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The Shopper interns took a special tour of the Knoxville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week. Perhaps the most excited kid in the group was columnist Jake Mabe. See page A-10

What a view! The view of the city of Knoxville’s skyline is breathtaking from the South Knoxville ridge, writes Ruth White. Legacy Parks Foundation executive director Carol Evans gave the interns a sneak peak at one of Knoxville’s most beautiful but lesser-known sights last Tuesday, as well as a history lesson at Fort Dickerson. See page A-11

Moment of truth arrives for Vols It is (winning) football time in Tennessee, Marvin West writes, and fans are so excited and optimistic and probably so full of themselves as to overlook facts.

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Needlework tells a story ... Wendy Smith likes a good story. Her favorites come from books, movies and, of course, newspapers. But stories can also spring from objects, like needlework created by schoolgirls in the 18th and 19th centuries. Thank goodness we have Jennifer Core and Janet Hasson to translate.

is going places By Wendy Smith Kevin Slimp wears many hats. He’s the publisher of Kidsville, a new magazine for Knox County elementary school students. He’s a globe-trotting public speaker. YouTube videos that chronicle his disputes with companies like AT&T and Delta have earned him the title “America’s Consumer Crusader.” But his resume may soon have a new entry – television star. What started as a weekend diversion has taken on a life of its own. Two years ago, Kevin invited Ken Bell, an old friend from Dallas, to spend some time in Knoxville. For lack of a better diversion, they decided to head up I-81 with no plan at all. As Kevin drove, Ken, a PR executive for an insurance company, announced on Facebook that the two were on a road trip. Within an hour, they had several invites. That night, they attended three birthday parties for people with whom they were only loosely associated. They also dropped in on small businesses and restaurants in upper East Tennessee. They visited Dixie Christian Bookstore and asked for Dixie. The 81-year-old owner was happy to pose for a picture with them. They sang hymns and “Crocodile Rock” with a waitress at a restaurant outside Jefferson City. Ev-

The Ken and Kevin’s Road Trip website caught the attention of Athlon Sports, which is sponsoring the production of a pilot television show featuring Ken Bell of Dallas and Kevin Slimp of Knoxville. Photos submitted erywhere they went, Ken and Kevin announced that they were on a road trip and were treated like celebrities. “We just knew we were onto something,” says Kevin. They planned a second trip, to Tampa, Fla., and Ken created a website, They visited nine beaches in three days. Because they had given advance notice on Facebook, they had several invitations, like breakfast with actor Patrick Dempsey’s manager. At an Amelia Island resort, a band introduced them to the crowd. Their Facebook following grew, and they decided to make the road trip a regular event. The third trip started in Louisville, Ky., and included stops in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. They attended 11 festivals in three days. When they showed up at the Dor-Stop Restaurant in Pittsburgh, the owner shut the doors so he could serve Ken and Kevin everything on the menu. When a newspaper editor friend asked Kevin why he took the trips, he

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Cash mob! Koolioz! frozen yogurt shop was packed for the sixth cash mob initiated by County Mayor Tim Burchett. It was the first in Hardin Valley.

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Index Coffee Break A2 Wendy Smith A3 Government/Politics A4 Marvin West/Betty Bean A5 Anne Hart A6 Faith A7 Interns A10,11 Health/Lifestyles Sect B

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American sprinter Justin Gatlin, right, asked Mike Petty to accompany him to the Olympic Games in London. This photo shows, from left, Leonard Scott, Petty and Gatlin.

London calling Mike Petty answers with chiropractic care for U.S. track and field athletes By Stefan Cooper Mike Petty will always wonder if he could have made a difference. Tom Pappas entered the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as the world’s top-ranked decathlete. He had won the Jesse Owens Award a year Mike Petty earlier, given to the top male athlete in U.S. Track and Field. Of Greek decent and owner of one of the best point totals all time in decathlon, Pappas was looking to make Athens a crowning moment.

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Petty, a Farragut resident and doctor of chiropractic, had noticed something in Pappas’ stride from video of the 2004 U.S. Trials, where the Tennessee All-American finished second after winning the World Championships the year before. Petty worked with Pappas at the University of Tennessee for some time to correct a landing problem that Pappas had when running. Petty’s brand of “muscle testing” integral in diagnosing the problem and accelerating Pappas’ rise to the top. When Pappas asked Petty to accompany him to Athens just in case, Petty declined. He didn’t want to get

Kevin Slimp and Ken Bell of Ken and Kevin’s Road Trip respond to the price of a tour of Graceland.

said, “It’s cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” The two single dads included their kids on the fourth trip to Pawley’s Island, S.C., and they loved every minute. When Kevin was contacted in May by a representative from Athlon Sports, he assumed the company wanted to sponsor the Road Trip website. The rep surprised Kevin by saying he thought the concept was perfect for television. He envisioned cameras inside the car and

at the various stops, with each trip ending at an athletic event. Ken and Kevin took one last trip, a 2,500-mile jaunt from Dallas to Knoxville, without the intrusion of cameras. But their next outing, to the Aug. 10 NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., will be filmed for a pilot. Kevin says he’ll be surprised if the pilot sells, but that Athlon is confident. If Ken and Kevin’s Road Trip leaps to the small screen, he’ll have a new full-time job. If it doesn’t, he’s got plenty of others.

in the way or be a bother, he said. In the opening event of the decathlon, the pole vault, Pappas injured his foot and was forced to withdraw. “I just should have gone,” Petty said. When American sprinter and former Vol Justin Gatlin phoned and asked Petty to accompany him to this year’s Games in London, Petty said he didn’t have to think twice. “The neat part is you develop a relationship, a camaraderie,” Petty said. “That’s what makes it special.” It has been a long, disciplined climb to the top for the Petty. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in pre-med in 1983 and Life Chiropractic College, where he was valedictorian, in 1986, Petty already had a plan in place. He’d heard a colleague address a convention about the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes. It fit nicely with Petty’s lifelong love of sports. When he opened his Concord Chiropractic Clinic in 1986, he made contact with University of Tennessee football coach Johnny Majors. Majors and then-Vols trainer Tim Kerin were interested but wanted to go slow, Petty said. When Kerin passed away suddenly in 1992, his successor, Mike Rollo, maintained a dialogue. UT placekicker Jeff Hall would soon make it more insistent . Petty had steadily gained credibility for his pioneering work with the UT track team. When Hall injured himself in the weight room, the Vol training staff, looking for answers, phoned Petty. “I get this call from Mike Rollo,” Petty said. “They’d tried everything and wanted to know if there was anything I could do. He’d basically jammed his femur into his pelvis do-

ing clean and jerks or squats.” After 10 days with Petty, Hall was back on the practice field booming kick after kick through the uprights. “That’s when (former Vol) coach (Phillip) Fulmer was out there wanting to meet me,” Petty said. “Everybody said, ‘Does that hurt?’ He (Hall) said, ‘No. It feels great.’ So everybody wanted to try it.” Petty is now on staff as part of UT’s sports medicine team. The list of athletes he has helped excel beyond previously displayed limits includes not only the world champion and Olympian Gatlin, but former Vols and Olympians Aries Merritt, Dee Dee Trotter and Tianna Madison. Merritt is on his way to London after winning the U.S. Trials in the 100-meter hurdles, his time of 12.93 seconds missing the meet record by a hundredth of a second. Petty has actively followed Merritt’s progress. “Every time we went to a meet, he hit a PR (personal record),” Petty said. Trotter is making her third Olympic appearance, hitting the mark for London in the 400-meter run. Madison will race for gold in the 100 after a second place trials finish. London will be her first Olympics. Petty, who left for London on Sunday, will be keeping a close eye on Trotter when track and field kicks off Aug. 3. As he’d done with countless Vols under his charge, Petty said he began noticing problems in Trotter’s stride during her run up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He immediately contacted Tennessee director of track and field J.J. Clark. “I texted J.J. and said, ‘You need to check the film on this. She’s running off the side of her foot,’ ” Petty said. If the problem recurs in London, this time Petty said he will be there and is leaving nothing to chance.




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“Interesting. I had a counselor tell me once that I was both Type A and Type B and would be a good case study.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? “My bad back.”

What is your passion? “Helping children.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? “Mark Messier. I am a huge New York Ranger hockey fan. I would love to sit and talk to him.”

Jamie Fusaro

Jamie Fusaro likes to make wishes come true. The 44-year-old Farragut resident who grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, the younger of two sons of Italian parents, doesn’t check his own “wish list” when helping to make magic happen. He works on the list of sick children through his volunteer position with the Make a Wish Foundation. Jamie is a UPS driver and personal trainer, and he likes both jobs. The light in his eyes, however, comes when he talks about his volunteer position as a Wish Granter. “I grew up in an Italian family and was taught that you must be grateful for what you have and then you give back,” says Jamie. “I heard about the Make a Wish Foundation, and I really liked the concept. I started as a donor when I could only give $20 or $30. Then I gave my time, working to help with fundraisers as a volunteer. As you get older, and you start to achieve a balance in your life, you are able to give more back. Folks at the corporate office talked to me about taking the training and becoming a Wish Granter, and I jumped at the opportunity.” Wish Granters are the volunteers who go in teams of two to interview parents and children who have a wish they would like granted through the Make a Wish Foundation. “When you hear some of the stories of what Make a Wish means to the kids and families, it gives me goosebumps.” Jamie, a U.S. Army veteran, recently returned from a visit home to New York City where he helped his grandmother celebrate her 96th birthday. “It was interesting getting back into the energy of the big city. It still goes full throttle. I have known since I spent my last duty in the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., and got a job in Greensboro when I got out that I wanted to stay in this area. I love it here.” Jamie, who is engaged to Karen Casey, has a 15-yearold son, James Patrick Fusaro, a rising freshman at Farragut High School. Sit back and enjoy a coffee break as you get to know Jamie Fusaro.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life? “A soccer coach I had in college. He showed me how sports can be translated into life. Also, Father Tom Stott, a priest in the parish when I lived in Eden, N.C.”

