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Opportunity for whom? By Lauren Hopson Tennessee legislators have recently rebranded private school vouchers as “opportunity scholarships.” Vouchers have undergone this transformation Hopson in the hope that unsuspecting taxpayers will forget what they are, but also because they provide real opportunities for poor, minority students to escape underperforming schools in their neighborhood, right? How is this accomplished? A poor minority student in a community far from here, let’s say Memphis, has suffered through the effects of fetal drug addiction. His mother, now in recovery, hopes to improve his chances of success by moving him out of his zoned school, which the state has branded as failing. His teachers work hard, but she fears the influence of his peers with similar issues may be too much to overcome. She accepts an opportunity scholarship with hopes of sending him to an excellent private school. However, the private school of her choice charges tuition substantially in excess of the scholarship. She can’t afford to make up the difference, and pay for books, uniforms and transportation. Consequently, she elects to send him to another private school that gladly accepts the scholarship as payment in full. The school doesn’t provide the special education services needed to deal with the fallout of her son’s fetal addiction, but it’s a private school, so it must be better, right? He struggles without those much-needed supports, and his mother is ultimately forced to return him to public school, where those services are guaranteed by law. Other parents, similarly disillusioned with the “opportunity,” follow suit. But wait, private schools backers were promised an increased enrollment by legislators. Maybe the scholarships need to be expanded to regular education students who can afford to make up the tuition difference. Never mind that this plan has had disastrous effects on public education in other states. Our private school backers need the “opportunity” to make more money, so let’s give our taxpayers the “opportunity” to fund those private schools.

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Broadway star Shamicka Benn shares secrets, heart with students By Kelly Norrell When Broadway tour performer Shamicka Benn recently visited a musical theatre class at Bearden High School, her alma mater, she gave students a clear message about her journey to Broadway tours. “It is my desire to show you it is not impossible or scary, it is just unfamiliar,” said Benn. In town to perform in the touring production of “Chicago” at the Tennessee Theater Feb. 18-19, she spoke to students at the invitation of her first drama teacher, Leann Dickson. Acclaimed for producing professional quality shows at Bearden High School, Dickson will retire in May after a career of 31 years, the last 20 at Bearden. “I don’t have a testimony of going to a great conservatory that produces triple threats (performers who can act, sing and dance at a high level),” said Benn, who earned a BFA at the University of Tennessee. “Even if you don’t go to one of those schools, your program will be whose you make it to be. It is what you invest in it.” Benn’s path led from Bearden (2000) and UT to a successful stage career in New York and a longtime role as “Go to Hell Kitty” in the Broadway International tour of “Chicago” (beginning in 2007).

Shamicka Benn, who dances, sings, acts and models, channels nervousness into energy.

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March 5 run to benefit BHS track, cross country Enjoying a spring running event will boost Bearden High School athletics, too! The Run with the Bulldogs 5K and 400M Lil Pup Fun Run will be on Sunday, March 5, at 1 p.m. on the Bearden High School campus, 8352 Kingston Pike. This two-part event will benefit the school’s track and cross country programs. First is the 1 p.m. Lil Pup Fun Run for children, a non-timed, one-lap race around

the Bearden High track. All participants will receive a finisher ribbon. Immediately afterward, the 5K race for all ages will begin outside the school cafeteria and end on the track in the football stadium. All 5K runners will receive a T-shirt and a slot in a post-race celebration, to include food from Petro’s. The top three finishers in each age category will receive awards handmade by BHS art students. In addition to overall

and age group awards, there will be a BHS alumni awards division. Parking will be in the CTE lot off Gleason Road. Pre-registration entry fees are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the Lil Pup Fun Run. There is a $5 discount for K-12 students for the 5K, to apply at checkout. Info and registration: – Kelly Norrell

Brooks goes to bat for utility customers By Sandra Clark State Rep. Harry Brooks has slipped on a three-cornered hat and gone to war over taxation without representation. Brooks wants consumers to be represented on utility boards, such as KUB.

Analysis “We want some level of representation for the folks served by the utility,” he said. His bill (HB 0269/SB 0684 by Ken Yager) was slated to be heard Feb. 21 in a subcommittee of the House Business and Utilities committee. In an interview last week, Brooks anticipated amendments and promised a more comprehensive explanation after that hearing. This bill will draw lobbyists like flies to honey. Utilities are iceberg

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Partisan elections State Rep. “Landslide Eddie” Smith has introduced a bill to require municipal elections in cities 100,000 or larger and all of the state’s school boards to be parti-


san. His bill (HB1039/SB0582 by Delores Gresham) allows political parties to nominate candidates. Leaving the cities to fend for themselves, let’s assume this bill is a reaction to Knox County’s last two school board elections. Fed up with S up e r i nt e nde nt Eddie Smith Jim McIntyre’s high-handed treatment of teachers (among other things), several educators mounted successful campaigns: Patti Bounds, Terry Hill and Amber Rountree in 2014; Tony Norman, Jennifer Owen and Susan Horn in 2016. Suddenly, Mike McMillan found allies while Lynne Fugate and Gloria Deathridge saw their former majority eroded. McIntyre resigned. Would partisan elections have




prevented McIntyre’s woes? Doubtful. McMillan and Norman had previously won election to county commission as Republicans; Bounds and Hill are long-time Republicans; Horn had solid support in Farragut where she was active in the campaign of Republican state Rep. Jason Zachary. Political allegiances are less clear for Rountree and Owen, but Owen represents District 2, a toss-up area previously represented on the commission by Democrat Amy Broyles. So the anti-McIntyre majority is firm – with or without partisan elections. If Smith’s bill passes, however, it could have the unintended consequence of getting education activists involved in partisan politics at the district level … and their next election just might be to run for the Legislature.

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A view of nearby national parks By Kelly Norrell National Park Ranger Daniel Banks outlined for Sierra Club members attractions of three nearby national parks recently, just in time for Spring Break. All have free admission. About 50 attended a Feb. 14 meeting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Banks gave updates on the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Obed Wild and Scenic River, and the newest, Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Located on 120,000 acres of forestland Daniel Banks in the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork is a recreational paradise, with its rivers, campgrounds and welcome mat for hunters, horseback riders, pets and backcountry campers. It has a comfortable campground and an Olympic-size pool. It is near Oneida about 75 miles northwest of Knoxville. Info: The 5,000 acres of Obed Wild and Scenic River attract people who like rock climbing and bouldering. Located near Fairfield Glade about 70 miles west of Knoxville, it has miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs jutting above the Obed River, Clear Creek and Emory River. Info: Designated just a year ago, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park has three parts, located in Oak Ridge, New Mexico and Washington State. You can visit the Oak Ridge portion at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, or take a virtual tour of all three online. Info: The Sierra Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.

UT NOTES ■■ Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, has been elected to serve as president of the American Association of Geographers, a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. ■■ Chad L. Williams, associate professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis University, will present “Torchbearers of Democracy: The History and Legacy of African

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Baking up cupcakes and more By Ruth White Everything Iced Cupcakes & More has opened on Western Avenue, and the community response has been welcoming to owner Bobbie Mershon. What began as a hobby making cakes for her children’s special occasions grew into a business, and Mershon is sharing her passion and talent with

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■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 865-470-7033.

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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, Feb. 25, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Presented by master gardener Ron Pearman. Info: 865-588-8813. ■■ “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:


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Shamicka Benn, who is 6 feet tall, puts her height to good use modeling and acting “big” onstage. She now acts for TV and films, too.

Musical theatre students Pedro Lima, Sophie Bobrek, Livi Finech, Jordan Gatton-Bumpus, Will Keziah and Grant Malone listen to Shamicka Benn’s advice. Photos by Kelly Norrell

Shamicka Benn shares secrets with Bearden High students She now lives in Los Angeles, where her roles include TV shows like “Jane the Virgin,” “General Hospital” and “Bella and the Bulldog,” and national commercials for Pantene and Honda. On this day, the alchemy of musical theatre, which began for Benn in the drama classrooms and stages at Bearden High School, seemed to come full circle. Dickson watched her former student explain her journey as a performer to students about to begin their own. Benn burst into the room, all warmth and energy. Wearing black jersey and her trademark Afro, she perched on a stool and spoke as a friend to the about 40 students leaning

forward in chairs around her. “I became awakened to the world of musical theatre by Mrs. Dickson,” Benn told the students. She said Dickson prepared her well for professional auditions. “She had high expectations of us: to bring discipline and work ethic to what you do. To work with directors and not be afraid to ask questions.” “Do you still get nervous?” asked Pedro Lima, a senior. “I’ve learned to channel it,” said Benn, touching her own stomach. “I’m like, ‘Stop it in there. We’re fine!’ I know my energy is where it needs to be and I’m chill.” She said conquering nerves is key because performers depend so much upon one

another. “How closely do Broadway auditions correlate to TV and movies?” asked junior Ryan Flores. Benn laughed. “It is completely different. You see how big I am.” Benn is an exuberant 6 feet. “The audition process for TV and film seems so sterile. I say, ‘How much of me can I reel in?’ There’s no audience to connect with. You have to trust your work.” Sophomore Livi Finech, 15, told Benn she wants to be a swing, a performer who has the difficult job of being understudy for several roles, which may include speaking, singing or dancing. “It’s hard to find out how to get into something like that,” Finech said.

