VOL. 7 NO. 42
IN THIS ISSUE
Gibbs invades Farragut High
Pink and green at Fox Den
They stopped short of dyeing the golf greens, but everything else at Fox Den Country Club has been coming up pink during October. Fox Den for a Cure has been rolling since the June Swim for a Cure kickoff.
Schools Insight Session yields interesting results
See Farragut Faces on A-3
Catching up with Oliver Smith
By Jake Mabe Farragut residents had to be surprised last Tuesday when the No. 1 priority for the next five years chosen by the first four discussion groups during the Knox Schools 2020 Insight Session at Farragut High was building a Gibbs Middle School. Gibbs did a great job of mobilizing community members at the meeting, in which participants are asked to answer three questions: What’s good? What’s not? What’s next? Other No. 1 picks were identifying and challenging academicallyadvanced students, and having a better balance of more technology at all schools while giving principals, teachers and parents more autonomy to make decisions at the school level. The sessions are being organized by Knox County Schools director of strategic planning Morgan Camu. They are designed to seek feedback as the school system prepares its next five-year plan. Participants are split into small discussion groups to vote on priorities, elect a spokesperson and meet again as a large group to hear results. Discussion Group 8’s two other priorities (its No. 1 was balancing equitable technology and giving schools more autonomy) were creating a year-round school calendar, and creating a vision and finding adequate funding for recruiting and retaining teachers and principals. “We had a mass exit of teachers and administrators over the summer,” said Farragut Middle principal Danny Trent. “How long are we going to let it happen?” Trent also supports making
While Oliver Smith Jr. is credited with the development of both East Towne and West Town malls, it is under the direction of Oliver Smith IV that the company has seen dramatic growth and expansion. It has brought more than 125 restaurants to this area, representing more than 60 franchises. It has also developed more than 20 hotels totaling more than 3,000 units from Florida to Michigan and is responsible for about the same number of apartment units, for more than 65 bank locations and in excess of 40 convenient stores.
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Baptist reunion Forget Disneyland. The Happiest Place on Earth – at least for one afternoon – was Tennova South, as former employees of Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee reunited five years after the hospital’s closing.
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Striking the band Seldom does the University of Tennessee create what has become a food fight between top leaders on campus but that is what has happened with the exchange of comments between Pride of the Southland Marching Band director Gary Sousa (now on paid administrative leave) and UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.
Farragut High School senior Ethan Young speaks for his discussion group at the Knox Schools 2020 Insight Session at Farragut High last week. Photos by Jake Mabe
transportation and nutrition, and inadequate compensation. This week, insight sessions will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, Oct, 21) at Karns High and ThursRandy Ford fills out a feedback survey. Ford, who has a son at Farragut High, day, Oct. 24, at Halls Elementary. was the spokesperson for Group 8 during the insight session. Read more info or take a survey at knoxschools2020.org. school technology equitable and college-bound students. Camu said a list of insights balanced. “Although I do understand that from each session will be posted “We’re in one of the best-per- I’m signing the waivers to say I on the school system’s website at forming schools in the nation and won’t (later) sue the school.” www.knoxschools.org. What’s good? Group 8 memit has less technology than several bers said the decrease in the other schools.” dropout rate, the 1:1 technology Randy Ford, initiative, human capital, a high who owns 49 per- number of college scholarships, The town of Farragut will host cent of his own the TEAM evaluation and using dentistry school technology to communicate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Community Heritage Trail at and is a landlord, parents. “I wouldn’t even be here if I Campbell Station Park at 11 a.m. said he would like parents to have hadn’t (received) a message about Tuesday, Oct. 29. The Trail feaDanny Trent tures 11 signs throughout Campmore flexibility to the meeting,” Ford said. What’s bad? Not enough bell Station Park which highlight opt their children out of graduation requirements. He said he had technology, TAP program not the historical milestones of the to sign several waivers to opt his being utilized to its potential, Farragut and Concord areas from son, who is planning to pursue a shifting the influence of big busi- the earliest native inhabitants to career in the military, out of a fine ness on technology (i.e. the Gates the founding of the town of Farraarts class currently required for Foundation grant), inadequate gut. Info: 966-7057.
Town to host Community Heritage Trail opening
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Booker promises ‘dazzle’ at Beck
Coppock on adoption She is cited in Tennessee courts anytime an adoption case is being heard. Dawn Coppock didn’t start out to become adoption attorney, but was set on that course when she took on an interstate adoption early in her career, even though she wasn’t sure how to proceed because Tennessee’s adoption statues were not clear.
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By Sandra Clark Robert Booker is back at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and he promises to “dazzle.” Booker has been involved with the center since its founding in 1975 in the home of the late James and Ethel Beck. A student leader at Knoxville College and later a 3-term state representative, Booker is a historian and general man about town. Booker calls going back as executive director at Beck “a labor of love.” The center is a repository of African-American history and lore, much of it compiled by Booker himself. “We can compete with anybody (in the African-American Museum Association). I want Knoxville to be proud of that,” Booker said. The Becks were fierce competitors, he said. Mr. Beck was a Republican; she was a Democrat who often bragged of canceling his
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votes. He was a fee-grabber (sort of an adjunct law enforcement job) and a baseball player; she was state president for the Colored PTA. Both worked hard and had rental property and a working farm. Get him started and Booker will talk about Ethel Beck and Evelyn Hazen, a white woman who lived just up the street (and once sued a lover who jilted her for breach of promise. She won.) “They were from two different worlds, but were a lot alike,” says Booker. After serving in the Legislature from 1966 to 1971, Booker came home to work as administrative assistant to then-Mayor Kyle Testerman, a job he remembers as being “everything he didn’t want to do.” Booker was executive director of the Beck Center for 16 years, leaving in 1998. He filled in for 10 months as a member of City Council when Mark Brown be-
came a magistrate and before Daniel Brown was elected. The Beck Center has had some recent negative publicity and Mayor Tim Burchett cut its counBooker ty funding. Booker says that’s in the past. He’s looking to fulfill Beck’s mission to research and exhibit local black history. He wants 5,000 members generating $75,000 annually. He wants to join with Visit Knoxville to drive tourism, and he plans publicity in national magazines. The current exhibit features pictures from James and Ethel Beck. An upcoming exhibit will highlight the life and times of former U.S. District Judge William H. Hastie, who was born in Knoxville and became the first Afri-
can-American federal judge, appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Judge Hastie earned his law degree from Harvard University. He later was assistant solicitor of the Department of the Interior and a professor at Howard University Law School. Booker will invite his children to Knoxville to launch the exhibit. “The Beck Center is in a beautiful and spacious new building with its valuable collections in boxes and hidden away from visitors and researchers alike,” Booker said. “People who visit here should be dazzled by what the center has to offer. That includes those who come for a reception, a dance or a meeting of any kind. The Beck mission should always be at the forefront of any activity held on these premises.” Beck is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: (865) 524-8461 or beckcenter.net.
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Tennova South was packed for the reunion. Photo by Brad Hood
Baptist Hospital staff at reunion By Betsy Pickle Forget Disneyland. The Happiest Place on Earth – at least for one afternoon – was Tennova South, as former employees of Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee reunited five years after the hospital’s closing. Around 1,100 people packed a warehouse-like room at the back of Tennova South on Saturday, Oct. 12. It’s possible they broke a Guinness record for hugs and smiles, but there wasn’t enough room to squeeze in any monitors to document it. “I’ve seen a lot of people I didn’t expect to see,” said Beverly Gatton. The gathering drew people from every position of the defunct hospital. An informal survey of nametags – many of which included the wearers’ departments – indicated a preponderance of nurses. “It was such a wonderful place to work, and it was fun being there,” said Sue Ellis, who worked in accounts payable for the hospital’s
Melanie Elswick Pfennigwerth, above, sings for her former co-workers. Sherry Coffield enjoys looking through a Baptist Hospital scrapbook. Coffield was a second-generation BHET employee; her mother, Nancy Evans, also worked there and attended the party.
Dr. David Rankin, left, and Jim Decker helped put together the event.
Margaret Jones, left, and Pauline Rassler had a lot of catching up to do.
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Reunion committee leaders Glenda Darden, left, and Patsy Boling seem happy that months of planning resulted in a fun time for all. Photos by Betsy Pickle
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It’s all pink and green at Fox Den They stopped short of dyeing the golf greens, but everything else at Fox Den Country Club has been coming up pink during October. Fox Den for a Cure has actually been rolling since the June Swim for a Cure kickoff, but events really pick up steam in the fall. Fox Den for a Cure raises funds to fight breast cancer by donating to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and has a seven-year history. For the first three years, 2007-2009, there was only the Volley for a Cure tennis match. More events were added in the next years to reach the 2013 total of eight: Swim for a Cure, Neighborhood Walk for a Cure, Junior Tennis Round Robin,
Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES Girlfriends Pink Party and Trash to Treasures Auction, Rally for a Cure, Silent Auction and Dinner Dance, Volley for the Cure Tennis ProAm and Golf Challenges. The big week was Oct. 10-12, with four events on the schedule, including the main Silent Auction and Dinner Dance on Oct. 11. Every space at the country club was filled on Friday, with festive pink and white
balloons and gala decorations turning the club into a pink wonderland. The silent auction spanned three rooms as well as hallways, offering a variety of items in eight categories – from restaurants and entertainment to sports to travel and leisure. Rick Terry Jewelry Designs was selling gift bags with a $250 value for $25, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the event. With each bag purchased came an opportunity to win a Sara Blaine bracelet valued at $800. Numbers are still being crunched as to the total amount raised for Fox Den for a Cure, but Bill Enser, chair, says they should beat last year’s net of just under
$45,000 and are hoping to top $50,000 this year. The silent auction totals are in, with that portion of the event showing a 40 percent increase over last year with approximately $25,000 raised. “The support for Fox Den for a Cure is incredible, both in and beyond our community,” says Enser, “When you reach out to people in the right way for a great cause, people really respond. And it’s not just members, but businesses and people all across the country.” From a beginning that netted $7,000, Fox Den for a Cure will be headed toward the $175,000 mark in total donations to Susan G. Komen with this year’s donations.
Fox Den for a Cure committee member Karen Benedict and chair Bill Enser check out the sports section of the silent auction.
Rob Cameron, tennis pro at Fox Den Country Club, and Alicia Gross, committee member for Fox Den for a Cure, enjoy the silent auction and dinner dance at the country club on Oct. 11. Cameron was also getting ready for the next day’s Pro-Am Volley for a Cure tennis event. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell
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Virtual Academy is bad public policy
Striking the band Seldom does the University of Tennessee create what has become a food fight between top leaders on campus but that is what has happened with the exchange of comments between Pride of the Southland Marching Band director Gary Sousa (now on paid administrative leave) and UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.
