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UT Professor Emeritus Cynthia Griggs Fleming can tell you a lot about AfricanAmerican history. She can tell you about the three books she’s written, and about the times she took her students into the heart of civil rights country to walk in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy. Stokely Carmichael himself sat in on her classes. She can tell you about all those things, and more. Problem is, you’ll have to catch her first. If she’s not astride her horse, chances are she’s muscling one of her classic cars down the highway.

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The WordPlayers of Knoxville are kicking off Black History Month in a big way with “Walk, Don’t Ride,” billed as “a presentation of drama and song depicting events that helped shape American freedom.” An example of the best kind of “edu-tainment,” “Walk, Don’t Ride” has been booked in nine different counties and 16 different venues in East Tennessee, including middle schools, colleges and churches. See Carol Shane’s story on page A-11

Make some noise Students and faculty at Northshore Elementary School couldn’t sit still during a visit from UT’s percussion students. The gymnasium echoed with beats of calypso as third, fourth and fifth graders tried their best to remain seated and still wiggle. Teachers danced beside the audience and cheered when the steel drums began to ring with the notes of “Rocky Top.”

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Tessa Stockton and Ananda Ashworth (back) and Sharon Mansoor, Lucia Andronescu and Maria Gomez (front) dance during an advanced flamenco class, taught by Andronescu, at the Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts West. On guitar, partially obscured, is Victor Garza. Photo by Wendy Smith

By Wendy Smith Lucia Andronescu grew up in Romania and settled in West Knoxville. But part of her soul will always long for southern Spain, the home of flamenco. She came to New York after high school and later moved to Tucson, Ariz. While her career was in corporate management,

her education was in the arts, and she found herself drawn to a nearby flamenco studio. She had been a gymnast in Romania and craved physical activity. Flamenco dancing became her passion. “The rhythm and movement were so captivating to me,” she says. She continues to hone her danc-

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Push back on push-out By Bill Dockery African-American children in the Knox County school system are suspended from school almost three times more often than their white fellow students. And that rate has not changed since 2007, when a community task force recommended ways to fi x the disparities in discipline. State statistics reported for 2012 show that black Knox County students are Sheppard still about three times more likely to be suspended than white students, despite the negative results such suspensions will have on their educational and legal futures. Those facts are part of the information presented at a workshop on “school push-out,” the name given to discipline policies that re-

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sult in children leaving school and getting caught up in the criminal justice system. A group of parents, students, school personnel and civil rights activists gathered Thursday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church to share stories and strategize about ways to change county schools so that their discipline system does not discriminate against blacks, people with disabilities and other minorities. Local activists with the NAACP and the Children’s Defense Fund sponsored the meeting. “We want parents to understand that suspensions are not an individual problem with you and your child,” said Andre Canty, one of the organizers of the meeting. “School push-out is a systemic problem that has some students being arrested for no reason. That’s messed up.” Amy Sosinski, a law student at the University of Tennessee, pre-

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ing skills with summer programs at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, which offers the only undergraduate and graduate flamenco degree programs in the world. She has taught flamenco in West Knoxville for almost 10 years. Her 14-member company, Pasión Flamenca, is the only traditional flamenco dance group in Knoxville. Flamenco is an art that exists in three forms − song, dance and guitar playing. While flamenco dance is improvised, it has such a defined structure that flamenco singers, dancers and guitar players who have never met before can perform together, Andronescu says. The dance form is physically and mentally challenging because there are 50 flamenco dances, each with a different musical structure and different moves. It’s a bit like working a puzzle, she says, and tends to draw high-intensity participants. Her dance company, which includes professionals with doctor-

ates, backs up her claim. Spanish children grow up with flamenco, but for outsiders, mastering the dance is like learning a new language. It can take five or six years to fully understand, she says. But Andronescu offers a variety of classes that allow dancers to participate by following the teacher or simply learning the movements for exercise. Because the music is an integral part of the dance, Andronescu’s classes are typically taught with live guitar accompaniment and sometimes a vocalist. Dancers wear ruffled skirts, ordered from Spain, and use shawls, fans and castanets. When performing for an audience, dancers wear traditional 19th-century dress. Pasión Flamenca has loaned props to the Knoxville Opera Company for its upcoming performance of “Carmen,” which features flamenco dancing. There are two shows on Valentine’s Day weekend at the Tennessee Theatre.

sented totals from 2012 state records that show that some 8,300 black students in Knox County schools are about 2.7 times more likely to be suspended than the system’s 44,600 white students. Among students with disabilities, slightly more than one in 10 white students will be suspended; around one in four black students with disabilities will be sent home from school. In November 2014, the Education Law Practicum filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education based on those disparities. That complaint is still pending in the department’s Office for Civil Rights. Maya Sheppard presented information on an innovative plan in Baltimore that had dramatically reduced school suspensions. Sheppard is a lawyer with the Knox County Public Defender’s Office who serves in the county’s juvenile court. Other speakers discussed similar programs that have improved racial disparities in discipline in other school systems.

“These are proven methods for reducing suspensions and arrests,” Canty said. “What needs to happen from the people is a collaborative effort among parents, teachers and students.” Canty asked the attendees to share their own experiences of problems with the school system’s disciplinary policies. He then led the attendees in a discussion of how they would like to see the system change and how those changes can be brought about. Suggestions included mentoring programs for students, cultural sensitivity training for teachers and school personnel, increased parental advocacy and changes in special-education laws and policies. “We want all our kids to have a bright future,” Canty said. In late December, Canty participated in a discussion with Superintendent Jim McIntyre on WATETV’s “Tennessee This Week.” During that broadcast McIntyre announced that he would create a working group to look at solutions to the disparity problems.

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Confederate cemetery nominated to Historic Register

Gettysburg. According to his youngest daughter, Mamie, Winstead took the position because he wanted to ensure that his fellow soldiers had a beautiful final resting place. It was a volunteer position, but the family was given the partially finished caretaker’s cottage that was being constructed by the Ladies’ Memorial Association. Winstead maintained two neighboring cemeteries, as well as Bethel, until his death in 1907. His wife, Bridget,

cared for the cemetery until her death in 1930, when Mamie took over the task. Mamie, who had careers in the Knox County Old Records Department and the Tennessee Supreme Court Library, maintained the cemetery as a park, says Streeter. The property, adorned by ornamental trees and shrubs planted by Mamie, has few headstones and yet contains the remains of more than 1,600 Confederate soldiers. Approximately 100 died in the Battle of Fort Sanders while the rest succumbed to injuries and disease. Over 50 Union soldiers, prisoners of war, are also interred there. Mamie was given the deed to the cottage and cemetery in 1959 by the Ladies’ Memorial Association. When she died in 1989, she left her estate to the Hazen Historical Museum Foundation to be preserved as a historical site. Bethel Cemetery Museum is now located in one side of the cottage. The other side is occupied by the cemetery’s current caretaker. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment with the staff of the Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Ave. Streeter is vice president of the Mabry-Hazen House Museum board. The Minnesota native isn’t sure why the cemetery became a hobby. “I have no connection to the Confederates,” he says. Calvin Chappelle, executive director of the Mabry-Hazen House Museum, says that being on the National Register of Historic Places will pro-

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Preservation of cemeteries is a challenge, but Bethel Cemetery, located just east of downtown on Bethel Avenue, has a couple of things working in its favor. The first is the Winstead Cottage, which has housed the cemetery’s caretakers since

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it was built around the turn of the 20th century. The second is Arin Streeter, the young architect who is working to put the cemetery, and the cottage, on the National Register of Historic Places. Streeter’s extensive research is included with the application. According to his work, the federal government took responsibility for locating the graves of Union soldiers after the Civil War and reinterring them in the National Cemetery on Tyson Street. But the burial of Confederate soldiers was the responsibility of each community. Ladies’ Confederate memorial associations formed across the South with the goal of placing Confederate soldiers in dedicated cemeteries with appropriate monuments. Knoxville’s Ladies’ Memorial Association applied to the Knox County Court for a portion of an indigent cemetery where Confederate soldiers were already buried. They received a deed for the new cemetery in 1873, and it was named

Calvin Chappelle, executive director of Mabry-Hazen House Museum, and board member Arin Streeter stand in front of the Winstead Cottage, which has housed Bethel Cemetery caretakers for well over a century. The cottage and the cemetery have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Photos by Wendy Smith

Bethel Cemetery. A 48-foot memorial, topped with a sculpted soldier designed by Knoxville artist Lloyd Branson and executed by George Whitaker, a Union veteran, was unveiled on Memorial Day, May 19, 1892. The cemetery had a fulltime caretaker for two years before the job was taken over by William Winstead in 1886. He was a Confederate veteran who lost part of his leg after the Battle of

Craft Guild to hold Jury Fest The Foothills Craft Guild is accepting new member applications from fine craft artisans for its Jury Fest on March 9-10. Membership applicants must reside in Tennessee, and crafts must be of original design produced within the past two years. Applications may be mailed in early, but entries must be hand-delivered to the Foothills Craft Guild office at the Emporium Building, 100 S. Gay St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 9-10. Info/application form: Bob Klassen, 604-5638 or bobklassen@charter.net; or the “How to Join” section at www.foothillscraftguild.org.

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Part of the dance company’s mission is education. In addition to performing at local events, like the Rossini Festival, the Hola Festival and Fantasy of Trees, the group has performed at Pellissippi State Community College, Tennessee Tech and the University of Tennessee, as well as several East Tennessee high schools. The group also has a regular gig at the Black Box Theatre at the Emporium on First Fridays. Andronescu says she would love to have more opportunities to do educational programs for children. New flamenco classes for all levels, including children, are beginning at the Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts West, 8701 Unicorn Drive. For information: www. flamencowestknox.com or 202-0740.

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The 48-foot Confederate monument was installed in Bethel Cemetery by Knoxville’s Ladies’ Memorial Association on Memorial Day in 1892.

vide a certain amount of protection to the cemetery and cottage and make the property eligible for grants from the Tennessee Historical Commission. While cemeteries are

sometimes overlooked by the National Register, Streeter thinks the story of the cottage, and its residents, will make it noteworthy. The state review board meets today (Jan. 28).

