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Mary Walker in her office. Walker brings a legacy of community involvement to her post as development director at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Photos by Kelly Norrell

By Kelly Norrell When Mary Walker became director of development at the Knoxville Museum of Art recently, she brought an unusual set of qualifications: Marketing manager for her family’s 90-year-old auto company, Reeder Chevrolet. Fundraiser and board member for nonprofits. National product manager for Kraft Food Ingredients. Athletic director for the Episcopal School of Knoxville. Athletic director? Walker, a longtime volunteer and board member at ESK, where her children were students,

stepped up when that job needed her. And filled it capably. In fact, you could say that Walker’s upbringing in Bearden was a perfect primer for her KMA job. Bearden is where she attended Sequoyah Elementary, rode her bike, played Little League baseball (at first base and center field) and enjoyed the soda fountain at Long’s Drug Store with her friends. Walker (then Mary Siler, daughter of Paul and Susie Siler) thrived in community. After graduating from Webb School of Knoxville, she earned a bachelor’s with honors at the University of Tennessee and an MBA at Vanderbilt. Today,

as wife of UT classmate Bill Walker and mom of their two grown children, Will and Elise, she said community involvement is what drew her to the job at KMA. “I wanted to do something that really mattered with an organization based here so that decisions are made locally,” Walker said. The Knoxville Museum of Art, which is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and reaches more than 60,000 people each year, is community-based. Not only does it celebrate the art and artists of East Tennessee in its respected collection and exhibits, it also maintains a strong educa-

tional focus through classroom programs, tours, family activities, workshops and lectures. One popular example is the museum’s annual juried exhibit for students, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition. This year, it showcased the work of 323 middle and high school students, selected from more than 1,000 entries. The museum also provides art programs in nine community schools. Classroom teachers can check out arts suitcases along different themes with material to last two weeks to a month. To page A-3

Raised median coming to Cumberland The city’s $17 million Cumberland Avenue reconstruction project is moving along. According to a city press release, contractors will have shifted the eastbound lane of Cumberland Avenue from 22nd to 19th streets to allow construction of new raised medians to begin. Anne Wallace, the city’s deputy director of redevelopment, is the project manager. “The project remains within budget and

on schedule for substantial completion in August 2017,” she said. That’s a blessing for Cumberland Avenue merchants who have seen business drop during construction. Traffic lanes will be reduced to just one east and west. The raised medians, ranging from 3 to 13 feet wide, will create an island that will help pedestrians crossing the street,

while also limiting left turns by motorists. “Our aim has always been to create a more attractive, safer, logistically-improved and pedestrian-friendly Cumberland Avenue Corridor. The city’s investments are helping the district to continue to thrive as a residential, retail and entertainment district. To date, we’ve helped leverage $190 million in new private investments,” said Wallace.

Bye-bye sidewalks if developers prevail By Betty Bean Mayors and planners across the state are lining up to oppose a bill that would require local governments to pay developers for rightof-way acquisition. “We need to maintain the ability to require developers to dedicate that right of way – their developments contribute to creating the need, and we want them to contribute an equitable share of the costs of making those improvements. This bill would make it very challenging for local governments to finance road improvements,” said Gerald Green, executive director of the local planning commission. A bill (SB1368/HB0496) sponsored by two Middle Tennessee lawmakers, Sen. Paul Bailey and Rep. Ryan Williams, would require local governments or planning agencies to pay fair market value for the right-of-way acquisition rather than demand it as a

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Teacher offers support for Bob Thomas At the public forum for the final two candidates for Knox County superintendent of schools, I witnessed two ends of the spectrum. One struck Hopson me as a used car salesman who talked a lot but avoided answering the questions. What he said did not match up with the stories I have heard from people who have worked with him. The other was sincere and clearly connected with the crowd. On many occasions, he has asked for my input on how best to move our school system forward and restore a culture of respect and professionalism to our system while keeping the focus on our kids. When my term as president of the Knox County Education Association ends, I will most likely be returning to the classroom. Leaving KCS would cost me my tenure and likely my ability to advocate for public education. It could jeopardise my career and ability to provide for my family. However, I will not work for another superintendent who puts on one face for the public and another out of the spotlight. I will not work for another superintendent who refuses to genuinely collaborate with the people who do the heavy lifting every day. I will not work for another superintendent who makes teachers feel afraid to be an active part of their professional association and advocate for our students. I will not work for another superintendent who won’t support my right to challenge the Department of Education when it enacts policies that are harmful to our profession and our children. I will not work for another superintendent who rewards those who publicly agree with him, no matter how they feel in private, and punishes those willing to speak the truth. However, I will proudly work for a man who exemplifies integrity and decency while building relationships with teachers and students based on a desire to help both groups succeed. I will proudly work for Bob Thomas. The Board of Education will choose the next superintendent in less than two weeks. I encourage everyone to contact all school board members and voice your opinion, even if it is not the same as mine. My opinion is only one. They need to hear all of them.

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Scott Davis

Gerald Green

condition of rezoning. “The cost of acquiring easements would tax our financial ability to undertake road improvements, and as a result, many needed projects (including sidewalks) would not get done,” Green said. “Using taxpayer money to pay developers for right-of-way rights will siphon funds away from much-needed infrastructure projects. And we’re speaking out of both sides of our mouths – saying we don’t have the funds to undertake necessary transportation improvements, so we’re having to

consider a gas tax increase at the same time we’re thinking about escalating costs by not requiring dedicating easements.” Developer Scott Davis is also watching this bill. Not surprisingly, he takes a different view. “In some cases, we’re forced to give up substantial amounts of right-of-way where there are no plans in place to widen the road or make improvements. Generally, we’re buying land on a per acre basis, and this reduces our usable acreage, taking land from us for ‘possible’ road improvements sometime in a distant future that never happens,” Davis said. He’s skeptical of the value of sidewalks in subdivisions in outlying areas with no possibility of connecting to amenities, and said that right-of-way acquisition leaves developers with less usable acreage and drives up the selling price of the homes that will be built.

“Remember I’m a greedy developer – if I thought adding sidewalks would increase the value of my lots, I would definitely put in sidewalks. People are not considering development costs. They’ve gone up so high that we are not able to produce affordable housing,” Davis said. Green has strong backing from Mayor Madeline Rogero, who said (through a spokesperson), “We share the concerns that Gerald Green expressed to you, about shifting the cost of infrastructure to support a development from a private developer to public taxpayers. We oppose the bill for that reason.” Green said it would be shortsighted to change the law in this matter. “Our society’s attention span has been limited to the time it takes us to type out 144 characters (on Twitter). We need to take a longer perspective on this.”

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News from Knoxville Christian School

The Young Fables will sing at KCS April 21 By Kelly Norrell Nationally recognized country and gospel musicians the Young Fables, singer Laurel Wright and guitarist Wesley Lunsford, will perform in concert at Knoxville Christian School April 21. The two will highlight a benefit to raise a goal of $50,000 for technology at the school. Events will include a 5:30 p.m. reception for table sponsors and the Young Fables, a 6 p.m. dinner for sponsors and guests, and a 7:30 performance by the Young Fables. Sponsors and guests will move to front row seats at 7:15 p.m. Both Cumulus Radio (WOKI Talk Radio) and WIVK country music are media sponsors. They have donated a promotion package valued at $17,000. Sponsorships for the event are still being accepted. To be a sponsor, contact the school. Sponsors may purchase either a table of eight for the dinner for $2,000, or a half-table for $1,000. All table sponsorships include front-row seats at the performance for each guest. The names of sponsors will be on the dinner program and projected on the screen at the performance. Tickets for the performance alone may be purchased at https://www.knoxvillechristianschool.org/ for $30. Maryville native Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford have made a name for themselves for stellar talent. In

October, they were finalists for Nash Next, a yearly talent search award sponsored by Cumulus Radio. Wright is best known for her three seasons as a contestant on FOX’s “American Idol.” At age 16, she walked away with the Texaco Country Showdown grand prize of $100,000 after competing with 50,000 contestants nationwide to be named “Best New Artist in Country Music.” The Young Fables have opened for artists who include Sara Evans, Randy Houser, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Joe Nichols and others. “Laurel has a big following here. Her incredible voice combined with the outstanding guitar talent of Wesley Lunsford make this an exciting, not to miss concert,” said Susan McKissick, event coordinator and member of the KCS board. Wright began singing in church at age 3, and she wrote her first song at age 10. She moved to Nashville at 19 to begin her full-time music career. Within a year, she had joined forces with Lunsford and had begun singing full time. Young Fables music products will be sold at the event. McKissick said event parking will be onsite, with overflow parking to be on Outlet Drive. Tickets are available on the school website. Tickets bought the night of the event will be cash only.

Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford, the Young Fables, will perform at KCS. To be a sponsor, you must supply this information to the school: full contact information with name, address, email and phone number. You must provide a check made out to the school by April 3. Send to 11549 Snyder Road, Knoxville, TN, 37932. Please provide the number of your guests by April 10.

David Roland, KCS champion, to be honored at dinner

By Kelly Norrell

Knoxville Christian School will honor David Clinton Roland, a longtime champion and supporter of the school, at a Christian Servant Dinner on Friday, David Roland March 31. The event, to be attended by faculty and longtime acquaintances, will commemorate Roland’s contributions to the school. As part of the event, a multipurpose room in the high school will be named in his honor. “That space is in the high school, not far from the office, and is used a lot by students. He chose that space as the one he wanted dedicated to him,” said KCS Board member Susan McKissick. “David has had so many roles at Knoxville Christian School. He is such a man of character and has been such an example of character to the students. He says he wants to leave a legacy of strong education in our community,” she said.

Roland and his wife, Ingrid, have been key builders of KCS since its inception. Ingrid Roland was one of the first teachers hired at KCS. She taught in the elementary school. When a mandate grew from the community for Knoxville Christian to include a high school, Roland took the initiative to help raise the money. He became project manager for the high school building and its fine arts wing when the high school opened in 2010. Three years later, when the school built a new gymnasium with The Wade & Allan Houston Courts, Roland again served as project manager. “After those buildings were completed and in use, we had the need for a finance director for the school,” McKissick said. (The existing finance director had accepted other employment.) “For three years, David served as finance director at no charge. “David was very involved with the students. He went far past the requirements of his office as finance director. He would eat lunch with

high school kids and created relationships with them.” She said he made it a point to reach out and get to know international students. McKissick said Roland also went back to work for a time after retiring, and donated his income to the school. David Clifton Roland retired from Y-12 in Oak Ridge in 2008, where he completed analytical reports for manufacturing and cost tracking for the plant. Earlier in his career he worked in electronic maintenance, with projects as diverse as Disneyland apparatus and refuel reactors. In Washington, D.C., he performed planning and cost estimation on large projects. He wrote software to implement the 1-800 call centers for the IRS. He brought his skills in technology, maintenance and project management to bear as a wonderful volunteer for Knoxville Christian School. The dinner will be at 3 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Those who have received invitations should RSVP by March 28. There will be an opportunity to donate to the school during the dinner.

