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VOL. 5, NO. 34
AUGUST 22, 2011
West View sparkles as school resumes Leading the way Community pastor sets example of compassion See page A-4
By Sandra Clark Workers in bright T-shirts swarmed West View Elementary School as volunteers from nearby Second Presbyterian Church cleaned prior to school starting. “It’s a godsend,” said Sharon Overbury, a 3rd grade teacher who was busy cleaning her classroom. “We’re a small school with a small staff. There’s no way we could do what they do for us. They are phenomenal. I’d like to bring them to my house!” Laurie Wallace (back to camera) talks with Bruce Foster. Laurie’s shirt says it all.
Sharon Overbury organizes her 3rd grade classroom during clean-up day.
Tom Manner holds the ladder for Ben Brooks as volunteers from Second Presbyterian Church help clean the campus at West View Elementary School.
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Pastor Bryan Wilson said 110 church members participated.
Photos by S. Clark
Pastor Bryan Wilson said about 110 church members participated. That’s actually down a bit from the 200 who worked last year, but still it’s a major investment for the small school on Mingle Avenue where approximately 200 pupils attend. Carmelita Perry is principal. Second Presbyterian adopted West View as a way “to come down from the hill” and engage the community, Pastor Wilson said at the time. Church members mentor students once a week, tutor and help with special events. The program is coordinated by Brittany Tuten, 523-2189, ext. 208.
Chuck O’Connor washes a window at West View Elementary School. His son, Kyle, (not pictured) sits below, holding the ladder and talking on his wireless phone.
Devon Group pulls a surprise Broyles: ‘That was directed at me’
The Devon Group’s announcement last week that it was pulling out of the Carter Elementary construction project caught more than a few people off-guard. Knox County purchasing director Hugh Holt was “devastated.” Commissioner Amy Broyles said, “I’m probably the most surprised person in the county right now.”
Analysis A letter from Bob Talbott, one of the principals in the Devon Group, to County Mayor Tim Burchett cites “a combination of political agendas and opposition to the Carter plan” as the reason for the firm’s withdrawal. Broyles is not mentioned, but until she questioned the selection process and asked about the State Street property purchased by Devon in 2007, there wasn’t a hint the developer would beg off.
Holt says he personally invested at least 500 hours since last November putting the project together. Devon has indicated it will give the county its work product on the school, which may go to Partners Development, runner-up to Devon in the selection process. But Holt cautioned it won’t be as easy as simply handing over the drawings to a new developer. “There were five attorneys involved in this,” he said, and with the developer, the county, the school board and the Industrial Development Board yet again being drawn into the process, the second time around will be no easier. Aside from the expected comments to online news stories, the criticism aimed at Broyles has been indirect. Broyles says she was doing what voters elected her to do. “I appreciate the out-of-the-box thinking (on the project),” Broyles said. “And I hope that the best parts of this process we can do again. “I was doing my due diligence on this issue and I raised the con-
cerns I had. … This is my job. Anyone who’s trying to pin this (Devon’s withdrawal) on me is giving me an awful lot of power.” Yet clearly Broyles’ questions caused the train to jump the track. Why? A hard-nosed cynic might answer that Broyles gave the developer cover, a reason to bail out of a project it wasn’t that happy with from the beginning. The school board’s approval surprised the mayor, this line of reasoning continues, but he was too far out on the limb to climb off. But that doesn’t wash. To buy it you must believe there was never any genuine concern for the children in the Carter community, that the process was a political sham. That’s frankly unthinkable. So what could Broyles have said to make the Devon Group nervous? “The first issue we need to address is the selection process,” Broyles said at last week’s commission workshop.
The Devon Group was ranked highest by the evaluation committee. According to Holt, the firm was not the low bidder, coming in with an initial price of $16.9 million dollars for the school. “I negotiated them down,” Holt said. The bid price was allotted 35 points in the evaluation process. So, much of the evaluation was subjective. But that wasn’t unique to this project, and a single commissioner wondering aloud about the selection process hardly seems sufficient reason to bail out. Bob Talbott’s financial problems are a matter of public record. Earlier this year he was named as a defendant in several lawsuits filed by lenders. Talbott filed a counterclaim against one lender. The Devon Group would have been carrying the cost of construction until completion. Are the firm’s resources too fragile to bear that burden? Right now there are more questions than answers to this bizarre turn of events.
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A-2 • AUGUST 22, 2011 • BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS
The end-of-summer wash-out By Wendy Smith At my house, summer is sort of like a train: it starts off slowly then builds up steam before nearly running off the rails. I always hand my children back to the Knox County Schools in August with a sigh of relief.
Wendy Smith This summer was no exception. Several families from church take an annual trip to ride the Virginia Creeper bike trail, and it was important for us to go this year so my son could have one last outing with his college-bound friends. We rode the 17-mile stretch of the Creeper that meanders downhill from Whitetop to Damascus, Va. The views are beautiful, unless you have your eyes glued to a nervous 8-yearold. Even that was manageable because the sun was shining and there was ice cream at the end of the ride. As we enjoyed the deliciously cool mountain air that evening, I told my
friends that, even if it rained all night, it would still have been a good trip because we’d had such lovely weather. In hindsight, it was a mistake to say that out loud. I’m not sure if it was the thunder or the lightning that woke me around 2 that morning, but I was definitely alert when my son, who had been sleeping outside in a hammock, launched himself into the tent. He pointed out that the clothespins we’d used to close a hole weren’t keeping the water out. But we were so tired that we tried to go back to sleep, even after a pole broke and punctured our rain fly and water gathered in pools on the tent, which threatened to collapse on top of us. Our air mattress was nearly floating when I came to my senses and announced that it was time to head home. After packing the car, strapping on the bikes and waking the camp host to unlock the campground gate, we headed back to Tennessee – at 4 a.m. Imagine the surprise of our friends when they awoke to our empty campsite. The mystery was solved when they found our tent in the dumpster.
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lie down should be considered cruelty. “Economic issues have subverted our moral values. The two should be married.” By becoming conscious consumers, everyone can make a difference for animals, he said. ■
Humane Society president and CEO Wayne Pacelle spoke at Barnes and Noble last week. He discussed his new book and Tennessee’s response to animal cruelty. ■
All animals need protection
The Barnes and Noble in Suburban Plaza was Humane Society president and CEO Wayne Pacelle’s 86th stop on a national tour to promote his book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.” “It’s exciting to see so many people who care about animals,” he said. Tennessee holds the record for having the most Humane Society deployments for serious cases of cruelty, like dog fighting and animal hoarding. While the number is high, it shows that the state is willing to address problems, he said. Because humans have an instinctual connection to animals and the predominant moral standard is that cruelty is wrong, common practices that are cruel to animals need to be challenged, he said. Factory farming that keeps animals in cages that don’t allow them to move or
Cancer survivors encourage others to Light the Night
The Light the Night 2011 Kickoff was held last week at Calhoun’s, and team captains, walkers and board members were spurred on by stories of cancer survival. Lori Palmer of West Knoxville told the story of her husband, Michael, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2000. The couple and their two children immersed themselves in fundraising efforts, starting with the Light the Night walk in 2001. They participated in several Team in Training events, including two halfmarathons and an Olympicdistance triathlon. In the past 10 years, the family has raised more than $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “We’re lucky and very blessed. It’s a humbling experience,” she says. The walk starts at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Circle Park on the UT campus. For information: www.lightthenight.org/ tn.
Lori Palmer, with daughter Anna, left, spoke at the Light the Night kickoff held last week. Lori’s husband, Michael, is a leukemia survivor, and the family has actively raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Photos by Wendy Smith
Girl Scout Troop 20961 recently celebrated awards. Members are: (front) Juliana Pulsinelli, Taylor Aytes, Isabel Richter, Kaitelin Stooksberry, Allison Campbell, McKenzie Ayers, Erin Victorson, MaryAnn Reddy, Terra Holly, Troop Leader Victoria McDonald, Cassie Stooksberry; (back) Savannah McDonald, Lauren Dieterich and Haley Smith. Photo submitted
her Silver Award and Junior Girl Scouts Erin Victorson, Lauren Dieterich, Kaitelin Some troops lose mem- Stooksberry and Taylor Aybers when they reach middle tes their Bronze Awards. school age, but Girl Scout Five Scouts also “bridged” Troop 20961 recently held a from Junior to Cadette. Juceremony to award Cadette nior Scouts are in 4th and Girl Scout MaryAnn Reddy 5th grade; Cadettes are 6th
through 8th graders. Troop Leader Victoria McDonald says she keeps the girls involved by letting them make decisions about outings and badges, and letting older Scouts lead badges for younger girls. “The girls love it,” she says.
2. Academic support and intellectual skill development via utilization of the Odyssey Program (purchased for all Knox County Schools by the district); and 3. ACT preparation, given prior to each established ACT Test date during the school year.
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Student athletes at Bearden High School will get help from the new Bertelkamp Center for Academic Excellence. An unveiling ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the East Mall commons.
The center will operate with funds donated annually by the Bertelkamp Family and is specifically designed to provide: 1. Immediate academic intervention/tutoring for student athletes making a “D” or “F” in a core/elective academic subject;
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BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS • AUGUST 22, 2011 • A-3
Helping the homeless Compassion Knoxville presents long to-do list By Wendy Smith
Cars on the Pike Allen and Norma Edwards of Saddle Ridge pose with their Corvette Roadster at the ninth annual car show sponsored by the Farragut and West Knox Lions clubs. Photo by S. Clark
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Compassion Knoxville Project Coordinator Amy Gibson, left, listens as Mary Nelle Osborne of Peninsula Outpatient Services comments following a report on the group’s recommendations for tackling the problem of homelessness. Photo by Wendy Smith said she thinks some community members are concerned that the distribution of food, especially in close proximity to the bus station on Magnolia Avenue, could be a magnet for people who are looking for handouts, which could have a negative impact on the community. Mary Hawk, an outreach worker at Knox Area Rescue Ministries, didn’t like the idea that faith-based groups might not be allowed to feed the homeless. The people she serves look forward to seeing those who provide meals, she said. “Not only do they get food, they get their souls fed.” Jerry Askew of Mercy Health Partners observed that while there are multiple recommendations regarding the role of government and social service providers in helping the homeless population, few address the role of the faith-based community. “Every single faith tradi-
tion calls upon us to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.” Bruce Galyon, the sole pastor on the Compassion Knoxville Task Force, encouraged people of faith to join with social service providers to meet the needs of the homeless. “The faith-based community needs to be aware that we have the potential to cause problems.” Bill Murrah, who has lived in the inner city for 39 years and worked for Legal Aid for 29 years, elicited applause with a story from his childhood. When he was a kid, he was fascinated with how much things were worth, he said. He asked his mother if a person was worth $100, because that was the largest sum he could imagine. “She said, ‘One person is worth more than all the money in the world.’ I’ve been cursed by having the same belief as my mother.”
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It’s up to us to take care of the most vulnerable people in our community, he said, and that will require elected officials to step up. In spite of differences of opinion, most of those who made comments after the presentation expressed appreciation to the 22-member task force co-chaired by Matheny and John Fugate. A second meeting was held last week at the United Way to give social service providers a chance to respond to the recommendations and to assess gaps in services.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will bring its East Tennessee Career Coach to the parking lot of Farragut’s town hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. Job seekers will be able to search online job postings and submit resumes online or by fax as well as participate in workshops for resume preparation and interview skills. Info: www.getonthecoach. tn.gov or call 615-741-0634.
City Council candidates Meet the candidates for city council at the joint meeting of the Third and Fourth District Democrats 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. Everyone is invited. Info: Lorraine Hart, 6373293 or 850-6858.
NOTES ■ West Knox Lions Club meets 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at Shoney’s on Lovell Road. ■ West Knoxville Kiwanis Club meets 5:30 every Tuesday at Shoney’s on Walker Springs Road. ■ The Patriots of East Tennessee will host a mayoral candidate forum 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the upstairs meeting room of Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore, 504 N. Peters Road. Everyone is invited.