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What happens when the cheering stops? Real life is not far away. College football is history for Justin Coleman, Justin Worley, Marlin Lane, Jordan Williams, Jacob Gilliam, Devrin Young, Matt Darr, A.J. Johnson and a few other Volunteers who settled for smaller headlines. One, two or three may find jobs in the NFL. The others face this sobering question: What now? What happens after the cheering stops, after the crowd has gone home and old jerseys and Adidas shoes are put away? What happens when life replaces fun ’n’ games? Well, it depends. Dick Williams looked like a tight end but played defensive tackle in the mid-late 1960s (heart of

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a lion). He married well, co-founded an insurance agency and became a national leader in the industry. He has never had half the credit he deserves for supporting UT and for leading the East Tennessee chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Larry Seivers, first of the great receivers, never believed the cheers were for him, so there wasn’t much to miss when it was over.

He went into the vending business (food services) and earned a fortune. David Rudder, quarterback, completed 11 passes in a row against Alabama in 1978 and became our and several others’ dentist. Bill Nowling, fullbacklinebacker, 1940-42, finished a fine career with an interception against Tulsa in the Sugar Bowl. Too soon, football was background. Bill and many other Volunteers went away for World War II. Nowling was killed fighting in France on Aug. 9, 1944. Jim Smelcher, tackle, 1956-59, coached for a while, got smart and started an insurance agency. There is value in being a former Volunteer. Several Tennessee ath-

letes performed as well or better after the applause faded away. Hank Lauricella, great in 1950-51, enjoyed a 32-year political career in Louisiana, eight as a state representative, 24 as a state senator. He was managing partner of Lauricella Land Company. Bill Johnson, 1957 really good guard, became a Sparta banker and university trustee. Bob Johnson, 1967 center (sixth in Heisman voting), was an icon with the Cincinnati Bengals and is one in Cincinnati business. David Allen, cornerback, 1970-72, returned to Athens, Ga., and emerged as the state’s leading urologist. Herman Hickman, 1931 guard, had a short but spectacular post-football career

as TV and banquet humorist and Sports Illustrated author. I probably shouldn’t tell you that he dabbled in pro wrestling. Steve Chancey, secondgeneration Vol, son of a coach, scored a couple of touchdowns against Penn State in 1972. He and Art Reynolds created a heating and air-conditioning business. Good men. Good company. Ed Molinski, 1939 guard, became a doctor. Tony Robinson went another direction, from spectacular quarterback in 1984-85 to prison. His path looks better now. Austin Shofner, 1936 tackle behind Bob Woodruff, became a Marine. He plotted and led the only successful American team escape from a Japanese prison camp during World War II. He brought to the world the first report of the Bataan

Death March. Shofner retired as a brigadier general. Dennis Wolfe, linebacker and captain, 1978, is another winner. He didn’t say much as a Volunteer but spoke right up as a school administrator. He is a leader in the lettermen’s T Club. Mack Gentry was serious about academics and athletics when he arrived in 1963. I recall that he was pledged to a fraternity for one week. He was in law school before he ran out of eligibility as a defensive tackle. He coached at West Point. There were few cheers. The team went 1-9-1. He became an SEC and NFL official. Nobody cheers for zebras. He heads a tax law firm. It earns deep appreciation. If there is applause, it is private. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero.com.

ual turning away from the The worst mid-term votreactionary politics that er turnout since 1944, 36 began with Reagan and percent of eligible voters, is homecoming queen and her peaked with the neocon not a ringing endorsement court, class officers and the tragedy that was the Bush of the party of “No.” In fact, Gridlock there’s a good chance the happy scholarship winners. administration. Tall, short, slim, stocky, in Washington has earned Obama miracle may beget smiling or somber, they both parties a bad rap, but still another. Are you ready for a womhave one thing in common: Republicans come off much worse in national polls. an in the Oval Office? their white skin. A black president one day? Dream on. Viewed through my generational lens, Barack Obama’s presidency is miraculous. I was 13 years old when Bull Connor turned fire hoses and police dogs loose on children in Birmingham, Ala., 14 when three civil rights workers were murdered near Philadelphia, Miss. As a man and a politician, Obama is flawed, as we all are. That doesn’t take President Barack Obama listens to Sen. Lamar Alexander while away from the significance meeting with a congressional delegation aboard Air Force One of his election. en route to Knoxville Jan. 9. Also pictured are, from left, Ted Despite the Republican Mitchell, undersecretary of education; Sen. Bob Corker; James majority in both houses of Kvaal, deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council; and Rep. Congress, there is a grad- John “Jimmy” Duncan. Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Miracles on Pennsylvania Avenue Remember the fun Tina Fey had with her Sarah Palin impersonation on “Saturday Night Live”? If you do, you can hardly wait to see what the show does with Joni Ernst. Ernst is what would happen if Palin and Michele Bachmann conceived a love child. Choosing “Shoeless Joni” to “rebut” the president’s State of the Union address makes as much sense as castrating hogs with bread bags on your feet. Anyway, very little rebuttal took place. There was the expected swipe at Obama’s “failed” health-care plan. Obamacare has proved such a resounding dud that 10 million people now have insurance who had none before. Like her Tea Party soul-

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ed 50 years ago. I can recall feeling ashamed and embarrassed for her, but I was too cowardly to speak up. I don’t know where she found the courage to show up each day and endure the name-calling, shunning and isolation, and I’ve often wondered how she made out later in life. Now, leafing through my high school yearbook, I find the faces of two young black women among the hundreds of class photos. I scan the superlatives: best dressed, best school spirit, best looking, most studious, most athletic, best-all-around, most likely to succeed. I browse the clubs, the chorus, the student council, and the football and basketball teams. I come to the

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Mark Donaldson: the gift that keeps on giving Former Metropolitan Planning Commission director Mark Donaldson retired in December with a $101,000 severance package (approved in a meeting that you can’t watch online because MPC doesn’t maintain an accessible video archive), but his policies continue to rile neighborhood groups. Take Ryan and Amber Bradley, who live next door to a former church building on the west end of Cedar Lane and have invested money and sweat equity in their home. In 2007, Donaldson championed a new zoning designation called Civic Institutional to apply to churches, schools and government buildings. This classification was attached to the parcel at 607 Cedar Lane although it was no longer being used as a church (churches are allowed in residential neighborhoods as a permitted use and frequently cause issues like this to arise if they vacate the property). Fast forward to late 2014, and imagine the Bradleys’

Betty Bean surprise when they learned that MPC had recommended that their property – and that of their close neighbors westward to the railroad tracks – be rezoned from Residential 1 to Office 1 along with the former church building at 607 Cedar Lane. The railroad tracks have long served as a boundary between residential Cedar Lane and the commercial hub of Merchant Road and its interstate ramp to the west. The Bradleys and their neighbors were not notified about the MPC recommendation. Critics charge that this is unlawful “spot” zoning. MPC commissioners further complicated the issue by prohibiting all but three of the 15 uses allowed in office zones by “right” (meaning that they do not need to be reviewed). The controversy came

about when real estate agent and former MPC commissioner Cindy Bradley (apparently no relation) bought the property, which had not been used as a church for many years, last April for a greatly reduced price after the previous owner was unsuccessful in an attempt to sell it to Family Promise, a nonprofit organization that provides housing for families with children who have lost their homes. Cindy Bradley said the need for the rezoning became more urgent when city codes inspectors ordered her to remove a sign from the property in December. Her request was supported by Betty Jo Mahan, president of the Inskip Neighborhood Association (and administrative assistant to Mark Donaldson). It was opposed by Fountain City Town Hall, represented by board member Carlene Malone. Mahan cited her organization’s worries about halfway houses and apartment complexes. Malone warned that excluding uses allowed by ordinance is vulner-

able to legal challenge and will likely be struck down, and although Cindy Bradley promised not to allow any objectionable uses, if she sells the property, the door would then be open to all kinds of things neither neighborhood association wants, like private clubs and halfway houses. The vote was 5-4 to approve on first reading. On second reading, Jan. 20, City Council member George Wallace, a Realtor and one of Cindy Bradley’s most adamant champions, recused himself, saying someone had complained that he had a conflict of interest because his company had been involved in the sale of the property to Bradley and also had a contract to resell it that expired Dec. 31. Council member Duane Grieve, who represents the Sequoyah Hills area and voted no on first reading, flipped his vote, guaranteeing approval. On the crucial vote to change the sector plan, Mark Campen, Finbarr Saunders and Nick Della Volpe voted no.

It’s time to rethink Knoxville elections What if you threw an expensive birthday party for a friend and no one showed up? Would you do the same thing the next year or would you try something different? Knoxville city elections are coming up this fall. They are expensive and few people vote. Unlike state and county contests, which are held in even-numbered years (2014, 2012, 2010), the city has stand-alone elections in odd-numbered years (2015, 2013, 2011) for offices like mayor, city council and city judge. As a result, city taxpayers get stuck with the entire bill of about $250,000 for the primary and general election. But the cost of the election isn’t even the biggest problem. Voter turnout is worse. According to the Election Commission, there

reflect the will of the people. For example, an election with 50,000 voters is more likely to reflect the views of the community than an Scott election with 5,000 voters. Frith However, in low-turnout city elections, special interest groups like government employees and neighborare approximately 107,000 hood organizations have registered voters in Knox- more clout because candiville. Yet, in the last city dates know that their memelection (November 2013), bers are more likely to turn only 4,350 ballots were cast out to vote than the general citywide. Think about it. population. In the long run, We have enough folks reg- low-turnout elections can istered to vote in Knoxville have a corrosive effect on to fill Neyland Stadium, yet government, electing folks the voters from the last city who cater to an elite few, election wouldn’t fill the rather than the views of the Civic Coliseum. city at-large. Why is low voter turnout Nevertheless, the current a bad thing? system still has its supportWe have elections so that ers – mainly from folks who folks have a voice in choos- benefit from it – and city ofing their leaders. The larger ficials have little incentive the voter turnout in an elec- to change a system which tion, the more accurately benefits them. the election results should What now?

Let’s move city elections to the state election cycle in even-numbered years. Put the city primary in August and the city general election in November. It will save a lot of money, about a halfmillion dollars every four years, and turnout will increase exponentially. Of course, this idea isn’t new. Other surrounding municipalities have elections in even-numbered years: Maryville, Alcoa, Oak Ridge and Clinton, among others. If necessary, delay implementing any new election schedule until the current officeholders are term limited out of office. Removing political self-interest might give city officials greater incentive to act. Knoxville city elections are broken. Let’s rethink them. Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can contact him at scott@pleadthefrith.com.

