VOL. 11 NO. 7
FIRST WORDS Creative ways to build sidewalks
February 15, 2017
Bearden Middle School experiment
By Nick Della Volpe We need your help. As a city councilman, you often hear from neighborhood groups and individuals about the need/ desire for more sidewalks, a safer way to get around the neighborhood on foot or bike. In a May Della Volpe 10 Shopper article, I wrote about the five criteria the cityâ€™s engineers use to assign priority to sidewalk segments to build. Letâ€™s focus on quantity. Currently, Knoxville builds roughly a mile-plus of new sidewalks and rebuilds another mile-plus of reworked/repaired walks each budget year. How can we build more? If you skip over the restrictions of topography and space limitations, that work generally costs over $1 million per mile. Indeed, it is estimated that retrofitting sidewalks in established areas costs about $300 per running foot, considering land acquisition cost, plans, stormwater drainage (piping and infrastructure), curbs, ADA requirements and the actual concrete pad work. Most of this work is contracted out by the city, although our Public Service crews tackle small segment repairs and replacement, when a break in regular work permits. Public Service is also building some greenway segments. How can we improve on our sidewalk build-out rate? More money is the simple answer, but that resource is as scarce as a pinch of saffron for your next paella. City government services already cost some $215 million of your annual tax dollars. A general tax increase, anyone? Didnâ€™t think so. Realistically, we have to look for creative solutions. Thatâ€™s where you come in. One obvious solution is to require new subdivisions to include sidewalks in their design and build-out. When built as part of that original build-out and grading, the cost is much lower, estimated at $100 per foot (it depends on drainage, grade, etc.) â€“ roughly 1/3 of the cost of a retrofit. To page A-3
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Creators of the experiment to be launched for study at the International Space Station are Bearden Middle School eighth-graders William Walker, Jack Lathrop, Elise Kersch, Mauricio Sanchez, Riley Speas, Moamen Emara and Katherine Trent, and instructional coach Kayla Canario. Not pictured: students Alex Hoffman and James Pierce. Photo by Kelly Norrell
By Kelly Norrell Eight Bearden Middle School students and one West High School student will travel to Cape Canaveral to watch their work launched to the International Space Station later this month. An experiment they developed to test a medical
treatment for pinkeye will be performed at the space station. The students are Bearden Middle School eighth-graders Moamen Emara, Alex Hoffman, Jack Lathrop, William Walker, Elise Kersch, Riley Speas, Mauricio Sanchez and Katherine Trent, and
James Pierce, now a ninth-grader at West High School. The trip comes about through Knox County Schoolsâ€™ participation in the National Center for Earth and Space Educationâ€™s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Schools in grades
5-12 are eligible to submit proposals. Bearden Middle School, which made finalist the two previous years, learned in early 2016 its work would travel in space this February. To page A-3
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the Pond Gap Area Neighbor- and zoning disputes. By Kelly Norrell hood Association, which he Williams, who is single, is a lifelong resiDavid Williams, 64, is a candidate for helped found and incorporate dent of the neighborhood that his greatKnoxville City Council from District 2, the in 2001. Williamsâ€™ efforts led grandfather, Charles Murphy Newman, district currently represented by Vice Mayor to historical markers and helped develop. Williams attended West Duane Grieve, who is term-limited. recognition for the neighbor- High School (1970) and earned a bachelorâ€™s He is a Pond Gap neighborhood activist hood and improved city ser- degree in statistics at UT (1976), an masterâ€™s and ran David Williams Algebra Tutoring for vices, such as sidewalks and in religious studies at Liberty University about 35 years before retiring. He held a citypedestrian crossing signals (1991) and a doctorate in religious education wide, annual Mathmindedness contest for at Pond Gap Elementary. He at Christian Bible College (1996). He is not afabout 20 years, rewarding adept youngsters Williams troubleshoots between busiwith prizes like savings bonds. To page A-3 Williams has been president for 17 years of nesses and residents on issues like parking
Age discrimination settlement costs tax dollars By Betty Bean Donald Trump is not the only Republican officeholder whoâ€™s got a problem with women.
Analysis Knox Countyâ€™s clerk of Criminal and Fourth Circuit courts, Mike Hammond, has a pattern of behavior that recently cost county taxpayers almost $200,000. The latest scrum was the settlement of an age discrimination lawsuit brought by two female supervisors whom Hammond fired shortly after taking office in September 2014. The firings of Debra Sewell, 62, and Jean Smathers, 68, cleared the way for Hammond to hire or promote younger individuals. They probably would have won at trial, but trials are expensive and uncertain and three years is a long time to wait for compensation, so they settled. Smathers received $57,500, Sewell got $65,000 and Knox County paid their attorney, Jeffrey C. Taylor,
$28,100.50 per client. Hammond could have avoided this with better personnel practices. Richard Julian, manager of Knox Countyâ€™s human resources department, said the employee handbook clearly outlines procedures for a progressive discipline procedure. Hammond (Hammond has opted his office out of the countyâ€™s HR department.) â€œDo an annual performance review,â€? Julian said. â€œIf you want improvement, put it in writing.â€? The next steps are verbal warning, written reprimand, suspension up to 10 days without pay and termination. â€œI canâ€™t imagine why anyone would not go through these steps,â€? Julian said. Another way to terminate is simply to abolish an unneeded position. Hammond gave no reason for the terminations initially, but when the women filed suit in March 2016, he denounced them for running a disorganized, cha-
otic office permeated by a â€œcircus atmosphereâ€? that allowed lawyers free run of the place. This accusation was puzzling, even infuriating, to many lawyers who used the office. Fourth Circuit Court was the domain of Judge William Swann, who retired in 2014. His penchant for issuing orders of protection brought massive, angry and often unruly crowds to the City County building on Thursdays, where feuding parties waited for their cases to be called. Extra security was required, and OP Thursdays were dubbed â€œgood love gone badâ€? days. Hammond has said the office is running more smoothly now, but a veteran lawyer who has handled divorce cases for decades said any changes in the office culture are due to Swannâ€™s successor, Judge Greg McMillan. â€œYou need look no further than the judge who sat in Fourth Circuit for 30 years for creating whatever atmosphere was there. The judge sets the tenor,â€? the lawyer said. â€œMs. Sewell and Ms. Smathers were the go-to people in that office. When you needed a question
answered or something done, you went to them. Iâ€™d say they have more friends in the courthouse than Mike Hammond. This was a debacle. He took that officeâ€™s institutional memory out in one day.â€? Clashes with women are becoming a hallmark of Hammondâ€™s post-county commission career (he is a career radio broadcaster who served as a county commissioner for 10 years). He ran unopposed in 2014 after unleashing a barrage of withering attacks on his predecessor, Joy McCroskey, who chose not to stand for re-election. Next he took aim at the countyâ€™s other court clerk, Cathy Quist Shanks, who heads operations for the balance of Circuit Court as well as Juvenile and General Sessions courts. Late last year, in a memo to Mayor Tim Burchett marked â€œConfidential,â€? he outlined a plan to consolidate his office with that of Shanks. She quickly criticized his plan, saying he was trying to make himself a â€œsuper clerkâ€? who would control hundreds of jobs and a massive budget. Hammond retreated.
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KCS students thrive in booming sports program By Kelly Norrell
A healthy and growing athletic program at Knoxville Christian School is changing lives. More and more students are getting a chance to play sports, including many on their way to becoming student athletes in college. Volleyball, baseball and girls’ and boys’ basketball for middle and high school students, cheerleading for K-12 girls, tennis for elementary and high school students, elementary and high school cross-country and indoor soccer all have a strong base of interest. And it is all on its way to a new level. Several factors make sports exciting at KCS, said athletic director Andrew Horn. One is that KCS is blessed with a stellar athletic facility, the 12,000-square-foot Wade and Allen Houston Courts gymnasium finished in 2013. Indoor sports have bloomed there, including the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams that are just finishing finals – the North Region Champions for high school boys and girls and the Independent Preparatory State Athletics Championship at Clayton State University for the travel team. Situated on a 66-acre campus, KCS has plenty of room for expansion in sports. Horn said a cross-country course for middle and high school students is next on the list, slated to be ready for use by fall. Football and soccer fields will come after that, with a target date of 2020-21, he said.
Basketball coach Shane Carnes helps a student practice for the girls’ basketball team.
Basketball coach Shane Carnes, girls’ basketball team member Kate Bass, 14, and athletic director Andrew Horn pause in the gym.
Andrew Horn is KCS athletic director. KCS junior Paul Komistek bats for his KCS team. Komistek has committed to play baseball for the University of Tennessee when he graduates.
