VOL. 11 NO. 8
Opportunity for whom?
February 22, 2017
FHS team, technology both winners
By Lauren Hopson Tennessee legislators have recently rebranded private school vouchers as “opportunity scholarships.” Vouchers have undergone this transformation Hopson in the hope that unsuspecting taxpayers will forget what they are, but also because they provide real opportunities for poor, minority students to escape underperforming schools in their neighborhood, right? How is this accomplished? A poor minority student in a community far from here, let’s say Memphis, has suffered through the effects of fetal drug addiction. His mother, now in recovery, hopes to improve his chances of success by moving him out of his zoned school, which the state has branded as failing. His teachers work hard, but she fears the influence of his peers with similar issues may be too much to overcome. She accepts an opportunity scholarship with hopes of sending him to an excellent private school. However, the private school of her choice charges tuition substantially in excess of the scholarship. She can’t afford to make up the difference, and pay for books, uniforms and transportation. Consequently, she elects to send him to another private school that gladly accepts the scholarship as payment in full. The school doesn’t provide the special education services needed to deal with the fallout of her son’s fetal addiction, but it’s a private school, so it must be better, right? He struggles without those much-needed supports, and his mother is ultimately forced to return him to public school, where those services are guaranteed by law. Other parents, similarly disillusioned with the “opportunity,” follow suit. But wait, private schools backers were promised an increased enrollment by legislators. Maybe the scholarships need to be expanded to regular education students who can afford to make up the tuition difference. Never mind that this plan has had disastrous effects on public education in other states. Our private school backers need the “opportunity” to make more money, so let’s give our taxpayers the “opportunity” to fund those private schools.
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Members of the winning CodeTN team Objective-F from Farragut High School: Brianna Martinson, Ethan Davila, Eric Wang, Lauren Fiet, Dennis Ross, Tyler Senter, Claire Stoneham. Photo submitted
By Suzanne Foree Neal Anyone interested in donating a venue to hold a few hundred people? How about a catered meal? If so, Mary Lin, chair of the Farragut High School Technology Gala and
teacher, would like to speak with you. She’s really into raising funds for technology equipment at the school. The first gala cleared $30,000. This year, $50,000. Her goal is
to keep all funds raised for the school. Despite appearances, Farragut High School gets the short straw when it comes to federal funding or grants because it doesn’t fit the criteria.
An iPad cart of 36 costs $18,000; a Chrome cart of 36, $12,000, three needed Smart Board systems $14,000 each. To page A-3
MPC addresses affordable housing By Margie Hagen Laying out his vision for affordable housing in Farragut, Saddlebrook Properties president Bob Mohney spoke for well over an hour, fielding questions and comments from every member of the Municipal Planning Commission. Simply put, Mohney is seeking approval for putting more units on available small lot parcels, reducing setbacks and open space requirements. Arguing that Farragut needs more affordable housing, he states, “There is
a huge hole in the entire county for this type of affordable development. “It’s all about providing housing that people want at a cost they can afford,” he said. “Empty nesters, single buyers and young millennials want new homes in Farragut with low maintenance. They don’t want weekends to be taken up with lawn work and repairs.” The homes would be priced at around $225,000 and would allow small parcels (under 10 acres) to be developed. Mohney presented photos of similar devel-
opments in Knox County. Members of MPC were divided in their opinions; several comments were made about the monotone appearance of the “row house” design: ■■ Mark Shipley, development director, was concerned about the dominance of garage doors, wide driveways and lack of sidewalks and pedestrian greenways. ■■ Ed Whiting, commissioner, brought up topographical issues including terrain obstructions and stormwater requirements. To page A-2
Brooks goes to bat for utility customers By Sandra Clark State Rep. Harry Brooks has slipped on a three-cornered hat and gone to war over taxation without representation. Brooks wants consumers to be represented on utility boards, such as KUB.
Analysis “We want some level of representation for the folks served by the utility,” he said. His bill (HB 0269/SB 0684 by Ken Yager) was slated to be heard Feb. 21 in a subcommittee of the House Business and Utilities committee. In an interview last week, Brooks anticipated amendments and promised a more comprehensive explanation after that hearing. This bill will draw lobbyists like flies to honey. Utilities are iceberg
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Partisan elections State Rep. “Landslide Eddie” Smith has introduced a bill to require municipal elections in cities 100,000 or larger and all of the state’s school boards to be parti-
san. His bill (HB1039/SB0582 by Delores Gresham) allows political parties to nominate candidates. Leaving the cities to fend for themselves, let’s assume this bill is a reaction to Knox County’s last two school board elections. Fed up with S up e r i nt e nde nt Eddie Smith Jim McIntyre’s high-handed treatment of teachers (among other things), several educators mounted successful campaigns: Patti Bounds, Terry Hill and Amber Rountree in 2014; Tony Norman, Jennifer Owen and Susan Horn in 2016. Suddenly, Mike McMillan found allies while Lynne Fugate and Gloria Deathridge saw their former majority eroded. McIntyre resigned. Would partisan elections have
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prevented McIntyre’s woes? Doubtful. McMillan and Norman had previously won election to county commission as Republicans; Bounds and Hill are long-time Republicans; Horn had solid support in Farragut where she was active in the campaign of Republican state Rep. Jason Zachary. Political allegiances are less clear for Rountree and Owen, but Owen represents District 2, a toss-up area previously represented on the commission by Democrat Amy Broyles. So the anti-McIntyre majority is firm – with or without partisan elections. If Smith’s bill passes, however, it could have the unintended consequence of getting education activists involved in partisan politics at the district level … and their next election just might be to run for the Legislature.
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A view of nearby national parks By Kelly Norrell National Park Ranger Daniel Banks outlined for Sierra Club members attractions of three nearby national parks recently, just in time for Spring Break. All have free admission. About 50 attended a Feb. 14 meeting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Banks gave updates on the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Obed Wild and Scenic River, and the newest, Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Located on 120,000 acres of forestland Daniel Banks in the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork is a recreational paradise, with its rivers, campgrounds and welcome mat for hunters, horseback riders, pets and backcountry campers. It has a comfortable campground and an Olympic-size pool. It is near Oneida about 75 miles northwest of Knoxville. Info: https://www.nps.gov/biso. The 5,000 acres of Obed Wild and Scenic River attract people who like rock climbing and bouldering. Located near Fairfield Glade about 70 miles west of Knoxville, it has miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs jutting above the Obed River, Clear Creek and Emory River. Info: https://www.nps.gov/obed/ Designated just a year ago, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park has three parts, located in Oak Ridge, New Mexico and Washington State. You can visit the Oak Ridge portion at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, or take a virtual tour of all three online. Info: https://www.nps.gov The Sierra Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
UT NOTES ■■ Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, has been elected to serve as president of the American Association of Geographers, a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904.
Mohney touts ‘affordable housing’ for Farragut ■■ Rose Ann Kile noted the number of older homes already available in Farragut within the “affordable” range. ■■ Chair Rita Holladay looked ahead, stating, “It’s not just about this one piece of property, but how this amendment will apply in the future.” ■■ Noah Myers was “intrigued by the idea,” but was torn by the concept the founding fathers laid out when Farragut was incorporated in 1980. ■■ Louise Povlin said, “Housing choices must stay relevant to the market.” ■■ Jack Coker, nonvoting youth representative, cited studies about urbanization as the future of communities. It’s a question that is sure to bring controversy. Should Farragut hold on to the original concept of the founders or embrace more high density housing? Holladay noted that “Originally people moved here for the schools, parks and a place for families to raise kids.” That’s still true, but has zoning prevented construc-
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Developers Brian and Bob Mohney with construction engineer Russ Rackley tion of affordable housing so older couples downsizing and young people who grew up in Farragut can afford to live here? “People want to live in Farragut,” said Mohney, “but current zoning prevents building new homes that people want and can afford.” Perhaps the most enlightening of all comments were those of one of the original founders, Mayor Ralph McGill. “As a town, we are aging and we need to attract younger people,” he said,
continuing, “Older residents are already established. I won’t be spending on a new sofa (that brought laughter from all), but new residents will.” The discussion brought
■■ New Play Readings: “Okra,” 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Presented by the Tennessee
American Soldiers in World War I” 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Room 210 of the Alumni Memorial Building, 1408 Middle Drive. A book signing and refreshments will immediately follow the lecture. Free and open to the public.
