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February 24, 2014
Bright STARS Even volunteering at riding program is life-altering experience By Sherri Gardner Howell Olivia Knight knows the therapeutic power of Shangri La Therapeutic Academy of Riding. The STAR program changed her life, and she isn’t even a client. Olivia, 17, has been a volunteer with STAR, located just outside Farragut in Loudon County, since she was 10 years old. “I heard about the program from a friend at church,” says Olivia. “I got involved strictly because I loved horses and would do anything to be around them. So I started in the Junior Volunteer program and was a regular Lesson Volunteer by the time I was 12.” As a Junior Volunteer, Olivia says the work is far from glamorous. “It’s pretty much barn duty – pulling tack, cleaning stalls, preparing what is needed for classes. After my first day, as we were pulling away from the barn, I asked my mom, ‘Is this a paid job?’ She told me it was all volunteer labor.” How did she cope with that kind of labor? “I must have loved it,” she says with a laugh. “You couldn’t get me away from there. You have to commit an hour a week. After my hour was up, I asked if I could stay longer. I sometimes would
Olivia Knight, a volunteer with the STAR riding program, gets ready to help with a lesson. work seven or eight hours a week, more in the summer.” STAR began in 1987 as Lynn Petr’s therapeutic recreation master’s thesis at the University of Tennessee. When Lynn started the program, she had five riders, one horse, three volunteers and only herself as staff. The program
now serves children and adults from 11 East Tennessee counties, working with individuals with physical, mental and neuro-
STAR volunteer Olivia Knight with one of her buddies. Photo submitted
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Big Kahuna Wings coming to Farragut By Sandra Clark A UT favorite is coming to Farragut. The town’s Municipal Planning Commission has recommended approval of a site plan and access variance for Matt Beeler, owner of BKW Seasonings and Big Kahuna Wings, to open a restaurant in the former Ott’s BBQ location on Kingston Pike. Noah Myers presented the request and gave a hearty endorsement of Big Kahuna. “Farragut will be proud (to have this restaurant),” he said. “His drummies are as big as a chicken leg – almost a meal by themselves.”
Town staff supported the 300foot dining room expansion, but not the modified access. Myers said requiring westbound Kingston Pike motorists to turn around on Hobbs Road and come back is a real hardship on the business as well as a safety concern. Planning commissioners, with Knick Myers abstaining, OK’d both requests. “This is a local company based right here in Farragut,” said Noah Myers. In response to questions, he said the business should be open this summer definitely in time for football season.
FMPC also approved a site plan for a 4-story Staybridge Suites extended living facility on 4.28 acres at 11319 Campbell Lakes Drive. Mayor Ralph McGill called it a “stay a little longer” place, and engineer Chris Sharp of Urban Engineering said the facility will have 101 suites. Developers will build a sidewalk from Wildwings to their property, and eventually the site will be connected to town’s walking trails, said interim Development Director Mark Shipley. A retention pond will be enhanced and maintained as green space, said Shipley.
Alderman Bob Markli’s idea to allow ADUs (accessory dwelling units) to be built on certain single family lots met a sudden death at the Feb. 20 FMPC meeting. The much-debated proposal was back on the agenda, leading Knick Myers to say, “The elephant in the room is” lack of public support. “Let’s vote it up or vote it down,” and stop spending staff time on drafts and re-drafts of amendments. The vote was 1 for and 7 against the ADU zoning amendment. It now goes to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen if Markli chooses to bring it up.
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Opting out: Parent says K-2 testing harms daughter By Betty Bean Jennifer Nagel’s 7-year-old daughter spent her snow days reading a book. That might not sound like a big deal, but to Nagel, it’s almost miraculous because reading has been an ordeal for her daughter, who has an undiagnosed learning disability. Nagel says her daughter’s teacher has been very helpful, but the school system has not. So she started looking for solutions on her own. Almost by accident, she found a critically acclaimed series of books co-written by actor Henry Winkler and the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity for and about dyslexic kids – who knew the Fonz has a master’s degree from Yale, and dyslexia? As of last week, Nagel’s daughter is halfway through a book
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around the page. Nagel says her daughter has finally found joy in reading, no thanks to Knox County Schools. Knox County Schools director of Student Support Services Melissa Massie said she cannot comment on Nagel’s daughter’s situation and is not familiar with the Winkler books. “But we have a number of interventions that look at multisensory approaches (for learning disabilities),” Massie said. Back in December, Nagel, who is PTA president at Amherst Elementary School, fought back tears as she stood at the lectern and told the school board how her youngest daughter is being affected by the 17 district-mandated tests she has to take during the school year. Once a happy child, she’s now anxious and
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What are you reading currently? “Quitter” by Jon Acuff
What are the top three things on your bucket list? Start my own business Take a road trip up the West Coast Build a giant tree house (one I could live in!)
What is one word others often use to describe you and why? Spontaneous. Outside of work, I don’t like to plan anything.
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When Lauren Cox was in college, she took some classes in event planning and decided it wasn’t her cup of tea. “I said I would never do it,” says Cox. So even she was a little surprised with the direction her career took – she’s the special events and program coordinator in the town of Farragut’s Parks and Leisure Services Department – but it all makes sense now. “I like planning the events, but I really like when we actually have the events because then I get contact with the public,” says Cox, who has been with the town for two and a half years. “I love people. I look forward to those days when I’m not in a cubicle, planning.” She also loves her co-workers. “We have a really good group up here in the PALS Department.” Her favorite event so far is Freaky Friday Fright Night. “I love the costumes and the cute kids who come through,” she says. “It’s just a fun event. It has a lot of setup, and a lot of hard work goes into it before, and it’s just fun to see people enjoy something that you’ve worked really hard on.” There’s only one downside to her job. “When I have to work on a weekend for events, there’s a plus because I get to be at an event, and it’s always fun – but the time away from my new baby is really hard,” she says. Her son, Mason, is 3 months old and her obsession. “He’s the greatest thing in the world,” says Cox. “He’s really good at chewing on things right now. He’s teething early. He sleeps through the night. He’s slept through the night since five weeks. That’s pretty impressive.” She and her husband, Joshua, even take Mason with them on their regular Friday “date night” – to the Downtown Grill & Brewery. “It sounds crazy, but we’ve taken Mason since he was 3 weeks old. It’s really loud, but he loves it, and he loves watching the people.” The Coxes, who have been married three and a half years, are more into the outdoors, and they plan to give their son that experience, too. “My husband and I love hiking,” she says. “We’ve only been to the mountains once since he was born. We plan on taking him hiking really soon, once it’s warm enough.” One place they’re sure to take him is Charlie’s Bunion,
My college roommates. We still keep in contact, but a long lunch together would be perfect. her favorite trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “That’s also the trail where my husband proposed to me, so it has good memories. I think it’s one of the most beautiful views in the park.” Cox grew up in Knoxville and graduated from SouthDoyle High School. She attended Pellissippi State Community College and then went to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, where she earned a bachelor’s in outdoor recreation. She worked for the Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation Department before being hired in Farragut. For several summers after graduating from high school, she worked at Camp Ba Yo Ca in Sevierville, first as a counselor and then on the waterfront staff. (She and her husband had their wedding at the camp.) The Coxes live in Fountain City to be close to his job – he’s the morning news director for WBIR and has to be at the station before dawn – but she loves working in Farragut. “I’m really one for the trees and the natural beauty of things. I love that about Farragut. Our parks are really great in Farragut. They do a good job of keeping them up.” In her free time, she enjoys making birthday cakes – for humans and dogs. “I’ve gotten really good at making dog birthday cakes and dog birthday cookies,” she says. She and her husband have a 7-year-old Lab and two basset-hound-mix dogs that are 4. “They are my babies also. We love them.” Sit back and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Lauren Cox.
What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? Not really who. More of a what that includes a whole bunch of people … Camp Ba Yo Ca. I worked there for many summers on staff. My experiences there shaped me into the person I am now.
I still can’t quite get the hang of … Wearing shoes … I hate wearing shoes.
What is the best present you ever received in a box? My engagement/wedding rings.
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? You can’t trust anybody but the Lord.
What is your social media of choice? Instagram or Facebook … it’s a toss-up.
What is the worst job you have ever had? The four hours of housekeeping duty I had during my internship at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why? Bugs Bunny. Loved him so much my mom made me a Halloween costume one year so I could be him.
What irritates you? Christmas decorations left up past Jan. 1.
What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? Mother Earth Meats. They are a great local business with fresh, organic food.
“Fried chicken just tend to make you feel better about life.” – Minnie Jackson in “The Help”
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What are you guilty of?
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
Spiders. I hate spiders.
Posting millions of photos of my baby on Facebook and Instagram each day.
Quit my job and start my own business.
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Cookies booths are sprouting up; Spring can’t be far behind It’s as much a sign of hope as the yellow daffodils. It’s as uplifting as seeing the little AYSO kids in their soccer jerseys filling neighborhood green spaces and parks. Just stay off the scales from now to March 23. There are some rites of Spring that must be indulged. Yes, it’s Girl Scout Cookie time! If you managed to escape the pre-sale ordering, there’s no way you are out of the woods. Booth sales start Feb. 28 and continue through March 23. Can you really resist the Brownies making their pitch for your $4? Can you say no to the Juniors and Cadettes who tell you about needing funds for camp? And, let’s be honest: Those Thin Mints have been calling your name since you snuck the last box out of the freezer one hot June night. If by some chance you don’t see a Girl Scout in
Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES every parking lot, and you need your cookie fi x, call the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians office at 6889440. In Seattle, the council has a recipe contest each year, with the winning recipes shared on the Little Brownie Bakers website. This one was the third place winner, but my favorite, so I thought I would share the recipe. Other than being chocolate, I loved the recipe because it calls for “1 box of Samoas minus 1 cookie.” A cook after my own heart … For other recipes, visit www.littlebrowniebakers. com.
