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VOL. 6 NO. 44

Nominate a Miracle Maker


October 29, 2012

Sprouts of success

Idea grows into calling for teenager

Calling all Knox County principals, teachers, students, supervisors and superintendents: Do you have a miracle maker at your school? Know somebody in the system whose good work deserves to be highlighted? Nominate them as a candidate for our ongoing Miracle Maker series by sending an email to news@


Coffee Break

For Temple Ann Duncan, a lunch with her great-grandmother would probably start with an explanation of the missing “a.” The owner of Blue Grotto Salon in Northshore Town Center explains that she is named after her great-grandmother, but her mother actually discovered a surprise long after the birth certificate was signed and the name “official.” Get to know her over this week’s Coffee Break.

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Haunted house? Lori Tucker led the way into the employee break rooms on the third floor of Greystone, the stately Victorian mansion that houses WATE-TV. It was designed and built in 1885 by Civil War veteran/ U.S. Attorney/coal baron/ landholder Major Eldad Cicero Camp, who for a time used the upper floor as Camp’s Home for Friendless Women. “This is where most of us who work at night don’t come,” Tucker said. “It gives us the heebie-jeebies.”

See Betty Bean’s story on page A-6

Basketball time! Cuonzo Martin and Marvin West and several players and possibly you anticipate solid improvement in Tennessee basketball this winter. Those who do national polls and predictions are not convinced.

Sen. Lamar Alexander meets with Alexandra Christopoulos to discuss the problems of narcotic abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Alexandra, a junior at Hardin Valley Academy, began an organization call Project Alexandra Christopoulos (center) works with Sean Nicholson and Angela Kirkpatrick to put up a crib mobile in the nursery at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. BeanSprout to bring attention to the problem. Photos submitted

By Suzanne Foree Neal As a volunteer at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital one summer, Alexandra Christopoulos, 16, was haunted by the newborn babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition of newborns whose mothers have taken certain drugs, particularly opioids, while pregnant. “Their first breath begins a

withdrawal from drugs,” says Alexandra, who is a junior at Hardin Valley Academy. “They cry constantly, have high temperatures, seizures and vomiting. Withdrawal for an adult is a hard process; just imagine what a baby goes through. They are in pain.” One source of comfort is for the babies to be swaddled in blan-

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By Suzanne Foree Neal “Good isn’t good enough. We have to be great.” That’s the message Laurens Tullock, president of the Cornerstone Foundation, delivered Monday at Farragut Town Hall. His presentation of what the future could be for the Greater Knoxville region was sponsored by the town of Farragut and the Farragut Business Alliance. Cornerstone Foundation conducted the Greater Knoxville Community Research project in the later part of 2011 and early 2012. The purpose was to determine the most effective five-year strategy for this area to reach its potential. Analysis found the greatest obstacles to success lie in a lack of aligned leadership and aligned resources, he said. Not all the information was bad. In many ways, the East Tennessee area is seen by those here as the best of two worlds: A great

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“Knoxville is a river city in a mountainous region with old harp singing to opera,” Tullock said. “We have an economic foot in two worlds because we don’t have one dominant industry here. The area is a great place to build a career and a great place to raise a family.” Those two things often land this area on “best of” lists, but only two cities in the U.S. consistently rank in the Top 10 for opportunities for both career and family: Austin, Texas, and the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina. “Actually, a violent crime rate pushed Knoxville toward the bottom,” Tullock said. “The South tends to have a higher violent crime rate, but crime never came up in any interTroy Wedekind of First Utility District, Janet Curry, human resources director views we did.” for Farragut, and Gail Collins with Regions Bank enjoy a light moment before The Cornerstone study lists the program. Photo by S.F. Neal four themes to focus on to win the global jobs war: education excellence, economic vitality, civic place to build a career and a great Duncan Jr., who says, “I represent vitality, and leadership and alignplace to raise a family. Tullock said 750,000 people, and half of them he often quotes U.S. Rep. John J. moved here from someplace else.” To page A-8

Resident questions survey’s intent By Suzanne Foree Neal Farragut resident Steve Gillman did some trash talking at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday night. A Fox Run resident, Gillman said he was concerned about a survey on the town’s website asking residents their views on trash collection and recycling. He wondered aloud if it

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BeanSprout as part of working on her Gold Award for the Girl Scouts. “Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a national problem, but has reached epidemic levels in East Tennessee.” The organization’s goal is to educate the community, especially

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kets. “You have to be 18 to swaddle the babies, and I can’t swaddle them yet,” says Alexandra. So the enterprising youth looked for another way to help and came up with Project BeanSprout. The name came from brainstorming with her mother. Alexandra’s parents are Xrisanthe and Christos Christopoulos. Alexandra started Project

was leading to the town either taking on trash collection and recycling as a town service or exploring letting one company bid to provide service for the whole town. Although he lives in Farragut, Gillman works in Knoxville and told the board that his city-dwelling co-workers are anything but happy with the service they re-

ceive for their tax dollars. “I don’t think the town should get into trash collection and recycling. It’s a bad decision,” he said. Town Administrator David Smoak said that, at this time, the town has no plan to get into the trash business. “The survey is to see how people recycle and try to get some sense of what the community is doing,” he said. “We’re looking at alternatives to increase recycling.” Aldermen Ron Honken and Bob Markli expressed surprise that the survey’s intent had gone so far afield. Alderman Jeff Elliott noted that some homeowners’ associations have discussed going with one


company if residents could get some sort of discount. After the discussion, Gillman said he was feeling a little better that for now, a choice of trash providers is still in the picture. A non-compliant sign got the support of the mayor’s wife, Marianne McGill. Ralph McGill is in China, so Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche presided. Sandy McRae, representing Operation Christmas Child, was seeking a waiver from the town’s sign ordinance to post a vinyl banner-type sign at First Baptist Concord from Nov. 12-19. The church is one of three Knoxville collection points for the To page A-8

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What is one word others often use to describe you and why? I have three: Driven, because I’m a “what’s next” kind of person. Strong, because to others it looks like I can juggle several things at a time (although I’m actually freaking out on the inside!). And funny, because I love to have fun, especially at work.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would change that I my name isn’t listed anywhere as the sole heir to a billion dollar estate.

What is your passion? All things beauty related – inside and out.


With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

Temple Ann Duncan For Temple Ann Duncan, a lunch with her greatgrandmother would probably start with an explanation of the missing “a.” The owner of Blue Grotto Salon in Northshore Town Center explains that she is named after her great-grandmother, but her mother actually discovered a surprise long after the birth certificate was signed and the name “official.” “My mother found out years after I was born that my great-grandmother, who was Cherokee, was actually named Temple Anna,” says Temple Ann. “But I am still her namesake.” An Auburn, Ala., native, Temple Ann has been back in Knoxville for about five years and has been the proud owner of Blue Grotto for just over a year. “Our one year anniversary was Oct. 4,” says the proprietor of the Aveda salon. Temple Ann studied under a master stylist back in 1988 and opened her first Aveda concept salon at the age of 23. “I kind of grew up with Aveda,” she says. Temple Ann was happy to be one of the first businesses to open in the new Northshore Town Center for many reasons. Not only is her business there, she and her husband, Ron, and their two sons, Bentley and Jackson, also live up the street in the residences that are part of the planned development. Bentley is a senior at Bearden High School and Jackson is a 6th-grader at West Valley Middle School. The beautiful name for her salon, where she works as owner, stylist, color expert and make-up professional, came from a terrific trip she and Ron took with some friends to Italy. “We went to the Blue Grotto sea cave in Capri, and I will never forget the electric blue color of the water,” says Temple Ann. “The way the cave is situated, it is like the sun shines up through the water. Simply beautiful.” When tossing around names for her new business venture, Blue Grotto was always in the back of her mind, but she never verbalized it. “Then one night, Ron and I were throwing names out, and I said, ‘What about Blue Grotto?’ He immediately said, ‘I love it.’ After that, it was full speed ahead.” Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Temple Ann Duncan.

My great-grandmother, for whom I was named.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life? My husband. He’s my encourager, my rock.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Video games and the whole left and right thing.

What is the best present you ever received in a box? My engagement ring, and, of course, anything given to me by my boys.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? She told me, “Everyone puts their pants on the same way, one leg at a time.”

What is your social media of choice? Facebook, of course!

What is the worst job you have ever had? My very first job when I was in the tenth grade. I worked at Burger King. I still hate the smell of charbroiled burgers.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

“Sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here.” Jack Nicholson in “As Good As It Gets.”

“The Justice League.” I was Wonder Woman, and I loved pretending to fly in that see-through plane of hers.

What are you guilty of?

What irritates you?

Being a worrier and not being able to say “No.”

What is your favorite material possession?

Rude cellphone users. I would love to have several copies of a cellphone etiquette book to give as secret Santa gifts.