‘Hallelujah Anyway’ author Anne Lamott to visit By Kelly Norrell The beauty of Anne Lamott is often not her wandering narrative, but her ability to put complicated feelings into words and her blazing honesty. In “Hallelujah Anyway” (based on a gospel song of the same name by Candi Staton), Lamott satisfactorily does both while offering up a tool for navigating life – biblical mercy (Micah 6:8). Mercy means “offering or being offered aid in desperate straits.” In a prescription (which she also calls “radical kindness”) that is only as good as it performs in real life, Lamott explores mercy through her own al-

coholism and recovery, single mothering, lost friends, failures and now, aging. Describing her childhood self as “the tense little EMT in a damaged family,” Lamott traces life disappointments in a way that allows readers to access their own pain – from teen years when “our bodies turned grotesque” and “the popular kids felt better, as if they had dodged a bullet,” through college, jobs, raising a child and “the existential hoo-hah of getting old.” She spotlights mercy’s trail in each. Our choice, Lamott writes, often falls to deciding not to constantly judge everybody’s large and tiny

failures: “We will never do this perfectly, but how do we do it better?” On Sunday, April 9, at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Library will host “An Evening with Anne Lamott” at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State StCost is $20 and will include a copy of the book. Info:

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“I will get you to talk to the swings in my show,” Benn said. She and Dickson later arranged for Finech to come backstage at a weekend performance of “Chicago.” Dickson remembers when Benn, a talented dancer, began her musical theatre class years ago. “Musical theatre is a whole new thing, and Shamicka was captivated by it. She did one play and then she got a lead role in ‘Pippen’. Then she realized how many other musicals she could do. “It is so fun to watch students get a grasp of that. It is so hard. You have to master so many things. If you do it well, people don’t under- Shamicka Benn with Leann Dickson, her first musical theatre stand how hard it is.” teacher


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A-4 • February 22, 2017 • Bearden Shopper news

The Lamb You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. (1 Peter 1: 18-19 NRSV) Your gift of Love they crucified; They laughed and scorned Him as He died. The humble King they named a fraud And sacrificed the Lamb of God. (“Lamb of God,” Twila Paris) Last week, in this space, I wrote these words: “God watched His own Son die, with no lamb to take his place.” The context of that was Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only, longawaited son in obedience to God’s command. Even as Abraham agonizingly raised his knife, God gave Abraham a reprieve, and allowed him to substitute a lamb for the sacrifice and let Isaac live. I read those words again, after the column was in print. It was only then that the truth dawned on me. Jesus was the Lamb who took my place, and yours. There was no substitute available to God. I had known that truth, of course, for years and years. Even so, it struck me anew, with a power that brought me up short.

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It brought me face to face with God’s pain as He allowed His son to die. And it made me realize all over again how much God cared for – and cares for – these sinners that we are! Ash Wednesday is one week from today, March 1. It is a day of penitence and prayer. In whatever way you observe the beginning of Lent, spend some quiet time thinking about your own walk with God. Ask God to forgive your failings and to guide your steps every day. Give thanks for God’s mercy and love.

Episcopals celebrate Absalom Jones, voice for freedom By Carol Z. Shane Area Episcopalians are looking forward this weekend to “Celebrating Absalom Jones,” a gathering to be held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. The Rev. Jones, who lived from 1746-1818, is highly regarded as an abolitionist and the co-founder with Richard Allen of the Free African Society, begun in 1787, a nondenominational religious organization that served the spiritual, economic and social needs of Philadelphia’s AfricanAmerican community. He is also known as the first African-American Episcopal priest. Now in its fifth year, the annual celebration of the Rev. Jones’ life and accomplishments is sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), a national organization that has existed under various names since 1856. Michael Moore, a product specialist for Apple Inc. and a self-described “fourthgeneration Episcopal, cradled in the membership,” is

one of the event’s coordinators. Moore says that Jones and Allen were “really instrumental in evangelizing thousands of people.” He’s been pleased to see large audiences in the past for the celebration, and hopes that this year will be no different. “We’re inviting everyone,” he says. “It’s an open service.”

Featured in the celebration will be guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Tommie Lee Watkins, associate rector and associate chaplain at Canterbury Chapel Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A specialist in religion and spirituality among minority populations, he is also an adjunct professor at

Crawford is candidate for Grace pastor By Nancy Anderson

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the University of Alabama school of social work. Local jazz artist Jeanine Fuller will perform. And there will be an art display from Jan and Sylvia Peters, who’ve been collecting African art for 47 years. “I’m going to try and piece a few things together that I think would be appropriate,” says Sylvia. “I thought I would bring art that is representative of the people who were coming into the New World at the time of Absalom Jones.” The Rev. James Anderson says that the event celebrating African-American legacy and ministry represents “a time of renewal and rededication to issues of equality and social justice.” One of the event’s organizers, Anderson calls Jones “very much a voice for freedom. And that’s what this is all about: a call to action for contemporary society.” “Celebrating Absalom Jones” is 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 South Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Info: 865-588-0589.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, there will be only one morning service during which Crawford will preach. Per the church bylaws, after the sermon there will be a written vote among church members. “Nothing more shapes a church than when they call a new pastor,” said Crawford. “That’s why Julie and I are truly grateful. Frankly, I’m personally extremely humbled to be in this position today to be presented to you

as candidate for lead pastor. “Pray for us and do everything you can to be in church on Sunday, Feb. 26. This is going to be a special day as we all come together to seek the face of God for the future of Grace Baptist Church.” Crawford is an educator and published author. Born in 1969, he and wife Julie have four children. He is currently teaching pastor, founder and president of Cross Church

School of Ministry, where he preaches regularly among the five campuses of Cross Church, a multi-mega church consistently ranked by Outreach magazine as a top-100 church in the nation. He holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from Oklahoma Baptist University, a master’s from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bearden Shopper news • February 22, 2017 • A-5

Super Tuesday student Brooklyn Ballinger presents Em Turner Chitty with a valentine as her grandfather, the Rev. Victor King, looks on. Photo by Betty Bean

Deshaun O’Keefe reads with volunteer tutor Inas Alsarmad.

Photo by Betty Bean

Building community one ‘Super Tuesday’ at a time By Betty Bean Valentine’s Day fell on a Tuesday this year, and over at Edgewood Chapel AME Zion Church the room was buzzing. A high school girl was getting help with a chemistry problem, blocking out the sounds of a couple of younger kids who were sounding out words across the room. Others were working on colorful Valentine cards and toward the back of the room, an elementary school boy was figuring out a video game. It was Super Tuesday Tutoring Night at Edgewood Chapel, presided over by Em Turner Chitty, who teaches English language at UT, and Victor Emmanuel King Sr., Edgewood Chapel’s pastor. UT senior Hannah Marley and Inas Alsarmad, an Iraqi national whose doctoral candidate husband had been one of Chitty’s students, are volunteer tutors. King took a few minutes to talk before he went out to pick up pizza. “That’s just tonight,” said the do-it-all leader whose skills aren’t limited to speaking from the pulpit (he painted the church exterior and laid the hardwood floors). “Generally I cook for them. I’m going to take every excuse away from the parents. We want to make it so (that) all their parents have got to do when they get home is give them a bath and put them to bed.” Super Tuesdays grew out of a chance encounter at last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Pastor King had marched with a group of former gangbangers called Heal the Land, Chitty with Mothers Against Violence. They struck up a conversation while watching rival gang members take off their colors and tie them into a multi-colored banner. Chitty has lived in West Knoxville for 30 years and has been increasingly bothered by the city’s racial divide. “When I went to the march, I saw how wonderful it was to have so many disparate communities come together, and how sad it was that we only come together on that one day,” she said. “I told him I wanted to help, but the only thing I know how to do is teach. He said, ‘I’ve got some kids who could use tutoring.’” King remembers it the same way: “Just as we were walking by the church I told her I’d been trying to get a tutoring program started. Two weeks later, she came in on a Sunday morning and stuck her head in the door. I introduced her to the church, ‘This is Miss Em Chitty.’ You won’t forget that name.” King is proud of the tutoring program’s success, which has helped every