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school partners with Dream Elite Basketball, an AAU program in Knoxville; RBI Baseball, a Farragut training facility; BSN Sports and Under Armour. KCS athletic trainers come from Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinic. The partnerships lead to expert training and care for student athletes. Best of all is the solid commitment to sports by the administration, coaching staff and students. KCS has a lot of international students who love sports. “About 30 percent of our athletes are internation-
al. Some of them are really exceptional,” said Horn. He named 15-year-old Akeem Odisupe of Nigeria, 6 feet 9 inches, 16-year-old Arol Kacuol of Sudan, 6 feet 11 inches, and 16-year-old Rebecca Caloro of Italy. All are excellent basketball players. A travel team for excellent basketball players has evolved that plays some of the highest ranked teams in the country, like Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, ranked 11th by USA Today, and Oak Hill Academy, Mouth-of-Wilson, Va. Six of 10 students on the team are international. Local students excel, too, in the rich sports environment. Horn said about six players on the KCS baseball
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team are headed to play college ball, including senior Logan Adams, who will play at Dartmouth University; Trae Hall, who will play for Chattanooga State; Tait Phillips, who will play for the University of the Cumberlands; and Paul Komistek, who has committed to play at the University of Tennessee. Parents and students tout KCS because of its inclusive policies and willingness for students to play more than one sport. “We have a no-cut policy. If you want to play on a team, we will find a spot for you,” Horn said, adding that the school encourages athletes to play multiple sports. What parents like best is that the school looks after the athletes, providing study halls, communicating with teachers, caring for the students, said Horn. “Everyone knows everyone and wants them to succeed. We are all doing our part to make sure that happens.”
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Artist Sheri Treadwell lives her passion Though she moved back to her native California five years ago after 18 years in Knoxville, Sheri Treadwell, former owner of Good Life Gallery in Fountain City, visits East Tennessee often. “Oh, I miss it,” she says. “Tennesseans really make friends when they make friends, and they keep them forever!” Primarily a sculptor, with one of her pieces in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Treadwell now focuses on what she calls “wearable art.” “My current work reflects a ‘smalling down’ of the sculptures. I’ve always
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been interested in feminine forms; I’ve been sculpting women for a long time in sort of a quasi-fantasy aspect.” She’s drawn to biomimicry – a concept found in science as well as art and architecture. The lithe, vine-laden Art Nouveau forms of the early 20th century are an example of the style. Treadwell forms her pieces out of polymer
clay, then paints, distresses and textures them. Each is unique. She sells her work at fairs, festivals and trunk shows. “I take them where I want to go. It’s a fun way to travel,” she says. “I’ve found that the way people connect to my work provokes really interesting conversations. I think that, for them, meeting the artist and getting to ask me where that face or inspiration came from is a lit- Sculptor Sheri Treadwell entle bit of magic.” Treadwell joys making and selling her also has a knack for finding “wearable art.” Photo by Carol Z. exactly the right item. “It’s Shane because I know the piece so well, and there’s some spark speaks to me. What is that between the way it speaks to song? ‘Matchmaker, matchme and the way the person maker, make me a match’
– I feel like a matchmaker when it comes to pairing my work with people.” Recently, she joined with Broadway Studios and Gallery to host a “bohemian event in an evening” complete with a gypsy tarot card reader and belly dancers. “It’s not enough anymore to just have a display of your work; it has to create a mood,” she says. “That sets the scene for people to imagine themselves into your work.” She also sells online at TempleofTrustStudios.com and says that there was “nothing natural about” her mostly-self-taught foray into web-based marketing.
Team members display a sketch of their experiment: a sealed tube which will allow the pinkeye bacteria to be exposed to the drug Zylet for a limited time during the microgravity conditions of the space station.
Knox County Schools, which have participated since 2012, have sent students’ work on two previous space flights. Both times the spacecraft exploded, however, one at the launchpad and one in mid-air. (The spacecraft being tested eventually did fly.) The Bearden students’ experiment is one of a small number chosen from schools in the U.S. and Canada for spots on this year’s “Mission 9” space flight. Teams from Vine and Halls middle schools will also attend the launch as finalists, but are not invited to send experiments. The Bearden students’ project tests a treatment for common pinkeye, evaluating whether a medicine that treats the bacteria effectively on Earth will work as well in the microgravity of a space station. Their work evolved over three years of research supervised by Kayla Canario, instructional coach at Bearden Middle School. Astronauts at the space station will follow the students’ instructions to perform the experiment. The students will then conduct a duplicate experiment at school using the same controls as the astronauts, to see if gravity makes a difference.
Building more sidewalks Those dollars would be well invested – buyers will reward the builders for the higher property value conveyed. What else might be tried? Let me jump-start your thoughts: ■■Have the city build more sidewalks in-house, hiring a full time crew (e.g., four or five masons and laborers plus a Bobcat operator and a carpenter). They could progress block by block virtually year-round. ■■Devise a subscription fee or tax surcharge, block by block, to fund additional contractor services where neighbors agree to pay. I remember years ago KUB instituted a sewer-improvement charge for their build-out. ■■Organize skilled, in-community handy-dads to tackle one block at a time; recognizing that they would have to clear plans with the city engineers (there are ADA, drainage and material issues). Realistically, they might need a volunteer architect or engineer to prepare plans for approval. Consider generic
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■■ Lyons View Community Club. Info: Mary Brewster, 454-2390.
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One highlight of the trip will be the op■■ Family Community Education-Bearden ■■ Toastmasters Club 802. Info: 802.toastmasportunity to meet kids from other winning Club. Info: Shannon Remington, 927-3316. tersclubs.org. research teams. ■■ Family Community Education-Crestwood ■ ■ West Hills Community Association. Info: “It will be really cool to meet the other Club. Info: Ruby Freels, 690-8164. Ashley Williams, 313-0282. team members. It will be nice to see how ■■ Fourth District Democrats. Info: Chris Foell, ■■ West Knox Lions Club. Info: knoxvillewestthey are solving the problems they see in 691-8933 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Rosina Guerra, knoxlionsclub.org. space and what their solutions are,” said email@example.com or 588-5250. ■■ West Knox Republican Club, 7 p.m. each Riley Speas, 13. ■■ Historic Sutherland Heights Neighborsecond Monday, Red Lobster on Kingston “A lot of us are very interested in science. hood Association. Info: Marlene Taylor, Pike. For those of us who are going into biochem951-3773, firstname.lastname@example.org. istry and space exploration, this is huge,” said Elise Kersch, 13. Alex Hoffman said he enjoyed the in- Freedom Christian Academy open house creasing complexity of the experiment. Freedom Christian Academy will host an open house, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, “Basically we had earlier trials and each Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway. Potential students and their experiment we submitted gave us a better understanding about how to make the next families can visit classrooms, meet the teachers and view grade specific curriculum. Info: freedomchristianacademy.org or 525-7807. one better.” Canario is jubilant that her students are getting such an opportunity. “In most cases, a science teacher knows what the outcome of an experiment should be. But in this case, the students are running the experiment. They are connecting with the experts. We have no clue what the results will be. That is real science, not spoon-fed science.”
From page A-1 plans by the East Tennessee Community Design Center? ■■Scour and reach out to state and federal grants that might aid non-polluting transportation. ■■Start a build-a-sidewalk lottery (probably requires state legislation) with the proceeds dedicated exclusively to building more sidewalks. Hey, we are sending kids to college already. ■■Where the topography is relatively flat, substitute a ground-level, meandering path through the edge of front yards – essentially a greenway. Give them an easement. Mom could easily mow right over the grass without edging. ■■Seek business sponsors, award development mitigation credit for sidewalk additions. That’s just a start. I’ve asked my district neighborhoods to discuss this at their next meeting. You may have the answer. So, put on your thinking caps. Let’s rise up out of the ditches!
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“It was hard work to switch over from the old way of selling,” she says. “I had a really hard time finding people who understood what I was trying to convey. But truly I’m a real self-starter and always have been; I’ve never worked for anyone else. It was a matter of saying, ‘OK, here’s what I need, how do I do this, can I hire an expert’ and learning to do it myself.” She admits, “I find the whole thing fun. But mostly I love to make the work. I think every single artist on the planet would spend their lives just making their work if they could.”
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Here I am After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Genesis 22:1 NRSV) Don’t say to God “Here I am” unless you really mean it. God will take you Cross up on your offer. Currents The dealings between Lynn God and Abraham were Pitts unusual, to say the least. God had promised Abraham a son, but God was slow in delivering on that promise. Sarah was Sarah did indeed bear a well past the age of child- son in her old age. bearing when three men Then comes one of the appeared before Abra- most suspenseful and ham. Being a good host, painful stories in scriphe offered them food and ture. The Lord instructs drink. The men told Abra- Abraham to take his only ham that his wife would son Isaac – this yearnedbear him a son. for miracle child! – and ofSarah, inside the tent, fer him for a burnt offering laughed out loud. She on a mountain to which knew better. Or thought God would lead him. she did! What a terrible, horThe Lord then spoke to rific test! Abraham, “Why did SarAt this point in the ah laugh and say, ‘Shall I story, I always envision indeed bear a child, now the rendition in the movthat I am old?’ Is any- ie “The Bible.” I can see thing too wonderful for Abraham’s upraised arm, the Lord?” his hand holding the knife But Sarah compound- that would sacrifice that ed her mistake by deny- precious, prayed-for son. ing that she had laughed. God’s brinksmanship The Lord said, “Oh, yes, always makes me uncomyou did laugh.” (Note to fortable, until I rememself: Don’t argue with the ber that God watched Lord!) God was as good as His own Son die, with no His word, however, and lamb to take His place!
FAITH NOTES ■■ 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.
