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DECEMBER 19, 2011

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Preserving Pond Gap By Wendy Smith The idea began with a 1929 video of an airplane landing at the Sutherland Avenue McGhee Tyson Airport. The runway, according to David Williams of the Pond Gap Neighborhood Association, ran from the present location of West High School to just behind the site of the Bearden Earth Fare. The video is the first of what Williams hopes will be several to be digitized by Bradley Reeves of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound. Reeves has agreed to digitize early fi lms and pictures of the Pond Gap area so they can be used in a history booklet produced by the association. The neighborhood is undergoing a major transition as UT constructs intramural fields in the former location of the Sutherland Avenue and Golf Range Apartments. Williams recently lost in an effort to save Mann Street, which served as an entrance to the apartments and dated back to the 1920s. The area around the street was the site of interracial baseball games in the 1940s and 1950s. But he hasn’t given up on preserving the neighborhood’s rich history. The area is bounded by Forest Park Boulevard to the west, just south of Lonas Drive to the north, Third Creek to the east, and the railroad tracks between Sutherland Avenue and Kingston Pike to the south. Many of its former landmarks exist only in photos – and in the minds of long-time residents. “Fortunately, we’ve got a lot of people who remember history,” he says. They might remember when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus train would pull into town and a procession of animals and circus wagons would

Honoring educators Sculpture by Julie Warren Conn is dedicated. See page A-4

Wendy Smith visits Sequoyah gingerbread party See page A-2

Betty Bean pays tribute to Bill Tallent

Bill and Tommy Bean pose with their model rockets in 1963. Behind them is a laundromat, which is now home to Red Onion Pizza and Subs. A putt-putt golf course is on the far right.

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FEATURED COLUMNIST MALCOM SHELL

A Christmas to remember Malcolm recalls a poignant holiday from childhood. See page A-6

David Williams’ mother, Betty White, stands in front of her home, which is now adjacent to Strawberry Fields Market, in 1938. Sutherland Avenue is behind her. Photos submitted

proceed down Sutherland Avenue in the 1940s. For two days, the circus would operate in a tent located where West High School now stands. Williams’ father took his mother to the circus when they were courting, he says. Just across the street was a farm owned by the Underwood family, and during summers in the late 1940s and early 1950s, another tent would spring up to host revival meetings. A few blocks west was the Knoxville Drive-in movie theater, which was open from 1950 to 1982. A driving range operated on Sutherland Avenue from 1952 to 1963 – hence the name of the apartments, which were constructed in the mid-1960s and housed married students until they were closed in 2010. Williams is especially interested in old pictures of the pond, which is now barely visible on the west side of Hollywood Drive. He remembers riding his bike to Pond Gap Elementary School along a sidewalk that was 10 feet above the level of the road. At the time, the pond was home to numerous frogs and lily pads, as well as a small sailboat. For a short time during the 1980s, a landscaping company maintained the pond, but the property is now leased to KUB, he says, and the utility company stores pipes there. Williams is encouraged that the city’s new mayor is an advocate for historic preservation, but he’d like to expand the idea of preservation to include sites and streets as well as structures. He asks that anyone with early movies or photos of the Pond Gap Neighborhood contact him at 5882268, or Bradley Reeves at 2158856.

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By Wendy Smith Members from across the state attended the annual Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs (TFGC) Greens Tea at Racheff House and Gardens on Dec. 9. The historic home was festooned with wreaths, garlands and arrangements crafted by the nonprofit’s board of governors. Proceeds from the sale of the greenery, along with baked goods and items from the gift shop, go toward upkeep of the house, which serves as headquarters for the club. The holiday decorations were created with foliage from Beaver Creek Nursery in Powell and the gardens surrounding the house. Ivan Racheff built the home, located at 1943 Tennessee Ave., beside his factory, Knoxville Iron Works (now Gerdeau Ameristeel) in 1901. He left the house and 5-acre garden to the garden club upon his death in 1982. While the property is one of Knoxville’s hidden jewels, recent flooding in the home’s basement hampered the board of governors as they prepared for the tea. The basement serves as creative head-

Members of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs enjoy sweets and shopping at the annual Greens Tea at Racheff House and Gardens. Greens Tea chair Ruth Ann Fowler, president-elect Ann McCormick, president Valerie Tipps, and board of governors chair Janet Oakes were in attendance. Photo by Wendy Smith quarters for the organization, says Elaine Clarke, a member of the Dixie Highway Garden Club. She designed a large centerpiece, featuring an underwater floral arrangement, for the event. There are four districts within the state federation, which has 3,500 members. Knoxville is located in District IV, and 22 garden clubs from Knox County are part

of the federation. The organization emphasizes service as well as education, says Carole Whited, former District IV director, and clubs that belong to the federation must be willing to work. Whited and Linda Ford of Farragut are chairing TFGC’s state convention in 2013, which will be held in Knoxville during the Dogwood Arts Festival. The con-

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Sequoyah Elementary School was decorated with gingerbread houses made by 1st graders who participated in a gingerbread program last week.

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Austin Maryanski, in an elf hat, visits with great-grandmother Bea Kustron, Grayson Maryanski, Jennifer Maryanski, grandmother Sharon Johnson, Travis Maryanski, and grandparents Barbara and Tom Maryanski after the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run. Team Austin was the largest team to participate in the race for the third year in a row.

Scot Pierson and Brian Frances of River Sports Outfitters are heading up evening social hikes, bike rides and paddles.

Sequoyah 1st graders make a joyful noise Nothing captures the spirit of the season quite like 80 1st graders singing “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.” First graders at Sequoyah Elementary School sing “Rudolph” at the annual gingerbread proSequoyah Elementary gram. Among those singing are: (front) Nash Buehler, Rachel Duncan, Stone Newton, Charlotte School hosted its annual Heinz; (back) Lawson Oelrich, Gracie Kate Allen, Zach Sanborn, Shea Walsh and Reagan Rogers. gingerbread program for Photos by W. Smith parents and grandparents

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Team Austin does it again

For the third year in a row, a team named in honor of West Valley Middle School student Austin Maryanski was the largest at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run, which was held on Dec. 9. Austin has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but it doesn’t slow him down. He finished the 5K race with a time of 29:41. He stays symptom-free with an active lifestyle that includes the cross-country team at West Valley and year-round swimming with Blast in Maryville. This year, 255 people came out to run and walk with Team Austin, in spite of the bitter wind that blew around the Market Square race site. The team was composed of family, friends and friends of friends, says Travis Maryanski, Austin’s

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dad and volunteer chair of this year’s race. The team raised about $9,500 for the Arthritis Foundation. This is the second year the Maryanskis have thanked their teammates with a chili luncheon at First Presbyterian Church, where they are members. Jennifer Maryanski, Austin’s mother, says it’s important to her that everyone who comes out for the race has a good time. “We just hope they know how much it means to us.” ■

’Tis the season – for kayaking

Just because it’s a few degrees colder doesn’t mean the season has passed for hiking, or biking or kayaking. River Sports Outfitters, 2918 Sutherland Ave., is hosting evening expeditions for anyone hardy enough to climb out from under the covers. Social bike rides and paddles are 6-8 p.m. on alternating Thursdays, and hikes are 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Ijams Nature Center, beginning at the Meade’s Quarry parking lot. “It’s still tolerable to a normal person now,” says Scot Pierson, manager of the River Sports bike shop. In a few weeks, however, attendance will dwindle to the most avid participants. The events will continue as long as there is interest, he says. Bicyclists can bring their own or rent from the bike shop, and River Sports will deliver kayaks to the point of departure, usually Volunteer Landing, for a rental fee. All cyclists, kayakers and hikers are required to have their own lights, which can be purchased at the store. For more information, contact River Sports at 5230066.

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Rhinestone Cowboy says goodbye MARYVILLE – The Rhinestone Cowboy rode out in a star spangled rodeo once again, this time to say goodbye.

