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There are two amazing things about Knox County Elementary Teacher of the Year Kitty Menhinick. One is that she absolutely knew what she wanted to be – a special education teacher – at the age of 14. The other is that she was able to achieve her goal in spite of her own difficulties with school. “I was an information overload kid,” she says. “School was a mighty struggle.”

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B&P prayer breakfast is Friday The Halls B&P will hold its annual prayer breakfast 7:30 a.m. Good Friday (March 29). Knox County Clerk Foster Arnett will speak. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Shopper-News office (9224136) or at The UPS Store in Halls (922-3946).

HHS band car show is Saturday

The 12th annual Halls Crossroads Car Show is Saturday, March 30, in the Halls Food City parking lot, 7202 Maynardville Hwy. Registration is 9 a.m. to noon. Judging starts at noon. Cost is $20 (preregistration) or $25 (day of show). All proceeds benefit the Halls High band. Open to all vehicles, old and new. Trophy categories include Best in Show, Top Modified, Top Restored, Top Daily Driver and Unfinished, Top Original, Top Import, Top Truck, Top Motorcycle, Band Director’s Choice, Best Paint, Best Motor, Best Interior, Club Trophy (most registered vehicles). Each paid registration receives a goody bag featuring an event T-shirt and donated items, plus five tickets for door prizes. Live music by the Halls Jazz Band and others as well as food and retail vendors. Info/registration forms: carshow.

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March 25, 2013

By Jake Mabe Hugh and Mary Newsom walked slowly down the first and third base lines at Halls High School’s Bob Polston Field last Tuesday night, shaking hands, saying thanks. In her hand, Mary clutched the Halls baseball uniform Chris wore his senior year at Halls. Hugh and Mary talked about how much it meant for them to have it. Both teams wore special jerseys. Hugh thanked each player for honoring Chris. Mary even joked, “Play ball” with the Central players. “It was emotional for me,” Halls High coach Doug Polston says. “I coached Chris. When you spend four years with a kid and work like we do, it becomes special.” The Central High jersey, presented to the Newsoms by Central coach Brian Lovett, who played with Chris in summer league ball and against him while Lovett was a player at Central, was signed by Lovett’s team. Gate receipts from the game and from one rescheduled from last Monday night to 5:30 p.m. April 24 at Tommy Schumpert Park are benefitting the Chris Newsom Memorial Scholarship Fund. Newsom, a 2002 Halls High graduate, and his girlfriend, Channon Christian, were murdered in January 2007. This is the first year for the gate receipt games, which Polston and Lovett plan to make annual events. “Brian and I had first talked about it last year and he brought

Central High School baseball coach Brian Lovett presents a special uniform to Hugh and Mary Newsom in honor of their late son, Chris, as Halls High head coach Doug Polston looks on. The Halls jersey is the one Chris wore his senior year at Halls High. it up during summer meetings,” Polston says. “We had a much better than average gate. When I told Hugh what we were going to do, he said, ‘You don’t have to do that.’ I said, ‘I know I don’t have

to do it. It’s something we want to do.’ ” “It’s something I have been wanting to do since I became a head coach (three years ago),”

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‘The Day He Wore My Crown’ By Cindy Taylor Members of Union Baptist Church have more than 10 years of experience with the Easter drama “The Day He Wore My Crown.” That could explain the perfection and tone of the performance. But those involved will tell you it is a work of God. Thunder and lightning, the sound of whips searing flesh and the ring of hammer against spike as Jesus is nailed to the cross bring realism to a production that has many in tears by its conclusion. In the early years, the play portion of the program took a back seat to the music. Through time the production team added special effects and broadened the acting. Now more than half of the church membership is involved.

Gary Buckner played the role of Jesus in all past performances until health issues forced him to take a hiatus. Mike Hayes stepped into the role this year. Margaret Walker directs the program. “Gary played Jesus for so many years he took on the personality of Jesus both in rehearsal and on stage,” said Walker. “Mike has done an excellent job, especially considering he never played this role before.” Darren Edmondson lends a beautiful tenor voice to the program in his rendition of “Mary, Did You Know,” a song new to Jesus is risen. Photo by Cindy Taylor the play this year. Sheila Holbert sends chills down the spine with “The Day He Wore My Crown,” the title song sung as Hayes por- brings the play to a close with “He at 8244 Old Maynardville Hightrays Jesus bearing the sins of Is Risen.” way. Sunday services are 10:40 the world on the cross. The choir Union Baptist Church is located a.m. and 6 p.m. Info: 922-7714.

The Duncan strategy After listing the savings he’s achieved during three years as The crown prince of the Duncan Dynasty gave a glimpse of his re- trustee, Duncan alluded to the election strategy last week. Knox scandal that’s plagued his tenure. “Some people want to focus on a County Trustee John Duncan believes he, like a football coach, should program that I didn’t manage well and that caused embarrassment to be judged by his body of work. me and my family.” Duncan said delinquent tax collections were 43 percent higher last year than the year before he took ofFlanked by his mom, his wife fice. With collections this high, the and his dad’s chief of staff (Bob delinquent tax attorney would have Griffitts), Duncan enjoyed a polite been paid $600,000 under the proand even pleasant reception at the gram used by previous trustees. Halls Republican Club – his first Instead, Duncan brought the job speaking engagement since two key in-house for about $100,000. Now, staffers resigned after guilty pleas with Chad Tindell gone, Duncan in Criminal Court. has outsourced it to the county’s law

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Expand your mind with creative classes

UT student Christy Thomas, reading one of her poems to the Poetry Writing for Youth group of the Knoxville Writer’s Guild, is a former student of Central High School teacher Erin Atchley. Atchley says Thomas is “one to watch” in creative writing. Photo by Libby Morgan

Writers nurturing poetry Language is a beautiful thing in the hands of creative people.

Libby Morgan The Pi Rho Creative Writing Club, a spinoff of the Knoxville Writer’s Guild, is a group of Central, Halls and homeschooled high school students, a few recent grads, and anyone else who wants to join in. They meet weekly, mostly at the Fountain City Library, and this time it was over laptops and other devices, surrounded by chips and drinks and chatter. Creative is certainly the operative word. It was open mic night

A cupcake would by any name Be as sweet the sweetest poem poured into non-stick sonnet trays warm batter sprinkled words verbose be sure to preheat and proofread bake and edit until golden remove and let cool out of mind then top with final frosted notes and tasty you’ll know are your treats but not one publisher will eat – C Roland Lewis without a mic. Several read their pieces, some of which were written on the spot in five minutes after a “prompt” was given. Critiques followed, all given with tact and taken in good humor. The group is under the supervision of Erin Atchley, Central High English teacher who recently was voted president of the Knoxville Writer’s Guild. Kara McLain, the group’s

Or perhaps Poetry is a sneeze. Life is breathed in, The good and bad.

Poetry is … According to those who When asked, Answered Cupcake. The thoughts tumble, The feelings flare, The words wrap around Until they are purged And shaped And baked And made to resemble something Edible. From your mind In the form of foul, filthy Raw … Feelings.

facilitator and a 2012 graduate of Central, and Casey Lewis, 2011 graduate, both read poems about poetry. And cupcakes. (Getting published, of course, is the dream of any writer, so we’re furthering the cause by publishing the cupcakes poems here.) At an upcoming meeting, the group plans to do a slam poetry contest with the prize being four bags of dill pickle chips.

And soon it starts to irritate Until you are irate And you must exercise those demons Then again, Maybe poetry is a table Built simply to carry Everything that can’t be bothered with. The insults in the form of praise, The nasty look thrown When you look the other way,

Fine art, music, sculpting, even juggling classes right here in the neighborhood can give you a creative outlet and inspire your young ones to stretch their abilities. The Fountain City Art Center is now enrolling for spring, summer and ongoing sessions. Classical and folk guitar - Andy LeGrand Contact Andy at or 223-5885. Children’s Art - Elaine Flaherty Elaine offers a wide variety of materials and techniques for children: pencil, watercolor, clay, acrylics, etc. Six weeks, Tuesday 4:15-5:30 p.m., May 7 - June 11. $90/$105, materials included. Ages 6-12. Children’s Watercolor - Mary Secrist Watercolor classes. Six weeks, Sat. 1:30 3 p.m., May 25 - June 29. $75, Paula Lewin Crews with juggling teacher Clay Thurston. Photo materials included. Ages 8-12. submitted Children’s Art - Jan Bolus Students will have one is really cool because it comJuggling Made Easy or two completed projects to bines the best of both … the Clay Thurston If you have take home at the end of each bright colors of pastels and always wanted to learn how class. Two six week sessions, the rich, mysterious darks to juggle, then here is your May 28 - June 25 and July and textures of the oil sticks.” chance; or if you already 2-30, Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. juggle a little and would noon. Each session $90/$105, to 3:30 p.m. $100/$115. Bring like to learn more, this class materials included. a basic set of soft pastels. is for you. Juggling is well Children’s Clay Class- Ages 14 to adult. known for its ability to imes Flexible times for handCollage and Decora- prove eye-hand coordinabuilding or wheel thrown tive Paper - Doris Prich- tion, but it has also been clay. Call or email to sched- ard Covers design, making found to be one of the best decorative papers from tis- exercises for the brain. Six ule. Ages 8 and up. Pastel One-Day Work- sue and other paper, surface weeks, Tuesday 7-8 p.m. shop with a Twist! - Paul treatments, image transfer, April 16 -May 21 $35/$40. DeMarrais Says Paul of this and collage techniques. Me- Bring three tennis balls. workshop: “I have come up dia used will include water- Ages 10 to adult. Tuition fees listed are with an exciting way of com- colors, acrylics, and inks. bining soft pastels and my A supply list is available at for members/nonmembers. own handmade oil sticks. the Art Center. Four weeks, One year’s membership is The end result is framed like Tues. 1- 3:30 p.m., April 9-30. $25 for young students and $55 for families. a pastel work. This method $90/$105 Ages 14 to adult.

