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Ruth White launches her new job as Halls/Fountain City community reporter this week ek with a heart-warming story of two friends. She writes: It’s always nice to have a friend, but to have one that is there to save your life is even more special. William Allen and Charles Widner have been friends for about four years. Both have had some health issues and they keep an eye out for one another. Allen has no family in the area and Widner is like a brother to him.

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The Doc is in Carol Zinavage scored an interview with band leader and trumpeter Doc Severinsen at his home in Blount County. She writes: The paint crew that’s working upstairs doesn’t know who he is. “He’s the nice guy who hired us to paint,” they say with grins and shrugs. They agree to Google him when they get home. Anyone who grew up watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson instantly recognizes the iconic bandleader.

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On tearing down Gibbs Hall Marvin West goes way back with UT’s Gibbs Hall. He writes: Down goes Gibbs Hall, well, soon. The old athletic dorm and Stokely Center will be mere memories as Tennessee clears the way for progress – parking garage, new dorm and three practice fields for football.

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Back in 1964, Bob Johnson and his uncle T.R. Harrington Jr. opened the Johnson-Harrington Insurance Agency in Halls. Five years later, Johnson bought T.R.’s interest in the business and changed the name to Bob Johnson Insurance. On the first day of 2014, the

company celebrated its 50th birthday in the community. Bob Johnson Insurance was the first insurance agency to open in Halls and has provided the community with insurance for home, auto, service in a fast, courteous manner recreation vehicles and life from and with the values on which Ruth its location at 7121 Afton Drive. the business was built. The agency will host an open The team takes pride in providing

As a regional entertainment center By Sandra Clark Close your eyes for a second and imagine the Regal Pinnacle at Turkey Creek on the old Walmart site in Halls. See those lights beckoning folks from North and East Knox and even outlying counties. Come to Halls and play! See the family restaurants on outparcels at the region’s entertainment epicenter. See the area landscaped with coffee shops and retail establishments. Think Franklin Square. Envision Clayton Park finished with a walking trail to Halls Elementary School and the new enter-

tainment complex. Take a trail under the highway to the library, senior center and Halls Community Park. How to make it happen? Revitalization requires investment – both money and time – and political leadership. But first it takes vision. To steal a phrase: If not us, who? If not now, when? This lead-in will cause Bob Crye to blush. Because this writer’s conclusion is that Crye should be a consensus choice for county commissioner from District 7. With R. Larry Smith term-limited, we’re going to have a new commissioner. Might as well be the guy with demonstrated leadership skills – a leader at Beaver Dam Baptist Church, president of the Halls

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also says he wishes he had come to politics earlier. The 7th District has been spoiled by commissioners like Smith and Mary Lou Horner, who seemed to make the job full time. It doesn’t have to be. Properly functioning, the commission should ser ve as board of directors to the executive, now Mayor Tim Burchett. With the qualifying deadline about a month away, we must get serious about this job. We should act as if our community’s Bob Crye future depends on who is elected. Because it does. And with that off my Republican Club, a Tim Burchett-appointed com- chest, here’s our interview missioner on the Hallsdale with Crye: Powell Utility District who has held the line on rates, Revitalization is key Crye has three priorities and the 2014 president of the Halls Business and Pro- as he takes the presidency of the Halls BPA. fessional Association. Crye says no. The re■ Increased memtired engineer says he’s bership, particularly had a full-time job and from the retail merchants. doesn’t want another. He ■ Halls revitaliza-

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tion. “We need to figure out what to do and how to fund it,” he says. Some have suggested that Halls form a quasi-government group such as Knoxville’s Central Business Improvement District. Crye has investigated and doesn’t think Halls residents would selfimpose an annual fee, even one as low as $10. ■ Boost attendance at the new Halls Breakfast Club. “These networking events work well in West Knoxville, and our first one went very well,” he said. The next event is at First Century Bank on Emory Road. At HPUD, Crye sees a second year with no rate increase. “We will hold the line one more time unless something drastic happens.” Crye has been trying to reach the leasing agent for the old Walmart. “It’s the biggest eyesore we’ve got,” he says of the empty building.

Rogero tackles homelessness, trees See http://www.cityofknoxville. org/development/homelessnessplandraft2014.pdf. Comments will be accepted for 45 days. According to the city’s press release, the draft is the work product of a mayoral-appointed roundtable that included the executive leadership of agencies, ministries and organizations that provide services, shelter and housing for the homeless. “Homelessness is a complicated issue, and effective responses require collaboration among many different partners,” Rogero said. “This plan is not a solution to any And last week Rogero rolled out single problem. It is a framework a draft plan to address homeless- that we will use to coordinate efness. She’s posted the plan online forts to address both short-term and is calling for public input. and long-term challenges for peo-

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Is Shopper-News at war with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero? Absolutely not, despite what you might read occasionally on Page 4. Rogero has tackled tough issues such as the city’s underfunded pension liability. She has not called for a grape or lettuce boycott or done any other dreadful thing her campaign opponents implied when they whispered “She scares me to death.”


ple experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.” Thankfully, Rogero is not talking about a 10-year plan to end homelessness. That idea raised and then dashed hopes with unpleasant opposition from various neighborhoods where new housing might be developed. The best we can do is mitigate the factors such as foreclosure that push people into the streets. We should move along the ablebodied residents of public housing to open up resources for shortterm housing for the newly homeless. Public housing should not be permanent and even generational. And any plan must consider the homeowners and businesses in the areas most impacted by the

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Wrestlers show soft side at surprise birthday party There’s a long, strong connection among the wrestling programs of Union County High School, Halls High and Gibbs High. Give credit to Chris Vandergriff, longtime Halls coach, who mentored youth wrestlers and even coaches for area programs. Benny Gray, for instance, worked with the UCHS program for years. On Dec. 30, wrestling families from Gibbs and Halls joined at the Halls High gym for a birthday party and celebration honoring Tammy Satterfield Sparks and little Syler Sayne. “We’re here to celebrate the life of a special person at a special moment,” said Gibbs High head coach Tim Pittman. “Our thanks go to Tammy and the blessing she’s brought to us.” Almost everyone in the gym wore a “Team Tammy” T-shirt with the slogan “Take Down Breast Cancer.”

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Pittman handed Sparks $1,100, a gift from her friends. Tammy, a team mom for Gibbs’ wrestling, has been battling cancer since May. She’s had a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. She’s set to start radiation soon. Her mom, Gale Satterfield, said Tammy’s prognosis is good but the treatment process has been “a long, long haul.” Tammy’s son, Christian McNeal, is a senior wrestler in the 170-pound weight class at Gibbs High. Tammy’s daughter Brianna McNeal attends Gibbs High as well, and daughter Brooklyn

Sparks is a student at Adrian Burnett Elementary. “We are a wrestling family,” said Gale Satterfield. She and husband Terry had two sons, Tammy’s brothers Justin and Chris, who wrestled for Halls High. A teammate was Shannon Sayne, now the head coach at Halls. Friend Lisa Jackson organized the event with a lot of help. Lisa said 102 shirts were printed. It was a surprise for Tammy Sparks and her husband, Tony. They arrived at 6:30 after everyone was set up. A semicircle line extended from one side of the gym to midcourt. Both Pittman and Sayne brought their teams into the lineup and younger kids ran around, tossing footballs and shooting baskets. “This shows a softer side of your wrestlers,” we said to Pittman. “Yes, that may be our problem,” he joked.

Tammy Sparks (at right) enters the Halls High gym for a surprise birthday party. At left are her daughters, Brianna and Brooklyn.

Christian McNeal, son of Tammy Sparks and a wrestler for Gibbs High school Gibbs High wrestling coach Tim Pittman hugs Tammy Sparks at her surprise birthday party. “There are worse things,” said Gale Satterfield. Tony Sparks said: “We pulled up in the parking lot and she recognized cars that she thought did not belong (at a wrestling practice). ‘Maybe they are just giving me a birthday party,’ she joked.”

Sure enough, they were. It was a family night. Cody Humphrey was there. I remember when his friends brought cake for Cody’s birthday (was it 18?) following a wrestling match. Now he’s back as the assistant coach at Halls. His sister, Stephanie Humphrey Sayne, is married to Shan-

Former Halls High wrestlers and brothers Justin Satterfield and Chris Satterfield. “It’s been a long time since I had my picture in the Shopper,” joked Justin.

non and is the mother of Syler, who turned two on Dec. 30. So it was a double birthday party with two cakes and a huge family of all ages. It was the wrestling family of Halls and Gibbs. To steal a phrase, “there are worse things.”

Halls High wrestling coach Shannon Sayne holds his son, Syler, age 2.

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Ringing in the New Year I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I know myself well enough that if I make them, I will break them quickly or if I need to make a change, I will do so on any given day.





