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Miracle Maker Central High School’s dynamic choral director Beckye Thomas hasn’t got much time to relax during the holiday season. With all of her students’ upcoming performances, it would be easy to excuse Thomas if she happened to be a bit tuckered at this point. But she’s not.

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Can Butch beat losing’s high cost? How much does it cost to win? Doesn’t matter. Just write a check. If you owe payments on a big ballpark, you must have people occupying seats. Pay whatever it takes to attract customers. Losing is not an acceptable alternative. It is too expensive. Can Butch Jones solve the problem? Dave Hart has bet the entire estate that he can. All Butch has to do is win.

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An app for that! There’s an app for nearly everything else. Why not The District in Bearden? Bebe Vogel, who manages the merchants group there, says The District has just acquired its very own app. It’s available at no charge at the app store – just in time for holiday shopping and dining right here at home.

See Anne Hart’s story on A-14

Craft Fair West Towne Christian Church hosted a craft fair with 50 vendors, and Theresa Edwards was there. See her photos inside.

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Heather Sutton dreamed of being a journalist until an internship at public relations firm Moxley Carmichael set her on her present course, and she is now media relations and project director at the nonprofit Metropolitan Drug Commission. “It’s different from what I envisioned, but it’s never a dull moment.” Enjoy a coffee break with this engaging young woman.

By Wendy Smith Peter Hall has worked in the construction business all of his rather short life. But when a Realtor suggested he purchase three houses on Highland Avenue as a renovation project, Peter balked. They were in terrible shape, and he wasn’t sure they were worth the effort. Peter’s dad, Empire Construction founder Steve Hall, talked him into purchasing 1701, 1703 and 1705 Highland Avenue. As it turned out, the poor condition of the houses worked in Peter’s favor. “Nobody else wanted to mess with them,” he said. He purchased the property a year ago, and by August, the houses had been converted into six duplexes. The renovation project recently received a Preservation Rehabilitation award from Knox Heritage, as did another Fort Sanders property Fort Sanders – Knoxville’s Front Porch two Victorian homes at 1300 and 1304 Clinch Avenue. Attorney Carl Eshbaugh renovated the houses. Peter is just 26, but he has extensive experience with restoring properties. His projects with Empire Construction have included Cherokee Mills on Sutherland Avenue and historic buildings in the Maplehurst community, and he’s purchased and renovated other homes as rental properties. His interest in the Fort Sanders neighborhood is both aesthetic and practical. He appreciates the architecture of the community, most of which was built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s also a good investment because of constant demand for student housing. Rental contracts for his six renovated duplexes were signed before construction was completed, and students continue to show interest. The easy market for rental property doesn’t always work in favor of the neighborhood, he says. Many of the properties aren’t managed well, and owners don’t have incentive to make improvements because even

Peter Hall’s renovations to 1701, 1703 and 1705 Highland Avenue earned a 2012 Preservation Rehabilitation award To page A-3 from Knox Heritage. Photo by Wendy Smith

Bearden teacher denied incentive pay By Sandra Clark Bearden High School science teacher Bob Savery says he feels “kicked in the teeth” because he was denied APEX incentive pay. Speaking at the school board workshop last Monday, Savery said he is one of 10 teachers at Bob Savery Bearden High School who were deemed ineligible for the performance-based bonus ($1,500 for model performance and $2,000 for explemplary). “And there could be hundreds systemwide.” On Wednesday, Nakia Towns responded to our interview request. Towns was recently appointed chief accountability officer for Knox County Schools; previously, she facilitated the APEX design team which included teachers, principals and central office

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administrators. She strongly defends the APEX standards which she says were written based upon “teacher feedback from 18 listening tour meetings, a teacher survey (to which 72 percent of teachers responded), and teacher focus groups who reviewed and proNakia Towns vided feedback” on the model before the local and state school boards approved it. Towns led several workshops at this summer’s Charting the COREse professional development program which drew 3,200 teachers. “We evaluated 3,423 certified staff under TEAM. Of these, 3,172 were eligible for the bonus,” she said. “We tried to over-communicate (the requirements). … So 3,172 people met the criteria and 251 did not.” Of the teachers who did not

meet the criteria, the largest group (145) failed to meet the in-service requirements. This was Bob Savery’s issue. He had enough in-service hours overall, but did not achieve 12 hours of unscheduled, district level professional development. Towns said it’s now too late for Savery and the others to remedy the problem because a new cycle has begun. However, teachers unhappy with their status could file an inquiry with a five-teacher panel established to review and resolve such issues. Committee members are Sarah Clarke, gifted and talented coach for Chilhowee and Sequoyah schools; Carolynn Clemons, science teacher at Halls High School; T.J. Eubanks, fourth grade teacher at Mt. Olive; Sharon Harder, science teacher at Whittle Springs Middle School; and Gayle Santich, math teacher at Farragut High School. The deadline to appeal for high school teachers is Dec. 21. During his talk to the school

board, Savery said he was “not trying to grandstand,” but he gets attaboys every time he speaks out for teachers. He said others don’t speak out because they are afraid. “In 2011-12, teachers were bombarded with tons and tons of (requirements) that weighed heavily on teacher morale,” he said. “We did what you asked; now don’t move the finish line.” The APEX (Advance, Perform, Excel) incentive is based 70 percent on TEAM evaluations, 20 percent on teacher instructional leadership and 10 percent on continuous service in a highneeds school. The terms are defined (exhaustively) in an APEX folder which was distributed to teachers and is available online. Towns said teachers who scored 65 or higher on a 100-point scale received the $1,500 incentive; those who reached 80 or higher got $2,000. Savery did not respond to an email request for an interview.


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Preserving the Fort those in poor condition continue to rent. But the predictable income from property in Fort Sanders makes it attractive to developers who are looking for a good return on their investment. After successfully rehabilitating the Highland Avenue homes, he’s open to other projects. “I’m always looking, and I do like the Fort. It’s a good Tennessee State Museum curator of extension services Myers market.” Brown gives a tour at the new Civil War exhibit at the East Architect Randall De Ford Nikita Yuryevich Pichugin enjoys the Blue Plate Special at Tennessee History Center. Photos by Wendy Smith has lived in his 102-year-old the Knoxville Visitor Center. He was part of an Open World Laurel Avenue home, which delegation of Russian leaders who visited Knoxville last week. is also his office, for 25 years. He thinks Fort Sanders won’t truly be revitalized until more homes are owneroccupied. He’d like to see UT Lots of folks get excited Kaitlyn Marlow, an 8th grader have some differences, but and Fort Sanders Regional the first time they visit at Sacred Heart Cathedral we have common problems Medical Center offer finanKnoxville. But few show the cial incentives to employees School, poses with her we can solve together.” unbounded enthusiasm of to live in the neighborhood. sister, Chelsea Marlowe, in Nikita Yuryevich Pichugin. UT Chattanooga offers in■ Civil War exhibit front of Cinderella’s Castle.

Russian leaders learn from Knoxville Kaitlyn was one of more than 350 cheerleaders chosen from across the country to perform in the 2012 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) Thanksgiving Tour at Disney World. She was selected based on a tryout held during a UCA summer camp. Photo

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Nikita, a 22-year-old public policy and political science student at Moscow State University, was one of 13 Russians who visited our fair city last week as part of an Open World program hosted by the Friendship Force of Knoxville. Open World brings young leaders from former Soviet countries to the U.S. to interact with national, state and community leaders. He especially enjoyed meeting Mayor Madeline Rogero, since his sub-field is urban studies. “It was interesting to see new ways to solve problems. I can take that home to Russia.” The delegation’s fastpaced week included a meeting with U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr., a visit to the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, and concerts performed by the Knoxville Community Band, the Cen-


tral High School Chorus, and UT choral students. A hike up Mt. LeConte was a highlight for Nikita. He was struck by Knoxville’s sunny weather and green spaces.

“I believe Russian cities should find ways to become greener,” he said. Some of his stereotypes were “crushed” during the trip, like the Russian notion that Americans only eat potatoes and cheeseburgers. He loved sampling homecooked American cuisine, like pork with cranberry sauce. The souvenir Nikita will take back to Russia is the understanding of how much the U.S. and Russia have in common. The countries struggle with the same problems, including illegal immigration and a shortage of jobs for new college grads. “We used to be enemies,” he said. “After 20 years, we

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centives to staff members who live in nearby neighborhoods, he says. He thinks the neighborhood is worth preserving because of its historical significance. “The people who built here were at the fore of what was happening in Knoxville.” Fort Sanders is also noteworthy because of the creative people who have called it home. Noted artist Catherine Wiley lived in the Fort, as did two Pulitzer Prize winners – James Agee and historian Bernadotte Schmitt. Because of its proximity to UT, two major hospitals and downtown, the neighborhood is the most-visited in Knoxville, De Ford says. The Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association’s slogan is “Fort Sanders – Knoxville’s Front Porch.”


The exhibit “Common People in Uncommon Times: The Civil War Experience in Tennessee” is open at the East Tennessee History Center through Jan. 13. It beautifully tells the story of ordinary people who left farms and schools to become soldiers. Myers Brown, curator of extension services at the Tennessee State Museum, spoke last week about Tennesseans who made significant contributions during the war but are often overlooked, like John Bell, who ran for president in his attempt to keep the country from being ripped apart over slavery. Brown encouraged the audience to talk to their children and grandchildren about the war. “If we don’t, the history of our nation will be lost.”

■ Downtown Speakers Club meets 11:45 a.m. every Monday at TVA West Towers, ninth floor, room 225. Currently accepting new members. Info: Jerry Adams, 202-0304. ■ UT Toastmasters Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Knoxville Convention Center on Henley Street in room 218. Currently accepting new members. Info: Sara Martin, 603-4756. ■ West Knox Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. each first and third Monday at Sullivan’s in Franklin Square, 9648 Kingston Pike. ■ West Knoxville Kiwanis Club meets 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Shoney’s on Walker Springs Road.

