VOL. 11 NO. 1
A closer look at 2016
January 4, 2017
Call for artists for open art show
By Scott Frith
We all know that 2016 was a great year for Republicans (and a not-sogreat year for Democrats), but let’s take a closer look at what happened and what’s ahead in 2017. Scott Frith First, while the biggest political story of the year was Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race, some observers were surprised by the size of Trump’s win in Tennessee. Trump won Tennessee by nearly 25 points – a higher margin than Mitt Romney’s 20-point win in 2012 and John McCain’s 15-point win in 2008. Locally, few have noticed that Gloria Johnson has now lost three of four state elections. (Johnson lost a state Senate special election in 2011, re-election in 2014, and lost again in 2016. Johnson’s only win was in 2012.) Democrats are expected to find another candidate to take on Rep. Eddie Smith in 2018. Nonetheless, Johnson would be favored for city council next year and would be a strong candidate for Knoxville mayor in 2019. The other big story was Republican state Rep. Martin Daniel winning re-election despite being criminally charged with assault for shoving former To page A-2
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Brenda Mills stands in front of “At Last We Meet,” an award-winning painting of some lion fish.
By Carolyn Evans Brenda Mills has brought exotic tropical fish straight home to Knoxville. They’re hanging on her walls, preserved forever in acrylic paint. Soon the public will get to view Mills’ beautiful underwater world. She’ll be entering her work in the 2017 Fine Arts Show at the Farragut Town Hall. The juried event is Feb. 15-18 on the second floor of the Farragut Town Hall. The show is open to all artists of all media, whether they’re Farragut residents or not. The event is free to the public, and
organizers expect to have 75 pieces of all types of artwork on display. Monetary prizes are sponsored by the Farragut Arts Council: a $300 cash prize will go to Best of Show; first place will receive $200; second place $150; third place $100 and People’s Choice $50. Artists must enter work done in the last five years and can sell their work at the end of the show. An entry fee of $40 pays for up to three pieces. The deadline for entering is Friday, Jan. 20, by 4 p.m. Artists selected will be notified on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Accepted art-
work must be hand-delivered to the Farragut Town Hall Feb. 10-11, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The exhibit will be open Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A special reception for artists will be held 5-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17. Mills was an art major at the University of Tennessee. She has dived in the Caymans and Hawaii, but several years ago a brain tumor ended her scuba diving career. Undeterred, she found another source of inspiration.
“My husband and I visit aquariums everywhere we go,” she says. “I take photos and work from those.” A member of the Art Market Gallery on Gay Street, she also enjoys painting series of trees and uses pastels for cloud series. Interested artists can find an entry form at townoffarragut.org/ openartshow. The Farragut Arts Council is one of 12 standing committees that serve the town of Farragut. The Council is composed of volunteers whose mission is to further the arts through programs and events.
Keeping up with Ed Francisco By Margie Hagen For Pellissippi Community College professor and writer-in-residence Ed Francisco, it’s a family affair. He recently co-authored a children’s book with great-niece Mallory Dillon. Francisco has written numerous books, poems and articles, and was twice a Pulitzer Prize entrant. His books include novels and scholarly works, but his collaboration with Mallory was very special. “Mallory’s World from A to Z” was published in 2016. Both
are animal lovers, so many of the poems are about their favorite creatures. “We worked together and it was a lot of fun,” says Francisco. “Mallory drew the illustrations and I wrote the poems, sometimes switching roles.” She was 9 years old at the time, but wise for her years, telling her great-uncle, “I hope we don’t get rich, it might change me.” Being an English professor and writerin-residence at Pellissippi State Community College keeps Francisco busy. “As writer-in-
residence I get to work harder, but without more pay,” he says. That’s not the only thing that keeps him busy; for the past four decades Francisco has been a devotee of the martial arts. As a boy of 10 he won the President’s Youth Council National Fitness Award and was a silver gloves boxing champion. Later he began practicing Okinawan Karate and then Burmese Bando. To page A-2
Nick Pavlis won’t run for mayor By Betty Bean Nick Pavlis has been city council’s Energizer bunny for the past six years, showing up for neighborhood meetings all over town and making himself available to anyone who calls him. He’s Knoxville’s longest-serving council member and has long been assumed to be aiming at a run for mayor in 2018. But he now says 16 years in city government is enough. “People just get tired,” Pavlis said. “I was first elected in 1995 and served eight years in an atlarge seat, sat out six years – serving two years on MPC during that time – then ran for the 1st District seat in 2011. “I think it’s my time not to have the obligation as an elected official – I’m 62 now and I’m just ready to enjoy my life.” What Pavlis didn’t mention is that serving as mayor is a full-
time job, and would force him to leave his job as state director of governmental affairs with Charter Communications, a position that keeps him on the road between Knoxville and
Nashville. “I’m in Nashville every week when (the Legislature is) in session, and sometimes when we’re not in session,” he said. “I love what I do for a living. It’s tailormade for me, and I don’t want to give it up.” Pavlis feels good about the job he’s done for the city and for his district, and although he gives mayors Victor Ashe, Bill Haslam and Madeline Rogero great credit, he believes he played a part in Knoxville’s progress, as well.
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“I believe I’ll be leaving Knoxville better off than I found it. It wasn’t that long ago that you could have held a Frisbee contest in the middle of downtown and there wouldn’t have been anybody getting in the way. Nobody’d care. I’m very proud of what we’ve done with the Urban Wilderness projects in South Knoxville.” He says he’s a “little concerned” about the direction city council could take. “I feel we need to have a good mix of people on the council. A good council member can’t be just a business-oriented person, nor should it be strictly a neighborhood-oriented person. We need a healthy mix on there.” He cares deeply about who’s going to step in behind him, but hasn’t heard any names yet. “I have not heard a thing about a successor. I’ve spoken to folks, kind of wanting to stir the ashes a
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little bit, but I’m not hearing much back. It’s hard to run for office these days. You kind of have to be retired, or have a job (with flexible hours) like mine. It’s difficult to effectively shepherd a district and have a full-time job with the hours you’ve got to put in.” He is enthusiastic about a potential candidate in another district – former state Rep. Harry Tindell, who is considering a run for the 4th District council seat now occupied by Nick Della Volpe, who is also term-limited. “Harry is a brilliant person. I learned that when I’d go talk to him about issues. He was always knowledgeable and prepared. If he runs, I’ll support him.” And for mayor? “Too early – it’s still two years out. But knowing me, I’ll be involved. We’ve got the city headed in a pretty good direction and we need to keep the momentum going.”
