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Reform elder law now By Shannon Carey All my fellow Gen Xâ€™ers, Millennials and younger, give me your attention. You guys, we are so not ready for the Silver Tsunami. If youâ€™ve not heard, thatâ€™s the going name for the tidal wave of elderly Andrea Kline folks needing care thatâ€™s expected as the Baby Boomers â€“ our parents and grandparents â€“ age. I heard Assistant District Attorney Andrea Kline speak about elder abuse last week, and the statistics she quoted are staggering. Age 85 and over is the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. By 2050, 19.8 million will be over 85. Half will have some kind of dementia. Kline said Tennesseeâ€™s laws about elder abuse, her specialty within Knox County District Attorney Charme Allenâ€™s office, are outdated, making it difficult to prosecute those who prey on the elderly. Written in the 1970s, those laws were cutting-edge at the time, but they need a reboot. She said, and I agree, â€œItâ€™s time for a change, and the time is now.â€? More statistics: 47 percent of elders will suffer abuse by their caregivers, and only one in 19 of those cases will be reported. Examples include physical abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The stories will break your heart, like the one Kline shared about an unnamed 90-yearold woman who was left in a bathtub for four days by her â€œcaregiverâ€? son with nothing but a Honeybun and a yogurt to sustain her. Shocking? â€œThings like that happen all the time,â€? said Kline. She receives between five and 20 referrals a day, although she does not prosecute them all. To page A-3
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Farragut MPC greenlights projects By Margie Hagen In the first meeting of 2017, the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission got down to business by approving plans for Easten Park subdivision, Villages of Farragut (GoodWorks Unlimited) and Dog Days Canine Playschool. Located off Turkey Creek Road, Easten Park is a new subdivision with 38 upscale homes planned. Applicant David Robinette of Site Incorporated satisfactorily answered questions to move the project ahead. Discussion involved emergency easement for fire/ safety vehicles and outlet access to Smith Road. The site design was praised by Commissioner Noah Myers, who called it â€œan innovative design,â€? and by community development director Mark Shipley, who stated, â€œWe havenâ€™t had a traffic calming proposal like this before.â€? The plan uses calming islands and road curvature to curb speeding in the development. It was a good night for GoodWorks Unlimited as its plans were approved. CEO and director of
proving an outdoor fenced area for Dog Days Canine Playschool. Owner Harriett Williams is moving her small business from the Russell house property off Campbell Station Road to Patriotâ€™s Corner on Kingston Pike. She has worked with MPC and town staff to help clarify and amend an ordinance regarding commercial kennels. After a discussion and public hearing, approval of a zoning ordinance for off-street parking and loading was recorded. The complete streets cross sections in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan were also discussed, with further study Project engineers Annette Hommel and David Robinette look pleased after planned. An official color palette was apgetting the go-ahead for two projects. Robinette is the owner of Site Incorproved to clarify and implement porated. Photo by Margie Hagen the Adopted Design Standards of development Gary Keckley, along the town and tried to capture the the town. Varieties of earth tones and with his son Adam, presented a spirit of Farragut.â€? Commissioncomputer-generated 3-D tour of ers gave him thumbs-up for the complementary colors give apthe exterior and grounds of Vil- design and his efforts to preserve plicants choices for faĂ§ade trim lages of Farragut senior living mature trees on the property. Site and accents, in keeping with ADS. community, located on the east Incorporated engineers Annette â€œThis will help applicants by proside of Smith Road, just north of Hommel and Robinette also did viding approved colors in advance so they donâ€™t have to go back to the Kingston Pike. the site work for this project. Keckley said he â€œhad studied Other business included ap- drawing board,â€? said Shipley.
Farragut Middle will be impacted by rezoning By Sandra Clark It was standing room only at Hardin Valley Elementary School last week as parents talked about rezoning for the new middle school, now under construction. What we know: â– â– The new school will open in fall 2018 with capacity for 1,200 in grades 6-8 â– â– Those kids currently attend middle school elsewhere â– â– Parents (for the most part) want middle school zones to mirror high school zones. Physically, the rezoning must consider geography and road conditions with a nod toward future growth. Politically, the school board wants buyin from parents which means keeping families together. Louise Povlin, a member of Farragutâ€™s Board of Mayor and Aldermen, said Farragut High School has been â€œunderenrolled for several years.â€?
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She and several others advocated rezoning homes north of Farragut back to Farragut High School and leaving those homes in the Farragut Middle School zone. Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas said he does not anticipate any reduction in class offerings at Farragut Middle as a result of rezoning, but he said
â€œteachers follow children.â€? Another resident asked that subdivisions â€œsouth of Pellissippi Parkwayâ€? be zoned back to Farragut. He said the school system rezoned the high schools â€œtoo much, too soon and too fast.â€? Most parents want the new Hardin Valley Middle School opened for eighth graders at the
start. Hardin Valley Academy was opened for grades 9-11 initially. In response to another question, Thomas said he expects to appoint the new principal and interview for the administrative team this spring. â€œA school is like a church in many ways,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s just a building until you put people in it.â€? The area surrounding the new middle school and bordered by Pellissippi Parkway and I-40/75 would likely be zoned to the new school with enrollment in other western Knox County middle school likely shifting south and east, according to the school systemâ€™s PowerPoint presentation. Thomas and Russ Oaks, chief operating officer for Knox County Schools, expect to have a plan to present to the community in March or April with a vote by the Board of Education in May.
Hereâ€™s a thought: Ask a teacher By Lauren Hopson
Kids need to be kids. Children donâ€™t have enough time just to play anymore. These are statements heard regularly from teachers and parents alike. Recess times have gotten whittled down from 30 minutes to 15 in many schools across the state. Some schools donâ€™t offer recess on days that Hopson students have physical education class. Teachers are starting to use all kinds of gadgets from exercise balls to pedal desks and fidget toys, just to give students an outlet for their boundless energy. Knee deep in good intentions, our friendly local legislators jumped in to save the day! This past fall, a new Tennessee law went into effect that altered the structure of the school day. It mandated additional time for public school students to engage in unstructured physical activity, otherwise known as recess. I imagine the sponsors of this bill were reacting to data about the health of our children and outcries from con(86 5)58 4-4 554
cerned parents and teachers. In theory, if kids need more exercise, then letâ€™s give it to them. While we were watching harmful bills that would drain funds from public education by funding charter schools and voucher programs, this seemingly helpful one snuck up on us. It came as a great surprise to administrators who were suddenly tasked with fitting in additional periods of recess between 90-minute math and reading blocks, lunchtimes, related arts classes and intervention schedules. Bad weather, limited playground space and seven-hour days became issues. A couple extra 15-minute breaks per day may not seem like a big deal until you are faced with the nonexistent sense of urgency of a 7-year-old who needs to find his coat, go to the bathroom, get a drink of water and then play in the water fountain on the way to the playground door. Many of them will probably need to do that again on the way back to the classroom. That is what 7-year-olds do. Happily, Rep. Bill Dunn was quick to recognize the problems and introduced a bill this year to repeal the previous legislation. While
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teachers are thankful that they may have a more workable schedule next year, many are wary that taking away all time requirements may allow districts to skimp on recess again. If physical activity is so important, why on earth would school systems do this? The answer lies in our obsession with feeding the testing beast. As long as test scores are used inappropriately to judge schools, administrators and educators, districts are going to be tempted to use every possible minute for instruction of subjects that can be assessed by TN Ready. Last I checked, recess is not a tested subject, but apparently, you can do math and sit on a bouncy ball at the same time. The lesson to be learned here is that crafting legislation should always involve asking the experts. Healthcare workers should be consulted on medical legislation. Safety policies should be crafted with input from the police. Maybe we should also ask teachers how legislation will actually translate to the classroom. Lauren Hopson is president of the Knox County Education Association and a mom.
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KCS offers robust and distinctive education By Kelly Norrell Knoxville Christian School, 11549 Snyder Road in West Knoxville, offers a robust and distinctive education for PreK3-12th grade students: ■ Teaching in small classes, the school serves 200 students from all parts of the city and, through an international program, from more than 19 countries. ■ Administrators and parents call “strong relationships” the best aspect of the school, yet it maintains academic excellence with 100 percent of graduates being accepted in college, most with scholarships. ■ It is a Christian school with daily chapels and Biblical integration in all subjects, yet it embraces students from all faith backgrounds, including most world religions. ■ Families come to KCS because they want a strong, Christian education and individual attention for their children. They stay because the
school provides those things affordably. “We strive for KCS to be an affordable, values-oriented, nondenominational private school,” said Jarra Snyder, president and principal. Knoxville Christian School, which at more than 30 years old is one of the older private schools in the area, is both grounded in tradition and cutting-edge in its approach. Snyder said individual relationships with each student are a top priority. “What has allowed our students to be so successful academically is having those relationships. They know they can ask questions and be challenged.” Accredited by both the National Christian School Association and AdvancEd (SACS), the school prepares students for the rigors of both U.S. and international colleges. It offers high school students dual enrollment programs and AP courses, and maintains an ACT average of 25. Graduates
KCS president Jarra Snyder examines a history project with sixth-graders Erin Sweeney and AnnaMarie Bailey. Photos by Kelly Norrell
attend universities that include VMI, Dartmouth, University of Tennessee and Christian colleges such as Lipscomb, Harding and FreedHardeman. Adding to the richness of campus life are strong programs in athletics and the visual arts. Distinctive experiences include frequent involvement in community service projects. Recently, middle and high school students spent a day snapping fresh green beans for Second Harvest so the food could be bagged up and distributed. The International Student
program, which this year has placed 30 students on campus from 10 countries, expands the horizons of both the visiting and the Tennessee students. “It is amazing what they can share from their cultures. We now live in a global community. We have had students from five continents,” Snyder said. Visiting students this year are from Japan, France,
Spain, Slovenia, Romania, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Germany and Ukraine. Students learn a Christian worldview in all their classes. In a recent example, said Snyder, a math class included a reference to the exact measurements of Noah’s ark described in the Bible in a discussion of math rules. “You think creatively, but you do not skip the rules,” she said.
