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December 31, 2012

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Coffee Break Pace McCamy has always been active. As a Bearden High School student, she ran track and was a competitive ice skater. As an adult, she took up tennis and yoga. Her four sons have kept her on her toes, as well. In 2001, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which forced her to give up some of the activities she enjoyed. But the competitive spirit that drove her during her youth helped her tackle the disease, and now she runs a business as well as her active family. Meet Pace over this week’s Coffee Break.

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Miracle Maker Bus contractors for Knox County Schools log more than 4 million miles getting students to and from school each year. Last year the buses operated without an accident that required an overnight hospital stay. Presiding over this controlled chaos is Dr. Rick Grubb, director of transportation and enrollment.

See Sandra Clark’s story on A-9

Vols used to play in bowl games Just in case anyone has forgotten, Marvin West offers a few reminders of the days when UT’s football team used to play in bowl games.

See Marvin’s story on page A-6

Almost perfect It was a great holiday, brimming with parties, presents and an abundance of sweets. The decorations twinkled appropriately, and we received a generous helping of glossy Christmas cards featuring spit-shined children and pets. It would have been perfect, except that it wasn’t.

See Wendy Smith’s column on A-3

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A family in Kampala, Uganda, uses a TivaWater filter designed and built in West Knoxville. Photo submitted

By Wendy Smith A partnership between a Knoxville businessman and the inventor of the Dalen Great-Horned Owl has resulted in clean drinking water for thousands of families in Kampala, Uganda. TivaWater, which produces and distributes the water filters, has also created jobs in Kampala, and could eventually provide clean water and jobs in other developing countries, says Doug Harris. “We think this is the best water filter in the world for the third world.” Harris, who owns Harris Restaurant Group and is Knox County’s 3rd-district school board member, says he’s always felt called by God to serve people in Africa. He first traveled to Kampala with a team of local business owners in July of 2008 to look for ways to help grow Uganda’s economy. Several members of the team attend Fellowship Church with him. The team met with several organizations that were already at work in Kampala. They partnered with one by creating a revolving loan fund to help small business owners. That effort has produced suc-

cessful results, like a grocery store that increased revenue from $200 to $2,500 a month. Most Ugandans live on about $1 a day, Harris says. One obvious entrepreneurial opportunity was water filtration. All water in Uganda is contaminated, and most residents boil their water over charcoal fires. Harris investigated producing simple sand filters in Uganda, and found that transportation costs would eat up any profit made from selling the heavy filters. He decided to pursue the production of filters at home, and turned to Neal Caldwell, the successful inventor of a plastic owl that scares away birds and other garden pests. Caldwell had dozens of patents under his belt as an employee at Robertshaw Industrial Products before starting Dalen Products 36 years ago. The company sells bird netting and landscape fabric as well was the iconic owls, which are produced in its West Knoxville factory just off Lovell Road. After he was approached by Harris, Caldwell spent a year developing his first water filter. The filter has several advantag-

Looking back, looking ahead By Jake Mabe 2012 has been, by and large, a good year for Knox County Schools. TCAP scores are up. TVAS scores (the value a teacher adds to student performance) are strong. ACT scores have increased. The high school graduation rate has inched above 90 percent. (You can view Knox County’s state report card at www.knoxschools.org.) Superintendent Dr. Jim Mc- Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre outlines his priorities Intyre says the numbers are the for 2013 during a recent interview. Photo by Ruth White result of “a lot of intensive hard work by a lot of people over an exHe says he is particularly scores have increased along with tended period of time.” pleased that the ACT composite graduation rates.

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es over its predecessors. While most sand water filters require 100 pounds of sand, Caldwell’s requires just 20. The lightweight plastic devices are stackable and inexpensive to ship, and a removable filter cloth keeps them from getting clogged with dirt. One of the simplest changes was the addition of a tap, which allows users to drink directly from a clean water reservoir rather than putting purified water into a contaminated container. There are currently 5,000 TivaWater filters in use in Uganda, and another 2,000 are awaiting distribution. The group conducts in-home visits to see how the fil- Dalen Products owner Neal Caldwell ters are being used, and has de- tests TivaWater filters in the corner of termined that most are shared by his Gilbert Drive factory. Photo by Wendy Smith two or more families, or around 10 people. of those who need them, says HarCaldwell says he’s too busy to travel to Kampala, but he feels good ris. Some are purchased and disabout his contribution to the proj- tributed by NGOs, and others are purchased through charitable doect. “It’s by far the most important nations. TivaWater wraps up a camthing I’ve done. Most other things I paign to raise $100,000 this week with the goal of expanding operado just help.” Even though the filters cost just tions into Haiti. For more informa$50, they’re not affordable for many tion: www.tivawater.com

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Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre will deliver his second annual State of the Schools report and address 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Powell High School, 2136 W. Emory Road. The event is open to the public. It will be streamed live at www. knoxschools.org and broadcast on WKCS-FM 91.1 radio.

“That speaks volumes. The rigor is still there. Students are graduating with a meaningful diploma.” He says that’s doubly important in a struggling economy. Unemployment is hovering nationTo page A-3

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thing in my environment. Because, truth is, you simply cannot accomplish that.

What is your passion? My passion would be my children. I have four wonderful boys.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? I would love to eat with Nostradamus.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life? I will have to say my sweet husband! He believes in me and there’s nothing like being married to your best friend.

Pace McCamy

Pace McCamy has always been active. As a Bearden High School student, she ran track and was a competitive ice skater. As an adult, she took up tennis and yoga. Her four sons have kept her on her toes, as well. In 2001, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which forced her to give up some of the activities she enjoyed. But the competitive spirit that drove her during her youth helped her tackle the disease, and now she runs a business as well as her active family. Pace learned about the Barre 3 franchise from Whitni Rolfes, the wife of her sons’ sports trainer, and the women have opened two facilities – one on Bearden Hill, and one at Northshore Town Center. Barre 3 offers a total body workout that combines elements of yoga and Pilates and uses a ballet barre as a prop. Since she began the regimen, Pace has had no arthritis flare-ups. She hopes to help others live pain-free lives. Those with chronic pain often choose not to move because they hurt, then find they can’t move, she says. “It’s important to me for those people to have something to do.” Her full-time career has been a huge change for the whole family. Pace credits her husband, Jeff, with the smooth transition. “I couldn’t do it without him. He picks up the slack.”

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Basketball.

What is the best present you ever received in a box? My engagement ring.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Never lie – the truth will always serve you better.

What is your social media of choice? Not a huge fan of social media but I do have a Facebook page.

What is the worst job you have ever had? All my jobs have been good. I cannot complain.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?

I have no idea from when I was young. But from when my children were young, I would have to say “Rugrats.”

Silly I know, but a quote from “Flashdance:” “When you give up your dream, you die.”

What irritates you? Mean people.

What are you guilty of? Love, love, loving cheese!

What is your favorite material possession? To be quite honest, it would be my car.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? Visiting Machu Picchu, spending an entire season in Jackson Hole, and going to Wimbledon.

What are you reading currently?

What is one word others often use to describe you?

I am a huge fan of thrillers and historical fiction. Right now I am reading James Patterson’s “Private Games” and “Low Pressure” by Sandra Brown.

I am unsure how to answer this. I truly have no idea how people would describe me. I would hope they would say I was funny. Smart would be good, too. Or even that I was a good friend.

What was your most embarrassing moment? My most embarrassing moment would have to be every time I fell during an ice skating competition. You are the only person out there and everyone is watching.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would change my supreme desire to control every-

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

What is your greatest fear? Failing.

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? Gather up my children and travel the world for one year. – Wendy Smith It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Bearden Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Wendy Smith, shopperwendy@comcast.net. Include contact info if you can.


