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IN THIS ISSUE Farragut student speaks out The first time the Knox County Board of Education heard from Ethan Young, he was a 7thgrader writing them a letter to explain what was wrong with the TCAP test. “I was in the middle of the test, and I was like, ‘This is so ridiculous,’ ” Ethan said. |

December 2, 2013

Santa sighting!

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Miracle Maker Most post-graduate study focuses on following a path that will lead to individual success. Sharing a Christian journey and building a community are what the Knoxville Fellows program is about. “We help recent college graduates learn how to integrate their faith into their vocation,” says Rick Kuhlman, executive director of the Knoxville Fellows.

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Price at Pete’s What’s that they say in real estate? Location, location, location. Leland Price had his campaign kickoff reception at Pete’s Coffee Shop on Union Avenue downtown, which proves he is a man of good judgment. He’s going to run for Circuit Court, Division III judge, hoping to win the seat long held by Mary Beth Leibowitz, who is retiring.

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The holiday season is officially here! The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek lit up its corner of West Knoxville on Nov. 22 with “Lights Up!” Macey Brewer, age 7, was there and got to have a chat with the man of the hour. See more on the event in Farragut Faces, page A3. Photo by Justin Acuff

Beyond ‘Baby, Baby:’ Amy Grant weaves life of simplicity Last week, Christian recording artist Amy Grant celebrated her 53rd birthday at her Nashville home. She planned to spend the day cooking and sharing mimosas with friends, but the friends were such a distraction that she didn’t get around to cooking. After a three-decade music career, Grant now embraces contentment. She used to spend more energy on “presentation and setup,” she says, but a kitchen birthday party perfectly suits her current stage of life. This stage of life includes a couple of weekends a month on the road. She’ll travel to Knoxville this week for Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Civic Coliseum. The show will feature Olympic and World Champion skaters, along with Grant and a live band. Grant and her husband, country singer-songwriter Vince Gill, became friends with Scott and Tracie Hamilton several years ago when they worked together to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Gill has also used his talent to benefit Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, which funds cancer research and education for families facing cancer. Gill might even hop on the bus to Knoxville, Grant says. She admits that she enjoys be-

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career of her own. She’s a killer singer and songwriter, Grant says, but she’ll have to work even harder to prove herself because of her famous family. Grant performs a duet with another daughter, Sarah, on her latest album, “How Mercy Looks from Here.” Four of Grant’s 26 albums are Christmas records, and each Christmas season is different at her home, depending on her tour schedule. She tells the story of being on an airplane with the entire family one summer when one of her children pointed out that all the gifts she gave the Christmas before were in the airline’s sky mall magazine. Not surprising, since Grant remembers that she performed 23 Six-time Grammy Award winner Amy Grant will perform this Friday in Knox- times the previous December. But Christmas can be a time ville during Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice. Photo submitted of contentment, like her kitchen ing on the road, and that she keeps it, she says. birthday party. She recommends a bag packed to be ready for the She’s past feeling “like a sev- that busy moms worry less about next gig. She loves being around enth grader who’s dropped her presentation and more about time other musicians and is inspired lunch tray and wants to die.” At together. The Scott Hamilton and by their creativity. She’s naturally 53, it just feels good to get to do Friends on Ice show is a good way curious, so she enjoys the oppor- what she loves, she says. to revel in the season with the tunity to explore new places. Gill “No matter what happens, the family while supporting a good calls her his “little gypsy bride.” world will keep turning. The dra- cause, she says. It’s a lifestyle that feels normal ma fades away.” She recommends simplicity for to her since she began performing Last week, the couple were holiday decorating, too. as a teenager. It’s hard for her to anticipating the arrival of their “You light a few candles and remember back to those days. Ev- blended family for Thanksgiving. put on holiday music, and it really ery decade brings more awareness The oldest of their five children, changes the atmosphere in your of the world and how you fit into Jenny, is embarking on a music home.”

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Rain doesn’t stop ‘Lights Up!’ You would have thought this crowd was from Seattle!

Sherri Gardner Howell FARRAGUT FACES Rain may have kept some away from Lights Up!, the official lighting of the Christmas tree at The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, but the large crowd who slipped into the celebration between raindrops seemed unfazed by the weather on Nov. 22. Probably it was that the activities were just too good to miss. Along with the “ahhh” moment when Haley and Hannah Yarbrough flipped the switch to turn on the 60-foot tree, there were live reindeer visiting, a couple with antler racks that rivaled Bambi’s father. Santa was there in an elegant sleigh for photos and to listen to children’s wishes. There were Christmas crafts and games, refreshments and treats. The event also kicked off the Mission of Hope Blue Barrel Campaign, which will continue through next week. The campaign collects new toys, clothing and hygiene items for families in rural Appalachia.

The main attraction now glows at The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek. Photos by Justin Acuff

The Pinnacle tree provides a perfect backdrop for a photo for, front, from left, Kaylee Daves and Molly Hughes, and back, Niki Schmenger, Megan Hughes and Haley Hughes.

Brooke Boring and Alexis Tipton stand in front of the reindeer. With Santa, Darryl Whitehead and Russell Biven count down, Haley and Hannah Yarbrough get ready to flip the switch to turn on the Christmas tree at The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek. Darryl is general manager at The Pinnacle and Russell is with WBIR-TV Channel 10.

The Carter High School a cappella choir entertains with Christmas songs.

Adyson, left, and Kameran smile with their mom, Kori Holland, in front of the tree.


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government The high cost of air fare force composition comes across as an adjunct of the Democratic National Committee and not a serious effort to bring both parties together. On the mayoral front, Jim Brainard, the mayor of Carmel, Ind., is the best known (and perhaps only) Republican of the 18 city and county officials. Why does this matter? Any recommendations from this task force must be taken seriously by Republicans in Congress if they require legislative support. Climate change should not Victor be a partisan issue but the Ashe composition of this task force makes it such, which weakens the reception the final report will receive. Cities and states with GOP leaders should not be It is not clear whether bypassed. the meeting is actually at ■ TVA Director Neil the White House or if city McBride of Oak Ridge has or federal government will not been renominated to pay for airfare, according the TVA board and his to city spokesperson Jesse term expired six months Mayshark. Also not clear ago. The White House has is whether the president will address the group. failed to act either in reapRecently, when the may- pointing McBride or namor traveled to Washington ing a replacement, which for a different WH meeting, means that McBride goes city taxpayers paid over off the board in less than $1,500 for a same-day 30 days. roundtrip ticket on US AirIt shows how much the WH thinks of TVA. But ways. Normally roundtrip tickets can be purchased for then this WH is considering selling TVA, which has not $310 or less if a Saturday been a current idea since night stay is involved. Barry Goldwater’s 1964 The composition of presidential campaign. the group is overwhelmIt is obvious the WH is ingly Democratic with not a single Republican governor not thrilled with McBride (for whatever reason) or he serving. would have been reapHowever, there is Edpointed. die Calvo, the governor It is also true McBride of Guam, which advertises has disappointed many itself as where America’s of his more progressive day begins (across the international dateline). Guam supporters by not being vocal over several TVA has 162,000 residents, which is less than Knoxactions, including tree ville. Guam has a nonvoting cutting issues, efforts to member of the U.S. House curtail First Amendment of Representatives. rights through a dress code Airfare for him to reach at public hearings (later Washington is actually dropped), opening up board only $1,800 economy (over committee meetings and 8,200 air miles) which the $5.9 million salary is astonishing given the for only nine months for high cost of air travel from CEO Bill Johnson, which Knoxville to Washington is insulting to working (less than 470 air miles). ratepayers. The Democratic govPrior to his appointment, ernors are much better McBride was a clear favorknown, including Jerry ite of progressive groups Brown of California and and seen as a leader. Today Martin O’Malley of Marythat is unclear. land, who wants to run for ■ TVA’s Bill Johnpresident in 2016. A major- son has bought a condo ity of the 50 state governors on State Street downtown are Republican, and not one for $850,000 from former is on this task force. deputy mayor Eddie ManIt is unclear whethnis. When you make $5.9 er Gov. Calvo was the only million in a nine-month peRepublican governor asked riod, $850,000 must seem or if others were asked like small change. Johnson and declined to participate plans major renovations of as the issue is toxic (no the condo. Mannis is movpun intended) with some ing back into his old home conservative groups. It is on Kingston Pike, just six disappointing this task houses from this writer, force is so thin on GOP having made a tidy profit on representation. The task his condo sale. Mayor Rogero goes to Washington on Dec. 10 to attend the White House meeting on climate change for the task force to which she was named by President Obama. This task force, composed entirely of elected state, territorial and local officials (no scientists or scholars), falls under the Council on Environmental Quality and was created by executive order of the president.

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It’s party time for candidates The gods of campaign planning have looked unfavorably upon Knox County.

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With the qualifying deadline Feb. 20 and the party primaries May 6, the folks serious about running for office have begun. Problem is, regular folks are eating turkey, buying presents and generally thinking about anything but politics. Therefore, the candidates must be subtle, hosting and maneuvering through holiday parties – sometimes two or three a day. They all get to know each other pretty well. The Knox County GOP event is a Christmas/Hanukkah Dinner at Rothchild Catering, 8807 Kingston Pike, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec 9. The cost is $25 per person with today, Dec. 2, the last day to purchase. Info: Alexander Waters, 584-404 or So put on your red and green and orange and head on over to this holiday bash. You’ll be sure to see candidates like those pictured at right. They will all – even the opponents – be friends for a season.

