Lee speaks on courage, cabbage Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee did not come to Downtown Rotary to talk about the law. She came instead to talk about courage, common bonds and cabbage. Lee’s presentation included the story of her father, Charles Lee, and of James Hugh Ross, Harold Leibowitz, David Goldin and Bruce Foster. See story on page A-13
Point of order! Sandra Clark never saw it coming. Knox County Commission shot down Dave Wright’s proposals for an elected school superintendent and for partisan school board elections. Also, the commission finally adopted a billboard reform, prohibiting new digital boards. It was a signal win for Scenic Knoxville and Richard Briggs. See analysis on page A-4
Rogero visits With a nod to the “no city is an island” philosophy, Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero gave attendees of the Farragut West Knox Chamber breakfast an update on how things are faring in Knoxville. The breakfast was last week at Fox Den Country Club.
There’s Th ’ a housing h i boom b hitting the Farragut area, courtesy of World War II, an aging population and a disease that takes the mind and leaves the body behind. Three different, yet similar facilities designed for senior citizens are set to open in the Farragut area in coming months. The three housing options could well be considered a microcosm of what is happening in our country as baby boomers hit their “golden” years. Some are independent and spry, but ready to downsize. Some need a little help. Some need a lot. Opening in Farragut are Sherrill Hills, an independent living development by Resort Lifestyle Communities; Clarity Pointe, a facility for dementia and Alzheimer patients only; and Autumn Care II, a combination assisted living and dementia/Alzheimer’s care facility. Beginning this week, Farragut Shopper-News will look at these three facilities and what they plan to offer residents, beginning with Sherrill Hills.
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Bob and Nancy Epstein are the marketing team for the new lifestyle retirement community of Sherrill Hills under construction behind them on Moss Grove Boulevard. The development tops the hill behind Academy Sports on Kingston Pike. Photo by Suzanne Foree Neal.
Cultural, legal changes affect clerks’ bottom line By Betty Bean County Finance Director Chris Caldwell’s report on the court clerks’ collections sounded pretty grim when he gave his financial update at last week’s County Commission chair’s luncheon. The numbers are down from last year. Criminal, Criminal Sessions and 4th Circuit Court Clerk Joy McCroskey’s collections are running $140,000 behind last year’s figures. Circuit, Civil Sessions and Juvenile Court Clerk Cathy Quist’s collections are $69,000 behind last year. On the surface, Clerk and Master of Chancery and Probate Court Howard Hogan’s collections seem to be a bright spot, since they are running about $4,000 ahead of last year, but he says that number is deceptive, because although collection numbers are up, case filings are down, giving him cause for concern about the future. Jokingly, Caldwell breaks it down to this: “Judges say clerks aren’t collecting. Clerks say judges are too quick to forgive (court costs). We take that into account as we do the budget.” Behind the numbers, however, are existing problems and brewing societal and cultural changes that are affecting the fee offices’ bottom lines. While Chancery Court has a reliable revenue source from handling
county tax sales, other traditional sources are drying up. Many divorces that used to be heard in 4th Circuit Court are now going to Chancery Court instead (more on that later), but the divorce filings are down overall, probably because of the economy. “Fewer divorces are being filed because people can’t afford them,” Hogan said. Additionally, while the trend away from taking disputes to trial in favor of mediation may ease the financial toll on citizens, it has taken a toll on Chancery Court collections. Much of the child support collection that used to be done in Chancery Court is now being handled at the state level, creating another loss of fees. And the long-term judicial commitments that used to bring in thousands of dollars in fees annually vanished with the 2012 closing of Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. “There’s just not as much trial work, which means there’s not as much filing to generate fees to clerks. From a clerk’s perspective, the more work involved in a case, the higher the court costs. No filings means no counterclaims, no hearings, no subpoenas or notices, so fees and commissions to the clerks tend to be lower,” Hogan said. “Since my appointment, we have
lost four to five positions because of decreasing workload.” The financial stress isn’t likely to ease anytime soon – Hogan is keeping an eye on a new workers’ compensation bill that will take those cases out of local courts entirely. Cathy Quist, who is also an attorney, says the effects of tort reform (another Haslam administration priority) have affected her bottom line. “We are seeing less of the cases that typically generate the most billing because of mediation and arbitration,” she said. “And while our collection rates range between 95 percent and the high 80s, cases aren’t being filed that generate intermediate case billing. A large number of cases are filed and closed the same day. In a lot of cases, settlements are announced the day they are filed. The culture has changed in the civil courts.” When the recession hit, Quist’s office saw a 45 percent increase in civil sessions court filings, largely due to credit card companies going after delinquent accounts. Now, that boomlet is receding. Filings in civil sessions court increased dramatically after the amount that could be collected in “small claims” cases increased. This has had the effect of shrinking the circuit court docket because plaintiffs can represent themselves in sessions court, where cases tend
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to generate less paperwork and get resolved much quicker, Quist said. That’s good for the plaintiff, not so good for the clerk’s numbers. Quist’s office, which used to process short-term mental health commitments, has also been negatively impacted by Lakeshore’s closing. “We had 34,496 mental health filings in 2011. Last year, Lakeshore closed, and we lost all of them,” she said. And she, too, is dreading the impact of the governor’s workers’ comp bill. “As of Jan. 1, 2014, those lawsuits will be completely administrative and will be handled by workers’ comp judges,” she said. Joy McCroskey is in the deepest hole of the three clerks, but says her office will be getting some help under a new law that has put some teeth into enforcement of delinquent collections. “If the costs aren’t paid in one year, the state can revoke the offender’s drivers license. We don’t have a choice,” she said, adding that the new law will have no effect on judges granting indigent status to defendants who cannot pay their court costs. She has another ongoing revenue drain in 4th Circuit collection. This is Judge Bill Swann’s court, where More on A-2
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New facilities offer options for seniors Residents at the retirement community of Sherrill Hills who don’t want to cook will be able to choose from two dining facilities. Shown here is the fine-dining room. Photo submitted by Resort
resort-type lifestyle. It will open in July high atop a hill behind Academy Sports on Kingston Pike. Resort Lifestyle Communities just opened a similar facility in Memphis and brings its next indeSherrill Hills is for se- pendent living model to niors 55 years and older Knoxville. Developers say who want an active life- it is the first of its kind for style and are ready to trade Knoxville. Sherrill Hills a large empty house for a will have 128 units offering
Controversial scholar to visit John Dominic Crossan, New Testament scholar and former Catholic priest known for co-chairing the controversial Jesus Seminar in the 1980s and 1990s, will deliver four lectures at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. He will offer lectures on the world, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Crossan’s presentations share his teachings which suggest that Jesus did not perform many miracles. ...
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Representatives from Pellissippi State Community College, which helped sponsor the Chamber breakfast, gather to hear Mayor Rogero. Seated, from left, are Ted Lewis, vice president of academic affairs; Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean of engineering and media technologies; Peggy Wilson, vice president and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation; Dr. Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president; and Julia Wood, director Welcoming Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero to the Farragut West Knox Chamber breakfast of marketing and communication. Standing, from left, are Les are, from left, Chamber president and CEO Bettye Sisco, Mayor Rogero, Farragut mayor Ralph Fout, director of major gifts development; Pat Myers, director of alumni giving and annual giving; Jonathan Fowler, dean and McGill and Farragut town administrator David Smoak. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell history professor; Rebecca Ashford, vice president of student affairs; and Tim Wilson, sales director.
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By Sherri Gardner Howell With a nod to the â€œno city is an islandâ€? philosophy, Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero gave attendees of the Farragut West Knox Chamber breakfast an update on how things are faring in Knoxville. The breakfast was last week at Fox Den Country Club. Rogero, Knoxvilleâ€™s first female mayor and the first female mayor in any of the stateâ€™s top four cities, said she was pleased to be able to work with this group of area leaders. â€œWe live in a global economy,â€? Rogero said, â€œso it is obvious that our future depends on the health of our regional economy. Working together regionally is the key to our success.â€? Rogero said she loves her job. â€œFirst, I have a great city council, terrific staff and enjoy good working relationships with your mayor McGill and with Knox County mayor Tim Burchett,â€? Rogero said.
â€œI really love being mayor and think I have the best job in Knox County.â€? The decrease in partisan politics locally makes doing the work easier, she said. â€œThere is not much partisanship in potholes, roads and greenways. Partisan politics is downplayed in our decision-making process, so everyone benefits.â€? Rogero gave a brief summary of progress on the goals she campaigned on when she ran for mayor in 2011. She said her focus is on building stronger neighborhoods, having a better business climate, developing a vital downtown and having a greener, more sustainable Knoxville. â€œWe had to tackle pension reform immediately,â€? she acknowledged, â€œand we were able to put together a team that came up with a plan that the voters passed with a 79 percent vote. We were also dealing with revamping our tourism efforts. Both of those
early concentrations have been worked out in the best way.â€? Just as the team was settling into â€œputting out little fires every day, we had a big fire, literally,â€? said Rogero, referring to the mulch fire in April that covered nine acres on Ailor Avenue and burned for days. â€œThe good thing was that we got to see our emergency services in action, and we should all feel good about their preparedness and response,â€? she said. Talking to a largely business-focused crowd, Rogero said that partnering with businesses is part of her strategy. â€œWe look for ways to make strategic public investments that can partner with businesses to improve our communities. We have started an office of business support and a business advisory council to work closely with our Chamber, and we will open the doors on April 5
to a new Knoxville Entrepreneurship Center on Market Square.â€? Inviting the Farragut crowd to â€œcome downtown,â€? Rogero talked about the progress being made in downtown Knoxville. â€œA thriving downtown is a key to a strong city,â€? she said. â€œWhen I moved here 30plus years ago, downtown was thriving during the day, but the sidewalks rolled up when businesses like TVA closed for the day. We are now continuing what was started under mayor Haslam and strategically investing to give developers incentive to come downtown by investing in road and street improvements and parking. â€œThere is night life downtown now, and, another key, a growing number of residents.â€? Rogero said she was happy that there is a good mix of local and national retail in the downtown area. â€œHaving so many locallyowned businesses is what makes us unique, but it is also good, especially in a university town, to see com-
panies like Urban Outfitters coming to town.â€? The Chamber presented part of the proceeds from the breakfast to the charity of Mayor Rogeroâ€™s choice, giving her a check for $275 for Volunteer Ministry. She also signed a book, â€œA Book for My Friend,â€? that will be donated in her name to Primrose School in Farragut. Courtney Hawkins, director, was on hand to accept the book.