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The perfect Christmas that wasn’t It was a great holiday, brimming with parties, presents and an abundance of sweets. The decorations twinkled appropriately, and we received a generous helping of glossy Christmas cards featuring spit-shined children and pets. It would have been perfect, except that it wasn’t. How could anything be perfect after we watched our worst nightmares come to life in Newtown, Conn.? Like everyone else, I spent much of the holiday season examining this horrible event to see how it could fit with my world view. I’ve held it up close and far away, turned it upside down and shaken it, and no, it still doesn’t mesh with my belief in a merciful God. The unsolved puzzle has buzzed like a mosquito in my ear since that first news report. But I learned a lesson on Christmas morning that gave me a new perspective. It didn’t happen during a moment of quiet contem-

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plation – I have few of those – but during the correction of a slightly naughty child. My youngest, surrounded by bits of the wrapping paper that had covered nearly every item on her wish list, looked enviously at my new camera and asked if I would take her to the store so she could buy one for herself. Like any good parent, I told her that I’d be happy to go to the store – to return all of her gifts, since she obviously didn’t appreciate them. It wasn’t until later that I realized I’m exactly like her. Every day, I wake up with a loving family, in a warm home, in a safe neighborhood. My kids go to good

Looking back, looking ahead

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ally around 7.7 percent, but McIntyre said that number jumps to 12.2 percent for those who do not have a high school diploma. “Increasing high school graduation rates is one of the best economic development initiatives this community can possibly have.� But as he looks to the New Year and beyond, McIntyre reiterates something he said during his first week on the job: keeping a sense of urgency. “We’re a successful school system. But it’s not enough just to be solid. We know that ‘good enough’ is no longer good enough.� McIntyre says he wants the school system’s budget for fiscal year 2014 to be reflective of its strategic plan, specifically in three primary areas. The first is what McIntyre calls “critical educational initiatives.� He says he wants to continue investments made this year through an additional $7 million allocated to the school budget by County Commission, which was earmarked for early literacy initiatives, teacher support, professional development, interventions and magnet schools. “I believe they are having a positive impact.� The second area is ensuring a competitive compensation structure for educators, “building a proposal, both in base salary and a strategic compensation component. We’re making progress in continuing, creating and enhancing strategic compensation.� The third area is enhancing personalized learning for students with the support of technology. McIntyre has long said that technology is a tool teachers can use “to support creative, innovative instruction and differentiate and support students who are struggling or who need to be challenged.� He says technology can also be used as a management system, “to allow

teachers to provide educational activities and track where students are more quickly.� Asked about the opposition by some to the school system’s sizable monetary investment in new technology that was proposed but not funded last spring, McIntyre says one future option might be to “start small, at 10 or 12 schools that really want to do it, (where) we can build the capacity to be able to do it well and (others) can see it in action. And when people see how well it can work, it will create a lot of interest and demand district-wide.� McIntyre says the school system is in the fourth year of the five-year strategic plan, “Excellence for All Children,� that he crafted and the school board adopted in 2009. He says he wants to hear from everyone – students, teachers, parents, community members, – as the next five year plan is developed and has already begun holding community forums seeking input. An integral part, he says, is “communicating with and hearing feedback from teachers, listening and responding to their needs.� He notes that the new TEAM evaluation model created “a lot of uncertainty and anxiety� when it was implemented last year, but says his sense is that teachers are more comfortable with it this year. “One, they’ve experienced it. Two, they’ve found it to be a productive way to improve� and that it isn’t designed to be punitive. “And they saw really good outcomes in student achievement.� As he looks back on the school system’s achievements this past year, McIntyre praises classroom teachers and school administrators. “They are doing great work. I’m so proud of what they do. It’s truly extraordinary and it’s getting great results.�

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schools; my husband and I have careers we enjoy. My family is generally healthy and happy. But if I hit a bump in the road, I pout. I forget about my beautiful life and focus on its current shortcoming. The cold, hard truth is that this world is broken, and we can’t expect to live here without being touched by grief and pain. Many people in the world face it daily, so they aren’t as surprised by it as we middleclass Americans are. We are like spoiled children who think we should get everything we want and never have to suffer. If the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting could go back to the Monday before Dec. 14, I’m sure they’d live it differently. They’d cherish each moment, and not waste time fretting about the fiscal cliff, or any other passing discomfort. I still haven’t made sense of that terrible day. But I

Strollstice 2012 participants pause to sing beside the Krutch Park Christmas tree. Photo by Wendy Smith

have decided to live each Strollstice, was held on the day in 2013 like it’s Dec. 10, evening of the longest day of the year – Dec. 21. Par2012. ticipants chatted and took in the holiday lights in beStrolling along, tween caroling stops. singing a song The event is held in memThe fourth annual ory of Robert Loest, a wellDowntown Winter Solstice known businessman and Candlelight Walk, a.k.a. active proponent of down-

town living. He was a host of the inaugural Strollstice held in 2009, along with his wife, Judy. The Loests were longtime downtown residents, and Judy still lives in the Pembroke. “He was a vital part of the community,� she says.

Gypsy jazz, Western swing coming to Powell Playhouse By Betty Bean There was a moment in August 2011, when Powell Playhouse founder/director/head-woman-in-charge Nita Buell Black heard something that caused her to stop in her tracks. This was the playhouse’s inaugural year, and the sound she heard in the “Art and Music� production was so unique and striking that it hushed the room. It was produced by the Johnson Swingtet, a jazz/ swing band that combines the gypsy jazz licks of Django Reinhardt with a shot of Bob Wills, a splash of blues and a finish of international influences to produce as complex and satisfying a brew as East Tennessee music lovers are likely to find in these parts. “I vowed I would have them in a show sometime,� Buell Black said. And now she has. The Johnson Swingtet will help Powell Playhouse patrons kick off the New Year by performing in “Comedy Night – Rhythm and Laughter� at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Powell Jubilee Banquet Center, 6700 Jubilee Center Way. And what, exactly, is a swingtet? Band leader Eugene Johnson, who got his start in music studying classical guitar, says the name reflects the band’s versatility. “The name is just another way to leave the size

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of the group open,� he said. “It could consist of eight people, or it could be four people. It can vary depending on the occasion.� He’s not entirely sure which version of the band will perform at Powell Playhouse, but Johnson (who plays rhythm guitar and sings) says he’s thinking about a four-piece group that could include cellist Andy Bryenton, who plays with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; guitarist Kukuly Uriarte, an Argentinian who absorbed Latin influences during her early years and is adept at Reinhardt’s gypsy style; and harmonica player Jean Philippe Cypres, a Reinhardt-influenced Parisian (from France, not West Tennessee) who has built a successful business as one

of Knoxville’s leading commercial photographers. Born in Alabama, Johnson is a Southerner who lived all over the country as a child and grew up appreciating music. “Both Andy and I studied classical music when we were young, and we’ve incorporated a lot of Bob Wills western swing as well as Latin American and traditional jazz. We’ve got some fellows in the band who understand blues, and country music is not that far off. (It’s) roots music. “We draw from the best. We’re all avid musicians and listeners. We don’t know where we’ll be in another 5 years – it just keeps growing. We’re real

dynamic, in terms of membership. “And danceable. We encourage that.� The Johnson Swingtet will be part of a bill that will include other musicians, stand-up comics, a magician/illusionist and a ventriloquist. In case of bad weather, the show will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26. David R. Hill’s

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Nick Pavlis:

New direction hardest-working guy in city government for city boards Mike Cherry begins his final year as executive director of the Knoxville Pension Board tomorrow where he will have worked 17 years upon retiring Dec. 31, 2013. He has been a talented, hard-working and dedicated employee who kept the city pension board moving well during turbulent financial times.

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He has not decided whether he and his wife will continue living in this area or move to another region. The board’s personnel committee will meet after the regular Pension Board meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at 917 East Fifth Avenue. The committee consists of Jack Banks, representing the Fire Department; Greg Coker, representing the Police Department; and Michael Paseur, representing the Public Service Department. The personnel committee will develop a search plan to pick a new executive director. The committee does not have a chair at this time. Interestingly, city management is not represented on this committee, whose choice of the new executive director will be critical to the financial stability of the city. Mayor Rogero, who chairs the Pension Board, may decide to add her finance director or council member Finbarr Saunders to the personnel committee in order for it to reflect both management and employees. Few people know much about how this board functions, but its impact on the finances of the city is immense. Coliseum Board: Mayor Rogero is gliding easily toward having full control of the Public Assembly Facilities Board from which director Bob Polk retired this month. City Council voted unanimously on first reading Dec. 20 to abolish the current board, chaired for 20 years by Shirley Nash-Pitts.

It will be replaced by an advisory board, with no power beyond advice and lacking even the requirement that its members be city residents. Nash-Pitts is clearly unhappy about the turn of events but will only say she was “surprised” on the record. She and Rogero do not see eye-to-eye on this and recently had a very direct and candid conversation. Nash-Pitts was a strong Polk supporter. On the other hand, a logical argument can be made that this operation should fall under the mayor’s authority and not be governed by a separate board appointed overwhelmingly by City Council, the legislative branch of the city. Council is giving up its authority here. The ordinance does provide the mayor may add other duties to the new director without seeking council approval. Prior mayors attempted this and failed as council wanted to maintain control over Chilhowee Park and the Coliseum. Dale Dunn is temporarily filling Polk’s position and reporting to Deputy Mayor Eddie Mannis, who now also serves on the Airport Authority Board as the mayor’s representative, replacing Earl Taylor who resigned. Mannis is rapidly expanding his duties and power into many different areas. Should Mannis decide to run for mayor in 2019 (end of Rogero’s second term) these expanded duties will be positive talking points for him assuming he handles them well. Mannis considered running in 2011 but backed Rogero instead. Lakeshore: Discussions on the future of Lakeshore Park and its ultimate transfer to the city from the state are ongoing but apparently now will not be resolved before March. The Rogero Administration is operating on close hold in terms of information. There are many significant issues involved in the transfer which have a financial impact on both the city and the state. However, the transfer itself will be a huge win for the city’s park system and the people of Knoxville.

Knox school board to meet Knox County school board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Andrew Johnson Building boardroom. A preliminary workshop will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, also in the boardroom.

When Nick Pavlis announced his intention to run for the 1st District City Council seat in 2009, some South Knoxvillians were skeptical.

