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Lakeshore Park A public meeting on Lakeshore Park is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Deane Hill Recreation Center, 7400 Deane Hill Drive. The city of Knoxville, along with the board of Lakeshore Park Inc., will present a draft of the updated master plan for Lakeshore Park. The plan is based on public input and an independent survey by U30. Those planning to attend the meeting are encouraged to visit pdf to see the results of the U30 survey. Anyone needing a disability accommodation in order to attend can contact Stephanie Brewer Cook at 2152034.

IN THIS ISSUE Miracle Maker Thanks to YouTube, thousands have watched elementary school teacher Lauren Hopson express her concerns about changes that have been implemented in Knox County Schools. Hopson doesn’t hold back when her heart pushes her forward, as a video from an October school board meeting and another from last week show. But the audience she’s most concerned with is the group of 18 third graders counting on her skills and guidance to help them succeed this school year.

See Betsy Pickle’s story on A-9

Meet Marshall In case anyone doubts that Jim McIntyre will be the key issue in next year’s school board races, meet Marshall Walker, a retired Knox County Schools social worker who was in the audience last week when the school board voted 8-1 to extend McIntyre’s contract.

See Betty Bean’s story on A-4

Oh, what might have been … For three consecutive bowl seasons, we have been stuck with the things that might have been. If all the 2011 Volunteers had given a decent effort against Kentucky and anybody had tackled the running “quarterback,” that year could have ended differently.

See Marvin West’s story on A-5

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Telling their tales One-on-one: UT center captures soldiers’ lives through interviews By Wendy Smith The University of Tennessee’s Center for War and Society was founded over 25 years ago by Chuck Johnson, a history professor who was ahead of his time, says current director Vejas Liulevicius. It was Johnson’s idea that military history shouldn’t be viewed in isolation, but in conjunction with what’s going on in society. That’s why the center’s interviews of World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans include questions beyond “What was it like?” Instead, the questions represent “whole life” interviews that capture a glimpse of the culture in which each soldier grew up, enlisted and came home from war. The result is amazing human stories of the Depression, the 1950s and the transition to peacetime, says Liulevicius. Like Johnson, Liulevicius is a history professor. The work of the center is conducted by his staff of one, project coordinator Cyn-

UT Center for War and Society Project Coordinator Cynthia Tinker and Director Vejas Liulevicius enjoy their new office space in Hoskins Library. Sgt. Charles Benziger, U.S. Army Air Force, was interviewed for the UT Center One of the missions of the center is for War and Society’s Oral History Project. He lives in Farragut. Photo submitted the “pushback of forgetting,” says Liulevicius. Photo by Wendy Smith thia Tinker, and a steady stream of undergraduate interns. Tinker served in the U.S. Air Force for four years before coming to UT on the G.I. Bill in 1996. She began working at the center when she graduated with a history degree in 2000. The interviews are time-consuming, painstaking affairs that

begin with an extensive questionnaire that allows Tinker to prepare intelligent questions. While the interviews are conducted, they are transcribed into searchable documents by interns. The interviews provide invaluable data for researchers and create recordings that become family heirlooms, Tinker says.

She typically travels to meet with veterans, but she enjoyed one recent interview for its local color. She spoke with Charles Benziger, who flew at least 80 missions as a gunner in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. To page A-3

‘Gut-bucket gobble-pop’ It all started when Farragut High School alumnus Thompson’s then-combo, Ivory Jones, dissolved unexpectedly – the day before a gig at the Crown & Goose. “The CEO and the president from the sax company that I was working for and trying to impress were in town, so I was left with just me and the drummer and these guys in town, staying at my house, waiting to come hear me perform for the first time.” Thompson ran into neighbor Day, with whom he’d gigged occa-

For Thompson, it’s beautiful music By Betsy Pickle Frog & Toad’s Dixie Quartet started out as a “marriage of convenience,” but the group has evolved into euphoric newlyweds. On stage, saxophone player Jason Thompson, keyboardist Jason Day, guitarist Chad Volkers and drummer Alonzo Lewis have a chemistry that eludes many connubial partnerships. Just ask the packed house that greets them at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Crown & Goose in the Old City.

Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet includes keyboardist Jason Day, saxophonist Jason Thompson, drummer Alonzo Lewis and guitarist Chad Volkers.

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$1.8 million for vocational equipment Gov. Bill Haslam was joined by local legislators Friday as he announced grants totaling $1,837,475 to fund equipment needed at Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville. Pellissippi State will receive $1,386,975 and TCAT-Knoxville will receive $450,000, with the grants funding two programs at each school. The money is part of $16.5 million in this year’s budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development programs at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges, part of Haslam’s “Drive to

Gov. Bill Haslam talks with Dr. Anthony Wise, president of Pellissippi State Community College, during a presentation Friday. Pictured from left are state Reps. Roger Kane and Harry Brooks, state Sen. Becky Massey, Haslam and Wise. Photo by Ruth White

55” effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials. Pellissippi State’s funds will go toward the school’s programs in advanced manufacturing and nursing. The funds for TCATKnoxville will be for its industrial maintenance program and a second diesel powered equipment program on the campus of SouthDoyle High School in partnership with Knox County Schools. “These grants represent a substantial investment that will result in highly skilled workers,” Haslam To page A-2


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Ready to launch for the holiday water parade are (front) Shirley English and Nancy Dyar; (back) Kelly and Danny Henry, Karen Houser, Joyce and Scotty Worst, Barbara Milligan and Roger Giles. Marine Sgt. Daniel Bryant, Lance Cpl. Krystle Cruz, Lance Cpl. Gerald Everett, and Staff Sgt. Sergio Nunez stand ready to take possession of donations for Toys for Tots.

Setting sail for Christmas toys By Sherri Gardner Howell There was no need for the Navy … the Marines were in the house. Setting sail on Dec. 7 from Concord Marina for the fifth annual Lightfest for Tots parade and fundraiser were more than 15 boats, all decked out with holiday lights. The Marines’ presence was in appreciation for the fundraising efforts, which benefited the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Toys were placed under the Christmas tree inside the marina clubhouse, and cash donations were also accepted. Each boat owner paid a $40 entry fee, which also included two tickets to the awards ceremony and reception following the parade. The boats were a mystical sight as they traveled from the marina, past Lakeside Tavern and the Cove at Concord Park, then to the boathouse. The event was sponsored by Knox County

Glowing as it comes down the river is “Supertramp,” a boat captained by Doug Bridle and his crew of Jayne Bridle and Roy and Diana Dockery. Photos by Justin Acuff

Parks and Recreation and Concord Marina. Other sponsors included Concord Captain’s Club, PJ’s Landing, Louisville Landing, Grayson Automobiles, the Barre family, MarineMax, Decka Batteries, Cabins USA, Lakeside Tavern Res-

taurant, Willy’s Restaurant, Greg Boling Insurance Agency and Sea Tow. Boat owner Roger Giles added another charitable aspect to his participation. He auctioned off two seats aboard his 34-foot Mayflower XVIII, which

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said. “This will help meet the growing demand among employers in the region for well-trained employees.” In cooperation with TCAT-Knoxville, Pellissippi State’s engineering technology programs will not only train college students and employees of regional manufacturers, but also provide dual enrollment possibilities for local high school students at the Knox County Schools’ new Magnet Academy at Strawberry Plains. The grant will enable doubling the student capacity in both programs. The Pellissippi State nursing program is currently expanding and will require new laboratories. Looking at pictures on a camera phone, Karen Houser, Shirley The expansion will include English and Barbara Milligan enjoy the party after the parade. an LPN to RN program, which is new to the college. The equipment consists of was decorated with more for Lightfest for Tots was high-tech human simulathan 3,000 lights. The mon- James Bisch at Concord tion models and related ey from the auction went Marina. technology. to benefit Ebenezer United “These improvements More Methodist Church’s buildwill go a long way toward photos on helping us meet the goals of ing fund. Coordinating the efforts Drive to 55,” said Haslam. page 6

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Raluca Iancu, a graduate student in printmaking at UT, presents her work at the Emporium Center.

Bearden High School Virtual Enterprise students compete at the Tennessee Trade Fair: Jacob Rutherford, Olivia Pfeifer, Rebecca Bennett, Brandon Sandoval, Luis De La Cruz, Ryan Ma-

Iancu crashes onto the Knoxville art scene If you look at Knoxville from a certain angle, it looks like a sleepy, conservative town. But artists like Raluca Iancu are a slap in the face to those who say we’re not artsy.

passion follows her wherever she goes. She is fascinated with crashes. “There’s something beautiful about twisted metal,” she says. She appreciates the aesthetics of all kinds of crashes – car, train, airplane and boat – but she’s also interested in the back stories. Her work is inspired by phoWendy tos of real-life catastrophes, Smith but she aims for a joyful, upbeat delivery utilizing bright, friendly colors. Some of her work is also Iancu, a graduate stuhumorous. One of her fadent in printmaking at the University of Tennessee, vorites is an animated piece presented her work at last that portrays copulating week’s Time Well Spent cars. A recent series was inlecture at the Emporium Center. She was born in Bu- spired by the Trabant, a car dapest and has studied in produced in East Germany several countries, but her using recycled materials.

She created three-dimensional paper models of the Trabant to crash herself, and printed the design on canvas to create a floppy, wearable car costume. Since she’s been in Knoxville, Iancu has focused on work that actively involves the viewer, like an accordion book that allows readers to “crash” a variety of vehicles and car-shaped chocolates that are a joy to destroy. She’s also been inspired by scenes from natural disasters like Japan’s 2011 tsunami and Hurricane Sandy. In spite of her artful interpretations, Iancu says she’s still disturbed by the horrible images she sees. Look for her work in UT’s Gallery1010 exhibit, 113 Gay Street, this spring.

Betty Grady, Nancy Beasley, Carol Kirksey and Sue Williams soak up the holiday atmosphere at last week’s Christian Women’s Connection lunch. Williams gives credit to Judy Gardner at the Silk Purse for her festive look.

Telling their tales

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A brief glance at the transcript shows that Benziger, who now lives in Farragut, was born on Labor Day in 1920 to parents who also grew up in Knoxville. His great-grandfather came to the U.S. from Switzerland before the Civil War and had a farm at Lyons View. He later became a teacher. His grandfather owned a tobacco store at the current location of the East Tennessee History Center. Benziger grew up near the original McGhee Tyson Airport next to Sutherland Avenue. He recalls playing on the runway – when no

planes were taking off. Completed transcriptions of interviews are available on the center’s website,, under Oral History Project. Not all veterans want to tell their stories. “The greatest generation is also the silent generation,” says Liulevicius. “When they came back from the war, they weren’t dwelling on their past. They were moving on.” Veterans of recent conflicts are similar. Those who are in his classes now are focused on preparing for careers, not writing memoirs.

