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➤ Add your voice If you want to complain later about the “rules” the town has for architectural design, get thyself to Farragut Town Hall on June 5. The town is creating a comprehensive set of architectural-design guidelines, and they are asking for input. The guidelines, “to enhance community image and help implement the objectives of the 2012 Comprehensive Land Use Plan update,” are intended to promote consistency and quality design in the town’s commercial, mixed-use and multifamily districts. At the workshop, the guidelines will be available for study and illustrated for ease of understanding for the nonarchitects and engineers among us. Participants at the meeting will be asked for feedback on design objectives and discuss issues. The workshop is at 6 p.m. Info: Ashley Miller, amiller@ townoffarragut.org or 6752384.
➤ Fish on! Get your rods and reels ready for the Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Anchor Park. This is the 30th year for the free rodeo. The town provides bait and a limited number of fishing poles. Prizes are awarded in several categories.
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Town Hall Personnel Committee – 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 Town of Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen – 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22 Farragut Folklife Museum Board – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 Farragut/Knox County Schools Education Relations Committee – 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 Arts Council Meeting – 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 Economic Development Committee – 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 4 Stormwater Advisory Committee – 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 Board of Mayor and Aldermen – 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12
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Michael Messing will return to entertain with his magic show as part of the Summer Library Club special events. He will be at the Farragut Branch at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9.
Will fill kids’ summer with books, prizes By Sherri Gardner Howell No-school summers don’t mean the brain needs to completely veg out. Reading is one way to keep children engaged in learning during the summer, and the Knox County Library system wants to make it fun. Back for the 10th year, Summer Library Club kicked off last weekend with Children’s Festival of Reading at World’s Fair Park. On hand to encourage reading, a love of books and signing up for the Summer Library Club were a host of dignitaries – from the Sisters Grimm and Mr. Lemoncello (and their authors, Michael Buckley and Chris Grabenstein), Dolly’s Penguin Players and a host of children’s authors and storytellers. The fun begins today as children signed up for the program start counting their hours of reading or number of books being read to them. The payoff for Fizz…Boom…READ!, this year’s club motto, is a prize and a coupon book worth more than $200 in free eats and treats and admission to area attractions, including the Knoxville Zoo and Titanic. Each of the branch libraries is participating in Summer Library Club, and the Farragut branch always makes a great showing. Marilyn Jones, Farragut branch
manager, says they have more than 2,000 children who typically sign up for the program in Farragut. “We are usually one of the higher ones in numbers,” says Jones. “With the option to sign up online as well as in the library, it’s easier for busy parents.” There are no required books, although the website and library have suggested books for each age group if parents or children need helping selecting a good book to read. To complete the program, “listeners” must listen to 40 books being read to them and “readers” under age 12 must read for 20 hours. Teens must read five books, which can include any books on their school’s summer reading lists. “As soon as they finish, they can come in the library and get their prizes,” says Jones, “which I encourage them to do so we don’t run out. At first, 20 hours sounds like a lot, but we recommend reading 20 minutes a day, so that’s certainly doable.” With good book choices, the 20 minutes easily stretches into more, says Jones, and some children will finish in a month. The Farragut library will also have special programs to encourage a love of books and reading that are free and geared to complement the Summer Library Club. “We always have our weekly Storytime and Bookworm programs and our Wednesday craft programs, which are good reasons to come back to the library,” says
During a winter visit to the library, Dana Pemberton finds a quiet corner to help her son, Michael, enjoy his book. Dana says Michael, now 6 years old, reads every night. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell
Jones. “In addition, special events this year are going to be fun.” On the list are: ■ Amazingly Awesome Science with Dr. Al Hazari – 3 p.m. Friday, May 30 ■ The ZooMobile – 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 ■ Fun With Shakespeare and the Tennessee Stage Company – 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 ■ Bricks 4 Kidz: LEGOs fun at the Library – 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 ■ Michael Messing magic show – 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 One good way for families to participate in the program is for older siblings to read to younger ones, says Jones. “We encourage families who have different ages of children to get the older ones to read
Miller is assistant director The town of Farragut has hired Ashley Miller as assistant director of the Community Development Department. A Maryville native, Miller was most recently the assistant city planner for the city of Gatlinburg’s Planning Department since 2004. During her tenure, she was involved in all aspects of the PlanAshley Miller ning Department, including the review of various
applications, zoning requests and site plans; oversight of the city’s GIS program; and staff support to the Planning Commission, Environmental Design Review Board and Board of Zoning Appeals. Miller is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) by the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Prior to working in Gatlinburg, she was the part-time outreach coordinator for the Little River Watershed Association and worked as an undergraduate technician at the University of Tennessee’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science. Miller graduated from UT in
2004 with a bachelor’s degree in geography. In 2003, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates opportunity at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg during which she studied nutrient pollution downstream from best management practices. “The town of Farragut is very pleased to have Ashley join the Community Development Department,” said department director Mark Shipley. “She is an experienced planner and will be a tremendous asset to our department and the town.”
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Farragut High makes Post list Farragut High School has made the Top 10 list for the state of Tennessee in the 2014 Washington Post “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” report. The school is ranked ninth in the state and 910th in the nation. West High School ranked fourth in the state and 526th in the nation. No other Knox County schools were in the state’s Top 10. Oak Ridge High School came in at No. 11. The schools are ranked by a ratio of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given in a school year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. Farragut High School offers 24 AP courses, one IB course and one Cambridge/ACE. The school has a four-year graduation rate of 95 percent and an average ACT score of 23.6. Top school for Tennessee was Hume-Fogg Magnet in Nashville. National ranking for Hume-Fogg was 61. Info: http://apps. washingtonpost.com/local/ highschoolchallenge/.