Betty Bean They questioned whether a native Fountain Citian who served as an at-large City Council member from 1995-2003 would know enough about South Knoxville’s issues, since he only moved there in 2005. The location of his home on the southernmost fringe of the city limits did nothing to allay their fears, and activists in the neighborhoods nearest to downtown went looking for someone to oppose him. They found a credible candidate and ran a credible campaign – but it didn’t work, and Pavlis was elected by a comfortable margin. After he was sworn in, he started reaching out to his former opponents, studying their issues and showing up at their meetings. Little by little, he won them over.

Now he’s on a T-shirt. Nick Pavlis is my 2012 Person of the Year because he is unafraid to take a stand, and despite having a demanding job as Charter Communications’ director of government relations for Tennessee and Louisiana, he is a tireless worker who gets results. Ask merchants up and down Chapman Highway if he’s on their side. Chances are, someone will show you a T-shirt that says “If we can put a man on the moon, we can make Chapman Highway safer. Knoxville Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis.” Southsiders have always felt ignored (if not persecuted) by local government, and events during Pavlis’ first term – the economic and logistic problems caused by the Henley Bridge closure, the expansion of homeless services south of the river, the lack of progress on the South Waterfront, the James White Parkway extension controversy – have done little to shake those dark suspicions. Now, however, the mood seems a bit lighter, thanks, in part, to a growing belief that Pavlis is looking out

Nick Pavlis, Madeline Rogero and Victor Ashe at the opening of the Wilderness Trail in South Knoxville File photo for them (the fact that Madeline Rogero lives in South Knoxville is another point of pride, as well). Although Pavlis is diligent about serving his constituents, he doesn’t ignore the rest of the city. Despite having to travel a good bit on his job, he shows up at public meetings all over town, and if he can’t come, his nephew Tyler often attends in his place. Early in this term when the city faced an NRApushed measure to allow guns in parks, Pavlis (who is a Republican) not only voted

no, but told a heartbreaking story about a young nephew being accidentally shot and killed by a playmate who’d gotten hold of a carelesslystored gun). Halfway through his term, he demonstrated his growing political clout by getting elected vice mayor. The Rogero administration is getting well-earned plaudits for its successful first year. Some of that credit, however, should be shared with Nick Pavlis, who is emerging as the most effective vice mayor in recent Knoxville history.

Winners and losers Our friend John Becker posed some interesting questions on WBIR-TV’s “Inside Tennessee” a couple of weeks back.

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Never shy about stealing a good idea, here’s my take on the biggest losers and winners of 2012 ... and a look ahead to 2013. National winner: Barack Obama, who won re-election despite a soft economy. National loser: Mitt Romney, who should have won the presidency; or maybe he never had a chance. The conservatives say he wasn’t right-wing enough; the pragmatists say he went too far right in the primaries and never tacked back. State winner: The National Rifle Association which booted lifetime NRA member Rep. Debra Maggart in the GOP primary because she supported a summer study of the NRAbacked “guns in parking

lots” bill. Her name is now a verb, as in “to be maggartized.” State loser: State Democratic Party chair Chip Forrester, who presided over the lowest ebb of party power in modern history. Well, except perhaps when Doug Horne let Al Gore lose Tennessee in 2000, throwing the presidency to George W. Bush. Local winner: Madeline Rogero, who has proven her critics wrong while not alienating her supporters – a miraculous political feat anywhere. Local loser: Jeff Ownby, who doesn’t own the integrity to resign from County Commission. Looking ahead to 2013: National winner: Obama again, continuing to confound the fragmented Congressional GOP. National loser: John Boehner, who was embarrassed last week on the House floor and can’t seem to avoid crashing over the “fiscal cliff.” State winner: Dave Hart, if Butch Jones figures out how to win 6 games. State loser: Dave Hart, if Butch Jones can’t win 6 games.

Local winner: Nick Pavlis (see Betty Bean’s column above).

Local loser: John Duncan III, who is unlikely to keep his job as trustee.

Also looking ahead We invited Mayors Madeline Rogero and Tim Burchett to share their priorities for 2013. We got no response from Burchett; Rogero’s response is below: Economic Development: The new cityf u n d e d Entrepreneur Center will open on Market Square early in 2013, to provide Rogero resources and expertise for new or expanding business ventures. Our Office of Business Support will continue to help local businesses in their many dealings with the city. And our Office of Redevelopment will continue to use a variety of tools to encourage reinvestment downtown and throughout the central city. South Waterfront: We will begin design of the new Suttree Landing Park along

the riverfront and continue work on reconfiguring the entrance to Fort Dickerson to make it more accessible and welcoming. We will also continue to promote the development and use of South Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness trails and recreational resources. Blighted Properties: City Council passed several ordinances in 2012 that give the city new tools to deal with blighted and neglected properties in our neighborhoods. I added money to this year’s budget to provide for enforcement of our Demolition by Neglect ordinance, and city contractors are currently working to stabilize the historic South High School building. In 2013 we will continue our efforts to hold negligent property owners accountable and, through our Community Development Department, return delinquent properties to the tax rolls through sales to responsible owners.

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Cancer free for Christmas Phil Leadbetter almost didn’t open the best Christmas present he’s ever received. No, no. It wasn’t some fancy gadget, a ticket to the Super Bowl or even a new resonator guitar. This “present” was test results that would tell him whether his recent stem cell treatment had been successful and if his twoyear battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma was over. “We got the scan (results) on Dec. 19,” Leadbetter said, “and I thought, ‘Maybe we’ll wait until January to hear the results, because it could be a bad Christmas.’ But, then, I thought it could be a good Christmas, too, and I ain’t the kind to mess around. “Everything was clear. Now, it’s time to catch up and go live.” Leadbetter, a North Knox native and Gibbs High graduate, is an internationally-known dobro (or resonator guitar) player. During the course of his career, he has performed with everybody from Grandpa Jones and Vern Gosdin to J.D. Crowe and the New South. He helped start successful bluegrass bands and recorded charttopping bluegrass singles. In 2003, Gibson guitars released the Phil Leadbetter Signature Dobro Guitar. Two years ago, Leadbetter noticed a lump in the crease of his left leg. He

didn’t think much of it at first, but kept having f lulike symptoms that lingered on for two months. Antibiotics were no help. Phil’s doctor ordered a chest X-ray. Several of Phil’s lymph nodes looked suspicious. His doctor ordered a CT scan. Meanwhile, Phil looked up his symptoms online. Every page kept pointing to Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His doctor confirmed the diagnosis. But Phil felt optimistic. Hodgkin’s lymphoma can has a 92 percent cure rate. Phil took treatments for six months. “Mine didn’t respond.” A year ago, Phil began to explore undergoing stem cell transplants. His cancer had spread into his stomach, but a specialist told him that after a couple more chemotherapy treatments, his cancer should be contained enough to try it. Then, one morning last January, Phil was watching NBC’s “Today Show.” The topic was about a new drug being used to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “I thought this was an answered prayer. I talked to the doctor and because it was a new drug they thought I could get it on a clinical trial and sponsor me. It’s about $7,000 a dose. I was really sure that this would be the thing that would save me. But the new meds acted like fertilizer.”

Phil’s cancer had spread – quickly – into his stomach, chest and armpits. He had been building a new recording studio when he got the news. He put up the last wall on the studio and called his doctor. “We need to go another direction,” Phil said. “I ain’t gonna let this thing beat me.” He began researching top hospitals and discovered that a doctor at Vanderbilt was rated highly for treating Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Phil was prescribed two rounds of three medications. His cancer immediately started going into remission. “They said they didn’t quite get it all, but it was as close to going away as they could get. I had two more rounds (of treatment) and checked back in August. My scans looked good enough to go ahead with the stem cell transplant.” Phil underwent the stem cell transplants at Thompson Cancer Survival Center on Sept. 10. He stayed in the hospital for 30 days. He admits the prep was the hardest thing he’d ever done, going for shots every day prior to the transplant, and says it was tough to sign a form allowing him to receive “near-lethal doses of chemotherapy.” After a slow start, his blood counts began to rise. He went home a week early. And then, on Dec.

Actor David Keith, UT men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and Halls resident and renowned dobro player Phil Leadbetter at the Light the Night walk for leukemia/lymphoma earlier this year. Leadbetter found out just before Christmas that he is cancer free after a two-year battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Photo submitted 19, he got the great news. Cancer free. Merry Christmas! “I’ve been very lucky and very blessed, I know that. I had a few friends who said when they learned I was sick, ‘We won’t tell anybody.’ I said, ‘Tell anybody you want to.’ I had all kinds of people sending up prayers, even a guy who was at a church in Beijing. Monks who pray for 24 hours had me on their list. And social media gets a bad rap, but if it wasn’t for Face-

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book (where Phil kept his friends updated throughout his treatment), I don’t think I would have gotten the support system I had.” Phil is hitting the road in January to play a few dates in Florida with former band mate Steve Gulley and a few other friends. He says, simply, “It’s gonna be a lot of fun.” Asked what advice he’d give to anybody fighting cancer, Phil says he can’t stress enough the importance of staying positive. “I never thought for

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one day that I wouldn’t be here. I was always thinking ahead. And let people know about it. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It happens to everybody. Don’t listen to everything people tell you. Find out what (treatment) is healing most people. “Here’s all you need to know about cancer: It’s a race against time. Move fast. Hit it hard. Stay positive.” For more info on Phil Leadbetter’s music, visit w w w. u n c l e p h i l o n l i n e . com.