Stage Company. Info: 865777-1750. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 865-470-7033.
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By Kelly Norrell The beauty of Anne Lamott is often not her wandering narrative, but her ability to put complicated feelings into words and her blazing honesty. In “Hallelujah Anyway” (based on a gospel song of the same name by Candi Staton), Lamott satisfactorily does both while offering up a tool for navigating life – biblical mercy (Micah 6:8). Mercy means “offering or being offered aid in desperate straits.” In a prescription (which she also calls “radical kindness”) that is only as good as it performs in real life, Lamott explores mercy through her own alcoholism and recovery, sin-
Union Road project on BOMA agenda When the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meet next, members will vote on a proposal from Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. for engineering services for Union Road from Hobbs Road to Everett Road. The road is 15 feet wide, and proposed improvements include widening to two 12foot lanes with curb and gutter and adding a 12-foot-wide multi-use path on the north side.
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gle mothering, lost friends, failures and now, aging. Describing her childhood self as “the tense little EMT in a damaged family,” Lamott traces life disappointments in a way that allows readers to access their own pain – from teen years when “our bodies turned grotesque” and “the popular kids felt better, as if they had dodged a bullet,” through college, jobs, raising a child and “the existential hoo-hah of getting old.” She spotlights mercy’s trail in each. Our choice, Lamott writes, often falls to deciding not to constantly judge everybody’s large and tiny failures: “We will never do
this perfectly, but how do we do it better?” On Sunday, April 9, at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Library will host “An Evening with Anne Lamott” at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State St. Cost is $20 and will include a copy of the book. Info: http://www. knoxfriends.org.
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Come to the L&N By Abbey Morgan Join us for family-fun event at the L&N! The second annual STEM Around the World will take place noon to 4 p.m. SaturMorgan day, Feb. 25, at 401 Henley Street. Families will experience various Asian, African and European ethnic foods, watch cultural performances and learn about traditions and tolerance through crafts and activities. It is fun for the whole family! Children can play in the KidZone for face painting and fun games. There is a $5 cash donation to experience the fun at the L&N STEM Academy. Additional food will also be sold. The proceeds will benefit L&N’s class of 2017. Each year, instead of participating in a senior prank, the seniors provide a meaningful gift to the school. This is the major fundraiser for the graduating class. This is also a wonderful opportunity to visit the beautiful, historic L&N building. This Knoxville landmark has been standing since 1905. The Louisville & Nashville train company once called this building its home. It now serves as Knox County’s first stand-alone magnet school. The building has held a variety of people from different cultures across the world. This will be symbolized through the celebration of cultures from all over the globe at STEM Around the World. This year the event will focus on tolerance among all cultures. Because the L&N STEM Academy is home to high school students from all over the county, this is extremely relevant. The school is a melting pot and has a welcoming atmosphere. This is an attitude that should be promoted worldwide. For more information, contact the L&N STEM Academy at 865-329-8440 or email Derek Griffin at derek. firstname.lastname@example.org. Abbey Morgan is a senior at the L&N STEM Academy.
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Flying High in Hardin Valley By Margie Hagen For the Knox County Radio Control club, it’s the love of flying that keeps them soaring. Chartered by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the club has operated its own air strip in west Hardin Valley since 1973. Think model planes, helicopters, drones and even jet fueled turbines. A dedicated membership of about 80 gather monthly to share tips about the finer points of flying. In good weather they gather at their field on Williams Bend Road for camaraderie and the sheer fun of flying their aircraft. Most club members volunteer time and money to keep membership costs low and foster education. Performing community benefit shows is another way they give back. Both ORNL and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have used the field for testing and to conduct training.
Unmanned aircraft have come a long way. “In the old days, beginners used to crash a lot of planes,” said Rick Thompson, current president. “The technology is unbelievable now. We have ‘buddy boxes’ with dual controls that allow instructors to take control if a novice pilot gets in trouble. With auto-leveling and bailout features you learn to fly and land without wrecking your plane.” Thompson joined the club in the mid-1960s while a student at Farragut High School. “Before we moved to our field on Williams Bend Road, the club was off Lovell Road, down a muddy lane,” he says. Throughout the years he acquired more aircraft, and now has 20 planes. Most members fly either gas or lithium polymer battery powered planes, but drones are becoming more popular. Several members have mini helicopters, and
Jim Scarbrough gets ready to fly his Ryan STA model plane.
Longtime member Jerel Zarestky with one of his small helicopters
now the membership includes two small jet pilots. For members, all instruction is free, and the club encourages all ages to consider joining. “We do have some grandfather, father and son members, but we want more young people to join. Once kids get involved with the support of their parents they
nonprofit organization offers interactive instruction and advice, along with free youth membership, up to age 19. Building and refitting is a big part of the process. Hobby shops used to be prevalent around the area, but now specialty parts are usually found only on the internet. KCRC newsletter editor Jim Scarbrough
love it. It teaches them about aerodynamics, internal combustion and life skills too,” said Thompson. Safety is a priority for the club. “We’re strong on safety and have never had a serious accident,” said Thompson. “In order to become a member, applicants must first belong to AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics).” The
commented on the demise of small hobby stores in a recent post, saying. “As far as I know, we only have one hobby store left in this area (HobbyTown). If there are others, please let me know and I’ll pass the word along. I encourage every member to support those we have left before they too are gone.” Info: KCRC.com
FHS CodeTN team bring home the prize
A typical summer day at the field as members gather on the loading benches
Those have to accommodate a student body of 1,800. “That $50,000 won’t go very far,” Lin explains. In 2016, the town of Farragut donated $22,000 to the high school and $10,000 to the FHS Foundation. The technological world changes so fast it’s hard for education to keep up. Some of the school’s computers are 10 years old. “Parts aren’t available,” Lin says. Even with some handicaps, Farragut students excel, dominating the state’s CodeTN competition, winning first and $5,000 for the school for the second year. Members of this year’s Objective-F team are Dennis Ross, Claire Stoneham, Ethan Davila, Lauren Fiet, Eric Wang, Brianna Martinson and Tyler Senter. They started in August to develop and construct a Web application to solve a community problem. “The hardest part was coming up with a problem,” says Tyler, who was project manager and a member of last year’s winning team. Many team members had no coding experience and attended a mid-September workshop. Tech professionals also visited to help.
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The team decided to go with Lauren’s food safety idea. “We thought it was the best problem for the greatest audience,” Tyler explains. They looked at categories of food and safety issues such as where to store food in the refrigerator, how long to store cooked and raw foods. Some findings: Moldy cheese? Cut off only the mold; the rest is safe. Moldy bread? Toss what looks like a science project and the rest is OK. Thawing food on a counter? A big no-no. “I think my best experience was at the very end, at the finale. That moment was the final payoff to me and was so satisfying to say, yes we made this,” says Brianna. “Talking to the judging panel also felt great, because it showed we did something more than just a little school project.” “CodeTN has been a learning experience for me with group work and web design,” adds Dennis. “Learning even more about programming languages has extended my understanding of how certain programming languages work with others to create a finished product.”
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AROUND TOWN ■■ Farragut Middle School Juried Art Show at the Farragut Town Hall. Reception, 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. The art will be on display during regular Town Hall business hours through March 2. Info: 865-966-7057. ■■ Facebook 101 for Seniors, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 1, Farragut Town Hall. Presented by Social Media 4 Seniors. Participants must be 55 years or older and must bring their own device to access Facebook. Cost: $30. Registration/
payment deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 28. Info: 865-218-3375; townoffarragut.org/register. ■■ AARP Smart Driving, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 10, Farragut Town Hall. Cost: $15, members with membership card; $20, nonmembers. Registration deadline: Monday, March 6. Info/registration: townoffarragut.org/ register, 865-218-3375. ■■ Recreation: Registration is open for the town of Farragut’s recreational, intermediate and competitive volleyball leagues and coed recreational softball “D” league. Payment and team
rosters must be received at the time of registration. Deadline to register teams is Friday, March 24. Info/ registration: townoffarragut. org/athletics; Alden Rosner, 865-218-3373. ■■ The town of Farragut is accepting applications for community grants for fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017June 30, 2018). Application deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, March 31. Information and eligibility requirements: townoffarragut.org/ grants. Info: jhatmaker@ townofffarrgut.org.
