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So long, Flowerree Bearden High School art teacher Mrs. G (a.k.a. Flowerree Galetovic) became Mrs. G-Mac after her marriage to long-time friend Dr. Steve McDonough in January. She retired last week to join him in Chattanooga, where they both grew up. She taught art at Bearden for 32 years, and has nothing but praise for the students she’s gotten to know over the years.
See Wendy Smith’s story on A-3
Chicken finger Bearden got relief, but not so much for Fountain City. Chick-fil-A disregarded citizens’ requests and installed a 40-foot pole sign on Broadway last week.Some are calling it fowl play.
See Sandra Clark’s comments on A-4
Parker gets top state honor By Wendy Smith John Bartlett may be the principal of Bearden High School, but he visits Dan Parker’s office several times each week to take advantage of the 9th grade principal’s experience, knowledge and expertise, he says. That’s why Bartlett jumped on the opportunity to nominate Parker, who has been at Bearden for six years, for Tennessee Assistant Principal of the Year. Parker was recently presented the award in Washington, D.C. Virco representative Lisa Kirkus presented Parker with a commemorative desk last week at Bearden. The school furniture company partners with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to recognize assistant principals. Parker enjoyed the opportunity to meet with assistant principals from every state, and said all faculties face the same challenges.
“Here’s the big difference – we do it better.”
The Bearden High School faculty applauds as Lisa Kirkus of Virco presents assistant principal Dan Parker with a commemorative desk. He was recently named Tennessee Assistant Principal of the Year. Photo by Wendy Smith
The evolution of football Effective this fall, football players who strike defenseless foes above the shoulders will be subject to ejection. Players will be prohibited from using helmets as the punishing part of battering rams. Football is fearful of concussions – and lawsuits.
See Marvin West’s story on A-6
Around the world Wendy Smith visits International Night at Pond Gap Elementary, while Sara Barrett says good-bye to long-time secretary at Bearden Elementary secretary Brenda Simpson.
Wests Hills residents miffed at Tennova By Wendy Smith Jerry Askew, senior vice president of government relations at Tennova Healthcare, spoke at a meeting of the West Hills Community Association last week. He explained why Tennova asked the state to remove the Scenic Highway designation from a section of Middlebrook Pike, Melanie Robinson, director of business development at Tennova Healthcare, and apologized for leaving the local updates the West Hills Community Association on the company’s plans to community, including the neighbuild a new medical facility on Middlebrook Pike. Photo by Wendy Smith
borhood association, out of the loop. “I thought I was calling the right people,” he said. Tennova has purchased an option on a piece of property on Middlebrook Pike between Weisgarber and Whitehall roads. The company plans to build a new medical facility there that would replace Physician’s To page A-3
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Retail on the move Women’s retail is on the move in Bearden. The Silk Purse Studio, recently moved to Tea at the Gallery in Western Plaza, has a new neighbor just around the corner – The Paris Apartment, which has recently moved from its previous location in Sweetwater and is now partially open, with the full opening scheduled for some time in June. Anthropologie, the national chain which offers both women’s clothing and accessories and items for the home, will be opening in the fall on Kingston Pike.
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Humbled at Arlington By Libby Morgan Friday after Mother’s Day we buried our mother. Words cannot do justice to witnessing a military funeral at Arlington. We knew it was going to be the experience of a lifetime. Mary Elizabeth Rivero Morgan, better known as Bebe, was ahead of her time. After growing up in Tampa and Havana, she graduated from Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee (now FSU) just when World War II was getting serious. Both our parents were WWII veterans, Daddy seeing action at sea as a navigator and a captain of Coast Guard ships, and Momma staying stateside as a cadet ensign lieutenant in the SPARs (based on the Coast Guard motto: “Semper Paratus – Always
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My mother’s urn and the flag were carried on a caisson to the Columbarium. Photos by Libby Morgan
Momma’s urn was placed inside the flag-draped coffin, along with her flag, and we solemnly followed on foot. The weather was exquisite. The flag bearers, a bugler, the guard of honor, seven service members for the volley of shots, the casket team To page A-3
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Beware of sudden inertia It began as soon as my son came home from college. He’d had a tough semester, and was ready to kick back. Friends trickled in; the food in the pantry dwindled. We re-learned going to sleep before he
Wendy Smith came home. His sisters were shushed as they got ready for school in the morning so as to not disrupt his teenaged-boy sleep cycle. Last Tuesday, the high school student took the last final of her freshman year. She celebrated with lunch out with friends, followed by shopping. She spent the afternoon watching Iron Man 2 so she’d be ready to see Iron Man 3 in the theater that evening. On Wednesday, the 4thgrader went to school for a few hours, primarily so I could enjoy three final hours of peace and her teacher could have some help packing up her classroom. After a typical afternoon of crafts and cooking experiments, she curled up in the TVwatching chair. “Whatcha watching?” I asked as I passed through the living room, on my way to do something productive. “Ultimate dodge ball,” she said with a grin. That was when I gave in to the gravitational force that bore down a little harder as each kid slipped into summer mode. I grabbed a pillow off the sofa, threw it on the floor, and flopped down to watch grown men play dodge ball in a room made out of trampolines. This week, the teenagers start summer jobs, and the
10-year-old will be busy with two sports. Thank goodness. Otherwise, I’d be on the floor watching Duck Dynasty. ■
Bearden art teacher retires
Bearden High School art teacher Mrs. G (a.k.a. Flowerree Galetovic) became Mrs. G-Mac after her marriage to long-time friend Dr. Steve McDonough in January. She retired at the end of last week to join him in Chattanooga, where they both grew up. She taught art at Bearden for 32 years, and has nothing but praise for the students she’s gotten to know over the years. “God has given me the greatest gift in the world because I’ve been able to teach art in high school.” During that time, her students learned about more than art, she says. They learned how to co-exist, and about the character they’ll need to survive and be successful. “The art room is a place for students to grow – not only in the subject of art, but in their understanding of history and why we’re here.” McDonough has no specific plans beyond fulfilling professional obligations to the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Art Education Association, but she thinks teaching may be part of her future. She’d also like to find time for a former hobby. “It’s a dream to do my own art.” Best of luck, Flowerree! ■
Education First International Exchange coordinator Lendelle Clark prepares to say goodbye to this year’s exchange students: Isabelle Cornelius, Moritz Shulz, Nao Komukai, Elin Hofstad, Alexandra Linhardt, Alison Werlen, Ramona Anthamatten, Vincent Zirkel, Gianmarco Dei, and Philli Flad. Photo submitted
Bearden High School art teacher Flowerree McDonough, second from right, enlists the help of rising seniors Ed Dudrick, Gabrielle Buuck and Caleb Bartlett as she cleans out her room. She is retiring after teaching at the school for 32 years. Photo by Wendy Smith
State Sen. Becky Massey presents a copy of a proclamation honoring Maria Compere to Compere’s daughter, Suzy Compere, and granddaughter, Alyx Henry, at a recent Knoxville Green meeting. The proclamation acknowledges Maria Compere’s many accomplishments, like the planting of nearly two million daffodil bulbs along Pellissippi Parkway. She passed away in January at the age of 97. Photo submitted
Exchange students go home
The end of the school year brought major changes for Education First (EF) Foundation exchange students who spent the past year
making themselves at home in East Tennessee. They attended West, Bearden, Heritage, South-Doyle, Cleveland, Polk County, and Anderson
County High Schools and Berean Christian School, and are now in the process of returning to their homes in Europe and Japan.
But they’ll always remember Southern hospitality. The students consistently describe their Tennessee teachers as helpful and friendly,
residents look at other hospiFrom page A-1 tals designed by the architectural firm that has been chosen to work on the project. promised that the communi- Thomas Miller and Partners, ty association would be kept based in Nashville, has expeup-to-date, and members rience with designing hoswere not informed about the pitals that are located near amendment in advance. neighborhoods, she said. She “It bothers me very much,” hopes to bring representashe said. “This is what makes tives from the firm to an upneighborhoods not trust de- coming WHCA meeting. velopers.” Tennova doesn’t yet know Askew said it was never how big the new facility will the company’s intention to be be. A new website with updeceptive. dates on the project will soon Tennova Director of Busi- be available, Robinson said. ness Development Melanie Tennis Courts: KnoxRobinson said the company ville Parks and Recreation will soon apply to change the Director Joe Walsh gave an zoning of the property from update on West Hills Park at agricultural to office (O-1). It the meeting. The city plans to will then have to apply for a build a new parking lot across variance to build a structure Sheffield Drive from West higher than 45 feet – the Hills Elementary School to upper limit allowed for O-1 accommodate the park’s ball zoning – and a change to the fields. The gravel lot will hold Knoxville-Knox County sec- at least 50 cars and be intor plan. stalled by fall. She recommended that A new shelter near the ten-
nis courts will be completed in time for a June 7 tournament, he said. West Hills tennis court users now pay $5 for a 90-minute session, and those funds help cover operating costs for the new tennis center, he said. The fees were set after the city conducted a study of what other cities charge for court time.
