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Avon Rollins: words of wisdom By Reneé Kesler

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center, “the place where African American history & culture are preserved,” bid its final farewell to Avon William Rollins Sr., former executive director of Beck, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Renee Kesler Mr. Rollins was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement and was always willing to share words of wisdom. While I was privileged to have the opportunity to engage in numerous in-depth inspirational conversations with Mr. Rollins over the years, perhaps the crowning moment for me came exactly Rollins Sr. five months prior to his death. On Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Beck, I had the privilege of moderating a conversation with eight extraordinarily wise and insightful people: Dessa E. Blair, Robert J. Booker, Luther W. Bradley, Ether R. Jackson, Theotis Robinson Jr., t h e Rev. W. Eugene Thomas, Lawrence B. Washington and Avon W. Rollins Sr. The documentary “East Tennessee Voices: Eighth of August Celebration of Emancipation,” was produced in partnership with East Tennessee PBS and the East Tennessee History Center. The documentary highlighted the significance of the 8th of August in Tennessee history. It was Aug. 8, 1863, that Military Gov. Andrew Johnson freed his own slaves in Greeneville. Further, in keeping with Emancipation Day or the Day of Freedom, in Knoxville, Chilhowee Park was open to African Americans only one day a year, Aug. 8, and this continued until 1948. As you might imagine, during the filming there were amusing bloopers. If you could have been a fly on the wall you would have witnessed heartwarming laughter and real entertainment. At one point the filming had to stop because we could not halt chuckling at a gesture made by one of the eight. To page A-3

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County preserves Civil War encampment Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will be in Bearden at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, to commemorate a Civil War earthen encampment along the Third Creek Greenway. The site, called a “redan,” was discovered by archaeologist Charlie Faulkner, but the county only in recent years was able to acquire the property. “Knox County has a rich Civil War history and we don’t have to look far to see it in our community,” said Burchett in a countyissued press release. Officials will unveil a bench and plaque at the 19th Century site that historians say was likely built by African-American Union

soldiers to protect a nearby wooden railroad from sabotage. “Although these encampments were built along the railroads in a lot of places, this is one of the only ones left in East Tennessee – they’re gone – plowed away, eroded away,” said Faulkner, who taught anthropology at UT for 41 years before retiring in 2005. “This is one of the best ones I’ve seen in terms of preservation. Three-quarters of it is pristine.” Faulkner discovered the Third Creek redan – an earthen fort that includes a defensive ditch – about 10 years ago while walking the greenway.

“Just the way it’s laid out you can see where the cannon emplacement is,” Faulkner said. “If you stand in front of it you’ll see it is aimed right at the (Norfolk Southern Railroad) bridge.” Faulkner said scholars and local Civil War experts, who surveyed and tested the horseshoe-shaped site, believe it was built in 1863 by the Union army, which controlled East Tennessee from the fall of that year until the end of the conflict in 1865. Attendees are encouraged to park at the entrance to Third Creek Greenway, or along Cox Street near the intersection with Sutherland Avenue.

Bearden’s Latus is multifaceted achiever By Betty Bean Karen Latus teaches Spanish at Bearden High School, but her mission is to help kids learn life skills. “I consider Spanish the platform for what I do, but in the end I’m in the classroom to help kids grow up. We’re learning about how we interact with each other and how we manage our emotions and how we deal with conflict. For me, that’s what it’s about,” she said. She got an emphatic endorsement for her philosophy last week when she was named Knox County Schools’ High School Teacher of the Year. A transplanted Michigander who has worked for KCS since 2009 and lived in East Tennessee for nearly 10 years, Latus is a Swiss Army knife of teachers: she has bachelor’s degrees in linguistics and American Sign Language interpreting in addition to Spanish. She also has a master’s degree in social work with a trauma treatment certificate, but has “retired” from another vocation – writing marching band shows and doing color guard choreography. “I worked to get kids in color guard who needed an adult in their lives to create a closeknit family for them through color guard and help find a way for them to forge an identity for themselves.” Latus hasn’t coached cross-country and track for a while, either, although she cherished the time she spent doing it. “I love working with kids who don’t consider themselves athletes but gain more confidence when they see that they can do that,” she said.

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a year. One-to-one technology, in which every teacher and student receive a computer of the same type, allows an array of good things to happen, said assistant principal Jonathan East. “This is a digital world. Our students need to be proficient in technology. At the same time, we can leverage technology to improve the efficiency of learning,” he said. For example, as students and teachers work from the same computer platform and use centralized, sophisticated education software, they experience improved workflow and

feedback, he said. Instead of the old model, in which teachers give assignments and students complete them on paper, students with Chromebooks complete assignments online and turn them in digitally. “The teacher can grade it as soon as it is submitted and push it back immediately. The student can make corrections and push it back to the teacher. It is a much quicker process.” Classes use robust, interactive teaching programs like Canvas, Nearpod and Edulastic that, among other functions, allow teachers to assess student mastery during a lesson. For example, a teacher might explain an equation and then ask the students to perform one on their own on their laptops. “She is able to see their work, look quickly to see who got it right and who got it wrong. She can tell if she needs to re-teach it,” said East. Additionally, Chromebooks are inexpensive, lightweight, durable, and use cloud-based software. The programs West High School uses prepare students for college learning management systems. Perhaps most important, they give every student the same access to technological literacy and resources. “We are really excited. We

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West High faculty members Kristin Simerly, Kat Furnari, Sarah Bast, Laura Davis and Libby Helle prepare to hand out devices.

One-to-one technology comes to West High By Kelly Norrell West High School junior Jemilah Spencer stopped by the school on a recent evening to get her Chromebook laptop. She and her mom watched a video on computer care, signed an agreement, and then picked up a laptop before heading home. The atmosphere was happy as students accepted

Chromebooks from volunteers who included teachers Kristin Simerly, Kat Furnari, Laura Davis and Libby Helle and guidance counselor Sarah Bast. The deployment event was Feb. 21. The stated goal of West High School administration and parents is to put a Chromebook into the hands of every student at the school within a year.

Thanks to the powerhouse West High School Foundation parent organization, the goal is more than halfway met. Seniors at the 1,400-student school began receiving the devices, which cost $230 each, Oct. 3. Juniors began receiving them in December. The Foundation aims to purchase Chromebooks for the others within

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Guidance counselor Sarah Bast hands a device to a student. are making sure our teachers are up to speed on the newest and best resources. We’ve seen a good response, giving us an overall sense of student mastery,” East said. West High School Foundation has been waging a yearlong fundraising campaign, “West One-to-One Now!” Learn more, including information on the Spring Soiree fundraising event March 4, at http:// www.westhighfoundation. org. 865-454-2390. ■■ Third District Democrats. Info: Liz Key, 865-201-5310 or lizkey1@gmail.com; Isaac Johnson, 865-310-7745 or ijohnso2@gmail.com. ■■ Toastmasters Club 802. Info: 802.toastmastersclubs.org. ■■ West Hills Community Association. Info: Ashley Williams, 865-313-0282. ■■ West Knox Lions. Info: knoxvillewestknoxlionsclub.org. ■■ West Knox Republican Club, 7 p.m. each second Monday, Red Lobster on Kingston Pike.

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Very early spring offers unexpected benefits ished, the park honoring the legendary country music duo will be a respite for local residents, hikers and bus patrons. Landscaping will include shrubs and both shade and flowering trees. You can support the building of the park! The Bearden Council has set up a GoFundMe page at ht t ps://w w w.gof u nd me. com/EverlyBrothersPark to pay for the about $60,000 needed to landscape the park. Donations are tax deductible. Be an in-the-know neighbor. On Saturday, March 11, the City of Knoxville will host the 2017 Neighborhood Conference at the Knoxville Convention Center. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. You need to register in advance at http://bit.ly/ KnoxNeighbors but look at all that you get: ■■Free admission, conti-

“In this laughably short winter, we have been building the soil up,” said garden manager Andrew Linville, naming a variety of techniques that anyone could use but most people don’t. One is hugelkultur, which is making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. It takes time, but soil of that bed will become rich and

productive. Another is lasagna mulching. Come see for yourself. Linville said instructors would teach permaculture techniques, propagating and other topics participants request. You can volunteer at Pond Gap Garden with planting, harvesting, watering, weeding or soil building. Email Andrew at pondgapgarden@gmail. com. With no snow and ice, walk past the emerging Everly Brothers Park at the corner of Kingston Pike and Forest Park Boulevard. In recent days, excavators have dug out gravel, asphalt and concrete left from the service station once on that corner, creating an impressive, if temporary, gash in the land. Next will come replacement soil and grass, to be followed, in March, by inBeck Center panel makes documentary “East Tennessee Voices: Eighth of August Celebration stallation of a walkway, of Emancipation” stage, benches and educational markers. When finFrom page A-1 Sure, it’s unnerving when the temperature hits 80 in February. But early spring has its benefits. Here are Kelly some: Norrell Learn to be a food gardener. Beginning March 1, the Pond Gap Elementary School Garden will offer adult gardening classes Wednesdays that mimics natural ecosys6-7 p.m. Learn about perma- tems, and strengthen your culture, the design system home food source.

