VOL. 11 NO. 2
January 11, 2017
Bob Grimac: Called to meet the needs around us
Do you know your roots? Kizzy said, â€œMy pappy real name Kunta Kinte. He a African.â€? â€œYou donâ€™t say!â€? Miss Malizy appeared taken aback. â€œIâ€™se heared my greatReneĂŠ Kesler granâ€™daddy was one dem Africans, too.â€? This dialogue between a young slave girl and a slave matriarch was taken from an excerpt of the book â€œ Roots, The Saga Of An American Familyâ€? by Pulitzer Prize w inner Alex Haley. Kizzy demonstrates the grit of a young slave girl determined to be defined not by her current enslaved situation, but rather by her strong ancestral heritage. Whatâ€™s more, Kizzyâ€™s staunch affirmation of her heritage aroused and inspired an elder to recall the stories told of that same proud lineage. Do you know your roots? Discovering our roots is about uncovering the stories of hidden treasures buried in our history while also unearthing layers of oneâ€™s self. Zack F. Taylor Jr. has researched and written five volumes of â€œAfrican American Family Genealogy for Jefferson County, Tennessee,â€? and it is an extensive work. His dedication to uncovering the black families of Jefferson County is extraordinary. Additionally, Robert A. McGinnis has researched and compiled many books, including â€œGone and All but Forgotten, The AfricanAmerican Cemeteries of Knox County, Tennessee.â€? Neither my friend Zack nor Robert resembles the people they have researched. Yet, when I asked them why they choose to do this work, both reply among other things, â€œItâ€™s important.â€? To page A-3
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Snow didnâ€™t stop children of Family Promise from riding bicycles. Grimac helps provide recreation for children of families at the day center during holidays and time away from school.
By Kelly Norrell Bob Grimac takes human need personally. For nearly 40 years, Grimac has led local efforts to improve conditions â€“ as an environmentalist, social justice advocate, helper to immigrants and refugees. And he teaches people things â€“ folk dancing at Tremont Institute and Camp Wesley Woods, American Sign
Language, Spanish, composting, performance and singing, among many others. â€œI like working for a more just world with equal opportunities for everyone,â€? said Grimac, recognizable in baseball cap and rolled sleeves. He walks and rides his bike wherever possible. Low-key with a quick sense of humor, Grimac turned a degree
in elementary education, awarded by the University of Tennessee in 1976, into a distinctive career with a broad reach. In addition to a central job, he serves in a range of contract and volunteer roles that satisfy his interests (like music) and quietly meet acute needs. For example, he worries about the people of Haiti â€“ â€œthe poorest country in the Western Hemi-
sphere, where over half the people are illiterate and malnourished.â€? So, among other measures, he sells â€œBread for Haitiâ€? â€“ bagels and fruit â€“ at his church, the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, each Sunday morning. He gives the proceeds to a Haitian fund at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. To page A-3
MPC staff opposes Lyons View Pike rezoning By Sandra Clark Efforts by Dixon Greenwood to rezone a half-acre tract at 4811 Lyons View Pike for use as a real estate office will face tough sledding at Thursdayâ€™s meeting of the Metropolitan Planning Commission. The building, a stone church, is currently owned by The House of Faith. Greenwoodâ€™s offer to purchase is contingent upon rezoning. But the rezoning also requires a sector plan amendment, and the MPC staff is recommending that the commission deny both.
MPCâ€™s decision can be appealed to Knoxville City Council within 15 days. The Jan. 12 meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. in the main assembly room of the City County Building. The tract is across the street from the Cherokee Country Club, which is zoned OS-1. But most adjacent parcels are residential and the MPC staff says the area is a buffer between Bearden businesses and the residential property farther west. A developer wants to convert this small church on Lyons View Pike to a real estate office.
Knoxville to state: Get us some money and leave us alone By Betty Bean Mostly, what legislators heard at their annual breakfast with city officials is that Knoxville wants the state to help pay for a new treatment facility and otherwise stay out of city business. Yes, theyâ€™d like the state to help foot the bill for a behavioral health urgent care center (formerly called the safety center). The sheriff and the police chief and the attorney general and the city and county mayors all want this facility, which they say will take the pressure off the Knox County Jail by removing mentally ill inmates and substance abusers from the jail population and placing them in a short-term treatment facility. But Mayor Madeline Rogero politely informed the local lawmakers that what she wants most from Nashville is for the state to
stay out of the cityâ€™s business. She doesnâ€™t want any â€œdeannexationâ€? laws, and said the city of Knoxville has not attempted any involuntary annexations for more than a decade. â€œThe prospect of allowing deannexation for properties that have been part of the city and receiving city services and investment for more than a decade raises complicated legal and financial questions that would likely take years to resolveâ€? is how a handout summarizing the cityâ€™s legislative wish list put it. City officials would also like for the state not to attempt to regulate short-term rentals (like Airbnb), and refrain from interfering with the cityâ€™s ability to jumpstart redevelopment projects by using tax abatement tools like TIFs and PILOTs.