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I’m not saying that resolutions aren’t a good thing, just not for me. This year I do hope to lose a little weight and I would like to save some money for a trip to the beach. So I went around Halls and Fountain City to see what other people have resolved for the New Year and this is what was said: Jessika Norman at the UPS Store didn’t have a resolution but she is excited to be running in a half marathon in Nashville in April. Martha ArnoldCharnay was in the shop, and she is excited for 2014 because she will be able to do and will feel like doing


things she had wanted to do in 2013. Over at It’s Sew Mary Jane, Lee Hoskins plans to exercise more and eat

went to the doctor and while walking to the exam room he passed out. The assumption was that Allen was suffering from hypoglycemia. He returned home and in passing conversation told Widner of the incident. The following day Widner (who has suffered several small strokes) called to check on Allen. He was unsuccessful in his attempts during the day and finally was able to make a trip to his friend’s house. When Widner knocked on the door, Allen’s dog, Eddie, was barking in a manner that seemed unusual. Widner managed to enter his friend’s home and found Allen slumped in a chair with behavior that he described Charles Widner (standing) and William Allen (holding his dog, as odd. Eddie) watch out for one another, and it’s a good thing for Al“I knew something len. Widner couldn’t get in touch with him one day and thanks wasn’t right,” said Widner, to persistence, he saved Allen’s life. Photo by Ruth White and he immediately called for help. Doctors told Allen that if he hadn’t gotten healthier. She also plans said her resolution, but I to the hospital when he did, to tie up loose threads have confidence that this he probably wouldn’t have on some sewing projects. will be the year for her! made it. Mary Jane Martin is Allen is thankful for his excited to see her daugh- ■ Good friends friend’s care and concern. ter Molly Gallagher graduIt’s always nice to have a “If it wasn’t for Charles lookate from UT Chattanooga friend, but to have one that ing out for me, I wouldn’t this May and her goal is to is there to save your life is be here,” he said. “He went downsize and let go of a few even more special. above and beyond and took things. William Allen and Charles care of my dog while I was Denise Shirley plans to Widner have been friends for in the hospital.” work on being more patient about four years. Both have The incident has made this year and to be more had some health issues and the friendship stronger. “It’s thankful for what she has. they keep an eye out for one overwhelming to think of Rebekah Chait of another. Allen has no family someone doing what Charles Twisters gym plans to be in the area and Widner is like did for me,” said Allen. Widmore organized. Her hus- a brother to him. ner replied, “William is just band chuckled when she In mid-December Allen a super good guy.”

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On a more pleasant topic, Rogero has separated urban forestry programs from horticulture operations, making each its own division within the Public Service Department. The reorganization illustrates the priority placed on fully planning and developing all of the city’s green spaces, and it also comes as contract crews are conducting the winter plantings of 600 trees, according to a city press release. Kasey Krouse, urban forester, is overseeing a comprehensive inventory of the city’s trees that will be used to plan which trees should best be planted where to ensure a healthy, diverse urban forest. Neighborhoods with fewer trees, or a narrow range of species, are prioritized for new plantings. Parkridge is getting trees between the sidewalks and roads on Washington, Jefferson and Fifth avenues. Council member Finbarr Saunders designated $2,420 from the Community Improvement (202) Fund to increase the Parkridge plantings by 20 trees. Last spring, Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis designated $361.47 from the 202 Fund to add trees along Chapman Highway. Council members Mark Campen and Saunders together designated $900 from the 202 Fund to support Arbor Day educational workshops and to plant Her skill in creating this ty and what better way to do what you love about Sharps trees at Christenberry attractive and well orga- that than to share what we Chapel and Norris Lake, as and Lonsdale elementary learn, as we learn it, about well.” nized website is the result Find Mary on her web- schools. of many years of designing this wonderful place to sites professionally through live. We’re the newbies and site, Facebook, Twitter and, her look forward to also learn- Google+ with the phrase ing from you and finding out SharpsChapelLiving. full-time business. The couple’s enthusiasm for life is unbounded, and Mary’s conversational tone makes for interesting reading, no matter the subject. “It is not like us to take the familiar route when unexplored roads await,” she for Christmas Parties, says about a meandering Birthdays, Graduations, route to a destination. Special Events Mary finds everything interesting, and she ties in simple observations with 4100 Crippen Rd • Halls depth and curiosity, always 377-3675 • Fax 377-3805 welcoming others’ input. 4409 Chapman Hwy She has studied up on 577-8881 • Fax 577-8966 Happy Hour All Day, Every Day freshwater mussels after Hours: M-Th 11am - 10 pm • Mixed Drinks • Beer finding the shells and live F & Sat 11am - 11pm • Wine • Margaritas mussels on the shore of Norris Lake, then relates this to the freshwater pearl industry in local mid-century (1child per adult) history, adding facts discovered in a book about Oak ANY PURCHASE Ridge history. She identifies scat and OF: writes about what’s in it, such as bits of shells in bird $10 ........... $2.00 OFF droppings. Chicken or Beef She is currently on a mis$20 ........... $4.00 OFF sion to learn to identify tree species in the area. $30 ........... $6.00 OFF She advises other residents on how to become Excludes alcohol. plugged in to the local comOne coupon per table. 11am - 4pm munity with lists of clubs, opportunities to get inCOUPON GOOD FOR COUPON GOOD FOR DINING IN ONLY. (NOT TAKE OUT). volved in helping others and DINING IN ONLY. (NOT TAKE OUT). NOT GOOD WITH OTHER SPECIALS. Mexican Grill & Cantinaa NOT GOOD WITH OTHER SPECIALS. even strategies to get the EXPIRES 1/19/14 Mexican Grill & Cantina EXPIRES 1/19/14 best Internet connection. In a note in the “About” segment of Sharps Chapel, Mary sums it up: “We want to become an active part of the communiGIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

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Martin was Brown’s deputy when he was mayor. Also attending were Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, council members George Wallace, Duane Grieve, Nick Della Volpe, Finbarr Saunders and Marshall Stair, along with the city’s community relations director Tank Strickland. Also attending were former state Rep. and council member Bob Booker (now director of Beck Cultural Center), state Rep. Joe Armstrong and retired pastor Harold Middlebrook. ■ Randy Boyd, Knoxville entrepreneur and unpaid higher education adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam for the past year, wraps up his time in Nashville in early February. ■ Mayor Tim Burchett is getting his fund raising for re-election started on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with a $100 a couple event at the Lighthouse on Baum Drive from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Invitations will go out two weeks before the event. Burchett does not have an opponent at this time and appears to be a sure bet for a second and final term as county mayor. ■ Neil McBride lost his seat on the TVA board today when President Obama not only failed to reappoint him but also did not name anyone else. The 9-member board goes to eight members which will save the pay for one – $50,000 plus travel. If the President continues to ignore expiring TVA board appointments, then two more vacancies will occur in 2014 including the chair, Bill Sansom, president of H. T. Hackney Co. and former state transportation commissioner. Barbara Haskew of Chattanooga also departs. They will go off the board the end of this year although their terms actually end in May unless renominated and confirmed.

The board will then go to six members if Sansom and Haskew depart but still have a quorum to transact business. A new chair would be elected, too. The departure of McBride cannot be blamed on Republicans in the U.S. Senate but totally on the White House. The seat is vacant due to White House inaction. The seat became open in May 2013. McBride was chair of the TVA audit committee and a member of the external affairs committee. He wanted very much to be reappointed. McBride disappointed several supporters for his low key and quiet approach to several high profi le issues such as CEO Johnson’s $5.9 million salary for nine months, closed TVA committee meetings and silence on the 2-year dress code for board meetings which triggered a federal First Amendment lawsuit. The charge was he had been co-opted by Johnson and top staff. The President has mentioned the possibility of selling TVA, and the agency has declined to comment on whether it can be sold without congressional action which seems strange given TVA has a huge legal staff available to comment on hundreds of other issues. Their spokespersons said the senators would have to answer that question. ■ Longtime UT Law professor Carl Pierce is retiring this summer. He started in 1972 at the UT College of Law. He was director of the Howard Baker Public Policy Center for several years following Alan Lowe’s departure to head up the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. He has done many interviews with former Sen. and Ambassador Howard Baker. ■ There was a large crowd Dec. 29 at the service at Canaan Baptist Church at which longtime pastor Harold Middlebrook gave his final sermon as the pastor. In addition to former Mayor Brown and this writer attending, council member George Wallace and his wife, Stephanie, attended. To their credit, both were very engaged in the service and took copious notes.

