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Coffee Break Meet Kristin Baksa, scientist, teacher, business owner and animal rescue volunteer. Energetic, funny and passionate, Baksa brought chemistry to life for hundreds of students at Farragut High School before retiring three years ago.

UT professor recognized for ‘Reconstructing the Campus’ By Wendy Smith The American Civil War had a major impact on higher education, and University of Tennessee Research Assistant Professor of History Michael Cohen has

received a national award for a book that describes how the bloody conflict eventually opened opportunities for women and blacks in the South. “Reconstr ucting the Campus: Cohen Higher Education and the American Civil War” has received the 2014 Critics Choice

A view from the cupola at the University of East Tennessee (now the University of Tennessee) shows the devastation of the Civil War in the spring of 1864. Photos submitted

Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Cohen began researching the book in 2004 while he was a graduate student at Harvard. Historians agree that higher education went through a major transformation during the Civil War years, but no one had ever examined the war’s specific impact

on colleges, Cohen says. Before the war, only 1 percent to 2 percent of Americans attended college, and higher education differed in the North and the South. In the North, professional schools offered training to teachers, lawyers and ministers, while Southern schools catered to children of To page A-3

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Mike Lowe back in the news When Tommy Schumpert ran for county executive in 1994, Mike Lowe made his move. He ran for trustee as a reformer and promised to depoliticize the office, institute an anti-nepotism policy and end the practice of dunning employees for campaign contributions. Criminal trials currently underway show how that worked out.

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Powell football plays at Karns Powell visits Karns on Friday, and this one has to have the fans for both schools fired up. Karns remembers how close it was last year. (Powell won 19-13.) The Panthers remember, too. Then their coach left. Tobi Kilgore went to Karns. Stefan Cooper says you don’t need a lot more than that.

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Rocky Hill Elementary School principal Corey Smith, assistant principal Misty Burch, secretary Kristy Hall and fourth-grade teacher Lena Adams take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, along with other staff members.

Misty Burch, Beth Caballero, Kristy Hall, Megan Hubbard, Lisa Jack and Corey Smith dry off after the ALS Challenge. Photos by Wendy Smith

Ice, ice buckets: Rocky Hill leaders beat the heat with ALS Challenge By Wendy Smith Rocky Hill Elementary School students put the chill on their principals, office staff and a handful of teachers last week by raising more than $550 to see them take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Principal Corey Smith received the challenge from a student as

well as his niece in Virginia. He told the student body he’d do it − if they raised $500 for ALS. As of Friday afternoon, donations were still coming in. While the money benefits a bigger cause, the challenge was a way to build a sense of community at the school, he said. It also taught

the students an important lesson. “You put in a little effort, you get a little reward.” Fortunately, Mother Nature provided a warm day for the event last week. “I’m fired up. The buckets have more ice than water,” Smith said just before the soaking.

With the entire student body chanting, “Dump it,” the water came down − and some staff members, like fifth-grade teacher Megan Hubbard, jumped up. Smith has passed on the challenge to West Valley Middle School and Bearden Middle School administrations.

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The destruction of Coach Roach By Betty Bean On election night in Grainger County, supporters of longtime state Rep. Dennis “Coach” Roach got together to await the 35th House District Republican Primary returns. Their candidate fought hard to overcome a tsunami of negative advertising financed by as much as Coach Roach Jerry Sexton $500,000 from out-of-state special-interest groups blasting Roach for “ghost voting” (the common and fairly innocuous practice of out to use the restroom or take a seat-mates pushing the voting but- smoke). The ads painted it as danton for neighbors who have stepped gerous and lazy, but Roach’s sup-

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porters were cautiously optimistic that Roach, a popular teacher and basketball coach who had served since 1994, would survive. “We thought Jerry was going to get his showing, but it turned out we got our showing,” said Grainger County Commissioner James Acuff. When the final tally was in, Roach lost by nearly 1,000 votes to opponent Jerry Sexton, a preacher turned furniture manufacturer whose Facebook page describes him as “More pro-life than your pastor, more for the Second

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What was your most embarrassing moment? When our kids were younger my husband and I went to visit a friend who was staying at a hotel with an indoor pool. The rooms all faced the pool. I couldn’t remember our friend’s room number so was walking and peering into the windows trying to spot him. I walked right into the pool, clothes and all!

What are the top three things on your bucket list? Start a senior dog rescue (don’t tell my husband). Vacation on Mackinac Island for a month with our family and dogs. Take an African safari.

What is one word others often use to describe you? Energetic – maybe it’s my metabolism?

Kristin Baksa

You don’t have to listen to Kristin Baksa long to realize that if she’d been a chemistry teacher at your high school, you wouldn’t have avoided the subject. Energetic, funny and passionate, Baksa brought chemistry to life for hundreds of students at Farragut High School before retiring three years ago. “We started this program to get kids out into the community doing science,” she says. “We were working with Oak Ridge National Lab, and our contact would help place the kids with researchers. And then we did the same thing at UT, placing our students with researchers over there. “We did Science Bowl, Scholars Bowl – I just loved all that.” Teaching was a second career for Baksa, who earned her certification through the Lyndhurst Teacher Licensure program at UT. She had spent 17 years as an industrial hygienist. “I don’t really like the term … It’s occupational safety and health,” says the Illinois native, who grew up in Detroit and moved to Knoxville when her husband entered UT to get his master’s. “I worked for Tennessee OSHA, and then I worked in Oak Ridge at the plants, and I worked for an environmental consulting firm.” She monitored and evaluated “workers exposed to the chemicals and some physical agents and things like that.” She also taught a couple of UT classes related to her field, and that’s when she realized she liked teaching. She interned at Alcoa High School and taught in Roane County for three years before joining the Farragut faculty. She’s still not sure she should have left when she did. “You could see it coming,” she says of the changes that have caused so much controversy in Knox County and across the state. She actually tried to make a difference. “I got on a committee in Nashville that was supposedly getting teacher input on this new (teacher-evaluation) process. They had just gotten the Race to the Top money. “The money came in, and the money drove this process. I get there; they already had their minds made up.” Baksa and her family moved from Fox Den to a remote pocket of Blount County seven years ago looking to “get away from it all.” But after leaving teaching she knew she had to find some way to plug into her new community. She cofounded a company, Stormwater Solutions, which inspects and maintains stormwater controls and water-quality devices. She’s still involved, but her time is

What is your passion? For 13 years my passion was teaching high school chemistry and providing opportunities for students to be involved in science outside the classroom. My passion for the last two years has been animal rescue.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? Oh gosh, there are so many! Can I choose two? First, my husband, Rusty, because he has always been my biggest supporter and encourager. My friend and former colleague Jane Skinner because she is a model of optimism and perseverance. spent primarily with the Blount County Animal Shelter. “My daughter shamed me into going over there,” she says. “I was always afraid because I get so emotional. I started walking dogs over there. It was like a big ol’ vacuum – it just sucked you in.” Baksa describes her position as a “rescue liaison.” “My job is to get the dogs out of the shelter,” she says. She helps make connections between rescue groups in this area and shelters in the North that have people eager to adopt pets. For some reason, pet owners in the South are less diligent about spaying and neutering than people up North. Baksa suspects that some people don’t want to be told what to do, and others just believe it doesn’t matter. “Spend a week at an animal shelter, and you would care,” she says. Baksa also still tutors chemistry, mainly with students from West Knoxville. “I really enjoy doing that because I still have that connection to the kids. That’s teaching at its purest level.” Sit back and get to know Kristin Baksa.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? Any line from the movie “Christmas Vacation.”

Premier Surgical Associates has added three general surgeons, a surgical oncologist, and a vascular surgeon to four of the group’s Knoxville hospital locations. Marcus A. Barber, M.D., of Premier at Tennova North Knoxville and Physicians Regional, is a vascular and endovascular surgeon. A graduate of Wichita State University, Dr. Barber earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgery residency. He completed a vascular surgery fellowMarcus A. ship at Baylor University Barber, MD, Medical Center.

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Also joining Premier’s Tennova North Knoxville and Physicians Regional Medical Centers location is general surgeon Jessica Louise Vinsant, M.D. She is the fourth generation of the Vinsant family to serve as a physician in East Tennessee. Vinsant grew up in Knoxville, before graduating from Syracuse University. She earned her MBA from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and Jessica L. her medical degree from Vinsant, MD, Wright State’s Boonshoft General Surgery School of Medicine. Vinsant completed her general surgery residency at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine.

I can’t decide between my running shoes (although they don’t wear out as quickly as they used to) and my mom’s original Fiestaware.

What are you reading currently? “The Roundhouse” by Louise Erdrich.

Joel Fontaine “Trey” Bradley III, M.D., of Premier at Fort Sanders Regional, is a general surgeon who is experienced in abdominal wall reconstruction, and complex hernia repair. Bradley, a graduate of the University of Memphis, earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health Richland and both research and clinical minimally invasive surgery fellowships at Carolinas Joel F. “Trey” HealthCare System. Bradley, III, MD,

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Kristopher Burton Williams, M.D., has joined Premier Surgical as a general surgeon in the group’s Parkwest Medical Center office. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Williams earned his master’s degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and his medical degree from East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. He completed his internship and genKristopher B. eral surgery residency Williams, MD, at Union Memorial General Surgery Hospital in Baltimore, M.D., and his fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Williams has special experience in abdominal wall reconstruction and complex hernia repair. “We are pleased to have these five outstanding surgeons join our group,” says Kevin Burris, CEO of Premier Surgical Associates. "Their experience and expertise will be a great benefit to our patients in East Tennessee."

