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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will speak to the Council of West Knox County Homeowners at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road. The group meets for refreshments at 7:15 p.m. Afterwards, members will discuss two agenda items for the Metropolitan Planning Commission which will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the City County Building. The first Tim Burchett is a request to rezone at Stony Point Farm. Adjacent neighborhoods include Admirals Landing, Northshore Landing and Lakeridge. The request calls for subdivision and rezoning of 2.3 acres in order to build 60 to 80 assisted living apartment units. The second is a request for Use on Review filed by Weigel’s. It seeks to put a convenience store and gas station at the corner of Westland and Ebenezer. The land is already zoned for planned commercial use. Adjacent neighborhoods may want to request use of the same lighting and signage standards that were used at Choto, according to the association announcement. Additional information is available at http://agenda. knoxmpc.org – S. Clark

Final pitch for KCS budget

The best case Dr. Jim McIntyre made for the Knox County school board’s $35 million budget increase proposal came last Friday morning, in his office, when he spoke as a daddy. “I’m the dad of two Knox County Schools students. I have a very personal stake in this.” Jake Mabe spoke to the superintendent on the eve of the big vote. See Jake’s story on page A-5

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Madison Craddock seems poised far beyond her years. When she starts describing her involvement as a student at the Community School of the Arts (CSA), she initially retains that calm and composed demeanor. But soon the pretty 15-year-old redhead transforms into a typically animated teenager as she excitedly talks about the program she has participated in for seven years. “It has helped me grow so much as a person,” she says. “It has been such a blessing. All of the teachers are so wonderful, especially Miss Willard.” She is referring to Jennifer Willard, who has been executive director of the nonprofit school since 1992, the year it was founded to provide free, quality lessons and classes in the arts to children ages 6 to 18 who might be unable to access such studies otherwise. The school now serves some 200 local children annually and was named one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the country by the National Endowment of the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. During her seven years at CSA, Madison has studied piano, voice, drama, creative writing, weaving and art. She says she has enjoyed each, but it is the art that landed her a coveted place in the school’s “SideBy-Side” program that matches students with professional artists in an innovative approach to learning. Artist and student work together in the artist’s studio for four to six months each school year in an

Madison Craddock, at left, a featured artist at the Community School of the Arts show at Bennett Galleries, visits with Lynn Overholt and her granddaughter, Misha Testerman, as they tour the exhibit. Photo by A. Hart apprenticeship that concludes with an art show at Bennett Galleries, where the work of the student and the artist are displayed side-byside. The program is now in its 16th year. Madison is obviously proud of the mixed media piece she created under the tutelage of artist Joyce Gralek that has been on display at Bennett. It is titled “Correction” in homage to the correction key from an old typewriter used in the piece along with other found objects. Madison explains that the background is formed of tiles covered with paper cut from magazines and other sources. Some

Hancock goes long Former Vol seeks legislative post By Betty Bean Democrat Anthony Hancock laughs off suggestions that it will take the political equivalent of a Hail Mary pass to get him elected to the District 18 state House seat next fall. He’s faced long odds before. “When I got to Tennessee, there Hancock were 15 other running backs here. I was like, ‘Wow! I’m the last on the totem pole.’ ” It was rare in those days for a freshman to play with the varsity, and although Hancock was “All-City” in Cleveland, Ohio, at Tennessee he was competing with seasoned All-Americans. He didn’t see a path to playing time, not even on the scout squad, but both his mother and his high school coach told him to stick it out. On the Monday before UT played Alabama, Hancock scored four touchdowns in a JV game against Carson-Newman. When he got back to campus, head coach John Majors and wide receivers coach Bob Harrison approached him. “Ever thought about playing wide receiver?” Majors told the freshman to suit up and practice with the varsity

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under the lights. When the traveling squad roster came out on Thursday, his name was on it (traveling squad rosters were issued for home games, and the team stayed in a hotel the night before). “All the freshmen were giving me high fives,” Hancock said. “It was great. We went to the hotel, ate prime rib, got a police escort to Neyland Stadium and I was just enjoying it. ‘That’s Bear Bryant over there. …’ I was star struck. Third quarter, Coach said, ‘Hancock, get ready.’ “For what? “They put me in. (Quarterback) Jimmy Streater was going like this (patting his head). I didn’t have a helmet. My roomie Kenny Jones, he gave me his. He was a defensive lineman and had a big old watermelon head. I’m in the huddle trying to buckle it up. They call a 19-quick screen left and I’m over there buckling up the chinstrap of a helmet that didn’t fit. “All of a sudden I realize, ‘Oh, man! That’s me! What do I do?’ “I did a Muhammad Ali shuffle, caught the ball and ran 19 yards for my first catch. I finished up with three catches for 51 yards. The next week, I scored a touchdown against Memphis State. I had seven catches my freshman year for 122 yards and was able to get out of practice by running track.” Hancock, who chose Tennessee over Ohio State (and tells a hilarious story about Majors and Woody Hayes both showing up at his high

feature scenes; others, words. The tiles are dipped in wax, which she points out makes the background of the printed areas “pop,” creating focal points that were previously so insignificant as to be unnoticeable. Despite her attraction to the visual arts, Madison says she is even fonder of musicals and is considering a career as a singer. The daughter of Kim and George Craddock, Madison has two siblings who are also in the side-by-side show at Bennett Galleries: Reagan, 13, and Laura, 11. Older sister Briana, 18, is a student at Pellissippi State. Mom Kim home-schools the

children and says of CSA: “We are so thankful for the school. It has given us so much. It is a wonderful thing for the students to have such great adult mentors.” The school year has ended for Madison Craddock, but her schedule remains full. She will leave soon for a summer mission trip to Guatemala with a group of another kind of artists: puppeteers from Central Baptist Church of Bearden. It will be Madison’s second trip with the young people, who call their troupe the “Son Light Puppeteers,” and who will entertain children in the country’s orphanages and public and private schools.

school at the same time on signing day), was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1982 and made a statement about Knoxville by buying his parents a home in West Hills with his signing money. That is where he and his wife, Paula, a teacher at Vine Magnet Middle School, live today. “Tennessee has been so good to me. This is my home now, and I want to give back,” he said. He spent five seasons in the NFL, all at Kansas City, and returned to Knoxville when his pro career was over. He married Paula in 1988 and wondered what was next. He applied for two jobs – one at Children’s Palace, the other with the Boy Scouts of America. The guy at Children’s Palace couldn’t believe he was interviewing Anthony Hancock. “He said, ‘Are you the Anthony Hancock who played wide receiver at UT with Willie Gault?’ I told him that Willie Gault played wide receiver with me, because I was older. “He asked if I was the Anthony Hancock who was drafted in the 11th round by the Kansas City Chiefs. I told him yes. He asked me if I was the Anthony Hancock who went back and got my degree, and I said I was. “Then he asked me what in the heck I was doing applying for a job as stock boy at Children’s Palace. I told him I needed to work. My father worked at Ford Motor Company. My mother worked. We always worked. That’s what we do.” Hancock got the job with the Boy Scouts and was put in charge of an inner city Scouting program.

“I was there for eight years and by the time I left, there were 500 kids in close to 38 inner city Scouting programs,” he said. Next, he took a job as a marketing consultant with UT’s Institute of Public Service, which got a state grant to work with small businesses through the Department of Transportation. When UT and the state parted company, he was living in Nashville and found himself out of a job. He started working as a substitute teacher and took a parttime job with parks and recreation while taking classes at night to get certified in Special Education. He returned to Knoxville and taught at Northwest Middle School, Whittle Springs Middle School and finally Bearden Middle School, where he is now. He has been teaching for nine years and has two daughters and two grandchildren. Hancock figures his life experiences, work experiences, educational experiences and the hardships he has overcome have prepared him to represent the interests of working people. “You’ve got to take it one hurdle at a time,” he said. “You hit them sometimes, you clear them sometimes, but I’m going to finish that race.” Deeply religious, Hancock relies on a passage from the Bible for inspiration: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

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Institute in Hyde Park, N.Y. And I have had an idea for a children’s book for about 30 years.”

What is one word others often use to describe you and why? “People say I have never met a stranger. I tend to talk to people I don’t know in grocery lines, sitting in auditoriums, taxi drivers ... which always makes my daughter cringe when we are visiting her in New York!”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? “I would have taken typing in high school, like my mother said!”

