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A new generation

Civil War stories

As an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, I attended an earlymorning class that so engrossed me and my classmates that the lecture flew by. It was James Robertson’s Civil War class. Last week, I attended the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable and was once again thoroughly engrossed by Dr. Robertson. He is popular as a speaker and author because he is a social, rather than a military, historian. In all of his work, he endeavors to capture the feelings of the participants.

‘holds the Fort’ By Wendy Smith

Fort Kid, the community-built playground adjacent to the Knoxville Museum of Art and World’s Fair Park, will survive to entertain new generations of children, thanks to one of its earliest users − and his mother. Attorney Alexander Waters heads a new committee, the Kids of Fort Kid, which will develop and execute a vision for the wellworn park. Seed money will come from a fund established in 1991 for continuing maintenance. Alexander is as enthusiastic about saving Fort Kid as his mother, Beth Waters, was about organizing 2,500 volunteers to build the playground in 1991, as part of the city’s bicentennial celebration. The children who grew up playing there are now young professionals, and they are ready to help with the project, Alexander Waters said last week. “Together, we’ll help hold the Fort.” Alexander was just a baby when his mother took him to Cedar Hill Park in Oak Ridge in 1989. When Beth saw the Robert Leathers community-built playground, with plaques recognizing the donors of each piece of equipment, Alexander Waters, son of John and Beth Wa- she knew Knoxville needed its ters, is coordinating efforts to renovate Fort Kid. own playground. She took the idea Beth Waters spearheaded the community-built to then-Mayor Victor Ashe. He told her to “talk it up.” playground in 1991. Photo by Wendy Smith She did, and the community caught the vision. A team of volunteers raised $110,000 and orgaAlexander Waters, at left, and his big brother, nized the massive build. Spencer Waters, investigated Cedar Hill PlayFort Kid was completed on ground in Oak Ridge. That visit was the inspiraApril 7, 1991, and Alexander’s 3rd tion for Fort Kid, says Beth Waters. Photo submitted birthday was two days later. Beth,

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Marvin West talks basketball

My mentor ... said “basketball is such a simple game, even you can teach it.” All you have to do is control time and space – and don’t give up the baseline. He explained that effort and positioning are key ingredients of defense and rebounding. He said shooting was a bit more complicated, that even the best players rarely made half their shots. He recommended getting as close to the basket as possible before “putting it up.”

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exhausted from the project, hired a clown and headed to Fort Kid. That began a tradition of celebrating a combined birthday for the playground and Alexander. The parties had themes, like Star Wars and Power Rangers, and hundreds of children participated each year. For several years, some $5,000 was spent annually to maintain the playground, Beth says. Over time, the maintenance stopped. But the fund continued to grow. Last spring, Ashe, now a columnist for the Shopper-News, wrote that the city planned to convert the playground to green space. After he revealed that the Fort Kid maintenance fund contained $65,000, Mayor Madeline Rogero met with Beth to discuss developing a new plan for the park. “I think they understand that if you tear it down, you open up a can of worms that you can’t close,” Beth says. Renovations to the playground will happen in two stages. The first phase, scheduled to begin this week, will include a new fence, repairs and staining of the wooden equipment and a new layer of pea gravel. Improvements are expected to be completed by June. On Sept. 20, volunteers organized by the Kids of Fort Kid will be onsite to add landscaping and finishing touches. They will also request community feedback on new equipment. That equipment, as well as picnic tables and a seating area, will be installed by April of 2015. “It’s a great time to be a kid in Knoxville,” Alexander says. Info:

Union County: Sandra Clark interviews District Attorney General Lori PhillipsJones; while Libby Morgan writes about a headless cow. North/East: Betty Bean has the scoop on city plans to revitalize the Magnolia Avenue Corridor. Farragut: Stefan Cooper writes about a ice hockey team that won a national tourney.

Lay, McMillan are GOP candidates to replace Swann By Jake Mabe The swan takes flight. After 32 years on the bench, 4th Circuit Court Judge Bill Swann announced his retirement last year, shortly after lawyer Greg McMillan said he would seek the job whether Swann ran or not.


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Analysis Swann is Knox County’s most controversial judge; lawyers and litigants either love or hate him. Many just bypass his court entirely, filing in Chancery Court and putting a burden on that court’s caseload. The biggest complaint against Judge Swann is his overreliance on psychologists, with several working in his court, pushing up costs. The state requires that divorcing couples undergo one mediation session; Swann requires four. The state requires four hours of Parent Education Seminars; Swann requires 12. It is difficult to get a trial date because he has trial “managements,” which require litigants to spend yet another day sitting in the courtroom with their lawyers so that progress toward settlement can be “measured.”

Another frequent complaint is his overreliance on Orders of Protection. At one time, Knox County’s 4th Circuit Court issued more OPs than Davidson, Hamilton, Shelby and Sullivan counties combined. He also has a stable of lawyers who work as his “special masters.” These lawyers have their own robes, dockets and nameplates. When they’re not wielding a gavel, they are practicing in his court, raising the question of how these individuals can be agents of the judge one day and come before him the next. Candidate Patti Jane Lay is one of these, and Swann has endorsed her to succeed him. These practices have caused Chancery Court dockets to become overloaded with divorce cases. Swann’s critics say he has made the process of getting a divorce in Knox County expensive, cumbersome and protracted. The candidates: Two lawyers seek to replace Judge Swann, a race that will be decided in the May 6 Republican Primary. The winner will face the winner of the Democratic Primary, either Daniel Kidd or David Valone, in the general election. Patti Jane Lay and Greg McMillan are campaigning hard – both

in the shadow of Bill Swann. Lay grew up in Fountain City and Bearden, graduating from Webb School of Knoxville. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Emory University in Atlanta and a law degree at UT. She and her husband, Tom Baugh, live in Bearden and have three children. Lay McMillan says he declared his intentions to run in 2006. He graduated from Bearden High before earning a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from UT. He and his wife, Summer, have five children. He is special counsel with the Lewis Thomason law firm. McMillan says he got into the race because “the court hasn’t been working well for the people of Knox County for several years.” He says he will: ■ Do a better job screening orders of protection, granting them not at the initial stage by special masters but by the court of record. “It eliminates appeals.” ■ Ensure better coordination between law enforcement and the court, making orders of protection simplified, clear and typed rather

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than written. ■ Change the way the docket is handled. He says most cases are filed in Chancery Court because of Swann’s “biases,” which have created a logjam. ■ Change Swann’s snowday policy, opening court even if Knox County government is closed for those who can McMillan safely make it to court. On the civil side, McMillan says he will change the current policy of a 12-hour parenting class to the state-required four-hour class and will look at offering online classes. He says when parents are going through a divorce, their children need them more than ever. “The court needs to work better for the people of Knox County. There’s going to be a change (in judges). But it needs to be the right change.” We were unable to connect with Lay by press time. Candidate bios can be found at their websites, w w w.pattijanelay and Betty Bean contributed to this report.


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Uplifting opening to By Wendy Smith The brilliant blooms in front of Susie and Sam McCamy’s Cherokee Boulevard home are likely to stop traffic on their own. But during last week’s 54th Annual Dogwood Luncheon, they shared the stage with equally colorful performers. Cast members of Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai” show entertained luncheon attendees with antics and acrobatics among the sunlit tulips. Like the flowers, they never spoke a word. This is the 60th anniversary of the Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail, this year’s featured trail. It begins at Kingston Pike and Cherokee Boulevard and meanders through the neighborhood, which is bejeweled with redbud and flowering crabapple blossoms as well as dogwoods. Trees in the recently restored Talahi Park will be lighted at night, a long-ago tradition of the Knoxville Garden Club. Brandon Parks, president of the Dogwood Arts Festival Board of Directors, alluded to a comment made by New York newspaper reporter John Gunther, who called Knoxville “the ugliest city I ever saw in America” in 1947. The remark spurred Knoxville Garden Club members, led by Betsey Creekmore, Martha Ashe and Betsy Goodson, to begin a civic-beautification project − the Dogwood Trails − in 1955.

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Cirque du Soleil “Varekai” cast members perform during last week’s Dogwood Luncheon, held at the home of Susie and Sam McCamy. Susie McCamy said that Knoxville’s beautiful flowers made an impression on her when the couple moved here seven years ago. Her grandfather was a wholesale florist, and she enjoyed playing hide-and-seek among his flowers as a child. Four years ago, her husband agreed to take their land-

scaping “to the next level” to satisfy her desire for more blooms. “I didn’t appreciate flowers as much as Susie,” admits Sam. But with the help of landscapers Scott McMeans and Alison Reynolds, they brought their yard to life. Chief Policy Officer and

Deputy to the Mayor Bill Lyons spoke on behalf of Mayor Madeline Rogero, who could not attend the luncheon. The Dogwood Arts Festival makes a terrific difference to Knoxville, with its emphasis on beautification and the arts, he said. “It’s truly transformative. Knoxville would not be the

The human side of the Civil War As an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, I attended an early-morning class that so engrossed me and my 300 classmates that the onehour lecture flew by. It was James Robertson’s Civil War class. L a s t week, I attended the K nox v ille Robertson Civil War Roundtable and was once again thoroughly engrossed by Dr. Robertson. He is popular as a speaker and author because he is a social, rather than a military, historian. In all of his work, he endeavors to capture the feelings of the participants. “The Civil War, just like everything else, was human,” he said. He shared stories from his National Geographic book “The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War.” One of his stories was of Lizzie Van Lew, a Unionist who was one of the

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war’s few female spies. Van Lew baked bread for Union prisoners and tucked notes into the loaves offering assistance if they escaped. She housed hundreds of escaped prisoners and passed information to Ulysses S. Grant. In later life, she was ostracized as a traitor. Robertson described the important role of pets during the war. Every regiment had a mascot, and animals ranged from farm animals to bears. One was a camel. The most famous was a bald eagle called “Old Abe” that represented the 8th Wisconsin. Even though he screeched and flapped his wings during battle, the bird was never hit, and after the war, he was guest of honor at various gatherings. Robertson named several innovations that came about

as a result of the Civil War, including the toilet, canned goods, paper money and home mail delivery, which began in an effort to make grief more private for those receiving death notices. He shared a 1913 photograph of Confederate and Union veterans laughing while reenacting Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. “They paved the way for us to be together tonight,” he said. The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meets on second Tuesdays at Bearden Banquet Hall. Dinner is at 7 p.m., and the speaker begins at 8 p.m. Jerry Wooten, manager of Johnsonville State Historic Park, will speak on May 8. ■

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ally asked to leave,” he said. Ann Graf is the Sequoyah Hills Trail chair, Sue Calloway is advisory trail chair and Connie Wallace is open gardens chair. The Dogwood Trails are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April 27. Info: www.dogwoodarts. com/.