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Garden manager Daniel Stephenson and students Maya Rodriguez and Atihyan Lowery harvest wheat grass.

West Hills Ten O’Clock Gardeners link arms with Pond Gap The West Hills Ten O’Clock Gardeners, a 62-year-old Bearden area garden club, has donated a child-sized wheelbarrow and an assortment of gardening supplies to the Pond Gap Garden at Pond Gap Elementary School. On a recent Friday, they delivered the supplies to Andrew Linville, director of the Pond Gap garden. Items included flower seeds, hand tools, a hoe and rake, sprinklers, shears, shovels, rubber boots, hose parts and

Kelly Norrell more. Linville and garden manager Daniel Stephenson teach gardening to about 100 K-5 students in the Pond Gap afterschool program each week, plus children who choose to come work in the garden instead of play-

ing on the playground. The children learn sustainable gardening techniques and about food preparation and eating a healthy diet. “Our plans are to stay with the Pond Gap Gardens Project as an ongoing Garden Club community service. It is a worthy cause that brings happiness to the children,” said Barbara Isenberg, first vice president of the garden club. The plan brings together two impressive players in the local gardening community.

Pond Gap garden manager Andrew Linville accepts gifts from West Hills Ten O’Clock Gardeners officers Susan Yanno, Barbara Isenberg, Ruth McDonald and Illy Wood Linville, who belongs to the Knoxville Permaculture Guild, aims to create a sustainable food forest for the neighborhood at the school garden. That is a gardening technique that mimics a woodland ecosystem but substitutes edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Early peas, garlic,

radishes and kale are growing now with plans to add beets, turnips, sweet potatoes, black eyed peas, fruit trees and bushes, tomatoes, herbs, leafy greens, squash and more. The West Hills Ten O’Clock Gardeners have a track record of community service. Projects include

COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 S. Northshore Drive. Info/registration: Paul Johnson, 865-675-0694. ■■ Council of West Knox County Homeowners. Info: cwkch.com. ■■ Family Community Education-Bearden Club. Info: Shannon Remington, 865-9273316. ■■ Family Community Education-Crestwood Club. Info: Ruby Freels, 865-690-8164. ■■ Fourth District Democrats. Info: Chris Foell, 865-691-8933 or foellmc@aol.com; Rosina Guerra, rosinag@earthlink.net or 865-5885250.

■■ Lyons View Community Club. Info: Mary Brewster, 865-454-2390. ■■ Third District Democrats. Info: Liz Key, 865201-5310 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 Club. Info: knoxvillewestknoxlionsclub.org. ■■ West Knox Republican Club, 7 p.m. each second Monday, Red Lobster on Kingston Pike.

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The museum is committed to openness and accessibility, providing free admission every day and targeting many disabled, non-English speaking and low-income groups for outreach. Its annual operating budget of about $1.7 million comes primarily from donors, sponsors, memberships and grants. That means Walker’s work as fundraiser is cut out for her. Walker said she thinks a lot about relationships in the community and the good that the museum does. “The mission is so well thought out and we follow it. I love the openness of the museum and how it intro-

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providing and planting flowers in assigned garden areas around town, keeping up the herb garden in the Children’s Garden at Racheff House; maintaining the Butterfly Garden at West Hills Elementary School, sending care packages to the military, among many others.

duces the public to the arts.” She said she is particularly excited about upcoming exhibits featuring the work of Knoxville-born painter Beauford Delaney, regarded as one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century. These will include a show of his work this summer and an exhibit of his work now in Paris the summer of 2018. Walker succeeds Susan Hyde, acclaimed for innovations like the L’Amour du Vin fundraiser, one of Tennessee’s most elegant food and wine events. Hyde will retire at the end of March.

Endangered 8 nominations open The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 East Tennessee Endangered 8, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in our region. The objective of the list is to inform our communities about the real threat of losing these important sites to development, demolition or lack of maintenance as well as the value of what will be lost if action isn’t taken soon to avoid their destruction. Nominations are due by March 30 and are accepted for sites at least 50 years old and located in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union counties. The 2017 East Tennessee Endangered 8 will be announced May 1 to kick off National Preservation Month. Info/nomination form: knoxheritage.org/ETPA.

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News from Concord Christian School

‘The Little Mermaid’ showcases Concord Christian talent By Kelly Norrell The Concord Christian School production of “The Little Mermaid” April 6-8 will showcase plenty of theatrical talent. Directed by drama teacher Christi Watson, the play will feature a cast of 36 middle and high school actors and a production crew of six students. Students have been rehearsing the iconic musical since January, practicing the signature musical numbers like “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World.” Several things have set this production apart, said Watson. One is that the school has so many talented actors that she double-cast several key parts. Eighth-graders Kirsten Jennings and Deborah Allion are sharing the role of “Ariel.” Jake Hageman, 11th grade, and Mekhi Davis, eighth grade, are playing “Eric.” An abundance of popular and distinctive roles also marks this production. Among them are Ursula the sea witch, played by Michala Plato, 11th grade, Sebastian the crab, played by Allison Strong, 8th grade, and Scuttle the sea gull, played by Rachael Allion, 12th grade. Rachael’s talents as an actor recently won her entry into collegiate level theatre. When she attended the Tennessee Thespian Conference at Middle Tennessee State University recently, she was invited, after an audition, to join the acting pro-

Senior Rachael Allion, who plays Scuttle the seagull in “The Little Mermaid,” and drama teacher and director Christi Watson. Allion was recently tapped by two collegiate theatre departments for her acting skill.

CCS teacher and father Will Walter designed and rendered professional-quality sets and costumes. This full-body fish suit features eyes that look wet. grams at two universities – the University of Memphis and Austin Peay. “The school I’m really looking into is Memphis. The acting rate for graduates is 90 percent. Even freshmen and sophomores get sent on a lot of auditions. And Memphis is a city known for theatre,” she said. Rachael, who began at CCS in 6th grade, has appeared in a number of its productions. She played Scrooge in “A Seussified Christmas Carol” two years

ago, the White Witch in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” the same year, and was a struggling standup comic in “Murder in the Knife Room” the next year. Last fall, she played Laura in a production of “Selfie,” the theatre department’s first modern play. Professional quality costumes and sets for “The Little Mermaid” are showstoppers – six sweeping mermaid tails, a painted foam body suit for Sebastian the crab, a full body fish costume for Flounder,

a half-body foam octopus costume for Ursula, and full-body armor for Triton, just for starters. These are all the handiwork of Will Walter, an artist, photographer, designer and engineer. Walter, who began designing stage props and costumes last spring, has formed a company called Metamorph FX that both rents and designs projects on commission. Info: MetamorphFX@Gmail. com. Walter’s pieces are overflowing with special touches. For example, he coated the fish’s eye with 5-minute epoxy to provide a glassy wet look. He crafted all the pieces from EVA foam, glued and heat formed. He coated each with liquid latex, painted with a special rubber cement paint for vivid color and durability. Each is sealed with a flexible varnish. “I hope the kids have a wonderful time and they feel part of something special. I hope the parents walk away with a sense of awe that this was more than the ‘normal’ school performance. It will be a blessing just to be part of that,” Walter said. “It is amazing that we have so many students who have a knack for sharing a story on stage. I love that we have such a wide range of ages in this show. It has sixth- through 12th-graders. Theater creates a community between age groups. When you are in a show, you are in a foxhole together,” said Watson.

Concord Christian School senior Gillian Huskin announced as 2017 National Merit Finalist

Principal Mark Hageman recognizes senior Gillian Huskin as Concord Christian School as Concord’s first National Merit Finalist.

Senior Gillian Huskin is Concord Christian School’s first National Merit Finalist. Concord celebrated Gillian’s academic accomplishment in a special ceremony recently. High school principal Mark Hageman recognized Gillian’s diligence and determination as he awarded her certificate. In attendance were Gillian’s dad, Christopher Huskin; the Concord Class of 2017; CCS faculty and staff, along with the third-grade class with whom Gillian and her Senior Girls Bible Class spend time weekly volunteering. The students were thrilled to participate in the fun. Gillian has been awarded an academic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She will be studying biomedical engineering in the fall with the plan of becoming an ophthalmologist. This year, 15,000 finalists were named in the National Merit Scholarship Program’s 61st competition. A total of 1.5 million high school juniors initially entered the competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test. To become a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, students submitted detailed scholarship applications that included information about their

academic records, co-curricular activities, leadership abilities, honors, awards and employment. Beginning this month and continuing through June, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will notify the 7,400 finalists selected to receive Merit Scholarship awards, worth a total of $32 million.

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Bearden Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • A-5

Mary Hawkins was 12 years old when the bus boycott happened in her hometown of Montgomery, Ala.

