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Gay Street shootout What caused the big brawl of 1882? See page A-6


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‘State of the Schools’ at Gresham Thursday Dr. Jim McIntyre, superintendent of the Knox County Schools, will deliver a “State of the Schools” report and address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Gresham Middle School. The event is open to the public. County Mayor Tim Burchett, school board chair Thomas Deakins and Buzz Thomas of the Great Schools Partnership will also speak. The inaugural event is cohosted by the Knoxville Chamber and the Knox County Council PTA. The State of the Schools address will be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 10, streamed live at and broadcast on WKCS Falcon Radio 91.1 FM, East Tennessee’s only high school radio station.




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Halls resident Dana Howard is raising money to help support the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” project to rebuild the home of David and Mandy Watson, which doubles as Restoration House, a transitional residential facility dedicated to helping single mothers who formerly lived in public housing. Like most Knoxvillians, Howard has been moved by the story of the deeply religious Watsons, who are both products of single-parent homes and were led by personal history and faith to purchase a four-bedroom home on Robinson Road that opened its doors to its first single-mother family in November 2007. Restoration House provides assistance to these families for two years. Unfortunately, the Watsons learned that the house had serious structural problems that they couldn’t afford to fix, so they joined the field of applicants hoping for a new home when “Extreme Makeover” decided to bring the show to Knoxville. They were fortunate enough to be chosen and were whisked off for a week in Florida while construction proceed-

A whole bunch of Howards visited an “Extreme Makeover” set in Nashville. From left are C.W. Howard, Collin Howard, Ty Pennington, Justina Howard, Garison Howard, Dana Howard, and Charles “Chaz” Howard, Pennington’s assistant. Photo submitted

ed. Meanwhile, volunteers like Howard went to work. Inspiring as the Watsons’ story is, Howard has an additional reason to want to help – she has a special tie to the program because her son Charles, better known as Chaz, is “Extreme Makeover” star Ty Pennington’s personal assistant. A 1993 Halls High School graduate, Chaz isn’t authorized to speak publicly about the show, but his mom isn’t shy about sharing her observations. First of all, she loves Ty Pennington and bristles when she hears him criticized (as he was when she visited

a shoot in Nashville and he was heckled from the crowd). “He is the neatest person. He’s a genuinely nice, fun guy and has been so kind to our family. It’s been a great experience for Charles,” she said. Chaz Howard, a member of the Madrigals at Halls, got his introduction to Pennington thanks to his uncle Eddie Speeks. Speeks was the vice president of Thunder Road Productions, which was doing sound for RIVR Media’s productions of “Warehouse Warriors” and “Trading Spaces.” Chaz and Pennington

hit it off, and Pennington hired him when the “Extreme Makeover” opportunity came up. “Extreme Makeover” has been canceled, but will do occasional specials in the future, and Chaz will continue to do contract work for production companies in the future, Howard said. The Howard family has lived in Halls 30-plus years. Their youngest son, Collin, attends Halls High School. Granddaughter Justina attends Halls Middle School, and grandson Garison is a student at Copper Ridge Elementary School.

Chick-fil-A coming to Emory Road 6564 Clinton Highway. This store will be the “biggest Construction will start soon for a new Chick-fi l-A restaurant on and the best” in the Chick-fi l-A Emory Road across from Tennova’s chain, Jones said. North Knoxville Medical Center. The restaurant will feature an “Weather permitting, we’ll break earth tone color scheme and a bevground next week,” said franchise erage refresh station in the dining owner Greg Jones. area. The drive-thru will allow Jones expects to hire at least 50 multi-orders so traffic moves fastindividuals to staff the restaurant, er, and the kitchen will have the open six days a week but closed on latest technology. Sundays. He also will bring some Jones said this store, along with employees from his restaurant at one now under construction in

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Phil Peek’s miracle DO YOU


By Jake Mabe One of his children asked Phil Peek last month what he wanted for Christmas. He had a simple, special request: “I want the family together.” When you hear what happened to him last April 16, you’ll understand. That Saturday morning, Peek headed to a meeting, was hit by a sudden coughing fit and passed out while driving on Chert Pit Road (between Middlebrook Pike and Ball Camp). “As the song says, Jesus took the wheel,” Peek says, “and took me across the lane, through two yards and brought me in contact with a big tree.” Peek, who is a former teacher at Halls High School, was rushed to UT Hospital. The ambulance drivers told him later they thought they were going to lose him. His vital signs were not good. “I had 17 fractures in my ribs, two bones broken in my right hand and abdominal bleeding they thought would take care of itself.” Doctors told Peek’s wife, Linda, that he should be going home by the following Friday. But by Thursday, Peek’s bowels and kidneys were shutting down. Surgery the next morning discovered three sections of dead bowel.

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Peek says his body became septic and he had to undergo 38 days of dialysis. He also began suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome and spent the next five weeks in the acute care intensive care unit. “During those five weeks my lungs collapsed three times.” At one point, Peek’s blood pressure dropped to 40/20. The doctors told Linda they’d done everything they could do. Peek was placed on an oscillating bed to keep his lungs open. He remembers nothing from that fiveweek period. “And then my part of the story is the Lord stepped in.” He was finally placed in a private room but could not walk. But, one week after leaving ICU, Peek suddenly began to improve. He no longer needed dialysis treatments. (He had previously been told he might have to undergo dialysis for six months to a year.) Sent to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center for three weeks, he slowly but surely began to learn how to walk again. “When the therapist told me all the things I’d be doing (using a walker, being able to use the restroom unassisted), I laughed. I didn’t think it

Bearden, will test a service model in which the customer orders and pays, then is seated and a staff member brings the food to the table. The Bearden store, located near Kroger in the Homberg area, should open at the end of April, according to Marshall Wilkins, franchise owner of the stores at Kingston Overlook and Turkey Creek. While the recession has not been great for business, Wilkins said it’s

not been devastating for Chick-fi lA, probably because the business is positioned between true fast-food and a casual dining restaurant. The Knoxville area has 11 Chickfi l-A restaurants and eight franchise owners. “Don’t try to sell customers (something) as much as take care of them. You’ll be OK,” Wilkins said. See more of his remarks to the Fountain City Business and Professional Association on Page A-5.

and praise Him for sparing my life.” Peek finished his rehabilitation at Knoxville Orthopedic Center on Emory Road. Friends held a benefit singing for him at Callahan Road Baptist Church on July 22. He’d set a goal for himself to be able to get up on stage and sing at the benefit. He needed a walker, but he did it. He sang recently at several events with his quartet, New Heights. “I didn’t know if I’d ever sing again, with all those tubes in my throat and a collapsed lung.” Former Halls High School teacher Phil He’ll need surgery soon for a herPeek has recovered from complications nia but is otherwise fine. following a car accident last April that Peek taught for 13 years at Halls almost took his life. Photo by Jake Mabe High in special ed and as a CDCwould be possible. In my mind, Pa- A teacher. He was on staff at Black tricia Neal is a miraculous place, an Oak Heights Baptist Church for 9 1/2 years. incredible place.” As for what his future holds? He went home June 28. “Right now we’re just seeking In October, Peek went to his cardiologist for tests. He underwent a tilt God’s will. Our lives are in God’s table procedure and passed out when hands. Whatever He wants for us to nitroglycerin was placed under his do, we’ll go and do.” He’s been overwhelmed by kindtongue. “The test showed the signal that nesses. The Callahan Road Bapprevents low heart rate wasn’t getting tist benefit raised $13,000. People from my brain to my heart. I needed brought food, prayed and sent about 800 cards and letters. a pacemaker.” Oh, and the Peeks received one othHence the coughing fit that preer special Christmastime gift, too. Last ceded his accident. “God worked a miracle in my life. December, Phil and Linda celebrated He has been so good to me. I’ve had their 25th wedding anniversary. “God has really blessed us.” many opportunities to share my story



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Halls High to host Pink Out Halls High School will host a Pink Out basketball game against Gibbs High on Friday, Jan. 20. Girls tip off at 6:30 p.m. and boys follow at 8 p.m. Every one is encouraged to wear pink (the girls team will have pink uniforms) and support the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help find a cure for breast cancer.

