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Togetherness trumps

‘Elixir of Love’ Eric White, chorister with the Knoxville Opera Company (KOC), describes the plot of “The Elixir of Love” in a few phrases: “Romantic comedy. Village idiot attempts to woo smartest, prettiest, richest girl in the county away from handsome soldier using love potion from quack doctor.” Carol Zinavage previews the upcoming performance.

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After nearly 69 years of marriage, Dick and Hannah Haller know something about being sweethearts. “You work through the bad times, and you don’t give up too easily,” says Hannah Haller. “Back when we got married, you got married for a lifetime. You didn’t even consider saying, ‘Let’s give it a try.’ ” “It hasn’t been all sunshine,” Dick Haller says of the years that have passed since their June 1945 wedding. But he says they both had the example of their parents, who got married and stuck to it. The Hallers aren’t planning anything special for Valentine’s Day, but they don’t need to. Their marriage has always been about doing things together. They’ve known each other since they were 4th graders from farm families in the small town of Daleville, Ind. When they started dating as high school seniors, neither

had had a serious romance before. There wasn’t much to do around Daleville, so they’d make their way to Muncie or Anderson “for exciting dates,” says Hannah. That meant going to hear big bands perform or to watch movies. They liked the comedies of Abbott & Costello. She was fond of Tyrone Power, and he enjoyed westerns. For small-towners, they’ve had their share of celebrity encounters. While Dick was in the Army during World War II, he spent some free time in New York, where he met bandleader Guy Lombardo and a young crooner named Frank Sinatra. “I didn’t even know who he was,” he says. B e for e moving to K nox v ille about 15 years ago, they lived in Hender-

Dick and Hannah Haller enjoy their Sit N Be Fit class at the Frank R. Strang Senior Center. Photos by Betsy Pickle

Dick and Hannah Haller cozy up in front of Valentine’s decorations at the Frank R. Strang Center.

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One hundred years of balance

State of the Schools address Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre will deliver his third annual State of the Schools address at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Hardin Valley Academy. The event is open to the public and Jim McIntyre refreshments will be provided. The address will overview academic progress in Knox County Schools, update on implementation of the five-year strategic plan and outline educational goals for the coming year. The address will be broadcast live on KCS-TV, Comcast Cable Channel 10 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. It will also be broadcast live on WBIR’s 10News2. On the web, it will be streamed live at, and It can be heard on WKCS radio 91.1 FM and WKCS Retro Radio.

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By Wendy Smith Few live to see 100, and even fewer of those can execute the brush knee movement. West Knoxville resident Leona Phelps is part of that happy minority. She celebrated her 100th birthday last week by practicing brush knee and eating birthday cake with her tai chi class at Sequoyah Presbyterian Church. Phelps took up tai chi at age 95 after a fall. It improves balance, she says. Balance may be a key component to her long life. In addition to regular exercise – she uses an exercise bike at home – and a

Leona Phelps shows off a sweatshirt signed by her Taoist Tai Chi class given in honor of her 100th birthday. Photo by Wendy Smith

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‘Eyesore’ billboard concerns Karns By Jake Mabe A 24x25-foot double-sided billboard being built at the intersection of Oak Ridge Highway and Byington-Beaver Ridge Road has residents complaining that it is an unwanted eyesore and a potential safety hazard. The small lot property at the intersection was purchased from the Clara Gallaher estate by Amanns Properties Diversified, which specializes in billboard placement at high traffic intersections. They then lease billboard space to advertisers. Knox County Commission chair Brad Anders, who represents the A large billboard being erected at the intersection of Oak Ridge Highway and Byington- Beaver Ridge Road is legal, but To page A-3 has residents concerned about its placement and the number of billboards popping up in Karns. Photo by Nancy Anderson GET AN EARLY START ON VALENTINES DAY!

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Senior Peyton Crawford gives her parents, Joel and Sabrena, a close look at the ceramic mask she made using raku firing. Senior Karly Light poses by her ceramic goblets and shows off her Tennessee Tech sweatshirt, where she has a full art scholarship for next year. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

This festive teapot is the creation of Hannah Jordan.

So much talent… It is a treat every year, and thanks are in order. The Farragut Arts Council puts elbow grease where their hearts are each year with a special art show at Farragut Town Hall for area students. The groups rotate among the Farragut schools, and this year it was time for the Farragut High School students to take a bow. And what works of art they produced! Art teachers Wendie Love and Martha Robbins put a variety of media and styles from their students on display for the public to enjoy. The exhibit will be up through Friday during regular Town Hall hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception honoring the student artists and awarding prizes to the winners was held Feb. 4. Gift certificates to Jerry’s Artarama were award to

‘Eyesore’ 6th District, says the billboard was purchased by Outdoor Displays and meets state and county codes. “There is a lot of ve-

FARRAGUT FACES Clara Park and Yongyu Chen add their talents to the musical Best of Show and first, sec- portion of the evening as part of the FHS Orchestra. ond and third place winners. Winners are: Grace Khalsa, Best of Show; Alaina Barile, first place; Brianna Weiss, second place; Aki Weininger, third place; and Bevin Hardy, Jennie Cunic, Katherine Whitehead, Brady Mastellone and Peyton Crawford, honorable mention. Keeping the mood festive was music from the Farragut High School Orchestra, under the direction of Michelle Clupper. Nancy Wentz spearheaded the effort for the FarraSarah Lowrey calls her creations “gear necklaces.” gut Arts Council.

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son-in-law, Carmita and Glen Wright, and granddaughter Calen, now a senior at Webb. They live in the Bluegrass community. Dick retired from the Container Corporation of America in 1983 after 37 years (he briefly worked for General Motors after he left the service). Hannah sewed and played piano and organ for their church in Hendersonville. They’re active now with the senior group at Grace Lutheran. Hannah says Dick has never been one for making romantic gestures like buying her jewelry or flowers, but she’s fine with that. After all, he did build two lakeside cabins for her over the years. And though he did occasionally go fishing or hunting with friends, she has always been his No. 1 priority. “We’ve done things together 99 percent of the time,” he says.

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sonville for 30-plus years. One of their close friends there was Mae Axton, the songwriter mother of country star Hoyt Axton. She cowrote the Elvis Presley classic “Heartbreak Hotel.” “She told Elvis ahead of time that she was going to write him his first millionseller,” says Hannah, and she did. The Hallers’ claim to fame now is their popularity at the Frank R. Strang Senior Center, where Hannah is revered for her apple pie and both are admired for their energy and charm. They attend Sit N Be Fit classes twice a week, and Dick, who has Parkinson’s, insists on doing the exercises at home three days a week. They expected to retire to Florida – they’d lived for most of their marriage in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the Nashville area – but they moved to Knoxville to be near their daughter and

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Learn ’em like Obamas

When President Barack Obama touched down in Nashville last month to continue his State of the Union message about career-oriented education, he went out to McGavock Comprehensive High School, in the small assembly room which has been redesigned of the City County Buildas an “Academies of Nashing to discuss the $40,000 ville” model school with Gobis report. Public may the help of a federal School attend. Improvement Grant and Rogero and her staff the assistance of local busimet with top KAT staff in nesses and industries. His January at their offices. Her message, boiled down to its communications office led essence, was this: by Jesse Mayshark declined “A quality education to identify who on the shouldn’t be something that Rogero staff accompanied other kids get. It should be the mayor. For a mayor who something that all our kids pledged transparency, this is get.” a contradiction. Why would Amen, right? it be a secret as to who on McGavock, known as “Big her staff accompanied her Mac,” because it’s Tennesto a meeting dealing with see’s largest high school, is a public transportation? success story. Once a strugWhat’s the big deal? For gling school, it now (accordthe record, I can report ing to press releases) ranks the staff accompanying in the top quartile for stuher were the two deputy dent achievement growth in mayors, Dr. Bill Lyons and the state. Obama was clearly Christi Branscom. impressed. But would he be However, it is smart for impressed enough to send the mayor to confer with the KAT board as she did not when she canceled the Veolia contract. It looks like the mayor wants to chart a new course in dealing with the KAT. The Gobis report, in She may not have had a the view of several KAT license, but make no misboard members, is seritake about it – Diane Dozier ously flawed and should not was a teacher. be implemented. It will be interesting to see if Council will hold a workshop since the report recommends several steps which require Council approval. Jake ■ UT Band DirecMabe tor Gary Sousa is now teaching at the School of Music, but the inquiry into Dozier, 66, a longtime his work as band direcPTA volunteer and former tor continues. The inquiry 7th District school board has already lasted a month longer than predicted when member, passed away Feb. 1. She may not have been it started in October. Sousa continues to draw the band aware of it, but she taught us much. director’s salary. From her, we learned ■ TVA says it must cut about loving family with a $500 million in expenses. This means layoffs for both capital L. She was devoted to her son, Curtis, boasting full- and part-time employees. Strange there is no about his accomplishments, mention of the $5.9 million, forever proud of him. That nine-month salary to CEO love, in fact, led her to join Bill Johnson. the PTA at Brickey School, Hard to justify firing which launched her career. people while maintaining From her, we learned to such an excessive salary have a passion for public for the CEO and the legal education. She served as counsel, Ralph Rodgers, PTA president at Brickey, who made $1.9 million last year. Not many attorneys in the Tennessee Valley come close to half that amount. If Rodgers will not do ■ Sandra Rowcliffe is learning the job for less, then surely what it means to be a canTVA could find someone didate. A KNS story outlined else who would work for recent unpleasantness in $400,000 a year and do an her personal life (including a outstanding job. parking lot fight and restrainWasteful spending at ing order). This is the woman TVA continues at the top who suggested a spanking level because the board for the really bad teachers. fails to act. If Rowcliffe is elected to the President Obama has school board, perhaps she three TVA nominations to could just drag them into the make in 2014. parking lot and pound them.

