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Outdoors Outdoor Living Special Section
Beetles in Campbell Station Park part of entomologists’ study Funnel traps hang from black walnut trees in Campbell Station Park. The traps are there to lure the walnut twig beetles. Photo submitted.
Find out where the wild things are and much more in this month’s “myOutdoors.”
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Meet the interns Yes, it’s that time of year again. The interns have arrived at the Shopper News. Meet them and hear about their adventures last week at the Knoxville News Sentinel, having lunch at Litton’s and visiting radio’s Phil Williams.
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Supporting school volunteers Farragut’s education committee reached out to the Pencil Foundation in Nashville for some guidance on ways to get a school volunteer program off the ground. Russell Barber arranged a conference call with the Pencil Foundation’s Connie Williams for a portion of the committee’s meeting on June 4. The Nashville organization has been in operation since 1982.
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By Betsy Pickle Farragut residents appreciate the natural beauty of Campbell Station Park, and they enjoy the amenities such as walking trails, play and picnic areas and benches. But they might want to be especially grateful for a handful of contraptions they may not even notice.
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Joe Carson wins ethics essay award Joe Carson, PE, has won the 2013 Milton F. Lunch Ethics contest sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Carson, a West Knox resident, is employed by the U.S. Department of Energy in a position with nuclear safety responsibilities. He also won the annual engineering ethics contest in 2003 and 2009. Along with the award came a $500 prize to Carson and another $500 to the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. His winning essay will be published in PE Magazine and posted on the NSPE website.
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Ambassador Scobey to speak at Rotary From staff reports Margaret Scobey has traveled a long road and is now coming to Farragut to make her home. Scobey, who was born in Memphis and lived in Knoxville while receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee, is the former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Syria. She is in the process of moving to Farragut and will be the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of
Farragut on Wednesday, June 12. Anticipating the interest in her talk on “Perspective on the Middle East,” the club is having an open meeting so the public can attend. The luncheon meeting is at noon at Fox Den Country Club. Lunch is $12. Scobey was the U.S. Ambassador to Syria from late 2003 until early 2005 when she was recalled to the states after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime
Minister Rafiq Hariri. She then served as ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 2008 until July 2011. Her last assignment in the foreign service was as deputy commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. She retired with the rank of Career Minister from the U.S. Foreign Service after a 32-year career.
During her career, Scobey served as political counselor in Baghdad and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and served in Yemen, Jerusalem, Kuwait, Pakistan and Peru. She received the Department of State award for Distinguished Service and a Presidential Award. For information on the meeting and to reserve a spot, contact Mark Bialik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who knew and when did they know it? Mayors deny support of bill By Betty Bean State Rep. Steve Hall faced pointed questions from members of the Council of West Knox County Homeowners who said they were kept in the dark about a bill that removes the scenic highway designation from a segment of Middlebrook Pike where Tennova Healthcare has purchased land for a new hospital. Hall said both city and county mayors knew about the bill and no one voiced opposition. Contacted after the meeting, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said she didn’t talk to Tennova representatives or to city lobbyist Tony Thompson about the issue, and would have advised Tennova to consult the neighbors about their plans had she been asked. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said he was not
ary as a caption bill, amended and passed in April. It was sponsored in the Senate by Becky Massey and Stacey Campfield. “I’m a big boy. If I messed up, I messed up. The information I had, the talking points were that the Knox County mayor was informed and the city mayor was informed. I don’t think there was a homeowners organization on the list (of those who had been informed of the requested designation change). “If the mayor had a problem, I would have balked. City lobbyist Rep. Steve Hall at the Council of West Tony Thompson was there. If there Knox County Homeowners. Photo by had been a problem, they would have notified me about it. As far as it Betty Bean being ‘hush hush,’ I didn’t know that it was,” Hall said. “Nobody voiced involved in the matter, and consid- any opposition.” Hall said Tennova needed the ers it a city issue. Hall said he sponsored the scenic highway designation change House bill at the request of Ten- because it set unacceptable limits nova vice president Jerry Askew. on the heights of new buildings. “What we did was move it one The bill was introduced in Janu-
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Breanna Loy and Madelyn Vagott enjoy the music from the patio at Einstein Bros. Bagels.
Farragut High School student Madelyn Vagott got the chance to exhibit some of her artwork at Einstein Bros. Bagels “Art Exhibit and Spoken Word Night.” She stands in front of her acrylic work titled “Kit-tays.”
Bagels and art Special night at Einstein embraces coffeehouse atmosphere Einstein Bros. Bagels owners Yvonne and Jon Kidder opened the restaurant to budding artists with Art Exhibit and Spoken Word Night, evoking a “coffee house” atmosphere for the evening. The night was championed by the Kidders’ daughter, Elizabeth, as a way for young artists to get some public exposure. Some artists showed their paintings, while others enter-
tained with music and readings of original works. The Spoken Word program was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 24.
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Funnel traps are hanging from four different black walnut trees in the park in hopes of luring walnut twig beetles. The little bugs – about the size of a comma – are causing big problems in Knox and several other counties in East Tennessee. Brought in unwittingly from western states, probably on firewood or lumber for woodworking, the beetles carry Thousand Cankers Disease, a fungus that grows under a tree’s bark and causes its decline and eventually death. “It turned up in Knox County virtually in the same week or two-week period as when emerald ash borer showed up in 2010,” says Bill Klingeman, an entomologist who teaches and does research in the University of Tennessee’s Plant Sciences Department. Scientists and forestry officials are always on the lookout “for critters that
would be of significant economic and aesthetic concern,” Klingeman says, and both the emerald ash borer and walnut twig beetle were on their equivalent of the 10 Most Wanted List. Experts were especially concerned about the walnut twig beetle and Thousand Cankers Disease crossing the Mississippi River because “it would be a whole new world in how it would interact with walnuts, since we have a much greater abundance on the East Coast of the walnut hosts,” says Klingeman. Trapping and collecting the beetles in Campbell Station Park is one step in a laborious and collaborative effort to analyze and fight the beetles and their progression. Klingeman, with the help of a student, collects the traps about once a week and shares the samples with researchers at Purdue University in Indiana. “We go through the sam-
Jay Mullens, a student at Farragut High School, plays the bass guitar as part of the entertainment during “Art Exhibit and Spoken Word Night.”
FHS senior Skylar Greico plays the harmonica as part of the entertainment during the art night at the restaurant on Parkside Drive.