Harmony Show Chorus sets open house Knoxville’s Smoky Mountain Harmony Show Chorus, a member of Sweet Adelines International, invites women of all ages to enjoy an evening of free refreshments, a mini-concert, fun and socializing at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church (rear entrance), 6900 Nubbin Ridge Road. Sweet Adelines International is an organization of nearly 25,000 women worldwide who sing four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style. The local Show Chorus is comprised of women from all walks of life who perform regularly throughout the community, offering their talents for entertainment at civic events and charitable functions. Members share a love for music and the exhilaration of performing and the enjoyment of singing. Info: or 521-6975.

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Program puts mid-career professionals into the classroom Whoever said there are no second acts in American life never met Betty Sue Sparks. Sparks retired in 2004 after a long and distinguished career with Knox County Schools. She began teaching special ed at Christenberry School in 1969 and, after working with several federal programs, became principal at Knoxville Adaptive Educational School in 1981. She served as principal at three other schools before being named elementary supervisor and retiring as the school system’s director of human resources. And then she got to do something she says she’d always wanted to do. In 2005, Sparks became executive director of the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute, initially a three-year program piloted in Knox County Schools through which professionals are trained to become adjunct teachers in critical shortage areas, such as physics or foreign language. “We knew we had a lot of talent in Knoxville and the surrounding area,” Sparks told the Fontinalis Club at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City last week. “But we had one little problem. You can’t teach in the state of Tennessee without a teaching license.” Sparks worked initially

COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp #87 Sons of Confederate Veterans will host the Lee-Jackson Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28, at The Foundry on the World’s Fair Site. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 7. Tickets are $30 ($15 children 12 and under). Period dress or business attire is suggested. Nora Brooks will present the life story of T.J. “Stonewall” Jackson while in the persona of Anna Morrison Jackson (Jackson’s


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with Barry Goss, chair and chief executive officer of Pro2Serve; Gordon Fee, who at that time worked at Lockheed Martin; as well as with Lynn Cagle and Homer Fisher from UT. The state Department of Education agreed to issue an adjunct teaching license to professionals who met certain criteria. Starting small, the group recruited an engineer and stay-at-home mom to teach algebra and a Navy retiree who’d attended Austin-East High School to teach physics. “And he had stories to tell,” Sparks said. “When you have people with background experience who are enthusiastic, good things happen in the classroom.” Applicants must have a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with 24 semester hours in the teaching field or their related field, five years of work experience and undergo 50 contact hours of pre-service preparation, as well as background checks, the Gallup Teacher Insight (which looks for potential classroom performance ability) as well as complet-

widow). Reservations are required and seating is limited. Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, Jan. 25. Mail payments to Lee-Jackson Dinner, SCV Camp #87, P.O. Box 943, Knoxville, TN 37901. ■ The West Knox Toastmaster Club meets 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7324 Middlebrook Pike. Now accepting new members. Info: Ken Roberts, 680-3443. ■ The Scottish Society of Knoxville will celebrate the 253rd birthday of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Longtime Knox County Schools educator Betty Sue Sparks speaks to the Fontinalis Club at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City last week about the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute, which recruits professionals to teach hard-to-staff classes in Knox County Schools. Photo by Jake Mabe

ing Praxis tests in content area and principles of training and learning. The adjunct license is available for certain courses in math, physics, chemistry and foreign language, as well as for special courses like criminal justice, diesel mechanics and health science. “We even had a retired judge who taught criminal justice,” Sparks says. “She didn’t have any disciplinary problems in the classroom!” Professionals are provided with a mentor teacher and are evaluated. Entertainment will include bagpipes and local Celtic group Red Haired Mary. Bill Landry will serve as master of ceremony. Tickets are $42 ($40 members). Payment must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 18. Make checks payable to Scottish Society of Knoxville and mail them to P.O. Box 50411, Knoxville, TN 37950. Info: Brenda, 691-3892 or Ron, 947-3394. ■ Best selling author Cyn Mobley will teach a workshop on writing query letters 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland

“We think we’ve made a huge benefit and impact,” Sparks says. Students have been able to take courses that would not otherwise have been available. Plus, three Distinguished Professionals who Sparks says were “midcareer folks” went back to school to obtain a teaching license and are now in the classroom full time. Several retired teachers have also returned to the classroom. From its initial threeyear pilot, the program as of last spring has served more than 2,400 students and is expanding to other school districts throughout the state thanks to a First to the Top grant. Sparks, who remains on the Distinguished Professionals board of directors, is now the Cornerstone Principal in Residence at the UT Center for Educational Leadership. She helps oversee the Knox County School System’s Leadership Academy, which recruits and trains future principals. “It’s great to see the enthusiasm of aspiring leaders,” Sparks says. “I also work with the new administrators. They all work so hard. They really do.” For more information on the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute, visit www.dpteach. com or email executive director Bob Thomas at Ave. Cost is $75. Class size is limited. Sponsored by the Knoxville Writers Guild. Info:

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Liford joins HPUD staff RUS loan is $4.9 million By Greg Householder

The Hallsdale Powell Utility District will borrow $4.983 million from the federal Rural Utility Services agency. The commissioners voted unanimously to take out the loan at last week’s meeting. Proceeds from the 38-year loan will be used to replace water lines and develop storage within the system for fire protection and New Fountain City resident Erin Chady talks with new City to address pressure issues in the utility’s 500-plus miles of Council member Marshall Stair. Photo by B. Bean water lines. Loans from RUS protect the utility from annexation Appeal is this week by the city as long as the An effort to overturn Gentry-Griffey’s crematoloan is outstanding. The utilrium permit will be heard by the city Board of Zoning ity has four outstanding RUS Appeals at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the City loans at interest rates of 3.75 County Building small assembly room. The appeal percent or lower. contends the permitting decision was arbitrary and CEO Darren Cardwell capricious, and cites the city’s denial of a similar perconfirmed that former HPUD mit at Highland Memorial Funeral Home in Bearden, commissioner Sandra Liford which was then being leased by Rose Mortuary. has been hired as the utility’s Community organizer Nan Scott said it’s imHuman Resources and Public portant for residents to attend. “Your presence will Relations manager. She will demonstrate to BZA members that it is important to be responsible for updating stop this crematory from hurting our property values, employee policies and proceour health and our quality of life.� dures to comply with any law changes, updating job titles and descriptions and creatnotice to the funeral home’s aboveboard and fair. ing job levels, and developing Plenty of crematorium neighbors. an evaluation program. opponents thought otherBy the end of the hearing, She will also develop wage wise. Erin Chady said she Donaldson appeared to have levels for different positions, and her husband, Markus, softened his view that there were preparing to close on was no scientific evidence their Gibbs Drive home that crematorium emissions when their Realtor told are hazardous, calling inforthem about the cremato- mation presented “useful.� rium and said it would give One packet included an them grounds to be released analysis of emissions at a from their agreement to buy proposed crematorium in the house, if they chose. The Spring Hill, Tenn. OpposiChadys bought the house tion centered around the anyway, but do not favor the emissions issue, and the crematorium. Spring Hill Board of Mayor Others addressed the and Aldermen defeated the process by which Gentry- Spring Hill Memorial Park Griffey got its permit, par- crematorium by an 8-1 vote ticularly citing the lack of in November.

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Clock ticking on Oakwood Kim Trent and Larry Cox stood in the rain in the Oakwood Elementary School parking lot and looked as grim as the weather while they awaited County Mayor Tim Burchett’s press conference.