City tax hike looming? More than one member of Knoxville City Council has told this writer they would not be surprised if Mayor Rogero recommended a property tax increase in her budget this year. My guess is that the mayor has not decided and would surely try to avoid a tax increase the year before she runs for her second and final term in office.

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The one-time bonus of $8 million to the city from the state’s Hall income tax awhile back makes a tax hike harder to explain this year. Coupled with the pension reform city charter amendments which the mayor successfully championed in 2012 to solve the financial pressures on the pension plan, a property tax hike would be an even tougher sale for the mayor and the four council members running for their second and final terms in 2015. The last city property tax increase was 10 years ago. My prediction is one should expect a city property tax increase recommendation in the first year of Rogero’s second term in 2016 rather than now. As long as Tim Burchett is county mayor, there will not be a county property tax increase. It is that simple. Whether city council would approve a property tax hike and in what amount is a big question. ■ John H. Daniel clothing company is leaving the Old City, having sold the Jackson Avenue property it has called home for a century. Richard Bryan told this writer he will relocate to Central Avenue this summer. Customers have included the late Gov. Ned McWherter, Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush, former Gov. Don Sundquist, famed attorney Johnny Cochran and Sen. Howard Baker along with countless other prominent citizens buying tailored clothing at reasonable prices. Bryan would not disclose the new owner; however, it is expected that the existing building will be renovated into condominiums or apartments. ■ Mayor Rogero will meet with the KAT board at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18,

Betty Bean his daughters there? Probably not. The website www. breaks it down for us: Malia and Sasha Obama attend Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., where: Students do not do Common Core or state mandated standardized tests. Their personal information isn’t integrated into a statewide 360 degree longitudinal database that aligns with other states and is shared with the federal government and with contracted third parties without parental consent (as Tennessee agreed to do to get the Race To The Top grant). Middle school students are issued a personal laptop computer.

Elementary students have an iPad to enhance learning. Every classroom has a SmartBoard or Epson Brightlink Whiteboard. Every child participates in a rich arts program that includes music, theater and art. There’s a strong athletic program and plenty of physical activity. There are well-stocked libraries. There are real teachers with real teaching degrees and experience. Teachers and staff aren’t evaluated based on student test scores using a complicated formula that nobody can explain. There are full-time counselors. And teacher/student ratios for elementary grades are 1:12; middle and high school grades are 1:16. Visit the Sidwell Friends School website to see pictures of the beautiful campus. You will not see: leaking roofs, broken windows, un-

kempt grass, cracking wall plaster, mold or mildew, water stains on ceiling tiles, children lacking supplies, or children in poverty. Gov. Bill Haslam chose to duck out on the Obama visit, maybe because he had more important people to chat with than the President of the United States, or maybe because he doesn’t really want Tennesseans to figure out how little daylight exists between his views on education and those of the president. Tennessee Republicans probably don’t want to think about it this way, but when it comes to measures like Race to the Top and Common Core Standards, plus the high-stakes testing that accompanies them, Obama and Haslam are in lock-step agreement. There’s really not a dime’s worth of difference between the educational philosophies of Obama and his education guy Arne Duncan and Haslam and his education gurus Kevin Huffman and James McIntyre.

Lessons learned from Diane Dozier Halls High and for the state of Tennessee. From her, we learned how to laugh. Ask her friends and they’ll tell you about the time she misspoke at a PTA meeting somewhere in the state, boasting about an initiative by saying, “It’s a great program, and it will be really good if you have sex at the meeting.” The audience lost it. One guy said, “Well, we’ve never tried it before at a meeting, but it will sure boost attendance!” It finally dawned on Diane that she meant to say “sex education.” Diane and her PTA cohorts learned how to stay calm, surviving earthquakes, bad weather, floods and the time Sarah West (sportswriter Marvin’s better half) passed out at an out-of-town PTA meeting. From her, we learned to be engaged, active citizens. Not only did Diane serve in PTA leadership roles, she ran for County Commission

and successfully ran for Knox County school board, serving from 1998-2006. From her, we learned that a successful politician does not have to be flashy, verbose or a braggart. Her taciturn demeanor led her critDiane Dozier ics to underestimate her. She didn’t say much, but she got stuff for the 7th District – needed renovations at Halls Elementary and Powell Middle schools. A new Brickey Elementary School, now named Brickey-McCloud in honor of her longtime friend, former school principal John R. McCloud. About the only thing she didn’t get was a new Adrian Burnett Elementary, opened as a 10-year “temporary school” in 1976. But we can’t complain much about that. Nobody has figured out how

■ Rowcliffe did, however, demonstrate fiscal responsibility by filing her petition to run at the same time she was at the courthouse anyhow, getting a final settlement on the unpleasantness.

■ With the race open to the dead and near-dead, reckon we could resurrect Mary Lou Horner?

to crack that safe, for some strange reason. And she was crafty. She would hold weekly construction meetings with the major players at each of her school sites. She and the Shopper-News even successfully lobbied to get a skylight in the office roof at Halls Elementary. How about that! From her, we learned that service can be a fulltime job and then some. As somebody said last week, “You have to be half crazy to be state PTA president, run for office, serve on the school board and then go to work for the Knox County Clerk as your retirement.” And from her, we learned that the famous Rule really is Golden, and that the passage from I Corinthians is true: Faith, hope and love will last forever, and the greatest is love. Thanks, “teach.” And Godspeed, Diane. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at


■ Scott Moore is testing the waters for a possible run for Knox County Commission in District 7 where incumbent R. Larry Smith is term-limited. He expects to make a deci-

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■ Mike Padgett is running for his old job of county clerk and it will be with the support of many of his former employees. ■ Foster Arnett won the job quite handily after Padgett was term-limited, but he’s not

won the hearts and minds of his staff. ■ Jason Zachary wants to be the Tea Party alternative to U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan in the August GOP primary. He’s speaking to a group called the Cross Country Patriots Thursday, Feb. 20, at First Baptist Church Concord. No time was listed, but everyone is invited. Perhaps you could pack a lunch and stay all day.

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Tennessee Promise: Funding the dream At a recent P-16 meeting in Union County, Tom Heemstra asked a provocative question: “What’s the headline for our high school in the spring of 2015?” My answer was quick: “All UCHS grads head for college.” Just weeks later, Gov. Bill Haslam proposed a plan to make that headline possible. With “Tennessee Promise,” Haslam proposes free community and technology college education to every graduating senior. Not since Gov. Frank Clement championed free textbooks, has a governor spoken so boldly or dreamed so big. And Haslam isn’t even asking for a tax increase to fund it.

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Instead, Haslam is seeking legislative approval to take three-quarters of the state’s lottery reserves (some $300 million) to create an endowment to fund the program, estimated to cost $34 million per year. Knox entrepreneur Randy Boyd worked as an unpaid advisor to Haslam in developing the plan. It’s a winner. We’ve all seen kids, most often in rural or inner city communities, whose vision

is limited to what’s around them. College and a solid, middle-class lifestyle is for some other kid, not them. Haslam aims to refocus that vision: “After graduating from a community college, if students choose to attend a four-year school, the state’s transfer pathways program makes it possible for those students to start as a junior. By getting their first two years free, the cost of a fouryear degree would be cut in half,” Haslam said. This will aid in business recruitment, he added. “It will speak volumes to current and prospective employers. “It is a promise that will make a real difference for generations of Tennesseans,

Once-in-a-lifetime quarterback tourney Coaching tip from Don Shula:“Luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.” This is a very exciting time for Tennessee football fans. With the coming of springtime, they can look forward to a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback tournament.

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Never in my 60-something years of monitoring the Volunteers has there been such four-way un-

certainty. Anything might happen and probably will. Wide open competition. Everybody equal. All starting from ground zero. So says Butch Jones, absolute authority on such matters. What we have here are: Senior Justin Worley, 6-4, 222, most experienced, game-manager type, not much to brag about in individual accomplishments. Sophomore Joshua Dobbs, 6-3, 202, highly credentialed, No. 2 in experience, more promise than production, serious intent,

purchased outside coaching help during Christmas holidays. Sophomore Nathan Peterman, 6-3, 221, excellent qualifications, one half of one game in knockdown experience at Florida, negatives linked to coaching miscalculation. Courage to continue. Redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson, 6-3, 192, secret weapon who might be a match for the pass-run mix Coach Jones seeks to deploy against Oklahoma and the great teams of the Southeastern Conference. We’ll see.


even as ill-natured defensive ends, tackles, linebackers and the occasional blitzing cornerback threatened mayhem. Hal Wantland, heart of a lion but not as swift, was first choice. He threw 34 times in 1964, completed 11, lost three interceptions, generated 131 yards but failed to launch a touchdown pass. He ran hard. David Leake, an athlete lured from the dining room staff, was a pleasant surprise as walk-ons go. He hit 13 of 22 for 212 and one TD. He helped win the Georgia Tech game. He was minuseight as a runner. Art Galiffa eventually claimed the job. His numbers were 29 of 59 for 338 and one score. He lost four picks. He ran, mostly in self-defense, for 47 yards. He wasn’t built for violence but avoided getting killed in the stunning 7-7 tie at LSU.