Courtney Hawkins, director of Primrose School of Farragut, watches as Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero signs a book that will be donated to the school, courtesy of the Farragut Chamber.
Cultural, legal 2,556 orders of protection were filed last year, the vast majority by indigents. â€œNinety percent of them donâ€™t pay,â€? McCroskey said. â€œMy staff does everything possible to collect. There are also fewer and fewer lawyers willing to file divorces there because Judge Swann makes them go to more mediation and parenting classes than the law requires, so they go to Chancery Court where (their clients) donâ€™t have
From page A-1 to spend that extra money for classes.â€? Finally, she says the biggest problem she faces in collections is lack of staff. â€œI need more employees. I have 80 â€“ I did have 101, so Iâ€™m down to the minimum. Last year I didnâ€™t have enough people to do the work. We donâ€™t ask Knox County for money. The fees that we collect pay our salaries and benefits. The county gives us an operating allowance.â€?
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Imagination Library fundraiser takes the cake What a sweet success! Knox County Imagination Library Great Cake Bake raised almost $20,000 for the program at the event on Feb. 23, at the Tennessee Terrace at Neyland Stadium.
Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES Holly Kizer, Imagination Library coordinator for Knox County, said the total may reach $21,000 once all the donations are in. “It was a great success and broke records,” said Kizer of the fourth annual event. “We had 180 cakes entered in the contest, which was a record number of cakes, and approximately 1,550 people attended the event.” Kizer said almost all the competition cakes sold. Children were able to decorate cupcakes and participate in a craft while their parents perused the rows and rows of cakes. Attendees could vote for the People’s Choice winner in adult and junior divisions. Winning for the adults was a circus cake by Rebecca Grizzle, with Elan Cofer’s “Billy Goat Gruff” cake taking the honors in the junior division. All winners are posted on the Imagination Library Facebook page. The competition is “on” for next year, said Kizer, with thoughts that they may add a cake decorating class to go along with the competition.
A main lobby with concierge service will greet residents of Sherrill Hills, a Resort Lifestyle Communities development expected to open in July. Photo submitted by Resort Lifestyle Communities.
Colleen Sturdevan from Fox Den created this circus cake for the Great Cake Bake competition. The top layer is a chocolate buttercream while the bottom is a vanilla buttercream with chocolate chips.
Farragut’s Cheryl McMillan created this “Jack and the Beanstalk” themed cake for the Imagination Library Great Cake Bake and took first place in the Professional Division for All Occasion-Fondant. Photos by Justin Acuff.
Rebecca Grizzle won the People’s Choice award for her circus cake that also has a touch of “Charlotte’s Web.” Photo submitted.
Cheryl McMillan created this wedding cake in the Professional Wedding Cake division.
“Panda in the Park” was the theme for Farragut’s Crystal Swafford’s entry in the Great Cake Bake.
through a local sub-contractor for an additional cost. Bob and Nancy Epstein are the Sherrill Hills marketing agents. Bob Epstein says that about 85 percent of the residents will “age in place and live the rest of their lives in our communities.” The development is designed to offer residents the amenities of an upscale hotel but with a community feel. For those who want to cook for themselves, each unit comes with a full-size kitchen. If not, two dining rooms serve three meals a day every day. “The kitchen opens to the dining room,” Bob Epstein says. “They can get whatever they want cooked right in front of them and cooked to order.” For the munchies, there is a snack station with ice cream, popcorn and other treats. There’s also a complete fitness center with equipment designed just for seniors, a post office, bank, salon, movie theater, dance floor, whirlpool, gift shop/pharmacy, library, valet parking, social activities, travel program and emergency call system. Bob Epstein notes there’s also something for the grandchildren and other big kids: a game arcade. A party room can be reserved for family celebrations, and residents may also bring their pets. Sherrill Hills also offers units that are completely handicapped accessible. Residents come and go as they please, with vehicle pickup and drop-off provided at the main entrance. If they no longer drive, transportation is available. The Epsteins say their retirement communities attract all ages of seniors, making for a lot of diversity. “This allows them to have a great quality of life,” Bob Epstein says. “Experts say we need a positive mental attitude and socialization, nutrition and exercise.” Epstein says his goal is to educate people on the options available for seniors before there is an emergency need. “So often we get frantic phone calls instead of inquiries,” he says of adult children trying to find a suitable place for aging parents when the single-family home gets to be too much. The age for residents begins at 55 because there is sometimes a market for couples that age. “Younger people are tired of caring for a house,” says Nancy Epstein. “They want the good life and to have fun. That’s the beautiful part. Everyone is seeking to live life, do something and not just sit at home.”
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support would extend to writing, calling or visiting state lawmakers or City Council adopting a resolution. (County Commission adopted such a resolution on Feb. 25.) Rogero has not been as visible on this issue as Burchett. ■ Governor Haslam has chosen the first woman in Knox County history to Victor be the new Circuit Court Ashe Judge to replace Wheeler Rosenbalm who resigned in December 2012. She is Deborah Stevens with the firm of Lewis, King, Krieg Mayor Rogero opposes it, and Waldrop where she had in response to an inquiry. extensive management and If one is unhappy with the law practice experience. school board, it is hard to Married with a daughsee how making the electer, Katie, she will face the tions partisan improves it. voters in the Republican The board might become primary in May 2014 and 7-2 or 6-3 Republican, but all voters in the August would that change its curcounty election in 2014 rent policies? The next step in this pro- when she seeks a full 8-year term. She is expected to gression would be to make the Knoxville and Farragut take her oath this week, at a ceremonial swearing-in city elections partisan. with the governor present Will our state legislators and to which the public will also impose that upon the be invited will occur later. voters of Farragut and ■ Former Knoxville Knoxville? Police Chief Phil Keith ■ Mary Pat Tyree, former spouse of mayor Randy who lives in Fountain City has been awarded the inauTyree, has been living in gural Frederick Douglass Nashville for several years but is considering returning Family Foundation Human Rights Award. It was given to Knoxville. She indicated to Keith last month for his she may resume her real estate practice in Knoxville. work as Knoxville’s Police Chief (he served over 16 ■ County mayor years) as well as involveBurchett has been tirement over the past nine lessly advocating tax relief through a reduced sales tax years with Amber Alert, which impacts missing and levy on Chapman Highexploited children. way merchants to assist ■ Vice mayor Nick in reducing the pain they are suffering from the Pavlis will hold the first long-closed Henley Street fundraiser of the five Bridge. Burchett has gotten council members seeking the lion’s share of attena second and final term on tion on this fight for city the council on March 21 at residents. the Outdoor Center. When asked, city spokesPavlis is the only memperson Jesse Mayshark ber who has previously assured me Mayor Rogserved on council. ero does support Burchett’s He represents South fight for her neighbors Knoxville. City primary in South Knoxville, but elections are seven months he was unable to state off with the general election whether this strong Rogero following in November.
GOSSIP AND LIES ■ You know it’s spring when Knox County schools have three or four events each night. In addition to basketball tournaments, last Thursday brought the high school choral concert, the PTA’s big bash and a parent meeting at Vine Middle. ■ School board this week: workshop at 5 p.m. Monday and monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Reckon they’ll talk about security?
■ Betty Bean writes this week about dwindling collections in three local clerks’ offices. And the prospects look slim going forward. Apparently a stealth bill introduced by Sen. Stacey Campfield and Rep. Roger Kane would take the fees away from the clerks entirely and hand them over to the county mayor. ■ Cathy Quist, Joy McCroskey and Howard Hogan just think they’ve got problems!
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Point of order! I never saw it coming. Commissioner Mike Hammond sidestepped the rush to return Knox County to the 1950s with quick motions to table Commissioner Dave Wright’s efforts to require partisan elections for school board and superintendent. It’s not amazing that Wright offered the resolutions, and it’s not a surprise that Hammond moved to table them. What is amazing is that Hammond prevailed – twice – on votes of 5-4 and 10-1. The election of the school superintendent is an issue that’s simmered since the appointive process was established as part of then Gov. Ned McWherter’s education reforms in the early 1990s. Just a few weeks ago, the Knox County Republican Party voted to support the election of the school superintendent upon the urging of Mayor Tim Burchett. Sen. Frank Niceley introducted legislation to enable such elections, and Wright was trying to get County
Commission on record in support. Of course, no one actually voted “against” electing a superintendent. Commissioners simply voted to put the resolution on the table where it may lie forever. The partisan school board proposal felt odd. Commissioner Sam McKenzie said it seemed “rushed, spurious, off the cuff.” Wright said it’s an issue that “arises in the 8th District every spring,” somewhat like green onions, I suppose. Voting with Wright were Jeff Ownby, R. Larry Smith, Tony Norman and Richard Briggs. Voting to table were Hammond, McKenzie, Amy Broyles, Brad Anders, Ed Shouse and Mike Brown. Although a motion to table is nondebatable, the com-
missioners debated both of Hammond’s for more than an hour. Larry Smith even tried to offer a friendly amendment. In the end, most commissioners were averse to meddling in state legislative business. And that’s a refreshing change we can all support. It’s hard to know what legislators would accomplish by making school board races partisan. Most observers believe the current board has a 6-3 Republican majority. There’s no guarantee a 9-0 GOP majority would vote differently. School security: The debate has heated to the point that school security could be compromised by the public talks of deficiencies and finger-pointing. Tony Norman told commissioners there is “outrage” over misleading statements and the way school security is being handled. Amy Broyles said it’s “ridiculous” to imply that Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, who has two children in Knox County
Schools, doesn’t care about security. “I’m getting really irate over individuals who are trying to score political points over an issue as important as our children’s safety.” Brad Anders, a city police officer, said security cannot be open. “This has been handled badly from day one, and now everyone is defensive. Let the process work. Progress is being made.” Larry Smith predicted the school system will “get a windfall” of funding for enhanced security. “I’m behind you,” he told McIntyre, adding that principals are telling him they need more cameras. Billboards: Richard Briggs finally passed a watered-down version of billboard reform – probably the best he could get – on a 7-4 vote. The resolution will prohibit new digital (“blinky”) billboards in Knox County and prohibit the conversion of existing boards to digital. Voting no were Smith, Ownby, Wright and Anders.