Lauren Miller, Leah Milam and Caroline McRae at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Photos by Barbara Adamcik

Westminster’s youth visit the civil rights era By Carol Z. Shane Back in January when the snow hit, Barbara Adamcik, Westminster Presbyterian’s director of youth, had to postpone a longanticipated overnight youth trip to Alabama and Georgia – the historical heart of civil rights country. But “our rescheduling ended up being wonderful,” she says, and was marked by several beneficial instances of “living history.” The group of 47 adults and kids from 6th-12th grade spent the last weekend of February touring sites that many of them had heard of, but never seen. Each stop was marked by readings from research assigned by Adamcik and completed by the students. “Every kid on the trip had some kind of role,” says Adamcik. “We wanted it to be an authentic experience for all of them.” Included in the tour were Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, site of

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the 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four black girls. From there the group continued to Selma and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, known for its role in “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, when civil rights demonstrators trying to cross the bridge were attacked by armed police officers. There, the group welcomed an unexpected commentator – the grandmother of one of the youth who is originally from Selma. She was one of the “Bloody Sunday” marchers and she wanted the kids to know what it was like. “She didn’t sugarcoat it,” says Adamcik. “I was a little concerned about the younger kids.” But, she says, they were able to take it in stride, and were honored to have the older woman’s company. “Things like that kept happening,” says Adamcik. Along for the tour was Adamcik’s good friend Mary Hawkins, with whom she once

■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 865470-7033. ■■ “Web Browsing” class, 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 23, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Requires “Introducing the Computer”

Meghan Oros and Lucy Gordon on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. taught in the Oak Ridge school system. Hawkins grew up in Montgomery, Ala. She was 12 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, resulting in the city’s 381-day bus boycott. “She walked everywhere for a year,” says Hawkins. The tour group passed by Hawkins’ old neighborhood and measured the distance she would have had to walk to get downtown. Four miles. The group also visited the capitol steps in Montgomery and the memorial fountain, designed by Maya Lin, which stands on the very spot where slaves were auctioned in previous centuries. The next day, the group traveled to Atlanta and attended church

or similar skills; uses tablet/ laptop hybrids. Info/registration: 865-215-8700. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Robin Bennett, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 865-470-7033. ■■ West Knox Book Club: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik

Backman, 10 a.m. Monday, March 27, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Info: 865-588-8813. ■■ “Email” class, 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or similar

at Ebenezer Baptist, site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral service. Leah Milam, an alumnus of Westminster Presbyterian’s youth program who now studies civil engineering at Tennessee Tech, was glad she went. “It was powerful to be able to have a tangible experience, rather than just hear someone talk about it or read about it in a textbook,” she says. Adamcik, already planning the next tour, is so proud of the youth – including her own daughter, Emma – who were along for this one. “There were such great authentic questions and discussions,” she says. “I think it’s because everyone showed up with open hearts.”

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A-6 • March 15, 2017 • Bearden Shopper news

Bruce Davies

Scottish songwriter to perform Bruce Davies, awardwinning performer/songwriter from Scotland, will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at West Emory Presbyterian Church, one block off Pellissippi Parkway at Westland Drive. Pastor Miki Vanderbilt says Davies has been called a “Scottish John Denver,” who has made several appearances in East Tennessee. “When Bruce made his 25th tour of the U.S. in 2007, he and his American fans, of which I am one, thought it would be our last chance to get together,” says Pastor Vanderbilt. “However, such is the love that Bruce

and his wife, Sandra, have for this side of the Pond that they are going to be back on vacation in our area. “We are thrilled that he has agreed to do a benefit concert at West Emory Church, at my request and the congregation’s delight, on behalf of the East Tennessee Disaster Relief Fund of the Presbytery of East Tennessee.” There is a suggested donation of $10 or more. Davies’ career highlights include two concerts at the United Nations, Edinburgh Fringe and Folk Festivals, Wolftrap in Washington, D.C., and the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

What is an ‘Ides,’ anyhow? Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. (Matthew 10: 17-18 NRSV) Today is the Ides of March, a date made famous by the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. In ancient days, the Ides (they can be singular or plural, according to the dictionary) were marked by many religious observances, but today the Ides of March is best known for Caesar’s murder. You may remember from school days the famous quote from Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” when Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.” According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. Caesar passed it off as nothing, even joking that “the Ides are come,” apparently thinking that the prophecy was false. The seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Perhaps Caesar should have heeded the warning. Every month in the Roman calendar had an Ides near the midpoint of the month – on the 13th

FAITH NOTES ■■ Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, will host its annual yard sale for Missions, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the church. All proceeds go to missions and all leftovers go to Angelic Ministries and KARM. Lunch available onsite. Sale held indoors. Items include clothing, jewelry, tools, furniture, luggage and more. Info: 865-470-9800 or fellowshipknox.org.

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for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July and October. Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, because of the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. Therefore, the variance of the date. All of that is long ago history, of course, but it is also a reminder of the dangers of overarching ambition and self-importance. Even today, it behooves leaders of any area of endeavor – whether political, religious, professional, military, social or educational – to keep in mind their humanity, their responsibility, and their obligation to the people they lead and serve. And, importantly, it behooves all of us to remember our history, lest we repeat it.

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, Worship with Holy Communion. Info: 865-690-9201. ■■ Solway UMC, 3300 Guinn Road, hosts a women’s Bible study 10 a.m. each Thursday. The group is led by Cindy Day. Info: 865-661-1178.

SENIOR NOTES ■■ Cedar Bluff AARP Chapter luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Red-Haired Mary will entertain at a cornbeef and cabbage meal. Info/ reservation: 865-438-5797.


Bearden Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • A-7

Young First Kids By Kip Oswald Quentin Roosevelt and the White House Gang may have brought their pony inside the W h i t e House, but they were not the only First Kids to have a Kip pet pony. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy moved into the White House with his wife and his 4-year-old daughter, Caroline, and baby son, John. They were the youngest children to live in the White House since Quentin Roosevelt. Caroline had a pony named Macaroni, who roamed freely around the White House gardens and was seen looking in the windows at the president. Caroline even went to first grade inside the White House, where her mother made a special classroom on the third floor. Ten of Caroline’s friends joined her White House school. Can you imagine the carpool of parents dropping their kids at the White House in the morning for school? The Kennedys hated television and had all the televisions taken out of the White House when they moved in, until Caroline cried when she couldn’t see the show “Lassie.” Then they had one television brought back just for Caroline. President Kennedy’s children would often come to visit their father in the Oval Office. Guests could

expect a meeting with the president to be interrupted by Caroline coming through on her tricycle, or John Jr. pretending to be a soldier and practicing his salute. John Jr. played under his father’s desk. There was even a secret door in the desk where he hid often. President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy, was 9 years old when she moved into the White House with her mother, two older brothers and their wives. Unlike Tad Lincoln, who had a fort built on top of the White House, Amy had a treehouse built for her. There are many trees in the backyard of the White House, so Amy could go to her treehouse when she wanted to be alone. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Bill Clinton, moved into the White House when she was 12 years old and remained very private the whole time. President Barak Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, were just 7 and 10 when they moved into the White House. Sasha was the youngest child to live in the White House since John Kennedy Jr. moved in as a baby. Both girls have really grown up in the White House and are now really famous, but neither of them has Twitter, Facebook or any other social media accounts, so we really can’t keep up with them on social media like other famous people. Next week we will find out what it really is like inside the White House! Send comments to oswalds worldtn@gmail.com

FREE GARDENING CLASSES Knox County Extension Master Gardeners will present the following free gardening class: ■■ “Raised Beds: Build ’em and Fill ’em,” 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 25, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Presented by master gardener Mike Powell. Info: 865-588-8813.

Moms Club boosts Columbus Home

Vendors at the fourth annual West Knox Preschool & Activities Fair donated $720 to Columbus Home Children’s Services. The February event was organized by the Knoxville-Northshore Chapter of Moms Club International and held at the gym at Saint John Neumann Catholic School in Farragut. Pictured are Moms Club members Danielle Chandler, Meredith Crowe, Lisa Bengston and Paris Burmaster; and representatives of Saint John Neumann Janet Harrigan, director of admissions and development, and Sister Maureen Ouma, teacher. Photo submitted

Pellissippi State speech showcase to feature Zenobia Dobson

Sterchi promoted at Episcopal School

The Episcopal School of Knoxville has appointed Beth Sterchi as Lower School director, effective July 1. The announcement came from ESK head of school Zenobia Dobson will be the keynote speaker at PellisJack Talmadge. sippi State Community College’s annual Student Speech Sterchi holds a bachelor’s degree from Showcase. The event will be 7 p.m. TuesUT in elementary education and a master’s day, March 21, in the Goins Building Audiin school administration from East Carotorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. lina University. She joined the ESK faculty Dobson is the mother of Zaevion Doblast year as a third-grade interim/assistant son, who was shot to death in 2015 as he teacher and currently teaches language shielded others from gunfire. Zenobia arts in fifth and sixth grades. Dobson has since created the Zaevion DobShe served five years as assistant prinson Memorial Foundation in memory of Beth Sterchi cipal in North Carolina before returning her son to raise awareness of gun violence. to Knoxville as a lead teacher at Whittle Springs Middle In addition to a keynote address by Dobson School and Bearden Elementary. Zenobia Dobson, Pellissippi State speech students Stephen Lumsdaine, Caelan Paul, Savanah Pope, Isaac Scott and Isabel Vazquez will present informative or great prizes including persuasive speeches. The event is free and open to the combicycles,” Bailey said. munity. Info: pstcc.edu or 865-694-6400. Kids can hunt Easter “There will be costumed eggs in a communitywide creatures in the park, event sponsored by the along with live animals Powell Business and Pro- and free refreshments.” ■■ “Joint Pain, Don’t Let It Slow You Down,” a free orthopedics fessional Association, acPowell Station Park is seminar presented by Tennova Healthcare. Physicians Regional cording to Laura Bailey, approximately 12 acres Medical Center Emerald Room, 930 Emerald Ave.: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, chair. extending to Beaver April 11. Turkey Creek Medical Center Johnson Conference Center, The fun will start at 1 Creek. It was developed 10820 Parkside Drive: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29; 5:30-6:30 p.m. p.m. Saturday, April 15, by the PBPA over a twoTuesday, April 4; 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Powell Station Park on year period and “gifted” May 23. Register at least one day prior to seminar. Info/registration: Emory Road adjacent to to Knox County for public tennovaortho.com or 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682). the high school, with the use. The park is managed ■■ Peninsula Lighthouse Group of Families Anonymous meetactual hunt at 2 p.m. sharp. by Knox County Parks & ings, 6:15-7:15 p.m. each Tuesday, 1451 Dowell Springs Blvd. “We’ll have lots of Recreation. Newcomers welcome; no dues/fees; no sign-up; first names only.