The best quarterback on the team, Dewey Warren, was the happy-go-lucky redshirt star of the scout squad. He sometimes riddled the varsity defense in scrimmages. There was talk of bringing him up late in the year. Dewey could add and subtract – a few minutes in two or three games would cost one season of eligibility. Not such a good idea. He gained the spotlight a year later and became a legend (pages 109-114, “Legends of the Tennessee Vols”). Necessity requires that someone emerge from the forthcoming quarterback tournament. The winner may prove to be a genuine champion with high point potential. Tennessee certainly needs one, even if he doesn’t achieve Swamp Rat status. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is


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and it is a promise that we have the ability to make. “Net cost to the state, zero. Net impact on our future, priceless.” Skept ic s surfaced: But what about freshBill Haslam men classes at 4-year schools like UT? Don’t worry. Those seats will be filled. What about the lotteryfunded Hope scholarships? Haslam wants to “incentivize completion” by reducing the scholarship at 4-year schools from $4,000 to $3,000 the first two years and raising it to $5,000 for the last two years.

for all four-year students. Even with revenues down, Haslam’s budget also proposes $63 million to increase teacher salaries and $48.6 million to fully fund the BEP. Kids at Union County High School and across the state will no longer view a college education as a pathway to a good job for everybody but them. With Tennessee Promise, the dream is funded, at least for the first two years. Each youngster should graduate from high school ready to attend college or a technical school. Each must start high school with that goal. Each legislator should support Bill Haslam’s plan to fund those first two years. No longer can lack of funds excuse dropping out. And we’ve got a barrel of ink standing by to print that headline.

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The ‘South’ that wowed Broadway HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin Before there was Andrew Lloyd Webber, there was Victor Herbert, Fritz Kreisler, Rudolph Friml and Manuel Penella. Before “Evita” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” there were operettas like “Glorianna,” “Apple Blossoms,” “Princess Pat,” “Irene” and “The Wildcat.” And, before there were stars like Elaine Paige and Madonna (“Evita”) and Emmy Rossum and Sarah Lawrence (“The Phantom of the Opera”), there was Lillian McMillan (also known as Dorothy South), who starred in lead roles on Broadway and made several international tours. Lillian (1884-1964) had dreamed of the stage and, in her early 20s, left East Tennessee to pursue her dream in Boston and New York. Lillian McMillan was born in the Beverly section of Fountain City on June 20, 1884, the daughter of Thomas T. McMillan (1857-1925), a wholesale grocer living on Tazewell Pike, and Mamie Heavener McMillan (18611923). Their Folk Queen Anne mansion was just east of the palatial homes and horse farms of Judge A.C. Grimm, longtime Circuit Court judge, and Sol H. George, owner of George’s

Department Store on Gay Street and partner in the Fountain Head Hotel and the Fountain Head Railroad. Lillian came of age in Knoxville when Peter Staub’s 2,000-seat theater was featuring symphonies from Boston and New York and stars like the Barrymores, Sarah Bernhardt, James O’Neill and George M. Cohan. Although the movie musical would not arrive until Warner’s release of “The Jazz Singer” in 1927, nascent silent films were reaching Knoxville and may also have ignited the flame that propelled Lillian into a career on the stage. She left home in 1904 to study with William Whitney, famous Boston voice coach, before launching her professional theatrical career in 1915, adopting Dorothy South as her stage name. Her beauty, her vocal abilities and her stage presence made her a natural for the operetta, a shorter and usually lighter form of opera that sometimes contained spoken dialogue. The operetta had become one of the most popular forms of theater in the early decades of the 20th century. Famous composers like Irish-born Victor Herbert (1859-1924), Austrian-born

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) and Czech-born Rudolph Friml (1879-1972), contribDorothy South (1884uted to its popularity and 1964), known internamade Dorothy South’s cationally for her starring reer possible. performances on BroadShe performed in Herway and elsewhere in bert’s “Princess Pat,” comnumerous operettas. posed in 1915; Friml’s “Glorianna” composed in 1918; and Kreisler’s “Apple Blossoms,” composed in 1919. The Knoxville Sentinel (Nov. 20, 1921) reported, “Miss South only recently returned from Australia and New Zealand where she played a six-month engagement as (the) leading role of ‘Irene.’ En route home she came through the Suez Canal and by way of Paris and London. In the latter city she was urged to accept a long engagement in an English company presenting ‘Irene,’ but she declined, preferring to come back to her native land.” Perhaps Dorothy South’s most famous role was that of a Spanish senorita, Solea, in composer Manuel Penella’s tragic operetta, “The Wildcat,” which had shown McMillan-Brewer Mansion (circa about 2,700 times in Europe 1885). The Folk Queen Annein its Spanish version and style mansion with its curvedcame to New York to be perglass turret has long graced formed in English. went to Washington, D.C., the Spanish amTazewell Pike. Photos courtesy of the The operetta premiered where President Warren G. bassador were C.M. McClung Historical Collection in Atlantic City and then and Florence Harding and present for the first performance. Penella was ecstatic about Doro- Press, New York, 1964). It thy, praising her wonderful was the crowning achievevoice, magnetic personal- ment of a distinguished caity and winsome stage pres- reer. ence. Lillian McMillan Stuart When it arrived in New passed away in New York York, it was reviewed by on Oct. 31, 1964, survived The New York Times (Nov. by her son, Martin Lewis 19, 1921). “(It is) the liveli- Stuart of Washington, D.C., est and ‘horsiest,’ if not the and her brother, John A. ‘bulliest,’ representation of a McMillan of Knoxville. bull-ring scene since Bizet’s Husband Frank Stuart had ‘Carmen’ came to town,” the died earlier. After graveside paper of record said. services, she was interred in It is the story of Rafael, the family burial plot in Old a toreador, who plans re- Gray Cemetery. venge on Juanillo, an outlaw Author’s note: Thanks to mountaineer, who plotted to Dan Brewer, Kevin Mallory, kill him on sight for the love Jenny Ball of the McClung of Solea, his gypsy sweet- Historical Collection and heart. They agree to settle Sarah A. Nelson of the Unithe contest in the ring. In versity of Tennessee School one scene the brass band of Music Library for their asplays the familiar toreador sistance with the research for theme while the two rivals this article. Interestingly, El march into the ring in their Gato Montés [“The Wildcat”] flamboyant traje de luces was revived and performed (suit of lights). widely in 1994 with Chilean After her stage career soprano Veronica Villarroel ended, Lillian wrote a novel, as Solea and Spanish tenor “Hidden Roots” (Exposition Placido Domingo as Rafael.

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Jazz singer at Feb. 12 ‘Season of Music’ event Local jazz musician Kelle Jolly will headline a special “Season of Music” performance at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus Wednesday, Feb. 12. The singer-songwriter’s appearance is part of the campus’ month-long celebration of Black History Month. Her performance begins at 10:45 a.m. and will last until approximately noon. The event is free and open to the community. “With Kelle, we will celebrate African-American History Month through the introduction of freedom and inspirational songs,” said Rosalyn Tillman, campus dean. “Her performance will be coupled with a short presentation on the elements of jazz and the relationship between these two styles of music.” Jolly will be accompanied by pianist Emily Mathis.

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In search of Eden Then the Lord God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, and now he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – therefore the Lord God sent him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3: 22-24 NRSV)

Jo Ward, Betty Vawter, Mary Johnson, Ethel Powell, Joyce Sweeney, Betty Nagel and Maryellen Young are members of the First Baptist Church knitting club. The club’s leader, Carolyn White, was out of town. Photo by Wendy Smith

Knitting club offers support By Wendy Smith It’s no surprise that First Baptist Church’s knitting club is focused on serving the congregation. They knit toboggans for the needy, lap blankets for shut-ins and blankets for new babies. “The preacher always says this is a symbol of how we wrap our love around the babies,” says knitter Mary Johnson. What’s interesting about this group is the way they support one another. Jo Ward, wife of First Baptist pastoral care and senior adult pastor Dave Ward, just learned to knit a few months ago. The

women giggle as they pull out a lap blanket – Jo’s very first project. It was completed during a senior adult bus trip to Branson, Mo., last summer. The blanket is warm, colorful and decidedly asymmetrical. “We’re proud of her. She’s done well,” says Joyce Sweeney. Jo is pleased to finally know how to knit. Over 30 years ago, an older member, Mrs. Mahan Siler, worked with her every Wednesday night for four weeks. At the end of the lessons, Siler said, “Jo, darling, you have so many other talents. Don’t

you want to concentrate on one of them?” As Jo tells the story, Mary, who forgot to bring the project she is knitting, points out her mistakes. Learning to fi x mistakes is one of the benefits of the club, Mary says. It also provides a reason to get together and meet new people. Club members couldn’t stand the idea of a story about them without the inclusion of their leader, Carolyn White, who was vacationing in Florida last week. Carolyn was reached by phone just before teaching a class in Destin.

Carolyn says this is her second year with the club, which she joined in order to meet people after moving to Knoxville. She loves the women and is excited about moving the group forward. While they typically use donated yarn, they are now raising funds to be able to buy better yarn. “We’re trying to improve and do more knitting that we can share,” says Carolyn. The club meets at the church, 510 West Main Street, aKJt 12:30 p.m. on first Thursdays. Knitters from the community are welcome.

Rogero shares experience in Turkey By Wendy Smith Mayor Madeline Rogero’s recent trip to Turkey was a whirlw ind, with no visits to museums or ancient ruins. It was all meetings, she reported during a press conRogero ference held in her office last week. The U.S. Department of State invited her to Turkey, where municipal elections are scheduled for the end of March, to share her experience as a woman in politics. She visited Izmir, Adana and Ankara, the Turkish capital. The women there are frustrated that they have so little representation, which is a frustration Rogero shares. Women make up 14.3 percent of the Turkish Parliament, and only 26 of 2,950 mayors are female. In the U.S., 20 percent of Congress is female. While Turkish women face cultural barriers, the primary bar-

rier women face in the U.S. is themselves, said Rogero. Women vote more than men, but they don’t run for office. “You have to be willing to run, lose, then run again.” In addition to meeting privately with politicians and local heads of political parties, Rogero spoke at public meetings that were well attended by men and women. She noted that men were more likely to talk about Turkey’s accomplishments, while women wanted to talk about what still needs to be done. As in the U.S., it’s tough to get elected in Turkey without money. Rogero promoted grassroots efforts, like making phone calls and attending meetings, to women who are pursuing political office. She also recommended fundraising through social media, which is as popular in Turkey as it is in the U.S., she said. The mayor personally paid for her 17-year-old granddaughter, Jada Torney, to

accompany her on the weeklong trip. If the goal is to get women involved in politics, they need to get started at a young age, she said. Rogero saw the trip as an opportunity to mentor Jada. It’s still very much a struggle for Turkish women to gain entrance into the po-

litical arena, but the country’s outlook is optimistic, said Rogero. She is encouraged that both men and women are intentionally addressing the issue. “Better decisions are made when the people around the table are more reflective of the population.”

