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MAY 9, 2011
Turning it all around Breakfast honors CHS students for exceptional academic gains See story on page A-13
People, events and more! See page A-17
‘Scoop’ Remembering old-school newspaper reporter Bob Cunningham See Dr. Tumblin’s column on page A-7
Norman says fire was ‘meant to send me a message’ By Betty Bean April 4 was unseasonably hot, with gusty winds up to 35 miles per hour. Around 10 a.m., a resident of Plumwood Road in West Haven noticed smoke billowing up from Tony Norman’s yard and called the Knoxville Fire Department. Before it was doused, the flames had climbed about 35 feet up a hickory tree, consumed a 15-foot section of a wooden privacy fence and destroyed a storage shed and its contents. The remains of a blue plastic Waste Connections container are puddled on the ground. Some small ornamental cedars closer to the house are badly, probably fatally, singed. Arson investigators told Norman and his wife, Jani, that the fire had been deliberately set, and although the damage was relatively minor, the “what ifs” were frightening. The property is heavily wooded, the fire not far from the wood-frame house. The Normans say the “whys” are disturbing as well. “I have a friend who was a private investigator who looked at it, and he said. ‘Obviously, somebody had been to your house at least twice (once to case property, once to set the fire).’ He
The burnt fence on Norman’s property.
Tony Norman surveys the spot where someone set his property on fire. Photos by Ruth White said it was an amateurish job meant to send me a message.” The Normans hadn’t spoken publicly about the fire until a meeting of the West Knox County Council of Homeowners when Tony Norman was called upon to talk about the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan, which County Commission rejected by a 6-5 vote at its April meeting. The slope protection plan is a joint city/county project developed over a threeyear period by a group of
volunteers and Metropolitan Planning Commission staffers. Norman is the cochair and the face of the plan, which would apply to slopes of 15 percent or more, prohibit development on 50 percent grades and impose stricter guidelines for clearing and grading on steep slopes. The plan would allow narrower roads and shorter setback requirements for higher elevations with incentives for developers to place ridgetops under conservation easements. It is unpopular with de-
velopers, real estate interests and the Chamber of Commerce, and Norman has become a target of hate mail and Internet invective, which he says ramped up after Mayor Tim Burchett became a vocal critic of the plan. “A group of people and the Chamber decided this is not good for economic development,” Norman told the homeowners’ group. “In the end, the Chamber decided this needed to be killed, and they came up with their strategy to kill it.”
After Norman said that his wife and son would like to see him step back from the plan, Jani asked to be recognized. She said they have received “hate mail” and called the last few months “a horrible, horrible ordeal. “Three weeks before the vote, our property was set on fire. If we hadn’t had a Good Samaritan neighbor, 10 minutes later our house would have been set on fire.” City Council will be taking up the slope protection plan next, and Norman said he doesn’t plan to quit advocating for it. “This just makes me more determined,” he said.
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How four teachers made a difference Chad Edwards says thanks, 50 years later See page A-6
Friendship Force charter member Humorist Sam Venable shares some Barbara Nix sips champagne at the jokes concerning old age with the group’s 30th anniversary celebration. Friendship Force. Photos by N. Lester
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they come to America. Bill and Ruth Boys have been on several trips through the years and always enjoyed being a guest in a foreign home. “The best part about Friendship Force is staying in a native’s home instead of in a hotel,” Bill Boys said. “You are really immersed in the culture that way instead of being a normal tourist.” Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn began the program in Georgia when he was governor, and launched it nationally in 1977 after Carter became president. The organization came to Knoxville in 1981. Aileen Caldwell campaigned for four years to start the chapter. In the last 30 years, Knoxville members have exchanged with residents of Germany, Korea, Brazil, Israel, England, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Colombia. Venable paused during his routine to encourage members to keep traveling as a way to maintain their youth. “It doesn’t matter if you get older,” he said, “as long as you refuse to grow up.”
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Scouts learn life lessons at Camporee Jesse McMillan and Caleb Brothers from Boy Scout Troop 25, sponsored by Fountain City Presbyterian Church, show Randall Barnes how to use a compass to find points on a map during the Great Smoky Mountain Council Echota District’s Camporee at Victor Ashe Park on April 30. Photo by Jake Mabe
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As the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death circulated around the globe, a group of Knoxvillians celebrated 30 years of international travel. Before humorist Sam Venable began his sketch at Friendship Force Knoxville’s 30th anniversary celebration in Maryville, he wondered what the world would have been like with a more widespread Friendship Force presence. “Had more people bought into ideas like this organization we may have never had the twin tower incident, this war or the news of (Bin Laden’s) death the past few days,” Venable said. “I would hope that efforts like yours would continue to provide rich fruit and bridge cultural gaps.” Friendship Force is a nonprofit organization that facilitates international exchanges all over the world. Members stay in a country’s Friendship Force residents’ homes and, in return, they host the families when
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A-2 • MAY 9, 2011 • HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY SHOPPER-NEWS
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Bragging rights This is not a profession known for extravagant financial rewards. Most reporters do what they do simply because they couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Nor do journalists receive much respect from the public at large these days. We’re too far left or too far right; we fail to take a stand or we shouldn’t take a stand; we miss the big picture or we miss the crucial detail; or maybe we should just fold our tents and let the citizen journalists crowding the Web keep everyone informed. Who are they kidding? We love the business despite the low pay, long hours and the critics. And when your work is considered worthy of recognition by your peers, well, that’s just a bonus. On April 29 the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists held its annual Golden Press Card Awards banquet. Journalists from around the region submitted their work for review by a panel in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Shopper-News acquitted itself admirably. Taking home awards were (in alphabetical order): ■ Personal Columns: Honorable Mention, Shannon Carey, for “Moms 101” ■ Deadline Photography: Honorable Mention, Shannon Carey, for “Building the Future” ■ Feature Writing: Jake Mabe, Honorable Mention, for “I’m Afraid the Town Is Gone” ■ Page One Designs: Award of Merit, Shopper-News Graphics Department ■ Editorials: Award of Excellence, Larry Van Guilder While we’re in bragging mode, I’ll point out that this year’s haul was nothing out of the ordinary for our newspaper. The Shopper-News consistently garners recognition for the work of its reporters, its compositors and its graphics professionals. Always mindful that “pride goeth before a fall,” we’ll keep working to bring you award-winning coverage each week. In our features section today, Jake Mabe brings you the story of how four teachers changed a young man’s life nearly 50 years ago. In government and politics, read some federal cost-cutting suggestions from former Ambassador Victor Ashe, then find out why peanut butter and jelly sandwiches may become a forgotten delicacy at the local hoosegow. As always, whether you live in Halls, Fountain City, Powell, Karns, Bearden or Farragut, we’ve got you covered in print and online at www.shoppernewsnow.com. Contact Larry Van Guilder at email@example.com.
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A big crowd packed the Halls Alumni Dinner in the Halls High cafeteria on April 30. Classes were represented from the 1940s up to 2010, Jefferson the latter in the form of Jordan Jefferson, the first recipient of the Alumni Scholarship. Jordan says he’s attending UT and should finish the semester with a 3.1 or 3.2 GPA. Ruth Haynes, the school secretary from 1942 to 1982, got a standing ovation. She is the first inductee into the Halls High AlumHaynes ni Wall of Fame. Somebody said Mrs. Haynes loved her job so much she’d have done it for free. Former principal J.W. Phifer said Mrs. Haynes was the first person he was told to report to when he got the job in the mid1960s. Alumni Association
This small memorial will serve as a stand-in to the memorial being planned for known Halls High School students killed during military service, which is being put together by the Halls Alumni Association. Photos by Jake Mabe
president David Wayland also presented plaques to Eddie Bright and to the family of Randall Stout, Bright the two other inductees. Stout lives in California and was unable to attend. A special event will be held for them later this year. Wayland and Esta Arnold also showed off the small memorial that will serve as a stand-in to the Veterans Memorial being prepared, which will honor Halls High students killed while serving in the military. Anyone who hasn’t yet reported a name to David Wayland can do so by calling him at 922-7615. The stars of the night were the Class of ’61 on their golden anniversary. The Halls Jazz Band played while everybody ate dinner. I got a hug from Mary Brewster. Picture perfect Saturday night in Halls.
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Nathan Sanders and assistant scoutmaster Robert Ezell from Troop 500 in the Gibbs/Corryton area put together a catapult at the Great Smoky Mountain Council Echota District’s Camporee at Victor Ashe Park on April 30. Tyler Anthony and Jacob Ray from Troop 506 in Halls demonstrate at the Camporee the Philmont Method of keeping food, drinks, etc., tied 10-20 feet up off the ground during a campout to keep the food out of the reach of bears and other animals.
