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VOL. 7 NO. 51

IN THIS ISSUE Meet the county’s newest principal and his school

December 23, 2013

A hot diggity Dawg holiday

John Derek Faulconer’s new job has a lot of unknowns, but he’s certain that he’s in the right place because he’s with the right students – the students who will be coming to the Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State.

Read Betsy Pickle on A-9

Cookies, anyone? For one brief, shining moment during the Dec. 9 school board meeting called to discuss Dr. James McIntyre’s request to extend his contract for an additional year (through the end of 2017), he gave teachers a reason to believe that he’d heard them.

Read Betty Bean on A-4

Bearden High School students Ashley Williams and Jenny Thompson look on as 2nd graders Porter Turner and DeNay Kimber open gifts at Christenberry Elementary School. Photo See story on page A-3 by Wendy Smith

Kentucky school to honor ex-Vol Nothing like this has ever happened before. A high school in Kentucky will name the basketball court and gymnasium for a former Tennessee guard. OK, there is more to the story: Rodney Woods was a shooting star at Lone Jack High in Fourmile, Ky., before he ran the floor for Ray Mears’ Volunteers.

Read Marvin West on A-5


Severance won’t seek re-election Kim Sepesi Severance will serve out her term on the school board but will not seek re-election, she said Friday. She has taken a job with March of Dimes as community director. Severance, who lives in Powell, represents District 7 where county commissioner R. Larry Smith is term-limited and might seek the school board seat. Severance said she has been looking for employment since losing her job in reorganization at Rural/Metro. “I have enjoyed serving, but my new job responsibilities won’t allow it,” she said. “I never intended to be a career politician.” – S.Clark

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Improved Lakeshore Park will be scenic – and costly By Wendy Smith The proposed master plan for Lakeshore Park includes what most folks want, and if it is approved early next year, all that will be lacking is money – lots and lots of money. “It will take a lot of money, and it’s not going to happen overnight,” said attorney Tom McAdams. He is on the board of the nonprofit Lakeshore Park Inc., which manages the park. The plan was revealed last week at the Deane Hill Recreation Center. It includes almost six miles of new trails, 12 picnic pavilions, three play areas, a

natural amphitheater, river access for kayaks, canoes and rowing sculls and numerous parking areas. See the plan at Created by Ross/Fowler Landscape Architecture, the plan was based on surveys collected by the city and input provided to market research group U30. Surveys showed a strong appetite for redevelopment. People love the park, but are dissatisfied with it, said U30 president Ashley Shomaker. Almost 500 participants rated 66 suggested improvements. The high-

est rated features were improved views of the river and family- and seniorfriendly walking trails. Proposed sports facilities include three additional soccer fields, three large multipurpose fields, two basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts and two Challenger, or accessible, baseball fields. The plan also includes sites for a farmers market and a dog play area. After the plan is approved, the next step will be the demolition of 13 buildings, said city Parks and Recreation director Joe Walsh. Funds raised

by Lakeshore Park Inc. will cover the work, which will include asbestos removal. The administration building, the chapel and the steam plant will be preserved for public use. The steam plant has sensational brickwork, says McAdams, and could be opened up as a pavilion. Beyond demolition, the first project will be the Hank Rappe Memorial Universal Playground. Funds for the playground are being raised by Knoxville Youth Sports. While Lakeshore Park Inc. will continue to raise funds for improvements,

sponsorships will be key to the completion of the park. “If you see something you want to build, step up,” said McAdams. Two neighbors, one on the south edge of the 185acre park, and one on the north, expressed concern about light and noise pollution. Walsh said those are always concerns with public parks, and the issues will be addressed as development occurs. Security is another concern, but Walsh cited the success of the Knoxville Police Department’s bike patrol in keeping city parks safe

Alexander must step up on Reeves confirmation By Betty Bean pronounced her A-OK. She has Who is Lamar Alexander hurt- an unblemished reputation and ing by blocking the confirmation the American Bar Association’s of a new judge to sit in United unqualified stamp of approval. States District Court, Eastern DisShe was the first trict of Tennessee? woman president The answer is that Alexander’s of the Tennessee petulant political ploy is hurtBar Association ing the people of East Tennessee, and would become who, if asked, would probably say the first woman to they’d like to see justice served in sit in the Eastern a timely manner and their tax dolDistrict. lars used efficiently. The federal court docket in Alexander Knoxville consists of about 80 percent criminal Alexander’s blocking of Knox- cases that can only be tried by Arville lawyer Pam Reeves’ appoint- ticle III judges (so named because ment to the federal bench doesn’t they are empowered under Article serve justice and is costing tax- III of the constitution to wield payer money. “the judicial power of the United Reeves, who was nominated States”). Phillips’ retirement has May 16 to fill the seat vacated by left Chief Judge Tom Varlan as Tom Phillips, who formally retired the only Article III judge sitting in Aug. 1, is an utterly non-controver- Knoxville, although he is ably assial candidate who has the respect sisted by Judge Leon Jordan, who of Republicans and Democrats retired and assumed senior status alike. Both Tennessee senators in 2001. The backlog of criminal met with her earlier this year and cases is ballooning, and civil cases


are being held up by criminal proceedings, which by law must be resolved speedily. Attorney Don Bosch does a great deal of work in federal court. He is a Democrat whose name was among those originally mentioned to fill the Phillips vacancy (speculation is that he couldn’t take the pay cut). He wishes that Congress would quit playing politics with the judgeships and traces origins of the current state of gridlock back to the fight over the nomination of Robert Bork to the United States Supreme Court in 1987. He says the practice of holding judgeships for ransom, particularly at the district level, needs to stop. “This is an exceptionally overworked judiciary in our district. The backlog of work is staggering and the need for a judge is real and immediate. When our politicians, irrespective of party stripe, fail to see things like this, it’s time for a change,” he said. Article III judges from other jurisdictions, mostly from the


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Eastern District of Kentucky, have been filling in the gaps. One judge, Tena Campbell, flies in from Utah. The visiting judges have their choice of accommodations, and most of them stay at the Hilton Hotel, two blocks away from the courthouse. Executive floor rooms at the Hilton are $183.28 per day ($145 with discount). Add three squares a day and round trip airfare, all multiplied by a factor of at least two (judges typically bring clerks and/or assistants), and costs begin to mount. No matter how judiciously the money is spent, bringing in visiting judges is expensive and (should be) unnecessary. Lamar Alexander’s campaign slogan is “Conservative. Solving problems. Standing up for Tennessee.” It’s on him to demonstrate that these are not just empty words. It’s time for the guy who first got elected to public office by hiking across the state to walk the walk on an issue that matters.


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You can tell who is in the “know” in Christmas Village in the North Pole: They call Mrs. Claus “Katie.” “Oh yes, it’s true,” says the also-jolly wife of Kris Kringle, aka Santa Claus. “Whenever I hear someone calling ‘Katie,’ I know it is either family or a dear friend. To most of the world, I am Mrs. Claus.” It’s not a title the self-proclaimed women’s rights advocate minds at all. “I am very secure in my role here at Christmas Central. Mrs. Claus is more like a job description, like Mrs. Prime Minister or Your Majesty. Kris and I are very much a team. He will tell you he couldn’t do it without me. After the Buzz Lightyear fiasco in 1996 – I was out with the flu for two weeks – everyone knows it’s not just lip service.” Mrs. Claus is a master of organization and time management, but her passion is cooking. “And tasting, as you can tell by looking! I am happy in the kitchen, and I love to experiment. Of course, there is no shortage of tastetesters around here.” In December, however, the kitchen stays pretty dark. “It doesn’t seem to matter where we think we are in July. Autumn hits, and there is always a toy you didn’t expect that starts getting the buzz, like Furby or Tickle Me Elmo, or, this year, the Nerf Heartbreaker Bow. Then Thanksgiving rolls around and, boom, everything is just around the corner. We are definitely deadline-driven around here.” To keep off the “naughty” list – it does exist, she says – this interviewer decided to let Mrs. Claus get back to work. So sit and have a Coffee Break with Katie Kringle, aka, Mrs. Claus. And Merry Christmas!

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? “He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.” By Mr. Parker in “A Christmas Story.” What a funny movie. Of course, I know EBunny, and he doesn’t look anything like Ralphie in that suit!

What are you guilty of? Messing with the calendar in the toy shop workroom. It drives the elves crazy!

What is your favorite material possession? My state-of-the-art custom-made triple oven with its built-in self-cleaner.

What are you reading currently? Reading and totally enjoying “The Swaddling Clothes”

by Amber Schamel. It’s short, too. Not much time for reading this time of year.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Slice and bake cookies. It just doesn’t seem right. I end up putting the dough in a big bowl and adding a little more vanilla, a few more nuts … well, you get the picture.

What was your most embarrassing moment? Well, I guess it was when they asked me to leave Weight Watchers. They just got so upset when I kept bringing plates of Snickerdoodles for the coffee bar.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? She told me to marry a man with a sense of humor.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

What is your social media of choice?

1. Move the North Pole, the workshop and the whole Christmas family to this uncharted island near Hawaii I’ve had my eye on. 2. Sail around the world on a cruise ship. 3. Go to a World Cup soccer championship game. Did you know I coach the Kickin’ Elves U-18 team?

Pinterest. Check out Veronica Villarroel’s sugar cookies. My favorite is Mrs. Claus!

What is the worst job you have ever had? Well, as you can imagine, all us North Pole residents work in the village when we are teenagers. Jobs are handed out by a lottery drawing. One summer I was assigned to the barn. I absolutely hate reindeer poop.

What is one word others often use to describe you? Organized, not that I have much choice. Do you have any idea how many elves there are up here?

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Switch my entire wardrobe to hot pink.

You know, I just loved “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Wonder if it is on Blu-ray?

What irritates you? Jenny Craig commercials.

What is your passion? Christmas. Oh, I may complain a bit during December, but it really is the most wonderful, magical time of the year.

What’s one place everyone should visit?

With whom would you most like to have a long lunch?

Campbell Station Park while the trees are lit. Those Farragut public works folks have been very, very good this year.

James Beard. He made cooking look so easy! I never did give him my Snickerdoodle recipe, however.

What is your greatest fear?

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

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?

Why Kris, of course! It’s not just a public relations profile. He really is the kindest and most loving person. And you can never really have too much positive energy in your life.

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Writers, and angels, need encouragement Lisa Soland says her life is a bit like the main character in her new book, “The Christmas Tree Angel.” Like the angel, she knew she needed to keep climbing to find her destiny.