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2014: Referendum on McIntyre? Good-bye apathy. Hello involvement. There was very little interest in local politics last year and most city council incumbents ran unopposed. Election Day was greeted with a collective yawn. But if the growing list of potential candidates for county offices who had picked up nominating petitions by Dec. 31 is any indication, 2014 will be very different. There are county commission seats, fee offices and judgeships up for grabs, as well as races for sheriff and attorney general. The deadline to return completed petitions is Feb. 20. School board races appear to be generating the most interest, and the question there is whether teachers can sustain the passion they demonstrated in November and December and translate it into political clout in the May primary. If they do, the election will become a referendum on James McIntyre and his educational philosophy. By New Year’s Eve, 16 potential candidates had picked up petitions for five school board races. Incum-

Betty Bean bents Lynne Fugate, Pam Trainor and Gloria Deathridge, all of whom voted to extend McIntyre’s contract to late 2017, are drawing opposition. Watch for new opponents to sign up to run against first-term 9th District board member Trainor, who was elected with strong support from teachers. This year will be a different story. In addition to the district’s menu of perpetual candidates, her potential opponents include at least two former educators – Jim McClain (a former principal, school board member and a former Trainor supporter) and Larry Clark (a retired teacher and county commissioner who now works for the sheriff as a bailiff). Trainor’s most interesting opponent could be first-time candidate Amber Rountree, a school librarian and outspoken critic of McIntyre’s heavy reliance

Amber Rountree on data-gathering and high stakes testing. Rountree said she will find new employment if she is elected. “My understanding is that as an employee of the board, I would probably not be able to hold my teaching position,” she said. “But my degree is in library science, which is more versatile and not as tied to working in a public school environment. My gut instinct is to go ahead and do it. I think we need to see some change – pro-active, not reactive change. I’m going to run a very grassroots campaign.” She has set up a Twitter account (@vote4rountree) and chosen a slogan –“Growing Great Schools”– and a logo – a tree.

Patti Bounds, a veteran teacher at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School and longtime Powell resident, may run in school board District 7 where term-limited county commissioner R. Larry Smith is a candidate. Incumbent Kim Severance, who also voted to extend McIntyre’s contract, is not seeking re-election. Bounds plans to retire from Knox County Schools at year’s end. She teaches kindergarten. Another teacher, Cheri Siler, will be picking up a petition next week to run in the Democratic primary for state senate for the 7th District, the seat now held by Republican Stacey Campfield. She will be the guest of honor at a fundraiser at Central Flats and Taps 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Her mother, Donna Edwards, will serve as her campaign treasurer, and contributions can be mailed to Cheri Siler for State Senate, 5507 Shannondale Road, Knoxville, TN 37918; or through her Facebook page (Cheri Kay Siler) or her campaign website,

Mediating the tire store wars Moyers had granted summary judgment to Corbitt, who was managing broker for Heath Shuler Real Estate LLC in October 2004 when Plaintiff Crumpton entered into a contract to purchase real estate that included a house and business from Kelly and Patsy Beeler. Patricia Grissom was the affiliate broker for the transSandra action. Clark Crumpton was damaged, he said, when a 5-year noncompete agreement was not included with all copies of In a decision filed Dec. the contract. He sued every23, the court overturned a one in sight. decision by Knox County Corbitt asked to be disChancellor Mike Moyers to missed, saying she was not dismiss Mary Bea Corbitt personally involved in the from a lawsuit involving plaintiff’s purchase and had Reid R. Crumpton and Kelly no knowledge of the transBeeler Tire Service. action, therefore could not When is a managing real estate broker responsible for the action of an affiliate broker? Pretty much always, according to the state Court of Appeals.

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Big stories for 2014: ■ 384 files are misplaced in the Criminal Court Clerk’s office and three dozen citizens are herded off to jail. Clerk Joy McCroskey goes on cruise. ■ Ruthie Kuhlman, Herb Moncier and Brian Hornback get stranded on a desert island. Together. Republicans everywhere rejoice ... and lay odds on which will survive. ■ Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones gets the endorsement of former Sheriff Tim Hutchison. Hundreds of heretofore-undecided GOP primary voters start wearing those Bobby Waggoner armbands that read: “Wagg 4 (star).”

■ Competition for who can draw the most public pensions accelerates when ace reporter Snidely Whiplash discovers a former city teacher working as a bailiff for the Sheriff ’s Office after a retirement job in city government. ■ Ahh, public employment. Where some make little and many make much. ■ Doug Harris, in voting to extend Superintendent Jim McIntyre’s contract until Dec. 31, 2017, mentioned that he serves some 50,000 meals a day. Wow! And there’s a CEO job open just up the road at Ruby Tuesday. ■ Stacey Campfield is working on gun bills, mentioning on his blog that he’s remorseful about allowing cities and counties to opt out of state

be held liable for the actions of the affiliate broker. In an opinion written by Judge G. Michael Swiney, the court said Tennessee law created a duty on the part of the managing broker, and Corbitt failed to show that she met the standard of care sufficient to satisfy her duty. The court reversed the summary judgment and remanded the case for further proceedings. Corbitt argued: “My duties as managing broker at Heath Shuler Real Estate did not include involvement in the day-to-day activities or review of the routine contracts of independent contractor realtors affiliated with the brokerage.” Judge Moyers said to hold a managing broker respon-

law. “A citizen should know what is and what isn’t a state crime statewide,” he said. ■ Stacey also noted his resemblance to Jason Garrett and said he’s not a candidate for coach of the Dallas Cowboys. ■

With Cheri Siler joining Dr. Richard Jason Garrett Briggs in AP photo/Tim Sharp trying to oust Campfield, one could call it the race of the red-haireds versus the no-haired. ■ Human capital just ain’t what it used to be. When Superintendent Jim McIntyre hired

sible for “possible misrepresentation or negligence of her affiliate brokers” would create a strict liability for managing brokers for the negligent or intentional torts of their affiliates. The appellate court held “by simply and purposefully remaining ignorant of the substance and details of an affiliate’s transactions,” a managing broker could “completely escape her statutory duty and any liability.” In the Crumpton case, the court held, the managing broker’s liability, if any, arises from a breach of her own statutory duty – not from the actions of the affiliate broker. It’s an interesting case with several well-known participants.

former KPD guy Gus Paidousis to head up school security and boosted its ranks to 100 or so, who vetted those hired? We had a guard arrested recently for indecent exposure at Tyson Park. Somebody get that guy a petition to run for county commission! ■ Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey turned heads with his Christmas greeting in which he celebrated that dates are being set for executions. Finally, it’s about time and joy to the world, you-all. ■ Mike McMillan has as much chance of being school superintendent on Dec. 31, 2017, as does Jim McIntyre. So what was that extension really about? It boosted the buy-out by $225,000.

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Down goes Gibbs Hall Down goes Gibbs Hall, well, soon. The old athletic dorm and Stokely Center will be mere memories as Tennessee clears the way for progress – parking garage, new dorm and three practice fields for football. This dorm was built in ’64 and named in a kneejerk reaction to the death of assistant basketball coach Bill Gibbs, 35. He was lost on the morning of Feb. 3 that year, when a commuter plane crashed on takeoff in Gainesville, Fla. An entire generation may not have known or cared about Bill Gibbs. I did. That was one of the worst days in 60 years of newspaper life. The basketball Vols were in Florida for a Monday night game. Gibbs was the advance scout who

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had charted the Gators on Saturday. He gave his report to Ray Mears and the team at the Sunday walkthrough. The next day he would be moving on to see a future foe. When I heard about the crash, I read tea leaves. Bill wasn’t at the hotel so he almost certainly was on the flight. I hurried to the airport. There were no survivors. I got around enough police tape to see the wreckage from a distance but couldn’t confirm anything with authorities,

Winter birding bunch of little brown sparrows that all look alike, and are nearly impossible to see anyway? Well, now, that’s a good question, but it has some good answers (or I wouldn’t have asked it in the first place). For one thing, just getting outside in the winter, birds or no birds, is something everyone should Dr. Bob try. Collier Once you’ve been out and about in the winter and found that you can survive, and even be comfortable, it This is prime season for tends to grow on you. You watching familiar yard-bird will discover that all those trees and bushes and grassy friends at our bird feeders. So why would someone fields that were there in the even consider going out summer are still out there on a cold damp morning – they just look different. into a world of sticks and Even though they’re bare stems to look at birds, espe- and brown, they are full of cially since there’s nothing bird food. All those weeds out there but a few cardi- and flowers have produced nals and chickadees, and a zillions of seeds, and the January and February can be gloomy, cold and damp. Up in Vermont they call this time of year “stick season.” Aptly named – just look at the hillsides of bare limbs and twigs – all you see are sticks.

no matter how I asked the same questions. This was another time in the news business. It was important to be first but more important to be accurate. Of course I wrote the story but the combination of personal hurt and professional frustration made for a bad-hair day. Gibbs Hall became a focal point in my many years of covering the Volunteers. Access to athletes was far more open then and I conducted almost daily interviews in the dorm lobby, after practice and after dinner, without Haywood Harris or Bud Ford arranging or monitoring conversations. Steve Kiner and I once talked for two hours in his room – about life, obligations, responsibilities, exsumacs and grapes and poison ivy vines still have dried fruits and berries. And on most days throughout the winter, lots of tiny, tasty insects are out and about on all that vegetation. This adds up to a lot of food for the scores of species of birds that choose to winter here with us. They’re all busy making a living, foraging through the short winter days, often too busy to pay much attention to a nearby, nosy birdwatcher. They’re generally easier to see and observe without all those pesky leaves on the trees and bushes, and you often have time to really watch some of the harder to spot ones, like the sparrows, and really get to know them. We know there are a lot of them out there – Christmas counts have shown 80 or more species on a single day. In a good place, you’ll be amazed at the numbers of species and individual birds that you can see.