■ Students Delonda Anderson, English; Lindsay Delay, Paralegal Studies; and Scottie Wood, Nursing, have received scholarships totaling $2,500. The scholarships were awarded on behalf of the student organization Gnosis by the Pellissippi State Foundation. All three students have a 4.0 grade point average.


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From Genesis to Revelation: WORDathon celebrates 5th year By Wendy Smith The WordPlayers, a theater company made up of Christian artists, tackled its most ambitious WORDathon yet with a non-stop reading of the entire Bible. The fifth annual WORDathon was held last week at Erin Presbyterian Church. Over 20 readers participated in the reading, which began on the evening of Dec. 26 and continued through the evening of Dec. 29. The event was aired via simulcast on the company’s website, www.wordplayers.org. The entire New Testament was read during the

inaugural WORDathon. It took 19 hours, and was scheduled to end at midnight on Dec. 31, 2008. It went over by a couple of hours, says WordPlayers Managing Director Jeni Lamm. “It originally started as a way of ringing in the New Year with the word of God,” she says. “There’s a lack of reading the word, and it needs to be spoken. It was passed down that way.” The WORDathon has featured different scriptures each year. For the past two years, music was included. Matthew Lloyd, a Word-

Players regular, suggested the lengthy reading as a celebration of the event’s fifth year. Readers volunteered to read specific books at specific times, and “night owls” were sought out to read during the wee hours, Lamm says. She chose I Kings and Isaiah, which she read with her husband, WordPlayers Artistic Director Terry Weber. She chose daytime slots in order to be fresh for rehearsals of the WorldPlayers upcoming touring production, “Lift Every Voice,” Matthew Lloyd reads from Genesis during the WordPlayers fifth annual WORDathon held last which is available beginning week at Erin Presbyterian Church. Terry Weber and Gregor Smee shared reading responsibilities Feb. 4. with Lloyd. Photo by Wendy Smith

Beautiful hearts help Claire By Cindy Taylor Santa’s helpers have been spotted all over town this Christmas season. One in particular caught the eye of Rouxbarb restaurant owner Chef Bruce Bogartz. So much so that he added a special fundraiser to his customer appreciation event Dec. 17. “When time and money permit, I like to do something for my customers to say thank you,” said Bogartz. “I find that when I am generous to my patrons they are generous as well. I read about Claire in the paper and it seemed like good timing.” Claire is Claire Cox, the granddaughter of Charles Pittman. Pittman has been making special appearances as Santa to raise money for Claire’s medical expenses. Claire suffered a stroke before birth due to a blood clotting disorder, resulting in the inability to use the right side of her body. The stroke affected mostly her right arm and fine motor control of her right hand. Claire lacks balance, has a weak right leg that requires a brace and is at

Chef Bruce Bogartz shares a moment with Kathy Pittman. great risk for seizures. Claire is one of a few patients who were accepted into the AQUIREc Program; a world-renown therapy program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. This therapy has already helped Claire advance in walking, the use of her arm and daily living skills. Claire needs to attend this program five times (once per year) before she is five years old. Her fourth session will be in May 2013. Each session costs $15,000 and is not covered by Claire’s health insurance.

Only the beginning “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you . You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

“Claire is walking much better now thanks to injections,” said grandmother Kathy Pittman. “They said she would never be able to jump and she is jumping everywhere with her two-yearold sister Amy.” The Shopper-News ran an article on Charles Pittman back in November and word traveled fast. Other news media have kept the ball rolling, keeping Pittman busy with engagements. Bogartz has been cooking since he was 17 and has been in the current location

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been a year of discovery for you. I hope you have learned something important. I The world is round and the place which may seem hope you have remembered like the end may also be only the beginning. something wonderful, (Ivy Baker Priest) someone wonderful. I hope you have grown, softened, The calendar is round, believed the world would improved, mellowed (or just like the world, and end on Dec. 21 was mistak- sharpened, as need be) into when December ends, an- en. Surprise! a better person than you So, here we are, at the were at this time last year. other January begins. Apparently everyone who end of a year. I hope it has I hope you have made

Vols once played in bowl games So you don’t forget what it was like when Tennessee played in big bowl games, here are a few reminders: ■ 1939 Orange Bowl or Brawl, maybe the toughest holiday game ever played, sneak uppercuts and roundhouse rights, a broken nose for blocking back Sam Bartholomew, 220 yards in penalties. Sub center Joe Little, dispatched as a peacemaker, lasted 30 seconds. He took a blow to the face, retaliated and was promptly ejected. The Volunteers, No. 2 in the country, clobbered Oklahoma, 17-0, and stopped a 14-game winning streak.

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The legendary George Cafego set the tone on the first play, knocking all-American end Waddy Young upside down with a vicious block. Bob Foxx and Babe Wood scored touchdowns for Tennessee. Bowden Wyatt kicked a field goal. Bob Suffridge led a defense that limited Oklahoma to 25 rushing yards.

■ 1951 Cotton Bowl, Tennessee 20, Texas 14 on two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Andy Kozar. Highlight was a 75-yard run by tailback Hank Lauricella to set up the opening TD, a Herky Payne pass to John Gruble. Texas blocked a punt and took a 14-7 lead into intermission but the Vols were better later. Pat Shires missed the tying extra point after Kozar’s first score and Robert R. Neyland responded with this famous bit of philosophy: “Don’t worry about it, Pat, we didn’t come here to tie.” Many Vols were listening. A Lauricella pass and Lauri-

Michelle and Amy Cox, Kathy and Charles Pittman and Claire Cox. Claire rarely takes her eyes off her grandparents if they are around. Photos by Cindy Taylor at Rouxbarb Restaurant for six years. He says it has been remarkable how the community has picked up on Claire’s need and made donations of food and beverages to help with the evening. Even customers who were invited but could not make it to the event have sent money. Bogartz’ mom Barbara, who is a baker, came from Atlanta with husband Rich Mindel to bring home baked goodies. More than 150 people attended

the event, raising more than $2,000 for Claire. Big John and the Nationals performed live music, and food and beverages were freely offered. Claire was accompanied to the event by mom Michelle and sister Amy. The family has been overwhelmed at the outpouring of support. “Bruce is a great guy of the Jewish faith who stepped up to help a little girl at Christmas,” said Pittman.

“Even with all the bad in the world, it reminds you that there is still good,” said Bogartz. Barbara Bogartz summed it up nicely. “My 12-year-old granddaughter, Sara Beth, Bruce’s daughter, said to me, “My daddy has a beautiful heart.” And so do the many others who have come through this Christmas for this special little girl.

a new friend, reached out to an old friend, forgiven a wrong, set to rights a mistake, sung a new song. I hope you have plans, goals, dreams. I hope you decide there is some place in the world you want to see and get busy to make that happen. I hope you have been faithful to your promises. I hope you have promises yet to keep. I hope you can find joy in a sunrise, in a view of the mountains, in the surprise of rain falling on your face. I hope you have music in your life: country or classical, jazz or folk, your choice.

I hope you can spend time regularly with a child, a puppy, a foal, some fragile young thing still learning about this world, because in so doing, you too will learn about yourself and the world. I hope you can finish at least one thing today. This day at the end of the year is a day of completion, a day of finality. Let something go: some resentment, some sorrow, some fear. Let it go, give it up and set it free. I hope you will start something tomorrow, whether it is cleaning out a closet or planting a flower or picking up the book you

got for Christmas and settling down for a good read. I hope you will seek something today: love, truth, hope, meaning. I hope you will give something today: love, truth, hope, meaning. I hope you will ask for something today: for understanding, for perspective, for joy, for contact, for remembrance, for peace, for grace. And last, but not at all least, I hope you will discover something today: some new insight, a new friend, an old friend, a firm footing, a new strength, a new determination, a new love.

cella run led to the winning touchdown. Shires kicked the 20th point. ■ 1971 Sugar Bowl, Tennessee 34, Air Force 13. Famous officers, medals and ribbons attracted almost all the attention leading up to kickoff. What happened after that was awesome. The Vols scored on their first four possessions. It was 24-0 with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter. Don McLeary had two touchdowns. Bobby Scott riddled the Falcons with passes. Joe Thompson caught nine for 125 yards. Tim Priest, Ray Nettles and Jamie Rotella led the defense that left the losers with minus-12 yards rushing. The Vols picked four passes and recovered four fumbles. It was a rout. ■ 1986 Sugar Bowl, a

great day in New Orleans, Tennessee 35, mighty Miami 7. Ken Donahue’s defensive scheme was overwhelming. The Vols got three Vinny Testaverde passes. Daryl Dickey seized the spotlight. Jeff Powell had a 60-yard run. Tim McGee found a fumble in the end zone. Sweet, sweet victory, party time on Bourbon Street! ■ 1999 Fiesta Bowl, Tennessee 23, Florida State 16, the one that really mattered, national championship, glorious conclusion to a 13-0 season. Tee Martin completed 11 of 18 for 278 yards. Peerless Price caught four for an amazing 199. Dwayne Goodrich returned an interception 54 for a touchdown. If you close your eyes, you might still see Phillip Fulmer

holding the trophy, the crystal football, high above his head. ■ Tennessee, 25 victories, 24 losses, is tied for third with Nebraska in total bowl appearances, behind Alabama and Texas, ahead of Southern Cal, Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State, Ohio State, LSU and Michigan. All bowl talk is not ancient history. And the little ones count. Citrus Bowl wins over Big 10 teams were happy times. The 2005 Cotton Bowl romp over Texas A&M was a treasure. The 2008 Outback win over Wisconsin is more important than I thought at the time. Keep the faith. There will probably be another someday.