Wendy Smith

With the help of encouraging friends, the angel ornament found her place at the top of a Christmas tree. Soland has found her place inspiring writers all over the country from her home base in East Tennessee. She inspired members of the Knoxville Writers Group at last week’s lunch meeting. You don’t need degrees, you just need to write, she said. “Get your a__ in the

chair and start writing!” Her path to being a playwright began with a degree in acting from Florida State University. Her success in the program earned her an apprenticeship with Burt Reynolds’ Jupiter Theater. From there, Soland moved to L.A., where she slept on the floor for six years. The jobs were few, and she was typecast as a dumb blonde. “When I started to write, people were surprised by how complex my mind was.” After she wrote her first play, she never looked back. She has now produced and/ or directed over 80 plays, 55 of which were original. She currently teaches and directs at Maryville College and Pellissippi State Community College. She kept the unpublished “Christmas Tree Angel” under her bed for 14 years until a friend in publishing encouraged her to pull it out.

Diggity Dawg holiday By W By Wendy endy en dy y Smith Smi mitth th The students in Ella Williams’ 2nd-grade classroom at Christenberry Elementary School were all smiles when they received their holiday gifts, compliments of Bearden High School’s leadership classes. But the biggest grins in the room were on the faces of their mentors, junior Ashley Williams and freshman Jenny Thompson. Their joy showed that mother was right – it’s better to give than to receive. Once a week, leadership students at Bearden board buses bound for Christenberry and Belle Morris El-

eementary em men enttary tary Schools Sch choo ools ls to to work work k with students. One to three teens are assigned to each classroom of pre-kindergarten to 5th grade students, giving the mentors plenty of time to develop relationships with the youngsters. Austin Turner, a senior who has taken the leadership class for two semesters, was drawn to the class because of the mentoring program. “It looked like fun because they were always helping out,” he says. He enjoys interacting with the students during tutoring sessions and on the playground, and says they are genuine. “They make you

She chose a Maryville College student to illustrate the book, which is available at www. lisasoland. com. She sees herself as an advocate for new writers as well as Lisa Soland those who have put off getting started. “You don’t have to know the ending. Just trust that when you get there, you will be given the next step.”

Twins Brennan and Delaney aren’t sure about Santa, but Kaleb Betancourt, 4, encourages big sister Gianna Nicaud has enough enthusiasm for the Paxton Garner to spend some time three of them. The twins are 2, and Gianna is 5. Santa visited the Bearden Library last week. with Santa. Photos by Wendy Smith

say contest. As the state winner, Andy receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., next summer to attend congressional seminar workshops. The topic for this year’s contest was “To what ■ Bearden student can it be said that the wins essay contest degree decisions of John Marshall’s Bearden High School Supreme Court laid the essophomore Andy Chance is sential groundwork for esthe fourth student of retir- tablishing a strong federal ing English teacher Kath- government?” leen Greenwell to be chosen Congratulations to Andy as the state winner of the on his accomplishment and National Society of the Co- to Kathleen Greenwell on lonial Dames of America es- her retirement!

Bearden High School English teacher Kathleen Greenwell looks on as her student, Andy Chance, is recognized by Penn Grove of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America for his essay contest win.

Christenberry students for several years. One large party held at Bearden has evolved into smaller parties held in each classroom, with mentors in charge of planning. There were 68 students enrolled in three classes this semester, according to Bearden history and leadership teacher Rebecca Nutter. As the leadership program grew, students began to mentor at Belle Morris. The most important thing the high school students get out of mentoring is Lena Foster, Natilya Cates and Tyler McNew giggle as their connections with kids, she classmate Lily Washam misses the mark during a pin-the-nose- says. They’re encouraged to on-the-snowman game run by Bearden leadership student talk to the children about Austin Turner. their futures, especially in regard to education. They typically list the feel special when it’s your job Leadership classes have mentoring experience as to make them feel special.” hosted holiday parties for their favorite part of class,

and say they appreciate the opportunity to use leadership skills in a setting outside of school. “Several students have expressed aspirations of becoming elementary school teachers or social workers as a result of their experiences at Belle Morris and Christenberry,” says Nutter. Next semester, a fresh crop of Bearden students will begin mentoring at the schools. The children get very attached to the students and are sad to see them go, says Christenberry 2nd grade teacher Lisa Foley. But they quickly fall in love with the next group. Mentors will host a field day at both schools at the end of spring semester.

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government Neighborhood groups, beware! The Rogero Administration’s behind-the-scenes dealings in the Fort Sanders community do not bode well for neighborhood groups across the city.

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As Cari Gervin pointed out in a comprehensive story in the Dec. 11 Metro Pulse, the Fort Sanders Forum agreement of 14 years ago has been negated as the city has negotiated with Covenant Health to expand the footprint of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. The evidence which Gervin uncovered is striking and ominous. This is especially surprising given the 2011 candidate promises of Mayor Rogero to be sensitive to neighborhood concerns while being transparent. Neither has occurred here. The tacit assault on Fort Sanders began with the UT/city task force on the World’s Fair Park. The intent of the task force, driven by UT leaders with the backing of former UT professor Bill Lyons (now deputy to the mayor), is to convert the green space of the south lawn of World’s Fair Park to a new Clarence Brown and/or Carousel theatre plus a multitude of outdoor performance venues. A six-story building there has even been mentioned. Its future awaits yet another World’s Fair Park master plan at taxpayers’ expense. What has gone on behind the scenes remains unknown, but what is known is that Fort Sanders leaders like Stan Webster and Randall DeFord are on the outside looking in. 2014 may not be a good year for the neighborhood. Knox Heritage, under the able leadership of Kim Trent, has been working to save the few historic homes remaining. Trent has been cautious in her comments on Rogero due to past friendship and an effort not to burn bridges. But it is well known that the top leadership of Knox Heritage is deeply perplexed by the appar-

ent alliance between Team Rogero and Covenant to ditch the 2000 Fort Sanders agreement. The hospital, instead of going to the other parties to the agreement, went straight to the mayor’s office with Knox Heritage and the Fort Sanders neighborhood group left outside. Corporate leaders have found Team Rogero to be a most agreeable partner as it prepares for a second and final term run in 2015. Given that Rogero has not excluded a property tax increase proposal this coming year, she is anxious to make friends among corporate Knoxville. One would think the city administration would be on the side of the neighborhood or at least an honest, objective broker. Neither appears to be the case, which should send a warning signal to all neighborhoods across Knoxville. What is even more surprising here is that DeFord (past president of Knox Heritage and longtime Fort Sanders resident) has been a strong Rogero supporter as has been Trent. But now the city seems to be working against itself as it helps shred the Fort Sanders Forum agreement signed off by city council at a special called council meeting in Fort Sanders. Council as a whole does not seem to have been consulted either. ■ The city is spending $219,000 to study employee salaries. This seems awfully high for a study which could largely be googled off the Internet. Council actually debated it in some depth given the fiscal jam the city may face this year with adding another $6 million to offset the pension fund debt. The recent pension charter changes did little to help the short term issues. Council members Marshall Stair, Duane Grieve and former mayor Daniel Brown voted to defer the matter for several months to determine if there were funds available. Since the mayor was not at council that night due to delayed air flights out of Washington, that seemed to be a reasonable position, but it was voted down. ■ Happy Holidays to all and may 2014 be a bright one for East Tennessee.

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Let ’em eat cookies For one brief, shining moment during the Dec. 9 school board meeting called to discuss Dr. James McIntyre’s request to extend his contract for an additional year (through the end of 2017), he gave teachers a reason to believe that he’d heard them. He started with an unwonted show of humility, complimenting Knox County teachers for “doing a terrific job of educating our students in our classrooms. We are seeing some remarkable progress …” Their hopes soared when he acknowledged the criticisms they’ve leveled at his administration in recent months. Some even detected a slight quiver in his voice: “Based on the feedback we have received, and what we’ve heard over the last weeks and months, I think

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it’s pretty clear that … I do need to make sure that our teachers both feel supported and are supported in the work that we are doing of effectively educating our children. “There’s been a lot said about me, over the last few weeks, much of it by folks who really don’t know me – as a parent, as an educator, as a dad. So I’ll say just this: “I’ve dedicated my life to education. All that I hope to do, and in fact all that I’ve ever wanted to do, is provide a great education to children, so that they have a bright future. “In my current role, I

have the ability to have a positive impact on literally tens of thousands of young people every single day and I recognize that that is a unique privilege. “There’s no place that I’d rather be, and no work I’d rather do than provide for the educational needs of the students of Knox County Schools.” This sounded good. It was cause for hope. Maybe, some thought, he really does understand their concerns. And then he asked the board to tack an additional year onto what was then a 3-year contract. But he would once again forego the $5,570 salary increase to which he is entitled but has never accepted. Instead, he said he would like this sum to be designated as a teacher appreciation fund for “recognition activities.”

Effusive praise from school board members (many of whom will be called to account during the 2014 elections for voting for the unnecessary contract extension) ensued. They appreciate his willingness to get by on his $222,800 base salary plus assorted perks including $1,200 per month for retirement, an $800 car allowance and additional money for professional growth. It’s fair to say that teachers – many of whom take summer jobs to make ends meet, and who have noted McIntyre’s lack of support when the state curtailed salary increases, eliminated bargaining rights and abolished tenure protection – were not much impressed. Maybe that changed last week. Just before the holiday break, McIntyre demonstrated his appreciation by sending a bunch of daisies and a box of Publix cookies out to the schools. Or maybe it didn’t.

