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These days, J-Adam Smith spends most of his time teaching people to spot the spirits that make themselves at home in Knoxville. But before he started Haunted Knoxville’s Ghost Tours in 2010, he was a violin teacher. Smith was running a violin school in Leesburg, Fla., when he realized he’d bought a haunted house. The lights turned themselves on and off, dogs barked for no reason and there were cold spots. He’s now a certified paranormal investigator.

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Haunted house? Lori Tucker led the way into the employee break rooms on the third floor of Greystone, the stately Victorian mansion that houses WATE-TV. It was designed and built in 1885 by Civil War veteran/ U.S. Attorney/coal baron/ landholder Major Eldad Cicero Camp, who for a time used the upper floor as Camp’s Home for Friendless Women. “This is where most of us who work at night don’t come,” Tucker said. “It gives us the heebie-jeebies.”

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Basketball time! Cuonzo Martin and Marvin West and several players and possibly you anticipate solid improvement in Tennessee basketball this winter. Those who do national polls and predictions are not convinced.

See Marvin’s story on page A-6

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October 29,, 2012

A ghost on every block By Wendy Smith If you’re craving tales of serial killers, ghostly pipe organs and the dead brought back to life, feel free to skip the multiplex. Just take a stroll through downtown Knoxville. This is the 18th year that Robert McGinnis, curator of James White’s Fort, has told real-life ghost stories at the fort’s Hearth Scares event. Each year, he leads one of three tours – downtown, UT and the Old City. He has a repertoire of 32 stories pulled from Knoxville newspapers and other written accounts. The first stop on this year’s tour is the Central parking lot below Riverview Tower. That’s where Swinging Sally met her end in the early 1900s, McGinnis says. It’s also the former location of Bell Home School, built in 1895. The school was the first in the area to have a playground. Sally loved to play on the swing set, and the boys loved to push her while her long, blonde hair floated in the wind. According to the tale, and her tombstone at Old Gray Cemetery, Sally died when her hair got caught in the chain and she fell, breaking her neck. The school closed in the 1940s, but people have reported hearing the sound of chains clanking together in the depths of the parking garage, McGinnis says. One block north on State Street is where Knoxville’s first serial killer, John Roberts, lived. He was a young man when his family moved to Clarksville, leaving him to manage the family’s business. “John liked figures. But it wasn’t the ones on paper that he liked,” McGinnis says. He preferred the figures of the young students at the nearby East

“William Blount’s grave was one of Knoxville’s first illegal liquor stores.” He tells the tale of a downtown church that ordered a new pipe organ to replace one that burned in a 1919 fire. The new organ was installed by the owner of a New York manufacturing company who was scheduled to retire after the job. The organ required tuning, and the process took several months. During the tuning process, the organ-builder played only one piece: “Christ Lay in the Bonds of Death.” After tuning was completed, the organ was to be dedicated. The organ builder requested that the recitalist play “Christ Lay in the Bonds of Death” during the service, but was refused. The night before the service, the old man died. The next day, as the recitalist prepared to play, the organ began to play the hymn on its own. The congregation ran out in fear. The music continued until the following morning, and when it stopped, a few brave souls entered Robert McGinnis, curator of James the church to turn off the White’s Fort, talks about the hislights. They heard matory of the First Presbyterian Church niacal laughter before the cemetery during the fort’s annual music started again. Hearth Scares tour. Photo by Wendy Smith A few years later, two boys confessed to playing the song during the dedication as a prank. But they weren’t Tennessee Female Institute, and of the house is now a parking lot, in the church the next morning, spent his free time loitering around and young women, dressed in 19th they said. “Who laughed? Who played? the campus. In 1841, one of the century attire, have been seen begWe do not know,” says McGinnis. students, Sarah, disappeared. The ging in the area, says McGinnis. Other spooky downtown tales First Presbyterian Church and next year, a young woman named Julia vanished. Over the next two its famous cemetery are located include the falling death of iron years, two more girls went missing. another block north. During Pro- man Lewis Johnson, Knoxville’s In 1850, neighbors found John hibition, whiskey was stashed in own Frankenstein, and the hangin his home, dead from a heart at- William Blount’s grave, and those ing of Abner Baker. Tours are at 7 tack. When the house was razed, who sampled the hooch were ex- p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30, beginning four small skeletons were found pected to drop money in a nearby at James White’s Fort. Info: www. under the basement floor. The site jar, McGinnis says.

Surgery boss Minefield makes OR hum By Betty Bean Sitting down for a midday chat with Charlene Minefield is tricky. Her cellphone rings incessantly and the incoming calls trigger brief, rapid-fire outgoing messages alerting her staff that Dr. X is going to be 30 minutes late or that patient Y needs to be brought down to be prepped. Then she picks up her face-toface conversation exactly where she left off. Charlene Minefield (pronounced Minny-field) is a model of efficiency. By noon, she’s been on the job nearly seven hours. “On a typical day, I get here about 5:15 or 5:20. That’s my qui-

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et time, when I read my emails. Around 6, I’ll go to the front desk, look at my add-ons and start calling my doctors, telling them what time I expect them to be here. The staff starts rolling through around 6:30. “These guys will allow me to look at their cases and I arrange them – we try to do the more complex cases early,” Minefield said. “Usually when doctors first come here, they say ‘Don’t mess with my schedule.’ Then, when they see how smoothly it goes, they say ‘Let her do it.’ I just have to make a believer of them. And if I give you a 7:30 start, I expect you go be here, ready to go.” Her title is Clinical Leader of Surgery at Tennova’s Physicians Regional Medical Center (the

Charlene Minefield and “Uncle” Richard Briggs Photo by Betty Bean one most of us persist in calling St. Mary’s), but people who work with her call her Big Mamma. She has her own pet names for many of them – nobody is spared, not even the surgeons. Her office is nicknamed the


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comes out of my soul is very overwhelming. Thanks to meditation, I am able to regulate my intensity.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? All the premature grays

What is your passion? I am passionate about teaching and helping others.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? I would love to spend time with Edgar Cayce and the Dalai Lama. What a great luncheon that would be.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life?

J-Adam Smith

These days, J-Adam Smith spends most of his time teaching people to spot the spirits that make themselves at home in Knoxville. But before he started Haunted Knoxville’s Ghost Tours in 2010, he was a violin teacher. Smith was running a violin school in Leesburg, Fla., when he realized he’d bought a haunted house. The lights turned themselves on and off, dogs barked for no reason and there were cold spots. One night, he was awakened by the voice of a ghost, and high-tailed it to his parents’ house. But that’s the last time he was afraid of a spirit, he says. He’s now a certified paranormal investigator. In addition to ghost tours, he offers psychic counseling and is creating a psychic tour – for believers only. He’s also in the process of establishing Ghost Hunting University to teach his scientific approach. While he feels a strong connection to the spirit world, Smith is equally concerned for the living. He recently hosted a fundraiser for Knox Area Rescue Ministries called Hallowed Help for the Homeless. The event featured the Hard Knox Roller Girls, storytellers and gourmet food, and he donated proceeds from a tour to KARM. He hopes to make it an annual event. Knoxville is full of ghosts, he says, and he likes to spend his free time at the East Tennessee History Center researching the city’s colorful past. He thinks the most haunted spot is the block of Gay Street that burned in 1897 in what’s known as the Million Dollar Fire. While the official death toll is five, Smith thinks there were more victims who still make their presence known. “Knoxville can be one of the most haunted cities in the country,” he says. For info on tours:

My family would probably be the biggest influence on my life, seeing that they have been in every part of it.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Auto repair

What is the best present you ever received in a box? That is a very tough question. I am thankful for every gift I get and my birthday is this month (wink wink).

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Stay away from the bad crowd. Oh, no. I think I may have let her down.

What is your social media of choice? You know, I love and hate Facebook… but I am always on it.

What is the worst job you have ever had? My worst job was sorting gasket kits as a youngster in Florida. Metal shavings get lodged in your skin (and you think splinters are bad).

What are you reading currently?

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?

“Conversation with God” by Neal Donald Walsh. This man was truly inspired to create these books.

Way too many… but I was particularly fond of “Scooby Doo.” I must have been fond of the “who did it” theme of the show. Ironic that I am an investigator as an adult.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“I am not crazy, my mother had me tested.” – “The Big Bang Theory”

I was the founder of a Jeep Club in Knoxville and on one of our off-roading trips, I forgot to put my Jeep in 4WD (low) and kept it in 4WD (high) throughout the trip. My mind must have been focused on the unleveled terrain, so I never changed the setting. The trip got more and more daring and more and more steep. I couldn’t understand why I was having such a difficult time getting up the hill, so I gunned it with everything I had. Well, by the time I made it to the top, all I could smell was clutch. And clutch does not smell forgiving. From that point on, my good friends called me “4 High.”

What are you guilty of?

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Seeing I’ve never been in jail, but for a fingerprinting, I guess I could say that I am guilty of staying out of trouble.

I would like to travel all around the world and share my healing modalities, visit some of the castles in Europe and meet the Dalai Lama.

What is your favorite material possession?

What is one word others often use to describe you?

My violins. No matter what I do, where I go, my violins will always stay by my side. Those poor things have traveled all over the United States with me, as far east as Seattle, Wash., and as far north as Michigan.

I would say I am intense and passionate (yes, that’s two words). I am driven to share messages whether they are from the spirit or from my heart. I am also driven to help my fellow beings, and sometimes the energy that

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?

What irritates you? I am irritated by “sheeple” (sheep and people combined) who don’t use their brains and/or question the world around us. I believe by not questioning the laws that are formed, the taxes we pay and those who are leading us, we will never become truly free as a country.

What’s one place in Bearden/downtown that everyone should visit? Sitar Restaurant – best Indian cuisine in Knoxville

What is your greatest fear? Not completing my destiny

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? J-Adam Smith and Boyd Tinsley with the Dave Matthews Band on stage in front of 100,000 people at Madison Square Garden. (Just a small impulse.) – W. Smith It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Bearden Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Wendy Smith, Include contact info if you can.

