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IN THIS ISSUE The time is now ... The Knox County Schools budget has for too long grown by bunts. It’s time for the community to swing for the fence. Last week, Sandra Clark toured two schools, and Jake Mabe scoured the Andrew Johnson Building. We make the case for the budget in a four-page spread. Please help! See pages 9-12

McFee Park plans Landscape architects have finalized plans for the upcoming phase of McFee Park, and Suzanne Foree Neal has the scoop.

See Suzanne’s story on page A-5

Coffee Break Sherri Gardner Howell sipped a Cup of Joe with Sandy Gray at the Yarn Haven for this week’s Coffee Break.

See Sherri’s story on page A-6

Can sales tax pass? What are the chances of a sales tax referendum passing with new revenue going to Knox County Schools? That is one option should there not be 7 votes on the 11 member county commission to raise county property taxes by 35 cents over a mayoral veto. Victor Ashe breaks it down.

See page A-4

Plight of UT track Since last we talked about the plight of Tennessee track and field, Marvin West writes, the Volunteers have gone from bad to worse to awful. If anybody still cares, they did not have a runner in the finals of the 100, 200, 400, 800 or 1500. And there are no recruits to suggest better days are ahead.

See page A-4

Index Sherri Gardner Howell Politics/Marvin West Town of Farragut Coffee Break Faith Schools Community Calendar Business Health/Lifestyles


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May 21, 2012

Capturing service, sacrifice

Alex Dumas is displaying his newest World War II painting, “Operation Tidal Wave,” at Toyota Knoxville to honor veterans this upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Photos by S.F. Neal

By Suzanne Foree Neal Alex Dumas will sell you anything he paints, as long as it’s not one of his military-inspired pieces of art. They are for sharing with others as a teaching tool to show how much our veterans have done for us. He paints from photos. Sometimes people give them to him. Other times he paints scenes found in military magazines, history books and with the plugged-in age, the Internet. Dumas knows what it’s like to serve, although as a Navy corpsman stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, he just listened to stories during their healing. “Those memories stay with you,” says the 18-year Tennessee State Guard vet. Dumas got into painting military scenes when asked to produce a portrait of Charles Coolidge, a Medal of Honor winner in Chattanooga. The portrait hangs in the Medal of Honor Museum there. He has painted some 38 war scenes from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. A few subjects capture concentration camps and their victims, including a young Jewish girl who died in one. Along with each painting he displays, he tries to include information about the scene. In some cases, he even knows the names of those he paints, although he’s never met them. As more WWII vets are passing, people are sending him more photos. “One woman wanted to give me photos from WWI,” he says. “Families are finding photos. A lot of people don’t understand the depth some men went through. I show people today what those men went through.” There’s “a world” of photos in books published by the American Legion, he says. In those, he often finds the names of the people and

Two soldiers soldiers, 19 and 20 years of age, age are shown in a painting by Alex Dumas. He painted the scene from a photograph. It shows them in a bombed-out field on Okinawa at the Battle of Wana Ridge in May 1945.

an explanation of what was happening at the time. “It’s taking a moment in time; it’s real people and a part of their lives.” One moment captured from a photo was of two brothers in Korea. They were serving in the same unit when it was hit. One brother was knocked out and when he came to, began searching for his brother. He found him wounded and the scene shows them tightly holding hands. It’s that type of scene that touches Dumas’ heart. The artist loads up about 18 of his works three times a year for a showing at Toyota Knoxville, 10415 Parkside Drive. You can see them now through Monday, May 28, during dealership hours, in

honor of Memorial Day. He also displays them around July Fourth and Veteran’s Day. “Vets are so grateful,” Dumas says. He also takes his collection to nursing homes and schools. If your group is interested in having him visit and bring his paintings, call him at 777-3745. His latest work will be debuted at this showing. “Operation Tidal Wave” depicts B-24 bombers in formation on the way to bomb the oil refineries in Polesti, Romania, Aug. 1, 1943. Of the 177 planes in the raid only 88 returned to Benghazi, Italy. Of those, only 38 were fit to fly, 57 were lost, 660 crewmen died, 440 were wounded, 222 were listed as prisoners of war or miss-

ing in action and five were awarded the Medal of Honor, according to information provided by Dumas. The B-24 is close to his heart. He grew up outside Detroit, and the planes were built nearby. When finished, they were flown out to bases over his house. “Women were piloting them,” he said. If the artist’s name sounds familiar outside the war scene, you might have one of his limited edition football prints hanging in the man cave. Wild animal lovers may be familiar with him from his paintings of animals. His favorite subjects, however, are more likely to be found curled up somewhere soaking up the sun or stretched out in the shade. “I like to paint cats and dogs better than anything,” he laughs.

Farragut High has nine National Merit Finalists By Sandra Clark The statistics are staggering. Each year more than 1.5 million high school students enter the National Merit program by taking a qualifying test. Of those, some 50,000 with the highest scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualify for recognition. They become either a commended student (about 34,000 students) or semifinalist (about 16,000). Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis and are the highest scoring students from each state. In February, some 15,000 semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to finalist. When the Knox County School board recognized 19 finalists in May, Hardin Valley Academy’s principal Sallee Reynolds said her school has now been open for four years and “we have a lot of firsts.” Sure enough, Amber Bassett, an AP scholar, was Hardin Valley’s first National Merit Finalist. Bearden High had six finalists; West High had two




Not pictured: Amelia Dmowska, Ramie Fathy and Peter Nagy.



(Demetrios Bovopoulos and Katie Plank) and Halls High had one (Jacob Wessels). Halls principal Mark Duff said in his memory, it was his school’s first. Then Farragut High’s assistant principal stepped up and announced Farragut’s nine finalists and said the school has had 308 since the program’s founding in 1955. Farragut’s honorees are: Helen Boone, daughter of Michael and Aileen

Boone. She was vice president of the Student Government Association, attained a Gold Award from Girl Scouts of America, played piccolo and flute for the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, attended Governor’s School for Engineering, and participated in a research project at ORNL. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction who plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania and major in

School board members Thomas Deakins (left) and Karen Carson (right) congratulate Farragut High School graduate Maribeth Bottorff, a National Merit Finalist. Photos by S. Clark biomedical engineering. Mary “Maribeth” Bottorff, daughter of Michael and Suzie Bottorff, was president of Mock Trial and Future Teachers of America at Farragut. She plans to attend the honors college at the University of South Carolina majoring in chemistry and secondary education. Amelia Dmowska, the daughter of Marta Dmowska and Wojciech Dmowski, was the Girl Scout Gold Award, the Na-



tional Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award for Writing, and was a Presidential Scholar semifinalist. She is president of Farragut’s National Honor Society and vice president of the Science Club. She plans to attend the University of Chicago majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. Ramie Fathy, son of Aly Fathy, is Farragut’s See page A-7

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‘Look, Father: Lots of food!’ The request was a little different. “Would you take a picture of the food?” one of the lovely ladies at St. John Neumann’s Women’s Club’s Luncheon and Fashion Show asked.

Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES As I curiously obliged, there was laughter all around. “One of our priests said in church that he attended a women’s luncheon at one parish and all he got to eat was a tiny scoop of chicken salad,” explained the women who made the request. “We want to show him what he missed.” And no wonder the members of the Women’s Club were proud. Their first Luncheon and Fashion Show in many years was a grand success on May 12. The plates were, indeed, fi lled with fruit, a croissant, pasta salad and a tossed salad, with dessert to follow. Teens from Catholic High School served the attendees, and Judy Gardner presented a fashion show from The Silk Purse that included fashions, accessories and party tips for easyto-make decorations. The St. John Neumann School gym was decorated with the colors of spring with pretty green table coverings, live flowers and accents of yellow in the napkins and daisy napkin rings. Organizers Candy Gardino and Mary Coffey were pleased with the turnout. “We are all working hard to revitalize our Women’s Club,” said Candy. “This is a good start because everyone is having a good time.”

This group of friends found the St. John Neumann’s Women’s Club Luncheon and Fashion Show a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Enjoying the event are: (seated) Sue Suter, Bev Selwitz, Mary Page; (standing) Michele Bushman, Sandy Dean, Mary Crowell, Angie Lim and Otricia Mary Lea Cumpston, right, and her daughter-in-law, Jane Wang. Photos by S. Gardner Howell Cumpston, enjoyed May 12 at the fashion show, but their eyes were on an even bigger event on May 18. Mary Lea and Duane celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on the 18th. The couple has four children, 12 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren, including a set of triplets.

Three generations enjoyed the Luncheon and Fashion Show at Adriana Ayo and Jessica Hamilton serve a delicious lunch to Sisters Dorothy Casian and Eliza- St. John Neumann’s. From left are Vicki Meece with her mother, beth Wanyoike at St. John Neumann’s fashion show. Sister Elizabeth is at St. John Neumann and Elsie Landon, and daughter, Stephanie Meece. Sister Dorothy is with Catholic Charities.

Marilyn Derbyshire, parish and family life ministry coordinator for St. John Neumann Catholic Church, served as master of ceremonies, welcoming guests and offering introductions. Several special individuals

were seated around the table, including the Landon/ Meece family, which had three generations present at the luncheon, and Mary Lea Cumpston, who was one week away from celebrating her 65th wedding anniver-

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Enjoying the fruits of their labor as organizers of the St. John Neumann’s Women’s Club Luncheon and Fashion Show are event chairs Mary Coffey and Candy Gardino, with Marilyn Derbyshire, parish and family life ministry coordinator for St. John Neumann’s.

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government Buswell to head Knox vets office West Knox resident Robert “Buzz” Buswell has been hired by County Mayor Tim Burchett as the veteran services officer. Buswell (pronounced Buzz-well) received the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. He has worked for Knox County since 2003 in fire preven-

tion and, more recently, in property management. He and wife Donna have two children. The veterans’ office assists veterans and their families and dependents in obtaining benefits which they may have under federal, state or local laws. Info: 215-5645.

Plight of Tennessee track Since last we talked about the plight of Tennessee track and field, the Volunteers have gone from bad to worse to awful. The men were next to last in the recent Southeastern Conference meet. If anybody still cares, they did not have a runner in the finals of the 100, 200, 400, 800 or 1500. And there are no recruits to suggest better days are ahead. Unbelievable how far track and field has fallen. There are so many negatives dragging it down. Two coaches were fired as part of reorganization. A really good pole vaulter was dismissed. One of the best young sprinters in the country transferred out and declared the school is heartless. And cold-blooded. In last year’s NCAA outdoor meet, the Vols finished in a tie for 64th place. They should skip this next one. The 2012 indoor championships were worse than the outdoor misadventure. Tennessee failed to score. Once upon a time, Tennessee was synonymous with track titles. Chuck Rohe started it. Stan Huntsman took it to another level. Ex-Vol steeplechaser Doug Brown had a 53-8 dual meet record as coach. Bill Webb was very good. Great athletes came and went, some to the Olympics. So, how did Rohe do it, starting below ground zero? He slept very little, recruited like a mad man and created such a stir in the SEC that Paul “Bear” Bryant actually used Alabama football money to build a track in Tuscaloosa. He even hired a coach. He tried to recruit Richmond Flowers. Other schools, not the least bit interested in track and field, were forced to compete to avoid embarrassment. Rohe was a killer. The Vols could be 83 ahead and Chuck would implore them to run faster and jump higher. Soon after that, he would exclaim “What a day!”

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And it was. Rohe coached Tennessee to seven consecutive SEC outdoor championships. Huntsman extended the streak to 15 in a row, slipped a little and then won five more before moving to Texas in 1985. There was a little something about the athletic director forgetting promises. Brown teams won two SEC outdoor titles. Webb teams won three. Huntsman directed the first national championship performance. That was 1974, the dramatic 1-2 finish by Brown and Ron Addison in the steeplechase, a fleet first in the 100 by Reggie Jones, a second by Darwin Bond in the 440 and a third by the sprint relay group. In 1991, when Brown was coaching, the Vols had exceptional field strength and won the NCAA crown. Aric Long was decathlon champion. The team scored in nine events. Tennessee won the NCAA crown in 2001 when Webb was in charge and Justin Gatlin was best in America in the sprints. Tennessee was fourth in NCAA team scoring as recently as 2007, 13th the next year, 48th the next. Webb retired. It seems that was the beginning of the end. J.J. Clark, famous as women’s coach, added the men to his overall responsibility. The Vols immediately improved – to 45th. That was the 2010 NCAA outdoors. The downward trend resumed. Old Vols who have complained to athletic director Dave Hart have sent me copies. The natives are restless.

A-4 • MAY 21, 2012 • SHOPPER-NEWS

Sales tax v. property tax Both hard to pass

What are the chances of a sales tax referendum passing with new revenue going to Knox County Schools? That is one option should there not be 7 votes on the 11 member commission to raise county property taxes by 35 cents over a mayoral veto. This would push the sales tax in Knox County to 10 percent. The last time this succeeded was 24 years ago – Sept. 15, 1988 – when city voters voted to increase the sales tax by 3/4 of one cent. Could it work in 2012? Hard to predict. It is 24 years later and circumstances are different. Here is how my Administration pushed a sales tax increase which more than 60 percent of the voters supported. First, the city was in dire financial condition as we were issuing revenue anticipation notes to meet payroll. Our rainy day fund was almost at zero. Second, city residents clearly wanted more services after years of neglect. Our Fire Department had gone 11 years without hiring a single new firefighter. No women were firefighters either. Police Department had gone seven years without a single hire. City streets were being paved at only seven miles a year which was pitifully low. Playground equipment was fall-

says the mulch fire report being led by Eddie Mannis is due out June 4. Lots of speculation as to what it will say, how candid and direct it will be, and if people are under oath. Mannis will need to tell it as it is and not retreat into bureaucratic double talk. Apparently City Council is not involved in this inquiry but will receive its results. Council member George Wallace got a hug from Mayor Rogero after a recent workshop for supporting her hybrid plan on pension change. Council member Marshall Stair, who supported a different plan not favored by Rogero, got a handshake. Wallace backed the plan which has the most risk to the taxpayer but the most support from city employees. This placed him at odds with longtime CPA and current Knoxville Chamber board member Robert Zivi, who came to council without prompting. He emailed me, “Taxes will have to rise to pay for the huge shortfall in the current plan. The actual shortfall now is not known and the assumed rates of return are still above the actual returns (5.68 percent) of the last 20 years. We could wind up owing much more than the current huge shortfall. ... We should eliminate all market risk for taxpayers.” This is a strong criticism and a wake-up call which

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ing apart or did not exist. We ran the sales tax referendum like a political campaign. We went door to door. We held meetings. We were specific on what we would do in each neighborhood and on community grants. That gave us credibility. We were fortunate not to have organized opposition. Then-County Executive Dwight Kessel and School Superintendent Earl Hoffmeister held a news conference opposing it but neither lived in the city and their remarks were ineffective given the neighborhood support we had already built. If there is a sales tax increase referendum for schools, it will need to be specific by school in terms of what the new money will be used for. It cannot be a general “let’s help schools by putting more money into the system.” That won’t work. Voters need to see upfront what their increased sales tax will be used for before they will vote yes. The campaign needs to be broad-based, representing all areas of the county. Angela Starke, Rogero communications director,

needs to be rebutted before city voters consider this in November. To date the new plan has not been adequately explained to the public to secure a yes vote in November. It is unclear who in the city is going to lead the campaign to pass this mayoralcouncil plan. Ultimately, the mayor will need to take the lead and she will use up some of her political capital doing it. At present, the current charter proposal is not likely to get a unanimous council vote. Should the voters reject the Rogero hybrid pension plan, it is unclear that anyone knows what the fallback plan is. Many city employees do not favor any change in the current plan and would be happy to see change fail. They know any future change cannot be voted on again until August 2014 and the status quo continues. Some think the status quo continuing (as bad as that would be) is preferable to the Rogero hybrid plan with its unknown market risk costs. The community has the not-too-distant history of the Tim Hutchisoninspired county pension changes which may trigger major county tax hikes. The city needs to avoid the cost of a Hutchison type plan. Taxpayers need to be protected beyond the next seven years. Proponents of the Rogero hybrid plan need to spend time explaining in plain terms what their plan does and why it makes financial sense.