I would have to say my thousands of photos of my boys growing up. My coffee pot would be a close second.

What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit?

What are you reading currently?

What is your greatest fear?

I find it hard to sit still and focus long enough to finish a book!

What was your most embarrassing moment? I am a bit on the clumsy side, and it is always embarrassing for me to tell my family that I’ve fallen down the stairs again!

What are the top three things on your bucket list? Visit Alaska. Ski the Swiss Alps. Watch it snow over the ocean.

I love to shop at Elliott’s Boots, especially in the winter. Being buried alive. I am very claustrophobic.

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Taste of the vine is charitable success The old saying, “I may not know art, but I know what I like,” could have come into play with “wine” substituted for “art” at the Rotary Club of Farragut 12th annual Wine Tasting and Hors d’oeuv res Fundraiser on Oct. 16 at Fox Den Country Club.

Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES Guests were treated to more than 20 different wines, all donated by Sam Taylor, a Rotary member and owner of Dixie Lee Wine and Liquors. With another generous donation from Sam Mishu, also a Rotary member and owner of M&M Development, covering the food cost, the entire ticket price was able to go to the Rotary Club coffers to benefit their chosen charities. Already chosen to share in the approximately $13,000 in donations

Gary Johnson, Melanie Brown, Linda and Sam Taylor of Dixie Lee Wines & Liquors helped supply wine for the Rotary fundraiser. Photos by Justin Acuff

Bettye Sisco, president of the Farragut West Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary Club of Farragut, raises a glass of wine in toast to a great wine tasting event hosted by the club. Pho-

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raised are Alzheimer’s of East Tennessee, The Good Samaritan Center in Lenoir City and Polio Plus, a project of Rotary International, with other charities to be decided on later by the club. The event was chaired by Stephanie Myers. A spirited silent auction complemented the wine tasting event. Silent auction chairs were Patty Daughtrey and Ben Harkins. Approximately 150 people came to enjoy the event.

Delicia and John Arnold and event organizer Stephanie Myers are all smiles.

Catching up on the week’s events are Frances Petty, Ron Lawrence and Mike Petty. Lee Payette, vice president of sales at Beverage Control Inc., holds a bottle of Rosenblum Vintners Cuvée Zinfandel and sales rep Bobby Cross holds a bottle of Rose ‘n’ Blum Pinot Grigio. These were just two of the wines available for sampling at the Rotary Club of Farragut Wine Tasting & Hors d’oeuvres Fundraiser.

Lynda and Glyn Ed Newton enjoy the event.

Sprouts of success pregnant women, about the damage taking drugs during pregnancy can do to a baby. Alexandra quotes statistics that say every 48 hours a baby is admitted to Children’s Hospital with NAS. NAS babies usually stay longer in the hospital than other newborns and get special attention in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Sometimes the hospital will have a shortage of blankets to swaddle the babies, and that was where Alexandra thought Project BeanSprout could do the most good. Now a legion of volunteers helps create blankets, crib liners and burp cloths from donated materials, many sewn by a group of women known as the Sewing Buddies. Help

Roger Kiefer samples one of the featured wines.

Bruce Williamson, president of the Rotary Club of Farragut, stands with the auction items.

From page A-1 has come from churches, Children’s Hospital volunteers, local businesses, restaurants and DECA Club members at Hardin Valley. DECA members slip information about BeanSprout into the packaging for cookies they sell on Wednesdays at the school. Alexandra said these babies can have serious problems as they grow, which makes prevention one of Project BeanSprout’s major goals. “It’s traumatic what these babies go through, and they have no say,” she says, citing stats that show the babies have a higher risk for other problems with their health, school, sleep disorders, developmental delays, behavior and higher risk of drug use.

Alexandra is working hard to get information out about NAS. Educating the community is imperative, she says. She met with the Knox County Health Department and with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. She hopes to see NAS information added into wellness classes in Knox County high schools and information boards about it in both high schools and middle schools. On Nov. 8, Burchett will join her for lunch at Hardin Valley Academy. Alexandra recently met with Sen. Lamar Alexander. “It went very well. It was a brief meeting, but he was very intrigued and supportive.” For more info about NAS and Project BeanSprout, visit www.projectbeansprout. org.

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Outsiders promote Loe or Johnson The only seriously contested race in Knox County on Nov. 6 is in House District 13 with Republican Gary Loe, Democrat Gloria Johnson and independent Nick Cazana.

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Troy Goodale toasts supporters at campaign fundraiser.


by Betty Bean

Goodale is underdog – again “I can’t be seen at a Democratic fundraiser,” said an otherwise friendly guy in a plaid shirt at the bar in Chez Liberty as he ducked out of a picture of celebrity bartender Troy Goodale, who was pouring drinks with a bust of Elvis looking over his shoulder and Percy Sledge singing “When a Man Loves a Woman” in the background. “I’m serious,” the plaid shirt guy said. But despite his deep and abiding belief that it’s not a good career move to publicly support the Democrat who’s running for Congress against 24-year incumbent Republican Jimmy Duncan, he likes Goodale so much that he also supported him when he ran against Duncan back in 1992. “I came home and put one of Troy’s signs up in the front yard one night, and the next morning, my wife thought I’d put the house up for sale,” he said. If Goodale, who now teaches full-time at Tusculum College and part-time at UT, looks comfortable behind the bar, it’s for good reason. He tended bar at Chez Liberty and its predecessor La Paz from 19832001. He got his master’s degree the year he ran against Duncan and went on to earn a PhD in political science. He was also voted Knoxville’s Bartender of the Year by Metro Pulse in 1995 after finishing third in 1993 and second in 1994. In 2001, he helped open Rooster’s in Rocky Hill and left there in 2002 when he was accepted into UT’s doctoral program. “That means I have a proven track record,” joked Goodale, who was particularly known for his lemondrop shooters. What makes him take on the daunting challenge of contesting what many local Republicans call “The Duncan Seat” – again? Here’s a clue: his disser-

Betty Bean tation topic was term limits. “I kept watching to see if anybody was going to run. It seems that in most election cycles we don’t have a Democrat running. I wanted to make sure people have a choice,” Goodale said, quoting the late City Council member Danny Mayfield: “I’m just naive enough to think I can make a difference.” He also believes that Duncan has squandered opportunities to become a leader. “It’s hard for me to fathom someone being in Congress for 24 years, and their party holds majority, and he’s not a committee chair.” Goodale listed disagreements with Duncan on women’s issues, employment, education and the environment. “If I go to Washington, it’ll be about jobs and making it tax friendly for domestic employers. “Education’s our most important investment. I’m running against Congress.” Not everyone at the fundraiser opted for anonymity – photographer Gary Heatherly said he likes and respects Duncan, but believes in Goodale and his platform. Jack Bailey, a self-identified staunch Republican and recent college graduate, said he supports Goodale for “pure policy reasons. It just seems like the right thing to do.”

Duncan to speak U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. will speak to the Concord/Farragut GOP Club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Frulatti Café, 129 West End Avenue. Dinner is at 6:30. Info: 8036647.

This district lies almost wholly within the city of Knoxville, stretching from Alice Bell and Belle Morris in North Knox to Sequoyah Hills and Bearden and across the Tennessee River south to the Mt. Olive area off Alcoa Highway. It will be close, with about 12,000 voting in the district. As you read this, probably 35 percent of that total has been cast in early voting. The League of Women Voters and neighborhood groups have failed the community by not scheduling face-toface debates with the candidates. Most of the personal campaigning has been doorto-door with active work by both major candidates. Outside interest groups have been involved. Hardly a day goes by without a mailer. Lately, it has been the Tennessee Republican Party

with attack pieces on Gloria Johnson. These pieces are ineffective and come across as juvenile. It’s doubtful if they help and the mailers could actually hurt Loe. Mailers of different shapes and sizes with silly photos of Johnson make unsubstantiated claims that she is beholden to liberal special interest groups but fail to identify a single group by name. There is no proof to validate the charges. Whoever is writing/approving these attack pieces at GOP headquarters in Nashville is failing the credibility test. These mailers suggest Johnson backs amnesty for illegal immigrants and same-sex marriage. Actually, that is a non-issue as the Tennessee Constitution since 2006 has prohibited same-sex marriage. Loe has avoided the issue. There are more significant and immediate issues such as jobs, education, transfer of Lakeshore Park to the city from the state, greenway funding, roads, Henley Street bridge completion, party registration for voters, taxes and mental health concerns to name a few. Voters hope to receive positive mailers actually for Johnson or Loe as opposed to negative attack pieces.

