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Miracle Maker There are two amazing things about Knox County Elementary Teacher of the Year Kitty Menhinick. One is that she absolutely knew what she wanted to be – a special education teacher – at the age of 14. The other is that she was able to achieve her goal in spite of her own difficulties with school. “I was an information overload kid,” she says. “School was a mighty struggle.”

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Judge Leibowitz The hardest thing a judge ever has to do is sentence a human being to die. Even though the life-ordeath decision is up to the jury, it is the judge’s responsibility to look the defendant in the eye and deliver the verdict. Mary Beth Leibowitz has been the Division 3 Criminal Court judge in Knox County since February 1989, when Gov. Ned McWherter swore her in. She was a pioneer, and now she plans to retire. Betty Bean caught up with the judge for a profi le.

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Let’s hear it for track teams

Tennessee football is jumping around in rehabilitation. We don’t know how long it will take the Vols to learn to win. Tennessee basketball generated some excitement but that was a tease. It just wasn’t good enough. Tennessee baseball is a maybe for some day in the distant future.

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Honoring By Sandra Clark Retired Knox County Commissioner Bee DeSelm was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Knoxville/Knox County League of Women Voters at a fundraiser at the Knoxville Hilton last week. In 1976, DeSelm and the late Mary Lou Horner were the first women elected to the old Quarterly Court. Both continued to serve on the Knox County Commission. DeSelm left in 1998, after voters adopted term limits. Horner left in 2006 when the state Supreme Court upheld that vote. DeSelm represented District 4, a chiefly city district that includes Sequoyah Hills and much of Bearden. She was a tireless advocate for city taxpayers, correctly pointing out they were taxed twice to pay for shared services. Through her efforts, the libraries and then the school systems were merged. The Bearden Branch library building is named for her. Following the death of her husband, Dr. Hal DeSelm, a botany professor at UT, Bee moved to Hamilton House. She now lives at Shannondale retirement community. DeSelm remains active in the

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Jamey Dobbs with Bee DeSelm Photo by Libby Morgan

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and the League of Women Voters. She was president of the LVW from 1965-67. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero served with DeSelm on

the commission. They have remained friends, and DeSelm lined up transportation to visit Rogero’s election night celebration. Rogero issued a proclamation in DeSelm’s honor which was read

by LVW president Jamey Dobbs. DeSelm was a “role model and inspiration” to many women including herself, Rogero said. Commissioner Wanda Moody also spoke at the event

Once Upon a Dream Mary Costa lights up the room By Jake Mabe She still gets nervous before a performance, believe it or not. She says she’s given maybe 10 “perfect” performances in her career, although you know the number is more than 10 times that. And she can still light up a room like the star she is, in the best and truest sense of what that means. Mary Costa, Knox bornand-bred, opera star, Princess Aurora from Walt Disney’s 1959 animated film “Sleeping Beauty,” spoke to students at Gibbs High School last week. Anyone touched by her spirit will never forget it. She came, as a surprise,

A close-up of the base of the Disney Legends Award, presented to Mary Costa in 1999 by Michael Eisner and Roy Disney. to speak to Dean Harned’s film studies class. Junior Seth Hall wrote to Costa when he found out she was Mary Costa, renowned opera singer, actor, and the voice of from Tennessee. Turns out, Princess Aurora from Disney’s 1959 “Sleeping Beauty,” spoke Costa knew Harned’s late with students in a surprise visit to Dean Harned’s film studies grandmother, Bearden resiclass at Gibbs High last week. Photos by Ruth White dent Helen Harned.

The Duncan strategy After listing the savings he’s achieved during three years as trustee, Duncan alluded to the scandal that’s plagued his tenure. “Some people want to focus on a program that I didn’t manage well and that caused embarrassment to me and my family.” Duncan said delinquent tax collections were 43 percent higher last year than the year before he took office. With collections this Flanked by his mom, his wife high, the delinquent tax attorney and his dad’s chief of staff (Bob would have been paid $600,000 Griffitts), Duncan enjoyed a polite under the program used by previand even pleasant reception at the ous trustees. Instead, Duncan brought the job Halls Republican Club – his first speaking engagement since two in-house for about $100,000. Now, key staffers resigned after guilty with Chad Tindell gone, Duncan has outsourced it to the county’s law pleas in Criminal Court.

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The crown prince of the Duncan Dynasty gave a glimpse of his re-election strategy last week. Knox County Trustee John Duncan believes he, like a football coach, should be judged by his body of work.


John Duncan with wife Jennifer at Halls Republican Club Photo by S. Clark department where “we’re getting nine attorneys for (the cost of) one.” Duncan said he will take bids on state-mandated advertising, currently about $100,000 a year to the News Sentinel. He’s reduced travel expenses, resulting in a $5,400 pay cut to some staff. He’s opening satellite offices only

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Seth had only asked for an autograph. You should have seen the look on the students’ faces when Costa walked into the room. Each smiled. Some cried. I’m not kidding. “I never expected a call or anything like this,” Seth says. You should have seen student MaKayla Mounger. To say “Sleeping Beauty” is her favorite is like saying Mario Andretti knows how to drive. Purses, dolls, T-shirts, blankets, she’s got it all. “I’m trying to contain myself,” MaKayla said. Costa says speaking to young people is “Once upon a Dream” (the song from “Sleeping Beauty”) come true. “I have something in my heart for young people,” Costa said. “They don’t know how really gifted they are.” She told them about getTo page A-3

during tax season, saving another $100,000 annually. Duncan said the county’s investments have “improved by 19 percent” on his watch. His office now has 34 full-time employees, down from 59 at one time. “We’ve returned $13 million to the general fund to date, and I hope to add another $6 million at the end of this fiscal year,” he said. If Duncan can avoid indictment (a judgment call by Attorney General Randy Nichols to present to the grand jury), he may coast to re-election. The Duncan strategy: run for the most bloated office in town. Cut expenses. Increase collections. Hire grown-ups (at least the second time around). And trust the team, led by Mama Lynn. After all, you’ll never get beat if no one runs against you.


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Jay Leutze admits that he couldn’t have made up the cast of characters in his book “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” including Ashley, the 14-year-old girl who ultimately saved Belview Mountain and the tiny community of Dog Patch, N.C., from the Clark Stone Company. Leutze was a rare treat for the Knox County Library’s Books Sandwiched In series because he authored the featured book. Coincidentally, he spoke on the same day that a bill to ban mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee was killed for the sixth time with no discussion in the Senate. Ashley Cook accomplished her feat by contacting Leutze, a former law student who was developing his writing career in a family cabin near Dog Patch, when she learned that the operation was in violation of the state’s 1971 mining act. While he never became a lawyer, Leutze’s dedication to protecting the Southern Appalachian wilderness and the people who live there drove him to pursue a lawsuit against the state in 2000 for issuing a permit to the mining company without a public hearing. The operation was shut down in 2004. He is a trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands

Dave Gorden speaks at the Reach Them to Teach Them kickoff meeting last week. Amy Crawford, Sue Wickstrom, Heather Miller and Kristen Smith look on. Photo by Wendy Smith “The law is a powerful tool, but not the only one.” His book was published last year. Don Barger of the National Parks Conservation Association introduced Leutze, and said the book is valuable as an administrative history of an environmental battle. ■ Jay Leutze reads from his book “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail” at last week’s Books Sandwiched In discussion. Photo submitted

Conservancy, and he said that those who want to protect land from development should contact their local land trust.

Once Upon a Dream ting the part of Princess Aurora, meeting Walt Disney (he called her “Happy Bird” and told her not to catch a cold), rubbing shoulders with names like Sinatra and Stewart (yep, Frank and Jimmy), being asked by Jackie Kennedy to sing at JFK’s memorial in Los Angeles. But encouraging the kids was the prevailing part of the program. “When you decide on a lifetime passion, it has to be something that makes you so happy that when you wake up in the morning you’re ready to go.” And, you gotta have the three Ds – dedication, determination and “work it up with” discipline. “Anything for me that is worthwhile to achieve is hard. But that’s the fun part for me.” Off she went after the class ended, with members of the school chorus, to meet their

‘Reach Them to Teach Them’

While most Knox County teachers are busy with standardized tests, Amy Crawford and her Reach Them to Teach Them “dream team” met last week to prepare for the 8th annual event on Nov. 5 at the Tennessee Theatre. Reach Them to Teach Them motivates teachers to help students reach their full potential. The first event drew 500, but subsequent events have filled the

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teacher. She asked them about their favorite pieces of music and, again, encouraged them to find their passion and pursue it with perfection. Oh, and by the way, if all you know of Mary Costa is “Sleeping Beauty,” take another look. She has performed in “Manon Lescaut” and “La Traviata” and at least 42 other operas in San Francisco, in London, at The Met, elsewhere. Bing Crosby introduced her as “the opera singer from Knoxville, Tenn.” on an early 1970s NBC-TV Christmas special. She shines in the 1972 MGM feature “The Great Waltz,” about composer Johann Strauss II. And that just scratches the surface. Her true talent, her shining star, is her spirit. She credits her faith in Jesus Christ for sustaining her. And she has a way of lighting

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government Don’t expect new tax in Rogero budget Mayor Rogero will present her second city budget message to Knoxville at the traditional Mayor’s Luncheon on Friday, April 26, at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. This will be the 26th budget message presented in this fashion having started in 1988. Mayors over a single 4-year term have five speeches which are guaranteed an audience of attentive listeners. One is the Inaugural Address and the other four are the city budget messages, or the State of the City address which it really is. The attention paid to other speeches often depends on whether a crisis exists. Mayors sometimes give three or four talks (as opposed to speeches) in a single day. Knoxville’s city charter requires the budget be presented to City Council by May 1. It does not say when, where or how the budget will be presented. Prior to 1988, the city mayor simply met with council and handed copies of it to the nine members. The stories generated from such an informal procedure usually highlighted a council member’s pointed question on an issue of interest to him/her. Seldom did the mayor have the chance to outline a vision or broad intentions for the coming year without competing critics. After I became mayor on Jan. 1, 1988, I decided to break with past practices and hosted the first mayoral budget address at a luncheon in the community room of the Candy Factory at the World’s Fair Park. Council members each hosted a table and the first audience was roughly 200 people. It was then a novelty and not the tradition it has become. Sue Clancy and Roseanne Wolf, who led the special events office, masterminded the event. It was there that I urged an increase in the local sales tax by a referendum of city voters to pay for services which had been neglected or dropped for many years such as paving of city streets and regular hiring of police and firefighters. Ultimately, on Sept. 15, 1988, the voters approved a 3/4 cent increase in the local sales tax by 62 percent. Such an increase had been rejected on five separate occasions over the prior 25 years.