Safety Center proposal gets ‘not in our neighborhood’ response She sat in the second row, sporting a League of Women Voters observer badge, taking notes as the discussion of the facility recently renamed a jail diversion center grew more heated.
Betty Bean The speakers – County Commissioner Amy Broyles, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, Helen Ross McNabb Center CEO Andy Black and District Attorney General Randy Nichols – still call it a safety center, as they have been doing since it was proposed in 2008, stressing the need for a way to channel the mentally ill toward treatment instead of jail. Jones said the $1 million spent on building the safety center is a fraction of the $16 to $20 million it will cost to build a new pod at the chronically-overcrowded county jail. He also said that inmates drawing TennCare and SSI benefits see those revoked when they are arrested, thus driving them deeper into homelessness. Treatment at the safety center, which will have 16 critical care service beds, 10
medically monitored de-tox beds and 10-12 sobering stations and a staff of 27, won’t jeopardize SSI or TennCare benefits, Jones said. Whatever it’s called, the most vocal members of the audience of 60-something in the Knox County Health Department auditorium last Tuesday made it clear that they don’t want it in North Knoxville, which they say already has enough social service organizations, homeless facilities and halfway houses. There was some disagreement. The speakers said the proposed location adjacent to the Helen Ross McNabb Center at 205 W. Springdale Avenue in an industrial zone across Central Avenue from the Oakwood Lincoln Park neighborhood isn’t written in stone. Broyles pushed back against the suggestion that it should be placed on the site of the defunct Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, saying that she’d explored that idea, and it went nowhere. Broyles also noted that Helen Ross McNabb, which already provides mental health services at the Knox County Jail, was the only mental health care provider to respond to the county’s request for proposals for a
safety center in 2008. She said she is open to looking at other locations and is interested in talking to city officials about placing it next to the Knoxville Police Department headquarters on Howard Baker Jr. Avenue. A suggestion to build it downtown on the State Street property the county acquired in the late ’90s for a justice center got a tepid reception. Toward the end of the meeting, the LWV observer took off her badge and said she wanted to talk about a close relative who is mentally ill and was jailed, subsequently convicted and labeled a sex offender on a charge of indecent exposure for doing yoga naked on his front porch. “If a safety center had been available, he might have been diverted to mental health treatment instead of the criminal justice system,” she said. “He subsequently cycled in and out of jail and Lakeshore, never accepting his diagnosis. He has not had a good outcome and has a felony on his record now (from defending himself from assault with a skateboard and skipping bail during the trial). He not only has poor insight into his situation, but daunting hurdles to overcome just
to get housing and employment, so that is my personal reason for supporting the safety center and hoping that an acceptable location will be found.” He now has two convictions and is living in a “Three Strikes and You’re Out” state where he is in jeopardy of drawing a life sentence if he gets into trouble again for being mentally ill, she said. Jones, Nichols, Broyles and Black attempted to reassure their critics that the safety center would not be dumping mentally ill offenders onto the streets of their neighborhood – something that Broyles said is already happening when police drop off drunks at the Tennova emergency room. Some remained unconvinced: “Don’t put anything else in my zip code, please. I’m tired of writing letters …. Please don’t put anything else on us,” one woman said. “I’m asking you to trust me,” said Broyles, who lives near the proposed site. “I’m not advocating anything detrimental to our area.” “Some of us do agree and trust you and support you,” said another audience member, drawing a sprinkling of applause just before the meeting ended.
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Migration NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier Last Tuesday I took a morning stroll around the grounds between rain showers, just to get a little outdoor air, before the rest of what was shaping up to be an indoor-type day. My Grandmother Collierâ€™s double jonquils were blooming, the old cool-weather bluegrass was bright green and the birds were singing. And they were really singing â€“ as if they thought it was already spring (still officially 3 weeks away). The cardinals and the tufted titmice led the chorus, with support from the field and song sparrows, the eastern towhees and the Carolina wrens. Those are all guys who have hung in there with us through the whole dreary winter, along with the mockingbird and the brown thrasher, the blue jays and the robins. This time of the year, with all that morning chorus, itâ€™s hard to believe that, in just six weeks from now, it will all more than double! With the arrival of the spring migrants, the songs will multiply so that some mornings it will be hard to sort them all out. Swifts and swallows, vireos and gnatcatchers, catbirds and wood thrushes, cuckoos and nighthawks, hummingbirds and wood warblers are coming back â€“ species that through the eons have developed a lifestyle that many of us would envy â€“they live in a world where it is always summer. Actually, they live here in our environs less than half the year. We are loathe to admit it, but they are really South American birds that have found great success in raising their young by coming north for a few months each year. Here, they are able to raise their babies on the high-protein diet available to them in the form of the abundance of insect life that explodes around us every spring â€“ gnats and worms, bugs and caterpillars. Animal migrations have fascinated and mystified people through the ages. Birds arenâ€™t the only animals that do it â€“ great herds of animals migrate across the plains of Africa; herds of caribou migrate in the vast far north of our continent. Monarch butterflies migrate from as far as Canada to a site in Mexico, to a place where not a single one of them has ever been before. But for sheer huge numbers (think billions), and sheer unimaginable distances, often thousands of miles a year, nothing in the natural world matches the spectacle of the spring and fall flights of the birds. These comings and goings are part of the local peopleâ€™s lives; consider the storks returning over the centuries to the chimneys of Europe. The cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano, having wintered 6,000 miles to the south in Argentina, have traditionally returned to the Mission each spring on St. Josephâ€™s day, March 19. And then there are the turkey vultures of Hinckley, Ohio, faithfully returning each year on March 15, in time for their big Buzzard Day Festival. The seasonal disappearance of the birds mystified the ancients and not-soancient folks who were observant and curious about such things. All those flocks of blackbirds and swallows, even the small songbirds â€“ where did they go? There were theories that the swallows buried themselves in the mud of ponds to sleep the winter away, and that hummingbirds flew away south riding on the backs of the
geese â€“ they were obviously too small to get very far on their own! Even in more recent times, with world-wide travel and many scientists and naturalists out there searching and observing, many of the details of migration remain unknown. Research has revealed that birds find their way by a combination of amazing traits, among them the ability to navigate by the earthâ€™s magnetic field, and to tell the time of day by the sun, even compensating for latitude and longitude as they go along. They are able to travel thousands of miles every spring, and end up in the same field or yard each spring. But finding where they actually go, especially to spend the winter, has always been a tough problem to solve. Some species seem to just disappear into a trackless jungle to the south, or out across the ocean to Goodness Knows Where. Occasionally the answer was found by bird banding; hundreds or thousands of individuals of a species were fitted with tiny ID leg bands, and then by sheer luck, one or two would be recovered from birds on the wintering grounds. That is how a dedicated
birder from Memphis surprised the ornithological world by discovering that chimney swifts spend their winters in the jungles of Peru. Banding is a very laborintensive and low-yield enterprise. But â€“ weâ€™ve put men on the moon and landed a vehicle on Mars. And, we now have some high-tech help in solving some of the mysteries of bird migration. The April issue of Birdwatching magazine has an article about that very thing. It seems that a gentleman with a group called the British Antarctic Survey by the interesting name of Vsevolod Afanasyev developed a device called a geolocator and used it to track the legendary wandering albatross on their decades-long travels across the endless southern oceans. One of his colleagues, engineer James Fox, then adapted the device into a tiny 0.018 ounce gizmo that can be attached to the back of a small bird. A sparrow weighs in at about 0.7 ounce; a catbird, around an ounce. The geolocator contains a clock, battery, light sensor, and microprocessor, squeezed into a miniature device that causes these small birds no distress or problems with their flight. The system is not without its problems â€“ each geolocator costs $200, and they only
recover about 20 percent of them for analysis. Cloudy weather and even prolonged shade makes evaluations more difficult. But they have already made many remarkable discoveries into the details of when, where, how far and how fast various species of our birds travel. Theyâ€™ve found that our purple martins use a broad area along the Amazon River for their wintering grounds; one of our eastern shorebirds, the willet, flies 2,800 miles each fall, before hurricane season, to gather for the winter in a small area on the north coast of Brazil. But probably the most spectacular example of this is the story of two birds called northern wheatears. They are small, gray and white, sparrow-sized birds that nest in Alaska. These two were fitted with geolocators. After their migrations, they were recaptured and the devices analyzed. And they found that the two little birds had left Fairbanks, Alaska, flown over the Bering Sea, through Russia, across the Arabian desert, and wintered in central Africa â€“ average roundtrip distance, 18,640 miles â€“ the longest-known migration of any songbird! All this research is just beginning. Weâ€™re learning that whales can dive more than a mile deep in the ocean, and birds can fly nearly 20,000 miles in a yearâ€™s migration. And yep, there are still an awful lot of things we donâ€™t know. But we surely do know that the arrival of all those singing spring birds each year is an event little short of miraculous â€“ and theyâ€™ll be here soon. Be watching.
New gym for KCS Knoxville Christian School is again adding to its campus and got the go-ahead from Farragut Municipal Planning Commission on Feb. 21. The school will add a gymnasium between the high school and the parking lot. The most recent addition was a small storage building and batting cage, bullpen and dugout for the baseball field.