The unloving actions of those You love, The awkward situations that life Never seems to be in short supply of.

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The pile grows And the table is bound to break. Then you rebuild it Stronger More beautiful And more stable than ever before. A table that can’t be broken Down. Poetry is Knowing they were wrong, Then proving it. – Kara McLain

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Legend of the Dogwood Tree When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew To a towering size with a lovely hue. It’s branches were strong and interwoven And for Christ’s cross its timbers were chosen.

Slender and twisted it shall always be, With cross shaped blossoms for all to see. Petals shall have bloodstains marked in brown, And in all the blossom centers a thorny crown.

Being distressed at the use of the wood Christ made a promise which still holds good. Not ever again shall the dogwood grow To be large enough for such a tree, and so,

All who see it shall think of me, Nailed to a cross from a dogwood tree. Protected and cherished the tree shall be A reflection to all of my agony. — Author Unknown

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Once Upon a Dream

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Mary Costa visits Gibbs High

She still gets nervous before a performance, believe it or not.

Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS She says she’s given maybe 10 “perfect” performances in her career, although you know the number is more than 10 times that. And she can still light up a room like the star she is, in the best and truest sense of what that means. Mary Costa, Knox bornand-bred (the family homeplace was on Emory Road and she first attended the now-closed McCampbell School), opera star, Princess Aurora from Walt Disney’s 1959 animated film “Sleeping Beauty,” came to Gibbs High School last week. Anyone touched by her spirit will never forget it. She came, as a surprise, to speak to Dean Harned’s film studies class. Junior Seth Hall wrote to Costa when he found out she was from Tennessee. Turns out, Costa knew Harned’s late grandmother, Helen. Seth had only asked for an autograph. You should have seen the look on students’ faces when Costa walked into the room. Each smiled. Seth Hall Some cried. I’m not kidding. “I never expected a call or anything like this,” Seth says. Costa had even been following the Gibbs boys basketball team’s state tournament run. She postponed her visit five days because of it. “I thought to myself, ‘Gosh, this school must be something. They excel in so many things.’ I’m just very proud to be here.” “This is a great day for Gibbs High School,” Harned said. You should have seen student MaKayla Mounger. To say “Sleeping Beauty” is her favorite is like saying Dale Earnhardt knew how to drive. Purses, dolls, T-shirts, blankets, she’s got it all. “I’m trying to contain myself,” MaKayla said. Costa says speaking to young people is “Once Upon a Dream” (the song from “Sleeping Beauty”) come true. “I have something in my heart for young people,” Costa said. “They don’t know how really gifted they are.” She told them about getting the part of Princess Au-

Mary Costa greets Gibbs High teacher Dean Harned. rora, meeting Walt Disney (he called her “Happy Bird” and told her not to catch a cold), rubbing shoulders with names like Sinatra and Stewart (yep, Frank and Jimmy), being asked by Jackie Kennedy to sing at JFK’s memorial in Los Angeles. But encouraging the kids was the prevailing part of the program. “When you decide on a lifetime passion, it has to be something that makes you so happy that when you wake up in the morning you’re ready to go.” And, you gotta have the three Ds – dedication, determination and “work it up with” discipline. “Anything for me that is worthwhile to achieve is hard. But that’s the fun part for me.” Off she went after Harned’s class ended, with members of the school chorus, to meet their teacher. She asked them about their favorite pieces of music and, again, encouraged them to find their passion and pursue it with perfection. Oh, and by the way, if all you know of Mary Costa is “Sleeping Beauty,” take another look. She has performed in “Manon Lescaut” and “La Traviata” and at least 42 other operas in San Francisco, in London, at The Met, elsewhere. Bing Crosby intro-

duced her as “the opera singer from Knoxville, Tenn.” on an early 1970s NBC-TV Christmas special. She shines in the 1972 MGM feature “The Great Waltz,” about composer Johann Strauss II. And that just scratches the surface. Her true talent, her shining star, is her spirit. She credits her faith in Jesus Christ for sustaining her. And she has a way of lighting up the room even brighter than a Disney cartoon. The proof lies in the students’ eyes, smiles and sweet tears at Gibbs High last week. Only a star, a real one, a true one, can do that. “Once Upon a Dream,” indeed. ■

Mullins to speak to Open Door Book Review

Jim Tumblin reports that retired Realtor Robert “Sonny” Mullins Jr. will review his book, “Growing up Country,” for the Open Door Book Review on Thursday, March 28, at the Fountain City Branch Library. “Mullins’ book describes a way of life that was once taken for granted but is now fast disappearing,” Tumblin says. “He tells what it was like growing up in Hancock County where he planted tobacco, hunted squirrels and attended a oneroom school house.” Coffee and conversation begin at 10 a.m. and the pro-

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Mary Costa, renowned opera singer, actor, and the voice of Princess Aurora from Disney’s 1959 “Sleeping Beauty,” spoke with students in a surprise visit to Dean Harned’s film studies class at Gibbs High last week.

Hugh and Mary Newsom shake hands with Halls High baseball players last Tuesday. Gate receipts from the game and from the April 24 game at Central High will go to the Chris Newsom Memorial Scholarship Fund. Photos by Ruth White

A close-up of the base of the Disney Legends Award, presented to Mary Costa in 1999 by Michael Eisner and Roy Disney. Photos by Ruth White gram begins at 10:30. Free admission. ■

Outdoor Classroom celebration is April 18

The seventh annual Halls Outdoor Classroom celebration is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the classroom, located behind the school campus. “Join us for free barbecue, homemade ice cream, a pie eating contest, live bluegrass music, children’s activities and much, much more,” says Knox County watershed coordinator Roy Arthur.

Lovett says. “I can’t think of Halls baseball without thinking of Chris and that rivalry we used to have. I don’t ever remember being around Chris when he wasn’t smiling. He was the life of the party and a tremendous, genuine guy. “Chris was a good kid,” Polston adds. “He was one of my senior project kids. He would come up to the field and work on it with me. One day, I had bought clay bricks and dug the mound out and the batter’s boxes and we were putting the bricks in. Chris said, ‘I’ve never worked like this in my life.’ “My dad (Bob) was helping us and told him, ‘Boy, get a good education and you won’t have to do this the rest of your life.’” Halls won the game 6-0 last Tuesday but, in the

grand scheme of things, that didn’t matter. “I tell our kids every year before prom or if we’re going to be off for a while, ‘Don’t think something can’t ever happen to you.’ But it means lot to me, to Coach (Tommy) Noe and to my wife, Trina (a longtime Halls baseball volunteer). And several former players came back. Some knew Chris and some of them didn’t.” “Not a day goes by I don’t think of him,” Lovett says. “I’d like to thank Coach Polston for letting us do this and also thank Gary Christian. Channon’s brother, Chase, was a buddy of ours and part of that summer league. It’s great to do a little something for them and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

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government Don’t expect new tax in Rogero budget Mayor Rogero will present her second city budget message to Knoxville at the traditional Mayor’s Luncheon on Friday, April 26, at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. This will be the 26th budget message presented in this fashion having started in 1988. Mayors over a single 4-year term have five speeches which are guaranteed an audience of attentive listeners. One is the Inaugural Address and the other four are the city budget messages, or the State of the City address which it really is. The attention paid to other speeches often depends on whether a crisis exists. Mayors sometimes give three or four talks (as opposed to speeches) in a single day. Knoxville’s city charter requires the budget be presented to City Council by May 1. It does not say when, where or how the budget will be presented. Prior to 1988, the city mayor simply met with council and handed copies of it to the nine members. The stories generated from such an informal procedure usually highlighted a council member’s pointed question on an issue of interest to him/her. Seldom did the mayor have the chance to outline a vision or broad intentions for the coming year without competing critics. After I became mayor on Jan. 1, 1988, I decided to break with past practices and hosted the first mayoral budget address at a luncheon in the community room of the Candy Factory at the World’s Fair Park. Council members each hosted a table and the first audience was roughly 200 people. It was then a novelty and not the tradition it has become. Sue Clancy and Roseanne Wolf, who led the special events office, masterminded the event. It was there that I urged an increase in the local sales tax by a referendum of city voters to pay for services which had been neglected or dropped for many years such as paving of city streets and regular hiring of police and firefighters. Ultimately, on Sept. 15, 1988, the voters approved a 3/4 cent increase in the local sales tax by 62 percent. Such an increase had been rejected on five separate occasions over the prior 25 years.