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government Applause for Nick Nick Della Volpe, serving his second and final term on Knoxville City Council, deserves high praise for bringing up the politically tough issues he has been raising lately. While he hasn’t been successful, he is educating the public as to several city policies that are financially costly and would never happen in the private sector.

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On April 1, he urged the council to repeal the ordinance that gives all city employees a 2.5 percent automatic pay raise regardless of what the economy is, what city revenues are or even what the employee’s performance is. County, state and federal employees do not enjoy this ta x-paid benefit. Repealing the ordinance would not have deprived employees of a pay raise (as the mayor each year recommends what he/she feels is best). But it would have restored flexibility to the mayor as she makes budget decisions. Instead of welcoming this initiative, she opposed it. Joining Della Volpe in representing the taxpayers on this vote were council members George Wallace and Duane Grieve. The audience booed Della Volpe and others who spoke in favor of repeal. While employee opposition is understandable, disrupting the council proceedings is not justified. Della Volpe has never been a favorite of city employees, who worked hard last November along with the local Democratic Party to defeat him. Mayor Rogero pointedly did not endorse Della Volpe for a second term while she did endorse at least two others seeking re-election. They came close to ousting Della Volpe but failed. Now he is free to voice his views without political payback. Almost half of the city employees live outside the city, do not pay city property taxes and cannot vote in city elections, including one of the two deputy mayors. Della Volpe has been writing articles in this publication about expensive provisions of the city pension plan that the mayor failed to address in her charter changes. One is the annual 3 percent increase in city pensions regardless of the inflation level. This benefits about 1,800 city

retirees, over half of whom live outside the city. It will be one of the major reasons the mayor recommends a property-tax increase in 10 days on April 24 at Christenberry ballfield in her budget message. Della Volpe, an attorney, is an interesting person. He often speaks at council on many subjects. He is a strong advocate of greenways and worked effectively to install a greenway by Loves Creek in East Knoxville. Several of his colleagues wish he were less outspoken and have urged him to drop the pension comments. My personal view is that he brings to public discussion inconvenient topics on which the public needs to know more. A property-tax increase should come only when the mayor is also showing serious efforts in cutting nonessential spending. Council must be willing to say no to expenditures that can be deferred, such as the $200,000 for a salary survey that will recommend higher salaries when it is completed. Or a car allowance of $5,830 a year for a deputy mayor who walks to work. It is time to reassess the merit of all car allowances versus actual payment per mile for travel in the city. Which would be less costly to taxpayers? My guess is council will approve a Rogero propertytax hike but with three or perhaps four council members voting no. ■ Great news last week that Fort Kid at World’s Fair Park has a new lease on life with Rogero and Beth Waters working together to upgrade it. It had been slated for closure. ■ Cheri Siler on her website advocates raising the minimum wage. She said, when asked by this writer, it should go to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.70. Siler is the Democratic candidate for state senator from District 7.

GOV NOTES ■ Ray Jenkins, candidate for judge, will be honored at a reception held by Mario Azevedo II and John D. Lockridge Jr. 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Doc’s All American Grill, 7355 Kingston Pike. ■ Bobby Waggoner, candidate for sheriff, will be honored at a barbecue at Brasfield farm in Karns, 10106 Rather Road, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Admission is free and all are invited. The event will include live music and barbecue. Kids can enjoy pony rides, a waterwalk, train rides and a visit from the Easter bunny.

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Bob and Ed or Michele Long ago and, oh, so far sion seats. away, there was a magical Thomas is unopposed place called WIVK. in District 10. He says he learned the importance of community service when Jake working for Mabe Mr. Dick at WIVK. “I will make sure your Thomas tax dollars Knoxville’s grand radio station played real coun- are not wasted.” Brantley faces former try music and was owned by radio pioneer Jim Dick. commissioner and longtime Its true characters became Knox County Republican family – the late Claude Party fixture Michele CarTomlinson, Jean Ash, Bob ringer for the 11th District Thomas, Ed Brantley, Mike seat. This race is interesting. Brantley has painted himHammond and everybody’s buddy, the late Bobby Den- self as a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. He’s taken a ton. Corporate takeovers George H.W. Bush-esque made WIVK as bland as caf- pledge to never raise taxes and wants less government. eteria coffee. Such is life. Hammond jumped into He says he’s for teachers, politics. A successful two- more jobs in Knox County term county commissioner, (“We need to attract indusHammond is running for try”), good roads, police proCriminal Court clerk. He’s tection and effective county the best candidate for the services for senior citizens. Carringer’s election job, and he will win. Two radio colleagues are would double the number following his lead. Brantley of women on the commisand Thomas – who recently sion (now only Amy Broyles hosted a radio talk show on serves). She’s a protégé of WNOX – are both running the late Mary Lou Horner, for at-large county commis- and her own mom, Irene

McCrary, is a longtime Fountain City leader. “I feel like the Knox County Republican Party needs to let everyone know we still are the party that is conser vative, and we need Brantley to stand by what we say.” She’s for better schools and safer neighborhoods, is pro-teacher and pro-police, supports small government and low taxes, and wants to promote small businesses. When I first saw Thomas and Brantley during a political forum, I started singing Buck Owens’ “Together Again.” Both are likable, widely known and feel like old friends. My first reaction was “shoo-in.” But things have taken an interesting turn. Brantley took off on a long-planned vacation with his son during the month of March – key campaign season in a county in which the Republican is usually the winner. He got tangled up in questioning the need for

algebra in public schools because he rarely uses it. Say what? Carringer is likable and bubbling with personality. She is wideCarringer ly known among a key demographic – Republican primary voters – but has both friends and foes there. Carringer wants it more, and Brantley’s blunders have put him on defense. This is Ed’s race to lose, and he’s made a good start at it.

Correction I owe a sincere apology to Knox County Trustee candidate Ed Shouse. My profile of that race contained an error that County Commissioner Dave Wright’s questioning of candidate Barry Hawkins’ non-repayment of $3,000 he received as a CTAS bonus when Hawkins worked in the office was a political move aimed to help Shouse. In fact, it was aimed to help appointed Trustee Craig Leuthold. The error was unintentional. In fact, I like Ed Shouse. He’s smart, calm, experienced and the least political candidate for the job.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero hosted lunch for more than 300 volunteers from the Community Action Committee (CAC) Senior Corps and AmeriCorps. Pictured are speakers Nancy Reid from Foster Grandparents, Beverly Gilmer from Senior Companions, George “Geo” Hall from RSVP, Rogero, Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and former Knoxville Mayor Daniel Brown. In 2013, local AmeriCorps members diverted 754 tons of recyclable materials from landfills and built or improved almost 70 miles of trails. Senior Corps contributed 211,009 hours of ser vice. Photo submitted

School board candidates ready for primary The Knox County primary elections are upon us. Early voting begins April 16 in this odd kind of election year. The contests that are drawing the most interest are the school board races, primarily because of the controversies surrounding Superintendent James McIntyre. The incumbents are all McIntyre supporters, and all have drawn opposition. First District challengers Marshall Walker and Robert Boyd are able guys who know their way around schools (Boyd has taught on the college level; Walker is a retired school social worker) but seem slow to get off the blocks. Prediction: Incumbent Gloria Deathridge, the vice chair of the board, could win it outright in the primary. But if she doesn’t, watch out. Walker or Boyd (both first-time candidates) could get the hang of this campaigning thing and give the voters something to think

Betty Bean about. Both are McIntyre critics with deep roots in the community. Sally Absher and J. Scott Clark, challenging board chair Lynne Fugate in District 4, are a study in contrasts. Absher, elected to the state Republican Executive Committee four years ago, is not seeking re-election to that position. She has caught heat for being a former Tea Party activist but says she has pulled back from those causes. She is energetic and knowledgeable and sympathetic to teacher concerns. If Absher suffers from too much publicity, Clark’s had too little. He appears to be running something of a stealth campaign, but his

presence will make it hard for Fugate to win a majority vote in the primary. If she’s forced into a runoff with Absher, she, like Deathridge, could be in for a most unpleasant summer. Prediction: Fugate wins, but not by enough to avoid a runoff. Incumbents Kim Severance in District 7 and Thomas Deakins in District 6 are stepping down, and while only soon-to-be-retired teacher Patti Lou Bounds submitted a qualifying petition to succeed Severance, there’s a dogfight in the Sixth, where four candidates are duking it out. Two of them – Brad Buchanan and Tamara Shepherd – are outright critics of McIntyre’s test-them-tillthey-puke methodology. Candidate Terry Hill is vaguely critical of McIntyre and has been more focused on getting a new middle school in Hardin Valley. The fourth candidate, Knox

County Council PTA president Sandra Rowcliffe, is a vocal McIntyre supporter who has also been vocal in her criticism of teachers who oppose him. Prediction: Hill, whose husband, daughter and son-in-law are all former officeholders, is the most polished candidate in this bunch. Common wisdom is it’s her race to lose, although it will be difficult for her to break 50 percent in a crowded field, so she shouldn’t plan any extended vacations until after the August election. Rowcliffe will come in fourth. District 9 incumbent Pam Trainor, a strong McIntyre supporter, has drawn only a single challenger (albeit an exceptionally vigorous one), so this race will be decided in the primary. Prediction: Elementary school librarian (who will resign her job if elected) Amber Rountree takes her out.

