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Meet Mark Shipley Mark Shipley is always on the run. In his job as interim community development director for the town of Farragut, there is a lot of ground to cover, so moving quickly through his day is to be expected. But Mark doesn’t slow down during his free time either.

With the temperatures outside dropping lower and lower, Cool Sports: Home of the Icearium and the town of Farragut decided to embrace the experience with a special event. Saturday, Jan. 18, was the day to beat the winter blues, shake off cabin fever and celebrate National Skating Month with Farragut Skate Date. Read Farragut Faces on A-3

No tax increase Victor Ashe got County Mayor Tim Burchett’s take on taxes, and he also forecasts upcoming political races. Ashe talks about former state Sen. Bill Owen and the challenge for leadership in the Democratic Party between Owen and former commissioner Mark Harmon.

January 27, 2014

Baksa enters FHS Hall of Fame full speed ahead By Stefan Cooper The wins were great. But it is the friendships made and fighting back when the wins didn’t come easy that he remembers more often, says Andy Baksa. The former Farragut Admiral dominated distance racing in Tennessee in both cross-country and track and field at the turn of the millennium. He’ll be part of the second class inducted into the new Farragut High School Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the high school on Saturday, Feb. 1. “It’s a big honor to have that bestowed upon me,” he says. Joining Baksa in the Class of 2014 will be former Admirals Pete Billingsley (1972, basketball), Jerry Cannon (1967-1988, basketball coach), Dr. Jenny McGrath Weaver (1988, swimming), Marvena Venus Almond Ruddy (1991, track and basketball), Michael McKenry (2003, baseball), Scott McKenzie (19802010, track and field and golf coach) and Jessi Miller Metcalf (2000, volleyball). Knoxville attorney and former Tennessee hall of fame defensive back Tim Priest is the featured guest speaker, with the 1982 Farragut baseball and softball

says. “I probably didn’t put myself in a position to succeed with my training. I said, ‘I’ve got to get this together.’” Finishing with a flourish his senior season, Baksa reclaimed the state crossJessica and Andy country title in 2001, addBaksa, with Griffin ing the 3200-meter crown on the track the following spring. The wins are something state championship teams school career at Farragut state meet in 2001. you never forget, Baksa, a to be honored. Doug Horne in 1998 with a state crossHaving the cross-coun- 29-year-old physical therwill be presented with the country championship his try title wrested from his apist at Results PhysioAthletic Service Award. freshman season. After a grasp in 1999 and 2000 therapy in Maryville, says. Ceremonies in the runner up finish in 2000, supplied the fuel for 2001’s “Definitely the highlight school’s commons area be- the versatile Admiral tacked championship on the track, gin at 6 p.m. on a state championship at Baksa says. To page A-3 “That was tough,” he Baksa opened his high 1600 meters at the TSSAA

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Farragut Beer Board fines two By Sandra Clark The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, sitting as the town’s Beer Board, issued fines to two businesses accused of selling beer to minors. Dixie Lee Shell was fined $500 for a first offense, and Farragut Market was fined $1,000 for a second offense. The first was in 2010. Alderman Ron Honken chairs the Beer Board, which also approved on-premise beer permits for Taco Boy, 747 N. Campbell Station Road, and China Pearl, 115 Brooklawn Street. China Pearl has new owners. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, led by

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In a 9-minute meeting, the BOMA adopted Town Administrator David Smoak’s recommendation to contract with Retail Marketing Services of Birmingham for $25,500 annually to promote the town to potential retailers. Honken said strong retail (sales tax) reduces the need for a local property tax. After the meeting Mayor Ralph McGill called for an open forum. A resident asked how she could be annexed into Farragut. McGill said the legislature put a 2-year moratorium on annexation and has decreed no more new cities.

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Captain Allen “Wolfie” May, sent an under-aged buyer to attempt to buy beer at 26 Farragut establishments on Dec. 12. Only at Farrgut Market and Dixie Lee Shell was the beer purchased. Twenty-four establishments that refused to sell to the minor were: Dadu’s Shell, Favorite Market 3706, Petro Truck Stop, Knoxville Auto Truck Plaza, Rocky Top 929, Pilot 107, Walgreens, CVS, Ingles 91, Fresh Market, Kroger 686, Kingston Pike BP, Kenjo’s Market 36, Pilot 221, Walgreens 5053, Westland Market, Ebenezer Food Mart and Weigels stores 44, 56, 70, 38, 57, 14 and 52.

Knox County Commission will vote today (Jan. 27) on whether to amend the zoning ordinance to allow retail sales in agricultural zones with certain restrictions. Adoption would enable the John Deere Nursery on Lovell Road to continuing operating in an agricultural zone. Property owner Jim McClain, who ran a nursery there for years before leasing the land to John Deere in 1996, had requested com-

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If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I am not enjoying the aches and pains of getting older.

What is your passion? Ultramarathon trail running, on- and off-trail hiking, long distance road cycling and poetry.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? Henry David Thoreau. I enjoy his appreciation of all living creatures, including people. Everything here on earth was put here for a purpose, and everything has value. I like the way he thought about the world around us. Thoreau was very forward thinking.

Mark Shipley

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

Mark Shipley is always on the run. In his job as interim community development director for the town of Farragut, there is a lot of ground to cover, so moving quickly through his day is to be expected. But Mark doesn’t slow down during his free time either. There is nothing the Greeneville, Tenn., native likes better than to be in the mountains, surrounded by the beauty and serenity of the scenery along the Great Smoky Mountains hiking trails. That scenery, however, is enjoyed at a fast pace. Mark is a trail runner, and when he is enjoying the great outdoors, he’s doing it fast. The University of Tennessee brought Mark to Knoxville, and he got his undergraduate degree in political science and public administration. His master’s in planning is from Virginia Tech. He has been with the town of Farragut since 1998 and was named interim community development director in August. “I have always been in planning and codes enforcement, and that is what I enjoy,” says Mark. “I believe this department gives the residents of Farragut good value and a lot of bang for the buck. In spite of what you sometimes hear, we have good relationships with most of the development community, and they understand what we are trying to do for the town of Farragut. There is an approved plan and vision for this community, and this department is responsible, making sure we stick to it.” His love of the outdoors came early. “Even as a child, I was always out in the woods, bringing home snakes and climbing around the rocks and trails. We lived only a few miles from the Appalachian Trail, so it was a great area to explore.” Running came later, and Mark discovered that jogging and running on pavement just didn’t suit him. “My body just isn’t set up to run on pavement,” he said, with a laugh. “It is just too jarring.” Trail running developed over the years, says Mark, an outgrowth of hiking and off-trail explorations and rock climbing. “I have been trail running for about 20 years now. I am not a fast runner or even a particularly good runner, but I enjoy it. It fits our lifestyle because you cover more area in a shorter time. A downside is that you don’t get to spend as much time on the trails.” There is usually time for self-discovery during trail runs, especially the longer runs. “You learn a lot about yourself every time you do a really long outing. I like the

challenge because it is not easy to do. You have to push yourself and be ready to deal with a little pain and suffering.” His wife, Heather, keeps him rooted with some time spent doing “normal” hiking. “We met through the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, and she loves hiking but doesn’t do the crazy stuff. We will take some enjoyable hikes together on the weekends. During the week, I do shorter runs, sometimes with friends.” Camping is rare for the Shipleys. “We do more day trips than we do camping trips,” says Mark. Sitting around the campfire just isn’t his speed. Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Mark Shipley.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?

My grandparents. Both my grandparents and parents had a really good work ethic. They were Greene County farmers, and they made their living off hard work. That stuck with me. My maternal grandparents, especially, showed me how to be tough, work hard but also be kind and compassionate. My grandfather was one of those people who would give his last dollar to help someone.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Swimming

What is the best present you ever received in a box? The keys to a motorcycle my parents bought me when I was a kid.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? She told me to always do my best and to be kind to others.

What is your social media of choice?

“I’m not a smart man... but I know what love is.” From “Forrest Gump”

I’m not a Facebook or Twitter person. I enjoy the solitude, beauty and challenges of a long solo run in the mountains.

What are you guilty of?

What is the worst job you have ever had?

I love coffee and the rush from endorphins.

Picking up rocks during summer work at a golf course.

What is your favorite material possession?

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

My 15-year-old pickup truck

What are you reading currently?

I enjoy the Bugs Bunny cartoons. Bugs has a real dry sense of humor.

A biography about John Muir

What was your most embarrassing moment?

What irritates you?

On my second or third date with Heather, we were biking on the Virginia Creeper trails. I couldn’t get my feet unclipped from my clipless pedals when we came to a stop and just fell over on my bike. Not cool.

Narrow-minded people who try to judge others, and people who try to be something they’re not.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

The top of Bridgemore subdivision off McFee Road. Circle up to the top and look at the view.

I would like to trail run the John Muir Trail and the Goat Rocks Wilderness portions of the Pacific Crest Trail, bicycle the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and complete a rim-to-rim-to-rim trail run of the Grand Canyon, which I hope to do next October.

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

What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? What is your greatest fear? Losing my parents.

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The wall is the beginner’s friend, as demonstrated by Claire Shields and Addison Owen. Sisters Sabrina and Annabelle Garcia take a break from the ice.

Warmer on ice …

Dad Brad Keaser provides a safety net for Krislyn as she learns how to ice skate. Krislyn is 2 years old. Photos by Justin Acuff

With the temperatures outside dropping lower and lower, Cool Sports: Home of the Icearium and the town of Farragut decided to em-

Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES brace the experience with a special event. Saturday, Jan. 18, was the day to beat Friends, from left, Savannah Miller, Tori Schuiten, Marcos Serrato and Jonathan Gonzalez, enjoy the winter blues, shake off cabin fever and celebrate a day on the ice. National Skating Month with Farragut Skate Date. The afternoon event included a special on skating and skate rentals as well as free ice skating lessons. The town gave the first 150 participants a Farragut gift bag and door prizes were given away during the skate. While the Skate Date emphasized fun and fellowship, the event was part of the town’s Let’s Move! initiative dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

Hannah and Sarah Swalley chose Farragut’s Skate Date at the Icearium as a great place to celebrate Hannah’s birthday.