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The Campbell Station Road exit is shaping up to be a major interstate interchange with the addition of yet another place to lay oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleepy head. The commission approved a site plan for Fairfield Inn & Suites between the existing Holiday Inn Express and the new Snyder Road. Hawk said the Fairfield Inn & Suites, a Marriott property, would be a new prototype style for the chain. It will be four stories and is being developed by the Vision Hospitality Group/Hinton Patel. Once the road is completed, the existing entrance to the Holiday Inn Express will be closed and the two hotels will share a common access. The commission also approved this

plan, but not after a lot of discussion about sinkholes, drainage, addresses, 911 dispatchers and fire trucks. Fairfield Inn & Suites will have a Snyder Road address, but an address has yet to be determined for the Holiday Inn Express. Two sinkholes near the hotels will collect runoff water, directional signs to the hotelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; entrances are likely, access to the property has been discussed and approved with fire officials, fire truck drivers will make practice runs to be sure they find the entrance and the right hotel. Ed Whiting noted that emergency personnel usually have GPS devices, to which Noah Myers joked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never used the GPS in my car!â&#x20AC;?

point nine million dollars.â&#x20AC;? Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl told the commission, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be our signature park. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already well known and is on Face Book a lot. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a destination park.â&#x20AC;? The commission also and it has to be replaced approved: about every eight years.â&#x20AC;? Annual review and conThere will be both paved cept plan for Bridgemore and mulched trails. Fritz said there is a portion of an subdivision. Amendments to the Farold road they believe was ragut subdivision regulapart of the Civil War trail were troops once marched tions involving reflectivinto battle at Campbell Sta- ity requirements for street tion. Historic signs will be installed to mark that area and explain the history of the area. All trails in the park will connect to others in the area with the exception possibly of the west â&#x2013; Council of West Knox side. The steep grade there County Homeowners meets at 7:15 p.m. each first could pose a problem. Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Commissioner Ron Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Honken told Fritz he Road. Guest speaker Hank thought the company had Fennell will answer quesdone an â&#x20AC;&#x153;outstandingâ&#x20AC;? job tions relating to HOA or of blending the two plans. community groups. Info: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You hit a home run,â&#x20AC;? he told him. Someone asked â&#x2013;  The Good Samaritan Cenabout the final price tag, to which Fritz replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six

name and traffic signs. Amendments to the Farragut Zoning Ordinances for outdoor sales permit to modify potential users and the parameters of such permits. An amendment to the Farragut Municipal Code for land use controls to create minimum building facade requirements. Commissioners also had a lengthy discussion with Mike McNew of Dura-Line and Teresa Widner of the Pattison Sign Group representing Raymond James.

Both businesses are in the Parkside Plaza office building. Both want their companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name to appear on the building, but have not exhausted all means to accomplish that without a change in the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s municipal code. They were encouraged to see if they could accomplish what they want through their leases and also consider their option for groundmounted signage. The matter will be revisited in the future.

Hotel, restaurant to call Farragut home If you feel a whole lot of shakinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on around town, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just progress on the move. Most of the commotion is happening in the Turkey Creek/Campbell Station Road area and once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done, things arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to look the same. The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved a number of items on its agenda Thursday that have to do with bringing new business to town. LongHorn Steakhouse will soon break ground

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for a restaurant next to the new Publix, also under construction, on Parkside Drive. The most asked question was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When will it open?â&#x20AC;? The answer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe early December.â&#x20AC;? Most of the discussion

was about sidewalks encircling that portion of property. While one sidewalk is already in the design plans going from Publix to Parkside, staff thought another one should be built to go to the back of the development to serve future businesses. Jack Garnett, representing the restaurant, came from Florida to address the commission and was most appreciate of the great weather. As a landscape architect, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a sidewalk needs to be there, one way or the

McFee Park plan best of both concepts By Suzanne Foree Neal You spoke. Farragut officials listened. Now McFee Park users will get the best of both plans rolled into one. Steve Fritz with Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. said there had been a lot of talking with staff on what to do with the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We took two concept plans to Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public hearings, combined the comments on both and came up with a combined plan,â&#x20AC;? he told the Municipal Planning Commission at its Thursday meeting. A new driveway into the park will take visitors to a pavilion and restroom. There will be a boardwalk pier over the new lake which wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just look pretty, but will be a source of irrigation water as well.

There will be a dog park for both small and large dogs. Designers are introducing a new play concept. There will be a small shelter where parents can watch their children on a play trail. The idea is to encourage children to move from place to place as they play instead of staying in one spot. A 120 space parking lot will service two new multiuse fields. There will be two tennis courts. A new outdoor pavilion and storage facility will be near the athletic fields to store equipment. The public works crew is sure to love the material for the new fields. No mowing. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Astroturf. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very comfortable and not like a Brillo pad,â&#x20AC;? Fritz explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You do have to sweep it


terâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cookbook is available for purchase at the Walmart in Lenoir City for $10. All proceeds go toward feeding the hungry in Loudon County. Info: Judy, 986-1777, ext. 11. â&#x2013; Farragut Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday at Shoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Lovell Road. â&#x2013;  Farragut Rotary Club meets at noon each Wednesday at the Fox Den Country Club.

â&#x2013; Free budget classes are held from noon to 1 p.m. each third Thursday at the Good Samaritan Center, 119 A. St. in Lenoir City. Everyone is invited. No preregistration is required. Info: â&#x2013;  Memoir Writing Group meets 7 p.m. each second Thursday at Panera Bread, 733 Louisville Road. â&#x2013;  West Knox Lions Club meets 7 p.m. each first and third Monday at Shoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Lovell Road.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wished my hair was thicker. Thin hair is so hard to style.â&#x20AC;?

What is your passion?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My passion is to help others. Sometimes that can be with a knitting/crocheting problem, sometimes with a personal problem. It brings me great joy to know that my words or actions helped someone else.â&#x20AC;?

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would love to have a long lunch with my grandmother on my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side. She passed away in 1932 when my dad was only 13 years old. I never knew her, but my dad would often say that I was a lot like her. I would be interested in knowing how we are alike, particularly since we grew up in very different worlds.â&#x20AC;?

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It was just an idea â&#x20AC;Ś a creative thought that would no doubt have holes shot through it by the more practical people in Sandy Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Or not â&#x20AC;Ś The birth of The Yarn Haven came to Sandy in a dream. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was at the beach with friends,â&#x20AC;? she remembers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I woke up in the middle of the night thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I should open a yarn shop.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I mulled it around, shared it with my friends, thinking for sure they would find all the reasons it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a good idea.â&#x20AC;? Instead, she got encouragement. So, back at home, she shared her idea with her husband, David, and children, Jon, Elizabeth and Sarah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everywhere I expected there to be push-back, there was only encouragement and excitement for the idea,â&#x20AC;? says Sandy. So The Yarn Haven at 464 N. Cedar Bluff Road opened its doors to knitters, crocheters and yarn enthusiasts five years ago. Then, seven months ago, Sandy opened a second shop on Campbell Station Road, next to Apple Cake Tea Room. Unfortunately, the Farragut shop is closing this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find us,â&#x20AC;? says Sandy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are just too hidden and too restricted by the signage regulations to attract the business we need.â&#x20AC;? Everything will be consolidated at the Cedar Bluff store, and Sandy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t close the door to coming back to Farragut someday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people are wonderful,â&#x20AC;? she says. Sandy learned to both knit and crochet as a little girl â&#x20AC;&#x201C; knitting from her great aunt and crocheting from her grandmother. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was always a very relaxing hobby for me,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A hobby that turned into my job.â&#x20AC;? Her customers often become like family, she says, and classes sometimes keep the same people for years because they form relationships with their fellow knitters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People like to create things. They like to learn new things, and there is always something new to try out in the knitting world.â&#x20AC;? Sandy also encourages and participates in community service projects such as The Linus Project and Newborns in Need, which builds community and camaraderie among her customers. Her personal favorite thing to knit is one that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t particularly hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to do things that are a little different,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ten Stitch Blanket is a favorite of mine because it is exciting. It uses different colors, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know exactly how it will turn out. I really enjoy doing that.â&#x20AC;?

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My husband, David. He has always been such an encouragement to me. He is my biggest cheerleader.â&#x20AC;?

I still canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite get the hang of â&#x20AC;Ś

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Balancing home/personal life and work/business life.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My engagement ring. My husband-to-be was living in a different state after we became engaged, and so he mailed my ring to me. It arrived on Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, and my future maid-of-honor got to put it on my finger.â&#x20AC;?

What is your favorite quote from a television show or movie?

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was said by Professor Dumbledore in one of the Harry Potter movies: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;?

What are you guilty of?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guilty of being a workaholic. I am constantly thinking up new, creative ideas for my business and looking for ways I can improve something.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Facebook. I enjoy seeing what my friends and family are doing on a daily basis. It is a great way to reunite with friends.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A cedar chest that belonged to my mother. I keep the quilts that she made in it, as well as other treasures.â&#x20AC;?

What is the worst job you have ever had?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was being a server at a small diner back when I was a teenager. I was so nervous most days that I felt sick to my stomach.â&#x20AC;?

What are you reading currently?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read as much as I used to, but when I do have time to read, I like to read historical Christian fiction. For some reason, books on the lifestyle of the Amish fascinate me.â&#x20AC;?

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember being attached to any cartoon. We had chores in the morning and played outside in the afternoon.â&#x20AC;?

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. 1 is to go to England. My ancestry line goes back to an English earl, and I have always wanted to go see the area from where my grandparents came. No. 2 is to have a huge garden where I can grow my favorite vegetables. No. 3 is to have a home with a view of the mountains.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a hard time with people who are clueless. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the smartest person in the world, but at least I try to use the intelligence that God gave me.â&#x20AC;?

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

Where in Farragut everyone should visit?

What irritates you?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding. You would be surprised at how often folks come into the yarn shop and share the burdens of their lives. Since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a therapist, all I can really do is offer a sympathetic, listening ear. A lot of times, that is all they really need.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cove Park is one of my favorite places to be. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place for families to have picnics, birthday parties, to go swimming/boating, etc. I sometimes go there with my dog, Jasmine, just to sit in the sunshine and rest my mind.â&#x20AC;?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher â&#x20AC;&#x201C; anyone you think would be interesting to Farragut Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Sherri Gardner Howell, Include contact info if you can.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother was a very giving person who would do anything for anyone. She taught me by her life to give the gift of presence to others, to be there when they needed me, even if I had nothing else to give them other than my time.â&#x20AC;?

What is your social media of choice?

What is your favorite material possession?


What is the best present you ever received in a box?

In addition to son Jon and daughters Elizabeth Thomas and Sarah McMillin, Sandy and David have three grandchildren. The Grays were born and raised in Knoxville. Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Sandy Gray:




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What would Jesus say? When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying ... (Matthew 5:1 NRSV) You see the question â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would Jesus do?â&#x20AC;? all the time, as a prompt to consider your own actions in light of the example of Christ. But it occurs to me that an exercise in personal insight might be to ask ourselves the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would Jesus say?â&#x20AC;? Think about it. What does Jesus need to say to you? What would Jesus say to me, right now, in a one-onone conversation? How would he greet me? Like an old friend he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen or heard from in years? Or like one of his best friends who has kept in touch? If he looked deep into my eyes, what would he find there? Welcome? Ease? Fear? Need? Disbelief? Adoration? Questions? All of the above? What part of my life would he want to talk to me about? Would he reassure me? Take me to task?

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CROSS CURRENTS Counsel me? Make me smile? Make me cry? What advice would he offer? Would he tell me what to do, or would he ask me probing questions? Would he criticize choices I have made? Would he look at me sadly? Reproachfully? Would he answer my questions? Would we laugh together? Would he hold me if I cried? Would he sit down at my table and have a meal with me? Would he sing with me? (Does he know â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus Loves Me?â&#x20AC;?) All of those questions beg other questions: What do I need from him? What does he want from me?

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Will I feel bereft when he Church will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adventures leaves, or overjoyed that he on Promise Islandâ&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to has been here? Or both? noon Monday through Friday, How would such an enJune 4-8. Any preschool counter change my life? My child over the age of 3 and all understanding of my faith? children in 5th grade or below My calling? How would toare invited. A $10 fee will cover supplies, snacks and T-shirts. morrow be different, havInfo and registration: 966-9547 ing talked with Jesus? or www.vacationbibleschool. Of course, we all have com/farragutpresbyterian. the opportunity to have these conversations every day. It is called prayer. The Community visual isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there, of course, Services and the audio is muted. But Jesus is available, ready â&#x2013; Concord United Methodist Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caregiver Supand eager to hear from us, port Group, affiliated with ready to pick us up and kiss Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tennessee Inc., the scraped knees, ready to meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. each enfold us in his arms and first Tuesday in Room 226 rock us like a child if that at the church, 11020 Roane is what we need. Drive. Anyone in the comOr ready to take us munity who gives care to an elderly individual is invited. by the hand and lead us Info: 675-2835. through a rough patch, or even through the Valley of the Shadow. Fundraisers I believe with all my and sales heart that Jesus wants to be with us, wants to be in- â&#x2013;  Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will host cluded in our lives, wants a benefit concert to help a to share our days, our joys, church family in need of a our hurts, our fears. That specially equipped vehicle to he is standing in the wings, accommodate their young in the shadows, waiting to son who requires a feeding be noticed, acknowledged, tube, oxygen equipment and invited in, remembered. a full-time nurse. Choir direcWhy do we keep him tor Jean Osborne and vocalist Jo Ludwig will perform a waiting?

full-length program 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Everyone is invited and donations will be accepted. Info: 690-1060. â&#x2013; Park West Church, 7635 Middlebrook Pike, will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buncoâ&#x20AC;? fundraiser for kicko. org 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9. Admission is $10. RSVP by emailing or call 523-4956.

Music services â&#x2013; Second Baptist Church, 777 Public Safety Drive in Clinton, will welcome the McKameys for the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hometown Singingâ&#x20AC;? Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. Special guests The Inspirations will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday and the Primitive Quartet will perform 6 p.m. Saturday. Reserved seating is $15 and general admission is $13. Tickets or info: 800-2543047 or 457-3678.

Rec programs â&#x2013; Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, holds a beginner yoga class Mondays from 6-7 p.m. upstairs in the family life center. Cost is $10 per class or $40 for five classes. Bring a mat, towel and water. Info: Dena Bower, 567-7615 or email â&#x2013;  Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive, has started Young Adult Professionals for anyone age 22-35 who wants to network with other young business

professionals in the West Knoxville area. Seasoned professionals will discuss their experiences and how to live out your faith while growing into your profession. The next meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in room E-109 of the worship center. Info: email Glenna Manning,, or Kelsey Feldman, kelsing01@ â&#x2013; Grace Lutheran Church, 9076 Middlebrook Pike, will host the Crestwood Family, Community and Education Club 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24, for a meeting and covered dish. Info: 690-8164.

