VOL. 11 NO. 19
May 10, 2017
On the job with Sergeant Carter
BUZZ UT prof is first Carnegie winner
For the first time, a UT professor has received a major Carnegie fellowship. Nathan J. Kelly, associate professor of political science, has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Research Fellow. Kelly is one of 35 scholars nationwide who will receive up to $200,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to complete a book or major study. Kelly will use the award to complete his book, â€œAmericaâ€™s Inequality Trap.â€? Kellyâ€™s research shows that rising economic inequality reduces the prospect of major reforms and policy changes within U.S. political institutions.
By Margie Hagen Itâ€™s National Pet Week, that time of year when we recognize our companions, but donâ€™t worry; you donâ€™t have to send a card! That got me wondering why Farragut residents make so many calls to Animal Control; last year there were over 300 reports made, and Sergeant Debbie Carterâ€™s staff responded to every one. As the supervisor of the Knox County Sheriffâ€™s Office Animal Control Unit, Carterâ€™s team is responsible for all calls within the roughly 500-square-mile area, and that includes all animals. Complaints include excessive barking, livestock running loose, dog bites and neglect or abuse. Farragut runs the gamut, but most are nuisance calls involving neighbors annoyed by barking dogs. After 10 minutes of a dogâ€™s continual barking, their owners can be cited. Carter says owners sometimes get used to hearing their dog bark and they tune it out, but neighbors might not be so forgiving.
Faith matters to you, and to us
â€œOne of the beautiful things I love about the Lord is the fact that anyone that comes into contact with God canâ€™t leave that encounter the same way that he came.â€?
Read more from Matthew Best, a new columnist, page A-9
A contender for attention again
â€œHeavyweight boxing has my attention for the first time in 20 years.Â And it should have yours. â€œThe heavyweight boxing champion used to be somebody. Remember? He used to be a contender â€“ for our attention, for our worldwide admiration.â€?
See sports columnist Jesse Smithey, page A-10
Why is UT doing this?
Former Knoxville mayor Victor Ashe raises questions about the salary for UTâ€™s new vice chancellor for communications. Itâ€™s more than twice the going market rate.
Sergeant Debbie Carter with her dogs, Cairn terrier Stormy and Belgian Malinois Breeze. Both are rescues; Breeze was adopted from Young-Williams Animal Center. Photo submitted
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MPC Youth Rep has big plans By Margie Hagen
For Jack Owen Coker, serving as the Youth Representative on Farragutâ€™s Municipal Planning Commission is more than a way to look good on college applications, itâ€™s his passion! Since last summer, 17-year-old Coker has attended the monthly meetings, and while mostly listening to and absorbing the wisdom of the Commission, he will speak up when he has a point to make. And itâ€™s not just his opinion; Coker carefully researches issues,
citing studies and authorities when presenting ideas. â€œI want to improve quality of life for the community through conscious planning and foresight,â€? said Coker. â€œDecisions in planning will affect people for many years to come. Itâ€™s important to set objective standards.â€? Alderman and MPC member Louise Povlin had praise for Coker. â€œHe is a fantastic addition. He understands how our town works and what the priorities are. Jack has an eye
for detail, which is so important. Iâ€™m happy he raised his hand and got involved, heâ€™ll be an incredible advocate for his community.â€? Homeschooled since the seventh grade, Jack is a junior now and will be attending college next year. â€œItâ€™s a fluid and individualized way to learn,â€? he said of homeschooling. â€œI have core studies but I can also focus in my own interests.â€? To page A-3
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One smile at a time By Margie Hagen Civic and charitable work has always been at the top of the list for Barbara and Dr. Reuben Pelot. Over the years they have touched many lives by serving people in practical ways. â€œItâ€™s who we are and the way we live,â€? said Barbara. Born and raised in Old Concord, Barbara, nee Bondurant, had a large extended family, and many friends were thought of as family too. Recalling her days at Farragut High School, she spent free time as a cheerleader and socializing. On a trip to visit relatives in Crossville she met young Reuben Pelot. It took some time for Barbara to agree to a date, but Reuben was persistent and the couple was married in the old Concord Methodist Church. They settled in West Knoxville to raise their family and kept attending the church as it moved from humble beginnings to the current location on Roane Drive. It was during a church break-
fast meeting that the idea for outreach mission dentistry came to Pelot. Working with other members, he set up a modest free clinic at The Volunteer Ministry Center, then located near Gay and Jackson Streets. Barbara volunteered there too, locating patients, sometimes right off the street. â€œWe went by need,â€? said Barbara. Dr. Pelot helped design and secure equipment for a new dental clinic when VMC moved to its current location at 511 North Broadway. Both have many rewarding memories of the 10-plus years they spent treating patients. â€œAfter Katrina, we had a big influx of homeless,â€? said Dr. Pelot. â€œPeople were so grateful to get dental care,â€? added Barbara. One man from New Orleans was so thankful for replacement dentures (his were lost during the flooding) he painted a scene from the French Quarter for them. â€œItâ€™s a treasured family possession,â€? said Barbara.
Barbara and Reuben Pelot have dedicated their time and resources to improving communities. Photos by Margie Hagen
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News from Christian Academy of Knoxville
Melissa Siard with horses Clark and Chip at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky, where she is getting her doctoral degree. Photos by Stephen Patton
CAK alumna appointed assistant professor at Asbury University By Kelly Norrell
Melissa Siard, who will join the faculty of Asbury University’s equine studies department July 1, with one of the horses she will care for. Photo by Stephanie Reedy.
Melissa Siard, 26, a 2008 CAK graduate, will defend her University of Kentucky doctoral thesis in veterinary science on May 26. She already has a job lined up. On July 1, Siard will become assistant professor of equine studies at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., her alma mater. In the fall, she will teach three courses – basic equine science, forage management and feeding of horses, and equine exercise physiology and conditioning. Not a bad outcome for a girl who says she caught “horse fever” at about age 8. Siard’s love of science, her great education that began with 13 years at CAK, and her spirit of dedication drew her not just to academia but a unique specialty – studying the immune systems of elderly horses. Her PhD thesis examines chronic, systemic inflammation that occurs in aging horses with an eye to keeping the animals healthy. Her focus is equine immunology. “Horses live to be 30 years old. We want to keep them healthy and happy as long as we can,” she said. “I never thought, ‘I want to be an immunologist.’ But immunology touches so many things. It is almost an entity to itself. It is something I’ve gotten to do that, with horses, a species I love, has been a dream.” Siard credits relationships formed at CAK and challenging, encouraging teachers for giving her the skills she
needed to help her achieve her dream. “I felt I was really challenged at CAK. For example, I had Madame Murff for three years of French in high school. She would challenge us to do what we thought we couldn’t do. And then we did it. In our first semester of French 1, she made us write our own presentation in French and then give it and memorize it. You surprise yourself at what you can do when you are challenged,” she said. Inspired by her mom, chemistry teacher Lisa Siard, she took five years of math and five years of science in high school. “I feel like I learned how to be a good student in middle school and high school, when a lot of people don’t learn that until college or graduate school.” Having begun horseback riding lessons at around age 10, and spent years unwinding by caring for horses, practicing jumps and riding bareback, she fell in love with Asbury University when she was looking for a college to attend. Among other strong points,
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it had an equine studies program. “In Kentucky, the horse capital of the world, there are a lot of equine programs,” she said. She applied for and received Asbury’s John Wesley Hughes Scholarship for four years. After graduating with a degree in chemistry, she was accepted as a PhD student in veterinary science at UK. To young girls or boys who are interested in the sciences, she said, “I would tell them to go for it and not become discouraged. There are a lot of opportunities out there and if you are passionate about it, then there’s no telling how far you will go.” Siard’s students at Asbury University next fall will range from new freshmen to juniors and seniors. Her instruction will equip them to meet their own goals, which may include veterinary school, farm management, running equine publications or specialized media companies, or working for pharmaceutical or animal nutrition companies.