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Don’t believe all the doom and gloom about today’s youth being a bunch of hooligans. I saw too many good things going on at the Great Smoky Mountain Council Echota District’s Camporee to believe that. Area Scouts were set up in full force April 30 at Victor Ashe Park. They showed me how to put together a catapult, how to tie a food bag high enough during a campout so animals couldn’t get to it, how to keep my hammock dry in case of rain and how to use a compass to read a map. “It’s a way to show the community that Scouts is the place for your boys,” says Echota District chair Al Collver. “They are learning lifelong skills that will stay with them. These are our future leaders.”
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A life filled with honor By Valorie Fister As the nation reacts to the death of Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist leader responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., one local military family continues to cope with the death – and celebrate the life – of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant Jr. “I couldn’t comment on that, it’s difficult at this time,” Bryant’s sister, Amie Whitworth, said of the Bin Laden announcement. “I’m not going to go there.” Bryant, 37, died April 27 at the Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in gunfire when an Afghan military trainee opened fire on Americans at the airport. Eight U.S. service members and one contractor were killed that day. Bryant was a native of Karns and graduated from Karns High School. He was assigned to the 56th Operations Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he was described as “a member of our Luke family” there since August 2007 according to base officials. He was well known in the military as a veteran F-16 pilot who taught others. And before his time in the military, he was well known in Karns for his love of wrestling, his wit and his drive to accomplish his goals. “We’re devastated by the loss of Lt. Col. Frank Bryant,” said Brigadier General Jerry D. Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander. Harris described Bryant as an “excellent pilot, wing-
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Karns High School graduate and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant Jr., 37, died April 27 in Kabul, Afghanistan. His leadership and contributions as a top F-16 instructor are recognized nationwide. Photo submitted
man and airman. He excelled in everything he did and gave his life defending the nation he served for 16 years.” “He went on so many missions in the air, he was just teaching and leading,” Whitworth said, describing her brother as “pretty respected in the Air Force.” “He was a senior officer there, and he won an award,” Whitworth said. “He was the top F-16 instructor in the Air Force last year.” Whitworth, who now lives in Morristown, described the last week as a blur of media interviews and preparations for her brother’s military funeral. Due to Bryant’s high military profile, national news
agencies in addition to local news outlets have called the family continuously requesting interviews. Whitworth said members of Bryant’s family, who still live in Knoxville, are traveling to the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., for burial services there. But Bryant’s family and friends all over the country have found an outlet they can all plug into to share words of comfort – the Web. “Have you gone to Legacy.com?” Whitworth asked, adding that a family friend told her about the website full of more than 20 different comments and memorials dedicated to the fallen Air Force instructor. “Thank you, Frank, for fighting for my freedom,” writes friend Jennifer Brock Callais of Maryville. “You are my hero! Sadly missed but happily remembered. Blessings to your sweet family during this time.” Some notes are written to Bryant personally. “LTC Bryant, I had the honor of meeting you after you arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan,” writes Larry Ziyad LeiBrock of Texas. “It was truly an honor to have met you. Your love of your country, life and your family was clearly apparent. I am honored to have served with you as a warrior here in Afghanistan, and my life is better for having known you. “May you find peace in knowing you have touched many lives in this war.”
Ring found in Fountain City Park A ring was found in Fountain City Park on Saturday, April 30. Call 679-8876 to identify and claim it.
FC Lions to honor Joel Helton The Fountain City Lions Club is hosting a program and reception to recognize and honor Joel Helton for his many years at Central High School as a teacher and head football coach 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, in the Lions Club Building in Fountain City Park. Current and former Central High students, football team members, parents, faculty and staff, local coaches from other schools and any community well-wishers are invited to attend. Lion Gib Galyon is inviting former Central High football players, coaches and opposing coaches to be a part of the program by volunteering to come tell of past experiences with coach Helton. If you would like to be a part of the program, call Gib Galyon at 688-1687 or Ben Easterday at 207-9634.
Halls High reunion Halls High School’s class of 1966 will have a reunion noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Glen Abbey Clubhouse, 11716 San Martin Dr. in west Knoxville. Friends from the ’65 and ’67 classes are invited to join them. Info: email Rick Rickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Cameron at mike email@example.com.
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St. Anne Orthodox Church, 560 Oak Ridge Turnpike, will host a fundraising yard sale, bake sale and car wash 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14. There will be a wide variety of items including small appliances, bikes, children’s strollers and more. The parishioners of St. Anne’s will also offer home-made items during the bake sale.
The Halls High School Stadium Club will host its second annual golf tournament Saturday, July 16, at Three Ridges Golf Course. Lunch and free range
balls begin at 1 p.m., with a shotgun start at 2. Fee is $300 per team or $75 per person to be added to a team. Preregistration closes Saturday, July 2. All team members registered before this date will have their names entered twice into the drawing for door prizes. Info: Shawn Nicholson, 684-7348 or hallsfootballgolftourney@ yahoo.com.
Campbell family says thank you On Friday, April 29, our son, Lance Campbell, passed away. As with any parents, we loved our son dearly, but we did not fully realize what he really meant to all of those around him and the people that he touched. During this process, we have been overwhelmed and so deeply touched by all of the acts of love, concern and kindness from our family, neighbors, co-workers and friends, and when we say friends, we mean friends. We have felt and enjoyed your friendship for many years and hopefully will for many more to come. Your constant prayer and concern has been a great comfort. We send a special thank you to all the staff at Salem Baptist Church, our church family and especially our Adult 4 Sunday school class.
Kerbela Shrine Paper Sale is May 9-15 The annual Kerbela Shrine Paper Sale will be held May 9-15 this year. The sale is the fundraiser that provides Shrine hospitals the ability to treat children selected during the recent mini-screening clinic at no charge.
Guest conductor for KCYB Internationally-known wind band composer and conductor Dr. David Holsinger will guest-conduct the Knoxville Christian Youth Band (KCYB) 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Grace Baptist Church on Oak Ridge Highway. The composer will also teach a complimentary educational clinic prior to the performance. Both events are free. Info: email info@ kcyb.org.
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government Some areas to cut As Congress looks at ways to cut federal expenditures, I know from personal experience at the State Department there are areas where savings could occur without jeopardizing the good and important work the State Department carries on daily.
As a post-9/11 reaction, State has pushed a massive new embassy building program across the globe, placing embassies in ugly fortress-like buildings often miles away from the city center. While in nations such as Pakistan and Afghanistan such security measures are necessary, the “one size fits all” approach does not makes sense in Iceland, Slovenia, Poland or Malta. In Poland, the Department’s building office (known as OBO) is working now to spend more than $84 million for a new consulate to house 11 Americans to be located 10 miles from the city center. This works out to $8 million per American. As Ambassador, I worked to halt or slow down this wasteful project. OBO has already spent more than $1.5 million over 10 years with site visits, studies and appraisals. Once I departed Poland, a new consulate went back into active consideration by State. Congress and State should classify the nations we have diplomatic relations with around the world in terms of security threats, just as the threat alert at our airports are classified based on threat. Less expensive and architecturally more pleasing
buildings make a statement about the U.S. which is positive. Embassies which look like prisons or fortresses make a negative statement to the host nation. They are also terribly expensive. The new embassy planned for London is estimated to cost more than $1 billion (yes, billion) dollars. It has a moat around it, something even the Queen does not have at Buckingham Palace. Congress could fail to fund this project. Recently, State signed a 9-year lease for a new Ambassadorial residence in Kingston, Jamaica, at the cost of $25,000 a month ($300,000 a year, or $2.7 million over 9 years) because the current residence was an hour’s commute from the office. The current residence is unoccupied now and not sold. It sits empty but furnished, waiting on who knows what. Meanwhile, the leased residence may only be minutes from the office, but it lacks the spacious grounds of the prior residence or its history with the Embassy. Now we have two residences for one ambassador in Jamaica. One questions how such financially foolish decisions get made. Where is the supervision? This is not to suggest our personnel should not be protected in dangerous areas where security is vital. They should be. However, common sense needs to prevail along with safety. Money should be used wisely and in a way which makes a positive statement. Embassies far outlast the ambassador of the day whose name will be forgotten after his or her departure. We should showcase America’s best architects and best practices, and stop constructing buildings which convey fear, worry and trepidation.
A-4 • MAY 9, 2011 • HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY SHOPPER-NEWS
No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Burchett budget cuts jail
In “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Clint Eastwood uttered one of the more memorable cowboy flick lines of all time. Confronted by a bounty hunter out for Eastwood’s hide, the actor growled: “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy.”
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While the experience may fall short of dying, going to jail in Knox County is going to become less of a “living” than ever according to Mayor Tim Burchett’s proposed FY 2012 budget. The public safety component of the budget is growing. “Patrols and cops” is up from $24.9 million to $25.3 million in the proposed budget. “Warrants” grows from $161,365 to $275,815.