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During my last year of college I was certain my boyfriend (now my husband) was going to propose and give me an engagement ring for Christmas. The box was a bit large so I guessed he had disguised the ring. Well, the box was large because it contained a brand new calculator (they were big back in those days)! What else would you expect from an engineer!

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Marry someone who adores you.

What is your social media of choice? My preference is face-to-face communication.

What is the worst job you have ever had? My first job when I was 15 was working as a phone solicitor. I lasted one week.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? Roadrunner – I love the energy!

What irritates you?

Not living up to my potential.

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the Fort Sanders Regional Premier Surgical location is surgical oncologist Troy Franklin Kimsey, M.D., FACS. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Kimsey earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and also completed his residency there. Kimsey completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center in New York. Prior to joining Premier Surgical, Kimsey spent six years Troy F. Kimsey, practicing broad-based MD, FACS, Surgical Oncology general surgical oncology and helping in the development of a community-based regional cancer center in Southwest Georgia.

What is the best present you ever received in a box?

What is your greatest fear?

Being impulsive.

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Red’s Barber Shop offers one-of-a-kind atmosphere her skilled haircuts. By Shana Raley-Lusk “I have one customer who comes all The moment you walk into Red’s the way from Chattanooga, one who Barber Shop in the heart of Norwood, comes from Atlanta, and even one who you know that you are in a special place. stops by From the when he is barber pole in town from that greets Florida,” you as you Penny says. pull into the parking lot But it is to the many not just the personal haircuts touches that makes inside, it is Red’s unique. easy to see From the why the wild game customers of taxidermy shop owner, Kimmel Anderson and Vic Upchurch enjoy haircuts on the walls Penny from Christina Lewis and Penny Brown of Red’s Bar- to the oneBrown, just of-a-kind ber Shop. keep coming camo barber back for more. chairs, the place is brim“Knowing our customers’ names and ming with recognizing them out in public sets us the air of the apart from the rest,” Penny says. quintessential Coming up on its third anniversary in barber shop November, the shop has recently added and ultimate a new member to the team. Christina masculine Lewis, who hails from Irwin, Tennessee, hangout. and likes to be called “Chris” for short, On one joins Penny in providing customers with wall is the the welcoming atmosphere that Red’s shop’s “solhas come to be known for. dier board,” “There where cusis constant tomers who laughter are military and banter members can here,” Chris display their says, smilThe Th he Soldier photos. ing. Board B Bo arrd att Red’s “We want With a Barber Shop them to feel combined comfortable here,” says Penny. “We like 37 years of to honor them with the solider board, experience, which goes back ve generations.” the two redPenny and Chris offer hot lather heads make shaves and both scissor and clipper the perfect work. team. “I have always enjoyed coming here,” “This is New Red’s Barber Shop where you team member Christina says customer Larry Brown. “Both the get the best “Chris” Lewis gives Kim- haircuts and the atmosphere are great.” at-top in mel Anderson a trim. town,” says Vic Upchurch, a long-time customer who folRed’s Barber Shop lowed Penny when she decided to open her own shop. Several of the customers 2330 Merchants Drive, Knoxville at Red’s even travel long distances to get 865-357-1197


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Publix opens at University Commons Knoxville now has three Publix grocery stores, and West Knoxville resident Amber Blackstock has attended the grand opening of all three. She brought her infant daughter, Mahaley, and her sister, Journey, to the 7 a.m. opening of the University Commons store. She loves that the store accepts competitors’ coupons and is a fan of Publix’s Key lime pie. But she didn’t drive as far as Heidi Johnson, who attended the opening with her daughters, Hannah, a University of Tennessee student, and Mallory, a UT grad. They came from Grainger County, where shopping options are limited. “You have to drive a long way to get to a red light,” explained Mallory. Heidi also describes Publix as coupon-friendly and says the store has great customer service. That’s just what new store manager Joe Prestigiacomo wants to hear. Good service was one of the principles on which the grocery chain was founded, he told customers who came out before the sun for a peek at the store and the chance to win freebies. Mayors Rogero and Burchett were in attendance, along with other elected officials. Customers weren’t the only beneficiaries at the grand opening. Prestigia-

a current resident of Tyler, Texas, conducted the workshop on her own. “Israeli folk dance is about the love of Israel and about enhancing Jewish culture,” Slann said. “It’s a cultural thing.” The music is just as important as the dance. Each song has its own steps. When the two come together, something special happens. “When the dancers are in a circle, and they hold hands, there’s a certain energy transfer,” she said. Folk dancing classes are taught at the AJCC at 7:30 p.m. most Thursdays. For more information: Fay Campbell at faheetagal@ icloud.com

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como got in good with the neighbors by presenting checks to the UT Foundation, to benefit the UT Gardens, and to the Knoxville Museum of Art. UT Chancellor of Agriculture Larry Arrington attended the ceremony sporting the name tag he wore when he worked at Publix in 1972. He grew up near the store’s corporate headquarters in Lakeland, Fla., and three of his grown children are full-time employees. “Publix bought my 4-H ■ Slow Food goes show steer when I was in the pubbin’ ninth grade. They bought Slow Food Tennessee my loyalty for life,” he said. Valley is taking its message ■ Israeli dance: It’s a of good, clean, fair food for all to local pubs, and last cultural thing week members gathered at The Arnstein Jewish the Northshore Town CenCommunity Center and the ter Casual Pint. Knoxville Israeli Dancers The slow food movement hosted the 18th annual Is- began in 1989 in Rome, Itaraeli Folk Dance Workshop ly, as a backlash against the last week without longtime arrival of McDonald’s. It has instructor Dany Benshalom. continued as a grassroots In spite of the fact that Ben- movement in favor of the shalom has taught classes way our great-grandparents in the U.S. for 30 years, he grew and served food, says was denied a travel visa this president Lauren Smith. year. “Food should be the full His co-teacher, Ruthy experience − not something Slann, a native of Israel and that happens between soc-

Slow Food Tennessee Valley members Lauren Smith, Deb Fauver, Laura Winner and Larry Fauver enjoy a leisurely evening at the Casual Pint. Photos by Wendy Smith

Coach Roach

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pointed in his Union County showing, where he lost 670320. “We thought we might do a little better than that after saving them $497,000 (by pushing to keep the K12 Inc. Virtual Academy open against the wishes of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman). We helped (Union County) save that revenue, and they ran a thank-you in the News Sentinel. “But I guess what we did didn’t impress them enough to overcome those ads. They were good ads but just about 99 percent false.” Roach cast the fateful vote on March 5 in the

House Finance Ways & Means subcommittee (aka “the Black Hole”) opposing a school voucher bill that would have directed taxpayer money to private schools. “I could have very easily voted for them and saved myself this trouble, but I’ve been in education all my life, and it’s not a real good time to be taking money out of public education,” Roach said. “I’ve run 10 times before but spent more money in this race than in all my other contests combined. “We raised about $57,000, and we spent it. The TEA did a mailer or two that didn’t cost me, spent about $7,500 or so, but you compare that to $400,000-something … And they did radio, too. We came back and did what we

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could, but you spend what you’ve got and no more.” Final contribution tallies won’t be disclosed until October. Several of Roach’s colleagues chipped in campaign contributions in an attempt to fend off the onslaught, including Rep. Ryan Haynes, who says he’d like to dam the flow of outside money. “Coach is exactly right. The voucher bill is what got him, and there’s way too much money in politics. I’ve never had a constituent come up to me and tell me they wish they could get more money in my hand. The public is right to be concerned about this, and I think it’s incumbent on voters to start saying, ‘Hey, where’s this coming from?’ ”

Cheri Delaney dances with instruction from Ruthy Slann during the 18th Annual Israeli Folkdance Workshop at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center. cer and piano practice.” Local food tastes better, is better for the environment and benefits the local economy, she says. Slow Food Tennessee Valley offers potlucks, educational classes, like a re-

cent canning workshop, and special events. The group’s annual Pesto Festo will be 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Century Harvest Farms in Greenback. A family-style dinner will feature basil-enhanced

produce and meat from the farm and surrounding producers. A limited number of tickets is available at www. slowfoodtnvalley.com or at the Slow Food booth at the Market Square Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Sue Hamilton and Derrick Stowell of the UT Gardens and UT Chancellor of Agriculture Larry Arrington accept a check from Joe Prestigiacomo during the grand opening of the Publix at University Commons last week.

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wealthy plantation owners with a classical education. The loss of students and faculty was an immediate result of the war. In the South, the campuses themselves suffered damage during battle and occupation by troops. It was a challenge to keep schools open in both the North and the South, he says. After the war, the biggest change at Southern colleges was who attended. The loss of slaves meant fewer wealthy plantation owners, and inflation, which ran as high as 9,000 percent, also impacted attendance. “It was difficult to afford anything, not to mention a

college education,” Cohen says. To draw students, professional schools were added to universities. Normal schools, or teacher colleges, became common. Since teaching was generally a women’s profession at the time, schools began admitting women for the first time. Because whites who supported the Confederacy were not allowed to vote, South Carolina’s state legislature had a black majority. That led to the University of South Carolina admitting blacks in 1873. Integration there, and at other Southern schools, had limited success, which led to the formation of historically black colleges and universities. UT appears in Cohen’s book, though it wasn’t one of

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seven schools on which his research focused. But the school, known as East Tennessee University, closed during the war and was occupied by both Confederate and Union troops in 1863. It reopened in 1866, and in 1869 benefited from the Morrill Act, which provided federal land to schools with agriculture and engineering programs. Land-grant institutions were also required to teach military tactics. Cohen is also an assistant editor of the multi-volume “The Correspondence of James K. Polk.” He was surprised that his book was chosen for this year’s award since it was published in 2012. “It is nice, after this long, to receive an honor for something I spent so much time on,” he says.

