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February 4, 2013

New life for West High auditorium

Meet Mark

Things haven’t changed much over the years at Payless Optical Outlet, located in the TJ Maxx shopping center at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Downtown West Boulevard. A pair of glasses is still $35.95, and the friendly face behind the counter belongs to Mark Crawley. Meet Mark over this week’s Coffee Break. See page A-8

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In 2006, Amy Crawford returned to teaching after a three-year leave. In her new 8th-grade teaching position at West Valley Middle School, she found herself teaching some of the same students she had known as 3rd graders at A.L Lotts Elementary. “Once I got into the classroom and saw how the kids had changed, it was a real eye-opening experience.”

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By Wendy Smith West High School social studies teacher Lou Gallo remembers the first time he taught in the school’s mini-auditorium. It was fall of 2007, and he was team-teaching a class of 70 with English teacher Candace Greer. He and Greer would lug a projector and laptops from home into the room, along with necessary cords and books to prop up the projector. He told students to bring a hard surface so they could take notes on their knees. “We had it down to a science,” he explained to the crowd that attended last week’s dedication of the school’s new state-of-theart lecture hall. Those days are gone. The West High School Foundation raised $300,000 to equip the lecture hall with new, comfortable seats with retractable desks, a high-definition video screen, a new sound system, and pleasant lighting. It’s a 21stcentury classroom with Internet access and distance learning capabilities. It was a team effort, said Jacqueline Holdbrooks, the current president of the West High School Foundation. The project was first suggested by former West High principal Greg Roach, she said. When

West High School’s new state-of-the-art lecture hall was dedicated last week. To demonstrate the facility’s distance learning capabilities, state Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman spoke from Nashville to the gathering. Photo by W. Smith

the foundation board saw the dark auditorium with no technology other than a projector screen that went up and down at the push of a button, they decided to rehabilitate the space. Funds came from parents as

She is thrilled with the rewell as community supporters. For $250, families could “buy” a sults. “It’s not just a beautiful room. chair to dedicate to a student or teacher. The foundation raised It’s a room to utilize, to open the funds from the community by eyes of students to allow them to asking, and asking again, she To page A-3 says.

See Sara Barrett’s story on A-9


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Scott Bishop and the folks at Westwood Antiques are hosting an Elegant Dining event for the Knoxville Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 9. Holly’s Eventful Catering is preparing the food. Register online at www. knoxvillesymphonyleague. org/.

The Bearden High School swim team celebrates after winning the Knoxville-Area Interscholastic Swim League city meet championship. Photo

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Bearden native enjoys L.A. By Wendy Smith Former Knoxville resident Jason Hamilton has been a successful production designer in Los Angeles since 1996. He’s received industry recognition, like his recent Art Directors Guild nomination for excellence in production design in commercials for Budweiser’s “Return of the King” ad, which aired during last year’s Super Bowl. And he’s worked with numerous industry giants on commercials, music videos, films and photography. But he has just one goal for 2013 – to spend more time with Knoxville natives Colby Woodland and Jason Hamilton visit on the set of his family. Yes, he’s found success, Budweiser’s “Return of the King” commercial. Hamilton has been nominated but it’s come through hard work. for an Art Directors Guild award for the ad’s production design. Photo submitted Hundred-hour work weeks aren’t uncommon, he says.

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director of photography. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We set the stage, in essence,â&#x20AC;? he says. Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is familiar to anyone who watches television. In addition to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Return of the King,â&#x20AC;? which artfully depicts the end of prohibition, he worked on spots for Nikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Find Your Greatnessâ&#x20AC;? campaign that aired during last summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympic games. He also worked on the promotion for Taco Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doritos Locos tacos. That job had a nice perk, he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got to eat one of the perfect ones.â&#x20AC;? Last fall, he traveled to Iceland to shoot an HP printer commercial set in a fishing village. A freak storm delayed filming for a few days, and he was happy to return to the California sunshine. Hamilton has spent enough time around the Hollywood elite that he is no longer dazzled by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney. He worked with Clooney once, and says the

actor was as impressed by the crew as they were by him. People are people, after all. But he admits to being starstruck twice. The first time was when he worked on his first music video with rocker Ozzy Osbourne. The second was when he and his wife, Cassiel, saw Paul â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bearâ&#x20AC;? Vasquez, the star of a viral video about a double rainbow, at a restaurant. The Hamiltons are the proud parents of two daughters: Izzy, 4, and Bowie, 2. They bring the family to Knoxville at least once a year to visit with Jasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents, Larry and Sharlyn Bolinger of Bearden, and James Hamilton. The 17th annual Art Directors Guild Awards were announced on Saturday, Feb. 2, so winners were not available at press time. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Bowl Budweiser commercial was also still under wraps at press time, but Hamilton shared one not-sosurprising detail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Clydesdales are in it.â&#x20AC;?

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see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there.â&#x20AC;? West High School principal Katherine Banner announced that students from the UT College of Business Administration will spend several weeks this spring researching the best use for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new distance learning capabilities. She looks forward to their recommendations. Chip Finn, former president of the West High School Foundation, oversaw much of the project. He told the crowd that he felt a little like Elle Woods, a character in the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legally Blonde,â&#x20AC;? when she graduated from Harvard and announced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did it!â&#x20AC;? He thanked the 115 donors to the project, who were mostly parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wonderful thing about West High School parents is that when they

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give, they give for everybody.â&#x20AC;? He also thanked community partners like the Great Schools Partnership along with Oak Ridge National Lab, whose gift specifically funded distance learning. He expressed special appreciation for the gift from the West High School PTSO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They raised their money the hard way.â&#x20AC;? The lecture hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distance learning capabilities were demonstrated when Tennessee commissioner of education Kevin Huffman spoke to the crowd from Nashville. He expressed excitement for Knox County and West High School as they â&#x20AC;&#x153;take the leap forward.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to embrace distance learning as a state.â&#x20AC;?

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TEAM UT participants are (sitting) Destini Long, Danielle Polk, Taylor Hathorn, Kristy Lancaster, Abby Bensen, Kristen Petway, and Sara Frazier; (standing) Alice Mitchell, Brad Briggs, Debbie Mackey, Bryan Lundquist, Darren Brown, Fritz Polite, Andrew Busa, Trey Pence, Chuck Strickland, Erika Brown, and Ladina Poltera. Photo submitted

By the time you read this, Super Bowl XLVII will be nothing but a memory. But for 15 UT students and faculty members, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a memory that will last a lifetime.

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The group, called TEAM UT, travelled to New Orleans last week to work with M Group Scenic Studios, the Super Bowl event planner. Fritz Polite, an assistant professor of sports management at UT, developed the program. This was the seventh year UT students have helped behind the scenes at the Super Bowl. It was Politeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth year to work at the Super Bowl. The first two years, he helped supervise the parking lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone from the parking lot to the suites,â&#x20AC;? he says. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TEAM UT assisted VIP attendees, like owners and commissioners. Polite coached the students on how to keep their cool

around celebrities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to act like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been there before. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not spectators, but employees.â&#x20AC;? The group also helped with NFL Experience, an event that gave members of the community the opportunity to interact with players through games and clinics. The trip wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t entirely glamorous. TEAM UT also spent time cleaning up a playground with the UT New Orleans alumni chapter. The program is highly competitive, Polite says. Applicants wrote essays about their five- and ten-year career plans, and finalists interviewed with three students who were participating in the program for a second year. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TEAM UT is made up of undergraduate and graduate students studying recreation and sports management, communications and business. TEAM UT raised $30,000 for the trip through various fundraisers. The goal of the program is to teach students to lead, Polite says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel very honored to be able to do this. I love stu-

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BHS celebrates victories in swimming, wrestling

The Bearden High School Aquadogs swam to first place out of 28 local teams at the recent KnoxvilleArea Interscholastic Swim League city meet championship. For senior swimmer Evan Pinion, who competed in last summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympic trials, it was a record-breaking day. He beat his own two-year-old record in the 200 individual medley, and beat a 17-year-old record in 100 back. It was also a bittersweet day because it was his last city championship.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a little emotional.â&#x20AC;? While heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s represented the U.S. in international competition, it was fun to represent Bearden in local competition, he says. The meet was his first time back in the pool after taking a few weeks off for an injury. He spent last fall in Atlanta training with Dynamo Swim Club, and while he was there, he experimented with different strokes. His work on backstroke paid off. He also tied a city meet record for the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 free relay. Other members of the relay team were Hayden Burns, Bryar Long and Ryan Burcham. After competing in the state meet on Feb. 8 and 9, Pinion plans to enjoy his last few months as a high school student. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glad to be back at Bearden, even though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catching up on core classes after being homeschooled last fall. He begins practice with UT in May. The Bearden wrestling team competed at the State Dual Wrestling Championship last weekend in Franklin. While results werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available at press time, this was the first year the team has attended state. Way to go, Bearden wrestlers!

