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By Kelly Norrell When about 5,000 runners in the 13th Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon stride into the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood April 2, they will already be hurting. The neighbors will try to remedy that. As the first runners turn onto Cherokee Boulevard around 8 a.m., they will be greeted by the Concord United Methodist Brass Quintet playing the theme from “Star Wars.� Directed by Gayle Friedle, the quintet features drummer Paul


Garrison, who was drummer for Roy Orbison in such songs as “Pretty Woman.� In fact, the entire course through Sequoyah Hills will be overflowing with musicians, volunteers in costumes, more than 200 signs (example: “Run your tubenburbles off!�) and themed entertainment. There will be a “Champion of Life� zone ribbing UT football coach Butch Jones, a High Five Zone, where volunteers wield giant foam hands, and a zone devoted to naked cheerleaders.

Naked cheerleaders? “We have signs that say, ‘Naked Cheerleaders half a mile ahead,’ and ‘Naked Cheerleaders a quarter mile ahead.’ When you get there, there are a lot of undergarments hanging from the trees and a sign that says, ‘Naked Cheerleaders are on break. Be back soon,’� explained organizer Paula Herston. She said this year, the cheerleaders may really be there. The Sequoyah Hills celebration began about 12 years ago, when the marathon started a neighborhood

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competition with runners voting on their favorite neighborhood. A cash prize went to the winning neighborhood association. Sequoyah Hills embraced the challenge. Herston became chief neighborhood organizer about five years ago. She collects ideas and props all year and lines up volunteers. “We want to make it better for the runners. If we can take a bit of their mind off the pain for just a few miles, they will have more juice down the road,� she said. To page A-2

Boyd looks back and ahead at campaign kickoff elected governor By Betsy Pickle I’ll be spending Randy Boyd was in the favora lot of time supite-son zone when he visited New porting commuHopewell Elementary School last nities just like Wednesday to kick off his camthis across our paign for governor. state.� “I was famous for playing a After the fortree in one of the school plays,� mal announcehe quipped to the crowd of famment, Boyd remily, friends, well-wishers and me- Randy Boyd inisced more for dia. The school is “an important part of my personal history. If I’m the Shopper. “I was the fastest

guy in school, which meant nothing when I got to high school. I remember some great teachers. ... I think I was maybe a little fidgety back in those days, but they worked with me and believed in me. So I think it was a great experience because of the great teachers that I had.� Boyd, 57, went on to graduate from Doyle High School at 16 and UT at 19.

“I guess I’ve always been a little impatient,� he said. “By the time I was 16, I realized I had taken all the classes I needed to take to graduate. The only reason to stick around for the last year was just to play sports, and I was OK but not that great, so it didn’t seem like a reason enough to hang around. To page A-3

Staples wants school water tested; Eddie Smith pushes back By Betty Bean State Rep. Rick Staples’ inner city District 15 has some of the oldest school buildings in Knox County, and he’s concerned about the water that kids are drinking. “We want to keep what happened in Flint, Mich., from happening here,� he said. That’s why he’s sponsoring a bill mandating the state school board to require schools built before June 19, 1986 (when federal lead bans went into effect), to test students’ drinking water. Suspect samples would be retested, and parents or guardians notified when drinking water shows lead-level test results more than 20 parts per billion. The bill would leave the number of required tests up to the individual districts. “The spirit of this bill is to capture data in schools built before 1986,� Staples said. “We’re just

trying to capture consistent data to show us where we are. ‌â€? Staples said that such tests are not now being conducted, and said the procedure outlined in his bill would require testing 10 Rick Staples taps per school at $20 per tap. Last week, he presented his bill (HB0631) to the Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee and got a lukewarm reception, primarily because of the $177,000 fiscal note attached. Staples’ colleagues Eddie Smith and Harry Brooks are members of the subcommittee. Smith was skeptical, particularly of the section requiring “periodic testing,â€? which he said is too vague. He also

questioned the level of testing that would be required for finding lead levels of 20 parts per billion. Smith also said that Knox County has only six to eight schools that were built after 1986, which means that the cost of testing for lead contamination would be at least $20,000 per year, and more if multiple tests are required. Subcommittee chair Mark White of Shelby County said he considers the bill “a good concept,� and agreed that lead-contaminated drinking water is bad for kids, but said he is concerned about piling another mandate on local school districts. He moved to postpone Staples’ bill for a week to get a better handle on costs, and Staples agreed, after politely expressing frustration: “We have no knowledge of the levels of lead,� Staples said. “We do




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By Nick Della Volpe This book review does not replace medical advice. Not everyone ages gracefully. That “spare tire� is not easy to resolve. Gym visits? Diet? Ads promising quick weight loss are rampant. But who wants Della Volpe another seesaw experience? In six months, the weight comes creeping back. Dr. Jason Fung, a Canadian nephrologist with a biochemical undergraduate degree, has brought science and common sense to the rescue. His two books, starting with “The Obesity Code� and then “The Complete Guide to Fasting,� can equip us with both the knowledge and a working solution to that stubborn belly or hip fat ... and lasting weight loss. The doctor, who struggled for over a decade to help his busy patients with kidney disease (often triggered by diabetes and obesity), offers us this simple solution: interim fasting. Excess insulin, he argues and documents quite persuasively, not calories, is the culprit. Dr. Fung debunks the false-but-popular conclusion that excess calories or insufficient movement are the main culprits. That’s not the root cause. Our hormone-regulating system has been thrown out of whack by current eating and bad snacking habits, filled with overly processed food and sugar-laden stuff. Excessive insulin causes us to store and store glucose as fat, but never burn it as the body’s alternate fuel. Let’s back up. We evolved as a species unsure if there would be another meal anytime soon. In times of feast, our hormone system (deploying insulin) enabled us to store excess nutrients over current needs. After the body fills the cells and stores glycogen in the liver, it converts the excess to fat stores, creating a “spare tank� to use when new fuel was not available. In effect, we have two fuel tanks: one sugar, the other fat. In lean times, we could easily switch tanks – a smart survival fix by Mother Nature. What happened? Modern people have bypassed the maker’s design. We no longer have to hunt or forage for our dinners. With steady agricultural harvests, grocery stores laden with food, drive-thru fast food

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not have a mechanism. And when we start thinking about spending dollars, we’re spending dollars on our children’s health.� Contacted after the meeting, he said he plans to ask for a vote and expressed frustration at the pushback he received, particularly from Smith. “I believe Eddie’s children are home schooled, so it wouldn’t make that much difference to him. He’s been a great chair of the Knox County delegation, but it would be really great if my colleagues would join me to try and get some bipartisan legislation in place to help capture the data so we can see if there is lead in the drinking water, and if so, how much? Parents and communities want to know this, and we want to keep our children safe. We have to do something to try and answer these questions.�



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tradition. The runners count on us,” said Schoenewaldt. She said they gather at about 7:30 a.m. for coffee, Bloody Marys and muffins. When the runners stream by, the neighbors cheer and sometimes beat pans with wooden spoons. Sometimes runners throw sweatshirts in the yard and come back to get them later. Neighbors throughout Sequoyah Hills have similar gatherings. On race day, Herston and her volunteers begin setting up at 5:45 a.m. Many come from local businesses like Knox Brew Tours, Heritage Realty, Rocky Top MultiSport Club and Crossfit Knoxville. Herston asks volunteers to stay at their posts until the mayor drives through at 10 a.m., signaling that all the runners have passed. “It is important to stay for the very last people. Often, they need the cheering the most,” Herston said. To be a marathon volunteer, visit https://


“What they do is awesome. The last three years, Sequoyah Hills has gone out really strong. Cherokee Boulevard is a 2½ -mile block party,” said Jason Altman, director of the marathon. “Last year, they had a Golden Girls theme. They’ve had a Star Wars theme and they’ve had politicians dressed up like Barack Obama and Donald Trump.” A key area is Noelton Drive, the steepest hill of the marathon course, aka “the Swiss Alps.” “We put a disc jockey there. Maurizio Conti lets us set it up in his yard,” said Altman. Each year, Patrick Durham with Party Boys DJ Show blasts early morning music. Conti, his wife, Pamela Schoenewaldt, and neighbor Vanessa Draper host a breakfast bash for all comers. “Vanessa and I thought someone needed to do the job of cheering on the runners on the steepest hill. So now, as Vanessa says, we have no choice. We have to continue that



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Winning T-shirt tells neighborhood story The Pond Gap Neighborhood Association took first place in a citywide Tshirt contest recently, with winners announced at the Knoxville Neighborhood Conference March 11. “The design shows how the neighborhood got its name,” said David Williams, Pond Gap neighborhood president. Planned by Williams and executed by Borderland Tees, the T-shirt design depicts the history of the neighborhood in pictures. Williams, who had only 36 of the T-shirts made and has already distributed them among the neighbors, modeled it for a photograph at a recent meeting of the neighborhood association at Stock Burgers on Sutherland. Early arrivers Harry and Cheryl McClure and Bruce White said they are proud of their T-shirts. The design tells you the neighborhood stories you want to know. Pictures include the pond of Pond

Kelly Norrell Gap, where settlers would take their cattle to drink. And there are the cattle, too. There are the Ringling Brothers Circus big top, a grocery store, representing the many small grocers once in the area, and Hollywood Restaurant, an institution from 1858-1982. “It was owned by Rex Andes and the Andes family,” Williams said. “Its specialty was broasted chicken. They sponsored a bowling team at Western Plaza Bowling Lanes (also in the design), and the team shirt had a chicken on the back.” There are a historic paper mill, the old Sutherland Airfield, Pond Gap School, players on an interracial baseball league, and the old Knoxville

A solution to belly fat and a refrigerator 15 feet from our easy chair, we have become a one-trick pony. Flooded with repeated insulin releases, we develop insulin resistance, and can store excess in the second fuel tank, but not use it up. You can’t burn both fuels at the same time. What to do? After another six years of working with kidney and other patients using interim fasting, Dr. Fung was able to help people to lose and keep off weight, and drop or reduce their diabetes and blood pressure medications. He focuses on the root cause (excess insulin and resulting insulin resistance over time), not the symptom of weight gain. His busy patients had trouble following a strict low-carb regimen (a good thing) or to part from their starchy comfort foods. The medical/ dietitian community was falsely preaching low-fat everything, but that was unproven and he says incor-