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News from Dental Images

Dr. Brock offers free, preventive care seminars to public By Kelly Norrell Most adults can increase the length and quality of their lives by taking key preventive measures, said a Knoxville restorative dentist. Steven E. Brock, DDS, believes so strongly that people can avert major health issues such as heart attack, stroke and other systemwide disorders that he is hosting free seminars on prevention techniques each Tuesday at 6 p.m. The sessions, which cover a range of topics, will be at his Dental Images offices at 1715 Downtown West Blvd. Attendees are asked to RSVP by phone at 865-531-1715. Dr. Brock hosts the seminars in the roomy building housing his practice, Dental Images, at 1715 Downtown West Blvd. “Over the years of caring for patients in my restorative dental practice, I have observed several reoccurring conditions that significantly affect the health and well-being of my patients. The fact is, patients have the power to help protect

Dr. Steven E. Brock explains common disorders and outlines preventive measures and remedies at his weekly seminars.

themselves against acute health events and avert chronic disease. In these sessions, our focus is on preventive care,” Dr. Brock said. Topics to be covered will include sleep apnea, the problem of systemic inflammation, the roles of nutrition and nutrition supplements in good health, and many more. He invites patients to attend the sessions every Tuesday and plans to offer both repeat sessions and brand new topics as the months progress. To attend, just RSVP in advance by calling 865-531-1715 and arrive at Dental Images, where parking is plentiful and free. Join Dr. Brock and his staff in the comfortable conference room just off the reception area. Enjoy refreshments such as fresh fruit, sandwich wraps, salads, cheese and crisp bread at no charge. Dental Images, PC, is a full service dental practice providing advanced care, restorative laser-based therapy, dental implants and cosmetic procedures. Join the next seminar on Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Dr. Brock will explain ways that keeping your teeth healthy will help maintain good systemic health and actually protect you against acute illness. Bleeding gums and broken teeth are not just unsightly; they increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. On March 28, Dr. Brock will introduce the topic of dental implants, an innovative option to the heartbreak

of losing teeth to decay, injury or periodontal disease. “Fixed” teeth improve your appearance, add to your self-esteem and help you to live longer. There are many reasons to “keep your teeth in your mouth!” These are just the start. Dr. Brock will provide a full list of upcoming topics at his seminars. Or, just check his website: http://www.mydental image.com/talk-with-dr-brock/. Dr. Brock began his seminars in early March, when he began showing attendees the power they have to recognize symptoms of chronic illness and achieve miraculous-seeming results by taking appropriate remedial action. At the first session March 7, Dr. Brock discussed sleep apnea, the most prevalent chronic disease in the U.S. He explained the symptoms of this disorder that triggers sufferers to stop breathing many times per night and causes about 50,000 deaths each year. Dr. Brock also outlined a range of effective therapies for sleep apnea, including easy-to-use oral appliances, use of the CPAP device and surgical options. On March 14 at the second session, Dr. Brock explained inflammatory gum disease, the most prevalent chronic infection in the U.S. Left unchecked, it contributes to systemic inflammation that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that it is reversible. Dr. Brock described for at-

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Bearden Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • A-9

Woodworker Faris Ashkar creates wooden signs as small as this and outdoor ones as large as several square feet for commercial use. Faris Ashkar shows off one of his larger art pieces. The wooden calligraphy is done in Arabic. In the center is “God” and surrounding that is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The large outside circle says “You are the light of the world” four times. The piece shows off many techniques he uses, including wood burning, wood inlay and fret work. The piece is one of six he’s made and is meant to be hung as a diamond shape. Photos by

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Woodworker’s world shows limitless vision By Suzanne Foree Neal “If you can dream it, I can make it,” says Faris Ashkar. He’s been crafting wooden items since he was 6 years old. Sitting at home wasn’t an option, and his father saw to it that his son didn’t have idle time. Ashkar helped his father’s friend who was a woodworker. “He taught me how to sweep floors without creating dust and how to plane wood,” he laughs. Of Lebanese deThis mission style bench and table were made from oak for a client. Faris Ashkar makes ev- scent, he came to the United States to aterything from wooden jewelry to massive wall units, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities tend Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C. and never went home. After working and art pieces in his workshop. Photo submitted in the corporate world of textiles, systems management, accounting and engineering, he promised himself he would own his own business by the age of 35. He creates everything from jewelry to Tennessee’s 56 state parks are hosting free guided massive furniture pieces. Wood speaks to Central Baptist Churchhikes statewide Saturday, March 18, to celebrate the him, and he’ll work with the graining that Bearden’s Children’s Concoming of spring and the recreation opportunities nature provides when possible. While he signment Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. state parks offer. will stain or paint furniture, he would much Friday, April 7, and 9 a.m.-1 Hikes will range in distance, degree of skill, acrather let the natural wood shine through a p.m. Saturday, April 8, 6300 cessibility, and time of day in an effort to accommolacquer coating. “I don’t like to duplicate,” Deane Hill Drive. date the needs of all seeking to enjoy a day outdoors. he says of furniture, wall units, entertainProceeds will be donated Planned activities along the trails include wildlife ment centers, mantels and cabinets he to the West Hills Elemenviewing, spring cleanups, scavenger hunts, historical creates. All his business comes by word of tary School FOOD 4 Kids interpretive programs and more. mouth; he’s never advertised. Program. For a full list of all planned hikes for March 18, visit “I love a challenge,” he says. “I get bored Consignor/volunteer reghttp://bit.ly/2mjE3yT quickly doing the same thing. The more istration is open through 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5. Info/registration: cbc b e a r d e n . o r g /e v e n t s ; cbbclot hingsa le@g ma i l. com; 865-588-0586.

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A-10 • March 15, 2017 • Bearden Shopper news

MPC rolls out draft of walkability ordinance By Nancy Anderson Gerald Green says sidewalks offer a lot of benefits. The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission, which Green heads, has finalized its draft walkability ordinance. Green spoke last week at the Karns Community Club. “Transportation, you can walk to your local grocery store. Recreational, you can run or walk your dog, which also adds health benefits. A great sense of community, sidewalks connect you with your neighbors. You can get out and visit with your neighbors and get to know them. That adds to the safety factor. When you’re outside you can see what’s going on in your own neighborhood.” Green shared a draft of the “Proposed Walkability Ordinance for city of Knoxville

and Knox County” with a small but enthusiastic crowd of about 20. The ordinance proposes that all new development and redevelopment will provide sidewalks with the exception of some types of development outside the urbanized area. Developers can pay a fee in the event terrain does not perGerald Green mit sidewalks. Many expressed concern that the fee would be more attractive than paying to put in sidewalks. Green said that sidewalks would improve home value and thus attract buyers and that the goal is to impose a fee that is not more attractive than installing side-

walks, which will cost about $40 a linear foot for new development. Since sidewalks are required on only one side of the street, the cost is ultimately divided by two homes. “In the end, the sidewalks will add about $1,500 per home, which is nominal considering the added value. We don’t know what the fee in lieu of would be, but hopefully it will not be seen as more attractive by developers. That would just pass on cost to the homeowner without any added value.” The fee would be used to build sidewalks elsewhere to improve connectivity. Sidewalks will have to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to cross slopes. While a sidewalk, which must be 5 feet wide, can contour to rolling hills, it can’t have a cross slope causing someone in a wheelchair to slide off.

Green said the walkability ordinance is now being presented to the public, and it is imperative to let the county commissioners know your thoughts. “The walkability ordinance in now available online, it’s being rolled out to the public. Now is the time to let your county commissioners know your thoughts whatever they may be – the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s going to directly relate to the success and funding of this project. “They need to know what you want. They’re here to enact your vision and they need to know what this vision is. “Visit the MPC webpage often to stay current, you can sign up for emails, and you can contact your county commissioner through the webpage.” Info: www.Knoxmpc.org

Melony Dodson loves music and the outdoors spring. By Carol Z. Shane OrigiYou know her voice, but nally a Taryou probably wouldn’t recheel, Dodognize her if you ran into son grew up her in Kroger or Rami’s in GreensCafe. Melony Dodson, who boro, N.C., has been the announcer for but says WUOT’s Morning Concert that Boone, for the last seven years, where she loves living here, and she’s Dodson attended celebrating one year of occupancy in her historic Appalachian State Univerhouse, built in 1935, this sity for bachelor’s degrees in

piano performance and music therapy, “feels like home to me.” She came to Knoxville to earn her master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, and is well-known around town as a pianist for the UT Concert Choir and Men’s Chorale, First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, and pianist/music director for the Clarence

Brown Theatre and Theatre Knoxville. Mainly, though, she’s the friendly voice you hear on WUOT on weekday mornings. “There are so many things I love about that job,” she says. “Discovering new music. Hearing from listeners how the music has positively impacted their lives. My awesome colleagues. In-

Outpatient center hip replacement a first Jason McClure was shocked to learn he’d need a total joint replacement at just 42 years old. But he was having so much pain in his hip, he was struggling just to do his job. He knew it was time to have surgery. “I’ve never been in the hospital and I wasn’t looking forward to it at all,” McClure said. “But then my doctor said there might be another option for me.” Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic surgeons have been performing partial knee replacements at Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center (KOSC) in West Knoxville since last year. Dr. Matthew Nadaud, one of KOC’s four joint replacement specialists, had

terviewing really interesting people.” She’s pressed to find anything she doesn’t like, but finally mentions, “Having to work on snow days! It would be nice to hibernate then, which we don’t get to do.” It says a lot about Dodson that she actually considers going up on the roof to clean snow off the radio station’s satellite dish as a “snow day perk.” But then, she lists hiking, backpacking and camping

as her favorite hobbies. “Fishing, kayaking and rock climbing are new hobbies that I stink at, but they are all fun,” she says. She also loves gardening, cooking and trying out new craft beers, and she makes an occasional foray into yoga. Come spring, she’ll be out walking the neighborhood, and working on those new outdoor skills. She’s looking forward to all of it and says, “there’s so much to love about living here!”

gery center just four hours later. At a post-op visit with Dr. Nadaud less than two weeks later, McClure was ■■ U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, a 1981 able to walk on his own. electrical engineering graduate from UT, has been Said McClure: “It was easier on the promoted to four-star general and has assumed pocketbook than a hospital stay.” leadership of the Air Force’s Air Combat ComNot every patient is a good candimand. Through that role, Holmes will guide U.S. date for the surgery center, generally airpower around the world, including national based on health and insurance. But security and the ongoing war on terror. Dr. Nadaud along with KOC’s other ■■ Author Sam Kean will speak and hold a book joint replacement surgeons, Dr. Hersigning 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Room man Botero, Dr. Brian Covino and 307 of the Science and Engineering Research Dr. Christopher Sherrell, plan to use Holmes Facility, 1499 Circle Drive. He will be discussing his KOSC for total joint replacements as book “The Disappearing Spoon.” Kean’s book and lecture delves often as possible in the future. into the secrets behind the periodic table of the elements and More information: 865-558-4444 the initial discoveries. Free and open to the public. Books will be or www.KOCortho.com available to purchase.

been looking for the perfect candidate to undergo hip replacement at the surgery center. “Jason is young, active, and very motivated,” said Dr. Nadaud. “He had none of the medical risk factors we sometimes see in our patients who need Dr. Nadaud total joint replacement, and he was excited about having the surgery done as an outpatient at our surgery center.” McClure had surgery on Feb. 23, and was up using a walker at the sur-

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Webb club gives $1,000 to India eye clinic By Tom King In January, the members of the Webb School Interact Club had a special dinner fundraising event – “A Taste of India.” The students Tom King raised almost $4,000 in one evening for the projects the club supports. Webb junior Kalina Scarbrough, president of Webb Interact, presented a check for $1,000 to her grandfather Kanti Patel. He will use the money to help an eye clinic that he helped establish in his hometown in Gujarat, India. The clinic provides free eye operations for anyone in the surrounding area. He

also is supporting a pediatrics program and now an assisted living center for the elderly. “Mr. Patel is matching the $1,000 and on his next trip to India will take photos of the clinic to show the Interact students how their money has made a difference 8,000 miles away!” says Liz Gregor, Webb’s multicultural coordinator and the Interact Club adviser. The Interact Club is the high school arm of Rotary International. The 50-member Webb club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Knoxville. The students also selected these projects to support with the balance of the funds they raised: $500 to support Remote Area Medical in Knoxville $1,000 to support the slum school some of the stu-

dents have visited in Chandigarh, India $1,000 to support education/students in South Africa $500 to support clean water/wells in Thailand ■■ Bearden Rotarian

Bob Ely dies

Longtime Rotarian and past District 6780 governor Bob Ely passed away last Wednesday morning. His services were this past Saturday, and members of the Rotary Club of Bearden were honorary pallbearers. Ely was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Bearden in 1960, a Rotarian for 55-plus years and in 1981-82 was elected district governor. He also was a past president of the Bearden Scarlet Strange at Salon Absinthe. club, which was known as the Rotary Club of West Knoxville then.