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Johnson and Smith is best race left

In a little more than 60 days, we will know if Democrat Gloria Johnson or Republican Eddie Smith will serve in the state House of Representatives from Knox County for two years. It is the Four of 11 county com- only genuinely contested race missioners are moving on: in Knox County on Nov. 4. Tony Norman, R. Larry Smith, Mike Hammond and Ed Shouse. And four of nine Victor school board members are Ashe no more: Thomas Deakins, Indya Kincannon, Kim Severance and Pam Trainor. What’s ahead? How about Dave Wright Both parties are anxious getting elected to chair the to win. Johnson’s local DemKnox County Commission, ocratic Party suffered a meltjoined by Mike McMillan down Aug. 7, losing every as school board chair? Cou- countywide office. They want pled with Law Director Bud to avoid another humiliation. Armstrong and Property As- Smith narrowly defeated his sessor Phil Ballard, the 8th GOP primary opponent in an District would assert more upset over Jason Emert. political power than ever Johnson is a smart, enbefore. This would bode well ergetic and determined offor a Gibbs Middle School ficeholder. She has a unique and not so well for attempts ability to reach the media. to rezone farmland for in- While she is badly outnumdustrial use at Midway. bered in Nashville (71 GOP ■ Jim McIntyre cannot to 28 Democrats) she has repair the damage he’s done made up for that by using her to morale in Knox County office to publicize her views Schools. He’s the wrong guy far beyond her district. in the top job, and the school She has effectively battled system will lurch along until Common Core and the Knox he’s gone – hopefully soon. County school system. Local

Goodbye and good luck The Knox County Courthouse has several new faces at the big desks this week. (And one with no desk at all. Word is that no one told Chancellor Clarence “Eddie” Pridemore to bring his own furniture.)

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So long, Randy Nichols. You were a good DA, even if you wouldn’t go after Ragsdale. So long, judges Workman, Leibowitz, Fansler, Wimberly and Swann. Here’s hoping you enjoy retirement and don’t have to make a decision for weeks. Interim Trustee Craig Leuthold and veteran Criminal Court clerk Joy McCroskey have been replaced.

schoolteachers love her. State Democrats consider her a rising star. Several Republican state legislators loathe her. She has made a name for herself. She is an educator and has taken an unpaid leave of absence from the school system to campaign this fall. Smith also opposes Common Core. Smith, a former music leader at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, is a hard worker. He is personable and down to earth. His wife, the former Lanna Keck, is known to many Knoxvillians as Miss Tennessee 1997. They are the parents of two children. He is a conservative blue-collar Republican. The state GOP has assigned Zach Huff to help full time in his campaign, which the party funds. Huff worked in Bill Ailor’s successful campaign for Circuit Court judge in August. District 13 must be rated a toss-up. Democratic Judges Daryl Fansler and Harold Wimberly carried the district by comfortable margins while losing countywide to Republicans considered by many to be less qualified. In the contest for Criminal Court judge where both nomi-

Mike Lowe and the courthouse culture state attorney general who opined that term limits didn’t apply to so-called constitutional officers like Mike, the courthouse crowd went about their business, never suspecting that the term limits vote was a UXB that would blow up on them 12 years later. Meanwhile, Mike was Betty sporting a better toupee Bean and a Lincoln Navigator. He built an upscale house and sold his old one to his chief deputy, Fred Sisk. He startponying up to buy him laved talking about running for ish gifts and hoping to get county mayor in 2010. His through the day without bepayroll grew as he larded ing noticed. it with retired school adMike excelled at making ministrators and straightBob Broome mad. He was up political operatives who perpetually in the doghouse rarely appeared in the ofand at one time was suspendfice. Tongues began to wag ed and sent home for two about his lavish lifestyle and months. I got to know him employees being squeezed when I did a series of stories for campaign contributions. about the deplorable workOne former employee ing conditions in the trustsaid he was slow to pitch ee’s office. He was friendly, in money for Lowe’s benefit helpful, open and extremely golf tournament one year knowledgeable, particularly and was instructed to cash about that ultimate patronin his accrued overtime: age institution known as the “They called and said delinquent tax attorney – the Mike said to pay me my overjuiciest plum in the trustee’s time. They wrote me a check office and a shocking waste of and I went over and cashed taxpayer money. it at the credit union and Maybe it was a stretch to brought him back $1,000 call him Cool Hand Luke, cash. It was just part of the but I know firsthand he was Term limits deal. He had three fundraisa standup guy. A whistleThe same year Mike was ers a year, and everybody blower, even. elected, a referendum on was expected to contribute Broome retired in 1990 term limits made it to the – it didn’t matter if you were and was succeeded by a single mother with a house Tommy Schumpert, whose ballot and passed over- full of kids to support. They whelmingly. Lulled by a affable, reasonable manage-

(Editor’s Note: With last week’s conviction for felony theft of former Trustee Mike Lowe’s so-called phantom employee Delbert Morgan, and the upcoming trial of Lowe himself, we are reprising this article by Betty Bean published in Shopper-News March 3, 2009.) Mike Lowe didn’t start life as a courthouse fat cat. He went to work in the trustee’s office when he was 17, straight out of high school. When I met him in the mid-’80s, he was a friendly, good-natured guy who’d earned a college degree while holding down a fulltime job. His older brother, Tommy, was the county clerk but got turned out of office in 1986, swamped in a sea of scandal. Word around the courthouse was that Mike was nothing like his brother. He was humble and funny and got along with almost everybody. He cracked jokes about his bad toupee and made friends where he needed them. B u t L o w e ’ s boss, Bob Broome, was not a friend. Trustee for about a milMike Lowe lion years, Broome was a legendary courthouse tyrant whose employees lived in a state of voluntary servitude – working in his campaigns,

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property assessor and lost, and recently is said to have been interested in the job of elections administrator. But headlines in the past week – “TBI probing payroll practices in the trustee’s office”– are unlikely to vault him back into power. He’s lawyered up and hunkered down while his remaining supporters grump that Sisk has thrown Mike under the bus. There’s a saying from Greek antiquity, “The wheels of justice grind slow, but they grind exceeding fine.” The wheels started moving the year Mike Lowe was elected to public office, but now somebody else is blowing the whistle.

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■ County Commissioner Ed Brantley made news even before he took office yesterday by being listed by the Democratic Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate campaign as a supporter in one of their news releases. Local Republicans were aghast that Brantley would openly endorse a Democrat, and the phones were busy. However, when this writer contacted Brantley last week, he said it was untrue. “No one has talked to me about being on the list (of Ball supporters).” However, Brantley is not a fan of Lamar Alexander either as he said he was “not supporting either one (candidate) at this point.” Still unclear whether Brantley will back the GOP ticket including Alexander or not. He did say he favored a new chair for County Commission (Brad Anders is current chair as of Aug. 29) and felt the position, which is chosen by the full commission, should be rotated from time to time. ■ Beau Fancher of Knoxville has been made East Tennessee field rep for the Alexander for Senate campaign.

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Board of Trustees for the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Service Center are Gail Jarvis, chair Terry Hen- At a board meeting following the ribbon-cutting are Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin, Richard L. ley and Chris Coffey. Photos by S. Clark Bean, superindent; and Kay McClain, assistant superintendent.

Juvenile Justice Center opens $4 million wing By Sandra Clark R ichard Bean and Judge Tim Irwin hosted a huge crowd at the dedication last week of an expansion of the Juvenile Court facilities on Division Street. The $3.925 million project was funded by Knox County. Mayor Tim Burchett said, “Improvements like these aren’t cheap, but they help ensure young people in the juvenile justice system will leave with a chance to be-

adults. come productive adults “When a family has a child going through the system, it’s difficult for everyone. This expansion allows families to have one central location for everything from visitation, court or some other program.” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero called it a “happy day” for Judge Irwin and Bean, superintendent of the service center. “This $4 million project added

9,925 9 925 square feet to the the Richard R ic ich hard L. Bean Service Center. There are four new courtrooms, and all the child support services are located here now.” Circuit Court Judge Dale Workman was master of ceremonies. Other hosts were Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, Juvenile Court Clerk Cathy Shanks and County Commission chair Brad Anders. Randy Kenner gave this writer a quick tour. The project in-

