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February 25, 2013

Hopi handiwork

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Coffee Break

Arleen Higginbotham loves all the things “to do” she finds in Farragut. As an administrative assistant with the town’s Parks and Leisure Services department, she also has a hand in keeping a fun calendar and the special events rolling for residents. Meet Arleen this week in Coffee Break.

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Messing with Lakeshore Park Hard to imagine why state Rep. Steve Hall who represents the neighborhoods surrounding Lakeshore Park off Lyons View Pike (such as Westmoreland, Riverbend and Rocky Hill) would sponsor a Stacey Campfield bill to sell the property owned by the state adjacent to the park to the highest bidder and thereby prevent this property from being added to the existing city park. It seems sure to alienate many of his constituents, writes park proponent Victor Ashe.

See Victor’s column on A-4

Meet Tom Dillard Tom Dillard flashes a slightly embarrassed grin upon hearing that a lot of his peers consider him the gold standard by which other lawyers are measured. “I hope that doesn’t mean that gold is losing its value,” he said. “At a certain age, if you don’t get disbarred or prosecuted, people do give you some respect. But I sure appreciate that, and I’ve been very fortunate.” Betty Bean profiles local lawyer Tom Dillard in this month’s LawDogs.

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Hopi flat baskets are used mostly for ceremonies then tossed into the audience. They’re also given as trophies.

Jim Dodd has a collection of Southwest contemporary Native American art and is sharing a small portion of his collection for an exhibit at Farragut Town Hall through the end of February. He holds a carved wooden kachina, which is a ceremonial doll. At right is a small Navajo rug, Hopi pottery vase and flat ceremonial basket. Photos by Suzanne Foree Neal

Dodd’s collection has grown from one rug to hundreds By Suzanne Foree Neal It started innocently enough, with a trip to a museum during a visit to Arizona. Twenty years later, Farragut Rotarian Jim Dodd has more Southwest contemporary Native American art than he has space to display it. His collection now numbers more than 200 pieces. His first purchase was a small Navajo rug. “I just got interested,” he says with a smile. “The little rugs are usually made by girls learning to weave.” Now he mostly collects pottery and baskets and favors work by the Hopi Indian tribe. “They are the most prolific in the Native American world. It’s important to buy things from Native American artists while they’re still alive and practicing their art.” Dodd says there are only about five Native American women still

making baskets styled like the baskets of old. “Baskets have been replaced by Tupperware containers,” he says with a laugh. “Mostly what they make are in the flat style for ceremonial use.” Most of the Native American artisans are women, but a few men have recently become known for their pottery. In some cases, the craft has been handed down through the family, which gives Dodd a focal point for his collection. Dodd favors Hopi pieces made by one family and can name every artist in the family – from the late patriarch to the children and in-laws. He searches out pieces made by this family. “Any art you buy, the key is you must like it. If you’re buying it to make money, you’re buying it for the wrong reason,” he says. Recently, he’s done most of his buying through eBay or auction houses in Phoenix and Santa Fe. He’s looking forward to a trip to Dallas to buy in person and hopes to find some pieces by his favorite

Everett project: Developers urged to meet with town over road improvements By Suzanne Foree Neal Farragut Municipal Planning Commission members have seen plans for residential development of a parcel on Everett Road come and go, then come and go again. Farmstead Development LLC is hoping “third time’s the charm,” but in order to move ahead, they have to get over a very uncharming hurdle: Everett Road improvements. Farragut MPC board members say they are thrilled at the prospect of someone developing the property, but for now, the agreement with a previous developer for improvements to Everett Road remains attached to the site plans. Developers Daniel Burton and Matt Varney of Farmstead gave members a traffic study for the new development they have named Split Rail Farm, but planners and staff did not have time to review it before last Thursday’s meeting.

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The developers say their traffic impact of 290 trips a day doesn’t warrant any improvements to the road. FMPC members don’t appear to agree. While Varney and Burton have reduced the number of houses from 98 to 49, the board says something still has to be done about the narrow road, and they don’t want the town shouldering the entire cost of improvements. Commissioner Noah Myers, who is also a developer, urged Varney and Burton to sit down with the town staff and try to hammer out some sort of shared cost agreement. Varney and Burton want an agreement quickly, saying that every day they don’t break ground is costing them money. With rising oil prices pushing the cost of asphalt up, Varney said the price tag to do those improvements could go up by as much as $250,000.

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Matt Varney and Daniel Burton of Farmstead Development LLC wait to address the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission at last Thursday’s meeting. They are trying to get relief from improvements to Everett Road agreed to when the property was under development by a now bankrupt developer. Photo by Suzanne Foree Neal The item was on the MPC agenda for Thursday, but town administrators asked for a postponement. “We’ve worked with developers in the past to get roads improved,”

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artists. Popularity of Native American art changes Two examples of Native American pottery collected by with the times, Jim Dodd include a Hopi tall pot and a Jemez pot. he says. At one point, baskets will be selling for high prices, ner gets a really big basket, and the and pottery is a deal, then things baskets get progressively smaller change. While Dodd says jewelry for slower runners. Dodd says they is the most common type of Native may give out as many as 40 baskets American art, it doesn’t interest at one race. The baskets can also be used him as a collector. From time to time he changes almost like currency. Dodd says out pieces displayed in his home, when a couple marries, they will but the vast majority of his collec- ask someone to host their wedding. tion is stored. While the Southwest That person provides a cow, a sheep dominates the collection, he does and hog for the wedding feast withhave about a dozen Cherokee masks out any mention of money. “The and a few Cherokee baskets. “They bride and her family are to give the just don’t have the variety of items value in baskets to that person within three years.” that appeal to me,” he says. Because of this practice, men Hopi tribe members perform a lot of ceremonial dances, and, at the often end up with a lot of baskets, end of the dance, toss handmade and Dodd likes to deal with the men flat baskets into the audience. “The when buying. “You might get a better Hopi men love to race, and they get price from the men,” Dodd says with the flat baskets for prizes instead of a chuckle. “The women know how trophies,” Dodd explains. The win- much work goes into making one.”

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Coffee Break

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Nothing. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband and family. I am very content with my life.

What is your passion? I love to sew, do crafts and work in the yard.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? Margaret Mitchell. “Gone with the Wind” is a favorite movie of mine, and I would love to talk to her about it.

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


My aunt. She was in a wheelchair, but it never stopped her from accomplishing her goals.

Arleen Higginbotham Arleen Higginbotham loves all the things “to do” she finds in Farragut. As an administrative assistant with the town of Farragut’s Parks and Leisure Services department, she also has a hand in keeping a fun calendar and the special events rolling for the town. “I am sort of Sue Stuhl’s assistant,” Arleen says of her position in Parks and Leisure. Stuhl is Parks and Leisure Services director. “I also help Lauren Cox with events when needed and just pitch in wherever there is a need.” Arleen grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to West Virginia to a small town named Nitro when she married. “Nitro is a chemical manufacturing town,” says Arleen. “We raised our three children there, and they all still live in West Virginia. It was her husband, Robert Lee Higginbotham, who brought her from Nitro to Farragut. “Robert’s parents moved here after his father retired,” says Arleen. “With job changes and the fact that my in-laws loved it here, we eventually picked up and moved here, too.” Of her new home, where she and Robert have lived for almost five years, Arleen says, “I really like it here! There is so much to do. Our 11-year-old granddaughter lives with us, so we not only do the things we enjoy – like the mountains – but also get to take in things like Dollywood.” Granddaughter Taylor has gotten into the spirit of living in Farragut as well. She is officially the youngest member of Farragut’s Unsung Navy (FUN) volunteer program. “She works the events and gets her hours in doing whatever is needed, just like the adult volunteers,” says the proud grandmother. Arleen also loves crafts, and she and Taylor are busy decorating their house for Easter. Although she hasn’t taken on any new projects since Halloween, Arleen also loves to sew. “There were seven kids in my family,” she says. “I didn’t like being in the kitchen, so I occupied myself with the sewing machine.” Arleen also has a real sense of pride at being part of the town of Farragut administration. “People who haven’t lived other places aren’t always aware of just how excellent the services we provide as a town are,” she says. “If there is a limb down or a road that needs clearing, one phone call gets someone on it right away. This is a good group of people, especially in Community Services. They

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Hockey. Being raised in Pittsburgh, you’d think it would be a no-brainer. I even have nephews who play, but I just don’t understand it.

What is the best present you ever received in a box? I’m sure this is probably every woman’s best present: my engagement ring.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? She often said to be careful because what goes around, comes around.

What is your social media of choice? Right now it’s email. I hear from my daughters every day at work. Then they call after work.

What is the worst job you have ever had? really are there to help the people of Farragut.” Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Arleen Higginbotham:

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? “I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.” – From “Steel Magnolias.”

I’d have to say it was the day I volunteered at my children’s school to clean an overgrown lot so the school could build a playground. I ended up with poison sumac.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

What are you guilty of?

“The Jetsons.” It was amazing to see them rocketing everywhere. I also loved the machines that did everything for you.

I usually do things on my own instead of asking for help.

What irritates you?

What is your favorite material possession? My mom’s sewing machine. It was one of the first things she bought with money from her first job.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Having to stand in long lines at the grocery store.

What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? I think everyone should visit St. John Neumann’s Church. It is an amazing church.

Riding the Mountain Sidewinder at Dollywood and getting drenched from head to toe.

What is your greatest fear?

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

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

I want to visit the New England states, do an ancestor genealogy on my family and retire to a warmer climate.

Flying. I hate to fly. I’m sure my husband would agree with this: Head to West Virginia and spend time with my grandchildren. – Sherri Gardner Howell

What is one word others often use to describe you and why? Hopefully it’s dependable. I try to step in when needed.

It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Farragut Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Sherri Gardner Howell, Include contact info if you can.

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Heating up the ice for youth hockey There’s a reason University of Tennessee football coaches like to bring potential recruits to Neyland Stadium during a home game. Sometimes you just have to see excitement and passion to understand it.

Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES

Hayes Haney (#1) faces off against Kylie McWilliams as the referee drops the puck.

Abby Lin controls the puck as she flies towards the Flyers’ goal.

Lukas Davis waits for the puck during a Cross Ice (ages 4-8) game at Hockey Night in Knoxville.

Everett project:

Jaden Jones celebrates after scoring a goal in a game at Hockey Night in Knoxville at the Cool Sports Icearium. He plays with the Mites, age 8 and under, league. Pho-

tos by Justin Acuff

There’s a puck in there somewhere, as Nicolas Anningson, goalie for the Stars, makes a save for his team.

