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Clayton Homes is always hiring

This week, our search for Where the Jobs Are takes us to one of the most famous last names in Knoxville – Clayton, as in Clayton Homes. Company founder Jim Clayton has been a local fi xture since 1956, when he opened his first mobile home retail center on Clinton Highway. If you’ve been around here awhile, you’ll no doubt remember the center’s spinning mobile home sign. And you’ll probably remember Clayton’s television series, “Star Time.”

Where the Jobs Are on page 7

Greenway project drags The First Creek Greenway, announced by Mayor Rogero in her first budget in 2012, still has not been built two years later as she prepares her third budget. Perhaps no one at city hall is really pushing it, so little delays become long delays and people spend time on other issues.

Read Victor Ashe on page 4

Scriptures in line and color Icons are not sentimental. But, like a picture of your grandmother, they might make you stand up straighter, says Charles Chandler. “You don’t behave the same way in front of Grandma,” he explains.

Read Wendy Smith on page A-7

Pinewood Derby The gymnasium was filled with cheering scouts during Cub Scout pack 251’s Pinewood Derby at Rocky Hill Elementary. The lights were dimmed and a mini racetrack spanned the length of the gym floor. Strobe lights lit up the ceiling, rock music filled the air and boys with sweaty hair ran from one end of the track to the other, cheering on cars with names like Hulk with No Face and Chocolate Supreme.

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Family supporting family By W By Wendy en end ndy dy Smith Smiith h Through hrough the years, the relationship between two families, one white and one black, has benefitted the tiny Lyons View community. Because of their love for their gardener and butler, William Davis Jr., Elizabeth and Hal Mebane and Elizabeth’s sister, Lillie Powell Lindsay, donated a playground to the community in the late 1950s. Davis raised seven children with his wife, Mary, in a nearby home. Sadly, the Mebanes both passed away in 1967, and Lindsay passed away in 1969. Elizabeth and Lillie’s mother, Mrs. Powell Smith, donated the Lyons View Community Center, built in the early 1970s, in memory of her daughters and son-in-law. Now, Elizabeth Wall, Lindsay’s daughter, is continuing the family tradition. In memory of Davis, she is helping to fund a pavilion that will enhance the playground her mother built. After the Mebanes passed away, Wall moved into their Lyons View Pike home, and Davis, she says, stayed with the house. To say that the two families are close is an understatement. Will, as he was called, helped raise Wall’s two children, Jimmy and Kitty Dudley, after she was divorced. Jimmy Dudley, now an architect in North Carolina, named his son, Will, after Davis. “To us, he was next to God,” Wall says of Davis. “You can only think of him in superlatives. It didn’t matter what walk of life you were, he loved in a way that was extraordinary.” Ron Davis, son of William Davis, lives in Blount County now but remains active in the Lyons View community. He always felt welcome at the Mebanes’ when he was growing up and worked alongside

Jimmy Dudley, son of Elizabeth Wall, designed the pavilion that will be dedicated to William Davis, Jr.

Elizabeth Wall stands with Ron Davis and Mary Davis, the son and widow of William Davis Jr., beside the future site of a pavilion that will be dedicated to his memory. Wall’s grandmother donated the Lyons View Community Center, and her mother, aunt and uncle provided the playground. Photo by Wendy Smith his father during school breaks. “They have been doing so much for so long, it’s just family supporting family,” he says of the relationship between the two families. “When we were young, they went above and beyond. They say it takes a village, and they were part of our village.” William Davis passed away in 2002, just a few months after he retired. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked for the Mebane, Dudley and Wall families for over 60 years. The pavilion was part of a longrange plan for the community

William Davis Jr. celebrates his 60th birthday with Kitty Dudley (Garner) and her mother, Elizabeth Dudley (Wall), in 1982. Photo submitted

center, located at 314 Sprankle Ave. But after an open house last fall, Elizabeth Wall offered to contribute financially, making it possible for construction to begin this spring. Jimmy Dudley designed the pavilion. Home Depot has agreed to donate the roof, and the community is soliciting additional funds that would allow the project to be completed in late spring and dedicated in June. Donations should be sent to the Community Design Cen-

ter, 1300 N. Broadway, Knoxville, 37917, to the attention of Leslie Fawaz. Note “Lyons View Community Club Pavilion Project” in the memo field. The Lyons View community was one of six Knoxville neighborhoods to recently win a Neighborhood Achievement Award from the city. It was recognized for its revitalization of neighborhood spirit through its cleanup and restoration of the Lyons View Community Center.

J. Scott Clark, a mystery no more By Betty Bean Jeffrey Scott Clark says he’s very much in the 4th District school board race, and although he’s not as widely known as his opponents, he’s been getting his name out there. “I’m kind of laying low,” he said. “But I had Scott Clark

my banner flying Friday.” Clark is a flight instructor and says one of his buddies attached his banner to a plane and towed it through the 4th District skies. Less familiar than other candidates from District 4 (incumbent board chair Lynne Fugate and Sally Absher), Clark was born at Baptist Hospital, went to Kingston Corner kindergarten and Rocky Hill Elementary School before Rohm & Haas started transferring

his dad around the country. He got back to Knoxville as soon as he could and entered the U.S. Air Force when he graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1981. He earned his wings and was a flight commander for three years while waiting for an airplane of his own. He left the Air Force in 2000, became a flight instructor and flew a commercial airliner for a year and a half before he returned to school for his teaching

certificate. He has a degree in elementary education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction. And, regarding the issue all candidates are being asked about, Clark says this: “After talking to teachers and other people about this, I would not have voted to give the superintendent a contract extension. They have told me they are not for it, and I’m not in this for myself, so I would listen to them.”

Looming health-care deadline spawns signup push By Betty Bean Time is running out on the open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline is Monday, March 31, and local residents can find information on the city of Knoxville website at www.cityofknoxville. org/AffordableCareAct, as well as at, the federal government website. Or call 1-800318-2596. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is making a strong push to encourage her constituents to enroll:

“For the first time, those who have been shut out of the healthinsurance system in the past have a new way of accessing quality, affordable options,” Rogero told more than 50 representatives of area churches at an ACA signup rally Rogero last week. “Faith leaders like you share a vision of a responsibility to care for our nation’s sick, our nation’s children

and the overall health of our community.” The city is sponsoring an enrollment event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Trained enrollers will be on hand to provide free assistance to people who want to apply for health coverage. For more information or to volunteer to help at the event, contact Elizabeth Wright at or 865-203-4691. Becky Harmon, a registered

nurse who served as Knox County’s ACA volunteer coordinator last year, has gotten back into the fray for the last big push after taking a couple of months off. She says the state has been unhelpful. “State government has made it really difficult for us (to help people sign up). For example, the only way you can enroll in Tenncare now is through You used to be able to go to the Department of Human Services and apply, but you can no longer do


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What was your most embarrassing moment? First time I drove my grandfather’s ’63 Chevy truck with a standard transmission on the roads. I eventually would go the long way to get somewhere just to avoid any hills.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? Before I create another list, I must first finish the “Honey-do” list, for once see a complete “Grocery List” and eliminate the “To-Do” list.

What is one word others often use to describe you and why? Good listener. OK, so that’s two words.

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

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David Sparks, Farragut’s assistant town engineer, loves running, especially on the town’s greenways. He’s never run a marathon – never had a desire to – but he’s done a lot of 5ks and a few half-marathons. The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon’s half marathon on March 30 will be special for him: He will run it with wife Kelly, and it will be his last. “For both of us, it will be the last big race,” says Sparks. “I usually run faster than she does, but we’re going to run the half-marathon together. We’ll hold hands as we cross the 50-yard line (at Neyland Stadium).” Sparks isn’t old, and he’s nowhere near retirement – he just joined the town staff in October. But he’s a busy man, and training for big races takes time he doesn’t have. At work, the town constantly has construction projects under way. “I spend a lot of time with contractors and citizen requests – and complaints – and preparing documents,” he says. At home, just over the county line in Loudon County, he and Kelly are devoted gardeners, and there are always home-improvement projects that need his attention. He also coordinates a handyman ministry at his church, First Baptist Concord, for single-parent families. He admits that there might be tasks that need to be done at home that he’s taken care of for other people first. But he’s not the kind of handyman who will let his own house fall down around him. “I’ve hired some people to do some things,” he says. “I’m one of those guys, if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it quickly.” Before signing on with the town, Sparks worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation as a construction engineer. Prior to that, he had a general contractor’s license and built houses for five years. He moved to the Knoxville area in 1997 to work for Pilot Corp. as a project manager, designing travel centers and handling permits and construction approvals. He was with Pilot about three years, until the company downsized. Sparks met his wife at church, and they have been married nearly four years. Between them, they have five children, all of whom graduated from Farragut High School. “They’re all in school or out on their own,” he says. “They’re not coming back. The back door is locked.” Sparks himself was on his own from an early age.