Scenic Highway Regional Medical Center, the former St. Mary’s Medical Center. The property is adjacent to West Hills subdivision. Tennova didn’t know about the Scenic Highway designation, which limits the height of structures within 1,000 feet to a height of 30 feet, until after it had purchased the option. Because the change required an amendment late in Tennessee’s legislative session, the company needed to act quickly, Askew said. He acknowledged that the swift maneuver to change the starting point of the designation from Weisgarber Road to Whitehall Road caused some “hurt feelings.” Former City Council member Jean Teague said she was disappointed because Tennova representatives had
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government Smooth sailing for Reeves The Pam Reeves nomination to be our next federal judge is moving at lightning speed by federal judicial and Obama White House standards with the announcement May 16 that her nomination has been formally sent to the U.S. Senate.
more than 85 percent of all Knox Countians voted in the GOP primary, primarily to support Bill Haslam. In September 2011, it was a contested GOP primary between Marilyn Roddy and Becky Duncan Massey with the Democrat, Gloria Johnson, unopposed. This special election was created by the resignation of Jamie Woodson from the state Senate. Victor In the March 2012 Ashe GOP presidential primary, there was also a contested GOP primary for county law director between Joe The nomination is highly Jarret and Bud Armstrong which attracted great regarded in the legal cominterest among lawyers. munity by both Democrats Obama was unopposed in and Republicans. Unlike the Democratic primary many judicial nominalast year. tions these days, which are Reeves has an exceptioncontentious and ideological, ally strong voting record as this one should be smooth evidenced by a near perfect sailing. voting in all elections and The fact that the Obama primaries. The fact is she administration has moved has voted overwhelmingly so quickly is unusual given in Democratic primaries that Tennessee is not an over the years but did Obama state. In fact, on switch over to the GOP on many nominations Obama occasion. That suggests she has not acted quickly. For example, in Chicago, which is not ideological but practical and casts her vote in a is the President’s home strategic manner where it town, the U.S. Attorney position has been vacant for will have the most impact. ■ Sen. Lamar Alover a year despite the two exander will raise more senators (one Republican money for his re-election and one Democratic) from campaign Tuesday evening, Illinois sending names to May 28, at the Knoxville the White House. Convention Center when The Reeves nominaGov. Bill and Crissy Haslam tion is also unusual in that many judicial nominees are will be special guests at the $1,000 a person event. under 50 when appointed, as has been the practice Alexander is currently unopposed. since President Reagan ■ Circuit Court Judge with only a few exceptions. The reason is that the Presi- Debbie Stevens will have her ceremonial swearing in dent making the appointby Gov. Haslam at 2 p.m. ment wants someone who is likely to serve 20 or more Wednesday, May 29, in the small assembly room of the years. Reeves turns 59 this City County Building. It is July 21 (by my standards being 68 myself, this seems open to the public. ■ A book by Keel young). Hunt on a signal event in Judge Tom Varlan was Tennessee state govern46 when he was appointed ment 35 years ago will be 10 years ago. published next year entitled Finally, Reeves’ voting “Coup: The Day the Demorecord shows a bipartisan crats Ousted their Goverflavor. In the last three years she has voted in three nor, Put Lamar Alexander in office early and Stopped Republican primaries. These were the August 2010 a Pardon Scandal.” Anyone GOP state primary, the Sep- who follows Tennessee politics will consider this a tember 2011 GOP primary must read. for state senate, and the ■ Former Tennessee March 2012 GOP presidenHouse Speaker William tial primary. “Dick” Barry died May 22 Strong partisan Demoin Lexington, Tenn., after a crats may view this with lengthy illness. suspicion, but there are Barry was a top aide to logical explanations as to Gov. Buford Ellington in why she might have done this given that Reeves actu- Ellington’s second term. Barry was one of the last ally is a Democrat. Speakers to be chosen by In August 2010, there the Governor and ratified was a contested state by the Senate members. primary for governor and
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Why East Towne matters Fountain City resident Charlotte Davis is holding out hope for the mall she still calls East Towne.
Betty Bean “I do not go to West Town,” she said. “They ruined a wetland to build Turkey Creek so I will not go there. What I would like to see is for East Towne to succeed. It’s going to be a mammoth job, but I want to see it prosper. We need that here.” That is likely one of the few topics about which Davis and Mike Edwards, president/CEO of the Knoxville Chamber, agree. “It matters like crazy to the community, and we’ve got to do everything we can do to get that mall to be profitable for a million different reasons,” Edwards said. “There are significant challenges, but the worst thing that could happen would be for them to go dark.” Edwards points to the stable businesses on the malls’ out-parcels and says he is impressed by the efforts of Knoxville Center’s energetic leasing representative Justin Sterling,
Ben Bela’s “My Kitchen” is Tattoo Lou displays a portrait the newest addition to the of Mother Teresa smoking a Food Court. cigar. Photos by Betty Bean who calls himself a “ninja of economic prosperity” and appears to be gaining the confidence of the business community with his creative approach to deal making. Edwards is glad to see City Council’s apparent willingness to help the mall become more visible while Sterling works to secure new anchor tenants while nurturing an eclectic array of locally owned specialty businesses. There’s Fluff n Stuff, Knoxville’s leading natural parenting store, which owner Heather Truax started as a cloth diaper business. It has blossomed into
a hub for natural parenting supplies and expanded into a space large enough to accommodate a classroom. And Amin “Ike” Lalani’s Signature Diamond Galleria, family-owned for 19 years. Ike is upgrading to a 4,600 square foot space, and is very excited. “It’s a prime location in the mall, and we are moving all the cases in now. We’ll have a grand reopening in another month. Watch for it. One hundred percent great deals.” Ben Bela is a former taxi driver who has opened My Kitchen in the mall’s Food Court, where he serves made-to-order quesadillas
and guacamole with fastpaced conversation. He’s made friends fast, and says people should come see him because, “I lived in Europe, in North Africa, and America and I am the best man in the world. I know how to cook. I know how to drive a taxi, and I know how to complain.” Tattoo Lou is a partner in “Turning Heads,” the only in-mall tattoo parlor in Tennessee. It’s also a hair, nails and tanning salon – “A salon with an East Coast edge,” Lou said, opening the neckline of his shirt to display his favorite tattoo – Mother Teresa smoking a stogie. Knox County Commission is expected to approve a $60,256 annual lease for Knox County Schools to rent 7,532 square feet for adult education services, moving out of Historic Knoxville High. And finally, there’s the Paul L. Kelley Volunteer Academy, a non-traditional high school with a student body of 200 at-risk students that is a collaborative effort between Knox County Schools and the Simon Youth Academy, which supports 23 education resource centers in communities where Simon Property Group facilities are located.
Fowl play from Chick-fil-A It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope. It’s Chick-fil-A hanging a giant sign in the heart of Fountain City. Dadgum it. The Atlantabased chicken franchiser had agreed with residents to install a 14-foot monument sign on Kingston Pike in Bearden. But when it came Fountain City’s turn, the company would not budge. A 40-foot pole sign was installed last week. The sign is legal, but oh so unnecessary. City Council member Nick Della Volpe called the sign “defiant” and “demonstrating a lack of respect for the historic and proud community of Fountain City.” Della Volpe concedes the sign is legal under what he calls “an antiquated sign ordinance,” but he says Chickfil-A should realize the Fountain City community is “not an interstate truck stop.” He said the committee that’s revising the city’s sign ordinance is moving too slowly. “The door was left open, so Chick-fil-A walked right through it.” Disappointment was expressed by Margot Kline of Scenic Knoxville. In an email to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy (dan.
yours, but I will not spend another penny at any of your stores as long as the Fountain City sign remains.” Kline said more than 4,000 people viewed and supported Scenic Knoxville’s Facebook page. Most are college-educated, hardworking, thoughtful folks who do not spend their money foolishly. She said her opposition has nothing to do with political or philosophical values. “You are coming in, damaging the character of the community, and very likely hurting residential property values nearby, and I do take offense to that.” Realistically, this is fried chicken-eating East Tennessee. Chick-fil-A in Fountain City won’t miss Mar- that’s not appreciated. That got Kline. But the company can’t be good for business came here with an arrogance over the long haul.
c at hy@ch ick-f i l-a.c om), Kline wrote: “Despite many requests for low, attractive signage similar to what you installed in Bearden, Franklin Square and Turkey Creek, you have chosen to install the 40-foot sign in Fountain City, Knoxville. “I believe this is a tremendous insult to the people who live, work and attend school in Fountain City. You did the right thing with low signage in parts of west Knoxville. Why are you contributing to urban blight in Fountain City?” Kline says she’s addicted to the store’s diet lemonade, and “I also have always liked your chicken strips, waffle fries, ice cream with blueberries and carrot salad. No more. Zaxby’s also sells pretty good chicken, and I just discovered Minute Maid sells diet lemonade in gallon cartons – not as good as Pionke
Pionke gets regional award Knox County Director of Planning and Development Cindy Pionke was awarded the Government Employee Outstanding Service Award at the Southern District Institute of Transportation Engineers annual meeting. The award was established in 2006 to recognize outstanding professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to both their community and the public sector transportation engineering profession.
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Words that bind Soldier’s letters offer glimpse of Battle of Campbell Station By Suzanne Foree Neal The November day in 1863 dawned rainy, cold and dreary for the widow Nancy Galbraith, who lived in the Virtue community with her children. Before the day was done, her home would become a hospital for 15 wounded Union soldiers, and a friendship would be forged that today gives Farragut residents a glimpse of life during and after the Civil War. The Battle of Campbell Station on Nov. 16, 1863, is a day etched in history for what is now the town of Farragut. One wounded Union soldier’s misfortune would lead to a life-long friendship with the “sainted woman” and her children who took care of him for 30 days after his right leg was amputated by a Confederate surgeon. The story of V.W. Bruce and his association with Nancy Galbraith and her family unfolded when a stack of letters from Bruce were donated to the Farragut Folklife Museum. They lay in a dusty box in storage until museum director Julia Jones-Barham and volunteer Barbara Beeler found them. Beeler began to read them and found the connection to the battle. There are about nine letters in all, and they will be part of a new display on the Battle of Campbell Station opening June 3 at the museum. Bruce’s descriptive letters paint pictures with his words. Beeler says he writes of the war, but also wrote about his travels after the war and his daily life. V.W. Bruce was 18 and a student at Adrian College in Michigan when he joined the 17th Michigan Infantry
Letters and a photo with a touch of irony are glimpses into Farragut’s past. The letter was to Ann Eliza Galbraith from Union soldier V.W. Bruce, who was nursed back to health by Nancy Galbraith following a skirmish leading up to the Battle of Campbell Station in 1863. The photo shows Bruce, at right, standing beside another soldier who lost a leg and is titled “United we stand. Divided we fall.” Photos by S.F. Neal on Aug. 2, 1862. On Nov. 16, Confederate forces overtook Bruce’s regiment, leaving seven dead and 53 wounded, including Bruce. In a letter to the editor of the Atlanta Constitution dated Dec. 1, 1898, Bruce recalls the events of that day, and Confederates who gave him aid as he lay wounded. He wrote to the paper in hopes the former Confederate soldiers would read the story and correspond with him. Bruce writes of the Confederate soldier who, when asked, removed Bruce’s boot from his foot and handed it to him. The second traded canteens with him, giving Bruce cold water from the nearby creek. The third was the surgeon who amputated his leg.