As Chancellor, Cheek is the public face of the UT Knoxville campus. He normally comports himself in a very professional and above the fray manner. He represents decorum. Therefore, it was really surprising to see his very public letter to Sousa accusing him of whining and petulance. Normally that is said privately if at all. Clearly, Sousa has fully antagonized the Chancellor who, with his hot letter to Sousa, has elevated the issue even more than it was already. It has guaranteed intense media coverage. As a taxpayer I have never liked the idea of paid leave which Sousa now has to the end of the semester. The first 2014 semester does not start until January. This is a paid vacation. Surely there is something he could be assigned to do to earn his pay beyond staying off campus. Since Sousa has tenure it is virtually impossible to fire him short of proving a criminal act. It would appear to violate his First Amendment rights to try to bar him from speaking to employees, students or fellow faculty members. The sooner this issue is resolved the better for the band, which is a source of pride for all, and the entire UT campus. While Cheek could not have prevented Sousa from his actions, he might have been better advised to leave the verbal broadsides to others. Attacks on subordinates seldom solve the issue but they are food for a hungry journalist. ■ Mayor Rogero won a huge victory last Wednesday when the Transportation Planning Organization
When you listen to teachers and staff of the Tennessee Virtual Academy, it’s easy to say, “Give them a chance.”
(TPO) voted to keep the James White Parkway extension off its 5 year plan. Rogero has regularly attended TPO since she became a member in 2011. She has made friends among the other members for attending and staying for the whole meeting. This paid off last week when her views prevailed. She won the support of all voting members from Blount, Anderson and Loudon counties in addition to the Farragut mayor and several others from Knox County. ■ Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters had never attended a TPO meeting until last week. Most TPO members did not know him and his pleas for the parkway extension suffered accordingly. If one wants to influence a group, then one needs to be present for all the meetings, not just those which attract the cameras. ■ County Commission chair Brad Anders voted to put the JWP extension back into the 5 year plan before he voted for the plan without the extension once that failed. Knox County Mayor Burchett voted for the extension saying he wanted more public debate after opposing the JWP extension a few months ago. ■ The message here is that the hard work of Rogero paid off. If Waters and others want to influence TPO in the future, they should start by attending the meetings and not sending staff. ■ Contrary to the report last week, city Fleet Service director Keith Shields does not receive a car allowance of $5,800 a year. He is one of a few city directors who do not receive this. ■ Next Friday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. the Knoxville Botanical Gardens will host a ceremonial planting of two blight-resistant American chestnuts. This is part of an effort by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore the chestnut tree after an estimated 4 billion mature trees from Maine to Georgia were killed by an Asian fungus known as chestnut blight. The public is invited to attend at the Gardens located in East Knoxville on Wimpole Avenue as well as view the gardens on the 47 acres of the former Howell Nursery.
They will tell you about the kid with cancer who couldn’t go to a regular school. They will talk about the skinny kid who was bullied, or the fifth grader who couldn’t read. But when you walk away you remember that we’re talking about a huge amount of tax dollars here. At $5,000 per student, the Virginia-based K12 Inc. is raking in $14 million a year
– maybe more as the year wears on and more students opt out of regular school. K12 officials talked to the Union County school board last Thursday. The board voted unanimously to extend K12’s contract for another three years. County Commissioner Mike Sexton showed up to claim pride that in this one thing, Union County is first. The superintendent of schools, Dr. Jimmy Carter, endorsed the contract extension. Maybe Carter was seeing dollar signs, too. Union County Schools gets a four percent administrative fee per year – more than half a million dollars. Principal Josh Williams said 300 kids from Knox County are enrolled in the Virtual Academy. That represents some $1.5 million that could have come to Knox County Schools.
JWP: Still dead By Sandra Clark Mayor Madeline Rogero displayed political acumen in besting Mayor Tim Burchett, arguably the county’s best politician, in a fight that did not have to be. Burchett and Rogero initially stood together against the James White Parkway extension, but Burchett retreated to a position of “let the people be heard” by sup-
porting TDOT’s strategic ploy of a slight redesign and a call for public hearings. When Rogero knocked the estimated $100 million extension off the Transportation Planning Organization’s priority list, both Burchett and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters were absent and the Knox County representative voted with Rogero.
Josh Williams, principal of the Virtual Academy, and Karen Ghidotti, a representative of K12 Inc., listen to discussion by the Union County school board. Photo by S. Clark Test scores are no better for Virtual Academy students than for regular students in Union County. State Rep. Harry Brooks sponsored the law that en-
abled the Virtual Academy to take a full share of state funding for students it enrolls. It’s a law that’s bad public policy. It should be undone.
But last Wednesday, Waters tried to get the JWP extension back into the TPO’s priority list (without which it cannot receive federal funds). Burchett seconded his motion and then went down in flames on a 3-10 vote. Brad Anders, Knox County commissioner from Karns and Hardin Valley, also voted yes. And then, Burchett voted with Waters on the short end of a 12-2 vote to adopt the priority list without the JWP extension.
It’s clear by his votes, if not his words, where Burchett stood. He stood on the side of road builders, Sevier County and perhaps some Knox County businesses at John Sevier Highway and beyond. He stood against local businesses on Chapman Highway from downtown to John Sevier. He stood for the past and against those who have invested in South Knoxville’s future – the urban wilderness. Luckily, Rogero won.
Drama-free forum for drama-free election By Betty Bean Someone at the League of Women Voters’ candidate forum last week asked incumbent City Council member Daniel Brown where his opponent was. He smiled and shrugged his shoulders. One of his colleagues snickered and said, “He’s in the restroom.” Then everybody guffawed, since candidate Pete Drew hasn’t shown up for anything this election season, which makes him no better or worse than about 98 percent of the city’s registered voters who will probably not show up on Election Day. Not that there’s much to show up for, since three of five incumbents are running unopposed and there’s no mayoral contest to draw attention. The League is doing its best to generate attention to these races. Its website announced that it was participating in something called National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 24, which was the day of the city primary (if you didn’t hear about this event, don’t feel like the
Lone Ranger – this reporter didn’t, either). LWV forums are dramafree events rendered devoid of embarrassment by presubmitted questions and strictly enforced rules and time limits. This one almost got interesting when somebody asked the fusty old question about supporting consolidated government, and Duane Grieve (unopposed, 2nd District) responded with a nifty little mini-rant – “Look at the city, look at the county. Look at the difference between the two. Who’s written up the most?” – but was admonished by moderator John Becker who reminded him that there was a reporter in the room. Becker, of course, was
kidding, because surely nobody would really want to shut down a provocative answer at a political forum, not even when the question – should city and county governments be consolidated – is one that has been asked and answered with a resounding no every decade or so since the middle of the last century. The other candidates also reminded the audience of that fact. The contenders in the only real race in this election cycle, the 4th District race between incumbent Nick Della Volpe and challenger Rick Staples, sat sideby-side and chatted like old friends. Della Volpe, a pugnacious lawyer who has mortally ticked off police and firefighters, was restrained and gentlemanly and passed on an opportunity to talk about the city’s pension problems (the issue that earned him an opponent). Staples, an employee of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office who is low key and affable, stuck in a few gentle barbs by promising to be a listener rather than a talker.
GOV NOTES ■ The 8th District Republican Club will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Carter High School, 210 Carter School Road. County Mayor Tim Burchett will speak. ■ The Center City Republican Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 24, at Shoney’s, 4410 Western Ave. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7.
He mentioned his mother a lot, working her struggles as a small business owner into his answer to a question that was prefaced with the allegation that Knoxville’s gender pay gap makes us the third-worst city for working women. Altogether, the League should be commended for making the effort to stage this forum, even if no red meat was served. There’s only so much you can do.
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FARRAGUT Shopper news • OCTOBER 21, 2013 • A-5
Replat or not replat: That is the question The owner of undeveloped lots in the Chapel Grove subdivision off Grigsby Chapel Road wants to change the platted lot lines to permit two-unit buildings. Brad Sharp of Urban Engineering spoke in support of the replatting at the meeting of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission on Oct. 18. Mark Shipley, interim community development director, prepared a staff report which recommended approval if 75 percent of existing homeowners agreed in writing to the change. After discussion, the recommendation was adopted. Assistant Town Administrator Gary Palmer said when the developer brings his plans for the new lot sizes, town officials will expect to see written agreement by the neighbors. The subdivision was originally platted in 2007 with 35 buildable lots and one open space lot. Two buildings, one with five units and one with three units, were constructed. The new plan calls for 29 lots rather than 35. Planners said about 28 percent of the subdivision is open space with the North Fork of Turkey Creek consuming a “fair amount” on the eastern end. The developer is Goodworks Unlimited, based in Franklin, Tenn. Holiday Inn Express: The hotel had access off N. Campbell Station Road when initially constructed in 1996, although owner
’ROUND TOWN ■ Brush up on driving skills: Do you often wonder if you could still pass the written part of your driver’s test? Drivers age 50 and older can get a refresher course on the “rules of the road” at the AARP’s Driver Safety Course on Nov. 14-15. In addition to brushing up on topics such as age-related physical changes, local driving challenges and license renewal requirements, participants who are 55 and older will qualify for a discount of up to 10 percent on auto insurance. You must attend both days to be eligible for the discount. The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days in the community room at Farragut Town Hall. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Register at 966-7057 by Nov. 12. ■ Get your freak on: Business participants in Freaky Friday Fright Night on Oct. 25 need to go to the town of Farragut website at www. townoffarragut.org to check participation guidelines and the lineup. Info: 966-7057.
Shashi Patel was told that shared access off Snyder Road would be required when other development came. When the request to construct the Fairfield Inn and Suites was approved by the planning commission on May 17, 2012, there was also approval for a site plan to remove the Holiday Inn Express’ access onto N. Campbell Station Road. Since losing access off Campbell Station Road in mid-August, the Holiday Inn Express has received complaints from customers trying to turn into the business. The planning commission voted to recommend a variance for a right-turn only entrance into Holiday Inn Express off Campbell Station Road. This recommendation will go to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen which must ratify it. That vote is expected in November. Dixie Lee Liquor Store: The final item on Thursday’s agenda was expansion plans for Dixie Lee Liquor Store. Mark Bialik of GBS Engineering made the case for allowing the longtime business to add roughly 1,500 square feet to the east side
Brad Sharp of Urban Engi- FMPC commissioner Noah Paul Williams, civil engineer, neering speaking on the Cha- Myers discusses the motion to discusses the Holiday Inn Expel Grove platting issue. replat Chapel Grove. press.