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Community lines up to give By Margie Hagen A line formed as donors waited to give blood during the Medic Blood Drive at the Farragut Library last week. One Farragut resident, Janna Jones, arrived early, just as she has done for years. Jones has a simple reason for donating blood, saying, “It’s an easy way to help the community,” adding, “One donation can save up to three lives.” Not only does she make it a habit, but over the years her two sons have Author Ed Francisco at a book signing in December. joined her. “I influenced them from From page A-1 an early age,” says Jones. Her sons, now ages 19 and 27, regularly donate. “They The training and discipline he acquired have served him made it part of their lives and well throughout his career in academia, even changing his I am very proud of them.” view of life. “I’ve worked hard to cultivate the warrior spirit Ben Prijatel is the marin everything I do,” says Francisco, adding, “I’m now in- keting director for Medic terested in larger victories of the human heart and spirit.” Regional Blood Center, the His goals include deepening the ideas of faith, hope, not-for-profit organization charity and generosity of spirit. “It’s a lifetime’s work for founded in 1958. He is espewhich martial arts have helped prepare me.” Francisco’s cially appreciative of donors books are available at amazon.com.
Blood donor Janna Jones with Medic phlebotomists Levi Graziano and Tyler Snow. Photo by Margie Hagen
Closer look at 2016 state Rep. Steve Hall during a campaign event. Even more absurd is that the mess isn’t over yet. Daniel’s criminal charges remain pending as legislators return to Nashville next month. Here are some other things to watch in 2017: Knoxville City Council district seats (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) will be on the ballot this fall, but few will notice. On average, only 5,000 people bother to vote in a typical city election. (Knoxville has a population of about 185,000.) Also, although the Republican primary won’t be held until May 2018, two heavyweight candidates are lining up to be the next sheriff: assistant chief Lee Tramel and former chief
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deputy Tom Spangler. Tramel will have the blessing of current Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones (who is term limited). Spangler will raise a lot of money from his political connections in Blount County, where he is employed part-time as director of training. Of course, political posturing is also underway in the race to succeed county Mayor Tim Burchett (who is also term limited). Rumored and announced candidates for mayor are Commissioner Brad Anders, Law Director Bud Armstrong, county GOP leader Buddy Burkhardt and Commissioner Bob Thomas. The wild card in the race is Glenn Jacobs (the professional wrestler formerly
known as “Kane”). Celebrities win elections. Jacobs would be a strong candidate for mayor or Congress. Rumors continue to swirl around the political futures of Burchett and U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. Both have been around a while. 2018 will be the 30th anniversary of Duncan’s election to Congress and the 24th anniversary of Burchett’s first election to the state Legislature. According to a Federal Election Commission filing this month, the “Duncan for Congress” campaign account has $974,058.05 in available cash. That’s a lot of money. 2017 will be an interesting year. Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can visit his website at pleadthefrith.com.
at this time of year, saying, “The holidays are a busy time with people traveling and getting together with family, so giving blood is not at the top of the list for many people, but we need the same amount of blood today as we need all year long.” The blood products are used in many ways: surgeries, cancer treatment, burn
patients and transplants. “All of the donations stay in East Tennessee and three counties in southeast Kentucky,” says Tyler Snow, one of the supervisors of the Mobile Blood Drive. “There is a real need for platelets and plasma right now.” Two more drives are planned for this month; on Jan. 16, Medic will partner with Food City, WATE 6
and WWST-FM 102.1 at 25 locations, and a brand new event is planned for the week of Jan. 30. In conjunction with the Pat Summitt Foundation and Alumni Hall, Medic will contribute $10 for each blood donation, with a goal of $15,000 to benefit the foundation’s research for Alzheimer’s disease. For more info, go to medicblood.org.
FARRAGUT CHAMBER EVENTS ■■ Tuesday, Jan. 10, noon-1 p.m., ribbon cutting: Max Potential Farragut, 11201 W. Point Drive. ■■ Wednesday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-noon, ribbon cutting: OsteoStrong of Farragut, 11110 Kingston Pike. ■■ Thursday, Jan. 12, 5-6:30 p.m., networking: Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville-Turkey Creek/Farragut, 11340 Campbell Lakes Drive. ■■ Thursday, Jan. 19, 5-6:30 p.m., networking: Anytime Fitness-Farragut, 12572 Kingston Pike.
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Tellico Village golf director honored again Tellico Village’s director of golf, Jim West, garnered two prestigious awards last month at the Knoxville chapter of the Tennessee Section PGA Christmas awards dinner. This is the second year in a row for West for these particular awards. “I was humbled and honored to receive two awards again this year,” said West. “I owe my recognition to the strong support from my wife, Nikki, and my talented and supportive staff at Tellico Village.” West was presented with the Bill Strausbaugh Award for mentoring PGA professionals and the Horton Smith Award for contributions to educational programs in the golf industry. “It comes as no surprise to us here in Tellico Village that Jim (West) was recognized again,” said Tellico Village general manager
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The PGA Professional Staff at Tellico Village hosted a successful fundraising event Dec. 10 for victims of the recent fires in Sevier County. In spite of temperatures never exceeding 40 degrees, the golfers at Tellico Village generously stepped up and supported “Swing Fore Sevier County” at Tellico Village’s Toqua Golf Club on that frigid late fall day. The golf professional staff consisting of Jim West, Adam Jacob, Jeff Harrington, Casey Flenniken and Charles Roffers donated their time to give lessons for donations from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the practice range at Toqua, raising a total of $2,200 for the American Red Cross to help with recovery efforts.
“Our members at Tellico Village are so good at supporting those in need, and this event was no exception. Frigid temperatures and blustery wind didn’t deter them a bit. We bundled up and had a great time helping them improve their golf games, all the while raising money for our friends in Sevier County affected by this horrible disaster,” said West. Our golf professional staff definitely embodies the motto, “It’s Better at Tellico Village.” ■■ Happy New Year
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I want to take this opportunity to wish Happy New Year to all my readers. I hope 2017 is your best year yet. I am going to make a concerted effort to be a bit healthier this year. I hope you do, too.
‘East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl 2017’ offers education and entertainment By Carol Z. Shane Ernie Roberts is excited about the “East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl 2017.” A longtime Old North Knox resident and current director of educational services for East Tennessee PBS, Roberts is a wellknown face in the community; he’s a semi-retired high school math teacher and host of “TN Learn: Mathline,” music director at two churches, annual Front Page Follies funnyman, high school football announcer and tireless volunteer for many worthy causes. This year Roberts has chosen WNOX’s Frank
Murphy and Merle FM’s Jack Ryan, whose multiple awards include CMA’s Broadcast Personality of the Year, to co-host the Bowl. “They both bring great skill sets to engage students, and they have the ability to make some good drama,” said Roberts. “And they dress well.” “My wife made a tie-andshirt spreadsheet, with dates of episodes,” said Murphy. The series has originally been led by a single host, but with the fast-paced nature of the filming and high-energy levels of competition, Roberts felt that two hosts would be a better fit. Murphy and
ETPBS Scholars’ Bowl co-hosts Frank Murphy and Jack Ryan flank the show’s producer, Ernie Roberts. Photo by Carol Z. Shane
Ryan agree. “After just two or three games I’m physically and mentally exhausted!” said Ryan. “And I didn’t have to buy as many ties,” cracks Murphy.