Ingredients: 14 Samoas Girl Scout Cookies (one box minus one cookie) 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 1/3 cup coconut milk cream (the thick cream on the top of a can of coconut milk) 3 strips smoked bacon 8 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate Directions: 1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add the shredded coconut. Toast, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about five minutes. Coconut can burn quickly and easily, so keep an eye on it. Once toasted, pour the coconut in a bowl to cool and return the pan to the heat and add the bacon. 2. Cook the bacon until browned and crispy. Place the crisped bacon on a paper towel to drain and let cool. Once the
Opting out: didn’t get to her. Up until six months ago, I thought the school system was doing the best they could for her. But I kept saying she needs more help, and they didn’t respond. Nearly one in five children has some form of dyslexia. That’s roughly four kids in every class.” Massie said KCS is vigilant about paying attention to young students who don’t make sufficient progress. “When we identify those students, we will begin intervention as early as kindergarten,” she said. “We may not have a label on it as formal as dyslexia, but we have identified it.” Meanwhile, Nagel said her daughter can’t sleep the night before the test, and cries and doesn’t want to go to school the next morning. “She yells about little things and gets very stressed. She worries that she’ll get her teacher in trouble if she
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Haley Staag of Farragut spent a Saturday in February learning painting techniques from artist and instructor Elizabeth Alexandra at Liz-Beth Gallery. The gallery sponsors the classes once a month, with the March class scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Call to reserve a spot: 691-8129. Photo submitted Tristan Smith, left, and Grace Fritts were out doing presales for Girl Scout Cookies a few weeks ago. Look for the Scouts to be selling in full force beginning Friday, Feb. 28. Photo by Nancy Anderson
bacon is cool to the touch, crumble into small pieces and set aside. 3. While the bacon cooks, add the cookies to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the cookies are finely chopped. Add the coconut milk and 1/3 cup of the toasted coconut to the bowl and pulse until fully combined. 4. Using a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop (or a large melon-baller) portion the truffle filling onto a parchment-lined baking tray. Once all the filling has been scooped, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 5. Once the truffle filling has firmed up, remove from the refrigerator and prepare the chocolate. Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave on high in one-minute increments until almost fully melted, and then stir until smooth. 6. To coat the truffles, take one ball and roll lightly between your palms to smooth any rough edges, then place in the chocolate and quickly roll to coat with a small fork. Using the fork or a toothpick, pick up the truffle and briefly let any excess drip back into the bowl, then place on a piece of parchment. 7. Sprinkle with the reserved toasted coconut and place a couple of bacon pieces on the top. Repeat the chocolate coating and garnishing for all remaining truffles. You will likely have leftover chocolate. 8. Chill the finished truffles to set and serve as soon as the chocolate has hardened. Recipe from Jody of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington in Seattle.
stakes tests, supervisor of testing Laurie Driver appeared to hint that skipping school could be a way out of taking the tests. “Although the SAT 10 is an optional state assessment, it is a required assessment in the Knox County Schools. Like TCAP and End of Course assessments, all students are expected to participate. The only students who are exempt from required testing are those who are not present to take the assessment,” Driver said. Meanwhile, Nagel says there’s one more option – a private evaluation, which comes with two significant problems: expense and uncertainty about the response she’d get from KCS.
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“My friend paid $350 to get an evaluation privately,” Nagel said. “It confirmed dyslexia. I was told I could do the same thing, but it doesn’t guarantee they’d recognize the findings. That’s when I gave up and said this is ridiculous.” She says she’s thinking about spending the money on a lawyer.
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logical disabilities from ages 4 to seniors. In 2012, STAR provided more than 3,500 lessons for 205 participants. After moving from Petr’s farm to several locations through the years, 63 acres of land were purchased in Loudon County in 2002. The complex now also has an education building and an indoor arena and is handicapped accessible, something that provided a challenge in the early years. STAR programs cover a wide range, with therapeutic riding being the overall focus. Changing Strides is for at-risk youth, ages 13 to 21, to help them learn to better manage their lives and foster positive relationships. Heroes and Horses is a riding program for veterans and Wounded Warriors. Minis in Motion features the miniature horses and donkeys and is one of STAR’s core educational programs. The Minis program partners with local schools, nursing homes, camps and organizations for outreach learning opportunities. STAR also offers an interactive vaulting program and other opportunities for
competitive riding. The carrot of “just being near the horses” changed for Olivia. “The whole experience changed me. I was very, very shy, introverted and timid around everyone,” says Olivia. “At first, I found the whole experience kind of scary and out of my culture. Working with the horses and with the riders, I learned to take the focus off myself and go outside what bothered me and concerned me to look at other people.” The daughter of Tom and Barbara Knight of Farragut, Olivia says the wonderful thing about STAR is that it doesn’t just impact the people who come there to ride, but the volunteers, too. “There are so many lifechanging moments, so many mini-miracles, and you get to see them and be part of them. When someone who has been non-verbal most of their life speaks their first words at STAR, how can that not change you?” To find out more about STAR and to volunteer in any of the areas or support the program financially, visit www.rideatstar.org or call Melissa James, volunteer coordinator, at 988-4711.
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It is apparent that the university went to great lengths to ensure nothing comes out of the meeting that suggests remotely what is happening. No minutes are taken, and no reports are written. Clearly, they have had legal advice on how to avoid disclosure. It leads to the inescapable conclusion that there must be some heavy discussion going on inside the meeting room for UT to take the media hit for closed sessions with these instructions to board members and staff on how to stiff the media. This may have been done without Gov. Bill Haslam’s knowledge or approval. However, he is chair of the board, and a simple word from him to Chancellor Cheek would end this. The board itself, which operates in public, could end it. We should all remember that the UT board must meet in public to choose a UT president. Why should the Athletic Board be different? UT would not be going to so much trouble to keep it all quiet if there was not something worth hiding. The Athletic Board operated well for many years in public. Why the sudden need to go silent? ■ UT President Joseph DePietro is expected to appoint an internal committee to review the status of the historic Eugenia Williams house on Lyons View Pike. This house was acquired several presidents ago and has languished and deteriorated. The committee will look at the basic question of what to do with the Staub-designed house and where UT goes from here. One hopes a sensible use can be found. This needs to be resolved since UT has only been embarrassed by it to date while this historic home simply falls down in front of us. ■ Don’t hold your breath, but TVA might consider opening its committee meetings to the public. That is where all its
real work occurs. Recently the regional advisory committee that TVA named listed open committee meetings as one of its recommendations to the full board (now short one member). TVA has discussed this in the past but opted to keep them closed every time. Current board chair Bill Sansom has opposed going open. Given that it is TVA’s own advisory group that has pushed this, TVA will have to respond in some way. It cannot be dismissed. Within the group, the effort to highlight this was led by Anne Davis, head of the Tennessee Office of the Southern Environmental Law Institute and wife of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and Steve Smith of the Clean Energy group here in Knoxville. Supporting them was Gov. Haslam’s appointee on the group, Susan Richardson Williams. She is a former TVA board member who unsuccessfully supported open meetings along with former TVA chair Mike Duncan when she served on the board. ■ Almost five years ago in 2009, Knoxvillian Troy Whiteside, who has been active in local politics, was accused of murder. The trial still has not been held. Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols recused himself early in the process, and it was transferred to DA Berkeley Bell of Greeneville. One of his assistants is actually handling the case. It is now scheduled for trial on April 21 with Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz (who is retiring Sept. 1) to hear it. It is a first-degree murder case with prominent attorney Greg Isaacs representing Whiteside. The DA expects it to go to trial. The judicial system has worked very slowly in this case.
Correction Mayor Rogero will not present two budgets to City Council as previously stated in this column, but she has asked department heads to present two budgets to her prior to her single budget going to council on April 24. One will have 6 percent cuts in her internal budget hearings, which are open to the public. The 6 percent cuts are usually designed to alarm citizens into supporting a tax increase.