Marion Frazer asks for clarification of the proposed egress plan for Holiday Inn Express.
ragut Business Alliance. She has been a board member since the organization formed in 2010 and Darla Berdal replaces David Purvis, owner of Farragut Wine & Spirits, who will now serve as treasurer. Berdal holds a real estate license and functions as an agent for CornerStone Realty Associations LLC. “I hope to increase engagement – from the board level to the community level – in not only FBA activities, but in all resources that exist to help businesses in Farragut,” said Berdal. ■ Darla Berdal to “There are some great programs, events and prohead Farragut motional opportunities out Business Alliance there; we just need to figure Darla Berdal, vice presi- out a way to bridge the gap dent of operations for My- to lead the businesses to ers Bros. Holdings, is the them.” new president of the FarTom O’Neil, general
Kingston Pike resurfacing. Sparks obtained an associate’s degree in applied science at Catawba David Sparks V a l l e y Community College and a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering at the University of North Carolina. He is a licensed professional engineer and a licensed general contractor in Tennessee and North Carolina. Sparks will assist Town Engineer Darryl Smith with the acquisition of TDOT funding for town projects; coordination of consultants and contractors for projects; resurfacing projects; oversight of park and greenway improvements; and review of new subdivisions and other commercial developments.
of the existing building. The expansion would accommodate a wine tasting area, beer cave and office space, he said. It is being proposed in anticipation of changes that could occur to the state’s wine and liquor laws. The FMPC approved the request with two conditions: one involved a fire hydrant and the second required any rooftop equipment such as HVAC must be screened. Planners noted that the store covers a bit more than half of its lot, well below the 70 percent maximum permitted. And the proposed expansion does not create parking space shortage.
Public Works Director Bud McKelvey and foremen Chris Brown and Pete Hammontree attended the conference. ■ Upcoming at Town Hall: Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA), 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24; Farragut Beautification Committee, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5; Farragut/Knox County Schools Education Relations Committee, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5; Farragut Arts Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5; Economic Development Committee, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.; Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA), 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.
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David Sparks, a native of Hickory, N.C., is Farragut’s new assistant town engineer. Previously, Sparks worked with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Region 1, in Knox County. His previous experience includes the Campbell Station Road widening project, Kingston Pike at Everett Road intersection improvement project and
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■ Thomas McAmis, equipment operator in the town’s Public Works Department, won third place in the backhoe division of the equipment rodeo at the annual conference hosted by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America Tennessee Chapter (SWANA). Eleven Public Works Department employees competed in the event, held during the conference Oct. 9-11, in Kingsport.
manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites at Turkey Creek, is serving a second term as secretary. Allison Sousa is the FBA executive director. Participation in the Farragut Business Alliance, which includes a business listing on the organization’s website and on the Shop Farragut mobile app, is free to Farragut businesses. Info: www.farragutbusiness.com.
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Home-going for UT administrators Homecoming is a standard event on college calendars. This is about homegoing.
Dave Hart, valued at $817,250 plus perks per year as vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Tennessee, will return to Tuscaloosa this weekend. He will be accompanied by Jon Gilbert, executive senior associate athletic director, and Mike Ward, senior associate AD for administration and sports programs. They came with Hart from Alabama in 2011 and will
return for the 96th renewal of the football rivalry which used to be played on the third Saturday – and was better then. The trio is highly regarded but will not be hailed as conquering heroes. They have captured Bristol and gained some traction but not yet solved all the problems they inherited or created. Legal settlements, controversy over traditions and sustained success on the fields of play are pending. Hart, 64, a former basketball guard for the Crimson Tide, is a career administrator, widely known and often in the news. Alas, this is no time to compare him with Alabama’s inexperienced athletic director, William Raines Battle III, almost 72, a rare one indeed, a former Paul Bryant disciple who
once beat the Bear at his own game. Hart is employed by Tennessee. Battle is part of the Tennessee fabric. He came first to Shields-Watkins Field as a player for Alabama. He returned as a very young assistant coach, part of the reconstruction of Doug Dickey’s staff after the tragic train wreck of ’65. Four years later, Bob Woodruff made the mistake of a lifetime, promoting Battle beyond preparation. At 28, he became the replacement for the dearly departed Dickey. He was the youngest head coach in college football. Dr. Andy Holt was surprised. Others raised eyebrows but nobody fainted. Battle got off to an excellent start and was 36-5 after three and a half seasons. He was obviously brilliant, on
his way to fame and fortune. In fact, the bright highlights of Battle’s coaching career came in his first season, mid and late October 1970 and on Jan. 1. Tennessee intercepted a school-record eight passes and slugged sagging Alabama, 24-0. Bryant and Battle, teacher and student, hugged and shook hands. It was a memorable occasion but it happened only once. A week later, the Vols ripped Florida. Dickey took a deep breath and endured. He might have even wondered if his move was a mistake. In the Sugar Bowl, Tennessee stunned undefeated Air Force, 34-13. It was the top of Battle’s mountain. Bobby Scott, Curt Watson, Chip Kell, Jackie Walker, Bobby Majors and people like that took him there.
Coppock on adoption She is cited in Tennessee was a fax network of adoption courts any time an adoption lawyers, and somebody put case is being heard. in the fax, ‘We finally found somebody that can get a kid out of Tennessee.’ “After that, I started getBetty ting calls. It felt like a fluke at Bean the time, but I started working with birth moms, particularly when the kids were going Law Dogs out of state.” Coppock said working with Dawn Coppock didn’t start out to become adoption attor- birth mothers is her favorite ney, but was set on that course part of the job. “What they expect is some when she took on an interstate adoption early in her career, gray-haired man in a suit to even though she wasn’t sure fold his arms and say, ‘Little how to proceed because Ten- lady, how did you get into this nessee’s adoption statutes trouble?’” She collects pictures and were not clear. “It was technically a fairly mementos for the children, difficult case, but at that stage, and compiles a good medical everything was hard,” she history. The scales are heavily said. “I figured it out and I did it correctly. At that time there weighted in favor of the adop-
tive parents, except for one important factor. “The mother’s got the baby. It’s a delicate and interesting dynamic. You want to empower her, but you don’t want to motivate her to be opportunistic to the rather sacred thing that’s going down.” After Coppock became known for her expertise, she started doing seminars for lawyers who were interested in adoption law. After awhile, she compiled her seminar materials and sent them to Michie Law Publishing (now LexisNexis) as a book proposal. “They immediately said yes.” She called it “Tennessee Adoption Law with Forms and Statutes.” “I hadn’t been out of law school 10 years, so they weren’t
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A little later, Ray Trail recruited Condredge Holloway and the excitement continued despite a general decline. Battle recognized what was happening and departed with dignity intact. His exit line, defining class, was sensational: “When they run you out of town, make it look like you’re leading the parade.” He returned as a businessman with a great idea, pointing Tennessee toward considerable earnings in logo licenses and souvenir sales. He became the national leader in collegiate marketing, a genuine legend in that field. Bill never lost interest in Tennessee. He has helped former players who needed help. He has been back for reunions, funerals and special events. In his third career, he is Nick Saban’s boss! Imagine that!
My opinion of Bill Battle has never changed – in 47 years. He is a class act, keen mind, exemplary in character. What happened to him at Tennessee was unfair. He was a good receiver coach, innovative in scouting, honest in recruiting, an excellent role model for young players (Bill was a year older than senior receiver Johnny Mills – who put an arm on the coach’s shoulder and asked if the players could call him Billy). Given time, Battle might have matured into a fine head coach. He never had a chance. He did pretty well with his Collegiate Licensing Company. It sold for something over $100,000,000. Out of loyalty to his school, he became athletic director when Alabama called. Wonder what would have happened here and there if Hart had stayed in Tuscaloosa?
Most adoption lawyers also do divorce cases, something Coppock did during her early years as a lawyer, and didn’t enjoy. She got her undergraduate degree at Carson-Newman, earned a business degree, took a job at IBM near Washington, D.C., and started applying to law schools. She ended up at William & Mary, graduated one Saturday, was married the next, and worked for Rainwater, Humble and Vowell in Knoxville for 6 years before striking out on her own. In recent years, she’s made headlines with the Scenic Vistas Act, a religious-based antimountaintop coal removal bill she wrote and lobbied (so far, unsuccessfully) for 5 years. She says there’s little connection between political work and her legal career. “The only way the two intersect is a few years ago I picked six easy-to-pass little Band-Aids we could stick in
the code, and I passed six adoption bills in my spare time,” she said. “Legislators ask me questions about child welfare related bills, and when I’m in Nashville, I can do adoption work also.” And that is important. “People want to feel good about how they become parents and how they give a child up. They want to feel that the process had integrity and that the emotional aspects of it were valued, and I can do that. Sometimes I work with adoption lawyers who are sleazy, and I understand the impact of that. It’s a giant, beautiful gift you’re giving these people, and all of a sudden it feels dirty and bad. … “Agencies get paternalistic and tell people what they ought to do. I don’t know what to do, but I can talk about choices. When you are able to let the process have that kind of integrity and gravity, you’ve given everybody a gift.”
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Shopper news • OCTOBER 21, 2013 • A-7
A spider’s house Their confidence is gossamer, a spider’s house their trust. (Job 8: 14 NRSV) She found the most astonishing sight of all, a cobweb strung between two posts, she hardly dared breathe for fear of disturbing it, a thousand drops of water gleaming in the tension of its fragile hold. The pattern perfect, each drop of water shining clear, round, holding all light within it, something that would only stay miraculous if she did not disturb, did not touch so much as one sticky thread. And she marveled at the cunning of the spider, a creature she did not much like. (“Light,” Eva Figes) The assembly line kept things moving as West Emory Presbyterian parishioners and area high school students, more than 50 in all, unload more than 2,000 large pumpkins amid laughter and encouragement to “git ’er done.”
Pumpkin Patch ready for Linus By Sherri Gardner Howell If Linus of Charlie Brown fame needs a place to camp out while he waits for The Great Pumpkin, he has a multitude of places in Knox County to choose. West Emory Presbyterian Church got
their 8th annual Pumpkin Patch ready for shoppers on Oct. 12 as volunteers unloaded more than 2,000 large pumpkins and small pumpkins that were too plentiful to count. The pumpkins are
shipped in from a Navajo reservation in New Mexico to be sold to raise funds for local charities supported by the church. It takes an army of volunteers to “stock” the patch, and more than 50 showed up to move the
Lilly Atchley, 9, works diligently on creating a pretty little pumpkin patch from hundreds of tiny pumpkins.