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Cards received each year at Christmastime line the wall outside the office at Bearden Elementary. A.L. Lotts Elementary School 1st-grade student Tessa Larmee visits with Kids on the Block puppet Eddy Franklin and puppeteer Danielle Pressley.

If you went to elementary school in Knox County, chances are you met some of the puppets from Kids on the Block Inc. The group started in 1977 to help educate children about their classmates’ disabilities and help them understand each other’s differences. Each year at Christmastime, the special mailbox in Bearden Elementary School’s office is filled with cards from students both past and present. School principal Susan Dunlap keeps every card and photo and reminisces each year. “It’s fun to look back and see what our little Bearden Elementary School first-grade teachers Leanne Colquitt and Laura Holland take a moment to enjoy the cards sent to the school. children looked like,” she said. Photos by S. Barrett

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Puppeteers Danielle Pressley and Katherine Setliff visit Knox County Schools on a regular basis with some of the 50 puppets used in the program. Some of their favorite shows to perform include topics on bullies, feelings and conflict resolution. According to Setliff, each puppet “has its own unique biographical background information such as family dynamics, friendships and circumstances.” Puppets

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■ Box Tops for Education from General Mills’ products and Labels for Education from Campbell’s products are being collected to purchase supplies for the school. Labels can be dropped off in the silver collection box at the front of the school or can be mailed to: West Hills Elementary School, 409 Vanosdale Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. Info: email Jill Schmudde at jschmudde@gmail.com.

■ A visitors’ open house will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, for interested families to tour the facility and meet the faculty.

Sequoyah Elementary ■ PTA will meet 10:45-11:45 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the library. All parents are encouraged to attend.

A.L. Lotts Elementary School 5th graders Kylie Stooksbury and Ella Walkney display similarities in their apparel before performing with poi balls and helping out with a German dance.

A.L. Lotts Elementary School 5th grader Christopher Lemons juggles scarves while warming up for his performance during International Children’s Day. “Clubs are my favorite (to juggle),” he said, “but I don’t want to hurt anyone.” A.L. Lotts Elementary School kindergartner Risa Kishida gives a peace sign while wearing traditional garb from her native Japan.

range in age from a few months old to senior citizens. Setliff said most kids enjoy meeting the puppets, but smaller children can sometimes be afraid of them at first, so the puppets sit on the floor and the children can feel them. After each show, students have the opportunity to write letters to the puppets. Melody, which seems to be the most popular puppet according to Setliff, receives the most mail and always writes back to each person. Another popular character is Eddy, who gets picked on by a bully. The shows that seem to resonate with most students are those that provide opportunities for interaction with the puppets and allow students to offer suggestions of how to deal with a problem. “Our favorite part of our job is getting hugs and ‘high fives’ from students after a show,” said Setliff. Info: www.kotb.com.

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ber to focus solely on “economic development,” but it’s hard to attract national companies to a state where funding for education hovers in the nation’s lowest five percent. When the Chamber located and bought a large tract for a business park at Midway Road and I-40, County Commission regressive budget for Knox fused to rezone it. When By Sandra Clark Here’s hoping 2013 is a County Schools, a budget Burchett slashed the counbetter year for the Knox- that met an ice wall of op- ty’s funding, County Comville Chamber than was position from Mayor Tim mission barely restored it. Burchett and Knox County And when Brad Anders, 2012. perceived to be “the ChamThe Chamber took the Commission. Some want the Cham- ber’s guy,” stood for eleclead in promoting an ag-

tion as commission chair, the commission rebuffed him. Mike Edwards, the Chamber president, remains the most positively optimistic guy in town, and News Sentinel publishMike Edwards er Patrick Birmingham is set to chair the board. Here are the Chamber’s goals for 2013, as crafted by three vice presidents:

Innovation Valley Blueprint 2.0 will maintain the momentum we have developed as a region with global marketing, technology-led economic development initiatives, workforce development efforts, and small business outreach. Increased competition for jobs and corporate investment necessitates that we add new tactics to our strategy during the next five years. Blueprint 2.0 will provide our region with new Strategic Priorities in the following areas:

■ Aggressive new business recruitment and retention initiatives in specific target sectors including low-fare air service at McGhee Tyson Airport. ■ Expand the Innovation Valley brand, both internally and externally ■ Increased focus on talent development and retention ■ Make entrepreneurship and innovation a priority focus ■ Promote our region’s sustainability efforts.

nation is simple: we are not preparing enough people with the skills they need to be qualified for high-demand, high-wage, skilled jobs. Two-thirds of all future jobs will require post-secondary training, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a four-year university degree. We also need to provide pathways for students starting in high school to enter technical community col- Jennifer Evans lege and/or certificate programs. Introducing these on experiences to students careers and offering hands- in high school will engage

those who might not thrive in the traditional academic setting and offer them foundational skills that can never be outsourced or offshored. We will always need people to maintain and operate equipment, whether robotically, computerized or manual; we will always need electricians and tool makers; we will always need people who know how things work so they can improve them and create new technology.

the August convention. Chamber staff members have worked to maximize the site’s benefits to members with features such as the newly-launched job board which allows member businesses to post openings for free. Just a few months in, the jobposting feature is increasing traffic to the site and members have acknowledged it as a valuable benMark Field efit of their membership. iK nowK nox v i l le.com received praise from the wasn’t the only place the American Chamber of Com- Chamber improved its web merce Executives, earning presence – a totally redeSilver ACE Award honors at signed and reformatted

KnoxvilleChamber.com is most popular features more accessible. The new site provides a truly impressive front door for the organization and our community as a whole. Aggressive marketing and exposure to the site is key to helping more businesses get the information they need to be successful. Also available online is Chamber Member MD, the Chamber’s proprietary business assessment tool. Strengthening the program even more, both Chamber Member MD and the results tool, Chamber Mem-

Knox Chamber looks ahead

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By Doug Lawyer, vice president Economic Development 2013 marks the year that the Knoxville Chamber will lead efforts to launch Innovation Valley Blueprint 2.0, our next 5-year plan for regional economic development. During the past five years, the Knoxville MSA saw net growth of over 10,000 jobs – an impressive number given we were in the midst of an economic

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By Jennifer Evans, vice president Public Policy & Education Nationwide, two-thirds of companies can’t fill vacancies, particularly in high-skilled jobs. Yet at the same time, we are still experiencing high unemployment levels. Statistics also show that as many as half of four-year college graduates under the age of 25 are unemployed or under-employed. The expla■

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By Mark Field, senior vice president Membership The Chamber will begin 2013 by continuing to push business resources and programs you can’t find anywhere else. The Chamber will do this by expanding its online presence and influence. The Chamber’s online business directory iKnowKnoxville.com continues showing strong growth in its first full year online, drawing nearly 160,000 page views to Chamber member promo pages. The site also

Doug Lawyer recession. Many communities with which we compete saw net decreases in jobs during the same time period.

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The Women of Tocqueville By Pam Fansler I’m proud to be a member of the steering committee of the latest group organized in support of the United Way of Greater Knoxville. Fansler Founded in 2011, the Women of Tocqueville represents women who contribute $10,000 or more each year to the area United Way. The group’s steering committee consists of the seven Knoxville women who have chaired the annual United Way campaigns. Incidentally, Knoxville has had more female chairs than any other community nationwide. The group takes its name from the 19th century French author of “Democracy in America,” who recognized Americans’ civic engagement. It is modeled after similar groups across the country. The first United Way Tocqueville Society was formed in March of 1984 to deepen individual understanding of, commitment to, and support of United Way’s work: advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. The Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions around the world who have devoted time, talent and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities’ most serious issues. The local catalyst for Women of Tocqueville was Cynthia Gibson, chief legal officer at Scripps Networks, who organized a similar group in Cincinnati prior to

ber Rx, received trademark and copyright protection in 2012. The program is a free tool designed to help businesses identify deficits in their core operating competencies and understand how to remedy these areas using resources available locally.

moving to Knoxville. Gibson chairs the local Women of Tocqueville and will become chair of the National Women’s Leadership Council for United Way Worldwide beginning March 2013. Juana Slade, current chair of the United Way National Women’s Leadership Council, recently stressed the importance of every child being able to read well by fourth grade. Currently only half of Knox County students are able to read proficiently by third grade. Gibson notes, “Your reading ability is critically important to your ability to succeed.” For this reason, the 56 members of Knoxville’s Women of Tocqueville have selected early-age literacy as their primary focus with Cindi DeBusk and Amy Williams co-chairing the group’s efforts. The Women of Tocqueville recently gathered at Norwood Elementary School to present books to children enrolled in the intensive reading program at the school, which the United Way funds through the Great Schools partnership. On hand to help with the presentation was Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam, a member of Women of Tocqueville, who has introduced a three-part initiative that focuses on the interplay between family engagement and literacy improvement in Tennessee. The Women of Tocqueville of the United Way of Greater Knoxville are excited about early grade literacy work and the difference we can make in the community. Pam Fansler is president of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region.