Melissa Siard with the horse Clove at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky.
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Coker made a model of the proposed Knickerbocker Building on Municipal Center Drive.
Jennifer Coker with son Jack in front of a diagram showing planned walking trail on Kingston Pike.
MPC Youth Rep
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The curriculum is set through accredited home school programs, with mom Jennifer Coker participating and assessing progress. “I wanted my children to be lifelong learners, to be selfmotivated and really understand how to learn,” she said, adding, “I was surprised at how it changed our relationship. It has given us the gift of time spent together.” Students must meet the same educational requirements as public and private schools; they take the same
COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Knox County Democratic Party (KCDP) District 5 meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, Rosarito’s Mexican Cantina, 210 Lovell Road. Speaker: Fifth District County Commissioner John Schoonmaker. Info: KnoxDemsDistrict5@gmail. com. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m. WednesdayThursday, May 17-18, O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/registration: George Hancock, 865-3688294. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, June 8, Buckingham Retirement, 7303 Manderly Way. Info/registration: 865-675-0694. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, June 9, Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Drive. Info/registration: 865-966-7057. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class,
ACT and SAT tests when applying for college. Coker has already been looking at colleges and plans to get a liberal arts degree. “Nothing in life is just one thing,” he said, “I want to get a broad education that can be used in different areas because I probably won’t have the same job during my entire career.” In between his study schedule and MPC attendance, Coker works at the local Chick-fil-A. “I have a lot of friends there and we get together outside work,” he said. Does he miss
noon-4 p.m. WednesdayThursday, June 28-29, Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave. Info/registration: 865-3825822. ■■ Council of West Knox County Homeowners. Info: cwkch.com. ■■ District 6 Democrats. Info: Mike Knapp, 865-696-8038, or Janice Spoone, 865-771-5920. ■■ Family Community Education-Bearden Club. Info: Shannon Remington, 865-927-3316. ■■ Family Community Education-Crestwood Club. Info: Ruby Freels, 865-690-8164. ■■ Family Community Education-Karns Club. Info: Charlene Asbury, 865-6918792.
out on some of the traditional high school events like prom? “I got three invitations to prom,” he said, and with typical modesty and good manners, he didn’t elaborate. Coker is a sincere, intelligent young man well on his way to success. “I’m preparing myself for the life I want to lead and that may include a future in municipal planning,” he said. Youth Representative positions are available for a variety of committees. Visit townoffarragut.org for full info.
■■ Toastmasters Club 802. Info: 802.toastmastersclubs.org.
■■ Karns Community Club. Info: Don Gordon, 865-803-6381.
■■ West Knox Lions Club. Info: knoxvillewestknoxlionsclub. org.
■■ Karns Republican Club, 7 p.m. each first Tuesday, Karns Middle School library. ■■ Karns Lions Club. Info: karnslionsclub.com. ■■ Lyons View Community Club. Info: Mary Brewster, 865-454-2390. ■■ Northwest Knox Business and Professional Association, Karns Community Center, 7708 Oak Ridge Highway.
■■ Farragut Rotary Club. Info: farragutrotary.org.
■■ Pellissippi Toastmasters Club meets 12:30-1:30 p.m. each Monday (except holidays), Office Options at 9041 Executive Park Drive. Info: pellissippi.toastmastersclubs. org or 865-314-4839.
■■ Fourth District Democrats. Info: Chris Foell, 865-691-8933 or email@example.com; Rosina Guerra, firstname.lastname@example.org
■■ Third District Democrats. Info: Liz Key, 865-201-5310 or email@example.com; Isaac Johnson, 865-310-7745 or
■■ Farragut Gun Club. Info: Liston Matthews, 865-316-6486.
■■ Historic Sutherland Heights Neighborhood Association. Info: Marlene Taylor, 865-9513773, taylor8246@bellsouth. net.
■■ West Hills Community Association. Info: Ashley Williams, 865-313-0282.
■■ West Knox Republican Club, 7 p.m. each second Monday, Red Lobster on Kingston Pike.
CALL FOR ARTISTS ■■ Appalachian Arts Craft Center to jury new members. Completed forms, three samples of work and $25 jury fee must be submitted between Wednesday, May 17, and noon Wednesday, May 31, 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton. Info/forms: appalachianarts. net or 865-494-9854.
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“Before you call us, try talking to your neighbor and let them know it’s a disturbance,” said Carter. “You can train and socialize your dog not to bark. There are all kinds of practical solutions available.” E-collars emit a signal or vibration, citronella collars deter with a spray, and there are even birdhouses that sound a distracting tone. Dog bites are taken seriously, and can land dogs and owners on the Dangerous Dog Map, maintained on the KCSO website. Cases are heard in the county General Sessions Court and judges determine the level of penalties. A level-one dog stays on the list for 18 months, while a leveltwo dangerous dog remains on it for life. Owners’ names and addresses are posted along with a description of the dog. It’s something to be aware of if kids or other pets are in the area. As a pet owner and animal lover herself, Carter advocates for responsible and humane treatment for all animals. “If people are struggling to feed and care for their animals there are resources out there,” she said. “Pet pantries can help, and there is no penalty to surrender. If you do have to take a pet to a shelter, having their history can help shelter staff find them a new home.” If you do have to call Animal Control, leave your name and number. “If it’s an anonymous call sometimes we can’t locate the animal,” said Carter. “Respect leash laws and keep rabies vaccinations up to date. We are here to help by educating owners. It’s not about taking pets away; it’s about how to be a responsible animal owner. Just don’t call us dog catchers!” Visit knoxsheriff.org and young-williams.org for information and resources.