HEALTH NOTES ■ Jump Start Health and Fitness, located at Associated Therapeutics Inc., 2704 Mineral Springs Road, will offer a women’s self-defense class series for ages 14 and up 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 22 through Dec. 3. Fee of $60 for the 12 classes is due at registration. Info: 687-4537, ext. 212.
pumpkins from the truck to the church grounds. Unloading took about four hours and pricing ranges from 50-cents to $60. “I absolutely love the Pumpkin Patch,” says Pumpkin Patch coordinator Shannon Patton. “It’s a lot of hard work, but we all pitch in. About half of our congregation comes out to help during the unloading and sale. We just dig in, get it done and try to have a lot of fun doing it.” And you might just look for The Great Pumpkin. After all, Linus said: “He’ll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch, and he respects sincerity.” Hours for the West Emory Presbyterian Church patch are noon to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 6:30 p.m. Sundays. The church is located at the corner of Emory Church Road and Westland Drive. Info: 690-5333. Volunteer Val Homan, Pumpkin Patch coordinator Shannon Patton and Pastor Miki Vanderbilt take a short break from helping unload more than 2,000 pumpkins at West Emory Presbyterian Church in Farragut on Oct. 12. Photos by Nancy Anderson
It was an early morning, one of the first really cool mornings, when I first saw the web. The spider had spun her magic in the fence, and the dew had fallen on it, still hanging, in fact, like so many diamonds. I stopped to marvel at the web’s beauty, its intricacy, its fragility. Ms. Spider was not at home at the moment, so I didn’t worry about frightening her (or vice versa, for that matter). I looked at the web’s symmetry, its delicate strands attached to the white wood, the strength of its geometry. I spared a thought to the tardiness of the spider’s building efforts. I think of late August and early September as the time frame for spider webs, so I was surprised to find this lovely architecture here in midOctober. I was in the midst of reading Eva Figes’ novella “Light,” a book that recounts a day in the life of Claude Monet, that master impressionist, who chose not to paint water lilies or fields of flowers, so much as the light surrounding them. The slim volume is an Impressionist’s study of light and shadow, and how those opposites illumine, highlight, hide, gild, warm, shade or bless everything they touch. From summer to winter, from light to darkness, the cycles of the world go on and on. Just so, with our own lives. There are days
of brightness and days of shadow. There are days of laughter and joy, and days of mourning and sadness. There are days of toil and days of rest. There are days of strife and days of peace. There are days of accomplishment and days of stillness. All are important to us, needful for us. The writer of Ecclesiastes said it so powerfully: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” It is important – no, imperative – during the hard seasons that we remember the days of light. We must carry that memory in our hearts the way our pioneer foremothers banked the hearth fires at night, the way bulbs hold in the darkness the heat they will need to bloom in the spring. Likewise – and strangely, this is harder – during the bright days, the warm, shining days, we must remember that there will be darkness again, part of the rhythms of life. That is when we depend on memory, to be able to envision the future, for, as Figes writes, “Memory holds the shining bubble, bright with the newborn glory of the world.”
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Friday, Oct. 25 5 to 7 p.m. Mayor Bob Leonard Park 301 Watt Road Children age 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat along the walk trail, play games, win prizes and decorate cookies! IT’S ALL FREE . . . but please bring a donation to help the 9LVLWWRZQRƷDUUDJXWRUJ or call 966-7057 for a list of needed items. In case of inclement weather, call 966-2420 after 3 p.m. for the event’s status.
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Estus inducted into Hall of Fame At CAK, the Warriors girls’ soccer program has won the state championship in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011, while ﬁnishing state runner-up in 2010 and 2012. Last fall, the Warriors lost to a talented Christ Presbyterian Academy team, but the youthful Warriors will return eager to set the record straight. Unfortunately, the Warriors come into the season plagued with injuries but will hopefully recover to full strength prior to playoff time. Coach Ried Estus brings a wealth of experience from his collegiate coaching and directing days at Lees McRae. Since 2009, the Warriors have sent nine players to the collegiate ranks. Most recently, Laura Foster graduated and donned the star of Vanderbilt University.
■ Fall Open House will be 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. RSVP is requested. Info: Amy Williams, 690-4721, ext. *190 or email@example.com. ■ CAK merchandise is now available online. Visit www.warriorwearhouse.com for all your Warrior Gear! ■ Apple Harvest Party for preschool children ages 3-4 and their parents will be held 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at CAK’s Early Learning Building. Activities will include apple tasting, bounce house, face painting and crafts. No costumes, please. RSVP by Oct. 23 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Academy of Knoxville girls’ soccer coach and assistant principal Ried Estus is inducted into the Fred I. Dickerson Hall of Fame at Lees-McRae College. Photos submitted Christian Academy of Knoxville girls’ soccer coach and high school assistant principal Ried Estus was recently named to the Fred I. Dickerson Hall of Fame at Lees-McRae College. Estus founded the LeesMcRae women’s soccer program in 1987, leading the Bobcats to a 199-82-8 overall record in 13 years as the head coach. Estus led the Bobcats to the NJCAA
National Tournament in each of their ﬁrst three seasons, earning regional coach of the year honors four times and compiling a 73-24-3 conference record. “For someone like me, a simple-minded person who loves to work with their hands, this is as good as it gets,” Estus said. In his 22 years at LeesMcRae, Estus wore a variety
of hats in addition to the head women’s soccer coach, serving as the head women’s tennis coach, head softball coach, and a physical education instructor. Estus also served as the director of athletics from 1994 to 2009, helping the school transition from the NAIA ranks to NCAA membership. The Bobcats also won their ﬁrst Joby Hawn Cup during Estus’ tenure in 2000-2001.
Ried Estus (center) coaches the women’s soccer team at Lees-McRae College in this archival photo from the college.
CAK ‘winds up’ with R.A. Dickey Christian Academy of Knoxville welcomed baseball great R.A. Dickey to a fundraising event for the Warrior Booster Club Oct. 3, at First Baptist Concord’s Worship Center. Dickey told his story of perseverance and faith, a life of struggle, and how time and time again God showed up and did big things. In 2012, Dickey won the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball.
CAK’s Head of School Bob Neu and family meet baseball great R.A. Dickey at the “Winding Up with R.A. Dickey” VIP Session. Pictured are Pamela Neu, Bob Neu, Stephen Neu, R.A. Dickey and Matthew Neu.
Trae Wieniewitz of Wieniewitz Financial receives a signed, official Blue Jays jersey from R.A. Dickey. Wieniewitz Financial was a presenting sponsor of the event.
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Shopper news • OCTOBER 21, 2013 • A-9
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‘We always have … By Betsy Pickle Gary Harmon gets around. In his nearly 30 years with Knox County Schools, he taught French and English at Bearden, AustinEast and Halls high schools. He has spent the past 2 1/2 years at Richard L. Bean Juvenile Service Center, teaching English and history to troubled male teens that have been arrested or placed at the center by the Department of Children’s Services. He loves what he’s doing – for starters, teaching history, a favorite subject, but especially teaching these students. “The kids need to see adults who care about them and try to push them,” Harmon says.” I do that. The kids know it. I’m not a touchy-feely guy. I don’t sit down and say, ‘Tell me about your life.’ “One time I had a student make a comment that he didn’t understand why we pushed him so hard to be in school, and I said, ‘Well, you don’t know what you want to be yet. I want to give you some choices.’ And he said, ‘Aw, come on, really? What do you think my choices are gonna be?’ “I said, ‘You know, son, I don’t believe a lot of things, but what I do believe is that we always have another chance. I don’t care what you did to get in here; doesn’t matter to me and I’ll never ask. But when you get out of here, it’s the next chapter, and it’s your job to get up and do something with that. I want to arm you for that with what you really need – not bullets, but knowledge.’ That’s what I try to do.” Growing up in Clarksville, Harmon had a very different life from his current students, but he had teachers who made it possible for him to have choices. His challenge was that he was born with only two fingers on his left hand, a right arm that ended at the wrist and no feet. He got into teaching “because teachers had made a big difference in my life, and I wanted to do the same thing for other people.” Schools had a different attitude about children with disabilities in the 1960s, when Harmon was growing up. “When I was starting school, my mother took me to register the first day, and we were met at the front door by a principal, who ushered us to special ed. My mother is a strong-willed Southern woman who explained to him that I was not going to special ed. I could already read, I knew my numbers – I was ready.
Gary Harmon looks through his book, “My Daddy Takes His Legs Off.”
Says Gary Harmon, “This is my smile.” “She wanted me to go into 1st grade. We didn’t have kindergarten back in the (Stone) Age. He assured her that special ed (was) the place I needed to go. “Special ed was nothing in those days; they taught kids how to fold boxes. … And my mother said, ‘No. There’s just no way.’ “They stood out in the hall and argued for what seemed like forever to a 6-year-old boy. And finally a 1st grade teacher came out and asked what was going on, and my mother explained. (The teacher) knelt down by me to talk to me and she said, ‘Let me ask you, are you smart?’ I said, ‘I don’t know.’ She said, ‘I’ll make a deal with you … From now on, if I ever ask you that
question, if you’ll say yes, you can come into my class.’ “She stood up, and she knelt back down, and she said, ‘Gary, are you smart?’ I said, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ And she took my hand and said, ‘Let’s go!’ “We went in, and we learned, and I thought that was wonderful. In that one fell swoop, the woman changed my whole life.” Harmon spent his freshman year at Austin Peay State University in his hometown, then came to UT, where he graduated in 1983. It’s easy to see why he doesn’t like the word “disability.” He met President Jimmy Carter and ended up on the NBC Nightly News. He studied abroad in France during college, served as Knox County Education Association president for four years and spent enough time in law school to decide law wasn’t his thing. He is married to a “beautiful wife” and has “two great kids.” And this spring, he wrote a children’s book based on an incident his 12-year-old daughter had at age 6, when friends said they didn’t want her father to
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pick her up from afternoon day care because they were “a little afraid” of him. The book, “My Daddy Takes His Legs Off,” was published in August. Harmon is selling it in person and through his website www. harmonspeaks.com. “This book is about how we solved the problem. It wasn’t all persuasion; there was chocolate involved.” He believes we all have “disabilities” but wants to help people get over their reluctance to interact with people who seem different. “I wrote this hoping that families who want to make sure their kids understand that we all don’t look just exactly alike might want to buy this book and read it with their kids, and they might talk about the people that they know that look a little different or maybe think a little differently or have some difference that seems to make them stand out. “And have them understand that those people are still children and brothers and sisters and husbands and wives. People forget that.”