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A forgotten father of country music HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin “Why, country music, as public entertainment, was born in that Market Hall. It was there that Roy Acuff started sawing his fiddle for pay, and Lowell Blanchard gave birth to the ‘MerryGo-Round’ and the ‘Tennessee Barn Dance.’ ” – former Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist Bert Vincent Although legendary Knoxville live radio programs the WNOX “Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round” and the “Tennessee Barn Dance” once were held in the old Market House, they soon needed larger quarters. Lowell Blanchard deserves credit for their growth and for the growth

of country music. He acted as the talent scout, authored the comedy skits and was master of ceremonies for both programs. E n g a ge ments on the noon Blanchard “Merry-GoRound” or Saturday night’s “Tennessee Barn Dance” launched the early careers of Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Kitty Wells, the Carter Sisters (featuring June Carter), Archie “Grandpappy” Campbell, the Carlisles (including Bill’s alter ego

“Hotshot Elmer”), Homer and Jethro, Don Gibson and many others. Some even said that Knoxville could have become the countrymusic capital that Nashville became but for the lingering aftereffects of the Great Depression and the oft-cited lack of vision of its civic leaders. Richard Lowell Blanchard was born on Nov. 5, 1910, in Palmer, Ill., the son of Jay William and Betty Mason Priest Blanchard. His father was a grocery-store owner and served as mayor of Palmer for 17 years. Lowell worked for his father, spent summers on a nearby farm and went to work for a

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The city of Knoxville is million in various fringe essentially a service pro- benefits and pension contrivider. It’s a people business. butions this fiscal year. Let’s take a closer look at those employment costs, which are growing year over year. With current revenues Nick (mostly property and sales taxes) relatively flat, the Della Volpe present outlook calls for a cut in services, possible layoffs and/or (gulp) some form of tax increase. As such, wages and reRight now that budgetlated fringe benefits make balancing process is in up the largest part of the Mayor Rogero’s hands. City city’s $183 million operat- Council will begin its review ing budget (FY 2013-14). of her proposed budget in That includes employment May, with a charter deadof 1,548 dedicated workers line of mid-June to have the and managers, who are paid new fiscal-year budget in a total of some $98 mil- place by July 1. lion, including $66 million Wages = $66 million: in direct salaries and $32 There are some 527 police

(422 uniform) and 313 firefighters, who (after training) start at a civil-service pay scale of approximately $32,300 and have salaries that range up to $95,500 at the deputy chief level. The city also employs 287 public-service workers, 82 in engineering, 54 in fleet maintenance and management, 47 full-time parks and rec, and other workers. All regular city employees (excluding top management) work their way up through a series of civil-service pay grades, with step increases along the way, as they progress in grade. Annual salary surveys adjust those pay scales to keep them competitive. See Knoxville ordinances 2-450, -458 & -459

drugstore during his titalented Blanchard, high school years. He whose jovial nature gained experience as was apparent even a student radio anover the airwaves. nouncer when he atBlanchard was intended the University structed to “Do whatof Illinois, where he ever is necessary to graduated in 1933. make the station a During the Censuccess in country tury of Progress music.” The one-andExposition (the Chia-half-hour weekday cago World’s Fair), “Merr y- Go-Round” Blanchard acted as and the “Tennessee the master of ceremoBarn Dance” soon nies. Then he pursued were developed with his early career as a Blanchard as the host. radio announcer in Their studio was Indiana, Iowa and first in the Andrew Michigan. As later Johnson Hotel, next confirmed by former in the old Market U.S. Sen. Howard House and eventually Baker of Tennessee, at 110 S. Gay St first. when Blanchard was Blanchard insisted on program director Many entertainers, such as Roy Acuff, Hom- a live studio orchesof a radio station in er and Jethro, Archie “Grandpappy” Camp- tra almost from the Des Moines, Iowa, in bell and others were featured here at the start. For many years, 1932, he hired Ronald WNOX studio early in their careers. Harry Nides played Reagan as one of his the fiddle, Jerry Colannouncers. Unfortunately, first radio station in Tennes- lins the piano, Tony Musco he was not living when his see and only the eighth in the accordion and Hubert protégée became the 40th the nation. Scripps-Howard Carter the bass. president of the United took it over in 1935, made He often accompanied States. WNOX the call letters and various country-music acts WNOX had begun broad- hired R.B. Westergaard as in performances over East casting in 1921 with the call manager. The following year, letters WNAV, reputedly the Westergaard hired the mulTo page A-12

on Fringe Benefits = $32 million: This includes some $9.8 million in health-care benefits, $16 million in pension contributions (growing by $7.5 million next year to $23.4 million), plus some $8.6 million in other benefits, like visual and dental insurance, educational incentives and longevity. Mystery Money. You’ve already heard about the “automatic 2.5 percent pay raises” for city workers, addressed at a recent City Council meeting – the issue there was to take this 30-year-old pay perk off auto-pilot and have all raises addressed by the administration in light of current budget, inflation and other economic facts. That was rejected amidst a highly vocal worker outcry.

Basketball is a simple game I never said I know it all, but I really thought I understood. Sixty-three years ago, as a high school senior, not yet 17, I concluded my only season as coach of eighth-grade basketball – undefeated and very confident. My mentor was not surprised. He had said “basketball is such a simple game, even you can teach it.” All you have to do is control time and space – and don’t give up the baseline. He explained that effort and positioning are key ingredients of defense and rebounding. He said shooting was a bit more complicated, that even the best players rarely made half their shots. He recommended

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getting as close to the basket as possible before “putting it up.” He favored passing over dribble penetration but liked that the round ball delivered predictable bounces. He said 10 players were not enough to clutter the entire floor, leaving room for minor strategy. Way back then, he said caring for the basketball was critical; possession

equaled points. Some years later, when Dick Campbell was coach at Carson-Newman College, he invested considerable time in refining my knowledge. After that, I learned by watching a thousand practices conducted by Ray Mears at Tennessee. Sometimes I asked Stu Aberdeen what the heck he was doing. To tell you the truth, those men covered it. I’ve seen and heard 19 versions of the same information, but I haven’t learned a lot of sizzling new stuff. A few mysteries have come and gone: A motion offense absolutely requires movement. There are intelligent debates about when to call or not call timeout,

when to substitute, how to attack devilish zone defenses and whether to yell at blundering officials or just sit there and take it. In old age, I have acquired empathy for young people in knee pants, standing at the foul line with the season hanging in the balance, the weight of their coach’s job on their shoulders, a tick or three on the clock, one to tie, two to win. Delightful employment and many blessings allowed me to listen to and even question some of the all-time great coaches – Pat Summitt, Adolph Rupp, John Wooden, Dean Smith, Al Maguire, Coach K, even Bobby Knight – a couple of times more than I wanted.

But you may not have heard of “Longevity Pay.” City workers (after four years of service) also get longevity pay. This automatic “seniority pay” apparently entered the city’s budget during the inflation-stressed late 1970s. Workers get $120 x years of service (after the first four years, up to a max of 20 years) added to their pay. Nice work if you can get it. So, for all the recent outcry about “just getting by” or needing “to put bread on the table,” these two automatic pay increases – wholly aside from any scheduled step advances and merit pay under the civil-service pay scales – can give workers an added 5 percent increase. Take, for example, a 42-year-old firefighter, who likely makes $50,000/year. Theoretically, he could re-

ceive $1,400 to $1,800 in longevity pay (e.g. 15 yrs. x $120), plus a 2.5 percent automatic pay raise of, say, $1,250. That’s nearly a $3,000 pay bump in one year without counting earned merit increases. To most folks, that might seem more than putting a little bread on the table. Don’t get me wrong, hard work deserves fair pay. That should be the job of modern pay scales, not vestiges of yesteryear. Such automatic increases compound pension and fringe costs, as they raise base pay under existing formulas. Taxpayer-financed wages should be transparent. Perhaps the mayor, as CEO, will look at all these costs.

What I thought was a rich background did not prepare me for this absolutely crazy Tennessee season past. I cannot explain how a talented team can be so good some games and bad for others. Two or three times I thought the Volunteers could have given greater effort. Ongoing indecision at point guard was puzzling. There was the obvious question about tempo. The coach visualized one speed. Some players wanted to go faster. I was stunned by the segment of the season when those with the ball could not or would not throw it to Jarnell Stokes. The last time when he got it, I was surprised. Michigan wasn’t. Tennessee fans choose how to behave but the February myth of bringing back Bruce Pearl made Cuonzo

Martin’s job more difficult. Never saw anything like that. It was a pleasant development that the team countered with its best punch. It could have quit. As if the soap-opera season did not have enough quirky twists and turns, there was the phone call. Many felt certain Cuonzo was gone to Marquette, more money, less hassle and a better fit for a Midwestern staff. Some said go Zo. Some repented for past criticisms. As soon as the coach said he still loves Tennessee, some resumed worrying about his recruiting tendencies. Never has basketball, supposedly a simple game, been so confusing.

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A blood moon “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2: 18b-21 NRSV) United Methodist Women Sue Petrie, Linda Parris, Bonnie Adams, Susan McMahon, Jackie Hill, Anne Olson, Pat Patton and Celia Jackson work at the rummage sale.

“There are two ways to live: You can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” (Albert Einstein)

The Scripture text quoted above is Peter’s speech on the Day of Pentecost. He quotes the Old Testament prophet Joel with words that are both hopeful and fearsome. The moon’s turning to blood came to my mind because by the time you read this, you may have seen such a phenomenon. A total lunar eclipse will have occurred in the wee hours of April 14, and Mars Estes Stooksbury and John Wilson show off the barbecue pit at will be closer to the Earth than it has been since 2008. Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Photos by Wendy Smith There is no danger in such an occurrence; these things have been happening for eons, but they are definitely not an everyday event. It is true that in a lunar eclipse, the moon does turn Amber Welch, Ceri Yates and Barbara Milligan are all smiles as red. The resulting so-called they help customers check out. “blood moon” is a function of a double refraction of the sunlight, during the time the moon is in the Earth’s shadow. The sun’s light is refracted when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere and again when Satisfied customer Sherry Laymance visits with church mem- it leaves the Earth’s atmobers Denise Gray and Joan Baird at the Ebenezer United Meth- sphere on its way to the moon. (This double refraction is the odist Church rummage sale and barbecue. same reason the sky looks selection of goods, includ- early. They spent almost worked in shifts to over- blue during the day.) By Wendy Smith We consider these events $900 at the spring sale be- see the smoking of 144 Each spring and fall, the ing the kitchen sink. UMW President Pat fore the doors opened. Boston butts from Friday almost as entertainment United Methodist Women The church installed afternoon until Saturday today – wonders to behold of Ebenezer United Meth- Patton says the two events because of their rarity. odist Church, 1001 Eb- raise about $8,000 each a barbecue pit when it morning. Congregational excite- However, in a less scientific enezer Road, host a rum- year. The women spend moved to the property in mage sale and barbecue to about a week setting up for 1980, says longtime mem- ment is high right now day, such phenomena were benefit the church’s mis- each event, and they enjoy ber Estes Stooksbury. due to plans to expand the signs and portents, considered to have meaning for sions program. The recent fellowship time, as well as For the recent sale, men building, he says. humankind: warnings and spring sale offered a wide the opportunity to shop from the congregation

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Lynn Pitts threats, or affirmations of a proposed action. Joel had spoken his prophecy approximately 400 years before Christ, but Peter took up the banner and recited Joel’s words as the inauguration of a new era. The winds of the Spirit had swept through the little band of believers and set them aflame with the Good News. The fear and the uncertainty of the time between Jesus’ crucifixion and the resurrection were no more. No mere lunar eclipse could scare Jesus’ disciples now. Those same men who had cowered behind closed doors following the crucifi xion were on fire and ready to tell a waiting world. This story makes me ask what it would take to get our attention, to set our churches ablaze with wonder and urgency, to be so filled with the Good News that our joy overflows onto everyone we meet. Have we forgotten the Good News? Have we grown complacent? Bored? Satisfied? Distracted? If that is the case, what will it take to get our attention? A blood moon?