The majority of the lawmakers present pledged their support for the behavioral health urgent care facility, led by Sen. Becky Massey, who outlined a threepronged plan to get it done, with her preferred option being for the governor to include it in his budget from the get-go. Plans B and C would be a â€œbackupâ€? bill she and Rep. Eddie Smith are sponsoring and, as a last resort, a budget amendment. The general sentiment was that chances are good that the state will support the facility, which is also strongly supported by county Mayor Tim Burchett this session. Rep. Bill Dunn said heâ€™d like to hear more specifics. There was little pushback from the lawmakers until Rogero brought up diversity. â€œWe consider diversity a
strength,â€? she said, citing the difficulties North Carolina ran into after its Legislature passed a so-called bathroom bill. She said North Carolinaâ€™s losses were other localitiesâ€™ gains, including Knoxvilleâ€™s. â€œWe got an event because of that â€Ś Please keep Tennessee opening and welcoming,â€? she said. This plea struck a nerve with Dunn, who said the North Carolina legislators were forced to act to counteract an ordinance passed by the city of Charlotte. He said he believes in â€œthe diversity of the individual,â€? and cautioned against telling people how to run their businesses. Rep. Martin Daniel told Rogero that he hears complaints about the city disregarding property rights and being â€œultraregulatory.â€? To page A-3
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How can you make your retirement money last? These spending and investing precepts may encourage its longevity
Provided by Paradigm Wealth Partners All retirees want their money to last a lifetime. There is no guarantee it will, but, in pursuit of that goal, households may want to adopt a couple of spending and investing precepts. One precept: observing the 4 percent rule. This classic retirement planning principle works as follows: a retiree household withdraws 4 percent of its amassed retirement savings in year one of retirement, and withdraws 4 percent plus a little more every year thereafter – that is, the annual withdrawals are gradually adjusted upward from the base 4 percent amount in response to inflation. The 4 percent rule was first formulated back in the 1990s by an influential financial planner named William Bengen. He was trying to figure out the “safest” withdrawal rate for a retiree; one that could theoretically allow his or her savings to hold up for 30 years given certain conditions (more about those conditions in a moment). Bengen ran various 30-year scenarios using different withdrawal rates in relation to historical market returns, and concluded that a 4 percent withdrawal rate (adjusted incrementally for inflation) made the most sense.1 For the 4 percent rule to “work,” two fundamental conditions must be met. One, the retiree has to invest in a way that will allow his or her retirement savings to grow along with inflation. Two, there must not be a sideways or bear market occurring.1 As sideways and bear markets have not been the historical norm, following the 4 percent rule could be wise indeed in a favorable market climate. Michael Kitces, another influential financial planner, has noted that, historically, a retiree strictly observing the 4 percent rule would have doubled his or her starting principal at the end of 30 years more than two-thirds of the time.1 In today’s low-yield environment, the 4 percent rule has its critics. They argue that a 3 percent withdrawal rate gives a retiree a better prospect for sustaining invested assets over 30 years. In addition, retiree households are not always able
to strictly follow a 3 percent or 4 percent withdrawal rate. Dividends and Required Minimum Distributions may effectively increase the yearly withdrawal. Retirees should review their income sources and income prospects with the help of a financial professional to determine what withdrawal percentage is appropriate given their particular income needs and their need for long-term financial stability. Another precept: adopting a “bucketing” approach. In this strategy, a retiree household assigns one-third of its savings to equities, one-third of its savings to fixed-income investments, and another third of its savings to cash. Each of these “buckets” has a different function. The cash bucket is simply an emergency fund stocked with money that represents the equivalent of 2-3 years of income the household does not receive as a result of pensions or similarly scheduled payouts. In other words, if a couple gets $35,000 a year from Social Security and needs $55,000 a year to live comfortably, the cash bucket should hold $40,000-60,000. The household replenishes the cash bucket over time with investment returns from the equities and fixed-income buckets. Overall, the household should invest with the priority of growing its money, though the investment approach could tilt conservative if the individual or couple has little tolerance for risk. Since growth investing is an objective of the bucket approach, equity investments are bought and held. Examining history, that is not a bad idea: the S&P 500 has never returned negative over a 15-year period. In fact, it would have returned 6.5 percent for a hypothetical buyand-hold investor across its worst 15-year
stretch in recent memory – the 15 years ending in March 2009, when it bottomed out in the last bear market.2 Assets in the fixed-income bucket may be invested as conservatively as the household wishes. Some fixed-income investments are more conservative than others – which is to say, some are less affected by fluctuations in interest rates and Wall Street turbulence than others. While the most conservative, fixed-income investments are currently yielding very little, they may yield more in the future as interest rates presumably continue to rise. There has been great concern over what rising interest rates will do to this investment class, but, if history is any guide, short-term pain may be alleviated by ultimately greater yields. Last December, Vanguard Group projected that, if the Federal Reserve gradually raised the benchmark interest rate to 2.0 percent across the 3½ years ending in July 2019, a typical investment fund containing intermediate-term fixed-income securities would suffer a -0.15 percent total return for 2016, but return positively in the following years.3 Avoid overspending and invest with growth in mind. That is the basic
message from all this, and, while following that simple instruction is not guaranteed to make your retirement savings last a lifetime, it may help you to sustain those savings for the long run. Jonathan P. Bednar II may be reached at 865-251-0808 or JonathanBednar@ ParadigmWealthPartners.com www.ParadigmWealthPartners.com This material was prepared by MarketingPro Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note - investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA / SIPC. Investment Advice offered through Paradigm Wealth Partners, a Registered Investment Advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial. Citations. 1 - money.cnn.com/2016/04/20/retirement/retirement4rule/ [4/20/16] 2 - time.com/money/4161045/retirement-income/ [5/22/16] 3 - tinyurl.com/hjfggnp [12/2/15]
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Popular pieces in her studio include these ancient-style heavy rings and bracelets with mixed-metal detailing and stones
Weiss uses a tiny oxi acetylene torch to solder links to a chain. She makes all of her chains by hand.
Jessica Weiss crafts metals, stones into warm and earthy jewelry By Kelly Norrell “Casually elegant” is a good way to describe the work of Knoxville jewelry artist Jessica Weiss. “I like things you can wear every day,” she said recently, working at her studio and gallery at the Shops at Bearden Place, 5805 Kingston Pike. Wielding a tiny oxi acetylene torch, she soldered shut the bezels (gold or silver frames) that hold stones into pieces of jewelry. Next, she made links for a chain. “I make all my chains by hand. It is just kind of my signature. It makes a difference to me,” she said. Weiss’s signature pieces – her handcrafted necklaces, earrings and bracelets – are well known to her local client
base and at juried craft shows around the country. Sellers include Blackberry Farm in Walland, Amanda Pinson Jewelry in Chattanooga and the Knoxville Museum of Art gift shop. You can also visit her studio or see her work through her website, jessica weissjewelry.com A new line that she is pleased with is made of 22 karat gold and slate from the Smoky Mountains, with a diamond accent in each. “I am just over the moon excited about it,” she said. Weiss uses a rich palette of precious and semiprecious stones in her pieces – diamonds, turquoise, carnelian, peridot, aquamarine, Peruvian opal and chalcedony. She was excited
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“If you want us to keep our hands off, only do that which is minimally necessary.” Rogero said her administration has streamlined a lot of processes in order to make the city business-friendly.
Police Chief David Rausch, who gave the final presentation, stayed with the “handsoff” theme, asking the legislators not to decriminalize marijuana and not to interfere with civil asset forfeiture laws.
Discovering your roots This year marks the 40th anniversary of Alex Haley’s American classic, “Roots,” a story that sparked an extraordinary dialogue about slavery and ignited a new interest in genealogy. As we celebrate this 40-year milestone, perhaps we will also take the opportunity to reignite the search for our roots. Like many others, the untold stories of my ancestors remain hidden and are awaiting discovery. We need to know our roots because as Haley so eloquently surmised, “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow
recently about two pairs of rutilated quartz stones with actual gold striated through the stone. She is making earrings with the sets. Weiss offers several lines with different finishes. The most affordable is her vermeil jewelry, a 24 karat gold overlay onto sterling silver. Others include a mixed metals line that is sterling silver and solid 22 karat gold, and a solid 18 and 22 karat gold line. She custom designs pieces on request. Her jewelry pieces share an organic, earthy feel and an ancient style influence. She explained: “This bracelet” – a heavy silver bangle with a 22 karat gold band around the top – “is actually based on an
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deep, to know our heritage … Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning no matter what our attainments in life.” This new year and this new day mark the perfect time to discover your roots. Beck – “The Place Where African American History Is Preserved” – is a great place to start. The Beck
Genealogical Society is the genealogical and family history research community of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. The group meets monthly, providing information and support on family history research. You are invited to come and discover your roots.
ancient Roman bracelet. It is a tube. I make hefty, 18 karat gold rings in an ancient style, really round and thick. You can wear them on a thumb or any finger.” Her popular silver and mixed-metal bracelets include a heavy silver cuff with raised dots of 22 karat gold and a diamond accent and a silver bangle with gold and diamond accent. Clients often order custom pieces, including wedding rings. Prices range from earrings that start at about $90 to bracelets averaging $180$250 and gold items that are over $1,000. Materials are key to pricing, she said. In collaboration with her mother, Debby Weiss, she now also sells handmade, luxury leather handbags in her shop. Offered in three sizes, all meeting airline regulations as carry-on luggage, the pieces come in rich, bright colors with a detachable, jewel key ring. The Weisses custom make each bag. Prices: $350, $450 and $550. Info: jjessica weiss@ comcast.net. Call 865-5880801 before visiting the store, as she travels often.