That’s small wonder of c ourse, when the mayor has pledged that essential services will not suffer under his first budget despite J.J. Jones pulling back on personnel, supplies and materials in a number of dep a r t m e nt s beneath his purview. Feeding more with less is wholly consistent with the admini s t r a t i o n’s Tim Burchett philosophy and could ease the tension between Burchett and Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones. With the national debt spiraling out of control and legislators arguing over whose cow is more sacred, it would be unpatriotic and selfish for the sheriff, the mayor and their financial wizards to withhold their
secret. So we’re calling on them to do their duty and share with Congress, the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama before the country tumbles into the fiscal abyss. Has the sheriff hooked up with a cheap source of Chinese-produced Spam? Is he buying day-old bread in bulk from Walmart? Is he using former Mayor Mike Ragsdale’s Bosnia connections to import cut-rate Eastern European beef and pork? It’s a tantalizing mystery. Until those at the top of the county’s food chain reveal their methods, a word of caution seems appropriate for those contemplating mischief in Knox County. Another famed law officer, none other than Deputy Barney Fife, put it this way: “A man confined to prison is a man who has given up his liberty, his pursuit of happiness. No more carefree hours, no more doing whatever you want, whenever you want. No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Owen previews his campaign Bill Owen didn’t mention a word about running for City Council, but he dropped some pretty serious clues about the direction his campaign is going to take when he spoke to the Council of West Knox County Homeowners last week.
At first blush, talking to a group of homeowners who (mostly) live outside the city limits might seem an odd way for a candidate to spend his time, but Owen used to represent them when he was a state senator, so he was in familiar territory. And it gave him a friendly environment to test-drive some things that he’ll be talking about this summer. His topic was “How to Build a 21st Century Society,” and he began by returning to a tough stretch in his life. He’d been defeated for re-election to the senate and gotten divorced. (He didn’t mention getting arrested for drunk driving – a charge he beat, twice, in two highly publicized trials. The evidence against him really was pretty weak, but that had to have been a major bummer. We’ll find out in August if Jane and Ivan Harmon enjoy the sunshine at the opening of this little scandal has passed Ivan Harmon’s campaign headquarters in his race for Knoxville its expiration date). mayor. The office is located in the Kroger shopping center on He’d gone off somewhere Western Avenue, just west of I-640. Harmon, whose slogan is to a transformational train“One of the people, for the people,” had all sorts of people at ing program and had an the opening. “Here’s my number and I won’t change it after I’m epiphany that inspired him elected,” he said. Info: 389-5652. Photo by S. Clark
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Line items for detectives, forensics, narcotics and the juvenile division have also increased. These bolstered resources naturally lead one to conclude that the sheriff anticipates more bad guys and gals to go after and nab, and if he’s successful the jail will be busier than ever housing miscreants. Aye, and there’s the rub for those stupid enough or unfortunate enough to find themselves taking an expense-paid vacation on the county’s dime. While stepped-up enforcement packs the jail to the rafters, the jail commissary expenses are budgeted to drop from $640,160 to $632,367. Unless you grow your own beans and greens and maintain a herd of cattle and a catfish farm, you’re familiar with the ever-increasing pain in your wallet that comes with a trip to the grocery store. Nonetheless, the sheriff is pulling off a financial miracle worthy of national attention, and the mayor and his staff have signed off on it.
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Bill Owen Photo by Betty Bean to return to Knoxville, start a lobbying business, remarry and generally rebuild his life. It was about this time that he met bandage mogul Pete DeBusk, founder of DeRoyal Medical Products. DeBusk was having some trouble getting Medicare to approve one of his products and needed some help. Owen was friends with Harold Ford Sr., who
GOSSIP AND LIES Donnybrook ahead as Becky Duncan Massey enters the battle to replace Sen. Jamie Woodson, who resigned. Already Marilyn Roddy has abandoned the mayor’s race to go for the Senate seat, and County Commission chair Mike Hammond seems poised to jump in, too. Mayor Daniel Brown took Bean’s advice (from last week’s Shopper) and just said no to those trying to talk him into the Knoxville
chaired a House subcommittee and was able to give him that help. Thus began a valuable relationship, and Owen has been lobbying for DeBuskrelated interests ever since. He said the DeBusk connection has allowed him to meet people from all over the world, and he is especially proud of work he has done in Kenya, where DeRoyal (at Owen’s suggestion) sent production overruns of bandages and bedpans and other medical supplies. Owen flew to Nairobi, presented the goods and took the opportunity to tour the city’s slums. He saw people living in unimaginable poverty who still had hope. “What I saw were people who were energetic and enthused about life. Instead of dejection, I saw people determined to build a 21st century
society,” he said, launching into full campaign mode with talk about America still being the hope and inspiration of the world. Then he got to the part we’ll be hearing about this summer. He wants to make Knoxville the education capital of the state of Tennessee, or maybe even the country. He said that putting the Lincoln Memorial University law school in downtown Knoxville was his idea (“My idea, Pete’s money”), and that he is working on a plan to put a boarding school for at-risk kids on the Knoxville College campus. “I want to market Knoxville as an educational center and an economic engine to drive us forward,” he said, ending up with a good line about “faith in the future, faith in education and faith in America.”
boost Daniel Brown. To his credit, he figured that out. There’s sad irony in the upcoming reception for Daniel Brown, hosted by the UT Alumni Association. That’s because Brown, when ready for college, was prohibited from attending UT. Hard to believe that happened in our lifetime. And finally, Jay Leno says Prince William and his bride, Kate, want honBecky Massey eymoon privacy in a place mayor’s race after he said he where no one will recognize would not run. For the most them. Their destination: part, they were out to hurt Pakistan. Madeline Rogero more than – S. Clark
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Beck Center funding cut Director calls proposal ‘absurd’ By Larry Van Guilder
Say what? Mayor Tim Burchett talks with KCS Superintendent Jim McIntyre and Commissioner R. Larry Smith following his budget meeting at the Halls Senior Center. Sorry, but we only got the picture. No word on what the mayor said. Probably something like, “Don’t worry!” Photo by S. Clark
Whacking on seniors Burchett pledges no reduction in service Mayor Tim Burchett met with citizens in all nine County Commission districts last week to discuss his FY 2012 budget, a move unprecedented in the county’s history. Previous executives had their own style of budget presentation: Tommy Schumpert liked to pull everyone into the small assembly room; Mike Ragsdale mimicked city mayors with a meal funded by donors and invitations to friends; Dwight Kessel just had Herb Acuff type it up and walk it over to the commission. At Halls last week, just hours after his budget speech, Burchett faced the question on everyone’s mind when Roy Kruse asked: What about reduced services? It was a fair question considering Burchett’s budget does not raise taxes, reduces 30-plus employees and cuts the operating budgets of most departments (outside of schools and law enforcement). Burchett said services won’t be reduced as he’s asking his department heads to do more with less. Taking that message to heart was Hemal Tailor, director of senior services. “We absolutely will not cut services. (My staff) won’t allow that to happen,” said Tailor. “We’ve already been managing with less, for about 18 months now.” She said hours will not be reduced at the county’s senior centers, but some less-used programs may be tweaked.
Tailor has challenged her staff to be creative, to use volunteers effectively and to encourage support from businesses. T h e r e will be no paid staff Hemal Tailor reduction at the Halls Senior Center, even though the budget document shows a cut. That was a glitch in the budget software, said Michael Grider, the county’s communications manager. Halls and Farragut’s Frank Strang Center each will retain two full-time paid staff, a reduction of one at Strang, Tailor said. She said the seniors themselves can make up the slack in staffing. “Seniors in South Knoxville are handing the landscaping; many instructors work for free. “This (budget) is positive, and our staff will make it work. I’ll work in the centers myself and was in Halls last Thursday,” she said. “We offer important programs and have between five and 20 seniors sign up each week. We offer free services through our health partners, Covenant and Mercy. We are the Volunteer State, and we’ll make this work.”