Randy and Laura Nichols at the reception for Leland Price.

Campaign kickoff Former UT football head coach John Majors (center) poses with Leland Price and his wife, Niki (right), and their daughters Olivia and Lexi. Leland Price is a candidate for Criminal Court judge. Niki Humphreys Price is a Knoxville attorney who wrote movie Stephanie Welch and John reviews for Shopper-News while in high school and college. Gill catch up on things. Photos by Betsy Pickle

GOP judicial candidates Ray Jenkins (Circuit Court, Division 1), Scott Green (Criminal Court, Division 3) and Greg McMillan (Fourth Circuit Court) are all smiles during a visit to the South Knoxville Republican Club. Photo by Betsy Pickle

A student speaks out The first time the Knox County Board of Education heard from Ethan Young, he was a 7th grader writing them a letter to explain what was wrong with the TCAP test.

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“I was in the middle of the test, and I was like, ‘This is so ridiculous.’ Poorlyworded questions, multiple correct answers, questions that didn’t evaluate student knowledge or achievement, and also just the concept that we’re going to give a 7th grader a high stakes exam that takes up two to three days of class time,” he said. So he memorized the questions and wrote a sixpage critique. No response. “In the 8th grade, I did the same thing, with the same result. In the 9th grade, I wrote them about ACT assessments. No reply. “Given my experience with this, I never expected

“Why don’t we just manufacture robots instead of students? They last longer and always do what they are told. But education is unlike every other bureaucratic institute in our government. The task of teaching is never quantifiable. If everything I learned in high school is a measurable objective, I have not learned anything.” – Ethan Young a response (when he addressed the school board Nov. 6), but when I saw I’d got almost 2 million YouTube hits, I thought it’s incredible that the people I was talking to haven’t had anything to say. I want them to tell me where I’m wrong.” Ethan, now a Farragut High School senior and president of the student body, has a 4.44 gradepoint average. He started disagreeing with Superintendent Jim McIntyre back when McIntyre made a push to privatize school custodians. This struck a nerve with Ethan, who had an “unquantifiable” experience with Farragut Middle head custodian Gene McKissic.

“I volunteered with him, polishing floors, mopping, emptying trash. And of all the people I’ve met and worked with, he is one of the most influential teachers I ever had. He taught me you can do the toughest jobs and live with joy and gratitude. If I hadn’t met him, what a huge experience I would have missed out on…” He says McIntyre is “a data guy. Been one since birth.” Common Core: The case Ethan made against the Common Core State Standards has been praised by rightwing talker Glenn Beck and progressive educational policy analyst Diane Ravitch. Even those who disagree with him call

him “that brilliant kid from Tennessee.” He’s working hard to resist the gravitational pull of either side. W h e n he and his mother, Ethan Young Cheryl, a physical therapist, left last month’s school board meeting, she congratulated him for defending his teachers. He told her he felt a huge weight off his chest, and the next day he uploaded his 5-minute speech on YouTube to share with his teachers, figuring that would be the end of it. But within days, his phone was ringing with requests to appear on television and Internet shows. He went on “Fox and Friends” and some local shows, but has avoided national talking heads. He says he’s read every comment on his YouTube page and is frustrated by those who have misinterpreted his message. “I never said we should not have evaluations. I said it’s important not to quantify a teacher. ... “My hope is at least there are some people in this conversation who weren’t before.”

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LaMarche selected for national board Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ board of directors. Actively involved with NLC for 10 years, LaMarche will serve a two-year term. Previously, she served on the program committee and was vice chair and chair of the human development committee. LaMarche sits on the Small Cities Council Steering Committee and is 2nd vice president of the Women in Municipal Government. LaMarche, who is term-limited on the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, said, “I feel like I will be ending my years of elected service on a high note.” ■

Museum hosts ‘An Old Fashioned Christmas’

The Farragut Folklife Museum invites the com-

munity to visit “An Old Fashioned Christmas” exhibit through Friday, Jan. 3. The exhibit showcases antique toys, games and dolls dating from the late 1800s through the 1900s. A featured item is the Rice doll house, designed and built in 1929 by local architect Malcolm Rice and a National Architecture Award recipient in 1930. Museum committee member Lou LaMarche has loaned several 1940s toys from his personal collection, including toy soldiers, a Rudolph radio and an electric football game. The exhibit features a 1940s toy steam engine donated by museum volunteer Malcolm Shell as well as 1970s Star Wars toys donated by Mayor Ralph McGill. The museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its community and features a remarkable col-

Info:, or contact museum coordinator Julia Barham at julia.barham@ or 9667057. ■

Dot LaMarche lection of artifacts, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first Admiral of the U.S. Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in the Farragut Town Hall, the museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers free admission.

Perry to speak

Susan Perry, president of the Hardin Valley Academy PTSA, will speak to the Farragut/Knox County Schools Joint Education Relations Committee at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the community room at Town Hall. All are invited. ■

Kidz Night Out

“Kidz Night Out” will be at Farragut Town Hall 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, with a STEM-based program for kids 5-13. Cost is $30 for one child; $25 for each additional child. Registration and payment deadline is Dec. 11. Info: 966-7057. – Compiled by S. Clark

Vols in summation: Ouch! Auburn. It never learned how to hem up running quarterbacks. You have heard the Vols were sleepy slow. They were fast enough to run with Georgia, all the way to overtime. As great philosophers have declared, you are what your record says. Optimists are crushed. Pessimists are Marvin just disappointed. They exWest pected to snicker at a minor bowl bid, inflated to sound like a significant accomplishment. Here’s where it hurts: ReTeam 117 was not what we thought it would be. It alists are beginning to realwas confusing. It pulled one ize 2013 results were worse upset but failed to build on than the talent. it. It got hit with basketball Oh no, you say, don’t go scores, 58 by Oregon, 55 by there. That might lead to a

Tennessee football fans are again divided. They can’t agree on what they have seen. Was this a continuation of crumbling? Was this season as bad as it appeared or just the deep darkness before dawn?

discussion of Butch Jones and how much tougher is the Southeastern Conference than anywhere he has been. It might even include what he said about the best coaching staff in the country. Let it cool. This is no time to evaluate coordinators and schemes and decide what we got for our money, whether the team improved from week to week. Such talk might take a radical turn and conclude that going gray doesn’t win games. It doesn’t even win the first quarter. One of the great fan bases in the world feels the same pain but has differing opinions about treatment and

rehabilitation. Shopper readers are mixed up, too. A week ago one said all I am is old, that I don’t know the first thing about football. Now I hear, from an ex-Vol no less, that I have seen it all, going back to General Robert R. Neyland. Was this the worst ever? Well, it was bad enough. Fans are deeply divided about who to blame. A few still focus on my good friend Phillip Fulmer. He let it slip. Far more critics point at former athletic director Mike Hamilton, he who fired Fulmer on homecoming week without a replacement plan. Fulmer might have won eight and

The town of Farragut has installed a new entrance sign at the Farragut border on Watt Road. More prominent entrance signs were identified as a priority of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the Farragut Strategic Plan process. As easements are acquired, additional entrance signs will be installed at the town borders. The signs will replace the current smaller signs, providing clear identification of the entrances to the town.

earned an extension. Some now understand that if Lane Kiffin couldn’t cut it at Southern Cal, he was a doomed failure-to-be at Tennessee. Trojans play softer schedules. Much of the load is dumped at Derek Dooley’s doorstep. He had three years to improve recruiting and restore order. Fuad Reveiz calls him Doofus. We got the orange dog and shower etiquette but his football program regressed. Four consecutive losing seasons is a risky pattern with Tennessee’s heavy indebtedness and almost no rainy day fund. Who would pay the interest if faithful fans lost interest? Donations are critical. Ticket sales are important. Souvenir discounts can only go so low. Leftover popcorn is

a total loss. Butch is the immediate future but it doesn’t look all that hot. The coach will push winter workouts. He will look to spring practice with unbridled optimism. He will fight on to improve the recruiting class. He and his helpers will scramble to hold most of what is committed. There is less to sell than there was. Tradition is slipping away, overcome by losing, replaced by whims. A year ago, for a few million and loose change, Dr. Jones accepted the challenge of curing the negative culture. It hasn’t happened. The vaccination against defeat didn’t take. What to do? Stronger medicine and another shot. Ouch! Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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Snowy owls find a home in this tree from Farmers Insurance, Charlotte Chance Agency.

Dee and Jimmy Haslam brought two of their grandchildren to see Fantasy’s splendor. Dee holds Jack Arnholt, and Jimmy holds Susan. Photo by Sherri Gardner Howell

Proud grandfather Bruce Hartmann shows off his granddaughter, Caroline Cox, at her first Fantasy of Trees. Bruce is a vice president at E.W. Scripps.

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takes guests on walk down ‘Main Street’ By Sherri Gardner Howell

Tina Richey outdid herself with a designer tree based on the classic movie “A Christmas Story,” including an old radio and the signature “leg lamp.” Enjoying the evening with Tina were her husband, Mark (not pictured), Sasha Richey, with friends Bailey Shafer and Addison Marcum.

Santa searches his bag for another candy cane as 3-yearold Elizabeth Robinson, with her grandmother Linda Harris, looks on.