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Salon Absinthe has focused on being a welcoming place for everyone since it opened in December 2015. Now salon founder Scarlet Strange offers what she calls gender inclusive pricing. The salon is at 7425 S. Northshore Drive in the heart of Rocky Hill. “Gender is a social construct,” Strange says. “In this day and age where it is not at all uncommon to see women in our salon with short hair, men with long hair and transgender women with stereotypically big hair, it makes sense to take gender out of the pricing equation.” Strange’s new pricing is based on hair length ranges, each with a designated time frame. Barber short styles generally take between 30 and 45 minutes, scissor short cuts about 45 minutes, chin length or long ■■ Amanda Shell Jennings has been hired by Priority Ambulance as director of marketing and communications for the eight-state service area. ■■ Case Antiques Inc. will host the East Tennessee PBS

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last words The unshakable Frank Bowden Frank Bowden’s funeral was over before I knew he was gone. I learned of his death when I saw his obituary in a stack of papers I’d set aside to read when I got the time, and although I knew him Frank Bowden pretty well, there was a lot I didn’t know about Frank Bowden, because he really didn’t talk about himself much. He would have turned 90 this year, which means he was one of the youngest of the Greatest Generation, having served in the U.S. Army in Germany and France. This would have placed him in some of the fiercest fighting of the war at age 18. When I knew him, some 50 years later, he was one of those “Stand me up at the gates of hell and I won’t back down” guys that Tom Petty sang about. Another thing I didn’t know about him was that as a science teacher and a principal, he worked to integrate Southern Appalachian Regional Science Fair and was an active but behind-the-scenes participant in the civil rights struggles of the ‘60s, providing transportation and bail money for the Knoxville College students who were sittingin at downtown lunch counters and picketing the Tennessee Theatre. Bob Booker was among those KC students Frank assisted. “I’m not sure he felt comfortable marching and carrying signs, but there were a number of people who would get students out of jail and provide transportation when they needed to get downtown. He was in the forefront of trying to move us forward and was always interested in progress. He tried to bring that to every school he was assigned to, whether

Betty Bean as a teacher or a principal. He was a strong voice. No question about that.” Years later, when Bowden was a county commissioner, Booker enjoyed his sparring with County Executive Dwight Kessel, who opposed Bowden’s efforts to force the county to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Mark Cawood, who served on commission with Bowden, remembers those battles, too. “He told Kessel to take that sheet out of his closet and wear it,” Cawood said. I can’t remember the precise issue, but I do remember the time Bowden – who could flat turn a phrase – elegantly accused his colleagues of being spineless by saying they had “exoskeletons,” and the time he told a pandering colleague to “Put that race card back in your pocketbook.” But my favorite Bowden memory happened the day buses full of Christian Coalition members packed the hall and cheered while their preachers demanded that the commissioners sign onto a resolution denouncing “special rights” for gay people. Popularly known as the “Gay Bashing Resolution,” it had no force of law, but was being carried to local elected bodies all over the country, and would become a cudgel come the next election. There were 19 commissioners in those days, and 15 of them voted – with varying degrees of enthusiasm – for the measure. Two passed. Another, Bee DeSelm, voted no. And one voted “Not only no, but hell no.” That was Frank William Bowden. I’m glad I knew him.

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Difference of opinion In comparison to recent athletics directors, John Currie may be cause for celebration. He brings an actual track record. He is relatively modern. He uses the word “cool.” John Currie He has personality and doesn’t do sun lamps or hair dye. Now that the music has stopped and noise has subsided, let us seek what passes for the truth. What we have here is a guarded difference of opinion about the new man at Tennessee. There is high praise, mostly from far-away places. There are biting local undertones but they do not sound lethal. Those who guided Dr. Beverly Davenport in her discovery and knee-jerk choice of Currie identified the precise qualities she sought: An established leader at a so-so Power 5 school who would see UT as a full step up. A man of integrity, yea, with respect for NCAA rules. A smart salesman (comfortable with other millionaires, keen at remembering names, polished at smiling and shaking hands). John demonstrated several skills

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in negotiating a very favorable bonus contract for himself. A builder and maybe even a visionary with proper appreciation for great athletes who turn all the wheels. Favoring athletes and academics is very popular. It discourages lawsuits about misuse and abuse. All that information and more was available in the official Currie biography or in glowing reports of his success at Kansas State. Some who actually know John, who worked with him in his previous years in Knoxville, have reservations. Some in Manhattan claim the community is pleased that he is gone. One UT employee, before and after Currie, is “flabbergasted” by the selection. John was supposedly No. 2 in being least liked. Ask later who was No. 1. After that, ask if being liked is important to being the boss. Another former associate said Currie tried to change the entire culture to reflect the Atlantic Coast Confer-

ence image, specifically Wake Forest, from whence he came. As for him morphing into a Tennessee guy, no way. “Not sure he could find Ayres Hall with a campus map.” A third said, being charitable, that John was a bully. There were other caustic words. John has been called Mike Hamilton 2.0, much better at raising and spending money than identifying, hiring and keeping winning coaches. He was Hamilton’s right-hand man in the knockout of Phillip Fulmer the week of the Wyoming game in 2008. Currie is also linked to Lane Kiffin. Ouch. One sincere critic wonders if Donna Thomas, prominent on the search committee, provided that information to Dr. Davenport. John is perceived as a micromanager. That is code for butting into subordinates’ business. There was a zinger from a support person: “John decided how many dill pickle slices should be in box lunches.” Go light on some of this stuff, all anonymous talk radio and coffee-break chatter, presented as certified facts, but don’t quote me. OK to attribute good stuff – intelligent, energetic, tenacious, passionate.

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My favorite story is the time Mr. Hoffmeister, Knox County Schools superintendent from 1976-92, persuaded Eugene Hall to sell 10 acres on Andersonville Pike to the county to build

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UT administrators paid well in retreat The current controversy on high pay for UT administrators who return to teach as faculty could not come at a worse time for the university, as it suggests waste through inflated salaries that are not genuinely earned or deserved. To retire as chancellor, president or provost and then earn 75 percent of your salary with no limit as to how long it lasts and no connection to duties, workload or ability seems fundamentally misplaced. It is not fiscally conservative. It is wasteful. UT is often asking for more money and telling the Legislature not to micromanage. This weakens

ing when he offered to limit his own benefit to four years instead of a lifetime. He is Victor taking a bullet for the other Ashe six people who are enjoying this benefit. Will the others step forward and announce an end to this windfall? Good question to be asked. The excuse that this is their argument as the board of trustees allowed this to what other comparable universities are paying does happen. This was actually re- not apply for retreat salaries ported in this column some once the administrator rethree months ago after Jim- turns to his prior job. How my Cheek announced his re- did the trustees allow this tirement as chancellor, but to happen? If they had read now the daily media have their materials they would have known it, as they apdiscovered it. UT President Joe DiPi- proved the contracts allowetro obviously saw the pub- ing this. The trustees were lic relations disaster loom- not doing their job of exam-

Earl Hoffmeister was superintendent for all Earl Hoffmeister was a South Knox legend when he played football and basketball at the old Young High School. But he’s probably best remembered, at least by oldtimers, as the man who toppled another South Knox legend, the iconic 30year superintendent Mildred Doyle. Mr. Hoffmeister died last week. He was 90 and had been living at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Powell.

Keep in mind that Tennessee recollections are eight or more years old. We don’t know how maturity and additional experience may have changed Currie. K-State inside talk sounds suspiciously similar but it could be prejudiced. Certain Vol lettermen, some outspoken, were wounded by the selection process. They think Fulmer was used as window dressing. They fear David Blackburn may never be the same. Fans and media had him believing he was a logical choice. Most who really wanted a genuine Vol for Life have elected to take a deep breath and go on living. We can still marvel at Dr. Davenport’s “non-negotiable” criteria since she came to UT without ever being chancellor at a Power 5 school. Of all the things John Currie is or isn’t, has or hasn’t done, something he said at the welcome party got my attention: “The University of Tennessee can and should be the very best athletic program in the country.” Terrific idea. Let’s go for it. No more basketball collapses, no more football losses to Vanderbilt, never again last in SEC track and field, contenders in everything, national champs in several sports. If I were coaching, that would make me nervous.

the present-day Halls Elementary School. “Mr. Hall,” Earl said, “if you’ll sell us this land, I promise I’ll name the school after you.” And he did – Halls Elementary School. Born in Maryville, Mr. Hoffmeister grew up in South Knoxville. He was also a World War II veteran. After the war, he attended UT and played football briefly before transferring to Wofford College, where

he met his wife of 67 years, JoAnne. The Hoffmeisters moved to Powell and he taught at Powell High and at Central High, where he later became vice principal. Popular with students, he was nicknamed “Hoff.” He built houses during the summers for a time, and JoAnne was his partner in business, too. They attended Powell United Methodist for 63 years. As superintendent, he surrounded himself with

good staff and was popular with people in an era when voters elected the superintendent. He oversaw the merging of Knoxville City Schools into the county school system in 1986-87 and won re-election each time he ran for superintendent. He took particular interest in special education. His favorite movie, by the way, was “Lonesome Dove,” and he was fond of saying, “Never love anything that can’t love you back.”

ining expenses in this case. Unless this is changed soon, the Legislature may intervene, and certainly some candidates for governor may make it an issue. It is a legitimate issue for gubernatorial candidates as the governor is a voting member of the UT board who often chairs it. A candidate could pledge to not let it happen on his/her watch. UT would not benefit if this became a statewide issue and should act to modify it ASAP. ■■ State Rep. Bill Dunn, who often has been one of the most conservative lawmakers, is not only backing the Haslam gas tax bill but is a sponsor. He says it helps build roads in North Knox County such as Emory Road. He points out he has opposed other tax hikes consistently in the past. ■■ Circuit Court Judge Deborah Stevens turns 63 on March 17. ■■ Former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was in Knoxville two days last week promoting parental control over student placement. Ramsey retired two months ago from the second-highest office in the state at the height of his popularity. He will continue to push issues that are conservative and close to his beliefs.