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Bob Grimac has been teaching skills and promoting social justice in Knoxville for nearly 40 years. Photos submitted
Bob Grimac “We need to be aware of the needs all around us. People we see every day may be hungry,” he said. For 11 years, Grimac taught sign language at Thackston School. At the same time, he taught children at local schools like Rocky Hills Elementary, Greenway and Blue Grass Elementary classes in subjects like Spanish and kaleidoscope making. Today, Grimac works as van driver with Family Promise, a nonprofit organization that, in partnership with area churches, provides short-term housing for homeless families. Each morning Grimac picks up participating families from their host church and takes them to the Family Promise day center on Middlebrook Pike. Additionally, using grant money and donations collected through his church, he periodically takes children and adults out for recreation — to Jump Jam, movies and lowcost events. “There’s a big need for recreation. We need a gym we can use. Many times, like during the holidays, there is nothing for them to do.” Grimac maintains a simple lifestyle he says is rooted
From page A-1 in five years he spent in Micronesia. Brought there as an English teacher by the Peace Corps, he lived for a year without electricity or adequate food in a jungle on the island of Pohnpei. What he learned was that most of the world lacks the comforts of Americans. “Things like cars and electricity are privileges and luxuries. I don’t like to rely on electricity and appliances because they could go away,” he said. He drives a car but does without central heat and air in his small home. He also is vegetarian. Now president of the Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee, Grimac gently encourages others to live simply. Students at Sequoyah Elementary loved his Tour de Trash, when he taught them to compost and led a field trip to the city dump. Grimac still visits schools with tubs of earthworms, teaching students “The Worm Song” and planting life-long habits of recycling. He even visited Mayor Madeline Rogero’s house and took her “101 Worms,” a charity auction item, for her personal composting. “I gave her a few extra worms,” he said.
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‘Mayberry Comes to Second’ during January and February By Carol Z. Shane The Rev. Tim Reynolds, who became pastor at Second Presbyterian Church last August, loves “The Andy Griffith Show.” He’s not alone – the series ended its eight-year run in the Nielsen ratings’ No. 1 spot, and almost 50 years after its final episode it remains one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. For Reynolds, however, it’s more than just a good show; it’s a teaching tool. Right now he’s presenting a weekly series, “Mayberry Comes to Second.” Each session features an episode of the show, coupled with a lesson in faith. Reynolds had taken part in a fall study called “Faith of Our Fathers,” an examination of the religious beliefs of America’s founders. “It was a good tie-in during election season, but it was pretty heavy,” he says. “I was trying to think of something more lighthearted for the winter. “Dana Hendrix was the chair of the search committee that brought me here; during the interview process I had mentioned that I had done a class on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ years ago outside of Nashville. She said she thought that sounded like fun.” Having seen studies of the show with biblical tieins, Reynolds developed the class himself. He didn’t think the ideas presented in some of the existing classes about “getting back” to Mayberry, or trying to return to a time when things were “better,” would work at Second Presbyterian, part of the Reformed branch of the
The Reynolds family, formerly of Abingdon, Va., make their church home at Knoxville’s Second Presbyterian, where dad Tim is pastor. Shown with him are wife Tuesday and kids Seth and Lily. Photo submitted
Presbyterian Church (USA). “I know it’s not only impossible to go backwards, but also the past hasn’t been great for everyone in this country,” says Reynolds. “Still, the themes addressed in the Griffith show are universal and applicable today. So I was interested in how we take the lessons of Mayberry with us into a new and different future. This is what the Israelites do when they put their most precious items in the Ark.” His personal favorite episode, included in the classes, is “Opie the Birdman,” in which young Opie Taylor kills a mother bird with his slingshot and must deal with the consequences of his actions, eventually caring for the three orphaned nestlings until they are
ready to fly away. Reynolds uses the episode to make the point that “we, as Christians, are called to do more than just feel sorry about our sin. We are called to truly repent – turn around, change our behaviors.” Other favorites include “Man in a Hurry,” “Barney’s First Car” and “Andy Saves Gomer,” which, Reynolds says, “is a great lesson in the proper way to respond to God’s saving grace! “We need to take the best parts of our past and use them to inform our future. So that’s what the study does – teaches us Reformed thought as we find it in Mayberry and then challenges us to use that in the here and now, both in faith and life.” “Mayberry Comes to Sec-
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A pygarg? These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, the hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois. (Deuteronomy 14:4-5 KJV) When I wander around the more obscure pages of the King James Bible, I Cross run into words I never saw Currents before! Lynn My love of words (and Pitts my fascination with words that are completely new to me) sometimes keep me holding a Bible in might have occurred to one hand and a dictionary me that chamois equals in the other. leather, and leather For example, a pygarg? equals animal, but someA what? how I didn’t think that far. My New Revised StanThis kind of informadard Version of the Bible tion (which is not terribly translates pygarg as ibex. useful, I admit) is just fun And my dictionary (Web- to know. I mean, think of ster’s Seventh New Colle- playing Scrabble and begiate) says that an ibex is ing able to put pygarg on a “wild goat living chiefly the board. You are bound in high mountain areas of to be challenged, but you the Old World and hav- will be right and your oping large recurved horns ponents will be bumfuztransversely ridged in zled. The dictionary will front.” be involved, I feel sure! Clears it right up, This leads me to wondoesn’t it? der how any of our words And besides that, who came into being, but if knew that a chamois was we re-read Genesis, we not just a very soft piece will discover that we can of leather that one uses blame it all on Adam. He to polish a car? I guess if is the guy God deputized I had thought about it, it to name the creatures!
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Knoxville High’s influential principal “A firm, steady, stable and human person.” When W.E. Evans was honored at his retirement in 1955, those were the words his former students chose to describe their principal.