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There was no negative fallout from a tax increase enacted by popular vote. This year the mayor will not propose a tax increase and five council members are seeking a second term this November. The audience has grown from 200 to over 750 last year. It has become an event to attend. Some criticism has been leveled for the cost of $25,000 for it. Personally, I think it is a cost worth spending in terms of being a true community event where the elected leader of the city can outline how the taxes we all pay will be spent subject to council approval. ■ Helen Heatherly, longtime Republican precinct worker, died this past week. She was a Norwood resident, 84, and stuffed more envelopes and mailers for my various campaigns over the year than I can remember. She served on the Norwood GOP precinct committee over 30 years. ■ Claude Ramsey, former Hamilton County mayor and state representative, now deputy to Governor Haslam, has been calling local government officials asking their views on Tennessee signing onto the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Financially it would assist Knox County. A decision is expected in weeks by the governor. ■ Commissioner Ed Shouse is sponsoring a resolution before Knox County Commission urging the legislature not to enact the Steve Hall legislation to sell Lakeshore Mental Health Institute property but to transfer it to the current Lakeshore Park owned by the city. Shouse is a regular park user and advocate for it. ■ Knox County GOP legislators will meet soon to recommend three persons to serve on the Knox Election Commission. Rep. Gloria Johnson has not announced who she will recommend to replace Dennis Francis who is retiring from the commission.


Council undoes Dunn deal Former City Council member Carlene Malone rarely attends council meetings anymore, but she made an exception last week when she showed up to opMalone pose state Rep. Bill Dunn’s bid to buy two lots in a Harrill Heights flood zone that the city had acquired for flood control 40 years ago. The Rogero administration had approved selling the lots as surplus property and Dunn’s sealed bid of $1,500 was the only one received. Dunn, who lives in the neighborhood, proposed to use the lots as a community garden, had a petition signed by neighbors and brought in a neighbor who said she was looking forward to seeing vegetables grow.

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City engineers said that tilling the soil posed very little risk to – and might even improve – the environment surrounding the large sinkhole that is the area’s only means of drainage. Public works director Christi Branscom extolled the economic benefits of putting property back on the tax rolls and attracting people to the neighborhood. The reaction was vintage Malone: “There are some who think that government should be run like a business. There is no business in the world that would ever increase a flood risk for a one-time payment of 1,500 bucks and 10 bucks a year (in tax revenue).” Council voted 6-3 to reject the sale, which was also

opposed by Jamie Rowe, whose property adjoins these lots. She said selling the property back to a private owner could pose a risk to the sinkhole, which is the area’s only means of drainage. Several council members were puzzled about the definition of community garden, since the deed would have identified Dunn as the sole owner. It also carried a drainage easement and a restriction against building. Dunn drove in from Nashville for the meeting and planned to return to the Legislative Plaza early the next morning. He has a degree in agriculture and said he understands the nature of sinkholes. “The key word here is incentive. I have an incentive not to lose any topsoil,” he said. Malone and Rowe were represented by Jon Roach, who was law director when the city bought 21 houses there and cleared the land

for flood control. He said the issue of the sale turns on three questions: “Is the property truly surplus? Is this an appropriate use? What’s the property owner’s liability?” Roach said the city code defines surplus property as “property no longer needed or suited for its purpose,” and answered the first two questions in the negative. He said the area has been identified in the city’s Land Use Policy as a critical sinkhole basin, so there is potential liability if sedimentation from tilled soil chokes the sinkhole. Mark Campen, Brenda Palmer and Daniel Brown voted to approve. Marshall Stair, George Wallace, Nick Della Volpe, Nick Pavlis, Duane Grieve and Finbarr Saunders voted no. There was no mention of a bill sponsored by Dunn and Sen. Becky Massey making it legal to sell produce grown in community gardens. It became law March 11.

The smartest kid in the class The wheels seem to be rolling off the wagon for Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. There was a time, through last year, in fact, when the school board was in lock-step on budget matters. Sure, you might get some pushback from Cindy Buttry or a few snarky questions from Mike McMillan, but even Buttry called last year’s financial proposal “the budget I’ve been waiting for.” And McIntyre’s proposal for $37 million in new money passed the board 8-1. I supported that budget. It clearly listed how the funds would be spent and tied expenditures to measurable outcomes. McIntyre and his backers believed the budget could pass despite Mayor Tim Burchett’s opposition. In retrospect, that was a serious miscalculation. The Chamber of Commerce was foursquare behind McIntyre. Many of the innovations had been piloted with positive results. County commissioners seemed intrigued by the prospects and committed to the shared vision of creating one of the best school systems in the Southeast. You know what happened. Burchett taped some Robo-calls and a couple of suspect “polls” were handed out. Suddenly, nary a commissioner would step up to make a motion for the school board’s budget.

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It didn’t just die; it was never birthed. So now we’re in another budget season and this time even the school board is taking pot shots at McIntyre. Indya Kincannon doesn’t see a reason to double the district’s security budget (from $2 million to $4 million), calling it “a big investment to allay fears that doesn’t buy us more safety and security.” Somebody else asked why a proposed $3 million increase for technology is in the district’s capital budget rather than operations. Because that’s the only way we’ve got a snowball’s chance of getting it, is the answer no one gave. Doug Harris, who replaced Buttry on the board, challenged McIntyre’s plan to make Vine Middle a “STEAM” magnet along with a “community school.” “What does this do to help the 300 students who live there and currently attend Vine?” Harris asked – twice. Last year we compared Jim McIntyre and Tim Burchett to decide who’s the smartest kid in the class. This year we know the answer.

Maynardville method, Part II Why is Horace Maynardville Middle School principal Melanie Maples dipping ice cream? To raise money for school security. How did she get that Sheriff’s officer to help? “Husband,” said Chris Maples with a grin. Photo by S. Clark

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Sex Week at UT had to be privately funded after legislators complained about some of the content. Without a hint of irony, Rep. Ryan Haynes suggested “the inmates are running the aslyum over there.” ■ We thought UT’s had Sex Week forever. It’s called Spring Break. ■ “Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares,” sang Travis Tritt. Little did he know that could be Knox County’s new theme song. Finance director Chris Caldwell told County Commission thatthe agreement with Blount County (when Knox invested $5 million for a business park there), was that Knox County would receive 25 percent of land sales and a portion of the property taxes. ■ So Blount County swiped the new ProNova plant right away from Knox County by offering land in the new park for $1. “Guess we’ll be getting our quarter soon,” Caldwell said. Commissioners were not amused.

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Judging and golfing: Put the ball down and whack LAW DOGS | Betty Bean The hardest thing a judge ever has to do is sentence a human being to die. Even though the lifeor-death decision is up to the jury, it is the judge’s responsibility to look the defendant in the eye and deliver the verdict. Mary Beth Leibowitz has been the Division 3 Criminal Court judge in Knox County since February 1989, when Gov. Ned McWherter swore her in to fi ll the term vacated by George Balitsaris, who retired for health reasons. She is the first woman to serve as a Criminal Court judge in Knox County and the seventh woman to serve as a trial judge in Tennessee. When she retires in 2014, she will be the first Criminal Court judge to do so voluntarily. (Most departures are caused by health, death or prosecution.) Leibowitz delivered her first death sentence in 1996. The defendant was 20-yearold Christa Gail Pike, who was convicted of being the ringleader in the particularly cold-blooded murder of fellow Job Corps participant, Colleen Slemmer, whom she suspected of trying to steal her boyfriend. Leibowitz said she prepared herself for the moment. “I said it to the mirror over and over again, and (in the courtroom) I had it written on a piece of paper that I put on the bench. I’d look over at the person and then look at the piece of paper. We had been warned by other judges in ‘baby judge school’ (the class that newly-elected trial judges take to learn the ropes): ‘Never do this without preparing yourself.’” Pike, who crushed Slemmer’s head with a chunk of asphalt and toted a piece of skull back to her dorm

room to show her friends, had enlisted two other Job Corps participants to help her lure Slemmer to a remote area south of Tyson Park and north of the UT agricultural campus, where they attacked her with box cutters before Pike administered the killing blow. Eighteen at the time of the murder, 20 when she was sentenced, Pike became the youngest woman on death row in the USA and has since been convicted of attempting to strangle another inmate with a shoelace and of attempting to escape. She will likely still be alive and well in the death house when Leibowitz leaves office. So how did the sentencing go? “It was very dramatic. Christa started screaming, ‘Mama, Mama!’ The mother started screaming; the girlfriend started screaming. It would have been pandemonium if I hadn’t already prepared my officers to hustle her into the dock and clear the room so I could talk to my jurors.” She confesses that she’d had a bit of advance warning because jurors must sign a petition when sentencing a defendant to either death or life without parole. “With any kind of difficult case, I close my office door and stay in here a few minutes, just to ready myself for what I have to do.” Leibowitz hasn’t officially announced her retirement, but concedes that everyone knows that she’s not going to run for re-election when her term is up in 17 months. Although she still has plenty of work ahead of her, she’s started the process of putting it all in perspective. She is the daughter of

Harold and Sylvia Leibowitz, who were married during World War II. Harold was an officer in the Army Air Corps, and was on a bombing run over Germany when his plane crashed. He was taken prisoner and spent a year in a POW camp. After the war, he became a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service stationed in Knoxville. Mary Beth’s sister, Peggy Headrick, lives here, and her nephew Joshua Headrick is a Knoxville lawyer. She and her husband, Michael Eisenstadt, a neurologist specializing in sleep disorders, became engaged the night before she was sworn in as a judge. Her stepson, Matthew, is a Knoxville attorney, and most importantly, she says, Matthew has given her a grandson, Charlie. “He’s 4-months-old and has already rolled over, so clearly he’s a going to be a genius.” She also has Reggie, a handsome German Shepherd rescued from a shelter, who is suffering from cancer. She worries. He’s hanging in. A Bearden High School graduate, Leibowitz got an anthropology degree at the College of William and Mary, a course of study that she says has served her well in her legal career. “People and their culture and the way they think fascinate me. I’m not any better than anybody who walks into my courtroom, and I treat them all like people.” She got her law degree at the University of Dayton in Ohio and returned to Knoxville to practice law – mostly criminal. She also got active in Democratic Party politics, particularly in Al


Mary Beth Leibowitz at her desk Photo by Betty Bean

storm of scandal surrounding her former colleague Richard Baumgartner, whose misconduct got him removed from the bench and may yet send him to prison, and is dealing with the increased workload generated by his ouster. She will not address the substance of the case against him, but spoke briefly of its consequences for the court. “Richard’s situation has been very, very hard on all of us and on me personally. If it weren’t for Judge (Jon Kerry) Blackwood, I’m not sure I’d be sitting here.” (Blackwood was appointed to hear Baumgartner’s case as well as appeals in the Christian-Newsom murder trial Baumgartner had presided over. His decisions were deeply unpopular in both cases.) Leibowitz says she’s hoping Reggie will be around to share some leisure time with her, and she is looking forward to cleaning her house, stepping up her work with charitable organizations like the Jewish Federations of North America and playing some golf.