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After a six-month outreach effort that included 43 public meetings, 1,850 comments from the community have been distilled down to 44 recommendations about how to tackle the problem of homelessness in Compassion Knoxville’s Executive Summary. They are recommendations rather than a plan, emphasized Project Coordinator Amy Gibson. But given the reception of the summary by those attending the presentation last week, even those who are eager to help the homeless don’t always agree on the best approach. Comments made by community members in the meetings and online were distilled into eight topic areas, such as housing, services and funding. Groups were formed to identify common themes and prioritize recommendations under each topic. Some recommendations, like the coordination of care and services provided to the homeless, cropped up multiple times in the summary. One recommendation, made under the topic of safety, elicited comments from several audience members. It called for the creation and/or enforcement of city ordinances that regulate areas around homeless shelters to limit food distribution, loitering and panhandling. Knox County Commission chair Mike Hammond asked why the distribution of food was an issue. Compassion Knoxville co-chair Stephanie Matheny
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A calamity for Carter How do we characterize the news that the Devon Group has pulled out of the Carter school project? Are Bob Talbott and his associates serious? Yes, they are. Has Talbott really recoiled from “a combination of political agendas” that “changed the dynamic” as he wrote to Mayor Tim Burchett last Thursday? Give me a break. If one commissioner’s comments at the commission workshop constitute a “combination” that changes the “dynamic,” Amy Broyles has – until now – shielded from public view power that would make the governor tremble. One commissioner, without a single “attagirl” from her colleagues, asks what happened to the Devon Group’s plans for developing the property at State Street and Church Avenue, the so-called “Sentinel Tower.” One commissioner asks about alleged “construction issues” with the Knoxville Convention Center and Denark Construction. “The model for the development of this new school has changed drastically since the initial RFP (request for proposal) was issued,” says one commissioner, and maybe we need to take another look at the selection process. This is, in Talbott’s words, “a combination of political agendas and opposition to the Carter plan?” This was enough to send Talbott and Raja Jubran scurrying to safety crying “Danger, Will Robinson?” For this the Devon Group was willing to sacrifice a nice profit, pick up their toys and go home? Broyles should run for president. Her power to intimidate the opposition is being thrown away at the county government level. The wolves are in full bay on the daily’s website, eager to devour Broyles personally and politically. They’d find more profit in baying at the moon – they’re chasing a shadow. If the house that Devon built could be leveled by a few questions from Broyles, the foundation was laid in quicksand. There isn’t a municipal project in history that hasn’t been opposed by “political agendas” from the right or left. If I may, these folks “have some ’splainin’ to do.” So Devon backs out and loses some revenue. Broyles speaks out and loses even more of the dubious rapport she enjoyed with the mayor and some of her colleagues. The big losers? The children in the Carter community. No one who has stepped foot in Carter Elementary walks away believing its condition to be other than disgraceful. And Carter has a lot of company in Knox County. “We’ve got to do some serious school building,” Mike Brown said at the commission workshop, understating the obvious. But while this is sorted out, while commission considers tabling the project for a few months, while some school board members who voted to give the mayor his head have second and third thoughts, Carter Elementary deteriorates and the children wait. For the children and their parents, it’s a bitter irony to think that had commission approved the school board’s plan to renovate the school, those renovations would have been well under way. The cost could well have topped the $2.5 million estimate, could easily have doubled that figure. But something would have been done. And something is better than what they may have been left with for the foreseeable future – nothing at all. Contact Larry Van Guilder at email@example.com.
A-4 • AUGUST 22, 2011 • BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS
Called to compassion Eddie Young, who in a relatively short four years has become Knoxville’s most influential voice for the homeless and the poor, says he just can’t read the comment section of the daily newspaper. He’d really like to believe that most people just aren’t that mean. Young is an associate pastor at Redeemer Church in Fort Sanders as well as president and founder of Redeeming Hope Ministries, which has launched such Knoxville firsts as a voter registration drive for the homeless, publication of The Amplifier, a monthly newspaper devoted to news of the homeless sold by homeless street vendors, and Food in the Fort, a feeding program that includes community vegetable gardens worked by members of the homeless community. He spent 15 years of his youth caught up in the drug culture in his native Nashville, but he doesn’t think he deserves to be praised for turning his life around.
Betty Bean “We love success stories because they are the exception, not the rule. The person who overcomes terrible parents, extreme poverty or mental or physical disabilities – we love that because it is so rare. To most of us in the mainstream, those are things we don’t have to overcome. If you plant a tree and stake it to grow sideways, you can cut that cable 20 or 30 years down the road and it’s still going to grow sideways.” Young claims none of those handicaps. “My family wasn’t wealthy, but I was privileged in that I had good parents. I could make a lot of mistakes and still have a safety net under me. I was able to maintain a job. At 30, I was a manager in Nashville at UPS. That’s when I under-
The Rev. Eddie Young, founder of Redeeming Hope Ministries Photo by B. Bean
went a real spiritual conversion. I decided to resign from UPS and go into the ministry.” In 1995, Young and his wife, Lori, and son Marcus (his daughter Meagan wasn’t born yet) picked up and moved to the outskirts of Dundee Scotland, where he served a small church in a poor neighborhood. There, he said, “God lifted a veil” and allowed him to see what
his life’s work would be. One of the things he saw was The Big Issue, a newspaper for the homeless, much like The Amplifier, which he would start years later in Knoxville. He gets frustrated because there’s still so much to do. “Compassion can only take you so far. You can’t force the community to be compassionate. But you can force the community to act justly. At the end of the day there are things that are right that a community has to almost be led to – I hate to say this – against its will. But when you talk about segregation in the South, if we’d left the decision up to the community, we’d still be segregated. We’ve lost sight of the fact that we are called to free the oppressed, not just clothe the naked and feed the hungry. When we work at the soup kitchen, we feel good that we’ve accomplished something. But we have to get up and do it again tomorrow.”
Amazon exemption unfair Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is meeting with Amazon to resolve the sales tax issue which has other businesses up in arms. Former Gov. Phil Bredesen cut a deal with Amazon for the giant Internet bookseller to not collect the state sales tax if they moved to Tennessee, a move which created hundreds of new jobs, most of which are now in Cleveland and Chattanooga. While in this unsettled economic climate where the creation of new jobs is very desirable, there remains the issue of how any company located in Tennessee can legally escape collecting a sales tax which all other similar businesses must collect. Furthermore, the loss of this revenue reduces state government’s ability to perform the services required by law. Why should any business in Tennessee have a competitive price advantage over a competitor by more than 9 percent? No doubt Gov. Haslam, when he agreed to continue the Bredesen commitment, did not want to jeopardize new jobs. However, almost
a year has gone by and legislators are starting to ask questions. These include the very influential Republican chairs of the Senate and House Finance Committees, Sen. Randy McNally (who represents part of Knox County) and Rep. Charles Sargent of Williamson County. McNally and Sargent have formally asked the state Attorney General for an opinion on whether the state can legally ignore the law requiring businesses located within the state to collect the sales tax. It will be interesting to see when Attorney General Robert Cooper responds and what he says. If he says the tax must be collected, will the Haslam administration follow the AG opinion or go to court to contest it? Will another business go to
court to force the decision, as an AG opinion is simply an opinion and does not carry the force of law? The governor as well as many Tennesseans rightly wonder when (or if) this Bredesen promise will end, or does Amazon avoid the sales tax collection forever? It would be hard to justify a forever exemption for any company no matter how many jobs they bring to Tennessee. There must be an end to the exemption. When is it? Gov. Haslam is right to pursue these talks and bring closure to this issue. It presents him a tough dilemma: job creation (and lost sales tax revenue) or enforcing the law at the risk of losing those jobs. ■ Notes: Madeline Rogero accelerates her push to win the Knoxville mayor’s office in the primary with 50.1 percent of the vote. She is close. She is a better candidate today than she was eight years ago when she came close to winning. Mark Padgett, who raised the most money, seemingly has little to show for it and
could actually come in third behind Ivan Harmon. In a city election, having the most money is not necessarily a ticket to the runoff or victory. Early voting starts Sept. 7. ■ Council member Charlie Thomas has agreed to a write-in effort to place himself on the ballot for Nov. 8, but he has not named a treasurer and he cannot raise money for the Sept. 27 primary or the runoff until he does. Apparently, he is waiting to see if he actually gets the 25 write-in votes required to be on the ballot with Mark Campen (the only declared qualified candidate for District 5). ■ If that happens, then all city voters will decide between Campen and Thomas. Thomas will have to wage a very active campaign from Sept. 28 to Nov. 8 if he wants to win. However, Campen has not raised much money to date for his campaign, and his slow-motion activity is part of the reason there was a push to get Thomas to agree to a write-in campaign. And now, neither is sprinting to the finish line.
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Paul Pinkston. Moncier will likely argue With all the public- public forum. Moncier will ret brought the resolution that the Hutchison cases are ity about the Devon Group ask commission to pass on to commission. Jarret has not over, that higher courts pulling out of the Carter paying former Sheriff Tim explained that commis- may yet make rulings that school project, you may Hutchison a little more than sion is not compelled by support his position on think County Commission $134,000 for Hutchison’s state law to pay the bill, “standing” for everyday citiwill have little else to delib- legal expenses in defending but it may choose to do so. zens. However it turns out erate today. lawsuits brought by Mon- Commissioner R. Larry today, it’s usually entertainNot so. Right after roll cier on behalf of various liti- Smith was reimbursed ing when Moncier has the for attorney fees, and so floor. call, attorney Herb Mon- gants. – Larry Van Guilder cier is scheduled to speak at Law Director Joe Jar- was former Commissioner
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Going to a party Come Wednesday I’ll be at a party on Kingston Pike, snapping pictures of Madeline Rogero and some of her best business buds at the home of Madeline Rogero Eddie Mannis. It should be fun. Reporters can usually crash fundraisers (except the really BIG ones) to hobnob with the rich and famous. Problem is, we usually encounter the same ol’ political types that we see at the free hot dog rallies. But then, the food is better. This party will be fun if even half of the host committee shows. For instance, there is Dee Haslam, wife of Jimmy Haslam who has maxed out on contributions for Rogero’s opponent Mark Padgett. Then there are the bankers, Larry Martin and Monty Montgomery, and Regal Entertainment guy Greg Dunn. Not all business leaders are for Padgett, and showing that is the purpose of this particular fundraiser. Also, raising money would be nice.
Sandra Clark A.C. Entertainment guy Ashley Capps is on the list, as are developers Nick Cazana, Tom Weiss and Rodney Lawler. There are lawyers John Buckingham and Mark Mamantov, plus PR guy Tom Jester. I recognized a couple of doctors, Doug Leahy and Steve Brewington, and the owners of The Lunch Box, Karen and Don Sproles. If Rogero is elected mayor, look at what she’s overcome: ■ Not from around here ■ Democrat ■ Female ■ Not wealthy Nothing against Mark Padgett, who has a great career ahead, or Ivan Harmon, who’s had a great career already, but eight years ago Bill Haslam was elected mayor with the slogan: “It’s Knoxville’s Time.” The year 2011 is looking more and more like “Rogero’s Time,” and on Wednesday I’m going to a party.