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A special night for artists at Einstein Bros. Bagels brought out A pastel by Julie Wu titled “Pacific” is part of the art exhibit at FHS graduating senior Brian Hooyman and his guitar. Einstein Bros. Bagels.
ple to figure out if there are other beetles in the trap, and what proportion of them are actually the walnut twig beetle,” he says. Because the pheromone bait requires that beetles be fairly close in order to detect it, Klingeman is also trying to improve the bait so that it could work at a farther distance, say from the edge of an orchard where walnut trees are being grown for timber. Klingeman also is working with the U.S. Forest Service and entomologists at Tennessee State University, using traps that have been installed in Alcoa and Maryville. Other scientists from California to Virginia are working on ways to treat the fungus and restore trees to health. Beetle counts at Campbell Station Park were low last year, but the problem has not gone away. It’s just not necessarily visible to the naked eye. “Walnut often look kind of scrappy anyway,” says Klingeman. “They tend to
Matt Paschen, a Purdue University doctoral student and member of Dr. Matt Ginzel’s Purdue Forest Entomology Laboratory Team, visits Dr. Bill Klingeman’s UT lab. Photo submitted lose limbs here and there, and with the drought that’s particularly true. I find it’s difficult to look at a tree and say yes or no or ‘this is a sign of its injury.’ “Right now, the trees look pretty good. We’ve had a moist spring, and they’re trying to outgrow the pathogen’s effects. It’s really difficult to discern. Often, you have to
culture the fungus … to know that it’s actually in the tree.” The public can help slow the spread of Thousand Cankers Disease by taking some simple – and required – precautions. “Buying your firewood where you’re camping instead of bringing it from home is very important,” says Klingeman. “With the
walnut, when you have trees taken down, burning that as a fireplace resource close to the location it was cut would be helpful. “They don’t want that wood moving outside of our region. “There can be fines when firewood is moved outside of the quarantine area from an infested area.”
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government Conflict on Civil Service board Sam Anderson, chair of the city Civil Service Board and former Parks and Recreation director, is being forced off the Civil Service Board, along with Don Green, a former city police officer, due to residency. Both live outside the city. Anderson lives immediately adjacent to the city boundary while Green lives in Anderson County.
I am trying to get to the bottom of this, but no one is owning up as to who triggered the legal opinion. It came out of nowhere and something smells. Evidence points to Vickie Hatfield as the one who played the pivotal role. Here are the facts. Vickie Hatfield, Civil Service director, when asked if she requested the opinion, emailed back to this writer, “No one filed a complaint or anything of that nature. It (residency issue) was inadvertently brought to my attention during a conversation about other matters. Once aware, I was unsure what to do with the information. I contacted Mike (Winchester who is the board attorney).” Notice Hatfield does not say who she had this conversation with or why it came up. Anderson has lived at 1801 River Shores since he was appointed almost two years ago. It has never been a secret. It is well known that Hatfield and Anderson do not see eye to eye. Anderson chairs the board and was doing Hatfield’s evaluation which had not happened previously and is due this month. Anderson had raised numerous issues on minority hirings which he feels Hatfield did not appreciate. Anderson’s term runs to March 31, 2016, and Green’s expires March 31 next year. Many city boards including KUB, the Airport Authority and KCDC do not require residency in the city. Over 40 percent of all city employees live outside the city. Anderson is one of the most informed persons ever to serve on this board and advocates strongly for improved minority hirings in a way few others can do. This problem can be remedied by the city doing
a voluntary annexation of Anderson’s home which is immediately adjacent to the city or asking Rep. Joe Armstrong in the next legislative session to change the law to permit residents of Knox County who have previously worked for the city to be eligible to serve. It is really in Mayor Rogero’s hands on how hard she wishes to overturn this suspicious maneuver from Hatfield who just happened to learn of something which had not been new for two years. This is no way to treat Sam Anderson after years of dedicated service to the people of Knoxville. It is also a test of the current Administration’s commitment to correcting a bad situation. I am convinced Mayor Rogero did not want this to happen. But how will she move to overturn it is the question. ■ A public hearing is 6 p.m. today (June 10) at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Northshore Drive to discuss the future of Lakeshore Park. It’s cohosted by the city and the Lakeshore Foundation Board chaired by Dee Haslam. This is a great opportunity to learn about the future of the park as the state land is transferred to the city, as well as to give input into those plans. Public is invited. ■ Former Knoxville Vice Mayor Mark Brown, now a Knox County General Sessions Court Magistrate, is getting married Aug. 23 in Memphis to Chenile Crenshaw. Crenshaw attended the University of Tennessee with Brown many years ago where they first met. Brown’s first wife, Marcia, died almost three years ago after a lengthy illness. Brown was recently reappointed to a new 4-year term by the Knox County Commission. Brown was a very active and effective City Council member. ■ Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Joseph Tipton of Knoxville has advised Gov. Haslam he will not seek a new term in the August 2014 state judicial election. Under the law, the governor will choose from a list of three names submitted to him by June 30, 2013, before the current nominating commission goes out of business. (The Legislature failed to extend it.) The new appointee will be voted on by all Tennessee voters in August 2014 for an 8-year term commencing Sept. 1, 2014.
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The problem with Price So here’s the candidate: Experience? Check. Integrity? Unquestioned. Reputation? Unblemished. Temperament? Unflappable. Patriot? Volunteered for National Guard, served with 278th in Iraq. Family guy? One wife, two kids. Religion? Arlington Church of Christ; preacher’s kid. Smarts/Education? Harvard law degree. Active in community? President, American Legion, Post 2 But here’s the rub: Assistant District Attorney Leland Price, co-prosecutor in the seemingly-endless trials of the four defendants in the 2007 killing of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom – probably the most notorious murder case in modern Knoxville history – is a Democrat. Price is District Attorney Randy Nichols’ go-to guy in the most difficult cases, and nobody was surprised when
A delicious debate is heating up regarding ownership of public school buildings. It’s not clear cut, and them that’s got the keys don’t want to give them up.
We’ve got schools built by the school board through taxes allocated by law to it. The school board owns those keys. We’ve got schools like the new Carter Elementary where Knox County government stepped up and built the facility. Last week Mayor Tim Burchett got the keys from the contractor. When will Burchett hand over the keys to Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre? We’ve got other schools that came to the county from the former city school system. I’m not sure those deeds were ever straightened out. Know why? Because some schools were owned by the city school board and others by the city itself. So some deeds were conveyed to the county while others stayed with
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he was tapped to handle the cases against the four defendants, two of whom had to be tried twice when Judge Richard Baumgartner was found guilty of misconduct that tainted the verdicts. Next year, he’d like to succeed Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz, also a Democrat, who was appointed in 1989 by Gov. Ned McWherter and who will step down next year after a distinguished career. Judges serve 8-year terms and tend to stay put until carried out feet-first, so an open seat will probably attract a lot of contenders. Few, however, will have credentials that match Price’s. He is a quiet, thoughtful, smart-as-a-whip workhorse who grew up in Nashville and got an undergraduate degree in American History at David Lipscomb, where he was a scholarship student. He wanted to go to
we ate at the Bel Air Grill. I think she considers that our first date. “Almost instantly I knew I had made right decision (coming to Knoxville). I like Knoxville and being in East Tennessee and love hiking and UT sports. Love my job, love the town and once I met Niki, that sealed it. I wasn’t going anywhere.” Looking at the resumé there’s only one reason why Knox Countians wouldn’t elect Leland Price to serve as Criminal Court judge, and it’s pretty damn flimsy: That D behind his name.