SENIOR NOTES ■■ Knoxville Senior Co-Ed Softball league games, 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 4-Oct. 26, Caswell Park, 570 Winona St. Cost: $10. Noncompetitive league for
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Phase One is complete at First Presbyterian By Carol Z. Shane The Rev. Dr. William Pender of First Presbyterian Church says the goals behind the church’s massive three-part renovation are “access and flow.” Built in 1792 as Knoxville’s first church, the building had been altered and expanded over the years, resulting in a confusing interior layout and zero compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “We didn’t have a single ADA-approved entrance or bathroom,” says Pender. Now at least two entrances and elevator vestibules are wheelchair-accessible, and there’s much more to come. “Phase One has focused on the south – the Church Street – side,” says Pender. It included the chapel, Sunday school classrooms and a parlor. The former choir room on the top floor is now a bright, spacious multi-level suite for the youth of the church. Orga nist/choir ma ster Mark Pace is especially happy about the chapel renovation because he no longer has to go to other churches to practice. The beautiful Taylor-Boody organ that’s been waiting quietly, safely tucked away from the rubble, is now accessible. “It’s so nice to have!” he says. Pace arrived here only last year, when the renovation was fully underway. Not surprisingly, a few treasures were discovered during the demolition. The massive rock fronting State Street is now fully revealed
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after decades hiding under the steps leading up to the chapel entrance. “Some old-timers remember playing ‘King of the Hill’ on that rock,” says Pender. A treasure of a much different sort was found inside. Standing in the back of the sanctuary, Pender points out that the room dates from 1903, while the balcony was added later in 1920. “There were stained glass windows on either side,” he says, gesturing toward the blank, load-bearing walls which were plastered over to support the seating overhead. One window has always been evident, though
FREE GARDENING CLASSES Knox County Extension master gardeners will present the following free gardening classes. ■■ “Spring Lawn Repair: What a Mess!” 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday,
The Rev. Dr. William Pender and organist Mark Pace discuss the newly discovered 1903 stained glass window recently uncovered by the renovation crew at First Presbyterian Church. Photo by
it’s visible only from the exterior on the church’s north side. What happened to its companion? Was it there on the opposite side, under the plaster? Turns out it was. A previous attempt to investigate with a small scope didn’t work because that side of the window had been painted white. But, “we were literally in the finishing stages, cutting in this door,” says Pender, “when one of the workmen said, ‘do you know there’s a window in the wall?’” The 1903 window now holds a glassedin place of honor and is a touching reminder of the
church’s long history. Pender is pleased with the results so far. “We have repurposed so much of the building that we weren’t using. One of our jobs is to have a ministry of facility. In any given week, we have more nonmembers come in than members – the Tennessee Stage Company, AA, the YWCA, the Community School of the Arts.” Phase Two will include the sanctuary, offices and north side. Pace is looking forward to having the main 1963 Casavant Freres, Lte. organ back, as well as other changes. “Yay! It’ll finally happen,” he says. “Won’t that be great?”
Feb. 25, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Presented by master gardener Ron Pearman. Info: 588-8813. ■■ “Raised Beds: Build ’em and Fill ’em,” 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Presented by master gardener Mike Powell. Info: 588-8813.
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Easterday explains how to use a hacksaw and an anvil.
Boy Scouts sample blacksmithing skills By Kelly Norrell Metalworking and blacksmithing captivated Boy Scout Troop 146 recently when Tristan Easterday explained basic skills during a meeting at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church Tools and equipment held everyone’s attention –
a plasma cutter to cut metal, an MIG welder, an anvil, hammers, files, a hacksaw, and a foundry made of a metal bucket, perfect for melting soda cans to make ingots. Easterday showed the boys a range of safety equipment too – welding hood, heavy gloves, leather apron, a dust mask. And
what can you make? “Anything they want to make,” he said. “Doorstops, clasps for jewelry, knives. You can make anything.” Metalworking is just one skill the Scouts of Troop 146 learn. Aviation, first aid, rock climbing, caving and many others keep the boys busy.
On July 8, Troop 146 will celebrate its 50th Jubilee in Knoxville with a pig roast at the church. All friends and both present and former members of the troop and of Cub Scout Pack 146 are invited. Info: Parent coordinator Kimberly Turnmire at kimberly.turnmire@gmail. Tristan Easterday shows Troop 146 how to melt a soda can in a com. bucket foundry you can make yourself. Photos by Kelly Norrell
Story time for grownups and tax help, too On a winter Saturday when you are putting off doing your taxes, it is a perfect time to do something free and entertaining instead. Come to the Bearden Library on Saturday, Feb. 18, when the Tennessee Stage Company will present two table readings of new plays. Each reading will include a discussion session afterward with the cast, director and audience. Not only will you ease your tired spirit and enjoy the play, you will help the Tennessee Stage Company with your feedback, said artistic director Tom Parkhill. “These readings are the first step toward our working out plays to produce. We develop plays out of these,” he said. “When Blackbirds Sing,” a drama written by Gayle Greene, is about a woman serving a lifetime prison sentence. A young woman who was adopted at birth visits the older woman in prison. In the course of the play, it is revealed that the woman in prison is the young woman’s birth mother. “It is a very dramatic and really very sad play,” said Parkhill. The reading is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. “Dracula – Down for the Count” by Mary Lynn Dobson is a comic retelling of the Gothic horror novel. “It is a spoof, sort of like the George Hamilton movie ‘Dead and Loving It’. It has Dracula eating bugs and enlisting a nurse who can’t get
anything right. It is really funny,” said Parkhill. The reading is from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. The table readings set our imaginations free in a way
SCHOOL NOTES ■■ Central Baptist ChurchBearden’s Children’s Consignment Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 6300 Deane Hill Drive. Proceeds will be donated to the West Hills Elementary School FOOD 4 Kids Program. Consignor/volunteer registration is open through 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5. Info/registration: cbcbearden. org/events; cbbclothingsale@ gmail.com; 588-0586.
of table readings like these. On March 10, the production “The Nearly Final, Almost Posthumous Play of the Not Quite Dead Sudden McAllister,” by Kris Bauske, will have its world premiere. Tickets are $15. To purchase, call 546-4280, visit w w w.tennesseestage.com or buy tickets at the door at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 306 North Gay St. And there’s free help available in Knoxville for
tax questions, too. The Lawson McGhee Library and some branch libraries have forms and instruction booklets for 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. At the Bearden Goodwill at 5307 Kingston Pike, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free tax help to the community. Especially targeted for help are people with low and limited income, people with disabilities, non-English
speakers and the elderly. To get help, come to the Bearden Goodwill and bring this year’s tax package and/or label, all forms, W-2 and 1099s, information for other income, deductions and credit, and current ID. Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. For more information about VITA, visit irs.gov.
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that little else does. In an age of sensory overload, we forget the power of listening to a story. “They are like radio plays. It’s only audio, but it has intensity, emotion and timing,” Parkhill said. “It offers authors their first chance to hear their plays read by actors. Afterward, we do a discussion and give the directors feedback.” Current Tennessee Stage Production plays grow out
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Concord Christian students leap forward in technology By Kelly Norrell
Below is the prosthetic hand students built to specifications using their 3-D printer. Parent Chris Petty and student Braxton Petty helped calibrate the printer, said teacher Sherilyn Dawson. Elementary school computer teacher Sherilyn Dawson and fourth-grader Andrew Pickell work with the 3-D printer. Andrew holds items the class made with the printer.
Third-graders Levi Dunn and Evie Davis work to build the fingers on the 3-D printed prosthetic hand.
Eighth-grader Chase Johnson, middle and high school computer teacher Kristen Lancaster and eighth-grader Steven Bell work with the programming tool “Blockly.”
Elementary artists exhibit at Farragut Town Hall
Caroline Woods loves art and third grade.
Kindergartener Lydia McCurry points out her colorful cross.
Farragut recently hosted a primary school art show for all of the local schools. Elementary principal Leigh Ledet said, “I am very proud of our incredible elementary art teacher Mrs. Gaddis and her talented students who were featured in this evening’s special exhibit at Farragut Town Hall.” Concord Christian Elementary School art teacher Krista Gaddis enjoyed spending the evening at Farragut’s Town Hall congratulating her students as they came to see their art on display. Gaddis said, “I love teaching elementary art because I get to help students connect with God – the ultimate Creator who we get our creativity from! I enjoy watching them explore, have fun and let their creativity and expression come out in their artwork. There is no greater job!”