STAFF/DEVELOPER AGENDA TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 Committee Room A, Farragut Town Hall March 16, 2017 FMPC Items 9:00 a.m. Discussion and public hearing on a revised preliminary plat for Hanover Court, Parcel 37, Group A, Tax Map 151K, located on Old Stage Road at the S. Watt Road intersection, 2.2965 Acres (Turner Homes, LLC, Applicant)
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The Lamb You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. (1 Peter 1: 18-19 NRSV) Your gift of Love they crucified; They laughed and scorned Him as He died. The humble King they named a fraud And sacrificed the Lamb of God. (“Lamb of God,” Twila Paris) Last week, in this space, I wrote these words: “God watched His own Son die, with no lamb to take his place.” The context of that was Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only, longawaited son in obedience to God’s command. Even as Abraham agonizingly raised his knife, God gave Abraham a reprieve, and allowed him to substitute a lamb for the sacrifice and let Isaac live. I read those words again, after the column was in print. It was only then that the truth dawned on me. Jesus was the Lamb who took my place, and yours. There was no substitute available to God. I had known that truth, of course, for years and years. Even so, it struck me anew, with a power that brought me up short.
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It brought me face to face with God’s pain as He allowed His son to die. And it made me realize all over again how much God cared for – and cares for – these sinners that we are! Ash Wednesday is one week from today, March 1. It is a day of penitence and prayer. In whatever way you observe the beginning of Lent, spend some quiet time thinking about your own walk with God. Ask God to forgive your failings and to guide your steps every day. Give thanks for God’s mercy and love.
Episcopals celebrate Absalom Jones, voice for freedom By Carol Z. Shane Area Episcopalians are looking forward this weekend to “Celebrating Absalom Jones,” a gathering to be held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. The Rev. Jones, who lived from 1746-1818, is highly regarded as an abolitionist and the co-founder with Richard Allen of the Free African Society, begun in 1787, a nondenominational religious organization that served the spiritual, economic and social needs of Philadelphia’s AfricanAmerican community. He is also known as the first African-American Episcopal priest. Now in its fifth year, the annual celebration of Rev. Jones’ life and accomplishments is sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), a national organization that has existed under various names since 1856. Michael Moore, a product specialist for Apple Inc. and a self-described “fourth-generation Episcopal, cradled in the membership,” is one of the event’s co-
ordinators. Moore says that Jones and Allen were “really instrumental in evangelizing thousands of people.” He’s been pleased to see large audiences in the past for the celebration, and hopes that this year will be no different. “We’re inviting everyone,” he says. “It’s an open service.” Featured in the celebra-
tion will be guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Tommie Lee Watkins, associate rector and associate chaplain at Canterbury Chapel Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A specialist in religion and spirituality among minority populations, he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama
Crawford is candidate for Grace pastor By Nancy Anderson
After 10 months and nearly 250 April 4-Oct. 26, Caswell Park, applicants, 570 Winona St. Cost: $10. Nonthe Pascompetitive league for men tor Search over 60 and women over 55. Team of Info: Bob Rice, 865-573-2189 or kxseniorcoedsoftball@ Grace Bapcomcast.net. tist Church announced ■■ Frank R. Strang Senior Cenits final canter, 109 Lovell Heights Road. Info: 865-670-6693. didate for Dr. Crawford lead pastor ■■ Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 865- in Dr. Jeff Crawford from 951-2653. Springdale, Ark.
Visiting speaker for “Celebrating Absalom Jones,” Rev. Dr. Tommie Lee Watkins of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Photo submitted
school of social work. Local jazz artist Jeanine Fuller will perform. And there will be an art display from Jan and Sylvia Peters, who’ve been collecting African art for 47 years. “I’m going to try and piece a few things together that I think would be appropriate,” says Sylvia. “I thought I would bring art that is representative of the people who were coming into the New World at the time of Absalom Jones.” The Rev. James Anderson says that the event celebrating African-American legacy and ministry represents “a time of renewal and rededication to issues of equality and social justice.” One of the event’s organizers, Anderson calls Jones “very much a voice for freedom. And that’s what this is all about: a call to action for contemporary society.” “Celebrating Absalom Jones” happens at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 South Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Info: 865-588-0589.
On Sunday, Feb. 26, there will be only one morning service during which Crawford will preach. Per the church bylaws, after the sermon there will be a written vote among church members. “Nothing more shapes a church than when they call a new pastor,” said Crawford. “That’s why Julie and I are truly grateful. Frankly, I’m personally extremely humbled to be in this position today to be presented to you
as candidate for lead pastor. “Pray for us and do everything you can to be in church on Sunday, Feb. 26. This is going to be a special day as we all come together to seek the face of God for the future of Grace Baptist Church.” Crawford is an educator and published author. Born in 1969, he and wife Julie have four children. He is currently teaching pastor, founder and president of Cross Church
School of Ministry, where he preaches regularly among the five campuses of Cross Church, a multi-mega church consistently ranked by Outreach magazine as a top-100 church in the nation. He holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from Oklahoma Baptist University, a master’s from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Farragut Shopper news • February 22, 2017 • A-5
Super Tuesday student Brooklyn Ballinger presents Em Turner Chitty with a valentine as her grandfather, the Rev. Victor King, looks on. Photo by Betty Bean
Deshaun O’Keefe reads with volunteer tutor Inas Alsarmad.
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Building community one ‘Super Tuesday’ at a time By Betty Bean Valentine’s Day fell on a Tuesday this year, and over at Edgewood Chapel AME Zion Church the room was buzzing. A high school girl was getting help with a chemistry problem, blocking out the sounds of a couple of younger kids who were sounding out words across the room. Others were working on colorful Valentine cards and toward the back of the room, an elementary school boy was figuring out a video game. It was Super Tuesday Tutoring Night at Edgewood Chapel, presided over by Em Turner Chitty, who teaches English language at UT, and Victor Emmanuel King Sr., Edgewood Chapel’s pastor. UT senior Hannah Marley and Inas Alsarmad, an Iraqi national whose doctoral candidate husband had been one of Chitty’s students, are volunteer tutors. King took a few minutes to talk before he went out to pick up pizza. “That’s just tonight,” said the do-it-all leader whose skills aren’t limited to speaking from the pulpit (he painted the church exterior and laid the hardwood floors). “Generally I cook for them. I’m going to take every excuse away from the parents. We want to make it so (that) all their parents have got to do when they get home is give them a bath and put them to bed.” Super Tuesdays grew out of a chance encounter at last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Pastor King had marched with a group of former gangbangers called Heal the Land, Chitty with Mothers Against Violence. They struck up a conversation while watching rival gang members take off their colors and tie them into a multi-colored banner. Chitty has lived in West Knoxville for 30 years and has been increasingly bothered by the city’s racial divide. “When I went to the march, I saw how wonderful it was to have so many disparate communities come together, and how sad it was that we only come together on that one day,” she said. “I told him I wanted to help, but the only thing I know how to do is teach. He said, ‘I’ve got some kids who could use tutoring.’” King remembers it the same way: “Just as we were walking by the church I told her I’d been trying to get a tutoring program started. Two weeks later, she came in on a Sunday morning and stuck her head in the door. I introduced her to the church, ‘This is Miss Em Chitty.’ You won’t forget that name.” King is proud of the tutoring program’s success, which has helped every
in 1979, I walked across the stage, shook the principal’s hand, took my diploma and couldn’t read it.” He’d faked his way through school, and didn’t discover that he was dyslexic until he was an adult holding down a full-time job and working on his reading Turner Chitty King Sr. on his own. student who attended. He And then he got some knows what it’s like to need help. help. “I got saved, and the “I was one who strug- Holy Ghost taught me how gled,” he said. “When I to read. The Bible was the graduated from Austin-East first book I read, one word
at a time. When I was born again, God gifted me with several different things – I can play any instrument I touch. I’m a writer. And I always wanted to be an advocate for schools.” Two years ago, he earned a degree from Johnson University, and is proud that all of his children are college graduates. He wants to make sure that other kids get the chance to excel, too. “I thought it was a sad thing, most of the time the teacher let me sit there and
look out the window. I didn’t want any of the kids to feel the way I felt.” Alsarmad said she has missed only one Tuesday since she started tutoring. She and her husband don’t have any children, so she was unsure of how she’d do when she started. “I’ve made a lot of great friends, American friends who make me know what is the meaning of friendship. I’m living the American dream and trying to surround myself with Ameri-
can people. I’ve found out I really like the children. They are amazing and they are beautiful children who have so many dreams. I’m helping them keep up with these dreams that they have.” Last year Chitty raised around $600 to fund Super Tuesday. It’s almost gone now, and she plans to mount a new funding campaign to keep the program going. Anyone interested in helping can email Chitty at email@example.com/.