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A.L. Lotts Elementary School teacher Kathy Alexander passes out dough to students her cooking class. Photos by S. Barrett
Kids get cookin’ at A.L. Lotts By Sara Barrett A.L. Lotts Elementary School 4th grade teacher Kathy Alexander likes to heat things up after school. Literally. “I don’t officially have an oven or a stove, so I have to be creative with recipes,” said Alexander. “What we don’t have time to cook in class is taken home along with instructions.” Alexander teaches a cooking class to students after school as part of the PAWS program (Participating After-school With Success). This is her third year teaching the class, and it is also the largest group she’s had so far at roughly 35 students. “Cooking is my favorite hobby. With the pace and rigor required in the school curriculum and schedule these
dents can volunteer to teach a class. Several students in Alexander’s class have returned from previous years. A favorite activity among the class is getting to eat what they make. “They love to share the food and recipes with their families. It gives (the students) a sense of accomplishment.” Students have told Alexander they’re helping out with holiday meals a year or two after taking the class, and “one student’s mother wrote on Facebook that her child was making pumpkin A.L. Lotts 2nd grader Abigail muffins for Thanksgiving ‘a Cade mixes a bowl of ingre- new family tradition.’ Andients to make homemade other sent me a picture of her child making lasagna for her dough. Photos by S. Barrett family without any help.” The fall semester of PAWS mother and loved it. I just classes ends the first week want to pass it on.” in November, and another Last week’s recipe was one starts in the spring. buttermilk biscuits made Info: Stephanie Thompson, from scratch. Students also stephaniemw thompson@ made their own butter to yahoo.com. use as a topping. Several other classes are also part of the PAWS program including dance, Tennis 101, Origami Masters and digital photography. Anyone in the community who would like to share their interests with the stu-
First grader Preston Blair inspects his biscuit dough with a sniff test. days, it is almost impossible to find time to do ‘extras’ like cooking. PAWS is a way I can share creativity and life skills because it is enrichment and held after school hours. Second grader Tori Fox tries I grew up cooking with my to avoid scratching her nose mother and my great grand- with hands covered in flour.
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Northshore Elementary School kindergartners Tucker Darga and Colin Williamson do the Limbo underneath a noodle during the school’s coupon book celebration for surpassing its sales goal. The school’s official mascot was introduced before the celebration.
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Greenway School student Madeline Carter tries on a piece of armor as Rachel Anderson, (back) Colin Curnow and Kristofer Kenley wait their turn. Photos by S. Barrett Because of the small class size, Shugart said the project works really well for the students. “Small schools have a lot more leeway.” In math, the students built three castles to scale; in music, they learned medieval songs in Latin. “It is very hard for students to feel connected to a time period like the Middle Ages that happened so long ago. By immersing them in this time period and creating a persona and learning about the crafts during the time, students can get a better picture of what actually happened.” The students also learned from numerous visitors including a local falconer who brought his Harris hawk to let her hunt on the school’s wooded campus, and a memGreenway students Ryan Curnow and Lily Marcum feel the weight ber of the international reof “weapons” they borrowed from members of the Barony of Thor’s creationist group the Society Mountain, a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. for Creative Anachronism, to be wealthy or poor, and the boys see their costumes who taught several students sometimes they are disap- of silk and velvet and wish how to spin wool using a drop pointed in the results. they had chosen to be a serf!” spindle. The SCA also parGirls also become frus- ticipated in the medieval fair “It is one thing to talk about the wealthy lords and trated because their op- with the students by teachmerchants from this time tions from the time period ing them period-appropriate period,” said Shugart, “but it are limited. Girls were of- games and performing battle demonstrations. doesn’t actually sink in until ten married by 15.
Zachary Carey feigns death for a photo as Made Harrell and Sofia Gholston-Green celebrate Jason Little’s victory during battle.
The good, the bad and the royal The Medieval Faire at Greenway School Every three years, Greenway School incorporates a Medieval Faire into its curriculum.
As an added bonus, students get to dress up in costumes from the Oak Ridge Playhouse and watch battle re-enactments by local medieval and Renaissance re-creationists. And then there’s the food. Social studies teacher Liz Shugart said the children work on the project for seven weeks. Each student chooses a persona from 500-1500 A.D. Europe. They decide if they’d like
“The SCA has been a tremendous resource for us, and I would highly recommend teachers using them to visit their school,” said Shugart. Not only did they participate in the fair, “they have been very receptive to visit our classroom at other times to help students on independent areas of study. “There is nothing like spending weeks learning to make chain mail and ending up with a piece that is 1 inch by 3 inches to show students just how difficult living in the Middle Ages must have been.”
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A.L. Lotts Elementary Make-ups for prepaid fall pictures will be taken Wednesday, Nov. 6. Book fair week will be held Oct. 21-25. Kids on the Block will be at the school 8-10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
Farragut High The robotics club collects used printer cartridges and old electronics. They can be labeled “FRC” and dropped off in the main building’s first floor office. Sign up to receive texts of important updates regarding college information, testing and events from the counseling office. For seniors, text @ farraguths to 442-333-4864. For grades 9-11, text @farragut to 442-333-4864.
Webb School The Lower School, grades K-5, will host an admissions open house 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Lower School commons. Interested parents are invited to learn about education and admissions at Webb from school president Scott Hutchinson and Lower School director Angie Crabtree. Info and RSVP: Deborah Gross, 291-3864.
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John Cooms of Wells Fargo and Julie Predny with the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce explore the memorabilia table at Matlock Tire. Well over 50 customers and Chamber members attended last week’s event.
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WKUD’s new plant on schedule West Knox Utility District’s Frank J. Daugherty Water Treatment Plant is in the final stages of being upgraded and expanded. Currently, the plant can treat two million gallons of water per day. Upgrades are expected to be complete in December and will expand the capacity to eight million gallons. WKUD officials and engineers to get plans underway for a new wastewater treatment plant, to be located near the intersection of Hickory Creek and Buttermilk roads. Crews have inspected WKUD’s water tanks for leaks and to make sure they are secure. Visual inspections are conducted twice weekly. District officials want the public to report potential problems with any water tank.
What a party! The grand opening celebration for Sherrill Hills Retirement Resort took two days and was packed with fun, giving the management team a great opportunity to showcase the resort living concept of the facility. The weekend began on Oct. 11 with a visit from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception with the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday, the staff and residents really put on a show with “Showcasing the Sherrill Hills Lifestyle.” Gourmet food, ongoing entertainment in the facility’s theater, and tours and talks with residents kept visitors
Original grand opening display at Matlock Tire Service & Auto Repair’s 60th anniversary celebration on Oct. 17.
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Knoxville’s initial First Watch restaurant (www. firstwatch.com) will open today (Oct. 21) in Turkey Creek, with others planned for Bearden and Halls.
Gene Blaylock, a longtime firefighter who joined Rural/Metro Fire Department when it began its Knox County operations in 1977, has been named Knox County fire chief. Blaylock started his career as a firefighter at Station 26 on Strawberry Plains Pike and rose to the rank of assistant fire chief. He has served at five stations and received numerous promotions, culminating in his
entertained. Entertainment included the Smoky Mountain Shaggers, the Blair Xperience, and SwingBooty. Knoxville Photo Booth was on hand for commemorative pictures. Management team members on hand included Bob and Nancy Epstein, marketing directors, and Cassie and Dal Smith, operations managers. Sherrill Hills, 271 Moss Grove Blvd., is a senior independent living community where all services are provided for one monthly fee, including rent, utilities and amenities such as 24-hour concierge services, valet parking, room service, resort-style dining, housekeeping, transportation, entertainment and fitness programs. On-site are a bank, gift shop, beauty/barber shop, fitness center, library Nancy Epstein, Sherrill Hills Retirement Resort marketing director, shows off the Tree of Life that is displayed in the facility’s and theater. Info: rlcommunities.com foyer. The tree displays the names of the 40 charter residents.
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Jane Matlock remembers the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the current location of this enduring, family-owned business. Photos by Nancy Anderson
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Oliver Smith IV talks commercial development
First up is Oliver Smith IV, who is president of Oliver Smith Realty and Auction Co. Inc., the business started by his grandfather, Oliver A. Smith Jr., in 1939. The younger Smith was just 26 years old and looking toward a career in law when his grandfatherâ€™s illness forced a change of direction in his career path and resulted in the companyâ€™s current status as one of the largest and most successful
commercial development ďŹ rms in the southeast. While Oliver Smith Jr. is credited with the development of both East Towne and West Town malls, it is under the direction of Oliver Smith IV that the company has seen dramatic growth and expansion. It has brought more than 125 restaurants to this area, representing more than 60 franchises. It has also developed more than 20 hotels totaling more than 3,000 units from Florida to Michigan and is responsible for about the same number of apartment units, for more than 65 bank locations and in excess of 40 convenient stores. Smith is the developer of the Sherrill Hills project located just west of Cedar Bluff Road and still being built. In that project as with many other large multi-use tracts, Smithâ€™s company brings in the components:
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retail, restaurants, multifamily units, ofďŹ ces, etc. â€œAmenities are what bring value to our area,â€? Smith told the Rotarians. â€œThey are what improve the quality of life for everyone.â€? He said real estate â€œchanges almost daily,â€? and cited Bearden as a good example of that. â€œWith the addition of Anthropologie and an eclectic mix of other high-end retail establishments and restaurants, itâ€™s quickly becoming the Buckhead of Knoxville.â€? families from fire and other life safety emergencies.â€? The event was free, and children enjoyed the takeaways, including plastic fire hats, stick-on badges and activity books. Featured were specialized emergency vehicles from the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Knoxville Fire Department, Knox County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Karns and Seymour volunteer fire departments, Rural/Metro Fire Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Attendees also got to see the Knox County Sheriffâ€™s Office helicopter and bomb squad robot and tour the Kids Fire Safety House.
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The Benjamin Green family enjoys the helmets and all the activities at the Knox County Fall Fire Prevention Festival. From left are Noah, Sammie, Victoria and Vanessa with mom Regina.
Jansen Brown tries out the city of Knoxville Ladder Truck 20 at the fire prevention festival.
they want. In reality, custom dentures can take years off an individualâ€™s age. First, the aesthetic value often adds greatly to their overall appearance. Secondly, the natural look of the patientâ€™s new smile offers a renewed sense of self -confidence. After completion of hundreds of smile makeovers, Foncea has learned that when a custom denture is done right it can be the most dramatic smile makeover possible. It is his goal to create dentures that ensure stability as well as enhance the individualâ€™s appearance. The smile success wall featured in the waiting area at Sequoyah Dental Arts says it all. Many of Fonceaâ€™s patients are pictured wearing their fresh, beautiful new smiles. â€œSome of these are denture patients,â€? Foncea says. â€œBut most people have a hard time distinguishing them from any of the other smiles pictured here.â€? Foncea, who took over a long-standing dental practice in 2001 and moved to his current location on Kingston Pike in 2004, makes it a priority to create an inviting atmosphere for his patients. The warm, welcoming feel of his practice is a pleasant contrast to the typical dental office. Patients will feel right at home and are even offered refreshments while they wait. Foncea offers denture patients the skills and experience of a cosmetic dentist with hundreds of smile success stories. His artistic edge provides a natural and perfect fit to the patientâ€™s face. â€œThere is an artistic eye to creating dentures that look very natural,â€? says Foncea. â€œThe harmony is what you are looking for.â€?