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law school and was encouraged to apply to Harvard by a professor who recognized his potential. He got his law degree in 1996. “I just now paid off my law school loan,” Price said. “I basically mortgaged my brain.” His first job was with a firm in Birmingham, but he quickly decided that he wasn’t in the right place. “I wanted to be a prosecutor and be in a courtroom,” he said. “So I sent my resumé out across the state and Randy Nichols was the one who hired me. Now, looking back on it, it’s like it was meant to be.” A big factor in falling in love with Knoxville was meeting his wife-to-be, Niki Humphreys, a UT student intern in the Knox County Attorney General’s office. Niki, who would later go to law school, wrote weekly movie reviews for the Shopper News, and one Friday night Price invited himself to join her at the Halls Cinema. “She says that wasn’t a date, I say it was. We started meeting at the theater every Friday, and one time
the city. Can you parse ownership at Christenberry Elementary where the school gym is also the city recreation center and the ballfields are probably still mowed by Larry Cox? Commissioner Dave Wright said (paraphrasing) that if it’s a Knox County school then Knox County obviously owns the building. A majority of the school board would disagree. Issues of security, maintenance and even usage cloud the discussion. Traditionally, Election Day voting happened at schools, particularly outside the city limits where public buildings were scarce or nonexistent. A couple of decades ago, the Election Commission requested that schools be closed on Election Day to reduce problems with parking and access. The school system complied. Starting in 2014, the state is requiring 180 days of actual classes. So the school board is trying to tweak the calendar. It makes no sense educationally for schools to close on Election Day, a Tuesday. (By law, the Election Commission can commandeer public buildings and does not have to pay.) Indya Kincannon says schools should not close on
Russ Watkins of Partners Development presents the keys to Carter Elementary School to Mayor Tim Burchett. Photo by Ruth White Election Days. “It’s a unique opportunity for students to see civics in action. It’s a rare opportunity for voters to enter schools and get a glimpse of what’s happening inside. “The logistics of sharing the space are manageable,” she said, because of early voting. Also, it’s convenient for parents to vote when dropping off their kids. “And we need more parents of school-aged kids to vote.” Board member Doug Harris also wants schools open on Election Day. The issue was so contentious that the board deferred a decision until July. The choices are painful: start school on Friday, Aug. 8; wipe out the Wednesday holiday before Thanksgiving; cut the winter break at Christmas; or extend the school year. Staying open on Election Day has got my vote. After all, schools are safer than ever. We just anted up $1 million for armed guards at every school on every day. This might give them something to do.
Meanwhile, the fuss over ownership will blossom this Thursday when the joint Education Committee of county commission and the school board meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Andrew Johnson Building. Here’s betting the school board wants ownership of its buildings; the commissioners want ownership for Knox County; and the law director’s office will side with commissioners.
The Campfield criteria State Sen. Stacey Campfield takes issue with a recent poll of folks under 30 who expressed discomfort with the Republican Party. In the Bloomberg Report, Campfield said, “As for youth polling, young people often say and do things completely different when they actually grow up, get a real job, begin paying taxes and start trying to raise a family.” Campfield’s criteria for adulthood begs the question: When might he be planning to try it?
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Pencil Foundation answers Ed committee’s call Farragut’s education committee reached out to the Pencil Foundation in Nashville for some guidance on ways to get a school volunteer program off the ground. Member Russell Barber arranged a conference call with the Pencil Foundation’s Connie Williams for a portion of the education committee’s monthly meeting on June 4. The Nashville organization has been in operation since 1982. In its early days the Pencil Foundation operated somewhat like Knox County’s Partners in Education program in which businesses aid schools by donating supplies or money. When Williams joined in the 1990s, the foundation’s board wanted a change. “Businesses wanted to be a partner and get involved in the schools,” she said. “Lots of our students moved here from other countries, and we have a 70 percent poverty rate in our district. The board was interested in partnerships
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where you have adults working together for the benefit of the children.” Business partners began to be immersed in schools, and the foundation shifted its focus to volunteer involvement. “The Pencil Foundation worked with the district to try to develop what the district needed and volunteers to fill those needs,” she said. Presently the foundation’s focus is on reading programs to help students reach proficiency. There’s also a math program for elementary and middle schools students. At the high school level, there’s the College Career Coaches for freshmen. Volunteers help students make the transition to high school
and help with career planning. Like Knox County, the Pencil Foundation works with tiers of volunteers with only a portion needing background checks. “Casual volunteers might help with registration or field day, read to students or work with other adults in the school,” Williams said. Those volunteers usually don’t have direct contact with students without a teacher’s supervision and many parents fall into that category. Those requiring background checks are in a position to earn a student’s trust because they work in the classroom and are considered adjunct faculty. “We handle the background checks and shred them at the end of the school year,” Williams said, adding that, like Knox County, they check predator databases. Littleton broached the problem of carving out opportunities for volunteers to share knowledge with students given what teachers
are required to teach. Williams said attitudes can evolve, but teachers “are never going to completely change.” She says she sees a change coming as younger teachers who’ve been exposed to classroom volunteers enter the system. “Some teachers crave involvement of parents and community partners … and others feel like they manage the classroom so ‘don’t come and mess in my world,’” Williams said. Training is also important, she added, to teach volunteers what to expect regarding grade levels and how to keep students’ attention. Sometimes teachers bring in speakers on their own and have a bad experience, she noted. That’s where the Pencil Foundation tries to help – with the planning. “Don’t schedule a speaker for a 7:05 a.m. class,” she said. “Not a whole lot gets accomplished that first hour.”
Try to get speakers for subjects that have a value to the teacher, she added, and show the teacher how those speakers have been trained to relate to students. “Quick tips will help volunteers,” she said. “Make sure volunteers are engaged so they’re not wasting teachers’ time. You need to have principals on board, and it’s good to have your superintendent on board. What a principal deems important, teachers will too. Demonstrate to teachers and volunteers that this will be a benefit to students.” The committee hopes to reconnect with Williams once school is back in session and Knox County’s volunteer vetting program is up and running. Committee members also got a quick lesson in the importance of iPads in the classroom from Farragut Intermediate School fourth grade teacher Erin Tharp. “It’s such a great resource,” she said of the device. “There’s only one for
my class, but I’d like to have four or five. I can individualize my instruction based on a student’s needs.” She said her students love an app called “Telegami” where they can create their own avatar and background. The avatar uses Tharp’s voice to explain a principle. The program helps give shy students a voice without being in the spotlight. FIS assistant principal Debbie Adorante told the committee that next year fifth grade students will have to take a mandated writing test on the computer. As things stand now, it will take nearly a week to cycle all the fifth-graders through the computer lab at Farragut Intermediate. Tharp said that while iPads are $500 each, if the school had enough for one full class, they could be shared, one classroom at a time. FIS has targeted its $22,000 donation from the town for computer equipment.