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First Pets with a following Young artist keeps eye on prize to win By Kip Oswald Over the last weeks, I have been writing about our past First Pets, but there have been some pets that have become very famous! So how does a dog Kip or cat become so famous they have books written about them, receive letters from thousands of fans, or have money sent to them? It started with Laddie Boy, the famous terrier of our 29th president, Warren Harding. Laddie Boy led a parade on his own float, had his own handcarved chair to sit on during the President’s meetings and was even quoted in the newspaper as if he had been interviewed by a reporter. When President Harding died, the Newsboys Association had every newsboy in the country send in one penny so the pennies could be melted down into a statue of Laddie Boy. The statue is still in the Smithsonian Institution. There was a book and a movie written about President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous terrier, Fala. Fala went everywhere with the president, even sleeping in the president’s bed. During World War II, Fala was photographed giving a dollar to help with the war, which caused thousands of his fans
to send in a dollar, too. Although many dogs lived in the White House, only one wrote about her adventures there. Millie, George H. W. Bush’s dog, wrote “Millie’s Book,” with the help of President Bush’s wife, Barbara. It was on the New York Times best-seller’s list for months. President Bill Clinton not only had a famous dog but also a famous cat. His dog, Buddy, and his cat, Socks, received letters from all over the world, and the first lady decided to publish the letters into books that were read by hundreds of children. Not only were dogs and cats famous, but Herbert Hoover, our 31st president, had a famous pet opossum. Hoover found him wandering outside the White House, and when a local baseball team saw his picture in the paper, they thought he was their lost mascot, Billy. When members of the team came to the White House to get the opossum, the animal hid from them, so the boys left a note for the president to send Billy to the games for good luck. Hoover did and the team won its games. Now that we have learned about many of the strange and famous past First Pets, what do you think Barron Trump, President Donald Trump’s young son, will get as a pet if he gets one? Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Next week, we will learn about famous First Kids!
SCHOOL NOTES ■■ Central Baptist ChurchBearden’s Children’s Consignment Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 6300 Deane Hill Drive. Proceeds
will be donated to the West Hills Elementary School FOOD 4 Kids Program. Consignor/ volunteer registration is open through 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5. Info/registration: cbcbearden.org/events; email@example.com; 865-588-0586.
By Suzanne Foree Neal “I can create anything I want through artwork,” says Jennifer Segueda-Albertsen. What she created was a winning flag design netting her $1,500 and her Farragut Middle School art teacher Angela McCarter $2,000 in art supplies from Sargent Art. Jennifer’s work will represent Tennessee as the Youth Art Month flag design winner and be displayed at the National Art Education Association national conference in New York City next month. She entered last year and finished third in the state but took top prize this year for grades K-12. The colors are brilliant, and block letters spell out the theme “Art Is a Visual Journey” across the bottom. A pair of eyes is prominent in her design, along with a twisty road, the Knoxville skyline, some constellation symbols, Orion, the Big Dipper and – barely in the piece at the right side of the design – Saturn. “I thought the eyes might be a little cliché but guess I figured out how to do it so it won,” she says, with a smile.
Celebrate Black History month with a free community event at Pellissippi State Community College, Magnolia Avenue campus. On Friday, Feb. 24, genealogist Tony Burroughs, the founder of The Center for Black Genealogy, will facilitate a genealogy workshop: “Help! I Can’t Find My Ancestors! Overcoming Challenges in Genealogy.” Burroughs will talk about the trials of family history research, how to
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Braden talks building codes By Sandra Clark As Knox County’s chief building official, Roy Braden has a truckload of regulations and enforcement tools in his arsenal. But Braden prefers to encourage a volunteer spirit among neighbors. “If your neighbors’ yard is overgrown, talk to them. Volunteer to mow. See what they need,” Braden told members of the Powell Business & Professional Association. But if the good neighbor policy fails, his office will take complaints anonymously. Just phone 215-2325 and select option 3.
“We’re here to help the community and we will,” he said. “My job is to protect the life and safety of our citizens.” Deck failure is the top cause of personal injury, he said, telling of a call: “There’s this man building a deck and I think he’s Roy Braden doing it wrong,” said the woman. “And how do you know about this?” asked the inspector. “Well, he’s my husband. …” Questions centered on an aban-
doned grocery store on Clinton Highway. Braden said he’s been after property owner Joe Levitt for years to keep it clean. “We tagged the old Ingle’s 20 years ago,” he said. That led to a lawsuit which landed in Anderson County, where the then-law director heard the case. He ruled that if the building is structurally sound the county cannot tear it down. Braden’s office issues about 5,000 building permits per year and also logs about 5,000 complaints. The office makes 7-10 inspections on new construction, he said.
Knoxville Museum of Art executive director David Butler poses with Molly GilUT students Hannah Allender and Ashley Wolff bert after her talk on “The Men of Candoro.” Photos by Betsy Pickle
Candoro inspires with its past and potential By Betsy Pickle Most of the time, the Candoro Marble building sits inconspicuously at the corner of Maryville Pike and Candora Avenue, with passing drivers noting only the wide lawn, the side of the building and the tree-lined drive. Vestal neighbors and others help it come alive during May’s annual Vestival and the traditional December open house, and weddings and other celebrations take advantage of its charm and beauty throughout the year. Recently, the former showroom and offices for a longtime South Knoxville marble business have found a new purpose: inspiring students and art lovers to think beyond the present day. University of Tennessee architecture professors Lisa Mullikin and Merita Soini turned the building into a sort of “lab” this semester. They brought sophomore-level students to examine the building and grounds and use them as the starting point for a class project. The assignment was to redesign the 94-year-old facility as an artist studio and residence. After an initial visit to learn about the building and the assignment, 27 students, working in
teams, returned to study and measure the rooms and their features. They already had “clients” – primarily members of UT’s School of Art – for whom to design the space. Hannah Allender of Knoxville and Ashley Wolff of Old Bridge, N.J., happened to have as their client Jered Sprecher, a South Knoxville resident whose work is currently featured in the show “Outside In” at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Sprecher, married with three kids, has had several positions as an artistin-residence, so he was able to give Allender and Wolff specific ideas about what he would need – lots of open space for the family and northern light for his studio. The students said they loved the building’s historic marble walls and floors, but in their hypothetical plans, many of the more recently added features would need to go. Molly Gilbert became obsessed with East Tennessee pink marble when she realized how prevalent it was in her home and others in her Lake Forest neighborhood. Now a member of the board of the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center, which is based at Candoro Marble, Gilbert created the
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■■ ORNL Federal Credit Union is now accepting applications for the B.A. Candler/ORNL FCU scholarship to UTKnoxville for the 2017-2018 school year. The scholarship was established in 1993 to honor Bob A. Candler, who retired as president of the Credit Union after 31 years of service. Applications: ornlfcu. com; all ORNL FCU branch locations. Application deadline: Wednesday, March 1.
■■ Todd Oliver has been promoted to Project Manager for Swift Industrial Power. Oliver will manage Swift’s Telecom Market projects, interfacing with customers on project details and managing the technician workforce performing tasks in the field.