Knoxville Remembered calendars The 2013 Knoxville Remembered calendars are now on sale. Images featured are from the McClung Digital Collection and show how Knoxville’s architecture, entertainment and fashion have evolved over the last 100 years. Photos include a band formation at the University of Tennessee in 1922, the building of the Henley Street Bridge in 1931 and an indoor feature of an A&P grocery store in the ’30’s. Calendars are available at the East Tennessee History Museum on Gay Street (215-8824), Lawson McGhee Library (215-8700) and Mast General Store (546-1336). All proceeds benefit the Knox County Public Library Staff Association. More images can be seen online at

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‘Speak up,’ says Nownes By Sandra Clark I’ve heard worse jokes from Jay Leno. Dr. Anthony Nownes delighted the standingroom-only crowd at the Bearden Branch Library with his analysis Tony Nownes of the recent presidential election. He got a few amens with his admonition to speak up for Democratic principles. The UT political science professor started by explaining why he did not vote for Barack Obama. “To me Obama is a moderately liberal Republican.� Instead, Nownes voted for the Green Party candidate. How did the incumbent win in a time of economic challenge? “The electorate has

changed. The era of old white guys is ending. Look at two demographics: one is old, South, rich, white, men; the other is young, urban, non-white, women. One demographic is growing; one is shrinking.� Nownes said Obama had “an outstanding ground game – better than any campaign I’ve ever seen.� And it didn’t hurt that Republicans nominated so many “crazy� candidates, he said. “This is the first election I can recall when someone said ‘the rape candidate’ and you had to ask which one.� Finally, the economy is improving and people blame George W. Bush more than Obama for the mess. Nownes said state and local elections matter. He urged the Democrats from the 3rd and 4th districts to speak out. “Don’t hold your tongue; don’t be a wimp.�

TDOT held its hearing at South-Doyle last week on the long-delayed South Knoxville Parkway connector. The hearing was required by law even if the final decision is to kill the project. This issue has been around for more than 20 years. In fact, the bridge to South Knoxville, which was built about 25 years ago, was first programmed by TDOT to be a continuation from the Cherry Street intersection with Magnolia by extending it across the residential area of East Knoxville to the Tennessee River where a bridge would then be built. The predominantly African-American part of East Knoxville was still trying to recover from the damage brought on by the 1950’s urban renewal which built the Civic Coliseum and Auditorium and the KPD Safety Building but destroyed the historic business area of Knoxville’s black community, from which even 50 years later it has not fully recovered. Urban renewal in those days ignored neighborhood concerns and took Betty the attitude that historic Bean preservation was a nice idea for middle-aged folks with time on their hands but was have that way. They have no barrier to the wrecking assured us that an apol- ball making way for someogy from Judith/the city is not necessary. The apology needs to come from you.� Della Volpe emailed Rogero that he’s sorry the Cumulus management “could not handle honest inquiry “Is you in or is you out?� and a vigorous advocacy. That’s the question loI said nothing improper. I cal Repubmade no threats and didn’t licans have bully anyone.� been asking He ended with a barb of Ken Gross, his own: GOP state “Please check your facts commitbefore you call me out pubtee member licly about doing my job as a from Farcouncil (member). Courtesy ragut, who is a two-way street.� recently Rogero’s response: “I Ken Gross telephoned stand by my facts. You are always quick to call oth- some party members, iners out in doing their job. cluding already-announced I thought you would want candidate Ruthie Kuhlman, to know how your honest to say he was running for inquiry and vigorous advo- the position of county GOP chair. cacy impacts others.� Then, a few days later, Della Volpe isn’t budging: “Plain speech is best un- Gross said on a blog site that derstood. The young lady he was out. Not going to run. told me she admired my Now he says he’s in again. Also in the running for passion. She just didn’t want to be on the receiving end of the seat, in addition to it. Passion in the service of a Kuhlman, are John Gabriel good cause is a good thing.� and Buddy Burkhardt. Gross, who is director of Note: Betty Bean requested this email exchange safety and risk management after hearing about it from of Ameresco Inc., has long a third party. The Fulton been active in party politics team will be honored after and recently managed the the holidays with its custom- campaign of Ryan Haynes, ary parade down Broadway who was re-elected to the organized by boosters. Go, state house from the 14th District. Falcons!

‘Ho, ho’ and all that Nick Della Volpe says he was simply trying to get Fulton High School’s state championship football team into the Christmas parade. Madeline Rogero says a city staff member had to apologize to the parade’s corporate sponsor for his rudeness. It started last Monday when Della Volpe emailed the mayor for help: “I have been receiving phone calls from upset folks in the 4th District that the WIVK parade brain trust has decided that the state champs Fulton Falcons football team can’t march in the Christmas parade because they didn’t register on time!â€? On Wednesday, Rogero responded: “Several city staff members spent most of yesterday addressing concerns about the parade which, in the end, was mainly about miscommunication. Your response to it made it worse. In the future, I would appreciate you using a more collaborative and respectful approach when communicating with major sponsors of city events. These relationships are delicate and extremely beneficial to the city.â€? Rogero said that city events director Judith Foltz â€œâ€Ś spent an hour at WIVK personally apologizing for the tone of your phone call to Cumulus management in which you were described as abrupt, rude and a ‘bully.’ My understanding is that they were stunned that a council person would be-

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thing new and in many cases just ugly. The country is still paying a high price for such short-sighted values. However, when the African-American community discovered that a Cherry Street connector was scheduled to cut the remaining part of East Knoxville in two with an interstate-type highway, the leadership got busy along with then state Rep. Pete Drew. Such a road would have been a dagger in the heart of East Knoxville. They effectively killed the location but did not stop the bridge, which was built where it is today with modest traffic counts (somewhat higher while the Henley Street bridge is closed). TDOT itself has been controversial in Knoxville, a fact which led to Phil Bredesen carrying Knox County in his 2002 election as governor over then- U.S. Rep. Van Hillary. Bredesen proceeded to remove the previous arrogance of TDOT, and Gov. Haslam has continued a more user-friendly depart-

ment with the appointment of a former Franklin mayor, John Schroer, as TDOT commissioner. In his almost two years as commissioner, Schroer has conducted summer tours of road projects across the state. While technically he will make the final decision on whether this project goes forward or dies, it is inconceivable that he would not make inquiries with the governor who was mayor of Knoxville and knows the issue first-hand prior to deciding on what to do. Ten years ago, when as mayor I advocated the creation of the Marie Myers Park in South Knoxville, many saw that as an attempt to block the South Knoxville Parkway extension. It was a lonely position I took in arguing against the high cost of the project as well as the negative environmental issues. I was also opposing the Orange Route through Hardin Valley along with a mayoral candidate, Madeline Rogero, in 2003. It is heartwarming to see the Orange Route buried and public opinion on the South Knoxville Parkway reversing from support to overwhelming opposition. Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, along with Mayor Rogero and county Mayor Tim Burchett, has been very public

research showed it’s a line Louis Gossett Jr. spoke in a 2006 movie. The name of the movie? Are you sitting down? The name of the movie was “All In.� Sound familiar? It’s also the name of the book about disgraced Anne former CIA director David Hart Petraeus written by his paramour. Truth really is stranger than fiction. As someone In August, Gov. Bill once said, “You can’t make Haslam appointed Gross this stuff up.� to be East Tennessee commissioner for the Tennes- Duncan was everywhere If you didn’t run into U. see Occupational Safety and Health Review Commis- S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy� sion, an organization Gross Duncan during the recent chaired for eight years dur- Congressional recess it may ing the Sundquist admin- be a sign you need to get out istration. He is also a re- more. I ran into him so many cent appointee to the Knox times I got curious enough County Ethics Committee. “We have some great to ask his chief of staff, Bob candidates for the county Griffitts, just how many ofchair,� Gross says, “but I got ficial events Duncan had calls from some people en- attended while back in his couraging me to run, and so home territory. Turns out Duncan atI am. It’s important that our party have a strong leader.� tended 57 events and spoke So at least for now we at 40 of them. Whew! have the answer to that “is you in or is you out?� ques- GOP Christmas party tion. West Knox RepubliWhile writing this, I cans will host their annual got curious about where Christmas event today (Dec. I had heard that phrase. 10) starting at 6 p.m. at Had I made it up? A bit of Rothchild on Kingston Pike.

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Nick McBride, who has chaired the event for many years, says the party is open to any Republicans who want to attend. Tickets are $25. If you haven’t bought one yet, Nick says just show up and they’ll sell you one at the door. “It’s not really a political event,� he says. “It’s just a good time for Republicans to come together and enjoy a good dinner and conversation and to celebrate the holiday season.� Club president Ruthie Kuhlman says she is being encouraged to have karaoke for the evening’s entertainment, but isn’t sure everyone would appreciate it. If all is quiet on the western front tonight you’ll know Ruthie was right. If not, hope you have a set of earplugs handy.

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in his view that times have changed. The stellar urban wilderness moving forward in South Knoxville, which will be an economic generator, should not be jeopardized by a $100 million project which will benefit few and harm many. However, we should not forget that Chapman Highway needs upgrading once the Henley Street bridge work is completed. Pavlis deserves special credit along with both mayors for stepping forward on this issue to continue Knoxville’s effort to be a green city in a responsible way. Legacy Parks leaders Carol Evans and Brian Hann have been key spokespersons on the foolishness of this project. Times have changed, and a project that some thought made sense in the 1980s no longer makes any sense in 2012. Dwindling TDOT dollars should go to more urgent and costeffective projects in Knox County and East Tennessee. ■Term limits for the city: Since city voters enacted term limits, not one mayor or council member has failed to win a second and final term in office. Term limits have effectively become an 8-year term for city officials as challengers wait out the incumbent knowing he/she cannot seek a third term. Whether this was intended is unknown, but it is what has happened. Only former council member Steve Hall had a close call when Ellen Adcock opposed him in 2005, but he still prevailed by less than 200 votes.

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The Knoxville Journal building circa 1925. Toward the end of the career of its longtime editor, Capt. William Rule (1839-1928) (inset), the Knoxville Journal built this elegant early 20th century architectural gem which still stands at 618 S. Gay Street. Photos courtesy C.M. McClung Historical Collection

HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin Last month’s article on Capt. William Rule (18391928) discussed his youth and his Civil War military career. He served as adjutant and accompanied his unit, the 6th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry (USA), through four major battles and numerous skirmishes. They had traveled nearly 10,000 miles on foot or on horseback before he was mustered out of service at Nashville on April 27, 1865. The war had broadened Capt. Rule and colored his perspective on the future and his role in it. As Shelby Foote observed, “Before the war, people had a theoretical notion of having a country, but when the war was over, on both sides they knew they had a country. They’d been there. They had walked its hills and tramped its roads. They saw the country and they knew they had a country. And they knew the effort that they had expended and their dead friends had expended to preserve it. It did that. The war made their country an actuality. Before the war, it was said, ‘The United States are ...’ ... After the war, it was always, ‘The United States is ...’” Capt. Rule had worked in the newspaper business only brief ly before the war. Working under the inimitable William G. “Parson” Brownlow, who had made the Knoxville Whig a force to be reckoned with well beyond East Tennessee, convinced Rule that he wanted to make journalism his career. In 1866, Rule became city editor of the Whig. In 1870, he and Henry C. Tarwater founded a weekly paper, the Knoxville Chronicle, which later became a daily paper and was for many years the only Republican paper published south of the Ohio River. He and Henry Marfield started the Knoxville Journal in 1885. Rule became the sole owner in 1889 and merged with the Tribune in 1898 to become the Knoxville Journal and Tribune. The paper again became simply the Knoxville Journal in 1925. When Rule’s career as a newspaper editor came to an end with his death, he had served with distinction for an astounding 62 years. His inf luence in the community was enhanced by service on the Knox County Court, as postmaster and as Knoxville mayor for two terms (1873 and 1898). He was appointed a trustee of East Tennessee University (later the University of Tennessee) in 1868 and served as secretary of the board for 40 years. From 1876 to 1884, he was a member of the Republican National Committee. In 1900, he published the 590-page “Standard History of Knoxville, Tennessee,” which is such an important source of local history that it was republished in 2009 by Charles A. Reeves Jr. Rule’s thoughtful editorials are typified by his classic Christmas message printed on Dec. 25, 1926, only two years before his death. It ended with this paragraph: “What is here written may savor of a direct departure from the custom, honored in its observance, of making Christmas the happiest day in the year for children. There is no

better way of teaching, of building, of strengthening, an ever-enduring love of country than through the making of the children as happy and as contented as possible. Of all the human passions, love is the strongest and the most enduring. Love of Jesus means a love of home, a love of the house of worship, love for the book of books, love is the foundation-stone of civilization respecting citizenship, love of the glorious Stars and Stripes, bequeathed to us by our fathers who fought, bled and many of them died, in a country that stands for free schools, freedom of thought and freedom of worship of Him in whose worship is seen a combination of humanity with Divinity. We quote from Whittier, the Quaker poet: Blow, bugles of battle, the

marches of peace/East, west, north and south let the long quarrel cease/ Sing the song of great joy than angels began/Sing of story of God and of good will to man!” In Mark Twain’s memorable essay, “Journalism in Tennessee,” he describes the local newspaper’s mission thusly, “… to disseminate truth; to eradicate error, to educate, refine and elevate the tone of public morals and manners, and make all men more gentle, more virtuous, more charitable, and in all ways better and holier and happier ….” Capt. William Rule, having fulfilled those lofty goals for more than 60 years, died of acute appendicitis on Aug. 5, 1928, at age 89. At that time he was the oldest active newspaper editor in the United States.