in 1979, I walked across the stage, shook the principal’s hand, took my diploma and couldn’t read it.” He’d faked his way through school, and didn’t discover that he was dyslexic until he was an adult holding down a full-time job and working on his reading Turner Chitty King Sr. on his own. student who attended. He And then he got some knows what it’s like to need help. help. “I got saved, and the “I was one who strug- Holy Ghost taught me how gled,” he said. “When I to read. The Bible was the graduated from Austin-East first book I read, one word

at a time. When I was born again, God gifted me with several different things – I can play any instrument I touch. I’m a writer. And I always wanted to be an advocate for schools.” Two years ago, he earned a degree from Johnson University, and is proud that all of his children are college graduates. He wants to make sure that other kids get the chance to excel, too. “I thought it was a sad thing, most of the time the teacher let me sit there and

look out the window. I didn’t want any of the kids to feel the way I felt.” Alsarmad said she has missed only one Tuesday since she started tutoring. She and her husband don’t have any children, so she was unsure of how she’d do when she started. “I’ve made a lot of great friends, American friends who make me know what is the meaning of friendship. I’m living the American dream and trying to surround myself with Ameri-

can people. I’ve found out I really like the children. They are amazing and they are beautiful children who have so many dreams. I’m helping them keep up with these dreams that they have.” Last year Chitty raised around $600 to fund Super Tuesday. It’s almost gone now, and she plans to mount a new funding campaign to keep the program going. Anyone interested in helping can email Chitty at

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First Pets with a following By Kip Oswald Over the last weeks, I have been writing about our past First Pets, but there have been some pets that have become very famous! So how does a dog Kip or cat become so famous they have books written about them, receive letters from thousands of fans, or have money sent to them? It started with Laddie Boy, the famous terrier of our 29th president, Warren Harding. Laddie Boy led a parade on his own float, had his own handcarved chair to sit on during the President’s meetings and was even quoted in the newspaper as if he had been interviewed by a reporter. When President Harding died, the Newsboys Association had every newsboy in the country send in one penny so the pennies could be melted down into a statue of Laddie Boy. The statue is still in the Smithsonian Institution. There was a book and a movie written about President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous terrier, Fala. Fala went everywhere with the president, even sleeping in the president’s bed. During World War II, Fala was photographed giving a dollar to help with the war, which caused thousands of his fans

to send in a dollar, too. Although many dogs lived in the White House, only one wrote about her adventures there. Millie, George H. W. Bush’s dog, wrote “Millie’s Book,” with the help of President Bush’s wife, Barbara. It was on the New York Times best-seller’s list for months. President Bill Clinton not only had a famous dog but also a famous cat. His dog, Buddy, and his cat, Socks, received letters from all over the world, and the first lady decided to publish the letters into books that were read by hundreds of children. Not only were dogs and cats famous, but Herbert Hoover, our 31st president, had a famous pet opossum. Hoover found him wandering outside the White House, and when a local baseball team saw his picture in the paper, they thought he was their lost mascot, Billy. When members of the team came to the White House to get the opossum, the animal hid from them, so the boys left a note for the president to send Billy to the games for good luck. Hoover did and the team won its games. Now that we have learned about many of the strange and famous past First Pets, what do you think Barron Trump, President Donald Trump’s young son, will get as a pet if he gets one? Send your comments to Next week, we will learn about famous First Kids!

LIBRARY NOTES ■■ 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: 865-777-1750. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 865-470-7033.

Sequoyah to host open house Sequoyah Elementary School will host an informational open house for parents of rising kindergarteners 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the school, 942 Southgate Road. Parents will learn about the curriculum, PTA, Sequoyah Elementary Foundation and enrollment information, and will be able to tour the kindergarten classrooms. Info: 865594-1360.

PSCC to host genealogy workshops Celebrate Black History month with a free community event at Pellissippi State Community College, Magnolia Avenue campus. On Friday, Feb. 24, genealogist Tony Burroughs, the founder of The Center for Black Genealogy, will facilitate a genealogy workshop: “Help! I Can’t Find My Ancestors! Overcoming Challenges in Genealogy.” Burroughs will talk about the trials of family history re-

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Jr.” Thursdays through Sundays, Feb. 24 to March 12, at 109 E. Churchwell Ave. The play is an onstage version of the Broadway musical, written

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Join us for family-fun event at the L&N! The second annual STEM Around the World will take place noon to 4 p.m. SatMorgan urday, Feb. 25, at 401 Henley Street. Families will experience various Asian, African and European ethnic foods, watch cultural performances and learn about traditions and tolerance through crafts and activities. It is fun for the whole family! Children can play in the KidZone for face painting and fun games. There is a $5 cash donation to experience the fun at the L&N STEM Academy. Additional food will also be sold. The proceeds will benefit L&N’s class of 2017. Each year, instead of participating in a senior prank, the seniors provide a meaningful gift to the school. This is the major fundraiser for the graduating class.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to visit the beautiful, historic L&N building. This Knoxville landmark has been standing since 1905. The Louisville & Nashville train company once called this building its home. It now serves as Knox County’s first stand-alone magnet school. The building has held a variety of people from different cultures across the world. This will be symbolized through the celebration of cultures from all over the globe at STEM Around the World. This year the event will focus on tolerance among all cultures. Because the L&N STEM Academy is home to high school students from all over the county, this is extremely relevant. The school is a melting pot and has a welcoming atmosphere. This is an attitude that should be promoted worldwide. For more information, contact the L&N STEM Academy at 865-329-8440 or email Derek Griffin at derek. Abbey Morgan is a senior at the L&N STEM Academy.

SCHOOL NOTES ■■ West Hills Elementary School’s FOOD 4 Kids program will benefit from the Central Baptist Church-Bearden’s Children’s Consignment Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at 6300 Deane Hill Drive. Consignor/volunteer registration is open through 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5. Info/ registration:;; 865-588-0586. ■■ Delta Zeta Sorority is hosting a gala, Bow Ties and Butterflies, on behalf of The Butterfly Fund 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the Delta Zeta House in Sorority Village at UT. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (up to age 12). Oncology patients get in free. Info/RSVP: Delta Zeta’s vice president of philanthropy, Elizabeth Longmire,

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World Rotary Day at Beaumont Elementary By Tom King

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Candoro inspires with its past and potential By Betsy Pickle Most of the time, the Candoro Marble building sits inconspicuously at the corner of Maryville Pike and Candora Avenue, with passing drivers noting only the wide lawn, the side of the building and the tree-lined drive. Vestal neighbors and others help it come alive during May’s annual Vestival and the traditional December open house, and weddings and other celebrations take advantage of its charm and beauty throughout the year. Recently, the former showroom and offices for a longtime South Knoxville marble business have found a new purpose: inspiring students and art lovers to think beyond the present day. University of Tennessee architecture professors Lisa Mullikin and Merita Soini turned the building into a sort of “lab” this semester. They brought sophomore-level students to examine the building and grounds and use them as the starting point for a class project. The assignment was to redesign the 94-year-old facility as an artist studio and residence. After an initial visit to learn about the building and the assignment, 27 students, working in

BIZ NOTES ■■ ORNL Federal Credit Union is now accepting applications for the B.A. Candler/ORNL FCU scholarship to UTKnoxville for the 2017-2018 school year. The scholarship was established in 1993 to honor Bob A. Candler, who retired as president of the Credit Union after 31 years of

teams, returned to study and measure the rooms and their features. They already had “clients” – primarily members of UT’s School of Art – for whom to design the space. Hannah Allender of Knoxville and Ashley Wolff of Old Bridge, N.J., happened to have as their client Jered Sprecher, a South Knoxville resident whose work is currently featured in the show “Outside In” at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Sprecher, married with three kids, has had several positions as an artistin-residence, so he was able to give Allender and Wolff specific ideas about what he would need – lots of open space for the family and northern light for his studio. The students said they loved the building’s historic marble walls and floors, but in their hypothetical plans, many of the more recently added features would need to go. Molly Gilbert became obsessed with East Tennessee pink marble when she realized how prevalent it was in her home and others in her Lake Forest neighborhood. Now a member of the board of the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center, which is based at Candoro Marble, Gilbert created the