Courting business in Vegas from May 19-22. The trip marks the fifth time the town has sent representatives to the ICSC Conference with the purpose of promoting economic development and luring new businesses to Farragut. The conference is known as the largest “deal-making” conference of its kind and attracts the upper echelon of commercial businesses, land developers,
From staff reports It was the cities and towns version of “Let’s Make a Deal,” but it will be months, maybe even years, before town representatives know if anything great was behind Curtain No. 1. Representatives from the town of Farragut attended the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon Global Convention in Las Vegas
state/local governments and related entities. Representing the town were David Smoak, town administrator; Gary Palmer, assistant administrator; David Purvis, president of the Farragut Business Alliance; Jim Nixon, committee member with the Farragut Economic Development Council; and Mayor Ralph McGill. The group met with pro-
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A-6 • JUNE 10, 2013 • Shopper news It won eight of the first 10. Gene McEver returned the 1928 opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Tennessee never trailed. Tennessee won, 15-13. That was the beginning of change. There were 40 punts in 1932. Defenses were that good on wet ground. Alabama punted poorly in the fourth quarter. Tennessee won, 7-3. Johnny Butler twice reversed his field on a serpentine 56-yard run, highlight of the 1939 victory. Incidentally, Tennessee opponents failed to score that season. All-American Dick Huffman beat up All-American Harry Gilmer in 1946. Huffman wore orange. Andy Kozar scored the deciding TD in the final minute of 1950. Tide quarterback Snake Stabler threw away the football to stop the clock in 1965 – on fourth down. Bubba Wyche led a sig-
nificant upset of Alabama in 1967. Albert Dorsey intercepted enough passes to become an All-American. In his fifth game as Tennessee coach, Bill Battle, 29, produced a 1970 victory over his mentor, the legendary Paul Bryant. Two years later, Alabama scored two touchdowns in the final 36 seconds and inflicted a crushing defeat. After 11 consecutive losses to Alabama, Mike Terry intercepted a pass in the end zone with 17 seconds left to seal Tennessee’s stunning 35-28 upset. That was 1982. The next year, Johnnie Jones raced 66 yards for a fourthquarter touchdown to again stun the Tide. Blitzing linebacker Dale Jones made one of the great plays in Tennessee history to save the 1985 triumph. In 1990, in a sudden reversal, Alabama blocked
a winning field goal at one end and kicked a winning field goal at the other. The Tide went 8-0-1 between 1986 and 1994. Tennessee won nine of 10 between 1995 and 2004. Peyton Manning and Joey Kent started that streak with an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play. Jay Graham made the big play the next season. Peerless Price returned a kickoff 100 yards in ’98. That was a good year. It took five overtimes but Casey Clausen led the Vols to victory in 2003. With 13 seconds remaining, Alabama won with a field goal in 2005. This stuff is tradition. Memories are priceless. Not much has happened lately but things will change. Nick Saban said Tennessee now has a coach.
In the first chapter of Genesis, there is the account of the creation of the universe: light, then the heavens and the earth. In the second chapter of Genesis, we have the account of how God creCross Currents ated Adam, forming him out of the dust of the ground, and Lynn then Eve. Hutton And it is in that second chapter that we find a process. God did not wave a magic wand and create a I think of as Souls have a ra- puppet. It was a three-step diance about them, a quiet process: God formed Adam, depth of spirit that sets them breathed the breath of life apart, an inner shining that into him and Adam became a elicits (in fact, requires) some living soul. response. That, my friends, is how I Once I learned how to read understand the theory of evothe Bible, I was intrigued by lution. All of God’s creation the order of things in Eden. was a process, in stages, over
time, in large chunks of time – eons and eons of time. (As one pastor explained it to me, “’In the beginning, God….’ Everything else is methodology!”) My point is this, however: Adam was created a man; he became a soul through the blessing of God’s own breath. I sometimes think of this in terms of childbirth. A baby is born from a water environment, and has to have his mouth suctioned out by the doctor to clear the airways. It is at that moment that the baby is able to scream his indignation at being pushed from his dark, warm, cozy, floating environment into a world where gravity makes him feel that
he is falling. As an additional insult, his body is cold for the very first time. He finds that crying feels pretty good, and he keeps at it until he is bundled in warm blankets and handed back to his mom, and his rosebud mouth finds its first meal. Almost none of his potential abilities work yet. He has to learn to suckle and sleep and grow. He has to learn to walk and talk. He has to learn to love and forgive. He has a lot of learning to do. He has to become a soul. It won’t always be easy. He will mess up. He will forget. He will get hurt. He will grow. He will become. Just like Adam. Just like all of us.
Too much Alabama talk Considering that they don’t play until late October, there sure is a lot of chatter about Tennessee-Alabama football. Can you believe there are people running loose in the neighborhood who want to end this relationship after just 112 years? And they claim to be fans. I say they need professional help and maybe guide dogs. College football is or was based on rivalries. Geographic proximity was the original concept of conferences. It was backyard brawls, us against them, Hatfields versus the McCoys, Yale against Harvard, Auburn against Georgia. That is why stadiums are large. I understand LSU coach Les Miles wanting to stop permanent cross-division
balanced – as if that is possible. Others simply admitted Alabama is too tough. Marvin Some have spoken on behalf of more variety in schedulWest ing. They say diversity is so exciting. Beware of false prophets. They also want to change school colors to Nike camoumatchups in the Southeast- flage. ern Conference, especially Permanent cross-division Tennessee-Alabama. Miles competition doesn’t matter has an agenda. The Tide has to me either way. But tradibeen using the game as a tion does. Tennessee and free pass toward the national Alabama really should play championship. on the third Saturday of evLes does not like his as- ery October. Write that one signed East division rival. in ink. Complete the schedule Florida is a threat. Given a in pencil. choice, the Gators might like Yes, there are times when an easier foe, too. sustaining tradition is more People without souls important than immediate chirped up in support of loot. Miles. They said the league Alabama was better than schedule should be fair and Tennessee in the beginning.