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Vickie Butcher Wells is passionate about theater. The retired Farragut teacher even has a theater that bears her name at the high school, an honor the school bestowed on the 30-year career teacher when she retired in 1993. These days, it is Broadway in New York that captures the attention of Vickie and her husband, Buddy. A new arrival to the family cast has everyone seeing stars. Vickie and Buddy are new grandparents: Lillian Wells Crawford arrived on April 20, the daughter of Laura Beth and David Crawford of New York City. Laura Beth, a Farragut High graduate, has her first Broadway role as the wife of the Green Goblin in the production of “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark.” She has been on maternity leave and will return to the show next month. “We have seen it seven times,” says the proud mother. “And David is an opera singer – a bass – with the Metropolitan, so we also get to see opera when we are in New York.” Vickie grew up in Halls and graduated from Halls High. Her mom was a teacher at Gibbs. She met Buddy, also now a retired Knox County teacher, at UT when both were students in an ensemble group. “I sang alto, and he was a tenor, so we didn’t meet until Christmas,” Vickie jokes. Buddy asked for her phone number, and Vickie wrote it on the back of her nametag. Buddy still carries that nametag in his wallet. “His wallet was stolen once, and he thought it was gone,” remembers Vickie. “But someone found the wallet and mailed it back to us!” Her teaching career, the majority at Farragut Middle School with the last six years at Farragut High, gave her the chance to combine her love of kids with her love of teaching and theater. She believes Farragut is missing a vital piece in the development of the town. “We need a community theater, a place to do theater productions,” says Vickie. “It is the missing link in this community. We have the academics, sports, parks, leadership, but we need a focal point for the arts. It would also bring in good revenue for the town.” Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Vickie Wells:

What’s your favorite quote from a television show or movie? “Mine is from the theater. My husband, Buddy, and I quote stage productions all the time. One of our favorites is from ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.’ Charlie Brown confides to Lucy about his spiritual emptiness

Buddy and Vickie Wells celebrate on the red carpet at the opening of “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark” in New York. Their daughter is in the Broadway play.

and despair. She sits there looking at him, uncharacteristically attentive. ‘I wish I could be happy,’ Charlie Brown says. ‘I think I could be happy if my life had more purpose to it. I also think that if I were happy, I could help others to be happy. Does that make sense to you?’ Lucy replies: ‘We had spaghetti at our house three times last week!’ It just seems to fit so many times when people are taking themselves a little too seriously!”

What are you guilty of? “I must confess to being a little more than obsessed with Facebook. I never in my wildest dream ever thought I would be ‘talking’ with former high school friends from years ago or reading about former students and being updated about their lives and careers and posting pictures of my granddaughter within seconds of her being born!”

What is your favorite material possession? “Old pictures of family and friends. I find great comfort in looking at pictures of my mom and dad when they were young or pictures of them with our daughter, Laura Beth.”

What are you reading currently? “A friend gave me ‘The Grandparents Handbook,’ by Elizabeth LaBan. I am up to page 14 where I learned to kiss my daughter first when visiting, before the grandchildren. I must remember that, because right now, all I see and think about is Lily!”

What was your most embarrassing moment? “When you are involved with theater, like my family, embarrassing moments are a dime a dozen. On top of that, I taught school for 30 years, so trying to zero in on one embarrassing moment is hard.”

What are the top three things on your bucket list? “There are many places I would love to travel to someday. I want to take cooking classes at the Culinary

“Definitely theater! I want everyone to experience good theater and realize the commitment, training, and hours of blood, sweat and tears that go in to it. It is hard work and not for the faint of heart! Please support your local community theaters. The rewards will come back to you three-fold.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? “My parents. I can’t believe that I let them go and didn’t ask them really important things like, ‘What exactly goes in the cornbread stuffing you always made at Thanksgiving?’ Never EVER take your parents for granted.”

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? “As an educator, I would have to say Leland Lyon, my social studies teacher at Halls High School from 1965 to 1969. He was the first person who made me think about things outside my little world and made me realize that the world was truly mine for the taking!”

What is the best present you ever received in a box? “My dad would always buy me a Christmas present that even my mom didn’t know about. It was his secret gift for Christmas. One year, there was a huge box under the tree. When I opened it, there was a tiny little box inside that said to look outside. Outside was my very own horse with a western saddle. I can still remember how lucky I felt that day.”

What is your social media of choice? “Definitely, Facebook! I love to read about people’s daily lives. It is so much more refreshing than what silly thing Lindsay Lohan or Donald Trump is doing. There is a rhythm to real life that recharges the soul.”

What is the worst job you have ever had? “Well, I didn’t last very long folding towels at the downtown YWCA in 1969.”

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why? “I was pretty much a ‘Casper, the Friendly Ghost’ type.” It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Farragut Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Sherri Gardner Howell, gardners@tds.net. Include contact info if you can.

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Arts Alliance gets big win in county budget The days when the Knox County Executive, and later the County Mayor, sat through hours of listening to competing arts and culture organizations make their individual cases for funding from the county budget are apparently at an end – at least with those groups likely to attract tourists. County Commission will soon – maybe even at today’s meeting – be asked to sign off on a contract with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville that will give that organization responsibility for recommending which of its member organizations is funded and at what level. The proposed contract

for next year. The additional $80,000 is the result of the county taking back some of the monies generated by the Anne hotel motel tax that had been Hart redirected to the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp. several years ago for tourism-related efforts. Under the new plan, the Alliance will make its with the Alliance is in recommendations to the response to a “request for county mayor, with County information” put forth by Commission having final the county. approval. The Alliance will The amount recom- handle all of the paperwork mended for arts and going forward. cultural organizations in the Liza Zenni, Alliance 2013 budget is $374,000, executive director, is compared to $245,000 in enthusiastic about her the last budget year. A total organization’s new of $294,000 had originally responsibility. “We were able been budgeted for the groups to show the county that as

a consortium, our member organizations can deliver more than 4,000 touristrelated events annually.” Zenni explained that the total hours promised include many “routine” activities, such as the number of hours historic homes in the area are open to the public. It also includes events like the Tennessee Valley Fair. Zenni said the Alliance “has been operating as grants administrator for many of these groups for well over a decade. They know us and trust us. We are delighted that the county saw the potential we saw for all of this to be coordinated in a logical way.” In order to determine

grant amounts fairly, Zenni set up a points system for grading each member organization as to its potential to attract tourists, and in what numbers and for what period of time. Recommendations are based on the results. Grant Rosenberg, Knox County’s Community Development director, is equally enthusiastic about the new process. “We won’t be giving grants any longer,” he said. “Everything will be done by invoice. When the money is spent, the invoice is turned in and after approval, payment is made.” The entire procedure will be managed by the Alliance.

“There is more accountability with this method,” Rosenberg said. “It is a much more rational approach to the distribution of taxpayer dollars.” Rosenberg and Zenni both say the new process has other benefits for the nonprofit organizations involved. Zenni says the consortium of arts and culture-related tourist organizations will now have improved buying power because they have joined together. “This is a cool deal where everybody is working together, and I like to see my member organizations working together, rather than competing.”

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A gold star flag is given to the mother of someone who died in the military. This particular one is in remembrance and honor of Sgt. Joseph “Joey” D. Hunt of Sweetwater, assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee National Guard, Sparta, Tenn., killed Aug. 22, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during patrol operations in Samarra, Iraq. His parents are Tim and Marsha Hunt, and his children are Caleb and Joshua Hunt. least 52 years old. It has Founder of “tour of flags” Rochelle Cordova, fraternal coordinator, and field representative gold fringes on it, and William Witucki of Woodmen of the World stand in front of the “Flag of Honor.” The inscription shows its wear with a tear states: “This flag is created from the names of those who perished in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. in it. “Every flag has a story, Now and forever it represents their immortality. We shall never forget them.” Photos by T. Edwards and it means something to of TEPHOTOS.com somebody” she explains. Another type is service flags. The blue-star flag represents a person who has been deployed in service. The silver-star flag stands for the wounded its own after that. People in and teach those things By Theresa Edwards Woodmen of the World and instances about the started giving me flags and warrior. The gold-star flag presents “Flags on tour” flags,” said Knoxville field we started collecting some is in remembrance and

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throughout East Tennessee from Nashville to Bristol for groups such as churches and schools, showing and teaching people about a wide variety of American flags. Several Woodmen field associates present the program throughout the state. “A lot of people don’t know about where those flags came from, what the colors represent, who created them. We go

associate William Witucki. The program began a few years ago by Rochelle Cordova, Woodmen fraternal coordinator. She explained, “I was actually given this flag (a 50-star United States flag accepted July 4, 1960, autographed by designer Bob Heft on July 4, 2007) and that’s what started it. I wanted so many people to see it that it kind of took on a life of

amazing flags. That’s how it all got rolling.” Cordova now has about 200 flags and shows about 15 in group presentations. “This is a great opportunity for Woodmen to help educate the public on something we are passionate about as well,” said Cordova. Among the flags she shows and tells about is a retired 48-star American flag which is at

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government Ray off Blue Cross board Gloria Ray not only lost her $400,000 a year CEO position at Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp, but Blue Cross/Blue Shield has decided it no longer needs her services as a board member at $90,000 a year. She is now off that board. It seems Blue Cross has a policy that board members must resign when their full time employment changes. Usually, the resignation is not accepted, but in this case it was. It also seems Ray chaired the Blue Cross compensation committee – which approved CEO Vicky Gregg earning $6.2 million a year. This pay comes from Blue Cross itself and also from various subsidiaries which Blue Cross owns. Blue Cross has raised premiums since 2005 at triple the rate of inflation while doubling board pay in the same period. The board meets quarterly – 12 days a year – so $7,500 per day of work is not bad. No wonder health care is so expensive.