the retired ap- is in balancing a budget.” pellate judge Joe One Duncan was noticeDuncan, was in ably missing from the event. the crowd, along Knox County Trustee John with numerous Duncan III said afterwards nieces and neph- he was out of town. In reews. sponse to our question, he “Becky grew wrote: “I’m supporting up in a political Becky and even have one family,” said Jim- of her signs in my yard. She my Duncan, “but is going to be a great state she has made her Senator!” mark outside of While former Mayor Vicpolitics.” tor Ashe attended, the event Becky and was sparse on county officehusband Morton holders. Most are lying low, were leaders at waiting for a primary winthe Rocky Hill ner to emerge. ballpark for 20 Marilyn Roddy has served Attorney and campaign manager Howard Vogel captures the moment as years while their eight years on City Council U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr. hands his sister Becky Massey a lucky Duncan daughters came and is poised and “together.” penny. Photo by S. Clark through the softVictoria DeFreese served ball program. briefly on County CommisBecky and Morton have sion and lives in South Knox supported numerous charCounty. ity auctions at no charge Becky Duncan Massey Becky Duncan Massey is great, great candidate.” and Becky has served as has never held a public ofnot the most articulate canJimmy Duncan added, “I’m executive director of the didate in the race for state pretty sure I’ve known her regional Sertoma Center fice, yet she’s identified as Senator. In fact, she’s often longer than anybody here.” for many years. Her degree “political.” third when the three candiIt’s an interesting contest, Prominently displayed from UT is in business addates appear at forums or was a photograph of her dad, ministration. but we all know Massey’s on TV. “We need more business strength. It’s the united orthe late U.S. Rep. John DunUndeterred, she says: “I can Sr., on Air Force One people in government,” said ganization of Duncan family know what my strengths are.” with Howard Baker Jr. and Massey. “My main concern is and friends. And that’s hard Those strengths were on Harold Ford Sr. Her uncle, the economy; my experience to beat in Knox County. display a couple of weekends ago when Massey opened her headquarters on Kingston Pike (across from Bearden Elementary School). Her brother U.S. Rep. “First Tennessee makes John Duncan Jr. welcomed me feel like I’m a part “a great, great turnout for a
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Others have suggested that the University of Tennessee might be the one campus in America Nixon thought he could visit in the weeks after Cambodia and Kent State without too much protest. East Tennessee was solidly Republican, although the UT campus itself had seen its share of turmoil. Twentytwo people had been arrested on campus during demonstrations in front of the UT administration building on Jan. 15, 1970. Whatever his reasons, here
Nixon came, and an overflow crowd estimated at 75,000 to 100,000 was waiting when he arrived about 30 minutes late that Thursday night. The large crowd gave him a one-minute standing ovation. But even here, surrounded by thousands who supported him, Nixon could not escape the protests. A group described as being everything from “a small band of hecklers” to 350-400 people, most of them sitting in the east stands of the stadium around the 20yard line closest to the north end zone, frequently interrupted Nixon’s speech, many holding signs that read “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” The protestors also reportedly chanted “Push ’em back, push ’em back” and “1-2-3-4, we don’t want Nixon’s war!” UT’s Daily Beacon reported the next day that singer Ethel Waters angered the protesters when she referred to Nixon as “my blessed child.” After they let out an audible jeer, Waters said, “Now you children listen to Mama. If my arms were long enough, I’d reach out and smack ya, but I’d love you and hug you, too.” Nixon spoke for 14 minutes. He said that if America was going to have peace, it would have to return to “those great spiritual sources.” “I know there are things about America that are wrong,” Nixon told the crowd. “But I also know this: that this is a country where a young person knows that there is a peaceful way he can change what he doesn’t like about America.” Nine people were arrested that night. All were charged with disrupting a religious service. Some were charged with assaulting a police officer. At least three were UT students and one was identified by both the Daily Beacon and Knoxville Journal as Carroll Bible, 25, who had been arrested in the Jan. 15 incident on campus and was described by the Journal as a “hippy leader” who was not enrolled as a student at the time of the Crusade. The Journal was blunt about the protests in an editorial published the day after Nixon’s visit. “The unspeakable nastiness of a handful of undisciplined brats seemed only to intensify the commitment of the pro-Nixon ele-
ments and to alienate even more of the UT students,” it read, indicative of the newspaper’s decidedly partisan Republican tone at the time. (The newspaper’s front page declared “This is Nixon Country” the day after his visit.) Controversial UT history professor Dr. Richard Marius was no less blunt with his point of view. “Graham is still back in the days when religion, as Marx said, was just an opiate of the people,” Marius was quoted in the Daily Beacon as saying. “It would do us no good to disrupt (the Crusade) because the people would beat us up.” (Ironically, Marius held a degree in divinity and would spend much of his adult life studying the Protestant Reformation.) Religious studies professor Dr. Charles Reynolds, according to the Beacon’s Rob Christensen, had suggested the protesting students “should go and kneel on the turf and say a prayer for peace” when Graham delivered the altar call. “This plan was not executed at the Crusade.” UT president Dr. Andy Holt said he was “shocked and embarrassed” by the protests and vowed to cooperate with police. Police photographers had roamed the stadium with orders to take pictures of any riotous demonstrators. Knoxville Mayor Leonard Rogers later said, “Those who can be identified will be prosecuted for disturbing public worship.” In a 2006 News Sentinel column about the Crusade, Don Ferguson noted that 43 people were ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and disruption of a religious service On Friday, May 29, the Journal declared that Nixon could now go about his duties “with the knowledge that America’s heartland is with him.” Nixon, for his part, was “elated over his reception Thursday night at the Billy Graham Crusade in Neyland Stadium,” reported Guy L. Smith IV on the front page after talking with Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler in San Clemente. If you believe Bob Haldeman, Nixon’s elation didn’t last long.
wanted to camp out somewhere. It was an extremely impromptu idea, but Mother got permission from a friend who owned a farm, my brother and I each invited a friend, and we set off. We took a pot of stew and some firewood and a bundle of quilts. We found a spot in the middle of an open field. We ate our stew, let the fire burn down, then stretched out on our quilts under the starlight. No sleeping bags, no tent, no lanterns, not even a candle. We had no idea the light show the universe had planned for us. We saw shooting stars all night: long, trailing streams of light that decayed amazingly slowly, what the ancients called “the dragon stars.” We stayed awake much of that soft summer night, watching the show, oohing and aahing, afraid to blink for fear we would miss the next one.
I had never before, and have never since, seen anything quite like it. It was many years later that I learned about the Perseids and realized that must have been the very meteor shower we saw that night. It happens every year in August, because the Earth is in the phase of its journey around the sun that allows us to see the meteors emanating from the constellation Perseus in the northern sky, hence their name. It was quite late when we finally went to sleep and early morning when we awoke. The fire had burned to nothing, and we were dew-covered. But I heard my mother laugh and rolled over to look skyward. There was a circle of faces looking down at us. The farmer’s cows had come to see what was going on in their field! They stood around us in a
perfect ring, sniffing us, clearly as amazed as we were. Cows are curious creatures (something else I learned much later) and they were mystified by this peculiar human behavior. It was almost as if one of them had found us and mooed the message to her friends: “Hey, Bossy, come and see what I found! Silly humans!” I treasure that night for many reasons, not least of which is that my mother was willing to do such a whimsical thing. I also treasure the memory of the heavens ablaze with meteors, more amazing than any man-made fireworks display. I remember with great pleasure the dew, the dying embers of the fire, the curious cows, the rising sun, the smell of the wet grass. Given Einstein’s choices quoted above, I choose to live life as if everything is a miracle.
Nixon in Knoxville PULL UP A CHAIR … | Jake Mabe
hat last Watergate summer ended 37 years ago this month, the hot August Washington air stained with the paradoxical sadness and sleaze that marked much of the Nixon years. One-time White House chief of staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman later wrote that he believes the seeds for Richard Nixon’s downfall that culminated with the president’s August 1974 resignation were planted in May 1970. It happened in the wake of Nixon’s decision to invade Cambodia and the resulting paranoia from press leaks and student demonstrations that followed in the days after the military action and the May 4 killing of four students by national guardsmen at Kent State University. Late that month Nixon made his first visit to a college campus in more than a year. He came to Knoxville as the guest of honor on Youth Night (May 28), during the 10-day East Tennessee Billy Graham Crusade at Neyland Stadium. The decision to attend appears to have been an impromptu one. On Tuesday, May 26, the White House announced it as an uncertain possibility. The Knoxville Journal didn’t confirm it until the morning of the visit. Nixon was indeed making a brief stopover in Knoxville to attend the Crusade before heading to the Western White House at San Clemente, Calif., for Memorial Day weekend. U.S. Rep. John Duncan Sr. told the Knoxville News Sentinel he had invited Nixon to attend the Crusade “because of his close friendship” with Graham. Graham told News Sentinel reporters Nixon’s appearance was not political in nature, according to an unsigned story that ran the
UT president Dr. Andy Holt, Ruth Graham, Pat Nixon, the Rev. Billy Graham and President Richard M. Nixon on stage at Neyland Stadium during Nixon’s appearance at the East Tennessee Billy Graham Crusade on May 28, 1970. Dr. Holt and the Grahams keep an eye on the protesters sitting in the east sidelines. Photo courtesy Knoxville Journal Collection, McClung Historical Collection day of Nixon’s visit. “He is the president of all the people, Democrat and Republican,” Graham said. A Journal editorial that ran the same day said the newspaper did not believe Nixon’s visit was personal or political. Nixon, the paper said, would by his visit “focus greater national attention on the Billy Graham Crusade at a time when a large part of the American public is in moral and spiritual turmoil.”
August miracle CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8: 3-4 NRSV) There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)
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Last look before results get in the way TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West
his is the last crystal-clear look at Tennessee football before results cloud the view. At more than one position, we are about to discover whether talent or experience is more important. If talent wins and freshmen play, a recruiting we will go! Trying to be fair, balanced and objective, what we think we see overall is a mixture of optimism and watch-out caution. Seven and five would be acceptable. Eight and four would be a good season, considering how far expectations have been beaten down. Anything better would be cause for celebration, contract extension and more money spread around, with or without an athletic director. No way to dress up six-six and pretend it is progress. Reality begins to set in when we stare at the week-by-week schedule. You don’t need me to
tell you that this team, any Tennessee team worthy of orange shirts that doesn’t get lost on the Vol Walk, will defeat Montana, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Middle Tennessee State at Neyland Stadium, morning, noon or night kickoff. Well, the Bearcats most times. At least seven and maybe all eight Southeastern Conference foes undoubtedly believe they are better than Tennessee. Choose your arguments carefully. The Florida search committee found an exciting new coach almost immediately. He purchased an offensive genius and they, together, have replaced several moving parts. Do you think the young Gators fear the Volunteers? In Gainesville? Georgia, LSU, Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas are undoubtedly counting Ten-
nessee as a stepping stone along their path to Atlanta, big bowl games and another national championship for somebody. Surely Vanderbilt is not so cocky. Up to now, the Commodores haven’t done anything except talk. They are talking boldly. The new coach is running a fever. Kentucky is no more than even with Tennessee in talent but the Wildcats have convinced each other that their time will eventually come. Indeed, history suggests nobody lives forever and all good things will sometime come to an end. I believe the blues believe the streak will finally expire on Nov. 26 in Lexington. It will be sad, whenever it happens, but I would not be shocked. To get six victories, the Volunteers must pick up the four obvious and whip Vandy and Kentucky. To get seven, they must upset somebody, Florida or Georgia being the best bets. Both would make eight. Tigers and Gamecocks in Knoxville are longer shots. Winning in Tuscaloosa and Fayetteville would be simply wonderful. Derek Dooley for coach of the year. Tyler Bray automatic All-American. The fullback or somebody in the offensive line qualifies for the Jacobs
blocking trophy. The running game gains thousands of yards. Youthful linebackers make shocking progress. A Volunteer actually flourishes as punt returner. There are no injuries, no interceptions, no fumbles – and only 11 on the field at any given time. All games are sellouts! Parking is free! Concession prices are cut in half! Oops. Sorry about that. Got carried away. Could be heat stroke. Thank you for caring. I can see more clearly now. I believe Tennessee football is headed in the correct direction. I lack the wisdom to determine how long it will take to arrive at the necessary destination. So much really does depend on evaluations and recruiting – and luck. As for now, I think the offense will be moderately improved and a bit better balanced. I do not expect the buoyant Bray to be repressed by technical difficulties. Huddle administration? Are you kidding me, throw the football! Experience in the blocking front should add a first down or two but I do not foresee it manhandling strong defenses. Likewise, I don’t expect us to get pushed around as often. Young receivers have abil-
ity. Check back later to assess smarts. New runners Marlin Lane and Tom Smith project as plusses. Slipping Rajion Neal into the slot is intriguing. It is almost enough to make you think old line coach Jim Chaney is getting creative. I am not over-confident about defense. The secondary is better. There are actually some spare parts. The team is thin at tackle and end. Daniel Hood may become a lifesaver. Tennessee may or may not be able to wrest the ball from tough foes. The largest concern is youth and uncertainty at linebacker. Peter Sirmon faces a serious coaching challenge. He is surrounded by green. Great freshmen can beat bad opponents but …well, we’ll see whether spring practice matters. The kicking game, a giant segment of championship football, remains a mysterious piece of the Tennessee puzzle. Maybe yes, maybe later. Maybe not at all. You need to know that in the good old days, Robert R. Neyland spent all of February coaching kickers – before the beginning of spring practice. Alas and alas, these are not the good old days. Not yet. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1,000,000,000,001 LARRY’S CORNER | Larry Van Guilder
et’s face it: trillions are the new billions. If you watched the debt ceiling debate unfold in Washington, you’ve learned that a billion dollars is chump change these days, nothing to break a sweat over when the national debt has topped $14 trillion. But just how much is a trillion? Bill Gates and Warren Buffett may be comfortable talking about personal net worth in billions, but even the super rich don’t aspire to accumulate trillions of dollars. Maybe we can construct a scenario that helps us grasp how large a trillion of anything is. Imagine you just walked into your favorite bakery, eager to grab a box of bear claws to pair with your morning coffee at breakfast tomorrow. “Sure is crowded in here today,” you grumble, squeezing your way through the waiting customers to get a number from the dispenser on the counter. You grab the slip, but you groan when you see your number is 1,000,000,000,001. (Right here we should note this is one heck of a big bakery, although you may have figured that out on your own.) This bakery is not only big, it’s fast. Customers are whisked in
How much is $1 trillion?