His funeral services were conducted in his home at 1604 W. Clinch Ave. The Rev. Richard M. Mallard, pastor of First Methodist, Rule’s home church, conducted the service and the old soldier, whose birthday Knoxville considered “next to Christmas,” was buried in Old Gray Cemetery. One of the f loral tributes was from Adolph Ochs, publisher of The New York Times, who had begun his career as office boy for Capt. Rule. Another arrangement was from the local Daughters of the Confederacy Memorial Association, an organization which had never sent


ou have known the men and women of Rural/Metro Ambulance Service for more than 25 years now. That’s how long Rural/ Metro has been caring for the citizens of Knox County when they are at their most vulnerable – in an emergency. In recent weeks, Knox County has been engaged in a process to put the ambulance contract out for bid, as is required. A panel of independent experts – selected by the purchasing department and not disclosed to Rural/Metro – spent many hours evaluating the bids of three ambulance companies. Through a rigorous scoring process, the panel recommended last week that Knox County renew its contract with Rural/Metro,

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a f loral offering to honor a Union Army veteran. One observer called him the “city’s noblest citizen.” Lucy Ann Maxey, a descendant of Landon Carter Haynes and Nathaniel Taylor, prominent upper East Tennesseans, had become William’s bride on Oct. 28, 1858. She passed away on Oct. 24, 1928, in her 91st year, less than three months after her husband’s death. During their 70 years of marriage, Lucy Ann had raised the two children who survived her, William and Lillian, and four others who predeceased her: James Frederick, Cora, Stella and Alida. She had welcomed

many famous guests into her home, which was also considered a mecca for visiting Methodist laymen and ministers. The bishop, the Rev. B.J. Cooke, called it his “home away from home.” At her passing the Knoxville Journal used a quote from the book of Proverbs to describe her: “She looked well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

and the item is on County Commission’s agenda this month. We thought you’d be glad to know about Rural/Metro’s selection. One of Rural/Metro’s competitors has filed an appeal of that recommendation, which is within their legal rights. Unfortunately, they also are unfairly attacking the integrity of some of the selection committee members. The evaluation process used by Knox County was conducted in a thorough and professional way. We believe County Commission is not going to be swayed by these desperate tactics. We just wanted to keep you informed, and we look forward to providing the same excellent, trusted emergency service in the future.


High cost of losing How much does it cost to win? Doesn’t matter. Just write a check. If you owe payments on a big ballpark, you must have people occupying seats. Pay whatever it takes to attract customers. Losing is not an acceptable alternative. It is too expensive. Can Butch Jones solve the problem? Dave Hart has bet the entire estate that he can. All Butch has to do is win. Consider the Tennessee cost of not winning enough football games. The buyout for Phillip Fulmer was $6 million. That was to head off a decline in revenue. Alas, matters got worse. Imagine paying an executive search company for finding the likes of Lane Kiffin. Take into account the $3.6 million Tennessee used to hire Kiffin assistants. It was a world

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record! OK, Lane’s daddy got more than half. Losing costs so much. Think about moving expenses for all the Derek Dooley aides. Some didn’t stay long enough to establish voting privileges. The cost of firing Dooley for failure will be a longterm burden, another $5 million plus. Should Tennessee have been patient? Of course not – unless going broke is the new goal. Wait, wait, you say, it is unfair to set the bar so high. Why should we ex-

pect a man paid millions to win games to actually win games? The Southeastern Conference is a tough place to play. Look at people in government. They keep their jobs without producing anything. Come to think of it, we don’t know if Dooley knew what he was doing and might have eventually produced a big winner. We may never know. We don’t know if Jones can work a miracle but he does have a track record. We don’t know if he can recruit against SEC competition. We know he better, starting last week. Tennessee has not yet added up all the negatives of the past four years. Empty seats were an indication of lost ticket revenue – serious money. Linked to that were sagging concession profits and a sharp fall

Angels everywhere In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man who name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1: 26-28 NRSV) Even before Gabriel showed up in Nazareth, an angel had appeared to Zechariah in the Temple in Jerusalem. That angel — who remains unnamed — informed the startled Zechariah that he and Elizabeth would have a son who was to be named John. That was a newsflash indeed, because Eliz-

abeth was past the time of child-bearing, a fact which John had the temerity to point out to the angel, a bit of sass which earned him nine months of muteness as punishment. Not long after that, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, announcing that she would bear a child who would be the Son of God.

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Lynn Hutton She, too, raised objections to the angel’s news, questioning how that would happen, since she was a virgin. Fortunately, an angel came to counsel Joseph as well, to reassure him that his betrothed was telling him the truth about this child she was carrying. Later, there were angels



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in sales of souvenirs and orange attire. You should see the racks of leftovers at Penney’s. The loss of enthusiasm meant a drop in donations. And, oh my, consider the reduced value of Tennessee football to advertisers. How would you like to be First Tennessee or Food City or Dish? Tennessee has leaked money and squandered respect. Not being relevant in the big market is so discouraging. Tennessee hasn’t been in a Southeastern Conference race since 2007. Some fans recognize the dilemma. Several prospective coaches apparently did. They used Tennessee’s interest to leverage better deals where they were. That left Hart bouncing off walls, the proverbial golf ball in a bathroom. Here, there, somewhere else. OK, I’ve been told that you can’t win ’em all, that losing on the field, in recruiting and in finding a replacement coach is part of

– hosts of them, armies of them – appearing to shepherds, reporting the news and finally, at the end of all this drama, one solitary angel who came to Joseph in Egypt, reassuring him that the danger had passed and he and his little family could return to Nazareth. These are the angel stories we hear during Advent and Christmas. But there are many others. Angels appear throughout the biblical story, from Genesis to Revelation, with varied assignments. Angels stood guard at the entrance to Eden. Angels carried messages from heaven to humans. Angels rolled a stone away from the door of a tomb. Angels do battle. Angels lead

Former Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones, shown here Dec. 1 during the second half of Cincinnati’s game against Connecticut at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., has been hired to replace Derek Dooley as Tennessee’s new football coach. AP Photo/Jessica Hill the game. College football runs in cycles and the secret is to not stay down any longer than the minimum time it takes to get up. Tennessee has had some grand and glorious runs. It has a rich history in football. It has been semi-serious since 1892. Despite recent struggles, it remains top 10 all-time in total victories.

Never, in comparison with rivals, has Tennessee been as low as it is. When you are 41-18 behind Vanderbilt, it is way past time to take remedial action. The ball is in your court, Butch. We cannot afford more losing. Change directions. Pay off old debts. Hurry.

worship in heaven. And in Revelation, an angel was given guardianship over each of the seven churches. Angels were busy creatures. So, here is my question. Where are they today? Have you seen an angel lately? Me neither. Well, there was the angel in my neighborhood who drove his white pickup truck and kept watch over the body of my Jordan’s dog, Cooper, who had been hit by a car. And there is my angel Tom who brings bags of paperback books to the Refuge about twice a month, so our neighbors have good reading material. And there is my angel Pat who works miracles of organi-

zation in the Refuge closet. And there are all the volunteer angels who come their one day every week, faithfully, patiently seeking to help, to encourage, to challenge, to care. And there is my angel David at the Greyhound station who always has a kind word for the stranded traveler I am trying to help. And there are about 140 angels who sing with me in the Knoxville Choral Society, who bring joy and wonder to my heart every single time we make music together. And there are friends and family, literally the world over, whose hearts beat in unison with mine. Where are your angels?

Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is westwest6@netzero. com.


Craft fair

at West Towne Christian Church By Theresa Edwards West Towne Christian Church hosted a craft fair with 50 vendors participating. “The proceeds go toward a youth mission trip to Guatemala,” said Sandy Tanaka. There was a large variety of handcraft-

ed items, because vendors shared lists of their items to avoid duplications with each other. Several people also performed live demonstrations of their artistry. “Many people wonder how I make my own beads, so it’s fun to show them how it’s done,” said Pam Perdue.

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With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? Betty White. I bet she’s got some stories to tell!

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life? I can’t pinpoint one person in particular. My life has been influenced by a multitude of people I’ve met over the years.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Singing. But that doesn’t stop me from letting loose in the car.

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

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My first laptop. It changed my whole world!

When Heather Sutton was attending Gibbs High School and UT, she dreamed of being a journalist, of all things. An internship at public relations firm Moxley Carmichael set her on her present course, and she is now media relations and project director at the nonprofit Metropolitan Drug Commission. The MDC fights drug and alcohol abuse through education, advocacy and awareness. More people die from drug overdose than from car accidents, Heather says, and most of those deaths are fueled by prescription drug abuse. It’s an epidemic that’s risen during the two years she’s worked for the MDC. The good news is that new restrictions on prescription drug sales will take effect early next year. Plus, education has proven to be effective, since many people don’t understand the dangers of taking medications incorrectly, she says. She may not be a reporter, but Heather appreciates that she’s able to make a difference in the community with her work. “It’s different from what I envisioned, but it’s never a dull moment.”

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? “Always be able to look back and say, ‘At least I didn’t lead no humdrum life.’” – “Forrest Gump”

What are you guilty of? I have a weakness for unhealthy foods. The cheesier and greasier, the better! I’m also prone to impulsive online shopping.

What is your favorite material possession? I think my cellphone is permanently attached to my hand. I don’t know if I could function without it.

What are you reading currently? “Guerilla Marketing for Nonprofits.” Yup, I’m a nerd.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I have a terrible habit of texting while walking. During my first month of college, I fell down the stairs of the University Center while texting and twisted my ankle. A stranger standing at the bottom broke my fall. I’m still not sure if I should feel lucky he caught me or embarrassed for slamming into him.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Never depend on others to take care of you. Be independent and able to stand on your own two feet.

What is your social media of choice? I’m pretty addicted to Facebook. I check it compulsively. I’ve been really into Pinterest lately, too.

What is the worst job you have ever had? I worked in customer service for five years prior to this job. It was my first experience in the working world. I complained about it constantly at the time, but looking back, it taught me a lot about how to interact with the public and handle difficult situations.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? I really liked “Scooby Doo.” I wanted a retro wardrobe just like Daphne.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? I don’t have a bucket list per se, but three things I’d like to accomplish in the next year are: 1) Brush up on my Spanish. 2) Take dancing lessons. 3) Improve my graphic design skills.

What irritates you?

What is one word others often use to describe you?

Market Square. There’s always something to do and yummy places to eat.

Inconsiderate people.

What’s one place in Bearden/downtown that everyone should visit?

Crazy. But a fun kind of crazy. I like to think I keep life interesting.

What is your greatest fear? It’s a tie between cockroaches and needles. They send me into an utter panic. Cold sweats, rapid heart rate, shrill screams, the whole nine yards.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? When it comes to work, I can be intensely Type A. I will stress over the smallest details until they are perfect. I would love to be a bit more laid-back in that area.

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? Pack up and move to a city I’ve never been. Or buy a puppy. – W. Smith

What is your passion? Making people laugh. Finding humor in life is the key to happiness. I also love to dance. I take Zumba classes several times a week. Once you hear the music, you can’t help but move.