Parents love strong academics, caring teachers at KCS The KCS stated mission tells why parents love KCS, said president Jarra Snyder. And parents seem to agree wholeheartedly. The mission: “to develop children spiritually, emotionally, academically, and physically with Jesus Christ as their standard and the Bible as their foundation, preparing them to be Godly representatives in their community, church and home.” Research engineer Bob Arritt and his wife, Rochelle, a dental hygienist, have three children enrolled at KCS – fourth-grader Elisabeth, first-grader Abbie, and Arena Leigh, preK. “We wanted a good school with small class size and a Christian-based education with moral teachings, self-discipline and strong academics,” he said. Both parents are pleased. “We really like the family atmosphere here, the small community feeling. They know our children on an individual level and how they best learn. At dinner, our 9-yearold talked about reading ‘Pilgrim’s Progress.’ Just hearing how excited she was, makes us all appreciate her eagerness and happiness to learn,” Bob Arritt said. His wife added: “I can talk to teachers any time about how my children are doing in school. They send texts and pictures showing what they are working on. There is constant communication showing care and concern.” Knoxville real estate agent Angie Cody enrolled her son Tristan, now 10 and a fourthgrader, at KCS when he was only 3. “I saw an advertisement in the newspaper. They had a
Fifth-grade teacher Contessa Kendrick and student Lauren Bailey greet Lauren’s mom, Marianne Bailey. Photo
Casey Buck, 14, Caleb Buck, 16, and Ashlynn Amato have grown as leaders, students and athletes at KCS, said parents Tom and (not pictured) Dawn Amato.
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KCS father Bob Arritt and his daughter, Anna, 5, who is in PreK, at a basketball game. Anna is a cheerleader. Photo submitted preK3 program. I was looking for a place that was a better environment than daycare. I enrolled him and we never left,” she said. From the beginning, she was struck by the small classes and the warmth. “The first day, Tristan was nervous and he cried. But his teacher, Mrs. Gibson, said, ‘Mom, Tristan will be fine. You walk away.’ And she held him and gave him a big hug.” Marianne Bailey, who brought four children of many ages and learning styles to the school six years ago, praises the school for helping each child excel. Her oldest son, KCS graduate Nathan Bailey, is now a sophomore at Virginia Military Institute, where he is on full scholarship. “The school’s desire is to prepare each student academically to succeed in college. The teachers will work with you and adjust to what each students needs, each
learning style,” she said. Families said the school works with them to find a payment plan that is affordable. Tom Amato, a manager of GC Services, and his wife, Dawn, billing manager for a medical practice, needed help paying tuition for multiple children. They emailed the school about their interest but stated their need for assistance. “They sent an email back requesting a meeting. We met with the president, who presented a plan that we were able to commit to. They made it possible for us to be here,” he said. Today, Amato said, their three children at KCS are flourishing. “They get to know the child and teach them the way that the child learns best rather than a one-size-fitsall approach. Each child has a need, and they work with each child’s need.” – Kelly Norrell
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Akima Club donates to Gatlinburg fire relief
Ruthie Hoffman, president of Akima Club, presents Father David Boettner of Sacred Heart Cathedral with a box of gift cards for “Needs” not “Wants” for the people of the Gatlinburg fire. The Akima members gave $2,880 in gift cards for Kroger, Lowe’s, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens, along with some fast food places. Photo submitted
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She, along with Knoxville and Knox County law enforcement and Adult Protective Services, set up the first VAPIT (Vulnerable Adult Protective Investigation Team) in the state, making it a model that is now required in every Tennessee DA’s office. Kline is also part of a team that has drafted a new section of code for state law dealing just with elder abuse. The proposed change is modeled after child abuse laws because “these victims are vulnerable in ways similar to children.” The team hopes Tennessee’s Legislature will adopt these proposals this year.
“It’s a huge change, and it’s for the better,” said Kline. “We’re about 20 years behind, and it’s time to step up and make some changes.” Other problems exist. Right now, there is no mirror of child foster care for vulnerable adults, Kline said. There is a need for more low-cost services and respite for caregivers. Kline doesn’t have an answer for those yet, but changing state law to stop abusers is a good place to start. It’s time to protect the folks who raised us. Call your legislators today. Shannon Carey is a freelance journalist and blogger. Find her on Facebook or at www.thepluckypen.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The sound of the women’s voices in harmony is “incredible,” said director Kellie Phifer. “When you sing and the parts align, the feeling is like nothing else.”
Singing valentines for hire By Kelly Norrell Stumped for a special valentine for your sweetie? Send a singing valentine, complete with flowers and chocolate. The K-Town Sound, Knoxville affiliate of the nonprofit Sweet Adelines International show chorus, is offering singing valentines by barbershop quartet in Knoxville and surrounding areas. For a small fee, customers can order singing valentines delivered with flowers and chocolate to a loved one’s home, school or workplace. The group travels only with treats and a pitch pipe, delivering up songs like “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “It Had to Be You” and “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love.” “Singing valentines are one of the most unique gifts you could get for your loved one. People love them. It embarrasses them but everyone around them, you can see in their eyes, is thinking, ‘I wish I had thought of that,’” said Kellie Phifer, musical director of K-Town Sound and a pro at singing valentines. K-Town Sound chorus, which is about seven years old and has about 25 members from across Knoxville, performs in East Tennessee venues year round.
Its four singing valentine quartets will perform for customers from Sunday through Thursday, Feb. 1214. Fees range from $25 for on-site love songs and a valentine card, to a deluxe package for $35 that includes card, chocolate and red rose or balloon. Customers may also buy “love songs from afar,” a performance delivered via telephone, for only $20. Each performance lasts five to 10 minutes, said Katie Mayo, performance manager. Phifer said songs sung in the distinctive barbershop quartet style, a lively, fourpart harmony with no musical accompaniment, are disarming, fun and usually unexpected. Popular venues include nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants, and dentist’s and doctor’s offices. “Restaurants are always fun. You attract a lot of attention. Schools are fun, too. The kids love it,” said Susan Stair of Halls, a tenor in singing valentine quartets for about 21 years. Singing valentine performers don’t usually have music as a day job. Bass Donna Carnduff of K-Town Sound’s Girls and Pearls quartet, for example, is an instructional designer in the IT department at the University of Tennessee. Tenor Jamie
Bazen is a senior in forensic anthropology. Baritone Janet Brockman is a business analyst. Lead Rachel Everence works for KUB. In addition to weekly practices of the central KTown Sound chorus, the quartets are conducting their own practices in preparation for their valentine deliveries. The harmonies are “like nothing else,” said Phifer. “When you sing and the parts align, the feeling that you experience, knowing you made this sound with your voice, is incredible. I get goose bumps talking about it.” Mary Ann Page of Halls, retired math teacher and baritone in a quartet, said that singing valentine recipients don’t have to be sweethearts. “You can send a singing valentine to anyone. It can be a boss, parent, child, teacher or friend. One of the songs will be appropriate to them all.” Katie Mayo said the singing valentines are so popular that onlookers at delivery sites often hire them on the spot to go sing to someone else. To hire a singing valentine, call Janet at 865-8886587 or email Valentines@ ktownsound.org. Info: w w w. k t o w n s o u n d . o r g / valentines/
COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Multifamily garage sale and chili lunch fundraiser, Saturday, Jan. 28, Knoxville Christian School, 11549 Snyder Road. Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 chili lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Benefits the school baseball team. ■■ 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/. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, 9
a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd. Info/ registration: Paul Johnson, 675-0694. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 10, Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Drive. Info/registration: 966-7057. ■■ Farragut Gun Club. Info: Liston Matthews, 316-6486. ■■ Farragut Rotary Club. Info: farragutrotary.org. ■■ Knox County Extension
Master Gardeners will present these free gardening classes. ■■ “So You Want to Grow Organic: How to Get Started,” 1-2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Davis Family YMCA, 12133 S. Northshore Drive. Presented by Master Gardeners Barbra Bunting and Joe Pardue. Info: 777-9622. ■■ “ABCs of Blueberries,” 1-2 p.m. Monday, March 20, Davis Family YMCA, 12133 S. Northshore Drive. Presented by Master Gardener Marsha Lehman. Info: 777-9622.
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John Jackson uses music to bring people together By Carol Z. Shane East Knoxville resident John Jackson has so many musical irons in the fire that he spends his days going from one tuneful commitment to another, all in the spirit of joy and service. Still recovering from a bout of laryngitis, he’s just returned from a Young Life camp in Jasper, Ga. “We went bananas,” he laughs, describing a boisterous group activity. “I can’t do that kind of stuff in silence.” The exuberant Jackson has been music director at Community Evangelistic Church (CEC) on Boyd’s Bridge Pike for more than 23 years, and part-time music director at Freedom Fellowship Christian Church for 12 years. The Sunday services occur at different times, which makes for a busy morning. But, “I don’t see church as a job. It’s like a life you live with people.” He came to Knoxville from Chicago, where he’d been studying music and business at a junior college while working as a mail carrier. In 1986, Robert Shepherd, then president of Knoxville College, visited Jackson’s church to speak about the historic black liberal arts institution. “He was talking and giving his spiel,” Jackson remembers, “and then he turned to me at the piano, pointed, and said, ‘if that kid is proficient in music, we’ll give him a scholarship.’ “He opened that door,” says Jackson, who credits Shepherd with changing the course of his life. “We meet people and through that one encounter God uses that situation to steer us in the direction he wants us to go. That was my bridge to Knoxville.” Newly arrived at Knoxville College, he was soon
John Jackson rings in the new year with wife April and son Jalan. Photo submitted working with Chris Martin, founder of Knoxville Leadership Foundation, who sought Jackson’s help in putting together a choir. “I remember that choir. We had everybody!” Ever since, Jackson has used his love of and proficiency in music to foster relationships. In addition to his church duties, he directs the Emerald Youth Choir and is often involved with urban camps and multicultural camps through the Young Life non-denominational Christian ministry. “I’m doing one this summer – the Latino Initiative,” he says. When it comes to leading kids’ choirs, “it’s not the performance that’s the most important thing,” says the father of two. “It’s the 40 hours that you spend
practicing.” Jackson enjoys watching youngsters develop discipline and tenacity while cultivating friendships. He also directs teen choir Freshwind, and is trying to grow the numbers for CommUnity Kids, a children’s choir open to any child who wants to take part. For their first performance at Great Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church in 2014, almost 100 kids performed the song “Alive.” The clip is available on YouTube, and anyone interested should email him at john007jackson@gmail. com. “We want to get 200 kids,” says Jackson. “I have a passion for kids,” he says, but feels called to foster unity among all ages and races. “As long as it’s just bringing people together, I’m all in!”