Bruce traded his new boots for the doctor’s old shoes. But the biggest praise comes for Nancy Galbraith, whose home became a hospital ward in a matter of hours. He writes, “She gave up her best room in the house with a large fireplace to use for me and my comrades to be treated and cared for by the doctor. Then next morning, Lourinda (Galbraith’s daughter) and a neighbor woman went with ropes and brought bundles of straw on their backs a mile and a half to make beds for the wounded men to lie on.” He goes on to say that two of her sons, Abram and David, buried his foot in the backyard. He writes of neighbor
women pitching in to make a Thanksgiving meal for the wounded. “… they brought a large dish of molasses candy with them and passed it to us boys as we set (sic) up in bed and we had a genuine candy pull in Dixie that Thanksgiving night in 1863.” Bruce was discharged from the Army on March 27, 1864. He made application to the government for compensation for Galbraith for the provisions she furnished and the care she gave him and his fellow soldiers. “I furnished proofs substantiating the claim and about two weeks after furnishing the proofs, received a letter from the daughter, Miss Lourinda, informing me that they had received $357 from the government for taking care of us boys.” Bruce visited the family in 1888, four years after Nancy Galbraith died. He continued to write to several of her children. “The battle anniversaries do not bring sorrow to my heart because though I suffered a grievous loss that day of my limb. I think of that day, the kindness of your Christian mother and her loyal family fill my heart, and my good fortune that day in falling into such hands, crowds out all thoughts of misfortune to me personally.” Bruce writes poignantly again of war memories stirred during his visit to Minneapolis on April 28, 1898. “Three companies of soldiers took their departure from this city for the seat of war. About 1,000 old soldiers were in line and escorted the young soldiers to the depot. It was sad to see the noble young men go to war, but
This marker, detailing the history of the Battle of Campbell Station, stands near a shade tree at Virtue Cemetery on Evans Road. the saddest of it was to realize that many lives are to be sacrificed because of political chicanery.” The exhibit that features Bruce’s letters is part of the Farragut Folklife Museum’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “The Battle of Campbell Station” exhibit will run through Nov. 22, and will feature a variety of items related to the battle, much of which was fought on land surrounding Town Hall and in the Virtue area on Nov. 16, 1863. The Russell house at the corner of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers. Upcoming events in celebration of the anniversary also include: June 23: Dr. Earl Hess with Lincoln Memorial University will speak at 2 p.m.
at Town Hall on “The Battle of Campbell Station and the Struggle for East Tennessee in the Civil War.” Hess will describe how the battle occurred in five different places in modern-day Farragut and why the battle resulted in the saving of Knoxville for the Federals and East Tennessee loyalists. July 4: The museum will serve as “grand marshal” for the Fourth of July Parade starting a 9 a.m. Aug. 24: 11:30 a.m., “Kids Day” at the museum. Sept. 15: 2 p.m., showing of the movie “Gettysburg.” Nov. 16: 2 p.m., lecture on “The Battle of Campbell Station” by historian Gerald Augustus. Museum hours: MondayFriday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., admission is free; call 9667057 for tour groups, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.
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A-6 • MAY 27, 2013 • BEARDEN Shopper news fights into boxing. Players still got killed but fatalities were less gory. Perhaps you know what happened after that. Football spread out somewhat and used more of the field. Coaches started thinking. Strategy evolved. Was it better to feature size or speed? There were two obvious ways to play offense: run a few plays with precision or a hodge-podge hundred and hope the others guys were more confused. Tennessee in the Neyland era embraced the former philosophy (he rarely used more than 12 or 15 plays in any game, but all were near enough to flawless). The T formation became the rage and a lot of other things developed. Bill Walsh substituted the short passing game for a running attack. Somebody invented the wishbone. Darrell Royal gets credit. Emory Bellard deserves more. Barry Switzer says Spud Cason did it at William Monnig Junior High in Fort Worth – be-
cause his fullback was slow. News from SOS Paul Bryant copied the concept and had a fast fullEven though Support back. Alabama changed our Schools expects the world. County Commission to Sam Wyche, Bubba’s fully fund the proposed older brother, was prinschool budget, let’s have cipal innovator of the noa strong citizen turnout huddle offense. He had the to watch the vote and Cincinnati Bengals playing applaud good work by so fast, opponents said it our elected officials. was probably immoral and Wear yellow to the certainly unethical. DeCounty Commission fenders didn’t have time to meeting in which Commake substitutions, much missioners will vote on less catch their breath. the 2014 budget 2 p.m. We’ll see how fast Butch Tuesday, May 28, in the Jones plays. There is no Main Assembly Room speed limit. at the City County Doug Dickey took TenBuilding. Public forum nessee from the single wing begins at 1:45. era and also developed some crusty linebackers. John Majors lost a star quarterback, plugged in Dickey’s son and created the Sugar Vols (1985). Phillip Fulmer refined the art of persistent ■ Rule High Classes of ’52 and ’53 will hold a reunion 4-9 recruiting and won a nap.m. Saturday, June 8, at the tional championship. Grande Event Center, 5441 I suppose the evolution Clinton Highway. Info: Bob of football is a happier stoCummings, 577-8557, or Wilma ry if I stop right there. McCoig, 687-5513.
allows us to know and understand God in different ways. It is a curse because Cross Currents it is impossible to fully understand. Lynn Listen, I will tell you a mystery! It is a stumbling block Hutton (1 Corinthians 15:51 NRSV) for many: how can one God be three? Other religions have accused ChristianThis is the sound of voices three ity of having three gods, Singing together in harmony but Christians claim that Father, God, the Son and Surrendering to the mystery the Trinity is one God, reGod, the Holy Spirit – is a This is the sound of voices three. mystery that has been both vealed in different forms. (“One Voice,” The Wailin’ Jennys) It is a mystery. blessing and curse for the There is one explanaChurch. Trinity Sunday Christmas, Easter and the promise of eternal life (which was yesterday) is tion that has been helpful Pentecost are the three ho- in the resurrection of Je- always the Sunday follow- to me. It may be startling liest days of the Christian sus and the abiding pres- ing Pentecost Sunday, and to someone who has not calendar. They represent ence of the Holy Spirit. it celebrates the comple- heard the Trinity explained three gifts: God’s entrance Each event is a mystery tion of the revelation of the this way, but I found it understandable, comforting into God’s world in the per- unto itself. “Three-ness” of God. It is a blessing because it and, well, comfortable. The Trinity – God, the son of Jesus of Nazareth, To understand it, first you need to know that the
word spirit in both Hebrew (ruach) and in Greek (pneuma) – the languages of the Old and New Testaments – is feminine. So if you can get your mind around the Holy Spirit as the feminine aspect of God, then in the Trinity ■ Knoxville High School is seekyou have a nice little nucleing nominees for induction into its annual “Hall of Fame” ar family: Father, Mother to be recognized at the “Hall of and Son. Fame” banquet Oct. 18 at the That is a mystery I can Foundry Banquet Hall. For info believe in, relate to and or application: 696-9858. hold onto. It is “the sound ■ Central High School Class of voices three, singing toof 1963 is planning its 50th gether in harmony, surrenreunion. Any member of the dering to the mystery.” Class of 1963 who hasn’t been And it makes the miracontacted by the reunion comcle and the mystery of love mittee is asked to send contact – both human and divine, info to: email@example.com; giving and receiving, celor mail to CHS Class of ’63, 5428 ebratory and sacrificial – Kesterbrooke Blvd., Knoxville, even more wondrous. TN 37918.
Evolution of football Effective this fall, football players who strike defenseless foes above the shoulders will be subject to ejection. Players will be prohibited from using helmets as the punishing part of battering rams. Football is fearful of concussions – and lawsuits. Renewed concern about rules and serious injuries reminds me of 1905. Things were so bad, the president of the United States got involved. In case you missed that season, it was when “Volunteers” became the official handle for sports teams at UT. Football Vols played at the rocky corner of 15th and Cumberland. They were not reported as particularly violent or prone to foul. They went 3-5-1 under new coach J.D. Depree, an overmatched leader without assistants. The low-budget Volunteers, captained by Roscoe
violent game of crunching power surges and crazy collisions followed by piling on. There was punting and running for your life and an occasional score, cause for throwing hats in the air, hugging the nearest girl and launching the rag-tag band into the fight song (this was way before “Rocky Top”). President Theodore Roosevelt, a man’s man, heard frightening reports, saw disturbing photographs of battered linemen and decided football was doing more harm than good. There was no way to face the nation, but he sent forth word that football should be outlawed. The promise of change bought time for thought. Legalizing the forward pass appeared monumental. It did not stop hitting and hurting. The change, in fact, proved mostly cosmetic, like refining street
“Piggy” Word, defeated Tennessee School for the Deaf and ran roughshod over American Temperance, 104-0. Clemson and Tennessee tied, 5-5, then the value of a touchdown. The Vols lost to Vanderbilt, Sewanee and Georgia Tech, defeated Centre but lost to Alabama in Birmingham and Grant in Chattanooga. I really don’t think Tennessee caused it, but activists became convinced that football was too rough and tumble, generally crude and void of dignity. The deaths of 18 college players might have been a factor. Indeed, football was a
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■ The Clinton High School Class of 1967 is holding a reunion Aug. 31 at 205 Main St. in Clinton. Classes from ’66 through ’69 are also invited. Cost is $45 per person before Aug. 1 and $50 after, and includes food, a DJ, games and a free class memory CD. Info/ reservations: Becky Calloway Rosenbaum, 457-259, or Bunnie Brown Ison, 599-4749, or send checks to: CHS Class of 1967, 607 Greenwood Drive, Clinton, TN 37716.
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â€˜Happily situatedâ€™ at First Baptist By Wendy Smith First Baptist Church Knoxville Minister of Pastoral Care Dave Ward is sometimes recognized from the churchâ€™s Sunday morning television broadcast. He stands out, he says, because heâ€™s â€œthe old guy.â€? Regardless of his age, Ward is a standout for his continuous service to the church and the community. He began his 50th year at First Baptist in April. Thatâ€™s unusual, he says, given that ministers tend to move around every few years. It wasnâ€™t his original intention to enter the ministry. He grew up on a farm in North Carolina, and majored in French and English at Wake Forest University. After graduation, he joined the Air Force and served as an interpreter in French Morocco. He married his wife, Jo, and left the service in 1958 to study romance languages at the University of North Carolina. That was when he felt his calling to serve God â€“ and
people. He attended Southern Baptist Seminary, and spent six years working in churches in Texas. He accepted a position with First Baptist in 1964, and he and Jo have been happily situated ever since, he says. Ward, who is 83, has kept a part-time schedule since 1997. His primary role is to provide leadership for the churchâ€™s senior ministry, known as Saints Alive! One way he keeps in touch is to send out birthday cards to members who are 65 or older. He sent out 55 cards in May. He also visits hospitals on Wednesdays and is on call for other needs. As the senior staff member, he often gives advice to his co-workers â€“ whether they want it or not. Church employees often need to be reminded to take time off to keep from getting physically and emotionally drained, he says. He counts on Jo to do that for him. At age 81, she continues to work as a social worker. They are both
WORSHIP NOTES Community Services â– Catholic Charities offers counseling for those with emotional issues who may not be physically able to come to the office for therapy. All information is completely confidential. Call 1-877-7906369. Nonemergency calls only. Info: www.ccetn.org.
