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Miracle Maker Cindy White knew what she was getting into when she agreed last spring to take over as principal of Vine Middle School. |

December 9, 2013

A gift of ‘Sanders’

See Betsy Pickle’s story on A-9

Big vote at school board tonight School board members don’t get paid enough to endure all of this drama. The board’s vote tonight (Dec. 9) surely weighs heavily on each member. On one hand, Dr. Jim McIntyre expects his contract to be extended for a year (until 2017). After all, the county’s test scores were higher than ever. Things are going great. Right? Ahhh. There’s the rub.

See Sandra Clark’s story on A-4

Opponent for Campfield There’ll be no rest for Stacey Campfield this coming election season, even if he’s successful in fending off Dr. Richard Briggs in the Republican Primary. The Shopper-News has learned that Fountain Citian Cheri Siler will be a candidate in the Democratic Primary for the 7th District state senatorial seat next year.

Read Betty Bean on page A-4

Being Art Reynolds was never easy This is the time of the Tennessee football year for reflections. For obvious reasons, I choose to look back at the good, old days. Like a typical fan, suddenly face to face with former Volunteer linebacker Art Reynolds, I asked the following questions, in proper order ...

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Mabe to co-host Sinatra show The Shopper’s own Jake Mabe will cohost a birthday tribute to Frank Sinatra with Bradley Reeves 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, on WDVX-FM’s “East Tennessee Quiver.” The station can be heard locally at 89.9 FM, 102.9 FM or streaming online at

The cast of “Sanders Family Christmas” are, from left, back row: Bryan Flatford, Mike Watkins and Gabe Loving; front row: Tiffany Talent, Jennifer Rokisky and Katie Appleby. (Not pictured: Grady Milligan.)

By Betsy Pickle Don’t think about it too hard or your brain will hurt, but life is imitating art that imitates life that’s imitating art – or something like that – at Christ Covenant Church these days. The church is preparing a production of “Sanders Family Christmas,” the musical that’s the sequel to “Smoke on the Mountain.” The show is set in a smalltown church, and the participants are doing the play in a church, but they’re building sets to make it look like a church. Oh well, any confusion will be cleared up at the performances, which are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The church is at 12915 Kingston Pike. Gabe Loving, Christ Covenant’s worship and music minister, seems to know what’s going on, even though this is the first time the church has had a Christmas production on this level.

“We have done the standard Christmas cantata stuff over the years,” says Loving. “We did an Irish-themed thing last year. But we have never done a professional musical before.” Loving saw a production of “Sanders” by the Cumberland County Playhouse a few years ago at the Bijou Theatre. “I thought it was delightful,” he says. And it fit with their plans because “we were looking for a way to ramp it up from years past.” “There are two reasons we do this,” says Loving. “One is, it’s a Christmas celebration for our church family. But another thing is, it’s kind of a gift to the community. We want to invite folks who don’t necessarily go to our church but who enjoy good music. “We felt like ‘Sanders’ has a wide-enough appeal that lots of folks would like to come to see it.” About 400 people can be seated

for each performance. The shows are free, but the church is encouraging people to pre-order their free tickets. Tickets are available online at or by calling 865-671-1885. The small cast includes four church members – Mike Watkins, Jennifer Rokisky, Katie Appleby and Loving – and three nonmembers – Tiffany Talent, Bryan Flatford and Grady Milligan. Director Gayle Greene is also a church member. “We were looking for people who were triple threats – they can sing, they can play an instrument, and they can act,” says Loving. “That limits the talent pool quite a bit, but we were able to the cast parts really quickly.”

Get to know your town By Sherri Gardner Howell For Nancy Howard, participating in the inaugural Introduction to Farragut program this year was a no-brainer, even though she felt she knew quite a bit about the town. After all, she had served on the Economic Development Council and had worked in the tourism industry that required her to know about Knoxville and surrounding areas. But when Howard, who is now with Provision Health Partners, heard about the town’s program that teaches participants more

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The cast is just the tip of the iceberg. “This is a whole church activity, not just a music ministry activity,” says Loving. “Some of our children on Sunday night will be ushers and take tickets. Our middle school and youth will take tickets Friday and Saturday.” Add to that a 30-member choir, construction and show crew and other volunteers, and there are around 70 people helping to put on the show, he says. The musical takes place shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and while it is entertaining, it’s also a touching piece, Loving says. “It was an emotional time for our country,” he says.

The 2013 class of graduates from the Introduction to Farragut program include (front) Sue Fischer, Mary Lutz, Martha Cook, Carla Lyle, Carla Werner; (back) Stephen Krempasky, Neil Fischer, Drew Carson, Louise Povlin, Matthew Bryan, H. Taylor Johnson and Nancy Howard. GET STARTED ON YOUR CHRISTMAS CHR SHOPPING!

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and Tuscany and go to Bonnaroo.

What is one word others often use to describe you and why? I said “determined,” but all those around me said, “enthusiastic.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would increase my attention span.

What is your passion? Cooking! I love cooking for family and friends. Not baking, but cooking.

Pamela Treacy

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? If you take Jesus out of the equation – which would be my first choice – and you take into account that a lunch isn’t a very long time to really talk with a world leader and change things, well, I think I’ll just go with Hugh Jackman!

The kind of family you have as you grow up can and will shape your life. So can the kind of “family” you have as you “grow up” in your professional life. Pamela Treacy, owner of Campbell Station Wine and Spirits, says she spent her formative career years in an environment that encouraged, nurtured and rewarded creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. It has shaped the way she looks at her career and her life. “I was working with ESPN in Chicago when I read about a new cable company that Ken Lowe was starting called Home and Garden Television,” says Pamela. “I was a little familiar with Knoxville because I called on Scripps Broadcasting as part of my job with ESPN. My husband and I had already decided that our five-year plan included moving somewhere in the south to a smaller city. This ‘new venture’ sounded perfect.” Pamela, with her entrepreneurial spirit and “give it 100 percent” work ethic, must have seemed a good fit for HGTV as well. They hired her as one of a small start-up team. She was 7 months pregnant with her second child, a daughter, Katherine. Pamela, husband Gene and son, Luke, moved to Knoxville in 1994. “It was such a creative, exciting group to work with,” says Pamela. “I stayed for 11 years and loved it.” After exploring the commercial real estate field, Gene bought his dream business in 2009 when he and Pamela purchased Campbell Station Wine and Spirits on Campbell Station Road. “Gene was the heart of this business,” says Pamela of her late husband, who died battling cancer in July of 2012. “I helped with marketing and promotion, but Gene ran the show.” After his death, Pamela came back to run the store. Katherine and Luke, both now students at the University of Tennessee, work in the store as well. “Cutting my teeth at ESPN and HGTV made me realize that I love working in start-ups,” says Pamela. “I think I am very much an idea person. In the beginning with Home and Garden, we were sitting chair-to-chair in a small room working our buns off, and the ideas and creativity just flowed. I still have lots of ideas … just not

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? Ken Lowe and the people I worked with in the startup days at Home and Garden Television.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Sitting still. enough time to make them all a reality!” The town of Farragut has found a place in Pamela’s passions as well. While she has lived just outside the official town limits most of her life, she has been active in the business and government community. She is a founding member of the Farragut Business Alliance and served for years on the citizen-led Economic Development Council. “I love Farragut and love being part of the community,” she says. “I have been here for 17 years, and it is home.” Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Pamela Treacy.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? It is the Forrest Gump quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

What are you guilty of? Watching – and loving – television dramas like “Nashville,” Scandal” and “Revenge.”

What is your favorite material possession? It is my maternal grandmother’s bedroom set that is now 56 years old.