pectations. The linebacker was struggling. I was a young husband and father and Sunday school teacher. I thought I had all the answers. It was an unforgettable experience. We remain friends. Kiner and Gibbs Hall – he was guardian of an adopted stray dog named Rabies. I believe it slept under his bed. He and other Vols smuggled in meat scraps. Maids and janitors didn’t notice. Kiner and Gibbs Hall – he once walloped basketball giant Rupert Breedlove over a table dispute in the dining room and had to skip a few meals as punishment. Tim Townes, very small freshman safety, was misidentified in the dining room by assistant coach Bob Davis: “Son, this is the football section. Wrestlers sit over there.” Gus Manning persuaded Tom T. Hall and part of his band to stop one evening as

cultural enrichment for the Volunteers. That was the first time I heard “Watermelon Wine.” Joe Louis came to see and be seen. I tried but the former heavyweight boxing champion didn’t say much. Bernard King lives on in Gibbs memories. Greg Phillips was second-team football but first in electrical engineering. He was studying late when loud music interrupted concentration. He took a walk, found the sound and asked the basketball star to turn it down. King said OK. Greg went back to books, heard more music and made another trip. Sorry about that. And there was peace and relative quiet. Phillips seemed more determined on the third trip. When Bernard opened the door, Greg picked him up and dumped him onto the stereo. It broke. It is good

for all of us that King didn’t. Police, now and then, visited Gibbs Hall. Eventually doors were locked. That didn’t prevent the occasional girl incident. The dorm was a focal point as recently as January 2010, after the sudden departure of a famous football coach. From a second floor window, somebody screamed, “Go to hell, Lane Kiffin.” John Ward delivered the most famous dorm mention, Vol Network, 1967, from the campus of Mississippi State. One fine guard hit free throws with seven seconds left in the third overtime to clinch the SEC championship. The big trophy belonged to the Volunteers. Ward said: “Wrap it up, tie it in orange and white, and send it to Bill Justus, care of Gibbs Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee!”

We have no end of good winter birding opportunities in these parts. Think of Tommy Schumpert Park and Halls Community Park. Without baseball or soccer, these parks are usually peaceful, quiet, birdy places. Having nearby streams, good open field, brushy, and forest-edge bird habitats, plus nice walking terrain and even paved walking paths, they make winter birding easy and fun. We spent a couple of hours at Schumpert Park on the morning of Dec. 19 and came up with 25 species of birds, including four species of sparrows and a surprise flyover by three sandhill cranes. Nice, easy, pleasant birding. In the winter, any place with water seems to offer a higher concentration of bird life. Even as small an area as the duck pond in Fountain City often comes up with a surprise wild duck or gull.

Places a little farther out such as Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery on the Clinch River in Clinton, the Songbird Trail along the river below Norris Dam and the Norris State Park above the dam, Cove Lake State Park at Caryville, and Fort Loudoun Dam and the lake above it up through Knoxville, all offer the usual as well as unexpected water- and shoretype birds all winter. With a little more time, birders try a bit farther afield, looking for birds that wouldn’t ordinarily be expected to be here. Word recently got around that a couple of short-eared owls had been seen hunting over the tall-grass meadows of Cade’s Cove. Short-eared owls nest in northern Canada and the Northwest, and in winter down through the middle of the U.S. They are rare for us East Tennesseans to get to see.

And so on Friday afternoon, Dec. 20, three of us set out for the Cove. The hills and fields were lovely, and traffic nearly nonexistent. We set up our birding scopes on a grassy elevation along Hyatt Lane. Sure enough, as dusk approached, there they were, flying like big feathered moths back and forth over the fields. One was even kind enough to perch in a leafless tree and pose for us for over 30 minutes. The owls were accompanied by three owl-like hawks called northern harriers. We also saw wild turkeys and deer. And then, across the road came a fat, shiny mama bear with three cubs! It was a scene that will stay with us for a while. Winter birding is a great alternative to the couch or the mall with the woods mosquito- and tick-free, and alive with birds to learn from and enjoy. Good birding!

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Come ‘Home’ for the big game By Cindy Taylor A Church Called Home has partnered with Halls Cinema to screen the Super Bowl game Sunday, Feb. 2, at the theater. According to pastor Jason Creech, this is a first for the area and the event is absolutely free. “We have also prepared an incredible halftime

which includes fun for all ages,� said Creech. “This will follow a 21day fast for our church and we are looking for a lot of changed lives during the halftime event.� To register and secure free seats for family and friends, visit www.

The doctor is in The paint crew that’s working upstairs doesn’t know who he is. “He’s the nice guy who hired us to paint,� they say with grins and shrugs. They agree to Google him when they get home. In this age of 15-minute, viral video fame, Doc Severinsen isn’t known to everyone. His friendly demeanor and down-to-earth nature make him seem like a regular guy. But anyone who grew up watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson instantly recognizes the iconic bandleader. When a 30-plus-year friendship with fellow trumpeter Cathy Leach blossomed into romance a few years ago, Doc moved to Maryville to be near her. The two work together on many musical projects. They’ve appeared in Knoxville churches in programs of “jazzed-up� gospel music. There’s always a rustle of excitement when Doc’s lanky, jean-clad figure strides to the front. “People might be surprised to find out that I don’t really dress ‘like that,’� he says, referring to his well-known habit of wearing flamboyant clothes. He still glitzes it up for concert tours, but “I don’t own any suits. All I own is jeans, work shirts and cowboy boots, so if I play in church, I’m going to be wearing that.� Both stay busy with individual projects. Cathy, who was the KSO’s principal trumpeter for 31 years, plays with “Stiletto,� an allfemale brass ensemble. The group does master classes and concerts all over the country. Their CD, featuring Doc as special guest, is available on Doc’s quintet, the San Miguel 5, features music with a Latin flair, including Spanish guitar. He also leads The Doc Severinsen

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Carol’s Corner Big Band, which he says is “the finest big band I’ve ever worked with.â€? And, of course, he’s often featured on his own. This past weekend he appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony in a series of four concerts over three days. At 86, he’s fit, healthy and up to such a punishing schedule. “I’ve still got the mojo,â€? he says of his desire to perform and delight audiences. One current joint project isn’t at all musical. The couple are restoring a rambling Blount County farmhouse built in 1840. “I am still trying to find my way around this place!â€? laughs Doc. Cathy’s looking forward to getting all the rooms squared away. The busy professor of trumpet and director of undergraduate studies at the UT School of Music sees great potential. “One room will be my ‘cave’ where I can practice and work on sewing projects. And that’s Doc’s room at the end of the hall,â€? she says, gesturing toward a room literally stacked with trumpets. In fact, there’s at least one trumpet somewhere in every room of the house. Both enjoy cooking in the spacious farm kitchen, looking at the mountain views and caring for dogs Gracie and MuĂąeca. On a recent weekday, they were headed for UT – Cathy to teach and Doc to practice. He enjoys practicing in the stairwell near Cathy’s office because of the resonance. Those lucky enough to be in the building enjoy hearing

The Written Word Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. (2 John 12 NRSV) See? This is a problem. What the author of 2 John may have said to the community of faith we will Cross never know, because it was Currents said and not written. If it Lynn had been written, we would Jason Creech, pastor of A Church Called Home Pitts likely have it recorded in Scripture. In much the same way, I have an issue with emails. Don’t get me wrong. I appre- weight, then remarked, ciate e-mail as much as the “Mother and son are fine; next person. It is quick and father’s condition questionefficient and quite handy. able.â€? That telegram is still Cathy Leach However, there are adin the family archives. and Doc Sevvantages to getting a letter When I was born three erinsen disin the mail. Let me explain. years later, Daddy made cuss renovaWe have, in the family long distance phone calls. tions for their archives, several letters my It was the new technology, farmhouse grandfather wrote to the very up-to-date. However, in Blount young lady he would even- I have always felt a little County. tually marry – my grand- cheated, because I didn’t mother Belle. She was well have a telegram I could hold and truly named; Papa in my hand. I don’t know claimed forever that she was what Daddy said in those the prettiest girl who ever phone calls, and I would came out of Union County. love to know! His letters to her were elWe also have all of the egant, humble, and very war correspondence from proper: in them, he called Daddy’s younger brother, her “Miss Petree.â€? (It was who fought in the South Paa different time: as long as cific, and who was in a foxshe lived, when she spoke hole on Okinawa when he of him to friends and neigh- learned of Warren’s birth. bors, she referred to him as All of these are docu“Mr. Dunn.â€?) ments of a different time, of I also have one letter a different world. They are, written to Belle by one of however, historical docuher 10 brothers. It was a ments, even if they are a letter of admiration and ap- family history and not of preciation. I have consid- great importance to anyone ered giving it to one of his else. They are a little chunk direct descendants, but so of our story, and that is, affar, have (selfishly) kept it. ter all, what history is all Mother still has all of about: story – yours, mine, the correspondence she ex- ours, our country’s, our changed with Daddy before world’s, our universe’s story. they were married. 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Chase Gregory cel■ 2014 spring rec baseball signups, 3U-14U, 10 ebrated his 4th birthday on a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday Jan. 5. He through Feb. 8 at Halls is the son Community Park. Signups of Michelle will also be held at Halls and Rob Elementary, Bricky-McCloud Gregory Elementary and Halls and big Middle during basketball brother to games on Saturdays. Info: Gracie. His or email Chase Gregory ents are Bob ■ Two players needed for Gregory, Pat 2014 Cherokee AAA/Major Sisson and Gloria Gregory. 10u. Info: 414-8464.