Huber vote shows rift on land use John Huber’s plan to build 328 apartments and a marina on the 100-acre Melgaard farm in West Knox County was barely approved, 6-5, at county commission last week. The rezoning and sector plan amendment are surely headed to court, as lawyers John King (pro) and Wayne Kline (no) maneuvered to get their points into the record. The debate sparked reflection on how we live today and in the future. Some call it “urban sprawl;” others “The American Dream.” Listen to a slice of the debate: South Knox commissioner Mike Brown opposed Huber’s plan. Somewhat bizarrely he said: “The issue to me is we’re slipperyBrown sloping on the edge of setting a precedent here that will remain forever.” Brown was upset that MPC Director Mark Donaldson had cited Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) in defending Huber’s proposal to consolidate density into 4-story apartments while preserving 25 acres of green space on steep slopes. Current zoning allows 1 to 5 units per acre, and Huber had argued the alternative was clear-cutting to build a traditional subdivision. The Melgaard family said the land had been on the market for three years with Huber the only interested buyer. “PlanET and Agenda 21 want to bring all the people into the cities and stack them in 50 story buildings

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and let the farms go back to nature,” Brown said. East Knox commissioner Sam McKenzie said it’s a generational dif ference. “People our age want that house with an acre lot; these McKenzie 20-somethings don’t think like we do.” He also zapped Brown with a nod toward black helicopters. “How do we not build on steep slopes? By building on the good parts (of the prop-

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Nick Della Volpe is kindly called “irrepressible.” His critics are harsher. So when Gov. Bill Haslam emailed Christmas greetings to his million-plus personal friends across the state, he included an invitation to contact him any time about any subject. Now Della Volpe has become a BFF to Steve Borden, TDOT’s Region I manager, talking with him weekly if not daily about road improvements around Knoxville Center mall to increase visibility and access. So Nick asked Haslam to be aware of a recent

erty),” McKenzie said. Commissioner Amy Broyles voted against the Huber development because of “density and the marina,” but she defended PlanET while noting that the commission had not adopted its conclusions. Commissioner Tony Norman voted yes, saying he also has problems with the marina, which has a lengthy state and federal approval process ahead. But Norman agreed with Huber’s statement that, “This is low density. We’re taking the density and pushing it onto the better part of the land and conserving everything around it.” Wow. Allies Broyles, McKenzie and Norman with widely disparate views, and Broyles voting with Mike Brown. Not talking at all were yes voters R. Larry Smith, Dave Wright, Brad Anders and Jeff Ownby.

And sitting silent for 2-plus hours was Richard Briggs, in whose district the development lies. Only when the roll call was underway did he speak: “I am your voice,” he told the neighboring property owners. He voted no, but it was too little, too late. Even though he had made the motion to approve, Larry Smith paused dramatically before voting yes, as if his vote was in question. Not so. Smith has been voting with developers since birth. Also voting no were atlarge commissioners Ed Shouse and Mike Hammond. Both are countywide candidates in May 2014 – Shouse for trustee and Hammond for Criminal Court clerk. The property is located near the Westland Drive interchange with Pellissippi Parkway near Emory Church Road.

Della Volpe-sponsored resolution adopted by Knoxville City Council on the subject. He quickly received a form email saying Haslam appreciated the comment and it was being forwarded to TDOT. He then got a form letter from Steve Borden saying, “Thank you for your concern …” “The only people listening to me are NSA,” laughed Della Volpe. ■ “Location, location, location,” said MPC executive director Mark Donaldson in explaining why he and his staff recommended 328 apartment units near the Westland Drive interchange with Pellissippi Parkway, an area of farms and single family homes.

■ Donaldson wasn’t in town then, but when TDOT built the Parkway, Westland area residents came to protest the interchange. They were told it was a good thing that would enhance the access of emergency vehicles. ■ Brad Anders runs a tight meeting as county commission chair. It may come from his real job as an officer with the KPD. Get unruly on Brad and he’ll cuff and frisk you. ■ Carolyn Greenwood said “zoning is what protects you. It’s what you need to get right.” She said this just before the commission voted unanimously to rezone 70 acres across from her subdivision for an industrial park.

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Leaving the bench, ‘ain’t retiring’ By Jake Mabe Thirty years a public servant, Dale Workman is going out as the Halls Man of the Year. Workman will complete his term as Knox County Circuit Court judge, but he’s not using the word retirement just yet. He might just be working for wife Linda 24/7 if he ain’t careful. Workman grew up in Lincoln Park, had a teacher there who was dating a young lawyer named George Morton. Something clicked. His father, Frank, had worked for the city of Knoxville in several roles, finally as claims investment right-of-way chief for the law director. Frank said education is important. His children

were going to have what he didn’t. Dale graduated from Fulton High in 1964 – but not before meeting Linda in a chemistry class – earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT in June 1968 and an LL.B. (now a JD) from UT Law School in December 1969. The dates are correct. “I was the last generation on the 3-3 plan,” in which you could begin attending law school after three quarters if you were passing. He spent a year with the law firm of Poore, Cox, Baker, McCauley, Ray and Bryne, before moving to Lockett, Slovis and Weaver. (“Two Democrats and one Republican, I balanced them out when I got there.”)

as a trial lawyer for Knox County. Little did I know what that would lead me to.” Maner had a stroke in December 1982. Workman ran for the job and was elected. “The city went out of the Judge Dale Workman Photo by Jake Mabe school business and the Workman dabbled in world was changing almost politics beginning with daily with the Government the Young Republicans. He Liability Act.” In 1990, Workman ran for was asked to manage Charlie Maner’s campaign for Circuit Court judge and was law director in 1972, then elected. There’s a story there. “I owed a lot to Judge the countywide Republican ticket, in which Parky Chester Mahood. I had run Strader, Joe Jenkins and against him and lost for an Mildred Doyle were all run- open seat and think I ran ning (Doyle unopposed for the right way. He had some pressure to retire early bere-election). They all won. “Charlie wasn’t a trial cause there was a Democratlawyer, so in January 1973, ic governor and he could apI went to work part-time point a Democrat who could

then have the advantage of running as an incumbent. He wouldn’t do it and gave me the opportunity to run for an open seat. That’s part of the reason why I’m (stepping down) when I am.” In 1992, Workman says 60-some jury trials were tried in his court. Last year, that number was 12. “There were thousands of asbestos litigations pending since the 1980s.” Workman credits Judy Flynn with managing the docket. He says he remembers what it’s like to be a trial lawyer and is purposefully hard on young lawyers. “I probably have a reputation. You have to be prepared in court.” He says he’s tried to make decisions based on whether he could go home and sleep at night, whether he was “right, wrong or indifferent.” He wrote a book on the history of the Knox County Circuit Court. He has writ-

ten two other pieces, neither yet published. Government service was tough on his family. Linda hates politics. But, it gave Workman time to be there for his kids, at the Halls Community Park, at basketball games, helping with homework. Daughter Michelle Wilson works in accounting for KUB. She and husband Brian have two children, Nicholas and Mathew. Dana Henegar and husband Mark, a pharmacist, have a daughter, Hallie. Son Brandon (Dana’s twin) is a captain in the Sheriff’s Office. He and wife Nicole have a son, Evan. “All of ’em have left, all of ’em have come back to Halls.” Daddy Frank taught him two things. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right” and “to whom much is given, much is expected.” “I’ve been given a lot, so I give back. Corny, but I believe it.”

Kentucky high school honors former Vol, Rodney Woods Nothing like this has ever happened before. A high school in Kentucky will name the basketball court and gymnasium for a forMarvin mer Tennessee guard. West OK, there is more to the story: Rodney Woods was a shooting star at Lone Jack High in Fourmile, Ky., before he ran the floor for Ray show, had 14 points and 10 assists. Mears’ Volunteers. Woods was an extension He was a coach-in-waiting while in college and has of Mears, charged with seefollowed that dream for 38 high school seasons, at Powell Valley, Corbin and for 28 years at Wayne County High in Monticello. He will be honored there on Jan. 4. Clinton High will go north to help with the celebration. Condredge Holloway and Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, former baseball teammates with Woods at UT, are on the guest list. “This is special,” said Woods. “They don’t normally put your name on a building until you are dead.” Woods, 61, is going strong. His career record is 770-375 and he has another fine team. A son, Landry, is a key player. An older son, Peyton, was in a previous group. The Woods boys, including younger Riley, may never be quite as good as their dad. Rodney had the best ever season at Lone Jack long before the three-point line. His 1,001 points remain 17th in the Kentucky high school record book. He is still fourth all-time with 416 field goals. The University of Kentucky showed interest. “Coach Joe B. Hall came to see me twice.” Rodney concluded he was a secondary choice, in reserve in case UK missed a primary recruiting target. “When Coach Mears visited our home, he said if I came to Tennessee as point guard, the Volunteers would lead the Southeastern Conference in scoring.” That did not match Mears’ reputation for bouncing the ball and slowing the game. “I took him at his word and it happened. We led the SEC, 1972-75.” Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld were factors. “They teased me about wanting to carry my books to class. They wanted the basketball and I had it.” Woods, King and Grunfeld were big in what many think was the greatest basketball game ever at Tennessee. The Volunteers defeated Kentucky, 103-98, on Feb. 15, 1975, overflow crowd going slightly wild at Stokely Center. Tennessee shot 56.8 percent, Kentucky only 54. Grunfeld scored 29, including four pressure free throws. King and Mike Jackson had 24 each. Doug Ashworth scored 12. King had 20 rebounds. Rodney Woods, Kentuckian running the Tennessee

ing the whole picture, implementing concepts, adjusting where necessary, always looking for the open man. Some said he could look at Mears and know exactly what the coach wanted. Former guard Bill Justus once said Mears was closer to Rodney Woods than any other Volunteer. “Coach knew I wanted to be a coach,” said Woods. “He gave me a lot of extra

time, explaining things in detail, explaining why he did certain things. “Long after he finished coaching, he would come to our games and observe very closely. I remember him telling me that we were giving up too many points at the end of periods, that if we had the ball late, we should never finish worse than we were. “Ray Mears made a wonderful difference in my life.”

So has Woods affected others. He doubles as athletic director at his school. He serves on the state basketball advisory committee. He may be Monticello’s most famous citizen. Mayor Jeffrey Edwards says Woods is a great asset. “Coach Woods is about more than just wins on the court, although he has plenty of them. He is about getting the most out of his

players and preparing them for the future and also helping to bring a community together in the process.” Bernard King’s “30 for 30” show put Woods back near the spotlight. There was a lot of town talk. In some places, being on TV is still a big deal. “Some may not have known I played basketball.” Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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ere is a young man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.