These efforts fall directly in line with the Chamber’s 2013 desire to set an example to our member organizations of how the utilization of technology and the Internet can improve both communication and the overall customer experience.

Bill Sergeant’s progeny reminisce By Anne Hart

Empty Stocking Fund Nick Anderson from Bearden High School Key Club and volunteer Sharon Lawson help assemble holiday food baskets for their East Tennessee neighbors in need at Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building on Dec. 20. More than 1,000 volunteers helped assemble and distribute food baskets, toys and books for the Empty Stocking Fund.

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Bill Sergeant’s children, from left, Barbara Hood Rutherford, Kathy Sergeant Heitman, David Sergeant and Patty Daughtrey gave the “family month” presentation at West Knox Rotary. and in Chattanooga where the fourth makes his home. Last week, the clan gathered to celebrate Family Month at West Knox Rotary and to reminisce about their dad and how he raised each of his four children in Rotary from a very early age. In turn, Barbara Hood Rutherford, Patty Daughtrey, Kathy Heitmann and David Sergeant told stories sometimes humorous, sometimes sadly touching, about their dad, who is depicted in a statue in downtown’s Krutch Park administering polio vaccine to a child. Bill Sergeant was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He spent his working life in Oak Ridge

Lucy Gibson, immediate past president of West Knox Rotary, accepts a Rotary Challenge Award certificate from Fred Heitman, honoring the club for having reached its PolioPlus goals for the year. Photos by Charles Garvey and was a member of the Oak Ridge Rotary from 1947 until his death in 2011 at the age of 91. He chaired Rotary’s

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Getting there Shopper-News Presents Miracle Makers

Rick Grubb makes tough job look easy By Sandra Clark Bus contractors for Knox County Schools log more than 4 million miles getting students to and from school each year. Last year the buses operated without an accident that required an overnight hospital stay. Presiding over this controlled chaos is Dr. Rick Grubb, director of transportation and enrollment. “I still want to teach,” says Grubb. “I’m doing this because it pays more.” Grubb gets high marks from his contractors, subordinates and bosses. He’s a hard worker who has excelled at every task handed him at Knox County Schools. Yet he remains “an old Carter guy” who likes nothing more than supper at Litton’s.

Melissa Ogden confers with Rick Grubb about student rezoning.

The beginning After graduating from Carter High School, Rick worked at Cash’s Service Station and drove a van for Easter Seals, transporting special needs children to Fort Sanders School. His dad was in the dairy business, supervising delivery routes to grocery stores and schools for French Broad and Wolfe Dairies. He got Rick a route that started in Mascot and ended in Tater Valley, and his life was set. But his mentors encouraged him to attend UT. Rick lists Bob Pollard, Jim Williams, Jim Pryor, Bill Addonizio and Mike Kinnane as those early mentors. Rick’s mother, a Halls native, was friends with Millie Norris. Although he was younger, Millie’s son Chris Vandergriff was Rick’s classmate at UT. “We were two buddies who carried each other,” Rick says. With much encouragement, Rick graduated from UT and was hired to teach at Carter Middle School where the assistant principal was Sandra Clift Hamilton, a former milk route customer. So he taught school and coached freshman football and moved to Carter High where he taught shop for five years. One day Kinnane told him Jim Bellamy and Fred Bedelle were “putting together a master’s degree program” at LMU where “you could pay $5,000 and earn an extra $1,000 a year (for the balance of your teaching career).”

brought Rick into the central office and mentored him in many of the “fix-it” tasks at which Mullins excelled. Rick continues to teach, working through LMU to certify new CTE teachers in East Tennessee and North Georgia. He’s mentored about 250 through this program.

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Dr. Rick Grubb heads transportation and enrollment for Knox County Schools. Rick contacted Chris, and a bunch of the guys enrolled. And that’s how Rick nabbed his master’s. Next he and “a guy from Powell” got a grant to introduce modular instruction in what’s now called CTE (Career Technical Education). Rick was a CTE pioneer. When Allen Morgan was elected superintendent, he promoted Rick to assistant principal at Whittle Springs Middle School. Again his mentors pushed him back to school. This time Rick made it count. He took classes at UT and spent almost two years fulltime on his dissertation. Rick Grubb had earned a doctorate. “I plugged along, did my residency in a summer and fall semester,” he recalls. And then Roy Mullins called. He

Grubb says he’s no better than his team. “I can teach and train, but you can’t teach integrity. Loyalty, that’s the most important.” He looks to three guys to make the operation run. Jeff Graves is the transportation lead supervisor. Scott Sexton is the primary router. Brian Hartsell is supervisor of student enrollment. He also serves as the disciplinary hearing authority on potential expulsions. Six others work under Grubb including GIS specialists Ryan Dillingham and Darrell Morgan; compliance facilitators Gayla Huffaker and Rhonda Kinsey; administrative secretary Frankie DeBusk; and router Nancy Calway. The budget (except for the fuel cost index) has remained flat during Grubb’s tenure. It’s about $1 million a year for administration and another $13 million for contractors.

The job “Rick Grubb deserves a medal,” said Shopper-News writer Wendy Smith after attending a parent fo-

rum on rezoning west area elementary schools. Grubb’s department drew the plan and he, along with Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, defended it. While it didn’t please everyone, the plan certainly flew through compared to contentious rezonings in the past. It’s Grubb’s job to know where kids live – now and in the next five years. As McIntyre likes to joke, “some of these people have not yet been conceived.” “We’re seeing a higher percentage of students in a smaller area,” says Grubb. “We knew five years out that we would need 500 classroom seats in southwest Knox County.” That projection led to a new school in the capital projects plan. Interestingly, he says the fastest growing area two years ago was around Murphy Road. “There’s a lot of yield (kids) on small lots,” he says. And although the lots are larger, “Hardin Valley is just booming.” Grubb credits the KGIS and PMC with his ability to make accurate projections, saying, “We’re absolutely blessed” with the technology. “KUB made a huge investment in KGIS and it has made us extremely efficient.” The program is shared by the city, county and KUB. Grubb uses it to set bus routes and for enrollment projections. “In the old days, we gave a contractor a route and told the drivers to figure out how to run it.” That’s not the case now as routes are mapped through KGIS. And the transportation office operates 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on days when buses run. Technology such as cellphones and GPS puts Grubb in constant contact with drivers. And he will drop everything to take their call.

The future Contractors need more money, Grubb says, as their expenses fluctuate (mostly upward). Knox County Schools has stopped running its own buses, having operated a fleet of 25 in the past. Now all the work is contracted, including some 60 buses running after-school programs. “It’s about time and distance,” says Grubb. “There’s no consistency in how far students live from the school. It’s hard to price the routes. And the contractors are strapped.”

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Healthier New Year quiz Happy New Year! It’s time to look ahead to the next 12 months and see what you can do to maintain or improve your health. Do you need to lose weight? Quit smoking? Start exercising? Find out more about healthy choices by taking the following quiz. 1. Which of these is important to a healthy diet? A. Include plenty of whole grains B. Eat a variety of vegetables C. Choose lean protein D. All of the above. The correct answer is D. All of the above. USDA dietary guidelines recommend that half of the grains you eat each day be whole grains. You should also have about 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit each day. Meat and poultry should be lean or low fat, the USDA says. Fish, nuts and seeds are excellent protein choices. Don’t forget dairy products and other foods rich in calcium, which is important for bone health. 2. Which of these is a sensible exercise program? A. 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week, plus 2 days of resistance exercises B. 30 minutes of brisk walking 3 days a week, an hour-long softball game and 2 days of vigorous garden work C. 25 minutes of jogging 3 days a week, plus 2 days of weight lifting D. Any of the above. The correct answer is D. Any of the above. The CDC says that any of these programs can keep you fit. A and B are programs of moderate-intensity exercise; C is an example of vigorous exercise. A well-designed fitness program contains aerobic exercise, flexibility exercises and strength training.