Running for arthritis awareness Rylee Banks, Olivia Ward, Rebecca Murray and Lakin Cole walk around the Ritta Elementary School gym in support of the Jingle Bell Run to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. Olivia, a 4th grade student at Ritta, was diagnosed with arthritis a few years earlier and was honoree spokesperson at the Jingle Bell Run earlier this month. The school raised over $2,000 during the event. Photo by Ruth White

UUNIK Academy teaches respect, discipline By Betty Bean The last day of school before the Christmas break, the big crowd in the Vine M i d d l e School auditorium was getting rowdy while waiting for the Jenkins Kwanzaa celebration to begin. Costumed dancers, poets and players scrambled up to the stage as the decibel level rose. The master of ceremonies took the microphone and asked for attention. He wasn’t playing. Remarkably, the crowd hushed. Afterward, Reggie Jenkins explained how he knew what to do: “A few people asked me to try to help calm the crowd down, and for me, it’s just the way I was

raised – kind of like when I was growing up in church. Even if nobody’d been in my ear, I was going to say something because a lot of people put their heart and soul into that program and sometimes you just have to remind folks of where they are, who they are and what they represent.” A graduate of the University of Tennessee with degrees in math and statistics, Jenkins learned the value of hard work and respecting his elders from his father, who owned a barbershop. “I watched how he ran the shop – ‘Come in, take your hat off, pull your pants up.’ He was like the community father,” said Jenkins, whose volunteer work has made him well known at Vine and other schools in the heart of the city. His day job is in sales, but his heart is in the work he does with young people –

primarily with boys – as executive director of UUNIK Academy, a mentoring program for young AfricanAmerican males. The name is an acronym for the seven principles of Kwanzaa, which promote unity and responsibility among family, friends and community. “I have always had a passion for young people,” Jenkins said. “I worked in the school system for three years after I graduated, and after that at the YMCA. I always dreamed of having my own afterschool program – so many youth programs are just babysitting and don’t get a lot of these young people ready for the world. I just really wanted something where children were really getting something.” He started UUNIK Academy in September 2003. It operates 5:307:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

UUNIK Academy sponsors College Careers Week for Vine students in February, a “Calling all Males” citywide conference in the fall and a “Calling all Females” conference in the spring. “My 5-year goal is to run Monday through Saturday. We work on academics, enrichment and counseling. We teach them how to correctly act out and come up with solutions. We go on field trips and try to find out what their talents and interests are, outside of athletics. We deal with cultural enrichment, history, and build on that for selfesteem and self-respect. We emphasize personal etiquette.” Parenthetically, Jenkins helps kids whose career dreams involve professional athletics work on backup plans. “I break that reality down,” he said. “I’m not going to deter them, but

I inform them that in the past 40 years, only one person from Knoxville (Elston Turner) has made it to the NBA and only 15 to the NFL.” Jenkins and his wife of 17 years, Kamesha, have a 7-month-old son, Jabari. To contact Reggie Jenkins, go to http:// or email or call 865-3844475.

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Mary Faith Hazelwood received a tablet and skateboard for Christmas.

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Addyson Higgs received a skateboard and a new pool table for Christmas.

Beating the winter blahs By Ruth White Winter break is always a welcome time for students but honestly, after about a week, kids get restless and cabin fever begins to set in. Kids in Halls and Fountain City found things to do to beat the winter blahs and give parents a nice change of scenery. Twisters in Halls offered open gym time for students working on tumbling skills and also opened up the play area featuring inflatable Ian Marshall took a break from bounce toys. his new Wii-U Christmas present Skatetown opened to alto enjoy family time at the rink. low young and old alike an opportunity to release energy and enjoy an afternoon circling the rink. It also featured an all-night skate on New Year’s Eve. The skate park in Fountain City is always open durfor your ing daylight hours, and several novice ’boarders were at the park breaking in their new skateboards.

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Happy New Year … at 6 p.m. By Sherri Gardner Howell There was no waiting for the stroke of midnight for members of the Rotary Club of Knoxville on New Year’s Eve. Approximately 50 members gathered in the back room at Naples restaurant at 5 p.m. so they could be ready to count down to the New Year – at 6 p.m. “We welcomed in the new year with a toast to our Rotary partners in Hungary,” explains Townes Osborn. “This is our 11th annual New Year’s Eve party at Naples. Every year we toast our international partner clubs in Hungary and South Africa. The toast to Hungary is at 6 p.m., when it is a new year there.” The party has given birth to the Unicum Society, named for the traditional drink that is found in most Hungarian homes. “Unicum is an elixir that every home

in Hungary keeps on hand because it helps one digest the rich Hungarian food,” says Osborn, adding, “but the taste of Unicum is an acquired taste.” The toast isn’t easy for newcomers as the Rotarians take a drink of Unicum and yell, “Egészégedre,” which roughly means “Cheers! Here’s to your health” in Hungarian. The Hungarian connection has a serious side. The club has partnered with the Hungarian Rotary Club in Mátészala for 18 years on humanitarian projects. In October, for example, Rotary Club of Knoxville collected $5,000 to send to the Mátészala club for them to buy Christmas gifts for the children in a nearby orphanage. Knoxville Rotary also partners with two clubs in South Africa, and they toasted the New Year in

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Many East Tennesseans are planning for the New Year, setting resolutions to save money, lose weight, kick a bad habit or cross a few items off bucket lists. Jan. 1 marks a time for C. Moxley planning in Getting ready to toast a new year in honor of their sister club in Hungary are Rotary Club of Knoxville members Doug McKa- the public relations industry as well. At Moxley Carmimey, Mack and Cheryl Gentry and Bob Parrott. Photos submitted chael, we’ve been working with clients for weeks to their honor as well. The whiskey. “We call it Zwack prepare for 2014. Our clitoast was with Amarula, Jack,” says Osborn, “and ents have big goals and need which goes down much when we drink it, we raise plans to achieve them. We recommend preparsmoother, says Osborn. a toast to world peace. It’s a A new toast was added symbolic mixture of our two ing a strategic communicathis year to the Hungarian cultures and how we have tions plan for the year that portion of the celebration. It gotten to know one another outlines not only your comis a mixture of the Unicum, as we work together on hu- pany’s objectives but also the strategies and tactics you’ll which is made by the Zwack manitarian projects.” use to get your messages out company, and Jack Daniel’s and enhance your reputation. Whether we’re working ■ Tuggle promoted with businesses in health Ken Tuggle has been care, professional services, promoted education, consumer goods to Rural/ or nonprofit, we start with Metro bata few key areas. Any local talion chief business can benefit from foin Knox cusing on these recommenCounty. dations as we kick off 2014. Tuggle Branding: What is your began brand? Is it consistent? working Recognizable? Effective? for Rural/ Consider gathering your exKen Tuggle Metro Fire ecutive team for a branding Department in 1998 as a session focused on definreserve and was hired as a ing – or redefining – your full-time firefighter in 2000. brand. Make sure your stratHe rose through the ranks egy is effective in representwith promotions to lieuten- ing your organization to cusant and then captain. tomers, potential customers and other stakeholders. The lonely American Oxygen sign stands above rubble where ■ Mitchell promoted Digital presence: Speedy Cash is coming to Knox Lane. Messer How are you using technolConstrucogy and digital media to protion Co. has mote your business? ExamCentral Baptist Church. He Fabrics, and has named promoted ine your website, blog, email will discuss business checkJack Ballard as the clinic Brian Mitch- marketing and social media up, new license requiredirector. ell to project pages. Do they reflect your Ballard is board certified ments and new micro loan manager in brand and use consistent opportunities. in orthopedics and holds the compamessaging? Companies are Lunch is $10, first come advanced certifications in ny’s Knoxexpanding their digital presfirst served, with introducmany aspects of therapy. ville office. ence in 2014 with strategic Brian Mitchell tions at 11:55 a.m. Benchmark provides moves like adding a mobilephysical therapy for people following injury or surgery. ■ Williams gets

Speedy Cash coming to Knox Lane Several people have asked about the construction going on behind Fountain City McDonalds on Knox Lane. I contacted HL Construction, and Shane Hall confirmed that a new Speedy Cash is being built at this site. ite.

