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Coffee Break

The things John Householder looks at when he enters a building rarely cross the average person’s mind: safety rails, push bars on doors, exits that are open and clear. John, building codes inspector for the town of Farragut, wants to keep people safe. “Our job is to keep you safe whether you are aware of it or not,” says John, with a smile. Meet John over this week’s Coffee Break. See page A-2

Miracle Maker

In 2006, Amy Crawford returned to teaching after a three-year leave. In her new 8th-grade teaching position at West Valley Middle School, she found herself teaching some of the same students she had known as 3rd graders at A.L Lotts Elementary. “Once I got into the classroom and saw how the kids had changed, it was a real eye-opening experience.” See Sara Barrett’s story on A-9


Elegant dining Scott Bishop and the folks at Westwood Antiques are hosting an Elegant Dining event for the Knoxville Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 9. Holly’s Eventful Catering is preparing the food. Register online at www. knoxvillesymphonyleague. org/.

Open houses Several west area schools will host “Welcome to Our School” open houses for parents and students who have been rezoned to new elementary schools beginning in August 2013. Open houses and school tours will be held at A.L. Lotts, Ball Camp and Cedar Bluff elementary schools, Farragut Primary and Farragut Intermediate at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, and 1-2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Info or to view the approved elementary rezoning map, visit

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February 4, 2013

Ice, ice, baby!

KAHA ramping up for Hockey Night By Stefan Cooper

It’s a sight to behold, watching Sean Maddigan come through the wide, glass doors at Cool Sports Icearium. It’s the norm for a Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association player to have a sizeable equipment bag. From Cross Ice beginners to the fast kids at the high school level, forwards and defensemen don 14 pieces of protective gear from head to toe. As he makes his way to the Icearium at the Cool Sports complex on Watt Road, Maddigan is dragging a load behind him. How long does it take to get all that on? “’Bout 30 or 45 minutes,” he says, “if I’m awake.” Maddigan, 12, plays goalie. The second annual Hockey Night in Knoxville is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Icearium. Children ages 4 to 14 will put their sport on display to raise awareness for KAHA’s youth program. The first puck drops at 3 p.m., with games continuing until 10. Last year’s inaugural drew better than 1,200 spectators. It’s the development aspect of KAHA that led him to enroll his son, Griffin, said former Knoxville Cherokee Sean Mangan. In Cross Ice, the beginner league for 4-year-olds, sticks aren’t introduced until players attain a certain skill level. “Every kid can walk and run,” Sean Mangan said.

Brody Feather and Drake Limbaugh practice how to fall and slide across the ice during a recent Cross Ice development league practice.

Kara Goodson, 8, is suited up and ready to go as she waits for the Mites practice to start. The Mites are part of the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association. Photos by Jolanda Jansma/

“Hockey is a different activity, so the first thing you’ve got to learn is how to skate. It has to be that way because ice skating is so different from any other sport.” Cross Ice, for ages 4 to 8, derives its name from sec-

New sidewalk will fill in from Wentworth to Virtue Road By Suzanne Foree Neal The new sidewalk may get a little narrow in places, but Farragut’s greenway system will get an additional 2,050-foot asphalt trail from Wentworth subdivision to Virtue Road. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a Tennessee Department of Transportation contract for the Kingston Pike Greenway/Sidewalk Improvements at its Thursday, Jan. 24, meeting. The biggest problem will be the area near Willow Creek Golf Course, where the planned 8-foot wide walk may have to narrow to 5 feet as it nears Virtue Road. Project cost is estimated to be $1.05 million with an 80/20 federal/local split. Town engineer Darryl Smith said design on the trail should be done by late summer To page A-3

tioning the rink horizontally to better suit beginners, said K.J. Voorhees, KAHA coach. “It’s like starting a kid playing T-ball,” he said. “You don’t put them in Yankee Stadium.” As players progress to

By Suzanne Foree Neal The Fresh Market, 11535 Kingston Pike, kept its license but was fined $500 after getting caught selling beer to a minor on Sept. 12. The fine was handed down at the Farragut Beer Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24. Beer Board members had the option of revoking or suspending the license for Fresh Market or levying a fine of up to $2,500. The town only last year passed ordinances that allow it to penalize Farragut businesses for selling alcohol to minors. Capt. Allen May of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was doing a check of 25 businesses in the area on Sept. 12 with a 20-yearold undercover operative to see if anyone would sell her beer. Twenty-four businesses refused her, but she was able to purchase a six pack of Red Banshee beer at Fresh Market. May immediately entered the business and cited employee Kathleen Elizabeth

Stair, 32, with selling alcohol to a minor. Management immediately fired Stair after she acknowledged she had read carding procedures in the employee handbook and understood them. She appeared in Knox County Court on a misdemeanor charge, paid a fine and court costs and received diversion, which means if she incurs no new charges within 30 days of her hearing, the case will be dismissed. Board member Jeff Elliott asked if there had been other citations at the market and was told there was one incident about five years ago. New Fresh Market manager Roger Cassell told the board he did not know the consequences in that case, as he only started working at the Farragut location on Oct. 22, transferring from the Bearden store. Board member Bob Markli asked if the underage woman had shown her identification, and May

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Mites, Squirts and Pee Wee/Bantam leagues, the play gets faster, the skill level higher. All the while, KAHA instructors make it a point to keep one thing paramount, Sean Mangan said. “Personally, the number

one thing is to have fun,” he said. “We want the kids to have fun, and it beats sitting in front of a TV all day.” Noticeable among KAHA leagues is the diverse background of its players. Jeremy Henderson enrolled his son, Jaden, after the pair began attending Knoxville Ice Bears games. Unlike Mangan, Jeremy Henderson didn’t grow up with the sport. At 6-foot-8, he played basketball in high school. Jaden took to hockey right from the start. “This is the first sport he’s really liked,” Jeremy said. KAHA openly welcomes girls in its leagues. Mites player Kara Goodson, 8, is one of KAHA’s most feared forwards and not one to be taken lightly, her father,

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With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? There are three people. First is Jesus Christ and then explorers Lewis and Clark.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? I had a biology teacher in high school who was also an outdoorsman. I really enjoyed learning from him.

I still can’t quite get the hang of …

Bowling. I have friends who love it, but it just doesn’t interest me.

John Householder

The things John Householder looks at when he enters a building rarely cross the average person’s mind: safety rails, push bars on doors, exits that are open and clear. John, building codes inspector for the town of Farragut, wants to keep people safe. “Our job is to keep you safe whether you are aware of it or not,” says John, with a smile. “We are charged with quite a responsibility that is mostly unseen, but spelled out in codes and requirements that have to be enforced long before a building is opened.” It’s a job he is well-trained for, having started in construction when he was 18 years old with a truss manufacturing plant in Karns. As a young adult, he trained to be an electrician and believed that would be his life’s work. “Electricians need to know how to read plans,” says John, “so I decided to get an associate’s degree in electrical engineering.” When he took a job with the city of Oak Ridge as an electrical inspector, he taught himself even more about plan reviews because they needed someone who could do it. More training followed, and John now holds 17 different certifications. After approximately ten years in Oak Ridge, John came to Farragut where he has now worked for 17 years. He and his wife, Angela, live on the lake in Anderson County in a house he built. “I built every house we have lived in,” he says. “We really enjoy the quiet and beauty of the lake, so, yes, I guess this is our dream house – right now.” The Householders have one daughter, Erin, who is starting her career in nursing at Fort Sanders Regional. John, who does commercial inspections, says his office is super-busy and has stayed so consistently through the economic downturn. There are three inspectors and two administrative assistants who take care of the building codes inspection area. “Residential is down, but, in commercial, it got slow for about a year in Farragut, and then it just took off again,” says John. “We stay busy, which is good news for the community.” Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know John Householder:

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?

I don’t really have one, but my favorite movie is “Quigley Down Under.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box? I can’t think of anything I have ever received that I value as much as I do my family and friends.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Forgive yourself.

What is your social media of choice?

I don’t do Facebook and the like. I think people should get back to their own private lives. I don’t want to know when you feed the pet or go get the mail!

What is the worst job you have ever had?

What is your favorite material possession?

My father left me a small farm in a nearby rural county. I love to go there for some peace of mind when I need it and to hunt.

I worked for a lumber company when I was a teenager, and my job was catching wood that came off a saw machine for roof and floor trusses. You could never catch up, and it was dirty and dangerous.

What are you reading currently?

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?

I’m not a big reader because I have to read so many code books for my work that I get burned out. I like the outdoors, so I read short adventures stories about hunters, fishermen and explorers.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Not sure if these are the “top three,” but my wife and I like to travel when we can. I would like to go to the Holy Land, the jungles of Africa and maybe Australia.

What is one word others often use to describe you and why? I like to think I am consistent. In my line of work, you can show no favoritism and need to treat everyone as close to the same way as possible. It keeps you out of trouble!