As time passes, vets are more likely to share their experiences, he says. He’s surprised, and encouraged, that interest in those who fought in World War II is rising, rather than dwindling. He has found that the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans want to hear stories about events that involved their relatives. Liulevicius is proud of recent recognition for the center. Last spring, three interns were winners at the 2013 Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA). Two weeks ago, the center, along with the UT Library, received a federal

BHS Virtual Enterprise is tops at state

The business isn’t real, but the hardware is. After winning first place in the region, Bearden High School’s Virtual Enterprise company, Elysium, went on to receive first place in the categories of newsletter, brochure and advanced website at the Tennessee Trade Fair, held in Pigeon Forge in November. The firm’s business plan presentation team also won first place in a competition held in conjunction with ■

rine, Madison Rice, Ethan Griffin, Marissa Tarantino, Tyler Haaland, Connor Whitaker, Jack Shires, Stephen Kukura, Sebastian Soldner and Charles Swisher.

the trade fair. The fair was virtually productive, as well. Elysium racked up $191,000 in sales at the event, surpassing their $100,000 goal. CEO Tyler Haaland credits the success to the raffle of a real PlayStation 3 during the trade fair. Now the students are gearing up for the International Trade Fair in New York City in March. This year, the class got a head start on fundraising for the trip by selling accessories for the MacBooks students received through the county’s technology challenge.

CFO Sebastian Soldner says the class has helped him learn how to make a company profitable, and he plans to put the experience to good use. “Business is the route for me. It’s very challenging, and I like it a lot,” he says. One lesson Haaland has learned is that giving back to the community puts a business “in a better light.” Elysium donates two percent of virtual earnings, as well as real earnings from coffee and donut sales at school, to the Black Bear Solar Institute. Haaland also plans to study business.

Blue Christmas

Christian Women’s Connection participants brought gifts for Angel Tree recipients and the Montgomery Village Boys and Girls Club to their monthly luncheon last week, and they got a gift in return – a performance by Elvis, a.k.a. Greg Johnson. Johnson serenaded the women before a lesson presented by Naima JohnstonBush. The Knoxville chapter is one of the largest in the national organization, says chair Jane Rundell. The group provides Christian women with a way to reach out to their friends and to assist local nonprofit organizations. Next month’s luncheon, “A New Year – A New You,” will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Bearden Banquet Hall. Reservations “Elvis” Greg Johnson serenades Betty Bunner of the Christian for the $12 buffet must be Women’s Connection. Photos by Wendy Smith made by noon on Jan. 6. Call 382-1155.

grant to digitize recorded interviews so they can be made available online. The grant is timely, since some are recorded on perishable tapes, he says. But further funding is needed for the center to continue its work. Liulevicius is trying to build an endowment that would allow the Oral History Project to continue and help train the next generation of historians. The center also provides valuable community outreach, says Tinker. “We’re in academia, but through the interviews, we’ve been part of the community.” To find out about upcoming lectures and educational opportunities at the Center for War and Society, send an email to

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government Continuity on council Next Saturday the five re-elected city council members will be sworn into office for their final term and a special council meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the City County Building to choose a vice mayor, Beer Board chair and representative to serve on KAT.

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Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis will be chosen vice mayor again for a two-year term which means he will have served four years as vice mayor, along with Brenda Palmer to chair the Beer Board and former mayor Daniel Brown to continue on the KAT board (which was not consulted about the mayoral termination of the KAT management contract). Jack Sharp is the longest-serving vice mayor in the past 75 years, having served 14 years as vice mayor (or seven two-year terms). Due to term limits no one will ever reach that length of service again. Sharp currently serves on MPC. This is a special called meeting by the mayor, which is a practice I started as mayor in 1990. The reason to choose the vice mayor on the day the council and/or mayor is sworn into office is to ensure there is a vice mayor to assume authority should something happen to the mayor. Prior to this, the city might go several weeks before a vice mayor was chosen by the council. ■ More developments on the KAT (bus system) stemming from the Thanksgiving firing of KAT director Cindy McGinnis as a result of the $39,000 Gobis report. Gobis never interviewed a member of the KAT board in it is inquiry. The mayor never consulted (only informed) any KAT board member including Mark Hairr (former KAT director and UT employee now) on her decision to cancel the Veolia contract and thereby terminate McGinnis. She did not talk to any board member about McGinnis’ performance prior to her departure. The city website as of Dec. 11 still showed McGinnis in her position.

Melissa Roberson is the interim director. The mayor apparently intends to do a search for the new director. The manner in which McGinnis was fired has spread across the online transit community, which will cause qualified persons to think twice about Knoxville, knowing the job might last for only six years (time remaining to Rogero as mayor assuming a second term). The mayor after Rogero would be free to change the KAT director. This writer predicts the rest of the Gobis report, including the abolition of the KAT board, will be shelved and forgotten by this administration. McGinnis has been removed, which was the goal. It could have been done without the report. The Gobis report is not seen as objective or a valid roadmap for Knoxville transit. ■ Retiring KAT board member Essie Johnson will be honored for 32 years of service (this writer appointed her three times to the board) at the next KAT board meeting. She was not reappointed by Mayor Rogero, who is not reappointing anyone to more than two terms on various city boards. ■ The UT inquiry into charges against suspended UT band leader Gary Sousa, should be concluding soon. It is headed by a member of the Provost’s office. The Provost is on record as being very critical of Sousa which raises the question of how impartial such an inquiry can be if one of her employees is heading it up. Sousa is reported to have employed an attorney. He has tenure and is assured of a position on the music school faculty if he loses his band position, which seems likely. Whatever happens will be awkward for UT. ■ TVA CEO Bill Johnson has taken the axe to several positions at TVA, including the position of Emily Reynolds, longtime aide to former Sen. Bill Frist and former Secretary of the Senate. She handled congressional relations for TVA. She resides in Nashville and never moved to Knoxville. She has not determined what she will do next. Johnson was paid $5.9 million for only nine months’ work by valley ratepayers. This has triggered considerable unrest and dissension by ratepayers. The board has been silent on it.

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Walker seeks school board seat In case anyone doubts that James McIntyre will be the key issue in next year’s school board races, meet Marshall Walker, a retired Knox County Schools social worker who was in the audience last week when the school board voted 8-1 to extend McIntyre’s contract. Walker, who is divorced with two daughters and three g r a n d d aug hter s, says he would not have voted with the majority. Walker “There was no need to do that at this time. That carte blanche authority they’ve given the superintendent minimizes their authority. The school board hired the superintendent. He didn’t hire them.” Walker plans to run against 1st District incum-

Betty Bean bent Gloria Deathridge, who voted for the extension. Retired Vine Middle School principal George Kemp will manage his campaign. “(Gloria) Deathridge personally is a very nice woman. We are just different in our approach about how we should deal with the educational system in Knox County,” Walker said. “My experience has been with youth, parents, families and coaching. I believe that our school board representative should be responsive to the community and I will encourage more involvement from all of our community.” Walker attended Eastport Elementary School and Vine Middle School and was among the first AfricanAmerican students to attend Fulton High School,

where he played football, basketball and baseball, graduating in 1966. His father, the late Norman Walker, was the head custodian. His younger brother, the late Jackie Walker, became a two-time AllAmerican linebacker at the University of Tennessee and was the first African-American elected to captain a UT football team and the first African-American to be named an All-American from the Southeastern Conference. Marshall got a football scholarship to Florida A&M, but transferred to UT after he suffered a career-ending knee injury his freshman year. He has an undergraduate degree in human resources and a master’s in social work, both from UT. He worked for Knox County Schools from 20012012, and was assigned to six inner city elementary schools. He worked for the Tennessee Board of Paroles as a supervisor from 1986-

2001, and prior to that, worked for Child Protective Services in Knoxville as a senior counselor. He was an active volunteer in youth sports, and became an assistant coach at Austin-East in 1983. “Sam Anderson gave me a chance,” he said. “I coached under him until I moved away.” One of his proudest memories is of A-E beating Maryville in the last game he coached. Walker, who says he was one of those kids who was not projected to go to college, believes youth sports helped him beat the odds and that involving young people in sports instills discipline and builds relationships. “When I went to Fulton, sports had a lot to do with blending nationalities, races and ethnic groups. That was the difference. Other students that looked like me experienced negativity that I did not experience because I played sports.”

GOV NOTES ■ One-on-one constituent meeting hosted by Knox Mayor Tim Burchett will be 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Fountain City Library, 5300 Stanton Road. ■ Knox County Commission will meet today (Dec. 16) at 2 p.m. at the City County Building. December meetings were moved up a week because of the Christmas holiday.

Holiday hobnob State Rep. Gloria Johnson, Knox County Trustee candidate Jim Berrier, and Leland Price, candidate for Criminal Court Judge Division 3, attend the Knox County Democratic Christmas party.

■ Knox County school board will meet 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the boardroom of the Andrew Johnson Building, a move necessary because of a scheduling conflict at the main assembly room of the City County Building.

Changes ahead for Shopper news coverage Long ago and far away I wrote about a school board meeting. It was a totally different superintendent and board. “Sophistry,” was the oneword response of a soon-tobe former principal. I didn’t even know the word ... and when I looked it up I still wasn’t quite sure how it applied to my column. Last Monday when the current school board voted 8-1 to extend Jim McIntyre’s contract until Dec. 31, 2017, I finally got it. Buzz Thomas called McIntyre “the smartest superintendent I know,” and my cat sneezed. The smartest superintendent would not have jeopardized the re-election prospects of his most vulnerable allies on the board by asking for the 4-year contract. Three years is plenty long enough. At least that’s what my cat thinks.

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The smartest superintendent would have taken the raise to which he was entitled and used it for postage stamps so the teachers could return their anonymous surveys anonymously. Instead, instructions went forth for principals to collect the surveys and send them to the central office. And Dr. McIntyre said he would set up a teachers’ appreciation fund with the $5,000 raise. For the 10 people who might not know it, Mike McMillan was the sole dissenting vote. I don’t like to be on the side of Mike McMillan. Neither does my cat.