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Summer is just around the corner, which means missions are on the horizon for the youth of Concord United Methodist Church. The youth group will take to the stage to raise funds to support upcoming mission trips through “Concord’s Got Talent,” a dinner, show, silent and live auction at the church on Sunday, Feb. 23. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with the opening of the silent auction. The show is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:45. Following dinner, the live auction takes center stage. The youth group is still accepting donations for the

auction. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and older and $5 for children ages 11 and under. Toddlers who don’t need a meal can attend for free. Child care is available with reservations made when tickets are bought. Monies raised will be stretched to help three mission endeavors for the youth. A March trip to Eleuthera Island and a June mission to Plymouth, N.C., are already in planning stages. The Youth Choir will also perform on a tour to Richmond, Va., in May. Info: Jan Currin at 9666728.

We know that biblical history – the actual accounting of events – begins with Abraham, who was the first historical figure who inhabited identifiable places. There are those who have sought physical evidence of other stories (such as Noah’s ark and flood), but, despite their claims, they have not yet successfully satisfied the scientists. Scientists tell us that the first humans emerged from the Great Rift Valley, in what is now Ethiopia. They have found fossilized bones of an early woman they named Eve, because the bones are the oldest human remains yet discovered. The Great Rift runs north out of Africa, veers somewhat eastward, and includes the valley that runs from the Red Sea at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula northward through the Dead Sea, through Judea all the way to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. So, if humankind began in Ethiopia, their path out of Eden was pretty clearly laid out for them. Wherever its setting, the human story begins with a man and a woman who walked with God in the cool of the evening. That is an endearing picture of camaraderie, of fellowship, of familial love. Imagine God enjoying a stroll with His children, in the beauty of a garden. Wouldn’t you love to eavesdrop on the conversation? Hear God laugh at Adam’s

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names for the animals? Like all children, Adam and Eve were innocent and willing to be cared for, until … Until they reached the rebellious age that we all go through, the age when we know better than anyone else and will make our own decisions and hang the rules. They were, of course, aided and abetted by the serpent. Jean Kerr, author of “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies,” also wrote “The Snake Has All the Lines.” One of her sons came home from school one day, dejected because he had been chosen to play Adam in a school skit. His mother tried to cheer him up by telling him how important Adam was in the story, but her son’s rebuttal was, “Yeah, Mom, but the snake has all the lines!” He had a point. We have never been able to get back to Eden. We live in a fallen, broken world, and each of us has rebelled enough, and yes, sinned enough, to have earned our own fate, so let’s not blame Eve. Or Adam. The good news, however, is this: Even though we are barred from Eden, God still walks with us. And if we walk with God, that is paradise enough.

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Happy Valentine’s Day While they remember the early days of their marriage fondly, Margie says it took another 20 years for her to be truly happy. At age 40, Margie began a search for God that helped her find joy. God told her to give Richard a “double portion” of love, and after 10 years, he found the same joy. They celebrated their 70th anniversary in December. Their son, Rick, lives

in Washington state, and their daughter, Jean, plans to move from Texas to East Tennessee soon. They have two grandchildren, and are expecting their second great-grandchild. After 70 years, they still hold hands as they recall life’s difficulties. “It makes you appreciate everything you get,” Margie says.

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never cooked. She remembers reading info from a brochure about how to lengthen the life of a pair of socks by rubbing paraffin on toe seams. The frequent moves didn’t bother Margie. It was an exciting time, she says. “I had a ball.” The couple were together at Fort Lewis for nine months before Richard was sent overseas. He went to Germany to build an encampment for POWs. In 24 days, the war ended, and he celebrated with a hot shower. He then traveled to the Philippines, and two weeks after his arrival, Japan surrendered. “I stopped two wars by going overseas,” he laughs. The couple wrote each other every day. In one of the first letters Richard received, Margie said she was anxious to return to Tennessee because she thought some home cooking might settle her stomach. Food wasn’t the problem. Margie was

pregnant. She was thrilled, and reading about pregnancy and babies kept her occupied. But the delivery of her son, Richard Jr., was a 40-hour ordeal that kept her in the hospital for two weeks. To make matters worse, the baby required surgery for pyloric stenosis. It took Richard six weeks to get home after he received an emergency furlough. During the trip, he didn’t know the fate of his wife and son. When he called his parents’ home from San Francisco, Margie answered the phone. He was so emotional that he couldn’t speak, and she almost hung up. Soon after his furlough ended, Richard had accrued enough points to leave the Army. He returned to Knoxville, and within days, was registered at UT to resume his study of chemical engineering. After he graduated, the couple moved to Oak Ridge, where they lived for 65 years. They now reside at Echo Ridge in West Knoxville.

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Farragut Middle School students Molly Deakins, Cassidy Wills and Alyssa Gohn play Alice in this week’s musical.

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town Nashville, tickets to the Grand Ole Opry with a backstage tour and a gift card for a meal at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant. Now, technically, the PTA can’t host a raffle so they can’t give you a ticket in exchange for the $10 it costs to enter the contest. You’ll Sara receive a stick of gum in exBarrett change for your payment. The trip will be held in July although the exact date hasn’t yet been decided. PTA president Arlene To get an idea of how monDriver said the group was ey from the fundraiser will given two tickets for a free help the school, just take a tour of the HGTV Smart look at the active boards that Home that will be built this are used in every classroom year in Nashville. In addi- including the library and mution to the tour, the prize sic room. Funding from the includes a two-night stay PTA paid for every single one, at a luxury hotel in down- including the laptops that are

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used with them. FPS principal Gina Byrd has something at the top of her wish list that will take a bit more fundraising than what the HGTV gift may raise, but it’s a good start. Byrd would like to install an awning for the school’s car rider arrival and dismissal

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area so all 400 students don’t have to wait in the cafeteria. “Right now, if it rains the kids come in wet and parents who volunteer to open car doors get wet,” said Byrd. The awning would completely cover the area but will probably cost about $100,000, according to Byrd. If you’d like a chance to win an awesome prize and help out families in your community at the same time – for just $10 – stop by Farragut Primary School 10-11 a.m. any school day Feb. 11 through March 7. If you have any questions, email Arlene Driver at president@

Farragut Primary School principal Gina Byrd and PTA president Arlene Driver check out landscaping paid for by the parent group. Photos by S. Barrett

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Students nationwide signed their commitment to play a sport in college last week during National Signing Day. Farragut High School seniors Bryan Phillips will play football at Southern Virginia University and Billy Williams will play football for Northern Iowa. Christian Academy of Knoxville’s signees include Patrick Dalton (football

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Growing gratitude at Cedar Bluff Middle By Sara Barrett Cedar Bluff Middle School counselor Aimee Bridges wanted to do something to show students how fortunate they are. “I wanted a way for kids to look outside themselves instead of saying ‘I don’t have the latest video game’,” said Bridges. “I wanted to show them they should just be glad to have a bed and food.” Bridges said the idea had been percolating since she started teaching 10 years ago, and this past year she decided to start the Gratitude Group at CBMS. The group of about 25 students begins each meeting by writing down one thing they are grateful for. The slips of paper are connected to a “gratitude garland” which hangs down the hallway outside Bridges’ office. “Our goal is to make it long enough wrap it around the school,” she said of the paper chain. Once they write something they’re grateful for, the students can’t use it again for the school year which encourages them to think of things they may not typically feel appreciative of. In addition to local projects such as sending E-cards to children in the hospital, the students have also adopted two soldiers as pen pals and say it is one of the highlights of being in the group. Angellyssa Chandler, a 7th grader and Gratitude Group member, said she feels the letters are important “so (the soldiers) have something to look forward to while protecting us.” Bridges said one of the soldiers told her the letters from the students “are like gold.” Sixth grader Emory Taylor said he enjoys giving certificates of gratitude to school faculty. Bridges came up with the certificates after hearing positive comments from the students about the school faculty. They now fill out the certificates with positive feedback and delivery them in person. Emory also likes the New Best Friend program, where members of the Gratitude Group befriend new students so they don’t feel so out of place. “I don’t think I could live without the Gratitude Group,” he said. “We treat each other like family. We relax and let loose.” Even though the students think they benefit most from the group, Bridges feels it’s the other way around. “I get so much more out of it then I will ever be able to give to them,” she said.

Seventh grader Angellyssa Chandler wraps herself in gratitude garland made by the Gratitude Group. Photos by S. Barrett

Hackworth is teacher of the month

Karns High School science teacher Cori Hackworth has been named teacher of the month. “I always wanted to teach science,” said Hackworth. “When I was little,







A week of signings Athletes at Hardin Valley Academy who took advantage of National Signing Day include Jordan Beets, a soccer player who committed to play for High Point University in North Carolina, and Jack DeFur and Matt Brewer, who will play football for ETSU. Karns High School senior Hagan Kennedy has committed to play baseball at

Tusculum College and said his favorite part of playing is the camaraderie among the team. Morgan Sandifer, also a student at KHS, has signed to play soccer for Lee University. Students at Grace Christian Academy who signed are Andy Eddins (football at Campbell University), Devin Smith (football at UT) and Geoffrey McReynolds (football at Carson-Newman).