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Thompson lives in the creative zone By Betsy Pickle Robert H. “Bob” Thompson sees things that other people might not. He sees words that seem to fit with old landscape paintings he finds in thrift stores, so he paints his thoughts into the pictures. And he sees ways to bring creativity into community service, which has been a hallmark of the decade that he has lived in South Knoxville. A show of Thompson’s art opened on First Friday at the gallery space at Tori Mason Shoes, 29 Market Square. The exhibit will be up through the end of March. Thompson shows his community spirit monthly at meetings of the SouthDoyle Neighborhood Association and, since the fall, on the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals, on which he serves as the representative for District 9. Being retired – he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority as a lawyer for 30 years – gives him time to spend on his art and his volunteerism. He and wife Kaye, also retired, are emptynesters – both of their sons are grown – except for their two cats and a “grand-dog” of which they “share custody.” Thompson says he has been a “doodler” since he was a kid, but he’s selftaught. He’s also played the guitar since he was young – he entertained attendees with lovely acoustic music at his art opening – and did take lessons, but “my last teacher got drafted and sent to Vietnam, if that tells you anything.” Thompson’s word paintings were initially inspired by the works of Chattanooga native Wayne White, but it was important to him to create his own style. The words he paints into the pictures – which he tweaks for the desired effect – usually require viewers to feel as much as think. Thompson, a native
Artist Bob Thompson likes to make viewers think and feel. of Kansas City, moved to Knoxville to work for TVA after graduating from law school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He met his wife, who grew up in Halls, at TVA. They lived in Fountain City for 20 years before moving to South Knoxville. He got involved in the SDNA because he was concerned about a proposed housing development near his property. That’s typical of many who start coming to neighborhood meetings anywhere. But Thompson has remained active. He says that group members may be far apart politically, but they’re all concerned about their community. County Commissioner Carson Dailey, a fellow SDNA member who served on the BZA until he was elected to the commission last fall, encouraged Thompson to take on the BZA position. “It’s interesting,” he says. “Back in the old days, when County Commission would run it, they gave a variance to everyone that asked for one.” Now, the BZA takes a hard look at requests and follows established development standards. Thompson takes time to do the research to make the best decisions. He believes that the spir-
Bob Thompson, South Knoxville’s representative on the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals, provides the music for his own First Friday art opening at Tori Mason Shoes on Market Square. Photo by Betsy Pickle
it of creativity can enrich business and government. He uses his art to benefit the community, often donating paintings for silent auctions. SoKno should be proud of its artistic community, he says. “In 37920, you’ve got virtually every kind of cre- Bob Thompson’s quirky word paintings demonstrate his love of surrealism. ative pursuit,” Thompson says. “Metal workers, glass workers, potters, painters, people who draw, audiovisual people, musicians, fabric people; you’ve just got everything.”
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Strange first pets By Kip Oswald Last week, I wrote about Tad Lincoln’s goats running through the White House and even sleeping in his bed. The Lincolns Kip were not the only family to have goats as pets. Our 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, let his billy goat, Whiskers, pull his grandchildren around the White House. The goat did, however, run out of the yard with the cart down Pennsylvania Avenue with the president chasing them for several blocks. Most of our presidents have had some kind of bird as a pet, but Washington Post, William McKinley’s parrot, may have been the most talented of all. He could finish any song the president began and would always say “Look at all the pretty girls” to any women who stopped by his cage. Several first families had very unusual pets. William Taft, 27th president, had a dairy cow at the White House. She grazed on the lawn and slept in the garage with his several cars. Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, kept sheep on the White House lawn because there were no gar-
deners during World War I. The sheep also raised more than $100,000 for the Red Cross when their wool was sheared and auctioned. Horses were another regular pet at the White House. John Kennedy, 35th president, let his daughter, Caroline, have a pony called Macaroni pull her and her brother around the White House in a sleigh. The pony was so special, kids around the country wrote letters to him. One other pony, Algonquin, actually got inside the White House. He was the pony of Theodore Roosevelt’s son Archie, and Archie’s brothers sneaked the pony into the White House elevator on the way to Archie’s room to cheer him up when he was sick with measles. Apart from all the odd pets, almost every first family had a dog, but Spot, George W. Bush’s dog, is the only pet to live in the White House under two presidents: George H.W. Bush, 41st president, and George W. Bush, 43rd president. Spot was born in the White House as the puppy of George H.W. Bush’s dog, Millie, and was given to George W. Bush, who was president eight years later. Next week, we will see how first pets became “famous” first pets! Send comments to oswalds firstname.lastname@example.org
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Parents and community leaders will learn soon what Knox County Schools proposes for Vine and the other middle schools forced to rezone following construction of new schools at Gibbs and Hardin Valley. Here’s guessing that Vine will be OK. A year ago, things looked grim. Political consideration, not overcrowding, led to construction at Gibbs, and it was hard to see how both Holston and Vine middle schools could survive the loss of 300-400 students to rezoning. Both were (and are) already under capacity. But Vine got three breaks: ■■The Revs. John and Donna Butler attended all six rezoning meetings and wisely built a case for neighborhood schools; ■■Superintendent Jim McIntyre unexpectedly resigned and the school board selected Buzz Thomas as interim superintendent; and ■■The black community rallied behind the Butlers and packed the house at both Holston and Vine public meetings. Near the end of the two-hour meeting at Vine, Thomas addressed
the crowd: “This is not our last meeting,” he said. “We have absolutely no plans to close any of our schools. You Buzz Thomas … have no reason to trust me. … I promise you a proposal by the end of February. I have to earn your trust, and we will try to prove to you that we did listen.” Not the words of a man who will propose to close Vine Middle. Speakers said Vinearea kids are being bused to South-Doyle; Holston kids bused to Carter. Former commissioner Sam McKenzie: “Are you considering populating Gibbs to less than capacity?” Thomas: “Yes.” Thomas: “It is patently unfair to put the busing burden on one race or ethnicity.” Note: The school board will be updated on the “disparities in educational outcomes” examination currently underway at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the board room of the Andrew Johnson Building. All are invited.
LIBRARY NOTES ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: David Blivens, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. ■■ New Play Readings: “When Blackbirds Sing,” 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 18, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Presented by the Tennessee Stage Company. Info: 588-8813. ■■ New Play Readings: “Okra,” 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Presented by the Tennessee Stage Company. Info: 777-1750. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033.
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■■ “Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Jr.” Thursdays-Sundays, Feb. 24-March 12, at the theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. The play is a live onstage version of the smash Broadway musical adapted from the classic animated film, especially written for ages 4 and older. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12; special rate for adult and child entering together, $10. Info: knoxvillechildrenstheatre. com or 208-3677.
Bearden Shopper news • February 15, 2017 • A-9 Marine Mud Run is an annual 5K that includes natural and man-made obstacles including a ladder climb and, of course, a mud pit. Kids have their own muddy pit, with cleanup provided by local Rural Metro. The challenge run is organized by the Marine Corps League and is open to everyone. This year the event is on Sept. 16, and winners of both the men’s and women’s individual competitions will take home bragging rights and a Go-Pro Hero4 camera. Check out Marine Mud Run Knoxville for more information and to sign up. Supervising the maintenance of the grounds is part of the job for deputy director of parks Chuck James. “It’s a large park with a lot of area to be mowed,” says James, adding, “While the crews are working, they note anything that needs repair or is a safety issue. They act as an extra set of eyes and submit repair orders.” The park, open from sunrise to sunset, has an extra security feature: the Knox County Sheriff’s Office maintains a mobile housing unit there with an officer living on site. Being a little bit out-ofthe-way is part of the charm of Melton Hill Park. It’s definitely worth discovering for fun on the water and beautiful vistas. For directions and more, knoxcounty.org/ parks
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Looking south near one of the boat ramps, a scenic vista of Williams Bend.
By Margie Hagen Tucked away in the gently rolling hills of the northwest corner of Hardin Valley, Melton Hill Park is a respite from the bustle of the fast growing community. Located on Williams Bend Road, it’s a pleasant drive along the bucolic road that ends at the entrance to the park. At 112 acres, the park is one of the largest of the 44 parks in Knox County. Situated on the south shore of Melton Hill Lake, the park has roughly 7,000 feet of shoreline. Two boat ramps are located on north and south sides of the park,
A frequent visitor, Sloane Hamrick points out one of her favorite views. providing boating access to connecting river shoals. The park has numerous walking and hiking trails, with a paved loop that circles one of the recreation areas.