So I’m moving on. No more school board meetings for me. And no more for Jake Mabe either. (Read Jake’s poignant blog linked from our website.) Jake and I got way too close to these issues and to these board members, our friends. Here’s our ShopperNews lineup for 2014. It’s designed to challenge us. Hopefully, it will make us a better newspaper. ■ Betty Bean will cover the school board and the 2014 elections for school board seats. The Miracle Maker feature was already set to expire on Dec. 31. It won’t be replaced. ■ Jake Mabe, previously Halls area reporter and features editor, will be the Knox County government reporter. Jake will monitor projects in each community that we serve, and he’ll write a political column on this page every week.

■ This writer will oversee community reporters/ editors for our eight zones: ■ Betsy Pickle – South ■ Betty Bean – East and North (south of I 640) ■ Ruth White – Halls/ Fountain City/Gibbs. ■ Libby Morgan – Union County. ■ Cindy Taylor – Powell and Norwood. ■ Sherri Gardner Howell – Farragut and Karns/Hardin Valley. ■ Wendy Smith – Bearden. In addition, we’re expanding our business coverage with a new feature: “Where the Jobs Are,” coordinated by Nancy Whittaker. Our regular columnists will be back, I guess. Nobody has quit. And if anyone wants to know what I think of the school board, well, ask my cat.

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The old barn dinner theater For the developers, it about 1960. For most of the was an entrepreneurial idea locals it looked like just anwhose time had come. other barn, complete with a hay loft and a cantilevered beam to lift hay to the upper level. But Farragut in the 1960s was quite rural. Few locals Malcolm knew much about dinner Shell theaters. A few had probably visited Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville. It was a dinner theater in But, for many, the real enthe heart of Farragut that tertainment was a few hunproduced both food and dred yards down the road at creative entertainment set the Dixie Lee drive-in thein a rustic atmosphere. It ater, which teenagers called was located directly across the passion pit. Kingston Pike from the We visited the barn on Renaissance Development numerous occasions and on property now owned by found the entertainment to First Farragut United Meth- be superb. Some of the proodist Church. ductions I remember were The original owners, the “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Mr. Rhea family, purchased the Roberts” and “Shenandoah.” property from Alfred Watt Even by today’s stan-

dards the actors were professional and, except for limited set designs, would have compared favorably with most Broadway productions. That’s because most of the productions were presented by traveling troupes from New York and other northern metropolitan areas. I am sure that, for most of the cast, rural Farragut must have been a culture shock. My fellow classmate Earl Hall remembers dating one of the young ladies from New York, who asked: “What do people here do for recreation?” “Well,” Earl said, “we have a chicken restaurant just a few blocks away and a hamburger joint at Lovell Road, and that’s about it.” The barn did offer one thing quite rare in rural

Farragut: a place where you could enjoy good wine or perhaps a before-dinner cocktail. But you had to bring your own bottle, and the establishment provided ice and glasses. To my knowledge, the barn was never raided by local law enforcement and, unlike another establishment, never sold temporary club memberships to avert the law. Most locals knew one of the area’s most notorious bootleggers was located just a few blocks away, where they could pick up a bottle on their way to the theater. The theater consisted of tables along four walls and a center area for a buffet. Food was cooked in a kitchen in the rear and you could usually tell by the smell when you entered

what was on the menu. Most of the time it was southern fried chicken or pork chops, and the occasional offering of beef stew or country fried steak. Unfortunately the quality of the food never equaled the quality of the performances. But, with few other eating establishments around to compare it with, it probably satisfied most of the locals. After dinner, the buffet was broken down and cleared, the lights were turned off and the set was lowered in the darkness from the ceiling by pulleys with the set and actors intact. Although tables were reserved, by ordering advanced tickets you could sit on the bottom level next to the stage. During intermission, the players would often mix and mingle with the patrons. Unfortunately, the dinner theater concept was a bit ahead of its time in Far-

ragut. Struggles with the Actors’ Guild to meet salary demands resulted in thin profits. After seven years, the developers realized the venture was not an experience whose time had come in rural Farragut and closed its doors. The structure sat vacant for many years. As it deteriorated, it eventually became an eyesore. Given the diverse nature of Farragut’s population today and the general education level in the area, the old barn dinner theater would probably be a thriving business. The land was purchased by the church in 2001. With Rural/Metro supervision, the structure was torched and debris removed. But when I drive by the property today, I always think of the Barn Dinner Theatre, a business venture that was a great idea ahead of its time.

Oh, the things that might have been For three consecutive This time, for lack of a bowl seasons, we have been yard on third down and a stuck with the things that few inches on the infamous fourth-down stop, the Volmight have been. unteers and faithful followers are again home for the holidays. Being home for ChristMarvin mas is celebrated in song. Being home for New Year’s West brings on eye strain. It is also embarrassing. With so many baby bowls, you have If all the 2011 Volunteers to be really bad to miss the had given a decent effort entire party. against Kentucky and anyInstead of holding court body had tackled the run- in Memphis, preparing for ning “quarterback,” that the Liberty Bowl and maybe year could have ended dif- singing along with Diamond ferently. Rio, Butch Jones can get Blowing the big lead and two days off. I suppose he losing to Missouri in over- deserves a break. He has retime let the air out of 2012 cruited as if his life depends and led to the disaster at on it. Vanderbilt and the expenCome to think of it … sive divorce from Derek These are not recent but Tennessee has made some Dooley.

terrific bowl memories. The Vols are third in appearances (49) and seventh in victories (25). They played in seven Sugar Bowls and six Cotton Bowls, back when it was significant. Steve Spurrier made jokes about UT and the Citrus Bowl but the Vols are 4-1 in Orlando – much better than not being there. Tennessee 20, Texas 14 on Jan. 1, 1951, in Dallas was the first bowl to get my undivided attention. I was a high school senior listening on radio. Later, I was blessed to hear how they did it from the principals, Herky Payne, Hank Lauricella, Andy Kozar, Bob Davis, Jim Haslam, Jimmy Hahn, John Michels, Gordon Polofsky, Ted Daffer, Pug Pearman, Pat Shires and others.

Doug Atkins never said much about that particular game. He was involved in other big ones. Kozar had keen recollection of the halftime theme by General Robert R. Neyland: “We’ve got ’em right where we want ’em.” The Vols were trailing 14-7 but the coach said superior conditioning would decide the second half. It did. Kozar scored two touchdowns. I so badly wanted the great 1956 team to win the Sugar Bowl. That was the down day in John Majors’ all-American career, one for seven as a passer with two interceptions and the fumbled punt that led to Baylor’s victory. It was hard to accept Oklahoma 26, Tennessee 24 in the 1968 Orange Bowl.

Tennessee trailed 19-0 at halftime, woke up and outscored the Sooners 24-7 in the second half. Karl Kremser’s field-goal try was ruled wide right. His hurt remains a vivid image. No. 2 among my favorites was 1971 in New Orleans, Tennesssee 34, Air Force 13. There was a week of warmup. Polished brass and snappy ribbons got almost all the attention. Tennessee was told several times that Air Force was at least awesome. Finally, they lined up for a game. The Vols scored three touchdowns and a field goal in the first quarter. Bobby Scott was MVP. Bobby Majors returned a punt for six. Tim Priest, Ray Nettles and Jamie Rotella were much too much on defense.

My favorite bowl blast was New Orleans 1986, Sugar Vols 35, mighty Miami 7. Daryl Dickey was tour guide. Fantastic defensive plan gathered turnovers and squelched Vinny Testaverde. The town turned orange. Tennessee’s victory over Ohio State in the 1996 Citrus was fun. Jay Graham had a good game. Peyton Manning was good enough. Jeff Hall kicked clinching field goals. Heisman hero Eddie George absorbed some big hits. You are correct, whipping Florida State in Tempe to win the 1998 national championship was the really big bowl. At the time, I thought there would be others. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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‘Gut-bucket gobble-pop’ sionally during college, and asked if he’d be available to play. He was. After that ad hoc performance, jazz pianist Day stuck around for the weekly gig at Crown & Goose. But Thompson’s repertoire of instrumental covers of ’70s and ’80s R&B and pop hits wasn’t his cup of tea. Style and name changes were in order. “He and I both had developed this love for early jazz,” Thompson says. “We started talking about doing some turn-of-the-century kind of music, some stuff out of the Great American Songbook that we’d always wanted to play, mainly focusing on pre-1940s jazz, gypsy jazz, Dixieland. “What really drew me to these early forms of jazz was probably a search for my own voice. A lot of academia in jazz is geared toward what is called the East Coast sound, a New York sound, and I always knew that I didn’t quite fit that. After graduating from college … I gravitated toward more of a down-home, Southern style of playing, which is ironic because I grew up in Peekskill, N.Y.” Actually, Thompson grew up all over. Born in Parma, Ohio, he went to elementary school in Peekskill, middle school in Marin, Calif., and the first two years of high school in Kansas City, Kan. “My dad moved around a lot ascending the corporate ladder, and the family moved around with him,” says Thompson, who – after serving as Farragut’s drum major his senior year – went to the University of Tennessee with scholarships in jazz and band. He dropped out during his freshman year to go on the road with rising stars Gran Torino. He spent six years with