I still can’t quite get the hang of … “Technology and social media.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box? “The cross my grandfather gave me when I graduated from high school. He got it from Italy.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? “I have an older brother who I am very close to, but mom’s advice was ‘Don’t listen to your brother. Be yourself.’ ”

What is the worst job you have ever had? union. Apparently I’m guilty of a lot!”

What is your favorite material possession? “A cross pendant my grandfather gave me.”

What are you reading currently? “I am reading Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Pilgrimage.’ ”

What was your most embarrassing moment? “At a friend’s wedding, I was asked to do a reading. Big Catholic wedding, and I was nervous and had practiced it over and over. At the end of my reading, I said, ‘This is the Lord of the Word,’ instead of ‘This is the Word of the Lord.’ My friends still rag me about it.”

What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

“From ‘A Bronx Tale’ and Robert DeNiro: ‘There is nothing sadder in life than wasted talent.’ ”

“Watch the great white sharks at Seal Island in South Africa, run with the bulls in Spain and go to Fiji and Bora Bora.”

What are you guilty of? “I just came back from my 25-year high school re-

What is one word others often use to describe you?

“Shoveling driveways in the New York winter snows.”

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? “I love ‘Tom and Jerry.’ ”

What irritates you? “Back talk from a 15-year-old son! Suddenly he is so smart, and I apparently know nothing.”

What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? “Restaurant Linderhof. I love local, small, intimate restaurants.”

What is your greatest fear? “It is a tie: Spiders and heights.”

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Christa Keyes of the Knoxville Porcelain Artists shares a plate ■ West Knoxville Kiwanis Club meets 5:30 p.m. every she created at the World Organization of China Painters Tuesday at Shoney’s on School. Pat Maddux, right, and Bonnie Shelton also attended Walker Springs Road. the school. Photos by Wendy Smith

a scroll pattern with paint brook Pike United Method- niors. The event begins with Janet Hasson, right, discusses the Tennessee Sampler Survey exhibit with Jerome Beauchamp, that mimics etching. The ist Church. See members’ a pizza lunch and session Gloria Beauchamp and Merikay Waldvogel. The Beauchamps traveled from Morristown to see cheaper the glass, the better work at the upcoming Ten- with Ryan Otter, MTSU Bithe exhibit. Gloria is a member of the Samuel Doak Chapter of the Daughters of the American ology professor and author nessee Valley Fair. it works, she says. Revolution National Society. of “How to Win the Game Painting can be simply of College: Practical Advice decorative, or it can result in ■ Bearden High from a College Professor.” a mini-masterpiece. Keyes to host college Breakout sessions will created a box that chanseminar follow with topics including neled Thomas Kinkade, and This time last year, my money, applications and tips Maddux painted a cherub “mistress” degrees upon that would feel at home on first child was entering his for admission into highly seI like a good story. My faa Hallmark card. She was senior year of high school, lective colleges. Cost is $5. vorites come from books, graduation. and I was completely over- To register: email Beverly. movies and, of course, newsSamplers were also used unhappy with a crack that whelmed. The college appli- papers. But stories can also to record family history, like showed up on her angel durcation process is daunting, Correction: In last ing the fi ring process and Wendy spring from objects, like neebirth and death records. A but fortunately, there’s help week’s story about James hopes to fi nd an artful way Smith dlework created by schoolfamily that couldn’t afford a out there. Choo’s plan to climb Vinson to camoufl age it. girls in the 18th and 19th cenBible might use a sampler to Bearden High School Massif in Antarctica as a “I told her to put a tattoo turies. Thank goodness we record its history, says Haswill host Get Your College fundraiser for Dream Conon it,” said Keyes. have Jennifer Core and Janet son. GAME ON at 11 a.m. Mon- nection, the photo was takThe Knoxville Porcelain Hasson to translate. For more info: www. stitch, are best at telling stoArtists meet at 10 a.m. on day, Aug. 6, immediately en at the peak of Aconcagua Core and Hasson created ries. They typically include fourth Thursdays at Middle- following Dawg Day for se- in Argentina. the nonprofit Tennessee the name of the stitcher and ■ New ways to Sampler Survey in 2004. her hometown. Sometimes, Core is director of programs produce an they include the name of at the East Tennessee Histhe teacher who instructed old art form torical Society, and Hasson the stitcher. More advanced is director and genealogist The Knoxville Porcelain efforts include motifs like for the survey. They have Artists are all about sharing houses and flowers. documented 175 samplers Many of the girls who new techniques, so memand embroideries that date produced samplers during bers Christa Keyes and Pat from settlement to 1900, this time learned needle- Maddux were more than and 135 of those are from work at school. By 1830, happy to present what they Tennessee. every town with a name learned at this year’s World Ninety-five percent of the of China had a female academy, says Organization documented pieces are in PHONE PHONE/FAX Hasson. Girls from upper- Painters School held recentfamily collections, Core said class families were sent to ly in Oklahoma City, Okla. during last week’s Brown This art form has as much academies to learn basics in Bag lecture at the East Tenreading, writing and math, variety as those who pracnessee History Center. Each as well as ornamental arts, tice it. The samples shown piece was photographed and by Keyes and Maddux were music and languages. analyzed, and owners were “It trained them to catch painted with brushes, pens, interviewed. Core and Hassponges and even fingers a good husband,” she says. son followed up with archiThe Knoxville Female on such surfaces as wineval research on each stitcher. Academy, later called the glasses, cutting boards, The women hope to conEast Tennessee Female In- decorative boxes and plates. clude the project by writing stitute, was located on Sum- My favorite was a winea book, hosting a sympomit Hill. Students earned glass painted by Keyes in sium and putting together an exhibit of actual needlework, rather than the photos that are currently part of HAMMER the exhibit. Samplers, which consist With dinner purchase of $25 or more of rows of alphabets and numerals worked in cross Choice of Crab Ragoon or Chinese Donut

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government Do numbers lie? As Groucho Marx liked to missioner R. Larry Smith say: Who you gonna believe, who seemed determined to disprove our story. me or your lying eyes? “We will not have final, honest numbers until November,� Caldwell told the commissioners. “We will have hard estimates (on Sandra any surplus) when we close Clark the books in September.� The reason, he said, is the county continues to pay its payables. A couple of weeks ago, we (This begs the question requested information from of whether the county has the Trustee’s Office. The spent more than was budquestion was simple: How geted in its adopted balmuch property taxes and anced budget.) sales taxes have you collectCaldwell said the “Halls ed for the fiscal year ending Shopper� numbers are corJune 30, 2012? rect, but do not tell the whole The answer was clear: story. He said the county Property tax collections in- budgeted to collect $1.1 milcluding delinquent taxes and lion in delinquent taxes and fees: $261,463,386; sales fees, but the Trustee’s Office tax: $141,164,674 for a total exceeded expectations, colcollected: $402,628,060. lecting $2.1 million. The budget adopted for “We can’t count on that the same fiscal year showed kind of increase every year anticipated collections of because as they do a better $248,769,308 (property); job there will be fewer de$136,514,750 (sales) for a linquent taxes to collect,� he total: $385,284,058. said. Wheel tax collections The difference is $17.3 are flat, he said, and the million which I called a fee offices are performing “surplus� and questioned about as budgeted. whether County CommisClassic misdirection. sion would opt to use any Caldwell represents his or all of it for one-time boss, Mayor Tim Burchett, requests from the school who does not want commisboard, not covered in the sioners to get excited about budget adopted for the cur- spending a surplus. rent fiscal year. Nope. Mayor Tim would Simple, right? prefer to announce it himWrong. self in the fall, take credit The county’s interim for wise management and finance director, Chris maybe even find another Caldwell, met with com- school to build that the missioners last Monday to school board didn’t ask for. discuss collections. He was We’re not backing up on grilled specifically by Com- this. There’s more to come.


Republicans cross the finish line While the gathering really wasn’t about politics, if there had been any more Republicans assembled on the steps at Helen Ross McNabb Center the other day and if there had been some kind of tasty vittles served, they could have called it something like, Oh, the Lincoln Day Dinner or the Duncan Family Barbecue.