A covered picnic pavilion, sand volleyball pit and playground are near the small swimming area, soon to be replenished with fresh sand. You can bring your own
Cedar Bluff Baptist Church plans fun run/walk By Nancy Anderson Cedar Bluff Baptist Church will host a run/walk fundraiser on Saturday, March 11, to raise money for the building of its new 140seat sanctuary. “Our sanctuary was more than 100 years old, and even though it was remodeled in the ’30s, the building was deter iorat ing and we had seriously outgrown it. The new building, which is currently under construction, will give us some much-needed growing room,” said event coordinator Lori McCown. The Solid Rock 10K/5K/1Mile Fun Run course will start and end in the parking lot of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church on 9215 Floyd Lane. The course will take runners/walkers on Cedar Bluff Road, through Gulf Park neighborhood to Sanders Road, down Sanders Road to Dutchtown Road. Runners on the 10K will turn right onto Dutchtown Road
and go to Century Park Complex and turn around and run back down Dutchtown Road to the church’s parking lot. Runners on
the 5K will turn right onto Dutchtown Road and run about a quarter of a mile down the road and turn around and run back down Dutchtown Road to the church’s parking lot. Runners/walkers on the 1-Mile Fun Run turn left out of the church’s parking lot onto Dutchtown Road, go onehalf mile and turn around and come back down Dutchtown Road, returning to the church’s parking lot. Pre-entry fees for participants 12 and over are $20$30 from Feb. 11 to March 10 and $30-$35 on race day. Pre-entry fee for partici-
pants 11 and under are $15$20 from Feb. 11 to March 10 and $20-$25 on race day. Start times are 10K: 7:45 a.m.; 5K: 8 a.m.; and 1-Mile Fun Run: 8:15 a.m. P a c k e t pickup will be at Fleet Feet Sports, Knoxville, 11619 Parkside Drive on Friday, March 10, from 4-7 p.m. McCown said prizes are plentiful and volunteers are needed. “We have prizes for age and category winners and we’re fortunate to have corporate sponsors who have literally stuffed our goody bags with amazing coupons and prizes. “If you don’t want to or can’t run or walk the course, consider volunteering. We need about 20 volunteers to help with water stations and check points.” To volunteer, contact Amanda Flynn at email@example.com For more info and to register visit: http://bit. ly/2kuoBvQ
paddleboard or kayak; fishing from the shoreline is a popular pastime. If you want to take in striking views of the river and surrounding cliffs you’ll find a lot to choose from. Local resident Sloane Hamrick enjoys coming throughout the year, saying, “I like it in the winter because it’s peaceful here. I have a favorite tree that’s so pretty in the spring. There is a neat trail up to the cliffs,
and when summer comes I go to the swimming pond.” Originally owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the land was deeded to Knox County in 1964 for the sum of $25, with the stipulation that it be used for public recreation. Previously used for agriculture, the area became popular for boating after the Melton Hill Dam was closed. Now different groups use it for special events. The
Powell area boasts enhancement committee By Sandra Clark Take this as it’s written: it’s gossip, it’s fun and some of it is even true. Knox County Commissioner Bob Thomas joined the gang at Enhance Powell on Feb. 8 at Life House Coffee. He later posted on Facebook: “Exciting to hear all the improvements
in the Powell area. This is a very energetic community group! And Life House has some great treats!” Double vision: Think about this. If Thomas wins election as mayor in 2018 and the school board appoints assistant superintendent Bob Thomas as superintendent of Knox
County Schools, both of our county’s top leaders will be named Bob Thomas. And that would be as funny as having two high school principals named Chad Smith. (The case at Powell High School). Dr. Chad Smith, head principal, says his new sign is almost finished.
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Travel memories linger in watercolors By Suzanne Foree Neal Jann Bohnenberger spent years working for the International Future Problem Solving program instructing teachers how to teach children to use creative problem solving to find solutions to issues in their communities. She also frequently took opportunities to photograph her surroundings. Now retired, she’s turning travel memories into watercolors. She started by taking a few watercolor classes after a long lapse from painting, enjoyed it and got more invested in the medium. One thing she doesn’t care to paint is portraits, passing on those for florals and landscapes. One of her juried pieces, “Sunlit Fruit Shadows and Reflections,” is her first attempt at a still life. “It turned out better than I thought it would be,” she laughs. Her three pieces juried into the 2017 Open Fine Arts Show are among 78 works on display by area artists through Saturday, Feb. 18, at Town Hall with a reception for the artists 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. The exhibit is otherwise open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 15-16; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 17 and 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Feb. 18. “When I retired, I went through pictures to see if any of those could be paintings,” she says, but also finds subjects in the orchids her husband, Richard, grows. Some favorite pieces are from photos of the Norris Dam Grist Mill, the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, and she’s excited to get started on watercolors of some photos from a trip to Hawaii. Bohnenberger doesn’t just sit at her Farragut home and paint. She takes her brushes on the road, paint-
Jann Bohnenberger picked up her love of watercolors again in retirement and is one of the juried artists showcasing their talents at the 2017 Open Fine Arts Show at Farragut Town Hall through Saturday, Feb. 18. She will show three pieces, including “Quiet Sunday Morning on North Central” and “Rocky Coast of Maine.” Photos by Suzanne Foree Neal
ing at the Fountain City Art Center, the Choto Art Center and with a group at Tellico Village. She’s a member of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, Fountain City Art Guild and the Art Guild of Tellico Village. The artist looks longingly at some of the empty buildings around Farragut and wishes one could be turned into a place for artists to gather. “I hope that happens when I’m still alive and able to use it,” she jokes. Bohnenberger paints
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Bill Nichols loves ‘his kids’ By Tom King
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Knox Heritage thanks volunteers By Sandra Clark Knox Heritage wants a few good volunteers. K i m Trent, executive director, says Knox Heritage and the East Te n n e s s e e Preservation AlliKim Trent ance rely on hundreds of volunteers each year to advocate for the preservation of historic places and educate the public and local officials about the cultural and economic value of those places. Volunteers were honored Feb. 11 at an appreciation lunch and open house at Historic Westwood. Knox Heritage needs volunteers for its summer supper host committee, to help during office hours and to teach a preservation network workshop. Working committees include preservation advocacy and education, vintage properties, special events, marketing and fundraising. To learn more, contact Hollie Cook, director of education, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Howard House: Knox Heritage lists annually the most vulnerable historic
properties. Among them is the home of Paul Howard at 2921 N. Broadway. The property is now listed for $575,000 by George Brown of Wood Properties. The house has nearly 5,000 square feet of space and sits on 2.4 acres. It is currently zoned for office use, but Knox Heritage says adaptive re-use as a private residence or bed and breakfast would also be a welcome addition to the surrounding neighborhoods. According to the Knox Heritage newsletter, “The home is a North Knoxville icon and is one of the finest examples of Craftsman style architecture still standing in Knox County. It has a rich history and has received Knox Heritage awards on two occasions for the quality maintenance and care by its previous owners.” Open house: The Branson House, 1423 Branson Ave., will be open to the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Admission is free. Knox Heritage worked with the city of Knoxville and others to save the 1922 home of artist Lloyd Branson. The house had been deemed “blighted” and was at risk for demolition. Taste & Toast: Get in the Mardi Gras spirit at
The long hours he puts in, the miles he drives, the meetings he attends and the legwork matter not one bit to Bill Nichols. What does matter are “his kids” – the RoTom King tary Youth Exchange students he preps to spend a year overseas in a new country and a new culture with host families they do not know. Those students are known as the “outbounds” and when they come home they’re “rebounds.” Bill’s title is the Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound Chair of District 6780. He coordinates this program for 65 clubs in East Tennessee. If a club in Mt. Juliet or Rogersville or Maryville or Knoxville has a student who wants to go on an exchange, they call Bill. He speaks to clubs around the district and is the major cheerleader for this program. This year he has eight students overseas he stays in touch with and he’s helping 12 more students – and their families – get ready for an exchange next year. He rarely misses a meeting at his home club – the Rotary Club of Farragut. Bill interviews each student and their parents. He has to make sure passports
and visas are in order, that health insurance is in place and medical and dental exams are done. There are FBI background checks and fingerprints and working with a Bill Nichols travel agency on flights and itineraries. “It is a lot of hand holding with parents and students as they prepare for the exchange,” Bill says. Bill gets emotional about the students. “These are my kids and you love and care for them as if they are your own. You see them grow and mature into a new person,” he says. “You cry when they cry. They grow in so many ways. They have lived in a new culture and they have learned a new language and they share with you their new friends for life from around the world.” He smiles and tells me the story of an exchange student returning to South Korea for college and to see her favorite host family, who consider her their daughter – a great compliment in their culture. “That is what brings a lump in my throat, and I know Rotary made that possible for her and her mother,” he says. “That is my Rotary child. I’m happy that I could be a very small part of it.” So are we!
BIZ NOTES Kim Trent presents a book won in a drawing by Adam Stephens of South Knoxville, who saw a notice about the event on Facebook. He is writing a thesis on conflict with heritage, and Knox Heritage has drawn his interest. Sweet P’s BBQ and Downtown Dive with a $15 meal to benefit Knox Heritage 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 410 W. Jackson Ave. The meal will feature New Orleans-style pig roast with a black-eyed pea dish, Dirty Hoppin’ John and Cajun coleslaw. It will be paired with beer from Louisianabased Nola Brewing Co. No advance ticket required.
■■ UT College of Architecture and Design Lecture Series: Robert B. Church Lecture, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, McCarty Auditorium, Room 109 in the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Guest speaker: Brad Collett, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences with a faculty appointment to the landscape architecture program in the College of Architecture and Design. Free and open to the public.