Jake Mabe Country music legend Glen Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in July, made a special stop on his Goodbye Tour last Thursday to honor a Tennessee legend, UT women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who was also diagnosed with the disease this summer. The soldout concert at the Clayton Center for the Arts was a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Tennessee. What a perfectly poignant night. Those who were there got a glimpse of this terrible disease. Campbell sang 18 songs, fighting a cold most of the way, but most-

ly picking his guitar and crooning like the champ he always has been. He and his daughter Ashley went right at it on “Dueling Banjos.� She’d pluck on her banjo and he’d match her, note for note, on the guitar. But, he told the same two or three jokes two or three times. And he has noticeably aged since I saw him in North Carolina just two years ago. Summitt couldn’t attend because she was with her team in California, preparing for a game against UCLA. But she sent a video message, saying, “I am living my life and fighting this disease publicly.� So, too, is Campbell, who wanted to sing one last time for his fans. He also brought three of his children with him on his final tour. “It’s absolutely incredible to get to play with your kids,� he said. Oh, how bittersweet those Jimmy Webb songs sounded this time – “Galveston� and “By the Time I Get

Glen Campbell smiles before leaving the stage during a stop at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville on his Goodbye Tour last Thursday night. Campbell, who has Alzheimer’s disease, dedicated the benefit for Alzheimer’s Tennessee to UT women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. Photo by Jake Mabe to Phoenix� and “Wichita Lineman� and “Where’s the Playground, Susie?� I didn’t think Campbell would throw us any surprises, but

he included a lesser-known Webb gem, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.� And, oh, how bittersweet it is to see another chapter

of American music come to a close. “I think Glen Campbell, for me, represents in microcosm a connection to the past,� says longtime fan Dean Harned, who has seen the singer three times in concert. And he’s right. Campbell is a one-degreeof-separation connection to so much that’s gone now – Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and John Wayne. He sang “True Grit,� the theme song from the hit 1969 film in which Campbell co-starred with The Duke. “That was really scary,� he said about being a firsttime actor playing opposite a Hollywood legend. “But John Wayne came in and

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive disease of the brain for which there is no cure. One in 20 people ages 65 to 74 has Alzheimer’s disease and nearly half of those who are age 85 and older may have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For a helpline and info on support groups, education, advocacy and financial assistance, call Alzheimer’s Tennessee at 544-6288 or visit www. alztennessee.org.

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said, ‘My daughter likes you so you must be OK.’ â€? Campbell changed the final part of “True Gritâ€? to say, “We’ll all find the sun one day.â€? Perfectly poignant. So, too, were a couple of lines from his fi nal encore, “A Better Place.â€? Some days I’m so confused, Lord ‌ I need the ones I love more and more each day. ‌ The ovations were plenty, the applause was sincere and anyone who was there can forever say their heartstrings were touched the night Glen Travis Campbell came to East Tennessee to say goodbye.

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Williamson County is smarter than you (And richer, too) Avis car rental made famous the line: “We try harder.” Members of the Williamson County Commission in Middle Tennessee don’t need to try at all – they’re smarter than you and certainly don’t need the public prying into their decision process. With the backing of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association, and in the company of Lewis and Obion counties, the Williamson County Commission has decided there’s too much sunshine for comfort in the state’s Open Meeting Act. In October, Williamson County’s commissioners passed a resolution supporting legislation that would “subject governing bodies to the same Open Meeting Act that the General Assembly is subjected to.” Me, too, say Lewis and Obion. What gives? The General Assembly exempts itself from the Open Meeting Act if the members gathered constitute less than a quorum. In short, Williamson County’s 21-member commission believes that when 10 or less of its number come together to discuss public business out the public eye, no one should be concerned. What’s good enough for the state, etc. Williamson County is situated mid-state, suspiciously close to the capitol, and maybe that has something to do with this insurrection against openness. According to 2010 census data, 50.2 percent of the county’s residents age 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree, and the median household income in 2009 was $87,474. In Knox County, only 33 percent have a bachelor’s degree, and the median household income in 2009 was a paltry $45,380. Maybe rich eggheads just need a little more privacy. But, hold on. In Lewis County only 9.4 percent competed four years of college, and the median household income is just a shade over $33,000. Obion County fares slightly better, with about 12 percent of its residents holding a bachelor’s degree and a median income of $38,157. Seems the “99 percent” want in on the act, as well. If the snobbery of wealth or the envy of poverty isn’t behind this quest for furtiveness, what’s driving it? We know that Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed his support for leaving the Open Meeting Act alone as it pertains to local governing bodies, and the consequences of Black Wednesday should be lesson enough for any county or city legislative body. The problem is that Williamson County and its would be partners in the resurgence of backroom politics are looking through the wrong end of the telescope. It isn’t the local policy that needs amending; the General Assembly needs to clean up its act and remove the “Scarlet H” (hypocrite) from its collective foreheads. Talk of “greater efficiency” if discussions among less than a quorum are allowed away from public scrutiny is simply code for “let’s make a deal.” As Commissioner Ed Shouse said last week, “Government is inherently inefficient.” Amen, Ed. Contact Larry Van Guilder at lvgknox@mindspring.com.

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Bill Tallent: American hero The wrinkly, yellowed page isn’t much to look at, but it reads like a novel: “I didn’t know it was going to be called the Battle of the Bulge, but I knew something was about to happen. Something big,” Bill Tallent said. “I was 19 years old and I was an Infantry Raider with the 28th Infantry Division assigned to Intelligence, which meant I was responsible for penetrating the enemy lines to gather information about their locations and personnel. I carried about $30,000 worth of currency called ‘Invasion Money.’ They were smaller than normal bills, and I was supposed to use them if I ran into trouble. “We were camped in a German town called Hosigen, not far from the Belgian border. Both sides were trying to infiltrate the enemy lines. There were Germans galore in American uniforms.

wasn’t a killer type. He carried a carbine. Might as well have been a BB gun. The next night I crossed the Our River to gather information. I knew they were massing up, and I wanted to know how many tanks they had. I went back and briefed my C.O: ‘There’s a crowd over there waiting on us.’ “He asked me, ‘Do you think they’re going to come after us?’ “We got our answer the next morning.” In the months that followed, Tallent survived capture, Gestapo interrogation and gunshot wounds, two escape attempts (one successful) and going on the lam in the German countryside. I had the honor a few years ago of helping him get it down on paper. Above is the first page of the first draft of his World War II memoirs. The finished product is in his files. I hope somebody finds it.

Betty Bean “Two nights before the battle started, I’d been out late. The moon was out and I saw somebody come through an opening in a wall. I couldn’t see exactly where he went, so I followed him. I was inside. He was outside. We both stepped through another opening at the same time and he walked right up against the barrel of my gun. I had it in his belly. He was wearing an American colonel’s uniform. I saw his hand start to come around and he took a big, deep breath. I could see a colonel’s silver leaf on his helmet. “I said ‘Don’t do it.’ He saved his own life by breathing deep. He spoke English and we interrogated him. We were talking, talking, talking, standing there in

Bill Tallent the moonlight. I told him to show us where he was staying and he took us to a house. He didn’t have a key, but he went in the front door and never did come out. Never said thank you. I should’ve triggered him right there, but I didn’t. He was scared all to hell. “I went back and told my commanding officer, but it didn’t seem to bother him. He was a schoolteacher out of South Carolina, and he

Rogero takes the helm Some have asked why the mayor’s inaugural is on the third Saturday of December instead of Jan. 1. When I first was inaugurated as mayor on Jan. 1, 1988, it was obvious that it was a less than satisfactory day for events in the mid morning. It conflicted with football bowl games, a national holiday and the distress of any who might have partied too much on New Year’s Eve. Therefore, I sought a charter change to move it to the third Saturday of December when only Christmas shopping might intervene. City Council approved the amendment and the voters, in turn, ratified it. So the third Saturday in December is now the significant date. Law Director Charles Swanson may want to sit down with inherited attorney Lisa Hatfield, whose law license was suspended for a week during the prior administration for not completing the required CLE courses required of attorneys, and suggest this not happen again on his watch. Hatfield was suspended without pay by Law Director Debra Poplin. Hatfield got an order vacating her suspension when she returned to work. She had failed to receive credit for some CLE conferences she had attended. The city pays for CLE courses but does not pay late fees issued by the Board of Professional Responsibility. Today is the first work day for the new Rogero Administration. Attention will fade quickly as we get ready for Christmas and the newness wears off. Salaries for

Saunders will be the new City on his face says he may file a Council representative on the federal lawsuit against TVA city pension board. He is well based on violation of his First Victor qualified to deal with these Amendment rights. TVA is on Ashe complex issues. The city pen- weak constitutional grounds sion is not in as much finan- to try to enforce a facial cial turmoil and difficulty as makeup code for attendees at the county pension plan but it public hearings. One would think TVA has better things the new directors will be re- does face challenges. to do than worry about how ■ Attorney Chris Irwin leased as required by open records law, and this column who was barred from a TVA silly, foolish, outlandish or will keep you advised. Also, public hearing on nuclear outstanding people look while whether they are assigned power for wearing red paint attending a policy hearing. city cars or a car allowance will be told so you can know the total pay package. ■ Mayor Rogero plans to attend the mid winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington on Jan. 18-20. This will be a valuable time for her to meet mayors from around the country. Mayor Kim McMillan of Clarksville (former South Knox resident) will attend, too. I found the meetings to be worth the city expense of traveling there as I always came back with enhanced knowledge of urban issues. ■ Mayor Rogero is expected to attend the first 2012 city pension board meeting on Jan. 10. She ought to be chosen the new chair to follow Barbara Pelot whose term as chair and as a board member has expired. Pension issues are serious and costly. ■ For example, Dave Hill, who Rogero terminated from his waterfront position, will receive a lifetime city pension starting in 2017 of $1,035.17 a month or $12,400 a year with “Pedagogy,” a new piece of public art to honor educators, was a 3 percent annual escalator unveiled last week at the City County Building. It was sculpted compounded for the rest of by Julie Warren Conn who stands with Dr. Gene Overholt his life. So in 2027, his pen- at the dedication. The work in stone includes books titled: sion will be almost $17,000 “Discovery” “Enlightenment” and “Truth.” Overholt, who once a year and still growing ... served on the Knoxville city school board, was co-founder of a 30 percent increase com- the Chamber’s Leadership Education program and remains pounded in 10 years. Finbarr active with its alumni group. Photo submitted