On becoming a Soul …then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7 NRSV) Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place. (Rumi, 13th century Persian poet, jurist, theologian and mystic) Do you recognize souls when you meet them? Are there persons you instinctively feel drawn to, want to be around? Do you look forward to exploring their minds? I have known such people. They are wondrous: unpre-
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Paying it forward Andy Rittenhouse wants to return blessings he received By Ashley Baker Andy Rittenhouse, pastor of domestic missions at First Baptist Concord, wants to make a difference in Knoxville. After doing extensive research documenting the social needs here, Rittenhouse compiled a book called “Salt and Light: A Guide to Loving Knoxville,” which has become a Christian’s guide to loving Knoxville well. Rittenhouse’s research and ministry were born out of the fact that he once was in great need himself. He says when someone showed him the love of Jesus, his life was forever changed. “My story is that my parents divorced when I was a freshman in high school,” Rittenhouse says. That event caused a turn for the worse. Rittenhouse, his mother and his two siblings lived out of a 1977 Chevy Impala in the Texas summer heat. It was then that Rittenhouse’s family moved to Tennessee and received help from a group of concerned Christians. They raised money for the family to get an apartment and for Rittenhouse and his two siblings to go to school at Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy in Seymour. “I was a statistic,” says Rittenhouse. “We were homeless and had no money, but because of the interjection of
The Rittenhouse family (front) Eli, Paige, Andy, Josiah; (back) Johah, Caleb, Micah, Hadassah and Noah.
Andy Rittenhouse and several children enjoy lending a helping hand at a work day in the Knoxville community. Photos submitted
More than meets the eye By Sara Barrett Angela Conner never expected to compete in the Miss Tennessee pageant. It was the encouraging words from the previous title holder that led her to the decision to give the pageant a try. When she won, “I cried instantly,” she said. “My first thought was how far I had come.” The trials and stress of the pageant circuit were not the measuring sticks to which Conner referred. It was her three months’ struggle with GuillainBarre Syndrome, when she was paralyzed from the face down. The disorder occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own nervous system. “I didn’t know if I would live or die,” said Conner. After a stay at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, she stood up and took her first steps the week before Christmas. Officially in re-
mission for the past year and a half, she is still partially numb on one side of her face. Conner considers her smile a “victory scar.” “My one goal was to get my smile back,” she said. “Smiles are contagious.” After surviving her debilitating illness, Conner said she wanted to use the title of Miss Tennessee to help raise awareness not only about Guillain-Barre Syndrome, but also about finding your inner beauty and your purpose in life. While working her “day job” as a manager at Finish Line Sports in Turkey Creek, Conner heard about a summer fashion camp for girls 9-12 being sponsored by the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek. Conner knew she wanted to be a part of it to help participants see their true beauty, both inside and out. “Young girls look too much to celebrities (for their ideal body image),” said
Conner. “Beauty is not all about looks. It’s about what you do for others.” “The summer fashion camp will teach more than just how to walk a runway,” said Pinnacle at Turkey Creek spokesperson Kiley Fleenor. A number of businesses in the complex will lend time and goods to the event, including Kirkland’s Home, which will give the “campers” tips on decorating their room. Marshall’s will donate place settings to show prop-
er table etiquette, and International Flair will have supplies for jewelry making. Refreshments will be served by Panera Bread. Makeup and fashion tips will be made available, but the event “is a good mix of things,” said Fleenor. The Pinnacle’s week-long fashion camp will be held for five weeks to give everyone who is interested a chance to participate. Held Mondays through Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., camp will be the
these ‘Jesus people,’ my life was put on a different path.” Other impacts shaping his life include his experiences as a volunteer at a maximum security state prison. “It grabbed my heart,” Rittenhouse says. He knew that many of those people were hurting, just like he was that summer in Texas. He wanted to help them, just as he was freely given help. These experiences provided his motivation to look at the Knoxville community’s needs and eventually write “Salt and Light.” While researching the book, Rittenhouse found many people following Christ’s call to love their neighbors, but he was surprised to find that the church as a whole was not a significant player in the city’s development. He wanted that to change. Challenging leaders with the information he found, Rittenhouse envisioned a new collaboration to look at Knoxville’s problems. From this, the Compassion Coalition was born. The coalition is a group of Christian believers who are committed to being what Matthew 5:13-16 would call “salt and light” in their community. Their aim is to address the brokenness of the city and to mobilize Christians in the church to help. “This growing coalition of believers in Jesus reflects
the loving, serving presence of Christ among those who are suffering and marginalized,” executive director Grant Standefer explains in “Salt and Light.” The Coalition now includes nearly 200 congregations which are being equipped to serve their community. “We’ve been working on tools for churches to look outward,” says Rittenhouse. “I went out to investigate my city, so that I could help mobilize the body to get out in Jesus’ name.” The book, now in its third edition, has two main parts. The first part casts a vision for people to reach out and get involved in helping their city. The 28 chapters cover various areas of life in Knoxville and allow the reader to walk in the shoes of a person being affected by certain issues. It shares stories of hope, facts and statistics, and a biblical vision for helping the needy. The second part focuses on equipping the church to be “salt and light” in Knoxville. This section helps congregations understand that they have a specific role to play in different pockets of the city. It also builds a case for churches to work together as partners. Andy and Paige Rittenhouse live in Lenoir City with their seven children.
weeks of July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Cost is $240. Camp includes lunch, a $25 gift card to a retailer in the Pinnacle center, a special gift and an official graduation certificate. To register, stop by The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek offices between World Market and Bed Bath & Beyond, or call 865-675-0120. Space is limited. Conner hopes to inspire others with her story of overcoming adversity. “Everyone has their own Angela Conner definition of what’s beautiful,” she said. needs to find the beauty “But I think everyone within themselves.”
VBS NOTES ■ Bearden UMC, 4407 Sutherland Ave., Friday through Tuesday, June 14-18. Ages 3-5 meet 6-8 p.m. Kindergarten through 5th grade meet 6-8:30 p.m. Theme: “God’s Backyard.” Info: www.BeardenUMC.org. ■ Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, through Thursday, June 13, times vary. All are welcome to attend Family Fun Night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary, with block party to follow. Theme: “VBS in the City.” Info/register: www. cbcbearden.org. ■ First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike. “Quest 2013: Museum of Unseen Riches.” starting at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 9, through Sunday, June 16. Hours through the week are 9 a.m.-noon, ages 4 to 8th grade (middle schoolers have their own program, Break Out, targeted to their age group). Family program for everyone 7 p.m. Friday, June 14. Info: 966-9791 or www.fbconcord.org/ concordquest. ■ Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, 6:30-
8:30 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday, June 19-21. Theme: “Summer Spectacular: The Adventure Squad Returns.” Nightly giveaways. Classes for preschool through 5th grade. Preregistration required at www.gracebc. org. Info: 691-8886. ■ Grassy Valley Baptist Church, 10637 Kingston Pike, 5:45-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-14. Theme: “Gotta Move! Keepin’ in Step with the Spirit.” Preregister: www.grassyvalley.org. Info: 693-1741. ■ Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 725 Virtue Road, 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, July 7-11. Theme: “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.” Classes for ages 3 through 12. Info/register: 966-1491 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ Westgate Christian Fellowship Church, 1110 Lovell Road, 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, June 23-26, Wild West VBS: “Mystery of the Missing Key.” Ages 4 years through 5th grade. Info: 392-1101 or www.westgatecf.org.