Gospel ensemble to give Easter performance at Pellissippi By Heather Beck The I Am gospel ensemble performs a selection of favorite gospel hymns at a concert Tuesday, April 15, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus. Beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Community Room, the ensemble presents its Easter Celebration Concert. Light refreshments are available after the concert ends, about 7:30 p.m. The concert is free, and the community is invited. “The gospel ensemble has been a wonderful addition to our campus. It’s one more way in which the diversity of our campus is celebrated. This event is a highlight of our spring semester,” said Rosalyn Till-

man, dean of the Magnolia Avenue Campus. The ensemble is composed of Pellissippi State students and is led by Candice Dendy, associate professor of transitional studies. The group sings primarily a cappella songs, along with a few selections with instrumental accompaniments. “We are presenting traditional hymns of Easter, as well as songs of worship and praise. We definitely want audience participation,” Dendy said. The I Am gospel ensemble was formed in 2009. The group has performed seasonal concerts, at events such as the naming ceremony of the Joe Armstrong Building at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, and at various celebra-

tions and open houses. “The name of the group was chosen by students as a representation of our goal: to sing about our faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and God, who is the great ‘I Am,’ ” Dendy said. The campus is at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Info: www. or 865329-3100.

EGG HUNTS ■ Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, on the front lawn. Children should bring a parent and a basket with one dozen plastic eggs filled with age-appropriate nut-free candy or treats for hiding. RSVP by Tuesday, April 15, to Mary Emily Morris, 522-9804.

Jenny Kitts, Rodney Simpson, Candice Dendy, Phyllicia Washington and Druscilla Robertson, the I Am gospel ensemble, will perform April 15 in a free concert at Pellissippi State.

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

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Patty Deaver and Libby Wright reminisce during A.L. Lotts Elementary School’s birthday celebration. Photos by S. Barrett

A.L. Lotts turns 20 Students and faculty past and present turned out last week to help celebrate A.L. Lotts Elementary School’s 20th anniversary.

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Years of memorabilia lined the main hallway, and teachers current and retired caught up on everything Lotts. Current students browsed through yearbook photos of students now old enough to be teaching. Patty Deaver and Libby Wright reconnected at the event. Wright taught kindergarten at Lotts during its first 13 years, and Deaver began teaching 5th grade the second year. Deaver retired in 2008, and Wright now teaches preschool in Karns. “I loved the older ones, and she loved the younger ones,” said Deaver of her former 5th-grade students and Wright’s former kindergartners. “Someone’s gotta love ’em all,” said Wright with a laugh. Fifth-graders performed several songs following the meet-and-greet. ■

Robots at Sequoyah Elementary

Sequoyah Elementary School’s inaugural season of its robotics program has just ended, but the students who participated said they are just getting started. “I definitely want to do this in middle school,” said

Daniel Brown. SES is one of only three elementary schools in Knox County with the robotics program. Talented and Gifted coach La Rhonda Forsyth wrote a grant and received $3,000 for materials. Forsyth said the program has a jumpstart for next year since the EV 3 Lego robot kits can be reused and added onto. Each kit can make five different types of robots. Each group had the option to build from an example photo and instructions, but most customized their creation by adding their own bells and whistles, sometimes literally. During the students’ last meeting, each group introduced its robot to friends and family. Brady Kuester, Jenny Liu, Noor Khattak and Elizabeth Shuler created Sugar, a robotic dog with ribbons tied to its “ears” and a matching spiked collar around its body. The girls programmed Sugar’s code to put hearts in her eyes. “We started out with the wrong instructions, so we had to improvise,” said Brady. The project encouraged the students to think creatively and work together as a team. “The most challenging part was writing the code,” said Daniel. “Sometimes you can’t get it to work. “You have to have perseverance and patience, and you have to figure it out yourself.” Some of the robots were so advanced they performed down the aisles of the library with plenty of room to roam.

Sequoyah Elementary School 5th-graders Brady Kuester, Jenny Liu, Elizabeth Shuler and Noor Khattak introduce everyone to their robot dog, Sugar.

■ Box Tops for Education from General Mills’ products and Labels for Education from Campbell’s products are being collected to purchase supplies for the school. Labels can be dropped off outside the school entrance in the librarybook drop box, or they can be mailed to: West Hills Elementary School, 409 Vanosdale Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. Info: email Jill Schmudde, jschmudde@ Chick-fil-A will give 10 percent of sales back to WHES from 5 to 8 p.m. each Thursday. This offer is valid at the location in the mall or at 7063 Kingston Pike. Keep your receipt and turn it in to the school.

Playground building Parents and staff join to improve the grounds at UT’s Early Learning Center on White Avenue. The slide had been built into a dirt bank to avoid kids climbing a ladder, but then erosion became a problem. So a 10-hour Saturday workday saw old tires installed, and when pre-schoolers returned on Monday the slide was ignored for a new game of “jumping down the tires.” The project was coordinated by leaders Kathy Kidd and Katie Denton-Walls.

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Gresham Middle School staff members welcomed guests to the spring soiree, Gresham Goes Gatsby, at The Foundry. Pictured are Jeff Castleberry, Scott Reed, Glenn Price, Gresham Middle School Foundation event coordinator Nancy McBee Nevader, principal Donna Parker and GMSF president Craig Cummings.

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Webb athletes prepare for college Webb School of Knoxville senior and girls’ tennis team standout Anna Catharine Feaster has signed with Davidson College. Present at the signing to show their support were Anna’s brother, Nathan, her sister, Margaret, and their parents, Samuel and Christy. Anna is a three-time PrepExtra Girls Tennis Player of the Year and All-KIL honoree. In May 2013, she captured her third straight Division II-A Feaster girls state singles tennis title, posting a 16-1 singles record. She led the girls’ tennis team at Webb to its fourth consecutive DII-A state team crown. The lineup for Bearden High School’s 2014-15 dance team has been announced. Members include (front) Merielle Luepke, Ashley Kaitlyn Flickinger, liWilliams, Audri Brakebill, Paige Walter, Allison Balsley, Caroline Ward, Rachael Buckley, McKensie Wehinger; (midde row) Lyndi bero for Webb’s volleyball Vaughn, Hanna Matthews, Alyssa Menavich, Alison Napier, Haley Mañalac, Shaylie Rutherford, Natalie Werner, Sarah Balsley, team, has Madison Deatherage; (back) Ally Robinson, Lily Tirgrath, Gracie Benevicz, Avery Jetton, Becca Jernigan and Jade Gatton-Bumcommit ted pus. The team is coached by Hannah Keathley (not pictured). Photo submitted to play at Mar y v ille College. K a it l y n’s family cel■ Sign up as an individual ■ The Rams Spring Classic Park. The season begins ■ Sign up as an individual player ebrating player or bring your own Basketball Tournament early April and ends in June. or bring your own team. Knox with her at team. Knox Youth Sports will be held for students Register online at knoxyouthYouth Sports softball is a the signing Flickinger baseball is a developmental in grades 5-9 Friday and or call 584-6403. developmental recreational included recreational league for boys Saturday, April 25-26, at league for girls ages 7-13. Games ■ Knox Youth Sports lacrosse her parents, Jeff and Melaand girls ages 3-12. Games are Grace Christian Academy. are at Lakeshore Park. The sealeague is for boys ages nie; her brother, Jordan; Monday-Thursday and SatAll teams are welcome and son begins early April and ends 9-14, excluding high school and her grandfather, Ted urday at Lakeshore Park with guaranteed three games by Memorial Day weekend. students. Games are on some games at Sequoyah and a championship game Flickinger Sr. Register online at knoxyouthsSaturdays from 10 a.m. to (top teams). Cost is $175. Info: As co-captain of this or call 584-6403. noon, and practices are from Chuck Clevenger, 924-2794, year’s Division II-A state 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and or championship volleyball

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Thursday at Lakeshore Park. The season ends in late May. League age is a player’s age Jan. 1, 2014. Registration fee is $175. Players must provide their own equipment. Register online at or call 584-6403.

Mystics win 3-on-3 championship The Mystics won this year’s KYS 3-on-3 basketball tournament beating The Mercury 21-16 in the championship game for a 2-0 tournament record. Pictured are players (front) Taylor Bergner, Alexis Houser, Arden Spillers, Marguerite Mary, Greer Butler and (back) coaches Bill Bergner, Ashley Bergner and Shelby Bergner. Photo submitted

team, Kaitlyn helped lead the team to its first state title in the history of Webb’s varsity volleyball program. She also led the team in digs and was a key player in winning the 2013 DII-A Region title, picking up All-Region Tournament Team honors along the way. Kaitlyn was also named to the 2013 TSWA All-State Volleyball Team and AllKIL. Webb girls basketball guard senior Imani Smith will play basketball at Berry College. Present for her signing were Imani’s sisters Shelley and Bre Smith Smith, her father, Shay Tate, and her mother, Fran Smith. Imani lettered four years and helped lead Webb to two state basketball runner-up finishes and two state basketball titles. This includes this year’s Division II-A state championship, the team’s fourth state crown and its second in three years. Although she was injured for much of the season, Amani still scored a 3-point basket and a 2-point field goal that were considered critical plays in the championship final, according to head coach Shelley Collier.

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Waggoner has more than 44 years of law enforcement experience: not only working on the ground, but supervising large multi-state investigations and managing multi-million dollar budgets. He has a Master of Public AdministrationEFHSFF and has received police certification in three states. He served almost 13 years at the KCSO, the last six of which he was Chief of Detectives. While there, he saw first-hand where improvements need UPbe made, where money is being needlessly wasted, and where resources need to be reallocated to keep the focus on Knox County’s safety.

2. Integrity

Lakers win tournament Regular season champs The Lakers conquered the 11-12 KYS boys basketball tournament with a 39-23 win over the Sonics. Pictured are (front) Fred Perkinson, Joey Miller, Arthur Jenkins, Will Maddox, Corey Ramey, Alex Rice, Michael Williams and (back) coaches Arthur Jenkins, Fred Perkinson and Tyler Dougherty. Photo submitted

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Political promises and cronyism have long plagued the Sheriff ’s Office, and Waggoner pledges to put an end to it. He’ll hire the best and the brightest based on their experience and qualifications rather than their political connections. He’ll manage the budget with integrity, putting an end to unnecessary purchases and positions. Waggoner will make sure every taxpayer dollar goes to making Knox County safer.