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Acclaimed choral director reveals secret to success: work By Betty Bean Central High School’s dynamic choral director Beckye Thomas hasn’t got much time to relax during the holiday season. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, she will direct all three Central High School performing groups – the Bel Canto/Bobcat Company, the Select Choraliers and the Concert Choir – in a Christmas concert at the school auditorium. This will reprise the show her students put on at the Tennessee Theatre last week in what has become a Mighty Musical Monday annual December tradition. Mighty Wurlitzer maestro Dr. Bill Snyder says the Central High School singers performances are so popular that they now do two shows to accommodate the crowds who come to hear them. “It’s just a wonderful venue,” Thomas said. “They (her students) love it. They were glowing.” Anyone unable to attend the Christmas show can catch the Bobcat Company Sunday, Dec. 23 on WATE-TV. In the interim, the Bobcat Company will perform for Pilot Oil’s Christmas celebration at the Knoxville Convention Center and go back to the Tennessee Theatre for Regal Cinema’s party. Add those future events to the Select Choraliers performance with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert in November and the Bobcat Company women’s

participation in the KSO/Appalachian Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker Suite at the Civic Coliseum the weekend before Mighty Musical Monday, and it would be easy to excuse Thomas if she happened to be a bit tuckered at this point. But she’s not. If Thomas, a relentless bundle of energy in her 28th year at Central High School (and, quite unbelievably, her 40th year with Knoxville/ Knox County Schools), is tired, she shows no sign of fatigue. She maintains that cranking out nonstop performance gems and winning awards too numerous to list requires more perspiration than inspiration, and she is always reminding her students that hard work trumps talent. She worries that the hit television show “Glee” is conveying the opposite message to young people. She hopes kids don’t look at it as “Oh, gee, look at this – within an hour we can start from nothing and put on a full-fledged production.” “This is a problem in this instant gratification Cast members Channing Murphy, Katie Davis and Kaitlyn Wat- world,” Thomas kin celebrate the Magic of Christmas during a December 2008 said. “What they production at Central High.

Central High choral director Beckye Thomas acknowledges her accompanist during the Mighty Musical Monday performance at the historic Tennessee Theatre. Photos by Ruth White

Katie Bolton, Frosty (Chandler England), Anna Settle, Cody Hutchison and Hannah Zechman spread Christmas cheer in the December 2010 production of NYC’s Spirit of the Season. need to be learning is that you must repeat and rehearse and retain to bring it to fruition. It’s not something at your fingertips. I tell my students that the only place I know where success comes before work is in the dictionary. I learned it from my parents and my hero, my high school band director Mr. Stanley Barnes. Along with my dance teacher growing up, they were my biggest influences in developing a strong work ethic.” One of her fondest professional memories is of a bashful student who blossomed in the chorus before he graduated in 1989: “Roger Wallace came to me his sophomore year as a hard-core baseball player. He was so shy he barely moved his mouth,” Thomas said. By his senior year, Wallace was playing the lead in Central’s Broad-

way show, and then he majored in music at the University of Tennessee and was a member of the UT Singers before heading to Austin, Texas, to seek his fortune. Thomas is proud that he was voted Most Promising Newcomer in the Austin music scene. She has one of his CDs in her office. “I always like to look here in the liner notes and see ‘Thank you to Beckye Thomas,” she said. “It’s not so much about the exceptional talent – it’s the work that gets you there.” Another document on her desk is the Bobcat Company group evaluation that scores leadership, work ethic, respect, cooperation, morale building, pride, dependability, enthusiasm, humility and desire for excellence. “Nowhere does it say ‘vocal ability,’” Thomas said.

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It’s time for a little Reindeer Juice! Ahhh…the holidays! I love this time of year with all the fab decorations, excited kids, shopping galore and parties. Even the smells are delightful with lots of baking, fresh greenery and holiday candles. It’s a wonderful time of year! Being the hostess with the mostest is sooo me! I love planning menus, creating snazzy table settings and trying new recipes. Especially if they’re super easy! Here’s one of my fave beverages. Reindeer Juice fills the house with warm, yummy smells. This recipe can be made as a family or adult beverage. Just no drivin’ the sleigh after a little holiday cheer!

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Old-school idea, new technique Bearden Middle holds garage band club

The Garage Band Club that meets each week at Bearden Middle School is not your typical group of teenagers jamming on guitars and drums.

Helping children around the world Brownie Troop 20139 recently held an Operation Christmas Child packing party. Twelve boxes were packed with items including toothbrushes, clothing and toys for children in need around the world. The children also learned about the distribution of wealth around the world. Troop members earned a commemorative patch for completing the project. Pictured are troop members Lillie Wimbish, Haleigh Lucas, Fiona Porter, Fiona Stapleton, Grace Fowler, Kaelin Porter, Phoebe Smith; (back) troop co-leaders Angela Wimbish and Kathryn Fowler and parent volunteer Lori Smith. Photo submitted

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Rocky Hill first grade wins can drive Rocky Hill Elementary School 5th grader Andie Sexton helps pack up cans collected during a school-wide food drive. Rocky Hill’s 1st grade students won a friendly competition among grade levels by collecting the most cans. Girl Scout troops 628 and 525 helped with the event.

SCHOOL NOTES Bearden Elementary ■ The AR store will be open for kindergartners 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, and for 1st through 5th grades 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.

■ Financial College Aid Night will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the library. General state and federal funding will be explained.

Sequoyah Elementary ■ PTA will meet 10:45-11:45 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the library. All parents are encouraged to attend. ■ Kindergarten holiday party is Wednesday, Dec. 19; first grade is Thursday, Dec. 20.

West Hills Elementary ■ Box Tops for Education from General Mills’ products and Labels for Education from Campbell’s products are being collected to purchase supplies for the school. Labels can be dropped off 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

ence Olympiad team, and in exchange the group receives a small payment for services. With the money, Weininger and Arnold have been able to purchase additional supplies for the students including microphones and beatpads. Eighth grader Sammie Jenkins has grown as an artist and as a student since joining the club. According to Weininger, Sammie had some trouble adjusting to the 6th grade until he joined the Garage Band. Now he writes lyrics to original rap music he records in the computer lab. When he started, says Sammie, “I did it just for fun. Now, I use words that make sense. It’s educational.” Both Arnold and Weininger have noticed a difference in the attitudes of the students who participate in the afterschool club. “Instead of saying ‘I hate that place,’” says Arnold, “now, inside these four walls, they say, ‘I can be myself.’”

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Bearden Middle School 8th grader Sammie Jenkins reThe club meets in the cords an original rap over school’s computer lab. Stu- a beat from iMac software dents are seated at iMacs GarageBand. Photos by S. Barrett throughout the room and wear headphones, using chance and has visited on various computer hardware occasion as both a mentor to create original pieces and a fan. “If you give kids somefrom sampled songs of popular artists, or from beats thing constructive to do, and instrumentals from the they’re not just going to iMac software GarageBand. play video games,” said Art teacher Mike Weininger, the club’s foundWeininger er. “They’ll do something and UT intellectual.” grad stuA diverse group of about dent and 30 students have joined the i n t e r n club this year. Members H e a t h e r have performed at fundArnold co- raisers for the school’s Scisponsor the club “All I pop is bandz, you poppin’ balloonz and help Arnold the stuAll I get is cash, you get trash like raccoons.” dents navigate recording – original lyrics from rap artist and Bearden sessions. Nashville artist DJ Wigz Middle School student Sammie Jenkins discovered the group by

SPORTS NOTES ■ The Bearden High School dance team won first place in varsity jazz and varsity pom divisions at the Smoky Mountain Dance Competition.

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■ Any Bearden High School students interested in playing tennis this spring need to come to an informal meeting 3:45-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in room 414. All current members and those interested in join-

■ Registration forms to play softball at West High School are available in the main office of Bearden Middle School for girls in grades 6-8 zoned for WHS.

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Holiday Helpers at Bearden Elementary Bearden Elementary School PTSO volunteer Mary Martin works on wrapping presents for a teacher during Holiday Helpers. Six parents volunteered their time to wrap gifts for teachers at the school. Volunteer Christy Overton said teachers work so late after school they don’t really have time to wrap their presents for family, friends and students. The response from the teachers gets better and better each year, Overton says. Coffee and treats were also served for the teachers to enjoy. Photo by S. Barrett

Bearden High School band visits New York City Members of the Bearden High School marching band visited New York City’s financial district following their participation in the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. Students also visited Central Park, Times Square, and the 9/11 Memorial, and attended a Broadway performance of “The Lion King.” Photo submitted

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The Chiefs won the 6-7 age group Knox Youth Sports League tournament, ending the season with a record of 8-3. Team members are (front) Aiden Troutt, Britton Carver, Ryan Scott; (second row) Ward Sterchi, Jack Felton, Wyatt Marlar, Brooks Bergeron, Gavin Williams, Hunter Dance, John Whitesell; (back) coaches Jed Dance, John Felton and Todd Scott. Photo submitted

The Broncos won the 8-9 age group in the Fall Knox Youth Sports Flag Football League tournament. Team members are (front) Hank Johnson, Finn Winters, Bennett Rymer, Charlie Bozeman; (second row) Jackson Garner, Lucas Turner, Grant Parker, Stokes John, Joshua Christodoulou; (back) coaches Michael Bozeman, Jonathan Johnson and Andrew Rymer. Not pictured are Joseph Moore and Ben Reynolds. Photo submitted

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Promoting corporate health Ever wonder at the end of a really hectic day – when you feel as if you’ve been on the run every minute – just how many miles you have walked that day?

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Steve Fogarty, broker/ owner of Realty Executives, has found a way to get an answer to that question for his staff and agents and to make their miles walked pay off in more ways than one. The company’s marketing director, Sharon Long, says the new Realty Executives “Step it Up” fitness challenge was devised as “a means of promoting corporate wellness and general good health throughout the company. We thought what better time to do it than during the holiday season when we’re all indulging in food and drink?” Last week, agents and staff who wanted to par-

ticipate were each loaned a pedometer to monitor their daily steps. At the end of each day the participants go online to log their steps walked. Long says, “the idea is to get people moving and to have a good time too.” She adds that it doesn’t matter whether the steps are walked at the office, while doing holiday shopping or on a track. They’ll all count. At Christmas, the person who has logged the most steps may choose between the gift of two rounds of golf at Egwani Farms or a 60minute deep tissue Swedish massage at Spa Visage. This first go-round, the demand for pedometers outstripped the supply, so more will be ordered for another competition in January.

refreshments. All appearances aside, it isn’t a painted table, nor is its covering a tightly woven fine table cloth. At first glance, either of those options seems possible, but for Brad, they would be just plain boring. He originally covered the table with artist canvas. (What else?) And then someone accidentally splattered some red wine on it. Brad liked the way it looked, and ended up painting the entire thing in a very pretty design. Well, after all, it is artist canvas. His medium? More red wine. ■

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There’s an app for nearly everything else. Why not The District in Bearden? Bebe Vogel, who man■ More vino? ages the merchants group Brad Cullen, co-owner of there, says The District Bearden’s Plum Galley with has just acquired its very Mickey Mallonee and Dan- own app. It’s available at iel Headrick, has obviously no charge at the app store honed his creative skills – just in time for holiday shopping and dining right waaay beyond the norm. Next time you attend here at home. one of the gallery’s popular events, look closely at the ■ Santa says wow! table holding the wine and New kitchen cabinets in

HEALTH NOTES ■ Susan Spicer, a volunteer at Tennova North, is available to speak to your group about resources for cancer patients and their families, from free brochures on every type of cancer to helping find transportation and/or financing, help with emotional needs and a program for men and women titled, “Look Better, Feel Better.” To schedule Susan’s talk, call her at 235-3730.

your stocking on Christmas morning? Why not? Won’t fit? What about a fancy new bathtub? Could Santa manage to slide one of those under the tree? Actually, the jolly fat guy could deliver both of those – and lots more – on Christmas morning thanks to an offer at Modern Supply Co. Joan Hatcher, director of marketing and communication for the business, says that during the holidays if you purchase a gift certificate for $25 or more you will receive a coupon good for $50 off a purchase of $500 or more. Kitchen cabinets won’t fit in that stocking, but that gift certificate and the promise of what follows it sure will. ■

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Papa Murphy’s in Cedar Bluff will host its first-ever Christmas Giveback Night from 4-6 p.m. today (Dec. 10). Papa Murphy’s and WIVK will give away a free large pepperoni pizza to each of the first 107 customers in line. There will also be door prizes from Papa Murphy’s, Walgreens, Dol-

Donate blood, save lives Blood donations generally decline during the holiday season even though Medic must continue to provide area hospitals with blood. Donors can choose to decline their free T-shirt from Medic and a monetary donation will be made to Second Harvest Food Bank. One donation can provide nine meals. Medic is also giving away a two-night mountain getaway to someone who donates during December.

