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January 18, 2017

Pond Gap Elementary celebrates new wing

By Nick Della Volpe Should you seek one of the five Knoxville City Council seats up for election this year? The primary is just seven months away. You and your family must decide if you have the time and the inclination to serve. To start: Della Volpe Examine your district boundaries at Visit knoxvotes. org for rules and forms. Get a petition signed by at least 25 registered voters from your district (get 50 to be safe). Appoint a treasurer before you raise or spend the first dime. Ground game: Plan how you reach potential voters and persuade them to support you by their votes, campaign contributions, signs, and by contacting others to support you. That’s a mouthful. Let’s break it down. You have to ask people to vote for you. Talk to them in person if possible or use your phone, email or other social media. Recruit friends to help. Find the active voters. Of roughly 20,000 people in your district, fewer than 3,000 will actually vote. Get a disc of the regular voters from the election office and get your message to them. Money: How do you ask friends and strangers to cough up dough for your campaign? It feels kind of creepy. You hate to be a mooch. ... Get over it! You will need to raise at least $10,000 to buy several hundred signs, send two or three voter mail-outs, and maybe buy a few radio and newspaper ads. Name Recognition: Most folks will not be focused on the race until voting time is at hand (August primary and November general). Repetition means recognition. Save your main bucks for showtime. To page A-3

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The “art” of Dogwood Arts Festival took center stage last weekend with the re-scheduled open house for the Dogwood Arts’ First Friday. An impressive collection from glass artists who call the East Tennessee region home was expertly showcased at the organization’s new offices.

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By Kelly Norrell Phase I of an $8.56 million construction project at Pond Gap Elementary School is now complete, bringing the 350-student school a brand new wing with nine additional classrooms and banishing the portables. Phase II construction is underway, slated to bring a total of about 58,000 square feet to the school by start time in the fall. Ultimately the school will accommodate about 500 students, said principal Shelly McGill. After helping with the move just before Christmas, the students are enjoying their new facilities. She said that when students saw the new wing with a red stripe


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By Kelly Norrell The future of Israel under the Trump administration and the feasibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were among topics of a debate by two eminent Jewish journalists at Arnstein Jewish Community Center recently. About 150 attended the forum pitting J. J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of the left-leaning Forward newspaper and former U.S. bureau chief of Jerusalem Report, against Jonathan S. Tobin, senior online editor and chief politi-

cal blogger of the neoconservative Commentary Magazine. Stephen Rosen was moderator of the event sponsored by the Knoxville Jewish Alliance and the Alice, George & Kenneth Palmer Fund for Arts and Sciences Jan. 12. Arguing opposite sides of some of the world’s most contentious questions, the debaters remained congenial with one another, which Tobin said the whole world must learn to do. “What you witnessed here tonight is people willing to listen to one another. We are arguing, but we are talking with one an-

other. The thing we need to do is learn more and listen more.” His words were timely just before the international conference in Paris Jan. 15, aimed at solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The governments of both Israel and Palestine refused to attend. Both men spoke with caution about the new administration. “I don’t know what President Trump will do. He’s taken many To page A-3

‘Supremes’ singer Mary Wilson to visit Knoxville By Carol Z. Shane Pop singers come and go, some trailing clouds of glory, some disappearing after their allotted 15 minutes. Few have as generous a heart as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, who will perform as part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s News Sentinel Pops Series on Feb. 4. Wilson has graciously agreed to appear as a guest speaker at the Sister to Sister conference of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater Knoxville Chapter (NCBW, Greater Knoxville) at the Phyllis Wheatley Center ear-

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Plans for the $8.56 million construction project, posted by the front door, show the old portion outlined in orange at the bottom, the new wing in blue to the left, and Phase II in purple at the top.

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embedded in the tiles, they said, “Look, they rolled out the red carpet!” Features of the new wing include: ■■Classrooms for kindergartners, second- and third-graders, and for English as a second language instruction. ■■Promethean Activpanels for each new classroom, a device that looks like a giant TV screen but performs like a tablet. It connects with a teacher’s laptop via Bluetooth technology and also performs computer functions. ■■Unisex bathrooms ■■Hall clocks that run from a central system

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portunities that align with the NCBW’s mission.” She spoke with Jennifer Barnett Harrell, the KSO’s director of education and community partnerships, with whom she’d worked on MLK Day events. Harrell advised her to submit a written request, and she would forward it to Wilson’s team. Hundley handed the assignment to Delores Mitchell, human resources manager for Lowe’s in Knoxville and president of NCBW, Greater Knoxville. “I wrote the proposal,” says Mitchell, “and the KSO did the rest.” “The KSO has been a superb

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long-term partner with the Martin Luther King Jr. of Greater Knoxville Commission, where I also serve as a commissioner,” says Hundley. “The orchestra is known as a pillar in our community with a reputation of inclusiveness, which encouraged me to reach out.” With its Knoxville chapter established as a 501(c)(3) organization in July 2015, the NCBW is an advocacy group for women of color in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. The Sister to Sister conference To page A-3

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CAK offers rich learning environment, caring faculty By Kelly Norrell The peak Christian Academy of Knoxville admissions season, late January through March, is a special pleasure for new Admissions Director Stacey Bristow. A former high school teacher with MS and BS degrees from the University of Tennessee, Bristow brings personal as well as professional experience to the job she began in October of 2016. As parents of three CAK students – Larkin, 10, Reed, 16, and Chase, 17 – Bristow and her husband, Kent, have a 12-year relationship with CAK. She has volunteered in classrooms and served five years on the CAK Board of Directors. As she conducts campus tours and aids families, some of whom are considering private school for the first time, Bristow remembers her own anxious questions as a prospective CAK parent. Bristow’s advice to parents considering CAK is concise: “It is the best investment you will ever make. A good, strong education based on Biblical truth will increase your children’s opportunities and open doors for them. CAK prepares our students well for the next level of education, but more importantly, it prepares them for life.” Small class size, rigorous academic curriculum and robust athletic and arts programs are among the advantages of CAK students. Defining features of CAK include: ■ A partnership with Christian families to build a community of believers where a biblically based learning environment is at the core of

instruction. ■ A faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers who love the Lord and care for each student. ■ Low student-to-teacher ratios that result in individualized instruction for students. ■ Academic curriculum that equips graduates to enter the college of their choice. CAK students have earned $40 million in scholarships since 2010. ■ A multitude of extracurricular activities, including consistently high-performing athletic teams and a robust arts program that includes worship band, marching band, concert choir, performing arts and fine arts. CAK was the only Pre-K-12 school to receive Cityview Magazine’s “Best of the Best 2016” endorsement in the elementary, middle and high school private school category. CAK holds dual SACS/ Advanced Ed and ACSI accreditations. The richness of the academic program begins in the earliest years. For example, an elementary school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) laboratory partners with classroom teachers to enrich students via a wide variety of hands-on learning activities. High school students can choose from 11 AP and five dual enrollment classes, allowing them to finish with college credits. Additionally, it offers an extra period each

day when students can take an extra class if they choose. Students benefit from a wholeperson Bible-teaching approach. CAK elementary, middle and high schools each hold a weekly chapel for their students featuring praise music, speakers and Bible lesson. “CAK begins teaching Bible in preschool, and it goes through 1 2 t h

CAK admissions director Stacey Bristow with her husband, Kent, daughter, Larkin, 10, and sons Chase, 17, and Reed, 16. Photo by Grace Loope, CAK student

grade,” Bristow said. CAK graduates finish with all the Tennessee requirements plus at least four additional credits for Bible classes. She said standardized test scores are consistently much higher than Knox County public schools, and are on par or higher than other private schools in Knoxville. Bristow said that caring teachers are what parents love best about CAK. “The school is such an easy sell once parents come to campus and see the teachers at work. I tell parents, ‘Your teachers are spending more hours per day with your kids than you are.’” An Admissions Open House Jan. 26 from 8:30-11 a.m. will allow parents to attend a chapel, tour the campus and visit classes. Info: contact Director of Admissions Stacey Bristow at or call 813.4CAK.

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A student sings in a production of the musical “Annie.” CAK boasts a robust program in the arts.

Spiritual life is a vital part of each student’s education at CAK.

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Liberal journalist J.J. Goldberg, moderator Stephen Rosen and conservative journalist Jonathan Tobin held the stage at Jan. 12 debate. Photos by Kelly Norrell

Pond Gap Elementary principal Shelly McGill fields suggestions students email her on their Chromebooks. Photos by Kelly Norrell

New Wing Journalists debate positions,” Tobin said. Goldberg named Trump’s picks of advisors — ambassador pick David M. Friedman, aligned with the Israeli far right; secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO; Secretary of Defense pick James Mattis; and advisor Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. “You’re sowing confusion. That’s fine when you’re doing real estate deals in New York. It is explosive in foreign relations.” Tobin argued that outgoing President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry consistently took actions to try to protect Israel from its own decisions.

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“The question of where Israel’s border will be is open. The only legal border, until there is an agreement between Israel and Palestine, is the 1947 border adopted by the UN. Israel asks, ‘Why can we not choose our own capital?’ The world keeps saying, ‘Finish the Goldberg Tobin discussion. Agree on a borHe said Trump should re- der, and then build wherspect Israel to make its own ever you want.’” Tobin argued that a twodecisions and comply with Israeli demands to move the state solution is “the most U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv rational, sane way” to solve to Jerusalem, tacitly recog- the conflict between Israel nizing Jerusalem as Israel’s and Palestine. But he said that over and over the Palescapital. Goldberg countered that tinians have failed to meet Israel and Palestine must the Israelis halfway in negotiating a settlement. agree on the border first.

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But you will need signs earlier to let folks know you are running, and maybe pay for a mailout and/ or a meet-the-candidate gathering. Meanwhile, keep talking to people. Show up at community meetings. Ask for their vote. If you survive the August primary, you will then be running citywide – so yeah, more money is needed. Those last few weeks are a sprint with lots of additional ground to cover. Also, be sure to file the city and state financial disclosure reports on the schedule set by rules.