Baksa

From page A-1

was freshman year when I won state in cross-country,” Baksa says. “I didn’t have a clue. I was just a dumb 14 year old.” It’s helping the Admirals to a pair of state championships in cross-country and track and field where the best memories were made, Baksa says. “The best part of high school running was my teammates,” he says. “There’s nothing more comforting at that level than being on the start line with guys you’ve trained with. They are still my best friends.” An eight-time All-State selection, Baksa concluded his Admiral career as the school record holder at 1600 and 3200 meters. After two seasons at Belmont University in Nashville, Baksa finished his collegiate career at UT. Still among the leaders in area distance racing, Baksa was the first American to cross the line at 2010 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. Kenyan native and Atlanta resident Geoffrey Kiprotich won in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds, with Baksa finishing just 33 seconds back at 2:23:56. Baksa hasn’t ruled out taking one last run at making the cut for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon. “In the back of my mind, I have one more good push,” he says. “I just enjoy being a part of the running community in Knoxville. Seeing others better themselves is just as exciting.” Tickets for the Farragut Hall of Fame ceremony are $25, with tables available for $200. Info: Farragut athletic director Seth Smith at seth.smith@knoxschools.org or call 966-9775.

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government Burchett pledges no new taxes Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says “no way” will he recommend a property tax increase for county residents this year.

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“The economy is not picking up as much as people hoped. Now is not the time to put additional burdens on hard-working men and women of Knox County,” Burchett explained. He said he’s proud that his administration added $40 million to county schools without a tax hike over his three years in office. Burchett is cruising to re-election without an opponent in either the May Republican primary or August general election. His popularity is strong and a high turnout is expected at his Feb. 18 fundraiser. ■ Ed Shouse, who serves in an at-large position on county commission, says he would vote against a property tax increase if one is offered by anyone this year. Shouse is a candidate for trustee in the May Republican primary. ■ The new homelessness plan announced by Mayor Rogero is well intended but slim on cost figures, as pointed out by council member Marshall Stair. In fact, there is nothing to indicate what the cost will be. No matter how laudatory the goal of ending homelessness may be (and it is), it is impossible to render an intelligent opinion without a budget. This program hit troubled waters four years ago when Lakeshore Park was included for public housing and many voiced opposition. City parks were not created to be sites for camping or housing. There is little chance the city would renew the housing at Lakeshore Park. This is a city-only plan for now with the county not

involved, although homelessness is in Knox County as well as Knoxville. ■ Bill Owen, longtime member of the state and national Democratic committees, is seeking another term on the state committee, the election for which will be held in August 2014 for both Republicans and Democrats. Owen has served 20 years. He is the only Democrat to serve in the state senate from Knox County in the past 50 years. Owen will be opposed by Mark Harmon, a UT professor and former county commissioner. This contest in the August Democratic primary will be hot and heavy among few voters. One would have to go back to the contest between the late Harry Asquith and now-Judge Charles Susano for the same position to find a race which will generate similar interest among hard-core Democrats. Susano was the challenger then and he prevailed. Susano is seeking another term on the Tennessee Court of Appeals this August. ■ Sylvia Woods, 72 (with a birthday coming on Jan. 30), is also taking out a petition for re-election to the state executive committee. She lives in South Knoxville and has also been on the state Democratic committee for over 20 years, along with her late husband, Harold, who passed away last week. Harold Woods was a stalwart of the Democratic Party and a strong community activist who backed United Way for many years. His strong voice for labor, South Knoxville and the community will be missed. ■ The Ashe Henderson Lecture series at Carson-Newman University starts tomorrow, Jan. 28, with evening services open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City. Dr. Joseph Kim and Dr. Billy Kim, father and son from South Korea, will speak.

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Norman wants ‘fair shake’ for teachers Last week, Tony Norman pulled a discussion item off Knox County Commission’s work session agenda and rescheduled it for today’s (Jan. 27) commission meeting, requesting that it be heard late enough for those most affected – Knox County teachers – to get downtown after school.

Betty Bean He took exception to Sam McKenzie’s suggestion that his language – “Discussion regarding teachers’ revolt and superintendent’s contract” – was overblown. After the meeting, he defended his choice of words. “It absolutely is a revolt,” said Norman, who taught ecology, biology and environmental science at Farragut and West high schools for 30 years. “You don’t understand just how docile teachers are. This is not only way outside their comfort zone, it’s historic. Nothing

like this has ever happened here before.” Norman will leave the commission when his second term ends in September. He was still teaching when he was elected in 2006, but retired in 2008 (the same year Superintendent James McIntyre was hired) and has established himself as a relentless critic of the school system. When he made a successful run for commission chair in 2012, school board members lobbied against him, privately complaining that he has a grudge against McIntyre. So does he? Norman says “a taste” of the high-pressure environment the superintendent brought to Knox County was enough to prompt him to take early retirement. “I was subjected to just a very modest degree of the kind of stuff that teachers have right now. “People told me when I got elected, ‘Watch out. Things are going to change for you.’ And I felt it.” Norman backs the teachers in their opposition to “this data collection mo-

rass” of high-stakes testing and excessive evaluations and is unimpressed by the modest concessions McIntyre is offering teachers as a remedy. “I talked personally to McIntyre about these same issues when he got here. These ‘concessions’ infuriate me because teachers have been telling the administration about these things for years. “Think about all the stress this has caused, all the psychologists and gastroenterologists who have been busy because of the BS this idiot has imposed on his employees. They’ve made people sick all across this county. And for them to come back and start backpedaling now? Oh, my gosh.” He is likewise unimpressed with the joint commission/school board working group, of which McKenzie is a member and which Norman calls “the Kumbaya Committee.” He believes McIntyre’s staff attempted to intimidate teachers who attended the Dec. 9 school board

Tony Norman meeting to speak against McIntyre’s contract extension. “That $900,000 PR department at the AJ (the Andrew Johnson Building, where KCS administration is housed) did its job. They filled up the first three rows with principals and shoved the teachers out into the outer lobby. They’re good, and they’ll sabotage this (Monday) meeting, too, in some way, if they can.” Norman doesn’t know how many teachers will show up, but he means to see that they get a fair shake.

Jenkins touts broad, deep experience By Jake Mabe Ray Hal Jenkins says that if anybody thinks he believes he has a sense of entitlement to be Division I Knox County Circuit Court judge, he sure took a circuitous route. The Jenkins family is a familiar one indeed. His dad and grandfather were longtime Knoxville lawyers. Daddy Ray Lee was a Knox County Criminal Court judge for 25 years. Ray majored in computer science and math at Tennessee Tech. He was a weapons system analyst/ programmer for the Navy for three years then went to Winchester, Tenn., to manage a data center for the Air Force. While doing so, he drove to Nashville nightly to earn a law degree at the Nashville School of Law. He then went to work in the late ’90s for the Internet company Edge.net. The business was eventually sold. Ray became chief operating officer and general counsel for a company that developed software to configure windows, doors and special orders for companies like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Andersen Windows. And he began practicing law and consulting on tech projects for Computer Sciences Corporation, handling legal implications for the U.S. Army and NASA. He helped modernize the judicial system in San Diego. He says this experience sets him apart from his announced competition, Kristi

Davis and Billy Stokes. “I’m more than just a trial lawyer.” Jenkins says he’d help the clerk modernize the office. “While it’s public record, the Circuit Court is a mystery to 98 percent of the public. They’ve done a great job of putting dockets online, but nothing else. The federal courts have done a lot to digitize the system, pleadings and allowing you to file online. I have that hands-on experience.” Jenkins, who has been practicing law for 16 years, says he takes “whatever comes in the door,” giving a nod to Ray Lee and grandpa Erby, who were what he calls “the last of the generalists. “I’ve been everything from a corporate attorney to a country lawyer.” Like Stokes, Jenkins is a former Knox County GOP chair. He says he had the

Ray Hal Jenkins “best job in the county” for four years. “My two main jobs were to raise money and elect Republicans. There wasn’t much interparty squabbling, and while I certainly can’t take credit for it, I like to think my management style helped.” He says that style will help him on the bench. “A judge needs to al-

low lawyers to try cases but maintain control of the courtroom.” And, given his business experience, Jenkins adds, “I’ve dealt with intellectual property issues, negotiated deals, and been a transactional attorney, drawing contracts so you don’t end up in court. I understand things from the litigants’ standpoint. Lawyers are paid to be in court; litigants don’t want to be there. My experience is broad and deep.” His campaign kickoff is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Crowne Plaza downtown. Last week, I said Stokes is familiar. So is Jenkins. His father won a tough race once thanks to organization and name recognition. Don’t count out his son. Republican elephants don’t forget. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at jakemabe.blogspot.com.

Ahoy, mateys! Sixth District Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee representatives Ted Hatfield and Sally Absher speak about their responsibilities to the Halls Republican Club last week at the Boys & Girls Club of Halls/Powell. Hatfield says the eye patch is to help cure a lazy eye, not his bid to replace Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Hatfield is running for re-election. Absher is running for the Knox County school board. Photo by Jake Mabe

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Shopper news • JANUARY 27, 2014 • A-5 urdays watching Clemson on TV, or going to games there,â€? said Brian Butcher. “Andrew grew up a Clemson fan. He dreamed of playing at Clemson the way I dreamed of playing at UT.â€? College football recruiting has intensified. The pace is much quicker. Coaches spot young talent and offer scholarships far in advance of signing time. Prep prospects identify their future school and commit earlier than ever. The Butchers discovered Clemson had offered scholarships to 10 or more future Kathleen, Andrew and Brian Butcher Photo submitted defensive ends but hadn’t said peep to Andrew. Butch Jones, in pursuit Vikings. The Clemson years Kathleen have a son, An- of quarterback Josh Dobbs drew, high school junior in at Alpharetta, couldn’t miss were magical. Alpharetta, Ga., defensive Butcher. He was impressed. Tennessee? “Like the Garth Brooks end, 6-4 and 230, four-star He offered. Andrew visited. song says, sometimes I prospect on his way toward He noted there were Butchthank God for unanswered all-world. ers all around. “For the last 15 years, we prayers.â€? Twenty-eight months beFast forward: Brian and have spent our football Sat- fore he can suit up for the