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After her youngest entered grade school, Barbara began working in her husband’s dental practice, and still does today. She also got involved in local government, serving on the Knoxville City Council for two terms. At the urging of Sandra Clark, former editor of the Shopper News, she became an informal “ambassador-at-large” at Long’s Drug Store for the “Long and Short” column. “I was the ‘short’ part of that,” she said with a chuckle.
Today, both are still active helping others. Dr. Pelot serves on the board of trustees at Hiwassee College in Madisonville and was instrumental in gaining ADA accreditation for the four-year hygienist program. “Preventative dental care is important to overall health,” said Pelot, adding, “it gives students an opportunity to enter a wonderful profession and make a difference in a rural area.” Contact the Pelots at their office at 11541 Kingston Pike, 865-671-1544.
■■ “Pinterest/Instagram/Twitter for Seniors,” 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, Farragut Town Hall. Presented by Social Media 4 Seniors. Cost: $30. Registration/payment deadline: Monday, May 15. Info: 218-3375. ■■ “Facebook for Seniors,” 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 16, Farragut Town Hall. Presented by Social Media 4 Seniors. Cost: $30. Registration/payment deadline: Monday, May 15. Info: 218-3375.
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Dr. Carusone provides pediatric and sports care, vision therapy By Kelly Norrell Dr. Frank Carusone, EyeXcel’s newest partner, provides a fresh perspective on general eye care plus excellent specialty care in his areas of passion: pediatric care, sports vision and vision rehabilitation. An honors graduate of both Kent State University and Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Carusone is excited about the role of optometry in today’s healthcare landscape. Dr. Carusone’s career as an eye care specialist began with his own family optometrist back in northeast Ohio. “I looked forward to every appointment. He was friendly and took time to get to know me and my family,” Dr. Carusone said. “I was nearsighted as a child and never realized it. When he fitted me for glasses as a teenager, I saw things I’d never seen. Later, he got me into my first pair of contact lenses.” Dr. Carusone
said the relationship sparked his own interest in vision and eyes. “I always had a passion and curiosity about how the body works.” Today, Dr. Carusone is at home in the family optometrist’s role. “Optometry is moving more into the medical space that allows us to treat and manage a number of eye health conditions. With the changing landscape of health care, we are always looking to the most effective way to treat patients and obtain an ideal outcome. Often, that means going to your family optometrist rather than to an eye surgeon.” In any given day, Dr. Carusone may be providing routine eye care such as fitting glasses and contact lenses. Or, he may be performing specialty care such as pediatric vision. “A child’s vision guides the rest of their development. If they have a problem that makes their vision blurry,
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His uses of vision therapy and vision rehabilitation techniques are often life changing. “Vision therapy can help children with lazy eye or who have an eye tracking problem. We are also able to rehabilitate or remediate vision problems that result from disease, a stroke, traumatic brain injuries or concussions. Severe vision problems can result from these events. Rehabilitating these problems can have a life-changing impact on a person’s recovery,” he said. Dr. Carusone, his wife, Mallory, who is a kindergarten teacher at Ball Camp Elementary, and their dog, Ellie, love Knoxville. “I am excited about EyeXcel. We look forward to expanding our ability to care for more patients in this area in order to meet the needs of those in our community,” he said.
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St. John students excel at science fair ESK gymnasium named for Silers
A new gymnasium at the Episcopal School of Knoxville was named for Paul and Susie Siler of Bearden May 1. With the plaque placed in honor of Siler Athletic Center are Shay Siler, Susie and Paul Siler, son Paul Siler, and Mary and Bill Walker.
For the first time, students from St. John Neumann Catholic School won Grand Champion and Reserve Champion at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair. St. John Neumann sixth-grader Tina Fanelli earned the Junior Division Grand Champion award at the fair held March 27-30 at UT-Knoxville. Sixth-grader Dmitri Kalinin was awarded the Junior Division Reserve Champion and the Naval Science Award from the United States Department of the Navy. Brett Shaffer is SJNCS middle school science teacher. With their science teacher, Brett Shaffer, are five St. John Neumann Catholic School sixth-graders awarded Certificates of Excellence and the opportunity to enter the national Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars) Competition: Kate Pettinger (Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering), Tina Fanelli (Environmental Science), Ellen Falvey (Earth and Planetary Science), Audrey Weaver (Microbiology) and Dmitri Kalinin (Cellular and Molecular Biology). In addition, sixth-graders Abbey Arnold, Mason Burkhardt and Adriana Zablah earned honorable mention.
By Kelly Norrell
A crowd of students, parents and well-wishers celebrated the dedication and naming of a new $6.5 million fine arts and athletic center at the Episcopal School of Knoxville recently. In ceremonies May 1, the school named its new gym the Siler Athletic Center in honor of Paul and Susie Siler of Bearden, whose gift made its construction possible. The Silers and ESK headmaster Jack Talmadge posted a cross at one of the highest points in the gym. The $6.5 million fine arts and athletic building was named SecThe school named the or Hall in honor of founding headmaster Jay Secor, who served fine arts and athletic build17 years. ing Secor Hall after found-
ing headmaster Jay Secor, who helped shape the school from a beginning class of 28 students. Secor retired in 2015 after 17 years of service. The JK-8 school now has 341 students. Talmadge cited Secor’s vision, strategic thinking and ability to forge long relationships. “ESK was very blessed to have a founding headmaster who could gracefully lead us through the tough years,” he said. The building includes two band and chorus rooms with rehearsal spaces, two art rooms with a high-tech lab and a gymnasium.
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Renowned clinician and researcher establishes practice on Provision’s Dowell Springs campus Take two PET scans, side-byside, and the results seem obvious: an 84-year-old man riddled with enough plaque to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the 72-yearold man with just a smattering seemingly the more healthy candidate. Right? Wrong. It was, in fact, the 72-year-old patient who failed the Alzheimer’s screening test, while the 84-yearold passed with f lying colors. He, it turned out, was still working as a mathematics professor at Berkeley—enough to keep his mind alive and well in spite of all indications to the contrary. Such is the mystery of brain disease that science and medical practice are unraveling. And a new healthcare
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care for patients in every stage of their disease,” Crane said. The Genesis services represent a spectrum of care that includes diagnosis—including state-of-theart amyloid PET scans through a partnership with Provision Imaging and the Provision Center for Biomedical research (see sidebar)—and treatment plans, from drug regimens to lifestyle and wellness programs. “What attracted me to the Provision campus was the idea of having all of these resources in one place,” said Dr. Crane. “We want to create a model of care that is sustainable and gives our patients the very best of care.” To make an appointment with Dr. Crane, call (865) 888-9494.