What are you reading currently? “Harvests of Joy: How the Good Life Became Great Business.” It is the autobiography of the father of the wine industry, Robert Mondavi.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

What is the best present you ever received in a box? Cheese. Now I know that sounds strange, but I love good cheese and back when you couldn’t get it here, my boss at Scripps, Susan Packard, sent me a two-pound chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano from Dean and DeLuca. I loved it.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Don’t drink more than two drinks a day and don’t mix what you’re drinking. Sorry, Mom. I didn’t always listen.

What is your social media of choice? Facebook

What is the worst job you have ever had? I have not had a “worst” job. I have learned from every job I have had.

What irritates you? People who throw trash in parking lots instead of putting it in the trash cans.

What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? Campbell Station Wine and Spirits, of course!

What is your greatest fear? It isn’t really a fear of failure, but the fear that I will get involved in something and not be able to give it my all and do the job to the very best of my abilities.

You only want one? I am always doing something to embarrass myself. It is a good thing I can laugh at myself as well.

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

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

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

Take an African safari, spend a month in Provence

Get in the car and drive with no destination in mind.

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Lighting the park The glow from close to 14,000 lights turned Campbell Station Park into a winter fantasy land after the 3rd Annual Light the Park Celebration on Dec. 2. The Farragut Business Alliance and Town of Farragut ushered in the holidays with lights and action as Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill – with the help of area children – flipped the gi-

up this year, so the park was all aglow. The festivities included Sherri musical performances by Gardner the Angela Floyd Singers, Howell Farragut High School Madrigals and Concord Brass. Refreshments included hot FARRAGUT FACES cider and cookies. Sponsors ant switch to “On,” and the were TDS, BB&T, Costco, trees in the park showed SouthEast Bank, First Utiltheir stuff. An additional 15 ity District and The Shrimp trees were added to the line- Dock.

Anna Bishop gets a cup of hot apple cider to keep her warm at Light the Park.

Angela Floyd Singers Sydni Stinnett, Ireland Wills, Miranda Elliott, Mekenzie Winstead and Sarah Hepler add their holiday magic with a performance at Light the Park.

Jackson Raby is embraced by the colors of the holidays as he plays in one of the lighted Christmas trees at Campbell Station Park during the annual Light the Park celebration. Photos by Justin Acuff

Picture perfect are Scott and Wendy Brinley with daughter Ava as they pose in front of one of the trees at Campbell Station Park.

Brenna Morris, John Hinton Lane and Dannah Lane have blue halos from the Christmas tree at Campbell Station Park. 3-2-1: Lights! Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill gets help from area children to turn on the lights at Campbell Station Park.

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about Farragut, she knew she wanted to be part of it. “When Provision opens in January, we want to be able to serve our patients and their families in every way,” says Howard. “Part of that will be in helping them know what the community has to offer while they are in Knoxville for treatment. The opportunity to learn even more about Farragut made sense to me for my job, personally and as an advocate for the town of Farragut.” After completing the class, Howard was even more of a fan. “I think the session I was most impressed with was when we learned about the history of the town. We were able to hear about how Farragut was formed from the people who were there when it was happening, who were part of the history they were telling us about. Imagine hearing about the forming of our country from George Washington and Benjamin Franklin! It was exciting to

hear the town’s history from their perspective.” The second Introduction to Farragut program is accepting applications until 3 p.m. on Dec. 13. The program is much the same as last year, with an addition of a service project. Participants will take part in the Food for Kids program, which is a collaborative effort between Second Harvest and an ever-increasing number of public schools within the food bank’s 18-county service area. The program is designed to provide healthy, easily prepared food to children who may be missing meals on a regular basis. Participants will be paired into small groups and will be responsible for collecting items for the selected Farragut

schools. ■ Farragut Rotary Club meets Introduction to Farragut at noon each Wednesday at sessions provide informathe Fox Den Country Club. tion on the town’s history, ■ Free budget classes are held government structure and from noon-1 p.m. each third operations, public safety, Thursday at the Good Samarieducation and volunteer opportunities. It is open to any interested person, with Farragut residency not required. The program will begin with a reception and kickoff at the Farragut Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Classes will be held on the following Tuesdays – Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11 and March 25 – from 6 to 8:30 p.m. also at the Town Hall. Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8. Info: Valerie Millsapps at or 966-7057.

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No thanks for McGinnis The Thanksgiving week firing of KAT general manager Cindy McGinnis, 57, has to rank high for tone deafness by the Rogero Administration. No matter what the $39,000 Gobis KAT study may have recommended, why pick Thanksgiving week as the time to give a high level

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employee the pink slip? This all occurred due to the cancellation of the KAT contract with Veolia on Nov. 30 (the day after Thanksgiving). McGinnis had just eight days’ notice. She was not even given a farewell reception or personal note by anyone for seven years of service. Mayor Rogero informed her in the hallway of O’Connor Senior Center on Nov. 20 that the contract would be ended. According to McGinnis, the mayor said, “You know we have had our differences.” That’s an unprofessional way to treat a professional 7-year employee with whom there was a disagreement. McGinnis lives with her husband on Tobler Lane near West High School. While Rogero issued a statement praising McGinnis, that glosses over the reality of the Rogero-McGinnis disputes over federal grants which go back to the summer. The mayor has the right not to renew the contract, but the delivery was poor. Basically, the Gobis report recommends abolishing the KAT board, letting city council set the bus fares and routes and the city directly handle union negotiations. City council should think twice before taking over bus routes and fares. Unions will have a bigger voice in setting salaries if they can discuss these issues directly with a mayoral appointee. Gobis never interviewed a KAT board member including the chair and vice chair in its so-called study, yet they claim they did. Melissa Roberson who is the interim replacement for McGinnis will be paid

$91,000 a year. McGinnis declined to disclose her salary. ■ Mike Cherry: Another longtime city employee is leaving a critical position. He is Mike Cherry, 65, executive director of the Knoxville city pension board. He completes 16 years this year and a retirement reception is being held for him 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Pension Board office, 917 East Fifth Avenue. Public is invited. Cherry lives in Grainger County on a farm and has not decided on his retirement plans. I was chair of the pension board when he was hired and believe his service for four mayors in these 16 years was exemplary and critical during challenging times. He is proud of having developed an annual statement to each current employee on the pension plan. Currently there are roughly 2,000 persons drawing a city pension. Half of those are former city teachers. He was paid $110,000 annually when he retires, and his successor, Kristi Paczkowski, makes the same salary. Paczkowski, 44, lives with her two twin sons in West Knox County off Northshore Drive. A graduate of Carson-Newman University in 1991, she formerly worked at Pugh and Co. She also worked on several audits of the pension board. She is the first woman to hold this position. ■ Fort Kid: It looks like the effort to save Fort Kid from demolition has succeeded with Mayor Rogero and civic activist Beth Waters meeting at Fort Kid along with Joe Walsh, Christi Branscom and Alexander Waters (attorney son of Beth). Rogero asked Waters to present plans on using the $65,000 trust fund she manages for Fort Kid to rehab the site and structure. Waters will do this and it seems like Fort Kid will continue for another 20 years providing a playground for young children. Common sense prevailed and kudos to the mayor for seeing this. Fort Kid was built in 1991 over five days with hundreds of community volunteers including 12,000 pennies raised by school children.

GOV NOTES ■ Knox County Democratic Women’s Club will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Shoney’s on Western Avenue. New members are welcome. Info: 742-8234.