While the turkey was still waiting for its stuffing, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital kicked off a community tradition on Tuesday, Nov. 26, with a gala preview party for Fantasy of Trees. The annual fundraiser for the hospital filled the Knoxville Convention Center with a beautiful holiday glow as guests took a stroll through Christmas on Main Street, the 2013 theme. The East Tennessee tradition continued through yesterday. At the preview party, guests got a look at the designer, school, business and community trees, room settings, a silent auction and a new concept on shopping booths as vendors were brought in this year to sell Christmas items, clothing, toys and home décor. A scrumptious buffet of food offered everything from shrimp cocktail to mini hotdogs and fries. Entertainment on the main stage had the guests toe-tapping and dancing with Santa.

“They’ve been dressed since 3 p.m.,” said grandmother Leslie Breeden of her granddaughter and neighbor, Suzanne Stone and Katherine Hemrick. Also providing an escort for the girls to their first Fantasy Preview Party was grandfather Emerson Breeden.

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Son of Man and Son of Mary All smiles during the Thanksgiving luncheon are the Slones: (front to back), Tracy, Avery, Ashley and Addison.

KCC promotions director Nancy Zeigler and gospel artist Mike Southerland, who performed at the morning worship services, welcome diners to the Thanksgiving dinner.

Giving thanks Knoxville Christian Center is big on fellowship, so Thanksgiving is a natural holiday for a dinner at the church. Welcoming more than 450 to a Thanksgiving lunch with turkey and all the trimmings were Pastor Berry Culberson and his wife, Dottie; special guest and gospel singer Mike Southerland; promotions director Nancy Zeigler; and head chef Laurie Lester, who prepared the meal with her team. The dinner followed the Sunday, Nov. 24, services where members heard Southerland perform as well as a message from CulChuck and Laurie Lester make sure there is plenty of food for everyone. Laurie is head chef for the dinner.

berson. The annual event began in 1985.

Knoxville Christian Church pastor Berry Culberson welcomes more than 450 to Knoxville Christian Center on Cedar Bluff for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 27. Photos by Nancy Anderson

Jean Whitehead and relay coordinator Sandy McRae pack shoeboxes bound for Atlanta for Operation Christmas Child. The shoeboxes filled with toys and other goodies are packed and need some muscle to move them to the next step. Helping are Dave Whitehead and Willis Aytes with First Baptist Concord.

Photos by Ashley Baker

Joy in a shoe box By Ashley Baker Nineteen years after starting Operation Christmas Child at First Baptist Concord, Sandy McRae, relay coordinator, along with her husband, George McRae, continue to reach out with gifts and a message of hope to boys and girls around the world. On Nov. 25, volunteers with the First Baptist project loaded approximately 3,200 shoeboxes full of Christmas goodies into

Sandra Aytes shows off one of the shoeboxes, which are decorated in seasonal colors. trucks destined for the Atlanta Processing Center. Shoeboxes from Tennessee will then reach 16 different countries including South Africa, Haiti and Columbia. Children in war-torn countries and areas devastated by natural disasters will receive the boxes, which

are donated and packed by churches, school clubs and private individuals. The program is one of Franklin Graham’s missions through Samaritan’s Purse. The boxes contain a variety of gifts, such as toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothes, accessories and a personal note.


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Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force. (Revelation 1: 12-16 NRSV) I have often wondered why Pope Gregory didn’t make the Gregorian calendar and the Church year match. The beginning of the Church year is a season called Advent, which begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, and ends at midnight on Christmas Eve. The Church year ends with Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent begins again. So Advent began on Sunday, Dec. 1. Did anyone at church wish you a Happy New Year? Probably not. The sermon I heard on Christ the King Sunday, however, set me to thinking. We heard a sermon about Christ the King – the figure described in the text from Revelation above – the Son of Man, with eyes of flame and a voice like a rushing river. The pastor paid heed to the fact that on the following Sunday, Christ the King would be a baby. From baby, to man, to fiery angel, then back to baby again. It is enough to give us all whiplash. And then it hit me that our New Year does the same thing. The old figure of Father Time, with his scythe and his hourglass, gives way on New Year’s Eve to a bouncing baby boy with the numbers of the new year blazoned on a sash across his naked body. Our calendar turns from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, and the whole thing starts again, in much the same way the Church calendar turns from Christ the King to Advent I. There is value in this juxtaposition, I have decided.

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CROSS CURRENTS It helps us grasp the divinity as well as the humanity of Jesus. Yes, he is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Son of Man, the Alpha and Omega. But he lived on this earth, with all its joys and its sorrows. He ran on the hillsides of Nazareth; he craned and gawked at the wonders of the Temple in Jerusalem; he loved the wildflowers beside the Sea of Galilee; he had friends; he brought the wine to a wedding, his sermons held huge multitudes in rapt attention, he laughed and told wonderful stories. However, it is also true that he was born in a cold stable; he worked in a carpentry shop; he was baited and harangued by the Saducees and Pharisees; he was betrayed by one of his own, denied by another, in the end, abandoned by all except the women who loved him; and at the last, he was buried in a borrowed tomb. Here is what Christ the King Sunday and Advent I teach us, I think: neither a manger nor a tomb, neither a cathedral nor a small country church can contain the Son of Man. He lives in the hearts and the minds and the lives and the deeds of those who love and serve him.


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Learning what its like to be hungry Farragut Intermediate School students rallied around FISH Hospitality Pantries recently with a food drive involving every grade. They lost count of how much food had been collected when it reached 1,000 cans.

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Members of the school’s student council led the project and helped load the donations. Several students said they didn’t know what it feels like to go hungry. They couldn’t imagine not having food when they wanted or needed it. They were surprised to learn that one in six kids in Knox County goes hungry. “It’s important to do what you can to improve the community,” said one student. Info: ■

West Valley video wins state award

West Valley Middle School math teacher Andy Tippett and his students won the Tennessee School Boards Asso ciat ion’s third annual student video Tippett contest this year. Students acted in the video, and Tippett wrote, directed, filmed and edited it. Tippett said this year’s theme “Tell Us How Public Education Prepares Tennessee Students for the Future,” gave him the idea to show

how public schools may be better than the home school alternative. “We wanted to show how public schools expose kids to cultural diversity they wouldn’t otherwise experience,” he said. Students learned how to use technology and software to help create the video, and Tippet said he spoke before thinking and told his students he would get a big screen television for his classroom if they won. It arrived in November. “We just watched two minutes of ‘Leave It to Beaver’ this morning before class,” said Tippet. “They love it.” To see the winning video, visit and click on publications and community outreach at the top of the page. A tab for TSBA student video contest will then be on the left. ■

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Farragut Intermediate School secretary Alva Smith was awarded the Caring Heart Award from Variety Children’s Charity of East Tennessee. She has volunteered with the organization the last 10 years. “I started volunteering in December 2003, after attending a Variety movie premiere. The movie premiere celebrity was Cuba Gooding Jr.,” said Smith. Her volunteer work has included taking pictures of children with Santa at the organization’s annual holiday party, serving food at Variety Zoo Day and checking in guests at movie premiere events. Smith said she appreciates the fact that, “Variety helps special needs and disadvantaged children in East Tennessee. They have provided grants to organizations to help provide children with mobility equipment like wheelchairs,

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Zaky goes to Zaxby’s Farragut High School Technology Student Association members Zaky Hussein, Cameron Paul and Matt Fisher take a moment during a recent fundraiser at Zaxby’s in Turkey Creek to ponder the future of technology. The TSA participates in roughly 60 events during the school year, including designing a dragster race car. Zaxby’s gives a portion of sales from TSA spirit night fundraisers to the club to help with expenses. Photo by S. Barrett

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Student council who helped with the food drive include (front) Emma Sawyer, Zachary Bergstrom, Bennett Ogle, Archana Ramesh, Annie Owen; (second row) Jakob Kustin, Ben Parker, Lance Simpson, Eva Schuhmacher; (third row) Connor Simcox, Colby Hale, Ryan Abercrombie; (back) Elizabeth Viles and Grace Jordan. Photo by N. Anderson

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■ Admissions open house will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Info: 558-4136 or The Heart to Heart Players will present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the auditorium at Bearden

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Webb School ■ The lower school will host an admissions open house for grades kindergarten through 5th at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the lower school commons. Interested parents are invited to attend. School president Scott Hutchinson and lower school director Angie Crabtree will be on hand to answer questions. Info and RSVP: Deborah Gross, 291-3864 or visit www.