Fire protection ‘hot topic’ in Knox County By Wendy Smith There are 86 homes in George Turner’s West Knox subdivision, but not one fire hydrant. His home in Landmark subdivision, off Middlebrook Pike, has doubled in value since he bought it in 2003, and he’s afraid of losing his investment to fire. It’s a valid concern. According to Turner, a home in the subdivision burned to the ground three years ago. The initial response was slow due to debate over

whether the home was in the city or the county, he said, and when a fire truck finally arrived, a hose had to be run across Middlebrook Pike to a hydrant at Weigel’s. By then, the home had burned. Because his home is in the county, he pays for a Rural/Metro subscription. Turner was the only resiGeorge Turner tells about his unsuccessful effort to have dent to speak at the first a fire hydrant installed in his meeting of Knox County West Knox subdivision. Photo Commission’s fire protection by Wendy Smith workgroup. The group in-

cludes commissioners Dave Wright, Charles Busler and Bob Thomas, fire and emergency personnel and others. They will spend the next year looking at ways to improve fire service in the county. Kevin Lauer, a fire and emergency services management consultant, said that fire protection is a “hot topic” throughout the state because many county leaders realize that current systems might not work in a few years.

government Lawyers win regardless If anyone thought the new year would bring a kinder and more transparent TVA, they were quickly disabused of that notion when TVA rejected the freedom of information request regarding the amount of tax-paid incentives given to a Clinton industry to expand. In fact, TVA even suggests the News Sentinel should seek judicial review. Hopefully, the News Sentinel accepts the challenge and takes TVA to federal court. TVA’s most recent top legal counsel was paid $2 million a year. Management has minimal regard for fiscal restraint other than the layoff of some 800 employees across the valley while their top employees get literally millions each year. New TVA legal counsel Sherry Quirk will earn $675,000 a year if she meets all goals. This still exceeds what 98 percent of East Tennessee attorneys make. U.S. Reps. Jimmy Duncan and Chuck Fleischmann have said TVA should disclose the amount of money paid out. The two should go a step further, put some backbone behind their statements and introduce legislation to require more transparency in TVA’s use of tax dollars. Clearly, TVA does not care what Duncan and Fleischmann think, and only a new law or a court order will elicit the corporation’s attention. ■ Something strange is going on with Team Rogero and its treatment of Rick Evans, former Chilhowee Park general manager who now works at a much lower salary for the city’s service department. Evans, a 20year city employee, had received significant compliments at Chilhowee Park – up until Greg Mackay took over from Bob Polk as director of Public Assembly

Facilities and did away with Evans’ position. Abolishing a position is a cleverer way of getting rid of someone than simple termination. Meanwhile, the city hired attorney Thomas Hale to do a report on some of the charges in the lawsuit Evans filed against the city. The report cost $10,868.50 but failed to settle the lawsuit. This appears headed to court with lots of stories to come. Shirley Nash-Pitts, former chair of the Coliseum Board, says this issue never would have occurred if the Rogero administration had not removed the board’s authority and placed it directly under the mayor. Jamie Satterfield, able News Sentinel reporter who first broke the story, has further details in her blog at http://knoxblogs. com/lady-justice-unmasked/2015/01/13/reportcity-boss-greg-mackay-potty-mouth-average-joe/. ■ It is interesting that two sponsors of the mayoral pay raise, Nick Pavlis and George Wallace, are both often mentioned as mayoral candidates themselves. Maybe they did not get the memo urging them to avoid raising the pay if they have any remote notion of seeking the position in 2019 or before. Marshall Stair, also a possible candidate, did not sign the ordinance. ■ State Rep. Martin Daniel will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Bearden Branch Library on Golfclub Road for any constituent to attend and comment on pending legislative issues.

As a former Farragut fire marshal, Lauer is familiar with fire protection in Knox County. The county’s subscription-based funding through Rural/Metro is fairly unique, he said. Shelby County, which includes Memphis and is the state’s largest, is covered by a career fire department. Hamilton County, which includes Chattanooga, is covered by volunteer fire departments outside city limits. John Linsenbigler of the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department said that Sevier and Blount counties are also

looking at ways to provide better fire protection. In response to Turner, Dwight Van de Vate, the county’s engineering and public works director, said the group would have to engage utility companies to talk about contributing factors like water pressure. The group will meet again at 4 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the large assembly room at the City County Building. Each meeting will include a public forum. Turner says he’ll come to every meeting until he gets his neighborhood a fire hydrant.

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Changing a child starts with Hope By Carol Shane “One simple thing will make a big difference in the life of an at-risk child,” says the Kids Hope USA website. “One-on-one, positive attention from a responsible, caring adult.” Begun in October 1993, Kids Hope USA grew out of conversations between concerned church groups and experts in fields such as law enforcement, education, religion and health and human services. The experts responded with one voice: Churches that mobilize and train their members to form one-to-one relationships with the youngest children St. John’s Lutheran Church pastor Steve Misenheimer (right) can make a profound differ- and his good friend Brandon, a fourth-grader at the time Photo by Thea Peterson ence in their lives. St. John’s Lutheran Church is one of the Knoxville churches that provide Kids Hope mentors. In cooperation with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the program currently has 17 trained St. John’s Lutheran volunteers, each carefully matched with an at-risk child. “We are in our seventh year of mentoring,” says program coordinator Thea Peterson. “We began at Christenberry Elementary and have followed students Local Kids Hope USA coordinator Thea Peterson and 15-yearall the way to freshman year old Thalia Photo by Owen Peterson in high school. “Mentoring young people child who needs a relationto help them grow up to be transform our community.” The “Kids Hope USA Way” ship with a caring adult; productive, contributing ■ One hour: 60 critical members of our community relies on four integral parts: ■ One child: an at-risk minutes each week when a was very important to us. We elementary-school trained mentor befriends a feel this is a wonderful way to public

child and helps him or her acquire basic academic skills; ■ One church: a committed congregation that owns the program with its neighborhood school and provides a trained mentor and a behind-the-scenes prayer partner for each child; and ■ One school: a school that welcomes this proven intervention to increase the academic skills of at-risk children, at no cost to the school. Peterson has mentored Thalia, who is now 15, for the past seven years. The high school student has “moved from being an average student to one who has been on the honor roll for the last three years. Her self-esteem with regards to doing well in school has increased tremendously,” says Peterson. “I reward her efforts in getting on the honor roll with a trip each summer that provides many learning opportunities.” Clearly, special relationships are being formed here and not only for the good of the students. Peterson encourages other churches that want to find a way to get involved in making a difference to consider Kids Hope USA. “I would be happy to talk with anyone who is interested.” Contact her at thea@sjlcknox.org or 922-8555. Send story suggestions to news@ shoppernewsnow.com.

FAITH NOTES ■ Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive, will host “Man Up,” a men’s conference, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7. Guest speaker: Inky Johnson. Topic: “What Do Real Men DO When God Says No?” Cost: $10, includes din-

On getting old When Methuselah had lived one hundred eighty seven years, he became the father of Lamech. Methuselah lived after the birth of Lamech seven hundred eightytwo years, and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty-nine years; and he died. (Genesis 5:25-27 NRSV) Wasn’t it Bette Davis who said, “Getting old is not for sissies”? Now, there is a bit of wisdom that becomes clearer to me as the years pass. What about poor Methuselah? However you understand the biblical accounting of years, it’s clear that Methuselah lived much longer than average. Succeeding generations lived shorter and shorter lives, a fact which one commentator attributes to the cumulative effects of sin on human life. I have discovered that age provides perspective. The things that once were hugely important – crucial, even – aren’t so important anymore. Maybe it was the turning of another year that set me thinking about time and age. Maybe I feel older because this is the first New Year in which I am without any living ancestors. Maybe it is because these days I seem to have more doc-

ner, breakfast and program. Info/to register: http://www. concordumc.com. ■ Consignors needed for clothing consignment sale to be hosted by Central Baptist Church Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7. Deadline to register: March 1. Info:

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tors’ appointments than has been my custom! But would I go back and live it all over again? Not a chance. I have learned a lot about what is truly important. I have learned that one of my favorite words is today. I have learned that time is limited, and that every day is a gift. As someone said, “That’s why we call it the present!” So in this present, what will I do? I hope that I will live, love, give, forgive, forget, remember, rejoice, serve, abide. I hope that I will make a difference in some way, to someone. I hope that I will be thankful for all things.

cbbclothingsale@gmail. com. ■ Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 616 Fretz Road, will host “Compassionate Communication” seminar Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31. Cost: $20, includes materials, Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. Info: westsideuuc.org.

Working on the Stop Hunger Now project as part of Concord United Methodist Mission Blitz Day are the Belmont family, Tracey, Sophie and Nicholas. Photos submitted

Bringing mission work home By Sherri Gardner Howell Members of Concord United Methodist Church, friends and family came together on Jan. 19 to bring the work of missions home as the church hosted Mission Blitz Day. Jane Currin, director of missions for Concord UMC, estimated that 302 volunteers came together to work on five projects the church had outlined. “This was a great time for families to work together on projects, as well as a time for us to come together as a church to work in our community,” says Currin. “We had several generations of family working on projects together.”

The five projects covered a broad spectrum of abilities and commitment. The congregation could sign up for areas of interest and skill level prior to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which was a day off for students and therefore allowed them to also participate. The five projects were: Stop Hunger Now: Volunteers gathered in the Concord UMC worship center to pack more than 20,000 bags of dry food. Each bag provides a family with six servings of food. Roofing Project: Volunteers worked with students from Maryville College to complete a roof. House Painting Project:

The inside and outside of a local home got a much needed paint job. KARM Blanket Cutting Project: Working in the gym at the church, volunteers cut the fleece for more than 400 blankets for Knoxville Area Rescue Mission and cut net bags for future Crop Drop programs. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade: To show support for the civil rights leader, members of the church joined in the parade in Knoxville. Following the mission blitz day, volunteers were invited to the church for a soup beans, cornbread and cookies dinner to celebrate a day of good work.