Hopefully, some will outline real issues. The email for Gloria Johnson is, and for Gary Loe it is garyloe@ Mayor Madeline Rogero is expected to use her political organization to assist Johnson. Loe hopes to benefit from a strong Romney showing in the district, and last Friday Gov. Haslam headlined a breakfast for him at Rankin’s. Loe comes across as a nice person who looks much younger than his 55 years (he is a runner). His public positions on many issues are largely unknown (such as his refusal to comment on the closing of Belle Morris as a voting place) but the same could be said for Johnson. Both favor more jobs, but all the candidates say that this year. A Romney victory in District 13 could carry Loe into office. Massive early voting in Knox County seems overwhelmingly for Romney. Johnson would be well advised to advertise herself as a Bredesen, Schumpert and Wayne Ritchie type Democrat as opposed to being an Obama Democratic delegate in Charlotte. Knox Countians are used to voting for those three Democrats, along with Rogero. Johnson has raised more

money than Loe which is unusual for a Knox Democrat, but shows the depth of her effort. Current Rep. Harry Tindell has stayed neutral in the campaign. It is unusual that he has not endorsed his party’s nominee. ■ Deborah Stevens is an applicant for the Wheeler Rosenbalm circuit court judge position. She is managing partner of the prominent Lewis King law firm and an experienced trial attorney. No woman has been circuit court judge in Knox County. Other applicants are expected to surface. Already Ray Jenkins and Kristi Davis are mentioned. ■ Morris Kizer, former city law director for Mayor Haslam, told this writer he would not be an applicant for this judicial appointment. He is currently a special justice on the State Supreme Court to hear the John Hooker lawsuit appeal. ■ U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, Blue Dog Democrat from Nashville, will be honored at a fundraiser organized by former state Rep. Wayne Ritchie Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Litton’s. ■ Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican leader, was here last week with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to host a fundraiser for Virginia Senate nominee George Allen.

Duncans feed the hungry Over the last 44 years, the Duncan Family Barbecue, held at the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum and always open to the public, has served as a mirror of our times.

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At its beginning, when U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr. and his wife, Lois, were the hosts, the event was fairly staid. That’s just how things were back then. Folks attending dressed in their Sunday best. Most of the men wore coats and ties, the women wore stockings and high heels. Guests were the party faithful – city ward and county precinct chairs and committee members, every elected official from miles around, and just about everyone who worked at city hall and the county courthouse. Over the years, I attended many of those barbecues, but for one reason or another I hadn’t been back for a while until last week. And my how times have changed.

At the Duncan Family Barbecue are Zane and Hallie Duncan, Lynn and U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., Knox County Trustee John Duncan III and his fiancée, Jennifer Rhodes. Photo by A. Hart

The occasion has always been incredibly well organized, and this year was no exception. While people started gathering outside at 4:30 in long lines for the event that didn’t start until 5:30, once inside, the food lines moved quickly. The UT Pride of the Southland Band was fantastic, as always, as was the Crown College choir. But perhaps because of my absence for a few years, and maybe because I had gone early to sit outside on the plaza in the warm autumn sunshine and do some “people watching,” I noticed

a stark difference from other years: the crowd. Many, many of those attending were there for only one reason: they were hungry – not hungry like those of us who might skip lunch on a busy work day, but deep-down hungry, and likely homeless as well. They ate as much as they could hold, and tucked away still more in pockets and backpacks to be eaten later. No one chastised them for taking extra. It was part of the plan – the plan to feed the “have-nots” as well as the “haves.” So while there was plenty

of gaiety at last week’s dinner, hosted by U. S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. and his family, it also provided a sobering mirror of our times. The world has changed dramatically since the early 1970s when the first Rep. Duncan was in office and hosted that original barbecue. We’re in tough economic times and a lot of people are suffering. The Duncan family has our gratitude for feeding so many desperately hungry people. That’s real constituent service.


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Sports reporter Fallon Smith tells the story of her encounter with a ghost in the cellar of the studio. An exterior shot of the WATE TV-6 studios, built in the late 1800s.

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and, sure enough, she smelled it, too. “There was a definite smell of bacon and eggs, but in a minute or two the smell was gone. We heard that the Major used to like to make breakfast for his family, so‌. “Now, if I want supplies from up here, I will come during the day, and most everyone else will as well.â€? She’s had other moments that have raised the hair on the back of her neck, and wasn’t surprised when a team of ghost hunters spent a night at Greystone recently and reported that there are five ghostly spirits in the building. Sports reporter Fallon Smith wasn’t Reporter Lori Tucker talks about her encounters with unusual surprised, either. Smith, who has been at happenings at the WATE studios. WATE for just over a year, says that last year toward I’d feel like someone was is, one night an employee the end of football season, watching. But the most asked who was making ba- sports anchor Jim Wogan telling thing was, in the con and eggs up there.â€? asked her to fetch an old She went up to check piece of videotape from room where the microwave

Greystone haunted? By Betty Bean Lori Tucker led the way into the employee break rooms on the third floor of Greystone, the stately Victorian mansion that houses WATE-TV. It was designed and built in 1885 by Civil War veteran/U.S. Attorney/coal baron/landholder Major Eldad Cicero Camp, who for a time used the upper floor as Camp’s Home for Friendless Women. “This is where most of us who work at night don’t come,� Tucker said. “It gives us the heebie-jeebies.� Tucker, who co-anchors the 6 and 11 o’clock news, describes herself as a skeptic, but says there’s just something creepy about that floor – and maybe some other locations in the elegant marble building, too. “We used to be able to come in and get supplies and things up here, but I just started not coming in here at night because

“the dungeon,� where such things are stored. “So I’m walking down there, thinking I’m by myself, and I come to this room with old jerseys and helmets. I’m looking through this stuff and I start cussing because I’m getting dust all over me. Then someone wearing overalls and a dust mask comes out from this little cage thingie and says ‘Hey!’ “I say I’m looking for old tape. He says he’s archiving video, and I’m thinking it’s a real person. I go upstairs and ask ‘Who’s that old guy archiving video?’ Jim says, ‘What are you talking about? There’s nobody down there archiving video.’ I asked around and thought they were playing a joke on me. I went back downstairs and he wasn’t there anymore. “I said, ‘Oh, hell no.’ I thought for a year they were playing a joke on me until these ghostbuster people

This door on the second floor has a habit of mysteriously closing on its own.

came here and said there were five dead people here, including an old guy and a young person.� Although Wogan says he doesn’t believe in ghosts, he can’t explain what Smith told him she saw. “We’ve never had anybody around here archiving video,� Wogan says. “That’s one of my pet peeves.�

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Pink celebration at New Covenant By Theresa Edwards New Covenant Baptist Church held its annual “Pink Celebration” honoring cancer survivors and their families and friends on Oct. 21. “I feel really blessed to be here, as a cancer survivor,” said Donna Hardy. “Betty Walker and I have been working very hard on breast cancer awareness this month. It takes a whole community to heal a person and we have some very special

guests here today.” The guests included: Beth Hamil, executive director of the Cancer Support Community; Sharon Mullins, Thompson Cancer Center Foundation director; Windy Clayton, assistant principal at Karns Middle School; and Gertha Brice, a close friend who took Hardy to her chemotherapy. “Today is a great day to celebrate breast cancer survivors,” Hamil said. “But I want to tell you, I get to do

Gertha Brice, cancer survivor Donna Hardy, Sharon Mullins and Windy Clayton are given pink roses as they join in New Covenant Baptist Church’s pink celebration. Photos by T. Edwards of

that every day. That’s my job.” She asked the congregation to raise their hand if they, a family member, a friend, a coworker or neighbor has been impacted by cancer. Every hand went up. “It’s an overwhelming disease.”

Mobile Meals is back in the kitchen over a makeshift By Betty Bean kitchen in the baseThe public is inment of the Holiday vited to the grand Inn that has about reopening of Knox 1,200 square feet of County CAC’s Mobile space (compared to Meals kitchen, set 9,600 square feet in for 2:30 p.m. Thursthe Reynolds Street day, Nov. 1, at 1747 facility). Reynolds St. (just off The meals are Western Avenue). The tasty, low sodium, low employees and volunteers responsible for sugar and affordable, getting 1,800 meals costing clients $3.50 out to homebound seeach. The meals are niors five days a week paid for through state couldn’t be happier. and federal grants, The kitchen went city and county govout of commission ernments and United in July 2011 when a Knox County CAC’s Mobile Meals kitchen Way contributions, tornado damaged the manager Gina Delk and program manager Al- and through priroof, causing it to colison Taylor count the days until their kitchen vate donations from lapse a few days later churches and civic reopens. Photo by Betty Bean while employees were organizations. working in the buildClients get a ing. CAC has been wrangling the county has backstopped monthly menu card that alover money with FEMA and us financially while we work lows them to choose what the insurance company since with those agencies,” she they want the volunteers to then, but Mobile Meals pro- said. “And we are extremely bring them. gram manager Alison Tay- grateful to the Holiday Inn “The menus go out in the lor says County Mayor Tim (downtown) for providing middle of the month, and cliBurchett was quick to step us cook/chill space. They’ve ents circle what they want. up and provide the money been wonderful.” At present, there are two needed to keep the program For the past 15 months, running until a settlement is Mobile Meals Senior Nutrireached (at which time CAC tion has been operating out of will repay the county). multiple locations – kitchen It’s time to stock your pond! Delivery will be: “We are so grateful that manager Gina Delk presides