Pond Gap Neighborhood Association residents show off prize winning T-shirt. Pictured are Bruce White, Cheryl McClure, neighborhood president David Williams and Harry McClure. Drive In Theater. There is the place where Third Creek goes under Papermill Road before it comes out on Cox Street. And, for good measure, there are Sutherland Avenue, Hollywood Drive, Forest Park Boulevard, Papermill Road

From page A-1 rect. The easier/ wiser course was to have them eat nothing, using an interim fasting regime (periodic fasting of 12, 24, or 48 hours), once or twice a week, being careful to have them remain fully hydrated (water, tea, coffee). Longer clinical fasts are also presented. Since no drug company or food manufacturer makes money on this, it may take a while to take hold. But it works. A fast helps reset one’s basal metabolism so your body does not return to its former rotund self (homeostasis lowers body temp, heart rate and “normal” metabolism to conserve energy). Avoid seesaw diet disasters. Dr. Fung has given us a clear guide for action. A body having exhausted its glucose stores is free to burn fat. With healthy foods on regular days, a fast once or twice a week will get you to your goal. Read the books and stay hydrated.

and the old Mann Street. That is a lot to go on a Tshirt, but it works, thanks to the skills of Borderland Tees designers. Williams said he might order more. The Mechanicsville Community Association took sec-

ond place in the contest, and RiverHill Gateway Neighborhood Association took third. The designs were judged on artistry, creativity, originality, and for communicating a clear and positive message about the neighborhood.

Cheryl McClure said she and her husband, Harry, joined the Pond Gap Neighborhood Association when they moved to their home off Lonas years ago. “We participate to know what’s going on. The neighborhood group had a Knoxville police officer to come talk to us about the neighborhood, about things like speeders. We see a cruiser parked in the neighborhood sometimes, and that makes us feel better,” she said. Bruce White, who has lived in the area eight or nine years, said he used to be involved in a nearby neighborhood residents’ association but was drawn to the more proactive and positive atmosphere of the Pond Gap group, which he said is responsive to neighborhood concerns. “A lot of local politicians are more concerned about their own agendas than they are about the neighborhoods,” he said.

Randy Boyd “UT was a little different. I was paying my own way through college, and you could get 22 (credit) hours for the same price as 14. So when you’re paying your own way and you’re cheap, you sign up for as many hours as you can get. And if you take 22 hours every quarter, you graduate early.” Boyd commuted from home in South Knoxville till he graduated, at which point he rented an apartment in West Knoxville. He eventually started Radio Systems Corp. and became one of the most successful businessowners in the state. In 2012, Gov. Bill Haslam talked Boyd into serving (unpaid) as a higher-education consultant for the state. He later served two years as commissioner of Economic and Community Development, resigning last month. Working in Nashville – with wife Jenny, their two grown sons and his rescued dachs-

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hund in Knoxville – was hard for Boyd. “One of the things I look forward to in this campaign is that Jenny gets to travel with me, and in most cases the dog will travel with me. When I get elected governor, we’ll share the same house together in Nashville. We’ll still come back to Knoxville to see our boys from time to time, but Nashville will be my home for that period of time.” In 2011, Jenny opened Boyd’s Jig & Reel in the Old City, and her husband says she doesn’t plan to desert it. “Jenny’s plan is to continue to be there, at least on Tuesday nights,” he says. “That’s when they have old-time jams. She loves being at the pub and playing with her friends, playing her fiddle. So that’s our compromise. Mondays and Tuesdays she’ll probably be in Knoxville, and then come over on Wednesday morning.”

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

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You shall not make for yourself an idol … for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:8, 9 NRSV) We don’t think about idolatry in our modern society. When we hear the word, our tendency is to associate it with someone else – not ourselves – but some other person, some other country, some other denomination, or some other religion. Perhaps Lent is a season to examine our own idolatries, painful as it is. What would you have trouble giving up for 40 days? Meat? Golf? Candy? Facebook? Gossip? Whatever it is, it is an idol. (Obviously, there are things one should not give up for health reasons: breathing, eating, sleeping, bathing.) But if you can’t give up a soft drink or a hot dog or a certain TV show, maybe you should consider what is important to you. What is your idol? Be honest! Another decision you will need to make is de-


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ciding what positive thing you are going to do in place of the habit or activity you have given up. Instead of playing golf, perhaps you could volunteer in a soup kitchen. Instead of eating a piece of pie, you could bake a pie and take it to a retirement home. Instead of reading a book at home, read to a group of senior citizens. Instead of complaining about the kids next door who left their bike in your yard, invite them to a story time. Word of advice: don’t talk about what you have sacrificed, what good works you have done. The Lord knows. No one else needs to. basket and meet at the Park Office. Info: 865-992-5523.

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■■ Powell Business and Professional Association, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, Powell Station Park on Emory Road adjacent to the high school. Communitywide event includes prizes, live animals, free refreshments and more.

Campus Ministry Gala to feature UT collectibles By Carol Z. Shane This Saturday, Laurel Church of Christ is hosting an event not only near and dear to those involved with the UT Christian Student Center, but to Vol fans everywhere. Their Campus Ministry Gala will feature a live auction of “tons of UT memorabilia and collectibles,” according to campus minister Tyler Ellis. There’s even a basketball signed by Pat Summitt. The CSC provides UT students with a place to hang, do laundry, study, play games, take a nap between classes and cook up some grub. There’s a library with books and movies. Nondenominational, sponsored by Laurel Church of Christ, it offers weekly Bible studies. It’s a great place for Christian students, but all are welcome. The dinner will raise awareness for an endowment that benefits the campus ministry. “Ultimately,” says Ellis, “we hope events like this will connect us with people who can help us reach our goal of $1 million. “The interest from the endowment will serve to provide student scholarships for foreign and domestic mission trips during spring break and summer,

Dr. Joe Johnson, president emeritus of UT, will join campus minister Tyler Ellis for the Campus Ministry Gala at Laurel Church of Christ, benefiting the UT Christian Student Center. Photo submitted

retreats and conferences. In the past, our ministry has taken students to L.A. and D.C. to work among people experiencing homelessness, to Atlanta to work among refugees, and overseas to teach English and work with orphans, among other opportunities.” The semi-formal gala will include a delicious dinner and dessert, prepared and served by the CSC students, live and silent auctions with professional auctioneer

Kevin Ross, live music with David Keim on the piano, free pizza and child care for kids, and a brief word from Dr. Joe Johnson, president emeritus of the University of Tennessee. Live and silent auctions will feature over 50 items, services and experiences. Included are weekend getaways at Smoky Mountain cabins, pottery classes, a powered parachute flight, dental care, estate planning, car pinstriping, graphic de-

sign work, babysitting and a family photo shoot. And yes, there’s plenty of UT swag, Ellis says, including “balls signed by Pat Summitt and Butch Jones, framed artificial checkered turf from Neyland Stadium, Christmas decorations, signs and canvases, a UT quilt, a coonskin cap, shirts, hats, jerseys, jackets, dresses and jewelry; a UT Tiffany billiards light with orange stools, and tons of man-cave decorations.” For those who just can’t get enough of that color, “there will also be plenty of orange stuff like dishes, shoes, chairs, antique furniture and a 7-speed bicycle,” says Ellis. And the plum prize – bidders will have the chance to win two tickets to join Dr. Joe and Pat Johnson in their skybox to watch a football game next fall. The Campus Ministry Gala starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday, March 25, at Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike. Tickets are $15 and the deadline is today, Wednesday, March 22, so hurry up and visit cscauction. businesscata index.html To support CSC with a donation, call the church at 865-524-1122.

Nominations open for ‘Endangered 8’ most threatened historic sites 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 destruc-

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FAITH NOTES ■■ West Emory Presbyterian Church, 1035 Emory Church Road, will host Bruce Davies in concert 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Suggested donation of $10 or more will benefit the East Tennessee Disaster Relief Fund of the Presbytery of East Tennessee. ■■ 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

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LIBRARY NOTES ■■ 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.

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

Cedar Springs Weekday If I lived in the School celebrates 50 years White House By Susie Isaac

Director Karen Witcher What started as two pre- and former director of 25 school classes in 1966 is this years, Dr. Wanda Mooney, school year celebrating 50 will speak. Complete with years of serving a current v i d e o s annual enrollment of 400 and phoKnoxville children and their t o g r a p h s capturfamilies. Located inside Ce- ing school dar Springs Presbyterian m e m o and Church at the corner of Ce- ries dar Bluff Road and Kings- b a l l o o n s ton Pike, Cedar Springs galore, current and past Weekday School has grown Weekday School families to now offer both part- and and staff will celebrate with full-time preschool, includ- church staff and members. A favorite of the school’s ing a class for 5-year-olds; the summer a state-certified kindergar- offering, ten; and after-school and school-age care program, summer care for grades takes the children to a local pool twice a week, on field K-5. Celebrating such a con- trips to area attractions, spicuous anniversary de- and has weekly themes to serves a memorable affair, put the kids’ creativity and planned for Wednesday, energy to good use. But preschool has been April 5, at the church beginning at 5 p.m. with Black the mainstay of the WeekEyed Joe’s BBQ followed by day School, and it thrives a celebration cake and fes- on the love and loyalty of tivities at 5:30 p.m. families that re-enroll year

after year. “All my kids have loved attending here, and (the school) has provided a safe and fun environment for them to learn and grow,” says Hilary Salas. “I am thankful for their teachers who’ve helped provide the building blocks for my children’s formative years, giving them a head start for school.” The Weekday School has given birth to two well-loved community educational institutions: the Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), which built its own building in 1985, and Oak Grove Homeschool Cooperative, starting out on its own just this school year. The Weekday School employs 80 teachers and staff, many of whom have

Central Baptist Bearden to hold ‘Tu Dia’ for Hispanic women By Kelly Norrell The sixth annual “Tu Dia 2017,” which means “Your Day,” will be held for Hispanic women at Central Baptist Church Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, this Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event, which will be in Spanish, will provide pampering, a home-cooked lunch and information on a range of topics. The event is free and includes child care for children up to age 9, said organizer Joyce Wyatt. Participants will hear a talk on preventive health care for women by UT Medical Center gynecolo-

gist Dr. Humberto Rodriguez. An information fair will include a mobile health clinic, an addiction service program, the Knox County Health Department, and ESL services. Massages, makeup and nail polishing will be offered. Wyatt said women would receive information relative to new anxieties. “We will provide information to ease fears that Hispanic families might have in the light of the current immigration setting. “This is not evangelism, but an effort to connect. I hope every woman will know she is loved, accepted and valued in this community,” Wyatt said.

been with the school for 15 years or more. One of those longtime employees is Patti Grob, teacher of a class for 4-year-olds, who says working at Cedar Springs is more than a job. “The helpfulness, kindness and the love of everyone makes Cedar Springs Weekday School a family. This spills over to the children and families. It is a wonderful place to work.” The school is also large enough to accommodate many different opportunities for its children’s growth and development. In this big anniversary year, the school has been hopping, with a brand new logo, a new playground surface and a highly successful February registration. For more information about Cedar Springs Weekday School, visit the website or Facebook page. Susie Isaac is assistant director of Cedar Springs Weekday School.