Orange barrel alert The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission (FMPC) agreed to extensions on letters of credit for Brandywine at Turkey Creek for improvements to the Fretz Road and North Campbell Station Road intersection. The developer, Brandywine at Turkey Creek LLC/Bruce Matzel, has lagged behind on making the improvements and two separate letters of credit are due to expire in April and May for a total of $205,000. Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said the townâ€™s concern is that if work doesnâ€™t begin soon, the project cost could exceed the letters of credit. She said the developer plans to start in the next couple of weeks, weather permitting. If that doesnâ€™t happen, commissioners have approved increasing the total amount to $230,000 or cashing in on some of that credit. Mark Shipley, town development coordinator, gave FMPC an overview of development in 2012 at the groupâ€™s recent meeting. Despite the national trend, Farragut has fared pretty well, he said. Single family detached home building permits were almost double from 2011 to 93, the highest since 2007. The only three rezonings were for commercial property. Subdivision rezonings were down, but could pick up as previously platted lots see development. There were no new concept plans presented in 2012, not a surprise considering the shaky economy, he said.
Red light citations lag Farragut traffic citations are down nearly 37 percent from 2011, primarily thanks to a change in Tennessee state law. A town of Farragut press release says the decrease can be credited to the 2011 change that prohibits municipalities from giving citations to those who run red lights by failing to stop before turning right on red. Keeping up with those statistics is the job of the townâ€™s Traffic Enforcement Program manager Ben Harkins. His report indicated that nearly 15 percent of incidents caught by Redflex Traffic Systems cameras were tossed out.
No agenda, no meeting In a first for mayor Ralph McGill, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting set for Thursday, Feb. 28, was canceled. â€œThere were no items presented for the agenda,â€? the mayor said. â€œI guess itâ€™s good we have no issues.â€? The BOMA regularly meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at Farragut Town Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 14.
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New coach, first spring Spring football with a new coach is an exciting time. Anything may happen. I am reminded of two unusual changeovers with ties to Fayetteville, Ark. Former Tennessee captain and all-American end Bowden Wyatt had a sensational second season as Arkansas coach. The Razorbacks whipped Texas for the first time in 17 years. Arkansas won the Southwest Conference. Arkansas went to the Cotton Bowl. Fans went nuts. In celebration, they passed the hat and collected a small fortune. Wyatt tried to discourage wild-eyed generosity but they bought him a new white Cadillac and gave him a bundle of leftover cash to divide among assistant coaches. If you remember the good old days, perhaps you recall what happened. In early January 1955 Wyatt drove that
’55 Cadillac from Fayetteville to Knoxville. His old coach, Robert R. Neyland, had called him home. Bowden was the new coach at Tennessee. Key aides came with him, back pockets stuffed with bonus loot. Wyatt led an amazing transformation at Tennessee. He increased intensity. He established discipline. Players gained toughness, physically and mentally. One of his colorful sayings was “Hitch up your guts and let’s go.” The coach caused a shocking incident on the
second day of spring. Fullback Tom Tracy was a very talented runner and free spirit but not a proponent of strict training rules. Opposite personalities of coach and star player hinted of a possible clash. One happened. Tracy suffered leg cramps in a scrimmage. He thrashed around on the grass and called for trainer Mickey O’Brien. Other players downshifted into neutral in anticipation of a pause that refreshes. Wyatt ignored the fallen Tracy, ordered a manager to move the ball five yards forward, called for another fullback and re-ignited the scrimmage. Tracy was offended at the lack of official compassion. That evening he threatened to leave. Wyatt dispatched two assistants to help him pack. Losing Tracy was a sizable setback. Establishing
This day is a day of distress…; children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. (Isaiah 37: 3b NRSV) When I realized the date on which this column would be published, I was reminded of my first pregnancy. My doctor informed me that my due date would be on or about March 4. Our best friends at the time had also been married for several years and had no children. When we told them our happy news, including the projected due date, our friend Paul chuckled and said, “March fourth! Hm-mm. That sounds strong and determined! Almost like an order: ‘March forth!’” Later we discovered that
Paul and his wife were expecting about the same time, and so were my husband’s business partner and his wife. It was a veritable population explosion, there in our little West Virginia town. When I went into labor at about five in the morning on the fourth of March, I thought, “Wow, my doctor was right on! He hit the due date exactly!” We drove through the early morning darkness to the hospital and decided on her name as we headed up the hill to the parking lot. She would be Sarah Jordan.
Jordan, however, did not feel bound by my doctor’s prediction of a due date. She had other ideas. To be blunt, she dilly-dallied. I freely admit that I was a rookie at this labor business and wasn’t sure how to go about it. Labor went on for some 21 hours before Jordan made her debut in this world. By that time it was no longer the fourth of March, but the fifth, and I was exhausted, but happy. Jordan, on the other hand, was outraged that she had been pushed out of her warm, secure dark place, floating inside my
authority enhanced Wyatt’s influence. A year later, Tennessee had one of the best teams in school history. Doug Dickey, coach on the field as Florida quarterback, became a young assistant at Arkansas. At age 31, he was named head coach at Tennessee. That was a shock. Few knew who he was. Bob Woodruff, new as the Vols’ athletic director, knew. He was Doug’s college coach. The Dickey family, Doug, JoAnne and three children, moved from Fayetteville to Knoxville without benefit of a complimentary Cadillac. Blowing snow inhibited their two-car caravan. One set of wheels was decent, the other a clunker Doug had driven to work. Along the way, ropes came loose and suitcases blew off the top of a car. It took a while but scattered stuff was recovered. Then, the old car broke down. Everybody and everything had to be crammed into
the better car. JoAnne summarized, saying no matter how or when the Dickeys eventually left Tennessee, “We couldn’t be as bad off as when we came.” Dickey thought he must find a quarterback in the spring of ’64. He was switching from the historic single-wing formation. The center had to hand the ball to somebody. Dickey tried Hal Wantland, tough enough for any assignment but not quick enough. He tried David Leake, waiter in the team dining hall who walked on as a football player and wasn’t half bad. Art Galiffa, nephew of a former Army all-American, eventually won the job. Believe me, there was no way to tell by watching spring practice that great things were about to happen. Butch Jones’ spring outlook appears better.
tummy, and into a bright, cold world where gravity began its pull on her. By that time, my husband’s business partner and his wife were just down the hall, also in the throes of labor. Their Amy also took her own sweet time, and was born on the sixth of March. My Jordan has been a “march forth” kind of a gal ever since that day. As a toddler, her declaration of independence was an emphatic “Baby do it!” (meaning “Let me do this by myself!”). She has grown into an accomplished, capable woman who knows her own abilities. She has dreams and plans and goals, and the strength, stamina and determination to make them happen. I ponder sometimes the way in which a day – any day – can suddenly take on importance, meaning, celebra-
tion or sadness. I notice days: the birthdays (or deaths) of high school friends and teachers, of colleagues and composers, of presidents or princes. I notice anniversaries of events big and small, days of infamy, saints’ days. I also take note of the ways in which special occasions seem to cluster in my family. January was always chockfull of birthdays in my parents’ generation; nowadays, April is the month studded with stars on the calendar. I am grateful for the people whose days (and lives) I celebrate. Today I am most especially grateful for my Jordan, who marched forth, and made March fifth a holiday in our family. And I gladly forgive her dilly-dallying on the day before her birth. Heaven knows she has not done so since!
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metaphorically, not literally. “Metaphors are a way of seeing,” Crossan says. “It does the most important things in life.” Drawing from other historical documents such as the Gospel of Thomas, Crossan teaches people to look through a first century lens in order to find a historical Jesus, one that would consider Jesus a real man, but not fully God. Crossan’s scholastic career began when he joined the Servites, a Roman Catholic monastic order, at age 16. After six years of studying philosophy and theology, he was ordained a priest in 1957. In 1969, Crossan asked permission to leave the priesthood and the Servite New Testament scholar and controversial co-chair of the Jesus Seminars John Dominic Crossan Order. “I left primarily in examines a ruin in Antioch, Priene. In biblical days, Antioch was the place where Paul of Tarsus order to marry, but also to gave his first sermon to the Gentiles. Photos submitted by John Crossan avoid a conflict of interest between priestly loyalty and scholarly honesty.” The ofof his critics call him a “blas- umentaries about Jesus and about the Bible, “we can ficial letter of permission phemer” and even “demonic.” the Bible and has dedicated make it mean whatever we from the Vatican was dated While controversial, his life to researching the want it to mean.” July 4, which Crossan conCrossan says his research sidered “rather appropriate.” Crossan is considered a historical Jesus. Crossan invites people and framework for teaching major figure in the fields of After leaving the priestanthropology of the ancient to look at Jesus through the stem from his methodol- hood, Crossan joined the Mediterranean and New lens of the first century. “If ogy of study. He believes faculty at DePaul University Testament studies. He has we don’t put it back in the that the four gospels of the in Chicago. Crossan serves appeared in television doc- first century,” Crossan said Bible are to be interpreted as professor of religious
Jesus Seminar co-chair to offer look at historical Jesus By Ashley Baker John Dominic Crossan, New Testament scholar and former Catholic priest known for co-chairing the controversial Jesus Seminar in the 1980s and 1990s, Crossan will deliver four lectures at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. Crossan will offer lectures on the world, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Crossan’s presentations share his teachings on Jesus, in which he suggests that Jesus did not perform many miracles, physically rise from the dead or die as punishment for humanity’s sins. His teachings have left distractors saying that his beliefs offer people an excuse to diminish Jesus’ importance. While many fans send letters of thanks upon hearing his teaching, many
studies and has published 27 books, including “The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant;” “The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus;” and “In Search of Paul: How Jesus’s Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom,” which he co-authored with the archaeologist Jonathan L. Reed. Crossan currently spends his time speaking, writing and taking pilgrimages to Ephesus, Turkey and Ireland with his wife, Sarah. The lecture series will be held at Episcopal School of Knoxville, 950 Episcopal School Way. Crossan will deliver four 90-minute lectures, beginning with a 7:30 p.m. presentation on The World of Jesus on Friday, March 15. The Saturday schedule includes The Life of Jesus at 9 a.m.; The Death of Jesus at 11 a.m.; and The Resurrection of Jesus at 1:30 p.m. The cost for all four lectures is $45 and includes lunch on March 16. To register: www.stelizchurch.org.