Special programs Dave Ward began his 50th year with First Baptist Church Knoxville this spring. Photo by Wendy Smith active and in good health, and plan to travel to England this summer with several family members. The couple has two grown sons and eight grandchildren. Ward has a suggestion for those looking for longterm job satisfaction: Love the people, and let them love you. God loves everyone, and we should try to do the same, he says. The sec-
ond part is harder, because it requires you to open up and let people be a part of your life. While he doesnâ€™t want to stay until he has to be asked to leave, Ward has no plans to retire. â€œI love what I do, and feel that God has called me uniquely to this position. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve been here for 50 years.â€?
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us, and we are truly His beloved sons.â€? The womenâ€™s retreats are called The Unveiling. â€œThey are for women seeking the fullness of freedom, comfort and trust in Jesus Christ,â€? said Francie. â€œThe retreat serves as a teaching and experiential weekend filled with quiet time with God, one-on-one time and group time. The purpose of the retreat is to grow deeper in understanding our God-given story.â€? With the help of Jim and Wendy Johnson, who are co-leaders of Gen225, the Browns now run several retreats a year. Lynn Bailey and Jill Temple also help facilitate the womenâ€™s retreats. For more information on Gen225 Ministries, visit the website at www.gen225.org or email Rob Brown at Rob. Gen225@gmail.com.
By Ashley Baker Rob and Francie Brown, founders of Gen225 Ministries, want people to deepen their relationship with God. Gen225 Ministries is a nonprofit, faith-based ministry serving the Knoxville community. The name is a reference to Genesis 2:25 in the Bible, which describes the first marriage between Adam and Eve as one in perfect harmony and without shame. The ministry offers spring and fall retreats designed for men, women and married couples. â€œThe main goal of this ministry is to see redemption in the lives of men, women and marriages for the sake of generations,â€? said Francie Brown. â€œWe are well aware that only God can bring about redemption and that is His heart for us!â€? Francie Brown said that her life was touched by God in 1998 when she received salvation along with her husband, Rob. Having grown up
in rural Indiana in a nonChristian home, Francie said she did not know the concept of unconditional love. â€œMy mother was an alcoholic and told me that she did not want me,â€? Brown said. â€œI grew up wanting to please people and not knowing a God who loved me unconditionally.â€? After their conversion, the couple attended a Presbyterian Church of America church in Decatur, Ala., where they were amazed that answers to their questions were sought out in the Bible. â€œThe pastors there poured into us,â€? Francie said. â€œWe would ask a question, and they would open their Bibles. It was fascinating to see that all of my questions were answered in Godâ€™s word.â€? The Brown family soon relocated to Knoxville. â€œIt was a tough move for us,â€? Francie said. â€œWe left our first church home and were without the support of friends or fam-
ily nearby. But it was during that time that God wanted to make my relationship with Him deeper and real,â€? Francie said. â€œGod was kindling a love for His people that I had not known before.â€? It was out of this new love that Gen225 was established in November 2008. Francie and Rob began to host retreats every spring and fall for people dealing with any kind of abandonment, addiction, sexual abuse, anger, depression, anxiety, joblessness, divorce, infidelity or mother and father wounds, said Francie. The retreats for men are called 48 Hours. â€œWe have been trained by the world since birth to be strong, independent, never to surrender and never to fail,â€? said Rob Brown. â€œHowever, here we are â€“ men who are broken and ready to surrender to Godâ€™s perfect will and accept the fact that He indeed does love
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UT NOTES â– Tim Rogers, Vice Chancellor for Student Life, will retire from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on June 30. Rogers has served the university for more than 38 years and as the vice chancellor for nearly a decade. He previously served as interim vice chancellor for student life and as dean of students. Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan Martin will assume responsibilities for the Division of Student Life until a new vice chancellor is hired.
Rob and Francie Brown, shown with their family, are founders of Gen225 Ministries, which offers retreats to help attendees find deeper relationships with God. Pictured are (back) Justin Brown, Francie and Rob Brown, Jordan Brown; (front)Josiah and Jacob Brown. Photo submitted
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Pond Gap students represent the world By Wendy Smith Each year, Pond Gap Elementary School celebrates its incredibly diverse student population with International Night. This year, the school has students from at least 18 countries, and each was represented at the event. Parents and teachers wore traditional dress and brought food from each country for students and their families to sample. “It lets all of our students see how everybody’s the
same,” says Pond Gap principal Susan Espiritu. “We have our own culture and food, but everybody eats and dresses and takes pride in their culture.” Pond Gap students don’t have problems due to ethnicity or race because they see each other every day, Espiritu says. Since you can’t have dinner without a show, the evening was capped off with a student performance of “Arf,” directed by music teacher Dorothy Moyers.
Bearden Elementary School secretary Brenda Simpson sits next to a beautiful lily given to her by a student. Photo by S. Barrett
‘She came with the building’ Simpson retires after 26 years If you have ever been in the office of Bearden Elementary School, chances are you know Brenda Simpson. During her career as the school’s secretary for the last 26 years, she has seen children grow to raise their own children who now learn in the same classrooms as their parents once did.
“She always said she came with the building,” said current school principal Susan Dunlap. “They are all my children,” said Simpson of the students at BES. “They always come first.” Recently, while injuries from a car accident kept her homebound for several weeks, every child at BES made Simpson a card, and parents and faculty brought her meals and gifts. “There wasn’t a day that went by when I didn’t receive a card and a visit,” she said with a smile.
Simpson returned to work earlier this year but quickly realized she wasn’t ready to bounce back to her regular schedule after the accident. Regarding her retirement, “my injuries decided for me,” she said. “I’m still in shock at this point.” Simpson’s daughter, Cindy, lives in Illinois with her husband and Simpson’s four grandchildren. Simpson plans to see them over the summer. After that, her plans are to take it easy if she doesn’t go crazy doing it. “My daughter said I will climb the walls. I hate endings, and I hate change,” said Simpson. After seeing hundreds of nervous kindergartners begin their school careers at BES, Simpson offers a few words of encouragement to the parents of next year’s class. “It is always much harder on the moms than it is on the children,” she said. “The children learn so much when they’re here, and all of our students excel when they move on from this school. My heart is here, and I appreciate, love and thank all of the parents, students and staff.”
Missy Jones, a 1st grade teacher at Pond Gap, poses with her student Yuritzy Velazquez, who is wearing a mariachi costume. Photos by Wendy Smith
Galina Usynina wore clothing and brought food from Russia for Pond Gap’s International Night. Her son, Vanya, is a 3rd-grader at the school.
Nashwan Nashwan holds his daughter, Rand, as his wife, Ayat, serves food from Jordan during International Night. Their daughter, Riyam, is a 2nd-grader at the school.
Former Pond Gap teacher Tracy Du serves food to Sparkle King, a 5th-grader at Pond Gap.
Dining with Dads
Summer transfer window The summer transfer window for Knox County Schools will be available 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, through 4 p.m. Friday, July 12. This opportunity applies to upcoming kindergarten students, students that are new to Knox County Schools, students who have had a change in family circumstances or change of address since Feb. 18 and students seeking a transfer to a “magnet” program where space is available. More information is available at transfers. knoxschools.org.
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UT to offer tutoring for readers in grades 3-5
Jeremiah Robbins enjoyed a break with his dad, Aaron.
Sequoyah Elementary School recently held Dining with Dads for 4th grade students and the male role models in their lives. Lunch was preceded by a musical performance in the gym. Pictured in the lunch line are 4th grader Jack White and his dad, Brad.
Samantha Schroeffel “hung around” with her uncle, Will Lepsi, and her mom, Margie Schroeffel, before heading home to prepare for her first communion the following day.
Baker Wooten and Noah Ward enjoyed lunch with their dads, Michael Wooten and Eric Ward, after a minor explosion of Sprite from Baker’s Subway meal.
The University of Tennessee will host a free summer tutoring program for struggling readers in grades 3-5. To be eligible, children must have received free or reduced-price lunch during the 2012-2013 school year. Parents whose children qualify to participate can call 974-6177 to schedule an appointment. Parents must provide transportation and the children must be available to attend all four weeks of tutoring.
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Shopper News Presents Miracle Makers
Belk helps schools Nick Moschella and his mom, Lisa, assemble bookshelves for West Haven Elementary. Employees at Belk in West Town Mall donated 2,050 books to the school. The staff has generously donated snacks for TCAP testing, lunch for the teachers during the year and provided drinks for field day events this year. Bobby Livermore assembles a picnic table at West Haven Elementary School. Livermore and West Town Mall Belk employees spent the day at the school building the tables, painting hallways and building bookshelves. Photos by Ruth White
By Ruth White How to say thanks for 125 wonderful years in business? The folks at Belk decided to do makeovers in local schools over a 125-day period (March 10 to July 12). Locally, the three Belk stores selected Spring Hill Elementary (Knoxville Center Belk), West Haven Elementary (West Town Mall store), and Christenberry Elementary (Belk of Colonial Pinnacle at Turkey Creek). The Christenberry project is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, while the others were finished last week. At Spring Hill Elementary, principal Judy Pickering had trouble finding words to describe her feelings for the project beyond “Wow!” “We are overwhelmed by the support from Belk and the opportunity they are providing for students, staff members and parents of this community,” she said. Belk manager at Knoxville Center, Liza Wilson, said employees were given an opportunity to take a work day to help a school. “It’s been fun for us to help them out and it’s also been great team building for us.”
Working at West Haven
Belk employee (and parent of a West Haven student) Cynthia Walters and West Town Belk sales team manager Amy McGhee add color to the walls of the teachers’ lounge. Paint was donated by the Sherwin-Williams store on Clinton Highway.
Over at West Haven Elementary, West Town Belk sales team manager Amy McGhee said, “I’m excited to be here. It’s great to get out in the community and help out.” Projects included: ■ Constructing picnic tables ■ Landscaping ■ Assembling and painting bookshelves ■ Painting murals ■ Creating “magic” reading mats ■ In-store book drives ■ Surprise makeover for principals
Steve Stuart stains a picnic table that he helped build for Spring Hill Elementary. Stuart and other employees at Belk in Knoxville Center pitched in to help out at the school.
Helping out at Spring Hill Jennifer Daniel paints the teachers’ lounge at Spring Hill Elementary School as part of Belk’s 125th anniversary celebration. Belk employees also collected books to fill the 12 bookshelves they will assemble during the project.