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Lakeshore closing ‘not a done deal’ Local officials skeptical By Betty Bean Doug Varney, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health was dispatched to Knoxville by Gov. Bill Haslam Tim Burchett last week to meet with County Mayor Tim Burchett and others to quell the negative reaction to the news that the state plans to close Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. Whether or not he succeeded remains to be seen. Knox County commissioners will vote today (Dec. 19) on a resolution to ask the state to delay the closure for two years. Varney, a psychological examiner who worked his way up the management ladder to become CEO of Frontier Health, a community mental health center in the Tri-Cities area, assured his audience that he didn’t decide to close Lakeshore because it’s costing more than $25 million a year to care for some 100 patients. This is not a budget-balancing measure, he said. There are better ways to treat mental illness than institutionalization. “This is not driven by money or budget,” he said. “The deal in and of itself, the real key, is that we are moving forward in something we’ve been working on for 50 years – deinstitutionalization.” Varney commended the Lakeshore employees, whom he said, “do God’s

Commissioner Doug Varney and Deputy Commissioner Marie Williams field questions. Photo by Betty Bean work, every day.” He said his department will provide as much help as possible to some 370 employees who will lose their jobs, including severance packages and placement assistance. As for the patients, Varney said the state has placement alternatives for those who need inpatient care. He believes advances in medications will ease the transition for others. “We’ve come a long way.” Varney added that 90 percent of Lakeshore’s patients stay for fewer than 10 days, 70 percent for less than a week, and that these patients are good candidates for community health care services. The portion of the $25plus million spent on thirdparty payments will be reinvested in the community, he said. The rest will be reinvested in the mental health system. He attempted to dispel fears that chronically mentally ill patients will be discharged into the streets of Knoxville, swelling the

already robust homeless population and endangering the patients’ lives. “(Under the new system) we’re going to be able to serve a lot more people,” he said. “Nobody in that longterm group is going to be discharged to some apartment somewhere or some emergency shelter. They’ll have some of the best placements we’ve ever had.” Those 40 to 60 patients who require inpatient care will be moved to facilities in Johnson City and Oak Ridge and the state will develop a transportation option to keep that burden from falling on local emergency services, Varney said. Several county commissioners expressed dissatisfaction, led by Jeff Ownby, who complained that stateprovided job leads are turning out to be for low-pay, low benefit, dead-end positions, and Amy Broyles, who said she has “deep concerns” that uninsured patients will end up on the streets. Commission chair Mike Hammond observed

that the shutdown appears to be “a done deal,” a contention Varney denied. A woman seated at the conference table attempted to ask questions, but wasn’t called on. After the meeting, she identified herself as “Stacey,” a Lakeshore employee. She said about 2,261 patients have been admitted to Lakeshore over the past year, 1,801 of them uninsured. Forty-nine were classified as violent and 141 were inmates of the Knox County jail. “At least 460 were sent to us because no other facility wanted them,” she said. “And 273 of those were sent to us because there was no appropriate bed available at a private facility. Six people on the sub-acute or short-term floor are violent. One of them has a probation band around his ankle because he’s actually a rapist. No private facility is going to take somebody like that.” And fi nally, she said there are patients whom Varney needs to reassure. “Patients are wanting to talk to him. He won’t. They’re terrified. A lot of our patients were here in the Children and Youth Program. Some of them refer to the security guards as Mom and Dad. It’s just a sad, sad thing that’s going on here. I don’t understand how he can sleep at night.” After the meeting, Burchett was asked if he is convinced that the move to close Lakeshore is motivated by concern for patient well being rather than financial considerations. “When I was a legislator, there’s one thing I learned pretty quick,” he said. “Follow the money.”

Brown bids a graceful farewell By Betty Bean Call it a victory lap. Vice Mayor Joe Bailey did the honors at the reception honoring outgoing Mayor Daniel Brown last Monday. “ M a y o r, Daniel Brown you didn’t mess it up.” There was a rare consensus in the crowded Small Assembly Room as several hundred Knoxvillians gathered to thank Brown for his 11-month tenure as interim mayor. Brown, who was elected by his City Council colleagues to serve out the unexpired term of now-Gov. Bill Haslam, went back to being the 6th District City Council representative after the inauguration of Mayor Madeline Rogero on Saturday. But Monday belonged to history buff Brown, whose sole request upon vacat-

ing the mayor’s office was some kind of commemoration of those who came here in servitude. Brown, who is known for old-school courtesy, thanked his wife, Cathy, his constituents, his City Council colleagues, city employees (with a special shout-out to City Recorder Cindy Mitchell) and got a standing ovation as he unveiled the plaque, which said, above the great seal of the city, “In Honor of Daniel T. Brown, Knoxville’s First African American Mayor. Beneath the seal were the words “In remembrance of those who came to the area in servitude.” Afterwards, city planning and policy chief Bill Lyons wanted to be clear: “He just wanted the bottom part. We added the top part. Christmas Deadline: Noon Wednesday, Dec. 21, for Monday, Dec. 26, paper Merry Christmas!

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The steam engine received at Christmas in 1944 by Malcolm Shell. It is now on display at the Farragut Folklife Museum.

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am sure almost everyone has a special Christmas they remember above all the rest. With some 73 Christmases to remember, one in particular stands out. It was the Christmas of 1944 when World War II was nearing its end. It was a bittersweet Christmas for my family because we had just learned that my brother, Staff Sgt. Joseph A. Shell, had been killed in France on Thanksgiving Day and another brother, Sgt. 1st Class Carl C. Shell, was still in harm’s way in the battle for Italy. But amidst the sadness, the family gathered at our home to celebrate Christmas. I was only 6 years old and had very little understanding of our loss since I was only 3 years old when they left home and barely remembered either of them. As always, we had a beautiful Christmas tree with lots of presents, and my mother had prepared a feast for some 12 family members. I really wasn’t expecting much that year because the war effort had greatly reduced the availability of toys and that fact had been explained to me. All toys in the Christ-

mas catalogues were made of wood since metal was needed for the war effort. But my big surprise on Christmas morning was a Western Flyer red wagon. My father grew up in a family that owned part interest in a furniture manufacturing company and had great talent in wood working. He had made the wagon in our woodworking shop and meticulously painted it exactly like those offered in catalogues including the name Western Flyer. Another special gift that year was a toy steam engine with a brass boiler, a whistle to let off excess steam and an alcohol burner. This was as big a surprise as the wagon because it was metallic. My father had purchased it from one of the train people who regularly came into the train station where he worked. It had probably been made in the mid-to-late 1930s prior to the rationing of metal products. I am not sure what ever happened to the Western Flyer wagon, but the steam engine is currently on display at the Farragut Folklife Museum as part of the antique toy collection exhibit. Although I had a dog,

I had also begged for two ducks, for what reason I can now not imagine, but they appeared one day as small solid white ducklings. My dog enjoyed them even more than me because it became his pastime chasing them around the yard. Now, ducks are extremely messy creatures and the yard was always full of white feathers. I named them Huey and Dewey. It didn’t take long before my parents suggested that we might need to give them away, but I was not too keen on giving away Huey and Dewey. The Christmas table that year contained the usual big turkey and all the trimmings, but there were two other offerings that I had not seen before, much smaller than the turkey. I noticed that the other family members were testing two offerings in a cautious manner and I decided to do the same. It didn’t take long for me to determine that turkey was the best choice. And it was not for several days later that I realized Huey and Dewey were missing and overheard a conversation about them. It then dawned on me that I had eaten Huey and Dewey.