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There was no negative fallout from a tax increase enacted by popular vote. This year the mayor will not propose a tax increase and five council members are seeking a second term this November. The audience has grown from 200 to over 750 last year. It has become an event to attend. Some criticism has been leveled for the cost of $25,000 for it. Personally, I think it is a cost worth spending in terms of being a true community event where the elected leader of the city can outline how the taxes we all pay will be spent subject to council approval. ■ Helen Heatherly, longtime Republican precinct worker, died this past week. She was a Norwood resident, 84, and stuffed more envelopes and mailers for my various campaigns over the year than I can remember. She served on the Norwood GOP precinct committee over 30 years. ■ Claude Ramsey, former Hamilton County mayor and state representative, now deputy to Governor Haslam, has been calling local government officials asking their views on Tennessee signing onto the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Financially it would assist Knox County. A decision is expected in weeks by the governor. ■ Commissioner Ed Shouse is sponsoring a resolution before Knox County Commission urging the legislature not to enact the Steve Hall legislation to sell Lakeshore Mental Health Institute property but to transfer it to the current Lakeshore Park owned by the city. Shouse is a regular park user and advocate for it. ■ Knox County GOP legislators will meet soon to recommend three persons to serve on the Knox Election Commission. Rep. Gloria Johnson has not announced who she will recommend to replace Dennis Francis who is retiring from the commission.


Council undoes Dunn deal Former City Council member Carlene Malone rarely attends council meetings anymore, but she made an exception last week when she showed up to opMalone pose state Rep. Bill Dunn’s bid to buy two lots in a Harrill Heights flood zone that the city had acquired for flood control 40 years ago. The Rogero administration had approved selling the lots as surplus property and Dunn’s sealed bid of $1,500 was the only one received. Dunn, who lives in the neighborhood, proposed to use the lots as a community garden, had a petition signed by neighbors and brought in a neighbor who said she was looking forward to seeing vegetables grow.

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City engineers said that tilling the soil posed very little risk to – and might even improve – the environment surrounding the large sinkhole that is the area’s only means of drainage. Public works director Christi Branscom extolled the economic benefits of putting property back on the tax rolls and attracting people to the neighborhood. The reaction was vintage Malone: “There are some who think that government should be run like a business. There is no business in the world that would ever increase a flood risk for a one-time payment of 1,500 bucks and 10 bucks a year (in tax revenue).” Council voted 6-3 to reject the sale, which was also

opposed by Jamie Rowe, whose property adjoins these lots. She said selling the property back to a private owner could pose a risk to the sinkhole, which is the area’s only means of drainage. Several council members were puzzled about the definition of community garden, since the deed would have identified Dunn as the sole owner. It also carried a drainage easement and a restriction against building. Dunn drove in from Nashville for the meeting and planned to return to the Legislative Plaza early the next morning. He has a degree in agriculture and said he understands the nature of sinkholes. “The key word here is incentive. I have an incentive not to lose any topsoil,” he said. Malone and Rowe were represented by Jon Roach, who was law director when the city bought 21 houses there and cleared the land

for flood control. He said the issue of the sale turns on three questions: “Is the property truly surplus? Is this an appropriate use? What’s the property owner’s liability?” Roach said the city code defines surplus property as “property no longer needed or suited for its purpose,” and answered the first two questions in the negative. He said the area has been identified in the city’s Land Use Policy as a critical sinkhole basin, so there is potential liability if sedimentation from tilled soil chokes the sinkhole. Mark Campen, Brenda Palmer and Daniel Brown voted to approve. Marshall Stair, George Wallace, Nick Della Volpe, Nick Pavlis, Duane Grieve and Finbarr Saunders voted no. There was no mention of a bill sponsored by Dunn and Sen. Becky Massey making it legal to sell produce grown in community gardens. It became law March 11.

The smartest kid in the class The wheels seem to be rolling off the wagon for Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. There was a time, through last year, in fact, when the school board was in lock-step on budget matters. Sure, you might get some pushback from Cindy Buttry or a few snarky questions from Mike McMillan, but even Buttry called last year’s financial proposal “the budget I’ve been waiting for.” And McIntyre’s proposal for $37 million in new money passed the board 8-1. I supported that budget. It clearly listed how the funds would be spent and tied expenditures to measurable outcomes. McIntyre and his backers believed the budget could pass despite Mayor Tim Burchett’s opposition. In retrospect, that was a serious miscalculation. The Chamber of Commerce was foursquare behind McIntyre. Many of the innovations had been piloted with positive results. County commissioners seemed intrigued by the prospects and committed to the shared vision of creating one of the best school systems in the Southeast. You know what happened. Burchett taped some Robo-calls and a couple of suspect “polls” were handed out. Suddenly, nary a commissioner would step up to make a motion for the school board’s budget.

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It didn’t just die; it was never birthed. So now we’re in another budget season and this time even the school board is taking pot shots at McIntyre. Indya Kincannon doesn’t see a reason to double the district’s security budget (from $2 million to $4 million), calling it “a big investment to allay fears that doesn’t buy us more safety and security.” Somebody else asked why a proposed $3 million increase for technology is in the district’s capital budget rather than operations. Because that’s the only way we’ve got a snowball’s chance of getting it, is the answer no one gave. Doug Harris, who replaced Buttry on the board, challenged McIntyre’s plan to make Vine Middle a “STEAM” magnet along with a “community school.” “What does this do to help the 300 students who live there and currently attend Vine?” Harris asked – twice. Last year we compared Jim McIntyre and Tim Burchett to decide who’s the smartest kid in the class. This year we know the answer.

Maynardville method, Part II Why is Horace Maynardville Middle School principal Melanie Maples dipping ice cream? To raise money for school security. How did she get that Sheriff’s officer to help? “Husband,” said Chris Maples with a grin. Photo by S. Clark

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Sex Week at UT had to be privately funded after legislators complained about some of the content. Without a hint of irony, Rep. Ryan Haynes suggested “the inmates are running the aslyum over there.” ■ We thought UT’s had Sex Week forever. It’s called Spring Break. ■ “Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares,” sang Travis Tritt. Little did he know that could be Knox County’s new theme song. Finance director Chris Caldwell told County Commission thatthe agreement with Blount County (when Knox invested $5 million for a business park there), was that Knox County would receive 25 percent of land sales and a portion of the property taxes. ■ So Blount County swiped the new ProNova plant right away from Knox County by offering land in the new park for $1. “Guess we’ll be getting our quarter soon,” Caldwell said. Commissioners were not amused.


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LAW DOGS | Betty Bean The hardest thing a judge ever has to do is sentence a human being to die. Even though the lifeor-death decision is up to the jury, it is the judge’s responsibility to look the defendant in the eye and deliver the verdict. Mary Beth Leibowitz has been the Division 3 Criminal Court judge in Knox County since February 1989, when Gov. Ned McWherter swore her in to fi ll the term vacated by George Balitsaris, who retired for health reasons. She is the first woman to serve as a Criminal Court judge in Knox County and the seventh woman to serve as a trial judge in Tennessee. When she retires in 2014, she will be the first Criminal Court judge to do so voluntarily. (Most departures are caused by health, death or prosecution.) Leibowitz delivered her first death sentence in 1996. The defendant was 20-yearold Christa Gail Pike, who was convicted of being the ringleader in the particularly cold-blooded murder of fellow Job Corps participant, Colleen Slemmer, whom she suspected of trying to steal her boyfriend. Leibowitz said she prepared herself for the moment. “I said it to the mirror over and over again, and (in the courtroom) I had it written on a piece of paper that I put on the bench. I’d look over at the person and then look at the piece of paper. We had been warned by other judges in ‘baby judge school’ (the class that newly-elected trial judges take to learn the ropes): ‘Never do this without preparing yourself.’” Pike, who crushed Slemmer’s head with a chunk of asphalt and toted a piece of skull back to her dorm

room to show her friends, had enlisted two other Job Corps participants to help her lure Slemmer to a remote area south of Tyson Park and north of the UT agricultural campus, where they attacked her with box cutters before Pike administered the killing blow. Eighteen at the time of the murder, 20 when she was sentenced, Pike became the youngest woman on death row in the USA and has since been convicted of attempting to strangle another inmate with a shoelace and of attempting to escape. She will likely still be alive and well in the death house when Leibowitz leaves office. So how did the sentencing go? “It was very dramatic. Christa started screaming, ‘Mama, Mama!’ The mother started screaming; the girlfriend started screaming. It would have been pandemonium if I hadn’t already prepared my officers to hustle her into the dock and clear the room so I could talk to my jurors.” She confesses that she’d had a bit of advance warning because jurors must sign a petition when sentencing a defendant to either death or life without parole. “With any kind of difficult case, I close my office door and stay in here a few minutes, just to ready myself for what I have to do.” Leibowitz hasn’t officially announced her retirement, but concedes that everyone knows that she’s not going to run for re-election when her term is up in 17 months. Although she still has plenty of work ahead of her, she’s started the process of putting it all in perspective. She is the daughter of

Harold and Sylvia Leibowitz, who were married during World War II. Harold was an officer in the Army Air Corps, and was on a bombing run over Germany when his plane crashed. He was taken prisoner and spent a year in a POW camp. After the war, he became a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service stationed in Knoxville. Mary Beth’s sister, Peggy Headrick, lives here, and her nephew Joshua Headrick is a Knoxville lawyer. She and her husband, Michael Eisenstadt, a neurologist specializing in sleep disorders, became engaged the night before she was sworn in as a judge. Her stepson, Matthew, is a Knoxville attorney, and most importantly, she says, Matthew has given her a grandson, Charlie. “He’s 4-months-old and has already rolled over, so clearly he’s a going to be a genius.” She also has Reggie, a handsome German Shepherd rescued from a shelter, who is suffering from cancer. She worries. He’s hanging in. A Bearden High School graduate, Leibowitz got an anthropology degree at the College of William and Mary, a course of study that she says has served her well in her legal career. “People and their culture and the way they think fascinate me. I’m not any better than anybody who walks into my courtroom, and I treat them all like people.” She got her law degree at the University of Dayton in Ohio and returned to Knoxville to practice law – mostly criminal. She also got active in Democratic Party politics, particularly in Al


Mary Beth Leibowitz at her desk Photo by Betty Bean

storm of scandal surrounding her former colleague Richard Baumgartner, whose misconduct got him removed from the bench and may yet send him to prison, and is dealing with the increased workload generated by his ouster. She will not address the substance of the case against him, but spoke briefly of its consequences for the court. “Richard’s situation has been very, very hard on all of us and on me personally. If it weren’t for Judge (Jon Kerry) Blackwood, I’m not sure I’d be sitting here.” (Blackwood was appointed to hear Baumgartner’s case as well as appeals in the Christian-Newsom murder trial Baumgartner had presided over. His decisions were deeply unpopular in both cases.) Leibowitz says she’s hoping Reggie will be around to share some leisure time with her, and she is looking forward to cleaning her house, stepping up her work with charitable organizations like the Jewish Federations of North America and playing some golf.