Ownby reflections Many think it is only a matter of time before Knox County Commissioner Jeff Ownby resigns his seat after his arrest on Sharp’s Ridge. While the law does not require him to resign, even if convicted (it is not a felony charge), his reputation is seriously damaged. Persons are already being mentioned as replacements to Ownby who defeated Finbarr Saunders in August 2010. County Commission names the successor who would serve to August 2014 when a special election would fill the remaining two years in the unexpired term. Ownby did not attend the May 29 meeting. Possible new commissioners must reside in his district which lies in West Knoxville and West Knox County. The pick will likely be a Republican as the Commission is 9 to 2 Republican. Commission may require that the person chosen agree not to be a candidate in the August 2014 county election, although such a request in not enforceable as a matter of law. On the other hand, Ownby may decide to hold onto the position to keep the $20,000 annual salary (especially if he is terminated from Comcast) and health insurance benefits as a county employee. Bill Lockett kept his Law Director position to continue his

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Espiritu gets national award By Betty Bean At Pond Gap Elementary School are Marie Alcorn, Doug Dillingham, Susan Espiritu, Melissa Massie and Bob Kronick. Photo by Betty Bean

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Pond Gap School salary and benefits even when it was clear he had misused clients’ funds at his former law firm. There is little beyond public opinion to force Ownby from office, assuming he is guilty of the charge. The county charter should be changed to allow two/ thirds of the County Commission to remove county officials guilty of misconduct just as the U.S. House and Senate as well as the state Legislature has the right to remove officials who bring disgrace upon themselves and the body. In the absence of such a provision, the charter review committee should allow voters to recall an elected official who brings disgrace on himself.

Notes While President Obama was widely and appropriately praised for awarding the Medal of Freedom to Pat Summitt, he also awarded a similar Medal to Polish hero Jan Karski who was a famed resistance fighter in World War II. Obama’s serious mistake was to refer to Karski visiting “Polish death camps” and reporting on them to Churchill and Roosevelt. This is a serious historical error as it suggests the Poles operated the death camps. That is false. Actually, the Nazis created and operated the death camps in Poland which is the correct way to reference them. Since then, media in Poland and the USA have strongly criticized the President and demanded an apology and correction. The White House has offered a “regret” but not an apology. Polish Prime Minister Tusk requested an apology at a news conference in Warsaw. The President’s speech writer in this case failed to do his homework and misstated history. ■ TVA ran full page ads at ratepayer expense justifying their tree cutting policies while federal Judge Thomas Varlan considers an injunction request to halt the tree cutting pending final resolution of the issue. TVA made a clear attempt to influence public opinion at public expense. Contact Victor Ashe at vhashe@aol.

serves community By Betty Bean With its slightly shabby exterior and rusty chain link fence, Pond Gap Elementary School doesn’t look like the setting for cutting edge education reform. But for the past two years, 45 Pond Gap students facing significant challenges of behavioral, economic, academic and/or language issues, have participated in a pilot program called the University-Assisted Community School initiative. Each student has an individualized academic plan, which is integrated into after-school and summer programs. Participants get classes and supplementary help. Adult family members may attend GED classes, ESL classes and discussion groups dealing with finance and law. Dinner is served, and parents and guardians are welcome to eat with their children. At the end of the initiative’s second year, school administrators have tangible proof that it worked. Test findings include:

■ 34 percent decrease in absenteeism ■ 33 percent decrease in tardies ■ 77 percent decrease in discipline referrals Plus substantial gains in reading, mathematics and overall academics. Community schooling is set to be expanded to 75 Pond Gap students next year, said Melissa Massie, Knox County Schools’ director of support services. And if County Commission votes to fund the school board’s budget request, community education can come to other schools as well, a point important to board member Cindy Buttry. Pond Gap, which now serves 350 students, will increase its capacity to 500 after a significant renovation, Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said. Last week, Massie participated in a panel which included Dr. Bob Kronick of the UT College of Education, who “dreamed up” and championed the program; Marie Alcorn of the United Way; and Doug Dillingham, KCS supervisor of facilities and new construction. Kronick recruited philanthropist Randy Boyd of Radio Systems and

PetSafe who funded the pilot program with $450,000. Kronick said the program started with four elementary schools – Sarah Moore Greene, G r e e n Magnet, Inskip and Sam E. Hill. After the arrival of McInt y re, Kronick was persuaded Randy Boyd to settle for one school – Pond Gap. “We poured everything into this school, and Susan (Espiritu) was ready for it. We have a clinic, approved by the Red Cross. Food, clothing, shelter are where we start. Dillingham presented a drawing of planned expansion for Pond Gap that will accommodate the expanded community education program and add a new gym, cafeteria, kitchen and library/media center. “In 37 years of doing this, this is a first, and it’s very exciting,” he said. “This is an addition all around this school for use as a community school. We are designing it for the community, but it will be secure for kids.”

School budget vote today Feeling a bit like the little guy who carried the flag up the wall during the battle scene in “Les Misérables.” You know you could die, but you do it anyway. That’s what the school board asks of County Commission today – courage. For years, the school system has inched along with continuation budgets. Most times the board has left the county executive/mayor with wiggle room to say, “We gave them what they asked for.” Meanwhile, kids go to school in moldy, multigenerational portable classrooms without plumbing. Classes get technology when parents sell cookies or coupon books. This year the school board voted 8-1 to ask for the budget it needs. Today we’ll see how the commissioners respond.

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board will be back at work the day after Monday’s budget vote with a workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Andrew Johnson boardroom and the regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the City County Building.

Knox County Commission will debate and vote on ■ Commission chair Mike Mayor Tim Burchett’s budHammond has invited his get at 5 p.m. today (June 4) colleagues to Calhoun’s at the City County Building. on the River immediately Comcast viewers can watch following Monday’s vote. on Channel 12. Hammond optimistically Commissioners will hold assumes the folks will still a public forum on the school be speaking to each other. budget at 4 p.m. with speak- ■ And Mayor Tim Burchett ers limited to 3 minutes. will be speaking at the Persons wishing to speak regular meeting of the should get on the agenda by Council of West Knox calling 215-2534. Speakers County Homeowners at on other budget issues can 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, be heard during the actual at Peace Lutheran Church. budget debate, also limited Win or lose, Burchett should to 3 minutes. give an interesting talk.

Just as Pond Gap School took center stage in the battle for school funding last week, so did the Susan Espiritu s c h o o l ’ s principal. The National Association of Elementary School Principals has named Susan Espiritu its National Distinguished Principal for 2012, representing Tennessee. Espiritu, who will be starting her eighth year as principal at Pond Gap this fall, hosted a discussion of the school’s community education concept last Wednesday in advance of County Commission’s vote on school funding this week. She gave her staff the credit for the award. “The award should go to the entire staff at Pond Gap. This is just a reflection of how supportive they are of all the things I ask them to do and to try. They are very out of the box, very innovate thinkers and aren’t afraid to try something new.” Pond Gap, she said, has long been on the cutting edge of educational reform. “We were the first TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) elementary school six years ago. We have uniforms and we piloted the full-service school concept. This staff has always been fully supportive. I’m really just the torchbearer of the award for the staff,” she said. Espiritu started her own education in Fountain City (she is the sister of attorney Tom Dillard and has been with Knox County Schools since 1979). She is married to Charles Espiritu and has three children: Maria Espiritu Haun, who played softball and volleyball at Halls High School; Kalea Espiritu Derry, who was a student athlete at Gibbs; and Billy Espiritu, who played football at Gibbs. The Espiritus have seven grandchildren.

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McIntyre makes final Flexible commitments pitch for budget The best case Dr. Jim McIntyre made for the Knox County school board’s $35 million budget increase proposal came last Friday morning, in his office, when he spoke as a daddy.

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“I’m not just the superintendent. I’m a dad of two Knox County Schools students. I have a very personal stake in this. There are very specific investments we have to make to allow all students at every school to have a bright, successful, competitive future.” Daddy Jim and his wife, Michelle, represent a growing demographic in Knox County: young couples with young kids. What do they want? Great schools. Neighborhood parks. Forget the “education speak” for which McIntyre is famous. I asked him to sum up in 10 words or less the reason why this budget should be passed. “Because it is an important investment in the future of our children and our community.” (I spotted him the extra five words.) The state Legislature increased state standards for education two years ago. McIntyre and the Knox County school board beat the state to the punch in 2009 with McIntyre’s strategic plan. That’s as it should be – a local school district setting its own goals. “This budget is the blueprint of how we can achieve all that.” The legislature also passed an unfunded mandate requiring that all state assessment tests be administered online by the 201415 school year. Knox County Schools is nowhere near being ready for it. This budget would build that infrastructure. It would, as McIntyre said, ensure that students are “competent as digital citizens,” i.e. be able to use the technology that has changed every industry in this country save digging ditches and sweeping floors. “But more importantly it would allow teachers to use technology as an instructional tool.” Several teachers say they haven’t had enough professional development and training to use technology

Dr. Jim McIntyre (right) explores an “active vote” device with New Hopewell Elementary School fifth grader Kevin McCarter in this 2010 file photo by S. Clark. The devices were purchased by business owner Randy Boyd and donated to the school that he attended. to its potential. This budget would change that. It would also provide needed tech support at each school. And it would help each student receive some kind of electronic tablet that McIntyre says “will be their textbooks, their notebook, their primary learning tool.” Meanwhile, South Korea is buying millions of dollars worth of tablets for its students. Students in China spend about 10 or 11 hours in the classroom each day. Let’s face it, folks. It’s not 1952. We can’t go back.

