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Clayton Park right-of-way

Knox County Commission will consider this month a resolution approving an agreement with KUB for acquisition of a permanent right-of-way easement for Clayton Park and the Halls Elementary School greenway connection. Parks and Recreation director Doug Bataille says, “This is one of the easements we need for the Halls Greenway. There are two others that we are working on.”

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I-640 work TDOT Region I spokesperson Mark Nagi said Friday that the section of I-640 East and West from the Broadway exit to the I-40 split damaged during a winter weather event last season was let to construction Dec. 6, but hasn’t been awarded. Work will begin this spring. – Jake Mabe

You know Christmas has come to Halls when Santa Claus (Kenny Widener) shows up to march in the Christmas parade. His fans found him before the parade even began. See Jake Mabe’s story and more parade photos on page A-3. Photo by Jake Mabe

IN THIS ISSUE Miracle Maker Thanks to YouTube, thousands have watched Halls Elementary School teacher Lauren Hopson express her concerns about changes that have been implemented in Knox County Schools. Hopson doesn’t hold back when her heart pushes her forward, as a video from an October school board meeting and another from last week’s show. But the audience she’s most concerned with is the group of 18 third graders counting on her skills and guidance to help them succeed this school year.

See Betsy Pickle’s story on A-9

Thanks for the memory, Diane Dear Diane, Doing my best Bob Hope here: “Awfully glad I met ya, cheerio, tootle-ooo, and thanks for the memory …”

Griffey receives Claude Myers Award By Libby Morgan Jerry Griffey of Gentry Griffey Funeral Home was surprised to win the Fountain City Business and Professional Association’s Claude Myers Award, presented to him by John Fugate, vice president of Commercial Bank, and B&P president Andrew Hartung. “I’ve lived in Fountain City for 45 years and it’s a great place to be,” Griffey says. “I’m 80 now, and all my life I was told ‘with age comes wisdom.’ It took all this time to find out that’s just not true.” Fugate said, “We had to announce Jerry’s award a little ahead of schedule. He was trying to leave and we were running out of ways to stop him.” The award is named for Myers, longtime president of Fountain City Bank.

Jerry Griffey, John Fugate and Andrew Hartung. Photo by Libby Morgan

See Jake Mabe’s story on page A-3

Meet Marshall In case anyone doubts that Jim McIntyre will be the key issue in next year’s school board races, meet Marshall Walker, a retired Knox County Schools social worker who was in the audience last week when the school board voted 8-1 to extend McIntyre’s contract.

See Betty Bean’s story on A-4

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Dear Diane: Thanks for the memory Dear Diane, Doing my best Bob Hope here: “Awfully glad I met ya, cheerio, tootle-ooo, and thanks for the memory …”

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Faye Heydasch and Diane Dozier Photos submitted

Diane Dozier worked side by side at the Knox County Clerk Halls satellite office.

PULL UP A CHAIR Diane Dozier and Candi Hall Longtime Knox County Clerk employee and former Merrily marching along (soon) on the Brown’s Framing/Signature Concrete Products float are 7th District school board (front) Stormy Brown, Brittany Brown, Christin Anderson; (back) Sabin Henry, Hannah Anderson, member Diane Dozier has Brianna Anderson and Rachel Anderson. Photos by Jake Mabe retired. Her friends and fans held a party at the Halls Gondolier. “Congratulations to Diane Dozier upon her reChad Finchum strikes a tirement with 18 years of pose in front of his race car. service,” writes Candi Hall. “Diane took pride in her job at the Knox County Clerk’s office. “From your co-workers Brenda Roberts, Diane Dozier, Shannon Steele and Debra and friends, we love you and Haynes wish you the best in your retirement.” Count me in that latter group. I first met Diane when I was a kid. She and Earl Hoffmeister and John R. McCloud boosted Brickey School when Diane was county PTA president. Later, I watched Diane on the school board in years when I wasn’t covering it. She was taciturn but trenchant, the most successful school board member to grab capital improvements for this district since 1998. She worked well with former superintendent Charlie Q. “World Class Skoos (sic)” Lindsey, got a brand-new Brickey, a needed expansion at Halls Elementary and got former county Mayor Mike Ragsdale via PBA to fund a Smiling at the Salem Baptist float are Eddie Stooksbury, Janet French, Deanna Carpenter, needed renovation at Powell Jackson Lynch, Sadie Lynch, Lucy White, Kaitlyn Brantley, Baylee Jenes, Kayla Jenes and David Middle. Whipple. Photos by Ruth White On a personal note, Diane was a doll. She sent me a friendly word once when I most needed it, and she didn’t know it, brightened up my stops in the Halls clerk’s office and was there with dear Wanda Bailey when I got a marriage license. Like your co-workers, I love you, too, Diane. “And thank you, so much …” ■

Christmas comes to Halls

Santa stopped by Halls, so Christmastime’s a-comin’. Winter weather punctuated the parade. Kids mobbed Santa’s local rep, Kenny Widener, before he could get going. Jim McManus and Gene Webb helped. I got in the way and gossiped. Kids of all ages were sporting smiles on the Salem Baptist and Brown’s Framing floats. I met Tigger (Kimberly Burleson) and cruised over to see Chad

Photos by Ruth White

Finchum’s car. ■ Band and beauty I felt like Dickens’ Old at Halls Middle Fezziwig (Scrooge’s mentor) Halls Middle art teacher – happy, foppish (but wearing a deerstalker instead of Shellie Ayres says Halls Middle will host an art show a large Dutch wig). in conjunction with the

eighth grade band concert 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. “There are some incredible packing tape sculptures,” she says. See Ruth White’s photos of some of them on this page.