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day. They’ll bring the same quickness to the games, which consist of rapid-fire questions in 38 academic categories for each fourperson team. This year, the 53 teams come from 22 counties in East Tennessee and one in Southeast Kentucky. The series was shot over a monthlong period, four to six shows a day. There are 52 episodes, with the last three episodes being rerun at the end. For the hosts, it was a blast. “I have secretly harbored the desire to be a game show host since I was a child,” said Murphy, who admits he would set up bells on a table and force his sisters to answer trivia questions. “I’m the complete opposite,” said Ryan. “I was never a scholar. So the only way I
was ever going to be a part of the Scholars’ Bowl was to host it! To me, it’s exciting. We had some very close games – very few blowouts. Some went into overtime. Another one ended right at the buzzer.” Both say they’re looking forward to “how many complaint calls Ernie will get because of the way we mispronounced words.” Roberts laughs and takes it all in stride. “These kids answer a lot of questions. It’s like ‘Jeopardy!’ It’s educational and it’s entertaining. And it’s schools you might have connections to.” Now in its 33rd year, the “East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl 2017” begins at 5:30 p.m. this coming Monday, Jan. 2, and continues weekly at the same time through Friday, March 17, on ETPBS. Info: easttennesseepbs.org.
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Town of Farragut Winter 2017 Classes & Events
Austin-East High School senior Jamesha Fain, foreground, and Bearden High School sophomore Endasia Puckett, interns with the YouthForce program at the Haslam Boys & Girls Club, do some cleanup work at DreamBikes. Photo by Betsy Pickle
Tai Chi-Beginning & Continuing Classes When: Sundays, Jan. 8-Mar. 26, 9-10:30 AM. (No class on Jan. 22 or Feb. 12 & 19). To register & for more information, call (865)482-7761, email Tennessee @taoist.org, or visit www.taoist.org
Tai Chi for Health & QiGong Option 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 15 (6 weeks, 12 classes), 9-10 AM; Registration & payment deadline: Friday, Jan. 6 Cost: $70 Option 2: Mondays & Wednesdays, Feb. 20 – Mar. 29 (6 weeks, 12 classes), 9-10 AM; Registration & payment deadline: Friday, Feb. 17 Cost: $70 What: Jane Pontius will lead both sessions of Tai Chi for Health which is a soft form of Tai Chi suitable for anyone with balance problems, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s or other conditions that cause discomfort or difﬁculty in performing daily activities.
Normal Aging vs. Dementia & Tips for Healthy Aging When: Monday, Jan. 9, 1:00 PM What: Elaine Wilson with Choices in Senior Care will discuss differences between normal memory changes & those that occur in dementia. The program will outline risk factors & the importance of early diagnosis. Cost: Free Registration deadline: Friday, Jan. 6
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Pilates Option 1: Tuesdays, Jan. 10 – Feb. 7 (5 weeks), 6:30 – 7:30 PM; Registration & payment deadline: Monday, Jan. 9 Cost: $50 Option 2: Tuesdays, Feb. 21-Mar. 28 (6 weeks), 6:30-7:30 PM; Registration & payment deadline: Monday, Feb. 20 Cost: $60 What: Join Instructor Simon Bradbury for Pilates, a mind-body exercise that works the whole body & incorporates yoga poses in order to enhance ﬂexibility, strength & breathing.
iPad/iPhone Basics for Seniors When: Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 17 & 18, 10 AM-12 PM. What: Must be 55 or older to attend & must bring your iPad or iPhone to the class. Classes are limited to ﬁve participants so register early! Cost: $45 Registration & payment deadline: Mon., Jan. 16
Samsung Galaxy Phone/Tablet Basics for Seniors When: Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 17 & 18, 12:30-2:30 PM. What: Must be 55 or older to attend & must bring your iPad or iPhone to the class. Classes are limited to ﬁve participants so register early! Cost: $45 Registration & payment deadline: Mon., Jan. 16
Town of Farragut Primary Schools Art Show When: Monday, Jan. 23– Thursday, Feb. 2 during regular Town Hall hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 PM. Reception: Private school artists-Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5 - 6 p.m.; Public school artists- Thursday, Jan. 26, 5 – 6 PM
Immunization Education When: Monday, Jan. 23, 12:30 - 1:30 PM What: This course led by Jennifer Aramburo, Walgreens Pharmacy Manager, will provide education on different types of immunizations, when best to receive them & what age or demographic is most suitable for each of them. A light lunch will be provided. Cost: Free Registration deadline: Friday, Jan. 20
Advanced iPad/iPhone for Seniors When: Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb. 6 & 7, 10 AM-12 PM. What: Must be 55 or older to attend & must bring your iPad or iPhone to the class. Classes are limited to ﬁve participants so register early! Cost: $45 Registration & payment deadline: Feb. 3
Advanced Samsung Galaxy Phone/Tablet for Seniors When: Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb. 6 & 7, 12:30-2:30 PM. What: Must be 55 or older to attend & must bring your iPad or iPhone to the class. Classes are limited to ﬁve participants so register early! Cost: $45 Registration & payment deadline: Feb. 3
Osteoporosis Education When: Monday, Feb. 13, 12:30-1:30 PM What: Jennifer Aramburo, Walgreens Pharmacy Manager, will provide an educational session on prevention & management of osteoporosis, which can be a crippling & devastating disease. A light lunch will be provided. Cost: Free Registration deadline: Friday, Feb. 10 All winter classes, workshops & events will be held at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, unless otherwise stated. Class registrations may be made at townoffarragut.org/register, in person at the Town Hall or by phone (218-3375). Payment is due at the time of registration. All credit card payments will incur a transaction fee. Cash & check payments are also accepted when registering in person. No refunds are given. The Town of Farragut is not responsible for costs associated with the purchase of supplies when a class is canceled.
With all the bike clubs, bike shops, greenways, mountain-bike trails, bike lanes, sharrows, bike races and bike festivities Knoxville has, you’d think the city would have the entire spectrum of bike entities covered. Well, now it does. DreamBikes, 309 N. Central St., had its “soft opening” on Monday to get on the local radar from the beginning of the new year. A registered 501(c)(3) organization founded in Wisconsin in 2008 and now operating in four states, DreamBikes is a doublesided dream: It trains teenagers in bike mechanics and repairs, providing job skills and experience in the workforce, and it offers the community a retail outlet for moderately priced, safe, refurbished bikes as well as a full-service bicycle-repair shop. The local DreamBikes shop is coordinating with the Haslam Family Boys & Girls Club to put teens from the YouthForce program to work. The student interns are paid through a grant. “After that internship is up, if we think that they really worked well at
DreamBikes, then we’ll hire them on, so then we’ll pay them,” says Preston Flaherty, DreamBikes manager. Five teens are working at DreamBikes right now alongside Flaherty, assistant manager Mitchell Connell and mechanic Dalton Manning. After two weeks, Jamesha Fain, a senior at Austin-East High School, thinks she’s a good mechanic. Endasia Puckett, a sophomore at Bearden High, is a little less confident. “I’m getting there,” she says. The DreamBikes model runs on donations, with all gifts tax-deductible. So far, 100 bikes have been donated to the local nonprofit. “We really need more bikes,” says Flaherty. “We take all bikes and all bike accessories. Also monetary donations.” Bikes that are too far gone will be used for parts. Flaherty says now would be a good time for those who got new bikes for Christmas to donate their old ones, or to clear the clutter of dusty bikes out of the garage. “We definitely need some more bike donations so we have bikes for these teens to work on.”