Since its founding in 1975, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center on Dandridge Avenue has served as an artistic and historical draw for African Americans across East Tennessee. In the words of its current director, Avon Rollins, “Beck is a magnet that brings people into this community.” That may change if Knox County’s contribution to the center remains at the level proposed by Mayor Tim Burchett in the FY 2012 budget. After receiving $150,000 from the county’s Hotel/Motel Fund last year, Beck is scheduled for a $12,000 donation in this year’s proposed budget, a 92 percent reduction. Summing up the fiscal picture, Rollins flatly states, “Beck will be forced to close,” unless additional funds can be raised. The city of Knoxville has allocated $26,000 to the center in Mayor Daniel Brown’s proposed budget. Combined with the county’s $12,000, the total may be enough to cover the facility’s utility bill which, according to Rollins, approaches $36,000 annually. Exclusive of a $1 million capital investment in 2005, Beck’s allotment from the county had been declining for several years. In FY 2008 the center received about $400,000 from the Public Library Fund. The following year saw the source for Beck’s $225,000 funding shifted to the Hotel/ Motel tax. The center’s funding remained level for FY 2010, but was cut by 1/3 to $150,000 in last year’s budget. The precipitous funding drop in the new budget proposal caught Rollins off-guard. “We had no warning,” he said. “I didn’t know about this until (1st District Commissioner) Sam McKenzie called me.” Rollins emphasized that Beck is more than a cultural center. The afternoon programs for children are always busy, he said. Brown called Beck “a great resource, a very important institution for all Knoxvillians. I want to emphasize that.” Acknowledging that this is a tough year for all nonprofit agencies, Brown could not commit to additional help from the city. Still, “I’m hoping to see it preserved,” he said. Like Rollins, Robert Booker, a former City Coun-
cil member and state legislator, has played a prominent role in the local civil rights movement. “I wasn’t aware of how much it was,” Booker said of the cut in funding. “It bothers me. That is certainly drastic.” Grant Rosenberg heads the county’s Community Development department. This year was the first time that all nonprofits were required to file grant applications with the county, including those like the Beck Center that were funded under “defined service contracts.” Rosenberg’s responsibility ends with checking the applications for legitimacy. “We don’t evaluate the merits of any application,” Rosenberg said, noting that the mayor makes that call. At-large Commissioner Ed Shouse said he had heard from “maybe six other nonprofits” concerned about funding, as well as county employees “disgruntled about no raise.”
Burchett’s response: “When I first took office, I charged my senior staff with finding ways to save money. … None of the recipients of community grants or contractual funding were notified of their funding level prior to the budget presentation, (and) … the budget before commission … is still subject to change. “Specifically, the Beck Cultural Center has received millions of dollars in taxpayer funds over the past several years. Knox County taxpayers spent nearly $2 million on renovating their building, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that they were receiving through the community grants and the contractual funding process. (The current proposal) … brings Beck’s … funding in line with other historic homes and non-profits. … Continuing to give the Beck Center a six-figure taxpayer funding is not appropriate, especially when other non-profits are seeing their funding reduced or eliminated, and Knox County employees are being laid off.”
– Mayor Tim Burchett “It’s a ‘tighten the belt’ budget,” Shouse said, adding that he did not feel comfortable making recommendations before public hearings on the budget begin. Commission chair Mike Hammond was also noncommittal. “We’re going to encourage everybody to come and talk to us (at the public hearings),” Hammond said.
In response to a reporter’s question about the reduction in Beck’s funding, Burchett said in part that, “Knox County taxpayers spent nearly $2 million on renovating their building.” With that much invested in the center, allowing it to close for lack of funds might not be the best use of taxpayer funds. Rollins’ opinion is blunt: “This is absurd.”
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Carolyn Mitchell, Brenda Waters, Alma Williams, Chad Edwards and Sharron Coker share memories at the Halls High Class of 1961’s reunion at Beaver Brook Country Club on April 29. Photo by Jake Mabe
How four teachers changed a life PULL UP A CHAIR … | Jake Mabe
called the Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren. That “outsider” thing could have been a big deal, especially in a close-knit community circa the late 1950s. It is a credit to his classmates that it was not. “We were close. We had a good time,” Chad says. “When I came here, I don’t recall anything negative. These kids took me in just like I was one of ’em.” And he became one of them. Drum major of the band his senior year. All-State Choir. Actor in school plays. Following graduation, Chad spent part of the summer of ’61 as a student at UT. But he found it too big, too overwhelming. So, he enrolled as a music major at East Tennessee State University, but left after a year. He finally found
mid all this hyperbolic hogwash about teachers being the root of all evil, don’t forget the impact an educator can have on a young mind. Remember, too, the awesome power of acceptance. If you don’t believe me, ask Chad Edwards. Chad made the nearly 1,000-mile journey from Texas to Tennessee on April 29 to reunite with his mates from the Halls High School Class of 1961. And he came to say thanks. He will tell you that he was the smallest, scrawniest guy in the class. He says “teenager” is probably a better description of him during his high school years because, “I am not so sure I was a very good student.” He isn’t even a Halls native. He moved here during his early high school years because his father became the pastor of what was then
In the breaking of the bread CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24: 13-16, 28-31 NRSV)
a home at Bridgewater College, located in what he calls “the smack dab middle of the Shenandoah Valley,” in Virginia. “It was a good fit. It was a small, church-affiliated liberal arts college.” He graduated in 1965 with a degree in music education and taught for a few years in public schools at Manassas and Richmond, Va. He topped off this part of his career as director of music and drama at John Marshall High School in Richmond. Then Chad got the opportunity to become a faculty associate in choral music at Arizona State University, to complete doctoral work and to study with renowned conductor Dr. Douglas McEwen. It was an inauspicious start, though.
This is far and away my favorite post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus. (That is, unless I am reading and studying one of the other appearances, then that one is my favorite. They are all rich with meaning and sparse enough in detail to be fascinating!) This was the lectionary text for the Third Sunday of Easter and I was scheduled to preach. So this passage has been incubating in my mind for weeks. In the course of that incubation, I have come to realize a few things and to draw a few conclusions. First, it was, I think, Augustine who said, “There is no such thing as an alone Christian.” We need each other, the companionship, the correctives, the corrob-
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“Going from the green hills of Virginia to the desert of Arizona was truly a physical and environmental shock. When I got to Phoenix, pulling a trailer with everything I had in it including a piano, I got out and thought I’d walked into the hinges of hell. It was 118 degrees. I hated it. “But then winter came and I understood why the snowbirds came here. I fell in love with Arizona.” He moved to Tyler, Texas, in 1975 to become director of choral studies and professor of music at UT-Tyler. He became director of worship and music at Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston in 1990 and then moved to Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas in 1998. Highlights included playing at Gov. Bill Clements’ inauguration in Austin. “And it all happened,” he told his classmates at the reunion, “because of four people.” Margaret Jenkins taught him “the skills, joy, beauty and discipline of the English language. What can be found in literature is beyond the scope of imagination. She opened the door into that world for me.” Drama teacher Ruth Howe “pulled the curtain aside and allowed this scrawny teenager to step in front of the lights. I cannot tell you how many times her face has been ‘stage right’ as I conducted, directed and taught.” Mildred Denton “knew how words and music could, and should, be wedded. I can still recall how she trained those of us who were preparing for region and/or all-state choir. In my ear I still hear her say, ‘The music carries the word, but you must know what the words mean so that the music has something worthwhile to say.’ “But the most important thing she taught me was … everyone was worth something and valued as a person. It is indeed the benchmark I
oration of our fellow Christians. Jesus did not appear to any of his followers alone, with the notable exception of Mary Magdalene at the tomb (and that is a column for another day). It is in our faith community, in a band of believers, that we are most apt to find Jesus in our midst. In this story there were two of his followers together when “Jesus himself came near and went with them.” (Luke 24: 15b) Secondly, Jesus explained himself and his ministry to them, in context. Beginning “with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” (24:27) Wouldn’t you love to have more detail about that account of his life?
have endeavored to mirror. No matter how hard we worked to achieve ensemble she never lost the sight of the human factor.” B.K. Thompson “wanted the best and would settle for nothing less. He wanted me to see a world far beyond the high school. He shared his recordings with me. He took the time to show me conducting patterns and was the first to say to me that you must show what you want with your hands, movement of the arm and look of the eye.” Thompson took young Chad to performances of the Knoxville Symphony. “He had me sit just behind him, so I could see and hear something much more intense, broader in musical scope and depth than anything I could ever have known in the band hall. I have no idea why he took me. Did he see something I could not see? Perhaps. But good teachers always do.” Chad says his only regret is that he never spoke to any of these teachers again after leaving East Tennessee. “As they look over my shoulder from their eternal perch I hope they know how much I adored them and how profound their humanity, knowledge, skill and love of their individual art impacted this mortal. If God has a human face and a human touch, they were it for me.” Remember Chad’s story next time you hear some political windbag try to tell you that teachers are to blame for our nation’s woes. I’ll remember, too, the group of classmates that surrounded and embraced Chad Edwards the minute he walked into Beaver Brook Country Club that Friday evening. You can’t underestimate the power of acceptance. Call Jake Mabe at 922-4136 or e-mail JakeMabe1@ aol.com.