Shopper news • DECEMBER 2, 2013 • A-9

Shopper-News Presents Miracle Makers

Fellows program fosters leaders By Betsy Pickle Most post-graduate study focuses on following a path that will lead to individual success. Sharing a Christian journey and building a community are what the Knoxville Fellows program is about. “We help recent college graduates learn how to integrate their faith into their vocation,” says Rick Kuhlman, executive director of the Knoxville Fellows. In the heart of Market Square – known for its farmers’ market, trendy retail stores, concerts, outdoor theater and movies, holiday festivities, restaurants and bars – participants in the Knoxville Fellows program make their home for 10 months. This year, 14 Fellows live upstairs from Café 4 and the Square Room (seven men on one floor, seven women on another). The program is a combination of community, study, service and work. Four days a week, they have real jobs in business, government or nonprofits. On Fridays, they attend a leadership luncheon with speakers ranging from Joan Cronan and Cuonzo Martin to Burt Rosen of KARM and Jack Neely of MetroPulse. They also attend class under the guidance of resident scholar Doug Banister, senior pastor at All Souls Church. On Tuesdays, they check in and get a home-cooked dinner at Kuhlman’s home. Wednesday nights find them doing community service through Just Lead. They worship together one Sunday a month but are free to attend the church of their choice the rest of the time. At the end of their 10 months, they will have earned 12 hours of seminary credit at Johnson University. (They can earn a master’s degree with only 18 more hours.) But what the leaders of the program hope is that the Fellows will also have learned a love for Knoxville and feel compelled to stay and contribute their talents to the city. “We want people that are very seriously considering staying in Knoxville after the program is over,” says Kuhlman. “We lose so many of our young people because they don’t feel like there’s anything for them here.” The program proves that’s not the case. This year’s Fellows have degrees in American studies, business management, civil engineering, education, environmental policy and planning, journalism and electronic media, logistics/international business, marketing, mechanical engineering, nursing, political science and sociology. Their employers include Blackberry Farm, Cannon and

The Fellows year begins with an Adventure Weekend, coordinated with Adventures Beyond, with team-building exercises guaranteed to get the group members out of their comfort zone. Here, Matt Guldan of Adventures Beyond (foreground, right) instructs the Knoxville Fellows in how to safely jump off Baby Falls in Tellico during the Adventure Weekend. From left are Cason Hewgley, Kellen Catani, Kaley Smith, Colin Skinner, Joe Kohlmann, Amy Hubbard, Carter McCall, Suzanna Davis, Rick Kuhlman, Hailey Blackburn, Anna Campbell, Kate Kronau and Will Littlejohn.

This year’s Knoxville Fellows are: (front) Anna Campbell, Hailey Blackburn, Cason Hewgley, Katelyn Henslee, Kaley Smith, Grant Minchew and Kate Kronau; (back) Carter McCall, Tyler Morris, Suzanna Davis, Kellen Catani, Amy Hubbard, Colin Skinner, Will Littlejohn and director Rick Kuhlman.

Cannon Inc., Chadasha Foundation, Crown Financial Ministries, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Fulghum, MacIndoe and Associates, GridWell, Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Knox County District Attorney General, Leadership Knoxville Inc., Pilot Flying J and SOAR Youth Ministries. “If they will give Knoxville a fair chance after being with us for 10 months, they are likely to stay here,” says Kuhlman. “Several of our past Fellows have fallen in love (with the city) and stayed.” The seventh class of Fellows includes nine from Tennessee, one from North Carolina and two each

from Virginia and Texas. The first application deadline for next year’s group is Dec. 31. (Visit for an application.) The program is part of the National Fellows Initiative, founded in 1995 in Falls Church, Va. There are Fellows programs in Falls Church and McLean, Va., Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Charlotte, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Dallas and El Paso. The Knoxville program differs from others in its emphasis on convincing Fellows to remain in the area, in running 10 months instead of nine and in its communal-housing format (Fellows in other cities usually live with host families). Also, it is the only one not sponsored by a church or group of churches, Kuhlman says. It is operated by a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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Kuhlman, a West High and UT graduate who owned the local Stefano’s Pizza chain for about 19 years until he sold it to Randy Burleson in 2003, first began working with college students while leading a relief effort on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. He points out that a big part of the Fellows program involves community service, not just in Knoxville but throughout Appalachia. When applicants are qualified but no job in their field is available, Kuhlman says, they help to find another Fellows program that suits their needs. But for the most part, they’re looking for people who realize how special Knoxville is and how important they can be to the city’s future. “We want to keep a young cadre of leaders in town,” he says.

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A month is a terrible thing to waste By Sara Barrett Karns Middle School 8th grader Chloe Freeman has been known to stay up until midnight on Halloween because she gets so excited. Not because of Halloween, though. She can’t wait for Nov. 1 to arrive so she can start writing. Each November, a competition is held among writers all over the world. Those in the know feverishly begin a literary journey that comes to a screeching halt Nov. 30. The rest of the year is spent revising what was written in November while waiting for the next competition. “You can write anything you want,” said Chloe. The point of it is to get you to write.” The National Novel Writing Month organization hosts the annual event. The goal for each participant is to write 50,000 words. It is completed on the honor system, but the group’s website does have a word counter and deadline tracking tools available. Chloe said she doesn’t really have an interest in writing too much the rest of the year. But during the NaNoWriMo, as it is known, she enjoys writing get-togethers held in the Knox area by participants. The gatherings are growing in size because of event’s increasing popularity. One recent gathering was held in the food court at West Town Mall. Chloe said the crowd became so large they were asked to move to a different area. Regal Cinema let them rearrange seating in front of its entrance in order to accommodate everyone. People of all ages can

Karns Middle School eighth grader Chloe Freeman writes a 50,000 word story each November. Photos by S. Barrett

Karns Middle School students Alex DePew, (back) Samantha Snyder, Sidney Wallace, Olivia Asano, Adam Dupes, Claudia Scott, Rachel Daves and Katie Johnson pack boxes of food for families in the Karns community.

participate in NaNoWriMo, and Chloe said she has enjoyed meeting new people through the competition. Folks use Skype and hold “writing wars” with each other, during which they see who can write the most in a given amount of time. At the end of November, a “thank God it’s over” party is held, Chloe says, and small groups celebrate having completed their mission or coming close to it. Chloe appreciates the creative part of the event, and she says anyone who is hesitant to write should give it a shot. “You get to create everything in the world the way you want it to be,” she says. She has titled this year’s story “Search for Wonderland” and plans to spend January editing it in the hopes of finding a publisher. Info: www.nanowrimo. org.

to these folks.” The purple bracelets have “Cystic Fibrosis Awareness” Broadcasting students and the school radio staat Byington-Solway CTE tion’s website, retroradioCenter are selling brace-, on them. lets at Hardin Valley AcadFor folks who would like emy, Karns High School to stop by Byington-Solway and Powell High School for to purchase a bracelet, a minimum $1 donation office hours are 8 help the Cystic Fibrosis 3:45 p.m. Info: visit www. Foundation. Teacher Chris Wade said the students came up with ■ Liford to play at the idea after learning about Carson-Newman promotions in class and Grace Christian Acadgiving back to the community. They started sharing emy award-winning athlete personal experiences and Joshua Liford signed a letdiscovered several of them ter of intent recently to atknow someone with cystic tend Carson-Newman on fibrosis. They asked Wade if a partial baseball scholarthey could do something to ship. Also attending the cerhelp. “We hope to raise about emony were his parents, $1100,” said Wade. “(Cys- James and Tanya Liford, tic Fibrosis Foundation) grandmother Alice Liford, is not an organization Grace Christian athletic that has a big walk to help director Mike Doig and them raise money. $1,000 baseball coach Mitchell will make a big difference Turner. ■

Purple bracelets are being sold for cystic fibrosis awareness. Photo submitted

after school as students assembled the boxes and Karns Middle School prepared them for pickup. student council members Folks stopped by the school handed out boxes of food and students helped load last week to families in need the boxes into their cars. in the Karns community. Karns Middle teacher Students from every Sherry Morgan, who is also grade collected food items the student council spontwo weeks before the boxes sor, said the food drive has were distributed. Canned been held at least since 1995, goods, boxes of cereal and when she started helping the more lined the hallways group organize the event. ■

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Susan Howell, a two-time cancer survivor, purchases half an arm’s length of raffle tickets at the Biker Rags’ Ride for Jan. Mike and Pam Walker (at left) arrive at Biker Rags.

Biker Rags rides for cancer research By Sherri Gardner Howell Biker Rags, 10609 Kingston Pike, is always up for a good cause, especially when it involves motorcycles. The shop sponsored the second annual Ride for Jan Jinni Redmond, daughter of the late Jan Sica, and Amy Dunaway, Susan G. Komen Knoxville in October. The ride was director of marketing, welcome riders to the second Ride for Jan at Biker Rags. Photos by Justin Acuff a little different in that it was open to motorcycles

and Mustangs. Dubbed “Hogs and Horses,” the ride featured a 100 mile route through the countryside. Ride for Jan was founded in 2012 by members of Martel United Methodist Church of Lenoir City in honor of church member

Jan Sica, who lost her fight with breast cancer in February 2012. Funds raised by the ride were divided between the Jan Sica Memorial Church and School in Kenya, Susan G. Komen in Knoxville and Martel United Methodist CIA fund.

Visit Victorian homes in Old North By Betsy Pickle Reality-television stars are big these days, but few are 2,100 square feet. That’s something that sets Cullen and Mary Wojcik’s Cornelia Street house apart. Their home was the subject of the recent DIY network show “Uncondemned,” which followed the progress of the home’s renovations by a team of neighbors who may have lacked in skills but made up for that in passion. Their vision, combined with that of the Wojciks, will be on display during the 25th annual Historic Old North Knoxville Victorian Holiday Home Tour.

which runs 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The tour includes 10 other homes and one church, First Lutheran. Advance tickets are $10 at all area Kroger stores. On the day of the tour, tickets will be $15 at the ticket booth in the Woodland Avenue parking lot of Tennova/St. Mary’s. All participants should start at the Woodland Avenue lot to get their calendar maps and catch buses for the tour. Along with the historic homes on the tour, two of the houses featured will be in-fill homes – contemporary homes built to fit with

the architectural styles of the neighborhood. Tour committee member Ernie Roberts thinks the pair will prove appealing to visitors and will show what can be done in the neighborhood. Last year’s tour drew 1,700 people, and the neighbors hope – weather permitting – that this year will be as successful. “It’s become a part of the Christmas in the City festivities, and people seem to really enjoy it,” says Roberts. “It makes them feel good; it gets them started in the Christmas spirit.” He recommends allowing about three hours for Mary and Cullen Wojcik stand at the door of their Cornelia Street home, which is part of the 25th the tour. annual Historic Old North Knoxville Victorian Holiday Home Tour.