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development along Everett Road. That’s why we’re asking for a postponement.” Varney, a Farragut native, said, “Our main goal is to develop land. We want to go into A-plus locations, and we think Farragut is one. This will be on the leading edge of what we hope to do all across the state.” He added that the project is modeled after a south-side Atlanta development that is also the site of an HGTV Dream Home that was built to be eco-friendly. Ed St. Clair, filling in as chair in Rita Holladay’s absence, said he would like to know more about that development, especially in light of traffic patterns. He also noted that Everett Road improvements aren’t the only

holdup. There were a few other staff concerns to be addressed. He urged the developers to meet with town staff and come back at next month’s meeting. “I’m so excited to see a development that has been on hiatus get built,” Myers told them. “It’s a complicated project that you inherited from another developer and a bank. We’re trying to take into account your change in density, but you’re still on a substandard road. “I think the town would partner with you, but it’s very difficult for this body to give you a pass on this.” In the end, commissioners voted to postpone action until issues can be worked out with staff.



Such is the philosophy behind the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association’s “Hockey Night in Knoxville,” held on Jan. 28 at Cool Sports, home of the Icearium, in Farragut. Hockey is a growing love for sports enthusiasts in Knoxville, and they are starting young. Taking to the ice at Hockey Night were players ages 4 to 14, all displaying their love of the game for parents, visitors and prospective players. The free event featured games throughout the evening, from the drop of the first puck at 4:10 p.m. to the final game at 10 p.m. Leading the efforts for KAHA, which is celebrating 50 years of promoting hockey in the area, are Tom O’Brian and K.J. Voorhees. For more information about local hockey opportunities and the KAHA, contact O’Brian at 803-6642 or Voorhees at 218-4500, or visit


Jack Ingeneri controls the puck during a Mites (ages 8 and under) game at Hockey Night in Knoxville at the Cool Sports Icearium.

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As County Commission prepares for a crucial second vote on banning digital Betty billboards, opponents of the Bean blinky signs are watching to see what Commissioner Jeff Ownby does. He’s never voted their ter the 4th District comway on missioner was arrested on these is- Sharp’s Ridge last May. The sues, so case is still pending, and Victor it’s not like those on the other side of Ashe there’s any the billboard issue wonder s u s p e n s e how Ownby, who lost his job there. What after the arrest, can afford ag g ravates to hire one of Knoxville’s them is that highest profile attorneys to he votes at represent him. Jeff Ownby Chief Deputy Law Diall. realized that Martin was Although no one will go rector David Buuck says a key player in the talks on the record with their Ownby could likely cure about this, and it has been complaints, it’s Ownby’s re- any potential problem by covered in the Knoxville lationship with Lamar Out- disclosing his relationship media. door Advertising attorney with Isaacs prior to any vote After the conversation concluded, I wondered how Greg Isaacs that has the an- (Buuck is speaking hypoclosely this legislator thinks ti-billboard folks grinding thetically, and not opining their teeth. Isaacs is a zeal- on whether Ownby in fact through proposals he is ous defender of Lamar’s free has a problem). sponsoring. “If anyone has a problem speech and property rights Does he realize how upsetting this is to thousands and appears before County with this, the proper proceCommission to plead his cli- dure is to send it to the ethof Knox Countians who ics committee with a signed, ent’s case. use Lakeshore (many of He also represents Own- sworn ethics complaint,� whom are his constituents)? by in an indecent exposure Buuck said. The good news is that Isaacs said he can’t comthe proposal really is going case that came about afnowhere. Gov. Bill Haslam is opposed. Sen. Massey, a widely respected senator, opposes the legislation and favors an enhanced Lakeshore Park. She points out the large number of citizens who use the park regularly and how many more will use it when the park is enlarged. It is unfortunate that legislation like this would be introduced without citizens who live in the area being consulted. The mayor was ignored. City Council was ignored. Adjacent neighborhoods were School board members Karen Carson and Gloria Deathridge ignored. Knox Youth look over a report while waiting for county commissioners. Photo by S. Clark Sports was ignored. The Governor (whose Knoxville home is less than one mile away) was ignored. While the attention may continue to focus on Camp■Knox County taxpayers invested $5 million (thank you, Mayor field, Hall merits attention Ragsdale) in a new business park in Blount County and last week too as he wades into water it finally snagged its first corporate customer: ProNova, a Knox which may be over his head. County firm that plans creation of 500 jobs, all in Blount County. ■ Former U.S. Am■ Trustee John Duncan has unveiled “an app,� bassador to Egypt Marjust three days before the deadline to pay garet Scobey has moved property taxes on time. Yes, if you’ve waited to Loudon County and is this long to pay your taxes, race right over to building a home in Farragut Duncan’s website and grab that app. Then pay to which she hopes to move by cellphone. Of course, you can also drive to the courthouse or a satellite office in Farragut, this summer. Scobey is a Halls, Cedar Bluff, or east or south Knoxville; graduate of the University mail a check (postmarked by Feb. 28); or drop of Tennessee and was also by one of the banks that accept tax payments: ambassador to Syria. American Trust Bank of East Tennessee, BB&T, John Duncan ■ Patrons of the John T First Tennessee, Home Federal and U.S. Bank. O’Connor pancake break■ Ruthie Kuhlman has scored her first coup as fast last Tuesday morning GOP county chair, by snagging former U.S. Rep. saw Mayor Burchett and and presidential candidate Ron Paul to speak at Mayor Rogero dancing the upcoming Lincoln Day Dinner on April 12. briefly to the music of Details such as place, time and price are pendthe occasion. It showed a ing, and some Republicans are grumbling about new development in cityPaul’s libertarianism, but what’s new? Just don’t get him mixed up with Rand Paul or Paul Ryan. county relations. ■A city-sponsored ■ Mike Hammond says he’s a creative person who has ideas from time to time and wonders meeting to discuss how to Ron Paul how to present them to the school board withassist South Knoxville merout appearing to “take over,� and he also wonders how to find out chants will be held at 9:30 what the school board is doing, about such things as the commup.m. Monday, March 4, at nity school at Pond Gap. May we suggest Comcast Cable Channel Ijams Nature Center. Vice 10 for enlightening school board discussions and perhaps a cold Mayor Pavlis is pulling it tobeverage at a downtown venue for transmitting creativity. gether. Public is invited.

Hard to figure Steve Hall’s Lakeshore bill Hard to imagine why state Rep. Steve Hall who represents the neighborhoods surrounding Lakeshore Park off Lyons View Pike (such as Westmoreland, Riverbend and Rocky Hill) would sponsor a Stacey Campfield bill to sell the property owned by the state adjacent to the park to the highest bidder and thereby prevent this property from being added to the existing city park. It seems sure to alienate many of his constituents. While Campfield gets most of the media attention for this, the proposal would already be dead from a legislative standpoint had Hall never introduced it. Bills must be introduced in both houses of the General Assembly to become law. It is also Hall’s district which is closest to Lakeshore. Sen. Becky Massey actually represents most of the immediate neighbors to Lakeshore Park. I called Steve Hall, whom I have known since he followed Ivan Harmon on Knoxville City Council, to talk about it. Hall has traditionally been a low key lawmaker who seldom speaks publicly on issues. He is also close personally to Campfield, but avoids the publicity his controversial friend generates. It is hard to think of any issue Hall champions beyond opposition to tax hikes of any kind. While he hosts a cable TV talk show, he is not a regular in media columns or interviews. Hall told me several things about this bill. He said it was Campfield’s bill and not really his. When I pointed out that he took ownership of it when he introduced it, he then assured me it was unlikely to pass and he would not move it until Campfield passed it in the Senate. When I then asked why he would introduce a bill which he was so lukewarm on and did not feel would pass, he said he had lots of questions about the transfer of state land to the city. I pointed out that selling the property does not secure answers to his questions and, if sold, guarantees the state has no interest in the property once it is in private hands. He acknowledged that would be true. I also asked why he had not contacted the appropriate state officials like Larry Martin if he had questions about the property transfer. He seemed not to have


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ment on the Ownby case because it’s still pending, but he doesn’t mind commenting on the question, which he called nonsensical and vitriolic. “The fact that I represent Commissioner Ownby

has been on the front page of newspapers and television media and had nothing to do with that, or matters pending before commission. Unfortunately these people continue to attack commissioners with whom they disagree. It wouldn’t surprise me if they wanted to investigate my dogs.�

Knox County Ethics Code, Section 2: “Disclosure of personal interest in voting matters. An elected official or employee of Knox County with responsibility to vote on a measure shall disclose during the meeting at which the vote takes place, before any discussion or vote on the measure and so it appears in the Minutes, any personal interest that affects or that would lead a reasonable person to infer that it affects the official’s vote on the measure. “In addition, said elected official or employee shall recuse him/herself from the discussion and/or vote on the matter. “This provision shall not be applicable to voting on measures for reapportionment of districts or other measures that affect all members of the Knox County Commission. ‘Personal Interest’ means, for the purpose of disclosure of personal interest in accordance with this policy, a financial interest of the official or employee, or a financial interest of the official’s or employee’s spouse or child living in the same household, in the matter to be voted upon, regulated, supervised, or otherwise acted upon in an official capacity.�

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Karen Carson is practical. When county commissioners were late for a joint meeting set for 4 p.m. I asked Carson, who chairs the school board, how long she would wait. “If they had asked for the meeting, 10 minutes,� she said. “Since I’ve been begging for this meeting for months, probably a long time.� At 4:49 the commissioners drifted in. The full commission had been debating billboards (for what seems like the 100th time) in a non-voting workshop. Now three members, all male, walked into the small assembly room. Was it coincidence that the three school board members were all women? Carson, Gloria Deathridge and Lynne Fugate represented the schools, while Dave Wright, Mike Hammond and Sam McKenzie represented the commission. Commissioner Amy Broyles was absent, as was school board member Doug Harris. “We want to get to know each other and develop some ground rules for communicating,� said Carson. “I’d like to spend this time answering your questions rather than have our conversations in the paper,� chimed in Fugate. Mike Hammond, as commission chair, had reached out to the school board. That’s not so much the case with the current chair, Tony Norman, a former teacher.