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

I loved watching the Hardy Boys and all the adventures they had.

What irritates you?

I get irritated when people want you to do their thinking for them! I always receive satisfaction from a good learning experience. It does a body good.

What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit?

Town Hall. Farragut residents should get more involved in their own government.

What is your greatest fear?

That one day I will not be able to enjoy the freedom of being outdoors.

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?

It’s a pipe dream, but I would love to learn to sail and sail around the world! –Sherri Gardner Howell

I would like to be better organized.

What are you guilty of?

Worrying. I will worry about how well I did a task, or if I did the right thing.

What is your passion?

The outdoors. I love to hunt and fish.

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Not your mama’s gym class Some gyms might struggle with clientele’s commitment to making regular visits, but one Farragut business has customers who skip through the door with big smiles and sometimes leave crying because it is time to go home. Yes, I said crying.

Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES Welcome to The Little Gym, where the members are ages 4 months to 12 years, and the concept of “working outâ€? really is fun and games. Farragut’s Little Gym, 215 Brooklawn St., offers a full menu of classes for children, beginning with parentassisted classes for 4-month olds through 3-year olds and branching out into gymnastics, sports skills, dance, karate and special camps. Director Rachel Shopovick says The Little Gym is a place where children can have a good time in classes that are structured progressively and provide a positive learning environment. “We don’t just teach skills and get kids moving, we also help them build self-conďŹ dence and get comfortable learning new things.â€? The membership-based gym has no contracts, but families pay an annual fee that can be paid all at once or in installments.

Sean Maddigan, 12, gives us a look at the gear he dons to play goalie in the KAHA pee wee league.

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Edmond Massouh shows off his best football form in a demonstration at The Little Gym’s sports skills class.

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with construction in 2014. Louise Povlin, who lives in Fox Run, is happy about the addition and hopes for more. She told the board there is a four-tenths of a mile gap from Fox Run to Grigsby Chapel. Town Administrator David Smoak said the town is aware of the gap, but that it would be better to connect the Fox Run greenway to Everett Road, because it is a shorter route. As far as what improvements are at the top of the town’s list, Smoak said the Wentworth trail bridge would be addressed in the Capital Improvement Projects list this spring. Smith said there will be a walking trail for Everett Road, but it does have its difďŹ culties. There’s a big hill to climb – literally. Everett sits beside Interstate 40/75 and goes up a steep hill very close to the interstate easement. “It could be a challenge, but we could probably work it out,â€? he told Povlin and board members. â—? Tom Hale, town attorney for Farragut, has received the Governor’s

Gene, said. “She’s a girl,� he said. “You do something to her, she doesn’t forget.� Jackson Irwin, 7, likes things at a calmer pace. He loves playing goalie, he said, “because I get to stay in one place.� The Maddigans, which includes dad Craig, are natives of Buffalo. You could run the hose on the front yard and create a rink during the winter months, Craig said. Echoing the sentiments of Mangan and Henderson, Craig Maddigan said it is KAHA’s structure, USA Hockey-sanctioned, that sets it apart. “It’s the Little League of hockey, so it’s a very structured thing,� he said. “They really make sure the coach’s emphasis is on having fun.� Still smiling after hauling all his gear, Sean Maddigan has got to be having fun.

Some members of The Little Gym’s sports skills class ham it up for Emery Hussar to take a picture. From left are Andrew Roeck, Will Hussar (Emery’s twin brother), Sam Herrick and Noah Massouh. Photos by

Amy and Chris Hussar have been bringing twins Will and Emery, now almost 5, since they were 5 months old. “We started with the parent/

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child classes and have progressed to gymnastics, sports, ballet and tap. It is something they can share but can also enjoy individually,� says Amy. “And I enjoy socializing with the moms as well.� Farragut Faces dropped in on a sports skills class where parents were invited into the gym for the children to show off the skills they had learned. From volleyball

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government TVA pursues dress code ors of Nashville and Memphis for his opponent, Dave Garrison. The three mayors issued a statement for Garrison. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, the senior congressional Democrat from Tennessee, also backed Garrison. Locally, former state Sen. Bill Owen, who serves on both the state and national Democratic committees, disregarded Rogero’s advice and actively supported Herron. In a statement on why he backed Herron, Owen Victor cited Herron’s longtime Ashe public service, his honest image and his work ethic for the party. Owen also mentioned his longtime friendship with Herron from the She has set March 12 Legislature. Owen picked at 4 p.m. at the Howard the winner. Baker Federal Courthouse Given the overwhelming in courtroom 1A to hear the GOP edge in Tennessee and Chris Irwin lawsuit against the low numbers for DemoTVA. Actually, she is hearcrats in the Legislature, ing arguments on whether Herron has almost no way to dismiss the case or not. to go but up in rebuilding The public is welcome. the party. It is amazing TVA is even Herron is a former minisbothering with dress codes ter and author in addition to and spending ratepayer being a state lawmaker since money on defending this 1986. He turns 60 this year lawsuit. Who cares if people and is already drawing a wear makeup at public hear- pension of $24,000 a year ings, face paint or whatever. based on 26 years in the Chris Irwin (whose views Legislature. I do not generally support) Chances of the Demohas a perfect right as a citicrats beating Bill Haslam zen in my view to wear face for governor or Lamar Alexpaint and look as serious or ander for U.S. Senate next silly as he wishes. year are dismal. However, It would seem to me with there may be opportunities the huge cost overruns TVA to win some legislative seats has managed to gather that in 2014. Herron is a witty, the four new board memeffective public speaker conbers might tell the legal sidered more conservative staff to devote their time to than many Democrats at the more worthwhile endeavors national level, but most Tenrather than monitoring the nessee Democrats fit that attire people wear to public description. hearings. Don’t they have ■ Three Tennessee better things to do? governors will gather Feb. But still it should be an 21 at the Baker Center for an interesting hearing where evening panel discussion on you can watch your public civility in politics. Particimoney at work. Unless pating are Gov. Haslam and Judge Campbell dismisses former Govs. Phil Bredethe case (rules for TVA and sen and Don Sundquist. that can be appealed, too) Bredesen and Sundquist ran this is but the beginning of against each other in 1994 the lawsuit. with Sundquist winning. ■ Georgia’s U.S. Sen. The public is invited to atSaxby Chambliss, who tend. The only other living announced his retirement in Tennessee governors are 2014, has strong Knoxville Republicans Winfield Dunn ties having graduated from and Lamar Alexander. UT College of Law in 1968. ■ The oldest living forHis wife taught at Sequoyah mer U.S. Senator is Harry F. Elementary while he was a Byrd Jr. of Virginia who is law student here. Sam and 98 and lives in Winchester, Ann Furrow are good local Va., where he once owned friends of the couple. Cham- the local newspaper. He bliss is the only UT College turns 100 in 2014. He reof Law graduate currently cently gave an interview to serving in the U.S Senate. BBC on his family hosting ■ Former state Sen. Winston Churchill at their Roy Herron was elected home during World War to chair the Tennessee II. Originally a Democrat, Democratic Party on Jan. 26 he became an independent despite the strong support of and was elected as such Mayor Rogero and the may- from Virginia. The lawsuit challenging TVA’s dress code at public meetings has been transferred in federal court from Judge Thomas Phillips (who is retiring this summer) to Judge Tena Campbell, who is on senior status from Utah but has been hearing cases in the Eastern District of Tennessee for the past several months.


Leaders ‘make good things happen’ Ossoli Circle observed Leadership Day by inviting two accomplished leaders – UT President Emeritus Joe Johnson and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero – to share their thoughts on the topic.

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Johnson, who served as UT president from 1991 to 1999 and interim president from 2003 to 2004, said leaders are those who make good things happen. He was mentored by Andy Holt during the early years of his UT career. Holt had never supervised more than five employees before becoming UT president in 1959, Johnson said. “He knew no more about running a university than my black lab dog.” But Johnson learned from Holt to surround himself with capable people. A talented staff should be turned loose – and occasionally supervised, he said. He also shared wisdom from a book written by Jewish grandmothers, like “A meowing cat can’t catch a mouse,” “Go to bed with dogs and wake up with fleas,” and “No answer is an answer,” meaning if you see something amiss, you should speak up. He’s learned from experience that two short sentences help things get accomplished – “Thank you” and “I’m sorry.”

Ossoli Circle president Lexa Hooten, center, poses with UT President Emeritus Joe Johnson and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero during the club’s Leadership Day. Photo by Wendy Smith A sense of humor can also smooth ruffled feathers and make life more fun. “People without it are the most boring people in the world,” he said. Rogero shared the story of her rise to the city’s top leadership position and encouraged members of the women’s club to get involved in politics. Each person has the power to transform the community, she said. She followed the advice “Bloom where you are planted” when she moved to Knoxville 32 years ago. She came for her husband’s career, but the city wasn’t her first choice. She became active in the community when she joined the fight against the development of a travel trailer park near her North Knoxville neighborhood before the 1982 World’s Fair.