The tongue is a fire An event that occurred a number of years ago taught me a lesson. A friend and I went to a Little League baseball game. We weree watching a team play that at we had both played for just st a year earlier. hAs we sat in the bleachers, we began to critique their “young” pitcher. We sat there and said things like, “If that’s all the harder that kid can throw, we’d destroy him if we were still playing,” and “He’s terrible! I wonder if he’s won any games this year.” All of a sudden, a lady sitting in the bleachers behind us tapped both of us on our

Steve Higginbotham shoulders and said, “Boys, that’s my son out there that you’re criticizing, and I think he’s pretty good.” Well, if there’d been a hole to crawl in, we would have crawled in it. There was no way to take back what we had said. There was no way to make it any better. The words had been spoken.

The damage was done. And we regretted it. Though 40 years have passed since that incident, I still remember the sting of our loose speech. And I dare say that while you may not have been at a Little League ball game, you, too, can recall a similar situation in which it was your tongue that offended. Friends, we would do ourselves a favor if we would be slow to speak (James 1:19) and choose our words wisely. And remember, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37).

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April Lamb: Great reporter, great teacher By S B Sandra d Clark Cl k April Lamb is best known to students at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy as their technology teacher. She’s got a lot of cool equipment since SMG is a magnet school. And she’s ordered $6,000 more as one of six winners of the recent TeacherPreneur grant program sponsored by the Great Schools Partnership. But before Lamb was a teacher, she was a reporter. And she talked to the newspaper club last week about her career. A shy kid growing up in Bristol, she was challenged by her third-grade teacher to be the class reporter. She loved the job and determined right then to be a TV reporter. There was discouragement. “You have to go to college … it costs too much ...” “But I worked hard to

April Lamb engages with students. Photos by Madison Thomas earn scholarships,” she said. She made it through East Tennessee State University with a degree in mass communications. Next came the challenge of finding a job. “Back then, we had to send out tapes. I sent tapes to television stations everywhere.” She was hired first by a

local radio station and then by a TV station in West Virginia. Her big break came when she was offered a job at WBIR-TV in Knoxville as reporter/anchor for a show called “Style.” Lamb’s PowerPoint showed her climbing a rock wall despite her fear of heights. The student-reporters were captivated, especially when Lamb told us she had to do it twice – once with the photographer on top shooting down and again with the photographer shooting her ascent from below. Twice up a rock wall, but the show was still canceled. The station gave Lamb a job as a reporter and backup anchor. She showed clips of both. Working on New Year’s Day, she was the first reporter on the ash pond at the TVA coal ash spill site. “Was almost arrested twice (by

Karina Cortez and Safari Bahati snap photos of the PowerPoint showing April Lamb reporting for WBIR-TV at the TVA coal ash spill.

TVA police trying to restrict access) that day,” she said. In her spare time, Lamb worked as a reading tutor. One day a student asked how long she had been a teacher. “I’m not a teacher, I’m a reporter,” she said. The fellow told her she would make a wonderful teacher. “That set me thinking,” she said. She remembered

her third-grade teacher’s impact on her life. She decided, “We need teachers who can make a difference.” So she returned to college for a second degree – this time in education. “Education provides freedom,” she told the kids. “I have two degrees and can do a lot of jobs.” A fifth-grade reporter,

Eddys Garcia, said it best: “I think she was a great TV reporter and still is and she is also a great tech teacher here.” For the younger reporters, Lamb included pictures of her daughter’s first birthday party. She said she met her husband while working in television. The family lives in Fountain City.

Fun ‘granted’ for science tools By Sara Barrett

Brady Hopkins, Cole Hollingsworth, Ava Webb, Aniah Carlton, Josie Tucker and Declan Winters chip away at ice during a science experiment in Dodie Givens’ class. Photo submitted

“Kids don’t get excited about science worksheets, but anytime you say ‘science experiment’ they light up,” said Rocky Hill Elementary School teacher Dodie Givens. She has received a grant from the Junior League of Knoxville to enhance the science corner of her kindergarten classroom. Each year, the Junior League awards more than $15,000 in mini grants to local teachers for projects that allow students to think outside the box – or, in this case, the worksheet. Rocky Hill teacher Dodie Givens has purchased several Givens Photo by S. Barrett items for her students, including

owl pellets to dissect, a small skeleton to study the human body and marbles that grow several times their normal size when exposed to liquid. “Hands-on science gives students a chance to bring it to life,” said Givens. “In kindergarten, so much is about creating a love for school. Science projects just add to it. When they do it, they remember it.” This is Givens’ third grant from the Junior League, and like many other recipients, she said the ease of applying appeals to her. “I always have more ideas than I have money, and the grants from the Junior League are a great way to supplement,” she said.

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NES teachers Elizabeth Rhone, Kellie Sisk, Stephanie Turpin and Beth Petersen dance with instruments after losing a “name that tune” contest against the students.

Making some noise UT percussion professor Andy Bliss marches in front of Northshore Elementary School students while demonstrating music performed in Brazil.

Students and faculty at Northshore Elementary School couldn’t sit still during a visit from UT’s percussion students. The gymnasium echoed with beats of calypso as third, fourth and fifth graders tried their best to remain seated and still wiggle. Teachers danced beside the audience and cheered when the steel drums began to ring with the notes of “Rocky Top.”

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Northshore Elementary School music teachers Allison Hendrix and Leona Williford

Belowk NES fifth graders Tyler Case, Maggie Coggin and Olivia Baucom check out steel drums with UT percussion students Will Hoover, Alex Richards, Dwight Van de Vate, Christian Swafford and Ethan Spangler.

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NES music teachers Allison Hendrix and Leona Williford brought the ensemble to the school with help from the Junior League of Knoxville. Each year, the Junior League awards mini grants to teachers who think outside the box. Teachers throughout Knox County Schools were awarded more than $15,000 for 36 innovative classroom projects. Williford said it was a thrill to see and hear instruments of this size and caliber to show students where a little hard work and persistence can take you. Prior to the holiday break, students were learning how to bucket drum.

Audience member Lauren Abbey Howell dances to a calypso piece.

“We would love to build up our instrument collection for the students,” said Hendrix. The wish list includes congos, bongo drums, djembes and just about any other percussion instrument the teachers might get their hands on. When talking about school funding, both teachers agree there isn’t a lot readily available, especially for the arts. Williford is quick to point out the scientifically proven connection between music and math scores.

“Students learn information through song, just like learning your ABC’s,” Henrix added. “Music benefits the whole student – socially, emotionally and mentally.”

SCHOOL NOTES West Hills Elementary ■ Link your Food City ValuCard, Kroger Plus Card and Target Red Card to West Hills Elementary and help raise money for the school. The school also participates in the General Mills “BoxTops for Education” program and the Campbell’s “Labels for Education” program. Clip out the Box Tops and Labels for Education and drop them off at the school or mail to: West Hills Elementary, 409 Vanosdale Road, Knoxville, TN 37909.

HEALTH NOTES ■ Cancer 101, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, Cancer Support Community, 2230 Sutherland Ave. A light lunch will be provided and child care is available. Info/RSVP: 546-4661. ■ Community Health Alliance Marketplace Open Enrollment for Health Coverage, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. ■ Covenant Kids Run kickoff, noon, Saturday, Jan. 31, Knoxville Zoo. Cost: $15; covers the one-mile fun run at the zoo and the Covenant Kids Run on March 28. Open to children in the eighth grade and younger. Registration available online or on the day of the event beginning at 10 a.m. Info: www.knoxvillemarathon.com or 684-4294. ■ Free Diabetes Management Series, noon, Thursdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5, Knox County Health Department auditorium, 140 Dameron Ave. The five-class series provides information on how to manage diabetes through proper diet, medication and exercise. Info/to register: 215-5170.

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Abel (Oscar Isaac) and Anna (Jessica Chastain) discuss their troubles in “A Most Violent Year.”

‘Violent Year’ sets scene, forgets action “A Most Violent Year” doesn’t fall short on violence, but it has all the emotion and allure of a research paper on the subject. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor (“All Is Lost”), the drama is set in New York in 1981, which holds the distinction of being the most violent year in the city’s history. It takes place in the dog-eat-dog world of the heating-oil industry (who knew?), which apparently occupies the least populated areas of the city. If none of that gets your juices going, there’s no point in checking out “A Most Violent Year.” Well, there is the cast. Oscar Isaac tries to pull a 180-degree turn from “Inside Llewyn Davis” – from unlikable ne’er-do-well musician to admirable, integrity-filled businessman. He succeeds, but there isn’t much point in this bland enterprise. Jessica Chastain plays his loyal wife, but she mainly seems to be on board to walk a cinematic catwalk in the 1980s-era outfits designed by Giorgio Armani – some original to the period

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and others created in concert with costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone. (Perhaps the cost of her costumes decimated the budget for extras.) Elyes Gabel (of CBS’s “Scorpion”) plays an immigrant oil-truck driver who wants to achieve the American dream, like his boss. And Albert Brooks plays Isaac’s lawyer, a canny, world-weary type who sees the big picture better than most. Abel Morales (Isaac) has done well in the heatingoil industry, but he’s under siege. His drivers are being attacked and their trucks hijacked, with the thieves making off with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of oil. Abel has no idea who’s behind the crimes. He’s an honest businessman trying to operate legally in a busi-

ness full of cut corners and questionable practices. His wife, Anna (Chastain), is the daughter of an oil man who played by a different set of rules and got caught. She seems happy to follow Abel’s lead and reap the benefits of their nouveau-riche lifestyle as she works alongside him. An ambitious district attorney named Lawrence (David Oyelowo) is investigating the oil business and its shady practitioners. In his drive for power, he is willing to paint all the participants with the same brush. Trying to run his business legally, rise above Lawrence’s persecution and solve the mystery of the hijackings takes a toll on Abel. The resulting sizzle is too little, too late. Chandor focuses so much on creating a specific atmosphere that he forgets to give the film energy. Even with a cast that also includes Alessandro Nivola, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety and Jerry Adler, he can’t lift “A Most Violent Year” out of its torpor. All that oil. So little heat.

Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner both want what’s best for their granddaughter in “Black or White.”