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Who says you can’t look back? Writing for a newspaper is not an occupation given over to sentimentality. The beat least likely to bring out the warm and fuzzy side of a reporter is government with its assortment of the good, the bad and the ugly, so I was unprepared for my own feelings about writing my last column for the ShopperNews. It’s harder to say goodbye than I had imagined. I’ve always considered “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish,” a Douglas Adams book, to bear one of the more memorable and inventive titles in fiction. I’ve never written about space-faring dolphins in this column, and if a reader ever sent me fish, they got lost in the mail. I have written a couple of times about my time machine, but there’s nothing especially fishy about time travel, or so Stephen Hawking says. And we all experience time travel every day, steadily moving forward in time, like it or not. Just a few weeks ago in this column I quoted Satchel Paige’s advice about not looking back. But with all due respect to the legendary Paige, I’d like to take a brief glance in the rearview mirror. I started as a stringer for the Shopper-News nearly six years ago. What I didn’t know about newspaper reporting could have filled several hefty volumes. Who knows why, but our publisher, Sandra Clark, thought I might be worth a tryout. I soon learned the difference between a writer and a newspaper reporter. Time after time, Sandra trimmed and shaped my 1,000 word essays into stories half the size with twice the merit. Never underestimate the power of a great editor to make a reporter sound a lot smarter than he really is. Jake Mabe was also there as a mentor and a friend. There are less stressful occupations than newspaper reporting, and Jake’s door was always open when I needed a sympathetic ear. (And have I mentioned Jake does a fantastic Elvis impersonation?) There are many people to thank. Shannon Carey’s success on the advertising side of the newspaper has kept us all employed. Carol Springer in graphics and composition taught me a thing or two about using a camera. Judy Tharpe has forgotten more about Associated Press style than I’ll ever know. Emily Schoen and Sara Barrett fill so many varied but indispensable roles that I can’t come close to naming them all. And then there are the writers. I learn something about this trade every time I read a column by Betty Bean. Wendy Smith’s polished style has become the voice of Bearden. Greg Householder, steady as a rock, is the face of Powell. Any newspaper would be proud to host the inimitable Marvin West, and Lynn Hutton remains a reader favorite. Anne Hart was featured writer for our “30 years in 30 weeks” history of the town of Farragut and performed magnificently. Regular feature writers Dr. Jim Tumblin, Dr. Bob Collier and Malcolm Shell always bring something interesting to the table. Through good times and bad, the raison d’être for this column has been the people involved in local government I reported on. For the most part, I had fun, even when the actors in the current drama (or comedy) didn’t. The waning years of former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale’s administration provided a steady stream of events and characters begging to be parodied. I was lucky enough to be a witness. Along the way I crammed in some investigative reporting and was honored for my work by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists. Covering County Commission or the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen were rarely boring assignments. Most commissioners sooner or later became victims of my curmudgeonly take on events, yet nearly all treated me with remarkable kindness over the years. Finally, I thank the readers. Even those who disagreed with me typically did so cordially. It’s been a great ride. OK, Sandra, edit away. Contact Larry Van Guilder at

Like everybody else there, Cox, a former City Council member, and Trent, the executive director of Knox Heritage, knew the score: unless an angel developer materializes within 30 days with a plan and the wherewithal to save the nearly-100-yearold building, it’s going to meet the wrecking ball. When Burchett spoke, he sounded regretful, but said the condition of the abandoned building, one wing of which was used as a supply depot before Knox County Schools handed it over to the county’s general government a little more than a year ago, is forcing his hand. “It’s a shame we don’t take better care of our property,” Burchett said.

He introduced Jon Gustin, a professional photographer and manager of E-Government Services in Knox County’s Office of Information Technology, who ventured inside the condemned building the week before to document its condition. The pictures are stark, and show cavedin roofs and ceilings, collapsing floors, and general decay. Gustin described encountering exposed asbestos, rot and rodent droppings. Cox said he’s not surprised by Burchett’s decision. “I sponsored a resolution asking the school system to do something with the building the last year I was in office.” Cox, who left City Council in December 2003, attended Oakwood Elementary, along with 20 relatives including his parents, children, siblings and cousins. Trent is still holding onto a sliver of hope. “Just another day at the office,” she said. She has made a life’s work of preserving buildings like Oakwood, which has been near the top of Knox Heritage’s “Fragile 15” list of endangered structures for years. “A roof on this building 15 years ago would have

Knox Heritage director Kim Trent and former City Council member Larry Cox stand in the Oakwood School parking lot. Photo by Betty Bean

stopped this from happening,” she said. She believes the building still could be converted to residential use or housing for senior citizens. “I spoke with a developer yesterday who is willing to talk about saving this iconic structure.” County Commissioner Amy Broyles, who lives a few blocks from Oakwood,

A time to reflect Since Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday is today, it is a time to recognize how far we have come with more to do in terms of ensuring equal opportunity for all. I grew up in a segregated

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Tennesssee. I recall the efforts which then-Mayor John Duncan made to integrate local lunch counters in the ’60s. Duncan does not receive the credit he deserves for those moves, including traveling to the headquarters of national chain stores to urge service to all customers at lunch counters. Nevertheless, it is a time when we should reflect and recommit to ending any remaining vestiges of discrimination as we enter the second decade of this century. Last week when I wrote about the Republican leanings of the proposed Harry Tindell district, I had un-

derstood that Rocky Hill and Deane Hill Recreation Center voting precincts would be part of the Tindell district. If that had been true, then Tindell faced major hurdles winning reelection as a Democrat. However, I have since learned those two precincts are going to Steve Hall, whose district is already safely Republican and now becomes more so. However, when it comes to redistricting, nothing is final until the bill becomes law and survives the likely court challenge. Tindell is actually a very credible and knowledgeable state lawmaker who is completing 20 years in Nashville. He is also very quiet and seldom in the news. He is probably the least visible of all local lawmakers, although he comes from a long established Democratic family. His father is Billy Tindell, a longtime county commissioner. The proposed new district is more of a tossup. Tindell, if he chooses to run, will not be able to wage his normal quiet campaign. Republicans will come with a candidate. The nominee of either par-

ty has a shot at winning. Statewide, it may not matter who President Obama faces in the general election as he is unlikely to win Tennessee. At www. you can see who gave to all the presidential candidates by zip code and in the entire state. Through September 2011, Obama had raised $270,139 in Tennessee while Republican presidential candidates had raised $987,517 in the same period – almost a 4-to-1 advantage. Statewide as of three and a half months ago, Mitt Romney had raised $386,330, followed closely by Texas Gov. Rick Perry at $347,176 (when the new figures come in, the difference will be much wider in Romney’s favor). Third up was U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at $98,260. However, if this is narrowed down to zip codes that begin with 379, most of Knox County, then Obama raised $22,147 in this period while the combined Republican presidential candidates raised $125,618 (or a disparity of 6-to-1). Most of the well-known local Democrats were not on the Obama donor list. In fact,

said she’s sad about what’s happened to Oakwood, but, like Trent, is keeping hope alive. She also said she finds it difficult to criticize the school system. “It’s hard to justify spending money on an empty building when we are laying off teachers and struggling to maintain classrooms that are in use,” she said.

the single largest donor in Knox County was Julie Miller who gave $1,660 in 19 separate donations. She is listed as a UT library employee. The best known Obama donors were Jon Roach, former city law director and husband of KUB chief Mintha Roach, for $1,000; former federal magistrate Robert Murrian for $300; and Anne Woodle, former school board member and close friend/supporter of Mayor Madeline Rogero, at $350. Also listed at $1,000 each are Judith Burnette and Dr. Lewis Harris Jr. ■ The recent disclosure that Gloria Ray, head of Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, received more than $405,000 in total compensation for 2009, according to the 990 IRS form, has raised questions as to who approves this sort of compensation. It far exceeds what any other local nonprofit pays its CEO. IRS 990 forms are public record and can be viewed by any citizen. KTSC gets most funding through the hotel/motel tax and is therefore spending public money. The final chapter on this revelation has not been written. Many people are speechless at the size of the compensation regardless of their warm feelings toward the recipient.

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squeezed out of expenses. That’s the good news. The bad news is that $7 million in federal stimulus money is gone; unavailable for next year’s budget. Transfers: Want to attend a school out of zone? Then apply Feb. 6-20. Forms are available online or at any school. TVA for TAP: The federal utility has donated $100,000 to use in the 18 TAP (teacher advancement program) schools in Knox County. TAP includes performance based compensation and collaborative teaching. ■ School board Year around school update is being considered for FulWhat’s happening at the ton and Austin-East high school board? schools, but McIntyre told Knox County Schools will the school board last week end the year with $10 mil- “while it could be benefilion more than expected, cial, it should include the said Superintendent Dr. Jim feeder patterns.” And KCS McIntyre. Revenue exceeded doesn’t have the resources projections by $5 million, to support a year-around while another $5 million was program (or “balanced cal-

endar”) in the feeders. Cindy Buttry asked for a “broader discussion” to include all zones. School use fees: Passed on first reading with amendments by Indya Kincannon to eliminate the insurance requirement for “routine meetings.” But not before Kincannon groused about secretarial staff using red ink to denote both changes and items moved to another spot in board policy. “We have the whole rainbow of colors to choose from. Make it green or blue … not all red!” Full STEAM ahead? What happens when you add art to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concept? It becomes STEAM, and that’s heading for the Green (Elementary) Academy. Teacher Supply Depot will open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Y’all come!