Episcopal School of Knoxville 1st-grader Will Omastiak carries donated toys to a U-Haul truck going to the Holiday Bureau. Photo submitted

A U-Haul of goodies Thirty-one 1st-graders at the Episcopal School of Knoxville have loaded toys, books, clothes and bicycles into a U-Haul to be delivered to the Holiday Bureau on Emory Road in Oak Ridge. The collection was part of the school’s 13th annual drive to help supply

Christmas gifts for those in need in Anderson County. Items will be given out during the next Christmas season. The Holiday Bureau serves about 800 families yearly and is operated entirely by volunteers. It has been in operation for 67 years.

For his service project, Jeremy provided a Ga-Ga Dodge Ball court for the playground at Ball Camp Baptist Church. Jeremy started as a Bobcat when he was 10-years- Farragut High old. He has served as patrol ■ The robotics club collects used printer cartridges and old electronics. They can be labeled “FRC” and dropped off in the main leader, assistant patrol leadbuilding’s first floor office. Sign up to receive texts of important er and quarter master. He is updates regarding college information, testing and events from also a member of the Order the counseling office. For seniors, text @farraguths to 442-333of the Arrow. He has earned 4864. For grades 9-11, text @farragut to 442-333-4864. 39 merit badges so far. An eagle ceremony will be held for Jeremy 5:30 p.m. Hardin Valley Academy Saturday, Feb. 15, at Ball ■ Report card night will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The band’s winter showcase will be held Friday, Feb. 22. Parent Camp Baptist Church. He is meeting for 8th grade will be held 6-8:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. the son of Joey and Michelle An orchestra concert will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Patterson.


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I would line up my stuffed animals and teach them.” She did say, however, that real students are more fun Jeremy Patterson to teach. This is Hackworth’s Hardin Valley Academy third year teaching at KHS. sophomore Jeremy PatterIn addition to teaching son has earned his Eagle Ecology and CSI, she en- Scout rank with troop 555. joys coaching the school’s swim team, helping out with the Student Government Association and organizing homecoming festivities. “I’m in charge of the queens,” she said. Hackworth said being named the teacher of the month is justification for the work she does. For new educators, she sugOur gests not taking anything too seriously. “Make sure you have fun with it,” she said. “It makes the day go by faster.”


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WS Packaging to expand in Westbridge panding to Westbridge By Sandra Clark What are the odds that Business Park. The compathree reporters working to ny plans an investment of fill this space come up short $43 million over two years on the same week? That and the creation of 231 new would be this writer (Dol- jobs. “The company plans lywood), Jake Mabe (Clayton Homes) and Betty Bean to begin initial hiring in March and April,” (Radio Systems/ WHERE Kane said. “People Petsafe). Exthe interested in pect these applying for stories in one of these the coming new jobs can weeks. visit www. And what or inare the odds quire at the Tennesthat state Rep. Roger Kane (of all people) see Career Center at Knoxwould drop in a press re- ville.” The company will lease to fill the void at five post jobs at minutes until deadline? WS Packaging Group Inc. Kane, a first-term legislator from Karns, is tre- will consolidate production mendously excited about from five separate faciliWS Packaging Group ex- ties to a single site at West-


bridge, according to a company release. The expansion includes moving production from four buildings in Knoxville (68 employees in 45,120 sq. ft.), and one building in Powell (44 employees in 15,000 sq. ft.). The new facility is located at 10215 Caneel Street and has 220,199 sq. ft. of combined production and office space. The $43 million investment over the next two years will involve adding new equipment that will enable the company to increase production of digital label printing, flexographic printing, digital offset printing and sheet-fed offset printing. Kane said he offers full support to the expansion, calling companies like WS Packaging “the cornerstone of our local economy.” The new facility is the former site of Robert Bosch PBR brake caliper operations and is being leased from Hand Partnership L.P. The $43 million investment includes a $1.2 million funding FastTrack Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Kane said.

WS Packaging Group Inc. is one of the largest label conver t ing operat ions in North America with 21 Roger Kane manufacturing facilities and more than 1,800 employees. The move to the new Knoxville facility is expected to begin in April 2014 and be completed by July 2014. Roger Kane is a member of the House Education and House Insurance & Banking committees. He represents District 89. ■

Wolfe cited for homecare advocacy

Fountain City and West Knox business owner Randy Wolfe was honored Jan. 23 in Nashville for his service and commitment to advancing homecare issues in Tennessee. Wolfe, owner of Lambert’s Health Care, received the 2014 Home Medical Equipment Advocate award from

Tennessee Association for Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment Services, a trade association that represents approximately 80 health care companies in Tennessee. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated passionate leadership, inspired others to get involved in HME advocacy efforts, and who has contributed to ATHOMES collective goals to advance homecare issues among legislators, regulators, third-party insurers and/or the public, according to a release. “Randy has provided an industry model for what an honest, compassionate, hardworking and upstanding Christian HME business owner should exemplify. He practices what he preaches!” said Dick Clark (Resp-I-Care, Bristol) who nominated him. “People want to be able to remain in their homes, with their loved ones, and involved in the community. Homecare makes this possible,” said Wolfe. Wolfe has been active in homecare issues since 1976. After working under the direction of Martin Lam-

bert, Wolfe pu r c h a s e d L a m b e r t ’s Health Care in 1989 and now runs it with his wife, Elizabeth. Their two Randy Wolfe K nox v ille stores offer medical equipment such as wheelchairs, home oxygen therapy, and respiratory services as well as stair lifts and other items that create an accessible home environment. Wolfe is a past board member of the American Association for Homecare, chair of the Stand Up for Homecare Committee for grassroots outreach, and has served in numerous state roles and committees. Wolfe also founded the national HME Christian Fellowship group, a Christian-based leadership group created to encourage and support fellow believers to be faithful and courageous witnesses for Christ in the workplace. Info: http://lambertshc. com/about.asp or athomes.

Nadia Kogeler, general manager of Cool Sports Icearium, was all smiles when Scott Hamilton stopped by this December. Hamilton was in town as the guest of Provision Center for Proton Therapy; he and the pro skaters stopped by Cool Sports Icearium to practice and spend some time with the staff and skaters. Photo submitted

Alex Dumas from Concord United Methodist Church and Bettye Sisco, CEO for Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, enjoy an Olympic-themed networking event at Cool Sports Icearium. Photos by Justin Acuff

Susan Jackson-Wagner poses with memorabilia from the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.

Ready for the gold By Sherri Gardner Howell Nadia Kogeler and the team at Cool Sports Icearium are ready to go for the gold. With the Winter Olympics taking center stage for the next two weeks, the Icearium manager was quick to get in the spirit of the games. On Thursday, she hosted a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Networking event with an Olympic theme. Kogeler has been thinking about the Olympics for months. When Olympic medalist Scott Hamilton



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was in town as the guest and event star for Provision Center for Proton Therapy in early December, he stopped by the Icearium and spent some time with Kogeler and the staff. “It was a privilege and an honor to host the practice event for the Scott Hamilton and Friends Ice Show this past December,” says Kogeler. “For a lifelong figure skater and manager of a sports complex, it was nothing short of amazing to have all that talent on our ice here at Cool Sports.”

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Lisa Radmore Transfers up, lending returns to TSB down in a cold January NEWS FROM THE REGISTER OF DEEDS

By Sherry Witt One of the coldest months in Knoxville history prod u c e d mixed results for the local real estate market. While the total value of property sold was up from last Witt Ja nu a r y ’s figures, mortgage lending lagged behind. For the month ending Jan. 31, about $143 million worth of real property was sold in Knox County. That was nearly $60 million more than the total value of land transferred in January of 2013. Despite the increase in value, some 57 fewer parcels changed hands than during last January. For the month, there were 544 total property sales processed, compared to 601 in January 2013. January is historically a slow month for real estate

development and activity. Mortgage lending was again off the pace in January, as around $202 million was loaned against real estate in Knox County, compared to $352 million last January. This was a continuation of the slowing trend that mortgage lending markets experienced during the fourth quarter of 2013. The largest property sale of the month was the transfer of the Steeplechase apartment complex located near the intersection of Dry Gap Pike and Central Avenue Pike in North Knoxville. The residential development sold for $26 million. The largest mortgage transaction was a $21 million loan financing the same transfer. There are some signs from the bond markets that mortgages could become cheaper in the near future, but it remains to be seen how this and other factors will affect mortgage lending overall.

After leaving to work in her family business in 2004, Lisa Radmore has returned to Tennessee State Bank. “I am happy to welcome Lisa back to support staff members with sales initiatives in the marketing Lisa Radmore d e p a r t ment,” says Todd Proffitt, president and CEO, in a press release. Radmore’s history at Tennessee State Bank dates back to 1986. She has served as a teller, new accounts representative, lender and branch manager. In addition, she has conducted staff training in areas such as Individual Retirement Accounts, customer service and sales. Her last position held prior to her leave in 2004

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was vice president, director of marketing. Lisa and her husband, Skip, are members of Covenant Community Church of Wears Valley. She has a daughter, Candace, who has blessed her with the joy of her grandson, Luke. Additionally, she is the proud mother of Andrew Cole, who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, Japan. Tennessee State Bank is a locally-owned and operated community bank headquartered at 2210 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The bank consists of 15 branch locations throughout Knox, Sevier, Jefferson and Cocke counties. Info:

at McClung Warehouses must be demolished following the recent fire. The city acquired the long-time eyesore from bankruptcy court in November with the intention of seeking proposals to redevelop. Redevelopment will occur, but on a vacant lot without the historic warehouses. City Council member Nick Della Volpe says the city should “make lemonade” by giving points on proposals to architects/developers who agree to build complementary structures facing Jackson Avenue. “Make believe you are Williamsburg or another historical place and make buildings evoke the proper era,” he wrote. “Also, extra points should be given for making the northern interstate face look attractive to the millions who first see our city from that distant vantage point.” ■

Cash mob at Archer’s in Karns

ORNL Federal Credit Union is calling all small business supporters to participate in a “dinner” cash mob at Archer’s BBQ in Karns from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The first 30 people will receive a free $20 gift card courtesy of ORNL Federal Credit Union ■ Burchett in (limit one per family or couple). Farragut Archer’s at 7650 Oak Knox County Mayor Tim Ridge Highway is celebratBurchett hosted his first ing its first anniversary. Lunch with the Mayor of 2014 on Friday at Sam & Andy’s West, 11110 Kingston Pike. Sam & Andy’s West, a locally-owned restaurant, offered a Vol burger and fries for $5 during Burchett’s visit.