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Christian country bass soloist Justin Terry presented a concert at West Haven Baptist Church, performing original songs from his CD “Inspired.” A Knoxville native, Terry sings at various churches and performed at Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration last October. “We appreciate him coming here tonight and appreciate his ministry,” said music director Kenny Sykes. Info: www.justinterry.net/.
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The Knoxville Expo Center was packed with vendors and Knox County 8th-grade students during the annual Career Fair last week. Students and parents were given an opportunity to Aly Taylor from Tennessee School of Beauty applies make up to tour the exhibits and talk with representatives from various Cedar Bluff Middle School student Molly Green at the Career Fair. businesses, colleges and high schools. Cedar Bluff Middle School students explore the inside of a Rural/Metro fire engine. Photos by Ruth White
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James Warren and his son Joshua Warren talk with Tiffaney Wilhite from Roane State Community College. The exhibit is part of a lab for EMT students and features a heart and lung from a pig to show the similarities to those organs of humans.
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Austin-East librarian leads Ethics Bowl team to second win By Wendy Smith When David Goff, the librarian at Austin-East High School, was asked to put together an Ethics Bowl team, he wasn’t familiar with the competition. But school administrators were trying to boost test scores, and the contest seemed like a way to encourage academicallyminded students. So, four years ago, Goff took on the challenge. In February, Austin-East beat nine other local schools to take first place in the Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl held at UT – for the second year in a row. Karns High School came in second, and Christian Academy of Knoxville placed third. The team is successful because the students work well together, says freshman member Ashton Ahern-Cook. “If someone’s stuck, someone else jumps right in and helps them.” Collaboration is key to the competition, which is about students working together to come up with ethical solutions to real-life problems. To prepare for this year’s competition, teams were given a collection of cases to study. One addressed problems facing polar bears. Polar bears are predicted to become extinct in the next 70 years, the case says, and one way to save the species is through captive breeding in zoos. Captive breeding has helped save other species, and some have even been reintroduced into the wild. But some say polar bears aren’t good candidates for captive breeding because their natural lifestyle includes roaming thousands of miles in arctic conditions. Opponents of captive breeding of polar bears say more emphasis should be placed on global warming, which has destroyed the bears’ habitat. The Austin-East Ethics Bowl team discussed the case during a recent practice, and agreed that an increase in polar bear exhibits in zoos was not an ethical way to save the species. They came up with other possible solutions, like captive breeding in large, natural areas. Teams don’t just base their answers on gut feelings. They are required to learn, and use, four ethical systems. One is duty eth-
Austin-East High School Ethics Bowl captains Raven Ragsdale and Parrel Appolis discuss the team’s 2012 win at the American Philosophical Association Conference held in Atlanta last December. Photos submitted
ics, a system that follows the rules in spite of consequences. In consequence-based ethics, decisions are based on increased happiness. A third system is virtue-based, which means choosing the middle ground between two opposing ideas. The fourth is relationship-based, which places primary importance on relationships. Unlike a debate team, arguing is not part of an Ethics Bowl competition. “They collaborate in the search for truth, and recognize that none of us has all the answers,” says Goff. “I don’t have all the answers. I encourage them to explore the theories. They might even present alternative points of view.” There’s no particular profile for students who choose to participate in Ethics Bowl. Captain Raven Ragsdale plans on a career in medicine, and captain Parrel Appolis is interested in music. Ahern-Cook, the team’s only freshman, wants to be a dentist. “They’re all unique. It encourages kids who are deep thinkers and have inquiring minds. It’s not a debate – it’s more like a Socratic competition,” says Goff. The team practices after school on Tuesdays, and takes advantage
Skai Harris, Alicia Lewis, Parrel Appolis, David Goff, Shadia Prater and Shaquille Johnson celebrate the team’s first-place win at the 2013 Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl held at UT in February. Not pictured: Raven Ragsdale and Ashton Ahern-Cook.
of Austin-East’s extended school day with a half-hour practice in the library on Mondays. Team captains manage the in-school practice on their own. “They’re very ethical,” Goff jokes. The team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to compete in the first National Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina on April 19-
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Geography bee Cedar Bluff Middle School 8th-grade student Max Jones is the winner of the school’s geography bee.
Farragut Middle School 7th graders Colleen Fang, Kelly Bond and Jennaly Nolan take a break from reshelving library books.
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Holocaust survivor Sonja Dubois talks with students at Cedar Bluff Middle School about their work concerning the Holocaust. Pictured with Dubois (second from left) are 8th-grade students Moriah Brown, Abby Benson, Grayson Bromley, Kevin Brewer and Dawson Byard.
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Cedar Bluff Middle School recently held its annual spelling bee, with 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students in the top three. Pictured are second place speller Emma Dale (8th grade), first place winner Tony Peter (7th grade) and third place speller Cole Lawrence (6th grade).
Lisa Oakley from the East Tennessee Historical Society visited students at Cedar Bluff Middle School recently and gave them artifacts to identify and place on a timeline. Pictured are 7th-grade students Betty Mengesha, Lina Berrio, Kennedy Thomas, Alana Thomas and Emory Hockett, who has her back to the camera. Photos submitted
This year’s Science Bowl team members at Cedar Bluff Middle School are 8th graders Joshua Getz, Max Jones, Jackson Smith, Brennan Humphreys and Alexis Longmire.
For some students at Farragut Middle School, the library is more than a good reading spot. It is a chosen responsibility. At least once a week students that are “librarians in training” spend about 30 minutes reshelving books that have been returned or straightening books already on the shelves. “We get to play a couple of games online first to learn about shelving,” said 7th grader Jennaly Nolan of the training they receive. Each student has to be familiar with the Dewey Decimal System before they begin the program. Each volunteer is given a set of shelves in the library for which they are responsible. Jennaly and two of her friends take care of the fiction shelves. “It is a good way to learn while having fun,” said Jennaly.
Farragut Middle School 8th grader Daytin Mohr places a book back on the shelf as part of the “librarians in training” program.
Seventh grader Colleen Fang volunteered in the program while in the 5th grade at Farragut Intermediate and decided to participate again in middle school. “I like to do it because it’s helping out the school,” said 8th-grade student Daytin Mohr. Librarian Andrea Young said there aren’t as many volunteers for the program this year, but for those who participate it does look good on a college application.
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Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club president Scott Taylor shows off handiwork at the playground.
Facelift for Pond Gap By Cindy Taylor Pond Gap Elementary School received a facelift on World Rotary Day Feb. 23, thanks to the combined efforts of Knox area Rotary clubs. Club members got an early start on the wet, foggy day beginning with the playground and working their way up to mulching, rebuilding steps and painting. George Wehrmaker, owner of Bright Side Landscaping in Powell, helped organize the event and donated many of the items used in the facelift. “This is an annual event done by the local clubs,” said Wehrmaker. “All of the clubs come together for one major project and this year we chose Pond Gap.” Clubs involved were Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club, president Scott Taylor; West Knox Rotary Club, president
Downtown Rotary Club president Wes Stowers and assistant district governor Mack Gentry take a break. Photos by Cindy Taylor Richard Bettis; Downtown Rotary Club, president Wes Stowers; North Knox Rotary Club, president Chris Rohwer; Volunteer Rotary Club, president Cheryl White; Farragut Rotary Club, president Bruce Williamson; and Turkey Creek Sunset
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again Saturday, March 9, in Oak Ridge for a Peace Forum where Rotary International president Sakuji Tanaka of Japan will speak. The forum, hosted by Rotary District 6780, is one of four forums Tanaka will hold and the only one in the continental United States, with the others being in Berlin, Honolulu and Hiroshima. The forum will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pollard Technology Conference Center on the campus of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Tanaka will speak at 9:35 a.m. and is also scheduled to see the International Friendship Bell, which was made in Japan; visit the Secret City Commemorative Walk, built by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge; and tour the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Farragut Rotary president Bruce Williamson said that Tanaka’s visit to Oak Ridge combines several themes. “Sakuji Tanaka selected the motto “Peace Through Service” for his presidential year. Coming to our area pulls together the themes of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the fruits of science
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Tribute to Women nominations sought The YWCA is accepting nominations for its annual Tribute to Women Event, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 15. The finalists for each category will be announced in early June. Nominations for all-female groups will be accepted in addition to those for individuals. Nomination forms are available online at www.ywcaknox.com. All nominations must be postmarked, emailed or hand delivered by 11 p.m. May 1. All nominees must reside, be employed or be active in Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier or Union counties. Info: Danielle Benson, 523-6126 or email dbenson@ ywcaknox.com. Brian Salesky, executive director and conductor of the Knoxville Opera, introduces Downtown Rotarians to Jennifer D’Agostino, who is playing Cinderella in the opera’s school performances. The club helps support the opera’s educational programs.
Justice Sharon Lee accepts her “gavel” from Rotarian Joe Johnson as he asks her to preside at the trial of House-Hasson owner and Rotarian Don Hasson. The charge? Not mentioning Rotary in a newspaper feature about his company.