He that ruleth over men
Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel said, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” (2 Samuel 23:1-4 KJV) Like so many others, I know these words because I sang them. I heard them first when I was in junior high school; the high school choir room was just across the hall, and so I could listen in to their rehearsals while I did my work. I fell in love with both the biblical text and the music of Randall Thompson (my very favorite composer). Later, much later, I had the privilege of directing my own
cause our country has just inaugurated a new president. My prayer is that he will Cross Currents be aware of the need to be just, and rule in the fear of Lynn God. Pitts Let us pray for him, whether or not we voted for him, and for our beloved adult church choir, which, country. Let’s be aware of with more mature voices, our duties as citizens to do was better able to do justice what is right, care for those less fortunate, welcome the to the composer’s setting. I suppose the biblical text foreigner, and obey the laws came back to me now be- of our land.
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honor of Black History Month, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Farragut Town Hall, 11408 The town of Farragut is hosting tech- Municipal Center Drive. “Freedom Songs: nology classes for seniors offered by lo- The Music of Black History” will feature cal company Social Media 4 Seniors at various types of music such as work songs the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal and hymns of the Underground RailCenter Drive. Participants must be 55 road and the blues of Beale Street. The years or older to attend. Register early as performance is free and is suitable for only five participants are accepted into grade three through adult. A reception each class. Info/registration: townoffar- and museum tours will be held at 1 p.m. ragut.org/register, 218-3375, or in per- The theme for this year’s Black History son at the Town Hall. Specific class infor- Month celebration is “Creative Knowledge mation is as follows: through Drama and Art.” Info: townoffar■■ Advanced iPad/iPhone Basics ragut.org/museum or 966-7057. for Seniors, 10 a.m.-noon MondayTuesday, Feb. 6-7. Cost: $45. Registration/payment deadline: Friday, Feb. 3. Bring iPad or iPhone. ■■ Advanced Samsung Galaxy Phone/Tablet Basics for The town of Farragut is accepting appliSeniors, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Mon- cations for community grants for FY2018 day-Tuesday, Feb. 6-7. Cost: $45. (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). Applications Registration/payment deadline: Fri- must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March day, Feb. 3. Bring Samsung device. 31. Information regarding the community grant application process, including eligibility requirements, can be found at www. townoffarragut.org/grants. Applications may be turned in at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, faxed to The Farragut Museum Committee and Farragut Community Grants at 865-675Farragut Arts Council will host a perfor- 2096, or emailed to jhatmaker@townof mance by Bright Star Touring Theatre in farragut.org.
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‘Social Justice for the Soul’ at Fourth Pres By Carol Z. Shane “So often we hear that politics has no place in the church, but I believe it is the responsibility of the church to stay in the political conversation,” says the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Peterson of Fourth Presbyterian Church on Broadway. “Christians have a unique opportunity and responsibility to speak up for love over hate, and for justice over oppression.” During February, the church will host speakers and discussions on topics related to racial unrest and discrimination. Guests include Tom Castelli, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee; J.T. Taylor of the Knoxville Homeless Collective; the Carpetbag Theatre; and former United Nations consultant Aftyn Behn. Behn worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, on protection issues for minority groups who had, for a variety of reasons including ethnicity and disability, been forcibly displaced to other countries from their homelands. “My unit was the community-based protection unit; we identified minority groups and helped them build capacity to assume more power within their communities.” Holding a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas, Behn moved back to Knoxville after the recent presidential election in order to use her
knowledge and skills to help her native East Tennesseans and “to be quite frank, with the intention to run for office in a few years.” Behn will join Peterson to kick off the series on Feb. 1 with a talk and discussion on “Dismantling Racism and Recognizing Micro-aggressions.” “We have been surprised and excited by the great show of interest in these anti-racism talks,” says Peterson. “There is clearly a hunger to engage in this dialogue, even though it can be personally challenging for many. “We find there is a spectrum of knowledge, from people who have spent their lives fighting for civil rights, to those who have never explored the troubles associated with racism in their personal lives. “It is encouraging to see that when people of such different backgrounds come together, a spark of understanding comes. “This isn’t about allying ourselves with one political party over another, but about learning how to treat one another with respect, and recapturing the fine art of disagreeing without devolving into hate speech.” “Social Justice for the Soul” meets 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday during February at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1323 N. Broadway in Knoxville. For a full list of speakers/topics, visit facebook.com/FourthUnitedPresbyterian or call 865522-1437.
FAITH NOTES ■■ UT’s McClung Museum will host a viewing of the film “Unmasked
Former UN consultant Aftyn Behn Photo submitted
Judeophobia” 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the auditorium, 1327 Circle Park Drive. In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 72nd anniver-
sary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. A Q&A session and a dessert reception follows the showing. The event is free and open to the public.
■■ Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, will host “Caring for All Creation” choral concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Choirs from Messiah Lutheran Church, Church
of the Savior, Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church and St. Mark UMC will perform. Info: Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light, tennesseeipl@gmail. com.
A-6 • January 25, 2017 • Farragut Shopper news
More inauguration trivia! By Kip Oswald Last week, we began our Presidential Trivia with Inauguration Day, and since then we have had our 45th inauguration! This week, we are going to look at how the Kip rest of the day ended over the years. After lunch, the president watches the Inaugural Parade, a tradition started in 1809 with James Madison. In 1953, a cowboy in Dwight Eisenhower’s parade rode out of the parade and lassoed the president. The whole day ends with fancy celebrations called Inaugural Balls. James Madison’s wife, Dolly, planned the first one. However, the biggest party was Andrew Jackson’s in 1829. He was the first person elected president who was not really rich so he invited everyone to come to the White House to celebrate with him after his inauguration and as many as 20,000 people came. It got so wild inside the White House, the president had to hide until the people left. Likewise, the police had to be called to calm down Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural parties. President Bill Clinton attended
the most balls of any president when he went to 14 during his second inauguration. When Kinzy and I found out that Andrew Jackson in his inaugural speech invited all the people to the White House party, it made us wonder how the people even knew about the inauguration back then, because now we see all about it on social media and television. So we found out that bit of trivia. James Buchanan’s inauguration was the first to be photographed in 1857, but pictures were not seen until weeks later. Likewise, the first one to be recorded on any kind of video was William McKinley’s inauguration in 1897, but people had to go to the movie theater to see it weeks after it happened. People heard the first live inauguration in 1925 when they heard Calvin Coolidge’s on the radio for the first time. The first time people saw an actual inauguration live on television was in 1949 when Harry Truman was president. In 1997, Bill Clinton’s inauguration was the first one broadcast over the internet. Hope you have enjoyed the Inauguration Trivia! Next week: Part one of Presidential Pets! You won’t believe it! Comments to email@example.com
2 seek fairness in school rezoning By Betty Bean From Farragut to Gibbs, from South Knoxville to Hardin Valley, the Butlers have sat in school auditoriums listening to the concerns of parents and community members who are bracing themselves for a massive middle school rezoning. What the Rev. John and the Rev. Donna Butler (they are both ordained ministers) say they want in their own communities is pretty much the same as what other communities want: State-of-the-art neighborhood schools, a 21st century curriculum, first-rate teachers and administrators who represent their community. “Our communities are not all black, so we don’t expect all black teachers,” John Butler said. “But we do want a good representation of what our community looks like. And we also would have liked for the school board, before they made decisions, to have included the whole community and formulated a plan before they made the decision for the benefit of a specific population only.” He is the pastor of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in Mechanicsville, but it was in his capacity as president of the Knoxville Chapter of the NAACP that he filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights over possible violations surrounding the decision to build a new Gibbs Middle School. The
OCR is investigating why Knox County proceeded with construction of the school despite spending $75,000 on a study in 2015 that concluded that no new middle schools were needed in Knox County. The office is looking at maps of attendance zones, records of current and projected enrollments, breakdown of enrollments by race, records of communications among county officials – including the mayor and his staff; notes and DVDs of meetings where school construction was discussed, and copies of media coverage and criteria and software used for drawing district lines. “I just wish the County Commission would have waited for the OCR concern to be investigated (before voting the funding for Gibbs Middle School),” said Donna Butler. “It proved to me that they had their minds made up without waiting for the data, and that they selfishly made a decision to go ahead with the new school. It’s a continuing slap in the face of the African-American community, and if we’re going to build these bridges and have diversified schools, it’s going to have to start with those who have the authority.” What the Butlers do not want to see is the closing of either Holston or Vine Middle Schools in order to fill the new school in Gibbs. “Now, in the rezoning process, we want what the other communities want – neighborhood schools. And that includes Vine and
The Rev. Donna Butler and the Rev. John Butler have crisscrossed the county attending school rezoning meetings. that includes Sarah Moore Greene. And that includes Beaumont and Maynard and Lonsdale – all the communities where minority children, after elementary school, have to get on buses and go to school in other people’s communities for the rest of their time in public school. We need to have schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels, just like all these other communities have,” John Butler said. The Butlers’ three children – Jeremy, Jennifer and Joshua – are all grown and starting careers and families of their own (Joshua,
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STAFF/DEVELOPER AGENDA TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017 Committee Room, Farragut Town Hall February 16, 2017 FMPC Items
MAYOR AND ALDERMEN AGENDA
FARRAGUT BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN AGENDA JANUARY 26, 2017 BMA MEETING 7:00 PM I.
Silent Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call
Approval of Agenda
III. Mayor’s Report
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VI. Business Items Discussion on text amendments to the Farragut Subdivision Regulations, Article III., General Requirements and Minimum Design Standards., to provide for new requirements in relation to street widths and pedestrian facilities (Saddlebrook Properties, LLC, Applicant) 10:00 a.m. Discussion on text amendments to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 3., Section XXVI., Planned Commercial Development District (PCD)., to provide for residential uses (Kingston Pike Properties, LLC, Applicant) 11:00 a.m. Discussion and public hearing on a request for a text amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 4., Section III., Antennas and Towers, to provide for new telecommunications provisions KN-1449184
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A. Public Hearing and Second Reading 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) B. First Reading 1. Ordinance 17-01, an Ordinance to amend the text of the Farragut Municipal Code by amending Title 8, Alcoholic Beverages, Chapter 2, Beer, Section 8-218 (4)(a), to amend the maximum square footage for Class 4 on-premise tavern permit (The Casual Pint, Applicant)
VIII. Town Administrator’s Report IX. Town Attorney’s Report
■■ Move Well Today, a 12-week fitness intervention program designed specifically for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Bob Temple North Side YMCA beginning in February. Two sessions: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, beginning Feb. 6; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, beginning Feb. 8. Cost: $50 members, $100 nonmembers. Also available at the Cansler and West Side Ys. Info/registration: Vickey Beard, 4067328, vbeard@ymcaknoxville. org or ymcaknoxville.org. ■■ Living with Diabetes: Putting the Pieces Together, 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.
