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By Nick Della Volpe Should you seek one of the five Knoxville City Council seats up for election this year? The primary is just seven months away. You and your family must decide if you have the time and the inclination to serve. To start: Della Volpe Examine your district boundaries at knoxmpc.org/. Visit knoxvotes. org for rules and forms. Get a petition signed by at least 25 registered voters from your district (get 50 to be safe). Appoint a treasurer before you raise or spend the first dime. Ground game: Plan how you reach potential voters and persuade them to support you by their votes, campaign contributions, signs, and by contacting others to support you. That’s a mouthful. Let’s break it down. You have to ask people to vote for you. Talk to them in person if possible or use your phone, email or other social media. Recruit friends to help. Find the active voters. Of roughly 20,000 people in your district, fewer than 3,000 will actually vote. Get a disc of the regular voters from the election office and get your message to them. Money: How do you ask friends and strangers to cough up dough for your campaign? It feels kind of creepy. You hate to be a mooch. ... Get over it! You will need to raise at least $10,000 to buy several hundred signs, send two or three voter mail-outs, and maybe buy a few radio and newspaper ads. Name Recognition: Most folks will not be focused on the race until voting time is at hand (August primary and November general). Repetition means recognition. Save your main bucks for showtime. To page A-3

Sherri’s photo feature:

The Glass Guys

The “art” of Dogwood Arts Festival took center stage last weekend with the re-scheduled open house for the Dogwood Arts’ First Friday. An impressive collection from glass artists who call the East Tennessee region home was expertly showcased at the organization’s new offices.

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Fidel Castro By Carolyn Evans Lisette Carey got an important text from her son on Black Friday: “Castro died.” The death of Fidel Castro is of the utmost significance to Carey, since his communist regime changed the course of her family’s lives. “Castro misled everybody,” says the mother of two grown children who owns and runs Greer’s Home Furnishing in Loudon with her husband, Bo. “He led everybody to believe he would be for democracy and the freedom of the people. I think at the beginning my parents were deceived too. A lot of people were fooled. He didn’t declare he was a communist till later. He imprisoned the people who were against the communist regime, including my brother-in-law. He really just robbed everybody of their human rights. Anybody who said anything against the government, they would imprison. When I found out that he passed, I was thinking, ‘Well, he can’t hurt anybody anymore.” Carey was a preschooler when she, two younger sisters and her mother flew from Cuba to Miami. Her father, a physician, soon found a job at a Veterans Administration hospital in Murfreesboro, where the family would grow to 11 children (although the oldest remained for a while in Cuba).

New year, new faces in Farragut By Margie Hagen

For the town of Farragut, the New Year brings new talent; three employees join the staff and bring diverse qualifications to their positions. Welcome Joe LaCroix, Wendy Smith and Beth Barrows as they begin their new jobs. As the town’s first Information Technology manager, LaCroix brings 15 years of IT experience to the job. Previously with the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District, Lacroix learned about Farragut while research-

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ing strategic IT plans. He eventually adapted portions of Farragut’s plan for fire department use. LaCroix described his action plan for the new job, saying, “I start by talking to department heads about their goals and objectives, then analyze and implement the processes needed to achieve them. Integrating every department will allow them to ‘talk to each other’ seamlessly.” Making the decision to move to Farragut was easy for LaCroix; he is an avid motor-

cyclist and loves riding in East Tennessee. His son is already enrolled at Farragut High School, and his wife and daughter will join them soon. For Wendy Smith, taking the job of public relations and media coordinator was a natural fit. As a reporter for the Shopper News for the past eight years, Smith covered stories throughout Knox County and was the dedicated reporter for Farragut government meetings. To page A-3

‘Supremes’ singer Mary Wilson to visit Knoxville By Carol Z. Shane Pop singers come and go, some trailing clouds of glory, some disappearing after their allotted 15 minutes. Few have as generous a heart as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, who will perform as part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s News Sentinel Pops Series on Feb. 4. Wilson has graciously agreed to appear as a guest speaker at the Sister to Sister conference of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater Knoxville Chapter (NCBW, Greater Knoxville) at the Phyllis Wheatley Center ear-

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lier that same day. It all started when Joshalyn Hundley, newly elected vice president of resource and development for the organization and vice president of comMary Wilson munity development at First Tennessee Bank, noticed that the date of Wilson’s performance coincided with the conference. Hundley says, “One of my primary roles is to search for op-

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portunities that align with the NCBW’s mission.” She spoke with Jennifer Barnett Harrell, the KSO’s director of education and community partnerships, with whom she’d worked on MLK Day events. Harrell advised her to submit a written request, and she would forward it to Wilson’s team. Hundley handed the assignment to Delores Mitchell, human resources manager for Lowe’s in Knoxville and president of NCBW, Greater Knoxville. “I wrote the proposal,” says Mitchell, “and the KSO did the rest.” “The KSO has been a superb

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long-term partner with the Martin Luther King Jr. of Greater Knoxville Commission, where I also serve as a commissioner,” says Hundley. “The orchestra is known as a pillar in our community with a reputation of inclusiveness, which encouraged me to reach out.” With its Knoxville chapter established as a 501(c)(3) organization in July 2015, the NCBW is an advocacy group for women of color in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. The Sister to Sister conference To page A-3


A-2 • January 18, 2017 • Farragut Shopper news

News from Christian Academy of Knoxville

CAK offers rich learning environment, caring faculty By Kelly Norrell The peak Christian Academy of Knoxville admissions season, late January through March, is a special pleasure for new Admissions Director Stacey Bristow. A former high school teacher with MS and BS degrees from the University of Tennessee, Bristow brings personal as well as professional experience to the job she began in October of 2016. As parents of three CAK students – Larkin, 10, Reed, 16, and Chase, 17 – Bristow and her husband, Kent, have a 12-year relationship with CAK. She has volunteered in classrooms and served five years on the CAK Board of Directors. As she conducts campus tours and aids families, some of whom are considering private school for the first time, Bristow remembers her own anxious questions as a prospective CAK parent. Bristow’s advice to parents considering CAK is concise: “It is the best investment you will ever make. A good, strong education based on Biblical truth will increase your children’s opportunities and open doors for them. CAK prepares our students well for the next level of education, but more importantly, it prepares them for life.” Small class size, rigorous academic curriculum and robust athletic and arts programs are among the advantages of CAK students. Defining features of CAK include: ■ A partnership with Christian families to build a community of believers where a biblically based learning environment is at the core of

instruction. ■ A faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers who love the Lord and care for each student. ■ Low student-to-teacher ratios that result in individualized instruction for students. ■ Academic curriculum that equips graduates to enter the college of their choice. CAK students have earned $40 million in scholarships since 2010. ■ A multitude of extracurricular activities, including consistently high-performing athletic teams and a robust arts program that includes worship band, marching band, concert choir, performing arts and fine arts. CAK was the only Pre-K-12 school to receive Cityview Magazine’s “Best of the Best 2016” endorsement in the elementary, middle and high school private school category. CAK holds dual SACS/ Advanced Ed and ACSI accreditations. The richness of the academic program begins in the earliest years. For example, an elementary school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) laboratory partners with classroom teachers to enrich students via a wide variety of hands-on learning activities. High school students can choose from 11 AP and five dual enrollment classes, allowing them to finish with college credits. Additionally, it offers an extra period each

day when students can take an extra class if they choose. Students benefit from a wholeperson Bible-teaching approach. CAK elementary, middle and high schools each hold a weekly chapel for their students featuring praise music, speakers and Bible lesson. “CAK begins teaching Bible in preschool, and it goes through 1 2 t h

CAK admissions director Stacey Bristow with her husband, Kent, daughter, Larkin, 10, and sons Chase, 17, and Reed, 16. Photo by Grace Loope, CAK student

grade,” Bristow said. CAK graduates finish with all the Tennessee requirements plus at least four additional credits for Bible classes. She said standardized test scores are consistently much higher than Knox County public schools, and are on par or higher than other private schools in Knoxville. Bristow said that caring teachers are what parents love best about CAK. “The school is such an easy sell once parents come to campus and see the teachers at work. I tell parents, ‘Your teachers are spending more hours per day with your kids than you are.’” An Admissions Open House Jan. 26 from 8:30-11 a.m. will allow parents to attend a chapel, tour the campus and visit classes. Info: contact Director of Admissions Stacey Bristow at admissions@cakmail.org or call 813.4CAK.

CAK elementary students enjoy reading together.

A student sings in a production of the musical “Annie.” CAK boasts a robust program in the arts.

Spiritual life is a vital part of each student’s education at CAK.

Cheerleading is one of many CAK extracurricular activities

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Farragut Shopper news • January 18, 2017 • A-3

New year, new faces

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Beth Barrows Wendy Smith “Attending Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Municipal Planning Commission meetings regularly gave me the opportunity to really understand issues and concerns facing the Motorcycle riding is a passion for Joe LaCroix, seen here on the town and residents,” says Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, N.C. Photo submitted Smith, adding, “Farragut Barrows will coordinate government welcomes com- Smith says. The Parks and Leisure field requests for the parks, munity input and works to protect and improve the Services Department has assist with special events promoted Beth Barrows to and manage the town’s quality of the town.” Smith’s new job involves the position of administra- Adopt a Mile and Adopt a all aspects of communica- tive assistant. Previously a Greenway programs. An outstanding athlete, tions for the town: publica- part-time parks assistant, tions, the website, media Barrows is excited to put Barrows played softball in relations and effective use her education and love of college, and now plays softof social media. “Social sports to use. She holds a ball and basketball in severBeth Barrows plays a pickup game of basketball in Anchor Park. media has become an im- degree in Parks and Lei- al leagues. “I enjoy working portant way to communi- sure Services Administra- with people, especially in a cate, so I will be active in tion from Southern Wes- field I have a passion for,” said Barrows. further developing that,” leyan University. The town of Farragut wire-mounted signals with has received a grant from mast arms and poles. From page A-1 New signal control softthe Tennessee Department of Transportation that will ware will allow the Engi“I really admire my par- had been in business since ing there because the Cascover $2.2 million in up- neering Department to montro government will get the ents because they had the 1890. grades to its 26 signalized itor intersections and make guts to say we’re leaving Even though her relatives benefits. My desire is for the adjustments online, says everything because of free- left Cuba at different times, Cuban people to have 100 intersections with a total town engineer Darryl Smith. project cost of $2,925,000. dom,” she says. “The fact is she would like to see Ha- percent freedom and huHe anticipates that conCongestion Mitigation that when you come to an- vana (where she was born) man rights. I’d like to see struction will begin in 2019 and Air Quality Improveother country, even if you’re and the country’s architec- Cuba’s infrastructure reand take up to a year. a professional, you still have ture. But low airfares aren’t built and all the prisoners ment grants fund projects that improve air quality and to start over. I think at the tempting her, since Fidel’s freed.” beginning they thought this brother, Raul, controls the In the meantime, she’s reduce congestion. Town A committee will meet was a temporary thing. I re- government. She says some perfectly content where she staff requested the grant in 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. early 2016. member hearing them say things need to change be- is. No local funds will be re- 18, in the Farragut Town fore she goes. She wants to “I like it here,” she says. ‘We’ll be going back.’” quired for the project, which Hall board room to discuss She eventually earned see the people have the right “I don’t want to go back to a bachelor’s degree at the to vote, freedom of speech, the way things were. I think will include central traffic food trucks and mobile University of Tennessee and and a democratic govern- life here is wonderful. I love signal control software, re- vending options in the town the United States. This is placement of all signal con- of Farragut. later met her husband. They ment in place first. “I’m not for the flights,” my country. I’ll always stay trollers, handicap ramps and settled in Loudon, where Greer’s Home Furnishings she says. “I’m not for go- here.” pedestrian signals where The town of Farragut will needed and replacement of

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Mary Wilson to speak, perform in Knoxville will focus on HIV/AIDS, body image, breast and other cancer risks, sex and abstinence, date rape and domestic abuse. Wilson, who with her fellow Supremes represented the height of glamour and sophistication during the golden days of Motown in the ’60s and ’70s, is herself a passionate advocate for HIV/AIDS research and treatment, traveling as a CultureConnect ambassador on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. On the U.S. Embassy website, she stresses the need for celebrities to help raise awareness for HIV/ AIDS. “People listen to your songs. You can get their attention.