3. Commitment to Service While growing up in the Karns community, Waggoner was strongly influenced by his grandfather, who was Knox County Sheriff for three terms, and his father, who was a detective with the City of Knoxville. They instilled in him a commitment to give back to his country and his community, CPUIPGwhich Waggoner did: serving in the Army and serving his community with a lifetime career in law enforcement.

4. Responsible Leadership In recent years, an increasing number of KCSO officers have been caught overstepping their authority. Whether it’s making a teenager spin on a bat or unlawfully confiscating football tickets to resell, it’s unacceptable and it’s an abuse of power. Just like a successful football coach keeps his players in line, a Theriff sets the example for discipline and accountability. Waggoner has a proven track record of being a respected mentor and providing mature, responsible leadership.

5. Professionalism Just a few months ago, the current Theriff made national news when he made a controversial statement that he would stack immigrants in the Knox County jail like “cordwood.” Waggoner will be a full-time Theriff who will not embarrass the community with his words or actions. He’ll be tough but fair, and will enforce the law equally to all.

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Recognizing the risks of senior citizen financial fraud

GameTruck Greater Knoxville franchise owner Jeff Maples shows the setup for the mobile video game theater. Maples co-owns the franchise with his wife, Theresa. Photos by Bonny C. Millard

In the modern world of increasing technology, the risk of nancial identity theft is higher than ever before. Sadly, senior citizens are often the most common targets for this crime. It is important to recognize how this can occur and how it can be prevented. 1. Prevent scammers before they start. Many scams are of an intentionally confusing nature so that they can target the elderly. Phone calls or e-mails requesting personal information, including bank information, social security numbers, and the like, can be dangerous. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it most often is. You have no obligation to give any information over the telephone or on the computer. Do not hesitate and do not feel bad about hanging up the phone or deleting an e-mail. If you are unsure, ask someone you know and trust. 2. React quickly if you feel you may be a victim of fraud. Understand that you are your rst line of defense; therefore, you will be much more likely to nd

fraudulent charges than a credit card company, bank, or other nancial institution. Keep close tabs on your monetary transactions, and note anything that is out of the ordinary. Make sure to have the phone numbers of banks or credit card companies on-hand so that they can be called at the rst sign of fraud. In today’s society, this responsibility is similar to keeping your wallet in your pocket, or hanging onto your pocketbook.

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Born and raised in Knoxville, attended Beaumont Elem. & Rule Jr-Sr. High, raised his own family here 30+ years of litigation experience before the courts Peer rated AV Lawyer by Martindale-Hubble (Rated: Preeminent) Tennessee Supreme Court Listed R. 31 Mediator Veteran (Active Duty 1979-1982), Honorably Discharged as CPT, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC), U.S. Army Former Juvenile Counselor, Knoxville Police Department (KPD) Worked a fulltime job while paying his way through law school at the University of Tennessee Member of American Legion, Post 2; American Legion Riders; Master’s Lodge #244, F&AM; Knoxville Scottish Rite; The National Rifle Association (NRA); and The Federalist Society Member of the American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations Member of the Hamilton Burnett Inn of the American Inns of Court Former member of Governor Don Sundquist’s Cabinet, initially appointed Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Employment Security. Promoted to Governor Sundquist’s Senior Staff as Special Assistant to the Governor Former Knox County Republican Party Chairman Mayor’s appointee to the City of Knoxville Civil Service Merit System Board for ten years Appointed to a City-County Government Efficiency Committee by the Knox County Mayor Appointed to the Board of the Knoxville/Knox County Public Building Authority and was elected Chairman of that body in 2010. Appointed to the Knox County Charter Review Committee by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Co-author of Unemployment Compensation, Survey and Update, Labor Law Journal, 47 (9) at 602-612, September 1996; Bad Faith: General Application in the Insurer-Insured Relationship, Lorman Education Services, 2007; and various letters and guest columns published in magazines and newspapers, including three articles published in The Congressional Record. Served as the Governor’s appointee to the Juvenile Justice Reform Commission Served on the Board of the Knoxville-Knox County Community Services Agency, appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen Serves on the Boards of the Museum of Appalachia and Golden Gloves Charities, Inc. Volunteered as an attorney for indigent clients through the KBA Pro Bono project Active in the Knoxville community and served on several nonprofit boards Billy and his wife Bay are both very active in Second Presbyterian Church

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bench along the opposite wall can seat between 16-20 people. The truck has windows that can be opened up in good weather, but it is fully heated and air conditioned, which makes it available year round. The games are up-to-date and offer something for everyone including sports, car chases, dancing and guitar playing. Games run from individual plays to competitions between up to four players. If the children are young, Maples gives parents an opportunity to look through the selections first to remove the more mature games that might not be age appropriate. Maples and his wife and co-owner, Theresa, started booking parties last November. Buying the franchise was originally his wife’s idea, he said. While in Atlanta, they saw one of the trucks, and his wife and her son were instantly interested. Although not familiar with the company, Theresa Maples knew that it involved video games because of the trailer’s painted panels. Maples said his wife started trying to book the business for her son’s birthday. Later, his wife approached him about buying a franchise, and after con-

sidering the possibilities for a few days, he said yes. Both he and his wife still work outside jobs, but they are available to book a party almost anytime – except Sunday mornings. Maples said he’s the operations part of the team while his wife handles most of the marketing. The minimum party time is one and a half hours, but parties usually run about two hours. Maples stays in the trailer, supervising and answering questions, during the party. GameTruck Greater Knoxville is also available for educational programs for schools, for church youth programs and for corporate gatherings for team building activities or summer picnics. Maples said he didn’t know what to expect when they started back in November, even after going through training with the company, but he knew the opportunity was there. “It’s beginning to grow and getting the word out has been the most important thing,” he said. GameTruck Greater Knoxville will be at the Smokies Baseball Stadium on Tuesday, April 15. For more information:

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By Bonny C. Millard A new concept in birthday parties has arrived in Knoxville, and the party rolls on – rain or shine. Knoxville residents might have seen GameTruck Greater Knoxville and its colorful 28-foot trailer around town as it travels to party destinations. This is not the typical birthday party with clowns and balloons. It is a mobile video game theater. GameTruck Greater K nox v ille franchise owner Jeff Maples said they book parties in K nox v ille and the surrounding counties. Jeff Maples The participants “don’t have to go anywhere,” he said. “We just bring it to them.” Additionally, the mobile facility provides a safe environment for birthday parties, particularly for younger children, he said. The VIP, or birthday child, receives a prize pack with goodies and T-shirt at end. Maples recently demonstrated the truck’s unique features and capabilities. With five widescreens, GameTruck offers more than 100 video games and activities for partygoers. A

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with Mike Hammond, Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Rothchild Catering, Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tickets: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers, and $275 for tables of 10. ■ Networking : The Eye Group, Thursday, May 8, 8 to 9:30 a.m., 11124 Kingston Pike.

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Healthy property sales, sluggish lending By Sherry Witt Even as mortgage lending continued its slow pace, the local real estate markets fared quite well in March. For the month endSherry Witt ing March 31, there were 812 property transfers recorded in Knox County, compared to just 551 during February. The totals also topped last March’s figure by more than 100. The first quarter of 2014 produced almost identical data to 2013 in terms of total property sales. The aggregate value of land sold in March was just

under $148 million, besting February’s total by nearly $60 million, and also outpacing the March 2013 figure of $137 million. For the first quarter of 2014 approximately $432.7 million worth of property has sold in Knox County, some $50 million ahead of the 2013 pace. Despite encouraging numbers on the real estate side, mortgage lending markets continued to perform somewhat sluggishly. For the month, around $212 million was loaned against real estate in Knox County. While that was some $50 million more than the February total, it was well behind last March’s figure of $287 million, leading to speculation that refinancing

may have reached a saturation point. So far in 2014, about $636 million has been loaned in mortgage transactions in Knox County, compared to $1.03 billion during the first quarter of 2013. The largest real estate sale of the month was for a property on Clinch Avenue in the Fort Sanders community. The parcel sold to Pinecrest 1505 Clinch LLC for $3.4 million. The most notable mortgage recording was a loan for $23,085,000 financing several Captain D’s properties in the area. With the beauty of an East Tennessee spring upon us, I would like to wish everyone a very happy, safe and joyous Easter. Sherry Witt is Knox County Register of Deeds


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Charlie Daniel shares laughs drowned in the ocean. The professor told Daniel that the speech would have been funny in other circ u m s t a nc es. Daniel decided the best way to avoid his Charlie Daniel fear of public speaking was to jump right into the “Question and Answer” portion, so he made a list of 20 questions. The first one: “What did God put into the ocean?” The cartoonist had a new list of questions and answers, including some that poked fun at his profession: What is the definition of an editorial writer? One who hides in the bushes during the battle and then comes out afterwards and shoots the wounded. During the real “Q&A,” the cartoonist said that no subject has been anointed as “off limits” for his editorial pen. When asked about his most controversial cartoon, he said, “hopefully every day.” At 80, Daniel continues to entertain his audiences. His cartoon collection, appraised at $2.5 million, has been donated to the University of Tennessee’s library and has been digitized. To hear how Daniel develops an idea, visit the News Sentinel’s website for a video of Daniel explaining his work. http://www. Rotary Club of Knoxville meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Marriott Hotel, 501 E. Hill Ave. Info:

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Seasons brings spring to the table By Sherri Gardner Howell The restaurant Farragut residents knew as Seasons has been through some changes this year. Owner Deron Little, who opened the original Seasons in Renaissance Center in 2006 and a second location in Bearden in 2012, closed both restaurants, partnered with Kelsey Roze and opened Seasons Innovative Bar and Grille in

Amanda Lebo listens as chef and owner Deron Little talks about the new spring menu at Seasons Innovative Bar and Grille. Photos by Justin Acuff

Turkey Creek. Located at 11605 Parkside Dr., the restaurant kept to its original concept and rolled out a new spring menu on April 3. Chef Little’s concept has always been to highlight what is fresh and seasonal at the restaurant. Some favorites stay on the menus, but a new season brings new items and specials that utilize ingredients available fresh

during that time of year. Each showcases Little’s creative flair and dedication to classic culinary techniques. Guests at the Menu Release Party on April 3 got a preview. Included for spring are such dishes as mango shrimp martini, quick-fried artichoke hearts, spring blossom salad and Mediterranean vegetable sandwich.