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Solutions in search of problems “Well, we didn’t give you much to work with today,” Tony Norman said after County Commission’s work session last week. I just grinned. The meeting was, well, weird. Discussion over R. Larry Smith’s resolution affirming commission’s support of the End of Forced Annexation in Tennessee Act was downright contentious. Andy Andrew, who has been fighting annexation nearly as long as I’ve been alive, evoked everything from rugged individualism to the Bill of Rights. “This is an opportunity to solve a problem that has bothered Knox County as long as I’ve been here,” he said. Amy Broyles said this resolution is “a solution in search of a problem.” (I looked around for Stacey Campfield. But I digress.) Broyles said the city of Knoxville is not allowed to annex outside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), and those who live within it know annexation can happen. Smith called Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, who was trying to get the heck out of Dodge (long day – his department lost the beloved Roger Wilson last week), to the lectern. Jones agreed that finger annexation has caused a problem over lawenforcement jurisdiction. “We’ve already had this conversation,” Sam McKenzie said, adding that the
process is working. “That’s because there’s been a moratorium on annexation,” Smith said. “There’s not been a moratorium,” McKenzie said. “That ended in 2008. This is 2014. This was an issue with one city mayor a long time ago.” (Paging Victor Ashe.) “We know what our culture is in Knox County. We’re pro-property rights. I’m voting against this because I think we’re already doing this.” Dave Wright hit his light. “Well, if there’s no problem, Commissioner McKenzie, if it’s moot, then it would be OK for the state to pass it.” Wright is upset about finger annexation on Millertown Pike. “There’s an excellent development at the end of Millertown Pike, but it’s still just a (small) road leading up to it. The suggestion that we had the conversation in 2001 … doesn’t mean we can’t have another discussion before it becomes a problem in search of an answer.” (I looked around for Stacey Campfield. But I digress.) “If we want to change
this, let it be homegrown,” McKenzie said. “I don’t want the state telling us what to do.” (The Republican in me smiled.) “All we are doing, commissioners, is letting Nashville know where we stand,” Smith said. “I bet less than 3 percent of homeowners know if they live in the (UGB).” Broyles is sponsoring amendments to ordinances ensuring that county employees are protected when speaking out against employers without risk of termination. She cites both teachers who have spoken up recently and county employees who want to campaign for someone other than their bosses. “I’m going to use Commissioner Broyles’ earlier words against her. This is a solution waiting on a problem,” McKenzie said. (I looked around for Stacey Campfield. But I digress.) Rick Briggs said free speech in this case needs limits. “Tennessee is an atwork employer state,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t be in favor of something that would protect an employee who spoke maliciously, giving the county no resource to stop it. Broyles said the amendments would include all departments and elected offices and would not protect slander and libel. Chief deputy law director David Buuck said the only process in place now is a lengthy, costly battle in
federal court. “This brings it to the local level,” Broyles said. “And the mayor (Tim Burchett) said he is for this, so I don’t want you to miss an opportunity to vote for something that he and I are both in favor of …” (Maniacal laughter.) “Retribution occurs,” Norman said, referring to teachers. “There are a variety of ways to do that. This might help the teachers and their position.” McKenzie mused and changed his position, saying he felt more comfortable that the county wouldn’t have to defend slander or libel. Briggs was the lone “no” vote. Finally, Barry Hawkins, who is running for Knox County trustee, took exception to Wright adding a discussion item based on a News Sentinel report about his allegedly getting $3,000 that he allegedly wasn’t owed as a former county employee, adding it is a political tactic timed to help his opponent. Wright said his feelings were hurt at such a charge, “but I’m a sitting commissioner and I have no feelings.” I have to disagree with you, Tony, my friend. Y’all gave me plenty with which to work. For that, I thank you. Commission will hold its regular meeting at 1:45 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 24) in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at jake mabe.blogspot.com
Dem women prepare to party The oldest Democratic founder Lucy Graham Crowomen’s club in America is zier’s sister Lizzie Crozier French stands on Market throwing itself a party. Square, commemorating the feminists who worked for women’s suffrage. Betty The Croziers, both eduBean cators, were smart, fearless and deeply involved in the political fight that The Knox County Demo- made Tennessee the crucratic Women’s Club, estab- cial 36th state to ratify the lished March 28, 1928, will 19th Amendment, which celebrate its 85th anniver- gave women the right to sary 6:30 Saturday, March vote in 1920. They had three other sis8, at the Southern Depot, in conjunction with Women’s ters, Mary, Anna and CorHistory Month. The public nelia, all described in Coris invited and descendants nelia’s obituary as “women of charter members will be of dominance and individthere. There will be music, uality.” The Crozier home, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a said to house the finest cash bar. It’s not a costume private library in the area, party, but period attire will stood on the corner of Gay Street and Clinch Avenue be welcome. Club president Kathy now occupied by the former Manning says the event Farragut Hotel. Lucy was will be more of a celebra- born there in 1856. Her fation of the historical con- ther, attorney John Hervey tributions of Knoxville Crozier, a two-term memwomen than a political ber of Congress, sided with event. Tickets are $40. the Confederacy during the A bronze statue of club Civil War and retired from
politics soon thereafter. Kathy Manning’s grandmother Mary Vance Manning and great-aunt Ann Manning were founding members of the Democratic Women’s Club. She found Lucy Crozier’s obituaries, dated Nov. 30, 1930. One praises her “unquenchable spirit and great heart.” Another begins like this: “A brave and earnest soul passes in the death of Lucy Graham Crozier. An extremist she was, of course. But she was always sincere and often brilliant.” Kathy Manning never knew her grandmother, but her aunt spent her last years living with her, and Manning says she wishes she’d asked more questions. Since the club’s purpose was to educate women as new voters and encourage them to become involved in politics, and it was chartered the year that Democrat Al Smith, the first Catholic to run for president, took on Republican Herbert Hoover,
Manning believes her Catholic grandmother and aunt were probably involved in that campaign. She wishes she knew more about them. “My aunt was a World War II veteran and served with the Army Nurse Corps. Later, she was a public-health nurse for the city of Knoxville. I’ve since realized, ‘Gee, I should have asked her all those questions.’ Having the oldest club in the country is something we can all take pride in.” Knox County Democratic Women’s Club charter members: Lucy Crozier, Mary Crozier, Mrs. J.C. Guinn, Mrs. Frank Haur, Mrs. Sarah Henry Hood, Mrs. J.B. Shinliver, Miss Emma Pate, Mrs. Joe McMillan, Mrs. E.T. Beach, Miss May Leland (Marshall), Mrs. Sam Heiskell, Mrs. J.C. Renfro, Mrs. Herman Schenk Jr., Mrs. Ida Reynolds Lonas, Mrs. Bannister Wilkes, Mrs. J.J. Manning and Miss Ann Manning.
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Excitement is upon us: spring sports! No doubt you are delighted, perhaps even bubbling over, with the coming of spring sports at the University of Tennessee. What, you hadn’t even thought of Volunteer track, baseball, tennis or golf? These are the fun and games funded by football and donations. Please mark your calendar. Enjoy. I didn’t throw softball into that group. It is a big winner and often draws a crowd. Ellen Renfroe is really good. Baseball, we are told, will be better this year, weather permitting. Dave Serrano, baseball coach ($450,000 salary), is not promising championships just yet, but he does foresee significant improvement. That was the plan all along for year three. It appears he has recruited well. He expects the rewards of growth and development. He thinks he has much better pitching. He believes the Vols will become relevant in the SEC.
That is very good news, a giant jump if it happens. The team was 8-20 last season, last in the Eastern Division, totally irrelevant. From mid-April until the bitter end, Serrano’s Vols won three league games. Other highlights were two rainouts. Pitching, you ask? Andrew Lee is thought to be recovered from Tommy John surgery. Kyle Serrano, the coach’s son, chose college over the Colorado Rockies. Bless him. First baseman Scott Price can hit. “Probably the best hitter in the SEC,” says the coach. Third baseman Will Maddox takes the game very seriously. Tough guy.
Dirt on uniform. The oldfashioned description was “hard-nosed.” Pro scouts will probably make notes about sophomore shortstop A.J. Simcox. Team characteristics? Better defense, lots more scoring punch. Coach says he can now compare talent with rivals without feeling handicapped. If there are positive developments in track, they remain hidden. Old Vols send emails, trying to convince me that a coaching change is necessary. I have reserved comment. Athletic director Dave Hart is on his own in this case. He gets paid most of a million to make such weighty decisions. Tennis is not really a spring sport. It goes on 10 months a year. For me, it is more fun on a balmy April afternoon. The Vols are nationally ranked. They have strong leadership with teaching skills. Sam Winterbotham was 2013 national coach of
County auditor hits the ground running You’d expect an internal auditor to run a lean, mean operation, and new county auditor Andrea Williams is no exception. Her office has a staff of three – herself, another auditor and an administrative assistant who does everything from some audit work to checking grammar. Williams, who came to Knox County from TVA, started work Dec. 16. She said the timing was perfect, with the laid-back holiday season allowing her to work her way through a massive amount of reading material. She’s now working on a risk assessment for fiscal
year 2015. “We’re looking at which areas add the most value,” Williams said, “so we can evaluate not just the financial risk, but the reputational risk and public safety. We should be finished around June.” Her office also performs
some request work, if the county Audit Committee or County Commission requests an audit, or performs reviews on the back end of an external audit. All of her work has to be approved by the Audit Committee. In January, County Commission requested a procedural review of the criminal-justice system. “That includes everything, from the time a person enters the system to the time they complete it. It involves multiple players and processes,” she said, not just the office of embattled Criminal Court Clerk Joy
the year. Chris Woodruff is another head coach in associate disguise. Ben Testerman is volunteer assistant. Wow! Winterbotham, a native of Stoke on Trent, England, has the proper recruiting phone numbers – Australia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Webb School. Tennessee golf, much like cross-country, is for the participants who take pride in their sport and can press on without the cheering multitudes. It is OK if you skip some matches. You do need to know about the Mack and Jonnie Day practice facility along the Tennessee River. It is big league. It should be. The grassy patch cost $4.5 million. Phase 2 of this project, the Furrow-Blackburn clubhouse, will be special, too. If you are into spring football, there is one date to circle. The Orange and White game is scheduled for April 12 at Neyland Stadium. McCroskey. One of Williams’ suggestions has been to digitize the method by which the county performs monthly pcard audits. C u r r e nt l y, that process is manual. “ W i t h Williams technology, you can do queries and push a button. (Manually), it is time intensive and less consistent than a database process.” Last month, commission discussed at length whether Williams should be present for the entirety of its meetings like the county law di-
Showing the love Sisters Ellen Turner (left) and Helen Ashe are fascinated with Mayor Tim Burchett’s selfie, a photo taken on his smartphone and transmitted instantly to friends of The Love Kitchen. Burchett and Doug Bataille, senior director of parks and recreation, presented the sisters with $3,400 and several barrels of canned food on Feb. 19. The donations were collected in December at the county-sponsored Holiday Festival of Lights at Concord Park. Photo by S. Clark
rector. Williams says the consensus was that she use her discretion on when to be present. Other goals for her first year include getting the dayto-day operations of running her office in order and making sure every county department knows she has an open-door policy. “We want to maintain our independence, but that doesn’t mean we’re isolated. We’re all on the same team, working for the people of Knox County.” Williams was born in Michigan and lived all over the Southeast as a child. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in accounting with a concentration in taxa-
tion from UT. Her first job was working in the Inspector General’s office and the compliance office at TVA. She says the best part of her job is getting to solve problems. “You get the bigger picture, not just the transactional details. And you can provide information that can improve something. I like learning. Every audit is a new experience.” And that also means pointing out both the good and the bad. “When you’re an auditor, people don’t always want to see you. But I haven’t gotten that feeling here. We want to point out both ways the county can improve and the things they are doing well.”
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Treasure hunting over the mountain Dwight Ewart welcomes “pickers” to Sweeten Creek Antiques.
The Tobacco Barn is gigantic and stuffed with fascinating finds.