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Tales from the crib: Return of the sleepless nights By Amanda Howerton

Welcome to 2017! Somehow we are already past the month of February and well into March. I also find myself past the halfway point of my maternity leave. I am enjoying every minute of spending time with my little one while relearning lessons about parenting a newborn (I truly forgot just how Amanda many diapers babies Howerton use!). It turns out that during many 2 a.m. feedings, I realized that many of these lessons also hold true for being an investor. Lesson 1: Life with a newborn is cyclical. Eat, sleep, play, poop, then repeat (but not necessarily in that order). Some days there is a little more eating, some days a little more (or less) sleeping. The market is also cyclical. The markets will go up, the markets will go down, and the markets will sometimes be flat. Sometimes the up cycle will be longer; sometimes the down cycle will be longer. We cannot predict the cycles for newborns or the markets.

So how do we deal with this? We set ourselves up to best handle each phase of the cycle. With my little one, I try to be in a calm, quiet environment during times that should be sleep times, I have a bottle prepped if we are out and about, and I always have diapers within an arm’s reach. With an investment portfolio, we stay invested and ready with target allocations for each asset class. We implement an investment policy statement that indicates how the portfolio is invested, and how it is monitored and traded. The investment policy statement has been structured to help deal with the unpredictable cycles so that we are prepared no matter what is happening in the markets. Lesson 2: Worrying (unnecessarily) does more harm than good. If I lie awake at night listening to the monitor and jumping at every noise, I will wear myself out and be no good the next day. If I run into her room to check on every single noise, I might wake her up and irritate her. As an investor, worrying also does more harm than good. Our emotions could cause us to sell low because we are worried about “no end to

the downfall” or buy high because “that stock/class is doing great.” Missing the best 10, 20, or 30 days in the market can drastically change your returns. How do we deal with this? Each night, my husband and I do our best to practice safe habits with her. We feed her, we burp her, and we lay her on her back to sleep. There is absolutely nothing I can do to make sure her body functions properly. As investors, again we implement an investment policy statement and plan to help keep emotions in check and practice “safe” investing habits. There is nothing either you or I can do to personally influence the markets; I believe they will function properly without any action on our behalf. Lesson 3: Development guides remind me what to expect with my infant’s growth. With each pediatrician visit, we talk about what milestones my baby has reached and what I might expect over the next few months. The doctor is always clear to say my baby may reach some developmental milestone earlier and some later, but at least I have an idea of what to expect. I may think that my daughter is the most amazing child (along with her 5 ½-year-old sister), but I shouldn’t expect her to do things that are beyond the scope of normal development. However, if she

were to miss a big milestone, then we’d check her out to make sure everything was OK. This could not be more true of the investment philosophy in our portfolios here at Rather & Kittrell. We review our investments and performance compared to the appropriate benchmark for each holding. We expect our investments to perform about the same as the benchmark (you might hear us using the term “capturing market returns”). Sometimes the investments will outperform, and sometimes the funds might slightly underperform. Should there be a big deviation from the benchmark, we would investigate what has happened within that specific fund. It is not really surprising that lessons associated with newborns correlate to lessons in investing. A lot of it boils down to being prepared, removing negative emotions, and setting proper expectations. What is surprising is my ability to put these thoughts together in the middle of the night after only a few hours of sleep. I am truly blessed to have this time with my daughter (thank you Rather & Kittrell) and to have clients and co-workers who make being a working mom very enjoyable. I look forward to seeing and speaking with many of you later in March.

Lesson 3: Development guides remind me what to expect with my infant’s growth. With each pediatrician visit, we talk about what milestones my baby has reached and what I might expect over the next few months. The doctor is always clear to say my baby may reach some developmental milestone earlier and some later, but at least I have an idea of what to expect. I may think that my daughter is the most amazing (along with her 5 ½ year old sister), but I shouldn’t expect her to do things that are beyond the scope of normal development. However, if she were to miss a big milestone, then we’d check her out to make sure everything was ok. This could not be more true of the investment philosophy in our portfolios here at Rather & Kittrell. We review our investments and performance compared to the appropriate benchmark for each holding. We expect our investments to perform about the same as the benchmark (you might hear us using the term “capturing market returns”). Sometimes the investments will outperform, and sometimes the funds might slightly underperform. Should there be a big deviation from the benchmark, we would investigate what has happened within that specific fund.

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423-504-8036 1992 CLASS B COACHMAN MOTOR HOME - Excellent Condition! 86,500 miles. $14,000. Pictures on request. Contact Frank (865)851-5591. 1999 ALLEGRO BUS, 35’, 275 HP, Cat diesel pusher, exc. cond. Non-smoker. No pets. $35,000. Photos online. 865-984-4786. 2002 DOLPHIN 36’ CLASS A RV - Excellent condition, Michelin tires, two slides, Satellite TV, extra clean, low mileage, work horse chassis, with 502 Chevy V8 motor, Large basement storage, New awnings, and slide-out covers. Recent full-svc at Work Horse Dealer. Asking $31,000. (865)-805-8038. 2002 Fun Finder, 2200 lbs, sleeps 2, shower, toilet, sink, gas stove, refrig, new tires, $5,000. (865) 924-3610.

2012 20’ camper with super slide, Prowler by Heartland model 20RBS, AC & gas heat, gas refrig, lrg rear bathrm, $13,000. (865)995-1986. 2016 18” FOREST RIVER 178 RPOD Sleeps 4, full kitchen, TV, stereo, shower and toilet. RDome included in price. $14,000. (912)-667-2720. 2017 AVION CLASS B RV - Full warranty. 6,800 miles. $105,900 (865)-567-7879 or (865)-599-8797

INCREDIBLE DEALS ON ALL NEW & PRE-OWNED UNITS GOING ON NOW THRU MARCH 31st

Boats/Motors/Marine 2014 Sweetwater 2086. Yamaha 70HP four stroke(118 hrs)Tennessee trailer 727-776-3251

2014 YAMAHA 242

LIMITED S BOAT RED And tandem trailer. Docked in Vonore, TN. $45,500

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Jobs Employment DRIVERS - Getting Home is Easier. Nice Pay Package. BCBS + Other Benefits. Monthly Bonuses. No-Touch. Chromed out Trucks w/ APU’S. CDL-A. 855-200-4631

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!

fascia board repair, gutter guards, gutter cleaning. Call (865)936-5907

Home Maint./Repair Will clean front & back, $20 & up. Quality work, guaranteed.

(865)288-0556

Wanted WANTED: R12 FREON. Certified buyer will pick up and pay CASH for cylinders and cases of R12. 312-291-9169; sell@refrigerantfinders.com WANTED: R12 FREON. Certified buyer will pick up and pay CASH for cylinders and cases of R12. 312-291-9169; sell@refrigerantfinders.com

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

HAVENESE PUPS AKC, home raised, health guar. 865-259-7337 noahslittleark.com

POMAPOOS, 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, females $450 males $400. (931) 319-0000 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

Announcements

LOVE, OPPORTUNITY & EDUCATION await. I am hoping to adopt & become a 1st time mom! Exp Pd. AmyAdopt.com or 877-339-5117

Personals TIM SPRADLIN OF SEYMOUR Has been missing since September 2016. If you know his whereabouts or where he lives please call (865)-748-6467. $300 reward if it proves out.

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

STANDARD POODLE puppies, AKC reg, males only, 8 wks old, S&W UTD, $900. call/text 423-268-0615 STANDARD POODLES Hypoallergenic, Non-Shedding, Great with kids, $750, Fb: southerngoldendoodles, 865-466-4380.

Financial

WESTIE PUPS - Adorable, playful and healthy. Excellent bloodline. Males $750. (423)-877-7463/ (423)-994-7379

Consolidation Loans

Cats

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

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

Merchandise

Farm Equipment

FIRST SUN FINANCE

423-449-8433

Appliances

VILLA - 3200 SF, stand alone, on golf course w/lake & mtn views. $389,900. 170 Heron Court, Vonore, TN 37885 CONDO - 1580 SF, 1st floor w/priv. entry, on golf course. $149,900. 565 Rarity Bay Pkwy, Unit 101, Vonore, TN 37885. Listing sheets for both properties will be at the gatehouse. For more info call (423) 884-6276

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TRACTOR AND EQUIPMENT

Tractor Repair Sales and Parts 3290 Decatur Highway Kingston, TN 37763

865-621-6888 Farm Products

AT YOUR SITE LOGS TO LUMBER

Cemetery Lots 2, 4 or 6 lots at Lynnhurst. Save thousands $$. Monument Rights. Near Babyland. $1500 ea obo. 865-475-9323 Greenwood Cemetery, 4 lots in bronze section, will sell $3,000 ea OBO. Lots sell for $5,500 ea. (865) 281-5608

Collectibles

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

USING A WOOD MIZER PORTABLE SAW MILL

865-986-4264 Logs2Lumber.com

FANNON FENCING We build all types of Farm Fencing and Pole Barn. *WOOD & VINYL PLANK *BARBED WIRE *HI-TENSILE ELECTRIC *WOVEN WIRE, *PRIVACY FENCING, ETC.