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options. After the first of the year, we hope to add a third choice. This is important, because a lot of folks don’t have control over their lives, and thank goodness we can offer them that,” Taylor said. In addition to the food delivery, the volunteers also make a point of checking on the clients every day, and Taylor says she doesn’t go home until everyone is accounted for. “We found somebody deceased last week, and more often we find someone who fell and can’t get up. In the summer, we check for signs of heat stroke, and if the volunteers find a single client who doesn’t have a fan, they let us know.” Taylor says the program welcomes new volunteers for tasks like delivering meals all over Knox County from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, assisting in the office or delivering meals 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to groups in lunchroom settings. Info: 524-2786 and ask for Mobile Meals or email or

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Community Services ■ Catholic Charities offers counseling for those with emotional issues who may not be physically able to come to the office for therapy. Licensed professionals are available over the phone, and the first session is free. Subsequent sessions are provided on an incomebased sliding scale. All information is completely confidential. Call 1-877-7906369. Nonemergency calls only. Info:

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■ Bookwalter UMC offers One Harvest Food Ministries to the community. Info and menu: index.html or 689-3349, 9 a.m.-noon. weekdays.

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■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, is seeking vendors for the church Craft Fair to be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the family life center. Rent is $25 per table or $20 per space if you bring your own table. For application: Julie, and include name, address, phone and e-mail.

■ Bookwalter United Methodist Church will hold homecoming 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The Rev. Nathan Malone, Knoxville District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, will speak. Covered dish luncheon follows.

■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Ave. Pike, is accepting appointments for the John 5 Food Pantry. Call 938-


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‘Good’ won’t cut it in global war for jobs ment. “There are 3 billion people who desperately want a good job. There are 1.2 billion jobs available,” he said. The key is to keep as many of those jobs as possible in this country. In order for that to happen, there must be a change in attitude and strategy toward education, Tullock said, starting with kindergarten through high school. While four-year college degrees, additional degrees and lifelong learning will be key, this area can build on

its success by creating more opportunities for technical education. “We need vigorous vocational campuses in regional locations,” he said. Clean energy will be the next big global industry, and Tullock surprised the audience with a couple of statistics: According to the Brookings Institute, Knoxville is the No. 1 metro area in “green jobs” growth per capita and No. 2 in “green jobs” per capita. “Cherokee Farms could be the place where we plant

our flag as No. 1 in clean energy,” Tullock said of the UT energy research center on Alcoa Highway. Other potential growth areas regionally are media production, radiological sciences, and outdoor and adventure tourism. “And Oak Ridge has the best energy lab in the country,” he added. Tullock also talked about the Knox County initiative that will start next year called “Schools as Community Centers,” a pro-

From page A-1 gram modeled after one being used in Cincinnati. “Elementary schools are the center of neighborhoods,” he said. “This takes an elementary school and puts a community resource developer in the school, equal to the principal, to bring all the community services together to help the schools achieve and make better neighborhoods.” The entire Greater Knoxville Community Research project report can be found at

Mama’s advice could prevent breast cancer By Wendy Smith When it comes to lifestyle changes that could reduce a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer, it turns out that “mama knows best.” Tennova Healthcare breast surgeon Caren Gallaher spoke at last week’s Red Hot Mamas luncheon aimed at breast cancer awareness. While most women know the “big things” that can stop cancer in its tracks, like annual mammograms, physicals and surgery, the “little things” can also make a big difference. Studies have shown that the advice typically given by mothers can make a diagnosis of breast cancer less likely. Such tips include: eat right, get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, go outside and play, don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t get dirty. Other good suggestions are no smoking, no drinking, no caffeine and “watch that girlish figure.” Studies that examine the role that lifestyle plays in women’s breast health are typically few, but there

Breast surgeon Caren Gallaher speaks at the Tennova Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon held last week at the Foundry. Photo by Wendy Smith

is enough data to recommend certain behaviors, Gallaher said. When it comes to eating, emulating populations that have a low cancer risk – like Asian and Indian women – is supported by research. Foods that have been proven to reduce breast cancer risk include soy, green tea, cruciferous vegetables, fish and fowl instead of red meat, and turmeric. Recent studies have

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found that soy found in foods like soy milk, edamame and tofu can help prevent cancer. To receive health benefits from green tea, it must be consumed within two hours of being brewed, Gallaher said. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, caulif lower and kale. For those who don’t care to eat fatty fish three times a week, krill capsules are a good choice. Turmeric, which is a component of curry, is also available in a capsule, she said. Other cancer-fighting foods include blueberries, walnuts, f laxseed and pomegranate. “Pomegranate is the superfood of the 21st century,” Gallaher said, but she acknowledged the difficulty of eating the tiny fruit-covered seeds. She recommends drinking a cup of pomegranate juice each day. She emphasized that she agrees with the American Cancer Society’s recommendation that women receive annual mammograms beginning at age 40, which can reduce the

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risk of cancer mortality by 30 to 50 percent. She is also a strong proponent of breast self-exams. WBIR anchor and Buddy Check 10 founder Robin Wilhoit was master of ceremonies at the luncheon. The Buddy Check program encourages women to choose a buddy and remind them to perform a breast self-exam each month. “I am convinced that one simple thing saves lives,” said Wilhoit, who has received letters from women who first found a cancer during a breast self-exam. Tennova Healthcare Marketing Manager Linda Cox-Collier says the Red Hot Mamas lunch program, which began about seven years ago, has been a wonderful opportunity for women to get together and network. Next year, the program will have a new name, but will continue to offer a free luncheon every other month, along with a speaker from the medical community. For a schedule of classes and programs:

Laurens Tullock, president of the Cornerstone Foundation, speaks to a gathering at Farragut Town Hall on Monday. Photo

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Resident questions the charity which distributes shoe boxes filled with gifts to children in need on six continents in 100 countries. The sign would direct donors to the proper location. Said McGill of her husband, “I know in his heart what he would feel. We need to be good neighbors.” McRae met with Smoak after the meeting, but said there was no decision made on the sign. “He said to measure the sign, tell him what it is made of and the dates we want to use it. That’s all I know,” she said. David Purvis, president of the Farragut Business Alliance, and its executive director, Allison Sousa, gave a progress report to the board, and all signs point to a growing organization. Promoting “Shop Farragut” has expanded from the holiday season

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to a year-round effort and added new sponsorships. The town contributes $7,000 toward the effort to draw shoppers into local businesses. Sousa said technology has helped get the word out about local business and has been well-received. The “Shop Farragut” app, and website that lets people buy tickets to community events ahead of time, have been particular hits, said Sousa. “It gives vendors more of an idea how many people are coming to events,” she said, adding that the advance registration has helped FBAsupported community events get bigger and better. The next Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the board room at Town Hall.

SENIOR NOTES AARP driver safety classes For registration info about these and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, South Knoxville Senior Center, 6729 Martel Lane. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 6-7, Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield Drive, Maryville. ■ 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Dandridge Senior Center, 917 Elliott Ferry Road, Dandridge. ■ 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8, Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike.


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arlier this month, Pond Gap Elementary School principal Susan Espiritu went to a meeting of the National Association of Elementary School Principals in Washington, D.C., to pick up an award. Espiritu is principal of Pond Gap Elementary School. The heavy brass school bell she was given to commemorate the occasion sits on her desk, but getting Tennessee’s National Distinguished Principal of 2012 to talk about herself is no easy task. Susan Espiritu prefers to credit her staff, her students and her community for Pond Gap’s many successes. But forced to get personal, here’s what we learned about Susan Dillard Espiritu: Her parents were Bill and Gladys Dillard. Her brother, Tom, is one of Knoxville’s most respected attorneys. She attended Shannondale Elementary School and Central High School, except for that one year when they moved to Hawaii. “They (her parents) went there on vacation and decided to move there,” she said. “That’s where I met my husband, Charlie. We really hit it off and when we (the Dillard family) moved back here, he followed

‘On a mission to make a difference’

Susan Espiritu rings the school bell she received as Tennessee’s National Distinguished Principal of 2012. Photos by Ruth White

me, and we got married. I finished high school and college after we were married.” Marriage at the age of 16, she hastens to say, is not a path she would recommend for young people today. “He didn’t realize how young I was, and once he did, it was too late,” she said. “He was going to go back to Hawaii because he couldn’t stay forever, so my parents agreed

Pond Gap Elementary School students Samara Johnson and Reginald Marsh get help with math homework from community school teacher Nicole Pike. Photo by Wendy Smith

to sign for us. It’s a long shot for that ever to have worked, but it really did, because it was meant to be. That was 38 years ago. I finished UT in three years, and we didn’t have our first child until I had graduated from college.” The Espiritus’ older daughter, Maria Haun, is 34. She and her husband, Robbie, have three daughters. The middle daughter, Kalea Derry, is married to Nick Derry. She’s 31 and has three sons. Son Billy – named after Susan’s dad – and his wife, Kristina, have a daughter. Kalea’s name is Hawaiian, and Charles Espiritu is of Philippine, Chinese and Hawaiian ancestry. He was a human resources manager for Harrison Inc, a division of APAC, and when he retired five years ago, the Espiritus moved to a lakeside house in Campbell County. This means a fairly long commute to Pond Gap, but Espiritu says it’s worth it. “I love this school. I’ve been in education since I graduated from UT in ‘79, except for taking off some time to help my dad, and I absolutely love my profession. “I love this school, with its diversity and challenges, and I love this community. I love the staff. “This award is a reflection of everything they have done. They are always looking for ways to remove the barriers our kids face. I’m just a reflection of my staff.”

