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VOL. 5, NO. 46

NOVEMBER 14, 2011




Holy cow! It’s Church at the Joe By Theresa Edwards

Honor for vets at A.L. Lotts School. Retired WWII Lt. Jim Talley leads the way, accompanied by daughter-in-law Rosemary Talley, a teacher at Lotts. See page A-9

Strang chief is a veteran Lauren Monahan welcomed veterans to a celebration at the Strang Center last week in her U.S. Coast Guard uniform. See Theresa Edwards’ story on page A-2

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Cotton Eyed Joe attracted a crowd of approximately 600 last Monday when its dance floor was transformed to “Church at the Joe.” Pastor Scott Cagle of NorthStar Church reached out to the “congregation” on this special family night. His goal was to bring the word of Christ to them in a new and fresh way. He explained, “I’m not talking about a religion, a church or a denomination. I’m talking about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that He would live within you.” The service seemed more rock concert than church. Onstage was a modern, loud band with several guitarists, a drummer, singers and colorful pulsating stage lights. You could “feel the music” as the floor vibrated with the beats. The NorthStar worship team performed contemporary Christian songs and invited everyone to join in. The theme of the night was choices, bad life decisions and turning around to Christ for salvation. Pastor Cagle illustrated the theme with a comical story. A woman hears on the news someone is driving the wrong way on the highway. Alarmed, she calls to warn her husband. He replies, “I know, there’s hundreds of them out here!” Cagle also entertained the crowd with his a capella song, “If you could

The NorthStar worship team leads the crowd in a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, high-energy worship and praise experience. Photo by T. Edwards of paint me a Birmingham.” “How awesome it would be to have a do-over in life,” he said. Ironically, a “Bud Light” sign glowed behind Cagle as he preached about poor decisions including alcoholism, drugs and bad relationships. He continued with Biblical stories of turning around. Finally, while everyone closed their eyes, he prayed and invited people to turn their lives around through salvation. About 25 people raised their hands to indicate their decision to do so, he informed the crowd.

Before everyone dispersed to change the scene back to a dance floor, two lucky people’s names were drawn from a KFC bucket. Faith Broyles won a new Brooks and Dunn guitar donated by Case Knives, and Mason Boring won a $50 gift card from Gander Mountain. Everyone was invited back to the next “Church at the Joe” on Monday, Dec. 5. Although it looked packed, one of the NorthStar team said, “There’s a capacity of 1,500 here.” The evening fun continued with

dancing, games and non-alcoholic refreshments. There were families, teens, young children, and adults of all ages who had one thing in common – they were having fun. NorthStar has a “bubble” church as unique as they are, located at 9029 Sherrill Blvd. A member said the acoustics are super there. “The early morning Sunday services have lower music. The evening service is louder,” he explained. NorthStar is a non-denominational, contemporary church. Info:

Parking lot is mischief magnet By Suzanne Foree Neal David and Robin Purvis get sympathy for their plight, but that’s about as far as it goes. They own Farragut Wine & Spirits in Brooklawn Shopping Center on Kingston Pike. What used to be a bustling strip center is all but vacant except for their business and a couple on the side facing Concord Road. The old Kroger store sits empty and the huge parking lot is a magnet for teens. Since parking at Farragut High School is limited to juniors and seniors, sophomores often park across the

street in the retail lot. As the school year progresses and more teens reach 16 and get a driver’s license, Robin Purvis says the problems get worse. “We have customers who won’t come here from 3 to 4:30 because it’s too dangerous,” she says. “I’ve seen kids almost get hit. They drive off in any direction they want to.” Officials at the high school told the couple they don’t have security that could handle the problem, and besides, it’s private property. Problems aren’t restricted to daylight hours. David Purvis says he caught two boys

in the back of the store burning cardboard boxes from their recycle container with a propane tank sitting nearby. They were also smoking. He called police and they were arrested, but that’s a rare outcome. Martha Dooley of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said the Purvises have made 33 calls for assistance in two years and officers responded to every call. “They say we have to hire Robin Purvis discusses problems with graffiti like that painted private security at $125 an on a wall behind her on the old Kroger building in Brooklawn hour and we can’t afford Shopping Center. She and her husband, David, own Farragut Wine & Spirits and have had to do their share of painting and To page A-2 picking up trash for their store. Photo by S.F.Neal

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By Betty Bean About the time that Mark Padgett called Madeline Rogero to concede the election, Bee DeSelm was rolling her walker up the ramp into the Foundry to join the victory celebration. Inside, the first woman ever elected mayor of Knoxville was watching for her former County Commission colleague, whom she considers her mentor and inspiration. “I called her in 1990 when I was running for County Commission and said ‘Hey, can I come get some advice?’ I asked how much time it took to be a county commissioner and she pulled out her appointment book and showed me details that you need to know when you are thinking about running for political

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conscience. In 1994, a term limits referendum passed with a broad majority, and although it didn’t go into effect until 2002 (and wasn’t enforced until a court order in 2007), both DeSelm and Rogero – unlike most of their colleagues – voluntarily honored the voters’ mandate. DeSelm had served 22 years, Rogero eight. Rogero’s election has been a point of light in an otherwise grim year for DeSelm – in July, she lost her husBee DeSelm and Madeline Rogero on election night. Photo by band, Hal, after 63 years of Betty Bean marriage. She fell and broke her hip in August and moved office,” Rogero said. she was going to vote. She into an assisted living center “She was a great role mod- studied the issues and did to recuperate for a month and el, an advisor and somebody what she thought was right.” never returned home. And who always studied the isRepublican DeSelm and there’s something else, too. sues and didn’t look out in the Democrat Rogero served to“I’ve got Alzheimer’s, crowd to see who was sitting gether for eight years, often which is a big problem for there to determine which way teaming up on matters of me, but not so much that I

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command of other people, guess I’m a control freak!” Monahan wanted to go to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, but back in “those days” women were not eligible for admission. Instead, she was required to get a college degree before being allowed to attend Officer Candidate School. She was very thankful for the passing of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, also known as Title IX. This required equal opportunity, enabling women

to receive athletic scholarships. Monahan became the first woman at the University of Florida to receive a basketball and volleyball scholarship. Smiling, she said, “They opened the door, so I walked through it every chance I could get!” She was one of three women accepted into the Officer Candidate School. In 1978, she received her commission as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. It was peacetime, and she worked mostly in recruiting and air training. “It was wonderful,” she said. “But they weren’t ready for me. They were not sure about women and what role they should play.” At the reception, Monahan expressed her appreciation for all the veterans who had served. She shared her deep feelings of respect for the military. She recognized since they are of a different generation, it may be even deeper for them. “I appreciate all you’ve done for us,” she said. “Of course we are here for a special reason today, and it’s you!” Bob Coyne, another veteran at the reception, gave a short presentation. He told how his fellow soldiers called him and a few of his

friends the “wise guys from New Jersey.” This occurred when the soldiers were trying to learn to drive a “duck” in 20-foot waves. A duck was an amphibious vehicle, a combination truck and boat. They returned to land, cleaned the duck and went back into the water. It sank. The men said, “It’s the wise guys from New Jersey. They forgot to put the plugs back in!” What would a reception be without food and entertainment? Thankfully, food and refreshments were provided by East Tennessee Personal Care Services. After the meal, the Strang Chorus performed “Awesome Autumn” with a special salute to veterans. Note: The Strang Center will have a free seminar for seniors and their families at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, by attorney Rebecca Abbott, speaking about trusts, wills, powers of attorney, Tennessee inheritance laws and other legal topics important to seniors. For a full calendar of events, visit www. or call 670-6693. The center is located at 109 Lovell Heights Road off Kingston Pike.


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ten includes obscene words or references. The Purvises have painted over it on their building and parking lot. The owner of the Kroger building has had to do the same. Moser-Bittle owns the land. “Dangerous driving and vandalism are our biggest worry,” Robin Purvis says. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt. We’ve begged for years for extra patrols. It’s pointless to call (the sheriff’s office), but we still continue to request their assistance.” Farragut Town Administrator David Smoak says cities across the country are dealing with vacant property and the town has additional big spaces besides Brooklawn, including the former Bi-Lo and Ingles grocery store locations. Most of the problems, however, seem to be at Brooklawn because of its proximity to the high school, he says. About the only thing Farragut can do is enforce ordinances regarding property maintenance, lighting, trash and graffiti. “It’s difficult for the town to go on private property to enforce security issues,” he says. “All we can do is rely on the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. It takes time to resolve issues with vacant property.” Smoak says hiring private security to police vacant town properties would create a problem. “If we start providing private security for three or four, then everyone would want it,” he says. “We could work with the sheriff’s office to get more help.”