In the center: One trillion dollars in one hundred dollar bills, in double-stacked pallets of $100 million each. and out at a lightning pace, about one every second. So you figure the wait may not be too long. Roughly 1,200 generations later, your ancestors claim your dusty bones from the bakery floor, 31,710 years or 1,000,000,000,001 seconds after you decided to make a “quick” stop for bear claws. (Don’t feel bad – your pastries would have been stale anyway after 317 centuries.) Where else might we turn to get a handle on trillions? How about the vastness of the universe itself? Surely trillions mean something there.
Well, yes and no. Take our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The best estimates place the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy somewhere between 200 and 400 billion, so three or four galaxies of roughly the same composition would contain about a trillion stars. Only a tiny fraction of these stars are visible to the naked eye, just as only a fraction of all the galaxies in the universe can be seen from Earth. Astronomers estimate the universe contains 100 to 200 billion galaxies, so the number of stars in the universe may range as high as 8,000
trillion. (Thinking that over, I don’t feel nearly as dejected about the $14 trillion national debt as I did a few minutes ago. If only 10 percent of those stars contained a planet with intelligent life willing to loan the U.S. a buck, we could pay off the debt and have $786 trillion left over. On the other hand, intelligent extraterrestrial life probably wouldn’t loan us a dime.) There has to be a lot of elbow room in the universe to squeeze in hundreds of billions of galaxies and trillions of stars, and there is. The standard cosmolog-
ical measuring stick is the light year, the distance light travels in one Earth year. Light cruises along at about 186,000 miles per second. In a year the energetic little photons travel 5.86 trillion miles, subjectively about the same distance as from downtown Knoxville to Farragut during Friday afternoon rush hour. But when we try to estimate the size of universe, we’re really measuring time, not distance. The speed of light is the limiting factor. We’ve “seen” to a distance of about 14 billion light years. That may or may not be the edge of the universe, which could be infinite. (Let’s skip the discussion of infinity – my head hurts already.) Yet even that unimaginably vast distance shrinks to insignificance alongside our friend trillion. We would need 700 universes of the size we’ve observed lined up edge to edge to span the distance light travels in a trillion years. Perhaps it’s best to leave the discussion of trillions to the experts, to those who don’t break out in a cold sweat just contemplating such mind-boggling numbers. Speaker Boehner? Sen. Reid? Help! Contact Larry Van mindspring.com.
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The U.S. Postal Service delivered over 170 billion pieces of mail in 2010 and ranks at the top of all companies in America in customer satisfaction surveys, as well as voted as the number 1 or 2 most trusted of all government agencies or businesses in America. It receives no taxpayer funding and relies solely on revenue from stamps and postage. Congress enacted legislation in 2006 that required the Postal Service to prefund future retirees’ health insurance beneﬁts (including future employees not yet hired), a burden required of no other business or agency, public or private. It forced the payment of $5.4 billion annually for 10 years, directly from operating expenses, which have led to losses of $5 billion annually. Without those burdensome payments, the Postal Service would have earned hundreds of millions of dollars annually over the past 4 years. The Great Recession and high fuel prices only worsened the ﬁnancial impact. As a result of the losses, over 120,000 jobs have been cut and there are eﬀorts to end Saturday mail delivery and close local post
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■ Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive, will have a children’s consignment sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27. The sale will be closed from noon to 12:30 p.m., and a half-price sale will be held 12:30 to 2 p.m. Info: 966-6728 or visit 222.concordumc.com. ■ Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Road, is accepting crafters for its fall festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 17. Space rental is $25. Info: Lena Coker, 693-2688 or email email@example.com.
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■ Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, will host a churchwide yard sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.
WORSHIP NOTES Fundraisers and sales ■ Bookwalter UMC , 4218 Central Avenue Pike, is looking for vendors for its fall festival to be held Oct. 1. Space outside
■ Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, will host its sixth Habitat for Humanity fundraiser golf tournament Friday, Oct. 21, at Avalon Golf Course with
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Special Services ■ Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, will host GriefShare Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Get support from the group while recovering from a loss and rebuilding your life. Registration: Laura, 470-9800. ■ Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave., will host GriefShare, a grief support group 7 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 10. There will be information to help you cope with the loss of someone close. Info: 522-9804 or visit www.sequoyahchurch.org.
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Current Rocky Hill Elementary School PTO president Kelly Shiell pauses for a picture with past presidents Lisa Williams, Amy Fay Chandler, Marla Poling and Ellen Sullivan at the ribbon-cutting for the school’s new walking trail. BB&T Bank, Bert Bertelkamp, Golden Rule Medical and other local businesses sponsored the $30,000 project. Photo by N. Lester
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Student-run credit union opening at West High School By Betty Bean
A.L. Lotts 2nd grader Irene Forrest prepares to square off against her 3rd grade brother, Henry, in an inflatable boxing ring. Photos by N. Lester
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Concord United Methodist preschool student Jake Mink stops for a smile before his slide down an inflatable at Concord UMC’s Back to School festival.
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The Rebel Union will be open for business Sept. 6 in the front lobby of West High School. Lynn Raymond, who teaches banking and finance (as well as computer applications and interactive multimedia presentation) at West High School, is heading up the Rebel Union, which is sponsored by the University of Tennessee National Credit Union. The student-run bank will be open during lunch hour Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. “It’s going to be accessible to all students,” Raymond said. “It’s located right across from the cafeteria, and everyone has to go by there. It’s in a great location and students, faculty, staff and anybody in this building can use it.” The Rebel Union will concentrate mainly on student savings accounts, Raymond said. “The mission of the Rebel Union is financial literacy. We want to teach the benefits of starting your savings plan early and the benefits of compounding interest. We will open checking accounts on a limited basis only to students who are 18 or if their parents come in with them and sign them up. We don’t want young people to get in trouble. Faculty and staff can do whatever they want to do – even get a loan,” Raymond said. The UT National Credit Union has provided all the furniture for the Rebel Union, and one of its executives, Leah Farmer, will be at the school during bank-
Banking and finance teacher Lynn Raymond is excited about the Rebel Union. Photo by B. Bean ing hours to help advise the students who will be running the operation. “The good thing about this is it is an actual branch of the UT National Credit Union,” Raymond said. “If someone opens an account here, they can use any other branch, or if a student already has a savings account with the UT National Credit Union, they can just come on over here.” Raymond’s students will get a double benefit from their experience with the credit union. “Since the mission of the bank is to teach financial literacy, we’re going to teach them about checking accounts – how checks clear. What happens to that check? Where does it go? We’re going to teach them everything we can about banking.
They’ll learn how banks make money, for example. They’ll learn that there’s one interest rate for you to put money in the bank and a higher rate when the bank loans it out. The difference is “spread.” “We’ll be teaching them how banks market their services, and the students will learn that they’re a business like any other business. “On the flip side, we’ll be talking about credit – its dangers and benefits and how to go about using it responsibly.” Raymond has 14 students in her banking and finance class, and half of them will be running the bank’s dayto-day operations. The other half will be in class learning the academic side of banking. When the second grading period comes, the two groups of students will trade places.
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Elizabethton man chooses Parkwest for surgical weight loss Procedure was â€˜life-changing and life-savingâ€™ Michael Ensor is fabulous at 40 after having surgical weight loss at Parkwest Medical Center. The Elizabethton resident confesses that he was nearly 400 pounds when his primary care physician, Dr. Robert Shubert, said, â€œItâ€™s not a matter of if youâ€™ll have a health problem; itâ€™s a matter of when and how bad.â€? Ensor is the assistant principal at Unaka High School. The ďŹ eld of education has always kept him on the go; however, choosing foods that were fast and convenient packed on the pounds. â€œThe more weight I gained, the more my knees and back started to give me trouble,â€? said Ensor. â€œMy endurance dwindled to the point that I would easily become out of breath.â€? Ensor was always being heavier than average, but active throughout his own high school and college years when he played football. He experienced affects of yo-yo dieting â€“ like losing 30 pounds, just to put 40 back on.
Michael Ensor before surgical weight loss at Parkwest. After hearing about his friendâ€™s success with Dr. Stephen Boyce with Parkwest Medical Center, Ensor further consulted with Dr. Shubert, thinking it could help him put his health back on track. â€œWe were impressed with Parkwestâ€™s cleanliness and how professionally its program runs,â€? said Ensor, who lives two hours
2009, and he quickly noticed a dramatic turnaround. At his one year check-up, he had lost 140 pounds, averaging a loss of nearly three pounds per week. â€œNow, Iâ€™ve lost more than 200 pounds and added about 20 years to my life,â€? said Ensor. â€œAt ďŹ rst, I was a little embarrassed to have to turn to surgery, but Iâ€™ve added a great deal of quality to my life.â€? Now, he is able to help his father on construction jobs, hunt, hike and ďŹ sh â€“ all things he couldnâ€™t do when he was heavier. â€œMy goal wasnâ€™t a number; it was to a healthy weight where I felt good at,â€? he said. â€œWith all the right tools and resources along the way, thatâ€™s exactly what I was able to achieve by having weight loss surgery at Parkwest.â€? Ensor after losing more than 200 This year, Ensor married his pounds wife, Mitzi, who says she canâ€™t from Parkwest. â€œI attended one imagine him being overweight. of the free bariatric weight loss The couple lives a healthy lifeseminars held at Parkwest and style and ďŹ nds splitting meals to immediately felt at ease having be a great way to keep their meals my surgery there.â€? healthier. During his medical evaluation, â€œI often feel like people judge Lisa Bunch, a phlebotomist with me for being cheap when weâ€™re Dr. Boyce, told him, â€œYouâ€™re about eating in a restaurant, but the reto go through a miracle.â€? ality of it is that we are just eatHis surgery was on Sept. 29, ing our recommended portion
Free Weight Loss Seminar Tuesday, Sept. 13 or Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Classrooms at Parkwest Medical Center Convenient parking near the door RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Call 1-865-531-5243 1-877-291-7611 size,â€? he said. Ensor has had about a dozen phone calls from those who are curious about having surgical weight loss, and he wants everyone who has had a difďŹ cult time losing weight otherwise to know about this option. â€œI was blown away with his progress,â€? said Dr. Boyce. â€œMichael is a great example of someone who has had surgery and done very well by being simply being compliant to procedureâ€™s guidelines.â€? â€œItâ€™s a life-changing and a lifesaving decision,â€? he said.
Covenant Weight Management Center offers new surgical weight loss procedure On an LGCP procedure, the stomach is dissected on one side, which allows the surgeon to access both the front and back surfaces of the stomach. One side of the stomach is folded and fastened. The folds narrow and significantly reduce the volume of the stomach. Patients are monitored for three years after the procedure to compare the results of this procedure to currently used procedures.