While He was still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to the cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth, and that was His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever sailed, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as has that One Solitary Life. ~ Author Unknown

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Santa comes early to Westwood as owners expand By Anne Hart Westwood Antique & Design owners Scott Bishop and Tim Bridges say they may be too tired to hang their Christmas stockings. Not a big problem, because as far as they’re concerned, Santa Claus has already delivered the best gift of all: a new location for their longtime Bearden business. The two are hard at work remodeling the building at 4861 Kingston Pike in Mercedes Place. The site was originally a Ruby Tuesday restaurant, but any resemblance to an eatery has been stunningly eliminated.

gorgeous moldings, wainscoting, columns and pilasters added. Chandeliers sparkle and shine in every area, and yes, they’ll be for sale when the store opens in a few weeks. The entrance is adorned with one-of-a-kind wallpaper that looks a bit like watered silk. It is gorgeous and the perfect complement to the wall sconces and lightScott Bishop ed display niche with glass shelving that camouflage The building has been what was once an airlock completely redone both in- entryway. Paint colors throughout side and out. Interior walls have been moved, flooring add grace notes to the elchanged, ceilings raised and egant décor. Some paints

have been mixed especially for Westwood, including a metallic gold and a sumptuous pale grey-green, but evident throughout is Westwood’s signature shade of Wythe Blue. The soft aqua color has been used at all three of Westwood’s locations through the years. While the appearance of the store itself, with its classy, upscale look, is sure to captivate and delight visitors, and likely inspire many to re-do their own digs, Bishop says the look is in keeping with the store’s new focus on design. “In the 15 years we have

been in business, we have seen dramatic changes. People don’t have the time or the inclination to re-do old things, so we’re going to do it for them. We’re remaking our niche in the market.” Bishop says that when the new store opens, the antique furniture, rugs, artwork, china, silver, crystal, jewelry and the other accessories and collectibles for which Westwood is known will still be offered, but upholstered pieces will be ready for immediate use – already reupholstered in high-end designer fabrics

– and wood pieces will already have been repaired and refinished. “Antiques are the highest form of recycling,” Bishop says. “They represent a form of recycling that is truly wonderful. They’re always worth far more than you paid in the warmth and character and personality that come with them.” Bishop beams when he looks around the new place. “This is the shop we have always wanted. Santa came early this year.” And then he picks up his paintbrush and gets back to work.

Nurse celebrates 50 years of patient care Mary Alice Bozeman led the group of women, with a couple of husbands in tow, past the old dormitory that now serves as administrative building on the campus of the UT Medical Center. Bozeman and her former classmates shared memories, hugs and laughter as they recalled their time together as members of the class of 1963 at the UT Memorial Research Center and Hospital School of Nursing. When the others said their goodbyes and left, however, Bozeman simply turned around and walked back into the hospital. She wanted to finish her workday as nursing director at the medical center. Bozeman’s professional journey from that old nursing school dorm took her only about 100 feet, to what

is now an entrance to UT Medical Center. Bozeman would argue, however, that the short trip to her first and only workplace resulted in gigantic rewards, in a career that just passed the 50year mark. “I never intended to be here this long,” Bozeman said. “However, the people I work with and the patients I care for just keep drawing me back in. It always seems like there’s one more thing I want to do before I retire. And to be able to provide comfort and guidance to our patients and their families through some of their most difficult times is so important.” Bozeman graduated from nursing school as the brighteyed Mary Alice Hall. She said her nursing education, which cost a total of $410 including room and board,

prepared her well to begin her career. When she started on the patient floor as a staff nurse, nurses weren’t allowed to wear slacks. The requirement of dresses only for nurses consisted of starched long-sleeved white uniforms, caps and seamed white hose. The change in uniforms over the decades, Bozeman pointed out, dulls in comparison to the improvements in patient care. “In 1963 there were no critical care units,” Bozeman said. “When I became a nurse manager, I’d just put the most critical patients near my desk so I could keep a close watch on them. It’s amazing how many lives we’re saving today because of the advancements in technology and medicine.” Bozeman currently leads

Mary Alice Bozeman is congratulated by friends and co-workers; at right, Mary Alice Hall as a nursing student in 1963 an initiative at the hospital that focuses on continued improvements in customer service for patients. She also recently took on a new project at the hospital to create of an office to assist families with bereavement during time of loss. While plans to end her professional career aren’t even close to being finalized, Bozeman, who re-

ceived numerous promotions throughout her career and even served as chief nursing officer for several years, admitted that her newest grandchild, born in September, seems to be calling her to think about retirement. She had a beaming smile as she talked about spending time with her grandchildren. The smile remained in place as she reflected on her career.

“Through all the advancements, what hasn’t changed is the heart of nursing, the compassion for patients and the quest for quality care. Through these years God has blessed me with a wonderful supportive family both at home and at the medical center,” she said. Note: This story was submitted by Jim Ragonese of UT Medical Center.

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BEARDEN Shopper news • DECEMBER 23, 2013 • A-7

Heaven, backwards Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred fortyfour thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. (Revelation 14: 1 NRSV)

I was standing in a doctor’s office, waiting to set an appointment, and because I am prone to reading all available written material (Do Not Enter, Push, E-GasF, No Parking), I turned to examine the names on an Angel Tree sitting next to the desk. It was a tiny tree, and the names were written on paper leaves that had been tied to the tree. I spotted an unusual name, Nevaeh, and was intrigued. Turning it over, I discovered that Nevaeh was a second grade girl, and all she wanted for Christmas was a coat. A coat.

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Lynn Pitts My heart flopped over with a sickening thud. How cold must this child be if all she wants for Christmas is a coat! No doll? No games? No pretty dress? I decided then and there that I would give Nevaeh the warmest coat I could find. It was several days until the deadline, and I had a lot of other things on my to-do list, but the morning came when I had set aside the time

to shop for a coat for Nevaeh. I actually was brushing my teeth, and pondering her name (how in the world do you pronounce it?) when – because I am a visual learner – I spelled it in my head, picturing it as I went. That was the eureka! moment. If you paid attention to the title of this column, you are way ahead of me. Nevaeh is heaven, spelled backwards. In that flash of insight, I mentally turned from thinking about Nevaeh herself and began considering her mother. Nevaeh’s mother gave her daughter a code name, a name that is musical in its own right, but holds within its syllables a mother’s joy and sense of blessedness at this miracle child who has been given to her. My own prayer for this child is that her name is a prophecy, and that she will find a way in this world to be

a blessing, to be a little piece of heaven on earth. But for now, I pray that she will be warm this Christmas in the coat and gloves that Lewis and I were privileged to give her. I pray that she understands the reason that strangers care about her. And that reason is that long ago, there was a tiny child who was cold and far from home, and whose mother wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn. He was the Word, who knew heaven, but was willing to become a human and live with us on earth, so that we might learn to know Him. He was the One who later said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40 NRSV) A Merry and blessed Christmas to all!

Faith Promise Church, Pellissippi campus, celebrated a successful 2013 with children and volunteers at the KIDS Volunteer party. In fact, the group had so much to celebrate that the activities were spread over a week. On Dec. 15, volunteers and children joined for a chili cook-off party, with music and storytelling by Christian musician Yancy. Other activities included caroling, karaoke, ugly sweaters and games. Volunteer Amber Davis, left, and Gina McClain, director of children’s ministries at Faith Promise Church Pellissippi Campus, get started on the cleanup. Photos by Nancy Anderson

Year-end celebration

Jama White paints an angel on Kailey Jackson’s face at Rocky Hill Baptist Church. Photos by Wendy Smith

Christmas Celebration for kids at Rocky Hill

Skylar, Dakota and Ocean Glenn make goody bags at Rocky Hill Baptist Church’s annual Christmas Celebration for Children.

Christian musician and author Yancy entertains with story time at a party at Faith Promise.

By Wendy Smith Rocky Hill Baptist Church, 7409 S. Northshore Drive, reaches out to the community throughout the year with a preschool and the Good News Club, an afterschool program held on Tuesdays at Rocky Hill Elementary School. The children served by both programs are invited to the church for special events, like Vacation Bible School, a fall festival and the annual Christmas Celebration for Children, says member Debbie Green. Festivities at last week’s party included treats, storytelling and games, with nary a present in sight. Rocky Hill Baptist members Michael and Santie Eksteen pass The happy kids didn’t miss them. out Christmas popcorn to Kobe Hulsey and Anna Beeler.

WORSHIP NOTES Special services ■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, will hold the following services Tuesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Family Service and Nativity Pageant with Holy Eucharist, 4 p.m.; Christmas Eve Choral Prelude, 10:30 p.m.; Holy Eucharist, 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, the church will hold Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Info: 523-5687 or www.





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A-8 • DECEMBER 23, 2013 • BEARDEN Shopper news

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Students brought nutcrackers to add to music teacher Doris Moreland’s Nutcracker Village at Sequoyah Elementary. Students include (front): Ian Anderson, Juliana Moffatt, (second row) Reese Legg, Claudia McDonald, Alex Ewell, Fletcher Freeman, Alex Pippin, Marley Townsend, (back) Selah Faith Caldwell, Joey Bonifacio, Giselle Takvoryan, Joseph McCord and Jack Beilharz.

Bearden High School senior Rae Oleshansky, a six-year member of Atomic Rowing, will attend the University of Michigan on a rowing scholarship. Rae was joined at the ceremony by her coach, Evelyn Radford, Bearden assistant principal Morgan Shinliver, and her parents, David and Deborah Oleshansky.

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Nutcracker Village at Sequoyah Elementary

Helping out with handiwork West Valley Middle School teacher Amy Crawford helps Emily Watson and Erin Strickland assemble a Razer scooter. Crawford’s students did odd jobs for people outside of school (yard work, etc.) to raise money for toys to give to needy children. Then they spent a day in class constructing the gifts before they were delivered. Photos by N. Anderson

During the holiday season, students at Sequoyah Elementary School witness the creation of Nutcracker Village in music teacher Doris Moreland’s classroom.

years ago, and she said the students were so enthralled with the story and its characters that she invited them to bring in a nutcracker from home to show their classmates. A myriad of nutcrackers of every shape and size were brought to class, and the students let Moreland keep them in her room Sara Barrett to show other classes. “Thus, the beginning of Nutcracker Village.” This year, 279 nutcrackers line the tables in More“We have been doing this land’s classroom, brought in for about six years now,” by children of every grade (K-5). Moreland said she said Moreland. Moreland taught a les- thinks the students develop son with the students on a greater appreciation for “The Nutcracker” ballet ballet, the music and the

time period in which “The Nutcracker” is set. They also learn how the nutcrackers work, which involves a science aspect and they compare, contrast and categorize the collection as part of their Language Arts. “I enjoy the children’s excitement … that gets me excited. “I also enjoy coming into my classroom during this season and feeling like I truly am in a magical room. It lifts my spirits. I like the fact that the children look forward to it every year. They start asking in October if we are ‘doing Nutcracker Village’ this year. That makes it worthwhile.”