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meant that his message of heard, even by his opponent. running government more “In the future if there is an like a business had been office where I think I’m the

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taurant will open this spring on Emory Road between Halls and Powell and “that’s about as close to Halls as you’ll get.” He said the Atlanta-based chicken chain’s studies have pegged Halls as a place “where everybody leaves during the day and comes back at Sandra night.” That makes for a great Clark dinner crowd but not so much for lunch, when Chick-fil-A typically does heavy volume. Wilkins spoke to a Wilkins also disclosed standing room only crowd that negotiations are in at Fountain City Business progress for a location in and Professional Associa- Fountain City, but “nothing’s tion last week. There were official yet.” folks from Halls and West Wilkins is the owner of Knoxville in addition to the Chick-fil-A restaurants in usual suspects. Turkey Creek and Kingston. “My boss sent me to The company has 11 franask you one thing: When chises in the Knoxville area is Chick-fil-A coming to with eight different owners, Halls?” asked one. he said. Wilkins said a new resThe Chick-fil-A philoso-

By Greg Householder Former Knoxville mayoral candidate Mark Padgett made his first public appearance since his defeat in last November’s election at the hands of Madeline Rogero last Padgett Tuesday at the Powell Business and Professional Association. Padgett joked about his appearance being his first since his loss by telling the Powell business leaders, “The calls to speak dry up after you lose.” Padgett was there as the guest speaker to talk about his experiences that he touted during the campaign of building a business with “$5,000 and a borrowed laptop.”

He told the group of his early life growing up in Lonsdale and how as a kid he started a T-shirt business where he sold painted shirts. He described the process as using a brush and a knife – “In Lonsdale, you had a knife” – to splatter the paint on the shirts. He talked of the influence of athletics on him as a youngster. After tearing his ACL in his senior year in high school, he developed a product related to knee injuries. His father set him up to present the idea to Pete DeBusk of DeRoyal Industries. Padgett was only 17 years old. “Do whatever you do because you love it,” DeBusk told him. Padgett told the group of his time working for former Gov. Phil Bredesen. It was while working for Bredesen that he got the idea for his company

Chick-fil-A franchise owner Marshall Wilkins (right) talks with John Fugate, board member of the Fountain City BPA and branch manager of Commercial Bank. Photo by S. Clark

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The restaurant works to build relationships with customers, using good food, engaged employees and those crazy cows you see on TV and billboards urging folks to “eat mor chikin.” When the recession hit, Wilkins said Chick-fil-A decided to become more of who we are rather than trying to become something else. “Sales will come and profits will come if you focus on the right things.” His was strong, common sense advice that would help any business.

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n a footnote in his book “Life on the Mississippi,” Mark Twain quoted the Associated Press Telegram story of Oct. 19, 1882, relating the death of two of Knoxville’s most prominent business owners in the prime of their careers to illustrate that violence persisted in the South 20 years after the Civil War. In less than two minutes, local history was changed forever. Thomas O’Conner (18361882) was the richest person in the state of Tennessee and, some said, the richest in the South. It was said that his influence in the Tennessee Legislature was “overpowering.” His Melrose Estate, which he had purchased from Judge Oliver P. Temple, was among the finest in Knox County. Temple’s 20 acres contained the impressive mansion, experimental flower and vegetable gardens, an extensive fruit orchard, and an outstanding collection of ornamental shrubs and trees. A large farm pond had been expanded and concreted, and a boat house was built to provide a place for O’Conner’s nieces and nephews to swim, boat and fish. Thomas was born in Halifax, Va., on Feb. 29, 1836, the son of John and Rebecca (Powell) Conner. When Thomas was 16, he and his brother James moved from Virginia to Knoxville and opened the O’Conner Saddlery, choosing to use the original Irish version of their name. Thomas was a Knoxville alderman (1859-60), but soon moved to Atlanta to establish a saddlery there.

When the Civil War began he joined the 1st Georgia Regulars (CSA) and served as a sergeant for eight months. He then resigned and returned to Knoxville to help raise a company of light artillery. He became senior first lieutenant of Kain’s Artillery Battery (CSA). When Capt. William C. Kain, a Knoxville attorney, was ordered to serve in various court martial proceedings, O’Conner assumed command. His battery was heavily engaged at Cumberland Gap when he was captured on Sept. 9, 1863, and imprisoned at Johnson’s Island in Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio. He spent almost two years there, along with 2,500 other prisoners, and endured the inadequate food and the exceedingly uncomfortable damp and penetrating cold conditions. In June 1865, with the war ended, O’Conner swore allegiance to the U.S. and was granted amnesty. He soon was in business in Atlanta but, in 1870, he returned to Knoxville to marry Fannie Renshaw House (1832-1923). They lived in the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville about half the year and at Melrose in Knoxville the other half. His influence with the state government enabled him to lease convict labor and to contract for many projects in railroad construction, coal mining and the manufacture of “Tennessee wagons” at a rate of more than 60 a day. His was probably the most popular farm wagon at the

Thomas O’Conner (1836-1882). His investments in railways, mining, manufacturing and banking made O’Conner the richest person in the state. He was killed in a Gay Street shootout on Oct. 19, 1882. time in the South and in the prairie states. He built the Cincinnati Southern Railway from the Cumberland Plateau to Chattanooga and became a major owner of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co., based in Tracy City. He contracted for road work in Louisiana and, in September 1882, led other Knoxville investors to organize the Mechanic’s National Bank and became its president. In 1877, he was appointed a trustee of East Tennessee University (predecessor to the University of Tennessee). Joseph Alexander Mabry Jr. (1826-1882) was born to Joseph A. Mabry Sr. and Alice Scott Mabry on Jan. 26, 1826, on his father’s farm in west Knox County. He was educated in the Knox County

public schools and at Holston College at New Market. In 1852, he married Laura E. Churchwell, daughter of a prominent local family. He was a major property owner and developer early in life and, in 1853, he and his brother-in-law William G. Swan gave the city the property for Market Square. He was president of the Knoxville and Kentucky Railroad and was quite influential in Nashville in lobbying for state support of the railroads. He was appointed a trustee of the East Tennessee University in 1854 and was a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1870. During the Confederate occupation at the outbreak of the Civil War, Mabry personally offered to equip and clothe many Confederate soldiers from his depot of clothing and tents. With the Federal occupation in late 1863, he declared his loyalty to the Union. His mansion on Mabry Hill off Dandridge Pike in East Knoxville was used as a headquarters for each side during their respective occupations. Mabry’s Knoxville and Kentucky Railroad went into receivership in 1871 and was sold. Other financial difficulty caused him to reduce his extensive land holdings and

The Melrose mansion. Formerly owned by Judge Oliver P. Temple, Melrose was among the city’s most elegant mansions, surrounded by flower and vegetable gardens and rare shrubs and trees. Photos courtesy C.M. McClung Historical Collection sell many of his fine horses. O’Conner and Mabry, as well as many other prominent businesspeople of the time, were engaged in high stakes gambling, including betting at the horse races at the Old Fairgrounds in South Knoxville. There were rumors that Mabry’s second mansion at Cold Spring Farm (later called Mount Rest Home), which he had sold to O’Conner in 1880, had been won back in a card game by his son, Will, but that O’Conner reneged on the bet. Will was shot and killed in a fight on Dec. 24, 1881. The grief-stricken father somehow concluded that O’Conner had arranged for Will to be murdered. On Oct. 17, 1882, a visibly intoxicated Mabry confronted O’Conner at the Fair Grounds in South Knoxville; but O’Conner backed off, saying it was neither the time nor the place to settle their dispute. That evening, Mabry sent O’Conner a message stating that he would “kill him on sight.” On the morning of Oct. 19, 1882, O’Conner stepped outside the Mechanics’ Bank and spotted Mabry walking

down Gay Street. O’Conner quickly grabbed a doublebarreled shotgun and emptied both barrels into Mabry, killing him instantly. Hearing the commotion, Joseph Mabry III hurried toward the bank and, upon seeing his father’s body, drew a pistol and shot O’Conner. As O’Conner fell mortally wounded, he managed to reach inside the bank for another shotgun and fire one final shot, killing the younger Mabry. Seven bystanders were wounded by stray shot from O’Conner’s gun. Three men lay dead: O’Conner, who was in his prime at only 46 years of age; Mabry, who was only 10 years older; and Mabry’s son, a promising young attorney. The contributions they might have made to the community and to the state were lost in less than two minutes. Author’s Note: Next month’s article will describe the tragic carriage accident at the gates of the Melrose Estate that claimed the life of two prominent bankers while Thomas O’Conner’s widow, Fannie R. O’Conner, and the spouse of one of the bankers survived.