Avon Rollins gives words of wisdom For some two hours, we laughed, reminisced, walked down memory lane and in the end, we produced a reflective documentary that would be featured at a red-carpet premier event in downtown Knoxville and broadcast throughout the state of Tennessee on the PBS network. Perhaps as important, if not more so, is that we were constructing an oral history to serve generations to come. The panel included a 95- and 92-year-old, the first African American Fire Department chief, first African American undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, c i vil r ights a ctivists, h istorian, veterans and a minister, all trailblazers

derstanding of August the Eighth hopefully we will straighten our backs up and achieve that economic parity as we go into the future because that’s so important so we can participate in this whole economy as equals.” Words of Wisdom.

and all overflowing with wisdom. I shall never forget the many words of wisdom that Mr. Rollins shared with me over the years, including an African proverb that states, “My ears cannot hear what you say because my eyes see what you do.” Likewise, I shall never forget the final words of wisdom that ended the “Eighth of August” documentary in which Mr. Rollins affirmed, “You know I had the pleasure to travel across this country with Dr. Martin Luther King, and I witnessed many, many speeches, but one thing I remember so precisely, he said, ‘A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.’ And too often our backs are bent. And through this un-

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Jewish community celebrates Purim

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… Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore the long robe that she was wearing; she put her hand on her head, and went away, crying aloud as she went. (2 Samuel 13: 19 NRSV) Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It is a solemn day of prayer, of self-examination, of repentance. In many denominations, the observance includes worshipers having ashes imposed on their foreheads as a symbol of repentance. The ashes are customarily created by burning the palms from the previous Palm Sunday. I have participated in Ash Wednesday services in various places and denominations, depending on what church was handy in the middle of a workday. I have also received the ashes at different times of day, but usually at early morning. I’ll tell you this: wearing a cross-shaped black smudge on your forehead exposes you to some odd glances. That doesn’t bother me, but I tell you, if you have the ashes imposed early in the morning, they begin to be itchy by the afternoon! There is also the subtext of death involved

FAITH NOTES ■■ Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road, will hold special services – Wednesday, March 1: 6 p.m. Lenten Meal, 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship, with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes; Wednesdays, March 8-29: 6 p.m. Lenten Meal, 7 p.m. Lenten Worship; 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.: Palm Sunday

This time of year, when Christians kick off the sixweek observance of Lent with Mardi Gras, people of the Jewish faith are having their own costume party and carnival for the festival of Purim. Based on “a story of bravery and courage in the face of adversity,” according to Heska Amuna Synagogue’s youth and family programming director Betty Golub, it’s one of the most joyous holidays of the Jewish year. Found in the book of Esther, it’s the story of evil Haman, whose plot to murder the Jewish people is foiled by the heroes Mordecai and Esther herself, who then advises “days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.” Norma James, Temple Beth-El’s religious school director, says, “Purim is a time of celebration. Our school will host a Purim carnival and invite the religious school of Heska Amuna. We will have a variety of games like any typical carnival,

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in receiving the ashes. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust” is repeated at burial services. So, when one goes about one’s usual business on Ash Wednesday, it is with a visual reminder that our days are numbered. Even wearing the ashes, we carry in our hearts and minds the end of the story. We know that there will be celebration at Palm Sunday, solemnity at Maundy Thursday communion, pain and sadness on Good Friday. But we can walk through “the valley of the shadow” because we know that Easter is coming. So, wear your ashes as a reminder for your heart and soul, as a witness to everyone who sees you, and as an emblem of your Savior.

a seudat, a festive meal.” Heska Amuna is collecting donations for the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking, a local nonprofit, at either reading. “This will fulfill the third mitzvah of Matanot L’Evyonim - gifts to the poor. And enjoy mishloach manot, the fourth mitzvah of sending gifts of hamantaschen and treats.” The Knoxville Jewish Alliance also plans to observe Purim with an “adult Israeli comedy event,” says Deborah Oleshansky, executive director. They’ll also have a preschool Purim carnival. “Parody plays, or spiel, are often done at Purim,” These Purim celebrants’ idensays James, whose congretities are disguised, which is gants plan to perform “a part of the fun of a costume lighthearted play of the stoparty. Photos submitted ry of Esther with a Beatles theme.” gillah, which is the story For a full list of Purim of Purim. The next day, we events, call Temple Bethwill continue with the sec- El at 865-524-3521 or visit ond reading of the Purim tbeknox.org; call Heska story. Come in costume and Amuna at 865-522-0701 or participate in the costume visit heskaamuna.org; call parade. Stay for lunch, Knoxville Jewish Alliance which will fulfill the sec- at 865-690-6343 or visit ond mitzvah of enjoying jewishknoxville.org.

Students dodge the winter blues at ‘Ignite’ retreat By Nancy Anderson

Services, Worship with Holy Communion; 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, Maundy Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, Easter Cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ”; 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 16, Easter Sunday Services. Info: 865-690-9201. ■■ Solway Methodist, 3300 Guinn Road, hosts a women’s Bible study 10 a.m. each Thursday, led by Cindy Day. Info: 865-661-1178.

but many games will have a Purim theme. The children will buy plastic coins that we call shekels to use at the carnival. The children are encouraged to dress in Betty Golub costumes of all kinds. “Our sisterhood will be selling hamantaschen, which are triangular cookies with various fillings. They are triangular because Haman wore a three-cornered hat. All of the students will gather to hear the Purim story. They will use groggers, noisemakers, and shouts or boos as various names are said during the story. It is loads of fun.” And of course the adults will have their own observations. “We are asked to fulfill four different mitzvahs, or commandments, during Purim,” says Golub. “The first is to hear the traditional reading of the Me-

Nearly 140 middle and high school students met at West Park Baptist Church for the annual in-town weekend retreat packed with worship, Bible study, fun, food and fellowship Friday evening, Feb. 17, through Sunday morning, Feb. 19. The kids enjoyed an action-packed Saturday featuring a trip to JumpJam Trampoline Park for the middle schoolers and NASCAR Speedpark in Pigeon

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Boyd says work hard, dream big The annual banquet of the Union County Chamber of Commerce is a celebration of accomplishments and a look toward the future. It’s also a fundraiser for Randy Boyd the group that promotes tourism as it recruits and supports local businesses. Randy Boyd brought star power as the guest speaker. He recently resigned as commissioner of the state’s Economic and Community Development Department. The state’s biggest challenge, he said, is training workers for the jobs of the future. “It’s the best time in our state’s history, but not for everyone.” Boyd probably will run for governor when Bill

Peres told them he’s often asked what he considers his greatest accomplishment. “It will be what I do tomorrow.” And his biggest failure? “That I did not dream big enough.” Peres said we are old when we have more accomplishments to list than dreams ahead; we are young when we have more dreams ahead than accomplishments. If this was Boyd’s takeaway from meeting the world’s most senior statesman, how can he not run for governor? (Note: Haslam told Boyd that Peres had “started at 30,000 feet and helicoptered up.”)

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Haslam’s term ends in 2018. He and Haslam share a boyish enthusiasm for governing; both are wealthy enough to work without pay; both are visionary. Boyd is credited with starting Knox Achieves, which became Tennessee Achieves and led to the state’s program of free college tuition at community colleges for Tennessee graduates. He told of a trade mission to Israel in which he and Haslam got a private visit with Shimon Peres, who died in September 2016. ■■ Beth A. Maynard, CMPE, has been named vice president “We were mesmerized and of Primary Care Physician came away wishing we had Practice Development at UT taken notes,” he said.

Tom Spangler announces his candidacy for sheriff of Knox County. Also pictured are retired Sgt. Lee Dunn and Spangler’s wife, Linda. Photo by S. Clark

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Brooks defers bill on utilities State Rep. Harry Brooks has deferred for a year his bill to require proportional representation on utility boards. The bill was scheduled for a hearing Feb. 21. Brooks said: “I chose to move HB 0269 to next year’s session (to allow) the utility organizations time to look at these is-

Boyd was raised in South Knoxville. At age 19, he was the first in his family to graduate from college. He’s been married for 30 years with two adult sons. He founded Radio Systems Corporation, which produces PetSafe products. ■■ U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said the winds of change are blowing in Washington. “We are reversing regulations that are hurting businesses,” he said, adding that it’s important to get the “replace” part right when repealing and replacing Obamacare. He said tax reform is ahead. “America is winning again.”

sues as well as offer advice and suggestions. This move will also provide time to work with the Comptroller’s office. ... “While this action will delay the bill’s potential codification, I believe it will ensure that the final product is best suited to benefit the people of Tennessee.”

Medical Center. Maynard, who has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare management, most recently worked with Summit Medical Group.

■■ Mary Pat Tyree has joined Crye-Leike Real Estate Services’ West branch office, at 9539 Kingston Pike. As a Realtor and affiliate broker, Tyree serves the real estate needs of buyers and sellers in and around Knox, Anderson, and Blount counties. She specializes in residential real estate with a focus on new home construction, condominiums

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and townhomes, and helping first-time homebuyers. ■■ Y-12 Federal Credit Union and Inova Payroll have formed a partnership that will allow the credit union to offer Inova’s payroll and human resource solutions to its business banking members, expanding their menu of account, loan and merchant services products.

Tom Spangler is running for sheriff in the May 1, 2018, Republican Primary. The general election is Aug. 2. Spangler formally announced his candidacy Feb. 23 with a noon rally on the lawn of the courthouse. “This is not a race against Sheriff (Jimmy) Jones. He is term-limited,” Spangler said. “This is an open seat.” He retired from the sheriff’s office in 2009 after 29 years of service. He was chief deputy for then-Sheriff Tim Hutchison. He has worked as training director for the Blount County sheriff’s office most recently.

Watch for graffiti to detect gangs He asked for community help, saying when law enforcement gets involved it often means a crime already has been committed. Graffiti is a clue, he said. “It could be just taggers, but if you see graffiti in public

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Citing changes, specifically technology, during his career, Spangler said law enforcement is a dangerous profession. “We’re struggling to get good people. We need the community’s help. And you should demand good service from the sheriff’s office. The processes should be open and the money spent wisely.” Spangler said now more than ever the office needs a leader, and “I’m the leader for it.” He was joined by his wife, Linda, and daughters, Mellony Spangler and Mallory Womble. Several retired officers were sprinkled in the crowd of about 100.

Walker was honored by Gov. Bill Haslam in May 2015 for providing gang intelligence information for the Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Fusion Center. Walker also has taught several gang classes for the state Department of Homeland Security. – S. Clark

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last words Wrestler Kane ponders mayor’s race The race for Knox County mayor could take an interesting turn in about a month, and it’s not the rumored impending entry of Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones that’s going to shake things up. It’s unlikely that Bob Thomas, the county commissioner who started distributing Thomas for Mayor yard signs nearly a year ago (and who should not be confused with the Bob Thomas who’s considered a frontrunner for the school superintendent job) is going to do anything unexpected like pulling out of the race. And neither is County Commissioner Brad Anders, who also has been mulling the prospect for a good long while. The disturbance in the field could come from a different direction altogether. And if it happens, it’ll hit like a vertical pile driver. And yeah, that’s a cheap shot, but it’s almost irresistible. So get ready. You’ll be hearing a lot of wrestling metaphors if Glenn Jacobs gets into this race. But it won’t be Kane, the swaggering, choke slamming WWE superstar Glenn Jacobs who’ll (maybe) enter the Republican Primary where local races are decided (although that would be the most fun anybody’s had in local politics since the late Arnold “Burpsey” Zandi used to run for City Council). Nope. The candidate would be the soft-spoken, insurance agency owning, small government-loving, anti-bullying crusader who holds an English degree and loves to talk about education and economic theory and brag about his family (both his daughters are registered nurses). About the only thing Jacobs and his WWE alter ego have in common is the massive, athletic physique. Jacobs stands 6-8 and weighs 300 pounds. He played football and basketball at Northeast Missouri State – now Truman University – and jokes that he led the league in offensive fouls. A knee injury forced him to reorder his priorities. “What do you do with an English degree? I’d planned to become a teacher, but I’d always been a casual fan of wrestling. …”

Betty Bean The Jacobs Insurance Agency in Halls is a community champion in the Kindness Revolution, a nonprofit organization with the lofty goal of promoting dignity, respect and kindness, which means that Jacobs spends a lot of time visiting schools and handing out rubber wristbands to kids who get caught doing something nice. This obviously suits him fine, because he’s keenly interested in education and believes more attention should be paid to Career Technical Education (formerly known as vocational education ). He gets his hair cut by the cosmetology teacher at Gibbs High School. He considers himself a libertarian conservative/Republican and is an admirer of the low tax, high accessibility, small government philosophy of Tim Burchett, the officeholder he hopes to succeed. “My view is, let’s just all get along, and not concentrate on our differences. I’ve been all around the world, and without fail, the vast majority of folks just want a decent life for themselves and their families. I think what happens is we allow our differences to get in the way.” He said he will make a decision by early April. “I’m leaning toward running,” he said. “I’m getting a good response. I think people are tired of career politicians and I think they want someone who has a different perspective and fresh ideas who is one of them. Hopefully as they learn more about me, they’ll realize that it’s not just that this guy is a relatively famous entertainer. He’s really just one of us. “I believe in my neighbors and civil society and private enterprise to get things done. Those are the people – not the politicians.”