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The civic club speech was “Highly favored, richly blessed.” My modest remarks included tidbits about Sarah and Tom Siler and Ralph Millett and Roland Julian and a who’s-who of Tennessee sports names that are or were at least a small part of my life – all the way back to Nathan W. Dougherty, who tipped a nickel each week for newspaper delivery, Robert R. Neyland when he was bigger than his bronze statue and even an interesting sophomore tailback, Carolyn and Tom Jensen John Majors, in a 1954 geography class. Tom and Carolyn have “Any questions?” said the two children, Cindy, who host. is married to Mike Segers, From a face in the crowd: the pastor of Inskip Baptist “Of all those, the hundreds Church for 18 years, and or a thousand, who was the Tom, who is city execumost interesting?” tive of Mountain ComI was suddenly speechmerce Bank. They have four grandchildren. Jensen also less. No way I was going to answer that. No way. served on the Knoxville But the wheels started Airport Authority and was whirring. Stu Aberdeen. chair part of that time. ■■ Ijams: The new ex- Condredge Holloway. Dewecutive director of Ijams ey Warren. Richmond FlowNature Center is Amber ers. Ernie Grunfeld. Ray Parker, 45, who starts to Bussard. Peyton Manning. Willie Gault. Pat Summitt. work Feb. 20. Ijams is a showcase area Howard Bayne. Steve Kiner. in South Knoxville that has A.W. Davis. Reggie White. been part of environmental Chuck Rohe. I shook my head and said awareness, learning and enjoyment for the city and county for many years. Parker relocates from Parsley, Va., where she was executive director of ChinA slate of women cancoteague Bay Field Station didates is looking to take on the eastern shore of over leadership of the Knox Virginia. She was special County Democratic Party. programs coordinator The candidate for chair is and education director at Emily Gregg, a senior mathe Great Smoky Mounjoring in Classics (with a tains Institute at Tremont concentration in civilizafrom 2001 to 2007. tion) at the University of She earned a degree in Tennessee. zoology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1994 and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott ColBetty lege in Arizona in 2007. Bean “I love East Tennessee. Ijams is perfect for me as I She got active in KCDP love to grow programs and Ijams is poised for real growth as a freshman in 2012. The Nashville native is making and new opportunities,” the rounds of district meetParker said. She mentioned ings during the run-up to the wilderness program in South Knoxville as an exciting the March 25 countywide reorganization convention development for Ijams. and was a featured speakShe plans to keep Symer at both the Democratic phony in the Park, a soldWomen of Knoxville and out event each September. “It is an incredible honor to the First District Democrats last week. be asked to serve and I am First District Democrats excited to take Ijams to the president, the Rev. Harold next level,” she said. Middlebrook, reminded his She follows Paul James group that their district has as the permanent director, but Bo Townsend served for more Democrats than any in Knox County, and will have the past several months as 55 delegates to the county interim director. convention. ■■ Bill Frist, former He challenged them to U.S. Senate majority leader, work on ways to get more turns 65 on Feb. 22. Frist African-Americans innow lives in Nashville. volved. Linda Haney, the ■■ This writer just slate’s candidate for vice returned from 6 days on chair, offered to step aside if Easter Island, owned by a member of the black comChile and located in the South Pacific. Will compose munity wants to run. a report soon. It was on my Party treasurer Shannon bucket list. Webb will seek to stay in
Legislative pioneer In the 1970s, Tom Jensen was an important person if you had business before the Legislature and lived in Knox County as he was the Republican leader of the House for eight of the 12 years he served (1966 to 1978).
Jensen led the effort for a truly independent Legislature. He helped change the way things were done in a Legislature where the annual salary was $1,800 a year in 1967 and there were no offices for the members. Jensen, 82, lives in North Knox County now on Pine Harbor Lane with his wife, Carolyn. They have been married 56 years. She was field representative for Dr. Bill Frist for the 12 years he served in the U.S. Senate from Tennessee. Tom Jensen was Gov. Winfield Dunn’s House floor leader during the four years that he served as the first Republican governor in over 40 years. Jensen represented northwest Knoxville and Knox County when Brown Ayres and Fred Berry served in the state Senate. Jensen considers the creation of a state kindergarten system to be the most significant and lasting legislation he helped enact. At the time it passed, enrollment was voluntary for all students as it was still a novel idea for Tennessee at that time. Later, attendance became mandatory. Jensen said, “Winfield was interested in legislation and the state’s welfare, whereas Ray Blanton just wanted to get by, exist and not for much of anything.” Jensen became president of the National Conference of State Legislators and pushed for the Legislature to be an informed, independent branch of state government through tools such as the Fiscal Review Committee. Jensen locally insisted the Knox delegation hold regular Saturday meetings during the legislative session at the City County Building where any citizen could come to speak. This was done for 14 years; it has now been discontinued. He recalls the late state Sen. Houston Goddard of Maryville, who later became an appellate judge, to be “memorable and a statesman.”
there were too many interesting choices. I offered the valid excuse that the mind plays tricks in old age and got the heck out of there – to a standing ovation I am sure. After all, others were leaving, too. That afternoon, “most interesting” came back time and time again. I thought of Coppley Vickers and Doug Atkins and Phil Garner and Lester McClain and Orby Lee Bowling. More and more, many more. I finally got around to Robert Allen Dickey, baseball pitcher and English lit major of the mid-1990s, avid reader, academic AllAmerican, Olympic star. He was the first-round draft choice who lost $735,000 in bonus money when the Texas Rangers discovered his right elbow lacked an ulnar collateral ligament. He did the bouncearound, sometimes here
but mostly there. I recalled an unusual game with the Buffalo Bisons against the Durham Bulls. R.A. gave up a leadoff single and retired the next 27 batters. He eventually got paid, as in many millions, when he mastered the rare art of delivering an angry knuckleball, not a butterfly, for strikes. He had one-hitters back to back and set a bunch of records. He won 20 games and the National League Cy Young Award in 2012 with the New York Mets. He got a really big payday from the Toronto Blue Jays. He will appear this summer, at age 42, with the Atlanta Braves. Dickey is married to Anne Bartholomew of the famous Middle Tennessee football family. They have four children. He is very interesting. He is the only former Vol to have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He got that urge from his boyhood read of Hemingway. His risky mission was to raise funds and awareness for one of his charitable projects, the prevention or reduction of trafficking of women in India. Dickey is an evangelical
Christian who helps Honoring the Father ministries in Ocala, Fla. It sends medical supplies, powdered milk and baseball equipment to impoverished youth in Latin America. He has been profiled on “60 Minutes” and featured in The New Yorker. He wrote a very personal book, a jagged, cutting memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up,” that describes sexual abuse by a baby sitter, tough times growing up with an alcoholic mother, his sins as a husband and how close he came to suicide. R.A. Dickey is the only exVol with an honorary doctorate from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He spoke to graduates of the Anglican theological school. “This life is about changing other lives; it’s about introducing people to the hope of Christ.” Dickey has been called the smartest player in baseball. I can’t substantiate that. Some of the stuff he reads and talks about is above my understanding. I can say, based on Tennessee sports family standards, he is very interesting. So is Joshua Dobbs.
Slate of women campaigning to head Knox Dems the usual suspects, that position. citing two UT offiGregg said one of cials, Chris Cimino, her first priorities vice chancellor for is to organize and finance and adminsustain the wave of istration for the energy generated Knoxville campus, by the inauguration and Butch Peccolo, of President Donald former UT treasurTrump. er, who were nudged “Volunteers are Allie Cohn Emily Gregg Jon Shefner out of meetings concoming to us left and right, from every di- subcommittee that is mov- ducted by the state’s Office rection,” she said. “We get ing to heal lingering Bernie/ of Customer Focused Government when they started three or four signups on our Hillary party rifts. “People do want to talk voicing doubts about outwebsite every day because people are so concerned, so about it – in a positive sourcing. “There are two ways to we want to focus on build- way,” Cohn said. “A lot of ing the party’s infrastruc- people chose not to vote. make money by outsourcture – if we’re not in tip- We really need to under- ing: pay a lower wage with top shape, we could really stand why people sat this fewer benefits, or diminish the quality of services. see our government suffer. election out. “Not one legislator has “We need to find out what We’re trying to find a home for all of those volunteers people want from the party. come out openly in favor so we can hit the ground The class divide is getting of this plan. … Legislators bigger and bigger, and it’s know their constituents will running in 2018.” Speaking of running, Al- less a Democrat/Republican be harmed,” Shefner said. The campus workers lie Cohn, a human energy thing than a top 1 percent have scheduled a rally in bomb who moved to Knox- and the rest of us thing. “What is it the party can Nashville March 9 that will ville from Gainesville, Fla., last August, is a candidate offer them? We’re Demo- culminate in some arrests, for secretary, and came to crats. We want to fight for Shefner said. “We need you to come to the Democratic Women’s people.” The First District Demo- our office and help us make meeting with Gregg. Fresh off a trip to Phila- crats’ meeting opened with phone calls. We need money delphia as a Bernie Sanders a presentation from UT so- – money for buses, money delegate to the Democratic ciology professor and Ten- to pay the bonds. There are National Convention, Cohn nessee Higher Education working people in serious contacted KCDP the day she Union representative Jon anxiety about their jobs all arrived, and got a call the Shefner, who updated the across the state. Many thounext day from party activ- crowd on Gov. Bill Haslam’s sands of jobs will be lost, ist Chris Barber inviting her efforts to outsource physi- and it will impact local busito help with Gloria John- cal plant workers’ jobs nesses.” Middlebrook said he son’s legislative campaign. in universities and state plans to be there. Last month, she served as parks. “I haven’t been to jail in Shefner said Haslam’s a marshal in the Women’s March in Washington, and plan has met with great re- some time. I’m getting my is a member of a progressive sistance, and not just from bond together.”