DreamBikes has received donations from all sorts of people and from organizations such as Kick Stand. South Knoxville-based Borderland Tees donated DreamBikes logo T-shirts to the group. Part of DreamBikes’ mission is also to donate 100 bikes a year to needy kids in the community. By the end of 2016 – without officially being open – DreamBikes had donated 25 bikes. Eventually, Flaherty expects DreamBikes to have a mobile repair van that visits neighborhoods and fi xes kids’ bikes free. Members of the community who want to purchase bikes will find all types – road, hybrid, mountain bikes, kids’ bikes, beach cruisers – at prices ranging from around $150 to around $500. Flaherty says the majority of the bikes are $200-$250. “It’s a great opportunity for college kids or anyone who needs to commute to come get a bike, or get starter-level mountain bikes,” he says. DreamBikes’ hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The official grand opening will be in the spring.
Seniors fear rising health costs if ACA is repealed By Sandra Clark When the sloganeering Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, his supporters will expect three things: ■ Drain the swamp; ■ Build a wall, and ■ Repeal and replace Obamacare. That third goal is a sticky wicket, complicated by Trump’s insistence on the word “replace.” Repealing Obamacare is a straight up/down vote. The House of Representatives voted to do it 50 or 60 times (depending on who’s counting). Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a bill to repeal it outright. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promises, “The Obamacare repeal resolution will be the first item up in the New Year.” But not all senators see a simple solution, even the Republicans. Sen. Lamar Alexander said full repeal and replacement could take years. And Sen. Bob Corker doesn’t like the idea of a quick repeal with deferred implementation while the replacement is hammered out. “It might make sense to repeal and replace at the same time. It’s not really repeal if it’s still in place for three years,” he said Dec. 6 after a meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Into the fray comes Gloria Johnson, former state representative and Obama organizer. She convened a meeting of seniors last Thursday at the Time Warp Tea Room. “Repeal of the Affordable Care Act will create chaos, raise costs and limit protections for seniors,” Johnson wrote in the invitation.
SENIOR NOTES ■ All Knox County Senior Centers will be closed Monday, Jan. 16. ■ Frank R. Strang Senior Center: 109 Lovell Heights Road 670-6693 knoxcounty.org/seniors Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Offerings include: card
games; exercise programs; dance classes; watercolor classes; book club; tai chi; blood pressure checks; mahjong; senior-friendly computer classes; lending library with tapes and movies. Register for: All Starr Travel and Day Trips presentation, noon Wednesday, Jan. 11; refreshments provided. Veterans services oneon-one, 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12; RSVP: 215-5645. Alzheimer’s Se-
Gloria Johnson stands with Mary Linda Schwartzbart during a roundtable discussion of the Medicare “doughnut hole.” Schwartzbart’s late husband, Arnold, was affected by the gap in coverage before his death due to the cost of his medication. Photo by Shannon Carey
Mary Linda Schwarzbart said, “Thanks to the ACA, we paid 11 percent less in 2014 than 2013 for our Medicare premiums and saved almost $900 on prescription costs.” In 2013, Schwarzbart fell into the so-called doughnut hole in early June. Linda Haney of Halls said she and husband Dan saved $3,000 in 2016 and expect to save $2,000 this year. With the ACA, they pay $700 of the cost of Dan’s insulin; without the ACA, they would be required to pay almost $1,700. Richard Henighan, a family nurse practitioner from Sevier County, said, “If you are in the doughnut hole now, you are paying only 45 percent for brand-name drugs. If we repeal the ACA, we are looking at paying 100 percent for that same drug.” Johnson added: “55 million Americans are covered by Medicare. Enrollees have benefited from lower costs for prescription drugs; free preventive services including cancer screenings; fewer hospital mistakes and more coordinated care.” Will “repeal and replace” become law during Trump’s first 100 days? During his first term? And then what? That still leaves the wall building and swamp draining. We live in interesting times.
ries: “Driving with Alzheimer’s?” 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. ■ Karns Senior Center: 8042 Oak Ridge Highway 951-2653 knoxcounty.org/seniors Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Offerings include: card games; dance classes; exercise programs; mahjong; art classes; farkle dice games; dominoes; a computer lab; billiards room;
outdoor grill and kitchen area. Chair Zumba classes, 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. Bingo, 11 a.m. each last Thursday. Rise-N-Shine Walkers, 8 a.m. every Monday-Friday.
FAITH NOTES ■ Solway UMC, 3300 Guinn Road, hosts a women’s Bible study 10 a.m. each Thursday. The group is led by Cindy Day. Info: 661-1178.
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Jane Currin, director of missions for Concord United Methodist Church, and volunteer Janet Volunteers from CUMC sort health kits in the Sager Brown warehouse. Sanborn from Pulaski, Va., build a trash container for the local community of Baldwin, La.