Meet the ‘supers’ The school board will host a community meet and greet with superintendent finalists on Tuesday, March 7, at West High School, 3300 Sutherland Ave.Doors will open at 5 p.m. The event will be televised live on KCS-TV Comcast Channel 10 and on knoxschools.org/kcstv

Each year has two parts ... One of the wise men, a Tennessee fan, said that each year has only two parts: Football season and waiting for football season. This is one of the waiting periods. It is a beautiful time of year. Everybody is undefeated. All things are possible. Big dreams are permitted. The UT ticket department advocates farout optimism. Wouldn’t it be something if Shy Tuttle could get well. Charlton Warren, new coach of the secondary, might teach defensive backs to look back for the football. Everybody has a chance to guess right on who will win the quarterback competition and how long it might take to win the Heisman. Now is a relatively safe time to make grandiose predictions and even a few boisterous bets. Most will forget what you said before we hear again from the Music City bowl. Fans are eager for spring practice. Players are heavily engaged in preparations for a bold, new experience.

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They don’t have a fancy theme but they’ve been told to be ready. There are coaches who think teams win games in off-season workouts. I thought the Vols may have lost a couple in March 2016. Butch wanted players to lead his team. He listened closely to veteran views. Could be he reduced the workload. Maybe he sheltered some. They probably didn’t need to be knocking each other around. The coach knew they would hit when the time came. But, they needed to be stronger and quicker, physically and mentally. Alas, when it was finally real football time in Tennessee, I didn’t think the Vols were completely, totally, 100 percent really ready.

All I have to go on is how many comebacks were needed to win the first five games. There is powerful improvement tonic in memories of last year. A professional journalist wrote this: “Stumbling, bumbling Tennessee, misidentified as the No. 9 team in the country, emerged with an embarrassing 20-13 victory over 20-point underdog Appalachian State. The visitors won everything except the final score. They dominated both lines of scrimmage.” A few days later the summation was: “Virginia Tech won the first quarter in a romp. After that, it made many mistakes. “The orange team rallied from a 14-0 deficit and won the rest of the game. The losers gained more yards. Joshua Dobbs passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more. “We woke up a little bit and played Tennessee football,” coach Butch Jones said.

Perhaps you recall that the Vols had a hard time with Ohio U. It was 21-19 after three quarters. The orange team was favored by 27. Butch said he thought the Vols were sloppy. Then came the Florida game: Down 21-0 late in the first half, the Vols scored 38 unanswered points. Glory be! I won’t go into how Tennessee defeated Georgia but I will say there was a lastgasp comeback. It is very exciting to realize that a new season is developing behind the scenes – new coaches all around, new offensive coordinator, several new ideas, more seniors than in past years but more competition for positions. It will be months before we know for sure, but strength coach Rock Gullickson might be the winning edge. He might be the match that lights the fire. His program could reduce injuries. We can dream big dreams. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero.com

Is Rogero eyeing Duncan’s seat? State Sen. Doug Overbey, who is looking at a 2018 race for governor, says he “has strong reservations” on philosophical grounds over indexing the proposed gas tax increase without legislative action as recommended by Gov. Bill Haslam. Indexing gas to the Consumer Price Index would place a gas tax increase on automatic pilot. This appears contrary to what most principled conservative lawmakers would favor in terms of voting each time a tax increases. It appears this provision will be dropped if the gas tax has a chance to pass. ■■ Mayor Madeline Rogero wrote a column in the News Sentinel urging people to attend a meeting held last week at Whittle Springs M i d d l e Rogero School on Obamacare and current efforts to repeal, replace and/ or repair it. The city does not run a health department. Knox County does. Other than Rogero being concerned as a citizen about the issue, there is no duty as city mayor tied to the current hot debate over health care. However, Rogero has made this her signature issue. County Mayor Tim Burchett could not attend this meeting. Rogero acknowledges that some changes in Obamacare may be needed,

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but she never voiced such a thought while President Obama was in the White House. With the attention given recently to U.S. Rep. John Duncan not attending town hall meetings on this topic, and with Rogero going so public advertising this meeting hosted by groups backing Obamacare, the question arises of what is Rogero up to? Her column, which is a not so subtle criticism of Duncan and our two U.S. senators, places Rogero squarely in the conversation as a 2018 Democratic congressional candidate. The recent well-attended Women’s March and continuing debate on this, plus President Trump unifying Democrats as Obama used to unify Republicans, raises the prospect that Democrats for once will field a serious congressional candidate. Democrats in the Second Congressional District have not had a credible congressional nominee since former Revenue Commissioner Dudley Taylor ran in 1988. Rogero would be credible and she will continue one more year as mayor to Dec. 19, 2019, if she lost the race. Rogero may also be hoping there will a potential hotly contested GOP primary between Duncan and

Burchett, which will leave the winner weakened from the intraparty battle when the general election occurs. Bottom line: Keep an eye on Rogero as she quietly but deliberately makes moves to run for Congress in 2018 if Democrats can raise money for media needed to prevail. She has over a year until it is time to qualify. ■■ State Rep. Eddie Smith has introduced a bill to make city elections partisan. His Senate sponsor is not one of the three Knox senators but Dolores Gresham from Somer v ille in West Tennessee, who chairs Smith the Senate Education Committee. It would not affect the five council elections this year. Reaction from several council members and candidates has been negative. Candidate Harry Tindell says “there is no need to fix what is not broken.” Candidate Wayne Christensen opposes it, too. Council members Finbarr Saunders and Marshall Stair oppose it. Smith says it is designed to increase voter participation in city elections, which admittedly is low. ■■ New UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport has to pick a successor to Margie Nichols as vice chancellor for communications. Interviews for this were done a few months back and were abandoned after Jimmy

Cheek retired. The finalists were not from a r o u n d here. In this spot especially, it is essential Davenport this new chancellor, who does not know Knoxville or Tennessee well, have a smart media adviser who knows Knoxville backward and forward to avoid the missteps which plagued Dave Hart. Jacob Rudolph, the interim head, actually has been here several years and knows his way around. Davenport in her meeting with lawmakers has impressed them as facile and smooth in her language and demeanor. However, people will be looking at her for more than words but actual action. A smart media adviser who knows the area would be invaluable. There is no doubt Nichols advised Cheek that the Lady Vols name change would trigger outrage across Tennessee, but Cheek and DiPietro did not listen to Nichols. They backed Hart. The result was stunning. It may be an issue in the contest for governor as the governor is a voting member of the UT board of trustees. It even manifested itself at the Pat Summitt funeral, where no establishment official from UT such as the president, AD or chancellor spoke at the services for the nationally known and admired coach.

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Is your heart ... history?

Knowing your family’s health can save your life Nancy Mott’s cardiac stress test several years ago went without a hitch. At age 70, the Knoxville woman had no heart disease at all. Still, she wondered … could she be at risk of an aortic aneurysm like the one that ruptured and killed her father at 71? It was a family history question that Daniel Slutzker, MD, a boardcertified cardiologist at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, took to heart. “Almost as a throwaway line, I mentioned that my father had died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm,” said Mott. “That really got his attention! It was this ‘Oh!’ reaction … it seemed to be important information to him. He’s obviously somebody who pays attention to family history.” Dr. Slutzker ordered a CT scan and went searching for an aneurysm. What he found was just as deadly – an atrial myxoma. The rare, noncancerous tumor growing inside Mott’s left atrium was almost tennis ball-sized, threatening to shut down her heart without warning. The symptoms of a myxoma range from nonexistent to mild (low blood pressure, dizziness or arrhythmia) to sudden death. “As soon as you find one, you take it out because they can cause strokes,” said Dr. Slutzker. “That’s the big concern – that little pieces can break off and go to the brain from the heart.” So as soon as the condition was discovered, cardiac surgeon Thomas Pollard, MD, performed the procedure at Fort Sanders Regional to remove the tumor that could have killed Mott. “I had no heart disease, I had

Nancy Mott poses with a portrait of her late father. By sharing his health history with her physician, a rare heart condition was discovered. no signs or symptoms and I wasn’t having chest pains,” she said. “There was no reason to do further testing other than my saying to Dr. Slutzker, ‘My father died of a ruptured aneurysm.’ I had told other doctors about it in the past and had been told, ‘Well, you have no symptoms and no signs.’” Atrial myxomas are so rare that hers was the only one Dr. Slutzker had seen in 30 years of practice. The tumors are found in one out of

every 2,000 patients, and 10 percent appear to be inherited. Most – 75 percent – are found in the left atrium. “Not everybody with an aneurysm has a family history of it,” said Dr. Slutzker. “But when you have a patient with family history of aneurysms, 20 percent of their family could have aneurysms. So we went looking for an aneurysm and found a myxoma.” Since the discovery, Mott’s fam-

ily has become more aware of the importance of family medical history. Both her brother and her daughter have been checked – and cleared – for aneurysms and myxoma. “Family medical history strikes me as very important,” said Mott. “While we don’t know if Daddy had a myxoma, mine was found because of his family history.”

A few years later, Mott asked Dr. Slutzker if myxomas can return. “He said, ‘Recurrence is very unusual. But let’s just check it out,’” she said. “So he ordered another test, and he’s not someone who orders tests willy-nilly. He really listens to you, and he appreciates that I pay attention to my body and that I am able to give him good information.”