SCHOOL NOTES ■■ Central Baptist Church-Bearden’s Children’s Consignment Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 6300 Deane Hill Drive. Proceeds will be donated to the West Hills Elementary School FOOD 4 Kids Program. Consignor/volunteer registration is open through 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5. Info/registration:;; 865-588-0586.

DNA and genealogy workshop is Saturday Dr. George K. Schweitzer, a UT professor of chemistry, will present “Autosomal DNA for Genealogy” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Schweitzer will explain how information from a DNA test can be used in conjunction with genealogical research to trace ancestors through the past five generations. The workshop is free. Info: 865-215-8824 or

By Kip Oswald

When I was in second grade, I remember saying I wanted to be president of the United States when I grew up. After reading about all the First Kids, Kip I should have said I wanted Mom to be president so I could be a First Kid. Being a kid in the White House sounds like the most fun I can possibly dream about. Imagine a house with 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms! It also has 28 fireplaces, eight staircases and three elevators! Since Mom hates to cook, I told her about the five full-time chefs to cook all the meals. She could have as many as 140 guests at one time, which would definitely cover all our family and friends. Of course, if she were president, I am sure more family and friends would come around! Being that huge, it is no wonder the White House was called the President’s Palace and the Executive Mansion before it was given the name White House in 1901. The White House has so many activities for the president’s family and guests that you would never have to leave the property. The White House has a tennis court that was first built in 1902 behind the West Wing but was moved to the west side of the South Lawn in 1909. There is a heated indoor swimming pool built in 1933 for Franklin D. Roosevelt. He

also built a movie theater in 1942 inside a coatroom where the president and his guests watch first-run movies. My family would never leave the house if we lived there because we are always at the movies or watching Netflix. In 1947, bowling lanes were built as a birthday present for President Harry Truman. President Dwight Eisenhower installed a putting green in 1954, and in 1975 an in-ground outdoor swimming pool was built on the grounds. A quarter-mile jogging track was installed around the south drive in 1993 by President Bill Clinton because when he jogged outside the White House, it disrupted Washington traffic. Oh, the games my friends and I could play in that house! I was telling my sister, Kinzy, about the size of the White House. She commented how cool it would be to have a prom there, and then I found that President Gerald Ford actually allowed his daughter to have her high school prom in the White House. Now that is amazing! I read that ever since John Adams, the first president to live in the White House, moved into the house, each president has been able to make his own changes to the house. Each First Family decorates the house how they want and decides how they want to receive visitors. Over the next months, we will learn some of the fun facts and interesting tidbits I have found on each of our presidents. Send comments to oswaldsworldtn@gmail. com




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and packed cars from K nox v ille and District 6780 will head down I-75 for the 2017 Rotary International Convention in AtTom King lanta, June 10-14. This will be Rotary’s 108th convention – its third in Atlanta – and more than 40,000 Rotarians from 160 countries will be there. The convention will be at the Georgia World Congress Center, and its lineup of world-class speakers is led by the event’s keynoter, Bill Gates. Gates and his wife, Melinda, are co-chairs of The Gates Foundation and have joined Rotary’s worldwide effort to eradicate polio forever. The Gates Foundation and Rotary are ongoing partners; Gates matches 2:1 donations by Rotarians up to $35 million a year. To date Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates, has raised

$1.6 billion to wipe out polio and prevent it from coming back. “With the most effective resources in place, it’s possible that we will soon see the last case of polio in Bill Gates history. At the convention, Bill will say more about how we can – and will – end polio,” said John Germ, Rotary International’s president from Chattanooga. ■■ ‘Hold ’Em’


The Rotary Club of Turkey Creek is “holding” its Texas Hold ’Em for Service Fundraiser on Friday, May 5, at Southeast Bank (12700 Kingston Pike). Tickets are $50 a seat (includes dinner, and a seat/ chips in the tournament). A portion of the money raised will be used to honor a past president of the club, Ann Lotspeich. Tickets are being sold via Eventbrite. Tickets:

CFA cat show this weekend The 40th annual CFA AllBreed Cat Show will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park. The show is presented by the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Inc., and features cats and kittens from across the country competing for “Best in Show” in each of 10 judging rings; vendors with cat-theme novelty items, grooming supplies, great toys and cat trees; and more. General admission: $6 adults, $4 students and seniors. Info:

Getting closure: Old Marine returns to Vietnam By Sandra Clark Gary Koontz, along with wife Vicki, is a one-stop real estate shop. He buys, builds and sells; he partnered in development of Fountainhead on Tazewell Pike, Kinley’s Kanyon in Corryton and Urban Park in West Knox. And he shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he rarely leaves town, so you can imagine the stretch of his return to Vietnam after fighting there as a Marine some 50 years ago. Koontz traveled 9,000 miles from home with John Becker from WBIRTV, who taped a show called “Facing Ghosts.” The 8-part series is available online at Catching up at Litton’s, Gary said the visit was not what he expected. The people were welcoming and the country looked prosperous. There were no signs of the war that claimed more than a million lives of soldiers and civilians and forced the retirement of President Lyndon Johnson.

Koontz rented a car and hired a driver to take him to his old base north of Da Nang. He was sure he could drive straight to it, but time and the jungle had reclaimed the spot. He drove on steep mountain roads, now protected with guardrails. One narrow pass where the enemy often set ambushes now features a small store, selling snacks and souvenirs. Asked if the trip “brought closure,” the old Marine said he found closure the day he left the fight to head home. He used words roughly translated: “I’m outta here and these people can kiss my rear end.” Vicki Koontz said Gary should realize that he did find his battlefield. “But guess what? Nothing’s there but peace.”

Grand opening for GIA office Grand opening was held Monday for a new office for Gastrointestinal Associates. The $15 million facility is at 1311 Dowell Springs Blvd in West Knoxville. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was scheduled to attend, along with GIA’s chief executive officer, Joe Dew, and GIA founder Dr. Gene Overholt. The facility features a GI Clinic, Endoscopy Center,

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Gary Koontz today and as a 19-yearold Marine.

HEALTH NOTES ■■ The Northshore Open, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, Northshore Senior Living, 8804 S. Northshore Drive. A gathering for golfers and a first chance to sign up for the 13th annual Alzheimer’s Tennessee Memory Links Golf Classic to be held Monday, May 15, at Gettysvue. Info: Alzheimer’s Tennessee, 865-544-6288. ■■ “Joint Pain, Don’t Let It Slow You Down,” a free orthopedics seminar presented by Tennova Healthcare. Turkey Creek Medical Center Johnson Conference Center, 10820 Parkside Drive: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29; 5:30-

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4; 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Physicians Regional Medical Center Emerald Room, 930 Emerald Ave.: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. Register at least one day prior to seminar. Info/ registration: tennovaortho. com or 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682). ■■ “Ready, Set, Unite! Walk for Child Abuse Prevention” free community prevention walk and information fair, 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, Market Square. No registration required; everyone invited. Hosted by Helen Ross McNabb Center. Info:; or Houston Smelcer, houston. or 865-329-9119.

FARRAGUT CHAMBER EVENTS ■■ Thursday, March 23, 8-9:30 a.m., networking: Holy Cross Anglican Church, 515 Herron Road. ■■ Thursday, March 30, 8-9:30 a.m., networking: Michael Brady Inc., 299 N. Weisgarber Road. ■■ Friday, March 31, 11 a.m.-noon, ribbon cutting: Big O Tires Cedar Bluff, 1015 Old Cedar Bluff Road. ■■ Thursday, April 6, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., networking: SouthEast Bank-Farragut, SouthEast Bank, 12700 Kingston Pike.

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HappyHealthySmart Symposium ahead The East Tennessee Community Design Center and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization are hosting an innovative symposium to find new and better ways to connect people and places, with the goal of creating a happier, healthier and smarter region. The sessions will feature Since 1990, the Knoxville Scottish Rite Foundation has provided funding to the UT Health Science Center Department of Audiol- screenings of short docuogy and Speech Pathology to support speech-language services provided to pediatric clients from birth to age 10 whose fami- mentary films, augmented lies qualify financially. This year’s donation was $25,000. Pictured are Dr. Ashley Harkrider, department chair; and representatives by commentary and analyfrom the Scottish Rite Foundation: Robert B. Beam 33º, secretary; Robert T. Reed 33º, vice president; Robert D. Anderson 33º; and David A. Webb 32º, president.