Gore’s campaigns, and was a leader in a Tennessee to Israel tour. Gore put in a good word for her when McWherter started looking for a replacement – preferably a woman – for Balitsaris. Still, she was surprised when she got the call, and was surprised in a different way by the pushback from some prominent members of the Knoxville bar, who leveled a barrage of petty criticisms at her. But she persevered. “The day I was interviewed (for the judgeship), my father was having his second bypass. I told him I would cancel my interview and he said, ‘No, do what you have to do and I’ll do what I have to do,’ and I gave the interview of my life.” Years later, McWherter said that appointing her was one of the best things he ever did. She treasures the memory of that conversation. Once on the bench, Leibowitz made a point of being cordial and scrupulously fair to her critics. Today, she wins kudos for her demeanor, temperament and considered decisions. She has weathered the

“I’m a golfer now. I wasn’t when I started (this job), but I’ve found that it’s a wonderful thing to put a ball down, name it and whack it.” She will continue to be an active member of Heska Amuna Synagogue. Deeply religious, she wants to continue her study of the Torah and Talmud, where she has learned much of what is important and true. “Treating someone as I would want to be treated – or not treating someone the way I would not want to be treated. That’s from Rabbi Hillel, who lived at the same time as Jesus. That can carry you a long way. “I have always tried to treat people humanely because I know what inhumanity does to people. In 1985, I walked through the gates of Auschwitz and I’ve never forgotten a minute of it.”

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Track team saves money Tennessee football is jumping around in rehabilitation. We don’t know how long it will take the Vols to learn to win. Tennessee basketball generated some excitement but that was a tease. It just wasn’t good enough. Tennessee baseball is a maybe for some day in the distant future. An old Vol, trying to decide whether Volunteer athletics is a comedy or tragedy, spotted a silver lining to the disaster known as track and field. Considering that UT sports is a deficit operation, think how much was saved on the NCAA indoor championships. Only three athletes qualified for the trip to exotic Fayetteville, Ark. The school could have spent less if more administrators, coaches and support people had stayed home. Best I can tell, they didn’t accomplish much.

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OK, Tennessee’s one-man team produced progress. Freshman Jake Blankenship placed fourth in the pole vault. Last year, masculine Vols failed to scratch. Nothing. Zero. The women have had relatively recent success. This time the two who went drew a blank. Failing to score had happened before – if you go back 13 years. This is what Tennessee track has become – five total points for the combined forces. Thirty-nine teams finished ahead of the Orangemen. Everybody who did anything finished

What will people think? Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard. (Luke 19: 47-48 NRSV) Public opinion is a funny thing. Nowadays we have pollsters and news anchors and pundits to let us know what “the people” are thinking. We hear from them daily the latest on who or what is “trending.” (Who could have imagined 10 years ago that “trend” would become a verb?) We know more and more details about the lives of people who are famous mostly for being famous, not for any particular service to humankind or for any leadership ability or for extraordinary courage. But in 1st century Palestine, the people were busy spreading their cloaks on the road to honor Jesus as he passed by. At the same time, the Pharisees were planning to kill him. So much for public opinion. I am reminded of President John

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Kennedy, who rode through Dallas with throngs of people lining the streets, waving and cheering. Somewhere in that crowd, there was a man (or several men, we may never know) who had other thoughts and plans. The president was young and handsome and soaking up the adoration of the crowds, when suddenly shots were fired, and the president was dead. Will Rogers said, “You can fool

ahead of the women. The Volunteers were much better in the Southeastern Conference. The men finished in a tie for eighth. They nipped Kentucky and placed well ahead of Ole Miss and South Carolina. Mississippi State and Vanderbilt chose not to play. Tennessee women earned eighth place all by themselves. The Vols didn’t win a single event but Blankenship was the secondbest vaulter. Chase Brannon, another vaulter, was fourth. There is a story behind this show of strength. Giving credit where credit is due, Russ Johnson is in his seventh year as the truly volunteer coach of the men’s pole vault. He does it for the love of the game. His people have won 10 SEC titles. Johnson was an academic allAmerican at UT. He was pretty good as an athlete. He stands second on Tennessee’s storied pole vault list with a best of 18 feet, 6.5 inches, trailing only collegiate record holder Lawrence Johnson. In real life, Russ works as a physical therapist and site coordinator

at Ortho Tennessee Therapy, part of Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic. Now, for the rest of the story: Merging the men and women’s track teams under the direction of J.J. Clark sounded like an OK idea in 2010. He had two national championships and three SEC titles as the women’s coach from 2003-09. What has happened since is inexplicable. One of the most storied collegiate programs in America has fallen into irrelevance. Out of sight. Off the cliff. Fortunately, there are no complaints about inequality. Both teams are bad. The future? There might be one. Sometime. Three freshmen picked up SEC points. There is a possibility other young Vols will improve with age. J.J. delivered a summation statement: “We have to definitely do some evaluation on how we can be in better contention for outdoors. Overall, we have to continue to move to a higher level.” Coach didn’t say how. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time….” The Pharisees, however, were not able to fool all of the people. The people could see that Jesus was different: wise, deep, canny and spiritual in a way they had not seen before. He was connected to the Source. He was different. As we begin this Holy Week, let us consider the ways in which Jesus was different. Let us watch his life unfold. Let us walk with him, see the people, hear his words, watch his movements, feel his compassion, know his sense of dread, share his anguish. Allow your imagination to picture the crowds. Hear them shout. Watch them gather around Jesus. Imagine his eyes, his expressions, the sound of his voice. Look for the disciples; observe how they respond to this festival atmosphere. Such a journey of imagination will allow you to experience some of the feelings of the crowds, the disciples and Jesus himself. But always – forever and always – the question is the same: where

would you stand when Jesus came by? Would you be one who would cheer until things began to get testy? Would you stand with him at trial, walk with him toward Golgotha, stay with him until the end? One of his friends betrayed him, some of his friends denied him, all of his friends abandoned him, except the women, who counted for so little in that culture that they were nonentities. But they were the ones who stood with him, at the foot of the cross, along with John, the youngest of the Twelve. So in Jesus’ last hour, when he was sure that his heavenly Father had turned away from him, he was surrounded by mocking Roman soldiers, weeping faithful women, and a lad too young to do anything but remember, and remember long enough and well enough to write the story when he was himself an old man exiled on the Isle of Patmos. Remember the story this week. Walk with Jesus. Make the journey to the foot of the cross, at your church, in your home, in your heart.

News from SOS More Knox County schools are slated to become multipleuse community centers that support children, families and neighborhoods. As this integrative approach gains traction, a brief narrative of our history with the community school concept is useful. The vitality of today’s community schools initiative exists because of the intensive investment of Knox County Schools, the lifelong work of Dr. Bob Kronick, an earlier group called The Consortium for the Development of FullService Schools, the visionary investment of Randy Boyd, the leadership of Buzz Thomas and the Great Schools Partnership, United Way and many others who have shared the concept over the years. In Knox County, Dr. Kronick led the development of the concept in 1998 at several center city schools staffed with university student volunteers. In 2001, the regional volunteer organization, Our Community Schools (OCS), grew out of a Nine Counties, One Vision task force with participation from educators, social services and businesses. OCS aimed for pilot sites in three counties that would use schools for community services. This group raised $44,000 for Inskip Elementary from a state grant for afterschool childcare. OCS disbanded in 2006 and reassembled in 2008 to assist in the development of the Knox County Schools (KCS) Strategic Plan. KCS worked in partnership with Kronick’s UniversityAssisted Community School project to develop the Pond Gap Elementary Full-Service Community School with the support of a grant from local business owner Randy Boyd. The school board committed to three more start-ups for 2012-13 – Norwood, Lonsdale and Sarah Moore Greene elementary schools.

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Worship, works and words By Cindy Taylor The main sanctuary at Smithwood Baptist Church is just three years shy of its 100th birthday. While those 100 years encompass a great history, Smithwood pastor Mark Gaskins is looking to the future. “Smithwood is a wonderful church with a rich history and a bright future,” said Gaskins. “Our involvement in mission work extends from Knox County throughout the world and will continue to expand.” Plans to renovate older

Gaskins joined as pastor more than three months ago. Reconstruction began in January, and the church is hoping to be finished by Easter. But the congregation isn’t waiting on the finished facelift to move forward. The church has sent groups on mission to Montana, Kentucky and Romania. They reach out to the local community through events such as Fountain Pastor Mark Gaskins City Day in the Park, 5th Quarter – a youth outreach areas damaged by mois- following football games – ture were in place when and Vacation Bible School.