Thirdly, Jesus did not force himself on them. “He walked ahead as if he were going on.” (24:28a) He waited, politely, for an invitation. Even today, he does not intrude into our lives unless we invite him in. But be warned: invite him in – open your heart to him – and he will move in and take over. Notice that even though he was a guest in that house, “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.” (24:30) He became the host in someone else’s house. It was not until he broke the bread that they recognized him. Why? What was it that had prevented their knowing him until that moment? And what was it that suddenly revealed his iden-
tity to them? Years ago, when my daughters were little girls, we had a series of video tapes of Bible stories told from the perspective of fictional children who were at the fringes of the stories. In the episode of the Emmaus Road, there was a little servant girl in the house that Jesus was invited into. When he held up the bread and broke it, she was watching, and she whispered to her mother, “His hands! Look at his hands!” And there, in the hands holding the bread that forever after would become for us his body, were the scars the nails had left. “… (H)e had been made known to them (and to us) in the breaking of the bread.” (24:35b)
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‘Scoop’ Remembering Bob Cunningham HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin
robably no Knoxvillian had more close friends among the influential “movers and shakers” in downtown Knoxville than News Sentinel reporter Bob “Scoop” Cunningham. One of his friends was Chancellor A.E. Mitchell. Mitchell told this story: “One day, covering the courthouse, Bob picked up a petition from the in-basket, not knowing it was a year old and had been pulled out of the files for me to use in a hearing. He phoned it in, and the first thing I knew, it was published in the paper.” The chancellor kidded him, “What kind of scoop is that, Bob?” The nickname stuck. Robert Larrymore “Bob” Cunningham was born on Feb. 25, 1893, in Cottontown, near Gallatin, Sumner County, Tenn. He was one of the three children of Thomas Garrett Cunningham, a farmer, and Margaret (Franklin) Cunningham. Bob attended elementary school in Sumner County, then the Hawkins Preparatory School for Boys in Gallatin, about eight miles from his home. He then attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for three years (circa 1912-1914) and later found himself in Camp Pike, Ark., training to participate in World War I. As with many military personnel during those years, he fell victim of the dreaded influenza epidemic and, therefore, never went overseas. While he was a student at UT, he carried the newspaper and solicited subscriptions in neighboring towns.
When he returned to Knoxville in 1919 after the war, he was employed as a reporter for the Knoxville Sentinel, the predecessor of the News Sentinel. He became a lasting friend of Wiley L. Morgan, managing editor of the Sentinel, who hired him. Warner Ogden, then city editor, stated, “I showed Bob around the courthouse and some of the other beats. In no time he had made a lot of contacts and was even turning out ‘early copy’ for the next day’s paper.” When the Sentinel became the News Sentinel in 1926, he was already a veteran of the political and city hall beats and, at times, covered the state Legislature. He advanced to the position of city editor over a period of years. While he was attending UT, Bob met fellow student Reba Gentry. Their courtship lasted through his military service and while Reba established her career as an elementary school teacher. Once, when he was covering a school board meeting, some of the school officials decided to play a joke on him. Superintendent W.E. Miller was reading a list of names of teachers who were resigning for various reasons. Superintendent Miller said, “Reba Gentry, resigning to get married.” Bob jumped to his feet and said, “Why, that’s my girl!” On Dec. 29, 1923, they were married. Although he was unassuming, Bob Cunningham was a student of the classics in both American and English literature. During the Civil War Centennial years (1961-1965), he used his long-term interest in
NFL surprises in both directions TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West Every year about this time, before or after the NFL draft, some bigcity journalist reviews the history of first-round selections and presents a hot list of busts, failures, embarrassments and disappointments. The names are the same. Quarterback Ryan Leaf, Washington State superstar of the late 1990s, is nearly always No. 1. Maybe you remember that some scouts argued he was a better pro prospect than Peyton Manning. The San Diego Chargers gave blood to move up in the draft and get Ryan second. His record as a starter was 4-17. He threw 14 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions. He was a genuine bust. Quarterback Art Schlichter, allworld at Ohio State, was all-awful with the Colts. Gamblers had his signing bonus by October of his rookie year. His career was 13 games, three TDs, 11 picks, arrests,
scandals, addiction, sadness, pity. So you don’t have to look it up, yes, it was Schlichter who threw the interception that lost the 1978 Gator Bowl, triggered the sideline assault by coach Woody Hayes on a Clemson linebacker and led to the next-day dismissal of Daddy Buckeye. Once upon a time, the Tampa Bay Bucs spent the first draft choice on running back Ricky Bell of Southern Cal. Tony Dorsett was available. The Seattle Seahawks invested $11 million (when that was a lot) in Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma linebacker. He couldn’t cut it but he was decent in the movies. First-round quarterback disappointments are plentiful – Tim Couch of Kentucky and the Cleveland Browns, Akili Smith of Oregon and the Cincinnati Bengals, Alex Smith of Utah, the San Francisco 49ers and others.
Robert “Bob” Cunningham (18931979). His career with the Knoxville News Sentinel lasted more than 49 years. Writing as a longtime resident of Fountain City, many of his col- The Cunningham Home at 101 E. Adair Drive. Bob’s nightly walks to Doc umns discussed people, places and Stewart’s Smithwood Drug Store for his cigar enabled him to visit with the events connected with that suburb. children and youth of the Adair Gardens neighborhood. Photo submitted Photo courtesy of Robert L. Cunningham Jr.
and extensive knowledge of American history to write a series of articles on the causes of the war. These excellent essays were considered by many to be among the best of the thousands of essays on the subject during those Centennial years. He was also well versed in the history of Fountain City and many of his columns discussed people, places and events connected with that suburb of Knoxville. However, one piece of history stood out in his memory because of a story that he could not get. In 1923, not long after the death of President Warren Harding, a Senate committee was investigating the Teapot Dome scandal. In a story making national headlines, Albert B. Fall, Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, was accused of accepting bribes from big oil company barons who wanted to drill for oil in lands set aside for reserves for the U.S. Navy. One of those big oil barons, E.L. Doheny, passed through Knoxville on the train en route to Washington to testify. When Doheny emerged from the back of his private car, who should be standing by the tracks seeking an interview
but Bob Cunningham. Bob said later, “I asked him everything I could think of, but he wouldn’t answer anything. The next day, he spilled everything to the committee.” (Another reporter, Knoxvilleborn John Y. Anderson [Central High School 1910], would later win the Pulitzer Prize for his series of stories on the scandal in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.) Courtly, silver-haired Bob Cunningham, with his old-school manners and old-fashioned work ethic, could often be seen proceeding along Gay Street to the S&W Cafeteria for lunch, while visiting with friends along the way pursuing another “scoop.” In his early days, he was often the last to leave the office, still seeking late breaking news after others had departed. Even after his retirement in 1968 and after a 49-year newspaper career, he would visit the paper and sometimes would write a story on some subject that interested him. Eventually, it became difficult for him to find one of the old manual typewriters he had always used and, unfortunately for his faithful
readers, his contributions ceased. The Cunninghams and their son, Robert G. Cunningham (Central High, 1946, UT 1951), who became a stock broker in Chattanooga, lived on East Adair Drive (Adair Gardens) for many years. Bob Cunningham, a member of the Central Methodist Church and former member of the church board, passed away on Feb. 1, 1979. He is interred at Greenwood Cemetery beside his wife of 56 years. The editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel summed up “Scoop” Cunningham’s contributions in these words: Occasionally in editorials we eulogize Knoxvillians who have died, leaving behind long lists of business, religious and civic accomplishments for which they are remembered. Today our subject is one of our own former colleagues, Robert L. (Bob) Cunningham, 86, who died Thursday. Bob’s newspaper career spanned 49 years before he retired from the News Sentinel in 1968 on his 77th birthday. “Scoop” was truly a gentleman of the old school.
Alas, Tennessee gets equal representation. Quarterback Heath Shuler is listed among the NFL busts. He wasn’t quite that bad. Washington picked Heath third in the 1994 first round and he got off to an awkward start after a bickering holdout. He had a decent rookie season, only three or four notches under expectations. Washingtonians said very unkind things about Shuler. They called him an unmitigated disaster. Exhibit A was those five interceptions in a horrible loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Legendary Redskin Sonny Jurgensen, loud as a broadcaster, helped destroy Shuler’s chances. Out of here with the handsome, famous, rich kid. Give us the common man, the unheralded and poorly paid Gus Frerotte. Better story. Management voted with Sonny. Mel Kiper Jr., world’s greatest draft analyst (self-proclaimed), was a large help. He ranked Shuler among the all-time greatest failures. Kiper never noticed injuries and other contributing factors. Shuler was brave. He kept trying. He made little impact. He invested wisely. He serves in Congress. Pay is less. Hits are verbal. First-round failures is a pile-on story. It is far more fun to recall suc-
cesses at the other end of the NFL spectrum. Bill Bates is my poster man among old Vols who shocked professional football. In the illustrious history of the Dallas Cowboys, no free agent achieved more or enjoyed such fan appeal. They voted him most popular player four years in a row. Bill was snubbed 12 times each by every NFL team in the ’83 draft. Goofballs picked 335 players but not Bates. Not big enough. Too slow. He just couldn’t play at the next level. But he did, fiercely on special teams, intimidating at safety. Returners and receivers hated him. John Madden, old coach turned TV analyst, told you all you need to know: “Bill Bates – boom! – should be in the Pro Bowl.” There was another defining moment. Dallas won in Detroit. Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were honored with game balls. They gave them to Bill Bates. J.J. McCleskey, wide receiver and defensive back at Tennessee (1989-92) really was too small for pro football. He was only 5-8. Of course he was undrafted. But he played eight seasons, Arizona and New Orleans. Pat Ryan, reserve QB at Tennes-
see, was drafted in the 11th round by the New York Jets in 1977. He lasted 13 years. Nice paycheck and pension. Reggie McKenzie, UT outside linebacker in 1984, was drafted in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Raiders. He did very well. Twin brother Raleigh, Vol center, went in the 11th round to the Redskins. He did even better, 16 seasons, 184 starting lineups, two Super Bowls, administrative career with the Green Bay Packers. Jabari Greer, good cornerback from Jackson, 2000-2003, broke up 33 passes and made 147 tackles for Tennessee. The two-day draft came and went but nobody mentioned Jabari Greer. He finally got a job with the Buffalo Bills. He advanced to the New Orleans Saints. They won Super Bowl XLIV. Jabari got a ring. March 5, 2010, was Jabari Greer Day at South Side High in Jackson. Jabari is famous. He has his own website. In preparing for his eighth pro season, he sometimes tells others that how you start isn’t as important as how you finish. The NFL is like that. Some start high and sink like a rock. Others go the other direction.