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area schools, churches and charities to raise money. In the month of November alone, they presented checks to Imagination Library, American Diabetes Association, Boys and Girls Clubs, and many schools in Knox, Blount, Anderson and Sevier counties.

lar General Market, Kroger, Aaron’s Rentals and more. Papa Murphy’s in Cedar Bluff is celebrating one year of business this month, and wants to show appreciation to the community the restaurant serves. The business also regularly gives back to the community by partnering with


All blood types are needed. Donors can donate at a number of daily mobile sites or one of two fixed sites: 1601 Ailor Ave. and 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Other blood drives in your area: ■ 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Virginia College in Fountain City, 4815 N. Broadway. ■ 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Home Federal Bank on Union Avenue, Bloodmobile. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Cedar Springs Pres-

byterian Church, inside the fellowship hall. One donor will win a $30 gift card to Rafferty’s. ■ 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Food City in Powell, Bloodmobile. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old weighing 120 pounds with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and have positive identification. For a complete list of drives, visit medicblood. org or medicblood.


KARM heals minds, bodies By Anne Hart It isn’t every day that a speaker predicts at the beginning of her presentation what the emotional state of her audience will be Sledge at its end, but that’s just what Angie Hatcher Sledge did at last week’s meeting of West Knox Rotary.

Vice president of development at Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM), Sledge told her listeners that she knew they expected to feel sad and depressed after hearing her describe the work KARM does on behalf of homeless people, but she promised that wouldn’t happen. She was right. She reminded her audience that it was nearly 53 years ago that four Knoxville churches came together to provide a ministry to the city’s homeless population.

It was the beginning of an organization that today houses 400 people every night and serves 1,000 to 1,200 meals a day. “We take care of their immediate needs, but that’s just a band-aid and bandaids wear out. These are people who have fallen down and have no place to go and no one who cares. KARM exists because there is tragedy and brokenness, and we do everything we can to change it.” Sledge said the work of KARM has set an example for others. “‘The rest of the country is looking at us. They know we know what we’re doing.”‘ She described many services KARM provides, including Launch Point, a

four-week program designed to help homeless people get back on their feet, adding that 74 of the 100 who have finished that program – started just last January – are no longer homeless. Sledge said KARM receives no federal funding, and only a combined $30,000 annually from the city and county, “‘all of which is used to buy food from Second Harvest Food Bank.” Much of KARM’s funding comes from its retail outlets, where homeless people are partnered with employees who teach them job skills, including merchandising and customer service. KARM welcomes volunteer mentors. Info: 6736540.

Holidays in The District

Kimball’s Jewelers, atop Bearden Hill, is holding a series of special showings during the holiday season. Danny Overbey, Kimball’s CEO, admires a Roberto Coin ring being modeled by sales professional Stephanie Peterson. Photos by A. Hart

Cinnamon Airhart chats with Circuit Court Judge Harold Wimberly Jr. at the recent holiday open house at the District Gallery & Framery in Bearden. Wimberly’s photography will be showcased at the gallery in January.

News from Office of Register of Deeds

Real estate data strong By Sherry Witt

Preliminary analysis of the November data indicates a very encouraging month for local real estate markets. There were 707 property transfers in Witt November, 123 more than those recorded in November 2011. The numbers also compare very favorably to those from October, which is historically a much busier month for real estate transactions. The total value of land sold in November was a robust $145 million. Not only did that surpass the October sales, but it also bested last November by more than $40 million. History has shown November to be one of the slowest times of year for recordings in the Register’s office, adding further evidence that signs of

recovery could be genuine. The month was also a strong one for the lending markets. November produced approximately $364 million in mortgages and refinancing, compared to $336 million in October. Last November, just $274 million was loaned against real property in Knox County. The largest property transfers of the month were both foreclosure sales. One involved property in The Market Place complex on Kingston Pike. The parcel sold for just under $5 million. The other was for a development known as The Cottages at Pryse Farm located off McFee Road in deep West Knox County. That property sold for approximately $4.5 million. On behalf of all the staff here at the Register of Deeds office, I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

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Rick Bennett, owner of Bennett Galleries, poses with Moll Anderson, noted interior designer and lifestyle expert, at her recent book signing at the Kingston Pike establishment. The book is entitled “Seductive Tables for Two,” and several of Anderson’s gorgeous tablescapes were on display for visitors to admire.

Paul Morris has joined ORNL Federal Credit Union as vice president of information technology. He will manage all aspects of technology for the credit union. CEO Chris Johnson said his experience over the past two decades will “prove invaluable to our organization and will benefit staff and members alike.” Morris comes from California where he most recently headed IT at Bay Federal Credit Union in Capitola. He previously worked for Fox (20th Television) and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Paul Morris He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Irvine, a master’s degree in computer science from University of Southern California and a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University.

Nashville Jewelry designer coming to knoxville Nashville jewelry designer Vincent Peach is coming to Knoxville on Friday evening, December 14 from 5 to 8; and on Saturday, December 15 from 10 to 5 for a special trunk showing of his beautiful pieces at UPSTAIRS at Todd Richesin Interiors. Vincent grew up surrounded by the pearl business. One of his first memories was helping his father grade pearls. Vincent’s father has been in the pearl business for over 35 years, and was one of the first people in the world to culture freshwater pearls. He is viewed as a pioneer in the industry. Currently, his father is known as one of the foremost pearl experts in the world, and has shared all of his knowledge and expertise with Vincent. Vincent is legendary in his own right as a jewelry designer and pearl expert. His work is getting lots of national attention and has been featured in Vogue, US weekly, the New York Times, and other major publications. Actress Connie Brit-

ton has worn a few of his pieces on the new hit television series “Nashville,” and followed it up by wearing a one-of-a kind creation on the cover of the Arts section in the New York Times. Peach has also adorned the likes of Miranda Lambert, Sandra Bullock, and Taylor Swift (who happens to be a customer of UPSTAIRS). These stars have really put his creations on the map. Vincent’s collection is inspired by his Nashville roots, and intertwined with the romance of luxury travel. Each piece is hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind. What we love most are his contrasting combinations like softly-worn leather and Tahitian pearls, baroque freshwater pearls woven onto nylon stringing, and his stacking wooden stretch bead bracelet. He is combining pave diamond orbs on his necklaces as well, and mixing in his

interest in ancient coins by using the coins as clasps for some of his work. Combining the casual elegance of leather, and the extraordinary beauty of fresh-water and black Tahitian pearls, his collection is artistically crafted to create a feeling of comfort and ease. One of the best parts of Vincent’s work is the value. His connections with the world pearl market allow him to price his designs in a way that represents an unparalleled value. Also at UPSTAIRS during the Peach Pearl trunk show will be featured the inspired holiday collection of Christmas decorations and gifts owners Bobby Brown and Todd Richesin have selected for this holiday season. There is still an amazing selection of beautiful items. During this two-day trunk show, we are offering 25% off all Christmas ornaments.


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MONDAY, DEC. 10 The Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, will have a Stroller Tour at 9 a.m. focusing on Ancient Egypt. Each month, a free stroller tour will be held to allow parents and caregivers to bring babies and toddlers to the museum without disrupting other guests. All tours will be led by museum educators. Info and registration: http://mcclungmuseumstrollertour. or Abby Naunheimer, 974-2144 or The Wild Thyme Players will hold auditions for “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” a madcap Irish black comedy, 5-7 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5401 Tiffany Lane (off Merchant Drive). Parts are available for seven men and one woman. Auditions are open to individuals 18 and over; no prior stage experience is necessary. Performances will be March 15-17, 2013, at Relix Variety Theater. Info: 325-9877 or Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road, will host Holidays at the Library at 6 p.m. Sequoyah Branch Library, 1140 Southgate Road, will hold a craft workshop at 6 p.m. Participants ages 6 and up will make seasonal decorations; all supplies provided. Class size is limited. Register: 5251541. Tennessee Shines will feature the Ian Thomas Band, singer-songwriter Jennifer Niceley and author David Brill 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.

MONDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 10-16 Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd., is hosting the exhibit “Quadrivium” featuring the work of the four most recent additions to the faculty of the School of Art at the University of Tennessee. The artists are Joshua Bienko, drawings; Evan Meaney, transmedia design; Althea Murphy-Price, printmaking; and Karla Wozniak, painting. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, DEC. 10-21 The Arts & Culture Alliance presents the 2012 Members Show in both galleries of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. The largest annual exhibition of local artists in the greater Knoxville area, the show features two- and three-dimensional works in a wide variety of media; most works are for sale. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Info: 215-8830, eths@ or

TUESDAY, DEC. 11 Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road, will host a visit from Santa Claus at 11 a.m. Kids and cameras welcome. Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway, will hold Chanukah storytime at 4 p.m. with books, music, crafts and fun. KARM (Knox Area Rescue Ministries), 418 N. Broadway, will hold a KARM Encounter for prospective volunteers 5:45-7:15 p.m. Info: Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive, will host a visit from Santa Claus at 6:30 p.m. Kids and cameras welcome. The Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Attendees are invited to bring a USB flash drive to share pictures from their favorite trips of the year. Info: Mac Post, The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable will feature Jim Ogden, chief historian of the Chickamauga/ Chattanooga National Military Park, speaking on “The Battle of Arkansas Point; January 1863” at 8 p.m. at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Cost: $5. Buffet dinner at 7 p.m. plus talk: $17 ($15 members). Dinner reservations by 11 a.m. Dec. 10: 671-9001.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11-12 A Holiday Pottery Sale and Open House will be held by Highland Pottery 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the home studio of potter Lisa Kurtz, 9193 Hemingway Grove Circle in Whittington Creek subdivision. Info: www. or LKHighlandPottery@

TUESDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 11-JAN. 6 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 features 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.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 11-JAN. 13 The Seventh Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition features 1,500 juried pieces of artwork created by middle- and high-school students from 32 counties across East Tennessee at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.


The Knoxville Watercolor Society is exhibiting an all-media show through Jan. 3, 2013, at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Info:

Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave., will hold Chanukah storytime at 11 a.m. with books, music, crafts and fun. Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway, will host a visit from Santa Claus at 11 a.m. Kids and cameras welcome. Jewelry artist Ann Lacava will discuss the history of jewelry-making and provide a hands-on, visual demonstration of the art of chainmaille at noon at the Emporium Center. 100 S. Gay St., as part of the “Time Well Spent” brown-bag lunch series. Info: www.



The Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S. Gay St., is hosting the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s official traveling exhibition “Common People in Uncommon Times” along with the tie-in exhibit “In Death Not Divided: Civil War Tombstones and the Stories They Tell,”

“A Christmas Carol,” featuring new costumes, sets and adaptation, continues on the main stage of UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre. Performances are WednesdaySunday, Dec. 12-16; and Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 20-23. Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.; all others start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $40 and are available at 865-


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WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, DEC. 12-JAN. 18 UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St., presents “Revealed,” featuring paintings by Pat Badt and ceramic sculpture by Paul Briggs, through Jan. 18. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Info:

THURSDAY, DEC. 13 The Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection will feature River Valley Musicians and speaker Glenda Smith of Snellville, Ga., at its “A Gift for All Seasons Luncheon” at 10:45 a.m. at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Cost: $12. Reservations for lunch and childcare: Marie, 382-1155 or marie.rose139@hotmail. com. Murphy Branch Library, 2247 Western Ave., will host a visit from Santa Claus at 3 p.m. Kids and cameras welcome. Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road, will hold Chanukah storytime at 4 p.m. with books, music, crafts and fun.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 13-15 Circle Modern Dance will present its 21st annual production of Primitive Light, featuring the work of eight new and returning choreographers, including founding director Mark Lamb, at Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Shows are at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Tickets at $13 adults; $8.50 children, seniors, military. Tickets at the door: $15 and $10.

FRIDAY, DEC. 14 The 18th annual KMA Holiday Home Tour will be 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The fundraiser for the Knoxville Museum of Art will feature tours of five Knoxville residences, including Sequoyah Hills classics, a lakefront estate, an interior designer’s showplace and a custom-built home, and will include a festive luncheon at Cherokee Country Club. Tickets: $75; www.knoxart. org. UT Gardens will hold a class on how ginger root is used to make gingerbread 10-11:30 a.m. Children will decorate a gingerbread boy or girl to eat and a gingerbread ornament to take home. Cost: $12 ($8 members). Preregistration required: Derrick Stowell, 974-7151 or Racheff House and Gardens, 1943 Tennessee Ave., will celebrate its annual Greens Tea noon-3 p.m. Refreshments will be free. Holiday wreaths, table designs, amaryllis, paper white narcissus and traditional holiday baked items will be available for purchase.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 14-15 “Christmas in the Cave” featuring Christmas scenes, twinkling lights, pictures with Santa and holiday treats will be presented 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway. Cost: $8 (children 5 and under free). Info: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed by the WordPlayers at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Tickets: $12 for adults; $10 seniors and students; $8 ages 12-17; and $5 children under 12. Reservations: 694-6684 or arts/theatre. Info: 539-2490 or

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 14-16 The 26th annual Clayton Holiday Concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15; and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Lucas Richman will conduct the concerts featuring the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Choral Society, Sound Company Children’s Choir and Go! Contemporary Dance Works performing music from seasonal favorites such as “White Christmas” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Tickets: $14-$45; or 291-3310.

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A magical Christmas By Wendy Smith Some things never get old, no matter how many times they happen. West Hills Baptist Church has thrown a Christmas party for children served by the Western Heights Baptist Center for the past 42 years. This year, it was obvious from the smiling faces of the children, and their sponsors, that everyone benefits from the tradition. The 50 children who rode the bus from Western Heights to the church building were greeted by their sponsors, who interacted with them while they watched a magic show, performed by Knoxville magician Michael Messing, and ate a pizza dinner. At the end of the evening, the children listened to the Christmas story and received a Bible and a sleeping bag as gifts.

Children as well as adults are spellbound by the magic of Michael Messing. Photos by Wendy Smith It’s an event they look forward to all year long, says Western Heights Baptist Center director Shannon Worsham. All of the children, except for a few younger siblings, are enrolled in the center’s afterschool program. The program provides Bible study

Craig, Elam join Lewis King Brad W. Craig and Caitlyn Luedtke Elam, graduates of the UT College of Law, have joined the Knoxville office of the Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop law firm. Both will practice in civil litigation, said Brad Craig Caitlyn Elam president/managing shareholder Deborah assistant to UT College of Stevens. Law adjunct professor CarCraig served as a judi- ol Mutter and was a judicial intern for Criminal cial intern for U.S. District Court Judge Mary Beth Court judges C. Clifford Leibowitz and spent two Shirley and H. Bruce Guysummers in the Lewis ton. Her undergraduate King summer associate degree is from UT where program. His parents live she was a Baker Scholar. in Jefferson City, and he Her parents are Nile and earned his undergraduate Cheryl Luedtke, and she degree from MTSU. lives in west Knoxville Elam was a research with her husband, Josh.

Shoopman is Vista administrator Aaron Shoopman, CPA, has been named administrator at Vista Radiology, formerly Fort Sanders Radiology, which includes Shoopman 39 boardcertified radiologists. As the former chief financial officer for East Tennessee Heart Consultants Inc., he was responsible for the management and financial operations of that 26-provider physician practice. Shoopman is a UT graduate with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting.

Fair gets awards The Tennessee Valley Fair has received four Awards of Distinction in the Competitive Exhibit and Communications categories from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions headquartered in Springfield, Mo. The fair got first place in the “outstanding new or unique strategy to increase the number of competitive exhibitors” category, based on its 2012 Lego Extravaganza. The fair received first place in “outstanding promotional advertising” for its wallscape display in West Town Mall. The fair got two third place awards: one for radio ads and the second for its media guide and press kit. The 94th annual Tennessee Valley Fair is scheduled for Sept. 6-15, 2013.

and tutoring as well as instruction in fitness, the arts and cooking. The center is supported by an association of 160 churches. “We try to provide academic, emotional and spiritual development,” he says. The church has thrown

Magician Michael Messing performs at last week’s West Hills Baptist Church Christmas party, held for children from Western Heights. His assistants are Megan Grindstaff and Zachariah Allen.

the party for so many Baptist member Carole years that everything falls Overholt, who is in charge into place, says West Hills of the event.

“The point of doing it is the Christmas story,” she says.

Dogwood planting The employees of the Bearden branch of ORNL Federal Credit Union planted a dogwood tree last week as part of the Dogwood Arts’ Bazillion Blooms program. Pictured are the credit union’s facilities specialist Jon Loftis, director of community and public relations Jessica Emert, branch manager Amanda Mahan and facilities specialist Robert Langford. Credit union employees will plant a dogwood tree at each of their 21 stand-alone facilities. In the last four years about 5,000 dogwoods have been planted as part of Bazillion Blooms. Photo by Sara Barrett


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Heart for rehab A personal trainer’s open-heart advice: Trust He said it was the most peaceful sleep he’d ever had, but as Randy Carpenter was shaken awake he knew something wasn’t right. For one thing, there was a stranger hovering over him asking if he was OK. For another, he had a mouthful of mulch as he replied, “Yes, I’m just resting.” Of course, Carpenter wasn’t “just resting” – he’d passed out while walking the track around a Northshore Drive soccer field and didn’t remember the last 65 feet or the last 17 minutes before being jarred awake underneath a tree. It wasn’t a heart attack, but Carpenter knew this day was coming – the day when heredity would catch up with him despite his best efforts. A certified personal trainer in remarkable physical condition at age 56, Carpenter didn’t “look” like a candidate for heart trouble. But beneath his muscled exterior beat a heart with a murmur since birth, an aortic valve that had become hardened and calcified and two arteries that were 80 percent blocked. So when word got around that Randall Carpenter, exercise guru, had undergone heart surgery at Parkwest Medical Center, it took many of his clients by surprise. “Because I was a personal trainer and in such great shape when I had heart surgery, it was quite a shock to a lot of people,” Carpenter said. “A lot of people went to the doctor to find out if they had problems. Some of them did find out they had murmurs that they were unaware of, some had blockages that they were unaware of.” Carpenter, however, had known about the heart murmur most of his life. And because his father had his first heart attack – and first of three open-heart surgeries – at age 45, he also knew genetics were against him. In 2005, Parkwest cardiologist Dr. Stephen Marietta found that Carpenter’s aortic valve was beginning to show some signs of stenosis. “Dr. Marietta kept watching me and said, ‘You will eventually have to have this surgery. Just be careful of the warning signs,’ ” Carpenter recalled. By 2009, the warning signs grew more evident. “I started having some intermittent chest pains, some intermittent shortness of breath, but they would go away,” Carpenter said. By January 2011, it was bad enough that he quit

At 56, personal trainer Randy Carpenter didn’t “look” like a candidate for heart problems.

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working as a personal trainer to focus on his own health issues. “I began doing a lot of cardiac workouts to try to help strengthen my heart,” he said. But 10 months later, as he walked around the soccer field near Concord Marina, a sharp pain pierced his right shoulder and radiated underneath his right arm. “I came around and leaned against a gate. The next thing I remember I was 65 feet away and am lying face down in the mulch under a tree and a man is shaking me and asking me if I was OK,” Carpenter recalled. Just a few days later, Marietta performed a heart catheter. Surgery followed a week later on Oct. 20, 2011, with cardiothoracic

Carpenter is “living with a new lease on life.”

surgeon Dr. Thomas Pollard who performed two coronary bypasses and replaced the aortic valve with an artificial one. “So now I have an artificial valve, and I’m on the blood thinner Warfarin for the rest of my life, which is not a bad trade-off,” Carpenter said with a smile. True to his “inner trainer,” Carpenter wasn’t about to let a little heart surgery keep him down. Within an hour after being moved from the Cardiac Care Unit to his room, he got out of bed and made a lap around the floor. The next day, he walked four laps around it. “I did that every hour, and after three days, I was doing 10 laps every hour.” “One of the things that I no-

ticed with many heart patients on the floor was they wouldn’t want to get out of bed,” Carpenter said. “They’d say, ‘Well, I hurt.’ Of course you hurt – you just had your chest split open! The pain is going to come with that. Make yourself push through it. Trust that your heart is OK. Trust that the surgery worked. Get up! The problem is no longer your heart. Your problem now is associated with the healing process. Work through it! Do it! The more you do today, the less pain you’ll have tomorrow and it will eventually go away. Or don’t do anything and hurt for the rest of your life – that’s your choice.” On Nov. 11, 2011, Carpenter entered the Cardiac Rehabilita-

tion Outpatient Program (CROP) where he followed a thrice-weekly regimen built around keeping the heart rate low – drastically different than the “get-thatheart-pumping” workout plan he would’ve devised on his own. “Had I followed a rehab workout that I designed, I would’ve probably injured myself or possibly have died from internal bleeding,” Carpenter said. “Because I had an artificial aortic valve implanted, keeping my heart rate low was paramount. My heart and aorta had several stitches in them and allowing my heart rate to exceed 100 beats per minute, shortly after my surgery, would have been very dangerous. Because I am on Warfarin, had I torn the stitches loose in my heart, I would’ve been in serious, if not dire, trouble. The rehab program took me slowly up the endurance ladder and allowed my heart to heal slowly until I was able to no longer worry about damaging my heart.” Discharged from rehab on Feb. 23 of this year, Carpenter is again the picture of health, frequently working out at the YMCA, and sharing with all who listen about the benefits of the surgery and rehab program. “I can do more now, totally pain-free, than I could ever do before the surgery,” he said. “The mechanical valve has removed my fatigue, tiredness, pain, dizziness, lack of concentration and fear. I never worry that I have a mechanical valve. It was the best decision I ever made for my health.” What’s more, Carpenter said, one has to learn to trust again. “You have to trust in the medical profession. You have to trust that doctors know what they’re doing,” he said. “Rehab centers know what they’re doing – trust them. Trust their abilities and their proven methods because they work. If you do what they tell you to, you’ll get better. You have to trust that you ARE better. You have to understand that even though it still hurts, you’re better. You’re living with something better. You’re living with a new lease on life, and the faster you grasp that and the faster you understand that you are going to get better, the faster you will get better.” For more information about Parkwest or physician referral, call 374-PARK or visit

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It’s the most effective treatment for heart ailments, but fewer than one in five patients ever get it. It’s cardiac rehabilitation, a medically supervised program of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle education and counseling tailored to your specific needs. A 2009 study of more than 30,000 Medicare patients and published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation showed that more is better when it comes to going through rehab sessions. Those who attended 36 sessions were considerably healthier than nonparticipating peers and had a 12 percent lower risk of a second heart attack. They were also 47 percent less likely to die than patients who attended only one session, 23 percent less likely to die than those who attended 12 sessions and 14 percent less likely than those who attended 24 appointments. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, people of all ages benefit from cardiac rehab. The lifestyle changes made during rehab have few risks and can improve overall health. Exercise training may not be safe for all patients. Ask your doctor whether it’s right for you before beginning any exercise program.