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Artists Neranza Noel Blount, left, and Elaine Culbert enjoy the reception.
Knoxville Bella Corda added an air of sophistication with beautiful classical tunes on acoustic guitars. From left are Breanna Piercy, Morgan Isaacs, Christian Isaacs, Raaghul Senthilkumar, Gari Popescul and Phillip Kiefer. At right, a cherry bowl with carved lid was created by woodsmith David Mann.
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honors artists The walls at 11483 Parkside Drive â€“ in a storefront next to Menâ€™s Warehouse â€“ were doing a lot of talking on Friday, May 9, as more than 300 artists and guests gathered for the grand finale of what is fast becoming an event to be savored for the town of Farragut and the Farragut Business Alliance.
Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES The â€œwall-speakâ€? was through the incredible artwork on display for the Farragut Art in the Park Gallery Reception and Art Sale. Paintings, photography, woodworking and sculpture, created by artists participating in the â€œen plein airâ€? event the weekend of April 26-27, were beautifully displayed for guests to admire â€“ and some to purchase â€“ at the gala reception.
The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek general manager Darryl Whitehead, left, and Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill, center, present photographer David Foy with the â€œBest of Showâ€? award.
awarded, and eight works Station Park. were sold at the reception. Event co-chairman was The â€œcreationâ€? weekend Robin Purvis of Farragut in April featured 27 art- Wine & Spirits. Winners ists and 10 photographers were: spread throughout the Best of Show â€“ Marie townâ€™s parks, greenways Miller for art; David Foy for and byways to create their photography art. This was the fourth First place â€“ Victoria year for Farragut Art in the Pearmain for art; Brad BitPark, which is presented tle for photography through a partnership of Second place â€“ Joe Parthe town of Farragut, Far- rott for art; Stephanie Nancy Parrott congratulates photographer Brad Bittle on his first-place win for his photograph ragut Business Alliance and Weaver Cobb for photograthe Dogwood Arts Festival, phy â€œFoggy Concord.â€? with TDS as the presentThird place â€“ Mike C. Hosted in partnership an Allied Music Instruc- Best of Show, First Place ing sponsor. A Kidsâ€™ Art in Berry for art; Ambler Brown with The Pinnacle at Tur- tors youth acoustic guitar and Second Place in paint- the Park by NeighborMaker for photography Presenting Sponsorâ€™s key Creek, the reception ensemble, entertained as ings and photographs, plus Events brought out crowds and Choice Award â€“ Inna Nafeatured hors dâ€™oeuvres and guests got ready for the a Presenting Sponsorâ€™s to enjoy the activities Satur- sonova for art; Carol ErikMore than watch the artists on desserts, wine and music. awards presentation. Win- Choice award. The Knoxville Bella Corda, ners were announced for $1,300 in prize money was day, April 26, at Campbell son for photography.
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government Gloria Johnson: Glide path to reelection If anyone is on a glide path to easy re-election it seems to be state Rep. Gloria Johnson, who squeaked out a 299-vote win 18 months ago to win a seat in the House of Representatives. It was a district Mitt Romney carried by 1,100 votes, but several Romney voters pushed the button for Johnson, who has become one of the most popular legislators among Democrats and least popular among Republicans (who control the House by a 71 to 28 margin.)
The district is located mostly inside the city of Knoxville, stretching from Alice Bell to Sequoyah to South Knox County. Johnson has an uncanny sense of public relations and has made herself the poster child for those who dislike Common Core, Knox Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre and the current GOP leadership. Team Rogero is strongly behind Johnson with its political operatives. In 2012, she made headlines and gave TV interviews against the closure of Belle Morris School as a voting precinct. She received huge publicity while her GOP opponent remained silent. This established her as a public-relations pro. As for Belle Morris, it is still not a voting place. Johnson has been criticized for not voting at all on some legislation, such as the constitutional amendment to ban a state income tax that will be on the ballot this November. She hosted a fund-raising event May 10 in Knoxville for Nashvillian Brandon Puttbrese, who is opposing incumbent state Sen. Thelma Harper, one of only two African-American Democratic women in the state Senate. Puttbrese is white. Harper has served since 1990. ■ The two Republicans who seek to replace her have not laid a glove on her to date while they are fighting each other. They are Jason Emert and Eddie Smith. Emert recently emailed this writer that, “It is unfortunate that (Smith) was terminated from his position at Sevier Heights (Baptist
Church) for cause.” When asked, Smith denied it and secured a statement from the senior pastor, Dr. Hollie Miller, that said, “Eddie Smith served at Sevier Heights Baptist Church for over 13 years and was ALWAYS one of the most faithful and effective staff members I’ve ever known. Eddie resigned his position simply because God placed a desire in his heart to make a positive difference in the government of Tennessee. The report that Eddie Smith was fired from Sevier Heights is a lie of the ugliest sort.” Score one for Smith in his battle with Emert in the August GOP primary. He faces a much tougher contest with Johnson in November. Johnson could stumble, but don’t count on it. ■ Republican Martin Daniel, who is opposing Rep. Steve Hall in the August GOP primary, is making the Rogero tax hike an issue on his campaign Facebook page. “Just remember those automatic pay raises for city employees that the City Council left intact. ...” In fairness to Hall, he has opposed tax hikes, but it is telling that Daniel feels it helps him in a Republican legislative primary to go after Rogero and her spending policies. Daniel is running in a west and northwest Knox district. He feels Hall will only say “me too” on opposing Rogero and taxes. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is holding the line on any tax increase, as is Gov. Bill Haslam. ■ Attending the April 24 fund-raiser for Chief Justice Gary Wade’s campaign to win retention on the Supreme Court at the Pete and Cindi DeBusk home was a who’s who of Republican leaders with a few Democrats. ■ Wade is a Democrat with strong Republican ties. Jim Haslam II, father of Gov. Haslam, U.S. Rep. Jimmy and Lynn Duncan, former UT coach Phil Fulmer, former Gov. Don and Martha Sundquist, former Rep. Bill Jenkins, state Sen. Doug Overbey, along with Democratic judges Harold Wimberly and Daryl Fansler, were there. ■ The state Supreme Court will choose the next state attorney general in September for an eight-year term. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey wants a Republican to be chosen.