A full head of hair. As odd as it sounds, I’m tired of bumping my head.

What is your passion? It’s been said, ‘Your passion is what’s on your planner and where you spend your time and money.’ It must be my faith, the outdoors and food!

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? Jesus Christ, and then Abraham Lincoln for dinner.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? He lived in Pittsburgh until he was 15, when his family moved to Hickory, N.C. When his father lost his job, his parents moved to Arkansas, but Sparks stayed on to finish his senior year of high school, living with a neighbor. He went to the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and majored in civil engineering. He was working for a civil engineering and design firm in Greensboro when Pilot offered him a job. Sparks started raising chickens last year; he’s down to nine from his original 12, thanks to some hawks, he believes. He’s not trying to make money from the venture. He just wants fresh eggs. He and Kelly, a teacher at Hardin Valley Academy, like to go hiking and camping in the area. Their dream is to camp at the Outer Banks. Meanwhile, he really enjoys his job. “I feel like I’m making a contribution to the community.” Sit back and have a Coffee Break as you get to know David Sparks.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” “Dirty Harry” (1971). I like Clint Eastwood.

That’s a hard one for me, as there have been many. I would say my paternal grandparents.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Why some people drive slow in the passing lane.

What is the best present you ever received in a box? Always the last one.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? “Take it one day at a time, and you will get there.”

What is your social media of choice? Face to face. I prefer not spending too much time on Facebook, and I don’t tweet.

What is the worst job you have ever had? Mowing the neighbor’s property for $2. Not profitable. My dad made me do it.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why? Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. Coyote thought he was clever in inventing the next best contraption to catching Roadrunner. I liked seeing what he would devise next.

What irritates you? People who are inconsiderate of others.

What are you guilty of? Being impatient. Enough said.

What is your favorite material possession? My John Deere tractor. Just as much fun as a 5-yearold boy on his toy tractor.

What are you reading currently? “A Look at Life From a Deer Stand” by Steve Chapman.

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? Take a getaway long weekend trip. For me, sometimes the best plan is no plan. Don’t over-plan it, just go with it. It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Farragut Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Sherri Gardner Howell, Include contact info if you can.

John Niceley of Strong Stock Farm is intrigued by Jennifer Willard’s multimedia piece “Little Birds: The Wolf Trail.”

Art shows abound The vibe downtown was crowded and festive on a recent First Friday. At the Emporium on Gay Street, the Southern Art Soul Sisters (SASS) Collective was celebrating with their first gallery exhibition in Knoxville. Called “A Bird in This World” – an old Southern saying that the members say captures their collective spirit – the show features mixed-media pieces by Karen Bertollini, Lynn Corsi Bland, Cynthia C. Cox, Susan Edwards, Betsy Hobkirk, Suzanne Wedekind and Jennifer Willard. A variety of themes are explored, and the works will be displayed in the Balcony of the Emporium Center through March 29. Meanwhile, over at the District Gallery in Bearden, Judge Harold Wimberly Jr. enjoyed a convivial reception for his latest show called “It Was a Good Time.” The show runs through March 22. “You know,” said Wimberly, “everybody takes pic-

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Carol’s Corner tures. But one day I took a photo and said, ‘Hey – that’s pretty good. Maybe I should do something with it.’” His newfound realization led him to Thompson Photo Products. The local company enlarged and printed his photos using a vivid process that really makes the colors pop, and they also did the framing. Judge Wimberly sings their praises and credits Thompson with much of the photos’ impact. His dry sense of humor informs many of the shots. A picture of Old Faithful, the famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park, shows no tourists or people

Good friends attorney J.D. Lee and judge Harold Wimberly Jr. pose in front of one of the judge’s landscape photographs.

of any kind except for a lone figure lying prone on the decking. “The point of that photo is the person passed out in the corner,” Wimberly said with a grin. He’s also fond of a surreal shot of Hanna-Barbera Land, a Texas theme park closed for several decades. “The people who live near there bought it and still maintain it,” he said. His suitably cartoonish photo features a large purple dinosaur. Talk of our nation’s various oddities prompted me to ask if he’s ever seen the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. “No, I haven’t ever seen that one,” he replied, “but when you’ve been to the National Museum of Vinegar, as I have, it takes a lot to impress you.” Attorney J.D. Lee asked which photo is his favorite. “The next one,” the judge unhesitatingly answered. “The one I haven’t taken yet.”

Artist Jennifer Willard, who is also executive director of the Community School of the Arts, stands beside her multimedia piece “Little Debbie and the Demise of Cursive,” part of a show at the Emporium on Gay Street. “My work is about seeing fairy tales and old-fashioned representations of childhood through a 21st century lens,” she says.

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Painter Betsy Hobkirk enjoys painting on found, natural materials. For these botanical watercolors she has used wood, and has made the grain part of the painting. Photos by Carol Zinavage

BEARDEN Shopper news • MARCH 17, 2014 • A-3 The city welcomes input on the placement and timing of traffic signals, like this one at Winston Road and Kingston Pike. Photos by Wendy Smith

Traffic signals in West Knox go by the book Anyone who d drives riive vess in in West Knoxville at rush hour, like me, has plenty of time to wonder what goes into the placement of traffic lights and the timing of each one.

Wendy Smith At a recent West Hills Community Association meeting, residents expressed their desire for a traffic signal to calm the mayhem at North Winston Road, just north of Kingston Pike, during peak traffic times. Multiple driveways within a short distance, including the entrance to Trader Joe’s, are problematic. That prompted me to call Knoxville Director of Engineering Jim Hagerman to get the lowdown on traffic signals. The city, as well as

call center, call cen entter, 215-4311, or the traffic engineering department, 215-5100.

the th he county, cou co unty, depends unty depe de pend ndss on the the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, with its array of charts and equations, to determine where, and how long, signals need to be. New development typically requires traffic-impact studies that also play a role. As for Winston Road, Hagerman says there are no plans to add a signal, but the city is considering a reconfiguration of lanes to help with backup at Kingston Pike. Changing the signal’s timing would be like “robbing Peter to pay Paul”: Even if it fi xed one problem, it would cause another. John Sexton, transportation engineer for Knox County, agreed with Hagerman that changing timing settings is a complicated business. “Everybody has a dog in the fight, but we have to do it based on what would be good for the most people.” Hagerman says the city welcomes input via the 311

Book looks at Smokies, pre-park

Early residents of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were poor, dirty and uneducated, but we can’t help but love their tenacity. Those who are devoted to researching the early history of the area and its inhabitants will benefit from “Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934.” The book, published recently by UT Press, is the culmination of several years of work by Anne Bridges, Russell Clement and Ken Wise. Bridges and Wise, co-directors of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project and associate professors at the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennes-

Looming health-care that. They put a kiosk in and point people to it. There’s no assistance. “Supposedly, the state was to have its website up and running, but that still hasn’t happened. It’s hard to explain to people where they fall financially, and it’s kind of frustrating. But enrollments have been happening,” Harmon said. Here are Tennessee Health Care Campaign’s Knox County enrollment events until March 31: ■ Wednesday, March 19, 3-7 p.m. – South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike ■ Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. ■ Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Ave. ■ Monday, March 31, 3-8 p.m. – Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Ave. Tennova Healthcare is sponsoring enrollment events 8 a.m. to

From page A-1 for legal immigrants) ■ Employer and income information for every household member to be covered (numbers from pay stubs or W-2 forms – Wage and Tax Statements, modified adjusted gross income) ■ Policy numbers for any current health-insurance plans covering household members ■ A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan for which a member of the household is eligible ( gov/downloads/ECT_ Appl ic at ion _ 50 8 _ 1 3 0 61 5 . pdf).

noon Saturday, March 29, at these locations: ■ Turkey Creek Medical Center, West Lobby (Walmart side), 10820 Parkside Drive ■ Physicians Regional Medical Center (the former St. Mary’s), admitting entrance (Fulton High School side), 900 E. Oak Hill Ave. ■ North Knoxville Medical Center, Outpatient Department, 7565 Dannaher Drive off Emory Road Anyone wishing to enroll will need these documents: ■ Social Security numbers (or document numbers

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see, spoke about the book during a Brown Bag lecture at the East Tennessee History Center. Smoky Mountain residents tended to pass down information orally, so most written material from this era was written by outsiders for an audience of outsiders, said Bridges. The earliest entry is a 1544 map documenting the DeSoto expedition. Bridges and Wise read excerpts from 1,299 bibliography entries, including a 1725 account by a trader who noted that Cherokee women “ruled the roost” and often beat their husbands. Mason Drake, who ■

Anne Bridges and Ken Wise, co-directors of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project, discuss “Terra Incognita” at the East Tennessee History Center. passed through the Smokies while escaping from a Confederate prison, noted the beauty of the mountains “bathed in a yellow haze.” In 1883, a writer for the St. Louis Gazette described the mountain people as dirty, with teeth discolored by tobacco. Spitting was not only a habit, but a pastime,

he said, and noted they could spit with the same accuracy with which they shot. For ordering information: Published works after 1934 are part of the online Database of the Smokies (DOTS):