In early 1990, Rogero received a call from an elected official encouraging her to run for Knox County Commission. In addition to being a divorced mother of two with an ethnic name, she didn’t feel qualified to take on long-term Republican incumbent Jesse Cawood. But after putting together a list of friends, she decided to throw her hat into the ring. Rogero was patronized for running her campaign by courting voters, rather than elected officials or party bosses. Her opponent once introduced her by saying, “This is Madeline Rogero. Ain’t she purty?” She won by a landslide. “I have to say, nobody was surprised more than me.” She joined veterans Bee

DeSelm and Mary Lou Horner along with Wanda Moody as women on the commission. They were later joined by Diane Jordan and Pat Medley, making six women on the then-19 member body, a record. After losing her 2003 bid for mayor, Rogero took it upon herself to learn everything she could about the city. It paid off when her former opponent, Bill Haslam, appointed her community development director three years later. Since winning the 2011 mayoral race, she’s followed the advice given by Johnson and surrounded herself with good people. Women can get elected, she said, and shouldn’t let fear of criticism keep them from leading. “If you can’t run, encourage others to run.”

Billboard compromise draws criticism, praise The county’s 4-year-old billboard moratorium was set to expire Jan. 31, and outdoor advertising companies could have lined up at the door to pull permits Feb. 1 if Commissioner Richard Briggs had withdrawn his ordinances to ban conventional billboards and electronic message centers. Briggs was sponsoring three ordinances – one dealing with conventional billboards, one with EMCs and one with digital billboards, emu lat ing the city’s Briggs ban, which prohibits new billboards and disallows converting conventional billboards to digital. The weekend before the Jan. 28 meeting, however, Briggs decided that he didn’t have the votes to ban EMCs and “static billboards,” so on Saturday he posted a mes-

Betty Bean sage on the commission’s on-line forum announcing he would withdraw the first two ordinances and only push the digital billboard ban: “I have met with several of the smaller, local companies that are based in Knox County. Most are small family businesses that would be adversely affected by a total ban. ... “The message I receive is ‘let’s regulate, not ban.’ “The owners are not opposed to sitting down with the MPC, environmental groups, homeowner associations, and local government representatives and working on regulations that everyone can live with.” His announcement immediately drew criticism that he had caved to special interests.

“Absolutely false,” Briggs said. “I did nothing until I talked to the whole leadership of (anti-billboard citizens’ group) Scenic Knoxville, making it clear that if we didn’t make a compromise, all three ordinances would fail.” Briggs said he believed that he would lose the votes of Commissioners Ed Shouse and Mike Brown if he dug into an all-or-nothing position. Commissioners Amy Broyles and Sam McKenzie persuaded Briggs to defer the two ordinances for 90 days and send them to the Metropolitan Planning Commission to add use-on-review requirements rather than to withdraw them. McKenzie warned of “opening up a rabbit hole.” Broyles argued that having MPC add use-on-review provisions would be “reasonable, simple, easy and it takes care of it without opening a whole big can of worms.”

The amended ordinances passed by a 6-4 vote with R. Larry Smith, Dave Wright, Brad Anders and Jeff Ownby voting no. Mike Hammond was absent. Joyce Feld and Margot Kline of Scenic Knoxville are standing by Briggs, and say they are pleased with the compromise. “Richard has been an absolutely fabulous partner in this effort,” Feld said. “He has stuck to his word and followed through on everything he told us he would do.” Billboard interests are not happy with the vote, and dropped hints about lawsuits. Briggs said he thinks he did the right thing: “You get down to a point where everybody’s drawn a line in the sand – all or nothing – but we would have had nothing if we hadn’t compromised,” Briggs said. Ordinances must be approved twice, and this one will come up again in February.

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Wood ducks and warblers NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier January’s Noah’s Arktype floods had not yet come to the Beaver Creek bottomlands when, on Jan. 5, we put up wood duck boxes in the wetlands along my stretch of the creek. We joined a bright young lady who had crafted some excellent nest boxes as part of a Girl Scout Silver Award project. A family expedition, plus me, to find just the right places for the boxes and to put them up, brought us out on a nice mild January morning. Lest you think that we were overeager, out there all bundled up, putting up bird nest boxes in the dead of winter, let me remind you that as of now, it is only two months until April! The owls are feeding nestlings, the purple martins’ average arrival date is Feb. 12, and the tree swallows will be close behind. It’s time to be cleaning out those bluebird houses and, as we were doing, putting up more housing. There are 85 species of North American birds that prefer or require cavities in which to hatch and raise their young. Before there were any people around, there were plenty of natural cavities, in large old trees with rotten places and holes where dead limbs had broken off. And the woodpeckers were, and still are, prime real estate developers, most of them excavating a new cavity each year for nesting, and often, a second one in the fall, for winter roost-

Susano heads state Court of Appeals Judge Charles D. Susano Jr. has been elected by his peers as presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, succeeding Herschel Susano Franks, who retired at the end of 2012. Susano has been a member of the Court of Appeals since March 1994, when he was appointed by former Gov. Ned Ray McWherter. Susano practiced law here prior to 1994. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and attained his law degree from UT, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Tennessee Law Review. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in west Knoxville and have three children.

ing. Then the cavity nesters lesser-equipped for excavating wood could move into the abandoned woodpecker holes. Now, with a lot of our woods giving way to subdivisions and malls, and overachieving tidy types cutting all the dead trees and snags in yards and parks, nesting cavities have become scarce. That whole situation was greatly compounded with the arrival of the alien, aggressive starlings and house sparrows. They take whichever nesting holes they want from the smaller birds, tossing out the hatchlings and often killing the parents. On the positive side, a considerable number of our native birds have been given a significant boost in their numbers by humans making nest boxes. The most noticeable success has been with our eastern bluebirds. The largest and most enduring housing development for the birds has happened because of all those folks who through the years have tended to their beloved purple martins. But many other birds will take to a human-made home: owls, kestrels, wrens (when they’re not nesting in an old hat in your garage), chickadees, titmice, tree

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swallows. And that brings us back to the wood ducks, and why the swamp people were down in the creek bottom in January. There are actually two species of brightly-colored birds in our area that like to live in nest boxes in lowland watery places. The wood duck and the prothonotary warbler both nest in wateroriented habitats. Both like their homes leaning out over the water, if not actually standing in it. Otherwise the two birds are about as different as any two birds can be. Wood ducks are water birds. They eat stuff that lives in the water, and their babies can care for themselves and find food almost from the moment they hatch. The warblers are regular bug-eating little land birds; they just happen to

like waterfront property. Wood ducks are widespread now across the eastern United States, but by the early 1900s they had been hunted nearly to extinction. Hunting laws were passed just in time, and then many wildlife agencies, as well as lots of private citizens, began setting out wood duck nesting boxes such as the ones we were putting up along Beaver Creek. Fortunately, the wood ducks have rebounded. They may be our most beautiful duck. Check out that male in his breeding plumage in your bird book! Their family life is amazing, too. The females lay 1015 eggs. Then sometimes, other female wood ducks will lay their eggs in there, too, a practice called, appropriately, “dumping.� The first mama duck can end up with

two or three dozen eggs! When the baby ducks all hatch, they climb out of their nest hole or box, and jump, bounce or splash depending on the nest location. If not near the water, mama duck leads them off, across golf course or busy highway, to the nearest water. The fuzzy baby ducks can swim and find their own food immediately. I have often seen a row of fluffy wood duck chicks swimming along Beaver Creek behind mama duck. It’s a really nice scene. Good news for humans: wood ducks exhibit what the ornithologists call strong nest site tenacity. They usually return to the same place to nest, year after year. So we’re hoping our Beaver Creek nest boxes will have tenants this year and next year and on and on. We’ll keep you posted. That other water-oriented, cavity-nesting bird, the prothonotary warbler, also named the golden swamp warbler, is truly golden. They are named after certain Vatican officials who are dressed in splendid golden-yellow robes. The male warbler’s

head, throat and breast light up a gloomy swamp like a ray of sunshine. I saw my first one from a canoe. The bird was making a nest in an old hollow stump by the dark, still waters of the Okefenokee Swamp, one of those instant and brief sights you never forget. Prothonotary warblers live in most of the eastern United States, mainly south of the Ohio River. They especially like willow trees, because they are usually near or in the water and have soft wood that rots quickly to provide good nest holes. I’ve heard of their nesting near the Island Home airport, and around the lake at Kingston. But my favorite place to hear their song in the spring, and usually see them, is Cove Lake State Park. The hollow willow snags standing in the water there make a perfect habitat for the golden swamp warblers. I try to go up and stand on the observation platform there at least once every spring just to get my yearly prothonotary warbler fi x. Prothonotary warblers will use human-made boxes, too. They like boxes about the size of a bluebird box, only with a smaller entrance hole, about 1 Ÿ inches. This lets warblers in and keeps some (but not all) other problems out. They lay an unusually large number of eggs for a warbler, 8-10 or so. But their babies follow a more standard program and stay in the nest until they can fly. And, being out over the water, they have to get it right the first time! Maybe that’s why they lay so many eggs. Birds can really be interesting.