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Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis will be chosen vice mayor again for a two-year term which means he will have served four years as vice mayor, along with Brenda Palmer to chair the Beer Board and former mayor Daniel Brown to continue on the KAT board (which was not consulted about the mayoral termination of the KAT management contract). Jack Sharp is the longest-serving vice mayor in the past 75 years, having served 14 years as vice mayor (or seven two-year terms). Due to term limits no one will ever reach that length of service again. Sharp currently serves on MPC. This is a special called meeting by the mayor, which is a practice I started as mayor in 1990. The reason to choose the vice mayor on the day the council and/or mayor is sworn into office is to ensure there is a vice mayor to assume authority should something happen to the mayor. Prior to this, the city might go several weeks before a vice mayor was chosen by the council. ■ More developments on the KAT (bus system) stemming from the Thanksgiving firing of KAT director Cindy McGinnis as a result of the $39,000 Gobis report. Gobis never interviewed a member of the KAT board in it is inquiry. The mayor never consulted (only informed) any KAT board member including Mark Hairr (former KAT director and UT employee now) on her decision to cancel the Veolia contract and thereby terminate McGinnis. She did not talk to any board member about McGinnis’ performance prior to her departure. The city website as of Dec. 11 still showed McGinnis in her position.

Melissa Roberson is the interim director. The mayor apparently intends to do a search for the new director. The manner in which McGinnis was fired has spread across the online transit community, which will cause qualified persons to think twice about Knoxville, knowing the job might last for only six years (time remaining to Rogero as mayor assuming a second term). The mayor after Rogero would be free to change the KAT director. This writer predicts the rest of the Gobis report, including the abolition of the KAT board, will be shelved and forgotten by this administration. McGinnis has been removed, which was the goal. It could have been done without the report. The Gobis report is not seen as objective or a valid roadmap for Knoxville transit. ■ Retiring KAT board member Essie Johnson will be honored for 32 years of service (this writer appointed her three times to the board) at the next KAT board meeting. She was not reappointed by Mayor Rogero, who is not reappointing anyone to more than two terms on various city boards. ■ The UT inquiry into charges against suspended UT band leader Gary Sousa, should be concluding soon. It is headed by a member of the Provost’s office. The Provost is on record as being very critical of Sousa which raises the question of how impartial such an inquiry can be if one of her employees is heading it up. Sousa is reported to have employed an attorney. He has tenure and is assured of a position on the music school faculty if he loses his band position, which seems likely. Whatever happens will be awkward for UT. ■ TVA CEO Bill Johnson has taken the axe to several positions at TVA, including the position of Emily Reynolds, longtime aide to former Sen. Bill Frist and former Secretary of the Senate. She handled congressional relations for TVA. She resides in Nashville and never moved to Knoxville. She has not determined what she will do next. Johnson was paid $5.9 million for only nine months’ work by valley ratepayers. This has triggered considerable unrest and dissension by ratepayers. The board has been silent on it.

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Walker seeks school board seat In case anyone doubts that James McIntyre will be the key issue in next year’s school board races, meet Marshall Walker, a retired Knox County Schools social worker who was in the audience last week when the school board voted 8-1 to extend McIntyre’s contract. Walker, who is divorced with two daughters and three g r a n d d aug hter s, says he would not have voted with the majority. Walker “There was no need to do that at this time. That carte blanche authority they’ve given the superintendent minimizes their authority. The school board hired the superintendent. He didn’t hire them.” Walker plans to run against 1st District incum-

Betty Bean bent Gloria Deathridge, who voted for the extension. Retired Vine Middle School principal George Kemp will manage his campaign. “(Gloria) Deathridge personally is a very nice woman. We are just different in our approach about how we should deal with the educational system in Knox County,” Walker said. “My experience has been with youth, parents, families and coaching. I believe that our school board representative should be responsive to the community and I will encourage more involvement from all of our community.” Walker attended Eastport Elementary School and Vine Middle School and was among the first AfricanAmerican students to attend Fulton High School,

where he played football, basketball and baseball, graduating in 1966. His father, the late Norman Walker, was the head custodian. His younger brother, the late Jackie Walker, became a two-time AllAmerican linebacker at the University of Tennessee and was the first African-American elected to captain a UT football team and the first African-American to be named an All-American from the Southeastern Conference. Marshall got a football scholarship to Florida A&M, but transferred to UT after he suffered a career-ending knee injury his freshman year. He has an undergraduate degree in human resources and a master’s in social work, both from UT. He worked for Knox County Schools from 20012012, and was assigned to six inner city elementary schools. He worked for the Tennessee Board of Paroles as a supervisor from 1986-

2001, and prior to that, worked for Child Protective Services in Knoxville as a senior counselor. He was an active volunteer in youth sports, and became an assistant coach at Austin-East in 1983. “Sam Anderson gave me a chance,” he said. “I coached under him until I moved away.” One of his proudest memories is of A-E beating Maryville in the last game he coached. Walker, who says he was one of those kids who was not projected to go to college, believes youth sports helped him beat the odds and that involving young people in sports instills discipline and builds relationships. “When I went to Fulton, sports had a lot to do with blending nationalities, races and ethnic groups. That was the difference. Other students that looked like me experienced negativity that I did not experience because I played sports.”