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government TVA pursues dress code ors of Nashville and Memphis for his opponent, Dave Garrison. The three mayors issued a statement for Garrison. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, the senior congressional Democrat from Tennessee, also backed Garrison. Locally, former state Sen. Bill Owen, who serves on both the state and national Democratic committees, disregarded Rogero’s advice and actively supported Herron. In a statement on why he backed Herron, Owen Victor cited Herron’s longtime Ashe public service, his honest image and his work ethic for the party. Owen also mentioned his longtime friendship with Herron from the She has set March 12 Legislature. Owen picked at 4 p.m. at the Howard the winner. Baker Federal Courthouse Given the overwhelming in courtroom 1A to hear the GOP edge in Tennessee and Chris Irwin lawsuit against the low numbers for DemoTVA. Actually, she is hearcrats in the Legislature, ing arguments on whether Herron has almost no way to dismiss the case or not. to go but up in rebuilding The public is welcome. the party. It is amazing TVA is even Herron is a former minisbothering with dress codes ter and author in addition to and spending ratepayer being a state lawmaker since money on defending this 1986. He turns 60 this year lawsuit. Who cares if people and is already drawing a wear makeup at public hear- pension of $24,000 a year ings, face paint or whatever. based on 26 years in the Chris Irwin (whose views Legislature. I do not generally support) Chances of the Demohas a perfect right as a citicrats beating Bill Haslam zen in my view to wear face for governor or Lamar Alexpaint and look as serious or ander for U.S. Senate next silly as he wishes. year are dismal. However, It would seem to me with there may be opportunities the huge cost overruns TVA to win some legislative seats has managed to gather that in 2014. Herron is a witty, the four new board memeffective public speaker conbers might tell the legal sidered more conservative staff to devote their time to than many Democrats at the more worthwhile endeavors national level, but most Tenrather than monitoring the nessee Democrats fit that attire people wear to public description. hearings. Don’t they have ■ Three Tennessee better things to do? governors will gather Feb. But still it should be an 21 at the Baker Center for an interesting hearing where evening panel discussion on you can watch your public civility in politics. Particimoney at work. Unless pating are Gov. Haslam and Judge Campbell dismisses former Govs. Phil Bredethe case (rules for TVA and sen and Don Sundquist. that can be appealed, too) Bredesen and Sundquist ran this is but the beginning of against each other in 1994 the lawsuit. with Sundquist winning. ■ Georgia’s U.S. Sen. The public is invited to atSaxby Chambliss, who tend. The only other living announced his retirement in Tennessee governors are 2014, has strong Knoxville Republicans Winfield Dunn ties having graduated from and Lamar Alexander. UT College of Law in 1968. ■ The oldest living forHis wife taught at Sequoyah mer U.S. Senator is Harry F. Elementary while he was a Byrd Jr. of Virginia who is law student here. Sam and 98 and lives in Winchester, Ann Furrow are good local Va., where he once owned friends of the couple. Cham- the local newspaper. He bliss is the only UT College turns 100 in 2014. He reof Law graduate currently cently gave an interview to serving in the U.S Senate. BBC on his family hosting ■ Former state Sen. Winston Churchill at their Roy Herron was elected home during World War to chair the Tennessee II. Originally a Democrat, Democratic Party on Jan. 26 he became an independent despite the strong support of and was elected as such Mayor Rogero and the may- from Virginia. The lawsuit challenging TVA’s dress code at public meetings has been transferred in federal court from Judge Thomas Phillips (who is retiring this summer) to Judge Tena Campbell, who is on senior status from Utah but has been hearing cases in the Eastern District of Tennessee for the past several months.


Leaders ‘make good things happen’ Ossoli Circle observed Leadership Day by inviting two accomplished leaders – UT President Emeritus Joe Johnson and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero – to share their thoughts on the topic.

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Johnson, who served as UT president from 1991 to 1999 and interim president from 2003 to 2004, said leaders are those who make good things happen. He was mentored by Andy Holt during the early years of his UT career. Holt had never supervised more than five employees before becoming UT president in 1959, Johnson said. “He knew no more about running a university than my black lab dog.” But Johnson learned from Holt to surround himself with capable people. A talented staff should be turned loose – and occasionally supervised, he said. He also shared wisdom from a book written by Jewish grandmothers, like “A meowing cat can’t catch a mouse,” “Go to bed with dogs and wake up with fleas,” and “No answer is an answer,” meaning if you see something amiss, you should speak up. He’s learned from experience that two short sentences help things get accomplished – “Thank you” and “I’m sorry.”

Ossoli Circle president Lexa Hooten, center, poses with UT President Emeritus Joe Johnson and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero during the club’s Leadership Day. Photo by Wendy Smith A sense of humor can also smooth ruffled feathers and make life more fun. “People without it are the most boring people in the world,” he said. Rogero shared the story of her rise to the city’s top leadership position and encouraged members of the women’s club to get involved in politics. Each person has the power to transform the community, she said. She followed the advice “Bloom where you are planted” when she moved to Knoxville 32 years ago. She came for her husband’s career, but the city wasn’t her first choice. She became active in the community when she joined the fight against the development of a travel trailer park near her North Knoxville neighborhood before the 1982 World’s Fair.

In early 1990, Rogero received a call from an elected official encouraging her to run for Knox County Commission. In addition to being a divorced mother of two with an ethnic name, she didn’t feel qualified to take on long-term Republican incumbent Jesse Cawood. But after putting together a list of friends, she decided to throw her hat into the ring. Rogero was patronized for running her campaign by courting voters, rather than elected officials or party bosses. Her opponent once introduced her by saying, “This is Madeline Rogero. Ain’t she purty?” She won by a landslide. “I have to say, nobody was surprised more than me.” She joined veterans Bee

DeSelm and Mary Lou Horner along with Wanda Moody as women on the commission. They were later joined by Diane Jordan and Pat Medley, making six women on the then-19 member body, a record. After losing her 2003 bid for mayor, Rogero took it upon herself to learn everything she could about the city. It paid off when her former opponent, Bill Haslam, appointed her community development director three years later. Since winning the 2011 mayoral race, she’s followed the advice given by Johnson and surrounded herself with good people. Women can get elected, she said, and shouldn’t let fear of criticism keep them from leading. “If you can’t run, encourage others to run.”

Billboard compromise draws criticism, praise The county’s 4-year-old billboard moratorium was set to expire Jan. 31, and outdoor advertising companies could have lined up at the door to pull permits Feb. 1 if Commissioner Richard Briggs had withdrawn his ordinances to ban conventional billboards and electronic message centers. Briggs was sponsoring three ordinances – one dealing with conventional billboards, one with EMCs and one with digital billboards, emu lat ing the city’s Briggs ban, which prohibits new billboards and disallows converting conventional billboards to digital. The weekend before the Jan. 28 meeting, however, Briggs decided that he didn’t have the votes to ban EMCs and “static billboards,” so on Saturday he posted a mes-

Betty Bean sage on the commission’s on-line forum announcing he would withdraw the first two ordinances and only push the digital billboard ban: “I have met with several of the smaller, local companies that are based in Knox County. Most are small family businesses that would be adversely affected by a total ban. ... “The message I receive is ‘let’s regulate, not ban.’ “The owners are not opposed to sitting down with the MPC, environmental groups, homeowner associations, and local government representatives and working on regulations that everyone can live with.” His announcement immediately drew criticism that he had caved to special interests.

“Absolutely false,” Briggs said. “I did nothing until I talked to the whole leadership of (anti-billboard citizens’ group) Scenic Knoxville, making it clear that if we didn’t make a compromise, all three ordinances would fail.” Briggs said he believed that he would lose the votes of Commissioners Ed Shouse and Mike Brown if he dug into an all-or-nothing position. Commissioners Amy Broyles and Sam McKenzie persuaded Briggs to defer the two ordinances for 90 days and send them to the Metropolitan Planning Commission to add use-on-review requirements rather than to withdraw them. McKenzie warned of “opening up a rabbit hole.” Broyles argued that having MPC add use-on-review provisions would be “reasonable, simple, easy and it takes care of it without opening a whole big can of worms.”

The amended ordinances passed by a 6-4 vote with R. Larry Smith, Dave Wright, Brad Anders and Jeff Ownby voting no. Mike Hammond was absent. Joyce Feld and Margot Kline of Scenic Knoxville are standing by Briggs, and say they are pleased with the compromise. “Richard has been an absolutely fabulous partner in this effort,” Feld said. “He has stuck to his word and followed through on everything he told us he would do.” Billboard interests are not happy with the vote, and dropped hints about lawsuits. Briggs said he thinks he did the right thing: “You get down to a point where everybody’s drawn a line in the sand – all or nothing – but we would have had nothing if we hadn’t compromised,” Briggs said. Ordinances must be approved twice, and this one will come up again in February.