IV. Citizens Forum 9:00 a.m. Discussion on text amendments to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 3., Section IX., Attached Single-Family Residential District (R4)., for the provision of new requirements (Saddlebrook Properties, LLC, Applicant)
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the youngest, was the valedictorian at Austin-East in 2012, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania last year), but Donna Butler said she is committed to helping other children reach similar success. “We’ve been blessed,” she said. “And now I’m advocating for other children, and it’s hard to hold my peace when systematic, unfair practices continue to occur and nothing has been done about it.” Butler said she doesn’t begrudge any community advocating for its children. “We don’t want our kids bused and our schools closed at the expense of diversity,” John Butler said.
■■ The jurying process for new members of the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Samples of handcrafted work, along with forms and $25 jury fee, are being accepted through noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Center. Info/ forms: appalachianarts.net or 494-9854. ■■ Dogwood Arts 2017 events and exhibits entry deadlines: Dogwood Art DeTour, Feb. 10; Chalk Walk, Feb. 20; Regional Art Exhibition, March 3. Info/applications: dogwoodarts.com or 6374561.
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Marilyn Jones entertains youngsters by reading “Holly’s Red Boots” during Once Upon a Story Time at the Farragut Branch Library. The story is about a little girl who’s eager to get out and play in the snow but can’t find her red boots before the sun makes the snow disappear. Photos by Suzanne Foree Neal
Snow stories well received on warm day By Suzanne Foree Neal
Stories for Once Upon a Story Time at the Farragut Branch Library recently had a snow theme, but outside the thermometer hovered near 60. It was Marilyn Jones’ turn to read, demo a craft and serve snacks. Those gathered didn’t seem to mind that there was no snow. Jones read “Red Sled,” “Bear and Hare,” “Holly’s Red Boots” and “The Thing About Yetis” to preschoolers, parents and caregivers sitting on the floor. The monthly gathering is getting to be a bittersweet activity for one mom. Jessica Taylor often brings her twin daughters, Charlotte and Rea Dorothy, but notes they turn 5 this year and will be in kindergarten. The girls often show up in their princess dresses, although this time it was only
Charlotte. Jones knows it can be hard to get little ones to sit still and pay attention for too long, so in between books she gets them on their feet. Isabella Xu, Charlotte and Josephine Clanton jumped up and busted out some dance moves to work off pent up energy. Charlotte wore her red princess crown while sister Josephine rocked a Disney princess dress. Reading the book “Red Sled” got adults and children to play along with the story line. The sled climbs higher and higher up the mountain – thumbs move up and down pointing to the ceiling; when they reach the top, the sled takes a wild ride down the mountain – participants roll quickly to one side – and then everyone laughs and smiles as they fall over. Fun even without show.
A trio of little girls, Isabella Xu, Charlotte Clanton and Josephine Clanton, show off their best dance moves taking a break from sitting quietly for Once Upon a Story Time at the Farragut Branch Library.
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Twins Charlotte and Rea Dorothy Taylor and their mother, Jessica Taylor, listen intently as librarian Marilyn Jones reads a snow-based story to the group of preschoolers.
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Members of the Provision Health and Fitness Team “We have really focused on creating an environment of whatever your goal is you are welcome,” Leitch says. That has meant expanding the offerings of the center to provide a range of services, from personal training to group exercise classes. At Provision Health & Fitness, members can opt for one-on-one training. Provision’s fitness experts design challenging, customized programs appropriate for an individual’s fitness level and then provide accountability and motivation in a personalized setting that ensures every exercise is executed safely and properly. Or members can share a personal trainer with a friend or spouse – enjoying the camaraderie of reaching goals together while benefiting from private instruction. One of the fitness center’s newer offerings is a small group fitness class, which allows those with similar areas of focus or even simply a group of friends to work out together. The program splits up the fee of a personal fitness trainer, making it a more cost-effective option. Provision’s personal trainers conduct individual evaluations for all participants and design a custom program challenging for everyone, but taking into account the unique needs of each person. Groups range in size from four to eight. Provision Health & Fitness also
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Farragut Shopper news • January 25, 2017 • A-9
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Longtime Rotarian takes club helm By Tom King
Joe Jarret has resigned as president of the Rotary Club of K nox v ille Breakfast Club because of his teaching responsibilities in Tom King the Department of political science at the University of Tennessee and to complete work on his doctoral dissertation. Stepping up to fill the void is the club’s president-elect, Mike Holober. This is not uncharted territory for Holober, who is a past president of the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset (2013-14). Holober owns M&M Jewelers in West Knoxville. Holober will begin as president on Wednesday, Feb. 1, when District 6780 Governor Fred Heitman will install him. He has been a Rotarian for 20 years, beginning in 1997 when he joined the Rotary Club of Belleview (Fla.). He was selected as the club’s “Rookie of the Year” and in 1999 was named the club’s
“Rotarian of the Year.” He was club treasurer and served on its board of directors. He left that club when he moved to Knoxville. He and his wife, Mike Holober C h r i s t i ne , were charter members of the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset and he was its third president. She is in the process of joining her husband as a member of the Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club meets each Wednesday at Gettysvue Country Club at 7 a.m. ■■
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The Rotary Club of Knoxville posed a very interesting “Question of the Week” to its members in its current weekly club newsletter. The question is: “What well known film critic was also a Rotary Scholar?” The answer is the late Roger Ebert, who was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to South Africa (1965).
Small joins KUB board of commissioners Tyvi Small has been sworn in as the newest commissioner of the KUB board. Small succeeds outgoing commissioner Eston Williams, who completed his second term on the board in December. Small will serve alongside fellow KUB commissioners the Rev. Dr. Jerry Askew, Kathy Hamilton, Celeste Herbert, Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, Nikitia Thompson and John Worden.
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“The Bob and Ed show” came to Sam and Andy’s restaurant in Farragut last week as Knox County commissioners at-large Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas held another in their series of informal community meetings, Commissioners Night Out. Thomas explained the purpose, saying, “We invite the public to drop in, meet us and discuss issues, or anything they want.” Public turnout was low, but politicos joining them included several other Knox County commissioners, school board members and two Farragut BOMA members. Photo by Margie Hagen
Vendors sought for Food Festival The Farragut Business Alliance is now accepting applications to fill the 30 spaces reserved for Farragut-based food suppliers and restaurants for this year’s Farragut Food & Wine Festival. There are no registration fees to participate. With a regional draw of more than 1,200 attendees, the Farragut Food & Wine Festival, presented by TDS, returns to Renaissance | Farragut 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, rain or shine. The continued goal of this
regional festival, now in its eighth year, is to showcase “best bite” samples from Farragut’s eateries, as well as to provide the opportunity to pair those bites with wines, beers and ready-to-drink cocktails (ID required) from Farragut’s wine distributors. The popular beer lounge and exclusive “VIB,” or “Very Important Bites,” tent will be back this year. New this year will be live entertainment, featuring The Coveralls. Info: Stephen Krempasky at info@farragutbusiness. com
Attorney Janet Hayes offered advice on business management in the age of social media when she spoke last week to the Halls Business and Professional AsJanet Hayes sociation, meeting at Beaver Brook. ■■Should a boss also be a “friend” on Facebook? ■■How about checking a Linkedin profile before hiring? ■■Should you read an employee’s personal blog? “You can look” at social media sites, but you can’t violate privacy, Hayes said. “You can be friends or not; there are no rules, legally. Just don’t do or say anything that might create discomfort at work.” Employers should be mindful that if employees post a review of your business, the Federal Trade Commission requires them to disclose that they work there. “Put a policy in place.” If a manager gets a complaint that an employee or manager is harassing another on social media, “take
Regal exec is Tindell booster Harry Tindell has announced that Robbie Arrington has been appointed treasurer for his campaign for the District 4 Knoxville City Council position. “Robbie Arrington Arrington brings an array of experience in both business and com-
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that complaint seriously.” It’s legal to call in the employees and ask to see that portion of their online writings that affect the workplace. But, Hayes said, you should consult your human relations department or a lawyer. The National Labor Relations Board has jumped into social media to say that “water cooler talk” is protected speech – and it’s more likely to be protected if more than one employee is involved. Employers can monitor email on company computers, but you should put in writing that employees have no expectation of privacy on such devices. Businesses should write a social media policy and update it frequently. When employees use privacy settings, they generally enjoy a right to privacy and an employer should not try to work around it. Janet Hayes and her family live on a farm in Strawberry Plains. She is a shareholder in Lewis Thomason, the law firm formerly known as Lewis King and Krieg. A graduate of CarsonNewman University, she chaired the board of trustees in 2016. Her law degree is from UT.