Platform: This need not be formal. Why are you the best person for the job? What distinguishes you from the two or three other serious candidates in your primary? Write it out. Talk it over with friends. Keep it simple. You are asking to represent about 20,000 people in your district (and ultimately 190,000 people in the city at large). You will be reviewing budgets and contracts, deciding zoning questions, and helping to set public policy for the future through ordinances.

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You should expect phone calls and emails from confused or angry citizens dealing with issues that confront them – and you are now their knowledgeable ombudsman channeling help from city departments and workers. You understand how the local government works. Do you have the time and the inclination to work for the betterment of your community? Then wade in, the water is fine. Nick Della Volpe, an attorney, represents District 4 on Knoxville City Council.

“The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Their national identity is built up in a war on Zionism that refuses to recognize a Jewish state.” Goldberg countered that Israelis have been divided and inconsistent in their offers and Palestinians doubted who would be in charge and whether Israel would carry the offers out. Of the Iran nuclear deal, Goldberg said, “It is as good as it could be. Once we agreed to negotiate with Iran, it was agreed they had a right to nuclear weapons.” “We can’t go back to where we were in 2013,” countered Tobin. “When Donald Trump said that was a terrible negotiation, he was right. President Obama tried to get a deal with Iran and lost leverage.” He said Trump should enforce the terms of the deal strictly and exercise economic sanctions when necessary. “International companies want to do business in the U.S. There are options to do things short of war.”

dents are economically disadvantaged and one-fifth are immigrants, good facilities are empowering as well as welcoming, McGill said. “We have really great families who work really hard. They want to help and be involved at their children’s school. We are a less affluent community. But we work hard and constantly want to better ourselves,” she said, adding that families are of about 15 nationalities and speak about 12 languages. The school puts its technology to work with the youngest students. For example, when students type in Google Docs using their Chromebooks, the teacher can see their work and give them feedback while they are typing. McGill asks students in her morning announcements to suggest “I am” statements for her to use, such as “I am a hard worker.” “I am a winner, a champion, and I am going to be extraordinary.” The students then email their ideas directly to McGill. Each day, McGill ends announcements with the same instruction: “Go forth and be awesome!” Good facilities may make that a little easier.


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will focus on HIV/AIDS, body image, breast and other cancer risks, sex and abstinence, date rape and domestic abuse. Wilson, who with her fellow Supremes represented the height of glamour and sophistication during the golden days of Motown in the ’60s and ’70s, is herself a passionate advocate for HIV/AIDS research and treatment, traveling as a CultureConnect ambassador on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. On the U.S. Embassy website, she stresses the need for celebrities to help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. “People listen to your songs. You can get their attention. “How sad this disease is. I’m not speaking as a victim. I’m speaking on the level that we all need to recognize – there are all different approaches to take to get to that area of healing. We have to start right at the family, at the little girls. We’ve got to teach those little children how to survive, go on to live, and have a future.” She has raised thousands of dollars for AIDS awareness, and here in Knoxville,

■■Roomy custodial closets. “Our old one was small, so custodial equipment is in the hall a lot,” said McGill. Phase II will enhance the reach of Pond Gap programmatically and as a community school. Still to come are a new administrative area, a secure vestibule, a new entrance facing Papermill Drive, a large new gym with a stage, large special education classrooms, modern music and art rooms, and a new cafeteria and kitchen. Each of the about 30 classrooms will have Activpanels. In a significant new feature, the additions will all be on one level, which will equip the school to accommodate students and parents with conditions requiring wheelchairs. A downstairs area that now houses the cafeteria may be used for activities like cooking classes and community activities. McGill said the move to the new classrooms was an all-school project, with students giving plenty of help. “It was great problem solving. They had to get past each other in the hallway carrying tables and fit things through the doors. And they loved using the dollies.” At Pond Gap Elementary, where 90 percent of the stu-

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she’ll have her boots on the ground, walking the walk, when she speaks directly to some of those girls and their families. KSO executive director Rachel Ford says, “It is very kind of a celebrity like Mary Wilson to donate her time like this. We are looking forward to the KSO Pops performance that will feature Mary on Feb. 4 at the Civic Auditorium and are glad to have engaged an artist who cares about the community she’s visiting and is willing to volunteer her time to speak about important social issues.” “We believe that Mary Wilson is capable of speaking into the lives of our participants and can encourage those of us who are walking alongside of her championing these efforts,” says Hundley. “It was simply a gift from God that she agreed.” Info: about Mary Wilson’s work as a CultureConnect ambassador, iipdigital.; about the NCBW, 100blackwomen-greaterknox v; for ticketes to the KSO’s Pops Series,




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Inauguration Day trivia! day did not move to Jan. 20 until 1933. There are certain things scheduled to happen every Inauguration Day. The day begins with a worship service and then the current president and new president ride together to the inauguration. The president repeats his oath directly from the Constitution. All but three presidents have placed their hands on the Bible. John Quincy Adams used a constitutional law book. Franklin Pierce and Theodore Roosevelt chose not to place an oath on the Bible. Three presidents have had to restate their oath after the ceremony. Chester Arthur and Calvin Coolidge took the oath outside Washington, D.C. and had to restate the oath when back in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama had to retake the oath after the Chief Justice had him repeat the wrong words during the ceremony. After the oaths, the new President gives a speech called the Inaugural Address to the audience. George Washington gave the shortest one at 135 words. The longest speech was William Harrison’s, which he gave on a chilly, rainy March day. He then got pneumonia and died a month later. After the speeches, the outgoing president and his family leave the capital city while the new president goes to lunch in the Capitol Building. Next week, we will learn some interesting history about the rest of the day! Watch next week’s events to see new history being made! Comments to oswaldswordtn@gmail. com

First graders Jimaya Goss and Shardae Mackerson had been waiting for the playround to open. Photos by Kelly Norrell

First grader Dakota Ford loves the steering wheel, the swinging bridge and the monkey bars.

New playground gets joyful response By Kelly Norrell Pond Gap Elementary student Cazuan Hall, 6, leaped on a mat of shredded mulch and snow one recent morning, playing on the new playground at his school. There were four slides, a merry-go-round, a climbing wall, eight swings, a firefighter’s pole and much more. “I thought this would be awesome. It is awesome,” Cazuan said, as he paused beneath the rope bridge. “I like all of it.” It was the first day the playground was open, and the children’s joy brought principal Shelly McGill to tears. “I am so happy that our kids have the safe and engaging place to play that they deserve,” she said. “I just feel happy because I really wanted this playground. It is very important because children want something to play with,” said first grader Jimaya Goss, 6. Her friend, first grader Shardae Mackerson, 6, chimed in: “I like the slides!” Second grader Waco Marsh, 9, who swung from bright red parallel bars as he talked, summed it up best: “It’s important to have a playground so kids

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By Kip Oswald Over the holidays, our competitive family played a lot of board games during our family time. Now, I can’t tell you how many times Kip Kinzy and I lost because we didn’t know some trivial presidential history. This made us decide to find some fun, little known facts to help us win those family board games someday, and maybe you will enjoy learning these things too! For the next two articles, we will look at Inauguration Day, a tradition that is special to our country and is happening on Jan. 20. Donald Trump will be inaugurated as our 45th president, but should he really be our 46th? Did you ever hear of President Atchison? Trivia question! If David Atchison had ever been counted as one of our presidents, Mr. Trump would be number 46! Zachary Taylor, our 12th president, was due to be inaugurated on a Sunday but due to his religion, he refused until Monday. Since there was not an acting president or vice president, Mr. Atchison, who was a senator from Missouri, became president for 24 hours. Also, during that 24 hours, he appointed many of his friends to cabinet offices, but just for 24 that hours. Now that is good trivia! Of course, George Washington was the very first president to be inaugurated, but it was in the spring to avoid bad weather. The


Second grader Waco Marsh loves having a place to have fun and burn off energy.

can have fun. Kids need to play to use up their energy.” The opening of the Pond Gap Elementary playground Jan. 10 was a joyful milestone that raises the quality of daily life for some 350 children who attend the school. It also sends a powerful message to the community, said McGill. For the past few months, the children had no outdoor equipment but a stretch of blacktop with a swing set and a pair of broken basketball goals. Then that also was lost to construction at the school. “Physical activity is vital for children. It is good for their brains to be physically active. This playground sends a message of how much we value the whole child,” McGill said. Built for an estimated $80,000 after a fundraising campaign that began in the fall of 2014, the playground also reflects the concern of local residents. McGill said the school staff was overwhelmed at the generosity of donors like the Rotary Club of Bearden, Knox County Schools, 100 Women Who Care, and many individuals, who gave more than $23,000 in personal gifts. The Bearden Beer Market also do-

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nated. The significance of the playground runs deep, said first-grade teacher Ann Glandorf. “This is a huge deal. It has been the talk of my room all morning. A lot of the children live in apartments where there is no place to play. “I want them to have a high expectation of life. When they come to school and they have broken swings and a broken basketball goal, it sets the bar of expectation pretty low.” Teachers took classes out a few at a time and instructed children in the playground rules. “The rule on the slide is, ‘One at a time,’” said secondgrade teacher Terri Maples. “Slide down on your bottom, not head first. When you get to the bottom, move on. There is someone coming behind you.” “We have waited forever for this playground. My favorite things are the spinny thing (the merry-go-round), the rope bridge and the steering wheel (mounted on a pole for children to spin),” said second grader Leanna Loy. “I like the swings,” said second grader Bryan Vanzuela-Garcia, 8, as he pumped higher and higher. “I feel happy.”

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Pond Gap School second-grade teachers Sarah Hinton and Terri Maples oversee the children’s favorite plaything – the merry-go-round, which they call “the spinny thing.”

