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January 4, 2017
Ruby Sizemore with her husband, Wilson Sizemore, circa 1965.
A closer look at 2016 By Scott Frith
We all know that 2016 was a great year for Republicans (and a not-sogreat year for Democrats), but let’s take a closer look at what happened and what’s ahead in 2017. Scott Frith First, while the biggest political story of the year was Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race, some observers were surprised by the size of Trump’s win in Tennessee. Trump won Tennessee by nearly 25 points – a higher margin than Mitt Romney’s 20-point win in 2012 and John McCain’s 15-point win in 2008. Locally, few have noticed that Gloria Johnson has now lost three of four state elections. (Johnson lost a state Senate special election in 2011, re-election in 2014, and lost again in 2016. Johnson’s only win was in 2012.) Democrats are expected to find another candidate to take on Rep. Eddie Smith in 2018. Nonetheless, Johnson would be favored for city council next year and would be a strong candidate for Knoxville mayor in 2019. The other big story was Republican state Rep. Martin Daniel winning re-election despite being criminally charged with assault for shoving former To page A-2
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Ruby Sizemore with her oldest son, Wilson “Buzz” Sizemore Jr., in 1942. Photo submitted
By Nancy Anderson A real-life “Rosie the Riveter” is alive and well and living in Karns. Her name is Ruby Sizemore. At 102, Sizemore said she’s worked just about every job there is, but her favorite was as a certified stainless steel welder in a shipyard in Oregon during World War II. To page A-3
102-year-old Ruby Sizemore in front of her Christmas Tree on Friday, Dec. 23. Photo by Nancy Anderson
Keeping up with Ed Francisco By Margie Hagen For Pellissippi Community College professor and writer-in-residence Ed Francisco, it’s a family affair. He recently co-authored a children’s book with great-niece Mallory Dillon. Francisco has written numerous books, poems and articles, and was twice a Pulitzer Prize entrant. His books include novels and scholarly works, but his collaboration with Mallory was very special. “Mallory’s World from A to Z” was published in 2016. Both
are animal lovers, so many of the poems are about their favorite creatures. “We worked together and it was a lot of fun,” says Francisco. “Mallory drew the illustrations and I wrote the poems, sometimes switching roles.” She was 9 years old at the time, but wise for her years, telling her great-uncle, “I hope we don’t get rich, it might change me.” Being an English professor and writerin-residence at Pellissippi State Community College keeps Francisco busy. “As writer-in-
residence I get to work harder, but without more pay,” he says. That’s not the only thing that keeps him busy; for the past four decades Francisco has been a devotee of the martial arts. As a boy of 10 he won the President’s Youth Council National Fitness Award and was a silver gloves boxing champion. Later he began practicing Okinawan Karate and then Burmese Bando. To page A-2
Nick Pavlis won’t run for mayor By Betty Bean Nick Pavlis has been city council’s Energizer bunny for the past six years, showing up for neighborhood meetings all over town and making himself available to anyone who calls him. He’s Knoxville’s longest-serving council member and has long been assumed to be aiming at a run for mayor in 2018. But he now says 16 years in city government is enough. “People just get tired,” Pavlis said. “I was first elected in 1995 and served eight years in an atlarge seat, sat out six years – serving two years on MPC during that time – then ran for the 1st District seat in 2011. “I think it’s my time not to have the obligation as an elected official – I’m 62 now and I’m just ready to enjoy my life.” What Pavlis didn’t mention is that serving as mayor is a full-
time job, and would force him to leave his job as state director of governmental affairs with Charter Communications, a position that keeps him on the road between Knoxville and
Nashville. “I’m in Nashville every week when (the Legislature is) in session, and sometimes when we’re not in session,” he said. “I love what I do for a living. It’s tailormade for me, and I don’t want to give it up.” Pavlis feels good about the job he’s done for the city and for his district, and although he gives mayors Victor Ashe, Bill Haslam and Madeline Rogero great credit, he believes he played a part in Knoxville’s progress, as well.
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“I believe I’ll be leaving Knoxville better off than I found it. It wasn’t that long ago that you could have held a Frisbee contest in the middle of downtown and there wouldn’t have been anybody getting in the way. Nobody’d care. I’m very proud of what we’ve done with the Urban Wilderness projects in South Knoxville.” He says he’s a “little concerned” about the direction city council could take. “I feel we need to have a good mix of people on the council. A good council member can’t be just a business-oriented person, nor should it be strictly a neighborhood-oriented person. We need a healthy mix on there.” He cares deeply about who’s going to step in behind him, but hasn’t heard any names yet. “I have not heard a thing about a successor. I’ve spoken to folks, kind of wanting to stir the ashes a
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little bit, but I’m not hearing much back. It’s hard to run for office these days. You kind of have to be retired, or have a job (with flexible hours) like mine. It’s difficult to effectively shepherd a district and have a full-time job with the hours you’ve got to put in.” He is enthusiastic about a potential candidate in another district – former state Rep. Harry Tindell, who is considering a run for the 4th District council seat now occupied by Nick Della Volpe, who is also term-limited. “Harry is a brilliant person. I learned that when I’d go talk to him about issues. He was always knowledgeable and prepared. If he runs, I’ll support him.” And for mayor? “Too early – it’s still two years out. But knowing me, I’ll be involved. We’ve got the city headed in a pretty good direction and we need to keep the momentum going.”
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Austin-East High School senior Jamesha Fain, foreground, and Bearden High School sophomore Endasia Puckett, interns with the YouthForce program at the Haslam Boys & Girls Club, do some cleanup work at DreamBikes. Photo by Betsy Pickle
DreamBikes provides job experience, sweet rides By Betsy Pickle With all the bike clubs, bike shops, greenways, mountain-bike trails, bike lanes, sharrows, bike races and bike festivities Knoxville has, you’d think the city would have the entire spectrum of bike entities covered. Well, now it does. DreamBikes, 309 N. Central St., had its “soft opening” on Monday to get on the local radar from the beginning of the new year. A registered 501(c)(3) organization founded in Wisconsin in 2008 and now operating in four states, DreamBikes is a double-sided dream: It trains teenagers in bike mechanics and repairs, providing job skills and experience in the workforce, and it offers the community a retail outlet for moderately priced, safe, refurbished bikes as well as a full-service bicycle-repair shop. The local DreamBikes shop is coordinating with the Haslam Family Boys & Girls Club to put teens from the YouthForce program to work. The student interns are paid through a grant. “After that internship is up, if we think that they really worked well at DreamBikes, then we’ll hire them
on, so then we’ll pay them,” says Preston Flaherty, DreamBikes manager. Five teens are working at DreamBikes right now alongside Flaherty, assistant manager Mitchell Connell and mechanic Dalton Manning. After two weeks, Jamesha Fain, a senior at AustinEast High School, thinks she’s a good mechanic. Endasia Puckett, a sophomore at Bearden High, is a little less confident. “I’m getting there,” she says. The DreamBikes model runs on donations, with all gifts tax-deductible. So far, 100 bikes have been donated to the local nonprofit. “We really need more bikes,” says Flaherty. “We take all bikes and all bike accessories. Also monetary donations.” Bikes that are too far gone will be used for parts. Flaherty says now would be a good time for those who got new bikes for Christmas to donate their old ones, or to clear the clutter of dusty bikes out of the garage. “We definitely need some more bike donations so we have bikes for these teens to work on.” DreamBikes has received
donations from all sorts of people and from organizations such as Kick Stand. South Knoxville-based Borderland Tees donated DreamBikes logo T-shirts to the group. Part of DreamBikes’ mission is also to donate 100 bikes a year to needy kids in the community. By the end of 2016 – without officially being open – DreamBikes had donated 25 bikes. Eventually, Flaherty expects DreamBikes to have a mobile repair van that visits neighborhoods and fixes kids’ bikes free. Members of the community who want to purchase bikes will find all types – road, hybrid, mountain bikes, kids’ bikes, beach cruisers – at prices ranging from around $150 to around $500. Flaherty says the majority of the bikes are $200$250. “It’s a great opportunity for college kids or anyone who needs to commute to come get a bike, or get starter-level mountain bikes,” he says. DreamBikes’ hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The official grand opening will be in the spring.