“How sad this disease is. I’m not speaking as a victim. I’m speaking on the level that we all need to recognize – there are all different approaches to take to get to that area of healing. We have to start right at the family, at the little girls. We’ve got to teach those little children how to survive, go on to live, and have a future.” She has raised thousands of dollars for AIDS awareness, and here in Knoxville, she’ll have her boots on the ground, walking the walk, when she speaks directly to some of those girls and their families. KSO executive director Rachel Ford says, “It is very kind of a celebrity like Mary

See how to run But you will need signs earlier to let folks know you are running, and maybe pay for a mailout and/ or a meet-the-candidate gathering. Meanwhile, keep talking to people. Show up at community meetings. Ask for their vote. If you survive the August primary, you will then be running citywide – so yeah, more money is needed. Those last few weeks are a sprint with lots of additional ground to cover. Also, be sure to file the city and state financial disclosure reports on the schedule set by rules.

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Wilson to donate her time like this. We are looking forward to the KSO Pops performance that will feature Mary on Feb. 4 at the Civic Auditorium and are glad to have engaged an artist who cares about the community she’s visiting and is willing to volunteer her time to speak about important social issues.” “We believe that Mary Wilson is capable of speaking into the lives of our participants and can encourage those of us who are walking alongside of her championing these efforts,” says Hundley. “It was simply a gift from God that she agreed.” Tickets to the Pops Series: knoxvillesymphony.com

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COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ The Knox County Democratic Party (KCDP) District 5 meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, Rosarito’s Mexican Cantina, 210 Lovell Road. Info: 397-8477 or KnoxDemsDistrict5@ gmail.com. ■■ East Tennessee author Jean Leigh Claudette book signing, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Suburban Plaza, 8029 Kingston Pike. ■■ Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Lucinda Heatherly Tent 3, meeting, 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Loudon County Visitors Bureau, 1075 US 321, Lenoir City.

sponsor the 2017 Farragut Primary Schools Art Show Jan. 23 through Feb. 2 at the Farragut Town Hall, with artists from Concord Christian School, Farragut Primary School and St. John Neuman Catholic School. A reception to honor the participating private school artists and their work will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24. A reception honoring the participating public school artists and their work will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26. The art is available for viewing during town hall hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The receptions will be 5-6 p.m. The art show and receptions are free and open to all.

You should expect phone calls and emails from confused or angry citizens dealing with issues that confront them – and you are now their knowledgeable ombudsman channeling help from city departments and workers. You understand how the local government works. Do you have the time and the inclination to work for the betterment of your community? Then wade in, the water is fine.

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Speaker: Lou LaMarche of the Farragut Museum Committee; topic: life of Adm. David Farragut. ■■ Cumberland Piano Trio in concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. Presented by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. Info/tickets: ORCMA.org or 483-5569. ■■ West Knox Preschool & Activities Fair, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, St. John Neumann Catholic School (SJNCS) gym, 625 Saint John Court. Info: facebook.com/ events/1754877141501593/.

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Journalists debate Israel’s best strategies for the future By Kelly Norrell The future of Israel under the Trump administration and the feasibility of a twostate solution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict were among topics of a debate by two eminent Jewish journalists at Arnstein Jewish Community Center recently. About 150 attended the forum pitting J. J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of the leftleaning Forward newspaper and former U.S. bureau chief of Jerusalem Report, against Jonathan S. Tobin, senior online editor and chief political blogger of the neoconservative Commentary Magazine. Stephen Rosen was moderator of the event sponsored by the Knoxville Jewish Alliance and the Alice, George & Kenneth Palmer Fund for Arts and Sciences Jan. 12. Arguing opposite sides of some of the world’s most contentious questions, the debaters remained congenial with one another, which Tobin said the whole world must learn to do. “What you witnessed here tonight is people willing to listen to one another. We are arguing, but we are talking with one another. The thing we need to do is learn more and listen more.” His words were timely just before the international

conference in Paris Jan. 15, aimed at solving the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The governments of both Israel and Palestine refused to attend. Both men spoke with caution about the new administration. “I don’t know what President Trump will do. He’s taken many positions,” Tobin said. Goldberg named Trump’s picks of advisors — ambassador pick David M. Friedman, aligned with the Israeli far right; secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO; Secretary of Defense pick James Mattis; and advisor Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-inlaw. “You’re sowing confusion. That’s fine when you’re doing real estate deals in New York. It is explosive in foreign relations.” Tobin argued that outgoing President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry consistently took actions to try to protect Israel from its own decisions. He said Trump should respect Israel to make its own decisions and comply with Israeli demands to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, tacitly recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Goldberg countered that Israel and Palestine must agree on the border first.

Liberal journalist J.J. Goldberg, moderator Stephen Rosen and conservative journalist Jonathan Tobin held the stage at Jan. 12 debate. Photos by Kelly Norrell

Israel asks, ‘Why can we not choose our own capital?’ The world keeps saying, ‘Finish the discussion. Agree on a border, and then build wherever you want.’” Tobin argued that a twostate solution is “the most rational, sane way” to solve Goldberg Tobin the conflict between Israel “The question of where and Palestine. But he said Israel’s border will be is that over and over the Palesopen. The only legal bor- tinians have failed to meet der, until there is an agree- the Israelis halfway in negoment between Israel and tiating a settlement. “The Palestinians never Palestine, is the 1947 border adopted by the UN. miss an opportunity to miss

an opportunity. Their national identity is built up in a war on Zionism that refuses to recognize a Jewish state.” Goldberg countered that Israelis have been divided and inconsistent in their offers and Palestinians doubted who would be in charge and whether Israel would carry the offers out. Of the Iran nuclear deal, Goldberg said, “It is as good as it could be. Once we agreed to negotiate with Iran, it was agreed they had

a right to nuclear weapons.” “We can’t go back to where we were in 2013,” countered Tobin. “When Donald Trump said that was a terrible negotiation, he was right. President Obama tried to get a deal with Iran and lost leverage.” He said Trump should enforce the terms of the deal strictly and exercise economic sanctions when necessary. “International companies want to do business in the U.S. There are options to do things short of war.”

WordPlayers partner with Erin Presbyterian for ‘A Woman Called Truth’ By Carol Z. Shane For three years, The WordPlayers of Knoxville, a company of Christian theater artists, has called Erin Presbyterian Church home. The church not only provides space for an office, but for rehearsals and performances. “We’re very much into creative expression here,” Artece Slay says the Rev. John Stuart

in his musical Scottish brogue. Indeed, his church is well-known for its own theater groups including the Kingdom and the Sonshine Company, Journey 7, and the Erin Youth Players. “We’re very grateful to Erin Presbyterian for allowing us to have our space there,” says WordPlayers managing director Jeni Lamm. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the company will offer a free dress rehearsal of “A Woman Called Truth” by Sandra Fenichel Asher at the church. The play is an account of the life

and achievements of Sojourner Truth, who was born into slavery in the late 18th century, escaped, and rose to fame as an abolitionist, eventually delivering the famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech at the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. “It’s American history; it’s not just black history,” says Lamm. “She advanced civil rights, women’s rights, African-American rights. It is very educational and inspiring.” Artece Slay, who appeared in the title role in the company’s 2014 production of the play, will direct. The company has 16

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Members and leaders of the college and young professionals Sunday morning class are (front) Michael Gray Jr., Dalton Hurst; Wes Evans, pastor of adult ministries; Chris Carter, Brooke Trusler, Emily Smith and Kerry Memory; (second row) Devan Hornback, Austin McCarley, Will Koonce, Alex Mills, Drew Holbrook, Darla Lohvynenko, Macy Etter, Madison Etter, Hailee Henningsen, Kayla Murphy, Abby Prosise, Rachel Deas and Kendall Memory. In back are Ryan Hudson and Neil Koonce.

Church offers community for college students, young professionals By Carolyn Evans “When you’re in college, your schedule is irregular and it’s hard to make meaningful relationships in classes,” says Pellissippi State education major Sarah Jackson. That’s why one particular church group is really important to her. At First Baptist Concord, Jackson is part of the new College

and Young Professionals group that meets on Sunday mornings. “I think it’s really important to have a group like this at church,” she says, “because by having a group like this you are able to make meaningful relationships that are rooted in Christ. Having a group like this is a blessing for our church.”

The gift of snow For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out of my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11 NRSV) We were in the mountains when the snow fell. It began with large flakes, flakes so heavy they didn’t drift and float, but fell straight down, as if in a hurry to get to the ground. Truth be told, I become a child again when snowflakes start falling. I can stand at the window, watching the floating, drifting flakes, and I am filled with wonder by the fact that, like people, no two snowflakes are alike. It seems to me to be proof that God loves His children, and knows that

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we are all children at heart. Somewhere, deep down in whatever sophistication we hide behind, we are delighted by a falling snowflake – a unique gift that cannot be duplicated. I am realistic enough to acknowledge that snow

can be a dangerous beauty, that we need to respect it, and I freely admit that the older I get, the more I respect it! I don’t want to fall and crack my noggin! So, these days, I tend to enjoy it through a window decorated with icicles hanging from the eaves. We Americans tend to think of the Holy Land as desert country, with occasional oases strewn about, which to some extent is true. But it does snow there, especially in the mountains, and it’s a wondrous thing to see!