GOV NOTES ■ One-on-one constituent meeting hosted by Knox Mayor Tim Burchett will be 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Fountain City Library, 5300 Stanton Road. ■ Knox County Commission will meet today (Dec. 16) at 2 p.m. at the City County Building. December meetings were moved up a week because of the Christmas holiday.

Holiday hobnob State Rep. Gloria Johnson, Knox County Trustee candidate Jim Berrier, and Leland Price, candidate for Criminal Court Judge Division 3, attend the Knox County Democratic Christmas party.

■ Knox County school board will meet 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the boardroom of the Andrew Johnson Building, a move necessary because of a scheduling conflict at the main assembly room of the City County Building.

Changes ahead for Shopper news coverage Long ago and far away I wrote about a school board meeting. It was a totally different superintendent and board. “Sophistry,” was the oneword response of a soon-tobe former principal. I didn’t even know the word ... and when I looked it up I still wasn’t quite sure how it applied to my column. Last Monday when the current school board voted 8-1 to extend Jim McIntyre’s contract until Dec. 31, 2017, I finally got it. Buzz Thomas called McIntyre “the smartest superintendent I know,” and my cat sneezed. The smartest superintendent would not have jeopardized the re-election prospects of his most vulnerable allies on the board by asking for the 4-year contract. Three years is plenty long enough. At least that’s what my cat thinks.

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The smartest superintendent would have taken the raise to which he was entitled and used it for postage stamps so the teachers could return their anonymous surveys anonymously. Instead, instructions went forth for principals to collect the surveys and send them to the central office. And Dr. McIntyre said he would set up a teachers’ appreciation fund with the $5,000 raise. For the 10 people who might not know it, Mike McMillan was the sole dissenting vote. I don’t like to be on the side of Mike McMillan. Neither does my cat.

So I’m moving on. No more school board meetings for me. And no more for Jake Mabe either. (Read Jake’s poignant blog linked from our website.) Jake and I got way too close to these issues and to these board members, our friends. Here’s our ShopperNews lineup for 2014. It’s designed to challenge us. Hopefully, it will make us a better newspaper. ■ Betty Bean will cover the school board and the 2014 elections for school board seats. The Miracle Maker feature was already set to expire on Dec. 31. It won’t be replaced. ■ Jake Mabe, previously Halls area reporter and features editor, will be the Knox County government reporter. Jake will monitor projects in each community that we serve, and he’ll write a political column on this page every week.

■ This writer will oversee community reporters/editors for our eight zones: ■ Betsy Pickle – South ■ Betty Bean – East and North (south of I 640) ■ Ruth White – Halls/ Fountain City/Gibbs. ■ Libby Morgan – Union County. ■ Cindy Taylor – Powell and Norwood. ■ Sherri Gardner Howell – Farragut and Karns/Hardin Valley. ■ Wendy Smith – Bearden. In addition, we’re expanding our business coverage with a new feature: “Where the Jobs Are,” coordinated by Nancy Whittaker. Our regular columnists will be back, I guess. Nobody has quit. And if anyone wants to know what I think of the school board, well, ask my cat.

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The old barn dinner theater For the developers, it about 1960. For most of the was an entrepreneurial idea locals it looked like just anwhose time had come. other barn, complete with a hay loft and a cantilevered beam to lift hay to the upper level. But Farragut in the 1960s was quite rural. Few locals Malcolm knew much about dinner Shell theaters. A few had probably visited Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville. It was a dinner theater in But, for many, the real enthe heart of Farragut that tertainment was a few hunproduced both food and dred yards down the road at creative entertainment set the Dixie Lee drive-in thein a rustic atmosphere. It ater, which teenagers called was located directly across the passion pit. Kingston Pike from the We visited the barn on Renaissance Development numerous occasions and on property now owned by found the entertainment to First Farragut United Meth- be superb. Some of the proodist Church. ductions I remember were The original owners, the “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Mr. Rhea family, purchased the Roberts” and “Shenandoah.” property from Alfred Watt Even by today’s stan-

dards the actors were professional and, except for limited set designs, would have compared favorably with most Broadway productions. That’s because most of the productions were presented by traveling troupes from New York and other northern metropolitan areas. I am sure that, for most of the cast, rural Farragut must have been a culture shock. My fellow classmate Earl Hall remembers dating one of the young ladies from New York, who asked: “What do people here do for recreation?” “Well,” Earl said, “we have a chicken restaurant just a few blocks away and a hamburger joint at Lovell Road, and that’s about it.” The barn did offer one thing quite rare in rural