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Senior Kids gather for Bingo at All Saints It was a night of fun and laughter at All Saints Catholic Church last Friday as Nancy nearly 40 Senior Kids gathAnderson ered for their 10th annual Bingo Night. Guests were treated to a potluck of homemade soup, then it is! There’s nothing salad, desserts and hors like it.” d’oeuvres before playing Info: allsaintsknoxville. several variations of Bingo org games in hopes of winning prizes such as bottles of wine, glasses and openers. “The game is free so the The John T. O’Connor prizes aren’t fancy,” said event co-chair Marilyn Senior Center, located in Caswell Park, is an activity Portman. “But it isn’t the size of the center that provides a place prize that’s important, it’s where seniors can not only add years to their lives, but the size of the smile. “Bingo Night is one of our add life to their years, acfavorite events. Everyone cording to the center’s website. loves to win at Bingo. O’Connor serves Knox “It’s the excitement of waiting for your next num- County residents age 50 and ber to be called and hoping over. There is no memberthat one number you need ship fee to attend, although to win will be called … and some classes may have a
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Tennessee wine surges forward with festival By Shannon Carey This May, 22 wineries from East Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau will gather in Oak Ridge for the first Nine Lakes Wine Festival, a chance for those wineries to sell their wares and build the brand of Tennessee wine. And once again, Union County’s Riddle family of Seven Springs Farm is at the heart of it all. When Rick and Donna Riddle’s daughter, Nikki, showed interest in becoming a winemaker, and their son, Jim, joined the farm’s Farm to Table meat and produce business, Rick set his cap at making sure the regional markets were strong so the family businesses would have a better chance at success. He credits Donna as the driving force behind the effort. “The impetus for so much of this is Donna, and she doesn’t get a lot of the credit,” Rick said. You see, each successful Tennessee winery represents a family farm preserved, and for the Riddles that hits close to home. “The issue is that a young person can’t buy into this business unless they inherit a small fortune,” Rick said. Rick spearheaded collaborative marketing efforts region-wide, resulting in the Great Valley Wine Trail and groups of wine trails banding together into Nine Lakes Wine Country and the nonprofit Appalachian
Region Wine Producers Association (ARWPA), of which Rick is president. Through these collaborations, $75 million worth of grant assistance has come into East Tennessee’s grape, wine and local food industries, funds that can help young people and local families join the industry and save the family farm. “It promotes regional tourism, preserves farm families and the rural way of life in rural Appalachia,” Rick said. Some of the efforts of the ARWPA include using grant funds to purchase winemaking equipment that can be leased to wineries and establishing an American Viticultural Area (AVA). An AVA will allow easier marketing and branding of wine grown in the region, like NASCAR is to Bristol or barbecue is to Memphis. “You have a group of people that have decided that they’re willing to work together,” Rick said. “The wineries know the value of what we’re trying to do.” It’s the ARWPA that makes the Nine Lakes Wine Festival possible. Tennessee law allows a wine festival to be held if the permit is sought by a nonprofit corporation made up of at least 10 member wineries in good standing with the state, Rick said. And the benefits are astounding. Rick said wine festivals contribute $1 million to Tennessee wine prof-
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Rick Riddle, president of the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association, holds a glass of Chambourcin wine straight from the tank, made from grapes grown on Seven Springs Farm in Maynardville. Riddle and his family are on the forefront of regional efforts to promote wine production in Tennessee, including the upcoming Nine Lakes Wine Festival. Photo by S. Carey
its statewide. At the festival, patrons can taste wine and purchase wine by the bottle or by the case. Sales tax from those bottle and case purchases goes back to the home counties of each participating winery. The festival is also crucial for growing visibility
and awareness of wine produced in Nine Lakes Wine Country. Rick said only 12 percent of people in Tennessee are knowledgeable about the Tennessee wine industry. An event like the wine festival will help increase that figure. On top of that, 25 percent
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A Message from Steve Diggs Emerald Youth president and CEO The beginning of 2017 brings with it a refreshed vision for us as we serve young people in the heart of our city – a city where we believe every child, in every neighborhood, has the opportunity for a full life. As the new year has started, we celebrate Steve Diggs our 25th anniversary, and each day I’m grateful for the time God gives us with urban youth and their families. In his “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” Every minute of every day counts, such as children learning the fundamentals of soccer at the Sansom Sports Complex, middle school youth enjoying a weekend camp retreat in the mountains, or high school students receiving tutoring at our College Street Ministry in Mechanicsville. Each of those moments is ripe, and this year we look forward to serving more than 2,000 young people across Knoxville. By building meaningful relationships with children and being comprehensively involved in their lives, we can change their trajectory and help them become godly young adult leaders in Knoxville and beyond.
On the left is the Emerald Youth dining room before new flooring was installed. The photo on the right is the dining room after the new flooring was installed. When Emerald Youth Foundation moved into its facility on North Central Street 17 years ago, two neighborhood boys were a constant presence on the basketball court of its new gym. Brothers Ballard Hall and Stephen Bryant were involved with Emerald Youth in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Hall was in the seventh grade when his teacher first connected him with the ministry. She thought Emerald Youth would be a good place for him to get some additional academic help after school. While initially hesitant to heed his teacher’s advice, Hall became involved with Emerald, not only getting help with his studies, but also playing basketball along with his brother. Hall graduated from Fulton and Bryant from Central; both earned their college degrees. They also enlisted in the Marines and were commended for their outstanding military service as combat veterans. After deployment in the Middle East, they returned home to Knoxville and went into business together, launching Custom Concrete and Design LLC, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.
“From the time we were children, we learned how important it is to serve others and that success is measured by one’s actions,” Hall said. “We started Custom Concrete and Design to build a better community, Stephen Bryant, Jonathan Whaley, Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Baland our recent proj- lard Hall of Custom Concrete and Design LLC. ect for Emerald was one way we’ve been able to give back.” ers and their employees. The product used The project: donation of much-needed protects the existing concrete while giving flooring in the dining room at the very facil- the floor the look, texture and color of inity Hall and Bryant enjoyed using as kids. laid tile. The generous in-kind gift will help Emerald “We are so pleased with the look and better serve young people and their fami- durability of the new floor,” said Emerald lies through faith, learning and sports pro- Youth spokesperson John Crooks. “Ballard, grams that regularly occur there. Stephen and their team did an incredible “Emerald did a lot for Ballard and me job. This project is really a blessing, and it’s during our childhood,” Bryant said. “They not one we asked for – they offered it unsowere always present in our lives and never licited. What great guys!” turned their back on us.” Custom Concrete and Design can be The new floor, which will last for years to found online at www.concrete2design.com come, was installed Jan. 2-7 by the broth- or call 865-773-2749.
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last words Rider just won’t be outworked Lauren Rider got so aggravated by what she was hearing about herself last week that she called her best friend to vent. “I asked her, ‘Can we go clean up a creek, or something?’” Rider – who served four years as president of the Old North Knoxville Inc., two years as cochair of the Broadway Corridor Lauren Rider Task Force, two three-year terms on the Neighborhood Advisory Council, has restored four old houses and a commercial building and owns a resume that includes a long list of volunteer activities – has been preparing for at least two years to run for the District 4 City Council seat that incumbent Nick Della Volpe will vacate in December. Questions about her party allegiance don’t sit well with Rider. Nor does the suggestion that she should defer to Harry Tindell and wait for an at-large seat to come open in 2019. “Some people say I can’t win. Some people say I’m not a Democrat. Some people say I’m not a Republican. What I am is a candidate in a nonpartisan race, running because tons of people have asked me to run over the years. I’ve had a lot of officeholders and community members urging me to run for council year after year after year. I’m fresh and new to this and I’m sincere about it and don’t doubt for a minute that it’s difficult and not fun at times, but I have a great wealth of knowledge of how the city works,” she said. Tindell, her only announced opponent, is a Democrat who started his political career by serving on the Knox County school board, spent 22 years in the General Assembly, was well-liked by his colleagues and was never seriously challenged for re-election. He’s amassing an impressive list of supporters, but so is Rider, a librarian at Pellissippi State’s Division Street campus, who moved to Knoxville 12 years ago when her husband, Steven, took a position as a neurologist at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Rider is from the tiny town of Evans, Ga., near Augusta. Growing up in the country – “seven miles from the grocery store, seven miles from school,
Betty Bean two and a half miles down a dirt road” – made her hanker for city life. A small inheritance provided the means to help her attend Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she got her first taste of city life. She lived downtown, majored in exercise science and was president of the sports club council. She also worked full-time and spent her weekends racing bicycles, something she continued after graduation. After she got her degree, she moved to Indianapolis with her coaches and worked as a nanny to their children. It was there that she met Steven, a medical student. They moved to Knoxville when he finished his training. While Tindell’s supporters tend to be Democrats, labor leaders and business people, Rider’s list of supporters is heavy on neighborhood stalwarts like Carlene Malone, Jamie Rowe, Ronnie Collins, Lynn Redmon and former state Rep. Gloria Johnson. Rider said she won’t be outworked. “There are both men and women, Rs and Ds and Independents who support me,” she said. “I have support from a broad base and from all walks of life, and it’s based on my experience and the work I have done. I’ve shoveled gravel in the basement of a blighted property in 100-degree weather, to the point of tears, by myself, with my two kids running around. I know zoning. I know neighborhood issues and I work to the point of blood, sweat and tears to do what is best for my community.”
A-14 • January 25, 2017 • Farragut Shopper news
Vols in Super Bowls Football is a numbers game – wins and losses, yards gained, punting averages, pass percentages, attendance and millions generated by the SEC Network. Here’s one you probably haven’t heard but have undoubtedly eagerly awaited, the number of former Volunteers in Super Bowls past: 96. Another number goes with that one: 7. Tennessee ranks seventh in the talent supply chain for the NFL extravaganza. Miami is first with 117. Southern Cal is one behind, followed by UCLA (108), Michigan and Penn State (104 each) and Notre Dame (101). Quarterback Peyton Manning carried the Vol flag to four Super Bowls. Linebacker Jack Reynolds and defensive back Bill Bates played in three. There are secrets to such success – get drafted by or traded to a good team. Fourteen former Vols played in two Super Bowls: punters Ron Widby and Craig and Britton Colquitt; wide receivers Alvin Harper
and Marcus Nash; offensive linemen Mickey Marvin, Raleigh McKenzie, Bruce Wilkerson and Chris Scott; defensive warriors Reggie White, Leonard Little, Jerod Mayo, Malik Jackson and Tony McDaniel. On the flip side are other great players who never got a chance. Steve DeLong, Bob Johnson, Frank Emanuel and Chip Kell are in the College Football Hall of Fame but didn’t get closer to a Super Bowl than good seats for observation.