I can remember other Christmases with varying degrees of fondness and sadness, including two that were spent overseas while in the military. And I am sure that like most soldiers now serving our country in foreign lands, their memories of past Christmases are thoughts that bring them closer to home. Home for the holidays seems to be an innate yearning, and I remember that yearning which also translates as home sickness. And during those two years away from home, the Christmas of

marker on the tape on his wrists and, without ceremony, dedicated the game to the memory of his friend. A few days later, Chad gave No. 67, nice and clean, to David to give to J.D.’s fiancee to give to Mr. and Mrs. Sims. The transfer took 12 years. “That was never a problem,” said John Sims. “The jersey was a special memento. It meant a lot to TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West a lot of us, but the kindness of the gesture was what really mattered. ometime this week John and that November week in Tupelo, Chad Clifton was a busy man, in Sandra Sims will receive a MS. He had lived next door to the the closing push of a football seaTennessee football jersey, No. 67, Clifton family while attending UT- son, approaching a career decision. worn the day their son was bur- Martin. He was a life-loving class- That he would think of us was and ied. mate and close friend of Chad’s is very meaningful. It was from the Arkansas game, friends, David Glass and Brad “To this day, we have never met Nov. 13, 1999, a bad day for addi- Franklin. As grad students at UT, Chad Clifton but he has a place in they and Clifton became room- our hearts.” tional reasons. The good guy who sent the jer- mates. John and Sandra Sims live in J.D. stayed at their apartment Franklin. He is a consulting ensey was Chad Clifton, big body, big heart, Volunteer tackle at the when he came over for games. It gineer. She is a teacher. They are time, more recently affiliated with was one big happy fellowship – Tennessee football fans. until it went sad. the Green Bay Packers. “We became season-ticket holdClifton wrote JDS in magic ers in 1998. It was a good year to J.D. Sims died in an auto crash

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1944 was the one I seemed to remember most. Even today, I enjoy browsing through toy stores during Christmas and looking at the myriad of offerings that kids can enjoy: radio controlled vehicles, electronic computer games and even small power-driven vehicles that can be ridden. These toys would have been beyond the most creative imagination for kids 60 years ago and particularly those that grew up during the WWII years. But given all the ad-

join the crowd.” In more ways than the meaningful jersey, Chad Clifton has done a lot for the image of Tennessee football. He grew up in Martin. He was a two-way tackle and sometimes tight end on the Westview High team. He also took up considerable space in basketball. Parade magazine said he was a prep allAmerican in football. Alabama tried to recruit him. Gene Stallings did the official inhome visit. When the coach returned to his car, he found it decorated in orange and white with a Tennessee pennant attached to the radio antenna. Those same Clifton friends did the dastardly deed. Stallings smiled and acknowledged that Big Orange Country is real. Chad chose to join Phillip Fulmer, an old line coach, at Tennessee. Remember this part: Clifton

vancement in technology, Christmas for kids 60 years ago, when little red wagons were a real treat, were enjoyed no less than Christmases today when kids have a virtual cafeteria of offerings. And through the work of various charities, many of which didn’t exist then, even disadvantaged kids can now find their stockings filled with toys that will one day create fond memories for them. And through these opportunities, hopefully many will learn the joy of giving rather than receiving.

was a four-year starter. The Volunteers were somewhat successful, 43-7, during his time. He received all-SEC recognition and a national championship ring. The Sporting News thought Chad was a second-team allAmerican. The Packers thought he was at least that good. They drafted him in the second round. He became a great blindside protector, treasured but relatively unheralded. Clifton overcame injuries and got better with age. One year he played all 1,031 offensive snaps. He made it to the 2008 Pro Bowl. In 2010, he cashed in. His threeyear contract called for $20 million. In February, he and the Packers took another jackpot, Super Bowl XLV. His reputation is near enough to spotless to be about right for Vol for Life. Do I hear a second to that motion? Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero.com.

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Time warp Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1: 18-21 NRSV) This is a season when time gets turned topsy-turvy. In the first place, time gets scarce. There doesn’t seem to be enough of it. How will we ever get everything done: shopping, cleaning, decorating, writing, mailing, cooking, wrapping? And where in that list, for crying out loud, are reading, singing, savoring, praying, fellowshipping, enjoying, worshipping, being? Also, time gets warped. The liturgical year has Christ the King coming in power and glory one Sunday in November, and the

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Lynn Hutton next Sunday we are looking forward to his coming as a tiny babe. Our own memories are part of that time warp, too. A carol can come winging out of nowhere, and suddenly we are back at our grandmother’s dining table, or putting on our angel wings for the children’s pageant.

Those who used to be present – and now are gone – still inhabit Christmas. Our memories are dear and poignant. In the midst of the merriment, there are sometimes tears; with the laughter comes a catch in the throat and a wave of remembrance. Time was pretty topsyturvy for Joseph, too. Here was Mary, pregnant before she was married, pregnant even before they had “lived together,” as Matthew so delicately puts it. Where I work, our neighbors who are poor, homeless, alone, scared or sick remind me of a young couple who had no safe home to return to, and therefore no livelihood, no family or friends available and no place for a child to be born. No safety net at all, except the angel who kept showing up in Joseph’s dreams. The angel had reassured Joseph that everything was going to be fine. But now he had to deal with this taxation that Caesar Augustus had thought up! Here was bad timing, indeed, because Mary was due any day. I have tried to imagine that trip down through

Judea, past Jerusalem and on toward little Bethlehem. I have wondered how Joseph must have felt, coming back to his ancestral home, only to be told there was no place for him and for his wife, who was even now looking pale and frightened, and wishing for her mother. Did Joseph’s angel hover close that night, beating back the darkness with his powerful wings? Or did he sing the very first Christmas carol at the baby’s cry, a soft lullaby that was picked up by the heavenly hosts who sang in full chorus for amazed shepherds to hear: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2: 14)? Remember, in this holy season, to someone, today, you may be the angel of the dream: giving direction, giving hope, giving encouragement or giving that swift kick in the seat of the pants, much like Joseph’s angel: “GO!” Or it may be that you are one of the heavenly choir who sings because you cannot stop the melody that gives your heart wings. May your Christmas be merry and blessed!

faith HOLIDAY NOTES First Night Knoxville 2012 at Market Square, will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Features music, dancing, storytelling, children’s activities and more. Info: www.cityofknoxville.org/ Christmas. New Years Eve Extravaganza Saturday, Dec. 31, LC Family Fun and Karaoke, 1850 Old Highway 95 in Lenoir City. Arcade games, pool tables, basketball, air hockey, live music and watching the ball drop in New York City on a big screen. Talk show host Marla Higginbotham will be the master

of ceremonies. Tickets are $35 ($60 per couple) and can be purchased at Debra’s Nails Desire on Kingston Pike and Kings Inn Motel in Lenoir City. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 9. Info: 332-0957. The Festival of Lights will be held at the Cove at Concord Park on Northshore Drive from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Dec. 30, (excluding Christmas day). Hot dogs, hot chocolate, bonfires for roasting marshmallows and s’mores. Santa will visit Dec. 22-23. Leashed pets are welcomed. Info: www. knoxcounty.org/parks.

CONDOLENCES ■ Click Funeral Home (675-8765): Grover “Chris” Duke Kaye Lucille Finnell Charles Edward “Charlie” Layton III Lorene Goins Mounger Raymond A. Oakley Beatrice Shamblin “Bea” Scott Helen Christine Siler ■ Stevens Mortuary (524-0331): Jack E. DeVault Billy Earl “Little Bill” Hamrick

‘Love was Shown’ The children’s choir of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church on Dec. 11 performs during the church’s Christmas concert “Love was Shown.” Photos by T. Edwards

WORSHIP NOTES Chanukah ■ Heska Amuna Synagogue will host a Chanukah celebration 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. There will be latkes, Karaoke and lots of family fun. Bring your family and your Menorah. Dress casual. Everyone is invited. Admission is $18 ($9 children 12 and under, family cap of $45). Info: 522-0701.

Christmas events ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will host an informal Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. with children in mind and a traditional service at 8 p.m. with trumpet, choir and candlelight. Service on Christmas day will be held at 11 a.m. Info: 690-1060 or visit www.beaverridgeumc.com. ■ Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike, will host “The Longest Night” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. This will be a quiet service of reflection, music, healing prayer and connection. Info: www.2ndpres.org. ■ Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike, will host Christmas Eve service Saturday, Dec. 24. Family service with the Praise Band will be at 5 p.m.; traditional candlelight service with the Chancel choir will be at 7; and communion service will be at 11. Service on Christmas Day will be held at 11 a.m. Info: www.2ndpres.org.