Having served one of Knoxville’s longest careers in public education, Evans retired in 1955 at the compulsory retirement age of 70. He served 33 years as principal of Knoxville High School, and after that school closed, moved to East High as principal for four more years. William E. Evans was born in Ashland, Ohio, on April 4, 1885, the son of the Rev. Amos and Lillie “Ernst” Evans. When asked where he grew up, he once said, “All over Ohio, since my father was a Methodist minister.” He attended Ohio State University, graduated from Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) and received postgraduate education at the University of Chicago and the University of Tennessee. He soon became a teacher and coach at Woodstock (Ill.) High School before coming to Knoxville. Beginning in 1913, only three years after the school was born, he taught chemistry and mathematics for five years and then became principal of Knoxville High School in 1918. The school enrolled 646 (grades 8-10) when it opened in the fall of 1910. There were 800 students when he became principal and 2,300 in
1950-51 when the school board decided it was too large and created smaller regional high schools at Fulton, East, West and South. Only four other principals had preceded Evans at KHS: W.J. Barton (19101912), H.M. Woods (1913), Samuel Hixson (1914-1916) and E.E. Patton (1916-1918). Evans’ students regarded him as both an inspiration and a role model. Evans gave this earnest advice to each incoming freshman class: ■■Study at home, ■■Be attentive in class, ■■Be honest, ■■Have an ideal. Community spirit was a hallmark of Evans’ leadership. In his long career he never resorted to corporal punishment, but rather used the “heart-to-heart conference method” with his students, and he extended the method to their parents when necessary. His handling of an impending problem in the 1930s is typical of his keen understanding of youth. The Theta Kappa Omega fraternity was organized at the school. Evans knew secret organizations did not belong in high schools. Instead of using threats and anger, he organized groups of other kinds – debating teams and Hi-Y, home economics, art, photography, hiking, future teachers and other clubs. These met the diverse interests of his pupils, and the secret fraternity died a natural death after dwindling in membership for two years. One of his science teachers observed, “He met and resolved disciplinary and other problems before they got too far along. He gave students so much of good to do that they had little time
Always a power, the “Blue Fort Sanders Presbyterian and White” set a record by Hospital on Saturday, Nov. capturing the state foot- 30, 1957, and passed away of ball championship again in a second attack late Tuesday 1942, 1943 and 1944. And night, Dec. 3, 1957. He was survived by his the Trojans won the state basketball championship in wife, Helen Stewart Evans, and four sons, Col. William 1939, 1941 and 1951. Evans’ progressive ideas Stewart Evans, Col. Richon education and character ard E. Evans, John A. Evans building surely equaled or and Tom H. Evans. Dr. John H. McKinnon surpassed other principals of his time. He turned out officiated at his services at graduates who went on to First Presbyterian Church Shown with his wife, Helen Stewart Evans, near the time of his attend Harvard, Yale and preceding his interment at retirement, Principal William E. Evans served Knoxville High MIT and to become leaders Highland Memorial CemSchool from 1918 to 1951. His character-building influence themselves in various fields. etery. In touching the lives of Many prominent Knoxhelped more than 16,000 KHS graduates to achieve successful careers and dedicated community service. Photograph courtesy of villians and executives more than 16,000 students the McClung Historical Collection, Knoxville Journal Archive throughout the country who attended the school were positively influenced during his years of service, William E. Evans made a to think of doing wrong.” The Knoxville High Tro- under his tutelage. Until a week before his contribution to his commuThe Knoxville High jans football team claimed School Reserve Officer the state championship death, Evans was in appar- nity and the nation matched Training Corps (ROTC) in 1930 and the national ent good health. He suffered by very few – well done, a heart attack and entered good and faithful servant. battalion was the pride of championship in 1932. the school. Founded after World War I, the unit was frequently inspected and received high ratings. There was keen competition for dle are two of the schools whose students By Kip Oswald officer positions in the four One of the great things about having so go to West High. There are some other elcompanies and the band each year. These ROTC- much family living in our house is that we ementary schools near West High School have friends from all over who have really odd names with cool stotrained officers and men the city. When Kinzy and ries, too. made a considerable conI began researching the tribution in many theaters Pond Gap Elementary is named for the history of schools in Knox- Pond Gap community – after a natural during World War II. ville, our friends kept ask- pond that was the only water used for cattle For example, all four of ing us to find the history and farmers back in the old days. Evans’ sons made their conof their schools, too. Lately tribution to the war effort Sequoyah Elementary is in the middle of Talisha’s friends from West Sequoyah Hills, a community named after as all of them were pilots High School have really or crew members in the Air Cherokee Indian Chief Sequoyah. been bugging us to find out Force. Kip Lonsdale and Maynard are two other elabout their schools, so this High school changed draementary schools whose students end up at matically during his years week’s story will focus on their history, and West High School. Both have interesting stoas principal. It changed there was some really interesting informaries tied to them. from strictly academic tion to be found. Lonsdale is named after the neighborFor instance, West High School was one schools to become comprehood where the school is. The area was part of four high schools built when Knoxville hensive and specialized. of a large farm owned by a man named WilHigh School closed in 1951. At Knoxville High I have already written about South- liam Ragsdale. Lonsdale is a combination of School, a three-piece orchestra expanded to over 70 Doyle and Austin-East, which were two William’s mother’s name “Lonas” and the pieces, small choral groups more of the four. West High School is in the last part of his name “dale.” Maynard Elementary School was started grew to huge concert orga- Bearden area – named for Marcus Bearden, nizations and competition who was a mayor of Knoxville and a Ten- in 1897 in an area called Mechanicsville, between schools grew from nessee legislator – and was built where the named because of the number of mechandebating teams only to foot- first McGhee Tyson Airport was located on ics who moved into and lived in the area at ball, basketball, track and Sutherland Avenue. the time. Bearden Elementary and Bearden Mid- If you have comments, send them to email@example.com. other sports.
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December caps off strong 2016 By Sherry Witt The final month of 2016 brought a nice ending to a very good year for local real estate and lending markets. In D e c emb er, 1,020 propSherry Witt erty transfers were recorded in Knox County. Although that was just short of the number of sales registered last December, it was slightly more than the November total. About $244 million worth of land was transferred last month, compared to just under $287 million in December 2015. The total value of properties sold, however, increased nearly 13 percent between 2015 and 2016. Mortgage lending in December was ahead of the November pace, but below levels of a year ago. Last month, approximately $352 million was loaned against real estate in Knox County,
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By Sandra Clark A political conundrum has surfaced two years ahead of the 2018 elections. Knox County Commissioner Ed Brantley confirmed Monday that he’s undecided on whether to seek reelection to Seat 11, one of two at-large seats on the commission. Former commissioner R. Larry Smith has already named a treasurer and is raising money as a candidate for Seat 11. Commissioner Bob Thomas, who holds at-large Seat 10, has announced his candidacy for county mayor, leaving his seat open in 2018. Both Brantley and Thomas are eligible to run for a second term on the commission. When contacted, Brantley, 70, said, “I haven’t made up my mind, yet everyone has announced for my seat.” He said Ivan Harmon and
“some woman” have also is $175,000. mentioned running. A check Smith’s fundat the Election Commission raising has shows Smith as the only triggered calls to Brantley to candidate to name a treasee if he’s seeksurer for Seat 11. Larsen Jay, ing re-election. who founded Random Acts “They’re of Flowers, is also exploring calling me and a race for an at-large seat. I’m saying I’ve Smith said he picked Seat R. Larry Smith Ed Brantley not made up 11 rather than Seat 10 because it could become the tie-breaker my mind,” said Brantley. He expects to decide “this time on a close roll-call vote. He said his eight years on the Metropolitan Plan- next year.” Political scuttlebutt had Brantley ning Commission and another eight years as county commissioner from helping Thomas, with neither seeking District 7 make him especially suited re-election, and then taking a job in his administration. Brantley said he to hold an at-large seat. He announced early so he could strongly supports Thomas for mayor start raising money. “In four weeks, but no job has been offered. “Maybe I’ve raised $52,300 with another I can help Bob more on the commis$20,000 pledged,” he said. His budget sion.”