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Salvation Army has multiple programs One of the first signs of Christmas is the Salvation Army’s familiar Red Kettle and the hardy souls who bundle up and serve as bell Pam Fansler ringers. The money collected provides assistance during the holiday season and throughout the year to the people of Knox, Blount, Campbell, Anderson, Sevier and Scott counties. Each Christmas thousands of children get presents through the Angel Tree program. In addition, thousands of children and the elderly will receive Christmas stockings and holiday food baskets. The First Tennessee Foundation understands that while bringing cheer during the holidays is important, the services provided by the Salvation Army throughout the year are essential. Illness, the loss of a job, or a major catastrophe can send a family into crisis. The Salvation Army offers hope and help in the form of assistance with food, utilities and vouchers for furniture or clothing. Last year The Salvation Army of Knoxville helped 15,549 people by providing extra food, 743 people with their utility bills and over 11,000 people with vouchers for clothing and furniture.

The Joy D. Baker Center serves women affected by domestic violence and homeless women with children. The center provides secure housing, meals, counseling, and job placement services. It provided shelter for 272 women and 98 children last year. Operation Bootstrap addresses the needs of men facing homelessness by providing counseling, housing, meals, Bible studies, practical help, and a structured environment. Clients are expected to maintain employment, pay rent, help with chores and stay sober. The average stay is about two weeks. Last year over 1,200 men participated. The Salvation Army’s Transitional Housing program is a more intensive program than Operation Bootstrap. The program requires a 6-month commitment. Clients are expected to maintain full-time employment, pay a minimal amount of rent, save money and work toward personal goals. Participants have a place to stay, meals and 24-hour support. Last year 148 women and 231 men participated in the program. When you hear the bells and see the Red Kettle, I hope you will consider making a generous donation to the Salvation Army. Your support will brighten lives during the holidays as well as fund assistance throughout the year for those who need it.

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Last week at Stanley’s Greenhouse, I encountered 40,000 poinsettias in every color and size imaginable. It was a sea of color! And Lisa Stanley took time to give me a tour and a history lesson. And no, the plants are not poisonous, no matter what your grandma said. Stanley’s is holding a Wreath Making Workshop 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Participants can bring their own greenery and berries or items can be purchased that day. Registration is not necessary. And Lisa’s best tip was this: To make poinsettias last, it is important to keep the plants moist but not sitting in water. Placing a few ice cubes on top of the soil will slowly give the plant what it needs. Three ice cubes twice a week for a 6-inch pot is her recommendation. Hours are weekdays, 8-5:30; Saturdays, 9-5; and Sundays, 1-5. Info: 5739591.

Sherry Witt is state prez

Knox County Register of Deeds Sherry Witt has been elected president of the Tennessee Register’s Association. Witt is a graduSherry Witt ate of Fulton High School and UT. She began her career in the Register’s office in 1984, and was elected Register of Deeds in 2008. Witt resides in Fountain City. She has two daughters, Shay and Chelsey, and two grandsons. ■

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John Brinkley was named Region II EMS Directors Asso ciat ion’s Pa r a me d ic of the Year at the organ i z a t i o n ’s annual conJohn Brinkley ference in Gatlinburg for his exemplary service as a Knox County and U.S. Army combat medic. ■ Metro Drug Brinkley, a resident of the Farragut area, has been a honors Wright paramedic with Rural/MetA local leader has been ro for more than 20 years. recognized for his commit-

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Alex Tillman, Ally Blaschke, Chief Sexton and Blythe Scrivner of Grace Christian Academy join Americorps member Desen Ozkan to dig up and remove a silt fence from the future site of a stormwater park which will demonstrate best practices in stormwater management.

Seventh grader Matthew Montgomery gets shelves ready to stock at the KARM Knoxville Center Christmas Store as part of GCA’s Serve Day.

A group from Grace Christian Academy works at Second Harvest Food Bank on Serve Day. They are (front) Angie Nordhorn, Marybeth Davis; (second row) Morgan Jackson, Marisa Infield, Madison McMullen, Megan Lewis, Abigail Kelley, Emily Human, Hope Roberts, Lauren Quirk, Savannah Frost; (back) Dr. Peni Hirt. Photo by Heather Kelley

A culture of engagement By Nathan Stevens, Grace Academy high school principal What does it take to create a culture of engagement? The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word engage as “to hold the attention of.” Grace Christian Academy is committed to developing students’ hearts toward mission engagement. Because service to others is one of our core values, we are dedicated to intentionally aligning our actions with what we espouse as our purpose, in other words teaching our students to walk the talk. Our aspiration is to help our students see the immediate needs of those around them and work to change the lives of others, ultimately developing a lifelong commitment to service. November is mission emphasis month at Grace Baptist Church as well as Grace Christian Academy. While service to the community is not limited to this month alone, it does provide an avenue of opportunities for our students to engage in meaningful ways. Alongside members of the Knoxville community, students toured the Compassion Experience, located on the campus of Grace Baptist Church, which provided a chance for attendees to experience the “sights and sounds of life in a poor, developing-world community.” More than 3,700 people visited the experience and 354 children were sponsored, both of which set records for the tour. The success of this event was a great testament to what God is doing here in Knoxville. In addition to the Compassion Experience, our high school students were challenged through the testimony of Sydney, a 14-year-old girl who started an organization

Grace Christian Academy’s varsity basketball team and cheerleaders work with kids at Emerald Youth Foundation on GCA’s Serve Day.

whose purpose is to respond to the needs of orphans in Ghana ( To support this cause, many of our middle and high school students participated in beans and rice lunches as a replacement of their traditional meal, with the proceeds from these lunches being given directly to the Feed the Orphans organization. These are just a few of the experiences that took place during the month of November, but they are only a part of a broader framework that we are building into the academic program as a three-phased, developmentally appropriate progression. Our goal is to integrate this focus into the day-to-day classroom experience with the purpose of developing a mission-based mindset in our students.

The lower school students will focus on Mission Exploration. Each grade level will choose a service organization to partner with throughout the year in order to reach the needs of the community. Middle school students will be attending Mission Experiences that provide a specified time and place for students to work sideby-side with the greater Knoxville community. Just recently, our students were able to serve at Second Harvest Food Bank, KARM Thrift Stores, Lonsdale Elementary and the Western Heights Baptist Center. The last part of our framework is the Mission Engagement phase. It is at this stage that our high school students are encouraged to take ownership of serving in their areas

of interest and calling. Our desire is to move from the traditional approach of just merely accumulating service hours to a Mark 10:45 approach: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” It has been encouraging to see how our students have responded to the opportunity to serve others, and our prayer is that as we continue to develop our curricular integration, God will use these structures to bless those in need in our community and throughout the world. These opportunities to serve the community would not have been possible without the support of our Friends and Family Annual Fund campaign. This year we pledged that a portion

of the funds collected would be given back as a thanks to the community. Both Emerald Youth Foundation and Mission of Hope Haiti will be receiving funds from this campaign to support their efforts to serve those in need. Creating a culture of engagement should be the hope of all educational institutions, and Grace Christian Academy is no different. The mission of Grace Christian Academy is to “Lead, Build and Equip” students for service. It is our belief that mission engagement does not have to be directed toward some future endeavor, but instead through purposeful attention of embedding these opportunities into our academic program, we can make service to others a current reality.

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD)

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This is my journey – a man’s journey through pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), written by a man, for the men out there who may be having similar “below the belt” trouble. Guys, do you have to urinate frequently? Do you have sudden strong, sometimes painful, urges to urinate and when you make it to the bathroom do you just dribble or drip? Do you have to urinate

frequently? Does it hurt when you go to the bathroom? Do you just hurt, ache or have stabbing pains? Do you feel like you are sitting on a tennis ball inside? There are many aliments that may generate these symptoms. My personal journey spanned about two years and two states. I was first examined for many possible diagnoses – urinary tract infection, inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis), sexually transmitted disease, etc. After these were

ruled out, I resigned myself to live with my issues. After coming to Tennessee, I found a new primary care doctor, and as part of the new-patient process, the urinary issues and the pelvic pain came up. Again, it was suspected to be a urinary tract infection or prostatitis, but tests were negative. The doctor referred me to a urologist for further evaluation. The urologist performed urodynamic testing and discovered that I had pelvic floor muscles that would

not relax. The condition was referred to as PFD. I also found that the PFD was causing high bladder pressure which, if left untreated, could damage my kidneys. PFD appears more in women as a result of childbearing, but men do have it for various reasons. In my case I believe it was caused by combat injuries received more than 40 years ago and aggravated by breathing disabilities. My recommended treatment was physical therapy to retrain/re-educate