“I just think it’s a really good thing to have in the church body,” says Austin McCarley, who graduated last month in communication studies from the University of Tennessee. “All through college, and even after, you’re always trying to find your purpose. Having a group of your peers and mentors pouring into you – not just in a professional sense, but also in a biblical sense – and leading you through scripture and showing you certain points that parallel what you’re going through at that moment, gives you a strong foundation, for not only finding your professional goals, but also your identity in the body of Christ.” The group began forming in November, but Sunday, Jan. 8, was the official kickoff. “We’re basing the ministry off three things – Bible study, biblical community, and fun,” says Wes Evans, pastor of adult

discipleship. “We’re trying to make all those three things happen every time.” Evans heads up the group, along with volunteers Jamey Evans, Neil Koonce and Chris Carter. The class is open to singles 30 and under, and church membership is not required. Carter says the class will be exploring topics such as God’s will for your life and apologetics, or exploring the validity of Christianity. Since November about 30 people have attended, with the average class size between 15 and 25. The class meets at 10:45 on Sunday mornings in the student building in room S205. For more information, call the church at 966-9791 or email Evans at wevans@ fbconcord.org

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FAITH AND SENIOR 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. ■■ Frank R. Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road. Info: 670-6693.

■■ Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 951-2653. ■■ Diabetes and exercise presentation Tuesday, Jan. 24, Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. Include information about the YMCA’s Move Well Today program.

■■ Peninsula Lighthouse Group of Families Anonymous meetings, 6:15-7:15 p.m. each Tuesday, 1451 Dowell Springs Blvd. Newcomers welcome; no dues/fees; no sign-up; first names only. Info: Barbara L., 696-6606 or PeninsulaFA2@aol.com

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Farragut Shopper news • January 18, 2017 • A-7

Food City recognizes employees who give back By Margie Hagen Local Food City employees are being recognized by the company for their volunteer service with organizations throughout the area. As community members who work hard at their jobs, they still find time to serve others. These store associates will go on to vie at the district level for the opportunity to win a contribution for their organization at a special Food City corporate luncheon on Feb.8. Congratulations, and we salute you for all you do to make a difference for so many.

As the front end manager of the Hardin Valley FC, Lauren Blevins keeps busy, but still finds time to volunteer for Transforming Adoption. “We focus on adoptive and foster families to educate and give them tools to nurture.” Photos

by Margie Hagen

Janie Grigsby loves helping people, both on the job and off. Find her in the produce department of the Middlebrook Pike FC, where she takes pride in her department. She was recognized for her volunteer work at Karns Library, where she “works in the stacks and keeps things in order.”

FC Bearden Center employee and PSCC student Faith Hughes has volunteered at Centro Hispano de ET for over a year. It started as an 8-hour college project, but she found the work fulfilling and decided to stay on. Hughes now helps the community with GED and ESL courses.

Jim Ingram has been with FC Deane Hill for five years; his volunteer work benefits Central Baptist Church of Bearden, where he has been a member for 35 years. He is certified for disaster relief, and over the years has helped victims of floods and hurricanes. Next he will assist Gatlinburg in recovery efforts.

When not working at FC College Homes, Becky Siedler finds time to volunteer with Intergroup ET of Alcoholics Anonymous. Serving people confidentially, she finds the work personally rewarding.

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Breakfast Rotary’s Maciolek to be district governor By Tom King Today his title is “District Governor Nominee Designate.” Next year the title will be “District Governor Nominee.” In two years he’ll be “District Governor Elect.” And finally, for the Rotary year 2019-20, he will be just “District Governor” – or DG Greg. Tom King I’m talking about Greg Maciolek, a three-time past president of the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club. He was selected by a nominating committee of past district governors to lead District 6780’s 65 clubs and is the Breakfast club’s first member to ever become a District Governor. And as part of this process, District 6780 Rotarians will confirm him as DG-ND at the annual District Conference on April 22 in Chattanooga. Greg owns Integrated Management Resources Inc., a management consulting and training company that provides assessments for hiring, development, coaching and career, plus leadership and communications training. He joined the Breakfast Club (which meets each Wednesday morning at Get-

tysvue Country Club) in 1999 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. He currently serves as the club’s public image chair and is involved in many club activities. He’s also Rotary Zone 30 public image coordinator and wears two hats for District 6780 – district secretary and communications chair. He also serves as the disGreg Maciolek trict’s videographer with over 150 videos completed on behalf of the district and zone. Greg served 26 years in the Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. He retired with the rank of colonel. He was a fighter pilot flying the F-106A/B, F-4C/D and the F-16ADF aircraft. He attended Troy State University and received a master’s in human resources, and his undergraduate degree was earned at Wayne State University. “I am humbled to be selected to serve as district governor and I look forward to serving the clubs in any way I can to make them more viable, effective and to reach more people to help. Rotary is indeed serving humanity,” Greg said. Greg is married to Brissa and they have three grown children and five grandsons and live in Knox County.

HomeTrust Bank aids fire victims

HomeTrust Bank Rotarians present Fred Heitman, Rotary district governor, with a check for $4,500 to support Sevier County fire victims: Luke Chill, business banking officer; Megan Belcher, Farragut branch manager; Heitman; Kelly Vittatoe, Bearden branch manager; and Trey Coleman, Knoxville market president. After the fires, Rotary started collecting necessities for the people affected by the fire. Now they need monetary donations. The check from HomeTrust Bank will pay for medications.

Impact of climate change is topic The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present a program on global warming and climate change 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Roane State Community College, City Room, in Oak Ridge. Dr. Joanne Logan, UT associate professor and an expert on the subject, will present the program “It’s All in the Timing: Impacts of Global Warming on Eco-

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Kids can hit the books, earn a bike Christmas has come and gone, but some elves are still in K nox v ille s u r pr i si ng students. The Bike Elf organization volu nte er s Tim Adams stopped by Wesley House last week and announced their new initiative, Read, Write and Ride with Bike Elf. The program will challenge the students of Wesley House Community Center’s afterschool program to earn a bicycle during the spring term at school. The challenge was given by Wesley House’s Tim Adams and Anderson Olds: All students in the program who earn first honors (all As and Es) in school on the next two report cards will receive a bicycle from Bike Elf. Olds said that two Wesley House program goals for 2017 were: 1) to find ways to honor their participant children by celebrating them and their successes, and 2) to create motivating educational programs and incentivize learning. Bike Elf co-founders Dewayne and Leigh Wilson contacted Olds in October 2016 with an interest in partnering with Wesley House. Dewayne believes in students earning the bicycles. Students meeting the goal will be awarded a bicycle, helmet and bike lock in June. The bicycles are not new, but after the elf volunteers are done refurbishing them, it’s hard to tell. The volun-

teers clean the bikes, repaint them when necessary, add new tires, seats and other needed repairs. During a recent assembly, students stepped up, were measured and signed their name on several posters indicating the size bicycle needed when they meet the goal. Over the next four months, Bike Elf and Wesley House have activities planned to remind the kids of their goal and keep them motivated to achieve earning a bicycle. Bike Elf is in its second year of giving bikes to children and began after the Wilsons and their friends had dinner together before Christmas. Kristi Fightmaster, on the board of the Salvation Army in Maryville, shared with the Wilsons how children left on the Angel Tree were usually ones who had requested bicycles for Christmas. The Wilsons decided to collect enough bikes to give 100 away for Christmas 2015, but after some discussion, the delivery date was moved to June for the first giveaway as a way to motivate students in school. In the first year they received over 200 bike donations. They will hold a bike drive at the Boys & Girls Club of Maryville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 18, for anyone interested in donating a used bicycle or to make monetary donations (to purchase seats, tires, tubes, etc. to repair the bicycles). Bike Elf’s motto is “You donate ’em. We fix ’em. Kids earn ’em.” Info: bikeelf.org or Facebook/bikeelf

Union County Business and Professional Association secretary Alicia Lucy reads a Christmas thank-you card from scholarship recipient Hunter Collins.

Joanie Brock of the Union County Vendor Mall speaks to the Union County Business and Professional Association about opportunities at the mall. Photos by S. Carey

Vendor Mall grows, seeks more vendors By Shannon Carey There’s a place where Union County’s crafters and small business owners can see their dreams realized, and that place is the Union County Vendor Mall. Mall founder Joanie Brock visited the Union County Business and Professional Association Jan. 10, at the urging of UCBPA vice president and Vendor Mall vendor Martin Shafer. The Vendor Mall operates through booth rentals. Each vendor rents a booth for a fee plus a 13 percent commission on each sale. The vendors design and merchandise their booths, and Brock staffs the mall during business hours. She also gives each vendor a website and hosts and advertises events to bring business to the mall. “I wanted to give small business owners the opportunity to keep their

day job and start their small business,” said Brock. Brock started with her testimony. She had been in healthcare for 20 years when a promotion and pay raise was offered to her. She took the promotion, and six months later her position was cut. “I had gotten away from where I needed to be,” she said. “I was more concentrated with my job than with following my God.” She said the job cut was God telling her, “I had a plan for you and you didn’t listen.” Brock loves refinishing and repurposing furniture, and her uncle J.T. Russell had space open in the industrial park on Durham Drive in Maynardville. Brock opened the mall to have a place to market her wares

Winter farmers market underway

Nourish Knoxville has opened the winter farmers market for its fourth season. Patrons can shop from a host of farms selling locally grown produce, meat, eggs, honey, herbs, plants and more, along with artisan food and craft producers with baked goods, prepared foods and handcrafted items. Food trucks will be stationed in the parking lot to provide brunch and locally roasted coffee. The winter farmers market is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every other Saturday through April, starting Jan. 14, at Central United Methodist Church, 201 East Third Ave. Nourish Knoxville has launched the Power of Produce (PoP) Club, which gives children the opportunity ® to become an active part of their local food economy by empowering them to make their own food choices with their PoP Bucks. The market will also proJosh Hemphill, Agent With your new home comes new vide the Fre$h Savings pro11420 Kingston Pike responsibilities – like protecting gram, a matching program Knoxville, TN 37934 that allows SNAP recipients your new investment with the right 865-675-3999 to buy more fresh fruits and josh@sfagentjosh.com amount of homeowners insurance. vegetables at farmers marwww.sfagentjosh.com kets. The market also will That’s where I can help. Se habla Español feature cooking classes with Like a good neighbor, Katie Dodson. Nourish Knoxville is a State Farm is there.® non-profit working to supCALL ME TODAY. port relationships among farmers, artists and the community through outreach, education and advocacy, and to build healthy communities through conState Farm Bank, F.S.B., Bloomington, IL nections to local food. KN-1419627

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and to help other crafters get off the ground. She promised God that everything she did with the business would be to glorify him. Now, the mall has 13 vendors, three new vendors joining this winter, and room for more. Shoppers have come from Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Texas, and of course Knoxville. Local artist Betty Bullen has a booth, with Union County Heritage prints available for purchase, and some original works. Shafer’s woodwork is there, including his Union County coasters. Other items include Knoxville Soap and Candle Company products, primitive home décor, fabric items, silk floral arrangements and much more. “I’ve got a lot of talented vendors,” said Brock. “We’ve got a big variety of items, and it’s always changing.”