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Demolition of the old buildings (a former post office and bait shop) has begun and construction should be complete in approximately 4-5 months, he said. Speedy Cash offers cash advances and title and installment loans. HL Construction just completed a South Knoxville Speedy Cash which is located in front of Kroger next to Buddy’s Bar-B-Q on Chapman Highway. ■

Bluewater goes ‘futuristic’

Even if you own a washer and dryer, Bluewater Laundromat may be just what you need. Located at 3721 N. Broadway, this “futuristic” laundromat claims the largest Speed Queen washers in Tennessee. The washing machines range from the “double,” which holds 20 pounds of laundry, to a 100-pounder which holds the equivalent of 10 loads of laundry. Special rates are offered for commercial accounts. All types of salon owners find that Bluewater’s services make their life much easier. Info: or 2476230. ■

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Carpenter to speak to BPA

Join in the excitement as the newly formed East Towne Area Business and Professional Association grows. The monthly meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Harvest Park Community Center. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. Kaelyn Farmer, ETA BPA president, hopes to have all businesses in the area represented. Andrea Carpenter, financial advisor with U.S. Bancorp Investments Inc., will speak, and I’m sure Nick Della Volpe will report on road and visibility upgrades. ■

Rossini at Fountain City BPA

Larry Rossini, director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, will speak at the Fountain City Business and Professional Association at noon Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the fellowship hall of

regional honor Rebecca Williams, director of sales and marketing at the Knoxville Convention Center, was recently named Supplier of the Year by the East Tennessee Williams Meeting Professionals. East Tennessee Meeting Professionals is a professional organization that brings together meeting planners and suppliers for continuing education and industry networking. Williams has been a member of the East Tennessee Meeting Professionals since the organization was formed in 2002. A Knoxville native, Williams is a UT graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in public relations and advertising. She and her husband, Local 8 News anchor Alan Williams, have five grown children.

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Treatment for prostate cancer leads retired professor to Thompson Cancer Survival Center As a retired professor of industrial engineering, John Hungerford of Knoxville, 74, is used to taking a methodical, scientific approach to solving problems. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2006, Hungerford used the same logic to make decisions about his treatment. “I used all that good training to plot my treatment plan,” said Hungerford. “But at first, I had kind of a sense of panic about the whole process. You think you have to do something right away.” But Hungerford’s cancer was in an early stage, giving him some time, and, like many prostate cancers, was relatively slow growing. “At first you think, ‘I’m going to die.’ But then you find out that’s not the case if the cancer’s not aggressive. Yes, you’re going to die, but not necessarily from that,” he said. Hungerford attended a prostate cancer support group at the Cancer Support Community of Knoxville – formerly called the Wellness Community. “I found that group amazingly helpful because a lot of men had a good reservoir of technical knowledge,” he said. Hungerford considered many current treatment options for prostate cancer. “Then I heard about this alternative at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, called tomotherapy. It’s basically a very focused kind of radiation that is limited to the cancerous cells and a small area around them,” he said. Tomotherapy delivers radiation slice-by-slice, a tiny bit at a time, as opposed to hitting the entire prostate at once. Hungerford went to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in the summer of 2006 and met Dr. Daniel Scaperoth, a radiation oncologist. “Right from the outset I liked Dr. Scaperoth,” said Hungerford. “He was very straight-forward with me and answered all my questions

Prostate cancer survivor John Hungerford enjoys a daily walk with the family dog, Gertrude. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Hungerford researched a treatment that was right for him and that led him to Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

“From the time my wife and I to my satisfaction. I felt like he was great deal of honesty between him in it for the patient’s benefit, and and me.” went to Thompson, we had a good he was trying to respond to what He said the Thompson Center feeling about the place,” he said. “It’s a light and airy atmosphere, the patient needed. There was a impressed him as well.

Weighing your options for prostate cancer Of all the cancers, prostate is one of the slowest growing. If caught early, patients typically have plenty of time to decide on the best treatment option for their particular situation. “People can die of prostate cancer, but it’s also very treatable and, for the most part, curable,” said Dr. Daniel Scaperoth, a radiation oncologist at Thompson Cancer Survival Center. Each of the treatments currently available for prostate surgery has a similar success rate, with a variety of side effects. In general, they fall into two main categories: radiation Dr. Daniel or surgery. Scaperoth “Usually men will go to a urologist or radiologist and get a couple of different opinions,” said Scaperoth. “There are support groups in town, and men will share their stories about what went well and what didn’t go well.”

“And the decision depends a little bit on age,” he added. “Younger patients in their 50s and 60s will lean a little toward surgery because they can always add radiation later. People over 70 might lean more toward radiation.” There are so many options it can be difficult to choose, Scaperoth said. If it’s an early stage of disease, men can even choose not to do anything at all. “Watchful waiting is also OK, with active surveillance of PSA levels,” Scaperoth said. PSA, prostate specific antigen, is a blood test that can detect the disease at an early stage. “The PSA test is what gives you lot of options,” said Scaperoth. The American Urological Association recommends that men talk to their physicians about when to have a first PSA screening and how often they should be screened after that. In general, men ages 55 to 69 should be screened every two to four years. “It’s really something you should talk to your doctor about, based on your own risk factors,” said Scaperoth.

and the people were the same way. I just had a really good feeling about it.” Starting in mid-July, Hungerford had 39 tomotherapy treatments, one per weekday, until the end of summer. “They do precise CT (computed tomography) scans to locate the prostate,” he said. “There’s no pain. I was just lying there maybe 20 to 30 minutes each time. You don’t really feel anything, actually.” “Toward the end of the treatment series you feel a little bit of fatigue,” said Hungerford. “The last couple of weeks I felt sluggish and slow, like I was walking through mud.” But over the weeks, Hungerford’s PSA tests showed that the cancer was being destroyed. A PSA test is a blood test that detects the prostate specific antigen, an indicator of cancer. “I’d say the treatment was very successful,” he said. “My PSA level started coming down to well below where it needs to be, and I’m pleased with that,” he said. “I haven’t had any problems since.” Hungerford said he would recommend Thompson Cancer Survival Center to anyone facing prostate cancer treatment. “The personnel are just great, and the technicians that worked with me when I was going through treatment were terrific too. Everyone was so helpful,” he said. Hungerford said his wife, Ruth, met friends in the waiting room each time they went for treatment. “She’s outgoing and got to know most of the people in the waiting room, and we’ve stayed friends with a lot of those people after treatment. It was really kind of neat to have that social aspect, unanticipated,” he said. “I thought the care was outstanding, and it’s been that way ever since,” said Hungerford. “I’ve been treated really well.”

Prostate cancer treatment choices Surgery – Removal of the prostate either with an open incision or with a less invasive robotic system that uses several smaller incisions. The risks of surgery would include infection and anesthesia problems and a slightly higher risk of incontinence afterward. Radiation – Radiation treatment is done either from the outside, bombarding the prostate with radiation beams, or from within the prostate, by implanting radioactive seeds inside the prostate. Tomotherapy is one type of external radiation, which applies the radiation in thin, precise slices. Risks of radiation would include a higher irritation to the bowel and rectum than surgery. Seed implants can cause swelling that can cause difficulty urinating. Cryosurgery – A technique for freezing and killing abnormal cells, cryosurgery is being tested for very early stage cancers. It is a one-time procedure performed under anesthesia. Hormone therapy – Male sex hormones can cause prostate cells to grow. Drugs that suppress hormones can slow the growth of cancer, but they have some serious side effects. These drugs are only used in more advanced cancers.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 Computer Workshop: Word 2007 Basics, 2 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or equivalent skills. Info/to register: 525-5431. Bonny Kate Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, noon, Second Methodist Church, 1524 Western Ave. Speaker: Lisa Duncan, director of Dogwood Arts Festival. Free blood pressure checks, 6:30-7 p.m., North Knoxville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road. No appointment necessary.

THURSDAY, JAN. 9 Fontinalis Club meeting, Central Baptist Church, 5364 N. Broadway. Board meeting, 9:30 a.m.; social time, 10 a.m.; general meeting, 10:30 a.m. Program: “Technology Initiative” by Theresa Nixon, director of Instructional Technology for Knox County Schools. The Heiskell Community Centers Senior Program, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Heiskell Community Center, 9420 Heiskell Road. Speaker: local writer Bonnie Heiskell Peters. Lunch at noon; bingo at 1 p.m. Bring a dessert. All seniors over 55 welcome. Info: Janice White, 548-0326.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10 Opening reception for new Knoxville Watercolor Society exhibit, 6:30-8 p.m., Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. On exhibit through Feb. 14. Info: 3572787 or For the Love of Sushi cooking class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $60. Info/reservations: 922-9916 or www.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynard-

ville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: David Claunch, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. Presentation of Tours by Harold’s Tours, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Halls Senior Center on Crippen Road. Baseball signups for 3U-14U, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Halls Community Park. Also during Saturday basketball games at Halls Elementary, Brickey-McCloud and Halls Middle schools. Continues Saturdays through Feb. 8. Info: or Clapps Chapel UMC Men’s club BBC (Best Breakfast in Corryton), 8 a.m., Clapps Chapel UMC, 7420 Clapps Chapel Road. Guest speaker: Randall Baxter, host of nationally broadcast radio show “The Veteran Next Door.”