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This prairie style barn was captured on a cold, frosty morning on Dixon Springs Road, off Emory Road. Photos by K. Woycik

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Barnyard Tales Kathryn Woycik Ok, I admit it ... I love barns. I’m intrigued with their history, age, what secrets they hold, who constructed them and for what purpose they served. I’m amazed at the many different styles, shapes, colors and sizes of barns built right here in our area. There are quite a number of different styles: bank barns, round barns, tobacco barns, English barns, Dutch barns, crib barns and prairie barns. A great number of these can be seen throughout the United States, each suited to the area where it resides. They

A barn on Mountain Road in Clinton give historic reminders of the past. The prairie barn, which is also known as the Western barn, is one that can be found quite easily in this area of East Tennessee. Farmers chose this style because of large herds of livestock and the need for storage space for grain and hay. Their long roofs often reach close to the ground,

giving them their trademark shape. These barns were built during the 1800s. In the latter 19th century, the prairie barn took on the gambrel style roof which allowed for more space, making them larger than other types of barns. Those wanting to share the age, history or story of a barn can email woycikk@ ShopperNewsNow.com.

“The residents absolutely love Santa,” said activity director Trish Jones. “You never get too old to have Santa Claus. “We have cookies, candy and eggnog which they love – and they all think it’s spiked. I don’t tell them any different because they love that,” Jones said, chuckling. “We all look forward to the holidays because of childhood memories, and it brings family in. We’ve had an abundance of visitors and lots of volunteers. Every other night we’ve had an activity ... carolers and programs.

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It’s been wonderful.” Other visitors brought Christmas cheer: Shauna Teaster with her children, Leslie, Megan, Ashley, and their friends Heather Willis with daughter Reagan. The residents smiled from ear to ear as the youngsters gave them gifts and hugs. Everyone enjoyed singing joyous Christmas carols together, including “Jingle Bells” with Santa keeping rhythm with his bells.

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Kito is doing well in his new home this year in the Knoxville Zoo’s new Valley of the Kings habitat, which features the new African lion and Hamadryas baboon habitats as well as an indoor viewing opportunity at the Ann and John Schaad Family Pridelands Courtyard. There are two all-male groups consisting of David, age 20, Kito, age 7, his 9-year old brother Nyali, and 7-year old brothers Cairo and Tchabu. “Knoxville Zoo is one of only a couple of zoos in the country to house all-male groups,” said Tina Rolen. “The ability to house males together serves a valuable need within the baboon population housed in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. “A typical troop of baboons is composed of several one-male units, each led by one male (the alpha) with many females and their offspring. “When females are born or isolated from a group,

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they are fairly easily incorporated into an existing one-male unit, whereas males are a bit trickier to find companionship for due to potential conflict with the alpha. This can lead to a population of males that need companionship. “Knoxville Zoo has created an environment to fill that need for these males and we are proud to be able to play such an important role.” Contact Info www.knoxville-zoo.org

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Bearden Library, 100 Golf Club Road. Comedian Ron White will perform at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Tickets: $48 and $58 at Knoxville Tickets locations; 656-4444; www.tennesseetheatre.com; and the Clinch Avenue box office 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 12-4 p.m. Saturdays.

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MONDAY, DEC. 31 A New Year’s Eve Celebration sponsored by the City of Knoxville will take place from 1 p.m. to just after midnight on Market Square. Activities will include Euro-bungee, ice skating, face painting, Music on the Square, an 11:59 p.m. countdown with a ball drop, and fireworks. The Dirty Guv’nahs will perform in concert at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. A Thousand Horses will open the show. Tickets: $32 at Knoxville Tickets locations; 656-4444; www. tennesseetheatre.com; and the Clinch Avenue box office 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 12-4 p.m. Saturdays.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, DEC. 31-JAN. 3 The Knoxville Watercolor Society is exhibiting an all-media show through Jan. 3 at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Info: www. Knxvillewatercolorsociety.com.

MONDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 31-JAN. 13 The Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S. Gay St., is hosting the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s official traveling exhibition “Common People in Uncommon Times” along with the tie-in exhibit “In Death Not Divided: Civil War Tombstones and the Stories They Tell,” organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (Closed New Year’s Day.) Info: 215-8830, eths@eastTNhistory.org or www.easttnhistory.org.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, DEC. 31-JAN. 17 Registration for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade is being accepted through Jan. 17. Forms and info are available online at http:// mlkknoxville.org. The parade will be held Monday, Jan. 21, with lineup 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, 124 S. Cruze St., and step-off at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2137 MLK Jr. Blvd. The parade starts at 10 a.m. More info: Mabrey R. Duff, tuxman1@bellsouth. net.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, DEC. 31-JAN. 25 The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Gallery is planning exhibitions for September 2013 through August 2014. Artists living within 250 miles of Knoxville are encouraged to submit proposals, postmarked by Jan. 25. Nonrefundable entry fee: $30. Info: www.tvuuc.org.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 American Red Cross, 6921 Middlebrook Pike, offers weekly information sessions on nurse assistant, EKG and phlebotomy training 10-11 a.m. Info: 8623508.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 2-6 The Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition will conclude its tour with an exhibit on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. A selection of paintings from the society’s 33rd juried exhibition features works by East Tennessee artists George Brooke, Lee Edge, Genie Even, Dot Galloway, Fran Henley, Judy Lavoie, Brenda Mills and Jim Stagner. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.

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WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 2-13 The Seventh Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition features 1,500 juried pieces of artwork created by middle- and high-school students from 32 counties across East Tennessee at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, JAN. 2-18 UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St., presents “Revealed,” featuring paintings by Pat Badt and ceramic sculpture by Paul Briggs, through Jan. 18. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Info: http://web.utk.edu/~downtown.

THURSDAY, JAN. 3 The Knoxville Choral Society will hold auditions for all voice parts 6-8 p.m. Auditions will include assessment of vocal quality, sight reading and tonal memory drills. No prepared piece is required. Info and audition forms: www.knoxvillechoralsociety.org. To schedule an audition time, call 579-6292 or email membership@knoxvillechoralsociety.org. Location info will be provided upon scheduling. The Knoxville Writers’ Guild will meet at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Professor and poet Artress Bethany White and award-winning journalistpoet Dorothy Foltz-Gray will read from their most recent publications. A $2 donation is requested at the door.

FRIDAY, JAN. 4 The Arts & Culture Alliance will present an exhibition of woven mixed-media works and drawings and paintings by artists Geri Forkner and Elizabeth Porter titled “Alternate Realities” Jan. 4-25 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. An opening reception will be held 5-9 p.m. Jan. 4 as part of First Friday activities. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays with additional hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 5. Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St., will honor a 30th Anniversary Exhibit with a First Friday reception 5:30-9 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and live jazz by saxophonist Marquis McGee. Active and inactive artist-members from the group’s earliest years participating in the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 27, include Mary Ann Aken, Hugh Bailey, B.J. Clark, Alice Clayton, Fran Henley, Patricia Herzog, Emilia Picket, Carol Pritcher and Marilyn Avery Turner. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Red Chair Architects, 220 W. Jackson Ave., Suite 206, will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a First Friday reception 6-8 p.m. Pottery works by members of Terra Madre will be on display, and the Wesley Lunsford Trio will perform live jazz. Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, will hold a First Friday reception 6-9 p.m. honoring the photographs of Phil Savage.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 4-6 Echo Ridge, an independent retirement community at 8458 Gleason Drive, will host a Let’s Talk Seniors Life Transitions Seminar at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 4, a Mocktail Happy Hour at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5, and a Let’s Talk Seniors Health Benefits of Laughter at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 6. The two seminars require RSVP. Info and RSVP: 769-0111. Events are free; the public is invited.

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MONDAY, JAN. 7 GFWC Ossoli Circle will meet Monday, Jan. 7, at the Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike, with 9:45 a.m. fellowship and coffee; 10:30 a.m. “Union County, Tenn. History” by author and Union County historian Bonnie Peters; and 11:30 a.m. business meeting. Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA will start a three-month beginning class in Tai Chi with an open house 7-8:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Info: 482-7761 or www.taoist.org.

TUESDAY, JAN. 8 The Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club will host the program “From Sea to Icy Sea: Biking Across America’s Last Frontier for Record and 101 More Amazing Things To Do on a Bike” at 7 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. GerFalcon Racing’s Gerry Eddlemon, an aquatic ecologist retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present the program. The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable will feature Jim Lewis, park historian of the Stones River National Military Park, as its speaker at 8 p.m. at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Admission: $5 (free for students with ID). To attend the 7 p.m. dinner buffet for $17 ($15 members), make reservations by 11 a.m. Jan. 7 to 671-9001. Wallace Coleman, blues harmonica player and East Tennessee native, will perform at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $14; www. knoxtix.com, 523-7521 and at the door.

THURSDAY, JAN. 10 Knoxville Square Dance will feature traditional Southern squares, circles, waltzes and two-steps, with lessons for beginners at 7:30 p.m. and the dance program beginning at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. The Hellgrammites will provide live old-time music, and all dances will be taught and called by Bobby Fulcher. Admission is $7. Follow Knoxville Square Dance in Facebook. Yonder Mountain String Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Tickets: $25 at Knoxville Tickets locations, the theater box office, 865-684-1200 and www.tennesseetheatre. com.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11 Connect: Fellowship for Women! will kick off its winter session 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Epworth Hall at Cokesbury UMC, 9915 Kingston Pike. Warm brunch will be served, and an overview of upcoming smallgroup topics will be presented. Free childcare.