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Eusebia Presbyterian offers disaster plan event By Kelly Norrell Eusebia Presbyterian Church, 1701 Burnett Station Road in Seymour, wants every person and church in East Tennessee to have something new for

spring – a disaster plan. On Saturday, April 1, from 10 until noon, the church will host a free workshop, “Be Prepared for Disaster,” for anyone who wants to come. You do not

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“When the fires were so close to us, I thought about what I would take if I had have to be Disaster Assistance was to evacuate. When we hear a Presbyte- speaking to a group. They about disasters, we tend to rian or be- said, ‘This is a good time for think, ‘That could never haplong to any people to think about pre- pen to me,’” Davidson said. church. venting disaster.’ Emergency may take the T h r e e trained volunteers from the Presbyterian Davidson Disaster Assistance National Response Team and one staff member from the UT Extension Service will help churches and individuals begin preparing individualized plans to deal with emergency. The idea for the workshop came right after the Gatlinburg fire, said the Rev. Jean Davidson, Eusebia Presbyterian pastor. “Presbyterian

sis from nationally and locally recognized experts, addressing land use, transportation and design issues. Sessions are free and open to the public. A public open house is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. A session for design professionals will be 1:304:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, The Square Room, 4 Market Square.

form of dangerous intruders, accidents that occur on trips, or the death of a loved one. Davidson said pre-registration is requested but not required. Info: rev2jean@gmail. com or 865-982-6332

Keep Knoxville Beautiful recognized winners in six beautification categories and awarded two special honors at the annual Orchids banquet held March 6 at the Standard. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero presented Felicia Harris Hoehne with a new award, named for her. It was created to honor a person who exemplifies KKB’s mission of making Knoxville a “clean, green, and beautiful” city. Harris Hoehne joined the Keep Knoxville Beautiful board in 2009 and is an acFelicia Harris tive member of the Spring Place Neighborhood Association. She is dedicated to the KKB mission and hires crews to pick up litter in her own and other people’s neighborhoods. The Mary Lou Horner award, given to a former winner that remains “Orchid worthy,” went to the Tennessee ■■ Dr. Delbert J. “DJ” KrahwinTheatre. kel, professor Executive director Patience Melnik said more than 200 emeritus, people attended the event, a major fundraiser for the nonCollege of profit. The guest speaker was Gale Fulton, director of the Veterinary School of Landscape Architecture at UT. Melnik said the Medicine, has been awarded 2017-18 community of the year will be East Knoxville. the Lifetime Winners were: Suttree Landing Park, outdoor space; Achievement Locust Street pedestrian bridge, public art; the Natalie Award by the Haslam Music Center at UT, new architecture; Balter Tennessee Beerworks and K Brew, restaurant/café/bar/brewery; Veterinary Dr. Krahwinkel Daniel and Patricia Nash Designs, redesign/reuse; and Medical Asthe Joint Institute of Advanced Materials, environmental sociation (TVMA). stewardship.

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last words Jones must overcome history to win Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones will be a credible candidate for county mayor, if he runs, and will keep Commissioner Bob Thomas and perhaps Glenn Jacobs, if he enters the race, busy. However, Jones will need to overcome the impression that he is only a sheriff. Three previous sheriffs tried to transition to executive or legislative office in Knox County and failed. They were Archie Weaver for city mayor in 1965, Bernard Waggoner for state senator in 1974 and Tim Hutchison for county mayor in 2010. Democrats do not yet have a credible candidate, and the GOP primary in May 2018 will decide who the next county mayor will be. It also appears that Sherry Witt, register of deeds, and state Rep. Roger Kane will oppose each other for county clerk to follow Foster Arnett Jr., who is term limited, also in the May 2018 primary. This means there will be a new register of deeds and a new state representative. ■■ More information is coming out on the search for the new UT athletic director, which resulted in John Currie being hired. It seems the six-member search committee may have interviewed only two candidates, Currie and Phillip Fulmer. David Blackburn at UT Chattanooga was interviewed by the search firm, paid $75,000 for its work, but did not make it to the actual search committee. The six-member search committee had no black members and only one woman, Donna Thomas (who works at the Athletic Department and was on the search committee that picked Beverly Davenport to be chancellor). Davenport stresses diversity but did not implement it on this high-profile committee. The Fulmer interview occurred in Nashville at the Governor’s Residence on Curtiswood Lane and included Jimmy Haslam,

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brother of the governor, Peyton Manning and Chancellor Davenport. The governor was not present for the interview. A majority of the search committee also was not present. Manning favored Fulmer and Jimmy Haslam favored Currie. Davenport then flew to Manhattan, Kansas, to meet with Currie, where the job was offered. None of this is inappropriate as such, but it makes for interesting discussion about the total process. ■■ Former state Sen. Brown Ayres turns 86 on March 27. He is retired and lives in Sequoyah Hills’ Hamilton House. Judge Charles Susano turns 81 on March 25. He is longestserving current judge on the state’s civil appellate court. ■■ Randy Boyd will hold a major April 24 fundraiser in Knoxville for his campaign for governor in the August 2018 primary. State Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville, another candidate for governor, campaigned in Knoxville last week. But he will likely be nominated to be Secretary of the Army, which would remove him from the race. Green would be a very able choice for the Pentagon. ■■ State Sen. Mark Norris of Memphis may end up with a federal judgeship and depart the governor’s race, leaving only Boyd and U.S. Rep. Diane Black as the two major candidates. ■■ Jim Harter, longtime Fountain City resident and Scenic Knoxville advocate, died last week. He, along with his wife, Ann, who survives him, were dedicated advocates against billboards and appeared at many city council meetings. He will be missed.

New rule at impoundment lot Because of a change in a city ordinance to reflect state law, anyone retrieving a vehicle from the city impoundment lot will now need to present proof of insurance. State law requires all vehicle owners to have insurance. Under the revised city ordinance, anyone seeking to retrieve a vehicle from the lot on Vice Mayor Jack Sharp Road in East Knoxville must bring proof of insurance, a government-issued picture ID, a licensed driver and proof of vehicle ownership. They also must pay any fees for towing and storage at the lot. The impoundment lot is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but vehicles are only released between 8 a.m. and midnight.

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Basketball outlook similar to past Tennessee basketball is now two weeks in the general direction of next year, No. 3-to-be for Rick Barnes. Wouldn’t it be great to believe good times are just around the corner. Through my binoculars, the outlook appears much like the past. I hope I am wrong. The coach said the team that failed in February just wasn’t tough enough, physically or mentally. Fixing that is part of the coach’s job. Careful now. Some psyches are fragile. Shooting stats made me wonder if the Vols were trying to hit a moving target. Tennessee was No. 282 in America in field goal percentage. It was 301 in threepointers. The coach is in charge of shooting. In truth, 16-16 against a good schedule and 8-10 in the Southeastern Conference (if you don’t count the tournament loss) fits Barnes’ recent pattern. In his last four years at Texas, his conference record was 35-37. That’s why he is at Tennessee. But wait, you say, 8-10 exceeded expectations. Indeed it did, by a basket or two. Experts predicted UT would be next to last in the league. They erred. Effort alone made the team better than that.

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For much of the season, the Vols were fun to watch, even with flaws. They started some games as if they didn’t know when was tipoff. They blew big leads but never quit. February was fatal. Scoring sagged into the 50s. Shooting percentages slipped into the 30s. These were hints of exhaustion. Opponents may actually have read scouting reports and adjusted to what Tennessee could do. The Vols had no place to go. There was no inside game. Likely 2018 problems: There is no projected SEC star. No not one. Grant Williams is interesting. If he were two or three inches taller, he wouldn’t be here. He’d be engrossed in March madness. Tennessee does not have even a mid-level post player. No matter what you hear, there is a place for a good big man. For some strange reason, young point guards did not develop as expected. The coach seemed surprised.

He never stopped searching. The combination of disappointment and no answer means adequate floor leadership is yet to be confirmed. No question about defensive deficiencies. Guards couldn’t guard guards. There is no more Robert Hubbs, dearly departed senior. He exceeded a thousand points but left us wondering what might have been. If the roster holds, Tennessee will have no scholarship seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, two important redshirt freshmen and at least one newcomer who might make a difference. Barnes may know which player or players will provide leadership. I don’t. Well, Admiral Schofield and Williams might. The coach may know who will start. I don’t. Williams is one good bet. He was a delight in some games. He will be offered video seminars in what SEC officials are likely to consider a foul. Jordan Bone has talent and a lot to learn. If Jordan Bowden is going to be a key shooter, he must gain consistency. If John Fulkerson really gets well, if Jalen Johnson gains endurance, if, if, if. It would be almost wonderful if Tennessee could be-

come a championship contender. John Currie would order the removal of covers that hide empty upper-level seats at Thompson-Boling arena. Enthusiastic crowds would provide a home-court advantage. Foes would fear the Volunteers. Think how much young players must improve for that to happen. Consider the difference in three-star recruits and what top teams sign. Incoming Zack Kent, a project in rivals’ eyes, is 6-10 until remeasured. Derrick Walker, 6-8, says he will bring toughness and fast-motor. The scholarship that once belonged to Detrick Mostella goes to 6-6 young Frenchman Yves Pons. Interesting story: born in Haiti (Port-au-Prince), adopted at age 4 by a French couple, surprisingly mature at 17, genuine international experience, great potential but not nearly ready for prime time. Thank goodness Barnes, 63 in July, still sees the future. He has tournament history, 22 NCAA appearances. One thought related to returns: A couple of better, bigger players would speed up the process. Tell the recruiters. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is

Could city council become all white? The map of Knoxville City Council’s sixth district looks like a cartoon drawing of a long-nosed, pointyheaded man stretched out on an east/ west axis from Burlington to Lonsdale, nose pointed south. The district was drawn to encomBob Booker pass Knoxville’s African-American neighborhoods and business districts in 1969 with one clear objective in mind: “So that a black person would stand a chance,” said Knoxville historian and longtime political activist Bob Booker, who, thanks to a similar redistricting in 1966, was serving in the state Legislature when the city redistricting took place. “To give us a seat at the table,” said Rick Staples, who occupies the state House seat that Booker pioneered. Same thing happened when the old County Court morphed into the modern day County Commission a few years later, and minority citizens have been electing minority officeholders ever since. The few African-Americans who have sought other seats