WordPlayers partner with Erin Presbyterian Church for ‘A Woman Called Truth’ By Carol Z. Shane For the past three years, The WordPlayers of Knoxville, a company of Christian theater artists, has called Erin Presbyterian Church home. The church not only provides space for an office, but for rehearsals and performances. “We’re very much into creative expression here,” says the Rev. John Stuart in his musical Scottish brogue. Indeed, his church Artece Slay played the title role in the WordPlayers’ 2014 production of “A Woman Called Truth.” This time around, she’s directing. Photo submitted

The gift of snow For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out of my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11 NRSV) We were in the mountains when the snow fell. It began with large flakes, flakes so heavy they didn’t drift and float, but fell straight down, as if in a hurry to get to the ground. Truth be told, I become a child again when snowflakes start falling. I can stand at the window, watching the floating, drifting flakes, and I am filled with wonder by the fact that, like people, no two snowflakes are alike. It seems to me to be proof that God loves His children, and knows that

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an Called Truth” by Sandra Fenichel Asher at the church. The play is an account of the life and achievements of Sojourner Truth, who was born into slavery in the late 18th century, escaped, and rose to fame as an abolitionist, eventually delivering the famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech at the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. “It’s American history; it’s not just black history,” says Lamm. “She advanced civil rights, women’s rights, African-American rights. It is very educational and inspiring.” Artece Slay, who appeared in the title role in the company’s 2014 pro-

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Food City recognizes employees who give back By Margie Hagen Local Food City employees are being recognized by the company for their volunteer service with organizations throughout the area. As community members who work hard at their jobs, they still find time to serve others. These store associates will go on to vie at the district level for the opportunity to win a contribution for their organization at a special Food City corporate luncheon on Feb. 8. Congratulations, and we salute you for all you do to make a difference for so many.

As the front end manager of the Hardin Valley store, Lauren Blevins keeps busy, but still finds time to volunteer for Transforming Adoption. “We focus on adoptive and foster families to educate and give them tools to nurture.” Photos

by Margie Hagen

Janie Grigsby loves helping people, both on the job and off. Find her in the produce department of the Middlebrook Pike Food City, where she takes pride in her department. She was recognized for her volunteer work at Karns Library, where she “works in the stacks and keeps things in order.”

Bearden Food City employee and PSCC student Faith Hughes has volunteered at Centro Hispano de ET for over a year. It started as an 8-hour college project, but she found the work fulfilling and decided to stay on. Hughes now helps the community with GED and ESL courses.

Jim Ingram has been with Food City Deane Hill for five years; his volunteer work benefits Central Baptist Church of Bearden, where he has been a member for 35 years. He is certified for disaster relief, and over the years has helped victims of floods and hurricanes. Next he will assist Gatlinburg in recovery efforts.

When not working at Food City College Homes, Becky Siedler volunteers with Intergroup ET of Alcoholics Anonymous. Serving people confidentially, she finds the work personally rewarding.

Lovely City: Anderson County’s smallest town By Bonnie Peters Sometimes an innocent question can lead to a fascinating story. The question was – where is Lovely Bluff? Well, it is in Lovely City, up near Lake City (now Rocky Top) on the south bank of Coal Creek. There was once a grist mill there at the foot of a picturesque bluff where clear, cold springs flow out of almost solid limestone rock. George W. Lovely, who had emigrated here from Pennsylvania, owned the land and the mill and decided he would like to build a legal whiskey distillery, which is believed to be the only legal distillery to be operated in Anderson County. There was a kink in his plan – a distillery must be located in an incorporated town. Lovely applied for and received from the state of Tennessee a charter of incorporation for a town to be called Lovely City. The 17 qualified voters voted unanimously for incorporation. The petition for the town

charter was filed in Chancery Court in Anderson County June 8, 1897, by: G.W. Lovely, David Lovely, J.A. Cornwell, Cornelius Hatmaker, W.H. Hatmaker, J.A. Maples, T.J. Morgan, M.B. Hogan, J.R. Webb, Rich Green, Bud McGhee, William Green Sr., T.W. Green and C.M. Leinart. Notices were published in the Clinton Gazette. The charter was signed by the Tennessee Secretary of State June 21, 1897. Of course, George W. Lovely was elected mayor. After all, the town included only his farm and property. There was one ward with two aldermen – W.H. Whitaker and M.B. Hogan. Mark Herrell was elected constable and J.A. Cornwell was recorder. Most of my information was obtained from Lee Robbins’ history collection; Glenn McCoy; “Anderson County Sketches” by Katherine Hoskins; and Mary Harris, the present Anderson County historian.

Lovely’s family provided information on the city and the distillery back in the 1970s and indicated Lovely had two helpers in addition to his son, John, who helped some before making the army his career. The physical description of the town’s location refers to the Henderson Land Company that is also prominent in Union County and Big Valley history. The still house a few yards away had an office and a storage room. Also close by was the Lovely residence. The town is said to have had six houses, a schoolhouse, a post office, a distillery, a saloon and a caboose. Other houses and buildings were close by. In 1902 there were five saloons in Clinton near the depot and wharf where rafts of logs were loaded or delayed waiting for high tide. Lovely City is the smallest town in Anderson County and is believed to be the smallest town in Tennessee.

HomeTrust Bank aids fire victims

HomeTrust Bank Rotarians present Fred Heitman, Rotary district governor, with a check for $4,500 to support Sevier County fire victims: Luke Chill, business banking officer; Megan Belcher, Farragut branch manager; Heitman; Kelly Vittatoe, Bearden branch manager; and Trey Coleman, Knoxville market president. After the fires, Rotary started collecting necessities for the people affected by the fire. Now they need monetary donations. The check from HomeTrust Bank will pay for medications.

Impact of climate change is topic

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The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present a program on global warming and climate change 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Roane State Community College, City Room, in Oak Ridge. Dr. Joanne Logan, UT associate professor and an expert on the subject, will present the program “It’s All in the Timing: Impacts of

Global Warming on Ecosystems and Phenology.” Logan teaches in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. She has studied climatology for 30 years, and she directs the undergraduate program in environmental and soil siences. The program is free. Info: or 483-3571.

Bonnie Peters is the Union County historian.

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Kids can hit the books, earn a bike Christmas has come and gone, but some elves are still in K nox v ille s u r pr i si ng students. The Bike Elf organization volu nte er s Tim Adams stopped by Wesley House last week and announced their new initiative, Read, Write and Ride with Bike Elf. The program will challenge the students of Wesley House Community Center’s afterschool program to earn a bicycle during the spring term at school. The challenge was given by Wesley House’s Tim Adams and Anderson Olds: All students in the program who earn first honors (all As and Es) in school on the next two report cards will receive a bicycle from Bike Elf. Olds said that two Wesley House program goals for 2017 were: 1) to find ways to honor their participant children by celebrating them and their successes, and 2) to create motivating educational programs and incentivize learning. Bike Elf co-founders Dewayne and Leigh Wilson contacted Olds in October 2016 with an interest in partnering with Wesley House. Dewayne believes in students earning the bicycles. Students meeting the goal will be awarded a bicycle, helmet and bike lock in June. The bicycles are not new, but after the elf volunteers are done refurbishing them, it’s hard to tell. The volun-

teers clean the bikes, repaint them when necessary, add new tires, seats and other needed repairs. During a recent assembly, students stepped up, were measured and signed their name on several posters indicating the size bicycle needed when they meet the goal. Over the next four months, Bike Elf and Wesley House have activities planned to remind the kids of their goal and keep them motivated to achieve earning a bicycle. Bike Elf is in its second year of giving bikes to children and began after the Wilsons and their friends had dinner together before Christmas. Kristi Fightmaster, on the board of the Salvation Army in Maryville, shared with the Wilsons how children left on the Angel Tree were usually ones who had requested bicycles for Christmas. The Wilsons decided to collect enough bikes to give 100 away for Christmas 2015, but after some discussion, the delivery date was moved to June for the first giveaway as a way to motivate students in school. In the first year they received over 200 bike donations. They will hold a bike drive at the Boys & Girls Club of Maryville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 18, for anyone interested in donating a used bicycle or to make monetary donations (to purchase seats, tires, tubes, etc. to repair the bicycles). Bike Elf’s motto is “You donate ’em. We fix ’em. Kids earn ’em.” Info: or Facebook/bikeelf

Union County Business and Professional Association secretary Alicia Lucy reads a Christmas thank-you card from scholarship recipient Hunter Collins.