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Gearing up to prevent fall fires It wasnâ€™t a cool fall day on the asphalt at Turkey Creek Medical Center on Oct. 12, but area firefighters werenâ€™t deterred by the heat. They suited up, cranked up the trucks and put their all into talking with children and parents about fire prevention and fire safety. The 6th annual Knox County Fall Fire Prevention Festival was sponsored by the Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau, in partnership with the Town of Farragut, Tennova Healthcare, Rural/Metro Fire Department and Costco. â€œThe purpose of the Fall Fire Prevention Festival is two-fold,â€? said Colin Cumesty, fire prevention specialist for the Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau. â€œFirst, the festival allows emergency responders across Knox County to come together to interact with people and showcase their commitment to those we serve. Second, and most importantly, the festival helps educate and engage our neighbors in and around Knox County on ways they can protect themselves and their
By Shana Raley-Lusk Dr. Pablo Foncea is a master at his craft, creating beautiful, naturallooking smiles that leave his patients speechless when they see the results. However, there is more to Foncea than meets the eye. He is an artist whose passions include jewelry making, sketching and working with pastels. Dr. Foncea His dentistry is reflective of these unique skills, and his artistic ability is evidenced by the unbelievable smile makeovers and custom dentures he has created for patients. At Sequoyah Dental Arts, Foncea offers true custom dentures. He does not use the â€œone size fits allâ€? approach offered by many dentists. â€œInstead of making a denture out of a mold, we look at the patientâ€™s face and see how the denture fits the face,â€? says Foncea. â€œIn this way, we are able to achieve a much more natural result.â€? The results speak for themselves. Upon completion of their dental work, it is not unusual for Fonceaâ€™s denture patients to become completely overwhelmed with joy at first sight of their natural, beautiful new smiles. Patients are often surprised at how truly life-changing this type of unique dental work can be. Foncea takes every detail into consideration, from creating an ideal fit to selecting the most natural-looking color for the denture. Many patients go into the process believing that they have to settle for a denture that is less aesthetically pleasing in order to get the function
Entertaining the kids at the fire prevention festival for Kerbela Shriners was Kerbela Clown Sammy Morton. The Shriners passed out information about fire safety.
For adults and children, there were live fire and life safety demonstrations, car seat inspections, an interactive boating safety simulator and a question-andanswer session about home fire extinguishers.
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Preserving history takes time By Wendy Smith When it comes to historic preservation, slow and steady wins the race. In the case of West Knoxvilleâ€™s historic Walker-Sherrill house, the race is already won, even though thereâ€™s a long road ahead. Knox Heritage recently hosted an open house for members at the antebellum home. The nonproďŹ t has been trying to save the house for eight years, said Executive Director Kim Trent. â€œThe work we do takes a long time.â€? When the house was ďŹ rst added to Knox Heritageâ€™s Fragile Fifteen list, most people werenâ€™t aware of it because it was enveloped by woods. City Council member Barbara Pelot successfully lobbied for a historic overlay on the house when a zoning change was sought to develop the 104acre property. Thatâ€™s the
only reason itâ€™s still here, Trent said. But other hurdles were still ahead. After Knox Heritage took the house off the Fragile Fifteen list, the propertyâ€™s lead developer passed away, and the bottom dropped out of the economy. While the house was in limbo, the roof leaked, the original mantels were stolen, and vagrants moved in. â€œWe were really lucky it didnâ€™t burn to the ground,â€? Trent said. The key to saving historic properties like the WalkerSherrill house is ďŹ nding a use for them. â€œBuildings that arenâ€™t used fall down,â€? she said. Fortunately, there are plans for the house to be converted to professional ofďŹ ce space. Franklin Square developer Bill Hodges knew about the Walker-Sherrill house, and when the new shopping center sprang up,
he saw an opportunity, said Realtor Catherine Hodges, his daughter. Catherine, who is working with her father on the restoration and leasing of the house, spoke to Knox Heritage members during the open house. Her father is a type-A, detail guy, she said, and he takes his time. Sheâ€™s enjoyed learning the ropes during the renovation process. â€œIâ€™m new to real estate, but Iâ€™m really new to construction, so itâ€™s been educational.â€? The biggest challenge of renovating the house will be reconďŹ guring the ďŹ‚oor plan so each ofďŹ ce will have access to the main hallway, she says. Working on the project has given her the â€œbugâ€? for historic properties. â€œIt feels like weâ€™re doing something good for the community.â€? According to the Knox Heritage website, the house was built by James and
Kim Trent and Catherine Hodges speak at a recent Knox Heritage event at the historic WalkerSherrill house, 9320 Kingston Pike. Hodges is working with her father, developer Bill Hodges, on converting the home to professional office space. Photo by Wendy Smith
Jane Cox Kennedy in 1849. In 1858, Dr. William Baker bought the home from the Kennedys to be near his brother, Dr. Harvey Baker, who lived in what is now known as the Baker-Peters House.
Trent is relieved that the property is now in good hands, saying, â€œBill Hodges is like a miracle.â€? She says she has enjoyed working on a West Knoxville project and is also pleased that the town of Farragut in-
tends to purchase the Martin-Russell house, located at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road, to use as part of a welcome center. â€œWe do work out here,â€? Trent says.
Hank RappĂŠ Playground hits donation milestone The fundraising effort to build the Hank RappĂŠ Inclusive Playground has reached $135,000 in donations. Knox Youth Sports will build the playground at Lakeshore Park that will be named in memory of 3-year-old KYS tee-ball player Hank RappĂŠ. Hank, the son of Dr. Matt and Brandy RappĂŠ, passed away in his sleep April 5, 2013, two nights before his ďŹ rst tee-ball game at KYS. He was also survived by brothers Luke and Jack.
According to local playground industry representatives, this will be only the second such inclusive playground in the city of Knoxville. The other one is the Ashley Nicole Dream Playground in Caswell Park downtown. It opened in June 2005. Hank RappĂŠ Features planned for the playground include numerous inclusive features, a sand box, swing,
and ramps connecting other features, plus monkey bars, infant and toddler swings, a climbing wall, and slides. Inclusive playgrounds are expensive to build because of the special ramps and the safety surface that are required by law. The existing playground behind the KYS office in the Cedar Cottage at Lakeshore Park is 20 years old and in need of repair, and it isnâ€™t accessible to special needs children. For many years, KYS has been interested in providing a
playground for all children to enjoy as a result of organizing Challenger baseball, basketball, golf and bowling over 15 years. While many of the users of the playground will be KYS sports participants during the spring and fall, the playground will be open to children in the entire metropolitan Knoxville area for use from dawn to dusk yearround. Current plans call for completing the fundraising process by early January 2014, building the playground in February and March, and opening it in
early April. Serving on the committee to raise funds for the playground and determine its design are Dr. Chris Testerman, Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic; Dr. Kim Quigley and Dr. Erin Saunders, members of the UT Medical School Class of 2001; and KYS board members Nic Arning, director of the Knoxville Challenger League, KYS president Bert Bertelkamp, and Greg Hulen. The committee has been raising funds since last summer. To date, $135,000 has been raised against a goal of
$200,000. Donations have come from individuals, local high schools, Bible study groups, childrenâ€™s birthday parties, hospitals, foundations and various medical organizations. A majority of the donations have come from the Knoxville community, but many have come from around the United States. Families interested in donating to the Hank RappĂŠ Inclusive Playground Fund should visit the KYS website at KnoxYouthSports.com. Or donations may be sent to KYS, POB 10964, Knoxville 37939.
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Temple welcomes grandparents On Sept. 25, Temple Baptist Academy’s elementary school held its annual Grandparents Day. Parents and grandparents came, some from long distances, for the special program. The day’s festivities began with a program in the auditorium. Each class presented songs, recited poems and quoted Bible verses. Temple principal David Whitaker spoke to the audience about the importance of the partnership that exists between the school and its families – including grandparents. “Temple Baptist Academy is a place where families and teachers partner together to provide an education for their children that is built on a biblical foundation – a foundation that begins with our creator, God. It is this foundation that gives distinction to what we are providing in education here at Temple,” he said. After the program, grandparents and family members had the opportunity to go to class with the students. Once in their respective classrooms, students showed what they were learning in school. Teachers and students invited their guests to participate in classroom activities, which included games, art projects and crafts.
4th grader Parker Hickman with his grandmother, Peggy Gordon
Many of the grandparents expressed how much they enjoyed Grandparents Day. Temple grandparent Gene Lasley said, “I thank God for the education with a Christian emphasis and worldview that my grandson is receiving.” Another grandparent, Mary Lee Kozick, said, “I see the wonderful things they are learning both academically and scripturally. We are so thankful for the investment made by the teachers and leaders in the academy.”
5th grader Marissa Smith (left) and her cousin, 5th grader Abby Smith (far right) with their grandparents, Charles & Joanne Smith
Helene Bryant (4th), Haddon (6th), Hayley (2nd), and Hudson (1st) with their mother, Kelly Bryant (back left) and their grandmother Anne Powers
Thank you, Food City shoppers! On Sept. 24, Food City of Powell held an open house prior to its grand opening. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, David Whitaker, principal at Temple Baptist Academy, was presented with a $2,677.68 Food City School Bucks check for the school. According to Food City’s website, since 1990, they have donated millions to area schools. Temple Baptist Academy has par-
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Capturing Moments Nashville artist Leila Platt featured for Artsclamation! event “Sunﬂowers always cheer me up,” says Leila Platt. “I never tire of painting them.” Platt is the featured artist for this year’s Artsclamation! fine art sale to benefit Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center. She will be sharing some of those cheerful sunf lowers in the painting “Abundance.” This piece is done in oils, but Platt’s oil paintings have a slightly different perspective than what you might see in other artists’ work. “I painted with watercolors for 18 years,” Platt explains. “Working with watercolors for so long has really inf luenced my oil paintings. I think it makes them distinctive.” Platt says you can still
find many of her water- viewer can share these color works – they were impressions for years to reproduced by several come.” publishers – with her images on everything from textiles to china.
Artistic journey Platt has a long history as an artist, starting when she was a little girl. “The first time I had an art teacher in school I was hooked!” Platt says. “Even as a young child, I was struck by the beauty of certain sights and felt compelled to capture those moments.” Platt says her work is an attempt to put in tangible form “a f leeting feeling, a moment, a light or place that thrills me in some way. My hope is that the
“It opened up a new world,” Platt says. One of her early endeavors was a small shop in the Vanderbilt area called The Closet. She and a friend filled the shop with paintings, clothing, and other artistic creations. After she began focusing on watercolor, it resulted in a collaboration with several different publishers, and this led to more than a hundred published prints and posters. Her images also appear on linens, stationary, calendars and more. Leila Platt Her works, published by Harpeth House, BentThe creativity of that ley House and Directional child blossomed into a full Publishing, have sold in blown artist as she beall 50 states, England and came an adult. France. They have appeared in catalogs including Ross Simons, Speigel, Anticipations, The Horchow Collection, David Kay, Charles Keath and Touch of Class. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, and her work is in “Abundance” by artist Leila Platt is the featured painting at this many private collections. year’s Artsclamation! fine art sale.