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Catching up with the ‘real’ governor Ever hear of Arthur Copeland? You will. He’s about to become the poster boy of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s campaign to unseat three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who are up for a “retention” election (supreme court justices are not elected outright, but the voters are given the opportunity to say whether they should get another eight-year term). Chief Justice Gary Wade, plus justices Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark all received high marks from the panels empowered to evaluate them, with Wade and Lee receiving perfect scores and Clark getting one “no” vote. If there’s a Democrat Republicans like, it’s Wade, a respected Sevier County lawyer who managed to get himself elected mayor of Sevierville six times despite that county’s bedrock GOP leanings. He’s a personal friend of (and former coowner of the Smokies baseball team with) Gov. Bill Haslam and was appointed to the state Court of Criminal Appeals by Gov. Ned McWherter in 1988 and elevated to the state Supreme
Betty Bean Court by Gov. Phil Bredesen in 2006. (He was also Dolly Parton’s first boyfriend, as per DP herself during an appearance on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” in the mid-’80s, during which she mentioned tomfoolery in the back of a pickup truck at the Midway Drive-In Theater, which doesn’t have a thing to do with jurisprudence but sure couldn’t hurt him any.) But back to Arthur Copeland: Think Willie Horton, the one-man crime wave who, while serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, somehow got eligible for Massachusetts’ prison furlough program and committed rape, armed robbery and assault while enjoying his short-lived freedom, thus becoming the only issue anybody remembers from the 1988 presidential election campaign when Democrat Michael Dukakis
took on George H.W. Bush. Bush’s man Lee Atwater orchestrated a barrage of attack ads featured scarylooking-black-man mug shots. Copeland’s got scarylooking-black-man mug shots, too, from when he was convicted of a 1998 contract killing in Maryville and sentenced to death. Death penalty conviction appeals cases are mandatory (the high court must decide whether the crime was “proportionate” to the penalty), but meanwhile, Copeland’s alleged accomplice’s lawyer Herb Moncier unearthed proof that the state had withheld evidence that its only eyewitness had named a different shooter when first questioned. In 2007, the high court addressed the “proportionality” issue (ruling that the death penalty was warranted), but by the time it got back to Blount County the case was bollixed beyond repair by Moncier’s discovery of the withheld evidence. A special prosecutor came in and cut a deal with Copeland for a seconddegree murder plea and a 14-year sentence. He was
released in 2011 and rearrested in 2013 for the alleged rape of his girlfriend. This charge was dismissed three months later in Knox County. Meanwhile, Ramsey, who likes it when people call him the “real” governor, is running around the state presenting his case against the sitting justices, which not only fits perfectly with the state GOP’s “Red to the Roots” campaign to rid Tennessee of Democratic officeholders but serves as bait to entice big-money 501 (c) (4) “social welfare” organizations like the Koch brothers’ “Americans for Prosperity” into Tennessee, where they have heretofore declined to spread the wealth on the “why buy the cow if the milk is free” principle. It also gives Ramsey an opportunity to screw with a friend of the guy who’s where Ramsey thinks he ought to be – conveniently dismissing the inconvenient fact he got only 22 percent of the primary vote and finished a distant third when he ran for governor. Free advice for Gary Wade: Call Dolly. Ramsey’ll die of envy.
A little budget dissection Knox County’s PCBE de- reational projects. But let’s justment before we make comparisons. Net of the rived from the proposed net wrap up with a quick peek education outlay, the county budget is $1,086. Doing the at the general funds. budget is $281.2 million. math for the city yields a The general fund is where Knoxville’s net budget PCBE of $1,561, or 44 per- the action is. For Knox is $284.4 million. A $3 cent per resident greater County, the general fund million difference in bud- budgeted expenditure. budget is $164.3 million. With such a disparity to The city tops that at $200.5 gets that, combined with schools, tops out at rough- account for there should be million, notably including ly $1 billion will set off few service expenses borne by $56.3 million for police proalarms. As always, there’s the city that don’t burden tection compared to $77.5 county residents, and there million for the county. But more to the story. “PCBE” is not the latest are, such as firefighting. the sheriff’s budget includes The Knoxville Fire 1,009 patrol and jailer chemical scare associated proposed slots versus 516 in the city. Larry with hormone-enhanced Department’s beef production or your re- budget comes in at Cost per officer is roughly Van Guilder cycled plastic water bottle. $39,976,440. Subtracting $32,000 more in the city. It’s my acronym for “Per that from the city’s net bud- (No rank-and-file police ofCapita Budget Expenditure,” get of $284.4 million lowers ficer is overpaid, however.) and because I’m writing this Knoxville’s PCBE to $1,342, The general fund budgets column I invented it. still exceeding the county’s cover salary and benefits for According to U.S. Cen- comparable expenditure by 1,719 full-time employees Proposed budgets for sus Bureau estimates, 24 percent. in Knox County and 1,377 Knox County and the city of The divergent philoso- in the city. Per employee 441,132 (mostly) good folks Knoxville were introduced called Knox County home phies of Mayor Rogero and that breaks out to about a few weeks ago. Townies in 2012. The city’s estimat- Mayor Burchett come into $164,000 in the county and have long moaned about ed population for the same play of course, with more or $207,000 in the city. “double taxation,” taking year was 182,200, leaving less emphasis and costs for Are some folks overa hit from city and county 258,932 county residents green initiatives, economic paid? Underpaid? Read the property-tax