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Oh, wait ‌ guess those names are taken. Anyway, with Attorney General Randy Nichols as the only self-declared Democrat in sight – and there are those who question whether there really is a “Dâ€? after his name and others who note that his first name does, indeed, start with an “Râ€? – there was hardly a Dem to be found. But all joking aside, the group gathered to announce an important new mental health pilot project for Knox County that is hoped will be such a success it will be implemented statewide. The legislation allows persons with mental illness or severe emotional disturbance to receive comprehensive health care services on an outpatient basis after processing through the court system. Initially, 10 persons a year will participate in the program. The bill was sponsored by Knox County’s Sen. Becky Massey and Rep. Ryan Haynes and Blount County’s

At the press conference at Helen Ross McNabb Center are Nick Pavlis, Steve Hall, Ryan Haynes, Doug Varney, Becky Massey, Randy Nichols, Doug Overbey, Andy Black, Tim Burchett and Jimmy “J.J.� Jones. Photo by Jacob Swisher Sen. Doug Overbey and Rep. Bob Ramsey – Republicans all, and that’s why the gathering looked something like a family reunion. Joining the group were Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones and County Mayor Tim Burchett, along with city of Knoxville Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis and Rep. Steve Hall. Even Doug Varney, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, who hails from Johnson City and was on hand to offer remarks, has a strong local Republican connection. His daughter, Leandra Varney, is among a group of young people who will help staff Republican headquarters here and will be working throughout East Tennessee on behalf of the Romney campaign. Andy Black, CEO and president of the McNabb Center, was host and introduced the speakers, saying that McNabb “fully supports a program that works to help individuals with an untreated mental illness receive quality and compassionate care.�

Burchett said that while he had worked hard to pass similar legislation while serving in the legislature, “It was Massey and Haynes who carried this across the finish line.� Overbey remarked that the jails “have become the largest place to treat the mentally ill� and noted that the legislation is especially timely because of the recent closing of Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. Massey said it is her hope that the bill “will stop the revolving door that keeps these

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them, so I just sort of slid back in my chair a bit, out of the way.� And then there are the disappointing incidents – like having your yard signs destroyed or stolen. “Except for a few that friends have asked for and distributed them, I put up every one of those signs myself.� On Pierce’s website there’s a photo of a mangled sign, still standing, but looking as if it has a couple of band aids on it. “Nope. Those aren’t band aids,� the candidate laughs, “They’re orange duct tape. Hey, it works!� Pierce says his interest in government and history runs deep. “I was the first in my family to graduate from high school. My Granddaddy couldn’t even read or write. But I remember sitting with my Daddy and Granddaddy in front of an old black and white TV in 1956 watching the returns come in for

President Eisenhower. And he’s always appreciated a good yarn. “There was a little country store in Giles County, where I grew up. It was a place people went to exchange news and stories – a gathering place, kind of like the Hardee’s in Karns where people gather in the mornings – so I grew up listening. I really enjoy people.� It must have been a big leap from that small farming community to the University of Tennessee, where Pierce received both graduate and undergraduate degrees and met his wife, Lavonne. The two first rented a house in West Haven, then bought their first house off Pleasant Ridge Road and eventually built a home in Karns. They have lived in the 89th District their entire 39 years of marriage. Pierce retired a few months ago after more than 35 years in the housing industry. He was executive


GOSSIP AND LIES â– During debate on whether the commission would open meetings with a prayer (it passed, 10-1), Commissioner R. Larry Smith said he understands how minorities feel because he himself is often in a minority. When is that, Larry? A. In a roomful of short people. B. At a gathering of ex-wives. C. Stumbling into a Phi Beta Kappa meeting. â– Shannondale School has imploded with multiple reassignments, transfers and resignations. What disrupts a school most? A. A tradition of academic excellence and involved parents. B. A rogue custodian, secretary and P.E. teacher. C. A dispassionate, yet micromanaging, superintendent.

Bo Pierce: ‘Retired but not tired’ Win, lose or draw, and in spite of 105 degree heat on some days and pouring rain on others, working before daylight or after dark at times, William “Bo� Pierce says he has truly enjoyed campaigning for the state House in the new 89th District. Part of the reason has to be that he’s such an affable guy. A born storyteller, he’s also a great listener. It’s clear that he likes to enjoy himself, even when the task at hand is a serious one. And don’t be fooled for a minute. He takes this race very seriously. But it hasn’t been all knocking on doors, making new friends and swapping tales. There have been some tense moments, one at a public appearance last week when two of his opponents got into a rather heated debate with each other. “I was seated between the two of

patients repeatedly admitted to psychiatric hospitals or confined to jail on minor charges by getting them the help they need to get their illness under control.� Haynes said the legislation marks “a truly great day in Knox County. This is a problem that doesn’t get the attention it needs from the federal government. What we want to do is spend on the front end so we can save on the back end. There are many people who can be served outside of jail or a hospital.�

lative process and was able to have some influence and impact on housing legislation.� Pierce says his major areas of focus in Nashville will be education, economic development, public safety and quality of life. He says he’s working hard for the job: “I may be retired, but I’m not tired!�

Bo Pierce with the women in his life – daughter Rebecca, at left, a teacher at Hardin Valley Academy, and wife Lavonne, who is a secretary at the school. Photo submitted

director at Knox County Housing Authority for most of that time, retiring as vice president at Knoxville’s Community Development Corp (KCDC). He was also president of the Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities for 20 years.

It was that latter position that found Pierce heavily involved in legislative issues, meeting frequently in Nashville with legislators on housing matters. During those years, Pierce says, “I went to a lot of committee meetings working through the legis-

This is the last in our four-part series profiling the candidates in the newly-created state House 89th District race. Because there is no Democrat candidate, the winner of the Aug.2 Republican primary will represent the district in Nashville. The candidates are Tim Hutchison, Roger Kane, Joey McCulley and William “Bo� Pierce. The district consists of Karns, Hardin Valley, Solway, West Haven and part of Norwood.

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Plant closing throws lives into limbo It was already hot at the RockTenn plant when the first shift reported at 6:45 a.m. July 10, but what everybody’s going to remember about that morning won’t be the stifling heat. It will be the order to go upstairs for a meeting. Despite knowing that they had turned a hefty profit the month before, something didn’t feel right. “Usually they tell us the day before that bigwigs are going to be in here tomorrow, but this was a surprise,” said Joe Vespo, an Indiana native who operates a Flexographic machine, a one-stop wonder that prints, folds, glues and bundles cardboard boxes. “I take all kinds of pride in my work. I believe I’m the best Flexo operator west of the eastern seaboard.” He has worked at the plant on Anderson Road for almost 20 years.

Betty Bean “We all go upstairs, and one guy said, ‘This meeting can’t be good because they didn’t buy us any biscuits and orange juice.’ ” Then the suits walked in. Six of them, lined up in a row. One did all the talking. “They were from corporate and none of us had ever seen them before,” Vespo said. “He proceeded to say they are closing the Knoxville RockTenn plant down in 60 days. It was like ‘Whoa!’ ” “Everybody was just mesmerized by the thought of losing their jobs,” said Boyd Haynes, who is Vespo’s helper on the Flexo machine, a job he took when

Moment of truth draws near It is (winning) football time in Tennessee and we fans are so excited and optimistic and probably so full of it as to overlook facts. Derek Dooley did it. He said the Southeastern Conference won’t have Tennessee to kick around anymore. Players cheered. Sounds great! On the flip side, we have sobering news. Vanderbilt’s James Franklin defeated Dooley in media day quips and fist bumps. Later, we learned that Dooley is not on the same coaching planet

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with the great Nick Saban. Experts who claim great insight say Dooley ranks 14th among SEC coaches. That is behind everybody, the new guys and even Joker Phillips of Kentucky. Oh, you say Joker decked Derek nose-to-nose in No-

his previous job in quality control was phased out. He’s been at RockTenn for nearly 23 years. “They said it was because they didn’t have room to expand,” Vespo said. “For (the profit we generated in) a month, I’d knock a wall down.” There’s been a box-making plant on Anderson Road since 1947, through numerous owners. Over the years, they’ve been good corporate citizens whose employees have donated labor to make boxes for the Empty Stocking Fund and volunteered at nearby Shannondale Elementary School. The pay at RockTenn is good, the benefits are good, and both men had planned to retire there. But Haynes, 52, and Vespo, 50, are too young to retire, but old enough, they fear, to make job-hunting difficult. There are other considerations, too. “Everybody was pretty much in shock,” said Haynes, a Knoxville native. “It’s not just about losing the job. We’re like family here. It’s been an honor to vember. No, I had not forgotten but I’m trying. The great mentor Saban says Dooley is doing a really good job, considering his troubling inheritance and that he had a stroke or two of bad luck last season. Dooley, asked to evaluate himself, dodged the issue. He said we live in a world of results and people think we are what our record says we are. Tennessee was 1-7 last season against league foes. That says the Vols were very bad, as in almost awful. It does not address circumstances or declare that Dooley is doomed. It is past tense, then instead of now. It does not take into account lessons learned, injuries healed, improved talent, greater depth or prog-