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There was a great tug of war for Richmond Flowers of Montgomery, Ala. Schools across America wanted him for football and track but the recruiting race came down to Alabama and Tennessee. Paul Bryant promised to hire a track coach and build a track. Tennessee had a track and a track coach, Chuck Rohe, and a bright, young football coach, Doug Dickey. Bryant didn’t dig deep enough to realize he never had a chance. Richmond was fed up with how racial hatred in Alabama politics affected his father. He was going out of state. Richmond also recognized the University of

Tennessee as a bit more sophisticated and cosmopolitan than Alabama, more of a melting pot. Tell your Tide friends it remains so. UT assistant Clifton Stewart was point man in the long, hard recruitment of Stanley Morgan of Easley, S.C. Morgan’s commitment was a big prize for Bill Battle and his staff. Joy soon took a strange turn. Paul Dietzel, then coach at South Carolina, told Battle that the Gamecocks had to sign Morgan or he would be fired. Battle’s first coaching job had been with Dietzel at West Point. This dilemma was heavy. Bill owed a debt of gratitude to Dietzel but worked for Tennessee. A Clemson source, monitoring Morgan, soon told Tennessee that the superstar was going to South

Carolina. Clifton rushed to Easley, to the little frame house with the old Plymouth in the yard. The Morgans were gone. Neighbors said Stanley’s mother had a new job, a new car and a new place to live. Clifton found Mrs. Morgan. She confirmed that her new “opportunities” were related to Stanley’s decision to become a Gamecock. A few days later, she called Tennessee. She had quit her job, given up the new house and given back the new Lincoln. She said her son had not smiled once since she had made him switch sides. She asked if Tennessee would still take him.

a bouquet of yellow roses. For no particular reason, except that recently, he had asked me what my favorite flower was, and he always pays attention. Both of us have been alone for a lot of years (that “solitary place” Isaiah mentioned), but fortunately each of us also had a friend who encouraged us to step out of our comfort zones, and take a chance. I frequently ponder the fragile hinges our lives turn on. What if one of us had not heeded the encouragement of our friend? What if one of us had been too afraid to

meet a stranger in a public place? What if we had not felt like old friends from the very beginning? What if he had not had eyes as blue as my father’s? What if, indeed? But we did heed; we were not afraid; we did feel comfortable; he did have extraordinarily blue eyes; and I did – quite simply – drown in them. I believe that “the wilderness and the solitary place are glad” for us. I believe that our families and friends are glad that we have found one another. I believe that God had a hand in this and

is pleased that we cooperated, and that our lives will be enriched by the joy and contentment we have found. So what lessons have I learned from this unexpected journey? Be patient. (God works in God’s own time.) Pay attention. (You may not see a burning bush, but there will be signs.) Keep your heart strong. (It is a muscle, after all.) Don’t settle. (When it’s right, you’ll know.) And last, but certainly not least, God is good, all the time. (But sometimes, He excels!)

You might not believe this but … Some former insider will someday tell a colorful tale of how Tennessee faked out rival recruiters and got away with a high school lad who grew up to be an all-American. Besides the possibility of cheating and lying, football recruiting may include cloak-and-dagger stories that are slow to spill out of the closet. That’s how competitive recruiting is – a lot of stuff happens and almost anything goes but don’t talk and don’t get caught. Return with me now to yesteryear, 1927. For some strange reason, Bobby Dodd and Paul Hug didn’t really want to be Volunteers. They rode the bus from Kingsport to Nash-

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ville with the idea of playing for Vanderbilt. Dodd’s grades were suspect but both signed some kind of papers and were all set to be Commodores. Robert R. Neyland did not like this news. He wanted Hug and would take Bobby to get Paul. Knoxville sporting goods dealer Frank Callaway was appointed to investigate. He drove to Nashville for

what he considered a rescue mission. The rules of that day said a player wasn’t officially in school until he played a game. Callaway went on campus, found the players and explained their mistake. They repented, gathered possessions, squeezed into Callaway’s car and drove east on a sunny September afternoon. Dodd and Hug enrolled at Tennessee the next morning at 10. They were called transfers. That afternoon they played in a freshman game, 45-0 over Murphy Institute. Vanderbilt and others screamed foul. Neyland remained silent but supposedly smiled.

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The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. (Isaiah 35: 1 KJV)

As Lucy (of Peanuts fame) says to Linus, “I have made up a list for you; I call it ‘Things You Might as Well Know.’” And here is what you ing about the Lord’s cho- “might as well know”: as I sen people. have been explaining to my However, today, I smile friends and family, “Well, at this verse of Scripture there is this guy….” Today, “this guy” sent me and take it very personally.

The rainbow comes and goes, And lovely is the rose. Waters on a starry night Are beautiful and fair. (“The Rainbow,” William Wordsworth) Isaiah wrote, “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them,” and I know (really, I do know) that he was writ-


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Other recruiting stories are in Marvin West’s first book, Tales of the Tennessee Vols. Signed copies are available by mail from WESTCOM, PO Box 38, Maynardville, TN 37807. The cost is $20.

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■ PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson Support Group of East Tennessee will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Kern UMC Family Life Center, 451 E. Tennessee Ave. in Oak Ridge. The topic of this month’s program will be “Talk to us about LSVT Loud” presented by local speech therapists Melissa Grater, Linda Singleton and Tonya Connell. East Tennessee Personal Care Services and Emeritus of Oak Ridge Assisted Living will provide a light lunch. All are welcome. Info: Karen Sampsell, 482-4867; email pk_hopeisalive@bellsouth. net or visit

For registration info about these and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 6-7, Oak Ridge Senior Center, 728 Emory Valley Road, Oak Ridge. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 16, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2717 Buffalo Trail, Morristown. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule St., Alcoa. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Rodgersville Senior Center, 497 Main St., Rodgersville.

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Finding freedom is goal of Infusion Ministries Breaker.” A motivational speaker, Park was speaking primarily to college and high school students, and he knew Anderson’s message was for them. In searching for youth-based books on the subject, Park found there weren’t any. Anderson had a ministry called Freedom In Christ Ministries, but he had no materials to help Dave spread the word to young people. Within a few months, Park had joined with Anderson’s ministry, determined to find someone to create youth versions of Anderson’s books “Victory Over the Darkness” and “The Bondage Breaker.” In prayer to search for a writer, Anderson got a message that Park didn’t expect: Park should write the books. “Everything in me wanted to say, ‘no.’ I knew writing was not in my future. I am dyslectic,” said Park. However, the Holy Spirit, said Park, was pushing for a “yes.” “So I did!” said Park. “I received contracts to write

By Ashley Baker Dave Park, president of Infusion Ministries, knows how hard it can be to find freedom in Christ. His own journey ran right through forests of doubt. Infusion Ministries is a nonprofit faith-based ministry serving the Knoxville community. Park said that the name Infusion stands for “Christ in you, and you in Christ,” implying both the goal and the purpose of the ministry: to be united with Christ. The ministry offers classes, seminars and conferences designed to help young Christians discover the tools they need to set free their identity. Bible and scripture studies help free participants from such things as fear and addictive behaviors, said Park. Park said his own life was touched by the writings of and Park’s subsequent friendship with Neil T. Anderson in 1992. Park read Anderson’s books, “Victory Over the Darkness” and “The Bondage

two books, but the miracles did not stop there: James Dobson of ‘Focus on the Family’ got our first book, ‘Stomping Out the Darkness,’ which embodied the youth version of ‘Victory Over the Darkness.’ That book became the topic of his daily radio show.” As a result, 30,000 copies “immediately flew off the shelf,” said Park. “Today, more than 150,000 have sold.” Now with 17 books to their credit and nominations for the Gold Medallion Award, Anderson and Park seek to help young people step out with that same kind of faith, one that awakens their identity and sets them free, said Park. Infusion Ministries branched off in 2002 with Park at the helm to offer training and counseling through seminars, conferences, workshops and resources with an emphasis on equipping pastors and small group leaders. Park said, “We seek to provide those hurting with

Dr. Dave Park, president of Infusion Ministries, speaks at a conference. Photos submitted