Cheri Siler and family: Carsten, a Junior Navy ROTC student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Tyler, a freshman business major at UT; Zachary, a senior at Central High School who wrestles and plays soccer; Kayley, a 7th-grader at Gresham Middle School who plays basketball and piano; Stanley and Cheri Siler; Ryan, 18, a freshman at UT in mathematics education; Jacob, a freshman at L&N Stem Academy and a competitive diver with UT’s Junior Olympic team. Photo submitted

Campfield draws Democratic opponent There’ll be no rest for Stacey Campfield this coming election season, even if he’s successful in fending off Dr. Richard Briggs in the Republican Primary. The Shopper-News has learned that Fountain Citian Cheri Siler will be a candidate in the Democratic Primary for the 7th District state senatorial seat next year. A respected teacher who is now a high school mathematics instructional coach at Carter, South-Doyle and the L&N STEM Academy, Siler describes herself as “a mom first,” which is not surprising, considering that she and her husband Stanley (owner of Volunteer Paving) are parents of six children ranging from 20 to 12. Her reason for running is classic Americana:

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“I am very interested in education issues, and have been extremely disappointed in our representation at the state level from Stacey Campfield. I’ve complained about it, and kept asking, ‘How does he get re-elected?’ I’ve decided that if I’m going to complain, I need to do something about it.” Siler’s parents, Larry and Donna Edwards, owned the Edwards Restaurants in Halls and West Knoxville. Officially a 1989 graduate of West High School, she spent the ’88-89 school year at the University of Tennessee as a freshman. She was 16 when she entered college

professional development. “When I was in high school, I wanted to be a math teacher, but lots of people said to me, ‘You’ll never make any money as a teacher. Don’t do it,’” she said. When she decided to do more, she reached out to state Rep. Gloria Johnson, then a colleague at Central, and asked what she’d need to do to run for state senate. Johnson was enthusiastic and helpful, and Siler says she’s ready for what’s ahead. “I’m not afraid of hard work. I am for writing reasonable laws that are in the best interests of the children and teachers in our community.” She expects to appoint a treasurer and have a website soon.

The school board’s big vote School board members don’t get paid enough to endure all of this drama. The board’s vote tonight (Dec. 9) surely weighs heavily on each member. On one hand, Dr. Jim McIntyre expects his contract to be extended for a year (until 2017). After all, the county’s test scores were higher than ever. Things are going great. Right? Ahhh. There’s the rub. Depends on who’s talking. Teachers are stressed, most are angry, others feel defeated. All feel disrespected as professionals. There are more than 3,000 teachers and they’ve all got families. Principals can’t feel that solid. When your school earns reward status one year and you’re busted back to assistant principal the next, that can’t make for job security. Parents are beginning to speak out about excessive testing, particularly for really young kids. Parents might be even more

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under an early admissions program for gifted students. She majored in business administration and graduated in 1991, married later that year and moved to Georgia, where she took a job as an accounts payable clerk. The marriage lasted 5 years and produced four children. After her divorce, she returned to Knoxville and remarried the following year. She returned to UT to study for a master’s degree in mathematics education and eventually took a temporary job at Central High School, working under principal Jon Miller, who offered her a permanent position at the end of the year. She stayed at Central for 10 years until she was hired as a “numeracy coach,” working with teachers on instructional strategy and

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alarmed if the Internet rumors about the Tripod test are accurate. “How many adults live in your house?” Really? “Do you speak English at home?” Really? The school board signaled Dr. McIntyre that it didn’t want the Tripod test used as a component of the teachers’ evaluation. OK, but he administered the test anyway, and it cost the district $100,000. On Sept. 22, I wrote to board members Karen Carson and Indya Kincannon, criticizing McIntyre’s personnel practices, specifically the churning of principals and even whole school faculties, such as at Vine. “(Dr. McIntyre’s) explanations are not satisfactory. I realize he’s limited in what

he can say about personnel, but I believe each school community should have input and buy-in on the chief administrative officer at its school. “School staff should be treated with respect and not as interchangeable pieces of some cosmic puzzle. “I support remediation for and removal of teachers who can’t or won’t pick up the pace. “But we’re way too invested in testing ... Jim sees a community unhappy with KCS and expecting a remarkable surge in test scores. That’s just not true. “Most folks are happy with the system, support their local school and want their kids safe, respected and challenged.” I wrote this privately to Indya and Karen in September, before teachers started speaking at school board meetings, before the six Insight Sessions sponsored by Knox County Schools. The anger/frustration expressed in each of those In-

sight Sessions was remarkable. The anger/frustration from teachers, students and parents at the November and December school board meetings was huge. Knox County needs a cooling off period so everyone can relax. Dr. McIntyre has pushed too hard, too fast. Things are not going well in Knox County Schools. That’s why the board needs to give Dr. McIntyre a year to fi x things. His contract already runs until 2016. There’s no need to extend it for another year. Who else has that sort of job security? Well, maybe football coaches. Let’s give Jim McIntyre a chance to get it right. There’s plenty of time for a contract extension next year. But if the school board extends his contract for another year today, they will signal their belief that things are going great with Knox County Schools. And that’s a reflection on each board member’s ability to listen and understand.

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The ‘Stardust’ of a song The sounds of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” – my favorite song – came wafting from the auditorium at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center on a rainy afternoon.

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It was played as it was meant to be heard, on classic RCA vinyl, as part of Robert Booker’s Vintage Music Listening Party. Booker read an article about Piqua, Ohio, the home of the original Mills Brothers and decided to invite a few friends over to listen to records. That’s what you used to do, you see, back before MTV or the Internet or

iPods came to be. “People are always complaining,” says Booker, the Center’s executive director and a popular newspaper columnist. “The radio stations ignore us. They never play any vintage music.” Booker brought his own records, 45 and 33 1/3 rpms, so many he’s lost count. He knows he owns 4,500 top 10 tunes and keeps redmarked chart books to remember what he’s bought. His earliest record is from 1906, a recording by Bert Williams, who Booker says was the first black Broadway star. The theme was musical groups, so Booker played The Mills Brothers, of course, and also The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Ink Spots, The Four Tops, The McGuire Sisters and more. Dressed in a burgundy sport coat and a red tie,

So much of this music harkens back to the days before America’s perceived innocence was blasted into oblivion on a dreadful November day in Dallas, 1963. “Compare this with today’s music,” Booker says. “There’s a world of difference. I hear little melody and there’s nothing hummable about it.” But for a few moments last Thursday, our love was new, each kiss was an inspiration and I found my consolation in the stardust of a Robert Booker spins records during the Vintage Music Listensong. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at jake- ing Party at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Photos by Jake

Booker worked two turntables and served as MC. “I’ve heard CDs in night clubs, but I’ve never played one. I just keep my records in their jackets.” Before he plays them, he cleans the vinyl with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. “You see people blow (dust off) records. That’s the worst thing you can do.” Brenda Newman of Heiskell read Booker’s newspaper column and said Mabe she came to hear the music. She was hoping Booker would play Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman.” Rebecca Davidson of Fountain City said she was interested in the Beck Center and is a fan of anything by Ella Fitzgerald. Bob played The Platters’ “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and suddenly I was at the sock hop with Ron How- Music played the way it was ard and Cindy Williams in meant to be heard – on clas- Brenda Newman of Heiskell and Rebecca Davidson of Fountain “American Graffiti.” sic vinyl. City chat before the music begins.

Being Art Reynolds was never easy When have you talked This is the time of the Tennessee football year for with Jack? How is Garrett getting reflections. For obvious reasons, I choose to look back along? That kept the conversaat the good, old days. tion going but there was a spare in the bank: What do you remember about the long-long run? At the risk of alienating Marvin more than one ol’ Vol, I’m West going to say Art Reynolds was an overachiever, 197173. He is not listed among the all-time greats. He did Like a typical fan, sud- not have all-American abilidenly face to face with for- ty but he had fierce determimer Volunteer linebacker nation, a tireless work ethic Art Reynolds, I asked the and he played with the heart following questions, in of a champion. proper order: It wasn’t easy being the How’s business? little brother of Jack Reyn-

olds. It took courage to follow him down I-75 from Cincinnati. Jack was already famous. Art? Not so much. Jack earned that terrific nickname, Hacksaw. He was very successful in the NFL. He was and is aloof at best and may be a hermit. He has homes in the Bahamas and Florida. Art was a good player at UT. He served time in the now-defunct World Football League for the New York Stars and Charlotte Hornets. He chose Knoxville as home and went into the heating and cooling business with classmate Steve Chancey in 1978.