Apple applauds L&N Academy

L&N STEM Academy has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-15. The designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence using technology. At the L&N, every student has an iPad and every teacher has a MacBook Pro and iPad. Students also have access to MacBook Air and iMac computers. This and other technology support the personalized learning environment and interactive instruction in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics academy. It’s a different kind of high school, and its graduates will be a step ahead of their peers in use of technology. ■

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Roane State Community College’s Community Outreach and Professional Training Department will offer several business-related courses beginning in February. Classes in Oak Ridge will be held at the college’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. Clinton courses are held at the Clinton Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility, 214 Nave St. Check the school’s website for course listings for technology, management and office software. Info: (865) 481-2031.

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Members of Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce were on hand to welcome Dr. Blue to the neighborhood and enjoy delicious fresh bagels catered by Best Bagels & Deli. From left are Marianne Morse, independent senior sales director with Mary Kay; Chris Thomas, branch manager with First National Bank; Shane Fouty and Maria Guinn with Best Bagels.

Blues open for business After a weather delay, the big day for Blue Upper Cervical Chiropractic, 10641 Braden Dickey Lane in Farragut, turned out to be a treat with sweets. Dr. Donival Blue and his wife and business partner, Kaedra Blue, opened their new office with a ribboncutting and celebration with the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce on Feb 5. Once the ribbon was cut, with the help of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, the Blues offered tours and information and then cut a cake as a sweet treat to accompany the bagels and other foods available. Dr. Blue specializes in the treatment of the first two vertebrae of the spine that are located just under the brain stem. The treatment, says the doctor, features

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A lifetime of ‘firsts’ By Betty Bean Theotis Robinson’s personal history has been tangled up with that of the University of Tennessee as far back as he can remember. A lifelong fan of Tennessee athletics, he remembers attending football games with his father, who cooked for the training table and received tickets to home games as part of his pay. “He would go in at halftime and check on the (post-game) meal, and he’d bring me back a sliced-turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato and a pickle and a Nesbitt’s Orange. That was 1951, ’52 and ’53. I saw Jim Haslam play. He was captain of the team in 1952 – of course, that was before he was Jim Haslam,� Robinson said.

He doesn’t remember noticing that there was nobody who looked like him on the football field. “Look – I’m 10 years old. I’m growing up in the segregated South. It was just normal for me to see that kind of thing – nothing out of the ordinary.� And he didn’t have a clue that he’d make history nearly a decade later by forcing UT to admit him and two other black students as undergraduates, much less that he’d eventually be named UT’s vice president for equity and diversity, a job he held for 14 years under almost as many presidents, beginning with J. Wade Gilley. He retired Jan. 30 but still has an office on the eighth floor of Andy Holt Tower – named for the university president he met

some 50 years before. “It was the summer of 1960, and I read an ad talking about the things that were wrong with Knoxville,� he recalls. One problem was that UT didn’t admit “Negroes� to undergraduate school. Robinson applied, only to receive a rejection letter saying the college did not admit “Negroes.� This was odd, because he had not stated his race or the high school from which he had graduated. “They had my return address, which was only three or four blocks away from (all-white) East High School. Our neighbors on both sides were white, so they were clearly screening very closely for ‘Negro’ applications. So I sent a second letter asking for a meeting.�

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Theotis Robinson Jr. Photo by Betty Bean The UT administrators treated the Robinsons (he was accompanied by his parents, Theotis Sr. and Alma Robinson) very cordially, but the answer, again, was no, so they made an appointment with Andy Holt, who asked why Robinson wanted to attend UT. “I told him I was a Tennessean by birth, my family paid taxes and I wanted to come to UT to study political science. He said UT

didn’t admit ‘Negroes’ but asked if I would like for him to take the matter to the board of trustees. We said yes and told him they needed to understand that if they didn’t change the policy, I planned to sue the university.� The state attorney general attended the meeting and told the board members they’d lose if the Robinsons sued. “So the board voted

to change the policy, and three of us enrolled in January 1961,� Robinson said. Although racial turmoil in Knoxville was mild compared to other cities in the South, Knoxville’s black community was denied many services taken for granted by whites. They couldn’t see a movie at the Tennessee or Riviera theater. They couldn’t eat at downtown lunch counters. Neither Baptist nor St. Mary’s nor Ft. Sanders Hospital would treat them. Knoxville Transit Lines wouldn’t hire black bus drivers. The police and fire departments wouldn’t promote black employees. Robinson got active in protest efforts as a teenager, continued during his college years and stepped it up when he was elected to City Council in 1969 as the first African-American elected in more than 50 years, since the tail end of Reconstruction. “Cas Walker, Bernice O’Connor, Milton Roberts and U.G. Turner Jr. voted in a bloc. On the other side were David Blumberg, George Siler, Morris Best and Kyle Testerman. And then you had me. And I was definitely an independent.� These days, Robinson and his wife, Jonida, live on Union Avenue and are enjoying the downtown renaissance. He has five children, four of whom are living, and nine grandchildren. Some years ago, the city renamed a street in Burlington for him, and he had them leave off the “Jr.� in honor of his father. He and Jonida were astonished when they discovered that Theotis Robinson Street intersects with Alma Avenue. “Serendipity,� Robinson says. “That’s all I can say.�

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Doing the “Hamburger Dance” (at right) are Maria Sapp, John Hockensmith and Heidi Johnson.

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Rotary donates dictionaries to Beaumont The call went out, and Rotary Club of Knoxville answered. Beaumont Magnet Elementary School was in desperate need of dictionaries and thesauruses. Molly Moore, media librarian for the school, contacted Knoxville Rotary and was put in touch with the club’s literacy committee, chaired by Ellen Fowler. The result was a gift of 96 dictionaries and 96 thesauruses. The club will research making dictionary donations an annual project, reaching out to other schools in need as well, says Fowler. Pictured with three of the school’s third-grade students are Fowler and Moore, left, with Mark Webb, right, also a Rotary member. Photo submitted

Families enjoy Game Night at Smart Toys and Books. Pictured are, from left, Sophie Porter, Jackson Porter, Violet Chaltry, mom Lori Chaltry, Juliet Chaltry and Zoe Porter.

Robin and Mark Floyd, married 36 years, said they keep their romance alive with dancing on date night. Photos by Nancy Anderson

The Farragut Lions Club celebrated the 40th anniversary of the club on Jan. 31 with a night of dancing and fun. Drawing a crowd of approximately 100 members and guests to Concord

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United Methodist Church, the evening covered all the steps – from line dancing to slow numbers to a fun dance move called the Hamburger Dance. Dan Asbury was the DJ

for the evening. The mission of the Lions is to assist those with vision needs, including supplying free glasses to the indigent and free eye exams for children.

Smart Toys and Books sponsors Game Night Smart Toys and Books encourages fun every month by bringing families together to play games. The monthly Family Game Night helps introduce families to new games and have fun with old favorites. The monthly events are the last Friday at the store, 9700 Kingston Pike. On Jan. 31, families gathered to play favorites, including the popular Hedbandz, a “who am I” guessing game. For a schedule of events Iris Porter and her daughter, Sophie, enjoy a game of Hedat Smart Toys, visit www. bandz with the help of Katie Appleby, host for Smart Toys and Books Game Night. Photos by Nancy Anderson

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go. They met in 1970 but went their separate ways before reconnecting in 1987, after each was divorced from a first spouse. Their blended family of five children all got along, and they are always happy to have family time with their grown kids, their grandchildren and extended family. “All of our kids have been very successful,” he says. “We’re so fortunate. We thank the good Lord every day for that.” Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Gary Koontz.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? Semper Fi.

What are you guilty of?

Gary Koontz

Working too much.

What is your favorite material possession?

My Marine Corps Zippo lighter that I got in Vietnam.

Gary Koontz is not apologetic when he says he doesn’t have a hobby. “My wife says my hobby’s working,” says Koontz. “It’s just not the way I’m wired.” Born in Union County, he was the only child of parents who were full of wise, old-school sayings. “My mother used to have a saying that when she gets up to work, everybody gets up to work,” he says. “So, being the only child, laying around didn’t happen at my house.” The family moved to Knoxville when he was 3 – his father worked at Rohm & Haas – and Koontz started mowing yards about as soon as he was tall enough to push a mower. He was pumping gas at a station near his home in Lincoln Park by the time he was 9. He fibbed about his age so he could get a job at the White Store on Central when he was “16.” His parents’ Union County roots ran deep, and every Sunday they took their son to church back there. Faith was a vital part of their lives. “When I first got in real estate, my daddy told me two things. He said, ‘Never work during church hours,’ and he said, ‘If you take care of your clients, they’ll take care of you.’ And that’s been my theory for the last 37 years.” Koontz and his wife, Vicki, have been members of First Baptist Church of Powell for the past 19 years, and he works on Sunday only during an “emergency.” But the other six days a week, watch out. “I enjoy what I do,” says Koontz, who multitasks even when he’s working out in his home gym. “I look forward to getting up in the mornings.” Spoken with the discipline of a true military man. Koontz graduated from Fulton High School in 1965 and had been working in the printing business for a couple of years when he joined the Marine Corps – he didn’t want to wait to be drafted. “I felt like it was my obligation to serve my country,” he says. He took his service seriously, but he doesn’t talk about the war. “I talk about funny things that happened over in Vietnam,” says Koontz, who claims with a twinkle in his eye that he was there “12 months, 29 days, eight hours and 52 seconds.” “I tell a funny story, and Vicki says, ‘That’s not the way it happened.’ I say, ‘You never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.’