Early results: Less invasive, lower risk for patients For those who have contemplated weight loss surgery, a new, investigational, less invasive and less costly procedure could mean their wait â€“ and their weight â€“ may be over. Covenant Weight Management Center, affiliated with Parkwest Medical Center and New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, is now offering Laparoscopic Greater Curvature PlicaDr. Stephen Boyce tion (LGCP.) LGCP is an investigational bariatric surgery which reduces most of the stomach by folding and fastening it into a small pouch. â€œLGCP is an emerging procedure that offers a potentially less invasive alternative to other weight loss procedures,â€? said Parkwest surgeon Stephen Boyce, M.D. â€œEarly results show that LGCP may also have fewer risks than other bariatric procedures, which is not to say other procedures are unsafe, itâ€™s just that the LGCP procedure is less invasive for the patient.â€? It is less invasive because LGCP eliminates the need for some
Why LGCP? N More people qualify N Less invasive N Not as expensive
steps which traditional surgeries may require, including removal of stomach tissue, an implant of a gastric band or manipulation of the bowel. It will also cost less than traditional bariatric surgical services including gastric bypass and lap band procedures. â€œLGCP is very effective,â€? Boyce said. â€œClinical data in the early studies show that by 12 months post-surgery, patients lose more than 50 percent of their excess weight. Nearly 1 in 4 of all Tennesseans are obese, putting the stateâ€™s population among the heaviest in the United States. While some bariatric patients will be still be better suited for the more traditional procedures, Boyce points out that three times as many people will qualify for the investigational study on LGCP as for traditional surgical tech-
niques. Unlike lap band or gastric bypass surgery which require that a patient be morbidly obese (100 pounds or more overweight) and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40, LGCP patients need only have a BMI of 30. â€œAnyone who has ever been signiďŹ cantly overweight knows what a burden it can be, physically, mentally and socially. If we can help reverse the obesity epidemic through surgical procedures designed for morbidly obese individuals, then those affected can live longer with healthier, happier lifestyles,â€? Boyce said. With 16 years of experience, Dr. Boyce and his team have performed more than 3,000 bariatric surgeries with an exceptional success and safety record. LGCP surgeries will be performed at Parkwest as a part of an investigational trial beginning as early as September of this year.
â€œParkwest is a Bariatric Center of Excellence, and this means better care for patients,â€? Boyce said. â€œ4 Riverstone is the bariatric surgery ďŹ‚oor at Parkwest. Staff are specially trained in this area of expertise, and every bariatric patient stays in a suite equipped with specialized furniture and other amenities to assure post-surgical comfort.â€? Boyce said that for obese people who have been waiting to improve their health, the investigational trial for LGCP is worth exploring. â€œObesity is approaching tobacco as the top underlying preventable cause of death in this country, but obesity is a tough battle, so surgery may be the best option for some people,â€œ he said. â€œThe health beneďŹ ts of losing weight are far more important than having a slimmer body. Looking good is great. Being healthy is even better.â€?
Is LGCP right for you? Contact the Covenant Weight Management Center to find out. The Center is located in Knoxville at the Fort Sanders West campus, 200 Fort Sanders West Blvd., Building 1, Suite 200. Call 865-531-5243 or 1-877-291-7611. Visit www. covenantweightmanagement. com to calculate your Body Mass Index using the online BMI tool or to hear success stories from real patients.
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Living a happy, healthy life We have all heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine,” and research has shown that laughing is good for individuals. The Health and Humor group at the John T. O’Connor Senior
Center have taken that advice to heart and enjoy a dose of laughter once a week. When they began meeting seven years ago, the group was formed for weight loss support, but no one seemed to be losing much weight and interest in the group evenYoung-Williams Animal Center team member Sam enjoys a few tually faded. “You can only moments with Charleston, a 3-year-old male hound mix. While talk about so many ways to most dogs are known to have a keen sense of smell, a hound’s lose weight,” said one memsniffer is exceptional. Charleston is available for adoption at ber. After much thought and the main center at 3201 Division St. Visit him 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. a name change, the group Monday through Saturday or stop by Young-Williams Animal re-formed and even grew. Village at 6400 Kingston Pike from noon to 6 p.m. daily to find the perfect pet. See all of the center’s adoptable animals at www.knoxpets.org.
Blackwell named administrator for Young-Williams Dr. Michael Blackwell, former dean of the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed administrator of YoungWilliams Animal Center. In addition to his UT experience, Blackwell served as chief of staff of the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States, as deputy director of the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine and as a private practitioner of veterinary medicine. Dr. Blackwell He also served as chair of the animal center’s board of directors for five years until 2010. Blackwell will continue his role as administrator as well as assume the responsibilities previously handled by former executive director Tim Adams.
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years old and various other issues. While genetics plays a role in living a long life, other factors, including daily exercise, flossing, taking a multivitamin and checking weight once a week on the scales, can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and keep senior adults mentally and physically active. In the hour the group met, the world’s problems weren’t solved and a cure for cancer had not been discovered, but people shared ideas and thoughts, jokes were told and a lot of healthy laughing was heard throughout the room. The mood in the Claudia Jewell facilitates a discussion about living a healthy life Health and Humor group with members of the Health and Humor group at the John T. was upbeat and fun, and when I left, I felt that I had O’Connor Senior Center. Photo by Ruth White made a new friend or two. Topics of discussion and group members share Health and Humor meets range from weight loss to vi- opinions, ask questions and every Wednesday at 12:30 tamins to healthy eating and often discuss other related p.m. at the John T. O’Connor more. Claudia Jewell, the areas of interest. Senior Center. Everyone is health services specialist at As I sat in on the discus- welcome to drop in, share a the center, brings a health- sion this week, the group laugh and learn about health related topic to the table talked about living to be 100 issues senior adults face.
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Friends of Retrievers rescue group will have a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, at the corner of East Fox Den Drive and Grigsby Chapel Road. In addition to finding a good deal, you will also be able to get information about volunteering as a foster parent to a dog in need. “We are absolutely desperate for foster families,” said Kim Badeaux, vice president and cofounder of the group. Badeaux and her team search the outlying areas of East Tennessee and surrounding states for smaller shelters. Animals have less of a chance at a happy end-
Critter Tales ing there than if they were brought to the larger shelters of Knox County. And Friends of Retrievers helps all breeds, not just retrievers. “These little county shelters may only hold 12 animals. In that situation, it’s first in, first out. If they are out of room, someone gets put down.”
Goliath was rescued from a shelter in Kentucky just before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He is now waiting for his forever family. Photo submitted
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Sertoma Club honors half-century members International president of the Sertoma Foundation John Kerr, center, presents Henry McIlwaine, left, and Jack Westbrook, right, with 50-year pins for their half century of service with the West Knox Sertoma Club. Westbrook is the oldest member in age and years of participation in the club. When asked why he stays, he jokes, “I can’t find a way out.” Photo by N. Lester
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Marty and Ray Evans of the Little T Squares square dance club enjoyed dancing this month at the Tennessee State Square Dance Convention. The club will have square dance classes in September with a free introduction at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. Info: www.littletsquares.com or 300-8871.
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MUST SELL 22 Acres HALLS/GIBBS, 2 br, 1 140 with modular, city ba, $500/mo, $500/ Cats water, great loc. dep. 1 yr lse req'd. Powell/ Knoxville. No pets. 6512 Archer Adoption Cats & Kittens, $175,000. Motivated Rd., 865-388-2736 Spay/neut., S&W, $65. ***Web ID# 842643*** 865-765-3400. Homes 40 seller. 865-388-9656 NORTH, 1914 Albert www.happypawskitttenrescue.org (2 blks off Fairmont HOUSES FOR Lakefront Property 47 Blvd). 100% redone, SALE! Buy at dis- LAKEFRONT Estate 141 Din. rm., 3BR, 2BA, Dogs LR, Kit. all appls., count prices. Low Lot on Ft. Loudoun hdwd. flrs., $795 + Boston Terrier puppies, Lake near Pellisdown-payment. dep. 414-7616. CKC, healthy, M&F, sippi & Northshore. on site, Cheaper than rent! Covered dock, WEST, KARNS, 3 BR parents $250-$300. 931-544-7654 beautiful view. 865-809-0141 $799,000. 865-293-5474 2 BA, appls. provided, ***Web ID# 842696*** $510/mo. 865-938-1653 WE BUY HOUSES BOSTON TERRIERS, Resort Living at its Finest Cash….Fast WINDSOR AVE. CKC, 4 M, choc. & Level wooded lake 865-365-8888 2BR; 1BA; Deck & white. S&W. 7 wks. lot only $9,900! www.TNHouseRelief.com fenced in yard. $675. $600. 865-223-1445 Free boating, ***Web ID# 841689*** community boat slips, Call Tayna, 688-7531. clubhouse with For Sale By Owner 40a Nicklaus putting green. BOXERS, AKC puppies, Condo Rentals 76 Blk, brindle, flashy, 865-922-6000 tails, dewclaws & Beautifully Remodeled, wormed. 865-705-5004 handicap access. CONDO/PELLISSIPPI/ ***Web ID# 844943*** ranch style home on Real Estate Service 53 DUTCHTOWN 1/2 ac level lot. HardDACHSHUNDS, wood, granite, tile 3 BR/2 1/2 BA, 2000 SF Mini., M&F, thruout. Lg. crown & STOP FORECLOSURE 2 car gar. $1300/mo. Free Report / Free Help Non smoking, no pets. different colors, $250. base molding. 3 BR, 2 Call 865-428-9228. 865-365-8888 BA, 1800 SF, 865-680-1040 ***Web ID# 842272*** PreventForeclosureKnoxville.com ***Web ID# 841653*** $139,900/b.o. OPEN HOUSE SEPT. ENGLISH BULLDOG WEST, Edgewater, 2 3-4, 9-5. $1250. VISA & M/C Investment Prop-Sale 61 br, 2 ba, W/D conn, PUPS, Or call for showing accepted. 423-775-6044 1 car gar, no pets. 3216 Luwana Ln, 37917 $700/mo + $500/dep. blessedbulldogs.blogspot.com 865-919-6675 or 387-0761 HALLS. CRIPPEN RD. ***Web ID# 842628*** Call 865-458-6445 ***Web ID# 844894*** Turn at Wendy's, ***Web ID# 844526*** property on right. 2 acres zoned General 109 FSBO, 5500 Kenbrook commercial. Will Rooms-Roommates 77 Ln., Cumberland Esdivide. 865-567-5788 tates. Brick rancher w/full bsmnt, approx MIDDLEBROOK INN 3400 sf, 3 br, 2 ba, Comm. Prop. - Rent 66 Nicest Economical remod top to botMotel in West Knox tom, superb kitchen 575 S.F. off Broadway HBO, ESPN, Lg Rms & bath, new Trane 1 Night $21.90 + tax on Walker Blvd. heat/air, Pella win- (behind Fisher Tire). Week $104.50 + tax dows, new roof, plus Fresh paint & new AC Exc Area on Bus line detached 2 car ga588-1982 unit. $600/mo. 1st & rage & shop. last due upon move $189,900. 865-924-0484 in. (865) 696-9555
SHIH TZU PUPPIES 11 wks. old, $200. Phone 865-255-3627
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Buildings for Sale 191 SUMMER CLEARANCE! Only a few sizes left! Huge savings avail on Steel Bldgs! Amazing discounts through our Display Program! Call Now! 1-866-352-0469
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Whittle Mansion 4BR, 3BA, 2250 SF, 11 rooms. Priced to sell at $125K. 865-922-8734 ***Web ID# 843308***
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BR West Hills, 2 story, 1.5 BA, lg. laundry rm, patio, No pets. Cr Ref. $650/mo. $400 DD. 865-567-5004
Like New brick townhouse, 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, West Knox. No pets or vouchers. $350 dep. $650/mo. 1 year lease. 865-986-0905 ***Web ID# 841871*** NEAR WEST Town, 1 BR studio, W/D conn, CHA, no pets. Lease, $350. 865-966-5983.
POWELL 2 BR 2 BA, NEAR West Town 2 BR TH, 1 1/2 BA, W&D 865-719-0922 conn, CHA, no pets. www.1909wellsdrivepo Lease. $550. 865-966-5983 welltn.blogspot.com NORTH 1BR, 1BA, CRENT TO OWN H&A, DW, stove, water furn., $425. 3BR, 2BA, fenced No pets. 865-414-3633 yard, St. Mary's & Fulton area, built SOUTH, 2 BR, 1 BA, 2004, $93,900. Dep. + 1200SF, appls furn, montly is negotiable. priv. $700/mo + dep No pets, 865-577-6289 865-254-5464
FSBO, 3 BR mobile home set up in park. Owner will finance. Call 206-0391. REDUCED , New Home MH w/ land in subdiv near Morristown Hosp; 3BR 2BA; 865-719-1338
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Trucking Opportunities 106
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JC Pontoon boat 20', 1999, 75HP Force, TM, trlr, FF, cover, $7,000. 865-945-5071 LOWE - DECK BOAT 2005, couches, carpet, bimini top, 115 HP, 4 stroke, low hrs. Exc. cond. $18,500. Call 865376-3529 or 617-8109.
