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One of Powell High School art teacher Lee Jenkins-Freels’ first experiences with an exceptionally talented student presented a special challenge. She was at South-Doyle then, and had a student who specialized in beautiful environmental photographs of Cades Cove. He had already won great acclaim for his work, but JenkinsFreels knew he could do more.
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Bob Kesling visits Farragut Rotary Bob Kesling created a homefield advantage when he spoke to the Rotary Club of Farragut at Fox Den Country Club. Kesling, director of broadcasting and lead play-by-play voice for the UT Vol Network, dropped several references to his predecessor – “Voice of the Vols” emeritus and Fox Den resident John Ward – into his patchwork of anecdotes.
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Teacher witnesses through soccer Tom Gerlach, Christian Academy of Knoxville teacher and a Charlotte Eagles international tour director, uses his gifts and abilities as a soccer coach as a way to share his faith. Every year, Gerlach leads a group of young people to Brazil. His goal is to train and equip Christian athletes to use the game of soccer to witness.
Surviving middle school By Betsy Pickle Mary Poppins believes a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Scotty Hicks and Rob Kuban believe that advice spiced with humor will help teachers navigate the stress of the education system. Hicks’ and Kuban’s “The Ultimate Survival Guide for Teachers” may be the back-to-school essential for any classroom warrior from “newly hired to nearly retired.” “Scotty and I were always passing stories back and forth, and we just kind of threw out there, ‘We should write this down someday,’” recalls Kuban. “We decided to write a book for teachers that incorporated all those stories and the lessons that we’ve learned.” Hicks, who lives in Farragut, and Kuban, who lives in Hardin Valley, teach 8th-grade U.S. history at Maryville Junior High School. Hicks has been teaching for 14 years, including stints in Knox County and Lenoir City, and Kuban for nine, one in Chattanooga and eight at Maryville Junior High. “It’s a high-, high-stress job,” says Sweetwater native Hicks. “There are many studies that show that 50 percent of all new teachers leave within the first five years. “There’s just so much stress because nothing goes as you planned, and you’ve got so much pressure from the state with data and scores and parents’ expectations. It’s just very stressful, so many teachers leave the profession. “We wanted to come up with a humorous way to guide these teachers.” Hicks, an Iraq War veteran, once asked a soldier buddy to come speak to an assembly, “and he accidentally had a cussword come out. “I was thinking my job was
A new look at an old story By Betty Bean
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Rob Kuban, left, and Scotty Hicks discuss ways to promote their new book, Available at Amazon and as a Kindle eBook, “The Ultimate Survival Guide “The Ultimate Survival Guide for Teachers.” Photos by Betsy Pickle for Teachers” is the creation of Farragut resident Scotty Hicks and Hardin over,” says Hicks, but he survived ing “The Ultimate Survival Guide” Valley resident Rob Kuban. last summer and had a rough draft the incident. Students sometimes add drama by early this year. Kuban, who describes himself as “anal retenand humor simultaneously. “I had a girl one time ask to see tive” and a “morning person,” and professional development,” says me after class,” recalls Kuban, who Hicks, a “night person” who calls Hicks. “A lot of schools will send grew up in Oak Ridge. “She was re- himself “crazy, chaotic and wild,” teachers on these conferences, ally serious. She needed to speak to split the writing duties, working and they’ll come back and go, ‘Oh me about something private, and on the document in www.dropbox. my gosh, that was the most boring thing I’ve ever experienced.’ And it was important. So I think, ‘Oh com to make sharing easier. After getting feedback from those things can run hundreds if gosh, what’s going on?’ “She pulls me aside and tells teachers and doing some tweak- not thousands of dollars. “We think that we’ve created a me that she’s very concerned – be- ing, they had it published by Lightproduct that will be very helpful, cause my clothing is all out of style. ning Source, based in Nashville, on very inspirational, will help teachYou have these things that happen April Fool’s Day. ers reflect and really think about The teachers say their spouses all the time that are just funny bewhy they teach, and laugh, and it’s – Jordan Kuban and Joy Hicks – cause you’re working with kids.” a whole lot cheaper than sending a On the not-so-funny side, Kuban didn’t begrudge their avocation too teacher to a conference.” had to lock his classroom in Chatta- much but were ready for their husColleague Chris Dunkel helped nooga one time because a student’s bands to get back to normal parent- Hicks and Kuban make a promofather was circling the school with ing and household duties. Now, of tional video for YouTube, and they a shotgun. And the night before course, the men are busy promot- have plans for more. And Hicks school started one year, he says, “I ing the book, which is available on is well aware that several movies cut off my thumb with a table saw Amazon and as a Kindle eBook. have been adapted from how-to They’re happy with individual sales, books. and had to teach through it. “It’s middle school. It’s public but they have visions of bulk sales. “We’re just waiting for Holly“Every school has a certain wood to call,” he jokes. school. It’s real life.” Hicks and Kuban started writ- amount of money allocated for Info: www.howtosurviveteaching.com/.