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Let’s all be ‘chalant’ But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15 NRSV)

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■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell will host a Life Line Screening event Monday, Jan. 23. It will be sponsored by the University Medical Center. Preregistration is required. Info: 1-800-324-1851 or visit community-partners. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane (across from Tractor Supply in Halls), distributes free food 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of the month. Info: 566-1265. ■ New Hope Baptist Church


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comic strip in my stacks ready for recycling and cannot find it again. (If anyone out there can find it for me, please let me know!) I think it was “Crankshaft,” of all strips, and a character in the strip had used the word “nonchalant.” I knew that “nonchalant” meant casually unconcerned, offhand, cool. No problem with that one;

distributes food from its food pantry to local families in need 6-8 p.m. every third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.

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■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will have a beginner yoga class 6-7 p.m. Mondays in the family life center. Cost is $10 per class or $40 for five classes. Bring a mat, towel and water. Info: Dena Bower, 567-7615 or email ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5. Info: 689-7001.

Women’s programs

■ Knoxville Day Women’s Aglow Lighthouse will hold a 12-week Bible study 9:30 a.m. to noon beginning Thursday, Jan. 26, at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Ave. Pike. The subject is “Search for Worth and Identity” based on the book “The Search for Significance”

by Robert McGee, led by Beth Arnurius Cost is $20. Info: Diane Shelby, 687-3687 or Beth Arnurius, 584-8352.

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■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road off East Emory Road, hosts a Celebrate Recovery program 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. ■ New Hope Baptist Church, 7602 Bud Hawkins Road in Corryton, hosts Celebrate Recovery adult and youth classes 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 12-step class 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 688-5330. ■ Dayspring Church, 901 Callahan Drive, Suite 109, will offer Divorce Care classes 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday evenings. There is no charge for the 13-week program and child care will be provided. Info: 242-3995

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■ First Lutheran School, 1207 North Broadway will hold an open house 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, for

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Webster’s also points out that the French “chalant” is related to the Latin “calere”: to be warm. As in the opposite of cool. The opposite of nonchalance, then, is warmth, compassion, concern and caring. In a word, to be chalant. Remember the rule: the way to make a new word your own is to use it in a sentence, so: God is chalant – warm, compassionate, concerned and caring. Besides having a beautiful meaning, this fabulous word also has a graceful, elegant French sound. It is a lovely word, entirely worth collecting. I am happy to have added it to my collection. It may not be used frequently (it might sound pretentious), but it is mine, to use or keep or share. And it will remind me that Crankshaft (or whoever it was!) was right. We all need to be as chalant as possible, because this old world can certainly use all the chalance it can find!

parents of children in grades pre-k through 8th. A special kindergarten roundup session will be held 7 to 7:30 p.m. The school features small classes and before and after school care programs. Tuition assistance is also available. Info: 524-0308.

Faubert to speak at KFL Barbara Faubert will be the guest speaker for the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon at noon TuesFaubert day, Jan. 17. The KFL is a group of Christian men and women who meet weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell.

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Fountain City United Methodist Church will host “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent,” a program open to all parents, grandparents, teachers or guardians that will make parenting less stressful, more successful and really fun! Elizabeth Kose, certified “Love and Logic Independent Facilitator,” will discuss the basic principles and philosophies behind becoming a Love and Logic parent. A four-week Sunday evening series, beginning Jan. 29, will be offered on the Love and Logic philosophy, techniques and strategies. Sessions will run from 4-6 p.m. in Wesley Hall at FCUMC. The course fee is $60 per couple and $45 per person. Reservations are requested but not required. To register or for more info: Elizabeth Kose, 809-9075 or elizabethkose@


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I collect words like some people collect good jokes. Find a new one (new to me, at least), and I am fascinated with its sounds, its etymology (as my Greek etymology professor at UT explained the definition of etymology, “all that nonsense in brackets in the dictionary”), its meaning, its pronunciation, its possible uses and its taste in my mouth. You never know where a new word will crop up, or when a familiar word will pique your curiosity. In this case, just the other day, it was in the comic section of the daily paper. I have searched for that

it is fairly common. But in the last frame of the strip, one character pointed out that one should be as chalant as possible. Curiosity bells went off in my head immediately. “Non” clearly means not, as in “nonjudgmental.” So, if “nonchalant” means unconcerned, what exactly does “chalant” mean? And is it a word at all? Or was it just a comic strip joke? I thank God for Noah Webster and his ilk. Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (the handiest one at the moment) says that “nonchalant” is from the Old French “non” (not) and “chaloir” (to concern), and is defined as “having an air of easy unconcern or indifference.” Well, there you are, then. “Not concerned.” So, the last frame of the Sunday comic strip must have been a sincere call for caring, for compassion: “We all need to be as chalant as possible.”


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Halls Middle basketball girls win New Years tournament Halls Middle School basketball team brought home the first place trophy from the Halls High New Years Classic during the winter break. The team went 4-0 by defeating Westview Middle, East Ridge Middle, Robertsville Middle and Maury Middle schools. Team members honored during the tournament were All-Tournament team selection and tournament MVP Kaci Mitchell, 3-point shoot out winner Taylor Moon and All-Tournament team selection Lauren White. The trio scored 49 points, 29 points and 33 points respectively during the event. Photo submitted

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it hurts feelings but this is big business. The revolving door shakes up recruiting connections but that soon settles if you send in a betParachutes. Pensions. That combination ap- ter man. This dilemma was difpeared to change the search from who do you want to ferent. Dooley, whether he Marvin who can you get. knows it or not, is under duWest A few weeks ago, early ress. His Volunteers need to in the patch-and-repair get better in a hurry, startprocess, Derek Dooley said ing with national signing hundreds of people want day, continuing through the way up looked over the to coach at Tennessee. Or winter workouts, surg“opportunity� and weighed maybe it was thousands. He ing during spring practice the risks? They might wonder could be correct. He certain- and peaking in September. if football time in Tennessee ly found some who would There is little or no margin for error. accept orange dollars. had become precarious. If you think I am kidding Generally speaking, hirBig names parked in rocking chairs and estab- ing assistants is very im- or overstating the crisis, you lished assistants with good portant but not absolutely are not hearing the same critpositions were greedy. They critical. If a new guy doesn’t ics who are threatening rewanted more than they could fit (think Chuck Smith), bellion. If season ticket sales possibly be worth. Security. just make a change. OK, so decline and donations dimin-

How do you explain the amazing turn of events? Was it just a matter of money? In the beginning, when the new head coach had a six-year contract and a generous budget, it was easy to hire assistants. All he had to do was pick and choose and pay too much. An ugly ending to two losing seasons, coupled with the hint of regression, created unrest and altered the scene. The result was a surprising number of staff vacancies – and what seemed to be a problem finding replacements. What if ambitious aides on

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used the school’s points to purchase three chicks, a goose and three beehive starters for needy families in countries in Africa and Asia. Through other charities, the points provided clean water for one person for a year, eight meals for homeless Americans and adopted 1,548 square feet of wildlife land for protection efforts. “The students are so excited to be helping other people around the world,� said teacher Virginia Fletcher. “Our students go through so many glue sticks each school year and drink pouches that every one is able to contribute and make a positive impact.�

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Almost certainly, there will be some improvement on the field. The running game just can’t be as bad as it was. In fact, there are talented juniors and sophomores at several positions who could become all-conference players. Dooley and others have supposedly recruited well, very well, but not as well as key opponents. That partially explains why Tennessee is not gaining ground on the big boys. The next option is development – where coaching by assistants suddenly becomes very important. There is now reason for optimism. As developments go, that is amazing.