Time to take a hike

The Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club unveiled its new outings schedule, which includes hikes for beginners, overnight trips, canoe/kayak floats and even a snorkeling expedition. Outings chair Ron Shrieves emphasized that Sierra Club membership isn’t required for participation. “We won’t even bug you to join.” Thirteen outings are part of the group’s Take-a-Hike program, which is aimed at inexperienced hikers who are in good enough shape to walk at least four miles. The hikes are generally easy and offer historical or ecological education. Urban hikes are offered in conjunction with the meet-up group Knoxville Greenway Walkers. Benefits of urban hiking are convenience, architectural interest and easy access to restaurants and parks, said Shrieves. See the schedule at

Anyone with the appropriate fitness level is welcome to participate in the Sierra Club’s Harvey Broome Group’s outings, like last year’s 5.8-mile trek on Honey Creek Loop in Big South Fork. Photo submitted

ville-Greenway-Walkers. Fifteen of the outings are in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, nine are in the Cumberland Plateau area, and other destinations include Big South Fork National Recreation Area and Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in North Carolina. To see the entire

schedule: harveybroome. Preregistration for each outing is required. To register: The Harvey Broome Group meets at 7 p.m. on second Tuesdays at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike.

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government Greenway project drags The First Creek Greenway, announced by Mayor Rogero in her first budget in 2012, still has not been built two years later as she prepares her third budget. Perhaps no one at city hall is really pushing it, so little delays become long delays and people spend time on other issues.

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New city press spokesperson Eric Vreeland says the greenway is actually ahead of schedule with a completion date of December 2016. Surely he jests, but actually not. Announced in April 2012 and not going to be completed for 4 1/2 years and that is ahead of schedule? Apparently, if you set the completion date far enough out then any project will come in ahead of schedule. If Rogero is not re-elected in 2015, her successor will be cutting the ribbon in 2016. It’s stunning that a greenway takes 4 1/2 years to construct. Someone is not on top of this … or maybe no one. ■ Ted Welch, Nashville and national Republican fundraiser, died March 8, marking the passing of an era. He was commissioner of finance for Gov. Winfield Dunn. He was national finance chair for the GOP. He was close to every major Republican officeholder since 1970 including Lamar Alexander, Bill Frist, Bill Brock, Winfield Dunn, Fred Thompson, Don Sundquist and others. Former Gov. Dunn said of Welch, “If Ted had lived to be 100, it still would have been a premature death.” Dunn himself is 86 and in excellent health. ■ State Rep. Steve Hall will face an active summer if West Knoxvillian Martin Daniel turns in his petition to run for state representative and they face each other in the August primary. Hall is a strong backer of state Sen. Stacey Campfield and often sponsors Campfield legislation such as the bill to sell Lakeshore Park before it was transferred to the city of Knoxville. Hall has generally been an invisible member of the General Assembly except when he defends the controversial Campfield.

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Circuit judge race photo finish Hang on to your hats, y’all. This Circuit Court judge’s race could be a heck of a lot of fun.


Interestingly, Daniel Mabe lives in the Rocky Hill precinct off Northshore Drive that Hall insisted on being placed in his district Three Republican canso his district would be didates – Kristi Davis, overwhelmingly RepubliRay Hal Jenkins and Billy can instead of going to the Stokes – are running for Gloria Johnson district the Division I seat being where it would have tilted vacated by Dale Workman. that district toward the Their contrast in styles was GOP. Consequently, Hall displayed at the Fountain faces a stiff challenge City/North Knox Republithis summer due to his can Club meeting last week. insistence on protecting Stokes spoke first. He’s himself. the most familiar face of the Hall should remember three and is a former Knox the old adage, be careful County GOP chair. what you ask for, you might Billy started blabbing – get it. rambling a bit, to be honest ■ It has been eight – telling his life’s tale. After months since the special three minutes or so, I drank court appointed by Gov. Bill a big shot of Coca-Cola just Haslam heard arguments to stay awake and thought, in Nashville on the John J. “What is he doing?” Hooker lawsuit challenging Then it hit me. He was the selection method for emphasizing his experience. appellate judges, and there About the time the light has been no decision. Why bulb lit up in my head, he is this? Are they purposely said: slow-walking their deci“I’ve tried just about evsion? What is their motive? erything (as a lawyer). RunEight months is plenty of ning for judge seems like it time for five people to write would be another progrestheir decision (whatever it sion on the path. I’m preis) for a single case. Two of pared to do this.” the five special justices are Davis gave the best from Knoxville: former city law director Morris Kizer and former U.S. attorney Russ Dedrick. Some wonder if the panel is waiting on the legislature Last summer, shiny hapto adjourn so this session py school board members cannot react to their decigathered around Superinsion with legislation. Some tendent James McIntyre to wonder if they plan to wait cheer the announcement until after the constituthat the Bill & Melinda tional amendment is voted on this November to change Gates Foundation was giving Knox County Schools the judicial-selection proa humongous grant to help cess. There is no deadline figure out how to spend taxon writing opinions for the state Supreme Court. Retir- payer money. It was festive. Nobody was rude enough ing Supreme Court Justice to correct McIntyre’s math Bill Koch has taken as long when he said it was a $1.2 as two years to write an million Gates grant, when opinion on cases assigned in fact $840,000 came to him. from Gates and the other The fact is, this was a case where the opinion could have been written in days. Have they reached a decision that is unanimous or divided? One also wonFrom the folks who ders why the mainstream brought you Bill Dunn, Stamedia has not jumped on the lengthy delay here. They cey Campfield, Steve Hall and Roger should have issued an opinKane, here ion months ago if they were comes Eddoing their job properly. die Smith. ■ John Gill, former In an unU.S. attorney and top aide usual press to District Attorney Randy release, Nichols, contrary to some Smith said speculation, will not be rei n c u m tiring Aug. 31, but will conbent state tinue working for the new Johnson Rep. Glodistrict attorney general ria Johnson has “had her elected this August. Gill is chance to prove she will married to Margie Nichstand tall,” and has “failed ols, top aide to University to serve your best interests. of Tennessee Chancellor “I intend to stand much Jimmy Cheek.

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speech. She is cogent and calm. She kept her biography brief, talked about her experience trying cases in circuit courts “from Chattanooga to Erwin.” Said her experience is “very broad and very general,” and that she’s represented plaintiffs and defendants, adding that it’s beneficial for a judge to view cases from both points of view. Davis said a good judge should possess three things – experience, a good work ethic and a firm but respectful demeanor in the courtroom. Why is she running? “We need strong leaders who can come out of the private sector and (serve). I’m not the most experienced politician in this room, but that’s OK.” Note the lines about the public sector and experienced politicians. Davis made the ever so subtle distinction that both Jen-

kins and Stokes have long involvement in the Knox County Republican Party. Jenkins is jovial, gregarious. He cracked jokes, said he’s made the switch from being “a corporate attorney to a country lawyer.” He said his work ethic was displayed when he held down a full-time job while going to law school at night. Jenkins is proud of his work as a former party chair. “I tell people that my two jobs were to raise money and elect Republicans. We did both.” Stokes probably has the

widest support among the establishment. But Jenkins comes from a widely known family of Republicans. Davis is the newbie, but that may work to her advantage. My brain tells me that this is Stokes’s race to lose, but my gut tells me that he and Jenkins are going to split the traditional Republican vote. That leaves Davis with a major opportunity. Make sure your camera batteries are charged, folks. This race could very well be a photo finish on Election Day. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at

Rick Ross hopes Republicans in Fountain City and in North Knoxville will attend the combined club meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. each second Monday at Shoney’s on North Broadway. Dues are $5 a year, and Ross says he’ll work out a payment plan if anybody needs one.

Checking that gift horse’s dentures Betty Bean $360,000 in equal amounts from the Knox Countysubsidized Great Schools Partnership and from Knox County Schools. And nobody mentioned that the Parthenon Group – the Gates-approved, Boston-based business consultant chosen to create the “Smart Spending”

plan along with its subcontractor Education Resource Strategies – is known for recycling the same advice in different school districts, so there wasn’t much mystery about what the recommendations would be. “We’re really excited about, not just the shortterm impact this will have on the budget process coming up, but also the longterm impact on making sure we are getting the best possible return on our educational investment in our

community,” McIntyre said with a straight face. The media shared his excitement and delivered the news like a glitter bomb: “Knox County Schools announced Monday the district is getting more than $1 million from some of the world’s top philanthropists,” said one TV newsreader. “The Gates Foundation grant is just the latest opportunity for the school district to shine on a national stage.” But the atmosphere was To page A-5

Tall and taller: Eddie Smith comes after Gloria Johnson taller.” Johnson, one of the few Democrats left in the legislature, led a rally Friday to support teachers and parents who are questioning the Common Core State StanSmith dards. She looked pretty tall on Market Square. But Smith, who lives in South Knoxville and is the married father of two, says

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he represents “the values and beliefs of state House District 13 and will hold true to those values and beliefs in Nashville.” Smith was media and events director at Sevier Heights Baptist Church for 13 years. In that role, he was pro-

duction manager for the Living Christmas Tree, an annual event at ThompsonBoling Arena. He now runs a consulting firm specializing in event management and audio/video production. Johnson has made a name in Nashville, even as a first-term legislator in the minority party. Her leadership on education issues has led to speaking invitations statewide. She is a special-education teacher for Knox County Schools, taking leave to serve in the legislature.