Methodists going to Louisiana to help at relief agency By Carolyn Evans Road trip! Ten more spots are open if you want to escape to a warm place this winter. Concord United Methodist Church is taking 30 people to Baldwin, La., to
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New Year’s resolutions By Kip Oswald Last week we celebrated New Year’s Day and learned about traditions here and around some parts of the world. Kinzy and I found that almost all people use the New Year to plan to do better with something in their life by making a resolution to improve themselves. I listened to Mom and Aunt Becky make their promise to lose weight and exercise again this year, and both of them started a Kip diet on Monday. After living with Cassie for several weeks now and realizing how different her life is, I decided to figure out what might be some important resolutions for parents, teachers or anyone who works with kids. So the kids in my family and their friends helped me do a survey of almost 200 others with these three questions. ■■What do you want your mom or dad to know about you? ■■What do you want your teacher to know about you? ■■What do you worry about; or what are you afraid of? For the first question, almost everyone
wanted their parents to know they loved them and were really working hard in school. There were also many who wanted their parents to know that they needed help at home with schoolwork, and several said they needed “hugs like when a baby.” In answer to the second question, teachers were told a lot of personal things that could help them understand the students better. Several said they wanted their teacher to know they were hungry or not getting sleep because they were babysitting a little brother or sister. Many also told their teachers they were trying really hard to do their best, and one even said, “I want you to know I read faster than you think.” Question three showed a lot of fears, much like I came to know from being around Cassie. There were a lot of kids afraid of the dark, clowns and bugs, but also many were scared something was going to happen to their mom, dad or family member. There were also answers of worry about parents fighting and leaving. Mom and Aunt Becky asked all of us to answer question one and three and then they changed their resolution according to how we answered those questions. If you have a relationship with a kid, what is your resolution? Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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sions director at CUMC. “As a United Methodist,” she says, “I had built health kits and flood (cleaning) buckets for UMCOR and shipped them to the Sager Brown depot. Then the kits and buckets are sent around the world in response to earthquakes, flooding, etc. By going to serve at Sager Brown, it allowed me to participate in the full cycle of helping UMCOR be prepared to respond to the next disaster around the world. I enjoyed working with United Methodists from other states and knowing that by working together we are better able to serve families in need around the world. On our trip in February, I’m looking forward to sharing this opportunity to work at Sager Brown with others and that by serving they will catch the ‘Mission Bug.’ I believe mission work starts in the heart and moves us to serve the least, the last and the lost.” The facility in Baldwin is the hub of UMCOR’s reliefsupply operations. Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers prepare about $5 million in supplies for shipment from the Baldwin fa-
cility. Locally, UMCOR Sager Brown reaches out to Baldwin neighbors through food distribution and housing rehabilitation projects, engaging volunteers in these projects that help families and the elderly. At a shelter for survivors of domestic abuse and at a women’s teen challenge center for drug and alcohol addiction, volunteers provide assistance with painting rooms and sorting items in their Thrift Shops and Food Pantries. To help meet the nutritional needs of local children, volunteers distribute food items to parents from the Pre-School Food Pantry at a local Head Start school. Also, Sager Brown volunteers have the opportunity to read to children at some local Head Start Centers. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. It provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
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102-year-old Ruby Sizemore in front of her Christmas Tree on Friday, Dec. 23. Photo by Nancy Anderson
Student Government President Austin Hoag prowled the racks at a Goodwill store to find his vintage Christmas sweater and topped it off with a Santa hat.
Joshua Jarnagin has some “naughty fun” with his sweater bought at a local department store. It featured some “yellow” snow, a mad snowman and a dog. “I liked the dog peeing on the snowman,” he laughed. Photos by Suzanne Foree Neal
Who says palm trees and Santa don’t go together? Zach Collins loves Hawaiian shirts so he searched an online site to find one with a holiday theme.
‘Ugly sweaters’ deliver holiday cheer By Suzanne Foree Neal It was hip to be cool in an over-the-top embellished holiday sweater back in the ’80s. Then they fell out of favor like dry needles on a Christmas tree. What goes around usually comes around again, and that’s true of what’s now dubbed “the ugly Christmas sweater” craze. Jimmy Fallon’s “Twelve Days of Christmas Sweaters” on the “Tonight Show” is must viewing as his staff searches for the most garish, outlandish Christmas sweaters they can find with one lucky audience member going home with the “prize” each night. Farragut High School students had their own fun this year with the first “Ugly Sweater Day” at the school, and as office secretary Kim Deakins put it on Dec. 16 (National Ugly Sweater
A black T-shirt, a string of tiny lights and a battery pack in her pocket was all Kailey Kear needed to fashion her own festive holiday look.
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area stores, thrift shops and dug out of the back of closets. While many students were first-time buyers, a few teachers joked that theirs actually hailed from the ’80s. Some sweaters didn’t fit the definition of “ugly” but fell more into the category of holiday cute: a cheerful polar bear, Christmas stockings full of kittens and a snowman. Zach Collins was able to find something in his favorite style of shirt: Hawaiian with palm trees, sand and Santa flying through the air. Kailey Kear created her own fashionable look with a string of tiny lights stitched onto a black Tee and a battery pack in her pocket to make them blink. In fact, battery packs may have been the ultimate accessory judging from all the blinking lights going on and off on Christmas sweaters.
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‘Rosie the Riveter’ alive and well By Nancy Anderson A real-life “Rosie the Riveter” is alive and well and living in Karns. Her name is Ruby Sizemore. At 102, Sizemore said she’s worked just about every job there is, but her favorite was as a certified stainless steel welder in a shipyard in Oregon during World War II. “My husband worked as an electrician and I was a welder. That was a very prestigious job back then. Yes, you could say I am ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ I did a lot of rivet welding in those days. “I’ve seen a lot in my years, from traveling in a covered wagon to seeing a man land on the moon.” Sizemore was born in 1914 just outside Atlanta. She traveled with her family in a covered wagon at 7, crisscrossing the South until they landed in Arkansas, where her mother went on to have several more children, 13 total. When her mother died in 1932, her father remarried, and there were soon three more children. The brunt of the housework fell on Ruby as one of the oldest girls. She also worked at a local
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Joy to the world: Optimism restored Joy to the world. Good times have returned.
All together now, one more round of “Rocky Top” – even with the dreaded woo. Across all of Big Orange Country, and in several far-flung places, Tennessee football fans are celebrating the new year and the new outlook. The Volunteer victory in the “meaningless third-level bowl game” made a wonderful impact on orange-andgray psyche. The lingering pain from that loss in November has dwindled. Well, somewhat. The team bounced back and inspired the multitude to follow. Optimism has been restored. My friend Oscar says he may even renew
his season tickets. The win over Nebraska was more convincing than the score. Tennessee had more speed. Tennessee had more enthusiasm. Tennessee had Derek Barnett and Joshua Dobbs. The senior quarterback was not pin-point perfect in passing but he hit the big one. He ran for three touchdowns. He received the MVP trophy. Two harsh critics surrendered and agreed the performance was somewhat better than acceptable. One did keep count of overthrows. The celebration when Barnett induced the recordsetting sack was one for the ages. If you have a photo, frame it. Save the scene in your memory bank. The entire team ran onto the field to congratulate the warrior and share the moment. He was surrounded with respect. It was beautiful. I think it is safe to say nothing like that has ever happened at Tennessee. Through the decades, few have had a Barnett-style en-
gine. He is truly relentless. Great tailbacks and Peyton have claimed most of the applause. This was different. I and others said the Music City Bowl did not matter, that the Vols of 2016 had already established their identity. This was not a good team. It struggled with Appalachian State before injuries were a factor. It was not ready to play when the Florida game started. Fate awarded the win at Georgia. Alabama rubbed faces in the turf. Tennessee suffered two embarrassing upsets. One cost a trip to the Sugar Bowl, deserved or not. I and others said the season ended with the loss at Vanderbilt and it was time to begin next year. I and others were wrong. The Vols actually used December. They went after Nebraska with a fierceness seldom seen. Mistakes gave the Cornhuskers two touchdowns but the defense did not collapse. Josh Malone was tough enough in the clutch. The triumph was com-
forting, even therapeutic, for Butch Jones. He thanked Tennessee fans who kept the faith. He said the net result was “an illustration of progress.” I wouldn’t go that far. The Vols finished with nine wins, same as last year, short of expectations. Defensive statistics were a disaster. The offensive line showed some improvement. Dobbs and the passing game got better. Bowl success pulled the fat from the fire. The hot seat is cool enough for the coach to stop squirming. The “meaningless” victory was meaningful. Three consecutive wins over Big 10 foes might sway some neutrals. As he did previously, Butch will turn this into another building block, oops, brick. Winter workouts will have a purpose. Some days may even be fun. Recruiting will get a late boost. Coaches, players and fans can look forward to spring practice. Some time back, I said eight wins were not enough. Nine feels some better.