Helping others Third grade students at Halls Elementary School are making a big impact on their community and other countries. The students are collecting empty Caprisun drink pouches, printer cartridges, old cell phones and Elmer’s glue sticks for recycling. They are working in cooperation with Terracycle, a company that converts collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials. Instead of receiving money for the items, the students opted to receive points which they donate to different charities. One of the charities, Heifer International,

ish, rock-solid steady Dave Hart might get nervous. Indeed, there is a mortgage to pay and a budget to balance. Hart understands that Dooley, in the beginning, ventured into difficult circumstances. That was then. This is now. It might be unfair to demand a certain number of 2012 victories to extend this rehabilitation project but it is not unreasonable to expect improvement. That completes the circle and brings us back to the cure for nervous indigestion. Even under adverse conditions, it is possible that Dooley has assembled a better staff than he had in the beginning.


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Cub Scouts give back to community By Alvin Nance The Boy Scouts’ website states: “Being a Cub Scout means you are a member of a worldwide youth moveNance ment that stands for certain values and beliefs. Cub Scouting is more than something to do. It’s all about the boy you are and the person you will become.� As chair of the Chehote District of the Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountain Council, I am honored to be involved in work that is helping build

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Folks who suffer from sleep-related disorders often know there’s a problem, but have trouble pinpointing the cause. Such was the case with 31-year-old Lisa Chapman of Knoxville. Feeling slightly fatigued in December of 2010, Lisa thought she was just over-stressed with holiday activities. When the New Year rolled around, Lisa’s fatigue worsened. “I started feeling tired all of the time,” she says. “And then it became more difficult to get out of bed in the morning.” Lisa went to her doctor who prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection, but that didn’t help her fatigue. “I began falling asleep at my desk – and not just in the afternoons after lunch, but at 10 in the morning! It was terrible. I was so embarrassed!” says Lisa. “One of my co-workers suggested I get a sleep study, but I didn’t do it. My fatigue escalated to the point where I had dozed off a couple of times at the wheel. I was very frightened.” It wasn’t until Lisa’s boss commented (out of concern) on her difficulty staying awake and finishing her work that Lisa decided to Lisa Chapman’s friends say she has life in her eyes now that she’s getting a take action. good night’s sleep.

Young people, get more Zzzzs! Increasing numbers of young people aren’t getting enough sleep. For teenagers, sleep problems are often not caused by medical issues, but rather by poor sleep habits. According to a 2011 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, about 10 percent of teenagers are interrupted by texts every night. And 20 percent say they are awakened several times each week. The poll also found that 95 percent of adults use some type of electronics in the hour before bed, like checking email, texting or watching TV. That can prolong falling asleep. Feeling tired? Here are some sleep strategies from the National Sleep Foundation (www.sleepfoundation. org): ■ Set and stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day. ■ Expose yourself to bright light in the morning and avoid it at night. Exposure to bright morning light energizes us and prepares us for a productive day. Alternatively, dim your lights when it’s close to bedtime. ■ Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Allow enough time to wind down and relax before going to bed. ■ Create a cool, comfortable sleeping environment that is free of distractions. If you’re finding that entertainment or work-related communications are creating anxiety, remove these distractions from your bedroom. ■ Avoid caffeinated beverages, chocolate and tobacco at night. ■ Avoid large meals and beverages right before bedtime. ■ No nightcaps. Drinking alcohol before bed can rob you of deep sleep and can cause you to wake up too early. ■ Avoid medicines that delay or disrupt your sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, ask your doctor or pharmacist if your medications might be contributing to your sleep problem. ■ No late-afternoon or evening naps, unless you work nights. If you must nap, keep it under 45 minutes and before 3 p.m.

Sleep apnea is characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. “He suggested I get a sleep study at the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center, so I called that day and made my appointment.” When Chapman met with Dr. Thomas Higgins, neurologist and Sleep Center Medical Director, she explained her symptoms. Dr. Higgins immediately thought she was suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes. He scheduled a sleep study for Chapman. When she settled into bed at the Sleep Center, Chapman thought she was in for a long, restful night. “In the first 1 1/2 hours of Lisa’s sleep study, she stopped breathing 246 times,’ says Dr. Higgins. “She never got beyond the “nodding off”

stage of sleep, which accounts for her extreme fatigue.” The Sleep Center staff woke Lisa up and immediately placed her on a CPAP, a continuous positive airway pressure machine, that provides mild air pressure to keep the airway open. Chapman received her own CPAP and hasn’t missed a night of wonderful sleep since. “I truly credit this device and the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center with saving my life! I’m more productive at work and I can go out with my friends and enjoy myself,” says Lisa. Her friends have seen a positive change in her as well. “They say I’ve got life back in my eyes!” For more information about the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center, call 865-541-1375.

Sleep better with the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center Feeling tired all the time? If you’re still sleepy after eight hours of rest, there might be another underlying medical cause to your fatigue. The best way to detect and solve a sleep problem is to be evaluated by a nationally accredited facility like the Sleep Disorders Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. With a six-bed sleep laboratory, the center, which is a longtime member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, is staffed by two physicians and seven licensed sleep technologists. They can determine the root of your sleep problems. “There are many sleep disorders,” explains Dr. Thomas Higgins, a neurologist, Sleep Medicine physician and Director of the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center. “Medical conditions, neurological problems, poor sleep habits, stress, anxiety and depression – these can all bring about sleep problems.” The center’s staff performs an initial assessment on each patient and determines whether an overnight or daytime sleep test is necessary. If so, the patient is connected while they sleep to painless monitors for brain wave activity, heart rate, oxygen levels and breathing. In many cases, Dr. Higgins says a common disorder called “obstructive sleep

apnea” is to blame for daytime fatigue. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway relaxes and narrows during sleep. This leads to shallow breathing, loud snoring and pauses in breathing. The patient never reaches a deep state of sleep and wakes up still feeling tired. Sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and being overweight. “Put two or three of these factors together, and chances are the person has sleep apnea as well,” says Dr. Higgins. The good news is, there are effective treatments for sleep apnea. The most widely used is a device called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine which

allows the airway to remain open during the night. CPAP is extremely effective at stopping apnea for the vast majority of patients, according to Dr. Higgins. This not only allows the person to get better rest, but it also has other health benefits including reduced stress on the heart. Lack of sleep can actually make blood pressure and blood sugar levels worse. “The International Diabetes Federation recently made a recommendation that newly diagnosed diabetes patients should be screened for sleep apnea,” explains Dr. Higgins. “If someone has it, it tends to increase the blood sugar and make the body more insulin-

resistant, and aggravate the problem.” CPAP machines and masks have been somewhat uncomfortable to get use to and wear throughout the night, but Dr. Higgins says the devices are getting better every year, and the Sleep Center staff works with patients to find the one that’s best for them. “The technology is advancing very quickly. There are always new masks and nosepieces. And CPAP machines have improved. Now they’re very quiet,” he says. For more information about diagnosis and treatment of your sleep problem, call the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center at 865-541-1375.

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Memory Lane Café is a way for people affected by Alzheimer’s to gather in a comfortable, nonthreatening setting. The café meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Tuesday and individuals are able to mingle and meet other people in the same situation. “People that attend don’t feel pressured to stand up and talk about their situation,” said Linda Johnson

Last year my husband and I were walking through the zoo with our daughter when a woman greeted us on the walking trail with a beautiful little owl. When I told her I thought she was lucky for getting to work so closely with the animals, she smiled and said, “You can do the same thing. Become a volunteer.” Well, here’s our chance, folks. The Knoxville Zoo is holding its volunteer fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this coming Saturday, Jan. 21. Anyone 13 or older can participate but there is limited space available and it’s a pretty competitive program. Volunteers fill a number of different roles at the zoo from assisting with classes and programs and educating the public to helping out with “Boo! at the Zoo.” Anyone interested in volunteering should attend the volunteer fair but it is not

with Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc. “The atmosphere is laid back and it’s an opportunity to spark conversations, build relationships and learn from one another.” Caregivers are welcomed to bring family members and loved ones affected with Alzheimer’s, and activities will be available to keep them involved. This is the first support group setting of its type in the Southeast and is a way of evolving and meeting the needs and helping caregivers find relief. The Courtyards Senior Living is located at 815 E. Inskip Drive. Info: 688-2666.