Youth â&#x2013; Farragut Presbyterian Church Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Out program and preschool registration is open for the 2012-2013 school year. Info: Beth Hallman, 671-4616 or â&#x2013;  Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway (at the Karns Red Light) still has spaces available in the Parents Day Out and the T-N-T program for this summer, which begins June 5. Summer PDO is loads of fun for children age 1 and walking through age 5. T-N-T is for elementary school aged children and is a mixture of adventure, crafts and outings to fun places. Info: Lori or Lisa, 531-2052, or the Church office, 690-1060.


Farragut High finalists valedictorian. He represented the state of Tennessee in the United States Senate Youth Program and also attended the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School for the Sciences. He has been class president for three years and plans to attend Princeton University, majoring in molecular biology. Makena Lowrey is the daughter of Michael and Cecilia Lowrey. She won first place at the National History Day regional competition and is secretary of Farragutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Honor Society. She ran cross country for four years, receiving a varsity letter. Makena will attend UT in the Honors Program and major in history. Peter Nagy is the son of Sandor and Marta Nagy. He is an AP Scholar and state finalist in pre-calculus for the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association. Peter is the co-captain of the Farragut scholars bowl team, vice president of the science bowl and Mu Alpha Theta. He plans to attend Duke University.


Douglas Rogerson is the son of Bill and Lorna Rogerson. He is Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s High School Heisman state finalist, the sixth best diver in Tennessee, dive team captain, National Art Honor Society president and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in philosophy, neuroscience and psychology. Derek Xu, son of MeiZhen Liu and Xuemin Xu, is Farragutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salutatorian, class vice president and co-captain of the quiz bowl. He is a Jefferson scholarship nominee and won the Energy Solutions Scholarship. Derek plans to attend Princeton University majoring in molecular biology. Larry Zhang is the son of Jin and Nan Zhang. He is president of the Science Club and of the Technology Student Association. Larry is also vice president of Mu Alpha Theta. He plans to attend Columbia University, majoring in physics.

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Swinging for the fence Education overcomes When John Fugate challenged ignorance just as light Buzz Thomas, Indya Kincannon and dispels darkness. Virginia Babb on their support for a Dr. Jim McIntyre $35 million increase for Knox County and 8 of 9 school board Schools, I challenged John back. members know we need “Come with me to two schools of $35 million to power your choosing. See what teachers, Knox County Schools principals and kids are doing. And forward. For several then tell us how you feel.” years, the school sysSandra Clark, Shopper-News editor That was The Fugate Challenge. tem’s budget has grown John, the manager of the Comby bunts – just enough mercial Bank in Fountain City and a general to maintain the status quo. good sport, accepted. So off we went. And I It’s time for our community to swing for failed to close the sale. the fence. We’ve got the right leadership, the Embarrassing? Yes. right plan and the commitment to change Disappointing? You bet. and improve. Now we need the money to Defeating? Never. make it happen. Please help! By Sandra Clark

Fugate says ‘not now’ By John Fugate My grandson and I joined Sandra Clark and school board member Indya Kincannon on May 15 for a tour of the L&N STEM Academy and Whittle Springs Middle School. The principals and staff greeted us with a warm welcome and explained what their schools are doing to prepare students for their next level of education. The primary purpose of this tour was to provide me with a better understanding of how tax dollars are spent to provide a quality learning environment for students in these and similar schools in the county. The information I received was also designed to help clarify the need for the additional $35 million requested by the school board, especially since Mayor Tim Burchett has approved an additional $13 million for the schools in the 2012-13 budget. I have not only learned more about our local school system but have also received multiple comments from Knox County residents regarding the request for additional funding. As a banker, I am responsible for advising my customers on investments that will yield the greatest dividends. Taxpayers, likewise, want to know

John Fugate at STEM Academy

what the return on their tax dollar will be and how their communities will benefit. Among those who spoke to me during the past few days are teachers, parents, business people and retirees. I was very impressed with the level of engagement on the part of teachers and students at Whittle Springs. This school has struggled to move forward academically as they experienced loss of a funding source, outdated teaching tools, equipment in need of repair and lack of materials needed to perform at a competitive level. Nonetheless, the staff at Whittle Springs has gone the “extra mile” to help students improve test scores and reading skills – even working overtime

when needed. They cited a cooperative spirit on the part of the Central Office in working with them to make significant improvements in test scores and, thus, academic ranking. I was awed by what I observed at Knoxville’s relatively new STEM Academy. This magnet high school is a model of learning for now and the future which offers students expanded educational opportunities. With the help of funding from the Knox County Board of Education and local partnerships, STEM Academy stands as a center of excellence and a result of wellinvested tax dollars. My assessment of what I’ve learned in a few short days from representatives of the school system and local residents is one of high expectations for the students of Knox County. As a former educator with family members who work in both the K-12 and Adult Education systems funded by Knox County, I believe that we must take care of our nation-builders – our teachers – providing them with the materials, technology and support they need to operate on the cutting edge. Current and additional

funds must assure quality education by rewarding accountable instructors who view teaching as a “calling” rather than a job. New construction should be considered but perhaps funded separately on an “as needed” basis rather than placed in the operating budget. During this time of economic downturn and struggles of families to meet financial obligations, I believe that taxpayers want to know that their taxes support a lean budget that eliminates waste and provides safe schools and quality education. They want their tax dollars spent as proposed and all outcomes of these expenditures to be made public. At this time, I believe that most taxpayers prefer a delay in additional taxes. I want to thank all those who have enlightened me to some of the great opportunities afforded Knox County students: Sandra Clark, Indya Kincannon, Dr. Jill Hobby and staff and Becky Ashe and staff. I also want to challenge all Knox County taxpayers to be informed about and to become more involved in our educational system. The decisions we make today will inform the future of our children and grandchildren.

Answers to FAQ By Indya Kincannon (Editor’s Note: Indya Kincannon arranged the school tours for The Fugate Challenge, and she responded in writing to 10 questions submitted by Fugate. Space limits a complete list, but here are two questions and answers.)

Q: What percentage of the $35 million goes to teachers? A: We plan to spend 70 percent of the new monies directly on teachers, paying them more for working more, paying teachers more for getting great outcomes for their students, adding teacher positions, adding more and better teacher training. An additional 8.5 percent is for IT, which really helps teachers, too. So I’d say 79 percent of the investment is going directly to supporting teachers in schools. The balance is on student supports, magnet schools and community schools (a program to help high poverty schools with non-academic services, so kids are healthy and well-nourished, which is a pre-requisite for learning). Here’s a full breakdown: More instructional time (like what you saw at Whittle Springs) 22% Teacher support (more positions, coaches, training) - 22% Technology & IT support - 8% Strategic compensation - 26% Magnet schools - 7% Student Enrichement/Intervention: 7% Community Schools - 5% Inf lation/Contingency - 3% Q: Is the timing right to increase

Indya Kincannon

Indya Kincannon, vice chair, Knox County school board

taxes? How will citizens know how the $$ are spent and what the outcomes are? A: We haven’t had a property tax increase since 1998. Even with a 35 cent tax increase Knox County would still have lower taxes than any other municipal county in the state. The economy is recovering, which is how the Mayor was able to recommend a $13 million increase without a tax increase. But that $13m only allows us to maintain the status quo. Of that $13m, $7m is used to roll 136 teaching positions that had been saved by stimulus dollars back into the general fund. The remaining $6m is used for conventional salary step increases for all employees and a 2 percent raise for teachers. Investing in education will abet further recovery, increase property values and improve our chances of high quality economic development. We have a detailed spending plan on-line as well as benchmarks and performance goals to measure our progress. We will issue reports at least annually so the public can see our progress, and know the return on the investment.

Whittle Springs gets results Traditionally, once schools show growth, By Sandra Clark some mandated supports can be removed. Whittle Springs Middle School serves kids “We hope that we will be able to continue from poor families with almost 85 percent of the students eligible to receive free or reour layers of intervention, but without seduced price lunch. The school showed poor cure funding, there are no guarantees,” academic achievement despite the best efsaid Hobby. Note: We did not photograph students at forts of a succession of principals and teachWhittle Springs because of privacy concerns. ers. But we did talk with individuals. A couple of 8th Three years ago, Dr. Jim McIntyre sent grade girls explained the AVID program: Dr. Jill Hobby to Whittle. “I was sent here to We were selected because our 5th grade get results,” she says. test scores showed we could succeed in colAnd the results are there to see. Hobby lege, they said, taking turns talking. Through makes it easy. They’re posted on the walls middle school, we took notes in every class. of the main hallway. Teachers are listed by In the summers we spent time on a college name; students by a 3-digit number. campus … Pellissippi, Carson-Newman, UT. In 2011, Whittle Springs ranked in the Sure, it’s extra work, but it has paid off. Both top three of Knox County’s middle schools of us got accepted to the STEM Academy. in every category – math, science, reading/ Note taking and time management in language arts and social studies – in valuegeneral are important life skills, Hobby added gains. said. The students are coached in these And it’s no mystery why. areas with college attendance the expec“It’s time spent with kids,” says Hobby. Whittle Springs has patched together tation. Meeting these girls was the most touchmoney to fund: ing part of The Fugate Challenge. We saw ■ Morning ICU tutoring (daily at 7:15 Dr. Jill Hobby shows increases on standardized tests, some remarkable. Photos by S. Clark more than an emphasis on test-taking and a.m.) statistics. We met two kids who believe ■ After school tutoring (3:45 to 4:45 they can succeed academically and they’re work with small groups of striving students in math and willing to take on extra work to make that happen. They Monday/Thursday) reading. ■ SES tutoring (3:45 to 4:45 Wednesday/Friday) see long-term to a better life for themselves and their fami“Increased instructional time with students equals aca- lies through education. ■ Saturday School (9:30 to 11:30) Wow. ■ Intervention pull-outs by teachers and teaching as- demic growth,” says Hobby. “There is no permanent funding source for this successful initiative without the school sistants board approved budget.” ■ SPED Envoy Academy after school In fact, Whittle may lose some of this year’s funding be■ Advanced reading program using high school novels ■ Time card tutors – retired teachers coming back to cause of its success – dollars targeted for failing schools.

More from Whittle Springs, inside

A-10 • MAY 21, 2012 • SH HOPPER OPPE OP P R-NEWS

Who’s who at the AJ Searching for ‘bloated bureaucracy’ By Jake Mabe Author’s Note: During a forum held by school board chair Thomas Deakins at Hardin Valley Academy on May 10, an audience member said, “I just do not believe your numbers (of the school system’s central office staff). … The only way to do it, I guess, would be to go floor-to-floor (at the Andrew Johnson Building).” That is exactly what I did for nearly four hours on May 15. With a couple of exceptions, I visited every floor and talked with everyone I could. For those who were out or unavailable, I talked to other office personnel, followed up by phone or received a requested sketch of their departments. The majority of the staff with whom I visited did not know I was coming. The very definition of “central office” is disputed. County Commissioner Tony Norman defines central office staff as “all personnel whose performance review is not assigned to a school building level administrator.” Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre says that would “include all food service, custodial and maintenance personnel as well as many teachers who serve multiple schools, school psychologists, social workers and instructional coaches. None of these personnel are involved in district administration or even administration at the building level.” At press time, Norman had not responded to my May 14 request for an interview. Here are my findings from my Andrew Johnson Building tour: ■


In addition to the Public Building Authority security officer, the lobby also contains the office of the Great Schools Partnership, a separate, nonprofit organization that serves as a think tank and fundraiser for school initiatives. Its budget is separate from the school system. Knox County Probation and the Community Mediation Center office are both separate from Knox County Schools (KCS). Lisa Wagoner supervises health services which includes 50-plus school nurses (including Wagoner) that serve students with daily or ongoing needs, some 500 procedures a day. A recent large project was the 7th grade immunization at each middle school. Has two secretaries, Rita Giles and Terri Lynch-Polos. Says, “We used to have three nurses (until 2009) who do what I do by myself now.” System-wide nutritionist is Carolyn Perry-Burst. Aneisa McDonald, Coordinated School Health specialist, whose office is funded by the state, also works here, assisted by Audrey Randles. Omar McCarty manages the mail room as “an army of one.” Ensures mail needs are met at the AJ and at all 88 schools. Retired postal supervisor and Vietnam vet. ■

First floor

David Sanders, the system’s lawyer, is funded by the county law director’s office. Jim McIntyre: The superintendent’s office includes McIntyre’s administrative assistant, Kay Good; school board executive assistant Terri Coatney; chief-of-staff

Russ Oaks; and Oaks’s assistant, Mary Martin. Brian Hartsell supervises enrollment and transfers. Processes transfers, dropouts, disciplinary appeals, zero tolerance questions, attendance, some mailings, bullying complaints, discipline appeals to the school board. Also tracks and oversees ent changes. daily enrollment dministrative Assisted by administrative nny Farmer secretary Penny and enrollmentt administrabb. tor Justin Grubb. ■

Mezzanine ne (aka Second floor)

Melissa Copelan opelan difairs. The ofrects public affairs. fice answers the district’s ne lines, hanfour main phone dled in human n resources until this year. r. Office includes Jenniferr Faddis who splits time with ith Partners in Education, and Melissa Tauscher, who handles most ng calls. KCS of the incoming averages more than 1,700 h, spiking to calls per month, ust. 2,406 last August. yd handles Faye Boyd ting services. forms and printing n supervises Scott Bacon ucation with Partners in Education itator Mary program facilitator oney through Kerr. Raises money ucation Dine Out for Education and Coupon Books; munity fosters community gh the support through Teacher Supplyy Depot, Schooled for Sucpal cess, Principal for a Day, thee annual Career Fair, the Barney Thompson Scholarships to high school seniors, and the PIE Advi-This sory Board. (This mber of writer is a member oard.) that advisory board.) cer oversees Gary Spencer the district’s Educament tion Management Sys Information System, a project created by the Knoxville Chamber to monitor test results and operational expenses. A retired executive, Spencer manages “hundreds of millions of data points.” Tracey Matthews supervises family and community engagement. Developed district staff manual and eight professional development videos in reaction to a state law requiring all school districts to comply with six standards of community engagement. Teaches Parent University Classes. Coordinates the activities of the District Advisory Council requirement of Title I. Spearheads one-day Parent Conference for those with Title I students, partnering with Project Grad and the Knox County Council PTA. ■

Third floor

Jon Dickl directs food services. Handles applications for free/reduced lunch and ensures KCS complies with state and federal regulations. Assisted by Pam Brice; school area leaders Cindy Cline, Warren Davis, Kristin Dewine, Margaret Lis and Sharon Meady; payroll assistant Teresa Cox; senior field managers Mary Nell Harvey, Wanda McCown and Rita Teffeteller; Brandy Lambert, child nutrition technology; free and reduced lunch specialist Terry Matthews; and equipment specialist Linda Whittle. Rebecca Owens directs benefits and labor relations. Assists employees with paperwork and explains benefits. Investigates issues/complaints from employees and others concerning but not limited to Title

VI, Title IX, ADA, GINA and employee misconduct. Assisted by benefits manager Kristin Blanton, billing clerk Angie Corum, insurance manager Ashley Huffaker, retirement manager Robin Moody, administrative secretary Tina Needham, safety engineer Adam Parson, administrative secretaries Bunny Seymour and Alice Sims; and investigator Rebecca Wuethrich. ■