Provision facilitates Medicare Alzheimer’s study Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease early is key to helping delay onset and manage the disease. A study known as the Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning, IDEAS, will assess the clinical usefulness when amyloid plaques, an indicator of potential Alzheimer’s, are discovered in those with mild cognitive impairment or dementia for which the cause is uncertain. In addition to assessing the impact of amyloid PET on management of patients with mild cognitive impairment or dementia of uncertain cause, the study will compare medical outcomes for study participants with matched patients not in the study. For patients who qualify for the study, Medicare covers the approximately $4,150 cost, and they have the opportunity not only to contribute to development of best practices in Alzheimer’s care, getting an early PET scan “might be a game changer” in terms of providing the best care for patients with early signs of dementia, said Dr. Crane. “We know so much now about how to address dementia with drugs or lifestyle treatments in order to provide the best quality of life and delay onset of more serious symptoms,” she said. “But it’s important to know what disease we are dealing with. Just as with cancer care, knowing the disease determines how we treat it. You are treating the pathology, not just the symptoms.” Provision Imaging is the first center in Tennessee to be approved for the IDEAS registry. “With admission into this study the recent establishment of the Genesis Neuroscience Clinic and the Genesis Brain Health Institute, Provision is expanding beyond cancer care and into a much broader realm of health diagnostic and treatment services,” said Scott Warwick, vice president for strategic initiatives and program development. “With experts like Dr. Monica Crane providing medical services here, we are now a premiere center for brain health in Knoxville and the region.”
What is Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms develop slowly and grow worse over time. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a term that refers to memory loss and cognitive difficulties that interfere with everyday life. Sixty to 80 percent of dementia cases are diagnosed as Alzheimer’s.
Age (being 65 or older), family history, genetics
Difficulty remembering recent conversations, names or events is often an early clinical symptom; apathy and depression are also often early symptoms. Later
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Three pairs of images from six brain amyloid PET scans. Each pair utilizes a different PET imaging ligand. “Negative” means the person has little or no beta amyloid in the brain. “Positive” indicates the person has moderate to high levels of beta amyloid neuritic plaques in the brain. These images do not reflect IDEAS-Study participants. Photos provided by the Alzheimer’s Association/IDEAS-Study and used with permission from the top by Piramal Imaging, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals and GE Healthcare.
Hallmark abnormalities are deposits of the protein fragment beta-amyloid (plaques) and twisted strands of the protein tau (tangles) as well as evidence of nerve cell damage and death in the brain.
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Shopper news • May 10, 2017 • A-7 she’d just heard her siblings playing. “I have been able to play the piano for as long as I can remember!” she says. “For me, playing music is a more effective, powerful means of expression than singing, but that’s partially because I’m not a singer. When crafting a piece of music, I often hear full instrumentation, so trying to whittle that down isn’t always easy. But many churches – perhaps most – will ultimately perform the music with more limited resources, often just piano and/or organ alone. I want the accompaniment to be both full and complementary to the music to inspire the singers and touch the hearts of the listeners. “As a concert artist, the most difficult obstacle is taking what is logically a horizontal experience and transforming it into a vertical one. I want the congregants to journey with me through the music I share, but first I have to connect with my Creator through playing, praying and feeling the Holy Spirit wash over my hands and heart. Then they too can be touched by the music in a more personal sense, and together we will journey to the throne of grace where only God deserves the spotlight!” McDonald recalls a music minister in Nationally known composer, arranger, pianist Mary McDonald will kick off Farragut First UMC’s “Music for a Sunday Afternoon” concert series on May 21. Photo submitted
Mary McDonald to present concert at First Farragut UMC By Carol Z. Shane It’s an understatement to say that lifelong Knoxville resident Mary McDonald has done her city proud. The nationally known composer and arranger of sacred music will present a concert at First Farragut United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 21. Notable among the many high points in her 40-year career is her term as the first female president of the Southern Baptist
Music Conference. Her numerous awards include the John Ness Beck Foundation Composition Award. But she says her desire is to “give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone is the Creator behind my pen.” Her mother played the piano by ear and was determined that her children would read music. At five years of age, McDonald, the youngest in a large family, would crawl onto the piano bench and pick out what
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Property sales steady in April By Sherry Witt
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FARRAGUT BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN AGENDA May 11, 2017 BUDGET WORKSHOP GRANT APPLICATION POLICY REVIEW 5:30 PM BMA MEETING 7:00 PM • Silent Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call • Approval of Agenda • Mayor’s Report - A. Farragut Freedom Run - B.Education Relations Committee • Citizens Forum • Approval of Minutes - April 27, 2017 • Business Items - Approval of Event Application for the Knoxville Track Club’s Farragut 13.1 Half-Marathon/5K Kids Run - Approval of Contract 2017-10, Strategic Planning Services • Town Administrator’s Report • Town Attorney’s Report
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The ultimate Transformer Humans are obsessed with change. The concept of one object or person transforming into something radically different is a fascinating one. I think it’s the reason why as a kid I was so fascinated by toys like Transformers because there was just something about seeing a little car turn into a giant fighting robot that seemed really cool. In the same way, I think that’s why many people enjoy makeover television shows because the person the audience meets at the beginning of the program is not the same one we see an hour later, at least not on the outside. Perhaps we’re drawn to things that change because in reality it seems that we have accepted the fact that most people or things just stay the same. I dare to say that many of us probably don’t believe that real DW Designs owners Dawn and Don Wilson recently hosted a grand opening at their new loca- change is even possible. tion, 145 West End Avenue in Farragut. The store carries an apparel line featuring Tennessee People are who they are and pride themed slogans and artwork. Guitarist Britt Clinton entertained the crowd with help from that’s it. But that’s not the Tinsley, his 6-year-old daughter. A City of Knoxville police officer, Clinton came out to support way God sees it. the Wilsons and have some fun with friends and family. Photo by Margie Hagen One of the beautiful
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■■ “Shopping at the Farm” Farmers Market, Marble Springs, 1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway. Hours: 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 18-Sept. 21. Info: marblesprings.net. ■■ Union County Farmers Market, Wilson Park. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Special events held each second Saturday. Info: Facebook. ■■ UT Farmers Market, UT Gardens, 2518 Jacob Drive. Hours: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays through October.
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things I love about the Lord is the fact that anyone that comes into contact with God can’t leave that encounter the same way that he came. God by His very nature is transformative, and He desires so much for His children that He refuses to allow us to remain the same. He wants to mold us, shape us, polish us and use us. And not just for His glory but also because it blesses us in the process. I am so thankful that I’m not the same person I was when God captured my heart in a very real way as a freshman at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2007. And I’m also grateful I’m not the same person I was last week. The change that occurs in your life as a follower of Jesus is continual, thorough, and even hard
at times, but always worthwhile. So I invite you to reflect on the ways you have changed in the past few years, whether they be good or bad. What were the lessons the Lord taught you to shape you into a person who looks more like Him? Or what were the hard things you tried to avoid that left you hurting and disappointed? Just think about what He may be calling you to deal with now. I find it to be a blessing that we always have room to grow in our lives. How boring would it be if we ever perfected everything? But it’s doubly encouraging to me that we’re not left on our own to do the fixing, learning, and maturing. God is the greatest agent of change there is. And molding us to be the best version of us always has been and always will be a priority for Him. Matthew Best is an ordained elder at Children of God Ministries in Knoxville, and he works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Tennessee. You can find more of Matthew’s work and support his ministry at ministerandmuse.com.