About 325,000 people a year die of coronary attack before they get to a hospital or in the emergency room. But many of those deaths can be prevented by swift action. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. Most, however, begin slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here, according to the American Heart Association, are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening: Chest discomfort – Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath – This may occur with or without chest discomfort. Other signs – These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or comfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

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Zoo news The cold weather brings with it all sorts of great things, including Penguin Days at the Knoxville Zoo.

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Critter Tales Farragut card players Jane Parrott and Sue Richeson with the Strang Center Christmas tree Photos by T. Edwards of Art instructor Alexander Dumas shows a musical gift.

Christmastime at Strang December is a special time at the Strang Senior Center with lots of holiday cheer and festive activities. The Golden Tones women’s chorus, led by Martha Farrelly, will perform at a special holiday concert 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. These singers perform all over the county throughout the holiday season and are a real hit. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. Call 670-6693 to reserve your spot. Another musician everyone loves is Hugh Livingston Jr., a master on the Lowery organ. He will perform 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, and refreshments will be served. Call to RSVP. “Christmas is our favorite time of the year at the Strang Center, because not only is it decorated beautifully, but also there is the family atmosphere here,” said director Lauren Monahan. “We have a lot of visitors, friends, grandchildren and others come who aren’t here all year round as well as regulars. We like to think we’re a home away from home, a place of holiday cheer. “Many seniors don’t have family in the area and we want them to come here and feel we’re their family and I think they do. They are fam-


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Mary Page enjoys a holiday treat at Phyllis Barnes’ reception desk.

ily to each other and that is what the holidays is all about and what the senior center is all about. We are happy to have them here.”

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cub has moved in at the Knoxville Zoo. He was found by animal control officers in Virginia hanging around a group of dogs (yes, canines) with a dog collar around his neck. He showed signs that he had lost his fear of people and cannot be released into the wild. So far, the cub loves his new home and his roommates, bears Otis, Alvin and Ursula. He will be on a limited public viewing schedule while he adapts to his new surroundings. To celebrate the zoo’s new resident, votes can be cast by the public to choose his name. Knox would be in honor of his new home, and Monty is the nickname given to him by followers at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where he was initially taken upon his rescue from Montgomery County. One vote will be cast for each dollar donated to the name of choice and all pro■ Knox or Monty? ceeds will benefit the zoo’s An 11-month-old male bear residents. Info: www. North American black bear

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Meet Mask, a sweet and loving 1-year-old Terrier mix. She would love to be in her forever home for the holidays. Mask’s adoption fee is $75. You can meet her or one of her adoptable friends at Young-Williams Animal Center’s location at 3201 Division Street. Hours there and at the location on Bearden Hill are noon to 6 p.m. daily. See all of the center’s adoptable animals online at www.

Young-Williams Animal Center unleashed its new mascot, Young Willie, during a celebration of the shelter’s success in the nationwide ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The ASPCA will give the center $7,000 in honor of the 1,735 animals that were adopted from the organization during August, September and October. The center’s new CEO, Jeff Ashin, was also community during the event. officially introduced to the Photo submitted

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Now through Feb. 28, folks can visit the animals at the zoo for half off the regular admission price. Don’t let the cold or a threat of snow scare you. This is a good time to take advantage of our local zoo without dealing with limited parking spaces, long lines, unbearable heat, etc. Some animals don’t care for the cold weather, but they can still be seen in their indoor enclosures on cold winter days. For the little folks in your family, Wee Play Zoo is a great way to take a break from the animal exhibits and warm up indoors with lots of activities for kids. Half-price admission can be purchased online or at the zoo’s ticket office. The zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas. I would assume this would give Santa a chance to see the animals, too, without being spotted by the little ones.

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Apts - Unfurnished 71 1 BR Ftn City, like new, rdwd deck, water pd, no pet fee. Stove, refrig., W/D conn., priv., safe. $425. 384-1025; 938-6424

Apts - Furnished 72

WALBROOK STUDIOS 25 1-3 60 7 $140 weekly. Discount avail. Util, TV, Ph, Stv, Refrig, Basic Cable. No Lse.



FARRAGUT AREA 3BR, 2BA, $775 mo, 2BR, 1BA $685 mo, laundry rooms, family neighborhood, $250 dep, 1 yr lease. 865-216-5736 or 865-694-8414.

Houses - Unfurnished 74 2BR, 1BA, North Knoxville, fenced yard, storage shed, $600 mo. 865-471-5644.

Manf’d Homes - Sale 85 I BUY OLDER MOBILE HOMES. 1990 up, any size OK. 865-384-5643

Manf’d Homes - Rent 86 VERY NICE mobile home, Greenback, TN. Porch, deck, 2 car garage. $750 + sec. dep 865-256-7329

Trucking Opportunities 106

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4 LOTS, Lynnhurst Cemetery, $2,000 ea. 3 BR, 2 BA, 712 Liberty Alaskan Husky Xmas St., garage, cent. pups, ready now. OBO. Will sell H/A, new crpt, paint, 423-836-4257; www. separately. 865-688-3356 windows. W/D conn., no pets. 2 1/2 mi. W. Single Plot at Greenof UT. $800/mo. wood, prime location, Lease & dep. Sara asking $1300, orig. 865-633-9600. $2495. 865-209-0368

141 Farmer’s Market 150 Coins

American Bulldog pups, LHASA APSO, M&F, NKC reg, born 10/24, many colors, CKC, champion parents, Christmas hold, $350. 865-456-2625 $450. 865-216-5770 ***Web ID# 182301*** ***Web ID# 182293***

16" 3 BOTTOM John Deere plow, 3 pt. hitch, $400 obo. 865250-1480

AUSTRALIAN Shepherd Puppies, red & blue merles, $450$650. 865-696-2222 ***Web ID# 179527***

Standing Saw Timber 865-984-4529


Machinery-Equip. 193

AUSTRALIAN Shepherd KALMAR AC ForkPups, mini, blue lift, 5000 lb., diesel, merle & black tri's, MIN. SCHNAUZERS, $2800 or best offer. blue eyes, M&F, AKC, champion 865-250-1480 $300-$550. 865-435-2506 bloodline, 3 F, $350. 423-452-0646 lv msg ***Web ID# 180726*** PUG PUPPIES BLOODHOUND Like new PUPPIES, AKC CKC reg., 1 fawn male . 250-1480 reg., females, red, $400, 1 blk female $450, 6 wks old, 865-771-1134 $500. 865-680-2155 203 BOSTON TERRIER PUGS, M&F, vaccs, Misc. Items CKC, parents on puppy AKC male ARTIFICIAL 12 FT. site, $375-$475. 216-5770 Christmas tree, $295. 865-254-5420. ***Web ID# 182287*** breaks down to 5 ***Web ID# 182150*** sections, great cond. Asking $350. BOXER PUPPIES, Rottweiler AKC reg puppies, M&F, mom 865-705-4171 AKC, M&F, brindle champ sired, ready $400 & up. 865-57712/20. $450. 423-357-7628 7103 or 865-300-8487 ***Web ID# 180534*** Household Furn. 204 ***Web ID# 180250*** YORKIES FOR ANTIQUE MAHOGChristmas, 2 M, 2 F COCKER SPANIEL ANY dining rm taborn 11/24, vet chkd, Pups, CKC, tri-color, ble w/2 chairs. $45. $500 & $600, cash raised at home. $200. 865-356-3352. only. 865-977-7275 931-445-3939; 931-644-5333 QUEEN MATTRESS. DOBERMAN Pups $300. Top $125, NEW! Misc. Pets 142 Pillow Worlock, all colors, in original plastic, Ready for Christmas. $125. 865-804-4410. Details 865-428-6981. QUEEN SIZE ***Web ID# 179668*** 100 BABY PARAKEETS $20. Strictly Feathers. PILLOW TOP 865-688-2250. GERMAN SHEPHERD MATTRESS SET Pups, AKC, both $150. Brand new in parents on site. 5 F, 145 plastic. 865-805-3058. 2 M. $350. 865-456-4182 Free Pets ***Web ID# 181179***

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Great Dane Merlequin Pups, 11 wks, vet ck, M or F $300 ea. 423921-9759; 423-754-2613 ***Web ID# 176806*** GREAT DANE Pups & young adults, Blues, brindles, fawns, AKC, $350 & up. 423-618-4959. GREAT PYRENEES puppies, AKC reg., LGD parents on site, $450. 865-603-0451 ***Web ID# 180204***

DRIVERS - CDL-A: Our Top 25 Own- JACK RUSSELL Pups, erOp Teams Avg. NKC, 3 mo, 2 M, $296,812 last year! 3rd shots & wormed Co. Teams: .49 up $250. Call 865-680-9738 to .83cpm split! or 423-333-1223. Sign-On Bonus PAID at Orienta- JACK Russell Terriers, M&F, CKC, short hair tion! R & R Truck& legs, Christmas hold, ing: 1-866-204-8006 $300-$350. 865-216-5770 ***Web ID# 182290*** Christmas Cats & Kittens Fully vet. All colors. 865-765-3400

This little guy is new in town and needs help picking a name. Photo submitted

LAB PUPS for Christmas Congratulations To Sunny & Sunshine on their 3rd litter of puppies. 1 white M $700, 1M & 1F blonde $700 ea., 5F black $500 ea. 8 wks old. Email or text 865-659-6866. Must see to appreciate. ***Web ID# 181423*** MALTI-POO PUPS, 8 wks., white M $350, B&W F $400. To loving homes. 865-254-2201


Looking for a lost pet or a new one? Visit the folks at Young-Williams Animal Center, the official shelter for the City of Knoxville & Knox County: 3201 Division St. Knoxville.

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BUYING OLD U.S. Coins, Gold & Silver

CHEVY 2003 SSR TRUCK, red, 5.3 ci, 300 HP, under 16k mi, Reduced. 423-538-3338 Will Consider Collectibles, Diamonds ***Web ID# 182329*** or Old Guns. MERCURY Marquis Free Appraisals 2004 Limited Edition, 7600 Oak Ridge Hwy. like new, 57K mi., 865-599-4915 new Michelins, bronze $7,000. 865-803-3318



Victory 2001 Black Deluxe, custom seat & bags, Bub pipes, 16K mi., $4500. 865-577-0001

Autos Wanted 253 A BETTER CASH OFFER for junk cars, trucks, vans, running or not. 865-456-3500

PONTIAC BONN. SSEI 1999, all power, 127K mi, VG cond., $5,250. 865-599-6536


COMPUTER REPAIR Free diagnostic. We come to you. $40 1st hr, $50/hr after that. or call 865-935-9263.