Joanie Brock of the Union County Vendor Mall speaks to the Union County Business and Professional Association about opportunities at the mall. Photos by S. Carey

Vendor Mall grows, seeks more vendors By Shannon Carey There’s a place where Union County’s crafters and small business owners can see their dreams realized, and that place is the Union County Vendor Mall. Mall founder Joanie Brock visited the Union County Business and Professional Association Jan. 10, at the urging of UCBPA vice president and Vendor Mall vendor Martin Shafer. The Vendor Mall operates through booth rentals. Each vendor rents a booth for a fee plus a 13 percent commission on each sale. The vendors design and merchandise their booths, and Brock staffs the mall during business hours. She also gives each vendor a website and hosts and advertises events to bring business to the mall. “I wanted to give small business owners the opportunity to keep their

day job and start their small business,” said Brock. Brock started with her testimony. She had been in healthcare for 20 years when a promotion and pay raise was offered to her. She took the promotion, and six months later her position was cut. “I had gotten away from where I needed to be,” she said. “I was more concentrated with my job than with following my God.” She said the job cut was God telling her, “I had a plan for you and you didn’t listen.” Brock loves refinishing and repurposing furniture, and her uncle J.T. Russell had space open in the industrial park on Durham Drive in Maynardville. Brock opened the mall to have a place to market her wares

Winter farmers market underway

Nourish Knoxville has opened the winter farmers market for its fourth season. Patrons can shop from a host of farms selling locally grown produce, meat, eggs, honey, herbs, plants and more, along with artisan food and craft producers with baked goods, prepared foods and handcrafted items. Food trucks will be stationed in the parking lot to provide brunch and locally roasted coffee. The winter farmers market is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every other Saturday through April, starting Jan. 14, at Central United Methodist Church, 201 East Third Ave. Nourish Knoxville has launched the Power of Produce (PoP) Club, which gives 9051 Executive Park Dr. Suite 401 children the opportunity to become an active part of their local food economy by empowering them to make their own food choices with their PoP Bucks. The market will also provide the Fre$h Savings program, a matching program that allows SNAP recipients to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets. The market also will feature cooking classes with Katie Dodson. Nourish Knoxville is a non-profit working to support relationships among Although offering full scope optometric care, Dr. Rhyne will continue to emphasize the diagnose farmers, artists and the and treatment of visual disorders associated with problems in developmental delays and learning difficulties along with problems caused by trauma (head injuries, stroke, and other neurological community through outdisorders.) Prescribed treatment consists of specialty lenses and vision therapy. Dr, Rhyne who reach, education and advohas 42 years of experience in this field was recently honored by the Consumer Research Council cacy, and to build healthy of America by his inclusion in “Guide to America’s Top Optometrist” 2016 Edition. communities through conFor more details call: 865-437-3166 nections to local food. KN-1401415

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and to help other crafters get off the ground. She promised God that everything she did with the business would be to glorify him. Now, the mall has 13 vendors, three new vendors joining this winter, and room for more. Shoppers have come from Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Texas, and of course Knoxville. Local artist Betty Bullen has a booth, with Union County Heritage prints available for purchase, and some original works. Shafer’s woodwork is there, including his Union County coasters. Other items include Knoxville Soap and Candle Company products, primitive home décor, fabric items, silk floral arrangements and much more. “I’ve got a lot of talented vendors,” said Brock. “We’ve got a big variety of items, and it’s always changing.”

COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ East Tennessee author Jean Leigh Claudette book signing, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Suburban Plaza, 8029 Kingston Pike. ■■ West Knox Preschool & Activities Fair, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, St. John Neumann Catholic School (SJNCS) gym, 625 Saint John Court. Info: events/1754877141501593/. ■■ Council of West Knox County Homeowners. Info: ■■ Family Community Education-Bearden Club. Info: Shannon Remington, 927-3316. ■■ Family Community Education-Crestwood Club. Info: Ruby Freels, 690-8164. ■■ Fourth District Democrats. Info: Chris Foell, 691-8933 or foellmc@; Rosina Guerra, or 588-5250. ■■ Historic Sutherland Heights Neighborhood Association. Info: Marlene Taylor, 951-3773, ■■ Lyons View Community

Club. Info: Mary Brewster, 454-2390. ■■ Third District Democrats. Info: Liz Key, 201-5310 or; Isaac Johnson, 310-7745 or ■■ Toastmasters Club 802. Info: 802. ■■ West Hills Community Association. Info: Ashley Williams, 313-0282. ■■ West Knox Lions Club. Info: ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Robin Bennett, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. ■■ West Knox Book Club: “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah, 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Info: 588-8813. ■■ Homeschoolers @ Cedar Bluff Branch Library: Everyday Expressions with the East Tennessee Historical Society, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Grades 3-8. Info/registration: 470-7033. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Miss Lynn, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033.


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Greg Maciolek to be district governor By Tom King Today his title is “District Governor - Nominee Designate.” Next year the title will be “District Governor Nominee.” In two years he’ll be “District Governor Elect.” And finally, for Tom King the Rotary year 2019-20, he will be just “District Governor” – or DG Greg. I’m talking about Greg Maciolek, a three-time past president of the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club. He was selected by a nominating committee of past district governors to lead District 6780’s 65 clubs and is the Breakfast club’s first member to ever become a District Governor. And as part of this process, District 6780 Rotarians will confirm him as DG-ND at the annual District Conference on April 22 in Chattanooga. Greg owns Integrated Management Resources Inc., a management consulting and training company that provides assessments for hiring, development, coaching and career, plus leadership and communications training. He joined the Breakfast Club (which meets each Wednesday morning at Gettysvue Country Club)

in 1999 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. He currently serves as the club’s public image Greg Maciolek chair and is involved in many club activities. He’s also Rotary Zone 30 public image coordinator and wears two hats for District 6780 – district secretary and communications chair. He also serves as the district’s videographer with over 150 videos completed on behalf of the district and zone. Greg served 26 years in the Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. He retired with the rank of colonel. He was a fighter pilot flying the F-106A/B, F-4C/D and the F-16ADF aircraft. He attended Troy State University and received a master’s in human resources, and his undergraduate degree was earned at Wayne State University. “I am humbled to be selected to serve as district governor and I look forward to serving the clubs in any way I can to make them more viable, effective and to reach more people to help. Rotary is indeed serving humanity,” Greg said. Greg is married to Brissa and they have three grown children and five grandsons and live in Knox County.

FAITH AND SENIOR NOTES ■■ Cumberland Estates Recreation Center, 4529 Silver Hill Drive. Info: 588-3442. ■■ Frank R. Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road. Info: 670-6693. ■■ John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info: 523-1135. ■■ Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail. Info: 546-1700. ■■ Solway UMC, 3300 Guinn Road, hosts a women’s Bible study 10 a.m. each Thursday. The group is led by Cindy Day. Info: 661-1178.

Knoxville Martial Arts Academy owners Eric and Taylor Turner and Joey Zonar are getting a kick out of their new location in the former Pease Furniture building. Photo by Betsy Pickle

Mixing it up at family-friendly gym By Betsy Pickle

The Knoxville Martial Arts Academy raised its visibility about a hundredfold when it moved from the former Sevier Heights Baptist Church campus in South Haven to the former Pease Furniture building at 4201 Martin Mill Pike. “It’s been crazy because now we have windows and people can see us,” says Joey Zonar, who owns KMAA with Eric and Taylor Turner. The traffic light at the intersection of Martin Mill and Ogle Avenue ensures that hundreds of stopped passersby get daily glimpses of people engaging in mixed martial arts, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu or exercise classes. “We’ve had an immense amount of traffic.” Ironically, KMAA had much more modest roots nearby. Eric Turner “was teaching about a mile from here in his little one-car garage that he turned into a gym,” says Zonar. They met in 2002, after Zonar had been study-

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ing karate for a couple of years. Turner was teaching an MMA class, which was a novelty at the time. “I fell in love with it instantly, stopped doing karate and started following him around,” says Zonar, a Karns High School graduate. “We’ve been together ever since.” They started teaching together about 10 years ago at locations in Farragut and West Knoxville. Their move to South Knoxville doubled their space to 12,000 square feet. When the Pease Furniture owners decided to close their store and sell the property, the Turners and Zonar purchased it and nearly tripled their space. KMAA connected with a mindset that has continued to expand. “Everybody’s talking about fitness and exercising and a new way of

life,” says Zonar. “Be fit, live longer, be healthier.” He says that KMAA is different because of its “family culture” and “welcoming” environment. “I would say probably 50 percent of the members are families. Everybody’s super nice and friendly.” It’s also different because of its emphasis on martial arts and self-defense as a path to fitness. The gym still has a strong MMA presence, with drills five nights a week and sparring on the sixth. Their top fighter, former University of Tennessee football player Ovince Saint Preux, is ranked No. 6 in the UFC. “We actually have about 10 professional fighters,” says Zonar. “We have about 15 amateur fighters.” KMAA has 10 female

fighters, which is unusual, he says. Most gyms in Tennessee have only one or two. “The environment here is not like most gyms,” he says. “It’s not like a meathead place.” He notes that Taylor Turner is a mother and has a master’s degree in nutrition, in addition to competing in MMA. “You would never think that she would compete or anything just because of her bubbly, happy personality.” Their “most prestigious” female fighter, Shanna Young, is also a college graduate and a mother. Zonar says KMAA is a great place to get support for New Year’s fitness resolutions, whether for weight loss or just getting in shape. Info: www.knoxmma. com


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Reflections on Cuba and life after Fidel Castro By Carolyn Evans Lisette Carey got an important text from her son on Black Friday: “Castro died.” The death of Fidel Castro is of the utmost significance to Carey, since his communist regime changed the course of her family’s lives. “Castro misled everybody,” says the mother of two grown children who owns and runs Greer’s Home Furnishing in Loudon with her husband, Bo. “He led everybody to believe he would be for democracy and the freedom of the people. I think at the beginning my parents were deceived too. A lot of people were fooled. He didn’t declare he was a communist till later. He imprisoned the people who were against the communist regime, including my brother-in-law. He really just robbed everybody of their human rights. Anybody who said anything against the government, they would imprison. When I found out that he passed, I was thinking, ‘Well, he can’t hurt anybody anymore.” Carey was a preschooler when she, two younger sisters and her mother flew from Cuba to Miami. Her father, a physician, soon found a job at a Veterans Administration hospital in Murfreesboro, where the family would grow to 11 children (although the oldest remained for a while in Cuba).

Lisette Carey looks at a price tag on a lamp in the furniture store she and her husband own in Loudon.