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 11-12 Cabin Fever Car and Motorcycle Show, Knoxville Expo Center, Clinton Highway. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Appearance by Deputy Fife of Mayberry; Swap meet, car corral, vendors, karaoke. Info:

MONDAYS, JAN. 13, 20, 27 AND FEB. 3 “Handbuilding with Clay” workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., instructor: Janet McCracken. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Class will meet one additional Monday, not yet scheduled. Registration deadline: Jan. 7. Info: 494-9854 or

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 Healthy Choices, a plant-based free cooking class, 6 p.m., North Knoxville 7th-Day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road. Program: showing of documentary “Forks Over Knives,” featuring Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn. Limited space. Info/to register: 314-8204 or www. The Romance and Reality of Soufflés cooking class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $50. Info/reservations: 9229916 or

THURSDAY, JAN. 16 AARP Smart Driver class, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/ registration: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Beginner Drop Spindle, 1-3 p.m., instructor: Kathleen Marquardt. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Jan. 15. Info: 494-9854 or www. Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: Melissa Mastrogiovanni, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Baseball signups for 3U-14U, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Halls Community Park. Also during Saturday basketball games at Halls Elementary, Brickey-McCloud and Halls Middle schools. Continues Saturdays through Feb. 8. Info: hcpark. org or Battle of the Bands, 6 p.m., Jubilee Banquet Facility, 6700 Jubilee Way off Callahan Road. Presented by the Powell Playhouse Inc. Featuring the South Knox Swingtet and the Whitewater Bluegrass Band. Tickets: $10 at the door. Info: Mona, 947-7428 or 256-7428. Knoxville Sentinels 8U tryout, 4 p.m., RBI Indoor Facility. Info/to preregister: 385-1313 or knoxsentinels@

TUESDAY, JAN. 21 La Technique: Knife Skills cooking class, 6:308:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $60. Info/reservations: 922-9916 or www.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Computer Workshop: Introducing the Computer, 2 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info/to register: 525-5431. Free blood pressure checks, 6:30-7 p.m., North Knoxville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road. No appointment necessary.



Free blood pressure checks, 6:30-7 p.m., North Knoxville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road. No appointment necessary.

Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome.

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About Ringo

Ringo is a strikingly handsome silver tabby male cat about 8 months old. He’s gets along great with other cats and would be great with kids. He is very affectionate and likes to be petted and rubbed. He loves to be the center of attention and sometimes I think he thinks he’s a dog. He can entertain himself but also likes to play with other cats and toys. He’s negative for feline leukemia and aids, has been spayed, wormed, vaccinated, and vet checked.

About Squash





Squash is a darling short haired classic gray tabby female kitten about 4 months old. Her coat is quite strikingly beautiful and unique. She's very outgoing and social and gets along well with cats. She loves to play and wrestle with other cats or toys and is never bored. She's negative for feline leukemia and aids, had her first distemper vaccine, been wormed, vet checked and had Advantage for fleas. She’s healthy, happy, loves to snuggle and is as cute as a button, and ready for a permanent home.

About Xena

Xena, the warrior princess, is a cute short haired dilute tortie (gray with gold mix through) female kitten, about 8 months old. Born in foster care, she is very social, playful and outgoing. She continues to nurse on her own belly, which is very endearing. She loves to play with toys or other cats and likes to be held and snuggled. Gets along well with cats, and should be great with dogs and kids. She's negative for feline leukemia and been wormed, had Advantage for fleas, aids, had two distemper vaccines, has and been vet checked and spayed.

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HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY Shopper news • JANUARY 6, 2014 • B-3

‘Ring out the false, ring in the true’ BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – It’s about 11 on the Monday morning of a holiday week, and Jeremy Burke is unpacking books.

Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS He runs a small bookstore here in this charming city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that still bears scars from Hurricane Katrina. “This Christmas was better than last year, which was better than the year before,” Jeremy says of his store, and that seems to sum up the Everybody knows your name (or at least your game) at The city’s resolve. I scan the shelves, findBlind Tiger.

The menu at Purple Banana

ing an award-winning book about the town’s triumph over tragedy, a marvelous Molly Ivins and a discarded ex-library book that looked like it needed a home. I’m a sucker for a stray. Jeremy knows my friend, writer Rheta, and says, “I keep telling her she needs to write another book.” On the wall are some words by resident DP Dagle, read on NPR in 2011: “The Soul of Bay St. Louis isn’t hard to find if you know what you’re looking for in downtown BSL. “Geographically, it’s off Highway 90, and is most active between Carroll and Union, centered around main street (sic) overlooking the Gulf. Metaphorically, it’s located between Bloody Mary Mornings and Sunday strolls in seersucker suits, centered around Southern Living overlooking a troubled past and a promising future.” The Big Easy, Gulfport Owner Jeremy Burke (far right) chats with a customer at Bay Books, the bookstore he co-owns and Pass Christian attract with Kristen Tusa.

Special Notices

15 Trucking Opportunities 106 Dogs

PELVIC/TRANSVAGINAL MESH? Did you undergo transvaginal placement of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence between 2005 and the present? If the mesh caused complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Charles H.Johnson Law and speak with female staff members 1-800-535-5727

Cemetery Lots


2 Mausoleum Crypts at Lynnhurst Cemetery. Side-by-side, eye level. Prime loc. 865-414-1448

DRIVERS: CDL-A. Dedicated Routes Solo & Team. Great Pay/Benefits & Bonuses! Home Weekly, No Slip Seat, No Touch, Newer Equipment. (855) 219-4838

ACTION ADS 922-4136 or 218-WEST(9378) DRIVERS: Make $63,000.00/year or more, $2,500 driver referral bonus & $1,200 orientation completion bonus! CDL-A OTR Exp. Req. Call Now: 1-877-725-8241

Local Driving/Delivery 106a

SCHOOLBUS DRIVER JOB AVAIL in Jan. Mini-bus, CDL class B license w/PS enWE BUY HOUSES dorsement. Must Any Reason, Any Condition have clean record & 865-548-8267 pass bkgrnd check, DOT physical, & random drug tests. Comm. Prop. - Rent 66 Steve 865-389-4340.

Real Estate Wanted 50

North Knoxville Office/Shop 1120 sq ft. $395/mo Chris 922-3675 Worley Builder,s Inc.

Apts - Unfurnished 71



MAID BRIGADE Home Cleaning Needs help Day shift M-F, Serious inquiries only. Call 688-0224 Mon or Tues.

141 Boats Motors

25 1-3 60 7 $140 weekly. Discount avail. Util, TV, Ph, Stv, Refrig, Basic Cable. No Lse.

Condo Rentals


2BR, 2.5BA Ftn. City, appls. included, priv. patio, 1 car gar., $850/ mo. $50/mo. HOA. Call 865-679-8105.

Rooms-Roommates 77 Effic. Apt. $100/wk, Boyds Creek, Seymour, util. & cable incl. Priv. ent. 865286-9819; 727-453-0036

GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPS. AKC, Vet ckd, Shots, Wormed, Weaned. $350. Call 423-215-0133 HAVANESE CKC Pups, 4 M, vet ck'd., S&W, raised in home, $850. Call 865-201-6652. ***Web ID# 352136***

YORKIES AKC, quality ch. ln. Puppies & young adults. Males. Great pricing. 865-591-7220 ***Web ID# 352390***

Free Pets



Looking for an addition to the family? Visit Young-Williams Animal Center, the official shelter for Knoxville & Knox County.

Call 215-6599 or visit

Farmer’s Market 150 AMERICAN BISON: 3--two yr. old heifers, 1--two yr old unrelated bull. $4,800. 865-607-7820 HAY FOR SALE, 150 roles in the dry. $20 per roll. Phone 865368-8968

Household Appliances 204a

the attention, so naturally I fell in love with BSL. About the only thing out of place is a cacophonous casino, the best part of which is a big filet and a photo of Bob Hope. If you look carefully amid the cranes and the construction, you can find the art galleries, inns, boardwalks and bars. Everybody knows your name (or at least your game) at The Blind Tiger, which overlooks the bay. It’s busy, so I eat at Purple Banana, a place that boasts that its customers are good guessers. Good for business, I guess.