■■ Family Community Education-Bearden Club meets 10 a.m. each third Tuesday, Central Baptist-Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive. Info: Shannon Remington, 927-3316.
Author Ed Francisco at a book signing in December.
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The training and discipline he acquired have served him well throughout his career in academia, even changing his view of life. “I’ve worked hard to cultivate the warrior spirit in everything I do,” says Francisco, adding, “I’m now interested in larger victories of the human heart and spirit.” His goals include deepening the ideas of faith, hope, charity and generosity of spirit. “It’s a lifetime’s work for which martial arts have helped prepare me.” Francisco’s books are available at amazon.com.
■■ Family Community Education-Crestwood Club meets 10 a.m. each fourth Thursday, Grace Lutheran Church, 9076 Middlebrook Pike. Info: Ruby Freels, 690-8164.
Closer look at 2016 state Rep. Steve Hall during a campaign event. Even more absurd is that the mess isn’t over yet. Daniel’s criminal charges remain pending as legislators return to Nashville next month. Here are some other things to watch in 2017: Knoxville City Council district seats (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) will be on the ballot this fall, but few will notice. On average, only 5,000 people bother to vote in a typical city election. (Knoxville has a population of about 185,000.) Also, although the Republican primary won’t be held until May 2018, two heavyweight candidates are lining up to be the next sheriff: assistant chief Lee Tramel and former chief
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deputy Tom Spangler. Tramel will have the blessing of current Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones (who is term limited). Spangler will raise a lot of money from his political connections in Blount County, where he is employed part-time as director of training. Of course, political posturing is also underway in the race to succeed county Mayor Tim Burchett (who is also term limited). Rumored and announced candidates for mayor are Commissioner Brad Anders, Law Director Bud Armstrong, county GOP leader Buddy Burkhardt and Commissioner Bob Thomas. The wild card in the race is Glenn Jacobs (the professional wrestler formerly
known as “Kane”). Celebrities win elections. Jacobs would be a strong candidate for mayor or Congress. Rumors continue to swirl around the political futures of Burchett and U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. Both have been around a while. 2018 will be the 30th anniversary of Duncan’s election to Congress and the 24th anniversary of Burchett’s first election to the state Legislature. According to a Federal Election Commission filing this month, the “Duncan for Congress” campaign account has $974,058.05 in available cash. That’s a lot of money. 2017 will be an interesting year. Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can visit his website at pleadthefrith.com.
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Getting together for women’s empowerment
Three chapters of Dining for Women gathered in early December at the home of Deborah Scaperoth to eat, drink and be merry with others who want to raise the quality of life for women around the world. Participants share potluck dinners and donate the cost of a dinner out to support organizations that promote gender equity, education and empowerment of women. Local chapters are in Knoxville, West Knoxville and Tellico Village. For more info, email Scaperoth at firstname.lastname@example.org, Nancy Maland at email@example.com, or visit www.diningforwomen.org. Pictured are (front row): Helen Borland, Rebecca Clark, Marilyn Hardwig, Marcia Goldenstein, Deb Tegano, Deb Scaperoth; (next two seated left): KKin Fairbanks, Ellen Vargas; (next five seated left): Ann Sartwell, Lori Johnson, Jenifer Plageman-Davis, (in way back) Dori McFarland, Jo Lynn Cunningham; (standing): Denise Stillman, Martha Lionberger, Devon Burr, Rebecca Hirst, Nancy Maland, Khoji Bahrami, Lisa Mullikin, Meg Tufano, Susan Herald, Minoo Askari, Nancy Lofaro, Lori Rostad, Marilyn Hafner, Nancy Hahne-Kent; (seated right rear): Marsha Wallace (founder), Susan Hall-Pinzini, Dee Lilley, Barbara Eidenmuller; (seated right center): Lisa Carroll, Cindy Moffett, Terri Abraham; (seated right front): Fenton Martin, Jean Galyon Photo by Victoria McDonald
‘Rosie the Riveter’ “My husband worked as an electrician and I was a welder. That was a very prestigious job back then. Yes, you could say I am ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ I did a lot of rivet welding in those days. “I’ve seen a lot in my years, from traveling in a covered wagon to seeing a man land on the moon.” Sizemore was born in 1914 just outside Atlanta. She traveled with her family in a covered wagon at 7, crisscrossing the South until they landed in Arkansas, where her mother went on to have several more children, 13 total. When her mother died in 1932, her father remarried, and there were soon three more children. The brunt of the housework fell on Ruby as one of the oldest girls. She also worked at a local farm milking cows. Life would change for the hard-working woman when her two oldest brothers talked her into going to Kentucky with them. There she went to work in a restaurant and married her favorite customer, Wilson Sizemore, who proposed marriage after only four dates. She and her husband built houses until WWII, when he received a job offer and they moved to Portland, Ore., where they would live for 65 years, raising five
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children. “I was taking care of my kids on V-J Day (Sept. 2, 1945). It was just a normal day, a happy day, though. You can ask me about all those big moments in life and I can tell you I was working. “When Kennedy was killed, I was ironing clothes. I had a job keeping house for a lady and I was ironing clothes when it came on the radio. I cried. We all cried.” Sizemore said she owes her longevity to clean living and hard work. “I never smoked or drank and I’ve always worked hard. Working gives you a sense of purpose I think might be lacking in today’s world. It seems people respect less, wear less and work less. “I mowed my own lawn with a push mower until I was 95 and my family made one of my grand-nephews take over for me. Fixed a hole in my roof, too. My pastor at the Church of God of the Union Assembly in Claxton begged me to stay off the roof,” she chuckled. “I cook, clean and scrub my own house. Put up my own Christmas decorations, and I live by myself. I’m as healthy as I ever was.” Sizemore said she’s looking forward to her next birthday on Aug. 28, when she’ll be 103.
Call for artists for open art show By Carolyn Evans
Brenda Mills has brought exotic tropical fish straight home to Knoxville. They’re hanging on her walls, preserved forever in acrylic paint. Soon the public will get to view Mills’ beautiful underwater world. She’ll be entering her work in the 2017 Fine Arts Show at the Farragut Town Hall. The juried event is Feb. 15-18 on the second floor of the Farragut Town Hall. The show is open to all artists of all media, whether they’re Farragut residents or not. The event is free to the public, and organizers expect to have 75 pieces of all types of artwork on display. Monetary prizes are sponsored by the Farragut Arts Council: a $300 cash prize will go to Best of Show; first place will receive $200; second place $150; third place $100 and People’s Choice $50. Artists must enter work done in the last five years and can sell their work at the end of the show. An entry fee of $40 pays for up to three pieces. The deadline for entering is Friday, Jan. 20, by 4 p.m. Artists selected will be notified on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Accepted artwork must be hand-delivered to the Farragut Town Hall Feb. 10-11, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The exhibit will be open Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Friday, Feb. 17,
8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A special reception for artists will be held 5-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17. Brenda Mills stands in front of “At Last We Meet,” Mills was an art major an award-winning painting of some lion fish. at the University of Tennessee. She has dived in the Caymans and Hawaii, but several years ago a brain tumor ended her scuba diving career. Undeterred, she found another source of inspiration. “My husband and I visit aquariums everywhere we LEARN BRIDGE IN A DAY go,” she says. “I take photos LEARN BRIDGE IN AADAY DAY LEARN LEARN BRIDGE BRIDGE INBRIDGE A DAY IN LEARN BRIDGE INA and work from those.” LEARN INDAY A DAY A member of the Art MarKnoxville Bridge Center Knoxville Bridge Center Center ket Gallery on Gay Street, Knoxville Knoxville Bridge Center Bridge Knoxville Bridge Center Knoxville Bridge Center she also enjoys painting se- 7400 7400 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 7400 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 Deane 7400 Hill Deane Drive, Hill Knoxville, Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 TN 37919 7400 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 7400 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 ries of trees and uses pastels Saturday, January 21th @ 12:30 5:30 Saturday, Saturday, January January 21th @21th 12:30 21th21th @ - 5:30 12:30 - 5:30 Saturday, January 21th @ 12:30 --5:30 Saturday, January @ 12:30 5:30 Saturday, January @ 12:30 - 5:30 for cloud series. Fun Lessons learn howbridge. to play bridge. Lessons Fun Lessons to Lessons learn to how learn play how to Fun Lessons toto learn how toplay play bridge. Interested artists can Fun Fun totolearn how to bridge. play bridge. Fun Lessons to learn how to play bridge. Come by yourself OR bring a partner. The cost $20. Come by Come yourself by yourself OR bring OR a partner. bring a partner. The cost The is $20. isiscost $20. Come by yourself OR bring a partner. The cost is is $20. find an entry form at townof Come by yourself OR bring a partner.cost The $20 Come by yourself OR bring a partner. The cost is $20 farragut.org/openartshow. Contact Anne Newby at 865-539-4150 or or The Farragut Arts CounContact Contact Jo Anne Jo Newby Anne Newby at 865-539-4150 at or or Contact JoJo Anne Newby at865-539-4150 865-539-4150 Contact Jo Anne Newby at 865-539-4150 or cil is one of 12 standing comRegister online at www.KnoxBridge.Org Register Register online online at www.KnoxBridge.Org at www.KnoxBridge.Org Register online at www.KnoxBridge.Org Register online at www.KnoxBridge.Org mittees that serve the town of Farragut. The Council is composed of volunteers whose mission is to further the arts through programs and events.
