing awards located at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

NURSING EXCELLENCE Fort Sanders Regional salutes the nearly 1,500 nursing professionals who provide excellent care for our patients around the clock, every day of the year. Thank you.

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Rural/Metro grows despite tough economy By Sandra Clark

Who made the cupcakes? See Hallerin Hilton Hill’s response Page C-3

Mark your calendar The Campbell Station Wine Tasting event to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at American Piano Gallery. Networking sponsored by Shopper-News and the Shops at Franklin Square will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at The Chop House on Kingston Pike. Hosted by Lynn Duncan and photographed by Anne Hart. Everyone’s invited. Every Wednesday is networking at Long’s Drug Store. Join Barbara Pelot and Wendy Smith from 9-10 a.m. See you at Long’s!

With the upcoming addition of Heiskell, the Rural/ Metro Fire Department will operate 15 stations in Knox County with 39 trucks and vehicles. Providing fire protection to the area outside of the Knoxville city limits is big business. Although the board of directors of the Heiskell Volunteer Fire Department has voted to transfer assets to Rural/Metro, the details must be worked out by a panel, according to Jerry Harnish, Rural/Metro’s fire chief since 2007. No date is set, but “sooner is better than later,” he said. Rural/Metro will retain Heiskell’s fire station on Central Avenue Pike at Raccoon Valley Road and will add its 16 square miles of service area, making Rural/Metro’s service area 289 square miles. The company maintains reciprocal agreements with the Knoxville Fire Department, the Karns Volunteer Fire Department and a volunteer unit in Seymour. “We provide a full range of service, but we would not expect to (fight a huge fire) alone,” said Harnish. Rural/Metro’s bright green fire trucks serve as First Responder within its service area, and Harnish says that is not a problem for his staff or vehicles. Previously, the fire trucks sat too much, he said, and the benefits of “using the vehicles we already have” offset the increased cost of fuel and added mileage. The company keeps a fire truck in service for 20 years, with continuous maintenance at the new consolidated headquarters in Westbridge Business Park. The former factory was renovated for Rural/Metro’s use and includes service bays for dozens of ambulances and fire trucks.

Fire Chief Jerry Harnish has worked for Rural/ Metro since 1980. He also is district coordinator for fire and rescue units under the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), responsible for 16 counties. Photos by S. Clark

Harnish oversees almost 200 firefighters, 98 full time and another 90 reservists who are on call when not in school or at work. All must complete 240 hours of initial training and be certified by the Tennessee Commission on Fire Fighting Personnel Standards and Education. All stations are staffed 24/7. Twelve of the stations have both an emergency medical technician (EMT) and a paramedic on duty, while two more have two EMTs.

The paramedics can provide drugs to patients en route to the hospital. Harnish has not laid off employees, but he concedes that labor is the largest component driving expenses. “When the recession hit, our costs like workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance premiums skyrocketed,” he said. “Even though we’ve not laid off anyone, the recession means fewer employers paying for more claims.”

Mobley wins Rotary scholarship


Phil Parkey, president of the Rotary Club of West Knoxville, spends a moment with Ely-Pickle Scholarship winner Isaac Mobley, a graduate of West High School. While at West, Isaac worked with the All Pro Dad’s program, with Habitat for Humanity and served on the Student Council. He is heading to UT this fall and will be the first in his family to attend college. Isaac thanked God, his family and the Rotary Club for helping him. Photo by N. Lester


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Rural/Metro serves much of the Shopper-News reader base, including Halls, Farragut, Gibbs, Corryton, Hardin Valley and Powell. The Karns Fire Department operates four stations and recently went to subscription service, while Bearden and Fountain City are served by the KFD. Once Rural/Metro assimilates the Heiskell Fire Department, the residents there will have the same ISO rating as others in Knox County. “ISO is an insurance rating, similar

to a golf score. The lower, the better,” said Harnish. “Most of Knox County is Class 4. Under ISO, if a property owner opts not to subscribe where service is available, then their rating is Class 10 – unprotected.” Harnish shrugs when asked about his achievements as fire chief. “A lot (that we do) I can’t take credit for. “In spite of really, really harsh economic times, we have not reduced our level of service.”

City’s 311 logs 6,400 calls The city of Knoxville’s 311 call center set a new single week record for calls last week with nearly 6,400 calls coming in. The previous record in the office’s six-year history was 6,355 calls the week following Thanksgiving 2007. The center, which operates from the sixth floor of the City County Building, typically answers 5,000 calls a day. Director Russ Jensen said the surge in calls is a combination of sign-ups for the city’s new curbside recycling program and the unusually violent series of storms. “We’re also getting deeper into the spring so things are blooming and we’re starting to get a lot of overgrown lot complaints,” said Jensen. “It just added up.” The 311 system is the city’s customer service center where residents can call a single number to report a problem, request a service or get information. The staff takes non-emergency calls for everything from complaints about potholes to questions about traffic tickets and youth athletic league schedules and requests for brush pickup and other services.