Rotary project to aid in job interviews By Tom King “Serving Humanity” is the theme for Rotary International President John F. Germ’s year as the w o r ld w id e leader of Rotar y. Tom King The Mainstream Committee of the Rotary Club of Knoxville has a project this month that speaks to serving humanity here in town. The Mainstream Committee is composed of the club’s newest members, and this year’s committee chair is Amy Sherrill, partner and principal architect at Benefield Richters Architects. And how are they serving humanity? Amy’s club members will be donating professional-style clothing
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Adjustable aspect of recruiting Looking ahead instead of behind … The dead period in college football recruiting is ending. It was in place to protect coaches of bowl teams from being overtaken by coaches with time on their hands. The turn of the calendar means Tennessee can resume pursuit of young talent supposedly better than what it has in the bank. Butch Jones and associates assembled a strange preliminary list of threestar commitments while looking all around for more famous names. This is the controversial shotgun approach to recruiting, based on bountiful travel budgets – go here and there and look at everybody, extend scholarship offers to 300 possibilities and hope to hit a top 25 as permitted by NCAA restrictions. Each time the collection appears complete, a better possibility suddenly develops an interest in Tennessee. To create space, one of the early commitments mysteriously goes away. Hard to tell if 18-year-olds read tea leaves precisely or coaches suggest looking
around for more favorable playing opportunities. Prep players, relatives, girlfriends and high school coaches are often befuddled or offended by the shuffle. They have told all their friends about the scholarship at Tennessee. Even worse than the embarrassment, they are sometimes left to learn of changing plans through osmosis. One father said coaches never said anything. They simply stopped calling his son. He took that as a clue. Recruiting travels a twoway street. Future stars, apparently dedicated and all locked in, may succumb to rival lures and simply walk away, leaving terrible voids and fever blisters. Recruiting is a cruel and often heartless sport. Promises don’t count until signed in blood and legally notarized – or the young man enrolls in school.
Securing that December commitment from Trey Smith, best offensive lineman in the state and maybe America, did not eliminate all alarm among experienced recruiting followers. It appears there are holes in the fence that Butch built around his turf. Clemson is causing consternation. Texas A&M has invaded. Alabama is a constant threat. LSU and Oklahoma think they have one each of ours. Others are circling like hawks, looking for a free lunch. In times past, Tennessee recruiters went elsewhere due to the perceived shortage of talent in our state. Now the shoe is on the other foot. In some cases, there are disagreements about how good is a certain prep player and how much does it matter which college he chooses. There is no disagreement about wide receiver Tee Higgins of Oak Ridge. The Vols know he is good. Clemson has him. There are whispers about academic shortages. The Tigers haven’t noticed. Amari Rodgers of Knoxville Catholic, son of exVol Tee Martin, never has shown deep interest in Ten-
nessee. Clemson wins again. Clemson success is relevant. Are there secret recruiting weapons? Dan Brooks is no secret. He is associate head coach. He was a key man with Phillip Fulmer for 15 years. Marion Hobby is a sharp Tiger who played at Tennessee. Both know which interstate exits to take and a lot of people who live nearby. John Chavis, once a gritty Volunteer, longtime defensive coach for Fulmer, crosses state lines while wearing a Texas A&M shirt. He signed two from Tennessee last winter that UT didn’t make much fuss about. He is back, trying to take someone Tennessee wants. Maybe you’ve read and fretted about de-commitments. They make headlines but should be evaluated carefully. Ten who said they would be Volunteers have since said so long and are going elsewhere. Sometimes that means better prospects have appeared. If more emerge, others will clear out. It is the law of the recruiting jungle. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is email@example.com
Ex-GOP chair joins private sector Former GOP state chair Ryan Haynes will become head of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers and will not be a candidate for local office in Knox County anytime soon or ever if this becomes his career path. As such he will replace the fabled Col. Tom Hensley of Jackson, known for years among legislators as “the Golden Goose.” Hensley also worked closely with the Miss Tennessee pageant in Jackson. Hensley had been a fixture in the Legislature for over 50 years. Whether this turns out to be a 30-year job for Haynes or not remains to be seen, but compensation (while not public) is very comfortable and is in the six-digit range. Haynes served as state representative from Farragut for five years and will maintain a residence in both Knoxville and Nashville. He has a law degree. ■■ The big news in Knoxville’s legal community is that prominent, highly regarded attorney L. Caesar Stair III, 72, father of City Council member Marshall Stair, has retired as a partner of Bernstein Stair and McAdams law firm and is now of counsel. This means his law practice has been sharply curtailed and he no longer is a partner in the firm. Stair’s retirement follows well-respected atto-
ney Bernard Bernstein, who retired several years ago from the same firm, located in West Knoxville’s Bearden on Agnes Street. Stair will maintain an office there. His specialty has been divorces, and virtually every affluent individual (and some not so affluent) in Knoxville who had marital issues sought him out to be their attorney or, in the alternative, hoped the other spouse did not retain his services. He was that good. His older son, Caesar Stair IV, continues working at the firm. He was superb in maintaining confidentiality with well-known clients who were often a who’s who in Knoxville and often getting positive results for his clients. His civic leadership over the years in the arts has been outstanding and tireless, heading up both the Knoxville Museum of Art and Knoxville Opera at different times. He has been an advocate along with his wife, Dorothy, of historic preservation. Their home, Hilltop Farm, on Lyons View
Pike celebrated its 100th birthday and has one of the most spectacular views in Knoxville of both the Tennessee River and the mountains. The home was originally acquired by his parents. It has been the site of major fundraising events for charities in Knoxville. Govs. Ned McWherter, Lamar Alexander and Bill Haslam have all been guests there, as well as George W. Bush before he became president. Stair was a strong advocate and proponent in the early 1990s of the creation of Lakeshore Park. He was a major player, along with Tom McAdams, in placing it on the city agenda. He even went to Nashville to lobby then-Gov. McWherter on the project. He is a 1962 graduate of the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn., and a 1966 graduate of Yale University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam as an officer. ■■ Beth Harwell was re-elected House speaker last week after a closer than anticipated vote among Republicans of 40 to 30 over Loudon County’s popular state Rep. Jimmy Matlock. It will be interesting to see how she appoints members to committees and whether she attempts to punish those who opposed her. With a secret ballot, it is not possible for her to know the
identity of all who opposed her or pledged their support to both candidates. However, the smartest move she might make is to announce all 74 GOP members are on the same team and she would not sideline any member who opposed her in committee appointments. That would shock her rivals who expect retribution and go a long way toward healing the divisions which exist. It would help her if she seeks another term as speaker in 2018 or runs for governor that year. ■■ Mayor Madeline Rogero a week ago on Jan. 4 opened her annual legislative breakfast to the public. Last year she tried to close it, got criticized and learned from the criticism by not repeating it this year. She deserves a compliment for transparency on this, in contrast to UT President Joe DiPietro, who misled the media as to the purpose of his legislative breakfast as he closed the meeting to the public. Rogero included the whole city council and several city directors, such as David Brace. Rogero often learns from her errors and does not repeat them. ■■ U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan made the front page of the Jan. 4 issue of USA Today when he was sworn into office for his 15th term.