By Theresa Edwards When 60 veterans gathered at the Strang Senior Center last week for a Veterans Reception, they were greeted by the familiar bright smiling face of the center’s director, Lauren Monahan, who coordinated the day’s event. But what may have surprised many visitors was her pristine blue Coast Guard uniform! Yes, she is also a veteran! The military was always a very important part of her family. Growing up, her father was a career officer, and their family travelled a lot. She admired him greatly, and wanted to be like him and join the military. She said, “I like to be in

The Strang Center displays a “Veterans Salute” collage of Strang members who served our country.

Bob Coyne (front right) and Joan Brink (front left) enjoy a presentation during the Veterans Reception at the Strang Center. Sitting with them is Rudy Friederich.

Celebrate the Season at Farragut Town Hall It will soon be looking a lot like the holidays at Farragut Town Hall. The town’s beautification committee will again present Celebrate the Season 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The event has been a holi-

day staple for 18 years. There will be photos with Santa beginning at 4:30 p.m., but if you want to take part in that, better not get there past 6 p.m. Santa has a schedule to keep. Parents will have an opportunity to purchase the photos through a website.

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Entertainment will be provided by the TNT Mountain Dulcimer Trio, the Bearden United Methodist Church Children’s Bell Choir and the Farragut High School Madrigal Singers. Other activities include cookie decorating, children’s crafts and Farragut Folklife Museum tours. All events are free, but the committee is asking for a donation of canned food for Second Harvest Food Bank. Red donation bins will be available during the holiday season at both entrances into the building. Town Hall is at 11408 Municipal Center Drive. For more info, check www. or contact Arleen Higginbotham at Arleen.higginbotham@ or 9667057.

Lauren Monahan, director of the Strang Senior Center, welcomes 60 veterans and others to a Veterans Reception on Nov. 9. As a veteran, she wore her U.S. Coast Guard uniform. Photos by T. Edwards of

■ Regal Celebration of Lights, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, Krutch Park Extension. Includes lighting the First Tennessee Foundation Christmas Tree, the lights in Krutch Park and “Up on the Rooftops” on roofs of buildings across town. ■ Holiday Ho-Ho-Hoedown, 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, on Market Square Stage. Sponsored by WDVX. ■ Holidays on Ice ribbon cutting, 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, on Market Square. Runs through Jan. 8 (except Christmas Day). ■ Knoxville Christmas Parade, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, down Gay Street. Marching bands, floats and more. Sponsored by WIVK and Fowler’s. ■ Campbell Station Park Holiday Lighting Event, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 405 N. Campbell Station Rd. Will include holiday music by Farragut Intermediate School Chorus and refreshments.

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that,” Robin Purvis says. “We’re pretty much on our own and it’s discouraging.” Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill encouraged them to contact the sheriff’s office with every complaint, Robin Purvis said. David Purvis says he gets calls at home from Gary Palmer (assistant town administrator who lives nearby) saying, “I can hear the fast and the furious in your lot,” which means teens are drag-racing and burning rubber, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning. Robin Purvis recently found the remains of a bonfire in the parking lot. She routinely finds all types of trash including beer bottles and used condoms. Volume goes up after home football games and on weekends. Graffiti has become a problem as the “art work” of-

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Members of Grace Covenant Baptist Church recently visited Cumberland Falls and attended a Veterans Day presentation by Kevin Walden, director of veterans affairs for Campbell County. Pictured on the trip are (front) Janet Freeman, Sandy Waters, Marilynn Goeble; (back) Betty Hitchcock, Argie Hilbert, Shirlene Yarnell, David Yarnell and Bob Goeble. Photo submitted

Road work in The Farm at Willow Creek is expected to be finished in a few weeks. Rickey Franklin shoves dirt into place along the curb while James Bridges drives stakes into the ground. Dwayne Springfield comes to lend a hand. Photo by S.F.Neal

Sinkholes come with territory in Farragut By Suzanne Foree Neal Sinkholes. It’s a word developers don’t like to hear, but in this area they’re common. They’re especially prevalent on the south side of Kingston Pike in Farragut. There’s still land left to develop in that part of town, and sinkholes are likely to pop up, just like they did at The Farm at Willow Creek. Most of the time sinkholes are revealed by a topographical study and are then platted so there are no surprises. They’re nature’s way of collecting storm water runoff. Sinkholes form when limestone beneath the topsoil dissolves slowly in water over time creating fractures that expand causing shafts or caves to form. As long as they stay full of water, or the ground above is stable enough to hold up, they’re fine. If either of those fails, the land above can collapse, exposing the sinkhole. Topographical studies and town ordinances are the best safeguards to see that sinkholes don’t cause problems for anyone, says Town Administrator David Smoak. The town passed an ordinance to deal with sinkholes in July 2005. Required studies will reveal any sinkholes before the first piece of ground is excavated. Farragut requires a 50-foot buffer between any sinkhole and a solid structure. Developers are allowed to fill in sinkholes to level the ground, but they must remain green space. “In general, sinkholes have been an issue,” Smoak says. “They cause damage to property, and we try to mitigate that as best we can. We want developers to stay

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out of them. We don’t allow buildings on sinkholes.” While the southern side of town has the most, there are some sinkholes in the northern portion near the Turkey Creek Public Market. Those will have to be dealt with when Snyder Road is extended to meet Outlets Drive, but Knox County will be dealing with them. The biggest headache with The Farm at Willow Creek turned out not to be sinkholes, but a sinking patch of road. There was a road failure on Ivy Lake, and when contractors dug in to fi x it, they found what they call a “void” 20 feet beneath the surface. “We might never have caused a problem if we hadn’t touched it,” Smoak says of the huge hole that was revealed. “There were two road failures over time and another one on up the road. We had to fi x it.” Smoak says there was an area where storm pipe was laid incorrectly and a faulty seep box collar allowed some water to flow around the pipe instead of through it. Holes also developed in the pipe and tests showed

water going through the pipe was too low. “We knew there was a leak,” Smoak says. A $1.125 million contract was awarded to Blalock & Sons Inc. to fi x the drainage problems at The Farm at Willow Creek with the understanding that repairs could reveal voids during the process that would have to be filled, costing additional money. The contractor came in and threw everything but the kitchen sink into the massive hole to fill it and make it secure. Town Engineer Darryl Smith called it a “$20,000 cork.” The contractor and town are sharing repair costs for the drainage work in the subdivision. Smoak says he expects the massive project to be completed in the next few weeks. Freeman Webb is now property owner. Lawsuits involving the housing development have been in the courts for several years and Smoak says “a lot of finger pointing” has ensued. It’s possible that when the legalities are ironed out, the town might recoup some of the money spent to fix the problems.

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■ The West Knox Republican Club will meet 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Red Lobster Restaurant, 8040 Kingston Pike. Political TV analyst and radio show host George Korda will be the guest speaker. The program starts at 7 p.m. Info: 584-5842.

Care packages for soldiers The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge will be collecting items from the community to send to a Marine unit it has adopted serving in the Middle East. The program is called “Ooh-Rah for the Holidays.” Toiletries, food, entertainment items and more will be collected through Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the AMSE lobby. A list of items is available at All packages will be shipped by Saturday, Dec. 10.

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Candidates Madeline Rogero, Mark Padgett, Ivan Harmon and Bo Bennett at an April debate. File photo by Betty Bean

‘This process stinks’ So says District 3 school board member Cindy Buttry. Buttry held nothing back last week when County Commission met to give final approval to the commission and school board redistricting plan dubbed 1A. While the plan aligns commission and school districts and ensures that each district contains a high school, it also divides some traditional communities among two or three districts. That’s not a new phenomenon, as the good folks of Fountain City – to name one community – will testify. No commissioners are moved from Cindy Buttry their current districts by the plan, but Buttry and District 6 school board representative Thomas Deakins now reside, respectively, in Districts 6 and 5. The community-splitting that fueled Buttry’s ire concerns Norwood. Precinct 40, Norwood Elementary, shifts from District 3 to District 6. The part of Precinct 41, Norwood Library, located south of I-640 is merged into Precinct 19 in District 1 to conform to the redrawn district lines. The rest of Precinct 41 moves from District 2 to District 3. Buttry said she was speaking “not as a board member but as a citizen” when she asked commission to reconsider its pending approval of Plan 1A. Besides, she added, she wasn’t running for re-election. (Her term expires next year.) But she wasn’t finished with commissioners, several of whom, she said, told her they would vote for the plan the school board wanted. “After Carter, and now this, it’s hard to believe anything this body says. … I feel lied to and I feel betrayed by some of you folks,” she said. Some listening might have added that they felt “betrayed” by some of Buttry’s obstructionist voting habits on school board, just as they might have wondered how much her declaration not to seek office again was influenced by her new district residence. Commissioner Richard Briggs tried to mollify her, noting that he had not received “one call, email or anything” from anyone in the Norwood community or – for that matter – a school board member. Commissioner R. Larry Smith chipped in, saying “every single person” he had talked to wanted the commission and school districts aligned. After Buttry unshipped her cargo, Commissioner Amy Broyles – indirectly – took exception to Buttry’s assessment that the process “stinks.” The process was fine, Broyles said, if it had been respected. The joint committee of commissioners and school board members recommended two plans, 2A and 4A, which were rejected by commission in favor of the plan which left incumbent commissioners safe at home. “We need to either respect the process or just start doing it all ourselves and stop wasting (other people’s) time,” Broyles said, also alluding to the stalemated Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and the stilldebated Hillside and Ridge Top Protection Plan. Approval of the plan required separate votes for commission and school board. The commission vote was 9-2, with Broyles and Brad Anders dissenting. The school district vote was 8-3, with Jeff Ownby joining Broyles and Anders. After a lenghty process, County Commission approved a redistricting plan and nobody showed except Cindy Buttry. Good thing it only happens once a decade. Contact Larry Van Guilder at

Truth and talking points What went wrong with Padgett?