assessments. more or less happily “sin- development, infrastruc- budgets. After all, it’s your Let’s see what some simple gle taxed.” ture, and cultural and rec- money. arithmetic tells us about the respective budgets. The county budget for the upcoming fiscal year is a shade over $709 million. ■ Halls Republican Club will hear from candidates Stacey Campfield and Martin Daniel at 7 p.m. This figure is net of interMonday, May 19, at the Boys and Girls Club of Halls/Powell, 1819 Dry Gap Pike. Campfield is seeking fund transfers. reelection to the state Senate from District 7. Daniel is seeking the Republican nomination for state The general purpose House District 18 (currently held by Rep. Steve Hall). Snacks and fellowship start at 6 p.m. schools budget comprises a ■ Knox County Democratic Women’s Club, established in 1928, meets each second Tuesday at 6 little more than 60 percent p.m. at Shoney’s on Western Avenue. New members are always welcome. Info: 742-8234. of the total, roughly $428 ■ Democrats from Districts 3 and 4 will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the Bearden Branch Limillion. The city’s budget brary. Speakers will include U.S. Senate candidate Terry Adams, judicial candidate George Underdoes not include schools, wood, and Sylvia Woods, candidate for reelection to the Democratic state executive committee. so we need to make an adIf you live in Knox County outside the corporate limits of Knoxville and are given to carping about taxes and the cost of county government, you should count your blessings. You could be residing within the city’s boundaries, where you’d probably find more to complain about.
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Kicks to remember, kicks to forget Tennessee is selling a Tennessee, trailing Alakicking camp, June 6, pro- bama by 11-10 in 1966, fessional instruction, $90. drove 67 yards in the closAll hopefuls invited. ing minutes. Instead of positioning the football in the middle of the field for what should have been an easy field goal, the Vols tried a touchdown, running Marvin for a third-down sweep to the West Alabama 3. Sixteen seconds remained. Gary Wright, from Heflin, Ala., trotted in to kick I have decided against from the right hash mark. participating, but the Tough angle, but Wright had thought did stir memories. made it a thousand times in Kickers and kicks are sig- his mind, always to beat his nificant in Volunteer lore. home-state school. There are Tennessee kicks Center Bob Johnson and to remember and, alas, holder Dewey Warren did kicks that went wide but their jobs flawlessly. Wright won’t go away. kicked on cue and grimaced
as the ball drifted. The referee signaled wide right. “It was just a chip shot,” said Wright years later. “I should have kicked it right through. As it was, I thought the ball went straight over the right upright. It became a judgment call.” Warren thought the kick was good and got in the referee’s face. Assistant coach Vince Gibson landed facedown on the ground, beating the grass with his fists. Wright went to the sidelines where the big rolled-up tarpaulins were parked. “I wished I could crawl inside one and stay until the next week. I cried a lot. That’s the worst thing I’ve ever been through. I wore
my roommate’s monogrammed sweater so people would think I was somebody else.” Two years later, Tennessee lost the Orange Bowl to Oklahoma, 26-24. Karl Kremser thought the Vols should have won. His 44yard field-goal attempt in the closing moments also drifted right. This was a snapshot of the fine line between victory and defeat, the awful difference in agony and ecstasy. Kremser felt he had let down those who had fought so hard to get so close. He was certain his heart was broken. At 4 in the morning, he was still in a remote corner of the hotel lobby, face in
Getting ready for school Since our retirement several years ago, I have to admit that I have become rather lazy when it comes to getting up in the morning. But I am usually awake when the school bus passes our home around 7 a.m., and it reminds me how early parents and children must get up to get ready for school. In reflecting on those “good old days,” I often consider how times have changed since the 1950s in rural Farragut. And I doubt that many school kids today would understand the challenges we had to deal with in a rural community. First, most households today have central heat and air that can be adjusted by simply touching a thermostat, so getting the house warm before taking a bath is easy. But in rural Far-
ragut, most homes were heated with coal. And on cold mornings we had to fill the coal hamper, which was outside the house. That was usually a chore done by the school kids. Likewise, I am sure most homes in our area today have indoor baths with clean, hot water, but taking a bath before school in our household was a challenge. We were fortunate to have had an indoor bathroom, but a utility district was a decade away. However, we were more
fortunate than most in that we had dug a well, and everything was great as long as there were no long periods of rain. After periods of rain, the water was often muddy. Many families without wells had to heat water on the stove to take a bath. It was always a treat to visit my brothers and sisters in Knoxville and enjoy a hot shower with clean water. I am not sure how students today eat breakfast, but breakfast at our home was a family-participation event. My mother always cooked a full breakfast every morning – country ham, sausage or bacon along with eggs and hot homemade biscuits. And the family enjoyed breakfast together. My father always helped with the cooking, and his specialty was making gravy
to the perfect consistency. Indeed, the Cracker Barrel could have taken a lesson from him in making gravy. We ate breakfast early because that gave me time to wash the dishes. A few days ago, I had occasion to meet a couple of my friends at the local McDonald’s to discuss a business matter over breakfast. McDonald’s is located almost adjacent to the present-day Farragut High School, and I was amazed at the number of young students who were enjoying breakfast there. I asked a couple of them if they ever ate breakfast at home. One said: “Yeah, we have Pop-Tarts sometimes.” That is not surprising since the societal environment has changed so much over the past 50 to 60 years.