“I am most proud of the staff that I have at Pond Gap. I attribute this individual recognition as being a direct collective reflection of their willingness to try anything and everything to help students to succeed by removing the barriers to learning. “To that end, they have overwhelmingly voted for and embraced pilot programs that improve teaching practice in the school (the TAP program), provide more equality for students by requiring uniforms for students, and assisting for the additional needs for our students with the after-school Community School program. “Without exception, my staff is collaborative, professional, dedicated and supportive of not only each other, but of every student that walks in our door. “They truly believe they are on a mission to make a difference. So, I am blessed to be able to do what I do every day and have it labeled as ‘my work’ because it truly blesses me daily.” – Susan Espiritu

Exemplars of school leadership Susan D. Espiritu was among 60 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation who were named 2012 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The NDPs were honored Oct. 19 at an awards banquet, funded by retirement plan provider VALIC, at which U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the opening address. The two-day program, held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., recognized public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates, including the District of Columbia, and by committees representing private and overseas schools. NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly commended the 60 principals for being exemplars of successful school leadership and calling them “front-line champions for children who vastly impact individual lives and strengthen schools.”

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Farragut High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) has adopted Concord Park for bi-monthly trash clean-up. Pictured at the park last week are Grant Allen, Jessica Martinez, Lauren Martinez, Aldo Bettancourt, Savannah Alfont and Bailey Holland.

Fall fun at A.L. Lotts A.L. Lotts Elementary School’s PTA hosted its fall festival recently, raising close to $13,000 for the school. Pictured at the event are 5th-grader Ryan Nicodemus, Concord Christian School 3rd-grader C.J. Newton, Lotts 1st-graders Sophia Xiques and Ella Fritts, pre-schooler Piper McCaverty and her big sister, Lotts kindergartener Peyton McCaverty. Photo submitted

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More than meets the eye Farragut High School’s NJROTC By Sara Barrett

Farragut High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) placed second overall in a recent regional drill meet held at Wilson Central in Lebanon. Judging by reports from the cadets who participated, it was a 100 percent team effort. “The hardest part was getting past the mental block,” said senior Jessica Martinez, who competed in the armed basic drill and other events. “We have been taught everything we need to do. We just need to tell ourselves we are there to fight, to win and to represent Farragut High School.” Thirty-one students participated in the event, which included a color guard, armed platoon exhibition, athletics and academics. There are more than 70 students enrolled in NJROTC. Drill competitions aren’t the only events in which Farragut High School students Zach Finuf, Conner Sims, Sam Lucas and Mason Laning are car- the NJROTC members give rying various items strung together. But why? The guys said these are props for performances their all. The group has adof “Jekyll/Hyde.” Laning said the items are strung together because, “During set changes, it’s opted an area of Concord easier to yank off the stage if we can just pull the string.” Photo by S. Barrett Park on Northshore Drive, and a members meet there

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REUNIONS ■ Inskip Elementary School will host its 100th Birthday Celebration on Friday, Nov. 2, with an open house 3:30-7 p.m. Copies of old pictures or memorabilia to be shared may be brought to the school 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. by Wednesday, Oct. 31. ■ Central High School Class of 1982 and 1983, 30-year reunion is 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway. Cost: $35 by Nov. 1 (plus a cash bar) or $40 at the door. To pay in advance: 423-327-1889.

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Farragut High School NJROTC members Tori Doerger and Rand Ford strike a pose before helping pick up trash on Northshore Drive. Rand helped the group take second place in academic testing during the last drill meet at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, while Tori competed in the sit-ups, push-ups and relay race. Rand hopes to attend the Naval Academy after high school and eventually become a military chaplain. twice a month for trash pick-up. Community service is a big part of the program for the cadets. Led by senior naval science instructor Lieutenant Commander Bob Cosby the cadets have formed a tight, family-like bond and enjoy

camaraderie both in and out of school. The close relationships help during the drill meets. Cosby said the group will compete in the Area Nine Championships in February. The next drill meet is Nov. 3 at Sullivan North High School.

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The Concord Christian School girls high school varsity volleyball team won the sub-state finals and one of three games in the division 1-A state championship in Murfreesboro. A pep rally was held in their honor before they left to compete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be great. We will have a slumber party in a hotel for two nights,â&#x20AC;? said team member and CCS student Jane Francis Nowell of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camaraderie. Pictured before leaving to compete in Murfreesboro last week are (front) players Caroline Waite, Brooke Stowell, Cameron Kienzl, Shelby Grace Rawls, Jennifer Keck, Trysten Kienzl, Allie Koepfer, Jane Francis Nowell, Hadley Peters; (back) coach Stephanie Koepfer, players Ayla LeCoultre and Ashton Barbour, coach Ashley Hughey and team manager Holden Hensley. Photos by S. Barrett

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Concord Christian School students Dawson Rawls, Raymond Wysmierski and James Webster show their excitement and school spirit before the girls volleyball team competes in a state competition.

Concord Christian School students Shana-Kay Clarke and Kaitlin Snipp enjoy a performance by the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheerleaders during a pep rally held to support the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball team. The players even received a shout-out on Facebook from Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor according to CCS middle and high school principal Linda Reedy.

Mary Kay Foundation helps women in need Child and Family Tennesseeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kent C. Withers Family Crisis Center has received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation. The local womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelter is one of more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country to receive part of $3 million in grants from Mary Kay. Child and Family Tennessee will use the grant to provide new cribs and bedroom furniture for its residents. Last year, 229 women and children received emergency shelter, case management and therapeutic services through the center which also houses the only 24hour domestic violence crisis line in the county. For help, call 637-8000.

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Wallace McClure, Paul Platillero, Charles Clapp and Headmaster James Cowart link arms during a dedication prayer.

A.L. Lotts Elementary School kindergartener Naddia Talo and her sister, 4-year-old Eden, spend some â&#x20AC;&#x153;cuteâ&#x20AC;? time with Cookie the frog from Sweet Frogs frozen yogurt in Turkey Creek. Several mascots made an appearance during family night at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book fair, including Clifford the Big Red Dog and Texas Roadhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andy the Armadillo. Photos by S. Barrett

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Charlene Minefield and “Uncle” Richard Briggs Photo by Betty Bean

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By Betty Bean Hazel G. Johnson, watercolor instructor at Strang Senior Center, invites the community to the third annual “Joy of Watercolor” exhibit at Farragut Town Hall. The open house reception will be 5:30-7 p.m.