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Costner, Spencer, Law head new film lineup By Betsy Pickle Worlds collide in “Black or White,” one of four new films opening in Knoxville on Friday. Kevin Costner plays a grandfather who suddenly finds himself raising his biracial granddaughter on his own. He loves the little girl (newcomer Jillian Estell) and believes that she belongs in his home and his world. Octavia Spencer plays the girl’s paternal grandmother, who is encouraged

to seek custody by her lawyer brother (Anthony Mackie). In this timely film intended to open discussion on racial relations and the meaning of family, both grandparents want the best for the child, but they have different ideas on what that means. Mike Binder (“The Upside of Anger”) wrote and directed the film, based on experiences within his own family. Jude Law sails into trou-

ble in “Black Sea.” Law plays a submarine captain who agrees to hunt for a submarine rumored to be full of gold. Claustrophobia and danger ensue. Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) directed the thriller, whose cast includes Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn. Teenagers get into trouble in “Project Almanac.” When a brilliant teen and To next page


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FRIDAY ■ Gaelic Storm, 8 p.m., Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Tickets: $21.50 plus applicable service fees. Info/tickets: knoxbijou. com. ■ Ron White, 9:30 p.m., Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Tickets: $50-$60. Tickets: all Ticketmaster locations, tennesseetheatre.com, Tennessee Theatre box office.

SATURDAY ■ ENSO String Quartet concert, 7:30 p.m., Lambert Recital Hall at the Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Tickets: $20-$35. Info/tickets: 9818590 or claytonartscenter.com. ■ World Class Bluegrass featuring Phil Leadbetter, 7:30 p.m., Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Info: 981-8590 or claytonartscenter.com.

Joe Tolbert, Ethan Norman, Grace Hamer, Darneisha Riley and Kelsey Broyles rehearse a scene from “Walk, Don’t Ride,” which runs for the month of February. Photo by Jeni Lamm

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Theater with a conscience The WordPlayers of Knoxville are kicking off Black History Month in a big way with “Walk, Don’t Ride,” billed as “a presentation of drama and song depicting events that helped shape American freedom.” The play’s author is Peter Manos. An example of the best kind of “edu-tainment,” “Walk, Don’t Ride” has been booked in nine different counties and 16 different venues in East Tennessee, including middle schools, colleges and churches. A Christian theater company, The WordPlayers’ mission, according to the company’s website, is “to impact theatre audiences and artists by telling culturally relevant stories from a Christian worldview.” The shows will be presented in collaboration with the Carpetbag Theatre, which is “a professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works,” according to the website. Founded in 1969 and

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chartered in 1970, the Carpetbag Theatre works in partnership with other community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers and leaders. They work with people who are concerned about social justice, creating original works through collaboration in a style based in storytelling and song. Events depicted in the Manos play are the Montgomery bus boycott, the Nashville lunch-counter sit-ins and the Greyhound/ Trailways freedom rides. Speaking of these civil rights events, the Carpetbag Theatre’s website states, “For some, they are part of a seemingly distant history. And perhaps for others, they are unfamiliar. But without a doubt, a couple

of generations ago, those events changed the course of America.” Private performances will take place in several area schools. The following performances are free and open to the public: ■ 5 p.m., Feb. 1, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1323 N. Broadway ■ 6:15 p.m., Feb. 5, Walters State Community College, 1325 Claiborne St., Tazewell ■ 1 p.m., Feb. 7, ReCreate Cafe, 800 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga ■ 6:15 p.m., Feb. 12, Walters State Community College, 1720 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville ■ 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Roane State Community College, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman ■ 9:40 a.m., Feb. 17, Pellissippi State Community College, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. ■ 6:15 p.m., Feb. 19, Walters State Community College, 500 S. Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown ■ 2 p.m., Feb. 21, Oak

Valley Baptist Church, 194 Hampton Road, Oak Ridge ■ 5 p.m., Feb. 22, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, 2500 E. Fifth Ave. ■ 1:30 p.m., Feb. 24, Walters State Community College, 215 N. College St., Greeneville, Tenn. ■ 7 p.m., Feb. 26, Austin-East High School, 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and supported by the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. Info: www.wordplayers. org or call 865-539-2490. Send story suggestions to news@ shoppernewsnow.com.

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his friends come across the blueprints for a mysterious device, they build it and end up on an exciting timetravel adventure. But since they apparently have never watched any time-travel movies, they discover belatedly that every time they travel, they affect the world as they know it. Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Allen Evangelista, Sam Lerner and Virginia Gardner star in the film from first-time feature director Dean Israelite. Also opening this week is “A Most Violent Year.” Please see review on previous page.

The 12-ounce prime rib at Chop House is tender and flavorful. To accompany the classic, a buttered baked potato, with a starter of a bowl of Shrimp Bisque. Photo by Mystery Diner When you go to eat at a place called The Chop House, it is probably a good idea to go craving a good piece of meat. Prime rib – which I consider to be the king of steak dinners – comes in three hearty sizes at The Chop House: eight, 12 or 16 ounce. I went straight for the 12 ounces because I like to clean my plate. The prime rib at The Chop House is slow roasted for 12 hours. You can choose from a smorgasbord of “steak toppers” if you want to enhance your prime rib. They offer everything from béarnaise sauce to blue cheese butter to lobster. I was strongly considering the burgundy mushrooms as a steak topper but decided to just stay pure with the meat. I also kept the accompaniments classic – baked potato with butter, after starting with a bowl of shrimp bisque instead of a salad. The prime rib and accom-

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panying ramekin of au jus is really all you need. Prime rib at The Chop House is tender and full of flavor. My cut was well-marbled with just enough fat to enhance to taste. It was cooked to perfection, which is medium for me. The locally owned Chop House has three outstanding locations – each one befitting the casual, yet upscale restaurant atmosphere that makes you feel good about white tablecloths but not bad about your casual attire. Check them out at 4870 Harvest Mill Way in North; 7417 Chapman Highway in South; and 9700 Kingston Pike in Franklin Square in West.

Sam Lerner, Jonny Weston, Allen Evangelista and Virginia Gardner think using a time-traveling device is a good idea in “Project Almanac.”

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Potbelly franchise has rich history By Shannon Carey At first glance, you might think that the “potbelly” in the name Potbelly Sandwich Shop refers to the tummy you get from eating too much. But the Turkey Creek eatery is part of a company with a rich history in which the “potbelly” refers to stoves. That’s right, stoves. According to general manager and Farragut resident Tom Knight, Potbelly Sandwich Shop started in a Chicago antique store in the 1970s, where the owner specialized in potbelly stoves. Then, he started making sandwiches for his customers, added live music to the store and an icon was born. Now the franchise has 300 locations nationwide. The Turkey Creek location is the only one in Tennes-

see so far, but Knight said he is looking at expanding to downtown Knoxville near the corner of Gay and Church. Open for a year now, the new franchise celebrated with a Farragut West Knox Chamber ribbon-cutting Jan. 23. They have great, fresh sandwiches and salads, along with live music during lunch hours Friday and Saturday. Potbelly Sandwich Shop is located at 11661 Parkside Drive. Info: www.potbelly.com/ knoxville

Tom Knight, general manager of Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Turkey Creek, joins wife Barbara and daughter Olivia (seated) for lunch wearing the iconic tie-dyed shirts of the franchise. Photo by S. Carey

Daniel Monday of Slamdot enjoys a slice of delicious Jet’s Pizza during the Farragut West Knox Chamber networking event Jan. 21. Photos by S. Carey

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Jet’s Pizza was a perfect joyed tasty pizza, fellowship venue for the Farragut West and door prizes. Info: farraKnox Chamber networking gutchamber.com. event Jan. 21. Attendees en-

■ Thursday, Jan. 29, 8-9:30 a.m. – Networking, Rural/ Metro Fire Department Station 14, 210 S Watt Road. ■ Thursday, Feb. 5, 5-6:30 p.m. – Networking, Clarity Pointe Knoxville, 901 Concord Road. ■ Friday, Feb. 6, 1-2 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting, Edward Jones: Meredith Tilson, 9217 Parkwest Blvd., Ste F-3. ■ Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4-5 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting, I Love Juice Bar, 1681 Parkside Drive.

Farragut West Knox Chamber president Bettye Sisco greets Chamber ambassador Susan Guffey of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon engineering and architectural firm.

■ Thursday, Feb. 12, 5-6:30 p.m. – Networking, Episcopal School of Knoxville, 950 Episcopal School Way. ■ Tuesday, Feb. 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting, Mortgage Options Lending, 10820 Kingston Pike, Ste 12. ■ Thursday, Feb. 19, 5-6 p.m. – Networking, Archers Barbecue, 10205 Kingston Pike.

‘Taste vacation’ at Hurricane Fred Ludwig and U.S. Rep John Duncan Jr. go on a “taste vacation” tour of more than 35 sauces with Hurricane Grill and Wings owner Henry Sadiq and Hurricane staff member Madison Neal. General manager Justin Barnhill (not pictured) says the franchise has been very successful on Lovell Road, and they plan to open more locations in East Tennessee, including on Emory Road in Powell. “We’re thrilled to be part of the community,” he said. Info: hurricanewings.com or 865-966-9464. Photo by Shannon Carey

Hispanics transforming

US culture By Anne Hart Rosa Mar has been making a name for herself ever since she arrived in K nox v ille as a Levi Strauss manager in 1996. B a c k then she had the imRosa Mar portant job of global sourcing consolidation manager for the international company, where she distinguished herself as Levi’s first manager to develop products for toddler girls. She was with the company, both here and in San Francisco, for 27 years. Now she is CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, a position she has held since last year. She also serves on numerous boards and was a finalist in the YWCA’s 2013 Tribute to Women. The passion that makes Mar successful at whatever she tackles was evident when she spoke to the Rotary Club of Bearden last week about the Latino culture, its people and their impact on society.

Mar told the Rotarians that most Latinos in this area have come here not from other countries, but from other states. “These are not new immigrants, and they are coming here for the quality of life and the stable economy.” She said that 16.7 percent of the U.S. population – 52 million people – are Latino, and predicted that by 2050, Latinos will represent 30 percent of the total U.S. population. Mar said that many Latino children come from families where only Spanish is spoken and learn English in elementary school. “By the third generation in this country, Spanish is gone. “Hispanics need and want services, and we have the money to spend if you provide what we need. We are techies and we are wired. We all have cell phones because most have relatives in other countries with whom we communicate. This is a huge opportunity. “Hispanics are transforming our culture, even in Knoxville where we have a Madeline Rogero, a Hispanic, as mayor.”