Boyd Haynes and Joe Vespo have worked together for two decades. That will end when the RockTenn plant closes Sept. 7. Photo by Betty Bean

work with all these people. We’re with each other in the plant more than we’re with our families, especially in the fall when (making boxes for) Amazon kicks in and it’s nonstop, 24 hours a day.” “One guy asked how many of those plants were union? He said they’d closed 12 plants and 11 of them were union, but in the same breath, he said that wasn’t the reason. I would not want to have his job – telling all these employees they’re not

going to have a job,” Vespo said. Haynes and Vespo praised plant manager Mike Woody, who was transferred here from Alabama and will also lose his job in September. “He’s as fine a man as I’ve ever worked with,” Haynes said. Haynes said there’s been discussion among the workforce about getting together and trying to buy and operate the plant themselves – “I’d go for that in a heart-

ress in speed, strength and endurance – plus a crowd of new assistants with bonus enticements for bowl games. Speaking of Saban and other high authorities, SEC coaches and assembled media, in secret ballot but public proclamation, said our No. 1 man, Tyler Bray, our reason for faith in the future, is not even close to being the best quarterback in the league. Can you believe Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, Aaron Murray of Georgia, A.J. McCarron of Alabama and maybe two or three others are all better than Bray? And we have been worrying about him leaving early for the NFL? In our world of results, you could say Bray, with minimum help, has not

beaten anybody that matters. But we know he will. Any day now, he will come of age. He is maturing. He may even grow up to make better decisions, and throw only footballs. He is smart. He grasps several languages. He can read the strong safety, understand offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and communicate with all-world receiver Da’Rick Rogers. Just wait, Bray will prove he can win when the chips are on the proverbial table. Or, in this case, on the turf at the Georgia Dome, final Friday night in August, the moment of truth. This opener is the most important game in the coaching life of Derek Dooley and the playing career of Tyler Bray.

beat, just to have a job.” But he doesn’t sound optimistic about pulling that off. He’s sending out resumes, but hasn’t heard anything yet. Both are very worried about health insurance. And both Haynes and Vespo have second jobs – Hayes farms and Vespo is a locksmith (he can be reached at 306-3357). There are some 85 employees in the plant and Mike Adams is the union representative for most of them. He has worked there for 24 years and will be one of the recipients of the severance package he’s negotiating. More than half of his people have been at the plant for 20-plus years, one family for three generations. He says he worries most about the young ones. “This isn’t happening because of making money or losing money. They cannot expand enough to keep up expectations, to keep the main stockholders happy. When you work for a bunch of lawyers and doctors, all they see is dollar signs,” Adams said. Because it will be televised on one of ESPN’s junior channels and because a few million high school fans will be otherwise engaged, the whole world won’t be watching but we’ll have a quorum. And the outcome against North Carolina State will tell us whether we do or don’t have what it takes. Whip the Wolfpack and you set a tone for good things to come. Lose that one and … To restore confidence, if not jubilation, I say Tennessee is somewhat better. The facts I will no longer ignore are these: Talk, even by Saban and Dooley, is mostly meaningless. Results matter. Ready or not, here comes a football run for your life. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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Wise puts a ‘face’ on Pellissippi programs By Sherri Gardner Howell When Dr. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College, thinks about “Brandy,” he sees some of the best things about his job and the college he calls home. Wise told members and guests at Rotary Club of Farragut that Brandy is a Pellissippi State alum who hopes to soon be teaching in a local school system. “She is a graduate of Pellissippi and has been a student at multiple campuses, taking classes at the Blount County campus, Hardin Valley and online,” Wise said. “She came to us not sure what she wanted to do, but, through our courses, she decided she wanted to be a teacher.” Brandy has six children but was able to get an Associate of Science degree in teaching from Pellissippi. Then, looking forward, Pellissippi helped her enter the Two Plus Two program, a partnership with Tennessee Tech that is

Dr. Wesley M. White, director of Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, talks to Rotary Club of Farragut about prostate cancer. allowing Brandy to complete her junior and senior years as a Tennessee Tech student, taking her classes at Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley campus. “Brandy was able to fulfill her dream of a college education while still fulfilling her

commitment to her family,” Wise said. Wise updated the club members on Tennessee’s progress in the Complete College program, a national and state project designed to raise Tennessee’s graduation rate and standing in education. “We have been focused on our plan of work for Complete College at Pellissippi since January 2010,” Wise said. “The goal is for our nation to once again become a leader in higher education attainment by 2020. Complete College changed the way Tennessee colleges are funded from the number of students enrolled to graduation outcomes. Because of Complete College, we have developed stronger partnerships and connections with other higher education institutions and with workforce development.” While at the meeting, Wise was presented with a check for $3,500 from Rotary Club of Farragut for the college’s

Pellissippi State Community College President Anthony Wise, right, accepts a check for $3,500 for the Pellissippi State Foundation from Rotary Club of Farragut representatives Lee Mrazek, left, and Staci Wilkerson. The money, raised through the club’s Adult Spelling Bee, is earmarked for the college’s adult education program. ily for four weeks as a part of the Family to Family foreign exchange program. The Newsom’s daughter, Liz, just returned from spending four weeks with Jule’s family in Bruchsal. Dr. Wesley M. White, director of Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery at the UT Medical Center, talked about prostate cancer, pointing out that it is the No. 1 cancer found in men in the U.S. “The latest data we have

Adult Education program. The Rotary raised the money through their annual Adult Spelling Bee event. The July 25 meeting of the Rotary Club of Farragut began with a gift from across the seas. Jule Hecht of Bruchsal, Germany, presented Farragut club president Bruce Williamson with a banner from the Bruchsal-Bretten club in her hometown. Jule is visiting the John and Susan Newsom fam-

problem with this country is leaks to the media from well-positioned sources in the government. He uses as just one example leaks to the media that the CIA was tracking the movement of terrorwith service overseas, and sentation was just as alarm- ists through their mobile a graduate of the Army’s ing as the first – and just as devices – telephones, etc. Airborne and Armored Cav- thought-provoking. The media made public the alry Schools and the United It’s clear that Jarret’s un- information, “and instantly States Air Force Special In- derstanding of what’s hap- they went dark.” The terrorvestigations Academy. pening in the Middle East ists reverted to messaging Jarret, Knox County law goes much deeper and fur- via human runners. It was director, spoke on the sub- ther than just an everyday a costly mistake in human ject of terrorism for the sec- knowledge gathered from lives. ond time this year to mem- news sources. As to what fanatical IsAnd Jarret makes no lamic terrorists think of bers of West Knox Rotary. The second half of his pre- bones about thinking a the rest of us, Jarret said,

“If you’re not one of them, you’re the enemy. It’s ingrained in their culture. “What we have are state-sponsored terrorists. In Muslim countries, there is no separation of church and state. Their actions are dictated by what they believe the Koran says.” Jarret said Israel’s Mossad “is the best intelligence gathering operation in the world. They’re so formidable because they have people on the ground. Joe Jarret Photo by A. Hart They’re not relying on sateldy’s Banquet Hall on Kingslites.” West Knox Rotary meets ton Pike in Bearden. Info: at noon on Fridays at Bud-

Jarret delivers an expert look at terrorism By Anne Hart Joe Jarret’s staccato delivery of the chilling particulars about terrorism is one indicator that he knows well what he’s talking about. Another is the fact that he has lived it. He is a former active duty United States Army Combat Arms Officer and former United States Air Force Special Agent


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Locals leave for mission trips Two 19-year-old young men from Farragut have left for two-year missionary trips. Both are members of the Farragut ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Webb High School class of 2011 graduate Nello Pesci will serve in the Nevada Las Vegas mission. He is the son of N.J. and Mary-Anne Pesci and attends Brigham Young University. Farragut High School class of 2011 graduate Trey Sexton will serve in the Australia Adelaide mission. He is the son of David

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‘The House of the Lord’ But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?â€? I will raise up your offspring after you. ‌ He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (2 Samuel 7:4-5, 7, 12b, 13 NRSV) “The House of the Lord.â€? Now there is a phrase that means very different things, depending on the context. In the Scripture quoted above, David, the King, is offering to build a temple for God. His motives apparently are not entirely selfless: he wants to glorify God, certainly, but he also wants to assuage his feelings of guilt. As the King states it, he himself lives in a house of cedar, but the Lord God does not have a permanent home. Apparently David is the only one concerned about that inequity. God reasons that moving about among the people is more His style, and moreover, did He ever ask for a house of cedar? I thought about this passage last Sunday. I was visiting my daughter Jordan in Memphis, and since her house was right behind St. John’s Episcopal Church, I visited there. I had done the same last July, when we moved her into her house, and so when the church bells began ringing for the 10:30 service, I walked across the street and slipped into a pew about two-thirds of the way back. (It always helps this Methodist girl to kneel and stand at the right times if I am far enough back in the nave to see a lot of folks in front of me!) Because I was looking at the pews, trying to decide which one I would choose, it was only when I sat down, then knelt, that I lifted my eyes to the chancel.

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say the least, stunning. I sometimes feel sorry for David that he was not allowed to build a house for his Lord. He was, after all, “a man after God’s own heart.� (1 Samuel 12:14) But God had other plans. God would pass the torch to David’s son, who was yet unborn. God promised that when David had died, God would raise up David’s son, the son of his body, and that God would establish his kingdom. And then God said, “I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.� (2 Samuel 7: 14) So it was that Solomon, David’s son, would build a house for God: the great Temple of Jerusalem. There would not have been saints or disciples or pictures of Christ in that worship space: no graven images allowed, and besides, there were no saints or disciples yet, and Jesus the Christ was generations away. No matter where we worship – on a hillside, in a cathedral, in a log chapel, in a temple, in a church – God is present and is glorified.