Credit union boosts museum The Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Turkey Creek location, was recognized recently for being the Farragut Museum’s first Corporate Friend. The museum’s Corporate Friend program was established in March. Benefits of membership include a public listing at the museum, recognition in museum newsletters and the Farragut Museum Annual Report, and a listing as a Charter Corporate Friend in Museum Friends’ program advertisements. The not-for-profit Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union was established in 1934, and now serves anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in
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UT official gets $80,000 raise Ryan Robinson, the new vice chancellor for communications for UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport, receives a significant pay boost moving from assistant spokesman for the Athletics Department to the Chancellor’s office on May 17. He jumps $80,000 from his current $145,000 a year to $225,000. This is more than double what the communications directors for Knoxville and Knox County make. It far exceeds the going rate for media people in the East Tennessee area. Why is UT doing this? The answer will be it is consistent with comparable positions in other universities. Many do not agree with that argument. ■■ Knoxville lost
an outstanding police officer recently when Deputy Police Chief Rudy Bradley died. For 35 years, he was an effective, loyal and dedicated officer. He made Knoxville safer and had the respect of the men and women of the Knoxville Police Department. He was a policeman’s policeman. ■■ Former City Council member Raleigh Wynn Sr. died April 30 at age 93. He served briefly on City Council following the death of council member Danny
Mayfield until Mark Brown was elected to the seat. ■■ County Commission Chair David Wright was in Nashville May 1 visiting House Speaker Beth Harwell, Gov. Bill Haslam and State Rep. Harry Brooks, who is retiring. He sat on the House floor during the session. Wright is a likely candidate next year. Wright said Haslam was “supportive” of his possible candidacy during a 15-minute meeting last week. While Wright has not officially announced, this trip is a very strong indication he is running. Wright said he would wait until his term as chair of commission expires in August before making it official.
Wright’s term on County Commission runs to Aug. 31, 2020. If elected, Wright would resign his commission seat in November or December 2018 and commission would choose his successor, who would serve without election until August 2020. Wright is actually one year older than Brooks, who has served 15 years. Wright turns 72 this September. Brooks is 71 the same month. If elected next year, Wright would be 73, and probably not serve more than six or eight years. Other candidates for the seat may emerge. State Rep. Roger Kane is also leaving the House next year to run for County Court Clerk. ■■ Randy Boyd had a
stellar turnout for his major fundraiser at the Mill & Mine in downtown Knoxville with over 400 raising $1.5 million for the governor’s race. Attendees include U.S. Rep. John Duncan, Knox County Trustee Ed Shouse, Lenoir City Mayor Tony Aikens, UT vice chair Raja Jubran and UT President Joe DiPietro. Boyd has been a very generous supporter of UTK as well as other groups in Knoxville. It is rare for public university presidents to attend political campaign events. Haslam hosted a $1,000-a-person fundraiser last Monday, May 8, at the Governor’s Residence in Nashville for Ed Gillespie, who is a Republican running for governor of Virginia this fall.
■■ Jared Isaacs, son of well known and respected criminal defense attorney Greg Isaacs and Melissa, was elected president of the Webb School student body along with Palmer Bradshaw, son of Charlie and Kim Bradshaw, as vice president. Isaacs is the goalie for the lacrosse team. ■■ Dr. Digby Seymour, local Civil War author and physician, died at 93 in Arizona, where he had been living after retirement. He wrote “Divided Loyalties,” which is considered the book on the Civil War in Knoxville. He was the uncle of well known attorney Arthur Seymour Jr. His late wife, Lois, was active in local GOP politics in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Choosing the familiar Parkwest OB/GYN gives birth at the hospital that cares for her patients Although she could have chosen any hospital for her son’s delivery, Stephanie Cummings, MD, of Knoxville chose a familiar location: The Childbirth Center at Parkwest Medical Center. Dr. Cummings is a Parkwest obstetrician/gynecologist and has delivered hundreds of babies there. She and her husband, Matthew, welcomed their own son, Logan Gray, into the world on Jan. 14, 2016. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Today, Logan is 15 months old, and Dr. Cummings is celebrating her second Mother’s Day as a mom herself. “There was never a question of where I would deliver,” she said, reflecting on her experience at Parkwest. “Why would I go anywhere else? The nurses there are just amazing. “I received prenatal care at the same office I work in, which was great,” Dr. Cummings said. In fact, she worked in the office until the week of her son’s delivery. “I didn’t take calls on the weekends, just in case the baby came. But yeah, I worked right up almost until the birth.” Dr. Cummings was admitted to Parkwest the morning of her son’s delivery and everything progressed as expected. Logan arrived shortly after lunchtime. “I think me being on my feet all the time at work helped a lot!” Dr. Cummings said with a laugh. She spent two nights in the Childbirth Center. “My son was healthy. I had a few postpartum adjustments, but overall, the birth went well,” she said. Dr. Cummings said she trusted the Parkwest Childbirth Center staff completely
Dr. Stephanie Cummings and her husband, Matthew, spend quality family time with their newborn son, Logan, after his birth at Parkwest Medical Center. during her labor. “I wasn’t there monitoring the heartbeat myself. I let them monitor it, and I had no concerns. I turned it all over to them. You have to do that as a physician.” Her co-worker and friend, Kori Cottam, MD, was her obstetrician. “Stephanie did great. She did everything perfectly,” said Dr. Cottam. “I have a lot of fun delivering all my patients, and I spent the same amount of time with Stephanie as I do with the others. But with her it was very special, because she’s a good friend.” Dr. Cummings said she enjoyed the all-
Pre-conception and early pregnancy care Even before a woman is expecting, there are “preconception care” steps she can take to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. “If it’s her first baby, a woman should make sure she’s seen by her primary care physician to take care of underlying medical conditions, and to review any medications she might need to change for pregnancy. If she needs vaccinations, that Kori Cottam, needs to be done several MD months in advance, for example,” said Kori Cottam, MD, Parkwest obstetrician/gynecologist. Assuming there are no underlying health concerns, the rest of preconception care involves common sense, Dr. Cottam said. “Get as healthy as you can be,” she said. “Make sure you’re eating right. Take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid to reduce the risk of certain birth defects. Make sure you’re exercising. Reduce stress. Quit smoking. Get enough sleep. Do all the stuff you know you should do to be healthy.” If a woman is taking birth control pills, there’s no need to wait several months after going off them to get pregnant, Dr. Cottam said. Recent studies have found that the fertility rate of women coming off birth control pills is slightly higher
than the fertility rate of women who have never been on them. “If you’re on birth control, get off (the pills) and start trying right away. There’s no need to wait three months like they used to say,” Dr. Cottam said. Once a woman suspects she’s pregnant, early prenatal care is important. “Most young women are generally healthy. But we have a whole list of things we go over with them on their first pregnancy visit,” she said. “Genetic testing is available for everyone now, high-risk and low-risk. We do extensive counseling on who is best suited for it,” Dr. Cottam said, adding that someone who has a strong family history of a particular condition may want to consider genetic counseling before becoming pregnant. “The important thing is to bring questions to your physician before and during pregnancy,” said Dr. Cottam. “Make a list, and we’ll go over it.” Dr. Cottam said that the relationship between physician and patient is important during pregnancy. “In our practice group we get to know our patients really well and develop a relationship with them.” For more information about The Childbirth Center at Parkwest or to find a Parkwest obstetrician/gynecologist, call 865-374-PARK or visit us online at www.TreatedWell.com/childbirth.