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Some advice for living in tense times By Tim Eichhorn Tension. It seems to be everywhere these days. Everybody has a comment or an opinion. I almost turned off my Facebook account because if it is not a recipe, then it seems like it is a political comment or rant. I do not care to watch the news right now either. It’s also tense. But, is it not my duty to Tim Eichhorn know what’s going on? So again, more tension. It seems like there is a protest of something or another every day. I know that they are happening; they are right there on the screen. Yet, they’re not happening here in East Tennessee and so I don’t see them. That in itself creates tension. How big are the protests? What do they really want? Why are they protesting? Am I missing something of which I should be aware? Then there is the fake news. More tension. Financial markets also seem tense. The mythical level of 20,000 was broken on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in late January. The “Trump Bump” as some call it is currently +10 percent or so since the November election. Is it real? Or is it something that will pass as the shine wears off for any president once he begins to govern and the realities of the tension of that job set in? Is “Make America Great Again” something that has staying power? We personally have tension in something as simple as driving by the gas pumps. Who doesn’t glance to see if gas has started back up in price? Who doesn’t sigh a bit when they see the price gains erased and they dip back down? For a reality check, going back to 1918 (adjusted for inflation), gas on average has been $2.64 per gallon for those 99 years. I purchased just this morning at $1.98 per gallon. I am tense because I believe that everything eventually returns to the average. The price of gas
has to go back up again, someday, which will affect my family budget. On top of that, tension appeared when hearing of Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed gas tax increase even if he is proposing to offset it with tax cuts in other areas. So it is everywhere, tension that is. What do we personally do about this persistent tension and the effects that it may or may not have on us? How do we handle it in a way to take care of our own households and combine our efforts with other households to make our way through this tension and on to the next? We should rely on a few sound fundamentals: ■ Build up your emergency fund. Keep it in the bank. Keep some in your safe at home if it makes you feel better, but have enough to cover your living expenses for at least six months. ■ Level down your debt. Carrying a car payment? A credit card balance? Pay them down. After the emergency fund, this is the first priority. ■ Have some family time. Or friends. Or social time. Do something that relies on other people in a fun or relaxing atmosphere. ■ Get some exercise. Go for a walk. Go to the gym. Get outside. Fresh air and exertion will clear most anxiety issues away. ■ Turn the news off. Shut down the time spent on the internet. Enjoy human company or watch an old movie starring Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn. Let nostalgia lighten your heart. (By the way, it was just as tense 50-plus years ago, but with different tensions like the Cold War, campus protests, nuclear threats. Wait a minute, that sounds familiar, like right now…?) ■ Keep in mind that it is the extreme voice that gets the sound bite and also causes the tension. Extreme voices attract advertising dollars, which drive for-profit stations and outlets with producers who are worried about revenue. Millions upon millions of people across the country are normal people who do normal things every day just like you.
■ With that in mind, do not let the noise created by these talking heads drive you to make rash investment decisions. Make certain that you know what your financial plan calls for and look to see that it is in place. Go see your advisor. Spend a few minutes reaffirming what you have been telling them all along and what they have been telling you. Be reassured that a good plan pro-
vides the steps in advance to take when the tension, like now, ratchets. In the end, the opportunity to reduce tension in your life comes from controlling what you can control and having the patience and perhaps the wisdom to recognize what you don’t control. Tim Eichhorn is a Senior Financial Advisor with Rather & Kittrell. He is available at email@example.com.
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Woman takes control of her future through genetic testing You hardly ever see her cry, but Carolyn Guffey wipes away tears as she sits at a picnic table in the park, thinking about the sadness of the past, and the bright promise of the future. It’s a chilly day with a bright blue sky, and she joyfully savors every second of it. “I’m looking forward to seeing my children get married,” she says, “I’m looking forward to gray hair.” Guffey, 31, had a double mastectomy after she underwent genetic testing at Thompson Cancer Survival Center – a step that her mother had taken as well. Guffey’s mother passed away after developing aggressive breast cancer. “We watched her get the diagnosis at 46; we saw her go through the treatment,” Guffey says. “When she went into hospice they said it would be three to four months, but she died in three weeks.” Guffey is going public with her story because she wants to let other women know the value of genetic testing, and to know there is life after a double mastectomy. “There’s nobody out there saying, ‘I like myself better now than I did,’” Guffey surmises. “But I’m totally fine, and I sleep better at night knowing that I chose this for my family.” Guffey believes the unknown is what scares most women. If a woman has a family history of cancer, knowing the results of a genetic test can alleviate that fear of the unknown. “I have a daughter,” Guffey says. “I want her to embrace this, not be scared of it.”
Guffey says. “I want life moments. I don’t want anything big and glamorous out of life – I just want to be there.”
“I sleep better at night, knowing I chose this for my family,” says Carolyn Guffey after undergoing genetic testing at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, and a subsequent double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery.
when she first learned her mother had a genetic test with positive results. “I had no idea what that meant. I blew it off, and I kept on going,” Guffey says. It wasn’t until later, when a lump was detected in her own annual mammogram, that Guffey gave it consideration. It Discovering the need was the third time a lump had for testing shown up. Because the first two Preoccupied with caring for had been benign, she had never her dying mother, Guffey hadn’t felt there was much cause for fully comprehended what it meant concern.
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When a doctor heard that Guffey’s mother had tested positive for a gene mutation, he recommended genetic testing for Guffey, too. The results were positive. “I totally expected the results to be negative,” Guffey says. “It took my breath away for just a second, and I knew my life would never be the same.” After a lot of research and much prayer, Guffey decided on a double mastectomy and reconstructive
surgery. “I knew things would be different, and I was going to make the choice whether things were going to be good different or bad different,” Guffey says. It was a difficult process for her, and there were moments when she wondered if she’d made the right choice. Those thoughts have given way to stronger faith and a sense of peace about the future. “I look forward to bad days, the days the kids drive me crazy,”
Guffey says her mother’s decision to undergo genetic testing was a gift packaged with powerful knowledge. As for the double mastectomy, Guffey says it’s not right for everyone, but she is 100 percent certain it was the right choice for her. “Cancer won’t decide my future,” she says, “I choose my future.” Guffey also points to recent advances in reconstructive surgery. She’s getting on with her life, with her body fully intact. However, she also has learned that she is more than the sum of her body parts. She is a wife, a mother and a friend. The thought of what her future might have been if her own mother had chosen not to have genetic testing is a little overwhelming. “Cancer robs people,” Guffey says. “It steals joy and families; it takes young people too soon.” Her hope is that more women will become aware of the availability of genetic counseling and testing. She also hopes women will not fear mastectomy if they and their physicians determine it’s the right choice. “Standing in front of the mirror, I can honestly say today that I feel prettier than I did before,” Guffey says. To learn more about genetic counseling and testing at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, visit thompsoncancer.com or call 865331-2350.
What is genetic testing? A simple blood test can lead to powerful knowledge. Genetic testing at Thompson Cancer Survival Center is giving more men and women a chance to take control of cancer risks. If a patient receives positive genetic test results, it means he or she has a hereditary cause for cancer, and there is an increased risk for certain types of cancer. “It doesn’t mean you have cancer,” test recipient Carolyn Guffey says. “I needed to know that difference, and I think a lot of people do.” Haley Pace, a genetic counselor at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, explains how the test results might help prevent cancer, or prepare patients before cancer shows up. “Knowing a hereditary cause for cancer in a patient enables us to understand what cancers to screen better for, or to try to
reduce the risks for,” says Haley. “It also helps us know what to test for in other family members, so we can determine if they also have higher risks for certain cancers.” The need for genetic testing is determined based on genetic counseling that pulls together all the factors that might play a part in a person’s risk of developing cancer. Pace says there are several red flags in a person’s medical history or family history that can indicate that a genetic counseling appointment is needed. Some of those indicators are cancer diagnosed before age 50, a strong family history of cancer, two cancers in the same person, and diagnosis of a rare type of cancer. To learn more about genetic counseling and testing, visit thompsoncancer.com or call (865) 331-2350.
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Elijah Burritt, 20 months old, gets an up-close look at Honey, a rescue bulldog belonging to Brad Cullen, at the Wine to the Rescue fundraiser for the Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell
Event chair Debbie Murmylo, center, talks with Ryan Casey of Radio Systems and Sarah Church with Bob’s Liquor and Wine. Sarah was the wine expert for the evening, giving guests an overview of the wines served with each dinner course.
Rally cry for fundraiser:
Bully for all
By Sherri Gardner Howell The Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club is just under 35 in membership, but their bark can be heard throughout East Tennessee. The club, with the goals of education, fellowship and rescue, held its third Wine to the Rescue fundraiser at Crowne Plaza Saturday night. Attendees included members, rescue parents, friends, sponsors and, of course, bulldogs. Debbie Murmylo, event chair, joined new president Ken Dudley in welcoming all to the auction and dinner. Radio Systems, represented at the evening by Ryan Casey, and the Crowne Plaza received high praise and rounds of applause for sponsorships and support for the cause. “This is a major event in fundraising for us,” ex-
Laura Crabtree, a rescue mom, shows off Mavis, who is dressed in pink for the party.
Ken Dudley, chapter president, and Judee Shuler, member, get ready for dinner.
Club secretary and Rescue Chair Mari DeCuir cuddles one of the large stuffed bulldogs available at the auction.