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Thursday, Nov. 1. The exhibit will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 30 through Nov. 9. Farragut Town Hall is located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, off of Campbell Station Road, across from the Farragut Post Office. Johnson teaches watercolor classes 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Strang Senior Cen-

Sitting down for a midday chat with Charlene Hazel G. Johnson is the waMinefield is tricky. Her celltercolor painting instructor phone rings incessantly and at Strang. Photos by T. Edwards of the incoming calls trigger brief, rapid-fire outgoing messages alerting her staff that Dr. X is going to be 30 minutes late or that patient Y needs to be brought down to be prepped. Then she picks up her face-to-face conversation exactly where she left off. Charlene Minefield (pronounced Minny-field) is a model of efficiency. By noon, she’s been on the job nearly seven hours. “On a typical day, I get here about 5:15 or 5:20. That’s my quiet time, when I read my emails. Around 6, I’ll go to the front desk, look at my add-ons and start callJann Bohnenberger and Joanne Arpino ing my doctors, telling them what time I expect them to be here. The staff starts rollter. “We have a lot of fun,” offer a fun self-defense ing through around 6:30. she says. class for women 11:30 a.m. “These guys will allow The Strang Center will 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. me to look at their cases and I arrange them – we try to do the more complex cases early,” Minefield said. “Usually when doctors first come here, they say ‘Don’t mess with my schedule.’ Then, when they see how smoothly it goes, they say ‘Let her do it.’ I just have to make a believer of them. And if I give you a 7:30 start, I expect you go be here, ready to go.” Lenoir City :: 865-986-6533 Her title is Clinical LeadMaryville :: 865-983-0741 er of Surgery at Tennova’s Athens :: 423-744-9828 Physicians Regional Medical Center (the one most of us persist in calling St. Mary’s), but people who work with her call her Big Mamma. She has her own pet names for many of them – nobody is spared, not even the surgeons. Her office is nicknamed the

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a bachelor’s degree in nursing, which she will complete next spring. Minefield says she’d have a hard time keeping all the balls in the air without the support of her husband, Cassius Minefield, who does most of the cooking and helps keep the household running right. This is a second marriage for the Minefields, and together they have five children and seven grandchildren. Her youngest daughter, Kierra, is studying nursing at East Tennessee State University. It’s not all work for Minefield, who has forged strong personal relationships with her co-workers. She looks forward to annual “girls trips” with five other nurses, the highlight of which was perhaps a trip to Los Angeles that snagged her an appearance on “The Price is Right.” “They interviewed over 700 people and Charlene was picked to be a contestant,” Briggs (whom Minefield calls “Uncle”) said. “We waited eight or nine hours in line for Bob Barker – they (her traveling companions) all hated me,” she said. But long hours don’t faze someone who regularly logs 12-hour workdays. “I believe in leading by example, because it’s not fair to ask somebody to stay over unless I do it too, no matter how many hours it takes. I’m going to stay right beside them and help them.” Minefield clearly loves her staff and the physicians with whom she works. “I’ve got a great group of doctors who have helped me a lot. We went to Haiti together three weeks after the earthquake. There were five surgeons and me. The orthopedic guys did leg fractures and arms, and a couple of days I worked in the OR with Dr. Briggs. He’s awesome, just awesome.” Like Briggs and others who work there, Minefield has persevered through uncertain times as her hospital transitioned from St. Mary’s to Mercy to Tennova, but her devotion is unflagging. “This has been my home,” she said. “This is like a family.”

Used books for children The Friends of the Knox County Public Library is collecting books for the Knoxville News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund program. New or gently used books are needed. If used, make sure there is no writing in them and they appear to be in “looks new” condition. Books for middle and high school boys are in especially high demand. Book drives are encouraged in neighborhoods, workplaces or places of worship. Posters are available at to print out and decorate collection bins. Donations will be accepted at any Knox County branch library or at Lawson McGhee library downtown until Friday, Nov. 30.

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Find something wonderful at Serendipity! By Shannon Carey


omething wonderful is waiting for you at Serendipity!, a home accents and gift boutique in Hardin Valley near Pellissippi Parkway. Owners Pam and Shelly Murray are mother- and daughter-in-law. The pair moved Serendipity! from Tellico Village to Hardin Valley

this summer. They brought with them a fantastic array of boutique items for any occasion, including Spartina 449 handbags, jewelry by Waxing Poetic and Lenny and Eva, Thymes bath products and candles, Nora Flemming serving ware and much more. “We’re just a little bit of this and

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that,” said Shelly. “Serendipity! is the place where you are likely to find something wonderful that you didn’t know you were looking for.” Coming up in November, Serendipity! will ring in the holiday season in style with its open Serendipity! team members Neca Toler, Shelly Murray and Hannah Dew. house Nov. 8-10. This event is so Photo by S. Carey special that the store will close Nov. 5-7 to prepare for the grand es of at least $75, and a sampling Chock-full of recipes, photograunveiling. of the Serendipity! team’s favorite phy, charming stories about family, food and Southern life, a personal“We will turn the entire store into holiday treats. a winter wonderland,” said Shelly. But that’s not all. “Sunday in ized copy of “Sunday in the South” Special gifts and holiday the South” author Ginny McCor- is the perfect holiday gift. So, whether you’re shopping for mack will be décor will on hand 11 that special someone or just treatabound, and a.m. to 3 p.m. ing yourself, Serendipity! is the three themed Holiday open house Friday, Nov. 9, perfect place to be. at Serendipity will be held Nov. 8-10. Christmas to sign her detrees will lightful cook- Serendipity! Home and Gifts complete the scene. Customers will enjoy daily book, also available at Serendipity! 10665 Hardin Valley Road “This book is so much more prize drawings, a free gift for pur200-4032 chases of at least $20, a special gift than a cookbook,” said Shelly. from the “Santa Sack” for purchas- “It’s a gift book.”

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Recent online surveys rank Halloween second only to Christmas as the favorite family holiday, and with an estimated 41 million children trick-or-treating in 2012, Rural/Metro urges parents to keep safety in mind to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience this Halloween season. “At Rural/Metro, we recognize that the endangerment of a child is more frightening to parents than any ghost or ghoul could ever be,” said Rob Webb, Rural/Metro division general manager. “By following our Halloween safety

tips, parents will have the tools to help protect their child during this holiday.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, children ages 5 to 14 are four times more likely to be killed by being struck by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Vandalism and property crimes also increase during the holiday season. For those who will be trick-or-treating in area neighborhoods this year, Rural/Metro encourages parents to keep their youngsters safe with the following safety tips:

■ An adult should always accompany trick-or-treaters. ■ Ensure your child’s costume is flame resistant. ■ Costumes should be brightly colored to be easily seen. If not, add reflective tape. ■ Use a flashlight. You child will be able to see and be seen by others. ■ Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street or driveway. ■ Stay in a group. ■ Stay in well-lit areas and only approach homes with a porch light on.

■ Use the sidewalk and only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. ■ Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-ortreaters. ■ Never cut across yards or use alleys. ■ Never let your child enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat. ■ No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home. It is always better to consume packaged treats. ■ Notify police immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity. ■ Make sure your front porch and pathway are clear of hazards such as flower pots and hoses.

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Veterans’ Day reception The Farragut Folklife Museum at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, will host a reception in honor of Veterans’ Day from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Local veterans and their guests are invited to enjoy refreshments in their honor and tour the museum. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact museum coordinator Julia JonesBarham, or 865-966-7057.

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Jonathan Howe is featured artist for Artsclamation! When you talk with local artist Jonathan Howe, it’s easy to forget that 10 years ago he was in high school. He seems like a much older soul. His art is classical, with timeless beauty. That is what his website will tell you, but when you view Howe’s work in person, you understand what that means. Jonathan Howe, 27, who is originally from Maryville, has grown up with the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains practically in his backyard. This proximity to the mountains fostered his love for the outdoors and is evident in the pastoral landscapes that he produces with exquisite detail and attention to lighting. Viewers can almost feel the summer heat prickling in the hayfield, or the coolness of an alcove in the mountains by the river. “When I’m in a place, I notice how I feel when I’m there. I convert to canvas the emotion that I come away with,” Howe said. He works almost exclusively in oils to develop the mood and color for his paintings. “I create atmosphere,” he

Jonathan Howe of Knoxville is the featured artist at Artsclamation! 2012. Howe will have paintings at Artsclamation! in sizes ranging from 8” x 10” to 36” x 48.” In addition to his works for sale, Howe may also be commissioned for landscapes or portraiture.

explained. “In the time from dawn to dusk, there may be only 15 seconds of a certain light in a certain place. I want to capture that moment in a way that it lasts forever.” Howe believes that he both inherited an eye for beauty, and that, in addition to any inherited tendency, creativity is a sheer gift from God. Upon examining his art, you will likely agree. “One of my grandfathers was a photographer and the other one was a wood carver – a wood artist,” Howe explained. Howe worked in woodcarving for about eight years, doing custom work on mantles and door frames for high end homes. He now makes many of the frames for his paintings himself, such as the one he made for Artsclamation’s featured piece this year, “Goldenrods.” “It is a joy to do something I love and be able to make a living at it,” he said. Howe is a spiritual person and his Christian faith plays a primary role in his life and in his work.

“The desire to understand color and light is parallel to my desire to know the very One who created light and color and beauty. Thus I seek to give Jesus Christ the honor and glory in the art that He lets me create,” he explained. “I believe that drawing and painting with excellence and beauty is part of magnifying His work in creation.” A graduate of Maryville College, Howe’s senior art project was called “A New Creation” and featured portraits of Christians and their written testimonies. Several of these are on his website at www. Jonathan is married to Sarah Atchley-Howe, who is also his business partner. The couple live “urbanartistically” in the heart of Knoxville with their daughter, Aidyn, who is nearly 3 months old, and their pet Maltipoo, Amber. Committed to merging art and their faith in Jesus Christ, the Howe family is active in their local church where they lead a youth group and oversee mission trips with young people.