Tennessee Pink Marble Trail, a guide to sites in South Knoxville and downtown, mostly, that boast examples of pink marble. Gilbert credits Dr. Susan Knowles of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University with much of her education on pink marble, but the student has now become a teacher. She spoke last week at KMA’s Dine & Discover luncheon. Gilbert’s talk was on “The Men of Candoro Marble,” and the packed room made it clear that Knoxvillians are interested in knowing Candoro’s history. Many locals are aware of the work of architect Charles Barber, who designed the Candoro main building and garage. Gilbert gave insights not only into Barber’s background but also the lives of Samuel Yellin, the master Philadelphia iron artist who created Candoro’s iconic wrought-iron front door, and Albert Milani, the Italianborn stone carver who served as Candoro’s foreman for 40 years. Gilbert brought their personalities to life and, in the process, gave a new perspective on that inconspicuous building in Vestal. Info:

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Knoxville Rotarians will celebrate World Rotary Day three days from now on Saturday, Feb. 25, doing what Rotarians do – workTom King ing together to improve our community. Members of the seven Knoxville clubs will gather at Beaumont Elementary School to clean out a teacher’s work room, rake, mulch, build a timber wall around a tree and create some “flowers” and “pencils” out of plywood and fence pickets, and do some painting. Working alongside the Rotarians will be students from the Rotary Interact clubs at Webb School and Catholic High. The work begins at 9 a.m., and Bearden Rotarian George Wehrmaker, owner of Bright Side Professional Landscape Management, will be the job foreman and ramrod. Rotarians will bring leaf rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, paint brushes, leaf blowers, a jigsaw and drills along with a lot of elbow grease. George brings along trucks and equipment and orders all of the materials that will be needed. Part of the work was done this past weekend by another Rotarian – Doug Lesher of the Lanrick Group, a member of the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club.

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Knoxville Volunteer Rotary’s fundraiser – the 2017 Bourbon Showcase and Dinner – is planned Thursday, March 9, at the K-Town Tavern at 320 N. Peters Road from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and the proceeds will support the renovation of the library at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School. You can find more information on the club’s Facebook page. ■■ RCK has new

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The University of Tennessee has endured considerable criticism and some snickering because it wasn’t ready or able to immediately name a new athletic director. Alabama introduced a replacement for Bill Battle two days after he said goodbye. The secret courtship with Greg Byrne had been going on for months. Last summer, when Dave No one knows the origin of Hart didn’t get the contract the statues of oversized heads extension he wanted, he anon Easter Island. nounced his forthcoming retirement. Speculation has been romping along ever this fall as she needs to be since. We’ve nominated two home assisting her husreally good candidates. Neiband, who has been ill. ther has been ordained. However, she will continue OK, the Tennessee situto speak out on issues and ation is different. First indicated she has not priority was to find a new decided whom to support chancellor. We finally got among Wayne Christensen, one but she was not ready David Williams and Anto approve our suggestions. drew Roberto, the declared She wanted to look around. candidates in the West I dare not say that is a womKnoxville city district. an’s prerogative. ■■ New UTK ChancelI can say this delay lor Beverly Davenport says caused a very bright Shopshe will spend time getting per reader to ask exactly to know state lawmakers who’s in charge at Tennesas part of her introducsee? tion to Tennessee. In the In theory, the chain of same news conference, she announced her opposition to legislation by state Rep. Martin Daniel to guarantee free speech on college campuses, saying it is not World War II veteran needed. However, she Roddie Edmonds was alwas not precise as to what ways a hero in his son’s eyes, provisions in it she dislikes. even though he never volunHer comments made it apteered details about what pear she had not read the had happened after the Gerlegislation, which she will mans captured him during need to do prior to meeting the Battle of the Bulge. with Daniel. Chris Edmonds, who Davenport was able to grew up to become a Baptist avoid explaining why she minister, says his father’s failed to appoint a single beliefs were uncomplicated: African-American to the “There is a God and God Athletic Director search is good. We must be good to committee and named one another. Loving others only one woman to the is what Dad did well. I think six-member task force. At he was gifted to do that,” some point she will have to Edmonds told the Volunteer address these issues while Rotary Club. “And here’s anshe promotes diversity. other truth. Evil is real. Dad ■■ Attorney James believed that God was good Corcoran is running and evil was real, and it was for the city council seat wrong. He knew this from currently held by Brenda his faith and his Tennessee Palmer. So is Jodi Mulroots – right was always lins, who has the backing right and evil was wrong.” of Palmer. Corcoran has a Roddie Edmonds died in page on Facebook. He ran 1985, and 20 years passed a strong race in the GOP before Chris’s mother gave primary last year for state him a journal Roddie had representative, which was kept during his time as ultimately won by Martin a master sergeant in the Daniel. Half the district is 106th Infantry, including inside the city of Knoxville. 100 days in two different ■■ County CommisGerman POW camps. sioner Bob Thomas turns “The story begins with 63 today, March 1, and an old diary, weathered City Law Director Charles and fragile. It belonged to Swanson, husband of Judge a young man from TennesPam Reeves, also turns 63 see who was fighting for his on March 6. country on a continent on ■■ Middle Tennessee the edge of collapse,” Chris U.S. Rep. Diane Black Edmonds said. “It touched will be in Knoxville today my heart.” talking to people about her Wanting more informacampaign for governor next tion, Chris ran a Google year and attending a UT search on Roddie’s name. He basketball game tonight. found a story about Richard Attorney Jeff Hagood is Nixon buying a Manhattan helping her campaign. townhouse from a lawyer

A visit to Easter Island The first week of February, I visited Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles east of Chile, which owns the island. It had been on my bucket list for years. Two other Knoxvillians who have previously visited Easter Island are Will Skelton, active

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greenways advocate and retired attorney, and Jeff Chapman, well respected director of the McClung Museum on the UT Knoxville campus. Getting there is part of the adventure, as one flies to Santiago, the capital of Chile, overnight and then flies five hours west over the Pacific to the island, which is partway to Australia from Chile. There are daily flights to the island from Santiago. Otherwise, one goes by ship, and they are infrequent. About 8,000 people live on 44 square miles in the middle of incredible statues carved on the island centuries ago. In addition to being an open air museum, the island offers outstanding diving, snorkeling and surfing. Hanga Roa is the main and only town. The airport is next to the town. Much of the island is part of the national park established by Chile. Tourism is now its main industry. No one knows for sure how the island was first inhabited or when or how the statues (moai) were made and then moved to different sites on the island. The theories are just theories. It is believed the first settlers arrived from the Marquesas islands between the 4th and 8th centuries. Today about 90,000 tourists visit the island. At times the population has dwindled to a few hundred. I was able to visit the quarry of a long extinct volcano where some 400 statues with oversized heads have been counted in various shapes, sizes and conditions. The photo here is typical of what exists. The climate is tropical but seldom exceeds 82 degrees. Accommodations and food are much better than adequate but not deluxe. It can be expensive as most supplies are imported from the mainland of Chile. ■■ Bearden activist Terry Faulkner says she will not run for city council

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command goes like this: Coaches answer to the athletic director. He answers to the chancellor. She answers to the president. He answers to the board of trustees. Along the way, influential boosters chime in when they choose. Names on buildings probably carry more weight than little league contributors. I will not attempt a pecking order. You can guess who loans jets. In theory, trustees have the final say. Years of observation convinced me that trustees almost always approve whatever the president proposes. This is a political process. Money is the key word. How much does it cost and who is going to pay? ■■ Gov. Bill Haslam chairs the board. Raja J. Jubran, UT engineering honors graduate of a generation ago, founder and CEO of Denark Construction,

prominent in Clayton Bank, is vice chair. He has had lots to say about settlements of Title IX and sexual harassment lawsuits but not much about athletic directors. ■■ Dr. Joe DiPietro, president of the university system, is a voting member except on audit and compliance matters. ■■ Ex-Vol Charles Anderson, CEO of Anderson Media, is an influential trustee. He is from the Florence, Ala., family that founded Books a Million. He is on the committee searching desperately for a new athletic director. He is also on the executive and compensation committee.

The athletics committee: ■■ Spruell Driver Jr., UT graduate with a Duke law degree, is a contract specialist with Vanderbilt’s sponsored programs administration. ■■ D. Crawford Gallimore, graduate of UT-Martin, is chief financial officer for HamiltonRyker, job placement company in Martin.