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■ Downtown Speakers Club the band, leaving when he meets 11:45 a.m. every Moncould no longer make the day at TVA West Towers, ninth tour schedule work with his floor, room 225. Currently achome life – his then-girlcepting new members. Info: friend had their daughter in Jerry Adams, 202-0304. 1999, and he decided to go ■ UT Toastmasters Club meets back to college to finish his at noon every Tuesday at the degree. Knoxville Convention Center Thompson says his exon Henley Street in room perience with Gran Torino 218. Currently accepting new was so special that he stayed members. Info: Sara Martin, 603-4756. away from music for several years after exiting the ■ West Knox Lions Club meets group. But his return was 6:30 p.m. each first and third inevitable, and he’s sure he’s Monday at Sullivan’s in Franklin Square, 9648 Kingston found his groove. Pike. “I call my style gut-bucket gobble-pop,” says Thomp■ West Knoxville Kiwanis Club son, who has a day job as a meets 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Shoney’s on Walker surgical technician. “That Springs Road. just means down-home With lights dripping from its bow, “The Mayflower,” captained by Roger Giles, made a pretty sight. blues.” While the band thought having no bass player – Thompson and Day trade bass lines – would be their gimmick, it’s tall, thin Thompson playing his gigantic saxophones that has proved to be the trademark of Frog & Toad’s Dixie Quartet. “It’s kind of unique to see the larger members of the Bill Davies’ boat, “Otta My Mind,” may have some parade onsaxophone family front a lookers wondering if the boat is “otta this world.” band,” he says. The sounds that he gets out of his instruments also create a distinction. “I do a lot of extra musical effects, things the musicians of New Orleans were known for – squeaks, Doug and Jayne Bridle get ready for the parade about the Knox County Mayor Tim displays and a series of squeals, shrieks, moans, “Supertramp.” Burchett flipped the switch lights coordinated to mugroans,” he says. “I make it Friday to turn on Christ- sic. Visitors walk the threetalk.” mas lights at The Cove at quarter mile greenway trail Recycling bins available Concord Park. Lights will to view the lights. Pets on Free math tutoring Keep Knoxville Beautiful has received a shipment be on display from 6-9 p.m. leashes are welcome. Free math tutoring is of recycling bins thanks to a special grant from the through Saturday, Dec. 28, The park staff at The available from a former Tennessee Department of Transportation. The bins will excluding Christmas Day. Cove does all the decorathigh school math teacher. be distributed to the public from convenience centers The Cove is located at 11808 ing, which includes placing Sessions are 5:30-7:30 p.m. around town through a partnership with Knox County S. Northshore Drive. displays, adding several Tuesdays for algebra I, 10 Solid Waste. Friday’s kick-off featured thousand lights to trees and Anyone can stop by to pick up a bin. Pick up locations are a.m. to noon on Saturdays the Webb School Madrigal building bonfires for roastfor geometry and 11 a.m. to Mason-Recycling 2 on Tazewell Pike, 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Singers. Publix served free ing marshmallows. 1 p.m. Saturdays for algebra Dec. 16; Dutchtown, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17; Powell, 4-6 cider, and Santa Claus made Knox County collected 2. Tutoring will be held at p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18; Halls, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19; a special appearance. non-perishable food items Middlebrook Pike UMC, John Sevier, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Dec. 20. The Holiday Festival of for The Love Kitchen during One bin will be given to each household while supplies 7234 Middlebrook Pike. Lights has grown with new the kick-off event. last. Info: 388-1725.

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Community welcome at monthly luncheon By Wendy Smith Last week’s Church and Community Luncheon at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church featured poinsettias, fi ne china and fellowship with friends from other local churches. Parish nurse Laurette Beekman organizes the monthly event, which is aimed at seniors. Her other responsibilities include blood pressure checks one Sunday each month, finding speakers for health discussions and visiting the sick and homebound. Mountain Breeze quartet entertained at the Christmas-themed luncheon. The event is held at noon on second Thursdays and is open to the community, says Associate Pastor Michael Stanfield. The

Mountain Breeze members Belinda Price, Judy Linn, Fulvia Galli and Anna Miller sing Christmas songs at the Church and Community Luncheon. Photos by Wendy Smith Jan. 9 luncheon will feature Fountain City librarian Elizabeth Nelson. She will present a program on First Ladies. Call 522-9804 by Jan. 7 to reserve a box lunch.

Community services ■ Catholic Charities offers counseling for those with emotional issues who may not be physically able to come to the office for therapy. All information is completely confidential. Call 1-877-7906369. Nonemergency calls only. Info: ■ Bookwalter UMC offers One Harvest Food Ministries to the community. Info and menu: index.html or 689-3349, 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.

At left, Pat Klein, right, is a 40-year member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. She brought her friend Sally Guthrie to last week’s Church and Community Luncheon.

Dee Jay Keller’s handcrafted bags make a colorful display at the craft sale portion of the Cookie Walk.

Karen Gilbertson with Faith Lutheran Church has the cookies artfully arranged and ready for the shoppers. Photos by Ashley Baker Joan Pfrommer, director of the Cookie Walk, and Bob Morris show off their holiday spirit.

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The long journey In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. (Luke 2: 1-5 NRSV)


Santa and all his elves would have had a hard time finishing off all the cookies at Faith Lutheran Church on Dec. 7. More than 12,000 homemade cookies filled the church kitchen and recreation room, waiting for shoppers.


It was time for the church’s annual Cookie Walk and Craft Fair. Joan Pfrommer, director of the cookie walk, said this was the 12th year for the fundraiser, which drew a crowd of cookie-lovers who lined up early. Adding to the fun were 28 crafters with items for

sale that ranged from jewelry to crocheted animals to cinnamon blessing balls. Pfrommer and her “elves” began working on the cookie walk in October. More than 90 bakers in the congregation provide dozens of cookies each. Shoppers buy either small ($10) or large

($15) boxes and are admitted to the room in groups to fill their boxes with their favorite cookies. Helpers keep the trays filled from the kitchen so that there is always a good selection. Proceeds benefit the Shepherd of Hope Food Pantry.

O carry her safe to Bethlehem, little gray donkey, tonight. A miracle rests on your small feet, little gray donkey, tonight. All heaven is watching your mission divine, And over a stable a star waits to shine, While shepherds and wise men all look for a sign, Little gray donkey, tonight. (“Little Gray Donkey,” Roger Wagner)

Lovely Christmas cards notwithstanding, the road to Bethlehem was not a walk in the park. Consider the circumstances: Joseph has to leave Nazareth and his livelihood to make an arduous journey of more than 80 miles. They would have come down from the hill country of Nazareth, followed the Jordan River Valley all the way to the Dead Sea, then turned west again and up the mountain to Jerusalem, and south the last six miles to Bethlehem. In addition to the usual brigands and thieves and murderers who prowled the roads, there were other issues to worry about: Joseph’s loss of income while away from the carpentry shop, the weather (it may well have been springtime, and not December, so that rains were a concern, and I can tell you from personal experience that March in Israel is cold!), the lack of Holiday Inns along the way, and Mary’s pregnancy and approaching due date. There must have been a lot of traffic on the roads, because everyone in the country had to register. Under normal circumstances, there might have been a caravan of other native Judeans they could join. However, because of Mary’s growing waistline, Joseph may have chosen to travel separately from the others from Nazareth, to avoid the whispers, the pointing fingers and the knowing looks. Any woman who has been pregnant (not to mention any man who has lived with a pregnant woman!) knows that the last days of a first pregnancy are not easy. Aside from the physical discomfort of carrying

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around this bowling ball in her tummy, imagine Mary’s backache from riding on that little gray donkey, her fear of delivering her first child so far from home and her mother, the sense that all of this is unfair, and if it weren’t for the honor of the thing, she would be just as happy if she had never met the angel Gabriel. As long as the physical journey was, however, the faith journey was longer and wider and deeper. God chose this couple for good reason: they were made of sturdy stuff, and they were obedient and faithful. Without fully understanding the why’s and the wherefore’s, with no roadmap or guarantees, they were willing to undertake the task that God had laid before them. Unable to see around the curves or over the hills, they heard, heeded and obeyed. They set out on the adventure that would make them immortal.





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Engineering at Sequoyah Elementary For the second year in a row, folks from all over the community came to Sequoyah Elementary School to help teach kids that engineering can be fun. Teacher and parent volunteers ran numerous stations in the gym for Engineering Night, and this year activities also trailed down two hallways and into the cafeteria. School principal Alisha Hinton said the event was so popular last year that people were having trouble walking around in the gym. This year they decided to spread things out a bit. The school partnered again this year with the University of Tennessee’s

Sara Barrett Carlisle Myers concentrates while removing a tube from a CURENT (Center for Ultra- structure as her sister, Winston, watches nervously. The goal of wide area Resilient Electri- the Tumbling Tower activity is to remove as many supports as cal Energy Transmission possible without the structure collapsing. Photos by S. Barrett Networks), and some of the college students spent time showing kids how to make a toy car move using a light bulb. The robotics team from Hardin Valley Academy (RoHAWKtics) brought its pride and joy from last year’s competition to demonstrate the talents of a robot (it can throw a Frisbee). As students completed each activity, they earned a sticker from the volunteers. When asked what he thought about his experience volunteering at Engineering Night, Hardin Valley Academy RoHAWKtics member Patrick Jung said, “This is so much better than football!” Second graders Joseph McCord and Alex Hendrickson try to build identical designs from Legos by verbal communication without seeing what the other is doing.

Hardin Valley Academy RoHAWKtics’ safety captain Patrick Jung (center) explains the inner workings of a robot to kindergartner Caroline Hilliard and second grader Charlie Frost. The robot is from last year’s robotics competition, where the robot had to be able to throw a Frisbee. “Why does he have smiley face stickers on him?” Caroline asked about the robot. “Because he’s happy,” said Patrick.

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Improvement, not change, is teacher’s goal By Betsy Pickle Thanks to YouTube, thousands have watched Halls Elementary School teacher Lauren Hopson express her concerns about changes that have been implemented in Knox County Schools. Hopson doesn’t hold back when her heart pushes her forward, as a video from an October school board meeting and another from last week show. But the audience she’s most concerned with is the group of 18 third graders counting on her skills and guidance to help them succeed this school year. “We teach children because we want them to learn,” Hopson says of herself and her colleagues, “but we also work with children because we love being around them and getting to have that interaction with them. It gets frustrating when you can’t do as much of that as you would like to.” That’s one of the reasons Hopson has been so vocal at school board meetings. She’s not opposed to change – she just wants it to be an improvement. “We want what’s best for our children. I want to feel like I have the freedom, if my kids get interested in something one day, to go and look at Google Earth about it, or to go down to the library and get a bunch of books when it wasn’t on my lesson plan – and to not have to worry about somebody coming in my room and expecting me to do A, B and C when … D is what my kids are excited about today. “It’s not about choosing to teach something that’s not on the curriculum. I can take any subject you give me and correlate it to my curriculum, whether it’s a writing standard or a reading standard or even math. But having to stick to a lesson plan every day just because somebody says you have to do it that way is very suffocating.” Hopson is in her 13th year of teaching at Halls. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, the Greeneville native went to work as a counselor at Peninsula Village, working with emotionally disturbed and chemically dependent adolescents. She lived on the campus 85 hours a week, from Tuesday night through Saturday morning. “You really have to enjoy being around kids to stick it out that long.” For the last four years of her stint, she was married, and she realized that if she wanted kids of her own, she’d have to find another job. She went through UT’s Lyndhurst Program, a 15-month program that fast-tracks second-career professionals into teaching. After an internship