Brown feels the love at retirement party By Betsy Pickle It’s hard to surprise former Ninth District C o u n t y Commissioner Mike B r o w n . He’s always been the guy plugged into nearly Mike Brown ever y t hing that’s going on in South Knox. One of the rare occasions came last week, when Brown was treated to a retirement party instead of the typical lodge meeting he was expecting. The longtime WoodmenLife chapter member and officer should have known something was up when his wife, Jan Brown, kept drag-

ging her heels beforehand. But when he walked into the packed private dining room at Shoney’s on Chapman Highway, he was overcome seeing the faces of friends and colleagues from nearly 60 years of work and community service. Rochelle Cordova of WoodmenLife served as emcee for the upbeat affair. There were plenty of “Mike Brown stories,” including some told by Brown himself – on himself. There were so many presentations of plaques and certificates and gushing tributes praising Brown’s community service that it was hard to keep track of them all. Brown seemed particularly taken with two – first, when his successor on com-

“I really admire my parents because they had the guts to say we’re leaving everything because of freedom,” she says. “The fact is that when you come to another country, even if you’re a professional, you still have to start over. I think at the beginning they thought this was a temporary thing. I remember hearing them say ‘We’ll be going back.’” She eventually earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee and later met her husband. They settled in Loudon, where Greer’s Home Furnishings had been in business since 1890. Even though her relatives left Cuba at different times, she would like to see Havana (where she was born) and the country’s architecture. But low airfares aren’t tempting her, since Fidel’s brother, Raul, controls the government. She says some things need to change before she goes. She wants to see the people have the right to vote, freedom of speech, and a democratic government in place first. “I’m not for the flights,” she says. “I’m not for going there because the Castro government will get the benefits. My desire is for the Cuban people to have 100 percent freedom and human rights. I’d like to see Cuba’s infrastructure rebuilt and all the prisoners freed.” In the meantime, she’s perfectly content where she is. “I like it here,” she says. “I don’t want to go back to the way things were. I think life here is wonderful. I love the United States. This is my country. I’ll always stay here.”

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Duane Grieve, who retires in December because of term limits. Christensen may be opposed by David Williams and Tim Hill. Others mentioned include Bearden activist Terri Faulkner, West Hills sidewalk supporter Sandi Robinson, Knox County election commissioner Andrew Roberto, and former Democratic party vice chair Doug Veum. This could be a crowded field that triggers much interest. ■■ Lois Riggins Ezzell, the 35-year director of the state museum, has been gone 18 days but only a few blocks away, where she secured an easy $40,000-ayear job as a fundraiser for the new museum building at age 77. Interestingly, no one asked her to do this except herself. But the foundation board is in her pocket and they are happy to spend money citizens give for the museum to enhance her personal retirement on top of her state pension. She attempted her last week in office to create an actual office for herself within the museum as the foundation actually does not have office space anywhere. When museum commission chair Tom Smith discovered this last-minute maneuver, he placed a halt to it. This sequence of events is impossible to make up. It is also most unfortunate that some public employees do not realize when it is time to depart. The museum commission is scheduled to meet next week, Jan. 24, to choose a permanent replacement. Meanwhile the governor is trying to raise $40 million to pay for the new $160 million museum. Birthdays: Chancellor Mike Moyers turns 56 on Jan. 19. Congratulations! Marie Leonard, widow of Farragut’s first mayor, Bob Leonard, celebrated her 90th birthday last Saturday at the Farragut Town Hall. Knoxville’s oldest living former mayor, Randy Tyree, turns 77 on Jan. 20. He was also the youngest person ever to be elected mayor in 1975 when at age 35 he was elected over the late Kyle Testerman.

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UT makes life more difficult for Butch Top leadership of the University of Tennessee, if there really is some, has made life more difficult than necessary for Butch Jones. As the coach sought to improve his staff, prospective assistants kept asking nosey questions about who will be the next athletic director. Potential offensive coordinators with names you might recognize were curious about the job and such trivia as chain of command, grasp and understanding, long-term stability and exactly how important will football be in the overall scheme of things. Here’s the dilemma: If Butch was forced to pick an available replacement for Mike DeBord when he really wanted someone else, he has a built-in excuse for future problems. You tied my hands. President Joe DiPietro and the board of trustees have known for months and months that UT needed a chancellor and athletic director. We’ve all known since August that Jimmy Cheek and Dave Hart were moving on.

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Common sense dictated a new chancellor was the first priority in replacing the lame ducks – just in case that person wanted a vote in the selection of the new athletic director. Identifying Beverly J. Davenport took almost forever. Time dragged on. Even for a quick study, figuring out what is Tennessee football takes longer than making instant potatoes. Delay, delay, delay. Finally, she or DiPietro or somebody more powerful wants a professional search company to sort through AD possibilities, make recommendations and mask responsibility. There was a time Butch and I thought we knew the next athletic director would be David Blackburn, Vol for life, very successful as recent leader of athletics at UT-

Chattanooga. He seemed so obvious. He is 50. He has the ideal background. He has experience. He knows everybody who matters, big donors, politicians, thousands of fans. DiPietro is already his top boss. David, son of a high school coach, was born in Loudon. He played quarterback there. He enrolled at UT and learned a lot as student manager for John Majors’ teams in 1988-89. He went to Morristown to be a coach. Phillip Fulmer invited him back for an administrative role in recruiting and compliance and a few dozen other things. Doug Dickey saw greater potential and promoted Blackburn. Through the years, he looked after facilities, fundraising and event management. Because he could read and write, he evolved into the athletic department connection to the Thornton Center and academics. He participated in coaching searches. He became a senior associate AD under Mike Hamilton. He was a big help in dealing with the NCAA during

a time of crisis, the Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin era. If winning matters, it appears Blackburn and Chattanooga have excelled. Last year UT-C became the first school in a hundred years to win Southern Conference titles in football and men’s and women’s basketball. Maybe I shouldn’t mention that the basketball Mocs defeated the Vols in the opener of this season. Maybe I shouldn’t mention that Blackburn is Tennessee through and through. He is not from Florida or Alabama or even Cincinnati, from whence cometh Dr. Davenport and, before that, Coach Jones. David has never been athletic director at Notre Dame or UCLA or even Kansas or Kentucky. He is known widely but is not famous outside the Volunteer family. But, he is smart and aware and interested. Come to think of it, if the big time is what really matters. Dr. Davenport has never been chancellor at any of those places. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero,com.

School board politics: It’s not about party There are no Rs or Ds on local school board ballots. Board members are elected on a non-partisan basis, and despite some past saber rattling from the Red-tothe-Roots crowd, it doesn’t appear that Republicans are preparing to change that status. This probably makes Patti Bounds Mike Edwards Knox County school board chair Patti Bounds happy. Bounds is worried about Betsy DeVos, the ultra-conservative Amway billionaire who is President-elect DonBetty ald Trump’s choice to head Bean the Department of Education. It’s DeVos’ identification with school privatizaFor Bounds, a conser- tion, not her overall politics, vative who was raised Re- that bothers Bounds, who is publican, it’s educational also not comfortable with philosophy, not party lines some of the positions of that divide the board, the state legislators who repmajority of whom oppose resent her district, even much of the reform agenda though they are fellow Refavored at the state and na- publicans. “The more I get to know tional levels. “I could probably tell you them and the more I study where people come down, the issues, the more I just if you had to put them in want to scream when Bill a box, as far as Republi- Dunn talks about vouchcans and Democrats, but ers. And the more time I’m that’s not what affects how spending in Nashville, the they vote,” Bounds says. more I’m seeing the pres“We have some very di- sures to conform and fit in.” But the group she finds verse opinions. But here’s the thing that makes me most worrisome is the state feel like I’m out there and school board, whose nine don’t know who I am some- voting members (one per times: it’s the Democrats (in congressional district) are Nashville) who are fighting appointed by the governor for (public) education and to serve five-year terms. see the dangers in the re- This board strongly supform movement (excessive ports charters and vouchers high stakes testing, charter and high-stakes testing. “Some of them have zero schools, vouchers and privatization, linkage of teacher knowledge of education, evaluations to sometimes- and they’re the ones making the major decisions. They’re flawed test results).”

not accountable to anyone,” Bounds says. “The only one Mike Edwards (who represents the Second Congressional District) is answerable to is Bill Haslam, and citizens have no vote in the matter. I think they’re good people and have done good things for the state. If you’d asked me 10 years ago, as an average person, if I was in favor of vouchers, I’d say, ‘What’s a voucher?’ And you’d say every child deserves a good school, and I’d agree. It’s the far-right people saying that’s what they are trying to do. You have to ask why are they doing this.” Bounds worries that the Legislature might try to abolish local school boards and let the state board run everything from Nashville.

Edwards takes issue with most of what Bounds said. He said he’s studying a stack of documents seven inches thick for the next board meeting, and considers himself answerable to Tennessee’s schoolchildren – not to the governor. He said he doesn’t see teachers as adversaries and that nobody is looking to shut down local school boards. “Our biggest push is not against teachers. It is against the U.S. Department of Education. We’re not answerable to the governor. And we’re not trying to please the governor. Nor or we trying to please the Department of Education. “None of us are ideological and none of us are on there with an agenda.”

Here comes Harry

Former state Rep. Harry Tindell, 56, has announced his intention to seek the District 4 seat on the Knoxville City Council in the upcoming election. A lifelong resident of Knoxville, Tindell was twice elected to the Knox County school board before serving 11 terms in the state House. He lives in the Alice Bell/Spring Hill community and is self-employed in the insurance business. Harry Tindell “It will be important to have new city council members with varied experience in this period of change,” he wrote in a press release. Info: or on Facebook.