Other trustees: ■■ Shannon A. Brown is senior VP, human resources and diversity officer for FedEx. ■■ Dr. William E. Evans, UT grad, retired as director and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. ■■ George E. Cates retired from MidAmerica Apartment Communities in Memphis. ■■ Dr. Susan Davidson is a professor of nursing at UT-C. ■■ John N. Foy, UT law grad, is retired from CBL & Associates Properties in Chattanooga. ■■ Candice McQueen, state commissioner of education, is an ex officio voting member. ■■ Sharon J. Pryse, UT grad, is president and CEO of Trust Company in Knoxville. ■■ Dr. Jefferson S. Rogers is a professor of geography at UT-Martin. ■■ Rhedona Rose is executive VP of Tennessee Farm Bureau. ■■ Miranda N. Rutan is a student at UT-Martin. ■■ Jai Templeton, state commissioner of agriculture, is an ex officio voting member. ■■ John D. Tickle, UT grad, chairs Strongwell Corporation.

■■ Vicky Brown Gregg retired as chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Her roots are in Cleveland.

■■ Julia T. Wells, UT grad, is VP of marketing for Pictsweet.

■■ Brad Lampley, ex-Vol, twice a graduate of UT, is with Adams and Reese law firm in Nashville.

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A son’s discovery brings father’s heroism to life Betty Bean named Lester Tanner, who mentioned that he and many other Jewish GIs owed their lives to the bravery of a master sergeant named Roddie Edmonds. Chris contacted Tanner, who introduced him to another former POW, and the old soldiers, who have become like family, told him a remarkable story. The war was going badly for Germany by January 1945, but the Nazi determination to exterminate Jews never flagged, and Jewish soldiers were instructed to destroy their dog tags if they were taken prisoner lest they be assigned to camps that they couldn’t survive. On Jan. 26, Roddie Edmonds got word that Jewish prisoners were going to be taken away the next morning after roll call. As the highest-ranking soldier there (officers were sent to separate camps), he told his men that they could not allow this to happen. The next morning, the camp commander ordered Master Sgt. Edmonds to send the Jews forward. Every prisoner there obeyed the order. “The commander could not believe his eyes – all 1,300 men standing together in sharp formation.” And that’s when Roddie said, “We are all Jews here.”

Chris Edmonds talks to President Barack Obama while Sen. Bob Corker (center) looks on. The Nazi drew his pistol and pressed it hard into Roddie’s forehead. He repeated the order: “You will order the Jewish men to step forward.” Nobody moved. “Dad had been shot, beaten with a rifle butt, punched, attacked by dogs, stripped of his dignity… Yet there he stood with a gun to his head, disobeying Nazi orders. Lester Tanner said, ‘Your dad never wavered.’” “Dad said, ‘Major, if you shoot me, you’ll have to kill all of us because we know who you are. And you’ll stand trial for war crimes when we win this war.’” The Nazi’s arm began to tremble. He holstered his gun and returned to his office. Seventy years later, Chris was visiting Israel at the request of officials who wanted to honor his father, and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial to Holocaust victims, named Rod-

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HealtH & lifestyles News From Fort saNders regioNal medical ceNter

Feeling the burn?

Man’s first case of ‘heartburn’ was actually heart attack It was that last bite of pizza. Or so Michael Smith thought. He assumed his usual Friday night pizza delivery brought on his first-ever case of heartburn. “It was just a burning sensation right there,” he said, pointing to just below his sternum. But what the seemingly healthy 65-year-old Sevierville man didn’t know is that he wasn’t having heartburn – he was having a heart attack. “He’d never had indigestion before so he didn’t recognize it,” said Smith’s partner, Yvonne Osborn, who spent the next three hours trying to persuade him to go to the emergency department at LeConte Medical Center. “I asked him, ‘What does it feel like?’ He said, ‘I don’t know how to explain it, but it just hurts right here.’ And I said, ‘Mike, that sounds like your heart.’ ‘Oh no,’ he said, ‘I don’t think it would be that.’ That was at 7:30, then I looked over and he was sound asleep in the chair, and I thought, ‘Well, it can’t hurt that bad if he’s sound asleep.’ But we had worked all day; he was tired.” At 9:45 p.m. Smith awakened just in time to see the winner of “American Idol.” At 10, Osborn asked if the pain was still there. When he replied that it was, Osborn said she remained calm on the outside, but on the inside was “screaming, ‘Let’s go!’” Finally, she told him, “Maybe we should just go over there and see what they have to say. It’s not far from our house. If they say you have indigestion, hooray! But let’s just go see. It won’t hurt.’ He finally said, ‘OK, let’s go’ – but grudgingly.” They arrived at LeConte Medical Center’s emergency depart-

Michael Smith is back to “flipping” his home thanks to the cutting edge treatment he received at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

ment about 10:30 p.m., walked to the counter and told the receptionist that Smith was “either having a heart attack or has indigestion.” “I don’t think it was 30 seconds before they took me to triage and did some bloodwork and put me on an EKG. Another minute later, they said, ‘Get a bed! We need a room,’” said Smith. “They hooked me up with all kinds of other stuff, and told me I

was having a heart attack.” “People came from everywhere,” said Osborn. “There must’ve been 15 people around. Some were putting IVs in each arm, some were putting those heart leads on, another one was on the phone trying to get a helicopter to transport him to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, but it was too windy. It was like in slow motion – I was

watching all these people like they were choreographed in a play. It was incredible to me. Then the doctor (Dennis Mays, MD, a LeConte emergency medicine doctor) came in, and he was, of course, listening to the heart. Everybody was doing a different thing.” “They started asking me questions about how I felt,” Smith added. “I said, ‘I feel fine. I don’t feel dizzy. I don’t feel weak. I don’t have any pains. I just have a little pain right here and it’s not bad.” When asked, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad is it?” Smith said, “Maybe a .5.” “Five?” the staff asked. “I said, ‘No, point 5.’ I could barely feel it,” he recalled. By 11:30 p.m. Smith was in the back of an ambulance, chatting with the emergency medical technicians as they raced to Fort Sanders Regional’s emergency department. Along the way, the EMTs were feeding information to Fort Sanders Regional emergency department staff. Upon arrival at Fort Sanders Regional, he was wheeled directly to the cath lab where he was met by interventional cardiologist Joshua Todd, MD, who found Smith’s right coronary artery to be 100 percent blocked, requiring a stent. “He was showDr. Joshua Todd ing me my heart on the monitor and how the blockage was like a big stop sign – no blood could pass through anymore,” said Smith. “Then they put the stent in, and Boom! – you could see it open up and go right down to

the heart. It was just incredible! You’re awake the whole time, and you don’t feel a thing. I was amazed that I didn’t feel any anxiety at all.” “I think part of that was the way that everybody handled it,” said Osborn, who says Smith’s heart catheterization and stent was finished and he was in recovery when she arrived at Fort Sanders Regional at 12:10 a.m. “They were so calm, so forthcoming with information. They told me everything that was going on and that really reduced my anxiety, because I’ve never been through this before. They were so kind about giving me every single detail about what was going to happen, where it was going to happen, and I think that was very important. They all deserve credit for the way they handled everything so professionally. And not just professionally – the kindness they exhibited was really important.” A day and a half later, Smith was discharged from Fort Sanders Regional with instructions not to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for seven days. After the seventh day, he didn’t rest. Instead, he returned to the task he was working on before his heart attack – building a threebedroom, two-bath home for him and Osborn to “flip” in two years – something the couple has been doing for 17 years as they travel throughout the United States. For now, however, Smith’s heart has found a home in Sevierville, where Osborn plans to keep a close watch. “If you have a pain, don’t be embarrassed, don’t feel badly – just go!” she said. “If they tell you that you’ve got indigestion, great! But it might not be.”