Cardiologist: Do your parents’ genes fit you? Daniel Slutzker, MD, likes to say the key to a long life is simple: “Choose your parents wisely.” “So much of our destiny has been predetermined and written by our parents,” said Dr. Slutzker, a cardiologist at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “I always kid around and tell people to choose your parents wisely. Of course, they can’t choose their parents. But they can alter the time frame and the time course of disease with intervention or medicine. Family history is very important.” Few realize the value of good genetics more than Dr. Slutzker, who lost both parents and his brother to Daniel Slutzker, heart issues. M.D. “That’s part of the reason I went into cardiology – because I was worried about it,” he said. “Dad had his first heart attack when I was a firstyear medical student. So I said, ‘I think I want to get interested in cardiology because I want to find out what is going on with him.’ My brother [Dr. David Slutzker, who was a pulmonologist and chief of staff at Fort Sanders Regional] died two years ago after a heart attack. So, yes, family history is huge.”

Risk factors can be limited, but “it’s amazing how much correlation there is between genetics and what’s going to happen to you,” said Dr. Slutzker, who says he now gets a cardiac stress test every two years. “You can control blood pressure as best you can, you can control hypertension, you can control diabetes as best you can, but you can’t control your family history. “I always tell people that everybody has a timeline for heart trouble,” he continued. “If you live long enough, you’re going to have some heart trouble down the road. The question is, ‘How long is the fuse?’ It’s a time bomb and for some people, it’s a short fuse and you’ve got to get on them early. For other people, you try to lengthen the fuse as long as you can by controlling the risk factors. While the odds of inheriting a cardiac myxoma are only 10 percent and the risk of inheriting an aneurysm 20 percent, the chances of one inheriting coronary artery disease is much higher because of its many risk factors – smoking, diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol.”

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Still, Dr. Slutzker says only about half the patients who come into his office are aware of their family history. “A lot of them don’t give enough importance to it,” he said. “Young people come in when they’ve had a young family member who’s had problems. They’re already in tune. But often middle-aged people whose parents are still alive do not take family history seriously. One parent may have had a heart attack, but they don’t give it enough importance because the parent is still alive. But ANY heart attack is a big deal. “If more people are in tune with their family history, you can uncover things that you never would have known,” he added. “We didn’t find an aneurysm in Ms. Mott, but we found this myxoma. And the only reason we looked is because she knew her family history and knew there was a problem. It was just one of those fortuitous things where we were looking for something else, but because she knew her family history, we found something that was life-threatening.”

“It’s amazing how much correlation there is between genetics and what’s going to happen to you.” – Daniel Slutzker, M.D.


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ADVANTAGE

REMODELING & HANDYMAN SERVICE JIMMY THE PROFESSIONAL HANDYMAN!!

Can fix, repair or install anything around the house! Appliances, ceramic tile, decks, drywall, fencing, electrical, garage doors, hardwoods, irrigation, crawlspace moisture, mold & odor control, landscape, masonry, painting, plumbing. Any Remodeling Needs you wish to have done or completed! 110 hours, 350 Mag, 300 HP, Eagle trailer, Captains call exhaust. $22,500. Jim 865-414-0937

CATS & KITTENS! - Fully vetted & tested. Come see us at PetSmart Turkey Creek on Saturday & Sunday www.happypawskittenrescue.org Visit us on Facebook. 865-765-3400

EMERGENCY SERVICE 24/7

Retired Vet. looking to keep busy.

Call (865)281-8080

HAPPENINGS ■■ “The Busy Body,” through March 12, Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Performance schedule/tickets: 865-974-5161 or clarencebrowntheatre.com. ■■ KARM Dragon Boat Festival early bird team registration discounts are now available through April 13. The Dragon Boat Festival will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Cove at Concord Park. Info: karm.org/dragonboats. ■■ Tickets on sale for Martina McBride as special guest for the “Stars on Stage” fundraising gala and performance to benefit the Historic Tennessee Theatre to be held Friday, May 5, at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Info/tickets: tennesseetheatre.com or 865-6841200. ■■ Registration for the 67th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage opens 8 a.m. Wednesday, March

ELDERLY OR DISABLED COMPLEX A/C, Heat, Water & Electric Incl, OnSite Laundry, Computer Center & Resident Services

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

CIRCLE Y western saddle, 16”, double skirted & hand tooled, $350. (865)425-9795

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Consolidation Loans

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2001 E. Magnolia Ave. Cemetery Lots

Edgewood Cemetery on Gallaher View Rd. 3 lots, $4,000/all. Sells for $1795 ea. (865)690-1680 Highland Memorial. 6 spaces, wooded section 20, upright monument rights avail. $1495 ea for all 6. Will not separate. (865) 690-2086

Real Estate Sales

CONDO/TOWNHOUSE IN WEST HILLS ON BROOME RD. FOR SALE - There are renters there now and are willing to stay. Or could be a home for you! Very nice community. Asking: $95,000. Contact Donnie at (865) 207-9355.

Condos-Unfurn OPEN HOUSE Sat & Sun, 12-3pm. Beautifully updated 3 BR 3 BA, 2 car gar, 2000 SF, 8703 Olde Colony Trail, Unit 45, Knoxville 37923. $188,500. (865) 567-0390

Lake Property 2.9 acres situated in private comm. on Tellico Lake. Beautiful view, priv. comm. dock & boat launch. Developers dream! Water & power. Perk tested. Ready to develop. $98,500. 865-414-2524; 865-482-8007

I BUY OLDER MOBILE HOMES

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

PROFORM 110 adjustable eliptical machine, $125. (865)522-7846

Fuel & Wood Dogs 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 BASSET PUPPIES, CKC reg., 7 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, males. $250. (931) 319-0000 DACHSHUNDS, CKC reg., 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, $350. (931)-319-0000 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

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

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

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

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

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

FULL MODERN HOUSE/OFFICE FURNISHINGS - $5,900 for everything!A few items pictured here! (818)9346111

Apartments - Unfurn.

Lawn & Garden

ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPS AKC, $1500+. blessedbulldogs.blogspot.com. Visa-MC Accepted. (423)775-6044.

2016 MAHINDRA TRACTOR - 50 HP diesel, w/loader, landscape & bushhog. $19,900. Call/text 865-250-6584 JOHN DEERE X475 LAWN TRACTOR 197 hrs, great condition, make offer $6795 (865)599-0516

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

Med Equip & Supplies

GOLDENDOODLE PUPS great temperaments, good with children, S&W, $775. (865) 466-4380.

BURGUNDY LIFT CHAIR RECLINER FOR SALE - Barely used and in excellent condition! $350. Call (865)922-0526.

GREAT DANE puppies, S&W, ready to go. Pic available. $400. (423) 608-3361 POMERANIANS, CKC reg., 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, $400. (931) 319-0000

PUPPY NURSERY

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

1. Pilgrimage will be April 11–15. Info/registration/schedule: springwildflowerpilgrimage.org. ■■ “The Smooth Sounds of Jazz Guitar with Chad Volkers and Friends,” noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, Square Room, 4 Market Square. Tickets: knoxjazz.org or by visiting Café 4 prior to the show. Info: knoxjazz.org. ■■ Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) meeting, 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd. Published authors invited. Info: authorsguildoftn.org. ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, Central UMC fellowship hall, 201 E. Third Ave. Guest speaker: RB Morris, Knoxville’s first Poet Laureate. Public is invited. Admission: suggested $2. Info: knoxvillewritersguild.org; on Facebook. ■■ Beginner Smocked Baby Bonnet class, 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 10, Appalachian Arts Craft Center,

Apartments - Furnished

Furniture

ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES - AKC registered. 1st shots, vet checked. $1800. Call (423) 519-0647.

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS AKC, West German bldlns, 2 M, 8 F, vet ck’d. health guar. $700. 865-322-6251.

Real Estate Rentals

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.

SOFA FOR SALE - Floral. Light lavender, gold and green. Excellent condition. No pets. No smoking home. $100 cash only. Call after 6:00 PM. (865)-249-8300

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

■■ First Friday gallery exhibition, 6-10 p.m. Friday, March 3, A1 LabArts Studio 23 Emory Place. Exhibit centers around “Beer Girl” by Walter Wykes, a sudsy 10-minute comedy performing three times throughout the evening. Gallery admission is free; tax-deductible donations accepted. Info: movingtheatreknoxville@gmail.com. ■■ “The Bridges of Madison County,” Fridays-Sunday, March 3-12, Walters State Community College Inman Humanities Theatre on Morristown campus. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m.

Homes Furnished

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

BROADWAY TOWERS

KARNS / BALL CAMP - 3BR, 2B No smoking. No pets. $1100 month + deposit. 1 year lease. (865) 310-5556 NEWLY REMODELED HOME - near Powell, handicap acces. built in ramp at front and balcony deck in back. 2br 1b with eat in kitchen. Large dining room/living room and den with hardwood floors, garage. water furn. $950 mo. & $1000 deposit. 423-593-8010. North Hills. 2574 Kenilworth Lane. 2 story, 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, very clean, no pets, no smoking, $800 mo + $650 cleaning fee. 865-689-3150; 865-755-5258 NORTH. 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, older brick rancher, garage, no smoking, no pets, Refs chkd, 1 yr lease, $1,000 mo., $1,000 DD. (865) 687-7078 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

Duplx/Multplx UnFurn 2 BR DUPLEX

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

Lots & Acreage/Sale 1.45 acres zoned C4. 240’ frontage on new 5 lane Western Ave. All utilities. $240,000. (865)671-3366

Retail Space/Rent

CONVENIENCE STORE FOR LEASE KNOXVILLE Large neighborhood area with heavy traffic. Call today for more info 865-560-9989

62 AND OLDER Or Physically Mobility Impaired 1 & 2 BR, utilities included. Laundry on site. Immediate housing if qualified. Section 8-202.

865-524-4092

Homes Unfurnished 2BR, 1BA HOUSE, West Knoxville $800/mo. + deposit. Credit & background check. Refer. (865)406-4661

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Sporting Goods

■■ “Peace Works” art extravaganza, 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 3, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. All ages welcome. Light refreshments and beverages will be available. Info: Jessica Gregor, 865-556-8676; broadwaystudiosandgallery@gmail. com.

SPACIOUS 2 BR, full BA, LR, DR, lrg kitchen, lots of closet/storage space, laundry rm w/W&D conn., priv. drive, quiet safe neighborhood. Close to UT Hospital, airport & downtown Knoxville and Sevier County. Ideal for professional. All utilities, cable, garbage pickup & pest control incl. NO smoking. NO pets. $900 mo + DD. Refs required. For appt. (865) 577-9426

Real Estate Commercial

2 BR TOWNHOUSES

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

2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Beth Cannon. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or appalachianarts.net.