Cry me a river Commissioner Amy Broyles’ outrage at County Commission’s Aug. 25 meeting brought her to the verge of tears and just a hair’s breadth from joining a distinguished lineup of blubbering politicians. Broyles was unhappy over her fellow commissioners’ rejection of her candidate for the vacant 2nd District school board seat. Indya Kincannon held the seat before resigning to travel with her husband to Slovenia. By the way, Marx Brothers fans surely noticed that Slovenia sounds as if it should be nestled between Freedonia and Sylvania and

reference to “puppet masters” in the same meeting Larry at which Broyles melted down. Van Science-fiction aficioGuilder nados will recall Robert Heinlein’s tale of “puppet master” slugs who invaded Earth and by stealth and guile attached themselves governed by Rufus T. Fire- to the backs of their cluefly. Kincannon’s departure less victims. The aliens’ aim gave her the perfect excuse was nothing less than world to channel Groucho and belt domination, something like out “Hello, I Must Be Going” the Koch brothers’ agenda, at her last board meeting, but with considerably less but she passed and likely cash and more panache. will never enjoy such a goldIn fairness to McKenen opportunity again. zie, a video review of past And while we’re digress- commission meetings does ing, may as well note Com- reveal suspicious bulges missioner Sam McKenzie’s on the shoulders of some

cludes mediation facilities and expanded waiting areas including a playroom for kids, and each courtroom now has a largescreen TV so hearings can be conducted via Skype. “This saves on transportation costs (for offenders held in adult facilities),” said Kenner, a former reporter who now works in the clerk’s office. The smaller courtrooms are used by magistrates, appointed by Irwin,

commissioners, but in at least one instance the lump turned out to be nothing more sinister than an oversized Bluetooth earpiece receiver amplifier … tuned to a puppet master. Yes, those were the days. If her commission mates continue to foil Broyles’ best-laid plans, she could unleash a saline fountain of umbrage, but she’d still trail serial leakers like John Boehner by hundreds of buckets. Boehner didn’t earn the sobriquet “Weeper of the House” for his sunny disposition. He’s left a trail of tears on the floor of the House, at party conventions, in school rooms, even, most famously, during a “60 Minutes” interview a few years ago. About the only time for-

direction. who hear cases at his direct tio ion n The The he expansion includes modular offices for the magistrates. Security is tight at the facility, where juvenile offenders from the region are housed. We peeked into Irwin’s main courtroom. Sure enough, a box of stuffed animals sits on his desk, ready to comfort frightened kids. The court handles custody and child-support issues as well as criminal and status offenses.

mer Speaker Boehner has managed to plug the waterworks was during the debate over raising the federal debt ceiling in 2011. Not a glimmer of moisture clouded his eyes at the specter of the U.S. defaulting on its debt and triggering a global depression. So, while “Boys Don’t Cry” was a provocative movie, as a description of male political sangfroid the title doesn’t hold water. Think back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when real men wore polyester leisure suits – the ’70s. In 1972, Edmund Muskie was a strong candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination when he seemed to lose his composure in New Hampshire while defending his wife against attacks in the Man-

chester Union-Leader. Muskie claimed that what the press reported as tears were actually melting snowflakes. Tears or snow, his presidential hopes were washed away. If only Muskie could have stemmed the tide until he was elected. Clinton, both Bushes and Obama all shed a few in the Oval Office. So, take heart, Amy, and no stump speeches during a snowstorm.

School board to meet The Knox County school board will meet today (Sept. 3) at 5 p.m. in the main assembly room of the City County Building. It is the first meeting for new members Amber Rountree, Patti Bounds, Terry Hill and John Fugate.

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Kathie Odom’s backyard garden is an ideal place for artists to meet and hone their skills. In the background are Odom, Beverly Burdette and Diana Dee Sarkar. Photos by Carol Shane

Hosting this particular gathering, acclaimed plein-air painter Kathie Odom is in her element and all smiles. Her paintings can be found in galleries in four states, and she has solo shows scheduled for the fall in Atlanta and Knoxville. You can view her works of “nostalgic Impressionism” at www. kathieodom.com.

Diana Dee Sarkar, who markets her pastels as “Diana Dee,” says, “I’ve doodled in art my whole life.” She just completed an MFA program with the Academy of Art University. “My training is in figurative painting, and my thesis was on people and animals – particularly rescued animals. People need to learn to be kind to them and appreciate them!” Such people and animals are among her favorite subjects for paintings, and you can view these and other works at her gallery, “Art by Diana Dee,” 6906 Kingston Pike.

Painter Sharron Heenan works at her oil painting of a garden trellis. Originally from Iowa, she now lives in Lenoir City. “I was painting when I was a child,” she says. After she raised her four children, she returned to her art, starting with pastels, then watercolors, then “my love – oils!” Heenan says that she tries to learn something new every time she starts a painting.

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Hannah Holder of Fountain City usually likes drawing but enjoys watercolors, too. She is a professional calligrapher and muralist who also works at Jerry’s Artarama.

On a recent Tuesday morning, the Odom residence in Fountain City was overrun with happy, chattering artists. Oil painter Sharron Heenan set up her easel on the sidewalk, ready to go, first thing. “We all usually visit and talk for the first little bit when we get together,” she said as she selected her paints and brushes, “but I’m getting right at it ’cuz the sun’s gonna come right up over that tree!” Heenan is a member of the Tuesday Painters, an eclectic group of artists who met around five years ago in a Townsend art class taught by Jeremy Doss. “He left for a year,” says

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Polynesian dancers set the mood with a graceful “Siva” dance while guests and congregates enjoy authentic Polynesian cuisine including roasted pork and “sapasui,” the Samoan version of Chinese chop suey.

Dr. Apelu Poe and his family bring their “Island Style” worship program to Knoxville Christian Center Sunday, Aug. 24. Enjoying the day are, from left, Larry Drummond, Iva Drummond, Tiresa Poe, Dr. Apelu Poe and Faapio Poe. Photos by Nancy Anderson

and praise. Poe, a United Methodist pastor from Samoa who is currently stationed in Springfield, Tenn., has a master’s degree in divinity from Berkeley, a master’s degree in sacred theology from Yale and a doctorate in Hebrew scripture from Vanderbilt University. The pastor said he spent Volunteer Sherry Watkins, who is a member of more than six years neters for the Aug. 24 event at By Nancy Anderson the Dearing Victory Group at Knoxville Christian working with Polynesian When Knoxville Chris- the Christian center. Center, said she enjoys working the dessert table parishioners, bringing them Joining the fun were tian Center hosted an aubecause people always have a smile for sweets. together to reignite their thentic Polynesian luau, Dr. more than 400 guests, most passion for God and to reApelu Poe brought a crowd. dressed in Hawaiian shirts The United Methodist pas- and colorful island attire. church: Palm trees, flowers leis as they entered the door. connect them with their hertor and approximately 30 The scene transported visi- and sea grass adorned the The Polynesian affair was itage. Events like luau are a members of his extended tors to a tropical island as welcome center. Everyone filled with good food, enter- way to share the cultural leg“family” were the present- soon as they arrived at the was presented with flower tainment, laughter, learning acy with others while minis-

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Mentoring shapes lives, one relationship at a time By Wendy Smith The promotion of mentoring at last week’s Compassion Coalition Salt and Light Luncheon was a bit like preaching to the choir. After all, a large number of the service agencies that form the coalition offer mentoring in one form or another. The presentation highlighted the number of mentoring opportunities in the community and the benefits for both mentor and mentee. Daniel Watson of Restoration House of East Tennessee described how me ntor i n g affected his life. He was raised by a single Watson mother who had two kids by the time she was 18. The family moved once a year, and the kids often suffered abuse at the hands of his mother’s boyfriends. Daniel is married with three kids, and his life doesn’t reflect what he experienced as a child in any way, he says. His sisters have not been so fortunate. He credits a mentor who “invested” in his life when he was a teenager.

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“You don’t get to where you are because you make it on your own.” He wouldn’t change those early experiences because, without them, he wouldn’t be doing what he does today − mentor single mothers through the Restoration House. Compassion Coalition board member Doug Harris and his wife, Carla, discussed their experiences mentoring children over the past 14 years. Their own children were young when they felt called to mentor through a program now called Thrive Lonsdale. Doug has always liked the saying “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” and he found it to be especially true for the children he mentored. It took two years for the first two boys he mentored to

trust him, he said. The family felt it was important to include the children in their lives as a family, Carla said. Mentoring proved to be transformational for their family as well. Those children they mentored are now in their 20s. Their outcomes have not been perfect, but he’s not perfect either, Doug said. “Hold outcome really loosely because God is in control.” Compassion Coalition staffers Jessica Bocangel and Gina Whitmore shared mentoring wisdom from the nonprofit’s Frontline Training courses, which help churches and individuals work with those in need. Relationships are critical to helping someone move from hopelessness to hope, Jessica said. There’s no judging in a mentoring

relationship, but no special knowledge is required, either. “You don’t have to have all the answers.” Mentoring relationships are built on mutual respect, and both parties benefit, Gina said. Some programs utilize a one-on-one approach while others match several mentors with one mentee. A variety of organizations need mentors for children, teens and adults, Grant said. “You should prayerfully discern where you can give yourself away as a mentor.” For more information about mentoring opportunities: www.compassion coalition.org or 251-1591

tering to them, he said. “The luau is a ministry in itself,” explained Poe. “It’s a blessing to share our heritage, our cultural show, dance and music with people from around the world.” There was also an educational aspect of the event as the Polynesian culture was examined. Poe said one goal was for people to become aware of the gifts different cultures from around the world bring to America. The ministry has grown to be a real blessing because the events always have a full house, and people are led to salvation at each and every luau, said Poe.

FAITH NOTES ■ Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave., will host GriefShare, a weekly grief support group for people grieving the death of a loved one, 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8 through Oct 27. Info: 522-9804 or www.sequoyahchurch.org. ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, hosts Wednesday Night Dinners each week. Dinner and dessert, 5:45 p.m.: $7 for adults and children ages 6 and up; $3 for ages 5 and under; $20 maximum for a family. Classes, study groups and activities, 6:30. Dinner reservations and payment deadline: noon Monday. Info/ reservations: 690-1060, www.beaverridgeumc.org. ■ Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestown Blvd., will host “Gifts for God” children’s variety show 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Love offering will be taken which will benefit FISH Hospitality Pantries. ■ Church Women United will meet 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2137 Martin Luther King Blvd. ■ West Emory Baptist Church is seeking vendors for a Benefit Fall Craft Fair to be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at Heiskell UMC, 9420 Heiskell Road in Heiskell. Tables: $25. Info: Jaclyn McDonald, 2569920 or mcdonaldpow7@yahoo.com. ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, is offering DivorceCare 6:30-8 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the church library. Info: 690-1060 or www.beaverridgeumc.org.