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Singers bring ‘JOY’ to Lenoir City
Chaplain David Trempe will be the guest speaker for the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon noon Tuesday, May 10. The KFL is a group of Christian men and women that meets weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell.
The JOY Singers (the senior adult choirs) of First Baptist Church of Powell and First Baptist Church of Fountain City recently participated in Tune Share 2011 held at First Baptist Church in Lenoir City. More than 250 senior singers from 12 area churches participated in sharing and fellowship at the event. Pictured are Jim Smith, Craig Garren, Mike Figueroa, Jewel Garren, Vivian ■ Shiloh Baptist Church, 6645 Henley, Reba Smith, Margaret Jones, Joyce Gideon, Ruth Lady, Joe Neely, Sammi Neely, Mable Sherlin, Charlotte Richey, Marilyn ■ MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the Ridgeview Road, is a new Sebby, and choir accompanist Janet Scarbro. Not pictured are Alan Dunsmore and the choir director, Alan Dupes. Photo submitted
■ Mynatt Funeral Homes Inc. (922-9195 or 688-2331): Lance Andrew Campbell Martha L. Jackson Roy King Mark Damon Lange Hollis C. McPhetridge John Fine Sr. Ina Meredith Waggoner Betty Conner West ■ Stevens Mortuary (524-0331): Ella Mae Thompson Worman
WORSHIP NOTES Community services
■ Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Road, will distribute food boxes 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14, or until boxes are gone. You must be present to receive a box. One per household. Info: 689-4829.
p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the fellowship hall. The menu will include pulled pork barbecue in sauce with a dinner roll, baked beans, cole slaw and fries. Each meal is $8 ($4 children 12 and under) and comes with a beverage. All proceeds will benefit the church outreach program. Info: Ed Bardill, 922-4309. ■ Trinity UMC, 5613 Western Ave., will host Alive@35 for anyone ages 35-55. Info: email email@example.com or call 357-6134. ■ The youth ministry at Christ UMC, 7535 Maynardville Pike, will host its third annual car show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14. There will be door prizes, food, a swap meet, raffle and more. The show is open to all cars, trucks and tractors. ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class lead by a certified personal trainer 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5 a class. Info: 689-7001.
■ Trinity Chapel, 5830 Haynes Sterchi Rd., will celebrate 35 years of ministry 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22. There will be food, music and fellowship. Info: 688-9991.
■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, hosts an exercise class in the Family Life Center gym at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Thursdays. The ZUMBA program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. Cost is $2 per class. Low-Impact Aerobics Classes will continue to meet 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: 690-1060.
■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry from 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and from 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday.
■ New Beverly Baptist Church host “Special Friends from Mt. Harmony” presenting music, songs and skits, 11 a.m. Sunday, May 15. The church will also host a singing featuring New Beverly’s singers at 6 p.m. Info: 5460001 or www.NewBeverly. org.
■ Clapp’s Chapel Methodist Men’s Club will host a Southern BBQ Dinner 4-7
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■ The Shepherd of the Hills Baptist Church now offers an internet prayer line. Anytime you have a prayer or concern, call the line and leave a message. Someone will be praying about the request with you within 24 hours. Prayer line: 484-4066.
will hold a three-day church youth revival Thursday, May 12 through Saturday, May 14, with preaching by three different youth ministers and special singing each night. Thursday and Friday services are at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s service is at 6 p.m.
■ The senior group 55-Alive at First Lutheran Church, 1207 N. Broadway, will meet noon Tuesday, May 12. Guest speaker will be Peggy Tippens, 16-year master gardener for Knox County and a long-time ARS consulting Rosarian. A hot lunch will be served for $6. Everyone is invited although reservations are necessary. RSVP Monday through Thursday before noon by calling 524-0366. ■ Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, 405 Black Oak Dr., will begin a Bible study class for seniors without a partner 9:30 a.m. each Sunday in the church gymnasium. The Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Justice will lead the class. Info: 577-7130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection will host “Celebrating a Miracle Luncheon” 10:45 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at Buddy’s Banquet Hall on Kingston Pike in Bearden. Special guest Laura Smith from Echelon Florist and Gifts will give a demo on ivy topiaries. The inspirational speaker will be Vallie Collins, survivor of Flight 1549’s crash into the Hudson River. Complimentary childcare will be by reservation only. Admission is $10 and includes lunch. RSVP: Connie, 693-5298 or email email@example.com.
■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, will host its 20th annual May weekend meetings 6 p.m. every Friday through Sunday. Info: 6888390.
■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will host Women’s Bible Study 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the church library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The group’s five-week study will be Henri Nouwen’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son – A Story of Homecoming.” Info: Rev. Glenna Manning, 690-1060; www. beaverridgeumc.com.
■ Bell Road Worship Center, 7321 Bell Road, offers Cafe Connection at 6 p.m. Sundays. This is a time of fellowship, snacks, coffee, tea and informal Bible study.
■ MAPS (Mothers at Prayer Service) meets noon Fridays at First Comforter Church “for the soul purpose of their children.” Info: Edna Hensley, 688-8390.
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Workshops and classes
■ Smithwood Baptist Church in Fountain City will host an advanced Word computer class 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Thursday, May 19, and Tuesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 26. The class will cover mail merging, creating greeting cards and more. Cost is $20. Info: Shirley or Earl Walker, 687-9429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ Mt. Calvary Toast Masters meet 6:45 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month in the library at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Ave. The group is for people 18 years and older who want to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Info: Becki Staley, 704-719-6780 or email BeckiStaley@gmail.com. ■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Rd. 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.
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church that meets 10 a.m. for Sunday school, 11 a.m. for morning worship, 6 p.m. for Sunday night service and 7 p.m. for Wednesday Bible study. A new study in the Book of Revelation will be held 6 p.m. Sundays until completion. Info: the Rev. Wade Wamack, 405-2793.
■ Fountain City UMC has openings available for all age groups for the 2011-2012 school year. Info: Susan Todd, 689-5518 or email stodd@ fountaincityumc.org. ■ Beaver Ridge UMC 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, has open registration for Summer 2011 and the 2011-2012 school year (preschool and parent’s day out). Info: Lori or Lisa, 5312052 or visit www. beaverridgeumc.com. ■ Dayspring Church, 906 Callahan Drive, suite 109, is a nondenominational congregation worshiping in a “come as you are” atmosphere. Dayspring Christian preschool trains children from 2 years through 1st grade. Info: 266-0324 or dayspringchurch10@yahoo. com. ■ Graveston Baptist Church Parents’ Day Out program is enrolling children ages 11 months to pre-k. Prices are $145/month for two days a week, $85/month for one day a week. Info: Michelle, 465-9655.
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Pre-Register cost is $20 Day of show is $25 Any questions please call GIFTS Teresa Atkins 922-1412. VENDORS This car show is being presented by the youth of Christ United Methodist Church. All proceeds go toward our summer mission trip.
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Talons win ‘Eagle Challenge’ The Gibbs community’s Eagle Talon wrestling club had several winners in the recent “Eagle Challenge,” a north regional match at Gibbs High School. Many of the club’s members placed and received medals before moving on to the state tournaments
SCHOOL NOTES Brickey-McCloud
■ Skate night will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
Five generations gather for a family photo. They are great-great-grandmother Clara Lou Lau■ Art fair will be held Friday, derdale of Strawberry Plains, great-grandmother Delores Ann Roberts of Jefferson City, grandMay 13. father Luther Cecil Smyre of Halls, mother Angela Roseanne Smyre of Strawberry Plains, and ■ Field days will be held Moninfant Brooklyn Arianna Poe-Smyre, born April 18, at Fort Sanders in Knoxville. Photo submitted
MILESTONES Eric Bull completes basic training Air Force Reserve Airman Eric M. Bull graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Bull completed an intensive, eight-week program and earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Jamie Jones of Corryton and the grandson of Donald Bull of Jonesborough, Tenn. Bull graduated in 2008 from Gibbs High School.