Memories, comments Bill Anderson played in the first Super Bowl, 1967, with Green Bay. Steve Kiner had a twoyard kickoff return for Dallas in Super Bowl V. He
made the cover of Sports Illustrated trying in vain to block Baltimore’s winning field goal. Kiner remembers the pregame carnival atmosphere. He said it seemed very strange. “I kept wondering what all the excitement was about. We were just going to play another football game. It was no big deal. “I personified young and dumb. I had no sense of time, no perspective about professional football or the history of it. I was playing and having a great time. “After the loss, a great sense of missed opportunity lingered for years.” Eddie Brown had an interception for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV. Reynolds achieved legendary status as the Pied Piper of the San Francisco 49ers. He often surprised teammates but actually stunned them in 1982. Hacksaw was primed and ready long before kickoff. He boarded the bus from
the hotel to the stadium already in full uniform. CBS analyst John Madden loved it. He said “Boom!” Stanley Morgan had six receptions for New England in Super Bowl XX. Willie Gault had only four for Chicago but produced 129 yards. Alvin Harper became the first Vol to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl, XXVII, a 45-yard pass from Troy Aikman. They played for the Cowboys. Reggie White had three sacks for minus 23 in Super Bowl XXXI. Jamal Lewis carried 27 times for 102 yards and one touchdown on behalf of the Baltimore Ravens in XXXV. Charley Garner, coming out of the backfield, caught seven passes for Oakland in XXXVII. Manning as a Colt was MVP of Super Bowl XLI. Manning, last February as a Bronco at age 39, was the oldest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl. Five sacks may have encouraged him to retire and do more and better commercials. Marvin West invites reader commentary. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lt. Gov. Randy McNally turns 73 on Monday, Jan. 30. He represents part of Knox County and all of Anderson County in the state Senate. He is the first person to represent Knox County to be Senate speaker in over 100 years. State Rep. Jimmy Matlock, who came close to winning the GOP speakership contest in Nashville over incumbent Beth Harwell, turns 58 on Feb. 5. Harwell had been considered a candidate for governor but is viewed as a longer shot now due to the difficulties she has encountered the past two years as speaker. With 30 of the 74 GOP House members voting against her to be speaker for a fourth term, they are not likely to favor her bid for governor either. Nevertheless, Harwell is now passing the word she may run after all. This means this would be her final term as speaker. Her House clerk, Joe McCord, abruptly retired as clerk just four days before ■■ Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones is the House reconvened on making noises about running Jan. 10. He had become a for county mayor. He cannot source of controversy for seek re-election in 2018 Harwell, and she quickly because of term limits. named Tammy Letzler – a ■■ Hiring Hugh Holt for more onetime employee of Jimmy money than he was making Naifeh – the first woman for Knox County governever to be clerk of the House ment to do just a portion of in his place. McCord, 49, will the work was a signal that be eligible to draw a generJones would not again face voters. Perhaps he thinks we’ll ous state pension at age 55 as he is a former legislator. forget? Her committee appoint■■ Joe Bailey is gearing up to ments last week sought to run for Knox County Repubpunish several who opposed lican Party chair – with the support of courthouse heavy- her for speaker, which may weights. Bailey is a former city haunt her next year when vice mayor. she campaigns in the coun– S. Clark ties of those House mem-
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bers. There was not a healing process here. Harwell will need to articulate a compelling story of her time as speaker and what she has accomplished to make headway over former economic development chief Randy Boyd, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, the three state senators – Mark Green, Mark Norris and Doug Overbey – and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee. ■■ Five City Council members depart in a little over 10 months on Dec. 16, but they will not depart the city’s payroll, as they will receive a modest city pension based on eight years of service. The current council annual salary is $19,000 a year. Three of the five who are over 66 will receive $2051.52 a year. They are Vice Mayor Duane Grieve, Brenda Palmer and Nick Della Volpe. Former mayor Daniel Brown will receive the highest pension at $7,635, which is a result of his 11 months as mayor when he received the mayor’s salary of $130,000 a year. Because the pension is based on one’s highest two years of pay, this generously upped the pension amount for Brown. Former vice mayor Nick Pavlis receives the least at $1,838.52, since he is not yet 66.
Mayor Madeline Rogero, too, will transition from her mayor’s salary to a city pension the day she leaves office in December 2019. Her pension will be based on 11 years with the city, which will work out in rough figures to $30,000 a year plus a 3 percent annual increase, which in 10 years in 2029 means a 30 percent increase compounded in her pension. Several other high-paid city employees such as Bill Lyons will depart then, but in his case his annual pension will likely exceed $58,000 a year also with the same 3 percent annual escalator. He will have put in 16 years with the city. He is currently the second-highest paid city employee at $168,240 a year plus $1,320 in longevity pay and $5,830 a year car allowance – when he lives at 607 Union Ave. and usually walks the five short blocks to work. Lyons’ total pay package exceeds $175,000 a year with a guaranteed 7.5 percent increase on top of this for the remaining three years he has with Rogero. Rogero earns $142,000 a year but does not receive an annual increase nor does council. Five city employees make more than the mayor. ■■ The Confucius Institute at UT Knoxville, located in the International House, is funded primarily by the Chinese government under the name of Hanban in Beijing, which is part of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Its funding is less than $150,000 a year, which
is less than 25 percent of the new UTK Chancellor’s salary. By UTK standards, this is almost pocket change. What has become controversial is discussion of the real motive behind the Institute, which now has over 500 locations around the world in 105 nations as part of China’s overseas propaganda strategy. China interestingly picked the name of Confucius, who has never been part of the Chinese Communist ideology. Clearly, had it been named Mao Institute it would have created major public relations issues in the USA. The respected University of Chicago did not renew its contract with the Institute in 2014 as the Confucius Institute has weighed on free speech issues at some campuses by expressing concern with some programs viewed as anti-China by the Chinese government. The concern voiced about Confucius is having a foreign government with a clear agenda exercising influence on college campuses inconsistent with academic freedom. This would include, for China, discussions on Tibet, Taiwan, Falun Gong and the Dalai Lama. China carefully monitors these topics within China in a way that contradicts America’s concept of true academic freedom. Problems have not yet surfaced at UTK, but they could, depending on the actions of the Chinese government. China’s government has a different view on academic freedom and independence than does the USA.
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HealtH & lifestyles
N ews From Parkwest, west kNoxville’s H ealtHcare leader • treatedwell.com • 374-Park
Eight is great Parkwest’s first baby of new year is No. 8 for Scott County family It takes a 12-passenger van for the Barnett family of Robbins, Tennessee, to venture out on any given day. Dusty and Jessica Barnett have eight children, and each one was born at Parkwest Medical Center. “They love to go to Frozen Head, and go see their daddy on the way,” Jessica says. Dusty Barnett is an advanced EMT with Morgan County EMS, and works near the entrance to the state park. “There’s a great children’s play area there, and they like to walk the trails.” While the number of children in the Barnett household is two or three times as many as the average family in East Tennessee, it’s a happy and comfortable home life for them. The older children are home schooled, and help care for their younger siblings. The children tend the animals on the small family farm, they love good books, they cherish the Bible, and the favorite family meal is lasagna. “Jonathan is 9, Lydia is 8, James is 6, Jason is 5, Chloe is 3, Jeremy is 2, and Jared is 16 months,” Jessica says. The newest addition to the family is little Annalee Hope, who was born on New Year’s Day. As a matter of fact, Annalee was the very first baby born at Parkwest this year, making her grand entrance into the world at 8:01 a.m., Jan. 1, 2017. “My husband’s middle name is Lee,” Jessica explains, “so we named her after him.” “I truly love helping bring new babies into the world,” says Marlyn Leisy, MD, who delivered Annalee on New Year’s Day. “It was especially an honor Marlyn Leisy, to deliver Parkwest’s first MD baby of 2017. Jessica was delightful to have as a patient. It was touch-
ing to see their sweet family continue to grow and witness Dusty and Lydia’s excitement about Annalee’s arrival.” Annalee weighed in at seven pounds and five ounces, she was 21.25 inches in length. Mother and baby are both doing just fine. With a husband who is an experienced EMT, and with the experience of already having had seven children in the family born at Parkwest, Jessica says she and Dusty knew exactly where they wanted their eighth child to be born. When the first Barnett baby was delivered at Parkwest nine years ago, Jessica says it was a good experience, and they’ve been pleased every time a new baby has been added to the family. “I like how the labor, delivery and recovery are all in one room,” Jessica says. “And the nurses are really good. They’re so attentive.” Nurse manager Teresa Paris appreciates the compliment, noting that helping moms in labor to experience childbirth in a comfortable and comforting environment is intentional at Parkwest. “The nursing staff changes to flex the care for the patient so she is able to remain in that one room,” Paris says. “It’s more of a family environment where they feel like they can settle in, and they don’t have to be shuffled around the hospital.” When the big day arrived at the end of
Teddy Bear University As you or a loved one prepares to give birth, you may benefit from classes through Teddy Bear University in breastfeeding, breathing and birthing relaxation tips and infant and child CPR. All classes are held in the Ocoee Room on the second floor of Parkwest and are led by a lactation consultant. The following classes are offered in 2017: ■ Breastfeeding – Learn breastfeeding basics including correct positioning, tips for returning to work and an overview of breast pumps. Fathersto-be are encouraged to attend. Classes are available on one Wednesday evening and one Sunday afternoon each month. ■ Sibling Class – Siblings age 4 to 10 are welcome to attend Sibling Class, which promotes family bonding to help reduce jealous feelings. A tour of the birthing facility is also included in this class. Sibling sessions take place on one Saturday afternoon every two months. ■ Birth and Babies Today – This multi-week series covers the variations of labor and birth, breathing techniques, tips for your support person and care for the new mom and baby. This class is recom-
mended for first-time parents starting in their sixth or seventh month and is completed over five weeks. ■ Super Saturday Class – The Birth and Babies Today class is condensed into one all-day Saturday class for women in their seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. This session is not recommended for first-time parents. ■ Infant and Child CPR – American Heart Association-certified instructors are on site to teach parents and caregivers how to effectively perform CPR and removal of airway obstruction for infants and children. The class does not provide certification in CPR and occurs one Thursday evening each month.
Birth and Babies Online For expecting parents, coming to a class in person isn’t always the most convenient way to prepare for a new arrival. To accommodate parents’ busy schedules or physicians’ orders for bed rest, the Parkwest Childbirth Center offers a comprehensive, interactive childbirth class entirely online. After registering, you have eight weeks to complete the class.
All Teddy Bear University dates, times and fees are available by calling (865) 374-PARK or at www.CovenantHealth.com/TeddyBearU.