Farragut: a place where you could enjoy good wine or perhaps a before-dinner cocktail. But you had to bring your own bottle, and the establishment provided ice and glasses. To my knowledge, the barn was never raided by local law enforcement and, unlike another establishment, never sold temporary club memberships to avert the law. Most locals knew one of the area’s most notorious bootleggers was located just a few blocks away, where they could pick up a bottle on their way to the theater. The theater consisted of tables along four walls and a center area for a buffet. Food was cooked in a kitchen in the rear and you could usually tell by the smell when you entered

what was on the menu. Most of the time it was southern fried chicken or pork chops, and the occasional offering of beef stew or country fried steak. Unfortunately the quality of the food never equaled the quality of the performances. But, with few other eating establishments around to compare it with, it probably satisfied most of the locals. After dinner, the buffet was broken down and cleared, the lights were turned off and the set was lowered in the darkness from the ceiling by pulleys with the set and actors intact. Although tables were reserved, by ordering advanced tickets you could sit on the bottom level next to the stage. During intermission, the players would often mix and mingle with the patrons. Unfortunately, the dinner theater concept was a bit ahead of its time in Far-

ragut. Struggles with the Actors’ Guild to meet salary demands resulted in thin profits. After seven years, the developers realized the venture was not an experience whose time had come in rural Farragut and closed its doors. The structure sat vacant for many years. As it deteriorated, it eventually became an eyesore. Given the diverse nature of Farragut’s population today and the general education level in the area, the old barn dinner theater would probably be a thriving business. The land was purchased by the church in 2001. With Rural/Metro supervision, the structure was torched and debris removed. But when I drive by the property today, I always think of the Barn Dinner Theatre, a business venture that was a great idea ahead of its time.

Oh, the things that might have been For three consecutive This time, for lack of a bowl seasons, we have been yard on third down and a stuck with the things that few inches on the infamous fourth-down stop, the Volmight have been. unteers and faithful followers are again home for the holidays. Being home for ChristMarvin mas is celebrated in song. Being home for New Year’s West brings on eye strain. It is also embarrassing. With so many baby bowls, you have If all the 2011 Volunteers to be really bad to miss the had given a decent effort entire party. against Kentucky and anyInstead of holding court body had tackled the run- in Memphis, preparing for ning “quarterback,” that the Liberty Bowl and maybe year could have ended dif- singing along with Diamond ferently. Rio, Butch Jones can get Blowing the big lead and two days off. I suppose he losing to Missouri in over- deserves a break. He has retime let the air out of 2012 cruited as if his life depends and led to the disaster at on it. Vanderbilt and the expenCome to think of it … sive divorce from Derek These are not recent but Tennessee has made some Dooley.

terrific bowl memories. The Vols are third in appearances (49) and seventh in victories (25). They played in seven Sugar Bowls and six Cotton Bowls, back when it was significant. Steve Spurrier made jokes about UT and the Citrus Bowl but the Vols are 4-1 in Orlando – much better than not being there. Tennessee 20, Texas 14 on Jan. 1, 1951, in Dallas was the first bowl to get my undivided attention. I was a high school senior listening on radio. Later, I was blessed to hear how they did it from the principals, Herky Payne, Hank Lauricella, Andy Kozar, Bob Davis, Jim Haslam, Jimmy Hahn, John Michels, Gordon Polofsky, Ted Daffer, Pug Pearman, Pat Shires and others.

Doug Atkins never said much about that particular game. He was involved in other big ones. Kozar had keen recollection of the halftime theme by General Robert R. Neyland: “We’ve got ’em right where we want ’em.” The Vols were trailing 14-7 but the coach said superior conditioning would decide the second half. It did. Kozar scored two touchdowns. I so badly wanted the great 1956 team to win the Sugar Bowl. That was the down day in John Majors’ all-American career, one for seven as a passer with two interceptions and the fumbled punt that led to Baylor’s victory. It was hard to accept Oklahoma 26, Tennessee 24 in the 1968 Orange Bowl.

Tennessee trailed 19-0 at halftime, woke up and outscored the Sooners 24-7 in the second half. Karl Kremser’s field-goal try was ruled wide right. His hurt remains a vivid image. No. 2 among my favorites was 1971 in New Orleans, Tennesssee 34, Air Force 13. There was a week of warmup. Polished brass and snappy ribbons got almost all the attention. Tennessee was told several times that Air Force was at least awesome. Finally, they lined up for a game. The Vols scored three touchdowns and a field goal in the first quarter. Bobby Scott was MVP. Bobby Majors returned a punt for six. Tim Priest, Ray Nettles and Jamie Rotella were much too much on defense.

My favorite bowl blast was New Orleans 1986, Sugar Vols 35, mighty Miami 7. Daryl Dickey was tour guide. Fantastic defensive plan gathered turnovers and squelched Vinny Testaverde. The town turned orange. Tennessee’s victory over Ohio State in the 1996 Citrus was fun. Jay Graham had a good game. Peyton Manning was good enough. Jeff Hall kicked clinching field goals. Heisman hero Eddie George absorbed some big hits. You are correct, whipping Florida State in Tempe to win the 1998 national championship was the really big bowl. At the time, I thought there would be others. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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A rare Fountain City Candy Canes sighting included the beautiful Kandee, Candy, Candie, Kandy, Candee and Kandi.

Brooke Alleman and Drew Breitenbach of the Central High Band get ready to march.

David and Donna Kimble get ready to drive Donna’s company’s truck, “Speedy,” a 1977 Mini Pup, with a 12-foot reindeer in the bed of the tiny pickup.

Fountain City’s Woman and Man of the Year, Jean Payne and Roy Hembree, ride in style in a 1965 Mustang. Photos by Libby Morgan

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David Hankins leads the children’s choir.