Travel fuels creativity
Platt has a studio in Nashville, but travels internationally, and the experiences there often show up on the canvas. “I love the beauty of old buildings,” Platt says. “I travel to ﬁnd unique scenes and architecture.” When asked which country is her favorite, she will tell you it’s France, “but my other favorites are Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic.” The ﬁrst time Platt traveled abroad was when she was 16 years old. A family in England invited her there for a visit. That visit was extended for ﬁve weeks, as young Platt took advantage of an opportunity to travel through Europe. Just a few Tuscany-inspired “Hillside” by Leila Platt years later, she says she was lucky enough to spend a semester of college in France. trees in fall foliage against a background of Those early experiences jumpstarted buildings surrounded by a stone wall. Platt’s love of international travel and the in“My husband and I were traveling along spiration for many of her works. “I am mes- an old stone wall in Tuscany,” Platt says. “It merized by the history behind old buildings inspired a series of paintings of the small and the beauty of gardens,” Platt says. villages behind it. ‘Hillside’ was the largest A good example of her passion for paint- painting of the series.” ing international scenes is “Hillside,” a Fellow artist Sharron Mallison encourwork that appeared at Artsclamation! in aged her to apply to participate in Artscla2005. It shows a lush, rolling hill ﬁlled with mation! and Platt is still grateful.
Art is a ‘window to another place’ Artsclamation! beneﬁts the behavioral health programs of Peninsula, East Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services. Peninsula has helped thousands of people recover from mental disorders and dependencies so they can lead healthy, positive and productive lives. Along with the works by noted artists, Artsclamation! features art created by mental health consumers in some of Peninsula Recovery Education Center’s therapeutic programs. Creative expression is used as a means of helping the emotional healing process.
“Creativity is therapy for me,” says Platt, “To me, there are no rules in art, no right or wrong. For that reason, everyone who creates art should feel some measure of success, which improves one’s sense of wellbeing.” Platt says painting transports her outside of whatever current place or situation she’s in. “The canvas is a window to another place. Sometimes it is amazing how many hours have passed while I am working in my studio.” Platt says art has changed her life for the better, and the secondhand effect is
that it can bring pleasure to others. “There is therapy in the creation,” says Platt, “but also I hope there is therapy in the viewing.” As a veteran participant in Artsclamation!, Platt says, “I enjoy being part of a beautifully presented show with high quality participants. I am very ﬂattered to be chosen as the featured artist and thrilled to be part of such an imporant cause.” To view Platt’s featured painting, “Abundance,” in more detail or ﬁnd out more about the Artsclamation! ﬁne art sale, visit peninsulabehavioralhealth.org/arts.
Artsclamation! ﬁne art sale coming Nov. 2
The “Art of Healing” wall calendar is just $10 and features works from many artists participating in the Artsclamation! fine art sale.
The 12th annual Artsclamation! fine art sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville. Admission and parking are free. Artsclamation! will showcase original works by regional and local artists who work with a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylics and photography, as well as an exclusive
grouping of three-dimensional artists displaying jewelry, pottery, clay sculpture and fiber art. The featured painting, “Abundance” by Leila Platt, will be auctioned at the Artsclamation! preview party on Nov. 1 and may be viewed online at peninsulabehav ioralhealth.org/ar ts. Also at Artsclamation!, art created by mental health consumers in some of Peninsula
Recovery Education Center’s therapeutic programs will be for sale. Proceeds from Artsclamation! benefit the behavioral health programs of Peninsula, East Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services. For more information about Artsclamation!, visit our Facebook page or contact the Fort Sanders Foundation at 865-531-5210.
12th Annual Fine Art Sale Saturday, November 2 • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sacred Heart Cathedral School Gymnasium original works by more than 30 local and regional artists in a variety of media www.peninsulabehavioralhealth.org/arts
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Featured artist Aken Textiles and tapestries by Farragut artist Mary Ann Aken are on display through Thursday, Oct. 31, on the second floor of the rotunda at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Three of the tapestries on display are from Aken’s “Cedar Trees of Tennessee” series, portraying the beauty of the state’s cedar trees in different light and at different times of year. The weaving on display was done on various types of hand-weaving looms and is a reflection of the mid-20th century crafts movement that encouraged artists to revive old forms of many fine crafts. Aken has worked as a studio commission artist, potter, weaver, textile designer, fashion illustrator, color consultant, art-history researcher, watercolorist, iconographer and art educator. Her works can be found in seven countries and 30 states. She is a member of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, Tennessee Watercolor Society, East Tennessee Iconographer Guild, Art Market Gallery and Art Group 21. She was the recipient of the first Knoxville Art in Public Places award.
Family game night Family game night will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Smart Toys and Books, 9700 Kingston Pike. Families with kids age 3 and up can learn new games and have fun together. The event is free, but reservations are required at 865-691-1154.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 Lions pancake breakfast The West Knox Lions will hold their semiannual pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Chili’s, 120 Mabry Hood Road. The all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children under $12 at the door. Proceeds will benefit West Knox Lions charities, including Kids Sight and vision-screening programs.
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THROUGH FRIDAY, NOV. 22
‘Discovering the Civil War’ “Discovering the Civil War,” an exhibit timed to honor the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Campbell Station, is at the Farragut Folklife Museum in the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, through Friday, Nov. 22. The exhibit features a variety of items related to the battle, which was fought Nov. 16, 1863, on the land surrounding the town hall, as well as an encampment scene on the vignette in the Doris Woods Owens Gallery. Featured items, many from personal collections of community members, include guns, newspapers and letters, and a stump containing a bullet from the battle. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
The town of Farragut is offering a mask-making art class for kids from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Community Room of the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Registration and payment deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Children age 7 and up can create a one-of-a-kind mask for Halloween starting with a plaster mold of their own faces. It’s up to each artist whether the mask will be funny or scary. The instructor is Angela Polly. Cost is $10; all supplies are included. Cash, check and credit-card payments are accepted at the Town Hall or over the phone, 865-966-7057. Payment must be received within five business days of registration to avoid being dropped from the class.
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9Round Knoxville, 10612 Hardin Valley Road, will hold its second annual Kick for the Cure, a kickboxing kick-a-thon, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, to benefit Komen Knoxville. Both members and non-members are invited to participate. The goal is to reach 10,000 kicks in one day. 9Round Knoxville will donate one cent for every kick to Komen Knoxville. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting Komen. Straight donations will be accepted as well.
The Dixie Lee Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at Renaissance | Farragut.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25 Freaky Friday Farragut’s 17th annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road. The event provides a safe place for children to have Halloween fun while benefiting the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. Local nonprofits, community groups and businesses will distribute candy and other goodies to area children as they safely trick-or-treat along the walking trail at the park. The event is free, but participants are asked to donate one of the following for the Ronald McDonald House: food items including individually wrapped chips, crackers (cheese and peanut-butter varieties), snack cakes and granola bars, mayonnaise, canned chicken, tuna, chicken broth and cream soups, pie filling and fruit cups; household items including kitchen-sized and large trash bags and Styrofoam coffee cups; and gift cards to grocery and hardware stores and gas stations. Cash donations also will be accepted. Collection stations will be set up next to the cookie-decorating station and
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 Halloween costume rehearsal A Halloween costume rehearsal event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Smart Toys and Books, 9700 Kingston Pike. Children who dress up will receive a treat bag and test their fright effect. They will also have their photos taken for the store’s Facebook Halloween Costume Contest. Photos (no names listed) will be posted on Smart Toys’ Facebook page. The contestant with the most “likes” (50 minimum) will receive a $50 gift card. During the event, kids can make Halloween crafts for home display at no charge. For more info, call the store at 865-691-1154 or visit http://smarttoysandbooks.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 Farragut Presbyterian fest Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd., will hold its annual Trunk & Treat Festival in the church parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be candy stations at the car trunks, games and activities, and hot dogs. All are invited.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 Fall Festival The Hardin Valley Church of Christ will have a fall festival Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, 11515 Hardin
Valley Road. There will be jump houses and games for children along with trunk or treat. Costumes are optional. There will be a chili cook-off and hot dogs. Visit www.hvcoc.org for the event schedule.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 Hu at Piano Gallery Chih-Long Hu will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at American Piano Gallery, 11651 Parkside Drive. The program will include works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Scriabin and Prokofiev. Hu has won numerous international awards and has appeared as a concert soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. An associate professor of piano at East Tennessee State University, he was named 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Music Association. His showcase is free and open to the public.
MONDAY, OCT. 28 Job Resources Group The Job Resources Group will meet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive. The group provides assistance in preparing for interviews, revising resumes and finding employment.
SATURDAY, NOV. 2 5k and Fun Run The Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Fall 5k and Family Fun Run/Pet Walk will get an 8 a.m. start on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road. Proceeds help support the chamber and its education grants. In addition, a portion of the registration fees will go to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs. Call 865-675-7057 or visit farragutchamber.com for more info.
SATURDAY, NOV. 2 Pianist Pandolfi concert Acclaimed Steinway artist Emile Pandolfi will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Pianist Pandolfi made his symphony debut at 14. His program will include popular standards, Broadway hits, classical favorites and newly discovered arrangements. Guest vocalist Dana Russell will join Pandolfi. Tickets are $10 to $35 and may be purchased online at www.claytonartscenter.com or by phone at 865-981-8590.
TUESDAY, NOV. 5 Caregiver Support Group The Caregiver Support Group will meet 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Room E-224 at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive (use front covered entrance). The support group, which is affiliated with Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Anyone in the community who gives care to an elderly individual is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. For more info, call 865-675-2835.
THURSDAY, NOV. 7 Advanced jewelry class An advanced jewelry-making class will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Community Room of Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Participants will use the wire-wrap technique to create a unique bracelet and pair of earrings to take home. The instructor will be Sheila Akins. Cost is $35 and includes all supplies. The registration and payment deadline is Friday, Nov. 1. Cash, check and credit-card payments are accepted in person or by phone. For more info, call 865-966-7057.
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Two very different events – one in the form of an ongoing series, the other a one-time occasion – are on the horizon for East Tennesseans. Both have the potential to affect you deeply.