Lies, darn lies and statistics Research shows that teachers don’t improve in their effectiveness after their fourth year. At least that is what Mitchell Zais, the former South CaroHopson lina state superintendent of education, stated at a recent SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) event in Nashville. In this era of “fake news,” it is vitally important that decisions affecting our children be based on facts and a preponderance of all the research, not just cherrypicked data that support a particular agenda. Although SCORE should be up on the most recent data concerning education, not one person in the room challenged Zais’ statement. While there are a few studies linking teacher effectiveness to test score data, which back up Zais’ claim, there are many more that do not. In a June review of 30 studies, the Learning Policy Institute concluded that, “Teaching experience is positively associated with student achievement gains throughout a teacher’s career.” Gains continue for teachers in the second and often third decades of their careers and didn’t affect just test scores, but also the absenteeism and discipline rates of students as well. We know this to be true, however, even without the statistics. I certainly hope I am a better teacher now than I was in the fourth year of my career.
I have learned an abundance of things since then. When is the last time you thought, “Boy, I sure do hope my kid gets a rookie teacher this year?” I have, in fact, talked several parents off the ledge who were upset that their child was not placed in the classroom of an experienced educator. I reminded them that we were all new teachers once, and the experienced ones would be there to guide and mentor when needed. Their children did quite well, thanks to quality teacher education programs, but teaching is like other professions. That fifth-year heart surgeon may be brilliant, but I would bet on the experience of a 20-year veteran should an unexpected situation arise on the operating table. I cannot name a profession in which workers top out on their expertise after just four years. So when you hear that Knox County ranks in the 79th percentile among state districts for high school math and the 75th percentile in reading, you also need to know that the rate of students who were advanced or proficient was 20.8 percent and 30.3 percent, respectively. When you hear that only 43.5 percent of our high school freshmen are proficient in English, remember that the new test halved that percentage from last year. When you hear that Tennessee is the fastest improving state in education, you need to know that we didn’t really improve that much; most other states incurred flat or lower test scores.
When you hear that educators can be held accountable by having test score data included as a part of their evaluation, you need to know that the vast majority of teachers don’t teach tested subjects. That means they are judged on the performance of other teachers and even students they don’t teach or who may not even be in their school.
When you hear that India and China have three times as many mathematicians and scientists as the United States, you have to realize they should. They have exponentially more people. And when you hear that teachers don’t improve after their fourth year, remember what they say about statistics. Lauren Hopson is president of KCEA.
A whole new world! He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20 NRSV) If you are in the habit of skipping the verses of Scripture that always appear at the beginning of this column, stop right now, and go back to the top! Read and reread those six verses and reflect on the power and the wonder of that passage. It is stunning! The magnitude of creation – the centrality of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection in that creation – is jawdropping! The Apostle Paul captured in those words an astonishing description of Jesus: the Creator, the Son, the Man, the Lamb, the Savior. Sometimes I fear we get so familiar with the Bible
we don’t read it with amazement and joy. We read it just like we would read yesterday’s paper: “Oh, yeah, I know what happened. I know all that stuff.” As we start a New Year, let’s try – every day – to remember what God has done for us in the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s live into His promises; let’s be His people on earth!
last words UT breakfast much more than social Mayor Madeline Rogero and council member Nick Pavlis deserve credit for adding to our greenway system with the recent announcement that almost a mile will be added in South Knoxville from the Mary Vestal Park over to the OgleMartin Mill Pike corner. Now that greenways in the city are under new management, progress is occurring at a faster pace than in the prior five years. Better late than never for Team Rogero. Let’s hope this pace is maintained and even accelerated. This column will keep checking on the actual progress. The announcement of a greenways maintenance crew under the able leadership of Chad Weth and David Brace is welcomed news as well. Small problems are more easily fixed than big ones, and a dedicated crew to this mission is important. ■■ It is disappointing to criticize the University of Tennessee, but when the President’s office purposefully issues inaccurate information, someone needs to call them on it. One likes to think UT President Joe DiPietro is factually correct and transparent, even on issues where there is division of opinion. As a UT Law graduate, I am proud of our university and feel it is one of Tennessee’s greatest assets, but when the law is ignored one wonders and asks why. Last month, DiPietro hosted a breakfast meeting for area lawmakers at Andy Holt Towers and closed it to the public, claiming it was purely social. A “social meeting” suggests that serious issues of interest to the public would not be discussed. Imagine the surprise after the meeting when participants were interviewed. We discovered the discussion centered almost entirely on diversity and the restoration of the Lady Vols name to women’s athletics. Both are issues that could face the UT board and certainly have already faced the Legislature. There are strongly divided views on both topics, and neither could be considered simply a “social” matter. Two members of the UT board were present at the breakfast, which triggers the Open Meetings law. The law applies equally to the UT Board of Trustees as it does to the Knoxville City Council and Knox County Commission. DiPietro, in a letter to a legislator, actually said the number of trustees present does not matter in regard to compliance with the Open Meet-
ings law. So on his theory, a majority of the full board could meet, discuss these pending issues with lawmakers and the public be barred. Does he ever confer with UT legal counsel? Because DiPietro says a meeting is social or hopes it is social does not mean the reality is consistent with the wish or statement. In this case, the President’s office was not truthful in its statement to the media. It was not a social meeting. After the meeting, participating legislators and UT officials spoke to the media about the issues discussed, which causes one to wonder why did they bar the public from the meeting in the first place if they planned to talk about it later? DiPietro should be and is better than this. His secrecy achieves nothing positive. He should take charge of the news releases being issued in his name and rewrite them to be accurate. His own correspondence should acknowledge that the breakfast was far more than social. If not, he runs the risk of people thinking he thinks he is above the law. A big mistake. ■■ Only last week it was disclosed the settlement of the latest Title IX lawsuit exceeds $3.2 million with final resolution nowhere in sight. These are public dollars which could be spent for better purposes than legal fees, media advice and consultants. This story never seems to end despite UT’s effort to keep the story quiet. But as long as it is someone else’s money the board does not seem inclined to call a halt. ■■ KCDC will pay Ben Bentley $160,000 per year. He is the new director from Nashville who was chosen by a closely divided vote of 4-3. The outgoing director, Art Cate, was making $184,704. KCDC is doing the smart thing by hiring the new person (under 38) at a lesser salary than the person he replaces and then let his performance determine what pay increase he may receive in a year or two. The decision was made last Friday at a KCDC meeting. ■■ This writer turned 72 three days ago on Jan. 1. ■■ The Legislature returns for its 2017 session next Tuesday in Nashville.