his hands, stomach in knots, real tears in his red eyes. Do not miss kicks and sit in a corner, face in hands, stomach in knots. Go to kicking camp. Ah yes, a kick to remember … Jacksonville, 1957 Gator Bowl. Tennessee beat Texas A&M, 3-0, on Sammy Burklow’s fourth-quarter field goal. It was a pretty little thing of 17 yards, just enough to spoil Paul “Bear” Bryant’s final appearance with the Aggies. All that evening was happy hour for the Tennessee family. Eventually, those gathered in Gen. Robert R. Neyland’s hotel suite persuaded him to demonstrate the winning kick. The game ball just happened to be at the athletic director’s fingertips. Neyland gave the ball a swift kick and smashed the
dresser mirror. Oh my, that made quite a mess. More normal festivities resumed, and after two more glasses of iced tea with lemon, kicking technique came up for more discussion. Scrappy Moore, Chattanooga coach, stepped up to prove a point. His kick broke a window. Weeks later, the bill for damages landed on the general’s desk. He paged Gus Manning, then business manager, and asked in no uncertain terms who had torn up a room in Jacksonville. “General, that was the famous kicking exhibition,” said Manning, trying to keep a straight face. “Oh that,” said Neyland. “Well, don’t just stand there, pay the bill.”
Today it’s common for both parents to work, and that doesn’t leave much time to prepare breakfast. My mother never worked outside of the home, so cooking breakfast was not something she was rushed to do. Also, fast-food restaurants that served breakfast such as Hardee’s or McDonald’s were still years in the future, so eating breakfast out before school was not an option even if we could have afforded to do so. And finally, the unpardonable sin was missing the school bus. That meant a two-mile walk to school and the hope that someone would pick me up. As I look back on it now, I think the challenges we faced in getting ready for school, and particularly the many chores we had to do before and after school, created a sense of responsibility and helped develop a positive work ethic. Almost all the kids in
Old Concord grew up to be successful citizens who had careers in a variety of fields. And I am sure we never felt economically disadvantaged, even though by today’s standards we probably would fit that category. It was just the way things were, and since all families in the Village lived under similar conditions, the thought of being poor never came to mind. And even those kids who never had the opportunity to go to college were, through drive and ambition, gainfully employed, and several excelled. For example, one became the general manager of a large Home Depot after starting as a sales associate. Others became successful building contractors and small business owners. Did the challenges faced in growing up in a small, rural community contribute to their success? I tend to think that it did.
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Filling needs, giving voice By Sherri Gardner Howell
Christos Papakastos dances with Maria Siopsis, leader of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church dancers, during a workshop held last week at the church.
Greek dance expert visits St. George By Wendy Smith The moves may be different, but traditional dance is alive and well in Greece, says Christos Papakastos. The expert in dance, music, folklore and anthropology teaches at the University of Athens. He taught a dance workshop at St. George Greek Orthodox Church last week as part of a whirlwind tour of the U.S. St. George dancers were joined by members of the Oak Ridge Folk Dancers at the workshop.
Christos Papakastos, a professor at the University of Athens, demonstrates regional musical differences. Photos by Wendy Smith
During a break, Papakastos demonstrated his expertise with musical instruments and discussed how traditional dance and music varies from country to country. Time signatures and scales differ with region, he said. Dancing continues to play an important role in Greek culture. Some dances are related to a particular season, like one that is performed this time of year to bring rain. Youth between the ages of 12 and 14 adorn themselves with leaves and dance from villa to villa while observers
douse them with water. Another celebrates the coming together of people from all nationalities who consider Greece their home – like a Greek homecoming. That happens in mid-August, he said. While young people still dance, it’s a small part of their lives, and the moves are different. His son is learning to dance, but it’s hard to teach your own kid, he says. The teen has joined a friend’s dance group, rather than his father’s. “My life now is much more easy,” Papakastos laughs.
At Grace Baptist Church and Grace Christian Academy, a cry for help went out for members and students to be a “Voice for the Voiceless.” The response was overwhelming. Through the church’s Charis (Greek word for “grace”) program, the needs of children in foster care were examined, with volunteers learning that children of all ages often enter the fostercare system in emergency situations, bringing nothing from home. A duffel bag with age-appropriate clothing and personal items for each child is a serious need for the foster-care system. Taking on the challenge were co-coordinators Heather Dyer, Amy Bryant, Shannon Ray and Rachael Robbins. Pink and blue duffel bags with the Charis logo were ordered, lists of needed items were distributed and four Sundays in May were set aside to collect the items and fill the bags. The group set a goal of supplying 200 bags to children in foster care. “Some kids come into custody with nothing more
than the clothes on their backs,” said Bryant. “Some come with a few belongings thrown into a trash bag. We want to give them a duffel bag filled with some personal and comfort items of their own, something that will give them hope and dignity.” The goal of 200 bags was exceeded the first Sunday, May 4, of the drive. A new goal of 350 was set, and the students at Grace Academy got involved. With still one Sunday to go, the second goal was exceeded, and a new goal of 700 – the number of children currently in foster care in Knox County – looks to be within reach, said the excited coordinators. Work sessions to coordinate the needs, sign up volunteers and collect the bags brought out all ages, from grandparents to preschoolers. Each bag contains age-appropriate items such as socks; underwear, pull-ups or diapers; sweat pants and Tshirts; a summer and a winter outfit; a “You Are Special” book; toy; pillow; and Bible. The Voice for the Voiceless drive will conclude on Sunday, May 25.
Voice for the Voiceless cocoordinators Heather Dyer, Amy Bryant and Rachael Robbins are thrilled to be surrounded by pink and blue duffel bags filled with items for Knox County’s foster children. Photos by Nancy Anderson
So many volunteers! The project to fill duffle bags to give to foster children gets a great response at Grace Baptist Church.