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Wood ducks and warblers NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arktype floods had not yet come to the Beaver Creek bottomlands when, on Jan. 5, we put up wood duck boxes in the wetlands along my stretch of the creek. We joined a bright young lady who had crafted some excellent nest boxes as part of a Girl Scout Silver Award project. A family expedition, plus me, to find just the right places for the boxes and to put them up, brought us out on a nice mild January morning. Lest you think that we were overeager, out there all bundled up, putting up bird nest boxes in the dead of winter, let me remind you that as of now, it is only two months until April! The owls are feeding nestlings, the purple martinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; average arrival date is Feb. 12, and the tree swallows will be close behind. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to be cleaning out those bluebird houses and, as we were doing, putting up more housing. There are 85 species of North American birds that prefer or require cavities in which to hatch and raise their young. Before there were any people around, there were plenty of natural cavities, in large old trees with rotten places and holes where dead limbs had broken off. And the woodpeckers were, and still are, prime real estate developers, most of them excavating a new cavity each year for nesting, and often, a second one in the fall, for winter roost-

Susano heads state Court of Appeals Judge Charles D. Susano Jr. has been elected by his peers as presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, succeeding Herschel Susano Franks, who retired at the end of 2012. Susano has been a member of the Court of Appeals since March 1994, when he was appointed by former Gov. Ned Ray McWherter. Susano practiced law here prior to 1994. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and attained his law degree from UT, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Tennessee Law Review. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in west Knoxville and have three children.

ing. Then the cavity nesters lesser-equipped for excavating wood could move into the abandoned woodpecker holes. Now, with a lot of our woods giving way to subdivisions and malls, and overachieving tidy types cutting all the dead trees and snags in yards and parks, nesting cavities have become scarce. That whole situation was greatly compounded with the arrival of the alien, aggressive starlings and house sparrows. They take whichever nesting holes they want from the smaller birds, tossing out the hatchlings and often killing the parents. On the positive side, a considerable number of our native birds have been given a significant boost in their numbers by humans making nest boxes. The most noticeable success has been with our eastern bluebirds. The largest and most enduring housing development for the birds has happened because of all those folks who through the years have tended to their beloved purple martins. But many other birds will take to a human-made home: owls, kestrels, wrens (when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not nesting in an old hat in your garage), chickadees, titmice, tree

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swallows. And that brings us back to the wood ducks, and why the swamp people were down in the creek bottom in January. There are actually two species of brightly-colored birds in our area that like to live in nest boxes in lowland watery places. The wood duck and the prothonotary warbler both nest in wateroriented habitats. Both like their homes leaning out over the water, if not actually standing in it. Otherwise the two birds are about as different as any two birds can be. Wood ducks are water birds. They eat stuff that lives in the water, and their babies can care for themselves and find food almost from the moment they hatch. The warblers are regular bug-eating little land birds; they just happen to

like waterfront property. Wood ducks are widespread now across the eastern United States, but by the early 1900s they had been hunted nearly to extinction. Hunting laws were passed just in time, and then many wildlife agencies, as well as lots of private citizens, began setting out wood duck nesting boxes such as the ones we were putting up along Beaver Creek. Fortunately, the wood ducks have rebounded. They may be our most beautiful duck. Check out that male in his breeding plumage in your bird book! Their family life is amazing, too. The females lay 1015 eggs. Then sometimes, other female wood ducks will lay their eggs in there, too, a practice called, appropriately, â&#x20AC;&#x153;dumping.â&#x20AC;? The first mama duck can end up with

two or three dozen eggs! When the baby ducks all hatch, they climb out of their nest hole or box, and jump, bounce or splash depending on the nest location. If not near the water, mama duck leads them off, across golf course or busy highway, to the nearest water. The fuzzy baby ducks can swim and find their own food immediately. I have often seen a row of fluffy wood duck chicks swimming along Beaver Creek behind mama duck. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really nice scene. Good news for humans: wood ducks exhibit what the ornithologists call strong nest site tenacity. They usually return to the same place to nest, year after year. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping our Beaver Creek nest boxes will have tenants this year and next year and on and on. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep you posted. That other water-oriented, cavity-nesting bird, the prothonotary warbler, also named the golden swamp warbler, is truly golden. They are named after certain Vatican officials who are dressed in splendid golden-yellow robes. The male warblerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

head, throat and breast light up a gloomy swamp like a ray of sunshine. I saw my first one from a canoe. The bird was making a nest in an old hollow stump by the dark, still waters of the Okefenokee Swamp, one of those instant and brief sights you never forget. Prothonotary warblers live in most of the eastern United States, mainly south of the Ohio River. They especially like willow trees, because they are usually near or in the water and have soft wood that rots quickly to provide good nest holes. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard of their nesting near the Island Home airport, and around the lake at Kingston. But my favorite place to hear their song in the spring, and usually see them, is Cove Lake State Park. The hollow willow snags standing in the water there make a perfect habitat for the golden swamp warblers. I try to go up and stand on the observation platform there at least once every spring just to get my yearly prothonotary warbler fi x. Prothonotary warblers will use human-made boxes, too. They like boxes about the size of a bluebird box, only with a smaller entrance hole, about 1 Âź inches. This lets warblers in and keeps some (but not all) other problems out. They lay an unusually large number of eggs for a warbler, 8-10 or so. But their babies follow a more standard program and stay in the nest until they can fly. And, being out over the water, they have to get it right the first time! Maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why they lay so many eggs. Birds can really be interesting.

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There was a great tug of war for Richmond Flowers of Montgomery, Ala. Schools across America wanted him for football and track but the recruiting race came down to Alabama and Tennessee. Paul Bryant promised to hire a track coach and build a track. Tennessee had a track and a track coach, Chuck Rohe, and a bright, young football coach, Doug Dickey. Bryant didn’t dig deep enough to realize he never had a chance. Richmond was fed up with how racial hatred in Alabama politics affected his father. He was going out of state. Richmond also recognized the University of

Tennessee as a bit more sophisticated and cosmopolitan than Alabama, more of a melting pot. Tell your Tide friends it remains so. UT assistant Clifton Stewart was point man in the long, hard recruitment of Stanley Morgan of Easley, S.C. Morgan’s commitment was a big prize for Bill Battle and his staff. Joy soon took a strange turn. Paul Dietzel, then coach at South Carolina, told Battle that the Gamecocks had to sign Morgan or he would be fired. Battle’s first coaching job had been with Dietzel at West Point. This dilemma was heavy. Bill owed a debt of gratitude to Dietzel but worked for Tennessee. A Clemson source, monitoring Morgan, soon told Tennessee that the superstar was going to South

Carolina. Clifton rushed to Easley, to the little frame house with the old Plymouth in the yard. The Morgans were gone. Neighbors said Stanley’s mother had a new job, a new car and a new place to live. Clifton found Mrs. Morgan. She confirmed that her new “opportunities” were related to Stanley’s decision to become a Gamecock. A few days later, she called Tennessee. She had quit her job, given up the new house and given back the new Lincoln. She said her son had not smiled once since she had made him switch sides. She asked if Tennessee would still take him.

a bouquet of yellow roses. For no particular reason, except that recently, he had asked me what my favorite flower was, and he always pays attention. Both of us have been alone for a lot of years (that “solitary place” Isaiah mentioned), but fortunately each of us also had a friend who encouraged us to step out of our comfort zones, and take a chance. I frequently ponder the fragile hinges our lives turn on. What if one of us had not heeded the encouragement of our friend? What if one of us had been too afraid to

meet a stranger in a public place? What if we had not felt like old friends from the very beginning? What if he had not had eyes as blue as my father’s? What if, indeed? But we did heed; we were not afraid; we did feel comfortable; he did have extraordinarily blue eyes; and I did – quite simply – drown in them. I believe that “the wilderness and the solitary place are glad” for us. I believe that our families and friends are glad that we have found one another. I believe that God had a hand in this and

is pleased that we cooperated, and that our lives will be enriched by the joy and contentment we have found. So what lessons have I learned from this unexpected journey? Be patient. (God works in God’s own time.) Pay attention. (You may not see a burning bush, but there will be signs.) Keep your heart strong. (It is a muscle, after all.) Don’t settle. (When it’s right, you’ll know.) And last, but certainly not least, God is good, all the time. (But sometimes, He excels!)

You might not believe this but … Some former insider will someday tell a colorful tale of how Tennessee faked out rival recruiters and got away with a high school lad who grew up to be an all-American. Besides the possibility of cheating and lying, football recruiting may include cloak-and-dagger stories that are slow to spill out of the closet. That’s how competitive recruiting is – a lot of stuff happens and almost anything goes but don’t talk and don’t get caught. Return with me now to yesteryear, 1927. For some strange reason, Bobby Dodd and Paul Hug didn’t really want to be Volunteers. They rode the bus from Kingsport to Nash-

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ville with the idea of playing for Vanderbilt. Dodd’s grades were suspect but both signed some kind of papers and were all set to be Commodores. Robert R. Neyland did not like this news. He wanted Hug and would take Bobby to get Paul. Knoxville sporting goods dealer Frank Callaway was appointed to investigate. He drove to Nashville for

what he considered a rescue mission. The rules of that day said a player wasn’t officially in school until he played a game. Callaway went on campus, found the players and explained their mistake. They repented, gathered possessions, squeezed into Callaway’s car and drove east on a sunny September afternoon. Dodd and Hug enrolled at Tennessee the next morning at 10. They were called transfers. That afternoon they played in a freshman game, 45-0 over Murphy Institute. Vanderbilt and others screamed foul. Neyland remained silent but supposedly smiled.

Lovely is the rose

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The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. (Isaiah 35: 1 KJV)

As Lucy (of Peanuts fame) says to Linus, “I have made up a list for you; I call it ‘Things You Might as Well Know.’” And here is what you ing about the Lord’s cho- “might as well know”: as I sen people. have been explaining to my However, today, I smile friends and family, “Well, at this verse of Scripture there is this guy….” Today, “this guy” sent me and take it very personally.