And with the deadline to district (Mark Campen) turn in qualifying petitions won’t be voting in the prito run for city council still mary – their representaBetty two months away, all signs tive runs in off-year elecBean point to an old-fashioned tions with the three at-large throwdown in District 6, council members. Add this where 10 aspiring candi- anomaly to the district-only dates – three white and sev- primaries and citywide genhave had no luck, to date. But now, Booker and en black – had picked up pe- eral elections, and Rodgers other East Knoxville com- titions by St. Patrick’s Day, is not the only one with conmunity leaders are growing with rumors of many more cerns. “I never did like the way apprehensive, as shifting waiting in the wings. Knox County Admin- it was done – nominated populations and evolving voting patterns are chang- istrator of Elections Cliff in the district, voted on ing the district’s makeup. Rodgers is elated with the citywide. Better than nothDowntown is booming and heightened candidate inter- ing, I guess,” Booker said, Parkridge is growing. In last est and hopes that it will pointing out the void in year’s elections, turnout in translate into increased black representation on city those precincts swamped voter participation. He is council between 1912 when that of the traditional black frustrated, however, that Dr. Henry Morgan Green turnout will be depressed left office and 1969 when wards. “We are in danger of los- because the 12,458 voters Theotis Robinson Jr. took ing our representation,” registered in the city’s fifth office. Booker said. “I’ve said that some time ago about all of our seats. All of those positions (the sixth district council seat, the first disBob Clement, former TVA director trict commission seat and and member of Congress, will be in the 15th district state House Knoxville at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March seat) are in danger. And 24, at the East Tennessee History there are several reasons for Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Admission this: is free and the public is invited. “Number one, black peoClement will speak about his new ple don’t vote. Number two, book, “Presidents, Kings and Conthe population is changing. victs: My Journey from the TennesI look at all these new apartsee Governor’s Residence to the Halls of Congress.” ment buildings downtown Books will be available for purchase and signing. – the White Lily Building, Clement’s father, Frank G. Clement, was governor Marble Alley – everywhere of Tennessee for 10 years, from 1953-59 and from I look there are new apart1963-67. ments, and not one percent Bob Clement served eight terms in the U.S. Conof them will have black ocgress. cupants.”

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Brent Blalock, 69, had been having trouble with his lower back for a long time. The mild pain at first followed physical activity like golfing or canoeing, so he just assumed he had overworked his back, or that it was simply a symptom of old age. In June 2016, the pain and discomfort took a new direction. “I thought I had neuropathy,” says Blalock, who has diabetes. “Some days I would have a pain in my legs that I had never had before, and I started having some strange numbness,” Blalock says. “It got progressively worse – instead of experiencing it once every couple of weeks, it was weekly on one leg or the other, and sometimes both.” He credits a team of Covenant Health physicians with getting him into an active lifestyle.

and informed Blalock that neuropathy wasn’t the problem. He referred Blalock to neurologist Brent Blalock can enjoy his family to the Darrell Thomas, MD. fullest thanks to a successful spinal stenosis “He did extensive procedure at Fort Sanders Regional. neurological testing and he prescribed an MRI,” Blalock says. After reviewing the results, Dr. Thomas recommended that Blalock see neurosurgeon Barrett Brown, MD, at TN Brain and Spine. “Dr. Brown confirmed exactly what Dr. Thomas thought,” Blalock says. The verdict was spinal stenosis, a condition in which the passage ways of the spine become narrow, putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. After reviewing Blalock’s symptoms and test results, Dr. Brown recommended lumbar laminecBlalock scheduled an appoint- tomy, a surgical procedure ment with his primary care doc- that widens the spinal canal tor, Richard Rose, MD, for late and relieves spinal cord or September 2016. He tried to go on nerve pressure caused by about his daily life, but it wasn’t stenosis. easy. “He is very thorough and “In mid-September, we took he goes into detail, telling our grandchildren on a Disney you exactly what your issues cruise, and I couldn’t keep up at are and what his approach is the airport,” says Blalock. going to be,” Blalock says of After struggling through a pain- Dr. Brown. “Dr. Brown and ful and exhausting trip, Blalock his staff are very, very communiwas glad to get to the doctor’s cative, and they take the time to office. Dr. Rose ordered X-rays make sure you understand.” Blalock underwent a lumbar laminectomy at Fort Sand-

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Back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain… the root of the problem is often a pinched spinal nerve. The good news is that now Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center’s physicians use state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques to perform spine surgery. Compared with traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgeries offer patients many advantages, including a smaller incision, less postoperative pain, faster recovery and improved outcome. Non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy and medication should always be tried first. If those don’t help, surgery may be the best option.

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“Oh, I’m fantastic,” he says. “I wanted to get my lifestyle back to where I could enjoy my grandkids, and I’m there! I’m fortunate that I have three extremely good doctors – I have not had one single stenosis-related pain since my surgery.” Blalock is looking forward to enjoying all the activities he gave up because of the pain he experienced before surgery. He can hardly wait to get out on the golf course this summer. He wants to go tubing with his grandsons again, and to hike, bike, and get back in his old aluminum canoe. Dr. Brown says many of his patients are like Blalock, ready to enjoy an active retirement that might include gardening, hiking, fishing, traveling or going to grandchildren’s school or sporting events. “Lumbar laminectomy lets patients resume activities they were not able to participate effectively in because of limitations from the neural compression,” he says. Dr. Brown adds that “surgery should never be viewed as a quick fix for pain. But for those who need it, lumbar laminectomy can have life-changing results.”

Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the passage way of the spine which causes pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, often causes a particular form of discomfort or pain, says Barrett Brown, MD, a neurosurgeon at TN Brain and Spine. Those who have spinal stenosis “may or may not have back pain – and if they do, it’s a minor component of their symptoms,” Dr. Brown explains. “The main issues are pain or weakness in the legs after walking a Barrett Brown, MD set distance. That distance may vary among patients, but generally doesn’t vary for (the individual).” A first visit to his office includes a review of symptoms and methods of treatment the patient has already tried. Dr. Brown works with the patient to find alternatives to surgery if possible. Surgical procedures include risks, so he recommends surgery only after the patient has exhausted other options and symptoms continue to interfere with quality of life. For those patients, lumbar laminectomy can mean the difference between merely existing and living life to the fullest.

Once it has been determined that the patient is a candidate for a lumbar laminectomy, the hospital stay is usually a short one. “Most patients stay overnight, but some will go home the same day,” Dr. Brown says. “A few may stay longer, depending on their medical needs. “The procedure involves going to sleep under general anesthesia,” Dr. Brown says. “The muscles are elevated off the bone to be removed, followed by removal of the lamina (the bone that forms a ‘roof’ for the spinal canal) and underlying ligament.” Most patients report improvement in their symptoms after waking from anesthesia, although it takes a few days or weeks for some. “Your back will be sore for a few days, but for most patients the operative pain has improved or resolved within a week,” Dr. Brown says. Spinal stenosis may develop or become symptomatic at any age, but is most frequently diagnosed in older patients – often people who are ready to enjoy retirement and want to remain active. Successful lumbar laminectomy can allow them to keep moving and stay involved in their favorite pastimes. To learn more about spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, visit www. or call 865- 331-2835.

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2005 VOLVO XC90 - Excellent condition. Beautiful car. 135k miles. AWD fully loaded. $6800 (423)-5393837 or (865)-236-7506

CHEVROLET IMPALA - 04. Looks/Runs great,well maint. 104 mi., $3,400. (865)566-7089. KIA OPTIMA - 2014. Automatic, power locks, power windows. 27,000 miles. $13,800 (865)-567-2522.

Sports and Imports 2012 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID - Four door. Very low miles. Mint. Car of the year! $15k (865)201-6894. KIA OPTIMA SX Lmt Turbo 2013 Fully loaded, 10k mi, $15,500. (423)295-5393. Nissan Altima SL 2012, leather, heated seats, moonrf, exc cond & records, 95K mi, $9600. (865)266-4410.


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HONDA PILOT 2014. Touring, fully loaded, 49K mi., $23,500. Call (423)295-5393.

Trucks 2007 CHEVROLET SILVERADO - Second owner. Super nice. 4.8 V8 automatic. 25K miles. Extended cab 4 door. $21,000 (865)-992-4488. 2013 CHEVROLET SILVERADO LTZ 4X4, Pearl Wht./Tan Ltr., Factory Polished wheels and Steps, Trifecta bed cover. Gorgeous truck w/65000 Hi-way miles. Dealer service, One owner. $27500 Call 865-740-9300. Pictures available.

Vans CHEVROLET ASTRO CONVERSION VAN with lift gate. Front and rear air. Really Loaded. 103k miles. $4990 (865)-308-2743. HONDA ODYSSEY EXL 2015, leather, DVD, loaded, 32K mi, $26,500. (423)295-5393.

Classic Cars 1999 Mercedes SL500, 92K mi, silver w/black top, silver hardtop, V8, all opts, exc cond, clean fax, $10,000. (423) 346-7894. FORD - 1926. TT C Cab Stakebed Truck. Original. Wood spoke wheels. Antique tools. Runs. Was shown in AZ antique vehicle shows. $15k OBO. (865)257-2097. MGB 1980, bright red conv. w/tan int., exc cond, 4 spd, $5500. (865)389-1055. WANTED 1946-75 Chevy Convertible; 1946-75 GM Convertible; 197076 Chevy or GM 2 door; 1967-73 Camaro. Any condition. Fast cash. (330) 722-5835.



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DOBERMAN PUPS, AKC, Sire XL natl & intl champ - 125 lbs, Dam Lrg Russian champ. - her sire was 2013 World Champ. $750. Credit cards accepted. 615-740-7909

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


Retired Vet. looking to keep busy.

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


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

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

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

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



Farmer’s Mkt/ Trading Post Farm Equipment

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.

JOHN DEERE size 1020 diesel tractor w/canopy, perfect shape, $5500. (423)231-0044

2017 AVION CLASS B RV - Full warranty. 6,800 miles. $105,900 (865)-567-7879 or (865)-599-8797

SOUTH 58 Tractor Repair Sales and Parts 3290 Decatur Highway Kingston, TN 37763

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Motorcycles/Mopeds 2007 YAMAHA V STAR 650 AND 2007 SUZUKI BERGMAN - Garage kept. Black with leather bags. 14k mi/ 400 cc scooter. also garage kept. Blue. Great gas mi. 14k mi. $3,500 OBO on either. (865)257-2097. 2015 HARLEY DAVIDSON - Dyna Glide, 2600 mi. Excellent condition. $10,825. Call/Text (865)250-6584. SUZUKI - 2004 1400 Intruder, adult owned, gar. kept, never damaged, $1850. 865-806-1252

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Livestock & Supplies



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2014 YAMAHA 242

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

30’Lx8’W. Full living w/ slide, leather sleeper sofa, mw, stove, elec/gas fridge, table, new q size mattress. AM/ FM/CD/TV. Sep bath w/full shwr. H&Air, ft canopy w/ canopy over slide. Elec ft jack, 2 battery, 2 gas btls, loading lights outside & stall area. lots of storage, used very little. Excellent condition. $28,000.