The long journey In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. (Luke 2: 1-5 NRSV)

The Greatest Story in song By Cindy Taylor For those at Beaver Dam Baptist Church who are musically inclined, December is a busy month. David Hankins and Carla Lovorn led the children’s choir as they presented special music during the morning worship service Dec.8. The Silvertones, the church’s senior adult choir, presented “The

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Food banks â– Corryton Hospitality Pantry, located at Rutherford UMC on Corryton Road, will be open 9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Dec. 19. Note that this is a change of dates. Bring ID and proof of income. Info: 687-8438. â–  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. â–  Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Ave. Pike, is accepting appointments for the John 5 Food Pantry. For appointment: 9382611 or leave a message and your call will be returned. â–  Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane, distributes free food 10 a.m.-noon each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265. â–  New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry distributes food boxes 5-6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330. â–  Bookwalter UMC offers One

â– 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.

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All are invited. Info: 938-2611. â– Mount Harmony Baptist Church, 819 Raccoon Valley NE in Heiskell, will hold a Candlelight service 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Everyone is welcome. â–  St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, will hold the following services Tuesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Family Service and Nativity Pageant with Holy Eucharist, 4 p.m.; Christmas Eve Choral Prelude, 10:30

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Shannondale Elementary staff gathered to celebrate the return of teacher Missy Essary (front, center). Photos by Ruth White

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Junior League donates to teachers Junior League of Knoxville presented 38 Knox County teachers each with a portion of $15,000. Lisa Thomas from Gibbs High (pictured above with superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre) is one of the recipients and was recognized for her innovation in the classroom. Thomas’ portion totaled close to $500, and she plans to purchase six tablets for her classroom. Photo submitted

The beginning of summer is usually a happy time, but not for Shannondale Elementary resource teacher Missy Essary. During the last week of school this past May, she was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer.

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McIntyre visits Sterchi Elementary Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre visits with Sterchi Elementary student Davis Bunch. The superintendent enjoyed visiting classrooms full of active learners and instructional technology.

Essary spent the summer receiving chemotherapy treatments and fought the disease all summer. She returned to work in August in complete remission, but was still worn out. “I think I came back too soon,” she said, “and I only stayed until late September.” She returned again last week, is feeling like her old self, and is completely overwhelmed by the love and

support from her coworkers. “God placed me at Shannondale for a reason.” She has been an educator for 16 years but has only been at Shannondale for a year. Essary says that she’s never worked with a staff as caring and supportive. “God healed me of my cancer, and this amazing staff carried me through many days.” Each day during her first week back was filled with surprises that brought Essary to tears. One evening the team hosted a dinner; another day the work room was decorated to show her love as a Kentucky fan; she was given a gift basket too heavy to carry, filled with treats and spa items; helium balloons were filled with notes from the staff; and on a Friday, the entire staff wore teal shirts with “Teal is personal at Shannondale” on them in support of ovarian cancer research and Essary.

Staff member Rhoshawnda Turner and Essary, who called Turner “her rock” and received text messages or phone calls from her every day over the summer

Principal Jack Nealy called Essary “a great person” and spoke of her inspiration to the staff. “We are family here at Shannondale and take

care of one another.” Along with the support from staff, Essary is thankful for the support “from the wonderful parents at the school.”

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Improvement, not change, is teacher’s goal By Betsy Pickle Thanks to YouTube, thousands have watched Halls Elementary School teacher Lauren Hopson express her concerns about changes that have been implemented in Knox County Schools. Hopson doesn’t hold back when her heart pushes her forward, as a video from an October school board meeting and another from last week’s show. But the audience she’s most concerned with is the group of 18 third graders counting on her skills and guidance to help them succeed this school year. “We teach children because we want them to learn,” Hopson says of herself and her colleagues, “but we also work with children because we love being around them and getting to have that interaction with them. It gets frustrating when you can’t do as much of that as you would like to.” That’s one of the reasons Hopson has been so vocal at school board meetings. She’s not opposed to change – she just wants it to be an improvement. “We want what’s best for our children. I want to feel like I have the freedom, if my kids get interested in something one day, to go and look at Google Earth about it, or to go down to the library and get a bunch of books when it wasn’t on my lesson plan – and to not have to worry about somebody coming in my room and expecting me to do A, B and C when … D is what my kids are excited about today. “It’s not about choosing to teach something that’s not on the curriculum. I can take any subject you give me and correlate it to my curriculum, whether it’s a writing standard or a reading standard or even math. But having to stick to a lesson plan every day just because somebody says you have to do it that way is very suffocating.” Hopson is in her 13th year of teaching at Halls. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, the Greeneville native went to work as a counselor at Peninsula Village, working with emotionally disturbed and chemically dependent adolescents. She lived on the campus 85 hours a week, from Tuesday night through Saturday morning. “You really have to enjoy being around kids to stick it out that long.” For the last four years of her stint, she was married, and she realized that if she wanted kids of her own, she’d have to find another job. She went through UT’s Lyndhurst Program, a 15-month program that fast-tracks second-career professionals into teaching. After an internship

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teaching first grade, she realized during a short foray into third grade that she preferred that age group. “They have just enough independence where they’re not constantly following you around like baby chicks, but on the other hand, they still want your approval, they still want to give you hugs and they still want to have that relationship with you.” Hopson channels inspiration from a high school English teacher who had her students take oppositegender parts while reading “Romeo and Juliet.” “She had that knack of just making it different enough that it was a whole new ballgame.” She likes to challenge her students with a similar playful attitude. “I joke around with my kids all the time. I kind of have my children compete. I tell my girls that they’re smarter than boys, and what that causes is that the boys spend all year trying to prove me wrong. It sets up a good, healthy competition. “I have one student this year who