A life-size nativity set from the ’50s at Sweeten Creek Antiques
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The dreary days of February – or the frequently heard complaints about them – traditionally make this time of year a letdown from the gaiety of the previous holiday season. Well, there’s nothing like a road trip to buoy the spirits. East Tennesseans are lucky to have diverse and affordable options nearby. Parks – from the Smokies to Big South Fork to Concord Park right here in town – offer hiking on much-lesscrowded-than-in-springtime trails. If you’re in a more urban frame of mind, Nashville and Atlanta are within a few hours’ drive. This past weekend I was in the mood for a treasure hunt. So I grabbed my best girlfriend and headed for Asheville. There’s nothing more fun for us than picking through antique malls and secondhand stores. Knoxville has some fine ones – Dutch Valley Antique Mall is one of our favorites, and we’re big fans of KARM and Goodwill. But for a change of pace and some beautiful scenery, you can’t beat Asheville. Swannanoa River Road boasts several large collectives. We saw some exceptional mid-century furniture at The Local. The price tags weren’t slight, but this was quality stuff in beautiful condition. Owners Chad and Morgan Baker travel a lot and say of their extraordinary inventory, “we really work for it!” Other stores in the same location are Oddfellows, Nostalgique and Bryant Antiques. Right next door, we found the Tobacco Barn. Its 70,000 square feet of space is crammed with booths. The big barn doors were wide open on either end, which, in the 30-degree windy weather, meant some brrrrrrowsing! But we goodnatured “pickers” bundled up in our parkas and made the best of it. Some folks even brought their dogs in! We mostly just look. You know how it is. I’m big on metal lawn furniture and jelly glasses; my friend is obsessed with mid-century lighting fi xtures and divider screens. But our rule is, “It has to be absolutely perfect in every way.” Not too far from the Tobacco Barn, Sweeten Creek
Carol’s Corner Antiques offers 31,000 square feet of just about anything you can think of. I found a beautiful silver bedside tray from the 103-yearold Taft Hotel in New Haven, Conn. It provides a touchstone to history for me every morning when I reach for my eyeglasses case. Our last stop was Lexington Park Antiques in downtown Asheville. Labyrinthine and seemingly endless, it features gorgeous estate jewelry, vintage clothing, movie memorabilia and fine used leather goods. Other Asheville landmarks are within walking distance. We love Tops for Shoes – 30,000 square feet of quality footwear and accessories on three levels – and Malaprop’s Bookstore, where a cup of hot chocolate awaits, along with every book you’d ever want to read. It’s a good time of year to get hotel rooms at lower rates, and we chose the Brookstone Lodge. Built only five years ago, it has the atmosphere of a much older place. There’s a cozy lobby with fireplace and a complimentary 24-hour coffee bar. The rooms have large flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, microwaves and refrigerators, cozy beds and mountain views. A complimentary hot breakfast is served each morning. But the main reason we chose the Brookstone Lodge in the middle of February? The indoor pool and spa. Right now the hotel is in the middle of a renovation from water damage caused by a burst pipe during last month’s extreme cold, but the only evidence we saw was the temporary carpeting in the hall. Info: http:// brookstonelodgeasheville. com/. Stores mentioned here are open year-round. Visit www. romanticasheville.com/antiques.htm to find out more. And bring your parka!
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Lifelong learning at Central Baptist By Wendy Smith The Living Fully seminar at Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, is the largest outreach effort of the congregation’s new Life Long Learning Team. The free event is open to the public. Subjects include Living with Awareness, Living with Purpose, Living with Connection and Living with Wellness. The two-day seminar is 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 1. While the event is sure to draw seniors, it’s open to all adult learners, says Central Baptist Bearden Senior Adult Minister Jim Henry. The class that has created the most buzz is in the Living with Connection category –
Getting to Know Your iPad. “Grandparents, especially, are having to step it up a notch to keep up with their kids and grandkids,” Henry says. He’s excited about the scope of the Living with Wellness classes. Knox County Health Department Nutritionist Susan Fowlkes will discuss healthy eating, and Stan and Phyllis Miller, who both attended culinary school, will share cooking techniques. Doug Sparks, a church member who is an engineer by trade, will teach classes on square foot gardening. Henry looks forward to further offerings from the Life Long Learning Team, which is composed of current and former educators.
Beating back the past Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. … Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. (Exodus 1:8, 11 NRSV) Working dough. Working, working dough. Nothing better than that to start the day’s serious work of beating back the past. (“Beloved,” Toni Morrison) Sue Taylor, Bob Spurling and Betty Spurling enjoy a senior adult Valentine’s luncheon held last week at Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Photo by Wendy Smith He hopes Living Fully will “I think they will leave draw participants from here with a real sense of throughout the community. God’s purpose for their lives.”
Night of romance
is concert theme By Sherri Gardner Howell
Stephanie Reece, merchandise coordinator for the show, gives Paula Snyder a closer look at a stuffed version of the tour mascot.
Christian musician Jason Crabb sings “Love is Stronger” to a packed house on Valentine’s Day at Knoxville Christian Center. Photos by Nancy Anderson
Romance is in the air for Susan and Kenny Loveday, who have been married 26 years. They celebrated with an uplifting concert at Knoxville Christian Center.
Valentine’s Day was a musical night of romance for fans of Jason Crabb, a Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner. The 2012 Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year brought his show to Knoxville Christian Center and played to a packed house. The room may have been filled with more than 850 concert-goers, but there were some personal moments befitting the day. Crabb’s message, in speech and song, encouraged couples to keep romance alive and build a strong, loving marriage. “Be sweethearts,” he told the crowd. To add to the romance, Crabb had the men in the room stand and address their partners with the words to Joe Cocker’s hit “You Are So Beautiful.” The women were asked to respond by looking into their partner’s eyes and crooning, “You’re everything I hoped for, everything I need,” completing the Cocker love song. Crabb brings his music to Knoxville Christian Center every Valentine’s Day. The concert ticket price, $19 per person, included dinner before the show.
Fellowship church hosts Worldview Conference By Wendy Smith Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, will host a Worldview Conference Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 2. Greg Koukl from Stand to Reason ministries is the main speaker. He has been featured on Focus on the Family radio and debated Deepak Chopra on Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire
television show. He is an award-winning author and has spoken extensively on college campuses. The conference is designed to help people answer faith’s toughest questions, says Stacie Johnson, associate pastor of disciple-making at Fellowship. Breakout session topics will include “How can I be confident when I feel so
uncertain?” and “How can I start with the truth in my non-Christian friend’s worldview?” A high-school edition will address questions
about God, the Bible, suffering and evil and God’s will. To register: http:// worldview.fellowshipknox. org. For more information: 470-9800
Toni Morrison’s searing and grace-filled book “Beloved” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Don’t ask me why I am just now reading it. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t ready. It is not a book for the faint of heart. It is about the aftermath of slavery and the long shadows that horror draped across a young nation. It is, quite simply, stunning, heartbreaking and haunting. In a tale filled with truths I have read about only in history books, Morrison’s words about kneading bread struck a chord with me. There was something I could relate to! I have been baking bread for more than four decades, and every batch is a little miracle of grace. Not to say – far from it – that every loaf of bread was perfect. It takes a while to get the hang of making bread, and then, if one is daring enough to try a different kind of loaf, or work at a different altitude, or bake on a rainy day, all bets are off. Yeast is a living thing and seems to have a temperament. It can’t be hurried, or overheated, or too cold. But it is the handling of the dough, the kneading of it, the shaping of it that makes the magic work, and at the same time affords such pleasure to the baker. However, Morrison’s “beating back the past”? That is harder still. Admit it. There are things in the past that haunt you. That worry, and nag at and grieve you. It is part of
the human condition, this memory of pain or failure or regret or sin. We may not be enslaved by chains or by those who claim to own us. But slavery still exists in today’s world. It lives in those who live with terrible memories of pain and suffering. It thrives in those who will not, cannot forgive or forget the wrongs done to them. It continues in those who are addicted – to anything! (A good friend made an unforgettable statement to me many years ago. She said, “Satan is alive and well in Knoxville, and his name is Crack Cocaine!”) So, how do we throw off the chains and beat back the past? William Faulkner, who knew something about the South, famously said, “The past isn’t over. It isn’t even past!” Forgiveness is key, I believe. Forgetfulness is also helpful. I can’t remember where I first heard the 10 words that will lead to freedom. But I believe they are true and life-giving. Write them down. Keep them where you can read them when you need to. Remember them. They are, “Give it up, let it go, and set it free.”
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Ponytails with a purpose
More than 30 students and a few parents and siblings simultaneously had their hair cut off last week during St. John Neumann Catholic School’s 3rd annual Ponytail Drive.
After being banded and braided, the group met in the gym where a parent, grandparent or other special person waited with scissors to shear off said ponytails. Although the event had Gracie Brown’s grandmother, a lighthearted feel, many Linda Bruns, prepares to cut cried when Dougherty talkSJNCS students Mary Iverson and Reagan Cozart talk to Diocese of Knoxville Superintendent Gracie’s braid during St. John ed about a few donors who Sister Mary Marta Abbott (center) before giving their locks. Neumann Catholic School’s weren’t present. Sara 3rd annual Ponytail Drive. PhoDougherty’s sister sent a tos by S. Barrett Barrett surprise package of her own ponytail since Dougherty’s hair was still too short from a previous year’s event to The event helps collect cut again. And the mother healthy human hair for of two students at SJNCS, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, who had just finished taka charity started by Pantene ing chemotherapy the day and the American Cancer before the event, brought in Society to create wigs for her own ponytail which she cancer patients across the had cut off several months country. ago when she was told she SJNCS reading coach would lose her hair. Michelle Dougherty was “This is so rewarding ringleader for the event and to see these little girls like helped herd the partici- this, so excited to cut their pants into the library where hair,” said Dougherty. Sharon Peterson and her 3-year-old, Emilia, have a their hair was banded into “Little girls love their snack of Goldfish before getting their hair cut. Emilia’s braided ponytails by volun- long hair.” Info: www. big sister and SJNCS student, Izzie, cut her hair and teer stylists from R&Co. beautifullengths.com. their brother, SJNCS student Ian, cut Sharon’s hair. R&Co. stylist Jessica Ronning preps Claire Tasket’s hair before the big cut.
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Tripp Keeton, teacher Ashley Parham and students McKenzie Burkhalter and Isabella Raman check out McKenzie’s special effects – an alligator’s head – before receiving chocolate from her machine.
Episcopal School of Knoxville chaplain Josh Hill watches Jeff Ottaviano’s Valentine delivery system in action. Photos by S. Barrett
Sweet inventions By Sara Barrett
Lance Maples’ toy car drives down a runway before delivering a piece of chocolate to a friend. “Three pieces at once is just too much,” he said of the car’s weight limit.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville’s 3rd graders filled their classrooms with eccentric homemade Valentine delivery systems for a lesson on inventions and simple machines. The event was originally scheduled for Valentine’s Day, but snow forced rescheduling. Each student’s delivery system had to include three simple machines such as a pulley, lever or inclined
plane. The inventions delivered one piece of chocolate at a time, and additional parts included everything from a roll of toilet paper to a Matchbox car and even an alligator’s head. That’s right. McKenzie Burkhalter used the head of an alligator to add special effects to her machine. “I wanted the teeth to make it look like (the alligator) was eating the chocolate,” said McKenzie.