In answer to my first question, the business is good but the partnership has ended. Art has retired. In answer to question 2, Art can’t recall when he last talked with Jack. Once upon a time, Art told a Jack story which still sums up his thoughts. “Nothing ever changes with Jack. When our parents visited the islands years ago, the Jeep was broken, the boat wouldn’t start and the motorcycle had a flat tire. “Jack is always fi xing things but he can’t find used parts and when he does, they cost too much.” Answer 3: Son Garrett

Reynolds, 6-7 and 310, is in his fifth season as an offensive guard for the Atlanta Falcons. He was in the news not long ago. Carter High School retired his number. Garrett is the only former Green Hornet in the NFL. Art remains calm but does blink when he thinks what else might have been. Tennessee, then as now, had a giant recruiting budget and was chasing all over the country searching for talent. Garrett Reynolds was 11 miles away. We know he was big enough. He was an excellent student, good citizen, quality person. Maybe he lacked quickness. UT did not offer a scholarship.

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A fallen, broken world Dr. Angela L. Batey conducts a choir from Farragut Presbyterian Church’s Chancel Choir, Faith Lutheran Church’s Chancel Choir and the University of Tennessee’s Chamber Singers at the 2013 Christmas Festival at Farragut Presbyterian Church. Photos by Justin Acuff



Jon Roode and Hunter Bright blast out a Christmas tune on trumpet.

Beautiful seasonal music and the spirit of community came together Nov. 24 at Farragut Presbyterian Church. An invitation to “come one and all,” brought singers and musicians from Farragut Presbyterian Church’s Chancel Choir, Faith Lutheran Church’s Chancel Choir and the University of Tennessee’s Chamber Singers to the church for a concert. Dr. Angela Batey conducted the group in seasonal music.

Performing at the community concert on trombone are Dan Keeping the beat are Christian Angueira and Adam Daniel on percussion. Reeve and Abby Puzzo.

Menorah Madness at AJCC By Wendy Smith The end of Hanukkah was celebrated last week at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center with a party that featured a Mitzvah Menorah made out of school supplies, a rolling video game truck, traditional food and games and crafts for the entire family. Menorah Madness was a joint event with Knoxville Jewish Alliance, Chabad, Heska Amuna Synagogue, Temple Beth El, Hadassah and Knoxville Jewish Day School. School supplies were collected to be donated to needy children who attend Knox County schools.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1: 76-79 NRSV) We decorated our Christmas tree the other day. That is always an emotional experience for me. It is fun – creative, exciting, anticipatory. It is also hard – physically, emotionally, artistically. I don’t subscribe to the notion of “theme” Christmas trees. I have collected ornaments over the years. Some of them have been given to me by dear friends, while others were made by my daughters when they were in grade school. When I was a recent college graduate, working in my first job, the budget was especially limited. I bought a few red satin Christmas balls, stuck tiny pins through pearl beads and hung those on the tree. It looked a little like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. In other words, sad. So, I strung popcorn and cranberries and hung them in swags around the tree. That helped some. Then I bought some red felt ribbon and tied bows on the branches. Every year since then, those pearled red satin balls and the red felt bows have been on my tree. I do that as a reminder of the lean years and as a celebration of the comfort and security of my life now. Through the years, however, friends far and wide have given me ornaments, things of beauty and meaning. So, when I hang my ornaments, it is like spending a few moments with those old friends. One of the ornaments, given to me by a choir member many years ago, was a glass ball, hand-painted on the inside (imagine!) as the planet earth: blue swirling oceans and accurately portrayed continents. Part of its

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charm was its delicacy. You may have noticed I am speaking of it in the past tense. That is because I dropped it. It broke into three pieces. I was horrified, but I laid it aside and finished decorating the tree. Lewis assured me he could glue it back together. It has been lying on my desk awaiting its resurrection. But with the perspective of the passage of a few days, I am considering just hanging the largest piece on the tree. It was my pastor in my first church job who taught me a great life rule: “When the cookie crumbles, pick up the biggest piece and enjoy it.” After all, the brokenness of the world is the whole reason we celebrate Christmas. God (who had been down this road before, in the Garden of Eden) saw a fallen, broken world, and decided to do something to about it. Prophets had been ignored, ridiculed and murdered. God decided to send us the gift of His son, not as a conquering hero, but as a tiny babe. A baby who would put this fallen, broken world back together. It is a work in progress, and we are called to be coconspirators in this project. So I suggest that you hang a broken ornament on your tree this year, as a reminder that we have work to do: hurts to heal, wrongs to right and love to give.

Sarah Dugal, Knoxville Jewish Alliance president Reneé Hyatt and Rachel Hale sample latkes at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center.

Clifford Davis, executive director of secondary education for Knox County Schools, prepares to light the chanukiah during Menorah Madness.

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Young wins state award Ethan Young has become a familiar face lately. His recent speech to the Knox County school board was viewed on YouTube more than two million times.

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Ethan has also been named the statewide winner of an award from the Tennessee School Boards Association for his essay on what can be done to improve public schools. He said it was basically the same topics that he shared with the school board. “It is your job (as a student) to stay in the loop,� said Ethan. “Don’t assume adults have your best interests at heart. I love my teachers (and) I love my administration at Farragut High School. But you have to make sure you speak up for yourself. You either play or you get played.� Teacher Wanda Lacy said, “Ethan Young is an excellent choice for the Ten-

Ethan Young Photo by S. Barrett nessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Student Recognition Award. He is an exceptional young man who is uniquely equipped with a rare combination of personality and intelligence to thoroughly and superbly address almost any challenging situation which comes his way. He is articulate, bright, caring, dedicated and determined to make a positive difference in our school and community.� Upon winning the TSBA’s East District competition, Ethan competed against the state’s other district winners and came out on top. He will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

SCHOOL NOTES Farragut High ■The robotics club collects used printer cartridges and old electronics. They can be labeled “FRC� and dropped off in the main building’s first floor office. Sign up to receive texts of important updates regarding college information, testing and events from the counseling office. For seniors, text @farraguths to 442-3334864. For grades 9-11, text @farragut to 442-333-4864.

Northshore Elementary students Hadley Minor, Charlie Hobson, Nolan Wright, Emma James and Ethan James help organize donations brought in for the school’s Giving Tree.

The spirit of giving By Sara Barrett Northshore Elementary School’s hallways are filled with the spirit of giving this holiday season. A Giving Tree has been placed across from the cafeteria with stars as ornaments. Each star has an item listed for a child in need at the school. Students can pull a star from the tree, purchase the item requested and return it to the school to be given to their classmates who may not otherwise have gifts at Christmas. After the second day of students bringing in requested items, one empty classroom was already half-full of donations.