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is intent on proving that he is smarter than the girls. We’ll be reading our explanations for something, and I’ll go, ‘All right, blind me with your awesomeness.’ When they read their answer, if it’s really good, I start acting, ‘Oh, my eyes are being poked out! I can’t see! What am I going to do?!’ He always likes to go last to see if he can get the biggest reaction out of me, blind me with his awesomeness. He’s done it several times this year.” Hopson uses concepts gleaned from a writing workshop she took several years ago to get her students fired up about writing. “It’s about letting students write what they want to write about and getting them to share their writing so they see how other students write.” She’s trying to keep that going,

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but she says, “We’ve gotten to a place where our writing is so regimented in what we have to do and when we have to do it, and I’m trying to not allow that to die in my room because I want my kids to be excited about writing time.” She has them hooked when it comes to reading. They’re “ravenous sharks” when they think she’s about to give them time with their book boxes. And she’s passing on her love of science with classroom décor that suggests starry skies and colorful planets. While she feels frustrated that teachers’ opinions aren’t always welcomed by the school board, she believes she’s doing the right thing by her students, and her peers. “My colleagues here have been overwhelmingly supportive.”

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Rain doesn't keep Santa from Gibbs

Neither rain nor snow can stop Santa and Mrs. Claus (Linda and Dee Harless) from making an appearance.

A.J. Houston and Lane Houston practice greeting parade watchers on the Armstrong Air float. Photos by Ruth White

Driving a green 1957 Chevy 210 in the Gibbs Christmas Parade are (right to left) Jimmy and Emmy Inklebarger and granddaughter Skylynne Brasher.

Ann Tipton, George Lett and Joseph Tipton wait for the Gibbs parade to begin. They are in Lett’s 1931 Ford two-door sedan.

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Jeremiah White celebrated his seventh birthday Dec. 8, with an Angry Birds party with family and friends. Parents are Jeremy White and Tina Miller of Halls. Grandparents are Kenneth and Lynn Spencer and Lyn and Angie White. Great-grandparents are Archie and Mable McGill and the late Fred Dalton. Brady Hodges turned 8 years old Sept. 30, and celebrated with friends and family at Twisters. Brady is the son of Thomas and Gina Hodges of Halls. He has an older brother, Aidan, and a younger sister, Reese. Grandparents are Mike and Irene Hodges of Knoxville, Jim and Janet Kilgore of Kingsport, and J.D. and Jean Wininger of Kingsport.

Hodges Isabella Eleni Norsworthy turned 5 years old Dec. 10, and celebrated with a Princess Sofia party with family and friends. Parents are Javan and Emily Norsworthy. Isabella has two sisters, Sophia and Olivia. Grandparents are Gerald “Jake” and Diane Lowe and Danny and Mary Inman. Great-grandmother is Marie Cole. Norsworthy the Humanities Fellows. The fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both.

Recycling bins available Keep Knoxville Beautiful has received a shipment of recycling bins thanks to a special grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The bins will be distributed to the public

from convenience centers around town through a partnership with Knox County Solid Waste. Anyone can stop by to pick up a bin. Pick up locations are Mason-Recycling 2 on Tazewell Pike, 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 16; Dutchtown, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17; Powell, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18; Halls, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19; John Sevier, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Dec. 20. One bin will be given to each household while supplies last.

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Harold Woods volunteers, enjoys each day it comes up. No surprise, Woods is plugging along. The longtime community volunteer has scaled back his activities somewhat. He’s serving only on the boards of directors of East Tennessee PBS, Cornerstone of Recovery and Project HELP, as well as on the Tennessee Democratic Party executive committee. Volunteering is a hard habit to break. “I’m not one to sit there quietly,� says Woods. “I get involved and know more or less what’s going on. That’s the way it’s been my whole life. Anything I’ve joined, I’ve participated – otherwise, I wouldn’t have joined.�

By Betsy Pickle Everyone has an expiration date. Harold Woods has been told that his is sooner rather than later. “They keep telling us, ‘within six months, within six months,’� says Sylvia Woods, Harold’s wife of 52 years. “We’ve been hearing that now for two years.� He was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 after it attacked his bile duct, which had to be removed. He’s been through chemotherapy several times, as well as radiation. His doctor told him in July that he could have more treatment – and feel terrible all the time – or he could just keep on living his life, dealing with the pain as

Woods is widely respected for his 40-plus years of service to the AFL-CIO, which he joined after he started working for the Aluminum Company of America in Alcoa in 1965. (He retired in 2002 but still continued to serve the union.) He was in the first class of Leadership Knoxville in 1985, and he has a long list of awards for community service from everyone from