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The Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook was the guest speaker at a Farragut Intermediate School assembly handing out Good Citizenship Awards Friday. He spoke to the students in third through fifth grades about being the best they can be all the time. Photos by Suzanne Foree Neal

Genevieve Loos was very excited to clap for the Good Citizenship award winners as their names were called out during an assembly Friday at Farragut Intermediate School. She was joined by her mother, Lisa Loos.

Students challenged to be their best

By Suzanne Foree Neal

There were a lot of good citizens and proud parents at Farragut Intermediate School on Friday. The winter Spirit Awards Assembly tries to encourage students to recognize the work they put into the first semester and carry that through the rest of the year, says principal Reggie Mosley. He had a little help delivering that message from the Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook. Middlebrook has participated in the program for nearly 20 years under three principals, usually close to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. “My love for young people is one of the things that keep me coming back,” he says. “I talk to them about character, who they are, their potential and what they represent.” In this divisive time in our country, the civil rights icon adds, “We want to help young people see we need to work together and help each other to grow. That is the only way for ourselves to grow. If you hold anyone else back, you’re going to prevent yourself from going to where you need to be.” His message to students

Students at Farragut Intermediate School Azul Robio, Alexsandra Mora and Roman Ronca wait for an assembly to begin that included remarks by the Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook.

in third through fifth grade was that as they grow and get to know who they are, their character will grow with them. He encourages them to give their best to everything they do. “We don’t put anybody down to rise,” he says. “We share with each other, and everybody else is somebody just as I am.” Middlebrook left a lasting impression with a trio of students who as fourthgraders were hearing his message for the second time. Nash Spurgeon re-

ceived the Admiral Spirit award and says Middlebrooks’ speech was “very powerful and inspiring. We know we’re somebody and always do our best.” Aubrie Conger, also an Admiral Spirit winner, was A group of students huddled together to play a game along the lines of “rock, paper, scissors” a little shy when asked why while they waited for the program to start. From bottom left are Emerson Clark, Alexa Shrader, she won the award, but Nash Hudson Collins, Shun Nagami and Alec Mathison. spoke up. “She’s really helpful and kind to everyone,” he says. James Chambon thought the reverend would be inspiring after hearing him last year. “I can use his advice all the time,” he says.

Guidance counselor Carol Slatas presents certificates of Good Citizenship to Nate Carr and Guy Metcalf. Students were recognized during an assembly Friday attended by their families.

Inauguration Day trivia! By Kip Oswald Over the holidays, our competitive family played a lot of board games during our family time. Now, I can’t tell you how many times Kinzy and I lost because we didn’t know some trivial presidential history. This made us decide to find some fun, little known facts to help us win those family board Kip games someday, and maybe you will enjoy learning these things too! For the next two articles, we will look at Inauguration Day, a tradition that is special to our country and is happening on Jan. 20. Donald Trump will be inaugurated as our 45th president, but should he really be our 46th? Did you ever hear of President Atchison? Trivia question! If David Atchison had ever been counted as one of our presidents, Mr. Trump would be number 46! Zachary Taylor, our 12th president, was due to be inaugurated on a Sunday but due to his religion, he refused until Monday. Since there was not an acting president or vice president, Mr. Atchison, who was a senator from Missouri, became president for 24 hours. Also, during that 24 hours, he appointed many of his friends to cabinet offices, but just for 24 that hours. Now that is good trivia! Of course, George Washington was the very first president to be inaugurated, but it was in the spring to avoid bad weather.

The day did not move to Jan. 20 until 1933. There are certain things scheduled to happen every Inauguration Day. The day begins with a worship service and then the current president and new president ride together to the inauguration. The president repeats his oath directly from the Constitution. All but three presidents have placed their hands on the Bible. John Quincy Adams used a constitutional law book. Franklin Pierce and Theodore Roosevelt chose not to place an oath on the Bible. Three presidents have had to restate their oath after the ceremony. Chester Arthur and Calvin Coolidge took the oath outside Washington, D.C. and had to restate the oath when back in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama had to retake the oath after the Chief Justice had him repeat the wrong words during the ceremony. After the oaths, the new President gives a speech called the Inaugural Address to the audience. George Washington gave the shortest one at 135 words. The longest speech was William Harrison’s, which he gave on a chilly, rainy March day. He then got pneumonia and died a month later. After the speeches, the outgoing president and his family leave the capital city while the new president goes to lunch in the Capitol Building. Next week, we will learn some interesting history about the rest of the day! Watch next week’s events to see new history being made! Comments to oswaldswordtn@gmail.com


A-10 • January 18, 2017 • Farragut Shopper news

A holiday birding treat Our 520-plus National Wildlife Refuges, covering 93 million acres, offer great opportunities for folks to get out and enjoy nature. Their rivers, lakes, swamps, fields and mountains are home to a myriad of varieties of trees and flowers, bushes and grasses. That means they are also home to innumerable critters that people like to watch – big animals, butterflies and, in the case of birders, birds. Over 200 of our National Wildlife Refuges were set aside specifically to protect, manage and restore habitat for migratory birds, and one result of that effort has been to yield a list of over 700 species of birds that have been seen in America’s National Wildlife Refuges. And the good people who manage those refuges have made many of them very birder-friendly, with wildlife drives meandering through all their different natural features, plus nature trails, photo blinds and observation towers. Through the years, Grandma and I have accumulated many fond memories, and some large bird lists, from such places as Santa Ana NWR in south Texas, Savannah NWR in coastal South Carolina, and

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Malheur NWR, the recently hooligan-occupied but still wild and beautiful refuge in eastern Oregon. And through those years, one of our favorites has been the reasonably nearby 34,500-acre Wheeler NWR, only a four-hour drive away in north Alabama, spread out along TVA’s big Wheeler Lake. Its headquarters are just east of Decatur, Ala. It was established in 1938 as a wintering area for ducks, geese and other migratory birds and consists of woods, water and hundreds of acres of agricultural fields managed partly as bird food. It also happens to be a convenient 12-minute drive from our son’s home, where we usually find ourselves at Christmas time, the high season for the hordes of water birds that congregate at the refuge in December, January, and February. The late December weather there in north Alabama can be dicey for birding – we’ve had inches of snow one

year, all-day monsoons of rain another. But this year was calm, dry, and a balmy 72 degrees by midday – a great Christmas present from Mother Nature! And a marvelous two-hour birding trip to Wheeler NWR in shirt sleeves on Dec. 24 was a perfect addition for us to add to the holiday festivities. The best plan for enjoying Wheeler NWR is to start at the Visitors Center, where there are friendly and knowledgeable volunteers to tell you what’s going on out there, plus interesting displays of wildlife, maps and other information. The major attraction, though, is the Observation Building, 200 yards away down a wooded gravel pathway. Sitting right on the edge of the water, the Observation Building is there for one purpose: observation. You walk in the back side, and there before you are two walls, front and side, facing out over the big embayment of calm, bird-filled water, one-way glass from floor to ceiling. Most first-timers walk in and say “wow!” Across the water from the building is a huge farm field managed to produce bird food, lying fallow at this time of the year; be-

Landscaping project comes to life By Sandra Clark Hearty back-slaps and big grins were in order as the Powell Business & Professional Association presented a check for $5,497 for landscaping to Knox County at the PBPA meeting last week. Jim Snowden, assistant director of Engineering & Public Works, accepted the funds. Kim Severance thanked the PBPA “for holding this money sacred for almost 10 years,” and Snowden said the landscaping project on Emory Road at I-75 was the vision of Lillian Williams,

who “raised matching funds for the grant back in 2008 and 2009.” “I’m just thankful I lived to see this,” said Williams, who owns Willow Bay Gallery. Snowden said more than 60 trees and shrubs will be planted on state right-ofway at I-75 and Emory Road by Volunteer Erosion Control, a county vendor. He expects to have everything installed by mid-April. As time wore on, costs escalated. The winning bid was $40,532 for a project that was estimated at $27,485 to be split 80/20 between the

state and PBPA. Knox County kicked in $13,047 to make the difference. (The state’s portion is $21,988 and PBPA’s part is $5,497.) Severance thanked Snowden for his persistence. “You are too kind,” he said. “I just did my job.” Snowden said plantings will include evergreens and dogwood trees. The contractor will be responsible for the plants during the first year. The company will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a safety measure in the high-traffic area, Snowden said.

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yond that, woods and more water. The numbers of water birds peak out in January; when we were there the refuge personnel estimated that the big farm field held around 11,000 sandhill cranes – it looked like a million to us. This time of year the sandhills are joined by innumerable geese, ducks, white pelicans, gulls and herons, with smaller numbers of less commonly seen species, just waiting to be discovered. The sandhill cranes set the scene and the mood for the bird drama. Thousands of the big, gray, 5-foot-tall birds stand around in the field and along the shore, making a constant din of background noise with their strange bugling crane calls. And more of them are overhead, coming and going in V-formations of from three to 30 or more, flying high and low. That overall picture in and of itself makes the visit worthwhile, a scene right out of a nature documentary of some sort. But against that backdrop there were more wonders to be seen. One noted authority on cranes was quoted as saying that Wheeler is one of the best places in the world to see whoop-

Sandhill cranes and other water birds peak in population in December, January and February at the nation’s wildlife refuges.

ing cranes. And sure enough, in the far back of the big field were 15 white blobs, which, with the aid of binoculars, became 15 big whooping cranes! Ironically, back in 1941, at their lowest point, there were only 14 or 15 whooping cranes left in the wild, and here we were, seeing 15 of the approximately 600 whooping cranes in the world today, all in a single bunch! And we didn’t have to charter a boat or plane trip to go somewhere to see them. And as if to make things even better for us, one of the big guys decided to come over close to the Observation Building to hang out with a dozen or so of its new best friends, the sandhill cranes. It flew in, sipped some lake water, worked on its feathers for a bit, and sat down for a nap – all within a couple hundred feet of us in there behind the glass, in awe of seeing, up close, one of the rarest birds in the world! Once one has had a full dose of crane watching, one turns to the ducks. And there they were, probably more than a thousand of them, right there in the water and on the shore outside

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Approval of Minutes for the November 29, 2016 meeting.

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Review a request for a ground mounted sign for Cornerstone Church of God at 12813 Kingston Pike.

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Review a request for a landscape plan for SunTrust Bank at 11441 Kingston Pike.

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Review a request for a landscape plan for Easton Park Subdivision at 11739 Turkey Creek Road.

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Review a request for a landscape plan for the N. Peterson Road Extension, located off Kingston Pike next to the Farragut Press.