Madison Farmer’s invention involves a huge wheel, a marble and a tube to trigger a lever that tosses candy to an onlooker.
Other students toured the classrooms and tested the machines. By the end of the presentations everyone had enjoyed more than their fair share of chocolate. “This is the most bizarre cocktail of two assignments I’ve ever seen in my life, but it works,” said the school’s chaplain, Josh Hill. A mix of Valentine’s Day and simple machines would be enough to make anyone crave some sugar.
A. L. Lotts Elementary School kindergartners Natalie Coulson, Connor Simonis and Emily Xu display finger casts they received during Hello, hospital, a program by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. ETCH child life practicum student Katelin Rose (not pictured) visited the school to introduce students to items they may see during a visit to the hospital. Photo by S. Barrett
Best of the best Atomic City Aquatics Club members Loki Hondorf, Jack O’Connor, Margaret Stansberry and Seth Hughes will compete in this year’s NCSA Junior National Championships in Orlando March 18-22. ACAC coach Mike Bowman said this is the first time he can recall having four swimmers make the cut in individual events for this meet. Loki will compete in the 200 freestyle, Seth and Margaret will swim the 100 back and Jack will compete in the 50 freestyle. Photo submitted
Season opener for TCDE The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble will open its 33rd season with two performances, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28, at the Tennessee Theatre. Admission is $30 in advance or at the door. The evening will feature a dozen dances by six different choreographers. “Whether you love modern dance, classical ballet or jazz, or you just need to see something that will lift your spirits and make you feel good about your world – this is the place to be,” said artistic director Irena Linn. The ensemble, also known as Children Helping Children, serves as official dancing ambassador of goodwill for Knoxville and also for the state. Artists ranging in age from 10 to 18 will perform. “This concert is not just for children,” said Judy Robinson, managing director. “People come thinking
they will see children and expect something akin to a recital. Then they see it, and they are blown away.
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Business and Bonnaroo: Launch Tennessee CEO leverages connection By Sherri Gardner Howell
How do you get Silicon Valley techies and West coast entrepreneurs to spend a few days in Tennessee so you can pump up what the region has to offer businesses? Package the conference with country music and Bonnaroo. This type of creative Chamber CEO Bettye Sisco and Pinnacle Financial Partners thinking to introduce enbusinesses leaders welcome guests to the networking event. With Sisco trepreneurial to Tennessee is just part are Mike DiStefano and Diane Jones. of what Launch Tennessee is all about, CEO and Julie Predny and president Charlie Brock told Bettye Sisco with the Farragut West members of the Rotary Club of Knoxville on Feb. 18 at Knox Chamthe Knoxville Marriott. ber mix up the Launch Tennessee is a â€œfishbowlâ€? as they get ready to draw public-private partnership partly funded by a grant a name for the from the state. The mission networking door is to develop, launch and prize â€“ a certificate for a bottle of support high-growth comwine from Camp- panies in Tennessee. Brock took Rotary membell Station Wine bers through the four key & Spirits. Photos by areas of Launch Tennessee: Nancy Anderson entrepreneurship, commer-
Charlie Brock brought an explanation and update on Launch Tennessee. Photo by Sherri Gardner Howell
cialization, capital formation and outreach. The music connection was part of Southland, a Nashville area conference that debuted in June last year. â€œHow do you convince Silicon Valley techies to come to Tennessee when they believe theyâ€™ve got all they could ever want right where they are?â€? Brock
asked the audience. â€œThey say, â€˜Weâ€™re here, in Silicon Valley.â€™ Offer them tickets to Bonnaroo and a backstage experience at the Grand Ole Opry, and they book their plane tickets.â€? Last yearâ€™s Southland attracted more than 500 participants for the two days of speakers and workshops, including PandoDailyâ€™s Sarah Lacy. PandoDaily, a webbased publication that focuses on technology, analysis and the Silicon Valley, was so intrigued that they are a sponsor of this yearâ€™s Southland, Brock said. Speakers for the June 2014 Southland recently announced include former Vice President Al Gore, PayPal president David Marcus and Evernote CEO Phil Libin. Brock has some good numbers to report for Launch Tennessee. â€œIn 2013 in the capital forma-
tion area, the INCITE Coinvestment ďŹ rm invested approximately $11 million across 27 deals,â€? said Brock. â€œThe Venture Match program that pairs entrepreneurs, academics and investors in the different areas around the state had eight matches. Nine regional entrepreneurial accelerators have been created to provide entrepreneurs with mentors and training.â€? Brock has been CEO of Launch Tennessee since January 2013. Previously, he helped establish Foxmark Media and grew the company into one of the nationâ€™s largest mall advertising companies before selling it in 2006 to the Australia-based EYE Corp. He then helped launch FourBridges Capital Advisors, a lower-middle market investment bank in Chattanooga. Rotary Club of Knoxville meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Marriott. Info about Launch Tennessee: launchtennessee.org. Info on Knoxville Rotary: www. knoxvillerotary.org.
Talking about planning The leaders of Pinnacle Financial Partners were happy to get their message of service out to members and guests of the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 20. Attendees must have been ready to listen, as they packed the ofďŹ ce at 241 Brooklawn Street for an 8 a.m. networking event. The breakfast refreshments and chance to compare â€œsnowâ€? stories made for a great morning. Pinnacle branch manager Diane Jones helped welcome guests and talked a little about Pinnacle and
the companyâ€™s services. The Farragut branch was the third full-service branch in the Knoxville area when the company opened it in 2010. Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for small- to midsized businesses and their owners. Based in Nashville, Pinnacle is Tennesseeâ€™s second-largest bank holding company. â€œPinnacle is about service and advice,â€? Jones told the group. â€œOnce you ďŹ nd us, you stick with us.â€?
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Bureau team members and guests cut the ribbon at the Hardin Valley location. They are: Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders, Powell Farm Bureau agent Kelley Jarnigan, Patty Myers, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Hardin Valley Farm Bureau agents Heather Lowe and Dana Pumariega, regional manager Phil Irwin, Vickie Mahlman, Debbie Dewman and Maria Castillo. Photos by S. Carey
Commissioner Brad Anders, Kelley Jarnigan, Heather Lowe and Dana Pumariega laugh along with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who is sporting a pink Farm Bureau â€œCharlie hat.â€?
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Jamie Wood is eager to explain her life before and after surgery. â€œI ate Tums like kids eats candy,â€? she says. â€œI took medicine morning and night. I slept sitting straight up for years.â€? Wood says since undergoing surgery to treat severe gastroesophageal reďŹ‚ux disease (GERD), things are very different. â€œI can eat anything I want now. Iâ€™m sleeping at night and I donâ€™t have to schedule everything around eating and taking medicine,â€? she explains. â€œThis surgery has made a big difference in my life.â€? Wood suffered for years from a hiatal hernia that caused stomach acid to backďŹ‚ow into her esophagus. When medication didnâ€™t control the condition, she underwent esophageal dilation, a procedure to stretch a narrowed area of the esophagus. â€œI had my esophagus stretched two or three times,â€? says Wood. â€œBut, it only helped temporarily. Before long Iâ€™d feel like I was going to choke whenever I ate.â€? Woodâ€™s niece, who is a physician assistant with Premier Surgical Associates, told her about a procedure called Nissen fundoplication. During fundoplication surgery the upper stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place, strengthening the valve between the esophagus and stomach. â€œI didnâ€™t know there was a surgery that could help me,â€? says Wood. â€œMy niece Dr. David Harrell, made me promise Surgeon to make an appointment.â€? Wood met with Dr. David Harrell of Premier Surgical Associates, who discovered that her hiatal hernia was more severe than expected. Dr. Harrell explained that laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is the standard surgical treatment for severe GERD and
hiatal hernia. It successfully resolves symptoms in more than 80% of people. â€œI was nervous about surgery, but Dr. Harrell is a wonderful person and has done surgery on several Jamie Wood, pictured members of during ZUMBA class, is our family, so active and feeling great I knew I was in following surgery for good hands,â€? severe GERD. says Wood. Wood, who underwent the surgery in December, was vigilant about being a perfect patient. â€œThe biggest thing is following the doctorâ€™s instructions after surgery and only eating liquids and soft foods for several weeks. Itâ€™s hard, but you can do it, and itâ€™s worth it.â€? After healing for several weeks, Wood is thrilled with the result. â€œIâ€™m off the medicines, I feel fortunate â€“ the surgery was wonderful for me.â€? Wood hopes others with severe GERD will also learn about their surgical options. â€œI tell people itâ€™s a â€œnobrainer.â€? If youâ€™ve dealt with these symptoms, itâ€™s a life changing surgery. There is help â€“ you donâ€™t have to suffer.â€?
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There was plenty fun, fellowship and â€œCharlie hatsâ€? at the Feb. 7 open house and ribbon-cutting for the Hardin Valley branch of Farm Bureau Insurance, located at 10922 Spring Bluff Way, just off Hardin Valley Road. New agent Heather Lowe joined the Hardin Valley team in November. Agent Dana Pumariega said she is glad to have Lowe on board. Clients and guests enjoyed complimentary refreshments. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders and Farm Bureau regional manager Phil Irwin dropped in to greet staff and visitors. Info: 247-6517.