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VBS 2013 Vacation Bible School
LISTINGS Ball Camp Baptist Church, 2412 Ball Camp Byington Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday, June 2-7. Special VBS worship service will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, June 9, in the sanctuary. Theme: “God’s Backyard Bible Camp: Under the Stars,” featuring backyard games, crafts, snacks and rockin’ worship. Register online at www. ballcampchurch.org. Info: 603-0983 or Danielle@ballcampchurch.org.
Bearden UMC, 4407 Sutherland Avenue, Friday through Tuesday, June 14-18. Ages 3-5 meet 6-8 p.m. Kindergarten through 5th grade meet 6-8:30 p.m. Theme: “God’s Backyard.” Info: www.BeardenUMC.org.
Beaver Dam Baptist Church, 4328 East Emory Road, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 3-7. Theme: “Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God.” Info: 922-2322 or www.bdbc.org.
Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, 405 Black Oak Drive, 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, June 2-6. Dinner for participating children is 5:15-5:45 p.m. each night. Theme: “Kingdom Chronicles: Standing Strong in the
Battle for Truth.” Classes for age 3 through 5th grade. Info: 689-5397.
Black Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 6404 Old Maynardville Pike, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, June 17-21. Theme: “Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God.”
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Chruch, 9132 Kingston Pike, 8:45 a.m.-noon, Monday through Thursday, June 3-6. Theme: “Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God.” Classes for rising kindergarten through rising 6th grade. Info or to register: www.cspc. net/vbs or 291-5206.
age 4 through 5th grade. Info or to register: www.cbcfc.org or 688-2421.
Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road, Corryton, Thursday through Tuesday, June 9-14, “VBS World Tour.” Info or to register: www.fairviewbaptist.com, 689-7712.
Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd., 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, June 3-7. Theme: “Kingdom Rock,” medieval-themed week. Classes for kids age 3 through 5th grade. Cost is $10 and includes a T-shirt. Register at www.group.com/ vbs/ez/farragutpresbyterian. Info: Katina Sharp, email@example.com or 966-9547.
First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, Sunday, June 9, through Sunday, June 16. Theme: “Museum of Unseen Riches.” Info or to register: 966-9791 or www.fbconcord.org/cq.
Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Sunday through Thursday, June 9-13, times vary. All are welcome to attend Family Fun Night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the sanctuary, with block party to follow. Theme: VBS in the City. Info or to register: www.cbcbearden.org.
Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday, June 19-21. Theme: “Summer Spectacular: The Adventure Squad Returns.” Nightly giveaways. Classes for preschool through 5th grade. Pre-registration required at www.gracebc.org. Info: 691-8886.
Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, 5364 North Broadway, 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, June 10-14. Theme: “Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God.” Classes for
Grassy Valley Baptist Church, 10637 Kingston Pike, 5:45-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-14. Kick-off 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Preregister at www.grassyvalley.org and receive admission to water inflatables, snow cones and popcorn. Theme: “Gotta Move! Keepin’ in Step with the Spirit.” Info: 693-1741.
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Hubbs Grove Baptist Church in Maynardville, 6:30-9 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 10-14. Theme: “Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God.” Kickoff is noon-2 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
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Come learn how God calls us to SERVE family, friends, neighbors and Jesus. Clubs will meet at various places and times, the week of
New Beverly Baptist Church, 3320 New Beverly Church Road, 6:15-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-14. Theme is “God’s Backyard Bible Camp: Under the Stars,” with nightly Bible lessons, music, games, crafts and food. Info: 546-0001 or www.newbeverly.org.
Salem Baptist Church, 8201 Hill Road, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 10-14. Theme: “Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God.” Info: 922-3490 or www.salembaptisthalls.org.
Smithwood Baptist Church, 4914 Jacksboro Pike, 6-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-15. Theme: “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.” Classes for ages 3 through rising 6th grade. Info or to register: 689-5448 or www.smithwood.org.
Union Missionary Baptist Church, Ailor Gap Road, 6:45-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-14. Classes for all ages. Everyone welcome.
Unity Baptist Church, located in Scenic Woods subdivision off Norris Freeway, 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 3-7. Family and Friends Night on Friday. Theme: “Jesus Passed By.” Classes for all ages. Everyone invited.
Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 725 Virtue Road, 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, July 7-11. Theme: “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.” Classes for ages 3 through 12. Info or to register: 966-1491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, June 3-7. Theme: “Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God.” Classes for age 4 through 5th grade. Info: www.wmbc.net.
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6300 Deane Hill Drive For more information and to register, visit www.cbcbearden.org
July 14-18 Ages 3-5 • 6pm - 8pm Grades K-5 • 6pm - 8:30pm
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Lacy, Binger get teacher honors By Wendy Smith Farragut High School math teacher Wanda Lacy and Blue Grass Elementary School fifth grade teacher Karen Binger were honored last week as Outstanding Teachers of the Year by the Rotary Club of Knoxville. Binger was introduced by Blue Grass principal Sandy Roach, who called her a role model for students and teachers. She described the 33-year teaching veteran as a problem solver and an innovator. Two of her students, Shane McWilliams and Parker Martz, showcased the humor that Binger relies on heavily in the classroom by reading a top 10 list of reasons why she is a great teacher. It ended with this: “Number one: (Karen) Binger believes in us, even if we don’t always believe in ourselves.” Binger said it didn’t seem right to be honored for doing something that makes her so happy. She previously taught at an inner-city school in Los Angeles, and the experience influenced the way she teaches today. She talks to her students
like they’re people, and makes a point of challenging them. “No matter how high I raise the bar, students have no trouble reaching it,” she said. Wanda Lacy was introduced by Farragut High principal Michael Reynolds, who read a note from the parents of one her students. It described her incredible love for her students. “If our world is to have a chance, we need more (Wanda) Lacys,” Reynolds said. Lacy came to Farragut High School in 2003, and has taught AP Calculus since 2007. She’s had a total of 291 calculus students, and 283 of those received college credit based on AP test scores. One of her students this year was a transfer student from a low-performing school. He’d smile at her each day because he was so happy to be there, she said. When he graduated this month, he told her he would be the first in his family to have the opportunity to go to college.
“That’s why I teach,” she said. The Rotary Club of Knoxville has named Outstanding Teachers of the Year since 1976. Choosing from so many excellent candidates is a tough job, said Bill Crosland, chair of the selection committee. Each teacher received a $500 cash award and a $250 gift certificate from Blue Grass Elementary School 5th graders Shane McWilliams and Parker Martz read the top 10 reasons why Karen Binger is a great teacher. Sandy Roach is principal at Blue Grass Elementary. A&W Office Supply.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre look on as Bill Crosland of the Rotary Club of Knoxville recognizes Outstanding Teachers of the Year Karen Binger and Wanda Lacy. Photos by Wendy Smith
Bell touts UT Cancer Institute By Anne Hart Dr. John Bell says there is no reason for anyone ever to leave Knoxville to receive treatment for cancer – that the best treatment can be found right here at home. Speaking at last week’s meeting of West Knox Rotary, Bell, director of the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute, said the take away message of his talk was: “You have resources in this community that allow you to have standard and above-standard cancer treatment without leaving town.” Bell said the center is the only academic medical center in this region, serving 1.5 million people in 21 counties in East Tennessee, southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. Last fall, the institute moved to a new 100,000 square-foot facility that brought all of its medical, education, and support services under one roof. The facility has 581 beds and an annual operating
budget of $500 million. It has won numerous awards, including being ranked by “U.S. News and World Report” as one of the top two hospitals in Tennessee. Bell said the institute’s 46 physicians and 155 employees serve about 50,000 patients annually and provide screening and education services for an additional 20,000 people annually. The Institute is located at the UT Medical Center just off Alcoa Highway in South Knoxville with satellite centers in Maryville, Morristown, Sevierville, Loudon and at Turkey Creek.
The Cancer Institute also provides a wide range of support services for cancer patients and survivors, including pastoral care and a variety of support groups, and a supportive integrative health program that combines conventional and alternative medical approaches, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, art, yoga, music and even kick-boxing. Bell said that 25 doctors at the Institute are involved in clinical research and clinical trials. Typically there are 40-50 trials Dr. John Bell, director of the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute, was greeted by Bob and Dottie involving 100-150 patients Ely at left, and Janet Parkey at right, after he spoke to West Knox Rotary. Parkey is an indepengoing on at any given time. dent consultant for medical trials at the Institute.
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Ladies’ Choice: Single-Site Gallbladder Surgery
“I got sick every time I ate and had an awful pain on my right side,” remembers Allison Peek. For years, the 29-year old Knoxville woman had suffered increasingly painful abdominal cramps after every meal. “I knew something was wrong,” says Allison. “It was affecting my quality of life.” Allison, who works in the medical ﬁeld, suspected a problem with her gallbladder, but didn’t have the typical risk factors. “I didn’t ﬁt the proﬁle – I’m not overweight, I’m young and active.” Fortunately, she consulted with Premier Surgical Associates at Tennova North. Through several tests, surgeon Dr. Marcella Greene discovered that Allison’s gallbladder wasn’t working correctly. The gallbladder is an organ un-
imally-invasive procedure, the gallbladder is removed through a small cut in your navel. The surgery is virtually scarless. Dr. Greene is one of the only surgeons in the region who performs the special procedure.
within days of her outpatient procedure. “To be able to have major surgery with absolutely no scar and little to no down-time is unparalleled!” Allison is thrilled with her results. “I was home that night and was able to eat. And for the ﬁrst time in years, it didn’t hurt.” “Many people have immediate relief of their symptoms,” explains Dr. Greene. And, with the da Vinci® robotically-assisted surgery system, there’s less pain and bleeding, and a shorter hospital stay and fast recovery. “I had an awesome, awesome experience. I can’t say enough about Dr. Greene and her partners Dr. David Harrell and Dr. Roland Weast,” says Allison.
Allison Peek (left) pictured with surgeon Dr. Marcella Greene, is thrilled The Single-Site™ da Vinci® surgery For more information, visit www. with the results of the Single-Site™ da Vinci® surgery procedure. premiersurgical.com. is virtually scarless. der your liver that stores bile to infection or blockage.” help digest fat. “Patients like the single-site Dr. Greene recommended re“Gallbladder disease can hap- moval of the diseased gallbladder. procedure because they can still pen at any age,” explains Dr. Allison was a great candidate for wear a bikini,” smiles Dr. Greene. Greene. “You can be young and Single-Site™ da Vinci® robotic That was the case for Allison, thin and still have inﬂammation, gallbladder surgery. In the min- who was in a bikini on a boat
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Retail on the move in Bearden Women’s retail is very much on the move in Bearden. The Silk Purse Studio, recently moved to Tea at the Gallery in Western Plaza, has a new neighbor just around the corner – The Paris Apartment, which has recently moved from its previous location in Sweetwater and is now partially open, with the full opening scheduled for some time in June. Anthropologie, the national chain which offers both women’s clothing and accessories and items for the home, will be opening in the fall in the former Cleveland Interiors Building on Kingston Pike. The question has been what would open next door to them in the small
building to the west on the triangular-shaped property where Homberg Drive angles off from Kingston Pike. That building saw plenty of activity as Republican Party headquarters during last year’s Presidential campaign, but has since stood empty. We expect news soon.