Auto Accessories 254 Flooring (4) wheels & tires 17" from 2010 Chrysler 300 Touring P215/65/R17 g. cond. $575. 865-599-5192


CERAMIC TILE installation. Floors/ walls/ repairs. 33 yrs exp, exc work! John 938-3328




HONDA ODYSSEY EX 2002, gray, 225K miles, runs good. $2,950. 865-675-9977



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CHEVY S10 1997 Guttering 333 Truck V6, AT, 140K mi., w/camper top HAROLD'S GUTTER $1500/bo 865-250-1480 SERVICE. Will clean Household Appliances 204a front & back $20 & up. GMC SIERRA 1976, 1 Quality work, guaranton flat bed, 60K mi. BOSCH Dishwasher teed. Call 288-0556. 350 V8 4 spd., Clean! black, 4 yrs. old, $3950. 865-992-3466. good working cond. $180. 865-482-1410 Roofing / Siding 352

Exercise Equipment 208

4 Wheel Drive 258

JEEP WRANGLER Sport 2006, 2 tops, PRECOR EFX5.17i mint, 69K mi, $16,000 Ellipitical Cross obo. 865-604-4657 Trainer , excellent $1,500. 865-494-0552

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LAND ROVER 2004, 7 passenger, loaded, good cond. $6200. 104k mi. White. 865-455-1609 MERCEDES SL320 Sport Coupe, 1996, red saddle leather, 2 tops, 169k mi, very nice, looks/drives 100%, $8000. 865-806-3648. MINI COOPER S 2003, very good condition, 67,000 miles, new tires, Carfax provided. Very dependable fun transportation. $9950 OBO. 865-386-7375 ^



Grandparents visit Paideia

Paideia Academy hosted its annual Grandparents Day event in November. Grandparents and special guests traveled from as far away as California and New York to attend this day with their grandchildren. The morning program was a fun game of Family Feud, testing the students’ knowledge of their grandparents’ era, interspersed with student recitations of poetry, history, Bible memory verses and songs. Afterward, grandparents were invited to tour the campus and visit the classrooms, where they were presented with gifts that the children had made such as recipe books, framed art and Christmas ornaments. They also had the opportunity to have their photos taken as a family. The event concluded with a barNicene Hall Dean Ryan Garner (right) leads students Bruce Hairston, Zach Cook, John Sadler, Bryce Kenny and becue lunch Kimberly Tanner in a round of Family Feud. for the entire student body, their grandparents and special friends, and parents and siblings. E v e r y one seemed to enjoy the program and lunch with their grandchildren. “My moth- Families and students gather for a barbecue lunch durer told me ing Paidiea Academy’s Grandparents Day celebration. this was the Grandparents donated best grandparent day that she has ever attended,” said Paid- nearly $20,000 to build a eia parent Katie Chandler. playground for the school’s “My parents said it was un- elementary students. They like any other grandparents also committed to continue day or any other school event to serve and pray for Paideia they have ever attended,” said Academy and the students and Grandmother Lillian Cross is interviewed by Caleb Norris for the Family Feud game while Stephanie Cross teachers there. and Rosemary Braxton look on. Paideia parent Ann Seaman.

Paideia launches Pre-K program Paideia Academy is excited to add a Preparatory Kindergarten class to its program offerings for the upcoming school year. The Pre-K class will meet from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “We want to set each student on the course to being a life-long learner by encouraging your child to have positive attitudes about school and learning during these formative years. Our goal is to partner with you to provide a strong foundation for your child in

a loving, nurturing, Christcentered environment,” said Headmaster James Cowart. There are three main subject areas of focus in Paideia Academy’s Pre-K and Kindergarten: Bible, math, and language. The Pre-K program concentrates on fine-tuning the skills needed to adapt to the Kindergarten setting, such as self-discipline and self-control, listening, following instructions and cooperation. Each day will begin with a Bible lesson and singing. Language

arts and math centers will promote a mix of individual and group participation. This academic focus will be blended with the right balance of play to help prepare each child for the transition to Paideia’s Kindergarten program. Only 12 spots are available in this Pre-K class, so interested families are encouraged to call the school office at 670- 0440 to schedule a school visit. Introductory information can also be found at

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Joan Braxton visits her grandson, Michael Braxton, in his 2nd-grade classroom.


health & lifestyles

Surviving stroke Get to a Primary Stroke Center fast On the morning of November 1, Bruce Luttrell of Fountain City, 68, woke up and knew there was something very wrong with his health. “I started shaking violently and I couldn’t stop,” he says. The shaking stopped but then he felt nauseous. “I went into the bathroom. I was going to sit down, but instead I just sat down in the floor. “At that point I could hear and understand, but I couldn’t respond,” he says. Suspecting a stroke, Bruce’s wife, Jeane, called 911. “We have two children in the medical profession. We had discussed the quality of stroke care at Fort Sanders, and they told us that if we ever had issues, that’s where you want to go. So when the paramedics asked us where we wanted to go, I said Fort Sanders.” Fort Sanders is a Stroke Center of Excellence and one of the few hospitals in the region to offer neurointerventional radiologists trained in the latest stroke treatment technologies. Dr. Eric M. Nyberg diagnosed a blocked blood vessel in Bruce’s brain and talked to Jeane Luttrell about what could be done to open it. “He said, ‘Mrs. Luttrell, I think I can get that (clot). Do you want me to try?’ At that point Bruce couldn’t speak. Dr. Nyberg said, ‘I think I can get his speech back, but of course there’s a risk.’ I said, ‘Do whatever you can.’ ” After the procedure, Jeane Lu-

“We have two children in the medical profession. We had discussed the quality of stroke care at Fort Sanders and they told us that if we ever had issues, that’s where you want to go. So when the paramedics asked us where we wanted to go, I said Fort Sanders.” – Jeane Luttrell golfing. “Yes, I played two and a Stroke survivor Bruce Luttrell continues his recovery with speech pathologist Mary Margaret Preston at Patricia Neal half rounds recently,” he says. Rehabilitation Center. “We just call him superman,” “I couldn’t ask for any better smiles Jeane Luttrell. ttrell saw an immediate improve- says Luttrell. “I could hear what “Every day is better than the people were saying, but I was not care than at Fort Sanders,” says ment in her husband’s health. Luttrell. “They were really won- day before,” says Bruce Luttrell. “Truly, his speech did begin able to respond.” Luttrell was in the hospital five derful to us, and the therapy has “It’s just a miracle, and I owe Dr. to come back,” she says. “He also Nyberg. It’s a blessing he had the had weakness on his right side, days. Today he is home and goes been a rigorous routine.” Bruce Luttrell is working on knowledge and ability to help me.” and immediately it began to be re- to speech therapy sessions at the For more information about Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Cen- reading, writing and speaking more stored as well.” Luttrell says he remembers not ter, where he works primarily with fluently. His speech is deliberate the Stroke Center at Fort Sanders being able to speak. “I pretty much speech therapist Mary Margaret but very clear. He is able to answer Regional, call 673-FORT (3678) or emails, do yard work and even go was aware of what was going on,” Preston. go to

Quick treatment saves stroke patient’s speech Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center neurointerventional radiologist Dr. Eric M. Nyberg was in the operating room, treating an aneurysm when he learned a patient had just arrived in the emergency departDr. Eric Nyberg, Neurointerventional ment suffering from an Radiologist acute stroke. The patient, Bruce Luttrell of Fountain City, 68, had a blood vessel blockage in his brain. Called an “ischemic stroke,” it can cause loss of speech, memory problems, paralysis and other problems, depending on where it is in the brain. “I knew I had to act expeditiously,” says Dr. Nyberg. “Every patient is different, but time is brain for stroke patients.” On average, the brain loses 1.9 million neurons each minute during a stroke, Dr. Nyberg says. Restoring blood flow quickly is crucial for survival and recovery. “I finished up the aneurysm and

open of the blood vesheaded to the ER to sel.” examine Mr. Luttrell. “I could see from His vitals were stable the CT scan there was and his strength had underlying plaque improved after reand possibly a tear ceiving a clot busting in the artery. Those drug, but he did not blockages are tougher understand what I was saying,” remem- An Ischemic stroke occurs than just removing a bers Dr. Nyberg. “I when a blood vessel to the clot because the untalked to the family brain is blocked. It accounts derlying disease is briefly and told them for 87 percent of all stroke worse,” he says. Under real time xhe would likely lose cases. ray visualization. Dr. his speech completely Nyberg navigated a catheter into an unless we opened the blockage.” Dr. Nyberg suggested endovas- artery at the base of the brain. “We cular thrombectomy, a procedure in went up in there and first used our which a tiny catheter is threaded up standard thrombectomy devices,” through an artery in the neck into Dr. Nyberg says, describing a set of the brain. Several devices can then tiny mechanical devices that unclog be used to remove the clot-causing blood vessels. “This opened the arblockage, including retrievable tery, but within a few minutes the stents, suction catheters and bal- vessel closed down again, which was loons. Rarely, a permanent stent may not too surprising based on the CT,” by needed to keep the blood vessel he says. Then he inserted the stent, a tiny open if there is significant underlying mesh tube that props the vessel plaque. “There’s always a chance we could open. “I thought it would take somemake him worse by causing a hem- thing more robust and permanent to orrhage or inadvertently introducing keep the blood vessel open, so that’s the clot into previously open vessels,” when I went up with a stent.” Still, the vessel couldn’t stay open Dr. Nyberg explained to the family. “But, facing those odds, the family on its own. So Dr. Nyberg used a was strenuously in favor of trying to tiny balloon to prop the vessel open

Recognize the signs of a stroke FAST! The early symptoms of stroke are often overlooked or ignored. If you suspect that you or a loved one is having a stroke, think FAST: F – FACE: Look at your face. Is one side sagging? A – ARMS: Hold out your arms. Is one arm lower than the other or harder to hold in place? S – SPEECH: Is your speech slurred or garbled? T – TIME: Time is critical when trying to minimize the effects of stroke. Call 911 and get to a hospital as quickly as possible. And be sure your hospital is a strokeready, Primary Stroke Center, like Fort Sanders Regional.

further and some clot-busting medicine to clean out the additional clot that had started to form. After several minutes, the blood vessel finally stayed open. “So at that point we were done with the intervention part,” he says. “But it was still pretty dicey because he required tight blood pressure control and had a lot of blood thinners on board. The next 24 to 48 hours were critical.” Luttrell’s speech returned shortly after the procedure and he is now back at home. But, according to Dr. Nyberg, he wouldn’t be there without the stroke treatment technology used at Fort Sanders. “There are very few facilities prepared to aggressively treat acute

ischemic stroke,” he explains. “We have ER doctors and neurologists trained to recognize and treat stroke, plus robots which allow stroke experts to examine patients over the internet. We also have advanced neuroimaging to evaluate the brain’s blood supply and use all the latest stroke devices. Additionally, we’re part of two national stroke trials to evaluate the efficacy of stroke intervention and devices.” “Go to Fort Sanders,” says Dr. Nyberg. “Because if you have a stroke, that’s where you need to be.” For more information about the Stroke Center at Fort Sanders Regional, call 673-FORT (3678) or go to


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