Mark Padgett had something like a 12-pack of messages, and boy howdy did he pound them.

Betty Bean He did a lot of talking about jobs, growing up poor, winning our trust. Unburdened by modesty (false or otherwise), one of his standard pitches went like this: “Picture the next mayor getting on a plane to go and talk to a world class CEO about relocating to Knoxville. Ask yourself who you’d rather have getting off the other side of that plane to sit across the table from that world class CEO?”

It’s safe to assume he didn’t like the answer he got last Tuesday. At this point it’s probably nitpicking to mention that the “other side of that plane” part bothered me. But when I fly, I always walk out the door through which I entered, and I’m pretty sure that’s true for just about everybody. My only excuse for such pettiness is that listening to someone reiterate his specialness makes me grouchy – unless that person is elderly enough to have a good excuse, which Padgett, of course, isn’t, and doesn’t. Another of his oft-repeated claims was that he barely knew 50 people in Knoxville when he started campaigning for mayor. That indirectly contradicts the “deep roots in this city” meme, but it’s probably closer to the literal truth than most of his claims, considering that he and his

wife, Katie, closed on their home on Westland Drive on May 21, 2010, marking the first time the Padgetts had lived inside the Knoxville city limits since his Lonsdale childhood (another standard campaign meme). The significance of that date is that the qualifying deadline to run for mayor was June 16, 2011, at which time the city charter dictates that a candidate must have lived in the city for a year. Padgett beat the oneyear residency requirement by 25 days and never voted in a city election until his name was on the ballot. Did he move into town for the purpose of running for mayor? Can’t know for sure, but he started campaigning before all the boxes got unpacked. Maybe he was impelled by his deep love for Knoxville or a genetic passion

ders is twice his age and also newly elected after one term on County Commission. ■ One of their first votes en seriously. If Padgett runs will be to choose a new vice again he should spend more mayor as current Vice Mayor time listening to voters. He Joe Bailey is term limited and needs to be more transparent leaves council Dec. 17. when asked direct questions ■ Chancellor Fansler has about his business. He needs issued a decision in the city to address real issues. pension lawsuit. It is unclear ■ Nov. 8 also saw Frank- what the city pension board fort, Ind., (population 16,000) will do. Mayor Rogero should elect Chris McBarnes, 23, a attend the meetings. Republican. Knox County has elected young persons to School board the Legislature such as Dick Krieg, Ryan Haynes, Sandra qualifying deadline Clark and myself (all under So you want to be a school 30 when elected) but not to board member? Then hurry administrative offices. up to the courthouse. As of 8 ■ Over in Charleston, a.m. today, qualifying petiS.C., Mayor Joe Riley was tions were available at the elected to his 10th four-year Election Commission. Counterm with 67 percent of the ty Commission approved a vote against three opponents. new district map last week, Riley is associated with his- so check your address at the toric preservation and the Election Commission if you revival of downtown Charles- have any doubt about the ton. Never a hint of scandal district you reside in. and a tireless approach to Four school board seats delivery of city services has are up in 2012 (board assured his popularity. members are exempt from ■ Four new City Coun- term limits): Districts 2 cil members will bring new (Indya Kincannon), 3 (Cindy ideas and energy. Marshall Buttry), 5 (Karen Carson) Stair, 33, arrives as one of the and 8 (Mike McMillan). The youngest persons ever elected deadline to submit a petition citywide, while Finbarr Saun- is noon, Thursday, Dec. 8.

Rogero converts doubters Madeline Rogero is Knoxville’s next mayor and has earned our support. If she succeeds, we all succeed. Her win was not remotely close. The margin places her in good stead to win a second term in 2015 and discourages would be competitors. She took a strong showing against Bill Haslam eight years ago and converted it to a landslide last week. She won over many of her doubters. Rogero faces a busy six weeks as she takes office Saturday, Dec. 17. She has to fill key positions, including her immediate staff plus city department heads. More than 30 positions serve at the pleasure of the mayor. Mayor Dick Fulton of Nashville told me the two most important positions are law and finance directors. The mayor will spend time almost every day with those two officials. She must trust and respect their advice. I retained Randy Vineyard who was Mayor Kyle Testerman’s finance director and he continued for the entire 16 years I was mayor. I persuaded an

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Atlanta attorney, Tom Varlan, who had grown up in Knoxville to come back as city law director and he held the position for 10 years. Today, of course, he is a highly respected federal judge. Rogero will not find enough hours in the day to see and meet with all her friends. Everyone wants time with the new mayor and most will tell her that she had their support (when in fact 39 percent backed her rival.) Mark Padgett’s campaign fizzled, if it ever was. Just three weeks ago he released what turned out to be a bogus poll claiming he was only six points behind Rogero. The actual poll results placed him 20 points behind after raising more than $500,000 to get 8,700 votes. His attacks on Rogero never stuck and were not tak-


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Go Big Red! Satire alert! The frantic final hours of last week’s Knoxville mayoral election revealed the hitherto unknown existence of the Knoxville Communist Party, or “KCP” if you prefer. Yes, Virginia, there is a KCP, and we know this because its members were loudly expressing support for Madeleine Rogero via Twitter just before election day. Utilizing state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the Shopper-News was able to trace the origin of the tweets. At a rundown motel just outside the city limits we met Vladimir “Bubba” Brushoffski, who professed to be head commissar of the KCP as well as the tweets’ author. Bubba was putting the finishing touches on what he called his “K-Town Manifesto,” and he offered to let us print it for the benefit of our readers. Here it is, complete and unedited. Wake up, comrades!

Knoxville Communist Party is well and good, and new vodka shipment from mother country coming soon. Knoxville Communist Party needs you! We have long history, not known by some. Local cell is older than Lenin’s whiskers. Many famous Knoxville Communists not known by some. I give one example – Cas Walker. Original sign of shears was sign of hammer and sickle! This surprise you? Cas change to shears only because prices hard to cut with hammer. Bad luck that new mayor is not really Communist, but Bubba keep trying! Long live Knoxville Communist Party! Go Big Red! And there the “manifesto” ends. Bubba keeled over after his fourth tumbler of vodka, and we left him snoozing contentedly about dreams of county conquest – or the next local election. – L. Van Guilder

“Dick Cheney moment” when he hired Becky Ashe as principal. He asked Ashe, then the science supervisor, to head the principal selection committee. She asked just great interview questions and had such enthusiasm for the school that McIntyre finally said, “Becky, why don’t you take this job?” And she said, “Could I?” Ashe is now STEM principal and science supervisor. Shelia Shipley, PTSA president for the Academy, accepted the group’s charter. Karen Davis, state PTA president attended and Ron Blaylock represented Gov. Bill Haslam. State Reps. Ryan Haynes and Bill Dunn were on hand, as were county commissioners R. Larry Smith and Mike Brown.

School board member Pam Trainor tours the L&N Stem Academy with Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. At right, student body president Ben Fomby leads a tour for parents and friends. Photos by S. Clark

Precincts shift with redistricting With County Commission’s approval last week of a new district map that aligns commission and school districts, a number of precincts are now in new districts. Elections for members of School Board Districts 2, 3, 5 and 8 will be held March 6, 2012. Listed below are the precinct names for those districts. District 2: Central United Methodist Church, North Knox Recreation Center,

solidated into Precinct 74, Shannondale. Also, an area of Precinct 74 north of Luttrell Road is being consolidated into Precinct 61. District 3: West Haven, Ridgedale, Bearden Middle, Lonas, North Cedar Bluff, South Cedar Bluff, East Cedar Bluff, Norwood Library (see note). Note: A portion of Norwood Library, Precinct 41, south of I-640 is being consolidated into SOAR Youth

Ministries, Precinct 19, District 1. The remaining portion, formerly in District 2, is now part of District 3. District 5: Concord, Farragut 1 (Precinct 66N), Farragut 2 (Precinct 66S), A.L. Lotts. District 8: Hills, Fort Sumter, Sunnyview, Ramsey, Riverdale, Dora Kennedy, Corryton, Gibbs, Ellistown, Ritta, Skaggston, Carter and Thorngrove.

in the community a Happy day, Nov. 20. Thanksgiving. There will be two shows on Saturday, featuring an The Gibbs Ruritan Club Kick off the holidays encore performance at 11 has announced that its ana.m. and the full perfornual Thanksgiving Baskets with ‘The Nutcracker’ mance at 7 p.m. The encore The Oak Ridge Civic program will focus on famiperformance is a one-act lies in the Gibbs schools this Ballet will present “The version of the full show and year who need extra help Nutcracker” at Oak Ridge is perfect for small children during the holiday season. High School auditorium and groups. Tickets for The club wishes everyone Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sun- the encore performance

are $7 each. The evening performance will feature professional dancers Stephanie Bussell and Noel Dupuis and music by the UT Chamber Orchestra. The final performance will be Sunday, Nov. 20. Cost for the full performances are adults $20, seniors $15 and students $10.