The rainbow comes and goes, And lovely is the rose. Waters on a starry night Are beautiful and fair. (“The Rainbow,” William Wordsworth) Isaiah wrote, “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them,” and I know (really, I do know) that he was writ-

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Other recruiting stories are in Marvin West’s first book, Tales of the Tennessee Vols. Signed copies are available by mail from WESTCOM, PO Box 38, Maynardville, TN 37807. The cost is $20.

■ PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson Support Group of East Tennessee will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Kern UMC Family Life Center, 451 E. Tennessee Ave. in Oak Ridge. The topic of this month’s program will be “Talk to us about LSVT Loud” presented by local speech therapists Melissa Grater, Linda Singleton and Tonya Connell. East Tennessee Personal Care Services and Emeritus of Oak Ridge Assisted Living will provide a light lunch. All are welcome. Info: Karen Sampsell, 482-4867; email pk_hopeisalive@bellsouth. net or visit

For registration info about these and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 6-7, Oak Ridge Senior Center, 728 Emory Valley Road, Oak Ridge. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 16, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2717 Buffalo Trail, Morristown. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule St., Alcoa. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Rodgersville Senior Center, 497 Main St., Rodgersville.

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Making the world a better place bury’s Mother’s Day Out program from 1976 to 1995. She also taught the class for two-year-olds. “It made me feel like I contributed to a young person’s life. Those first three years are so, so important.” As much as she loves children, she also feels called to serve adults. Over 40 years ago, she joined a Cokesbury United Methodist Women outreach to patients at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, which had more than 2,000 patients at the time. The women hosted a party there once a month. Most people don’t understand mental illness, she says. Like everyone else, the mentally ill want love and kindness, and someone to listen to them. She continues to visit the 12 patients, overseen by

By Wendy Smith “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” That quote, attributed to Methodism founder John Wesley, is Virginia Marsh’s motto. Her history of service to her family, her church and her community would make Wesley proud. When she and her husband, Fred, settled in Tan Rara subdivision with their five sons, the family got in the car and stopped at the first church they saw – Cokesbury United Methodist Church. That was in 1969, and the Marshes still worship there. “Church always meant so much to us,” she says. Marsh directed Cokes-

Former ‘Fame’ actor to be honored

Knox native promoted at Carson-Newman Dr. Kina Steed Mallard is now executive vice president and provost at Carson-Newman College. She has been vice president of academic affairs since joining Carson-Newman in 2009. “This promotion is the next logical step in a long, distinguished administrative career for Dr. Mallard,” said college president Randall O’Brien. “She will be well-positioned to move to a college presidency, if she so desires.” A Fountain City native, Mallard previously served as academic dean at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. She also served at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., as associate provost for faculty and academic development, as well as chair of the communication

Kina Mallard arts department. Mallard received her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She continued her education at the University of Tennessee earning both a master’s degree in organizational communications and a doctorate in communication.

Carol Mayo Jenkins recognized by theatre advisory board the mission of the Clarence Brown Theatre. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to recognize Carol,” said Liz Stowers, chair of the board. “She has shared her talent with audiences worldwide. Carol is a valued asset to the arts and we are so very fortunate to have her right here in Knoxville, performing regularly at the Clarence Brown Theatre.” Jenkins trained for three years at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and was

The Clarence Brown Theatre Gala “Hollywood’s Greatest Night” will be at The Orangery on Sunday, Feb. 24, the night of the Oscars ®. Tickets are $175. Info: 974-6011. David Keith, last year’s honoree, will present the CBT’s achievement award to Carol Mayo Jenkins, a Knoxville native and a renowned actor. The award, presented by the Clarence Brown Theatre Advisory Board, recognizes professional excellence associated with

one of the founders of the Drama Centre of London, now considered the leading theatrical school in England. She returned to the U.S., joined the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and then made her Broadway debut as Natasha in William Ball’s production of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” Other Broadway appearances include “Oedipus Rex” with John Cullum (also a Knoxville native), “First Monday in October” with Jane Alexander and

Henry Fonda, and “The Suicide” with Derek Jacobi. Augmenting her stage career, Jenkins may best be known for her role as English teacher Elizabeth Sherwood in the awardwinning television series “Fame” filmed in Los Angles. She played Sherwood for five years. She has worked extensively in regional theater since her years in television. After returning to Knoxville, Jenkins performed regularly at the Clarence Brown Theatre.

Singing valentines available The Mountain Breeze Quartet is looking for love – to sing about, that is. Four vocally talented women will deliver singing valentines 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Valentines delivered over the phone are available, and chocolates and a card can also be delivered during the in-person performances. Prices range from $25 to $50. Deadline to order is Monday, Feb. 11. Info: Judy, 966-8690.

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■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Ave. Pike, is opening the John 5 Food Pantry some Fridays in February from 9:30-11:15 a.m. For appointment: 938-2611 or leave a message and your call will be returned.

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Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd., will celebrate Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Supper will be served at 6 p.m.; service will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Info: 966-9547 or www.fpctn. org.

Meetings and classes ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will begin a new DivorceCare series on Wednesday, Feb.

6, and run through April 10. Meetings will be in the church library 6:30-8:30 p.m. The course is free and open to all. Info: 690-1060 or ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Ave. Pike, hosts “Fit for the Father,” a program that promotes body and soul fitness while serving the Lord, at 6 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday. A fee of $20 covers the class and the book. Info: 938-2611.

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Things haven’t changed much over the years at Payless Optical Outlet, located in the TJ Maxx shopping center at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Downtown West Boulevard. A pair of glasses is still $35.95, and the friendly face behind the counter belongs to Mark Crawley. But one thing is different. After managing the store since 2000, Mark is now the owner. Things haven’t changed much for him, he says, except that he’s had to learn QuickBooks. He’s considering opening other stores in the Knoxville area. Mark and his wife, Alice, met at the 1998 UT vs. Florida football game, which ended well for Mark. The Vols won, and he got the girl. Their two daughters attend UT and Cedar Bluff Elementary School. He grew up in South Knoxville, and moved to Ohio during his teen years. Now he’s firmly planted in West Knoxville. “I love the family feel of it,” he says.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? “I’m your huckleberry,” from “Tombstone.”

What are you guilty of? Watching the Food Network with my wife.

What is your favorite material possession? My wedding ring.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My nose.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? “SuperFriends.” It had the best heroes: Batman, Superman, and Aquaman.

What is your passion? Helping/serving others.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? Bill Cosby.

What are you reading currently? “A Year with Jesus.”

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life?

What was your most embarrassing moment? During a golf outing with some friends, I stepped up to take a tee shot and as I lifted my head, the ball hit the tee box and bounced backwards. Needless to say, my friends still razz me about that swing.

My grandfather. He taught me the value of hard work.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Guitar Hero.

What is the best present you ever received in a box? A complete 1986 baseball card collection.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

A bag boy at a grocery store in the winter while living in Ohio.

Sideline passes for a Super Bowl, see/experience the Northern Lights, and a hunting trip out West.

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What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

What is your social media of choice?

Dependable – my father always taught me to be a man of your word.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

“Always do your best in everything you do.” Facebook

What irritates you? People who drive slow in the fast lane.

What’s one place in Bearden/downtown that everyone should visit? Tennessee Theatre – especially in December to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

What is your greatest fear? Heights – although I actively attempt to overcome it. (I have been skydiving and zip lining.)

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? Leave tomorrow with my wife on a spontaneous road trip to Wyoming. – Wendy Smith