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Martha Godwin: Fountain City’s music teacher By Betty Bean When Bob Godwin called just before Christmas and said he’d found a bunch of old pictures I might be interested in, I showed up at his office within 24 hours and spent the rest of the afternoon looking through the stack of late-’50s photographs of kids dressed up as cowboys and soldiers and colonial dames and sheiks of Araby. Bob kept the one of himself got up as Felix Mendelssohn, but turned the rest over to me. I spent the rest of the holidays studying faces and remembering Martha Godwin’s costume recitals. I was 4 years old when my parents bought a house on Lynwood Drive, a couple of doors down from Central Baptist Church. By the time I was 6, I was walking to Mrs. Godwin’s house on Conner Avenue for weekly piano lessons, plus monthly Saturday sessions for music theory and history, where Mrs. Godwin brought the Moonlight Sonata and the Hall of the Mountain King and Papa Haydn’s Surprise Symphony to life for a room full of fidgety kids. “She always said she taught music, not piano,” said Bob Godwin, who was known as Robert in those days. He can’t count the number of students his mother taught over a period of some 25 years, but says it’s “hundreds and hundreds.” “I’m astonished at the people I meet in my late stage of life who say, ‘Do you know I took music lessons from your mother?’” One of her first students, he has vivid memories of getting “roped into” making phone calls for her when there were schedule changes and helping to run off endless mimeographs. But it was his father, George Godwin, a World War II veteran who was an executive
Benny Miller is the drummer boy. at East Tennessee Packing Company, who did most of the real heavy lifting, dressing up as Santa Claus for the Christmas recitals and toting bags full of gifts. “I will never forget the time she was going to make some rhythm instruments. My dad had a 50mm cannon shell that he was trying to drill a hole through to use it as a gong. Turned out that the cap was still alive. He was down at the drill press, and BOOM!!! Boy, that was exciting.” Mrs. Godwin, who was also my Sunday school teacher at First Methodist Church, started me out on the black keys. It wasn’t that she was singling me out – that’s where all the little kids started. The first song I learned was “A Birdie with a yellow bill.” More than 50 years later, I could play it, in
the unlikely event that anyone should anyone ask me to demonstrate. I could probably also figure out how to play The Spinning Song, Kerry Dance and a misbegotten version of Für Elise. Mrs. Godwin taught most of my siblings, too, but my brother John was the only one who showed any real talent (years later, long after he died, a song he wrote was named one of Tennessee’s official state songs). Robert Godwin remembers his mother sending him to an integrated day camp in his early childhood, and he and his brother Freddie were among the Webb School of Knoxville’s first students. After the boys were grown, the Godwins adopted two girls, moved to Broadacres and raised a second family. Mrs. Godwin quit teaching, but tapped her vast knowledge of children’s music to open a store called “Just Music” on Kingston Pike and developed a national customer base. She also went back to UT, got a degree in fine arts and became an accomplished painter. After she died in 2011 at the age of 94, Robert found paintings of stylized tropical fish she’d done before she was married. “We ended up giving those to the aquarium in Chattanooga and they display them periodically in a rotating display of artwork,” he said. “Just think – she put all of that on hold, raised her kids, taught music then went back and got a degree in fine arts in later life. She went to UT at the same time as her grandson. This was back when registration day was that craziness at Alumni Gym, and they’d go together. My son would come home and say, ‘Daddy, they pay attention to Mam-Mama.’ She was so talented in so many ways.”
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Eric Bronkala, youth minister for Middlebrook Pike UMC, has been attending the “Resurrection” conferences since 1997. Shown with Bronkala are his wife, Laura, and sons Jake and Luke. Photo submitted
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By Carol Z. Shane Now that the 2016 Christmas season has ended, churches are looking to the new year. Among the 887 churches of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, it’s a very busy time for youth. On the third weekend in January, over 12,000 of them will be gathering at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for “Resurrection 2017.” Described on its website as “an awesome annual event of worship and spiritual growth for youth and youth mentors,” the conference draws youth and adults from Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the Holston Conference areas of East Tennessee, southwest Virginia and northeast Georgia. And what began as a United Methodist conference has now come to include attendees from Baptist, Presbyterian, Christian, Lutheran, and nondenominational churches. “It was started in 1986 by three pastors,” says Laura MacLean, associate director of connectional ministries
for youth and young adults for the Holston Conference. “They saw a need for something for the youth during the winter. “There are lots of activities in the summer and fall, but this is a touchstone at a time of year when not much is going on. The first one drew about 300 people. It’s really grown!” Eric Bronkala, youth minister at Middlebrook Pike UMC, has been taking sixth- through 12th-graders to the event since 1997. “It is designed as an evangelistic retreat to lead young people toward a new or deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. “There are four largescale contemporary worship services with age-appropriate small group sessions, as well as fellowship and free time exploring Pigeon Forge.” This year, Bronkala will be taking 47 youth and 10 adults. “All my participants except for just a few have been invested in our youth group since school began, growing close as they experience life together and discuss major Christian themes applicable to their everyday life.”
In contrast, Central Methodist’s youth director, John Lansford, is looking forward to his first experience with the conference. He’s served on staff or as a volunteer for youth since 2009, and formerly attended Halls Christian Church. Lansford He has been Central’s youth minister only since September. “I’m taking a group of four adults and 16 kids,” says Lansford. “The majority of my group has been about five times; I’m the only newcomer.” Lansford says that he is working on some preparatory materials. “One concern has been that it’s hard to maintain the fire that they get at the conference,” he says. “I’m working on a piece about catching fire and keeping the fire lit, asking ‘are we fulfilling what the church has called us to do?’” Info: resurrectionyouth. com or 865-690-4080.
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Jane Currin, director of missions for Concord United Methodist Church, and volunteer Janet Volunteers from CUMC sort health kits in the Sager Brown warehouse. Sanborn from Pulaski, Va., build a trash container for the local community of Baldwin, La.