Gore’s campaigns, and was a leader in a Tennessee to Israel tour. Gore put in a good word for her when McWherter started looking for a replacement – preferably a woman – for Balitsaris. Still, she was surprised when she got the call, and was surprised in a different way by the pushback from some prominent members of the Knoxville bar, who leveled a barrage of petty criticisms at her. But she persevered. “The day I was interviewed (for the judgeship), my father was having his second bypass. I told him I would cancel my interview and he said, ‘No, do what you have to do and I’ll do what I have to do,’ and I gave the interview of my life.” Years later, McWherter said that appointing her was one of the best things he ever did. She treasures the memory of that conversation. Once on the bench, Leibowitz made a point of being cordial and scrupulously fair to her critics. Today, she wins kudos for her demeanor, temperament and considered decisions. She has weathered the

“I’m a golfer now. I wasn’t when I started (this job), but I’ve found that it’s a wonderful thing to put a ball down, name it and whack it.” She will continue to be an active member of Heska Amuna Synagogue. Deeply religious, she wants to continue her study of the Torah and Talmud, where she has learned much of what is important and true. “Treating someone as I would want to be treated – or not treating someone the way I would not want to be treated. That’s from Rabbi Hillel, who lived at the same time as Jesus. That can carry you a long way. “I have always tried to treat people humanely because I know what inhumanity does to people. In 1985, I walked through the gates of Auschwitz and I’ve never forgotten a minute of it.”

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Track team saves money Tennessee football is jumping around in rehabilitation. We don’t know how long it will take the Vols to learn to win. Tennessee basketball generated some excitement but that was a tease. It just wasn’t good enough. Tennessee baseball is a maybe for some day in the distant future. An old Vol, trying to decide whether Volunteer athletics is a comedy or tragedy, spotted a silver lining to the disaster known as track and field. Considering that UT sports is a deficit operation, think how much was saved on the NCAA indoor championships. Only three athletes qualified for the trip to exotic Fayetteville, Ark. The school could have spent less if more administrators, coaches and support people had stayed home. Best I can tell, they didn’t accomplish much.

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OK, Tennessee’s one-man team produced progress. Freshman Jake Blankenship placed fourth in the pole vault. Last year, masculine Vols failed to scratch. Nothing. Zero. The women have had relatively recent success. This time the two who went drew a blank. Failing to score had happened before – if you go back 13 years. This is what Tennessee track has become – five total points for the combined forces. Thirty-nine teams finished ahead of the Orangemen. Everybody who did anything finished

What will people think? Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard. (Luke 19: 47-48 NRSV) Public opinion is a funny thing. Nowadays we have pollsters and news anchors and pundits to let us know what “the people” are thinking. We hear from them daily the latest on who or what is “trending.” (Who could have imagined 10 years ago that “trend” would become a verb?) We know more and more details about the lives of people who are famous mostly for being famous, not for any particular service to humankind or for any leadership ability or for extraordinary courage. But in 1st century Palestine, the people were busy spreading their cloaks on the road to honor Jesus as he passed by. At the same time, the Pharisees were planning to kill him. So much for public opinion. I am reminded of President John

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Kennedy, who rode through Dallas with throngs of people lining the streets, waving and cheering. Somewhere in that crowd, there was a man (or several men, we may never know) who had other thoughts and plans. The president was young and handsome and soaking up the adoration of the crowds, when suddenly shots were fired, and the president was dead. Will Rogers said, “You can fool

ahead of the women. The Volunteers were much better in the Southeastern Conference. The men finished in a tie for eighth. They nipped Kentucky and placed well ahead of Ole Miss and South Carolina. Mississippi State and Vanderbilt chose not to play. Tennessee women earned eighth place all by themselves. The Vols didn’t win a single event but Blankenship was the secondbest vaulter. Chase Brannon, another vaulter, was fourth. There is a story behind this show of strength. Giving credit where credit is due, Russ Johnson is in his seventh year as the truly volunteer coach of the men’s pole vault. He does it for the love of the game. His people have won 10 SEC titles. Johnson was an academic allAmerican at UT. He was pretty good as an athlete. He stands second on Tennessee’s storied pole vault list with a best of 18 feet, 6.5 inches, trailing only collegiate record holder Lawrence Johnson. In real life, Russ works as a physical therapist and site coordinator

at Ortho Tennessee Therapy, part of Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic. Now, for the rest of the story: Merging the men and women’s track teams under the direction of J.J. Clark sounded like an OK idea in 2010. He had two national championships and three SEC titles as the women’s coach from 2003-09. What has happened since is inexplicable. One of the most storied collegiate programs in America has fallen into irrelevance. Out of sight. Off the cliff. Fortunately, there are no complaints about inequality. Both teams are bad. The future? There might be one. Sometime. Three freshmen picked up SEC points. There is a possibility other young Vols will improve with age. J.J. delivered a summation statement: “We have to definitely do some evaluation on how we can be in better contention for outdoors. Overall, we have to continue to move to a higher level.” Coach didn’t say how. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time….” The Pharisees, however, were not able to fool all of the people. The people could see that Jesus was different: wise, deep, canny and spiritual in a way they had not seen before. He was connected to the Source. He was different. As we begin this Holy Week, let us consider the ways in which Jesus was different. Let us watch his life unfold. Let us walk with him, see the people, hear his words, watch his movements, feel his compassion, know his sense of dread, share his anguish. Allow your imagination to picture the crowds. Hear them shout. Watch them gather around Jesus. Imagine his eyes, his expressions, the sound of his voice. Look for the disciples; observe how they respond to this festival atmosphere. Such a journey of imagination will allow you to experience some of the feelings of the crowds, the disciples and Jesus himself. But always – forever and always – the question is the same: where

would you stand when Jesus came by? Would you be one who would cheer until things began to get testy? Would you stand with him at trial, walk with him toward Golgotha, stay with him until the end? One of his friends betrayed him, some of his friends denied him, all of his friends abandoned him, except the women, who counted for so little in that culture that they were nonentities. But they were the ones who stood with him, at the foot of the cross, along with John, the youngest of the Twelve. So in Jesus’ last hour, when he was sure that his heavenly Father had turned away from him, he was surrounded by mocking Roman soldiers, weeping faithful women, and a lad too young to do anything but remember, and remember long enough and well enough to write the story when he was himself an old man exiled on the Isle of Patmos. Remember the story this week. Walk with Jesus. Make the journey to the foot of the cross, at your church, in your home, in your heart.

News from SOS More Knox County schools are slated to become multipleuse community centers that support children, families and neighborhoods. As this integrative approach gains traction, a brief narrative of our history with the community school concept is useful. The vitality of today’s community schools initiative exists because of the intensive investment of Knox County Schools, the lifelong work of Dr. Bob Kronick, an earlier group called The Consortium for the Development of FullService Schools, the visionary investment of Randy Boyd, the leadership of Buzz Thomas and the Great Schools Partnership, United Way and many others who have shared the concept over the years. In Knox County, Dr. Kronick led the development of the concept in 1998 at several center city schools staffed with university student volunteers. In 2001, the regional volunteer organization, Our Community Schools (OCS), grew out of a Nine Counties, One Vision task force with participation from educators, social services and businesses. OCS aimed for pilot sites in three counties that would use schools for community services. This group raised $44,000 for Inskip Elementary from a state grant for afterschool childcare. OCS disbanded in 2006 and reassembled in 2008 to assist in the development of the Knox County Schools (KCS) Strategic Plan. KCS worked in partnership with Kronick’s UniversityAssisted Community School project to develop the Pond Gap Elementary Full-Service Community School with the support of a grant from local business owner Randy Boyd. The school board committed to three more start-ups for 2012-13 – Norwood, Lonsdale and Sarah Moore Greene elementary schools.

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Open doors lead new pastor to Knoxville By Wendy Smith John McKenzie never imagined the path that would lead him to be senior pastor at West Hills Presbyterian Church. He grew up in Eastern Kentucky, the son of a coal miner and a beautician. His parents didn’t think education was overly important, so John didn’t either. A determination to succeed academically was one of many “stark changes” that occurred in John’s life after a high school classmate shared his faith. John attended community college to bring up his grades before transferring to Morehead State University, where he was on the honor roll. He married his college sweetheart, Michelle, and they moved to Indiana, where he felt the call to ministry.

“It was something I thought I would never, ever do,” he says. He got his first taste of the Deep South when he attended Reform Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss. He intended to head north upon graduation, but instead, he had the “opportunity to grow” by serving as pastor at a small, rural church in Lexington, Miss. It was a cultural adjustment, but the McKenzies came to love the congregation. Another unexpected door was opened when John was approached by the leadership at West Hills Presbyterian. It was hard to leave the church he had served for six years, but the warm welcome from West Hills made the transition easier, he says. He is pleased that the congregation voted 150-0 to

John McKenzie, the new senior pastor at West Hills Presbyterian Church Photo by Wendy Smith retain him after his introductory sermon. The church had been without a pastor for 14 months, and is hoping for a new, vibrant ministry now that he’s on board. John plans to address what he sees as a growing biblical illiteracy among the

evangelical community. The word God should be central in the church’s teaching as well as in the private lives of its members, he says. He hopes for growth – not through anything flashy or daring, he says, but through ordinary tools, like the word of God, the sacraments and prayer. “I hope that as we grow, West Hills Presbyterian will become an asset to West Hills in particular and Knoxville in general.” The family, which now includes six-year-old Elijah, three-year-old Noah, and eight-month-old Josiah, has struggled with illness since arriving in Knoxville, but they look forward to exploring their new home town. “I’ve mostly seen West Hills Presbyterian and the bottom of the inside of boxes,” John laughs.

faith WORSHIP NOTES Community Services ■ Catholic Charities offers counseling for those with emotional issues who may not be physically able to come to the office for therapy. All information is completely confidential. Call 1-877-7906369. Nonemergency calls only. Info: ■ Bookwalter UMC offers One Harvest Food Ministries to the community. Info and menu: oneharvest/index.html or 689-3349, 9 a.m.-noon weekdays. ■ First Farragut UMC, 12733 Kingston Pike, will sponsor a Mobile Pantry food giveaway Saturday, April 6, in the sanctuary to local neighbors in need, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until all food has been handed out. Any area residents who are in need of help are encouraged to come to the church to receive food. Used children’s clothing, in good condition, will also be given away.