Justin and Tristan Pena enjoy the Seasons Innovative Bar and Grille spring menu release party.

Joy and Rick Lebo toast the new spring offerings during the menu release party at Seasons.

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needle. The Umbilicup is an important addition to DeRoyal’s line of Birthing and Neonatal products as it helps reduce the chance of needle sticks and exposure to blood borne pathogens in accordance with the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, said company president and COO Bill Pittman.

Dawn Distler, a 27-year veteran in the field of public transportation, has been chosen by Mayor Madeline Rogero as the city’s director of transit. Dawn Distler This is a new position created after the city did not renew its contract with the management company that employed previous KAT general manager Cindy McGinnis. Distler has been general manager of operations and maintenance for Davidson Transit Organization in Nashville since 2010. Prior to that, she served as director of operations, managing a $7 million budget, 270 vehicles and, in fiscal year 2013, a total of 10.45 million rides.

Distler started her transit career as a bus operator for 10 years with Metro Regional Transit Authority in Akron, Ohio, and rose to operations manager for ADA/paratransit services and assistant director of customer services. Her work in Nashville included efficient management of express bus routes, fixed routes, commuter rail and paratransit services that resulted in a 14 percent increase in passenger trips. Distler will assume the new post on June 1.

DeRoyal buys California company DeRoyal Industries Inc. has purchased the assets of MKMI, an Encino, Calif.-based corporation. MKMI manufactures the patented Umbilicup Cord Blood Sampling System which is a safety engineered cord blood collection device used for sampling cord blood (Rh and type) without the use of an exposed sharp

KARM gets Darden Restaurant grant Knox Area Rescue Ministries will receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The donation will enable KARM’s LaunchPoint program, which provides adult training and goal-setting help as individuals break their cycle of homelessness. Local restaurants in the Darden group include Red Lobster and Olive Garden. Since 2012, more than

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Long-time editorial cartoonist Charlie Daniel never had any formal art training, but he’s been drawing since he was old enough to pick up a pencil. His editorial cartoons have been making people in the East Tennessee region laugh for more than 45 years, and a favorite is “Rosy’s Diner.” Daniel spoke to the Rotary Club of Knoxville recently, making his second appearance at the Valued Associates Appreciation Day, and kept the crowd laughing with his stories and his “Optimist” speech of 20 questions. Daniel explained that back in the 1970s, his boss at another newspaper was president of the Optimist Club and wanted him to talk to the organization. Despite a fear of public speaking, he ended up doing the presentation and called it his “Optimist” speech. Daniel told the group that his fear of public speaking developed in childhood when a teacher asked him, “What did God put in the ocean?” He said octopus, and she laughed at his pronunciation of the word and made him repeat it a couple of times. When his family heard the story, they laughed and made him repeat his answer. Soon total strangers in his hometown were asking him “What did God put in the ocean?” In college, he had to give a speech so he thought about that question, which would result in more laughter than speech-making. Unfortunately, the student before him told about how her brother had

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“Stand Up for Financial Literacy” is a program supported by UT Federal Credit ■ Groundbreaking: Mountain Commerce Bank, Tuesday, April 22, 11 a.m., 6115 Kingston Pike. Union and the national and ■ Pinnacle Business Awards, presented by BB&T, will be state Jump$tart Coalition. announced at a banquet Friday, May 2, at the Knoxville ConA recent survey, conducted vention Center. The black tie-optional gala will feature a silent online by Harris Poll, showed auction and reception starting at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and that more than three in five awards program announced by WBIR’s Robin Wilhoit. The evening families with kids under the will culminate in a champagne toast to the winners. Bandit Lites age of 18 (62 percent) had and Sound Ventures will provide production assistance for the talked about money matters event. Tickets and table sponsorships can be purchased online at within the past week.

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Madison Craddock, 17, plays the Beatles’ “Penny Lane.” Daughter of Kim and George Craddock of West Knoxville, she plans to attend college in the fall and major in business management, with an eye toward running a nonprofit one day.

Cooper Jenkins, a 9th-grader at Karns High School, plays a guitar duet with his instructor, multi-instrumentalist Greg Horne, who is widely known as a soloist and frontman for the Greg Horne Band. Cooper is also an accomplished pianist. His parents are Robin and Robert Jenkins.

Matthew Rose, 9, plays a song on the violin. His older brother Joshua, 12, studies piano. Their parents are Laura and Joshua Rose. Joshua is a sergeant with the Army National Guard who served a tour in Iraq from 2009 through 2010. The family lives in West Knoxville. Photos by Carol Zinavage

Young musicians ‘bloom’ Students from the Community School of the Arts gathered at “The Village” in the Old City recently to add their own kind of music to Knoxville’s Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival. Founded in 1992, CSA provides quality instruction in all the arts to children ages 6 to 18. Based at First Presbyterian Church downtown, the school has

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Lowell Blanchard Tennessee’s 33 counties and into Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. He hosted WNOX’s “The Musical Clock,” the early-morning radio show, was a widely known announcer for horse shows and did the “color” for UT sports. Live country music experienced hard times when the rock ’n’ roll craze hit in the early 1950s and again when television came to Knoxville in 1953. The FCC denied WNOX a license since

for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. More than 150 young people study classical and jazz piano, cello, violin, guitar, mandolin and trumpet there, as well as visual arts, drama and culinary arts. Info: Send story suggestions to

From page A-5 Scripps-Howard already had a radio and newspaper presence. Then the station made what probably was an ill-advised move to a remodeled Whittle Springs Hotel in the suburbs in 1955. The “Merry-Go-Round” and the “Barn Dance” ended in 1961, but Blanchard remained at the station in sales and on special assignment. He always supported local causes and chaired the Easter Seals Society and the March of Dimes. He was a


City Council member (194445 and 1948-53) and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1963 and for the state legislature in 1964. His health problems began with what he thought was the flu while attending the L.A. Classic with the UT Vols in 1966. He soon recovered and returned to his heavy schedule, including a year as general manager of the Knoxville Smokies baseball team and then as the team’s radio announcer.

Instructors such as local favorites Greg Horne, Jessica Watson and Ben Maney make the Community School of the Arts a real destination for young aspiring musicians. The stellar faculty also includes Knoxville Symphony members and many other local luminaries in several disciplines.

It was a surprise when he was admitted to Fort Sanders Hospital in January 1968 with a heart attack. After some weeks he was moved from intensive care and prepared to go home. He had planned to do the color highlights for the basketball game with Auburn the following Saturday. However, he died just after midnight on Monday, Feb. 19, 1968, at the age of 57. Blanchard attended First Christian Church and taught the Everyman’s Sunday school class for many


years. He was a member of the Charles M. McKinney Lodge F&AM and of Holston Hills Country Club. After services at Rose Chapel performed by his minister, the Rev. Harry M. Davis, Blanchard was interred in Greenwood Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Sally Irene Marshall, and his four children, Arthur Marshall “Smiley” Blanchard of Knoxville, R. Lowell “Happy” Blanchard Jr. of Manchester, N.H., Becky Lamar Martin of Kingsport and Sally

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Blanchard, a sophomore at UT and a varsity swimmer, as well as his mother, five grandchildren, two sisters and a brother. An honorary “MerryGo-Round” was held in his memory at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium several weeks after his death. Many country-music stars were there to honor him, including Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Grandpa Jones, Don Gibson and Skeeter Davis. Blanchard was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 1977.

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p ring basketball went to a new level as Paideia’s high school boys basketball team and faculty took to the court in the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church gymnasium. The players were hoping to make good passes, hit crucial free throws and shots and, most importantly, raise money for Paideia Academy’s Nicene Hall. The stands were packed with students, parents and teachers ready to cheer on their favorite team, and the line for concessions stayed busy most of the night. Before and after the players took the court, students had some free play shooting on the goals. Halftime was full of action with special music and a three-point shoot-out. Lily Moon was the three-point

Bruce Hairston works to guard Kent Capps of the Paideia faculty team. challenge winner. The student team and faculty faced off in a lively basketball game. The game was close and had lots of stars making big plays. Both teams started

off strong, with the faculty team grasping at a four-point lead in the first half. Joe Bruno and Mark Baker were top scorers for the gray. Bryson McClurkin and Conlan DeLorenzo led the maroon. Caleb Norris battled Bruno in threepointers during the second half. Baker took several good rebounds for the faculty in the final minutes, shutting down the students for a 56-48 win. Nicene Hall raised almost $1,100 at the event. For the last couple of years the stuThe faculty team gets pumped up for the game. They are: Kent Capps, dents have partnered with Ryan Garner, Mark Baker, special guest Jacob Stock, James Cowart, Beardsley Farm, a suburban Jonathan Kenigson and Joe Bruno. food center that grows fresh produce for the needy in our area. Nicene Hall has been working with them to create a garden on the Paideia campus. Proceeds from the basketball game will go towards this goal.

Science Fair winners at Paideia

Teacher Melanie Unruh stands with science fair participants. Several Paideia Academy students, including sixth grader Mary Clapp, seventh graders Bryan Hairston and Micah McKee, and eighth grader Ayden Case, attended the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF) last week at Thompson-Boling Arena. The fair is open to the 23 regional counties in East Tennessee, and more than 180 students

participated in this year’s Junior Middle School Division. Micah McKee won Honorable Mention in the Earth and Planetary Science Division for her project, “Clean Water with Morringa Seeds.” Ayden Case’s project, “Cloud Chamber Droplet Formation,” won several honors in the Math Division, including:

■ A Certificate in Excellence from SASEF with a cash prize; ■ The Meteorological and Atmospheric Society’s Award for Research in Atmospheric Sciences with a cash prize and publication in the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Association’s monthly newsletter; ■ A Certificate of Award from Lockheed Martin and the chance to participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Oct., in Washington, D.C.; ■ The American Nuclear Association’s Award for research involving chemistry and physics with a cash prize. Ayden also became the first Paideia student to place in the SASEF regional fair, receiving fifth place overall and an additional cash prize. Paideia Academy is thankful for Ms. Unruh and the parent science committee for all their hard work in supporting these budding young scientists.

Paideia high school boys basketball team member Bryson McClurkin goes up for a shot versus the school faculty team in the Nicene Hall spring hoops fundraiser.

Now Enrolling for 2014-15 It is enrollment season at Paideia Academy for the next school year. Program highlights include Paideia’s challenging classical curriculum, Christian worldview and family-focused environment.

The school is accepting applications for Pre-K through 12th grade for 2014-15. Homeschool Umbrella is available for grades K-8. School tours are scheduled daily by appointment.