■■ The city of Knoxville’s Office of Business Support is seeking nominations for its Business Advisory Council (BAC). Members will serve in
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Tennessee Pink Marble Trail, a guide to sites in South Knoxville and downtown, mostly, that boast examples of pink marble. Gilbert credits Dr. Susan Knowles of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University with much of her education on pink marble, but the student has now become a teacher. She spoke last week at KMA’s Dine & Discover luncheon. Gilbert’s talk was on “The Men of Candoro Marble,” and the packed room made it clear that Knoxvillians are interested in knowing Candoro’s history. Many locals are aware of the work of architect Charles Barber, who designed the Candoro main building and garage. Gilbert gave insights not only into Barber’s background but also the lives of Samuel Yellin, the master Philadelphia iron artist who created Candoro’s iconic wrought-iron front door, and Albert Milani, the Italianborn stone carver who served as Candoro’s foreman for 40 years. Gilbert brought their personalities to life and, in the process, gave a new perspective on that inconspicuous building in Vestal. Info: www.candoromarble.org
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The Rotary Club of Knoxville has a new committee for 2017-18. The RCK Peace Committee’s purpose is to support peace-building in the Knoxville community through the study of conflict and conflict resolution training. The committee will select a recipient for a new annual RCK Peace Award, to be presented at a ceremony in the Rotary Peace Garden at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
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First-grade scholar DeAndre Gould uses a technology device at Emerald Academy.
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for 2017-2018 Emerald Academy continues to grow as an education option for city families. With five applications for every available seat for the current school year, teachers and administrators anticipate a robust enrollment period for 2017-18. Interested families are encouraged to apply online at www.emeraldacademy. org. Emerald Academy is a free, independently operated, college preparatory public charter school that will serve kindergarten, first, second, third, sixth and seventh grades next academic year. Parents and children are invited to tour the school and speak with staff at an open house on Feb. 28 or March 7 at 5:30 pm. Emerald Academy is located at 220 Carrick Street. For more details, call 865249-7223.
A Message from Steve Diggs Emerald Youth president and CEO Recently I gathered for lunch and fellowship at The Original Louis’ Restaurant with my Emerald Youth colleagues. We joined together to celebrate a joyful year of ministry and God’s kindness to us in 2016. As I looked around the room during the Steve Diggs meal, I was reminded of how far we have come in over two decades. What began as a small outreach of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church in North Knoxville has grown to include locations throughout our city. Examples include Laurel Church of Christ, which serves youth in the Marble City and Pond Gap communities, The Restoration House of East Tennessee and its ministry with single mothers and their children, and longtime partner Mount Zion Baptist, which opens its doors each afternoon to young people in East Knoxville. Soccer and other field sports are thriving at the Sansom Sports Complex, kids are learning to swim at the E.V. Davidson Community Center pool, and our gym on North Central Street is regularly packed with parents watching their children play basketball and volleyball. But there is still much to be done. Moving forward through 2017 and beyond, our aim is ambitious, and yet we believe it is possible. We imagine a city where every child in every neighborhood has the opportunity for a full life. Our desire is to see the Kingdom of God come alive in our city and to produce promising, Godly young-adult leaders for Knoxville. We can’t do this alone. If you’re not engaged with us already, I hope you will consider doing so, and in turn, help change the trajectory for kids in the heart of our city.
Celebrating Black History Month with Johnson University During its recent Black History Month celebration, Johnson University welcomed Kevin DuBose to campus. DuBose, who serves as church and community development director for Emerald Youth, spoke to students and faculty at their chapel services on Feb. 7, 8 and 9. “I thoroughly enjoyed speaking at Johnson,” DuBose said. “While it was important to share about the many challenges that exist in the heart of our city, it was especially a joy to remind the students of the Gospel and how God is working in children and families throughout Knoxville’s urban neighborhoods.” Each chapel began with praise and worship led by John Jackson, who serves as music director at Community Evangelistic Church in East Knoxville and leads the Emerald Youth choir.
Emerald Youth’s Kevin DuBose, left, with Johnson University Provost Dr. Tommy Smith.
Former banking professional joins Emerald Youth Sanford Miller has joined Emerald Youth Foundation as corporate sponsorship director, returning to the organization where his career began. Miller first worked at Emerald Youth more than a decade ago, where the former University of Tennessee football player used his skills and passion for athletics to lead Emerald’s sports programs. He then pursued a career in financial services with Home Federal Bank, Primerica and most recently Fifth Third Bank. “I am honored to be back with Emerald Youth and will use my experience in banking and sales to raise
support for our ministry with Sanford Miller was young people,” recently hired as said Miller. “As Emerald Youth a native of East Foundation’s corporate Knoxville, I sponsorship director. benefited from youth-serving organizations like Emerald during my childhood, and in this new role, I can give back to kids in the heart of our city in a unique way.” Miller is a graduate of SouthDoyle High School and Tusculum College. He and wife Shay have two sons, Tyson and Zane.
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Who is in charge at Tennessee? The University of Tennessee has endured considerable criticism and some snickering because it wasn’t ready or able to immediately name a new athletic director. Alabama introduced a replacement for Bill Battle two days after he said goodbye. The secret courtship with Greg Byrne had been going on for months. Last summer, when Dave Hart didn’t get the contract extension he wanted, he announced his forthcoming retirement. Speculation has been romping along ever since. We’ve nominated two really good candidates. Neither has been ordained. OK, the Tennessee situation is different. First priority was to find a new chancellor. We finally got one but she was not ready to approve our suggestions. She wanted to look around. I dare not say that is a woman’s prerogative. I can say this delay caused a very bright Shopper reader to ask exactly who’s in charge at Tennessee? In theory, the chain of
command goes like this: Coaches answer to the athletic director. He answers to the chancellor. She answers to the president. He answers to the board of trustees. Along the way, influential boosters chime in when they choose. Names on buildings probably carry more weight than little league contributors. I will not attempt a pecking order. You can guess who loans jets. In theory, trustees have the final say. Years of observation convinced me that trustees almost always approve whatever the president proposes. This is a political process. Money is the key word. How much does it cost and who is going to pay? ■■ Gov. Bill Haslam chairs the board. Raja J. Jubran, UT engineering honors graduate of a generation ago, founder and CEO of Denark Construction,
prominent in Clayton Bank, is vice chair. He has had lots to say about settlements of Title IX and sexual harassment lawsuits but not much about athletic directors. ■■ Dr. Joe DiPietro, president of the university system, is a voting member except on audit and compliance matters. ■■ Ex-Vol Charles Anderson, CEO of Anderson Media, is an influential trustee. He is from the Florence, Ala., family that founded Books a Million. He is on the committee searching desperately for a new athletic director. He is also on the executive and compensation committee.
The athletics committee: ■■ Spruell Driver Jr., UT graduate with a Duke law degree, is a contract specialist with Vanderbilt’s sponsored programs administration. ■■ D. Crawford Gallimore, graduate of UT-Martin, is chief financial officer for HamiltonRyker, job placement company in Martin.
■■ Shannon A. Brown is senior VP, human resources and diversity officer for FedEx. ■■ Dr. William E. Evans, UT grad, retired as director and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. ■■ George E. Cates retired from MidAmerica Apartment Communities in Memphis. ■■ Dr. Susan Davidson is a professor of nursing at UT-C. ■■ John N. Foy, UT law grad, is retired from CBL & Associates Properties in Chattanooga. ■■ Candice McQueen, state commissioner of education, is an ex officio voting member.
No one knows the origin of the statues of oversized heads on Easter Island.
■■ Rhedona Rose is executive VP of Tennessee Farm Bureau. ■■ Miranda N. Rutan is a student at UT-Martin. ■■ Jai Templeton, state commissioner of agriculture, is an ex officio voting member. ■■ John D. Tickle, UT grad, chairs Strongwell Corporation.
■■ Vicky Brown Gregg retired as chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Her roots are in Cleveland.
■■ Julia T. Wells, UT grad, is VP of marketing for Pictsweet.
■■ Brad Lampley, ex-Vol, twice a graduate of UT, is with Adams and Reese law firm in Nashville.
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■■ Charles E. Wharton, UT grad, is CEO of Poplar Creek Farms,.