The school’s student council has sponsored a Mitten Tree, which stands outside the front office, greeting visitors with colorful mittens and gloves in place of ornaments. All donated items will be delivered to the Mission of Hope. “We had an overwhelming amount (of gloves and mittens) brought in,� said Angela Bataille, teacher sponsor for the student council. “The students are excited about the joy of giving to others.� Will Duncan, a third grade student council member said, “We don’t like kids’ hands to be cold. We’re hap- Mary Auburn Bennett and Natalie Mahoney straighten gloves on py to be able to help.� the Mitten Tree at Northshore Elementary School. Photos by S. Barrett

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A passion for change By Betsy Pickle Cindy White knew what she was getting into when she agreed last spring to take over as principal of Vine Middle School. At the time, she was in her fourth year as principal at Karns Middle. Before that, she’d been assistant principal at Karns High. But before she got into administration, she’d been in the trenches – 27 years as a classroom teacher, primarily in the city center. She was familiar with schools that didn’t have a strong PTA, where test scores weren’t always the best and where kids had trouble focusing because they didn’t always get enough to eat. She jumped at the offer to make a difference at Vine. “I don’t like to become really comfortable at any place that I am because it takes my edge away,” she says. White doesn’t have time to become comfortable. It’s normal for her to spend 12 hours or more a day at the school – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love what I do. I love my job.” What made Vine more of a challenge than most schools was that it had been targeted for “reconstitution.” Student achievement had been in decline for two years or more. It was time for change, and that change started with the entire faculty and staff. “Everybody had to reapply for their job, from top to bottom.” Her first priority was to put an administrative team in place. “They worked with me on the hiring process.” Selecting 27 certified teachers plus “master teachers, custodial staff, office staff, support staff – everybody in the building – was a lengthy process, but it was really nice to be able to have the opportunity to decide who was going to be on the team when you were taking on this kind of a job.” In the end, she brought back few previous faculty members. “When you’re trying to change the culture of a school, you have to change mindsets. It’s difficult to do that when someone has been somewhere for a long time.” Changing a school’s culture is a multi-year process, she says. White started by having conversations with people who knew what things were like before – parents, students, community members – and listening to their concerns. “I spent the whole summer doing that, listening to what they had

Vine Middle principal Cindy White discusses school issues with assistant principal Desiree Jones and Dexter Murphy, assistant principal and Leadership Academy Fellow. Photos by Betsy Pickle

to say. After listening, I had a vision in place.” The vision is multifaceted: giving every student the same excellent education; taking pride in the school and working to make it succeed; getting the community involved in the school; and increasing expectations for academic excellence. “We will not be successful unless we have a commitment and the investment from parents, from kids and from community members.” Not only has Vine been reconstituted, but it also is a “focus school.” “We are in the lowest 10 percent of schools statewide with regard to test scores.” Behavior has played a role in that, so White made discipline a top priority. She’s already seen a change, and she hopes to see more, even though she warns that change takes time. The key is relationships, she says. “I’ve found through my experience it begins with the relationship with the kid. You can never

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fake that. Kids are smart. They know whether you like them, whether you like what you do, whether you have passion for what you do. “I was always a strict teacher, but I could be strict because I had a relationship with the kids.” White doesn’t have any teacher role models who helped shape her philosophy on education. “I went to six different elementary schools and a junior high and a middle school by the time I was in eighth grade.” She was born in Birmingham, but her father’s job kept the family moving. She ended up in Knoxville for her freshman year at Halls High School, and she’s lived here ever since. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s in administration and supervision at the University of Tennessee. Her identical-twin daughters have also become teachers and are at

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Gresham, where they went to school. White became a grandmother this summer and is excited that another grandchild is on the way. Work keeps her so busy that her family takes up any time she might have for a hobby. (Luckily, her husband is a good cook and makes sure she eats properly.) Her brain is always busy thinking of ways to improve things at Vine. Physical changes have made it more welcoming. She’s happy that it has become a Community School, strengthening ties between the school, students, families and neighbors. And she’s proud that it’s a STEAM school – with arts holding equal weight with science, technology, engineering and math. She disdains the idea that being principal is a “one-person show,” and she’s grateful to her colleagues, who support and challenge her and the students. “I have the best team ever.”

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Tree trimming at Farragut High

Members of the bass and viola sections from the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra perform. Photo submitted

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Peer tutors Macy Podgorski and Shauna Miller help students in the CDC-A class decorate a Christmas tree in the commons at Farragut High School. CDC-A (Comprehensive Development ClassroomActivity Based Program) allows students needing special instruction to learn basic skills, including communication and social skills, with the help of peer tutors. Photos by S. Barrett

The Oak Ridge Community Orchestra will perform a free concert 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, located on the corner of the Oak Ridge Turnpike and LaFayette Drive. Familiar numbers will be performed including “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and a medley of

FAITH NOTES One of the ornaments created by a student in the CDC-A class.

HEALTH NOTES ■ Lupus support group will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the Women’s Pavilion at Tennova-Turkey Creek Medical Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. Holiday snacks and coffee will be provided. Everyone welcomed. Info: Virginia, 712-9081. ■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday in the UT Hospice office at 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info or reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277. ■ UT Hospice, serving patients and families in Knox and 15 surrounding counties, conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with the program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: Penny Sparks or Sarah Palma, 544-6279.

Special services ■ First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway, will hold the following services for Advent and the Living Nativity. The public is invited to all services. All advent services: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, and will include the lighting of the advent wreath and communion. The annual Living Nativity Event: Sunday, Dec. 15, includes Bible Study indoors, 5 p.m.; the Living Nativity, outdoors, 5:30; Hand Bell choir performance: 6:30, soup and sandwiches available during all events. The public is invited to all activities and worship services.

Christmas carols arranged by William Burkhart as “While in the Fields.” Other performances will include “Polonaise” from the “Christmas Eve Suite” by Rimsky-Korsakov and Russian Christmas music by Alfred Reed. Although admission is free, modest donations will be accepted at the door to help support the orchestra’s

■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, will hold the following services Tuesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Family Service and Nativity Pageant with Holy Eucharist, 4 p.m.; Christmas Eve Choral Prelude, 10:30 p.m.; Holy Eucharist, 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, the church will hold Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Info: 523-5687 or

Community services ■ Catholic Charities offers counseling for those with emotional issues who may not be physically able to come to the office for therapy. All information is completely confidential. Call 1-877-7906369. Nonemergency calls only. Info:

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Elementary and middle school students from Concord Christian School entertain guests with a medley of Christmas songs at Dowell Springs. Photos by Justin Acuff

Caleb Standifer, a student at Loryn Good and Naomi Taylor are all smiles at the holiday open Concord Christian School house at Dowell Springs.

was the time before Christmas ‘TAnd all through the Town Santa Claus has no problem Elves Kristin Coffield and Debi Gunter pose for a photo with making room on his lap for SiSanta Claus at Provision Center’s holiday open house. las Kogeler, age 6 months.

Celebrating families at Christmas The Provision Center for Proton Therapy will have an eventful 2014 but didn’t wait until next Christmas to celebrate with the community. The center at Dowell Springs will open next year, but invited the community

to come celebrate and get in the Christmas spirit on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Family Christmas at Dowell Springs. The holiday party featured seasonal treats and refreshments, performanc-

es by Concord Christian School’s elementary and middle school ensembles and the Halls High School Madrigals. Santa stopped by to check his “naughty or nice” list and spend some time with the young ones.