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he old saying “There’s nothing new under the sun” dates all the way back thousands of years to the sayings in Ecclesiastes. But we curious human beings still enjoy both looking for new stuff and the surprise and delight of finding it. Back in the middle 1800s, while Americans were occupied with destroying ourselves and our countryside in the Civil War, the British navy and merchant ships were sailing all over the world, exploring, colonizing and discovering. The new worlds of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand were almost totally unknown and unexplored by Europeans. A long list of intrepid explorers spent years in the jungles, living among the natives and collecting thousands of specimens. Shiploads of previously unknown plants, beetles, butterflies and birds were sent back to museums and wealthy private collectors,


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the ATBI website shows the current tally to be 7,101 species new to the park, and an amazing 910 species completely new to science, all of this in a place with 9 million visitors a year. Other national and state parks and other various nature preserves, both here and abroad, have started similar programs of inventories based on the GSMNP model. How does it work? They started with the basics: the underlying geology, the soil types, the amounts of rainfall in the various areas. One of the main reasons for all the diversity of life in the Park is the large number of small habitats. Each little area has a different type of soil, different amount of moisture, different degree of slope, faces a different angle to the sun. And a lot of living things have adapted to survive mostly in their special little habitat. So, it takes a lot of looking. More than 1,000 scientists, college students and volunteers, or “citizen scientists,” have been involved in the program. They perform focused collecting activities (fern forays, beetle blitzes and so on), and then the invited superspecialists from around the world (more than 20 countries so far) sit for hours and days, microscopes at the ready, identifying all the plants and critters that have come in. As you would expect, they find lots more tiny new things than big new things. They have added 10 new birds to the Park list, six new fish, two new reptiles and one new mammal – none of them new to science. But, they’ve found 143 slime molds new to the Park, 18 of them new to science. And 50 snails that are new to the park, seven of which are new to science. And get this: they’ve found 1,575 beetles new to the Park, 583 mushrooms, and 944

butterflies and moths, with well more than 100 of those previously unknown to science! They’ve found 533 spiders, 41 new to science, and 14 species of daddy long-legs. That’s a lot of stuff running around up there that nobody knew even existed. I think the 19th century explorers would be proud. They’ve found some weird things. How about a newto-the-Park, spiny-headed worm? Or some new, alien earthworms that may be trying to take over our native nightcrawlers? And then there are my favorites, the waterbears. Like most everybody else, I had never heard of waterbears, or tardigrades, as the biologists tend to call them. One biology textbook says that “To find tardigrades, you may not have to look any farther than the nearest clump of moss.” They are slow-moving, pudgy little animals that lumber along on four pairs of stubby, jointless legs that end in two claws. Some species have only females. And when things go bad, they can stop all signs of being alive (no metabolism at all) and the when things are better, come right back to life! The reason that you may not have seen any waterbears lately is that they are mostly less than 0.5 millimeters long. A giant waterbear might be 1 mm. And so far, they have found 82 species of waterbears in the Park, 21 of them new to science. In our world today, we’re so busy covering everything with asphalt that we forget what an amazing, abundant and considerably unknown world we have around us. The Smokies have an abundance of life. But you will find that your backyard, your garden and your local park are full of life as well. It’s interesting, and fun, to get to know more of it.



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Music services ■ Holy Ghost Church, 1041 N. Central St., will host a performance of “A (Mostly) Medieval and Renaissance Christmas Concert” 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, presented by The Pope Benedict XVI Schola. All proceeds will benefit the Ladies of Charity organization. Tickets are $10 and are available online or at the door.

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From a distance Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. (Matthew 24: 29 NRSV) From a distance, the world looks blue and green, And the snow-capped mountains white. (“From a Distance,” by Julie Gold)

As I write, we have successfully dodged a celestial bullet. The asteroid 2005 YU55 sailed between Earth and the moon today, which is the astronomical equivalent of threading a very small needle. When I say we dodged it, that statement actually gives us way too much credit. Our astronomers knew it was coming (which is an improvement, I guess, over the days of the dinosaurs when an asteroid slammed directly into earth, creating the Gulf of Mexico and a worldwide persistent winter for some significant amount of time). But we did nothing – could do nothing – to avoid the aircraft carriersize rock. So perhaps it would be more accurate to say we were spared. I admit to being a little unnerved by the fact that there are free-floating rocks roaming around in our skies. The universe is a thing of beauty, with constellations and super novae and clouds of star nurseries, but it apparently is also cluttered with a fair amount of debris. (I have confessed before in this space my own predilection for clutter, so who am I to be critical of the Divine Housekeeper?) There are, of course, sci-fi movies where astronauts go into space and blow an asteroid up just in the nick of time, but that seems a little chancy to me. The Law of Unintended Consequences has

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CAK’s quarterback Charlie High Also nominated from Knox County were kicker George Bullock from West High, Class AA lineman Jarod Henderson from Austin-East, DII-A lineman Brewer Congleton from Webb School of Knoxville and DII-A back Caleb Blance, also of Webb. The award ceremony will be held Nov. 28 in Murfreesboro with Titans announcer Mike Keith as master of ceremonies.


Band’s jammin’ for your online votes By Suzanne Foree Neal Votes count and a Farragut-based teen band is hoping you’ll swing a lot of them their way. Alex Zimmerman, Tommy Blackburn and Sam Travis make up Ergo We Play, an alternative rock band representing Tennessee in a nationwide contest for high school musicians. The trio is the only band from the state among 117 entrants vying for a chance to compete in the Jan. 21 National Association of Music Merchants 2011-2012 SchoolJam USA teen battle of the bands in Anaheim, Calif. Their main mission is to win money to fund musical programs at their high schools. Alex and Sam attend Farragut, and Tommy goes to Rhea County High School. Alex, 16, and Tommy, 17, met at First Baptist Concord where they attend church, and Alex and Sam, 17, met at school. The trio combined their musical talents into a band about a year ago. “Tommy and I were in a band, but our bass player quit to play basketball,” says Alex. A chance conversation with Sam filled that spot. They all play several instruments and are mostly self-taught. Tommy has the longest musical resume playing drums, guitar, piano and tenor and alto sax. He also sings. Sam’s been playing guitar

Tommy Blackburn keeps the beat going as the third member of Ergo We Play, a Farragut-based band. The teens Alex Zimmermann and Sam Travis rock out during practice for the hope to win cash for their national SchoolJam USA Battle of the Bands. They are two-thirds high school music programs. of the teen alternative rock band Ergo We Play. Photos by S.F.Neal for five years and says picking up bass was fairly easy. “I looked at a chord chart and started playing,” he says. “I can play keyboard and keep a steady beat with the drums, but I’m no Tommy.” Alex’s key role is playing guitar and providing lead vocals. His passion is to win money so Farragut High can offer more open mic nights. “I want to expand that to give more opportunity for bands to play at Farragut and Rhea County,” he says. Ergo has played at birthday parties and festivals, including the Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival. Winning a spot in the finals could help expand their venues. The contest requires them to play only original material

unless they cover a copyrightfree song and “there’s not many of those available unless you want to rock to something like ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,’ ” Alex says. His father, Kurt, jokes that his son’s relationships with girls provides a lot of fodder for songs. Kurt and Charlotte Zimmermann toss the teens into the musical man cave downstairs at their home to practice. Sam is the son of Steve and Kim Travis and Tommy’s parents are Donny and Susan Blackburn. Kurt Zimmermann explains that SchoolJam involves two parts: 40 percent of the score is derived from votes cast for the group during the month of November, and they need 5,000 to get the maximum score on that

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Lotts salutes veterans By Theresa Edwards Youngsters at A. L. Lotts Elementary School invited some 110 veterans to join them in a Veterans Day appreciation assembly last Friday. The Bearden High School ROTC presented the Tennessee and United States flags, followed by a parade of veterans into the auditorium as the West Valley Middle School Orchestra played “Honor and Glory� conducted by Dan Thompson. In the forefront was Lt. Jim Talley (U. S. Army Air Corps), leading the veterans to their seats of honor with the assistance of his daughter-in-law, Rosemary Talley, a physical education teacher at A. L. Lotts. During his service in World War II, Lt. Talley was awarded the Purple Heart, which he bravely earned parachuting out of a plane engulfed in flames. He flew more than 20 missions in the “Choosy-Suzie,� mostly over Germany from 19421944. After he was seated, the other veterans came by greeting him with appreciation and respect. Kevin Anderson sang “The Star Spangled Banner� accompanied by Tracy

SCHOOL NOTES ■Hardin Valley Elementary School will have a food drive for Second Harvest this week. In honor of the event Tuesday will be Crazy Clothes Day, Wednesday will be Pajama Day and Thursday is Crazy Hair Day. ■ Bluegrass Elementary School’s PTA will meet 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14.