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The good old days of ’02 I don’t usually watch reality TV, but I did tune in to the second presidential debate. I was so distracted by one statement that I can’t remember what happened after that.

The average income in 2011 was $69,677 – no adjustment needed. That’s an extra $2,600 we all had that year. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, gas averaged just $1.13 per gallon in December 2001. Last week, I paid $3.39 per gallon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price for a gallon of milk was $2.68 in 2002; now it’s $3.46. If you like bacon (and who doesn’t), you may remember that it cost just $3.27 per pound in 2002. It’s now $4.69 per pound. Another breakfast staple, coffee, cost $2.93 per pound in ’02. Now it’s a whopping $5.69 a pound. If I had saved any of that extra cash back in 2002, I’d need it today to pay for my children’s education. Back then, the average cost, per year, for tuition, room and board at a four-year institution, was $13,639 – in 2011 dollars. Today, it’s $22,092, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. My vote goes to the candidate who can make salaries rise as quickly as prices.

Wendy Smith

My brain freeze occurred when Romney said that gas was less than two dollars a gallon when Obama took office. It turned out to be one of the few factual statements made during the debate. What did I do with the extra $30 I had in my pocket every week back then? I was loaded, and didn’t even know it! I decided to see how much prices have risen over the past 10 years so I could know exactly how much richer I was back then. First, I took a look at income levels. According to census information, the average U.S. income was $57, 582 in 2002. When adjusted to 2011 dollars, that’s $72,326.

Jean-Philippe Cypres, Eugene Johnson and Brandon Beavers of the Johnson Swingtet entertain shoppers at the Whittington Creek Art Show. Photos by Wendy Smith

Whittington Creek show features local artists

The annual Whittington Creek Art Show featured the work of 32 artists last weekend, including 15 new participants. Show director Lisa Kurtz was pleased with the turnout at the neighborhood clubhouse

Margot Gilna of Farragut greets jewelry designer Karen Plum at the Whittington Creek Art Show. They became friends in Los on opening night. “Everybody knows Alamos, N.M., and both eventually moved to East Tennessee. about us now,” she said. The show featured Plum of Oak Ridge was a high, and the intimate setglass, fiber, sculpture, pot- returning artist. She likes ting allows for conversatery, and even frescoes, all the Whittington Creek tion. created by local artisans. show because the quality “People here appreciate Jewelry designer Karen of the artwork is always art,” she said.

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Shack. We just share love in there.” “She runs the place,” says Dr. Richard Briggs, who has known Minefield since he came to work as a cardiac surgeon at the former St. Mary’s 21 years ago. “She makes the surgeons show up on time. I have seen her back surgeons against the wall, sticking her finger in their chest saying, ‘If you’re late one more time, you won’t work in my operating room again.’” Minefield, whose first job out of Austin-East High School in 1979 (she graduated a year early) was working a tray line in the dietary department for a nun called Sister Ethel. She had moved on up to the position of surgical scrub tech by the time Briggs arrived. He says she snookered him at first. “When I first came here, she was washing instruments, which is an entrylevel, minimum wage job. Then they put her on my open heart team, and the first thing I heard out of her was this little humble meek voice, ‘Dr. Briggs, please be nice. I’m just a poor little black

girl…’ But I found out pretty quickly that she was very intelligent, a very hard worker and a very special person. “She started out at the very bottom and has worked her way up. “The surgeons across this city would tell you that this is the best-run operating room in town, and she’s been recruited all over town. There’s very, very strong competition for the best people, and I’m convinced that if she’d had the opportunity starting out, she could be a high-powered CEO. If she were in the Army with me, she’d be a general.” Minefield is modest about her accomplishments, choosing instead to emphasize the hard work that’s gotten her where she is today. She lists the jobs she’s had and the education she has pursued while working full-time – an associate’s degree, R.N. certification and now, she’s working on a bachelor’s degree in nursing, which she will complete next spring. Minefield says she’d have a hard time keeping all the balls in the air without the support of her husband, Cas-

sius Minefield, who does most of the cooking and helps keep the household running right. This is a second marriage for the Minefields, and together they have five children and seven grandchildren. Her youngest daughter, Kierra, is studying nursing at East Tennessee State University. It’s not all work for Minefield, who has forged strong personal relationships with her co-workers. She looks forward to annual “girls trips” with five other nurses, the highlight of which was perhaps a trip to Los Angeles that snagged her an appearance on “The Price is Right.” “They interviewed over 700 people and Charlene was picked to be a contestant,” Briggs (whom Minefield calls “Uncle”) said. “We waited eight or nine hours in line for Bob Barker – they (her traveling companions) all hated me,” she said. But long hours don’t faze someone who regularly logs 12-hour workdays. “I believe in leading by example, because it’s not fair to ask somebody to stay over unless I do it too, no mat-

ter how many hours it takes. I’m going to stay right beside them and help them.” Minefield clearly loves her staff and the physicians with whom she works. “I’ve got a great group of doctors who have helped me a lot. We went to Haiti to-

gether three weeks after the earthquake. There were five surgeons and me. The orthopedic guys did leg fractures and arms, and a couple of days I worked in the OR with Dr. Briggs. He’s awesome, just awesome.” Like Briggs and others

who work there, Minefield has persevered through uncertain times as her hospital transitioned from St. Mary’s to Mercy to Tennova, but her devotion is unflagging. “This has been my home,” she said. “This is like a family.”

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Outsiders promote Loe or Johnson The only seriously contested race in Knox County on Nov. 6 is in House District 13 with Republican Gary Loe, Democrat Gloria Johnson and independent Nick Cazana.

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by Betty Bean

Goodale is underdog – again “I can’t be seen at a Democratic fundraiser,” said an otherwise friendly guy in a plaid shirt at the bar in Chez Liberty as he ducked out of a picture of celebrity bartender Troy Goodale, who was pouring drinks with a bust of Elvis looking over his shoulder and Percy Sledge singing “When a Man Loves a Woman” in the background. “I’m serious,” the plaid shirt guy said. But despite his deep and abiding belief that it’s not a good career move to publicly support the Democrat who’s running for Congress against 24-year incumbent Republican Jimmy Duncan, he likes Goodale so much that he also supported him when he ran against Duncan back in 1992. “I came home and put one of Troy’s signs up in the front yard one night, and the next morning, my wife thought I’d put the house up for sale,” he said. If Goodale, who now teaches full-time at Tusculum College and part-time at UT, looks comfortable behind the bar, it’s for good reason. He tended bar at Chez Liberty and its predecessor La Paz from 19832001. He got his master’s degree the year he ran against Duncan and went on to earn a PhD in political science. He was also voted Knoxville’s Bartender of the Year by Metro Pulse in 1995 after finishing third in 1993 and second in 1994. In 2001, he helped open Rooster’s in Rocky Hill and left there in 2002 when he was accepted into UT’s doctoral program. “That means I have a proven track record,” joked Goodale, who was particularly known for his lemondrop shooters. What makes him take on the daunting challenge of contesting what many local Republicans call “The Duncan Seat” – again? Here’s a clue: his disser-

Betty Bean tation topic was term limits. “I kept watching to see if anybody was going to run. It seems that in most election cycles we don’t have a Democrat running. I wanted to make sure people have a choice,” Goodale said, quoting the late City Council member Danny Mayfield: “I’m just naive enough to think I can make a difference.” He also believes that Duncan has squandered opportunities to become a leader. “It’s hard for me to fathom someone being in Congress for 24 years, and their party holds majority, and he’s not a committee chair.” Goodale listed disagreements with Duncan on women’s issues, employment, education and the environment. “If I go to Washington, it’ll be about jobs and making it tax friendly for domestic employers. “Education’s our most important investment. I’m running against Congress.” Not everyone at the fundraiser opted for anonymity – photographer Gary Heatherly said he likes and respects Duncan, but believes in Goodale and his platform. Jack Bailey, a self-identified staunch Republican and recent college graduate, said he supports Goodale for “pure policy reasons. It just seems like the right thing to do.”

Duncan to speak U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. will speak to the Concord/Farragut GOP Club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Frulatti Café, 129 West End Avenue. Dinner is at 6:30. Info: 8036647.

This district lies almost wholly within the city of Knoxville, stretching from Alice Bell and Belle Morris in North Knox to Sequoyah Hills and Bearden and across the Tennessee River south to the Mt. Olive area off Alcoa Highway. It will be close, with about 12,000 voting in the district. As you read this, probably 35 percent of that total has been cast in early voting. The League of Women Voters and neighborhood groups have failed the community by not scheduling face-toface debates with the candidates. Most of the personal campaigning has been doorto-door with active work by both major candidates. Outside interest groups have been involved. Hardly a day goes by without a mailer. Lately, it has been the Tennessee Republican Party

with attack pieces on Gloria Johnson. These pieces are ineffective and come across as juvenile. It’s doubtful if they help and the mailers could actually hurt Loe. Mailers of different shapes and sizes with silly photos of Johnson make unsubstantiated claims that she is beholden to liberal special interest groups but fail to identify a single group by name. There is no proof to validate the charges. Whoever is writing/approving these attack pieces at GOP headquarters in Nashville is failing the credibility test. These mailers suggest Johnson backs amnesty for illegal immigrants and same-sex marriage. Actually, that is a non-issue as the Tennessee Constitution since 2006 has prohibited same-sex marriage. Loe has avoided the issue. There are more significant and immediate issues such as jobs, education, transfer of Lakeshore Park to the city from the state, greenway funding, roads, Henley Street bridge completion, party registration for voters, taxes and mental health concerns to name a few. Voters hope to receive positive mailers actually for Johnson or Loe as opposed to negative attack pieces.