Daniel Douglas Carey celebrated his 3rd birthday April 30 with a Mickey Mouse party with family and friends. Parents are Zachary and Shannon Carey of Halls. Grandparents are Byron and Christa Bryant of Plainview, Virginia and the late Max Carey of Morristown, Sue Carey of Oak Ridge. Landon Jason Edwards celebrated his second birthday March 4
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with a Mickey Mouse party. Parents are Greg and Misty Edwards of Halls. Grandparents are Wally and Joyce Edwards and Donnie and Holly LeQuire. Great-grandparents are Eddie and Joyce Whaley.
day, May 16 for 2nd and 3rd grades; Tuesday, May 17 for 1st and 4th grades; Wednesday, May 18 for 5th grade and Kindergarten.
■ Monday, May 9 is the last day to sew Little Dresses for Africa. If you have sewn with FCCLA, join us on Monday, May 16 for a Packing Party and refreshments. ■ Project Graduation will be held 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the North
in Crossville and Chattanooga. Winners in the middle school division include Tate Holmes with second place, Hunter Fortner in third place and Payton Cupp in fourth place. In the junior division, Thomas Roberts and Elijah
Side YMCA, 7609 Maynardville Hwy. in Halls. It will be a special celebration for the Class of 2011 to hang out with friends, enjoy games and activities, food, drawings for door prizes and more, all in an alcohol and drug-free environment.
■ The PTSA is hosting a campaign to “Stack the Amps” for a new sound system in the gym and school auditorium. Anyone interested in making a donation can contact the school, 689-1430.
■ The time capsule sealed in 1986 will be opened 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Anyone who worked at, attended or is connected to the school is invited to attend. A reception will follow the historic event.
FC B&P to hold meeting on homelessness The Fountain City Business and Professional Association will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at noon Wednesday, May 11, in the fellowship hall of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. The meeting will be led by a facilitator from Compassion Knoxville. The facilitator will strictly focus on seeking the community’s input on the impact of homelessness; how to fix these issues; and listing any major concerns the community has about dealing with homelessness. Everyone’s opinion will be entered into a database and sorted by themes. Each theme will be assigned to a topic group within Compassion Knoxville, and each major theme will be addressed and turned into concrete recommendations, which will be presented to both city and county governments. For more information on Compassion Knoxville and the meeting process, visit www.compassionknoxville.com. B&P members, guests and media are all welcome to attend. The meeting is free; lunch is $10 should you wish to eat. For info or to RSVP lunch reservations, e-mail Beth Wade at secretary@ fountaincitybusiness.com.
■ The North Knox greenhouse on the Halls High School campus will hold spring plant sales. Plant offerings this year include Ageratum, begonias, celosia, coleus, dianthus, Dusty Miller, impatiens, marigolds, nicotiana, petunia, saliva, geranium, tomatoes and peppers. Prices begin at $1 per cell pack. The greenhouse hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 925-7565.
■ The clinic is in need of pants and new underwear for boys and girls. Field day will be held Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12.
Lawson both placed third. Winners of the midget division include Cameron Fowler in first place, T.J. Holmes in second place and Jared Bowling in fourth. Lance Williams and John-Aidan Pittman both placed third in the Bantam division.
■ Dates to remember: field day for kindergarten, Tuesday, May 10; field day for 1st and 2nd grades, Thursday, May 12; field day for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, Friday, May 13; Awards day, Thursday, May 19. Benefit update: The total profit from the first Shannondale Foundation benefit totaled just over $43,000. The top selling auction item was an autographed racing helmet signed by Trevor Bayne and his entire crew from the Daytona 500 race. The Foundation is thankful to everyone who donated and participated in the event to raise funds for the school.
SPORTS NOTES ■ A baseball tournament will be held Friday through Sunday, May 13-15, at Halls Community Park. 5U-14U. Open to all. 992-5504 or email email@example.com. ■ A baseball tournament will be held Friday through Sunday, May 20-22, at Halls Community Park. 5U-14U. Open to all. 992-5504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ The 13th annual Halls/Powell Golf Invitational will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 23, at Beaver Brook Golf and Country Club. A complimentary lunch will be served. Entry fee is $250; $190 of which is tax deductible. Register: www.hallspowellgolf.com or call Josh Yarbrough, 232-1218. ■ Skills Development Basketball Clinic II, boys and girls ages 6-12. Info: 242-3354.
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Honor Fountain City Day Join us Memorial Day for some fun in the park! Fun for the kids: • Train rides (Sponsored by Fountain City Jewelers) • Eurobungy • Climbing wall Food and munchies: • Kettle corn • German nuts • Cotton candy • Barbecue by Soggy Bottom Smokers • Hot dogs & hamburgers by the Highland Drive Neighborhood Association • Salsarita’s • Ice cream • Water & soft drinks by Fountain City Town Hall Musical guests: • Lynn Clapp’s Broadway Swing Band • Nostalgia • Early Bird Special • East Tennessee Concert Band Entertainment from: • Broadway Family Karate • New Beverly Twirlers • Monkey Shines • And more!
‘Our Lake, Our Heritage’ Featuring Keynote Speaker
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Speech by U.S. Representative Jimmy Duncan Poetry reading by Charles Thomas, Fifth District City Council Member Veterans Honor Roll by Ken Cloninger
Invocation by Reverend Charles Fels from The Church of the Good Shepherd Taps by The East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard Music by Lynn Bennett
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Halls Red AllStars crowned division champs The 2010-2011 Halls Red 10U All Stars basketball team are the Knox County Champions in their division. Team members are: (front) Trevor Ferguson, Jimmy Corcione, Landon Oaks, Gavin Clevenger, Dawson Childress, Jordan Corvette; (back) assistant coach John Corcione, Cody Scott, Logan Wells, Isaac Cook, Luke Kirby, Barron Nease, Hunter Allen and coach Ron Corvette. Photo submitted
Gymnasts attend Junior Olympic championships Premier Athletics has four men representing Tennessee in Long Beach, Calif., for the Junior Olympic National Gymnastics Championships. Ryan Kerr, a sophomore at Catholic High School, is a part of the regional team by placing in the top six within Region 8, a region comprised of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Chase Cannon, Matt Lee and Justin Reynolds will all be competing, with Ryan, in the Level 10 competition. All four are coached by Phil Savage, a Hall of Fame coach as well as a 2010-2011 U.S. Jr. National Team coach. The two women representing Premier Athletics at the National Championship Competition this year are Kaylor Kelley and Hannah Hamblen.
Representing Tennessee with Premier Athletics gymnastics team at the Junior Olympic National Gymnastics Championships include (front) Pauline Hanset, Kaylor Kelley, Hannah Hamblen; (back) Chase Cannon, Ryan Kerr, Matt Lee and Justin Reynolds. Photo submitted Kelley won gold when competing against every other gymnast in the state of Tennessee. Hamblen won gold on both the beam and the floor at the state competition and secured the bronze medal in the All Around competition. Pauline Hanset, a se-
nior at West High School, is one of the Level 10 gymnasts that will be attending Stanford University on a full athletic scholarship beginning this fall. She will be joining former Premier gymnast and current Stanford freshman Cale Robinson.
Robinson is on the U.S. Jr. National Team and is the current U.S. Junior champion on the vault and floor exercise. The girls are coached by Sasha and Natasha Gridnev and Leah Emery. Premier Athletics Knoxville North is located on Callahan Drive in Powell.
Cubbies take first place Cubbies Wee Ball team took first place in a preseason tournament at Willow Creek. Pictured are (kneeling) Brenna Hunley, Lexy Smith, Lacey Keck, McKinley Wolski, Lily West, Alexis Keisler; (middle) Shelby Martin, Ella Hale, Brianna Terry, Jessie Brown, Zoey Crawford, Caroline Milligan, Sadie Sexton; (back) and coaches Lynn Hunley and Marty Stansberry. Photo submitted
Holston majorettes spectacular at Twirltacular Members of the Holston Middle School majorette team placed first for their routine at Twirltacular. They were named Grand Champions in the Junior/Senior Division. Team members pictured are Kaylyn Copeland, Cherith Crabtree, Victoria Ammans and Bethany Adams. Photo submitted
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A-12 • MAY 9, 2011 • HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY SHOPPER-NEWS Shannondale Elementary students Bryson Harvey and Gabby Bratcher relax inside the stretch limo following the school walk-a-thon kickoff. Harvey was the top fundraiser, bringing in $1,215 and taking home the grand prize big screen television.