What are you reading currently?

“The Rabbit’s Got the Gun” by Pete DeBusk.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Acquiring a 1970 red Chevelle Super Sport. Getting a hobby. Returning to Vietnam for a visit.

He doesn’t care for Hollywood’s version of the Vietnam experience. “I didn’t like ‘Platoon,’ how they argued amongst themselves,” he says. “We weren’t like that.” One of the hobbies he thinks he would have, if he ever took time for such a thing, would be to join a group of former Marines. “There’s no such thing as an ex-Marine. No such thing. If you ever meet somebody and they were in the Corps, it’s just an instant bond. That’s the way they are.” Koontz describes himself as a “people person,” which is one of the reasons he was drawn to sales. “When I got out of the Marine Corps, I was in the printing business,” he says. “I worked for a place called Capper Inc., and I was there for 12 years. It was a good job, good place to work, but I’m a goal-oriented person. I reached my goal in, like, four years. “I always wanted to be in sales (he was a litho-photographer), and they had a sales job come available, and they wouldn’t give it to me.” He got hold of a copy of the book people had to study to take the real-estate agent test. He read it, then took the test and passed. “I was making $400 a week. That was good money back then – I had a wife and three kids. “I took a week off and made $1,500 (selling real estate). I came back and gave my two-week notice. That was 37 years ago, and I haven’t looked back.” He was with a small firm, Metropolitan Realty, for a while and then joined Volunteer Realty and stayed for about 15 years before joining Realty Executives. Mostly, he works out of his car. “Now, the way it’s set up, you’ve got iPads, you’ve got smartphones,” he says. “I’ve always had a theory: I’ve never made a penny sitting in my office.” His wife is also in real estate, so they’re always on the


What is one word others often use to describe you and why? Anal. Because it’s true.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Not to be a control freak.

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

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Technology.

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

My 1st black belt degree presented to me by Mr. Wheeler.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? People who take naps during the day are lazy!

What is your social media of choice? Don’t believe in it.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

Never had a bad job; I’ve always just been glad to have a job.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? Road Runner, because he never gave up!

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Paideia Offers Dual Enrollment for Juniors and Seniors By Headmaster James A. Cowart

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Juniors and seniors at Paideia Academy are receiving college credits for high school classes. Through a partnership with Bryan

College in Dayton, Tenn., Paideia students are earning a maximum of 16 accredited college credits for classes that are a part of Paideia’s core curriculum. These credits are largely paid for through Bryan’s Dual Enrollment grant. The school had to meet two criteria to qualify for this partnership. First, our

syllabus had to be reviewed by the Bryan College faculty to determine whether or not it was college-level. Second, our dual-enrollment faculty members had to have 18 graduate credit hours in that specific field. The classes that we have that currently meet these requirements are pre-calculus, physics, and Greek I.

As a partner site school, Paideia Academy teachers are certified as adjunct instructors at Bryan College and receive free professional development, a supervisory professor, and consistent support. Students’ credit hours will transfer to any college or university in the United States, excluding military academies.

Run for the Classics! Registration is now open for the 8th Annual RUN for the Classics 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Walk. This year’s event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Victor Ashe Park. About 300 runners and walkers are expected to participate. Organizations are encouraged to form a team for this

fun and family-friendly event. There will be teams of serious runners, but teams can also be made up of families, friends, neighbors, sports teams and co-workers. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Register online now at www.

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race treats. The race benefits the students and families of Paideia Academy, providing funding for the school’s annual fund, which helps with need-based financial aid, property development and program expansion for the growing young school.

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New year, new program ‘Covenant Presents’ at Strang Center For several years, the popular “Parkwest Presents” series on health and lifestyle topics at the Frank Strang Senior Center has been coordinated through Parkwest Medical Center. But now the program has expanded to include all resources and physician expertise from throughout Covenant Health. The new name of the expanded program is “Covenant Presents.” “For many years we have enjoyed a close partnership with the Strang Senior Center,” said Debby Saraceni, Covenant vice president of marketing and physician services. “Our goal with ‘Covenant Presents’ is to expand on an already very solid and successful program that now will include physician speakers not only from Parkwest, but from the other hospitals and affiliates within Covenant Health.” Covenant Health includes eight hospitals, employs nearly 10,000 medical professionals and is affiliated with more than 1,300 of the region’s elite physicians of many different specialties. The more robust program will connect medical professionals with local seniors to present health and lifestyle topics of interest to the group, topics such as medication safety, diabetes education, vision and neurological conditions. The program’s purpose is to provide valuable health care information, as well as create an opportunity for participants to have concerns and questions answered.

Ashley Hankla (standing) introduces Fort Loudoun Medical Center Pharmacist Tim Pierce, DPh (seated) at a recent presentation about medication safety held at Frank Strang Senior Center.

February topic is minimally invasive spine surgery

Joel E. Norman, M.D.

Dr. Joel E. Norman of TN Brain and Spine, a member of Covenant Health, is the featured speaker at Frank Strang Senior Center for the next “Covenant Presents” program on Feb. 26. Dr. Norman will speak about minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Norman has extensive expertise in the treatment of surgical disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. His expertise includes endoscopic pituitary surgery, image-guided stereotactic surgery for intracranial disease and minimally invasive image guided spinal surgery. He also is certified for Gamma Knife procedures used to treat neurosurgical diseases including brain tumors and trigeminal neuralgia. To register to hear Dr. Norman’s talk, call 541-4500.

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Doc Rock for Health set for March 1 Come see area physicians band together for a good cause. The ultimate battle of physician bands, Doc Rock for Health, will be held Saturday, March 1, at NV Nightclub, 125 E. Jackson in the Old City (across from Barley’s.) Doc Rock for Health features bands whose members are physicians that represent several area hospitals. This year, there are six bands, each of whom will play a 45-minute set. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first band beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bands include: The Agendas, Funk Under Cover, Patriot Rising,

Remedy, Second Opinion and South River Trail. The winning band will be determined by audience support. Cover charge proceeds will benefit the following charities: Interfaith Health Clinic, Methodist Hospitality House, Hope Resource Center, Knoxville Area Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and St. Mary’s Legacy Mobile Medical Clinic. The cover charge is $15 per person. Doc Rock is a non-smoking event for those 18 and older. For more information, contact the Knoxville Academy of Medicine at 693-3700.

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Opera, unsung Production manager and chorus master Don Townsend always has his hands full. Photo



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Stage director Brian Deedrick keeps the action fast-paced and funny. Photo by Eric White The women of the Knoxville Opera chorus attempt to woo tenor Joshua Kohl in KOC’s current production of “The Elixir of Love.” Photo by Eric White

Eric White, chorister with the Knoxville Opera Company (KOC), describes the plot of “The Elixir of Love” in a few phrases: “Romantic comedy. Village idiot attempts to woo smartest, prettiest, richest girl in the county away from handsome soldier using love potion from quack doctor.” White says the upcoming Valentine’s weekend production – bookended by the more serious “Tales of Hoffmann” last fall and “Norma” this spring – provides some levity to the 2013-2014 season. He’s observed a lot in his 20-plus years of singing backup to the stars. He’s one of opera’s unsung participants – the folks in the background who add splash

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ful job in juvenile justice education,” she says, “and it’s nice to take a break and just play. I can sing, dance, dress up and make believe. “As a chorus member no one really ‘sees’ you, but this director makes you feel like you’re not just a faceless drone. He wants us all to shine individually.” She’s talking about visiting stage director Brian Deedrick, the artistic director of Edmonton Opera in Alberta, Canada. He’s responsible for every aspect of the show – the action, the physical comedy and the placement of all the singers. Rehearsal pianist Eileen Downey says that Deedrick is one of her favorite directors. “I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard during

the rehearsal process,” she says. “He is a genius with comedic timing.” Downey is in her third year as vocal coach and accompanist for the UT School of Music. Her duties include playing for KOC rehearsals, a practice that allows the singers to prepare with musical accompaniment, but not with the expense of having to hire the actual orchestra just yet. The stop-and-go pace of rehearsals, plus full runthroughs under the baton of conductor Brian Salesky, keep her on her toes. “I absolutely adore my job,” she says. “KOC is often a place where a singer is learning a role for the first time. I love observing and being a part of this process. It’s also wonderful to see what a sea-

soned professional will bring to a production.” Once the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra takes its place in the pit, Downey will relocate to the Tennessee Theatre light booth where she’ll run supertitles – English translations that are projected above the stage – for the Italian opera. During production week, backstage will be a beehive of activity. “I started working in opera when I was 9,” says Jason Herrera, who, along with his wife, Susan Smith Herrera, is co-wig master for the production. Herrera says of opera, “It’s the original music theater. It combines the intense pressure of skilled performance with well-planned production acumen.”