Grace Academy student Shea Sanders signs up her whole family to fill duffle bag.
Co-coordinator Shannon Ray helps sign up volunteers for the Voice for the Voiceless project.
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Students presenting their Capstone Projects are Aaron Waldrupe, Jacquie Downey, Grant Bruer, Heather Grubbs and Chris Patti.
Three join CAK staff Christian Academy of Knoxville is pleased to announce the addition of three excellent educators to its team of faculty, staff and administration.
Elementary School Principal Kelly Kennedy Kelly Kennedy will start as principal of CAK’s elementary school July 1. “I so thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kelly through the search process. Kelly is a committed believer and an outstanding educator,” Neu said. Kennedy, originally from Birmingham, Ala., has spent the last six years at the Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, Ark., where she is the founding Head of the Lower School. “I was a part of the building process and opening of the school, so that deﬁnitely makes it very difﬁcult to leave here,” Kennedy said. “At the same time, I’m fully aware that there are good things and positive aspects of change. I’m a ﬁrm believer in personal and professional growth and development. There’s something to be said about someone new coming in, picking up and continuing the great things already hap-
pening while fostering further forward momentum. I think that’s going to happen here (at Episcopal) and I’m hopeful that will happen at CAK.” Kennedy received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Baylor University and her masters in educational technology from Texas A&M. “I do feel like I have a strong educational background particularly in curriculum development and elementary education,” Kennedy said. “I’ve also done a lot of work around integrating 21st century skills into an elementary division of a school.” Kennedy describes herself as a warm and caring person and hopes to quickly get to know all of CAK’s elementary students and families. “If you know children well, you can serve them well,” she said. “One of the things I believe in strongly is working to ensure that every decision is centered around what is best for the child.” As Kennedy prepares to pack up and relocate to Knoxville in the next few months, she did admit to some nerves about the initial transition. “There’s always a little fear with the unkown and change,” Kennedy said, “as it’s a late time of year to be making a
Elementary School Principal Kelly Kennedy with husband, Mike.
Five seniors presented their Capstone Projects this month in front of the entire high school. The Capstone Project is a two-year project in which students explore their passions and put them to work to make a local or global impact. “We highlighted ﬁve, but we very easily could have done more,” said Jamie Petrik, CAK Leadership Coordinator. “The effort that these students put into their projects this year was phenomenal. It was not just about a presentation, but about the
glory of God. We have many gifts here at CAK and praise God for everything these students did and will continue to do through their capstones.” The ﬁve student presenters were Aaron Waldrupe, Jacquie Downey, Grant Bruer, Heather Grubbs and Chris Patti. Waldrupe’s project focused on his passion for music, composing part of a symphony and putting together a concert of six pieces. Downey wrote a novel as she participated in a two-week writing workshop at Duke University.
Bruer programmed a video game. Grubbs organized and coached a cheerleading squad of 14 special needs girls, The Lemon Sharks. Patti climbed Mount Rainier in Washington to raise funds for a friend in need. “This is really designed to ﬁnd what God has gifted you with so you can learn more about it and use it,” Waldrupe said. “This was very enjoyable for me because I was able to explore what it means to be a composer and what music means to me.”
leadership decision on the part of both schools. I’ve prayed a lot about whether or not this is where I needed to be going at this time and felt strongly that God was telling me yes, this is where I need to be.”
ities and the people (at CAK).” While at Whiteﬁeld, East worked with Neu and while at Savannah Country Day School, East got to know CAK Assistant Head of School Donald Snider, who was at a rival school. “I absolutely look forward to working with them again,” East said. “Mr. Neu and I had a great working relationship and even though Donald and I were at rival schools, we worked together and it was very genuine. So I’m excited about that.” East has visited a few times and is well aware of the athletic program at CAK. “It’s a highly competitive program that represents the school in the way that you want it to,” East said. “I wouldn’t say my goal is to take it to the next level, because I think it’s already at the next level. I’m a builder; I want to be someone who will be there to help the coaches to continue to climb.” East mentioned that his philosophy is to work closely with coaches and to look at ﬁve facets of each program: students, facilities, budget, schedule and coaching staff. Through that analysis, the goals are: To better serve the
Lord, to improve, to have fun and to try to win championships. “I’m someone who loves to be at school events,” East said. “These are our students. I want to watch them in the musical, on the playing ﬁeld and at choir. That’s why I love what I get to do, and I’m overwhelmed that I actually get to do it.” East will move to Knoxville with his wife of 37 years, Jeanne. They have three children, Emily (30), Jack (24) and Thomas (20).
Athletic Director John East
Athletic Director John East John East will start as CAK’s new athletic director June 1. “We are very blessed to be welcoming John East to our team at CAK,” said Head of School Bob Neu. “He is one of the most Godly people I know, and he brings a lot to the table both professionally and personally.” East comes to CAK from The Walker School in Marietta, Ga., where he served as Assistant Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the past two years. Prior to his time at The Walker School, East served as Director of Athletics at Whiteﬁeld Academy (2004-2011), The Lovett School (1995-2004), Savannah Country Day School (1993-1995) and Metairie Park Country Day (1980-1993). “It’s really God’s blessing,” East said of the move to CAK. “I had no idea this would happen, but we feel the Lord leading us and we are very excited. I’ve been at a lot of different schools, and I very much like the size of the school, the facil-
Caitlin Hollifield Caitlin Holliﬁeld has been hired as the new head coach of the girls basketball program. She will also serve as Assistant Athletic Director and will teach a couple of science classes in CAK’s high school. “We are very excited to welcome Caitlin Holliﬁeld to the CAK community,” Neu said. “Her commitment to excellence in everything she does is very impressive. She is committed to the Lord and developing deep relationships with her students and players.”