Jessica could no doubt write volumes on the subject of parenting, but when asked what kind of advice she would give expectant mothers, she only says, “They Jessica, Lydia and grow up very, very fast, so Annalee Barnett enjoy it! “I love raising the children, I love teaching them, and caring for them – I just love everything about it,” she adds. As for choosing a hospital, Jessica is quick to point out the benefits she enjoyed at Parkwest, like having the whole experience in one room, without having to be moved back and forth between separate areas for labor, delivery, and recovery. She also advises expectant moms to make sure they have attentive nurses like the ones at Parkwest who have helped her bring new life into the Barnett family, year after year. “A lot of the nurses in the childbirth center have more than 10 years’ experience in labor and delivery, so they are very well trained, very experienced nurses,” says Paris, adding that about 1,600 2016, 8-year-old Lydia Barnett went to the babies are delivered each year at Parkwest. hospital with her mom and dad to usher in “Our patients come first, and excellent care the New Year and offer moral support until is always our goal.” The Parkwest Childbirth Center is on it was time for the baby to be born. Dusty then returned home to care for the rest of the second floor of the six-story Riverstone the children, and brought them all back to Tower at the hospital, and is composed of meet their new little sister when Jessica, 20 birthing suites, a spacious nursery, and Lydia and Annalee were ready to leave the two operating suites for cesarean sections. To learn more about the Childbirth Cenhospital. “They were pretty excited,” Jessica ter, visit www.treatedwell.com/childbirth, or call (865) 373-4299. laughs.
Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep Babies should sleep Alone, on the Back, and in a Crib ■ Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet. ■ Do not use pillows, blankets, sheepskins, or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby’s sleep area. ■ Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around your baby. ■ Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head. ■ Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. ■ Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper and do not use a blanket. ■ Keep baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep. ■ Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. References:
Safe Sleep, 2017, Tennessee Department of Health Safe to Sleep®, August 2014, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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2001 E. Magnolia Ave.
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BASSET PUPPIES, CKC reg., 7 wks old, all shots and dewormed, females $350, males $300. (931) 319-0000
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FORD FUSION - 2016. #2951, $14,882 INCL. $595 Doc Fee + TTL. TNDL# 11367 (865)693-7611.
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Danielle McKellar of Bearden, front, and Leilani Branner of Hardin Valley work on their paintings.
Spread out at long tables, the students in the Wine and Canvas class are hard at work.
Tracey Crocker, owner of Wine and Canvas, welcomes her students to class and showcases the painting they will be reproducing. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell
‘Masterpieces’ unfold for
Karns resident Jama Chandler concentrates on layering her blues
By Sherri Gardner Howell Van Gogh couldn’t have been any more intense about his brushwork than the 20 artists who gathered at Gibby’s restaurant in the Cedar Bluff Holiday Inn. These men and women, students of Tracey Crocker’s Wine and Canvas class, were focused. There was quite a bit of laughter, too, and a little wine and cocktails for some – just to loosen the mood, but when the brushes hit the canvas, they were attentive, watching Crocker as she
guided them through creating their own masterpiece, “Stars Are Out at the Bijou.” Crocker and her husband, Rob, own Wine and Canvas and have been conducting classes in approximately 70 venues for almost three years. While they sometimes offer a “Masterpiece Class” for painting the famous works of Van Gogh and Monet and the like, most of the works they choose for their students to paint are originals. “We have more than 1,000 paintings in our wheelhouse,”
says Tracey. “Local scenes are very popular. This one (Stars Are Out at the Bijou) was painted by Rockney McNamara, who is here to assist tonight.” Interesting thing about copying masterpieces: If the artist has been dead for 100 years, there are no copyright protections on reproducing the work. “For example,” says Tracey, “I can paint a picture from Lewis Carroll’s book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (illustrator John Tenniel), but not a Disney Alice.”
With the outlining complete, Natosha Webb of Maryville and Jake Thompson of Farragut wait for the next set of instructions.
Don Sessoms of Gatlinburg looks to the front for instruction.
Jennifer Aaron from Louisville works on the edges of her canvas so her painting will be ready to hang.
Heather Grose is part of a group of five friends who came together to socialize and paint.
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applachianarts.net. ■■ Winter Stargazing Session, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. Session led by Gary Noland, UT adjunct instructor of astronomy. A $1 donation per person is requested. Info: info@ marblesprings.net or 573-5508. ■■ The KSO Chamber Classics Series: Principal Quartet Plays Beethoven, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie Haslam Music Center, UT Campus, 1741 Volunteer Blvd. Tickets: $35. Info/tickets: 291-3310 or knoxvillesymphony.com. Tickets also available at the door. ■■ Jazz Lunch at the Square Room featuring Top Brass with Thomas Heflin and Mitch Butler, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4 Market Square Building. Admission: $15; includes lunch buffet by Café 4. Tickets: knoxjazz.org or at Café 4. ■■ The Authors Guild of Tennessee meeting, 11 a.m.
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After a career teaching art in the school system, artist Ann Birdwell now shares her painting expertise at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center.
By Carol Z. Shane
Native Oak Ridger Ann Birdwell’s 30-plus years of teaching art in the Anderson and Knox county school systems were full of challenges and joys. She was there when East High School transitioned to Austin-East in the late ’60s. She spent almost 20 years at Central High School, retiring in 1995. Even after that, she continued to substituteteach. “The most joy I had,” she says of that time, “was to go back to Oak Ridge High School 50 years after I had graduated! They have such a strong program there. They value the necessity of art and how it helps the students in so many disciplines.” Now she teaches beginning and advanced art at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center. And according to her students, she’s the bomb. “She is amazing!” says Pauletta Thomas, a retired chief nursing officer. “She has a way of telling you how to improve your work without making you feel bad about yourself.” “So many of them, when they come in here, they’re intimidated,” says Birdwell. “Once they’ve retired, this is something they want to pursue. My delight is to see how they progress.”
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Karen Fawver (left) and Ann McIntyre flank their teacher, Ann Birdwell. McIntyre retired from UT’s psychology department in 2005. Her only previous art experience, she confides, was “sketching on the backs of the agendas at faculty meetings.”
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Elle Colquitt says her impressive first attempt at painting glass bottles is working because Birdwell told her to look at the reflections in a photo from all angles, including upside-down.
Her students have been in the spotlight quite a lot lately, owing to “Breaking Ground,” the show by the John T. O’Connor Senior Center Painters, currently part of a triple exhibition at the Emporium Center on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Their First Friday reception, originally planned for Jan. 6, was postponed because of the snowstorm. On a recent Wednesday morning, the students talk excitedly about attending the rescheduled event, and about their art.
From page 1 “I’m a retired schoolteacher,” says Sherry Lane, who has been studying with Birdwell for four years. “It’s like a dream come true to be able to express myself this way. It’s like saying ‘this is me.’” Akiko Takayana, originally from Japan, says she loves watercolor because “you’re not supposed to touch it that much. It reminds me of Japanese calligraphy – you just put it on the paper and leave it; you cannot erase it. That’s why I like it. It’s always challenging.”
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Ann Birdwell’s warm relationship with her students is obvious from this photo, taken as she greets Sherry Lane.
Ann Birdwell suggests improvements to Akiko Takayana, who works in the unforgiving medium of watercolor.
“She came to me in 2000,” says Birdwell. “She is very talented. And she’s a breast cancer survivor.” Ann McIntyre wears a smock that has “The Artful Codger,” a play on a Dickensian name, spelled out in fabric paint on the pocket. She lobbied for the class to adopt it as a group name, but failed. “Not everybody was crazy about the idea,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t think they liked the word ‘codgers.’” Birdwell is fond of all her students and says picking a standout is like “trying to choose a favorite child.” She has
two grown children of her own, two stepchildren and eight grandkids. Her son Robert, a caterer, paints every day and sends her a photo of each painting. “He was around it growing up,” she says, but he didn’t really delve into it until he lost his dad last March. Ann’s husband, Robert Birdwell, was one of the “Knoxville Seven,” a collective of envelope-pushing young artists in the 1940s-1960s. Birdwell loves her work and her students at the senior center. “It’s a real creative outlet,” she says. “This is a completely new way for them to express themselves.”
Pauletta Thomas works mostly in acrylics. “I so enjoy it,” she says. The retired critical care nurse draws parallels between painting and nursing. “You work hard ‘til you get it so that you feel good about what you have done.” Photos by Carol Z. Shane
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Making new friends after a move or other life event Downsizing and other life changes often find seniors leaving their comfort zones to move to new neighborhoods or regions of the country. It can be difficult to leave those comfort zones behind, especially when it means saying goodbye to close friends or family members. Establishing new social circles as a senior can be challenging. But with a little effort and the right attitude, seniors can meet new people and enjoy the excitement that comes with new friendships. ■■ Join a club. If you have a particular hobby or interest, rekindle it in your new location. Find a local gardening club, churchsponsored organization or fitness center where you can meet like-minded men and women. Ask the real estate agent who helped you relocate to make suggestions on where to find community information; read community notices in the local newspaper. ■■ Get a dog. Dogs make great companions inside the house and also serve as an ice breaker when you are outdoors. Take plenty of walks and take advantage of opportunities for conversation when people come up to you to inquire about your dog. Explain your situation and you may make some new friends along the way. ■■ Volunteer your time. Many people make new friends through volunteering. Vol-
unteer and you’re likely to meet people who share the same interests as you. Sign up with a favorite charity or volunteer at nonprofit events and look for familiar faces. Start talking to those people you meet again and again. ■■ Participate in church events. Places of religious worship are often cornerstones of a community, and they frequently host different events to get parishioners or members together. Read the bulletin and get involved in potlucks, retreats, movie nights and other church-sponsored events. ■■ Work at a school. Schools also serve as hubs of community activity. Volunteer or work for a local school and you will soon find yourself immersed in your community’s weekday hustle and bustle. This is a great way to meet people and learn more about your new neighborhood in the process. ■■ Host your own party. Go out on a limb and plan a “new to the neighborhood” party. Put invitations in neighbors’ mailboxes and invite everyone over for snacks and cocktails. Remember, neighbors may be just as nervous about new faces as you are, and a party is a great way to break the ice. Change can be hard for seniors starting out in new communities. With some gumption and a few strategies to get started, anyone can expand his or her circle of friends.
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James Williams enjoys lively conversation. His natural curiosity and his years spent as an educator show in his wide range of interests. Photos by Carol Z. Shane
James Williams finds joy in every day By Carol Z. Shane Gerontologists divide old age into the young-old (ages 65-74,) middle-old (7584) and old-old (over 85.) Among the latter, James Williams of Norris is that rare treasure: a man with a mind like a steel trap who speaks generously but unsentimentally about his long life, and about his everyday challenges. A visit with this 92-yearold won’t have you patting his hand and thinking, “poor old dear” – not for a minute. With his ready laugh and lightning wit, Williams is much too engaged and animated for that. After all, he’s weathered Gen. George S. Patton, the raising of two daughters and 32 years as principal and teacher in the county school system. And he still has lessons to teach.