Don Townsend, KOC’s longtime production manager and chorus master, is greatly enjoying this show. “There’s a laugh a minute,” he observes, “and the cast members seem to be having the most fun of all!” Townsend oversees countless details, including the actual set-up of the scenery in the Tennessee Theatre. These and other unsung heroes work together to make each KOC production the best it can possibly be. Knoxville Opera Company’s production of “The Elixir of Love” will be performed at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Info: www.knoxvilleopera. com or 524-0795. Send story suggestions to:

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Tennessee Shines featuring Darden Smith and author Jayne Morgan, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and 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 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. Ossoli Circle meeting, Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. Refreshments, 9:45 a.m.; “McClung Museum, A Secret Treasure” by Debbie Woodiel, 10:30 a.m.; “East Tennessee in the Civil War” by Dr. Aaron Astor, 11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106.

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development.html. UT Film Series: “Beauty is Embarrassing” documentary, 8 p.m., McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Free and open to the public. Info:

The Great Cake Bake, noon-5 p.m., Tennessee Terrace at Neyland Stadium. Fundraiser for the Imagination Library. Info: Holly Kizer, 215-8784. Red-Haired Mary in concert, 8 p.m., the Laurel Theater, corner of 16th and Laurel Avenue. Tickets: $12, available at, 523-7521 and at the door. Info: Brent Cantrell or Toby Koosman, 5225851, or email Workshop for Teachers of Social Studies hosted by UT history department, 9 .m.-1 p.m., East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay St. Registration: $20. Info/to register: Mary Beckley, Pre-show Greek Gala hosted by GO! Contemporary Dance Works at Club LeConte. Silent auction, 5 p.m.; live auction, 7 p.m. Cost: $80 per person. Reservations required. Info: or 539-2475. Lesson Vol Training for new STAR volunteers ages 13 and up, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, 11800 Highway 11E, Lenoir City. Horse experience not required. Info: Melissa, 988-4711 or The Captain W. Y. C. Hannum Chapter #1881, United Daughters of the Confederacy meeting, 10:30 a.m., Green Meadow Country Club in Alcoa. Guest speaker: Jack Rouse presenting “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” Lunch will follow. Visitors welcome. Info/reservations: Charlotte Miller, 448-6716. Saturday Stories and Songs: Charlene Ellis, 11 a.m. Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Civil War Genealogy on the Internet, 1 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Limited to 22 participants. To register: 215-8809. Info: 215-8801.

145 Household Appliances 204a Autos Wanted 253 Antiques Classics 260 Fencing


Looking for an addition to the family? Visit Young-Williams Animal Center, the official shelter for Knoxville & Knox County.

Call 215-6599 or visit

Farmer’s Market 150 BRAND NEW Kubota tractor w/box blade, Call Walter, 865-988-7364. HAY FOR SALE 4 X 5 rolls, in dry. $25/roll. 865-828-5574; 865-660-1752

Buildings for Sale 191 1988 Modular Office bldg. 14'x56', w/office furn., C H/A, kitchenette, fireproof file cabinets. Must be moved. 865-323-4574


Maytag Side-By-Side A BETTER CASH CHEV. RAT ROD FENCE WORK Instalrefrig. 24 CF, white, OFFER for junk cars, Truck 1946. 350 3 sp. lation & repair. Free water/ice in door, trucks, vans, running Needs little work. est. 43 yrs exp! Call Maytag gas range, $8500/b.o. or partial or not. 865-456-3500 689-9572. white, self-clean trade. 865-463-2274 oven, $200 ea or 2 ***Web ID# 364912*** for $300. 865-405-9053 Trucks 257 MERCEDES 560 SL ***Web ID# 364549*** 1988 99% good as new. CHEVY COLORADO Red & black int. 2007, 47k mi, ext. is a keeper, but Sewing Machines 211 cab, 5 spd, 30 mpg, IThis am too old. Appx. $8200. 865-659-2278 330 126k mi, $11,000/b.o. Flooring BROTHERS 4500 Call 865-992-0386. FORD F150 1998, 4.6 Disney Embroidery ltr, AT, 2 wh. dr, new CERAMIC TILE inmachine w/luggage, brakes, looks good, Floors/ $3500. 865-387-1479. Sport Utility 261 stallation. runs great. $2800. walls/ repairs. 33 865-936-4825 yrs exp, exc work! Arts Crafts 215 GMC SIERRA SLT Chev Tahoe LT 1998, John 938-3328 182K mi, 4WD, exc 2004, extd. cab, long cond. $4,000. Pics bed, 4x4, black, Guttering 333 Quilting Frame online. 865-679-2838 leather gray intr., Z44 professional Fabraheated seats, all TAHOE Z71 2004, HAROLD'S GUTTER Fast edition hand power, new 28" wthr. CHEVY 193k mi, recent tires, SERVICE. Will clean quilting frame. Top grd. tool box, exc. batt., brakes, fuel pump, front & back $20 & up. of the line. Extends cond., 130k, $11,200. loaded, VG cond., Quality work, guaranas large as king sz, Call 865-363-4797 $7400. 865-659-2278 teed. Call 288-0556. folds up even with fabric installed, HONDA PILOT 2010 fully adjustable, incl: 4 Wheel Drive 258 EXL, leather, sunrf, 352 Start Right leader 42k mi, exc. cond. Roofing / Siding cloth (gridded cloth), FORD Explorer 1991 $19,500. 423-295-5393 fully assembled. Eddie Bauer edt. 4WD, 6 Will deliver Knox MERCEDES R350 2007, Co. $500. 865-932-4344 cyl., many new parts. V6, loaded, clean, ***Web ID# 364671*** $2500. 363-3770 aft. 4pm like new, $14,750. 865-577-4069. GMC 2500 1997, 350 eng., AT, long bed, Sporting Goods 223 1 owner, good truck Imports 262 $4200. 865-300-6840 RELOADING DIES GMC Sierra 2003, reg. 17 sets. $250 for all. HONDA S2000 cab, short bed, cover, 2004, 108K mi., silver, Call 865-577-0867 V8, AT, 4x4, 57K mi, exc. cond., $15,500. polished alum whls, Call 865-660-8474 Campers 235 $16,900. 423-279-0151 560 SL JEEP Grand Cherokee MERCEDES 1988 99% good as new. NEW & PRE-OWNED Lmtd 2005. 2nd ownr. Red & black int. 5.7 Hemi V8. 49K mi., This is a keeper, but INVENTORY SALE $13,995. 865-382-0365. I am too old. Appx. 2013 MODEL SALE ***Web ID# 361456*** 126k mi, $11,000/b.o. CHECK US OUT AT Call 865-992-0386. or call 865-681-3030 Comm Trucks Buses 259

storage shed. $495 mo. Call 865-938-1653. KARNS AREA, 1 or 2BR, stove, refrig., DW, garb. disp., 2 76 1/2 BA, no pets. Condo Rentals Household Furn. 204 $600-$925. 865-6918822; 660-3584. 3BR/2.5BA CONDO, 2- MALTESE AKC, 2 males, 2 fem. Ready car gar, 24-hr secuto go. 423-201-2042; rity. Many updates! LARGE 2 STORY, 2 865-617-4892 Near UT/downtown, Bedroom, 1.5 Bath I40/75. Private apt. in Cedar Bluff. MALTESE PUPS, community. $1425/ Large kit + dining, female, 10 wks. old mo. 1-yr lease. Call AKC reg. Very small. liv rm, pwd rm, w/d Mickey Pease, hkup; 2 BR + bath Call 423-733-2857 or Dean-Smith, at 679upstairs. $675 mo. 423-300-9043. 6271 or 588-5000. 610-544-2871 MIN PIN puppy, AKC reg, fem., black rust, CHERRY FINISHED Manf’d Homes - Sale 85 incl puppy pkg. Call Entertainment Armoire, 75x42x21 for info. 865-573-9468 $200; 865-599-9775 ***Web ID# 366192*** I BUY OLDER MOBILE HOMES. MOVING, 3 PIECE Domestic 265 1990 up, any size OK. Sheltie Pup, purebred, DINING F450 1999 Crew SENIOR or ROOM SUIT, Motorcycles 238 FORD born 9/12/13, exc. quality, 865-384-5643 Cab Box Truck with 6 chairs, 100 yrs. old, sable & white male INFINITI G37 2009. DISABLED Liftgate, $5,500. For dark finish, $1500. $325 cash. 865-376-4233 4 dr. Loaded. HARLEY DAVIDSON more information HIGH RISE 62K mi. $15,900 Trucking Opportunities 106 SIBERIAN HUSKY AKC Call 865-577-0849. ULTRA CLASSIC call 865-524-3074 423-295-5393 FACILITY ELECTRA GLIDE 2009 ***Web ID# 366308*** MOVING SALE pups. All colors, shots. DRIVERS: $1,200.00 8K miles, orig. owner, LANE red leather Champ. Lines. $600. 1 BR APTS. Orientation Comple865-256-2763. sofa, no smoking/pets. Red Hot Sunglow! Cleaning 318 Oak Ridge, TN tion Bonus! Make ***Web ID# 367039*** (Orig. $1700), Like Showroom condition, $63K/yr or more & new, $650. 865-437-8233 865-482-6098 Lots of chrome! CHRISTIAN LADY be sure to ask about YORKIES AKC, quality Beautifully Set Up  ch. ln. Puppies & young ROLL TOP Desk, CLEANING SERDriver Referral & Ready To Ride! adults. Males. Great Solid oak, 60X26, Perf. Bonus! CDL-A OTR VICE. Dependable, pricing. 865-591-7220 refs, Call Charlotte cond., 1950's $500 firm. $16,900. 865-388-4826 Exp. Req. Call ***Web ID# 365601*** Lenoir City 986-0662 at 705-5943. or 865-523-1195. Now: 877-725-8241


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