in-one suites offered at the Childbirth Center at Parkwest. “The facilities are so nice. You stay in the room the whole time; you don’t have to transfer to another room for anything,” she said. Each birthing suite is beautifully decorated, with medical equipment hidden but conveniently accessible. There is plenty of room for family to be present and even stay overnight if the mother wishes, and a bassinet so the baby can stay in the room with her. State-of-the-art security systems provide unobtrusive protection for mothers
and newborns. Beyond medical and security equipment, the Childbirth Center suites also have the comforts of home, including television, cable, Internet access, and even a whirlpool tub. “They do everything in the room, like the first bath,” said Dr. Cummings. “It was good to watch my husband bathe him and change his first diaper. It’s good that the nurses teach you how to be a first-time parent. “The lactation consultant came in and helped with breastfeeding, and the overnight nurse was a huge help. Even as a physician, it’s not like you know how to be a mom. You’re learning everything as you go.” After six weeks, Dr. Cummings was back at her job, helping other women through labor and delivery. “As a physician you have other patients waiting – I had patients who were delivering around the same time as I was,” she said. “I am lucky to have family who helped take care of my son for the first few months,” she said. Dr. Cummings said Mother’s Day with a toddler is even more fun than last year. “Wow! Now that he’s 15 months old, this parenting thing just stepped up a notch,” she said with a laugh. “It’s so quick how they get into everything. He started walking at 10 months.” Having now been on the patient side, Dr. Cummings said she is more confident than ever about working and providing birth care at Parkwest Childbirth Center. “It’s such a nice environment in which to have a baby. In fact, this was my first time as a patient in a hospital, ever. I felt very well cared for.”
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. Fathers-to-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 to effectively perform CPR and removal of airway obstruction for infants and chilevery two months. Birth and Babies Today – This dren. The class does not provide certificamulti-week series covers the variations of tion in CPR and occurs one Thursday evelabor and birth, breathing techniques, tips ning 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’ orSuper Saturday Class – The ders for bed rest, the Parkwest Childbirth Birth and Babies Today class is condensed Center offers a comprehensive, interactive into one all-day Saturday class for women childbirth class entirely online. After regin their seventh or eighth month of preg- istering, you have eight weeks to complete nancy. This session is not recommended for the class. first-time parents. All Teddy Bear University for your support person and care for the new mom and baby. This class is recommended for first-time parents starting in their sixth or seventh month and is completed over five weeks.
Infant and Child CPR – American Heart Association-certified instructors are on-site to teach parents and caregivers how
dates, times and fees are available by calling 865-374-PARK or at www.CovenantHealth.com/TeddyBearU.
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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS LeConte Medical Center Logan and Bradley Cantwell, Sevierville, a boy, Dresden Michael Lynn Skye Johnson, DelRio, a girl, Courtney Michelle Kendal and Justin Manning, Sevierville, a boy, Gatlin McAlister Amber Hiles and Lucas Stanley, Jefferson City, a boy, Blake Elijah Cierra Posey and Christopher Cain, Sevierville, a boy, Maverick Anthony Strom De Noia and Cody Hall, Sevierville, a boy, Xavier Lee Thomas Amanda Torres and Zachary Morris, Dandridge, a girl, Kamara Mackenzie Sarah Manis and Ryan Day, Knoxville, a girl, Kenley Nicole Samantha Boykin and William Sanderlin, Newport, a girl, Oaklynn Grace Misty and Owen Caudill, Dandridge, a boy, Jackson Ellis June Black, Sevierville, a boy, Jaden Hunter Breana Parker and Jason Thompson, Sevierville, a girl, Aria Lee Holly Holton and Channing Beeler, Thorn Hill, a girl, Harper Faith Derika and Steven May, Seymour, a girl, Tayen Allyse Tiffany and Ronald Tucker, Seymour, a boy, Caleb Matthew Alexis Johnson and Cameron Blevins, Sevierville, a girl, Kinslee Ann Ashley and Clinton Naquin, Sevierville, a boy, Cayson Lee Bethany and Santos Castillo, Sevierville, a girl, Zamyiah TearAraceli Sierra and William Gibson, Seymour, a girl, Ava Grace Tatiana Finashkina and Ronald Bobby III, Kodak, a boy, Noah Russell Jaimie and Chad Owenby, Sevierville, twin boys, Cam Herbert and Wyatt Keith Casey Podsobinski and Dakota Miller, a Sevierville, a boy, Braxton Chase
Ashley and Alex Valentine, Seymour, a boy, Vincent Dean Krystyn and Logan Kelly, Sevierville, a boy, Dallas Blake Jessica and Michael Young, Sevierville, a boy, Mason Michael Kathryn Rumph, Pigeon Forge, a boy, Jonathan David Candice and Brandon Houser, Sevierville, a girl, Emberlee Rayna Sydney and Samuel Kiss, Sevierville, a boy, Sebastian Samuel
Helen Ochoa and Marion Guerrero, Sevierville, a girl, Itati Isabela Christina Cortes and Jorge Mercado, Knoxville, a girl, Camila Michelle Chloe King and Daniel Parris Jr., Sevierville, a boy, Leelan Kane Ashley and Christopher Brackins, Sevierville, a boy, Carson Len Kristina and Elmer Rolen, Sevierville, a girl, Raelynn Faith Amber and Allen Keaton, Sevierville, a boy, Liam Derek
Sarah Slone and Nick Hall, Dandridge, a girl, Averie Renee
Mykenzie Hines and Hunter Ray, Dandridge, a boy, Chancler David
Gabriell McCarter and Jeffery Johnson Jr., Strawberry Plains, a boy, Zachary Braydon