Lauren Hopson jokingly scratches her name off of Santa’s “Good” list. Photos by Betsy Pickle

teaching first grade, she realized during a short foray into third grade that she preferred that age group. “They have just enough independence where they’re not constantly following you around like baby chicks, but on the other hand, they still want your approval, they still want to give you hugs and they still want to have that relationship with you.” Hopson channels inspiration from a high school English teacher who had her students take oppositegender parts while reading “Romeo and Juliet.” “She had that knack of just making it different enough that it was a whole new ballgame.” She likes to challenge her students with a similar playful attitude. “I joke around with my kids all the time. I kind of have my children compete. I tell my girls that they’re smarter than boys, and what that causes is that the boys spend all year trying to prove me wrong. It sets up a good, healthy competition. “I have one student this year who

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is intent on proving that he is smarter than the girls. We’ll be reading our explanations for something, and I’ll go, ‘All right, blind me with your awesomeness.’ When they read their answer, if it’s really good, I start acting, ‘Oh, my eyes are being poked out! I can’t see! What am I going to do?!’ He always likes to go last to see if he can get the biggest reaction out of me, blind me with his awesomeness. He’s done it several times this year.” Hopson uses concepts gleaned from a writing workshop she took several years ago to get her students fired up about writing. “It’s about letting students write what they want to write about and getting them to share their writing so they see how other students write.” She’s trying to keep that going,

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but she says, “We’ve gotten to a place where our writing is so regimented in what we have to do and when we have to do it, and I’m trying to not allow that to die in my room because I want my kids to be excited about writing time.” She has them hooked when it comes to reading. They’re “ravenous sharks” when they think she’s about to give them time with their book boxes. And she’s passing on her love of science with classroom décor that suggests starry skies and colorful planets. While she feels frustrated that teachers’ opinions aren’t always welcomed by the school board, she believes she’s doing the right thing by her students, and her peers. “My colleagues here have been overwhelmingly supportive.”

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Jennings cites savings under ‘Obamacare’ By Betty Bean Last week Quality Label & Tag CEO Jim Jennings got the bottom line numbers for his company’s 2014 health insurance premiums, and they’ve made him very happy. Once he learned that he could get better rates and better coverage for his employees through the Affordable Care Act than from his current insurance carrier, he said the choice was easy. Here’s how he sees it: “My 2013 cost was $15,649 per month with my old carrier. My new

cost would be $18, 397, so I went to the marketplace and chose Community Health Alliance. We’ve got one additional family now, and the cost will be $15,028. “I can get a 50 percent tax credit for two years that I qualify for because I have fewer than 20 employees – and that will drop it down to $7,500. Even without the tax credit I’d be saving $3,500 a month. This thing will save me about $80,000 a year.” Jennings said the coverage is better under the new

plan. “The deductible under the old policy was $2,000 for an individual; $6,000 per family. Under the new policy it’s $500 per individual; $4,500 per family. Copays for office visits were $40 for a primary physician and $60 to see a specialist. The new plan is $20 for primary, $50 for a specialist, and co-pays count toward the deductible. Under the old plan they didn’t. “Under the old plan, prescription drug co-pays were $10 for generics, $45 for

name brands and $25 for exotic drugs like chemotherapy, etc. The new plan’s pharmacy benefit copays are $10 for generics, $30 for name brands and $60 for exotics. “If I’d renewed with (the old company), it would have been $220,764. This year, I’ll still pay my 2013 rate, but with the tax credit, I’m paying $187, 788 divided by 2 – $93,000 after the tax credit. I’ll be able to expense that as a business expense. “This is not nickels and dimes. If it was a couple of

hundred dollars I wouldn’t even put all this work into it.” Quality Label had always paid 100 percent of employees’ family health insurance premiums until last year when costs got so high that employees were required to pay 10 percent of the cost of their dependents’ premiums. Next year, the company will go back to paying the entire cost. “We’ve prided ourselves for 24 years in paying employees and dependents’ premiums, and these were

good plans – not one of those (discount store) plans. We’re glad to get back to that. And these insurance agents who were complaining (about the ACA) are writing policies left and right. … My agent, he’s a Republican, but he figured out this is the law and he can’t fight it. So many computer illiterate people like me are happy to let an agent do this for them. “There are winners and losers in everything and finally the poor people get a win.”

Harold Woods volunteers, enjoys each day By Betsy Pickle Everyone has an expiration date. Harold Woods has been told that his is sooner rather than later. “They keep telling us, ‘within six months, within six months,’” says Sylvia Woods, Harold’s wife of 52 years. “We’ve been hearing that now for two years.” He was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 after it attacked his bile duct, which had to be removed. He’s been through chemotherapy several times, as well as radiation. His doctor told him in July that he could have more treatment – and feel terrible all the time – or he could just keep on living his life, dealing with the pain as it comes up.

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tors of East Tennessee PBS, Cornerstone of Recovery and Project HELP, as well as on the Tennessee Democratic Party executive committee. Volunteering is a hard habit to break. “I’m not one to sit there quietly,” says Woods. “I get involved and know more or less what’s going on. That’s the way it’s been my whole life. Anything I’ve joined, I’ve participated – otherwise, I wouldn’t have joined.” Woods is widely respected for his 40-plus years of Sylvia and Harold Woods strike a pose at the San Diego Zoo in service to the AFL-CIO, June 2013. which he joined after he started working for the AluNo surprise, Woods is has scaled back his activi- minum Company of Amerplugging along. The long- ties somewhat. He’s serving ica in Alcoa in 1965. (He time community volunteer only on the boards of direc- retired in 2002 but still continued to serve the union.) He was in the first class of Leadership Knoxville in from convenience centers Dutchtown, 4-6 p.m. Tuesaround town through a day, Dec. 17; Powell, 4-6 p.m. 1985, and he has a long list of awards for community partnership with Knox Wednesday, Dec. 18; Halls, service from everyone from County Solid Waste. 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19; the CAC and United Way to Anyone can stop by to John Sevier, 10 a.m.-noon the Boy Scouts and PTA. pick up a bin. Pick up locaFriday, Dec. 20. He and his wife were both tions are Mason-Recycling One bin will be given to honored with the 2013 Tru2 on Tazewell Pike, 10 each household while supman Day Champions Award a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 16; plies last. this fall at the Knox County Democratic Party’s Truman Day event. The award was in

recognition of their decades of service in improving the lives of working people in the state of Tennessee. Woods says he learned to respect working people as a child. He was born in his family’s home in the Mead’s Quarry area of South Knoxville. His father worked at the Williams Lime Plant – 12 hours a day, seven days a week. When their house burned, his father bought the materials to rebuild, but his mother was the one who built it. “She put every nail in,” says Woods. Woods has fond memories of his old neighborhood. “Of all the communities you could grow up in, that was the best,” he says. “We loved each other. The parents took care of all of us kids. We were all poor. We all had the same circumstance, and we had the same enemies.” Woods learned early on that people with money had a distrust and often a contempt for those who were poor, and he fought many battles to improve life and work conditions for the poor and middle class.

He remains hopeful about the future, but he worries that the country for now is heading backward. “I lived in the best of times,” he says. “I lived in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. We brought up the middle class. When people worked, they got paid decent pay, and the people that couldn’t work, they wasn’t starving or hungry. “Today, it isn’t that way. They’re getting back to rich and poor; they’re doing away with the middle class that built this country.”

Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement, has been elected to the 2013 class of National Academy of Inventors Fellows. The NAI Eighmy Fellows will be inducted during the third annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors on March 7 in Alexandria, Va., at the headquarters of the United

States Patent and Trademark Office. Nancy Henry, a professor in English, and Gregory Kaplan, the Lindsay Young Professor of Spanish in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures and director of UT’s Language and World Business program, have been named National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows. The fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both.

Dozier retires Diane Dozier worked side by side at the Knox County Clerk’s Halls satellite office with Wanda Bailey (at right). Dozier, who served two terms on the Knox County school boad from District 7, is retiring from the Clerk’s office. Her coworkers treated her to lunch last week.



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Owners of Sole in the City, Debbie Black and Betty Copeland, Susi Norris, marketing director, and Roberto Coin take a prepare a display inviting Open House guests to check the se- moment to enjoy the elaborate bright red sleigh stationed in lection of Hunter rain boots, jewelry and interesting curios. the showroom foyer at Kimball’s.

Linda and Jerry Deets enjoy a celebratory dance in honor of their 22nd wedding anniversary at The District Gallery and Framery during the District in Bearden Holiday Open House.

Rachael Wedekind, bridal consultant for Gift & Gourmet Interiors, prepares for District Holiday Open House festivities Dec. 6, putting the finishing touches on a Christmas tree designed by Brian Curtis. Photos by Nancy Anderson

Becky Hancock returns to the Tennessee Theatre By Wendy Smith Becky Hancock, interim executive director of the Ten ne s see Theatre Foundation, could be the poster child for rapid advancement. Two weeks beHancock fore starting her new job as manager of communications and outreach at the theatre, she was promoted. She stepped up to replace Tom Cervone, who recently became managing director of the University of Tennessee’s Professional Master of Business Administration program. While she enjoyed her tenure as assistant director of Knox Heritage, a post she held for six years, Hancock is pleased to return to the theatre. “I was ready to get back into the arts,” she says. She grew up in South Knoxville and attended UT. After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she worked for a public relations

firm that represented classical artists. Six years later, she returned to Knoxville to serve as the general manager of the Tennessee. She was there before, during and after the historic theater’s $35 million renovation in 2005. As the interim executive director, she’ll be the face of the theater in the community. She’ll work with A.C. Entertainment, which is contracted to manage the theater, and have oversight of all theatrical productions. Her presence during the renovation process gives her a deep appreciation for the theater and the role it plays in the community. Downtown has grown and thrived in recent years because of the historic venue, she says. Early this year, the Tennessee honored its onemillionth patron since the 2005 reopening. Those patrons have brought business to local restaurants and hotels. The theater has also served as a springboard for the arts. The Tennessee and Bijou theaters are both more active than they were

when Hancock returned to Knoxville in 2001. Other popular downtown events, like First Fridays and the Market Square Farmers’ Market, have “risen on the tide” of the arts, she says. “We are really strong, and we compete with bigger markets like Nashville, which doesn’t have two historic theaters within a block of each other.” The Tennessee Theatre has developed a reputation among journalists as well as artists, she says. Matt Hendrickson of Rolling Stone wrote that attending a performance there during the 2010 Big Ears Festival was “like watching a show inside a Faberge egg.” Performers typically comment on how beautiful the theater is and how lucky the community is to have it. That’s why Hancock encourages support of the Tennessee’s Sustainability Campaign. The theater’s 85th birthday was observed in October, and the $4 million campaign will allow it to be around for another 85 years, she says. The endowment will en-

sure that needed repairs can be made to the 66,000 square-foot facility. “You can make sure the Tennessee Theatre will be around

for your children and grand- donations online at www. children by supporting the” dia/sustainability. The effort has already raised $3.1 million. Make