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

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Sat., March 25, 12 Noon CST Hwy 41 A, East of Cowan, TN 43 breeding age bulls, 10 A.I. bred heifers, 50 young cows and calves, working, performance cattle. Tom Mcbee 931-308-5175

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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

TOY POODLE puppy, male, 100% pure, crate & potty trained, beautiful coloring, $850. (865) 221-3842

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

CNB BOAT DOCKS We have been manufacturing boat docks for over 20 years. Timbertech decking, steel or alum. decks, kits or turnkey. Any phase of completion. We have built over 1,000 docks. (423) 2013824 Lafollette. GREAT FIBER GLASS FISHING BOAT - 50 horse power motor. Trolling motor. Everything runs and works great. $1500. (865)243-0569. JET SKI LIFT - For dock. Excellent condition. Drives on wheel crank. Good time to mount with water level down. Asking $800 (865) 556-2800

Standing Timber 40 years of experience

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for information leading to whereabouts of 55 year old Tim Spradlin of Seymour. He has not been seen since Sept. 2016. Please call (865) 748-6467

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



Business for Sale 24 Room Motel for sale at Middlesboro, KY. Office w/4 BR living quarters. Owner retiring. For further info call 314-578-2329

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FSBO. 315 Ave C. 2 BR/1 BA, 900 SF, fully renovated, kit appls, Move In Ready. $69,900. 865-389-2919

Open Houses Rarity Bay Open House Sun. 19th, 2-4PM

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2001 E. Magnolia Ave. 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


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

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) 519-3258

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

SWEETWATER. ON 1 ACRE. Beaut. mtn views, move in ready, like new, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1300 SF, 2 decks, lrg shed, new paint/tile/carpet. $59,900. No owner fin. 423-920-2399 text for pics

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

GERMAN GRANDFATHER CLOCK - $700. Call or text for photos. (865)209-8150.

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 for appointment

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


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

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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. Downtown Knoxville Open every Saturday from 12-4pm. Please call 865-523-9303 for info.

SOUTH KNOX TOWNHOUSE - Lg & clean. 2BR, 1.5BA, appls, water, garbage p/u incl. $575. 250-9209 or 389-2336 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 HALLS. 3 BR, 2 BA, carport, storage, $875 mo + $500 DD. (865)687-6400 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. NORTH, Broadway St. Mary’s area. 3 BR, brick rancher, lease, no pets, no vouchers, $800 mo. Crabtree O/A 865-588-7416.

Duplx/Multplx UnFurn WEST - family neighborhood, w/d connection, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, new carpet. $805 monthly, 1 yr lease. 865-216-5736

Rooms Furn/Unfurn

Furniture BEDROOM SET, PLAYER PIANO, MISC BdRmSet PennHse, drk pine, qn bed, 2nt tables, chest, dresser, mirror $1950. Player Piano Keepsakes Aeolian, oak $950. Misc: Keepsakes oak dresser & nt table $300, Office desk & shelves $200, Fp mantle drk oak hand carved 63.5x9x3.5 $150, other items. (865)982-7643

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


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

ANTIQUE TIGER OAK FIREPLACE MANTLE - with beveled mirror. Mint condition. $1200. (865)591-3331







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STANDARD POODLES Hypoallergenic, Non-Shedding, Great with kids, $750, Fb: southerngoldendoodles, 865-466-4380.

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

Pug/Chihuahua mix puppies, males, 8 wks, blk & wht or brwn & wht, 1st shots & worming, $200. 865-455-0153

Apartments - Unfurn.


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



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

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

SHIH TZU puppies, CKC reg, 5-8 lbs full grown, S&W UTD, $800. call/text (423) 268-0615



Sporting Goods ADULT K AYAK WILDERNESS PALMETTO 100 storage compartment paddles and life vest, $500 firm. (865)-567-7869

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

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

2012 20’ camper with super slide, Prowler by Heartland model 20RBS, AC & gas heat, gas refrig, lrg rear bathrm, $13,000. (865)995-1986.



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

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


(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.

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!


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DACHSHUNDS & POMAPOOS PUPPIES POMAPOOS, 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, females $450 males $400. DACHSHUNDS, CKC reg., 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, $250. (931)-319-0000

Call (865)281-8080


GODIN Freeway Floyd guitar $400; Fender 212R amp, $300; Ludwig drum set $750. (865)806-1252



Campers & RV’s

FORD RANGER 1993, AC/Heat, 68K mi, 5 spd, new bedliner, $2500. (865) 385-8049

Sport Utility Vehicles



2010 CHRYSLER 300 FOR SALE - Black, costumed chrome, 22’ costumed wheel, $9,900. (865)-599-5192. 2016 KIA FORTE - Automatic with power windows and power locks. Blue in color. 12,000 miles $12,500. (865)-567-2522.

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WANTED: SENIOR LADY 50+ to share my Farragut home, $450 incl lrg furn BR, util & use of laundry, internet & priv parking space. (865) 202-0271

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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.

Lots & Acreage/Sale

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

2.26 ACRES, vacant land. 4400 Whittle Springs Rd. Zoned O1. $185,000. (865)544-1717

Apartments - Unfurn. MOVING. MUST SELL. Sofa, color sage, 83” L, 37” D, like new, $400 obo. Cost $1200. Cash only! Maryville (865) 604-6308 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

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1,2,3 BR



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

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

JOHN DEERE rear engine mower, $550. (865)806-1252

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Parkwest Medical Center Benny and Brittany King, Knoxville, a girl, Rayne Kenzley Jerome and Kacy McKenzie, Knoxville, a boy, Cooper Wesley Jesse and Alison Lawson, Knoxville, a boy, Easton Ray Matt and Jamie Seals, Knoxville, a girl, Isabell Mae Tyler and Kristin Burnette, Knoxville, a girl, Mabry Kate Adam and Lindsay Kohntopp, Knoxville, a boy, James Frederick Michael and Felicia McAbee, Rockwood, a girl, Isabeau Dale Brandon and Summer Kidd, Jellico, twin girls, Presley Blake and Chandler Bree Matt and Jessica Weaver, Knoxville, a girl, Olivia Scarlett Rose Alan and Brittany Thurman, Powell, a boy, Silas Anthony Jesse and Summer Glenn, Knoxville, a boy, Dawson Lee Jonathan and Katie Addington, Knoxville, a boy, Carsten Melchizedek Christopher and Lauren Clowers, Oliver Springs, a boy, Garner Jennings Jonathan Dry and Kelsey Caran, Knoxville, a girl, Riley Cooper Jonathan and Valerie Kelly, Knoxville, a girl, Gwendolyn Ann Thomas and Chelsey Anderson, Knoxville, a girl, Ainslie Kate Christopher and Jia-Li McNeal, Knoxville, a boy, Ryan Shire John Smith and Rita Rutledge, Knoxville, a boy, Waylon Lawrence James and Sydney Sherrell, Knoxville, a boy, Harvey Wallace Laycee Vinsant, Loudon, a boy, Landon Reid Dustin and Lindsay Hughes, Knoxville, a boy, Henry Robert Lori Beth Cole, Sevierville, a boy, Cooper Edward

Brian and Heather Peddicord, Oak Ridge, a boy, Grayson Scott Omar Cortez and Laura Esquivel, Knoxville, a girl, Isabella Cortez Corlene Williams, Andersonville, a girl, Lydia Faith Richard and Baily Bowers, Knoxville, a boy, Henry Holston Aleksandr and Kristen Shelyakov, Knoxville, a boy, William Aleksandrvich Matthew Watts and Bethani Theurer, Loudon, a boy, Brantley James Christopher and Merita Cotton, Huntsville, a girl, Zoey Jordyn Lucas and Lindsey Whitworth, Knoxville, a girl, Reagan Lee Andy and Laura Vandergriff, Knoxville, twin boys, Levi Hawk and Owen Daniel

UT Medical Center Joseph and Jacqueline Creech, Louisville, a boy, Joseph Michael Christopher Massie and Rebekah Brookshire, Rockford, a boy, Noah Ixavier Massie Donnie and Brittany Whitaker, Sweetwater, a boy, Ryder Eli Lance and Amber Lloyd, Knoxville, a boy, Simon Oliver Hung-Ta and Savanna Lin, Knoxville, a girl, Charlotte Shiouli Lin Clint and Fara Wisdom, Knoxville, a boy, Brice Michael Jada Tate, Knoxville, a boy, Karter Kyree Shayla Trent, Knoxville, a boy, Shaun Tobias Jared Mains and Regan Jacobs, Knoxville, a boy, Kieran Reed Mains Julian Sanchez and Nicole Henry, Corryton, a girl, Selene Izelle Sanchez Norberto Sanchez Rojas and Lizbeth Rodriguez Reyes, Knoxville, a boy, Neithan Sanchez Rodriguez

MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED ■■ Kawther Essam Al Matrah, 21, Knoxville, and Ahmad M. Abdulbaki, 36, Knoxville ■■ James Brent Allen Jr., 39, Knoxville, and Toni Louise Clements, 39, Knoxville ■■ Shawna Fay Atkins, 28, Knoxville, and Jatziel Martinez Cruz, 29, Knoxville ■■ Kebba Bojang, 29, Knoxville, and Linda Blanche Luewap, 31, Knoxville ■■ Bradley Austin Bridges, 21, Nashville, and Andres Felipe Andrade Guerrero, 21, Nashville ■■ Tyson Stewart Carico, 33, Powell, and Marcie Lynn Thomas Huff, 38, Powell ■■ Kelli Diane Carter, 22, Knoxville, and Grayson Harris Byard, 23, Knoxville ■■ Whitney Allison Childs, 36, Knoxville, and Christopher Marvin Phillips, 37, Knoxville