Bringing the impact home By Sherri Gardner Howell Ray Knowes has no problem thinking globally. In his career in aerospace technology, where he was inst r umenta l in growing his company from a 25-person shop to a major aerospace company of 750 employees, his vision was certainly beyond local. As governor of Rotary District 6780, which includes Knoxville, his message is a little more focused. In his presentation to the North Knox Rotary Club at their regular Thursday noon meeting at Litton’s Restaurant, Knowes took the international message and 2014 theme for Rotary and brought it home to Knoxville. “Engage Rotary, Change Lives” is the theme chosen by the international president. “What does it mean to engage Rotary?” Knowes asked the group. “I have seen people who truly engage Rotary in their lives and lives have been changed. But how do you do that here, where you are?” The steps Knowes outlined began with a very basic one: Wear the Rotary pin

Ray Knowes, Rotary District 6780 governor, talks about bringing the international Rotary mission home at a meeting with the North Knox Club at Litton’s. and be prepared to share what Rotary does in the world. “Rotary is a well-kept secret, and it needs to not be a secret,” said Knowes. “Wear your pin and be prepared to answer the question, ‘What is Rotary.’” While Rotary statistics are impressive – 1.2 million members worldwide, 34,000 clubs in 200 countries and regions – there are many who are not impressed by the numbers and the stats, said Knowes. “When you begin to tell them about how Rotarians are making a difference in

people’s lives, then they are impressed,” he said. Knowes said the message should be about building children’s playgrounds and water parks, supporting backpack programs to feed children who have no food on the weekends, teaching the hazards of meth and working to end polio worldwide, just to name a few of the many areas where local Rotary clubs work. Knowes, who attended the meeting with his wife, Ann, went through the six areas of focus for all Rotary clubs: Peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. In each broad area, Knowes suggested ways to bring the broad focus down to specific, local missions. For example, in water and sanitation, a broad concern would be helping third world countries with wells and clean water supply. On the local level, it might be promoting rainwater harvesting, he said. Knowes is a member of the Tullahoma Rotary Club.

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Healthy sales in November By Sherry Witt Although the local real estate market has experienced its typical late fall slowdown, activity in November still compared favorably to that of recent years. In November, there were 809 property transfers in Witt Knox County. That number fell just short of the 850 parcels sold during October, but bested last November’s total by more than 100. The aggregate value of land transferred in November was also encouraging as $188.7 million worth of real property was sold. That topped the October figure of $165 million, and was also more than $40 million ahead of last November’s pace. It should be noted that November is often the shortest working month of

the year due to the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays. The recent slowdown in mortgage lending continued. For the month, about $234 million was loaned against real property in Knox County. That was $22 million less than the amount loaned in October, and $130 million less than last November. The most notable property sale of the month was the transfer of Ebenezer Climate Storage at 735 Ebenezer Rd., which sold for $10.9 million. The largest mortgage transaction was a Trust Deed for $13,725,000 financing the Papermill Plaza located at 6710 Papermill Drive. I hope that you and your loved ones enjoy the blessings of a wonderful holiday season, and I would like to encourage all of us to remember those around us who may be less fortunate. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

By Wendy Smith The Bearden District recently held a contest on its Facebook page. Participants posted pictures of themselves shopping at affiliated businesses, and the most “liked” photos entered a final round to be judged. The big winner was Tiffany Brooks, who received a $1,000 gift certificate to spend at the District businesses. Tiffany’s 5-year-old daughter, Caitlyn, will likely benefit from the win, because her sweet face was in the winning photo, taken in Gary Curnutt’s “Embellishment” booth at the Southern Market. Tiffany, who says she has Gary Curnutt and Frances Sexton look on as Susan Worthington presents a $1,000 gift certifinever won anything before, cate to Caitlyn Brooks, the daughter of Bearden District contest winner Tiffany Brooks. Frances plans to have a particularly and Susan own the Southern Market. Gary operates Tiffany’s favorite booth. Photo by Wendy Smith Merry Christmas.

Peggy Hinkle, who is on staff at Pellissippi State Community College, talks with Zeb Phillips, a Pellissippi State vocal student, on their arrangement of “O Holy Night.”

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Nostalgia expands to McCalla By Nancy Whittaker I ventured to Nostalgia on McCalla at the invitation of Terry Davis of KnoxModern. I found an amazing collection of mid-century furniture and numerous retro items. KnoxModern is among the 49 booths located in Nostalgia. Jeff and Amie Bolin opened the original Nostalgia at 5214 Homberg Drive some seven years ago. They just celebrated their first anniversary on McCalla. If you are looking for unique items for your home

or someone on your gift list, Nostalgia is the place to go. It’s got more than 10,000 square feet “full of awesomeness.” Inventory includes designer furniture, rare books, unique greeting cards and lamps. Whether you are looking for a Christmas sweater for the “ugly sweater party,” vintage barware or amazing toys – this place has you covered. Located at 1401 McCalla Ave., Nostalgia is opened Monday through Friday from 11 to 6 and on Sunday from 1-5.

Sounds of the season American Piano Gallery owner Brandon Herrenbruck, left, and general manager at the Turkey Creek store Greg Scribner welcome guests to the concert. The Steinway Society of Knoxville invited music lovers to get in the holiday spirit early with the group’s second annual Steinway Christmas Concert. The free event was held Dec. 1 in the recital hall at American Piano Gallery, 11651 Parkside Drive. Members of the society performed piano and vocal Christmas songs for approximately 100 guests. Treats included cookies and other sweets with apple cider.

Thirteen-year-old piano virtuoso Mayuki Miyashita prepares to play “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to more than 100 guests at the Steinway Society of Knoxville’s Christmas concert at American Piano Gallery, 11651 Parkside Drive.

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Paideia celebrates 10 years Paideia Academy held its 10th Anniversary Celebration Banquet at The Foundry in downtown Knoxville with board members, teachers, parents and students attending. Special guest N. D. Wilson was the keynote speaker. The evening started off with a reception and silent auction. Musician Betsy Castleberry played the violin. Silent auction items consisted of a variety of donated gift baskets, gift cards and services from area businesses. There were several blind bid items, including a Disney World trip package, sign-up parties and special projects by each class as well. Dinner included salad, prime rib, chicken, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls, chocolate cake and cheesecake. After dinner, the program began with event coordinator Tisha Clapp recognizing the banquet committee and a host of volunteers who helped make the event possible. She also gave special recognition and thanks to the presenting sponsors, Cumberland Securities and Dana and Paul Froula, as well as banquet chairman Kayla Franse. Next, presentations were given by Paideia parents Caroline Badgett, Angie and Mike Tucker and Jay Warrick. They spoke about their families’ experiences in coming to the school, what the school has meant to them, and why they consider supporting the school to be important. Headmaster James Cowart

Classical Christian educator and best-selling author N. D. Wilson shares his stories and inspiration with the students at Paideia Academy. Wilson was the keynote speaker at Paideia’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Banquet. Photo by Melanie Leach

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recounted the history of Paideia Academy and acknowledged the founding families, board members and others who had contributed to the school in its Paideia student Samuel Sadler early years. The highlight of the evening attends the 10th Anniversary Celebration Banquet with his grand- was keynote speaker N. D. Wilparents Barbara and John Sadler. son, a classical Christian eduPhoto by John R. Sadler cator and best-selling author, well known for his young adult

trilogies, “100 Cupboards” and “The Ashtown Burials.” Wilson encouraged the guests with his own story of a successful school start-up and biblical examples of others who have stepped out in faith to do mighty works. The evening ended with closing announcements and a benediction. The Annual Banquet and

Apostles Hall talent show Apostles Hall recently Ap recentl tly held held their Talent Show fundraiser at the Watershed at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church Church. Students auditioned for 25 spots in the show. Judges were music teachers Suzanne Breedlove and David Denison and 6th grade teacher Joe Bruno. Apostles Hall Dean Mark Baker emceed the event. Students, parents, and friends lined the floor of the auditorium for a full house. The atmosphere was one of genuine support for the performers. Student entertainers of all ages took to the stage, with a few parents and guests joining the performances. There was a wide range of musical and variety acts. All of the acts were of age-appropriate quality and well-rehearsed. Fourth grader Claire Sadler was the overall winner with her version of the Lucille Ball skit, “Vitameatavegamin.” Fourth grader Miriam Barbour won Best Vocals. Sydney and Max Rennich were awarded Best Instrumentation for their violin/guitar duet of “Viva la Vida.” Fifth grader Zacarias Negron received Most Creative for his dramatic recitation of “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, complete with costume changes and accents. The People’s Choice Award went to 7th graders Abby McConnell, Allie Seaman, and Daryl Driscoll.