Community Services ■ Concord United Methodist Church’s Caregiver Support Group, affiliated with Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. each first Tuesday in Room 226 at the church, 11020 Roane Drive. Anyone in the community who gives care to an elderly individual is invited. Refreshments. Info: 675-2835. ■ Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, will begin its DivorceCare class again

Powell Presbyterian Church pastor Jonathan Warren stands with some of the more than 200 items exhibited at the church’s Biblical Art Show on Dec. 8-11. Included in the show were leafs from the first edition of the King James Bible, works of art and other artifacts. The show celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Photo by Greg Householder

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Jan. 5. This group is for anyone healing from a divorce or separation. Info: Email lbenner@fefc.com. ■ Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave. will host GriefShare, a grief support group for people dealing with the loss of a loved one 5:45 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 9 and running through Feb. 27. Info: 522-9804 or visit www. sequoyahchurch.org.

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

Medic Regional Blood Center and Second Harvest Food Bank are teaming up this month for “Double Your Good Deed.” Blood donors can opt out of a Tshirt and a donation equal to nine meals will be made to Second Harvest. Donors can stop by one of two donor centers: 1601 Ailor Ave. or 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Other sites: ■ 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, inside fellowship hall. ■ Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, Cedar Bluff Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive, inside community room.

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This senior serves community By Alvin Nance Today I’m glad to recognize Montgomery Village resident James Harmon for the important Nance volunteer work that he’s doing in that community. Harmon, 71, has been a Montgomery Village resident since 2009. Upon moving into Montgomery Village, Harmon discovered an unused library that was, in his words, “a mess.” The Knoxville native and University of Tennessee graduate took it upon himself to reopen the library, a monumental task that he says he

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couldn’t have accomplished without a lot of help from retired librarian Dorothy Stamper. “The library basically consisted of four rooms full of books and boxes and boxes of books stored in closets,” says Harmon. “We organized those books into sections and then book donations started coming in. It’s been miraculous, really, how we’ve been able to stock the library.” The library is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Sundays and from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Harmon is there whenever the doors are open. He reports that children are the library’s “biggest customers,” and that about 50 young people actively use the library at

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this time. Harmon loves to share stories, and one of his stories illustrates how the library is making a real difference: “One day two Burundian teenagers came in the library and were interested in some whittling I was doing. I spotted an Encyclopedia of Crafts sitting on the shelf and suggested they read it. They were amazed at all the things they could do, particularly beadwork. Having that book available helped me teach them how to learn to do things from books.” Harmon says he is profoundly grateful to have a place to live that he can afford and that giving back is his way of showing his gratitude.

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elping Hands Home Assistance wants to help young and old alike through their new center located at 6900 Office Park Circle in Knoxville. Opened on Oct. 10, Helping Hands Childcare currently only serves small children ages six weeks to five years, but President and CEO Chris Middlebrook wants to add a senior center component to the facility. Middlebrook plans to call the day center for seniors “The Gathering Place.” “We want it to be a club for seniors – a gathering place,” Middlebrook said. “It’s an alternative to a

nursing home.” Designed mainly for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the Gathering Place will be located on the upper level of the Helping Hands center with the childcare facility on the lower level, and Middlebrook said he’d like the children and adults to interact once or twice a week through crafts, story time and other activities. Also, the center will partner with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine’s H.A.B.I.T (Human-Animal Bond In Tennessee) Pet Visitation program where children and adults will bond with animals for therapeutic experiences.

“I think both groups will benefit from the concept. Children have a way of bringing out memories for adults, especially those with memory loss,” Middlebrook said. “A lot of kids today are growing up without their grandparents, and families are spread out. It’s not like it used to be with grandma coming over or the grandkids going to grandma’s house. “This is really a way to expose them to grandmother and grandfather figures. Years ago, we learned life lessons – morals and values – from our grandparents. We don’t have a lot of that today. This concept will help encourage good

Saveon Magwood, Waylon Kitts, and Roshaun Smith listen as Audra Southerland reads them a story. Photo by Aaron Killian values and morals – what kids really need as they go through life.” Currently, the childcare portion of the Helping Hands center has openings for children in their nursery, toddler, 3-yearold, and 4- and 5-year-old classes. The center is also accepting applications for its waiting list for the Gathering Place, which Middlebrook plans to open in two

or three months. “The center will focus on preparing the children for kindergarten through academics and by helping to develop social skills necessary for school,” Middlebrook said. “A hot, nutritious lunch and snacks are served daily.” Middlebrook said he is happy that state funding is available for participants in both the childcare and se-

nior programs. “I’m excited to partner with the Choices program which screens our senior applicants to meet eligibility requirements,” Middlebrook said. The childcare center accepts state certificates, which cover a majority of the cost. Currently Helping Hands Childcare is open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Middlebrook said he wants the Gathering Place to offer a flexible schedule since so many seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s live with caretakers who work or have scheduled doctor’s appointments. Seniors may come to the center five days per week and up to 40 hours per week.

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built a throne for Santa (played by theater teacher Glen Ellington) and The students in Bearden High a fireplace for Mrs. Claus (played by School’s leadership class have a traHarmon). They also donated their dition of transforming a classroom musical talents with a production into a winter wonderland and hostof “Grandma Got Run Over By a ing a holiday party, complete with Reindeer.� pizza and presents, for needy stuEven with music, games, crafts By Betty Bean dents from Christenberry Elemenand pizza, the children were most tary School. West High School soccer excited about spending time with coach Sonny Trotter was But this year, that party just didn’t their mentors. brimming with excitement feel right, says Rachel Harmon, who Bearden assistant principal when he called his senior is teaching the class for the first Debra Bean, who accompanied captain Addison Leinart to time. her students to the school, says the tell her that the National The problem with previous celmost important thing the youngSoccer Coaches Association ebrations is that they didn’t include sters get from their mentors is a reof America had named her enough children. While each of the lationship. Once that relationship an All-American. It’s prob35 members of the leadership class is in place, the high school students ably not an exaggeration to has travelled to Christenberry once serve as role models and assist chilsay that Addison’s status as a week this semester to mentor four dren with academic skills. one of only 30 members of or five students in pre-K, 1st and 4th the High School Scholars First grade teacher Kristi Moregrades, only about 60 students were All-America team had the lock agrees. The emotional bonds chosen by their teachers to attend the Leinart Photo by Betty longtime coach over the Addison created by the mentoring proBearden party. Those kids then went Bean moon. gram are strong, she says, and the back to school and told their friends Bearden High School sophomore Elizabeth children talk about their mentors But Addison, who carhow much fun they’d had. Gore dances with her mentor, Lakera Brown, ries a better than 4.0 grade Addison said. “Our assistant The high school students cam- at a Christmas party for students at Chris- throughout the week. coach had held the record point average in addition to “They’re like a big brother or big paigned to bring all of the 1st and tenberry Elementary School. The leadership having broken the school’s before me, so that made it 4th graders to Bearden for this year’s sister that they can count on.� class at Bearden threw the party for all 1st record for goals scored in a kind of special. I think it was party, but school administrators said The leadership class raised enough and 4th-grade students. Photo by Wendy Smith a little bittersweet for her, single season, is soft-spothat would be difficult and disrupmoney through Candy-Gram sales ken and humble by nature, but she was happy it was me. tive. So they decided to take the party and email solicitation to buy presents so her reaction didn’t really She was very supportive in to the kids. for each student in the Pre-K, 1st and 4th grades. They took a the process.� surprise him. Since the project was too big for one class to tackle, the class trip to Big Lots to shop for their mentees. Addison feels good about students recruited help. Because decorating on a grand “When I called her, she Senior Sam Freeman says he’s learned a thing or two said ‘Oh, really?’ I said, ‘Ad- the team she’ll be leaving scale has been an important element of the party in pre- from visiting his young friends at Christenberry. dison, this is a big thing, behind and says she has vious years, Bearden’s drama department was invited to “It’s been a good experience seeing how they live, begirl. There are only 30 in the faith in her younger team- deck Christenberry’s halls. The stage technology class was cause we’re not used to being down here.� whole country.’ But that’s mates to keep the winning happy to pitch in, since students had time on their hands afIn spite of their circumstances, the children are happy, so typical. She’s thinking of tradition alive. ter finishing up with the musical “Pippin� last month. They he says, and being around them makes him happy, too. other people all the time – “A lot of upcoming freshnever thinking of herself,� men will be helpful. The juTrotter said. nior class helped us a lot so The FC Alliance 98 Black boys soccer team won the Addison’s parents, Allison I think they’ll be great leadstate title winning the DiviFay and Al Leinart, will be ers. Hopefully I’ll come back sion 1, U14 Tennessee State going with her to Kansas City and see some games.� Championship in November. on Jan. 14 to see her receive Skilled though she is at The team finished the 2011 the award. Her grandmother, soccer, Addison doesn’t plan fall season with another Hester Fay, and great-aunt, to pursue the sport in college. tournament win at the Nike Margie Fay, will be there, She’s still narrowing her list Norcross Cup in December too. Trotter, who plans to be of colleges and universities, where it competed in the there earlier in the week for but in the future the goals championship division. NSCAA meetings, said she is she scores will be academic Teammates are: (front) Kell extremely deserving. rather than athletic. Gammeltoft, Jeb Gary, Kyle “You could not be around She loves mathematics Jacobs, Jon Creel, Lucas Cana more pleasant, charming, and science, and wants to go nineu, Connor Jacobs, Will unassuming young lady.� to medical school to become Little, Andrew Ross, Collin Soccer season is over, and an orthopedic surgeon. ToRose; (back): coach Paulo Addison’s team had what ward that end, she has taken Neto, Jeremy Wise, John Tota heavy load in those coursshe terms “a pretty good ten, Charlie Richards, Jacob year.� They made it to the es. Next semester, she plans Helterbridle, Lucas Altman, district semifinals and she to take a college chemistry Alex Schupp and Luke Orren. helped them along the way class at Pellissippi State. Photo submitted by scoring 77 goals, break“School was always my ing the record held jointly first priority,� she said. “My by assistant coach Laura El- parents and coaches helped dridge and Trotter’s daugh- out a lot with that making ter, Mary Elizabeth. sure I had the grades ahead “That was a really big deal of soccer. That always came to me, it was very personal,� first for me.� also displayed during the art learn some amazing painting By Jake Mabe skills. And they are learning Wait, wait! Don’t throw show. Art teachers Shellie Ayres art history. It’s all about the out that old chair that’s taking up space in your base- and Lauren Adams are using kids and engaging them.� Adams says the entire ment. Art students at Halls proceeds from the auction But you can count on your system to take care of toward the eventual creation show is student-run. Middle School just might it. And since dirt is the #1 cause of comfort system of a digital lab. The PTA has need it. “The kids put it up and failures, a little cleaning goes a long way toward keeping you comfy. That’s why The Art of the Chair silent promised to match a pur- take it down. It’s theirs – recommends Rotobrush Air Duct Cleaning. Your system will run they own it.� auction and art show were chase of 12 digital cameras. more smoothly, use less energy, and keep you comfortable year round. So call “The next step would be today to schedule your appointment. held last week to coincide Ayres says the auction with the school’s holiday to add some software,� Ad- will be held again in the concerts. Sixth, 7th and 8th ams says. “We’re hoping that spring. The department is Air Duct Cleaning grade students created 20 the yearbook will eventually always accepting donations, pieces of art based on the be student-run as well.� preferably wood, but Ayres Ayres says the students al- says they have also successwork of a master artist, on wooden chairs, side-tables, ways get into the group proj- fully painted plastic and fian antique ironing board, ects for the silent auction. berglass. Donations can be This chair was painted like even on an old wooden child’s “They are recycling some- made by calling the school Andy Warhol’s pink cow and highchair. These pieces were thing that would other- office at 922-7494 and leav- auctioned off. It was designed sold during a silent auction. wise probably end up in the ing a message for the art de- by Halls Middle students Taylor Wright, Kayla McDugald, JasStudent art not for sale was dump,� Ayres says. “They partment. mine Fox and Nicholas Wilson.