5TH Wheel Copper Canyon, 28', 2006, 1 CARVED ANTIQUE slide, new tires, Parlor Set, 5 pcs, sell sleeps 6, exc cond, 1 pc $125 or all for $13,900. 865-933-8354 $600. 865-691-2336. CAMPERS WANTED We buy travel trailers, Medical Supplies 219 5th Wheels, Motor homes & Pop-Up Campers. Will pay DAV Chapter 24 has cash. 423-504-8036 FREE RENTAL OF POWER WHEEL MONTANA 2007, 35', 2 CHAIRS available for slides, many any area disabled vet- hitch. $21,000/bo. extras. Camperan or members of their immediate family. ing ready. 865-932-7902. Manually operated wheel chairs also Motor Homes 237 available. Call 7650510 for information. Newmar Dutchstar FREE JAZZY 1994 DSL Pusher, WHEELCHAIR. Cummins 235, Allison (Doesn't run) Call 6 spd, 6.5 KW gen set, 686-1681. 2 TV's, 2 satellite rec. Surround snd, 1000 JAZZY Select power watt inverter. Exc chair, new, all pacond. Must see! pers & attachments. Selling due to health. $750. 865-804-2070, $24K. 865-691-8523 ***Web ID# 837753***
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Utility Trailers 255
Montego Tiger Shark jet ski, $1750 obo. Call 865-455-4488 or CAYMAN Swimming 865-455-4481 Pool, 15x30 above ground w/salt water NORRISCRAFT 19' generator, all access. Sport & Ski, 200 HP $1500. 276-889-1292. Mercury, Hustler deluxe tandem trailer. Must see, $7200 obo. Antiques 216 865-494-0948; 805-3657.
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mag, Nikon 3x9 scope $450. 423-562-3080
Pools/Hot Tubs 209
Manf’d Homes - Sale 85
East 40e Apts - Unfurnished 71 1 & 2 BR APTS. $3,500 Down C H&A, W&D conn, to $650 per mo. $827 Month $475 Dep. $400 to $500.
FSBO Alice Bell Rd. Bsmt rancher, 4 BR, 2 BA, almost 2 ac, big front yd, gar. & carport, $98,500. 865-924-0484
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Boats Motors 232 22' 10 ton King Pin G. N. with beaver tail & air brakes. $6500. 423- Floating Cottage 46x16 562-2154; 423-566-3385 Hickory Star, Norris Lake, must sell, $30k/obo. 865-389-4552 Household Furn. 204 ***Web ID# 844614***
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2018 Western Ave. Info: Rebecca Gill, 602-7807 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: 544-6279.
40w Apts - Furnished 72 Trucking Opportunities 106 Dogs 348 141 Farmer’s Market 150 Fishing Hunting 224 Auto Accessories 254 Domestic 265 Plumbing FB $4,000 a ENGLISH BULLDOG PEACHES & CREAM, WINCHESTER FORD EXPLORER CHEVY MALIBU GREG MONROE WALBROOK STUDIOS DRIVERS: month. Great home- pups, AKC reg, all shots Hickory cane, white Model 70, 270 short Sport Trax fiberglass MAXX, 2005, V6, all PLUMBING
1 LEVEL, 3 br, 2 ba, W. Knox, Brentmoor Subd, new roof/paint before closing, $159,900. 865-966-7572 ***Web ID# 827996***
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speaker will be Mary Chris Testerman, M.D., who will discuss the causes of common foot pain and how to care for your feet. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Aug. 23. Visit www. mercy.com or call 632-5200.
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FLY SCOUT 2010 motor bike, Honda cub copy, 110CC, 4 spd. semi automatic, 900 mi. $1200. 423-404-4523 HARLEY DAVIDSON 2008 Nightrain, 4070 mi, exc cond, gar. kept, tons of genuine HD access. + all orig parts incl. $14,500. For more details call 423-523-5498
6X10 UTILITY TRAILER like new cond. $950. Call 865-932-3139. BIG TEX DUMP TRAILER $3,995. Call 865-986-5626.
CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1990, 56K act. mi., new tires, PS, PB, AC, exc. cond. $2800 OBO. 865-689-5646 FORD Econoline Conv. Van 1994, hi-top, 115K mi, very nice, $4500. 865-379-0568
Pressure Washing 350
PONTIAC G5, 2009, red, 2 dr, all pwr, 51k mi, $8250. 35+ mpg. Sharp! 865-522-4133
CLEANING HOMES or offices by honest, reliable hardworker who still believes in cleaning the old fashioned way. Ref. available. Call Lisa, 237-9823.
Contracting / Gen. 320
BLDG REPAIR & FORD Windstar 2002 MAINT. Lic'd/ins'd, gray/tan, CD, 7 pass comm/res, metal 114K mi., good cond roofs, concrete, $5,000/bo 865-688-3309 bobcat, masonry, ^ ***Web ID# 841560*** doors, stucco re- DUKE'S PRESSURE pair, ret. walls, etc. WASHING Affordable Rates, satisTrucks 257 30 yrs exp! 250-0496 faction guaranteed! 324 258-6830 CHEVY 1500 1992, 5.0, Elderly Care 2 camper tops & tow pkg, $1900 obo. HILLCREST WEST is Remodeling 351 865-455-4488; 455-4481 now hiring hospitality aids. We are looking for someone 4 Wheel Drive 258 with dependability, positive attitude, FORD F250 2002, able to work nights 7.3L, diesel, 4x4, and wkends, and insuper cab, XLT, tegrity. Caregiver $13,500. 865-859-9051 exp. pref. If you are ***Web ID# 843733*** interested in working in a peaceful, homelike environAntiques Classics 260 ment, apply today. http://grace.vikus.n et/app or 588-7661. GEO TRACKER 1995, 5 sp., overdrive, 4x4, super nice, WILL ASSIST w/personal care needs, $3600. 865-457-2451 cook, clean & do errands. 15 yrs exp, refs MERCEDES 560SL, avail. 208-9032 1988, 124K mi., all orig., red w/blk int., hard & soft top, 327 mint cond. $11,900 Fencing obo. 865-992-0386
FORD BRONCO 1989, 4x4, 2 dr., new paint, great tires, Must sell. $3900. 865-679-2100. LEXUS GX470, 4X4, 2004, loaded, nav., 3rd row, DVD, 113K mi., $19,900. 865-389-4324 ***Web ID# 842729***
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INFINITI G35 2006 Coupe, auto., 23K mi, red, garaged, 1 owner $22,800. 865-414-0219
FENCING & REPAIR, small jobs OK, clear fence rows, some tree work, 20 yrs. exp., Wanted: used fence. 200-1752
^ STUCCO / STONE repairs, new const, fireplaces, water damage, ret. walls, columns, gates. 20 yrs exp! 250-0496
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CERAMIC TILE installation. Floors/ walls/repairs. 32 yrs exp, exc work! John 9 3 8 -3 3 2 8
Furniture Refinish. 331
Mazda Milennia 2001S Black/gray lthr, cold DENNY'S FURNITURE a/c,49K mi, 6 disc REPAIR. Refinish, reBose, 17 “chrome glue, etc. 45 yrs exp! Whls. John, 385 4290 922-6529 or 466-4221 ***Web ID# 843698*** MERCEDES 560SL, 333 1988, 124K mi., all Guttering orig., red w/blk int., GUTTER hard & soft top, HAROLD'S SERVICE. Will clean mint cond. $11,900 front & back $20 & up. obo. 865-992-0386 Quality work, guaranPONTIAC TRANS teed. Call 288-0556. AM WS6, 1997, Ram Air, 107,000 mi., V8 auto., black exteLandscaping 338 rior, graphite gray leather interior, new LANDSCAPING MGMT tires, brakes, rotors Design, install, mulch, turned, new starter, small tree/shrub work, battery, alternator, weeding, bed renewal, distributor, tune up, debri clean-up. Free compressor, many estimates, 25 yrs exp! more new parts. Mark Lusby 679-9848 Runs great. Everything works. Good driver. $8,250. 423286-9847, 937-232-1883 Painting / Wallpaper 344
HD ROAD KING Custom 2004, lava red, detachable windshield & backrest. TOYOTA CAMRY Lots of chrome xtras. 1994, AT, AC, 100,000 Chrome front forks mi, great mpg, & Sampson pipes. $3550. 865-582-1974 Very clean, no ***Web ID# 841819*** blemishes, 13k mi, $11,500. 423-312-5285 TOYOTA Supra 1998 ***Web ID# 838189*** auto, all pwr., targa top, lthr., very rare. HONDA 2001 Shadow $19,500 obo. 865-300-9576. Spirit, 1100 CC, 4200 ***Web ID# 844728*** mi. $4900. Call 423562-2154; 423-566-3385.
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264 HONDA GL 1800 Trike Sports 2003, black cherry, 48K mi, custom trlr, Corvette Conv. 2001, red, black top, 6 sp, $25,000. 865-983-7056 62k mi, new tires. Honda Rebel, 2006, $20,500. 865-406-3801 white, saddlebags, ***Web ID# 841767*** windshield. $2400/ obo. 865-380-9172 ***Web ID# 837455*** Domestic 265 TRIUMPH SPRINT RS 2000, 17K, new battery & tires. Good cond. $2,600. 865-567-6032.
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B-4 â€˘ AUGUST 22, 2011 â€˘ BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS
health & lifestyles
Fort Sanders Therapy Center helps accident victim regain balance When an automobile accident last spring left her with broken bones in both legs and one arm, 40-year-old Kimberly Wilson of Knoxville felt like her whole world had been thrown off balance. â€œI didnâ€™t have a good side or a bad side, because both sides were messed up,â€? says Wilson. â€œThey said that I was lucky to survive. They also said it would be six months before I was back to doing normal activities.â€?
â€˜They are really good. You almost look forward to going because they become like friends.â€™ â€“ Kimberly Wilson, phyiscal therapy patient But after only four months of physical therapy at the Fort Sanders Therapy Center in downtown Knoxville, Wilson has learned to walk steadily again, regaining most of the balance she lost in the accident. She is doing so well she even went on a vacation trip to the beach recently and walked in the sand, on the instruction of her physical therapist, Jennifer Templeton.
â€œShe told me to walk on the beach, itâ€™s good for me. She wasnâ€™t even there, and sheâ€™s telling me what to do!â€? says Wilson with a laugh. Wilson credits Templeton and the staff of Fort Sanders Therapy Center for helping her recover so quickly. Just two months after the accident, Wilson attended physical therapy three times each week, at ďŹ rst in a wheelchair. â€œWhen I started at the physical therapy center, little by little I started seeing improvement and getting encouragement,â€? explains Wilson. â€œThey pushed me hard enough to get the right beneďŹ t. I could hardly walk, I was always afraid of falling. But then I started seeing improvement with my gait, and soon I could walk across the room.â€? Now, Wilson is continuing to work on climbing up and down stairs. â€œI was terriďŹ ed with stairs, you have to have balance to do those,â€? says Wilson. â€œItâ€™s still a challenge for me. I can do it, but itâ€™s hard. But I cannot believe Iâ€™m where I am now.â€? Wilson says she would recommend Fort Sanders Therapy Center to anyone with balance problems. â€œThey are really good. You almost look forward to going because they become like friends. My doctor is just amazed at my progress.â€? For more information about treatments available at Fort Fort Sanders physical therapist Jennifer Templeton uses exercises to Sanders Therapy Centers, call strengthen Kimberly Wilsonâ€™s leg and improve her balance. (865) 541-1300.