People keep saying McIntyre isn’t being transparent enough. Give me a break. He’s so transparent he can’t shut up. If you don’t believe me, visit knoxschools.org. Watch the videos. Read the data. He and the school board talked with any group that would have them. For most of us this proposed property tax increase would mean spending less each day than what we spend on a cup of coffee. Cas Walker is dead and I don’t feel so good myself. It’s time to move forward. The time is now.

Oh my, the sky is falling. Again. Tennessee has invested hundreds of hours and many thousands of dollars in football recruiting, extended scholarship offers to 207 prospects and received only seven commitments. Alabama, Florida, Georgia and many others are far, far ahead. What shall we do? Relax. Early commits may or may not be meaningful. Sometimes players feel a need to say something. Girlfriends want to know. Early commitments are devilish entertainment for fans awaiting February. It is the classic game of counting chickens before they hatch – or sign. Consider big, tough defensive end Jason Carr of White Station. He is one of our seven. He committed in January but something has happened to the Memphis-Knoxville connection. He now says he may visit Ole Miss. Yes, he’s still committed to Tennessee but the Rebels are showing unexpected interest. So are Alabama, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Auburn, Southern Cal and Syracuse – and most points in between. Carr may or may not stay hitched. Some early pledges lack sincerity. But, it works both ways. Players think they have accepted scholarships only to discover offers can fade away. They may not even be wanted next year. But, but, but you say, a man’s word is his bond. Not so. A prep prospect says yes but means probably or perhaps. He keeps his options

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open. A coach says we need you desperately – unless a bigger, faster possibility emerges. People do change their minds. Example: Mackensie Alexander, outstanding cornerback from Immokalee, Fla., committed to Tennessee five months ago. Hooray! He had not even visited but he liked everything about Tennessee. He wanted to play SEC football. He had a great relationship with the staff. He was motivated. He couldn’t wait to get here. Mackensie said he was, as of that very moment, a bold advocate and salesperson for the Volunteers. He would persuade others to join him in Big Orange Country. Alas and alas, famous coaches at big-name schools did not believe any of that stuff. They stepped up their recruitment. Alexander said it was crazy. He said he really enjoyed talking with Nick Saban, as in wow! “I just can’t believe all the new interest, especially from a school like Alabama. I have big, big thoughts on Alabama right now.” Incidentally, Alexander said he remained committed to the Volunteers. That may have been the least committed commitment in history. Mackenzie

came unglued. He said the departure of assistant Terry Joseph was a factor. He listed 10 or 15 schools suddenly under consideration. Oh, incidentally again, Mackensie said he might keep in touch with Tennessee. In the procurement process, it is called “flipping” when a UT coach persuades a pledged prospect to switch schools – as did Nu’Keese Richardson from Florida and Da’Rick Rogers from Georgia and, more recently, Kenneth Bynum from Cincinnati. It is called terribly inconvenient and shocking and maybe illegal when promises are broken the other direction. It happens. Cornerback Otis Jacobs of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College signed with Texas A&M just five days after committing to Tennessee. Florida got a pleasant surprise when defensive tackle Damien Jacobs pulled up short of Knoxville. Linebacker Otha Peters stunned the Vols and his mother by talking Tennessee and signing with Arkansas. There have been bigger defections: In 2001, Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown came unraveled overnight and signed with Auburn. Amazing! A more famous switch was quarterback Chris Simms from our shade of orange to Texas. It seemed a terrible loss in 1999. Not so much today. We now know commitments are flexible. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero.com.

REUNIONS ■ Buckner Reunion will begin at noon Saturday, June 16, at Wilson Park in Maynardville. Bring a dish, drink and chairs. Info: 992-3674, 922-8321 or Phillip Cox, 363-5182. ■ Carr Family Reunion will be noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Gibbs Ruritan Club on Tazewell Pike. Bring a dish to share at 2 p.m. Info: 312-5086 or aparker180@att.net. ■ Powell High Class of 1967 will hold its reunion Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. Info: 573-4395, phs67class@ comcast.net; or 9385248. ■ Seal family reunion is 11 a.m. Sunday, June 10, at Tazewell Municipal Park, with a potluck meal to be served about 1 p.m. All relatives and friends are invited. Bring a covered dish and drink along with old photographs and family history. Info: Margaret Seals Bull, 423-626-3075.

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eople say Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It apparently was this year, with blue skies, white clouds and temperatures around 90 degrees. That evening, we had a perfect Memorial Day surprise ending, a fitting sight for the start of summer. After putting stuff away from the day’s activities of plants and mowing, I paused to admire my exceptionally good yard-mowing job. It was at dusk, around 8:30, and there appeared the most exceptionally large bunch of firef lies I guess I’ve ever seen, short of the thousands of synchronous firef lies performing in the Elkmont area in the Smokies. They were coming up out of the grass and blinking their lights, scores and scores of them. I don’t know what called them forth – the earlier, warmer temperatures, or the half moon shining directly overhead, or the Signs – but they certainly all had the same idea at the same time. The scene was so impressive I rustled Grandma out to see the show with me. Summer must truly be here, we said, and reminisced about warm and luscious summers past, with firef lies and jarf lies and suppers on the back porch. The aforementioned Smoky Mountain synchronous firef lies get a lot more press, with their forest-illuminating, exactlytimed f lashing of thousands of

individual lights and it is one of Nature’s unique events to see. But our local and ordinary firef lies are no slouches when it comes to having an interesting lifestyle. It turns out that those amazing little off-and-on f lying lightbulbs are out there f lashing their lights with something more in mind than just enhancing our lovely summer evening experience. Those are the boy lightning bugs out there f lying around; the girl lightning bugs are down on the ground, watching and waiting. When a lovely, unattached girl bug sees a f lash that looks right for her, she f lashes back, and the boy bug zooms down to introduce himself and establish a relationship. Now, there are many species of firef lies, and sometimes three or four out and about on any given night. So, how to tell if you’re courting the right species? It’s all in the timing. The length of time from the male’s f lash, until the female responds with her f lash, is different and specific for each species. So, a single male of a certain species recognizes a single f lash at just the right time interval from his and heads down for a romantic rendezvous. It all sounds nice and summery and romantic, right? But, alas, everything in nature is far more complicated than usually meets the eye. That holds true for the love life of

the firef ly. You may not want to watch this next part, folks, because there are scenes that contain in instances of graphic violence. nce. T h e two comomm o n firefly genera involved in thiss drama have confusingly singly similar names, ames, Photinus and Photuris. I didn’t n’t pick them; I would uld have called them A and B if it were up to me. Anyhow, think of Photinus otinus as the happy-golucky good guys and Photuris as thee dark, evil femme fatale. So what sometimes happens ens on a lovely summer mer evening is that a Photinus guy goes f lashing along, and lo! o! There below is the f lashing signal of the female, male, and down he goes. Only, it turns out to be a female emale Photuris, who can give a nus Photinus signal if shee chooses. And when our Photinus suitor arrives, bouquet in hand, and, the Photuris female p o u n c e s uris on him and devours him, leaving ng behind only a few scrapss of legs and wings. Burp! What hat a revolting develop-

ment! Being hungry is understandable, but why not just get some handy little morsel on the ground for supper, instead of all that deception and drama? Wouldn’t you know, the entomologists have that one figured out too. Using some really sophisticated science and a lot of lab time they have unraveled the story. The Photinus firef ly’s system can manufacture steroids called lucibufagins from the cholesterol molecules they get in their diet (just as human livers make all sorts of essential things from the cholesterol we eat). These chemicals are toxic to other animals and help protect the Photinus

firef lies from such predators as birds, spiders and lizards. People who own pet lizards mostly know not to feed their pets firef lies; there have been a number of fatal outcomes. Just to show you how everything is interrelated, the chemicals that the firef lies use for protection are similar in nature to the cardinolides found in the milkweed plant that the monarch butterf ly caterpillars eat and use for protection. And a similar poison is found in the foxglove plant, but it is a useful one for people. We call it digitalis. But back to deceit and murder. The lucibufagins that make the Photinus firef lies distasteful or poisonous to would-be predators? The Photuris firef lies can’t make them! And, so, down through the eons, instead of developing a system to produce their own poisons, the Photuris firef lies have adapted to a different and certainly more dramatic way around the deficit: eat two or three Photinus bugs and fill your own system with beneficial, protective poison. Incidentally, that poison also serves to protect the eggs of the Photuris from such predators as ladybugs, once they are laid. Pretending to be a lovesick bug in order to lure a suitor to a grisly fate of being devoured for his toxic juices is a script fit for a Halloween movie! The next time you’re watching firef lies magically light up the summer dusk, continue to enjoy them for the amazing little lights they are. But you might want to wish them luck in the choice they make of a date for the evening.