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The Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors high school football team celebrates the school’s first state football championship. Photo submitted

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Warriors are state champs First state title for football team By Aaron Killian

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hey came. They saw. They conquered Division I Class 3A high school football. On Dec. 2, the Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors took home the school’s ďŹ rst football state championship trophy by sweeping the tournament in Cookeville and defeating the Milan Bulldogs 49-14. Head football coach Rusty Bradley said, “We were really excited. (Winning the state championship) was not something that was on our radar screen.â€? Bradley added, “We had never even won our district championship before, so we won our ďŹ rst district championship and our ďŹ rst state championship in the ďŹ rst year. It was a year of ďŹ rsts for us.â€? Finishing the season 13-2, the team’s “year of ďŹ rstsâ€? had moments of adversity, Bradley said, but those moments helped equip his play-

ers with how to handle the tough challenges of the state tournament. Starting the season with wins over Anderson County, Lexington Christian and Stone Memorial, CAK lost to Grace Christian 32-31. “Looking back on it, that really was a blessing to be in that situation, ďŹ rst of all, because we were pushed. Second of all, it helped refocus our kids,â€? Bradley said. The Warriors went on to beat Loudon, Gibbs, and Scott County. During their game against Kingston, Bradley witnessed a mid-season transformation in his team. “We were losing at halftime . . . And I remember there was no panic in our kids. There was no panic whatsoever,â€? Bradley said. “We came out in the third quarter and just exploded. I think we scored 35 points in the third quarter. Our defense created some turnovers and gave our offense a short ďŹ eld, and I saw a passion and an emotion in our kids that I

Home for the holidays By Aaron Killian There is no place like home for the holidays, and on Dec. 13, the Christian Academy of Knoxville celebrated Christmas with a concert at its original home of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. CAK ďŹ rst opened its doors in 1977 at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, and for many the performance at the church was like a homecoming. CAK Elementary Music Director Will Burkhart said, “Personally, I was very excited about the opportunity to ďŹ nally bring our students to perform in a venue that is both visually and musically appealing.â€? Historically, the Christ-

mas celebration features the middle and high school bands and choirs, but this year the music department wanted to do things a little differently to reach more people and appeal to a wider range of audiences. For Burkhart and the rest of the music department, the most logical choice was to do a combined seasonal concert, so they added performances from grades 3 to 5 to the lineup. “It was a unique opportunity to share our music together in this corporate endeavor during this special season,� CAK Choral Director Peggy Filyaw said. Performing for a packed audience, the Christmas Celebration was considered by many a huge success.

had not seen all year.â€? However, the passion and emotion from the Kingston game would not carry the Warriors to victory against LaVergne, who beat them 4342 in overtime. “But it was a great experience for our kids,â€? Bradley said. “We had eight starters injured in that game, and it was great to see some backups step up and ďŹ ll in and to see our guys compete. And we drove down to tie the game at the end of the regulation.â€? The loss to LaVergne fueled Bradley’s team to strive for a victory against Alcoa during the last regular game of the season, and only then did Bradley see a state championship as a possibility. “When we beat Alcoa in the regular season, and the brackets came out, I saw that if we were fortunate enough to win the ďŹ rst and second round, we would play Alcoa in the third round,â€? Bradley said. After winning against Polk County and Sweetwater, CAK faced Alcoa again, but this

time would prove to be more difďŹ cult than the Warriors’ ďŹ rst encounter with the Tornadoes. “We were down 21 to 7, and we won 38 to 37 in overtime,â€? Bradley said. “With the Grace game and being in a tight situation, our guys were like, ‘We’re not going to let that happen again.’ And then to play in overtime, our guys were like, ‘We’re not going to let LaVergne happen again.’ So those two losses our guys drew on in the Alcoa game.â€? The CAK Warriors went on to topple Austin-East and ultimately Milan for the state championship. For Bradley, the real reward is not the district or state championship trophies, but the marked growth he experienced with his team. “From the beginning to the end our guys just grew up,â€? Bradley said. “We grew together as a unit, as a team with a passion and with emotion that they want to honor God with their effort.â€?

You can call him “Mr. Football.â€? CAK quarterback Charlie High has had quite the football season this year, leading his team to a Division I 3A state championship and breaking several state records in the process. Now, High has a new accolade to add to his collection: the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Back of the Year Award for Division I Class AA. Beating Dalton Boles of West Greene and Ladarius Vanlier of Maplewood, High received the award at a banquet on Nov. 28 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro. High’s coach Rusty Bradley was proud of his quarterback. “Charlie High came into the year as a ďŹ rst year starter,â€? Bradley said. “He set state records for completions in a season, attempts in a season, yards in a season, touchdown passes in a season, combined touchdown passes and rushing in a season, and then total offense in a season.â€? Bradley added that High winning Mr. Football and then leading his team to victory in the state championship was a wonderful way to end the season. Bradley said, “It was deďŹ nitely a good year.â€?