Farewell to 3 Sisters Those who practice the
fine art of stitchery have until June 25 to bid a fond farewell to 3 Sisters Needlework and Antiques, which recently moved from Kingston Pike to a new home on Carr Street. Deb Kirk-Franklin, store owner, says competition from Internet sellers was the death knell for her business. She says there’s a great sale in progress, and for those who can’t make it into the store before it closes, they will mail purchases to customers. The phone number is 588-1230.
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Hospitals roll with changing times By Suzanne Foree Neal Hospitals are places of service but are also businesses that are tasked with providing the best care for the money, Rev. David Bluford told members of the Rotary Club of Farragut at the club’s May 22 meeting. Bluford is a chaplain and director of guest services at Parkwest Medical Center and is a Farragut Rotary member. “Very few facilities can staff the total numbers of beds they have,” he said. “The University of Tennessee, because it’s a training hospital, has a lot of residents on board. UT is the only Level 1 trauma hospital and has to be staffed at all times. One of the busiest hospitals in our area is Le Conte in Sevierville, probably because tourists go there because it’s the only medical facility in the area.” Bluford says the days of free-standing hospitals are
pretty much gone. It takes partnerships to provide all the services needed for a facility to stay open. Most hospitals work on a 1 percent profit margin, he said. Not-for-profit hospitals have to reinvest profit revenue back into the facility. “There are going to be changes in our region with alignment of facilities,” Bluford said. “Obamacare, or the Patient Protection and Portability Act as it is really called, was passed because 32 million people don’t have health insurance. Major changes are coming for businesses with full-time, part-time and occasional workers. Many companies are cutting hours so they don’t meet the guidelines for insurance.” The health care industry is looking at big issues like lifestyle changes and providing more preventive care, he said, and businesses that focus on trying
Womack promoted at Parkwest Rona Womack, RN, has been named nurse manager for the senior behavioral health Rona Womack unit at Parkwest Medical Center. Womack joined Covenant Health in 1995 as a student nurse at Parkwest cardiopulmonary wellness and rehabilitation center. She later served as a clinical nurse in various departments, as service coordinator and interim manager of the endoscopy lab and most recently as the service line educator of
David Bluford with Parkwest Medical Center was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Farragut at its May 22 meeting. He spoke about changes to the health care industry, especially in Knoxville. Photo by S.F. Neal to keep people out of hospitals will increase. “You’re not always going to find a full shop everywhere you go,” he said. Bluford added there’s one big difference between hospitals and other businesses: “We don’t set our own rates. They tell us what we can charge for providing health care.” Reported revenue at area
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hospitals was $581 million for UT Medical Center, $289.5 million at Fort Sanders Regional, $300.8 million at Parkwest and $246 million at Physicians Regional (Tennova, former St. Mary’s), said Bluford. Bluford added that in 2010, Knox County had 2,167 licensed beds with 1,758 staffed beds for its population of 432,226.
the medical/surgical area at Parkwest. “Rona’s dedication to the mission of Parkwest’s senior behavioral health unit is evident,” said Rick Lassiter, Parkwest president and CAO. “She and her team strive to provide the best care for our senior patients who struggle with a variety of complex behavioral and physical issues. Under her knowledgeable and compassionate leadership, we believe that the department will continue to grow and thrive.” Womack holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UT Knoxville and master’s in nursing from King University.
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NEWS FROM WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE
Providing pathways to success The end result of Webb’s good intentions and planning is most visibly and meaningfully showcased in its ebb School of Knoxville is, deep within its core mission, graduates every year. Like most other industries or services, the success of first and foremost a the business is in part reﬂected in the college preparatory quality of the end product. This artischool. We provide cle features snapshots of eight graduan age-appropriate, ates in the Class of 2013. The two sequential learnmost striking commonalities within ing environment this group of students are the level that prepares our and variety of experiences in which graduates to be these graduates chose to participate both productive and Hutchinson fulfilled in their col- during their time in Webb’s Upper School, and their own observations lege experiences. To do that well, about the discipline and priorities Webb School must first identify cultivated in their time at Webb. and understand the salient skills We think that students learn more and attitudes that are essential to about themselves and develop more achieving that goal of success in fully when they engage in a variety college, and then create pathways of activities and healthy experiences; that encourage our students to we think that learning to manage all acquire those skills and attitudes. that one has to do in a day, a week, or Those pathways primarily include a month is a critical skill to accombuilding and sustaining healthy plishing goals and feel good about relationships among students and oneself. As revealed through the faculty, offering interesting and comments from these eight students, relevant courses, applying effective pedagogies and current data to two of Webb’s great strengths are the support maximum student achieve- quality and commitment of the faculty, and the positive power Webb’s ment, and creating collaborative culture of challenge and high expeclearning environments that teach tations has on ensuring success. and support positive social skills.
By Scott Hutchinson, Webb School President
College Choice: College Choice: Duke University Stanford University Sports at Webb: Sports at Webb: Basketball, Volleyball Volleyball School-Related School-Related Activities: Student Activities: Princeps Government Association, Yearbook, National Art Peer Counselor, Princeps Honor Society, Writing Yearbook Tutor Kelly Vittetoe High School Highlights/ Mary Carole Overholt High School Highlights/ Accomplishments: Accomplishments: Joyce Hunter Award, Endowed Cum Laude Society, AP Scholar, recipient Scholarship Award, National Merit of multiple Regional Scholastics art Commended Scholar, Cum Laude awards, co-captain of Webb’s 2012 Society, AP Scholar, member of the Division II-A state runner-up volleyball 2012 Lady Spartan Division II-A state team, named All-State and All-Region in basketball championship team and volleyball 2011 & 2013 state runner-up teams, If you could name one thing about co-captain of Webb’s 2012 Division II-A your Webb School experience that has state runner-up volleyball team. helped you prepare for college, what If you could name one thing about would it be? your Webb School experience that has Going about my studies in a manner helped you prepare for college, what that is efficient yet meaningful is an would it be? integral lesson I learned at Webb. Being My Webb experience has taught me to a student at Webb requires you to find a balance among the parts of my life complete your work in a timely manner, for which I care most. Going to college, I and passionate teachers and students feel confident in my ability to manage my have taught me the necessary time time between classes and staying involved management skills to enable me to get in sports and activities. the most out of my education.
College Choice: University of Michigan Sports at Webb: Volleyball, Track & Field School-Related Activities: Honor Committee, Peer Counselor Senior Leader, Student Government Niyati Rangnekar Association Community Service Representative, Latin Club President, Interact Club Committee Head High School Highlights/ Accomplishments: Optimist Club’s Service to Humanity Award, National Merit Commended Scholar, Cum Laude Society, William R. Webb III Citizenship Award, Emily Anne Fisher Award, Robert Saunders Award, AP Scholar with Honor, Interact Club fundraiser dinners, community service with the Boys & Girls Club If you could name one thing about your Webb School experience that has helped you prepare for college, what would it be? The high standard of excellence at Webb School has prepared me the most for college. The teachers at Webb are always accessible, and their encouragement has allowed me to achieve my goals as a student. If it were not for the outstanding teachers and the intellectually stimulating environment at Webb, I would not be as motivated or accomplished as a student. College Choice: University of Tennessee, Knoxville Sports at Webb: Cross-Country, Sailing School-Related Activities: Band, Robotics Team, Rock Climbing Club, Ultimate Elliot Greenlee Frisbee Club High School Highlights/ Accomplishments: Presidential Scholars Semifinalist, National Merit Finalist, Cum Laude Society, AP Scholar with Distinction, Eagle Scout, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, superior rating at the National Piano Guild Auditions, band captain If you could name one thing about your Webb School experience that has helped you prepare for college, what would it be? Webb has provided me the opportunity to take rigorous classes with students and teachers who share the same high expectations. College Choice: University of Chicago Sports at Webb: Soccer, Cross-Country School-Related Activities: Student Government Association President, Editor-in-Chief of Neal Jochmann Pierian Student Literary Magazine, Theater Productions, Chamber Singers High School Highlights/ Accomplishments: Dr. S.J. Chapman Memorial Award for Leadership, Scholarship and Integrity, National Merit Finalist, Cum Laude Society, selected to All-East and All-State mixed choirs, Carlson Choral Music Award, William R. Webb III Citizenship Award If you could name one thing about your Webb School experience that has helped you prepare for college, what would it be? Webb’s rigorous academics have prepared me for success in college, as well as the tremendous knowledge and compassion shown by the teachers, who are some of my best friends at school.
College Choice: Washington University in St. Louis Sports at Webb: Sailing School Related Activities: Robotics Team, Webb Boy Scout Troop, Ultimate Frisbee Club Alex Roesch High School Highlights/ Accomplishments: Cum Laude Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, AP Scholar with Honor, captain of robotics and sailing teams, Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies, Eagle Scout, Ultimate Frisbee Club captain If you could name one thing about your Webb School experience that has helped you prepare for college, what would it be? My experience at Webb has taught me to effectively manage my time, balancing the demands of a heavy course load with sports and other activities. I’ve also developed better study skills to tackle AP exams, which I know will greatly benefit me in college. College Choice: University of Georgia Sports at Webb: CrossCountry, Wrestling School-Related Activities: Student Government Association Community Service Representative, Peer Drew Farr Counselor, Student Ambassador, Honor Committee, Editorin-Chief of Spartan Spirit Student Newspaper, Journalism Club, Debate Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Eagle Scout Troop 757 High School Highlights/ Accomplishments: Shane Webb Award, Julia Dossett Webb Scholar Award, Ginna Mathews Mashburn Award, Ruth P. Graf Award, Extra! Award for Journalism, Robert Saunders Award, Hispanic Honor Society Medal of Excellence, William R. Webb III Citizenship Award, AP Scholar with Distinction, Cum Laude Society, member of the 2010, 2011 & 2013 boys Division II-A state crosscountry championship teams If you could name one thing about your Webb School experience that has helped you prepare for college, what would it be? My participation in Webb’s Upper School Debate Club far surpassed any other learning experience for me at Webb. The Debate Club challenged me to develop a coherent argument, to speak professionally in a public forum, and to think intelligently on the fly. Those skills have already served me well in the college interview setting and will continue to benefit me throughout my academic and professional careers. College Choice: Rice University Sports at Webb: Cross-Country, Track & Field School-Related Activities: Chamber Singers, Peer Counselor, Student Ambassador Claire Bonnyman High School Highlights/ Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist, Cum Laude Society, AP Scholar with Honor, member of the 2013 girls Division II-A state cross-country championship team If you could name one thing about your Webb School experience that has helped you prepare for college, what would it be? My experience at Webb has enabled me to take a wide range of Advanced Placement classes, which have in turn effectively prepared me for college.