Hopefully, some will outline real issues. The email for Gloria Johnson is, and for Gary Loe it is garyloe@ Mayor Madeline Rogero is expected to use her political organization to assist Johnson. Loe hopes to benefit from a strong Romney showing in the district, and last Friday Gov. Haslam headlined a breakfast for him at Rankin’s. Loe comes across as a nice person who looks much younger than his 55 years (he is a runner). His public positions on many issues are largely unknown (such as his refusal to comment on the closing of Belle Morris as a voting place) but the same could be said for Johnson. Both favor more jobs, but all the candidates say that this year. A Romney victory in District 13 could carry Loe into office. Massive early voting in Knox County seems overwhelmingly for Romney. Johnson would be well advised to advertise herself as a Bredesen, Schumpert and Wayne Ritchie type Democrat as opposed to being an Obama Democratic delegate in Charlotte. Knox Countians are used to voting for those three Democrats, along with Rogero. Johnson has raised more

money than Loe which is unusual for a Knox Democrat, but shows the depth of her effort. Current Rep. Harry Tindell has stayed neutral in the campaign. It is unusual that he has not endorsed his party’s nominee. ■ Deborah Stevens is an applicant for the Wheeler Rosenbalm circuit court judge position. She is managing partner of the prominent Lewis King law firm and an experienced trial attorney. No woman has been circuit court judge in Knox County. Other applicants are expected to surface. Already Ray Jenkins and Kristi Davis are mentioned. ■ Morris Kizer, former city law director for Mayor Haslam, told this writer he would not be an applicant for this judicial appointment. He is currently a special justice on the State Supreme Court to hear the John Hooker lawsuit appeal. ■ U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, Blue Dog Democrat from Nashville, will be honored at a fundraiser organized by former state Rep. Wayne Ritchie Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Litton’s. ■ Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican leader, was here last week with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to host a fundraiser for Virginia Senate nominee George Allen.

Duncans feed the hungry Over the last 44 years, the Duncan Family Barbecue, held at the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum and always open to the public, has served as a mirror of our times.

Anne Hart

At its beginning, when U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr. and his wife, Lois, were the hosts, the event was fairly staid. That’s just how things were back then. Folks attending dressed in their Sunday best. Most of the men wore coats and ties, the women wore stockings and high heels. Guests were the party faithful – city ward and county precinct chairs and committee members, every elected official from miles around, and just about everyone who worked at city hall and the county courthouse. Over the years, I attended many of those barbecues, but for one reason or another I hadn’t been back for a while until last week. And my how times have changed.

At the Duncan Family Barbecue are Zane and Hallie Duncan, Lynn and U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., Knox County Trustee John Duncan III and his fiancée, Jennifer Rhodes. Photo by A. Hart

The occasion has always been incredibly well organized, and this year was no exception. While people started gathering outside at 4:30 in long lines for the event that didn’t start until 5:30, once inside, the food lines moved quickly. The UT Pride of the Southland Band was fantastic, as always, as was the Crown College choir. But perhaps because of my absence for a few years, and maybe because I had gone early to sit outside on the plaza in the warm autumn sunshine and do some “people watching,” I noticed

a stark difference from other years: the crowd. Many, many of those attending were there for only one reason: they were hungry – not hungry like those of us who might skip lunch on a busy work day, but deep-down hungry, and likely homeless as well. They ate as much as they could hold, and tucked away still more in pockets and backpacks to be eaten later. No one chastised them for taking extra. It was part of the plan – the plan to feed the “have-nots” as well as the “haves.” So while there was plenty

of gaiety at last week’s dinner, hosted by U. S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. and his family, it also provided a sobering mirror of our times. The world has changed dramatically since the early 1970s when the first Rep. Duncan was in office and hosted that original barbecue. We’re in tough economic times and a lot of people are suffering. The Duncan family has our gratitude for feeding so many desperately hungry people. That’s real constituent service.


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Sports reporter Fallon Smith tells the story of her encounter with a ghost in the cellar of the studio. An exterior shot of the WATE TV-6 studios, built in the late 1800s.

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and, sure enough, she smelled it, too. “There was a definite smell of bacon and eggs, but in a minute or two the smell was gone. We heard that the Major used to like to make breakfast for his family, so‌. “Now, if I want supplies from up here, I will come during the day, and most everyone else will as well.â€? She’s had other moments that have raised the hair on the back of her neck, and wasn’t surprised when a team of ghost hunters spent a night at Greystone recently and reported that there are five ghostly spirits in the building. Sports reporter Fallon Smith wasn’t Reporter Lori Tucker talks about her encounters with unusual surprised, either. Smith, who has been at happenings at the WATE studios. WATE for just over a year, says that last year toward I’d feel like someone was is, one night an employee the end of football season, watching. But the most asked who was making ba- sports anchor Jim Wogan telling thing was, in the con and eggs up there.â€? asked her to fetch an old She went up to check piece of videotape from room where the microwave

Greystone haunted? By Betty Bean Lori Tucker led the way into the employee break rooms on the third floor of Greystone, the stately Victorian mansion that houses WATE-TV. It was designed and built in 1885 by Civil War veteran/U.S. Attorney/coal baron/landholder Major Eldad Cicero Camp, who for a time used the upper floor as Camp’s Home for Friendless Women. “This is where most of us who work at night don’t come,� Tucker said. “It gives us the heebie-jeebies.� Tucker, who co-anchors the 6 and 11 o’clock news, describes herself as a skeptic, but says there’s just something creepy about that floor – and maybe some other locations in the elegant marble building, too. “We used to be able to come in and get supplies and things up here, but I just started not coming in here at night because

“the dungeon,� where such things are stored. “So I’m walking down there, thinking I’m by myself, and I come to this room with old jerseys and helmets. I’m looking through this stuff and I start cussing because I’m getting dust all over me. Then someone wearing overalls and a dust mask comes out from this little cage thingie and says ‘Hey!’ “I say I’m looking for old tape. He says he’s archiving video, and I’m thinking it’s a real person. I go upstairs and ask ‘Who’s that old guy archiving video?’ Jim says, ‘What are you talking about? There’s nobody down there archiving video.’ I asked around and thought they were playing a joke on me. I went back downstairs and he wasn’t there anymore. “I said, ‘Oh, hell no.’ I thought for a year they were playing a joke on me until these ghostbuster people

This door on the second floor has a habit of mysteriously closing on its own.

came here and said there were five dead people here, including an old guy and a young person.� Although Wogan says he doesn’t believe in ghosts, he can’t explain what Smith told him she saw. “We’ve never had anybody around here archiving video,� Wogan says. “That’s one of my pet peeves.�

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Knox church helps FISH food pantry By Wendy Smith Each day of the month, except Sundays, the hungry can get a three-day supply of basic necessities through the efforts of approximately 29 Knox County faith communities. The work is overseen by the FISH (Friends In Service to Him) of Knox County board of directors. Beth Long is president of the board and team leader for Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been involved with the congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food ministry since she became a member in the late 1970s, when the food pantry was run out of a small closet. As the church has grown, so has the ministry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the major missions of the church,â&#x20AC;? she says. The Middlebrook Pike UMC team is responsible for distributing food on

the fourth Friday of every month. On that day, the FISH hotline is forwarded to the church, and team members take orders for clients who need food delivered. Because of the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centralized location at the corner of Middlebrook Pike and Vanosdale Road, clients can also pick up their food. The need was especially great in September, when the congregation handed out 202 food bags â&#x20AC;&#x201C; enough to feed 630 people. Each bag contains food staples such as vegetables, canned meat, cereal, peanut butter and powdered milk, as well as necessities of toilet paper, soap and laundry detergent. The church team has 30 to 40 members of all ages. While many of those who hand out and deliver food are retired, others have day jobs. Much of the work happens before distribution

day, like shopping for food at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee or repacking bulk items like diapers, Long says. The ministry isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t part of the church budget, so fundraising is another ongoing effort. Individual members provide much of the support, and the church holds fundraisers at Christmas and Easter. Each Knox County team is responsible for its own funding, says Long. While many clients are regulars, she has noticed some new faces on distribution day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like a lot of people coming to us really need help, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to find social services. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people who are not used to having to ask for help.â&#x20AC;? Some are facing medical problems or a recent layoff and are embarrassed about

Mobile Meals is back in the kitchen Mobile Meals Senior Nutrition has The public is inbeen operating out vited to the grand of multiple locareopening of Knox tions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; kitchen County CACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Momanager Gina Delk bile Meals kitchen, presides over a set for 2:30 p.m. makeshift kitchen Thursday, Nov. 1, in the basement at 1747 Reynolds of the Holiday Inn St. (just off Westthat has about ern Avenue). The 1,200 square feet of employees and space (compared to volunteers respon9,600 square feet in sible for getting the Reynolds Street 1,800 meals out to facility). homebound seniors The meals are five days a week tasty, low sodium, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happier. low sugar and afThe kitchen went Knox County CACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mobile Meals kitchen fordable, costing out of commission manager Gina Delk and program manager Alclients $3.50 each. in July 2011 when ison Taylor count the days until their kitchen The meals are a tornado damaged reopens. Photo by Betty Bean paid for through the roof, causing state and federal it to collapse a few days later while employ- CAC will repay the county). grants, city and county ees were working in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so grateful governments and United building. CAC has been that the county has back- Way contributions, and wrangling over money stopped us financially through private donations with FEMA and the insur- while we work with those from churches and civic ance company since then, agencies,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And organizations. Clients get a monthly but Mobile Meals program we are extremely grateful manager Alison Taylor to the Holiday Inn (down- menu card that allows says County Mayor Tim town) for providing us them to choose what they Burchett was quick to step cook/chill space. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve want the volunteers to bring them. up and provide the money been wonderful.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The menus go out in needed to keep the program For the past 15 months, running until a settlement is reached (at which time

By Betty Bean

Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church members Nancy Booth and Roger Derby assemble food bags as part of the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ministry with FISH of Knox County. Photo by Wendy Smith asking for assistance. Some ask for prayers and others are looking for someone to talk to, Long says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving out a lot of hugs. We try to give them what comfort we can. Sometimes theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re needing more than just food.â&#x20AC;? She anticipates even greater need as the holi-

days approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when family comes to visit, and it strains the clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; resources. Also, when kids are out of school, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to feed the children.â&#x20AC;? While there are hundreds of volunteers involved with FISH of Knox County, more are always

the middle of the month, and clients circle what they want. At present, there are two options. After the first of the year, we hope to add a third choice. This is important, because a lot of folks donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have control over their lives, and thank goodness we can offer them that,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. In addition to the food delivery, the volunteers also make a point of checking on the clients every day, and Taylor says she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go home until everyone is accounted for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found somebody deceased last week, and more

often we find someone who fell and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get up. In the summer, we check for signs of heat stroke, and if the volunteers find a single client who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a fan, they let us know.â&#x20AC;? Taylor says the program welcomes new volunteers for tasks like delivering meals all over Knox County from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, assisting in the office or delivering meals 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to groups in lunchroom settings. Info: 524-2786 and ask for Mobile Meals or email Jennifer.oakes@knoxseniors. org or

needed. Long would like to have new teams serve clients for a few hours each Sunday afternoon. She also needs volunteers who can drive across town to make deliveries to assist teams that are primarily made up of retirees. To get involved, email

WORSHIP NOTES Homecomings, revivals â&#x2013; Bookwalter United Methodist Church will hold homecoming 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The Rev. Nathan Malone, Knoxville District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, will speak. Covered dish luncheon follows.