PTA contest winner at A.L. Lotts A.L. Lotts Elementary School recently announced winners of the PTA Reflections, Citizenship Essay and Safety Poster contests. School PTA president Susannah Sayre gives a first place Reflections Dance Choreography award to first grader Aisha Patel. Photo submitted

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Dogwood Arts is asking the area’s top landscape designers and interior decorators to submit an application to create a featured showcase at the 36th annual House and Garden Show. The show will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 14-16, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Info: Alaine McBee,

Knox County Schools is now accepting requests from parents for their children to be transferred to magnet schools and for general transfers for the 20142015 school year. The transfer window will be open through 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Transfer applications are available at choice., at magnet school locations, and the Transfers and Enrollment Office at the Knox County Schools Central Office, 912 S. Gay St. After the Feb. 18 closing, the window for both magnet and general transfers will open again May 1-July 1, 2014.Info: or 594-1502.

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BEARDEN Shopper news • DECEMBER 23, 2013 • A-9

Shopper-News Presents Miracle Makers

Faulconer to lead

Career Magnet Academy

By Betsy Pickle John Derek Faulconer’s new job has a lot of unknowns, but he’s certain that he’s in the right place because he’s with the right students – the students who will be coming to the Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State. “I can envision myself being in their shoes,” says Faulconer, who was hired by Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre in November. “It’s a group of students that I connect with. If this opportunity had been provided to me, my mom would’ve had me by the ear, and this is the route I would’ve gone.” The Career Magnet Academy will open for the 2014-15 school year. Based at the Pellissippi State campus at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, the career-track high school will take over the bottom floor of the former Magnavox building. Students will pursue a track in either Advanced Manufacturing, Homeland Security, Sustainable Living or Teacher Prep. The faculty will have certified high school teachers for freshmanand sophomore-level classes and Pellissippi instructors for upper-level career classes. Of course, that’s once the school has sophomores, juniors and seniors. Next fall, there will be only freshmen. “We will want them to do the whole program from start to finish. It won’t be easy. It will be rigorous, relevant and rewarding. “This is something that no other high school in the country is doing right now. If you’re one of the first 125 students, you’re really in for a treat because you’re getting to be the pioneers of this whole effort.” The career tracks were chosen based on East Tennessee’s workforce needs. Eighth grade students from across Knox County can apply to attend. “Each (traditional) high school is going to be allotted so many seats based on the number of freshmen coming up. If high school A is allotted 15 seats and 15 students from that high school apply from that freshman class, those students will get in. If 20 apply and there are only 15 seats, then it goes into a lottery.” Faulconer is promoting the academy every chance he gets – at system meetings for middle school administrators and counselors, at middle school basketball games, at any event that doesn’t interfere with instructional time. He’s even willing to do lunch monitor duty during schools’ eighth grade lunch periods. “Some of the best conversations you can have with eighth graders are

John Derek Faulconer has large sheets of paper hanging on the walls of his office in the Andrew Johnson Building so that he can jot down ideas about the Career Magnet Academy and keep them in front of his eyes. Photos by Betsy Pickle

during lunch.” Faulconer is familiar with eighth graders – and younger and older kids. He joined KCS from Corbin High School in Corbin, Ky., where he was in his third year as principal. Previously, he had worked as a teacher and administrator at elementary and middle schools in Anderson County. A native of Cynthiana, Ky., but a Norris resident since 2002, he says he’s long had an affinity for Tennessee – right down to being a fan of the Tennessee Theatre. “My wife and I just took our kids to see ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at the Tennessee Theatre. Our thing this year is really wanting to form those firm Christmas memories. We wanted to get out and do things that weren’t so flashy. We wanted to do the simple things. “This is what it’s all about. It’s about us spending time together at the Tennessee Theatre.” His commute to Corbin was 78

miles one way, and he often had to John Derek Faulconer sleep in his office when his day ran long. Though he loved his job and his students, he felt he was missing out on too much time with his own children, so he saw the offer to work in Knox County as a blessing. Faulconer, who earned his bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Kentucky and his master’s in educational leadership from Tennessee Technological University, also felt like it was fate. “When I went to Lexington, my goal was to go to UK right off the bat. But it was so large, and my high school was so small. I thought, ‘I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it.’” Overwhelmed, he enrolled at what was then Lexington Community College and completed his general education classes in two years before transferring into UK’s College of Education. “I’m kind of the poster child for the community college system. I guess that’s why I fit into this model so well

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is because I understand it.” Students who complete their studies at the academy will have a high school diploma, an industry certification and enough college credits that they can complete an associate degree with one more year at Pellissippi. While the magnet academy won’t be “a typical, traditional, ‘Friday Night Lights’” high school, it will have extracurricular activities based on what students want. “That’s going to be the exciting part of being the first 125 because you’re really going to set a whole lot of things in motion,” Faulconer says. The students may even be the ones deciding the school’s name. Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State Community College “is the title that we’re going by. Students and the community will be involved in the naming process. “We don’t really know what it will be called.”

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A-10 • DECEMBER 23, 2013 • BEARDEN Shopper news

Rotary scholarship can provide a wider view By Sherri Gardner Howell

Area Rotary clubs are offering an opportunity for students who are going to graduate school to increase their world vision. Rotary International has a new program, Rotary Global Scholar, that provides scholarship opportunities for global graduate level studies for 2014-15. “This is a new program that is different from our previous Ambassadorial Study Abroad because this opportunity is for graduate students,” explains Fred Martin, a member of the Rotary Club of Farragut. “Applicants can be someone who is graduating this year and planning to go to graduate school or someone who has already started his or her graduate Santa, all dressed in purple to show support for Alzheimer’s school studies.” Tennessee, poses with Arby’s employee April Weaver while delivering the fund-raising coupon books to the restaurant. Weaver has a personal tie to the efforts as she helps care for a family friend who is living with Alzheimer’s. Photo submitted Musicians perform at Pellissippi State Magnolia: Gordon Tsai, Rachel Loseke, vocalist Amy Porter, Stacy Nickell Miller and Eunsoon Corliss. Photos by S. Clark Santa was an elf of a different color last week when he donned a purple suit to visit area Arby’s restaurants to show support for Alzheimer’s Tennessee. Arby’s gives away coupon books for a $1 donation, with the money going to support advocacy, research and support programs for area families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. In addition to money-saving coupons, the books provide healthy brain tips and ways to connect with Alzheimer’s Tennessee support services. Arby’s sells the books at all 18 area restaurants. Last year’s total donation from the coupon book sales was approximately $186,450. Info:

A Rotary Global Scholar will study in an academic field that supports one or more of Rotary International’s “Six Areas of Focus.” Those areas are: ■ Peace and conflict prevention/ resolution ■ Disease prevention and treatment ■ Water and sanitation ■ Maternal and child health ■ Basic education and literacy ■ Economic and community development “Rotary considers these areas to be the world’s most challenging humanitarian needs,” says Martin. “The scholarship program will help prepare someone who is already interested in and studying in one of those areas by helping them have an enriching experience abroad.” The scholarship funding will be

$30,000 for one year. The duration of the scholarship is consecutive terms within a single academic year (possibly including a summer term), though not to exceed 12 months. In addition to fitting into one of the six areas of study, qualified candidates must have achieved an undergraduate degree and be accepted into a graduate-level program by the time they are accepted as a candidate. They must have a Rotary Club in District 6780 as a sponsor. Rotarians, Rotary employees, spouses, children or grandchildren are not eligible. Applications are due to local clubs by Feb. 15 and to the District by March 15. Info: Fred Martin, Farragut Rotary Club, 531-5964, fmartin4ut@ or Ivan Jones, district coordinator, 931-607-5013, ivan.

All dressed in purple

Holiday music lifts spirits By Sandra Clark A string i quartet featurf ing musicians of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and soprano Amy Porter entertained students and staff

Correction Last week, we incorrectly identified this photo, taken at the Kimball’s Jewelers District in Bearden Holiday Open House event. Shown here are marketing director Susie Norris and Danny Overbey, owner of Kimball’s. Ed and Lisa Shouse enjoy the string quartet.

at Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Campus before the college closed for the holidays. Dean Rosalyn Tillman said she hopes the concert will be the first of many held this year. ShopperNews provided ham and chicken for the lunch, and students grabbed plates and ate together in classrooms or joined those in the community room for the concert. The venue was perfect – the chapel of the former Catholic High School. Porter’s daughters, Kaelin and Fiona, joined as

bell ringers in the French traditional song “Ding Dong Merrily on High.” The entire audience joined in singing a medley of the familiar carols “Let it Snow,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Frosty.” Musicians entertained questions following their performance. What was the most difficult song? Any time you work with a vocalist is tough, said first violinist Gordon Tsai. “To collaborate with a singer takes a lot of sensitivity.” Tsai demonstrated the minor chords from the Jewish folk song “Chanuka, Oh

Chanuka.” A student said the song sounded Russian. Most Western music is based on the major scales, said Tsai. Ed and Lisa Shouse were among community guests at the event. Lisa said the wonderful music put her in the spirit of the season. Nothing says Christmas like good food, good friends and good music. ShopperNews hopes to partner with Pellissippi State Magnolia to sponsor community events in 2014. We recruited three eager students at the concert to help plan and stage those events.

News from Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC)

Celebrating at Love Towers By Alvin Nance I recently had the privilege of lending a hand at the 10th annual Love Towers Resident Appreciat ion Luncheon. L ocated in North Alvin Nance K nox v i l le , Guy B. Love Towers consists of two seven-story apartment buildings housing nearly 250 elderly and disabled residents. The Love Towers residents are a tightknit, active group, and they love to celebrate. Steve Ellis, our property asset manager at the towers, established this luncheon 10 years ago as a way to unite the community at Love Towers and show the Steve Ellis residents how much we appreciate them. Steve always goes the extra mile to make it special for the residents, and based on all the smiles I saw, this year was another success. Every year, KCDC execu-

tives serve the luncheon, and I was happy to roll up my sleeves alongside other members of my executive team, the management at Love Towers and KCDC employees. We all enjoy chatting with the residents, making new acquaintances and re-establishing old ones. The Love Towers staff had prepared some special surprises in honor of the event’s 10th anniversary. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero joined the celebration and addressed the more than 100 residents who attended, saying, “What makes Knoxville so special is the kindness of those who live here – thank you for being a part of that.” A cappella group Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries Men’s Ensemble performed at the event, and the residents who attended Jacqueline Arthur, generwere also entered to win al manager door prizes. of the Three Thanks to Steve and his Rivers MarLove Towers staff, recreket, a comation director Lisa Brodie munityand Beverly Mack for a owned food lovely afternoon that helped co-op, has remind me and my team been named why we do what we do. It’s by Mayor all about making life better Madeline for the individuals and com- Arthur Rogero to a munities we serve.