Unsteady? Many balance problems are treatable Trips and falls are common among seniors, but theyâ€™re often preventable, according to Jennifer Templeton, a physical therapist at Fort Sanders Therapy Center in downtown Knoxville. Balance deficiencies have several causes, including ear problems, loss of sensation in the feet or legs and general muscle weakness. What many people donâ€™t realize is that these issues can often be treated satisfactorily by a short course of physical therapy. â€œWe can work on these issues in physical therapy,â€? explains Templeton. â€œGeneral inactivity is usually the biggest problem. Itâ€™s a vicious cycle. Youâ€™re scared to fall, so you donâ€™t get up and walk around. But, when you sit all day, your muscles get weaker
because youâ€™re not using them. When your muscles are weaker, youâ€™re more likely to fall.â€? Keeping in good physical shape can prevent future falls, no matter your age. â€œThe best thing is to keep moving,â€? says Templeton. We have some active, older patients who move better than people who are 30 years younger.â€? For those who have been injured or are recovering from surgery, exercise can improve strength and balance. Lack of sensation is an issue many people may not know they have. Itâ€™s a common side effect of diabetes. â€œIf someone doesnâ€™t have enough sensation in their feet, it affects his or her reaction time to obstacles,â€? explains Templeton. Because exercise can increase â€œWe advise getting rid of throw rugs or power cords in walkways blood flow and sensation in the lower legs, it can improve balas the ďŹ rst line of defense.â€?
ance. Supervised exercise can benefit most everyone Templeton says. Physical therapy sessions typically involve stretching, walking, strength building and balance exercises. Physical therapy requires a doctorâ€™s referral, itâ€™s typically covered by insurance and it generally involves two to three sessions per week for at least a month. â€œA lot of balance problems impact your quality of life,â€? says Templeton. â€œOur goal is to improve a personâ€™s ability to live their life, whether that means being able to do chores around the house, digging a garden or taking a trip.â€? For further information about treating balance issues, call Fort Sanders Therapy Centers at (865) 541-1300.
undergo 50 hours of special hospital-based classes. Training workshops will be held Sept. 16 and 17, with weekly classes on Thursday evenings. Program graduates commit to serving as volunteer Stephen Ministers with Fort Sanders Regional chaplains for one hour each week for two years. Stephen Ministers serve patients at Fort Sanders Regional Medical, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, as well as Thompson Cancer Survival Center. For information about applying to become a Stephen Minister, contact Fort Sanders Regional Chaplain Doug Hair at (865) 541-1234.
Volunteer Stephen Minister Training offered at Fort Sanders Regional The Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Pastoral Care Department is inviting people interested in learning about the Stephen Ministry program to an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. The meeting will be held in Classroom 1 on the hospitalâ€™s main lobby level. Stephen Ministers provides one-on-one Christian spiritual care giving to hospitalized people and their loved ones. Stephen Ministers
Help for vertigo If your world suddenly spins â€“ and not because youâ€™re dancing â€“ chances are you might have a touch of vertigo, an inner ear problem that makes you feel suddenly dizzy. About 20 percent of all vertigo is from a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), also called â€œpositional vertigo.â€? It simply means dizziness is brought on by a position of the head â€“ lying down, for example, or leaning over. The problem begins deep in the inner ear, which contains three loop-shaped canals and two small organs called the utricle and saccule. The utricle and saccule shed crystals of calcium carbonate called otoconia (commonly called â€œear rocksâ€?). These tiny crystals help the body detect movement and gravity. Sometimes these crystals can migrate out of the utricle and saccule, and travel through the ear canals, touching nerve endings where they shouldnâ€™t, causing dizziness. The inner ear ďŹ‚uid will ďŹ‚ush out the crystals over time. But if a person is dehydrated, the inner ear contains less ďŹ‚uid, making the problem worse. Thatâ€™s why cold medications or alcohol use, both of which can cause dehydration, also can cause dizziness. Older people shed more crystals as well. About 50 percent of dizziness in older people is due to BPPV. â€œVertigo is usually quite intense and frightening to the patient,â€? explains Dotty Lowe, a physical therapist at Fort Sanders Therapy Center in Powell, which treats BPPV. â€œIt makes them feel like theyâ€™re going to fall, but if they stay still, it will calm down.â€? Lowe says physical therapists can easily treat positional vertigo with a series of simple, slow maneuvers of the head. The goal is to move the head slowly in several different positions, to help move the crystals along the canal and into less sensitive spots in the inner ear. Most patients only need a few short visits to learn the maneuvers, which are effective in 85 to 90 percent of people. â€œYou either get better or you donâ€™t,â€? says Lowe. â€œAnd if you donâ€™t, we refer you to someone else to see if there are other problems affecting your balance. I think people with positional vertigo should at least give it a try,â€? she adds. â€œItâ€™s an easy thing to do.â€? For more information about treating vertigo, call Fort Sanders Therapy Centers at (865) 541-1300.
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Rotary projects secure funding The golf tournament for girls and boys was held at Williams Creek off Dandridge Avenue in East Knoxville. Fifteen teams and more than 100 golfers participated. Rotarians worked with each team, recording scores and getting to know the youth. Coach Bill Warren of Halls said he was happy that the Rotary Club sponsored the tournament. “I hope they do it every year!” Teams came from Bearden, where coach John Heins is also a member of the West Knox Rotary and was event chair, Powell, Halls, Claiborne County, Grainger County, Grace Christian, Webb, Hardin Valley Academy, Jefferson County, Cumberland Gap, Carter, Campbell County, Maryville and Catholic. Heins a nt icipated giving away some $5,000 in prizes and goody bags while raising $30,000 to $50,000 for the club’s local and international charities. Most fundraising comes t hroug h sponsorships, To page C-2
By Sandra Clark Rotary Club of West Knoxville should be set for the upcoming year following an Aug. 13 fundraiser called the High School Shoot Out.
A quality education Webb School See page C-4
Sandy Loy talks construction Construction Plus See page C-3
Sam Balloff, Rotary Club member who coordinated volunteers, stands on the putting green at Williams Creek.
Eli Hechmer and Joe Dickey of knoxivi.com stream live from the West Knox Rotary Club’s High School Shoot Out, held Aug. 13 at Williams Creek. Photos by S. Clark
News from Stratetic Partners Knox County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department has received tools worth $15,000 from The Home Depot, and OG Hughes donated $7,500 toward the truck tool bed. Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre and CTE Director Don Lawson will meet with company representatives Sept. 7 to acknowledge the gifts. The Home Depot will be represented by district manager Stan Rudder, Pro Shop desk manager Frank Bellew and the Knoxville area managers: Tom Householder, Ryan Donnelly, Scott Santel and Nancy Brannon. President Tom Hughes, vice president Richard Hughes and in-house sales manager Steve Hudgens will represent OG Hughes. Coachman Clothiers now has Southern Tide women’s polos for fall. Also for backto-school are the Southern Tide Original Skipjack polo in more than 50 colors and styles. Info: 690-5805 or www.coachmanclothiers. com/.
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Want to rent a rooster? Ever thought about using a 4-foot-tall painted iron rooster for decoration at your wedding? Well, maybe not. But how about at your next garden party, or, if you’re a South Carolina fan (Heaven forbid!) your next football party?
Turns out you can buy that happy-looking gamecock outright, or you can just rent him. You can take a look at him for yourself at the intriguing Ironic Home Décor shop in the Colony Place shopping center on Kingston Pike in Bearden. That rooster has a lot of whimsical friends who are for sale – garden critters such as large painted ladybugs, butterflies or pigs – but there are also more serious items in this little gem of a store, and they’re all handmade of iron which has been doublecoated with a rust preventive so they can be used indoors or out.
There is a huge array of decorative and useful iron items, including standing, hanging and tabletop candelabras; lamps; magazine racks; wine racks; planters in many sizes and styles; and baskets that are perfect to use yourself or to fill with items to give as a present. There are topiaries, trellises, arbors and bird houses. There are UT-themed articles and lots of clever signs to hand on the wall. There is also furniture – beds and tables of varying sizes with matching chairs and benches, including bistro tables, sofa tables, dining room tables, coffee tables and side tables. There are credenzas and baker’s racks, room dividers, easels for displaying artwork and garden benches that would be pretty either indoors or out. Owner Holly Honeycutt says just about anything in the store can be rented. “If you want that 4-foot-tall rooster at your wedding, we can make that happen,” she laughs. Holly and her husband, Michael, who works for Realty Trust Group, travel to Texas three or four times a year to meet with the artists who create the masterpieces for sale in Ironic. “We can offer great prices because there is no middle man,”
Holly Honeycutt with Sullivan, the mascot at Ironic Home Décor.
she says. “Nothing comes in this store that I haven’t personally touched. “Also, being able to work personally with the artists is a great service for my customers. I listen to what they say and can relay that to the artists so they can make the alterations my customers have suggested.” Holly says she and Michael have a lot of fun with the store. “He comes here after work every day. It’s a good thing, too. I’m only 5
feet tall, so I can’t hang anything on the walls without him.” The couple just celebrated their first wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago. In honor of that and of the second birthday of the store’s official mascot, their English bulldog Sullivan, they’re having a special sale. Today through Aug. 31 you can get 20 percent off any item in the store. Info: www.ironichomedecor. com or 588-3131. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Alzheimer’s Walk beats goal Businesses and individuals joined to put the annual Alzheimer’s Walk over the top, under the leadership of Phillip Fulmer. Top walkers and sponsors were honored Aug. 18 at a luncheon. Together, the corporate community and grassroots volunteers raised $211,332. More than 1,400 people raised $151,182 through car washes, spaghetti dinners and other events. The Knoxville Alzheimer’s Walk supports more than 22,000 East Tennessee families facing Alzheimer’s by funding services, education programs and advocacy for research coordinated by Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc. The executive director is former TV news reporter Kay Watson. Info: www.alztennessee. org or 544-6288. Youth winners were Savannah Ivey (individual)
KNOXVILLE CHAMBER Info: 637-4550. All events are held at the Knoxville Chamber unless otherwise noted. ■ Business After Hours: News Sentinel Open at Fox Den Country Club, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 12284 N. Fox Den Drive. ■ Ribbon Cutting, 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 2, Regions Bank, 465 S. Gay St. ■ Ribbon Cutting, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, Activize Knoxville Chiropractic Clinic, 1645 Downtown West Blvd., Suite 34.
FARRAGUT WEST KNOX CHAMBER ■ Board of Directors Meeting, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Bill Jones Music, 10412 Kingston Pike. ■ Networking, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Hilton Garden Inn, 216 Peregrine Way. ■ Speaker Luncheon w/ Hallerin Hilton HIll and Phillip Fulmer, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Rothchild, 8807 Kingston Pike. ■ Networking, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, United Community Bank, 11134 Kingston Pike. ■ Chamber Office Closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. ■ Networking, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, 11800 Highway 11E in Lenoir City.
ner for four at Flemings plus movie tickets from Regal. Kevin Bragg, $3,375, who won a landscape print by artist Mark Keathley, compliments of Art of the South. Adult team winners were: Dreammakers with team captain Deana Haney, raised $13,318, and won a day with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and gourmet lunch for 20 with the mayor, compliments of Atria Weston Place. Sigma Kappa Sorority at UT, raised $11,896 and won barbecue lunch for 20, compliments of Vonnie and Workers unload countertops from Knoxville Stone Interiors at ReStore on Merchants Drive. Carl Oaks. Photo submitted Shannondale of Knoxville, $11,394, lunch and a movie for 10, compliments of East Tennessee Personal Care Services and Regal Knoxville Stone Interi- by local contractors, some- ers from hauling to the Cinemas. ors is donating granite to times there is limited quan- dump, keeps the materials Habitat for Humanity to tity of matching materials. out of the landfill and gives sell for bathroom vanities Knoxville Stone Interi- ReStore a chance to rehab or small kitchens through ors offers a low price for a good item in support of ‘Contemporary Focus’ the ReStore outlet, 314 fabrication and installation Habitat for Humanity. We The Knoxville Museum of Art presents “ContempoMerchants Drive next to as an additional way to sup- give the granite that we rary Focus 2011” beginning Friday, Aug. 26. Each year can’t use for whatever reaOutback Steakhouse. Info: port ReStore. the series presents emerging artists who work in new 688-8807. Manager Eric Grindall son. We want to be a big and experimental ways, including artists John BissonReStore is a retail vensaid, “When we tear out supporter of Habitat.” ette, Brian Jobe and Greg Pond. Opening reception will Knoxville Stone Interiors ture featuring a large inold countertops, we will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Hours are 10 a.m. to ventory of new and donated donate the salvageable is located at 231 E. Emory 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. home improvement items. parts to ReStore along Road near Interstate 75, Info: www.knoxart.org. Since inventory includes with any sinks or fixtures. inside of VIC International. leftover material, donated This saves the homeown- Info: 938-7169.
and Seniors for Seniors from Farragut High School (team). With team captain Bethany Hatmaker, the group raised $815 and won a behind-the-scenes look at WBIR-TV with Russell Biven and Beth Haynes and lunch compliments of Pizza Kitchen. Savannah raised $740 and also was team captain for Knoxville Teen Board. Individual adult winners were: Deana Haney, $8,095, who won a lakeside retreat getaway at a 4-bedroom home on Norris Lake, compliments of Janine and Chris Owen. Faun Norton, $7,095, who won a framed print by artist Jim Gray, compliments of Dr. Maria O’Shaunessey. Nancy Dettmering, $3,423, who won a night on the town including din-
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li Swofford, president of Swofford Financial, will present three dinner discussions titled “Finding Your Balance in Uncertain Markets. All are at 6:30 p.m. next week at Sullivan’s Fine Food in Franklin Square. The first is Tuesday, Aug. 30; the second is Wednesday, Aug. 31; and the third is Thursday, Sept. 1. While the events are free, those attending must make a reservation by calling 690-0049 or visiting www. swoffordfinancial.com/. Swofford said the workshop will help participants understand where they are financially and help them build confidence that their portfolio can secure their future. “Join us to learn more about every day choices that can affect your retirement future,” she said. Swofford is an investment advisor and offers investment advisory services offered through Woodbury Financial Services Inc., an unrelated entity. Her office is at 251 N. Peters Road. Jackson National Life is the event sponsor and its
products and services may be discussed. Swofford holds a doctorate in administration from the University of Southern California and is a former college professor, athletic director and small Ali Swofford business owner. She has more than 25 years of experience as a personal wealth management advisor and has qualified twice for the Million Dollar Round Table’s Top of the Table membership, which represents the top 1 percent of financial service professionals in the world. In 2010-11, she served as president of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council. Her staff includes DaVett Jones and Anthony Bartl. Those who can’t attend the workshop are invited to contact her office to schedule a complimentary consultation at their convenience. Info: 690-0049 or www.swofford financial.com/.