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Chez Liberty hosts wine tasting Chez Liberty owner Ross Young leads a wine tasting for a group of foodies who gathered at the Bearden restaurant last week to taste sweet summertime and blush wines. They also heard from UT Department of Plant Sciences research assistant professor Charlie Kwit about the history and horticultural advances of growing avocadoes. Photo by N. Lester


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Thursday, Friday & Saturday June 2, 3 and 4 Are you looking for a new look, great new clothing, or has your weight changed? Stop in or call for a personal appointment to talk with the clothing experts, be measured for a proper fit and style and see what’s new. Each brand will offer specials and giveaways during the Trunk Show. Now through Father’s Day, you will receive 20 percent off all custom orders from H. Freeman, 20 percent off all in-stock or custom orders from Corbin, 20 percent off six shirts with no pattern charge or two or more shirts with no pattern charge from Individualized Shirts. Additionally, for the first time, Individualized Shirts is offering 10 percent off Private Reserve. This is a truly great deal. Coachman Clothiers now has the Alberto denim collection. Alberto denim is distinguished by stylish designs with a contemporary, modern and trim style that feels and fits like your khakis. Complex handwork together with exclusive details create a true gentleman’s jean. Alberto is exclusively available in Knoxville at Coachman Clothiers. If you’ve ever wondered what has happened to businesses with a strong tradition of personal service, you’ve not been to Coachman Clothiers in the Shops

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KNOXVILLE CHAMBER Info: 637-4550. All events are held at the Knoxville Chamber unless otherwise noted. ■ Young Professionals Unite! , 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, The Conference Center at Water’s Edge, 608 Mabry Hood Road. ■ Luncheon with Sen. Bob Corker, noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at The Foundry, 747 World’s Park Drive. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 nonmembers. ■ Ribbon Cutting for New York Life, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, New York Life Insurance Company, 265 Brookview Centre Way, Suite 102.

Massey is no stranger to campaigning

May is the month to celebrate

Long’s server Jeannie Daniel (May 16) and Barbara Pelot (May 31) wish each other happy birthday. Daniel got the ultimate birthday present – a red-headed, blue-eyed great-grandson, born May 12. She also celebrated the wedding of her son on May 14. “I’m really blessed to have two kids, grandkids and a great-grandbaby,” she says. “I love them all.” Photos by Wendy Smith

John Gabriel and Becky Massey make friends at Long’s Drug Store as part of Massey’s campaign to be the Republican nominee to replace state Sen. Jamie Woodson. Massey wants to reflect Knoxville’s values in Nashville. She has been executive director of the Sertoma Center for 13 years, where she gained valuable business experience. She is the daughter of former Knoxville mayor and U.S. Rep. John Duncan and the sister of U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan. While her family might open doors for her, she’ll have to get the job on her own, she says. “She understands the sacrifice involved and is still prepared to do it,” says Gabriel.

■ Business After Hours sponsored by Cricket, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, Old City Entertainment Venue, 118 S. Central St. ■ The Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) will host a three-session homeownership workshop 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, and Thursday, June 16, and 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday, June 18. There will be a $20 fee for a take-home workbook. Info: 524-5511 or email

FARRAGUT WEST KNOX CHAMBER ■ Networking, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, Hilton Garden Inn, 216 Peregrine Way.

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Clarence McDowell came to Long’s to gain support for his efforts to turn a vacant 5-acre tract in the middle of West Hills into a passive (no lights or sports equipment) park, perhaps for dogs. He is hoping the neighborhood and the city will gain financing for the property, which is on Stockton Drive and currently owned by David Reynolds. He thinks the property has “a lot of possibilities,” and already has a name in mind for the park …

■ Ambassador Meeting, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, Pinnacle Financial, 241 Brooklawn St. ■ Networking, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, BankEast in Bearden, 6000 Kingston Pike. ■ Speaker Breakfast Series with Mayor Tim Burchett, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, Fox Den Country Club, 12284 N. Fox Den Drive.