Roots and recruiting Recruiting is about rela- the link with the Volunteers tionships. Roots are some- was never broken. times relevant. “My dad took me to at least one Tennessee game a year during this time, and it was bigger than Christmas. I remember the teams from Marvin the late 1960s and early 70s – Steve Kiner, Jackie Walker, West Bobby Scott, Curt Watson, Jamie Rotella, and then, later, Condredge Holloway, The legendary Jesse Larry Seivers, Andy Spiva, Butcher, a long-ago land- Stanley Morgan and that mark in Gibbs, Halls and at group. They were my heroes.� flea markets, a direct link This limb off the Butcher to watermelons, beagles tree took root in the Atlanta and the trading of pocket area. After the Air Force, knives, was at different the father worked for Delta. times a gentleman farmer, a “A piece of artificial turf game and fish officer and an from Shields-Watkins Field auto salesperson. was in our basement,� said He was always a Tennes- Brian Butcher. “I would lay see football fan. It ran in on it and dream of playing the family. Generations of for UT.� Butchers were orange. John Majors became Allen Butcher, son of the new coach. He said he Jesse and Roxine, sold pro- wanted players whose blood grams at the stadium in the ran orange. Brian thought 1950s. He always wore or- he would be a perfect fit. He ange socks on game day. was one heck of a football Somewhere in a closet player, 6-5 and 200. are home movies of a trip to “Surely he’d want me, Jacksonville to see Tennessee right?� versus Syracuse in the Gator Roots be damned, TenBowl. Maybe you remember nessee never sent the first what happened to Floyd Lit- recruiting letter. Other tle and Larry Csonka. schools offered scholarships. Allen Butcher was finish- Brian signed with Clemson. ing up at UT when son Brian Three times the Tigers won was born at UT hospital. The ACC titles. He got a national father became a military championship ring in ’81. man and the family moved He met and married Kathall around but the son says leen. He was drafted by the

You mean they can’t bomb Syria? Turns out Knox County Chris Caldwell said he and Commission can’t attack city finance director Jim York recommend deferring Syria after all. a decision awaiting a clarification of state law about handicapped parking. He added that the number of county handicapped parkJake ing passes has dropped Mabe from 130 to 60. “I can’t tell you why. I have an idea, but I won’t say.â€? Hmm ‌ Chair Brad Anders Norman asked the godropped that bomb during ing full-time rate for county Commission’s workshop last employees at the Dwight week, joking about discus- Kessel Garage ($30). sions held in the past over “The city has said emissues the body can’t con- ployees can park at the Colitrol. This was in response seum for free and take the to Sam McKenzie’s concern trolley,â€? Caldwell said. about the delay between the Hammond asked if Comtime discussion items make mission could discuss the the news until the commis- issue in August, rather than sion meets. September, which Caldwell “There should be a vet- initially suggested, “Beting process,â€? McKenzie cause some of us won’t be said. “If I brought up an is- here in September.â€? sue that is racially charged, Brown asked if a parking that could be insensitive.â€? committee should be desigMcKenzie was concerned nated. about Tony Norman’s re“PBA has a mind-set that quest to discuss the so- this is just a rate issue more called “teacher revolt.â€? than a city/county issue,â€? Norman delayed a dis- Caldwell said. cussion on it and school Some think it’s a “the Superintendent Jim Mc- public should park thereâ€? Intyre’s contract until 4:30 issue. But, that’s another p.m. today (Monday, Jan. story for another day. 27), so teachers can attend. Sales tax collection “What teachers have is down in the county, done is historic and worthy Caldwell said, and the curof attention.â€? rent property tax collection Rick Briggs wants to is up 2 percent from the make sure the commis- 2013 total collection/assesssion doesn’t cross over into ment. school board policy. Mike The unassigned fund balBrown says such discussion ance grew from $44.2 milis important and appropri- lion to $51.4 million. ate. McKenzie said he didn’t Debt service numwant to stifle discussion; bers went down to $631 he’s just worried about in- million from $669 million, flammatory language and $374.4 million of which is the commission’s response Knox County government time. and $257.1 million of which Anders said the issue is Knox County Schools, will be discussed at an up- “with the caveat that the coming commisison/school first number includes Powboard retreat. ell Middle School and HarWonder if anybody will din Valley Academy updrop any bombs there, since grades,â€? which the county Syria’s off limits? funded, Caldwell said. Postponed until AuJim McIntyre said the gust is a vote on parking school system’s total revrates for employees in the enues/expenditures is $158 PBA-run parking garage un- million, “slightly behind in der the City County Build- percentage,â€? 38 percent vering. sus 39 percent. Both city and county are Commission meets at looking at the rates ($60/ 1:45 p.m. today (Monday, month full-time rate, $30/ Jan. 27) in the Main Assemmonth part-time). bly Room at the City County County finance director Building.

Volunteers, Andrew decided Tennessee was the perfect place for him. He was the second commitment for the class of 2015. “It’s almost surreal how the twists of fate work out sometimes,� said Brian Butcher. “The ties of the Butcher family to Tennessee skipped one generation – mine.� Memories, connections, roots? There are a hundred Jesse Butcher stories. Andrew’s life support system will include Uncle Bud Gilbert, Knoxville attorney, Aunt Vickie and Uncle Buddy in Farragut, Uncle Evan in Maryville, Aunt Betsy and Uncle Charles in Lenoir City and grandpa Allen way over in Murfreesboro. Clemson? It might be appropriate to sing another verse about unanswered prayers.  Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero.com

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A little boy has an unusual companion in Kelly Hider’s mixed-media work “Doubting Daisy.”

Artist Kelly Hider poses with her mixed-media piece “Pigtail.”

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Kelly Hider’s “The Flower Sermon” was influenced by Star Trek “transporter room” imagery.

Beautiful and strange There’s something mesmerizing about artist Kelly Hider’s work. Her sumptuous mixed-media pieces incorporate photographs, gilded paint, sequins, rhinestones and handmade jeweled toys. Cherub-cheeked children are often her subjects. And yet there’s something disturbing there, too. Something difficult to put one’s finger on. As the artist herself says, “You’re not sure.” Hider holds several degrees in painting and drawing, including an MFA from UT’s School of Art and Architecture, but she’s been fascinated with photography and mixed media for about 10 years. Her unique approach is grounded in her childhood, spent in an exceptional house. “Built in the late 1700s, the house I grew up in was haunted,” she says on her website. “As young children my sister and I talked to ghosts unconcerned, yet were tormented by them as older, more aware teenagers. Compounding this fear was the absence of religion

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Carol’s Corner or faith in our upbringing, leaving me with personal questions and searching.” Hider spoke about her newest works at a recent “Time Well Spent” lecture for the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. Her latest series, “Presence,” was featured in the Blackberry Farm Gallery at Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville last September. The beauty of Hider’s work is immediately evident. Colors are saturated and vivid, tableaus are engaging and mysterious. Objects and backgrounds occasionally appear out of proportion, giving a sense of other worldliness. But if you spend time with these pieces, you’ll start to notice that the

children in them are surrounded by unusual, often threatening imagery. One little boy has a twin made of black rhinestones. Another work, “The Flower Sermon,” shows a little girl delighted with a bauble, while a specter of brilliantly colored stones floats to her left. Is it a guardian? Does it mean her harm? Or is it something else entirely? Hider revels in the ambiguity. It’s at the core of her art. She calls her photographic work “constructed imagery.” Her influences range from painter Robert Rauschenberg to paper artist T. Demand to popculture phenomenon Peewee Herman. “His house is enchanted,” she says of the latter. “It’s over the top. Everything talks. Some of the elements – like the talking floor – are a bit ominous. But the darker themes are balanced out by humor.” Another new series, “Bury Me in the Garden,” uses 300 old photos that Hider found in a secondhand store. They depict scenes from a couple’s life in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Hider was touched by the fact that the pictures were unwanted. She decided to use them as a way of honoring the people in them. She calls the collection, made for her MFA the-

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In this kind of work, she’s influenced by John Stezaker and Christian Holstad, both of whom manipulate print media to create their art. In addition, she is creative with the framing, using three different types: white gallery frames, found thrift-store frames and her own homemade dried-macaroni frames, spray-painted gold. Gluing different pasta shapes onto wood bases,

Hider replicates rich gilded “art gallery” frames so well that the viewer has to get up close to see what’s actually there. “I’m poking fun at high art,” she admits with a laugh. You can view the fascinating work of this young artist and learn of her upcoming exhibitions at www. kellyhider.com. Send story suggestions to news@ShopperNewsNow.com

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Footprints in the snow And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30: 21) He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6: 8) O, be careful, little feet, where you go. (Sunday school song)

Jaime Goldenberg, Emory Quince and Rita Holloway of the Church at Knoxville, which aims for a multi-ethnic, multi-generational membership. Photo by Wendy Smith

What heaven looks like By Wendy Smith There’s no white steeple or even a permanent sign to direct people to the Church at Knoxville. In spite of this, the church is growing and may be looking for larger quarters by the end of the year. Staff members place yellow flags at the intersection of Rocky Hill Road and Northshore Drive on Sunday mornings so visitors can find the church, located behind Butler & Bailey Market in Rocky Hill Shopping Center. The growth is because of the church’s emphasis on a multi-ethnic, multigenerational membership, and that’s important, says administrative assistant and elder Rita Holloway, because that’s what heaven will look like. The focus is also unusual, even for the church leaders. Emory Quince, worship and

student pastor, grew up in East Knoxville and didn’t experience worship with white Christians until he was a student at CarsonNewman College. It’s not racist, he says, but it reflects prejudice against people and churches that are different. “We need to break that,” he says. Quince has a unique perspective on Knoxville’s racial divide. He attended public school until middle school when he received a scholarship to attend Webb School of Knoxville. While he had a positive experience at Webb, he didn’t always fit in, and his East Knoxville friends shunned him for spending time in West Knoxville. He now thinks God was preparing him to work with a multi-ethnic church. The congregation, originally called Mountain Ridge

Church, was founded several years ago by Cory Hardesty. It met at several locations before putting down roots in Rocky Hill Shopping Center. Pastor Jaime Goldenberg and his wife, Sandra, joined the congregation in 2009. Quince loves the authenticity of the congregation. Church is not a show, and members don’t judge each other by externals like clothes or socioeconomic status. Holloway agrees, and says the sanctuary is like a living room – a place to open up and to teach. “There are special things happening in this house,” Quince says. The congregation kicked off the year with 21 days of fasting and prayer. While many adults are participating in the Daniel Fast – a partial fast that includes fruits and vegetables – others are opting to take

a break from electronics, sweets or activities that are a distraction from spiritual disciplines. Quince says he can see a difference in the congregation after a corporate fast, especially in the youth. While observation of the fast is optional, Holloway estimates that 70 to 80 percent of members are participating. The fast will end with a Mega Prayer and Worship Night on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Last weekend, the church hosted a Faith for Families seminar featuring Joe McGee of Tulsa, Okla. Quince has seen a rise in families dealing with problems, and the seminar was intended to benefit the community as well as church members. Worship services are at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Sundays. Smaller groups, called Connect groups, meet throughout the week.