Chris Edmonds talks to President Barack Obama while Sen. Bob Corker (center) looks on. The Nazi drew his pistol and pressed it hard into Roddie’s forehead. He repeated the order: “You will order the Jewish men to step forward.” Nobody moved. “Dad had been shot, beaten with a rifle butt, punched, attacked by dogs, stripped of his dignity… Yet there he stood with a gun to his head, disobeying Nazi orders. Lester Tanner said, ‘Your dad never wavered.’” “Dad said, ‘Major, if you shoot me, you’ll have to kill all of us because we know who you are. And you’ll stand trial for war crimes when we win this war.’” The Nazi’s arm began to tremble. He holstered his gun and returned to his office. Seventy years later, Chris was visiting Israel at the request of officials who wanted to honor his father, and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial to Holocaust victims, named Rod-
The first week of February, I visited Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles east of Chile, which owns the island. It had been on my bucket list for years. Two other Knoxvillians who have previously visited Easter Island are Will Skelton, active
■■ Dr. Jefferson S. Rogers is a professor of geography at UT-Martin.
Betty Bean named Lester Tanner, who mentioned that he and many other Jewish GIs owed their lives to the bravery of a master sergeant named Roddie Edmonds. Chris contacted Tanner, who introduced him to another former POW, and the old soldiers, who have become like family, told him a remarkable story. The war was going badly for Germany by January 1945, but the Nazi determination to exterminate Jews never flagged, and Jewish soldiers were instructed to destroy their dog tags if they were taken prisoner lest they be assigned to camps that they couldn’t survive. On Jan. 26, Roddie Edmonds got word that Jewish prisoners were going to be taken away the next morning after roll call. As the highest-ranking soldier there (officers were sent to separate camps), he told his men that they could not allow this to happen. The next morning, the camp commander ordered Master Sgt. Edmonds to send the Jews forward. Every prisoner there obeyed the order. “The commander could not believe his eyes – all 1,300 men standing together in sharp formation.” And that’s when Roddie said, “We are all Jews here.”
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■■ Sharon J. Pryse, UT grad, is president and CEO of Trust Company in Knoxville.
A son’s discovery brings father’s heroism to life World War II veteran Roddie Edmonds was always a hero in his son’s eyes, even though he never volunteered details about what had happened after the Germans captured him during the Battle of the Bulge. Chris Edmonds, who grew up to become a Baptist minister, says his father’s beliefs were uncomplicated: “There is a God and God is good. We must be good to one another. Loving others is what Dad did well. I think he was gifted to do that,” Edmonds told the Volunteer Rotary Club. “And here’s another truth. Evil is real. Dad believed that God was good and evil was real, and it was wrong. He knew this from his faith and his Tennessee roots – right was always right and evil was wrong.” Roddie Edmonds died in 1985, and 20 years passed before Chris’s mother gave him a journal Roddie had kept during his time as a master sergeant in the 106th Infantry, including 100 days in two different German POW camps. “The story begins with an old diary, weathered and fragile. It belonged to a young man from Tennessee who was fighting for his country on a continent on the edge of collapse,” Chris Edmonds said. “It touched my heart.” Wanting more information, Chris ran a Google search on Roddie’s name. He found a story about Richard Nixon buying a Manhattan townhouse from a lawyer
die “Righteous Among the Nations,” an award given to gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews. He is one of five American soldiers to be so honored. Last year, Chris was invited to speak about his father at an award ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. President Obama was there, along with filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Afterward, Obama sought Chris out. “He was visibly moved,” Chris said. “The last thing he said was, ‘Chris, after you finished talking, I leaned over to Steven and said, ‘I think there’s a movie here.’” Now, Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Rep. Jimmy Duncan are working to get Roddie Edmonds a Congressional Gold Medal. Chris says: “I hope the next remarkable event will be at the White House to present Dad with the Medal of Honor.”
greenways advocate and retired attorney, and Jeff Chapman, well respected director of the McClung Museum on the UT Knoxville campus. Getting there is part of the adventure, as one flies to Santiago, the capital of Chile, overnight and then flies five hours west over the Pacific to the island, which is partway to Australia from Chile. There are daily flights to the island from Santiago. Otherwise, one goes by ship, and they are infrequent. About 8,000 people live on 44 square miles in the middle of incredible statues carved on the island centuries ago. In addition to being an open air museum, the island offers outstanding diving, snorkeling and surfing. Hanga Roa is the main and only town. The airport is next to the town. Much of the island is part of the national park established by Chile. Tourism is now its main industry. No one knows for sure how the island was first inhabited or when or how the statues (moai) were made and then moved to different sites on the island. The theories are just theories. It is believed the first settlers arrived from the Marquesas islands between the 4th and 8th centuries. Today about 90,000 tourists visit the island. At times the population has dwindled to a few hundred. I was able to visit the quarry of a long extinct volcano where some 400 statues with oversized heads have been counted in various shapes, sizes and conditions. The photo here is typical of what exists. The climate is tropical but seldom exceeds 82 degrees. Accommodations and food are much better than adequate but not deluxe. It can be expensive as most supplies are imported from the mainland of Chile. ■■ Bearden activist Terry Faulkner says she will not run for city council
this fall as she needs to be home assisting her husband, who has been ill. However, she will continue to speak out on issues and indicated she has not decided whom to support among Wayne Christensen, David Williams and Andrew Roberto, the declared candidates in the West Knoxville city district. ■■ New UTK Chancellor Beverly Davenport says she will spend time getting to know state lawmakers as part of her introduction to Tennessee. In the same news conference, she announced her opposition to legislation by state Rep. Martin Daniel to guarantee free speech on college campuses, saying it is not needed. However, she was not precise as to what provisions in it she dislikes. Her comments made it appear she had not read the legislation, which she will need to do prior to meeting with Daniel. Davenport was able to avoid explaining why she failed to appoint a single African-American to the Athletic Director search committee and named only one woman to the six-member task force. At some point she will have to address these issues while she promotes diversity. ■■ Attorney James Corcoran is running for the city council seat currently held by Brenda Palmer. So is Jodi Mullins, who has the backing of Palmer. Corcoran has a page on Facebook. He ran a strong race in the GOP primary last year for state representative, which was ultimately won by Martin Daniel. Half the district is inside the city of Knoxville. ■■ County Commissioner Bob Thomas turns 63 today, March 1, and City Law Director Charles Swanson, husband of Judge Pam Reeves, also turns 63 on March 6. ■■ Middle Tennessee U.S. Rep. Diane Black will be in Knoxville today talking to people about her campaign for governor next year and attending a UT basketball game tonight. Attorney Jeff Hagood is helping her campaign.
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Peninsula Clothes Closet helps patients in need The Peninsula Clothes Closet is something of a hidden treasure. It doesn’t get a lot of publicity, and you probably won’t see its beneficiaries featured on the local news. That’s because the people served by this charity benefit from it in a very personal and private way. When mental health patients are at their lowest, the simplest acts of kindness can make a big difference by bringing encouragement, and bolstering self-esteem. “Many of our patients arrive without proper attire, sometimes jail fatigues or a hospital gown,” coordinator Susan Bourdeau says. “Clean, safe, comfortable clothing means the world to them - it’s a matter of human decency.” Bourdeau explains that many patients at Peninsula are homeless. Donated clothing is more than just a kind gesture, it’s a deeply appreciated gift. Some patients have suffered complete breakdowns, some have been suicidal, and others have lost all connections with family and friends due to chemical dependency. Bordeau says she never knows from one day to the next what kind of donations she’s going to receive, but somehow they always turn out to be the right ones. She becomes emotional when she talks about it. “Some days I’ll have nothing,” Bourdeau says. “I’ll say a little prayer, I’ll come in, and something will be here, and it’s just the size I need.”