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Downtown Rotarians and guests gathered to hear Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee present a talk on the heroism of Tennessee World War II prisoners of war. From left are Justice Lee’s uncle, J.D. Lee; Dean Parham Williams of the LMU Law School; Justice Lee; the Rev. William C. Pender, Rotarian and senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church; and Judge Thomas R. “Skip” Frierson, newly-appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Section. Photos
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In the story of her father, Lee told of the waist gunner’s parachute down into Germany after his plane was hit, having been shot in the head, shoulder, back and wrist. “After capture, he was confined for 10 days with no medical care and sent to Stalag 4,” she said. “They had no food, very little heat and he had only the blood-stained clothes he was wearing. He was very sick and only survived because of the persistence of
his fellow prisoners.” A ride on a small cattle car with 60 other men followed as the Germans removed the prisoners from Stalag 4 to Stalag Luft 1. One year and one day after being captured, he was freed on May 13, 1945. “He was 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed 86 pounds when he came home,” Lee said. Other stories related to participation in the Battle of the Bulge and POWs being sent to the Berga Concentration Camp to work in
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Soup’s on, with a side of creativity By Sherri Gardner Howell Student members of the National Art Honors Society brushed off the welcome mat and partnered again this year with Einstein Bros. Bagels for the Empty Bowls project on Feb. 25, at the Farragut restaurant on Campbell Station Road. The project combines the artistic talents of the students with a project to feed the hungry in the area. Farragut art students make bowls, then sell tickets for guests to come to Einstein Bros. Bagels to have dinner. Yvonne and Jon Kidder, managers of Einstein’s, close all but the drive-through to regular guests so the students and their teachers can take over the restaurant. For a $15 donation, patrons can
Service with a smile is what Megan Carden and Matthew Jackson got as they participated in the Empty Bowls fundraiser at Einstein Bros. Bagels for Farragut High School. Serving the bread to go with their soup are Timothy Grossman and Taylor Forward, both seniors at Farragut.
pick out a handmade bowl, sit at a table and be served soup, bread, dessert and drink by the art students. Soup choices this year were chicken noodle, turkey chili or southwestern vegetarian, and a smorgasbord of breads and bagels were offered as accompaniments. Teachers Wendie Love and Martha Robbins were in charge of the event, which was coordinated by co-chairs Zack Ashburn and Jordan Butzine, both seniors at FHS. Benefiting this year was Sister Martha’s Pantry, a charity and food pantry run by the Sisters of Mercy. Estimates are that between 40 and 50 tickets were sold, and donations were also collected at the event.
Tough decisions await Terry and Cathy Sharp as they choose their bowls for their soup. Helping is Martha Robbins, art teacher at Farragut High School and the representative for the National Art Honors Society. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell
Students created a wide variety of handmade bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser. Helping Yvonne Kidder of Einstein Bros. Bagels, seated left, and Farragut High art teacher Wendie Love, seated right, showcase some of the bowls are Ellie Osborne, left, and Megan Chang, right. Providing music for Empty Bowls was Courtney Sharp.
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Grace students sign for college sports By Shannon Morris Many of our Grace High School athletes enjoy success that extends to the college level, and this year has been no different.
Cody Stooksbury Photo by Randy Down
Kate Black Photo by Sophia De La Rosa Several members of the 2013 graduating class have already signed national Letters of Intent to play their respective sports at the next level. They are: Kate Black, softball, Campbellsville University; Will McKamey, football, U.S.
Naval Academy; Austin Arnold, football Centre College; Jesse Garren, football, Southeastern University; Ty Myers, baseball, Johnson University; Chase Newsome, baseball, Bryan College; Cody Stooksbury, soccer, University of the Cumberlands. These most recent signees have demonstrated the necessary discipline and effort it takes to achieve such high levels of recognition. Not only has Grace Christian Academy played a role in preparing them for this next exciting step in their lives, the school has also been vitally involved in the spiritual and educational devel-
Grace football players Will McKamey, Austin Arnold and Jesse Garren sign to play college ball while family and coaches look on. Photo by Randy Down
opment of these young people. We pray for these, and others to follow, as they continue on their exciting journeys.
Members of the Grace Christian Academy girls basketball team are: (front) Mckenna Wilson, Abby Smith, D’Anna Johnson, Sydney Duggins, McKenzie Krebs, Morgan Cleveland; (back) Abbey Parrott, Lauren Hensley, Calynne Pridemore, Katherine Griffith, Jennifer Bell, Carolena Pridemore and Bethany Hunt. Photo by Creative Images
Grace teams win in district, region By Shannon Morris The athletic department at Grace Christian Academy has experienced several “ﬁrsts” in recent days. The Rams wrestling squad has had a tremendous season, culminating with four Grace wrestlers qualifying to compete in the TSSAA State Tournament this year. The wrestlers, Austin Saporito, Dalton Jinkins, Patrick Smith and Todd Hargis, put up valiant efforts in their matches, with Hargis, a junior weighing 138 pounds, progressing to the quarterﬁnals before eventually losing to a returning medal winner. Congratulations to Todd for being the ﬁrst GCA Ram wrestler to make it to a state tournament quarterﬁnal match. With this young group of wrestlers all returning next year, we are
Grace wrestler Todd Hargis Photo by Shannon Johnson
looking forward to another exciting season. Our high school girls basketball team ﬁnished the regular season as District Champs, making GCA history. The team, coached by Paul Pridemore, Bobby Thompson and Keith Duggins, has shown tenacity and resil-
ience, and has managed success despite several injuries to key players during the season. The girls ﬁnished the regular season as the ﬁrst-place team and followed that by winning the district tournament as well. They are continuing on into Regional postseason action as they prepare for sectionals after becoming the Region 2 champions. The Grace middle school boys basketball team recently concluded another successful season, ﬁnishing the year with a record of 22-2. As a result, they became League Champions and Regional Champions, and ﬁnished the year by winning the TMSAA East Tennessee Championship. Congratulations to coach Billy Wilson and this great group of guys for a job well done. The future of GCA basketball is very bright!
Chase Newsome and Ty Myers Photo by Miranda Fox
Eli Clapp, Tim Thacker, Emma Yambert and Clayton Hickey participated in the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival. Photo by Larry Adams
Band-tastic By Shannon Morris The Grace Christian Academy middle school band recently participated in the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival, an event that gives students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of their chosen instruments. The purpose of the ETSBOA is to promote the advancement of instrumental music education in schools, and to encourage music activities among the schools of East Tennessee. To that end, the Grace band members certainly showed a high level of interest in instrumental music and an amazing level of talent. Congratulations to the
students who participated in the ETSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festival representing Grace Christian Academy. They are: 6th graders Nathan Addis, Eli Clapp, Meeya Lowery and Virginia Pirkle; 7th grader Adam Chamberlain; 8th graders Tim Thacker and Emma Yambert. Several young high school band members participated as well. They are McKenna Krebs, Ryan Randles, Brandon Teasley and Clayton Hickey. Each of these gifted young musicians returned from the festival with superior ratings. Special thanks go to Grace band director Larry Adams for all of his hard work with these standout student instrumentalists.
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Double hip replacement doesn’t deter hiker from Mount LeConte summit Hike Mount LeConte? Sarah Weeks has been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Twice. That’s no small feat for anyone, but for Weeks, an active 58-year-old who had undergone a double hip replacement, hiking to the summit of one of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mountain range was, by her own definition, “a miracle.” “I’d first noticed the pain while hiking about 15 years before my first surgery. It came on gradually,” said Weeks, a lifelong hiker who is director of development with Friends of the Smokies, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist the National Park Service preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. When an MRI failed to reveal any noticeable problem, she shrugged it off. Later, as the pain became more intense, she tried an exercise routine suggested to her by an athletics trainer. The pain eventually led her to a chiropractor who, after viewing her X-rays, told Weeks that she would eventually need a hip replacement. Despite the pain, she put it off another couple years before finally limping into the offices of Dr. Hal Cates, an orthopedic surgeon at Parkwest Medical Center who recommended total hip replacement. “I had put it off as long as possible,” said Weeks. “By that Dr. Hal Cates time, both hips were bone on bone.” Cates, who performs about 200 total hip replacements per year, says Weeks suffered from severe osteoarthritis, one of any 100 diseases that may lead to the hip’s deterioration. While single hip replacement is by far the most common, Cates said about 20 percent of patients have the opposite hip replaced within five years. “In general, very few people have equal disease or equal pain in each hip – one is usually affected more than the other,” Cates said. “But after they see how much relief the surgery has given them, most people request it on the other hip. Sometimes, though, replacing one hip will take the weight load off the other hip and that relieves the pain enough. There’s a lot of unpredictability.” First performed in 1960, hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine. Since that time, advances in surgical techniques and technology have so increased the effectiveness that
Double hip surgery enabled Sarah Weeks to continue her lifelong love of hiking.
285,000 total hip replacements are performed each year. Still, Weeks had never had surgery of any sort – not even a tonsillectomy. “So this was a huge thing for me,” she said. “That’s why the education Parkwest provided before the surgery was so comforting. I was required to take a class to prepare for the surgery. They gave me a three-ring binder notebook and went over what to expect the day of the surgery, what exercises to do before the surgery, what exercises to do af-
ter the surgery, what to expect week by week as far in terms of recovery, what kind of mobility I would have and what I should be able to do at each step of the way.” Her left hip came first with Cates performing the replacement in November 2009. The right hip replacement came nine months later, in August 2010. “The surgical pain was nothing compared to the pain I was in before the surgery,” said Weeks. “Once I had the first
one done and was so pain-free, I realized how much pain I had been in and how much I’d been suffering.” “My other hip went really bad really fast, and by the time I had the second hip replacement, I wasn’t able to walk at all,” she added. “I had been taking anti-inf lammatories and that had helped. But I had to go off of that for a week before the second surgery, and by that time I was walking on a cane.” The most difficult part of the recovery process was not being
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able to enjoy hiking and f ly fishing – something she had done since she was a child. She was so enamored by the great outdoors that, as a student at the University of Tennessee, she often spent her fall afternoons hiking in the Smokies – not going to the Volunteers’ football games. “That was my escape,” she said. But that escape had to wait awhile while Weeks worked through physical therapy, allowing time for her muscles to reknit and her hips to fully mend. “The occupational therapy and physical therapy I got while I was in the hospital was fabulous,” she said. “They teach you how to get in and out of a car, how to take a bath or shower and you’re doing it before you leave. Between the care I got at the hospital and my friend who took care of me once I got home, I was very fortunate.” Weeks, however, also did her part by setting herself a goal, a goal that rises a vertical mile from its base in Gatlinburg to a snow-capped peak where only the stout-hearted (and stoutlegged) hiker dare to tread. “That’s my goal – to hike Mount LeConte again,” she told the physical therapist who had noticed she was wearing one of those Mount LeConte Lodge souvenir T-shirts one can get only after making it to the summit. From the Alum Cave trail, it’s 5.5 miles. “It’s straight up,” she adds. “It’s the shortest route, but it’s also the most difficult. But I wanted to go again because it is difficult. And the rewards are so great! It’s one of those bucket list challenges people have if they care about hiking in the park.” Last July, Weeks made it to the top again. Two months later, she did it again. “My muscles suffered, but my hips were ﬁne,” she reported. “That was what was so amazing – there was no problem at all with my hips. It was just amazing.” She has become an evangelist of sorts, telling others about the difference the hip replacement surgery has made in her life. “I have friends my age who are suffering like I was, and they are trying to put it off. But I tell them, ‘My quality of life is restored. I’m hiking again. I’m f ly fishing again. I’m walking again.’ You know the next 20 years are the best 20 years I’ve got left and my quality of life for those years has dramatically improved. It’s been a miracle as far as I’m concerned. I may not live to be 80 but my quality of life now and then is the difference between day and night. That’s why I want to hike – because I can!” For more information, visit TreatedWell.com or call 373-PARK.