Heart attacks often mistaken for indigestion Heartburn or heart attack? Michael Smith couldn’t tell the difference. Could you? Decide quickly, because depending on what type of heart attack you have, your best chance for survival is getting to the hospital within the first three hours of your symptoms. “Indigestion can be a common symptom,” said Joshua Todd, MD, the interventional cardiologist at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center who placed a stent in Smith’s right coronary artery. “Patients tend to ignore the initial symptoms of a heart attack and may attempt other alternative strategies to help alleviate pain such as antacids or pain medications, including aspirin. When the symptoms aren’t relieved, that’s when EMS is usually called.” In fact, a recent survey of 500 heart attack survivors found that eight out of 10 failed to realize that they were having a heart attack. One-third of those mistook their symptoms for indigestion. The study

also found that half of heart attack sufferers do not seek help for more than an hour because they think they have indigestion or other minor conditions. “It can be hard even for physicians to interpret these symptoms” said Dr. Todd. “Based on a patient’s symptoms and their risk factor profile, the chance that indigestion-like signs are indicators of a blood flow problem with the heart can range from 20 to 90 percent. “The emergency department is the best place to determine the patient’s risk by rapidly obtaining an EKG within 10 minutes of the patient’s arrival. This test will tell which type of heart attack a patient is experiencing – STEMI (ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) or NonSTEMI,” he added. The diagnosis of a STEMI heart attack is made by a combination of symptom indicators and an EKG tracing that shows elevated “ST” segments, indicating an artery is totally blocked. “There are large amounts of data show-

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ing that if you have that type heart attack, sooner is better for interventional action because the artery is 100 percent blocked,” said Dr. Todd. “If the EKG does not demonstrate this finding, a medical evaluation is performed which involves obtaining laboratory testing over the next several hours to see if heart cell death has occurred. The first EKG is how we determine who is emergently transported to the cath lab.” The best time for treatment is within the first three hours of the onset of symptoms. After 12 hours of continued symptoms, there is little benefit to procedures offered in the cath lab. Individuals at risk for a heart attack should be well informed of these facts. If you can recognize the symptoms of heart attack early and get to the hospital, you can receive the most effective treatment. Hospitals without the ability to perform emergent interventions like LeConte Medical Center have established “STEMI” teams that spring into action the moment

a heart patient enters their emergency department. “If a person presents with symptoms that may by caused by a heart attack, they receive an EKG rapidly, and if the patient meets criteria, the STEMI team is activated,” said Dr. Todd. “After the STEMI team is activated, a request is sent to an EMS emergency transport provider. LeConte then notifies the cath lab team at Fort Sanders Regional so that the team is ready to go before the patient arrives.” Michael Smith learned that it’s not how much you hurt, but why you are hurting. “Pain intensity is not as important as the EKG findings,” said Dr. Todd. “Mistaking a heart attack for heartburn is not uncommon. Reflux disease can present the same way. For every one patient who is having a heart attack, there are probably 10 with the same symptoms who aren’t. If you are having symptoms that may represent a heart attack, prompt presentation to qualified medical personnel who can perform and interpret an ECG may be life-saving.”

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Transportation Automobiles for Sale

Campers & RV’s

1992 MERCURY MARQUIS LS - $850. & 1985 FORD F750 Chip truck $2250. (865)705-9247.

1999 ALLEGRO BUS, 35’, 275 HP, Cat diesel pusher, exc. cond. Non-smoker. No pets. $35,000. Photos online. 865-984-4786.

1999 VOLVO XC70 - in excellent condition, 162K miles, leather interior, sunroof, (865)567-1815.

2002 DOLPHIN CLASS A MOTOR HOME - Low mileage, 36’, Michelin tires, two slides, work horse chassis, Satellite TV, GMC 502 Gas V8 motor, $37,000. (865)-805-8038.

2005 HYUNDAI XG350L - good condition, two owner, fully loaded, tires in good shape $4300 (865)335-6029. ACURA CL - 1998. Second Owner, good tires, paint and overall. $2,195. obo (865)938-5571. CADILLAC CTS 2006. Light silver/gray. 3.5 V6, 71k miles. No accidents. No trades. $8,900. (865)604-0448. LINCOLN TOWN CAR - 1999. Exc cond., senior driven, gar. kept, 139K mi, $4250. 865-850-2822

2002 Fun Finder, 2200 lbs, sleeps 2, shower, toilet, sink, gas stove, refrig, new tires, $5,000. (865) 924-3610. 2011 36’ DAMON DAYBREAK MOTORHOME - 10,881 miles, sleeps 6, great storage, 2 slides, generator, satellite, GPS, rear camera, many upgrades $69,900 (423)-754-5521 2016 WINNEBAGO CLASS B MOTORHOME - Mercedes chassis, 3,600 mi., $91,500. obo (865)765-0201.

Sports and Imports BMW Z3 - 1998. gar. kept, mint cond., 39K mi., $14,500. 865-607-3007 (865)573-3549. HONDA CIVIC 2012, white w/gray int., 46K mi, $9,500. (865) 209-3566. INFINITI G37 2013. HT Convertible. Fully loaded. 27k mi. $22,500. (423)295-5393. KIA OPTIMA SX Lmt Turbo 2013 Fully loaded, 10k mi, $15,900. (423)295-5393. Nissan Altima SL 2012, leather, heated seats, moonrf, exc cond & records, 95K mi, $9750. (865)266-4410. NISSAN SENTRA 1993, black, 2 dr, 5 spd, runs great, good tires, $1500. (865)399-2972.


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Sport Utility Vehicles

2012 KAWASAKI Ninja 650 with 564 mi, 2 helmets incl. $3600 obo. No test rides. (865) 524-8940.

GMC ACADIA - 2014. 4WD 6Cyl. Fully loaded. Exc. cond. 55 mi., $25,000. (865)671-3487.

Off Road Vehicles

HONDA PILOT Touring 2015, leather, DVD, loaded, 38K mi, $25,500. (423)295-5393.

2011 HONDA FOREMAN - 4x4 ES, 372.6 mi, 56.8H, like new. $4500. 865-6096044; 601-527-6562 Seymour.

Nissan Rogue SL 2011, AWD, low mi, 59K mi, loaded, sunroof, heated seats, exc/cnd, $11,900. 865-591-0249

Classic Cars 1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL - new convertible top, 89K mileage, runs and drives great (865)607-1791. MERCEDES-BENZ 560-CLASS 1987. 560 SL. New signal red clear coat paint, tan leather int., $9,000 service upgrades done by Bearden Benz since Aug. 2016. Perfect operating cond. $7,000 OBO. 865-5254266 or OLDSMOBILE EIGHTY-EIGHT - 1966. Garage kept. 72,000 mi., $6,900. (865)719-4557.

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Farmer’s Mkt/ Trading Post Farm Equipment 2009 MAHINDRA 5525 tractor, 2WD w/front end loader & bushhog, $15,000. Call Steve (865)322-6251

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Apartments - Furnished LINCOLN PARK AREA - North, 1 bedroom efficiency apartment. Furnished. $450 mo. including utilities plus $300 deposit. No pets or smoking. (865) 922-2325

STANDARD POODLES Hypoallergenic, Non-Shedding, Great with kids, $750, Fb: southerngoldendoodles, 865466-4380. YORKIES, CKC REG. Males, parti, $1,000. UTD shots & home raised. Call or text (423) 268-0615 YORKIES, CKC reg., Fem., parti & choc/ white parti, $1600. Home raised, shots UTD. Call/text 423-268-0615 YORKIES. CKC - M $400; F $700; teacup $1200. Black & tan & tri colors (865) 201-1390

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AKC SHITZU PUPPIES - 3 boys, vet checked. The House of Little Lions (828)-884-7208 or 828-507-6079 AUSSIEDOODLES - DOUBLEDOODLES LABRADOODLES. Litterbox Trained. Call or text 865-591-7220 Dachshund miniature puppies, choc & tan, AKC - 1st shots & dewormed, 2 long hair M & 3 long hair F. $500. 865-223-7162; 865-680-4244 DOBERMAN PUPS, AKC, Sire XL natl & intl champ - 125 lbs, Dam Lrg Russian champ. - her sire was 2013 World Champ. $1200. Credit cards accepted. 615-740-7909 ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPS AKC, $1500+. Visa-MC Accepted. (423)775-6044. GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES, AKC, $700. 1st shots, vet checked, Phone 931-808-0293. HAVENESE PUPS AKC, home raised, health guar. 765-259-7337 MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS, APR reg, 2 M $350 ea., 2 F $375 ea. (865)235-9926 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

Sporting Goods LOWRANCE HDS5 - w/back slash, TM transducer, mounting bracket, manual, power cable, micro SD slot, no SI or DI transducer (865)984-3602


General Speedrooter 90 100’ 3/4’’ and cable. Automatic feed. Original owner. RUNS GREAT! $1000. obo (865)313-8908

Wanted FREON 12 WANTED. Cert. buyer will pickup & pay CASH for R12 cylinders! Call Refrigerant Finders (312) 291-9169

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Fuel & Wood WOOD BURNING STOVE INSERT wood burning stove insert $300.00 35” wide 25” tall 25” deep w/ blower (865)689-8427



Cherokee West $625 South - Taliwa Gardens $585 - $625 1 1/2 bth, W/D conn. (865) 577-1687


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SHERWOOD MEMORIAL GARDENS Alcoa Hwy, 1 cem. lot, double deep for 2 people. Sell for $4,000. Cost $7500. (865)230-0527

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NEED SUMMER CASH? I WANT TO BUY Vintage mens watches, vintage eye glasses, vintage lighters, costume jewelry, gold & sterling, vintage toys & tools. Will pay fair market price. (865) 441-2884.