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The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Farragut will hold a public hearing on January 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM, at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, to hear citizen’s comments on the following ordinance:

1. Ordinance 16-26, an Ordinance to amend the Farragut Zoning Ordinance by rezoning a portion of Parcel 116.01, Tax Map 130, north of Farragut Commons and Chapel Point, from R-2 and FPD to R-4 and FPD, 8.63 Acres (Diversified Holdings, Applicant) KN-1443623

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the windows. We identified eight species, loafing, swimming, eating, occasionally chasing one another, constantly in motion. And in addition to large numbers and good close looks, the ducks provided us with one more rare-bird treat for the day. Among all those ducks, the two most numerous species were ducks called gadwalls, and then American wigeons; both are totally familiar to our duck-hunting friends; both species were there in the hundreds. But then there is another wigeon, called the Eurasion wigeon, that breeds in Europe and Asia. It is known to winter along both coasts of North America, though only rarely at inland locations like the TVA lakes. Not an especially rare bird, but rarely seen where we are. The refuge staff had told us that there was a Eurasion wigeon around; one fellow at the Observation Building had driven down from Nashville just to see it. And after two hours of looking at all those ducks, there it was – close enough to see well and to photograph! Icing on the birding cake! A brief scan for small land birds at the headquarters feeders and nearby woods, and we were back in our car and POOF! Back to the world of cars and gas stations, fast food places and last-minute shoppers. But happy to have had that time outdoors, seeing a tiny corner of the earth as it was intended to be, and knowing that those refuges are there, all across the country, saving those treasures for us all. So a Happy New Year to you all; get out somewhere and enjoy your surroundings!

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Kari Sanders has a way with words and movement “At the age of 10, my mom told me about the power of the pen,” says Strawberry Plains resident Kari Sanders. “At that time I didn’t know how to express myself so I just held it in. Then, when all of my anger built up, I’d just blow up randomly. So my mom said, ‘Instead of holding things in and blowing up, write.’ “And I did. I’ve been writing ever since.” Originally from Atlanta, Sanders is a young entrepreneur who writes, dances and performs under the name “Kari Werde Sanders,” taking her middle name from a form of the German word that means “to become” or “to turn into.” She’s performed poetry since age 13, when she won the First Word Youth Poetry Slam sponsored by the Chicago urban and hip-hop radio station V-103. “I was able to perform at Earthlink Live Atlanta and did a commercial spot for (sitcom) ‘Girlfriends.’” Sanders is a fixture on the Knoxville poetry slam scene, appearing frequently at Big Fatty’s and the Open Chord.

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But she’s not just a “word nerd,” another self-descriptor. “I have been performing dance since the age of 6 or 7, learning in church. “Atlanta was on the rise for entertainment and very well-known for its dance scene. I was introduced to all types of dance styles – jazz, African, ballet, contemporary, mime, you name it! I moved to Knoxville at the age of 21. The dance isn’t as much on the forefront but it’s definitely here!” And Sanders is helping the art form grow. In addition to teaching Intro to Dance and Beginner HipHop at Knoxville Fine Arts and Crafts Center, she’s now on the faculty of Inskip Elementary School. “My job came through another artist, Michelle Gore, who does amazing painting and poetry. She

invited me to come in and do a dance workshop for the children last summer. While doing the workshop, the coordinator, Blaine Sample, observed and at the end, she offered me an interview.” Sanders not only teaches dance but also tutors through the UT-assisted community schools program. “In performing arts we teach dance, theater, music and circus. We are currently preparing for a performance in February for Black History Month alongside Austin- East High School’s West African Drummers and Dance Troupe. At the end of the semester, we will do a musical called ‘It’s a Jungle Out There.’ “In tutoring, we go over any curriculum the child is struggling with.” Students also include learn Spanish and plant and harvest in their school garden. All this fits with Sanders’ youthful energy and passion. She says, “It is still fairly new for Inskip, but it is definitely making a positive impact on the students, parents, faculty and community.”

Young Kari Sanders channels her passion for poetry and dance into enrichment for her community. Photo submitted

Knox students are inauguration bound By Shannon Carey On Thursday, 14 Halls High School students and two teachers will hit the road for Jan. 20’s historic, albeit controversial, presidential inauguration. But, it’s not political controversy that’s driving this trip. Instead, it’s all about firsthand learning. In fact, students had to sign up and have all fees paid before Election Day. U.S. history teacher Tim Reeves has experienced five inaugurations for himself. As a Halls High School student in 1993, he went to former president Bill Clinton’s inauguration. His next trip was in 2005, this time as a Halls High teacher, to

former president George W. Bush’s second inauguration. He attended both inaugurations of President Barack Obama. The 2017 trip to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration will be his fourth as a teacher. “It’s such an opportunity to see how the process works,” he said. “Whenever you can make a textbook real and living, I think it is very important to take that opportunity.” Government teacher Michelle Steffey will also chaperone the trip. It’s not her first visit to Washington, D.C., but it is her first inauguration. She said that, although controversy was rife in this election cycle,

students were respectful of one another’s opinions in the classroom. “I saw a lot of people who had strong opinions but no real name calling and stuff like that,” she said. On this trip, as in her classroom, Steffey hopes to give students the tools and background to be responsible citizens. She’s looking forward to seeing the Pentagon Memorial and the Newseum, both new since she was last in Washington. “As an educator, you just want to bring that information back to the classroom,” she said. Another highlight will be Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery, where four

students, chosen at random, will get the honor of laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The students will also visit various historic sites and memorials, and several museums of the Smithsonian Institution. “Usually the students say they wish they had more time to see more things in the Smithsonian,” said Reeves. Junior Lucas Harp is excited to go on the trip.

“I realize that by its very nature it was a unique election,” Harp said. “It will be something to be able to say I was there.” When asked if he was pulling for Trump in the election, Harp said with a smile, “I’m a pretty conservative person, so I was looking at a lot of Republicans.” He added that it will be good to visit Washington, D.C., now that he is older. The last time he went, he was in elementary school.

The trip was organized through WorldStrides. Steffey and Reeves thanked several who helped cover an unexpected cost, including Knox County Commissioner Charles Busler, state Rep. Bill Dunn, and Short Mountain Silica. They also thanked HHS principal Mark Duff. “We’re thankful that Knox County Schools gives us the opportunity to take a trip like this,” said Reeves. Students will return Jan. 22.

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last words Knox greeways have new driver Tim Hester, former city manager of Norris, has been hired as the new greenways coordinator for the city of Knoxville. He started to work this week. Brian Hann, active chair of the city greenway commission, praised the choice, saying, “I look forward to seeing him in action.” He replaces Lori Goerlich who left for Chattanooga after a lackluster four years in Knoxville. Hester will clearly be a positive upgrade in this office and greenways will be moving forward. His office will be at Lakeshore Park. ■■ If U.S. Rep. Diane Black becomes the permanent chair of the House Budget Committee, will that impact her potential run for governor next year? She is the interim chair for now until Georgia Republican Tom Price is (presumably) confirmed to the Trump Cabinet as Health and Human Services secretary. Paul Ryan chaired the budget committee before becoming House speaker. It is an important, demanding and time-consuming position. It is a sign of the respect the House leadership holds for her skills, which will be tested under President Donald Trump. Her office for now says it will not affect her decision on whether to enter the 2018 race for governor.  She is considered by many to be the leading candidate at this early stage in the contest and she can fund her own campaign if necessary. Other potential candidates include Randy Boyd of Knoxville, state Sens. Mark Green, Mark Norris and Doug Overbey, and possibly House Speaker Beth Harwell. ■■ Knox County officials are hopeful that Gov. Bill Haslam will include funding in his budget for the Knox Safety Center, which is being pushed by Mayor Tim Burchett and former district attorney Randy Nichols. Money was not in last year’s state budget, but a behind-the-scenes effort has been made since then to secure funding. If not included, expect the Knox lawmakers to push funding by legislation. The governor has not announced his decision. ■■ Wayne Christensen, 71, retired director of Knox Youth Sports, has decided to run for the West Knoxville city council seat now held by Vice Mayor

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Duane Grieve, who retires in December because of term limits. Christensen may be opposed by David Williams and Tim Hill. Others mentioned include Bearden activist Terri Faulkner, West Hills sidewalk supporter Sandi Robinson, Knox County election commissioner Andrew Roberto, and former Democratic party vice chair Doug Veum. This could be a crowded field that triggers much interest. ■■ Lois Riggins Ezzell, the 35-year director of the state museum, has been gone 18 days but only a few blocks away, where she secured an easy $40,000-ayear job as a fundraiser for the new museum building at age 77. Interestingly, no one asked her to do this except herself. But the foundation board is in her pocket and they are happy to spend money citizens give for the museum to enhance her personal retirement on top of her state pension. She attempted her last week in office to create an actual office for herself within the museum as the foundation actually does not have office space anywhere. When museum commission chair Tom Smith discovered this last-minute maneuver, he placed a halt to it. This sequence of events is impossible to make up. It is also most unfortunate that some public employees do not realize when it is time to depart. The museum commission is scheduled to meet next week, Jan. 24, to choose a permanent replacement. Meanwhile the governor is trying to raise $40 million to pay for the new $160 million museum. Birthdays: Chancellor Mike Moyers turns 56 on Jan. 19. Congratulations! Marie Leonard, widow of Farragut’s first mayor, Bob Leonard, celebrated her 90th birthday last Saturday at the Farragut Town Hall. Knoxville’s oldest living former mayor, Randy Tyree, turns 77 on Jan. 20. He was also the youngest person ever to be elected mayor in 1975 when at age 35 he was elected over the late Kyle Testerman.

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UT makes life more difficult for Butch Top leadership of the University of Tennessee, if there really is some, has made life more difficult than necessary for Butch Jones. As the coach sought to improve his staff, prospective assistants kept asking nosey questions about who will be the next athletic director. Potential offensive coordinators with names you might recognize were curious about the job and such trivia as chain of command, grasp and understanding, long-term stability and exactly how important will football be in the overall scheme of things. Here’s the dilemma: If Butch was forced to pick an available replacement for Mike DeBord when he really wanted someone else, he has a built-in excuse for future problems. You tied my hands. President Joe DiPietro and the board of trustees have known for months and months that UT needed a chancellor and athletic director. We’ve all known since August that Jimmy Cheek and Dave Hart were moving on.

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Common sense dictated a new chancellor was the first priority in replacing the lame ducks – just in case that person wanted a vote in the selection of the new athletic director. Identifying Beverly J. Davenport took almost forever. Time dragged on. Even for a quick study, figuring out what is Tennessee football takes longer than making instant potatoes. Delay, delay, delay. Finally, she or DiPietro or somebody more powerful wants a professional search company to sort through AD possibilities, make recommendations and mask responsibility. There was a time Butch and I thought we knew the next athletic director would be David Blackburn, Vol for life, very successful as recent leader of athletics at UT-

Chattanooga. He seemed so obvious. He is 50. He has the ideal background. He has experience. He knows everybody who matters, big donors, politicians, thousands of fans. DiPietro is already his top boss. David, son of a high school coach, was born in Loudon. He played quarterback there. He enrolled at UT and learned a lot as student manager for John Majors’ teams in 1988-89. He went to Morristown to be a coach. Phillip Fulmer invited him back for an administrative role in recruiting and compliance and a few dozen other things. Doug Dickey saw greater potential and promoted Blackburn. Through the years, he looked after facilities, fundraising and event management. Because he could read and write, he evolved into the athletic department connection to the Thornton Center and academics. He participated in coaching searches. He became a senior associate AD under Mike Hamilton. He was a big help in dealing with the NCAA during

a time of crisis, the Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin era. If winning matters, it appears Blackburn and Chattanooga have excelled. Last year UT-C became the first school in a hundred years to win Southern Conference titles in football and men’s and women’s basketball. Maybe I shouldn’t mention that the basketball Mocs defeated the Vols in the opener of this season. Maybe I shouldn’t mention that Blackburn is Tennessee through and through. He is not from Florida or Alabama or even Cincinnati, from whence cometh Dr. Davenport and, before that, Coach Jones. David has never been athletic director at Notre Dame or UCLA or even Kansas or Kentucky. He is known widely but is not famous outside the Volunteer family. But, he is smart and aware and interested. Come to think of it, if the big time is what really matters. Dr. Davenport has never been chancellor at any of those places. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero,com.