Bryson Harvey and PTO president Nancy McBee Nevader count out bills for Amber McMahan, the winner of the wild card drawing at Shannondale’s walk-athon. Photos by Ruth White
Sterchi Elementary School’s 5th grade students researched, wrote essays and constructed three different types of volcanoes with lava for Volcano Eruption Day. Pictured with several volcanoes are (front) Darby Flickinger, Lily Remondo, McKenzie England, Emma Walker, Moira McCabe, Lee Mendenhall and Jonathan Seifried; (back) Madison Brown, Alex Logan, Makayla Watlington and Keegan Lyle.
Science fun erupts at Sterchi Students Nicholas Starcher and Parker Covington watch as a volcano erupts at Sterchi Elementary School. Photo submitted
Gretchen Adkins helps kick off the pep rally with a cheer. Shannondale students gathered in the gym prior to the school walk-a-thon and Bobcat cheerleaders pumped up Delaney Collins and gym teacher Lisa Loftin look at the 100+ the crowd. Club trophy Collins won at the walk-a-thon kick off rally.
Walk-a-thon helps students live, laugh, play Students at Shannondale Elementary kicked off the annual school walk-a-thon with an energetic pep rally last week. During the event, top fundraisers were honored and given awards for their efforts. The group of top winners earned a ride through
town in a stretch limousine and lunch. The grand prize winner was 3rd grader Bryson Harvey, who brought in $1,215 for the school. Other winners included William Brush and Jaylan Campbell (kindergarten), Anna Rhatigan-
Moore and Isabella Dollar (1st grade), Caiden Guignard and Liza Rhealt (2nd grade), Gabby Bratcher (3rd grade), Trevyne Higgins, Sydney Domermuth, Michaela Hartman and Kevin Clupper (4th grade) and Clara Oakes and Taylor Moore (5th grade).
Three cheers for Adrian Burnett Adrian Burnett cheerleaders shout words of encouragement to their classmates and friends during the annual walk-a-thon to raise money for school needs. Cheerleaders pictured are: (front) Katlyn Appling, Ali Woods, Teagan Beard, Lauren Lewellyn; (back) Karyson Jacques, Courtney Voss, the Cardinal mascot, Makenly Smith and Kaylee Stephens. Photo by Ruth White
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HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY SHOPPER-NEWS • MAY 9, 2011 • A-13
Central High School senior Justin Phillips (center), who received two nominations for a Turnaround award, stands with his grandmother Jeanette Wild and his mother, Kathy Wild.
Central High School senior Zinyor Babiker was nominated for a Turnaround award by ESL teacher Byron Booker.
Central High School marketing teacher Sara Buff Pratt nominated student Brook Worley for a Central High School junior Darien Williams Turnaround award. Photos by Betty Bean and his dad, Willie Williams.
Central High School students honored at Turnaround Breakfast By Betty Bean A couple of years ago Central High School senior Justin Phillips was close to quitting school. He only had 6 ½ credits toward graduation and needed 27 ½. Then the light came on.
Central Bobcats This year he’s on track to graduate and was nominated for a Turnaround Award by two teachers – English teacher Erin Atchley and math teacher Rick Christian. “I’m very happy and very proud of myself,” said Justin, who will be attending Roane State and studying to be a firefighter. Zinyor Babiker is going to join a semi-professional soccer team when he graduates, and has been offered a full-ride scholarship to Bryan University. He says that five years ago, nobody would have predicted he’d have that kind of success. He credits his teacher Byron Booker. “He stuck with me all the way,” Zinyor said. “He’s been with me since I came to America, and even though I got kicked out of school one time, he came to my house and tried to teach me English.” Willie Williams works second shift, but got up early to attend the Turnaround Breakfast with his son, junior Darien Williams. Willie Williams said he wouldn’t have missed it.
Central High School senior Kerry Slack was nominated for a Turnaround award by school principal Danny Trent. Kerry’s brother Johnathan Haun, a junior, is at right. “We’re so proud. He had us worried for a little while. He struggled, but he started turning it around.” These are just three of the Central High School students at the inaugural Turnaround Breakfast, an invitation-only event that was thought up by graduation coach Nicole Calfee. The school had previously given a Turnaround Award to one member of the senior class, but this year Calfee suggested the breakfast as a way of honoring more than 30 students in all four grades who were nominated by teachers and administrators as students who have made big changes in their academic status. “They were having trouble for
whatever reason – could have been they weren’t coming to class or that they might have been in trouble – but whatever it was, they’ve turned their grades around in a variety of ways,” Calfee said. Principal Danny Trent, who personally nominated several students to the breakfast, said he very much appreciates Calfee’s efforts. “This is very much her baby. She came up with this idea and has worked very hard to make it happen,” he said. Calfee not only got her colleagues to participate in the nomination process, but enlisted area businesses to donate food for the breakfast, flow-
ers for the tables as well as the gift certificates and coupons that were included in the gift bags each student received. Sponsors included Home Depot, Walmart, McDonald’s, Buddy’s Bar-b-q, Domino’s Pizza, Firehouse Subs, Target, Regal Entertainment Group, Salsarita’s, 3-Minute Magic, Froyoz, Out–on-a-Limb Nursery, Chick-fil-A and Sonic. Perhaps the most prized items in the gift bags were notes from the teachers who nominated the students. Senior Kerry Slack found out that it was Trent who invited her to the breakfast. Her mother, Denise Slack, was thrilled. “I think my kids can do anything they put their minds, to,” she said. Another parent, Amy Reno, whose daughter Bobbie was there by Calfee’s invitation, said she was extremely excited. “I felt like screaming off the porch. It felt like I won the lottery,” she said. Byron Booker came by to have breakfast with Zinyor, whose
Central High School junior James Breeden helps his wheelchairbound grandmother Diane Orr get to the Turnaround Breakfast.
guardian couldn’t make it to the breakfast. “Zinyor’s a good kid who always brings a sense of humor, and now he’s taking a leadership role with his peers and is doing a really good job. When I saw ‘turnaround,’ I didn’t know anybody who deserved it any more than Zinyor.”
Central High to present spring concert The Central High School band will present its spring concert 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the auditorium. Admission is free. Both the concert band and the symphonic band received “Excellent” ratings at Concert Festival. Band member A.J. Grande will participate in the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts on the French horn and the Winterguard was promoted to the top performing class in the Carolina Indoor Performance Association (CIPA) circuit. Come and experience the many talents of these students.
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A-14 â€˘ MAY 9, 2011 â€˘ HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY SHOPPER-NEWS
The Halls baseball team, wearing pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer research, prepares to welcome teammate Austin Smith at home after hitting a solo home run.
Halls ball field goes pink for cancer research Halls High cheerleaders Cheyenne Fawver and Kari Summers collect money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of Kathy Lawson between games last week. Halls and Gibbs baseball teams joined together to honor Kathyâ€™s memory and raise money for breast cancer research. Photos by Ruth White
The Halls High School Concert Choir finished in second place at the Music in the Park competition in Atlanta on April 30. Photo submitted
Concert choir finds perspective in second-place finish the group of 41 students enBy Jake Mabe The first thing you have joyed Six Flags. That night, they learned to understand is they hanthe results. dled it well. Music teacher Elizabeth Williams said that Halls Halls Red Devils scored a final total of 178.5. The choir finished second. The Halls High Concert The score was closer than Choir finished second in ra- it appeared. But, Williams zor-thin fashion at the Music says the kids took it with in the Park competition based poise. at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday, April 30. This is the concert choirâ€™s sole out of state trip for the year. Coach Cheri Duncan reThe trip included a stop a Turner Field on Friday night ports that the Halls High (the Braves lost, in extra in- girls tennis team won the nings, to the Cardinals). Sat- district May 2 and will urdayâ€™s competition was held compete in regionals as in the morning at Chapel Hill a team for the first time High School. That afternoon, since 1996. They finished
Gibbs and Halls go pink for a night â€“ Eagles win 8-3
The second thing you have to understand is that perspective came during the trip home up I-75 North as the bus passed through tornadoravaged Ringgold, Ga. â€œEspecially when they saw a Ruby Tuesday. All that was left of it was the brick front door. I told them, â€˜These people have nothing now.â€™ â€œThe bus got really silent.â€?
Gibbs lead-off hitter Andy Hibbett helped lead his team to an 8-3 victory over Halls last week.
Girls tennis team wins district the season with a 10-0 record and are 33-1 over the past three years. The boys finished 9-3 and third in the district, losing only to Oak Ridge, Hardin Valley and Catholic.
Gibbs third baseman Lee Hamilton throws to first base for an out against Halls last week. Both teams wore pink jerseys and participated in â€œPink Outâ€? at the park to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of Kathy Lawson. Photos by Ruth White
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