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Fall fun at A.L. Lotts A.L. Lotts Elementary School’s PTA hosted its fall festival recently, raising close to $13,000 for the school. Pictured at the event are A.L. Lotts 5th-grader Ryan Nicodemus, Concord Christian School 3rd-grader C.J. Newton, A.L. Lotts 1st-graders Sophia Xiques and Ella Fritts, pre-schooler Piper McCaverty and her big sister, A.L. Lotts kindergartener Peyton McCaverty. Photo submitted

Bearden Elementary School 2nd-graders Tibor Kelley, Parkey Miller, Andie Coulter and Samuel Cecil display a Character Counts banner that will be awarded to a class at the school during next week’s assembly. Their teacher, Laura Cain, stands in the back. Photo by S. Barrett

Character counts at Bearden Elementary

By Sara Barrett National Character Counts week was celebrated recently at Bearden Elementary School with flying colors. The students and faculty were encouraged to wear specific colors each day of the week to symbolize one of six pillars of character, which are fairness, citizenship, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility and caring. Throughout the year, Bearden Elementary School Pond Gap Elementary School 5th-graders Cameron Russell, Demarcus Nolan, Malaka Grice, principal Susan Dunlap reJose Espinoza, (back) Zack Lewis, Cassandra Russell, Heather Lewis and Jamal Dalal have views the pillars during all ranked in the state’s top 10 during the last two weeks in the reading program Ticket to morning announcements Read. Students in grades k-5 can earn points online by reading book passages and answerwith a “character quote” ing questions. Points can be redeemed for purchases such as a clubhouse, which Zack Lewis from the book “180 Days of is saving up for. Photo by S. Barrett Character.” Students in the 4th and 5th grades also receive an agenda book with the “Character Counts” theme in which to write Paid Advertisement Paid Advertisement their assignments. An assembly is held after Character Counts week to recognize those individuals – and classes – who display one or all of the six pillars.

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By Betty Bean

arlier this month, Pond Gap Elementary School principal Susan Espiritu went to a meeting of the National Association of Elementary School Principals in Washington, D.C., to pick up an award. Espiritu is principal of Pond Gap Elementary School. The heavy brass school bell she was given to commemorate the occasion sits on her desk, but getting Tennessee’s National Distinguished Principal of 2012 to talk about herself is no easy task. Susan Espiritu prefers to credit her staff, her students and her community for Pond Gap’s many successes. But forced to get personal, here’s what we learned about Susan Dillard Espiritu: Her parents were Bill and Gladys Dillard. Her brother, Tom, is one of Knoxville’s most respected attorneys. She attended Shannondale Elementary School and Central High School, except for that one year when they moved to Hawaii. “They (her parents) went there on vacation and decided to move there,” she said. “That’s where I met my husband, Charlie. We really hit it off and when we (the Dillard family) moved back here, he followed

‘On a mission to make a difference’

Susan Espiritu rings the school bell she received as Tennessee’s National Distinguished Principal of 2012. Photos by Ruth White

me, and we got married. I finished high school and college after we were married.” Marriage at the age of 16, she hastens to say, is not a path she would recommend for young people today. “He didn’t realize how young I was, and once he did, it was too late,” she said. “He was going to go back to Hawaii because he couldn’t stay forever, so my parents agreed

Pond Gap Elementary School students Samara Johnson and Reginald Marsh get help with math homework from community school teacher Nicole Pike. Photo by Wendy Smith

to sign for us. It’s a long shot for that ever to have worked, but it really did, because it was meant to be. That was 38 years ago. I finished UT in three years, and we didn’t have our first child until I had graduated from college.” The Espiritus’ older daughter, Maria Haun, is 34. She and her husband, Robbie, have three daughters. The middle daughter, Kalea Derry, is married to Nick Derry. She’s 31 and has three sons. Son Billy – named after Susan’s dad – and his wife, Kristina, have a daughter. Kalea’s name is Hawaiian, and Charles Espiritu is of Philippine, Chinese and Hawaiian ancestry. He was a human resources manager for Harrison Inc, a division of APAC, and when he retired five years ago, the Espiritus moved to a lakeside house in Campbell County. This means a fairly long commute to Pond Gap, but Espiritu says it’s worth it. “I love this school. I’ve been in education since I graduated from UT in ‘79, except for taking off some time to help my dad, and I absolutely love my profession. “I love this school, with its diversity and challenges, and I love this community. I love the staff. “This award is a reflection of everything they have done. They are always looking for ways to remove the barriers our kids face. I’m just a reflection of my staff.”

“I am most proud of the staff that I have at Pond Gap. I attribute this individual recognition as being a direct collective reflection of their willingness to try anything and everything to help students to succeed by removing the barriers to learning. “To that end, they have overwhelmingly voted for and embraced pilot programs that improve teaching practice in the school (the TAP program), provide more equality for students by requiring uniforms for students, and assisting for the additional needs for our students with the after-school Community School program. “Without exception, my staff is collaborative, professional, dedicated and supportive of not only each other, but of every student that walks in our door. “They truly believe they are on a mission to make a difference. So, I am blessed to be able to do what I do every day and have it labeled as ‘my work’ because it truly blesses me daily.” – Susan Espiritu

Exemplars of school leadership Susan D. Espiritu was among 60 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation who were named 2012 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The NDPs were honored Oct. 19 at an awards banquet, funded by retirement plan provider VALIC, at which U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the opening address. The two-day program, held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., recognized public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates, including the District of Columbia, and by committees representing private and overseas schools. NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly commended the 60 principals for being exemplars of successful school leadership and calling them “front-line champions for children who vastly impact individual lives and strengthen schools.”

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SCHOOL NOTES A.L. Lotts Elementary â&#x2013; Picture day is Friday, Nov. 2. â&#x2013;  Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day program is Monday, Nov. 12.

Knoxville Jewish Day School â&#x2013; Kindergarten Readiness Festival will be held 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. â&#x2013;  Open house will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Rocky Hill Elementary â&#x2013; Kindergartenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Career Day parade will take place 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. â&#x2013;  Fall picture make-up day is Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Sacred Heart â&#x2013; Admission open house will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, for grades 6-8 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, for grades kindergarten through 5th.

Concord Christian School students Dawson Rawls, Raymond Wysmierski and James Webster show their excitement and school spirit before the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball team competes in a state competition.

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Sequoyah Elementary â&#x2013; PTA will meet 10:45-11:45

A.L. Lotts Elementary School kindergartener Naddia Talo and a.m. the second Wednesday her sister, 4-year-old Eden, spend some â&#x20AC;&#x153;cuteâ&#x20AC;? time with Cookof each month in the library. All parents are encouraged ie the frog from Sweet Frogs frozen yogurt in Turkey Creek. to attend. Several mascots made an appearance during family night at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book fair, including Clifford the Big Red Dog and â&#x2013; PIT meeting 1-2 p.m. Friday, Texas Roadhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andy the Armadillo. Photos by S. Barrett Nov. 2.

Family night at A.L. Lottsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book fair

â&#x2013; Book Fair is Monday through Friday, Nov. 12-16.

Webb School â&#x2013; Admissions open house for grades 6-12 will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central building. Info: Christy Widener, 2913830. A self-guided tour will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Staff will be available for meet and greet. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jekyl and Hydeâ&#x20AC;? will be performed 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Bishop Center auditorium. Free admission, open to the public.

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A.L. Lotts Elementary School 2nd-grader Amina Albaraqi studies a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Diaper Babyâ&#x20AC;? book while undercover as another story book character, Pinkalicious. Children were encouraged to come in costume to the event.

A.L. Lotts Elementary School 3rd-grader Jack Esposito and his brother, 5th-grader Gian compare purchases and goodie bags during family night at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book fair. Jack chose a sports car poster while Gian sprung for the football poster.

â&#x2013; Box Tops for Education from General Millsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; products and Labels for Education from Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products are being collected to purchase supplies for the school. Labels can be dropped off in the silver collection box at the front of the school or can be mailed to: West Hills Elementary School, 409 Vanosdale Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. Info: email Jill Schmudde at

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SPORTS NOTES ■ Baseball tournaments at Halls Community Park. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4; and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11. Open to all T-ball, 6U coach pitch, 8U-14U teams. Info: 992-5504 or

Paideia students Isaac and Ian McLemore are greeted by Mayor Tim Burchett. Photos by T. Edwards of

Wallace McClure, Paul Platillero, Charles Clapp and Headmaster James Cowart link arms during a dedication prayer.