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Wes Adcock is the assistant Debbie Booth teaches ESL Christina Everette is a specialprincipal. Photos by Sara Barrett (English as a Second Language). education teaching assistant.

Steve McDaniel is Sequoyah’s new technology teacher.

Katie McElroy teaches fifth grade.

Lizzie Guerre is a fourth-grade teacher, and this is her first year of teaching.

New faces at Sequoyah Elementary Each year as new students enter Knox County Schools, many faculty members start at new schools as well. Sequoyah Elementary School welcomed more than a dozen new faces to its staff this year, with one or two “old” faces switching roles from last year.

Barbara Newton is the bookkeeper.

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THROUGH WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 Accepting nominations for the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance 2014 Preservation Awards. Awards to be presented Thursday Nov. 6. Info/ nomination form: http://knoxheritage.org/etpa/easttennessee-preservation-awards/.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4 Cruise Night, 6-9 p.m., 6215 Riverview Crossing Drive in front of old Food Lion at Asheville Highway. All makes, models, years and clubs welcome. No charge. Door prizes. Vintage Fashion Show and Sale to benefit Goodwill Industries-Knoxville Inc., 6 p.m., Downtown Knoxville Hilton. Tickets: $40 each or $375 for a table of 10; must be ordered in advance. For tickets: 5888567. AAA Driver Improvement Course, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Knoxville AAA office, 100 W. 5th Ave. Cost: members, $30; nonmembers, $35. Preregistration required. Info/to register: Kate, 862-9254, or Stephanie, 862-9252. Free movie and popcorn, 11:15 a.m., Humana Guidance Center, 640 Plaza, 4438 Western Ave. Movie: “Now You See Me” with Morgan Freeman and Isla Fisher. Info: 329-8892, TTY: 711. Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting, 7 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. at 16th Street. Speaker: David Madden discussing his most recent book-length publication, a collection of stories titled “The Last Bizarre Tale.” Info: www. knoxvillewritersguild.org.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5 Opening reception for Art Market Gallery September featured artists: painter Victoria Simmons and jeweler Sissy Caldwell, 5:30-9 p.m., Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St. Info: 525-5265, www.artmarketgallery.net or facebook.com/Art.Market.Gallery.

year at SES with a classroom full of kindergartners and says she couldn’t ask for a better school to be in. “(SES principal) Alisha Hinton places you where you fit. I’m looking forward to building relationships with my students. If they know you’re interested in them, they will respond to you.” Sequoyah Elementary School has been named a Reward school for the third Sara in a row by the TennesBarrett year see State Department of Education for overall student achievement. Not pictured is instrucHannah Parton taught third grade last year at tional support person Mary SES and is teaching second Valentine. grade this year. “Thirdgraders learn on a deeper level,” she said. “In second grade, we are laying the foundation for it.” Personal Accountability Class teacher Shalonda Robinson came to SES from Pleasant Ridge and says her role is to provide preventive support and help with situations before, during and after consultations with the principal. Lauren Ingram is starting her teaching career this Tracy Ward teaches music.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, SEPT. 5-6 Children’s consignment sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday/8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Bookwalter UMC, 4218 Central Avenue Pike. Info: bookwalter-umc.org or 6893349.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6 Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry, 9 a.m., departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Tickets: $50 per person; includes light snacks and a cold beverage. Reservations required: 448-8838. AAA Driver Improvement Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Maryville AAA Office, 715 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Cost: members, $40; nonmembers, $50. Preregistration required. Info/to register: Kate, 862-9254, or Stephanie, 862-9252. Birthday Bash, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tea & Treasures, 4104 W. Martin Mill Pike. Celebrating seven years in South Knoxville. Refreshments, music and door prizes. Saturday Stories and Songs: Brianna Hanson, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 7 Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee meeting, 6 p.m., Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Class: making wild rice salad with Matthew Blondell. A potluck supper follows. Cost: $4/ person. Info: 546-5643 or bobgrimac@gmail.com.

MONDAY, SEPT. 8 All Over the Page: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, 6:30 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, SEPT. 8-9 AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tellico Village Property Owners Association, 145 Awohli Drive, Loudon. Info/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Seymour First Baptist Church, 11621 Chapman Highway, Seymour. Info/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 9 Classic Hike of the Smokies: Forney Ridge. Hike is 7.2 miles in length, total elevation gain of 1,600 feet and is moderately difficult. All registration donations benefit the Smokies Trails Forever program. Info/to register: AnnaLee@friendsofthesmokies.org or 828452-0720. Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meeting, 7 p.m., Buddy’s Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Dr. Earl J. Hess, local historian. Topic: “Peters-

Hillary Hudson teaches third grade.

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burg, Battle of the Crater.” Dinner: $15 members; $17 nonmembers; lecture only: $3. RSVP by noon Monday, Sept. 8: 671-9001. Library Online, 5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info/to register: 215-8700.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9-10 Concert Sound Engineering workshop, 6:308:30 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. at 16th Street. Presented by Dr. Lou Gross, Volunteer Sound Engineer for the Laurel Theater. Info/to register: 5225851.

TUESDAYS, SEPT. 9-30 Yoga classes, 9-10 a.m., Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Cost: $40. Registration/payment deadline: Monday, Sept. 8. Info/to register: 9667057. Pilates classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Cost: $40. Registration/payment deadline: Monday, Sept. 8. Info/to register: 966-7057.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 East Tennessee English – A Brown Bag Lecture with Paul Reed, noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 215-8801.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11 Cruise Night, 6-9 p.m., 6215 Riverview Crossing Drive in front of old Food Lion at Asheville Highway. All makes, models, years and clubs welcome. No charge. Door prizes. Traditional Appalachian Dance, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. at 16th Street. Hosted by the Knoxville Square Dance. Live old-time music by the Hellgrammites. Admission: $7. Info: 522-5851 or info@ jubileearts.org.

THURSDAYS, SEPT. 11, 18, 25, OCT. 2 ACT-UP: Adult Acting and Theatre Classes, 6-8 p.m., Broadway Academy of Performing Arts, 706 N. Broadway. Ages 16 and up. Fee: $35 or $15 for individual class. Covers acting basics, movement/stage combat and auditioning techniques. Info: 546-4280 or carolyn@ tennesseestage.com.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., American Red Cross, 6921 Middlebrook Pike. Info/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. Friends Mini Used Book Sale: Bearden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. Info: 588-8813.


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Ashley Arms, Kaitlyn Wade and Krista Smith teach kindergarten. Photos by S. Barrett

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Liz Cole teaches fifth grade and transferred from Belle Kristen Moore teaches first grade, Michelle Thornton teaches second grade, Meg McWhorter Morris Elementary School. teaches fourth grade and Greta McMillan is the school librarian.

A.L. Lotts Elementary School has a slew of new teachers this year. Some are new to teaching, and some are just new to A.L. Lotts.

Jason Harris is an administrative assistant. He transferred from Maynard Elementary School and says he was welcomed into the Lotts family with open arms.

Bearden Middle to host 9/11 event By Sara Barrett Most middle-school students weren’t born when the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Educators at Bearden Middle School are coming up with creative ways to teach them about it. The community is invited, too, when Teaching Artwork by Aki Weininger 9/11 is unveiled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the school. Teachers have incor- the frame of the structures. porated “cross-curricular State Common Core Math common core strategies” Consultant Stephen Shedfor the program, which in- den, a retired New York pocludes components such as lice department lieutenant, math and art used to learn will be the featured speaker. the dimensions of the tow- Shedden was working for the ers and to create reproduc- police department the day the tions to scale for Monday’s planes hit the Twin Towers. program. Students will also Refreshments will be apply vocational skills in- available, and admission is cluding carpentry to build free.

Jessica Sutton, Stephanie Fleetwood and Leslee Lockwood teach kindergarten.

Hilary Hohl teaches music, Chevy Edington is a CDCA teaching assistant and Kodie Albers is the PAC teacher at A.L. Lotts.

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REUNIONS ■ Beason family reunion, noon Saturday, Sept. 6, Big Ridge State Park rec hall. Food served 1 p.m. ■ Carter High School Class of ’57, 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Aubrey’s on Strawberry Plains Pike. Info/RSVP: Sue Boyer, 933-3077, or Peggy Wilson, 933-2608. ■ Central High Class of ’74, Sept. 12-13. Friday: tailgate 6 p.m. in the CHS parking lot; bring a picnic and lawn chair. Football game 7:30. Saturday: reunion party 6 p.m. at Calhoun’s on the River. Cost: $40 per person. Info: 584-9469 or knoxcentralclassof74@gmail.com. ■ Halls High Class of ’64 will meet at 11 a.m. each second Tuesday, Sept. 9, and Oct. 14, at Shoney’s on Emory Road to socialize and eat lunch. Info: James Kuykendall. ■ Halls High Classes of ’76-’80, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Red Gate Farm, 2353 Maynardville Highway. Admission: $10 ($15 couples). Food vendors will be onsite, but classmates are asked to bring their own drinks and lawn chairs. The Kincaid Band will perform. Info/RSVP: 214-7020 or hallshsreunion@gmail.com.