Students selected for National Honor Society The CAK chapter of the National Honor Society has announced the students selected for chapter membership. Students qualifying must have a 3.3 GPA and meet other standards of character, service and leadership. Nominees are then selected by teachers for membership. These students were inducted in a ceremony on April 17. The guest speaker for the event was CAK graduate Shande King (2006). Shande, recently named a Fulbright Scholar for the University of Tennessee, spoke to students about diligence, dedication and hard work. New members include: Seniors: Katelyn Bailey, Emery Naler, Jessica Clothier, Andrew Fritts, Rachel Sproles; Juniors: Jake Hartline, Jon Lamont, Elle Nelson, Warren Tefft; Sophomores: Alli Acuff, Jeffre Allen, Cassidy Belk, Emily Blalock, Blake Brashear, Maddy Braswell, Emily Brooks, Drew Cage, Sarah Campbell, Shelby Campbell, Forrest Carroll, Abby Cate, Beth Anne Clayton, Taylor Cofer, English Daugherty, Allison DeBusk, Mary Drake, Reece Duncan, Anna Catherine Fox, Morrigan Garrett, William Gass, Emily Hall, Katie Hartline, Macie Hatmaker, Charlie High, Halle Hill, Hannah Hodges, Ben Holt, Josh Hoover, Andrew Howard, Brett Kendrick, Anna Catherine Kill, Carter Krohn, Amy Lasater, Hannah Lipps, Lauren Love, Peyton Maddux, Meagan Mason, Grace Mitchell, Laura Morse, Franklin Murchison, Holly Nehls, Rachel Newman, Liz Anne Ozment, Kyle Parker, JP Presley, Taylor Purcell, Abigail Ramsey, Jonathan Ray, John Richardson, Chris Scott, Sara Seaman, Rachel Setzer, Sarah Kate Shore, Teresa Slade, Briana Sproles, Holly Staab, Matthew Starnes, Caroline Statum, Emily Stivers, Michaela Stockdale, Katie Stogner, Abby Taylor, Morgan Taylor, Sean Wagner, Austin Walker, Ryan Warrick, Katherine West, Paxton Wills, Trey Worley, Avery Wyatt and Isaac Wyatt. NHS members are required to maintain the 3.3 GPA throughout their high school career and to fulfill an oncampus service opportunity in addition to their required CAK community service.

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ducation did not stop at graduation for the seniors of Christian Academy of Knoxville. While most are attending the University of Tennessee or Pellissippi State, a quick look shows the range of colleges selected by the graduates: Appalachian State University (1)

Norfolk State University (1)

Belmont University (4)

Ohio Wesleyan University (1)

Berry College (2)

Oklahoma State University (1)

Carson-Newman College (1)

Pellissippi State Community College (13)

Centre College (2) The Citadel (1) Covenant College (1) East Tennessee State University (1) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1) George Mason University (1) Kansas State University (1) King College (1) Lee University (1) Lincoln Memorial University (1) Lipscomb University (1) Maryville College (2)

Princeton University (1) Rhodes College (1) Samford University (1) Southern Adventist University (1) Tennessee Technological University (5) University of Alabama (3) University of Louisville (1) University of Pittsburgh (1) University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (6) University of Tennessee, Knoxville (30)

Middle Tennessee State University (8)

University of the Cumberlands (1)

Milligan College (1)

Vanderbilt University (1)

New York University (1)

Wofford College (1)

United States Air Force (1)

Hill talks ‘cupcakes’ at CAK chapel Hallerin Hilton Hill brought a message of respect to a discussion of prejudice sponsored by the CAK Leadership Program. He centered it on cupcakes. As Hill took the microphone, he asked one simple question: “Who made the cupcakes?” The crowd responded with a few giggles and an overwhelming sense of curiosity. Hill opened a box of four cupcakes and put them on the table: one chocolate, one vanilla, one pumpkin spice and one red velvet. Next, he grabbed a shopping bag and started to unload the ingredients for a cupcake: sugar, flour, eggs, butter, baking powder, water, vanilla extract and salt. Quickly, his point became clear. “When God made us we were just the same,” Hill said, “just like these cupcakes. When the cupcakes were made, they started with the same ingredients.” Hill asked each student to turn to the person seated beside him or her and say, “You are a special little cupcake.” He said prejudice is not a race problem, it’s a Jesus problem.

“When you don’t feel special and you don’t realize who made the cupcakes, then you don’t respect the One who made you,” Hill said. “Everybody is trying to find a way to separate themselves so they can feel special but they forget that they already are special. You’re special because God made you.” As communication director Karen Tucker relates, the cultural issues debates, a component of CAK’s Leadership Program, give students the opportunity to listen carefully, think critically and biblically, and respond respectfully. The cultural issue of prejudice was always on the radar but was brought forth this year as a result

of conversations junior Tessa Piety had with high school principal Donald Snider. “Tessa came to me and expressed how she felt as an African-American student at CAK, and to be honest, there was a time when Tessa wanted to leave CAK,” Snider said. “I made a commitment to her and to our entire student body that if she would stay, I would address this issue. I told her that I would make this something that we would talk about and deal with because it was the right thing to do. I wanted to start a conversation with our student body about learning to treat each other the way Christ would want us to.” During Hill’s presentation, he commended Piety for speak ing out and sharing her story. Hill shared his own personal story of

growing up as an African-American student in a private school. “On my first day of school, we were having an assembly in the gym and when I walked in, the gym went silent. I cer tainly wasn’t feeling like a special little cupcake,” Hill said with a laugh. Hill described those first few days at school as a nightmare. “I wanted to leave. I wanted to quit. I had no idea that going through that was going to prepare me for the rest of my life,” he said. “I think people treat each other badly when something is missing. The moment you realize what Christ shed blood did for you, the missing piece falls into place.” Hill asked one more time: Who made the cupcakes? “God did. Love Him and you’ll love them!”

Sports, sports, sports! Spring Fling was underway at press time, and CAK was well represented at the state championships. We’ll recap this year’s achievements and look ahead to fall in the June and July editions of “News from CAK.”

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