Charlene Gammon; and school psychologists Pat Lukosius and Linda Ross. Transition: To assist students with disabilities in transitioning from KCS to adult life are Michelle Flynn, secretary Lauren Mayes, consultant Michelle Pittman and consultant/TCI coordinator Jeffrey Wright. pp Student Support Services staff mem-

Fourth floor

Doug Dillingham oversees facilities. Charged with long-range planning, development, and construction of new facilities and the remodeling/additions to current facilities. Coordinates capital i m provem e n t projects, roof/ HVAC projects,

modular classroom additions and relocations and physical plant upgrades. Assisted by contract administrator William Anderson III and site manager Dennis Webster. Rick Grubb directs transportation. Oversees 110 bus contractors that operate 350 buses, all but five running at least two loads, that log 11,000 miles per day, including service to in-zone and No Child Left Behind transfers. Uses the School Messenger System, which replaced ParentLink, to notify parents of bus delays or malfunctions by text, email and/or phone. Validates bus drivers. Places GPS phones on every bus which are monitored and tracked in real time to include data such as location, speed and direction traveling; oversees driver compliance and driver photo badges with Justin Grubb, sends out almost 60,000 mailers to parents at the start of the school year. Assisted by router Nancy Calway, administrative secretary Frankie DeBusk, special ed router Ryan Dillingham, lead supervisor Jeff Graves, driver compliance supervisor Gayla Huffaker, contractor compliance facilitator Rhonda Kinsey, team leader Scott Sexton, and seven to eight part-time employees ranging from college students to adults. ■

Fifth floor

Psychological Services: On call to assist principals and teachers with assessment and referrals and to help when a school, student or staff member is faced with unforeseen crisis or tragedy are teaching assistants Diane Dykes and

b D li i special i l bers Dr. R Ron C Carlini, education consultants Mollie Seay, Sherry Grubb and Marcy Hughes, and secretary Kim Renfro work out of offices on this floor. ■

Sixth floor

Dave Armstrong handles the KCS website (which averages 40,000 to 50,000 visits per day M-F) and consults with building level administrators on each school’s website. Photographs various KCS events. Erik Hutson directs KCS-TV Productions. Sets schedule for programming aired on KCS-TV (available on Comcast Cable Channel 10 and on AT&T’s U-Verse) and makes it available on the KCS website. Records all school board meetings for live broadcasts and compresses them into web-archived videos; makes training videos, and all videos for the website, about 100 in total. Records any district-wide videos, such as the annual band expo or the superintendent’s State of the Schools address. Built the school system’s web video delivery system “from the ground up.” Says station has a “zero budget” and is using equipment (some more than 30 years old) donated by Community TV of Knoxville. Gearing all content to play on mobile devices as well as computers. ■

Seventh floor

The seventh floor houses the Public Building Authority, separate from KCS. ■

Eighth floor

Homebound Services, Homeless Education/Special Education Records: Houses all Special Education student data and processes documents for electronic storage. Staff

members: Supervisor Cheryl Hill, secretary for homebound pregnancy and Easy IEP (Individual Education Plan) Christy Naill; administrative secretaries: records management, Kelly Rhines; Easy IEP, Kathy Russell; records management Chandra Sims, homebound services, Kelly Wright; and RN health services/medical case manager for home/hospital instruction, Debbie Wood. Psychological Services: Process all school psychological a ssessments a nd

evaluations. Determines l ti D t i eligibility for Special Ed. Oversees a “therapeutic professional partnership” with licensed psychologists who help students with emotional issues. Supervisor is Dr. Clovis Stair, assisted by secretaries Susan Lambert and Connie Strange. Social Services, Home School and Guidance: elementary counselor coach Martha Masterson, secondary counselor coach Anne Troutman, secretary Becky Henson and special ed specialist Heather Willis. Special Ed Support: Lead supervisor Susan Bolt, specialists Bibi Burnett and Barbara Wrushen, supervisor Teresa Clark; and secretaries Tammie Beckner and Sally Hickey. ■

Ninth floor

Melissa Massie directs student support services and special education; administrative assistant is Shellie Jenkins. Office includes special ed supervisor Deb Forcina, assistant Annie Ewoldt; consultant Martha Iroff, specialists Rita Camper and Nicki Nye and their secretary, Valinda Hubbs; educational program and general education/special education supervisor Becky Sharpe; Linda Sharp, secretary for Massie and Sharpe; and consultant Summer Tucker. Ginnae Harley: Directs Title I federal programs in high poverty areas, based on the number of free and reduced lunch students. Funds are distributed to Title I schools for additional personnel, the purchase of materials and supplies and staff development. Helps 37 Title I schools in math and reading only and supports school

improvement plans. Oversees supervisor in each Title I school. $3.5 million received in the Race to the Top grant is audited quarterly and funded more master teachers and updated technology at Austin-East High, South-Doyle High, Bearden Middle, West High, Carter High, Central High and Fulton High. Also services private schools with Title I zoned students. Supervisors are Dr. Steven Wright and Cheryl Martin. Department has one secretary; two others left last January and March and the positions have not been filled. ■

10th floor

Vicki Neubert coordinates AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) college-readiness program, designed to increase the number of students who successfully enroll in college. Targets students in the academic “middle” (students with a 2.0 to 3.5 grade point average) who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID is a scheduled elective class that meets during the school day. Instructional Department: Reports to assistant superintendent Dr. Donna Wright. Personnel: Language arts/reading supervisor (K12) Jane Ailor, administrative assistant (for three departments) Vickie Beckers, administrative assistant (for two departments) Carolynn Bilbo, elementary math specialist Libby Burney, TAP executive master teacher Margo Dalimonte, high school ELA instructional coach Julie Givens, administrative assistant (Title II and TAP) Brenda Greenlee, social studies instructional coach (K-12) Judy Newgent, science supervisor (K-12) Theresa Nixon, middle school ELA instructional coach Linda Perry, math supervisor (K-12) Gary Petko, athletics supervisor Marion Quinn, language arts and reading supervisor (K-5) Janet Sexton, social studies supervisor Millicent Smith, grant writing and management, Carole Wilson (who has brought in more than $3 million in grants from 200912) and TAP director Keith Wilson. Every book approved to be used or read in a classroom must be read first. “We have no life. We are here many Saturdays,” she said. “But it is worth it.” Humanities: World languages specialist Alyson Lerma; English Languages Learners specialist Donna Stapleton, assisted by Rhonda Davis. Four assistants positions were eliminated last year on this floor. ■

11th floor

Gail Byard oversees Technology/IT. Includes active directory, student information systems, computer repair, instructional technology, networking, payroll/ human resources information system, special education technology and help desk. Assisted by technology director Bill Parker, IT specialists Richard Baughman, Steve Glenn, Brandy Lambert, Guy Respess, Steve Rudder, Joe Snyder and Beau Stanley; network administrator/team lead Larry Brothers, active directory administrator Freddie Cox; IT asset manager John Dendrinos, active directory administrator Billy Ellis, school technology specialist Tom Harless, administrative assistant Pat Hodge, programmer/analysts Kyle Pope and Jondale Stratton, computer technician Jason Summers, help desk operators Carol Tiller and Julie Wolfenbarger, and computer operator Mary Wilkerson.

SHOPPER-NEWS • MAY 21, 2012 • A-11

Whittle Springs tackles reading ■

Read, read, read

Reading is basic, says Whittle principal Jill Hobby. “And each year some students arrive at elementary schools already behind in basic academic and/or social skills. Although the principals and teachers at Whittle/Fulton feeder schools work hard to catch them up, for each of the past three years, 60 percent of our students have entered 6th grade reading on a 2nd or 3rd grade level. “We must grow students to have them ready for high school. We place a huge emphasis on reading in each content area.” On the hallway wall, a chart reflects reading gains based on Lexile testing. Each student is identified by number. Hobby says a range of 60 to 100 reflects a year’s worth of growth, yet results for 2011-12 showed gains of 200 to 300 for many Whittle students.

A student came in with a score of 244 and increased to 530 – a one-year gain of 286 points. Another started higher, with a score of 929. That student increased by 86 points to 1,015. Hobby credits “targeted intervention” for these gains. Whittle is slated to lose $30,000 in Title I funds next year, money that has funded extended day tutoring, technology and time card tutors for students in small groups. The school board’s budget includes money for tutors for students falling behind. Accountability, you say? How about this: TCAP writing scores (8th graders proficient) at Whittle Springs: 2000 – 63% 2001 – 80% 2002 – 81% 2003 – 80% 2004 – 77% 2005 – 74% 2006 – 69% 2007 – 80%

2008 – 83% 2009 – 78% 2010 – 86% 2011 – 87.33% 2012 – (embargoed, but the teachers were amazed at the results received two weeks ago) Math scores, value added scores and TCAP scores in general show dramatic gains. ■


Choral teacher by day, academy director by afternoon. That’s Bailey Chambers, principal of the Whittle Springs After-School Academy. All WSMS students are eligible for tutoring in reading, math and TCAP preparation. The Academy meets from 3:45 to 4:45 on Mondays and Thursdays. The Academy is free and snacks are provided. Bus service is provided to Richard Yoakley (formerly Alice Bell Elementary), Belle Morris Elementary, Lincoln Park Tech

Center, Christenberry Rec Center, and the Boys and Girls Club on Caswell Ave. so that transportation does not get in the way of someone staying after school for extra support. The Academy is popular among students, Hobby said. One boy even asked when the make-up would be for a session canceled because of a tornado warning. The principalship is good training for young teachers, she added. First Class Tutoring is an SES program offered at no cost to parents whose children participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program. First Class provides transportation home following after-school tutoring, a mini-meal, and small group tutoring in math and reading. It met on Wednesdays and Fridays. Only certified teachers served as tutors, and Jen Tedder served as coordinator. Family Engagement events were scheduled almost weekly during the school year. “We had about 250 to 300 people at each event,” says Hobby. An incentive was a mini-meal from Chick-fil-A. An example is the Jan. 12 Math Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Refreshments were provided while parents and children played games in-

Jan Chiles, 7th grade reading teacher at Whittle Springs, talks with John Fugate, left) and his grandson. Joseph.

volving math. Other events were scheduled during the day so parents could interact with students and/ or hear special speakers. Mother-daughter spa night was a huge hit, especially when Dr. Hobby gave makeovers.

Eight opportunities for community volunteers were offered, coordinated by Jen Tedder, social worker and behavior liaison, and Shanawaski Davis and Tiffany Davidson, campus managers for Project GRAD. Info: 594-4474.


Sent to get results. Got results. Will funds be there to sustain the programs that brought the gains? We will know when County Commission votes on May 30. Stay tuned.

Who’s who at the AJ ■

12th floor

Dr. Jean Heise as humanities supervisor has replaced several supervisors including those for physical education, health and wellness, art, music, world languages. Assisted by Walter Mencer (instrumental music), Richard Mitchell (choral music), Dr. Fred Patterson (art) and Alyson Lerma (world languages, who works on the 10th floor). Tracy Davis is an administrative assistant to Dr. Heise. Lisa Hickson is the humanities administrative assistant. Elementary Instruction: Elementary supervisors Donna Howard and Susan Turner; Pre-K specialist Carol Idol and assistant Angie Satterfield; elementary supervisor Kelly Johnson, administrative secretary Margaret Wade, and literacy specialist Theresa Wishart. Dr. Daphne Odom and assistant Ashley Satterfield oversee magnet and gifted/ talented programs. Dianne Buck, manager, Tom Dockery and Steve Johnston handle publication and print services. Off-set printing services are housed at the Knox Central building, where the print department rotates existing personnel.

instruction, including staff on floors 9, 10, 12 and 14). Supervises executive directors: Nancy Maland (elementary ed; her administrative assistant is Jeana Findley), Dr. Clifford Davis (secondary education) and Ed Hedgepath (middle/ secondary education, who is retiring); their administrative assistant is Cindy Price. Davis will become the executive director for all secondary education while concentrating on middle schools and Dr. Jon Rysewyk will supervise the 15 high schools. Wright’s administrative assistant is Linda Ward, who is retiring. Senior advisor for high needs schools is Montina Jones; her assistant is Jane Toppins. Dr. Elizabeth Alves monitors test results, oversees K-12 curriculum (to achieve test goals) and monitors compliance with all federal regulations. Assisted by supervisors: research and development, John Beckett; testing, Laurie Driver; accountability analyst Clint Sattler, deputy accountability officer Krista Tibbs; and administrative assistants Cindy Fowler and Patti LaBello.

try), Human Resource Generalists Sandie Johnson, Leanne Robillard, Dreama Feezell and Christine Wolf (evaluations, tenure, posts Certified vacancies in SearchSoft); HR Specialists Stacey Dykes (substitutes, Aesop System). ■

16th floor

Bob Thomas and Ron McPherson: Thomas is assistant superintendent for administrative services. McPherson is executive director of finance. McPherson’s department performs daily accounting functions such as journal entries, budget line-item transfers, deposit of funds, etc., monitors account balances, fund balances, and revenue collections and trends for KCS funds; coordinates with other KCS departments on financial issues; balances major construction projects and federal grants, prepares the monthly Interim Financial Report for the KCS operating fund and School Nutrition Program (financial status reports), prepares the monthly status report on KCS construction projects, assists with the preparation of the KCS annual operating budget; co■ 13th floor ■ 15th floor ordinates federal and state Tradition and superstiDr. Kathy Sims directs funding applications and tion in the hotel industry human resources including reporting requirements mean the Andrew Johnson personnel records, termina- for grants and projects, Building has no 13th floor. tions, absences, evaluations prepares the annual Puband staffing for all schools. lic School Financial Re■ 14th floor Supported by, Rodney Rus- port and the annual PubDr. Donna Wright: sell, Nakia Towns and Team lic School Budget report Oversees curriculum and Leader Kelly Cross (data en- submitted to the state, and

provides support for reconciliation of fringe benefits and payroll. McPherson says even paying roughly 7,500 employees is not as simple as cutting a check. Contracts are different for various positions. Payroll is roughly $20 million a month. Hamilton County, which serves 42,000 students on a $312 million operating budget, has roughly 25 employees in budget and finance. Knox County, which serves 56,000 students on an operating budget of $380 million, has 19 such employees. Compensation Department personnel: compensation support, Mike Atkins, Marty Danford, Lynne Flynn, Brenda Tindell, Katie Yarber; supervisor Krisden Parrott; and team leader Ada Pratt. Finance personnel: federal grants accountant Leah Ashley, accounting clerk Barbara Brown; food service accountant Michelle Henson, supervisor of accounting Kevin Wilson. ■

17th floor

Part of the accounting and finance department. Personnel: accounts payable clerks Diane Beeler, Paul Jenkins (warehouse operations), clerk Judy Lewis, Omar McCarty Jr. (parttime), Bonnie Spicer (purchase orders), and finance/ accounts payable supervisor Roger Underwood.