Dave and Grace Park offer a faith-based ministry called Infusion in the Knoxville area. a special time where they can receive cleansing and experience life-changing truth.” Infusion Ministries also offers various Bible studies at Park’s local church, Two Rivers. Two other noteworthy parts of Infusion Ministries are The Lord’s Prayer Journey and the Men of the

Faith Promise celebrates new worship center By Theresa Edwards Faith Promise Church completed a two-year building project and celebrated the grand opening of its new worship center at the Pellissippi campus Jan. 26-27 with three worship services. The new worship center has 25,150 square feet with 1,700 seats. It is an extension and renovation of the previous space, expanding with an additional 700 seats. The lobby was also expanded, completing the two-phase construction project begun in August 2011. The new children’s building was completed last August. More important than the buildings, according to senior pastor Dr. Chris Stephens, is the congregation. “That’s what makes up our church, the people,” he said. But the buildings are needed to provide a

Dr. Chris Stephens, senior pastor, presents a message at the grand opening church service.

place to meet and worship together. Faith Promise Church had 63 baptisms across all its campuses and 5,300 in attendance. The church will be dividing $5,000 among three local charities. Info:

Magen Paine is baptized Sunday by Brad Ervin, pastor of outreach and missions, wearing the shirt given her that says “No Turning Back.” Photos by T. Edwards of

Banner app. The Lord’s Prayer journey is an extended time of one-on-one prayer in which a person can learn to pray using Jesus’ famous prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 as a guide. Park describes this as “a powerful tool designed to help individuals encounter

God, demolish strongholds and resolve personal and spiritual conflicts.” The Men of the Banner app unlocks a Bible study that looks at “life-changing truths,” said Park. In the study, Park and the Infusion staff explain how men can find authentic, lasting freedom in Christ. The study includes sessions such as “The Battle for the Mind,” “Forgiving from the Heart,” “Overcoming Anger” and “Overcoming Addictive Behavior.” Men of the Banner can be purchased from the App store for 99 cents. Infusion Ministries will set up seminars, conferences and studies for any size church, small groups or pastors’ groups. They can be contacted at 9661153 or on their website

Knox native promoted at Carson-Newman Dr. Kina Steed Mallard is now executive vice president and provost at CarsonNe w m a n College. She has Mallard been vice president of academic affairs since joining Carson-Newman in 2009. “This promotion is the next logical step in a long, distinguished administrative career for Dr. Mallard,” said college president Randall O’Brien. “She will be well-positioned to move to a college presidency, if

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Reach Them to Teach Them if we build a foundation of a By Sara Barrett mutually positive relationship In 2006, Amy Crawford with a child, that child will do was about to return to teacheverything he or she can to exing after leaving a position at ceed our expectations.” A.L. Lotts Elementary School three years earlier to start a The Reach Them to Teach family. In her new 8th-grade Them annual event, which is teaching position at West Valgiven a different name each ley Middle School, she found year, has grown to fill the herself teaching some of the Tennessee Theatre. Crawford same students she had known shares her story of inspiration, as 3rd graders. and radio talk show host Hal“For me, as an educator, lerin Hill serves as MC for the it was really insightful,” said evening in addition to sharing Crawford. “Once I got into the his own inspirational words. classroom and saw how the Hill has played a big part in kids had changed, it was a real every event since 2006. eye-opening experience. Special guest speakers “Instead of coming in with have included Truett Cathy, shining eyes and leaning forthe founder of Chick-fil-A resward to listen with interest,” taurants and national motivaCrawford said, the students tional speaker Don Bartlette. were now “real dull, apathetMembers of the community ic … they went from being who want to make a difference thirsty (in the 3rd grade) to can sponsor a seat for a teachbeing drenched.” er at the event. Crawford said her students “We don’t want anyone to were still the good kids she had pay to attend,” said Crawford. known before. They did what Dinner is served and each atshe asked them to do, but they tendee receives a special gift to had lost their passion for learnremember the message of the ing. This made her think of a West Valley Middle School 8th grader Brayden White shares a laugh with his teacher, Amy Crawford, evening. quote she had heard from a fel- founder of Reach Them to Teach Them. Photo by S. Barrett Reach Them to Teach Them low educator: continues to gain momentum. Teachlisted on the check was “His purpose.” …” and “I feel …” One student’s work “They come in to the schools as quesers from Kentucky are now traveling struck a chord with her. He had always “My knees gave out when I saw that tion marks, and they leave as periods.” to Knoxville each year to attend the sat quietly and didn’t really show an check. At that moment, I said ‘God, you “They change from ‘show me, tell event. The group is also holding a secinterest in learning. When she read his know me, you know my insecurities, me, who, what, how,’ to ‘it is what it is,’” ond event this year in Chattanooga for poem, it included lines such as “I worry my failures, my faults. If you can use me Crawford said. the first time with Guy Doud as the that my future will be me, myself and knowing how short I fall, you’ve got me.’ After praying about it, Crawford lisspeaker. I,” and “I am the cheese and the world “My life was changed from that day tened to a cassette by the 1986 Nation“There is a national need for this,” is the mouse.” forward. To this day, I still don’t know al Teacher of the Year, Dr. Guy Doud, Crawford said, “if we could do this Crawford knew then that she wantwho the check was from.” which she had received in 1988 when full-time and have some grants or ed to do something, but she wasn’t sure The night before students came she got her first teaching job. She heard grow it in some way. This is definitely where to start. She wondered if she back from summer break, Doud spoke his inspirational stories of what really a faith-based organization, and as long could get Guy Doud to visit Knoxville. to an audience of about 500 at Cedar mattered to his students, and stories of as I’m the president of it, that will not Crawford contacted Doud. She Springs Presbyterian Church. Based the students who asked him to stand change.” knew his speaking fee was $3,500 and on audience feedback, Crawford beup with them on senior night because “Teachers are telling us that they she didn’t have any idea how to raise lieved the event had been a success. their parents weren’t available. need more of this,” said Halcomb. the money. She just knew he had to The Dream Team grew to about 60 “Anytime I got overwhelmed lookCrawford says the sky is the limit. come. people who had become just as exciting at data and thinking about teachShe hopes the organization can begin “I wouldn’t be in education right ed about the event as Crawford. They ing technique, I would lose my joy for holding regular meetings for teachers now if it weren’t for him.” wanted to know where things would teaching and I would listen to that tape to offer moral support, as well as workShe formed a group of teachers and go from there. Reach Them to Teach on my way home,” said Crawford. shops where they can learn more than friends, who now call themselves the Them was born. She listened to Doud’s message statistics and data. Dream Team, to help spread the word “When you attend the (Reach Them and realized the technical part of Businesses including Food City and about the event. to Teach Them) events, you get the type teaching “will always be part of it, Bread Box have helped with fees, alIn her Bible study of support that you don’t get anywhere but not the part of it. The part that though the group is still struggling. class, Crawford was else,” said Karla Halcomb, a Dream matters most i s these Crawford feels blessed to have been asked to think Team member and instructional coach students who of a goal biga part of the experience. with Knox County Schools. “It fi lls a sit in my class ger than herself “There are still days when I think, huge gap. It gives you that deep breath every day, and I that would require ‘Is this real? Am I going to wake up and you need.” can make a difdivine intervention to this will have been a dream?’” “It is our mission to care,” said ference in their make it happen. When The main point she hopes teachers Crawford, referring to the role of a lives.” she told her study group about sched– and anyone else who has a role in a teacher. “We have to care about our Crawford began asking other teachuling Doud to speak, they offered to do child’s life – take away from the events data, we have to care about our numers at West Valley if they were getting whatever needed to be done to make it is to know that the most important bers and our graphs. the same sort of feelings about their happen. thing they can tell that child is, “You “I understand that accountability roles and what they were seeing in their Shortly before the event took place, matter. You are here for a reason.” matters. I understand that we have to students. Their answers were similar. Crawford checked her mailbox at school For more information, visit have a way to measure effectiveness Around this same time, Crawford and found a cashier’s check for $3,000 w w acht hem2te acht hem.or g and we want our students to achieve assigned a writing assignment to her made out to her with the purchaser or email Amy Crawford at amy@ academic standards. But my 20 years class. She asked them to write a poem named as “The Dear Lord.” The reason in the classroom has taught me that by completing sentences such as “I am

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Farragut Middle School gardening club members rehearsed last week for a video to teach other students what to put into the school’s composter. Pictured are 6th grader Spenser Byrd, 6th grader Abigail Rowell, 6th grader Kambria Coffey and 8th grader Sarah Kohl. Photo by S. Barrett

Gardening at Farragut Middle Farragut Middle School The club, which just students now have a reason started this year, is now to get excited about their creating a video to show lunch leftovers. fellow students how to use the composter. They have produced a script and storyboards and started filming scenes at their last meeting. Many members have Sara tried their hand at gardenBarrett ing at home and are looking forward to seeing what grows in the five raised beds they have created so far beThe school’s gardening hind the school. “The students will actually club was recently awarded a grant from the Ju- get to see where fresh vegetanior League of Knoxville bles come from,” said Cleer. The group hopes to install to purchase a 100-gallon composter, thanks to club rain barrels this spring and sponsor and FMS physical is still in need of supplies education teacher Brendon such as 125 feet of fencing “to Cleer, who wrote the grant. keep the rabbits out.” They

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Authors needed for children’s book festival The Farragut Arts Council is seeking local authors of children’s books to participate in the sixth annual Farragut Book Fest for Children, which will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Campbell Station Park.