“VBS is always an opportunity to touch the lives of children and families,” said Gaskins. “We have held picnics on the grounds for the community and are looking for additional ways to minister as we move into the future.” Gaskins left a ministry of 33 years in North Carolina to move to Knoxville with his wife Jo Ann, a teacher by profession. The two were high school sweethearts and have adult twin sons and one granddaughter. “Jo Ann knew I would be going into the ministry and she married me anyway,” Mark laughs. The move to Knoxville was not expected.

The group 4Given took the stage and had the crowd tapping their toes and clapping their hands to some good ol’ gospel music. Members include Bob Brown, Ralph Davis, Fred Russell and Phil Campbell. More photos on A-11

Gospel music and ‘Godspell’ Phil Campbell leads the crowd in a sing-a-long about a very unfortunate man. Photos by Ruth White


■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. Info: 922-9412. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane, distributes free food 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265. ■ New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry distributes food boxes 5-6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330. ■ Bookwalter UMC offers One Harvest Food Ministries to the community. Info and menu: html or 689-3349, 9 a.m.noon. weekdays.

■ Ridgeview Baptist Church offers a Clothes Closet free of cost for women, men and children in the Red Brick Building, 6125 Lacy Road. Open to the public 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every second Saturday.


■ Faithway Baptist Church, 4402 Crippen Road, will continue its Spring Revival, 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, and will feature the Greater Knoxville Baptist Fellowship meeting with W. Boyd Bingham and the Clear Springs Choir.

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■ Salem Baptist Church, 8201 Hill Road, hosts Joy Ministries available for God’s Special Children.

Special Needs classes available Sundays for: Bible Study beginning at 9 a.m.; Worship beginning at 10:15; and Evening Worship beginning at 6:30. Classes also on Wednesday nights beginning at 6:30. Info: 922-3490. ■ The Church At Sterchi Hills, 904 Dry Gap Pike, offers New Beginnings, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Info: 281-8717.

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■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, Knoxville, offers Morning Prayer at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, through March 29. Evening Prayer is offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, through March

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“In my prayer times I sensed that I needed to be open to the possibility of a move, but we really didn’t think it would happen,” he said. “When we entered into conversation with the committee at Smithwood it soon became clear that God was leading us here.” Smithwood Baptist expresses its mission with three biblical phrases: Love God, love people, make disciples. “This is based on what Jesus said are the two greatest commandments. It’s impossible to improve on that,” said Gaskins.

The new pastor is interested in discerning God’s vision for Smithwood rather than bringing his own vision to the church. “We are grateful God brought us here. As the body of Christ we continue to grow in unity toward maturity,” he said. “We will bear witness to the world about Jesus through our worship, our works and our words.” Smithwood Baptist Church is located at 4914 Jacksboro Pike. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. with worship at 10:45 a.m. Info: 689-5448.

Church to host conference A Church Called Home will host a training course on child sexual abuse awareness from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 11, at Halls Cinema 7 Theater. Pastor Jason Creech Jason Creech hopes it will be the first of many such gatherings. All are invited, but reservations are required by calling 643-8900 or writing Ambler Brown at abrown@ The cost is $10 for workbooks. The course allows for those employed in child care and related professions to earn Continuing Educations units, Creech said. Evidence-based statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and compiled by the national

child abuse prevention organization Darkness to Light indicate that one in four girls and one in six boys will be victims of child sexual abuse before they turn 18. “Those statistics are unacceptable and we want to raise awareness among adults to end the scourge of child sexual abuse.” The congregation of A Church Called Home learned of the program from church lay leader Valerie Whitaker, a child care professional with the YMCA. “I was immediately overwhelmed by the stories of victims who are now adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and I knew our pastor and other church members needed to see this and do our part to help train more adults. “We want to reach our community and help to make it a safer place for our children,” said Whitaker.

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Martinez named Shannondale’s top teacher Macey Martinez takes her job as art teacher seriously. She shares her work space with the school music teacher, so she packs her art supplies on a rolling cart and visits classrooms daily.

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She has spent the last seven years teaching her passion to elementary-age students, traveling between classrooms and, at times, between schools. “Art is so important at this level (elementary school) because it’s the only time the students may get the exposure. In the upper grades, it’s a chosen path.� During the school year her students will paint with watercolors, make collages and learn about art/art history. Martinez loves guiding her students as they make treasures

that will be kept by parents for a long time. “I didn’t get that experience as a child and I feel it’s important for children to be able to make keepsakes.� In the schools, art is one of the encore classes. Martinez sees art as a necessary part of student curriculum. “Art addresses uniqueness in everyone and is a good de-stressor. Students need to have this tool, just as they need to have the tools of math and reading skills.� Shannondale is like a home base for Martinez. “This is a place that I want to come to work. It has a family feel.� Being recognized as the school’s Teacher of the Year is a big honor to Martinez because, she says, it is a selection made by the teachers. Since she isn’t in a stationary classroom, she feels that the other staff members get an opportunity to see how she interacts with students. When she isn’t teaching art, she likes to get away in her own art studio at home and let the creative juices flow.

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schools in coming years. Stories must be a maximum of 1,000 words and should convey the meaning of Rocky Top from the author’s perspective. The stories must be geared toward children in preschool and primary grades, and they must be designed to be read aloud. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 15. Entries should be submitted to Winners will be notified by May 15. The book should be available for purchase in the fall. It will also be developed as an app. Info: visit http://rhtm.utk. edu/rockytopinstitute.html .

SPORTS NOTES â– CYF Warriors Tackle Youth football has openings for the 7-, 8- and 9-year-old teams for the 2013 season. Rosters are limited. All practices at CAK. Equipment will be distributed in April. Info: Jeff, 765-2119.


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Menhinick understands meaning of ‘try harder’ By Wendy Smith There are two amazing things about Knox County Elementary Teacher of the Year Kitty Menhinick. One is that she absolutely knew what she wanted to be – a special education teacher – at the age of 14. The other is that she was able to achieve her goal in spite of her own difficulties with school. “I was an information overload kid,” she says. “School was a mighty struggle.” She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., with teachers who told her she needed to “try harder.” When she got to high school, a guidance counselor asked about her goals. When Menhinick said she wanted to be a special ed teacher, she was told she wasn’t “college material.” The counselor suggested she pursue secretarial work. Bill, the high school sweetheart who eventually became her husband, encouraged her to apply for teaching programs in spite of her mediocre grades. She was thrilled to be accepted into a progressive special education teaching program at California State College (now University) of Pennsylvania in 1974. Her father gave her one semester to prove herself. She became her own advocate and took advantage of every tutorial session offered. Only 40 out of the 150 students who began the program completed it – including Menhinick, who graduated with honors. Her struggles, and her accomplishments, made her perfectly suited for her job. “If you’ve never struggled to really learn something, then, to me, it would be hard to understand the depth of challenges that children can face,” she says. “It was my cross to bear as a child and a gift.” She stumbled into her position at A. L. Lotts Elementary School almost by accident. She had taken 15 years off from teaching to stay home with her three children, and was tutoring an A. L. Lotts student. The child’s parents invited her to participate in a meeting at the school, and as she conversed with school staff, they recognized that she was a special ed teacher. They told her the school had a part-time position available and encouraged her to apply. She has now been at A. L. Lotts for 16 years. She gladly shares her background with her students. If a child struggles with reading, she tells them that she couldn’t read, either. Then she tells them to keep trying and not give up. “You have to be encouraging. But I’m also a bit of a taskmaster. Behavior is important to me. And you had better be working as hard as I am!”

A. L. Lotts Elementary School special educator Kitty Menhinick stands beside a bulletin board where students can show off good grades. “A lot of it is believing in yourself,” she tells them. “Figure out a way that makes sense.” Photo by Wendy Smith

Menhinick praises everyone who works with her at A. L. Lotts, especially those on her team. She can’t imagine being a regular classroom teacher with the task of getting a class full of students to the same academic place at the same time. She likes that different students spend time in her classroom for different things, and that she gets to work with some throughout their career at A. L. Lotts. Those longterm relationships are her favorite

thing about her job, she says. The fact that they come back to visit is another perk. She’s been teaching long enough to have received college graduation announcements from children who spent time in her classroom. When former students come to her door and ask if she remembers them, she always does. Menhinick was surprised and delighted to win elementary Teacher of the Year this year after being nominated by the staff at A. L. Lotts several times. She knew that she had won because she was allowed to bring two guests to the banquet

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and sit with superintendent Jim McIntyre. She invited her husband and her daughter, Rachel Riley, a brand-new 5th-grade teacher at A. L. Lotts. She had to work hard to fulfill her dream of being a teacher, and Menhinick continues to work hard. In addition to teaching with everincreasing rigor, she offers extra help to students before school and has frequent meetings with parents. But she loves what she does, and feels uniquely qualified to do it. “My job is to take the D-I-S out of disability, and then say, ‘Look at the possibilities.’”

Nominate a Miracle Maker by calling (865) 922-4136.

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Students from Gibbs High choral department presented three songs from their recent musical “Godspell.” Amanda Buschermohle sings “Bless the Lord” during the performance.

Christ United Methodist Church packed the gym last Wednesday night, beginning with a delicious supper and followed by some great local entertainment. Singing gospel tunes is the group Crossroads, featuring Kim Hansard, Ralph Davis, Paul Holloway, Connie Blair and Sarah Holloway. Photos by Ruth White

Maranda Evans, Taylor Daniels and Amelia Lufkin sing “Day by Day” from the musical “Godspell.” Jared Ruoff portrayed Jesus in the play “Godspell” and sings with the cast.