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Sometimes it’s a cure for migraines By Anne Hart Clinical Orthodontist Dr. Marshall Parker says he can often identify a person who suffers from migraine he ad ac he s simply by looking at the alignment of Parker their teeth. “I can spot it a mile away,” he told fellow members of West Knox Rotary. The good news is that those debilitating migraines can often be eliminated by orthodontic braces. Moving teeth so that the upper and lower jaws are better aligned offers the solution, Parker said. Parker related a bit of his-

tory about the practice of orthodontia in Knoxville. He said the first orthodontist in town was Dr. W. K. Slater, a Vanderbilt graduate who set up shop in the Medical Arts Building in 1926. In 1935, Parker’s dad joined Slater in his practice. “There were five in the office then,” Parker said. “The highest paid person in the building was the receptionist, who made $5 a week.” Parker moved his offices to Bearden in 1968. “We are the longest continuous orthodontics practice in the state.” And in keeping with the times, Parker says his website – www. parkerorthodontist.com – receives 200-500 hits a day, as patients and prospective patients seek information about orthodontia.

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Learning retail Proprietor now looking for new owner By Bonny C. Millard Gifty Girl owner Beth Cummings was a customer of the boutique when she was the owner. She is now hoping someone else will follow her lead. She is actively looking for a buyer who will have time she and her husband don’t to devote to the shop. The business requires someone who can be onsite much of the time, she said, and she is now juggling the retail business with two other jobs. Cummings and her husband bought Gifty Girl in March 2012 with no experience in retail. He’s an emergency room doctor, and she’s a registered nurse who works as a legal nurse consultant with attorneys on medical malpractice cases, and she also teaches medical law and ethics. “We still have full-time medical careers,” she said. “It’s been kind of an adventure.” she said. “We really didn’t know anything about retail. We have had fun going to the market.” Since taking it over, Cummings has put her own

stamp on the shop’s gift selections, and she has been committed to carrying the work of local artists. Among the local items in her collection are handmade soaps, jewelry and headbands made by a West Valley seventh grader. “I buy her headbands, and they’re very popular,” Cummings said. “And she’s getting a little business experience.” In addition to locallymade pieces, the boutique carries a unique selection of lotions, candles, scarves, baby merchandise and other items suitable for gifts. “Shopping for the store is a load of fun,” Cummings said. “You kind of get your shopping fi x.” Cummings said many times customers stop by on their way to an event, so she helps out by providing free gift wrapping. “The best part of the shop is getting to know the community and the customers who come in,” she said. “It has such a great customer base.” Cummings, who has sev-

Gifty Girl owner Beth Cummings shows a display of headbands that are made by a seventh grader at West Valley Middle School. Photo by Bonny C. Millard eral family members who have military service, also shows her respect for service men and women with a discount for those who have a military ID. “It’s really important for me to honor the military,” she said. “I offer them a 10-percent discount with their military ID, and that’s all the time.” During the two years that

she has owned Gifty Girl, Cummings has worked to streamline the look through marketing, redesigning the logo and developing a recognizable brand. “We really tried to invest in the infrastructure of Gifty Girl,” she said. “It’s really well prepared for someone to come in and make it take off.”

Self-interest should direct U.S. foreign policy By Sandra Clark Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey has no secret solution to the turmoil in the Middle East, but she sure knows a lot about it and offered a provocative talk to the North Knox Rotary last week. Looking at recent history, Scobey first discussed the Cold War period when events were viewed as us (USA) versus them (USSR). She said the 1990s were relatively tranquil with the United States seen as the world’s leader. Then came

9/11 and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. We said Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. He didn’t. We destaScobey bilized a country without a clear plan for putting it back together. Recently we’ve had a shooting war between Israel and Hamas, the United Arab Emirates conducting independent air strikes on

Libya, a civil war in Syria, and unrest across the region. “And nobody is asking the United States” for permission, Scobey said. “(The Obama) Administration came in with hope but had not done its homework.” Then she smiled. “The United States did not cause all the problems in the Middle East. Those people are quite capable of …” Our country’s foreign policy should be keyed to our self-interests: defense of our homeland and our

Pastor Greg Greer joins KARM Greg Greer has joined Knox Area R e s c u e M i n i s t r ie s as vice p r e s i d e ntprograms. In this role, he will provide strategic Greg Greer le ader sh ip and operational oversight of the daily work of the ministry, help set ministry tone and assist in planning for the future. KARM’s ministry includes the overnight shelters for men, women and women with children, resi-

dential recovery programs, The Bridge transitional housing, LaunchPoint, job training initiatives and various community outreach efforts. Burt Rosen, president and CEO, said, “We have patiently and prayerfully waited for God to bring a person with the unique gifts, skills and heart to fill this vital ministry role at KARM. Someone who would ensure we rightly respond to the needs of those who come to us today, while preparing for tomorrow’s opportunities. We are thrilled to have Greg on the team.” Greer comes to KARM

UPCOMING AT AREA CHAMBERS Farragut West Knox Chamber ■ Ribbon Cutting: Mother Earth Meats Wednesday, Sept. 3, 11 to 11:30 a.m. 11151 Kingston Pike ■ Networking: Farragut ENT Thursday, Sept. 4, 5 to 6:30 p.m. 144 Concord Road ■ Networking: United Community Bank with Nationwide Insurance, Mike Dyer Agency Thursday, Sept. 11, 5 to 6:30 p.m. 11134 Kingston Pike ■ Ribbon Cutting: Renaissance Wellness Center Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to noon 7220 Wellington Drive ■ Networking: Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center Thursday, Sept. 18, 5 to 6:30 p.m. 10820 Parkside Drive ■ Networking: Snappy Tomato Pizza Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 to 6:30 p.m. 11507 Kingston Pike ■ Breakfast Speaker Series: Dr. Bill Bass Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Fox Den Country Club, North Fox Den Drive. Tickets: $30 (members) $40 (non-members). Register: www.farragutchamber. com

Knoxville Chamber ■ Ribbon Cutting: Wayward Arts, home of Stress the Seams Friday, Sept. 5, 10 to 11 a.m. Stress the Seams, 3001 Knoxville Center Drive ■ Ribbon Cutting: Renaissance Wellness Center LLC Tuesday, Sept. 9, 4:30 to 5 p.m. Renaissance Wellness Center LLC, 7720 Wellington Drive ■ Networking: Power 30 Speed Networking Thursday, Sept. 11, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Knoxville Chamber, 17 Market Square, Suite 201 ■ Networking: Schmoozapalooza! Tailgate event Thursday, Sept. 18, 4 to 7 p.m. Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Ave. Admission: $5 (members) $10 (non-members)

from Providence Church in West Knoxville, where he has served as the executive pastor since 2008 and pastor of administration for the four years prior to that. Before entering the ministry in 2003, he served as regional business manager for Roche Diagnostic Corporation and national sales manager and director of patient care marketing for DeRoyal Industries. Greer holds an MBA from Lincoln Memorial University and expects to receive a master’s in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2015. He and his wife, Deena, have three children and have lived in Knoxville since 1996.

ability to conduct commerce overseas, she said. The Rotarians pelted her with questions. Eli Driver said, “Every time we get involved in other countries, we screw up.” Perhaps, said Scobey, but look at our achievement in World War II. Is the Middle East a place for democracy? “Your definition of freedom and justice is different than theirs,” she countered. What about women? “The role of women varies enormously based on socioeconomic status. Poverty is

lege of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., when she retired. Along the way, she was political counselor in Baghdad, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in both Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Sanaa, Yemen. She held earlier assignments in Jerusalem, Kuwait, Pakistan and Peru. A Memphis native, Scobey holds degrees in history from UT and pursued doctoral studies before joining the Foreign Service. She now lives in Knoxville.

Four new on McNabb Foundation board Helen Ross McNabb Foundation has added four new members: ■ Betsey Bush, community volunteer ■ Richard Montgomery, state of Tennessee ■ Don Rogers, retired, Rogers Petroleum ■ Mitch Steenrod, Pilot Flying J Inc. The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation supports the work of the Helen Ross McNabb Center. The foundation’s staff and 30-member volunteer board actively raise, hold and invest funds on behalf of the center, a not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Jeannie Dulaney chairs the foundation. Since 1948, the center has provided care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. Info: www.mcnabbcenter.org or 637-9711.

Take a ride, says KAT director By Bonny C. Millard

Pickles, anyone? The French Broad Preservation Association is hosting its first Pickle Fest at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Riverdale School House. Competition includes various things fermented – cucumbers and non-cucumbers. Info: Betsy Cofer at 423-504-4376 or www. frenchbroadpres.org/.

not good for women. Families with money find ways to take care of the women.” Did you feel safe? “Yes.” Long-term prospects for the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS)? “They appear to want to establish a transnational Islamic state … ISIS is taking advantage of instability, but I don’t see them with a seat in the UN.” Scobey was posted to Egypt from 2008 to July 2011 and was previously ambassador to Syria. She was deputy commandant of the Industrial Col-

Rotarians take in Smokies game Phil Nordstrom, at right, with Jeff, a resident of the Cerebral Palsy home in Fountain City, enjoys a Smokies game. The North Knoxville Rotary Club hosts the summer outing with residents and Rotarians having great fun.

Jay Smelser joins Knox County Parks and Rec Jay Smelser has joined Knox County as deputy director of recreation. He attended the Halls Business and Professional Association with Director Doug Bataille in August. Smelser worked for the town of Farragut for five years. Bataille said he will work with youth and adult sports for Knox County. Requirements for the position included a bachelor’s degree in recreation or a related field, supplemented by five years of experience. The posted salary was Jay Smelser $51,177.09.