CEMETERY LOTS FOR SALEI’ve got 4 together on the 50 at Lynnhurst Cemetery for the final game! Section 3C, lots 10, 10A, 5, 5A, with monument rights. Retails for $3695 each. Will sell for $2500 each, want to sell all 4 together for $10,000. Call Tim (865)659-0865

LYNNHURST CEMETERY, FTN CITY, 3 adj. lots, marker privileges, exc location in cemetery, $7200. Estimated value $3695 ea. 865-250-3434

WALBROOK STUDIOS 865-251-3607 $145 weekly. Discount avail. Util, TV, Ph, Refrig, Basic Cable. No Lease.

I BUY DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! - OneTouch, Freestyle, AccuChek, more! Must not be expired or opened. Local Pickup! Call Daniel: (865)3831020

ADOPT: Creative, musical, nurturing teacher wishes to adopt a baby into her loving & secure home. Expenses Paid. Call Lillian 1-888-861-8427 or

Highland Memorial. 6 spaces, wooded section 20, upright monument rights avail. $1495 ea for all 6. Will not separate. (865) 690-2086

NE KNOX- Lrg 1 BR 1 BA for 1 PERSON. Upstairs loft duplex. 900 sq. feet. Clean & peaceful, $550 water incl. + sec. deposit. NON SMOKER (INSIDE/ OUT). NO PETS. NO DRUGS. 865-4564424 Cell/Text.

Apartments - Unfurn.


OLD BARN WOOD, various lengths & widths, call for pricing (865)992-7700



MARTIN DC18E DREADNOUGHT Acoustic, electric, cut away guitar, BRAND NEW w/case. Purchased on Nov. 2016. $2400. (423)460-1700

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Musical 2 NEW FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITARS with cases & accessories included $195 each (865)579-2255 or (865)548-8876


New side x sides in stock starting at $7999

Dogs SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $500 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016



Vehicles Wanted








CHEVROLET - 1975. We have a 1975 Chev dump truck up for auction. VIN CCS615V129341. Starting bid on this is $4000. Auction date Feb 28 at 9AM. 2924 Asbury Rd, Knoxville TN 37914 $4,000. (865)523-6230.

HONDA ODYSSEY EXL 2015, leather, DVD, loaded, 32K mi, $28,500. (423)295-5393.

General Services

12 ACRES of hardwood timber for sale. Bids only by appt. (865)376-5037



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on Patty / Pepper Halstead Seaver for an injured party. Call (540)850-8377

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A Large Clean 2 BR apt. in Old North Knoxv. Conveniently located. No smoking/no pets. $700 mo. Dep req’d. (865)522-7552 BEST DEAL OUT WEST! 1BR from $395-$425. 2BR $550-$750. No pets. Parking @ front door. (865)470-8686.


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 EFFICIENCY APTS. - $250 dep. $500/ mo. Includes water. Great for single, couple, etc. Studio size. (865)2799850/(865)279-0550


Financial Consolidation Loans

Downtown Knoxville is now running a MOVE-IN SPECIAL With any qualifying move-in, you will receive $100 gift card to Walmart. Open every Saturday from 2-4pm. Please call 865-523-9303 for info.


We make loans up to $1000. We do credit starter & rebuilder loans. Call today, 30 minute approvals. See manager for details. 865-687-3228

Real Estate Sales Homes For Sale 3.3 ACRES IN COUNTRY located on Loudon/ Monroe Co. line, 7 min from I-75. 3800 SF, 3 BR, 3 1/2 BA + fin bsmt w/kitchenette, ext wood/stone, int hdwd/tile/granite, inground pool. Oppty to lease adj. 10 acres. Serious inquiries only. Will send pics. (865)466-7052

Manufactured Homes I BUY OLDER MOBILE HOMES 1990 up, any size OK 865-384-5643

SWEETWATER. ON 1 ACRE. Beaut. mtn views, move in ready, like new, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1300 SF, 2 decks, lrg shed, new paint/tile/carpet. $59,900. 423-9202399 text for pics

CAT NAPPER SOFA - Tan, excellent condition, all 3 sections recline. $275. (865)992-8928

Real Estate Wanted

CRIB W/MATTRESS dark wood brown $75. CHANGING TABLE W/PAD dark wood $75. (865)405-8480

$$ PAYS TOP DOLLAR $$- Small or large tracts of timber to log. KY, TN, and VA Master Logger Program. (606)273-2232 or (423)566-9770

Homes Unfurnished 2BR, 1 BA house FOR RENT, 1 car garage, hardwood floors, $725 month $500 deposit. (865)705-8300 OAK RIDGE / CLINTON - Lake Melton, Lakefront home with dock on Lake Melton in Mariner Pointe Subd. LR, fam. rm, & sunroom, opens to lg. open kit. w/all appl. Deep water yr. round. 3 car gar. & deck. 10 min. to Pellissippi, 5 min. to Oak Ridge. $1650. Call Lydia (954)547-2747 VERY NICE - 2 BR, 2 BA mobile home in Halls. All appls, garb. PU incl, $625 mo + $625 DD. Teresa, 865-235-3598.

Duplx/Multplx UnFurn 2 BR DUPLEX

South (off Chapman Hwy) Convenient to Downtown & UT No Pets $575 - $605 (865) 577-1687

Rooms Furn/Unfurn 2 fully furn. BRs & 1 full BA in West Knox. Access to shared LR, DR, kit. & laundry. Sep. food storage & refrig provided. WIFI & driveway parking. $500 per BR per month. 1 mo. sec. dep. Credit & bkground check req’d. Myra 865-250-7014

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QUICK SALE in Oakridge: 2 ETHAN ALLEN TWIN BEDS WITH MATTRESS excellent condition $100 for both, ETHAN ALLEN HUTCH $75, NICE COUCH $75, LG BOOKCASE $75 Call (865)483-8994.

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Household Goods

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Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 computerized embroidery sewing machine w/mahog desk, like new, $1500. (865)966-2527

East Knox Co. off Rutledge Pk. Bsmt apt., furnished, 1 BR, all util., cable TV, priv. entr., real nice, no pets, $700 mo., $300 DD. (865) 932-1191

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A team from Kohl’s – Bill Brabson, Kim Barker, Paul Rice (holding the table decoration) and Todd and Caren Wilkinson – relaxes after a busy evening of helping out at Martinis & Movies. When Kohl’s associates volunteer at a qualifying event, Kohl’s donates $500 to the benefiting organization. Not pictured is Mary Byrne. Photos by Betsy Pickle

Red-carpet event benefits CFF By Betsy Pickle The Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday, but last weekend supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation turned out in red-carpet-ready attire to celebrate the CFF Knoxville chapter’s work and to honor 11 “Rising Stars” from the business community who committed to raise at least $2,000 for the organization. The 10th annual Martinis & Movies Gala at the Crowne Plaza drew more than 200 attendees for a fun evening that included cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, an awards program and dancing. Mary Scott of WBIR hosted the program, which highlighted the efforts of the 2017 Rising Stars: Susan Calvert, Nick DeSamantha Hembree of Maryville shared the story of her daughter, Shealie, 4, who has CF, during the program.

Mel Evans and Jennifer Hill embody elegance on the red carpet. Evans has been a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for four years and this year bought a table at Martinis & Movies.

Vore, Santana Ewers, Joshua Grossbard, John Howard, Megan McCauley, Andrea Kariofiles Shanks, Shannon Swafford, Kelly Taylor, Brittany Williams and John Young. Their combined fundraising campaigns brought in more than $70,000. Williams won for Entertainer of the Year (for organizing the event that raised the most money) and Overall Top Rising Star. DeVore was the Top Male Rising Star, and Shanks was Top Female Rising Star. A video highlighting the story of Shealie, a 4-year-old living with CF, brought a serious note, and her mom, Samantha Hembree, spoke to the crowd and helped inspire another round of donations. Info:

Hannah Bartrug, Sarah Dirkmaart and Lei and Raimund Ganancial sample the hors d’oeuvres.

Brittany Williams of Visage: Salon & Spa won Overall Top Rising Star and Entertainer of the Year for her fundraising efforts.