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coordinated this year by Oliver Smith IV. In the 2010-11 year, the West Knox club gave away $80,000 to charities such as Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Clinic, Friends of the Smokies, Ross Learning Center, Salvation Army, Veterans Reintegration Project and Japan’s Relief Fund. Dr. Lucy Gibson is club president.
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BUSINESS NOTES ■ Dr. Malcolm Foster, an interventional cardiologist, has performed the first Moxy drug-coated angioplasty balloon procedure at Mercy West. Pe r ip h e r a l artery disFoster ease affects 8 million Americans and happens when fatty deposits build up in arteries outside
the heart, usually the arteries supplying fresh oxygen and blood to the arms, legs and feet. The most common symptom of PAD is a painful muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising. ■ Troy Peterson was named overall top agent for July at Weichert Realtors – Advantage Plus. Christie Sox was top listing agent and Larry Maso was top selling agent.
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Chef Robert De Binder of Chez Liberty, located at the corner of Kingston Pike and Mohican Drive in Homberg Place, is proud of the seasonal foods he serves in the popular eatery. On the menu now is this salad featuring baby rainbow chard, baby chanterelle mushrooms, local cherry tomatoes and a nepitella mint bloom. “I always base the menu on what will be the freshest,” De Binder says. Chez Liberty is open for lunch (brunch on the weekends) and dinner seven days a week. Info: www. chezliberty.com or 330-9862. Photo by N. Lester
■ Latoya Rogers, R.N., was Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s first recipient of The Daisy Award for E x t r aor d i nary Nurses. She has been at Mercy St. Mary’s for six years and Rogers works on 3rd Central, a surgical-oncology floor. She graduated from Walter State Community College.
WEST SIDE SHOPPER-NEWS • AUGUST 22, 2011 • C-3
Making Knoxville better By Sandra Clark You’d think Sandy Loy was running for office. But the West Knox-based contractor with a degree in architecture says he’s about making Knox County a “better place to raise families and educate our kids.” Best Sandy Loy known as a construction manager, Loy also advocates political positions: most recently, successful efforts to get the Public Building Authority audited
and a new school for Carter Elementary. “Neither was popular when I started the initiatives, but both issues became popular,” he says. “I am not getting any ﬁnancial beneﬁt out of either campaign and didn’t even submit a proposal on Carter because I didn’t want to reap ﬁnancial gain from my public support of it.
“I have probably lost business exposing PBA, which is why others haven’t done it before me. That said, I am optimistic that the audit will expose waste which, if corrected, will avert a tax increase for several years to balance the budget despite our debt.” Loy’s next campaign will be to “attack the costs of
school construction.” He says: “While I am a supporter of the new Carter school, it is costing too much money to build it. There are better ways.” Those “better ways” are construction management and design build, he says, and he has quotes from area architects to back his claims. Sandy Loy may not be building local schools yet (although he has built award-winning schools in other districts), but he can save time, money and hassle on your construction project. Details are below.
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CLIENT REVIEW I have used Construction Plus for all of my construction projects. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning new construction or expansion. – Julie Pauletto, President, Power Systems
ARCHITECT REVIEW Community Tectonics Architects has worked with Sandy’s company, Construction Plus, on a number of projects. These projects varied in size from a residence to multiple large school projects. We have worked together in design-build and construction management types of project delivery. Sandy is innovative and has new methodologies which have been successful and saved our clients money. – Bill Vinson, President, Community Tectonics Architects, Inc.
Cherokee Health Systems asked us to help them in the selection of a constructor for their new rural office building. The selection process yielded a number of highly credentialed and qualified constructors. Construction Plus impressed Cherokee Health Systems strongly on a professional level and even more so on a personal level. The executives of CHS felt a connection and trust with those from Construction Plus seated across the table, understanding that those same people were the ones who would actually deliver their new facility. Turns out their instincts were right. Throughout all the challenges and difficulties typical of a construction process, the trust and chemistry between us as the designers, the owner executives, their end users and Sandy and his team were the essential elements to a very successful project delivery. We welcome the opportunity to build together again, both a facility and our relationship.
Sandy Loy takes a very professional and personal approach to construction and follows through on the commitments he makes. He is very conscientious of his client’s budgets and works hard to meet or exceed expectations without sacrificing quality. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about building to consider Sandy Loy and Construction Plus.
– David L. Cockrill, AIA President, Cockrill Design & Planning
ARCHITECT REVIEW ARCHITECT REVIEW Sandy Loy is one of the most accomplished professionals in the East Tennessee building industry. His background combines the design and construction expertise that few individuals possess in this competitive field. He is creative in developing multiple approaches to the problems that the typical construction project presents. Most importantly, his direct involvement in the entire process will ensure a good product. – Danny Brewer, Partner, Brewer, Ingram & Fuller Architects
CLIENT REVIEW Sandy brings high energy, a sense of great confidence and strong professionalism to every project. He is committed to not only constructing high quality facilties but to developing long-standing relationships with each and every client. – Russ Watkins, President, Partners Development
I have known and worked with Sandy for decades. He never fails to exceed expectations, and makes the construction process flow smoothly and professionally. Building with Sandy is an enjoyable experience that makes you want to come back and do it again and again. – Tom Wortham, Architect, VP Hollingsworth Companies
CLIENT REVIEW If you want a job completed with top notch professionalism, expert advice and quality, call Sandy. His company does as he says and at the end of the project, you will still call him your friend! – Robin Jones
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATE REVIEW Sandy has shown excellent leadership by becoming the first Certified Construction Manager in the state of Tennessee. I greatly appreciate his commitment to professionalism. – Bruce D’Agostino, President & CEO, CMAA
– Stacy Cox, Vice President, Studio Four Design, Inc.
CLIENT REVIEW Construction Plus, Inc., functioned as our construction manager for an outpatient medical facility in Englewood, TN. Sandy and his team were great. They worked well with our staff, architects and sub-contractors to build a high-quality building at a reasonable cost. It is unfortunate that Linked-In only allows me to choose THREE attributes to describe them because all fit. In addition to the value received by this experienced and personable team, we got great, timely results and CPI’s integrity and creativity were never in question. I highly recommend CPI. – Jeffrey Howard, CFO, Cherokee Health Systems
CLIENT REVIEW I know Sandy both personally and professionally. I can honestly say that he is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. He is also one of the most hard-working and honest men I know. These are the reasons I asked him to build my house, and now I live in a structure that is so well-built, I was not worried at all with the recent severe storms we had. The quality of the construction and the solidness of the foundation is unparalleled. The best part of my experience was the fact that he delivered on everything he promised. We got first-rate quality, an excellent price and the project was finished ahead of its projected schedule. I highly recommend Sandy and Construction Plus for any construction project, commercial or residential. – Dr. Thomas Haskins III
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C-4 • AUGUST 22, 2011 • WEST SIDE SHOPPER-NEWS
Scholarship, Character, Leadership By Scott Hutchinson, President Webb School of Knoxville In last month’s column, I wrote about the positive and powerful role that faculty can, and do, play in the creation and the improvement of a healthy school. Adult leaders matter greatly in teaching Hutchinson and learning environments in a school community. Equal to, and sometimes even surpassing, the importance of those teaching mentors, though, is the role that peers play in the lives of their fellow students. This month’s column focuses on the students at Webb – how the school thinks about our student body and how students are selected for the school.
Webb sixth graders get the new school year rolling with their iPads. As part of Webb School’s new iPad initiative, every 4th through 12th grade student is required to attend classes with an iPad.
On the ﬁrst day of school, work quickly gets underway in Bob Brown’s AP Chemistry class as Upper School students complete a lab that includes chemical tests to identify an unknown powder. for challenging and exciting jobs. Despite the headlines of unemployment over the last three years, there are great jobs available to talented, welleducated folks. The challenge is that those jobs will require a higher and more relevant education and that is what parents and strong schools need to keep a focus on.
Those students who want to learn and are willing to consistently do the hard work to learn succeed best and are fulﬁlled most in this environment. Plain and simple, Webb seeks to enroll students who can best contribute to and beneﬁt from our school experience. We have discovered that those students who want to learn and are willing to consistently do the hard work to learn succeed best and are fulﬁlled most in this environment. Being genuinely curious about both the world outside oneself and the world within oneself seems an equally attractive and impactful quality in succeeding at the school. We’ve also learned that students who have a strong sense of honor and who consistently do the right thing or make the right choice when confronted with the freedom to choose also succeed at Webb and in life beyond Webb. The high school in particular is a place of great responsibility and freedom as we continue to prepare our students for the world beyond Webb, and being able to live almost unfailingly within our guidelines is critical. In the end, scholarship and character prove the foundation for both who is admitted to the school and who ultimately enjoys and beneﬁts from the experience. Beyond those two attributes, Webb is looking for young people who want to, and can, successfully interact with other students in a highly collaborative environment.
Upper School English teacher Lance Dean discusses Beowulf with this year’s juniors in his AP English class. Webb School offers small class sizes with a student-to-teacher ratio average of 10:1.
This year’s Webb kindergarteners get to know each other through an exercise that requires them to match ribbons with their fellow classmates.
As classes are small, the opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from other students are large, and having the conﬁdence to speak up and be respectfully challenged are important. The school is also looking for diversity in its student body – diversity of thought, talents, interests, backgrounds, geography, ethnicity, and religion – again all in the context of high scholarship and character. The reenrollment rate for Webb families is historically strong, so traditionally the bulk of the openings are in kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade;
and they are the three entry points into the three respective divisions. Openings do occur in other grades, and we encourage anyone who has an interest in learning more about Webb to attend an open house. Webb can be an expensive school choice. This year’s tuition for the Middle and Upper schools is $15,280. That cost is largely a function of the wide breadth of curricular and extracurricular offerings, the various levels of rigor available in each class, the enrollment size of the classes, and the volume and
quality of resources necessary to support such a program. Our tuition is expensive compared to all local alternatives, but there are three important points to consider in conjunction with spending money on education that make this investment a wise one. ■ In an ever-increasingly competitive world of work, the importance of a ﬁrstrate education has never been more critical. The world isn’t shrinking, nor are the opportunities
■ The 108 Webb graduates last year received more than $8 million in scholarship offers from the colleges of their choice. Many Webb families choose to invest their education funds on the front end at Webb where that investment will pay dividends both as an end in itself during the K-12 years and as a means to an end in college. ■ Webb distributes more than $1.4 million of needbased ﬁnancial aid to families in the community to help subsidize tuition. All of us who have children at the school recognize that many families who could not afford the tuition otherwise have wonderful children who add much to our school environment. More than 120 students at Webb receive aid, and we consider that expenditure some of the best money that we invest on behalf of both a vibrant learning community and our children. The quality of peers that your children interact with plays a large part in how your children see themselves and ultimately develop. With school and schoolrelated experiences occupying the bulk of your child’s waking hours, attending school with peers who have high expectations and the willingness and knowledge to fulﬁll those expectations is incredibly important. At Webb we work hard both to understand who might beneﬁt from this environment and encourage and support those students once they are here.
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