Fine art sale to be held Nov. 3 The 11th annual Artsclamation! fine art sale will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville. Admission and parking are free. Artsclamation! will showcase original works by more than 30 regional and local artists working in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, jewelry, pottery, clay sculpture and fiber art. This year’s featured artist is Jonathan Howe, a Knoxvillebased artist and graduate of Maryville College. Jonathan works in many fields of art including drawing, painting, photography, graphic design and carving. His passion lies in the intimate details that form a true likeness in oil portraits and the subtle lighting of rolling landscapes. His portraits show brilliant color and dramatic lighting that capture the very soul of his subject in a unique masterpiece. His landscapes reveal his love for the outdoors developed by his many years of hiking the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains and other national parks across the country. The 2012 Artsclamation! featured piece is an oil on canvas ti-

tled “Goldenrods.” It is uniquely framed in a handcrafted wooden frame also created by Howe. Other participating artists include: Hugh Bailey, Christina Baker, Gray N. Bearden, Leslee Bechtel, Mike C. Berry, Stephanie Brichetto, Larry Cole, Cindy Day, Shannon Haas, Shohreh “Nazzy” Hamed Hashemian, Deann Hebert, Betsy Heerdt, Joppa Mountain Pottery, Daniel Lai, Sharron Mallison, Judy Klich, Mike Naney, Leila Platt, Marabeth Quin, Sheila Rauen, Karen Reeves, Julia Schriver, Streater Spencer, Charla Steele, David Swanagin, Kristine Taylor, Gina Boike and Joddi Thomley, Robert Tino and Cindy Wunsch. Additionally, Gallery Partner Village Fine Art will have a variety of even more artists’ works available at Artsclamation!. At Artsclamation!, Peninsula Recovery Education Center’s Art Therapy Program will have art for sale which has been produced by mental health consumers in therapeutic art classes. The Center works with patients to aid the emotional healing process through creative expression. There’s something in everyone’s price range at Artsclama-

tion! Prices begin at $10 for a 12” x 21” wall calendar for 2012 which showcases reproductions from many of the participating artists. Prices range upward to $5,000. The featured painting, “Goldenrods,” which will be auctioned at the Artsclamation! Preview Party on Nov. 2, may be viewed online at Proceeds from Artsclamation! benefit the behavioral health programs of Peninsula, East Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services. Peninsula has helped thousands of people recover from mental disorders and dependencies so they can lead healthy, positive and productive lives. The Master Circle Sponsors for Artsclamation! 2012 include Covenant Health Federal Credit Union, First Tennessee Foundation and Covenant Health. Media sponsors include the Knoxville News Sentinel and Lamar Advertising. Village Fine Art is the event’s Gallery Partner. For more information about Artsclamation!, contact the Fort Sanders Foundation at 865-531-5210 or visit www. arts.

Few tickets remain for preview party Tickets are nearly sold out for the Artsclamation! Preview Party on Friday evening, Nov. 2, at Sacred Heart Cathedral School Gymnasium. Tickets for the 6-9 p.m. event cost $50 each and allow participants an early opportunity to purchase art before the public sale on Saturday and attend the auction for the featured painting by Jonathan Howe. Please contact Fort Sanders Foundation at 531-5210 for more Preview Party Friday, Nov. 2 • 6 - 9 p.m. information or to purchase Preview Party tickets. Sacred Heart Cathedral School Gymnasium

‘Art of Healing’ calendar features local and regional artwork Peninsula, the area’s leading provider of mental health services, has produced a beautiful, fullcolor wall calendar that showcases artwork from renowned local and regional artists. The calendar, “The Art of Healing,” was created to raise awareness about mental health issues in our community. The calendar’s cover, “Blue Ridge Vista,” is a painting by artist Stephanie Brichetto of Sevier County. The calendar pages highlight a different Artsclamation! artist for each month in 2013. Calendars are $10 each and make wonderful gifts.

The name of the calendar, “The Art of Healing,” has a double meaning. The first is direct: proceeds from the calendar benefit Peninsula programs and services. The second meaning is just as important. Artistic selfexpression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase selfesteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Patients at Peninsula are helped to heal by their participation in a variety of art classes led by a certified art therapist. To get your “Art of Healing” calendar call 865-531-5210.

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It is appropriate that I am writing about bats this week considering Halloween is just a couple of days away. But in a way, it is also inappropriate at this point to poke fun at the cute little beasts and portray them as evil and scary.

Shopper-News office several months ago to check on a bat that had perched on the side of the building. He said when people complain about bats flying around their house, he wishes the winged creatures would come hang out at his place. Bats rarely carry disease and are very good at controlling the insect population, especially mosquitoes. According to, a small Sara bat can catch more than Barrett 1,200 mosquitoes an hour, and the bats cannot contract West Nile Virus from ingesting infected insects. Bats also help control the number of beetles and moths Chris Ogle, wildlife ser- in the area and lower the vices manager with the Ten- need for pesticides. Instead nessee Wildlife Resources of spraying Off! every 20 Agency, made a stop at the minutes during a hot sum-

■ Guiltless holiday foods cooking class, presented by the Healthy Living Kitchen team at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, will be noon Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Suite E-170 of the Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute building. Cost: $20. Advance registration is required. To register: 305-6877 or www. ■ Alexander Technique Introduction, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Bearden Branch Library. Free, but preregistration is required. Info or to register: Lilly Sutton, 387-7600 or ■ Ethics workshop, sponsored by Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, will be 1-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Rothchild Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Dorothy Gage, Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center. Cost is $40 per person for NASW members and $60 for nonmembers. Register by Nov. 5: 877-810-8103 or visit

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■ The 2013 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has added a two-person relay to next year’s events. Registration is currently open. The marathon will be held Sunday, April 7. Info and to register: www.

Jenny is a 6-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix whose tail never stops wagging! Although she is curious, happy, and energetic, Jenny has never seen much of the world. She will thrive with the loving g care of an active family. y

Bats are not the enemies humans have made them out to be. This little guy was sleeping on the wall outside the ShopperNews front door. Photo by S. Barrett mer night, try installing a bat house on a pole next to your home. Probably the most common misconception about bats is that they need blood – any blood, including human blood – to survive. In fact, the only bat that survives by ingesting blood

is the vampire bat that lives in South America, and it only preys on small rabbits and farm animals. So this Halloween, if you see a bat flying around your head at night, be sure to smile and wave instead of scream and run in the opposite direction.

Zeus and Pretty Girl Zeus is a sweet, gentle and playful 6-month-old beagle mix. His adoption fee is $75, and he can be adopted at Young-Williams Animal Center’s location on Kingston Pike.

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LYONS BEND, EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY, HOME BY PAUL SMIDDY! Private 3.25 acres w/manicured gardens. MSTR suite on main, tray ceil, Brazilian cherry flrs, European terrace overlooking garden. $719,900 777942

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Medical Director Allen Meek Is U. S. News “Top Doc”

He is in the top 10 percent of all physicians in his specialty in America, a nationally recognized and honored radiation oncologist, a pioneer in innovative cancer treatment at the State University of New York Stony Brook, a U.S. Navy veteran and beekeeper. He is Dr. Allen Meek, the medical director at Provision Radiation Therapy, and one of U. S. News and World Report’s 2012 “Top Docs.” It’s a ranking that comes from nominations by fellow physicians, and Dr. Meek is one of only seven radiation oncologists in Tennessee so honored and the only one from East Tennessee. Dr. Meek chose radiation therapy because he’s always been “physics oriented,” but in the Navy he learned to take care of patients. He now calls his practice “therapeutic radiation oncology.” He examines all patients at Provision Radiation Therapy and maintains a relationship with them throughout their treatment. “We see patients Monday through Friday for six to eight weeks, and I see each patient weekly and am always available when our nursing staff feels I am needed,” says Dr. Meek. The story of how he and his wife, Lillian, came to East Tennessee begins with a macadamia nut. “We didn’t want to live in New York long-term,” he explains. “During a family trip to Hawaii, my mother-inlaw discovered how much she loved macadamia nuts, a native treat. Back home, she planted a macadamia tree, and then worried she might not live to see it mature.

“My wife and I were talking about that,” he continues, “and she said ‘let’s find a place now and plant our trees.’” That place ended up being the foothills of the Smokies. Dr. Meek’s beekeeping hobby was a factor, too, because he wanted fruit trees on the land of their “place.” Realizing it would take seven or eight years to get an orchard in operation, he began his research.

“We knew we wanted four seasons,” he recalls, “and we wanted to live near a city and a university and in an area with lakes. Knoxville just jumped out, and the proximity to Oak Ridge National Laboratory was an added bonus.” The Meeks stayed in Gatlinburg while searching for land, found 60 acres in Seymour, bought it, and planned to plant their trees and retire there later. But then Dr.