(423)200-6600

Open House Sun. 19th, 2-4PM

Condos-Unfurn FSBO. 144 Creekwood Way, Seymour. 2+2, 2 car gar., gas fp, new paint, all season encl porch, new W.H., $162,500. No agts. (865)387-5824

Vacation Property FREE LAND WITH PURCHASE OF THE CABIN at Top of the World - near Smokey Mountain Park & Lake. TOTALLY RENOVATED, MOVE IN READY! Vacation home or rental income. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Reduced to $70,500. Price includes cabin and 9 lots (approx. 3/4 acre) (865)-660-8404

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

www.riversidemanorapts.com 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 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 TDD 1-800-927-9275

EFFICIENCY APARTMENTS $250 deposit $500/month. Includes water. Great for single, couple, etc. Studio size. (865)-279-9850 / (865)-279-0550

MORNINGSIDE GARDENS 1 BR Apt Now Available

ELDERLY OR DISABLED COMPLEX A/C, Heat, Water & Electric Incl, OnSite Laundry, Computer Center & Resident Services Great location! On the Bus Line! Close to Shopping! Rent Based on Income, Some Restrictions Apply

Call 865-523-4133 TODAY for more information

NORTH. Nicely remod. 2 BR, ground floor, washer & dryer, reasonable util., conv. prking, credit ck. $525 mo + $375 dep. (865) 384-8532

PINNACLE PARK APTS. Open every Saturday from 12-4pm. Please call 865-523-9303 for info.

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

Homes Unfurnished 2BR, 1 BA HOUSE FOR RENT, 1 car garage, hardwood floors, $725 month $500 deposit. (865)705-8300 HOME FOR RENT KARNS - 3BR, Brick, basement rancher, immaculate, newly remodeled, 3 BR, 1 BA, large living room with fireplace, den / dining room, large kitchen with appliances, hardware floors, large yard wiwth nice view, central Heating/ Air, no smoking. Small pet negotiable. Credit & reference chek. 1 year. lease $1000/month $500 deposit. (865)690-0245 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.

Lots/Acreage for Sale STRAW PLAINS, 5.2 acres, well water, power & septic, unrestricted, $50,000. (865) 206-5818

Real Estate Wanted Furniture

865-970-2267

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

West FSBO. 1137 Lovell View Dr. 2100 SF, 4 BR, 3 BA, Hardin Valley Schools, $189,500 w/lease opt. 352-553-6368.

Open Houses

90 Day Warranty

GREAT VALUE RIVERSIDE MANOR ALCOA HWY

Downtown Knoxville

Real Estate Sales

GERMAN GRANDFATHER CLOCK - $900. Call or text for photos. (865)209-8150.

GOOD AS NEW APPLIANCES

168 Main St., Caryville

1,2,3 BR

$355 - $460/mo.

Adoptions ADOPT: Loving secure woman excited to adopt and share my life with your newborn. Expenses paid. Dianne: 1-800-321-7919.

SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $500 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016 SHIH TZU puppies, CKC reg, 5-8 lbs full grown, S&W UTD, $800. call/text (423) 268-0615

Apartments - Unfurn.

for appointment

GOLDENDOODLES - LABRADOODLES - YORKSHIRE TERRIERS - Quality puppies. Call or text 865-591-7220

Antiques Farmer’s Mkt/ Trading Post

* PARTS & ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE

Call 922-4136 TO ADVERTISE!

Toys & Games 1950’S WOOD BUMPER POOL TABLE - with balls and two sticks. Good condition. (865)458-4515

HAROLD’S GUTTER SERVICE

I-75 Exit 134 • Caryville

Norriscraft fishing boat, 50 HP Merc T&T, 2 fish finders, Minnkota 36 lbs, exc cond, (865)804-6921.

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

GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES - Born February 6th, both parents AKC, $750. (865)-388-0987

5” INSULATION,

GREAT FIBER GLASS FISHING BOAT - 50 horse power motor. Trolling motor. Everything runs and works great. $1500. (865)243-0569.

DOBERMAN PUPS, AKC, Sire XL natl & intl champ - 125 lbs, Dam Lrg Russian champ. - her sire was 2013 World Champ. $850. Credit cards accepted. 615-740-7909

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

Gutters

Call or text Doug (931)-265-2160

DACHSHUNDS, CKC reg., 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, $250. (931)-319-0000

German Shepherd puppies, AKC/CKC, all shots, pics on facebook/tennesseeshepherd $450. (423)619-9840

Call (865)281-8080

* MECHANIC ON DUTY

BOSTON TERRIER puppies, 8 wks, 1M, 1F, reg., $400 ea. 423-437-1749

www.ReynoldsRacingMarine.com

Retired Vet. looking to keep busy.

* FULL SERVICE CENTER

(865)281-2437. 74 Albums-with shelving. 163 Cassetts with sliding drawers. 45 CD’s with rack. 28 LP Records w/ shelving. 2 Speakers. Stackable Auto 3 speed (33 1/3-4578 RPM) Turntable. Cassett and CD Tuner. AM-FM Radio. Table for all Equipment.

Sporting Goods

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

EMERGENCY SERVICE 24/7

KYMCO CFMOTO & now Can-Am dealer

TOTAL MUSIC - GET ALL OF THIS FOR $350 - OBO! Call

UMPIRE CHEST PROTECTOR WILSON/ WEST VEST - shoulder and arm guards. Plate mask by Wilson. Two navy blue plate and base shirt Large/Medium. Two powder blue/ blue shirts Large/Medium. Two powder blue/black shirts Large/ Medium. One black/white shirt Large. One gray/black shirt Large. Two red/white/blue shirts Large/ Medium. Shin guards made by Diamond. $200 for all. Will sell shirts individually. (423)-562-6161 or (484)401-1697

PUPPY NURSERY

2015 HARLEY DAVIDSON - Dyna Glide, 2600 mi. Excellent condition. $10,825. Call/Text (865)250-6584.

New side x sides in stock starting at $7999 GOAD MOTORSPORTS

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

Dogs

Boats and motors also available

General Services

Motorcycles/Mopeds

Auto Parts & Acc

Recreation

I-40 Exit 347 N 1 Mile

Services Offered

Visit Us Online at Northgaterv.com or call 865-681-3030

SENIOR CITIZEN - In need of depend. transport. to save job. Sed/Van or pick-up in good cond. $2500 or under. (865)659-8765. ASAP.

Apartments - Furnished 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.

AKC SHITZU PUPPIES - 3 boys, vet checked. The House of Little Lions (828)-884-7208 or 828-507-6079

Jack Russell/Min Pins puppies, beautiful, Perfect gift. $125 ea. (865) 237-3897

BUY NOW & SAVE $$$$$

1996 TO 2003 TOYOTA 4RUNNER SR5 - 4WD, one owner, in excellent condition. Call (906)-291-1179

NEW 255X75X17 GOODYEAR - Wrangler SRA, raised white letters. Same sz. as 265x70x17. $99. (865)933-3175.

ODES S XS, S All Models in Stock Luxury Units with More Options - Less Cash Tech on Duty Parts, Tires, Accessories

2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, RV tow car,/4 down, blue ox rigged, good cond., $5750. (865) 250-8252.

Off Road Vehicles

Musical HAZELTONE BICOLOR KOHLER & CAMPBELL PIANO - Top rises, maple finish. Excellent condition. Local pickup only. $800 obo. Call (865)-771-5784

Pets

2011 MAZDA 6 - 87K miles, one owner, dealer service, very clean car, hail dimples. $6,300. (865)-774-9791. 2016 KIA FORTE - Automatic with power windows and power locks. Blue in color. 12,000 miles $12,500. (865)-567-2522.

Wanted to Buy

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

Real Estate Commercial Commercial Property /Sale 0-1 ZONE, 2200 SF bldg., lrg lot, near Papermill Rd. across from Pond Gap School. $174,900. 865-765-1123; 865539-1145

Retail Space/Rent

Lawn & Garden

Real Estate Rentals

2000 JOHN DEERE GATOR 6X4 - LOWEST Price: $2100. Contact me: (901)504-4875

Apartments - Furnished

2014 Ariens auto. 19 HP, 42” riding mower, model A19A42, like new, $500. (865)414-7410

A CLEAN, QUIET EFFICIENCY. - Util., no pets, smoke free. Ftn. City. $550 (423)306-6518

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Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • B-3

Ki Stulbert and Michael Sayne get information ready to pass out to the guests at the table. Michael, founder of the Helping Kids, Fighting Abuse luncheon, is past board chair.

Comedian LeAnne Morgan talks with Childhelp Tennessee director Hugh Nystrom and board president Janette Burgin.

Helping the children By Sherri Gardner Howell Fundraising events like Oysterfest (May 6) are fun and profitable for Childhelp Tennessee, but sometimes you just need to sit down and talk to your friends. A luncheon at Cherokee Country Club last Wednesday gave the staff and supporters of Childhelp the opportunity to do just that. In its seventh year, the Helping Kids, Fighting Abuse Luncheon highlighted the entire breadth of services and programs offered by the organization. Director Hugh Nystrom was there, along with a large number of board members and representatives from partner agencies. The sobering stats – 46 percent of children served are younger than age 6, for example – pointed to the problems faced daily in the Childhelp world, but speakers like Hayley and Jonathan (siblings who were Childhelp kids) and foster parents Chad and Elizabeth Schollaert gave guests the good news as well. The afternoon ended with an opportunity to support the organization with donations. Michael Sayne is founder of the event, which started with 60 people at a church and boasted a full house Little Tori Schollaert, whose parents were speakers at the this year with more than 150 in attendance. Table host and board member Valerie Lamb talks with guest Tommy Childhelp: www.childhelp.org Childhelp luncheon, charms guest Lara Fleming. Keeler.

Let’s check the calendar! Ryan Greer and Lee Popkin catch up before the luncheon begins.