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Reach Them to Teach Them if we build a foundation of a By Sara Barrett mutually positive relationship In 2006, Amy Crawford with a child, that child will do was about to return to teacheverything he or she can to exing after leaving a position at ceed our expectations.” A.L. Lotts Elementary School three years earlier to start a The Reach Them to Teach family. In her new 8th-grade Them annual event, which is teaching position at West Valgiven a different name each ley Middle School, she found year, has grown to fill the herself teaching some of the Tennessee Theatre. Crawford same students she had known shares her story of inspiration, as 3rd graders. and radio talk show host Hal“For me, as an educator, lerin Hill serves as MC for the it was really insightful,” said evening in addition to sharing Crawford. “Once I got into the his own inspirational words. classroom and saw how the Hill has played a big part in kids had changed, it was a real every event since 2006. eye-opening experience. Special guest speakers “Instead of coming in with have included Truett Cathy, shining eyes and leaning forthe founder of Chick-fil-A resward to listen with interest,” taurants and national motivaCrawford said, the students tional speaker Don Bartlette. were now “real dull, apathetMembers of the community ic … they went from being who want to make a difference thirsty (in the 3rd grade) to can sponsor a seat for a teachbeing drenched.” er at the event. Crawford said her students “We don’t want anyone to were still the good kids she had pay to attend,” said Crawford. known before. They did what Dinner is served and each atshe asked them to do, but they tendee receives a special gift to had lost their passion for learnremember the message of the ing. This made her think of a West Valley Middle School 8th grader Brayden White shares a laugh with his teacher, Amy Crawford, evening. quote she had heard from a fel- founder of Reach Them to Teach Them. Photo by S. Barrett Reach Them to Teach Them low educator: continues to gain momentum. Teachlisted on the check was “His purpose.” …” and “I feel …” One student’s work “They come in to the schools as quesers from Kentucky are now traveling struck a chord with her. He had always “My knees gave out when I saw that tion marks, and they leave as periods.” to Knoxville each year to attend the sat quietly and didn’t really show an check. At that moment, I said ‘God, you “They change from ‘show me, tell event. The group is also holding a secinterest in learning. When she read his know me, you know my insecurities, me, who, what, how,’ to ‘it is what it is,’” ond event this year in Chattanooga for poem, it included lines such as “I worry my failures, my faults. If you can use me Crawford said. the first time with Guy Doud as the that my future will be me, myself and knowing how short I fall, you’ve got me.’ After praying about it, Crawford lisspeaker. I,” and “I am the cheese and the world “My life was changed from that day tened to a cassette by the 1986 Nation“There is a national need for this,” is the mouse.” forward. To this day, I still don’t know al Teacher of the Year, Dr. Guy Doud, Crawford said, “if we could do this Crawford knew then that she wantwho the check was from.” which she had received in 1988 when full-time and have some grants or ed to do something, but she wasn’t sure The night before students came she got her first teaching job. She heard grow it in some way. This is definitely where to start. She wondered if she back from summer break, Doud spoke his inspirational stories of what really a faith-based organization, and as long could get Guy Doud to visit Knoxville. to an audience of about 500 at Cedar mattered to his students, and stories of as I’m the president of it, that will not Crawford contacted Doud. She Springs Presbyterian Church. Based the students who asked him to stand change.” knew his speaking fee was $3,500 and on audience feedback, Crawford beup with them on senior night because “Teachers are telling us that they she didn’t have any idea how to raise lieved the event had been a success. their parents weren’t available. need more of this,” said Halcomb. the money. She just knew he had to The Dream Team grew to about 60 “Anytime I got overwhelmed lookCrawford says the sky is the limit. come. people who had become just as exciting at data and thinking about teachShe hopes the organization can begin “I wouldn’t be in education right ed about the event as Crawford. They ing technique, I would lose my joy for holding regular meetings for teachers now if it weren’t for him.” wanted to know where things would teaching and I would listen to that tape to offer moral support, as well as workShe formed a group of teachers and go from there. Reach Them to Teach on my way home,” said Crawford. shops where they can learn more than friends, who now call themselves the Them was born. She listened to Doud’s message statistics and data. Dream Team, to help spread the word “When you attend the (Reach Them and realized the technical part of Businesses including Food City and about the event. to Teach Them) events, you get the type teaching “will always be part of it, Bread Box have helped with fees, alIn her Bible study of support that you don’t get anywhere but not the part of it. The part that though the group is still struggling. class, Crawford was else,” said Karla Halcomb, a Dream matters most i s these Crawford feels blessed to have been asked to think Team member and instructional coach students who of a goal biga part of the experience. with Knox County Schools. “It fi lls a sit in my class ger than herself “There are still days when I think, huge gap. It gives you that deep breath every day, and I that would require ‘Is this real? Am I going to wake up and you need.” can make a difdivine intervention to this will have been a dream?’” “It is our mission to care,” said ference in their make it happen. When The main point she hopes teachers Crawford, referring to the role of a lives.” she told her study group about sched– and anyone else who has a role in a teacher. “We have to care about our Crawford began asking other teachuling Doud to speak, they offered to do child’s life – take away from the events data, we have to care about our numers at West Valley if they were getting whatever needed to be done to make it is to know that the most important bers and our graphs. the same sort of feelings about their happen. thing they can tell that child is, “You “I understand that accountability roles and what they were seeing in their Shortly before the event took place, matter. You are here for a reason.” matters. I understand that we have to students. Their answers were similar. Crawford checked her mailbox at school For more information, visit have a way to measure effectiveness Around this same time, Crawford and found a cashier’s check for $3,000 w w acht hem2te acht hem.or g and we want our students to achieve assigned a writing assignment to her made out to her with the purchaser or email Amy Crawford at amy@ academic standards. But my 20 years class. She asked them to write a poem named as “The Dear Lord.” The reason in the classroom has taught me that by completing sentences such as “I am

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SES kindergartner Cooper Williamson builds a cupcakethemed counting chart that goes to 100.

Emily Monday’s class at Sequoyah Elementary made artwork from 100 dot stickers, while Stephanie Morgan’s students at Bearden Elementary School made their own necklaces from 100 Froot Loops™. Students at Rocky Hill lined the hallway and shared a 100-foot-long ba- Sequoyah Elementary School kindergarten teacher Emily Monday sits with students Morgan nana split after collectively Herren, Jackson Sambrano, Jack Codevilla, Max Cook, Hudson Rowles, Denae Graham and Lacounting to 100. hela Erminger around artwork they made from 100 dots. The 100th day of school celebrations allow students to reap the rewards of learning to count while having SES kindergartner Merek Borfun with their friends. It also relli proudly displays his “Derdlets the faculty loosen up a nuh” snack, which is hundred bit; teachers at Sequoyah spelled backwards. Students Elementary School made filled a bag with 10 pieces of their own “100 Day” shirts to 10 different snacks, which inwear, and teacher Stephanie cluded Skittles, pretzels and Morgan from Bearden Elgoldfish. Photos by S. Barrett ementary did 100 exercises – including pushups – with her students. “In a skirt,” she said. Bearden Elementary School kindergartner Jiziah Before he dug in to his Wells displays a strand of 100 Froot Loops™. banana split, Rocky Hill Elementary School student Parker Fortune was asked what is his favorite part of Rocky Hill Elementary School kindergartners Addison Jordon kindergarten. “Eating ice and Parker Fortune compare “100 day” medals before digging into a 100-foot-long banana split with classmates. cream,” was his answer.

Sequoyah Elementary School kindergarten teachers Leslie Cook, Anna Cleland, Jill Caldwell and Emily Monday model their own handmade “100 Day” shirts.

GO! Contemporary Dance Works will perform “Unsung Heroes: Women of World War II” 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Bijou Theatre. The full-length contemporary ballet, which focuses on women’s roles and their experiences during World War II, will be accompanied by live music performed by the Samuel Williams Quintet. Seven choreographers were commissioned for the production, elaborate lighting and authentic costume, and set design will be used. More than 40 dancers ages 11-40 will perform. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. For tickets, call 684-1200. Info:

Run for the Schools The Rusty Wallace Honda Run for the Schools will be held Saturday, March 2, at Chilhowee Park and the Knoxville Zoo. The familyfriendly event will include music, refreshments, vendor booths and prizes. All participants will receive a complimentary day at the Knoxville Zoo following the race. The 5k run and walk will start at 8 a.m., and the onemile family fun walk begins at 8:15 a.m. After awards are given out at 8:45 a.m., a 100-yard dash will be held at 9:30 a.m. Participants can run to raise funds for a specific school. Last year, $9,000 was raised. Pre-registration runs through Feb. 22. Students are $10, adults are $20 and children 2 and under are free. Registration the day of the event will be held 6:308 a.m, and will be $15 for students and $25 for adults. Info:

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SES teacher Leslie Cook asked her students to write two sentences in honor of the 100th day of school about one thing they liked to do and one thing they did not like to do. “I like to eat 100 carrots. I do not like to eat 100 cookies,” was one student’s example. Pictured during the exercise are kindergartners Jane Wanjiku and Ayden Frazier.

SES kindergartners Bennett Campbell and Alex Pippin from Jill Caldwell’s class wait patiently for recess in their hand-made “100 Day” T-shirts.

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Charlie Smith’s great adventures The recent death of Bruce McCarty, master architect of the 1982 World’s Fair, brought to mind a recent chance meeting and opportunity to catch up with Charlie Smith, who was one of the young architects who worked with McCarty to design the fair. By all accounts, that K nox v ille project was only the beginning of what would become a lifelong career for the UT School of ArchitecSmith ture graduate – one centered on fairs, Olympics and other major expositions. Smith just recently returned from Zambia, where he attended the big international meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, chaired by Britain’s Princess Anne. “We’re now preparing for next year’s meeting in Brisbane, Australia,” Smith says. Smith is the principal in the Knoxville branch office of Populous, the international architecture firm that designed the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium for the 2012 London Olympics and other venues there. He and his local partner, Dave Forkner, designed the 26,000seat equestrian and pen-

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tathlon facility in Greenwich Park, near one of the Queen’s residences. Smith won’t be in town long. Just this week Populous won a $44 million contract for a new exhibition hall for the Oklahoma State Fair. That’s in addition to the $400 million contract they recently won for the Oklahoma City Convention Center. Other projects in the works: the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Utah State Fair and Rodeo de Santa Fe, to name just a few. They’re also working on multi-million dollar projects in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. Smith says that despite appearances, he doesn’t work all the time, and that his wife, Marie, travels with him sometimes. “We’re going to Peru soon, and of course, I always have my fly rod with me.”

loadable free via the iPhone App Store, allows users to browse product colors and sizes in brick, thin brick, pavers and do-it-yourself outdoor living kits and then email favorite selections for final cost calculations without leaving the app. The entire process can be completed on the app. A calculator function enables the user to estimate material costs when building with brick or pavers, based on parameters such as square footage, brick size, labor costs and more. Estimates don’t include shipping prices or taxes. “The mobile app makes building projects easy from concept to completion,” says General Shale president and CEO Dick Green. “It’s a tremendous help for contractors, architects and designers – or for anyone involved in a building project – especially when they are on the job or planning a construction project.” Headquartered in Johnson City, General Shale’s Knoxville location is at 9714 Parkside Dr. – now a place you can either drop by in person or visit on that app!