Meek heard about the Provision Health Alliance and its plans for a proton therapy center and subsequently was introduced to Warwick by mutual colleagues. Discussions with Provision “just clicked.” So the doctor gave his notice, started construction on their foothills house, and a few short months later, moved into a new phase of his career and a new home.

New Radiation Therapy Center gives patients easier path to healing It’s often an unknown and challenging world for anyone battling cancer, as it is for the families and friends who walk alongside them. It’s a world filled with doctor visits, multiple appointments for specialized treatment, periodic test results, and plenty of anxious moments.

Knoxville now has a place where the process is made easier, the healing is more holistic, and the difficult barriers have been taken down. On the campus of the Provision Health Alliance in Dowell Springs, on Middlebrook Pike just west of Weisgarber Road, Provision Radiation Therapy is now caring for cancer

patients in a comprehensive center that promotes healing while it provides advanced medical treatment in a convenient, patient-centered environment. “We’re an outpatient campus,” says Scott Warwick, executive director of Provision Radiation Therapy and a long-time veteran

of oncology programs in regional medical centers. “Patients drive to our front door. They don’t have to find their way through a maze and fight for a parking space,” he adds. Seven professionals are on staff at this new treatment facility – a medical director, registered nurse, dosimetrist (the person who develops the plan that determines the specifics of the radiation therapy), a physicist (who monitors the equipment), and radiation therapists who deliver treatment. Natural light permeates the 10,000 square-foot facility that includes an American Cancer Society resource center staffed by volunteers and available to patients and their families and support teams. Artwork of nature scenes from the campus and the East Tennessee area, warm and soothing colors and fabrics, and lots of TLC from the staff help patients relax,

cope better, and be more comfortable. “We try to make a difficult time in life less stressful,” says Warwick. “Our facility doesn’t feel like a cold and sterile institution; it feels more like a safe and welcoming home.” While the surroundings are home-like, there’s plenty of high-tech medicine in the midst of it, with state-of-the-art CT scanning, treatment planning areas with high-powered computers that access patient information and record treatment decisions, and a treatment room with advanced equipment that delivers precisely measured beams of healing radiation. “With the addition of proton therapy, which Provision will begin providing in early 2014, this will be one of the top-20 cancer treatment sites in the world,” says Warwick. “It’s really gratifying to know it’s so close to home.”


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FARRAGUT LIBRARY EVENTS The Farragut Branch Library is located at 417 N. Campbell Station Road. A parent or guardian must accompany each child, except for older preschool, during Storytime and events. Info: 777-1750. ■ Monday, Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5. ■ Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m., Older Preschool Storytime for ages 4-6. ■ Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m., Baby Bookworms for infants to age 2. ■ Thursday, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3. ■ Friday, Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, THROUGH OCTOBER Arts Council features Sherby Jones The Town of Farragut Arts Council presents Sherby Jones as the featured artist for October, displaying her work in specially designed cases on the second floor of the rotunda in the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. A University of Tennessee graduate with a diverse background in theater and education, Jones previously owned the Mountain Laurel Gallery, first at the Candy Factory and later at Candoro Marble Museum. Her angel was chosen to top First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Blue Room Christmas tree at the White House in 1993. The town hall is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more info, visit (Departments, Parks & Leisure Services, Arts & Culture).

THROUGH FRIDAY, NOV. 16 Tennessee Basketball exhibit The Farragut Folklife Museum will host the exhibit “Pride and Traditions of Tennessee Basketball” Monday through Friday through Nov. 16, at the museum, housed in the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The exhibit features items from the personal collection of Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith and includes vintage uniforms and shoes, championship memorabilia, and programs, pictures and pamphlets spanning the entire history of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team. Smith will give a free lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, discussing the history of UT basketball and sharing player stories and interviews. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is free.


Berklee College of Music eventually relocated to Asheville, N.C., where he says the music scene adopted him. His latest release is “One Bright Boat.” A limited number of tickets to be in the studio audience for the live show are $10 and are available at WDVX and at Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Children 14 and under accompanied by a parent are admitted free.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, OCT. 29-NOV. 9 Strang art show at town hall The Town of Farragut will host the Frank R. Strang Senior Center “Joy of Watercolor” Art Show Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 9, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The pieces are from classes taught at the Strang Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road, which serves Knox Countians 50 and over. An opening reception will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

TUESDAY, OCT. 30 Free social-media workshop The Town of Farragut and the Farragut Business Alliance will present a free social-media workshop, “Growing Your Business Through Social and Other Media,” at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The workshop is being offered as a benefit of the new Farragut business license program. It is open only to Town of Farragut businesses that have obtained the business privilege license. Businesses can apply for the license at or at the Town Hall. There is a one-time $15 fee. Applications will be available at the workshop for those who need to apply on-site. For more info or to register for the workshop, call 865-966-7057.

TUESDAY, OCT. 30 Alexander Technique introduction Lilly Sutton will present an introduction to the Alexander Technique at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. The Alexander Technique is a practical method for learning to move with more ease and poise and develop an effortless, balanced and supportive posture. It is often helpful for people with back pain and chronic stress. The event is free, but registration is required. For more info, contact Sutton at 865-387-7600 or visit www.


Job Resources Group The Job Resources Group will meet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive. The group provides assistance in preparing for interviews, revising resumes and finding employment.

MONDAY, OCT. 29 Smither, Atwood on Tennessee Shines Chris Smither and Moses Atwood will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. The performance will be broadcast on the Tennessee Shines Radio Show on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Smither’s voice is rooted in American blues and folk traditions. “Hundred Dollar Valentine,” his 12th studio release and the first solely comprised of his own songs, was released in June 2012. Atwood was born in Damariscotta, Maine, and learned to play harmonica at age 19, inspired by Blues Traveler. The guitar builder and one-time student at

‘War of the Worlds’ The Tennessee Stage Company will re-create one of Orson Welles’ most memorable achievements by performing “War of the Worlds” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. The play will use Orson Welles’ original script from the famed Oct. 30, 1938, radio broadcast that sent the country into a panic. Tickets are $11 in advance, $12 day of show; $6 for children 12 and under. They are available at, 865-523-7521, Disc Exchange and the door.

on Sunday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 11. Kate Buckley used some of William Shakespeare’s “greatest hits” to piece together “Will Power!” Six undergraduate actors play 42 characters and do monologue scenes, excerpts from 19 plays and six songs. Admission ranges from $5 for UT students to $15 for adults. For ticket info, visit www.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 2-3 Tellico Fine Arts Market Twenty-eight members of the Art Guild of Tellico Village will present their latest creations for sale at the Fourth Annual Fine Arts Market, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at the gym at Chota Recreation Center, 145 Awohili Drive, Loudon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Items will include paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic; original custom jewelry; commissioned pencil portraits; photography; sculpture; wood-turned art; gourd art; mixed media; hand-painted china; warm glass; and fiber art. Many items will be under $30. For more info, call Cheryl Peyton, 865-458-3582. A percentage of the sales will go to the Chota Center. Carpooling is recommended; parking is limited.

SATURDAY, NOV. 3 Fall rummage sale Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1001 Ebenezer Road will have a fall rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale also will include barbecue and baked good. Proceeds will go to the church’s mission projects.

SATURDAY, NOV. 3 Farragut Fall 5k Run The Farragut Fall 5k Run will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road. Day-of-race registration will be 7-7:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $25. Teams of four pay for only three registrations. Registration includes a long-sleeved T-shirt (on race day available only while supplies last). The traffic-free event is USATF-sanctioned and certified and is a participating race in the Tennessee Run & See Grand Prix. Medallions will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in several categories, with cash prizes for the first overall male and female runners. The event will include refreshments, a Fun Walk and a Pet Parade and will benefit the Farragut West Knoxville Chamber Continuing Education Grants and Young-Williams Animal Center. To register and for more info, visit http://www.

SUNDAY, NOV. 4 Homes for the Holidays The Tellico Village Women’s Club will present Homes for the Holidays, the 17th Annual Home Tour, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at five homes in Tellico Village. The homes will feature fall and Christmas themes. There will be refreshments, a silent auction and a gift boutique at the Tellico Village Yacht Club on Sequoyah Road. The event is the club’s annual fundraiser in support of local charities. The service club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Tickets are $12 in advance through Bobby Todd in Sweetwater, Broadway Florist in Lenoir City and the Chic Boutique in Loudon. On event day, tickets will be $15 and will be available at the yacht club and any of the five homes on the tour. For info, call 865-458-6111 or 865-657-3217 or visit


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The University of Tennessee Department of Theatre will present “Will Power!” Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Lab Theatre. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Additional 7:30 p.m. performances will be held

The Job Resources Group will meet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive. The group provides assistance in preparing for interviews, revising resumes and finding employment.

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