Showing love with toys and sweets It has been a big year for Wieniewitz Financial. In January, they opened in a new office on Lovell Road. In December, the financial firm decided to make Christmas brighter for area children in need by supporting the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program. The office collected more than 100 toys for the organization. In addition, baked goods from VG’s Bakery were presented to firm clients. Above are Judy Gamble, Trae Wieniewitz, Ann Hinkle and Melanie Blakney. Photos submitted

Jacqueline Arthur appointed to KCDC board five-year term on the board of commissioners of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC). At Three Rivers, Arthur oversees the membership and outreach programs of the organization and the daily operations of the store at 1100 N. Central St. Established in 1981, Knoxville’s only food co-op

specializes in local, natural and organic food and is owned by more than 5,000 community members. She has managed Three Rivers Market for 13 years, including serving as the project manager in 2011 for the co-op’s purchase and redevelopment of a property in an area known as Downtown North to support the

co-op’s expansion. Arthur currently serves on the steering committee of the National Cooperative Grocers Association. She studied community nutrition at the UT College of Home Economics and management and planning at the University of California in Berkeley in the Graduate School of Social Welfare.

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NEWS FROM WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE (left) For more than seven years, Webb Middle School students have taken time out of their Tuesday evenings to travel to the Haslam Family Club University to help tutor the Club’s young people. Fifty-plus Webb sixth through eighth graders participate in the program, which might also include lending a hand in the Club’s art department or games room, or assisting with meals. Last year, Webb Middle School students posted more than 760 tutoring hours at the Boys & Girls Club’s Caswell branch.

Learning to Lead Through Service By Scott Hutchinson, Webb School President


foundational characteristic of being an effective leader is possessing the willingness and the ability to serve others; and service to the wider Knoxville community and beyond is right at the heart of the Webb School student experience. From kindergarten through twelfth grade, opportunities for service abound; and Webb students are expected to participate in community service with the intent both to help others and to more fully develop as individuals. Hutchinson In terms of working with others, Webb’s community service program regularly connects with more than 40 local charitable agencies that provide services in East Tennessee as well as globally, and Webb School has had ongoing relationships with many of these organizations for decades. A partial list of Webb’s community service directory includes Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, Rotary International, Challenger Baseball, Empty Stocking Fund, FISH Hospitality Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Love Kitchen, Mobile Meals, the Knoxville Zoo, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, Sertoma Center, the Helen Ross McNabb Children and Youth Center, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Young-Williams Animal Shelter, as well as several assisted living facilities, schools, and more than a few hospitals. In terms of further developing the individual, important attributes of personal responsibility, sellessness, and compassion and respect for others are

(left) For more than 13 years, Webb’s Middle School has partnered with the Helen Ross McNabb Center to provide holiday gifts and cheer for the families served by the Center. In addition, students lend a hand at several community agencies in the Knoxville area. (pictured) Webb seventh grade students pitch in at Salvation Army’s warehouse. (above) In partnership with Wreaths of Remembrance, Webb’s freshman class donated to and laid out more than 400 holiday wreaths at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

all fostered and reinforced through positive participation in the school’s community service program. Webb students learn to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, age groups, and life experiences; and this challenge to collaborate successfully with others provides real-life opportunities for our students to put into practice skills they’ve learned from their experiences on campus. Webb divides the types of community service into two categories. Direct service entails working with an approved entity that immediately beneits from students’ efforts. Through direct involvement, students gain greater

Thinking globally, acting locally Webb’s Interact Club, the high school arm of Rotary International, empowers students to think globally while acting locally. Students are encouraged to take on global challenges while continuing to champion causes in the local community. For more than five years and under the guidance of Webb multicultural coordinator, Liz Gregor, Webb’s “Interactors” have participated in numerous service projects, both locally and around the world. This year, Webb’s 40-plus Interact students hosted a BeadforLife party, which raised $2,500. Through BeadforLife, impoverished women in Uganda learn to roll beads out of recycled paper and string them into beautiful jewelry, and are provided with business skills training. Eighty percent of the profits from the BeadforLife party were returned to the women in the program, while 20 percent of the proceeds went to Bridge Refugee Services of Knoxville. Webb Interact students also marked World Polio Day with a video presentation at school to encourage support for the Purple Pinkie Project, which helps to immunize children who live in countries where polio remains a threat.

awareness of the individual needs of the community. Examples include tutoring children, serving meals, visiting and serving the elderly, working at Special Olympics, or building houses for Habitat for Humanity. Indirect service refers to advocacy and behind-the-scenes assistance for an entity, and includes work within the Webb School community and/or work with the student’s church or religious community. Indirect service is also important, as there is great value in serving well within a student’s immediate circle. In our Lower School and to a large extent our Middle School, the bulk of community service is done in groups, often class-wide or division-wide. That is especially true in direct service experiences at the younger ages. For example, Middle Schoolers provide individual tutoring after school at the Boys & Girls Club’s Caswell Avenue

branch. The tutoring is one-on-one, but that interaction is in the context of a group visit. In the Upper School, on the other hand, more service opportunities are pursued by individual students because of their past relationships with an organization and/or they need the lexibility in scheduling to go and serve when they can. To be a leader in today’s world, having compassion and respect for others is critical. At Webb we believe that cultivating that empathy and understanding is, in part, the result of participating in experiences that directly shape one’s ideas about serving others. By choosing to be involved in a vibrant and diverse menu of service opportunities, Webb students learn irst-hand the rewards and satisfaction of helping others and acquire a deeper understanding of what it means to have community service in their lives.

To help mark World Polio Day, Webb Interact students also offered to paint fellow students’ pinkies purple to signify how children in polio-stricken countries have their pinkie fingers dyed purple after receiving the polio vaccine. (left) Webb Interact students show off their “purple pinkies.” In January 2014, a group of four Webb Interact students and local Rotarians will travel to Chandigarh, India to assist with Rotary International’s final National Immunization Days. The Webb students will also volunteer at a school in the slums of Chandigarh where they will meet the children they’ve helped sponsor over the past five years. They have collected socks for the students and will also provide school supplies, books and toys. Nicknamed “Team Tennessee,” the student and adult volunteers say they hope to continue to make a difference in the school children’s lives by helping to provide a good education and lifting them out of poverty.

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Finding the right path for each patient at Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists Menopause can be a relatively easy transition for some women, but for others, it can be filled with extremely uncomfortable symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep disruption or severe fatigue. Lynnette Balser of Tellico Plains, 55, had been having mild symptoms for about five years, when she had a complete hysterectomy in 2008. The surgery put Balser into full menopause, and the surgeon sent her home with an estrogen patch. “That helped the hot flashes, but nothing else,” said Balser. Balser consulted Dr. G. Walton Smith at Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists about “bioidentical” hormone therapies. These are hormones that, once in the body, are the same molecular composition as the hormones the body would create itself. “I was very impressed Dr. Smith took the time to listen,” said Balser. “He didn’t just tell me what to do, and he seemed to be really up on the research as well. “Before seeing him, I went to several doctors after my hysterectomy, and they either didn’t believe in bioidentical hormones or were unable to prescribe them adequately.” Smith talked at length with Balser about

office procedure, Smith implanted several tiny pellets, about the size of a grain of rice, under the skin near the hip. Balser liked the idea of not having to remember to take pills or apply creams daily. She will have the pellets replaced every three to four months, and they will supply a steady stream of hormones to her body. “I like the way Dr. Smith treats each person as an individual,” said Balser. “He didn’t already have his mind made up as to what we should do. He even talked with my husband, because he’s very involved and interested. He takes the time with you and develops a program that’s suitable to the individual.” It has been nearly two months since Balser began bioidentical hormone therapy. “I’m feeling a lot better,” she said. “We’re not all the way there yet, but for the first Lynnette Balser, pictured with her husband, Gary, found help with her menopause through Fort time I’m really encouraged. My hot flashes are gone, and my other symptoms are imSanders Women’s Specialists. proved by about 25 to 50 percent. My blood the options that would be best for her, from “He said, ‘These are your options, you tell tests showed that my hormone levels are which medications she might consider, to me what works best for you,’ ” said Balser. improving as well. various delivery systems, such as patches, Balser decided to try a pellet form of es“I’m encouraged,” she said. “We’re on the creams or pellets inserted under the skin. tradiol and testosterone. During a painless road to success.”

BHRT – Is it right for you? and Provera, were found to increase the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. One large-scale French study, the E3N study, found that topical estradiol and true progesterone do not carry the same risks; however, this was not a placebo controlled study. “We know we can be safer as far as blood clots and strokes are concerned with bioidentical hormones, and maybe for breast cancer as well,” said Smith. Bioidentical hormones are often administered through patches, creams and pellets (which are implanted under the skin), rather than in pill form, so they do not pass through the liver first before going to the rest of the body. But finding the right mix of bioidentical hormones can take time. “It can take six to nine months to find the right dose for a woman,” Smith said. Also, some types of bioidentical hormones are covered by insurance but others are not. “We discuss typical costs associated with the different options so patients can consider economic impact as they make their decisions”

“Ultimately, it comes down to a quality of life issue, and that’s a personal choice,” said Smith. “There’s a lot of weighing of the pros and cons because HRT is always optional.” “Nothing replaces a healthy lifestyle, eating correctly, exercising routinely and taking care of yourself,” said Smith. Some women are able to manage this natural transition without hormones or medications and typically many of the symptoms will resolve on their own within two to five years. “But, every woman should know there are options that can help if their symptoms start affecting their quality of life.” Smith added, “It’s important to sit down and really have a good conversation with your physician or nurse practitioner about all of the symptoms that you feel may be related to menopause. They can help you as you consider the potential benefits and any potential negatives to BHRT or HRT.” For more information about the services offered by Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists, call 865-5411122.

Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists welcomes Dr. Susan Robertson Dr. Susan Robertson, a board certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology, has joined Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists. Originally from Kentucky, Robertson attended medical school at the University of Louisville and did her residency at UT Medical Center.