After touring the AJ, hearing job descriptions Jake and seeing staff members Mabe at work, reading the central administration return on investment report, counting trends in the central office over the last 10 years and comparing departments with those in other Tennessee school districts, I utterly reject the myth that the KCS Central Office is bloated bureaucracy. In 2001, an independent management and performance review concluded that the KCS CO administration is “understaffed when compared to its peers” and said KCS spent less for administration than any of its peer districts, with the staffing level 55 percent below peer districts. The findings 11 years ago still ring true. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics found in fiscal year 2008 that among the 100 largest U.S. school districts (Knox County is 74th), KCS ranks seventh in the percentage of its budget that is dedicated to instruction and instructional support. The district tied for 100th in the proportion of total positions committed to school district administration. Significant central office administrative staffing reductions and adjustments, including eliminating more than a dozen positions in FY 2012, have been made since 2009. The Central Office underwent a major reorganization in 2011. Over the last four fiscal years, the majority of the $14.7 million increase in the total operating budget has gone to classroom instruction and instructional support ($10.4 million). Five million dollars has gone to Debt Service and other district-level requirements. Central Office administrative and support totals have dropped from a 10-year high of 230.5 in the fall of 2008 to 211 as of this March. Facts are facts. Anyone who tries to argue to the contrary should take a tour of the AJ Building floor by floor, read this data, which is available at, and perform a comparative analysis with KCS’s peer districts. Otherwise, you are either pandering to a myth, have a personal ax to grind or are living in “The Twilight Zone.”

A-12 • MAY 21, 2012 • SH HOPPER OPPE OP P R-NEWS

All aboard!

For learning adventures at the L&N By Sandra Clark Imagine … a high school where every teacher knows every kid by sight and name … a school where students want to be and everyone is equipped with an iPad … a place where teachers work before- and after-hours to develop curricula. Imagine the L&N STEM Academy. The place looks like a race track with donor logos pasted randomly about. Financial sponsor JCPenney has a logo on the school’s entry into the robotics competition. The room for physical education looks like the workout facility at the most modern health club. Principal Becky Ashe grabs the handles of an overhead resistance belt. “$120 each,” she says. “And we keep up with everyone’s progress on the computer over there.” We visited the school during the one-hour lunch break. Kids eat for 30 minutes, either inside or on the porch, and then spend 30 minutes in advisory class for tutoring and life skills. Some sell dance tickets in the cafeteria, while others cluster with iPads in small groups or alone. Ashe says the lunch break is important since students might enter STEM knowing only one or two other students. ■

That extra time comes in handy for visiting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals who frequently come for lunch with students. “They might make a presentation, but sometimes they just hang out. It helps students to realize that engineers and professors are people just like them,” said Ashe. The only foreign language is Latin, but nobody seems to mind. And the band includes “whatever you play.” Halls guy Owen Sanders was excited to be accepted, and he’s asking his mom why he can’t just start now. An 8th-grader wanting to skip summer??? Amazing.

A stroll on campus of the L&N STEM Academy shows the Sunsphere and World’s Fair Park up close and the University of Tennessee in the distance. Labs funded by B&W Y-12 and Provision Health Alliance occupy the former Butcher Shop restaurant and the school itself is the former L&N train station. The tour is led by principal Becky Ashe, at right, followed by Joseph Fugate, John Fugate and Indya Kincannon. Photos by S. Clark

station to be a contemporary high school. And she did it on the cheap. Then-Mayor Bill Haslam arranged for a city grant to pay the rent to ■ On tour property owners until the Becky Ashe is dynamic. A building conveys to Knox former teacher at West High County Schools, debt-free. School and later the KCS Then McIntyre, alongscience supervisor, Ashe side the Great Schools Partwas helping Dr. Jim Mc- nership led by Buzz ThomIntyre interview prospec- as, secured grants to equip tive principals for the new specific areas. Among the STEM Academy when he first was a family grant to realized no one matched her fund the Haslam Commons. knowledge and enthusiasm. This year’s iPads were “You know a lot about this,” obtained through a contrihe recalls. “What if you be- bution from local PetSafe come principal?” owner Randy Boyd and a McIntyre didn’t have to generous donation from ask twice. ORAU, said Ashe. Parents Ashe assembled a faculty signed an agreement to and worked with construc- replace the devices if lost tion crews to prepare the for- or damaged. Only one has Alexis Campbell, a Powell resident, studies Latin on an iPad. mer restaurant and railroad been lost.


“How is science different here?” we asked kids in class and was able to break away for teacher Frank Wood. He had his homeroom conversation. Wood, who came from Hardin Valley Academy, said L&N is about the basics. “We don’t have underwater basket-weaving here. We focus on the core, on teaching the language of scientists.” Next year Wood plans to offer “algebrysics,” a hybrid of algebra and physics which he’s developing, using manipulatives to make math more interesting. He’s working with the school librarian to write a book called “Just the Facts,” an interactive program that will accept “keynote” files from students. Wood is developing STEM curricula which he and Ashe hope will be used by schools throughout the state. Wood also sponsors the robotics club, a beforeschool activity. He showed us the basketball-shooting robot his students made for competition. The team didn’t win this year, but then L&N currently has only freshmen and sophomores. Wood is eager to set his “veterans” on stage next year. Frank Wood, science teacher and robotics coach ■


L&N Stem Academy functions like a charter school or even a private school under the auspices of Knox County Schools. The school demonstrates that a little money goes a long way with motivated students, enthusiastic teachers and involved parents. And don’t overlook that dynamo named Becky Ashe. L&N does not cherry-pick students. Each high school has an allocation based on enrollment. Students who apply are selected by lottery within their high school zone. The classes and lesson plans devel-

oped here can be used across Knox County, if the Internet infrastructure is installed and money is funded for iPads or some type of personal device for each student at all schools. Technology is everywhere, even in the smallest business. Yet Knox County schools fund technology with Coupon Books, PTAs and a prayer. The school of the future is operating today at the L&N Academy. Will the technology be pushed out to all students in all schools? Depends on whether County Commission funds the $35 million increase requested by the school board. They vote on May 30. Stay tuned.

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Andrea Lawyer taught mathematics at Bearden High School before coming to the L&N. While the curriculum is similar, the technology makes a difference in how it’s taught, she said. “All teachers (here) do live-time tutoring,” Ashe said. “The quality of the tool

makes a good teacher great.” Lawyer calls it “real time teaching.” As she monitors students’ responses via iPad, she can see who knows what, who needs extra help with a concept or when the whole class “gets it.” Students have “buy-in,” she said. Obviously teachers do too because Lawyer followed our tour down the hall, still talking. She described emailing lesson assignments to students and learning from their responses. “An incredibly shy student can communicate safely via email when he might be hesitant to speak up in class,” she said. Her own 1st grader recently made a PowerPoint presentation and learned to tell time through an “app.” Technology has leaped ahead and it’s time for it to be used in Knox County Schools, she said. Andrea Lawyer came to L&N from Bearden High School.

FARRAGUT SHOPPER-NEWS â&#x20AC;˘ MAY 21, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ A-13

Service has way of shaping futures By Suzanne Foree Neal Farragut High School stresses not only the academics, but also community service. Students have been singled out for their community service to a variety of organizations. Representing the freshman class is Ali Bhimani. He was inspired to volunteer by his uncle. Ali does much of his volunteering through I-CERV, Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a Muslim, one of our pillars is to give back to the community,â&#x20AC;? he says. Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donated his time to Second Harvest, River Rescue, Saving Real Hearts, Empty Stocking Fund and a community gardening project, to name a few. Working at Second Harvest is always fun, he says, especially when they sort cans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big group and that makes it fun.â&#x20AC;? One reason he likes doing community service is he seldom does the same project twice, except for Thursdays and Saturdays when he dons his uniform, stands at the door of his mosque, greets worshippers and checks in bags while they engage in prayer. His parents are Karin and Afshan Bhimani. Ali enjoys helping those in need. He recalls a favorite memory from the Fish Pantry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a couple from Canada who only spoke French. I speak a little French. I was able to explain to them what they were getting. One day, I was riding my bike and saw the same couple again. They had learned to speak some English. They thanked me because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d helped them out. Small world.â&#x20AC;? After college, Ali wants to spend some time in

Ali Bhimani and Kelly Miller logged more service hours than their classmates at Farragut High School. Photo by S.F. Neal

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the Peace Corps, then get down to business and make enough money so he can help others. Sophomore Haley Chenot volunteers at her church every other Sunday wrangling 3-year-olds so their parents can attend the service. She also lends a hand during Vacation Bible School productions both as a cast member and working behind the scenes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like working with kids,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to be able to see their smiles when someone gets down on their level.â&#x20AC;? She describes the age group as â&#x20AC;&#x153;coolâ&#x20AC;? because they offer unconditional love. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They seem to love you no matter what. A

bunch will just run up to you and grab on. They love you so much even though they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see you but a few days.â&#x20AC;? One of Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more memorable moments, that still brings a smile, involved an over-zealous little girl. Everyone was praying and it was silent when she started bouncing up and down yelling, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Jesus.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really strong in my faith and I like to work through my church to help children get close to God,â&#x20AC;? she says. One time in Vacation Bible School, the church auditorium was filled with children from pre-school to eighth grade all dancing and singing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watching them all sing the same song was cool,â&#x20AC;? she says. While she wants to always be involved in her church, Haley has thoughts of combining her two favorite subjects, math and chemistry, into a major in chemical engineering. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the daughter of Glenn and Rachel Chenot. Kelly Miller, a junior, volunteers at Tennova Healthcare and East Ten-

nessee Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital and tutors at Eaton Elementary School. At Tennova, she works independently and spends time in the emergency room and surgery pre-op. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The nurses boss me around,â&#x20AC;? she laughs. At Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, she mostly plays with the kids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to be a pediatric surgeon, so I get to see what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting into,â&#x20AC;? she says. She entered the tutoring program through her church where her mother and sister also volunteer as tutors. Kelly tutors a thirdgrader two days a week in reading, English and math. Her parents are Cindy Miller and Hugh Miller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be a teacher and I want to be a doctor,â&#x20AC;? she says of what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learned from her volunteer experiences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being an educator is thoroughly rewarding, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not for me. When I was thinking what I wanted to be when I was older, I ruled out everything else and ended up with medicine.â&#x20AC;? She has a memorable volunteer experience in both the medical and tutoring experiences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was working with the family of a terminal patient,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You see what the family is going through, and it was a very important experience in my life.â&#x20AC;? Kelly was tutoring a boy who told her he was being bullied. She notified her tutoring coordinator who contacted the principal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The next week he was very happy,â&#x20AC;? she says.

Farragut Intermediate School 5th graders Eli Mengel and Jake Evans study the heart of a pig during the last science lab of the year. FIS PTA Science Lab coordinator Maureen Cianciolo said all labs are tied to the curriculum except this one which she says is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;grand finaleâ&#x20AC;? for the kids. FIS is the only school in Knox County to have a science lab. Photos by S. Barrett

Science lab â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;finaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at FIS

Parent volunteer Rhonda Hall helps 5th grader Elizabeth Everling push air into the lungs of a pig with a bellows foot pump to help her understand how the respiratory system works. Several parent volunteers help lead the dissection at each station. Kids can come and go from the room as they need to depending on how strong their stomachs are. Afterward, Elizabeth said â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was neat, but disgusting.â&#x20AC;? Memorable words overheard from a student during the lab: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It smells funny in here.â&#x20AC;?

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Scholarships and safety on program for Farragut Rotary By Sherri Gardner Howell The Rotary Club of Farragut had a busy meeting May 16 at Fox Den Country Club. In addition to a program by Katie Davis, Knox County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, there was time to celebrate the accomplishments of two students from Farragut High School. Anna Brinson, daughter of Brad and Beth Brinson, and Megan Kidder, daughter of John and Yvonne Kidder, were guests with their families at the meeting. President Doug Powell presented the two with scholarship awards and introduced them to the group. Both seniors, who will attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the fall, had full resumes of activities while maintaining excellent grades. Anna, a four-year member of the Admirals girls basketball team, was captain one season and was All-District. She was editor of the yearbook, active in Young Life, on the executive board of FANS club and has worked with her church on numerous mission projects and trips. Megan, a member of the FHS band and FHS Symphonic band, has been active on the Mock Trial Team and legal honors society, as well as taken mission trips to Haiti, worked on the Mercy Ship fundraisers and the Cinderella Project to provide shoes

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Anna Brinson and Megan Kidder, recipients of scholarships from the Rotary Club of Farragut, were honored at the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 16 meeting. Both are graduates of Farragut High School and will attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the fall. Photo by S. Gardner Howell

for children in underdeveloped countries. Anna plans to major in elementary education with the goal of being a teacher. Megan plans to major in political science and continue on to law school. Katie Davis talked to the group about crime prevention, following up on last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program on fraud and identity theft. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There has been a huge increase in thefts from vehicles,â&#x20AC;? Davis told the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of our crimes today are drug related. Prescription pain addicts are looking for anything they can turn into quick cash to feed their habit.â&#x20AC;?

Most home burglaries happen between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The No. 1 thing most criminals were looking for in the past was firearms. That was No. 1 for almost 20 years. Now, it is prescription meds. They are going to go first to wherever you keep your medicine.â&#x20AC;? Electronics and gold are also high on the list, Davis said. One of the best deterrents is an alarm system that is audible and extremely loud, said Davis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be vigilant and aware of your own home and of your neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (homes). Report anything that looks suspicious or just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look right in your neighborhood.â&#x20AC;?

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A-14 • MAY 21, 2012 • SHOPPER-NEWS

Healthy Kids Fair at Hardin Valley

Sophia Havrylyak receives a free bike helmet from volunteer Tammy Garland, courtesy of the Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee. Along with free helmets, they educated people on bike safety and avoidance of brain injuries, which is the main cause of epilepsy in small children.

Knox County officer Angie Varner gives Alex Kear a play “badge.” Varner is with the Life Skills program, formerly called DARE.

William Tyrrell, a Hardin Valley kindergarten student, tries the climbing wall provided by Riversports and the Climbing Center. “This is the first time he’s done that well, making it threefourths of the way,” exclaimed mom Melissa Tyrrell.

Michelle Moyers shows Leann Nelson how the activity dice game works while mom Debbie Nelson watches. Whatever the dice lands on, she has to perform that activity, such as doing sit-ups, to earn a jump rope or frisbee prize. Photos by T. Edwards of

The Rome family, Austin, Ethan, dad Paul, and mom Jamie, enjoy the free food at the Healthy Kids Fair.

HVA seniors receiving the Scott Impellizeri award are: Eliza Rowcliffe, Taylor Lerma, Callie Crane, Dakota Lee, Jackson Beggs, Ben Barnett and McCall Beckler. Photos by T. Edwards of

Hardin Valley Academy senior awards CAK players get soccer honors Senior forward Jon Ragland from Christian Academy of Knoxville has been named offensive player of the year for District 4. Jon had 18 goals and 3 assists to lead CAK to a 19-1-1 record (as of May 17).

CAK continues to roll. The team beat Gibbs High School 2-0 last Thursday in the regional championship game, with Ragland scoring both goals. The team was scheduled to host University School of Johnson City on Saturday in the state sectional. Senior goalkeeper Zach

Mayes from CAK was named defensive player of the year for the district. Zach was credited with 60 saves, achieving 9 of 10 shutouts in district play (allowed only one goal) and 13 of 16 shutouts in all matches (allowed only five goals). Coach of the Year was Wes Ford from Rockwood;

and MVP was senior forward/midfielder Austin Stone from Alcoa. CAK players on the first team All-District were: Ryan Creel, Ben Holt, Zach Mayes, Jon Ragland and Stevie Thompson. Second team All-District were: Jay Emmert, Jonathan Mirts and Josh Newman.

Hardin Valley Academy senior Allison Kroninger receives a four-year perfect attendance award.