Treating pelvic pain: the first step is talking about it When you think of how the human body works, one of the most complex body regions is the pelvis. In this lower part of the abdomen, organs related to digestion, elimination, reproduction and other functions are clustered fairly close together, and surrounded by muscles and connective tissue. When issues such as urinary incontinence (bladder leakage), the inability to have or control bowel movements, pelvic pain, lower back pain or prolapse (when an organ falls or “pooches” out of place) occur, they can sometimes be traced to a condition known as pelvic floor dysfunction or PFD. “Pelvic pain affects 70 percent of women and 30 percent of men of all ages,” says Joy Friley, PT, who specializes in treating PFD at Parkwest Therapy Center. “One in seven women between 18 and 50 suffers from chronic pelvic pain, and many wind up on pain medications.” PFD can be caused by several factors, or may have an unknown cause. It may result from inflammation or infection, complications from pregnancy or childbirth (women), traumatic injury, or repetitive stressors such

as heavy lifting (a frequent cause of PFD in men). And as our society becomes more sedentary, it can also result from chronic poor posture or abdominal muscle wall weakness. “The first step for anyone experiencing ongoing pelvic or back pain is to visit a physician for a complete medical exam,” Friley said. “The physician will make sure there is no medical reason for the pain.” She explains that in some cases there is a combination of reasons for pain – there may be a medical component to the pain that is treatable through medication or even surgery, but the underlying cause of the pain may still exist. That is when patients may find help from a physical therapist who specializes in PFD. A physical therapist can often help patients resolve their pain by addressing an often-overlooked root cause: muscular dysfunction in the pelvic region. Through specific exercises and other specialized techniques, physical therapy can be the “missing link” that breaks a pattern of ongoing pelvic pain. But in order to get help, patients must first

get past “the embarrassment factor,” Friley says. “Embarrassment about admitting that you have a problem ‘down there’ causes many people to wait a very long time before seeking help,” she says. As an example, she notes that one-third of people between ages 30 and 70 have problems with urinary incontinence (bladder leakage). Most are women, and for 40 percent of those women, the condition affects their work or social lives. “Yet women often do not talk to their doctors about their incontinence,” Friley says. “They may think it’s just part of aging, or they can’t bring themselves to discuss it with their doctors. Some wait years – even as long as eight years – before telling a doctor about the problem. “But urinating on yourself is not normal and neither is pelvic pain that doesn’t go away,” Friley says. “If you are suffering from pelvic pain, don’t be embarrassed to seek help. “PFD is treatable. First, see your physician to rule out a medical cause. Once you have done that, physical therapy for PFD may be the next step in offering help and relief.”

the pelvic muscles to assume the proper posture. Physical therapy is not the only treatment. There are drugs, which did not work for me, and other more invasive treatments for PFD. I would recommend a serious discussion with a urologist to make sure you are aware of all the treatment options and possible outcomes. There are many different techniques employed in pelvic floor physical therapy. My physical therapist, Joy Friley, is outstanding, with clearly visible caring for her patients. Lessons learned: Be assertive. If I had been more assertive as a patient I might have been referred to a urologist sooner and diagnosed sooner. Be informed. There is a wealth of information on PFD. Research and do your homework. If you decide on physical therapy, discuss what works and what doesn’t with your therapist. You’ll know! If you think you might benefit from seeing a physician, call 374PARK. This story was written by a Parkwest Therapy Center patient.

PFD feels like …

While pelvic pain is often considered a women’s health issue, men also suffer from the condition. Symptoms of PFD include: ■ Abdominal or lower abdominal/intestinal pain; pelvic pain or pressure. ■ Pain with sitting, standing, walking or rising from a seated or lying down position. ■ Urinary incontinence, or leaking from the bladder. May occur when you laugh or sneeze, or may occur at any time. ■ A need to urinate frequently or urination that stops and starts many times; painful urination. ■ Constipation or the feeling that bowel movements are incomplete. ■ Fecal incontinence or feeling like you need to have several bowel movements in a short period of time. ■ For women, a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen or vaginal area that is not related to a medical condition.

■ Pelvic organ prolapse. ■ Hip pain, often with loss of range of motion. ■ Lower back pain, often radiating to legs, thighs, groin, hips.

Therapist helps patients solve the puzzle of pelvic pain ity, and can be quite debilitating,” she says. “Think of all the muscles in that area – pelvic pain is complex. That’s why I like this specialty – it’s like solving a puzzle. There’s a lot of satisfaction when I’m able to help my patients not only relieve the pain, but improve the quality of their lives.” Friley started offering specialized services for pelvic pain dysfunction in 2007, after completing a series of specialized classes focusing on the needs of both women and men. “People often think of PFD as a women’s health issue because of the way female reproductive organs are designed and because of the physical stresses and changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth,” she says. “Some of the more frequent symptoms of PFD,

like urinary incontinence or prolapse, do affect women more frequently. But men also have PFD, often because of injury, repetitive motion, postural issues or stress – which can affect both genders.” Friley’s first-line approach is to make sure her patients have seen their physicians to rule out any medical issues that might be causing pelvic pain. Then she spends time talking with them about their habits and behaviors. “We talk about their job responsibilities, whether and how they exercise, how stressful their lives are, and problems like frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom,” she explains. Therapy for patients with pelvic dysfunction can include techniques such as trigger point massage for muscles, myofascial

release, posture re-education, relaxation techniques, biofeedback and “reteaching” pelvic floor muscles to function properly. Specific exercises are often prescribed and practiced in therapy. “Some patients may have read about or tried exercises like Kegels (exercises designed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor) and may not have found them to be helpful,” Friley said, “but performing them correctly, repetitively and consistently are important. “For example, for men facing prostate surgery, if they learn to do Kegel exercises before the surgery, studies indicate they will become continent more quickly afterward. There are many pelvic floor exercises that can be customized for a patient’s specific needs.”

Friley communicates frequently with primary care physicians, OB/GYNs and urologists to let them know about physical therapy services for PFD, and she tries to spread the word to people in the community as well. “Many people either have had some type of PFD or know someone who has experienced symptoms,” Friley said. “I want people to know that resources are available to help them with their pain.” A physician referral is needed for pelvic therapy. Joy Friley offers these services in two locations: Parkwest Therapy Center at Fort Sanders West and Fort Sanders Therapy Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. For more information about PFD and the services offered at Parkwest Therapy Center, call 531-5710.


Physical therapist Joy Friley sees her role as offering hope to patients who have been unsuccessful in getting help for a problem they often hesitate to talk about: ongoing pelvic pain. Friley is Covenant Health’s only physical therapist Joy Friley who is specially trained to work with patients who have PFD. The term describes muscle dysfunction/injury that is specific to the pelvic region, including the lower abdominal area along with the muscles of the hips, thighs, buttocks and lower back. “Pelvic dysfunction can cause both pain and functional disabil-

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THROUGH SUNDAY, JAN. 5 Holidays on Ice The Holidays on Ice outdoor ice-skating rink is open through Sunday, Jan. 5, at Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Regular hours through Dec. 19 are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Extended hours Dec. 20 through Jan. 5 will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday-Sunday hours remain the same. The holiday schedule is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24; closed Wednesday, Dec. 25; 1 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, Dec. 31; and 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. The entry fee, which includes admission, skate rental and unlimited time on the ice, is $10 a day per adult, $7 a day per child 12 and under, $45 for an adult season pass and $30 for a child season pass. To save time, skaters may download liability waivers in advance at

MONDAY, DEC. 2 ‘Day of Infamy’ Frank Galbraith, retired Farragut Middle School history teacher, will give the presentation “Dec. 7, 1941 – A Day of Infamy” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the board room of Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The presentation will cover the events leading up to World War II, beginning with the end of World War I and continuing through the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. World War II veterans will be present to answer questions. A special invitation is extended to veterans, especially World War II veterans, to attend. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, DEC. 2-JAN. 3 ‘Old-Fashioned Christmas’ The Farragut Folklife Museum opens “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” on Monday, Dec. 2, with the exhibit running through Friday, Jan. 3. The museum is at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. It will be closed Dec. 24-25. The exhibit features items from the museum’s collection as well as pieces belonging to Folklife Museum Committee members. Visitors can view antique toys, games and dolls, including the Rice doll house, designed and built in 1929 by local architect Malcolm Rice. Among the more recent pieces in the exhibit are “Star Wars” toys from the 1970s donated by Mayor Ralph McGill.

This class has some yoga poses mixed in to enhance flexibility, strength and breathing. Simon Bradbury is the instructor. Cost is $30. Cash, check and credit-card payments are accepted at the Town Hall or over the phone, 865966-7057.


Cost is $30 for per child, with a $25 charge for each additional child from a family. Registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 11. Cash, check and credit-card payments may be made in person or over the phone at Town Hall. For more info, call 865-966-7057.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 Application deadline for Introduction

The Farragut Beautification Committee will present the 20th annual Celebrate the Season from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Community members are invited to come view holiday decorations, sample treats and enjoy the numerous activities and performances offered. Musical entertainers will include the TNT Mountain Dulcimer Trio, the Bearden United Methodist Church Children’s Bell Choir (kids in the audience can learn a tune on the bells), Knoxville Bella Corda and the Farragut High School Madrigal Singers. Activities will include cookie decorating, a craft and Farragut Folklife Museum tours. Photos with Santa will be taken starting at 4:30, with the final number for photos passed out at 6 p.m. The photos will be made with a digital camera and will be available for purchase online after the event. Parents also are welcome to take photos with their personal cameras. The event is free, but a canned-good donation is requested for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Red donation bins will be available at both entrances of the Town Hall throughout December.