HAPPENINGS ■■ KARM Dragon Boat Festival early bird team registration discounts 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. ■■ New Play Festival: “The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister” by Kris Bauske, Thursdays-Sundays, through March 26, Theatre Knoxville Downtown space, 306 N. Gay St. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets/reservations: 865-546-4280. ■■ Appalachian Arts Craft Center Spring Porch Sale begins Thursday, March 16, at the center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton. Features outdated stock, seconds, student crafts and unjuried work by members of the Center. Sale runs for two weeks. Info: 865-494-9854 or appalachianarts.net. ■■ Marble City Opera: Verdi’s “La Traviata,” 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, March 16-18, Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike. Admission: $25. Info/tickets: www. marblecityopera.com. ■■ “Ancestry in Detail,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires preregistration, a valid email address, good Internet searching capabilities. Info/ registration: 865-215-8809. ■■ “Rock Against Dementia,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, the Square Room on Market Square. Hosted by the Purple Cities Alliance. The event is free, open to the public and

appropriate for all ages. Activities include: free concert, face painting, balloon animals, silent auction, information tables. ■■ World Storytelling Day, 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Vienna Coffee House, 212 College St., Maryville. $5 donations appreciated. Presented by Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association. Info: 865-429-1783; Cuznjan@juno.com; smokymountaintellers.org. ■■ Shibori Silk Scarves workshop,10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Pat K. Thomas. Registration deadline: March 11. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or appalachianarts.net. ■■ “Forest for the Trees” film screening, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 865-215-8750. ■■ World Storytelling Day, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, Tribute Theater, 175 E. Wears Valley Road, Suite #22, Pigeon Forge. $5 donations appreciated. Presented by Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association. Info: 865-429-1783; cuznjan@juno. com; smokymountaintellers.org. ■■ “Stepping Off the Edge” workshop, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Cost: $7, Arts & Culture Alliance members; $10, nonmembers. Info/registration: knoxalliance.com or sc@ knoxalliance.com. ■■ Conversations and Cocktails talk: “Using and Abusing the Memory of the Holocaust” by associate professor of German Daniel Magilow, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, Holly’s Gourmet’s Market and Café,

Welcoming guests are Dana Bliley and Megan Queen, both with Childhelp Tennessee.

5107 Kingston Pike. Hosted by the UT Humanities Center. Reservations required; seating limited. Reservations: 865-330-0123. ■■ The 2017 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture: “An Evening with Amy Greene,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Free and open to the public. Info: 865215-8801. ■■ The Big Ears Festival, ThursdaySunday, March 23-26, various venues. Info/tickets: bigearsfestival .com. ■■ Landscape Painting workshop, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, March 23-April 27, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Sherry Smith. Registration deadline: March 16. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or appalachianarts.net. ■■ RSVP deadline for the UT School of Music Gala is Friday, March 24. The Gala will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, and will feature a wine pull, fine dining, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment by School of Music faculty and students. Tickets: $200. Proceeds go to student scholarships. Info/reservations: music.utk.edu/gala. ■■ “Presidents, Kings, and Convicts: My Journey from the Tennessee Governor’s Residence to the Halls of Congress”: a special lecture and book signing with Bob Clement, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 865-215-8801. ■■ Rooting Pot Planter workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Appalachian Arts Craft Center,

2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or appalachianarts.net.

Dr. David Kitts, Special Crimes Unit of the Knoxville Police Department, told the crowd how the police work with Childhelp and how valuable its role in the process is.

or appalachianarts.net. ■■ “Octavia Butler’s Kindred”: a special evening discussion, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Dr. Michelle Commander, UT Department of English and Africana Studies Program, will facilitate the discussion. Pizza from the Tomato Head will be provided. Info: 865215-8801.

■■ Josephine Wine Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 494-9854 or appalachianarts.net.

■■ Books Sandwiched In: “Bad Feminist: Essays” by Roxane Gay, noon Wednesday, March 29, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Discussion led by Dr. Rebecca Klenk, UT Department of Anthropology. Info: 865-215-8801

■■ Large Market Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, or Sunday, March 26, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or appalachianarts.net. ■■ “Autosomal DNA For Genealogy” lecture, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Instructor: Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Info: 865215-8801. ■■ “Tanasi 1796,” 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 25, Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Presented as a docudrama through the lives of Captain Joseph Black and Cherokee Chief Attakullakulla. Fundraiser to benefit The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Info/tickets: 865981-8590. ■■ Josephine Storage Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854

■■ Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Speaker: Christiane Paul, Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies, The New School, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Free and open to the public. Info/ reservations: kfaulkner@knoxart.org or 865-525-6101 ext. 246. ■■ We Read YA Monthly Book Club: “The Serpent King” by Jeff Zentner, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Teachers, librarians, parents, young adults, and young adults “at-heart” who read YA invited. Light refreshments provided. Info: 865-215-8750. ■■ Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale, SaturdayTuesday, April 1-4, Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building. Info/schedule: knoxfriends.org/book-sales/annualused-book-sale.

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

Home is where the heart is Gilbert is Parkwest’s 400th TAVR patient

There’s no place like home, especially when your home is an RV. Richard (Rick) Gilbert, 74, loves to be on the move. That’s not just the case when it comes to traveling. This veteran of the United States Navy and former Florida resident now parks his rolling home in Pigeon Forge, he doesn’t like to sit still, and certainly doesn’t like to sit anything out. It was frustrating when failing health forced him to slow down several years ago. First, there was bypass surgery in 2006. Last year, there was a pacemaker implant. “My energy was depleted, and I was always out of breath,” Gilbert says. “I had pneumonia five times in five months.” Gilbert is the recipient of the 400th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at Parkwest Medical Center, and he’s now on the move, again. TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, delivering a fully collapsible replacement valve through a stent instead of going in through traditional open heart surgery. The replacement valve pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way, so the tissue in the replacement valve can take over the job of regulating blood flow. When TAVR was recommended for Gilbert last year, he had been feeling unhealthy and discouraged for quite a while. “If we went out to the mall, I would have to sit in a chair while everyone else went through the stores, because I would be completely worn out,” Gilbert says. “I couldn’t walk. It’s not a good feeling.” Gilbert couldn’t walk up the Gatlinburg strip from Ripley’s Aquarium to the Ski Lift without stopping at least a couple of times to rest. Soon he was no longer physically capable of prepping the RV to go out on the road. The sharpest decline came after Gilbert received a pacemaker.

He chalked it up to his age, until his wife persuaded him to press for answers. It didn’t take long for LeConte Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Roger Riedel to figure out something was very wrong with his new patient. Dr. Riedel ordered extensive tests, revealing that an Roger Riedel, aortic valve wasn’t MD functioning properly. Riedel consulted Parkwest cardiologist Dr. Nicholaos Xenopoulos who agreed that Gilbert was a candidate for TAVR. He explained the procedure, and that one of the

benefits would likely be a faster and easier recovery. Gilbert knew from personal experience how long it could take to recover from a heart procedure. In addition to his own experience, he had seen plenty of other heart patients in lengthy cardiac rehabilitation. What if it took weeks or Nicholaos months to recovXenopoulos, er? MD Gilbert’s wife wasn’t well, and she wouldn’t be able to watch over him at the hospital, or cater to him at home. Neither would his children, who were scattered across the country with

400 Patients and counting A lot can happen in five years, and a lot can happen after 400 procedures have been performed. Cardiologist Nicholaos Xenopoulos, MD, is excited to see the improvements in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). The recovery is faster than ever, the device is more efficient, and the risk of complications has been reduced. From the beginning of the process, the patient benefits from the minimalist approach of sedation, versus general anesthesia. “Patients are waking up much faster, and we try to mobilize them much faster,” Dr. Xenopoulos says. “The result is patients being able to go home in just a few days.” The extended benefit is that patients are making significant strides in cardiac rehabilitation after they are discharged. Meanwhile, the increased utilization of the transfemoral approach, entering through a large artery in

the groin, means the procedure can be performed without a surgical incision in the chest, and this also leads to a quicker recovery and faster discharge from the hospital. Dr. Xenopoulos says there have been advances in the tools he’s working with, too. “The device has a smaller diameter, it’s much

easier to use, and there have been improvements in the design of the valve itself,” he adds. “With this new generation of the device, we have less risk of a paravalvular leak.” When a paravalvular leak occurs, it means blood is flowing between the implant device and cardiac tissue. It’s a risk in TAVR,

get moving. One might say the old Rick Gilbert was back, except that he wasn’t feeling quite as old as before. “I feel like I’m 50,” Gilbert says. “I’m completely, physically ready to do whatever I want to do.” Valentine’s Day this year not only marked a day of hearts and flowers. For Gilbert, it also marked the last day of cardiac rehabilitation. When he underwent open heart surgery a few years ago, he had to follow it up with 24 weeks of therapy. After TAVR, he needed Rick Gilbert loves traveling only six weeks. in his RV, but heart problems With his renewed pushed him to the curb. Since energy it didn’t take receiving a Transcatheter Gilbert very long to Aortic Valve Replacement at start making plans Parkwest, he said, “I’m comto pull up stakes pletely, physically ready to do and do a little travelwhatever I want to do.” ing with his wife this homes and spring. You can count families of on them coming back, though. their own to take care of. Gilbert won’t return because Dr. Xenopoulos and cardiothoracic surgeon he’s not able to travel. Gilbert will Dr. Michael Mag- return because East Tennessee is gart performed now his home, he says everyone the transaortic has been wonderful here, and valve replace- there’s really no place he’d rather ment at Parkwest be. In other words, East Tennessee Medical Center on Sept. 19, is where his heart is. “I’m just so grateful,” Gilbert 2016. From the says, expressing gratitude for the moment Gilbert Michael TAVR procedure, the cardiolowoke up, he knew Maggart, MD this was no ordi- gists and the hospital that made it possible. “Everyone should know nary heart procedure. “I couldn’t believe it,” Gilbert about this procedure.” To learn more about TAVR at says. “It was like my whole body Parkwest Medical Center, visit transitioned – I could breathe!” For the next two days Gilbert treatedwell.com/cardiacservices, was anxious to get out of bed and or call (865) 374-PARK.

but much less of a risk than it used to be. Hundreds of people have been able to experience improved quality of life with TAVR, and there will be many more. “There has been dramatic improvement in so many ways,” says Dr. Xenopoulos. “It’s thrilling when you can help someone in a dramatic way.” Dr. Xenopoulos says witnessing the success of so many TAVR patients is assurance that all the hours he’s spent caring for the heart has been worth the time and effort. “I have been practicing for a long time, so I have seen many advances,” he says. “TAVR has been a landmark treatment for something that affects older patients, and it is a significant shift in paradigm.” “TAVR is really a team sport and we are fortunate at Covenant Health to have the support of administration and highly trained multi-disciplinary staff to provide this technology at a high level,” said Dr. Ayaz Rahman, Director of the Parkwest Structural Heart and

Valve program. “I wouldn’t trade our structural team for anything. Our motto is similar to NASA’s which is, ‘failure is not an option’.” TAVR is appropriate for heart Ayaz Rahman, patients who are MD too frail for traditional open heart surgery, or those for whom the traditional surgery carries too many risks. It isn’t meant to replace the more traditional method, but to help patients when open heart surgery isn’t an option. Patients’ severe aortic stenosis is diagnosed through a physical exam and echocardiogram. Dr. Xenopoulos says patients don’t receive the TAVR procedure unless and until that diagnosis is confirmed, and the patient is experiencing symptoms. You can learn more about TAVR by visiting treatedwell.com/TAVR, or by calling (865) 374-PARK.

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