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Our Fall Banquet for Lost Sheep Ministry (September 27) is fortunate to have as our keynote speaker Barbara Dooley. Barbara Dooley, wife of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley and mother of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, is a hilarious spitfire in her own right. Her personal stories are colorful and witty and often sound too unreal to be true. She is an author, radio and television personality, nonprofit volunteer, career woman and a dynamic speaker. Barbara is a cancer survivor who can speak to the emotions of that experience and its positive outcome. While being married to Vince Dooley for almost 50 years, she has created her own success and identity. She enthralls those who are fortunate enough to hear her speak. Plan now to attend the banquet and hear Barbara Dooley!

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Koolioz! Cash mob in Hardin Valley County Mayor Tim Burchett shows his grape-colored hand with Sophie and Ceci Pumariega while dad Ore Pumariega watches them put their signature handprints on Koolioz’s wall. The handprints idea originated from employee Georgette Weeks to decorate the plain, white walls. Photos by T. Edwards of

By Theresa Edwards Koolioz! frozen yogurt shop was packed for the sixth cash mob initiated by County Mayor Tim Burchett. It was the first in Hardin Valley. “This makes me feel good, the folks who came to help out. People in this area are good people,” said Burchett. “Those here understand small business is the backbone of our country’s economic future. We know that when we lose the small stores, these moms and pops, they’ll be gone forever and we’ll replace them with some big, multinational box store, and you won’t have 30 flavors of yogurt. You’ll have one. So, I’m glad to be able to help out small businesses.” “We are thrilled, honored they would choose us,” said co-owner Ore Pumariega. “We’ve just been here a year and hope to be here a long time. We love the Hardin Valley community and live just up the street. “Our yogurt has more of a southern taste,” said Pumariega. “It’s healthier than ice cream. We strive for that, having the no-sugar-added, Carson, mom Angie, Reese, dad Mike and Jackson Tucker the sorbets and other special- enjoy frozen yogurt at Koolioz. “We come here all the time,” ties we rotate in. People men- said Angie. tion how it’s different and “It’s scrumptious, phe- said David Barnett. they like it.” The Tucker family also freThe Barnett family visits nomenal,” said daughter Briquents Koolioz. “It’s my five often. “This is my favorite ana. “It’s more of a creamy minutes of kid time, when I place to go for frozen yogurt,” flavor, similar to ice cream,” can feel like a kid again,” said said Joy Barnett.

REUNIONS ■ Carter High School Class of 1957 will hold its 55-year reunion 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Chop House at Exit 407 off I-40. Info: Peggy Wilson, 933-2608 or Sue Walker, 933-3077. ■ Central High School Class of 1944 will have its 2012 reunion at noon Thursday, Aug. 16, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Info/registration: Carolyn C. Mynatt, 5849530 or Dr. Jim Tumblin, ■ Gibbs High School Class of 1977 will have its 35th reunion Oct. 27. Contact information is needed for those planning to attend. Email your name, address and phone number to gibbsclassof1977@gmail. com or call 688-4727 or 922-3060. ■ Halls High School Class of 1992 will hold its 20year reunion Saturday, Sept. 1, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Info: Jennifer Corum, 654-1317 or email jennifercorum@

Friends Taylor Layman and Natalie Lay add toppings on their frozen yogurt. husband Mike Tucker as he eats his strawberry, orange, lemonade yogurt with gummy bears, and Nerds toppings. Their children always love chocolate with sprinkles and gummy worms. The next day, tallies were

in. “We did really well. It was the best day we ever had. It really was a success,” said clerk Georgette Weeks. Koolioz! is located at 10645 Hardin Valley Road, near Pellissippi Parkway, next to Double Dogs.

■ Standard Knitting Mills reunion is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center. Any employee or relative is welcome. Food donations are accepted; limited to finger foods. Info: 523-5463. ■ Wilkerson Reunion is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Big Ridge State Park. Bring a covered dish.

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Samuel Evan Maupin of Troop 20 has received his Eagle Scout award at an Eagle Court of Honor. He received numerous honors including an American flag flown over the United States Capitol and a proclamation from U.S. Rep. John Duncan’s office. Evan’s Eagle Scout project was the construction of an outdoor classroom at West High School. He is a third generation Eagle Scout and a rising senior at Bearden High School. Evan is the son of Ken and LeAnn Maupin. Photo submitted

Pam Williams, Dustin Day and Vickey Beard of the YMCA stand with some of the fruits (and veggies) of the community garden at the Davis Y off Northshore Drive. Walmart gave the Davis Y a grant for the garden last winter. With the help of Master Gardeners, Y Teen Leaders and Y staff members, the garden has provided food for the Y’s summer day camp program at Beaumont Elementary School. Photo submitted

UT NOTES ■ Christian Parigger, associate professor of physics, and Jacqueline Johnson, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering, along with Robert Splinter of Splinter Consultants, have developed a technology that harnesses the power of lasers to find, map and non-invasively destroy cancerous tumors. A video about the research can be viewed by visiting watch?v=9I2M_7oCOGs ■ UT Extension will offer two workshops at the Eastern Region Office, 1801 Downtown West Blvd., on how to utilize computer programs to better manage your farm financial records. A daytime workshop will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 14. An evening workshop will be offered 6-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 1314. Space is limited to 15 participants per workshop. The Quicken program will be used but not provided. Cost is $20. Info or to register: David Bilderback, or 423-798-1710, or Alice Rhea, or 200-4527.

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My FBI story By Jake Mabe OK, I’ll admit it. I have always wanted to be a federal agent. It started when I was a kid, I guess. I devoured former News Sentinel columnist Don Whitehead’s book “The FBI Story.” I did a report on J. Edgar Hoover in the 5th grade. I loved reruns of the TV series “The FBI” with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and I was one of about five people who rooted for Melvin Purvis instead of Johnny Dillinger in the 1973 Warren Oates movie “Dillinger.” I had even started to suspect that acting FBI director L. Patrick Gray was Deep Throat, the infamous Watergate source who told Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward to “Follow the money” while investigating the scandal that would bring down President Richard Nixon’s administration. Who else but an FBI agent, I reasoned, would have that kind of information? (I was close. Deep Throat was Gray’s No. 2 guy at the bureau: W. Mark Felt.) So, when I was asked to accompany the interns on a tour of Knoxville’s FBI building last Tuesday, I didn’t have to be asked twice. I felt like a kid at Christmas. Security was tight, as you

An exterior view of the Federal Bureau of Investigation building off Middlebrook Pike. Cellphones and cameras were not allowed inside the building. Photo by Ruth White

straight out of James Bond. Out in the garage, we saw the bureau’s Humvee as well as a van that looks like it would be used in a stakeout. I was tickled to learn that the male FBI agents are still expected to wear coats and ties. They can dress down on casual day. Most of the time. Alas, they don’t fingerprint suspects anymore using the ink blotter that was a staple of shows like “The FBI” and “Dragnet.” And, I doubt the agents still wear fedoras. (Most of the male employees I saw did not have on coats and ties.) But, for almost two hours last Tuesday, I finally got to live out my own “FBI Story.” Kid in a candy store. Better than Christmas.

can imagine. We couldn’t take cameras or even cellphones along. Our tour guide was Ronda Stewart, secretary to the Assistant Special Agent in Charge. The tour was facilitated by former FBI employee Judy McCarter. The first thing you see inside the main building is a large photograph of Hoover in the lobby, along with photos of his successors. The lobby’s floor is dominated by the FBI seal. We saw the bureau’s collection of weapons, including an old Tommy gun similar to the kind Purvis and his crew would have used against the Dillinger gang. We saw a briefcase gun, used to protect the president of the United States, which looked like something

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‘Investigating’ the FBI By Madeline Lonas The interns seem to be in a lot of trouble lately. Last week they were sent to Juvenile Court, and this week they had a meeting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Many people don’t know the FBI has a location in Tennessee, let alone multiple locations. The Knoxville office is located right off of Middlebrook Pike. The FBI focuses on threats that challenge the foundations of American society or involve dangers too large or complex for any local or state authority to handle alone. Their top 10 priorities are the following: 1. Protect the United States from terrorist attack 2. Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage 3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technolo-

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then gives them 20 weeks of training. The training involves physical workouts, firearms, legal defense and more. The training takes place in various locations with different climates around the United States. Agents are issued gear that weighs up to 60 lbs; this includes a bulletproof vest, ammunition, and a gun. Not every agent knows the details of every case. They only know what’s going on in their assigned cases. Not all employees have the same access to the building. The FBI is a very private organization. They take security very seriously. It’s not uncommon for employees to have their credentials challenged. Being a huge fan of the TV show “Criminal Minds,” I felt honored being able to have a tour of the building. With all of the high technology and security, it really made me feel safe.