The town of Farragut invites community members interested in learning more about the town to participate in its second Introduction to Farragut program. The course will kick off in January, but the application deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. The Introduction provides information on town history, government structure and operations, public safety, education, and volunteer opportunities. Open to all, not just Farragut residents, the courses kick off with a reception 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Classes will be held 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11 and March 25 at the Town Hall. Graduation is set for Tuesday, April 8. New this year, participants will help Second Harvest with the Food for Kids program, a collaboration with public schools in Second Harvest’s 18-county service area designed to provide healthy, easily prepared food to some of the most vulnerable children in the community. The complete program schedule and online application are at Completed applications may be sent to; printed and mailed to the Town Hall; or submitted in person at the Town Hall. Up to 20 participants will be selected. For info, contact Valerie Millsapps, 865-966-7057 or



Cookie Walk, craft fair

‘Junie B.’ at Pellissippi

Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd., will hold a cookie walk and craft fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at the church. The 12th annual event will feature thousands of homemade holiday cookies as well as unique crafts. Cookie shoppers are encouraged to arrive early for best selection. A medium box is $10, and a large box is $15. All proceeds benefit the Shepherd of Hope Food Pantry. Shoppers who bring a non-perishable food item will receive a surprise. Table space is still available for crafters at $20. Interested crafters should contact

The WordPlayers will perform “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Written by Allison Gregory and based on the popular “Junie B. Jones” books by Barbara Park, the fast-paced play features over-the-top characters and witty dialogue. Tickets are $5 to $12 and are available at 865-5392490, and

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 13-15 ‘Sanders Family Christmas’

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The Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce will have its holiday open house at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the chamber offices in the Farragut Crossroads Professional Building, 11826 Kingston Pike, Suite 110. For more info, call 865-675-7057 or email info@

Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church will present “Sanders Family Christmas,” the sequel to the hit “Smoke on the Mountain,” for three performances Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the church, 12915 Kingston Pike. Set on Christmas Eve 1941, the musical has the Sanders family gathered for one last performance at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church before young Dennis heads to boot camp. The show is filled with bluegrass and gospel music as well as beloved Christmas carols. The cast is made up of church members and actorsingers from the community. The performances are free, but tickets are required. Call 865-671-1885 for ticket and nursery reservations. Tickets may be picked up at the reception desk during regular office hours on weekdays and on Sunday mornings at the ticket desk in the south hallway.




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A three-week Pilates class will be offered 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Dec. 3, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Registration and payment deadline is Monday, Dec. 2. Pilates is a mind-body exercise that works the whole body. The focus is on correct use of core muscles, spinal alignment and proper breathing. Pilates helps to reduce injury, recover from injury and promote muscular balance.

Parents can catch up on their holiday to-do list when Bricks 4 Kidz offers “Kidz Night Out,” 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Community Room at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Kids will play with Lego toys and games for an evening of fun – with STEM principles at the core. There will be structured lesson time, creative playtime and pizza for dinner.

The Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County offers free budget classes on the third Thursday of each month at the center, 119 “A” St., Lenoir City. The classes are provided by CredAbility, a nonprofit credit counseling and education agency, and offer oneon-one help with the basics of personal finance. To register, call Karen Bowdle, 865-986-1777, ext. 12.

TUESDAY, DEC. 3 Caregiver Support Group The Caregiver Support Group will meet 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 3, 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.

The Job Resources Group will meet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive. The group provides assistance in preparing for interviews, revising resumes and finding employment.

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Knoxville’s beloved Nativity Pageant begins its 44th annual run on Dec. 14. Photo submitted

A gift to the community West Knoxville resident Mary Ann Fennell remembers going to the Knoxville Nativity Pageant as a little girl. “It used to be outside, in the courtyard of the Civic Coliseum,” she says. “There was always a soloist. One year it was Mary Costa!” Now Fennell is the orchestra contractor for the pageant. In a season when musicians are scurrying all around town from church to concert hall to private par-

“She always gets me the best people in town,” says Hattaway, “so things go very smoothly.” Carol Hattaway, who’s been Zinavage music-directing the pageant for the past nine years, has already been rehearsing the 150-voice “angel choir” for the spectacular show. “It’s pretty thrilling to ty, Fennell is the one who put a program like this tomakes sure a select group gether as a gift to the comis there when music direc- munity.” tor Eugene Hattaway begins A retired minister of murehearsals. sic, he led the choir at Knox-

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Give blood, save lives Medic and Second Harvest Food Bank are teaming up until the end of January with a “Double Your Good Deed” theme to create a unique giving opportunity for donors. All blood donors will have the option to “opt out” of a T-shirt and donate nine meals to Second Harvest instead. Donors will receive a one year membership toward Medic’s Family Blood Coverage program, which exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and

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ville’s First Baptist Church for 25 years, and continues his music ministry now at Tellico Village Baptist Church. But the sheer scale of the pageant is something special to Hattaway. “I enjoy having that huge choir and a full orchestra. I look forward to it every year.” The Knoxville Nativity Pageant has been a local fi xture for 44 years, having been established as a nonprofit corporation in 1969. Volunteers of all ages (from 8 up) are invited each year to make up the 120-member cast. Local farmers lend live animals to enhance the realism of the setting. The 22-member board of directors, which includes many local business leaders, oversees around 10 professionals in the fields of music, orchestra, theater tech, drama and set design. The family-friendly event is free to all, but there is a $5 parking fee. The doors open one hour prior to performance. Because the show begins in total darkness, audience members are requested to allow plenty of

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HABIT is a non-profit group of volunteers working together to promote the bond between people and animals. HABIT sponsors animal-assisted therapy programs for all ages in a variety of settings such as nursing and retirement homes, assisted living centers, hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers and area schools. Attendance at an informational meeting is re-

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Mandolin enthusiasts: mark your calendars for a special event. Guitarist Steve Kaufman, three-time winner of the National Flatpicking Championships, will offer an all-level mandolin workshop in Alcoa/ Maryville on Jan. 24 and 25. The workshop will be

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peaking of the upcoming Christmas holiday, Joanna Yohe Carl of West Knoxville says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about family. This is our thing.â&#x20AC;? And what a family. She and her husband Rick, an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, will celebrate their second anniversary on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Two years ago they rented out the Clayton Center in Maryville and invited several hundred of their closest friends for a wedding, buffet supper and dancing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til the wee hours. It was kind of a big deal. Thirty-five years ago, they were best buddies at Maryville College, though Rick now admits he felt more than friendship for Joanna at the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was it for me,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I was such a geek.â&#x20AC;? They went to movies together and talked for hours on the phone. An old picture shows Rick in a blue suit and Jo in a pink gown. They laugh now that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even remember where they were going that night. Like college buddies often do, they drifted apart. Joanna, originally from Arlington, Va., married and had two children, Michael and Anna. Rick fell in love with another college friend, Lynn Rogers, who had become a family law attorney and violinist with the Knoxville Symphony. (Rick, an accomplished trumpeter, plays regularly with swing band Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Out.) In 1995,


the two married. They welcomed Rick Jr. in 1997 and were â&#x20AC;&#x153;over the moon.â&#x20AC;? He showed early musical talent and began piano lessons as a young boy. The couple enjoyed throwing lavish New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve parties. Lynn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tall, raven-haired and gorgeous â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was loved by all. She was a fi xture at Rick Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and swimming events and piano recitals. The active threesome joined in the Rogers family tradition of hiking Mount LeConte each fall. In 2007, Lynn consulted her doctor about abdominal pain. The news was devastating. Lynn had stage four ovarian cancer. Overnight, the Carlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; world was turned upside-down. She immediately had surgery. The family hunkered down for a fight. It lasted a little over two years. Lynn died in August of 2009. Rick Jr. was 12. He played the piano for her funeral. The Carl men carried on as best they could. Rick Jr. excelled in music, sports and academics at Webb School of Knoxville. Rick Sr. continued his law practice. Meanwhile, up in Virginia, Joanna Yohe, divorced for over a decade, had been following news of Maryville College and was planning to attend the March 2010 opening of the Clayton Center, but her mother fell ill and she

Old college friends Joanna Yohe and Rick Carl marry in 2011. Photo by Edy Copeland

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wasn’t able to go. On Easter Sunday, Jo picked up the college newsletter that had been lying around the house to check for news about the event. She noticed her old friend’s name in bold type and read about his wife’s death. She’d known Lynn in college too. Sad for Rick, she emailed her condolences. When Rick saw the email, he says, “My jaw hit the floor.” He called her four days after he received it. They picked right up where they’d left off. Rick, conscious of his son’s still very fresh grief, treaded lightly. “When our feelings for each other began to deepen, Jo and I talked about continuing our long-distance relationship until my son Rick went to college. “But then I saw her.” Jo is also no slouch in the “tall and gorgeous” department. The two reunited at a Boys’ Night Out event. “When I saw him,” Jo remembers, “I said, ‘that’s it. I’m done.’” Their kids understandably had some adjusting to do. “Michael and Anna were very upset,” remembers Joanna. “They said, ‘Mom, this is happening too fast. You don’t even know him.’