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Future favorite: Vic Wharton III I don’t know Todd Kelly in Butch Jones and sincere Jr., but I like him because of gratitude for an opportunity roots. Ditto Dillon Bates. to make a difference. Perhaps you know Wharton background basics. Former Volunteer all-SEC basketball guard Brandon Marvin Wharton, 1,651 points in the West late 1990s, is his uncle. Vic was an athletic freshman of some distinction at Catholic High. He transferred to Christ That said, until further notice, Vic Wharton III is Presbyterian Academy outmy favorite incoming foot- side of Nashville and had a ball Volunteer. He has not great sophomore year in footcaught a pass or returned a ball, basketball and track. He transferred again, punt for the orange, but he has demonstrated a deep ap- to Independence High in preciation of the University Thompson’s Station, and of Tennessee, complete faith became one of the better

all-around, mid-sized (6-0, 190) athletes in the country. There might have been a connection between that move and the school adding his dad to the coaching staff. Do what? You never heard of Vic Wharton Jr. or Thompson’s Station, population 2,194, steeped in history, Civil War battleground, Williamson County, between Franklin and Spring Hill? Young Vic III did what he could to make Thompson’s Station more famous. He played defensive back, quarterback, running back, wide receiver and kick returner. He did all that very

well, about 2,500 all-purpose yards as a senior, nine touchdowns running, eight receiving, six doing other things. He made a bunch of tackles, intercepted some passes, threw a touchdown pass, had a 98-yard kickoff return, etc. One college coach said Vic is an instinctive defender. Another said he is better as a receiver, not a burner but once under 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. If that isn’t flying, it is takeoff speed. Some who do recruiting evaluations say he is a fourstar prospect. That is incidental. Here’s what matters:

Work required on pensions up the costs of government The city of Knoxville is on a collision course with for the next 20-plus years. your wallet. Those plans are consuming It manages pension an ever-larger share of the Nick plans that cover some 3,750 Della Volpe city’s annual budget. people (2,255 retirees and A decade ago, the city 1,491 active workers). The was contributing about $4.4 main plan, now closed to million per year to the plan new entrants, had an es- in November 2012, applies (an amount roughly in line timated $690 million in to employees hired after with the employees’ then-$3 liabilities but only $520 Jan. 1, 2013. million contribution, or 6 Problem solved? Or only percent of salary). million in assets as of February 2014. a good start? Plan H covers The city is currently conThat $170 million short- about 90 new employees, tributing over $22 million fall will weigh heavily on whose pension claims will per year (while employees the city’s annual budget for mature some 20 to 25 years add $3.8 million) and is well decades to come. The market downturn of “We are racing forward, knowing that the bridge is out.” 2001-02 and the recession that began in 2008 have contributed heavily to the shortfall. The in the future. Compare that on its way to over $30 milold plan currently pays out to the 3,750 retirees and ac- lion per year in the next few some $40 million per year tive workers under the old years. Yikes! in benefits and $3.5 million plan, and you realize it is a The city went from near in management fees and ad- first step. parity with the worker/benministrative costs. So what’s being done? eficiaries of the plan, to four The good news is that Right now, nothing. or five times the employees’ the city (with the help of acThe city is laboring un- share. At that rate, the city’s tive voters) closed those old der the weight of the un- contribution will eat nearly plans. A new hybrid Plan H, derfunded “closed” plans, 20 percent of the city’s enadopted by charter change which will continue running tire $180 million operating

budget. In simple terms, the more pension monies paid in = fewer services to you, or tax increases you don’t want and can’t afford. Yet, we are racing forward, knowing that the bridge is out. Who pays? You do. It’s your money. The city’s revenues come primarily from property taxes and sales taxes (which have been flat for the past several years). The rest comes from other fees and taxes (including a share from the state). Budgets remain tight. So, why not act now to slow the runaway train? Thus far, the city claims nothing more can be done. Adjusting pension benefits is said to be barred by a 33-yearold Tennessee Supreme Court decision known as the Blackwell case. Next week, we will tackle Blackwell, looking at recent action in Chattanooga. Nick Della Volpe, an attorney, represents District 4 on Knoxville City Council.

Because of Jones, Vic was more interested in Cincinnati than Tennessee when Derek Dooley was coach. When Jones switched schools, Wharton decided he was part of the package. He had to wait only for confirmation that he was wanted. Butch had previously offered a Cincinnati scholarship after Vic camped with the Bearcats. When the Tennessee offer came, Vic was first to commit for the class of 2014. He called Jones on Christmas Day 2012. A few minutes later, he appointed himself assistant recruiting coordinator and called TK. That is code for the aforementioned Todd Kelly Jr. Soon others were in the loop. The theme was the fu-

ture, trying to restore Tennessee football to its rightful place of prominence. Over and over, Vic Wharton III said to prospective teammates, “Once we get there, we are going to help make a difference.” Optimism. Enthusiasm. Faith in tomorrow. And why not? “I think he’s the greatest coach in the country,” Wharton said of Lyle Allen “Butch” Jones Jr. “I mean, I just can’t wait to play for him.” Even with more talent on the roster, I am almost certain there is still a place for leadership. The Vic Wharton approach is good enough for now. Marvin West invites reader response. His address is

Betty Bean far different at last week’s school board work session. The board members weren’t smiling when the Parthenon Group consultant rolled out recommendations they knew were coming and most used to be OK with – increasing classroom sizes, eliminating as many as 300 “low-performing” teachers based on value-added (TVAAS) scores, laying off librarians, custodians, counselors, social workers and nurses, stop giving pay raises for advanced degrees, ax Project Grad and most of the TAP program, quit helping poor kids to go on field trips and stretch out the school year with a “balanced calendar,” requiring teachers to work some 20 additional days per year without commensurate compensation. Last summer’s gift horse couldn’t weather the monthslong public-information campaign waged by teachers, parents and even students. Parthenon’s Seth Reynolds

From page A-4 probably wouldn’t have gotten a chillier reception if he’d recommended barbed-wire enemas all around. Once he was done, librarians and counselors and a University of Tennessee researcher stood up at a public forum and challenged the board to look closer at the Parthenon gift horse. Librarian Amber Rountree observed that she’s never heard anyone ask for larger class sizes and criticized the Parthenon report for recommending hiring two recruiters and four humanresource specialists for the administrative staff while cutting personnel who work directly with students. Finally, she urged the board to remember the intangibles: “Our classrooms are a community in which our students learn skills like empathy and kindness, many of which cannot be measured by a bar graph or in a bottom line.”


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Pinewood Derby in Rocky Hill The gymnasium was filled with cheering scouts during Cub Scout pack 251’s Pinewood Derby at Rocky Hill Elementary.

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The lights were dimmed and a mini racetrack spanned the length of the gym floor. Strobe lights lit up the ceiling, rock music filled the air and boys with sweaty hair ran from one end of the track to the other, cheering on cars with names like Hulk with No Face and Chocolate Supreme. Heat races were followed by the main event, with a pizza break thrown in the middle. Family and friends showed their support while the Scouts gave it their all. First grader and scout Eric Quinley said his derby car Golden Brick had done well, with lots of second places and one third place. Third grader and scout Dylan Murray couldn’t contain his excitement on the sidelines as his car made it into the finals. His cheers could be heard over the background music and out into the hallway. ■