Methodists going to Louisiana to help at relief agency By Carolyn Evans Road trip! Ten more spots are open if you want to escape to a warm place this winter. Concord United Methodist Church is taking 30 people to Baldwin, La., to work at a relief agency in February. Volunteers will be going to the UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) depot on Sager Brown Road to do all kinds of things to help people in the U.S. and around the world. The agency is dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe, and its work includes programs and projects in disaster re-
sponse, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies and more. The ministry of the United Methodist Church has the goal of assisting the most vulnerable people affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Gayle Friedle, church member and pharmacist at Farragut Pharmacy, is looking forward to the trip and is remembering her last trip. “I helped in many different areas to try to get the whole experience,” she says. She sewed layette jackets for infants, helped garden
with the grounds crew, and worked in the warehouse. She also helped load a container of birthing kits that were shipped to Angola. “It was very enlightening to see many hands working to help others,” she says. “And there is always work to be done, always a disaster or a flood.” “I’m looking forward to packing flood buckets for folks that need them after natural disasters such as hurricanes,” says church member Mike Smith. “I hope to be making relief kits and I’m also expecting to inspect these kits and buckets to make sure they are ready for shipping to places that
New Year’s resolutions By Kip Oswald Last week we celebrated New Year’s Day and learned about traditions here and around some parts of the world. Kinzy and I found that almost all people use the New Year to plan to do better with something in their life by making a resolution to improve themselves. I listened to Mom and Aunt Becky make their promise to lose weight and exercise again this year, and both of them started a Kip diet on Monday. After living with Cassie for several weeks now and realizing how different her life is, I decided to figure out what might be some important resolutions for parents, teachers or anyone who works with kids. So the kids in my family and their friends helped me do a survey of almost 200 others with these three questions. ■■What do you want your mom or dad to know about you? ■■What do you want your teacher to know about you? ■■What do you worry about; or what are you afraid of? For the first question, almost everyone
wanted their parents to know they loved them and were really working hard in school. There were also many who wanted their parents to know that they needed help at home with schoolwork, and several said they needed “hugs like when a baby.” In answer to the second question, teachers were told a lot of personal things that could help them understand the students better. Several said they wanted their teacher to know they were hungry or not getting sleep because they were babysitting a little brother or sister. Many also told their teachers they were trying really hard to do their best, and one even said, “I want you to know I read faster than you think.” Question three showed a lot of fears, much like I came to know from being around Cassie. There were a lot of kids afraid of the dark, clowns and bugs, but also many were scared something was going to happen to their mom, dad or family member. There were also answers of worry about parents fighting and leaving. Mom and Aunt Becky asked all of us to answer question one and three and then they changed their resolution according to how we answered those questions. If you have a relationship with a kid, what is your resolution?
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A holiday birding treat ter birds peak out in January; when we were there the refuge personnel estimated that the big farm field held Dr. Bob around 11,000 sandhill Collier cranes – it looked like a million to us. This time of year the sandhills are joined by innumerable geese, ducks, from our son’s home, where white pelicans, gulls and we usually find ourselves at herons, with smaller numChristmas time, the high bers of less commonly seen season for the hordes of species, just waiting to be water birds that congregate discovered. at the refuge in December, The sandhill cranes set January, and February. the scene and the mood for The late December weather the bird drama. Thousands there in north Alabama can of the big, gray, 5-foot-tall be dicey for birding – we’ve birds stand around in the had inches of snow one field and along the shore, year, all-day monsoons of making a constant din of rain another. But this year background noise with their was calm, dry, and a balmy strange bugling crane calls. 72 degrees by midday – a And more of them are over- Sandhill cranes and other water birds peak in population in December, January and February at great Christmas present head, coming and going in the nation’s wildlife refuges. from Mother Nature! And V-formations of from three a marvelous two-hour bird- to 30 or more, flying high some lake water, worked on day. Nashville just to see it. And ing trip to Wheeler NWR in and low. That overall pic- its feathers for a bit, and sat Among all those ducks, after two hours of looking at shirt sleeves on Dec. 24 was ture in and of itself makes down for a nap – all within the two most numerous spe- all those ducks, there it was a perfect addition for us to the visit worthwhile, a scene a couple hundred feet of us cies were ducks called gad- – close enough to see well add to the holiday festivi- right out of a nature docu- in there behind the glass, walls, and then American and to photograph! Icing on ties. mentary of some sort. in awe of seeing, up close, wigeons; both are totally fa- the birding cake! The best plan for enjoyBut against that backdrop one of the rarest birds in the miliar to our duck-hunting A brief scan for small land ing Wheeler NWR is to there were more wonders to world! friends; both species were birds at the headquarters start at the Visitors Center, be seen. One noted authorOnce one has had a full there in the hundreds. But feeders and nearby woods, where there are friendly and ity on cranes was quoted dose of crane watching, then there is another wi- and we were back in our car knowledgeable volunteers as saying that Wheeler is one turns to the ducks. And geon, called the Eurasion and POOF! Back to the world to tell you what’s going on one of the best places in there they were, probably wigeon, that breeds in Eu- of cars and gas stations, fast out there, plus interesting the world to see whooping more than a thousand of rope and Asia. It is known food places and last-minute displays of wildlife, maps cranes. And sure enough, in them, right there in the wa- to winter along both coasts shoppers. But happy to have and other information. The the far back of the big field ter and on the shore outside of North America, though had that time outdoors, seemajor attraction, though, were 15 white blobs, which, the windows. We identified only rarely at inland loca- ing a tiny corner of the earth is the Observation Build- with the aid of binoculars, eight species, loafing, swim- tions like the TVA lakes. Not as it was intended to be, ing, 200 yards away down became 15 big whooping ming, eating, occasionally an especially rare bird, but and knowing that those refa wooded gravel pathway. cranes! Ironically, back in chasing one another, con- rarely seen where we are. uges are there, all across the Sitting right on the edge of 1941, at their lowest point, stantly in motion. And in The refuge staff had told us country, saving those treathe water, the Observation there were only 14 or 15 addition to large numbers that there was a Eurasion sures for us all. So a Happy Building is there for one whooping cranes left in the and good close looks, the wigeon around; one fellow New Year to you all; get out purpose: observation. You wild, and here we were, see- ducks provided us with one at the Observation Build- somewhere and enjoy your walk in the back side, and ing 15 of the approximately more rare-bird treat for the ing had driven down from surroundings! there before you are two 600 whooping cranes in the walls, front and side, facing world today, all in a single out over the big embayment bunch! And we didn’t have of calm, bird-filled water, to charter a boat or plane one-way glass from floor to trip to go somewhere to see ceiling. Most first-timers them. walk in and say “wow!” And as if to make things Across the water from even better for us, one of the lia” after her teacher there son can do By Tom King the building is a huge farm big guys decided to come asked her to teach a number this and reJulia Kestner is a 16-yearfield managed to produce over close to the Observaceive what old junior of her fellow students how bird food, lying fallow at tion Building to hang out to speak English. they want at at Webb this time of the year; be- with a dozen or so of its new Julia says one major difthis age.” S c h o o l yond that, woods and more best friends, the sandhill I’m lookof Knox- ference between Ameriwater. The numbers of wa- cranes. It flew in, sipped ing forward ville who can schools and those in to talking is halfway Thailand is the relationwith her t h r o u g h ship between students and Opening in October 2016 when she her year teachers. “You can be much Julia Kestner comes home as a Ro- more close here without it tary Youth becoming a scandal. It’s not to see what she learned Tom King Sunday, February 16th, 2:00 - 4:00pm E x c h a n g e an issue for your teacher to about herself. 10914 Kingston Pike (RYE ) student in Thailand. eat with you, text you, drive Last August she arrived you after school. You, as a ■■ Farragut Rotary Retirement Community in Sukhothai, which is in student, must still be polite, honored a very rural area in north- but the culture is too warm The Rotary Club of Farern Thailand. She is living to reject innocent actions or ragut was honored during conversation.” with host families there and the recent Woodmen of the We asked Julia what she will return home this comWorld Insurance Christmas ing summer. Julia is the wanted to accomplish in banquet with its Commufirst-ever RYE student to be her year as an Exchange nity Service to the Youth of sponsored by the Knoxville student. Her answer is very Beautiful New Luxury Retirement Community Farragut award. reflective. “I want to better Breakfast Rotary Club. for Active Seniors Accepting for the club Her latest report from myself and that includes was Dr. Bill Nichols, who Conveniently Located in Maryville, Tennessee finding out what I like, disThailand is a candid snaphas helped coordinate the like, cherish, loathe, seek shot about her life there. club’s work with students “I realize now how not and have. I want to face for many years. Bill says it things as I did with the only am I impacting people was presented by members here, but how they’re im- choice of committing to Roof Woodmen of the World pacting me,” she says. And tary. Life Insurance Company’s “This is the pinnacle of interestingly, the student East Tennessee Chapter. has become a teacher. She self-reflection and improveis now called “Teacher Ju- ment, and I believe any per-