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All flavors make Rob Followell left members of the Halls Business and Professional Association looking at each other d i f f e r ently after last week’s meeting. Rob Followell F o l l o w e l l , CEO of Tennova North, borrowed from author George Manning to divide people into groups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Every team needs a mix of the three personality

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types, he said. Look for dark chocolate when hiring a CFO. These individuals like order and structure. They won’t go above the chain of command. Examples in history and sports are Moses (who literally carried rules carved into stone) and coaches Pat

Summitt and John Wooden. “All successful leaders,” said Followell. “I’m vanilla,” he said. “That’s a team-builder who dislikes confrontation and lives within boundaries while leading toward a goal.” Most people fall into the vanilla category. They like to make people happy with plenty of discussion around decision-making. In history and sports, examples are Ben Franklin, who pulled France into the American Revolution on the side of the United States. He went on to found the public library system and the U.S.

Post Office. Rick Pitino is a coaching example. He led Kentucky to an NCAA national championship and then turned around and led “a team of scrubs” at Louisville to the same achievement. He’s a consensus-builder for sure. Strawberry people are most likely to hit a home run. They’re also most likely to land in jail. “Don’t hire a strawberry as your CFO,” said Followell. “You might end up in jail.” Historically, he cited Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty or give me death!” In sports he flashed photos of Bruce

Pearl and Bobby Knight on the screen. Strawberries are creative people who focus on the present. There’s an element of marketing and optimism around them, and they don’t mind surprises. “There are great leaders in all three groups,” said Followell. “As business leaders, we need a balanced team.” Somebody asked about football. Folks quickly labeled Peyton Manning a chocolate, Joe Montana a vanilla and Michael Vick a strawberry. Followell drew his talk

from the work of George Manning, a professor of psychology and business at Northern Kentucky University. He has written 11 books, and his consulting clients include AT&T, IBM, the IRS and the U.S. Navy. As the meeting ended, I drifted over to the table where Hallsdale Powell Utility District CEO Darren Cardwell sat. “Now I know why Marvin Hammond and I always got along so well,” I whispered. “We’re both strawberries.” “I tend toward chocolate myself,” said Cardwell. Well, yes he does.

Innovation Valley boosts local economy By Bonny C. Millard The Knoxville region saw one of its best periods of economic recovery and success in 2014, a local business leader said. That’s due in large measure to Innovation Valley, an economic development initiative created in 2008 by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, said Rhonda Rhonda Rice Rice, Chamber executive vice president. Rice made a joint presentation to the Rotary Club of Farragut with Doug Lawyer, Chamber vice president of economic development. “Knoxville is a large, viable region, and we know that we can get more for this region and this community by marketing and recruiting as a whole instead of worrying about what political boundaries and geographical boundaries are in this area,” Rice said. She is executive director of Innovation Valley. Lawyer said that last year, the Innovation Valley partnership recruited new businesses such as Flower Foods, Leisure Pools and Fresenius Medical Care and expanded

Keena Strickland and Ann Wallace from Blue Ridge Realty visit with SunTrust representative Alice Eads and LBMC tax partner John Bailes during LBMC’s ribbon-cutting and open house Jan. 20. LBMC is located at 2095 Lakeside Center Way, Suite 200. Photos by S. Barrett

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current businesses including Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. and ARC Automotive. The initiative has three goals: net new jobs, gain capital investments and increase wages. During the 2013-2014 year, 3,273 new jobs were created, surpassing the goal of 2,300. Innovation Doug Lawyer Valley exceeded its capital investment goal of $300 million by $215 million. According to its annual report, distributed by Rice and Lawyer, the wages increase fell short of its annual 2 percent goal by just .5 percent. “We spend a lot of time making sure that we’re out in front of siteselection corporate decision-makers who are interested in seeing companies grow,” Rice said. “We also spend a lot of time working with our existing industries in the region in trying to find ways and opportunities to help them grow.” Created just as the national recession hit, Innovation Valley is managed by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce but is a separate entity.

LBMC co-manager Mike Cain celebrates the ribbon cutting with managing partner Greg Gilbert. LBMC offers several different services including financial and human resources and technology solutions. Info: 691-9000.

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Seymour man enjoys liberating experience with minimally invasive surgery Getting comfortable is something most of us take for granted. But it was something Seymour resident Ben Herndon, 67, longed for and couldn’t experience until he went to the Center for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “I couldn’t lie down, I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t stand, and it was just excruciating pain,” Herndon, says. “I could not get comfortable.” The pain was radiating down Herndon’s leg into his foot. His sciatic nerve was being compressed by a disc herniation due to spinal instability. Herndon had undergone surgery to treat the effects of degenerative disc disease years earlier. That surgery had relieved spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. This pain was different, but it was quickly becoming just as unbearable. The sciatica also manifested itself in numbness below the knee, causing him to drag his foot and stumble. “My job entails getting in and out of the car about 15, 20 or 30 times a day,” Herndon says. “The pain was debilitating, and I was relying on injections and other methods to relieve the symptoms. While the injections helped for awhile they eventually wore off. Nothing seemed to give me long-term relief.” Deciding he didn’t want to take medication for the rest of his life, Herndon started searching for a solution. During that search, he read an article about neurosurgeon Joel Norman, MD, and minimally invasive spine surgery. With this procedure, a surgeon makes several small incisions instead of one incision that’s larger. Using special imaging and instruments, the surgeon works to reposition the bones and fuse them together to stabilize the spine. The surgery removes compression from

While Herndon wasn’t able to get comfortable After more than a physically, he says he felt decade of pain, Seyvery comfortable trustmour resident Ben ing his spine to Norman Herndon was freed from their first meeting. from his suffering All of Herndon’s questhanks to the work tions were answered, of Dr. Joel Norman and Herndon was asked at the Center for to answer plenty of quesMinimally Invasive tions, too. Spine Surgery at Fort “They seemed to be Sanders Regional. genuinely interested in what I had to say about my problem,” Herndon says. “Dr. Norman seemed to know his stuff, he seemed extremely interested in doing it right, and he explained everything to me really well.” Herndon says the detailed explanation included a hands-on model of a spine that the doctor used to show what would happen during the surgery. Then Herndon heard Dr. Norman say four important words. “I can fix it,” the surgeon said. “He was just that positive,” Herndon nerves, while the small incisions mean less says. “And I felt good about that, knowing he had the knowledge to do what I wanted blood loss and quicker healing. “The article said there was less cutting, him to do, and that was to fix my problem.” Having Dr. Norman’s office in Sevierville less bleeding and less recovery time,” Herndon says. “That was intriguing, so I decided and the surgery at Fort Sanders Regional to call Dr. Norman’s office and set up an ap- Medical Center gave Herndon the best of both worlds. Herndon had undergone heart pointment with him in Sevierville.” Norman is a Sevier County native and surgery at Fort Sanders Regional just a few sees patients in his office near LeConte months earlier. The heart surgeon and the Medical Center. Not only did Herndon get neurosurgeon, both working in the same a sense of feeling “at home” there, he found hospital, were able to confer with each other out his daughter and Dr. Norman were part on every aspect of Herndon’s case. Herndon says he wasn’t afraid to have of the same circle of friends. “When I told my daughter that I was the surgery, at all. He was ready for relief looking to have back surgery with Dr. Nor- from debilitating pain, and that’s exactly man she said she knew him and that he was what he got. “I was pain free!” Herndon says. “I don’t a really good surgeon,” Herndon says. “That added a little extra bounce to the ounce for have any pain in my leg now.” Herndon says sometimes it makes him want to put his me.”

hands in the air and cheer. “It’s like, ‘Hey! I’m free!’ and you just wanted to shout,” Herndon says. “It’s hard to describe how exhilarating it is.” Herndon says his first surgery (in 2004) required an incision of about five inches, and after six weeks he was still suffering and experiencing difficulty completing everyday tasks. There was a marked difference with minimally invasive surgery 10 years later. “This time, I went back to work almost exactly five weeks after the surgery,” Herndon says, “and I was able to perform most of the duties of my job without pain, at all.” “Minimally invasive surgery gets people back on their feet faster and back to regular activity much sooner than a large incision operation does,” Norman says. “After a hospital stay of one or two days, most people return to normal activities within one to four weeks.” “I would highly recommend the minimally invasive surgery because it takes less time to recover, there’s less trauma, less bleeding and there’s less risk involved,” Herndon says. However, he also recommends that the procedure be performed by the right surgeon. “Make sure whoever does your surgery knows the new technology and procedures,” Herndon says, “and you need a doctor who can fully explain the procedures.” “The surgeon is going to be working around your spinal column, your kidneys – you want to be as comfortable as you can that he knows what he’s doing,” Herndon insists. “It’s amazing that I can get up every day and go to work and do what I have to do without having that pain down my leg and without having to worry about tripping and falling,” Herndon says. “It’s a huge, huge relief.” For more information about the Center for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, call 865-541-2835 or visit fsregional.com/minimallyinvasive.

Meet Dr. Joel Norman – local neurosurgeon and Seymour native Dr. Joel Norman is a local native who returned to East Tennessee after medical school and now cares for patients in the place he calls “home.” He recently talked about his journey from local boy to well-educated neurosurgeon and the minimally Joel Norman, MD invasive spine surgery that is changing the lives of his patients. Tell us your story – where did you go to school, and how did you decide to become a neurosurgeon? I was born in Knoxville and raised in Seymour. After I graduated from Seymour High School, I went to college at MTSU in Murfreesboro, then moved to Johnson City to attend ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. I completed neurosurgery residency in Lexington, Ky., at the University of Kentucky. I’ve always had a keen interest in the sciences. I found neuroscience intriguing and challenging. Once

I found my way into the operating room, I knew I had found my calling. Combining my love of neuroscience with my love of the operating room, neurosurgery was a natural extension. What do you like about this area? In other words, why are you still here, instead of in a larger city? East Tennessee is my home. I love the scenery here, the people here and the opportunity to give back to the community that raised me. I appreciate the hometown feel here and the value that word-ofmouth retains in this community. The greatest compliment I receive is when someone tells me they heard about me from one of my patients. What are some common problems your patients have, and how do you help them? We treat an expansive variety of patients from brain tumors to herniated discs. Many of my spine patients have seen several different medical providers and some have undergone several different treatments for their back and leg pain before they arrive in my office.