On a date night for a good cause, Lydia McCoy Jones and husband Korri Jones pose in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza.

Among the many Regal Entertainment folks supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are Chris Sylvia, a vice president in marketing; Sam Malek, Carole Malek, a vice president in IT; and Chris Dzambo, treasurer.

Allison Woods checks out a gift basket at the silent auction.

HAPPENINGS ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 865-215-8801. ■■ Africa’s Great Civilizations” documentary, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave. Performance by West African Drummers Live; dinner provided. Free and open to the public; seating limited. Reservations: BeckEvent@Beck or 865-524-8461. ■■ “The Busy Body,” Feb. 22-March 12, Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Performance schedule/tickets: 865-974-5161 or clarencebrown

■■ “Between a Ballad and a Blues” production by the Carpetbag Theatre, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 23-26, Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall in the Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. First of a six-part performance series. Info/tickets: purchase-tickets. ■■ Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble season opener “Soaring,” Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25. Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday; 9:15 a.m. 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Info/tickets: 865-5849636 ■■ 48th Jubilee Festival, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 24-28, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Concerts, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Old Harp Singing, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15, some

Sequins set a glamorous tone for friends Andrew and Brooke Stanley, Corey Ehinger, Erin Felty and Mikaela Brock. discounts available. Sunday singing: free. Tickets:, 865-5237521, at the door. Info: jubileearts. org. ■■ Family Search in Detail, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Instructor: Eric Head and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer. Info/registration: 865-215-8809. ■■ Creative Series: Kids Artstravaganza- Face Mugs (Part 1), 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Cost: $50; includes all supplies. Part 2 class, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 4. Preregistration required. Info/ registration: 865-577-4717 ex 110. ■■ Choral Music for Brass, Percussion and Organ performed by the Knoxville Choral Society, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, West Hills Baptist

Church, 409 Winston Road. Tickets: adults, $15; students, $5. Tickets available at Rush’s Music, from any choral society member and at the door. Info: knoxvillechoralsociety. org. ■■ “Just Eat It” movie screening and community potluck, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Entrance fee: a dish including at least one local ingredient or $5/person. Bring your own place setting. Water provided; beer available for purchase. Info: 865-577-4717. ■■ The Garden Brothers Circus, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Info/tickets:

Baptist Church, 2500 Maryville Pike. A celebration of music featuring wonderfully talented alumni and faculty from Mount Olive Elementary School from the past 75 years. Reception follows. Free and open to the public. Donations at the door will go to new posture chairs in the Mount Olive Elementary Music Room. Info: Robert Huffaker, 865-579-2170 ext.17622 or robert. ■■ Beginner Smocked Baby Bonnet class, 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 10, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Beth Cannon. Registration deadline: Friday, Feb. 24. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or

■■ Music from the Mount, 6:30 p.m. More at Monday, Feb. 27, Mount Olive

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

Peninsula Clothes Closet helps patients in need The Peninsula Clothes Closet is something of a hidden treasure. It doesn’t get a lot of publicity, and you probably won’t see its beneficiaries featured on the local news. That’s because the people served by this charity benefit from it in a very personal and private way. When mental health patients are at their lowest, the simplest acts of kindness can make a big difference by bringing encouragement, and bolstering self-esteem. “Many of our patients arrive without proper attire, sometimes jail fatigues or a hospital gown,” coordinator Susan Bourdeau says. “Clean, safe, comfortable clothing means the world to them - it’s a matter of human decency.” Bourdeau explains that many patients at Peninsula are homeless. Donated clothing is more than just a kind gesture, it’s a deeply appreciated gift. Some patients have suffered complete breakdowns, some have been suicidal, and others have lost all connections with family and friends due to chemical dependency. Bordeau says she never knows from one day to the next what kind of donations she’s going to receive, but somehow they always turn out to be the right ones. She becomes emotional when she talks about it. “Some days I’ll have nothing,” Bourdeau says. “I’ll say a little prayer, I’ll come in, and something will be here, and it’s just the size I need.”

To be able to walk into a room filled with clothing and walk out with something clean, in good condition, and appropriate for life outside the hospital is an important part of a new beginning. It’s preparation for a first step out into the real world, made a little less daunting by the kindness of strangers. For Bourdeau, working with clothes is a perfect fit. A wardrobe stylist and makeup artist by trade, Bourdeau has worked on video and stage projects in various areas of the southeast, most frequently in Knoxville, TN and Miami, FL. On a shoot for a commercial, for example, she expertly applies the actors’ make up to work with the lighting, or pulls together outfits that create just the right look. While a day of paid work often means associating with the likes of Paula Deen and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the private work in the clothes closet for patients in need is just as rewarding, and sometimes even more so. “A decent article of clothing, a clean shirt and pants, a warm jacket, shoes without holes these are the things that keep us human,” Bourdeau says. “These are the things that make a world of difference to someone that has just gone through a major struggle. It’s life changing.” Bourdeau is always in need of donations for the Peninsula Clothes Closet, particularly casual clothing in smaller and larger sizes. Dress clothing isn’t needed, because the primary purpose of

Volunteer Susan Bourdeau sorts through neatly organized rows of clothing ready for patients who are embarking on a new life after their treatment at Peninsula.

the Clothes Closet is simply to outfit patients to return home. “I’m always looking for t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, and sweats,” Bourdeau says. Clothing items for children and teenagers are needed, as well as clothing for adults. Bourdeau also accepts

Pet therapy brings smiles An energetic dog bounces through the doors at Peninsula Hospital. A mixture of beagle and Jack Russell terrier, Cord is friendly by nature, and can hardly wait to spread that friendliness to patients. A combat veteran mentions

that his mood is improved thanks to Cord’s visit. Later, Cord gently props his head on the wheelchair of a patient who is on oxygen. “Oh, you’re back!” she says happily. In the children’s unit, a young patient begins to have a seizure. Cord is given the job of distracting the other children, keeping them happy and calm during the crisis. Cord is one of two dogs that have become frequent visitors at Peninsula guided by volunteer Brian Easley. He also brings Jamie for visits, an Australian cattle dog mix. The dogs have a very simple mission at Peninsula – to be petted and talked to. And while it may be a simple mission, it’s also an important one. Animal assisted Volunteer Brian Easley along with his dogs, Cord and Jamie, are much anticipated visitors at Peninsula Hospital.

Parkwest Medical Center is seeking people who enjoy helping others to join its current network of about 150 volunteers. Parkwest strives to be recognized as the first and best choice for patients, employees, physicians, employers, volunteers and the community. If you are interested and would like to know more about volunteer opportunities at Parkwest or Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center, contact Becky Boyd at (865) 373-1556.


more about the Peninsula Clothes Closet or how to donate, call (865) 970-9800. For information about volunteer opportunities at Peninsula or Parkwest Medical Center, visit, or call (865) 373-1556.

Peninsula offers support group for Sevier County fire survivors and friends

therapy has been shown to help reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in patients who have As a service of Peninsula Peer Support Academy, a a variety of health concerns. The free-of-charge, non-denominational support group is now being dogs came to Peninsula by way of offered for the victims of the November fires in Sevier County. H.A.B.I.T. (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee), a nonprofit proMondays gram that sponsors animal-assisted therapy. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Both Cord and Jamie are resOur Savior Lutheran Church cue dogs, Cord having been ad423 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg opted at six weeks, and Jamie after two long months in a shelThursdays ter. “It’s quite a redemptive story 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. for her to have come from being Trinity Episcopal Church unwanted to now being a success509 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg ful therapy dog for almost two years,” Easley says. For more Information, call 865-705-3020. Indeed, it is ironic that these rescue dogs are in a sense providing rescue for humans. “The response is amazing,” Easley says. “Patients frequently mention how much they are missing their own pets, and at almost every visit, at least one patient says that spending time with Cord or Jamie has been the highlight of their day.” Easley says he had known about animal-assisted therapy for years, but thought he was too busy to get involved. “At some point I just decided to make the time, and it’s been one of the better decisions I’ve made,” Easley says. “My dogs do a lot to lift me up, and I’m proud that they’re now out there This service is paid for through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Mendoing the same thing for others, tal Health and Substance Abuse Services, and provided by Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center. as well.”

Picture Yourself as a Volunteer!

donations of gently used bras and new undergarments. Comfortable, practical shoes are needed, clean and in good condition. Donations may be dropped off at Peninsula, or either of two locations in Bearden – Laura’s Nail Salon and Lisa Jean’s Restaurant, both on Kingston Pike. To learn

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