Teaching teachers By Cindy Taylor

CC student Nate Thomas learns about tone and vibration by attaching a spoon to string held in his ears and swinging the spoon against various objects.

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What if you could attend school but never had to leave all of your family? Or what if they came, too? Home schooling has really caught on in the past two decades. As it grows in popularity it grows in services as well. Classical Conversations (CC) in North Knoxville is an

option that includes in-home studies as well as a way to connect families with others who home-school using the classical model. Andrea Thomas is the foundations and essentials director for the CC North Knox campus. “CC offers education within the framework of a biblical

This is going to seem like WTMI (Way Too Much Information), but stay with me. There is a lesson here. I have calluses on my right foot. None on my left. Go figure. The problem started when I was a freshman at the University of Tennessee. It was summer school, and I was walking to class, uphill and down, day after day. I was wearing sandals (like everyone else), and my right sandal never seemed to stay straight on my foot. I would tighten it, adjust it, straighten it, but it would be crooked again after a few steps. I soon developed blisters, which turned into calluses. I have walked in the sand on beaches (which offer a natural and gentle pumice stone effect), have used actual pumice stones, creams, lotions, files, etc. The calluses remain. Then one snowy day, a couple of years ago, I walked out of the church where I was working and down the sidewalk. For some reason, in an excess of responsibility, I turned around and went back to the door to make sure it had locked properly. When I turned again to walk down the sidewalk, I noticed my footprints. I was stunned. My left footprints were absolutely straight. My right footprints were angled out, to the right. I stood there, looking at my path, having learned something new about myself, at this late date. It was only later that I understood. I put two and two together

worldview. Our mission is to know God and make Him known,” said Thomas. “CC offers Parent Practicums to equip parents with the tools they need to be effective classical, Christian educators in their own homes. We hold seminars where parents study particular subjects and the classical method in depth.”

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and came up with a hundred and fifty: I walk funny; that is why I have calluses only on one foot. There is, however, a larger lesson here. The way we walk influences who we are. The way we walk shapes us (like my feet), changes us, molds us. Our walk in life is made up of hundreds of footsteps – small decisions, spoken words that are helpful or hurtful, acts of kindness or sins of omission. It was Abraham Lincoln who said that every man over the age of 40 is responsible for his face. His own face was a testament to the truth of his statement: the craggy sadness of his countenance was the product of a difficult marriage, the awful loss of a beloved child, the weight of the presidency and the horror of a Civil War. The same is true of our feet, I think, as well as our souls, our spirits. We are callused or soft; we grow or are stunted; we give or take; we love or hate; we forgive or become the carcass at our own dreadful feast. The prophet Micah got it right, offering perhaps the best advice in all of scripture: “do justice, love kindness and … walk humbly with your God.”

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Farragut High School senior Madison Brown won best in ceramics, senior Grace Khalsa won best in show and junior Kelsey Camp won best in her grade. Photo by N.

Critter story time … with animals, too

For families who might think the Knoxville Zoo is only fun in warm weather, check out StoryTime at the Zoo, held in the log cabin where it is nice and warm.

as part of the family, which also includes their share of chores around the house. Info: Adrienne Smith, 240-4144 or www.whhosts. com. ■

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Families with toddlers and preschoolers are invited to stop by each Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. to visit with some of the zoo’s animal residents and hear entertaining stories of their furry friends. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is included with general zoo admission. If you go before March, you can get halfprice admission because of Penguin Discount Days. Regular zoo hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Info: 637-5331, ext. 300 or www. knoxvillezoo.org. ■

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Early Learning Center enrolling

For 5-star treatment for your child, check out UT’s Early Learning Center for Research and Practice, 1206 White Avenue. Open houses will be 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Administrative specialist Marge Alcorn spoke to me recently about the benefits of the ELC. In addition to the center’s natural playground and large outdoor kitchen garden, Chef George Lovell coordinates three meals a day for everyone old enough to eat table food. “All food is prepared on-site,” said Alcorn. Casseroles are a popular menu item and on this particular day, homemade spinach and cheese quesadillas were being served with a side of applesauce. During the open houses, meet staff, tour classrooms and learn more about the center’s curriculum and philosophy. ELC provides full-day educational programs for children from infancy to kindergarten. Enrollment for 2014-2015 kindergarten will be opening soon. Info: 9740843 or http://elc.utk.edu. ■

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By Sara Barrett Farragut High School art students fared well at the 8th annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art exhibition held at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The competition, a collaboration between KMA and the Tennessee Art Education Association, recognizes the talent of students in grades 6-12 from a 20-county region. Scholarships to national art schools totaling $600,000 are awarded to the winners. Farragut High School senior Grace Khalsa’s ceramic boot won best in show and she received a purchase award of $500. Her work will now be a permanent piece of the collection of James Dodson, which is currently on loan to KMA’s education collection. FHS senior Madison Brown won best in ceramics, and junior Kelsey Camp won best in her grade. An awards ceremony was held at the Tennessee Theatre. All three students’ artwork will compete in the Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition this summer in Nashville.

Science Saturdays are back Science Saturdays will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. at West High School on Sutherland Avenue each Saturday through Feb. 15. Students in grades 8-12 can learn about research being conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and stay for hands-on activities related to the research topics. Volunteers are also needed to assist with hands-on activities, and supplies and monetary donations are welcomed. Registration is available online at www.orau.org/sciencesaturdays/registration/students.html. Info: call Julia Abbott, 241-7501 or email Julia.abbott@orau.org.

SCHOOL NOTES Farragut High ■ The FHS Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the commons. Admission is $25 ($30 at the door). ■ Balfour will be on campus during lunches Thursday, Jan. 30, to take cap, gown and announcement orders. This is their final visit.

Grace Khalsa’s ceramic boot won best in show. Photo courtesy of the Knoxville Museum of Art

■ The robotics club collects used printer cartridges and old electronics. They can be labeled “FRC” and dropped off in the main building’s first floor office.

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Scholarship opportunities available East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) has 11 scholarships available for Knox County students for the 2014-2015 school year. Requirements range from financial need to scholastic achievement, and scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors or adults returning to college. Several scholarships are targeted toward students involved in certain extracurricular activities or those who may not display the highest scholastic rankings yet still possess great potential and motivation. Others are geared toward students pursuing a specific field, such as business or nursing. Many of the scholarships have been established to honor the memory of a parent, spouse or child. Others have been founded to honor teachers, coaches or prominent community leaders. Scholarship information and applications are available online at www.easttennesseefoundation.org/receive/ scholarships.aspx. Deadline is March 1.

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Tamir Ilany cozies up on the floor with a book and listens to stories during story time at Lawson McGhee library. Photos by J. Acuff

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Hodge wins Presidential Award By Betty Bean Rocky Hill Elementary School 4th grade teacher A m b e r Hodge has won the Presidential Award in Math and Science Teaching in Tennessee. She was one Amber Hodge of two finalists in Knox County and one of six statewide. One math teacher and one science teacher from each state was selected to win the award. Hodge, a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she got her undergraduate degree, and South Col-

lege, where she received her master’s and her teaching certification, was nominated for the award by her former principal at Annoor Academy, a private Islamic school in West Knoxville where she taught for six years before transferring to Rocky Hill in 2012. To be considered for the award, Hodge was required to fill out a 15-page application detailing a lesson plan for a difficult subject, including information about research, how the plan was received and how it could be improved in the future. Hodge’s sample lesson plan dealt with fractions, the most challenging math skill for 4th and 5th graders. The lesson plan utilized

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iPads, which she says are more engaging for students than pencil and paper. She had previously written a grant to finance the purchase of 10 iPads to be shared by the 25 students in her class. She said that winning the award is a dream come true: “I was awed when I was nominated, elated when I became one of three state finalists, and over the moon when I received notification that I am the national math Karns High School juniors Taylor Davis, Whitley Johnson and Briauna Goodon speak with UT winner for Tennessee. admissions specialist Sara Hopper. About a dozen colleges participated in the mini career fair “I hope the knowledge held recently at the high school. Photos by N. Anderson I gain from this will allow me to become an even better educator so that I can reach as many students as possible and show them that math and science are fun!” Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation outreach specialist Elizabeth Raymond and UT Chattanooga admissions counselor Marc Holcomb answer questions. “It’s never too early to plan for college, but it’s also never too late,” said Raymond. TSAC is a state agency that educates students on ways to pay for college. Raymond says to go for grants first; scholarships second and use loans as a last resort. Also, be sure to apply for every financial aid program.

Career fair encourages big dreams

Points for Karns Middle Karns Middle School PTSA will host a points drive for Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education and Coca-Cola Rewards Thursday, Jan. 30. Students who bring in at least 10 in any combination will get free popcorn with their lunch.

Spelling stars at A.L. Lotts A.L. Lotts Elementary School’s runner up and winner of its annual spelling bee are 5th grader Ainsley Foster and 4th grader Lydia Pulsinelli, respectively. Ainsley will compete in the regional spelling bee in March. Photo submitted

Knox County Schools opens transfer window Knox County Schools is now accepting requests from parents for their children to be transferred to magnet schools and for general transfers for the 2014-2015 school year. The trans-

fer window will be open through 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Transfer applications are available at magnet school locations, and the Transfers and Enrollment Office at the Knox County Schools

Central Office, 912 S. Gay St. After the Feb. 18 closing, the window for both magnet and general transfers will open again May 1-July 1, 2014. Info: choice.knoxschools. org or 594-1502.

Bee champs at Cedar Bluff Cedar Bluff 5th grader Kenan Hall won the school spelling bee recently with the word “perpetuity.” His classmates Jonathan Kelley and Kieran Maben placed second and third, respectively. Photo by S. Barrett

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News from Angelic Ministries Gary Harmon talks about his children’s book. Photo

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Carol Matthews is chairing Ashley Middlebrooks from the April 11 auction for the Jet’s Pizza hosted the Cham- Farragut West Knox Chamber, ber’s networking event. “Once Upon a Time.”