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Unity gets new owner with familiar name principal, widow of City By Sandra Clark In our quest to discover Council member Bill Powell “where the jobs are,” we and mother of A.V. Powell, found a homegrown busi- the mortuary’s new owner. ness that has provided jobs “It’s my fourth career,” she along with compassionate says with a smile. Dr. Powell is an East community service for 35 Knox legend, having years. We also WHERE served as principal found an inthe of Green Eldomitable ementary for woman with almost 30 an inspiring years before story. Come retiring in along. 2001. She continues In 1979, a to live in the neighyoung man completed his doctoral course- borhood, near Beck Cultural work in Risk and Insurance Center. “I’ve got a grown son, from The Wharton School three granddaughters and of Business in Pennsylva- lots of others who call me nia. A graduate of Harvard momma,” she says. Powell never meant to University, he moved to Atlanta and started a compa- work at a mortuary in reny that now conducts more tirement, but she says the than 125 comprehensive work has helped her fill ASOP#3 actuarial studies a void since the death of each year. The firm devel- her husband in 2009. “I’m ops comparative bench- here 24/7,” she said. “Most marks for key actuarial, of our clients are those I’ve demographic and operat- taught.” So she’s got a job ing statistics. It’s developed that enables her to keep in software for the profession touch with the people she and propelled the found- loves. Powell is an easy iner to several high-profi le boards and consulting con- terview. We didn’t ask a question until 20 minutes tracts worldwide. Also in 1979, three in. But it was later, after a friends launched Unity tour of the facility, that she Mortuary on McCalla Ave- revealed personal details nue in East Knoxville. They that left this writer in chills. hired an African-American “Lula,” as she was called architect (the Rev. Dewitt growing up, was one of five Dykes) and contractor (Fe- kids. Her dad was a minislix Gaiter), kept the jobs ter who often was paid “incommunity-based and built kind,” and her mom worked a solid business over time. as a maid, earning 50 cents Their aging brought transi- a week. Work was a way of tion to the business. Could life for the Cooper family. With just six in her it survive? Up stepped a new owner, the Wharton- graduating class, the prinand Harvard-educated ac- cipal asked each girl what she planned to do. “Two of tuary from Atlanta. us went to college,” PowWhy? Meet Unity’s board chair ell says. “There were no Dr. L.C. Powell, retired scholarships or government
loans. I worked doing cleanup, babysitting, whatever I could find.” She graduated from Knoxville College in 1952, having earned that degree with “determination.” She went to the University of Tennessee for a master’s, education specialist degree and doctorate. “People asked me if that doctorate is honorary,” she says. “No, those degrees are all earned.” Powell’s first job was as a traveling substitute teacher in segregated schools in Knox and surrounding counties. In 1959 she was hired by the Knoxville City Schools and opened libraries at Maynard, Sam E. Hill and Eastport schools. She had help from moms in Sequoyah Hills who volunteered to shelf books. She continued her education while teaching fourth and fifth grades. In 1960 she became principal at Green Elementary. After the systems merged, Powell worked for Knox County Schools. She embraced Green’s conversion to a magnet school, telling her students, “Now children from all over the county are going to come here.” Powell encouraged her students to dress up and attend ballet, thanks to efforts by KCS supervisor Lynn Miller. She encouraged her teachers to aspire to become principals. She mentored young principals, and she taught evenings as an adjunct at Knoxville College. “Our children are not born with resources,” she said. And Green often got newly minted teachers, straight out of school. Powell would put them on a bus and drive through neigh-
Standing in front of portraits of the Unity Mortuary founders are Bessie Jackson, secretary; Dr. L.C. Powell, board chair; and James Hawkins. Photo by S. Clark
borhoods so each could see where their children lived. She organized report card nights in neighborhoods including Austin Homes. Powell marched in with teachers and a police officer to put report cards directly in the hands of parents. “My Fridays extended to Saturdays,” she said, as students would knock on her door. “Does your momma know you’re here?” she would ask. “No,” the kids would usually say. “Well, come on in,” she answered. She and Bill built a big playroom downstairs. She would feed the kids lunch and drive them home. How did she get her son through Harvard? “We had to pay, but he had to (have the grades to) get in,” she says. “We taught our children, ‘You can do anything.’ I have never accepted ‘No.’” Alwyn “A.V.” Powell went through public schools at Mountain View and Vine
Middle, then in the 7th grade the Powells realized he needed more. Research turned up a prep school in Boca Raton, Fla., which Alwyn and three other boys integrated. “All we thought about was the education. He led the class for three years and came out of there and went to Harvard.” She recites the family motto (that worked for her granddaughters as well): “You will not stop (school).” “I came up the hard way. My parents said I could go to college, but I’d have to work for it. We loved each other and we knew who we were.”
Unity Mortuary Wow. It’s now quite clear why A.V. Powell bought Unity Mortuary. Would you tell Dr. L.C. Powell no? The staff at Unity Mortuary includes Brandon Willis, manager and chief operating officer. He’s a licensed embalmer, funeral director and notary public. George
Tolbert is chief technology officer with more than 20 years as a bereavement coordinator. Bessie Jackson is the secretary and James Hawkins handles details. The custom-built chapel contains stained glass throughout, including an awesome 23rd Psalm in glass. Clients are memorialized on the walls by year, and each December a reception is held to honor those who have used the services of Unity. Founders were William V. Powell, Jefferson Davis and Bryant Keese. Mr. Powell was the first African-American social services director for KCDC. He served on Knoxville City Council from 1990-98 and passed away in 2009. Mr. Davis was a retired captain with the Knoxville Police Department and a U.S. Army veteran. He passed away in 2012. Unity Mortuary is located at 1425 McCalla Avenue. Info: 637-8811 or www.unitymortuary.com/.
A-12 • FEBRUARY 24, 2014 • Shopper news
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Clowning around on Sutherland Ave.
UT site reveals rich history
The John D. Tickle Engineering Building at the University of Tennessee, dedicated in October, is located within yards of the site of William Blount’s cabin. Photo by Wendy Smith
By Wendy Smith The University of Tennessee’s $23.1 million, fivestory, 110,000-square-foot John D. Tickle Engineering Building offers state-of-theart laboratories, classrooms and office space for the departments of civil, environmental, industrial and systems engineering. The modern structure, built with an eye to the future, is in sharp contrast with its predecessors. When construction on the site across Neyland Drive from the UT Boathouse began in 2009, each layer of dirt pulled back revealed the site’s history, says Duane Grieve. His firm, Grieve Associates Architects, designed the building. He is also Knoxville’s 2nd district City Council representative. Footings for the 1982 World’s Fair Ferris wheel were discovered, as well as an old railroad bed and the former location of Second Creek. The findings were discussed with local his-
torians Terry and Charlie Faulkner, who discovered another former tenant – William Blount, Governor of the Territory South of the River Ohio. “We didn’t realize all that had occurred at the site,” Grieve says. Blount, who was raised in North Carolina, served in the Continental Congress and was a reluctant signor of the Constitution. After being named territorial governor by George Washington, he moved to Rocky Mount in Piney Flats, Tenn., before choosing James White’s Fort as the permanent capital of the territory. He named the new city Knoxville after Secretary of War Henry Knox. Terry Faulkner says that Blount lived in a cabin located within yards of the Tickle Building while his permanent home, Blount Mansion, was under construction. His wife, Mary, didn’t want to move to the area until the fine house was completed,
William Blount’s cabin is visible in this 1886 bird’s-eye drawing of the city of Knoxville. The Blount cabin is northwest of the steamboat to the left of the bridge at the bottom. Photo submitted
but the governor made do with what was likely a single-pen, or one-room, log cabin. During the 50th anniversary of the founding of Knoxville in 1842, East Tennessee College President Thomas William Humes noted that Cherokee leaders John Watts and Double Head camped near Blount’s cabin on a “knoll between the hill on which East Tennessee University now is and the river” during the signing of the Treaty of the Holston in 1791. Blount likely purchased the cabin, which would have been one of the oldest homes in the area, Terry says. He was a charter trustee of Blount College, now UT, in 1794. He sur-
vived a conspiracy charge to be elected to the senate in 1798. He died two years later, on the back porch of Blount Mansion, and is buried in the First Presbyterian Church cemetery. The site is one of the things Grieve likes best about the Tickle Building. Each of the 63 faculty and graduate student offices has river views. He’s also proud of the building’s atrium, which houses a two-story water tank. A walkway connects the building to campus. The bridge uses fiberglass-reinforced I-beams manufactured by Strongwell, the company owned by John Tickle, who graduated from UT in 1965 with a degree in industrial engineering.
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In the 1930s and 1940s, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus set up the bigtop on Sutherland Avenue at the current site of the National Guard Armory, according to David Williams of the Pond Gap Neighborhood Association. The circus arrived at the Southern Depot, and animals, equipment and performers made their way to the site via Sutherland Avenue, he says. A banner commemorating those days was hung last week, the day before the modern-day Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed seven shows at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Circus clown An- Andrew Hicks of Ringling Bros. and drew Hicks, 23, made Barnum & Bailey Circus poses with an appearance in hon- a banner that commemorates a or of the new banner, former bigtop site on Sutherland which was paid for by Avenue. Photo by Wendy Smith an anonymous Pond Gap Neighborhood Association member and from one end to the other,” installed by Knox County says Hicks. Now, there are three Commissioner Jeff Ownby. Hicks hails from Raleigh, touring circus troupes. Two N.C. It was his childhood travel by bus, and one travdream to join the circus, so els by truck. For three years, he signed up upon gradu- Hicks lived on a circus train. Each train is over a mile ation from high school. He was pleased to visit the for- long, and 40 cars house mer bigtop site because he circus employees. Most animals are transported by loves circus history. The first combined perfor- truck, he says, but elephants mance of Ringling Bros. and are better suited for the Barnum & Bailey Circus was train, which has a smoother in 1919. The result, accord- ride and temperature coning to the company website, trol. He now travels by truck, was a show that required 100 double-length railroad cars which has its advantages. “The view from the train and 1,200 employees. “The bigtop was so big is so beautiful, but hotels you just about couldn’t see are really nice.”
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NEWS FROM WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE For this year’s ArtXtravaganza, March 7-9, over 2,000 original artworks by 70-plus acclaimed artists will be available for purchase in Webb’s Lee Athletic Center. From oil paintings to sculptures, photography to woodworks, glass and metal works to jewelry, ArtXtravaganza promises to satisfy every taste and budget. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.