Ward on the piano. The pledge of allegiance was led by Travis Parker. Principal Adam Parker thanked the veterans for all they have done and continue to do. He said, “I don’t think that thanks can be enough. Words can’t express our appreciation enough.� Student Meaghan Chase introduced her father, Col. Jim Chase. She may have been on her tiptoes, to be seen behind such a big podium. Col. Chase beamed as he came forward and gave his daughter a kiss on her cheek. He then presented a history of Veterans Day and thanked the many veterans for their service to our country. The West Valley Orchestra led everyone to sing “God Bless America� before Maj. Gen. Max Haston presented a Veterans Day address. “There is another group that sacrifices as much, sometimes more, and that is the families of veterans,� he said. “The support of our families is vital to us. It is never easy sending them off, seeing them deployed or the pain when they give the ultimate service of sacrifice and are laid to rest.� He said it is easy to honor those veterans in uniform,

Seated among other veterans at are: (front) Erin Bankes (U. S. Army), Travis Parker (who led the pledge of allegiance), Col. Jim Chase (who presented a history of Veterans Day) and Maj. Gen. Max Haston (who presented a Veterans Day address).

Sophie Baker, Alaina Weatherspoon and Madison Sheets wait for the appreciation assembly to begin. but there are many others to whom we need to express appreciation as well. The majority of our veterans do not wear uniforms. They are our teachers, police officers, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, families, neighbors and even grandmothers! Maj. Gen. Haston also asked the students if

â– Knox County Schools All East Honors Choirs (grades 9-12) will meet Thursday, Nov. 17; and All East Honors Choirs

Maj. Wiley Hammer (U. S. National Guard) and Ronald Alexander (U. S. Air Force) share a moment with Lt. Jim Talley (U. S. Army Air Corps) at a Veterans Day appreciation assembly at A. L. Lotts Elementary. Lt. Talley, 87, who served in World War II, is the fatherin-law of physical education teacher Rosemary Talley. Photos by T. Edwards of

â– Thanksgiving holidays (no school) will be Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 23-25.

(grades 7-12) will meet Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, at the Abbas House in Hixon, Tenn.

â– Run for the school board? Qualifying petitions available. Info: 215-2480.

■KCS districtwide Family Engagement Advisory Council’s fall meeting is 6-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Simpson Center great room.


■School board’s mid-month meeting is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in the AJ board room.

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â– Rocky Hill Elementary School will have an in-house zoo program for its kindergartners 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. â–  West Hills Elementary School PTA will present Movie Night Extravaganza 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. There will be a silent auction, a vendor bazaar and lots of food. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for the movie, which starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds will help purchase new playground equipment for the school.

they are “smarter than a fifth grader� and gave a history lesson about Veterans Day and the various wars. Closing remarks were given by Dr. Janet Mobley, assistant principal. Then all joined in singing “America the Beautiful� to complete a wonderful presentation to honor our veterans.

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October sets records By Sherry Witt The month of October was indeed historic for the local real estate market. Fueled by the largest transfer of property in the county’s history, the month closed as one of the busiest ever for the Knox County Register of Deeds. For the month ending on Monday, Oct. 31, there were 677 land transfers in Knox County, representing a total property value of around $347 million. The transfers during October bested those of September, as well as the activWitt ity in October 2010. Last year in October, 633 parcels were sold. It is difficult to compare the total value of the property transferred to that of other months, because the numbers were skewed by the sale of Mercy Health Systems, which brought more than $200 million into the mix. Lending data also benefited greatly from the Mercy transaction. For the month, nearly $745 million was loaned against property in Knox County. This was roughly half a billion dollars more than the money loaned against property in Knox County during September. Preliminary analysis of the data from October and the first week in November appears to indicate a surge in refinancing. The sale of Mercy to Tennova was the largest sale of commercial property in Knox County’s history. The facilities sold for $207 million, and the deal was financed by a total loan of $510 million. All transfer and mortgage taxes were paid in Knox County. The Register of Deeds remits more than 97 percent of this revenue to the state of Tennessee, but does retain a commission for the tax it collects. Knox County’s share of the Mercy deal was around $32,000. I want to tell each of you how much I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Conner Chesney, the young man who has been battling some health issues during the past year. I would like to report that Conner is doing well and is a very brave youngster. All of us at the Register of Deeds continue to wish him a speedy and complete recovery.

A new way to turn your “stuff” into $$$ By Anne Hart


o what do you do when you have way too much stuff you don’t want or need any longer, but it’s too good to throw away? Maybe you’re downsizing to smaller living quarters or getting ready to put your home on the market to sell. Or perhaps you just want to get rid of your old things so you can buy new ones. Mitch Burnett of Pinnacle Real Estate and Auction, a local Realtor and Auctioneer with 30 years’ experience, has come up with a great solution: he’ll auction all of those things for you. And not only that, he’ll do all the work, saving you a whole lot of time, energy and worry. Burnett is going to be hosting auctions at his offices on North Seven Oaks Drive or at designated locations depending on the size or theme of the Auction. He’s not interested in selling things that wouldn’t find a buyer at a yard sale. He wants items that are likely to sell and make both you and his company some money. “We all accumulate an overwhelming amount of

Mitch Burnett of Pinnacle Real Estate and Auction. Photo submitted stuff,” Burnett points out. “A lot of it is stuff that we no longer want or have a use for but someone else does. That’s where my job starts.” He’ll visit your home, look over the items you want to sell, organize it all, tag it and work out delivery details with you. In some situations, if you can’t get it to the auction site he’ll transport it for you. He will manage all of the auction details. You don’t even have to show up. Burnett says he’s been thinking about this project

for a while. “So often I meet a homeowner who wants to list a house, but needs to get rid of some things to make it show better. An auction will keep that person from having to pay storage fees and can actually help the house sell more quickly. An auction is always a special event, I consider it a perfect opportunity to share my expertise and partner with Subdivisions, Business, Schools and even Churches.” Burnett says he has heard plenty of horror stories of people trying to

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Get ready. It’s almost time to grab your holiday gift list and head out the door for the hugely popular annual arts event that draws people to Knoxville from all over the Southeast and beyond. It’s the 45th annual Fine Craft Fair, staged by the Foothills Craft Guild, and it will take place in the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20. More than 150 regional artists will exhibit and sell the finest traditional and contemporary crafts to be found. The Southeastern Tourism Society has named the show a “Top 20 Event.” There will be woodwork, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, leatherwork, metalwork, photography, sculpture, basketry and much, much more. Many of the artists will be demonstrating how they make the items they are offering for sale, and others will be on hand to discuss their work

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and to answer questions. One of the artists there will be Powell native Molly Durr, whose work is described loosely as “dried arrangements” but sure doesn’t look anything like the idea most people have of a dried arrangement. Durr’s email address describes it a little better. “Flat florist” is part of that address. Quite simply, she starts with fresh flowers, puts them through a number of drying and pressing stages, and then arranges and mounts them on acid free paper which she then mats and frames. The flowers are flat by then, of course, but they are as colorful and authentic looking as the day they were picked. “I have been doing this for more than 20 years,” Durr says. “I decided that in wintertime, when flowers go away, this would

give me the opportunity to bring them inside and keep them.” Durr says she grows some of the flowers herself, “and friends let me raid their gardens.” Some of the flowers and greenery she and her husband, Paul, a wetlands biologist originally from Maine who came to UT to get a master’s degree in biology, find when they go hiking. She’s quick to add they don’t pick anything in the national park, where it’s illegal to do so. Durr gives away most of her work to friends and family on special occasions, but this show and sale provide an opportunity for the public to see it and buy it. She doesn’t sell through any retail outlets and says she does her work “for the relaxation. It’s my creative outlet.” Hours for the Fine Craft Fair are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. There is no admission charge for children under 6. This dried arrangement by local artist Molly Durr is made of hibiscus blossoms and leaves and Contact: river oats.