Linda Hall sits with her mom, Ruth Vurch, who is a resident at The Courtyards in Fountain City. Hall attended the first Memory Lane Café for individuals with Alzheimer’s and likes the idea of interaction with other caregivers and family members in a cozy setting.

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FTN CITY – Well kept custom built 3BR/2.5BA w/ bonus rm/4thBR. Crown moldng throughout, 9' ceilings on main & 14' ceiling in MBR, lg eat-in kit open to FR. 2-car gar, sec sys, gas water heater 2 yrs old. Stg w/floored attic w/walk-up stairs. Reduced to $284,900 (781492)

FTN CITY – 3BR/2.5BA w/ bonus or 4th BR. Featuring 9' ceilings & hdwd on main, arched doorways, Corian counter-tops, lg kit w/extra JennAir cooktop built-in island, central vac, oversized 2-car gar, fenced yard & covered porch. $229,900 (784017)

Connor, a five-year-old

FTN CITY – 3BR 2BA Remodeled.-Plumb, Elect & more. 26x9.6 cvrd frnt porch, wd floors, brick fp w/ custom built-ins, kit w/tile and track lighting, unfnshd bsmnt & 1-car garage/wrkshop. $159,900 Laura Bailey (775489)

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765-8808 All donations are tax deductible. Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization.

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We are always looking for volunteers to help with transporting, socializing the dogs and foster parents to help us evaluate.

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Eliza is back home During the first week of January I wrote about Eliza, a dog that had been adopted from the Humane Society in Knoxville 10 years ago and was lost last month while visiting friends here in town. A good Samaritan who wished to remain anonymous called me the week the story came out and said Eliza had been found sitting on someone’s front porch in the Rocky Hill area. She has been reunited with her family.

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small golden wannabee has come out of his shell and all he wants now is human attention. He would make a great dog for a single person or older couple, with no other pets. He just needs the one on one. He is still overweight and needs to lose a few more pounds.

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year-old Golden has certainly calmed down, is very loving and seeks attention. She would enjoy being the only pet and would be a great walking or hiking companion.

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FTN CITY – Well kept 3BR/2BA, 2-story w/master on main. This home features: Eat-in kitchen, level backyard w/wood fence. Possible lease purchase w/5k down $99,500 (770228)

CORRYTON – Private 1+ acre, 2,700+ SF, 5-car garage w/2BR apartment & 3BR/2BA mobile home. Perfect for home business. Reduced to $99,900 (784466)

HALLS – 3.7 acres & well built 2BR/1BA, ready to move in. Land is mostly cleared w/additional old home site that has existing drainfield, 2-storage bldgs. $95,000 (782724)

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For registration info about these and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Barbara Manis, 922-5648. ■ Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 18-19, John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. ■ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 19-20, Farragut town hall, 11408 Municipal Dr.

Open call for ‘Connections’ The Fountain City Art Center is currently accepting submissions for its upcoming themed exhibit “Connections” to be on display Friday, Feb. 24, through Friday, March 23. The way the artists interpret the theme will be considered during the judging process. The entry fee for nonFCAC members is $20 per entry ($10 for members) with a limit of two entries per person. If your work is 36” x 36”, submit only one entry. Works that have been submitted previously for other exhibits may not be entered. Submissions will be accepted 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, and judging will take place Wednesday, Feb. 22. An opening reception will be held for the exhibit 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m. Prizes will include $125 for Best of Show, $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for honorable mention. Art Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays. The center is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Info: 357-2787, e-mail or come by the center at 213 Hotel Ave.


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Fast $680 mo. $250 dam. dep. dition. 865-548-8267 Free Pickup. 865-556 HIP OR KNEE 8956; 865-363-0318 865-216-5736 OR 694-8414 REPLACEMENT Pet Services 144 SURGERY NORTH KNOXVILLE Manf’d Homes - Sale 85 If you had hip or knee  Real Estate Service 53 2BR, w/d conn, dw. Auto Accessories 254 replacement surgery Super-clean! No pets. PET GROOMING between 2005 - present Hdwd flrs. $525/mo + Prevent Foreclosure Wait or drop off. 4 17" like new & suffered problems, dam dep, refs. 922- 2, 3 & 4 Bedrooms, Call Free Report / Free Help Andersonville Pk, Halls Michelin tires. you may be entitled to 7114 or 216-5732 925-3154 865-365-8888 225/60/17. $125 ea. 865-250-4205, for info. compensation.  Call 865-591-2630 Attorney Charles Johnson Houses - Unfurnished 74 Manf’d Homes - Rent 86 1-800-535-5727 Free Pets 145 Vans 256 Office Space - Rent 65 3 BR, 1 BA in Del The northeast Knox ON private lot Rio, TN, near N.C. 2BR/1BA Utility District Board 2 PARAKEETS - free OLDS Silhouette 2003, at 7431 Blacks Ferry border, beautiful of Commissioners tan, leather, 101K mi, giveaway. Includes Rd. For rent: country setting with will hold the regular fully loaded, exc cond, large cage. Call 257$350/dep, $500/mo creek. $550 mo, $550 monthly meeting on $5900. 865-771-9837 5653. rent. Call 947-9557 for dep. 865-414-4366 Monday, January 23, ***Web ID# 919440*** application. 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA home their office located at 2BA mobile off John Sevier near 2BR, 7214 Washington home in Strawberry Trucks 257 ADOPT! UT/downtown, stove, Pike, Corryton, TN. If Plains, $425 per mo. frig., & W/D hookups. Looking for a lost special accommoda+ DD. 865-254-2374. 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Blk/Wht, tan leather, Valley Rd, 6 rms, Drive A Steady Paycheck. 2BR/1BA with living Apts - Unfurnished 71 Ford Call 865-235-6119. 6 cyl, all pwr, 44k mi., 1 bath, Cent. Ht/Air, Become an over the room & kit. Sits on garage kept, great refrig. no pets, I'm Paying Top Dollar cond., good for summer road semi driver 1.43 acres. 933-1274 3BR/2BA,1500 sq ft, no range, lease req., $590/mo. for Standing Timber, steps. 5 yrs old, 2-car with Roehl. We can proor 898-1311. fun. $17,500 firm. 865G.T. Ballenger, hardwood & pine. 5 453-9939 or 865-654-9939 gar, level yard. No vide you the training you NEWPORT. 3 BR, 2 BA, acres or more. Call ***Web ID# 920375*** pets, no smoking. Realtors, 865-688-3946 need to start a great 2 story, approx 2 yrs 865-982-2606; 382-7529 $985/mo. 567-4156 truck driving career. UPDATED 3 BR, 2 old with 1568 +/- SF. HONDA ACCORD 2001 BA, close to down800-535-8177 361 Woodson Dr. HALLS AREA 1/BR/1BA dr, lady owner / town, $850 mo. Pet Kitchen w/appls, lg lAir Cond/Heating 187 2driven. Asking $114,900 & 121k mi. OK. 865-850-4179 rm/dining rm, lg yard. owner will finance $5250. 865-661-1865 AA/EOE Patio, private enw/$5,750 dwn. Bill WEST, 3BR, 2BA, ASHLEY WOOD trance. Mature adults, 877-488-5060, ext 323 ACCORD freshly updated, STOVE. Good condi- HONDA no pets. Utils & cable Champagne, trash included. $850 General 109 tion. $140. Call 922- 2006, Sale or Rent, Tellico incl'd. $650/mo + dep. 39k mi, exc. cond. mo. 865-740-9215. 6253. Village, 2700 sf, 4 br, 256-6100. $12,900. 865-922-9013 3 1/2 ba w/bonus, 2 car Log Cabin, #1 BEAUTY CO. AVON Like New brick townhouse, WEST, Reps Needed! Only gar, $260K. 4 1/2% MERCEDES S-430 3BR, 2BA, sunroom, Building Materials 188 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, Turkey $10 to start! Call Marie assumable FHA loan. 2000, 83K miles, 751 Dixon Rd. $875. Creek area. No pets. at 865-705-3949. 865-388-5476 white/gray, this car Call 865-966-3621. STEEL BUILDINGS Credit ck. $350 dep. $650 ***Web ID# 900489*** is perfectSave THOUSANDS mo. 1 yr lease. 865-986-0905 body/mechanical/ Part Time 123 on 2011 Closeouts!! ***Web ID# 920265*** Condo Rentals 76 electrical. Meticulous Limited availability, Farms & Land 45 SOUTH, 2 BR, 1 BA, Maintenance, $15,000. TIME nursery 20x30, 30x40, others. Price includes add'l 1200SF, appls., priv. HALLS AREA 2-STORY PART worker position Save $$$, buy now for set of (4) 18" TOWNHOUSE $675/mo+dep, no pets/ FSBO. $129,900 spring. Discounted available. St. Paul chrome wheels with 2 large BR/1.5BA smoking. 865-577-6289 shipping. Display 2 yr old house & 44 UMC, 4014 Garden new low-profile kitchen appls incl'd, savings also! acres located at 1245 Dr. Child care extires. 423-667-2900 W/D conn. No pets, Call 866-352-0469 Snake Hollow Road, perience and backMary's Area. 2 BR, ***Web ID# 919429*** $550/mo + $550 damSneedville. House has St.carpet, ground check reC H/A, appls & age dep. 1-yr lease. 3 BR & 2 BA, total of quired. For informaToyota Camry 1994, util. furn., $585 mo., 254-9552, 388-3232 1,056 SF. Owner will tion, contact Ginny Buildings for Sale 191 exc. cond. Loaded. $250 dep. 423-504-2679 finance with $7,000 Turner at 742-4520. IRRESISTIBLE 3 BR Very econ. & reliable. down. Call Bill at STEEL BUILDINGS condo for rent, 2 1/2 $2995. 865-397-7918 877-488-5060 ext 323. Save on 2011 closeApts - Furnished 72 baths, near UT, Dogs 141 outs!! Ltd avail, 20x30, VW PASSAT GLX $900/mo. Mike 91630x40, etc. Save $$$, 2003, auto, all pwr., 474-9218, 865-357-8281 Cemetery Lots 49 WALBROOK STUDIOS ***Web buy now for spring. lthr., sunrf., 64K mi., ID# 918036*** American Bulldog Discounted shipping. 25 1-3 60 7 $7900. 865-693-1626. puppies, NKC, S&W, Display savings also! HIGHLAND MEM. $140 weekly. Discount N.E. New 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, paper trained, ready 866-352-0469 avail. Util, TV, Ph, $2,100 ea; $7,800 for 2 car gar., frpl, lots 1/17, $650. Domestic 265 Stv, Refrig, Basic all 4. Mountain of upgrades, $950 mo. taylorsabd 865-235-1193 Cable. No Lse. views. 865-386-1630 599-8174; 865-938-7200 ***Web ID# 917969*** Household Furn. 204 CHEVROLET IMAMERICAN Pit Bull PALA 2010, like Homes 40 Homes 40 Homes 40 Terrier pups, ADBA Mattresses. Sealy, new in/out, 59k mi, reg., blue nosed, 3 M, Stearns & Foster, $11,700. 337-288-5572 1 F, POP, $300-$500. Serta, Qn & King 865-816-2172; 660-8331. $399-$599. 865-947-2337 CHEVY CAMARO ***Web ID# 918399*** coupe 1991, V8, 60K mi., good shape, BOXER PUPPIES Antiques 216 $6,000. 865-691-3797 AKC Reg., S & W, 2 F, 6 wks old, $285. LINCOLN Town Car, 865-765-2722. 1999, silver, leather inter., 2nd owner, CHIHUAHUA/Poodle very good cond. Realty Executives Associates mix puppy M, 7 wks RARE BOOKCASE, Asking $2,950, KBB 1876, historical info. adorable, blk & wht = $3250, 865-308-3802 stamped on back, $250. 865-257-6002 ***Web ID# 917567*** black walnut & pine, great cond. HALLS – 1,700+ SF, well maintained and updated. Updates Phone picts. avail. Air Cond / Heating 301 8 wks, shots/wormed $800 obo. Complete include: New windows, tile, hdwd, appl, paint, updated kit & 865-932-2333. info. 865-604-7237 ***Web ID# 919374***