Nominations sought for HHS Hall of Fame

Nominations are being sought for the Halls High Alumni Hall of Fame. Nominees must be Halls High alumni who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements, leadership and/or contributions in the following areas: the arts, business, public service and athletics at the local, state, national or international level. Nominees must have been out of school for 30 years. A maximum of three candidates

will be inducted annually; applications are kept on file and do not need to be resubmitted for five years. Winners will be recognized at the annual Halls Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 27, at Halls High, and will have their names engraved onto the Hall of Fame monument at the entrance to the school. Applications are available at . Info: David Wayland, 922-7615.

Gibbs High to celebrate centennial Gibbs High School 100th anniversary celebration is Friday, May 24, at the school. Reunion/social time is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a presentation will follow in the big gym at 7:30. An alumni choir will be singing. Former choir members should contact Jeanie Mounger as soon as possible at 689-9130 or email Jeanie.Mounger@

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UT NOTES ■ David B. Byrd has been named Managing Director for the Clarence Brown Theatre, a LORT Theatre in residence at the University David B. Byrd of Tennessee. Most recently, Byrd served as Director of Marketing at Westport Country Playhouse in Westport,

■ The College of Law has received two honors this month. The National Law Journal has named UT’s College of Law as one of the nation’s top 50 schools, The college ranked 50th in the journal’s top 50 “Go-To Law Schools” list. The 2014 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released this month ranked the college 32nd among America’s public universities and 61st among all public and private law programs.

DAR good citizens honored Rule High Beach Sisters take trip The Beach Sisters, Rule High classmates from the class of ’65, have taken their annual beach trip. Pictured are: (front) Nancy Loveday, Sandy Stansberry, Barbara Sutton, Betty Shelton; (middle row) Sharon Christopher, Elaine Rhodes, Glenda “Poochie” Bedwell; (back) Sandy Hill (with doll Doris and Irene) and Gerry Depew. Photo submitted


The Bonny Kate chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored students from the north Knox area and named them DAR Good Citizens. Pictured at the meeting are green coat chair of the Good Citizen Award Nancy Cantrell, Central High counselor Korie Jesse, CHS student Ben Archer, Gibbs High student Annie Goldman, GHS counselor Liz Honeycutt, Fulton High student Brian Akins, FHS counselor Kori Holland and Bonny Kate regent Margaret Kensinger. Photo by Ruth White

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CASA aids abused, neglected children By Anne Hart The volunteers of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of East Tennessee work to provide a safety net for children who have come under court jurisdiction through no fault of their own. The children are not criminals, but rather have landed under the purview of the court because of their life situation. CASA executive director Ann Bowman and volunteer director Erin Favier, told West Knox Rotary members that their volunteers work with children assigned to them through Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin and juvenile court magistrates.

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Susan Bradley and LeAnn Heidenreich of Home Federal vice president of ORNL Federal Credit Union, is back in Halls after a stint in Oak Ridge. The credit union paid good money to be “presenter” of the event, winning my award for event with longest name. Along with Cissi were mortgage loan officers Clint Porter (based in Alcoa) and Bridget Mounger (based in Bearden). ORNL Federal Credit Union now has 32 offices, Cissi said. The father-son duo of Jimmy and Landon Wells were highly visible, primarily because Landon aggressively handed out flyers. A 6th-grade student at Jeffer-

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can’t have the treatment and go back to sitting on your couch eating chips all day and expect not to have varicosity again.” Dr. Akers stresses that people must be active participants in the long-term care of their legs and overall health. That means exercising, adopting a healthy diet and keeping your weight down. Daniel agrees. Since her vein treatments she is walking regularly and maintaining a balanced weight and diet. And her legs look and feel great. “There is absolutely no burnBefore treatment at the Premier Vein Clinics, the veins in Ashlea’s ing, swelling, or itching now,” she reports. “I’m very pleased with legs were swollen and painful. the results and can’t wait to be in look eighteen again. shorts and skirts this summer!” “I tell patients ‘this will help For more information about vein your varicose veins, but it won’t treatment options, please call 588cure them,’” says Dr. Akers. “You 8229 or visit

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Elegant senior living in Norris The Flats of Norris is an elegant senior living community dedicated to exceeding the needs, and enriching the lives of their residents and families. “Our goal is to remove the ‘facility’ type feel and make individuals feel welcome. We want them to have a safe, secure quality of life,” said owner Doug Hundley. The facility is located in peaceful Norris and is ready to take residents. The Flats features 11 assisted living beds with certified caregivers on-site 24 hours a day. To schedule a tour or to get information, visit their website www. or call 494-1052.

Thinking about stepping into social media for your business? Have you already started a business Facebook account and need to know what to do or where else to look? Are you a longtime social media user looking for an extra “oomph” for your business? Bob Wilson has some answers. Wilson, a Halls graduate and digital media manager for the Moxley Carmichael public relations firm, gave tips on using social media for a business to the Halls B&P at Beaver Brook last week. He says social media sites at their essence continue what human beings have been doing for generations.


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“It’s just conversations, only we’re doing it online, with a lot more people and faster.” Its biggest power is the quick ability to share information or links, Wilson says.

Using a “hub and spoke” analogy, Wilson says the hub is a company’s website or a blog. The spokes are whatever a business attaches to social media sites to pull readers “back to where you want them to go.” Wilson says Facebook is “the big elephant in the room” with more than one billion users, including 600 million mobile and daily users. Twitter has 500 million users that send 340 million Tweets a day. Seventy-two hours of video are updated to YouTube per minute. It has become the No. 2 search engine on the Web behind Google. Pinterest is extremely popular among women and “exploded” in 2012, Wilson says. It is heavily used by companies that sell visual

products. Wilson says a picture really does “say a thousand words,” but if that’s true, a video “says a million words.” He suggests starting with Facebook or Twitter, or jumping to Pinterest or a blog if you are an “intermediate” social media user. “Advanced” users might want to jump to YouTube or add more blog content. His disclaimer: “If your company has corporate videos, maybe you should move YouTube to the top.” Wilson says you can also schedule Twitter or Facebook updates to save time by using the websites or He can be reached at bwilson@moxleycarmichael. com. The Halls B&P meets noon each third Tuesday at Beaver Brook Country Club. Lunch is $10. Info: Shannon Carey, 922-4136.

A-14 • MARCH 25, 2013 • HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY SHOPPER-NEWS who have stepped up are wonderful.” Woodall’s work on the cemetery required poring through records, fielding victims’ phone calls and getting the word out. She attended 55 court hearings (as best she can count), made numerous drives to Nashville to talk to legislators and regulators and collected 10 years’ worth of records documenting the state’s neglect of its duty to regulate and oversee the cemetery. She is extremely grateful to state Reps. Bill Dunn and Harry Brooks, who helped navigate the state bureaucracy. “Harry and Bill really came through for us,” she said. “Bill Dunn stood by me when I had to speak in front of the legislative Chancellor John Weaver gives Bobbie Woodall a hug after body, and held onto my presiding over the last Halls Memory Gardens hearing in arm when I was so scared I 2009. Woodall led a community fight to save the cemetery thought I was going to pass after an unscrupulous operator defrauded plot owners and out. I was just a little old left town. File photo by Betty Bean lady standing there saying they hadn’t done their job.” istry with contributions to I’m supposed to be doing The cemetery operator, help pay for postage, and now. I love the cemetery, Wade Reynolds, left town she’s sending out 50 cards and I don’t know that I will around the time that his every Tuesday. completely step out, but we shady dealings were be“We’ve just gotten start- are getting some wonder- ing exposed, and landed ed, and God has opened ful volunteers there – we in Michigan, where he up the door. This is what need more, but the ones managed a cemetery for

Halls Memory Gardens hero steps down By Betty Bean It was September 2005 when Bobbie Woodall got the letter that would turn her life upside down for the next seven years. It was from Dave Clark, an Anderson County lawyer who had been appointed receiver for Halls Memory Gardens, the cemetery where Woodall and her husband, David, had their family plot. Receiver? What was that? She’d heard rumors of trouble at the cemetery, but she had no way of knowing of the damage that had been done by the slick operator who defrauded hundreds of trusting victims before he left town. And she certainly didn’t know that he had a history of defrauding grieving families, and had once been banned from the business by the state. Then she read in the Shopper-News about Teresa Mower, whose mother’s funeral had to be postponed for nearly two weeks when the family

learned that a stranger’s body had been buried in the plot their parents had purchased. Woodall contacted Mower, and the two went to work. Last Friday, Woodall gave her last report at the Fort Sumter Community Cemetery board of directors’ annual meeting. And although future diligence will be required, the cemetery formerly known as Halls Memory Gardens has been saved, and Bobbie says it’s time for her to do other things. “I tried to retire last year, but the timing wasn’t right. So Wayne and I traded jobs,” she said. Wayne Henderson was the secretary – a post Woodall has held for the past year since stepping down as chair. “God had laid on my heart some church work, and I’m doing a card ministry,” she said. “I’m reaching out to the community by sending out cards and inviting people to church.” Her church, Salem Baptist, is supporting her min-

Clayton Smart, an Oklahoma oil and gas speculator who owned multiple cemeteries Oklahoma, Tennessee and Michigan and was sentenced to multiple prison terms in each of those states in 2011 for tax fraud and swindling. Reynolds died in 2007, but not before he helped Smart execute a scheme to move civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ body to their cemetery outside Detroit and charge mourners premium prices to bury their loved ones in close proximity to her resting place. “I did everything I could to hold him responsible,” Woodall said. ‘”But we tightened up the laws and got the trust fund preserved, although it’s dwindling and we have to watch every penny. We are very diligent.” Her fondest hope is that younger people will take her place. “We need volunteers and we need the community to step up,” she said. Bobbie and David plan to enjoy their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who are 25 in number now, including in-laws.