Riding the bus with the Knoxville Area Transit isn’t just for those without a car or other transportation options. KAT Director Dawn Distler challenged the Rotary Club of Knoxville to start riding the bus at least once a week and to encourage their employees to use the service. “Transit in Knoxville is moving in the right direction, and we want you to be a part of that,” she said. “One thing you can do is encourage your employees to the ride the bus.” Distler, who started her position in June with 27 years of experience in public transportation, said she rides the bus to work three or four times a week. “We’re going to try to find a way to make the buses sexy so you want to get on them,” she said, drawing a good laugh. Distler offered several facts about KAT and its riders. The typical KAT passengers are workers, students, shoppers and seniors, and

Dawn Distler

most are new riders of less than a year. More than half are men, and 20 percent of the riders have access to a car but

chose the bus. Before coming to Knoxville, Distler worked for Nashville’s transit authority and says there isn’t as much traffic congestion here, and parking is cheap, so driving is more desirable. “Knoxvillians are in love with their cars.” Riding the bus is a lowstress alternative and is good for the environment. Distler said 55 percent of an individual’s “footprint,” how a person impacts the environment, is through driving cars. Her task is simple: “My job in the next couple of years is to put butts in seats. “We just want to make things better. It’s a lifestyle change. It is easy once you start doing it.”


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NEWS FROM GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF KNOXVILLE

Grace upgrades facilities By Danielle Taylor Grace Christian Academy received a fresh new look this summer with multiple facility upgrades as a result of generous donations received from alumni, outside donors, current faculty, staff and parents! The upgrades include a new computer lab consisting of 27-inch wide-screen display iMacs filled with the latest highperformance technologies. Though amazingly thin, the computers are powerful and fast enough for production and design use and are currently being utilized in our digital arts class, new to

the curriculum this year. Another exciting upgrade that took place this summer is our state-of-the-art science lab. New cabinetry, lab tables, stools and equipment are among the upgrades received. Previously, the lab was for 8th graders only; however, your donations provided a lab suitable for 2nd through 8th graders. Students receive handson experience equipped with the latest scientific lab equipment. Each class has a dedicated lab instructor and additional teacher, allowing for one-on-one instructions and assistance. And coming soon, battery-

operated microscopes! Though upgraded back in January, we can’t overlook the beautiful playground upgrade that was a product of your

kind donations as well. This new playground features a turf surface (allowing the kids to play even after it rains), an open eld area, swings, playground equipment, and an asphalt basketball court. The entire space is fully utilized daily by the lower

school students enjoying the fresh air and having a safer place to play. As evident from the upgrades listed, GCA is truly humbled by the incredible generosity of our donors. Thank you for your continued support and Giving Christ YOUR All.

ing down our six Core Values At Grace Christian Acad- that represent a Christian emy, we are dedicated to worldview and belief sysbeing a distinctively Chris- tem as implemented by our tian Academy that provides teachers and staff. The prean educational experience, vious two Core Values conand develops students who centrated on being Christare committed to changing Centered in all we do and the the world for Christ. For the Truth of God’s Word. This last two months and over month we’re focusing on the the next four, we are break- Church.

By Danielle Taylor

TRUTH And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 ■ GCA recognizes that it is a ministry of Grace Baptist Church and will submit to the Church’s spiritual authority. ■ GCA’s policies and procedures will strengthen and honor the mission of the local church. ■ GCA will require all board members and administration to be active members of Grace Baptist Church and faculty and staff to be active members of a local, Bible-believing church. ■ GCA will encourage all school families to be active members of a local Bible-believing church.


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A big and loud believer Therapy for Parkinson’s changes West Knoxville man’s life Joseph Lessard is busy. “I love hiking and running and working on antique cars,” the 76-year-old explained. “My wife and I just hiked Clingsman’s Dome, all the way up and down.” For Lessard, being an active grandfather and businessman wasn’t always guaranteed. Just a few years ago, Lessard could not walk. A Parkinson’s disease diagnosis two decades earlier had restricted him to a wheelchair. His New England-accent had become a whisper. “I had to push him in the wheelchair, and I felt like he was really depressed,” Michele Waak, Lessard’s daughter, said. Lessard had pursued physical therapy to manage his Parkinson’s, but no significant improvements were made. He was taking medications and going to the doctor regularly when he heard about the BIG and LOUD program at the Parkwest Therapy Center. A physical therapist he knew had an opening, and he began attending sessions. BIG and LOUD are offshoots of the Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT) technique that was established in 1987. The four-week programs are meant to combat the limitations Parkinson’s causes in terms of movement and speech. Four times a week, patients spend an hour exaggerating common motions to increase mobility and using speech software to complete vocal exercises. At his appointments, Lessard and his physical therapist worked on common motions like getting up from a chair, balancing on one foot and walking. He was encouraged to use big motions, like lift-

To complete his BIG homework, Lessard does exercises in his own living room using a DVD from the program.

Lessard and his completely renovated 1951 and 1929 Packards. Another of his Packard’s engines was donated to a museum in Cincinnati in 2002.

ing his knee up or swinging his arm out, to get started with walking or spreading his arms wide. To regain volume and control of his voice in the LOUD program, Lessard practiced speaking loudly to the software, which tracked his voice on the screen. The program gave feedback on his progress and helped with strengthening vocal muscles and breathing. Exercises included saying words on a list quickly, holding a note for as long as he could or singing high or low notes. “By the third week, I was up and walking. It was a huge improvement,” Lessard said. “I started with standing up without falling, then moved to walking and running.”

“It changed his whole outlook when he saw that it was working,” Waak said. “He had something to look forward to and made him excited to go to his appointments.” Much of the success that can come from the BIG and LOUD program stems from a commitment to doing your homework. “You can’t miss any practices at home,” Lessard said. “You have to do it every day or it won’t work.” Lessard didn’t miss any practices. He used the accompanying BIG and LOUD DVD and computer software every day to complete his exercises. He continues to do so today. “You’re never done with the program,” he said. “It is not a cure for this disease, but it

What is Parkinson’s disease (PD)? Parkinson’s disease (or, simply, Parkinson’s) is the most common form of parkinsonism, a group of motor system disorders. An estimated 60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and more than 1 million Americans affected at any one time. In addition, more people suffer from Parkinson’s disease than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis combined. Parkinson’s is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease usually associated with the following symptoms, all of which result from the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. Dopamine is a substance produced in the body that has many effects, including smooth and coordinated muscle movement. While symptoms can vary from patient to patient, the four primary symptoms are: ■ Tremor or trembling of the arms, jaw, legs and face ■ Stiffness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk ■ Bradykinesia (slowness of movement) ■ Postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination Other symptoms are divided into motor (movement-related) and nonmotor symptoms.

■ Motor symptoms: ■ Tremor

■ Bradykinesia (slow movement) ■ Rigidity and freezing in place ■ Stooped posture ■ Shuffling gait ■ Decreased arm swing when walking ■ Difficulty rising from a chair ■ Micrographia (small, cramped handwriting)

can create a base to enjoy your life again. If someone wants that, they should go for it.” Homework can include repeated actions like getting into and out of a car, getting out of bed, loud speaking and phone conversations. Patients are encouraged to practice every day tasks so they can easily transition into a more mobile lifestyle. Because Lessard already had so many hobbies, the swift progress he made in BIG and LOUD allowed him to understand the rewards the program provided. “The program gives you motivation to do things you want to do, which reinforces that it’s working, so you’re motivated to do your exercises,” Lessard said. “You have

to have a hobby, because the reinforcement works.” Proof of Lessard’s success sits in his garage. He has completely renovated 1929 and 1951 Packards, and is working on a 1949 edition that he has customized using pieces of other cars. Lessard recently let his grandchildren come over and paint the unfinished body of the car. “I can work on my cars again,” he said, “and that is quite satisfying.” In addition to more movement, Lessard got something else out of the BIG and LOUD program: a crush. “I’m in love with three women over there,” he said with a laugh. “Cindy, Tonya and Kelly, my therapists. They’re very dedicated to what they do and they really show an interest in you.” “You can tell that they’re passionate about what they do,” Waak said. Beyond the hobbies and mobility, Lessard cites a renewed sense of balance as the real treasure of the BIG and LOUD program. “It made me more confident and able to move more steadily, but I also developed a lifestyle that allowed me to enjoy things again,” he said. He has encouraged his family members living with Parkinson’s to pursue the program. “If one person hears my story and decides to do BIG and LOUD, that will be worth it. I would recommend that all people with Parkinson’s go through this program.” Lessard no longer comes to the Therapy Center for appointments, but diligently does his exercises each day. He only uses a wheelchair at night. “You can’t be wishy washy,” he said. “You have to dedicate your life to it.”

Covenant Health supports expansion of BIG and LOUD In order to meet the high demand for the BIG and LOUD program in East Tennessee, Covenant Health has paid to bring 10 new LSVT- certified therapists on staff. Additionally, more software was purchased to serve the growing numbers of patients receiving treatment. Covenant Health now has 23 staff therapists trained in LSVT.

■ Lack of facial expression ■ Slowed activities of daily living (for example, eating, dressing, and bathing) ■ Difficulty turning in bed ■ Remaining in a certain position for a long period of time

■ Nonmotor symptoms ■ Diminished sense of smell

■ Low voice volume (hypophonia) ■ Difficulty speaking (dysarthria) ■ Painful foot cramps ■ Sleep disturbance ■ Depression ■ Emotional changes (fearful and insecure) ■ Skin problems ■ Constipation ■ Drooling ■ Increased sweating

What causes PD? The specific cause of PD is unknown; however, medical experts believe the symptoms are related to a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by brain-cell death. Parkinson’s disease is chronic (persists over a long period of time), and progressive (symptoms grow worse over time). Although the disease may appear in younger patients (even teenagers), it usually affects people in late middle age. It is not contagious. The biggest risk factor for developing PD is advancing age. The average age for the onset of PD is 60 years. In addition, 50 percent more men are affected than women,

according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. However, the reason for this is unclear. Family history is another important risk factor. Individuals with a parent or sibling who are affected have approximately two times the chance of developing PD. This increased risk is most likely because of a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Environmental causes are being researched and the strong consistent findings are that rural living, exposure to well water, and exposure to agricultural pesticides and herbicides are related to PD.