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Name of the game is protection; draw up your plan By Jo Avriett Growing up as the youngest with three older brothers who all played soccer, the only football I ever watched was that one game in February with the really funny commercials. I was pretty football-illiterate, to say the least, until I met my husband, who played at both the collegiate and professional levels. I went to watch him play in a casual pickup game when we first started dating. After his team scored a touchdown, the kicker ran out to kick the extra point. He measured out his steps, the ball was snapped, his holder caught it, spun it, and just as the kicker took his last step and started to kick the ball, the line collapsed. This allowed the opposing team not only to run through the offensive line and block the kick, but also to tackle the kicker (that cute guy I came to watch), knocking him to the ground under the weight of several massive men. Up until that very moment, I truly thought that the PAT (point after touchdown) was a free kick that couldn’t be blocked. I definitely never imagined that the kicker, of all people, could be tackled. I have come a long way in my knowledge of the game in the last six years, but I will never forget the picture of that team folding in on itself and failing to protect an asset to their team (and my future asset), the kicker. My boyfriend was pretty banged up after the game and it took about a week to recover from the hits that he unnecessarily took. It reminds me of what could happen to our financial well-being when we fail to protect our assets. Each stage of life brings new risks that need to be mitigated in order to protect ourselves against loss. In our earlier years, while we are single or newly married without children, our two largest assets that need protection are our stuff and our ability to continue working. That said, most of us carry property and casualty insurance in case of a car accident or a house fire. However, many young people never think about disability insurance, which would supplement their income in the

Football, as they say, is like life. Take it from us; you can be blindsided at any moment. Better have a financial game plan.

case of an accident or illness. The fact is that 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled and be unable to work for at least three months sometime before they retire. Therefore, it is important for them to protect themselves by purchasing basic insurance to cover their needs and also work on establishing an emergency fund for the expenses that are unplanned, but bound to occur. We are presented with new risks once we start a family and add children to the household, in addition to those we’ve already covered. It’s important to have enough life insurance in place to provide for our spouse and children if we died prematurely. Another way to protect our assets is to set up an estate plan with a will, power-of-attorney, and any necessary trusts. This allows us to choose who inherits our assets and how

they are divided when we do die so that Uncle Sam is not the major beneficiary. Finally, when we reach the stage of life when the kids are grown and gone, and we’ve come to the end of our working careers, we have additional risks that need to be addressed. The possibility of the need for an assisted living facility or a nursing home is a real risk to our financial assets. Long-term care insurance can help offset costs and help protect our assets. Another major risk would be investment allocations and appropriately diversifying those resources to meet our long-term goals. In reality, life will happen and the unexpected will occur. I became aware of that as my kicker, boyfriend, soonto-be husband was mauled on his extra point attempt. If caught unprotected, we can be knocked down with a heavy

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The gift of healing Fort Sanders Regional chaplains and Stephen Ministers help ease pain Nine days before Christmas, hospital chaplain Randy Tingle was checking his list – twice. After all, finding anything in his office at that time of year is next to impossible. Bags full of gifts were scattered all about, making it difficult to get behind his desk inside Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. The bags, containing gifts for children or grandchildren of the hospital’s employees, were part of FSRMC’s annual “Angel Tree” campaign. As hospital chaplain, Tingle collects and distributes the gifts every year. “It’s a treat and a mess every year,” he said with a smile. “I get the privilege of being the one who hands them out and organizes them coming in, but I don’t do the work of buying them. I take the angels in, not knowing how I’m going to serve them, and the employees really come through. Our environmental services department did several angels, the radiology department did six angels and the doctors provided for 10 kids.” But handing out holiday gifts isn’t the only service provided by FSRMC’s chaplain’s office. Tingle stays busy working with three oncall pastors and others to help attend to the spiritual needs of patients, employees and families through bedside visits, thriceweekly worship services, daily prayer services and special seasonal services for Christmas and Easter. The chaplain’s office also holds a yearly memorial service for families of palliative care patients who have died. Tingle’s duties also include the dis-

On top of his other duties, Fort Sanders Regional Chaplain Randy Tingle coordinates the hospital’s participation in the Angel Tree campaign.

tribution of daily devotionals, stocking the hospital’s chapel with helpful information, keeping each patient room stocked with Gideon Bibles and working with 1,000 registered clergy from the community to help them better serve their congregants. The 45-minute worship services Tingle holds in the hospital’s chapel twice each Wednesday and once on Sundays include devotional time, hymn singing and prayer. “What’s powerful about the services here is that you’re preaching to a specific population,” he says. “In a church, you’ve got all kinds of things going on, but when you know everybody in the room is dealing with a stroke, you can share in a little more

poignant way.” Tingle’s office serves those of any faith and can provide a rabbi, a priest, an imam, or other spiritual adviser including some Spanish-speaking clergy. “Our role as chaplains is a little bit more ‘clinical’ in that we meet the person where they’re at, wherever their faith walk is,” he says. “We’re there to serve them no matter the doctrine or theology iand to walk with them in that setting. For the most part, it’s trauma care, crisis care. It’s helping folks get through the heat of the moment, whatever it is that’s going on with them.” Occasionally he’ll perform communion, but said he’s often reluctant because his parish pa-

Chaplains lend aid, comfort to wildfire victims A day after the horrific Gatlinburg wildfires, Fort Sanders Regional chaplain Randy Tingle was witnessing its terrible toll as he and other clergy offered aid and comfort to patients at Covenant Health’s sister facility, LeConte Medical Center. Tingle was one of several Covenant Health chaplains and local clergy who visited LeConte in the days after the wildfires that claimed 14 lives, injured 191 and caused an estimated $500 million in damages. Throughout the night of the fires, LeConte Medical Center became a hub of activity as rescue workers brought in patient after patient. During the time Tingle was there, he worked alongside three nurses who lost their houses, “and all three of them worked that day,” Tingle said. “They said, ‘I can sit around and worry about this or I can work.’ So they were there being a nurse and taking care of people.” Meanwhile, back at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, employees were filling the hospital’s chapel with hygiene products, clothes, water, food and other items collected for families in need. “It took several pickup loads to get it all down to LeConte,” said Tingle, adding that being able to provide tan-

gible assistance helps a community pull together. “That’s what happens in a disaster – it makes us feel better to be able to respond in a tangible way.”

An update: How to help Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the people of Sevier County, surrounding communities and even other states, LeConte Medical Center’s warehouse is at storage capacity and currently is no longer accepting in-kind donations for wildfire victims. However, the Sevier county community will need additional items in the future. Please do hold any items you have generously collected, and contact the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation at 865-446-9627 to let them know what type of items you have gathered. They can help you schedule a delivery to the warehouse if space becomes available. LeConte Medical Center is still filling care package requests for those who need the clothing and other essential items available in their warehouse. If you know of anyone who needs assistance from the warehouse or if you are seeking ongoing volunteer opportunities to help those affected by the wildfires, go to www.lecontemedicalcenter .com for information.

tients might have swallowing issues. “When I first came I didn’t think about those things, and I got trained by the nurses,” he recalls with a chuckle. “I’ve learned you have to be very careful and get permission.” He also has performed a half-dozen weddings and does one or two baptisms a year. Between those duties and other campaigns like United Way and Covenant Health’s WeCare drive for employees in need, it’s little wonder that Tingle and his three on-call chaplains rely heavily on a small army of volunteers known as Stephen Ministers. Together they try and visit every person admitted to Fort Sanders Regional, with referrals coming from the hospital’s doctors or nursing staff, particularly in oncology, cardiology and palliative care. “We’re at about a 90 percent rate at seeing all the admitted patients,” says Tingle, adding that he personally visits 12 to 15 patients a day, and he and his Stephen Ministers made 12,500 visits last year alone. A third of his Stephen Ministers are former patients looking to “give back.” All have undergone 50 hours of training in pastoral care basics and developing skills such as listening to patients and understanding their own counseling techniques. Tingle currently has about 40 Stephen Ministers on the roster, about half of whom are actively giving the minimum four hours a month. Others volunteer as much as 15 hours a week. When the latest Stephen Ministry class is commissioned, he will have 10 more Ste-

phen Ministers to help. “Stephen Ministers are a huge, huge help,” Tingle says. “We wouldn’t be a department without them.” Tingle said that while the Stephen Ministers’ role is not counseling, they “come with a counseling spirit or compassion.” As an example, he notes that Stephen Ministers’ 30-second to two-minute visit is largely informational, telling the patients about worship times, how to contact the chaplain’s office, contacting their church family if desired, and just letting them know they’re available if the patient needs them. “Stephen Ministers are for the folks who need a prayer, folks who need a listening ear, folks who are just going through a rough time. Anytime someone’s in acute care it’s not necessarily the diagnosis that bothers them – it’s the other stuff going on in their life.” Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, all faith groups, “retired teachers, retired professors, actively working insurance agents, pastoral counselors, and even a former hospital chief nursing officer. The professional nature of these folks, the intelligence of them, the gifts that they have just in terms of serving is amazing,” says Tingle. For more information about FSRMC’s Pastoral Services, visit For more information about the Stephen Ministry opportunities, call the chaplain’s office at (865) 331-1235.

Care for dying: FSRMC launches No One Dies Alone In 1986, a dying patient asked Sandra Clarke, a nurse at a hospital in Eugene, Ore., to stay with him. The busy nurse promised she would do so as soon as she finished her tasks with other patients. When she returned, the man had died. Alone. It was an event that triggered a national volunteer program that recognizes the right of every person not to die alone. The program, now in its 16th year, has been implemented at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center after nurses there also recognized the need. “One of our case managers in oncology came to me and said, ‘You know we have about 10 deaths a year where there’s no family and nobody to be with them,’” said Randy Tingle, FSRMC’s chaplain. The nurses asked if one of FSRMC’s Stephen Ministers might be able to sit with patients in their last hours. At the time, Tingle didn’t think he had enough Stephen Ministers available to stay with patients for extended hours, and he knew the volunteers would need additional training. Tingle began researching the problem and discovered No One Dies Alone, the program launched by Clarke after her experience in Oregon. He also learned that the NODA program has been in place at Fort Sanders Regional’s sister facility, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, for six years. After customizing NODA’s training program, recruitment of volunteers began. Roughly half the first 26 NODA volunteers at Fort Sanders Regional are University of Tennessee students,

while the remainder are either Covenant Health volunteers or employees. “The biggest piece of this is teaching people how to listen and how not to worry about not ‘doing things.’ When you’re sitting for someone who’s dying, there’s really nothing you can do for them,” said Tingle. “What you can do is just be present and care for them and treat them with respect and dignity. A lot of times they just need someone there to hold their hand, moisten their lips and make sure they’re warm.” Tingle says there are myriad ways patients might find themselves facing their final hours alone. “Some are estranged from family, whether it be through addiction or just years of life,” he said. “A lot of times they have outlived all their family and there is nobody left to be with them in those last hours. And we get people who are traveling . . . and they wind up here in their last hours because they’re away from home when some crisis happens. “NODA provides a service to make sure patients get the respect and dignity that they deserve,” said Tingle. “We all have a right not to die alone … it doesn’t really matter what you think theologically, whether or not you believe God’s got their back or not. What matters is what’s going on around them. They deserve to have the dignity of having someone to hold their hand or be in the room with them.” For more information about NODA or to volunteer, call the chaplain’s office at (865) 331-1235.