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interns Meet the 2013 Shopper News interns Roxanne Abernathy is a home-schooled 8thgrader. She hopes to be productive during this summer’s intern program and learn new things about Knoxville. Her two passions in life are acting and writing, with an emphasis on the acting. Laura Beeler will begin the 9th grade at Halls High School in August. She wanted to participate in the Shopper News intern program because “there were a lot of great people to meet and places to go on the itinerary.” She said it will inspire her to “look more deeply into specific degrees and jobs.” Her three main interests are photography, soccer and piano. After high school, Laura plans to study pre-law at the University of Tennessee. Jackson Brantley, a 9th grade student at Union County High School, has a busy summer planned. In addition to participating in the intern program, Jackson will attend a couple of basketball camps. Visiting the Sunsphere high above the city is on the top of his list of things to do. After high school he wants to become an engineer. Paul Brooks will head to South-Doyle High School in August as a 9th-grader. During his time as an intern, he is most looking forward to “taking pictures and getting to know people of our great city.” Gibson Calfee will be a 9th grade student at Union County High School. He enjoys playing soccer and hopes to go into the medical profession after high school. While working with the intern program, Gibson is excited to get the opportunity to visit
the Sunsphere in downtown Knoxville. Sarah Dixon, a 10th-grader at Halls High School, is a secondyear intern. “Being back at the Shopper has really sparked a desire to pursue my dreams,” said Sarah. “I love the staff’s enthusiasm, and I have so much to learn from Sandra in the field of politics. I am excited to spend my summer with such amazing people,” she said. Sarah enjoys playing in her school’s marching band and in the drum line. She is also a madrigal singer. Joshua Mode is a sophomore at Halls High School. His goal as a Shopper intern is to “have fun and explore news stories throughout our vast community.” Zoe Risley is a rising 8th-grader at Vine Middle School. She hopes to meet new and interesting people this summer during her internship and share “cool” information with Shopper readers. Her favorite pastimes are acting and singing. Lindsey Sanders, a 7th grade student at Halls Middle, joined the Shopper intern program to meet new people, become a better photographer and to have fun. She enjoys swimming, photography, camping and being outside. She would like a career as a photographer, animal rescuer or swimmer. Taylor Smith is a rising 9th-grader at SouthDoyle. She is most looking forward to new experiences during her internship. She plans to become a pediatric oncologist someday.
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‘So you want to be a reporter?’ This summer’s Shopper News summer intern program kicked off last week with a tour of the big press at the Knoxville News Sentinel, lunch at the legendary Litton’s restaurant, a stop at Fountain City Art
Center and Fountain City Park, and a visit to Cumulus Media’s studios in Bearden. The interns wrote about their experiences with some guidance from Shopper staff.
A model of the printing press brought to Knoxville on a ship from Germany and assembled at the News Sentinel building. Photo by Joshua Mode
Comic strips are printed two weeks out and rolled onto huge cylinders to await insertion into the Sunday News Sentinel. Photo
Karen Schmidt with the News Sentinel and Shopper publisher Sandra Clark discuss how the printing process has changed over the years. Photo by Ruth White
Printing at the News Sentinel By Sara Barrett Knoxville News Sentinel commercial print coordinator Karen Schmidt w a l k e d our interns through the process of printing a story starting with the folks in the News Sentinel newsroom. operations Quick turndirector Mark arounds and Beaty stressful deadlines make for a quiet atmosphere so everyone can concentrate. Schmidt said the expression “Watch your Ps and Qs” came from early typesetting when letters were placed in a tray backwards and upside down. If the typesetter were not paying attention, the Ps and Qs could be switched. Pre-press includes a room of computers and staff checking and re-checking files for
specifications that include correct color and page layout. Some of the publications printed on the press include The Oak Ridger, Farragut Press and Grainger Today in addition to Metro Pulse and, of course, the Shopper News. The seven-story-high press is 974 metric tons of printing power that can produce 70,000 copies per hour. The first of its kind in the United States, it is known for mostly troublefree production. Intern Laura Beeler was shocked by the noise it produced and noted the press operators working with ear protectors. Enormous drums store environmentally-friendly, soy-based inks that can create any color a customer can dream up. Tanks are colorcoded red, blue and yellow. The most-used black ink is stored in a big orange drum. After seeing the finishing room where the papers get their inserts and coupons,
by Zoe Risley
Rudy Bone, shift supervisor, checks justification and color on an insert prior to printing. Photo by Ruth White
the interns walked through a hall of framed front pages, including the news of the Titanic sinking. The Sentinel’s circulation guy Marshall Smith
came along and suggested to Sandra Clark that if she kept looking, she might find her birthday on one of those pages. She was looking at 1926 at the time!
Lunch at Litton’s The interns were treated to lunch at Fountain City’s famed Litton’s restaurant. Cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and a few salads were among intern fare. Erik Litton, a 4th-generation restaurateur, made sure the interns had everything they needed for the best lunch around. Chocolatechip cookies served for dessert would have been more appropriately named “chocolate chunk cookies,” according to intern Joshua Mode. The students from Erik Litton greets the interns while they enjoy lunch at Litton’s South Knoxville had never in Fountain City. Erik said he’s a fourth-generation Litton at the eaten at Litton’s. “I can’t wait until I get my driver’s restaurant and his son will be a fifth. Photo by Sarah Dixon
license so I can bring my little brother here,” said intern Paul Brooks. After lunch, reporters Sandra Clark and Jake Mabe talked about the newspaper “bidness.” Mabe said when it is time to choose a career, they should choose to do something that they love. “If you love what you do,” he said, “you’ll never work a day in your life.” Mabe said to always “tell me a story,” and Clark said a firing offense is spelling someone’s name incorrectly. Don’t worry. No intern has yet been fired.
Roxanne Abernathy and Zoe Risley
Photo by Sara Barrett
Children’s Theatre has relocated
The interns couldn’t resist the swings in Fountain City Park. Hey, you were supposed to be studying photography! Photo by Ruth White
In addition to their internship with the Shopper News, interns Zoe Risley and Roxanne Abernathy are looking forward to acting in a new location this summer. Children’s Theatre of Knoxville has moved to its new location at 109 East Churchwell Avenue. Roxanne said the previous location was like “a ga-
rage next to a graveyard.” The young thespians say the move to a larger space will give more kids a chance to try acting. Zoe will perform in the theater group’s first performance at the new facility. “Babe, the Sheep-Pig” will be performed through Saturday, June 22. Info: www. childrenstheatreknoxville. com or 599-5284.