How to achieve ‘red to the roots’ Like a football team that goes for a touchdown in the waning minutes of a 50-12 game, rumbles have begun that the state’s legislative GOP supermajority is looking to take over the last frontiers left for them to conquer – city governments and school boards. How? By making those elections partisan. And that would be a mistake. (Let’s save the school boards discussion for another day.) The state’s four largest cities (Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga) all have Democratic mayors and generally vote that way in national elections. Naturally, this cannot be tolerated by a GOP establishment that controls the governor’s office, walkout majorities in both houses of the General Assembly, both U.S. Senate seats, seven of nine Congressional districts and county commissions from Pickett to Polk counties. But pulling off such a coup could be harder to do than to talk about if Knoxville – probably the most Republican of Big Four cities – is any example. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is a lifelong Democrat who enjoys strong support from her nine-member city council, whose members are elected on a non-partisan basis. In her first run for office, she handily beat all comers in the primary, including a well-known Republican former officeholder and a Democrat who was supported by Republicans in the runoff. This year’s Knoxville city council elections may prove to be a better testing ground for GOP ambitions. But it’s probably not going to be easy, and even if some Republicans get elected, they are unlikely to be the red meat, Trump-supporting kind. Take the sitting council, for example: Republicans Nick Pavlis, Nick Della Volpe and George Wallace are not ideologues. While they would probably be comfortable wearing the label of fiscal conservative, none of them is cut from the same
Betty Bean cloth as the county’s most outspoken right-wingers. Pavlis, who has served four four-year stints on the council, refused to knuckle under to NRA activists who flooded the audience to protest the city’s opposition to “guns in parks” legislation. Della Volpe is a strong neighborhood advocate. Wallace, who has inherited wealth and runs a prosperous real estate business, has surprised his skeptics with his moderate views and willingness to listen. Brenda Palmer, Daniel Brown, Duane Grieve and Finbarr Saunders are all Democrats, although (and I’m going out on a limb here) they probably weren’t among the crowd that was feeling the Bern last fall. They’re business-friendly, mindful of neighborhood interests and moderate in approach. Marshall Stair, the son of a prominent West Knoxville family, fits the profile of a Republican. He hasn’t said much about party affiliation, but did confirm (to this reporter) that he is a Democrat. Stair is also a fiscal conservative who looks out for neighborhoods. Mark Campen likes being independent. “We’re just trying to make Knoxville better. To make it more partisan like the county is, it will just create factions.” Wallace, who was present at the city’s breakfast meeting for the Knox County legislative delegation, noted some tension among conservative legislators when Rogero asked them to stay out of Knoxville diversity issues. He said he wishes that were not the case. “There’s trepidation on a lot of these issues, but we’re in the trenches here, and our issues are not partisan.” If the Legislature tries to make city elections partisan, expect vigorous local opposition.
Halls GOP sets program on elder abuse Andrea Kline, an Elder Abuse Unit prosecutor with the Knox County District Attorney’s Office, will speak to the Halls Republican Club at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Halls/Powell, 1819 Dry Gap Pike. Come early for refreshments. Since its inception in October 2014, the DA’s Elder Abuse Unit has reviewed over 1,600 cases with nearly 900 referrals made during last year alone. It is the first unit of its kind in the state of Tennessee. The club will elect 2017 officers.
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Fort Sanders Regional tech gets new perspective after aneurysm When interventional radiologist Keith Woodward, MD, repairs an aneurysm, Adam Hill stands beside the surgeon and hands him the instruments. But on a recent November afternoon, the 33-year-old manager of interventional radiological technicians at Fort Sanders Regional’s Comprehensive Stroke Center was in a different position. He was Dr. Woodward’s patient. An aneurysm in an artery in his brain had ruptured several hours earlier, causing a subarachnoid hemorrhage and giving Hill a 13day hospital stay with a close-up view of Fort Sanders Regional’s heralded stroke care. “Everybody kept coming into my room saying, ‘Adam, was treating patients not good enough for you – you wanted to see the other side of it, too?’” he said with a laugh. “But the more people said it, I realized that this is going to help me to relate to my patients more because I know what they’re going through. I know what pain they’re in and I know what they’re going to be facing. It’s not an easy row to hoe.” The night it happened Hill was “on call for strokes,” but when a call came around 3 a.m., the young father of two was battling what he described as “the worst headache I’ve ever had.” Although he recognized that as a symptom of an aneurysm, he thought he was “just being paranoid” and brushed the possibility aside. After all, headaches and nausea were not uncommon for him. Still, this one was bad enough that he had to beg off on the call, sending in his backup while he waited to see if the pain would ease. “When it started, it came on really fast, really strong,” said Hill, who also had the risk factors of hypertension and genetics. “I felt like my head was going to blow off my shoulders. It was awful.” Hours passed; the pain didn’t. When he saw that his balance was also “off,” Hill’s suspicions of a cerebral hemorrhage grew. Those suspicions were shared by emergency room physician Douglas Campbell, MD, after Hill and his wife, Melissa, arrived at the Fort Sanders Regional Emergency entrance around 11:15 a.m. Dr. Campbell quickly ordered a computed tomography angiogram (CTA), telling Hill, “If that comes back negative, we’ll do an LP (lumbar puncture or ‘spinal tap’) and go from there.” He knew that if it was an aneurysm, Dr. Woodward would likely be treating him. “I work with Dr. Woodward and I’ve seen him do some unbelievable stuff,” Hill said. “He’s helped patients who had no hope and he would bring them back. I knew what that man was capable of. He’s a good man, a good friend and a good doctor.