PINNACLE PARK APTS.

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.

HARDIN VALLEY CABIN furnished 1 BR, $150 wk + dep. 1 yr lease. No smoking. No pets. (865) 310-5556

Manufactured Homes

Collectibles

OAK RIDGE APARTMENT FOR RENT3BR, Central heat and air. $700 a month, $350 deposit and $50 for credit check. (865)567-0210

West

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

865-621-6888

AT YOUR SITE LOGS TO LUMBER

Great location! On the Bus Line! Close to Shopping!

Call 865-523-4133 TODAY

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

Farm Products

MORNINGSIDE GARDENS 1 BR Apt Now Available

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New side x sides in stock starting at $7999

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

Personals

2, 4 or 6 lots at Lynnhurst. Save thousands $$. Monument Rights. Near Babyland. $1500 ea obo. 865-475-9323

40 years of experience

Trailers ALL SHAPES & SIZES AVAILABLE 865-986-5626

Tractor Repair Sales and Parts

WANT TO BUY

1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL - new convertible top, 89K mileage, runs and drives great (865)607-1791.

OLDSMOBILE EIGHTY-EIGHT - 1966. Garage kept. 72,000 mi., $6,900. (865)719-4557.

TRACTOR AND EQUIPMENT

Standing Timber

Classic Cars

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 vnordqui@utk.edu

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Wanted to Buy

HONDA ODYSSEY EXL 2015, leather, DVD, loaded, 32K mi, $27,900. (423)295-5393.

Apartments - Unfurn.

PLUMBER’S SEWER MACHINE

Appliances

Off Road Vehicles

HONDA ODYSSEY - 2007, clean, good cond, loaded, $6400. (865)363-9018.

2003 Corvette 50th Anniversary, 41K mi, AT, pristine cond. $19,500 obo. (865)922-7366.

Cats

Merchandise

Campers & RV’s

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

Chrysler Town & Country 2010, 128K mi, white, excellent tires, very good cond, $8500. (865) 207-5005

Farmer’s Mkt/ Trading Post

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

Motorcycles/Mopeds

Vans

YORKIES. CKC - M $400; F $700; teacup $1200. Black & tan & tri colors (865) 201-1390

Farm Equipment

Sport Utility Vehicles

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

IF YOU HAD HIP OR KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY AND SUFFERED AN INFECTION

Yorkie/Min Pins & Jack Russell/Min Pins puppies, beautiful, Perfect gift. $100 ea. (865) 237-3897

Pet Supplies

Sports and Imports

HONDA CIVIC 2012, white w/gray int., 46K mi, $9,500. (865) 209-3566.

Miscellaneous

between 2010 and the present time, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles H. Johnson 1-800-535-5727

LINCOLN TOWN CAR - 1999. Exc cond., senior driven, gar. kept, 139K mi, $4250. 865-850-2822

2013 MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS - Silver immac. cond. sunroof, drive assist, nav. and bck up camera. Sticker price $57,475. Asking $20,350. Call (865)588-6250 M-F 8am-5pm.

Will clean front & back, $20 & up. Quality work, guaranteed.

Tools

Sundays. Additional performance 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Info/tickets: etcplays.org or 423-318-8331. ■■ Weed Wrangle-Knoxville, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 4, Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Bakers Creek Preserve, Old Gray Cemetery and Lakeshore Park. Sponsored by the Knoxville Garden Club. Info/ registration: invasiveplantcontrol. com/weedwrangle/2017/knoxville/ index.html. ■■ “The How-To and Who-Dunnit of Crime Writing: A Workshop,” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 4, Central UMC fellowship hall, 201 E. Third Ave. Led by crime and mystery writer Beth Terrell Hicks; sponsored by Knoxville Writers’ Guild. Preregistration required. Info/ registration: knoxvillewritersguild. org/events/crime-fiction.

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admission; donations appreciated. Info: oakridgephilharmonia.org. ■■ The Veterans Legal Advice Clinic, noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, Knox County Public Defender’s Office, 1101 Liberty St. Sponsored by the Knoxville Bar Association, Knoxville Barristers, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defenders Community Law Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the local Veterans Affairs Office. ■■ Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection (KCWC) meeting, 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Special feature: “International Fashion Show and Cultural Event.” Speaker: Michelle Henry; topic: “Freedom Can be Yours.” Cost: $12 inclusive. Reservation deadline: noon Monday, March 6. Info/reservation: 865-3158182 or knoxvillechristianwomen@ gmail.com.

■■ Oak Ridge Philharmonia concert, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge Sanctuary, 1051 Oak Ridge More at www.ShopperNewsNow.com Turnpike, Oak Ridge. Free


Shopper news • March 1, 2017 • B-3

“Ummm, I’ll be along for dinner soon,” Ryan Jones told his companions at the 2017 Heart Ball after discovering the Ghostbusters Pro pinball machine, donated by Regal Entertainment for the live auction, was in full working order. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

The “man” of the hour at Hearts of Hope 2017 Heart Ball was 5-year-old Stone Buckner, pictured with his parents, Nikki and David, and sister, Tessa. Stone went into sudden cardiac arrest at home, and his life was saved by his father giving him CPR until the ambulance arrived with a defibrillator. Members of Kappa Delta sorority lend a helping hand at the Heart Ball every year: Frankie Exler, Hannah Clauss, Kimmy Byrd, Madison Blackburn and Ally Fesmire.

Hearts of Hope wows participants By Sherri Gardner Howell

Coming all the way from Seattle, auctioneer Jeff Kingsbury waits for his cue to talk up the silent auction items.

The 2017 Heart Ball, benefiting the American Heart Association, is absolutely in the top of Knoxville fundraising events. The ball, beautifully themed this year “Hearts of Hope,” doesn’t skip a beat. The money raised looks to be incredible. The décor utterly transformed the Knoxville Marriott ballroom into a warm setting, bathing everyone in pink and red with black and white accents. The silent

Karen McKinney and Cheryl Wood do some catching up at the 2017 Heart Ball.

auction kept everybody engaged for the first hour with “I want this” items. The live auction items were creative and poised to bring in those big bucks: a classic Ghostbusters pinball machine, tickets to watch a taping of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” suite seats for the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concert at Thompson Boling and a private dinner at the home of Scripps CEO Ken Lowe and his wife, Julia, with HGTV’s Property Brothers, just to name a few showstoppers. Watching wide-eyed in a tuxedo with red accents

was 5-year-old Stone Buckner, this year’s honoree. Stone’s father, David, saved his life by performing CPR at home when Stone went into sudden cardiac arrest. His sister, Tessa, 10 years old, looked picture-perfect in her red satin party dress. Chairs of the ball for 2017 were Mary-Anne and NJ Pesci, who have lived in Knoxville for only six years. NJ is chief human resources officer at Scripps Networks. From first-timers at the ball to veteran supporters, there was high praise all around for the Pescis and their impressive committee.

Chris Cope and Kellie Vogel at the check-in table

Clara Bolling, at the Heart Ball to help out her daughter with catering, had been on the lookout for her “absolute favorites” – WBIR-TV anchors Robin Wilhoit and John Becker, hosts for the evening.

Meredith Crawford talks with Katie Smith and Lauren Parrish at the Heart Ball.

Chairs of Hearts of Hope, the 2017 Heart Ball: NJ and Mary-Anne Pesci. NJ is chief human resources officer at Scripps Networks.

Photographers have a lot of competition these days! Taking a selfie at the ball are Lisa and Scott Farmer.

First-time Heart Ball attendees Joe and Shawn Pendergrass enjoy the silent auction.


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

Hospitalists keep care personal When she steps into a hospital room, Sommer Williams, MD, of Parkwest Medical Center knows she has a few precious moments to build a rapport with her patient. “One of our challenges is, of course, making patients feel comfortable with the care they receive at the hospital. We have a very short time to build a relationship,” said Dr. Williams. Dr. Williams is part of a team of more than 50 specialized physicians at Parkwest called hospitalists – physicians who treat patients only while the latter are in the hospital. Often trained in family practice, internal or pulmonary medicine, hospitalists provide quick and efficient care to patients. “The advantage to the patient is that there’s a skilled physician here all the time,” said Dr. Williams. “We’re here to help expedite patient care throughout the hospital. We can act quickly on a test result or make a change in medication, or even deal with an emergency. You know there’s someone available 24/7 in the building to address needs as they arise. Our focus is on getting patients better quickly to reduce the length of time they have to stay in the hospital,” she explained. The term “hospitalist” was coined in 1996 by an article in New England Journal of Medicine to describe a hospital-only doctor. Unheard of a generation ago, the

Dr. Sommer Williams and the 4M staff

hospitalist trend beAs a hospitalist at Parkwest, Dr. Sommer Williams spends gan as a way to offer her days seeing patients with a variety of health issues. a practical and effiShe sees it as her role to ensure they all feel safe and cient way to deliver well cared for, as well as to help them understand their care while meeting unique circumstances while they’re in the hospital. the changing requirements of insurance and hospital regulations. Hospitalists also allow perform surgery, or provide care t e r m s . family practice physicians to focus for pregnant women. But they see Sometimes on their own clinic responsibilities, all other patients, such as those their issues are very serious and rather than frequently spending with pneumonia or congestive it’s our job to help calm their time driving to visit hospitalized heart failure, post-surgical pa- fears,” said Dr. Williams. “Our patients. tients, chronic health conditions, ability to connect with them and Hospitalist programs have be- those with digestive problems or help them understand their situcome increasingly popular across infections, and even those patients ation is paramount, and I think the country. They are the fastest in palliative (end-of-life) care. it’s something our group does growing medical specialty, with “We work as a team with nurse well. We try to support the patient an estimated 30,000 practitioners practitioners and physician assis- as well as their family through working as hospitalists today. tants, and our goal is to have ex- complex medical issues,” she said. At Parkwest, hospitalists do not cellent communication, to answer Hospitalists also often work staff the emergency room, which patients’ questions and explain with patients and families facing has its own physicians, nor do they things about their care in layman’s difficult, end-of-life decisions.

“Patients feel vulnerable and unsure of what will come,” said Dr. Williams. “It’s our job to help them (and their families) face death with dignity and to manage any pain and other symptoms they may be having. We’re also there to support their families.” Regardless of whether you’re in the hospital for a minor condition or a serious illness, hospitalists are here for you. Dr. Williams sums it up by saying, “As hospitalists, we become your primary care provider while you’re in the hospital. We coordinate your care if specialists or procedures become necessary. We take care of you from the beginning to the end of your stay.”