HAPPENINGS ■■ “Outside Mullingar” will be performed on the Clarence Brown Mainstage through Feb. 19. The production features a UT faculty member and visiting professional guest actors. Performance schedule/tickets: 974-5161 or clarencebrowntheatre.com. ■■ Cedar Bluff AARP Chapter luncheon, 11.30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Guest speaker: WBIR-TV’s chief meteorologist Todd Howell. Guests eat free. ■■ Marble City Opera presents “Opera, Chocolate & Wine,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, The Modern Studio, 109 W. Anderson Ave. Featuring local
performers Brandon Gibson and Michael Rodgers. General admission: $50. Info/tickets: marblecityopera.com. ■■ “Wild Woman & Her Sacred Gypsy” Trunk Show, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. Handcrafted Sculptural Jewelry Collection by artist Sheri Treadwell from Temple of Trust Studios. Info: 556-8676, or BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com. ■■ Father-Daughter hike, 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. Short trail hike led by Jeff Holt. Info: utarboretumsociety.org. ■■ Family Fun Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Performances by Kelle
plained Murmylo, adding that the money raised helps in the club’s educational and rescue efforts. The group was formed in the early 1990s, “and we usually rescued one, maybe two, dogs,” said Murmylo. “Now we get between 30 and 40 dogs every year.” The growing popularity for the breed is part of the reason for the growth, explained Dudley, adding that that is another reason for increasing educational efforts on what it means to add a bulldog to the family. And bulldogs – stuffed, sketched, painted, cast in stone and ceramic – on the auction tables were joined by four live, well-behaved crowd-pleasers in the audience. All four were rescue bulldogs, with one of them still being fostered to get ready for adoption.
Guests Butch and Dulcie Peccolo look over the silent auction items.
Rescue Mom Jill Green checks out some bids during the silent auction part of the Wine Stella Star was rescued approximately one year ago, says her to the Rescue evening. now-permanent foster mom, Denise Pridgen.
Ed Skompski fills out a raffle ticket purchased from Vickie Webb and Alena Havrylyak.
Jolly, Dre Hilton, Circle Modern Dance; demonstrations by artist Brandon Donahue. Free and open to the public. Snacks available for purchase. ■■ Ijams Family Wildlife Series: Winter hike, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. All ages. Members free; nonmembers, $5. Info/registration: 577-4717, ext. 110. ■■ Kaleidoscope Making Class, 1-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Drive. For adults and children age 9 and older. Cost: $27 or $49 for two in same family. Info/registration: Bob Grimac, firstname.lastname@example.org or 5465643. ■■ Freedom Christian Academy open house, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb.
20, Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway. Potential students and their families can visit classrooms, meet the teachers and view grade specific curriculum. Info: freedomchristianacademy.org or 525-7807. ■■ Conversations and Cocktails talk: “Adorned Identities: An Archaeological Perspective on Race in 18th-century Virginia” by anthropology doctoral student Hope Smith, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Holly’s Gourmet’s Market and Café, 5107 Kingston Pike. Hosted by the UT Humanities Center. Reservations required; seating limited. Reservations: 330-0123.
Goins Building, Pellissippi State Community College. Free lecture co-sponsored by UT Arboretum Society and Pellissippi State. Info: utarboretumsociety.org. ■■ One Bag/One Day! clay workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Sandra McEntire. Registration deadline: Feb. 15. Info/registration: 494-9854 or appalachianarts.net. ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Judith Duvall, poet and fiction author. Visitors welcome. Allinclusive lunch: $12. Reservation deadline, Monday, Feb. 20. Info/ reservation: 983-3740.
■■ “Forensic Law Enforcement Field Operations” lecture presented by forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, More at www.ShopperNewsNow.com Feb. 21, Goins Auditorium,
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health & lifestyles News From Parkwest, west kNoxville’s HealtHcare leader • treatedwell.com • 374-Park
Cardiac rehab gets fitness instructor spinning again Michael Berry of Knoxville is living proof that you can be in great shape and still have heart disease. A professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science and the department of mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Berry also teaches fitness classes and competes in triathlons. In September 2016 he was just 55 years old and weighed a trim 158 pounds when he had a heart attack. “I was leading a spin class – it was a good routine, typical of what I do,” Berry said. “But as we were cooling down, I felt exhausted, like I had run a marathon. I thought, ‘Why do I feel so weak?’ I thought maybe I was getting the flu.” Berry drove 25 minutes home. When he got inside, he started to sweat and felt light-headed. “Fortunately my wife was home. She looked at my face and said, ‘You’re turning white.’ I laid down on the carpet and couldn’t breathe,” he said. “There was no pain, but it was like drowning on land, I just couldn’t get enough air. I told my wife to call 911,” said Berry. “From there on I have no more memory.” Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) took Berry to Parkwest Medical Center. On the way there, Berry went into full cardiac arrest. The EMTs used a defibrillator to shock him and restore his heartbeat. At Parkwest, cardiologist Dr. Nicholaos Xenopoulos took Berry into the heart catheterization lab, and found four plaque blockages in his heart, two of them lifethreatening. Using angioplasty, Dr. Xenopoulos repaired the two worst blockages and sedated Berry in an induced hypothermia.
Karen Adams, RN, Michael Berry, Amy Dale, RN and Shelli Hendee, RT Sometimes called a “cold coma,” the hypothermia can often preserve brain cell function after a heart attack. Five days later, Berry woke up. He was shocked to learn what had happened. Nicholaos “I’ll be honest, Xenopoulos, I couldn’t even say MD the words ‘heart attack’ for the first two months,” said Berry. “It took me a while to come to terms with it. I was depressed at first, and felt the mortality of it all sinking in. I’ve always been in good shape. I knew I had higher cholesterol than nor-
Parkwest’s cardiac rehab team helped Michael Berry regain his strength after a heart attack in time to celebrate with his daughter, Amanda, on her wedding day. mal, but not at what’s considered the trigger level. Then again, my father had a quadruple bypass.” Dr. Xenopoulos said family history can be a significant factor in heart disease. “Dr. Berry was unusual, but people who are in good shape are not immune to coronary heart disease. They typically have a tendency because of their genetics,” he said. After his hospitalization, Berry began regaining his strength at Parkwest’s Phase II cardiac
rehabilitation program. Three times each week he did gradual, monitored exercises and attended classes in stress management, medication management and heart-healthy nutrition. “We fitness people think we can eat junk because we don’t gain weight,” said Berry. “Now I eat a Mediterranean diet, with lean meat and fish. I haven’t had cheese or anything fried in months, and I’m a Southern boy! It’s just changing your whole culture.” After several weeks in cardiac rehab, Berry had the other two a heart event, and they’re afraid blockages in his heart repaired that if they exercise, they’ll have in a non-emergency procedure at another event,” said Dale. Parkwest. Just two weeks before To make sure patients exerbeing discharged from the cardiac cise at a safe level, “we check their vital signs at each visit. Then they exercise with a heart monitor, so we’re watching their heart rhythm and rate,” she said. “We make adjustments based on how the patient is tolerating the therapy and how their heart is responding.” The intensity of exercise is increased slowly as the patient gets stronger. “What is so rewarding is having patients return not just to the life that they’ve had, but returning to a better life,” said Dale. “As their quality of life improves, they’re stronger and have more confidence. They want to get better and get back to doing things they enjoy. For some people, it’s a whole new birth.”
Rehab helps heart patients move past fear to achieve better health Parkwest’s Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program is a 36-session program usually prescribed for patients who have had a heart attack or other cardiac event, said Amy Dale, RN, certified nurse case manager at the program. “Phase II is monitored cardiac rehabilitation,” explained Dale, adding that Phase I is hospitalization and Phase III is a maintenance program. In Phase II, “everything is medically supervised, with a physician in close proximity, registered nurse case managers, master’s degree-trained exercise physiologists, a respiratory therapist and nutritionists on staff.” Amy Dale, RN Three days each week, patients attend exercise sessions specifically tailored for their needs. They also are asked to attend classes in nutrition, stress management, medication management and other health topics. Dale explained that cardiac rehab provides important reassurance for heart patients who may be anxious about exercise. “A lot of patients are scared when they first have
Parkwest Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is located on the Fort Sanders West campus in west Knoxville and requires a physician referral. For more information, visit www.treatedwell.com/cardiacrehab.
rehab program, Berry began to run again. Today Berry is again teaching computer science and math at UT, and a number of fitness classes. He’s even thinking about competing in another triathlon. “Dr. Xenopoulos said the only reason I’m alive is that I was in good shape,” said Berry. “But now I’m going to do it differently. I still want fitness in my life, but without all the adrenaline and stress.” Meanwhile, Berry said he would recommend Parkwest to anyone needing heart care. “I highly recommend Parkwest. I can’t say enough about them,” he said. “And the cardiac rehab staff was great, too. I was just so impressed with their professionalism, and the time and patience they had with me. “I made it to my 56th birthday, and danced at my daughter’s wedding. I get to start over. I have to be positive about it, because some people don’t get a second chance,” said Berry. “I don’t wish this experience on anybody, but I thank God He looked over me and that I was where someone could help me. I’m on my second life now.”
Congratulations Jon Dalton (right), manager, Parkwest Medical Center, and Jay Jordan, leader, LeConte Medical Center, on passing the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP) exam!
FROM MINOR PROCEDURES TO MAJOR SURGERIES, WE’RE EXPERTS IN MATTERS OF THE HEART.
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