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Making realistic resolutions is the key to keeping them If you make a New Year’s resolution and are able to stick with it until the end of January, you’re already ahead of the game. Statistics show that most people give up on those good intentions before the year is up, and many don’t even last a month. So what’s the problem? Why do we have such a hard time sticking with plans to improve our lives? John Kupfner MD, a board-certified psychiatrist at Peninsula Outpatient Centers, John Kupfner, says there are some ways you can make life improveMD ments more possible, and some ways you can set yourself up for failure.
Set reasonable expectations “Resolutions are generally a good thing, because they show we’ve reflected on our lives and found areas that need to be addressed,” says Dr. Kupfner. But if those problem areas have been neglected for too long, they’re simply harder to fix than we imagine. Dr. Kupfner says one of the most common examples is an overweight person who hasn’t exercised or dieted in years but expects immediate results from a New Year’s resolution. “If you’re picturing yourself suddenly 20 pounds lighter and a whole lot stronger, you’re not being realistic,” Dr. Kupfner says, because healthy weight loss is less than five pounds a month and can take a lot of work. “Or people with addictions resolving a cold turkey quit without support, or without addressing the underlying things in their lives that drive them to use,” Dr. Kupfner adds. He says the right way to go about a resolution is to pick something you can be passionate about and that you know you’ll follow through on. “If we are honest enough with ourselves to make the resolution,” Dr. Kupfner says, “we must be honest enough with ourselves to pick resolutions that are personally important enough for us to guarantee follow through.”
Remember that Jan. 1 is just another day The end of a calendar year is an up-front reminder of the things we haven’t accomplished. That can make a person feel pressure to make a change. “What makes this time of year worse is the anxiety of the New Year, when we think we’re supposed to magically present the discipline and problem solving skills necessary to live out the next year as a new person,” Dr. Kupfner says. “We suffer feelings of guilt and shame for not living up to the magical expectation that on Dec. 31 we fell asleep as one person and woke up as someone else.” “Remember that Jan. 1 is just another day, like March 18 or July 22,” Dr. Kupfner says. “Life only moves in one direction, and the holidays don’t offer any magic for removing the choices and relationships we have made in the past.” “It doesn’t have to be Jan. 1,” says Dr. Kupfner. “Any day is a good day to try a resolution again, even if you have failed at it before.”
Don’t go it alone Any major task is easier to undertake if you have some help. Major changes in your lifestyle are no different. If you’re resolving to lose some weight or be healthier, it’s a good idea to join a gym, a club or a group that can provide support and accountability. If you want to quit smoking, search online for smoking
cessation classes or support groups. There are also classes and professional advisors for those who want to improve their finances. Dr. Kupfner emphasizes that if the problem you want to overcome is an addiction or an emotional hurdle like depression and anxiety, there is no shame in seeking professional help. “Unfortunately, mental health and substance abuse treatment are stigmatized as something that you should have handled yourself or could be handled in
the family at home,” Dr. Kupfner says. “But psychiatry is a medical specialty that deals with a chronic medical illness that can be helped and treated.” He compares it to diabetes – a disease which left untreated can have serious, life-altering consequences. “Untreated mental issues can lead to loss of social functioning and in the worst cases, loss of life,” Dr. Kupfner says. “It is a medical specialty where the people who work in this field have heard everything, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about.” Dr. Kupfner says at this stage in his career, he would challenge anyone to present something he hasn’t heard at least once before. “All of us have treated patients from the very affluent and successful to the disI resolve to stick enf ra nchised. to my resolutions Mental health past the first week issues affect of January! all families. No one is alone.”
Know when it’s time for professional help Dr. Kupfner is medical director at Peninsula Outpatient Centers. He says you’ll know it’s time to get help when you are unable to cope. For example, if your depression at times renders you unable to attend work or school, or causes you to have thoughts of wanting life to end, those are signs it’s time to see a mental health professional. For alcohol, important signs include withdrawal symptoms or an inability to stop drinking once you start. And, just like depression, if it starts to keep you from work or school, or interfere with your relationships, it’s time to get help. A time that’s meant for celebration as one year changes into another too often turns into a focus on failures. Dr. Kupfner says the focus should be positive and forward thinking, and the best New Year’s resolutions are general ones, to simply improve yourself, improve your health and to shore up relationships. “Being healthy makes us feel physically and mentally stronger,” Dr. Kupfner says, “and positive relationships offer the safety net for when we don’t. Give yourself wiggle room to forgive yourself if 2015 doesn’t end in the great completion of all resolutions.” Dr. Kupfner says the best advice for surviving the stress of the holiday season and all its expectations is perspective. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety or trying to resolve to break an addiction, you can find confidential help and support available through Peninsula Outpatient Centers. Call 865-970-9800 for information.
Get the support you need to make this your best year ever If the burdens you carry the rest of the year start to seem a little heavier as the holiday season winds down, you can find sympathetic and nonjudgmental help from people who are walking the same road you’re on. The added stress of the holidays can be daunting, especially for those who already are dealing with their own or another person’s depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, other medical conditions or loss of a loved one. That’s why a strong support system can be an important resource for recovery and empowerment. While friends and family can provide strength and support for many people, it may be helpful
to turn to others outside your immediate circle. Support groups bring together people with similar problems to share emotional problems and provide moral support. Peninsula Lighthouse offers outpatient groups for people who have psychological, behavioral and/or alcohol and drug problems, and those with loved ones who have addiction or psychological problems. A comprehensive list of support groups can be found at peninsulabehavioralhealth.org/support groups/. All support groups meet at the Peninsula Lighthouse campus at 1451 Dowell Springs Boulevard in West Knoxville. If you have questions, call 865-970-9800.
Taming temptation and triggers If you’ve already made a decision to change your life for the better, here’s how to keep your promises and beat temptation during the remainder of the holiday season: If you’re on a diet, offer to bring your own healthier holiday foods to parties and family gatherings. You’ll have an alternative to the rich and calorie-laden options on the table. Eat before you go to the party so you’re not ravenous. If you’re abstaining from alcohol, bring your own drink to parties. Once it’s in a glass, chances are good that no one will know the difference. Choose an area away from the bar to
To achieve success … By the middle of January, 25 percent of the people who have made New Year’s resolutions will have already given up. Fewer than half of us will keep our New Year’s resolutions for longer than six months. Start thinking differently about your resolutions. What can you do in the first half of the year? What are some realistic goals that will jumpstart you to change your life, long term?