To ALL of Our Volunteers - Thank You! For more than 50 years, members of the Fort Sanders Regional Volunteer Auxiliary have helped support the mission of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. During National Healthcare Volunteer Week, we recognize each of our volunteers for their selfless commitment to our patients, staff and doctors.


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TOYOTA TACOMA - 2016. #018N, $21,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. TOYOTA TACOMA - 2016. #1387, $36,883 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. TOYOTA TUNDRA - 2013. #762A, $28,941 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.


Employment DRIVERS - Regional & OTR. Excellent Pay + Rider Program. Family Medical/Dental Benefits. Great Hometime + Weekends. CDL-A, 1 yr. EXP. 877-758-3905

Classic Cars

FORD - 19534. Rebuilt flathead engine, runs good, needs restoring. $1,100. (865)933-5704.

Commercial Vehicles 1990 FREIGHTLINER, single axle, $4500. 865-992-7700; 865-279-5373



Can fix, repair or install anything around the house! Appliances, ceramic tile, decks, drywall, fencing, electrical, garage doors, hardwoods, irrigation, crawlspace moisture, mold & odor control, landscape, masonry, painting, plumbing. Any Remodeling Needs you wish to have done or completed! Retired Vet. looking to keep busy.

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HAROLD’S GUTTER SERVICE Will clean front & back, $20 & up. Quality work, guaranteed.


GREYHOUND ADOPTION PetSmart, Morrell Rd., Sat, Jan 14, 12-2pm, 865-690-0009 or 865-539-9942. LAB PUPPIES. AKC reg., proven bldlns, 1st shots & wormed, black M&F $600 & choc female $650. 423-465-0594


Many different breeds Maltese, Yorkies, Malti-Poos, Poodles, Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, Shih Tzu. Shots & wormed. We do layaways. Health guar. Go to Facebook, Judys Puppy Nursery Updates. 423-566-3647 SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $400 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016 YORKIE, 4 yrs old, looking for good, quiet home. Molly is equally independent & cuddlely. Great dog for a single person living alone. Very sweet demeanor. $100. 865-254-7104 YORKSHIRE TERRIERS CKC - males, Black & tan & 1 tri-color. $700$1200. (865) 201-1390

PEACOCKS- PAIR - Beautiful black shouldered. 1 yr. old. $125. (865)5231974 or (865)414-7195.


Brown leather lift chair, like new $700; elec. wheelchair, never used $1500; white recliner, like new $300. (865)247-4154 after 3pm

Heavy Equipment 1990 FREIGHTLINER, single axle, $4500. 865-992-7700; 865-279-5373

Merchandise - Misc. GENERATOR BIG 8500 watt, 2016, Honda elec. start. Batt. & whl kit incl. Never used. New retail $4995. Wholesale $3750. 1st $1850 cash, 864-275-6478.

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2001 E. Magnolia Ave. LG 27” SIDE BY SIDE FRIDGE - Stainless steel ext. 4” color LCD display screen. Space saving ice system. $500. (865)769-0086

Building Materials

Cemetery Lots 2 lots together in Sherwood Memorial Gardens, oldest section, $4,000 both. Leave msg. (865)607-3336 2 plots in the Bronze section # 33 in Greenwood Cemetery, Tazewell Pk. $4,000/both obo. (865)688-1561.



90% silver, halves, quarters & dimes, old silver dollars, proof sets, silver & gold eagles, krands & maple leafs, class rings, wedding bands, anything 10, 14, & 18k gold old currency before 1928 WEST SIDE COINS & COLLECTIBLES 7004 KINGSTON PK CALL 584-8070

Several Thomas Kinkade paintings. Orig. owner. Christmas, Countryside, Sports & Mountains. Prices vary. Have certificates & some are signed. Call/text (865) 742-7208



*Pools, Laundries, Appl. *5 min. to UT & airport


Cherokee West $615 South - Taliwa Gardens $585 - $625 1 1/2 bth, W/D conn. (865) 577-1687 2BR TOWNHOUSE near West Town, new carpet, W/D conn, no pets, $675/mo. (865)584-2622. BEST DEAL OUT WEST! 1BR from $395-$425. 2BR $550-$750. No pets. Parking @ front door. (865)470-8686. BROADWAY TOWERS 62 AND OLDER Or Physically Mobility Impaired 1 & 2 BR, util. incl. Laundry on site. Immediate housing if qualified. Section 8-202. 865-524-4092 for appt. TDD 1-800-927-9275

ELDER APTS, 1BR, Ftn. City near I-75 N. Newly remodeled, quiet, priv, no pets, non smoking, $465. 522-4133 NORTH, LRG 1 BR APT. Very clean & quiet, Central H/A, water incl. $500 + sec. dep. No pets. 865-531-7895


Downtown Knoxville is now running a MOVE-IN SPECIAL for the month of Jan. With any qualifying move-in by 1/31/17, you will receive $100 gift card to Walmart. Please call 865-523-9303 for more info.

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HAND HEWN YELLOW POPLAR LOGS - 1830 Log Cabin removed by buyer. 1&2 story. $10,000 (434)237-1812

Like new 16’ utility trailer, wooden floor, drop down ramp, dual axles, $1950. (865)228-4909

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GOLDENDOODLE PUPS - great temperaments, good with children, S&W, $850. (865) 466-4380.

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Golden Retriever puppies, AKC, family/farm raised, parents on prem. $1100 ea. (423) 618-6311

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CHEVY 1952 BELAIR, rare, 2 dr hrdtop, restored all orig., 6 cyl SS. Valued at $19,600. Asking $17,500. See at cabin Fever Car Show or call Bill (865) 809-0021.

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS - AKC reg., Vet ck’d. 1st shots, 6 weeks $450 each. Call (865)216-9395.




FORD TRANSIT - 2016. #4632, $23,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

ENGLISH BULLDOG puppies, AKC reg., 8 wks old on 1/18. 1st shots, vet ckd, $1500. 865-966-8983; 865-712-1469

POODLE, CKC male, red, very playful & friendly, 12 wks old, shots/wormed, $250 w/o papers, $300 w/papers. (423) 271-5129


NOW HIRING MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATES- No experience needed. Up to $10.85/HR. 865.558.6224.

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Dachshund mini puppies, choc & tan, 1st shots & dewormed, 2 F - 1 long hair - 1 smooth; 3 M - 1 smooth - 2 long hair. $500. 865-223-7162; 865680-4244

Beautiful Toy puppies, 1st shots, $400. 865-717-9493

FORD RANGER - 2010. #968E, $19,962 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

HONDA RIDGELINE - 2012. #687E, $25,987 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

KIA SORENTO - 2016. #1800, $20,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

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NOW HIRING - Experienced Machine Operators. $12.50 - $15.00/HR. 865312-8904.

GMC SIERRA - 2008. #513B, $10,980 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

JEEP CHEROKEE - 2016. #3976, $23,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.


FORD F250 - 2016. #6340, $36,821 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

TOYOTA COROLLA - 2013. #3034, $12,881 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

FORD ESCAPE - 2016. #8428, $19,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

2004 Jayco Designer RLS31 5th whl, 2 slide outs w/covers, rear LR, lrg awning, gen. ready, fiberglass alum frame, never had a leak. $14,500. (865)247-1848.

Apartments - Unfurn.

WANTED: CASH FOR RECORDS - Will buy your large collections of LPs, 45s, 78s. 1940s-80s rock, r&b, soul, classical, vocals, pop, old country. Please call (818)530-3541

3 BR, 3 BA - Farragut Area- 2 car gar. End unit in condo subd. Plenty of windows. 1 BR & BA w/bonus rm up. $1300/mo. Lse & refer. 865-300-4591 SOUTH KNOXVILLE off Ford Valley Rd. 6 rms, 3 BR, 2 BA, Cent H/A, Potential in-law unit, range, frige, W/D Conn. No garage or carport, No pets, Security dep. req, Limit on vehicles, $695/mo. Ballenger Realtors 688-3946 WEST 3 BR, 2 BA, Choto Rd. Area. Very Clean, Scenic, Lake Access. $950. 865-599-4617

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Perfect starter home or investment oppty in the Rocky Hill Area. Newly remod. 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA, new flooring, doors, kitchen & paint. $156,500. By owner. Call (865) 805-6931

Manufactured Homes 1993 Oakland 14x70, furn., good cond., loc in Willa View Mobile Park in Pigeon Forge. $32,500. 606-796-2488

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Seasonal/Vacation Rentals Gatlinburg in Arts & Crafts Comm. 1 BR w/loft, jacuzzi, hot tub, priv. courtyard. $100/night. Check VRBO #925381

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Diette Crockett looks over the beautiful glass artwork at the Dogwood Arts’ First Friday open house and exhibit of works by The Glass Guys.