Sydney Rennich and her brother, Max Rennich (not pictured) won Best Instrumentation.

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Live large and loud Therapy for Parkinson’s patients makes big strides

Physical therapist Kelly Bentley, left, works with patient Joan Bird on a trunk rotation exercise. Parkinson’s patients often find their ability to rotate at the waist diminished.

Speech-Language Pathologist Tonya Connell says a computer software program that helps patients “see” their voice has tremendously improved their volume and breath endurance.

work, etc. We don’t just focus on the rote exercises we do here but conversation – tell me about your business, tell me about this, pretend I’m a client, that kind of thing. From day one, they are getting assignments to practice outside the clinic.” Kelly Bentley, another LSVT-certified physical therapist, was initially skeptical that a series of exercises could make much of a difference in Parkinson’s patients. But after seeing the results, she now calls it “the most exciting therapy improvement for Parkinson’s to come along in 30 years.” “I have been working with Parkinson’s patients for my entire career and have never seen the results in any other treatment approach that can be achieved with LSVT Big,” said Bentley. Likewise, Gloria Hinshaw was

Stanley Hinshaw uses a chair to demonstrate that Parkinson’s patients need not fear being unable to undergo the BIG program. After just two sessions, he no longer needed the chair.

skeptical her 82-year-old husband, Stanley, could be helped by such simple exercises. “I looked at those pictures (of the exercises) on a printout, and I thought, ‘Huh? That doesn’t look that impressive to me. What can that do?’ But after one or two sessions, he stood straight for the first time in years. He had been bent over with a cane and shuffled all the time. It was a miracle.” “It’s certainly helped me,” said Stanley Hinshaw. “When I came in here I could hardly walk. I was just shuffling. Now I can walk better and have better flexibility all over. And they’ve got my backbone straightened up. I was beginning to think I had osteoporosis.” When Joan Bird began having trouble with balance and walking, she went to the doctor and discovered that she had Parkinson’s. “I had

What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease (or, simply, Parkinson’s) is the most common form of parkinsonism, a group of motor system disorders. An estimated 60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and more than 1 million Americans are affected at any one time. In addition, more people suffer from Parkinson’s disease than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis combined. Parkinson’s is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease usually associated with the following symptoms, all of which result from the loss of dopamineproducing brain cells. Dopamine is a substance produced in the body that has many effects, including smooth and coordinated muscle movement. While symptoms can vary

from patient to patient, the four primary symptoms are: ■ Tremor or trembling of the arms, jaw, legs and face ■ Stiffness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk ■ Bradykinesia (slowness of movement) ■ Postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination Other symptoms are divided into motor (movement-related) and nonmotor symptoms. ■ Motor symptoms: ■ Tremor ■ Bradykinesia (slow movement) ■ Rigidity and freezing in place ■ Stooped posture ■ Shuffling gait ■ Decreased arm swing when walking ■ Difficulty rising from a chair

■ Micrographia (small, cramped handwriting) ■ Lack of facial expression ■ Slowed activities of daily living (for example, eating, dressing and bathing) ■ Difficulty turning in bed ■ Remaining in a certain position for a long period of time

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■ Diminished sense of smell ■ Low voice volume (hypophonia) ■ Difficulty speaking (dysarthria) ■ Painful foot cramps ■ Sleep disturbance ■ Depression ■ Emotional changes (fearful and insecure) ■ Skin problems ■ Constipation ■ Drooling ■ Increased sweating

no one with Parkinson’s in the family, and quite frankly, I didn’t know anybody who had Parkinson’s disease, so I wasn’t geared toward this,” she said. “I had been walking in such a strange manner, I was taking smaller steps and wasn’t standing up straight. “I know that these exercises have helped me straighten myself which is good,” Bird added. “When you daughter looks at you and says, ‘Mom, you really look wonderful walking,’ it’s really nice.” A 75-year-old Knoxville man who says he regained freedom of movement and loss of flexibility through the BIG program has similar praise for the LOUD program, which Connell describes as “an intensive program of exercising the voice.” “The focus is on ‘thinking loud’ in order to do all the things needed

to speak forcefully – take a deep breath, articulate and move the lips and jaw,” she said. “The doctor had recommended speech therapy all along,” said the Knoxville man. “I thought, ‘I don’t need speech therapy.’ But it’s obvious that I do because I slur my words occasionally so I have to be careful with it so my clients don’t think I’m coming off a two-day bender.” Although 89 percent of Parkinson’s patients will develop speech problems ranging from low volume to monotone speech and vocal tremor, denial about those issues is just as common, said Connell. “Most patients feel like they are talking loud enough – it’s just that everyone else needs a hearing aid,” she said, adding that only 4 percent will seek treatment. The LOUD program utilizes a software program in which the patient can actually “see” their voice on a computer screen as they talk. A graph shows the undulations in speech, pitch, etc. The vocal exercises are sometimes compared to singing lessons. “Part of the program works on strengthening vocal muscles and breath endurance by holding speech sounds as long as possible,” Connell explained. “There are also exercises that require the patient to try to make low and high pitches in effort to strengthen and teach control of changing vocal pitch so patients lose the monotone voice quality.” It’s a lesson the Knoxville man has taken to heart. “The high notes, low notes, sustained notes – all seemed to either strengthen or clear out problems in the throat area,” he said. “So if I am going to have a phone meeting like I am going to have today, then I’m going to do a lot of yelling in the car and at home to get loosened up and be prepared. And I’ve got to remind myself to ‘think loud’ to come out louder than I think I should speak.” If you think you might benefit from BIG and LOUD therapy, or to find out more, call the Parkwest Therapy Center at 531-5710. Visit the official BIG and LOUD website at

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What causes PD? The specific cause of PD is unknown; however, medical experts believe the symptoms are related to a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by brain-cell death. Parkinson’s disease is chronic (persists over a long period of time) and progressive (symptoms grow worse over time). Although the disease may appear in younger patients (even teenagers), it usually affects people in late middle age. It is not contagious. The biggest risk factor for developing PD is advancing age. The average age for the onset of PD is 60 years. In addition, 50 percent more men are affected than women, according to

the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. However, the reason for this is unclear. Family history is another important risk factor. Individuals with a parent or sibling who are affected have approximately two times the chance of developing PD. This increased risk is most likely because of a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Environmental causes are being researched and the strong consistent findings are that rural living, exposure to well water, and exposure to agricultural pesticides and herbicides are related to PD.

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Their world was getting smaller and smaller. Smaller steps. Smaller voices. Smaller handwriting. But thanks to therapists at Parkwest Therapy Centers at Fort Sanders West, patients with Parkinson’s disease are regaining independence through two innovative and clinically proven programs called BIG and LOUD. Both programs sprang from the acclaimed Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT) technique established in 1987 and named after a Parkinson’s patient in Arizona. “With Parkinson’s, your brain starts thinking that this little bitty voice and little bitty movement is what you’ve always done. That’s your new normal,” explained Suzanne Moskal, an LSVT-certified physical therapist. “By moving big, talking really loud, they’re exaggerating what we normally do. So, we’re re-calibrating the brain to say, ‘OK, this exaggerated movement is the normal.’ ” The four, one-hour sessions each week for four weeks are built around eight main exercises (and a few other individualized exercises custom tailored for the patient) that are conducted one-on-one with the therapist, who does the exercises right along with them. The exercises, intended to improve motor skills lost due to a lack of dopamine, are basically exaggerations of common motions – getting up from a chair, balancing on one foot (inches above a Styrofoam cup), twisting your body and walking. Big arm swings and big strides are the new norm. In addition, the patients are expected to do their “homework” assignments. “Homework is a big component of the BIG and LOUD programs,” said Tonya Connell, the LSVT-certified speech language pathologist who works with patients in the LOUD portion of the program. “We give them homework each day – specific tasks for them to practice on: five repetitions of getting out of a car, five repetitions of practicing getting out of bed, retrieving a ball, loud speaking, conversations with people in public who don’t know you have Parkinson’s, phone conversations at

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The Farragut Folklife Museum will host “An OldFashioned Christmas” through Friday, Jan. 3. The exhibit features items from the museum’s collection as well as pieces belonging to Folklife Museum Committee members. Visitors can view antique toys, games and dolls, including the Rice dollhouse, designed and built in 1929 by local architect Malcolm Rice. Among the more recent pieces in the exhibit are “Star Wars” toys from the 1970s donated by Mayor Ralph McGill. The museum is at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. It will be closed Dec. 24-25.