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Tested for one, diagnosed with another Dottie Sollman of Seymour, 60, is faithful about getting yearly mammograms. “I go for mammograms every year and have never missed one,” she said. But Sollman never expected to hear the news she got in March 2nd of 2012 after her yearly screening at the Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center. “I am among the few people who are diagnosed with nonHodgkin’s lymphoma from a mammogram,” said Sollman. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma accounts for only about 0.04 to 0.53 percent of all cancers located in the breast. Sollman is convinced the diligence of the Thompson staff, especially mammography technician Rita Adams, led to her diagnosis and successful, early treatment. “Three or four days after the test, I got a phone call from Rita,” said Sollman. “She said my test didn’t look right and she wanted me to come back in and do more tests.” The spots were high up in Sollman’s chest, between her breasts and neckline. “I don’t know how Rita ever saw it,” she said. Sollman had an ultrasound that, at ﬁrst, appeared normal. But Adams pushed again, showing the results to radiologist Gayle Roulier, M.D. Roulier recommended a biopsy and gave the results quickly to Sollman in person. “They were all so shocked,” said Sollman. “Dr. Roulier came in the room, and they all stood around me. She said I had nonHodgkin’s lymphoma, in the upper part of my chest. “I will never ever forget that moment in my lifetime because of the way they handled it. I felt like I was surrounded by best friends and sisters,” she said. “They were genuinely upset for me. I will never forget how warm and loving those women were that day in that room.” Sollman’s husband, Steve, was out of town
Dottie Sollman presents Rita Adams with a beautiful gift basket in thanks for her diligence, care and compassion.
for the day, but rushed back to be with her for a same-day appointment at Thompson Cancer Survival Center with oncologist Michelene Liebman, M.D. From there, cancer tests and treatments were quickly scheduled. “I had a bone marrow biopsy by Wednesday, the PET scan by Friday. From the day of diagnosis, within seven days I had two major tests that had to be done,” said Sollman. “Throughout it, I feel like I was looked
Comprehensive Breast Health The Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center has been performing mammography and other women’s services since 1989. The Center offers both screening and diagnostic mammograms for all women (recommended yearly for ages 40 and older), bone densitometry, ulDr. Gayle trasound and core Roulier biopsy. “Regular mammogram screenings save lives,” says Dr. Gayle Roulier, a radiologist at the center, which has been awarded a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation. Roulier is fellowship trained in women’s imaging, an extra measure of excellence. “We try to do a complete, thorough job,” said Roulier of the center. “We always have a nurse on staff who is a specialist in breast exams, and our technicians are very
experienced and well-trained.” The Center is also committed to the wellness of groups outside of Knoxville. “We feel it’s part of our mission to educate women about breast health and the importance of early detection of all types of cancer,” says Teresa Cooper, Thompson Breast Center manager. “We are a very missiondriven group!” And Dr. Roulier wants all women to know that you don’t have to have cancer to come to Thompson. “We’re here for your yearly screening mammogram as well. But the great thing is that if you have a problem, we work closely with the Thompson Cancer Survival Center,” adds Roulier. “We’re completely equipped, capable and set up to handle treatment in a seamless manner,” she said. For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center, call 865-541-1624.
after divinely, but these people who took care of me and helped me through this process, I felt like I was with family,” Sollman said. Because the lymphoma spots were small and conﬁned to the chest area, Sollman was able to avoid surgery. “I had radiation, and that was all,” said Sollman. “They found two spots in the mammogram and my bone marrow was clean, thank God. The PET (positron emission tomography) scan found a third spot, so just three, that’s all I had.”
She had a series of 20 radiation treatments at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Sevierville, nearest to her home. Sollman underwent her radiation treatments in May of 2012, during which time she supervised the annual rummage sale at Seymour Heights Christian Church. Sollman, and other volunteers, raised over $11,000 for SHCC missions and the C.R.O.S.S. Food Ministry serving parts of Blount, Sevier and Knox counties. “I did everything I could to keep the lymphoma from stopping my fulﬁllment of commitments I had made prior to being diagnosed.” “I would go to the rummage sale, go to radiation, go back to the rummage sale and keep working,” said Sollman. “I was very blessed and very fortunate.” Sollman returned to Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center in February of 2013 for another screening mammogram. “I requested Rita, of course!” she said. “And everything came out good. Just this past April I had a tremendous battery of blood work done, and it all looked good, too.” Sollman said she would deﬁnitely recommend Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center for routine mammograms and Thompson Cancer Survival Center for anyone who faces cancer treatments. “It’s hard to put into words, because when I think about how they cared for me, it tears me up.” said Sollman. “Rita went above and beyond the call of duty. In my mind, she may have very well saved my life. She certainly changed my story and I will be forever grateful. Anybody can do their job, but it takes a special kind of person to go above and beyond what is expected of them. I just can’t say enough kind things about the staff that took care of me in the scariest time of my life.”
We will fight with you A cancer diagnosis is one of the more frightening experiences one can have. The uncertainty, the questions, the fear. At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, you have a team of board certiﬁed cancer surgeons and other specialists on staff ready to work, together, to develop a treatment plan designed speciﬁcally for you – your type of cancer, your health and your goals. If your cancer requires surgery, we have more than 30 specialists, whose expertise is unparalleled, performing procedures at a Commission on Cancer certiﬁed hospital by the American College of Surgeons. Together with physicians from the Thompson Cancer Survival Center, we provide coordinated inpatient and outpatient oncology care. Surgical oncologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, urologists and more, all working for YOU. At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, you are not alone when it comes to cancer. For more information on the oncology services provided at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, call 865-673-FORT or visit our website: www.fsregional.com/oncology.
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Mary June Pryor, a portraitist who works in colored pencils, has fun at the PAWS fundraiser with Baby Dancer, her reindeer Chihuahua, so-called because of her coloring. Photos by Carol Zinavage
A party for PAWS
Buddy poses with his owner, Liz Brandel.
Kara Disbrow and Mimi pose amid the greenery at Stanley’s Greenhouse.
This world is full of good, kind folks who want to help others, and so many of them are right here in East Tennessee. For proof, look no further than local animal aid/rescue groups like PAWS. PAWS (Pairing Animals with Seniors) not only helps shelter animals but also low-income seniors who would like to adopt them. The organization had a fundraiser recently at Stanley’s Greenhouse in South Knoxville. Amid the beautiful greenery pet lovers enjoyed music, good food and fellowship. PAWS is a project of the Office on Aging’s project LIVE (Living Through Volunteer Efforts). They’re funded by grants, donations and fundraisers such as the recent get-together. PAWS director Susan Long says that the whole
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Jack and Joan Eschman enjoy a PAWS evening out with small friends Louie and Hope.
thing started in 2004 when elderly Dorothy Kidd, a dog lover, wanted other seniors to be able to adopt shelter pets. Young-Williams Animal Center quickly got involved, coordinating with the Office on Aging, and PAWS hit the ground running. The folks at PAWS will provide anything that lower-income seniors need to care for their pets. They’ll
cover shelter pet adoption fees and have stepped in to help with vet bills on occasion. They also partner with the UT Vet School in its Feed -a-Pet program, providing seniors who can’t afford pet food with Hill’s Science Diet products. To make a donation or learn more, visit http:// w w w. k n o x s e n i o r s . o r g / paws.html. Send your interesting animal stories to news@ShopperNewsNow.com
Elmcroft of West Knoxville residents Evelyn Blakely and Joan Gulling enjoy the breeze off the lake during a picnic lunch at The Cove with Healthy Lifestyle director Lindsay Wolburg (center). Photos by S. Barrett
Lunch with friends By Sara Barrett
Winston is a 3-year-old neutered male dark silver Tabby cat. He is very playful and active, but also loves to be held and snuggle. He loves to play with toys or other cats and is never bored!
Mango is a 2-yearold neutered male flame point Siamese cat. He is very laid back, outgoing, social, and affectionate. Mango is a loverboy, a lap cat, a purr machine – he’s the perfect cat!
“You’ve got to have fried chicken if you’re going to have a picnic,” said Elmcroft of West Knoxville’s Healthy Lifestyles director Lindsay Wolburg last week during a picnic lunch with residents at The Cove at Concord Park. Elmcroft Dining Services director Lisa Middleton created boxed lunches that included fried chicken, tropical fruit and chocolate chip cookies. The group dined at shaded picnic tables by the lake where a breeze was blowing just enough to make the warm weather comfortable for everyone. Wolburg schedules regular outings for the facility’s residents, with local eateries ranking high on their list of favorite destinations. Atendees praised Wolburg’s selective eye for activities which have included a visit to the Knoxville Museum of Art, a trip to a planetarium and a Mother’s Day tea that was fantastic, according to several of the residents.
Elmcroft of West Knoxville residents Pauline Nelson and Charlene Porter discuss the group’s next outing scheduled for Cheddar’s in Bearden. Wolburg is married with young children, but says the residents at Elmcroft are her extended family. “This is their house and their home,” she said. “They are my family, too. I want Elmcroft to have a family feel for them.” Next up for the residents is a day of shopping and lunch at Cheddar’s restaurant in Bearden.
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Si-Am is a sweet and loving three-year-old Siamese mix. His adoption fee is $75, and he has been neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and completely vetted. You can meet Si-Am at Young-Williams Animal Center’s 3201 Division Street location. For more information, visit www. young-williams.org or call 215-6599. Photo submitted
Elmcroft of West Knoxville resident Gwendy Pratt has a laugh with friends during an outing at The Cove.
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CONTINUING The Knoxville Writers’ Guild writing contest deadline has been extended to June 15; submissions are being accepted in numerous categories. Questions: email@example.com. Info: www. knoxvillewritersguild.org.
MONDAY, MAY 27 Tennessee Shines will feature songwriter Chip Taylor (“Angel of the Morning,” “Wild Thing”) at 7 p.m. at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, available at WDVX and www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6 p.m. Children 14 and under accompanied by a parent are admitted free.