Wellspring opens Wellspring Assisted Living Center has opened at 555 Rain Forest Drive, off Gleason Road just west of Gallaher View Road. Valerie Haselden, business manager at the center, says a grand opening event is scheduled for March 14. The facility has 62 units, some of which are companion units which can be shared. Photo by A. Hart

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UT’s twin goals of academic and athletic success are attainable By Sherri Gardner Howell

With two subjects that ignite passion from their fans – athletics and academics – Dr. Donald Bruce suggests simply letting the data do the talking when discussing the possibility of a happy union. Bruce, professor in the Center for Business and Economic Research and UT’s faculty athletics representative, spoke at the Rotary Club of Farragut on Jan. 30. Bringing a research model ■ A fond farewell, to UT’s goals of excelling in times two athletics and becoming a Top Employees, patients, 25 public research univerfamily and peers gathered sity shows that the two goals last week at Summit Medi- are not mutually exclusive, cal on Parkwest Boulevard Bruce said. “Those who say to wish well two doctors re- we must sacrifice football, for tiring from the family prac- example, to be a Top 25 pubtice group. lic research university don’t Dr. Gary Thomas has know their data,” said Bruce. been in practice since July “When sports teams don’t of 1978 and Dr. Lance More- do as well as the average fan ■ An app for that head since January of 1979. would like, the fan looks for Contractors, architects Dr. James Morse will be something to blame. The uniand homeowners alike will arriving soon from Sum- versity’s drive to be in the Top be interested in a new app mit Medical in Lenoir City 25 academically has been just introduced by General to join Dr. Kimberly Russell cited as a reason. What a silly Shale. and Dr. John Showalter in notion, and one that won’t The mobile app, down- the busy practice.

stand up to the facts.” B r u c e showed current and past lists of the U.S. News and World ReDonald Bruce port’s Top 25 Public Universities and discussed comparisons with colleges that rank in the top in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). “Every Division I school on the Top 25 (academic list) with the exception of the University of California at Berkeley has been in the Top 25 BCS rankings,” he said. Bruce said progress is being made toward UT’s goal of hitting the Top 25 public universities list. “We were No. 50 last year and are at No. 46 this year. Over the years, we have been as good as 37 (2006) and as low as 52 (2010).” As to what it will take to get to the Top 25, Bruce told the Rotarians that the uni-

versity has to continue to do better in improving undergraduates’ ACT scores, in retention and in improving the six-year graduation rate. “We are making progress in all three – some steady and some slow – but progress,” he said. “We also have to continue to improve in the areas of graduate degrees, research expenditures, faculty salaries and infrastructure and resources, but I believe our main benchmark is in how well our undergraduates do.” Bruce said that in his role as athletics representative, he always has things he can point to with pride in meetings with faculty from the other 12 SEC schools. “I believe we now have a firm commitment from the top in our athletic programs to set high academic expectations for the student athletes,” Bruce said. “And I can always wear my (UT women’s basketball) shirt. The women show everyone that it can be done.”

Papa Murphy’s boosts Imagination Library Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza has helped Imagination Library purchase books for the more than 700,000 children enrolled in the program, and also to get more kids signed up for the popular program. The Imagination Library was created by Dolly Parton in 1996, and provides a new, age-appropriate, hardcover book each month to children from birth

to age 5 at no cost to the family. During November, Papa Murphy’s donated $1 from each personal-sized pizza kit sold at its nine area locations. On Dec. 19, Trina McMahan from Papa Murphy’s presented Holly Kiser from Imagination Library a check for more than $600, which is the equivalent of providing books for 50 children for one year.

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Home Federal Bank has announced promotions of three employees who reside in West Knoxville. Appointments include Johnny Cliburn, assistant vice president, information technology department; Jason Cox, assistant vice president, Concord branch; and Tracy Riggins, assistant vice president, internal audit department.

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Joan Davis, owner of Pump It Up Knoxville has received top honors with “Best Party Growth 2012” from Lee Knowlton, president of Pump It Up Corporate in Phoenix, Ariz., at the company’s annual sales meeting. Pump It Up has 130 locations nationwide and rents huge inflatable play structures, offers parents and organizations a solution for birthdays, team parties, church groups, field trips, corporate team building and special events. The local office is at 6612 Deane Hill Drive. Info: 558-3535.

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The Dead End BBQ owners and staff gather for a photo during a preseason game in Atlanta. They are: Duayne Huddleston, Rachel Ryan, Michelle Green, Leah Harville, owner George Ewart, owner Robert Nutt and Daniel Bryant. Dead End BBQ offers competition style and quality barbecue in a restaurant setting. They feature the best barbecue in East Tennessee and a whole lot more, including salads, sandwiches, desserts and drink specials. Visit them online at or better yet, stop by 3621 Sutherland Avenue across from the new UT RecSports complex and smell the delicious aroma for yourself. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For take-out orders: 212-5655.



‘Tearing Down the Walls’ By Shannon Morris Each year, Grace Christian Academy hosts Spiritual Emphasis Week for the middle school and high school students. This year’s event, which was held Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, was called “Tear Down the Walls, Break Free, Twenty Thirteen,” and proved to be yet another powerful time of spiritual refreshment and renewal for the students and faculty. The guest speaker, the Rev. Paul Woods, challenged students in the areas of breaking down any walls or barriers that separate us from being what Christ wants them to be. For students, those walls often are comprised of the typical negative temptations like drugs and alcohol. However, even some things we might not think of as evil, such as social media, video games, movies and television, can distract us from our spiritual development. Students were challenged to recognize and prevent such things from becoming walls that divide and distract them as they seek to follow God.

Woods is the youth pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. He is the Professor of Youth Ministry at Trinity Baptist College. Serving in youth ministry for 18 years, Woods has a unique understanding of students in a Christian school environment, as he also assists at Trinity Christian School in Jacksonville. Woods was used by God in a mighty way during this critical week at Grace, and our campus has experienced a fresh excitement about living for Christ in all areas of life.

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Rachael Asher, Chase Reynolds, Tyler King and Heath Hatmaker lead students in worship during Grace Christian Academy’s Spiritual Emphasis Week. Photo by Randy Down

Meeya Lowery, Kaycee Hendricks, Courtney Clift and Matthew Montgomery enjoy a day at Grace Christian Academy. Photo by Kara McKamey

Jaylen Haluska (kneeling) Abigail Seal, Sarah Hawk, Jonathan Seal are the Pevensie children in the Grace Christian Academy production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Photos byJulie Bass

Katie Borden is the White Witch and Sean Sloas is Aslan in the Grace Christian Academy production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Narnia comes to Grace By Shannon Morris

The Grace Christian Academy drama department cordially invites you to enjoy the upcoming presentation of “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the book by C.S. Lewis. The high school drama department is proud to present this amazing story, which features a cast of 33 students (15 cast members and 19 extras). The production tells the story

of three children who discover a wardrobe closet that, upon entering, opens the door to adventure and discovery. The beautiful costumes for the production were designed by Dewayne and Sandy Clift, and the incredible set was created by Jeff Delaney, who is noted for his work on the Nativity Pageant of Knoxville, along with the design skills of Karyn Sloas and Teresa McNelly.

This is a true dramatic presentation, as the show will have no music or choreography. The students, under the direction of GCA drama teacher Tonya Wilson, have been working very hard to create a top-quality show that both the school family and the public will be sure to enjoy. Join us at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. Feb. 12, in the Grace Baptist Church Worship Center. Admission is free.

Open house Feb. 10 By Shannon Morris

Have you ever wished you could find out more about Grace Christian Academy? If so, attending an Open House is the perfect way to get your questions answered. Our next Open House is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.10th. Here, you can meet some of our amazing teachers and staff members, tour the classrooms and facilities, and collect the important information that you will need as you consider Grace for your child’s education. Par-

ents and their children are invited, as are grandparents and anyone else who desires to get an inside look at the school. Beyond just seeing the physical location, you can also get a glimpse at the heartbeat of Grace, which is to lead, build and equip students to succeed, all in the name of Jesus. Please make your plans now to be a part of this terrific event, and allow us to help in any way that we can as you prayerfully consider your child’s educational opportunities.

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Time and oxygen therapy help woman’s wounds It’s said that “time heals all wounds,” but in Rachel Orr’s case, it’s taken many months and high doses of 100 percent oxygen to help heal her severe wounds. The Farragut woman suffers from a rare form of vasculitis, a disorder that inflames the blood vessels and can cut the blood supply to your organs and tissues. The cause of vasculitis isn’t always clear, but sometimes it’s triggered by an infection, cancer, an immune system disorder or an allergic reaction. Orr suspects a scratch on her leg from a rose bush may have triggered her inflammation. As a diabetic, the 61-year-old was always mindful of cuts and scratches, and kept her diabetes under control. But she was shocked by what happened next. “I woke up a few days later and my left foot had suddenly swelled overnight,” she remembers. The swelling then spread to her right foot, leaving her leg weak and red. Orr, who is a retired Registered Nurse, sought medical help, but physicians were baffled. “I went to 15 different providers before I finally got a diagnosis,” says Orr. Within months, the swelling had progressed to her left and right arm and her fingers began turning black. “It was so frustrating,” says Orr. “I was in constant pain. It felt like my skin was burning all the time. I kept trying to get help.” Finally, Orr was diagnosed with Bechet’s vasculitis. By now, she was also experiencing deep ulcers on her fingers and feet. One of her physicians referred her to Dr. Douglas Schuchmann with the Fort Sanders Wound

Rachel Orr’s fingers before and after hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Months of intensive hyperbaric oxygen therapy are helping to heal deep ulcers on Rachel Orr’s feet and hands.