Liz-Beth, 4920 Park West Blvd., will host a candlelight sale and party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. There will be a silent auction, hourly drawings, holiday cocktails and gourmet treats. Also, there will be two trunk shows featuring jewelry by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong of Jewelry TV and Bovano copper-enameled wall art. To RSVP, call 865-691-8129 or email beth@liz-beth. com.

THROUGH SUNDAY, JAN. 5 Holidays on Ice The Holidays on Ice outdoor ice-skating rink is open through Sunday, Jan. 5, at Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Regular hours through Dec. 19 are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Extended hours Dec. 20 through Jan. 5 will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday-Sunday hours remain the same. The holiday schedule is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24; closed Wednesday, Dec. 25; 1 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, Dec. 31; and 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. The entry fee, which includes admission, skate rental and unlimited time on the ice, is $10 a day per adult, $7 a day per child 12 and under, $45 for an adult season pass and $30 for a child season pass. To save time, skaters may download liability waivers in advance at

THURSDAY, DEC. 12 Chamber open house The Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce will have its holiday open house at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the chamber offices in the Farragut Crossroads Professional Building, 11826 Kingston Pike, Suite 110. For more info, call 865-675-7057 or email info@

New this year, participants will help Second Harvest with the Food for Kids program, a collaboration with public schools in Second Harvest’s 18-county service area designed to provide healthy, easily prepared food to some of the most vulnerable children in the community. The complete program schedule and online application are at Completed applications may be sent to valerie.; printed and mailed to the Town Hall; or submitted in person at the Town Hall. Up to 20 participants will be selected. For info, contact Valerie Millsapps, 865-966-7057 or

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 13-14 ‘Junie B.’ at Pellissippi

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 ‘Kidz Night Out’ Parents can catch up on their holiday to-do list when Bricks 4 Kidz offers “Kidz Night Out,” 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Community Room at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Kids will play with Lego toys and games for an evening of fun – with STEM principles at the core. There will be structured lesson time, creative playtime and pizza for dinner. Cost is $30 for per child, with a $25 charge for each additional child from a family. Registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 11. Cash, check and credit-card payments may be made in person or over the phone at Town Hall. For more info, call 865-966-7057.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Application deadline for Introduction The town of Farragut invites community members interested in learning more about the town to participate in its second Introduction to Farragut program. The course will kick off in January, but the application deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. The Introduction provides information on town history, government structure and operations, public safety, education, and volunteer opportunities. Open to all, not just Farragut residents, the courses kick off with a reception 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Classes will be held 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11 and March 25 at the Town Hall. Graduation is set for Tuesday, April 8.

The WordPlayers will perform “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Written by Allison Gregory and based on the popular “Junie B. Jones” books by Barbara Park, the fast-paced play features over-the-top characters and witty dialogue. Tickets are $5 to $12 and are available at 865-5392490, and tickets.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 13-15 ‘Sanders Family Christmas’ Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church will present “Sanders Family Christmas,” the sequel to the hit “Smoke on the Mountain,” for three performances Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the church, 12915 Kingston Pike. Set on Christmas Eve 1941, the musical has the Sanders family gathered for one last performance at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church before young Dennis heads to boot camp. The show is filled with bluegrass and gospel music as well as beloved Christmas carols. The cast is made up of church members and actorsingers from the community. The performances are free, but tickets are required. Call 865-671-1885 for ticket and nursery reservations. Tickets may be picked up at the reception desk during regular office hours on weekdays and on Sunday mornings at the ticket desk in the south hallway.

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Connor Howe and Connor Owens, both 12, get ready to make a joyful noise with their trumpets. When asked what they like best about being in the production, Howe says, “The food room!”

Taking a snack break in the hall are Abby Burkhalter, Alexandra Ashmore, Julie Ann Simpson, Laura Hitch, Eden Carnes, Anna McTyre, Hannah Kerr, Marissa Hastings and Hannah Rodriguez. “I like hanging out backstage,” says Hitch. Rodriguez agrees and adds “We get to miss school!” Hannah Kerr is happy to “meet new friends. We are each assigned a ‘big sister’ and they help us get to know everyone.” All the girls agree that “overall, it’s just a great experience.”

Soldiers, sugarplums and baby mice Backstage at the Appalachian Ballet’s dress rehearsal for the company’s annual presentation of “The Nutcracker,” children wait patiently to have their faces made up, excited teenagers gather in groups, adults bustle back and forth in 19th century dress and an all-volunteer “mom corps” holds everything together. “Do you have pantaloons? You don’t? Well, see Miss Angie.” “Anybody else need soldier circles?” “Party boys! Do you all have your trumpets?” The company just completed two performances of the beloved ballet at the Civic Auditorium in Knoxville, and they’re preparing


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Professional actor David Dwyer gears up for his role as Herr Drosselmeyer, the toymaker who produces the magic nutcracker. “Typically I’ve been called in when they want small bodies thrown into the air,” he laughs, referring to past ballet productions. “But I seem to have aged into this part. I like portraying the mystery and magic of the role.” Dwyer, a veteran character actor who’s appeared in over 80 movies, can currently be seen in the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman 2.” He’s also active in the local professional company Flying Anvil Theatre.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013 BMA MEETING • 7:00 PM

I. Silent Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call II. Approval of Agenda III. Mayor’s Report A. Town Hall Energy Assessment IV. Presentation of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013 V. Citizens Forum VI. Approval of Minutes A. November 19, 2013 VII. Ordinances A. Public Hearing and Second Reading 1. Ordinance 13-24, ordinance to amend Ordinance 13-19 Fiscal Year 2014 Budget B. First Reading 1. Ordinance 13-25, ordinance to amend the text of the Farragut Municipal Code, Title 4, Chapter 3. Personnel Committee, to delete Section 4-308 in its entirety VIII. Business Items A. Resolution R-2013-08, to Establish an Occupational Safety and Health Program B. Approval of Revised Personnel Committee Charter C. Resolution R-2013-09, Shop Farragut Program D. Approval for Certificate of Compliance for DSJJ LLC. Dba Campbell Station Wine & Spirits E. Approval of Request of access to Sonja Drive associated with a resubdivision plat involving the property at 11225 Sonja Drive (Donald Fendley, Applicant) F. Approval of Contract for Softball Field Fencing Installation G. Approval of Rental Agreement for Property at 101 N. Campbell Station Road IX. Town Administrator's Report A. Town of Farragut Debt Obligation Report X. Attorney’s Report

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Artistic director, choreographer and well-known, much-admired perfectionist Amy Morton Vaughn checks a fine point with guest artists Adam Schiffer and Caroline Anglim.


Kylie Morton, who dances one of the starring roles of the Sugarplum Fairy, laughs as assistant seamstress Peggy Irby corrects a problem with her costume. Morton is the daughter of Amy Morton Vaughn, artistic director of the company. Her sister Laura is a ballerina with the Houston Ballet. Photos by Carol Zinavage

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