To be able to walk into a room filled with clothing and walk out with something clean, in good condition, and appropriate for life outside the hospital is an important part of a new beginning. It’s preparation for a first step out into the real world, made a little less daunting by the kindness of strangers. For Bourdeau, working with clothes is a perfect fit. A wardrobe stylist and makeup artist by trade, Bourdeau has worked on video and stage projects in various areas of the southeast, most frequently in Knoxville, TN and Miami, FL. On a shoot for a commercial, for example, she expertly applies the actors’ make up to work with the lighting, or pulls together outfits that create just the right look. While a day of paid work often means associating with the likes of Paula Deen and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the private work in the clothes closet for patients in need is just as rewarding, and sometimes even more so. “A decent article of clothing, a clean shirt and pants, a warm jacket, shoes without holes these are the things that keep us human,” Bourdeau says. “These are the things that make a world of difference to someone that has just gone through a major struggle. It’s life changing.” Bourdeau is always in need of donations for the Peninsula Clothes Closet, particularly casual clothing in smaller and larger sizes. Dress clothing isn’t needed, because the primary purpose of
Volunteer Susan Bourdeau sorts through neatly organized rows of clothing ready for patients who are embarking on a new life after their treatment at Peninsula.
the Clothes Closet is simply to outfit patients to return home. “I’m always looking for t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, and sweats,” Bourdeau says. Clothing items for children and teenagers are needed, as well as clothing for adults. Bourdeau also accepts
Pet therapy brings smiles An energetic dog bounces through the doors at Peninsula Hospital. A mixture of beagle and Jack Russell terrier, Cord is friendly by nature, and can hardly wait to spread that friendliness to patients. A combat veteran mentions
that his mood is improved thanks to Cord’s visit. Later, Cord gently props his head on the wheelchair of a patient who is on oxygen. “Oh, you’re back!” she says happily. In the children’s unit, a young patient begins to have a seizure. Cord is given the job of distracting the other children, keeping them happy and calm during the crisis. Cord is one of two dogs that have become frequent visitors at Peninsula guided by volunteer Brian Easley. He also brings Jamie for visits, an Australian cattle dog mix. The dogs have a very simple mission at Peninsula – to be petted and talked to. And while it may be a simple mission, it’s also an important one. Animal assisted Volunteer Brian Easley along with his dogs, Cord and Jamie, are much anticipated visitors at Peninsula Hospital.
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therapy has been shown to help reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in patients who have As a service of Peninsula Peer Support Academy, a a variety of health concerns. The free-of-charge, non-denominational support group is now being dogs came to Peninsula by way of offered for the victims of the November fires in Sevier County. H.A.B.I.T. (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee), a nonprofit proMondays gram that sponsors animal-assisted therapy. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Both Cord and Jamie are resOur Savior Lutheran Church cue dogs, Cord having been ad423 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg opted at six weeks, and Jamie after two long months in a shelThursdays ter. “It’s quite a redemptive story 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. for her to have come from being Trinity Episcopal Church unwanted to now being a success509 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg ful therapy dog for almost two years,” Easley says. For more Information, call 865-705-3020. Indeed, it is ironic that these rescue dogs are in a sense providing rescue for humans. “The response is amazing,” Easley says. “Patients frequently mention how much they are missing their own pets, and at almost every visit, at least one patient says that spending time with Cord or Jamie has been the highlight of their day.” Easley says he had known about animal-assisted therapy for years, but thought he was too busy to get involved. “At some point I just decided to make the time, and it’s been one of the better decisions I’ve made,” Easley says. “My dogs do a lot to lift me up, and I’m proud that they’re now out there This service is paid for through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Mendoing the same thing for others, tal Health and Substance Abuse Services, and provided by Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center. as well.”
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Fuel & Wood WOOD BURNING STOVE INSERT wood burning stove insert $300.00 35” wide 25” tall 25” deep w/ blower (865)689-8427
Cherokee West $625 South - Taliwa Gardens $585 - $625 1 1/2 bth, W/D conn. (865) 577-1687
90% silver, halves, quarters & dimes, old silver dollars, proof sets, silver & gold eagles, krands & maple leafs, class rings, wedding bands, anything 10, 14, & 18k gold old currency before 1928 WEST SIDE COINS & COLLECTIBLES 7004 KINGSTON PK CALL 584-8070
GREAT VALUE RIVERSIDE MANOR ALCOA HWY
SHERWOOD MEMORIAL GARDENS Alcoa Hwy, 1 cem. lot, double deep for 2 people. Sell for $4,000. Cost $7500. (865)230-0527
$355 - $460/mo.
NEED SUMMER CASH? I WANT TO BUY Vintage mens watches, vintage eye glasses, vintage lighters, costume jewelry, gold & sterling, vintage toys & tools. Will pay fair market price. (865) 441-2884.
CEMETERY LOTS FOR SALEI’ve got 4 together on the 50 at Lynnhurst Cemetery for the final game! Section 3C, lots 10, 10A, 5, 5A, with monument rights. Retails for $3695 each. Will sell for $2500 each, want to sell all 4 together for $10,000. Call Tim (865)659-0865
LYNNHURST CEMETERY, FTN CITY, 3 adj. lots, marker privileges, exc location in cemetery, $7200. Estimated value $3695 ea. 865-250-3434
WALBROOK STUDIOS 865-251-3607 $145 weekly. Discount avail. Util, TV, Ph, Refrig, Basic Cable. No Lease.
I BUY DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! - OneTouch, Freestyle, AccuChek, more! Must not be expired or opened. Local Pickup! Call Daniel: (865)3831020
ADOPT: Creative, musical, nurturing teacher wishes to adopt a baby into her loving & secure home. Expenses Paid. Call Lillian 1-888-861-8427 or www.liliadopts.com
Highland Memorial. 6 spaces, wooded section 20, upright monument rights avail. $1495 ea for all 6. Will not separate. (865) 690-2086
NE KNOX- Lrg 1 BR 1 BA for 1 PERSON. Upstairs loft duplex. 900 sq. feet. Clean & peaceful, $550 water incl. + sec. deposit. NON SMOKER (INSIDE/ OUT). NO PETS. NO DRUGS. 865-4564424 Cell/Text.
Apartments - Unfurn.
OLD BARN WOOD, various lengths & widths, call for pricing (865)992-7700
BUYING OLD US COINS
MARTIN DC18E DREADNOUGHT Acoustic, electric, cut away guitar, BRAND NEW w/case. Purchased on Nov. 2016. $2400. (423)460-1700
2001 E. Magnolia Ave.
Musical 2 NEW FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITARS with cases & accessories included $195 each (865)579-2255 or (865)548-8876
New side x sides in stock starting at $7999
Dogs SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $500 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016
HAROLD’S GUTTER SERVICE
FAST $$ CASH $$ 4 JUNK AUTOS
REMODELING & HANDYMAN SERVICE JIMMY THE PROFESSIONAL HANDYMAN!!
USING A WOOD MIZER PORTABLE SAW MILL
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CHEVROLET - 1975. We have a 1975 Chev dump truck up for auction. VIN CCS615V129341. Starting bid on this is $4000. Auction date Feb 28 at 9AM. 2924 Asbury Rd, Knoxville TN 37914 $4,000. (865)523-6230.
HONDA ODYSSEY EXL 2015, leather, DVD, loaded, 32K mi, $28,500. (423)295-5393.
12 ACRES of hardwood timber for sale. Bids only by appt. (865)376-5037
on Patty / Pepper Halstead Seaver for an injured party. Call (540)850-8377
*Pools, Laundries, Appl. *5 min. to UT & airport 2 BR TOWNHOUSES
A Large Clean 2 BR apt. in Old North Knoxv. Conveniently located. No smoking/no pets. $700 mo. Dep req’d. (865)522-7552 BEST DEAL OUT WEST! 1BR from $395-$425. 2BR $550-$750. No pets. Parking @ front door. (865)470-8686.
62 AND OLDER Or Physically Mobility Impaired 1 & 2 BR, util. incl. Laundry on site. Immediate housing if qualified. Section 8-202. 865-524-4092 for appt. TDD 1-800-927-9275 EFFICIENCY APTS. - $250 dep. $500/ mo. Includes water. Great for single, couple, etc. Studio size. (865)2799850/(865)279-0550
PINNACLE PARK APTS.
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Downtown Knoxville is now running a MOVE-IN SPECIAL With any qualifying move-in, you will receive $100 gift card to Walmart. Open every Saturday from 2-4pm. Please call 865-523-9303 for info.