Most have complaints of back pain coupled with sciatica or nerve pain, typically running down the back of their legs. These patients benefit from the minimally invasive approaches to lumbar discectomies and spinal fusions. What patients might be candidates for the surgery? The ideal candidate for minimally invasive spinal fusion is someone suffering from back and leg pain due to a spondylolisthesis, or slippage, of the lumbar vertebrae. This is a condition sometimes missed on an initial workup as it often requires specialized X-rays with the patients bending forward or backward to clearly visualize. Often, patients are pain-free while lying on their back, such as during their MRI scans, but upon standing their pain returns. Can you explain how it works? What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery? Minimally invasive spine surgery uses specialized technology within the operating room to allow for smaller incisions and more precise

placement of instrumentation. We are able to actually obtain a CT scan of the patient while they are asleep on the operating room table and customize our surgical approach to the individual patient, in real-time. This allows for much smaller incisions and less damage to the tissues surrounding the spine. Ultimately, this approach gets people back on their feet sooner than is generally necessary for a more traditional, open approach to the spine. What makes the Center for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Fort Sanders Regional Medical the best choice for this surgery? Fort Sanders Regional has demonstrated a true commitment to excellence in spine surgery and especially minimally invasive neurosurgery. The hospital has been instrumental in purchasing state-ofthe-art intraoperative image guidance that allows minimally invasive surgery to be possible. We have a dedicated team of nurses and technicians in the operating room who are experienced and specially trained to assist in these

minimally invasive procedures. Post-operatively, our nurses are also hand-picked and specially trained in the management of our patients who have undergone minimally invasive spinal procedures, and we have a dedicated floor of the hospital reserved for neuroscience and especially spine patients. What’s it like to also practice medicine in the place where you grew up? Many of my friends and family still live nearby and it’s been great to reconnect with people I hadn’t had the opportunity to see in the years I was away for training. It’s also been an honor and a humbling experience to take care of people who watched me grow up in a small town. I’ve taken care of my school teachers, old friends, and family members of friends who knew me in high school. I have a relatively unique experience in that I graduated high school with many of the same people I started kindergarten with. I’m honored that those people who watched me grow up trust me now with their health.

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Community generosity abounds Numerous individuals, families and organizations generously served city kids as 2014 came to a close. More than 450 Christmas gifts were collected by the students of Christian Academy of Knoxville to help Emerald Youth Foundation provide a meaningful holiday for city kids and their families. The CAK students collected toys, athletic equipment and school supplies to stock a Christmas store that Emerald hosted for parents. The students mounted a school-wide drive to collect gifts in At the CAK Lower School’s presentation of gifts are Emerald Youth Foundation’s Kent Stanger and Heather Taylor with CAK Lower School principal Kelly Kennedy, first graders Emily Archibald and Parker Morrell, second grader Laird Steenkamp, music teacher Lois Barto, and fourth grader Mayah Kelley.

CAK senior is ‘Goofy for Emerald’ Congratulations to Christian Academy of Knoxville senior and Emerald Youth volunteer Lindsey Meadows. She placed third in her division during the Walt Disney World Half Marathon Jan. 11. Lindsey is a member of CAK’s cross-country and track teams, and in her “spare” time is a dedicated volunteer with Emerald Youth elementary kids. Not only did she place third, she sought sponsors for the race, and generously donated the proceeds totaling $5,000 to Emerald Youth. We love that Lindsey is “Goofy for Emerald!”

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the store was to provide families the resources for a good Christmas celebration, but also to put the gift decisions in the parents’ hands. Proceeds were used to pay expenses of running the store and Emerald’s year-round programs with city youth. Also, thanks to Food City’s Race Against Hunger campaign, Emerald Youth received $2,200 in Food City gift cards, which will help supply needed healthy meals and snacks for Emerald’s children, teens and young adults in the coming months.

categories: lower school students gave toys, middle school students gave toys and recreation equipment, and high school students gave school supplies. Other businesses and individuals also donated gifts, including Beaty Chevrolet, Bailey International, Tennova Healthcare, and Scripps Productions. Parents who shopped at Emerald’s Christmas store could purchase multiple gifts for each of their children at a nominal cost, and wrap them before leaving. The aim of

Renovations underway at future home of Emerald Academy On Dec. 22, Emerald Charter Schools announced that the historic Moses School Building in Mechanicsville will be home to Emerald Academy, Knoxville’s first public charter school. Renovations are underway at the building, 220 Carrick Street. The first day of class is scheduled for July 27. Emerald Charter Schools purchased the building from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, which is constructing a new facility on Caswell Avenue. “As noted in our charter application to Knox County Schools, the historic Moses School Building was our preferred location for Emerald Academy. It is a beautiful, 65,000 square foot facility that will allow us to serve 585 scholars when at full capacity for K-8

grades,” said Emerald Charter Schools’ president Steve Diggs. Emerald Academy is a free, independently-operated, K-8 college preparatory school that was approved by the Knox County Board of Education in June 2014. “We are thrilled for Emerald Academy,” said Lisa Hurst, president and CEO,

Parents and guardians of children who will be in kindergarten or first grade in the 2015-2016 school year can learn more about Emerald Academy during the following open houses, each from 5-8 p.m.: ■ Jan. 29, Cansler Family YMCA, 616 Jessamine Street ■ Feb. 12, Central United Methodist Church, 201 East Third Avenue ■ For more info: www.emeraldacademy.org

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THROUGH SUNDAY, FEB. 1 “Huckleberry Finn” presented by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info: 2083677, knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com or info@ childrenstheatreknoxville.com.

THROUGH SATURDAY, FEB. 28 “Buy One, Get One Free” admission tickets available for Knoxville Zoo. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket window during regular zoo hours. Info: 637-5331, ext. 300 or knoxvillezoo.org.

THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 8 Call for entries for the next “Arts in the Airport,” a juried exhibition to run April 16 to Oct. 7 at McGhee Tyson Airport. Info/applications: www.knoxalliance. com/airport_entry.html or send an SASE to Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901.

THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Call for local authors of children’s books for “Farragut Book Fest for Children” to be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Founders Park at Campbell Station. $25 fee includes tent, table, two chairs and lunch at the event; authors will supply their books, decorations and signage. No fee: bring own set-up materials, which must include a tent fitting a 10’x10’ space. Info/to register: www. townoffarragut.org/register and click the Programs tab; Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive; 966-7057.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29 Opening preview of new exhibits: “LIFT: Contemporary Printmaking in the Third Dimension” and “Contemporary Focus 2015,” 5:30-7:3- p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park. Free. Both exhibits run Jan. 30-April 19. Info: http://www.knoxart. org/.

FRIDAY, JAN. 30 Alive After Five concert: Soul Connection, 6-8:30 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $15; $10 for members/students. Info: 934-2039. Needle Tatting/Crochet/Quilting Class, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Hobby Lobby classroom, 6580 Clinton Highway. Cost: $24. Info: Monica Schmidt, 406-3971, monicaschmidt.tn@gmail.com, myquiltplace.com/ profile/monicaschmidt. Performance Salon Series, 7-10 p.m., the Black Box Theatre in the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Featuring: Shekita Arnold, Oh So Coy, Artese Slay, Jeremiah Welch and Kristopher Tucker. General admission $5 at the door. Presented by the Carpetbag Theatre and Arts & Culture Alliance. Info: Joe Tolbert, 806-0451 or thejoet@ gmail.com.

Beginner Crochet Class, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hobby Lobby at Turkey Creek. Cost: $24. Info: Monica Schmidt, 406-3971, monicaschmidt.tn@gmail.com, myquiltplace.com/profile/monicaschmidt. Beginning Genealogy, 1-4 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Instructor: Ann Blomquist, Med. Preregistration required. Info/to register: 215-8809. Chocolatefest Knoxville, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Knoxville Expo Center. To benefit Knoxville’s Ronald McDonald House. Admission and parking are free. Tasting pass ticket: $15; VIP pass ticket, $30. Tickets: www. chocolatefestknoxville.com; Sugarbakers Cake, Candy & Supplies, 514 Merchants Road; Imagination Forest, 7613 Blueberry Road; at the door. Gospel singing, 7 p.m., Mount Harmony Baptist Church, 819 Raccoon Valley Road NE, Heiskell. Featuring the Walker Boys Bluegrass Gospel Group from Clinton. The church is also collecting nonperishable food items for the church pantry. Everyone welcome. Healthy Recipe Swap, 2 p.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Info: 777-1750. “La Femme Bohème,” an all-female cast of Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” 7:30 p.m., NV nightclub, 125 E Jackson Ave. Presented by the Marble City Opera. Admission: adults, $20; students, $10. Tickets: knoxtix. com or at the door. Saturday Stories and Songs: Laurie Fisher, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Wallace Coleman in concert, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $12, some discounts available. Info/tickets: www.jubileearts.org.

The Flower Lovers Garden Club meeting, 2 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center. Program: Valentine’s Day Tea with a craft activity. Info: 687-0744. KSO Musical Storytimes for Kids, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. For pre-school aged children and their caregivers. Info: 215-8750. Needle Tatting/Crochet/Quilting class, 3:307:30 p.m., Hobby Lobby at Turkey Creek. Cost: $24. Info: Monica Schmidt, 406-3971, monicaschmidt.tn@ gmail.com, myquiltplace.com/profile/monicaschmidt. Reception to meet artist Crystal Wagner, 4-7 p.m., Bagwell Center for Media and Art, Pellissippi State Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Info: www.pstcc.edu/arts or 694-6400.

SUNDAY, FEB. 1 Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee meeting, 6 p.m., Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Featured dish: Thai Green Curry with Vegetables demonstrated by Ellen Matteson. Potluck supper to follow. Cost: $4. Info: bobgrimac@ gmail.com or 546-5643. “Walk, Don’t Ride!” Black History Month Touring Show performance by the WordPlayers, 5 p.m., Fourth United Presbyterian Church, 1323 N. Broadway. Free performance; no reservations required. Info: www. wordplayers.org or 539-2490.