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The real coming of God For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, …while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2: 11, 13 NRSV) In every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it. (“Secrets of a Good Life,” Oswald Chambers)

I am a countrywoman. I like to visit cities, and I work in town, but I live in – and love – the country. “On purpose,” I am fond of adding. There is a peace deep in my soul when I look out over “my” meadow. (There is a lawyer in town whose name is on the deed, but I watch over it for him, a fact to which he is totally oblivious.) The meadow is green now, and the hay is growing, dotted with daisies and trimmed with Queen Anne’s lace. Earlier in the spring, a tribe (a flock, a gobble, what is the collective noun for a bunch of turkeys?) of wild turkeys took up residence

in the meadow. There were two toms and five hens. Every morning the gentleman turkeys spread their tails and engaged in what looked for all the world like a fan dance, clearly intent on impressing the ladies. The womenfolk were nonchalant, but I noticed they didn’t leave, either. Last week, I walked past

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Fundraisers and sales ■ Park West Church, 7635 Middlebrook Pike, will host a “Bunco” fundraiser for http:// kicko.org from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9. Admission is $10. RSVP by emailing event@ kicko.org or call 523-4956.

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■ First Christian Church on Gay Street will host the Jericho Brass Band from Chattanooga at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Free admission. The band will also play during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, June 10. Everyone is invited to both performances. Info: jerichobrassband.org. ■ Second Baptist Church, 777 Public Safety Drive in Clinton, will welcome the McKameys for the annual “Hometown Singing” Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. Special guests The Inspirations will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday and the Primitive Quartet will perform 6 p.m. Saturday. Reserved seating is $15 and general admission is $13. Tickets or info: 800-254-3047 or 457-3678.

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

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Jennaly Nolan helps load sweet potatoes onto the FISH ministries truck. Behind her is her brother Ceagan Nolan. FISH truck driver Jim Wright said about 100 people were in line at 7 a.m. at the Hospitality FISH Pantry which opens at 9 a.m. “Approximately 12,000 people per month go to FISH Pantries,� said Wright. This includes the three locations in north, south and east Knoxville.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL ■Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike, will have “Sky VBS� 8:45 a.m. to noon, June 4-7, for ages 4 through rising 6th graders. Info: www.cspc.net/vbs or 291-5206. ■ Church Street UMC, 900 Henley Street, will have “Bible Olympics: Champions of God’s Word,� 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 18-21, for ages 3 years to 5th grade. There will be Bible study, stories, crafts, games and snacks. Info or to register: www.churchstreetumc.org or 521-0282. ■ Farragut Church of Christ, 136 Smith Road, will have “Bean Acres VBS� 8:30 a.m. to noon, June 18-22, for ages 3 years to 5th grade. Info or to register: www.farragutchurch.org or 966-5025. ■ Farragut Presbyterian Church will have “Adventures on Promise Island� 9 a.m. to noon June 4-8, for ages 3 years through 5th grade. A $10 covers supplies, snacks and T-shirts. Info or to register: 966-9547 or www.vacationbibleschool.com/FarragutPresbyterian. ■ First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, will have “The Genesis File� June 10-17. Info or to register: 966-9791 or www. fbconcord.org/kids. ■ Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, will have a Summer Spectacular 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 20-22, for ages 2 through 5th grade. The Adventure Squad will return for another action-packed adventure with music, drama, nightly giveaways and fun. Info or to register: www.gracebc.org. ■ Greenway Baptist Church, 2809 Addison Drive, will have “Amazing Wonders Aviation� 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 11-15. ■ Karns Church of Christ, 6612 Beaver Ridge Road, will have “Christian Academy, Training Superheroes for God,� starting at 6:30 p.m. June 24-27, with classes for all ages.

school_main.htm. â– Roane State annual Boys Basketball Camp for boys age 8-14 will be held Monday through Friday, June 18-22. It will be taught by Raiders coach Randy Nesbit. The cost is $115. Info: 882-4583. â–  A golf tournament will be hosted by Sons of the American Legion at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Three Ridges Golf Course, 6101 Wise Springs Road. All proceeds will help several youth organizations in East Tennessee. Advance registration is preferred. Info: Josh Plane, 805-8781 or email littlemantag@yahoo.com. â–  Baseball tournament will be Friday through Sunday, June 8-10, at Halls Community Park. Open to all, Tee ball to 14U. Info: 992-5504 or email hcpsports@msn.com. â–  Camp 76 Youth Football Camp will be held 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, at the Johnny Long Training Academy, 2598 Willow Point Way. All boys ages 6-18 are

Above, volunteers from various denominations bag 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes at Concord United Methodist Church. The potatoes were donated by the Society of St. Andrew to be distributed to Knox area food pantries and ministries. Walking to the left is Mike Smith, president of the Holston Conference United Methodist Men and event coordinator at Concord UMC. Others shown include: (clockwise from left) Bob Nelson, Joanne Nelson, Liz Powers, Brenda Lawson, Jim Lawson, Elder Kyle Kesler, Elder Michael Snell, Jim McNeil, Megan McNeil, Kristin Montgomery and Tanda Montgomery. Photos by T.

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invited and will be divided into groups by age. Cost is $50. Proceeds benefit The Harry Galbreath Foundation in memory of the former Vol. Sack lunches will be provided. Info: www.camp76.com. â– The 10th annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at The Cove at Concord Park. Deadline to register is Monday, June 11. Info: 742-4306 or www.knoxville. racedragonboats.com. â–  Knoxville Youth Athletics will host its annual summer track and field program for local youth ages 5-18 through Saturday, June 23. Practices are held 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Registration is $40 (maximum $95 per family). Info: www. ktcyouthathletics.org or call 385-6237. â–  Larry Simcox-Diamond Baseball summer camps will be held 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, June 11-13, for ages 6-11 and

REUNIONS â– Central High School Class of 1962 will hold its 50-year reunion July 6-7. Info: Bob Davis, 689-4302, or Diane Turner Sebby, 521-6652.

of 1972 is planning its 40th reunion celebration 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at The Foundry, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, and will include a catered dinner buffet, photos by a professional photographer that will be available online, Jake the DJ from Ogle Entertainment and more. The cost is $55 until July 13 and $75 at the door. Dress is business casual. Mail registration to: FHS Class Reunion, 4224 Williamson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37938. Info: Debbie Helton Keebler, 922-0049.

â– Central High School Class of 1967 will hold its 45th reunion Friday through Sunday, July 22-24. Info: Idonna Tillery Bryson, 688-5816, or Ann Paylor Williams, 687-7759.

â– Halls High School Class of 1965 will hold a reunion July 28 at Beaver Brook Country Club. Any class is welcome. Info: George VanDeGriff, 9228345 or 278-6724.

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1967 will hold its 45th class reunion Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. Info: Brenda Owens, 573-4395 or phs67class@ comcast.net; or Lynn or Wayne Tarver, 938-5248 or lynnwayne2@frontiernet.net. â– Seal family reunion is 11 a.m. Sunday, June 10, at Tazewell Municipal Park, with a potluck meal to be served about 1 p.m. All relatives and friends are invited. Bring a covered dish and drink along with old photographs and family history. Info: Margaret Seals Bull, 423-626-3075. â–  Buckner Reunion will begin at noon Saturday, June 16, at Wilson Park in Maynardville. Bring a dish, drink and chairs. Info: Jean Mize, 992-3674; Carolyn Norris, 922-8321; or Phillip Cox, 363-5182.

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‘Like they’re my own’ LaDonna Madden knows a thing or two about pets. She’s worked in a veterinarian’s office and has seven dachshunds and a Chihuahua at home. Her motto at Creekside Pet Resort, which she opened in April, is “It’s a pet thing.�

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“It’s for them, the pets,� she said. “When you go on vacation, this is their vacation. They’re not going to jail. This is their Club Med.� And she means it. Madden has strict cleanliness standards for indoor and outdoor areas. All dogs get exercise every two hours in the two grassy, fenced, shady acres behind Creekside. “I love these dogs like they’re my own. I call them my kids,� Madden said. “I know how I would want mine treated.� That’s the secret to Creekside’s success, and with reservations full over Memorial Day weekend, it’s safe to call the kennel a success. Madden knows her business, knows what makes other pet owners happy and fulfills that need. Creekside sends photos home with pets who stay overnight or for daycare. Madden is even planning a doggie day camp for three weeks this summer, with crafts, a beach party and even a soccer match. On top of that, she

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tally and spiritually, a radical notion in an era when women did not even have the right to vote. Today, the Girl Scouts is the largest girl-serving organization in the United States with 112 councils serving 2.3 million girls ages 5-17 through the commitment of 878,000 adult volunteers with a mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. First Tennessee is proud to be a major sponsor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. First Tennessee employees have served as troop leaders and in various board positions and committee positions

with the Girl Scouts. According to Booth Kammann, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, “Girl Scout alumnae are more likely to vote, to volunteer in their community, have higher income and are generally more satisfied with their lives than non-Girl Scouts.� Kammann shared an interesting statistic: 80 percent of female business owners, 69 percent of female U.S. senators, and 67 percent of female members of the House of Representatives were Girl Scouts. Girls represent one of humanity’s greatest untapped talent pools. Investing in them brings enormous returns to society. Pam Fansler is regional president of First Tennessee Bank.