steel wool. Blood cells are caught and clot on this mesh, sealing off the aneurysm from the artery circulation. Just two months after his brain an“Dr. (Scott) Wegryn (a radioloeurysm, Adam Hill is back at work gist colleague of Dr. Woodward) helping to repair hemorrhages like was watching the procedure and the one he experienced. he said it was one of the best procedures he ever saw Dr. Woodward do,” said Hill. “He said it went smoothly – it was so perfect; Keith Woodward, MD, specializes there were no hiccups. He said in the prevention and treatment of Dr. Woodward got right up there, stroke, including brain aneurysms, at pulled it off, closed me up and sent Fort Sanders Regional. me off to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit.” A post-procedure checkup by occupational and physical therapists determined that Hill had not only survived his aneurysm rupture (50 percent of patients do not) but did so with no disabilities or deficits. Still, because younger patients are more susceptible to vasospasms, a dangerous after-effect of a rupture, he remained hospitalized at Fort Sanders Regional for 13 days as they kept close watch on him. “The care I received was beyond excellent,” he said. “It was the best care I’ve had in my life. It was amazing. I was treated like a king.” the aorta, up through the neck and As Hill recovered in the hospiinto the site of the aneurysm. The tal, he began to see his ordeal in a I trust him.” and ensuring the syringes used in guide wire is then removed and a new light. “I got to see the whole Just minutes after the scan con- the procedure do not contain air contrast dye injected via the cath- perspective of the patient, and eter to give clear radiographic im- that’s the best part,” he said. “We firmed a 4mm aneurysm on Hill’s bubbles.” only get to see the patient for the brain, Dr. Woodward was face to But if Dr. Woodward was shak- ages of the artery and aneurysm. A microcatheter is then slipped procedure, but we never see them face with his assistant-turned- en, it didn’t show as he performed patient. “I was shocked,” said Dr. an embolization using a technique into the larger catheter and used in the units, and once they leave … Woodward, who has performed known as endovascular coiling. to carry spring-shaped platinum there are a lot of things they have about 1,000 aneurysm repairs in The procedure accesses the femo- coils about twice the thickness of to go through to get out the door. 13 years of practice. “Normally, ral artery through a tiny incision a human hair into the aneurysm. A lot of things have to line up just Adam would be assisting me, in the groin. The radiologist uses a The coils are then “packed” into right. I got to see that part of the prepping and handing me the coils wire to guide the catheter through the sac, forming a mesh similar to picture.”
What are the symptoms of a cerebral aneurysm? The presence of a cerebral aneurysm may not be known until it ruptures. Most cerebral aneurysms have no symptoms and are small in size (less than 10 millimeters, or less than four-tenths of an inch, in diameter). Smaller aneurysms may have a lower risk of rupture. The symptoms of an unruptured cerebral aneurysm include the following: ■ Headaches (rare, if unruptured) ■ Eye pain ■ Vision changes ■ Diminished eye movement The first evidence of a cerebral aneurysm is most often a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), due to rupture of the aneurysm. This may cause symptoms such as: ■ Rapid onset of “worst headache of my life”
■ Stiff neck ■ Nausea and vomiting ■ Changes in mental status, such as drowsiness ■ Pain in specific areas, such as the eyes ■ Dilated pupils ■ Loss of consciousness ■ High blood pressure ■ Loss of balance or coordination ■ Sensitivity to light ■ Back or leg pain ■ Problems with certain functions of the eyes, nose, tongue, and/ or ears that are controlled by one or more of the 12 cranial nerves The symptoms of a cerebral aneurysm may resemble other problems or medical conditions. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
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B-2 • January 11, 2017 • Shopper news
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Shopper news • January 11, 2017 • B-3
Chuck James swaps stories with past KOC board president Dr. Michelle Lanter Brewer at the opera dinner.
Co-director of the opera competition Phyllis Driver welcomes opera supporter Doug McKamey to dinner. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell
Welcoming the judges By Sherri Gardner Howell Knoxville Opera Company has had no shortage of stars to come from these humble Tennessee hills – from the iconic Mary Costa and Delores Ziegler, to such talents as Cheryl Studer, Roy Smith and Kristen Lewis – just to name a few. And since everybody has to have that “start,” there are competitions every year to pick the best of the area, who then go on to compete regionally and, possibly, nationally. Phyllis Driver, a longtime KOC and KOC Guild member and supporter, is co-director of these annual auditions. “We alternate between Nashville and Knoxville,” explains Driver, “bringing in renowned judges to listen to young singers under the age of 30. The winners go on to the district level, then the Southeast regionals, with those final-
ists going to New York City when five overall winners are chosen.” Three judges came to Knoxville – braving the snow and enduring the cold – to conduct the competition last weekend. The Knoxville Opera Guild hosted a potluck dinner for guild and board members to meet the judges and show their appreciation. Maestro Brian Salesky was present, with guild president Eden McNabb Bishop conducting the evening’s festivities. Judges, all three first-timers in Knoxville although not new to judging the competition, were Keith Wolfe of Opera Birmingham; Melissa Wegner with the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and Mark Gibson with the College of Conservatory Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Mark Gibson, one of the judges for the competition, gets some refreshments from guild member Robin Gold.
The green beans were a hit at the potluck dinner. Filling plates are Paula McMorran and Dr. David Snow.
Knoxville Opera Guild president Eden McNabb Bishop introduces Phyllis Driver at a dinner to welcome audition judges to Knoxville. Driver is the co-director of the auditions.
Former guild president and current KOC board member Chuck James enjoys the dinner conversation.
A smorgasbord of good food awaited the diners. Going through the line are judges Keith Wolfe and Melissa Wegner with guild member Evelyn Hopp.
Sprecher on exhibit The Knoxville Museum of Art is honoring a local artist with a growing national reputation with an exhibit running Jan. 27 through April 16 at the museum. The new contemporary exhibition, Outside In, features work by Jered Sprecher, a professor at the University of Tennessee School of Art. Sprecher is gaining fame as one of the leading representatives of a generation of contemporary painters dedicated to the exploration and revitalization of abstraction. He describes himself as a
“hunter and gatherer,” pulling his imagery from such disparate sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones and X-rays. The exhibit reflects the range of Sprecher’s recent works in terms of format, scale, imagery and process. It also includes several new works designed to reference a space familiar to most: the living room. Sponsors for the exhibition include the National Endowment for the Arts and Emerson Process Management.
“Trees Walking” by Jered Sprecher is an oil on linen.
Sprecher’s “The Study” is oil on canvas.
HAPPENINGS ■■ KSO Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series: Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 11-12, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1015 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $20. Info/tickets: 291-3310 or knoxvillesymphony.com. Tickets also available at the door. ■■ The Ragbirds, The Valley Opera performing, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan 12, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston Pike. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. Info/tickets: openchordmusic.com; on Facebook. ■■ Public reception for three new exhibits, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 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 exhibit by Glass Guys, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave. Info/RSVP: facebook. com/events/1622896261347485. ■■ Josiah & The Greater Good, Dylan McDonald & the Avians, The Sedonas performing, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston Pike. Tickets: $7 advance; $10 day of show. Info/tickets: openchordmusic.com; on Facebook. ■■ Ijams Birding Series: Birding Brunch-Birds of Prey, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. For all ages. Light brunch provided. Fee: $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Info/registration: 5774717, ext. 110. ■■ Introductory Internet Genealogy class, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, East
Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info/registration: 215-8809. ■■ Dichoric Pendant workshop, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Donna Gryder. Info/registration: 494-9854 or applachianarts.net. ■■ Roane State’s Wilderness First Responder course, SundaySunday, Jan. 15-22, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Meets Tennessee EMS standards and national standards for first responder training. Must have completed professional-level CPR training. Info/registration: gsmit. org/wfr.html or 448-6709. ■■ A Night with the Arts: A Celebration Concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Features performances by the KSO Chamber Orchestra, Carpetbag Theater,
Celebration Choir and more. ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: “A Displaced Person,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Cedar Bluff AARP Chapter luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Speaker: Knox County Trustee Ed Shouse will address property tax questions.