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Hammond said a joint retreat was helpful, but “we’ve taken a few steps back.� Wright said, “The things that elude us revolve around dollars.� He proceeded to say the Sheriff’s Office and Health Department could be “jealous� if the school board and commission establish close interaction. “We’ve got Budget 101,� said Carson. “We know others want (budget) dollars.� Wright soldiered on: “Dr. McIntyre doesn’t have to sell me anything. It’s the community buy-in that makes the big things happen (in funding).� Meanwhile, out in the audience, a young KNS reporter was drifting about, looking for quotes about a Chamber poll that showed just that - community buyin for increased funding for education. Last year, the school board proposed a budget that found no one on commission willing to make a motion for. But the schools got $7 million in new money and Carson calls that “positive.� Meanwhile, Tim Burchett has a finger poised on his Robo-call machine.

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The gold standard: Tom Dillard LAW DOGS | Betty Bean Tom Dillard flashes a slightly embarrassed grin upon hearing that a lot of his peers consider him the gold standard by which other lawyers are measured. “I hope that doesn’t mean that gold is losing its value,” he said. “At a certain age, if you don’t get disbarred or prosecuted, people do give you some respect. But I sure appreciate that, and I’ve been very fortunate.” A picture of Bob Ritchie, his late partner (and another gold standard attorney), sits on the sideboard next to Dillard’s desk along with pictures of Dillard’s wife and late parents. Ritchie was a couple of years ahead of him at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and as young lawyers they worked for law firms housed in the Hamilton Bank building. When Dillard became an assistant U.S. Attorney, he found himself on the opposite side of cases from Ritchie, whom he describes as “a superb lawyer; always a gentleman and prepared to the nth degree.” But that’s getting ahead of the story, which begins in Alabama, where he was born to Gladys and Bill Dillard nine days before Pearl Harbor. He was the first of three children, and the family bounced around the country – primarily in the Southeastern United States – during the war years after his father joined the Navy. The Dillards moved to Fountain City in 1950, and Bill went into the produce brokerage business. Tom attended Smithwood Elementary School and Central High and grew to be 6-3, which meant he was one of the two tallest players on the Bobcat basketball team. He went on to UT for college and law school, and has a picture of himself and his sister, Susan, when he got his undergraduate degree. “I was 21, in my cap and gown, and she was five,” he said. “She graduated from kindergarten when I graduated from college.” Today, little sister is Susan Espiritu, the much-honored principal of Pond Gap Elementary School whose most recent honor is a National Association of Elementary School Principal’s award. Dillard is very proud of her accomplishments. “She does an incredible job,” he said. “Very dedicated and does great work. I’ve got two Susans I’m very proud of.”

Tom Dillard at work Photo by Betty Bean

His wife of 38 years is also named Susan, and has a doctorate in retail merchandising from Florida State University. His younger brother John, a United States Marine whose career as a San Diego police officer was cut short by a disabling neurological disorder that confined him to a wheelchair, died two years ago when his apartment building caught fire and he was unable to escape.

Early years

later, he got a call from her office asking if he would consent to be considered for the appointment. “This was a new concept to me, and I said ‘Sure!’ And lo and behold, I get a call a month or so later that she’d done the vetting of all the people considered and she offered me the job. I had been to Tallahassee one time. … But it was a terrific experience and I really enjoyed it.” He warned Hawkins that, despite having been a precinct chair for Barry Goldwater shortly after law school, he was a Democrat. “She just said, ‘Don’t embarrass me.’” Dillard held the office from mid-February, 1983 until the last day of 1986. Why did he leave? “Bob Ritchie,” he said.

Back home “You know going in that it’s not a permanent job, and here I am an East Tennessean down there in Florida, and at some point I know I’m going to have to go back. Bob had come down twice, and the reason he gave me was he had a client in the federal institution in Tallahassee … “The next time he came down, he told me, ‘We need some help in my office, and you need to come back and work with Charles (Fels) and me.’ I thought about it a very short period of time, and said ‘Yeah, you bet.’” (Charles Fels has since left the firm to become an Episcopal priest, now at the Church of the Good Shepherd.) Ritchie, Fels & Dillard came together Jan. 1, 1987, and soon became the premier criminal defense firm in Knoxville. Ritchie bought and remodeled a building on Main St. and moved the office there in 1988. Dillard specializes in white-collar crime, but has handled a wide range of cases, including capital murder trials. He has been a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Professional Standards Committee since 1995 and says the Rules of Professional Conduct bar him from saying much about past clients, but he was willing to talk about one of his most difficult cases – that of George Thomas, one of the defendants in the Christian-Newsom murder trial.

Dillard worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Knoxville for a total of 14 years with 2 years off to serve as a magistrate. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan appointed him U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Florida, an odd occurrence since he (1) didn’t live there, and (2) is a Democrat. He had participated in a program that assigned federal prosecutors to inspect other U.S. Attorney’s offices, and was assigned five offices in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. He was warned that the Florida office had problems. “And sure enough, they had internal problems and it was kind of a mess, so I went down and did inspections for about a week in the Tallahassee and Pensacola offices,” he said. It was there that he met newly-elected U.S. Sen. Paula Hawkins, an Orlando Republican. “She found out one of her duties would be to recommend U.S. Attorneys, and she got the idea that she didn’t want them to be from the area where they’d been practicing, which was kind of novel, to say the least,” Dillard said. One evening at a social event, Hawkins asked Dillard for his observations Tough case about the U.S. Attorney’s Why did he get involved offices, and some weeks in a case whose details are

On his office wall, the young Tom Dillard with his friend, former U.S. Sen. Paula Hawkins.

so unimaginably gruesome that the defense attorneys became targets of public outrage? “I’ve asked myself that,” he said, only half-joking. “The rules of professional conduct don’t address this per se, but part of the responsibility of being a lawyer is promoting and preserving the right to counsel, the right to due process and other related rights that we all have. “If you’re a civil lawyer you can do pro bono work and get all kinds of accolades, but if you’re a criminal lawyer, it’s part of your responsibility, professionally and morally, to not turn your back on people because of public sentiment.” The pool of local lawyers qualified to represent clients facing the death penalty is very small, so when four people were charged with carjacking and murdering Channon Christian and Chris Newsom, Dillard wasn’t surprised when his phone rang. “None of us was looking for that appointment,” he said. “I remember getting the call I was hoping I wouldn’t get from Judge (Richard) Baumgartner’s office, and both professionally and morally, there wasn’t any way of saying ‘No, I can’t do it, Judge.’” Death penalty defendants get two attorneys, so he enlisted one of his partners, Stephen Johnson, as co-counsel because they’d tried a previous death penalty case together. The Thomas case has been dragging on for years, and may be retried this spring. Payment rates for appointed work have not changed since 1994 – the lead counsel in death penalty cases gets $100 an hour for in-court appearances and $75 for out-of-court work; co-counsel gets $80 and $60 – a fraction of the fees normally commanded by elite law firms (and not

nearly enough to compensate for at least 800 attorney and staff hours.) “At one point, I thought about figuring that up, but then thought, ‘No thanks; I’ll be in a blue funk for years to come,’” he said. He tries not to think about the vilification of the defense attorneys in this case, but it clearly troubles him, particularly “the nameless, faceless and sometimes completely crazy” critics on Internet blogs and message boards. He says he and Johnson haven’t had as much of that

Just the facts ■ Graduated from the UT College of Law, 1964. ■ Served 9 years as assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and from 1976-78 was the district’s first full-time federal magistrate. ■ Appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida by President Ronald Reagan, 1983. ■ Returned to Knoxville In 1987 to join the firm of Ritchie, Fels & Dillard, today called Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson. ■ Certified as a criminal trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education ■ Named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Tennessee Bar Foundation and is a Master of the Bench of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. ■ Has served on the board of directors of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Knoxville Bar Association, the Knoxville Bar Foundation, and the Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee. ■ Is the founding president of the Knoxville Defense Lawyers Association.

as attorneys David Eldridge and Doug Trant, who represent the alleged ringleader of the murder plot. “Believe me, they did not pick their client,” he said. “But I admire them. “Both the federal constitution and the state constitution specifically state than an individual has the right to effective counsel. We’re just doing our job.” Meanwhile, Dillard says his wife has begun to ask him about retirement, and he thinks about it some. But mostly, he stays busy – just doing his job.

■ Was appointed to the Mayor’s Commission on Police, the Tennessee Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Standards and the Advisory Commission to the Supreme Court on Rules of Practice and Procedure. ■ Elected to the Leadership Knoxville Class of 1998. ■ Awarded, in 2002, the Knoxville Bar Association’s highest honor – the Governor’s Award – for professional achievement and community involvement. ■ Received the Knoxville Bar Association’s Law Through Liberty Award in 2008. ■ Received the 2012 Joseph B. Jones award for lifetime achievement from the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. ■ Has instructed at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, was an adjunct professor of trial practice at the University of Tennessee College of Law and has lectured at seminars for various national, state, and local bar associations and other professional organizations. ■ Achieved the highest rating awarded by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory (AV) and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, The National Directory of Criminal Lawyers, and Who’s Who in American Law.


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Up front: Youth leader impacted by pastor’s attention By Ashley Baker Damon Kelly, youth pastor at Cedar Springs Church, has never been intimidated by the front pew. Having a life-long history with church attendance, Kelly sits on the front row every Sunday and has attended the same church for eighteen years. Kelly recalls how his senior pastor Ross Rhodes in Charlotte, N.C., made a deep impression on him as a child. “I was in the front row with my friends,” Kelly said. “And our senior pastor would come and sit and talk to us. He would always ask us what hymn we wanted to sing that night. And one of the hymns would always be one that we suggested.” That encounter made a life-

long connection for a young Kelly. He felt the significance of a pastor’s time and attention and knew that he would spend his life in God’s service, ministering the way Rhodes ministered to him. Straight out of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., Damon and his wife, Lea, moved to Knoxville. He got a job at Cedar Springs as a middle school pastor, where he worked with the youth for eight years. In 1998, the Kellys moved for a short time to Dallas, and then to Athens, Ga. In 2003, Cedar Springs called Kelly and asked him to interview to be their new high school pastor. Kelly was given the job, and he has been working as what he calls a “high school shepherd” for the last 10 years.

The Kelly family is all smiles. From left are Trent, 18; Lea and Damon; Trey, 12; and Taylor, 20. Damon has been a youth leader at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church for ten years. Photo submitted Kelly is now responsible for leading the youth on both Sundays and Wednesdays, teaching the students about the life of Jesus through song and worship. On Sunday nights, the youth divide into small groups of about six to 10 students and encour-

Wyatt is still teaching at 85 By Wendy Smith Joyce Wyatt returned to Knoxville in 1993 after serving as an overseas missionary for 40 years with her husband, Roy. But, at age 85, she still hasn’t retired. Her calling is to be a teacher, she says, and she continues to be in demand as a writer, a Bible teacher at Central Baptist Church of Bearden, and a liaison between Knoxville’s Hispanic and Anglo communities. “God has opened up door after door after door with opportunities to develop my ministry as an educator,” she says. The Wyatts began their formal ministry in Spain in 1953. After 10 years, the family moved to Chile for three years, then to Cali, Colombia, for 27 years. In addition to raising two children, Michael and Kathryn, Joyce devoted herself to teaching.