Call the school office at 865-670-0440 for details.

Paideia to host second Annual Golf Classic The Paideia Academy Annual Golf Classic will be held on Friday, May 9, at the beautiful Avalon Golf and Country Club. The four-man swat tournament will offer an afternoon of friendly

golf to benefit a worthy organization. Players and/or teams may play 18 holes. Generous sponsors are providing lots of great prizes – course prizes, putting contest,

goody bag, door prizes, and free lunch for all registered golfers. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Proceeds from this event benefit Paideia Academy’s Annual Fund which sup-

ports need-based tuition scholarships and property acquisition for future capital development. Visit to register or view sponsorship information.


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Full-scale heart treatment for Knoxville man Feeling tired and out of breath, Joe Mackin of Knoxville, 69, mentioned those symptoms to his endocrinologist during a routine visit in July for his Type 2 diabetes. “Now that I’m looking back on it, you see things much clearer. If you’ve got Type 2 diabetes, you’ve got to pay attention because it can lead to heart problems,â€? Mackin said. The doctor talked him into having a stress test on his heart, which measures blood ow to the heart muscle at rest and during exercise. “I unked it,â€? said Mackin. “Then they did an angiogram in cardiologist Dr. (George M.) Krisle’s ofďŹ ce, to look inside my veins. I unked that, too. I was 100 percent clogged on my main artery, and the other two were 75 to 80 percent blocked.â€? After that, the best course of action was coronary bypass surgery, also called Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG). During this surgery, a healthy piece of vein is taken from the leg or other area of the body and is grafted onto the blocked coronary artery to “bypassâ€? the blockage. CABG requires cutting through the chest wall. It’s major surgery and requires weeks of recovery time. Knowing that, Mackin struck a bargain with his doctors. “Well I had already planned to go to my sister’s

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wedding in Chicago,� he said. “I told them, ‘Look, I’ve made it this far. I’d like to go to Mackinac Island for the wedding.’ “But I was pretty careful. I got a packet of nitroglyc-

erin for the trip,� he said. Nitroglycerin dilates blood vessels and is used in emergencies to improve blood ow to the heart. Off he went, enjoying the wedding in Michigan. When

he got back, Mackin headed straight for Fort Sanders and heart surgery on July 25, 2013 with his cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Lacy Harville. The surgery went smoothly, even though

Mackin had a slight setback after surgery. “There was a nurse named Michelle on my oor, and she picked up before anybody else that I had water in my lungs because of

her acute ears and stethoscope,â€? he said. “She was able to correct it, she was outstanding. It might have turned into early stage pneumonia, but they treated it very quickly.â€? Mackin was in the hospital ďŹ ve days. After returning home, he started heart rehabilitation sessions at Fort Sanders, which he continues today. “It’s a great program because they really know what they’re doing. I’m doing a very responsible threepronged attack of exercise, better diet and lower stress,â€? said Mackin. Plus, he said he is taking care of his diabetes more closely. “Before, I knew a lot of information but I didn’t pay attention to it. I didn’t watch my diabetes closely enough,â€? he said. Mackin said he would recommend Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center to anyone who needs cardiac care. “It was a top-notch experience, triple A,â€? he said. “From the doctor all the way down to the people who took care of the room and cleaned it up, everybody was tremendous. “They really seem to have a commitment to total care, starting with surgery and continuing with the postsurgery care. A lot of times you don’t know what you’re getting into until you get there,â€? said Mackin. “I just feel very fortunate I got the right people.â€?

Fort Sanders Cardiac Surgery earns 3-Star Award For the second time in a row, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center earned a 3-Star Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. For the most recent analysis of national data from January 2012 through December 2012, Fort Sanders’ performance was again in the highest quality tier. This

national designation means that Fort Sanders is among the top 10 percent of cardiac surgery centers in the United States, based on a complex set of measurements considering severity of illness, complications from surgery, hospital stay and overall outcomes afterward. “In Washington, they consider this the gold standard for looking at how well cardiac surgery programs do,� said cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Lacy Harville. “It’s great that we got this, but it really speaks to the dedication of the

whole heart team.� Harville explained that it takes dozens of staff members, from surgeons and nurses to technicians and staff, to care for each patient. “It’s just all of us, taking care of patients,� Harville said. “We have put a lot of processes in place to get better and better at what we do, and minimize the likelihood of problems occurring.� The award focused on coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, commonly called “cabbage.� It is a surgical procedure in which arteries or veins from other parts

“We have put a lot of processes in place to get better and better at what we do.� – Dr. Lacy Harville of the body are grafted onto heart arteries to bypass blockages. It is a very detailed surgery, and many things can go wrong, said Harville. “If you do enough high risk surgery, which heart surgery is, you’re not always going to have a

great outcome,� he said. “So you want someone with a great batting average, and Fort Sanders is really good at all positions.� “You have to look at more than just numbers, but patients are in very good hands at Fort Sanders.�




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Telling Knoxville’s stories:

A walk with Laura Still By Betty Bean “Walk the streets of a city torn in two by divided loyalties and then get an overview of the fighting from the observation deck of the Sunsphere. Spies, bridge burners, miracle shots, betrayal and battle.” Laura Still tells stories. She’s written plays and poetry and in the fall will publish “A Haunted History of Knoxville,” a book of ghost stories based on the guided walking tours of downtown she’s been conducting for the past couple of years. There’s the Civil War Tour (described above), a Ghost Tour, a Gunslingers’ Tour, a Musical History Tour, a Literary Heritage Tour and an Early Years Tour. She got the idea for Knoxville Walking Tours when she was working at the Visitors Center and tourists kept asking if she knew someone who could walk around with them and explain Knoxville history. When she told her boyfriend and business partner, Brent Minchey, about it, he thought she should give it a try. “He nagged me, and my friend Andie Ray nagged me, and the first tour started in June 2012,” she said. She has consulted with writer/ historian Jack Neely, who has given her access to all of his writings and research and has been a great source of encouragement. Still, whose poetry collection “Guardians” was published in 2009, would have gotten around to launching the walking-tour business sooner, but she got a scholarship to study poetry at a

Laura Still conducts a Ghost Tour. Photo submitted Marilyn Kallett seminar in Auvillar, France, that was too good to pass up. “She teaches there every year, through the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and had been encouraging me to apply. I finally got an application in early enough to be eligible to go, and it was great! It was a work/study scholarship, and all I had to do was wash dishes. People joked and called me Cinderella, but it really wasn’t very hard, and it didn’t interfere with writing poetry.” Originally from the TriCities, Still came to Knoxville when she was 20 to take her first job as a dental hygienist. “I was going to stay a couple of years, but here I am, 34 years later, still here. Knoxville does that to you.”

She is the mother of two sons, Winston and Brennan Sullivan. Winston is an opera singer with a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of West Virginia in Morgantown. Brennan is a freshman at ETSU majoring in pre-physical therapy, but is also a talented singer and actor who sometimes helps with the walking tours when he is in town. Church Street United Methodist Church has been a big part of her family’s life and was the inspiration for a 2010 book of plays she wrote after participating in a children’s drama workshop. She teaches Sunday school there and has participated in 14 annual nativity pageants. Her job as a dental hygienist went away when the

dentist she worked for shut down his practice, and she has worked at Three Rivers Market in recent years. Her

tour business and she does round, except and February.

is growing, them yearfor January The cost is

reasonable ($10-$30), and she can be reached at 865309-4522 or at tours@

Family Justice Center named for Randy Nichols District Attorney General Randy Nichols (speaking) pretended to be surprised last week when the maintenance crew pulled a big canvas cover hanging over the front of the Family Justice Center on Harriet Tubman Street to reveal that the building will henceforth be known as the Randall E. Nichols Family Justice Center. Nichols is retiring this year. Mayor Tim Burchett (in back) presided. The Family Justice Center serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and provides the services of prosecutors, investigators, clergy and social service professionals. Photo


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Looking for a fun, educational, no-cost spring and summer activity for preschoolers in a beautiful setting close to home? Check out Stories in the Garden at Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum at 1 p.m. every Wednesday until Halloween, sponsored by the University of Tennessee’s ECO Garden project. ECO stands for “Every Child Outdoors,” says Wendy Prothro Howard, ECO Garden program coordinator. The project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Health through a “Project Diabetes” grant and administered by Howard’s employer, the University of Tennessee’s Human Dimen-

sions Research Lab at the Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Department. “Stories in the Garden is free, and so is everything else we do here, except summer camp,” Howard said. “It’s here on the grounds in an area called the outdoor classroom. There’s a butterfly garden nearby, along with a council ring built by Boy Scouts a couple of years ago and a stage under the trees.” The story hour, now in its second year, was created by UT senior Anna Robinson, who was doing an internship at the botanical garden. She and Howard worked together and designed a format that includes reading a gardening-related story,

a craft, an outdoor activity and a snack. Area businesses have helped. Last year, Earth Fare came on a day the kids were reading about earthworms and brought cups of cookie-crumb “dirt” filled with granola and gummi worms – very popular, Howard said. “With Project Diabetes, we are trying to get kids learning where food comes from so they can begin to make good choices of healthy snacks as opposed to candy bars.” Howard said. “They really get excited.” Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum is at 2743 Wimpole Ave. in East Knoxville.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Book Sandwiched In lunch and learn, noon, East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 S. Gay St. Topic: “Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know” by Robert Paarlberg, presented by UT history professor Dr. John Bohstedt. Info: 215-8801.


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

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Deadline for early team registration for the KARM Dragon Boat Festival. Early registration includes a discounted fee and other options. The KARM Dragon Boat Festival is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Info/to register: or 633-7625.

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

THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Registration open for AMSE Science Explorer Camp for rising 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Two sessions: June 9-13, June 16-20. Info/to register: http://amse. org/visitors/summer-camps/.

MONDAY, APRIL 14 Tennessee Shines featuring Knoxville native Robby Hecht and The Sea The Sea, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www.BrownPaperTickets. com. Info:

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Computer Workshops: Word 2007 Basics, 5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or equivalent skills. Info/to register: 215-8700. Parent workshop: “College Planning and Admissions,” 7-8:30 p.m., Lane Music in Franklin Square, 9648 Kingston Pike. Hosted by Collegiate Blueprint and Testing Solutions. Info: Jesse Hedrick,; Laurie Brandow, UT Hospice Adult Grief Support Group meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info/reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277.