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Alexis Bohanan and Nickolas Cline, Sevierville, a girl, Emma Nichole-Lee Kiara and Justin Loveday, Sevierville, a boy, Alden Ray Erica Wyrick and Christopher Coggins, Sevierville, a boy, Jaxon Avery Paul Candace and Joshua Hughey, Sevierville, a girl, Allison Belle Victoria Brown, Kodak, a girl, Aspen Ruth Courtney Dunlap and Alex Norton, Morristown, a boy, Bentley Tyler Tiffany Ogle and Brian Parton, Sevierville, a boy, Kaison Clay
Josh and Katie Bailey, Knoxville, a girl, Emilia Dae Brent and Laura Christian, Knoxville, a girl, Scarlett Elise Melinda Cook, Kodak, twins, Cristian Miguel and Alyvia Rose Jason and Heather Draime, Knoxville, a boy, Mason Callis Brandon Burton and Caitlin Garrison, Powell, a girl, Braylin Cheryl Burton Philip Wilmoth and Chelsey Mealer, Louisville, a boy, Isaiah Lucas Wilmoth Nicholas Cox and Rachel Johnson, Knoxville, a girl, Lennon Grace Cox
Jordan and Christina Tallent, Knoxville, a girl, Jovi Liara
Devin and Ashley Davis, Harriman, a boy, Witten Jack
Charles and Heather Romans, Maryville, a boy, John Asher
Biran Graham and Michelle Webb, Knoxville, a girl, Lincoln River Graham
Jonathon and Rhiannon Dulcy, Jefferson City, a girl, Johanna Rayne Candice Tatum, Somerville, a girl, Sofía Violeta Jessica Dudley, Talbot, a girl, Ayla Janae Jaleel Lewis and J’Sharra Carter, Knoxville, a boy, Jaleel Douglas Lewis Jr. Johnny Sumner and Dianna Dunham, Huntsville, twins, Jaxton Kody Jerome and Jayde Rae Marie Sumner Justan Spurling and Katie Morrison, Sunbright, a boy, John Ryker Spurling William and Jessica Herndon, Oak Ridge, a girl, Aria Rayne Timothy Qualls and Haley Tate, Mascot, a boy, Liam Ryan Qualls Maria Villafan Mercado, Morristown, a boy, Eidan Villafan Seth Moneypenny and Kailyn Norton, Maryville, a girl, Adelyn Grace Moneypenny Benjamin and Melanie Finch, Seymour, a boy, Benjamin Berkeley Finch Jr.
Alec and Ashlie Jolley, of Rockwood, a girl, Addison Grace
Joshua and Samantha Bahruth, Lenoir City, a boy, Henry Thomas
Casey and Chelsie Johnson, of Tazewell, a boy, Waylon Hunter
Justin Pruitt and April Dye, Knoxville, a boy, Oliver Graham Pruitt
Bryan Ambrose and Tiffany Wood, of Knoxville, a boy, Hayzen Stone
Zachari and Brittany Bilbrey, Rockwood, a boy, Beaux Everitt
Joshua and Chasity Simpson, of Kodak, a boy, Connor Wayne
David and Megan Kidd, of Newcomb, a boy, Levi Alton
Daniel and Ashley McInturff, of Rocky Top, a boy, Maddux Paul
Eric and Fowlen Anders, of Jacksboro, a boy, Camden Riley
Kenneth Laning Jr. and Elizabeth Smith, of Knoxville, a boy, Grayson Levi
Dusty and Alicia Burch, of Dandridge, a girl, Zoey Fayne
Dustin and Lauren Widner, of Knoxville, a boy, Denver Wayne William Davis and Amber Adkins, of Kodak, a boy, William Zaylen Ray Tyler and Sasha Foust, of Knoxville, a girl, Elle James Jerrimi and Brittany Van Horn Jr., of Knoxville, a girl, Macie Grace Kris and Michelle Robbins, of Knoxville, a boy, Ayden Alan Osias
Austin and Rebecca Bilbrey, Knoxville, a boy, Cameron Scott
Casey and Emily Travis, of Powell, a boy and a girl, Mason Cash and Maely Raine
Justin and Tessa Ross, Athens, a girl, Ruby Aurora
Michael and Jennifer Martinez, of Knoxville, a boy, Elijah Thomas
Adrienne and Robert Walker III, Sevierville, a boy, Landon Marshall
Jonathan Martinez and Tessa Jackson, of Harriman, a boy, Mika Liam
Steven Hollingshead Jr. and Anna Rice, of Knoxville, a girl, Addison Anne Marie Jon and Caroline Milford II, of Knoxville, a boy, David Hayes Dustin Powell and Ashley Garrett-Powell, of Maynardville, a girl, Ezmay Pearl Joseph and Jennifer Ellenburg, of Knoxville, a girl, Mary Michael Shannon and Lisa Meade, of Knoxville, a girl, Chelsea Noelle Tamira Stennis, of Knoxville, a boy, Zachariah Da’Kori
Alesia Hatcher and Anthony Tumbarello Jr., Sevierville, a girl, Kinley Blake Marisela Campechano and Loami De La Cruz, Pigeon Forge, a girl, Julianny Madison And David Williams, Cosby, a girl, Payton Ryleigh Christy Walker and Bradley Roudabush, Sevierville, a girl, Jasmine Rayen Morgan Ownby and Isaac Crowe, Sevierville, Reagan Isaiah Lane Chelsea and Christian Chudley, Morristown, a boy, Cayson Matthew Phillip Samay Galeona and Jeiryn Villalobos, Sevierville,a boy, Thiago Alessandro
MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED ■■ Kimberly Anne Ayers, 47, Lenoir City, and Erin Annette O’Connor, 43, Lenoir City ■■ Lindsey Marie Barnhill, 32, Knoxville, and Morgan Daniel Pope, 28, Knoxville ■■ Joshua Stewart Beale, 31, Farragut, and Janna Lee Allison, 32, Knoxville ■■ Adam Blaine Black, 31, Knoxville, and Erica Corbin Ehlert, 27, Knoxville ■■ Vanya Michelle Brawner, 44, Knoxville, and Marvin Eldridge Rucker, 49, Knoxville ■■ Thomas Lee Caldwell Jr., 36, Knoxville, and Christina Renee Gilliland, 31, Knoxville ■■ Dezirae Michelle Carel, 22, Powell, and Justin Thomas Jarnigan, 23, Powell ■■ Wesley Campbell Carter, 31, Knoxville, and Kellie Ann McDonald, 26, Knoxville ■■ Courtney Renee Cassell, 27, Farragut, and Eric Duncan Kestner, 34, Knoxville ■■ Richard William Clark Iv, 27, Knoxville, and Genoa Rose Wolford-Bowling, 24, Knoxville
■■ Adam Benjamin Eagle, 36, Farragut, and Emily Elizabeth Steinert Smith, 34, Farragut ■■ Summer Denise Elam, 20, Knoxville, and Joshua Aaron Woody, 23, Knoxville ■■ John Scott Ethridge, 57, Knoxville, and Donna Leigh Cates Brewer, 50, Knoxville ■■ Daniel Kai Frazier, 23, Oak Ridge, and Courtney Deanna Chamberlain, 20, Oak Ridge
■■ Jennifer Ann Graham, 27, Portland, Ore., and John Andrew Burnette, 29, Portland ■■ Cody Wayne Graves, 21, Oak Ridge, and Carolena Anne Pridemore, 21, Oak Ridge ■■ Ashley Leann Greene, 30, Knoxville, and James Clayton Cardwell, 32, Knoxville ■■ Rhiannon Marie Hawkins, 21, Knoxville, and Brady Lee Nelson, 21, Knoxville ■■ Jaclyn Krystal Hayashi, 27, Spring Hill, and Michael Andrew Yacko, 33, Spring Hill ■■ Kristen Marie Hayes, 26, Knoxville, and Daniel Paul Hubbell, 28, Knoxville
■■ Hayden Everett Cochran, 25, Knoxville, and Ashley Marie Brooks Brooks, 25, Knoxville