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Seniors fear rising health costs if ACA is repealed said Dec. 6 after a meeting By Sandra Clark When the sloganeering with Vice President-elect Donald J. Trump becomes Mike Pence. Into the fray comes Gloria the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, Johnson, former state reprehis supporters will expect sentative and Obama organizer. She convened a meetthree things: ing of seniors last Thursday Drain the swamp; at the Time Warp Tea Room. Build a wall, and “Repeal of the AfRepeal and replace fordable Care Act Obamacare. will create chaos, That third raise costs and goal is a sticky limit protecwicket, comtions for seplicated by niors,” JohnTrump’s inson wrote in sistence on the invitathe word tion. “replace.” M a r y Rep e a lL i n d a ing ObamSchwarzacare is a bart said, straight up/ “Thanks to down vote. the ACA, The House we paid 11 of Represenpercent less tatives voted in 2014 than to do it 50 or 2013 for 60 times our Medi(depending Nurse practitioner Richard care preon who’s Henighan demonstrates the m i u m s counting). Medicare “doughnut hole” and saved Sen. Ted with a real doughnut during a l mo s t Cruz introa roundtable discussion at $900 on duced a bill Time Warp Tea Room. prescr ip to repeal it tion costs.” outr ight. In 2013, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCon- Schwarzbart fell into the nell promises, “The Obam- so-called doughnut hole in acare repeal resolution will early June. Linda Haney of Halls be the first item up in the said she and husband Dan New Year.” But not all senators see saved $3,000 in 2016 and a simple solution, even the expect to save $2,000 this year. With the ACA, they Republicans. Sen. Lamar Alexander pay $700 of the cost of Dan’s said full repeal and replace- insulin; without the ACA, ment could take years. And they would be required to Sen. Bob Corker doesn’t like pay almost $1,700. Richard Henighan, a the idea of a quick repeal with deferred implementa- family nurse practitioner tion while the replacement from Sevier County, said, is hammered out. “It might “If you are in the doughnut make sense to repeal and hole now, you are paying replace at the same time. It’s only 45 percent for brandnot really repeal if it’s still name drugs. If we repeal in place for three years,” he the ACA, we are looking at
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paying 100 percent for that same drug.” Johnson added: “55 million Americans are covered by Medicare. Enrollees have benefited from lower costs for prescription drugs; free preventive services including cancer screenings; fewer hospital mistakes and more coordinated care.” Will “repeal and replace” become law during Trump’s first 100 days? During his first term? And then what? That still leaves the wall building and swamp draining. We live in interesting times.
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last words UT breakfast much more than social Mayor Madeline Rogero and council member Nick Pavlis deserve credit for adding to our greenway system with the recent announcement that almost a mile will be added in South Knoxville from the Mary Vestal Park over to the OgleMartin Mill Pike corner. Now that greenways in the city are under new management, progress is occurring at a faster pace than in the prior five years. Better late than never for Team Rogero. Let’s hope this pace is maintained and even accelerated. This column will keep checking on the actual progress. The announcement of a greenways maintenance crew under the able leadership of Chad Weth and David Brace is welcomed news as well. Small problems are more easily fixed than big ones, and a dedicated crew to this mission is important. ■■ It is disappointing to criticize the University of Tennessee, but when the President’s office purposefully issues inaccurate information, someone needs to call them on it. One likes to think UT President Joe DiPietro is factually correct and transparent, even on issues where there is division of opinion. As a UT Law graduate, I am proud of our university and feel it is one of Tennessee’s greatest assets, but when the law is ignored one wonders and asks why. Last month, DiPietro hosted a breakfast meeting for area lawmakers at Andy Holt Towers and closed it to the public, claiming it was purely social. A “social meeting” suggests that serious issues of interest to the public would not be discussed. Imagine the surprise after the meeting when participants were interviewed. We discovered the discussion centered almost entirely on diversity and the restoration of the Lady Vols name to women’s athletics. Both are issues that could face the UT board and certainly have already faced the Legislature. There are strongly divided views on both topics, and neither could be considered simply a “social” matter. Two members of the UT board were present at the breakfast, which triggers the Open Meetings law. The law applies equally to the UT Board of Trustees as it does to the Knoxville City Council and Knox County Commission. DiPietro, in a letter to a legislator, actually said the number of trustees present does not matter in regard to compliance with the Open Meet-
ings law. So on his theory, a majority of the full board could meet, discuss these pending issues with lawmakers and the public be barred. Does he ever confer with UT legal counsel? Because DiPietro says a meeting is social or hopes it is social does not mean the reality is consistent with the wish or statement. In this case, the President’s office was not truthful in its statement to the media. It was not a social meeting. After the meeting, participating legislators and UT officials spoke to the media about the issues discussed, which causes one to wonder why did they bar the public from the meeting in the first place if they planned to talk about it later? DiPietro should be and is better than this. His secrecy achieves nothing positive. He should take charge of the news releases being issued in his name and rewrite them to be accurate. His own correspondence should acknowledge that the breakfast was far more than social. If not, he runs the risk of people thinking he thinks he is above the law. A big mistake. ■■ Only last week it was disclosed the settlement of the latest Title IX lawsuit exceeds $3.2 million with final resolution nowhere in sight. These are public dollars which could be spent for better purposes than legal fees, media advice and consultants. This story never seems to end despite UT’s effort to keep the story quiet. But as long as it is someone else’s money the board does not seem inclined to call a halt. ■■ KCDC will pay Ben Bentley $160,000 per year. He is the new director from Nashville who was chosen by a closely divided vote of 4-3. The outgoing director, Art Cate, was making $184,704. KCDC is doing the smart thing by hiring the new person (under 38) at a lesser salary than the person he replaces and then let his performance determine what pay increase he may receive in a year or two. The decision was made last Friday at a KCDC meeting. ■■ This writer turned 72 three days ago on Jan. 1. ■■ The Legislature returns for its 2017 session next Tuesday in Nashville.
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Joy to the world: Optimism restored Joy to the world. Good times have returned. All together now, one more round of “Rocky Top” – even with the dreaded woo. Across all of Big Orange Country, and in several far-flung places, Tennessee football fans are celebrating the new year and the new outlook. The Volunteer victory in the “meaningless third-level bowl game” made a wonderful impact on orange-andgray psyche. The lingering pain from that loss in November has dwindled. Well, somewhat. The team bounced back and inspired the multitude to follow. Optimism has been restored. My friend Oscar says he may even renew his season tickets. The win over Nebraska was more convincing than the score. Tennessee had more speed. Tennessee had more enthusiasm. Tennessee had Derek Barnett and Joshua Dobbs. The senior quarterback was not pin-point perfect
in passing but he hit the big one. He ran for three touchdowns. He received the MVP trophy. Two harsh critics surrendered and agreed the performance was somewhat better than acceptable. One did keep count of overthrows. The celebration when Barnett induced the recordsetting sack was one for the ages. If you have a photo, frame it. Save the scene in your memory bank. The entire team ran onto the field to congratulate the warrior and share the moment. He was surrounded with respect. It was beautiful. I think it is safe to say nothing like that has ever happened at Tennessee. Through the decades, few have had a Barnett-style en-
gine. He is truly relentless. Great tailbacks and Peyton have claimed most of the applause. This was different. I and others said the Music City Bowl did not matter, that the Vols of 2016 had already established their identity. This was not a good team. It struggled with Appalachian State before injuries were a factor. It was not ready to play when the Florida game started. Fate awarded the win at Georgia. Alabama rubbed faces in the turf. Tennessee suffered two embarrassing upsets. One cost a trip to the Sugar Bowl, deserved or not. I and others said the season ended with the loss at Vanderbilt and it was time to begin next year. I and others were wrong. The Vols actually used December. They went after Nebraska with a fierceness seldom seen. Mistakes gave the Cornhuskers two touchdowns but the defense did not collapse. Josh Malone was tough enough in the clutch. The triumph was com-
forting, even therapeutic, for Butch Jones. He thanked Tennessee fans who kept the faith. He said the net result was “an illustration of progress.” I wouldn’t go that far. The Vols finished with nine wins, same as last year, short of expectations. Defensive statistics were a disaster. The offensive line showed some improvement. Dobbs and the passing game got better. Bowl success pulled the fat from the fire. The hot seat is cool enough for the coach to stop squirming. The “meaningless” victory was meaningful. Three consecutive wins over Big 10 foes might sway some neutrals. As he did previously, Butch will turn this into another building block, oops, brick. Winter workouts will have a purpose. Some days may even be fun. Recruiting will get a late boost. Coaches, players and fans can look forward to spring practice. Some time back, I said eight wins were not enough. Nine feels some better.