Rocky Hill honor roll

Students at Rocky Hill Elementary School who made the honor roll for the second nine weeks of the school year include: Third grade: Emily Adams, Emma Atkins, Trey Better, Harper Bienko, Logan Bogle, Bizzie Bowers, Samantha Brody, Nathan Brusseau, Sara Logan Cada, Blue Cain, Kyle Chavez, Luke Cheadle, Jones Conner, Aurora Cruze, Jake Davis, Luke Egan, Kathryn Faulkner, Lily Fawaz, Eli Felker, Jackson Fisher, Tate Gerrish, Evan Goins, John Kirby Hamilton, Trinity Hardiman, Brock Hatcher, Robert Hovan, Autumn Huddleston, Cline Johannson, Ava Jones, Ranya Joshi, Devin Kasey, Joshua Layton, Andrew Ley, Justin Li, Eric Lindley, Ava Long, Jackson Lowe, Eric Lyttle, Izabella Maestroiani, Margaret Manolache, Max Manolache, Lily Mason, Aaron Matheny, Zack McAl-

lister, Courtney Miller, Wells Moffitt, Max Moore, Bradley Morrison, Dylan Murray, Ella Outland, Anderson Puckett, Gavon Reeves, Averi Richardson, Colin Richart, Elyssa Robertson, Madeline Saunders, Ava Savilla, Ben Schaefer, Ryan Seagrave, Evan Shotts, Will Siegling, Morgan Vittetoe, Brooklyn Walker, Finley Warren, Franklyn Whaley, Christalleni White, Garrett Willard, Theo Williams, Finn Winters, Sydney Woodall and Ella Wright. Fourth grade: Noah Allard, Owen Allard, Azai Arambula-Chavez, Kathryn Atkins, Sara Katherine Bailey, Romain Baudry, Seth Bhatka, Carlie Bobo, Isaac Bohleber, Angela Bulkhak, Tate Carideo, William Carter, Irving ChavezCharles, Lauren Chiles, Kyle Collins, Will Cooper, Chapman Craig, Josh Cruze, Nicholas Evans, Anna Ford, Abby Gray, Mary Lindley Gray, Max Harper, Ava Harris, John Harrison, Agustin Harte, Sydney Hayes, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Richard Hollow, Stokes John, Carson Kammann, Emma Kyser, Mackenzie Lesmerises, Joshua Lovett, AC Maddox, Nayeli Magana, Lilly Mangum, Reese Marine, Barlow McDonald, Devin Mixon, Aedyn Myers-Pfeif le, Kush Nayee, Sarah Noe, Kerry O’Neill, Bonnie Ortiz, Fredy Ortiz, Lane Palmer, Sally Pendergrass, Ashton Peterson, Ashley Poling, Carson Pruitt, Spencer Rabenold, Zeke Rebholz, Olivia Rhines, Alec Roberts, Olivia Roberts, Preston Rotton, Caroline Schow, Mary Helen Schow, Matthew Schultz, Wyatt Shomaker, Sophie Shymloch, Conner Smith, Jaedyn Sobota, Seth Stephens, Jaxon Thornburgh, William Triko, Jade Vo, Dylan Wall, Hunter Watts, Parker White, Claire Whitehead and Mason Willoughby. Fifth grade: Natalia Adams, Tristin Beam, Riley Bogle, Halle Bolling, Isabella Bourque, Jackson Bowman, Monica Bowman, Anna Brice, Owen Brooke, Griffin Butler, Evan Carrigan, Cameron Carter, Chris Carter, Caroline Cazana, Brittany Chisholm, Aspen Cook, Brady Cook, Adriane Crocker, Taylor Dixon, Will Duff, Courtney Elliot, Olivia Felker, Hannah Fine, Jett Gentry,

Winners of Lip Sync Bearden Middle School’s first place winner for its annual Lip Sync competition includes Alex Tope, Daniel Leadbetter, Heather Williams, Charlee Joyce, Mary Simpson Stone, Mikala Farrell, Carolyn Gahan, Chandler Rosecrance, Marcy Sullivan, Kate Broady, Trista Dickie, Anna Messer, Caleb Warren, Hunter Green and Gavin Norwood. Lip Sync is one of two annual fundraisers hosted by the school in lieu of students selling merchandise. All proceeds benefit BMS. Photo submitted Nicole Gerrish, John Paul Givens, Claire Hamilton, Anne Caroline Harris, Mary Kate Holladay, Rhea Joshi, Ty Kimel, Meredith Kiser, Cameron Kreisher, Mariam Layton, Emma Kate Lowe, OV Manolache, Emily Mayer, Austin Mayes, Skylar Mayson, Rachil McAllister, Jake McIntyre, George McLoughlin, Michael Messer, Bo Millikan, Graham Monroe, Alex Moore, Caroline Morris, Will Myers, Kaitlynd Nenninger, Holly Nguyen, Andrew Nichols, Anna Nichols, Matthew Noe, Grant Parker, Olivia Peek, Elise Pickett, Annabelle Ragukas, Rebecca Robinson, Henry Schaefer, LoRen Seagrave, Avery Shellist, Blakely Shuler, Franklin Smith, Ishani Spanier, Lucy Sword, Camryn Taylor, Chloe Thomas, Maggie Tipton, Kasey Vittetoe, William Walker, Kelsey Webb, Andew Wilson, Trey Wilson, Robert Winkel and Piper Woodall.

Rocky Hill students Dylan Murray, Eric Quinley, Maggie Murray and Chloe Egan watch the heat races of Cub Scout pack 251’s Pinewood Derby. Photos by S. Barrett

SCHOOL NOTES Bearden Middle ■ School librarian Donna Gobbell is collecting Box Tops for Education to purchase items for the library. They can be dropped off in the library.

Pinewood Derby participants take a pizza break before the final race. Pictured are Hayden Vance who raced Hulk With No Face, Andrew Brill who raced Midnight Flame, Andrew Ley who raced Fire Vortex, Luke Cheadle who raced Chocolate Supreme and Jones Conner who raced Green Machine.


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Theater auditions at Bearden Students at Bearden High School auditioned last week for musical theater advanced acting and the job of stage technician. The auditions are held twice a year, once for fall semester when a musical is presented and once for spring semester when a play is performed.

Juniors Kylen Bailey and Hannah Keil are already stage technicians with the school’s costume crew, but it is mandatory to audition every time. Kylen also enjoys acting, but Hannah doesn’t feel she’s up to par in the singing, dancing or acting categories so being a stage tech

gives her the opportunity to participate in theater. It is something she loves, she says. You can check out Kylen and Hannah’s handywork on costumes in the performance of “Marigolds” 7:309:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, through Saturday, April 5, at the school.

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Scriptures in line and color By Wendy Smith

500 special symbols can be incorporated into icons. Creativity isn’t a common characteristic of an iconographer. “If you get creative, the icon can’t be read,” Chandler says. More often, iconographers are like him − obsessive compulsive. He spent six years at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Ala., before a professional career that included designing contact lenses for Bausch & Lomb and running a computer company. After retirement, he took up iconography, and he’s become an expert on icon symbolism. He’s the only member of the guild to use egg tempera − a handmade mixture of egg yolk, water, white wine and color used by early iconographers – as his primary medium. The other painters mostly use acrylics. Guild members come from various Christian churches, but all of them worked on icons representing the 14 stages of the cross that are currently on display at Church of the Ascension as part of Lent. Chandler designed the cartoons, and members spent approximately a year painting them. Each one was painted by multiple members, making it a true group project. For more information on the guild, contact Chandler at

Icons are not sentimental. But, like a picture of your grandmother, they might make you stand up straighter, says Charles Chandler. “You don’t behave the same way in front of Grandma,” he explains. Chandler is member of the East Tennessee Iconographers Guild that meets twice a month at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 South Northshore Drive. The group has been painting together and educating each other for almost 15 years. Iconography isn’t an art form that can be learned overnight. The creation of each piece is a spiritual experience, and even an experienced painter like Chandler might spend 100 hours on one small painting. But the process is just as important as the finished product. Icons, he says, should bless the iconographer as well as the viewer. There are 24 specific steps to the creation of an icon, and each represents a step in the spiritual development of people. Everything about the painting is symbolic. Each is done on a rectangle of wood, which represents the tree of life. The four corners represent the gospels. A red frame around the subject represents a window

faith In honor of Ireland Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17: 7-8 NRSV) Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light. (“Ancient Irish,” translated by Mary Byrne, 1905)

On this St. Patrick’s Day, my mind turns to the green leaves of Tara’s Hill and the mists and mysteries of Ireland. I remember seeing the signpost as we rode into the village of Slane, and the “Aha” that exploded in my Charles Chandler talks to Patricia Grecco as she works during mind. As one who notices an East Tennessee Iconographers Guild meeting at the Episcothe names of hymn tunes pal Church of the Ascension. Photo by Wendy Smith as well as the names of the hymns themselves, I recogthrough which the viewer The perspective on icons nized Slane as the name of gets a glimpse into the next is reversed so that objects the tune to which we sing life. A thin green line inside appear larger when they are “Be Thou My Vision,” that the frame represents the farther away. This doesn’t great hymn of ancient Irereflect a lack of skill on the Mount of Olives. land. I had not known, until Because the subjects are part of the painter, but demthat moment, that the tune holy, there are no shadows, onstrates to the viewer that – also Irish – was named for and no light is reflected in they are seeing something a place in Ireland. the eyes. That would be like otherworldly. Slane was spiritually light reflecting off a light Iconographers are imimportant because it was bulb, he says. The figures are age writers, he explains. there, on the Hill of Slane, painted with dark colors ini- Each image follows a structhat St. Patrick, in 433 A.D., tially. Lighter colors are add- ture that can be read by is said to have lit a Paschal ed later to create highlights. an informed viewer. Over (Easter) fire as a challenge to the pagan High King of Tara, symbolizing the triumph of Christianity over paganism. There are blessed places on this earth, places of mystery and portent. There are places of beauty and grace and gentleness, as well as places of starkness and ferocity. I have not seen them all – not nearly all – but I believe that Ireland is unique. Shakespeare called England “this other Eden,” but I venture to say that he had not seen Ireland. Ireland is small, an island surrounded by the cold waters of the North Atlantic and the Irish Sea. Its green, rolling landscape – with an Stacey Trenteseaux and pianist Aaron Mann, who are members occasional mountain – is of University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Chorale, perquite reminiscent of East form a beautiful rendition of “Come Sunday,” by Duke Ellington. Tennessee, which may explain why so many Irish immigrants settled in our beautiful hills. The mystery of the spirals of Newgrange, a passage Emmie Fuller gets a lift from Amanda Yager during the night of grave built around 3200 music. Amanda sings soprano in the Southern Chorale.