Treatment Center. Dr. Schuchmann recommended hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy for the diabetic wounds on her feet. The oxygen sessions would also help with the damage to her hands caused by her vasculitis. After months of two-hour HBO treatments five days a week, Orr is grateful to see her wounds slowly healing. “It’s just a miracle,” she says. During the long sessions, Orr says she usually prays, re-

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy heals difficult wounds Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatments are an important therapy in diabetic wound care. “People are fascinated with these treatments,” says Dr. George Schuchmann, medical director of the Fort Sanders Wound Treatment Center. “But they’re not for everyone, and they’re not a panacea.” The Fort Sanders Wound Treatment Center has two hyperbaric oxygen chambers in its outpatient clinic that are used to treat certain deep tissue wounds that may not heal with conventional therapies alone. “The chamber delivers extra oxygen to the soft tissues, which helps bolster the immune system,” explains Dr. Schuchmann. Each treatment inside the oxygen chamber is called a “dive” because of the increase in atmospheric pressure. The clear chambers are each 7 feet long, large enough to hold one person weighing up to 350 pounds. The patient slides in on a bed, and the chamber is sealed and filled with 100 percent oxygen. Then, a technician slowly increases the

ing work she enjoys, has advice for others suffering from painful severe wounds. “You have to understand that healing is a slow process. You have to have hope, faith and patience, but don’t give up. There is help and healing!” For more information about treatment at the Fort Sanders Wound Treatment Center, call 865-541-2784 or go to

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The woodhouse held kindling and wood to supply the house for heat. The barn was built in 1932 and the corn crib was added in 1940. Photos by K. Woycik

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Horse opera John Niceley, who raises grain-fed beef and teaches horsemanship at his family’s Strong Stock Farm on Rutledge Pike, never expected to be invaded by opera singers.

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Carol’s Critter Corner His daughter Carrie is a soprano with The UT Opera Theater, but this is something else altogether. Niceley is providing horses and rider training for Knoxville Opera’s current production of Giacomo Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West.” It’s set during the California Gold Rush of the late 1800s. The story centers around a reformed criminal, the woman who believes in him and the sheriff who wants him dead. And it’s all in Italian. Talk about a Spaghetti Western. Several of the characters will ride onto the stage of the Tennessee Theatre on real horses this weekend when the opera is performed. Niceley has been teaching the stars of the show how to look as if they’ve been riding all their lives and how to manage their horses in close quarters. “They are the nicest folks, and they’re all doing so well,” says Niceley. “The way they’ve improved since day one is just astonishing.”

Soprano Carter Scott has enjoyed her experiences at Strong Stock Farm. Practicing a difficult maneuver with her horse, Callie the Pallie, she eventually succeeded. “John Niceley told me to go off by myself and think about it for a minute, to let it sink in,” she says. “It’s a lot like singing. Sometimes you practice something the wrong way over and over. And when you finally get it right, you need to stop and think about it for a while.” Scott is, however, concerned that Niceley’s little black Pekingese dog, Pepper, isn’t really clear on one important detail. “She got between me and my horse and just demanded to be petted. It’s obvious that she thinks she’s the diva.” The singers and their horses must maneuver in tight spaces while they’re onstage. For that reason, all riders will mount and dismount from the right side, which is not standard. “There’s a window in the way,” laughs bass Ricardo Rivera, referring to the stage set. Though Rivera himself is young, he is playing a much older man. Niceley has been working with him to slow his movements while in the saddle. Stay tuned for next week’s second installment, when you’ll learn how performance week went for the equine stars and their riders, as well as the answer to the question on everyone’s minds: will the shows be “accident-free”? Send your interesting animal stories to

On a beautiful country road in Hardin Valley is a barn more than 100 years old. The road is named Buttermilk Road, an appropriate name for a family farm. The Fain family purchased 67 acres in 1910 for $200, which was a large sum of money at the time.

Barnyard Tales Kathryn Woycik George and Barsha Fain had 15 children, raising 12 of them on this property. They lived in an old twostory farmhouse with no electricity or plumbing. The home was heated by wood. Two lanterns lit their way in the night. Snow blew through the cracks in the walls in winter. Life was hard but fulfilling. The children were all musicians who played the piano, banjo, fiddles or guitars. In 1932, the barn and garage were built. Both have remained there for 83 years. In 1940 the corn crib, smokehouse, woodhouse, blacksmith shop and twoseater were added. A twoseater, you ask? It isn’t a wagon or carriage, as I first thought, but an outhouse. And, yes, it had two seats side by side!

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Each of the children had their own chores. They helped raise horses, cows, chickens and hogs. The meat was stored in the smokehouse. Corn, peanuts and other crops were grown. A stream provided water, and a team of horses hauled water to the house in buckets. A two-room schoolhouse was originally located on the corner of Graybeal and Buttermilk roads. Many of the Fain children received their education from one teacher, who taught eight grades. Both George and Barsha had died by 1943. Three sons and a daughter remained on the farm. In 1967, they tore the farmhouse down, kicked

the chickens out of their coop and moved in for four months while rebuilding the home. Last week, I met Glenn Fain, George’s grandson. Glenn grew up on A two-seater was the family Middlebrook Pike outhouse having seating for two! and spent two weeks each summer helping his grandpa. His job and barn once were and, was to shell corn for the in 2000, built his retirechickens. He recalled the ment home among the other times when he would stick buildings. Even the original three chicken feathers in walkway and hedges rethe end of a corn cob and main. Glenn and his wife, throw it like a football. He Wanda, are proud of their called a “whirligig.” heritage and the memories Glenn has lived and they hold dear. worked in Chattanoga and Anyone wanting to share Morristown. He obtained the age, history, or story of the original piece of land their barn, email woycikK@ where the family house

‘Back when’ in Farragut By Sara Barrett Dick and Ellen Tisdale have lived in the same house in Farragut, just off Grigsby Chapel Road, since July 1978. They built one of the first houses in the Woodchase subdivision and have enjoyed watching the area around them grow. But they may have enjoyed watching the families in their neighborhood grow and flourish even more. The Tisdales moved to Woodchase from the Gulf Park neighborhood in Cedar Bluff “because that area was so built up, we wanted to move further west,” said Ellen. “We never expected we would have a Turkey Creek, but we love it.” “We knew it would grow,” said Dick, “but I can’t say that we anticipated what we have now.” Dick is retired from selling waterproof footwear and Ellen is retired from her job as a teaching assistant at Farragut Intermediate School. Their daughter, Lisa, attended Farragut schools. Dick and Ellen now regularly visit Lisa, her husband, John, and their two children, 8-year-old Jack and 10-year-old Julia, at their home in Alabama. Although the Tisdales love spending time with

Farragut residents Dick and Ellen Tisdale have enjoyed watching the area grow over the last 30 years. Photo by S. Barrett

their own grandchildren, they find themselves substituting as grandparents for others quite frequently. “We have reared many families,” said Dick, as he and Ellen talk about visiting the Farragut schools with their neighbors’ children for Grandparents Day. They estimate that over the last 30 years they’ve watched four or five families come and go from one house alone. Dick remembers shopping at the A&P on Kingston Pike where Walgreens and the new Costco now sit. At the time, it was the only grocery in town.

The Frontier House was the only restaurant in the area, and it was further up Kingston Pike. The building is no longer standing, but it was located across from what is now Volunteer Pharmacy. “Folks would bring their brown bags in at dinner,” Dick said, since alcohol could not yet be sold legally in the area. The Tisdales enjoy the occasional trip away, with a trip to two to Europe under their belt. But they are most happy with the life they’ve built in Farragut near their extended family in the homes around them.