Robertson works with women of all ages but especially enjoys adolescents. “I just like to get to young women before they feel the pressure of doing things they’re not ready for,” she said. “I feel like there’s not enough education out there for young women. I like them to know

that they’re not alone and that some of the things they’re experiencing are perfectly normal.” Robertson lives on a farm in Claiborne County with her husband and their daughter, whom she delivered at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

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Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be a more complete option for treating many of the varied symptoms related to menopause. However, they are not completely without risk or controversy. “Bioidentical doesn’t have a standard medical definition,” explained Dr. G. Walton Smith, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists and Fort Sanders ReMedical Dr. G. Walton gional Center. Smith “Some people say it’s the same as ‘natural,’ because the hormones are derived from plants. I don’t use that definition because the chemicals have been manipulated by a pharmacist. My definition of bioidentical hormones are those medications which, in the body, are chemically identical to what the body normally makes,” he said. The Women’s Health Initiative, a major study in 2002, found that two popular hormone drugs, Premarin

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CONTINUING “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. Hours Dec. 23, 26-30 and Jan. 2-5: 1-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 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. 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, and the Clinch Avenue box office, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Tennessee Stage Company presents “Smoky Mountain P.I. and the Christmas Banshee,” a familyfriendly, old-style radio-show play, 7 p.m., Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St. After a milk-and-cookies intermission, there will be a dramatic reading of “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (aka “The Night Before Christmas”). Tickets: $15; $12 students and seniors; at or call 546-4280.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24-25 St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, Christmas Eve Family Service and Nativity Pageant

“Cheer in the New Year at Noon,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m., kid-friendly celebration, East Tennessee Discovery Center, 516 N. Beaman St. Activities, photo station, ball drop and more. Cost: $10 ($8 members); families with five or more pay no more than $45-40. Volunteer Princess New Year’s Eve cruises, Volunteer Landing Marina. Brunch Cruise, 1-2:30 p.m., $39.95; Early Cruise, 6-8 p.m., $74.95; Late Cruise, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $95.95. Reservations: 541-4556 or 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.

THURSDAY, JAN. 2 Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting, 7 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Poet Donna Doyle and Ronald Lands, M.D., will speak about narrative medicine. $2 donation requested at the door.

FRIDAY, JAN. 3 Photographer Phil Savage, January featured artist, opening reception 6-9 p.m., Bliss Home, 29 Market Square.

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

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MONDAY, JAN. 6 Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5:30 p.m., Cozy Joe’s Café, 2559 Willow Point Way. Free. Preregister with Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182. Beginning Tai Chi class, open house, 7-8:30 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Classes taught by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, a charitable organization. Info: 482-7761 or

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.

THURSDAY, JAN. 9 Artist in Residence Biennial, opening reception 7-9 p.m., Ewing Gallery, UT Art & Architecture Building. Works by Patricia Treib, Michael Berryhill, EJ Hauser and Jaya Howey will be on display through Feb. 6.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 9-12 Dare To Be Square Tennessee, old-time squaredance calling, dance and music, 7 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Callers: Michael Ismerio, Bobby Fulcher, Phil Jamison, T-Claw and more. Bands include the Hellgrammites and the Corn Potato String Band. Weekend pass: $50. Evening dances open to the public: $5-$10 at the door. Calling and dancing workshops all day Jan. 10-11. Registration/info:, 522-5851 and

SUNDAY, JAN. 12 Epworth Monthly Singing, 6:30 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Info: Claudia Dean, 673-5822.

MONDAY, JAN. 13 “Muslim Journeys: Points of View,” scholarfacilitated reading and discussion program debut, 6-8 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. The five-part series will meet every other Monday through March 10. Books for discussion are “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Matar; “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi; “House of Stone” by Anthony Shahid; “Broken Verses” by Kamila Shamise; and “Dreams of Trespass” by Fatima Mernissi, all available for checkout from the library.


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Painter Robert Gray’s vivid “Stormy Sunset”

Art abounds Everyone’s wrapping up the year, and the Arts and Culture Alliance is no exception. For the month of December, they’ve been featur-

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Carol’s Corner ing local artists in an ACA members’ show at the Emporium and showcasing local gallery owners. A recent Wednesday presentation featured Sherry Disney from Gallery Nuance on Gay Street, Beth Meadows from 17th Street Studios, Barron Hall from Mighty Mud on McCalla Avenue (ceramic supplies and classes), Jesse Van der Laan from Vacuum Shop Studios on Broadway (collaborative work space and gallery) and Will

Isom from the Birdhouse (collaborative work/concert/ gallery space in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood.) An audience member, Trevetta Johnson, also spoke about the SHAREhouse, located in the Parkridge neighborhood. Johnson and her friends have converted her backyard “barn” into a gallery/concert space. Many neighborhood events, including potlucks, are held there. In January, the ACA will be featuring works from Latin America in their downstairs gallery, and a “music and architecture” exhibit upstairs. Suzanne Cada, the Alliance’s deputy director, says of the latter: “The exhibit will feature sound and video as well as images. I think it’s going to stretch my brain. It’s sure to be fascinating!” ACA executive director Liza Zenni and deputy director SuThere’s no limit to Knox- zanne Cada in the downstairs gallery of the Emporium on Gay villians’ enthusiasm for arts Street and creativity. And by the way – a Merry Amber Patty’s large Christmas to all from Carol’s painting, “My Granny” Corner! Send story suggestions



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TOWN OF FARRAGUT 333082MASTER Ad Size 2 x 2 The Town bw W of Farragut, TN is now soliciting requests for proposals (RFP) for Profes<ec>


sional Retail Marketing Services. The RFP is available on the Town’s website at or at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. Proposals must be in by Friday, December 27, 2013 by 3:00 pm. Questions? Email David Smoak at or call 865-966-7057.


12 Apts - Unfurnished 71


PARKING PASSES All Concerts - All Events


KARNS AREA, 1 or 2BR, stove, refrig., DW, garb. disp., 2 1/2 BA, no pets. $600-$925. 865-6918822; 660-3584.

ACTION ADS 922-4136 or 218-WEST(9378)



10 ACRES, barn, custom brick 3BR, pool, taking serious offers, also 5 to 13 acres open pasture. Powell, 865-945-3757.

Cemetery Lots


2 Mausoleum Crypts at Lynnhurst Cemetery. Side-by-side, eye level. Prime loc. 865-414-1448

Real Estate Wanted 50

You can almost hear the hoofbeats in Inna Nasonova’s “Horse Race.” Photos by Carol Zinavage

Apts - Furnished 72

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

Houses - Unfurnished 74

DRIVERS: Make $63,000.00/year or more, $2,500 driver referral bonus & $1,200 orientation completion bonus! CDL-A OTR Exp. Req. Call Now: 1-877-725-8241

The Shopper’s own administrative assistant Emily Schoen is proud to be included in the Arts and Culture Alliance’s Member Show. Her mixedmedia piece is called “Reliquary.”

“Arrivederci Vernazza,” a painting by Roy McCullough, is flanked by pottery from Bill Capshaw and sculpture by Bill Cook Jr.

141 Free Pets

HAVANESE, CKC Pups, 1 F, 5 M, vet ck'd., ready Xmas Eve. $850. 865-201-6652 ***Web ID# 346126*** HAVANESE PUPS, AKC, Small, nonshedding lap dogs. $1200. 423-736-3271. ***Web ID# 347396***

EPES TRANSPORT is hiring company drivers & independent MORKIES Christmas Special. Reg., health guar. contractors for the Lap pets. M $400; F following positions: $450. 865-654-4977 Regional OTR, & part ***Web ID# 347828*** time OTR weekends. Home Every Week! Peek-a-pom Puppies, Competitive Pay, $.10 CKC, 6 wks old, Northeast pay Prebrown/choc males, mium + Bonus, $250. 423-437-4326 Excellent Benefits, ***Web ID# 345789*** Paid Holidays & Vacation. CDL-A & 1 POMERANIAN year OTR Exp. Req. PUPS, 2 M, sable, 1 F, Epes Transport white cream, 6 wks. System, Inc. old, $300. 865-771-1134. 888-293-3232 Rottweiler Puppies, AKC reg, champ bldlns, huge heads, S&W, 8 Dogs 141 wks, parents on site, $500. 865-742-2572 ***Web ID# 345756*** BLOODHOUND PUPPIES, AKC reg. Schnauzers Miniature, red, vet checked AKC, 1st shots, tails $500. 865-680-2155. & dew claws, ch bldln, $400. 423-452-0646 Chihuahua Puppies, CKC, very small, M&F, Shih Tzus AKC, Tiny shots & wormed, Imperials; tiny tea $200. 865-932-2333 cup Poms & Yorkie. ***Web ID# 347841*** $500 & up. 865-659-9939 ***Web ID# 346326*** CHIHUAHUAS, Beautiful small pups SIBERIAN HUSKY AKC pups. All colors, shots. 7 wks. to 4 mos. old, Champ. Lines. $400S&W, reg., $175-$200. $600. 865-256-2763. 865-387-2859. ***Web ID# 345530*** ***Web ID# 346683*** 1 M, 2 F, 8 GERMAN SHEPHERD YORKIES, weeks old. on ChristPups, AKC reg. 2 mas, full blooded, females, 8 wks, 1st POP, 423-494-5222 S&W. 423-312-9167 or 423-312-7833. YORKIES, ADULTS ***Web ID# 346037*** and PUPPIES, AKC 3 lb. $200 to $600. Goldendoodle Puppies, Call 865-376-0537. CKC, vet checked, health guar., ready to go. $600. 931-528-2690; 931-261-4123

2 & 3 BR Houses with appls. for rent in GREAT DANE puppies, AKC, M & F, S Knoxville starting at WE BUY HOUSES $625 mo. Pets ok. & W, $500-$800. 270Any Reason, Any Condition 566-0093 865-548-8267 ***Web ID# 346348*** 866-493-5527

145 Household Appliances 204a Motorcycles


Looking for an addition to the family? Visit Young-Williams Animal Center, the official shelter for Knoxville & Knox County.

Call 215-6599 or visit

KENMORE STOVE, elec., very nice, in use, $150. Phone 865-947-3297

238 Comm Trucks Buses 259 Imports

YAMAHA FJR AE 2006, 18K mi., Trunk, exc. cond. $6500. 865-458-3269.