Paideia Academy expands By Theresa Edwards Paideia Academy, located at 10825 Yarnell Road, celebrated the completion of its newest academic cottage which contains two classrooms for the new junior and senior classes. In 2015, the first class of seven students will graduate. Pastor Sam Polson of West Park Baptist Church gave the charge of the calling. “This is a day of celebration, but also a day of anticipation. Many of you have made a financial investment for this day to happen, but you have also made an investment for influence in

the lives of young people. ... This will affect generations to come.” Mayor Tim Burchett said, “Today we are cutting the ribbon on the physical expansion of the school, but even more importantly is Paideia’s ever-expanding mission of giving back to this great community. “Not only do they do a great job of educating our young people, but they also put a great emphasis on community service. Students here learn the importance of finding ways to give back throughout the rest of their lives.”

■ Fall Golf Camp for rising Knox area middle school golfers, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Williams Creek Golf Club, 2351 Dandridge Ave. Checkin begins at 9 a.m. Cost: $15 per player includes instruction, range balls, lunch, 9-hole green fee and awards. To sign-up: 546-5828 or email: ■ Bulldog Wrestling Club, an AAU elementary and middle school program, will hold a mandatory meeting and sign-up 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Bearden High School cafeteria. Fee: $100. Elementary info: Chad Cross, 494-6563 or Middle info: Ben Jones, 3684459 or ■ Tennessee Girls Hoops Team League, competitive league for all-girls teams. 14-16 games. All 10-minute quarters. Assemble a team or bring your existing team. $150 per player. Info: Chris, 389-5998; Ann Marie, 300-8463.

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These students, members of the Class of 2015, will be the first graduating class to use the new academic cottage classrooms: (front) Hannah Warrick, Graceanne Meystrik, Leah Seiple; (back) Cory Hale, Bryson McClurkin, David Lumsdaine and Nathan Scott.

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Bearden High School drama department will present “Legally Blonde: The Musical” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 10, with a matinee showing 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Tickets are $8 and $10 and will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 6. ing in them and they appear to be in “looks new” condition. Books for middle and high school boys are in especially high demand. Book drives are encouraged in neighborhoods, workplaces or places of worship. Posters are available at to print out and decorate collection bins. Donations will be accepted at any Knox County branch library or at Lawson McGhee library downtown until Friday, Nov. 30.




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Toys needed for disabled children The East Tennessee Technology Access Center needs new, battery-operated toys to give to more than 100 children with disabilities who cannot use their hands to play with typical toys. The donated toys will be rewired and connected to special switches for the children to push. Donated toys should be received by ETTAC no later than Friday, Nov. 16. They will be given as gifts during a party on Dec. 3. Donors will receive a gift card they can send to a friend or family member saying a toy has been donated in their honor to a child for the holidays. Toys can be dropped off at ETTAC, 116 Childress St. just off Chapman Highway. Hours there are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: Call 219-0130.

Stay safe this Halloween Rural/Metro has tips to help families stay safe on Halloween: ■ An adult should always accompany trick-or-treaters. ■ Ensure that your child’s costume is flame resistant. ■ Costumes should be brightly colored to be seen. Reflective tape can help. ■ Use a flashlight. ■ Remove any mask or item that limits eyesight before crossing the road. ■ Stay in a group. ■ Stay in well-lit areas and only approach homes with the porch light on. ■ Always use the sidewalk and never cut across yards or use alleys. ■ Check treats thoroughly before allowing children to eat them. ■ Never let your child enter a stranger’s home for a treat. ■ Never let children eat treats until they have been thoroughly checked at home. ■ To help trick-or-treaters, keep your front porch and pathway clear of hazards such as flower pots and hoses.

Mary Kay Foundation helps women in need Child and Family Tennessee’s Kent C. Withers Family Crisis Center has received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation. The local women’s shelter is one of more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country to receive part of $3 million in grants from Mary Kay. Child and Family Tennessee will use the grant to provide new cribs and bedroom furniture for its residents. Last year, 229 women and children received emergency shelter, case management and therapeutic services through the center which also houses the only 24-hour domestic violence crisis line in the county. For help, call 637-8000.

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Each pumpkin tells a story By Wendy Smith The pink pumpkins that line the Sutherland Avenue side of Sweet Pea gift shop, 116 Carr St., are more than a celebration of fall. They are therapy for those coping with cancer and for the people who love them. Sweet Pea owner Dee Lockwood-Hicks was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2010. But it wasn’t breast cancer, and the emphasis on that disease during the month of October made her feel left out. Judy Gardner, owner of the adjacent Silk Purse, picked up on her dilemma. “She said, ‘You know what’s wrong with you? You’re mad because you’re not pink!’” Lockwood-Hicks decided to do something positive with those feelings. Last year, she hosted “Paint Your Pumpkin Pink” day and invited cancer survivors and loved ones to paint pumpkins for her to sell to benefit the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee. She has successfully fought her own cancer and wants to continue to offer encouragement to those suffering from all kinds of cancer. She asked members of the Cancer Support Community to paint pumpkins

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Watercolor at Strang Hazel G. Johnson, watercolor instructor at Strang Senior Center, invites the community to the third annual “Joy of Watercolor” exhibit at Farragut Town Hall. The open house reception will be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The exhibit will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 30 through Nov. 9. Farragut Town Hall is located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, off of Campbell Station Road, across from the

“I wanted to make eating here easy for people who are diabetic or have other special dietary needs,” Melinda says, “and if there are other requirements or allergies, and they will call me in advance, we will make every effort to accommodate.” Just like breakfast, at lunchtime you can box your favorites and take them with you. Take-out also includes sandwiches and single-portion mini-lunch platters of meats, cheese, crackers, chicken salad and seasonal fruits. Melinda’s desserts are simply fabulous and run the gamut from red velvet cake to orange cake that is popular during football season. While the restaurant isn’t open for dinner, if you want to feed just yourself, your whole family or a crowd, make arrangements ahead of time and Melinda will make it happen. She will also cater your event – large or small. “We can do just about anything on request,” she says. Melinda and John immigrated to Knoxville from Cape Town, South Africa, about three years ago with their daughters: Alida, 16; Christine, 8; and Chevonne, 6. They bought a home in West Knoxville and quickly settled in to become active members of their new community. Melinda was formerly manager of the Lunch Box on Cross Park Drive, and while she didn’t do any cooking there, she says she has always enjoyed cooking for family and for special events for friends. This new restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but it’s anything but cookie cutter, and its relaxing atmosphere, delicious food and great prices will keep you going back.

By Anne Hart Melinda and John Hayes’ three children eat leftovers almost every night – and love every tasty morsel. How can that be? Everyone knows kids almost always whine and complain about leftovers. Pink pumpkins painted by members of the Cancer Support But those kids don’t have parents who Community of Tennessee are for sale at Sweet Pea gift shop. own West Knoxville’s newest restaurant Photo by Wendy Smith and whose suppertime leftovers are only as old as that day’s lunch at the restaurant. Melinda’s Country Kitchen is perched before this year’s event so an emotional day, she said, atop the hill behind the Burger King on that those who didn’t want because she heard so many Cedar Bluff Road. It joins the LMU Cedar to paint a pumpkin could stories from families and Bluff campus, Jazzercise and others in the still purchase one. It was friends of cancer patients. newly-renovated shopping center between Sherrill and Parkwest boulevards. It’s a cozy and welcoming place with some major differences that set it apart from the multitude of fast food places that sit just below it on Cedar Bluff Road. Breakfast at Melinda’s is made-to-order and about what you would expect – eggs, bacon, hash brown casserole – and also bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt, jumbo homemade muffins and “bottomless” coffee or tea. If you’re on the run, there are breakfast boxes to go. Lunch is served buffet style with three meat entrees, three vegetable dishes, three soups and three salads daily. There is always a red meat, a white meat and a vegetarian main dish. Serve yourself and pile your plate as high as you like. And here’s where the difference comes in: there are no unhealthy fried foods, and Beth Lundgren and every dish is marked as to whether it is gluSonya Nanstad are ten free, lactose free, low carbohydrate or new art students. heart smart.

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■ Inskip Elementary School will host its 100th Birthday Celebration on Friday, Nov. 2, with an open house 3:30-7 p.m. Copies of old pictures or memorabilia to be shared may be brought to the school 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. by Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The Strang Center will offer a fun self-defense class for women 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

■ Central High School Class of 1982 and 1983, 30-year reunion is 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway. Cost: $35 by Nov. 1 (plus a cash bar) or $40 at the door. To pay in advance: 423-327-1889.


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Rural/Metro EMTs Sarah Bickley and Jessica Johnson hand out treats from a decorated ambulance to children at the 2011 Halloween in the Plaza hosted by the Knoxville Police Department to provide a safer alternative to trick-or-treating. Photo submitted

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■ Stay in a group.

stranger’s home or car for a treat.

■ Ensure your child’s costume is flame resistant.

■ Stay in well-lit areas and only approach homes with a porch light on.

■ Costumes should be brightly colored to be easily seen. If not, add reflective tape.

■ Use the sidewalk and only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.

■ No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home. It is always better to consume packaged treats.

■ Use a flashlight. You child will be able to see and be seen by others.

■ Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters.

■ Notify police immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

■ Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street or driveway.

■ Never cut across yards or use alleys.

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Taylors and tailors By Anne Hart West Knox Rotarian Charlie Biggs doesn’t miss much, and that’s a good thing. First of all, he holds the important position of operations director at Knoxville Montessori School, keeping his eye on a bunch of children every day. Second, he

is editor of the Rotary club’s newsletter, where he has to pay close attention to a bunch of adults at the weekly meetings. So who better than Biggs to note the humor in the perfectly normal name of the club’s speaker last week? The speaker was Joe Taylor, one of the honchos of John

H. Daniel Co., manufacturer of men’s clothing and a company where there are lots of tailors, but apparently only one Taylor. Good one, Charlie! The tailors at John H. Daniel Co. have come here from eight countries. Instead of shipping business overseas, company representatives travel to other countries to hire their best tailors and bring them and their families to Knoxville to live and work. Founded in 1928 by John Hanna Daniel, the company was purchased by Bill Bryan in the late 1940s and is now run by his children, who employ 180 people. In addition to sewing those famous orange pants

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SENIOR NOTES AARP driver safety classes For registration info about these and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, South Knoxville Senior Center, 6729 Martel Lane. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 6-7, Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield Drive, Maryville. ■ 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Dandridge Senior Center, 917 Elliott Ferry Road, Dandridge. ■ 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8, Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8-9, Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Drive. ■ 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 429 Sandy Springs Road, Maryville. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 17, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2717 Buffalo Trail, Morristown. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14-15, Blount County Sheriff ’s Office, 950 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. ■ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule Street, Alcoa.