Networking at Jet’s By Sandra Clark It was like old times, to join the Farragut West Knox Chamber for a spirited networking session at Jet’s Pizza in Farragut. Chamber president Bettye Sisco was in rare form, drawing names for door prizes and gigging the attendees who had left early. Door prizes at the session’s end are Bettye’s way of getting everyone to stay until the last crumb has been consumed and the last hand shaken. Jet’s has expanded since I visited for the grand opening. The eat-in and carryout pizza parlor has added a second dining area and bar. The room was packed for the networking event. Ashley Middlebrooks, Jet’s marketing manager, said the square-cornered pizza-maker is expanding in the Knoxville area. In addition to stores in Farragut, Bearden and

Maryville, four new stores are planned. The first will be on Emory Road near Tennova North, the next will be in the East Towne mall area, with others in Lenoir City and Oak Ridge. “Try our new chicken wing sauce,” she said. “It’s a little sweet and a little hot.” Carol Matthews of Ullrich Printing is chairing this year’s auction, entitled “Once Upon a Time.” Set for April 11, the auction is a much-anticipated fundraising extravaganza. Anyone wanting to market their product or service through donations can contact Matthews at 523-0931 or carol@ullrichprinting. com. Sisco said Dr. Bill Bass will speak at a Chamber breakfast Sept. 30. Meanwhile, state TDOT commissioner John Schroer will speak at the group’s next breakfast, Tuesday, March 4, at Fox Den Country Club.

‘Love before you look’ is theme of new children’s book By Anne Hart When Gary Harmon signs copies of his inspiring children’s book, the inscription reminds readers to “Love before you look.” Those words also appear on the final page in the book he has written in an effort to teach children the importance of understanding that while people may look different from them on the outside, it’s only what’s inside that’s important. Speaking to the Rotary Club of West Knoxville, Harmon said the book tells the true story of his daughter’s experience when she was in first grade and attending after-school day care. Some of the children asked that he not pick her up from day care because he looked scary to them. Harmon was born with two fingers on his left hand, no right hand, and wears prostheses in the place of missing feet. The name of the book is “My Daddy Takes His Legs Off” and relates how Harmon got to know the little children one-on-one in or-

der to teach them that he is just like everyone else, even though he looks different from them, and that “different” doesn’t mean frightening. The book is designed to initiate conversation between teachers and children and between parents and children about disabilities and other physical differences. Harmon and his wife, Katherine, have two children. He is a career teacher with Knox County Schools and currently teaches English and history at the Richard Bean Juvenile Servicing Center. He is a University of Tennessee graduate with a master’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University. Harmon is also a motivational speaker and hosts workshops entitled “How to Deal with Different” for businesses that are in contact with the public. He can be reached at harmonspeaks@comcast.net. Rotary Club of West Knoxville meets at noon on Fridays at Bearden Banquet Hall.

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Juanita Winters, the Latin Ministries director for Angelic Ministries, grew up in Los Angeles – her dad was from Mexico, her mom from Texas. She credits a special woman who tutored her in 2nd grade with teaching her the value of a true giving spirit. Juanita spoke Spanish at home, and she is grateful this volunteer taught her how to read and speak English. A lasting impression was made.

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As an adult in L.A., Juanita worked at the Rescue Mission. She and her husband, John, then moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she worked in the Salvation Army’s drug rehabilitation program. The birth of a granddaughter 14 years ago brought her to Knoxville to be closer to her daughter’s family. John is the pastor of missions and outreach at Fellowship Church. Juanita’s family continues to grow. Her daughter and two sons have blessed her with five grandchildren, and she beams as she talks about them. September 11, 2001, left a desire “to do something eternal that had meaning and value.” She closed her Bearden consignment shop and started tutoring Latino Lonsdale Elementary students in English. She also took them to appointments and acted as their liaison. Juanita had a goal – to open a Christian Assisted Living home for people in drug rehab. She wanted to provide counseling and prevent relapse. She says, “God had another plan.” Betsy Frazier came into

the picture. Frazier, founder of Angelic Ministries, and Juanita met at a women’s prayer g r o u p . Juanita says Betsy was like an open book. After Winters hearing the story of Angelic Ministries, Juanita knew this was her calling. Angelic Ministries serves the “working poor,” people who have fallen on hard economic times. Helen Ross McNabb Center, Knoxville Community Action Committee and Volunteer Ministry Center are its primary source of referrals. Juanita’s position is fulltime and without pay. She credits her 2nd grade tutor with inspiring her to be the type of person who “does not discriminate against anyone and serves with dignity and respect.” Volunteers are needed. Juanita says the families who come in just need someone to listen to their stories. Info: www.angelicministries.com or call 5238884.

Current needs ■ Angelic Ministries is collecting items for Easter baskets. Donations of candy, baskets and small toys are needed. Volunteers are also needed to assemble and decorate the baskets. ■ Urgent Needs: All household and hygiene items – Clothing and shoes, especially women’s plus size clothes, men’s pants, size 28-32, and size 3-16 kids’ clothes. ■ Donations can be dropped off Monday through Saturday, 8-4. For help with larger items, drop off Monday-Thursday, 8-3. Info: 1218 N. Central Street (corner of Oklahoma), 865-523-8884.

The Adorable Child to host cash mob ORNL Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a cash mob at The Adorable Child children’s shop in Farragut from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. The first 30 people (limit one per family or couple) will receive a $20 gift card courtesy of the credit union through its Small Business Counts promotion. The store is located at 11416 Kingston Pike. For more than seven years, The Adorable Child and business owners Brad and Judy Hobbs have provided consignment and new children’s clothing, shoes, toys and accessories in Far-

ragut. Last June, Brad and Judy expanded the store’s offerings to include trendy clothing and accessories for young women of all ages, branding a store-within-astore called Beyond Adorable, which is now located on the store’s third (back) level. The Adorable Child is highly supportive of local designers and fabricators, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Online shopping is available 24/7 at www.theadorablechild.com.

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DeRoyal jobs are hot ticket sembly and sterilization By Betty Bean DeRoyal’s beginnings services. Locally, this means jobs go back to 1973 when Pete DeBusk invented, manufac- – stable jobs. The LaFollette tured and patented an orthopedic WHERE plant manufactures surgical proboot. Today, the cedural trays the company and has 144 has 2,000 e mpl o y e e s . employees The Tazewell and 2.5 milplant speciallion square izes in distribution feet under roof and has 230 employwith operations in five states, six countries and ees who work in multiple manufacturing assets on buildings boxing and shipping DeRoyal products. At three continents. DeRoyal the Maynardville plant, 61 m a n u f a c - employees do foam fabritures surgi- cation, laminating, rotary cal devices, die cutting and production u n i t i z e d of the adhesive backing on d e l i v e r y medical devices. “We’re very proud to have systems, or thopedic been a major employer in s u p p o r t s Union County for more than and brac- three decades and have rePete DeBusk ing, wound cently consolidated both care dressings and ortho- our converting and foam pedic implants produced fabrication operations to a by processes including in- previously idle facility in jection molding, device as- Maynardville and maintain sembly, metal fabrication, a substantive presence in converting, electronics as- our orthopedic fabrication

JOBS ARE

DeRoyal president and chief operating officer Bill Pittman (front) in company gym with staff at 2013 American Heart Association kickoff

operation in Union County as well,” said president and chief operating officer Bill Pittman. “We are very happy with the quality of Union County’s workforce and their ability to adapt to more automated manufacturing processes. Our corporate office is ideally situated in Knox County, which provides us with a highlyeducated sales force and ongoing partnership opportunities with local universities, Oak Ridge and other tech companies.” Michael Smith, DeRoyal brand marketing manager, said job openings in Tazewell, LaFollette and Maynardville get snapped up

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quickly. “I talked to the recruiter who handles (those plants), and she said she’ll get a tremendous number of applicants when she posts those openings online,” Smith said. (w w w. d e r o y a l . c o m / careers/currentopenings. aspx) DeRoyal’s benefits package includes medical, dental and vision coverage, long term and short term disability, group life insurance, a 401(k) plan with company match, paid vacation, holiday and personal time off, an employee assistance program, leaves of absence for marriage, bereavement, family medical leave, medical, personal and military plus convenience benefits including an on-site fitness center, aerobics and nutrition classes, on-site dry cleaning pickup and delivery, cafeteria, car wash service and a hair salon.

DeRoyal employee operates a converting machine.

DeRoyal is headquartered in Knox County, off West Beaver Creek Road – on DeBusk Lane, naturally. This campus is the home of Royal Precision Plastics, a turnkey manufacturer of plastic products, including molding and canisters for waste management and DeMedco, a one-stop machine shop that does stateof-the-art welding and metal fabrication. The Powell campus is also home to DeRoyal’s cor-

porate office and some 300 employees. DeRoyal’s slogan, “Improving care. Improving business” is a shorthand way of saying what the business is all about, Smith said. “It sums up our history and our dedication to the economic health of our customer, and our wanting to help them be problem solvers. We take pride in making good decisions and helping our customers with solutions.”

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Hardin Valley Thunder will perform at Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Avenue Campus on Jan. 31.

Spring concert series to debut with bluegrass By Heather Beck Pellissippi State Community College will launch a spring concert series at its Magnolia Avenue Campus on Friday, Jan. 31. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring various musical talents to this campus for our students to enjoy,” said Rosalyn Tillman, the site’s dean. The series is free and open to the community. It kicks off with a performance by Pellissippi State’s bluegrass ensemble, Hardin Valley Thunder, at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The series continues with additional performances presenting a variety of musical genres – likely once per month, for the remainder of spring semester. “The Jan. 31 concert will feature a variety of classic and modern bluegrass tunes. It’ll be an informal, casual performance,” said Larry Vincent, who instructs the college’s Bluegrass Ensemble (MUS 1545) course.

Hardin Valley Thunder is composed of students in the Bluegrass Ensemble class. The group is celebrating its fifth year at Pellissippi State. The class will travel to China in May, performing a number of concerts while there. The study abroad trip is offered through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. TnCIS, which is based at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. More than 425 students and 65 faculty from across Tennessee participated in the summer 2013 study abroad programs organized by TnCIS. There are 18 study abroad programs planned for summer 2014. Info: www.tncis. org or call 539-7280. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. For more information about the campus, visit www.pstcc. edu/magnolia or call 329-3100.

McMurray

April McMurray has joined First State Mortgage as a loan officer based at 710 S. Foothills Plaza Drive in Maryville. With more than nine years of experience in the financial industry, McMurray has worked for New

Penn Financial and US Bank Home Mortgage. First State Mortgage is a division of First State Bank, based in Union City, Tenn. First State has 14 mortgage offices in Tennessee.