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on-one with the participating authors. There is no charge to participate. Info: email Sandra Dean at or call 966-8356, or email Lauren Cox at Lauren.cox@ or call 966-7057.

Farragut High School senior offensive lineman Patrick “Paddy” Doucette has received a $2,000 scholarship from the K nox v ille Football Officials’ Association. Patrick “PadHe began dy” Doucette play ing when he was 7, and says he enjoys the teamwork it takes to play the game. Although he plans to play football in college, his career goal is to be a Marine. “I’m motivated by my dream of serving my country,” he said. “I know that I’ll need to work hard and be disciplined.” He hopes to attend the Naval Academy in Maryland and study political science. In addition to playing football, Doucette enjoys volunteering with his grandmother at the Ladies of Charity organization, packing meals and receiving donations for those in need.

Run for the Schools The Rusty Wallace Honda Run for the Schools will be held Saturday, March 2, at Chilhowee Park and the Knoxville Zoo. The familyfriendly event will include music, refreshments, vendor booths and prizes. All participants will receive a complimentary day at the Knoxville Zoo following the race. The 5k run and walk will start at 8 a.m., and the one-mile family fun walk begins at 8:15 a.m. After awards are given out at 8:45 a.m., a 100-yard

Spelling bee at Farragut Intermediate Farragut Intermediate School 5th graders Amara Pappas and Aditya Bal competed in several final rounds during the school’s spelling bee last week. Aditya took the trophy with the word epilation. He will advance to the regionals in March. “I had hoped they would give me the word hors d’oeuvres,” said Amara. The students were given a list of 450 words to study before the competition. Photo by S. Barrett

The ‘bee’ at Farragut Middle Farragut Middle School 6th grader Will Thorley won last week’s spelling bee. Seventh grader Harrison Crawford was the runner up. Will continued his winning streak after having won the last two years at Farragut Intermediate School. dash will be held at 9:30 a.m. Participants can run to raise funds for a specific school. Last year, $9,000 was raised. Pre-registration runs through Feb. 22. Students are $10, adults are $20 and children 2 and under are free. Registration the day of the event will be held 6:30-8 a.m, and will be $15 for students and $25 for adults. Info:

SCHOOL NOTES ■ A.L. Lotts Elementary School’s PTA will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Chili’s, 120 Mabry Hood Road near Pellissippi Parkway. Everyone is invited.

Note: In last week’s column, I incorrectly identified West Valley Middle School teacher Amy Crawford as Amy Alexander. I sincerely regret the error. - S. Barrett

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Creating quality at VG’s Bakery The sacks of flour and sugar stacked in the shop tell the tale of VG’s Bakery.

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Well, that, and a taste of anything in the display case. Spend a morning with David and Vanessa Gwin, and you will have a tasty morning. VG’s Bakery opened at 11552 Kingston Pike in the shopping center with Kohl’s in November 1999. It has never moved; yet every day someone “discovers” VG’s, says David Gwin. Vanessa is quiet, preferring to show her mastery and creativity each time a customer takes a bite of one of her cookies, cakes, pies,

pastries or breads. David never met a stranger, and he tells the story of VG’s, punctuating its history with anecdotes and family timelines: “Then Katie was born …” “When Riley came along …” VG’s Bakery is the story of a woman who loves to cook, and a family willing to commit to the dream. Vanessa is a trained chef who decided not to work for a year after her first child, Katie, was born in 1986. So, instead of working, she baked for friends, and then for businesses. Soon she had a busy business out of her home. “We didn’t know any better,” says David, with a laugh. “People would want something – pastries for The Orangery, breads for a local bed and breakfast – and Vanessa would make them.” A job offer as an executive chef soon came, so Vanessa rejoined the “real” work

world. When son Riley was born in 1992, Vanessa went to work at the school where Katie attended, still baking for specialty stores around town. When a local store’s request for 10 dozen rugelach grew the next week to an order for 60 dozen pastries, plans for the “hobby” to become a bakery got serious. VG’s Bakery opened on Nov. 2, 1999. Not being particularly media savvy, a child’s conversation with a reporter at Katie’s school became a story in a local paper, much to the Gwins’ surprise. “It came out two days before Thanksgiving,” says David. “By 9 a.m., we were sold out of everything.” Retail is tough, but David jumped into the business to help, and now Katie and Riley are essential partners as well. “We have two components to the business now,” says David. “We sell at nine farmers’ markets each week, and we have the shop. We have developed loyal followings at the markets and at the shop, and I’m not sure we could make it without both. Together, it is a great combination.” Katie, who is engaged to Mason Gonzalez, works in the store and goes to the markets with her father, and Riley is gaining cooking

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UT’s twin goals of academic and athletic success are attainable By Sherri Gardner Howell With two subjects that ignite passion from their fans – athletics and academics – Dr. Donald Bruce suggests simply letting the data do the talking when discussing the possibility of a happy union. Bruce, professor in the Center for Business and Economic Research and UT’s faculty athletics representative, spoke at the Rotary Club of Farragut on Jan. 30.

Bringing a research model to UT’s goals of excelling in athletics and becoming a Top 25 public research university shows that the two goals are not mutually exclusive, Bruce said. “Those who say we must sacrifice football, for example, to be a Top 25 public research university don’t know their data,” said Bruce. “When sports teams don’t do as well as the average fan would like, the fan

looks for something to blame. The university’s drive to be in the Top 25 academically has been cited as a reason. What a silly notion, and one that won’t stand up to the facts.” Bruce showed current and past lists of the U.S. News and World Report’s Top 25 Public Universities and discussed comparisons with colleges that rank in the top in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). “Every Division

In the kitchen at VG’s Bakery are Riley, Vanessa and David Gwin. Photos by S. Gardner Howell

The Gwins: David, Riley, Katie and Vanessa.

skills in the kitchen with his mother. Vanessa insists that everything at VG’s Bakery is made from scratch with no shortcut mixes. The markets have taught them the value of buying everything they can locally, says David, so he picks blueberries, strawberries and peaches in season,

and other fresh ingredients from local farms find their way into the baked goods. They don’t do wedding cakes (“too stressful”) and haven’t jumped on the gigantic cupcake trend (“We make normal-sized cupcakes with sensible icing.”) Biggest sellers at the farmers’ markets are breads, with cookies tak-

ing first place in the shop. Her specialty, says Vanessa, is “quality.” Her husband adds, “creativity,” and the master baker doesn’t disagree. “That is what I love,” she says, “looking for new ways to make something taste even better, to fix what’s wrong and to be creative in baking something new.”

I school on the Top 25 (a c a d e m i c list) with the exception of the University of California at Berkeley has Donald Bruce been in the Top 25 BCS rankings,” he said. Bruce said progress is being made toward UT’s goal of hitting the Top 25 public universities list. “We were No. 50 last year and are at No. 46 this year. Over the years, we have been as good

as 37 (2006) and as low as 52 (2010).” As to what it will take to get to the Top 25, Bruce told the Rotarians that the university has to continue to do better in improving undergraduates’ ACT scores, in retention and in improving the six-year graduation rate. “We are making progress in all three – some steady and some slow – but progress,” he said. “We also have to continue to improve in the areas of graduate degrees, research expenditures, faculty salaries and infrastructure and resources, but I believe

our main benchmark is in how well our undergraduates do.” Bruce said that in his role as athletics representative, he always has things he can point to with pride in meetings with faculty from the other 12 SEC schools. “I believe we now have a firm commitment from the top in our athletic programs to set high academic expectations for the student athletes,” Bruce said. “And I can always wear my (UT women’s basketball) shirt. The women show everyone that it can be done.”

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‘Tearing Down the Walls’ By Shannon Morris Each year, Grace Christian Academy hosts Spiritual Emphasis Week for the middle school and high school students. This year’s event, which was held Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, was called “Tear Down the Walls, Break Free, Twenty Thirteen,” and proved to be yet another powerful time of spiritual refreshment and renewal for the students and faculty. The guest speaker, the Rev. Paul Woods, challenged students in the areas of breaking down any walls or barriers that separate us from being what Christ wants them to be. For students, those walls often are comprised of the typical negative temptations like drugs and alcohol. However, even some things we might not think of as evil, such as social media, video games, movies and television, can distract us from our spiritual development. Students were challenged to recognize and prevent such things from becoming walls that divide and distract them as they seek to follow God.