She taught Bible classes, social studies, pastoral care and women’s issues. She also wrote for Christian women’s magazines. Her biggest publishing success came in 1984 when she put her presentation at a women’s conference into book form. The book, originally written in Spanish, was called “Soy Mujer, Soy Especial,” or “I’m a Woman, I’m Special.” It was reprinted six times, and has now been translated into English and Russian, and will soon be released in German and as an e-book. The book permeated Latin America because women there were often treated as property at that time, Joyce says. Her love for teaching has helped her deal with several tragedies that have touched her life. In 2003, she lost Kathryn to brain

Something sings Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22: 19-20 NRSV)

cancer. Nine months later, she wrote “The Art of Dying Well,” which she says was therapeutic. In 2009, she lost Michael, who was an Episcopal priest, to liver cancer. Roy passed away in 2010, just a few months shy of their 60th wedding anniversary. In spite of her sadness, Joyce believes that God can bring good things out of pain, and enable us to continue to live through difficult circumstances. She is very proud to have played a role in a book called “Acquainted with Grief – Words of Comfort from a Brother,” which was published in December. The book is composed of messages from 46 cards that Michael sent daily to Kathryn at the end of her life. The book is on sale at Central Baptist Bearden and is appropriate for those

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linen and a loaf and chalice. I have received the sacraments in various places: around a campfire, in a catheYou ask of us fair linen, and that our hands dral, in a hospital room, in a would tremble just a little as we set church fellowship hall. I have the table for the Holy Mysteries. … So in the silence of the love that springs had the privilege of assisting Where least expected but where most desired, at the table, and of helping to We touch with trembling hands the holy things; serve the congregation. And all of life is grace, and something sings. I have been served chal(“Means of Grace,” by Jennifer L. Woodruff) lah and wine, dinner rolls and Welch’s grape juice, and I grew up in a tradition of tasteless crunch, and the sandwich bread and Coke. that passed the communion grape juice came in miniaBut no matter the setting, plates through the pews. ture glass cups. It was years no matter the elements, no The wafers were tiny pillows before I learned about fair matter which side of the com-

Tyler Bray may confuse NFL It’s still early, but how would you like to be an NFL scout assigned to evaluate Tyler Bray? Premature speculation from self-appointed experts has him going everywhere in the April 25 draft, late first round, mid-second, fifth — Jon Gruden will know. Indeed, several pros are asking questions and taking notes: Great arm. Bold, gunslinger mentality. Immature behavior at times. Potential exceeds production. High-octane emotions with tendency to go up or down with the team. Expectations? He was on the Heisman checklist and a Maxwell Award possibility. Sorry about that. Immaturity? Don’t let the flamboyant tattoo, beer-bottle barrage and jet ski incident trouble you too much. Yelling back at

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coaches bothered me. Among the positives, please print ARM in large letters. Such a tool is rare. Twenty-four career starts, 59 percent completions, 7,444 yards with favorable touchdown-tointerception ratio, 69 to 28. OK, the weak sisters of the poor puffed up those stats. Memphis, Montana, Buffalo, Georgia State, Akron and Troy contributed 25 TDs. The pros will study hours of Tyler tape and wonder how he could rifle a 30-yard strike between a trailing corner and con-

verging safety, hitting Justin Hunter in full stride — and then bounce a pass to the left flat. They will notice his 1311 won-lost record and the ugly 5-9 against Southeastern Conference foes and conclude that he never won a truly meaningful game. Surely they won’t blame Bray for all that mess. Derek Dooley hired Sal Sunseri. Best games? Cincinnati 2011, four touchdown passes, 405 yards, winning pitcher in a 22-point romp. South Carolina 2012, four scores, 368 yards but not enough to win. Worst performances? Five-of-30 flop in that windy Orange and White game and the miserable 2011 finale at Kentucky. No way to tell if he really cared. The scouting report will list Bray’s trim 6-6 phy-

to encounter Jesus through the connection of an adult friend,” Kelly said, “because we see the value of coming alongside families.” Kelly pastors students but also spends time getting to know their families. He puts an emphasis on parents and said their roles are pivotal in a student’s life. Kelly said he loves serving the church that he calls “a beautiful, messy place.” As for his own spiritual growth, Kelly says he is personally impacted by Cedar Springs head pastor John Wood’s teaching. “He is a very faithful proclaimer of God’s word,” Kelly said. “The effect of being under the faithful teaching of the word of God has had a very significant impact on my marriage and life.” In addition to growing spiritually, Kelly enjoys his church. “It is fun to grow and laugh with people,” Kelly said. “Being in one place is significant.”

age one another by reading good books and by praying together. Kelly also spends time working with leaders in his church, including leading a two-year intern program. Interns learn the dynamics of middle school, high

school and college ministry through this program and can decide if it is a good career path for them. Kelly also helps adult leaders build relationships with students and has 35 adult volunteers who work with the students. “I want kids

who are grieving or dying, Joyce says. “The messages are so profound. He had such a gift for words.” She doesn’t let pain from the past keep her from working for the future. On April 6, Central Baptist will host the second annual Tu Dia (Your Day), a day of pampering and education for the community’s Hispanic women. Joyce feels empathy with them because she knows how difficult it is to raise a family while learning a new culture and a new language. She also wants to be a resource to Knoxville’s Hispanic community as immigration laws change. “I’ve seen how difficult it is to get a visa. There are so many hoops to jump through.” Central Baptist presented the first Roy and Joyce Cope Wyatt lectures last week featuring Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Joyce Wyatt stands beside a display case at Central Baptist Church Bearden. It contains items she and her husband, Roy, collected during their 40 years as missionaries. Photo by Wendy Smith

munion rail I am on, I am always moved and touched by the mystery I hold in my hands. In the understanding of my head and heart, the elements themselves are not the point. The point is that these elements we can see and touch and smell and taste show us a great unfathomable mystery: that God loves us, draws near to us, feeds us, and communes with us. God, in the person of Jesus, gave his body and blood for us; in the moment of receiving the elements of communion, God once again gives us the body and the blood of Christ, to our salvation. No matter what your understanding of the sacrament may be, it is God’s gift to us, God’s feeding us like a baby,

God’s nurturing us in love. Wars have been fought over these understandings. Churches and families and nations have been torn asunder because they could not agree on what the sacrament is or what it means. Kings have been deposed, dynasties have fallen, countless books have been written, denominations have come into being because folks disagreed on these matters. Like any parent who wants peace at the table, God grieves when we fight over the feast. But when we turn our attention to Christ and his love for us, poured out in these elements, then we are family— God’s family. We are fed, we are blessed, we are loved. “And all of life is grace, and something sings.”

sique and limited mobility and wonder about survival and longevity. Will wicked blitzers slam him in the middle and break him in half? Didn’t happen in the SEC. The report might say Bray didn’t take many big hits. There were reasons. He was coached to stay well and avoid sacks. Offensive linemen dedicated life and limb to protecting the quarterback. The pros have heard that Bray senses pressure before there is any. He generally unloaded at the first hint of danger. Long, long ago, Dewey Warren won some Tennessee games and a lot of respect by hanging tough in the pocket. The Swamp Rat would defy the rush, keep looking for receivers and finally fire a fastball just as a helmet struck him under the chin. Bray? Not so much. Two NFL observers discussing Bray last November supposedly started with throwing velocity, then “heavy feet” that were

slow to reset when he had to move. They said accuracy was better than judgment. One had seen Tyler as a freshman and was not particularly kind to offensive coordinator Jim Chancy on the subject of fundamental development. Still locks onto receivers too often. Lead shoulder still flies open when he gets in a hurry. Drops his eyes quickly when trying to elude pressure. Poor handler of the football. They had heard of Dooley’s threat to bench Bray if he didn’t take better care of the ball. I concede Tyler Bray is not Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. He is a more typical QB prospect with flaws. But to me, just an old sportswriter, most shortcomings appear correctible. NFL coaches, with time and patience, can do that. Only God can make a man 6-6 and bless him with a cannon. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

News from SOS This afternoon (Feb. 25) at 2 p.m., County Commission will consider a resolution that supports the election of school superintendents. Please attend that meeting if you can, and by all means, let them know you oppose such a move. Commissioners can be contacted by email at Citizen input is crucial at this time. LET’S KEEP AN APPOINTED SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT For two decades, local school boards across Tennessee have appointed school superintendents. The Tennessee Improvement Act of 1992 stated that local school superintendents “should be accountable to a local board of education which is elected by the public,” and hired based upon “professional qualifications and skills, not on political savvy.” Hiring superintendents allows for “a larger pool of qualified applicants” and better ensures that a local school board can hold a superintendent “accountable” for his/her actions. The law offers other reasons to appoint the most important leader in our schools: * Continuity of leadership versus the potential for change every four years; * Incentives for the local school chief and elected Board of Education to cooperate; * Strong enforcement of goals and standards; * Avoidance of political patronage, or its appearance, in the school system. Some commissioners have spoken in support of Tennessee SB 916 and HB 741 which would permit a local option for electing school superintendents “upon two-thirds vote of county or city governing body and approval in an election on the question by the voters.” Support Our Schools strongly urges commissioners to oppose this legislation which, in the past, was associated with political cronyism and patronage. The concern about school security provides a good example of the efficient and effective way an appointed superintendent works in tandem with elected officials, the School Board and County Commission.


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‘Accidental’ science teacher loves the job

Halls Middle School science teacher Andrea Souza critiques a project for Olivia Bell prior to the school science fair.

By Jake Mabe Andrea Souza calls herself an “accidental” science teacher. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UT in language arts and eventually taught the subject for three years at Bearden Middle School. Just before becoming pregnant with her first child, she’d almost completed a degree in geology. She and her husband, Peter, raised four boys. After the youngest entered pre-K, Andrea decided to return to UT to earn a master’s degree in K-8 education. She started teaching science after coming to Halls Middle from Bearden a little more than two years ago. “And I love it,” she says. Souza is one of 18 Tennessee science teachers selected for the National Science Teachers Association’s New Science Teacher Academy fellowship program, designed for educators who have been teaching science for three years or less.