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Purses with Purpose shops in Bearden More than 20 women gathered last week at G&G Interiors in Bearden to celebrate a year of supporting women in the community through the women’s philanthropy group Purses with Purpose. Purses with Purpose is the women’s giving circle created in 2009 to raise funds to support programs of the Boys and Girls Club that foster leadership skills and independence in young women. “We believe that every person has a purpose and every life has a meaning,” said Michelle Hardin, Boys and Girls Club board member and one of the founding members of Purses with Purpose. “Our greatest legacy as women is these young girls. That’s why we created this philanthropy group. ” At the celebration event, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and shopped for a good cause. G&G Interiors donated 20 percent of its sales from the entire day to Purses with Purpose. “This is our fourth year hosting this celebration event,” said Merri Lee Fox, owner of G&G Interiors. “This organization is great because it’s women supporting women. The members of Purses with Purpose are strong, empowered women leaders investing in the lives of young women in our community.”
Purses with Purpose members donate $200 into a pooled fund and collectively decide how to invest the money in programs offered to the female members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Once a year, the Purses with Purpose group hears descriptions from several Boys and Girls Club programs and votes on a new program to support the following year. This year, the women chose Dynasty of Divas, a program that helps young girls develop skills in professional development, artistic expression, physical activity, developing healthy relationships and self-esteem. About 15 girls from the Moses Teen Center participate in Dynasty of Divas, and five of these girls attended the celebration event with program director Shauna McKinney to thank the group for funding their program. “The Dynasty of Divas program is a group of young girls that want a sense of community. Everything they learn is service learning,” said McKinney. “Every skill they learn builds self-esteem and team building, and they take these skills and give it back to the community.” The “Divas Give Back” community service events range from community carnivals to gospel festivals and making cupcakes for the Boys and Girls Club
Member of Boys and Girls Club program Dynasty of Divas thank the women of Purses with Purpose for funding their activities. Pictured are Endasia Duckett, Shakhya Singleton, Keondra McKinney, program director Shauna McKinney, Jameiya Mills and Janecissa Brown. Photos submitted
Boys and Girls Club executive director Lisa Hurst chats with Purses with Purpose women’s philanthropy group members Purvis Schwartz and Lillian Mashburn.
board. The girls recently completed an American Red Cross babysitting certification course. They will soon host a Mother’s Day Out for four hours on a Saturday to benefit about 20 mothers in their communities. They are also planning a gospel fest in late March, which will raise
money for Haiti. “Most of the girls in Dynasty of Divas come from the Christenberry, Northridge Crossing and Walter P. Taylor Boys and Girls Clubs,” said McKinney. “In the fall, they will have two mentees each at these clubs, so I’m really excited for them to pay it forward
Beth Wolf, Fran Petty and Charlie Bettis shop for a good cause at the Purses with Purpose Celebration Event at G&G Interiors to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.
to other Boys and Girls Club members.” Donna Dempster announced a $50,000 goal for the next year. Purses
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The birthday girls By Sara Barrett Arbor Terrace held a party last week to celebrate residents’ birthdays for February and to welcome new residents. Residents Stella Laughlin and Ginny Rhodes were introduced by engagement director Erin Parten as “twins born of different mothers,” which got a big laugh from the attendees. Laughlin and Rhodes told the group a little about themselves. Laughlin has lived at Arbor Terrace for about two years, after living in Oak Ridge for 32 years. She loves the change because “I don’t have to wash dishes or cook,” she said.
Singing Valentines Arbor Terrace residents Stella Laughlin and Ginny Rhodes Photo by S. Barrett
Rhodes talked about her love of all things basketball. When asked why she liked basketball, she said, “I don’t like it. I love it.” Her favorite teams to follow are in the Big Ten Conference, specifically
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Michigan State because that’s where her husband played. Birthday cake was served to everyone after they all sang “Rocky Top” to welcome the newcomers in the room.
Singing Valentines were delivered last month by the group Mountain Breeze. One lucky recipient was also surprised by a visit from her husband during the group’s performance. Pictured are Mountain Breeze singers Belinda Price and Judy Linn, singing to Valentine recipient Ginny Weatherstone and her husband, Rick, and Mountain Breeze singers Fulvia Galli and Anna Miller. All proceeds from the group’s performances were given to the American Heart Association. Photo submitted
companion? Fletcher is a very sweet 2-year-old golden mix. Fletch has never met anyone he does not like, be it a person or a furry friend. He has been around children but due to his exuberance, a home with older children would be best. He would definitely benefit from some obedience training and would enjoy being someone’s jogging partner.
UT College of Veterinary Medicine ophthalmologist Dan Ward, assisted by Heather Wilkerson, examines a furry patient. Photo courtesy of UTCVM
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There are four categories: K through 2nd grade, grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Homeschoolers are also eligible, so all you parents and teachers out there, be on the lookout for young artistic talent! Started in 2006 by the U.S. Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of America’s rarest plant and animal species. The Youth Art Contest provides grade-school students of all ages with an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered species in this country, and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. Info: http://www. endangeredspeciesday.org/. In other animal news, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine is now accepting applicants for their Veterinary Summer Experience.
High school juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible. Folks, this is truly a golden opportunity for any teen who is considering veterinary medicine as a career. It’s offered by one of the most prestigious veterinary schools in the country, and it’s a paid position as an employee of The University of Tennessee. Selected students will spend six weeks working at a local veterinary practice, and one week as guests of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, they will be involved in various educational programs including lectures, laboratories and clinical rotations. The deadline for application submission is March 15. All the info you need, along with the application, can be found at http://www.vet.utk. edu/summerexperience/. Clearly, it’s a grand time for a new generation of animal lovers to step up to the plate! Animal lovers of all ages should make note of a special upcoming ceremony. K-9 Veterans Day, sponsored by the German Shepherd Dog Club of East Tennessee, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16. The event is free and will take place, rain or shine, at the War Dog Memorial located in front of the veterinary college at 2407 River Drive in Knoxville. The public is invited. Past attendees describe the ceremony as “very moving.” The Critter Corner plans to be there! Send your interesting animal stories to news@ShopperNewsNow.com
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THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Farragut Artist Directory The deadline to be included in the next update of the Farragut Artist Directory is Friday, March 15. Local artists are invited to submit their information to the Town of Farragut, which makes the directory available at www.townoffarragut.org. Click Departments tab, Parks & Leisure Services, Arts & Culture; or call 865-966-7057 to access an application. The directory is updated twice a year and is divided into four categories: Individual Literary Artists, Individual Performing Artists, Individual Visual Artists and Performing Groups. The completed form may be returned in person or via mail to the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934; by fax to 865-6752096; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Book Fest call for authors The Farragut Arts Council is seeking local authors of children’s books to participate in the sixth annual Farragut Book Fest for Children. Book Fest, hosted by the council in conjunction with the Town of Farragut and the Knox County Public Library Farragut Branch, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Campbell Station Park. Authors will be accepted until spaces are full; first come, first served. The fest will include storytelling, book signings, music and art activities. Reading and learning are the primary objectives. Children will have the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with participating authors, discovering their books and characters while offering the authors the chance to promote and sell their books. Authors will be provided a tent, table and chairs to use; there is no charge to participate. They will supply their books, decorations and signage. Interested authors should contact Farragut Arts Council member Sandra Dean, email@example.com or 865966-8356, or Lauren Cox, lauren.cox@townoffarragut. org or 865-966-7057, for more info and to request an application.
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MONDAY, MARCH 4 Home remodeling info 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.