Exercise Equipment 208 Autos Wanted 253 A BETTER CASH Exercise Bike, Proform 315IC, like new OFFER for junk cars, vans, running w/manual, 2 instruction trucks, or not. 865-456-3500 workout DVDs, 2 seats, $225. Sevierville 973-229-3406 Utility Trailers 255 TREADMILL sold by Sears. Proform 520X, like new, $250. Was $800. 423-487-4363

Farmer’s Market 150 Collectibles

UTILITY TRAILERS All Sizes Available 865-986-5626


CRACKED CORN, Lionel Train Set, new $350 obo. Decorative $195 per ton bulk. Carousel $250 obo. Delivery available. 865-522-4610; 742-5045 Call 865-680-1173. FORD 8N Tractor, 1949, hood & metal good Medical Supplies 219 cond. New batt. $1950. 423-404-0033 Companion Series scooter & lift, serious HAY FOR SALE, 150 inquiries only. For roles in the dry. $20 details 865-766-5029 per roll. Phone 865368-8968



FORD Econoline E150 1988, runs great, good tires, batt., was $2950 /now $2500 bo. 387-4292

262 Guttering


GM WHITE 1995, MERCEDES Benz S500 HAROLD'S GUTTER GREAT TRUCK & 2006, AMG Body, 145K SERVICE. Will clean TRL. DIRT CHEAP! hwy mi. Great cond. front & back $20 & up. New MOTOR, only $12,495. 865-850-3727. Quality work, guaran3K mi. $20,000. 865teed. Call 288-0556. TOYOTA YARIS 2012, 983-4102 45K mi, AT, 4 dr., black. $11,000. Painting / Wallpaper 344 Antiques Classics 260 Phone 865-471-0099 Powell's Painting & CHEV 1985 Custom Sports - Resi264 Remodeling Deluxe C10, 57K mi, dential & Commercial. rare find, good cond, Free Estimates. 865CORVETTE '92 $8995. 865-556-9162 771-0609 Red, 6 sp., 89k mi. CHEVY NOVA 1963, Super Sharp. $8500. Call 865-679-0907 restored inside & out. Remodeling 351 Great shape. $15,000 obo. 865-332-7952. ROCKY TOP Building Domestic 265 & Remodeling. Lic'd, Corvette Roadster 1966, ins'd, bonded. Small 327 / 350, 4 sp, blk / BUICK Century 1999, jobs, repairs, honeyyellow, great driver. 4 dr., low miles, AT, do's, painting, dry$49k firm. 865-254-1992 AC, cass., CD, $1400. wall, siding, trim, Call Ron aft. 7pm carpentry, windows, PLYMOUTH, CLASSIC 865-670-9676. drs. Free est, 35 yrs 1973 318 Space Duster. Great cond. BUICK LUCERNE 2008, exp! 254-3455, 776-6527 $7,000. 865-457-2189. 18k mi, 1 owner, ***Web ID# 347540*** non-smoking, exc 352 cond. Leather int. Roofing / Siding PRICE REDUCED! $15,000. 865-660-4531 1962 Buick Skylark Special Conv., great cond., new tires. $3500. Chrysl 300 Touring Ed. 2010, 55K mi, Call 423-912-3186. pewter w/blk lthr. ***Web ID# 346287*** $12,500. 865-679-0639 T BIRD, TEAL, 2002 FORD 500 SEL 2005, Beautiful, less than leather, sunrf, backup 75,000 mi., exc. cond. senors, records, Best offer over $15,000. $6300. 865-556-9162 Call 865-988-3846. Lincoln TOWN CAR Signature 2003, white, excellent cond., 922-4136 or 218-WEST(9378) housed in garage, 47,500 mi, $9500. Call 865-379-7126

JD 1050 Tractor 1987, Sporting Goods 223 KIA SEDONA LX Rops protection, new 2005, 5 door van. Low batt., rebuilt clutch, 2002 Golf Cart Club Car, miles, loaded, and clean. $4500. 423-220-6281 red, elec., lights, $2950. Call 865-973-5228. charger & top. Pair of: Mandarin Ducks Make good Christmas $80. Wood duck $60. gift. $1,750. Call 865- Trucks 257 Tree duck $60. Rosie 254-6267 billed pochard $70. Ring FORD RANGER 1994 Sport Utility teal $80. 865-661-2581 261 XLT, 2.3 5 spd., air, Boats Motors 232 low mi., all orig, very 327 nice. $3650. 865-643-7103 GMC Envoy Denali Fencing Machinery-Equip. 193 2006, 4x4, very good 1 OWNER, Triple cond., 109K mi, FENCE WORK InstalToon pontoon boat, Yale Forklift, 5000 lb white, V8, $14,499 lation & repair. Free 23 ft JC, 150 HP 4 Wheel Drive 258 lift cap., LP, air obo. Local car. 980Honda O/B, dual axle est. 43 yrs exp! Call tires, ready to work. 406-7575 cell trlr, exc. cond. Loaded. CHEVY 2012 Silverado, ***Web $7,000. 865-216-5387 689-9572. ID# 347674*** 2500, 4X4, LT, ext. $20,995. 865-617-1222. cab, 6.0L, V8, 38k Toyota Land Cruiser ***Web ID# 346407*** mi, $29,500. 865-387-5009 330 1997, leather, sunrf, Flooring Household Furn. 204 3rd row seat, 198K BRONCO 1982, 235 FORD mi, $6500. 865-705-4326 CERAMIC TILE inSHERRILL SOFA 82" Campers 200K+ mi, has stallation. Floors/ beige, exc cond. $325. granny gear, $1,000. repairs. 33 CHANDELIER, 5 lights 865-285-0077 NEW & PRE-OWNED Imports 262 walls/ yrs exp, exc work! w/ globes $50. 588-7478 INVENTORY SALE FORD F250 2000 John 938-3328 Power stroke, AT, 4WD MERCEDES Benz S430 SLEEP NUMBER 2013 MODEL SALE 200K mi., new tires, BED, Queen Sz, 5 CHECK US OUT AT 2005, All Wheel Drive, $7,500. 423-200-6600. yrs old, $800. Call 179K hwy mi. Nice Car. ***Web ID# 343712*** 865-984-2853 $9,900. 865-850-3727. or call 865-681-3030 922-4136 or 218-WEST(9378)




B-4 • DECEMBER 23, 2013 • BEARDEN Shopper news


Many blessings Desire to minister draws physician couple to Kenya Heath and Angela Many have become accustomed to stunned reactions when they explain the new adventure their careers and family will soon undertake. “ ‘You’re doing WHAT?’ is what most people say,” says Heath. “It was a shock to our families and friends, but overall they’ve been very supportive.” This spring, the Knoxville couple and their two children are moving to Kenya in East Africa to become long term medical missionaries. Heath, a general surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates at Parkwest Medical Center, and Angela, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Generations ObGyn, also at Parkwest, met and married while in medical school. “We’ve always shared a love of medicine and a desire to minister,” says Heath. During their last year of medical school, the Manys spent several months living in rural Bomet, Kenya, treating patients at Tenwek Hospital, a Christian mission hospital. The trip made a lasting impression on the young couple. “It was an incredible experience. To see the problems and disease there is eye-opening,” explains Heath. “There Drs. Angela and Heath Many will be providing medical care in Kenya, Africa, where there are are very few resources, and the need is only 14 doctors per 100,000 people. so great.” Now, more than a decade later, the direct care to patients in eastern Kenya, couple has decided to return to Kenya but also training surgeons in the accredand Tenwek Hospital to live and work ited general surgery training program at Tenwek Hospital. full time. “Our vision is to see these young Af“We were content with our lives and careers here, but the Lord has put us in a rican surgeons become the hands and new direction to serve,” says Heath. feet of Christ by taking care of patients The Manys will not only be providing on their own continent,” explains Heath.

With an average life expectancy of around 47 years in Kenya, and less than one surgeon per 100,000 people, the physician couple will have plenty of patients and challenges.

With an average life expectancy of around 47 years in Kenya, and less than one surgeon per 100,000 people, the physician couple will have plenty of patients and challenges. “People come to the Tenwek Hospital when they are very advanced in their disease state,” says Heath. “No disease is small, nothing is simple.” Preparing the Manys’ young girls, Rees and Mary Taylor, for the move also hasn’t been simple. “They have a lot of questions – some we can answer and some we can’t,” says Angela. “We’re trying to seek out answers and learn about our new culture together as a family.” Nine-year-old Rees is reluctant to leave her friends and pets, but is excited about meeting new friends and going on safaris. Five-year-old Mary Taylor is fearful of encountering leopards in Kenya. As the Manys prepare for a new life nearly 8,000 miles away, they’re enthusiastic about the future. “Yes, we’re nuts,” says Heath. “But, honestly, we feel so privileged to be able to do this and use our skills and talents where they are truly needed.”

Heath Many, M.D., and Angela Many, M.D., of Parkwest Medical Center and their children are moving to Kenya to be medical missionaries.

How you can help The Manys’ medical mission ministry to Kenya is funded by donations from churches and individuals. To learn more about the effort and how to help, visit http://manyfamilyonmission. com.

“To see the problems and disease there is eyeopening. There are very few resources, and the need is so great.” – Heath Many M.D., on moving to East Africa

Are you savvy about choosing holiday sweets and treats for a healthy diet? 1. Which oil is best to avoid? A. Olive C. Canola B. Palm D. Peanut 2. Which treat has the lowest fat content? A. Chocolate C. Candy cane brownie D. Cherry B. Fruitcake cheesecake 3. You should hold your daily fat consumption to what percent of your diet? A. 50 to 75 percent C. 15 to 20 percent B. 25 to 35 percent D. 5 to 10 percent 4. It’s healthier to use margarine instead of butter in your butter cookies. A. True B. False 5. You want to modify your favorite cookie recipe to make it healthier. To do this, you would: A. Reduce the butter C. Reduce both B. Reduce the sugar

6. Your sister-in-law Debbie has sent you another store-bought fruitcake this year. Before you indulge, what should you do? A. Read the label to dig in. see how much fat C. Toss the cake out is in a serving and (but don’t tell Debwhat kind of fat it is. bie!) B. Ignore the label and D. Take a small slice. 7. Latkes are your favorite part of Hanukkah, so forget about giving up fried foods at this time of year. Is there any way to make latkes healthier? A. Use canola oil C. None of these. B. Use a nonstick D. Bake them instead. skillet and nonstick E. Make them your traditional way, but spray to fry them lightly. eat only a few. 8. You want to serve doughnuts or some other fritter as part of your Kwanzaa celebration. How can you make them healthier for your guests?

A. Fry them in canola well to get off the oil. excess oil. B. Bake them instead D. Buy low-fat of frying them. doughnuts from the C. Deep-fry them, bakery. but let them drain E. None of these. 9. You are prepared to eat sparingly at your neighbor’s holiday party, but drinks shouldn’t be a problem, right? After all, alcoholic drinks don’’t have fat or sugar. A. True B. False.

For details about the correct answers to this quiz and for other information about a healthy lifestyle, visit and look for the Health Information Library link on the home page. KEY

1. B 2. C 3. B 4. A 5. C 6. A 7. E 8. E 9. B

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