Lies, darn lies and statistics Research shows that teachers don’t improve in their effectiveness after their fourth year. At least that is what Mitchell Zais, the former South CaroHopson lina state superintendent of education, stated at a recent SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) event in Nashville. In this era of “fake news,” it is vitally important that decisions affecting our children be based on facts and a preponderance of all the research, not just cherrypicked data that support a particular agenda. Although SCORE should be up on the most recent data concerning education, not one person in the room challenged Zais’ statement. While there are a few studies linking teacher effectiveness to test score data, which back up Zais’ claim, there are many more that do not. In a June review of 30 studies, the Learning Policy Institute concluded that, “Teaching experience is positively associated with student achievement gains throughout a teacher’s career.” Gains continue for teachers in the second and often third decades of their careers and didn’t affect just test scores, but also the absenteeism and discipline rates of students as well. We know this to be true, however, even without the statistics. I certainly hope I am a better teacher now than I was in the fourth year of my career.
I have learned an abundance of things since then. When is the last time you thought, “Boy, I sure do hope my kid gets a rookie teacher this year?” I have, in fact, talked several parents off the ledge who were upset that their child was not placed in the classroom of an experienced educator. I reminded them that we were all new teachers once, and the experienced ones would be there to guide and mentor when needed. Their children did quite well, thanks to quality teacher education programs, but teaching is like other professions. That fifth-year heart surgeon may be brilliant, but I would bet on the experience of a 20-year veteran should an unexpected situation arise on the operating table. I cannot name a profession in which workers top out on their expertise after just four years. So when you hear that Knox County ranks in the 79th percentile among state districts for high school math and the 75th percentile in reading, you also need to know that the rate of students who were advanced or proficient was 20.8 percent and 30.3 percent, respectively. When you hear that only 43.5 percent of our high school freshmen are proficient in English, remember that the new test halved that percentage from last year. When you hear that Tennessee is the fastest improving state in education, you need to know that we didn’t really improve that much; most other states incurred flat or lower test scores.
When you hear that educators can be held accountable by having test score data included as a part of their evaluation, you need to know that the vast majority of teachers don’t teach tested subjects. That means they are judged on the performance of other teachers and even students they don’t teach or who may not even be in their school.
When you hear that India and China have three times as many mathematicians and scientists as the United States, you have to realize they should. They have exponentially more people. And when you hear that teachers don’t improve after their fourth year, remember what they say about statistics. Lauren Hopson is president of KCEA.
A whole new world! He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20 NRSV) If you are in the habit of skipping the verses of Scripture that always appear at the beginning of this column, stop right now, and go back to the top! Read and reread those six verses and reflect on the power and the wonder of that passage. It is stunning! The magnitude of creation – the centrality of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection in that creation – is jawdropping! The Apostle Paul captured in those words an astonishing description of Jesus: the Creator, the Son, the Man, the Lamb, the Savior. Sometimes I fear we get so familiar with the Bible
we don’t read it with amazement and joy. We read it just like we would read yesterday’s paper: “Oh, yeah, I know what happened. I know all that stuff.” As we start a New Year, let’s try – every day – to remember what God has done for us in the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s live into His promises; let’s be His people on earth!
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HealtH & lifestyles News From Fort saNders regioNal medical ceNter
Subtle signs, safe hands There was nothing unusual about that Wednesday in March. It was a typical workday for Karen Russell. There was no indication that anything extraordinary was about to happen, and certainly no indication that she was about to have a stroke. Russell, 62, processes data at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, with the end goal of using the results to ensure quality care and patient safety. As she wrapped up her duties at the end of her day, she had no idea that she would soon be on the receiving end of that quality care. On the drive home from work that Wednesday in March, Russell began to experience numbness in her mouth. The possibility of a stroke never entered her mind, and her first thought was that it must have been the result of something she ate. “I thought I was having an allergic reaction, Russell says. “It was so subtle I could explain it away.” Later in the evening she fell asleep in the recliner, and woke to discover her arm and hand had gone numb. “You know how sometimes your hand and arm will get numb while you’re asleep,” Russell says. “I just decided that’s what it was, and so I explained it away, again.” It wasn’t until early the next
morning in the shower that Russell began to realize something could be so wrong that it would require medical attention. “It dawned on me that I couldn’t feel anything on my right side,” Russell says. “I couldn’t feel my toes, my leg was numb, and I decided I might b e
having a stroke.” She informed her husband that she was going to stop by the emergency department at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center on her way to the office. Her husband wisely insisted that he take the wheel. Russell also called her boss to explain what was going on. “I might be a little late,” Russell told her, “ I
“This is not only my choice of employment,” Karen Russell says. “This is my choice of health care, too.”
Stroke When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost, so it’s important to understand the warning signs of stroke and how to reduce your risk. If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, call 911.
Sudden severe headache with no known cause Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes All nine Covenant Health hospitals are part of our stroke network, so when seconds count, you can trust that our elite teams can provide the comprehensive stroke care you need.
www.covenanthealth.com Claiborne Medical Center | Cumberland Medical Center Fort Loudoun Medical Center Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center LeConte Medical Center | Methodist Medical Center Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System Parkwest Medical Center | Roane Medical Center
have to run by the ED (emergency department) and make sure I’m not having a stroke.” At the time she was half joking, but the minute she came into the emergency department and explained she was there because of stroke symptoms, things got serious, and the team went into action. “As soon as I said it, there was a wheelchair behind me, and then everything happened so fast,” Russell says. “I just put myself in their hands, and I felt safe.” She was asked many questions, and while she never lost her ability to speak, it frightened her that she wasn’t able to answer the doctor correctly when he asked her what month it was. “I ought to be able to remember March,” Russell says, “because that’s my birthday month.” Screenings and tests were conducted, revealing high blood pressure and evidence of a stroke. It had been 16 hours since Russell’s first symptoms, so she had already passed the window for standard emergency stroke treatment. But in the limited period of time she was there, Russell felt well informed and completely cared for as a stroke patient. “They told me what it was, where it was, and I had a plan of care,” Rus-
sell says. That plan of care got Russell on the road to recovery, and she was able to return to work the following Monday, in the place where she says she’s most happy in life. “This is my hospital, and I love it,” Russell says. “I’ve been here 33 years, and I feel like I own part of it.” Russell laughs when she shares her grandchildren’s response to her treatment at Fort Sanders Regional. “They said, ‘Gosh, Mamaw, that place is the bomb diggity!’” Russell says. She is inclined to agree. “This is not only my choice of employment,” Russell says, “this is my choice of health care, too.” Fort Sanders Regional has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart/ Stroke Association, the largest independent health care evaluation system in the nation. The certification recognizes hospitals that meet high standards in treating the most complex stroke cases with advanced imaging, personnel trained in vascular neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular procedures, availability of personnel and facilities around the clock, and both experience and expertise treating stroke patients. To learn more about Fort Sanders Regional’s certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, signs of a stroke, and an online checklist to find out your level of stroke risk, visit www. fsregional.com/stroke.