“I keep a daily record,” he says, pulling out a small notebook. “See, here are all the names of the staff since I’ve been here.” Now in an assisted living facility in Norris after leaving the home he bought when the town was new, the adjustment wasn’t easy. But “they’re super, and I have to reason that I am much better off here than there.” Williams and his eight siblings grew up on a farm near Matthews, N.C. “I come from a family of vigorous, active people. I worked from the time I was 13 years old. It kept us in good physical shape.” Basic training in the Army built upon that strength. “It was absolutely a rigorous program. I gained weight, I gained muscle.” After serving in the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the Third Army under Patton,
he returned home in 1946 and within a week met his future wife, Jean, when she came to town to visit relatives. “My friend asked, ‘Would you like a date with a redhead tonight?’” and I said, “‘Of course I would!’” At the end of the evening, he told Jean’s aunt, “I’m going to marry that woman.” The next year, he did. “Look at you, you beautiful thing,” he says, gazing at a photo of the two of them. “We were absolutely totally dedicated to each other all our married lives,” he says. “We didn’t argue; we ‘discussed,’ which was good. She was not a patsy. She had her views.” The couple enjoyed adventurous road trips, raising their daughters, gardening and putting up preserves, To page 6
At his daughter (left) Missy Williams Tortora’s birthday party, James Williams is asked, “How does it feel to have a 60-year-old daughter?” “Like I’m 92,” he deadpans. Also shown is Terry Williams Hozinsky, who lives with husband Ira in New York City. Photo by Emily Shane
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proach to exercise. Instead of heading right for the treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical machine, start walking every day. When it rains, find a treadmill you can walk on. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends seniors begin by determining how many steps they can take in a day and then gradually working toward 10,000 to 15,000 steps per day. Utilize step counting apps on your smartphone to track your progress. Apply the same slow approach to strength training exercises, lifting only very light weights at first before gradually increasing weight as your body acclimates to the exercises. ■■ Stretch. Bodies that have been inactive for lengthy periods of time are inflexible, and lack of flexibility increases your risk for injury. The AAOS recommends that seniors warm up their bodies before stretching with five to 10 minutes of low-intensity activity such as walking. Then stretch gently, remembering to relax and breathe during each stretch. ■■ Switch things up. When strength training, do not work the same muscle group two days in a row. Muscles need time to recover. If you prefer circuit strength training where you exercise various muscle groups in one day, do not strength train on back-to-back days, leaving at least one day in between strength training sessions so muscles have ample time to recover.
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Interesting ways to enjoy travel Research indicates that traveling is at the top of the list of interests motivating today’s men and women over the age of 50. Seniors are perhaps the most likely demographic to indulge their love of traveling. Retirement leaves lots of time for recreation, and many choose to spend that time on the road. Travel also can improve adult longevity, say geriatricians at the University of Arkansas. Those in the travel industry understand that men and women over 50 comprise a large percentage of their customers and have catered many travel packages toward this influential demographic. The following is a look at some of the more popular travel opportunities for men and women over 50. ■■ Genealogical tourism: This is one of the fastest-growing markets in vacation travel. Genealogical tourism involves individuals traveling to areas of historical significance for their families, such as churches where past relatives may have married and villages where grandparents or cousins once lived or were employed. This can create a tangible link to one’s past and open up more opportunities to learn the varied genealogical history that has shaped a family, and even one’s per-
sonal identity. ■■ Extended vacations: Seniors may have the capacity to devote more time to travel and not be caged in by strict time constraints. That makes them eligible for extended vacations. These can include long-term rentals in tropical locales, several-week sightseeing cruises or guided tours overseas that touch on several dif-
ferent countries or cities during the trip. ■■ Off the beaten path: Adventurous travelers may not be content to stick to the resort lifestyle or standard vacation options. Active men and women over 50 are charting their own vacation courses with bucket list-style vacations that may be off the beaten path. Travelers who have always aspired to climb a mountain or see
a rain forest may be inclined to realize these goals as they get older. Nontraditional tours can include living like indigenous peoples or following the footsteps of early explorers. ■■ All-inclusive tours: All-inclusive packages remain a popular option for travelers of all ages. These vacation packages charge one price for accommodations, entertainment, sightseeing, food and many other amenities. Allinclusive vacations remove some of the headaches associated with organizing various components of travel so that a person can focus on relaxation and having fun. ■■ Singles meets: Single vacationers over 50 may want to meet other men or women in their age bracket in the hopes of finding romance. These vacations double as relationship mixers and give men and women the opportunity to mingle with others in similar situations without the pressure of traditional dating. Travel is a way to see the world, meet new people and experience various cultures. Seniors increasingly embrace travel because they have both the time and the means to take vacations.
How to determine if downsizing is for you As men and women retire or approach retirement age, many opt to downsize their homes. Such a decision can save older adults substantial amounts of money while also liberating them from the hassle of maintaining large homes they no longer need. Downsizing to smaller homes or apartments is a significant step, one that homeowners should give ample consideration before making their final decisions. The following are a handful of tips to help homeowners determine if downsizing to smaller homes is the right move. ■■Get a grip on the real estate market. Downsizing is not solely about money, but it’s important that homeowners consider the real estate market before putting their homes up for sale. Speak with a local Realtor or your financial adviser about the
current state of your real estate market. Downsizing can help homeowners save money on utilities, taxes and mortgage payments, but those savings may be negated if you sell your house in a buyer’s market instead of a seller’s market. If you think the current market won’t get you the price you are hoping for, delay your downsize until the market rebounds. ■■Take inventory of what’s in your house. Empty nesters often find that their homes are still filled with their children’s possessions, even long after those children have entered adulthood and left home. If the storage in your home is dominated by items that belong to your children and not you, then downsizing might be right for you. Tell your children you are thinking of downsizing and invite them over to pick through any items still
in your home. Once they have done so and taken what they want, you can host a yard sale, ultimately donating or discarding what you cannot sell. Once all of the items are gone, you may realize that moving into a smaller place is the financially prudent decision. ■■Examine your own items as well. Your children’s items are likely not the only items taking up space in your home. Take inventory of your own possessions as well, making note of items you can live without and those you want to keep. If the list of items you can live without is extensive, then you probably won’t have a problem moving into a smaller home. If you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to many of your possessions, then you might benefit from staying put for a little while longer.
Retirement saving for late bloomers Today’s young professionals hear about the importance of saving for retirement seemingly from the moment they are hired. In addition to discussions with human resources personnel about employersponsored retirement plans, young professionals are learning about the importance of saving for retirement thanks to the abundance of financial-planning advertisements on television, the radio and the Internet. Older workers may not have been so lucky, and many may find themselves trying to play catch up as retirement age draws closer. While it’s important to begin saving for retirement as early as possible, late bloomers whose retirement dates are nearing can still take steps to secure their financial futures. ■■ Pay down debts. Eliminating debt is good for men and women of all ages, but especially so for those nearing retirement. Substantial debt may delay your retirement and can greatly reduce your quality of life during retirement. If you still have substantial debt, eliminate that debt before you start saving additional money for retirement. Once your debt slate has been wiped clean, you can then increase your retirement contributions. ■■ Eliminate unnecessary expenses. If your retirement savings are low (many financial advisers now advise men and women that they will need at least 60 percent of their pre-retirement income each year they are retired), start cutting back on unnecessary expenses and reallocate that money toward retirement saving. Cutting out luxury items, such as vacations to exotic locales or country club member-
ships, is one way to save money. But don’t overlook the simpler ways to save, such as canceling your cable subscription or dining at home more often. ■■ Downsize your home. Many empty nesters downsize their homes as retirement nears, and doing so can help you save a substantial amount of money. If the kids no longer live at home or if you simply have more space than you will need after retirement, downsize to a smaller, less expensive home. Monitor the real estate market before you decide to downsize so you can be sure to get the best deal on your current home. Downsizing saves on monthly utility bills, property taxes and a host of additional expenses. Downsizing also means less maintenance, which gives you more time to pursue your hobbies upon retiring. ■■ Take on some additional work. While you may have long felt you would slowly wind down in the years immediately preceding retirement, taking on some additional work outside your current job is a great way to save more for retirement and perhaps even lay the foundation for a postretirement career. Workers over the age of 50 can be invaluable resources to startups or other businesses looking for executives who have been there, done that. Look for part-time jobs that seek such experience. Even if the initial jobs don’t bowl you over financially, part-time consultant work in retirement can make up for lost retirement savings and may even make your retirement years more fulfilling. Men and women on the verge of retirement can take many steps to grow their retirement savings and make their golden years that much more enjoyable.
■■Consider your retirement lifestyle. If you have already retired or are on the verge of retirement and plan to spend lots of time traveling, then downsizing to a smaller home may free up money you can spend on trips. ■■And if you really do see yourself as a silver-haired jetsetter, then you likely won’t miss your current home because you won’t be home frequently enough to enjoy it. If travel is not high on your retirement to-do list but you have a hobby, such as crafting, restoring classic cars or woodworking, that you hope to turn into a second profession, then you might benefit from staying put and converting your existing space into a workshop. Many retirees downsize their homes, but this decision requires careful consideration of a variety of factors.
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Protect your joints and prevent pain Joints play vital roles in the human body, forming the connections between bones and facilitating movement. Damage to the joints can be especially painful, and that damage may result from conditions such as osteoarthritis or gout. While not all joint pain is debilitating, the discomfort is such that it’s wise for adults to take steps to protect their joints with the hope of preventing joint pain down the road. The Arthritis Foundation offers these joint pro-
tection tips: ■■ Forgo fashion with regard to footwear. When women choose their footwear, fashion should not be the top priority. According to the Arthritis Foundation, three-inch heels stress the feet seven times more than one-inch heels, and heels put additional stress on knees, possibly increasing women’s risk for osteoarthritis. Though heels may be fashionable, the risk of developing joint pain is not worth making the fashion statement.
■■ Get some green in your diet. A healthy diet pays numerous dividends, but many may not know that a healthy diet can help prevent joint pain. Green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, kale and parsley are high in calcium and can reduce age-related bone loss while also slowing cartilage destruction. ■■ Shed those extra pounds. If you start including more healthy vegetables in your diet, you might just start to lose a little weight as well.
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