Healthcare ‘alphabet soup’: Who is taking care of you?

S AK WET E D M AL I

provide coverage in emergency of practice settings and for many departments. types of surgery or procedures.

RN – Registered Nurse: An RN has graduated from a nursing program at a college, university or nursing school, and has passed a national licensing exam to obtain a nursing license.

P

LPN – Licensed Practical DO – Doctor of Osteopa- Nurse: An LPN earns a practical thy: This designation refers to a nursing degree and is a vital memdoctor practicing medicine whose medical training included a focus on the muscular and skeletal systems to treat the body as an integrated whole. DOs often practice in areas such as general internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine, where they focus on holistic wellness. (Note: Both MDs and DOs attend medical school and take exams to become licensed, practicing physicians. Either type of doctor may specialize in a certain area of medicine, prescribe medications, perform procedures and treat diseases as part of providing overall patient care.)

ber of the healthcare team. Among other tasks, LPNs measure and record patients’ blood pressure, weight, height, pulse, temperature and rate of respiration.

PT – Physical Therapist:

These professionals help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility, often as part of the rehabilitative process after injury or surgery. PTs examine an individual and develop a treatment plan, using techniques to promote movement, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. Physical therapists are utilized in the hospital and in outpatient clinics.

OT – Occupational Therapist: These therapists work with CNA – Certified Nursing people of all ages who need speAssistant: A healthcare professional who provides services such as personal hygiene and daily living needs, comfort measures and transportation within the hospital and nursing home, and vital sign monitoring.

NP – Nurse Practitioner:

that affect speech. Speech therapists are utilized in the hospital and in outpatient clinics.

RT – Respiratory Therapist: These professionals are spe-

cialists and educators who help patients with disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia and cardiovascular disorders. They are advanced practice clinicians in airway management. Hospital personnel may include other medical professionals, administrators, non-clinical support staff, volunteers and students. At Parkwest Medical Center and other Covenant Health facilities, hospital personnel wear identification badges. “Everyone who comes into contact with a patient or a family member wears a picture badge that shows the individual’s name and official title. This includes our employees, physicians, contracted service providers, volunteers and students,” said Debi Welch, SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional), Covenant Health’s senior vice president for human resources. “We feel it’s really important that our patients and visitors know who they are interacting with while they are in our facilities, and what the staff person’s role is. We consider this key to patient safety and confidentiality,” Welch noted.

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MD – Medical Doctor: This designates a doctoral degree held by physicians and surgeons, and is the most common type of degree earned by doctors who practice medicine in the United States. Often physicians will have designated areas of expertise and additional certifications.

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When you visit a physician’s office or hospital, you may encounter people with a long list of initials or titles on their badges that signify their specializations, training and/or affiliations. These abbreviations may also be found on a clinician’s business card, or on signage or a website. Sometimes the titles and professional credentials of healthcare workers may be confusing. Patients should always feel free to ask if they have a question about a healthcare worker’s role in providing care. “Healthcare professionals at Parkwest Medical Center are very dedicated and proud of their training and education, and we’re committed to this community and our patients,” said Lynn Cagle, BSN, MBA, CENP (Certification in Executive Nursing Practice), vice president and chief nursing officer at the hospital. “Our team delivers excellent care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences and needs. We welcome questions about our credentials and are happy to explain what they mean,” she said. “There are also shift leaders, managers, directors and house supervisors who are available throughout the hospital to answer questions.” Here are summaries of some of the initials and medical titles that are frequently seen in hospital settings:

cialized assistance to lead independent and productive lives. Occupational therapy interventions might include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school/social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapists are utilized in the hospital and in outpatient clinics.

An RN with advanced education (generally a master’s degree or higher) and clinical training. An PA – Physician Assistant: NP can provide a wide range of services, including diagnosis and A medical professional who is management of medical condinationally certified and stateST – Speech Therapist: tions. NPs work autonomously licensed to practice medicine and A speech therapist has training and in conjunction with other prescribe medication. PAs can in the diagnosis and treatment medical professionals to provide obtain medical histories, conduct of a variety of speech, voice and coordinated, comprehensive care. physical examinations, diagnose language disorders. The theraCRNA – Certified Regis- pist may work with patients who and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform proce- tered Nurse Anesthetist: have experienced stroke, aphasia dures, assist in surgery, provide Master’s-prepared, advanced (language impairment affecting patient education and counseling, practice nurses who provide an- production or comprehension of and make rounds in hospitals and esthetics to patients in a variety speech) or swallowing disorders

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Casa de Sara:

The legacy lives, expands and now has llamas

Runners get their llamas going in last year’s Great Llama Race for Casa de Sara. The 2017 race will be Oct. 7.

Sara, the young Mexican girl on the beach, that tattooed itself on Lori’s heart.” By Sherri Gardner Howell Casa de Sara was born out of that If you live in the Knoxville area, you’ve chance meeting, which wasn’t chance at probably heard the story: A chance meet- all, believes Santoro, but fate. A burning ing between a 4-year-old child struggling desire to help has never left her, and Casa to sell trinkets on a beach in Acapulco and a de Sara, now a 501(c)3 organization that young Knoxville woman just out of college provides education and opportunities and on vacation; a taxi ride to “the other for at-risk children and families in both side of the mountain, where Lori Santoro Latin America and the greater Knoxville saw the poverty and hopelessness the child area, has stayed true to a mission to help called home; a cherished photograph of individuals and their communities for 17

years. Casa de Sara began with the objective of helping to assist orphanages and institutions caring for abandoned children. It is now so much more. ■■ Early Education Escuelitas (little schools) are designed to reach and meet the needs of children in highly impoverished communities, currently in Latin America. The school is run and staffed by local personnel, providing jobs for those in the community. The schools have field trips, sports and participate in local events as a regular

part of the school day. Special attention is given to each child’s health care issues, nutrition and individual needs. The school provides breakfast, lunch, snack and daily vitamins for students and staff. ■■ Extracurricular Education Casa de Sara/Hispanic Children’s Education Fund provides regular health care education outreach programs to highly impoverished communities and schools. There are also summer school programs for children ages 4 to 17 in English, dance, soccer, karate and art. To page 2

HOPE... Is a Powerful thing! It Can Change Lives and Make a Difference. It is the confident expectation of Good. The Mission of Hope is an Appalachian Relief Ministry serving very depressed rural communities. Our Back To School Program provides new Backpacks and School Supplies to 28 rural Elementary Schools. We also take new Clothing, Toys and Food items to the same Schools with our Christmas Program. Realizing education is imperative to breaking the cycle of poverty, we also provide Scholarships to 13 rural High Schools, Alice Lloyd College and Lincoln Memorial University. We assist throughout the year with Resource Distribution through over 50 Mountain Ministry Centers in rural Appalachian Communities. We build much needed handicap ramps. We also serve healthcare needs, partnering with Rural Healthcare Clinics. Being a ministry, we’re also privileged to give out Bibles and Tracts and our Prayers. We welcome your help as we strive to serve those in dire need in rural Appalachia.

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For a quarter century, Emerald Youth Foundation has been serving children, teens, young adults and their families in the heart of our city. Emerald Youth envisions Knoxville becoming a place where

every child in every neighborhood has the

opportunity for a full life.

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Country artist Easton Corbin adds his handprint to the Alzheimer’s Tennessee “AlzStar Hall of Fame” after his performance at the Kickoff for the 27th Annual Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk coming up Sunday April 9, at the University of Tennessee Gardens.

Corbin tunes up in preparation for the Kickoff luncheon for the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk.

Alzheimer’s Tennessee: Step up to join the fight By Sherri Gardner Howell

If this year holds true to the momentum that has been growing for the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk, 1,500-plus will line up to walk at the University of Tennessee Gardens on Sunday, April 9. It is Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s largest event. It will be filled with celebrities, music, laughter, food, door prizes, pets and stories. So many stories. Everywhere you turn at the fun-filled and fundraising-focused event you find someone who has been touched by the disease. With every story, the reason for participation is clear: They are here to fight. Country music sensation Easton Corbin kicked off the event last week at a luncheon. He had a personal story to tell about his great-grandfather. It was his motivation “to get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s dis-

ease,” said Corbin. Songwriter, singer and banjo player Ashley Campbell is set to be on stage as the AlzStar of the 2017 Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk. Her father, legendary singer Glen Campbell, is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Courtney Fulmer Peace and Jennie Scruggs Johnson are cochairpersons of the 27th annual walk. Courtney recently lost her grandmother Nannie Lee Fulmer after a long battle with the disease. Jennie’s family has been hit hard by the disease. She has lost a grandmother and has a mother and brother who are living with the disease and a related disease today. Even when you subtract the second-degree of separation stories – the hundreds who felt like family to the late Pat Summitt – there are still so many stories of families and loved ones battling

the dreaded disease. Between today and April 9, those walkers will not only be lacing up sneakers to train, they will be scouring the city for financial supporters. Donating can be done easily on the website: www. alzTennessee.org/KnoxWalk2017. Teams, which can be any size and include family, friends, church members, colleagues and neighbors, are being formed along with individual walkers. If April 9 doesn’t work, there is a Maryville walk on April 29 and an Oak Ridge Walk on May 20. Registration will begin at 2 p.m., with opening ceremonies starting at 2:30. The Walk steps off at 3:30 and will be finished by 4:30 p.m. Be on the front line with honorary chairpersons Coach Phillip Fulmer and the Fulmer family, Champions for the Cause Beth Haynes, Russell Biven, Ed Rupp and WIVK’s Gunner. Do-

ing the Walk itself is optional, and there are two routes: a short/ symbolic route and longer greenway one that’s approximately 1½ miles. Join the fun. Listen to the stories and tell your story. Add your support to help fight Alzheimer’s disease. On March 21, Alzheimer’s Tennessee will highlight the support and education part of its mission with the Caring and Coping Caregiver Workshop. The workshop, which will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Concord United Methodist Church, offers support and strategies for family and professional caregivers. “There’s no question this workshop is worth gold to anyone who needs to know what the next step is supposed to be. You get all sorts of guidance, and concern for the caregiver,” says Jay Riegel, who cared for his wife with Alzheim-

er’s disease. “It was helpful to find answers – especially for legal questions.” Advance registration is required and seating is limited. Cost is $25 for family caregivers and $45 for healthcare professionals (CEU credits are available). The fee includes materials, lunch and refreshments. For more information or to sign up, call Alzheimer’s Tennessee at 865-544-6288 or visit www.alzTennessee.org. Alzheimer’s Tennessee is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to coordinating support groups and resource referrals, educating family and professional caregivers and offering financial assistance. Alzheimer’s Tennessee has been providing area services, advocating for the cause and funding research since 1983. Visit www.alzTennessee.org, or call 865-544-6288 or statewide toll-free 888-326-9888.