Gargis lands Navy scholarship Chief Petty Officer Joseph Collins awarded Hardin Valley Academy senior Samuel Lee Gargis a $180,000 Navy ROTC scholarship. “Wow!” said everyone, especially Gargis.

Looking for a few good kids Who: Rising 9th graders at Knox area high schools What: Spend Tuesdays exploring Knox County and having fun When: Tuesday, June 5, to Tuesday, August 7, usually 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Corryton to Farragut and all points between Why: Students will be expected to take pictures, write captions and hear “money quotes” from guest speakers. The program is tour-based. Student work will be edited and some may be printed in the summer’s editions of Shopper-News. Last year we toured Knox County Sessions Court, KUB’s wastewater plant, the Knox County Sheriff ’s Office detention center, WATE-TV for a live broadcast and the Weisgarber Post Office. Most lunches will be provided, and transportation is by Gentry Trailways.

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SHOPPER-NEWS • MAY 21, 2012 • A-15

The wax museum at Farragut Intermediate School

FIS 5th grader Tejal Thurnauer came in character as Cleopatra. She wanted to be someone from “long ago” because she had already presented more recent folks from history including Clara Barton and Laura Ingalls Wilder for previous projects.

Forrest Godshall chose Elvis Presley as his person from history “because he’s crazy and spontaneous, just like me,” he said. Sacagawea was presented by Rachel Zinn, who has always enjoyed learning about Native American culture. She thought it was interesting that Sacagawea was invited to go across Louisiana with Lewis and Clark. Mother Teresa visits Farragut Intermediate School in the form of 5th grader Divya Venkatesh as part of last week’s wax museum. “She was a person who really helped the poor,” said Divya. The students were graded on several parts of their project, including a written report and a speech.

Blake Fillmore practices his lines as Orville Wright. He chose the aviation pioneer because they shared the birthplace of Dayton, Ohio. Only at Farragut Intermediate School’s wax museum could you find Betsy Ross and Albert Einstein hanging out together. Ania Grimm (Ross) and Zoe Swicegood (Einstein) compared costumes last week during the wax museum as many of the school’s 5th grade students dressed as their favorite person from history and spoke in character while guests, including parents and teachers, listened in. Photos by S. Barrett

Inshira Bediako received rave reviews from her dad, Wayne, during her presentation as hair care entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker. “She helped African-American women by making the products I use today,” said Inshira.



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A-16 • MAY 21, 2012 • SHOPPER-NEWS

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The Farragut Branch Library is located at 417 N. Campbell Station Road. A parent or guardian must accompany each child, except for older preschool, during Storytime and events. Info: 777-1750. ■ Monday, May 21, 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5. ■ Tuesday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.: Older Preschool Storytime for ages 4-6. ■ Wednesday, May 23, 10:30 a.m.: Baby Bookworms for infants to age 2. ■ Thursday, May 24, 10:30 a.m.: Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3. ■ Friday, May 25, 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5; 3:30 p.m.: Dollywood’s Imagination Playhouse presents “Otis” by Loren Long, featuring the Penguin Players.

Paul Tinnel art at Town Hall The town of Farragut Arts Council has chosen Paul Tinnel as the featured artist for May and June. An exhibit of Tinnel’s handmade wood bowls will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, June 29, on the second floor of the rotunda in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Tinnel’s work is also a featured exhibit at The Town Framery in Farragut. Info: Lauren Cox, or 966-7057, or visit (on the homepage, hover over the Departments tab, then Parks & Leisure Services to find the Arts & Culture page).

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Ankle issues on menu at Lunch & Learn

THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 25 Volunteer committee applications The town of Farragut is accepting applications from community members who wish to serve on one of Farragut’s advisory committees. Completed applications must be returned by Friday, May 25, to the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Information about each of the committees is available at www.townoffarragut. org under the Government tab. The application form is available on the homepage at the Online Form Center link. Printed applications are available at Town Hall or by calling 966-7057. info: Allison Myers, allison.myers@ or 966-7057.

THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 25 ‘Muse Among Us’ exhibition The new mixed-media exhibition “The Muse Among Us” is on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. The exhibit will be on the balcony of the Emporium Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, May 25. The exhibit, presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance, features the work of artists Elaine Barnes of Harriman, Annamaria Gundlach of Maryville, Ruth Koh of New Market and Donna Moore of Blaine. Info: 5237543 or

Ankles are the topic for the Wednesday, May 23, Boxed Lunch & Learn presented by Parkwest at the Frank R. Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road. The Lunch & Learn begins at noon. Ankle issues caused by aging will be discussed by Tracy Pesut, M.D., of the Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinic. Attendance is $5. To RSVP: 541-4500.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 Recycled hubcap painting workshop The town of Farragut is offering a recycled hubcap painting workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Participants will transform hubcaps of many styles into décor pieces. Instructor: Sarah Brobst; cost is $30 (all supplies included). Registration and payment deadline is Monday, May 21. Info or to register: 966-7057.

TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, MAY 29 - JUNE 21 KTC youth track and field program The Knoxville Track Club Summer Track and Field Program for ages 15 to 18 will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 29 through June 21, at Farragut High School. The program meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The summer program is co-sponsored by the town of Farragut. Info and to register:



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The exhibition “Chad Airhart: Clusters, Chaos and Control” is on display through Tuesday, May 29, at The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike. Airhart’s paintings and drawings depict worlds of gathering people, flower clusters and social insects. Info: 200-4452 or cinamon@

THROUGH THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Independence Day Parade registration About 20 spots remain for the town of Farragut’s 25th annual Independence Day Parade. The registration form is available at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive and on (link on the home page). The deadline for registrations is Thursday, June 21, or until the Town receives 95 entries, whichever comes first. Info: Arleen Higginbotham, 966-7057 or

THROUGH FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Movers and Shakers exercise program The Farragut Movers and Shakers Club has already started, but registration is open through Friday, June 29, for the seventh annual free summer exercise program. Open to students in rising grades kindergarten through 12th grade, the program aims to promote a healthy lifestyle among families in the community. The Farragut Movers and Shakers Club will run through Friday, Aug. 3. To register: www. or visit Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Info: Lauren Cox, or 966-7057.

The Knox County Parks & Recreation Department has scheduled youth golf clinics throughout the summer at the Concord Par 3 Golf Course at Concord Park, 10909 Northshore Drive. Two-day camps for 6- to 8-yearolds run from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Wednesday on May 29-30, June 12-13, June 26-27, July 17-18 and July 31-Aug. 1. Cost is $75. Three-day sessions for 9- to 17-year-olds go from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday on June 5-7, June 19-21, July 10-12, July 24-26 and Aug. 7-9. Cost is $100. Saturday morning beginner clinics will be available during June and July for $15 a week. Info or to register: 966-9103.

THURSDAY, MAY 31 Concord Road project meeting The Tennessee Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to discuss the project to widen Concord Road from Turkey Creek Road to Northshore Drive. The meeting will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in the Community Room of the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Meeting info: town of Farragut Engineering Department, 966-7057.

MONDAY - FRIDAY, JUNE 4-8 Creativity workshop on engineer/ architect Students age 7 to 12 are invited to attend a five-day educational summer camp, “Engino Building – Engineer/Architect Creativity Workshop,” offered by the town of Farragut from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8, in the Community Room of the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Registration and payment deadline is Friday, May 25. Cost is $145 per child (includes supplies, snacks and beverages). Info or to register: 966-7057.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Atomic Horns at the Cove The Atomic Horns will perform 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Second Saturday Concert at the Cove at Concord Park, 11808 Northshore Drive. Second Saturday concerts are free and can be enjoyed in the park or from the water.

MONDAY - FRIDAY, JUNE 11-15 Acting program for high-schoolers The WordPlayers will offer Acting Up!, an acting program for rising high-school sophomores through seniors, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 11-15, at Middlebrook Christian Ministries, 1540 Robinson Road. Previous acting experience is not required. A project exhibition will be presented at the end of the week for family members and friends. There is a class maximum of 12 students. The fee is $150. Info: 539-2490 or

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Farragut Beautification Awards to be chosen The Farragut Beautification Committee will select the 2012 town of Farragut Beautification Award recipients on Tuesday, June 12. The committee will send a team of judges to visit businesses, residential entrance areas and churches to officially recognize the most attractive landscaping in Farragut. Evaluation criteria include landscape design, selection of plant material, visual appeal and general maintenance of landscaped area. Info: 966-7057.

TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, JUNE 12-28 Yoga class at Town Hall The town of Farragut is offering a yoga class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 12-28, in the Community Room at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The class will include the basics and beyond in yoga – stretching, posture and gentle positions. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, yoga straps, one blanket and blocks (if they have them). Instructor: Valerie Whiting; cost: $60. The registration and payment deadline is Friday, June 8.

MONDAY - FRIDAY, JUNE 18-AUG. 3 KTC youth cross-country camps The Knoxville Track Club will offer Summer CrossCountry Camps for two youth age groups beginning in June at Campbell Station Park. The camp for middle- and high-schoolers will be 7:30 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 18 to Aug. 3. The camp for 3rd through 5th graders will be 7:30 to 9 a.m. July 16 to Aug. 3. The camps are co-sponsored by the town of Farragut. Info or to register:

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SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Tie-dye class for kids The town of Farragut will offer a Kid’s Tie-Dye Designs class for ages 6 and up from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, May 30. Instructor: Angela Polly; cost: $20. Participants should bring their own T-shirt or white cotton fabric. Info or to register: 966-7057.

The 10th annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Cove at Concord Park. Community and corporate teams may register at; the registration deadline is Monday, June 11. Proceeds from the event benefit Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Asian cultural entertainment, music, food and kids’ activities will be featured at the family-friendly event. Volunteers are needed. Volunteer registration is available on the website above. To donate to KARM: or contact Danita Lea, 673-6540 or Info: 742-4306.



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The ladies of St. John Neumann’s Women’s Club not only got to see summer looks on the “runway” at their first Luncheon and Fashion Show (story in Farragut Faces, Page 3), they got to hear Judy Gardner of The Silk Purse talk about the styles and colors of the seasons. Judy mixed, matched and accessorized the fashions, giving the guests a taste of summer styles and colors. Here are a few of the looks from the show:

Judy Gardner of The Silk Purse coordinated the fashion show for the women’s group at St. John Neumann’s Catholic Church. She told those gathered for the luncheon about summer trends in fashions and party decorations. Photos by S. Gardner Howell

Summer has seen the return of the dress. Jean shows off this striking style that Judy Gardner of The Silk Purse says is good for any occasion.

Judy Gardner of The Silk Purse says the combination Carolyn took to the runway at the St. John Neumann Fashion Show is one of her favorites. The white blouse with updated belting is a great summer look. The pant is a versatile piece that showed up again in other looks.

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Browns and blues are for every season, as Sandi showcases in this tiered skirt with taupe blouse and bright ocean shrug, from The Silk Purse.

Elizabeth models a flattering style for The Silk Purse. With its shark tail hemline, purple tones and chunky necklace, this look is popular for summer 2012.

Sonja shows the “pop” of color Judy Gardner of The Silk Purse says is a signature for summer 2012 fashions, especially when paired with crisp, white capris.

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News from Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC)

Providing the tools for success By Alvin Nance Here at KCDC, our goal is to promote the self- suf f iciency of our residents. In the current e c o n o m y, howe ver, finding emNance ployment can be a major hurdle to gaining self-sufficiency. That’s why we partnered with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development to bring mobile Career Coaches into our properties. These mobile job centers provide a helping hand to our residents, taking job training and employment resources right to their front doors. The Career Coaches have been visiting KCDC properties since the program was announced by Gov. Bill Haslam last year. A mobile resource for job seekers, the Career Coaches are 35-footlong mobile classrooms housed in Winnebagos. The vehicles provide residents with one-onone attention, searchable job listings and important training, including resume building, job search skills

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce interviewers William Byrd, Shay Riggs and Kevin Cole stand ready to assist job seekers outside of the mobile Career Coach at Austin Homes on May 11. Photos submitted

and interviewing skills. This job training is invaluable to our residents. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, one in four people statewide who visited mobile Career Coaches found employment. Each Career Coach is staffed with three to five career advisors and outfitted with 10 work stations equipped with a laptop, Internet connection and access to printers and fax machines. Instructors use SMART

board technology to demonstrate to participants valuable tips on how to search and apply for jobs. Sarah Beane, the Career Coach coordinator for East Tennessee, told me about the great response the Career Coach gets from residents when it travels to KCDC properties. “We’ve helped many KCDC residents,” Beane said. “Our Career Coach provides personal attention to connect them with the resources they need to

Kevin Cole, Interviewer II at the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce, teaches basic computer skills on a SMART board in a mobile Career Coach at Austin Homes.

find employment.” The Career Coach has visited Austin Homes, Montgomery Village, Walter P. Taylor Homes and Vir-

ginia Walker, among others. The Tennessee Career Coach is a valuable asset to our residents and our community. Through programs

like the Career Coach program, we give our residents the tools to succeed in both their personal lives and in their careers.

PELLISSIPPI NOTES ■ A rare photographic exhibit, “Conflict Zone,” will be on display in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art gallery May 23-31 in recognition of Memorial Day, which is May 28. The free exhibit is a collection of images from the front lines of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq taken by some of the world’s most celebrated combat photographers. The Bagwell Center is on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment. Info: 694-6400.

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Free movie night at Hardin Valley Animal Hospital Hardin Valley Animal Hospital owner David Smallwood, Marie McKinney, dog Tyler and Leah Jones welcome visitors to their free backyard movie night featuring Disney’s “Bolt.” Families, including their dogs, were invited to this fun monthly event at 10017 Hardin Valley Road. Photo by T. Edwards of

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Shannon Carey She ought to know. She left a good-paying job to open two upscale consignment shops in North Knoxville. It’s less money and less security, but she’s happy that she’s doing something she loves. “I’m far richer with less money than I was before,” she said. “Do something you’re passionate about. If you don’t you’re never going to be happy.” But, there’s a whole lot more to being in business for yourself than there is to being an employee. “You have to do sales numbers and profit and loss statements and payroll,” she said. “There is so much you just don’t know.” A self-described Army

brat, Freitag did a lot of traveling, but her “home” is Knoxville. She attended Sacred Heart, Knoxville Catholic High School and UT, where she studied zoology and veterinary medicine. You read that right. In fact, one of her first jobs was training the sea lions and the Knoxville Zoo. She’s flown hot air balloons and once owned her own special events company. Also on this eclectic resume are several retail jobs, Divisional Director for Corporate Development for the American Cancer Society and Walmart market manager. Now, her two stores, called Bag Lady Boutique, are a venue for Freitag’s creativity and desire to “color outside the lines.” She calls the shops “The female version of ‘Cheers.’” “We want to know your name and make you feel good while you’re here,” she said. “When you joke about retail therapy, it really is therapeutic.” Bag Lady Boutique’s two locations accept and sell upscale consignment in a pleasant, friendly atmo-

Marianne Freitag of Bag Lady Boutique. Photo by S. Carey

sphere. Freitag said both stores are tied together via computer, so you can use your credit at both stores. The shops are even available for after-hours shopping parties. Bag Lady Boutique is located on Broadway in Fountain City and on Dry Gap Pike between Halls and Powell. Info: 8599411, Shannon Carey is the Shopper-News general manager and sales manager. Contact Shannon at shannon@shoppernewsnow. com.