Youth services ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, is accepting registrations for Preschool, Parents Day Out and T-N-T Summer programs. To register: 531-2052 or email imacindo@beaverridge. com. Info: 690-1060 or

Meetings and classes ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, hosts Wednesday Night Supper at 5:45, followed by a choice of Adult Bible Study, Prayer Group or Chancel Choir. Child care is provided during class/activity time. For reservations: 690-1060. Info: www.

Breaking (matzah) bread together By Ashley Baker and Sherri Gardner Howell When members of Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church entered the church’s fellowship hall on March 20 the aroma wafting through the halls was of roasted lamb and beef, potatoes, green beans and hot rolls. At the elegant tables, however, were plates containing horseradish, a boiled egg, parsley, matzah bread and a mixture of fruit and nuts. The lessons and symbolism of a Passover Seder dinner would precede the feast prepared by the church’s Presbyterian Women’s group. The Rev. Leonard Turner

Char Bessler drinks from the “first cup” in the Seder dinner, symbolizing sanctification and freedom. said the church has been having the Seder dinner during the Easter holiday season for nine years, a tradition organized by his daughter, Gina Wood. “The meal tells the story of the Old Testament Bible, and there are direct ties to Jesus and Christianity,” says Turner. “Just as the Jews celebrated Passover and the Seder dinner as a way to teach their children what happened to God’s people in Egypt, so can Christians learn, as we all have our own ‘Egypts,’ or times when we are lost.” The interactive dinner, led by Turner and his wife, Mary Jo, walked the participants through the symbolism with readings, songs and verses from Exodus, Psalms and Song of Solomon, re-telling the story of the deliverance of the Jews out of Egypt. For the Christian celebration, the words and actions of Jesus as he celebrated Passover and communion with his disciples in his final days were woven into the dinner celebration. Following the Seder dinner, the 85-plus guests were treated to roasted lamb with mint jelly, roast beef, green beans, boiled potatoes, tossed salad and other foods as they continued their din-

Raising their glasses for the “fourth cup,” the cup of thanksgiving and hope, are Hawk Dunn, Petra Dunn, Becky Johnson and her grandson, Ben Peters.

Guy Roberts takes a bite of the matzah, representing the unleavened bread, at the Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church Seder dinner. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

ner and fellowship. Coming up this Easter week, several area churches are planning special events:

239 Jamestowne Blvd., will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28. Good Friday service is at 7 p.m., Friday, Holy Cross March 29, with a service of darkness and walking Anglican Church through Stations of the Cross. Lenten schedule Easter Sunday services will Holy Cross Anglican feature 9 a.m. traditional Church, 515 Herron Road, and 11:11 a.m. contemporary, is offering a Lenten sched- with Easter brunch between ule with evening prayer services. at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; Holy Commu- Christ Covenant nion at 6:15 p.m. on Wednes- Presbyterian day followed by Bible study at 7 p.m.; morning prayer Church at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays; Christ Covenant Presbyteevening prayer at 5 p.m. on rian Church, 12915 Kingston Good Friday with Stations of Pike, will hold a Holy Week the Cross at 6:30 p.m.; and Communion Service at 7 p.m. morning prayer at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28. The on Saturday. Easter Sunday Easter worship services will services are at 10:30 a.m. start at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit and 10:50 a.m. (There will be w w w.holycrossknox v ille. no nursery for the 8:15 serorg. vice.) The sermon topic will be “Doubters Welcome.” For Farragut more information, call the church at 671-1885.


Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd., will hold Maundy Thursday communion and service at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28. Good Friday prayer service will be held at noon Friday, March 29. Great Easter Vigil will be held at 7:56 p.m., Saturday, March 30, with a bonfire at sunset.

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The Rev. Leonard Turner conducts the Seder dinner at his church, Union Cumberland Presbyterian. Jesus,” will be held at 10 a.m. and will include crafts, activities and snacks. For more information, call the church at 986-7329.

Two Rivers Church Two Rivers Church, 275 Harrison Lane, Lenoir City, will hold a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. March 29; Saturday evening services at 5 and 6:30 p.m.; and three Easter services Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m., on March 31. Info: 777-2121.

Central United Methodist Church

Central United Methodist Church, 301 Hickory Creek Road, Lenior City, will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m., March 28; a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m., March 29, and two Easter services Sunday, March 31. Contemporary worship Faith Lutheran begins at 8:45 a.m. and traditional worship at 11 a.m. A Church children’s Easter celebration, Faith Lutheran Church, “No Bunny Loves You Like

On Good Friday, March 29, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 633 St. John Court, will have Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m., followed by a fish fry dinner, hosted by Knights of Columbus. For more information, call the church at 966-4540.

Cornerstone Church of Knoxville Cornerstone Church of Knoxville, 1250 Heritage Lake Blvd, will host their

annual Easter Egg hunt on the church lawn from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 30. They will have age-appropriate hunting spaces for children from age 4 through 11. For ages 4 and under, the hunt begins at 10:45 a.m.; ages 5-8 begin at 11 a.m.; ages 9-11 begin at 11:15 a.m. There will also be bubbles, sidewalk chalk, prizes and other goodies. The Easter service will be held on Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. Info: 694-4356 or www. cornerstonechurchof knox

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A.L. Lotts’ wax museum A.L. Lotts Elementary School 5th grader Josie Smith, dressed as Elvis Presley, gets some love from educational assistant Betty Club.

A.L. Lotts Elementary School 5th grader Gavin Campbell, shown here with his mom, Sharon, and sister Alyssa, portrayed Thomas Edison because “he is an awesome inventor.”

A.L. Lotts Elementary School 5th-grade students dressed up recently as their favorite character from history for the school’s “wax museum.” Jordan Banks dressed as Davy Crockett, Nelson Chenot portrayed Neil Armstrong and Eliza Milligan chose to be Amelia Earhart. Photos by S.

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A.L. Lotts Elementary School 5th graders Ivan Chan, Drew Patterson, Alyssa Lewis, Blake Julian and Abby Breedlove hold “the big check” with their teacher, Karla Fultz. All five students had speaking parts in the video Fultz submitted for her entry in ORAU’s Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

By Sara Barrett The fifth-grade students in Karla Fultz’s math and science classes at A.L. Lotts Elementary School are leaving quite a legacy: Aa$25,000 legacy. Fultz was presented with a check for $25,000 on March 19 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities as the winner of the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover competition. She won after submitting a video featuring her current class. This was her third time entering the competition. Two years ago, Fultz won the Viewer’s Choice award and was given $1,000 prize money for her classroom. Fultz said winning the Viewer’s Choice made her that much more determined to win the grand prize of $25,000. However, she told her students, “Win or lose, we have learned so much, and you will remember this experience forever.” Fultz worked with the students after school to create the technology-based video she submitted. Students danced the “Gangnam Style” dance made popular by South Korean artist Psy and rapped a message highlighting the classroom’s need for technology: “Technology. We really need it. It’s our time, to really shine.” And “I want to use the tools of my generation. Connecting to the world will provide acceleration.” The students said they had a blast making the video, with dancing by far ranking as everyone’s favorite part. ORAU president and CEO Andy Page was on hand for the surprise cele-

A.L. Lotts Elementary School principal Adam Parker jokes with 5th grade teacher Karla Fultz after she was presented with a check for $25,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities to renovate her classroom with the latest technology. In the background is Karen Carson, Knox County School Board chair. Photos by S. Barrett. bration and said presenting the award each year is the best part of his job. “This is our 5th year (hosting the competition),” he said, “and it gets better every single year. $25,000 can go a long way. As technology gets cheaper, money doesn’t.” ORAU helps each winner get the biggest bang for their bucks, and the current winner is put in touch with past winners to find out what has worked for them, what equipment they would recommend, etc. Next steps for the school include the selection, purchase and installation of new technology to make over the classroom. Later in the summer, ORAU will unveil the redesigned classroom in a special event for students

and their parents. Fultz said she is proud of her students for doing such a good job on the video. “Kids are capable of doing so much when given the opportunity,” she said. “I hope other teachers will take advantage of this competition. There are so many opportunities out there if you just look.” The ORAU competition is for teachers of math or science in a public school located within 50 miles of Oak Ridge. Additionally, a teacher must submit a short video illustrating the classroom’s need and explain how the new technologies would be used to energize and enhance learning. For more information and to view the winning video, visit


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Menhinick understands meaning of ‘try harder’ By Wendy Smith There are two amazing things about Knox County Elementary Teacher of the Year Kitty Menhinick. One is that she absolutely knew what she wanted to be – a special education teacher – at the age of 14. The other is that she was able to achieve her goal in spite of her own difficulties with school. “I was an information overload kid,” she says. “School was a mighty struggle.” She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., with teachers who told her she needed to “try harder.” When she got to high school, a guidance counselor asked about her goals. When Menhinick said she wanted to be a special ed teacher, she was told she wasn’t “college material.” The counselor suggested she pursue secretarial work. Bill, the high school sweetheart who eventually became her husband, encouraged her to apply for teaching programs in spite of her mediocre grades. She was thrilled to be accepted into a progressive special education teaching program at California State College (now University) of Pennsylvania in 1974. Her father gave her one semester to prove herself. She became her own advocate and took advantage of every tutorial session offered. Only 40 out of the 150 students who began the program completed it – including Menhinick, who graduated with honors. Her struggles, and her accomplishments, made her perfectly suited for her job. “If you’ve never struggled to really learn something, then, to me, it would be hard to understand the depth of challenges that children can face,” she says. “It was my cross to bear as a child and a gift.” She stumbled into her position at A. L. Lotts Elementary School almost by accident. She had taken 15 years off from teaching to stay home with her three children, and was tutoring an A. L. Lotts student. The child’s parents invited her to participate in a meeting at the school, and as she conversed with school staff, they recognized that she was a special ed teacher. They told her the school had a part-time position available and encouraged her to apply. She has now been at A. L. Lotts for 16 years. She gladly shares her background with her students. If a child struggles with reading, she tells them that she couldn’t read, either. Then she tells them to keep trying and not give up. “You have to be encouraging. But I’m also a bit of a taskmaster. Behavior is important to me. And you had better be working as hard as I am!”