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Many different breeds Maltese, Yorkies, Malti-Poos, Poodles, Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, shots & wormed. We do layaways. Health guar. Div. of Animal Welfare State of TN Dept. of Health. Lic # COB0000000015. 423-566-0467


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OFF OAKRIDGE HWY! $174,900! hdwd flrs or ceramic tile in all rms & granite kit tops are just a few of the upgrades. Over R 2,000 SF +/- incl: 3BR/2.5BA, LR w/gas NO log FP, lg FR w/tile flrs open to kit w/gorgeous granite tops, work isle, S/S appl, formal DR, updated lighting & plumbing fixtures, freshly painted interior, extended decking w/solar lighting, lg stg bldg w/loft, level backyard w/greenway view. MLS# 780593




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LAB PUPPIES, Chocolate, 1 M, 1 F, 6 wks. old, $150. 423-494-4481; 423-562-1525 ***Web ID# 917389***


LANDSCAPING MGMT Design, install, mulch, small tree/shrub work, weeding, bed renewal, debri clean-up. Free estimates, 25 yrs exp! Mark Lusby 679-9848


BA. Fenced backyard, 1-car gar. $129,900 THIS ONE HAS IT ALL! – 3,600 SF, 4BR, 2-sty home & bsmt on 5+acres, in-ground pool & much more. Home features: FP, screened-in deck, 2-car gar on main + gar in bsmt + det gar! Work started in bsmt for den & half BA. This is a must see. $260,000 JUST LISTED – Whittle Springs. Totally updated home w/ new windows, roof, paint, new fixtures, new appl, marble flooring in kit, gorgeous hdwd flrs & much more. 3BR/1.5BA, carport, full unfinished bsmt, corner lot & much more. Priced to sell. $87,000 Several foreclosures available. For a complete list call Tammie 256-3805 or email: or visit

333 Plumbing

HAROLD'S GUTTER SERVICE. Will clean front & back $20 & up. Quality work, guaranteed. Call 288-0556.



P.C.C.A. Compounding Specialist

Kenton Page, DPh Since 1976 Including Veterinary Compounding


Offering vitamins, herbs, homeopathicc supplements

When it comes to choosing the right foundation, we’ve got you totally covered. Come in for a perfect color match. Always a free service at Merle Norman, the foundation experts.

5110 N. Broadway 688-7025


HALF PRICE on all “Leanin’ Tree” GREETING CARDS!

2011 Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inc.

Merle Norman and Facial Spa of Fountain City 4938 N. Broadway • 687-6631 Mon-Fri 10 to 6 PM • Sat 10 to 4 PM “Like” us on “We Try To Understand”

Providing Income Tax Services


Custom fitting appointments upon request

Specializing in Loans of Any Type Manager - Don Milks 3317 N. Broadway • 688-0333

Drapes apes • Bedspreads B d d •C Comforters f • etc. In Fountain City • Full Service Dry Cleaner & Laundry


*All loans are subject to our liberal credit policy and credit limitations, if any.

Daylight Savings Special 7pm – 7am Every Night

Double Time in U-Wash Bays

8 min for $1.50!


Broadway Car Wash 5622 N. Broadway • 357-5599 9 S ha m p oo We have ! , Vacs too

Half mile north of Ftn. City Lake We take credit cards in all bays, including self-serve!

New Air Freshener Scent “Ice Blue” Just

75¢ ea

TEL: 687-8988 FAX: 6 87 8077 687-8077

Hibachi & Chinese Restaurant

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 10:30 pm Sunday Noon - 10 pm

Eat In & Take Out

5210 N. Broadway St., Knoxville, TN 37918 No Checks

Get Fit For The New Year!

NO CONTRACT each time you attend ONLY

Also …


Free No-Impact Exercise Program for Senior Adults & Persons with Physical Limitations M, W, & F • 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Central Baptist Church of Fountain City 5364 N. Broadway ■ Info: Call 688-1206 ■ Or visit: > how we serve > FLC activities Available Programs > Fun Fitness > “Click Here”

Personal Trainer Available

Weigh Room Weight Strength Training Zumba Rac Racquetball Courts Fit Ball Yoga Core Strength Card Step Cardio Kic Kickboxing Pilates Bosu

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