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WIVK’s Gunner invited the interns into the studio during his afternoon session. Pictured are (seated) Sarah Dixon; (standing) Zoe Risley, Joshua Mode, Gunner, Taylor Smith, Lindsey Sanders, Laura Beeler, Gibson Calfree, Jackson Brantley, Paul Brooks and Roxanne Abernathy. Photo by Ruth White
Touring Cumulus Media By Sara Barrett After a quick dash into Long’s Drug Store to say hi to Hank Peck and the gang (“Come back and have a milkshake,” said Hank), our group continued on to Cumulus Media in Bearden, home of WIVK, News/Talk 98.7 and The Sports Animal.
Promotions guy Brian Shoesmith showed us around and introduced us to radio legends Colleen Adair, Gunner and Phil Williams. News director Catherine Howell talked to the group about radio reporting. Howell says she finds most of her news stories
Catherine Howell discusses broadcast news. Photo by Lindsey Sanders through email, although the news department has a good relationship with the police. She can’t depend on the conversations she hears on the police scanner because some are training exercises.
The interns enjoy an impromptu trip to the Fountain City Art Center. Photo by Joshua Mode
Fountain City Art Center By Paul Brooks The Shopper News interns stopped by the Founta in City Art Center after lunch and spoke with its d i r e c tor, S ylv ia Williams. Sylvia Williams The center was opened in 2004 in the former library on the
edge of Fountain City Park. It is now a place where artists can come and share their work. “It is a peaceful place to think,” said Shopper News photographer Ruth White of the viewing areas set up with comfortable sofas and chairs. “The center is a way to encourage artists and give them a venue to sell their stuff,” said publisher Sandra Clark. Williams said it takes
five fundraisersa year to keep the art center open. In addition to exhibiting art of both local artists and students, FCAC hosts musicians, holds classes for both children and adults, and houses the Parkside Open Door Gallery, where artists can sell their wares while helping the center in the process. Infoormation: www. fountaincityartctr.com.
The awareness ribbon By Joshua Mode When I walked into the lovely building called the Fountain City Art Center, I was stunned at all the beautiful paintings. I was also stunned that it was not just a place to showcase art; it was also a learning center for students who wanted to improve their art skills. Later when we got to walk around to see the art, I studied each piece to see which one spoke to me the most. The art was extravagant, big and small, plus sculptures and even jewelry, but
none really told a story. So I searched for something that did. Later, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a piece of artwork at the edge of the room. It was a pink metal sculpture in the shape of an awareness ribbon, so I wondered what story this might have. Maybe the artist had suffered a heartbreaking loss, sadness or struggle. The artist was Frank Harvey, and I couldn’t help but wonder if he had lost someone to breast cancer. As I walked away, I saw yet another of his works
that was also an awareness ribbon, but this one was blue instead of pink. So now I not only see that this artist might have witnessed someone get diagnosed with breast cancer, but also prostate cancer. And as I felt the pain through the art, I can only hope that the artist made this piece to salute those who have suffered instead of a personal piece about what he went through. And that is what I found as my “speaking” art piece at the Fountain City Art Center.
Eric “T-Bone” Gusky let the interns hear the magic of mixing sound for commercials, and how the soundtrack for a script can make a world of difference. Echoing Jake Mabe’s thoughts from earlier in the day, Gusky said he would rather do what he loved than make a fortune doing something he didn’t. “Just don’t take my picture,” he said. The trip to Cumulus wouldn’t have been complete without stopping by the Phil Show with legendary disc jockey Phil Williams at the mic. The interns went live on the radio, but only after texting parents, grandparents and friends to drum up a crowd, adding numbers to the Phil Show’s ratings. Gibson Calfee remembers Williams saying his first job was in auto repair but he’s been in radio for 30 years. “He wanted to play his band on the radio, and that’s why he chose his job,” said Gibson. Most of the interns remembered Williams saying his favorite story is the “Idiot of the Day.” On our way back home, we tuned in the Phil Show. Sure enough, he was reading “Idiot of the Day,” this time about a family that raised a baby deer for five years and then had to release it to the wild after a neighbor complained. “Two words,” said Phil. “Petting Zoo.” Lindsey Sanders also quoted Williams as saying his favorite part of his job “is payday and lunch.” Williams snookered Lindsey when she asked how long he had worked in radio. “I was hired by a gentleman named Marconi,” said Phil. The interns seriously wrote the quote into their reporters pads. Marconi is generally credited with inventing radio, back in the late 1800s. Paul Brooks fell victim to Williams’ off-beat humor. When Paul said he’s in training for the ministry, Phil asked when he first felt God’s call. “I was in 4th grade,” said Paul. Then he added, “but like Jonah, I ran away from God.” “You were swallowed by a whale!” asked Phil.
Shopper News intern Paul Brooks talks on air with Phil Williams. Photo by Joshua Mode
Phil Williams welcomes the interns into the studio during his afternoon show. Photo by Ruth White
News at Cumulus in Knoxville By Zoe Risley
Intern Lindsey Sanders chats with Phil Williams of News Talk Radio live on air. Photo by Ruth White
Undeterred, Paul kept talking in his best preacher’s voice. He commandeered Williams’ microphone for about a minute of testimony. Next week … The interns will “Walk on the East Side” with visits to the Beck Cultural Center and the new aviary at Knoxville Zoo, making time for lunch at Chandler’s on Magnolia. See their stories and pictures in the June 17 Shopper News.
What if you were the one to decide what stories were shared on the radio? That’s exactly what Cumulus Knoxville news director Catherine Howell does. Howell uses police scanners along with other sources to learn about stories going on locally and nationally to broadcast what people want to hear. She says she wants to alert people of things going on in their community that could affect them and future generations. Howell also says that she enjoys taking things that are mildly interesting and finding the details that stick out. She has been working as a news director for eight years.