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Meet Mud and Butz OK, I still love my job, but you need to know that last week I visited two of the more interesting businesses on the South and East side. John and Kristie Parton own Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ on Chapman Highway. Great folks with great food occupy the site of the former Pixie Drive-In. But where did they get that name? Info: 773-0473. Mighty Mud is a place to play in clay. Even if you are a novice, kids and adults can sign up for an amazing variety of ceramic classes. Located at 1300 McCalla Ave., Mighty Mud distributes ceramic supplies from clays and glazes to tools. Owner Barron Hall moved here to attend graduate school at UT. Artists can work and display their finished creations in a beautiful gallery open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. This Wednesday, Dec. 18 from noon to 1:30, Hall will be participating in an event sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance at the Emporium Center. Check out for details. Check out the website at to register for classes. Facebook or their newsletter will also help you keep track of what’s new. Contact: 595-1900. ■

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Sara Martin, outreach coordinator for Smart Trips for the Knox MPC, has become a registered architect

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after 12 years of education, internship and testing. The achievement fulfills a longstanding goal and delivers unexpected benefits for her work in alternative transportation. Martin moved to Knoxville from Chattanooga in 2000 to attend architecture school at UT. She was amazed at the range of the education, examining design at every scale – from a single room to an entire city plan. Before joining MPC, Martin spent 9 years at architecture firm Ross/Fowler. ■

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Dr. Jennifer McMillen, an internal medicine specialist, has joined Summit’s Medical Associates at 9333 Park West Boulevard. Dr. McMillen An American Board of Internal Medicine certified physician, McMillen is a graduate of UT-Knoxville and St. George’s University. McMillen accepts commercial, Medicare and Tenncare plans. Info: 5314600. ■

Law grads join Lewis King

Ronald K. Isaacs and Mikel A. Towe, recent grad-

uates of the University of Tennessee College of Law, have joined the Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop Ronald Isaacs law firm. Both are associates working out of the firm’s Knoxville office with a focus on general civil litigation. Isaacs Mikel Towe graduated cum laude in 2013. A native of Kingsport, Isaacs received his bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Georgia in 2008. Towe, a Knoxville native, received certificates of academic excellence in pretrial litigation and interviewing and counseling. He received his bachelor’s degree ■

Ted Hall returns

News anchor Ted Hall will join WVLT’s Local 8 News team in January. He went to Atlanta seven years ago after 18 years in loTed Hall cal news and sports at WBIR-TV. While here, he and his family (wife Lesa and three kids) lived in North Knox County. Ted says the whole family is excited about coming home, and he’s looking forward to cheering on the Vols and getting involved with community organizations.

Young leaders step forward in Rotaract By Sherri Gardner Howell Where are non-profits and those in need going to find the next generation of concerned citizens who will help? Rotary Club of Farragut and Pellissippi State Community College took a step toward the future on Dec. 6 with the official certification meeting for the college’s Rotaract Club. Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30. Rotary clubs serve as sponsors for the club, and the Pellissippi club has a faculty advisor, Denise Reed. Rotaract members, however, are free to organize and run their own clubs and decide what projects and activities best suit them. Peggy Wilson, the college’s vice president of college advancement and a past president of the Rotary Club of Farragut, said chartering a Rotaract club at Pellissippi made sense on several levels. “Several administrators and faculty at Pellissippi are Rotarians, so we understand ‘service above self,’ which is the Rotary’s primary motto,” said Wilson. “The college is already very involved ser-

Charter member of the Rotaract Club at Pellissippi State Community College Amanda Herrell accepts her club pin from District Governor Ray Knowis. At back is Pellissippi president Dr. Anthony Wise and seated are Jeff and Lee Mrazek, members of Rotary Club of Farragut. Photo submitted vice learning and makes it an integral part of the curriculum, so the philosophy of Rotaract fits in well.” There was plenty of pomp and circumstance to make charter members of Rotaract feel special at the Charter Signing and Pinning Ceremony, which was held at Chop House at 9700 Kingston Pike. District Governor Ray Knowis was the honored guest, and Farragut’s club president Tom King presided over the ceremony. Pellissippi State president Anthony

Wise was present, as was Greg Maciolek, assistant district governor coordinator and past president of Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club, Reed as club advisor and Wilson. It is the district’s seventh Rotaract Club. The first Rotaract member pinned was Steven Cooper, club president. Editor’s Note: An error was made last week in the spelling of the last name of District Governor Ray Knowis. We apologize for the mistake.

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Bennett Miller, Hannah Brown and Michael Jarvis were named to the All-East Chorus, qualifying for AllState.

CAK seniors in All-East Chorus CAK seniors Andersen Estes and Leslie Sizemore were selected to be on the All-State Cheer Squad.

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The annual All-East Choral Weekend was held Nov. 21-23, in historic Greeneville, Tenn. Juniors and seniors must audition for placement in one of the three All-East Choruses. Three CAK seniors successfully auditioned for this year’s event. Attending were Hannah Brown in the AllEast Women’s Chorus, and Bennett Miller and Michael

Jarvis in the All-East Men’s Chorus. Both Brown and Jarvis were featured soloists. All three of CAK’s seniors have qualified for All-State. Five freshmen students were chosen by CAK choral teachers Amy Brock and Peggy Filyaw to participate in this year’s All-East 9th Grade Honors Choir. The 9th graders attending were: Josh

Current, Alyssa Buzzeo, Leah Campbell, Riley Poe and Olivia Williams. Accompanying the students to Greeneville were Filyaw, Brock, and CAK parent Wanda Brown. The event featured 600 choral students from middle school through 12th grade from East Tennessee public and private schools.

Estes is Cheerleader of the Year CAK seniors Andersen Estes and Leslie Sizemore were selected to the All-State Cheer Squad by the Tennessee Cheer Coaches Association, and Estes was named 2013 Tennessee Cheerleader of the Year. “I am so proud to have these girls represent CAK,” said CAK cheerleading coach Lisa Bowland. Coaches nominated 81 cheerleaders from across the state. After being scored on their letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, community service and GPA, the top 25 nominees were then invited to try out for the All-State Cheer Squad in Murfreesboro last month. The top 13 cheerleaders were chosen after an interview and a tryout which included cheer, dance and tumbling skills in front of a panel of judges. Based on her scores in all

Andersen Estes is Tennessee Cheerleader of the Year.

CAK alum is Player of the Year areas, Estes was chosen as Cheerleader of the Year. Estes placed first in every category, the first time a nominee has done so in the history of the competition. She received a plaque, a letter jacket and a $500 scholarship to the college of her choice.

Former CAK quarterback Quinn Epperly was recently named the 2013 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year. Taking over the starting role halfway through the season, Epperly led Princeton to an 8-2 record and set a handful of personal records as well. In fact, Epperly was featured on Sports Center’s Top 10 players of the week after beating Harvard in triple overtime and earned a “Helmet Sticker” for going 29-for-29 (an NCAA record) to start the Cornell game the following week. He finished the season ranked first nationally in points responsible per game (26.6), sixth in both competition percentage and scoring and seventh in rushing touchdowns. “This whole season has been a huge blessing,” Epperly said. Photo submitted

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Enjoy the holiday season (andfoodthe) without overdoing it ing his or her intake, you can fill a plate for them. Having a buddy at the event can help keep you focused on the people and not the food. ■ DON’T FORGET THE VEGETABLES. Vegetables are high in nutrients and low in calories. Make sure you choose vegetables that have plenty of color and crunch. Making your plate visually interesting can help you feel less deprived. Crunchy foods like vegetables take longer to eat and make you slow down to appreciate your food. ■ DON’T RUN ON EMPTY. Whatever you do, don’t go to a party hungry and don’t “save up” for a big end-of-day meal. Eat a mini-meal before the office get-together or make yourself healthy snacks throughout the day. If you face a buffet table on an empty stomach, you’ll have little chance of preventing a diet disaster. ■ PICK A SMALLER PLATE. Avoid buffet size plates and choose a plate from the smaller sizes usually available on the dessert or appetizer table. A full small plate looks more appealing than a large plate with lots of empty space. ■ IF YOU BOOZE IT, YOU WON’T LOSE IT. Alcohol can be very fattening. Whether you’re sipping a glass of wine or having a frosty cold beer, those empty calories are going to add up! Drinking will not quell your appetite either. In fact, it may loosen your determination and cause you to binge on foods you might never have touched sober. If you do choose to imbibe, try making some switch-offs, like having a wine spritzer instead of a whole glass of wine. ■ AVOID SECONDS. Take modest portions of the foods you’re interested in eating and don’t make a second trip to the buffet. If you need to hold something after you’ve enjoyed first helpings of holiday foods, hold a cup of tea, coffee or other nonalcoholic beverage.