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Members of Beardens’ brass band section put on the dog during the game against Fulton. Support surrounded the Bearden Bulldogs (0-2), but they could not get on the scoreboard against the Fulton Falcons (2-0) at Friday night’s game at Fulton Stadium. Photos by Patricia Williams

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Upcoming Friday Austin-East at Fulton Bearden at Heritage Carter vs. Pigeon Forge Central at Campbell County Farragut vs. Lenoir City Grace Academy at Tellico Plains Gibbs at Anderson County Halls: Open Hardin Valley Academy at William Blount Karns vs. Powell Knoxville Catholic at CAK Knoxville Webb: Open South-Doyle vs. Jefferson County West vs. Maryville

Rematch at Karns Rivals primed for super-heated installment Powell hung on with a goal-line stand as time expired last season, Karns leaving Scarbro Stadium on the business end of a stinging, 19-13 defeat. The rematch is at Karns on Friday. So, as the fates would have it, is the Powell coach. After a year at the Panther helm, Tobi Kilgore left to take the head coaching job at Karns following last season. The challenge of injecting some consistency in the Beaver program was part of the draw, Kilgore said. A chance for professional advancement in terms of education sealed the deal. It all left new Powell coach John Allen, the fourth

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man to head the Panthers in four seasons, with a lot on his plate. Basically, this one is swimming in subplots. Last season: Karns (19), Powell (5-5) Last meeting: Powell 19, Karns 13 The offenses: Allen brings the wing-T with him to Powell, and, in junior Connor Sepsi, he’s got the quarterback to run it. He’ll use backs Cody Reed and Dominique Moore to help him control the ball.

The Panthers have a receiver/linebacker, 6-foot6 junior Darel Middleton, whom Tennessee is keeping an eye on. Kilgore likes the spread offense with lots of receivers. At 5-9, junior quarterback Greg Tye is a throw-onthe-move passer, one who threw for better than 1,600 yards last season. The playmakers are running back Will Smith and wide out Joe Faulkenberry. The defenses: With the Beavers’ 3-4, linebackerfueled defense and the Panthers in the wing-T, this one could be a classic. That’s a lot of guys running into each other when Karns goes on defense. Faulkenberry is the key for the Beavers. The Panthers, who deploy in a 3-5 under Allen, use more linebackers than the Beavers to slow opponents. The spread offense working against that many mobile defenders makes for some fast, fast, really fast play. The Breakdown: Mid-

dleton is as big a linebacker as you’ll see at any level. How will Karns account for him? Does Powell blitz with him? Do the Panthers use him in coverage? How does Karns defend Middleton if Powell throws? The spread vs. the wing-T represents a classic battle in offensive philosophy. Powell will want to hold on to the ball; Karns will want to get it and go. The Tye that binds – and decides – this one could very well be the Beaver quarterback. A slick signal caller in the spread can inflict a lot of damage. Devin Harper, a 6-4 junior, gives Tye a big receiving target of his own. Why this one intrigues: This one has to have the fan bases for both schools fired up. Karns remembers how close it was last year. The Panthers remember, too. Then their coach left. Don’t need a lot more than that.

Trooper returns to town Trooper Taylor, one of the most colorful (and some might say controversial) coaches in college football, returns to Neyland Stadium Saturday as cornerback counselor for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Red Wolves? For generations, that team was called Indians. Political correctness caused the change. Blaise Taylor, 5-9, 170-pound freshman defensive back, son of the coach and lovely Evi, will also arrive as a Red Wolf. I remember him as a 10-year-old playing for the Knoxville Fire. The Taylors were in town for four years. They left after the 2007 season when Phillip Fulmer hired Dave Clawson as new offensive coordinator of the Volunteers. Trooper wanted that job, and when he didn’t get it, he moved on – to Oklahoma State as I recall. Clawson failed, but insiders understood Fulmer’s logic. In a whisper, they said Trooper stood out in recruiting and sideline exuberance, marked by a waving towel and cap worn backward so as not to interfere with chest bumps. Indeed, Taylor has a flair for the dramatic. Years ago I liked him. I think I still do. Trooper pro-

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Helping drivers get back in control On the road again, Goinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; places that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been, Seeinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; things that I may never see again, And I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get on the road again. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Willie Nelson

Nicole White, occupational therapist and driving rehabilitation therapist at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, is excited the Adaptive Driving Program is back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can determine whether folks are still safe to drive or whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to hang up the keys,â&#x20AC;? White said.

ond evaluation is completed on the road in one of the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vehicles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We offer two vehicles, a sedan and minivan, that can be adapted depending on the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disability and what they need to be a safe driver,â&#x20AC;? said White. Gas and brake pedals can be operated by the use of adaptive hand controls if the patient is unable to use their legs, for example. Turn signals, windshield wipers and the emergency brake can all have

extenders or switches installed to make them easier to reach. Wide-angle mirrors can be attached to assist patients with limited neck movement. Once she modiďŹ es the vehicle to suit the client, White takes him or her out on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We start out in the parking lot to introduce the client to the equipment. Then we move onto residential roads, going under 25 miles per hour, then the patient can progress to moderate and

Senior driving stats According to a survey done earlier this year by â&#x2013; One-third have taken driver improvement AAA, the American Occupational Therapy Asso- courses. ciation and AARP, here are some interesting facts â&#x2013;  52 percent drive seven days a week. about drivers 65 and older. â&#x2013;  Drivers in their mid-to-late 80s have apâ&#x2013;  Nine out of 10 older drivers buckle up when proximately half the crash rate of teenagers. behind the wheel.

heavy travelled roads, and ďŹ nally they move onto the highways, if appropriate.â&#x20AC;? White is right there with them, with her own set of gas and brake pedals on her side of the car in case thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If things get hairy I can take control of the car,â&#x20AC;? White said with a laugh. At the end of the program, each client receives a prescription of

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Is it safe for me to hit the road? The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) focuses on how occupational therapists can perform professional assessments to determine whether seniors can safely drive, and help find assistive technologies to make driving possible. AOTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;aim is to promote an understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation, and to ensure that older adults remain active in the community â&#x20AC;&#x201C; shopping, working or volunteering â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with the conďŹ dence that transportation will not be the barrier to strand them at home.â&#x20AC;?

Here are some reasons to consider having a professional driving assessment done: â&#x2013; If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling less ďŹ&#x201A;exible, not seeing as well or your reďŹ&#x201A;exes have slowed. â&#x2013;  If you have a medical condition like arthritis, peripheral neuropathy or early stage dementia. â&#x2013;  If your vision has worsened. â&#x2013;  If others say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not driving safely. â&#x2013;  If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long time since you have driven because of a medical reason. â&#x2013;  If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve moved and are not familiar with your surroundings.

The Fort Sanders â&#x20AC;&#x153;Med Minderâ&#x20AC;? card helps you keep a list of your current medications, dosages and drug allergies in one convenient place. Having this information with you can help medical professionals provide the best treatment for you in the event of an emergency. Call 865-673-FORT (3678) for a free Fort Sanders Med Minder card today!

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Americans love their cars, and for most adults, driving is essential to freedom and independence. At the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, the Adaptive Driving Program has returned to help older adults and others with disabilities receive the training and support they need to drive safely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We assess each patient regarding their vision, cognition, physical movement and road knowledge,â&#x20AC;? said Nicole White, an occupational therapist and driving rehabilitation therapist who runs the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we can determine whether folks are still safe to drive or whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to hang up the keys and look at alternative transportation options.â&#x20AC;? Some clients are referred to the Adaptive Driving Program for agerelated illnesses like early dementia or arthritis, while others are relearning to drive after amputations or spinal cord injuries. Depending on each clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, White tailors a program individually. First, she performs a number of clinical assessments inside the clinic to determine range of motion and strength in the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arms and legs, peripheral vision and depth perception, and information processing and decision making skills. If White determines the client has the ability to drive, the sec-

equipment to buy for his or her own car to drive safely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we ďŹ nd out what type of equipment is going to work well for the patient, we provide them with a list of mobility equipment dealers in the area who can install the prescribed equipment for the patient,â&#x20AC;? said White. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We go with the client to ensure the equipment is installed and ďŹ ts the client appropriately. Then we make sure the client feels comfortable with their newly adapted vehicle.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can do anything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considered â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;low-tech,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hand controls, left foot accelerator and pedal extenders, that kind of thing. If a person requires hightech equipment (i.e. joystick driving controls, electronic voice scans and touch pad screens) to drive, we can refer them to other driving programs that have the expertise to assist the clientâ&#x20AC;? Many of the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients are older adults whose families are not certain theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still safe on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the older driver, we can do education sessions while they are in the program about how to compensate for any deficits they may have and a review of the rules of the road. Everyone develops a few bad habits, like a rolling stop at a stop sign, so we can review things like that,â&#x20AC;? said White. The Adaptive Driving Program is open to anyone with a referral from a physician and it is a selfpay program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people may only need one to two training sessions after the evaluations; others may need more as each client is different,â&#x20AC;? said White. For more information about the Adaptive Driving Program and the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, visit www.patneal.org or call 865-541-1446.

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