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We make loans up to $1000. We do credit starter & rebuilder loans. Call today, 30 minute approvals. See manager for details. 865-687-3228
Real Estate Sales Homes For Sale 3.3 ACRES IN COUNTRY located on Loudon/ Monroe Co. line, 7 min from I-75. 3800 SF, 3 BR, 3 1/2 BA + fin bsmt w/kitchenette, ext wood/stone, int hdwd/tile/granite, inground pool. Oppty to lease adj. 10 acres. Serious inquiries only. Will send pics. (865)466-7052
Manufactured Homes I BUY OLDER MOBILE HOMES 1990 up, any size OK 865-384-5643
SWEETWATER. ON 1 ACRE. Beaut. mtn views, move in ready, like new, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1300 SF, 2 decks, lrg shed, new paint/tile/carpet. $59,900. 423-9202399 text for pics
CAT NAPPER SOFA - Tan, excellent condition, all 3 sections recline. $275. (865)992-8928
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CRIB W/MATTRESS dark wood brown $75. CHANGING TABLE W/PAD dark wood $75. (865)405-8480
$$ PAYS TOP DOLLAR $$- Small or large tracts of timber to log. KY, TN, and VA Master Logger Program. (606)273-2232 or (423)566-9770
Homes Unfurnished 2BR, 1 BA house FOR RENT, 1 car garage, hardwood floors, $725 month $500 deposit. (865)705-8300 OAK RIDGE / CLINTON - Lake Melton, Lakefront home with dock on Lake Melton in Mariner Pointe Subd. LR, fam. rm, & sunroom, opens to lg. open kit. w/all appl. Deep water yr. round. 3 car gar. & deck. 10 min. to Pellissippi, 5 min. to Oak Ridge. $1650. Call Lydia (954)547-2747 VERY NICE - 2 BR, 2 BA mobile home in Halls. All appls, garb. PU incl, $625 mo + $625 DD. Teresa, 865-235-3598.
Duplx/Multplx UnFurn 2 BR DUPLEX
South (off Chapman Hwy) Convenient to Downtown & UT No Pets $575 - $605 (865) 577-1687
Rooms Furn/Unfurn 2 fully furn. BRs & 1 full BA in West Knox. Access to shared LR, DR, kit. & laundry. Sep. food storage & refrig provided. WIFI & driveway parking. $500 per BR per month. 1 mo. sec. dep. Credit & bkground check req’d. Myra 865-250-7014
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QUICK SALE in Oakridge: 2 ETHAN ALLEN TWIN BEDS WITH MATTRESS excellent condition $100 for both, ETHAN ALLEN HUTCH $75, NICE COUCH $75, LG BOOKCASE $75 Call (865)483-8994.
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Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 computerized embroidery sewing machine w/mahog desk, like new, $1500. (865)966-2527
East Knox Co. off Rutledge Pk. Bsmt apt., furnished, 1 BR, all util., cable TV, priv. entr., real nice, no pets, $700 mo., $300 DD. (865) 932-1191
Retail Space/Rent CONVENIENCE STORE FOR LEASE. KNOXVILLE. Large neighborhood area with heavy traffic. Call today for more info 865-560-9989
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A team from Kohl’s – Bill Brabson, Kim Barker, Paul Rice (holding the table decoration) and Todd and Caren Wilkinson – relaxes after a busy evening of helping out at Martinis & Movies. When Kohl’s associates volunteer at a qualifying event, Kohl’s donates $500 to the benefiting organization. Not pictured is Mary Byrne. Photos by Betsy Pickle
Red-carpet event benefits CFF By Betsy Pickle The Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday, but last weekend supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation turned out in red-carpet-ready attire to celebrate the CFF Knoxville chapter’s work and to honor 11 “Rising Stars” from the business community who committed to raise at least $2,000 for the organization. The 10th annual Martinis & Movies Gala at the Crowne Plaza drew more than 200 attendees for a fun evening that included cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, an awards program and dancing. Mary Scott of WBIR hosted the program, which highlighted the efforts of the 2017 Rising Stars: Susan Calvert, Nick DeSamantha Hembree of Maryville shared the story of her daughter, Shealie, 4, who has CF, during the program.
Mel Evans and Jennifer Hill embody elegance on the red carpet. Evans has been a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for four years and this year bought a table at Martinis & Movies.
Vore, Santana Ewers, Joshua Grossbard, John Howard, Megan McCauley, Andrea Kariofiles Shanks, Shannon Swafford, Kelly Taylor, Brittany Williams and John Young. Their combined fundraising campaigns brought in more than $70,000. Williams won for Entertainer of the Year (for organizing the event that raised the most money) and Overall Top Rising Star. DeVore was the Top Male Rising Star, and Shanks was Top Female Rising Star. A video highlighting the story of Shealie, a 4-year-old living with CF, brought a serious note, and her mom, Samantha Hembree, spoke to the crowd and helped inspire another round of donations. Info: www.cff.org
Hannah Bartrug, Sarah Dirkmaart and Lei and Raimund Ganancial sample the hors d’oeuvres.
Brittany Williams of Visage: Salon & Spa won Overall Top Rising Star and Entertainer of the Year for her fundraising efforts.
On a date night for a good cause, Lydia McCoy Jones and husband Korri Jones pose in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza.
Among the many Regal Entertainment folks supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are Chris Sylvia, a vice president in marketing; Sam Malek, Carole Malek, a vice president in IT; and Chris Dzambo, treasurer.
Allison Woods checks out a gift basket at the silent auction.
HAPPENINGS ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 865-215-8801. ■■ Africa’s Great Civilizations” documentary, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave. Performance by West African Drummers Live; dinner provided. Free and open to the public; seating limited. Reservations: BeckEvent@Beck Center.net or 865-524-8461. ■■ “The Busy Body,” Feb. 22-March 12, Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Performance schedule/tickets: 865-974-5161 or clarencebrown theatre.com.
■■ “Between a Ballad and a Blues” production by the Carpetbag Theatre, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 23-26, Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall in the Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. First of a six-part performance series. Info/tickets: claytonartscenter.com/ purchase-tickets. ■■ Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble season opener “Soaring,” Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25. Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday; 9:15 a.m. 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Info/tickets: 865-5849636 ■■ 48th Jubilee Festival, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 24-28, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Concerts, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Old Harp Singing, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15, some
Sequins set a glamorous tone for friends Andrew and Brooke Stanley, Corey Ehinger, Erin Felty and Mikaela Brock. discounts available. Sunday singing: free. Tickets: knoxtix.com, 865-5237521, at the door. Info: jubileearts. org. ■■ Family Search in Detail, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Instructor: Eric Head and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer. Info/registration: 865-215-8809. ■■ Creative Series: Kids Artstravaganza- Face Mugs (Part 1), 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Cost: $50; includes all supplies. Part 2 class, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 4. Preregistration required. Info/ registration: 865-577-4717 ex 110. ■■ Choral Music for Brass, Percussion and Organ performed by the Knoxville Choral Society, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, West Hills Baptist
Church, 409 Winston Road. Tickets: adults, $15; students, $5. Tickets available at Rush’s Music, from any choral society member and at the door. Info: knoxvillechoralsociety. org. ■■ “Just Eat It” movie screening and community potluck, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Entrance fee: a dish including at least one local ingredient or $5/person. Bring your own place setting. Water provided; beer available for purchase. Info: 865-577-4717. ■■ The Garden Brothers Circus, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Info/tickets: gardenbroscircus.com.
Baptist Church, 2500 Maryville Pike. A celebration of music featuring wonderfully talented alumni and faculty from Mount Olive Elementary School from the past 75 years. Reception follows. Free and open to the public. Donations at the door will go to new posture chairs in the Mount Olive Elementary Music Room. Info: Robert Huffaker, 865-579-2170 ext.17622 or robert. email@example.com. ■■ Beginner Smocked Baby Bonnet class, 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 10, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Beth Cannon. Registration deadline: Friday, Feb. 24. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or appalachianarts.net.
■■ Music from the Mount, 6:30 p.m. More at www.ShopperNewsNow.com Monday, Feb. 27, Mount Olive
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