Christian Academy of Knoxville choir sings “Carol of the Bells� at the Christmas Celebration held at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. Photo submitted

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Oxygen therapy heals diabetic’s foot wound Because high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and nerves, foot ulcers are common among people who have diabetes. The wounds start out small. Because diabetics have reduced sensation in their feet, they don’t realize they have a wound, and it takes much longer to heal, often leading to infection. That’s why 64-year-old Beverly Petty of Loudon was worried three years ago when she developed a silver-dollar sized wound on the bottom of her left foot. A podiatrist told her it was a dangerous condition called Charcot (pronounced sharko) Foot, which is when the bones in the foot become weak and start protruding through the bottom of the foot because of nerve damage from the diabetes. The wound wouldn’t heal for nearly three years. “The doctors told me I needed to have my foot taken off,� explains Petty. “I said, a general surgeon and director of him last June. Dr. Schuchmann ‘No thank you!’ � On the advice of a friend, Petty the Fort Sanders Regional Wound performed a number of tests on called Dr. G. Douglas Schuchmann, Treatment Center. She went to see Petty and decided the best treat-

ment for her was using a bioengineered skin graft to cover the wound. After that, he prescribed 60 visits to the Wound Treatment Center’s hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help her heal. The center has two oxygen chambers. These clear cylindrical tanks allow one patient at a time to lie inside them, breathing 100 percent oxygen while under increased atmospheric pressure. The pressure forces oxygen into the body’s cells, which helps saturate the red blood cells with oxygen to promote healing. This is helpful for both diabetic and radiation treatment patients. Petty’s relatives and friends drove from her home in Loudon to Fort Sanders ďŹ ve days each week, for about three months. “In no time at all the wound went from silver dollar size to the size of a dime,â€? she says. “It’s a little tiny wound now. My foot looks better now than it’s looked in a long, long time. â€? Petty says the oxygen treat-

ments are painless. “Except for your ears popping, you really don’t feel anything. It doesn’t hurt.â€? Each treatment lasted 90 minutes. “Patients watch TV or sleep while they’re in the chamber,â€? she explains. “It’s clear all the way around, so you can see out, look over and hear other people talking. The patients, we sit there and talk. You’re there so long you get to feel like they’re almost family.â€? A physician checks each patient before and after oxygen therapy treatment, especially for any strain on the heart or ears. Petty’s wound is nearly healed and she has ďŹ nished her oxygen treatments, but she still visits Dr. Schuchmann to keep an eye on her foot. “I love Dr. Schuchmann and the Wound Care Center is really great,â€? she smiles. “I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s got a wound that won’t heal.â€? For more information about the Fort Sanders Wound Treatment Center, call 865-541-2784.

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Fort Sanders offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy for hard to heal wounds Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are an important therapy in diabetic wound care. “People are fascinated with them,â€? says Dr. George Schuchmann, Medical Director of the Fort Sanders Wound Treatment Center. “But they’re not for everyone, and they’re not a panacea.â€? The Fort Sanders Wound Treatment Center has two hyperbaric oxygen chambers in its outpatient clinic that are used to treat certain deep tissue wounds that may not heal with conventional therapies alone. “The chamber delivers extra oxygen to the soft tissues, which helps bolster the immune system,â€? explains Dr. Schuchmann. The clear chambers are each 7 feet long, large enough to hold one person up to 350 pounds. The patient slides in on a bed, and the chamber is sealed and ďŹ lled with 100 percent oxygen. Then, a technician slowly increases the atmospheric pressure inside the chamber to a pressure

two to three times that of the outside atmosphere. As the patient breathes and lies in the chamber, the increased atmospheric pressure forces 10 to 15 times more oxygen into the patient’s blood stream and tissues than normal. Each treatment inside the oxygen chamber is called a “dive,â€? because of the increase in atmospheric pressure. At Fort Sanders’ Wound Treatment Center the chambers are used for outpatient, long-term care of wounds, bone infections called osteomylitis, wounds caused by cancer radiation treatments and for the healing of skin grafts. Most major insurance companies, including Medicare, cover hyperbaric oxygen treatments for the treatment of serious diabetic wounds. Quick wound healing is important to prevent serious infection that can be life-threatening. Recent studies ďŹ nd that diabetic patients who use hyperbaric oxygen treatment along with traditional wound care signiďŹ cantly reduce their risk of amputations of the

foot or leg from diabetic ulcers. The major drawback to hyperbaric oxygen treatment is that it requires between 20 and 30 treatments to be effective. “It’s not painful, but it is a time commitment,â€? Dr. Schuchmann explains. “Most patients require two hours a day of treatments, ďŹ ve days a week, for about six weeks.â€? Plus, the treatment is not safe for everyone, he adds. Increased atmospheric pressure in the chamber can worsen certain medical conditions like pneumothorax (a collapsed lung), congestive heart failure, cataracts or seizure disorders. The oxygen chamber is also not suitable for pregnant women or those with other underlying respiratory problems as well. “But, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be very useful for some people as an adjunct treatment,â€? says Dr. Schuchmann. For more information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, contact the Fort Sanders Wound Treatment Center at 865-541-2784.

Non-healing wounds are particularly painful and dangerous for people living with diabetes. Foot ulcers are perhaps the most common, painful and debilitating side effect of the disease. “People with diabetes have difďŹ culty ďŹ ghting off infection,â€? explains Nina Cash, a Diabetes Nurse Educator at the Fort Sanders Diabetes Center. She says diabetes can make skin dry and irritated, and more easily damaged. If a skin break occurs, the bacteria on the surface of the skin thrive on the extra sugar in the blood, often leading to infection. And, because diabetes damages nerve function, patients may be less likely to feel a wound until it’s severe. That’s why Cash says the ďŹ rst line in skin defense is getting control of a person’s disease. At the Fort Sanders Diabetes Center, a team of dietitians, nurses and exercise physiologists work to create a management plan for each patient with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes. Patients receive education in group or one-on-one sessions based on their assessed needs, and the center encourages family members to attend the sessions as well. Getting control of the diabetes can not only prevent wounds, it can also head off other complications, including kidney, eye, heart and nerve damage.

“Without education, patients really have a hard time controlling their disease,� says Fort Sanders Diabetes Nurse Educator Tamra Davis. “When our dietitians see the patients, they calculate the person’s individualized needs, which are based on height, weight, age, activity level and usual eating habits. Most people can’t do that for themselves.� Davis says diabetes can be tricky, but not impossible to manage. “We’ve had some great success stories when our patients realize they can control this disease by making healthy lifestyle choices. With education, they don’t feel helpless, they feel empowered.� For additional information about managing diabetes, contact the Fort Sanders Diabetes Center at 865-531-5580.

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Learning about arthritis Last Wednesday at the Strang Senior Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch and learn program, Dr. Brian Edkin, surgeon for Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics, gave an informative presentation on the various treatment options available for those suffering from arthritis of the hip or knees. Nearly 21 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, the most crippling form of arthritis, affects approximately 2.1 million Americans. Both forms of arthritis cause the wearing out of joints from the progressive deterioration of cartilage. Preventive treatments for arthritis are avoidance

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of injury, maintenance of ideal weight, exercise and in some instances surgery to fi x alignment problems. Other treatments which may help relieve pain, but do not stop arthritis, are glucosamine/chondroitin supplements, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, injections and braces. Joint replacement is a treatment option to consider

mine the best treatment. More than 600,000 joint replacements are expected to be performed in the United States this year. Of those, 90 to 95 percent have favorable results. The goals of joint replacement are to relieve pain, restore motion, improve stability and correct deformity (when present). To contact Edkin, visit www.tocdocs.com or call Dr. Brian S. Edkin, of the Ten- Fort Sanders Regional Mednessee Orthopaedic Clinic, ical Center at 524-5365 or speaks at the Strang Center. Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center at 483-8478. Photo by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com The Strang Center invites you to their popcorn and when pain is moderate to holiday movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bucket severe; interferes with daily Listâ&#x20AC;? at 12:30 p.m. Wednesactivities, work or enjoyable day, Dec. 21. They also invite activities; and/or is accom- you to visit Thursday, Dec. panied by other intolerable 22, for free coffee, tea or hot issues such as instability, loss cocoa. The Strang Center of motion or deformity. An will be closed for Christevaluation by an orthopaedic mas on Friday, Dec. 23, and specialist would help deter- Monday, Dec. 26.

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p.m., Line dancing. â&#x2013;  Wednesday, Dec. 21: Noon, Holiday movie and popcorn special, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bucket List.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  Thursday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m., Paint group; Fit; 12:30 p.m., Scrabble. â&#x2013;  The center will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday. Info or to register for classes: 670-6693. Complete calendar listings available at www.knoxcounty.org/ seniors.

HEALTH NOTES â&#x2013;  Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Community), 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer care-

givers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: www.cancersupportet. org or 546-4661. â&#x2013;  Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. the third Monday of every month at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081.

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Tennessee Valley Fair executive director Scott Suchomski, Love Kitchen manager Ellen Turner, her sister and Love Kitchen founder Helen Ashe, Emerson Breeden of Food City and County Commissioner Ed Shouse acknowledge a donation of $3,500 to the charity made Dec. 15. Funds were raised during Love Kitchen Day at the Fair when $1 from each unlimited ride wristband went to the charity which provides meals, clothing and emergency services to homebound, homeless and unemployed individuals. Photo submitted

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Christmas tree ornaments can be created using a variety of items that an individual may already have on hand. Photos by Ruth White.