Glass artist Matt Sakey with one of his creations

Dogwood Arts celebrates Glass Guys Creason’s desire to be a part of Knoxville events that By Sherri Gardner Howell highlight the arts, which includes First Friday. This The “art” of Dogwood Arts Festival took is our kick-off, and we will be having exhibits center stage last weekend with the re-schedevery month.” uled open house for the Dogwood Arts’ It also fits nicely into a big part of CerFirst Friday. An impressive collection of vone’s mission: to expand the mostly artworks from glass artists who call the spring festival into a year-round celEast Tennessee region home was exebration. “For the Dogwood Arts Fespertly showcased at the organization’s tival to sustain itself in the 21st cennew offices at 123 W. Jackson Ave. tury, it needs to be a celebration of our The celebration of art and offices was cultures, art and beauty all year. This snowed out on January’s “first” Friday. is an amazing place and, while spring “We moved in in August,” says exis beautiful, it isn’t the only time of the ecutive director Tom Cervone, “but this So good to see Gay Lyons with husband Bill out for the evening year we have beauty to celebrate.” is our first exhibit and the first time we The Glass Guys exhibit will be show- after Gay’s recent surgery. have had a chance to showcase our new cased through the end of the month. From space.” That space is being put to good use utilitarian to decorative, the collection of mings, Matt Salley, Johnny Glass, Thomas Spake, Everett not only for offices, but to give local artCascade by Thomas Spake work is amazing with representation from Hirche, Tyler Olson, David Wiss, Samuel Meketon, Curt ists another place to showcase their work. artists Richard Jolley, Matthew Cum- Brock and more. “It is part of DAF program manager Kate

Jason Yearwood is tall, but can still look up at this impressive glass sculpture. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

Dogwood Arts Festival executive director Tom Cervone shows off a glass piece by Richard Jolley named Nature of Antiquity. “We are so lucky to have Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush in our community. They are always so supportive.”

Nancy Riser takes a turn through the delicious goodies at Dogwood Arts’ First Friday open house and exhibit of The Glass Guys.

Vicki Baumgartner, who is program manager for Trails and Gardens for DAF, was already spreading excitement for the spring festival. “Fountain City is the featured trail, and the business and community support for the area is fantastic,” said Baumgartner.

This is how Dogwood Arts Festival program manager Kate Creason rolls – or rather how she works: on a stability ball at her desk. “It is supposed to help with posture and balance,” she says.

HAPPENINGS ■■ Cedar Bluff AARP luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Speaker: Trustee Ed Shouse. ■■ KSO’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: “Sibelius Violin Concerto,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Jan. 19-20, Tennessee Theatre. Featuring violinist Bella Hristova. Info/ tickets: ■■ RB Morris with Greg Horne and Daniel Kimbro, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $15. Info/tickets: www.

■■ “The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Thursdays-Sundays, Jan. 20-Feb. 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: ■■ Science Café: “Animal Behavior and Communication,” 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Zoo Knoxville. Speaker: Dr. Todd Freeberg, associate head, UT Department of Psychology. RSVP: rsvp@knoxscience Info: ■■ Wallace Coleman performs, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Laurel Theater. Tickets: $15. Info/tickets: jubileearts. org

■■ The Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo, Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 21-22, Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 at the door; kids 12 and under, free. Info: 414-6801. ■■ 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. ■■ Pottery on the Wheel class, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 23-Feb. 13, Appalachian Arts Craft Center. Instructor: Sandra McEntire. Bring lunch. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and

Work of Flannery O’Connor: “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, Lawson McGhee Library. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents “Next Generation with Philip Dizack,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, Square Room, 4 Market Square. Tickets: $34.50 adult, $15 student; available at or by visiting Café 4 at 4 Market Square. ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, Rothchild Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Wayne Zurl. Lunch: $12 buffet. Reservations required by Monday, Jan. 23: 983-3740. ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Cul-

ture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance, noon Wednesday, Jan. 25. Discussion led by Sam Venable. Info: 215-8801. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Jan. 26-27, O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/registration: 382-5822. ■■ Wilderness First Responder, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 27-29, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Satisfies the requirements to renew certification in First Responder on the national registry. Info/registration: or 448-6709.

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health & lifestyles News From Parkwest, west kNoxville’s HealtHcare leader • • 374-Park

ASTYM treatment gets nurse back on her feet As a nurse for Covenant Health, Shawn Yerger relies on being able to stand for hours and move easily to assist patients. “I have to have my feet to do my job,” she said. “But I could barely even walk.” After struggling with foot, ankle and calf pain for months, Yerger was found to have plantar fasciitis in both feet. The condition is caused by an increase in tension in the arch of the foot, usually due to physical activity or wearing unsupportive shoes. The arch is supported by the plantar fascia tissue, which can tear and send sharp pains through the foot and up into shins and calves. People who work on their feet like Yerger are at a higher risk to contract the condition. “Shawn had a chronic injury for more than a year,” Jerrod Adams, Parkwest physical therapist, said. “She tried different treatments to resolve it, but nothing worked.” During one physical therapy appointment, Adams spoke to Yerger about ASTYM, in which he and another Parkwest Therapy Center staff member are certified. The treatment is used to address a wide variety of diagnoses, including shin splints, shoulder pain and plantar fasciitis. “I read all about it and saw that professional athletes use it, so I wanted to try it,” Yerger said. “I just wanted to get better, whatever it took.” Twice a week for four weeks, Yerger’s physical therapy stretches and strengthening were supplemented by the ASTYM System, an evidence-based treatment that uses

Adams uses a small tool to apply pressure to Yerger’s Achilles tendon. Because plantar fasciitis causes pain beyond just the feet, ASTYM treatments address each body part with a different sized tool and a varying amount of pressure.

“The staff at the Therapy Center was professional, right from when you walk in the door to when you leave,” Shawn Yerger (left) said. Also pictured: Jerrod Adams.

external pressure to break down damaged tissue. Each session, Yerger’s feet, calves and shins were treated by the ASTYM plastic tools, which come in three shapes and sizes to address different body parts. Though the pressure is intense, Yerger said that it “hurt so good.” “They have to apply enough pressure to

What can ASTYM treat? Damaged scar tissue can result from trauma, surgery, repetitive strain and immobilization. By addressing the soft tissue that has become dysfunctional, ASTYM can help rebuild it and prevent further injury. The most common diagnoses that can benefit from ASTYM treatment are:

Post-surgical scarring Post-traumatic fibrosis Trigger finger Carpal tunnel syndrome Lateral epicondylitis Medial epicondylitis DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis Wrist sprains Shoulder pain Plantar fasciitis Chronic ankle sprains Achilles tendinitis Shin splints Anterior knee pain Patellar tendinitis Hamstring sprains IT band syndrome Hip pain/trochanteric bursitis Sacroiliac joint and low back pain

make a difference, but it’s very relaxing in the end. I felt like I could bounce and move again.” “There are no significant side effects to the ASTYM treatment,” Adams said. “Up to 20 percent of patients have slight bruising and general soreness, but stretching before and after treatment helps that.” In addition to pressure from the ASTYM instruments, physical therapists massage

the damaged tissue between treatments. This additional movement and attention contributes to the breaking down of damaged tissue. Each body part takes about 1520 minutes to treat at each session. Over time, the ASTYM treatments allow the damaged tissue to be absorbed into healthier tissue, which is then realigned and strengthened through regular physical therapy exercises. “The important thing about ASTYM is that it is evidence-based. The studies show real physiological changes on the cellular level of the tissue,” Adams explained. “Patients make measured improvement in pain levels and ability to function.” For Yerger, these physiological improvements translate into improved quality of life and the ability to get back on her feet comfortably. “I had so much pain every day just walking and driving,” she said. “I had grown to living in pain day-to-day. Now the pain is gone. You don’t realize how important your feet are until you can’t use them.” To be considered for ASTYM treatment, you may be referred to the Parkwest Therapy Center by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Depending on your insurance, you may be able to self-refer without a physician order, saving you time and money. For more information, please contact Parkwest Therapy Center at 531-5710 or visit us online at www.covenanthealth. com/therapycenters

Six tips for proper shoe fit Wearing old or unsupportive shoes can cause issues in your feet, calves, knees and hips. By considering the following tips when you go shoe shopping, you may be able to limit the likelihood of injuries and conditions like plantar fasciitis. 1. Shop late in the day. You may not notice, but your feet are actually larger later in the day. Make sure to shop in the afternoon or evening to get shoes that will fit you all day long. 2. Measure your feet. Even if you’ve always been a size 8, have a sales associate measure your feet to confirm your size. Shoe size changes along with weight and age. 3. Flex the shoe. The bottom of your shoe should flex at the ball of the foot, not in the middle. 4. Choose the right shoe for your activity level. Walkers need a flat heel because they land on their heels. Runners land mid-foot and require the extra stabil-

ity and support of a flared heel. 5. Don’t rely on “breaking in” your shoes. Shoes should be comfortable when you buy them. Uncomfortable shoes can cause you to change your gait and possibly lead to injury. 6. Take your old shoes with you. Wear patterns of your old shoes can help the sales associate determine the proper shoe for your stride. If you are already experiencing foot or leg pain, make an appointment at the Parkwest Therapy Center to speak with a physical therapist. The staff can help you rehabilitate your injuries and prevent them in the future. They can also provide advice and exercises to increase strength, correct gait and maintain a healthy lifestyle without the risk of injury. For more information, visit Centers or call us at 374-PARK.

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Knoxville Marathon

Registration is now open for the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The annual event includes a full and half marathon, relay, 5K and Kids Run. This year the full and half-marathons and relays will be held on Sunday, April 2, and the 5K and Covenant Kids Run will be held on Saturday, April 1. The full marathon is still certified as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Join other runners across the region and nation as they wind through Fort Sanders and downtown, enjoy the screaming fans in Sequoyah Hills and finish on the field at Neyland Stadium.

If you’d like to watch from the sidelines, encourage your friends and family to join you at the starting line on the Clinch Avenue Bridge, at Tyson Park to see runners on the Third Creek Greenway or at the finish line at the stadium. The runners will need your support as they complete each mile. All the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon races require volunteers to staff water stations and make sure runners stay on course. Look for opportunities in early January 2017 to help at the races. Information and registration for the Knoxville Marathon events: visit

THESE SHOES WERE MADE FOR WALKING. Get moving again at Parkwest Therapy Center. Comprehensive rehabilitation for your life. For more information, call 374-PARK


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