The Cavett Station Massacre
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August 5, 2013
Charles Faulkner slowed his Prius to a crawl as he topped the ridge on Broome Road a short distance from Middlebrook Pike. This, he said, is probably where the Cherokee scouts stood early on the morning of Sept. 25, 1793, and spotted smoke from the fireplace of Alexander Cavett’s fortified cabin in the woods below. They were part of a massive war party – said to number 1,000 warriors – who had marched all night, bypassing Campbell Station to stay on schedule to launch a dawn attack on Knoxville, which was sparsely defended and could not have withstood such an assault. Ravenous mosquitos are the only danger facing modern day visitors to the old Mars Hill graveyard a short distance below the spine of the ridge. Contrary to the inscription on the monument placed there in 1921 by the Tennessee Sons of the Revolution, Faulkner is quite certain that this spot wasn’t the site of the Cavett Station massacre, where 11 Cavett family members and two militia sent by John Sevier
to protect them were slaughtered. He believes the cabin stood some distance down the hill, just above one of several springs that form Sinking Creek and are now hidden behind the well-kept homes at the entrance to the Cavett Station subdivision, a few yards west of the intersection of Alexander Cavett Drive and Doublehead Lane. “My wife, kids and all kinds of people went out there to help. We worked for two summers doing shovel testing, digging holes on a grid, down to the subsoil. We didn’t find it. The location is rather vague, but there’s still enough information that we knew the approximate location. That area is covered with subdivisions now,” Faulkner said. He has written a new book (his fourth), called “Massacre at Cavett Station: Frontier Tennessee during the Cherokee Wars,” published by the University of Tennessee Press. It’s already available on Amazon and will be in bookstores soon. In it, he debunks old rumors and presents a balanced view, including the grievances of the Cherokee, who had been driven by a series of land grabs and betrayals at the hands of the whites to unite with the more militant Creeks and the Chickamauga Cherokee from
Alabama, North Georgia and the Chattanooga area. “The Indians did not buy or sell land, and the chiefs did not have authority to sign papers selling or giving away land, but some of them did it anyway, and the next thing they knew, here came the white people. The Indians thought when they signed treaties, white people could come farm, but they did not have a concept of private property. That was totally foreign to them,” Faulkner said. This came after the turmoil of the Revolutionary War, when the
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Cherokee sided with the British and split into two groups, one of which opposed giving up land and making peace. “They split off from the main group and went down to the Chattanooga area and became the Chickamauga. The Overhill Cherokee attempted to maintain peace with the whites,” Faulkner said. In 1788, First Beloved Man and principal chief Old Tassel and Chief Abraham were attempting to make peace with the State of
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What is one word others often use to describe you? Engaging, because I have yet to meet a stranger.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would have more boundaries.
What is your passion? Food. I love to experience food. I love to feed people. Itâ€™s my expression of love to you. I associate people with favorite foods and have lots of memories of being in the kitchen with family and friends. The kitchen is the heart of a home for a reason.