Mississippi music delights Farragut Presbyterian

p.m. Sunday, April 27, and Farragut Presbyterian will feature reVOLution and Church brought a little bit VOLume, two University of of heaven to its congrega- Tennessee contemporary a tion and the community on capella groups. Making up the 67-memMarch 1. The church kicked off its Spring Concert Series ber Southern Chorale from with a group from the Uni- Southern Miss were graduversity of Southern Missis- ate and undergraduate stusippi. The event is the first of dents from the school’s chotwo free concerts the church ral program. Directed by Dr. has planned for this spring. Gregory Fuller, the group The second will be at 6 filled the church with joy-

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ful music from the moment they entered from the back of the church, spilling down the aisles in excitement – and perfect pitch. Southern Chorale treated the audience to a wide range of musical styles, from pop to gospel to classical, ending the evening with “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King,” complete with drumming. Alex Favazza, a graduate student in choral conducting, said the group enjoys taking their program on the road. “We do this to sup-

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B.C., was only rediscovered in 1699. It was excavated by archaeologists in the 1960s, and they found that on the winter solstice (Dec. 21), rays of sun enter the tomb and light up the burial chamber, which means that it is the world’s oldest solar observatory, predating England’s Stonehenge by some 600 years. The Cliffs of Moher, however, were the most breathtaking (literally!) adventure in Ireland. I was determined to climb all the way to the top, determined to look down the sheer face of the cliffs and see the stormy North Atlantic below. Determined, mind you! It was not, however, the strenuous climb that got me. It was the wind! I became afraid that I was going to be blown away – literally, not figuratively. I sat down on the stony path to regroup and reconsider. Kind people, sturdier – or more stubborn – than I, passed by me, offering to help me continue on toward the abyss, but I declined the pleasure. Ultimately, I decided that the pictures in my guidebook would have to suffice. In honor of Ireland – this land of lilting music and laughter, land of deep mystery and meaning, land of castles and cairns, land of shamrocks and shillelaghs – on this day, in the name of St. Padraig and his Lord, I wish you a happy and blessed St. Patrick’s Day!

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BrightStar recognized for commitment to home care quality standards

Debbie Smith, Calhoun’s bartender, serves adult beverages to Riana Mulder with Value Store and Donna Bryan, ABR with Pinnacle Real Estate, at the Networking event at the restaurant near the Pellissippi interchange on Kingston Pike.

Getting to know you: West Knox Chamber at Calhoun’s BrightStar Care has received The Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion for Quality award for 2013. The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized health care quality standards organization, acknowledged BrightStar Care’s efforts to promote high quality health care services through Joint Commission accreditation. The prestigious distinction is awarded to organizations with a proven commitment to the highest level of quality and safety. BrightStar Care is one of the charter recipients of this award and the largest national home care franchise to achieve this distinction. According to Roth Maguire, “The Enterprise Champion for Quality award further validates BrightStar Care’s strong commitment to upholding the highest standards of care for clients. “Families should have an objective point of reference to help them choose an agency to care for their loved ones. We have invested significant resources into upholding and exceeding

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The Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce will be busy closing out March with ribbon cuttings and networking events scheduled every week. Last week, chamber members were treated royally at Calhoun’s, 10020 Kingston Pike, at a 5 p.m. Networking Event. On the calendar for this week are a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting at Iron Tribe Fitness, Turkey Creek Drive, and an 8 a.m. networking at Comcast Spotlight, 410 N. Cedar Bluff Rd., on ThursCatching up at the Farragut West Knox Networking afternoon day, March 20. For directions and more at Calhoun’s are Glenna Butler with Oasis Day Spa, P.J. Prout about the chamber: www. with Arlene’s Fun Travel and Marianne Morse with Mary Kay. Photos by Nancy Anderson

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TVA Employees Credit Union opens The ribbon for the ribbon cutting on the new Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, 11490 Parkside Drive, was a lovely shade of green. Made up of $10 bills, the ribbon attracted a lot of attention at the Turkey Creek Branch celebration. The new branch is between JC Penney and Panda Express. Doors opened in mid-February, but the grand opening was celebrated on Friday, March 7. Brandon Ford is branch manager. He told those gathered, which included the mayors of Farragut and Knox County, “When I get up in the morning, I don’t just say I’m going to work. I say I’m going to help someone today. It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with drive-thru service also available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Member services representative Rebekah Bean, branch manager Brandon Ford and assistant manager Elizabeth Hooks have bows and a ribbon of money for the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at the new Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union branch in Turkey Creek. Photos by Nancy Anderson

Cheri Siler to speak to Karns Democrats

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The mayors of Farragut and Knox County congratulate Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union branch manager Brandon Ford on the new office in Turkey Creek. From left are Ford, Mayor Tim Burchett, who holds declaration for TVA Employees Credit Union Day, and Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill.

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Amy Brock was the featured soloist at the 45th annual Knoxville Nativity Pageant this past December. Amy was accompanied by the Nativity Pageant choir and orchestra to tell the story of the birth of Christ to more than 13,000 people who attended this Knoxville holiday tradition. “It was a wonderful experience to be able to perform with so many other musicians and actors to tell this story of Christmas,” Brock said. “In the midst of such a busy time of year this also allowed time for me to refocus on Christ and his birth.” Amy, a CAK graduate, has returned to CAK this year as a middle school/high school music teacher. Amy has a degree in Vocal Performance from Carson-Newman, where she was the recipient of the Tarr Full Tuition Vocal Scholarship, and is currently

finishing a master’s degree in education. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach music at CAK,” Brock said. “I feel very blessed to be able to combine my passions of music, teaching and performing.” Amy will be performing next with The WordPlayers production of “The Secret Garden” at the Bijou Theatre in July.

CAK athletes at National Signing Day: Brandon Zortman, Shannon Plese, Patrick Dalton, Hannah Schoutko, Melissa Garvey, Abby Allen.

Six sign for college athletics Matthew Swanger with chess trophy CAK held its 2014 National Signing Day Ceremony on Feb. 5 in the High School Commons. Six student athletes signed national letters of intent to play their respective sports at the next level: ■ Patrick Dalton – Football – Austin Peay ■ Hannah Schoutko – Soccer – Carson-Newman ■ Melissa Garvey – Soccer – Campbellsville ■ Shannon Plese – Softball – Chattanooga State ■ Abby Allen – Tennis – Milligan ■ Brandon Zortman – Baseball – Bryan College Congratulations to all six student athletes!

Chess Club excels

Several CAK students participated Feb. 15 in the state individual chess tournament at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. Nathan Redford (3rd grade) performed well by finishing in the top 10 with 3 out of 5 wins. Ellie Nath, Johney Green III and Luke Tedford participated in the elementary section where the competition was tough. Matthew Swanger earned 3rd place in the junior high section.

Wrestler wins state title CAK junior wrestler Ryan Long won the state championship in his weight class, marking the first wrestling championship in CAK history. Congrats to Ryan and the CAK wrestling program!