School board politics: It’s not about party There are no Rs or Ds on local school board ballots. Board members are elected on a non-partisan basis, and despite some past saber rattling from the Red-tothe-Roots crowd, it doesn’t appear that Republicans are preparing to change that status. This probably makes Patti Bounds Mike Edwards Knox County school board chair Patti Bounds happy. Bounds is worried about Betsy DeVos, the ultra-conservative Amway billionaire who is President-elect DonBetty ald Trump’s choice to head Bean the Department of Education. It’s DeVos’ identification with school privatizaFor Bounds, a conser- tion, not her overall politics, vative who was raised Re- that bothers Bounds, who is publican, it’s educational also not comfortable with philosophy, not party lines some of the positions of that divide the board, the state legislators who repmajority of whom oppose resent her district, even much of the reform agenda though they are fellow Refavored at the state and na- publicans. “The more I get to know tional levels. “I could probably tell you them and the more I study where people come down, the issues, the more I just if you had to put them in want to scream when Bill a box, as far as Republi- Dunn talks about vouchcans and Democrats, but ers. And the more time I’m that’s not what affects how spending in Nashville, the they vote,” Bounds says. more I’m seeing the pres“We have some very di- sures to conform and fit in.” But the group she finds verse opinions. But here’s the thing that makes me most worrisome is the state feel like I’m out there and school board, whose nine don’t know who I am some- voting members (one per times: it’s the Democrats (in congressional district) are Nashville) who are fighting appointed by the governor for (public) education and to serve five-year terms. see the dangers in the re- This board strongly supform movement (excessive ports charters and vouchers high stakes testing, charter and high-stakes testing. “Some of them have zero schools, vouchers and privatization, linkage of teacher knowledge of education, evaluations to sometimes- and they’re the ones making the major decisions. They’re flawed test results).”

not accountable to anyone,” Bounds says. “The only one Mike Edwards (who represents the Second Congressional District) is answerable to is Bill Haslam, and citizens have no vote in the matter. I think they’re good people and have done good things for the state. If you’d asked me 10 years ago, as an average person, if I was in favor of vouchers, I’d say, ‘What’s a voucher?’ And you’d say every child deserves a good school, and I’d agree. It’s the far-right people saying that’s what they are trying to do. You have to ask why are they doing this.” Bounds worries that the Legislature might try to abolish local school boards and let the state board run everything from Nashville.

Edwards takes issue with most of what Bounds said. He said he’s studying a stack of documents seven inches thick for the next board meeting, and considers himself answerable to Tennessee’s schoolchildren – not to the governor. He said he doesn’t see teachers as adversaries and that nobody is looking to shut down local school boards. “Our biggest push is not against teachers. It is against the U.S. Department of Education. We’re not answerable to the governor. And we’re not trying to please the governor. Nor or we trying to please the Department of Education. “None of us are ideological and none of us are on there with an agenda.”

Here comes Harry

Former state Rep. Harry Tindell, 56, has announced his intention to seek the District 4 seat on the Knoxville City Council in the upcoming election. A lifelong resident of Knoxville, Tindell was twice elected to the Knox County school board before serving 11 terms in the state House. He lives in the Alice Bell/Spring Hill community and is self-employed in the insurance business. Harry Tindell “It will be important to have new city council members with varied experience in this period of change,” he wrote in a press release. Info: harrytindell4knoxville@gmail.com or on Facebook.

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ASTYM treatment gets nurse back on her feet As a nurse for Covenant Health, Shawn Yerger relies on being able to stand for hours and move easily to assist patients. “I have to have my feet to do my job,” she said. “But I could barely even walk.” After struggling with foot, ankle and calf pain for months, Yerger was found to have plantar fasciitis in both feet. The condition is caused by an increase in tension in the arch of the foot, usually due to physical activity or wearing unsupportive shoes. The arch is supported by the plantar fascia tissue, which can tear and send sharp pains through the foot and up into shins and calves. People who work on their feet like Yerger are at a higher risk to contract the condition. “Shawn had a chronic injury for more than a year,” Jerrod Adams, Parkwest physical therapist, said. “She tried different treatments to resolve it, but nothing worked.” During one physical therapy appointment, Adams spoke to Yerger about ASTYM, in which he and another Parkwest Therapy Center staff member are certified. The treatment is used to address a wide variety of diagnoses, including shin splints, shoulder pain and plantar fasciitis. “I read all about it and saw that professional athletes use it, so I wanted to try it,” Yerger said. “I just wanted to get better, whatever it took.” Twice a week for four weeks, Yerger’s physical therapy stretches and strengthening were supplemented by the ASTYM System, an evidence-based treatment that uses

Adams uses a small tool to apply pressure to Yerger’s Achilles tendon. Because plantar fasciitis causes pain beyond just the feet, ASTYM treatments address each body part with a different sized tool and a varying amount of pressure.

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external pressure to break down damaged tissue. Each session, Yerger’s feet, calves and shins were treated by the ASTYM plastic tools, which come in three shapes and sizes to address different body parts. Though the pressure is intense, Yerger said that it “hurt so good.” “They have to apply enough pressure to

What can ASTYM treat? Damaged scar tissue can result from trauma, surgery, repetitive strain and immobilization. By addressing the soft tissue that has become dysfunctional, ASTYM can help rebuild it and prevent further injury. The most common diagnoses that can benefit from ASTYM treatment are:

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make a difference, but it’s very relaxing in the end. I felt like I could bounce and move again.” “There are no significant side effects to the ASTYM treatment,” Adams said. “Up to 20 percent of patients have slight bruising and general soreness, but stretching before and after treatment helps that.” In addition to pressure from the ASTYM instruments, physical therapists massage

the damaged tissue between treatments. This additional movement and attention contributes to the breaking down of damaged tissue. Each body part takes about 1520 minutes to treat at each session. Over time, the ASTYM treatments allow the damaged tissue to be absorbed into healthier tissue, which is then realigned and strengthened through regular physical therapy exercises. “The important thing about ASTYM is that it is evidence-based. The studies show real physiological changes on the cellular level of the tissue,” Adams explained. “Patients make measured improvement in pain levels and ability to function.” For Yerger, these physiological improvements translate into improved quality of life and the ability to get back on her feet comfortably. “I had so much pain every day just walking and driving,” she said. “I had grown to living in pain day-to-day. Now the pain is gone. You don’t realize how important your feet are until you can’t use them.” To be considered for ASTYM treatment, you may be referred to the Parkwest Therapy Center by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Depending on your insurance, you may be able to self-refer without a physician order, saving you time and money. For more information, please contact Parkwest Therapy Center at 531-5710 or visit us online at www.covenanthealth. com/therapycenters

Six tips for proper shoe fit Wearing old or unsupportive shoes can cause issues in your feet, calves, knees and hips. By considering the following tips when you go shoe shopping, you may be able to limit the likelihood of injuries and conditions like plantar fasciitis. 1. Shop late in the day. You may not notice, but your feet are actually larger later in the day. Make sure to shop in the afternoon or evening to get shoes that will fit you all day long. 2. Measure your feet. Even if you’ve always been a size 8, have a sales associate measure your feet to confirm your size. Shoe size changes along with weight and age. 3. Flex the shoe. The bottom of your shoe should flex at the ball of the foot, not in the middle. 4. Choose the right shoe for your activity level. Walkers need a flat heel because they land on their heels. Runners land mid-foot and require the extra stabil-

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Registration is now open for the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The annual event includes a full and half marathon, relay, 5K and Kids Run. This year the full and half-marathons and relays will be held on Sunday, April 2, and the 5K and Covenant Kids Run will be held on Saturday, April 1. The full marathon is still certified as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Join other runners across the region and nation as they wind through Fort Sanders and downtown, enjoy the screaming fans in Sequoyah Hills and finish on the field at Neyland Stadium.

If you’d like to watch from the sidelines, encourage your friends and family to join you at the starting line on the Clinch Avenue Bridge, at Tyson Park to see runners on the Third Creek Greenway or at the finish line at the stadium. The runners will need your support as they complete each mile. All the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon races require volunteers to staff water stations and make sure runners stay on course. Look for opportunities in early January 2017 to help at the races. Information and registration for the Knoxville Marathon events: visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com.

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JEEP WRANGLER - 2014. #490A, $30,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

Recreation

Collectibles Pets

Automobiles for Sale

KIA SPORTAGE - 2013. #793A, $19,987 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

Boats/Motors/Marine

Dogs

Buick LaCrosse 2005, a real gem, 83K mi, all maint. records avail., all service done at Twin City Buick. 1 ownr, gar. kept. $4500. 865-660-7336

NISSAN ROGUE 2015, very very nice, 17K mi, all opts, $23,500. (865)933-6802

EXCELLENT 2009 Tahoe Deck Boat 21’6” family/fishing boat, inboard V8, $26,500 incl tandem trailer. 865599-3899

AUSSIEDOODLES - DOUBLEDOODLES LABRADOODLES. Litterbox Trained. Call or text 865-591-7220

Buick Regal 2003, dark gray, 180K mi, 6 cyl, 4 dr, runs good, just serviced, $1500. (865) 304-1923.

Nissan Rogue SL 2011, AWD, low mi, 59K mi, loaded, sunroof, heated seats, exc cnd, $12,900. 865-591-0249

Campers & RV’s

CHEVROLET CORVETTE - 2011. #551A, $30,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

Trucks

CHEVROLET SS - 2014. #840A, $32,895 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

CHEVROLET SILVERADO - 2006. #3054, $17,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

Chevy Impala LT Limited 2014, black, loaded w/sunrf, remote start, sharp car! 54K mi. $8950. (865)522-4133.

CHEVROLET SILVERADO - 2011. #926L, $23,944 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

BLOW OUT PRICING ON ALL 2016 MODELS

DODGE STRATUS - 2005. One owner, excellent cond. 84,000 mi., $4,800. (865)566-7089.