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Quick shine for your ride By Suzanne Foree Neal Sunny days and dirty cars bring a big smile to Jim Rooney’s face. He hopes come April he’ll bring smiles to customers’ faces when he opens a new 3-Minute Magic Car Wash on Kingston Pike at the site of the former Caliber Car Wash. He’s had his eye on that location for 14 years and when the opportunity came to buy it, he jumped. The new facility will employ new technology which Ronney calls “one of the coolest things I’ve seen.� Wax is sprayed by hand on vehicles at the beginning of the dry wax tunnel and as the car is pulled through, fabric strips buff the wax to a shine usually seen only when done by hand. “We can wash a car in under three minutes and wax it in under four,� said Rooney. “It will be a high gloss finish at a low cost and quick pace.� Rooney is pulling out the Caliber Car Wash convenience store to install the wax tunnel. He’ll utilize the existing standard car wash portion of the building, but extend the length by 20 feet. He’s also reversing the direction by which cars enter

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Jim Rooney laughs. When Volkswagen opened a new plant in Chattanooga the Rooneys were asked to detail 850 cars for 1,200 dealers. Jim Rooney spent 13 years with Chrysler as a district sales manager. He was transferred here in 1995 and it became clear if they wanted to make this area home, they would have to create a business.

He learned about the express car wash concept in 2003 and opened his first 3-Minute Magic Car Wash in 2005. He’s excited for the Farragut location to open, and April is a good month with all that yellow pollen falling from the trees. Planning has taken six months and Rooney says, “It’s the most fun I’ve had since I started washing cars.�

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Jim and Teri Rooney are in the business of keeping vehicles clean and shiny. Their latest 3-Minute Magic Car Wash will open in Farragut in April. They are shown at their Lovell Road location, next door to their corporate offices. Photo by S.F.Neal

the wash tunnel. Customers will enter off Kingston Pike and drive to the back of the lot to the pay station and wash tunnel. From there customers, who stay in their cars during the wash/wax cycles, can exit to the vacuum station and


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ast month, Bobby Todd was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. As with any worthwhile endeavor, we simply do not wave a wand and presto - our shop is ready for the holiday season. It takes planning, organization, creativity, and time. When you stop by Bobby Todd this season, you will see the end result was well worth it. We would like to share with you some tips that we have found helpful in doing our holiday decorating both at our home as well as at the store.

â?– Organization is essential. Each year, we organize

the ornaments, ďŹ gurines, garlands and ribbons in storage tubs labeled with the room in which they will be used; we also take a photo of the room and put it in the storage tub.

â?– Match the personality of your decorations with

the personality of the room. Use family heirloom and crystal ornaments, nativities, and Byers Choice carolers in more formal areas and whimsical and vintage dĂŠcor in your den or family room.

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â?– The use of ribbon and bows on lamps, fresh

greenery in a vase, or holiday scented candles add just the right holiday touch. Bobby Todd has a large selection of holiday candles from Votivo, Nouvelle, and Seda France.


â?– Large holiday collections such as Byers Choice

Carolers or Steinbach Nutcrackers should be grouped together for more impact.

â?– Everyday objects can become festive with the

right creative touch; for example, add holly branches to your vases currently ďŹ lled with pussy willow. Add ribbon or a shiny ornament to a dried ower arrangement. Fill your crystal bowls with ornaments and greenery.

� Don’t forget the outside of your house.

Wreaths, garland, and lights dress up doors, windows and mailboxes. Bobby Todd also carries a large selection of colorful metal yard art to dress up pots and planters.


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â?– Start a collection of decorations that you

can build on every year – ones that are sure to become family heirlooms for future generations at Christmas time.

â?– Make your holiday decorating a tradition

and don’t forget to have fun. Play holiday music. Enjoy the time with loved ones creating your holiday retreat. Have plenty of treats on hand and take plenty of breaks.

We look forward to seeing you this season at Bobby Todd for all your holiday decorating needs. Our inventory has expanded this year with more holiday tabletop trees and decor, holiday candles, whimsical Santas and snowmen, Christmas CD’s, and much, much, more. Start or expand your holiday collection with a unique treasure from Bobby Todd.


Gary and Belinda work with individuals having hearing issues in a positive and encouraging way. They believe if the proper testing is done and the appropriate solution is applied, good results will follow. “As lifelong Knoxvillians, we know the people who live here and we organize our services to help them. There is no high pressure and we like to follow up over the years.” Gary is part of the family that owned and operated Weaver Funeral Home. He and Belinda have owned Weaver Hearing Aid Center for 12 years. If you have a question, come in and ask Gary or Belinda. Their office is located in Franklin Square near Sullivan’s. It is open five days a week, evenings and weekends by appointment.


Do you hear what I hear? By Sandra Clark It’s almost time for school plays, Christmas carols and family gatherings. Receive the best gift of the season – better hearing. “Invest some time and thought to seek out better hearing,” says Gary Weaver, Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. “When someone has a hearing loss, it also affects everyone around them. It makes those who can hear feel bad while isolating the person who can’t hear well.” Good hearing is a universal present (to coin a phrase), “the gift that keeps on giving.” But don’t sit and mull over this decision. It sometimes takes weeks to get

the instrument properly designed and adjusted. Gary Weaver will perform the initial examination for free. “It usually takes 10 days to get someone in new hearing aids, sometimes less,” he says. “You’ll hear Christmas plays and carols like you’ve not heard them in years.” Family gatherings will be anticipated if each person is able to participate. Sometimes depression sets in around the holidays, but that doesn’t have to happen; particularly if the problem can be tackled with something as simple as a hearing aid. Gary Weaver and his wife, Belinda, a nurse, have heard every reason imaginable for delaying or avoiding

Them and us Tennessee and Vanderbilt are separated by only 161 miles of concrete and asphalt but, as George Cafego once said, they are a million miles apart in football. The Volunteers are struggling like heck to get back in the general direction of where they used to be, top 10 in the country, relevant in Southeastern Conference races, welcome in big bowl games. Vandy is supposedly on the up, up, upswing. The Commodores haven’t been anywhere in my lifetime. The pinnacle of their success was 1932. They helped form the SEC. Tulane and Sewanee can say the same. Vanderbilt has never captured the conference championship and prob-

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ably won’t. Through the decades it has averaged winning one of every four SEC games. That is the all-time worst, below Kentucky and Mississippi State. Some games have been exciting. Now and then, Vanderbilt defeats Tennessee. It has happened four times in the last 50 years. In 1964, first for Doug Dickey as coach, Vandy won, 7-0. The Vols had a chance, a fi rst down at the

5, but four running plays failed to punch it in. Does that sound familiar? In 1975, Vandy won 17-14 at Neyland Stadium. This was very bad. Tennessee rushed for only 89 yards and gained 113 throwing. Stanley Morgan was the tailback. Randy Wallace was the quarterback. Both deserved a better fate. I will not attempt to explain the 28-21 loss in 1982. This was the Tennessee team that had Reggie White, Willie Gault, Chuck Coleman and Bill Bates. This is the team that stopped the awful losing streak against Alabama. I will say Vanderbilt fans liked this outcome so much, they voted it No. 1 in a half-century of fun ’n games. I will also say this was the beginning of a long dry spell for the Commodores. They next won in 2005. That was the day the Vols couldn’t gain

Belinda and Gary Weaver. altogether the need for hearing assistance. From cost to bulky equipment to difficulty of maintenance, the patients just “get along” as their hearing fades. It does not have to be this way. Gary says, “We are professionals you can trust, who are knowledgeable about solutions for the hearing impaired.”

a yard when they needed one to maintain possession and preserve a lead. Jay Cutler took full advantage of the failure and hit the winning TD pass to Earl Bennett with 1:11 remaining. No, I am not over it. Here comes the really sad part of this so-called historic rivalry. Vandy fans look down their noses at the Volunteers. I have heard it expressed this way: When a Tennessee player gets into serious trouble, a Vanderbilt-trained lawyer defends him. When a Tennessee player is seriously injured, a Vanderbilt doctor puts him back together again. Alas and alas, this pseudo-superior mentality is oozing onto the football field. There are Vanderbilters who think the Commodores are winning the recruiting race against Tennessee.

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Thirty kids from the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley lined up outside their bus last Thursday in anticipation of a surprise shopping spree. Each received a $100 shopping trip as a gift from the new Academy Sports + Outdoors, which opened last week at 145 Moss Grove Blvd. in the new Sherrill Hill development on Kingston Pike, just west of Cedar Bluff Road.

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Judy Ellis gets ready to cut Jerry Wheeler’s hair at Frank’s Barbershop, 304 South Northshore Drive in Bearden. To commemorate Veterans Day, haircuts at Frank’s were free to military veterans. Wheeler served in the U.S. Army’s 19th Group Special Forces as a corporal from 1985 to 1991. In the background, Lori Bryant is busily cutting another veteran’s hair.