According to a press release, the year-long professional development program is designed “to help promote science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.” Several companies co-sponsor the fellowship. Souza is sponsored by Dow Chemical. “For almost the entire school year, mentors work with mentees to do two or three explorations and design a lesson plan around a student progress indicator. Seasoned teachers help us beef up our lesson plans and help us dig deeper. We can do a webcam observation if we choose to and attend the national conference in San Antonio in April, at which you get to take certain classes and have opportunities for a few other ancillary events.” Souza says making the transition from language arts to science wasn’t too difficult, but required

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intense preparation. “It was a little uncomfortable at first just because I had to relearn everything. I spent the whole summer studying the curriculum.” Souza, who teaches honors science at Halls Middle, also sponsors Odyssey of the Mind, a problem-solving club that meets after school. “It applies music, writing and engineering to the scientific method,” Souza says, in an effort to help students improve analytical and critical thinking skills. Right now, the group meets on Thursday afternoons and is working to solve two problems involving robotics and engineering. “They are fun problems, not the typical ‘read a problem in a book and answer it.’ It’s more ‘color outside the lines,’ and that’s the type of thinking where we make our gains.” She says one challenge about teaching science is not having enough resources, such as adequate lab space and equipment. “But there’s also confusion

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about what exactly science literacy is,” she says. “Some hear ‘literacy’ and think that just means to be able to read and comprehend, but there’s also a scientific cultural literacy. So the struggle between reading and application is the biggest challenge.” When interviewed for this story, Souza was busy preparing for her first science fair at the school. “It was stressful getting it organized, but what the kids get out of it is priceless. Teaching honors kids, I was asked to increase the rigor and challenge them more, and I thought holding a science fair was one way to do more of that.” Souza says providence played a role in her path toward education. Both her paternal grandparents were teachers, and her grandmother told Andrea when she was 14 that she was going to be a teacher. “And I said, ‘But I don’t even like kids!’ And, no matter how often I turned my head away from it, it was kind of like being at a crossroads, and the obvious choice was the one that led to education.”

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West Valley Middle School 8th graders Jake Easterday and Kassie Noel visited Bandit Lites last week as part of Junior Achievement’s job shadowing program. Photo by S. Barrett

Job shadowing in the ‘lites’ Last week, Bandit Lites welcomed 30 students from West Valley Middle School as part of Junior Achievement’s job shadow program.

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Students were given a tour of the facility and were shown how lighting structures were custom built for various sets around the world including the Bonnaroo music festival and concerts by the rock band ZZ Top. WVMS guidance counselor Robbie Sudderth said students discussed skills for success and work readiness before the trip and were prepared with questions to ask the employees. “It was a great opportunity to see what it’s actually like to work,” said 8th grader Kassie Noel. “Your parents and teachers can try to tell you, but it’s neat to see for yourself how it actually is.” Noel said the experience taught her that working can

The Farragut Arts Council is seeking local authors of children’s books to participate in the sixth annual Farragut Book Fest for Children, which will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Campbell Station Park. The council, in conjunction with the town of Farragut and the Knox County Public Library’s Farragut branch, will host the event, which will feature book signings, music and art activities. Children will have the chance to interact one-on-one with the participating authors. There is no charge to participate. Info: email Sandra Dean at or call 966-8356, or email Lauren Cox at or call 966-7057.

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Tappin’ at the Strang Center The Tellico Tappers performed a patriotic number during the Strang Center’s 15th anniversary celebration last week. Upcoming events at the center include a presentation by Parkwest Medical Center on aortic stenosis and valve replacement noon Wednesday, Feb. 27. Info: Photo by S. Barrett

FARRAGUT NOTES ■ Farragut Rotary Club meets at noon each Wednesday at the Fox Den Country Club. ■ Free budget classes are held from noon-1 p.m. each third Thursday at the Good Samaritan Center, 119 A. St. in Lenoir City. Everyone is invited. No preregistration is required. Info: annaseal@ ■ Memoir Writing Group meets 7 p.m. each second Thursday at Panera Bread, 733 Louisville Road.

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Farragut High School French students celebrated Mardi Gras last week with king cakes, dancing, music and making masquerade masks. Pictured at the celebration are freshman Jordan Wells, French teacher Melissa Weaver and sophomore Weston Stokes.

GFWC Knoxville Women’s Club donated more than 400 pounds of pet food to local shelters. Pictured are members Catherine Sebby, Mary Frances Edwards, Betty Burnette, Michele Jenkins and Martha Stiles. Photo submitted

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■ West Knox Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. each first and third Monday at Sullivan’s in Franklin Square, 9648 Kingston Pike.

A revolutionary tale of George Washington By Sherri Gardner Howell If you put it all down on a fact sheet and look at it logically, the upstart revolutionary forces should never have won the American Revolution. The magic and mystery is that they did. That was the message brought by Ron Jones, historical author, genealogist and public speaker, to the members of the Rotary Club of Farragut on Feb. 20 at Fox Den Country Club. Jones, author of “War Comes to Broad River” and “The Road to Rock Island,” painted a picture of just how remarkable was the perseverance of the soldiers of the American Revolution and how improbable it was that the Americans won the war. “At every turn, something happened that shouldn’t have,” said Jones. For example, when Gen. George Washington needed to retreat across the East River to Manhattan, with the British camped only a few hundred yards away, a dense fog rolled in and hid the last of the boats – and their commander – as they retreated to fight another day. Crossing the Delaware

Ron Jones brought a history lesson and a message of just how remarkable it is that the United States came to be to members of the Rotary Club of Farragut. Photo by Sherri Gardner Howell

to engage the Hessians at Trenton was also an improbable feat, said Jones. “Not only was crossing treacherous, but they brought the cannons with them. That proved to be very important, but once across, they had to drag the cannons up and down the ravines on the 10-mile march to Trenton. They arrived three hours later than they intended and a

full hour after daybreak.” Miraculously, the Hessian army was still asleep. “It was Christmas Day, but most encampments would have been stirring by then,” explained Jones. “Then there was the fact that the Hessian soldiers couldn’t get their powder to fire, while Washington’s men – after crossing the river and marching in rain and mud – had kept their powder dry and could fire their guns. “Looking back at it, it was incredible,” said Jones, “almost like a fairy tale.” Jones concluded with food for thought on the war that freed this country to be independent: “We have much to be thankful for because of some of the truly remarkable things that happened during the Revolutionary War. It is really implausible and improbable that we are here today!” Rotary Club of Farragut meets every Wednesday at noon at Fox Den Country Club. Info:

Brothers Christopher and Jonathan Perry learn driving safety. Photos by T. Edwards of

‘StreetSafe’ can save lives By Theresa Edwards Saving the lives of young drivers is what StreetSafe is all about, and it is coming to Hardin Valley Academy Saturday, March 9, with sessions 9 a.m -1:30 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. “We recommend online registration at www.Street,” said Susan Perry of the PTSA. Registration will be available on-site a half hour prior to the session, subject to space availability. Perry has two teenage sons. “I think this is a very worthwhile program to put

my children through because they need to learn not only how to operate the car safely, but also how to drive defensively,” she said. “This program makes a difference in saving teens’ lives and the lives of other people they encounter on the roads,” said sponsor Mike Lewis. “State Farm Mike Lewis has been behind this program in North

Carolina, and this is the second time it has come to Tennessee. StreetSafe uses hands-on exercises that are realistic, practical presentations offered by law enforcement and fire personnel. “They learn skills – that is what saves lives,” Lewis said. “So the next time someone pulls into their lane, or their car loses traction, maybe they turn the right way instead of the wrong way and avoid a bad accident.” Info” www.

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Burn prevention starts with education By Rob Webb This month, Rural/Metro Fire Depar tment, along with K nox v ille Fire Department, the Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau, Karns Webb Vo l u n t e e r Fire Department and Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, received more than 2,000 pieces of burn prevention materials from the Kerbela Temple Shriners to mark February as national Burn and Scald Awareness month. These English- and Span-

■ Supervise your child at all times. Most scalds occur from daily activities, such as cooking and bathing. ■ When cooking on a stovetop, keep handles of pots and pans pointed inward to make it harder for little ones to grasp. Make sure the stove burners are turned off immediately when not in use.

ish-language materials are designed for ages 3-12. The local fire prevention agencies will pass out the brightly-col- ■ Follow instructions on how ored, fun materials in schools to heat your meal properly, especially when cooking it and at community events to in the microwave. Check the get the word out about the temperature of your child’s serious dangers of burns and food first and allow additional scalds in young children. time to cool if necessary. Each year approximately 15,000 children younger ■ When bathing your son or daughter, pay attention to the than 14 are hospitalized for temperature of the bath water burn or scald injuries, and and place the child in the tub this donation is aimed at facing away from the faucet reducing that number sigas far back as possible. 100 denificantly. In partnership grees Fahrenheit is considered with the Kerbela Shriners safe. At 130 degrees Fahrenand local fi re departments, heit, a child under 5 can receive Rural/Metro is providing third-degree burns in about 15 parents and children with seconds. A basic rule of thumb the information to avoid is: if it feels hot to you, it’s too hot for them. these injuries.

Pictured are Shriners Ferman Bumgarner and Wayne Bell; Knox County fire prevention specialist Colin Cumesty; Shriner Don Nicholson; Karns Volunteer Fire Department chief Ken Marston; Shriner Charlie Claussen; Rural/Metro fire chief Jerry Harnish; Mayor Tim Burchett; Kerbela Shriners Potentate Bill Gentry, and Seymour Volunteer Fire Department chief Jim Reagan. ■ To prevent scalds from running water, adjust the temperature of your water heater to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

potential hazards around the house, such as gasoline stored in the garage. Gas, along with other dangerous Burns most often oc- and flammable materials, cur in the kitchen, but you should be stored out of reach should also be aware of other and out of sight of children.