CHEVROLET SILVERADO - 2014. #376B, $32,887 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

SHOW PRICES AVAIL. ON 2017 MODELS

FORD FUSION - 2016. #2951, $14,882 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

DODGE RAM 1500 - 2014. #273E, $23,982 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

FORD MUSTANG - 2015. #5431, $21,845 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

DODGE RAM 2500 - 2014. #224B, $31,964 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

FORD MUSTANG - 2016. #5864, $22,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

FORD EXPLORER - 2010. #877E, $16,982 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

Sports and Imports

FORD F150 - 2005. #481E, $15,970 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

HYUNDAI SONATA - 2014. #220A, $13,995 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611. KIA OPTIMA - 2015. #925B, $13,880; INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. Mercedes 2005 E320 4-matic, immac cond, champagne ext/beige int, 110K mi, always serviced at Jarik Car Auto, $6900. (865)216-2924. MERCEDES E350 - 2013. Premium 1 Pkg, Luxury Pkg, Lt Pkg, Sticker $57,475. Buy it for $21,900. Call (865)588-6250 M-F 8am-5pm. SCION IM - 2016. #018A, $14,880; INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. TOYOTA CAMRY - 2015. #219A, $15,373; INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

FORD F150 - 2014. #7009, $28,895 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611. FORD F150 - 2015. #0141, $49,895 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611. FORD F150 - 2016. #6594, $30,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. FORD F250 - 2008. #022B, $21,900 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

DODGE DURANGO - 2013. #027B, $26,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

MAZDA B4000 - 2010. #360E, $16,981 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

FORD EDGE - 2016. #3815, $33,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

NISSAN TITAN - 2014. #926E, $25,987 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

FORD ESCAPE - 2016. #4286, $17,497 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

TOYOTA TACOMA - 2014. #374E, $16,987 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

TOYOTA 4RUNNER - 2007. #141A, $16,887 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. TOYOTA 4RUNNER - 2016. #4775, $37,941 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611. TOYOTA FJ CRUISER - 2014. #455B, $32,881 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

Sport Utility Vehicles ACURA RLX - 2014. #704A, $25,985 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611. FORD EDGE - 2010. #986A, $15,887; INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. FORD EDGE - 2014. #210A, $22,156 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611. FORD ESCAPE - 2016. #3054, $16,580; INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. FORD EXPLORER - 2014. #7481, $27,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. FORD EXPLORER - 2016. #6906, $28,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. FORD EXPLORER - 2016. #8976, $36,495 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611. FORD FLEX - 2016. #3084, $29,980 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611. HONDA PILOT 2014. Touring, fully loaded, 49K mi., $23,500. Call (423)295-5393. HYUNDAI SANTA FE - 2011. 4 cyl, 48,650 miles, silver with light gray interior, $11,000 in good condition. Call (865)539-9631.

TOYOTA TACOMA - 2016. #018N, $21,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. TOYOTA TACOMA - 2016. #1387, $36,883 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673. TOYOTA TUNDRA - 2013. #762A, $28,941 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

Vans

Employment DRIVERS - Regional & OTR. Excellent Pay + Rider Program. Family Medical/Dental Benefits. Great Hometime + Weekends. CDL-A, 1 yr. EXP. 877-758-3905

Classic Cars

FORD - 19534. Rebuilt flathead engine, runs good, needs restoring. $1,100. (865)933-5704.

Commercial Vehicles 1990 FREIGHTLINER, single axle, $4500. 865-992-7700; 865-279-5373

ADVANTAGE

REMODELING & HANDYMAN SERVICE JIMMY THE PROFESSIONAL HANDYMAN!!

Can fix, repair or install anything around the house! Appliances, ceramic tile, decks, drywall, fencing, electrical, garage doors, hardwoods, irrigation, crawlspace moisture, mold & odor control, landscape, masonry, painting, plumbing. Any Remodeling Needs you wish to have done or completed! Retired Vet. looking to keep busy.

Call (865)281-8080

HAROLD’S GUTTER SERVICE Will clean front & back, $20 & up. Quality work, guaranteed.

(865)288-0556

GREYHOUND ADOPTION PetSmart, Morrell Rd., Sat, Jan 14, 12-2pm, www.greyhoundrescue.org 865-690-0009 or 865-539-9942. LAB PUPPIES. AKC reg., proven bldlns, 1st shots & wormed, black M&F $600 & choc female $650. 423-465-0594

MALTI POOS

Many different breeds Maltese, Yorkies, Malti-Poos, Poodles, Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, Shih Tzu. Shots & wormed. We do layaways. Health guar. Go to Facebook, Judys Puppy Nursery Updates. 423-566-3647 SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $400 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016 YORKIE, 4 yrs old, looking for good, quiet home. Molly is equally independent & cuddlely. Great dog for a single person living alone. Very sweet demeanor. $100. 865-254-7104 YORKSHIRE TERRIERS CKC - males, Black & tan & 1 tri-color. $700$1200. (865) 201-1390

PEACOCKS- PAIR - Beautiful black shouldered. 1 yr. old. $125. (865)5231974 or (865)414-7195.

Merchandise

Brown leather lift chair, like new $700; elec. wheelchair, never used $1500; white recliner, like new $300. (865)247-4154 after 3pm

Heavy Equipment 1990 FREIGHTLINER, single axle, $4500. 865-992-7700; 865-279-5373

Merchandise - Misc. GENERATOR BIG 8500 watt, 2016, Honda elec. start. Batt. & whl kit incl. Never used. New retail $4995. Wholesale $3750. 1st $1850 cash, 864-275-6478.

Wanted MR. BASEBALL buying Sports Cards, I come to you, 203-557-0856, cell 203-767-2407.

Announcements Adoptions

ADOPT

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Vehicles Wanted

FANNON FENCING We build all types of Farm Fencing and Pole Barn. *WOOD & VINYL PLANK *BARBED WIRE *HI-TENSILE ELECTRIC *WOVEN WIRE, *PRIVACY FENCING, ETC.

(423)200-6600

A Loving & Fun Couple

hoping to grow our family through adoption! Our warm, nurturing home is waiting to welcome your baby! Expenses paid. Anne & Colin

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Consolidation Loans

FIRST SUN FINANCE

We make loans up to $1000. We do credit starter & rebuilder loans. Call today, 30 minute approvals. See manager for details. 865-687-3228

CAST IRON dinner bells & tobacco baskets for sale. 865-256-8064; 865688-0055

West

GOOD AS NEW APPLIANCES 90 Day Warranty

865-851-9053

2001 E. Magnolia Ave. LG 27” SIDE BY SIDE FRIDGE - Stainless steel ext. 4” color LCD display screen. Space saving ice system. $500. (865)769-0086

Building Materials

Cemetery Lots 2 lots together in Sherwood Memorial Gardens, oldest section, $4,000 both. Leave msg. (865)607-3336 2 plots in the Bronze section # 33 in Greenwood Cemetery, Tazewell Pk. $4,000/both obo. (865)688-1561.

Collectibles

BUYING OLD US COINS

90% silver, halves, quarters & dimes, old silver dollars, proof sets, silver & gold eagles, krands & maple leafs, class rings, wedding bands, anything 10, 14, & 18k gold old currency before 1928 WEST SIDE COINS & COLLECTIBLES 7004 KINGSTON PK CALL 584-8070

Several Thomas Kinkade paintings. Orig. owner. Christmas, Countryside, Sports & Mountains. Prices vary. Have certificates & some are signed. Call/text (865) 742-7208

GREAT VALUE RIVERSIDE MANOR ALCOA HWY

865-970-2267

*Pools, Laundries, Appl. *5 min. to UT & airport www.riversidemanorapts.com

2 BR TOWNHOUSES

Cherokee West $615 South - Taliwa Gardens $585 - $625 1 1/2 bth, W/D conn. (865) 577-1687 2BR TOWNHOUSE near West Town, new carpet, W/D conn, no pets, $675/mo. (865)584-2622. BEST DEAL OUT WEST! 1BR from $395-$425. 2BR $550-$750. No pets. Parking @ front door. (865)470-8686. BROADWAY TOWERS 62 AND OLDER Or Physically Mobility Impaired 1 & 2 BR, util. incl. Laundry on site. Immediate housing if qualified. Section 8-202. 865-524-4092 for appt. TDD 1-800-927-9275

ELDER APTS, 1BR, Ftn. City near I-75 N. Newly remodeled, quiet, priv, no pets, non smoking, $465. 522-4133 NORTH, LRG 1 BR APT. Very clean & quiet, Central H/A, water incl. $500 + sec. dep. No pets. 865-531-7895

PINNACLE PARK APTS.

Downtown Knoxville is now running a MOVE-IN SPECIAL for the month of Jan. With any qualifying move-in by 1/31/17, you will receive $100 gift card to Walmart. Please call 865-523-9303 for more info.

Homes Unfurnished

Real Estate Sales

Appliances

1,2,3 BR

$355 - $460/mo.

Financial

Antiques

HAND HEWN YELLOW POPLAR LOGS - 1830 Log Cabin removed by buyer. 1&2 story. $10,000 (434)237-1812

Like new 16’ utility trailer, wooden floor, drop down ramp, dual axles, $1950. (865)228-4909

865-216-5052 865-856-8106

GOLDENDOODLE PUPS - great temperaments, good with children, S&W, $850. (865) 466-4380.

General Services

Trailers

FAST $$ CASH $$ 4 JUNK AUTOS

Golden Retriever puppies, AKC, family/farm raised, parents on prem. $1100 ea. (423) 618-6311

Other Pets Services Offered

Home Maint./Repair

CHEVY 1952 BELAIR, rare, 2 dr hrdtop, restored all orig., 6 cyl SS. Valued at $19,600. Asking $17,500. See at cabin Fever Car Show or call Bill (865) 809-0021.

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS - AKC reg., Vet ck’d. 1st shots, 6 weeks $450 each. Call (865)216-9395.

Furniture

PUPPY NURSERY

EMERGENCY SERVICE 24/7

FORD TRANSIT - 2016. #4632, $23,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

ENGLISH BULLDOG puppies, AKC reg., 8 wks old on 1/18. 1st shots, vet ckd, $1500. 865-966-8983; 865-712-1469

POODLE, CKC male, red, very playful & friendly, 12 wks old, shots/wormed, $250 w/o papers, $300 w/papers. (423) 271-5129

Jobs

NOW HIRING MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATES- No experience needed. Up to $10.85/HR. 865.558.6224. www.resourcemfg.com

4 Wheel Drive

Dachshund mini puppies, choc & tan, 1st shots & dewormed, 2 F - 1 long hair - 1 smooth; 3 M - 1 smooth - 2 long hair. $500. 865-223-7162; 865680-4244

Beautiful Toy puppies, 1st shots, $400. 865-717-9493

FORD RANGER - 2010. #968E, $19,962 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

HONDA RIDGELINE - 2012. #687E, $25,987 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

KIA SORENTO - 2016. #1800, $20,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

Visit Us Online at Northgaterv.com or call 865-681-3030

NOW HIRING - Experienced Machine Operators. $12.50 - $15.00/HR. 865312-8904.

GMC SIERRA - 2008. #513B, $10,980 INCL. $499 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 9846 (865)643-8137.