2014 Summer Camps CAK offers a variety of academic and athletic summer camps. Chem Camp June 2-6

Baseball Camp June 2-5

Basketball Camp June 23-26

Create in Me Art June 9-12

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Tennis Camp July 14-16/21-24

Elementary Art June 9-13

Wrestling Camp June 16-19

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Warrior Sports Camp July 21-25

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Treatment for prostate cancer keeps retired professor close to home As a retired professor of industrial engineering, John Hungerford of Knoxville, 74, is used to taking a methodical, scientific approach to solving problems. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2006, Hungerford used the same logic to make decisions about his treatment. “I used all that good training to plot my treatment plan,” said Hungerford. “But at first, I had kind of a sense of panic about the whole process. You think you have to do something right away.” But Hungerford’s cancer was in an early stage, giving him some time, and, like many prostate cancers, was relatively slow growing. “At first you think, ‘I’m going to die.’ But then you find out that’s not the case if the cancer’s not aggressive. Yes, you’re going to die, but not necessarily from that,” he said. Hungerford attended a prostate cancer support group at the Cancer Support Community of Knoxville – formerly called the Wellness Community. “I found that group amazingly helpful because a lot of men had a good reservoir of technical knowledge,” he said. Hungerford considered many current treatment options for prostate cancer. “Then I heard about this alternative at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, called tomotherapy. It’s basically a very focused kind of radiation that is limited to the cancerous cells and a small area around them,” he said. Tomotherapy delivers radiation slice-by-slice, a tiny bit at a time, as opposed to hitting the entire prostate at once. Hungerford went to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in the summer of 2006 and met Dr. Daniel Scaperoth, a radiation oncologist. “Right from the outset I liked Dr. Scaperoth,” said Hungerford. “He was very straight-forward with me and answered all my questions

Prostate cancer survivor John Hungerford enjoys a daily walk with the family dog, Gertrude. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Hungerford researched a treatment that was right for him and that led him to Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

“From the time my wife and I to my satisfaction. I felt like he was great deal of honesty between him in it for the patient’s benefit, and and me.” went to Thompson, we had a good he was trying to respond to what He said the Thompson Center feeling about the place,” he said. “It’s a light and airy atmosphere, the patient needed. There was a impressed him as well.

Weighing your options for prostate cancer Of all the cancers, prostate is one of the slowest growing. If caught early, patients typically have plenty of time to decide on the best treatment option for their particular situation. “People can die of prostate cancer, but it’s also very treatable and, for the most part, curable,” said Dr. Daniel Scaperoth, a radiation oncologist at Thompson Cancer Survival Center. Each of the treatments currently available for prostate surgery has a similar success rate, with a variety of side effects. In general, they fall into two main categories: radiation Dr. Daniel or surgery. Scaperoth “Usually men will go to a urologist or radiologist and get a couple of different opinions,” said Scaperoth. “There are support groups in town, and men will share their stories about what went well and what didn’t go well.”

“And the decision depends a little bit on age,” he added. “Younger patients in their 50s and 60s will lean a little toward surgery because they can always add radiation later. People over 70 might lean more toward radiation.” There are so many options it can be difficult to choose, Scaperoth said. If it’s an early stage of disease, men can even choose not to do anything at all. “Watchful waiting is also OK, with active surveillance of PSA levels,” Scaperoth said. PSA, prostate specific antigen, is a blood test that can detect the disease at an early stage. “The PSA test is what gives you lot of options,” said Scaperoth. The American Urological Association recommends that men talk to their physicians about when to have a first PSA screening and how often they should be screened after that. In general, men ages 55 to 69 should be screened every two to four years. “It’s really something you should talk to your doctor about, based on your own risk factors,” said Scaperoth.

and the people were the same way. I just had a really good feeling about it.” Starting in mid-July, Hungerford had 39 tomotherapy treatments, one per weekday, until the end of summer. “They do precise CT (computed tomography) scans to locate the prostate,” he said. “There’s no pain. I was just lying there maybe 20 to 30 minutes each time. You don’t really feel anything, actually.” “Toward the end of the treatment series you feel a little bit of fatigue,” said Hungerford. “The last couple of weeks I felt sluggish and slow, like I was walking through mud.” But over the weeks, Hungerford’s PSA tests showed that the cancer was being destroyed. A PSA test is a blood test that detects the prostate specific antigen, an indicator of cancer. “I’d say the treatment was very successful,” he said. “My PSA level started coming down to well below where it needs to be, and I’m pleased with that,” he said. “I haven’t had any problems since.” Hungerford said he would recommend Thompson Cancer Survival Center to anyone facing prostate cancer treatment. “The personnel are just great, and the technicians that worked with me when I was going through treatment were terrific too. Everyone was so helpful,” he said. Hungerford said his wife, Ruth, met friends in the waiting room each time they went for treatment. “She’s outgoing and got to know most of the people in the waiting room, and we’ve stayed friends with a lot of those people after treatment. It was really kind of neat to have that social aspect, unanticipated,” he said. “I thought the care was outstanding, and it’s been that way ever since,” said Hungerford. “I’ve been treated really well.”

Prostate cancer treatment choices Surgery – Removal of the prostate either with an open incision or with a less invasive robotic system that uses several smaller incisions. The risks of surgery would include infection and anesthesia problems and a slightly higher risk of incontinence afterward. Radiation – Radiation treatment is done either from the outside, bombarding the prostate with radiation beams, or from within the prostate, by implanting radioactive seeds inside the prostate. Tomotherapy is one type of external radiation, which applies the radiation in thin, precise slices. Risks of radiation would include a higher irritation to the bowel and rectum than surgery. Seed implants can cause swelling that can cause difficulty urinating. Cryosurgery – A technique for freezing and killing abnormal cells, cryosurgery is being tested for very early stage cancers. It is a one-time procedure performed under anesthesia. Hormone therapy – Male sex hormones can cause prostate cells to grow. Drugs that suppress hormones can slow the growth of cancer, but they have some serious side effects. These drugs are only used in more advanced cancers.

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Clayton Homes is always hiring By Jake Mabe This week, our search for Where the Jobs Are takes us to one of the most famous last names in Knoxville – Clayton, as in Clayton Homes. Company founder Jim Clayton has been a local fi xture since 1956, when he opened his first mobilehome retail center on Clinton Highway. If you’ve been around here a while, you’ll no doubt remember the center’s spinning mobile-home sign. And you’ll probably remember Clayton’s television series, “Star Time.” Clayton started out selling cars, began using mobile homes as collateral for car sales and realized modular home sales could be a lucrative business. Audrey Saunders, Clayton Homes’ public relations and marketing coordinator, says the company has 323 home centers across the na-

tion (including 30 in Ten- Homes and Love Homes. nessee with almost all lo- As of 2012, Clayton Homes cated east of Crossville), 35 is the largest homebuilder – home building centers and of any kind – in the United a host of supply centers. Its States, Saunders said. She says the company is corporate headquarters is in Maryville. Warren Buffett’s always hiring. “Our parking lot is full,” Berkshire Hathaway bought the company in 2002 after Saunders said. “We’re expanding the parkBuffett read and WHERE ing lot. It seems like was impressed the by Clayton’s every week I autobiogrameet 10 new (employees).” phy. Saunders Jim’s son says career Kevin Clayton is now the opportunities can be chief executive found at the compaofficer of a company um- ny’s website, www.claytonbrella that also includes re- Prospective emtail and manufacturing cen- ployees can also follow the ters, Vanderbilt Mortgage company on Twitter through and Finance, 21st Century its handle, @claytonhomes. Mortgage and Homefirst in“We post new positions on Twitter all the time, if surance company. Clayton Homes also owns people want to get alerts companies that one might about when jobs are becomthink are rivals, such as ing available. And they can Freedom Homes, Outlook also follow us on LinkedIn.


That’s a good way to start and connect with the company.” The home office in Maryville employs 1,500. Clayton Homes employs people nationwide. Saunders says it’s a great place to work. “I’ve been here since 2009 and interned for two years before that. I started out at Vanderbilt Mortgage. Clayton Homes is great about promoting from within, so you can move up the corporate ladder quickly. “Our facility at the home office is vertically integrated. Everyone, even Kevin Clayton, sits in a cubicle, so we have a very open-door policy. We’re very team oriented. Teams aren’t shut off from one another.” Saunders says the company offers great benefits and has a greenway at the corporate office and a well-

Fresenius Medical Care will locate its new East Coast manufacturing facility in the Panasonic building in the Forks of the River Industrial Park in Knox County, Gov. Bill Haslam announced last week. Fresenius will invest up to $140 million in the project and correspondingly create approximately 665 new jobs over the next several years, said Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty. He said Fresenius operates in 120 countries. The Knoxville facility will produce dialysis related products, which will be distributed to Fresenius Medical Care’s clinics and distribution centers in the eastern part of the United States. “In Knoxville, we’ve found a home with an excellent workforce pool, a facility that will work well for our purposes, and a location that will enable us to serve our customers in the eastern half of the U.S. more efficiently,” said Fresenius vice president of manufacturing Troy McGhee. “We are additionally drawn to the area’s outstanding business climate, and are

ness initiative. Clayton is competing to become the fittest company in Knoxville. Roughly 100 employees will participate in either the upcoming Knoxville Marathon or the 5k event. These days, Jim Clayton is the president of Clayton Bank, which has its

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looking forward to developing and expanding our presence here in the coming years.” Fresenius Medical Care will begin moving one production line to the Knoxville facility in September 2014, but actual production at the facility is not expected to begin until early 2016, pending a designation from the Food and Drug Administration that the facility is a qualified plant for production. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said the expansion will fill a nowvacant piece of industrial property and bring “hundreds of high-tech manufacturing jobs” to the entire region. The company will begin hiring in different phases. Toward the middle of 2014 it will begin hiring for support jobs, such as engineering facilities management, and in the fourth quarter of 2015, it plans to begin hiring for other positions such as supervisors, technicians, production line workers and maintenance. Job opportunities will be posted on the Fresenius Medical Care North America website, http://

headquarters in downtown Knoxville. He is known for his philanthropy. A park currently being built in Halls will bear his name because of his substantial donation to purchase the land. “I’m proud to work for the Clayton family,” Saunders said.