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A view high above the beautiful 350 foot deep quarry near Fort Dickerson in South Knoxville. Photo by Ethan Sanders

What a view! By Ruth White The view of the city of Knoxville’s skyline is breathtaking from the ridge in South Knoxville. Shopper interns were able to see the city from a different vantage point last week and learn about its rich Civil War era history. Carol Evans, executive director of the Legacy Parks Foundation, showed the interns historical sites in Knoxville that are more than just land, but pieces of history. First stop on the tour was the 1,000acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness Corridor along Knoxville’s downtown waterfront. The corridor contains 10 parks, nearly 20 miles of recreational trails, three Civil War forts, historic settlement sites, and diverse ecological features and recreational amenities. It links the acquired properties into an incredible historical, recreational, cultural and environmental experience. As the group explored the area, Evans pointed out remnants of the Civil War battles fought in Knoxville in 1863. The foundation works to

ensure that the community is able to enjoy recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces in the Knoxville area and that these assets last for generations to come. The second stop on the tour was Fort Dickerson in South Knoxville. The 85acre historic park is one of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era and rests on a high knob across from downtown. The view on the north shows the city all the way to the high ridges beyond Fountain City, and the foothills and high peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains are visible to the south. Scenic trails wind from the high point of the park down to the quarry. Posted throughout the area are markers to preserve the historical information of the fort and to educate visitors of the rich history in Knoxville. According to park signage, Fort Dickerson was a Union position that was the “major factor� in the defense of Knoxville. “Occupied on Nov. 1, 1863,� the state marker says, “by the 2nd Brig. (Col.

Ethan Sanders gets an up close look at a replica cannon on the grounds of Ft. Dickerson. Carol Evans, executive director of the Legacy Parks Foundation, smiles as the interns get a first glance of the quarry near Fort Dickerson. Photos by Ruth White

Daniel Cameron) 3rd Div. XXIII Corps, its gunfire broke up an attempt on Nov. 15-16 by Confederate cavalry which had come via Sweetwater and Maryville to seize these heights in (Confederate Gen. James) Longstreet’s bid to capture the city.� The battle fought near Fort Dickerson lasted for nearly two hours, much longer than the more famous 15-minute battle at Fort Sanders.

This week, the interns got to experience some of the neatest sites Knoxville has to offer. Our first duty of the day was to meet with Carol Evans, executive director from the Legacy Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is aiming to expand green space; secure funding for land acquisition, park improvements and recreation programs, and provide for and maintain greenway and conservation easements. As of now, greenways are being built from Alcoa Highway to Maryville. Today, Evans would be showing us the historic Civil War forts in Knoxville. We headed down Old Civil War Road only to find arguably the best view of Knoxville. Evans explained the significance of this sight and what we can do to make sure these areas stay beautiful. She states, “This is our Lookout Mountain� (referring to the stunning mountain in Chattanooga). Heading back down the road, Evans pointed out a hidden Civil War trench where battles also took place. We then drove to the breathtaking Fort Dickerson. Evans explained that the Parks Foundation is always making sure that this area is clean and kept at its best for Knoxville citizens. An interesting fact she shared with us is that Knoxville is scattered with Civil War forts that some people may not even know about. While building the new

sorority houses on the UT campus, multiple artifacts from battles were found, including an area where the trenches dug by cannon wheels were still evident. It’s crazy to think that locations where battles that had such a big impact on our state might have taken place right down the road from your house! After leaving Carol, we headed to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a tour of the FBI, led by Ronda Stewart, secretary for the Special Agent in Charge. The new building is gigantic compared to the old one and will feature almost 100,000 square feet more than the previous building when complete. During the tour we were taken inside the gun vault and shown some of the weapons and safety equipment used by the FBI team. The interns learned that agents need to be in the best possible shape because when they are dressed in their gear and equipped with their weapons, they carry an additional 60 pounds. Security at the federal building is tight and we were not allowed access to many areas, but it was interesting to go behind the scenes. What a wonderful experience for us interns – a trip to see the sites of battles that shaped Tennessee history and the place that keeps Tennessee safe.

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Fall leads Knoxville man to doctor who invented ‘Dog Bone’ implant It was last Sept. 26 that 80-year-old Thomas Avera of Knoxville saw the newspaper article about a dog bone. Actually, it was a story about a dog bone-shaped artificial shoulder implant invented by Dr. Paul Brady of Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics at Parkwest Medical Center. But Avera was so impressed by Brady’s knowledge that he saved the article and made a vow. “When I read that, I said, ‘That guy’s pretty smart. If I ever have anything wrong with my shoulder, he’s the man I’m going to see,’ ” Avera recounted. That time came sooner than expected. Thirty-seven days later, Avera’s fall down a slippery slope while blowing leaves landed him in Parkwest’s emergency department and, ultimately, Brady’s office, with the second-worst shoulder injury the orthopedic surgeon had ever seen. “A rotator cuff has four muscles that become tendons and those tendons attach to the bone,” explained Brady. “A typical rotator cuff tear involves one tear, a really bad rotator cuff tear involves two, a horrific massive one involves three, and Mr. Avera’s was three-and-a-half. His was the second-worst injury I have seen. I did have one patient who had torn four, but that was because of a fall from a 30-foot ladder – a much worse fall than Mr. Avera’s.” For Avera, the nightmare began Nov. 2 between 8 and 9 in the morning. “I was blowing leaves with a backpack leaf blower,” Avera recounted. “I wanted to start early because with a little dew on the ground I wouldn’t have all the dust. But I stepped on a little wet slope, slipped and fell. I fell sideways on my right shoulder and didn’t have time to put my arm out to catch myself or anything. I fell full force. When I hit, I knew I had done some damage.” He flagged down his wife, Dot, who was mowing a nearby field and told her he had fallen. “I asked him if he was hurt, and he said yes,” said Dot. “For him

Thomas Avera’s right shoulder was left hanging only by skin and soft tissue after a fall while blowing leaves last November.

to say ‘yes,’ I knew he had to be hurt pretty badly.” Still, Avera declined his wife’s offer to call for an ambulance and insisted that she drive him to Parkwest instead. “Big mistake,” said Dot. “He passed out twice before we got to the hospital.” At the emergency room, Avera was put under anesthesia, his shoulder reset and his arm put in a sling. Then, he was off to see Brady, who was attending patients at his Lenoir City office that day. Even without an appointment, he got in. “I like to take care of things quickly, particularly injuries like that,” said Brady. “His would’ve been a nightmare – if not impossible – to repair had we waited.” After allowing several days for Avera’s swelling to subside and an MRI, Brady went to work. With Avera under anesthesia, Brady rotated Avera’s arm around, looking for a point of resistance. There was none. “I could rotate his arm all the way around and just keep go-

Avera fashioned this T-shaped device from PVC tubing to aid in his rehabilitation.

ing,” Brady said. “There was very little attachment. Really, the only thing holding it on was the skin and some soft tissue. He didn’t have much, if any, rotator cuff – it was just hanging from his torso.” Avera’s shoulder was filled with fluids to allow the insertion of a small, arthroscopic camera that enabled Brady to better see the torn cuff. He then began pulling the tendons back to the bone, securing them with synthetic calcium screws and sutures. “The screws become part of the bone,” said Brady. “They don’t disappear. They don’t dissolve. They just become part of the bone.” “One of the most interesting

things about Mr. Avera’s case is that he had an injury where some surgeons would have chosen to do what is called a reverse shoulder replacement,” said Brady, noting that it’s a procedure that’s been approved in the United States for seven years. But, he added, reverse shoulder replacements are normally prescribed when a patient has a massive tear of the rotator cuff, no shoulder function and arthritis. Avera, however, had no arthritis. “That’s where I differ from some others in that I usually try to make every effort to fix a rotator cuff rather than do a shoulder replacement,” said Brady. “I

think doing it the way we did it is much better than a shoulder replacement. Not to mention that my general philosophy is ‘God’s parts are better than man-made parts.’ So, if I can do anything to preserve natural anatomy and restore natural anatomy, I’ll choose that every time.” “However, I do shoulder replacements – frequently,” he added. “There are times when there really is no other option, but Mr. Avera’s case, more than almost any I’ve ever done, really highlights that if you just try to restore a patient’s normal anatomy, a lot of times they’ll end up doing fantastic.” “Fantastic” is also how Thomas Avera describes his shoulder today. Six weeks after the surgery, he began going to rehabilitation three times a week and then, later, by himself at home. He even fashioned a T-shaped tool out of PVC tubing that he uses in exercises to improve his shoulder mobility and reach. After all this time, he continues with his 15-minute workouts twice daily. The shoulder, he says, will never be as good as it once was, but it’s getting better all the time thanks to the exercises. “You can’t say it enough – you use it or lose it,” he said. “In a case like this, rehabilitation exercise is the key.” “After it’s fixed properly,” added Dot. “And Dr. Brady fixed it right.” Thomas Avera says he asked Brady before the surgery if he’d be implanting one of his Dog Bones, but was told that it is only for clavicle surgery. Asked if he was disappointed he didn’t get the Dog Bone, Avera replied, “Hey, that invention is supposed to make your shoulder several times stronger than normal. You know, I saved that article thinking that Dr. Brady was who I would want working on me. Maybe the Lord had something to do with it. I believe in Divine intervention and Divine healing, too.” For more information or a physician referral, call 374PARK.