■■ Laura Elizabeth Davenport, 32, Strawberry Plains, and Zackary Allen Emory, 23, Strawberry Plains ■■ Paul Howard Delong, 24, Knoxville, and Lindsey Patricia Rochester, 22, Knoxville ■■ Angel Rene Duque Morales, 42, Knoxville, and Mirna Yamileth Gutierrez Villed, 34, Knoxville ■■ Youssef Elmerybet, 31, Knoxville, and Zahra Elmorady, 30, Knoxville ■■ Telisa Yvonne Evans, 28, Knoxville, and Joseph Leroy Tyler, 40, Knoxville ■■ Hannah Taylor Freeman, 20, Louisville, Tenn., and Nicole Destiny Wagner, 22, Louisville, Tenn. ■■ Jason Paul Graham, 37, Powell, and Miranda Beth Gray Sbardella, 34, Powell

■■ Christopher Louis Cobble, 48, Powell, and Supachee Nopakhun, 34, Powell

■■ Jose Carmen Hernandez Hernan, 25, Knoxville, and Olga Marina Hernandez Mejia, 37, Knoxville

■■ Marcos Antonio Cordeiro Costa, 24, Knoxville, and Ewerton Esdras Rodrigues De Ara, 26, Knoxville

■■ Thomas Michael Higginbotham, 45, Knoxville, and Sandra Renee Jenkins Foster, 45, Knoxville

■■ Sara Ashley Crooke, 30, Knoxville, and Adam Colgan Kirthlink, 34, Knoxville

■■ Tyler Lane Hodge, 19, Maynardville, and Autumn Justice Loveday, 18, Luttrell

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Corryton Elementary principal Aaron Maddox races through the crowd of students and high-fives each during the weekly Monday morning assembly. Maddox and several teachers visited the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta last year and implemented his ideas for motivating students. The assemblies are short yet high energy gatherings to announce team winners from the previous week for work habits, attendance, being on time, behavior, kindness and grades. Maddox said that since implementation, behavior has improved and students being sent to the office for behavioral issues has been cut in half. Photo by Ruth White Joshua and Leslie Kimsey, Knoxville, a boy, Hollister David Clinton and Mary Carbonell, Maryville, a boy, Oliver Robert Anthony and Shannon Twilla, Knoxville, a boy, Jude Simon Joshua Tucker and Briey Franconeri, Dandridge, a boy, Joshua Michael Tucker Jr. Jay and Kassi Wright, Maryville, a boy, Sloan Abram Kevin and Abigail Koeneman, Seymour, a boy, Brantley Michael Adam Pierce and Hannah Jones, LaFollette, a girl, Josie Marie Pierce James Ford and Jasmin Kellogg, Jellico, a girl, Avaya Mae Ford

Physicians Regional Medical Center Jaden and Melanie Cook, Knoxville, a boy, Josiah Dale Sara and Brad Trento, Knoxville, a boy, Charles Raphael Scott and Keely Hoekstra, Powell, a girl, Holland Kate James and Amanda Johnson, Knoxville, a girl, Mari Sinclaire Nathan and Amanda Medlin, Tazewell, a girl, Annie and Todd Kidd, Corryton, a girl, Sidney Alene Coty and Brogan Dople, Oneida, a girl, Ella Claire Barry Wilder and Shasta Marlow, Knoxville, a boy

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■■ Daniel Keith Meyer, 32, Powell, and Leia Michelle Kirsch, 24, Powell ■■ Roger Moore, 37, Lenoir City, and Veronica Serrano Jimenez, 31, Lenoir City ■■ Pedro Morales Chajon, 35, Knoxville, and Michelle Donna Bailey, 26, Knoxville ■■ Cammi Lee Morgan, 23, Knoxville, and Angel Osvaldo Ibarra Belmares, 25, Knoxville

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■■ Colleen Marie Lavery, 24, Corryton, and Alejandro Cristobal Torrez, 24, Corryton

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■■ Jenny Anna Owenby, 29, Knoxville, and Cody Geren Bramlett Bramlett, 30, Knoxville

■■ Jessica Renee Lipsey, 22, Knoxville, and Michael Nathan Adkins, 24, Knoxville

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■■ Michael Seth Stephens, 29, Knoxville, and Jesselyn Elizabeth Day, 26, Knoxville ■■ Rebecca Renae Stoneberger, 29, Knoxville, and Michael Daniel Graham, 22, Knoxville

■■ Joseph Isaac Washam, 49, Corryton, and Donna Sue Montgomery Gass, 49, Corryton ■■ Laticia Lynn Weisenhaus, 31, Knoxville, and Ronald Wayne Simmers, 32, Harriman ■■ Omeka Shanette Wilburn, 35, Knoxville, and Trafton Deon Mitchell, 45, Knoxville ■■ Donald Matthew Wilson, 30, Punta Gorda, Fla., and Paloma Pires Arantes, 30, Farragut ■■ Telea Renee Wright, 31, Knoxville, and Keith Allen Kimberlin, 30, Knoxville ■■ Tracy Darlene Wright, 33, Knoxville, and Jeremy David Morgan, 37, Knoxville ■■ Michael Jeremy Yarnell, 47, Knoxville, and Joy Michelle Connatser Johnson, 50, Knoxville

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Knoxville Medical Mission ‘a miracle’ for Guatemalans in need Antigua, Guatemala, is a place where a birth defect can send a child to the orphanage, and a broken leg can be a death sentence. But because of Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro, it’s also a place of hope, miracles and thanksgiving. This is what draws Dr. Paul Naylor, co-director of Parkwest Medical Center’s Joint Center, to the Catholic church at Antigua twice a year as the Knoxville Medical Mission continues its medical outreach to the poor residents of the Central American city. “If you don’t shed a tear there, you don’t have a heart,” says Dr. Naylor, who has not only organized the trips for the last 18 years, but also seeks funding and donations from individuals and medical equipment suppliers. Plus, he jokingly adds, he’s also president, vice president, secretary and Drs. Craig Myers and Kenneth treasurer of the not-forO’Kelley and Parkwest staff profit organization. perform many needed gyneAccording to Dr. Naycological procedures during lor, the Knoxville Meditheir week in Guatemala. cal Mission was born out of Parkwest physicians’ desire to give back to the community. “A bunch of us were in the doctor’s lounge at Parkwest one day, and Dr. Lytle Brown, a general surgeon, said we should do something to give back,” Dr. Naylor recalled. “We all agreed but we didn’t know how. We asked, ‘What can we do?’ and Dr. Brown said, ‘We’re surgeons – we can operate somewhere.’ We came up with all kinds of crazy ideas like going to the Philippine jungle, but you can’t operate in the jungle. We realized that wouldn’t work because we had to have equipment, and we had to bring it somewhere that we can fly into.” and other mission-minded physician Overhearing their conversation, a nurse groups, that is no longer the case. “We’ve since built it up until they have anesthetist from Guatemala suggested they consider Antigua, where a church was op- four of the best operating rooms in the erating an orphanage and offering mental whole country,” said Dr. Naylor. “Joint inhealth care and eye care, yet wanting to do struments, trauma instruments – we’ve got all kinds of stuff. Between us and another more. group out of Texas called Faith in Practice, It sounded perfect. Tucked away in the central highlands of we have brought tons of supplies there. So Guatemala, the 472-year-old city is known we’ve worked with them until it is truly for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque ar- state-of-the-art in Guatemala and the hoschitecture, coffee farms and volcanoes. But pital is operating 36 to 40 weeks a year.” The Knoxville Medical Mission makes it is at Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro, a large Catholic church that stretch- back-to-back, weeklong trips to the church es for a city block, where the missionaries twice a year, usually bringing about 30 medical professionals with them each would be doing their work. After contacting the church’s padre, the time, along with supplies. This year’s missionaries made their first trip in 2000. trips were Jan. 14-21 and Jan. 21-28 and But when Dr. Naylor and his volunteer included Parkwest General Surgeon Dr. army of 25 surgeons, nurses, anesthetists Willard Campbell and ObGyns Dr. Kenand scrub techs arrived, they found that neth O’Kelley and Dr. Craig Myers, as well the church’s bare “hospital” rooms were in as several nurses and surgical techs from such disrepair that they could see through various departments at Parkwest Medical Center. the ceiling. The work they do when they arrive is “We were pretty naive,” Dr. Naylor recounted in a 2009 interview with the Knox- mostly determined by Dr. Naylor in the fall ville News Sentinel. “We went down think- ahead of the January visits. “Our week in Guatemala this year was ing, ‘OK, we’re going to fix people.’ We didn’t have enough supplies. We didn’t have the once again very successful and rewarding,” said Dr. O’Kelley. “We had a great group of right equipment. It was pretty backward.” But thanks to the Knoxville Medical doctors, nurses and surgical technicians Mission, countless medical supply com- who worked hard during our time there panies, private and corporate donors to provide much-needed surgery for more