A. L. Lotts Elementary School special educator Kitty Menhinick stands beside a bulletin board where students can show off good grades. “A lot of it is believing in yourself,” she tells them. “Figure out a way that makes sense.” Photo by Wendy Smith

Menhinick praises everyone who works with her at A. L. Lotts, especially those on her team. She can’t imagine being a regular classroom teacher with the task of getting a class full of students to the same academic place at the same time. She likes that different students spend time in her classroom for different things, and that she gets to work with some throughout their career at A. L. Lotts. Those longterm relationships are her favorite

thing about her job, she says. The fact that they come back to visit is another perk. She’s been teaching long enough to have received college graduation announcements from children who spent time in her classroom. When former students come to her door and ask if she remembers them, she always does. Menhinick was surprised and delighted to win elementary Teacher of the Year this year after being nominated by the staff at A. L. Lotts several times. She knew that she had won because she was allowed to bring two guests to the banquet

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and sit with superintendent Jim McIntyre. She invited her husband and her daughter, Rachel Riley, a brand-new 5th-grade teacher at A. L. Lotts. She had to work hard to fulfill her dream of being a teacher, and Menhinick continues to work hard. In addition to teaching with everincreasing rigor, she offers extra help to students before school and has frequent meetings with parents. But she loves what she does, and feels uniquely qualified to do it. “My job is to take the D-I-S out of disability, and then say, ‘Look at the possibilities.’”

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Touring the Home Show By Sandra Clark The Real Home Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville, drew a crowd to the Knoxville Convention Center, but several of the old favorites were missing and it seemed as many financial institutions as actual builders were on hand. Powell guy Chris Folden says he’s living the dream. Chris used to have a real job (9 to 5 with benefits), until he went full-time into homebuilding 15 years ago. And he no longer owns rental property. “Some things you just have to learn by doing,” he grinned. Pam Neuhart, owner of Closet Solutions in Franklin Square, had several innovative products on exhibit. And we noticed she’s got a new website as well. Check it out at www.

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Cissi Reagan, Bridget Mounger and Clint Porter of ORNL Federal Credit Union My prize for baby with an attitude goes to little Kaylie Ritchey, 6 months, whose parents, Steve and Kassie Ritchey, own ReBath of Knoxville. It’s a family business for sure as Kaylie was hanging with her mom while her uncle led tours through the exhibit. Re-Bath is located off Sutherland Avenue. Steve Ritchey has been in construction for 11 years. The coolest product (in more ways than one) was illustrated by Cassi Hawkins, who was lurking in the back while owner Adam Davis visited other vendors. The Nashvillebased business is E-Z Hang Chairs – a blend of hammock and high style suitable for your front room or your front yard. Cissi Reagan, assistant vice president of ORNL Federal Credit Union, is back in Halls after a stint

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Kassie Ritchey and Kaylie of Re-Bath of Knoxville in Oak Ridge. The credit union paid good money to be “presenter” of the event, winning my award for event with longest name. Along with Cissi were mortgage loan officers Clint Porter (based in Alcoa) and Bridget Mounger (based in Bearden). ORNL Federal Credit Union now has 32 offices, Cissi said. The father-son duo of Jimmy and Landon Wells were highly visible, primarily because Landon aggressively handed out flyers. A 6th-grade student at Jefferson Middle School, Landon says he wants to

work in construction. He’s already got a knack for sales. Jimmy Wells is an installer for the company which offers new roofs and seamless gutters along with general home repairs. The red rocking chair of Home Federal Bank caught my eye. It was a prize from a drawing in the Home Federal booth, which was staffed by Susan Bradley, of the mortgage department at Home Federal’s Powell branch, and LeAnn Heidenreich, manager of Home Federal’s Karns branch. Susan Bradley and LeAnn Heidenreich of Home Federal

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Keeping fans safe By Rob Webb March has been full of madness here in Knoxville, from the wild weather patterns to the traditional basketball Webb madness on the courts at Thompson-Boling Arena. And when the University of Tennessee is busy with sporting events, we at Rural/Metro are busy as well. For the past 15 years, our teams have provided emergency stand-by service for UT sports, from football games at Neyland Stadium and baseball games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium to basketball season through March Mad-

ness at Thompson-Boling Arena. When large crowds are gathered, there is always a chance someone will need assistance, and in medical emergencies, seconds count. At every game, Rural/Metro paramedics and ambulances stand ready to handle any emergency, on or off the court. Though most incidents are minor, we are prepared to handle anything from a simple bandage to life-saving emergency care. It is a job we take very seriously. We see ourselves as an extension of the Volunteer team, helping to keep both fans and players safe. To provide the best emergency care, Rural/Metro places an ambulance and expert EMTs and paramedics trained in treating emergencies caused

by sport injuries at every home game. Rural/Metro is prepared with state-of-theart equipment to treat a sports medical emergency, including LifePak 15s, advanced cardiac monitors and defibrillators, King Vision Airway Video Intubation laryngoscopes and a critical care ambulance stocked with ventilators, medications and other devices. On game day, there are often more than 20,000 fans packed into the arena, and having the right equipment can make all the difference. You may not notice us the next time you join your fellow Vol fans for the big game, match or tournament. But if you have a medical emergency, you can rest assured that we will be there for you.



Vein Treatment Makes Knox Mom Love her Legs Again Until recently, Ashlea Daniel hid her legs. “I was so selfconscious that I avoided skirts and shorts,” says the 31-year-old mother of two. “People would notice the blue spots and bulgDr. Akers ing veins on my legs. The veins looked like snakes running down my legs!” What started as spider veins when Daniel was a teenager became huge varicose veins after two pregnancies. And as a nurse practitioner, standing all day made it worse. The veins not only looked bad, they hurt. “They would swell, burn and itch,” remembers Dan-

iel. “It was very painful.” She turned to vascular surgeon Donald L. Akers, Jr., M.D., FACS, at the Premier Vein Clinics for help. Over several months, Dr. Akers treated Daniel’s legs with Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) and sclerotherapy. Both are non-invasive procedures that are performed in the Premier Vein Clinics office in less than an hour. EVLT uses laser energy to heat and close off larger veins without surgery. During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into spider veins that make them shrink and collapse over time. Dr. Akers says even though these simple procedures do improve varicose and spider veins, they aren’t a “quick fix” that will make sixty-year old legs suddenly

can’t have the treatment and go back to sitting on your couch eating chips all day and expect not to have varicosity again.” Dr. Akers stresses that people must be active participants in the long-term care of their legs and overall health. That means exercising, adopting a healthy diet and keeping your weight down. Daniel agrees. Since her vein treatments she is walking regularly and maintaining a balanced weight and diet. And her legs look and feel great. “There is absolutely no burnBefore treatment at the Premier Vein Clinics, the veins in Ashlea’s ing, swelling, or itching now,” she reports. “I’m very pleased with legs were swollen and painful. the results and can’t wait to be in look eighteen again. shorts and skirts this summer!” “I tell patients ‘this will help For more information about vein your varicose veins, but it won’t treatment options, please call 588cure them,’” says Dr. Akers. “You 8229 or visit

Padgett’s Bearden shop a delight From the cozy and welcoming front patio with its picnic tables, comfortable chairs and even a doghouse where Fido can rest in the shade while his owners shop, Mike Padgett’s new antiques shop on Carr Street in Bearden has quickly become a part of the neighborhood. The former long-time Knox County Clerk opened his shop just a couple of weeks ago at Heaven and Earth Gallery and Gifts in the cute bright blue cottage just a few steps off Kingston Pike. Padgett says the store’s name fits “because we sell everything from heaven to earth and in between.” That’s no stretch. Ever wonder what the tail light of a Model-T looked like? Ponder no more. In the “man cave” room in the shop, Padgett pulls out what looks sort of like a saucer with marbles glued to it and explains, “It wasn’t a light at all. It was just meant to reflect off the headlights of the car behind it.” Who knew? One of the best things about this shop is that its owner has a story about every item in it – and each is interesting. There’s a bunch of other “guy” stuff in that room – brown Coke bottles dating to the late 19th century, when they still had the town where the bottles were made stamped on the bottom; old milk bottles from local dairies like Broadacres and Avondale,

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and a large assortment of beer bottles. There are also liquor bottles dating to Prohibition and stamped with the admonition that the bottles are “forbidden from being sold or reused.” All of those bottles used to be shipped in wooden boxes, and Padgett has plenty of those, too, along with some of their very old cardboard successors. There’s a good assortment of the heavy crocks which used to be for picklemaking but now have decorative purposes, and lots of military memorabilia, including clothing, alongside old Boy Scout uniforms. Padgett says parents buy those used Boy Scout uniforms for their young boys. And speaking of youngsters, there’s a special “kids corner” with lots of cute items including two tiny pianos for any budding Liberaces out there. Beautiful old furniture is on display throughout the shop. One piece in particular will surprise you. Inside a lovely wood cabinet is a working Victrola with all its original parts – brass turntable levelers, extra needles and that allimportant provenance so valuable to collectors. Padgett says the piece

was manufactured in 1893 in Camden, N.J., taken by a missionary family to New Zealand and then returned to the U.S. in the 1940s. All the manufacturer’s stickers remain on the piece, and its condition is excellent. And if music of another sort is your thing, there’s also a working pump organ, “but all that pumping will really wear you out,” Padgett laughs. He’s tried it. Attractive old cabinets in each room display everything from beautiful Bavarian crystal to jewelry representing many decades of styles to Hummel figurines to many, many kinds of collections, including one of hundreds of thimbles collected from around the world. One huge cabinet in a back room is stacked with old newspapers and magazines, each with some historical significance. The shop’s 2,000 or so square feet of space is absolutely jam-packed with items from many countries. One of the most interesting is a British mailbox priced at $17,000. Padgett bought it many years ago on a trip to England and paid $600 just to have it shipped back here. Painted a rich red and extremely heavy, it takes a couple of big guys to even budge it. Padgett says the large, vertical pillar box dates to the 1700s and precedes the reign of Queen Victoria. Most of the store’s goods

Mike Padgett at work in his new antiques shop on Carr Street in Bearden. On his desk is a book where visitors can list antiques they are searching for. Padgett will try to find the items. Photo by A. Hart come from a lot closer to home – Padgett says mainly from the surrounding 11 or so counties – and there are even a few new items made by local artisans: some military seals carved and painted by a Newport craftsman, pottery and paintings by local artists. Some of Padgett’s inventory came from a store he bought out a few months ago in Gatlinburg. The rest he accumulates when he loads up his big truck that has “Pickers” printed on the sides, and hits the roads to “pick through

farms and barns and estate sales and small towns and even out-of-state a little – just about any place I think we might find something interesting.” His love of old things didn’t happen accidentally. “I grew up in a home filled with antiquities of all types,” he says. “My great Aunt Effie lived with my parents and my two sisters and me for the first 13 years of my life and she had antiques. I grew up appreciating that kind of furniture and lifestyle, and I still do.”