Brady: Best to seek help early for rotator cuff injury While Thomas Avera’s aren’t just something that rotator cuff injury was the a baseball pitcher or tennis player goes through – they result of a major accident, are often the result of a Dr. Paul Brady says many repetitive motion over time. people may have a torn rotator cuff and never know “Sometimes, it’s just a it until it becomes so painful lifetime of activity – wear and tear – or bone spurs they seek help. “In about 80 percent of can irritate the rotator cuff rotator cuff tears, you can’t and weaken it,” he said. “In the natural aging process, put your finger on when they happened,” said Brady. “It’s all of our tendons get a little one of those things that can weaker over time. If we stay happen slowly over time, Dr. Paul Brady active, that process is much and a lot of patients wait slower. So, the more active until they can’t sleep, can’t comb their you are, the less weak your tendons are hair or whatever and they wait until the going to become. People who become very last minute to go to the doctor.” inactive, their tendons become almost In fact, Brady says torn rotator cuffs brittle. Think of a nice fresh rubber band

– you can hardly break it. But if you have one that sits in the drawer a long time and you pull it, it just crumbles. That’s an extreme example but it’s not far from the truth.” Another common cause of rotator cuff injuries, Brady says, are lawnmowers or other outdoor equipment that start with the pull of a rope. “Particularly, if it ‘catches’ on them or if the rope breaks – those are two things I’ve seen in a bunch of patients,” said Brady. “They say, ‘As I was pulling it, the rope broke and my arm gave and I knew something happened.’ So, be careful starting your lawnmower.” Brady says shoulder or arm pain, pain at night and pain with overhead activities are all signs that you may have a rotator

cuff injury. While those symptoms are also common in bursitis, Brady says people experiencing pain that lasts for more than three to four weeks and can’t be controlled with anti-inf lammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen, should see a doctor. “It would be nice if patients would seek treatment a little earlier because the literature is very clear – if you treat these things when the tear is early or when the tear is smaller, patients do better than if you wait a long time,” said Brady. “I guarantee you – if Mr. Avera had waited a long time, he would’ve not done well with arthroscopic surgery. He probably would’ve had to have a reverse shoulder replacement and even then, he wouldn’t have done as well as he did.”

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HEALTH NOTES ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday 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 www. ■ Covenant Health’s Bodyworks offers community exercise for all ages at $3 per class. Classes include Easy Cardio Max, Mind and Body, and Senior Cardio. Visit bodyworks or call 541-4500 to find a location near you. ■ 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. ■ “An Introduction to the Alexander Technique” will be taught 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at West Hills library. Admission is free but preregistration is required. Info: Lilly Sutton, 387-7600 or visit ■ Stop Smoking: 1-800-7848669 (1-800-QUITNOW) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. ■ Support group meeting for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each third Tuesday at Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Ave. Info: Rebecca Gill, 602-7807, or ■ The “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5K will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Plaza, 800 Howard Baker Ave. Registration opens at 2 p.m. Info: 558-4048 or ■ The 3rd annual “Man Ride” will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, to raise awareness of the fight against prostate cancer. Former UT head football coach Phillip Fulmer and radio personality Phil Williams will ride in the event which kicks off at Smokey Mountain HarleyDavidson in Maryville. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Pre-register by Aug. 4 and receive a free T-shirt. In


conjunction with the event, free prostate cancer screenings will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Info: 305-6970. ■ 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. ■ Financial assistance is available for low-income Medicare enrollees. For more information, contact the Office on Aging’s Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors (AMOS) program at 524-2786. Ask for David Holden.

Foster parents needed Youth Villages is looking for caring people to become foster parents of children who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment or other issues. These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them. If the child becomes available for adoption, foster parents often have the first right to adopt, and adoption through Youth Villages is free. Youth Villages’ foster parents receive a monthly stipend to help them offset the costs of adding a child to their household. Candidates are single or married adults over the age of 25 who currently live in Knox County. Free foster parent training classes will start Saturday, Aug. 4, at Youth Villages, 9111 Cross Park Drive, suite E475. Lunch will be provided. Info: Mariah Parton, 560-2558 or email alyson.parton@

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For those of you who want all of your animalrelated information in one place, check out “Four Paws: Handbook for a Pet-Friendly Community” sponsored by Young-Williams Animal Center, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, the Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee, Knoxville Veterinary Medical Association and the Most Pet-Friendly Community Initiative. For animal owners, “Four Paws” is exactly what it says: a pet handbook. There are tips for housetraining your pet, traveling with them and even hiking with them. Also included are lists of shelters, spay/neuter clinics and veterinary offices around East Tennessee. “Four Paws” also tackles less-comfortable subjects such as finding a new home for your pet and domestic abuse toward animals. Hard copies of “Four Paws” can be found at Young-Williams or you can download a digital copy by visiting its website at www. A couple of weeks ago, the Knoxville Zoo hosted “Zoo To Do” for families which involved pizza, donuts and juggling. Next on the calendar is the annual, more sophisticated Feast with the

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22 ACRES, 5 min. from Super 73 Wal-Mart, off Norris Duplexes Fwy. w/3BR, 2BA, 2 car gar. Manufactured Lenoir City, 3 BR, 2 BA 2 BR, 2 BA, Strawberry home (like new). Plains, in Mob. home gar., fncd bkyard, 2 $145,000. park. Sec 8 OK. $450 1/2 yrs. old, grt loc. Call Scott, 865-388-9656. + $450 DD. 865-254-2374 $895. 865-388-0610

Feast with the Beasts will be held 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. All proceeds will benefit the Knoxville Zoo. More information is available online at or by calling 637-5331. And last but certainly not the least important is a notice we received at the Shopper from our friends at Young-Williams Animal Center. The facility is in desperate need of dental equipment in order to give older animals a fair shot at being adopted. Often when an older animal is in pain, it could be helped with a proper dental X-ray and tooth extraction. Without this service, many animals must be euthanized. For more information, call Amy Johnston or Monica Brown at 215-6599. To contact Sara, call her at 218-9378 or email barretts@

■ The Knoxville Writers’ Guild will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Laurel Theater on the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th street. Author John Tullock will help writers understand how the publishing industry has changed. A $2 donation will be accepted at the door. Info:

LAB PUPS, beautiful black AKC, $300. ^ 865-414-3339 CLEANING LADY needed for general housekeeping work. MINI SCHNAUZER Karns/Ball Camp Pups AKC, Ch. Sire & area. 691-3277. Dam, shots, health guar. Black, B&S & S&P, also young Healthcare 110 adults to approved homes. 865-207-6199 Brightstar Homecare ***Web ID# 115480*** is seeking experienced CAREGIVERS & CNA'S POMA PEEKAPOO FT, PT, Shift & live-in puppy, 10 wks, S&W, fem. toy tri-color, positions available. Knox, $300. 865-548-9205 Sevier, Anderson, Blount counties & surrounding areas. Weekly Pay! Must pass criminal background check, drug test & have dependable transportation. RAT TERRIERS, UKC, 5 F / 1 M, APPLY ONLINE AT CH bloodlines, $250. 423-235-3271 career-center ***Web ID# 114318***

WEST NEW CONDO 1 car garage, 2 large BRs, 2BAs, no pets. $825/mo. + dep. Doyle Jo hnson 865-254-9552

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LAB PUPS, LARGE, born 3/9/12. Blonde, black & rare white. Absolutely beautiful & very intelligent. Father 108 yr ch. bldline, parents on prem. Very well taken care of. Must see your next best friend. $400 +/-. Union Co. 10 min. from 33 Bridge. Text or email preferred or call 865256-0881 ***Web ID# 114401***

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DOUGLAS LAKE----- Lenoir City, 3 BR, 2 BA gar., great loc. on 3 BANK RELEASE OF acres. Horses welcome. LAKE PROPERTIES $895. 865-388-0610 NEAR GATLINBURG & GREAT SMOKY Houses - Unfurnished 74 MTNS. $14,900 for lake property with private boat slip or 5 2 BR 1 BA, East, $550. 2 BR 1 BA, Inskip ac. Lakefront sub $550. Nice 4 room 1 dividable for $49,900. BA bsmt. apt. East City Water, Power, $400. 865-687-1140 Sewer, Paved Rds 3BR 3BA condo, 2,000 and Boat Ramp. SF, fenced, Seymour/ AUGUST 4TH Sevier $795 mo + dep 877-717-5263 ext 512 No pets. 865-573-8311

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Hey, Chika This week’s pick from Young-Williams Animal Center is Chika, a 9-year-old domestic short hair mix. The active senior is extremely sweet and loving. In fact, her nickname at the shelter is “Ms. Personality-Plus.” Because she is a senior, there is no fee to adopt her. Chika is staying at the Division Street location of YWAC. Hours there are noon to 6 p.m. every day. To see all of Young-Williams adoptable animals, visit the website at

‘Primp Your Pit (Bull)’ According to the staff at Young-Williams, two out of three pit bulls brought to the shelter will be euthanized. To help sway this number toward a happy ending, YoungWilliams will host the spay/neuter special “Primp Your Pit (Bull)” throughout the month of August. Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the promotion will help a sweet breed with a bad reputation. Have your pit bull spayed or neutered for $20, and Young-Williams will even throw in a nail trim. All owners of pit bulls are eligible for this special, regardless of income. The only requirement is mentioning the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when you call Young-Williams to schedule the procedure. In general, spaying/neutering helps solve the problem of animal over-population and reduces the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections in all animals. Info: 215-6677 or