By Beth A. Booker, Fort Sanders Regional Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist As the final stretch of the holidays nears, so too does the crunch of shopping, family and tempting food. But there’s a way to avoid a dieting disaster and keep your waistline in check for 2014. Here are some strategies for having a tasty, terrific holiday. ■ START YOUR DAY OUT RIGHT. Use the morning meal to pack in lots of nutrition with whole grains, fruits, and lean protein. People who skip breakfast usually make up the calories (or more) later in the day. Use this time to refresh yourself and build a healthy base for the day. ■ GAME PLAN. Planning is paramount during the holiday season. You need a course of action: think about what to do when you’re offered foods you feel you should not eat; what to eat instead; and ways to enjoy the season that are not foodrelated. If you have a plan you will not be caught off-guard. ■ WHERE’S THE FIBER? Eat foods high in fiber including whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Fiber delays digestion, making you feel full longer and making you less likely to binge on holiday foods. ■ BRING SOMETHING YOU LOVE. Ask to bring something to the holiday party or family dinner. Make sure your contribution is something that you like and is low in calories while being high in nutrients. By bringing something along, you can be assured that you have a go-to food for healthy snacking. ■ HELPING HAND. Ask someone else to fill your plate at a buffet. Walk down the line without a plate first, making mental notes of what you might want to eat AND what you might want to avoid. Ask a friend to fill your plate and not deviate from your requested foods. If your friend is watch-

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CONTINUING 2014 Be More Awards nominations sought; deadline Dec. 20. Awards are given to individuals and organizations in the East Tennessee PBS viewing area that contribute to the overall well-being of the community through education, the arts, health services or other forms of charitable giving or community involvement. Visit to submit a nomination. “Little Women,” stage adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic novel, Children’s Theatre of Knoxville, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Dec. 19-20; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 21. Tickets: $12 (any adult and child entering together $10 each); at 208-3677 or Market Square Holiday Market, farm vendors noon-3 p.m.; food trucks, artisan food, and arts and crafts vendors noon-7 p.m., Saturdays through Dec. 21 on Market Square, Market Street and Union Avenue. Info: Christmas in the Cave, third annual Christmas wonderland, 6-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 22, Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway. Wheelchair and stroller accessible; 58 degrees year-round. Admission: $8 (ages 5 and up). Three Rivers Rambler Christmas Express, weekends through Dec. 22, 900 Neyland Drive. Saturday train times: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.; Sunday train times: 1 and 4 p.m. Rides will feature seasonal decorations, festive refreshments, storytime with celebrity readers, and a visit from Santa aboard winter steam trains. Tickets: $26.50 adults, 55+ $25.50, child 3-12 $15.50, infant (under 1) free. Reservations: www. “A Christmas Carol,” Clarence Brown Theatre. Directed by Casey Sams, with Rachel Schlafer-Parton as musical director. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets: $12-$40 at “Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery,” McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 5. Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. Free. Holidays on Ice outdoor ice-skating rink on Market Square. Regular hours through Dec. 19: 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Extended hours Dec. 20-Jan. 5: 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25; 1 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31; 1-9 p.m. Jan. 1. Entry fee (includes admission, skate rental and unlimited time on ice): one-day $10 adult, $7 child 12 & under, season pass $45 adult, $30 12 & under. Save time and download liability waivers in advance at Eighth annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, featuring works by students grades 6-12, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 12. Free admission and parking.

MONDAY, DEC. 16 Free stroller tour celebrating winter and the holidays, 10 a.m., Decorative Arts Gallery, McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies should meet in the lobby for the one-hour tour, featuring works of art from around the world. Register at 974-2144 or Free parking with pass from the Parking Information Center kiosk at Circle Park. Seuss-a-Palooza, dinner and a show performed by the Seymour High School Drama Department based on Dr. Seuss stories, 6 p.m., Seymour High School Auditorium. Stories to be performed include “The Big Brag,” “The Sneetches,” “Cat in the Hat,” “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” “Green Eggs & Ham,” “The Lorax”

and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” Buddy’s Bar-b-q will provide the Christmas dinner. Prices (include dinner): $15 adult, $10 students 11-up, $7 ages 5-10; ages 4 and under free. Tennessee Shines will feature Over the Rhine (Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler) and hosts Bob Deck and Paige Travis, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and Remaining tickets sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6 p.m. Children 14 and under with a parent admitted free. Info:

TUESDAY, DEC. 17 Half-Day Holiday Hike presented by Friends of the Smokies, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hiking author and guide Danny Bernstein will lead the easy five-mile hike along the Little Pigeon River on the Old Sugarlands Trail to Sugarlands Cemetery and Cataract Falls, ending with a warming-up and last-minute shopping at the bookstore at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Cost: $35 (tax deductible and includes membership; $10 for current members). Meeting locations for the hike will be in Asheville, Maggie Valley and Sugarlands Visitor Center. Register: org or 828-452-0720. Knoxville Writers’ Group, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Naples Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Playwright Lisa Soland will talk about the art of writing, producing and directing plays. All-inclusive lunch: $12. Growing Healthy: Container Gardening During the Winter, 4:30-5:30 p.m., UT Gardens. Children and families will learn how to grow herbs and vegetables indoors. Free. Preregistration required; contact Derrick Stowell, 974-7151 or Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5:30 p.m., Panera Bread, 205 N. Peters Road. Free. Preregister with Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182. Sam Venable book signing, 6 p.m., Gallery Nuance, 121 S. Gay St.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 Formation of Artist Collectives, panel discussion, noon-1:30 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Representatives from Mighty Mud, Vacuum Shop Studios, Gallery Nuance, The Birdhouse and 17th Street Studios will share their experiences in forming collectives. Liza Zenni, executive director of the Arts & Culture Alliance, will moderate. Free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19 “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), 7 p.m., Palace Theater, 113 W. Broadway Ave. Maryville. Admission: $5; children 9 and under free with adult.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 19-21 “Modern Dance Primitive Light,” contemporary dance works set to live music, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Shows: 8 p.m. Dec. 19; 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 20-21. Choreographers include Danah Bella and Angela Hill. Special appearance by Go! Contemporary Dance Works. Tickets: $8.50/$13 in advance through www.knoxtix. com; $10/$15 at the door. Seating is limited; feel free to bring a pillow. Appropriate for all ages. Choreographers’ panel after the 9 p.m. Dec. 20 show.


Works, Irish fiddle band Four Leaf Peat and Knoxville Pipes & Drums. Tickets: $14-$45 (children $8 and up); at 291-3310 or

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 Samuel Frazier Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 11 a.m. at the home of treasurer Sharon “Sam” Wyrosdick. Jim Cundall, Honor Air Knoxville flight coordinator, will speak, and the club will mark its 62nd anniversary. Info: Martha Kroll, 603-4655. Family Fun Day: Celebrating Winter Holidays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Children and their families will learn about winter holidays and celebrations around the world. Children also can make holiday ornaments and paper lanterns to celebrate the holidays and the winter solstice. “White Christmas” (1954), 7 p.m., Palace Theater, 113 W. Broadway Ave. Maryville. Admission: $5; children 9 and under free with adult.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22 The Captain W.Y.C. Hannum Chapter #1881, United Daughters of the Confederacy will meet at 2 p.m. at Old Gray Cemetery, 543 N. Broadway, to commemorate the birthday of the chapter’s namesake. Members will gather at the gravesite to lay a wreath. Visitors welcome. Info: Charlotte Miller, 448-6716.

MONDAY, DEC. 23 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, 4 and 8 p.m., Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Tickets: $30-$177; at Knoxville Tickets locations, 656-4444, www. and the Clinch Avenue box office, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24-25 St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, Christmas Eve Family Service and Nativity Pageant with Holy Eucharist, 4 p.m. Dec. 24; Christmas Eve Choral Prelude, 10:30 p.m., followed by Holy Eucharist; Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m. Info: 523-5687 or

TUESDAY, DEC. 31 New Year’s Eve at Candoro – Celebrating 90 Years: 1913-2013, 7 p.m. hors d’oeuvres and drinks, 8 p.m. dinner, Candoro Marble, 4455 Candora Ave. 1920s décor by April Burt; catering by Holly’s Eventful Dining; swing band Devan Jones & the Uptown Stomp. Tickets: $100; at or by check to Candoro Arts & Heritage Center, P.O. Box 9437, Knoxville, TN 37940. Proceeds go to restoration and maintenance of the Candoro Marble Building. The Dirty Guv’nahs with Jonathan Sexton and Cereus Bright, 8:30 p.m., Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Tickets: $32; on sale at Knoxville Tickets locations and the Clinch Avenue box office, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

SUNDAY, JAN. 5 Circle Modern Dance will hold its second annual open house at 1 p.m., with a free class scheduled 2-4:30 p.m., Emporium Annex Studio, 100 S. Gay St. Meet teachers Amanda Merris, Angela Hill, Callie Minnich, Darby O’Connor, Laura Burgamy, Mary Alford, Nate Barrett and Sarah Whitaker. Info:

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), 7 p.m., Palace Theater, 113 W. Broadway Ave. Maryville. Admission: $5; children 9 and under free with adult.



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“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, 2 p.m. Dec. 22, Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Admission: $8; children and seniors $6. 27th annual Clayton Holiday Concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Civic Auditorium. Showtimes; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 21-22. Special guests for “A Celtic Christmas” will include the Knoxville Choral Society, Go! Contemporary Dance


TUESDAY, JAN. 7 Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5 p.m., Panera Bread, 4855 Kingston Pike. Free. Preregister with Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182.

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All five members of the Rockwell family can be found in this painting.

An American master Christmas approacheth, and holiday frenzy is reaching its peak. Your own todo list undoubtedly grows daily, but here’s something you might want to put on the back burner.

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Carol’s Corner The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville is currently hosting “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.” After Christmas Day, you’ll have about six weeks to see something you’ll never forget. As a closet Norman Rockwell fan for most of my life, I feel vindicated. “He’s so corny!” folks will often say. “He’s so old-fashioned!” Actually, he is a heck of a draftsman. The first aspect of Norman Rockwell’s work that sucked me in decades ago was his impeccable drawing and painting. His people look real, not idealized. Faces have lines and blotches, clothes have stains

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and wrinkles, objects are arrayed messily. Everything down to the last crumpled handkerchief is absolutely believable. And looking at many of his most-beloved paintings in person underscores that point. Nelda Hill, central library manager at Lawson McGhee Library, attended the exhibition with her nephew, Chris Hill, who works in the healthcare industry in Nashville. Both came away with deep impressions. “It’s easy to dismiss Norman Rockwell as a feel-good illustrator, but this exhibit proves that he is everything but,” said Nelda. “He tapped our best selves but more, he gave us a standard to which we can aspire. “At the same time, he confronted us with our racism and the terrors in other parts of the world.” Many people don’t realize how much weight Rockwell provided to the cause of civil rights. Along with such paintings as “The Problem We All Live With” and “New Kids in the Neighborhood” – both of which deal with racial integration – the Frist exhibit features a stunning timeline, including sketches, letters and the artist’s notes, of a work

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Norman Rockwell’s famous sense of humor comes through in this unorthodox self-portrait.

And if this is not enough to convince you that you need to see this show, all of his Saturday Evening Post covers are there. Yep, all 323 of ’em. Some will make you laugh out loud, and more than a few will bring tears. “Leaving the exhibit,” said Chris Hill, “I not only felt a deeper connection to my American heritage, I felt like I learned something about my grandparents’ life experience that could not be communicated through stories of ‘the good old days’ or family pictures, but only by living a life. “Mr. Rockwell obviously had a gift for capturing the emotions and climate of the age that he painted. “I am thankful that he did.” “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” runs through Feb. 9 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Info: 615-244-3340 or fristcenter. org.