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Innovation, quality and service highlight year Ogle makes history as Parkwest’s first TAVR patient

Once accustomed to walking three miles a day, Roy Ogle found himself gasping for air after taking only a few steps from his front door. “I couldn’t walk to the street without getting out of breath,” said Ogle. “I didn’t really feel bad – I just couldn’t do anything. My breath was just getting shorter and shorter.” Even worse, Ogle’s aortic valve had become so hardened that he was not a candidate for the usual fi x – open heart surgery. In short, his condition was “inoperable.” So when surgeons at Parkwest Medical Center offered hope Roy Ogle, and his wife, Katy

through a procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (or TAVR for short), Ogle was ready. On June 6 – five days after his 88th birthday and one month shy of the Ogles’ 66th wedding anniversary – Roy Ogle made history, becoming Parkwest’s first-ever TAVR patient in a four-hour surgery so successful that he was out of the hospital within four days and driving two days later. Since Ogle’s surgery, more than 25 patients have undergone TAVR at Parkwest, one of only 140 sites in the nation to perform the procedure.

New Hybrid OR opens Parkwest Medical Center opened its new Hybrid Operating Room in late spring, ushering the way for more novel and less invasive treatment options, including TAVR. A Hybrid Operating Room

combines the best of a traditional surgical suite with large imaging equipment such as real time X-ray and CT in a sterile setting. More than $2 million was invested in the creation of the 1,100-square-foot room.

“This allows us to expand on the surgical procedures provided previously,” said Dr. Thomas Pollard. “We will be able to care for patients who were previously too high-risk for a standard open heart operation.”

Innovation for dialysis treatment Earlier this month, Parkwest treated its volunteers to a holiday luncheon not only to celebrate the season but also as one of ways to thank volunteers for the more than 37,000 hours of service they provided in 2012.

End of an era

decades – her quick smile, July 31 marked the end of an era at Parkwest quicker wit and elephantlike memory that count– Dewdrop Rule retired less people encountered at after almost 39 years as a volunteer. Rule, at age 90 the Parkwest Information 1/2, had been at Parkwest Desk. almost every Tuesday Rule’s legacy of volunsince the hospital opened teering continues today in 1973. Dewdrop Rule with 2012 seeing increasHer husband was one of ing number of volunteers the hospital’s founding physicians. joining the ranks at Parkwest. Over the years, she witnessed nu- Today, more than 165 volunteers merous changes in healthcare not bring their talents and energies to only at Parkwest, but in healthcare helping ensure Parkwest patients in general. One thing, however, and visitors are Treated Well. Well remained constant for almost four Treated.

Parkwest Medical Center was the first hospital in Tennessee to implant a new dialysis graft that revolutionized dialysis treatment for patients. Dr. Christopher Pollock performed the first procedure on a 68-year-old Dr. Pollock Strawberry Plains man in a procedure that takes about 45 minutes and allows most patients to return home the same day. “We were pleased to be the first hospital in the state to offer this new device to help improve outcomes for our patients,” Pollock said. “This device will mean fewer complications for our patients because of the decrease in clotting, meaning fewer surgeries to reopen previous grafts and decreased hospital stays.”

Peninsula absorbs Lakeshore patients

Following a six-month trial during which Peninsula Hospital took uninsured patients of certain acuity levels that would typically have gone to Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, Peninsula permanently answered the state’s call for help when Lakeshore closed its doors in June. Increased staff and more than $300,000 in capital improvements at Peninsula Hospital have helped ensure that behavioral health patients receive the best care possible. Adjustments have also been made to accommodate more psychoeducational groups and individual therapy sessions that make the experience better for patients and their families. The state’s closure of Lakeshore was an initial

step toward community-based treatment, a concept that helps those with mental illness to remain citizens of their community by offering support and access to mainstream resources such as housing and vocational opportunities. “Tennessee, like most states, is moving away from state-run institutions to community-based mental health services,” said Peninsula Vice President Jeff Dice. While two other psychiatric facilities – Woodridge in Johnson City and Ridgeview in Oak Ridge – have assisted with some Lakeshore patients, most have gone to Peninsula Hospital, a 155bed psychiatric hospital in Louisville. Peninsula is a division of Parkwest Medical Center.

Melissa Theyken, a therapist in Parkwest’s wound care department, reviews steps collected during the VHA blueprint process.

Developing a blueprint for success When Parkwest Medical Center demonstrated unusual success at preventing bed sores that kill 60,000 Americans a year, the health care industry took notice. VHA Inc., a cooperative of 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and 72,000 non-acute care providers, called Parkwest’s 15-month stretch without any Stage III or Stage IV pressure ulcers “unheard of.” They came calling and wanted to know how Parkwest did it.

This past summer, VHA sent a team of clinical experts to meet with Parkwest’s multidisciplinary Pressure Ulcer Prevention Team to create an electronic “blueprint” of the clinical practices and social patterns that helped Parkwest successfully combat pressure ulcers. Today, that blueprint serves as a best practice model for hospitals across the nation.

An ‘A’ for patient safety The report cards are out again and Parkwest continues to receive an “A” for patient safety. The score comes from The Leapfrog Group which evaluates more than 2,600 hospitals throughout the United States using publically available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety. To see Parkwest’s scores, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Home for the holidays On Dec. 19, Parkwest Medical Center dedicated its fourth Habitat for Humanity home. The dedication meant a new home just in time for Christmas for Jessica Berry and her two children, Kyleigh and Liam. Since 2009, more than 370 Parkwest volunteers have contributed almost 2,500 hours to the Habitat cause. In addition, there’s been catering for the volunteers, housewarming gifts for the homeowners and annual cash donations that now amount to more than $100,000. Those are big numbers, but more importantly, that’s four homes built and countless lives changed in a city where more than 6,000 live in substandard housing conditions. “At Parkwest, our commitment is not only to ensure that our patients are Treated Well. Well Treated. from a medical standpoint, but to make sure we do all we can to ensure the same for our community,” Park-

Thanks to Parkwest Medical Center, Jessica Berry and her two children moved into their new Habitat Home on Dec. 19. Berry, pictured here, is shown working during the early portion of the construction.

west President Rick Lassiter said. “Partnering with Habitat is one of the many ways we have worked toward that end.”

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Coombs makes ‘sacrificial journey’ Bike riding can be so fun, it doesn’t seem like exercise, but it has great health benefits. “For anyone planning on doing longdistance riding, they need a lot of training beforehand,” Coombs says. “Before I took the trip, I was riding about 200 to 250 miles a week. Also, during the training at first I was a little bit overweight and I lost about 70 pounds.”

By Theresa Edwards “Long” can be a relative term. To John Coombs, 310 miles in three days was long, but actually shorter than the 800 miles he planned to ride crosscountry, cut short by a virus that sent him to the emergency room. Coombs embarked on what he called a “sacrificial journey” to raise funds for First Apostolic Church’s new sanctuary building project. Contributors donated two cents per mile. A little over $2,000 was raised. “I had to convince my mother my illness had nothing to do with my ride, it was a virus. She insisted it was because of riding 310 miles in three days, but the doctor proved her wrong,” Coombs said. “I lost about 10 pounds in those three days. I didn’t have a single flat or a blowout. I was walking like a horseman, but none the less, I’m back and at it.” “One of my biggest hobbies is cycling. There’s nothing like riding my bike in these gorgeous Smoky Mountains,” Coombs said.

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Keeping fit and having fun as we age Regular physical phys ph ysic sical al a activity ctiv ct ivit ityy att aany it ny age can help you live longer, feel better and reduce health problems. But far too many people, including baby boomers, don’t get the exercise they need. According to the 2012 Participation Report from the Physical Activity Council (PAC), 35 percent of Americans over the age of 55 are physically inactive. Since regular exercise helps control blood pressure, body weight, cholesterol and so much more, boomers need to find ways to get their bodies moving so they can live longer, healthier lives. “Though any amount of exercise is beneficial, ultimately adults should work up to getting at least 30 minutes most days of the week, as long as they feel comfortable and pain-free,” said world-renowned nutritionist Joy Bauer. “From taking a Zumba class to walking and stretching, getting regular physical activity helps the joints stay loose, maintains muscle mass, and gets the blood flowing – all of which makes everyday tasks easier.”

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■ Whenever beginning a new fitness activity or program, make sure you do it safely. ■ Wear comfortable shoes that fit well. ■ Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids. ■ Listen to your body. If it hurts or it feels like too much, stop. You also need to be aware of danger signs while exercising. Stop the activity and call your doctor or 911 if you experience pain or pressure in your chest, arms, neck or jaw; feel lightheaded, nauseated or weak; become short of breath; develop pain in your legs, calves or back; or feel

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