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? Anyone from the English Tudor family, especially one of the queens. I am fascinated with the Tudors and English royalty. Although it was a different time, some of the Tudor queens were strong women with great character.
Jessica Hall knows a lot about family businesses. She has been a part of her familyâ€™s series of businesses since she was a tiny tot. â€œI grew up with my family owning different businesses, and we all did whatever was needed to make them successful,â€? says the marketing director of Estate Treasures, a Hall family business located in Turkey Creek. â€œI started out sweeping floors in the warehouses and have done every job in between.â€? Jessica moved with her father to Sevier County when she was 11-years-old and stayed there until it was time to attend Carson-Newman University. A degree in business management with an emphasis in marketing was an easy decision for her. â€œI love business, but I am also very much a people person,â€? says Jessica. â€œCombining the two was great for my personality. My father and brother are much more detailoriented and task-driven, so this was also a chance for me to bring to the family businesses something we needed.â€? It was a knife business that the Hall family first opened in Sevier County. Jessica says the transition from specialty knives to estate jewelry is not as big a leap as it sounds. â€œWhen you deal with branding and knives for wholesale companies, it also gets you into things like unique gifts and old coins. The jewelry business was a natural growth from that and something we have an expertise in as well.â€? Engaged to Justin Maples, Jessica is excited about her wedding next month. â€œHe is really a great, sweet guy,â€? she says. â€œWe work hard and have a lot of fun.â€? As the marketing director for the store that opened in October 2012, Jessica says that means she does everything short of janitor. â€œI coordinate the advertising, keep up with social media and wear a lot of hats promoting the store.â€? One of her favorite types of â€œpromotionâ€? is still one-onone. â€œCustomer service is still my favorite thing to do,â€? she admits. â€œI enjoy helping someone find that special piece that makes them smile. I like being around people and helping them.â€? The ups and downs of being in a family business have many more â€œupsâ€? than the other, says Jessica. â€œI canâ€™t imagine working for other people. Itâ€™s good to see your
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? I was lucky enough to have not just grandparents, but also great-grandparents during my young childhood. They each had different backgrounds and experiences and each taught me the value of hard work, how food is a love language to your family and how acts of service to others is something you just do without expecting a return â€“ although it always returns to you.
parents every day. There may be some days you wish you had a little more space, but that is a small thing when you consider the flexibility, the understanding, the care that everyone has for what happens each day. â€œI love it that we are a small family business.â€? Sit back and get to know Jessica Hall:
I still canâ€™t quite get the hang of â€Ś Twitter. It is part of my job and is a daily struggle. I want to like it better.
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?
My engagement ring. It was tucked inside a box of Caramel Turtles.
â€œIâ€™m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.â€? From â€œNotting Hill.â€? I feel kind of teary, thinking about it.
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Just be yourself.
What are you guilty of? I have a total (and unfortunate) sugar addiction. I will pick a cupcake before a piece of chicken.
What is your social media of choice?
What is your favorite material possession?
What is the worst job you have ever had?
Pinterest. It is everything beautiful and lovely.
My iPhone. I would truly be lost without it
I worked in a call center in high school for low wages, inconsistent hours and all weekends. I learned a lot, however.
What are you reading currently? â€œThe White Princess,â€? by Philippa Gregory. It is a continuing tale of the Tudors and the War of the Roses.
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
We loved â€œLooney Tunes,â€? and I still think it is funny today.
â€œSo many awkward things happen to me in the course of a day that it is hard to pinpoint just one! I hate it when I send an email to the wrong person or worse â€“ an entire group of wrong people.â€?
What irritates you? When you tailgate me on the interstate when I am already driving fast. Where exactly do you expect me to go?
What are the top three things on your bucket list?Â 1. Travel to Australia. 2. See all 50 states. I have visited 35 so far. 3. Learn Italian. I have never been to Italy but think the language is just beautiful, even when they are just
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