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Last week I wrote about the People’s Tree passing through Knoxville, and this experience brought back memories of our own Jimmy White, the Union County artist and inventor who was a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Members are accepted into this prestigious organization by juried selection. Anyway, 1993 was decreed by President Bill Clinton and an Act of Congress as the Year of the Craftsman/woman. Handmade ornaments would be requested from across the United States. The Clintons contacted the Southern Highlands Craft Guild requesting them to make a recommendation of an artist to hand-make an ornament for the White House Blue Room Christmas tree. Jimmy White, who died suddenly in 1996, was recommended and made an angel which hung on the White House Blue Room tree for the 1993 Christmas celebration. Jimmy’s widow, Pauline Jessee White, recalls the process and the specifications provided to Jimmy for his work. Jimmy chose to make the angel of Royal Paulownia, which he cut in Anderson County. This tree was chosen because of its light wood and ease of carving. Also, the royal paulownia is supposed to be a good luck tree. Pauline White particularly recalled that the ornament could not weigh more than 12 ounces. Since their neighboring grocer at the time was Virginia’s Grocery (Virginia Welch) on Loyston Road, Jimmy would carve on the 17-inch angel, then take it down to Virginia’s to weigh it on the cheese scales, take it back home and carve away more of the weight until he got the angel down to 11 ounces to make sure it didn’t exceed the specified maximum weight of 12 ounces. About 3,000 ornaments were submitted, 154 of which were from Tennessee and of the 154 ornaments, 61 were from East Tennessee. Jimmy White has been the only Union Countian to have been so honored. He signed the angel, “Jimmy White, Union County, Tennessee.� Pauline has graciously

shared with us a photograph of Jimmy and the White House Christmas tree angel. Now, back to the People’s Tree and the Whistle Stops along the Way. The Whistle Stops are coordinated with local communities by U. S. Forest Service personnel who arrive at the Whistle Stop destination about an hour ahead of the trailer hauling the tree. This year a contest was held for Washington State school children to paint a mural on plywood of woodland scenes. A forester set up three “photo ops� of paintings chosen to travel with the tree. One was the body of a deer with a hole cut out for the children to be photographed with their face as that of a deer. Another was of a Christmas tree with several holes cut out for children to be photographed as a part of the tree. Another Forest Service employee hosted a table to pass out handouts about the tree, to sell souvenir pins and to answer questions for the guests. Still another Forest Service employee was at the trailer providing guests the opportunity to sign a canvas the length of the trailer. Some years this canvas would become filled with names and additional canvases would be required. Some signees made a game of calling ahead to future Whistle Stops to have family and friends find their names. Sharing the tree with the people annually is so special that Santa and Mrs. Claus take a month from their work at the North Pole to ride along in the second trailer to greet folks along the way. Hot chocolate, coffee and goodies were provided at this year’s Whistle Stops by Pilot Flying J and Battelle Corporation. So local folks got to enjoy a little Christmas, and I can happily report the tree was delivered on time and the lighting festivities have occurred. I don’t know how many years it will be before Knoxville or another East Tennessee town will be a “Whistle Stop,� but when the occasion presents itself again – by all means go, take your children and grandchildren. It’s a big deal!

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News from Okie’s Pharmacy

Random gifts found at Okie’s, clockwise from left, are: Bluebird nightlight - $8.05, Key hook for your purse - $7.99, Curved insulated cup - $9; novel by local author J. K. Ensley (one of three) - $15, Ceramic mug with cute matching gift box - $10.50, Handmade dishcloth - $2.50, Case Firefighter pocketknife - $48.51, Case pocketknife blue handle - $85, Candy flavorings - $1.77, Madagascar vanilla - $3, Camphor spirit homeopathic remedy - $4.76, Candle Cottage scented candles - $8.75, and surrounding the gifts, a handmade scarf - $8.

Gordy Noe, owner of Pioneer Heating & Air; Denise and Ronnie Monday; Pioneer’s Mike Conley; and Q 100.3’s Opie Joe celebrate the Pioneer Comforts Me Giveaway.

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Pioneer Heating & Air, Q100.3 and a deserving family had an exciting night at a recent Ice Bears hockey game. During November, entries were received for families in need for the Pioneer Comforts Me Giveaway. Mike Conley, Pioneer’s marLisa Jo Bailey holds an antique keting and operations manmixer at the museum wall inager, said the number of side Okie’s Pharmacy. entries was overwhelming. The help of the Community

Okie’s has gifts for everyone You’ve heard it over and over: Shop local for the benefit of your community. And Okie’s, among many other great places to buy gifts in Union County, has an awesome array of gifts, with the bonus of a minimuseum to boot. Perusing the shelves in the Maynardville store, you will find some unique things to buy: a wax dipped cinnamon teddy bear (put him in a warm place for seasonal aroma); locally made scarves and dishcloths; the 2013 Heritage Festival print of Betty Bullen’s art; novels by J.K. Ensley; and, in the looking-only department, framed newspaper front pages telling of Bonnie and Clyde’s demise and the first flag on the moon, among a thousand other interesting antiques.

How about an umbrella for a useful gift? Or a pocketknife? Or a pretty plug-in nightlight? Eye candy, real candy and candy-making flavorings can be found around the place. Fresh pecans, walnuts and mixed nuts, aromatherapy oils, Duck Commander and Buck Commander items, greeting cards – you can spend all day choosing from gifts for $2 or $100. And if you’ve frequented Okie’s even a little, you’d know that staff member Lisa Jo Bailey would be a definite contender for the Friendliest Person Ever award. And that’s saying a lot in this friendly county. Oh yeah ‌ they sell medicine, too. Info: 4221 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville; 992-9455.

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Matlock’s dream meets banking bumps on Millertown Pike Okay, you’ve seen it while driving down Millertown Pike east: a neatly-graded building pad adjoining Kinzel Way across from the newly-renovated Sam’s Club. It sits idle, staked and waiting for footers and concrete that never comes. What gives?