A “Burrito Benefit” to support the Volunteer Ministry Center will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at the new Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Cantina on Kingston Pike in Cedar Bluff in front of Academy Sports. Salsarita’s Cedar Bluff will donate 100 percent of burrito sales to VMC to support programs that serve Knoxville’s homeless population. PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson Support Group of East Tennessee will meet 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center of Kern UMC, 451 E. Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge. Margaret Keele will present a program on physical therapy for those with Parkinson’s. Family and caregivers are welcome. Light lunch will be served. Info: Karen Sampsell, 482-4867, pk_hopeisalive@bellsouth. net or www.pkhopeisalive.org. The FARM Knoxville Farmers Market is open 3-6 p.m. in the parking lot of Ebenezer UMC, 1001 Ebenezer Road. The Dixie Lee Pinnacle Farmers Market is open 3-6 p.m. at Turkey Creek (across from the theater). “Jazz on the Square” will feature the Marble City 5
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 American Red Cross, 6921 Middlebrook Pike, offers weekly information sessions on nurse assistant, EKG and phlebotomy training 10-11 a.m. Info: 862-3508.
THURSDAY, MAY 30 An Evening to “Wine” About Alzheimer’s will be held 6-8 p.m. at the Knoxville Beverage Co., 1335 E. Weisgarber Road. Participants can enjoy light refreshments while asking questions of experts such as Dr. Monica Crane of the UT Cole Neuroscience Center, Monica Franklin and Linda Johnson of Alzheimer’s Tennessee on such topics as legal issues, home safety and care options. Register: www.alztennessee.org/ypa or 544-6288. Sean McCollough and the Kid Stuff Band will perform 7-9 p.m. on Market Square. Free. Concertgoers are welcome to bring chairs or blankets. No alcohol or food will be available except on the patios of nearby restaurants.
FRIDAY, MAY 31 Square Off Cancer will be noon-9 p.m. with Market Square businesses raising funds and awareness for Cancer Support Community East Tennessee. The FARM Knoxville Farmers Market is open 3-6 p.m. at Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike.
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Spring Flea-Tique will take place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 31 and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. June 1 at 5710 Plaza Merchants, 5710 Kingston Pike. Antiques, collectibles and fine crafts from regional dealers as well as shops in the plaza – Artifactia, Four Seasons Vintage, B&G Treasures, Traders Mall Antiques and James2 Curiosity Shop – will be available. The Silver Stage Players, a senior theater troupe formed by the Wild Thyme Players, will present “The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” original biographical stories illustrated with music and pictures, at 1 p.m. May 31 at the John T. O’Connor Senior Citizens’ Center, 611 Winona St.; 7 p.m. May 31 at the Beck Cultural Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave.; and 7 p.m. June 1 at the Broadway Academy of Performing Arts, 706 N. Broadway. Collaborating with the troupe will be the Darnell Players from the Darnell Senior Center in Atlanta. Admission: free; $5 donation is suggested. Proceeds from the Friday night performance will go to the Beck Cultural Center; all other funds raised will go toward the Darnell Players’ travel expenses. Info/ reservations: 325-9877 or firstname.lastname@example.org. “The Addams Family” will be presented at the
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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 31-JUNE 16 Theatre Knoxville Downtown will close the season with the romantic comedy “Till Beth Do Us Part” by Jones, Hope and Wooten. TKD veterans Mark Palmer, Windie Wilson, Cheri Compton, Tony Mendez, Freddi Birdwell and Garry Mullins star. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 Thursday/Sunday, $15 Friday/ Saturday. Purchase at www.theatreknoxville.com or http://knoxalliance.com/knoxtix.html.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 The Skeeter Run, a 5k race/walk to raise money for Imagine No Malaria, a partnership of the United Methodist Church, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2015, will begin at 8 a.m. on Neyland Drive. Info or register: www.skeeterrun5k.org. The Solway Community Garage Sale – aka the 9-Mile Solway Sale – will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Solway residences marked with a balloon on their mailbox. A $10 cash prize will be awarded to a random shopper every hour on the hour. Tennessee Statehood Day will be celebrated with free admission at three Historic Homes of Knoxville, plus one. Participating museums are Blount Mansion, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; James White’s Fort, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mabry-Hazen House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; plus Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive, will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a community birthday celebration 1-5 p.m. The event will feature family activities, including one inspired by the current “Birds in Art” exhibit. Visitors will get to use prehistoric tools, create an Egyptian pharaoh’s headdress and play “pin the tooth on the dinosaur.” There will be a photo booth and door prizes. Refreshments will be served. Info: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.
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health & lifestyles NEWS FROM PARKWEST, WEST KNOXVILLE’S HEALTHCARE LEADER • TREATEDWELL.COM • 374-PARK
Change of heart
Surgery shifts perspective for Tellico Village pastor It was Jan. 6, Epiphany Sunday, when the Rev. Martin Singley III returned to the pulpit with a changed heart. Four bypasses have a way of doing that to a man, even a godly one. He’d been away much longer than the proverbial “month of Sundays” and it felt good to get back in the pulpit at Community Church of Tellico Village to deliver the Epiphany sermon. Reluctant to use personal health issues as sermonic material, his sermon that day, titled “Sometimes Your Worst Enemy …,” mentioned his recent heart scare only in passing. “You see, one of the most valuable lessons Epiphany teaches is that sometimes your worst enemy turns out to be your best friend – the one who saves you,” Singley preached, following up that observation with the story of Jonah and the whale as an illustration. “Sometimes the whale that swallows you turns out to be the grace that saves you. The awful chest pains – that I’d been experiencing for a year but doing nothing about until I told my doctor this past October – turned out to be the grace that saved my life.” It was no exaggeration. Those chest pains – and that shortness of breath – had been bothering Singley for about a year. But he told no one – not even his wife – although his father had died suddenly of a massive heart attack at age 50. “It actually started with a kind of burning sensation in my chest when I exercised or walked or did anything that required any kind of exertion,” Singley said. “The thing is it went away when I stopped so I just ignored it. I figured it was just that I was out of shape or had eaten a big meal or whatever. Lots of different ways of denying things.” But as the year wore on, the symptoms began to worsen. So, when he went in for his annual physical last Oct. 17, the 63-year-old minister mentioned it to his family physician, Dr. James Kirby. But instead of brushing it off, as Singley had hoped, Kirby set up a stress test. “You can well imagine that when I finally told my wife when I came home from my physical, I said, ‘Dr. Kirby thinks I ought to have a stress test.’ And she said, ‘Why is that?’ And I told her, ‘Well, I’ve been having these symptoms.’ And she says, ‘What symptoms?!’ She was not real happy with me. It’s such a guy thing you know.” Singley’s stress test lasted only three minutes before the technicians shut down the treadmill. “I f lunked it royally!” Singley recounted. “Pass or fail really isn’t a question – it was abnormal and it was strongly abnormal at a relatively low level of exercise,” said Dr. Mitchell Weiss, a cardiologist at Parkwest Medical
In his first sermon after open-heart surgery, Singley credited those “awful chest pains” as the grace that saved his life.
Center. “That in and of itself is an indicator that there is a signiﬁcant problem. By ‘signiﬁcant,’ I mean something that is probably widespread and needs to be acted on fairly quickly.” I m me d i ate l y, Singley was admitted to ParkDr. Mitchell west and schedWeiss uled for a heart catheterization the following day with Weiss. It was then that Weiss learned the full extent of Singley’s problems. “He had several very bad coronary artery blockages and a particularly bad blockage in the left main coronary artery,” said Weiss. “He had others but that one was the real attention getter.” It was such an “attention getter,” in fact, that Weiss scheduled Singley for open heart surgery the very next available opening – the following day with Parkwest cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Chadwick Stouffer who classified Singley’s case as “urgent.” “He had ﬁve scattered blockages ranging from 80 to 95 percent and involving each of Dr. Chadwick the main arteries Stouffer to the left ventricle,” said Stouffer, who used a mammary artery to route the blood supply around one block-
age and vein from Singley’s leg to bypass the three other blockages. Because one bypass was able to take care of two of the blockages, only four bypasses were needed. “These bypasses give blood a route around the blockages so that it can get to the heart muscle unimpeded,” Stouffer explained. “It is literally like a bypass on the highway. The blockages actually stay in place as there is no reason to remove them or dig them out since the blood can travel around them through the bypass vessel.” The surgery went off without a hitch, and Singley was singing Parkwest’s praises. “It was a very, very impressive experience of healthcare delivery to me and my family,” he said. “We really appreciated how professional everybody was, how concerned they were about keeping us informed every step along the way, especially my family when I was having my surgery. Really, from beginning to end, from admissions to discharge, it was a very, very wonderful experience.” Upon discharge, Singley embarked on a 36-session, thrice-weekly cardiac rehab program that has led to a healthier lifestyle of exercise and diet. By February, he was well enough that he was able take a long-planned trip to Disney World with his wife, kids and grandkids. “The wonderful thing about that was I was able to go to Disney World and walk the miles
We really appreciated how professional everybody was, how concerned they were about keeping us informed every step along the way, especially my family when I was having my surgery. Really, from beginning to end, from admissions to discharge, it was a very, very wonderful experience. – The Rev. Martin Singley III and miles and miles that you have to walk down there with no ill effects at all,” he said. “I felt good, had great energy. We had a wonderful time together. And being healthy obviously made it all that more of a pleasurable experience.” Along the way, his congregation and three associate pastors rallied around him, offering prayers, support, encouragement and more than a few casseroles. The church’s Lay Communion Ministry even served him communion. Time on the mend also gave Singley time for ref lection on life. “I am much more appreciative of the meaning of life, how quickly things can change, how vulnerable we really are to lots of things,” he said. “I was scared. I don’t know that I ever thought of the possibility of dying. That was there, but I think I was more frightened of the moment of what was going to be happening around that, the experience itself. That was sort of interesting because, as
a pastor, that taught me that when people face crisis, they don’t think about theological things – they think about the immediate moment. And I hope that makes me a better pastor to be sensitive to that, of what we worry about.” When the day came to step into the pulpit again, Singley felt like a new man. “It was wonderful! It really represented for me being able to take hold of a true center of my life, and the health problem pushing me away from that made me all the more appreciative of what it means to stand in the pulpit and be able to share with a congregation of people,” he said. “I can tell you that the first time I was back standing in the pulpit and looking out, I experienced the beauty of the family of faith that this church really is. These people mean the world to me.” For more information or a physician referral, visit www.TreatedWell.com or call 374-PARK.