ArtXtravaganza 2014 showcases leading artists, partners with local galleries
hether you’re looking for that unique gift, to decorate a new space, or to simply view the exquisite variety of ne art on display, check out this year’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show & Sale, March 7-9. More than 2,000 original artworks by 70-plus acclaimed artists, hailing from the Southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase in Webb School of Knoxville’s Lee Athletic Center. From oil paintings to sculptures, photography to woodworks, glass and metal works to jewelry, ArtXtravaganza
promises to satisfy every taste and budget. The event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free. Painter Vicki Sawyer of Franklin, Tenn., is ArtXtravaganza’s featured artist. Sawyer’s enchanting canvases, featuring birds, insects, animals, and wildowers, reect the things she learned to love as a child. Sawyer writes on her website that the whimsical notion, “If birds could build nests, then they could make hats,” has been the inspiration for many of her bird and animal portraits. She adds, “I want my
The featured artist for ArtXtravaganza 2014 is painter Vicki Sawyer. Her painting, “First Birthday Party” (pictured), will be offered by silent auction during this year’s event, March 7-9.
work to evoke feelings of peace, joy, and often humor. If I can move someone with my art, then I have achieved my ultimate aim: to serve.” New this year, ArtXtravaganza has partnered with four prominent Knoxville art galleries. Bennett Galleries, Gift Gourmet & Interiors, Plum Gallery, and The District Gallery will all participate in this year’s event and will spotlight some of their featured artists. ArtXtravaganza is one of the premier art shows in the Southeast and has played a major role in establishing Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts. Reecting Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation, proceeds from ArtXtravaganza support Webb’s visual and performing
arts program and the arts at Mooreland Heights Elementary School, an arts-integrated public school supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission. This year’s show and sale will again include a student art exhibit, featuring works by Webb’s Lower, Middle and Upper School grades as well as pieces created by children from Mooreland Heights Elementary. Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 7. The art sale continues Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, go to www.artxtravaganza.org or call (865) 291-3846. Also, follow this year’s ArtXtravaganza on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Artxtravaganza.
Webb’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ offers swashbuckling, sword fighting fun S washbuckling, classic literature, dashing rogues, mysterious maidens, thrilling sword ghts, comedy, honor, coming-of-age . . . these are just some of the thoughts that come to mind when describing Webb School of Knoxville’s upcoming production of “The Three Musketeers.” Fans of the novel by Alexandre Dumas and the lm adaptations will nd all of their favorite elements conveyed with both humor and zeal in this rousing, funlled show, March 7-10, in Webb School’s Bishop Center auditorium. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Adapted by noted playwright Ken Ludwig, “The Three Musketeers” is an amWebb’s Upper School will present “The Three Musketeers” March 7-10, at 7:30 p.m. in Webb School’s Bishop Center. The play calls for 15 separate and distinct sword fights, practiced with scientific precision. (pictured) Stage combat specialist Charles Miller (right) works with cast members to perfect one of the choreographed sword duels.
bitious undertaking for Webb’s high school drama students. The play calls for 15 separate and distinct sword ghts, each one practiced with scientic precision under the direction of seasoned stage combat specialist Charles Miller. “We have a huge cast and the production is such an athletic spectacle that the actors have been working for months to meet the physical demands of the show,” says Webb Upper School drama teacher and director, Patrick McCray. He noted that the rst three weeks were spent in ght training before the actual sword dueling choreography even began. Playgoers will enjoy the familiar tale of country lad D’Artagnan as he enters Paris to become a Musketeer and immediately nds himself in the seat of international intrigue, crossing swords and matching wits with the diabolical Cardinal Richelieu. On his journey, he is befriended by the nest of the King’s Musketeers, including the amboyant Porthos, the debonaire Aramis and their brooding leader Athos. D’Artagnan nds romance with the beautiful and bold Constance, camaraderie in his feisty sister Sabine, and equal measures of danger at the hands of the treacherous Milady DeWinter and the lethal swordsman Rochefort. It’s “all for one and one for all” in this witty, swashbuckling tale of heroism, treachery, intrigue, love, and honor. While generally family friendly, Webb’s “The Three Musketeers” production does contain scenes of intense and violent swordplay, and discretion is advised for sensitive audience members.
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N EWS FROM PARKWEST, WEST KNOXVILLE ’ S H EALTHCARE LEADER • T REATED WELL .COM • 374-PARK
Patient is ready to dance again after foot surgery As soon as the weather warms, you’ll likely ﬁnd Susan Young of Knoxville in her garden, or maybe dancing with her granddaughter, Amelia, 3. Someday, she’s sure they’ll dance again while Young is wearing high heels. “I love high heels!” said Young. “When I wear high heels I feel like I’m standing on the mountain, I can do anything. I feel like I’m younger than ever at 60, I am so happy.” Young is glad to laugh today, because last year was full of sorrow. Her beloved brother was in the last stages of cancer, in their native Taiwan. At church one Wednesday night, Young got a phone call that she should come to be with him. As she ran to her car in the rain, she fell and broke her foot. She wore a special shoe to Taiwan, but the foot did not heal properly. “In Taiwan, you have to walk a lot. It’s easier than driving a car. I walked a lot, ignoring my needs. I just concentrated on taking care of my brother … focusing on him, not my foot.” In Taiwan the pain grew worse, and when she returned, Young knew she needed to see another doctor. “The pain was sharp. I could see the swelling, it was obvious. I had to walk on the other side of my foot.” She found podiatrist Dr. Cindy
Susan Young frequently arranges flowers from her garden and enjoys decorating for weddings and events at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, where she attends.
Caplan after a coworker at Whirlpool Inc., recommended her. “I was so happy to see her. She always asks me about my brother,” said Young. “She does not just target the problem, she treated me
“(Dr. Caplan) is just like a gardener. She cannot give me a complete new foot, but she really takes care. My life will be like flowers, prettier, easier to live.” – Susan Young
like I am a whole person.” Young recommended surgery at Parkwest Medical Center, using small screws and plates to hold the bones together. Unfortunately, Young fell again after surgery and a screw came out. Caplan performed a second surgery this past December. Both outpatient surgeries at Parkwest went smoothly, Young said. “They treated me so well. I did not stay there long, but before the surgery they always came to bring me everything,” she said. Now her pain is almost gone, although Young said she is not quite up to wearing high heels. “I always ask Cindy (Dr. Caplan), ‘Can I wear high heels?’ I want to have hope. She always says, ‘Not yet!’ “I was anxious before, but now I feel it’s OK; I have a good doctor here to take care of me,” said Young, who compared Caplan to a careful gardener. “Can gardeners change the season? No, they can only make the ﬂower grow prettier for the season,” Young said. “Doctors can’t change the laws of nature, but what they can do is help me go through this a little easier. “Cindy is just like a gardener. She cannot give me a complete new foot, but she really takes care. My life will be like ﬂowers, prettier, easier to live.”
The road to happy feet
Treatment options for common foot problems The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body, consisting of 26 bones connected by numerous joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Given that our feet bear all our body weight, they’re susceptible to many stresses. Foot problems can cause pain, inﬂammation or injury, sometimes resulting in limited mobility. Cindy Caplain, DPM, a podiatrist at Parkwest Medical Center, explains that some foot problems have a medical origin, while others can be caused or worsened by improper body dynamics or poorly ﬁtted shoes. Shoes that ﬁt properly and give good support can prevent irritation to the foot joints and skin. Here are some of the most common foot problems and treatment options: A bunion is a protrusion of bone or tissue around a joint. Bunions may occur at the base of the great toe or at the base of the little toe and often occur when the joint is stressed over a period of time. “You can also develop bone growth on the top of the toe joint because of limited motion and jamming the foot into tight shoes,” says Caplan. Women are more frequently affected because of tight, pointed and conﬁning shoes. Bunions can also result from arthritis. Treatment varies depending on the pain and deformity and may include: ■ Wearing comfortable, wellﬁtting shoes that conform to the
shape of the foot and don’t cause pressure areas ■ Applying pads around the affected area ■ Medications such as ibuprofen ■ Orthotic control ■ Surgery Corns are callus growths that can be painful. They develop on top of the toes, often where a toe rubs against a shoe or another toe. Treatment may include shaving the layers of dead skin or applying pads around the corn area. To avoid developing corns, Dr. Caplan suggests wearing shoes with a large toe box to accommodate your foot without rubbing. A hammertoe is a condition in which the toe buckles, causing the middle joint of the affected toe to poke out, “or you may develop a lesion at the end of the toe,” Dr. Caplan explains. Treatment may include a toe pad positioned over the bony protrusion, changing footwear to accommodate the deformed toe or surgical removal. A heel spur is a bone growth on the heel bone, usually on the underside of the bone where it attaches to the plantar fascia, a long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. If the plantar fascia is overstretched from running, wearing poor-ﬁtting shoes or being overweight, pain can result from the stress and inﬂammation of the tissue pulling on the bone. Over time, the body builds extra bone
in response to the stress, resulting in heel spurs. Treatment includes rest, cold packs, anti-inﬂammatory medication, proper stretching before activity, proper footwear or shoe inserts, corticosteroid injections or surgery. Morton neuroma is a buildup of benign tissue in the nerves running between the long bones of the foot. It occurs when two bones rub together and squeeze the nerve between them, usually between the bones leading to the third and fourth toes. Morton neuroma often causes swelling, tenderness, tingling, numbness and burning in the toes. Treatment may involve rest and/or a change in footwear that does not restrict the foot. If the problem persists, cortisone injections or surgery may be considered. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by severe heel pain, especially when standing after resting. The condition is an overuse injury of the sole surface (plantar) of the foot and results in inﬂammation of the fascia, a tough, ﬁbrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. “Plantar fasciitis affects both women and men,” Dr. Caplan says. It’s more common in people
who are overweight, have ﬂat feet or high arches, or whose work requires walking or standing on hard surfaces. Walking or running, especially with tight calf muscles, may also cause the condition. Treatment includes rest, ice pack applications, nonsteroidal anti-inﬂammatory medications, and stretching exercises of the Achilles tendons and plantar fascia. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. This tendon is also the most common site of rupture or
tendonitis, an inﬂammation of the tendon due to overuse. Symptoms may include mild pain after exercise that worsens gradually, stiffness that disappears after the tendon warms up, and swelling. Treatment options include rest, nonsteroidal anti-inﬂammatory
medications, supportive devices and/or bandages, stretching, massage, ultrasound, strengthening exercises and surgery. With 26 bones in the foot, almost any of them can be broken. The type of fracture determines the course of treatment: Ankle joint fracture usually requires a cast and may require surgery if the bones are too separated or misaligned. Metatarsal bone fractures, in the middle of the foot, often don’t require a cast. A stiff-soled shoe may be all the support needed as the foot heals. Sometimes surgery is needed to correct misaligned bones or fractured segments. Sesamoid bone fractures affect two small, round bones at the end of the metatarsal bone of the big toe. Usually padded soles can help relieve pain, but sometimes the bone may have to be surgically removed. Toe fractures can usually heal with or without a cast. To learn more about foot and ankle structure and common problems, go to www.treatedwell.com and click the Health Information Library link. If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, call 374-PARK for help ﬁnding a doctor who can develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.