Cameron is residential specialist Knoxville Realtor Mike Creekside Pet Resort owner LaDonna Madden spends time Cameron has earned the Cerwith one of her “kids.� Photo by S. Carey tified Residential Specialist (CRS) “He guided me into dodoesn’t forget to give back designation to the community. She do- ing exactly what I needed from the nates two kennel spaces to do,� she said. Council of for bridge boarding for Madden truly enjoys Residential rescue organizations, and growing Creekside into Specialists, Creekside is a sponsor of a thriving business. She the largest Bark in the Park. said working with animals Before she opened was always on her “bucket Mike Cameron not-for-

Creekside, Madden got advice from a pet boarder from another area, developing a mentoring relationship. “You need to know the ins and outs of what they’ve been through,� she said. She also visited the Knoxville Chamber and consulted with the small business advisor there.

list.� “This is something that I want to do, not something that I have to do,� she said. “It is fun and I have a fun staff. I encourage everyone to come by and see what we’re about.� Info: petresortknoxville. com. Shannon Carey is the Shopper-News general manager and sales manager. Contact Shannon at shannon@ shoppernewsnow.com.

profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Fewer than 31,000 Realtors nationwide have earned the credential. Home buyers and sellers

can be assured that CRS designees are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home. Cameron, a Halls native, is a sales associate with Realty Executives Associates. Info: www. knoxproperty.com, 3841866, 862-5454 or mike@ mikecameronrealestate.com.

PELLISSIPPI NOTES â– Ted Lewis has been named the new vice president of Academic Affairs. He served most recently as the dean

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Bearden Antique Mall Bearden Antique Mall is Knoxville’s oldest and most established antique mall. They offer a unique selection of fine antiques and decorative collectibles. Owner Ann Pierce will celebrate the shop’s 36th year in business in July. They are located at 310 Mohican Street and hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Info: 584-1521.

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NEWS FROM GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF KNOXVILLE

Rams return as state qualifiers

The Grace Rams qualified for the state baseball tournament for the second year in a row. They are: (front) assistant coach Michael Rivera, Joshua Liford, Chandler Adkins, Preston Disney, Caleb Walker, Tanner Fee, Kaleb Savage, assistant coach Dwight Smith; (second row) David Stallworth, Luke Shepherd, Xander Helton, Kevin Scott, Ty Myers, Matt Cunningham, Bryson Shelton; (back) Zach Slagle, Chase Newsome, Coach Hochevar and Brad Andrews.

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race Christian Academy has always been committed to offering a top notch baseball program. The last two years, in particular, have proven that dedication and hard work from each athlete and coach can translate into success. Under the leadership of head coach Brian Hochevar, the Rams have learned it takes discipline and commitment to win games. In the 2010-2011 season, the varsity baseball team won the

district championship hands down. The excitement continued around the baseball diamond as Grace immediately progressed to the regional tournament. Perseverance on the field paid off once again as the Rams qualified for the state tournament for the very first time in the school’s eight-year history. In addition to a successful spring, Grace senior Jordan Hopkins signed with Division I Tennessee Tech, following Kent Jinkins who signed with

Roane State College in 2010. With another season on the horizon, Hochevar and his staff continued their commitment to provide athletes the opportunity to develop their skills. The spirit of teamwork brought another district title for this year’s Rams. With an undefeated record in district play, Grace was off to the playoffs for a second consecutive year. Every team member’s effort and determination led them to another regional tournament championship and another trip to Murfreesboro for the state tournament. Grace’s two seniors have both signed with colleges. Zach Slagle will stay close to home to pitch and play for Tusculum College, while Xan-

Grace senior Zach Slagle signed to pitch for Tusculum College. der Helton will be pitching for the University of Memphis. With continued power at the plate and strong pitching from the mound, the Rams will continue their efforts to make yet another road trip to Murfreesboro next spring. The Rams have certainly had their share of success on the diamond under the direction of their head coach, affectionately known by his teams as “Coach Hoch.” But winning baseball games is just a part of the overall equation of success. As Hochevar says, “We are

committed to offering a baseball program where the first priority of student athletes is to be a testimony of Jesus Christ in all that they do.” Whether the members of this year’s team find future success in baseball or in other venues, they will know the success that comes with knowing and serving the Lord. Next year’s baseball team will be armed with talent, along with the experience of consecutive post-season appearances. We are looking forward to more seasons of successful Ram baseball.

Grace welcomes volleyball coach By Shannon Morris

Summer office hours

Grace Christian Academy’s office will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday throughout the summer. The office will be closed Fridays. To schedule a tour, call 691-3427 for kindergarten through 2nd grade, and 934-4780 for grades 3-12.

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Lindsy Little has been named the 2012 head volleyball coach at Grace Christian Academy. She comes to us from Union College in Barbourville, Ky. She is a graduate of Maryville College, where she was on the Dean’s List and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. Little is a former volleyball standout in the Great South Athletic Conference, where she was named Player of the Year twice. In her collegiate career, she holds a record-setting

1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She has had three NCAA appearances and was named an AllAmerican team member for Maryville College. It is Little’s goal to combine her range of experience with her ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent teacher and coach who will make a positive contribution to Grace. We are looking forward to having Lindsy build upon an already successful volleyball program and lead the Rams to even more state tournament appearances.

Lindsy Little is Grace Christian Academy’s new volleyball coach.

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLES NEWS FROM FORT SANDERS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Former Joint Center patient cheers on other knee patients “Just do it!” is Dennis Kimbrough’s advice to those considering knee replacement surgery. “The longer you wait, the longer you’ll hurt.” The 63-year-old Kimbrough had endured knee pain for decades after injuring his knee playing sandlot football in college. Although he had his knee operated on back in 1975 and had been active for decades, in recent years Kimbrough’s knee pain returned. “It really started hurting,” says Kimbrough. “Some mornings the bottom of my knee would move and the top would stay in place. It was enough to drive you nuts!”

“Fort Sanders is a great place to get a new knee!” – Dennis Kimbrough Kimbrough consulted with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Casey at Fort Sanders Regional. “Dr. Casey told me I had two choices,” remembers Kimbrough. “I could keep doing cortisone shots and wear a knee brace or get it fixed. I chose to get it fixed!”

Dr. Casey performed a total knee replacement on Kimbrough at the Joint Center at Fort Sanders Regional. Kimbrough is Former knee surgery patient thrilled with the results. Dennis Kimbrough now serves as a “He went in and he did it! I’ve coach for other patients at the Fort got a whole new knee. I can walk Sanders Joint Center. farther, with less pain, than I have in years,” says Kimbrough. “I can’t do cartwheels anymore, but it’s great to be able to walk around now without worrying my knee may pop out of place.” Choosing Fort Sanders for his knee replacement was a perfect fit for Kimbrough. He was already familiar with the Fort Sanders Joint Center program from serving as a volunteer surgery patient coach at the hospital. “The patients I coached told me the Joint Center program was the best way to have knee or hip surgery. Now I can speak from my own firsthand experience.” Kimbrough underwent his knee replacement procedure in February of 2011. “It was great because I already knew the nurses and therapists. My experience with “Dr. C,” the nurses and physical therapists and encourage Joint Center you get, the tougher the knee at Fort Sanders was totally patients at Fort Sanders. rehabilitation gets. Get her done!” positive!” “I tell them when it comes says Kimbrough. “Fort Sanders is Kimbrough continues to coach to knee surgery, the older a great place to get a new knee!”

Early rehab can speed knee surgery recovery The sooner rehabilitation begins after knee replacement, the better for both patients and hospitals, new research suggests. In a recent study in the Clinical Rehabilitation Journal, Spanish researchers compared more than 150 patients who began rehabilitation within 24 hours after knee arthroplasty surgery and a matched control group of patients who started rehabilitation 48 to 72 hours after surgery. All of the patients were age 50 to 75. On average, patients who started rehabilitation earlier spent two days less in the hospital and had five fewer rehabilitation sessions before they were discharged than those in the control group. The patients in the early rehabilitation group also had less pain, a greater range of joint motion, improved muscle strength, and scored higher on gait and balance tests. Other benefits of early patient mobility include reduced risk of hospital-acquired infections and complications such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, chest infection and urinary infection.

For more information about the Joint Center at Fort Sanders Regional, phone 865-673-FORT (3678).

Get back on your feet faster with the Fort Sanders Joint Center An estimated 50 million Americans have some form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because medication can’t always control the pain, each year nearly 800,000 adults will have knee or hip replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is when a surgeon cuts away the damaged joint surfaces and replaces them with a joint made of materials like surgical plastic and metal. This is a difficult surgery, but can go as smoothly as possible under the coordinated, team approach of the Joint Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “Basically, these are well people, but they have a joint problem,” explains Fellowshiptrained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Edkin. He is the comedical director of the Fort Sanders Joint Center. “We’re going to have this problem fixed, and then after surgery, you’re going to recover quickly.” Patients at the Fort Sanders Joint Center attend a class a couple of weeks before their surgery. Taught by nurses and physical therapists, the class gives patients and their care givers an opportunity to get to know each other. It also prepares patients for the fact that they’ll be up and out of bed shortly

after surgery. Studies have shown this is the quickest way to recuperate. “Patients usually get up and walk the afternoon of surgery,” says Dr. Edkin. “They walk the hospital floors and do physical therapy every day, often with other patients. This camaraderie helps push patients to work and try harder,” Dr. Edkin says. “It leads to quicker recovery.” New technologies in joint devices mean there’s no real reason to wait to walk, explains Dr. Edkin. “We used to say don’t put your full weight on the joint. But now we give the patient the decision-making ability on that, as soon as they feel ready they can put full weight on it.” Pain management, too, is more sophisticated today,

“Basically, these are well people, but they have a joint problem.” – Dr. Brian Edkin, Fort Sanders Joint Center targeting pain while minimizing nausea, a common side effect. “If the medicine you’re giving

them makes them feel lousy, that really hampers the rehabilitation effort,” says Dr. Edkin. “The way we give medicine today is less likely to do that.” “Most patients go home just two days after surgery and do very well,” Dr. Edkin adds. “We almost never hear from a patient who says they left too soon,” he says. “The best, safest, most comfortable place for you to be is at home.” For more information about the Joint Center at Fort Sanders Regional, phone 865-673-FORT (3678).