MONDAY, FEB. 2

TUESDAY, FEB. 3 Blount Mansion History Supper, 6 p.m., Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 101 S Central St. Speaker: Dr. Joan Markel. Topic: Belle Boyd, Confederate Spy. Cost: $65. RSVP by Jan. 30. Info/RSVP: 525-2375 or info@blountmansion. org. Needle Tatting/Crochet/Quilting class, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hobby Lobby at Turkey Creek. Cost: $24. Info: Monica Schmidt, 406-3971, monicaschmidt. tn@gmail.com, myquiltplace.com/profile/ monicaschmidt.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4 Brown Bag Lecture: “Clans, Septs, and Surnames in the Highlands of Scotland” by Graeme Mackenzie, noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Admission: free. Bring a “Brown Bag” lunch; soft drinks available. Info: 215-8824 or www.EastTNHistory.org. U.S. Air Force Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble concert, 7 p.m., Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Concert is free; ticket is required. Info/free ticket: Clayton Center Box Office or 9818590.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 5-22 Athol Fugard’s “ ‘Master Harold’ … and the boys” in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre, UT campus. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Free parking: McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard. Info/tickets: Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 865-974-5161, Tickets Unlimited at 865-656-4444 or order online 24/7 at www.clarencebrowntheatre.com.

FRIDAY, FEB. 6 Alive After Five concert: Aftah Party, 6-8:30 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $10; $5 for members/students. Info: 9342039. Opening reception for Art Market Gallery February Featured Artist exhibit, 5:30 p.m., Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St. Artists: architectural painter Dede Christopher of Maryville, and pen and pipe maker Ron Smith of Dandridge. Info: 525-5265, artmarketgallery. net or facebook.com/Art.Market.Gallery. Reception for “HandMade Here: A Tennessee Craft Chapter Exhibition,” 5-9 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Exhibit on display Feb 6-28. Info: 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, FEB. 6-7 Flea market at Westview Tower, 7823 Gleason Drive. Art, crafts, household and unique items.

SATURDAY, FEB.7 Family Search in Detail, 1-3 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Preregistration, a valid email address, Internet searching capabilities required. Info/to register: 215-8809. Inside Flea Market, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Christus Victor Early Childhood Development Center, 4110 Central Ave. Pike. Tables available: $30, $35 with electricity. Proceeds go to the Early Childhood Development program. Info: 687-8228 or cvlcecdc@yahoo.com. Malcolm Holcombe in concert, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $12, some discounts available. Info/tickets: www.jubileearts.org. Nourish Knoxville’s Winter Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Central UMC, 201 Third Ave. Features pastureraised meats, eggs, winter produce, honey, baked goods, artisan foods, handmade items, food trucks and other vendors from the Market Square Farmers Market. Saturday Stories and Songs: Faye Wooden, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Saturday Stories and Songs: Molly Moore, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 7-8 “Tata Ajache-The Story of an Amazon Warrior,” 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Advance tickets: students and seniors $17; adults $22; $22-$27 at the door. Presented by GO! Contemporary Dance Works. Info: www. gocontemporarydance.com or 539-2475.

SUNDAY, FEB. 8 Sing Out Knoxville meeting, a folk singing circle open to everyone, 7-9 p.m., Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Song book provided. Info; bobgrimac@gmail.com or 546-5643.

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Crochet in the Round-Make a Hat class, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hobby Lobby, 6580 Clinton Highway. Cost: $24. Info: Monica Schmidt, 406-3971, monicaschmidt.tn@gmail.com, myquiltplace.com/ profile/monicaschmidt. Tennessee Shines: Craig Market and Thomm Jutz and poet Jack Rentfro, 7 p.m., Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Tickets: $10, free for students with valid ID and children ages 14 and under. Info/tickets: WDVX. com.

Tickets available for Rhythm N’ Blooms music festival, on stages set exclusively along downtown Knoxville’s Jackson Avenue. Features first-timers, chart-climbers and highly lauded acts from varied musical backgrounds. Info/tickets: www. rhythmnbloomsfest.com.

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Pre-Admission Testing: What to expect Before you come in for surgery, you will make an appointment for Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) in order to expedite your registration and complete necessary preparation for surgery. At your PAT appointment, Parkwest staff members will discuss your medical history, allergies and medications, and will complete a pre-anesthesia consultation. Other necessary pre-operative diagnostic studies, such as X-rays and blood work, will be done at this appointment. An important component of PAT is education about and preparation for surgery. Parkwest aims to reduce anxiety associated with having surgery by giving patients the opportunity to voice their concerns and ask questions. Staff members work with pre-operative patients to explain exactly what will happen on the day of surgery and make sure that all medical information is on file and correct. “Our focus on pre-testing is directly tied to patient safety and successful surgeries,” Dawn Cunningham, RN, ambulatory staging manager, said. “We want patients who choose Parkwest to know everything they want to about their surgeries and have positive experiences.” While PAT involves many questions and numerous confirmations of identity, this thorough process significantly decreases chances of patient misidentification or surgical error. PAT has also proven to reveal previously undiagnosed conditions that are identified through lab work. By discovering these issues before the day of surgery, Parkwest staff can provide safer care and better outcomes.

roscopic surgery and robotic surgery using the DaVinci Robot. Gynecological surgeries include hysterectomies, diagnostic laparoscopies and vaginal repair. Neurosurgery: Parkwest’s dedicated team works with four neurosurgeons trained on the BrainLab system for spinal and cranial surgeries. The BrainLab system is especially useful in precisely pinpointing the location of a tumor during brain biopsies, which allows physicians to obtain more accurate tissue samples. The system also reduces radiation exposure, shortens operating time and is minimally invasive. Orthopedics: Patients experiencing

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“There are many different types of hysterectomies. They all have a special place for a special problem,” Dr. Schwarz explained. “Each woman should sit down with her doctor and figure out the best individualized approach to get her back on her feet as quickly as possible.” Surgery was scheduled for Dec. 10, 2014. Audrey had an appointment on Dec. 4 to complete her Pre-Admission Testing (PAT). “They asked me a ton of questions, which made me feel good about the safety of the hospital,” Audrey said. “They warned me they’d ask my name and date of birth a lot, which I totally understood.” On the day of the surgery, Audrey’s husband and mother accompanied her to Parkwest. They were given a pager that works across the hospital’s campus and were able to monitor Audrey’s progress on a screen in the Surgery

Waiting area that lists each patient’s whereabouts using a unique ID. “My family was taken care of while they were waiting,” she said. “The volunteers were so friendly and the environment was so nice. The craft table gave my 67-year-old mother something to do while she waited, which was good for her. Between that, the valet parking and how good the cafeteria food is, I would recommend Parkwest to everyone I know. I had a great experience from start to finish.” Audrey’s hysterectomy resulted in the removal of her uterus and fallopian tubes and was completed laparoscopically, so she only has three small scars on her abdomen. Her pain has been eliminated. “Dr. Schwarz even shared before and after pictures of my uterus, ovaries and surrounding organs,” Audrey said. “That helped me understand how incredibly important it was to have this procedure. “The medical staff at Parkwest made my family and me feel very cared for and welcome. It all felt so organized, and I felt like I was in such a safe and clean environment.”

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T Professor Emeritus Cynthia Griggs Fleming can tell you a lot about African-American history. She can tell you about the three books she’s written, and about the times she took her students into the heart of civil rights country to walk in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy. Stokely Carmichael himself sat in on her classes. She can tell you about all those things, and more. Problem is, you’ll have to catch her first. If she’s not astride her horse, chances are she’s muscling one of her classic cars down the highway. The retired professor and Lenoir City resident dotes on her seven automotive beauties, keeping them in a temperatureand-humidity-controlled garage at her home, along with related memorabilia, and taking each car out for a spin at least once a week. Having grown up in Detroit, she’s a big fan of American engineering. What about car shows? “I’m not really a show person,” she admits. “I just like to cruise around in ’em.” Her oldest car – and the only one of which she’s not the original owner – is

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group and shared his memories of the service. In Birmingham, Ala., Fleming and her students toured the 16th Avenue Baptist Church and retraced the route of a march that had landed King in jail. In Selma, they walked across the Edmund Pettus bridge, site of the March 7, 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march. She also made sure her students had some fun. “Oh, my goodness! Nikki’s West restaurant in Birmingham has the best soul food, and Dallas Soul Food in Camden is even better!” On Feb. 6, the UT history department will honor Dr. Fleming and her “trailblazing career and distinguished service to the UTK community and beyond” with a private reception at UT’s Black Cultural Center. Gracious and elegant, she’ll enjoy visiting with her colleagues and eating goodies provided by Chandler’s Deli, Knoxville’s own soul food star. But soon she’ll be back in one of those cars, and she’ll move pretty fast.


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Young at heart How seniors are staying connected through their golden years

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or senio seniors, iors rs keeping ke g in touch to ouch o h with friends, friends famfam ily and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors – and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care – is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as longdistance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important. ■

Nurture relationships

Email, cell phones and texting are some of the ways technology is helping people stay connected today. These tools can be especially useful for seniors living away from friends and family or for those who aren’t able to travel as much as they used to. One affordable option is a complete phone system, such as VTech CareLine, which has no monthly fee. Offering a wearable pendant, one-button or voice-activated dialing, big buttons and volume booster, CareLine has features designed with seniors in mind. For more information about keeping seniors safely connected via a phone system, visit www. vtechphones.com/careline.

Going places

Seniors today are staying active, spending time with friends and family outside of their home, rekindling old passions and exploring new activities that keep them on the move. Even for seniors who aren’t able to be as active, changes in scenery, like a neighborhood walk or visit to the park, are great ways to get fresh air, uplift spirits and live a healthier life. Since transportation can sometimes be a challenge, especially for seniors who rely on caregivers who work full-time, there are numerous organizations that provide transportation resources for seniors to assist in getting them safely to doctor’s appointments, organized activities at local community centers, shopping excursions and more. Your local Area Agency on Aging is a good resource to begin researching options in your area. Find your local agency at www.n4a.org. ■

Selecting a Senior Phone

A phone system can provide valuable security and peace of mind for seniors living alone and the loved ones who are responsible for their care. To get the maximum benefit of a phone system designed for seniors, experts recommend shopping for the following features:

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