The family moved from Lonsdale to Halls in 1984 and in 1988 Mike and his wife, Patty, built a large home off Tell Mynatt Road where they raised their three children. Son Matt is owner of Keystone Mortgage Co., Mark owns E-Government Solutions, and Sara Beth works for KUB. There are three grandchildren, Kirby, Eli and Pierce. Heaven and Earth Gallery and Gifts is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: 2404397.

UT NOTES ■ David B. Byrd has been named Managing Director for the Clarence Brown Theatre, a LORT Theatre in residence at the University of Tennessee. Most recently, Byrd served as Director of Marketing at Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Conn. Prior to his tenure at WCP, he was Director of Marketing for the American Dance Festival at Duke University in his native North Carolina.

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■ The College of Law has received two honors this month. The National Law Journal has named UT’s College of Law as one of the nation’s top 50 schools, The college ranked 50th in the journal’s top 50 “Go-To Law Schools” list. The 2014 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released this month ranked the college 32nd among America’s public universities and 61st among all public and private law programs.

CASA aids abused, neglected children By Anne Hart The volunteers of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of East Tennessee work to provide a safety net for children who have come under court jurisdiction through no fault of their own. The children are not criminals, but rather have landed under the purview of the court because of their life situation. CASA executive director Ann Bowman and volunteer director Erin Favier, told West Knoxville Rotary members last week that their volunteers work with children assigned to them through Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin and juvenile court magistrates. CASA volunteers are sworn officers of the court authorized to make home visits, meeting with families, neighbors and others to do assessments of the child’s situation.

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“We are the advocate for the children,” Bowman said. “We work with one child at a time or a group of siblings, and we are the one consistent thing in their lives. We want these children to have permanency, and that’s exactly what they don’t have. We are their safety net.” Bowman said “The level of prescription drugs is our most terrible problem. It affects so many, many families and turns the children of those families into victims.

“These kids aren’t juvenile delinquents, they’re juvenile dependents. They’re just kids whose families aren’t doing the job they should be doing. We’re doing the best we can to fill in the gaps.” Fawver says volunteers are always needed, and after 30 hours of classroom training usually work with one child at a time. Volunteers range in age from college students to retired persons.

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The District Gallery The District Gallery is the place to shop in Bearden for art and frame restoration, custom framing for residential and commercial, fine art, jewelry, gifts and more. All of the pieces in the gallery are Americanmade and hand-crafted. Jeff Hood, pictured, shows just a sampling of the beautiful works of art available at the gallery. They are located at 5113 Kingston Pike (near Gourmet’s Market) and they are open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Info: 200-4452.


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CONTINUING The 13th annual Vestival: South Knoxville’s Arts & Heritage Festival, is seeking vendors for the May 11 event. Artists, craftspersons and food vendors may download registration forms at candoromarble. org or 609-3005. The Arts & Culture Alliance is presenting two shows through March 28 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. “March Brushstrokes: Tennessee Artists Association Juried Show� features original art by more than 40 Tennessee artists. “Body Language� is a juried exhibition of drawings of the human figure by nearly 25 local artists. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St., will feature recent works by jeweler Kristine Taylor of Knoxville and photographer Ronald Sullivan of Oak Ridge through March 31. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. MondaySaturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The New Play Festival presented by the Tennessee Stage Company features a fully staged performance of “Online Fighting� by Harrison Young through March 31 at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $15 ($12 students and seniors). Knoxville Children’s Theater will present a live stage version of “Bridge to Terabithia,� based on the novel by Katherine Patterson, for children and families at the theater, 800 Tyson St. Performances are at 7 p.m. March 28-29 and April 4-6; 1 and 5 p.m. March 30 and April 6; and 3 p.m. April 7. Tickets: $12 ($10 each for any adult and child entering together). Reservations: 599-5284 or tickets@ “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 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. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 11th Annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival early-bird registration is open through April 15, at $750 for community and corporate teams. After April 15, cost is $850. The festival is June 22 at The Cove at Concord Park. Info: “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 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. “Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African-American Art� is at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park, through June 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 GFWC Ossoli Circle will have its White Linen Luncheon featuring a style show, card games and silent auction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. Board meeting is 10 a.m. March 27 at the clubhouse. “Job Help Mondays� will be held 1-3 p.m. Mondays throughout March at Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Reference librarians will help with job applications, online forms and setting up email addresses for people seeking employment. First come, first served. Tennessee Shines will feature singer-songwriter Gabriel Kelley at 7 p.m. at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; broadcast on

WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, available at WDVX and Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Children 14 and under accompanied by a parent are admitted free.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 King University will host info sessions on its Graduate and Professional Studies & Online Programs degree options including Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses and Master of Business Administration at the Morristown campus of Walters State Community College 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 148 of the Technology Building and 5-7 p.m. in the Math and Behavioral Social Sciences Building. The BBA degree is offered at WSCC in Morristown and Sevierville; the RN-BSN at WSCC in Morristown; and the MBA at King’s location at Pellissippi State Community College in Strawberry Plains. Application fees will be waived for those who attend.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 American Red Cross, 6921 Middlebrook Pike, offers weekly information sessions on nurse assistant, EKG and phlebotomy training 10-11 a.m. Info: 862-3508. Knoxville Writers’ Group meets at 11 a.m. at Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Jack Neely, author and journalist, will speak about “Market Square’s Place in American Literature. All-inclusive lunch: $12. RSVP by March 25 to 983-3740. Union Ave Books, 517 Union Ave., will have readings and discussions of the works of P.G. Wodehouse, the “master of English humor,� 1-3 p.m.

Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park, will have the Brad Walker Orchestra featuring Valerie Duke 6-8:30 p.m. Admission: $10 ($6 for KMA members and college students with ID); free for 17 and under. WDVX World Class Bluegrass Show will be at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Ralph II (son of Ralph Stanley) will perform. Tickets: $21.50 in advance at the Tennessee Theatre box office, Tickets Unlimited outlets, Monday-Saturday at the Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 656-4444 and; $26.50 at the door. “Blues for Food,� a concert supporting Second Harvest Food Bank, will be at 8 p.m. at Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central Ave. Blues guitarists EG Kight and Roger “Hurricane� Wilson will perform. Admission: $21.50 at and at the door. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for collection; each item will entitle the donor to an entry for a prize package.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 A guided hike to see firsthand the benefits of protecting corridors between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and neighboring Cherokee and Nantahala national forests will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m., presented by the Smoky Mountain Field School and Foothills Land Conservancy. Cost: $49. Register: 974-0150 or www. Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway, will host a hands-on gardening workshop with Jim Buckenmyer 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants should bring their own lunches and something to share with the group. Cost: $10; limited to 20 persons. Register: 573-5508 or Union Ave Books, 517 Union Ave., will host Bookaholics Anonymous’s discussion of “A Land More Kind Than Home� by Wally Cash at noon. Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., will offer “Living Clean & Green,� a program on vertical gardening, at 1 p.m. Peg Beute will lead the free session. Also at 1 p.m., “Geology of Ijams and Quarries,� featuring geology expert and author Harry Moore. Cost: $5 (free to members). Registration for either: 577-4717, ext. 110.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 City tennis leagues for doubles kick off at John Bynon/West Hills Park, 400 N. Winston Road, and Tyson Park Family Tennis Center, 2351 Kingston Pike.

Healthy meals prepared fresh from “scratch,� a fully equipped exercise room with scheduled classes, along with a walking trail, inside and out, makes Parkview a very “Healthy Place� to live! Parkview is an independent living, service enriched community! Our rates include two meals a day, housekeeping and laundry services, transportation to shopping and doctor appointments, an array of fun activities and all utilities except cable and telephone.

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MONDAY, APRIL 1 Tennessee Shines will feature Americana music trailblazer Kenny Roby at 7 p.m. at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, available at WDVX and Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Children 14 and under accompanied by a parent are admitted free.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, APRIL 1-5 Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, 1715 Volunteer Blvd., will feature MFA thesis exhibitions by Jessica Brooke Anderson, Ashton Ludden and Clifton Riley during gallery hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (till 8 p.m. April 2 and 4). A reception will be held 5-8 p.m. April 5.



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Daytime and evening leagues offered for all NTRP levels. Cost: $30 for eight weeks (includes balls). Registration begins March 10. Email Deidra Dunn,, call 522-3303 or visit www. Easter brunch and dinner cruises are offered by the Volunteer Princess, departing from Volunteer Landing Marina. Brunch cruise departs at 1:30 p.m.; dinner cruise departs at 5 p.m. Cost: $42.95 for adults, free for children 10 and under (one free child per paid adult). Price includes buffet dinner with tea, coffee or water, and a 90-minute cruise. Reservations: 541-4556 or www.volunteerprincess. com. Easter Dinner and Old Harp Shape Note Singing will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Gooch-Mabb residence, 4401 Alta Vista Way. Bring dish to share. Info: 522-0515.