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Increase Your Odds of Surviving Melanoma with Physician Screenings By Paul S. Dudrick, MD, FACS, Premier Surgical Associates Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has increased in frequency at epidemic rates in the past 20 years. We now know that avoiding sunlight and tanning beds is an important step in preventing the disease, but for many baby boomers the damage was done long ago. That’s where early detection comes in. If detected at Stage I, its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 97 percent. If the disease progresses to its most advanced stage, Stage IV, the five-year survival rate drops to 15-20 percent. So, what’s the best way to find melanoma at its earliest stage, when the

prognosis is most favorable? A recent study found that physician-based screening leads to higher rates of physician-detected melanoma and detection of thinner melanoma. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where I completed my fellowship in surgical oncology, conducted a 10-year study of 394 patients diagnosed with 527 cutaneous (skin) melanomas and categorized the patients as either new or established. Over the course of the study, physicians detected 63 percent of melanomas in new patients and 82 patients of melanomas in established patients, while patients self-

detected only 18 percent of all melanomas. The study authors concluded that a combined strategy of physician detection and patient participation must continue to be used to ensure early melanoma diagnosis. The article is in line with prior recommendations and what I’m seeing in my Premier Surgical Associates practice. My recommendation to patients is: stay informed, continue monthly self exams and bring to your physician’s attention any suspicious moles. If your doctor tells you it’s nothing but you still fi ll uneasy about it, seek a second opinion. I often see patients who say, “The doctor didn’t think it would be anything, but it turned out to be a melanoma.” To physicians, I say: Know the

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New business adds another touch of orange and introduce the management of the Farragut store. He touted the differences in Orange Leaf yogurt, saying it had the taste “of handcranked ice cream.” “I don’t know about you,” he told gathered guests, town officials and Farragut West Knoxville Chamber of Commerce members, “but when I was a kid, Fridays Sherri were the day we got out the Gardner old wooden ice cream churn. Howell Three hours and sore muscles later, we would have homemade ice cream. Our yogurt is made fresh every Orange Leaf Frozen Yo- morning and churned in a gurt sandwiched a ribbon- way that gives it that homecutting in the middle of a made taste and consistency.” week’s worth of special activities to celebrate the company’s first store in Tennessee. Orange Leaf is located at 11689 Parkside Drive, near Einstein Bros. Bagels, with plans to open two more stores soon in Knoxville. The second location on Market Square should open by the end of March, with the North Cedar Bluff Road location following. Bill Potter, chief operating officer for Orange Leaf, Kenna West smiles at her unicame to help kick-off the corn artwork in the mirror. grand opening festivities Yum! Most grand openings and ribbon-cuttings have refreshments for the dignitaries and Chamber members who come to help celebrate the big day, but the offer of a taste of 16 flavors of frozen yogurt was a special treat.

The store showcases sixteen flavors every week. “We always have no-sugaradded choices and nearly all our flavors are glutenfree,” said Potter. “Calorie count is always between 26 and 42 calories per ounce.” Toppings can add to that calorie count, and there are a wide variety of them – including syrups, nuts, fruits, candy and even Cap’n Crunch cereal. Customers fill a medium or large cup with the yogurt or yogurt combinations of their choice, add toppings and pay by the weight of their creation. “We had a Farragut High School student break the corporate record this week with a 55-ounce cup of yogurt,” said Potter. “And it was all yogurt – no toppings. Luckily for him, his buddies chipped in and paid for it!” Yogurt f lavors on grand opening day included such temptations as coffee, caramel apple, birthday cake and white chocolate raspberry. I know it sounds like a cliché, but don’t leave without trying the orange.

Knoxville insurance agency grows with acquisition The Insurance Group LLC, an independent insurance agency based in Knoxville, will grow by 25 percent after purchasing Associated Insurors Inc. “We are tremendously excited about this acquisition,” said Josh Witt, chief operating ofJosh Witt ficer for The Insurance Group. “It provides the clients of Associated Insurors with access to insurance markets that previously weren’t available and allows our agency to grow.” The Insurance Group has made nu-

merous other acquisitions over the years, including a purchase of First Century Insurance in July 2011 that grew the company by 20 percent. Other past acquisitions include The Copeland Agency, The Wood Agency, Kotsianas Insurance, Lebo-Truesdel Insurance and numerous others. “It’s very exciting to be in a growth mode during a time when all we hear about is a struggling economy,” Witt said. “We hope we can continue to grow and provide jobs in Knoxville and surrounding areas.” Associated Insurors was owned by Bill Wallace. Bill, his son, Alan, and another employee, Beth Bolden, will remain with the Insurance Group.

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Carson Phillips enjoys the reactions to the spider he had painted on his forehead dur- Bettye Sisco, CEO of the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Coming the grand opening cel- merce, gets her morning started with coffee yogurt at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting. Photos ebration at Orange Leaf. by Sherri Gardner Howell and Justin Acuff

Olivia Feiten models a flower balloon hat at Orange Leaf Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and his wife, Marianne, learn Frozen Yogurt’s fun day on about the 16 flavors of yogurt available at Orange Leaf from Feb. 16, following its grand the store’s assistant manager, Kyndra Breeden. opening on Friday.

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The third annual Knoxville Restaurant Week continues through Friday, March 1. More than 30 local restaurants are offering special $25 or $35 three-course meals with $5 of each fixed-price dinner going to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Last year’s Restaurant Week raised more than $30,000 and provided meals for more than 60,000 needy East Tennesseans. Among the restaurants participating are the Chop House, Connors Steak & Seafood, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Northshore Brasserie, Restaurant Linderhof and Seasons Café. Most of the restaurants are accepting reservations, which are highly recommended due to the popularity of the event. For more info, visit www.

“Emerging Young Keyboard Artists” Carolyn Craig and Simon Hogg will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd. The concert is the first in a Spring Concert Series presented by the church’s music ministry in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Music Department. Upcoming concerts will be presented by “The Son Trio” at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, and UT’s contemporary a cappella groups reVOLution and VOLume at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21. All of the concerts are free and open to the public. They will be held in the church’s sanctuary.



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Einstein Bros. Bagels and the Farragut High School National Art Honor Society will host Empty Bowls, a charity event focused on raising awareness for hunger in the community, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Einstein Bros., 11693 Parkside Drive. For a $15 ticket, which must be purchased in advance at Farragut High, participants will receive a ceramic bowl handcrafted by an NAHS member to be filled with soup and served with bread during the open-seating event. Proceeds will benefit Sister Martha’s Food Pantry. Last year’s event raised more than $1,000 for charity.

The Bryan College Chorale and Chamber Singers will present a free concert of sacred choral music at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, 12915 Kingston Pike. The program will feature a variety of sacred literature, including classical, spiritual and gospel music. Bryan College is a Christian liberal-arts institution in Dayton, Tenn. Directed by David Luther, the chorale includes 46 singers representing 11 states. The group has toured throughout the United States and has performed five tours in Europe. The Chamber Singers are an 18-voice ensemble selected from within the chorale.



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The Town of Farragut is offering a five-week series of Pilates classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 26-March 26, in the Community Room of the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Registration and payment deadline is Monday, Feb. 25. Pilates is a mind-body exercise that works the whole body. It focuses on correct use of core muscles, spinal alignment and proper breathing. Pilates helps to reduce injury, recover from injury and promote muscular balance. The class mixes in some yoga poses to enhance flexibility, strength and breathing. Simon Bradbury is the instructor. Cost is $50. To register and for more info, call 865-966-7057.

The Job Resources Group will meet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive. The group provides assistance in preparing for interviews, revising resumes and finding employment.

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The Town of Farragut Community Development Department will host an information session on home remodeling at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The seminar will be led by the Town’s codes officials Steve Coker, John Householder and Elliott Sievers, fire marshal Dan Johnson and fire inspector Colin Cumesty. Any Farragut resident or homeowner interested in learning about permitting requirements for home remodeling or improvements may attend. The session will provide answers to questions about building codes, permits and inspections. In addition, Johnson will discuss the importance of installing a residential sprinkler system. For more info, contact the Community Development Department, 865-966-7057.

The Town of Farragut will host the 2013 Farragut Primary School Art Show Wednesday, Feb. 27, through Friday, March 8, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Young artists from Farragut Primary School and Concord Christian School will be represented. There will be a reception for the artists and their families from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. The show is open during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. It is free and open to the public.



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The annual Student Honors Recital will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus. The recital will feature the best student performers who are taking private instruction in voice or instrument. Each of the 18 selected musicians will perform one piece, with musical genres ranging from bluegrass to classical. The soloists were selected by a panel of Pellissippi State faculty members based on talent, skill level and academic achievement in traditional courses. The recital is free, but donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The Whisperings Solo Piano Radio Concert Series will come to the American Piano Gallery, 11651 Parkside Drive, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Solo pianists Michael Logozar, Joseph Akins and Philip Wesley will perform their original compositions in this evening of contemporary piano music. Door prizes will be awarded, and autographed CDs and sheet music will be available. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students and those under 18 through March 1. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at At the door, tickets will be $20 for adults, $10 for students and those under 18.

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Steinway anniversary event Steinway & Sons 160th anniversary will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the American Piano Gallery, 11651 Parkside Drive. Knoxville Choral Society Young Pianist winner and Nashville International Piano Competition winner Carolyn Craig will perform. Craig is a junior at West High School and a piano student of Fay Adams and David Brunell. The event also will include a presentation of “The Secrets of Steinway” and a discussion of the history of Steinway & Sons, which dates back to March 5, 1853 when the company was officially founded.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Caregiver workshop Caring and Coping, a caregiver workshop for families and professionals offered by Alzheimer’s Tennessee, will be held Tuesday, March 12, at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive. Nationally renowned experts will share practical tips and provide a better understanding of Alzheimer’s, its process, common behaviors, caregiving strategies and available treatments. Registration starts at 8 a.m., with the program running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided during breaks. Cost is $20 for family caregivers and $40 for healthcare professionals (six hours of CEU credit). Register online at or mail checks to Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.

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Concord United Methodist Church is sponsoring a children’s consignment sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9, at the church, 11020 Roane Drive. A half-price sale will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The sale will feature quality, gently used clothing, toys, books, furniture and other items for children from babies through teens. For more info, call 865996-6728 or visit

The Town of Farragut Community Development Department will host an information session on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The seminar will be led by Farragut codes officials John Householder, Steve Coker and Elliott Sievers, plus an energy auditor and the owner of a local building performance testing agency. Any Farragut developer, designer or resident is welcome to attend. For more info, call the Community Development Department at 865-966-7057.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 15-16 John Dominic Crossan lectures Author, historian and biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan will speak as part of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church’s Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at the Episcopal School of Knoxville, 950 Episcopal School Way. Crossan is an Irish-American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, and former Catholic priest known for co-chairing the controversial Jesus Seminar. He is a major figure in the fields of anthropology of the ancient Mediterranean and New Testament studies. He has appeared in television documentaries about Jesus and the Bible and is a key figure in research into the historical Jesus. Crossan will deliver four 90-minute lectures: The World of Jesus, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15; and 9 a.m. The Life of Jesus, 11 a.m. The Death of Jesus, and 1:30 p.m. The Resurrection of Jesus, all on Saturday, March 16. The cost for all four lectures is $45 and includes lunch on March 16. To register, visit

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Reflecting Webb School’s staunch commitment to excellence in the arts and fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation, ArtXtravaganza not only supports Webb’s visual and performing arts program, but also the arts at Mooreland Heights Elementary School.