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Kindergarten steals the show By Stephanie Beard


n May 8, the Temple Baptist Academy kindergarten class held its 2012 program and graduation ceremony. The program is a yearly highlight for students, teachers, and parents. This year’s program featured students demonstrating their mastery of academic and Bible subjects, serenading the audience with their favorite songs, and displaying the diversity of their personalities. They truly were a “cast of characters” that not only stole the show, but stole the hearts of those who watched. The students put on a play of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” The play creatively incorporated characters from a variety of children’s stories, poems and rhymes, including Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, Jack Be Nimble, and Little Miss Muffet, among others. Kindergarten teacher Paulette Deeringer matched each role to the colorful personalities of the students. After the play concluded, Dr. Clarence Sexton, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, addressed the audience and congratulated each graduate as they received their kindergarten diplomas. Family and friends came from near and far to see the many rehearsed and not-so-rehearsed moments at the annual program. The students began preparing for their special end-of-year event in January. A veteran teacher, Deeringer directs the kindergarten program at Temple Baptist Academy. Deeringer has been teaching for more than 30 years, 20 of which have been at Temple.

Temple students Max Lindsay and Nathaniel Gray are ready to graduate from kindergarten. Photo by J. Jones

Lexi Harjo portrays Goldilocks in the Kindergarten play. “Mrs. Deeringer is a celebrity around here. Many of our students, including our high schoolers, had Mrs. Deeringer as a teacher,” said Temple principal David Whitaker. “Children are always interesting, they all have a sweet tender side. I love seeing them learn and excel. They’re fun, silly, strongwilled, teachable, creative, interactive and loving. The stu-

dents and their families get into your heart. I am truly blessed,” Deeringer said. Several of the Temple High School seniors graduating this year had Deeringer as their kindergarten teacher. All of them, without exception, have expressed that she made a real impact on their lives, and they cherish the influence she has had on them.

Ethan Whitaker is Little Boy Blue and Hayley Bryant is Little Bo Peep in the Temple Baptist Academy kindergarten play.

Royal Crusaders win the TAACS state soccer championship By Taryn Jones On May 3-5, the Temple Baptist Academy boys varsity soccer team took their 15-1 regular season record to the Tennessee Athletic Association of Christian Schools (TAACS) State Soccer Tournament in Murfreesboro, TN with high hopes of bringing home the state championship trophy. The Royal Crusaders saw their hopes realized when the final whistle blew on a 3-0 victory in the championship game against the Kingsmen from Macon Road Baptist High School in Memphis, TN. In the first and second rounds of the state tournament, Temple defeated Berean Christian Academy (Hixson, TN) and South Haven Christian School (Springfield, TN) to advance to the championship game where they faced a surging Macon Road team.

Juniors Alex Hwang and Timothy Ceausu scored the first two goals in the first half of the championship game. The Macon Road Kingsmen had an opportunity to swing the momentum back their way with a penalty kick attempt early in the second half. However, when Macon Road missed the kick wide left, followed by a third goal punched in by Temple senior Mang Thang, the Royal Crusaders could taste victory. Temple head soccer coach Shannon Sexton said, “It was a great finish to a wonderful season. The championship game was a reflection of how these young men played all season as a team.” Senior midfielder Alex Provonsha echoed his coach’s thoughts on the game and the season saying, “This was a special season. We had a very talented group of guys this year and our chemistry was

Temple Baptist Academy boys soccer team members are: (front) Peter Ewing, Sean McGinnis, Justin Sullivan, Tim Ceausu, Tyler Ward, Jordan Sullivan, Preston Hickman, Matt Johnson; (back) head coach Shannon Sexton, Alex Gann, Grant Ryan, Nick Retterer, Ethan Eisenbeis, Steven Jones, Alex Provonsha, Adam Cate, Mang Thang, Alex Hwang, Aaron St. John, Brad Nicely, assistant coaches Michael Scoggins and Mike St. John. Photo by D. Whitaker awesome. We played like a unit, and as a unit we beat almost every team we faced. I know what it feels like to be a champion and it is something I will never forget.” Junior fullback Alex Hwang said, “After losing the state title game last year, it was nice to come back this year to win this one for our seniors.” Junior midfielder Timothy Ceausu added, “Win-

ning state is something I will remember the rest of my life.” Tournament awards went to four Temple players. Sophomores, Aaron St. John and Nick Retterer, along with senior Mang Thang were named to the allstate team. Sophomore fullback, Justin Sullivan, was named tournament MVP. Along with an 18-1 overall re-

cord, the Royal Crusaders scored 91 goals while only being scored on 6 times. Sophomore goalkeeper, Adam Cate, had 80 saves on the season and only allowed one goal during the state tournament. Leading scorers on the team were senior Mang Thang with 21 goals, sophomore Nick Retterer with 16, sophomore Aaron St. John with 11, and junior Brad Nicely with 11.

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The Leanne Baker Awards are the highest nursing honors at Parkwest. Pictured, from left, are: Wayne Baker, husband of the late Leanne Baker; Amanda Underwood; and Carol Finley.

Established by Statcare, the 2012 Janet Heffern Award honors the charter employee’s dedication to cultivating critical care nursing at Parkwest. Dr. Jesse Doers with Statcare stands with Melanie Reagan, Alex Geer and Critical Care Nurse Manager Sandra Cecil.

Lauren Foster, a Parkwest employee and daughter of Susan Foster (pictured right) and Crystal Wilkerson, Orthopedic Nurse Manager, congratulate Nick Bittle, the 2012 recipient of the Susan Foster Award.

Parkwest recognizes nurses for providing exceptional care Parkwest Medical Center recently held its annual reception in honor of National Nurses Week. This recognition week is held each year in midMay to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is credited as the founder of modern nursing. The reception at Parkwest honoring its nurses has evolved over the past decade to provide special acknowledgement and scholarships for those who go above and beyond in their mission to provide excellent care to each patient by faithfully aiding physicians in their work – just as they promised under oath at their graduation by reciting the Nightingale Pledge. “We are fortunate to have a group of outstanding nurses at Parkwest,” said President and Chief Administrative Officer Rick Lassiter. “I receive countless CARES comments every year about how dedicated and professional our nurses are. It is a privilege to work with them.” “We currently have 803 Registered Nurses. Each of them gives their all to care for our patients – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s an honor to celebrate them each year during National Nurses Week,” said Diane Oliver, Parkwest Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Parkwest Medical Staff established a Clinical Excellence Award Scholarship program in 2000 to provide financial assistance for selected nurses to use for educational purposes. Every year, each unit at the hospital selects a winner and they are recognized during the Nurses Week Reception. Since its inception, Clinical Excellence Awards have been given to more than 250 nurses who use the scholarship to attend national conferences in their specialty area. This helps make Parkwest nurses better informed on the latest in health care. They share their knowledge

with their peers to further cultivate best practices at Parkwest. The winners of this year’s Clinical Excellence Awards at Parkwest are: Claire Austin, Critical Care; Mary Ball, Pre-Admission Testing; Denise Bean, Surgery; Michelle Beeler, Peninsula; Regina Buchanan, Ambulatory Staging Unit; Ann Burchfield, 4 Riverstone; Jennifer Conner, Emergency Care Center; Penny Cruze, 3 Montvue; Liz Cumberland, Cardiac Specialty Unit; Vickie Fraser, Peninsula; Linda Frost, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit; Jennifer Johnson, Orthopedics; Reita Johnson, Cath Lab; Pat Lanza, Peninsula; Wanda Limburg, Senior Behavioral Center; Ashley Luttrell, Childbirth Center; Terri Munsey, Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Unit, Kerri Onks, 2 Montvue; Kent Parris, Peninsula; Wanda Price, Float Pool; Bonnie Scarlett, Quality & Clinical Effectiveness; LaDonna Sy, 4 Montvue; Glenda Thomas, Imaging; Rhonda Valentine, Peninsula; and Margie Watkins, Endoscopy. The Susan Foster, RN Professional Development Award was created in memory of “Sue” who dedicated an endless level of enthusiasm each and every day, creatively tackling each project. This award is specifically designed to honor an employee of Parkwest who is in pursuit of a nursing degree. This year, the award was given to Nick Bittle, a Certified Nursing Assistant on the orthopedic floor. Dr. Jesse Doers, on behalf of Statcare Medical Group, presented the second annual Janet Heffern, RN Critical Care Scholarships. Statcare established the scholarships in 2011 in honor of Heffern who, prior to her retirement, worked in Critical Care and had been with Parkwest since its doors originally opened in 1973. One award is presented to a recent nursing graduate and the

Parkwest Clinical Excellence Award Scholarship winners honored at its annual Nurses Week Reception are: (front) Margie Watkins, Endoscopy; Denise Bean, Surgery; Bonnie Scarlett, Quality & Clinical Effectiveness; Regina Buchanan, ASU; Mary Ball, PAT; Terri Munsey, CTSU; Glenda Thomas, Imaging; Wanda Price, Float Pool; Jennifer Conner, ED; Vickie Fraser, Peninsula; Wanda Limburg, Senior Behavioral Center; and Claire Austin, Critical Care. other to a clinical coach or mentor on the unit. “In my eyes, there are three things that make a great clinician: their compassion and care for their patients; their thirst for knowledge and ongoing learning; and their improving processes and teaching

Marva Fields wins 10-Foot Award Parkwest Medical Center recently awarded Marva Fields, who works in Environmental Services, with its sixth annual 10-Foot Award for consistently being upbeat, positive and helpful to everyone she encounters. The 10-Foot Award is supported by The Wayne Heatherly Excellence in Patient Care Endowment that was established by family, friends, colleagues, medical staff and employees in recognition of the more than two decades Heatherly led Parkwest Derek Dodson, Director of Medical Center. This award comEnvironmental Services, is pictured memorates a hallmark of Heathwith the 2012 10-Foot Award winner, erly’s administration in that no employee should be within 10 Marva Fields.

feet of another employee, volunteer, patient or visitor without acknowledging each other in a pleasant manner. The award identifies an employee who strives to demonstrate Parkwest’s Standards and Behaviors to provide excellent service in everyday interaction with patients, visitors and employees. Fields’ award included a plaque along with a cash donation to use for her professional use and privileges to use a special parking space. She has worked with Parkwest Medical Center for more than 10 years and was nominated by her peers to receive the 10-Foot Award.

colleagues in order to raise the bar of excellence. Janet is the epitome of all of these,” said Doers. Alex Geer was named the 2012 new graduate recipient and Melanie Reagan was the clinical coach recipient of the Janet Heffern Critical Care Award.

The Leanne Baker Professional Nurse Awards are the most prestigious nursing honors given at Parkwest. These were established in memory of Baker to recognize the very best of the best – the people who set the standard for professional nursing. Baker contributed to the standard for nursing care through her compassion for the patient, professional demeanor and unwavering leadership. As a reflection of the many paths a nurse can take, this award honors excellence in two distinct paths – clinical care and leadership. This year, Parkwest House Supervisor, Carol Finley, was awarded the Leanne Baker Professional Nurse Award for Nursing Leadership. Amanda Underwood, who currently works as a nurse educator and spent many years as a critical care nurse, was awarded the Leanne Baker Professional Nurse Award for Professional Practice. “I recently saw a patient in my office for follow-up after what was a very difficult surgery and hospitalization,” said Dr. Willard Campbell, Parkwest Chief of Staff during his remarks at the reception. “Medically he was doing well, and he and his wife went on and on about what an exceptional experience they had at Parkwest – from the time they registered all the way to discharge. At every level the praise revolved around people, most especially nurses, who made a difficult time a little easier. Nursing is a stressful and demanding profession and I think nurses may not always appreciate the profound impact they have on patients. I am proud to be associated with the nurses at Parkwest who so consistently maintain an attitude of kindness and professionalism toward their patients – and make us docs look good as well!”

Parkwest nurses are in it for the long haul Parkwest Medical Center has experience, and it shows. Not just as a facility, but also in our nursing staff. Of the 803 Registered Nurses (RNs), 20 have more than 30 years of nursing experience, and 57 have more than 20 years. 30+ Years: Martha Aiken, Glada Alexander, Donna Armstrong, Patricia Baker, Margaret Chambers, Patsy Cheka, Vicki Durham, Delores Hembree, Kim Johnson, Barbara Keasling, Mary Leeton, June Martin, Shirley McCracken, Sharon Monday, Jennifer Price, Theresa Scott, Heather Stagg, Margie Watkins, Cathy Webber and Barbara Williamson. 20+ Years: Vickey Bale, Karen Barrett, Kelly Biggerstaff, Christopher Bolcar, Deborah Brenneman, Glenda Brown, Julie Butler, Shirley Carter, Mi-

chelle Charlton, Betty Childs, Deborah Clark, Elizabeth Clary, Dewey Cruey, Sharon Curtner, Carol Dalby, Amy Dale, Cynthia Dawson-Smith, Vicki Eighmey, Sharon Eustace, Linda Fox, Debra Gillem, Tammatha Goans, Patricia Gong, Veronica Grant, Wanda Green, Diane Hamilton, Annette Hartman, Rita Hastings, Robin Hicks, Linda Hinkle, Kathy Jones, Karen Kirkland, Nancy Kirkland, Susan Kline, Billie Lamparter, Michael Lauderdale, Jama Mandrell, Barbara Nichols, Kevin O’Reilly, Premila Patel, Linda Peluau, Rachel Reed, Rebecca Reynolds, Lori Robinson, Lynn Saei, Sherry Scott, Diana Shaffer, Janet Steier, Jennifer Simcox, Rebecca Smith, Louise Snodgrass, Mary Sowell, Carol Stults, Glenda Thomas, Heather Verholek, Patsy Wilhite and Carol Yeomans.

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Save water by using rain By Sara Barrett To help raise awareness of water conservation, the Water Quality Forum is currently hosting its fifth annual Rainy Day Brush Off. The event focuses on 55-gallon rain barrels hand painted by local artists who have volunteered their time and talent. Online voting and bidding for the barrels will end Tuesday, May 22. In addition to local artists, students from several local schools have also painted their own barrels to be installed in their schools’ outdoor classrooms. Students from West High School have helped to promote the work of some of the local artists by creating flyers that focus on specific rain barrels. The artist who wins the popular vote will receive a prize. Additional upcoming events for the Brush Off include a reception for the artists 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 25; a rain barrel truckload sale Saturday, June 16, and a rain barrel workshop Saturday, June 23. The barrels will be on display around Knoxville through Thursday, May 24. The rain barrel titled “Down the Rabbit Hole” by Jill Sanders. For more information, visit Photo by S. Barrett w w w.waterquality forum. org.