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Family classes East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is offering resources for parents. Children’s Healthy Kids program offers classes for parents and caregivers, while its website offers pediatric health information as well as activities for children of all ages. A certification course in CPR will be offered 6-10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Children’s Koppel Plaza. Cost is $25. This course teaches the American Heart Association chain of survival – from when to call 911 and how to effectively administer CPR to an infant, child or adult. The course is designed for anyone who may be expected to respond to emergencies at home or in the workplace. Following the course, participants will receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver certification card. Class sizes are limited so preregistration is required. Safe Sitter class will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Koppel Plaza. Cost is $25. Safe Sitter is a national organization that teaches young adolescents safe and nurturing babysitting techniques and the rescue skills needed to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Instructors are certified through Safe Sitter nationally. Participants must be ages 11-14. Class sizes are limited so preregistration is required by calling 541-8262.

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School board honors business partners The Knox County school board recognized three business partners at the November meeting: The Best Buy store at Town & Country Circle, Rusty Wallace Honda on Callahan Road at I-75, and the UT Athletics Department. Partners in Education supervisor Scott Bacon said contributions from all three have helped Knox County Schools supplement public funding to support school programs. The Best Buy store at Town & Country Circle has been a partner with Tod Evans and the team at Hardin Valley Elementary for several years. Adam Freshour has been a wonderful supporter of Hardin Valley and even contributed items in support of the coupon book campaign at the school when a competitor was a major sponsor of the campaign, Bacon said. “Just a couple of weeks before going to the printer with the 2011 Knox County Schools Coupon Book, we learned that one of our major sponsors (and a Best Buy competitor) would not be able to support the campaign this year. “A quick call to Adam got the Best Buy team on the job as Adam and his colleague Brian Wark from the Turkey Creek store began making calls to various people at their corporate office to secure $12,000 in sponsorship and two good offers for our coupon book. “Best Buy is also working with our schools through

Thomas Deakins with Adam Freshour and Clint Aldridge of Best Buy are joined by Jim McIntyre. “Our annual high school football and basketball preseason jamborees are fixtures on the local sports calendar, because the events are held at Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena. These venues allow our students to experience something that few young athletes get to feel in a big-time college environment,” he said. UT’s support of the coupon books includes discounts School board chair Thomas Deakins, Rocky Kundert of the UT and free ticket incentives. Athletics Department and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre “They have hosted top their Business Division to of the system’s longest run- seller events at the arena in obtain below retail pricing ning partners. Through the connection with the tip-off on items our schools wish to years, the efforts of UTAD of basketball practice, and purchase with campaign pro- personnel and athletes have worked with us a few years ceeds. supported individual schools ago to allow multiple elemen“In addition, Clint Aldridge as well as systemwide events tary students to attend pracon the Business Division side and activities. tices and interview studentof their company was able Individual sports such as athletes from around the to help schools with some of basketball and track have country when UT hosted a their purchases of top seller formed partnerships with women’s basketball regional awards at their schools. Best specific schools to engage the tournament. Buy also hosted our two days UT staff and athletes in sup“Countless autographed of campaign checkout in ear- porting the activities around footballs, basketballs, basely October at their two Knox- those schools. The Women’s balls, hats and jerseys from ville stores.” Athletics Department en- UT coaches have helped Bacon said the UT Ath- joyed a partnership for years our schools raise additional letics Department is one with Sterchi Elementary. funds for years.”

Learn about RSV Colds, flu and chicken pox are a prevalent health problem in children and infants, but there is one respiratory virus that can be particularly serious for very young children: RSV. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a virus that causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages. RSV is very common in children from December to March and is a potentially serious illness for young children and infants. RSV is spread easily from person to person through secretions expelled by coughing, sneezing and runny noses. Early symptoms of the virus resemble that of the common cold. It can infect the same person several times in a lifetime, causing more severe illnesses (like pneumonia) in infancy, but only a common cold in older children and adults. “The infection starts with the child coughing and having trouble breathing. The child may also have a low-grade fever and have little interest in eating or taking a bottle,” explains Dr. Lori Patterson, pediatric infectious disease specialist at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. “Because these symptoms are so similar to colds, the virus may go undiagnosed until it has reached a more serious stage such as bronchiolitis (an infection of the upper airways of the lungs) or pneumonia.” RSV infections occur all over the world, most often in epidemics that can last up to five months, from late

fall through early spring. Each year, Children’s Hospital treats hundreds of proven cases of respiratory syncytial virus. According to Dr. Patterson, if the virus progresses to bronchiolitis in an infant, the child may need to be hospitalized to receive oxygen or other treatments. Any infection in the lungs can produce swelling, which can block the infant’s already small airways and make breathing extremely difficult. Children with lung diseases or heart defects have smaller lung reserves or may need more oxygen than a healthy child, so any restriction to their airways can be dangerous. In addition, antibiotics cannot cure RSV because it is a virus. Frequent hand washing after coughing or sneezing can help reduce the spread of the virus, as can avoiding crowds during the winter months. Parents and child care workers should watch for persistent cough, fever or breathing problems (especially in the very young infants) and consult a pediatrician if these symptoms appear. Early detection can help prevent the spreading of the virus to other children. Adults should be aware that they can also contribute to the spread of the virus. “An infant usually acquires the infection from close contact with an older family member who may not even realize that he or she is ill,” Patterson said. “In adults and older children, the virus may produce mild cold-like symptoms only.”

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“We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.� – Kevin O’Reilly Kevin is a Registered Nurse and Anita works in Admitting and Registration at Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center, so they are familiar with the mission of Treated Well. Well Treated.Ž “Everything was excellent.� said Kevin. “No one knew we were employees at first and they still treated us as if we were family.� With two older sons from a previous marriage, Kevin was a veteran to the childbirth experience, but this was Anita’s first time and she was apprehensive. Anita said she found comfort from the Parkwest staff who took the time to talk with her, calm her fears and share parenting wisdom. “I had a difficult pregnancy and was not sure what to expect from the birthing process,� said Anita. “Everyone at Parkwest was phenomenal. They were very patient and caring. We had staff right with us through the entire experience.� In January, a due date of September 8 was determined for Anita. Almost immediately, though, she started having a large amount of sickness and suffered from Gesta-

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Kevin, Anita and Braedan O’Reilly enjoy some quiet time in their suite at the Parkwest Childbirth Center.

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position. A Cesarean Section was scheduled for September 2. “I had a routine appointment on August 29 and that was the first time Kevin wasn’t able to arrange

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The do’s and don’ts of pregnancy nutrition During pregnancy, diet and nutrition are paramount. Parkwest experts recommend avoiding the following foods because of their risk of carrying certain bacteria that can be harmful to your baby: N Soft cheeses (i.e. brie, bleu cheese, queso blanco and camembert) N Undercooked and processed deli meats N Non-pasteurized drinks (i.e. some fresh squeezed juices and milks) N Sushi N Anything made with raw eggs (i.e. raw cookie dough, homemade salad dressings and homemade mayonnaise) N Fish with a high mercury content (i.e. swordfish, mackerel and shark) N Raw shellfish N Smoked seafood

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Amazing Grace Friends and family members got together Nov. 5 to help Grace Moore celebrate her 103rd birthday. Moore

Donate blood, save lives Medic Regional Blood Center’s 24th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue will be held this week between Tennessee and Kentucky football fans. Donors will receive a free, limited edition game day T-shirt and a free Thickburger from Hardee’s. Score updates will be posted at medicblood. Donors can stop by one of two donor centers: 1601 Ailor Ave. or 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Other sites: Elmcroft resident Grace Moore dances with guests at her birthday celebration. Photo by Ruth White ■ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov.

and celebrate a wonderful life. Her “baby brother” Wendell Jones arrived at the party, whispered some sweet words into his sister’s ear and placed a gentle kiss on her forehead. As Moore danced with Ruth several friends and opened White presents, her daughter whispered to a guest nearby that she hasn’t seen her mom so happy in a long time. One is a resident at Elmcroft guest created a scrapbook of Assisted Living. A special photographs of Moore and party was planned to mark her family from years ago. Moore and family were able the milestone. Moore’s daughter and to relive special memories son-in-law, Ann and Byron at the party. When asked her secret Cawthon, traveled from Watching Moore interact years. She remains active and Florida to help celebrate to staying youthful, Moore and a niece came in from replied, “The good Lord has with guests, it was hard to pays close attention to details. believe that she has lived 103 She is, in a word, amazing. Michigan to wish her well had His hand in it.”

By Theresa Edwards Seven authors read from their poetry collections at Pellissippi State Community College’s “Potpourri of Poetry” on Nov. 8-9. The students and others who attended the event learned from the authors about the writing process and the inspirations for their poetry. Linda Parsons Marion read the poem “Breech” from her b o o k “B ou nd .” She shared background information from her Marion own personal experience of the difficult Caesarean birth of her own daughter who was breech. Another author, Jeff Daniel “Danny” Marian, read from his newest poetry collection “Father.” Almost lunchtime, he said that it

would be all. He replied, “Yes. I have my coloring book back at home.” The young clerk rolled her eyes, probably thinking, “Why do I get the crazies?” Other poets participating in this event were Larry Johnson, Connie Jordan Green, Brian Griffin and Artress Bethany White. These poetry readings were part of a series of activities relating to the Common Academic Experience revolving around the book “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope,” cowritten by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

Nov. 15, the in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Road campus, admission and parking are free. Donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship fund. The next event in the Music Concert Series is the Holiday Spectacular, Thursday, Dec. 8, with performances at 6 and 8 p.m.