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Love your legs again! Premier Vein Clinics offers FREE varicose vein screenings in February If you have unattractive, bulging or painful varicose leg veins, you’re not alone. Nearly 50 percent of adult Americans suffer from venous disease. Varicose veins are the most common condition of venous disease in the legs. The problems associated with varicose and spider veins can be more than just cosmetic. Swollen, burning veins can make it difficult to stand or move comfortably, limiting your mobility and quality of life. Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Standing for long periods of time, or being overweight or pregnant can increase pressure on your leg veins, leading to varicose veins. The condition is often hereditary. Your risk increases as you age and your veins lose elasticity. Fortunately, Premier Vein Clinics’ team of board-certified vascular surgeons specialize in a variety of safe and effective treatments available for vein diseases, ranging from non-invasive cosmetic procedures to more advanced laser treatments. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment in which a solution is injected into large and small spider veins, causing them to collapse and fade away. The procedure is relatively painless and can be performed in less than an hour. The number of injections and treatments needed depends on the size and location of the veins. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure developed in Europe for the treatment of medium to large varicose veins. It is performed through tiny incisions using local anesthetic. This minimally invasive, in-office procedure requires little or no down time and can be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy. Endovenous laser therapy is a nonsurgical treatment for larger veins. Laser energy is delivered through a small incision in the leg to treat the diseased vein. Local anesthetic is applied. The procedure is performed in the office in about an hour. Patients normally resume regular activity within a day.

To help you learn whether you need varicose vein treatment, Premier Vein Clinics is offering free vein screenings through the end of February. The complimentary screenings are by appointment only at the main Premier Vein Clinics office on Papermill Drive, and at select locations in North Knoxville, Downtown Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, and Dandridge. Visit www.premierveinclinics.com or call (865) 588-8229 to register for a free vein screening near you!

A Premier Vein Clinics vascular surgeon used Endovenous Laser Therapy to successfully treat the painful varicose veins in this patient’s leg. Premier Vein Clinics Physicians Donald L. Akers, Jr., MD, FACS William B. Campbell, MD, FACS C. Scott Callicutt, MD, FACS Randal O. Graham, MD, FACS George A. Pliagas, MD, FACS Christopher W. Pollock, MD, FACS Richard M. Young, MD, FACS


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MONDAY, JAN. 27 “Paperboy” lecture and book signing by local author Vince Vawter, 7 p.m., UT College of Communication and Information auditorium. Sponsored by UT Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Free and open to the public. Ossoli Circle meeting, Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. Program, 10:30 a.m.: “Maintaining and Enhancing Community Character,” by Margot Kline, president, Council of West Knox County Homeowners Association; speaker, 11:30 a.m.: Dale Keasling, CEO, Home Federal Bank, “The Pillars of Effective Leadership.” Lunch to follow. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106. Muslim Journeys: Points of View – “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood,” second of five scholar-facilitated reading and discussion program, 6-8 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Tennessee Shines featuring Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin; poet RB Morris, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Hosts: Bob Deck and Paige Travis. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Info: www.WDVX.com. “Adventures in Self-Publishing” with Jody Dyer, 6 p.m., Sequoyah Branch Library, 1140 Southgate Road. Dyer will discuss her experience selfpublishing “The Eye of Adoption: The True Story of My Turbulent Wait for a Baby,” a memoir of the adoption of her second son. Light refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome.

TUESDAY, JAN. 28 Sports Illustrated Sportswriter and Commentator Frank Deford lecture, 630 p.m., King University’s Maclellan Hall dining room, in Bristol. Proceeds to benefit Scholarships and Programs fund for King students. Info/tickets: 423-652-4864 or email jibrown@king.edu. Computer Workshops: Excel 2007, 5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires “Word 2007 Basics” or equivalent skills. To register: 215- 8700. Caregiver Support Group meeting, 11 a.m., Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave. Info: 522-9804.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 Regal Classic Film Series featuring “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” 2 and 7 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd.

THURSDAY, JAN. 30 GriefShare group meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike. Continues meeting every Thursday. Info: care@fellowshipknox.org. Concerts at the Library: Nancy Brennan Strange, 6:30 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Opening reception for “Sight and Feeling: Photographs by Ansel Adams” exhibit, 5-6 p.m. for members only and 6-8 p.m. for the public, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Exhibit runs through May 4. Relay For Life of Metro Knoxville kick-off, Barley’s Tap Room & Pizzeria, 200 E. Jackson Ave. Appetizers and Happy Hour: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; program: 6:30 p.m. Info: Annie Sadler, 603-4727, annie leesadler@gmail.com. Small Business Counts Cash Mob, 5-7 p.m., The Adorable Child, 11416 Kingston Pike. Sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union. Opening reception for Contemporary Focus 2014 exhibit, 5-6 p.m. for members only and 6-8 p.m. for the public, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Featured artists: Jean Hess, Althea Murphy-Price and Jessica Wohl. Exhibit runs through April 6.

Concord UMC gym, 11020 Roane Drive. Hosted by the Farragut Lions Club. Doors open 7:15 p.m.; line dance lesson 7:30. Admission: $5. Info: dancingfriendstn@ yahoo.com.

SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Developing character in fiction workshop, 10 a.m.noon, Stone House, Church of the Savior, 934 N. Weisgarber Road. Instructor: novelist Pamela Schoenewaldt. Cost: $40, $35 for Knoxville Writers’ Guild members. To register: www.knoxvillewritersguild.org or send a check to KWG Workshops, P.O. Box 10326, Knoxville, TN 37939-0326. Chocolatefest Knoxville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Knoxville Expo Center, Clinton Highway. Tickets: $15; VIP Pass: $30. Benefits The Butterfly Fund. Info/tickets: www.chocolatefestknoxville.com; Sugarbakers Cake, Candy & Supplies, 514 Merchants Road. Hector Qirko in concert, 8 p.m., The Laurel Theater, corner of 16th and Laurel Ave. Tickets: http://www. knoxtix.com; 523-7521; at the door. Info: 522-5851 or email concerts@jubileearts.org. Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Beginning Genealogy, 1 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Preregistration, a valid email address and good Internet searching capabilities required. Info/to register: 215-8809. Fifth annual Breaststrokes – Knoxville Paints the TaTas auction and gala cancer fundraising event, 5-10 p.m., the Jewel Building, 525 N. Gay St.

SUNDAY, FEB. 2 Regal Classic Film Series featuring “Groundhog Day,” 2 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd. “A Woman Called Truth” presented by the WordPlayers, 5 p.m., Fourth United Presbyterian, 1323 N. Broadway. Free touring show; no reservations required. Info/full schedule of performances: 539-2490 or www. wordplayers.org. “Souper Bowl Sunday” boot camp-style workout, 1-3 p.m., Adaptive Fitness Warehouse, 4702 Western Ave. Participants should bring five cans of soup or a cash donation to benefit Second Harvest of East Tennessee. Info: www.adaptivefitnesswarehouse.com.

MONDAY, FEB. 3 Tennessee Shines featuring The Howlin’ Brothers and poet Dawn Coppock, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Hosts: Bob Deck and Paige Travis. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www. BrownPaperTickets.com. Info: www.WDVX.com. “A Woman Called Truth” presented by the WordPlayers, 7 p.m., Moses Teen Center, 220 Carrick St. Free touring show; no reservations required. Info/ full schedule of performances: 539-2490 or www. wordplayers.org. Ossoli Circle meeting, Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. Program, 10:30 a.m.: “Foothills Land Conservancy,” by Bill Clabough, Executive Director of the Conservancy. Business meeting, 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106.

TUESDAY, FEB. 4 Caregiver Support Group meeting, 10 a.m.noon, Room E 224, Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Guest speaker: Cindy Cleveland of Wellsprings Senior Living. Info: 675-2835.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, FEB. 5-6 AARP Smart Driver class, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oak Ridge Senior Center, 728 Emory Valley Road, Oak Ridge. Info/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964.

TUESDAYS, FEB. 4-25 Pilates class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Community Room, Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Instructor: Simon Bradbury. Cost: $40. Registration/ payment deadline: Monday, Feb. 3. Info/to register: 966-7057.

TUESDAYS, FEB. 4-MARCH 11 Living Well with Chronic Conditions, 9:30 a.m.noon, Knox County Health Department classroom, 140 Dameron Ave. Free. To register: 215-5170.

ruary featured artists, painter Diana Dee Sarkar and wood-turner Gordon Fowler, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St. Complimentary refreshments and live music performed by Living Room Roots. The exhibit runs through March 2. Info: 525-5265; artmarketgallery.net; facebook.com/Art.Market.Gallery. Opening reception for exhibit by artist Christi Shields, 6-9 p.m., Bliss Home, 29 Market Square. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches. Exhibit will be featured for the month of February. Free Valentine’s Day-themed open house, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tennessee Theatre. House organist Bill Snyder will play the Mighty Wurlitzer; backstage tours; photo-booth available.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8 “Year of the Horse Adult Dance,” a Chinese New Year celebration, 7-9 p.m., Farragut High School commons area. Tickets: $6 per person in advance; $10 per person at the door. Info: 966-7057. Winter Market: an indoor farmers market, 10 a.m.2 p.m., Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 Depot Ave. Hosted by Nourish Knoxville. Info: http://www. marketsquarefarmersmarket.org. The Freight Hoppers Old-Time String Band, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, corner of 16th and Laurel Avenue. Tickets, $14: http://www.knoxtix.com, 523-7521 and at the door. Info: Brent Cantrell or Toby Koosman, 5225851, or email concerts@jubileearts.org. Saturday Stories and Songs: Kindermusik, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Saturday Stories and Songs: Molly Moore, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Recommended for birth to not-yet-walking. Info: 215-8750.

SUNDAY, FEB. 9 Regal Classic Film Series featuring “Sleepless in Seattle,” 2 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd.