Recycle your computers and gadgetry East Tennessee Technology Access Center is in need of used computers, iPads and iPod Touches that are in good working condition. Computers must be Windows XP or newer. Hard drives will be erased before distribution. ETTAC is a regional, nonprofit agency that helps people with disabilities. The staff adapts computers with specialized software and hardware that are then given or loaned to clients to help them pursue their educational or employment goals. All donations are tax deductible. Equipment can be dropped off at ETTAC’s office at 116 Childress St. from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 219-0130 or

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SHOPPER-NEWS • JULY 30, 2012 • B-3


Mike Wigger

Exercise and Inflammation: How can stress reduce stress? Recent research is revealing the details of just how devastating chronic inflammation can be to your health; an issue that highlights the dangers of unmanaged stress. Quite simply, chronic stress can make you sick. Inflammation is your body’s response to stress; both chronic (long-term) and acute (short-term). We are all aware of ways to reduce our stress, but did you know there is one method to treat stress that in turn actually causes it? You got it. Exercise! How is it that the treatment we use to manage stress is actually something that causes it? The difference lies in the acute vs. chronic. Yes, exercise stresses your body, but only for a short period of time to elicit an adaptation (or growth response). The stress placed on your body during exercise breaks down your muscles causing the need for repair, except this time the muscles are bigger and better than they were before. This overload stimulus is what promotes improvements and progression in your exercise program. This type of inflammation is actually beneficial, because it causes your body to rebuild and refortify its tissues for future demands. Chronic inflammation, however, is where we get into trouble. This occurs when we do not allow our body sufficient time to rest, or we consume highly processed, difficult to digest foods. Your body is designed to deal with stress, but only in small doses with enough time to fully recover. Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to learn specifically how to use exercise as a means for reducing chronic inflammation!

aches and pains

By Sandra Clark You’ve seen the old codgers on TV – the ones who seem to unfold when getting up from a chair. They are reacting to the aches and pains of old age, but stiffness and inflammation are not inevitable outcomes of aging. Provision Health & Wellness is sponsoring a free half-day event Wednesday, Aug. 22, to introduce a way to battle back. Juli Urevick, marketing manager, says the event is for adults, “from ‘boomers’ to seniors,” specifically those with aches and pains. The day will start at 9 a.m. with a meet and greet with healthy snacks. Provision Health & Wellness is located at Dowell Springs off Middlebrook Pike. Then from 10-11 a.m., Chief Dietitian Casey Peer will discuss how good nutrition can minimize common aches of aging. Mike Wigger, wellness coordinator and exercise specialist, will talk about ways to reduce chronic inflammation with diet and exercise. From 11 until noon, participants can exercise with a choice of low- or no-impact classes: Chair Yoga or Functional Fitness and Zumba Gold class combo, Urevick said. “We had an amazing turnout the first time we did this. Our instructors are highly qualified and can modify any exercise for a group or individual; for instance, if you’ve got a bad knee or hip. So we are excited to expand the program to include people of my generation, the Baby Boomers.”

Sample the snacks! Sample the talks by Casey and Mike! Sample the classes: Zumba Gold: Latin inspired dance fitness class. Zumba Gold modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of an active older participant (or a younger one with aches and pains). Functional Fitness classes utilize low-impact cardio and cross-training for a focused workout without wear and tear on your joints. Gentle strengthening and balance work is incorporated to provide overall physical benefits. Suggested movement modifications are also provided during the class to ensure your safety. Chair Yoga: Participants learn or do yoga while seated or using a chair for support. Appropriate for individuals with joint issues, pregnant mothers and more. Learn to exercise in a safe environment. Learn about nutrition and the influence of diet on your over-all health. Remember, the Wednesday, Aug. 22, event is absolutely free. Pre-registration by calling 232-1414 helps with snack preparation. And best of all, those attending will be offered discounts on both club membership and nutrition classes.


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Tiny device pumps when your heart can’t

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the area using the world’s smallest heart pump. The innovative device recently helped save the life of a 41-year-old Sevier County man. “It’s used in circumstances when there are no other options to support the patient,” explains Interventional Cardiologist Dr. David Wood of Knoxville Heart Group at Fort Sanders. The Impella pump is about the size of a slender pen. It is inserted through a catheter in the patient’s groin and placed through an artery into the heart. There, it takes over the pumping function of the heart while the organ is unable to function. “There isn’t anything else on the market that we can place through a catheter to pump for the heart,” says Dr. Wood. “When the heart isn’t able to pump, this provides the heart function until the heart recovers.” Dr. Woods says the Impella is not like a pacemaker. “A pacemaker keeps the heart impulse going, while the heart actually does the pumping. The Impella actually pumps for the heart to provide the blood flow.” Dr. Wood says he and his Cardiologist partners sometimes install the pump during heart procedures as a safety net, to be sure the heart can keep the blood flowing

The pencil-sized Impella pump is a minimally invasive, catheter-based cardiac assist device designed to assist the failing heart.

Dr. David E. Wood, Interventional Cardiologist

during a complicated procedure. But in rare occasions, he has used it in emergency settings. In April, 41-year-old Scott Cuzick had a sudden “widow maker” heart attack at his construction job site. A clot had blocked one of the main arteries of the heart. A coworker kept him alive with CPR while another called 911. Cuzick was brought to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. In the catheterization lab, Dr. Wood

opened up the clogged artery with angioplasty and stent placement. Unfortunately, Cuzick continued to have a severely irregular heartbeat (ventricular fibrillation). Despite repeated shocks and medications, the patient’s heart wouldn’t beat normally. “The hope was that once we opened his artery he would stabilize and get better, but unfortunately his heart had taken such a big hit that it wasn’t recovering,” explains Dr. Wood. “So we decided to use the Impella pump to allow it to recover.”

Innovative heart pump saves Sevier man’s life

Scott Cuzick knows he’s lucky to be alive. “I think how fortunate I am. It’s just a miracle for me to still be here,” states the Sevier County man. The 41-year-old suffered a sudden, severe heart attack while working on a construction site in April. He took a break in his truck and tried to ignore his chest pains. “I’m a diabetic and a smoker, so I thought my chest was hurting from smoking too much,” he explains. “I told my boss I was going to wait and see if the pain went away.” That was the last thing Cuzick remembers. “The guys found me in the truck gasping for air. They started CPR chest compressions and called 911.” By the time the ambulance arrived, things looked grim for Cuzick. “My boss told me later that I was nonresponsive and the ambulance didn’t turn the lights or siren on when they took me to the hospital.” Physicians at nearby LeConte Medical Center were able to revive Cuzick’s heartbeat and he was air-lifted to Fort Sanders Regional in Knoxville. But when he reached Fort Sanders, he was in full cardiac arrest. “They worked and worked on me,” says Cuzick. “Dr. Wood told me they usually never shock people that many times. With all the chest compressions, I was pretty sore later.” Despite repeated shocks and medication, Cuzick’s weakened heartbeat couldn’t be stabilized. That’s when interventional cardiologist Dr. David Wood decided to use the new Impella pump. The tiny, pencil-shaped catheter device can support the heart with up to five liters of blood per minute. Fort Sanders is the only hospital in the area currently using the Impella.

Scott Cuzick is working construction again after an innovative heart pump gave him a second chance at life.

Once inserted, the device was immediately effective and Cuzick’s vital signs suddenly stabilized. “It’s like being on a stormy sea, and all of a sudden everything is glassy water,” recalls Dr. Wood. “We were looking at each other like, really? It was like night and day, it was incredible.” The temporary pump took the strain off Cuzick’s heart until it was strong enough to have a stent implanted. After 13 days in the hospital and time in cardiac rehab, Cuzick is back on the job and grateful for the heart care and technology he experienced at Fort Sanders. “I didn’t know what an Impella was, but I’m just glad they had it,” says Cuzick. “I’m so glad to still be here today for my wife and three children. It’s just a miracle.”

Once inserted, the device took effect immediately, Wood says, and Cuzick’s vital signs were suddenly stable. Cuzick had the pump in for about 36 hours, buying his heart some time to heal and regain its normal beat. After two days, Dr. Wood removed the pump. “We like to get it out as soon as possible,” says Dr. Wood. “The longest I’ve had it in a patient is 48 hours.” Dr. Wood says having the Impella heart device at Fort Sanders is a potential lifesaver for extreme circumstances. “There’s no doubt, he would have died if we didn’t have that,” he states. “We had done everything we could do at that point. In fact, we were on our last round of giving him shocks, doing chest compressions, giving him all the drugs we had.” The pump is a relatively simple procedure with significant results, Dr. Wood says. “That’s the beauty of it – you don’t have to do surgery. It’s a fairly straight-forward procedure that completely changed his outcome. For people with sudden death or shock, it’s a great procedure with relatively little risk.” For more information about the Heart Center at Fort Sanders Regional, call 865-673-FORT (3678) or go to


guidelines: Compress chest first The American Heart Association now recommends that rapid chest compressions be the first step of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for people whose hearts have stopped. Compressions are to be followed by establishing the airway and mouth-tomouth breathing. The new guidelines apply to adults, children and infants, but not newborns. The revised CPR method was influenced by research that shows many bystanders are hesitant to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. According to the American Heart Association, fewer than 8 percent of the 300,000 Americans who suffer out-of-the-hospital cardiac arrest every year survive. A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that bystanders who performed hand-only CPR were able to double the chance of survival versus those who got traditional CPR or none at all. Chest compression can keep blood and oxygen flowing to the brain until help can arrive.

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