■■ Production of “The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Thursdays-Sundays, Jan. 20Feb. 5, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: childrenstheatreknoxville.com. ■■ Wallace Coleman performs, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $15, some discounts available. Info/tickets: jubileearts.org.
■■ KSO’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: “Sibelius Violin Concerto,” 7:30 p.m. ThursdayFriday, Jan. 19-20, Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Featuring violinist Bella Hristova. Info/tickets: knoxvillesymphony.com.
■■ The Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo, Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 21-22, Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 at the door; kids 12 and under are free. Info: 414-6801.
■■ RB Morris with Greg Horne and Daniel Kimbro, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $15, some discounts available. Info/tickets: www.jubileearts.org.
■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: screening of “Wise Blood,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750.
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health & lifestyles News From Parkwest, west kNoxville’s HealtHcare leader • treatedwell.com • 374-Park
When should I go to the emergency department? According to the latest government statistics, approximately 136 million people are treated in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) every year. These patients are treated for a wide variety of medical conditions. How do you decide when a medical condition rises to the level of an emergency? The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers the following list of warning signs that indicate when something may be a medical emergency: ■ Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath ■ Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure ■ Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness ■ Changes in vision ■ Confusion or changes in mental status ■ Any sudden or severe pain ■ Uncontrolled bleeding ■ Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea ■ Coughing or vomiting blood ■ Suicidal feelings ■ Difficulty speaking ■ Shortness of breath ■ Unusual abdominal pain
If you think you or a loved one might be experiencing a medical emergency, come to the ED to have a doctor examine you. If you think the condition is life-threatening or the person’s condition will worsen on the way to the hospital, you need to call 911 so the local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider can come to you. The goal of the Parkwest ED is to ensure that every patient is seen by a provider within 30 minutes of arrival. The Parkwest Emergency Department sees patients based on the severity of their illnesses or injuries, not first-come, first-served. To get the best care as quickly as possible, note the following advice: ■ Bring a list of medications and allergies. What’s the name of the medication you are taking? How often do you take it and for how long? A list of allergies is important, especially if you have many. Be sure to include medications, foods, insects or any other product that may cause an allergic reaction. Parkwest can provide wallet-sized medication info cards free of charge if you’d like one. To get a medication info card, ask anyone in the ED or contact Parkwest Marketing at 373-1000.
Cold or When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can’t-move-a-muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have a cold or the flu? While it can be hard to tell, it’s important to know the difference between the symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness that can make you feel badly for a few days, while the flu can make you feel very sick for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia which may require hospitalization.
■ Know your immunizations. These immunizations mainly include Tetanus, Flu and Hepatitis B for adults. ■ Remain calm. It is difficult to remain composed if you’ve been badly injured, but a calm attitude can help improve communication with the doctors and nurses who are caring for you. ■ If you think you or a loved one is experiencing a cardiac emergency, call 911. EMS personnel and ambulances are prepared to handle these types of emergencies and can start some treatment modalities while en route to Parkwest. Plus, we’ll know you’re coming and can triage you faster than if you come on your own. “At the Parkwest Emergency Department, we want every patient to have excellent care,” says Medical Director Jeff Zurosky, MD. “Our compassionate team delivers quality medical treatment using an efficient, effective and Jeff Zurosky, patient-centered ap- MD proach to care.”
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tibiotic. Asthma is another cause of persistent coughing. ■ Persistent congestion If you already have f lu or cold and headaches: When colds and pneumonia is fever that comes back symptoms, call your doctor if you allergies cause congestion and blockage of sinus passages, they after having been gone for a day or also have any of the following: ■ Persistent fever: A fever can lead to a sinus infection. If two. lasting more than three days can you have pain around the eyes and Cold symptoms usually last for be a sign of a bacterial infection face with thick nasal discharge afabout a week. During the first three ter a week, you may have a sinus that should be treated. days that you have cold symptoms, infection and possibly need an ■ Painful swallowing: Alyou are contagious and can pass the antibiotic. Most sinus infections, though a sore throat from a cold cold to others, so stay home and get “Congestion, a sore throat and/ however, do not need an antibior f lu can cause mild discomfort, some rest. If your symptoms do not or sneezing are common with colds. otic. improve after a week, you may have Both colds and flu bring coughing, severe pain could mean strep In some cases, you may need a bacterial infection and could need headaches and chest discomfort,” throat, which requires treatment emergency medical attention by a doctor. antibiotics. says Zurosky. “However, with the ■ Persistent coughing: right away. In adults, signs of a flu, a high fever for several days with When a cough doesn’t go away af- crisis include: ■ Severe chest pain body aches, fatigue and profound ter two or three weeks, it could be ■ Severe headache bronchitis, which may need an anweariness is typically present.” ■ Shortness of Flu symptoms are breath usually more severe ■ Dizziness than cold symptoms Symptoms Cold Flu ■ Confusion and come on more ■ Persistent vomitquickly. Symptoms of Fever Sometimes, usually mild Usual; higher (100-102 F; occasioning flu include sore throat, ally higher); lasts three to four days fever, headache, musHeadache Occasionally Common cle aches and soreness, congestion and General Aches Slight Usual; often severe cough. Some types of Pains flu are also associated Fatigue, Weakness Sometimes Usual; can last two to three weeks with vomiting and diJust like cold viarrhea. ruses, f lu viruses Extreme Exhaustion Never Usual; at the beginning of the illness enter your body Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes through the mucous membranes of the Sneezing Usual Sometimes nose, eyes or mouth. Sore Throat Common Sometimes Every time you touch Most flu symptoms your hand to one Chest Discomfort, Mild to moderate; hacking Common; can become severe gradually improve in of these areas, you Cough cough two to five days, but could be infecting it’s not uncommon to yourself with a virus. Complications Sinus congestion; middle Sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infection, feel run down for a It is essential to keep ear infection pneumonia; can be life-threatening week or more. A comhands germ-free with mon complication of frequent washing to Prevention Wash hands often; avoid Wash hands often; avoid close conthe flu is pneumonia, prevent both f lu and close contact with anyone tact with anyone who has flu sympparticularly in the cold symptoms. Flu with a cold toms; get the annual flu vaccine young, elderly or peovaccinations can be ple with lung or heart obtained through Treatment Decongestants; pain reliev- Decongestants, pain relievers or fever problems. If you notice your family doctor or er/fever reducer medicines reducers are available over the counshortness of breath, let at several area walkter; prescription antiviral drugs for flu your doctor know. Anin clinics. may be given in some cases. other common sign of * content provided by Web MD.com
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What are common cold symptoms? Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat, which usually goes away after a day or two. Nasal symptoms, like a runny nose or congestion, follow with a cough by the fourth and fifth days. Fever is not typical in adults. Cold symptoms may cause watery nasal secretions for the first few days. Later, these secretions may become thicker and darker. Dark mucus is natural and does not always mean you have developed a bacterial infection.