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“Day of the Dead,” a one-night art show, will take place 7-11 p.m. at the Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place. Celebrating Dia des los Muertos, a Mexican holiday celebrating the remembrance of the dead, the show will feature Day of the Dead altars by local artists, a costume contest for attendees with prizes, music and food. Guest performances by Biz Cirque. The UT Singers will perform at 8 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium, 1502 W. Cumberland Ave.

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild will feature readings by winners in its six 2012 writing contest categories at its 7 p.m. meeting at Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Included will be Linda Parsons Marion, poetry, Ann McMurry Simpson, fiction; Donna Kapa, novella/novel excerpt; Diana Cruze, creative nonfiction; Cora Lay, poetry; and Joyce Leo, play/script. Cost: $2 donation requested at the door.


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MONDAY, OCT. 29 GFWC Ossoli Circle will hold its annual Replacement Benefit Bridge Party 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at its clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. There will be a silent auction, baked goods for sale, card games, a Chico’s style show and a luncheon. Cost: $20. Bearden Branch Library will host a Halloween Monster Mash for ages 6-11 at 6 p.m. The party will feature spooky stories, games and crafts. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Tennessee Shines will feature Chris Smither and Moses Atwood at 7 p.m. at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets are $10 and are available at WDVX and www. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Children 14 and under accompanied by a parent are admitted free. Info: and www.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, OCT. 29-30 BOO! At the Zoo will be 5:30-8 p.m. at the Knoxville Zoo. The 26-year Halloween tradition features music and games in the Monster Mash tent in Kids Cove, trick-or-treating, costumed characters throughout the zoo and the Scary-Go-Round. Tickets: $6 (free for kids under 2; $1 discount for zoo members). Purchase: 637-5331, www.knoxvillezoo. org or at the zoo ticket office during regular zoo hours. Parking: $5 (free for members).

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29-31 Trick or Treating in the Cave will be offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. at historic Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway. The kid-friendly event is $7 for ages 2 and up. Info:

TUESDAY, OCT. 30 Kritter Kids for 2- and 3-year-olds will be held 9:30-11 a.m. at the Tiger Tops building at the Knoxville Zoo, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. Also offered Nov. 20 and Nov. 27, the hands-on learning sessions include stories, crafts and visits from zoo animals, plus a snack and drink. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Single sessions: $20 per child, three sessions for $50 (adults free with paid child). Preregistration: 637-5331. Info: www. An Introduction to the Alexander Technique will be presented by certified instructor Lilly Sutton at 10:15 a.m. at the Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. The technique helps people learn to move with more poise and ease and improve posture, which can help those with back pain and chronic stress. Free, but registration required: 387-7600 or Christopher Rollston, Ph.D., will give the lecture “From the Period of the Judges to the Fall of the Second Temple: What Can Ancient Inscriptions from Eretz, Israel, Tell Us?” at 7:30 p.m. at Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Rollston has published widely in the field of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern studies and lectures regularly on epigraphic topics. “War of the Worlds” will be presented by the Tennessee Stage Company at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. The play will use Orson Welles’ original script from the famed Oct. 30, 1938, radio broadcast. Tickets: $11 advance, $12 day of show; $6 children 12 and under; available at www., 523-7521, Disc Exchange and the door.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 1-3 The Carpetbag Theatre Ensemble will present “Speed Killed My Cousin” at 7:30 p.m. at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Playwright Linda Parris-Bailey drew inspiration from real life for the story of an AfricanAmerican female veteran of the Iraq War struggling to adjust to civilian life. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Purchase: or 523-7521.

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, NOV. 1-16 KARM (Knox Area Rescue Ministries), 418 N. Broadway, is collecting Coats for the Cold at any KARM Thrift Store or Prestige Cleaners location. Coats will be distributed 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at the KARM Thrift Store, 733 Hall of Fame Drive. Volunteers and donations needed. Info:

FRIDAY, NOV. 2 Episcopal School of Knoxville, 950 Episcopal School Way, will host decorating team Jill Helmer and John Grady Burns for a book signing and holiday design showcase 10 a.m.-noon at St. Bart’s Chapel on the school campus. Tickets: $25. Reservations: Alice Smith, 2184494 or The Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition will conclude its tour with an exhibit on display through Jan. 6, 2013, at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. A selection of paintings from the society’s 33rd juried exhibition will feature works by East Tennessee artists George Brooke, Lee Edge, Genie Even, Dot Galloway, Fran Henley, Judy Lavoie, Brenda Mills and Jim Stagner. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Kimball’s Jewelers, 6464 Kingston Pike, will have a First Friday “Come Layer Up” event to demonstrate how to layer/stack jewelry. The Casual Pint will offer samples of fall brews. Info: 584-0026. Plum Gallery, 5609 Kingston Pike, will have a First Friday trunk show of wearable art by Charles Pinkney, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Info: 584-6097. University of Tennessee Veterans Reunion events will include a noon lunch and program at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial at World’s Fair Park, the UT Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. and a 7 p.m. Veterans Recognition Dinner at the Foundry, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, with keynote speaker UT Maj. Gen. James Holmes. Register: Info: 974-3011 or Twisted Scissors Salon, 4928 Homberg Drive, will celebrate First Friday 1-5 p.m. by featuring jewelry designer Bev Gwinn Jones of Two Coyotes Studio and her story charm necklaces. Bennett Galleries, 5308 Kingston Pike, will hold a First Friday event 5-8 p.m. featuring “Made in America – Art, Craft & Furniture,” works by Sticks, Dan Hale, Lou McMurray, Stephen Bach and Chris RobertsAntiean, and in the Chapel Gallery McLean Bronze and Paul Sumner. The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St., will open two exhibits with a 5-9 p.m. First Friday reception. “Drawn and Carved,” works by local artists Sally Ham Govan and Bill Cook Jr., features Govan’s charcoal pencil, pastel and digital works ( and Cook’s marble sculptures ( “Alleged Posthumous Writings” is a new exhibition of works by artist Nick DeFord. They will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 30, with additional hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3. Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St., will have a First Friday reception 5:30-9 p.m. in honor of artists Lisa Kurtz and Joe Parrott, whose works in clay and painting, respectively, will be on display. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, will have a First Friday reception 6-9 p.m. for artist Jarrod Justice, whose work will be on display at the store.

Ebenezer UMC, 1001 Ebenezer Road, will have a Fall Rummage, BBQ and Bake Sale, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds go to missions. Middlebrook Pike UMC will have its 12th annual Arts & Crafts Fair, offering breakfast, lunch, baked goods, kettle corn and more than 75 tables of arts and crafts. Items include jewelry, purses, woodworking, stained glass, candles and more. Info: 690-8641. Kritter Kids for 4- and 5-year-olds will be held 9:30-11 a.m. at the Tiger Tops building at the Knoxville Zoo, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. The hands-on learning session includes stories, crafts and visits from zoo animals, plus a snack and drink. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $20 per child (adults free with paid child). Preregistration: 637-5331. Info: Bethel UMC, 2004 Amherst Road, will hold its annual Fall Bazaar sponsored by the United Methodist Women 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Items will include homemade arts and crafts, baked and canned goods, and Christmas gifts (wrapped free). The kitchen will serve hot dogs, chili, chips and cheese, hot tamales and full houses. The youth will sell sausage biscuits. A dozen large hot tamales (mild, hot, 911) will be available for $15.

SUNDAY, NOV. 4 The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum will present a concert featuring the music of Haydn and Beethoven, with principal trumpet Cathy Leach as soloist, at 2:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theater, 803 S. Gay St. Tickets begin at $22.50; Info: 291-3310. A Kindergarten Readiness Festival will be held 3-5 p.m. for all rising kindergarten 2013-14 students and their parents at the Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School, 1529 Downtown West Blvd. Knox County reading specialist Theresa Wishart will speak to parents about skills children should have as they start school, and there will be hands-on activities for children and parents. Free; reservations required. Info and reservations: 963-8001 or www.kjds.or/Kindergarten.

MONDAY, NOV. 5 Tennessee Shines will feature Dave Eggar & Amber Rubarth, Ronny Elliott and poet Susan Underwood of Tennessee Joltwagon at 7 p.m. at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets are $10 and are available at WDVX and Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Children 14 and under accompanied by a parent are admitted free. Info: www.daveeggarmusic. com and

TUESDAY, NOV. 6 The Knoxville Nativity Pageant is looking for male and female singers for its 150-voice choir. The choir will hold rehearsals Nov. 6, 13 and 27 at Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and rehearsals at 7 p.m. No audition required. Dress rehearsal will be at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with shows at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3-4 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Info: www. or the pageant’s Facebook page.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 The East Tennessee Association for Female Executives will meet at 11:30 a.m. at The Orangery, 1145 Kingston Pike. Lisa Hall, CEO and owner of Tight Ship, will speak on “Systems To Help You Avoid Procrastination.” Cost: $25 visitors. Reservations: www.