■■ Michael Paul Heslin, 26, Gallatin, and Kayla McCall Harrison, 22, Knoxville
■■ Samantha Mikael Collins, 20, Powell, and Luis Gerardo Limon-Vargas, 21, Powell
■■ Anne Mary Hulse, 36, Knoxville, and Nourredine Housseini Abdoulmoumine, 34, Knoxville
■■ Gary Wade Conard, 62, Knoxville, and Kimberly Michelle Tallent, 46, Knoxville
■■ Kati Bethann Hurley, 28, Knoxville, and William Dewayne Craft, 39, Knoxville
■■ Steven Alan Coope, 30, Knoxville, and Lascottsha Shana Ervin, 24, Knoxville
■■ Ashley Joye Jones, 27, Knoxville, and Christopher Michael Howard, 33, Knoxville
■■ Timothy James Diedrich, 32, Corryton, and Lindsey Marie Hudson, 29, Corryton ■■ Taylor William Doster, 22, Powell, and Terah Mischel Nicely, 23, Powell ■■ Hayden Dakota Duncan, 20, Greenback, and Debbie Michelle Buchanan Crisp, 35, Greenback
■■ Kasey Allen Gourley, 27, Atlanta , and Courtney Erin Bowditch, 25, Atlanta
■■ Britt Dylan Cobb, 21, Knoxville, and Samantha Lilly Welch, 25, Knoxville
■■ Audrey Claire Jezanna Coppock-Seal, 24, Strawberry Plains, and Stephen Samuel Horton, 32, Luttrell
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The beautiful blue sky dotted with a few puffy white clouds behind the Ferris wheel at The Island at Pigeon Forge speaks of summer fun ahead. Summer is a great time to explore East Tennessee and enjoy the great outdoors. Photo by
■■ Katharina Denise Kendall, 29, Champaign, Ill., and Matthew Lance Niemiller, 37, Champaign ■■ Patsy Leavern Lane, 61, Strawberry Plains, and William Russell Johnson, 60, Strawberry Plains ■■ David Cresswell Lay, 29, Knoxville, and Britney Shea Weaver, 29, Knoxville ■■ Robin Elizabeth Leasure, 36, Knoxville, and Jeremy Matthew Ellison, 37, Knoxville
■■ Robert Charles Mallery, 34, Knoxville, and Charles Edward Adams, 37, Knoxville
■■ Angela Ecatrina Munasque, 32, New York, N.Y., and Jarryd Ray Werts, 31, New York, N.Y.
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News from Paradigm Wealth Partners
What could you do with your tax refund? Instead of just spending the money, you could plan to pay yourself
Provided by Paradigm Wealth Partners
About 70% of taxpayers receive sizable refunds from the Internal Revenue Service. Just how sizable? The average refund totals about $2,800.1
What do households do with that money? It varies. Last year, con-
sumer financial services company Bankrate asked Americans about their plans for their federal tax refunds. Thirty-one percent of the respondents to Bankrate’s survey said that they would save or invest those dollars, and 28% indicated they would attack their debts with the money. Another 27% said they would buy food with that cash or use it to pay utility bills. Just 6% said they would earmark their refunds for shopping sprees or vacations. 2 So, according to those survey results, about six in 10 people who get a refund will use it to try and improve their personal finances. You could follow their example.
Do you have an adequate emergency fund? If not, maybe you could
strengthen it with your refund. If you have no such fund at all, your refund gives you an opportunity to create one.
You might use your refund to pay off your worst debts. High-interest
debts, in particular – if you pay off a debt that carries 16% interest, getting rid of that liability is, effectively, like getting a 16% return. If you lack an emergency fund, you should create that first, then think about reducing your debt. Paying debt down without an emergency fund or some reservoir of savings just sets you up for quickly accumulating more debt.
If you own a home, you may want to consider making a 13th mortgage payment before 2017 ends. Putting your refund to work that way may make more sense financially than putting it in the bank, given the minimal interest rates on so many deposit accounts today.
What Could You Do With Your
You could pay insurance premiums with the funds. An
IRS refund of around $3,000 could go a long way. If you have put off buying a term or permanent life policy, your refund might make insuring yourself easier.
Could you invest the money the IRS returns to you? You could increase
(or max out) your annual retirement plan contribution with it or simply direct it into another type of investment account. Whether the savings or investment vehicle is tax-advantaged or not, you have a chance to make that lump sum grow with time. Aside from investing in equities or debt instruments, you could take your refund and invest in yourself. Maybe you might use it to start a business or support a business you already own. It could also be spent on education. Think of these options as “indirect investments” that might help you or your household grow wealthier one day.
PA R A D I G M W E A LT H PA R T N E R S
Lastly, remember what a federal or state tax refund represents. It is
a percentage of your earnings that the government holds back, in the event that you owe it in taxes. If you repeatedly get a refund, you might want to carefully adjust your W-4
withholding, so that your paychecks are larger during the year.3 Jonathan P. Bednar II may be reached at 865-251-0808 or JonathanBednar@ParadigmWealthPartners. com. www.ParadigmWealthPartners.com
This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note - investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment. Securities offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Paradigm Wealth Partners, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial. Citations. 1 - azcentral.com/story/money/business/consumers/2017/01/21/tax-season-6-things-to-know/96776554/ [1/21/17] 2 - thestreet.com/story/13523031/2/why-you-should-invest-your-tax-refund-instead-of-spending-it.html [4/8/16] 3 - turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/IRS-Tax-Forms/Top-5-Reasons-to-Adjust-Your-W-4-Withholding/INF14437. html [2/9/17]
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