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< 7113 Majors Landing Rd, Corryton – Beautiful well-kept home in nice culde-sac. Knox County. Convenient location and country setting. All Brick rancher, privacy fence around large backyard. Great home for first time buyers! MLS#860188. $129,900
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Halls – Lots of room, inside & out! All brick, 1-level living, 4BR/3BA, big kit, sun rm, FPs, hdwd & tile ﬂooring, updates through out! Outside, you’ll love the lg lot w/mature trees & 3-car attached gar + covered motor home parking! $274,900 MLS# 859795
< Halls – Great rancher w/ big bonus! 3BR/2BA, pretty hdwds in all the main living areas, cathedral ceilings & FP in living rm, kit w/lots of cabinets, formal dining rm + eat-in kit, nice size BRs, mstr BA has dbl vanity, shower & garden tub. $199,900 MLS# 873549
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Amazing all brick bsmt rancher. 4BR/3.5BA, 2-car gar on main & additional 4-car gar + sep driveway in bsmt. Wonderfully updated home w/ so many extras. Huge media rm downstairs & stg galore! Located on almost .5 acre lot in private cul-de-sac. Priced at $389,900. MLS# 868460.
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For more information, I can be reached at Elite Realty 865-947-5000 cell 865-389-0740 or visit www.taushaprice.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 5026 Brown Gap Road – $77,900! HALLS! Close-in minutes to Ftn City. 100% ﬁnancing available. Country setting w/approx. 6/10 of an acre, level lot. 2BR cottage style home that has been updated w/new carpet, paint, countertops, new range & dishwasher, refrig & washer/dryer will also remain, updated BA, some plumbing & electrical updated, screened porch, deck, 2-car det gar approx 24x24 w/electricity 220/110 great for wkshp. Home sits off the road tucked away from the busy world. MLS # 874081
2221 Belvoir Off Washington Pike & Broadway! $84,900! Built in 2001, 3BR/2BA, approx 1,140 SF, det wkshp/gar, great rm, eat-in kit w/all appl, laundry rm, covered front porch, deck, level lot, conv to UT & Downtown, walk to bus-line & schools. MLS # 874158
3720 Essary Road - Ftn City! $91,500! Walk to Fountain City Lake, shopping & dining! Roomy ranch approx 1,480 SF on spacious, level lot w/fenced backyard. 3 or 4BR/2 full BA, original hdwd thru-out most of home, LR/DR combo, sep den or could be 4th BR w/adj full BA w/walk-in shower, laundry rm, covered patio! MLS # 874062
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2030 Aster Road - Ftn City! $79,900! A dollhouse right out of HGTV! Own for less than you pay in rent, approx 1,000 SF, 2 or 3 BRs, updated full BA w/tile ﬂrs, original hdwd ﬂrs thru-out, fully equipped kit including refrig, washer/dryer to remain, LR/DR combo, updated lighting, roof, HVAC, windows & kit. 1-car carport, stg rm, raised decking w/ﬁrepit, partially fenced backyard w/garden spot! MLS # 875612
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THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 2 “The Dixie Swim Club” presented by Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: www.theatreknoxville.com or http:// knoxalliance.com/knoxtix.html.
TUESDAYS THROUGH MARCH 11 Living Well with Chronic Conditions, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Knox County Health Department, 140 Dameron Ave. Free. To register: 215-5170.
THROUGH MARCH 9 “The Trip to Bountiful” starring Carol Mayo Jenkins, Clarence Brown Mainstage, UT. Tickets range from $5 to $40. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: 9745161 or www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. “Charlotte’s Web” presented by the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info: 208-3677; www. childrenstheatreknoxville.com.
MONDAY, FEB. 24 Tennessee Shines featuring The Grassroots Gringos, 7 p.m., 301 S. Gay St. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Info: www.WDVX.com. Muslim Journeys: Point of View – “Broken Verses,” 6-8 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 215-8767 or mclaiborne@ knoxlib.org. Ossoli Circle meeting, 2511 Kingston Pike. Refreshments, 9:45 a.m.; “Middle East Dialog” by Susan Dakak, 10:30 a.m.; “Piano Selections” by Slade Trammel, 11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106. Stroller tour focusing on the “Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean” exhibit, 10-11 a.m., McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Free and open to the public, but reservations necessary. Reservations: http:// mcclungmuseumstrollertour.eventbrite.com; 9742144. Info: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu. Special Black History Month program, 7 p.m., Tennessee School for the Deaf, 2725 Island Home Blvd. Keynote speaker: John Sibley, founder and CEO of The Literacy Imperative Inc. Reception will follow.
TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Launch party for Amy Greene’s second East Tennessee novel “Long Man,” 6-8 p.m., at the home of Warren and Annelle Neel. Hosted by the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. Tickets: $100 ($90 for members); includes a signed copy of the book. To order: www. knoxvillewritersguild.org or KWG Launch Party, P.O. Box 10326, Knoxville TN 37939. Directions will be provided. Computer Workshops: “Excel,” 5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires “Word 2007 Basics” or equivalent skills. Info/to register: 215- 8700.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 UT Film Series: “Exit Through the Gift Shop” documentary, 8 p.m., McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Free and open to the public. Info: http://utk.edu/go/hf. Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Bobbi Phelps Wolverton on her book “Behind the Smile.” All-inclusive lunch, $12. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 24: 983-3740. Bowl For Kids’ Sake, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-9 p.m., Oak Ridge Bowling Center, 246 S. Illinois Ave. To register a team: www.BowlForKidsToday.org.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 2/26 - 3/2 Pianist Byron Janis will host master classes, discussions, presentations and performances at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Blvd. All events free and open to the public. Registration recommended. Info/ schedule/to register: http://www.music.utk.edu/janis.
THURSDAY, FEB. 27 Parent to Parent Support meeting for parents of children with mental health diagnoses, 6-8 p.m., K-TOWN Youth Empowerment Network, 901 E. Summit Hill Drive. Info: Alicia, 474-6692 or email@example.com. “Wild, Ungovernable Young Men: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812” lecture by Kathryn Braund, Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn, 5:30 p.m., Shiloh Room, Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center. Free to the public. Info: Daniel Feller, 974-7077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY, FEB. 27-28 Performances by the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Features a dozen dances by six different choreographers. Tickets: $30. Tickets/info: 584-9636.
FRIDAY, FEB. 28 Cafe Noir celebrating the life and work of writer Amiri Baraka, 7 p.m., the Carpetbag Theatre, 1323 N. Broadway. Cost: $3 cover charge. Annie Sellick and the Hot Club of Nashville
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in concert, 8 p.m., Palace Theater, 113 W. Broadway, Maryville. Tickets: $13 advance, $15 at the door. Tickets: 983-3330 or Murlin’s Music World, 429 W. Broadway, Maryville. Info: www.palacetheater.com. Last day to RSVP for Esther Luncheon for women, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Westgate Christian Fellowship, 1110 Lovell Road. Lunch free; includes a chocolate fountain. RSVP to 392-1101 or email@example.com. “A Woman Called Truth” presented by the WordPlayers, 7:30 p.m., Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Road. Performance is free to the public; no reservations required. Info: 539.2490.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 28-MARCH 2 45th Jubilee Festival at the Laurel Theater, corner of 16th and Laurel Avenue. Concerts on Friday and Saturday begin 7 p.m.; Old Harp Singing and potluck, 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: Friday or Saturday evening, $12, available http://www.knoxtix.com, 523-7521 and at the door. Sunday singing, dinner on the grounds: no charge. Info: 522-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Choreography workshops with Angela Hill, presented by Circle Modern Dance at the Emporium Annex, 100 S. Gay St. Sessions: 6 p.m. Friday; noon Saturday; 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. To register: http://circlemoderndance.com/choreography/ or at the door. Info: Angela Hill, 255-3834; email@example.com; www. circlemoderndance.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 2014 Young Classical Musicians Concert, 7:30 p.m., Knoxville Convention Center Lecture Hall with Bill Williams Tickets: $15 adults, students $10. Info: www. knoxtix.com or at the door. Dr. E.V. Davidson Teen Step Show, 7 p.m., Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 656-4444 or www.knoxvilletickets.com. Mardi Growl Parade and Festival. Costume parade for dogs and their owners, 11 a.m., PetSafe Downtown Dog Park. Registration by Friday, Feb 26, $15 per dog; dayof-event, $20 per dog. Pet-friendly festival, noon-2 p.m., Market Square. Proceeds benefit Young-Williams Animal Center. Info: www.young-williams.org; www.cityofknoxville.org/mardigrowl; 215-6599. Family Oriented Clothing Swap, 8 a.m.-noon, Trinity UMC, 5613 Western Ave. Dad, Mom, kids and nick-knacks. Free. Bring some, take some. Info: Tonya Jelf, 357-6134. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m. Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Tennessee Stage Company Table Readings: “Found Objects” 11 a.m., “A Cocaine Comedy” 2 p.m., Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. Info: Info: 588-8813. Concert by the Southern Chorale from the University of Southern Mississippi, 7 p.m., in the sanctuary, Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestown Blvd. Free and open to the public. Stargazing Workshop: Conjunctions, 10 p.m., Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway. Gates open 9 p.m. Free, but donations appreciated. Telescopes will be available. Info: 573-5508; firstname.lastname@example.org; www. marblesprings.net.
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Enjoy NutrientDense Foods As you age, your body needs fewer calories for energy â€“ but still needs the same amount of nutrients. Itâ€™s important to make your calories count by eating foods packed with good nutrition such as:
â– Fruits and vegetables: Fresh, canned, frozen â€“ it doesnâ€™t matter. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals your body needs. â– Protein: Add some variety to your diet with delicious protein sources such as fish, beans and peas. â– Whole grains: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends at least three servings of whole-grain foods each day (16g per serving or 48g per day).
Get Moving Physical activity and regular exercise can decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend those 65 years of age or
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