Rockwell’s chilling account of a triple murder during the civil rights era Photos courtesy of The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

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called “Murder in Mississippi” (also called “Southern Justice”) commissioned by Look magazine. The 1963 painting depicts the deaths of three civil rights workers. The last one to die is shown standing, holding one of his dying colleagues. He’s staring his killers – a sheriff’s posse depicted only in shadows on the right side of the canvas – right in their faces. It’s chilling, horrific and deeply affecting. Many of Rockwell’s bestknown paintings are there, including “Triple Self-Portrait” in which he’s shown from the rear, sitting on a stool, straining to catch a glimpse of his face in a mirror while putting it on the canvas in front of him. You can also see “No Swimming,” “Family Tree” and “Coming and Going,” the amusing double painting of a family setting out for a lake adventure and then returning at the end of the day, exhausted. “Christmas Homecoming,” in which a young man is warmly greeted by his nearest and dearest, contains portraits of every member of the immediate Rockwell family – Norman, wife Mary and their three sons.

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Stella Marie exclaims it all Madisonville teen finds hope in Asperger’s diagnosis Stella Marie Moore is almost starry-eyed as she talks about Temple Grandin, the 2010 HBO biopic about an autistic woman who went on to become a highly acclaimed doctor of animal science and autism activist. “When I saw that movie, I felt like we were connected,” she says. “I’m going to write a letter to her. I hope she writes me back. I think she will. She does math problems just like I do!” The way she talks in exclamation points – faster and louder than necessary – is clearly the excitement of a smart, vivacious 17-year-old high school junior discussing a favorite subject. More times than not, however, her fast and loud speech isn’t excitement – it’s Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of mild autism with which she was diagnosed just two years ago. The inability to modulate speech is just one of the many symptoms of Asperger’s, a pervasive development disorder commonly associated with an entire spectrum of autistic forms. The symptoms – and the degree to which they are manifested – vary from person to person but frequently include narrow interests, poor social interactions, awkwardness and poor coordination, and a tendency to take things literally. Often, other conditions may coexist with Asperger’s, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Although the cause of Asperger’s is not known, studies point to abnormalities in specific regions of the brain. Researchers have long suspected genetics and environmental components are contributing factors because of its tendency to run in families. Stella Marie, adopted at age 7 as a “severely abused” therapeutic foster

Stella Marie Moore hopes to be a teacher. She is inspired by the achievements of others, including Dr. Temple Grandin and her mother, Darline Moore.

child, was one of five children taken from her parental home and each sent to live with separate foster families. Two of her brothers are mentally retarded. In fact, social workers – unable to understand Stella Marie’s garbled speech – were convinced that she was “moderately retarded” when they first brought her to live with Darline and Harold Moore in their brick rancher on the outskirts of Madisonville. “Just because I wouldn’t answer

them when they said ‘Stella,’ they thought I was retarded,” Stella Marie says. “I tried to tell them that my name was Marie but they didn’t understand me at all. I didn’t know who they meant when they said ‘Stella’ because I had always been called Marie.” It soon became clear that she wasn’t retarded at all. But she did have problems, problems that led to a battery of tests that showed she was not only suffering from ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety,

About Temple Grandin Ph.D. “At four years of age, Temple Grandin wasn’t talking at all. Her father thought she should be institutionalized, but her mother refused, coaxing speech from her daughter and later setting her up with odd jobs so she would learn work skills despite her extreme anxieties. At the time, there was no diagnosis. More than six decades later, Grandin has become one of the nation’s foremost authorities on animal welfare and our pre-eminent advocate for people with autism. As someone operating on the very high end of the autistic spectrum, Grandin, 65, has become a sort of ambassador to what she calls the neurotypical world.” Read more at

but also from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Later, she entered the intensive outpatient program at Peninsula Lighthouse on Dowell Springs Road. For three hours a day, five days a week, she joined other teens in learning coping skills and better ways to look at situations. “She did very well in there,” said Dr. John G. Kupfner, an adolescent-child psychiatrist with Peninsula Hospital. “She learned some social skills and has really done better since finishing that program.” It was also at Peninsula Lighthouse that Kupfner began to suspect his young patient was dealing with more issues than those previously diagnosed. “She had a hard time with any abstract speech and communication concepts. It was difficult for her to understand things that weren’t concretely laid out. She tended to speak louder than other kids. She didn’t have social awareness to her patterns of speech which could be kind of robotic. So her failure to be able to interact with peers and form appropriate reciprocal relationships made me suspicious of Asperger’s.” Kupfner’s diagnosis, which Mrs. Moore called “astute,” helped them understand how to manage the symptoms, develop coping skills and provided a measure of hope. Today, the coping skills she learned have enabled Stella Marie and her mother to laugh at her tendency to take things literally. “You have to be conscious of how you word or phrase things because she will take you literally,” said Darline Moore. “You don’t say, ‘I’m going to pinch your head off.’ ” “I had a friend to say that she got

stabbed in the back and I said, ‘Really?!’ I’m like, ‘How are you doing? How are you here?!’ ” Stella Marie said with a laugh. But back in Sequoyah High School, such literalness and exclamatory speech makes life difficult. Friendships don’t come easily although she says she has more friends this year than ever before. So when Stella Marie puts herself down as a “nerd,” her mother gently disagrees, saying, “No, you’re not, baby. You’re a joy. You’re a joy. We’ve had some challenges and we’ve had some very difficult times, and there were times that I asked how we would get through them, but we did.” “She has struggled through her uniqueness but she has persevered and she is doing well in school,” says her mother, adding that she makes mostly A’s and B’s. “We see a bright future for Stella Marie. We see her being self-sufficient. We see her being able, with guidance, to take care of herself, to hold down a job. We see her going to a junior college. We hope that she’ll be able to go on and get a degree, but our immediate goal is attending a junior college.” However, Stella Marie, like her hero Temple Grandin, is setting her sights even higher. She hopes to one day be a teacher like her mother, who taught school for 32 years before retiring to become a foster mom again. “I bet I can teach my sisters! That would be great!” says Stella Marie, again speaking in exclamation points. Her mother beams proudly. “Writing Temple Grandin to tell her what an inspiration she’s been was Marie’s idea,” said Mrs. Moore. “We’re hoping she’ll write back. Once Marie realized what the diagnosis was and she began to see some examples of people who were successful, it’s made a big difference.”

Asperger’s no more: Diagnosis removed Almost 70 years after it was identified by an Austrian pediatrician and two decades after it was officially recognized, the American Psychiatric Association gave Asperger’s syndrome the boot at its annual meeting last May. In what the Associated Press called “one of the most hotly argued changes,” the APA struck Asperger’s from the list of mental illnesses with the release of the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the guide which provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. Asperger’s was recognized by Dr. Hans Asperger in 1944, but the disorder did not make it into the DSM until the fourth edition in 1994. It has now been replaced with the diagnostic label of “autism spectrum disorder,” a term already used by many medical experts. This diagnosis will also include both kids with severe autism who often don’t talk or interact as well as those with milder forms. According to Dr. John Kupfner, a psychiatrist with Peninsula Hospital, Asperger’s prevalence has been reported to be anywhere from 1-in250 to 1-in-5,000 children.

“The controversy is that there has been a great increase in the prevalence of us diagnosing all autistic illnesses, including Asperger’s, for the past 10 years,” said Kupfner. “So there is a lot of conflict in the community about whether it is over diagnosed or if it was under diagnosed before and is now being addressed. Advocates for autistic groups will say the latter; the media might say the former. Always, the truth lies in the middle.” “We’ve become a lot more comfortable diagnosing it,” Kupfner continued. “We were probably over diagnosing Asperger’s in the beginning. But again, if you have severe social phobia, severe anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder or any speech and language communication disabilities, that can present as Asperger’s. But over time, this diagnosis will be changed back. I don’t put a lot of investment in the diagnosis part other than as a relative description of how that person sees the world. That’s what Asperger’s is to me.” The change is strongly opposed by some Asperger’s families who fear loss of the diagnosis would mean their kids would no longer be eligible for special services. But experts say the revision will not affect their edu-

cation services. “When you are struggling and you know that you are different and you’re not fitting in and it’s causing dysfunction in your life, people want to know why,” said Kupfner. “They want to know other people have the same problems, that they’re not alone. Certainly, with autistic illnesses that is true, and it is more diagnosed now than ever and that creates opportunities for understanding treatment.” The re-defining of Asperger’s underscores just how complicated it is to diagnose autistic illnesses because the criteria is ever changing. Simply put, Kupfner says, Asperger’s is a disorder of communication. “There are other associated things that go with it like obsessions, compulsions, anxiety,” he said. “So it’s primarily a disorder of being able to communicate with others, emotional communication is challenging if not impossible sometimes. Like when they have an emotional reaction to something, being able to express what the problem is and problemsolving and coping skills are incredibly difficult. They have a hard time expressing how they feel inside to somebody else. They also can’t read how other people are acting so they

Dr. John Kupfner calls Asperger’s a “disorder of communication.” He believes that while medication can help control some symptoms, successful long-term treatment for Asperger’s focuses on helping patients learn how to process information in a way that everyone else around them does intuitively. will make a lot of presumptions, they don’t read nonverbal communication well and they won’t understand sarcasm.” While people tend to focus on the diagnosis, Kupfner says the psychiatric community is focused on the treatment of obsessions, compulsions, anxieties, mood deregulation and aggression.

“We have treatments for all those things and that’s what we focus on,” said Kupfner. “We focus on the systems-based approach where the school helps control the environment so that it’s not unpredictable or feels unsafe. We try to implement the same thing at home. We focus on symptom management more than the label.” Kupfner says while medication does help control some symptoms, the long-term treatment for Asperger’s is more therapy-based and helping patients to learn how to process information in a way that everyone else around them does intuitively. “For those with Asperger’s, they have to logically try and understand emotional responses others may be having around them and feel safe doing it. That’s the ultimate goal,” he said. “Medications for anxiety and attention and concentration can be helpful but not all Asperger’s patients have to be on medication. Some just have to work through it and function –it doesn’t mean that they can’t have a normal life.” For more information about the behavioral health services of Peninsula, call 865-970-9800 or visit www.peninsulabehavioralhealth. org.

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