261 Air Cond / Heating 301 Flooring




2013 MODEL SALE CHECK US OUT AT or call 865-681-3030

Motor Homes


1976 FMC #1040, twin beds, dinette, new refrig, TV & satell. antenna, microwave, coffee maker, new radio, 4 new Michelin tires, 6 1/2 kw Onan gen., Chrys #440 ind. rear eng. pusher, $10,000. 865-577-1427 36' Phaetan mfg by Tiffin, 4 slides, 3 TVS, 9K mi, 360 Cummings diesel w/lrg diesel gen. Reduced $128,500. 865-577-1427

PREVOST 1997 Vogue 45' XL All elec., 60 series Detroit, 6 spd Allison, in motion satellite, 20 kw Kohler, 2 owner coach, $135,000. 865-803-7977





Willie Nelson comes on the radio, singing Sinatra. “When I was 17, it was a very good year…” I smile, both at that voice and the incredible incredulousness of Willie working his way through the words of that rhyme. As usual, he pulls it off to perfection. Who knows whether 2013 was a good or a lean year or an in-between year, so I thought of Tennyson. “Ring out the old, ring in the new/Ring, happy bells, across the snow; the year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.” “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at

330 Painting / Wallpaper 344 Roofing / Siding


CHEV SILVERADO 1987, SWB, all orig., Sports 264 $4,000 obo or trade. Call 865-922-6408 Mustang 1998 ***Web ID# 348995*** Ford GT, blue, 4.6 V8, 31,641 1 ownr mi, extras, Accufab upper intake, JLT cold air intake, Steeda under pulley set, 3.73 4 Wheel Drive 258 drive rear gear, H pipe S/S exhaust w/FloMasters, ^ ^ $8500. Denny 865DODGE RAM 1500 947-0559; 865-607-9689 Alterations/Sewing 303 SLT quad 1998, 4x4, 129K mi., V8, 5.9L 922-4136 or 218-WEST(9378) mtr. Runs Great! ALTERATIONS Domestic 265 $5000. 865-673-4897. CERAMIC TILE inBY FAITH stallation. Floors/ Men women, children. walls/ repairs. 33 Lincoln TOWN CAR Custom-tailored yrs exp, exc work! Antiques Classics 260 Signature 2003, clothes for ladies of all John 938-3328 white, excellent cond., sizes plus kids! housed in garage, Faith Koker 938-1041 Corvette Convertible 47,500 mi, $9500. 1966, 327 / 350, 4 sp, Guttering 333 Call 865-379-7126 blk / yellow, great driver. $49k firm. 865-254-1992 318 HAROLD'S GUTTER Pont. Grand Am 2003, Cleaning PDL, PW, AC, sunrf, FORD SERVICE. Will clean CD, runs great, I DO HOUSEKEEPTHUNDERBIRD 1966 front & back $20 & up. $2,900. 865-458-3269 ING or sit w/elderly complete rebuild, Quality work, guaranin Maynardville or new paint, 428 eng. teed. Call 288-0556. Halls area. De$7500 obo. 865-719-1333 pendable! 9 92 -0525 VW KARMANN GHIA Handyman 335 (2 dr. coupe) 1971 Owner - Estate. Call: Electrical 323 CARPENTRY, 522-4964 or Email PLUMBING, painting, siding. VOL Elect ric Free est, 30+ yrs exp!  I ns tal l ati on Call 607-2227. Domestic 265 Domestic 265  R e p a i r  Maintenance HONEST & DE Service UpPENDABLE! Small grades jobs welcome. Ex4x4 16K miles, Extra c lean ............................. p'd in carpentry,  Cab l e drywall, painting,  P h on e L i n es plumbing. ReasonS ma l l j o b s able, refs avail. Call welco me. Dick at 947-1445. License d/Ins ured Ofc : 9 4 5 -3 05 4 Lawn Care 339 King CAB 2wd 32K miles .................................................. C e l l : 7 0 5 - 6 3 5 7

ROOF LEAK SPECIALIST. I repair shingle, rubber, tile & slate roofs. All types remodeling, chimney repair, floor jacking, carpentry, plumbing. All work 100% guar. Day/night. 237-7788.

Stump Removal

RAY VARNER FORDXLT LLC ’07 Ford Explorer 592090MASTER Ad Size 3 x 4 $25,930 4c N TFN <ec> ’05 Nissan Frontier


TREE WORK & Power Stump Grinder. Free est, 50 yrs exp!



Tree Service





CARPENTRY, VINYL windows, drs, siding, flr jacking & leveling, painting, plumbing, elec, bsmnt waterproofing, hvac repair, insulation, tree work. Cleanout basements/ attics. Sr. Citizen Discount. 455-5042 Licensed General Contractor Restoration, remodeling, additions, kitchens, bathrooms, decks, sunrooms, garages, etc. Residential & commercial, free estimates. 922-8804, Herman Love.


SPROLES DESIGN CONSTRUCTION *Repairs/additions *Garages/roofs/decks *Siding/paint/floors

938-4848 or 363-4848

Excavating/Grading 326



Powell's Painting & ALL TYPES roofing, Remodeling - Resiguaranteed to fix dential & Commercial. any leak. Special Free Estimates. 865coating for metal 771-0609 roofs, slate, chimney repair. Sr. Citizen Discount. Call Plumbing 348 455-5042.

'91 FORD F450 flatbed, 7.3 diesel, good TOYOTA Camry 2012, tires, new batteries. 42K mi., $2,000 down, A/C. $4500. Call 522- take over pymnt. 865376-0537; 306-4099. 6262 or 805-1337.

Roofing / Siding


’05 Lincoln Navigator Ultimate, 4x4, Loaded, 24KSAVE $$$ SPECIALS OF THE WEEK! $33,150


miles.................. '11 Lincoln MKZ, loaded, leather, moon roof, low miles, MUST GO! R1463 ........................ $19,996


2001 E. Magnolia Ave.

$17,436 '13 Lincoln MKS, only 5K miles, extra clean, wholesale price! R1475 ..................................$31,500

Exercise Equipment 208

Price includes $399 dock fee. Plus tax, tag & title WAC. Dealer retains all rebates. Restrictions may apply. See dealer for details. Prices good through next week.

'13 Ford Escape SE, 2.0 ecoboost, AWD, below book value! R1459 ............................... $22,476 Ford Escape 4x4, 15K miles.................................................................. 90 Day Warranty ’06 '13 Ford Taurus, limited, loaded, certified pre-owned, 100K mile warranty! R1441 .....$25,996

AERIAL PILATES Gym, total pkg. w/3 w/instructions. Many different breeds DVD's $150. 865-577-3993. Maltese, Yorkies, Malti-Poos, Poodles, Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, 232 Shih Tzu, $175/up. shots Boats Motors & wormed. We do BOSTON WHALER Health guar. Manf’d Homes - Rent 86 layaways. 2005 #150 Sport-Fish, Div. of Animal Welfare Merc. 60 HP 4 stroke, State of TN built in 15 gal. gas 2 & 3 BR MOBILE Dept. of Health. tank, 12V troll motor, HOMES IN CORRYTON Lic # COB0000000015. only 94 hrs w/ built in Start at $500 423-566-3647 hour meter, built in 865-257-9766 battery charger, fish finder, perfect cond. Schnauzers Miniature, With galv. trailer & AKC, 3rd shots, tails canvas cover, & dew claws, ch bldln, $11,500. 865-577-1427 $400. 423-452-0646

Manf’d Homes - Sale 85


YORKIES, ADULTS and PUPPIES, AKC 3 lb. $200 to $600. 865-376-0537; 306-4099.

BLOODHOUND PUPPIES, AKC reg. DOWNSIZING Moving sale, several items red, vet checked for sale. Too much $500. 865-680-2155. to list. Info 865-247-6265 Bordoodle Pups, DOB 12/18. Non shed, large, SAVE MONEY! BUY AVON. Linda smart & healthy, M&F, Hammond, Avon $600. Avail 1/22. Dep Independent Sales $300. 865-771-9276 Rep. Call 932-8079. ***Web ID# 350744*** Cane Corso / Great Dane pups. Blues & brindles. Protection dog. $400-$500. 865-457-5907 ***Web ID# 352276***

238 Sport Utility

Photos by Jake Mabe

WESTIES, AKC, Ch. TAHOE 2004 Q4 S/F, HARLEY DAVIDSON FORD EXPLORER Ped. Hlth guar. Beau- 20' 190 HP Mercruiser, 1952, all matching 2002 Eddie Bauer, tiful, quality pups. I/O, exc. cond. numbers, $10,000. 4WD, 128K mi., 3rd $800. 865-654-4977 $11,900 neg. Call for Call 423-215-9592 seat, dual air, $5500. ***Web ID# 352196*** more info. 423-562-1338. Call 865-591-0249.

HAY FOR SALE. 4x5' rolls, Ftn. City close to $20 per bale, Broadway. Nice 1 BR, Call 865-933-1238 W&D, lrg windows, laminate flrs. Crd. ck. PERSON WANTED $525 mo incl Wifi + to live-in for room Music Instruments 198 $350 dep. 865-384-8532 & board plus small ***Web ID# 352298*** salary, & help with bed-ridden man & Baldwin elec. organ, KARNS AREA, 1 or exc cond, for church drive woman on er2BR, stove, refrig., or home, $3500 cash. rands. 865-258-9440 DW, garb. disp., 2 865-524-6928 1/2 BA, no pets. $600-$925. 865-691- Dogs 141 8822; 660-3584. Misc. Items 203

Apts - Furnished 72 WALBROOK STUDIOS

232 Motorcycles

Bay Saint Louis, Miss., still shows scars from Hurricane Katrina.




I BUY OLDER MOBILE HOMES. 1990 up, any size OK. 865-384-5643

Over 30 yrs. experience! ^ Bobcat/Backhoe. Small dump truck. Small jobs welcome & appreciated! Call 688-4803 or 660-9645.

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Dan Varner

Fencing 2026 N. Charles Seivers Blvd. • Clinton, TN 37716

457-0704 or 1-800-579-4561


FENCE WORK Installation & repair. Free est. 43 yrs exp! Call 689-9572.

Trimming, removal, stump grinding,


brush chipper,


aerial bucket truck.

Mowing, weed-eating & blowing. LOW RATES! Also minor mower repairs.

Licensed & insured.



Free estimates!


B-4 • JANUARY 6, 2014 • HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY Shopper news

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