… resolve this, not that
■ Instead of resolving to lose 50 pounds … resolve to exercise 30 minutes, three times a week. spend your time and stay busy dancing, socializing or helping the host. ■ Instead of resolving to give up desserts … If you’re committed to overhauling your resolve to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. finances, set a budget before you go out for the ■ Instead of resolving to get out of debt … evening. Plan what you will and won’t buy beforeresolve to pay off one or two bills. hand. Pay for everything with cash, so you’re less ■ Instead of resolving to get married … likely to overspend. resolve to make a new friend every month. If you’re weaning yourself off a toxic re■ Instead of resolving to land your dream job … lationship, remove him or her from your phone’s resolve to gain new job skills. contact list, so calling is more complicated. Plan acYou’re not lowering your expectations. You’re setting attainable goals tivities to keep busy and keep your mind occupied. Stay connected with friends, and surround yourself that will help you stay motivated to eventually reach your larger goals and make 2017 your best year ever. with people who appreciate you for who you are.
From something broken, something beautiful.
Like the view through a kaleidoscope, Peninsula Recovery Education Center classes help people see themselves in their best light and appreciate the value that they and others have to offer. For more information about Peninsula’s Recovery Education Center, call 865-970-9800.
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Harper Lee the border collie is excited to join the New Year’s Eve party. Looking on are Ben and Kaitlin Faust from South Knoxville, and the dog’s owner, Anthony Wilson, who lives near Market Square and said he planned to watch the ball drop from his own window.
Baneen Altameemi, who attends Bearden Middle School, gets in some more of a favorite activity before the new year. “I was here skating yesterday,” she says. With her are her parents, Silvana and Adio. The family enjoys the countdown and the ball drop. “We come every year!” says Baneen.
Frank Murphy of WNOX is the master of ceremonies for the event. With him is Elaine Frank, who is with the city of Knoxville’s department of special events. “Her last name is Frank and my first name is Frank,” quips Murphy. “Now, figure that one out if you can.”
2017 in Market Square
Brian Sommer, who says he hasn’t skated “for 30 years,” gives his daughter Teagan her first lesson. The Sommers are visiting from Indiana. “My girlfriend lives here, and my parents have a condo on Norris Lake,” he says, “so we come here a lot.”
Bob Maddox and his singing saw are found at the corner of Union and Gay Streets. “I’ve been playing the saw for 67 years – since I was 13,” he says. He first heard someone play a saw when he was a boy. “My parents took me to a stage show and I thought it was so neat; I went home and got my dad’s saw and messed around with it ’til I could make some notes!”
Hannah Long and her pal Ally Collins join Julie and Marcus Long, all of Grainger County, for the fun. “We’re probably not staying ‘til midnight,” says Julie, “but we’ve got two teenage girls with us, so you never know!”
Lacing up for some icy fun are Tiekiesha Sharp, Nya King, Julion Santos, Cita Garrett and Kierra Santos, while Jalen Sharp looks on behind them. The group, from Athens, Tenn., had stopped for some skating before continuing on to Gatlinburg for the night.
The man who makes the start of 2017 official is Russell Taylor of Pyro Shows of LaFollette, who is in charge of dropping the ball at midnight. With the company for “eight to 10 years,” Taylor also stays busy doing fireworks shows. “I work a full-time job; this is my extracurricular activity,” he laughs. “I’ve been all over the place doing this. It’s a lot of fun.” Photos by Emily Shane
HAPPENINGS ■■ Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) meeting, 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd., Farragut. Published authors invited. Info: authorsguildoftn.org. ■■ Auditions for all voice parts with the Knoxville Choral Society, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. Location provided with appointment. Appointment: 312-2440 or membership@ knoxvillechoralsociety.org. Info/audition form: knoxvillechoralsociety.org. ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, Central UMC, 201 E. Third Ave. Speaker: New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer. Admission: suggested $2. Public invited. ■■ First Friday reception for “Meandering Mythologies” exhibit by Timothy Massey and Gary Monroe, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St. On display through Jan. 28. ■■ Opening of “Opportunity Knocks” art exhibit, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. Info: BroadwayStudioAndGallery.com or BroadwayStudiosAndGallery@gmail.com. ■■ Public reception for three new exhibits, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Exhibits include: The O’Connor Senior Center Painters: “Breaking Ground – What You Want to See”; Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths: “Beautiful Iron”; and Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission Gallery of Arts Tribute. On display through Jan. 27. Info: 523-7543 or knoxalliance.com. ■■ Opening reception for Art Market Gallery’s January featured artists exhibit, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 422 S. Gay St. Featured artists: mixed-media artist Lynnda Tenpenny and fiber artist Julia Malia. On display through Jan. 30. Info: 525-5265 or artmarketgallery.net. ■■ Opening reception: “The Alley Cat Series” by Knoxville photographer Marianne “Ziggie” Ziegler, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Tori Mason Shoes, 29 Market Square. On display through January. ■■ Children’s Hospital Winter Fundraiser, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston Pike. Featuring Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, Dee Dee Brogan. Admission: $10, includes two complimentary drinks from bar. All proceeds go to Children’s Hospital. Info/tickets: openchordmusic.com; on Facebook. ■■ Auditions for the Middle/East Tennessee District Metropolitan Opera National Council, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Powell Recital Hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Mus ic Center, UT campus. Hosted by the Knoxville Opera Guild. Public invited to the competition. Free admission. Info: knoxvilleopera.com/knoxvillemet-opera-auditions-2017/. ■■ Gatlinburg Wildfire Benefit, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston
Pike. Featuring music by WarClown, Divided We Stand, Killing Grace, Among the Beasts, Inward of Eden and the Holifields. Minimum $8 donation requested for admission; more greatly appreciated. All proceeds go directly to Sevier County Rescue Squad. Info: on Facebook. ■■ Oz with Orchestra, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performing score to “Wizard of Oz” film on the big screen. Info/tickets: knoxvillesymphony. com. ■■ Ijams Outdoor Academy: Wilderness EMR Certification, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8 and 14-15, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Also meets one additional date (TBD) for final certification test. Instructor: Russ Miller. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 4. Info/registration: Benjy Darnell, email@example.com. ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: screening of “Flannery O’Connor: Uncommon Grace,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans, meeting, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay St. Before the meeting, Bill Heard will present a program on the Confederate
Raiders. Presentation is free and open to the public. ■■ All Over the Page: “LaRose,” 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Facilitated by Brandon Hollingsworth. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Claxton Country Squares beginning square dance lessons, 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. For 12 weeks. Info: 551-Y’ALL (9255.) ■■ Auditions for the Tennessee Stage Company’s New Play Festival, 7-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 9-10, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. No appointments necessary. Info: 546-4280. ■■ “Lessons from Ansel Adams in the Digital Age” workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Cost: $5, Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8, nonmembers. Info/registration: knoxalliance. com or firstname.lastname@example.org. ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: “Good Country People,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meeting, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Jim Lewis; topic: fighting at Hell’s Half Acre. Dinner, 7 p.m. Lecture only, $5; lecture and dinner, $17. RSVP by noon Monday, Jan. 9: 671-9001.
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