MONDAY, FEB. 10 Tennessee Shines featuring Darden Smith and author Jayne Morgan, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Hosts: Bob Deck and Paige Travis. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www.BrownPaper Tickets.com. Info: www.WDVX.com. Muslim Journeys: Point of View – “The House of Stone,” 6-8 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: Mary Pom Claiborne, 215-8767 or mclaiborne@knoxlib.org. All Over the Page: “Fin and Lady” by Cathleen Schine, 6:30 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Facilitated by Suzanne Sherman, School Media Specialist, Hardin Valley Academy. All welcome. Info: 215-8750.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12 Regal Classic Film Series featuring “Sleepless in Seattle,” 2 and 7 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd. “Social Media Marketing for Artists and Creatives” workshop, noon-1 p.m., the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Presented by the Arts & Culture Alliance. Cost: $3 for members; $5 for nonmembers. Info/preregister: 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com/development.html.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, FEB. 12-13 AARP Smart Driver class, 1-5 p.m., Cheyenne Ambulatory Center, 964 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge. Info/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13 AARP Smart Driver class, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule Street, Alcoa. Info/ to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15 Steve Kaufman concert, 8 p.m., Palace Theater, 113 W. Broadway, Maryville. Special guest: Rusty Holloway. Tickets: 983-3330 or Murlin’s Music World, 429 W. Broadway, Maryville. Saturday Stories and Songs: Charlene Ellis, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, JAN. 30-FEB. 1 WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5

MONDAY, FEB. 17

Waynestock 4, 7 p.m., Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St. Featuring performances by local musicians, as well as a songwriter symposium. Admission: $5 nightly. Proceeds go to the E.M. Jellinek Center. The Healthy Living Expo, Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Exhibit Hall B. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets at the door: $10. Info/free tickets: www.TheHealthy LivingExpo.com.

Tennessee Shines featuring Scott Miller and poet Susan Underwood, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Hosts: Bob Deck and Paige Travis. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www.BrownPaper Tickets.com. Info: www.WDVX.com.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 30-FEB. 16 “The Whipping Man” presented by the Clarence Brown Theatre Company in the Carousel Theatre on UT Campus. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: 9745161 or www.clarencebrowntheatre.com.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Fifth Friday Community Dance, 8-10:30 p.m.,

Regal Classic Film Series featuring “Groundhog Day,” 2 and 7 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd.

THURSDAY, FEB. 6 Beginning Jewelry class for ages 13 and up, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Community Room, Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Instructor: Sheila Akins. Cost: $35. Registration/payment deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 4. Info/to register: 966-7057.

FRIDAY, FEB. 7 First Friday reception for the Arts & Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition of 2014, 5-9 p.m., the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Awards ceremony, 6 p.m. The National Juried Exhibition is on display Feb. 7-March 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Info: 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com. Opening reception for Art Market Gallery’s Feb-

TUESDAY, FEB. 18 Pancake Fest 2014, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Tickets: $5. Includes “all you can eat” pancake menu and admission to other activities. To order “Pancakes To-Go”: 523-1135. Proceeds go to the Senior Center. Tickets available at the Center or from O’Connor Advisory Board members.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22 The Great Cake Bake, noon-5 p.m., Tennessee Terrace at Neyland Stadium. Fundraiser for the Imagination Library. Info: Holly Kizer, 215-8784.


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NEWS FROM WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE

Each kindergarten class at Webb School has two full-time faculty to ensure an 11:1 student-to-teacher ratio. This low ratio provides ample opportunity for individual and small-group instruction within the context of a larger whole group. Along those lines, each kindergarten classroom is equipped with a Smart Board and sufficient laptops and iPads whereby students can learn new material and practice in highly interactive formats and at their own rates.

WEBB KINDERGARTEN DAILY SCHEDULE

Kindergarten program offers outstanding first-year school experience By Scott Hutchinson, Webb School President n engaging and relevant educational experience should occupy the bulk of a young person’s days. That education might come in the form of a multitude of disciplines and activities over a multitude of venues, but the primary business of growing up is to learn about oneself and the world around oneself. And nowhere in the spectrum of developmental years is a posiHutchinson tive and inspiring moment in one’s education more critical than in kindergarten. Webb School completely understands that and has created a full-day kindergarten experience that meets and exceeds all of the important criteria for an outstanding irst year of school. There are four primary tenets that drive Webb’s kindergarten program. The irst is the belief that readiness in a learner is extremely important. Instruction and curricula must be developed and implemented appropriately to the needs, interests, and readiness of the learners in the classroom. The second is that independent, cooperative, and whole class learning are all important at this age; and children learn best as they question, experiment, evaluate, predict, and form hypotheses. The third is that children come to school with their own areas of interest and

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unique learning styles, and both of those components ought to play a part in both what material is taught and how that material is taught. The fourth tenet is that respectful listening, creative thinking, time for relection, and self-directed inquiry should all be integrated into the curriculum. Two other factors play a signiicant role in the success of Webb’s kindergarten program. The irst is the experience and quality of the teachers and the 11:1 ratio of students to teachers as each kindergarten class of 22 students has two full-time faculty. This low ratio provides ample opportunity for individual and small-group instruction within the context of a larger whole group. Along those lines, each kindergarten classroom is equipped with a Smart Board and suficient laptops and iPads whereby students can learn new material and practice in highly interactive formats and at their own rates.

To the notion both that students come to school with a wide array of interests and that there is important learning to be done in many disciplines, Webb’s kindergarten experience is vast and expansive. Besides traditional language arts, social studies, math, and science classes, Webb kindergartners participate in regular and frequent art, music, Spanish, library, technology, and physical education classes, as well as afterschool learning opportunities, including robotics, chess, Mandarin Chinese, dance, and tennis. Above and beyond all of the details of the program, a child’s irst year of full-day schooling ought to be joyous, and it ought to stimulate the natural curiosities that young people innately possess. Wanting to come to school, wanting to learn, wanting to give one’s best effort are all acquired mind-sets that can and should be nourished in a classroom environment, and Webb’s kindergarten program is designed to do just that.

Webb’s kindergarten experience is vast and expansive. Besides traditional language arts, social studies, math, and science classes, Webb kindergartners participate in regular and frequent art, music, Spanish, library, technology, and physical education classes, as well as after-school learning opportunities, including robotics, chess, Mandarin Chinese, dance, and tennis.

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Daily Rotations • thematic focus • writing • model reading • social studies • technology • collaboration • math • exploration • chess • projects

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Clowning with care “You get to pick your nose,” Tom Johnson says wryly. “It’s a cosmetic nosectomy.” Johnson holds a carton of red and pink foam clown noses. The box bears a label that reads, “Emergency Clown Nose Transplant Kit.” It’s just one of many items in his bag of tricks bringing smiles and laughter to Parkwest Medical Center. Johnson, 76, has been clowning around at the hospital since 2008, but it’s really no laughing matter. What alter ego “Doc Waldo” does on rounds at the hospital is the result of hours of education and research. Johnson’s first experience as a clown came when he was invited by a friend in Tellico Village to be a part of a clown troupe that visited nursing homes and hospitals. Usually a quieter man by nature, he surprised himself when he found out clowning was something he could do, and genuinely enjoyed. “I was kind of an introvert, and I wasn’t very outgoing at all,” Johnson says. “But when I put the red nose on, I’m a different person. My wife says it, and my family. It’s different – unique – I feel real comfortable doing what I do.” When his 70th birthday was approaching, he told his kids he only wanted one present. “I told them I wanted a scholarship to Clown Camp,” he says. So Johnson’s family helped him get there. Johnson even took his clown persona with him when he was a recovering heart patient at Parkwest several years ago. He wore his clown nose and told a nurse that it was an allergic reaction to medication.

Doc Waldo , a.k.a. Tom Johnson, performs a “cosmetic nosectomy” on a visitor in a waiting area at Parkwest. The nurse snapped his picture and sent it to the surgeon. Johnson was deemed ready for release the next day.

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looks at that nose in the mirror. There’s a sense of surprise, a smile “I have something for you,” Doc and usually some giggles. Waldo tells a child in a waiting “I have my own ‘scripts,’ ” he tells area, “let me find it here.” He rifles a woman waiting for a patient in critthrough his bag of props and pulls ical care. He pulls out a yellow paper out a roll of stickers. “Can you hold pad with a printed prescription. this mirror for just a minute?” “One smile before lunch. Two Doc Waldo peels off a red, round hugs. A kiss at bedtime. And a little clown nose sticker and attaches it touch of tenderness,” he says with a to the little boy’s nose. The result compassionate grin. is always the same when a child

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Sleek and well-muscled, Ginger and Roxie bear the appearance of well-trained race dogs. They should – these two greyhounds had successful racing careers in Florida. However, they’ve traded in the track for a noble cause in Tennessee. Ginger and Roxie retired several years ago, found their way to a greyhound rescue program, and then landed in the care of Parkwest Medical Center volunteers John and Susan Randolph. Together, the Randolphs and their dogs visit patients and staff at Thompson Cancer Survival Center West, dispensing a dose of comfort and encouragement. “We start at the front door in the lobby with the people who are either waiting for their radiation therapy or for other appointments,” says Susan Randolph. “Then we work our way back to the staff, because it’s just as important to de-stress staff as it is patients.” The Randolphs have been volunteering with Ginger and Roxie for more than two years. The dogs are part of the pet therapy program Human Animal Bond in Tennessee. H.A.B.I.T. sponsors programs which foster visitation to places like hospitals and nursing homes, so in addition to all the

Johnson learned in training that compassion is a key element in hospital clowning. Administering the medicine of laughter requires thoughtfulness and care. “I took a course in hospital caring clowning, taught by Brenda Marshall at Dallas Children’s Hospital,” Johnson says. Marshall helped Johnson design an appropriate look for roaming the halls of a hospital and interacting with the people there. While it’s common to think of clowns as being loud and silly with broad gestures and outlandish appearances, a skilled hospital clown takes a more delicate approach. “We’re so close to people I don’t have a lot of make up on,” Johnson says. “I don’t wear any black make up, so it’s not scary. It’s happy.” With a simple red hat, red nose, striped socks and a lab coat decorated with colorful buttons and pins, he gets noticed without causing a commotion in a place where peace is important. “What I do first is go in the waiting rooms and look for kids, or people who acknowledge me,” Johnson says. “I read the room and see who’s interested. I look at their eyes. Some people don’t want to be bothered.” So the jokes and tricks he offers up are never intrusive. They’re cheerful and even comforting. “This is a smiley face with a little love, just for you,” Doc Waldo says as he hands a sticker to a nurse. “When a snow woman got mad at a snowman, do you know what happened? He got the cold shoulder,” Doc Waldo jokes with a woman in a waiting area.

“Sometimes I don’t know what to say,” Johnson confesses. “I know the trite phrases. … They don’t want to hear all that stuff. I try to just listen to them and respond in some other way. Then I tell jokes and they laugh. For a little bit they smile.”