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THROUGH MARCH 28 “Reflection” exhibit, Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Also on exhibit, works by students from Powell area schools. Info:; 357-ARTS (2787);

TO SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Call to artisans of all types of fine art for Union County Art in the Park. Bring works to sell to the public and demonstrate their art. Booth registration is $15 until May 1; $25 after. The event will be at Union County Arts Center and on Main Street and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For vendor form/info: UC Chamber of Commerce, 992-2811 or

MONDAY, MARCH 25 “Job Help Mondays,” 1-3 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Work one-on-one with a reference librarian and receive help with job applications, online forms and setting up email addresses. No reservations needed; first come, first served.

MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, MARCH 25-28 Special services, noon-12:20 p.m., featuring devotional and prayer time in church chapel, Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Road.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Information sessions for Graduate and Professional Studies & Online Programs (GPS) degree options, hosted by King University on Walters State Community College Morristown campus. Info: Mona Salyer, 800-362-0014 or email

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Bits ‘n Pieces Quilt Guild meeting, Norris Community Center. Social time, 1 p.m.; meeting, 1:30 p.m. Speaker: Selma Colvin. Guests and new members welcome. Info: Cyndi Herrmann, 278-7796, or email

WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 27-MAY 8 Bookmaking for Beginners class, 6:30-9 p.m.; instructor: Bob Meadows; Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Info:; 357ARTS (2787);

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Victor Lutheran Church, 4119 Central Ave. Pike. Everyone is invited. Maundy Thursday Worship Service with Communion, 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway. Holy Thursday Mass and foot washing, 7 p.m., Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission, 4365 Maynardville Highway. Info: 992-7222. Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar, 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway. Info: 523-5687 or The Last Supper Worship with foot/hand washing, 7 p.m., Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Road. Info: 938-8311, Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m., Beaver Ridge UMC Sanctuary, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway. Nursery provided for infants/toddlers. Info: www.beaverridgeumc. com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Good Friday service, 7 p.m., Graveston Baptist Church, 8319 Clapps Chapel. Pastor Charlie Lynch will bring message; special music by GBC Choir. Info: 6860186 or Good Friday services, 7 p.m., Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 4119 Central Ave. Pike. Everyone is invited. Friday Prayer Vigil, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Worship service with Communion, noon; Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness), 8 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway. Good Friday service with communion, 7:30 p.m., Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Road. Good Friday Celebration sponsored by Club Shabach, 8 p.m., World For Christ Church Inc., 4611 Central Ave. Pike. Urban gospel music, dancing, food and fun. Info: 255-1837. Good Friday services at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission, 4365 Maynardville Highway. Spanish Way of the Cross, 5 p.m.; English service, 7 p.m. Info: 992-7222. Good Friday service, 7 p.m., Glenwood Baptist Church, 7212 Central Ave. Pike. Info: 938-2611. Good Friday Liturgy, noon and 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway. Stations of the Cross, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Info: 523-5687 or www. Good Friday service, noon, Beaver Ridge UMC Sanctuary, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: www. Info: 388-1332. Easter Vigil Mass at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission, 4365 Maynardville Highway, beginning with the Easter Fire at 8 p.m. Info: 992-7222. Northeast Knoxville Gigantic Egg Hunt, 12:30 p.m., Union Baptist Church, 6701 Washington Pike. Snacks, candy, activities and more. Info: 687-4500, Easter bake sale, 9 a.m. until sold out, hosted by Alder Springs Baptist Church WMU in two locations: Okies Pharmacy, Maynardville; Nease’s Market, Tazewell Pike. Easter egg hunt/activities, 8:30 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast in Family Life Center, Magic Show in the Sanctuary, Egg Hunt on the lawn. Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: Easter Vigil and Holy Baptism, 8 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway. Info: 523-5687 or Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-noon, Faith UMC, 1100 Dry Gap Pike. Bring a basket filled with empty eggs. Everyone is welcome. Watoto Children’s Choir perform stories, music and dance, 6 p.m. Info: 688-1000 or info@ Easter egg hunt, 2 p.m., New Beverly Baptist Church, 3320 New Beverly Church Road. Includes: inflatables, snacks, photos with the Easter Bunny and more. Info: www. or 546-0001.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MARCH 30-31 “His Life For Mine/Heavens Gate Hells Flames” Easter play, 7 p.m. at Union County High School. Presented by Grace Full Gospel Baptist Church. Info: 679-3788, 659-3789 or www.


Old Harp Shape Note Easter Dinner and Singing, 5:30 p.m., Gooch-Mabbs residence in Bearden. Bring a dish to share. All invited, tune books provided. Info/directions: 522-0515. Website: Easter Sunday services, 9:15 a.m., Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 4119 Central Ave. Pike. Everyone is invited. Easter Sunrise Service with Communion, 7 a.m.; Breakfast, 8 a.m.; Sunday school and Bible classes, 9:15 a.m.; Easter Festival Worship Service with Communion, 10:30 a.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway. Easter worship services, 8:55 and 11 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Road. Easter play “His Life for Mine,” 7 p.m., Cedar Festival Eucharist, 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., St. Ford Baptist Church, 3201 Highway 61 East in Luttrell. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway. Easter egg All invited. hunt will follow the 10:30 service. Info: 523-5687 or Easter Sunday services at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission, 4365 Maynardville Highway. Big Ridge State Park’s Easter Egg Hunt, meet at English service, 9 a.m.; Spanish, 11 a.m. Info: 992-7222. Park office. 2 years and under, 10 a.m.; 3-4 years, 10:30 Easter services, 11 a.m., Powell Presbyterian a.m.; 5-7, 1 p.m.; 8-10 years, 1:30 p.m. Info: 992-5523. Church, 2910 W. Emory Road. Community Easter egg Easter Egg Hunt at Wilson Park, 3-5 p.m. Info: hunt at noon. Info: 938-8311, 992-3061. Easter Sunrise service, 7 a.m., Fellowship ChrisEaster Egg Hunt for ages 12 and under and tian Church 746 Tazewell Pike in Luttrell. Everyone a special egg hunt for senior citizens; hosted by welcome. the city of Luttrell Park & Recreation Board; 11 Easter Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m., Little Flat a.m., Luttrell City Park. Creek Baptist Church, 9132 E. Emory Road in Corryton. Singing, 7 p.m., featuring The Hilltop Boys and Sing- Info: 332-0473. ers, Union Missionary Baptist Church, Ailor Gap Road. Sunrise service, 7 a.m., Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 All welcome. Oak Ridge Highway. Meet at cross on front church lawn; The 12th annual Crossroads Open Rod Run, service moves to Sanctuary. Easter worship services, Halls Food City. Fundraiser for the Halls High School 9 and 11 a.m. in Sanctuary. Sunday school for all ages, Band program. Day of show registration begins 9 a.m., 10 a.m. Nursery provided for 9 and 11 a.m. services and Sunday school. judging at noon. Concessions available. Preregister:



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Colonoscopy catches early cancer in young mom Sonja Bagavac is a firm believer in listening to your body. The 25-year-old Blount County mom believes that her own colorectal cancer might not have been discovered as quickly if she hadn’t sensed that something was wrong. For months Bagavac had been experiencing bloating and severe constipation. The laxatives her family doctor told her to take didn’t help. “I knew it wasn’t normal,” says Bagavac. “So, finally, I went to a gastroenterologist and he immediately recommended a colonoscopy.” A colonoscopy is a test in which a doctor looks at the inner lining of your large intestine to check for abnormalities or precancerous growths. The physician spotted a large polyp in Bagavac’s rectum. A biopsy confirmed it was cancerous. “It was confusing and emotional hearing the word ‘cancer,’ ” Bagavac remembers. “Everyone was surprised because I’m so young and have no family history of it.” Even though the majority of colorectal cancer cases ocDr. Gregory Midis cur in people age 50 or older, it can strike anyone at any age, says Fort Sanders Regional surgical oncologist Dr. Gregory Midis. “There aren’t always symptoms at first,” explains Dr. Midis. “That’s why it’s so important for people to be screened, normally starting

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at age 50. But if you’re noticing changes in your bowel habits, or have a family history of colon cancer, a colonoscopy can help catch a problem early.” Bagavac was referred to Dr. Midis who laparoscopically removed the diseased part of her bowel as well as 24 lymph nodes. Fortunately, cancer wasn’t found in the lymph nodes, and the tumor was

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The barn, today known as the Country Jewel, on Hickory Valley Road in Heiskell.