Woods is the youth pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. He is the Professor of Youth Ministry at Trinity Baptist College. Serving in youth ministry for 18 years, Woods has a unique understanding of students in a Christian school environment, as he also assists at Trinity Christian School in Jacksonville. Woods was used by God in a mighty way during this critical week at Grace, and our campus has experienced a fresh excitement about living for Christ in all areas of life.

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Rachael Asher, Chase Reynolds, Tyler King and Heath Hatmaker lead students in worship during Grace Christian Academy’s Spiritual Emphasis Week. Photo by Randy Down

Meeya Lowery, Kaycee Hendricks, Courtney Clift and Matthew Montgomery enjoy a day at Grace Christian Academy. Photo by Kara McKamey

Jaylen Haluska (kneeling) Abigail Seal, Sarah Hawk, Jonathan Seal are the Pevensie children in the Grace Christian Academy production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Photos byJulie Bass

Katie Borden is the White Witch and Sean Sloas is Aslan in the Grace Christian Academy production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Narnia comes to Grace By Shannon Morris The Grace Christian Academy drama department cordially invites you to enjoy the upcoming presentation of “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the book by C.S. Lewis. The high school drama department is proud to present this amazing story, which features a cast of 33 students (15 cast members and 19 extras). The production tells the story

of three children who discover a wardrobe closet that, upon entering, opens the door to adventure and discovery. The beautiful costumes for the production were designed by Dewayne and Sandy Clift, and the incredible set was created by Jeff Delaney, who is noted for his work on the Nativity Pageant of Knoxville, along with the design skills of Karyn Sloas and Teresa McNelly.

This is a true dramatic presentation, as the show will have no music or choreography. The students, under the direction of GCA drama teacher Tonya Wilson, have been working very hard to create a top-quality show that both the school family and the public will be sure to enjoy. Join us at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. Feb. 12, in the Grace Baptist Church Worship Center. Admission is free.

Open house Feb. 10 By Shannon Morris Have you ever wished you could find out more about Grace Christian Academy? If so, attending an Open House is the perfect way to get your questions answered. Our next Open House is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.10th. Here, you can meet some of our amazing teachers and staff members, tour the classrooms and facilities, and collect the important information that you will need as you consider Grace for your child’s education. Par-

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Crisis management Law enforcement officers learn to diffuse crisis situations

It was one of those calls Officer Matthew Gentry says “could’ve ended really, really badly” but didn’t. A distraught man armed with a butcher knife stood in the middle of the street, slicing away at his arms in an attempt to commit suicide. “Long story short, I was able to talk him into putting the knife down and actually convinced him to comply with my commands to sit on the ground,” Gentry recounted. “I was then able to handcuff him and place him in the ambulance. I had every opportunity in the world to Taser him but didn’t because he was complying with the orders I was giving him. Since then, I’ve dealt with him two or three other times, and we’re on a first-name basis now.” Gentry, an officer with the Knoxville Police Department, tells the story to make a point – Crisis Intervention Team training is helping law enforcement officers diffuse potentially deadly encounters with the mentally ill. First launched by the Memphis Police Department in 1988 after a tragic shooting in which a police officer killed a mentally disturbed man, the CIT program was developed by the MPD in collaboration with the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and mental health providers to improve police training and procedures in response to mental illness crisis. Today, the “Memphis Model,” as it has become known, has been adopted in more than 35 states and hundreds of communities. It’s what drew almost 50 officers from law enforcement agencies in Anderson, Blount, Hamilton, Knox and Roane counties to Peninsula Hospital in Louisville on two occasions recently to get a first-hand look at the mental health community, its patients, medical providers and the families affected by mental illness. The Peninsula “field trip” is but a part of a 40-hour training course that delves far deeper into mental health issues than does a staterequired course. Similar visits are made to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, the Psycho-Social Rehab Center and Mobile Crisis. The CIT classes, which take place at Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital or the Law Enforcement Innovation Center in Oak Ridge, provide instruction in de-escalation techniques, suicide risk assessment, involuntary commitment laws and procedures, street encounters, dual diagnoses and mental illness in children, adolescents and the elderly. “It’s not reinventing the wheel – it’s basically showing that person that you care, that you are there for them, to allow them to talk and show them that you are listening to them and there to help resolve that situation,” said Gentry, who has now become a certified CIT trainer. “It’s more empathetic than sympathetic because, going through this more advanced training, you have a better understanding that they may be mentally ill but they’re still a person. They’re not always

Knox County law enforcement officers listen as Sheryl McCormick, coordinator of Peninsula’s peer support and recovery training, tells of her own battle with mental illness.

Liz Clary, director of patient care services at Peninsula, talks with officers during recent Crisis Intervention Team training.

Officer Matthew Gentry of the Knoxville Police Department has undergone training to become a certified CIT trainer.

Knoxville Police Department officers attended a CIT training last month at Peninsula. Left to right, they are: Front Row -- Sam Henard, Amy Boyd, Caryn Heitz, Terri Moore, Susan Coker and Matthew Gentry; Back Row -- Peninsula’s Director of Patient Services Liz Clary, Peninsula nurse manager Ann Cooper, Matt Peters, Michael Rupe, David Gerlach, Jason Artymovich, Brad Cox, Alan Meisheid, Peninsula Clinical Manager Dr. Charlotte Frye and Peninsula nurse manager Amy Spangler.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office officers attending the recent Crisis Intervention Team training at Peninsula are, from left: Front Row – Andy Collins, Jon Underwood, Jason Moyers, Bobby Law, Jeremy McCord and Tim Sellers; Back Row – Peninsula nurse managers Ann Cooper and Amy Spangler, Sgt. Mark Belliveau, Billy Douglas, Cas Clark, Benji Gresham, Charles Kuykendall, Greg Stanley and Peninsula Clinical Manager Dr. Charlotte Frye.

like this. It’s when they’re off their medication or if they’re having an episode, that’s why they are showing these symptoms and that’s why they’re acting that way.” Randy Myers, an officer with the Oak Ridge Police Department, echoed a similar sentiment after touring Peninsula. “It’s very helpful because it lets us see the other side and get their perspective on things and understand that they are going through a real crisis,” he said. “… it helps us understand, and try to relate from that perspective, especially if we’re the ones being attacked or whatever. It’s not us they’re attacking, they’re just acting out.” Not surprisingly, Liz Clary, Peninsula’s director of patient services, says the majority of its patients – 90 to 95 percent – don’t come to the facility of their own free will, but in handcuffs and in the back of a patrol car. “The state is trying to change that and has worked with emer-

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in which a patient is restrained is captured on the many video cameras throughout the facility and studied. “We look at every seclusion and every restraint and we ask, ‘What can we learn from this? What could have been done differently? What could we have done to prevent it?’ The law says that you do it if they are a danger to themselves or to others, but with the kids, you’ve got to think about what kind of damage your doing by putting them in restraints. You don’t want to do it. Our goal

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The woodhouse held kindling and wood to supply the house for heat. The barn was built in 1932 and the corn crib was added in 1940. Photos by K. Woycik

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Horse opera John Niceley, who raises grain-fed beef and teaches horsemanship at his family’s Strong Stock Farm on Rutledge Pike, never expected to be invaded by opera singers.

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Carol’s Critter Corner His daughter Carrie is a soprano with The UT Opera Theater, but this is something else altogether. Niceley is providing horses and rider training for Knoxville Opera’s current production of Giacomo Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West.” It’s set during the California Gold Rush of the late 1800s. The story centers around a reformed criminal, the woman who believes in him and the sheriff who wants him dead. And it’s all in Italian. Talk about a Spaghetti Western. Several of the characters will ride onto the stage of the Tennessee Theatre on real horses this weekend when the opera is performed. Niceley has been teaching the stars of the show how to look as if they’ve been riding all their lives and how to manage their horses in close quarters. “They are the nicest folks, and they’re all doing so well,” says Niceley. “The way they’ve improved since day one is just astonishing.”

Soprano Carter Scott has enjoyed her experiences at Strong Stock Farm. Practicing a difficult maneuver with her horse, Callie the Pallie, she eventually succeeded. “John Niceley told me to go off by myself and think about it for a minute, to let it sink in,” she says. “It’s a lot like singing. Sometimes you practice something the wrong way over and over. And when you finally get it right, you need to stop and think about it for a while.” Scott is, however, concerned that Niceley’s little black Pekingese dog, Pepper, isn’t really clear on one important detail. “She got between me and my horse and just demanded to be petted. It’s obvious that she thinks she’s the diva.” The singers and their horses must maneuver in tight spaces while they’re onstage. For that reason, all riders will mount and dismount from the right side, which is not standard. “There’s a window in the way,” laughs bass Ricardo Rivera, referring to the stage set. Though Rivera himself is young, he is playing a much older man. Niceley has been working with him to slow his movements while in the saddle. Stay tuned for next week’s second installment, when you’ll learn how performance week went for the equine stars and their riders, as well as the answer to the question on everyone’s minds: will the shows be “accident-free”? Send your interesting animal stories to

On a beautiful country road in Hardin Valley is a barn more than 100 years old. The road is named Buttermilk Road, an appropriate name for a family farm. The Fain family purchased 67 acres in 1910 for $200, which was a large sum of money at the time.