Rick Carl Jr. at a track meet with his mother Lynn Rogers Carl in 2008. Photo by Rick Carl

Three combined families pose high on Mount Le Conte. Standing are Rick Carl Jr. and his dad Rick, Joanna Carl and Al Rogers. In front are Anna Yohe and 10-year-old Anna Rogers. Photo by Carol Zinavage

I said, ‘But I do know him. I just haven’t talked to him for 35 years!’” Rick’s extended family accepted her immediately. Poignantly, so did Lynn’s. Rick’s friends, having watched him stay by Lynn’s side through her long, wasting illness, were thrilled for the couple. Rick

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In early mountain days, the stack cake was a wedding tradition. Guests brought single layers of cake and the number of layers used for the party was a tribute to the popularity of the couple. In my quest to try every homemade apple stack cake in Appalachia (sorry, grocery stores, I scoff at the stacks of stack cakes in your holiday displays), I came across a mention of Chef Karen Crumley’s version of my favorite food. Crumley lives in Fountain City and works at Avanti Savoia in Halls. Always open to discovering a new stack cake, I gamely offered to make it worth her while, she graciously accepted, and we went to work. (My job was watching and waiting.) Crumley’s apple stack cake may be the best I’ve ever tried, and it’s surely one of the most beautiful. I give it a “10” (but I reserve the right to rate apple stack cakes however I want). In the tradition of spreading the joy and love of apple stack cakes, she shares her recipe, with detailed instructions.

Note this recipe is for five layers, so if you want to appear to be more popular, double the recipe and stack away. And remember, it’s better after it’s been in the fridge for a few days.

Apple Stack Cake the Chef Karen Way Cake ingredients for five layers: 1 cup shortening 1-1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 to 6 cups all-purpose flour 1. Cream shortening and sugar together. 2. Add egg, buttermilk and vanilla, mix until just incorporated. 3. Add baking soda, then slowly incorporate 1 cup flour at a time to mixture, until it looks like pie crust or sugar cookie dough. 4. Divide in five equal pieces; roll out into rounds about 8 to 9 inches in diameter. 5. Place on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown, rotating in oven if necessary.

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Chef Karen Crumley stacks a luscious cake. Photos by Libby Morgan

10 oz. dried apples, finely chopped 3 cups water ¼ cup white wine (optional) ½ cup molasses ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon apple extract 1 large jar (28 oz.) White House Apple Butter ¼ cup sugar (sweeten to taste)

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1/2 container (15.8 ounces) Pillsbury® Gluten Free refrigerated pie and pastry dough 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup sugar 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, diced (about 6 cups) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Heat oven to 400°F. In medium bowl, mix pie dough, pecans, powdered sugar and cheese until well blended. Place crumb mixture on parchmentlined baking sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; crumble. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; stir in sugar. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, or until mixture begins to caramelize. Stir in apples, lemon juice and cinnamon (caramel will harden). Reduce heat to medium; simmer 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until apples are tender and caramel is dissolved. Cool. Spoon apple mixture into six 6-ounce oven-safe ramekins. Top with crumb mixture. Bake 5 to 6 minutes or until warm. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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Instead of relying on one type of light source, layer your lighting by using a mix of light sources at different levels, to create a flattering ambiance. The effect of layered lighting in the living room highlights architectural details, like the festively decorated fireplace and mantel with evergreens and holly berries. Ambient lighting from recessed

fi xtures with dimming control in the kitchen allows flexibility to adjust as needed for cooking and baking during the day to entertaining guests in the evening, or for spending late nights wrapping presents. Additionally, the holidays would not be complete without cozy, intimate gatherings around the dining room table with family and friends. Layered lighting applied around the dining room table can set the mood so you and your guests can comfortably enjoy the turkey dinner with all the dressings.

Keep energy efficiency in mind Select energy-efficient lighting – such as CFLs and LEDs – for optimal energy savings. This is especially important in rooms where the most time is spent with the lights on in order to see the biggest energy savings impact. Many energy-efficient alternatives of today mirror the light quality of the traditional incandescent bulb, providing the warm glow and dimming capabilities.

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How to clean glass in windows and doors Krafka Harkema recommends these tips to create a clearer view: Step 1: Use an ammonia-free glass cleaner. Try a premixed vinegar-based cleaner, or make your own by mixing one part white vinegar to 10 parts water and apply to the glass. Avoid getting cleaning solutions on wood, fiberglass or vinyl frames, as they may discolor the finish. Step 2: Use horizontal and vertical motions to wipe away the cleaner with a dry, lint-free towel. Clean interior and exterior surfaces. Step 3: Wipe up cleaner promptly to keep it from setting into the glass and frame junction, which could potentially weaken the seal. Step 4: Rinse with clear water if streaks remain after cleaning, and dry with a clean, lint-free towel.

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or a dramatic yet simple way to update your home before the rush of the holiday season, visit the Hardware Gallery at Closet Solutions, Knoxville’s most trusted name in custom storage solutions. Prepare to be inspired by the extensive selection of knobs and handles offered. The kitchen is often thought of as the heart of the home. For many families, this is the room everyone seems to flock to during holiday parties and special celebrations. Therefore, the kitchen is a great place to start when making updates with seasonal get-togethers in mind. Closet Solutions offers the latest hardware finishes to complement your cabinetry and overall kitchen style. Dull,

dated hardware can be replaced with gleaming cup pulls or knobs, providing an instant update for the most important room in the house. Selecting something new for the kitchen island is another way to refresh this space without making a huge investment. Many of today’s homes feature an open floor plan, seamlessly merging the great room with the kitchen and other living spaces. Closet Solutions can help you create a cohesive look by updating your cabinet hardware in these areas as well. Making this seemingly small change can instantly revive the built-in units that are often included in today’s great rooms and home offices. Another place where small hardware changes can create dramatic impact is the powder room vanity.

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Closet Solutions offers unique hardware options to enhance the beauty of your home this holiday season.

The furniture in your home can be dressed up and revived with a hardware modification. A quick project to update your home is to switch out the hardware on bi-fold closet doors. Replacing the old closet handles with an elegant crystal or cast bronze wardrobe knob can have a huge impact on the feel of the room. “We are seeing a lot of glass and crystal hardware. Another trend is warm metal tones. Brushed or antiqued brass finishes are appearing in many of our lines,” says owner Pam Neuhart. “It is a fresh yet traditional look,” she adds. Whatever your style or bud-

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On the Cutting Edge The Farberware Universal Block Cutlery Set comes in a brightly colored block filled with flexible rods instead of pre-drilled holes, so you can insert the knives and shears in any arrangement you like. The rod insert is removable for easy cleaning. The knives feaature high-carbon, stainless less steel blades for strength h and durability. The colorful, ergonomic handles offer a comfortable grip. The set includes three knives, shears, and a universal block ($29.99).

Any Way You Spray It Just in time for the holidays, Misto, the Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer, has added fashionable patterns ($12.99) ― houndstooth, damask and hearts ― and

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the perfect guy gift the house, and for others maybe the garage is his man cave. Wherever he chooses to relax, he might enjoy a personalized beer pitcher or an under-thecounter fridge. His garage will also look great with a new toolbox or shop stool.

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bright new colors ($9.99) that bring a stylish touch to the kitchen. Misto can help your lucky gift recipients cook healthier, reduce the amount of oil they use when cooking, and add flavor to food when grilling, sautéing, roasting, and baking. Simply fill Misto with olive oil and spray. Misto is refillable, BPA-free and nonaerosol, so it doesn’t use chemical propellants.

Guys Gu ys can can be be the th he hardhardhard est people l to shop h ffor, and d finding the perfect gift has become a daunting holiday tradition. Sure, they will appreciate the thought behind another bundle of tube socks – and might even wear them – but there are gifts that bring a wow factor and make even the most stoic guys light up like a little kid.

Add to a collection Adding to a guy’s collection is a great gift idea. If you’re unsure about what to choose, ask him what he collects and what he needs to take it to the next level. He will be flattered you’re showing interest and you’ll gain valuable insight into that perfect gift.

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Give tools for do-ityourself projects You may not know every project the DIYer in your life is working on, so choose a multi-purpose tool. Tools like the Klutch Cordless Impact Wrench from Northern Tool + Equipment are the perfect partner for all those auto, construction or equipment maintenance projects.

This 24-volt, cordless wrench delivers heavy torque and includes four different sockets assuring he has the right piece for any job.

Fill his garage or man cave Every guy has a little space in the home he likes to call his own. For some it’s the garage, for others it’s the man cave in

With parties galore, Cheesecakes and eggnog Lined up by the score. Mashed potatoes were nestled In butter and sauce, As I spotted the cookies Left for Santa Claus. When I remembered a message As I reached for more pie, “Before holiday feasting You should join the Y!”

Curling the remote is not weight lifting. Running for seconds is not jogging. Bob Temple North Side Family YMCA 7609 Maynardville Pike 865-922-9622 Davis Family YMCA 12133 S. Northshore Dr. 865-777-9622

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Finding a gift he might get from a buddy will be a pleasant surprise for him. The Harley-Davidson 7-Liter Pilsner Glass from Kotula’s will turn heads and create a lot of laughs. This giant beer glass can hold up to about 18 cans of his favorite beer and will make a big statement. If you use these shopping tips for the guys in your life, you won’t even need to check your holiday list twice. With a good plan in mind, you’ll find options he will enjoy and actually use.

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