MONDAY-FRIDAY, MARCH 4-8 Primary school art show The Town of Farragut continues to host the 2013 Farragut Primary School Art Show through Friday, March 8, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Young artists from Farragut Primary School and Concord Christian School are 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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TOYOTA Highlander CHEVY COBALT LT HAROLD'S GUTTER 2002, 4WD, fold down 2007, silver metallic SERVICE. Will clean seats, 18-20 MPG, 166K sun/moonroof, low front & back $20 & up. mi. $7600. 865-659-3364 mi., AT, gray lthr., Quality work, guaran***Web ID# 215569*** new Michelins, beteed. Call 288-0556. low Kelly blue book @ $7800. 865-414-0187 339 Imports 262 ***Web ID# 210518*** Lawn Care CHEVY Monte Carlo, ASK US! NO JOB 1986, Big Block 454, TOO BIG OR SMALL! $10,000 sale or Lawnwork, excavattrade. 865-494-0286 ing, haul away your ***Web ID# 215955*** ACURA TL 2007, 1 junk. Give us a call at Owner, Loaded, Leather, 363-3054 OR 548-0962 All Pwr, Exc. Cond., Cement / Concrete 315 STRIPER LAWNCARE $14,000. 865-556-5101 Affordable rates with ***WEB ID# 213630*** a professional touch! BMW 328i 2011, X drive Mowing, weed-eating, AWD 4 dr sedan. blowing, mulching, Exc. cond. 50k mi. pruning, cleaning. We $27,000. 423-581-5889 are a cut above the ***Web ID# 212570*** rest! 382-3789
BMW 740il 1998 luxury sedan, leather, loaded, clean, 110k 1998 Thru 2002 mi, $5450. 865-577-4069 Medical Supplies 219 DODGE Viper RT10 ***Web ID# 211604*** hard top, Gray color. $2000. 865-250-1480 DALTON ELECTRIC BMW Z4 2.5, 2005, ***Web ID# 213849*** wheel chair/scooter 52.5K mi., auto., lk new, holds 300 lbs Black/Tan int. $800. 865-661-6408 Utility Trailers 255 $14,500. 205-368-4008 LIFT CHAIR/Recliner HONDA ACCORD LX brown, $300. 4 Wheel 2005, 4 cyl, AT, 136k TRAILERS rocker, lg. with hand- UTILITY mi, 1 owner, has All Sizes Available brake $100. 865-694-0380 dmg $5200 w/parts 865-986-5626 to repair. Runs & smokeymountaintrailers.com drives. 865-250-1480 Garage Sales 225 ***Web ID# 213847***
Roofing / Siding
Trucks 257 Mercedes S430 2000, white, loaded w/all ^ STEVE HAMNER CHEV. CHEYENNE opts, 142K mi, $9,000 CONCRETE & BLOCK 1997 extra cab, 2 obo. 423-748-9705 25+ yrs exp. DriveWD, V8, AT, PS, PB, ***Web ID# 213556*** ways, sidewalks, all AC, $4200. 689-8362 types pours, Versa***Web ID# 216321*** PORSCHE 928S, 1985 lock walls, excavat(2) both run, $8,500 ing. Call 363-3054. DODGE QUAD CAB for 2 cars. 865-898-4200 2008, Big Horn, email@example.com white, new Michelin 327 tires, all power, TOYOTA AVALON Fencing chrome step rails, XL 1999, loaded, camper top, spray sunroof, leather, AAA FENCING Rein bedliner, 82K pairs & More. You exc. in/out. $3795. mi., exc. cond., buy it, we install it! 865-397-7918 Call 604-6911. $15,500. 865-789-9543 ***Web ID# 210120*** ***Web ID# 216526*** VW GOLF 2003 GT, B&W FENCE. InstallaFORD F250 1990, 460 tions & repair. Free 1.8T, 5 sp, bought ext cab, 67K act mi, new, silver w/blk int. est. 43 yrs exp! Call LB, AT, very clean, 20k mi, $10,00/b.o. 689-9572 or 237-8090. $5,300. 865-966-9580 865-250-1480 ***Web ID# 210561*** ***Web ID# 213852***
5 FT John Deere belly grooming mower, Golden Retriever good cond., $900. puppies, AKC reg, 7 Call 423-620-0078. wks old, 4 M, 3 F, vet ckd, 1st shots & wormed, dame & sire Honda Riding Mower, 18 HP, water cooled, www.thepickychick.com on site. $325. 86546" cut Hydrastatic. 806-3197 $1100. 865-257-8672 Italian Mastiffs, M & F, ***Web ID# 214393*** Boats Motors 232 17 wks. shots UTD, ears/tails done. Ch. lines. MOWER, Bobcat, 48", ODYSSEY 2007 hydro walk behind $1200/up. 423-823-1247 PONTOON BOAT, w/sulkey. 17 HP ***Web ID# 214111*** 22', Evinrude 115, Kawasaki, appx 150 exc. cond., new LAB PUPPIES .3 BLACK hrs, great cond. trailer, many access. FEM. $350 EA.,1 CHOC. $3500. 865-679-3484 F350 2002 Crew $17,500. 865-922-1105, FORD MALE,$500 .4 WKS OLD. ***Web ID# 211097*** Cab Dually 7.3 power 865-607-5912 full blooded. Email stroke diesel Lariat, ***Web ID# 211257*** firstname.lastname@example.org charcoal w/gray lthr. or text 865-221-4353 Shop Tools-Engines 194 int., AT, exc. cond. SUN CATHCER ***Web ID# 216236*** 5th wheel, new PONTOON 2006, tires, new battery, COMPLETE WOOD22', seats 12, like LAB PUPPIES, choc., only 40K mi., WORKING SHOP new, 90HP Yamaha AKC, 2 Males, $300. $21,000. 423-312-8256. for sale. Table Saw, 4 stroke, Yellow, white Call or text 865-654***Web ID# 215659*** Jointer, Planer, & green. Drive on 7013 or 865-654-0013 Workbench, Cabinets, Shorelander trailer. Toyota Tacoma 2007, PUG PUPPIES clamps, tools, $15,000. 423-312-8256. Crew Cab, V6, AT, more! 865-405-0245 6 wks old, 2 Males ***Web ID# 215664*** AC, PW, PDL, silver, fawn w/blk mask, $300 50K mi, gar. kept, each. 865-771-1134. $21,000. 865-617-9904 Misc. Items 203 Motor Homes 237 ***Web ID# 211571*** Many different breeds HOLIDAY RAMBLER RESTAURANT Maltese, Yorkies, Endeavor 37 ft, 1999. 4 Wheel Drive 258 SEATING PACKAGE Malti-Poos, Poodles, Kit. & LR slide. Die140 seats, booths & Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, sel. Loaded. Gar. kept. tables, used, great DODGE 2500 2001 SLT Shih Tzu, $175/up. shots $45,000. 865-908-0858 truck, quad cab, cond. Contact & wormed. We do ***Web ID# 210767*** long bed, 5.9 turbo layaways. Health guar. @RonSmith1202@charter.net diesel, 243k mi, lots NEWMAR Div. of Animal Welfare of chrome. $8000. MOUNTAIN AIR 2005 State of TN Chris 865-599-7706. 43 ft., 4 slides, ext. Dept. of Health. Household Furn. 204 warr. loaded, $137,000. ***Web ID# 210238*** Lic # COB0000000015. Call 865-986-5854. 423-566-3647 BIG SALE! ***Web ID# 213604*** FORD F350 2007 Super Duty, Crew Cab, B & C MATTRESS, YORKIES - Beautiful diesel, 1 ownr, $16,000 AKC pups, ready NEW - $125 PILLOW OBO. 931-863-4336; TOP QUEEN SIZE. now, 3M, MC/VS. 931-544-3320 865-805-3058. 865-661-0095
Apts - Furnished 72 Manf’d Homes - Rent 86 PUPPY NURSERY WALBROOK STUDIOS 3BR, 2BA, private lot, 25 1-3 60 7 $140 weekly. Discount avail. Util, TV, Ph, Stv, Refrig, Basic Cable. No Lse.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7
SHELTIE PUPPIES, QUEEN PILLOW H.D. SOFTAIL Deuce AKC, ch. bldlns, TOP MATTRESS. 2004, 9K mi., new beautiful Sable & wht, $90. Must sacrifice. tires, lots upgrades M & F, ASSA Mem- New. $90. 865-640-4600. $10,995. 865-230-5608 ber. 865-719-2040. ***Web ID# 213635*** ***Web ID# 214335*** QUEEN PILLOW Top Mattress Set. $125, brand new. Yorkies, Tiny AKC 1 Autos Wanted 253 Call 865-804-4410. M, 1 F, 6 wks, blk & gold, No checks. A BETTER CASH $500 ea. 865-363-5704 for junk cars, ***Web ID# 215156*** Household Appliances 204a OFFER trucks, vans, running or not. 865-456-3500 WHIRLPOOL Side by Horses 143 side refrig. 3 yrs. I BUY JUNK CARS $500. Kenmore S by & TRUCKS. S $400. Both exc. 865-307-3051 or 4 horse gooseneck cond. 865-804-3477. 865-938-6915. trlr, brand WW, new tires, must see. WANT TO BUY 2003 $4,000 obo. 931-863- Antiques 216 Anniversary Corvette 4336; 931-544-3320 Conv., stick shift only low mi. 423-371-3123 OAK REFRIGERATOR, 25"D, 86"W. Free Pets 145 75"H, $2800. 865-376-5366 Auto Accessories 254 aft. 5pm.
American Bulldog pups, NKC reg, born 12/31, champion parents, $350-$500. 865-456-2625 ***Web ID# 216521***
Golden Doodle, fem, 2 yrs old, very pretty & friendly, not spayed, $700. 865-577-0001.
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. Many of the students are pursuing the college’s new two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in music. All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions. Some of the performers also are recipients of Pellissippi State Foundation scholarships. Auditions for students who will be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester and who are interested in pursuing a music scholarship will take place on March 28 and April 4 at the Hardin Valley Campus. The recital is free, but donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.
Caregiver Support Group
21 Real Estate Service 53 Houses - Unfurnished 74 General
*ADOPT. Together we will provide a loving, secure, happy home with a bright future for your baby. Expenses paid. Christine & Bobby 1-888-571-5558.
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.
CERAMIC TILE in- ^ stallation. Floors/ CHEVY CORVETTE walls/ repairs. 33 Lawn Care Z06, 2001, 20,451 mi. yrs exp, exc work! New tires, all orig. John 938-3328 Serious calls only. $23,500. 423-836-0900
BURTON, MARK 197579MASTER Domestic 265 Ad Size 2 x 2 BUICK Lucerne 2007, V6, loaded, clean, 4c W like new. 52K mi. $11,950. 865-577-4069 <ec> AT YOUR SERVICE!
CADILLAC 2006 CTS, sport pkg, all opt., svc records, black / black, $10,975. 865-680-2656. ***Web ID# 210877*** CADILLAC Eldorado 1998, beautiful, exc. in/out, $5,000. 865689-4984, 865-850-2822 ***Web ID# 211328*** CHEVROLET Cavaliar 2005, 4 dr, 73k mi, Clinton, $5300/bo. 859-893-3074 ***Web ID# 210959***
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Sherrill Hills Information Center
Opens March 11! 271 Moss Grove Blvd. in Knoxville Hours: M-F 9-5 Saturdays 9-1 Sunday & After-Hour appointments available.
Learn more about the Sherrill Hills lifestyle at our free
Informational Seminar March 13 from 10-11 a.m. Bryan College, 170 N. Seven Oaks Drive Knoxville TN 37922 ***Seating is limited *** Please call 865.622.6203 to register. Come see for yourself what our lifestyle is all about!
Accepting Reservations NOW ~ Make Sherrill Hills your new home!
OPENING JULY 2013
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Published on Mar 2, 2013