The first Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in East Tennessee Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center serves as the hub of Covenant Health’s stroke hospital network, and offers advanced care and rehabilitation services to patients who experience a stroke. Fort Sanders Regional was the first in the Knoxville area to earn an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care programs in the United States. This “gold-seal” advanced certification means that Fort Sanders is recognized as having the most advanced and effective treatments available for stroke today. Certification through The Joint Commission involves extensive training for the staff, documentation of effectiveness and inspection of the hospital by The Joint Commission. Part of certification is having a team of “neurohospitalists” on staff. These physicians treat only stroke and neurological cases in the hospital, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Instead of waiting for a doctor to have time from his or her private practice, Fort Sanders Re-
gional has neurologists on hand. “It makes access to specialized neurologists easier,” said James Hora, MD, one of the neurohospitalists at Fort Sanders. “We have 24/7 coverage, and this provides rapid access to a neurologist for acute neurologic problems.” Arthur Moore, MD, was hired in July 2014 as medical director for the center. “With our Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Certification, we offer the highest level of care for all patients. Whether they’re able to have surgery or not, we’re there to give their bodies the
best chance to heal and recover,” he explained. Most stroke patients need followup care after the initial event, and patients at Fort Sanders have access to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, an award winning rehabilitation center. About one-third of the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s patients are stroke patients, according to the center’s medical director, Mary E. Dillon, MD. “Our specialists begin determining as soon as possible what level of care the patient will need,” said Dillon. “Patients have access
to rehab services from the time they arrive in the emergency department, throughout their care here and through all the postacute levels of care.” Having everything – speedy emergency care, advanced surgical techniques and the best in rehabilitation – makes Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center the smart choice for stroke care. “We’re equipped to handle all stroke cases, from the most complex to the least,” said Dillon. “Our patients don’t have to go anywhere else to find help.”
stroke: LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED. Leading the region’s only stroke hospital network www.covenanthealth.com/strokenetwork
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No comprehensive stroke and rehabilitation center in our region does more to reverse stroke’s devastating effects than Fort Sanders Regional Medical Fort Sanders performs Center. That’s why hospitals clinical trials and procedures for stroke not available across East Tennessee refer their most complex stroke patients to anywhere else in our region. us. And only Fort Sanders Regional is home to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, East Tennessee’s elite rehabilitation hospital for stroke, spinal cord and brain injury patients.
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Harper Lee the border collie is excited to join the New Year’s Eve party. Looking on are Ben and Kaitlin Faust from South Knoxville, and the dog’s owner, Anthony Wilson, who lives near Market Square and said he planned to watch the ball drop from his own window.
Baneen Altameemi, who attends Bearden Middle School, gets in some more of a favorite activity before the new year. “I was here skating yesterday,” she says. With her are her parents, Silvana and Adio. The family enjoys the countdown and the ball drop. “We come every year!” says Baneen.
Frank Murphy of WNOX is the master of ceremonies for the event. With him is Elaine Frank, who is with the city of Knoxville’s department of special events. “Her last name is Frank and my first name is Frank,” quips Murphy. “Now, figure that one out if you can.”
2017 in Market Square
Brian Sommer, who says he hasn’t skated “for 30 years,” gives his daughter Teagan her first lesson. The Sommers are visiting from Indiana. “My girlfriend lives here, and my parents have a condo on Norris Lake,” he says, “so we come here a lot.”
Bob Maddox and his singing saw are found at the corner of Union and Gay Streets. “I’ve been playing the saw for 67 years – since I was 13,” he says. He first heard someone play a saw when he was a boy. “My parents took me to a stage show and I thought it was so neat; I went home and got my dad’s saw and messed around with it ’til I could make some notes!”
Hannah Long and her pal Ally Collins join Julie and Marcus Long, all of Grainger County, for the fun. “We’re probably not staying ‘til midnight,” says Julie, “but we’ve got two teenage girls with us, so you never know!”
Lacing up for some icy fun are Tiekiesha Sharp, Nya King, Julion Santos, Cita Garrett and Kierra Santos, while Jalen Sharp looks on behind them. The group, from Athens, Tenn., had stopped for some skating before continuing on to Gatlinburg for the night.
The man who makes the start of 2017 official is Russell Taylor of Pyro Shows of LaFollette, who is in charge of dropping the ball at midnight. With the company for “eight to 10 years,” Taylor also stays busy doing fireworks shows. “I work a full-time job; this is my extracurricular activity,” he laughs. “I’ve been all over the place doing this. It’s a lot of fun.” Photos by Emily Shane
HAPPENINGS ■■ Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) meeting, 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd., Farragut. Published authors invited. Info: authorsguildoftn.org. ■■ Auditions for all voice parts with the Knoxville Choral Society, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. Location provided with appointment. Appointment: 312-2440 or membership@ knoxvillechoralsociety.org. Info/audition form: knoxvillechoralsociety.org. ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, Central UMC, 201 E. Third Ave. Speaker: New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer. Admission: suggested $2. Public invited. ■■ First Friday reception for “Meandering Mythologies” exhibit by Timothy Massey and Gary Monroe, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St. On display through Jan. 28. ■■ Opening of “Opportunity Knocks” art exhibit, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. Info: BroadwayStudioAndGallery.com or BroadwayStudiosAndGallery@gmail.com. ■■ Public reception for three new exhibits, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Exhibits include: The O’Connor Senior Center Painters: “Breaking Ground – What You Want to See”; Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths: “Beautiful Iron”; and Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission Gallery of Arts Tribute. On display through Jan. 27. Info: 523-7543 or knoxalliance.com. ■■ Opening reception for Art Market Gallery’s January featured artists exhibit, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 422 S. Gay St. Featured artists: mixed-media artist Lynnda Tenpenny and fiber artist Julia Malia. On display through Jan. 30. Info: 525-5265 or artmarketgallery.net. ■■ Opening reception: “The Alley Cat Series” by Knoxville photographer Marianne “Ziggie” Ziegler, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Tori Mason Shoes, 29 Market Square. On display through January. ■■ Children’s Hospital Winter Fundraiser, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston Pike. Featuring Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, Dee Dee Brogan. Admission: $10, includes two complimentary drinks from bar. All proceeds go to Children’s Hospital. Info/tickets: openchordmusic.com; on Facebook. ■■ Auditions for the Middle/East Tennessee District Metropolitan Opera National Council, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Powell Recital Hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Mus ic Center, UT campus. Hosted by the Knoxville Opera Guild. Public invited to the competition. Free admission. Info: knoxvilleopera.com/knoxvillemet-opera-auditions-2017/. ■■ Gatlinburg Wildfire Benefit, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston
Pike. Featuring music by WarClown, Divided We Stand, Killing Grace, Among the Beasts, Inward of Eden and the Holifields. Minimum $8 donation requested for admission; more greatly appreciated. All proceeds go directly to Sevier County Rescue Squad. Info: on Facebook. ■■ Oz with Orchestra, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performing score to “Wizard of Oz” film on the big screen. Info/tickets: knoxvillesymphony. com. ■■ Ijams Outdoor Academy: Wilderness EMR Certification, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8 and 14-15, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Also meets one additional date (TBD) for final certification test. Instructor: Russ Miller. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 4. Info/registration: Benjy Darnell, email@example.com. ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: screening of “Flannery O’Connor: Uncommon Grace,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans, meeting, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay St. Before the meeting, Bill Heard will present a program on the Confederate
Raiders. Presentation is free and open to the public. ■■ All Over the Page: “LaRose,” 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Facilitated by Brandon Hollingsworth. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Claxton Country Squares beginning square dance lessons, 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. For 12 weeks. Info: 551-Y’ALL (9255.) ■■ Auditions for the Tennessee Stage Company’s New Play Festival, 7-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 9-10, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. No appointments necessary. Info: 546-4280. ■■ “Lessons from Ansel Adams in the Digital Age” workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Cost: $5, Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8, nonmembers. Info/registration: knoxalliance. com or firstname.lastname@example.org. ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: “Good Country People,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meeting, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Jim Lewis; topic: fighting at Hell’s Half Acre. Dinner, 7 p.m. Lecture only, $5; lecture and dinner, $17. RSVP by noon Monday, Jan. 9: 671-9001.