Copies of “The Longest Rescue,” signed by its hero, Dr. Kevin Class, UT di- William Robinson, will be rector of collaborative piano, available Oct. 27 at the East has mounted a massive re- Tennessee History Center. Photo submitted cital series. He’ll be concertizing with seven KSO violin- Franz Schubert in various ists, as well as UT professors venues all over the world. His duties at UT, which of cello and clarinet, and a include conducting for the visiting professor of violin. There’s a reason he needs opera theater, often keep so many fiddlers and toot- him away from his instrument for weeks at a time. lers. “Part of my reasoning for He’s performing all of Beethoven’s violin and pi- doing this series is to ensure ano sonatas, all of Brahms’ that I will retain a constant duo sonatas. That’s 17 contact with the piano.” Add to that the existence works. Big works. Works which take lots and lots of of a fabulous new concert practicing and preparation. hall in the sparkling new UT music building, plus “several Think hundreds of hours. “It seemed like a good eager performers” in town, idea at the time,” laughs and a memorable concert series seems inevitable. Class. For you classical music He’s already completed one program of Beethoven lovers – veterans and newsonatas with violinists Sean bies – it’s a monumental opClaire, Sara Matayoshi (both portunity not to be missed. All performances take of whom you can also read about in today’s Shopper- place at the Sandra G. PowNews myWellness supple- ell Recital Hall at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Cenment) and Ruth Bacon. “We’ll see if I’m still ter on the UT campus. All standing at the end of the begin at 8 p.m., and all are preceded by lectures given year!” This isn’t the first time by Tyler Mitchell, graduClass has taken on – in his ate student in musicology, words – “a complete lit- at 7:30 p.m. Concert dates erature storm.” In earlier are Monday, Oct. 28; Monyears, he’s performed all 19 day, Nov. 18; Friday, Jan. 31, Mozart piano sonatas and 2014; Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 the complete sonatas, im- and Wednesday, March 12. promptus and fantasies of Info,including specific piec-
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UT music professor Kevin Class dashes to one of many rehearsals for his current concert series. Photo by Bernadette Lo es and performers, www. music.utk.edu/events/. From inspiring music we go on to an inspiring personal account. Vietnam war veteran and Madisonville resident Captain William Robinson (USAF, retired) has a story which is his alone to tell. He is the longest-held POW in United States history. What started out as a typical mission day in September 1965 turned into a long nightmare when Robinson’s helicopter was shot down and the entire crew captured by the North Vietnamese. He was taken to the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” where he endured unspeakable conditions and cruelty, surviving only by his will. He was released on Feb. 12, 1973, after seven years and five months of captivity. Robinson claims no accolades for himself. With the grace and modesty typical
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Pellissippi State Community College aims to help its students achieve academic goals and reach personal goals through extracurricular activities and educational events. That’s the point of the Oct. 21-25 Relationship Week at PSCC Magnolia Avenue campus. “We’re going to talk about healthy relationships: dating, family, school peers, spouses and the whole, broad spectrum – and about keeping relationships healthy and safe,” said Rosalyn Tillman, Magnolia campus dean. The Clothesline Project, featuring shirts designed by Pellissippi State students, will be on display in the lobby. The Clothesline Project gives women affected by violence an outlet to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. “Sometimes it’s just a few words or images,” said Tillman. “We’ll display shirts designed by students last year.” Monday, Oct. 21, opens with representatives from UT’s Relationship Rx program discussing ways to keep relationships healthy. Relationship Rx will have a table in the lobby with information and giveaways 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Also Monday in the lobby, 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Pellissippi State faculty and staff will lead students in “Relationship Trivia.” The game includes broad trivia on all types of relationships – romantic, friendly and acquaintance related. Tuesday features a Ques-
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Music heals By Carol Zinavage
usic hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.â€? You may recognize this line from the 17th-century playwright William Congreve. It turns out he was right on the money. Right now, five Knoxville Symphony musicians are receiving training for certification in music therapy, an established health profession similar to occupational and physical therapy. Theyâ€™re able to do so because of a grant from the Getty Foundation which provides for professional development opportunities. The KSO is one of only 22 orchestras nationwide to receive such a grant, says Jennifer Barnett, the orchestraâ€™s director of education and community partnerships. The five-module â€œMusic for Healing and Transitionâ€? program includes reading, testing and internship. Musicians learn about different levels of illness, how to enhance individual healing and how to comfort the dying. The idea of therapeutic music isnâ€™t exactly new to the KSO. In 2003, a series of conversations with interested local health care parties quickly established UT Medical Center as the orchestraâ€™s main partner in a collaborative effort, and the first â€œMusic and Wellnessâ€? program took place
KSO musicians and future music therapists Ilia Steinschneider, Sara Matayoshi, Stacy Miller and Eunsoon Corliss provide a healing atmosphere at UT Medical Center.
there in 2004. One of the first musicians to come on board was Sean Claire, originally from Encinitas, Calif., and a violinist with the KSO since 1989. â€œI started out playing in a string quar-
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always crying, fussing, uncomfortable and unhappy. He’d never responded much to any kind of stimulus. “When I started playing my violin, he looked in my direction with a sort of glazed expression. He quieted down while I played. As soon as I stopped, he immediately got fussy, so I quickly began another piece. “This time, he looked right at me and I saw his eyes focus. He watched me intently the whole time. After I finished, a nurse asked him, ‘Did you enjoy that?’ and he made a noise in response to her. “It was the first time he had ever responded to a human voice.” Alana Dellatan Seaton, a boardcertified music therapist and teacher for the KSO’s certification program, isn’t surprised by this or any other success story. “Music is a medium which has the capacity to connect with all people. Humans are intrinsically musical and rhythmic. Our heartbeat, breathing, body cycles – everything about us has a rhythm. “From watching a 6-year-old autistic child make eye contact to
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Matayoshi is also a yoga teacher who leads classes at the Cancer Support Community. “I’ve always been interested in healing,” she says, “and I’m excited to be in the process of becoming a certified music therapist.” When asked about memorable incidents, she replies “We have amazing experiences all the time!” Like Claire, Matayoshi was also moved by a small patient in the NICU. “I glanced up at a tiny infant’s heart monitor and watched in wonder as the pulse of my playing and the pulse of the baby’s heartbeat synchronized into a steady, consistent tempo. “Connecting with this precious witnessing an adult with major list of therapeutic uses of music Violinist Sara Matayoshi anxiety issues realize the freedom goes on and on. Most everyone agrees. She’s originally from Rich- little one was very moving for me. in letting go of control through a can relate to and experience music mond, Ill., but has made Knoxville Seeing the monitor display was drumming improvisation – the in some way, shape or form.” her home for the past three years. proof that I was affecting the ba-
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by’s well-being.” Ilia Steinschneider, originally from Moscow and now in his 15th year as a KSO violinist, is struck by the differences in using music as therapy, as opposed to performing in concerts. “A recital program is not meant to be varied or changed according to the audience’s reaction,” he says. “The whole idea of that kind of music-making is centered around the music and the performer. “But hospital patients are there for one reason: they need medical help. When musicians play in a hospital setting, their first obligation is to make the patients feel better. “I notice that, in my string quartet, we are all more sensitive now to how the patients react to certain music. We’ve had new and additional training in areas such as improvisation and the use of various modes. And we vary the moods of our music to fit the settings we are in – happy, energetic music for lobbies, more serene and soothing music for waiting areas.” The KSO’s “Music and Well-
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ness” program for the 2013-2014 season will provide 89 performances in various locations – that’s about three per month – in collaboration with eight different partners. In addition to the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute and the Cancer Support Community, they include Covenant Health, Summit Medical Group and Humana. At the end of their certification process, the five KSO musicians will be able to provide healing music in many different ways. Some will play in groups to keep everyone’s spirits up. Some will play solo for curious kids in the cancer ward. Some will sit bed-side to comfort dying patients. “The more education there is about this, the better,” says Matayoshi. “People need to realize that music isn’t just frivolous entertainment. It actually has physical benefits.” If you’d like to learn more about how music therapy may be able to help you or a loved one, visit www. knoxvillemusictherapy.com or call 951-6477.
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bad place.” Now, her life is totally different as a result of her newfound fitness goals and overall attitude about health. “I have now gone hiking on the Virginia Creeper as well as run a 5k,” she adds. She counts her gym membership at Provision as a smart investment in her own good health. For those looking to embark on their own journey toward a healthier lifestyle, Jackie notes that it is important to remember that you are going to hit plateaus along the way. Jackie Theg enjoys a hike “You just have to push along the Virginia Creeper through these plateaus trail. Photos submitted and remember that it is not about a number on the scale,” she says. “It is truly just about getJackie also learned about ting healthy.” how to use weights properly. After getting down to 188 “I had lost my mom, my pounds, Jackie says that her best friend and my job just best piece of advice is to set prior to this,” Jackie re- achievable, realistic goals to members. “I was sort of in a help maintain focus.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year's flu season began four weeks earlier than expected, resulting in the earliest flu season in a decade. While the early arrival proved to be tough on families, it was especially difficult for small businesses and start-ups that rely on their staff to stay profitable and productive during the holidays and tax season. The CDC estimates that each year the flu results in 75 million days of work absences and 200 million days of diminished productivity for businesses nationwide. Cumulatively, the flu costs businesses an estimated $6.2 billion in lost productivity each year, with small businesses proving to be no exception. To keep your staff healthy and business booming, here are some tips to avoid catching the flu this season:
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With the recent addition of Dr. David O. Pickett, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice of Dr. William R. High, founded in West Knoxville almost 35 years ago, has seen a dramatic transformation. And there has been another kind of growth as well. The first week in September the practice opened new offices in a much larger space on the top floor at 248 North Peters Rd., next door to its previous location. Patients are delighted with the new site, which offers a spacious and beautifully decorated reception area as cozy and comfortable as any home, and plenty of convenient parking right at the door. Dr. High has always been known for the quality of his work and also for his attention to every detail of patient care and with the addition of Dr. Pickett, patients will find
the same level of care. The practice specializes in wisdom teeth, dental implants, bone grafts, extractions, TMJ treatment, biopsies and facial reconstruction. Dr. Pickett will be introducing cosmetic surgery and BOTOX injections to the practice’s menu of services. Dr. High and Dr. Pickett also maintain trauma services at UT Medical Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital and enjoy the challenges this entails. Both doctors proudly wear the UT Medical Center’s Guardian Angel pins, indicating that patients have donated to the Center in their honor. Dr. Pickett is a native of Utah who holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in microbiology from Brigham Young University. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2009 and received specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at UT Medical Center, where one of his professors was Dr. High. Dr. Pickett says he came to the profession of dentistry naturally. His Dad is a dentist in Utah, “and I grew up working in the back.” Dr. Pickett and his wife, Erin, have a son and two daughters. He says the decision to move to Knoxville was an easy one. “It seems like a family-oriented town – a good place to raise a family. We’re very happy here.” Ofﬁce hours for High and Pickett Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 691-0918. The website is being updated and will be available soon.