than 50 pa“For many people in Guatemala, meditients. There cal care is very difficult and expensive to Members of the general were no com- get, so many people go without treatment,” and gynecological plications and said Dr. Campbell. “The economy continteam sort supplies in all the patients ues to slowly improve, and yet patients Guatemala. did very well. who use the national hospitals for care, The resilience which is more than 90 percent of the popof the people there ulation, could get needed surgery in a nonis surprising. The emergency situation only if they can bring local support and their own surgical supplies with them. The nursing staff work health care system has slowly improved diligently to help during the years we have gone, but still is us take care of the essentially unavailable to ordinary people patients. The facili- except in dire emergency. ties are relatively “We do a lot of broken arms and legs, a modern, extremely lot of kids with club feet, dislocated hips, clean and we have artificial knees,” Dr. Naylor said. “We get a never had any is- lot of people with broken bones and they’ve sues with infec- had nobody to fix them. The injuries may tions. be three or four months old and they’ve Dr. O’Kelley just got sticks with strings or rags wrapped added, “The people around them. They have no healthcare. If there are so grate- you are 30 years old and break your femur, ful and make our they’re like, ‘Well, Jose is going to die betrip so worthwhile. Our surger- cause he broke his leg.’ That’s just normal ies consist primarily of proce- for them. If a kid is born with some defect dures we normally and regularly like a club foot, which we can easily fix here do at home. We keep things very in the States, for them it’s, ‘We’ll have to basic to help make sure there are put them in an orphanage because we can’t no complications. The hospital take care of them.’ there has an excellent system in “It feels so good taking care of somebody place to provide follow-up care who has no other chance of getting better,” for patients after we leave. Go- he added. “You can’t believe the feeling you ing on this trip is one of the best get when you fix a little kid who you know weeks of my entire year.” was going to an orphanage and the parents Dr. Naylor said, “I’ll go down are there crying and hugging you and they there in September or October are all saying, ‘It’s a miracle! It’s a miracle! and screen about 500 people You are the hand of God!’ It’s very moving. and decide who we are going to They are so appreciative. For them, it’s like operate on. Then, I’ll come back winning a lottery.” to Knoxville and tailor our supplies to the patients we’ll have. I’ll call up different vendors and say, ‘I need so many total knees’ or ‘I need so many total plates for broken arms, so many plates for legs.’ And I’ll call up our pediMail: atric guy and say, ‘We’ve got 20 club feet. We need to bring along Knoxville Medical Mission supplies for 20 club feet, the 932 Historic Ferry Way right pins and plates. Once I find out the number of patients we’ll Knoxville, TN 37922 operate on, I go to all the vendors and ask if they’ll donate.” Call: 865-567-1845 On average, the group will operate on 140 to 150 cases in the two-week period. “We try to do as many as we can,” Dr. Naylor added. “We work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and we usually go until we run out of supplies. At the end of the week, I’m telling the padre, ‘Go find me a broken arm – I’ve got one plate left for a broken arm.’ So he goes wandering out into the streets and comes back with somebody who’s had a broken arm for weeks. Or, I’ll say, ‘I’ve got one more artificial knee left for a very small person,’ and he’ll come back with someone. If I tell him that I’ve got something available, he will find a patient for it.” That’s because there is always a Dr. Willard Campbell, medical student Mike Abadier and Parkwest staff need. during a surgical procedure in Antigua.

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It’s not what lawn aficionados want to hear, but here’s the truth: “Most people cut their grass as short as possible, and then wait to cut again until it’s as long as possible,” says Paul Dickinson, a landscape designer with Earthadelic, the local full-service landscaping contractor. Unfortunately, that’s the worst thing you can do. “You want longer grass so that weed seeds are less likely to germinate. And you want to mow every three days, and just take a little off each time.” Dickinson admits that “nobody wants to hear this; the truth hurts! It’s like when someone wants to lose weight – nobody wants to hear ‘eat less and exercise more.’” Over at Mayo Garden Center in Bearden, Claxton Mayo has plenty ideas for helping with lawn maintenance. As a fourth-generation owner of the store, which was started on Gay Street by his great-grandfather in 1878, he keeps an eye on the trends and knows what his customers want. For the past few years they have wanted zero-turning-radius commercial-grade mowers – those fast-moving, wide-cut vehicles you see professional crews using. They come in stand-upon, stand-behind and riding versions. “I’d say 60 percent of commercial riders go to homeowners.” There are good reasons. The mowers are quite a bit pricier, but they are built to last. “There’s not as much upkeep, and they’re tougher,” says Mayo. “And when you’re ready to downgrade and move into a condo, the resale value is good.” He points to a big machine with a 52-inch cutting path. “That’s the one TVA buys,” he says. Such

mowers can run to five figures in cost. Commercial mower manufacturers such as Ferris and Scag Power Equipment also produce less expensive, smaller versions of the mowers for homeowners. The drive speed and zero-turning radius feature is usually controlled by a lever system. Some customers, says Mayo, balk at the levers, saying they prefer a steering wheel. The levers do take some getting used to, but are much better ergonomically, and suitable for all ages, all strengths. “I sold one two years ago to a fellow who lived up in LaFollette,” says Mayo. “He said, ‘When my father-in-law sees this he’s going to want one!’ The father-in-law came in the next week and bought one. He was 97 years old. That’s my record as far as getting up in age.” Mayo says the mowers are fast, and they maneuver well. A homeowner using the same cutting width as a regular push mower can finish the lawn in half the time. He hasn’t had much luck selling electric push mowers, but says they’re good for someone with a very small lawn. As a designer who plans landscapes for new properties as well as existing ones, Dickinson suggests that homeowners first determine how the grounds will be used. “If you’re got kids who are going to be kicking a soccer ball around, great – you need some lawn. But you need landscaping with mass plantings and seasonal color.” Some can be strategic plantings to shade and protect your house. “You want trees, shrubs and windbreaks on the west. Don’t settle for just lawn when you can have so much better.”

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Light it up! Inside and out, pay attention to the fixtures By Carol Z. Shane “A good all-purpose term for garden lighting is pool of light,” says Jay Strozier, owner-operator of Dream Gardens in Inskip. “You don’t have to have focused lights, just enough for people to find their way safely at night.” Strozier’s own back yard is an oasis of herb beds, decking, waterfall, goldfish pond and attractive seating areas. And all are artistically, economically lit when darkness falls. Strozier uses a 12-volt system and says that’s all anyone needs for good outdoor lighting. A transformer near the deck drops the 120 voltage sourced from the house to one-tenth of its power. For the lights themselves, he uses LED. He used to have halogen, but says the LED lights are “not as hot as halogen. They’re a very benign way to go. These days most everybody wants LED.” He points out the various ways of creating those “pools” of light – from up lights on tree trunks and corners of the house to down lights that illuminate a social area, to safety lights for paths and stairs. There’s even “moonlight,” set high up in a tree to glow down through the branches. For paths, he prefers copper “hat” fixtures which can age naturally or chemically. “Artistic path lighting, in a way, is a lot like plants. You want to stagger it and have an odd number.” In his 1925 bungalow, music plays softly from a wireless system. He’s a big fan of the technology and looks forward to the

inevitable day when there’s wireless lighting. “WiFi’s here to stay,” he says. “It’s just incredible.” Over at Stokes Lighting Center on Papermill Drive, lead showroom representative Angie Kidwell has a lot to say about indoor lighting trends. “Everyone is switching to LED bulbs,” she says, echoing Strozier’s observation. She picks up an LED recessed down light kit, complete in itself and made to work anywhere recessed lighting is desired. “This is probably our most popular item right now. With recessed lighting, you usually have to choose the can and trim. With this you have the can, trim and light.” The light is wafer-thin and retro-fit for existing fixtures. It’s attached to a small driver box that takes the place of the junction box. In other areas, Kidwell says, “rustic” is in. “It’s the whole HGTV thing – whatever they’re doing, that’s what people do. Farmhouse and wood looks are very popular.” Here again, LED bulbs fill many of the fixtures. Kidwell notes that tremendous strides have been made in the technology, and that LED lights – known to be cold and harsh 10 or so years ago – are now quite warm and attractive. And of course, they’ve always been economical. “They pay for themselves. And they don’t get hot. People don’t want heat, like you get with an incandescent bulb. Even in baths. You don’t want hot lights while you’re trying to put on your makeup!”

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The do-it-yourself movement has every homeowner thinking he or she can tackle nearly any home repair – and save a little money in the process. TV shows, magazines and Pinterest make it look simple. The reality is, certain projects are best left to a professional. Dan Mitchell, president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville, says to think of your body as a home. You can treat some ailments with over-the-counter meds, but you’d never perform surgery on yourself. Here are some DIY don’ts: Tree removal: A homeowner might be able to cut smaller trees, 12-15 feet in height. With taller trees, even with a couple of people working, “there’s a danger of the tree falling in the wrong direction, causing damage to a structure or an individual. Also, there’s brush and material you have to contend with.” Mitchell says that for safety, hire a professional, at least to fell the tree. Home addition or structural changes: Unless the homeowner has “a strong construction background,” this gets a big “no” from Mitchell, a thirdgeneration contractor and owner of Eagle CDI in Seymour. Such work usually re-

quires permits, and most municipalities require you to have a contractor who knows what is needed legally and will follow code requirements. P a v i n g your driveway: “No brainer,” says Mitchell. The job requires specialty equipment to pour the asphalt or put concrete down and trained workers to get a uniform and smooth appearance in a timely manner. Homeowners can patch small sections with materials from Home Depot or Lowe’s. Electrical work: “Again, that’s a no brainer. Any full-fledged electrical project where you’re reaching inside the meter base or dealing with the high-voltage cur-

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rent that’s inside – your meter box, breakers and so forth – we recommend getting a professional out there.” Projects such as installing a ceiling fan, changing a light fixture, adding a light switch or dimmer or adding a wall outlet can be done by the homeowner “with instructions from Home Depot or Lowe’s or YouTube.” Plumbing repairs: DIYers can replace a faucet, as long as they have proper tools, Mitchell says. For bigger things, such as installing a new water heater, repairing a sewer line, or getting inside a wall cavity to repair a leak, call a plumber. Roof repair: This is “one of those things that we always recommend you hire a professional. … More people are admitted to the hospital annually than car accidents from getting up on a roof.” Safety is paramount, but liability is another issue. When you hire someone,

make sure they have the insurance to cover both property and medical claims. Installing siding: Mitchell says this isn’t necessarily a difficult task. “However, unless you have two or three people to assist you in an expeditious fashion, you are exposing the house to rain or other elements. … Most do-it-yourselfers are not quick.” Adding or replacing windows: Again, you’re exposing your house to the elements. And Mitchell says window projects require knowledge of structural loads and sometimes electrical and plumbing. Plus, you have to remove and replace trim, and there may be siding to put back on. Creating an outdoor kitchen: Mitchell says, “There are some projects out there with pavers and stackable blocks that DIYers can do. The only area of caution truly is, what are you using for a cooking source?” A standalone grill with a propane tank is one thing, but for those who want built-in gas, “you should never do anything with a gas line unless you’re a professional,” he says. Homeowners should remember that hiring professionals also means that someone else is responsible for the warranties and liability of the work. Also, when you try to sell your house, amateur work will be easily detected. “The money you saved in the beginning could be money you lose in the resale of your home,” Mitchell says.

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