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B-2 • JUNE 4, 2012 • SHOPPER-NEWS Watercolor art instructor Hazel Johnson welcomes Judy Long, a new member of their class at the Strang Senior Center, who shows one of her first paintings. Photos by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com

Below, Mary Ellen Lokey paints on Yupo with watercolor. “The paint floats on top instead of soaking into the fibers,” said Lokey. It results in more vibrant colors, but it is difficult to work with. Additional paint is put on, followed by removal of some for depths, tones and highlights. “For most people, it would stress them out, but for me it is my meditation. You have to tune everything else out,” she said.

Joanne Arpino paints from a photo of her granddaughter, Katie Arpino, and friend Lauren when they were 8. Across from her is Ruth Ford, also painting.

Watercolor painting at Strang When you visit the Strang Senior Center, look around to see “alphabet” watercolor paintings displayed by students led by art instructor Hazel Johnson. “I have given each student two letters of the alphabet to paint items beginning with those letters,” she said. Johnson donated a painting, now on display at the Bearden branch library, of a girl standing in the library reading a book. Under the picture is a plaque and a short biography of Johnson.

HEALTH NOTES ■ A demonstration of the Alexander Technique, a practical method for learning to move with more ease, will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at

Theresa Edwards

Art student Mary Ellen Lokey’s paintings have been seen at recent art shows. She has participated in Artsclamation, a fundraiser for Peninsula Medical, and Off the Wall for LeConte Medical Center. Her paintings are different, using

Lawson McGhee library, 500 W. Church Ave. Admission is free but preregistration is required. Info: Lilly Sutton, 387-7600 or www.lillysutton.com. ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tues-

Yupo to paint on. “It starts out messy and ugly, but I refine it later,” said Lokey. She explained how it represents her life, how she enjoys fi xing things from messes in life, living in a multigenerational family. She enjoys painting as a form of meditation. “It’s therapy for all of us,” said art student Janet Dagley. Watercolor painting classes meet 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Strang Senior Center. Oil painting classes meet 10

day evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee, 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or

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a.m. Tuesdays, and a painting group meets 10 a.m. Thursdays. Other activities at the Center this week include: ■ AccuQuest Hearing with Dr. McCue will be 1 p.m. Monday, June 4. ■ Covenant Health will present “Alzheimer’s Care and Issues” at noon Wednesday, June 6.

www.cancersupportet.org. ■ Covenant Health’s Bodyworks offers community exercise for all ages at $3 per class. Classes include Easy

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Tea time at Shannondale

Beat the heat with an icy bowl By Sara Barrett For those of you with outdoor dogs or cats, a few items are available this year that may help keep them cool when the heat gets unbearable:

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Critter Tales ■ FrostyBowlz’ slogan is “Refreshing Pets, One Lick at a Time.” The dishwasher-safe outer shell comes with a freezable frosty core that keeps your pet’s water cold all day. The bowl also comes complete with an ant barrier and non-skid base so your pet doesn’t have to share with insects and they won’t scoot the bowl off the edge of the porch while getting a drink. The product retails for about $40. Info: Frostybowlz.com.

■ Another handy treat for your pet this season is the LicketyStik “no mess” dog treat that has a roll-on dispenser similar to oldschool deodorant. There is a reported 500 licks per bottle, and flavors include smoky bacon, savory chicken and braised liver. Each bottle costs about $7 and is loaded with vitamins. Info: www.petsafe.net/licketystik. ■ For those pets with extra furry bodies, CozyWinters’ “Cool Bed III” may be beneficial both indoors and outdoors. Simply add water and the “CoolCore” keeps your pet comfortable and cozy all summer long for less than $75. Info: www. cozywinters.com. You can keep your pet safe and happy all summer just by providing a shady spot to relax, lots of water to drink and plenty of length in their leash so they can roam in and out of the sunny spots. For more information, visit www.aspca.org. To contact Sara, call her at 218-9378 or email her at barretts@shoppernewsnow. com.

DONATE BLOOD, SAVE LIVES Medic continues to struggle to meet the needs of its service area of 21 counties and 27 area hospitals. All blood types are needed. Donors can donate at a number of daily mobile sites or one of two fixed sites: 1601 Ailor Ave. and 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Blood drives in your area: ■ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 4, Grand Oaks Elementary School, 1033 Oliver Springs Highway, Bloodmobile. ■ 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 4, Karns Community Club Center, 7708 Oak Ridge Hwy., old Karns library. ■ 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, Family Dollar in Maynardville, Bloodmobile. ■ 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, Pattison Sign

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Emily Dempster, whose birthday is in May, was honored at the tea party. Freda Schingle pours tea for Dorris Rust at Shannondale’s tea party. Photos by Ruth White

From page B-2 Cardio Max, Mind and Body, and Senior Cardio. Visit www. covenanthealth.com/bodyworks or call 541-4500 to find a location near you. ■ The Healthy Living Kitchen Team at the University of Tennessee Medical Center has published a cookbook called “A Recipe for Life.” It is available for $35 at the gift shop or online at www.utmedicalcenter.org. Info: 305-6877. ■ Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. each third Monday at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081. ■ Stop Smoking: 1-800-7848669 (1-800-QUITNOW) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Shannondale Assisted Living Center hosted a birthday tea party celebration for residents. Honored for a May birthday was Janette Bingham.

■ Support group meeting for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each third Tuesday at Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Ave. Info: Rebecca Gill, 6027807 or www.namiknox.org. ■ UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: Penny Sparks, 544-6279. ■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support, for any adult who is suffering loss, meets 5 to 6:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday in the UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info or to reserve a spot: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277.

Mother’s Day at Sunnybrook Betty Worthington, Bobby Miller and Glenda Bays enjoy the pancake breakfast on Mother’s Day at Sunnybrook Apartments. Every mother at the facility received a rose for all they do. Photo submitted

40w Apts - Furnished 72 Condo Rentals 76 Dogs 318 Pressure Washing 350 141 Dogs 141 Buildings for Sale 191 ATV’s 238a Cleaning Ftn City Area. Condo BERNESE MOUNTAIN SUMMER METAL 2005 ARCTIC Cat 400 CLEANING NETWORK WALBROOK STUDIOS Lease to Purchase. PUPPY NURSERY Dogs AKC, 8 wks. BUILDINGS w/dump bed, low mi, Wkly/ Bi-wkly/ Mo.

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Rheta Wilkins pours tea for resident Ester Bare. Wilkins provides a traveling teapot ministry that reaches out to individuals and shares funny stories about teapots, devotions and is “girly all the way.” More than eight years ago, God laid on Wilkins’ heart that there are a lot of lonely people in the world and He used her love of tea and teapots as a ministry. Wilkins has incorporated her parties into a Tea Time with God Bible study.

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Group, 410 N. Cedar Bluff Rd., Bloodmobile. ■ 8-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, Cherokee Mills, 2240 Sutherland Ave., Bloodmobile. ■ 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 11, Midway IGA, 7345 Tazewell Pike, Bloodmobile. ■ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 711 Northshore Dr., Shey Room. ■ 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, Sevier Heights Baptist Church, 3232 Alcoa Hwy., in the lobby. ■ 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 15, National Fitness on Tazewell Pike, on the basketball court. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old weighing 120 pounds with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and have positive identification.

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Sarah Garrett enjoyed tea and dessert at the Shannondale tea party. Garrett celebrated a May birthday.