Hand-crafted Christmas These five young Anatolian Shepherds and their parents have been given a second chance after being surrendered by a breeder at Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Photo by T. Edwards

Local family finds peace at the holidays Thanks to several good Samaritans in the Knoxville area, a family of Anatolian shepherds are not only still alive, but they will be safe and warm this Christmas.

The puppies will be fostered by Michael Samstag, founder of Knoxville Films. He has converted his garage into a “puppy house” for such an occasion. From his care, the puppies will most likely be transported up North where adoptable dogs are in greater demand. The parents are currently Sara being cared for at MeadowBarrett brooke Kennel until a suitable forever home has been selected for them. Although these seven dogs will never be able to compreThe group of seven dogs hend the amount of work, (five puppies and the mom time and effort it took to and pop) were surrendered save their lives, and although by a breeder to the Jefferson they will never be able to County Animal Shelter for say “thank you” to everyone reasons unknown. Carmen who was involved, the many Tramell, local animal advo- people responsible for savcate and publisher of Critter ing them will be ready – in a magazine, is shuttling them heartbeat – to do it all again. to their next destination on Info: Visit www.nasrn.org. behalf of the National Ana- If you have a question or comment for tolian Shepherd Rescue Net- Sara, give her a call at 218-9378 or email barretts@shoppernewsnow.com. work.

Sometimes the simplest things bring the biggest smiles. The idea of giving presents at Christmas has always been part of the season, but when did giving big presents become the norm? Going deep into debt just to show appreciation to friends and family isn’t my idea of the path to take, so when you receive a hand-crafted gift this year, know that it was created with a heart filled of love. Handmade ornaments are special gifts that can be given away or kept to decorate a tree with treasured memories. Seniors at the Halls Senior Center gathered last week to create unique ornaments that are sure to become treasures. Director Darrell Gooding

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taught class members how to create ornaments using ordinary light bulbs and turning them in to extraordinary gifts. Gooding used simple steps to create an ornament that resembled the University of Tennessee’s mascot Smokey and even the self proclaimed inartistic individuals were able to take home a beautiful gift. Gooding also showed the class other ornaments that have been created by friends of the center and by

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the creative Amanda Patton. Patton used old Christmas cards and cut them in to circles of various sizes, layering and creating a colorful tree ornament. Another use for old cards includes cutting into shapes and gluing them together to form a ball embellished with pretty ribbon for hanging. If you’re suddenly feeling creative, there’s still time to grab some glue, pretty paper, paint brushes and ribbon to make some beautiful ornaments and some sweet memories.

The staff at Young-Williams would like you to meet 2-year-old male Labrador mix Holly Belle. He is available for adoption at the main center at 3210 Division St. The “new” center at Young-Williams Animal Village is at 6400 Kingston Pike. Both facilities are now open noon to 6 p.m. daily. If you don’t have time to drop by and take a look, visit www.young-williams. org to see photos of all of the center’s adoptables and call 2156599 for more information about each pet.

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Halls Senior Center director Darrell Gooding assists Angelia Correll as she creates an ornament using a light bulb.

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Direct hit gives motorcycle couple devastating injuries Charles “Bill” Mounger has been to war twice with two separate deployments to Iraq, but nothing compares to the battle he and his wife, Jean, have been fighting since being victims of a horrific motorcycle accident on April 29, 2010. Multiple surgeries, skin grafts, rods, plates and a computerized prosthetic leg later, the Moungers are well on the road to recovery, thanks in part to the Parkwest Therapy Center. “The Moungers are an extraordinary couple,” said Suzanne Moskal, physical therapist working with Jean. “Not only are they doing remarkably well physically and emotionally, they are amazingly supportive of each other.” “Bill is one of the hardest working patients I’ve ever had,” said Mark Conley, physical therapist. “He has come so far and I can really push him. He has such a strong desire to do everything he possibly can.” An active couple who regularly worked out, had a busy social life and took motorcycle trips to their favorite destinations, Bill, age 44, had just returned from his second tour in Iraq on Easter Sunday 2010. He and Jean, age 54, set out on a motorcycle trip to California to visit with Jean’s family for a few weeks. They were heading back home to Lenoir City and decided to take Route 66 on the way. As they were pulling into the town where they were planning to spend the night, they stopped at a red light just blocks from their hotel. When the light turned green they went through the intersection. “I saw the car coming straight at us,” said Bill. “I cut hard to the left so he wouldn’t hit us head on. That’s the last thing I remember.”

Bill and Jean Mounger are all smiles following a session at the Parkwest Therapy Center. The driver of the car hit a minivan, then the Moungers on their motorcycle and two more cars before finally coming to a stop. The driver was diabetic and apparently suffering from low blood sugar at the time of the accident. Bill was thrown from the bike while Jean ended up underneath

With a focus on keeping patients Treated Well. Well Treated.®, the programs at Parkwest Therapy Center are nationally recognized for excellence in clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. The outstanding staff of physical, speech and occupational therapists draw from extensive experience and utilize the latest research and technology to achieve maximum patient function and pain relief. Many of the therapists have been awarded advanced certifications in order to offer specialty programs such as: ■ Certified Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy through McKenzie ■ Advanced Sports Medicine with board certified specialists ■ Certified Hand Therapy ■ Certified Neurological Rehabilitation ■ Aquatic Therapy ■ Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation ■ MedX Spine and Cervical Therapy with certified specialists ■ Certified Neuromuscular Stimulation ■ Specialized Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Therapy ■ Certified Functional Capacity and Ergonomic Evaluations Located just off Pellissippi Parkway at the Fort Sanders West campus, Parkwest Therapy Center has ample free parking and easy access. A physician’s referral is required and most insurance plans are accepted. For more information about these or any of the services available at Parkwest Therapy Center, call 865-531-5710 or visit www.covenanttherapy.com.

it. He suffered multiple fractures in his right pelvis, hip and leg as well as a shattered right ankle. Jean lost her right leg at the scene and had multiple breaks in her right forearm and upper arm. She considers herself fortunate, though – her femoral artery had been exposed but never ruptured.

Had it broken, she likely would have died at the scene. Initially the couple was airlifted to a local trauma center for treatment. Based on their injuries, Jean was admitted to ICU, Bill to a trauma floor. Neither knew what had happened to the other. After two days they were reunited on the trauma floor and eventually stepped down to an orthopedic floor. They spent a total of seven weeks in the hospital undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and wound care, but were not ready for physical therapy. In mid-June the Moungers were well enough to return home. Both families had come to visit while they were in the hospital and Bill’s father flew back home with them and stayed for five months helping care for the couple. Initially, the Moungers underwent home health and wound care treatment. In the fall, Jean was able to get a prosthetic leg. She has a special computerized C-Leg that is able to adjust as she progresses. The stronger she gets, the more flexible it becomes. Once they were physically able, they started physical therapy at Parkwest. “We asked around and visited several therapy centers,” said Bill. “We had concerns about finding someone to work with Jean’s prosthetic leg. We’d been told that above the knee amputees can have a harder time regaining the ability to walk well. Once we spoke with Suzanne, we knew Parkwest was best place for us.” When they started therapy in March of this year, Jean was using a walker and Bill had just gone from crutches to a cane. The couple’s goals for physical therapy included strengthening their core muscles, rebuilding their strength and endurance, and improving their gait. Cur-

Bill Mounger, pictured with Parkwest Physical Therapist Mark Conley, works on regaining core strength and hip flexibility at the Parkwest Therapy Center.

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rently, Bill is using a single cane and Jean is working toward a single cane from a tripod style. “We live in a split-level house,” said Bill. “Before the accident, we’d never thought about things like how to get groceries into the house when we were both in wheelchairs. We ended up creating a rope with a hook pulley-system to get things up and down. We still use it for groceries, laundry, anything that we need to get up and down.”

“Once we spoke with Suzanne, we knew Parkwest was best place for us.” – Bill Mounger That same spirit and determination has carried the Moungers through their journey. They are able to get around on their own now and are enjoying spending time with their 8-year-old grandson, Colby. “God has watched over us,” said Jean. “We still have some negative moments but we don’t stay there. I want my life back and I’m slowly getting it back.” Bill and Jean say they often get asked about their injuries when out in public and openly share their story. “If we can touch somebody’s life in some way and inspire them, then it’s worth it to talk about it. This has slowed us down but it hasn’t stopped us,” they said.

Jean Mounger, pictured with Parkwest Physical Therapist Suzanne Moskal, navigating stairs with her C-Leg.

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Both working hard to regain mobility


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