Healthbeat 2013, a free health fair for UT students, faculty, staff, retirees and their families, will be 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Presented by the UT College of Nursing, UT Medical Center and the Student Health Center, the fair will include a variety of screenings and tests, door prizes and a Medic blood drive.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 News Sentinel crime and courts reporter Jamie Satterfield will speak at 7 p.m. to the Knoxville Writers’ Guild at Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Satterfield will cover techniques of investigative writing and the struggle to succeed as a woman in a maledominated field. A $2 donation is requested at the door. “Murder at the CafĂŠ Noir,â€? an interactive murder mystery, will be performed by Mystery and Mayhem Dinner Theater on the Volunteer Princess yacht; departure is 7 p.m. from Volunteer Landing Marina. Cost: $59.95 (includes three-course dinner, show and two-hour cruise). Reservations: 541-4556 or www.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 UT Science Forum weekly brown-bag lunch series will feature William T. Bogart, Maryville College president and professor of economics, discussing “Cargo Cult Economic Policy: Urban Development and Green Energy,� at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. The UT College of Architecture and Design will host an open house for prospective students 1-5:30 p.m. in the Art & Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Info: The Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St., will host an opening reception for an exhibit of recent works by painter/printmaker Gay Davis Bryant and wood-turner Janis Proffit, 5:30-9 p.m. Guitar and ukulele music will be performed by Molly Rochelson. The annual Members Silent Auction, featuring about 60 items, also opens and, as does the exhibit, runs through April 28. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 525-5265 or Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, will host a free opening reception 6-9 p.m. for “Nature’s Splash of Colors,� an exhibit by photographer Dennis Sabo. The exhibit runs through April 30. The Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place, will host an opening reception for “Faces of Many Ages,� photographs by Hei Park, 6-10 p.m. The exhibit runs through April 14.

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(left) Both Webb Middle School and varsity girls and boys cross-country teams brought home state team titles in 2012. In addition, sophomore Peighton Meske was the girls Division II-A individual champion and junior Elliot Baerman grabbed the boys individual crown. With state championships in varsity football and crosscountry, and a runner-up finish in varsity volleyball, Webb School’s athletic program tops the list in the national MaxPrep Cup standings. (below) Webb School of Knoxville sports the only girls field hockey team in the state of Tennessee. For their games, the Lady Spartan varsity and junior varsity teams travel to and host teams from North Carolina and South Carolina.

Dedicated to the pursuit of athletic excellence Those two underlying principles are equally critical and integral, whether the program is Middle here are at least two core School handbells or robotics, principles behind the goal of Upper School physics or photogall programs sponsored by Webb raphy, or Lower School Mandarin School. The first is Chinese or dance. Students who that all programs ought to ignite a pas- aspire to the highest, achieve the most; students who are curious sion and inspire the pursuit of excellence lifelong learners about themselves and the world around them lead in those who parproductive and fulfilling lives. ticipate. The second Nowhere are those two core is that all programs principles more real and alive at ought to provide a Hutchinson Webb than in our interscholastic pathway or pathathletic program. Webb School ways to valuable exploration of offers an incredibly wide array the self in those who participate. of 27 sports, (13 boys; 14 girls), fielding 60 different teams (varsity, junior varsity, freshman, and Middle School) each year. More than 75 percent of Webb students choose to participate on one or more of those teams. Our athletic program’s offerings range from the traditional school-sponsored sports like baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer to the less traditional schoolsponsored teams like field hockey, lacrosse, sailing, and bowling. Webb is supremely dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in athletics. Largely through the quality of the coaches that we hire and train, the facilities that we support, the practice time that we allow for, and the schedules for competition that we create, Webb students have the opportunity to achieve distinction in their respective sports at the highest levels. Webb interscholastic teams have, in fact, won thirty-five state championships in ten different sports, and Webb School regularly graduates a class with 12 to 15 percent of the seniors committing to play a sport at the collegiate level.

By Scott Hutchinson, Webb School President


(above) Webb senior Ethan Sturm made school and area high school bowling history at the TSSAA Division II boys individual championships. Sturm became the first male from the Knoxville area to win a state bowling championship title. (right) Webb School’s varsity football team won the 2012 Division II-A state championship. The victory marked the Spartans’ third DIIA state title in four years and sixth state crown in school history.

In terms of learning important information about oneself by testing one’s physical limits through training and competition, trying a new activity that requires an undeveloped skill set, or collaborating with a collection of peers to work toward a common cause, Webb’s athletic program shines through. The element of participation is encouraged and valued in all sports at all levels, and Webb School has crafted an athletic program where the vast majority of students who want to play a sport on a school-sponsored team can and do.

Webb School offers an incredibly wide array of 27 sports, (13 boys; 14 girls), fielding 60 different teams (varsity, junior varsity, freshman, and Middle School) each year. More than 75 percent of Webb students choose to participate on one or more of those teams.


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Colonoscopy catches early cancer in young mom Sonja Bagavac is a firm believer in listening to your body. The 25-year-old Blount County mom believes that her own colorectal cancer might not have been discovered as quickly if she hadn’t sensed that something was wrong. For months Bagavac had been experiencing bloating and severe constipation. The laxatives her family doctor told her to take didn’t help. “I knew it wasn’t normal,” says Bagavac. “So, finally, I went to a gastroenterologist and he immediately recommended a colonoscopy.” A colonoscopy is a test in which a doctor looks at the inner lining of your large intestine to check for abnormalities or precancerous growths. The physician spotted a large polyp in Bagavac’s rectum. A biopsy confirmed it was cancerous. “It was confusing and emotional hearing the word ‘cancer,’ ” Bagavac remembers. “Everyone was surprised because I’m so young and have no family history of it.” Even though the majority of colorectal cancer cases ocDr. Gregory Midis cur in people age 50 or older, it can strike anyone at any age, says Fort Sanders Regional surgical oncologist Dr. Gregory Midis. “There aren’t always symptoms at first,” explains Dr. Midis. “That’s why it’s so important for people to be screened, normally starting

“There aren’t always symptoms at first. That’s why it’s so important for people to be screened and have a colonoscopy.” – Dr. Gregory Midis, Surgical Oncologist

at age 50. But if you’re noticing changes in your bowel habits, or have a family history of colon cancer, a colonoscopy can help catch a problem early.” Bagavac was referred to Dr. Midis who laparoscopically removed the diseased part of her bowel as well as 24 lymph nodes. Fortunately, cancer wasn’t found in the lymph nodes, and the tumor was

After recovering from her surgery, Bagavac is back at work and has resumed her normal activities. “I’m doing a lot better, but am following up with Dr. Midis. He’s very thorough and pro-active with every bit of your care.” Bagavac is glad she listened to her body and didn’t ignore the changes she noticed. “If you know your body is reacthigh enough in the rectum that Bagavac ing differently, it’s better to be vigilant didn’t have to have a colostomy bag at- and safe instead of sorry. If I had put it tached to her abdomen to collect body off, my situation would’ve been much worse.” waste. “Dr. Midis and the whole staff at Fort For more information about the Sanders are amazing,” says Bagavac. screening, diagnosis and treatment of “They make you feel so comfortable and carefully explain what to expect before colon cancer, call 865-673-FORT (3678) or visit and after your surgery.”

March: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month ■ Colorectal cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in the United States. ■ The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 51,000 Americans will die from

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colon cancer this year. ■ More than 143,000 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013. ■ 90 percent of colon cancer patients are age 50 or older. ■ The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the local stage (confined to the colon or rectum) is 90 percent. ■ Regular screening could prevent as many as 60 percent of colon cancer deaths.

Colonoscopy guidelines To help prevent colorectal cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends colonoscopy screenings every 10 years, starting at age 50 through age 75. People with a personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer are at a high-

er risk and should be screened at younger age, and more frequently. Consult with a physician in you notice changes in your bowel habits, such as blood in your stool or cramps that won’t go away.

CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: ONCOLOGY Fort Sanders Regional and Thompson Cancer Survival Center provide the region’s most comprehensive cancer care. From diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation, we offer care options not available anywhere else in our region. Working together to provide the best patient care that’s Regional Excellence!

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B-2 • MARCH 25, 2013 • SHOPPER-NEWS

The dogs of war Puzzles do not perplex Jack Brown About 80 people gathered March 16 in front of the UT Veterinary School to commemorate valiant soldiers killed while serving in war. As the list was read, a Naval cadet rang the “passing bell,” once for each name.

By Sara Barrett Parkview resident Jack Brown enjoys working any kind of puzzle he can find. This includes jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles and Sudoku. “The harder it is, the better I like it,” he said. Brown’s love of all things puzzling started several years ago during his retirement in Florida. He became more of a puzzle hobbyist once he moved into Parkview because he had a good spot to spread out the pieces and take his time. Several other residents give him a hand and enjoy working puzzles, but he is said to have worked at least 100 jigsaw puzzles himself. Brown’s favorite puzzles are antique maps in which there is an added challenge because all of the words are in Spanish. He also enjoys nautical puzzles because they remind him of his birthplace in eastern Virginia. The military veteran likes other people working a puzzle with him, as long as they put

Carol Zinavage

Carol’s Critter Corner Parkview resident Jack Brown is seated next to a 3-D globe puzzle he assembled with the help of some quick-drying glue.

“Marco D108, killed in action April 2007.” Ring. “Ikka, killed in action November 2009.” Ring. “Cooper, killed in Iraq 2007, alongside his handler, Cpl. Kory D. Wiens.” Ring. The fallen soldiers honored on this day had no last names, no wives or children to come home to. What they did have was extraordinary intelligence, athleticism and dedication. And each one had four feet. They are the dogs of war, canines used in U.S. military actions and domestic

Photo by S. Barrett

police work. The special guest of honor was Zasco, an Air Force dog who was deployed to Jordan, Afghan, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq during the George W. Bush administration. Unlike many of his colleagues, this hardworking soldier made it home safely and is now retired. Dr. Tom Ammons, a former dog handler in Vietnam, said canines were first used there as sentries to detect the presence of the enemy near aircraft on the ground. Some of the dogs then went on to specialize in mine, booby trap and tunnel detection. Modern-day canine soldiers are able to pinpoint incendiary devices and perform other functions unique to desert warfare. Dr. Ray Rudd, an Army veterinarian who has served in Afghanistan, says that “treating the dogs is in many cases like treating the soldiers’ brothers. The bond that forms is unsurpassed.” In the case of Cooper and Wiens, mentioned above, the dog and his handler are buried together. The dogs are mostly obtained from European breeders. Knoxville Police Department Officer Chris Wallace says American dogs are bred mostly for beauty, while European dogs have

Knoxville Police Department officers Jason Moyers and George demonstrate an attack. Photo by Carol Zinavage “better working minds.” Wallace and his colleagues, officers Chad Capley and Jason Moyers, along with George, a very muscular black German Shepherd, demonstrated to thrilling effect some of the maneuvers that a police dog can perform. “His job is to be neutral unless I tell him,” said Wallace, leading the dog toward a heavily-padded Moyers, who acted as a decoy. Wallace then gave the attack signal.