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Making realistic resolutions is the key to keeping them If you make a New Year’s resolution and are able to stick with it until the end of January, you’re already ahead of the game. Statistics show that most people give up on those good intentions before the year is up, and many don’t even last a month. So what’s the problem? Why do we have such a hard time sticking with plans to improve our lives? John Kupfner MD, a board-certified psychiatrist at Peninsula Outpatient Centers, John Kupfner, says there are some ways you can make life improveMD ments more possible, and some ways you can set yourself up for failure.
Set reasonable expectations “Resolutions are generally a good thing, because they show we’ve reflected on our lives and found areas that need to be addressed,” says Dr. Kupfner. But if those problem areas have been neglected for too long, they’re simply harder to fix than we imagine. Dr. Kupfner says one of the most common examples is an overweight person who hasn’t exercised or dieted in years but expects immediate results from a New Year’s resolution. “If you’re picturing yourself suddenly 20 pounds lighter and a whole lot stronger, you’re not being realistic,” Dr. Kupfner says, because healthy weight loss is less than five pounds a month and can take a lot of work. “Or people with addictions resolving a cold turkey quit without support, or without addressing the underlying things in their lives that drive them to use,” Dr. Kupfner adds. He says the right way to go about a resolution is to pick something you can be passionate about and that you know you’ll follow through on. “If we are honest enough with ourselves to make the resolution,” Dr. Kupfner says, “we must be honest enough with ourselves to pick resolutions that are personally important enough for us to guarantee follow through.”
Remember that Jan. 1 is just another day The end of a calendar year is an up-front reminder of the things we haven’t accomplished. That can make a person feel pressure to make a change. “What makes this time of year worse is the anxiety of the New Year, when we think we’re supposed to magically present the discipline and problem solving skills necessary to live out the next year as a new person,” Dr. Kupfner says. “We suffer feelings of guilt and shame for not living up to the magical expectation that on Dec. 31 we fell asleep as one person and woke up as someone else.” “Remember that Jan. 1 is just another day, like March 18 or July 22,” Dr. Kupfner says. “Life only moves in one direction, and the holidays don’t offer any magic for removing the choices and relationships we have made in the past.” “It doesn’t have to be Jan. 1,” says Dr. Kupfner. “Any day is a good day to try a resolution again, even if you have failed at it before.”
Don’t go it alone Any major task is easier to undertake if you have some help. Major changes in your lifestyle are no different. If you’re resolving to lose some weight or be healthier, it’s a good idea to join a gym, a club or a group that can provide support and accountability. If you want to quit smoking, search online for smoking
cessation classes or support groups. There are also classes and professional advisors for those who want to improve their finances. Dr. Kupfner emphasizes that if the problem you want to overcome is an addiction or an emotional hurdle like depression and anxiety, there is no shame in seeking professional help. “Unfortunately, mental health and substance abuse treatment are stigmatized as something that you should have handled yourself or could be handled in
the family at home,” Dr. Kupfner says. “But psychiatry is a medical specialty that deals with a chronic medical illness that can be helped and treated.” He compares it to diabetes – a disease which left untreated can have serious, life-altering consequences. “Untreated mental issues can lead to loss of social functioning and in the worst cases, loss of life,” Dr. Kupfner says. “It is a medical specialty where the people who work in this field have heard everything, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about.” Dr. Kupfner says at this stage in his career, he would challenge anyone to present something he hasn’t heard at least once before. “All of us have treated patients from the very affluent and successful to the disI resolve to stick enf ra nchised. to my resolutions Mental health past the first week issues affect of January! all families. No one is alone.”
Know when it’s time for professional help Dr. Kupfner is medical director at Peninsula Outpatient Centers. He says you’ll know it’s time to get help when you are unable to cope. For example, if your depression at times renders you unable to attend work or school, or causes you to have thoughts of wanting life to end, those are signs it’s time to see a mental health professional. For alcohol, important signs include withdrawal symptoms or an inability to stop drinking once you start. And, just like depression, if it starts to keep you from work or school, or interfere with your relationships, it’s time to get help. A time that’s meant for celebration as one year changes into another too often turns into a focus on failures. Dr. Kupfner says the focus should be positive and forward thinking, and the best New Year’s resolutions are general ones, to simply improve yourself, improve your health and to shore up relationships. “Being healthy makes us feel physically and mentally stronger,” Dr. Kupfner says, “and positive relationships offer the safety net for when we don’t. Give yourself wiggle room to forgive yourself if 2015 doesn’t end in the great completion of all resolutions.” Dr. Kupfner says the best advice for surviving the stress of the holiday season and all its expectations is perspective. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety or trying to resolve to break an addiction, you can find confidential help and support available through Peninsula Outpatient Centers. Call 865-970-9800 for information.
Get the support you need to make this your best year ever If the burdens you carry the rest of the year start to seem a little heavier as the holiday season winds down, you can find sympathetic and nonjudgmental help from people who are walking the same road you’re on. The added stress of the holidays can be daunting, especially for those who already are dealing with their own or another person’s depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, other medical conditions or loss of a loved one. That’s why a strong support system can be an important resource for recovery and empowerment. While friends and family can provide strength and support for many people, it may be helpful
to turn to others outside your immediate circle. Support groups bring together people with similar problems to share emotional problems and provide moral support. Peninsula Lighthouse offers outpatient groups for people who have psychological, behavioral and/or alcohol and drug problems, and those with loved ones who have addiction or psychological problems. A comprehensive list of support groups can be found at peninsulabehavioralhealth.org/support groups/. All support groups meet at the Peninsula Lighthouse campus at 1451 Dowell Springs Boulevard in West Knoxville. If you have questions, call 865-970-9800.
Taming temptation and triggers If you’ve already made a decision to change your life for the better, here’s how to keep your promises and beat temptation during the remainder of the holiday season: If you’re on a diet, offer to bring your own healthier holiday foods to parties and family gatherings. You’ll have an alternative to the rich and calorie-laden options on the table. Eat before you go to the party so you’re not ravenous. If you’re abstaining from alcohol, bring your own drink to parties. Once it’s in a glass, chances are good that no one will know the difference. Choose an area away from the bar to
spend your time and stay busy dancing, socializing or helping the host. If you’re committed to overhauling your finances, set a budget before you go out for the evening. Plan what you will and won’t buy beforehand. Pay for everything with cash, so you’re less likely to overspend. If you’re weaning yourself off a toxic relationship, remove him or her from your phone’s contact list, so calling is more complicated. Plan activities to keep busy and keep your mind occupied. Stay connected with friends, and surround yourself with people who appreciate you for who you are.
To achieve success … By the middle of January, 25 percent of the people who have made New Year’s resolutions will have already given up. Fewer than half of us will keep our New Year’s resolutions for longer than six months. Start thinking differently about your resolutions. What can you do in the first half of the year? What are some realistic goals that will jumpstart you to change your life, long term?
… resolve this, not that ■ Instead of resolving to lose 50 pounds … resolve to exercise 30 minutes, three times a week. ■ Instead of resolving to give up desserts … resolve to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. ■ Instead of resolving to get out of debt … resolve to pay off one or two bills. ■ Instead of resolving to get married … resolve to make a new friend every month. ■ Instead of resolving to land your dream job … resolve to gain new job skills. You’re not lowering your expectations. You’re setting attainable goals that will help you stay motivated to eventually reach your larger goals and make 2017 your best year ever.
From something broken, something beautiful.
Like the view through a kaleidoscope, Peninsula Recovery Education Center classes help people see themselves in their best light and appreciate the value that they and others have to offer. For more information about Peninsula’s Recovery Education Center, call 865-970-9800.
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