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Shopper News Presents Miracle Makers
Technology is big boost for Corryton By Jake Mabe Emma Patterson was in her classroom when she heard the news. Luke Warwick was sick at home, but the news made him feel a whole lot better. Principal Jamie Snyder was watching the live feed of the results with 5th grade students. “I think I felt the school shake,” Snyder says. The school is Corryton Elementary. And the news was that the school had successfully applied through the School Technology Challenge to be one of 11 Knox County schools that will receive a 1:1 wireless connection and personal learning devices, which will be piloted during the 2013-14 school year. Emma, 9, is a rising 4th-grader. Luke, 10, is a rising 5th-grader. Both helped deliver Corryton’s sales pitch to the committee that decided which schools would receive the technology. “They were much calmer than the adults that were presenting,” Snyder says. “It was a lot of hard work. We had to put that presentation together in two days. And these folks,” she said, pointing to Emma and Luke, “helped us with their hard work.” Luke talked about a robotics grant that the school had received and said the robot helped him and his classmates learn about geometry and science. “We had to build the robot, so we really had to follow the instructions,” Luke says. Emma told the committee why she thought the school needed the technology. “We’re already using it at home for entertainment. We can use it for learning.” “It’s a different way to learn and a fun way to learn,” Luke says. “It will ultimately allow us to connect learning in a very different way for kids,” Snyder says. “The standards we are teaching won’t change, but the way we present the learning will change.” Snyder adds that children learn in different ways. Some enjoy flipping pages in a book. Others like the quick pace of an ebook. The new technology will allow teachers to tailor instruction to each student’s individual needs. “We can do both!” Luke said. Snyder and other Corryton Elementary staff members attended a weeklong professional development initiative at Bearden High School last week. “This whole week has been, ‘How do we do it?’ Our kids know more than we do. We have to figure out how to blend it (into the curriculum) and what that looks like as a presentation in front of the classroom. We’re going to be learning side by side. The kids
Corryton Elementary School rising 5th-grader Luke Warwick, principal Jamie Snyder and rising 4th-grader Emma Patterson work on a couple of e-devices. Corryton is one of 11 Knox County schools chosen through the School Technology Challenge to pilot new technology. Snyder and other Corryton staff members attended a week-long professional development initiative at Bearden High last week. Luke and Emma helped deliver the school’s sales pitch during the Challenge earlier this year. Photos by Jake Mabe will tell us what they need and we can show them the pathways to make that happen.” Snyder says as an administrator she was excited last week to watch how excited her teachers became during the training sessions. “These folks are amazing. They are willing to take on anything that comes their way.” Last week’s session focused on the philosophy and theory of teaching through connectivity, Snyder said. “At a follow-up in late July/early August, we will hopefully know what (electronic) device has been selected and figure out how to make it work in the classroom.” Snyder said participants got a preview last week. “They showed us one whole day of a paradigm change and what it’s going to feel like because it is new. And we’re going to make mistakes. That’s
Emma Patterson shows her technological skills on an iPad.
OK. We’ll learn from our mistakes and move forward.” She says it’s particularly exciting for a small school like Corryton to receive not only the new technology, but two full-time staff positions as well. “We’re a school with 200 kids. We don’t get full-time positions other than our regular faculty. So to get a
Knox County Council PTA
tech position and a (TPACK coach), that’s worth its weight in gold for us as a community and as a school.” Snyder says the school will continue to communicate with parents through phone calls, newsletters and the school website. “But we’re also going to be tweeting at @corrytonelem. And we’ll be honest. We’ll post our mistakes.”
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when I was 14. My sister was going to take the test to get her learnerâ€™s permit. I was so cocky that I decided I would just go, too, and take the test so I could ride the bike legally on the streets. No studying. She passed hers, and I failed.
What are the top three things on your bucket list? Attend a Super Bowl game. Sleep in the White House in the Lincoln bedroom. Visit the World War II site in Normandy.
What is one word others often use to describe you? I think most would say Iâ€™m â€œdriven.â€? I am prone to be intense.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like to be more patient.
Rep. Jimmy Matlock
What is your passion? Customer service.
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
A third generation Matlock is starting his career, and his second-generation father couldnâ€™t be happier. Joe Matlock, who is named after his grandfather who started Matlock Tire Service and Auto Repair, is at the Farragut store. While Joe stays at the Farragut store, his father, Jimmy, who is also the state representative from District 21, says he is a â€œsubstitute for the substitutes,â€? traveling to all four stores and the new wholesale auto parts store that his wife, Dean, is managing. â€œI am gone five months out of the year with the Legislature in Nashville,â€? says Jimmy. â€œWhen they get me back to this world, I go where they tell me Iâ€™m needed.â€? Jimmy is in his 7th year as a state rep, and even his desire to jump into that political world is based on the familyâ€™s legacy of business. â€œLike so many, I was frustrated with the whole process,â€? says Jimmy of state politics. â€œI have been very active in other candidatesâ€™ campaigns, so I had a little inkling of what I was getting into. What made me really want to serve, however, was that I just didnâ€™t feel small businesses were well represented in the state political arena. I thought I could bring that perspective.â€? It is perspective he learned at his fatherâ€™s knee and was thrust into full-force before he was really ready. â€œI was 23 and finishing college when my father died suddenly of a heart attack. I finished at UT while working at the store. My mother, who was my fatherâ€™s partner from the beginning, stayed for 10 years before she retired. She was the key. She helped run the business and raised four children.â€? His father started with an Esso service station in 1953 at Eatonâ€™s Crossroad on Hwy. 70 in Lenoir City. When the interstate took all the traffic away from his storefront, he moved across the street and opened a tire store. The first store in Farragut was near Stonecrest subdivision. The Lone Star Texaco was the landmark.â€? Jimmy says any success the company has seen is because of the staff. â€œI know it sounds like something people just say, but here, itâ€™s absolutely true. We are a family, and we all believe in giving good customer service and making sure things are done the right way. The faces our cus-
Ronald Reagan. I am a true fan of President Reagan and consider him to have been a great statesman. tomers see in the stores today are often the same faces they saw when they came with their fathers. I have seven employees who have been with us for 28 years, and five of those seven have been here over 35 years. When I say we are family-operated, it includes them.â€? Small businesses today face many challenges, says Jimmy. â€œMega corporations are coming in with low margins, high volume and limited service and forcing small, locally-owned businesses out. They change the dynamics of the market. That is why we continue to focus on quality, good customer service and supporting the community. We use about 40 percent of our marketing budget for public relations â€“ which means things like supporting the local sports teams and doing things that touch people locally.â€? His and Deanâ€™s â€œhomeâ€? family include Joe, who is 24 and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in finance; daughter Lindsay, 26, who is a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.; and son Reagan, 19, who will start at UT in August. Sit for a Coffee Break as you get to know Jimmy Matlock:
What is your favorite quote from television show or movie? â€œYou canâ€™t handle the truth.â€? â€“ From â€œA Few Good Men.â€?
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? Ted Wampler of Wamplerâ€™s Sausage. He has been a personal and professional mentor who stepped in when my father died. He has meant a lot to my life.
I still canâ€™t quite get the hang of â€Ś The remote control.
What is the best present you ever received in a box? The best was Christmas 2012 when I received my son Reaganâ€™s Christian Academy of Knoxville state championship football helmet.
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? She told me to always tithe 10 percent.
What is your social media of choice? Letter writing.
What is the worst job you have ever had? The only job I have ever had is my current career, which I love.
What irritates you? Laziness.
What are you guilty of?
Whatâ€™s one place in Farragut everyone should visit?
Occasionally falling asleep during church.
Everyone should come see us at Matlock Tire Service.
What is your favorite material possession? I have my great-grandfatherâ€™s pocket watch that was actually given to me by my mother.
What is your greatest fear? Failure.
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
What are you reading currently?
I would buy a motorcycle!
â€œAmerica the Beautiful,â€? by Ben Carson.
â€“ Sherri Gardner Howell
What was your most embarrassing moment? Failing my driving test. It was actually for my motorbike
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