ArtXtravaganza 2013 spotlights myriad works by leading artists A

t this year’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show & Sale, March 8-10, visitors can expect a visual feast of artworks by 70-plus acclaimed artists, hailing from across the Southeast and beyond. More than 2,000 pieces of art will be available for purchase in Webb School’s Lee Athletic Center. From oil paintings to sculptures, photography to woodworks, glass and metal works to jew-

elry, ArtXtravaganza promises something for everyone’s budget. The event is open to the public; admission and on-site parking are free. Knoxville-based sculptor Daniel Lai is ArtXtravaganza’s featured artist. Lai has been recognized for his innovative art pieces. His works have been published in books and magazines, and have earned awards

both nationally and internationally. He is ger,” says Nutt. “With ArtXtravaganza, we represented by Aurora Photos in Portland, have the opportunity to support the arts in ME, Glasshouse Images in New York City, the community at large.” NY, 16 Patton Gallery in Asheville, NC, and This year’s show and sale will also G&G Interiors in Knoxville, TN. include a student art exhibit, featuring Daniel Lai was born and raised in Kuala works by Webb’s Lower, Middle and Lumpur, Malaysia, and moved to the United Upper School grades as well as pieces States in 2000. He received his Bachelor of created by children from Mooreland Arts in linguistics and a master’s in art stud- Heights Elementary. ies/art history from Montclair State University. Currently, he is working on his doctorate in sociology at the University of Tennessee. 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, and furthering the careers of prominent artists. Echoing Webb School’s staunch commitment to excellence in the arts, proceeds from ArtXtravaganza not only support Webb’s visual and performing arts program, but also the arts at Mooreland Heights Elementary School, an arts-integrated public school supported by the Tennes- The featured artist for ArtXtravaganza 2013 is Knoxsee Arts Commission. ville-based sculptor Daniel Lai. His sculpture, “Webb ArtXtravaganza’s partnership of Thoughts,” will be offered by silent auction during with Mooreland Heights broad- this year’s event. ens Webb’s tradition of fostering Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 1 p.m. community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation – a tradi- on Friday, March 8. The art sale contintion that’s not isolated to just the Webb ues Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m.-6:30 community, according to ArtXtravaganza p.m. and Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m.chair, Danielle Nutt. “We as a school rec- 4 p.m. For more information, go to www. ognize that we’re part of something big- or call (865) 291-3846.

Audience, cast share the stage for Webb’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’

Webb’s Upper School will present Anton Chekhov’s Russian classic, “The Cherry Orchard,” with the audience and performers sharing the stage, March 7-9 and March 14-16 at 6:30 p.m., and March 10 and March 17 at 3 p.m. All performances will be in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. (l to r) Seniors Neal Jochmann and Mary Kate Heagerty, and sophomore J.B. Crawford rehearse a scene from Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.”

Webb’s Upper School will present Anton Chekhov’s Russian classic, “The Cherry Orchard,” with the audience and performers sharing the stage, March 7-9 and March 14-16 at 6:30 p.m., and March 10 and March 17 at 3 p.m. All performances will be in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium on the Webb campus. Admission is free and open to the public. In the play, Madame Ranevskaya and her family are on the verge of losing their ancestral home, including the famed cherry orchard, but friends and family seem oblivious to the grave reality of the situation. Lopakhin, a former servant and now a shrewd businessman, offers to help them by chopping down the cherry orchard and selling the land. Will the family adapt and embrace progress or cling to their vanishing past? First performed in 1904 and Chekhov’s final play, “The Cherry Orchard”

continues to resonate with audiences as it focuses on issues like foreclosure and the struggles to keep pace with economic, social and political change. Webb’s production will be a unique experience for the audience, which will be seated on stage for the entire performance. “This represents a first for us,” says Webb Upper School drama teacher Patrick McCray. “But having a closeknit audience on all sides of the stage heightens the sense of intimacy first experienced by Chekhov’s audiences.” The long run of the production – eight performances in all – is also a first, but a bonus for the Webb cast. “The long run allows the actors to grow with their parts,” notes McCray. “An ensemble learns best from the experience of interacting with an audience, and no great show should ever be the same on closing night as it was when it first opened.” The Webb student performers are

excited to present the work of Chekhov, who, along with Shakespeare and Ibsen, is considered to be one of theater’s greatest and most revolutionary authors, according to McCray. Chekhov wrote some of the first “real” characters to appear in theater, McCray explained. “They spoke in simple, if poetic, language, and many of their more crucial life events would happen off-stage,” he said. “This kind of writing has led to the observation that movies are about action while theater is about the aftershocks. So revolutionary was Chekhov’s writing that an entirely new system of acting had to be invented, and it is the system that we still use today.” Seating at Webb’s “The Cherry Orchard” is limited to 40 people per performance. To reserve your seat(s), go to and select the US Play Reservations button at the bottom of the homepage.


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At Parkwest ‘Healthy babies are worth the wait’ Elective induction – scheduling labor and delivery – is an increasingly popular option for new parents, but research shows it may not be the best health choice for your baby. “Induction can lead to complications, including increased risk of a Cesarean section (Csection), harm to your baby and increased healthcare costs,” said Parkwest obstetrician Dr. Kenneth O’Kelley. The March of Dimes launched a campaign in 2010 called “Healthy babies are worth the wait” to raise awareness and reduce the number pregnancies Dr. Kenneth O’Kelley that are ended early by elective li i b f deliveries before 39 induced labor or C-section when elective d there is not a clear medical rea- weeks of gestation prompted the son to do so. The steady rise in campaign.

At Parkwest, efforts to reduce elective inductions and C-sections began in 2009, ahead of the March of Dimes recommendations. Parkwest physicians were educated about the latest research and more emphasis was placed on efforts within the hospital. Quality tracking and reporting to physicians specific to their rates was started and these rates are reported monthly both internally and externally. Since 2009, Parkwest has seen a significant decrease in the rate of elective inductions or C-sections before 39 weeks. “First-time mothers who undergo elective induction of labor are twice as likely to have a C-section as those who go into

labor on their own. C-sections increase the mother’s recovery time, increase the cost of delivery and are associated with surgical complications not seen with vaginal deliveries,” O’Kelley said. In some circumstances, a doctor may choose to in■ duce labor before the due date for medical reasons. ■ For example, an induc■ tion may be indicated if the mother has high blood ■ pressure, if tests show the ■ baby has stopped growing at the expected pace or if ■ there is not enough amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. “There are still some very good reasons to in-

duce labor,” said O’Kelley. “Every pregnancy is different. Talk with your doctor about the best decision for you.”

Risks: Respiratory distress Jaundice Infection Low blood sugar Seizures Extra days in the hospital (including time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)

Let us help you prepare for baby To help you learn as much as possible about childbirth and how to care for your newborn and yourself once you return home, Parkwest offers special educational courses. Nearly every aspect of pregnancy and labor is covered through “Teddy Bear University.” All classes are held in the Ocoee Room on the second floor of Parkwest Medical Center unless otherwise indicated below. NOTE: Class dates are subject to change.

Breastfeeding Take this class in your 7th or early 8th month of pregnancy. Learn breastfeeding basics such as how to get started, correct positioning and technique, tips for returning to work, and an overview of breast pumps. Fathers-to-be are encouraged to attend! Fee: $25 (Breastfeeding book included.) Wednesday Evenings (6-9 p.m.): Aug. 28 Feb. 27 Sept. 11 and 25 March 20 Oct. 23 April 10 and 24 Nov. 6 and 20 May 15 and 29 Dec. 4 June 26 July 17 and 31 Sunday Afternoons (2:30-5:30 p.m.): Aug. 18 March 10 June 9 Oct. 13

Sibling Class Targeted for siblings ages 4-10 This class is designed to include brothers and sisters in the excitement surrounding the birth of a new baby. Family bonding is promoted to help reduce jealous feelings. A tour of the birthing facility is included in this class. A parent must stay with the child. Please indicate the number of children and parents attending. Fee: $10 per child Saturday Afternoons (12:30-2 p.m.): Oct. 5 April 6 Dec. 14 June 8 Aug. 24

Birth and Babies Today Begin this series during your 6th or 7th month. This multi-week series covers topics including variations of labor and birth, breathing and relaxation, tips for your support person, pain relief and care for the new mom and baby. Recommended for first-time parents. A tour of the Childbirth Center is included. Fee: $75 Monday Five-Week Series Start Dates (6:30-9 p.m.): Feb. 18 Aug. 5 April 1 Sept. 16 May 13 Oct. 28 July 1

Tuesday Five-Week Series Start Dates (6:30-9 p.m.): Feb. 19 July 30 April 2 Sept. 10 May 7 Oct. 22 June 18 Sunday Four-Week Series Start Dates (2:30-5:30 p.m.): April 7 Sept. 8 July 21 Oct. 27

Super Saturday Class Take this in your 7th or early 8th month of pregnancy. This class combines the information from the Birth and Babies Today series into an allday Saturday class. This is a good option as a refresher course, or for those who would have difficulty attending five weekly sessions. (Not recommended for first-time parents.) A tour of the Childbirth Center is included. Fee: $75 Saturdays (9 a.m.-5 p.m.): Feb. 23 Aug. 17 March 16 Sept. 14 Oct. 19 April 20 May 18 Nov. 16 June 22 Dec. 7 July 20

Infant and Prenatal Partner Massage Learn and practice massage techniques that alleviate the principal complaints of pregnancy and labor. Participants will also see how to perform infant massage and learn the benefits of massage for a new baby. This class is taught by a certified massage therapist and includes practice time and mommy massage. Fee: $30 per couple Sunday Afternoons (2-5 p.m.): March 3 Oct. 6 May 5 Nov. 24 July 14

Infant and Child CPR American Heart Association certified instructors teach parents how to effectively perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the removal of airway obstruction for infants and children in this Family and Friends CPR Course. Keeping your home safe for little ones is also covered. This class does not provide certification in CPR. Fee: $25 per person Thursday Evenings (6-9 p.m.): Aug. 1 and 15 Feb. 21 Sept. 5 and 19 March 7 and 21 Oct. 3 and 17 April 4 and 18 Nov. 7 and 21 May 2 and 16 Dec. 5 June 6 and 20 July 18 Visit or call 374-PARK to verify start dates and times or to register.