Making a difference Johnson, one day every week, spends hours at area hospitals, bringing his own special brand of care without requiring a paycheck for his services. “I have moments of grace, where I really make a difference,” Johnson says. “That’s when I get paid. Those priceless moments.” He has many stories of those moments, including a cherished memory of interacting with a cancer patient the day before she died. He received a thank you note from a family member saying “she knows when she gets to heaven she’ll be wearing a pink nose.” Johnson is keenly aware that every person he comes in contact with has a story, and a mind full of thoughts. Some of those thoughts are negative, and maybe even frightening. “And then they smile and giggle and it’s a different world to them for that short period of time, and I can see that in their eyes,” he says. “Sometimes they just start crying. It’s really special.” “You get to interact with people and listen to their stories,” Johnson says of being a hospital clown. “You get some ugly stories and some good stories and you get to make a little difference in the world. Is that what life’s about? I think so.”

Rescued greyhounds Ginger and Roxie ease stress in a medical setting along with their owners, Parkwest Medical Center volunteers Susan and John Randolph.

race training the dogs have had, they’ve been trained how to behave in a much quieter setting. Susan Randolph says sometimes the two lines of training cross each other. “Anytime there’s an open door, they try to get through it first,” she says. “That’s part of their race dog training.” But when they get through those doors, there’s no racing down the halls. Ginger and Roxie are as calm and comforting as the medical professionals who treat the patients. Dogs are chosen for this type of work based primarily on their temperament. Randolph says Ginger

and Roxie like to be up and always moving around, so walking from room to room for brief visits suits them very well. “I just enjoy bringing them,” John says. “We like it. They like it. We like the people here. You know, both the employees and the patients seem to like dogs. There are a few that don’t, but most of them do.” Patients will be asked if they like dogs. If the answer is “yes,” the very unexpected, four-legged visitors are brought in for a while. While the Randolphs talk to patients, Ginger and Roxie patiently enjoy being petted, offering the kind of solace only a dog can provide.

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Meet the Shopper-News community reporters By Sandra Clark Shopper-News is bigger than the paper you’re holding. Each week we produce eight editions, seven zoned for specific communities in Knox County and another mailed to every home in Union County.

This week and next, we’ll introduce our community reporters – the people who who develop relationships and cover local happenings. Each will explain how she came to this job and why she stays.

Ruth White makes cookies with her grandchildren Brayden (at left) and Kynleigh White.

For the love of stories By Wendy Smith Community reporter for Bearden When I was in high school, one of my best friends would always start off our conversations with, “Tell me a story.” That was when I learned that any event could be retold as a story, and when it was a story, it became relevant. One of my most important career moves was accepting a summer internship at the Danville Bee. It was the summer before my senior year at Virginia Tech, and I knew no one in Danville. But I had a terrific editor who took the time to discuss each of my stories. I learned a lot about writing, and life, that summer. After working as a graphic artist for several years, I pulled out my old clips and remembered that I am, deep down inside, a writer. Not long after that, I accepted my first assignment from the Shopper-News.

When I’m driving on I-40, I don’t really like people. But when I sit down and talk to someone, I almost always like them. I want my readers to like them, too. That’s what makes our community more than just a bunch of people jockeying for position on the interstate. We need to know and understand each other. It makes us compassionate, which helps us make better decisions as a community. Very few of my stories are hard-hitting news. But I hope all of them are relevant because they are about your neighbors, By Ruth White the kids at the school around the corner, Community reporter for Halls, Fountain City and Gibbs or somebody who attends church or a civic club with you. As long as I can remem- trict championship. I began with friends, shared laughs, It’s a privilege to get to tell those stories. ber, I’ve had a camera in my sliding photos through the judged spelling bees and Thanks for reading. hands. mail slot at Shopper-News. chocolate desserts. In August 2003, Sandra I’ve attended a birthday My parents always alparty or two, shared laughs lowed me to use the family offered me a job. There have been memo- at a club meeting and celecamera and I don’t ever recall them fussing about the rable times: the Christmas brated the success of several thousand shots I would take parade where Jake Mabe athletes. and I pretty much walked I love sharing these celeand ask to be developed. I also remember creating backwards in front of pa- brations and successes with a “newspaper” with my best rade floats taking photos everyone and look forward friend, Rhonda Penland, and getting names; slog- to making more memories. using an old typewriter of ging through elephant dung my dad’s. I think we got 2-3 at the newly-constructed typed out before we were Halls Convenience Center; Next week tired. It was more like a gos- climbing on the roof at Powyou’ll meet sip column, but it kept us ell Middle School; and my busy during a long summer. personal favorite – heading Betty Bean I started taking pictures for the courthouse to grab Betsy Pickle for the Shopper in 2003 a picture of a politician in Wendy Smith, Rebekah Roberts and Jon CrowLibby Morgan when my oldest son, Joe, trouble and hearing Clark son celebrate their return from an out-andCindy Taylor was a senior at Halls High. yell, “Try not to get shot!” back trip on the city’s new designated bicycle I have a great job. I have He was a pitcher for the Nancy Anderson commuter route. Photo by an innocent bystander baseball team which was met more people than I having a great run for a dis- can count, cried a few tears

That’s when I snapped!

Community newspapers connect us to the people around us By Sherri Gardner Howell Community reporter for Farragut; editor for Bearden, Farragut and Karns/Hardin Valley Community journalism was my first love. Perhaps if I had grown up somewhere other than Lexington, Tenn., I would have chosen a more hard-hitting, uncover-the-truth road for my career. I loved Lexington so much that even during the “rebel” years of wanting to get away from small-town life, I was still fascinated by stories about the community and the people who live there. When given the choice, I chose features, entertainment and stories about people over government, politics or hard news.

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My career at the Knoxville News Sentinel and E.W. Scripps started in 1974 in obituaries while I was still a journalism student at the University of Tennessee and continued, in some form or fashion, through 2011. Although I live in a “no man’s land” outside the town of Farragut but not in any other community either, Farragut has been my home since 1986 when we built our house off Northshore Drive. My children went to Farragut schools and played sports in the community. I watched the

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birth of the town, saw new schools built and new communities with Farragut roots spring up around us. I still wear maroon and gray. My association with the Shopper-News came at a time when I had a broken heart. My career had taken an unusual turn that led me to Blount County, where I had the incredible privilege of publishing a weekly community newspaper for seven years. I nurtured and loved it. When corporate closed it, it broke my heart and almost my spirit. Coming “home” to Far-

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While this is not the only thing I do now, it is, by far, my favorite. Print journalism is at a crisis point. Many don’t think it will survive. I have no crystal ball and am so rooted in print that I could not give an unbiased opinion. What I do know is this: People still care about their communities, the folks who live, work and play in them, and the politics and policies that govern them. The best way to learn about what is happening in their backyards is through community newspapers. I believe what we do is important. Photos of parades or potluck dinners

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won’t go viral, but they give a snapshot of our everyday life. A profile of a community leader or Joe Smith down the block won’t win any big awards, but it connects us to the people around us. The news of what happened at a Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting rarely makes the daily-paper headlines, but it keeps us informed and encourages good citizenship. Thanks for welcoming us into your home. Keep us on speed dial and our email in your favorites so we can continue to make ShopperNews a better newspaper that is a reflection of our community.

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obert Bonham, Professor Emeritus at Maryville College, retired in 2006, but you won’t find him lazing in a cruise ship deck chair with a Mai Tai in hand. Instead, he leads treks through India and Tibet. You’re not likely to float past him in the Senior Center pool. He’s too busy swimming with the wild dolphins in Bimini. He probably won’t be sitting beside you at that classical music concert. He’ll be up on the stage performing with people half his age. He was primarily a professor of piano during his full-time years, but was also certified to teach world music and art history. His multi-layered education began at the international Woodstock School in the foothills of the Himalayas, where his parents were medical missionaries. He also received degrees in music from Phillips University and Kansas University. He’s currently adjunct at the college where he’s taught since 1965. His class is called “Sacred Spaces: Seeking the Sacred.” He’s pleasantly surprised with the students so far. “We have been able to go much deeper than I thought might be possible,” he says, “talking equally about internal space as potentially sacred.” Traditionalists might

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Pianist Robert Bonham warms up at the Ossoli Circle club.

put it another way, saying “the body is a temple.” Dr. Bonham wouldn’t have a problem with that. He’ll meet you wherever you are. “He’s so Zen,” says Erin Bray, clarinetist with The Soiree Quintet, Bonham’s regular group of chamber players. “There’s a peace that flows through

him. He brings a calm energy to rehearsals, and he’s so musical!” The quintet performed recently at the Tuesday Morning Musical Club meeting at the Ossoli Circle in Knoxville. On the program was the notoriously difficult “Sextet for Winds and Piano” by French composer Francis

Poulenc. The group gave a rousing rendition and clearly had fun doing it. “He always makes the group light up when he’s there,” says Henry Hooker, who plays the French horn. “There’s a great spirit about him.” The quintet grew out of casual rehearsals at Bonham’s Walland home, where he hosts regular “Sunday Soirees” showcasing musicians and other artists every few months. The Jan. 19 gathering featured jazz pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and his wife, poet Tina Barr, performing in tribute to the great Duke Ellington. On April 13, there will be music by string ensembles, with the centerpiece being the “Quintet for Piano and Strings” by Antonin Dvorak – a high-water mark in Romantic Era chamber music. Bonham will be at the piano. Lest you think things are getting a little too esoteric here, you might also be interested to know that he chainsaws and hand-splits all the wood for his mountain home. And before you recoil in horror at the thought of those pianist’s hands being subjected to this kind of treatment, you should know that Robert Bonham doesn’t just deal in the heady realms of music and art; he’s also completely grounded in the physical. In 1990, seeking to revamp his piano technique, he began studying with Sheila Page of the Taubman Piano In-

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stitute. Founded by Dorothy Taubman, who died last April, the Institute is dedicated to maintaining physical wellness for pianists – the “athletes of the small muscles” – who sometimes suffer from repetitive stress injuries. Taubman’s techniques optimize flu-

ent, efficient motion while avoiding injury, pain or restriction. During the summer, Bonham is a faculty member of the Taubman-associated Piano Wellness Seminar. This year it will be held at the University of North Texas in Denton,

Texas. But for now, he’s finishing up his January classes and starting on that demanding Dvorak piece. Other adventures will undoubtedly follow. He encourages everyone – at any age –

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