JEEP CHEROKEE - 2016. #3976, $23,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

UNBELIEVABLE PRICES ON ALL NEW & PREOWNED UNITS

FORD F250 - 2016. #6340, $36,821 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

TOYOTA COROLLA - 2013. #3034, $12,881 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.

FORD ESCAPE - 2016. #8428, $19,880 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 595 (865)251-3673.

2004 Jayco Designer RLS31 5th whl, 2 slide outs w/covers, rear LR, lrg awning, gen. ready, fiberglass alum frame, never had a leak. $14,500. (865)247-1848.

Apartments - Unfurn.

WANTED: CASH FOR RECORDS - Will buy your large collections of LPs, 45s, 78s. 1940s-80s rock, r&b, soul, classical, vocals, pop, old country. Please call (818)530-3541

3 BR, 3 BA - Farragut Area- 2 car gar. End unit in condo subd. Plenty of windows. 1 BR & BA w/bonus rm up. $1300/mo. Lse & refer. 865-300-4591 SOUTH KNOXVILLE off Ford Valley Rd. 6 rms, 3 BR, 2 BA, Cent H/A, Potential in-law unit, range, frige, W/D Conn. No garage or carport, No pets, Security dep. req, Limit on vehicles, $695/mo. Ballenger Realtors 688-3946 WEST 3 BR, 2 BA, Choto Rd. Area. Very Clean, Scenic, Lake Access. $950. 865-599-4617

Duplx/Multplx UnFurn

Perfect starter home or investment oppty in the Rocky Hill Area. Newly remod. 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA, new flooring, doors, kitchen & paint. $156,500. By owner. Call (865) 805-6931

Manufactured Homes 1993 Oakland 14x70, furn., good cond., loc in Willa View Mobile Park in Pigeon Forge. $32,500. 606-796-2488

I BUY OLDER MOBILE HOMES 1990 up, any size OK 865-384-5643

Land/Home Package in Sweetwater, 32x60 3 BR, 2 BA, on 3/4 acre lot, only $65,000 cash. Chris 865-207-8825

For Sale By Owner LOVELY KARNS 3100SQ FT HOME/ POOL/PRIV WOODED LOT - 7529 Shaker Drive, Light+space! 4BR, 3.5BA, eat in kit., Sunrm, fin bsmt, fplc, 2C gar. .51ac +.45ac Lot avail. GreatKarnsHome.com 865-771-6207

Real Estate Rentals

2 BR DUPLEX

South (off Chapman Hwy) Convenient to Downtown & UT No Pets $565 - $575 (865) 577-1687 Island Home. 2 BR, lrg LR & kit., 1 1/2 BA, stove/refrig/DW furn., util rm, carport. No pets. Near School for the Deaf. $650 mo + $400 DD. 2328 Spence Place. (865) 689-4238

Seasonal/Vacation Rentals Gatlinburg in Arts & Crafts Comm. 1 BR w/loft, jacuzzi, hot tub, priv. courtyard. $100/night. Check VRBO #925381

Rooms Furn/Unfurn FREE RENT in exchange for housecleaning & dog sitting. Loudon area. (865) 851-5765

Real Estate Commercial Retail Space/Rent

Apartments - Furnished WALBROOK STUDIOS 865-251-3607 $145 weekly. Discount avail. Util, TV, Ph, Refrig, Basic Cable. No Lease.

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Shopper news • January 18, 2017 • B-3

Diette Crockett looks over the beautiful glass artwork at the Dogwood Arts’ First Friday open house and exhibit of works by The Glass Guys.

Glass artist Matt Sakey with one of his creations

Dogwood Arts celebrates Glass Guys Creason’s desire to be a part of Knoxville events that By Sherri Gardner Howell highlight the arts, which includes First Friday. This The “art” of Dogwood Arts Festival took is our kick-off, and we will be having exhibits center stage last weekend with the re-schedevery month.” uled open house for the Dogwood Arts’ It also fits nicely into a big part of CerFirst Friday. An impressive collection of vone’s mission: to expand the mostly artworks from glass artists who call the spring festival into a year-round celEast Tennessee region home was exebration. “For the Dogwood Arts Fespertly showcased at the organization’s tival to sustain itself in the 21st cennew offices at 123 W. Jackson Ave. tury, it needs to be a celebration of our The celebration of art and offices was cultures, art and beauty all year. This snowed out on January’s “first” Friday. is an amazing place and, while spring “We moved in in August,” says exis beautiful, it isn’t the only time of the ecutive director Tom Cervone, “but this So good to see Gay Lyons with husband Bill out for the evening year we have beauty to celebrate.” is our first exhibit and the first time we The Glass Guys exhibit will be show- after Gay’s recent surgery. have had a chance to showcase our new cased through the end of the month. From space.” That space is being put to good use utilitarian to decorative, the collection of mings, Matt Salley, Johnny Glass, Thomas Spake, Everett not only for offices, but to give local artCascade by Thomas Spake work is amazing with representation from Hirche, Tyler Olson, David Wiss, Samuel Meketon, Curt ists another place to showcase their work. artists Richard Jolley, Matthew Cum- Brock and more. “It is part of DAF program manager Kate

Jason Yearwood is tall, but can still look up at this impressive glass sculpture. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

Dogwood Arts Festival executive director Tom Cervone shows off a glass piece by Richard Jolley named Nature of Antiquity. “We are so lucky to have Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush in our community. They are always so supportive.”

Nancy Riser takes a turn through the delicious goodies at Dogwood Arts’ First Friday open house and exhibit of The Glass Guys.

Vicki Baumgartner, who is program manager for Trails and Gardens for DAF, was already spreading excitement for the spring festival. “Fountain City is the featured trail, and the business and community support for the area is fantastic,” said Baumgartner.

This is how Dogwood Arts Festival program manager Kate Creason rolls – or rather how she works: on a stability ball at her desk. “It is supposed to help with posture and balance,” she says.

HAPPENINGS ■■ Cedar Bluff AARP luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Speaker: Trustee Ed Shouse. ■■ KSO’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: “Sibelius Violin Concerto,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Jan. 19-20, Tennessee Theatre. Featuring violinist Bella Hristova. Info/ tickets: knoxvillesymphony.com ■■ RB Morris with Greg Horne and Daniel Kimbro, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $15. Info/tickets: www. jubileearts.org

■■ “The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Thursdays-Sundays, Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: childrenstheatreknoxville.com ■■ Science Café: “Animal Behavior and Communication,” 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Zoo Knoxville. Speaker: Dr. Todd Freeberg, associate head, UT Department of Psychology. RSVP: rsvp@knoxscience cafe.org. Info: knoxsciencecafe.org ■■ Wallace Coleman performs, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Laurel Theater. Tickets: $15. Info/tickets: jubileearts. org

■■ The Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo, Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 21-22, Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 at the door; kids 12 and under, free. Info: 414-6801. ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: screening of “Wise Blood,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Pottery on the Wheel class, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 23-Feb. 13, Appalachian Arts Craft Center. Instructor: Sandra McEntire. Bring lunch. Info/registration: 494-9854 or applachianarts.net ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and

Work of Flannery O’Connor: “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, Lawson McGhee Library. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents “Next Generation with Philip Dizack,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, Square Room, 4 Market Square. Tickets: $34.50 adult, $15 student; available at knoxjazz.org or by visiting Café 4 at 4 Market Square. ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, Rothchild Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Wayne Zurl. Lunch: $12 buffet. Reservations required by Monday, Jan. 23: 983-3740. ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Cul-

ture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance, noon Wednesday, Jan. 25. Discussion led by Sam Venable. Info: 215-8801. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Jan. 26-27, O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/registration: 382-5822. ■■ Wilderness First Responder, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 27-29, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Satisfies the requirements to renew certification in First Responder on the national registry. Info/registration: gsmit.org/wfr.html or 448-6709.

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Name of the game is protection; draw up your plan By Jo Avriett Growing up as the youngest with three older brothers who all played soccer, the only football I ever watched was that one game in February with the really funny commercials. I was pretty football-illiterate, to say the least, until I met my husband, who played at both the collegiate and professional levels. I went to watch him play in a casual pickup game when we first started dating. After his team scored a touchdown, the kicker ran out to kick the extra point. He measured out his steps, the ball was snapped, his holder caught it, spun it, and just as the kicker took his last step and started to kick the ball, the line collapsed. This allowed the opposing team not only to run through the offensive line and block the kick, but also to tackle the kicker (that cute guy I came to watch), knocking him to the ground under the weight of several massive men. Up until that very moment, I truly thought that the PAT (point after touchdown) was a free kick that couldn’t be blocked. I definitely never imagined that the kicker, of all people, could be tackled. I have come a long way in my knowledge of the game in the last six years, but I will never forget the picture of that team folding in on itself and failing to protect an asset to their team (and my future asset), the kicker. My boyfriend was pretty banged up after the game and it took about a week to recover from the hits that he unnecessarily took. It reminds me of what could happen to our financial well-being when we fail to protect our assets. Each stage of life brings new risks that need to be mitigated in order to protect ourselves against loss. In our earlier years, while we are single or newly married without children, our two largest assets that need protection are our stuff and our ability to continue working. That said, most of us carry property and casualty insurance in case of a car accident or a house fire. However, many young people never think about disability insurance, which would supplement their income in the

Football, as they say, is like life. Take it from us; you can be blindsided at any moment. Better have a financial game plan.

case of an accident or illness. The fact is that 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled and be unable to work for at least three months sometime before they retire. Therefore, it is important for them to protect themselves by purchasing basic insurance to cover their needs and also work on establishing an emergency fund for the expenses that are unplanned, but bound to occur. We are presented with new risks once we start a family and add children to the household, in addition to those we’ve already covered. It’s important to have enough life insurance in place to provide for our spouse and children if we died prematurely. Another way to protect our assets is to set up an estate plan with a will, power-of-attorney, and any necessary trusts. This allows us to choose who inherits our assets and how

they are divided when we do die so that Uncle Sam is not the major beneficiary. Finally, when we reach the stage of life when the kids are grown and gone, and we’ve come to the end of our working careers, we have additional risks that need to be addressed. The possibility of the need for an assisted living facility or a nursing home is a real risk to our financial assets. Long-term care insurance can help offset costs and help protect our assets. Another major risk would be investment allocations and appropriately diversifying those resources to meet our long-term goals. In reality, life will happen and the unexpected will occur. I became aware of that as my kicker, boyfriend, soonto-be husband was mauled on his extra point attempt. If caught unprotected, we can be knocked down with a heavy

blow. We can potentially avoid a catastrophic loss and come out on the other side, without too many bruises, if we plan ahead and protect our assets. Jo Avriett is an Associate Advisor with Rather & Kittrell. She can be reached at javriett@rkcapital.com .

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PRESERVE PROTECT PROSPER

These three simple words encapsulate the RK philosophy, recognition that our lives are in a constant state of transition, some periods more dramatic than others. Preparing for and managing this change is the key to financial security. OWNERSHIPTEAM L-R: Lytle Rather, CFP, Chris Kittrell, Jeff Hall, CFP

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