Sarah and Jeremy Johnson proudly pose with their son, Levi, shortly after his birth. Johnson utilized several labor-delaying techniques to make it to 39 weeks before delivering.

Nurse delays delivery until 39 weeks for baby’s health Sarah Johnson is a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Parkwest. With five years of experience on the unit, she understands the health importance of full-term pregnancies. With her third child, Johnson started having contractions at 17 weeks gestation. She went to OB/ GYN Kori Cottam, M.D. They decided that Johnson could keep working with extra appointments and ultrasounds to monitor her condition. Then at 30 weeks, it was necessary for Cottam to put her on bed rest. “It was hard because we have two girls; Annie is 4 and Maggie is 2,” Johnson explained. “My husband, Jeremy, and our friends and family were so great about taking care of them and everything around the house.” After six weeks of strict bed rest and medication to halt her contractions, Johnson was permitted to return to work on light duty. “I mainly just handled paperwork,” she said. “I couldn’t be on my feet enough to work with the active labor or post-partum patients.”

Levi James Johnson sleeps soundly after a healthy delivery.

“I needed to try to make it to 39 weeks for baby Levi to have the best chance at a healthy delivery,” she said. She made it. At 39 weeks gestation, on Nov. 19, 2012, Levi James Johnson was born at 11:35 a.m., weighing 8 pounds. He had no medical problems.

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HEALTH NOTES ■ UT Hospice, serving patients and families in Knox and 15 surrounding counties, conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 & older) interested in becoming volunteers with our program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. For more information call penny Sparks, Volunteer Coordinator @ (865) 544-6279.

There’s an Iraq war veteran in Loudon County who is living life a little easier today. His name is Richard (last name withheld), and he served with the U.S. Army’s 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.

■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday in the UT Hospice office at 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info or reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6279.

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Carol’s Critter Corner In 2003, while on a combat mission out of Baghdad, he was thrown from a Bradley Armored Vehicle and the resulting traumatic brain injury left him unable to use the left side of his body. After returning home he became reclusive, suffering from PTSD as well as the original injury. His family suffered, too. It seemed Richard’s life was over. The other night, however, he took his wife out to the movies. It’s all due to his new “battle buddy,” Copper, an 80-pound yellow Labrador retriever. This dog can do just about anything Richard needs. He helps him out of bed in the morning with a tow rope. He fetches meds. When Richard has an occasional blackout, Copper wakes him by licking his face. Copper’s stability harness makes it possible for Richard to stand and walk. Richard’s VA doctors say that since he’s been with Copper, his overall health, attitude, and mobility have improved. His sleep pat-

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Copper, best friend of a very brave man Photo by Elaine Lintner terns are returning to normal. His children say that he no longer yells at them. All of this feels like a big “paycheck from the heart” for Mike Kitchens, a Vietnam-era Army vet and the man responsible for introducing Copper to Richard. Kitchens chairs the board and is spokesperson for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, a Tennessee non-profit whose motto is “Facilitating a Better Life Through Canine Companionship and Service.” SMSD exists to help disabled war vets, autistic children, and other disabled people. Since starting the organization late in 2010, Kitchens and his all-volunteer staff have contracted with Heather and Darrell Wilkerson of Savannah Springs Kennel in Lenoir City, who provide puppies (mostly golden or Labrador retrievers) and training. Each dog is trained for approximately two years, or 1,200 hours. The last 7-10 days are spent in tandem training with the recipient. This particular pairing of Copper and Richard started

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A healthy diet is essential to keeping your body in optimum condition. Provision chief dietitian Casey Peer stresses that a balanced diet can still include your favorite foods. “It is very possible to eat right and incorporate the foods that you enjoy,” Peer says. The series will discuss the value of certain lifestyle changes in terms of nutrition. Peer emphasizes the importance of creating a strategy for success first. “We are each unique and have unique needs,” she says. “The desired outcome may be similar, but the method in which we accomplish the goal is unique for each individual.” In the spirit of eating “your way,” this series will offer insight and advice on including healthy choices that fit with your lifestyle rather than work against it. Provision offers a oneon-one approach to nutrition and wellness. By creating an individualized plan, they can streamline the process of reaching nutrition goals. “I break it down and make it very simple,” says Casey. “You’ll get that ‘Aha’ moment. People tell us all

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Blazing a trail along Sharpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge Legacy Parks director Carol Evans deBy Libby Morgan One thousand feet above the Tennessee scribes her involvement as following a Valley floor, a few blocks from Broadway, neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes for green space, strong mountain bikers are blazing a trail and helping to make connections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legacy Parks is really the dot connecon the south flank of Sharpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge. Brian Hann, president of Appalachian tor. We are able to bring together individuals, funds, Mountain Bike city governClub, says the ment and group is digroups such as recting its onthe Knoxville going efforts Track Club, toward trail mountain building and bikers, birdm a i nte n a nc e watchers and in several arother outdoor eas this year. enthusiasts For the past to help create few years, they these incredhave focused ible outdoor on Knoxvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recreationa l Urban Wilderopportuniness South ties that are Loop in and From atop Sharps Ridge is Knoxvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best vista. close to home. around Ijamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The new Sharpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge trail being creNature Center, and are now turning their ated by the Appalachian Mountain Bike attention to Sharpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge, Concord Park Club is the perfect example of adding and Haw Ridge in Oak Ridge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plan on Sharpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge creates a more places to play in all corners of our loop by digging a trail below and parallel community. It truly will enhance the use of this park,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. to the old hiking trail. Newspaper accounts of Sharpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge Meâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Hikers and mountain bikers will be morial Park topics tell a 60-year-old story able to travel for over two miles without having to backtrack. We will also be help- of ebb and flow of scrutiny and neglect, ing to install signage designating the trail entrances,â&#x20AC;? said Hann.

Carol Evans, executive director of the Legacy Parks Foundation, works closely with the bike club and this day brought her dogs to help oversee the trail work. Brian Hann and his buddy, seven-yearold Landon, get ready to put their hazel hoes to good use. Photos by Libby Morgan

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public outrage and optimistic plans. In 1964, Mayor John Duncan and city recreation director Maynard Glenn proposed a 28-foot observation tower, similar to the Clingman’s Dome structure in the Smokies. Lack of funding kept the plan from becoming a reality. In the late 80s, problems with vandalism and other unsavory behavior prompted city officials to propose developing the park for housing. Veterans and birdwatchers raised vehement opposition, and the plan was dropped. In 1990, the city asked Knoxville landscape architect David Kendall to draw up plans for improvements to the park. Kendall’s designs included several picnic areas, an interpretative center, veterans’ memorials and overlooks. A covered picnic area and an overlook deck were built. Through it all, the birdwatchers have taken advantage of the ridgetop summit, a place where the late newspaper columnist J. B. Owen, a name synonymous with Knoxville birdwatching and who wrote about watching birds all over the world, declared Sharp’s Ridge his favorite spot to watch birds. Owen also wrote, “Maynard Glenn told of his counterpart from Memphis exclaiming ‘If Memphis had something like Sharp’s Ridge we would make it the

crown jewel of the city.’” The overlook is named, appropriately, for Owen. Knoxville Police Officer Jeff Pappas is credited with restoring a family atmosphere to Sharp’s Ridge. He was honored in 2001 with Officer of the Year for his efforts there. He was quoted as saying that he often drove his police unit slowly to the end, and all the shady characters would be gone on his trip back down. Pappas’ attention to the ongoing problems with negative use spurred the city to install an entrance gate and signage addressing rules and hours. Hann said, “Positive use of the park is already crowding out the negative use. We’d like to see the trails up there get used by everyone who wants to enjoy getting outside.” Evans and Hann hope to see the trails in Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park extended to loop around the north slope of the ridge. The property there is owned by several different broadcasting companies, where they maintain their ridgetop antennas. To find the entrance to the park, begin on Broadway a few blocks south of I-640 Randy Conner, wielding a chainsaw at the forefront of recent trail work on Sharp’s Ridge, and head for those antennas. You can’t is also the group’s mapmaker. His day job sends him traveling, giving him opportunities to enjoy mountain bike trails all over the country. Photo by Libby Morgan miss ’em.

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’ if l places. l see’s most b beautiful The difficulty level of the hikes ranges from very easy to slightly more intense. “Some of the easier hikes last about an hour. The harder ones could be up to a three or four hour walk,” said Lin. “I enjoy the exercise for both myself and the dogs.” Aside from its fitness benefits, the group offers participants an opportunity for socializing and making new friends, both human and canine. “This is a very friendly group. I have gotten to know the people and all of the dogs really well,” said Lin. Some of the group’s members will also be participating together in the Mardi Growl event, which benefits Young-Williams Animal Center in Knoxville. Their next outdoor event will be held at Melton Hill Park, where the dogs and their owners can enjoy a walk by the water. Info:

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Trekking the trails of Tennessee By Cindy Taylor Michael and Robin Nyderek left their busy lives on Lake Michigan in Chicago for the wilds of Tennessee and Norris Lake, bringing a sailboat with them. Shortly after the move they picked up a wooden canoe, and both vessels make frequent trips on Norris and Fort Loudon lakes. When the two met in 2002, each was ready to seek life outside of Chicago. A need for quiet and open spaces drove them towards a calmer environment where they could roam in natural areas and in a yard larger than their home. After considering many other locations, Tennessee is where they decided to hang their hats. Literally. During a weekend trip from Chicago to view properties in Knoxville, Robin hung her hat on the coat rack in a house and forgot it. Turned out that was the home Michael and Robin Nyderek followed their they purchased, and her hat was still love of nature from Chicago to Tennessee. there waiting for her when she moved in. Photo by Cindy Taylor

“Knoxville was a place I was familiar with,” said Michael. “I would drive here in the summer to camp in the Smokies.” “One visit for me and I was hooked, too,” said Robin. “We are both fall fowl, the opposite of spring chickens, so we ran for the hills.” In 2004, the couple purchased two acres in Halls, proclaimed their vows and began an exploration of the area. On a clear day they can see Mount LeConte from their deck. In the winter, the view often affords snow-capped peaks. Michael is retired, and the couple takes in as much nature as they possibly can on Robin’s days off. “At least once a week we hike either in the Smokies, Cumberland Gap, House Mountain and Big Ridge or Norris Dam State Park,” said Robin. “We make a game of it by choosing trails recommended from a newspaper, neighbor or books.” Seeking new trails sometimes takes them toward Chattanooga and Nashville.

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