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Remembering Abby While helping others

In 2010, 10-year-old Abby Gibson died from injuries sustained in a horseback riding accident. To keep her love ■ Knoxville Writers’ Group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May of animals alive, her mother, 23, at Naples restaurant on Kingston Pike. Reference librarian Jamie Osborn will Jennifer Gibson, has started present “Research for Writers.” All-inclusive lunch is $12. RSVP by Monday, May 21, the Abby Gibson Veterinary by calling 983-3740. Medicine Scholarship Endowment at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Gibson hopes to help others who share the same AARP driver safety class dreams her daughter had. For registration info about this and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Carolyn “She had her entire future Rambo, 584-9964. planned out,” she said. Abby ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 24-25, Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchwanted to be a veterinarfield St., Maryville. ian because “she loved all animals” but had a special



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Covenant senior honors By Theresa Edwards Covenant Health announced its new Senior Honors program with a reception at NHC Healthcare Farragut with a confetti spray to celebrate. Covenant Platinum was Covenant’s previous program honoring seniors. Similar to these past awards, honorees will be nominated by an essay and invited to attend a special event in celebration of their achievements. “This will be an honor roll,” senior services vice president Stan Boling said. “We want to take note of the people who are leading the way to a better quality of life for seniors everywhere.” Covenant event coordinator Tonya Stoutt-Brown applauded past senior honorees in Covenant programs who are authors, dancers, politicians, new

college graduates, mountain climbers and community servants who have changed the lives of young and old. Several in attendance at the reception were given special recognition. One of those recognized was 2003 Platinum Award recipient John Keasling. His accomplishments included delivering mobile meals, teaching aerobics classes as a certified instructor at Covenant Health for many years, and coordinating volunteers to clean apartments at West View Towers for elderly or handicapped residents. “Now I’m 80, still hanging in there and proud of it,” said Keasling. Another 2003 Platinum Award recipient recognized was Tom Row. His community services included work with the United Way, Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, UT Arboretum Society and

HEALTH NOTES ■ A demonstration of the Alexander Technique, a practical method for learning to move with more ease, will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Lawson McGhee library, 500 W. Church Ave. Admission is free but preregistration is required. Info: Lilly Sutton, 387-7600 or visit ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee, 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or ■ The cooking class “Viva Mexico! Healthy Creations” will be held by UT Medical Center’s Healthy Living Kitchen team at noon Wednesday, May 23, in the

Healthy Living Kitchen. Learn how to make a healthy Mexican meal. Cost is $20 and includes supplies. To register: 305-6877 or www. healthylivingkitchen. ■ Covenant Health’s Bodyworks offers community exercise for all ages at $3 per class. Classes include Easy Cardio Max, Mind and Body, and Senior Cardio. Visit www. or call 541-4500 to find a location near you. ■ The Healthy Living Kitchen Team at the University of Tennessee Medical Center has published a cookbook called “A Recipe for Life.” It is available for $35 at the gift shop or online at Info: 305-6877. ■ Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. each third Monday at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081.

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the First Christian Church of Oak Ridge. He planted 500 dogwood trees recently in Oak Ridge and 70,000 trees previously. “We have had the joy of honoring seniors who are accomplishing things that would be impressive for people half their age and who are trailblazers for the next generation of seniors,” said Stoutt-Brown. The Covenant Senior Honors awards will be given to 200 seniors who exemplify positive aging, whether it’s through the arts, education, health and fitness or community service. Seniors will be chosen for their achievements after the age of 65. Honorees will receive a certificate by mail and a copy of the nomination essay. They will also be invited to a private afternoon gala at the Tennessee

I. Approval of Minutes A. May 10, 2012 II. Consider Approval of an On-Premise Beer Permit for: Buzzelli’s 12828 Kingston Pike

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WORKSHOP • 6:00 PM Town of Farragut Employee Health Insurance Update BEER BOARD • 6:55 PM BMA MEETING • 7:00 PM I. Silent Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call II. Approval of Agenda III. Mayor’s Report A. Proclamation in honor of Farragut Primary School Principal Julia Craze IV. Citizens Forum V. Approval of Minutes A. May 10, 2012 VI. Business Items A. Approval of McFee Park Expansion Master Plan VII. Ordinances A. First Reading 1. Ordinance 12-09, Fiscal Year 2013 Budget for the General, State Street Aid, Capital Investment Program, Equipment, Insurance and Beautification Funds VIII. Town Administrator’s Report IX. Attorney’s Report

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Young-Williams staff member Johnny Swank visits with Gracie Lou, an 18-month-old female Labrador retriever mix. She is medium build and needs plenty of room to run. Both Young-Williams facilities (3210 Division St. and 6400 Kingston Pike) are open noon to 6 p.m. daily. Visit www. to see photos of all of the center’s adoptables and call 215-6599 for more information about each pet.

■ UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: Penny Sparks, 544-6279. ■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support, for any adult who is suffering loss, meets 5 to 6:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday in the UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info or to reserve a spot: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277.

CLAXTON-Powell, 3 BR 2 BA, spacious, convenient, 1st/L/DD No pets. 865-748-3644

HIGHLAND MEM. $2,100 ea; $7,800 for all 4. Mountain views. 865-386-1630

Platinum Awards Gala, visit seniorhonors. To receive a nomination form by mail, Stan Boling is vice presicall 541-4500. The deadline dent of senior services at Covenant Health. for nominations is July 15.

■ Support group meeting for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each third Tuesday at Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Ave. Info: Rebecca Gill, 6027807 or

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Theatre in August. For more information on the awards program, including an online nomination form, or to see the photo gallery from the last Covenant

■ Stop Smoking: 1-800-7848669 (1-800-QUITNOW) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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REDUCED TO SALE $253,500 "as is" and buyer pays all closing fees; Or Rent, $1300. Tellico Village, aprx. 2700 SF, 4BR, 3 1/2BA w/bonus, 2 car gar., 4 1/2% assumable FHA loan. 423-388-5168. ***Web ID# 983580***

John and Doris Keasling and Lauren Christ of Moxley Carmichael watch the confetti as they celebrate the announcement of the new Covenant Senior Honors program.

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HOUSEKEEPER 2 days per week. Must be detail oriented, dependable & honest. Non-smoking facility. Must have own transportation.

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SHELTIES AKC, beautiful sable & white. Ch. bldlns. 6 wks., 9 wks., young adults, M & F, ASSA member, 865-719-2040 ***Web ID# 981455***

SHIH TZU, CKC reg. Imperial puppies, home raised, no kennels, S&W, $350 SEND RESUME WITH & up. 865-406-0042 REFERENCES TO: ***Web ID# 983421*** PO Box 10644 Knoxville, TN 37939 Misc. Pets 142



AKITA PUPPIES 2 F, 1 M, 15 weeks old, $500. 865-603-2984 ***Web ID# 983676*** American Bulldog pups, born Feb. 4, NKC reg, great bldln, socialized, $300. 865-456-2625 ***Web ID# 983455***

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ADOPT! Looking for a lost pet or a new one? Visit YoungWilliams Animal Center, the official shelter for the City of Knoxville & Knox County: 3201 Division St. Knoxville.

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD Mini puppy, red tri male, SOUTH, 2 BR, CHA, hazel eyes, vet chkd stove, refrig. furn., $250. 865-435-2506 credit check, 1 yr lse, ***Web ID# 983404*** no pets, $550 mo. + $400 dep. 865-603-5030 BEAGLE PUPPIES, 7 wks old, 1st shots WEST, KARNS, 2 BR, & dewrmd, ready to 2 BA, cent. H&A, go, $150. 865-438-6540 Farmer’s Market 150 appls, storage shed, $490/mo. 865-938-1653 BLOODHOUND PUPS, AKC reg., asking $400 ea. Condo Rentals 76 Call 423-506-7853. 865-992-8821; 789-6264 ***Web ID# 980758*** 2BR, 2BA, 2 car gar., Hay Tedder, Deutz-Fhar English Bulldog, male, $850 mo. $500 DD, pull type, 18 ft work1 yr old, full blooded, no pets, credit ck. ing width, gd cond. good home only, W. Knox. 865-430-4222. $1800. 865-992-2918 $650. 423-253-3686 FARRAGUT CONDO. ***Web ID# 982190*** JOHN DEERE 375 Roller $7000, Fella 219 Commander Way. Disc Mower $4000; Lrg 2 BR, 2 BA, 2 car ENGLISH BULLDOG puppies NKC Reg, Fella Tedder $1000. gar, quiet, convenient, ready 5/24, 2 M, 1 F, Exc. cond. 865-995-9320 screened patio, both parents on pool. No pets. $975 premises. 865-387- NEW HOLLAND H6830 mo + dep. 865-380Trail Disc Mower. 4151 or 865-387-4189 9449 or 335-4826 Mowed 200 acres since new. Exc. cond. GREAT PYRENEES $12,500 865-659-0212 F, 2 yrs. old, $150. Manf’d Homes - Sale 85 15 M, 8 wks. old, $250 423-443-1377 1996 CREIGHTON 16x76, remodeled, GREAT PYRENEES West Knox location. puppies, CKC reg, 6 Hours: 8am til 7pm, Need to sell, $8500. F, 3 M, $300. Call Mon.-Sun. Strawberry 423-231-2023. 865-323-3291 Knob Farms located in Madisonville, TN, 1/2 mile past The Lost Sea on new Hwy. 68. 423-836-1133 LAB PUPS, LARGE, born 3/9/12. Absolutely beautiful & very Farm Foods 151 intelligent. Black, blonde & rare white. 108 yr ch. SCOTT bldline, parents on prem. STRAWBERRIES very well taken care of, Must see your next best for sale at the corner of Kingston Pk. $400 +/-. Union Co. Trucking Opportunities 106 friend. & Morrell Ave. in 10 min. from 33 Bridge. the West Town Mall Text or email preferred DRIVERS CLASS-B parking lot. Halls or call 865-560-6866 CDL: Great Pay & Shopping Center on Home-Time! No- ***Web ID# 969989*** Maynardville Hwy Forced Dispatch! and in Clinton at New singles from MASTIFF "English" Hammers. Go to Dublin terminal to Puppies, AKC reg., surrounding states. wormed, 1st shots, vet or call 423-743-7511 or 888-567-4861 chkd., $700. 423-912-1594 423-929-1021 for info. ***Web ID# 983914*** DRIVERS: Getting


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03 Chevy Z-71 4x4 Extra-cab loaded, Michelin Tires. Black, 2nd owner 189.K miles $7500 OBO. 683-3956

JON BOAT 12' with 9.9 Mariner motor, no trailer, $999. 865-690-2690 FORD F150 2003, Crew Cab XLT, V8, TRACKER V18 2008 AT, loaded, very clean, Bass Boat w/trlr, 90hp $8,900. 865-992-3466 Merc. O.B. mtr., Motorguide trolling mtr, 2 FF GPS equip, 4 Wheel Drive 258 onboard batt. chgr. $15,000. 865-712-2609 CHEV S-10 1989, black, YAMAHA LX 210 Jet rebuilt motor, AT, 3 Boat 2003, 21' 4", toolboxes, $2200 obo. Knoxville 847-204-1896 270 HP, low hrs., new tune up. $13,500 obo. or trade for Dodge Ram 1500 1999, 4x4, 96K mi, Club Cab, Pontoon. 865-521-6828; Pwr, very good cond, or 659-4210. $7900 obo. 865-458-1460 ***Web ID# 982943***



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NISSAN FRONTIER Crew Cab Pro-4X CERAMIC TILE in2011 w/100K warr., stallation. Floors/ $27,900. 865-384-3187. walls/ repairs. 33 2010 23' Coachmen yrs exp, exc work! Freedom Express, like new, $14,900. Sport Utility 261 John 9 3 8 -3 3 2 8 ^ 865-970-2827 28' ALL AUTOMATIC Honda Passport 1999, Furniture Refinish. 331 4x4, AT, V6, alloy whls, camper, automatic CD, 149K mi, $4995 DENNY'S FURNITURE extension room, obo. 423-744-7775 screened in porch, REPAIR. Refinish, re$15,000. 865-286-9247 glue, etc. 45 yrs exp! ISUZU ASCENDER 922-6529 or 466-4221 2005, black, 4DR, 4 28' MAXLITE 2007 WD, 102K mi., with slide outs, $6,900. 865-435-9391 $12,000. Call 865-675Guttering 333 7565 ISUZU AXIOM 2002, V6 AT, 145K mi, alloy HAROLD'S GUTTER FOREST RIVER 2005 wheels, $4995 obo. SERVICE. Will clean 30', 2 slides, pantry, 423-744-7775 front & back $20 & up. comp. desk, extras. Quality work, guaran$14,500. 828-557-0183 JEEP 2004 Grand teed. Call 288-0556. Cherokee Ltd. V8, 4WD, mi, Chrys. Max Motorcycles 238 78K Care service contract, Paving 345 gar. kept, like new, 2008 Harley Davidson $13,000. 865-661-1420 Ultra Classic, red, 11,000 mi, extra chrome, MERCURY $17,500. 865-767-2777 MOUNTAINEER 2005 loaded, exc. cond. H.D. SPORTSTER $9,000 Tree Service (over $2,000 be2006, 1200 eng. & low NADA) 865-654-1841 Tranny, takeout, runs good, have documentation, Imports 262 $1,600. 865-690-2690



POM PUPPIES, 6 Household Appliances 204a wks old, NKC reg, SPORTSTER HONDA ACCORD 2001, $200-$250. 865-933- 26 CU. ft. Frigidaire H.D. 2006 XL Custom, 2 dr, 1 owner, 5 spd, 2032 or 789-5648 S/S refrig $400. 42" Fwd controls, 2800 117K mi, runs strong, ***Web ID# 981049*** solid oak table w/2 mi. 1200 w/S&S rods $7500. 865-463-1029 chairs $125. 556-2329 & balance crank. POODLES, Standard, $4,995. 865-690-2690 M&F, CKC reg, vet Domestic 265 checked, $850. 931581-0697 '04 SEDAN DEVILLE ***Web ID# 981329*** S83 2005 leather loaded. 1400 cc, garage kept, Scottish Terrier puppies, Good cond. 76K no wrecks or damage. AKC, really cute, black miles. Very de9900 mi. (865)675-4494 & wheaton, M&F, pendable. $7000 684vet ckd & ready, 3956 $300-$400. 865-441-6708 1716 E. Magnolia Ave.



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B-4 • MAY 21, 2012 • SHOPPER-NEWS

Fitness Together is working for Randy Carr By Anne Hart When it comes to being the living, breathing model of what can result from the determination to live a more healthy lifestyle,and the willingness to work incredibly hard to achieve it, no one sets a better example than Randy Carr, who has now lost 80 pounds and 30 percent of his body fat. And when it comes to telling the story of how it all came about – well, no one does that better than Carr, who won last year’s Covenant Health Biggest Winner Weight Loss Challenge and is now a personal trainer at Fitness Together on Northshore Drive. “I have been heavy all my life,” Carr says. “I was the fat kid who wore the Sears Husky Jeans in elementary school, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they were in green, gold and red colors. I was ridiculed, made fun of, teased and I was an outcast. I never did any sports, and gym class was a nightmare for me.” After reaching 285 pounds, Carr had gastric lap band surgery in 2007. He lost 30 pounds but then started gaining it back.

Randy Carr at 285 pounds “That’s when I realized that cutting back on calories and walking around the block a few times a week wasn’t going to be enough for me.” On Dec. 31 of that year, Carr walked through the doors of Fitness Together and his life changed forever. “I had a free training session. It was so intense I thought I was going to have a stroke when I got into my car to drive home. It was because of my blood vessels dilating to release heat, which allowed a blood flow rush.”

Once Randy’s body started adjusting to his new, higher intensity program, he started seeing results quickly. He has stuck with the program, has seen a dramatic change in his body and overall health, and now, in his 40’s, runs marathons. Recently Fitness Together Northshore hired Carr to train others. Even at home, Randy is working closely with his 11 year old son Jackson, ensuring that his healthy lifestyle is getting passed down.

Randy Carr training Joel Roettger at Fitness Together Northshore Photo by A. Hart “He leads a much, much healthier lifestyle than I did at his age, and he has fun doing it.” Carr says that’s part of

the challenge of being a personal trainer. “I want people I work with to enjoy what we do here and to be proud of their results.”

In addition to one-onone training, all four Fitness Together locations are now offering small group training for up to six people.

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