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14th District, Tennessee House of Representatives

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Jonathan Howe is featured artist for Artsclamation! When you talk with local artist Jonathan Howe, it’s easy to forget that 10 years ago he was in high school. He seems like a much older soul. His art is classical, with timeless beauty. That is what his website will tell you, but when you view Howe’s work in person, you understand what that means. Jonathan Howe, 27, who is originally from Maryville, has grown up with the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains practically in his backyard. This proximity to the mountains fostered his love for the outdoors and is evident in the pastoral landscapes that he produces with exquisite detail and attention to lighting. Viewers can almost feel the summer heat prickling in the hayfield, or the coolness of an alcove in the mountains by the river. “When I’m in a place, I notice how I feel when I’m there. I convert to canvas the emotion that I come away with,” Howe said. He works almost exclusively in oils to develop the mood and color for his paintings. “I create atmosphere,” he

Jonathan Howe of Knoxville is the featured artist at Artsclamation! 2012. Howe will have paintings at Artsclamation! in sizes ranging from 8” x 10” to 36” x 48.” In addition to his works for sale, Howe may also be commissioned for landscapes or portraiture.

explained. “In the time from dawn to dusk, there may be only 15 seconds of a certain light in a certain place. I want to capture that moment in a way that it lasts forever.” Howe believes that he both inherited an eye for beauty, and that, in addition to any inherited tendency, creativity is a sheer gift from God. Upon examining his art, you will likely agree. “One of my grandfathers was a photographer and the other one was a wood carver – a wood artist,” Howe explained. Howe worked in woodcarving for about eight years, doing custom work on mantles and door frames for high end homes. He now makes many of the frames for his paintings himself, such as the one he made for Artsclamation’s featured piece this year, “Goldenrods.” “It is a joy to do something I love and be able to make a living at it,” he said. Howe is a spiritual person and his Christian faith plays a primary role in his life and in his work.

“The desire to understand color and light is parallel to my desire to know the very One who created light and color and beauty. Thus I seek to give Jesus Christ the honor and glory in the art that He lets me create,” he explained. “I believe that drawing and painting with excellence and beauty is part of magnifying His work in creation.” A graduate of Maryville College, Howe’s senior art project was called “A New Creation” and featured portraits of Christians and their written testimonies. Several of these are on his website at www. Jonathan is married to Sarah Atchley-Howe, who is also his business partner. The couple live “urbanartistically” in the heart of Knoxville with their daughter, Aidyn, who is nearly 3 months old, and their pet Maltipoo, Amber. Committed to merging art and their faith in Jesus Christ, the Howe family is active in their local church where they lead a youth group and oversee mission trips with young people.

Fine art sale to be held Nov. 3 The 11th annual Artsclamation! fine art sale will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville. Admission and parking are free. Artsclamation! will showcase original works by more than 30 regional and local artists working in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, jewelry, pottery, clay sculpture and fiber art. This year’s featured artist is Jonathan Howe, a Knoxvillebased artist and graduate of Maryville College. Jonathan works in many fields of art including drawing, painting, photography, graphic design and carving. His passion lies in the intimate details that form a true likeness in oil portraits and the subtle lighting of rolling landscapes. His portraits show brilliant color and dramatic lighting that capture the very soul of his subject in a unique masterpiece. His landscapes reveal his love for the outdoors developed by his many years of hiking the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains and other national parks across the country. The 2012 Artsclamation! featured piece is an oil on canvas ti-

tled “Goldenrods.” It is uniquely framed in a handcrafted wooden frame also created by Howe. Other participating artists include: Hugh Bailey, Christina Baker, Gray N. Bearden, Leslee Bechtel, Mike C. Berry, Stephanie Brichetto, Larry Cole, Cindy Day, Shannon Haas, Shohreh “Nazzy” Hamed Hashemian, Deann Hebert, Betsy Heerdt, Joppa Mountain Pottery, Daniel Lai, Sharron Mallison, Judy Klich, Mike Naney, Leila Platt, Marabeth Quin, Sheila Rauen, Karen Reeves, Julia Schriver, Streater Spencer, Charla Steele, David Swanagin, Kristine Taylor, Gina Boike and Joddi Thomley, Robert Tino and Cindy Wunsch. Additionally, Gallery Partner Village Fine Art will have a variety of even more artists’ works available at Artsclamation!. At Artsclamation!, Peninsula Recovery Education Center’s Art Therapy Program will have art for sale which has been produced by mental health consumers in therapeutic art classes. The Center works with patients to aid the emotional healing process through creative expression. There’s something in everyone’s price range at Artsclama-

tion! Prices begin at $10 for a 12” x 21” wall calendar for 2012 which showcases reproductions from many of the participating artists. Prices range upward to $5,000. The featured painting, “Goldenrods,” which will be auctioned at the Artsclamation! Preview Party on Nov. 2, may be viewed online at Proceeds from Artsclamation! benefit the behavioral health programs of Peninsula, East Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services. Peninsula has helped thousands of people recover from mental disorders and dependencies so they can lead healthy, positive and productive lives. The Master Circle Sponsors for Artsclamation! 2012 include Covenant Health Federal Credit Union, First Tennessee Foundation and Covenant Health. Media sponsors include the Knoxville News Sentinel and Lamar Advertising. Village Fine Art is the event’s Gallery Partner. For more information about Artsclamation!, contact the Fort Sanders Foundation at 865-531-5210 or visit www. arts.

Few tickets remain for preview party Tickets are nearly sold out for the Artsclamation! Preview Party on Friday evening, Nov. 2, at Sacred Heart Cathedral School Gymnasium. Tickets for the 6-9 p.m. event cost $50 each and allow participants an early opportunity to purchase art before the public sale on Saturday and attend the auction for the featured painting by Jonathan Howe. Please contact Fort Sanders Foundation at 531-5210 for more Preview Party Friday, Nov. 2 • 6 - 9 p.m. information or to purchase Preview Party tickets. Sacred Heart Cathedral School Gymnasium

‘Art of Healing’ calendar features local and regional artwork Peninsula, the area’s leading provider of mental health services, has produced a beautiful, fullcolor wall calendar that showcases artwork from renowned local and regional artists. The calendar, “The Art of Healing,” was created to raise awareness about mental health issues in our community. The calendar’s cover, “Blue Ridge Vista,” is a painting by artist Stephanie Brichetto of Sevier County. The calendar pages highlight a different Artsclamation! artist for each month in 2013. Calendars are $10 each and make wonderful gifts.

The name of the calendar, “The Art of Healing,” has a double meaning. The first is direct: proceeds from the calendar benefit Peninsula programs and services. The second meaning is just as important. Artistic selfexpression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase selfesteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Patients at Peninsula are helped to heal by their participation in a variety of art classes led by a certified art therapist. To get your “Art of Healing” calendar call 865-531-5210.

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HEALTH NOTES ■ “Natural Hygiene: the benefits of the fruitarian and raw vegan diet,” presented by Isa Asland and the Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee, will be 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. A vegetarian potluck supper follows. Cost: $2. Info: Bob, 546-5643, or visit

It is appropriate that I am writing about bats this week considering Halloween is just a couple of days away. But in a way, it is also inappropriate at this point to poke fun at the cute little beasts and portray them as evil and scary.

Shopper-News office several months ago to check on a bat that had perched on the side of the building. He said when people complain about bats flying around their house, he wishes the winged creatures would come hang out at his place. Bats rarely carry disease and are very good at controlling the insect population, especially mosquitoes. According to, a small Sara bat can catch more than Barrett 1,200 mosquitoes an hour, and the bats cannot contract West Nile Virus from ingesting infected insects. Bats also help control the number of beetles and moths Chris Ogle, wildlife ser- in the area and lower the vices manager with the Ten- need for pesticides. Instead nessee Wildlife Resources of spraying Off! every 20 Agency, made a stop at the minutes during a hot sum-

■ Guiltless holiday foods cooking class, presented by the Healthy Living Kitchen team at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, will be noon Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Suite E-170 of the Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute building. Cost: $20. Advance registration is required. To register: 305-6877 or www. ■ Alexander Technique Introduction, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Bearden Branch Library. Free, but preregistration is required. Info or to register: Lilly Sutton, 387-7600 or ■ Ethics workshop, sponsored by Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, will be 1-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Rothchild Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Dorothy Gage, Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center. Cost is $40 per person for NASW members and $60 for nonmembers. Register by Nov. 5: 877-810-8103 or visit

Critter Tales

■ The 2013 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has added a two-person relay to next year’s events. Registration is currently open. The marathon will be held Sunday, April 7. Info and to register: www.

Jenny is a 6-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix whose tail never stops wagging! Although she is curious, happy, and energetic, Jenny has never seen much of the world. She will thrive with the loving g care of an active family. y

Bats are not the enemies humans have made them out to be. This little guy was sleeping on the wall outside the ShopperNews front door. Photo by S. Barrett mer night, try installing a bat house on a pole next to your home. Probably the most common misconception about bats is that they need blood – any blood, including human blood – to survive. In fact, the only bat that survives by ingesting blood

is the vampire bat that lives in South America, and it only preys on small rabbits and farm animals. So this Halloween, if you see a bat flying around your head at night, be sure to smile and wave instead of scream and run in the opposite direction.

Zeus and Pretty Girl Zeus is a sweet, gentle and playful 6-month-old beagle mix. His adoption fee is $75, and he can be adopted at Young-Williams Animal Center’s location on Kingston Pike.

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Pretty Girl is a 2-year-old, fun loving domestic cat looking for her forever home. Her adoption fee has been sponsored by the Furry Friends Program, but interested parties will still need to complete the application process. Pretty Girl is located at Young-Williams’ Division Street location. See all of Young-Williams’ adoptable animals online at

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Medical Director Allen Meek Is U. S. News “Top Doc”

He is in the top 10 percent of all physicians in his specialty in America, a nationally recognized and honored radiation oncologist, a pioneer in innovative cancer treatment at the State University of New York Stony Brook, a U.S. Navy veteran and beekeeper. He is Dr. Allen Meek, the medical director at Provision Radiation Therapy, and one of U. S. News and World Report’s 2012 “Top Docs.” It’s a ranking that comes from nominations by fellow physicians, and Dr. Meek is one of only seven radiation oncologists in Tennessee so honored and the only one from East Tennessee. Dr. Meek chose radiation therapy because he’s always been “physics oriented,” but in the Navy he learned to take care of patients. He now calls his practice “therapeutic radiation oncology.” He examines all patients at Provision Radiation Therapy and maintains a relationship with them throughout their treatment. “We see patients Monday through Friday for six to eight weeks, and I see each patient weekly and am always available when our nursing staff feels I am needed,” says Dr. Meek. The story of how he and his wife, Lillian, came to East Tennessee begins with a macadamia nut. “We didn’t want to live in New York long-term,” he explains. “During a family trip to Hawaii, my mother-inlaw discovered how much she loved macadamia nuts, a native treat. Back home, she planted a macadamia tree, and then worried she might not live to see it mature.