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THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 23 World premiere of “Tic Toc” by Gayle Greene, presented by the Tennessee Stage Company, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info: www.

THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Registration open for UT-led Wildflower Pilgrimage to be held April 15-19. Tickets: $75 per person for two or more days; $50 for single-day tickets; $15 students with ID. To register: http://www. Info: 436-7318, ext. 222.

THROUGH SATURDAY, MAY 17 Tickets on sale for Tennessee Theatre’s annual “Stars on Stage” event. Kenny Rogers will headline the event, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 17. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 UT Hospice Adult Grief Support Group meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info/reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 Parent to Parent Support meeting for parents of children with mental health diagnoses, 6-8 p.m., KTOWN Youth Empowerment Network, 901 E. Summit Hill Drive. Info: Alicia, 474-6692 or abanks@tnvoices. org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Dale Ann Bradley in concert, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, corner of 16th and Laurel Avenue. Tickets: $16, available at, 523-7521 and at the door. Info: Brent Cantrell or Toby Koosman, 522-5851 or “Funding your Art: Finding Cash” workshop presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance, 5-6 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Presentation by R.L. Gibson is $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers. To register/info: html or 523-7543.

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MONDAY, MARCH 24 “Towards a Theory of Earliness” lecture by Eva Franch i Gilabert, 5:30 p.m., UT Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Part of the UT Church Memorial Lecture Series. Free and open to the public. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, 7 p.m., the Bijou Theater. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports and benefits the Legacy Parks Foundation. Tickets: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports or Knoxbijou. com. Info: Jill Sawyer, 403-762-6475 or Jill_Sawyer@; Tennessee Shines featuring Irene Kelley and Wordplay guest RB Morris, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and Info: www.

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 “A Celebration of New Spring Fashions” fashion show and luncheon fundraiser to benefit Historic Ramsey House, noon, Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike. Shopping in the boutique with area vendors, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost for luncheon and fashion show: $50 per person. Reservations: by check payable and mailed to Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville TN 37914 by March 18. Info: 675-2008 or 546-0745.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 UT Film Series: “Manufactured Landscapes” documentary, 8 p.m., McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Free and open to the public. Info: Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: John W. Lacey talking about his book, “Smokey Tails: Smokey and the Southeastern Jungle.” All-inclusive lunch: $12. RSVP by Monday, March 24, to 983-3740. Open house at Pellissippi State Community College Division Street Campus, 5-7:30 p.m. Free and open to all prospective students and their families. Info: www. or 694-6400. Dinner and health seminar by vegan chef Melody Prettyman, 6 p.m., Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church, 9123 S. Northshore Drive. Free but donations accepted. Preregistration required by March 24. To

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28 UT Science Forum speaker: Stan Wullschleger, project director of Next-Generation Ecosystems Experiments – Arctic at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Topic: “Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful and Warming,” noon, Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Free and open to the public. Info: Opening reception for “Terra Madre: Women in Clay,” 5:30-9 p.m., The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike. The show continues through April 18. Meet & greet reception with appraiser Lark Mason, 6-8 p.m., McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Hosted by East Tennessee PBS. Tickets: $35 in advance, 595-0239. Info: or 595-0220. “Oak Ridge Has Talent” 7 p.m., The Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. Featuring performances from community partners and other locals who want to support the Grove. Tickets: or Seaira Stephenson, 481-6546 or

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Megan Morgan, Hailey Schneider, Dr. Tom Pollard and John Grant Little

Jacquie Downey, Christian Bruner and Dr. Chadwick Stouffer

CAK students get lesson in heart surgery Using real pig hearts as their “patient,” students in two anatomy and physiology classes at Christian Academy of Knoxville recently got a glimpse into what two top cardiothoracic surgeons at Parkwest Medical Center do daily. “They do their calculus and don’t really know if they will ever use it again even though we know they will,” said cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Tom Pollard. “But with this, they can see what they’re learning really has an impact on what I do every day.” Pollard and his partner, Dr. Chadwick Stouffer, both members of Covenant Health’s highly prized transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) team, brought along a 12-person contingent of registered nurses, physician’s assistants, scrub techs and profusion technicians. “Heart surgery is kind of a team sport – it takes a lot of people to do a heart surgery,” said Stouffer. “And this team really loves to teach.” The surgeons and heart team worked side-by-side with the students at lab tables, exploring the pig heart’s anatomy and explaining the circulatory system. Students also got to try their hand at implanting an artificial heart valve into the heart and sewing arteries. “It’s not only a blast teaching the kids and interacting with them, but it’s also very educational for us because it isn’t every day that we get to look at a certain part of the anatomy,” said David Peppers, a registered nurse. “We can’t just cut it open and look at some of the internal structures. I find it very helpful and educational for me.”

Stephen Pardue tries his hand at sewing.

At one lab table, David Evans, a scrub tech, and Bob Brown, a registered nurse, were clearly having fun with the students. “They were a little timid at first but then once you get in there, it was, ‘Let me touch this,’ ‘Let me see that’ and ‘Let me try that,’ ”

said Evans. “It was kind of neat watching their reaction.” “I like seeing their eyes get big and start dancing around,” said Brown. “They’re like, ‘Do what?!’ ‘I want to touch it.’ It’s a lot of fun. Last year, this student was standing there as I was going over the anatomy part and he bent over like he was trying to get a better view, and his buddy stepped back, he just passed out in the floor.” It was the first time I ever had one to go down, but it happens every now and then.” In fact, it happens often enough that before each class, Pollard puts their minds at ease by telling them, “Everyone here has had a bad experience at some time in their careers.” “You can see it on the screen or in your book or whatever, but it’s fun to be able to go in and see the different valves and veins,” said Matthew Little, a junior. It’s realistic enough that teacher Karen Moore says the Feb. 27 event has likely spoiled her students. “They’ll never be happy with just a PowerPoint now,” she said with a laugh. Stephen Pardue, a junior, agreed. “It’s going to be hard to stay awake in class now that we’ve

had the real deal,” he said. Pardue, whose parents are doctors, said he still has other careers he wants to consider but medicine remains a big interest. “I had no idea what to expect,” he said. “But it was definitely fun. I’ve never done anything like that before.” “It’s been fun, seeing how you can open into a heart like that,” said Jim Hahn, a junior. “It’s crazy to see what they can do in an actual human heart with this blood and stuff. I can’t imagine what it’s like actually doing it. It’s cool. It’s a good simulation.” Jacquie Downey, a senior who hopes to become a pharmacist, was clearly tickled by the chance to work with Stouffer and sew the heart valve. “It was sooo great!” she said. “I really liked being able to see it firsthand because the pictures in our book are not exactly how it looks in real life.” Ms. Moore said of 22 students in one of the classes, 18 were weighing careers in healthcare, but the heart lab may have overwhelmed some of them. “I heard a lot of brain-dead people today who forgot everything they knew in the face of real professionals,” she said and laughed. “I heard somebody ask them, ‘What’s the

big blood vessel that leaves the left ventricle’ and they’re going … uhhhhhhh. … They were fine yesterday. I don’t know what happened.” The pig hearts were donated by Edwards LifeSciences, the Irvine, Calif., company that provides Parkwest with the bovine valve used in TAVR surgeries. The pig heart is so similar in structure and function to the human heart that it is often used as the model for research. “People ask me, ‘Are these special pigs?’ or ‘Are they fed a special diet?’ No, there are farms that specialize in donor pigs, but they are not particularly special,” said Gary Lawrence, a sales representative for Edwards Lifesciences. “If you look at the Latin word for doctor, it means teacher, and that’s what we are doing,” said Stouffer. “We are not only teaching future healthcare professionals, but we’re also educating the community about what we do. If that can help with health maintenance and have a healthier community around us, then we’re succeeding.” Find out more about cardiology services at Parkwest by visiting or calling 865-374-PARK.

The heart team group helping stage the “heart lab” at CAK recently are, from left: Dr. Chadwick Stouffer, Gary Lawrence of Edwards Lifesciences, Bob Brown, Becky Nicholson, Dr. Tom Pollard, Mark Clem, David Evans, Lee Speed, Brian Murphy, Adam Mattison, Nicki Bridges, David Peppers, Sarah Staggs, Daryl Mitchell, Leeanne Evers and Mary Katherine Laughlin.

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