Casa de Sara

From page 1 ■■ College Scholarships

Lori Santoro talks with some of the children in a Casa de Sara escuelita (little school) in Bolivia.

The “Sarita” program allows young women (late teens to early 20s) living in poverty to work in the Casa de Sara schools as teacher’s aides. Through this opportunity, the girls learn a trade, build their resumes and earn a salary. The young women also receive a college or technical school scholarship. Casa de Sara also provides scholarships to young men who are eligible. ■■ Health Care The Hispanic Children’s Education Fund provides periodic health care clinics and health care seminars for children and adults. These clinics typically provide vision, pediatric, gynecological and dental care. ■■ Nutrition The children in the schools often eat very little outside of the school, and what they do eat is lacking in nourishment. Casa de Sara provides a well-rounded and nutritious breakfast, lunch and a snack to all students in the Escuelita, as well as iron supplements and parasite treatment to all students. ■■ Knoxville programs Needs here at home have also hit Casa de Sara’s radar. A partnership with the Boy

Scouts at Northwest Middle School brings mentorship and teaches building skills to at-risk youth. The program engages youth in building gazebos and then donating them to needed spaces throughout the community. Hopes are to expand the program to other communities. There is also a Christmas for Kids program at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary and a college scholarship award given to a West High School student each year. ■■ Fundraising Of all the ideas for fundraising, Casa de Sara’s main event just seems to fit the organization like a glove. The Great Llama Race is a foot race where local celebrities are paired with a Knoxville school and a llama from Southeast Llama Rescue. The race is run in heats and first, second and third place winners are announced after the championship heat. The winning schools receive a percentage of funds raised to go to a project of their choice, with the remainder going to Casa de Sara. Other activities include vendors, food, entertainers, music, crafts and games, a children’s section, interaction with llamas and more. The 2017 event on Oct. 7 will be the fourth year for the Great Llama Race. Keep up with the adventure at www.thegreatllamarace.com. Sponsors are still needed.


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Mild weather calls for outdoor seating in KARM’s courtyard. The organization serves 1,000 meals a day to the city’s homeless population. Photo submitted

‘It all starts with a meal’

KARM was begun by a group of pastors homeless population. “We’d like to reduce that to one,” says RenBy Carol Z. Shane “If you do what you’ve always done, fro, and additional methods are constantly Let’s start with the familiar: the stores. and businessmen in 1960 under the name Dotted around town and popular with fans “Knoxville Union Rescue Mission” as a you’re going to get what you’ve always got- being explored. KARM receives no direct federal or state of frugal style, each location sports four homeless shelter for men. Over the years, ten!” says Renfro. “Our job is to help break bright letters that stand for Knox Area Res- as the homeless population grew to include the cycle of homelessness. And we have a funding, yet manages to serve 1,000 meals women, children and whole families, the new motto: ‘Prove Roger Wrong!’” a day and provide close to 400 beds or cue Ministries. She’s referring to retired UT professor of transitional housing situations daily. With “KARM stores are our partner,” says Sue organization changed its name, established Renfro, director of marketing and commu- its nonprofit status and expanded its ser- social work Dr. Roger Nooe, whose research a background in media marketing, Renfro shows that it usually takes three bouts of has been on board since 2010, and finds nications for the organization. “They help vices. Along with all that goes continued re- homelessness before the cycle is broken. that her long-established relationships with to financially support the ministry.” You local area news outlets is invaluable. She’s search into new methods of helping the probably already proud of the careknow that every two fully curated stores, dollars spent at a where she says, “we KARM store buys a only offer the best,” meal for a homeless and is grateful for all person. What you donations, includmay not know is that ing that of time. “We one meal can be the have such a wonderstart of a whole new ful base of volunlife. teers.” “One of our And it really does mottos is ‘Rescue all start with that Plus Relationships one meal. Equals Restora“You really can’t tion,’” says Renfro. profile the homeless. “And it all starts From health situwith a meal.” ations that drain a Getting food into family’s finances, an empty belly and to mental illness, a bed beneath a tired divorce, job loss, body is part of the addiction – every“rescue” phase, says one’s story is unique. Renfro. Then, after a Being across from stabilization period, someone in a serving there’s a “circling line, if you take the around” the hometime to listen, you less person to create find out that they are a support system of not much different relationships, and than you are. We are guidance toward all the same. And we whatever he or she are all very talented may need – say, an and gifted.” addiction recovery To support group or job trainKARM, visit karm. ing. Eventually, it org/donate or call is hoped, the cycle 865-633-7675. If of homelessness is you’d like to volunbroken and replaced teer, log on to karm. with a restored, proCarolyn Tomlinson, Caleb McDaniel, Elizabeth Dukes, Keisy Calderone and Sam Mitchell enjoy working together for the greater good at the Far- org/volunteer. ductive life. ragut KARM store. Mitchell says her job as assistant merchandising manager is “to make the store look pretty.” Photo by Carol Z. Shane


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Mission of Hope executive director Emmette Thompson is happily surrounded by Oneida, Tenn., sixth- through eighth-graders who plan to stay in school. Their “Pledge to Graduate” ceremony includes a motivational speech by Black Oak Baptist Church youth minister Crestin Burke, who uses the biblical story of David and Goliath as a way to help the kids put challenges in perspective. “David didn’t slay the giant right away,” says Burke. “He first faced a lion, then a bear.”

Mission of Hope keeps kids in school By Carol Z. Shane

kids young, in their own communities, and encouraging them to If there’s one thing Mission of Hope (MOH) operations assistant finish high school. “When it comes Laura Peck knows about increas- to breaking the cycle of poverty,” ing poor children’s chances in life, she says, “the answer is almost alit’s the importance of catching ways education.”

She’s just come off a day trip with MOH executive director Emmette Thompson to Burchfield Elementary School in Oneida, Tenn., where they attended the “Pledge to Graduate” ceremony.

Contact Care Line: Listening to those who need help By Sherri Gardner Howell “Can we talk?” was the iconic catchphrase of the late Joan Rivers, legendary comedian. The real question being asked – not only by Rivers but most who ask it – isn’t about talking. It’s a question of listening. Contact Care Line volunteers know how to listen. The trained volunteers and personnel with Contact listen seven days a week. They listen with trained ears, with compassion and with an arsenal of helpful resources close at hand. And there is much to hear. Every year, Contact volunteers field more than 10,000 calls from people who need a listening ear. The volunteers are not there to offer advice, but to help the callers sort through their own story with warmth and empathy and develop their own personal insights. With an up-to-date working knowledge of the community resources available for all kinds of situations – from crisis management to personal and family needs to suicide prevention – the volunteers have help for the callers who need more than a listening ear. Contact Care Line provides critical support services for nine East Tennessee counties in the 865 area code. And sometimes, it’s Contact volunteers who are doing the calling. In addition to the Crisis Line, Contact offers active listening workshops and Reassurance, a program for seniors who need a daily call to check on their safety and well-being. Reassurance is getting a needed boost, thanks to the generosity of an Oak Ridge contractor. “We have just learned we received a grant from Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12 to help promote and relaunch

our Reassurance program,” says Contact Care Line executive director Bruce Marshall. “The need is there, and we have quietly been doing what we could with existing resources, but this grant will allow us to advertise and expand the program to serve more people. We are hoping to reach out to the community and to churches to find more volunteers.” It was a collaboration of ministers from the Oak Ridge Ministerial Association who laid the groundwork for Contact in 1972. Training classes were held in 1973 and 400 people of all faiths signed up to be trained. When the first volunteer answered that first call on Nov. 3, 1973, a mission was born. Over the years, Contact joined with more than 160 crisis centers across the country to form the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and is presently the only Lifeline call center in East Tennessee. Lifeline is open 24 hours a day, with Contact workers covering 12 of those hours each day. A way to help Contact is happening this weekend. Buy tickets today to the annual Bursting the Blues Gala, an evening of dinner, auctions, a balloon pop for gift cards and live music on Saturday, March 4, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Oak Ridge. Jimmy Logston will provide live music in a variety of genres. The silent auction offers a variety of treasures including a gourmet meal for 14 guests, hotel stays, wine and sports memorabilia. All those who purchase a balloon for a modest donation will be rewarded with a gift card from a local business when the balloon is popped. Tickets are $50 and available at https://burstingtheblues.eventbrite.com. Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Students from the sixth through eighth grades, which are included in the school, had previously signed forms promising to “stick” until they receive a high school diploma. They were presented lami-

nated copies of those forms with their signatures, along with blue rubber bracelets which read, “I have HOPE!! I Will Graduate High School.” To page 5

Second Harvest:

Fighting Hunger in East Tennessee It seems clichéd to say it: No one in America should be hungry. In the most affluent nation in the world, where farmers still produce more food coast-to-coast than any other country and with food manufacturing accounting for more than $730 billion annually, why should anyone go to bed hungry? Connecting the dots between facts and stats and reality draws a different picture. The reality is that one in five people in East Tennessee live in poverty, and one in four children in our community are at risk of going hungry today. In a region of 18 East Tennessee counties, 200,000 people are at risk of hunger. Second Harvest Food Bank is East Tennessee’s largest hunger-relief charity; operating programs in those 18 counties, striving to help get food to those at risk. The food bank secures and distributes over 18 million pounds of food and grocery products annually through a network of over 500 partnering nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and schools. If your heart is touched by those with an empty stomach, chances are good Second Harvest has touched you. Local food pantries, soup kitchens, schools and churches count on Second Harvest to keep their pantries and cupboards stocked so they can do the good work they do. On average, more than 75 percent of all food distributed by a church or a community pantry in East Tennessee comes from Second Harvest. Partnership is key at Second Harvest. With schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations, Second Harvest helps operate local community feeding programs. If

none is available, Second Harvest delivers food directly to clients. Programs reach every demographic in every corner of East Tennessee. Listen to organizations such as FISH, the Salvation Army, Open Arms, Western Heights, New Life, Community Food Connection, Appalachian Outreach, Volunteer Ministry Center and hundreds of others to hear praise for Second Harvest. So, how does Second Harvest bring in the “harvest”? Approximately 35 percent of the product is purchased at the request of nonprofit organizations. Items are purchased at bulk rate and at brokered discounts. The majority of food comes from donations of fresh, canned, prepared and packaged items by local grocers, restaurants, manufacturers, distributors and through food drives. This food is often time-sensitive, damaged or seasonal. All donated product must be inspected and often reworked or repackaged, often by volunteers. The majority of donated items are delivered directly to other nonprofits, for free, through various programs. Shelf-stable product that requires re-work and storage is available for nonprofit partners at a rate of 1 to 19 cents per pound. That is a typical savings of $1.47 per pound versus retail. With numbers that would make any nonprofit proud, Second Harvest spends less than 1 percent of budget on administrative expenses, 3.4 percent on fundraising and 95.7 percent on operating its hunger-relief programs. Grassroots support is vital to Second Harvest. Look for the logo. Support the cause. Put your volunteer efforts and support behind fighting hunger in your community.