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Like New brick townhouse, CAIRN TERRIER 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, Turkey (Toto) AKC reg., 1st & Creek area. No pets. 2nd shots & wormed, Credit ck. $350 dep. $700 5M, 8 wks. old, $300 mo. 1 yr lease. 865-986-0905 ea. 865-360-4681 ***Web ID# 987825*** CAIRN TERRIER Duplexes 73 "Toto" pups, 2 M, 7 wks, Wanted To Rent 82 CKC, shots, $450. Call YORKIE PUPS, CKC or text 865-919-8167 Lenoir City, 3 BR, 2 reg., 8 wks old, S&W, ***Web ID# 990639*** BA luxury duplex, 3 M - $450, 1 F -$600, gar., 2 yrs. old, grt  adorable, family raised. CHIHUAHUA PUPS, loc. $995. 865-388-0610 Ret. Private Detective Call 615-579-2838. CKC reg. 1st S&W, & Author needs 1-2BR ***Web ID# 990106*** blk/tan, $125 cash. house on secluded, 865-573-6750. Houses - Unfurnished 74 private property with rent reduced in ex145 Chihuahua small babies, Free Pets change for security COUNTRY LIVING appleheads, pretty NEAR FARRAGUT. and/or light caretaker colors, S&W, Regis., duties. 865-323-0937 3BR, 2BA, $250 up. 865-387-2859 full basement/garage. ***Web ID# 987833*** ADOPT!  Non smoking, $1000. Call Bill 865-680-0055. Looking for a lost Cocker Spaniels AKC, ***Web ID# 989117*** 8 wk old males, pet or a new one? Manf’d Homes - Sale 85 choc./blue merle Visit YoungHalls/Gibbs, 2 BR, 1 BA parti. $350. 322-2618 Williams Animal WD conn., no pets. $500 I BUY OLDER ***Web ID# 990248*** Center, the official mo. & $500 sec. dep. 1 MOBILE HOMES. yr. lse req. 6512 Archer shelter for the City 1990 up, any size OK. DACHSHUNDS, Mini, Rd. 865-388-2736 of Knoxville & Knox M & F, dapple, 865-384-5643 County: 3201 Distarting $350. Call NORTH VERY NICE vision St. Knoxville. 865-428-9228. 3 BR, appl., W/D conn, General 109 ***Web ID# 988018*** knoxpets.org CHA, Cport, no pets/ smoking. $750. 579-1140 ENGLISH MASTIFF ***Web ID# 985612*** HOUSECLEANING, Pups, 4 M, 1 F, F/T no nights or AKC reg., fawn POWELL, Nice 3BR, weekends. 4-person w/blk mask, $650. 2BA, CH&A, appls., team, West Knox Call 865-313-8309. comm. pool, $575 location. Call The ***Web ID# 989205*** mo. 865-938-1653. Maids at 670-0025. Golden Retriever PupVERY NICE 3BR AKC. 6 wks. 1st home in Norwood 140 pies shots. $300. 865-546community. $895 mo. Cats 4830; 865-640-3013 + dep. For details, HIMALAYAN Kittens, 865-237-4605. APR reg., M&F, vet LAB PUPS, LARGE, ck'd., wormed. $250. born 3/9/12. Absolutely beautiful & very 454-3926 Condo Rentals 76 865-633-9492; intelligent. Black, blonde Farmer’s Market 150 ***Web ID# 988449*** & rare white. 108 yr ch. 2BR, 2BA, 2 car gar., bldline, parents on prem. 4X5 ROUND BALES $850 mo. $500 DD, General 109 very well taken care of, OF HAY $25.00 no pets, credit ck. Must see your next best each. W. Knox. 865-430-4222. 865-933-3613 friend. $400 +/-. Union Co. 10 min. from 33 Bridge. DIESEL Text or email preferred FORD TRACTOR 4610, PS, or call 865-560-6866 frnt end weights, georgesparadice@aol.com 2300 hrs, stored in***Web ID# 990096*** side, no rust, $10,200. 865-566-8714 lv msg LABRADOR PUPPY, FOOD SERVERS, 4-8pm AKC Reg., yellow female, 6 wks. old, All days available Lawn-Garden Equip. 190 865-307-2281 ***Web ID# 988154***

PARKVIEW INDEPENDENT LIVING 930752MASTER West 40w Apts - Unfurnished 71 Ad Size 2 x 2 1 ACRE with 3 BR, 2 bw NW help wntd 1 BR FTN CITY, BA 1056 heated SF home, 9 yrs old, lo- $425/mo., $100 DD. Big <ec> HOUSEKEEPER, 9-2pm redwood deck, water cated at 9901 Dutchpd, quiet, credit ck. town Rd. FSBO. Asking $109,900 & 865-384-1099; 938-6424 owner will finance WEST, PRIVATE, with $5,000 down. Call Bill at 877-488- REDUCED! 2BR, 1.5BA WESTKNOX.COM 5060 ext 323 TO SEE PICS. $550 DEP. 818-693-2628. 495+ KNOX AREA FORECLOSURES $150-750K Call for a complete list! 865.291.0355 The Holli McCray Group at Keller Williams 865.694.5904

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B-4 • JUNE 4, 2012 • BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS

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Just what the doctor nurse ordered Parkwest employee health director has Rx for improvement

Only six months after earning a Master of Business Administration degree, Colleen Cole had the itch again. To learn something new. To better herself. To challenge herself. “I truly can be labeled a professional student,” said Cole, manager of Parkwest Medical Center’s employee health clinic and one whose name is punctuated by such a lengthy list of degrees and certifications that it reads like a bowl of spilled alphabet soup: ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing MSN – Master of Science in Nursing APRN-BC – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Board Certified CPC – Certified Professional Coder She added the MBA in 2009 because she “liked learning about the business side of healthcare.” So it was no surprise three years after adding the MBA to her credits that Cole has added yet another degree – the DNP or Doctor of Nursing Practice, a degree held by relatively few but is being positioned by many universities as one that will replace the MSN degree by 2015. “The movement to the DNP is about producing the most competent nursing clinicians possible to meet the nation’s healthcare needs,” according to a statement by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Cole, however, explains her decision to pursue the DNP on a more personal level. “I want to be the best I can possibly be,” she said recently. “I am curious. I like to know more about what’s going on. It’s everything – it’s the challenge, it’s the excitement, it’s the learning, it’s the accomplishment, it’s the knowing that you are stepping up to the plate and taking on something a little bit harder. I want to know everything I can know about nursing and evidencebased medical practice. If I don’t live up to my personal expectations and responsibilities, I am not serving my profession or the patient with optimal care. I want to be ‘on my game.’” “But,” she adds, “obtaining a DNP is not for everybody.” “The whole program, the curriculum of the DNP, was grueling,” she said. “I would get on the computer after work by 5:30 or 6 o’clock five nights a week and stay on up into the morning hours. Sometimes I would stay on it all weekend and go to bed around 2 in the morning. The amount of research and paperwork involved was exhausting. I missed a lot of my personal and family life during that time. My family would go to a movie – I would be writing papers. The kids would have a football game – I would be at home writing papers.’” “It was a lot of personal and family sacrifice,” she added. “My family was very supportive during all this, moreso than I realized. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband (a physician at LeConte Medical Center) – he’s a phenomenal guy. He was my sounding board, my mentor, my editor, my cheerleader, my everything! It helped immensely to be married to the smartest pulmonologist in the area.” The curriculum, as offered online by Chatham University in Pittsburgh, required heavy reading and writing, a residency and toughest of all, a “capstone project,” similar in nature to a doctoral thesis. Cole’s 89-page project examined an issue frequently dealt with during her career in occupational health – back injuries among healthcare workers. Recognizing that the nursing occupation ranks second among all occupational back injuries, Cole set out to address the issue using evidence-based best practices. “Nurses have the second-highest occupational risk for back injuries because of all the pushing, turning and lifting that we have to do,” said Cole. “Workers in plants may move heavy boxes or heavy pieces of equipment, but they have machines or forklifts and typically, whatever they’re lifting has a handle or something to hold onto. Patients do not come with handles, they can’t always help move them-

Collen Cole checks the blood pressure of fellow Employee Health nurse practitioner April Lankford. “I want to know everything I can about nursing and evidence-based medical practice,” says Cole, who spent countless hours before the computer in pursuit of her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

selves and they’re not predictable. So curtailing back injuries in the nursing profession remains challenging. And, of course, back injuries lead to nursing attrition – that’s a problem with an aging healthcare workforce.” “Here in Employee Health, we see various types of musculoskeletal injuries,” Cole added. “There have been so many studies on back injuries: Do we wear a back brace or not wear a back brace? Do we do this? Or do we do that? And we spend a fortune on patient-handling equipment and stuff like that. The VA hospitals have this overhead tracking that helps with patient lift equipment, but we are still having back injuries. For change to occur, behaviors must be modified. The number of lost days because of back injuries among employees is amazing. If you can cut down on that, you save in productivity, you save in absenteeism, you save in worker’s compensation claims and medication costs, and you get better employee satisfaction.” Still, Cole says, employee/occupational/business health

and wellness is her niche, whether it’s dealing with pre-employment drug screening, job injuries, wellness initiatives, or diagnosing patients with hemochromatosis and pericarditis. “It’s what I love and it’s what I’m good at,” she says. “You get involved in so many things. I know OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) rules like the back of my hand, I have to stay current on Department of Labor regulations, Centers for Disease Control guidelines, toxicology, public and community health, acute care medicine, chronic care management, and I get to work closely with worker’s comp. It is like having a little mini-emergency room or walk-in clinic. Employee Health is challenging, and we help people in a very special way. It has many rewards.” “I love healthcare and nursing. It’s been a great career for me, but I’m not done yet,” she says before adding, “I’ll go back to school for something. I love to learn. It seems everyday I am hearing someone say, ‘Colleen, what is next? What is your next accomplishment?’ I have been thinking about getting a law degree … who knows?!”

“I want to be the best I can possibly be.” – Colleen Cole

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