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Parent to Parent Support meeting for parents of children with mental health diagnoses, 6-8 p.m., K-TOWN Youth Empowerment Network, 901 E. Summit Hill Drive. Info: Alicia, 474-6692 or Empty Bowls charity event, 6-8 p.m., Einstein Bros. Bagels, 11693 Parkside Dr. All donations to benefit Fish Pantry, associated with the United Methodist Church. Last seating, 7:30. Tickets: Farragut High School office, 966-9775 during school hours; or stop by Einstein Bros. Bagels. Hosted by Einstein Bros. Bagels and Farragut High School chapter National Art Honor Society (NAHS). Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m., Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 690-1060; Maundy Thursday, Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar, 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Info: 523-5687.



Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: bestselling Irish author Glenn Meade. All-inclusive lunch: $12. RSVP by Monday, April 21: 983-3740.



Poets Marilyn Kallet and Keith Norris will read, 3 p.m., Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike. Part of Poets for Preservation spring poetry series. Refreshments served. Guests invited to look around the newly restored mansion after the readings. Girls on the Run 5k, 9 a.m., West Bicycles in the Village Green Shopping Center, 11531 Kingston Pike. Day of registration, 8 a.m., $25. Online registration,, $20. Info: http://www. Free charity workout, 9 a.m., Unlimited Training Systems, 142 N. Martinwood Road. Sponsored by EdFinancial Services to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. Suggested donation: $10. Thunder Road 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Commissary, 1209 E. Broadway in Lenoir City. Book signing by “Return to Thunder Road” author Alex Gabbad; appearance by Rick Toombs. Cars from all eras welcome. No entry fee. Info: 816-3519.

Diabetes Management Series, 6:30 p.m., Knox County Health Department auditorium, 140 Dameron Ave. Free five-part series; open to the public. To register: 215-5170.


FRIDAY, APRIL 25 UT Science Forum speaker: Pete Claussen, founder and CEO of Gulf and Ohio Railways Inc. and Knoxville Locomotive Works, noon, Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Topic: “Green Locomotives.” Free and open to the public. Info: ARTitude 2014 – Inspired Creations Celebrating Courage and Survivorship, 7-10 p.m., Atrium at Cherokee Mills, 2230 Sutherland Ave. Features a silent auction, as well as an Artist Marketplace. All proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community. Info: 546-4661;; or Margaux Cowan-Banker,


Sunrise Service, 7 a.m., Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway. Easter SunBowl For Kids’ Sake at Fountain Lanes, 3315 N day Worship Service, 9 and 11 a.m. Info: 690-1060; Broadway St. Times: 4-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. To register a team:

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Tennessee Shines featuring The Naughty Knots, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www. Info: Application deadline for Biscuit Baking Contest held during the International Biscuit Festival. Finalists will bake live at the Festival. Info/applications: www. “Massacre at Cavett Station,” 6 p.m. Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033.

Good Friday Service, noon, Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 6901060; Good Friday Liturgy, noon, St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway. Stations of the Cross, 1 and 3 p.m.; Good Friday Liturgy, featuring the chant ensemble Orison, 7 p.m. Info: 523-5687. Concert of Darkness, 7 p.m., Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 616 Fretz Road. Admission is free; $5 donation suggested. Info:


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Boutique sale preview party and silent auction to benefit Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, 5:308:30 p.m., The Gallery of Knoxville, 7240 Kingston Pike. Tickets: $25. Info/tickets: 523-3539, https://www. Parent to Parent Support meeting for parents of children with mental health diagnoses, 6-8 p.m., K-TOWN Youth Empowerment Network, 901 E. Summit Hill Drive. Info: Alicia, 474-6692 or Free acrylic painting demonstration by artist Terry Chandler, 5-7 p.m., Art and Frame Outlet, 10811 Kingston Pike. Light hors d’oeuvres served; free handsigned print from the artist. Everyone invited.


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Coping through brokenness Gammon-Heatherly Series seeks healing through spirituality It’s been almost a decade since it happened, but “closure” doesn’t come easily – if at all – when your daughter is murdered on the day of your mother’s funeral. But that’s what Dr. William Blevins – a loving father who has spent a lifetime helping and teaching others how to cope with brokenness – found himself facing in August 2004 when his daughter failed to show for lunch before his mother’s funeral. “My two sons went to her apartment which was two miles away to check on her because she didn’t answer the phone. That’s when we discovered that she had been murdered,” recounted Blevins, a licensed professional counselor and retired professor of counseling at Carson-Newman University who will be the guest speaker of this year’s Gammon-Heatherly Series. The annual Gammon-Heatherly Series, a seminar focusing on caregivers as well as care receivers, will be presented twice Tuesday, April 29. The first presentation will be at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center’s auditorium from 1-3 p.m. The second will be at Parkwest Medical Center’s education classrooms beginning with dinner at 5 p.m. and lecture from 6-8 p.m. Titled “The Power of Spirituality for Health, Wholeness and Well-Being,” the lecture will consider practical ways that spirituality positively influences our health, quality of life and daily coping ability, especially when circumstances leave us broken and hopeless. David Bluford, Parkwest chaplain who organized the event along with Fort Sanders Regional chaplain Randy Tingle, said the series is always “thought-provoking and insightful” and provides a good networking opportunity with clergy and lay persons from the community. “We all come to the table with a different desire, and spirituality seeks to look at the person and how that impacts their treatment options,” Bluford said, adding that area clergy, laity, caregivers and care receivers can all benefit from the lectures. The lectures fall right in line with the mission of the William Blevins Institute for Spirituality and Mental Health, named in his honor by Carson-Newman University following his retirement

“We had to go from the crime scene to a funeral home for my mother’s funeral,” Blevins said. “So it was a pretty big emotional event. Of course, there’s no real complete resolution of any kind for a situation like that. “My wife and I both are at different places now,” he added. “She’s written a book (“A Journey of Peace and Pain: Learning from Loss”) about her response and coping with it, and I’ve just finished writing “Hidden Grace: Coping With Loss and Grief”… but spiritual practices like regularly practicing gratitude for my daughter helped me cope with the hostility and the negative feelings that I had for the guy who killed her. It’s completely changed my life around emotionally. … I’m a person of faith, too, but the spiritual practices help me, my wife and my whole family cope with her death and it sustained us and it has helped us grow as persons through this.” The Gammon-Heatherly Series “Rather than being distracted by worries about the future or concerns about the past, (mindfulness) is tuning in to at the TCSC Auditorium is $25 per the present and dealing with what is going on right now,” said Dr. William Blevins, explaining how “mindfulness” is registrant, $35 (dinner included) used as a coping tool. at the Parkwest lecture. For more information or to register, contact in 2012. “The Institute serves fer spirituality in their course- scientific discipline. Rather than Parkwest Chaplain David Bluford healthcare professionals, teach- work – proof that conventional being distracted by worries about at 373-1630 or Chaplain Randy ers, students, organizations and medicine is beginning to see its the future or concerns about the Tingle at Fort Sanders Regional all interested persons by provid- complementary value in treating past, it is tuning in to the present Medical Center at 541-1235. For and dealing with what is going on more information about the Wiling education, information, re- the whole person. liam Blevins Institute for Spiritusearch, training and services to Blevins, who did his post-doc- right now.” Blevins will also discuss how ality and Mental Health, visit the improve holistic health in our toral studies at the prestigious area,” he said. “In addition, the Oxford University in England, “spiritual practices” have aided him Counseling area of the Graduate & Institute supports and encour- recently attended a psychother- and his family in coping with the Adult Studies programs at www. ages dialogue between clinicians, apy conference at Harvard nightmare of his daughter’s death. clergy and all others interested in Medical School in the connection between spiritual- which “mindfulity, religion and mental health as ness” was closely these promote individual growth examined as a and well-being.” coping tool. “Mindfulness As such, Blevins’ lecture will review recent research on the re- is a technique lationship between spirituality, of tuning in to holistic health and general well- the present mobeing as he seeks to “reframe and ment,” he exdefine” the concepts of spirituality plains. “It is Day Session: under a broadand holistic health. Tuesday, April 29, 1-3 p.m . “Spirituality and religion are er category of Location: Thompson Cancer Survi val not identical,” he says. “Religion m e d i t a t i o n Center auditorium Cost: is one expression of spirituality, but it is a very $25 per registrant used but spirituality involves more than widely religious expression/practice; also, technique now Evening Session: healing and curing are not identi- for people with Tuesday, April 29, 6-8 p.m . cal. A person can be healed and all manner of *Dinner will be provid not cured or cured and not healed. problems, or ed at 5 p.m. Healing has to do with wholeness.” it can either Location: Pa rkw est Medical Center classroom What’s more, Blevins says, no be a spiritual s Cost: less than 100 medical colleges discipline or $35 per registrant across the United States now of- it can be a

You’re Invited to attend the 2014 Gammon-Heatherly seminar

Featured speaker Dr. William Blevins William L. Blevins has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman College, a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a doctor of philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and an Education Specialist degree from William L. the University of TenBlevins nessee. He also has done postdoctoral studies at Oxford University, England. Blevins joined Carson-Newman’s faculty in 1966, teaching or serving as

chair of the Southern Baptist liberal arts college’s religion department for the next 24 years. In 1994, he launched a master’s program in mental health counseling. After his retirement in 2012, the university named the William Blevins Institute for Spirituality and Mental Health in his honor. Today, he serves as director of the institute and as an adjunct professor. He is also continues in a private counseling practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor. He has authored four books: “Your Family – Your Self”; “Hidden

For more information or to register, contact Pa rkwest Chaplain David Bluford at 373-16 30 or Chaplain Randy Tingle at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Cente r at 541-1235

Grace: Coping With Loss and Grief”; “Care and Maintenance of the Christian Life”; and “Birth of a New Testament.” He is currently writing a fifth book, this one on aspects of neuroscience and the teachings of Jesus. For more than 20 years he has written a weekly newspaper column on family matters. Blevins and his wife, Carolyn, a retired Baptist historian who retired from Carson-Newman as associate professor of religion emerita, have four children and five grandchildren.

Memorial Service May 4

A memorial service is held quarterly for family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one at Parkwest anytime during the previous three months. The purpose of these services is to allow friends and family members the opportunity to come back to our facility, interact with others who have had a similar experience and hear the names read aloud of all those who passed away during this time. Parkwest’s next memorial service is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the chapel.

Parkwest Medical Center remains on the forefront of diagnosing and treating disease with the most advanced technology available…those who entrust their healthcare to us demand nothing less. But technology alone isn’t enough to bring healing and comfort to patients and families. True healthcare begins with something less expensive, non-invasive and pain free. It’s called listening.

At Parkwest…listening is state-of-the-art.


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