Shopper news • March 1, 2017 • my-5 When Gary Harmon stands before his audience, he is different from other speakers. Potential Speaking Topics

Businesses and groups have appreciated Gary’s ability to adapt his message to meet their specific needs and address individual issues. However, here are some topics to consider:

Are you interested in learning more about disability ministry? Would you like to volunteer with a ministry outreach, or help your church develop a Sunday school program for children affected by disability? Perhaps you have a disability, or know someone who does.

CONTACT US AT Joni and Friends at 865-540-3860 or www.joniandfriends.org/Knoxville KN-1491124

Clown Nancy Scott from First Baptist Concord provides a “stay in school!” cheer. She’s joined by Oneida Elementary School principal Tonya Crabtree, who went to the school herself. “You don’t know how much our kids need to hear this,” she says. Photos submitted

“The response I hear over and over again after he came, was that we needed to make sure and have him back to speak to our children. Everyone can benefit by what he has to offer. His take on dealing with limitations in life is unique. And his message is compelling.” - Rev. Drew Prince West Hills Baptist Church

Disabilities • Accepting People with Disabilities • School • Church • Workplace • Etiquette • Removing Barriers Diversity Accepting people with different ethnic religious, and political backgrounds in schools, churches, and in the workplace.

To Make a Difference in Your Organization Contact Gary Today: harmonspeaks@comcast.net; harmonspeaks.com

At the fall 2016 ceremony, a young student of middleschool age signs a pledge to graduate from high school. “Most of the time, when the kids do well, they come back to help their communities,” says Thompson.

Mission of Hope “Those kids were just clutching those contracts and looking up at us,” says Peck. “I’ve got goosebumps thinking about it. When you see how much it means to them, it’s very moving.” Though the 21-year-old Christian nonprofit is mainly known for its Christmas tradition of delivering toys and household goods to children and families in 28 rural Appalachian communities, MOH works year-round to provide aid and improve people’s lives through what Thompson calls “the blooming tree,” which includes two roots and seven branches. And the first root is “schools.” “There’s a lot of despair in these communities,” he says. “Sometimes it’s difficult to recognize the act of finishing high school as a priority.” During the teen years, some kids begin to drift away. Thompson recalls the heartbreaking case of a young man who had previously committed to graduating, but dropped out with only two months left of his senior year. MOH does everything possible to lessen this self-defeating possibility. Along with the blue bracelets and laminated documents comes a brochure that lays it on the line. “The truth may shock

From page 4 you!” it says. “Graduating from high

school will determine how well you live

Mission of Hope operations assistant Laura Peck and executive director Emmette Thompson are all charged up to visit the students at Oneida Elementary School.

for the next 50 years of your life. High school graduates earn $143 more per WEEK than high school dropouts. That’s $7436 more a year! Over 50 years, that’s $371,800! The key to your future is graduation!” The MOH “blooming tree” also includes such “branches” as day-to-day resources, aid with home construction projects, college scholarships, school supplies and evangelism. “There’ll never be anything we bring them on a truck that’s as important as knowing God loves them and Jesus is their greatest hope,” says Thompson. Right now, MOH is in dire need of volunteers who can work in the warehouse during weekly business hours. Some volunteer work calls for lifting, so “strong backs are always appreciated,” laughs Thompson. “If we were a business, our widget – the thing we manufacture – would be compassion,” he says. “We give ’em hope. We’re in the hope business.” If you’d like to volunteer or otherwise support MOH, visit missionofhope.org or call 865-584-7571.

Komen turns big guns on cancer On March 24, Susan G. Komen East Tennessee will host its fourth annual Shoot for a Cure sporting clay tournament at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club. Many are familiar with Komen’s October Race for a Cure in Knoxville, but there are additional fundraisers, like Shoot for a Cure, throughout the year that help the organization raise the funds needed to support the Community Grants Program and fund the research that will find the cures. Beyond providing funding for mammograms for the uninsured through grantees like UT

Medical Center’s mobile mammography unit and the local county health department’s breast and cervical program, Komen East Tennessee also helps to ease the financial burdens for those fighting breast cancer by raising and granting money to community organizations that provide patient assistance. “When going through treatments, patients shouldn’t have to worry about the financial burdens that come with their costly treatments, travel to those treatments and missed work,” said executive director Amy Dunaway.

Komen East Tennessee serves 24 counties funding mammograms, patient assistance and providing education on breast cancer warning signs to help end late stage diagnosis. There are many ways that community members and businesses can help support Komen’s mission. Participating in or sponsoring events like Shoot for a Cure or Race for a Cure are great ways to be involved. Komen East Tennessee also has a BBQ & Auction event in August and Dine Out for the Cure in October. You could also host an event of your

own that benefits Komen East Tennessee. “Community events make a difference in the services, education and financial support we are able to provide in our community. Your event can be as simple as donating a percentage of sales, or you can plan your own stand-alone event,” said director of special events Lauren Chesney. To sign up for Shoot for the Cure or find more information on how to be involved with Susan G. Komen East Tennessee, visit www.komeneasttennessee. org.


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Emerald Youth Foundation: Changing hearts in inner city By Sherri Gardner Howell Emerald Youth Foundation President and CEO Steve Diggs had occasion to do a little soul-searching recently after a lunch with fellow Emerald Youth leaders and supporters. Just where has the organization landed since the late 1980s when the idea began as a summer outreach program of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church? Diggs found much to point to with pride – and a menu of exciting challenges for the years ahead. “What began as a small outreach of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church in North Knoxville has grown to include locations throughout our city,” Diggs reflected in a foundation newsletter. “Examples include Laurel Church of Christ, which serves youth in the Marble City and Pond Gap communities, The Restoration House of East Tennessee and its ministry with single mothers and their children, and longtime partner Mount Zion Baptist, which opens its doors each afternoon to young people in East Knoxville. Soccer and other field sports are thriving at the Sansom Sports Complex, kids are learning to swim at the E.V. Davidson Community Center pool and

our gym on North Central Street is regularly packed with parents watching their children play basketball and volleyball.” The mission “to raise up a large number of urban youth to love Jesus Christ and become effective leaders who help renew their communities” can be seen daily in the foundation-sponsored programs, in the relationships being forged and in the impact Emerald youth have in their communities and on their peers. There is a sense of community, a spirit of collaboration, an atmosphere of accountability and a whole lot of fun at Emerald Avenue. Programs such as Lead are implemented through urban neighborhood churches in a JustLead Network. The youth leadership program provides a safe place for young people to learn and have fun, offers training, mentoring and conferencing opportunities for church and youth leaders and has ready resources and curriculum for youth development programs. In addition, JustLead is an advocate on behalf of urban youth and their families when sensitive or community issues arise. JustLead also includes an afterschool component for elementary and middle

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school students that provides tutoring, homework help, field trips, service-learning opportunities and instruction in health, fitness and nutrition. Biggs, however, also looked ahead at the challenges and needs as Emerald Youth Foundation moves forward. “There is still much to be done,” he said. “Moving forward through 2017 and beyond, our aim is ambitious, and yet we believe it is possible. We imagine a city where every child in every

neighborhood has the opportunity for a full life. Our desire is to see the Kingdom of God come alive in our city and to produce promising, Godly young-adult leaders for Knoxville.” Community support is crucial for Emerald Youth Foundation to meet goals and continue to serve. For ways to help, contact the foundation, located at 1718 N. Central Street, at 637-3227 or visit the website: www.emeraldyouth.org.

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Reaching out to the Disability Community Even God’s most compassionate people can hit a brick wall when there is a lack of understanding. Perhaps that is why less than 10 percent of East Tennesseans with disabilities regularly attend church. Joni and Friends wants to change that number. For more than 35 years – 15 years in Knoxville – the nonprofit founded by Joni Eareckson Tada has been working to prepare, equip and support churches to reach out to the disability community. This outreach takes several forms and is individualized according to the needs of the church staff and congregation, explains Alexa Carroll at Joni and Friends. “Our main focus it to help churches physically, emotionally and educationally to reach out to and respond to those affected by disability. We find the desire is almost always there, and the drive to make it happen follows quickly. Education on just how to do it is usually all that’s needed.” Sometimes that can be as simple as teaching staff some “disability etiquette” to help them feel comfortable and know how to interact with their disabled population. With resource material such as “Start with Hello,” “Same Lake, Different Boat,” and “Autism and Your Church” readily available, Joni and Friends staff can put together training sessions or one-on-one meetings with key staff. Once training has been held, Carroll says churches may begin by offering a class for children with disabilities or hold a respite night for parents and caregivers. In addition to church relations, Joni and

Friends still actively supports its signature wheelchair program. Used wheelchairs are collected by the Chairs Corps and transported to correctional facilities across the U.S. to be restored to like-new condition by inmates. After wheelchairs have been restored, they are shipped to countries like Guatemala, China, Cuba, Romania, Ghana, Thailand and India. They are distributed through the International Ministry Outreaches and also through the Harvest Project program. An important focus for Joni and Friends is to provide wheelchairs for children in these countries. Since 1992, Wheels for the World has given more than 100,000 wheelchairs to those affected by disability. The goal is to hit another 100,000 by 2020. Back at home, summer camp is on the horizon. Joni and Friends is sponsoring a family retreat for adults and children with disabilities and their families. Held at Fort Bluff Camp, just six miles northwest of Dayton, Tenn., the camp will include activities such as swimming, fishing, giant water slide, volleyball, ping pong, miniature golf and more. Adults and children with disabilities and their families will enjoy the beauty and comfort of the Brown Deer Lodge, complete with a microwave and a refrigerator in each room. Scholarships are available for those who need them. The camp will be July 16-20. Contact Joni and Friends for more information. Website: www.joniandfriends.org; local phone: 865-540-3860. Jim Cashwell is area director.

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