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CONTINUING “Red,” the 2010 Tony Award-winning drama by John Logan, has evening performances at 7:30 and matinees at 2 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 17, at UT’s Carousel Theatre. Ticket prices vary; call the Clarence Brown Theatre box office, 974-5161, or Tickets Unlimited, 656-4444. The Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd., presents “Of Giants and Dwarfs,” recent works including paintings, drawings and installations by American artist and set designer Michael Zansky, through Tuesday, Feb. 26. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Info: 974-3200 or Goodwill Industries in Bearden is holding a materials drive through Thursday, Feb. 28, Project Wear and Share, to fund 15 vocational training programs. Gently used clothing and linens dropped off at Prestige Cleaners, Crown Cleaners and Laundry, and Executive Cleaners will receive a complimentary cleaning before being donated to Goodwill for sale. “Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia,” an exhibit of more than 50 handcrafted items of elaborate silver, gilt jewelry, carpets and textiles from the semi-nomadic Turkomen tribes of Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, will be on display through Sunday, May 12, at the Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, on the UT campus. A free program for families will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: http:// “Becoming a Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812” is on display through Sunday, May 19, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. The traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the role Tennessee played in the war. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

MONDAY, FEB. 4 Lydia Salnikova, Russian-born singerkeyboardist, will perform songs from her upcoming album, “Valentine Circle,” 12-1 p.m. on the Blue Plate Special at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Salnikova’s CD release party will be 8-10 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Speakeasy at Preservation Pub, 28 Market Square. GriefShare, a support group for people grieving the death of a loved one, will be held 6-7:30 p.m. at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave. The group will meet weekly through March 18. Info: 522- 9804 or The WordPlayers will tour the original oneact presentation “Lift Every Voice” throughout East

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TUESDAY, FEB. 5 The Tennessee Human Rights Commission will host a public roundtable discussion 3-5 p.m. at the Beck Cultural Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave. The event will inform citizens about THRC’s work and services and provide an opportunity for them to bring issues facing the area to the commission’s attention. Free, but RSVP required. RSVP: 615-253-1608 or http:// Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, will host William R. Fowler, a professor at Vanderbilt University, lecturing on “Landscape and Practice: Archaeology of the Spanish Conquest Town of Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador,” at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The Council of West Knox County Homeowners will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road. David Massey, director of the Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods, will present information about the Neighborhood Conference for City and County Neighborhoods, set for Saturday, March 23, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Refreshments start at 7:15.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 American Red Cross, 6921 Middlebrook Pike, offers weekly information sessions on nurse assistant, EKG and phlebotomy training 10-11 a.m. Info: 8623508. “Becoming a Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812” exhibit curator Myers E. Brown II will lead a Brown Bag Lecture and Gallery Tour at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Knoxville City Council Sign Ordinance Task Force will meet at 4 p.m. in the Board Room at KCDC, 901 N. Broadway.

THURSDAY, FEB. 7 Knoxville Writers’ Guild will have Brian Griffin and Mark Harmon, Ph.D., speak about writing to deal with tragedy at the guild’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Both men were at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in July 2008 when a man entered the sanctuary and fired a shotgun at congregants, killing two people and wounding seven. A $2 donation is requested at the door.

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 8-10 The 16th annual Jammin’ in Your Jammies, a benefit for Children’s Hospital, will be held at the Holiday Inn-World’s Fair Park. A family of four can stay 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday brunch or 5 p.m. SaturdaySunday brunch and enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment, including swimming in the hotel pool, karaoke, gymnastics lessons and special animal guest appearances. Tickets: $150 ($80 tax-deductible); additional family members are $20 per person. Info/ register: 541-8745.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9 Historic Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway, will offer guided public tours discussing the geologic beauty and history of the caverns during the “Warm Up in the Cave” event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8 (age 7 and up). Info: A Daddy-Daughter Dance with proceeds going to the Relevé Competition Dance Team will be held 2-4 p.m. at Backstage Dance Company, 5548 Washington Pike. Cost: $20 per couple, $10 each additional daughter. Price includes food, dancing and a keepsake photo. Info: Echo Ridge, 8458 Gleason Drive, will host a Sweetheart Dance for the community, especially seniors, at 7 p.m. Free; RSVP required, 769-0111. Project Runaway, a fashion show to benefit at-risk youth, will be at 7 p.m. at the Foundry. Local designers will present creations reconstructed from thrift-store purchases, and local boutiques will show their latest collections and have items available for sale. Event will include a live band, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets: $25 (10 for UT students with ID). Proceeds benefit Child & Family Tennessee’s Runaway Shelter. Tickets/info: Bonnie Keen, contemporary Christian singer, will perform at 8 p.m. at the Metropolitan Community Church, 7820 Redeemer Lane. Tickets: $25 for concert and dinner, $15 concert only. Info: 531-2539.

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Law enforcement officers learn to diffuse crisis situations It was one of those calls Officer Matthew Gentry says “could’ve ended really, really badly” but didn’t. A distraught man armed with a butcher knife stood in the middle of the street, slicing away at his arms in an attempt to commit suicide. “Long story short, I was able to talk him into putting the knife down and actually convinced him to comply with my commands to sit on the ground,” Gentry recounted. “I was then able to handcuff him and place him in the ambulance. I had every opportunity in the world to Taser him but didn’t because he was complying with the orders I was giving him. Since then, I’ve dealt with him two or three other times, and we’re on a first-name basis now.” Gentry, an officer with the Knoxville Police Department, tells the story to make a point – Crisis Intervention Team training is helping law enforcement officers diffuse potentially deadly encounters with the mentally ill. First launched by the Memphis Police Department in 1988 after a tragic shooting in which a police officer killed a mentally disturbed man, the CIT program was developed by the MPD in collaboration with the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and mental health providers to improve police training and procedures in response to mental illness crisis. Today, the “Memphis Model,” as it has become known, has been adopted in more than 35 states and hundreds of communities. It’s what drew almost 50 officers from law enforcement agencies in Anderson, Blount, Hamilton, Knox and Roane counties to Peninsula Hospital in Louisville on two occasions recently to get a first-hand look at the mental health community, its patients, medical providers and the families affected by mental illness. The Peninsula “field trip” is but a part of a 40-hour training course that delves far deeper into mental health issues than does a staterequired course. Similar visits are made to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, the Psycho-Social Rehab Center and Mobile Crisis. The CIT classes, which take place at Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital or the Law Enforcement Innovation Center in Oak Ridge, provide instruction in de-escalation techniques, suicide risk assessment, involuntary commitment laws and procedures, street encounters, dual diagnoses and mental illness in children, adolescents and the elderly. “It’s not reinventing the wheel – it’s basically showing that person that you care, that you are there for them, to allow them to talk and show them that you are listening to them and there to help resolve that situation,” said Gentry, who has now become a certified CIT trainer. “It’s more empathetic than sympathetic because, going through this more advanced training, you have a better understanding that they may be mentally ill but they’re still a person. They’re not always

Knox County law enforcement officers listen as Sheryl McCormick, coordinator of Peninsula’s peer support and recovery training, tells of her own battle with mental illness.

Liz Clary, director of patient care services at Peninsula, talks with officers during recent Crisis Intervention Team training.

Officer Matthew Gentry of the Knoxville Police Department has undergone training to become a certified CIT trainer.

Knoxville Police Department officers attended a CIT training last month at Peninsula. Left to right, they are: Front Row -- Sam Henard, Amy Boyd, Caryn Heitz, Terri Moore, Susan Coker and Matthew Gentry; Back Row -- Peninsula’s Director of Patient Services Liz Clary, Peninsula nurse manager Ann Cooper, Matt Peters, Michael Rupe, David Gerlach, Jason Artymovich, Brad Cox, Alan Meisheid, Peninsula Clinical Manager Dr. Charlotte Frye and Peninsula nurse manager Amy Spangler.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office officers attending the recent Crisis Intervention Team training at Peninsula are, from left: Front Row – Andy Collins, Jon Underwood, Jason Moyers, Bobby Law, Jeremy McCord and Tim Sellers; Back Row – Peninsula nurse managers Ann Cooper and Amy Spangler, Sgt. Mark Belliveau, Billy Douglas, Cas Clark, Benji Gresham, Charles Kuykendall, Greg Stanley and Peninsula Clinical Manager Dr. Charlotte Frye.

like this. It’s when they’re off their medication or if they’re having an episode, that’s why they are showing these symptoms and that’s why they’re acting that way.” Randy Myers, an officer with the Oak Ridge Police Department, echoed a similar sentiment after touring Peninsula. “It’s very helpful because it lets us see the other side and get their perspective on things and understand that they are going through a real crisis,” he said. “… it helps us understand, and try to relate from that perspective, especially if we’re the ones being attacked or whatever. It’s not us they’re attacking, they’re just acting out.” Not surprisingly, Liz Clary, Peninsula’s director of patient services, says the majority of its patients – 90 to 95 percent – don’t come to the facility of their own free will, but in handcuffs and in the back of a patrol car. “The state is trying to change that and has worked with emer-

It’s more empathetic than sympathetic because, going through this more advanced training, you have a better understanding that they may be mentally ill but they’re still a person. – Officer Matthew Gentry gency room physicians, but there are liability and safety issues to be considered,” she said. “There are patients who absolutely need to be contained when they are being brought to us. But a lot of these patients don’t – they should be brought in by family members. It’s very traumatic to be hand-cuffed, shackled, put into the back of a police car and brought here. There’s nothing therapeutic about that.” Furthermore, Clary said, the Peninsula staff is trained to avoid physically restraining patients whenever possible. Every incident

in which a patient is restrained is captured on the many video cameras throughout the facility and studied. “We look at every seclusion and every restraint and we ask, ‘What can we learn from this? What could have been done differently? What could we have done to prevent it?’ The law says that you do it if they are a danger to themselves or to others, but with the kids, you’ve got to think about what kind of damage your doing by putting them in restraints. You don’t want to do it. Our goal

in the restraint is to make sure we are providing a safe environment, and when you use seclusion and restraint that’s what we look at as treatment failure. We did something wrong. Even though you sometimes think that’s the only way possible, when you look back it, there really are some things you could do.” Even after 38 years in law enforcement, Gary Johns, an officer with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, says he came away with some valuable lessons. “I’ve been a policeman a long time, and there are a couple of things that I never thought about until this,” said Johns. “Especially if you’ve been doing this a long time, you get that hardcore attitude about a lot of things and this kind of brings everything back to earth.” For more information, visit or call 373-PARK.

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