Signing Day at CAK CAK senior Maggie Piety signs to play soccer and softball for Berry.
2014 Summer Camps CAK offers a variety of academic and athletic summer camps. Chem Camp June 2-6
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FARRAGUT Shopper news • MAY 19, 2014 • A-9
Roll with it Tyler Carpenter concentrates while competing in field day at A.L. Lotts Elementary. In this activity, teams raced to fill a bucket with water so a ball would roll out.
Myhre to swim at UT Webb School of Knoxville senior John Myhre has committed to swim for the University of Tennessee. As a member of Webb’s 400- and 200-yard freestyle relay teams, M y h r e helped his teammates place second and third respectively at the TenJohn Myhre nessee Interscholastic Swimming Coaches State Swimming and Diving Championship, bringing the team to fourth place overall. “John is passionate about the sport of swimming, and his dedication has paid off,” says Webb head swimming coach Lizzie Fleming. “I’m excited to see what he does over the next four years.” Myhre’s brother, Ben, and parents Sis and Wilson were at the signing.
Farragut Intermediate School principal Kay Wellons holds a balloon bee and a singing fish that helps children cheer up when they visit her office. Wellons likes bees because they defy Teaching intern Kelly Char and teaching assistant Margie Johannigmeier visit with “chef” Kollin logic by flying even though their wings are too heavy to lift Williams after listening to him read the book “Animal Friends” at A.L. Lotts’ Readers’ Café. them. Photos by S. Barrett
Readers’ Café at A.L. Lotts Kindergartners in teacher Angie Johns’ class served up quite a selection last week during Readers’ Café, held in the cafeteria at A.L. Lotts Elementary. Each student wore a personalized chef hat made from a recycled grocery bag and entered the “café” with their book on a silver platter. Johns said they had been practicing reading their book in their “storytelling voice” for some time. Students read aloud for family and
friends. Guests were encouraged to listen to as many individual readers as possible after hearing their own child read. This helps the students become more comfortable speaking in public. “It’s just a good way for them to show off their reading skills,” said Johns. The annual event is also a combined celebration of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, and parents receive a potted plant made by the student.
Track and field Knoxville Youth Athletics Program will host its annual summer track and field event Tuesday, June 3, through Saturday, June 28, at more than 23 schools in Anderson, Blount, Hamblen, Knox, McMinn and Sevier counties. Students ages 5-18 can participate. Practices will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays with track meets Saturdays June 7, 14, 21 and 28. Events will include the 50-meter dash, discus throw, relays, distance events and high jump. There will also be events for parents. Register online through Tuesday, June 3, or at any practice location. Cost is $40 (maximum is $105 per family) and includes a free T-shirt. Info: 385-6237 or http://knoxvilleyouthathletics.org/programs/summer-developmental-trackand-field.
Laney Gossage assists “mad scientist” Al Hazari with an experiment during Science Night at Northshore Elementary. Photos by S. Barrett
Lesson Vol Training 1:305:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31. The Shangri-La TheraSTAR helps children peutic Academy of Riding and adults of all ages from (STAR), in Lenoir City just throughout East Tennessee over the Loudon County line who have physical, mental from Farragut, will host its and neurological disabilities. Summer Junior Vol Training Participants may ride a horse for kids ages 10-12 5-7 p.m. at STAR to help loosen tight Wednesday, May 28, and muscles, or help groom a
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horse to improve self-esteem. Volunteers are needed to assist participants with a wide array of activities. You do not have to have experience with horses to volunteer. Info: Melissa, 988-4711 or www.rideatstar.org.
Coming full circle tells before we end our talk is one of her son who was in college at the time. He had read an article on children with ADHD and the like and what treatments were recommended. Wellons’ son asked her how she kept the patience to deal with troubled students in the classroom. “Four simple words I saw on a poster,” said Wellons. Sara Barrett “God doesn’t make junk.” “Kids know whether you care, and they are so forgiving of an honest mistake.” I remember being sort of Immediately upon sit- pen pals with Wellons durting down with her, Wellons ing my time in her class. shares stories of her time as We would pass notes back a teacher. I mention names and forth during lunch, and of the students in my class her notes to me became so and she even remembered popular with my friends their nicknames. She said that we would send them her favorite part of her ca- around the room so everyreer has been the relation- one could see how wonderships she’s had with the stu- fully silly our teacher was. dents. One particular story she ■ Farragut’s shares brings tears to my fishing rodeo eyes. A child in her class – The town of Farragut in the 4th grade – couldn’t read at all. Wellons worked will host several kid-worwith him every day, first on thy activities this summer, his alphabet, than building the biggest being the 30th to words and sentences. For annual Bob Watt Youth Christmas that year, he gave Fishing Rodeo Saturday, her a ceramic cat that his June 14, at Anchor Park. Kids can bring their uncle helped him purchase. Wellons said the gift fishing pole (a limited means so much to her, any- number will be distributed time she needs to move first come, first served) something in her house, the and compete to catch the cat is always considered a biggest fish. Prizes will be fragile priority even above awarded in numerous categories. Bait will be proher finest china. “I would fight a tiger for vided although you can my boys, or any child in this bring your own, and any type can be used. school,” she said. Registration starts at 9 Wellons has three grown sons, Douglas, Dustin and a.m. and fishing runs from Daniel, with her husband, 9:30-11 a.m. Admission is free and the rodeo will be David, of almost 34 years. Upon her retirement held rain or shine. Info: Wellons hopes to spend 966-7057 or www.townofmore time gardening and farragut.org. would like to read something besides educational ■ Last call for material. Shopper interns She hopes to continue in We’ve almost finished education in some form. She selecting rising 9th gradalso hopes to become more ers for a free, six-week active with her church’s loprogram starting Tuesday, cal missions. June 3. Info: 342-6616. One last story Wellons
I was fortunate enough to be one of Kay Wellons’ first students when I was in the 4th grade at Farragut Intermediate School. About 30 years later, I feel so blessed to interview her regarding her retirement as principal.