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Registration is underway for the spring 2012 semester at Pellissippi State which starts Jan. 12. Prospective students who have not yet applied can Pellissippi showcases speak with an admissions representative during reguinstrumental music Pellissippi State’s Small lar hours, weekdays 8 a.m. Instrumental Ensembles to 4:30 p.m. with extended Concert will offer a variety of hours to 6 p.m. Monday selections and musical styles. through Thursday. Info: 694-6400. Slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday,

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‘Potpourri of Poetry’ at Pellissippi State seemed a poem about food would be appropriate. He then apologized to anyone who may be vegetarian. He read the poem “Song for Colonel Woods’ Barbecue Shack in McKenzie, Tennessee.” He spoke of singing praise to the pig who gave Marian itself for a succulent delight for his taste. He talked of “pure pigishness.” After reading the poem, he described finding the barbecue place, and how he has not been the same since. It is “soul-fulfilling southern Mississippian and Alabamian barbecue.” Before reading his poem “On Opening a Box of Crayola Crayons,” Danny told a funny story about buying a box of crayons at Walmart. A young clerk asked if that

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After a long hiatus from my column, it’s great to be back in the animal news world. So much has happened while I’ve been away (covering for a dear co-worker), so let’s catch up quickly.

Sara Barrett

Chicken lettuce wraps from Wok Hay are a tasty, healthy way to start a meal. Photos submitted

Critter Tales Two new animals have arrived at the Knoxville Zoo with hopes of meeting their Ms. Rights and starting herds of their own. Kito the Southern white rhinoceros is getting acquainted with female rhinos Dolly, Polly and Maggie. Also new to the zoo is Jumbe the giraffe, a transplant from Missouri who is hoping to find romantic bliss with Patches and/or Lucille. Another added bonus for the zoo is the return of the extremely popular panda cam, where folks all over the world can watch Dolly, Bernadette and Winston, the zoo’s 5-month-old red panda cubs. According to Tina Rolen, assistant director of marketing, the debut of the first red panda cam last year inspired people to watch red panda female cubs Spark and Ember online the equivalent of 39 years. The website is provided by Mozilla Firefox and is

One of the adorable stars of the Knoxville Zoo’s new red panda web cam. Photo submitted available 24 hours a day. “Be warned,” said Rolen. “You will be incapable of unhappiness for the duration (of the viewing).” Watch the furry goodness online at The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is enjoying its new location on Bearden Hill at 6717 Kingston Pike, but there are a few things that need mending. For instance: when it’s raining outside, the holes in the ceiling would be more appropriate for a shower stall. The organization hopes to raise $60,000 in order to replace the existing roof with a new, more waterproof version. (Donate online at http:// humanesocietytennessee. com/about-us/donate/ or mail to P.O. Box 51723, Knoxville, TN 37950). Have a question, comment or critter story for Sara? Call her at 218-9378 or email

Young-Williams’ representative Jennifer enjoys time with 2-year-old female terrier mix Janelle. Janelle is available for adoption at the main center at 3210 Division St. Hours there are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Young-Williams “new” center at 6400 Kingston Pike is open from noon to 6 p.m. daily. Visit to see photos of all of the center’s adoptables and call 215-6599 for more information about each pet.

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Chicken lettuce wraps are the perfect way to start a meal at the pan-Asian restaurant Wok Hay. One of the most popular items on the menu, the lettuce wraps include tender chicken, almonds, water chestnuts, red peppers, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and scallions. Guests wrap all the delicious ingredients in crisp lettuce cups and enjoy. The appetizer is also available with tofu for vegetarians. Wok Hay blends traditional pan-Asian recipes with a contemporary flair, using fresh, high-quality ingredients to create the spicy, sweet, exotic flavors of the Far East in your backyard. Great-tasting Wok Hay Chicken Lettuce Wraps can be made at home with ingredients found at your local grocery store.

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and cook until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add the vegetables to the pan and toss together for approximately 20-30 seconds to soften the vegetables. Add the chicken and wine to the vegetables and toss to combine. Add the soy sauce, sugar and hoisin sauce to the pan and toss until all of the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated and sauce begins to bind to the other ingredients. Serve immediately. For the lettuce cups, remove any brown, discolored or wilted leaves from the iceberg lettuce. Cut the root end off the bottom (as the white turns to green) and submerge in ice water for 15 minutes. Note: Submerging in ice water will help separate the leaves. Remove the lettuce from the water and dry off. Use the larger leaves for the lettuce cups, and the smaller leaves can be reserved for another use. Friday, Dec. 5-9, at various locations around town. Request a screening online at ■ The Knox County Public Library and UT’s College of Health, Education and Human Services will host a class for parents to help guide children through loss. “Navigating Loss: Helping your child through grief or change” will be offered at the Farragut Branch Library 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3. Info: 974-3845. Registration: griefworkshop.

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Don’ t forget the flowers for the Thanksgiving table By Anne Hart


emember when the centerpiece for the family’s Thanksgiving table looked pretty much the same year after year? It was that low-to-the-table (so guests could see over it), oval-shaped, very traditional arrangement with fresh flowers crammed tightly together and some candles poking up through the center of it. Over at Abloom Florist and Gifts in the Village Square Center in Bearden, Diane Drinnen Storm recalls making untold numbers of those arrangements in the 28 years she and her mother, Hazel Drinnen, have been in the floral business. “We called them ‘roundie moundies,’ ” Diane says with a laugh. “They didn’t have much design or style to them.” Storm says she still makes oblong centerpieces, “but they are much more light and airy and natural in appearance, not so fixed and stuffed looking.” Nowadays, Storm says, people have become much more creative in the floral decorations they want for their holiday table. And while the table setting itself – the linens and china and silver – may still be formal, the flowers are not so much so. “Often we will do several arrangements

ther flowers, fruits or fall leaves used with it, but even that centerpiece appears less formal than in days gone by. Also frequently used are small varieties of pumpkins and gourds, and even the little pilgrim figurines that have been popular for decades. “All of these items can create a sort of scene on the tabletop and it can be very festive,” Storm says. Storm and Drinnen buy all of their flowers locally and say their customers often compliment them on how long their arrangements stay pretty. “We believe very strongly in buying locally. It is important to support local businesses. It’s something we have always tried to do. We have also found that we have a much larger variety locally and can order daily and get exactly what our customers want. If we don’t have it, we’ll try to get it by the next day.” They’re already all decked out for ChristDiane Drinnen Storm, owner of Abloom Florist, and her mother, Hazel Drinnen, have some mas at Abloom, as are most retail establishfun while assembling a fall floral arrangement. The two love working together and have ments this time of year. Everywhere you look done so for 28 years. Photo by T. Edwards in the store you see pretty red and green decfor the table, sometimes in clear glass square using only one color for the whole group. The orations and holiday gifts. containers that are placed along the center of arrangements are very open and airy and not But they haven’t forgotten about turkey the table from one end to the other. The flow- ‘fixed’ looking at all.” day. “We’re basically a Christmas store right ers will be in fall colors, sometimes with a difStorm says many people still want a cor- now,” Storm says, “but we’ll be filling lots of ferent color in each container and sometimes nucopia as part of the centerpiece, with ei- orders for Thanksgiving, too.”

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here are all kinds of traditional holiday dinners, most of them involving turkey or ham. But if you’re craving something a little different, you might want to wrangle an invitation to Andy Jans’ West Knoxville home. Jans is the former food and beverage manager at Club LeConte, but that’s not where he got most of his cooking experience. He learned at home, helping his widowed Dad prepare meals for Andy and his three older brothers – “thousands and thousands of meals,” Jans says with a laugh. “We spent a lot of time in the kitchen.”

his hometown of St. Louis and headed to UT, where he got a degree in hotel and restaurant management in 1994. Jan says he also learned a lot about cooking from Seth Simmerman who was chef at Club LeConte for many years and now owns Echo Bistro and Wine Bar in Bearden. “Seth taught me a lot about the business of cooking,” Jans says. Jans left Club LeConte a few years back and got into the mortgage business. Now he’s studying to become a certified real estate appraiser, but he still cooks and will use just about any excuse to have friends in to eat his culinary offerings, whether it’s an elegant sit-down dinner or just snacks while watching a game on TV. Prime rib was the main course for Christmas dinner last year at Jans’ house. “I was a wreck,” he says. “Here Andy Jans prepares appetizers for guests. Photo by T. Edwards I had a $100 piece of meat and 10 or 12 people counting on me. It can be a Jans says his Dad was his role model ration in the kitchen – so much so that little nerve wracking.” in many ways and definitely an inspi- when it was time for college, Jans left So what did he do with that pricey

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