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Betty King is a Halls resident and sings in the Silvertone choir at Beaver Dam Baptist Church. She was born and raised on a farm on Hickory Valley Road in Heiskell. Her parents, Ar-

Barnyard Tales Kathryn Woycik thur and Eva Lewis, built their homestead and barn in 1929. Their farm of 40 acres consisted of alfafa, hay and tobacco fields, along with a large herd of cattle. The cow trough was on a concrete area located

in the barn. One of King’s fond memories is roller skating on that slab, which was kept clean by her dad. He hired farm laborers to help harvest mixed vegetables, which were sold to the Bush Cannery in Clinton. Her mother worked hard, cooking to feed the workers. Their farm was located between Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, built in the late 1800s, and Fairview School. King recalls walking one mile to the church and a half mile to school. She would trudge through the deep snow to get to school, even when buses weren’t running. At least one teacher would make it to school for a fun day of play at school. Eventually the farm was divided and sold. In 1996, Claudia Jewel and her husband purchased the property as a retirement settlement. Claudia loved old

Beautiful waterfalls add to the country setting at the Country Jewel.

The corncrib, built in 1931, has been renovated and is now a wedding chapel. With rustic red oak floors, original barn board walls and simple benches, the chapel is reminiscent of an old country church. A beautiful stained glass panel window adds ambience to the chapel. Photos by K. Woycik

barns and wanted to preserve this one. The Lewis barn slowly took on a new purpose and is now known as the Country Jewel, used for weddings and social events. A

new roof was added, leaving the original metal roofing intact. The old hay loft adds to the unique, rustic and quaint atmosphere. Fan lights hang from the original tobacco poles. The tack

room has been converted into a men’s bathroom. And the parking area is located were an apple and pear orchard once were. Jewel has maintained its character and charm and has trans-

REUNION NOTES ■ Central High School Class of 1963 is planning its 50th reunion and is missing contact information for some classmates. Any member of the Class of 1963 who hasn’t been contacted by the reunion committee is asked to send contact info to: ajrader@; or mail to CHS Class of ’63, 5428 Kesterbrooke Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37918.

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■ Jones Family Reunion will be held Sunday, April 21. Anyone related to Ernest F. and Ruth E. Jones is invited. Info: Lisa Jones Sexton, 6602133.

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The dogs of war About 80 people gathered March 16 in front of the UT Veterinary School to commemorate valiant soldiers killed while serving in war. As the list was read, a Naval cadet rang the “passing bell,” once for each name.

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Carol’s Critter Corner “Marco D108, killed in action April 2007.” Ring. “Ikka, killed in action November 2009.” Ring. “Cooper, killed in Iraq 2007, alongside his handler, Cpl. Kory D. Wiens.” Ring.

The fallen soldiers honored on this day had no last names, no wives or children to come home to. What they did have was extraordinary intelligence, athleticism and dedication. And each one had four feet. They are the dogs of war, canines used in U.S. military actions and domestic police work. The special guest of honor was Zasco, an Air Force dog who was deployed to Jordan, Afghan, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq during the George W. Bush administration. Unlike many of his colleagues, this hardworking soldier made it home safely and is now retired. Dr. Tom Ammons, a former dog handler in Vietnam, said canines were first used there as sentries to detect the presence of the enemy near aircraft on the

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ground. Some of the dogs then went on to specialize in mine, booby trap and tunnel detection. Modern-day canine soldiers are able to pinpoint incendiary devices and perform other functions unique to desert warfare. Dr. Ray Rudd, an Army veterinarian who has served in Afghanistan, says that “treating the dogs is in many cases like treating the soldiers’ brothers. The bond that forms is unsurpassed.” In the case of Cooper and Wiens, mentioned above, the dog and his handler are buried together. The dogs are mostly obtained from European breeders. Knoxville Police Department Officer Chris Wallace says American dogs are bred mostly for beauty, while European dogs have “better working minds.” Wallace and his colleagues, officers Chad Capley and Jason Moyers, along with George, a very muscular black German Shepherd, demonstrated to thrilling effect some of the maneuvers that a police dog can perform. “His job is to be neutral unless I tell him,” said Wallace, leading the dog toward a heavily-padded Moyers, who acted as a decoy. Wallace then gave the attack signal. Anyone contemplating a life of crime should get a look at what George can do to the bad guy. The K-9 Veterans Day ceremony is held annually. This year’s ceremony was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Maurice Acree, a well-known dog lover and generous supporter of the UT Veterinary School, who in 1998 funded the War Dog Memorial statue in front of the school. Send your interesting animal stories to


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A small space with big view house in 2009. Of the 14 units, it is the only one with a fourth floor and two roof-top decks. They sold their original townhouse to daughter Laura Lyons, and Bill let go of his beloved backyard pool. Gay thinks the gradual transition made the move easier because it helped them realize how little they needed. The hardest part of moving to a space with approximately half of their previous home’s square footage was culling their large collection of books. Knowing they would be just three blocks from a library made it easier, she says. Like many other downtown residents, they keep a few things in a storage unit. In spite of being sandwiched between Henley Street and Market Square, the townhouse is surprisingly peaceful. There are trees outside the front door, and a back door leads to an urban green space between two rows of townhouses called “The Mews.” Neighbors use the area to socialize and grow container gardens. Gay has a nearby parking space, but doesn’t drive every day. She is the Knox Heritage Capital Campaign Manager, and with the exception of driving

By Wendy Smith


ay Lyons thinks downtown Knoxville is so friendly and livable that she once described it as “Mayberry with tall buildings, crepes and gelato.” Even so, she and her husband, Bill, took their time as they transitioned from suburbanites to city dwellers. They were happily installed in a roomy home with a killer pool in West Hills when both began spending more time downtown. Gay, who taught English and political science at Pellissippi State Community College for 31 years, began conducting interviews downtown for her doctoral dissertation in 2000. Bill, who is currently Chief Policy Officer and Deputy to the Mayor for the city of Knoxville, was put in charge of renovating Market Square in 2002 as the chairman of the KCDC board. Gay had always liked downtown, even during the 1980s, when few could imagine calling it home. She was especially fond of Kendrick Place, which preservationist Kristopher Kendrick renovated shortly before the 1982 World’s Fair. The townhomes, built in 1917, were originally called Masonic Court for the Masonic Temple next door on Locust Street.

Gay Lyons relaxes with her cat, Caesar, in their Kendrick Place home. Photos by Wendy Smith In 2007, the couple purchased a Kendrick Place townhome as a pied-à-terre – a second home – so they could be close to their work. Soon, they realized they weren’t spending many nights in their West Hills home. Gay enjoyed the pareddown lifestyle of living in a smaller space. They didn’t keep much furniture or clothing at the townhouse, and she found that she didn’t miss it. The Lyonses moved downtown full-time after purchasing a second Kendrick Place town-

A rooftop deck at the home of Bill and Gay Lyons yields a Sunsphere view. to the office for meetings, she rarely uses her car. She drives to Bearden once a week to shop and have her nails done, but otherwise enjoys running errands downtown. Bill walks to work. The lifestyle suits them. “I like everything about living downtown,” she says. “I like the convenience; I like the neigh-

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A growing passion By Shana Raley-Lusk Terry Richman has spent a lifetime on his passion for making things grow. He grew up on a farm in southern Michigan and has always been interested in plants and how to grow them. “Growing up, I helped in the planning and growing of both the vegetables and the field crops,” he says. “I learned about the necessity of rotation, phases of growth, harvest and more.” Soon, Terry was focusing his education on his passion for the garden. “I attended Michigan State University and received a BS in agronomy and an MS in plant physiology,” he says. Richman moved to East

A view of the pond in Terry Richman’s garden in Blaine.

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Spring fling must-haves Spring provides the perfect opportunity to host a party and show off all of the hard work you’ve put into your lawn and garden. Before your first guest arrives, make sure you have made all the preparations for your blooms to blossom, your garden to grow and your outdoor space to be pest free. There’s nothing like uninvited guests or a dull landscape to ruin a gathering of friends or family. Keep in mind these housekeeping tips for spring entertaining:

In fact, one of the best defenses from pests is a strong, actively growing and well-maintained plant.

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Given last year’s recordbreaking heat, and the corresponding uptick in insect activity, your garden may be faced with another pest invasion this season. Protect your growing garden from feeding and foraging pests by applying insecticides, such as GardenTech Sevin products, which breaks down in Create a beautiful floral cen- the environment. Depending on terpiece of freshly-picked flow- the produce, this insecticide can be applied throughout the growers from your landscape Include a range of colors, tex- ing season, right up until the day tures and smells. A landscape before harvest. Remove unsightly weeds maintenance plan that provides flowering plants with a proper Warmer weather also will unblend of nutrients will ward off doubtedly introduce the presdestructive pests and guarantee ence of ugly growth on decks and a centerpiece guests will enjoy. walkways, and in landscapes. A

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Prevent pesky party-crashers To prevent pest infestations while guests enjoy themselves, apply insect bait around the perimeter of planting beds and entertainment areas. The bait serves as a protective barrier, so insects don’t come inside those areas to cause mischief. Foraging insects take the granules back to their nests and share – eliminating colonies at their source.

Green-up landscapes Take your pale green or yellowing plants – a common symptom of iron deficiency – from plain to vibrant with a mineral supplement, such as Ironite. The “greening” supplement ensures plants receive the essential sec-

basket party favors stocked full of your own home-grown goodies – an idea that is sure to keep guests coming back. Cue up the invites, apply these tips and throw in a few of your own. You’re now ready for a little outdoor entertaining. For more Leave a lasting-impression Impress and indulge guests by information and additional helpincorporating garden-fresh ingre- ful hints, check out www.central. com. dients (herbs, veggies and fruits) in your meal. You can even take – BPT it a step further by creating gift ondary and micro-nutrients they need to develop strong roots and lush, green growth. Feeding is made easy with liquid and granule formulations that have been customized for various plant types and application needs.

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