“My wife and I were talking about that,” he continues, “and she said ‘let’s find a place now and plant our trees.’” That place ended up being the foothills of the Smokies. Dr. Meek’s beekeeping hobby was a factor, too, because he wanted fruit trees on the land of their “place.” Realizing it would take seven or eight years to get an orchard in operation, he began his research.

“We knew we wanted four seasons,” he recalls, “and we wanted to live near a city and a university and in an area with lakes. Knoxville just jumped out, and the proximity to Oak Ridge National Laboratory was an added bonus.” The Meeks stayed in Gatlinburg while searching for land, found 60 acres in Seymour, bought it, and planned to plant their trees and retire there later. But then Dr.

Meek heard about the Provision Health Alliance and its plans for a proton therapy center and subsequently was introduced to Warwick by mutual colleagues. Discussions with Provision “just clicked.” So the doctor gave his notice, started construction on their foothills house, and a few short months later, moved into a new phase of his career and a new home.

New Radiation Therapy Center gives patients easier path to healing It’s often an unknown and challenging world for anyone battling cancer, as it is for the families and friends who walk alongside them. It’s a world filled with doctor visits, multiple appointments for specialized treatment, periodic test results, and plenty of anxious moments.

Knoxville now has a place where the process is made easier, the healing is more holistic, and the difficult barriers have been taken down. On the campus of the Provision Health Alliance in Dowell Springs, on Middlebrook Pike just west of Weisgarber Road, Provision Radiation Therapy is now caring for cancer

patients in a comprehensive center that promotes healing while it provides advanced medical treatment in a convenient, patient-centered environment. “We’re an outpatient campus,” says Scott Warwick, executive director of Provision Radiation Therapy and a long-time veteran

of oncology programs in regional medical centers. “Patients drive to our front door. They don’t have to find their way through a maze and fight for a parking space,” he adds. Seven professionals are on staff at this new treatment facility – a medical director, registered nurse, dosimetrist (the person who develops the plan that determines the specifics of the radiation therapy), a physicist (who monitors the equipment), and radiation therapists who deliver treatment. Natural light permeates the 10,000 square-foot facility that includes an American Cancer Society resource center staffed by volunteers and available to patients and their families and support teams. Artwork of nature scenes from the campus and the East Tennessee area, warm and soothing colors and fabrics, and lots of TLC from the staff help patients relax,

cope better, and be more comfortable. “We try to make a difficult time in life less stressful,” says Warwick. “Our facility doesn’t feel like a cold and sterile institution; it feels more like a safe and welcoming home.” While the surroundings are home-like, there’s plenty of high-tech medicine in the midst of it, with state-of-the-art CT scanning, treatment planning areas with high-powered computers that access patient information and record treatment decisions, and a treatment room with advanced equipment that delivers precisely measured beams of healing radiation. “With the addition of proton therapy, which Provision will begin providing in early 2014, this will be one of the top-20 cancer treatment sites in the world,” says Warwick. “It’s really gratifying to know it’s so close to home.”


health & lifestyles

Fort Sanders Sleep Center helps man sleep easier Ralph E. Green of Knoxville, 68, knew there was something wrong with his health about 10 years ago. He felt tired every morning, even after a full night’s sleep. “I just felt like a Mack truck hit me every morning,” he remembers. “I got to thinking, ‘What is going on?’ ” After at least five years of feeling that way, a friend suggested to Green that he might have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the soft palate and tongue relax during sleep, narrowing the throat and airway. This usually causes loud snoring and can cut off the airway entirely so that the patient can’t breathe. This arouses the person awake during the night, even if he or she can’t remember doing so in the morning.

Patients with sleep apnea typically snore loudly and awake feeling tired. The lack of oxygen can also strain the heart and raise blood pressure. “Oh yes, I snored,” says Green. “But I just didn’t have any insight into sleep apnea. Frankly, I thought being tired was part of the game of life. Then I learned a whole lot about it and did a test on my own.” Green heard about the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine from a friend. This machine – about the size of a shoebox – pumps air through a tube and into a mask fitted over the patient’s nose or mouth. The patient wears the mask during sleep, which keeps the airway open. Green sought help from Dr.

Catch more Zzzzzzzz Insomnia is a common condition in which a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, it affects 1 in 3 adults occasionally, and 1 in 10 adults frequently. Odd work hours, long distance travel, stress, depression, certain medical conditions or medications, and a lack of exercise can all increase your risk for insomnia. Here are some tips to help you fall and stay asleep: ■ Avoid caffeine, tobacco and other stimulants at least eight hours before bedtime. Avoid alcohol as well. While it may make you sleepy, it tends to trigger light sleep. ■ Avoid medications that can disrupt sleep (some cold and allergy medications, for example). ■ Maintain good bedtime habits. Read a book, listen to soothing music or wind down by taking a warm bath. ■ Exercise early in the day, at least five or six hours before going to bed. ■ Don’t eat or drink before bed. ■ Don’t watch TV or work on a computer right before bedtime. ■ Make sure your bed is comfortable and the room is dark and quiet. ■ Have pets and children sleep elsewhere. If sleep difficulties continue, talk to your doctor about having a sleep study. An accurate diagnosis of your sleep problems can lead to proper treatment and a good night’s sleep.

Thomas G. Higgins, a sleep disorder specialist at the Sleep Disorder Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Green spent one night at the center while a technician monitored his heart rate, breathing and sleep patterns. Dr. Higgins diagnosed Green with sleep apnea and worked with Green to find a CPAP mask that was as comfortable as possible. “There are at least 50 different masks,” says Green. “Mine goes over your head, and just covers the top of my head and my nose. It just barely puts air in so I can breathe and have a good n i g h t ’ s Ralph Green of Knoxville stopped sleep.” snoring and sleeps better since getting treatment at the Fort Sanders The CPAP Sleep Disorders Center. machine has a compli-

ance data card. “Dr. Higgins prints out the report and can see how I’m sleeping,” he explains. Now that Green has used the machine for about seven years, he says he has seen many benefits from it. “I’m in better health because of the CPAP, in my opinion,” he says. “I’m very active. I rode my bike to Townsend on Saturday, 28 miles. I’m grateful that I’m able to do it now. I don’t think I could have done that without the CPAP. It’s just been a real gift to me to be able to have this.” Sleep better with the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center. Call 865-541-1375 or go to fssleepcenter.

Sleep treatment technology stops snoring There’s never been a better time to get a good night’s rest, according to Scott Vogt, director of the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center. “With the latest in sleep disorder treatments, your sleep problems – especially loud snoring – can be cured,” says Vogt. “Snoring is not normal,” he explains. “Snoring happens because there’s something obstructing your airway at night.” Loud snoring is often caused by a common condition called obstructive sleep apnea. This is when a person’s airway relaxes during sleep and narrows. As the person tries to breathe, the air must squeeze through the narrow opening, causing the snoring rattle. If the airway closes completely, the patient will stop breathing for a second and gasp for air. This can happen hundreds of times each night, preventing the person from getting into a deep state of sleep. During the day, the sleep apnea sufferer often has headaches, mental distraction and fatigue. He or she is also at a higher risk for hypertension, heart attack, stroke and even diabetes, Vogt says. “In the deeper stages of sleep, the brain releases chemicals to heal the body,” explains Vogt. “So when you’re constantly having sleep apnea events, the body doesn’t heal itself.” Fortunately, the treatment for sleep apnea is a simple one, and recent advances have made it easier than ever. The main treatment for sleep apnea is to sleep with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, a bedside pump that delivers forced air through a mask and down the nose and mouth to keep the airway open and eliminate snoring. “The CPAP has been around a long time, but the machines have gotten a lot better in recent years,” says Vogt.

Smaller, lighter CPAPS are designed for better patient comfort.

“They’re smaller, and they look like bedside clock radios. We have patients who hike the Appalachian Trail with their CPAPs. They just take a little battery pack with them.” CPAP masks have also improved over time. “Using new materials has made the masks much smaller and lighter,” says Vogt. “They come in all kinds of colors and styles, too.” Masks are even available with pink or camouflage colored headbands. Lighter tubing helps reduce the pull of the tube on the sleeper’s face. “It’s easier than ever to find one that’s comfortable for you, and that makes you want to use it more. If a patient won’t use the CPAP, it’s not doing them any good,” states Vogt. “It’s like having a bottle of medication and not taking the pills.” Some people may try several masks before they find the one that works for them, Vogt says. “It might take a few days to get the right one. We’ll get folks who say, ‘There’s no way I can wear this.’ But then once they feel the benefits, it’s almost instantaneous,” he says.

And eliminating your snoring will usually benefit other family members as well, Vogt admits. “Our best referrals are spouses,” Vogt says with a laugh. “Most of the time, the CPAP helps two people at once because the snorer is keeping their spouse awake.” The Fort Sanders Regional Sleep Disorders Center is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Its tests and treatments are covered by most insurance plans. To get a better night’s sleep, call 865-541-1375 or go to

Get Your Life Back Chronic sleep deprivation or poor quality sleep can leave you feeling exhausted, irritable and unable to focus. It can also lead to serious health problems. The professionals at the nationally accredited Fort Sanders Regional Sleep Disorders Center can help you get a refreshing night’s sleep – and get your life back.

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For more information, please call the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center at (865) 541-1375.

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