Barnyard Tales Kathryn Woycik George and Barsha Fain had 15 children, raising 12 of them on this property. They lived in an old twostory farmhouse with no electricity or plumbing. The home was heated by wood. Two lanterns lit their way in the night. Snow blew through the cracks in the walls in winter. Life was hard but fulfilling. The children were all musicians who played the piano, banjo, fiddles or guitars. In 1932, the barn and garage were built. Both have remained there for 83 years. In 1940 the corn crib, smokehouse, woodhouse, blacksmith shop and twoseater were added. A twoseater, you ask? It isn’t a wagon or carriage, as I first thought, but an outhouse. And, yes, it had two seats side by side!

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The smokehouse and blacksmith shop were built about 1940.

Each of the children had their own chores. They helped raise horses, cows, chickens and hogs. The meat was stored in the smokehouse. Corn, peanuts and other crops were grown. A stream provided water, and a team of horses hauled water to the house in buckets. A two-room schoolhouse was originally located on the corner of Graybeal and Buttermilk roads. Many of the Fain children received their education from one teacher, who taught eight grades. Both George and Barsha had died by 1943. Three sons and a daughter remained on the farm. In 1967, they tore the farmhouse down, kicked

the chickens out of their coop and moved in for four months while rebuilding the home. Last week, I met Glenn Fain, George’s grandson. Glenn grew up on A two-seater was the family Middlebrook Pike outhouse having seating for two! and spent two weeks each summer helping his grandpa. His job and barn once were and, was to shell corn for the in 2000, built his retirechickens. He recalled the ment home among the other times when he would stick buildings. Even the original three chicken feathers in walkway and hedges rethe end of a corn cob and main. Glenn and his wife, throw it like a football. He Wanda, are proud of their called a “whirligig.” heritage and the memories Glenn has lived and they hold dear. worked in Chattanoga and Anyone wanting to share Morristown. He obtained the age, history, or story of the original piece of land their barn, email woycikK@ where the family house

‘Back when’ in Farragut By Sara Barrett Dick and Ellen Tisdale have lived in the same house in Farragut, just off Grigsby Chapel Road, since July 1978. They built one of the first houses in the Woodchase subdivision and have enjoyed watching the area around them grow. But they may have enjoyed watching the families in their neighborhood grow and flourish even more. The Tisdales moved to Woodchase from the Gulf Park neighborhood in Cedar Bluff “because that area was so built up, we wanted to move further west,” said Ellen. “We never expected we would have a Turkey Creek, but we love it.” “We knew it would grow,” said Dick, “but I can’t say that we anticipated what we have now.” Dick is retired from selling waterproof footwear and Ellen is retired from her job as a teaching assistant at Farragut Intermediate School. Their daughter, Lisa, attended Farragut schools. Dick and Ellen now regularly visit Lisa, her husband, John, and their two children, 8-year-old Jack and 10-year-old Julia, at their home in Alabama. Although the Tisdales love spending time with

Farragut residents Dick and Ellen Tisdale have enjoyed watching the area grow over the last 30 years. Photo by S. Barrett

their own grandchildren, they find themselves substituting as grandparents for others quite frequently. “We have reared many families,” said Dick, as he and Ellen talk about visiting the Farragut schools with their neighbors’ children for Grandparents Day. They estimate that over the last 30 years they’ve watched four or five families come and go from one house alone. Dick remembers shopping at the A&P on Kingston Pike where Walgreens and the new Costco now sit. At the time, it was the only grocery in town.

The Frontier House was the only restaurant in the area, and it was further up Kingston Pike. The building is no longer standing, but it was located across from what is now Volunteer Pharmacy. “Folks would bring their brown bags in at dinner,” Dick said, since alcohol could not yet be sold legally in the area. The Tisdales enjoy the occasional trip away, with a trip to two to Europe under their belt. But they are most happy with the life they’ve built in Farragut near their extended family in the homes around them.


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THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Father-daughter dance tickets Tickets are on sale for the eighth annual Shamrock Ball – A Father-Daughter Dance, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Commons Area of Farragut High School, 11237 Kingston Pike. Tickets are $15 per couple and $5 for each additional person in advance and $20 per couple and $8 for each additional person at the door. Tickets will be available through noon on Friday, March 15, at: (nominal convenience fee assessed); Farragut Town Hall (open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays), 11408 Municipal Center Drive; and at the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce, 11826 Kingston Pike, Suite 110. Presented by the Town of Farragut and Kiwanis Club of Farragut, the Shamrock Ball will feature an evening of music and dancing provided by Gann’s Entertainment, light refreshments and a craft. Event staff will take a photo of each couple or family, and photos will be available for purchase online after the event. Fathers and daughters of all ages, as well as all family members, are welcome and encouraged to attend. Event proceeds will benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia Society and Young-Williams Animal Center. For more info, visit www.townoffarragut. org or contact Lauren Cox, or 865-966-7057.

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Education exhibit The special exhibit “Approaching 100 Years of Education” will be on display through Friday, May 10, at the Farragut Folklife Museum in the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The exhibit highlighting Farragut schools will include lettermen sweaters; band, cheerleading and football uniforms; annuals; and photos. Featured items will include photos from the Farragut High School 1959 Dedication Ceremony during which then-senior Frank Galbraith – now a retired Farragut Middle School history teacher – helped to place a time capsule within the walls of the school. Also on display will be photos and the autobiography of Bill Bates, former University of Tennessee and Dallas Cowboys football player, who played on the most-winning team in Farragut High’s history in 1978. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. For more info, visit www.townoffarragut. org or contact museum coordinator Julia Jones-Barham, or 865-966-7057.

THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 31 The Town of Farragut is requesting donations for its 29th annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo, which will be held Saturday, June 8, at Anchor Park. Youth ages 13 and under participate in a morning of fishing and competing for prizes. The Town is seeking youth and adult spincast (push button) rod and reel combos in good working condition, as well as other fishing supplies including line, hooks, bobbers and sinkers. Farragut businesses are also encouraged to consider donating fishing-related items to be used as prizes for participants. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. For more info or to coordinate a specific donation drop-off time, contact Athletic and Park Coordinator Jay Smelser, jay. or 865-966-7057.


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MONDAYS, FEB. 4-MARCH 11 Zumba classes The Town of Farragut is offering a six-week series of Zumba classes on Mondays, Feb. 4-March 11, in the Community Room of the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Zumba is a cardio-based workout designed to tone the entire body. Using primarily Latin-influenced music, the routines feature interval sessions where fast and slow rhythms are combined to tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. Karen McKinney is the instructor. Cost is $45. Registration deadline was Friday, Feb. 1. For more info, call 865-966-7057.

TUESDAY, FEB. 5 The Caregiver Support Group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Room 293 at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive. Concord UMC is the home of CADES (Concord Adult Day Enrichment Services). The guest speaker will be Kelly Guyton-Frere, certified elder law attorney with Guyton & Frere. GuytonFrere will address legal issues of caregivers and answer questions. Refreshments will be provided by Elmcroft of West Knoxville. The support group, affiliated with Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., meets at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Anyone in the community who gives care to an elderly individual is welcome to attend. For more info, call 865-674-2835.

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children’s books to participate in the sixth annual Farragut Book Fest for Children. Book Fest, hosted by the council in conjunction with the Town of Farragut and the Knox County Public Library Farragut Branch, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Campbell Station Park. Authors will be accepted until spaces are full; first come, first served. The fest will include storytelling, book signings, music and art activities. Reading and learning are the primary objectives. Children will have the opportunity for one-onone interaction with participating authors, discovering their books and characters while offering the authors the chance to promote and sell their books. Authors will be provided a tent, table and chairs to use; there is no charge to participate. They will supply their books, decorations and signage. Interested authors should contact Farragut Arts Council member Sandra Dean, or 865-966-8356, or Lauren Cox, or 865966-7057, for more info and to request an application.

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6805 Maynardville Hwy (Halls Crossroads)

865.922.7557 First Come, First Sold! EASY CREDIT TERMS â&#x20AC;˘

Farragut Shopper-News 020413  

A great community newspaper serving Farragut and the surrounding area

Farragut Shopper-News 020413  

A great community newspaper serving Farragut and the surrounding area