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A-10 • MAY 19, 2014 • Shopper news THE TOWN OF FARRAGUT, TENNESSEE, HEREBY PROVIDES CERTAIN FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR THE 2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 484, PUBLIC LAW OF 1991, AS AMENDED. Town of Farragut, Tennessee Proposed Budget For the Fiscal Year 2015 Beginning July 1, 2014, and Ending June 30, 2015 Actual FY 2013
Estimated FY 2014
Proposed FY 2015
$4,884,105 $2,515,933 $1,798,687 $11,305
$5,238,242 $2,397,417 $1,680,671 $910
$4,500,000 $2,281,200 $1,497,301 $0
Expenditures Personnel Operating Expenditures Operating Transfers
$3,564,799 $1,872,465 $3,857,868
$3,809,222 $2,185,190 $3,470,000
$3,842,518 $2,614,014 $3,270,000
Total Expenditures Total Transfers
Beginning Fund Balance Ending Fund Balance
Actual FY 2013
Estimated FY 2014
Proposed FY 2015
$531,143 $832 $220,000
$536,000 $550 $120,000
$535,000 $500 $120,000
Expenditures Road Maintenance
Actual FY 2013
Estimated FY 2014
Proposed FY 2015
$2,500,000 $1,060,764 $0
$3,000,000 $1,139,000 $0
$3,000,000 $434,556 $2,146,694
Expenditures Capital Projects
$5,921,711 $8,084,994 $2,293,545 $5,791,449
$5,791,449 $6,359,239 $2,293,545 $4,065,694
$6,359,239 $6,359,239 $2,020,225 $2,192,320
Actual FY 2013
Estimated FY 2014
Proposed FY 2015
Expenditures Major Equipment
Actual FY 2013
Estimated FY 2014
Proposed FY 2015
Expenditures Retirement Benefits
Actual FY 2013
Estimated FY 2014
Proposed FY 2015
Expenditures Transfer to Capital Investment Program
GENERAL FUND Revenue Local Sales Tax State of Tennessee Other Revenue Transfer from other funds
STREET AID Revenue State of Tennessee Other Revenue Transfer In Total
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CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND Revenue Transfer In Other CIP Reserves
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EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT FUND Revenue Transfer In Other Total
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INSURANCE FUND Revenue Transfer In Other
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Everett Road Fund Revenue Interest Total
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THE PROPOSED 2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR APPROVAL BY THE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN ON MAY 22 AND JUNE 12, 2014 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THE ABOVE INFORMATION OR THE PROPOSED 2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET, CONTACT DAVID SMOAK, TOWN ADMINISTRATOR OR ALLISON MYERS, TOWN RECORDER, AT 966-7057.
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Mobile app finds fresh food A “Pick Tennessee” mobile app is now available which can find and then map the way to locally grown farm products, farms and farmers markets. The free app, downloadable from both iTunes for Apple products and from Google Play for Android devices, is the latest advancement of Boy Scout troop 140 in Hardin Valley held a Court of Honor recently for several of its members Tennessee Department of who received Eagle Scout rank. Pictured with U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. (center) are Eagle Agriculture’s Pick Tennessee Products promotion. Search Scouts Rand Clapp, Bay Cravens, Andrew Meek and Evan Nelson. Photo submitted for Pick Tennessee. Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson called it “a new face for an old friend.” The Pick Tennessee mobile app allows users to search by item, like “apples,” by region of the state, or season. The mobile app then provides directions to the chosen location through
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direct GPS mapping. “Every Tennessee farmer or farm product producer who sells directly to the public can visit the Pick Tennessee Products website and apply to become part of this extraordinary free service,” Johnson said. “If a farm is listed on Pick Tennessee Products, that farm is automatically available on the new Pick Tennessee mobile app for GPS mapping.” The Pick Tennessee mobile app can keep track of favorites and provides links to seasonal recipes, handy tips and fun facts, as well as the full Pick Tennessee Products website. Farm direct and local items on the app include options as varied as local fruits and vegetables, wineries, greenhouses and
plant nurseries, Christmas tree farms and local honey. The items can be searched by the farm where they’re produced, or the markets where they’re sold. The website www.picktnproducts.org also posts directories of the state’s county fairs, equine trails and services, local meats and dairies, and agritourism farms and activities of all kinds. Going live in 1995, the Pick Tennessee Products site was the state of Tennessee’s first consumer Web presence. A completely free service, the site currently features close to 2,000 participating farms, processors and other ag and farm businesses, listing about 10,000 individual items. It attracted more than 300,000 visits last year.
Once upon a time Auctioneer David Alley talks with Sarah and Oliver Smith at The Episcopal School of Knoxville’s 10th annual gala “Once Upon a Time.” The event raised $155,000 and included dinner and an auction of luxury items and children’s artwork. The “Raise the Paddle” finale earned $13,600 for the school’s scholarship fund. Photo submitted
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Christian Academy of Knoxville’s top five academic achievers attended a banquet where students from 66 public and private schools were honored. Pictured at the event are honorees David McDaniel treats Naomi Corum, 3, to a miniature donkey ride as Paulette Elementary School hosted the annual Farm Day, organized by the Union County Farm Bureau. Jarrod Nelson, Minta Ray, Grant Bruer, Andersen Estes and Quillen Blalock. Photo submitted
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