Anyone contemplating a life of crime should get a look at what George can do to the bad guy. The K-9 Veterans Day ceremony is held annually. This year’s ceremony was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Maurice Acree, a wellknown dog lover and generous supporter of the UT Veterinary School, who in 1998 funded the War Dog Memorial statue in front of the school.

1800s, and Fairview School. King recalls walking one mile to the church and a half mile to school. She would trudge through the deep snow to get to school, even when buses weren’t running. At least one teacher would make it to school for a fun day of play at school. Eventually the farm was divided and sold. In 1996, Claudia Jewel and her husband purchased the property as a retirement settleThe barn, today known as the Country Jewel, on Hickory Valley ment. Claudia loved old Road in Heiskell. barns and wanted to preKathryn Woycik serve this one. The Lewis barn slowly memories is roller skat- harvest mixed vegetables, ing to feed the workers. Their farm was located took on a new purpose and ing on that slab, which was which were sold to the Bush kept clean by her dad. He Cannery in Clinton. Her between Mt. Pleasant Bap- is now known as the Counhired farm laborers to help mother worked hard, cook- tist Church, built in the late try Jewel, used for wed-

dings and social events. A new roof was added, leaving the original metal roofing intact. The old hay loft adds to the unique, rustic and quaint atmosphere. Fan lights hang from the original tobacco poles. The tack room has been converted into a men’s bathroom. And the parking area is located were an apple and pear orchard once were. Jewel has maintained its character and charm and has transformed the place into a true country getaway. Anyone wanting to share the age, history, or story of their barn can contact me at woycikK@

the pieces in the right spots. He spends each morning or afternoon of working on a puzzle and when he leaves the table, “I can’t hardly wait to get back.” If you have a puzzle you’ve worked and you’d like to let Jack give it a try, drop it off at Parkview in Farragut, 10914 Kingston Pike. Info: 218-9924.

A ‘country jewel’ on Hickory Valley Road Betty King is a Halls resident and sings in the Silvertone choir at Beaver Dam Baptist Church. She was born and raised on a farm on Hickory Valley Road in Heiskell. Her parents, Arthur and Eva Lewis, built their homestead and barn in 1929. Their farm of 40 acres consisted of alfafa, hay and tobacco fields, along with a large herd of cattle. The cow trough was on a concrete area located in the barn. One of King’s fond


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MAYOR AND ALDERMEN March 28, 2013 BUDGET WORKSHOP 5:45 PM Department Presentations

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Silent Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call Approval of Agenda Mayor’s Report Citizens Forum Approval of Minutes A. March 14, 2013 VI. Business Items A. Appointment to the Community Health Council B. Resolution R-2013-03, a resolution requesting that the Tennessee Department of Transportation designate the intersection of Hwy. 70/S. R. 1 and Hwy. 11/S. R. 2 (Dixie Lee Junction) as a Signature/Gateway Intersection and to incorporate aesthetic improvements in the proposed redesign of this intersection. C. Approval of Proposal for Landscape and Engineering Services for Outdoor Classroom on Campbell Station Road. VII. Town Administrator’s Report VIII. Attorney’s Report

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SHOPPER-NEWS • MARCH 25, 2013 • B-3


Casey Peer

Managing Director, Chief Dietitian

Cauliflower and Tuna Salad Cauliflower

New offerings for

athletes at Provision

I have added tuna to a classic Italian antipasto of cauliflower and capers dressed with vinegar and olive oil. For the best results give the cauliflower lots of time to marinate. Ingredients: ■ 1 large or 2 small or medium cauliflowers, broken into small florets ■ 1 5-ounce can waterpacked light (not albacore) tuna, drained ■ 1 plump garlic clove, minced or pureéd ■ 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley ■ 3 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed ■ 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ■ 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar or champagne vinegar ■ 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ■ Salt and freshly ground pepper 1. Place the cauliflower in a steaming basket over 1 inch of boiling water, cover and steam 1 minute. Lift the lid for 15 seconds, then cover again and steam for 5 to 8 minutes, until tender. Refresh with cold water, then drain on paper towels. 2. In a large bowl, break up the tuna fish and add the cauliflower. 3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the garlic, parsley, capers, lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add the cauliflower and toss together. Marinate, stirring from time to time, for 30 minutes if possible before serving. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature. Yield: Serves 6 as a starter or side dish. Advance preparation: You can make this up to a day ahead, but omit the parsley until shortly before serving so that it doesn’t fade. It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Nutritional information per serving: 188 calories; 15 grams fat (the heart healthy kind); 8 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 261 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 9 grams protein Recipe by: Martha Rose Shulman, author of “The Very Best of Recipes for Health.”

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A course, a run, a race, a finish like no other What makes this marathon different? A first-class running event, challenging course, magnificent scenery, top-notch sports medicine, friendly fans and thrilling finish are just a few of the many reasons why the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon stands out from the crowd. Now in its ninth year, the marathon is East Tennessee’s largest road race, drawing more than 8,000 participants from around the U.S. and throughout the world. Knoxville’s multifaceted race weekend includes a prerace Health & Fitness Expo with more than 50 exhibitors and a Covenant Kids Run on Saturday, followed by the other races on Sunday. Plus, the city’s in full bloom for the monthlong Dogwood Arts Festival, which offers musical entertainment, art exhibits, street fairs and more than 60 miles of spectacular dogwood trails to bike or walk. A highlight of the marathon is the thrilling finish on the 50-yard line in the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, one of the country’s most impressive collegiate athletic facilities. Finishers are broadcast live on the JumboTron, a massive outdoor LED video board and on television monitors throughout the stadium. The celebration continues at the Pilot Flying J Post Race Party, just steps from the finish line. Fans and runners enjoy refreshments and music, exciting awards ceremonies, sessions in stretching, souvenir shopping and more. Registration for all events is open at

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is East Tennessee’s largest road race, with more than 8,000 participants from across the country and around the world.

Races, locations and start times Start Times: The marathon, half marathon, 2-person, and 4-person relays will be held on Sunday, April 7, starting at 7:30 a.m. EST. The marathon hand cyclists will start a few minutes before 7:30 a.m. The 5K starts at 7:45 a.m. The Covenant Kids Run will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 6 p.m. All races start on the Clinch Avenue Bridge near Henley Street, just outside the Knoxville Convention Center.

Kids can do it, too The Covenant Kids Run, 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, is a fun and noncompetitive fun run. Children start their one-mile race next to the Knoxville Convention Center, through Fort Sanders neighborhood to Neyland Stadium, and finish at the 50yard line – just like the adult marathon! This event is for children 8th grade and younger.

Visit the Marathon Expo The marathon Health and Fitness Expo is open to the public. It’s a high-energy expo that is the place to pick up your race packet and visit exhibitor booths to shop for everything from official apparel and merchandise to products and services in fitness, sports and nutrition. The Health and Fitness Expo will take place on April 6 (the day before the marathon) in the Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center (attached to the Holiday The marathon has a Saturday fun run, Inn on Henley Street). just for kids.

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Get involved It takes about 1,200 volunteers working before, during and after races to make the marathon a success. Contact us at info@ or 865-684-4294 to find out how you or your organization can help. Each volunteer receives a special edition shirt, refreshments and a ticket to the volunteer party at Calhoun’s on the River.

Be a part of something big The marathon helps support the Knoxville Track Club’s running and fitness programs for adults and youth. A portion of the proceeds benefit Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC). The IRC encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities including hand cycling, which is one of the races in the marathon.

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A small space with big view house in 2009. Of the 14 units, it is the only one with a fourth floor and two roof-top decks. They sold their original townhouse to daughter Laura Lyons, and Bill let go of his beloved backyard pool. Gay thinks the gradual transition made the move easier because it helped them realize how little they needed. The hardest part of moving to a space with approximately half of their previous home’s square footage was culling their large collection of books. Knowing they would be just three blocks from a library made it easier, she says. Like many other downtown residents, they keep a few things in a storage unit. In spite of being sandwiched between Henley Street and Market Square, the townhouse is surprisingly peaceful. There are trees outside the front door, and a back door leads to an urban green space between two rows of townhouses called “The Mews.” Neighbors use the area to socialize and grow container gardens. Gay has a nearby parking space, but doesn’t drive every day. She is the Knox Heritage Capital Campaign Manager, and with the exception of driving

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ay Lyons thinks downtown Knoxville is so friendly and livable that she once described it as “Mayberry with tall buildings, crepes and gelato.” Even so, she and her husband, Bill, took their time as they transitioned from suburbanites to city dwellers. They were happily installed in a roomy home with a killer pool in West Hills when both began spending more time downtown. Gay, who taught English and political science at Pellissippi State Community College for 31 years, began conducting interviews downtown for her doctoral dissertation in 2000. Bill, who is currently Chief Policy Officer and Deputy to the Mayor for the city of Knoxville, was put in charge of renovating Market Square in 2002 as the chairman of the KCDC board. Gay had always liked downtown, even during the 1980s, when few could imagine calling it home. She was especially fond of Kendrick Place, which preservationist Kristopher Kendrick renovated shortly before the 1982 World’s Fair. The townhomes, built in 1917, were originally called Masonic Court for the Masonic Temple next door on Locust Street.

Gay Lyons relaxes with her cat, Caesar, in their Kendrick Place home. Photos by Wendy Smith In 2007, the couple purchased a Kendrick Place townhome as a pied-à-terre – a second home – so they could be close to their work. Soon, they realized they weren’t spending many nights in their West Hills home. Gay enjoyed the pareddown lifestyle of living in a smaller space. They didn’t keep much furniture or clothing at the townhouse, and she found that she didn’t miss it. The Lyonses moved downtown full-time after purchasing a second Kendrick Place town-

A rooftop deck at the home of Bill and Gay Lyons yields a Sunsphere view. to the office for meetings, she rarely uses her car. She drives to Bearden once a week to shop and have her nails done, but otherwise enjoys running errands downtown. Bill walks to work. The lifestyle suits them. “I like everything about living downtown,” she says. “I like the convenience; I like the neigh-

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