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MSM property on Millertown Pike is cleared and awaits development. Photo by Nick Della Volpe

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Over a year ago, MSM Development LLC began developing a 10.6 acre tract that formerly hosted a brown ‘50s style ranch home and a farm pond that ran along the edge of Loves Creek. Over the months, you

watched the house come down, and workers drain the pond and reroute the creek to accommodate MSM’s commercial development, divided into 7 or 8 lots. Next heavy equipment began grading the site and building protective detention ponds, and built an interior access road named Miller Place. About

the same time, the city’s contractor began efforts to widen the bridge over the creek and add a lane to Millertown Pike. When you drive past the MSM site, you notice the Time to Shine Car Wash, which opened this summer, adjacent to the red clay bui ld ing-pad-in-wa it ing along Kinzel Way. Large

earthmoving equipment sits idly by, waiting for the green light to dig footers and get the planned medical office building underway. That building was planned to house two businesses: a dentist office and eye exam/ eyewear center had been planned for that building pad. But work mysteriously ground to a halt. More recently, old man winter bared his frosty teeth. To date, no concrete or steel has gone up. What are they waiting for? The second phase of the development has been delayed, awaiting some movement on the financial front

… first from Community South Bank, which has a security interest in the property based on loans to MSM, and later the governmental banking regulator agency, the FDIC, which has control over the bank. Community South currently holds the title to the property, due to loan problems. With a bit of luck, that banking and regulatory hurdle will be cleared in time for MSM to get construction underway before winter settles in. Time will tell. The plat for this 10.6 acre property shows it has 7 or 8 parcels for future development. The combo medical

facility (currently on hold) is scheduled to occupy at least two of those building lots, and another hosts the completed car wash next door. There obviously is room to grow more business here, especially now that the Millertown Pike construction/ disruption has been completed. Two MSM lots at the corner of Loves Creek Road and Millertown Pike also look promising. Nothing definite has been announced. According to neighborhood reps from the Alice Bell/Spring Hill Community, who met with Mark Matlock this summer to discuss the company’s plans, MSM dreams include a possible Walgreens or other chain drug store and a community restaurant on the corner of Millertown and Loves Creek Road. Perhaps a Chili’s? Only time will tell. Whatever develops, it will be a further vote of confidence in the East’s potential for healthy growth. I was unable to meet with Mark Matlock before print time. But whatever MSM’s current plans, we wish them well. The East side is growing.

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Brickey-McCloud gets $25,000 Brickey-McCloud Elementary School students and administrators celebrate with U.S. Cellular representatives after winning $25,000 and being named a 2013 champion in the U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities Campaign. Students (front) are: Simon Williams, Trey Enix, Alayna Heifner, Keighton May, Brinley Pendergrass, Cody Chaffins; (back) Cassandra May-Mynatt of U.S. Cellular, Brickey-McCloud principal Robbie Norman and vice principal Denna Grogan.


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In an evening board meeting Dec. 9, Hallsdale Powell Utility District commissioners adopted a schedule for meetings in 2014 and authorized several pay requests. Next year’s schedule calls for 6 p.m. meetings in March, May and September. President Darren Cardwell said 20 water meters were set in November and 19 sewer hookups were inspected. The district treated 219.3 million gallons of water and 203.5 million gallons of wastewater. Payments were approved for W&O Construction (Melton Hill water treatment plant project) for $155,125 and $139,042; Judy Construction (Raccoon Valley wastewater treatment plant) for $143,103; Mike Smith Pump Service (East Brushy Valley waterline project) for $78,311; Cleary Construction (Cherokee Ridge area waterline project) for $31,488; and Charles Blalock & Sons Inc. (Crippen Gap water tank) for $217,020. The next board meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. ■

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TDS Telecom has expanded its service in the Halls area with the addition of 300 Mbps high-speed Internet to selected areas. TDS continues to up-

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Mud and Butz

OK, I still love my job, but you need to know that last week I visited two of the more interesting businesses on the South and East side. John and Kristie Parton own Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ on Chapman Highway. Great folks with great food occupy the site of the former Pixie Drive-In. But where did they get that name? Info: 773-0473. Mighty Mud is a place to play in clay. Even if you are a novice, kids and adults can sign up for an amazing variety of ceramic classes. Located at 1300 McCalla Ave., Mighty Mud distrib-

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utes ceramic supplies from clays and glazes to tools. Owner Barron Hall moved here to attend graduate school at UT. Artists can work and display their finished creations in a beautiful gallery open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. This Wednesday, Dec. 18 from noon to 1:30, Hall will be participating in an event sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance at the Emporium Center. Check out for details. Check out the website at to register for classes. Facebook or their newsletter will also help you keep track of what’s new. Contact: 595-1900.

Ted Hall returns

News anchor Ted Hall will join WVLT’s Local 8 News team in January. He went to Atlanta seven years ago after 18 years in local news Ted Hall and sports at WBIR-TV. While here, he and his family (wife Lesa and three kids) lived in North Knox County. Ted says the whole family is excited about coming home, and he’s looking forward to cheering on the Vols and getting involved with community organizations.

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Christmas program offers music, drama

Temple Baptist Academy seniors Keegan McElyea, Andrew Johnson, Christian Cooper and Dionny Reese (back) in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Temple Baptist Academy students sing in the annual Christmas program.

On Dec. 10, Temple Baptist Academy held its annual, school-wide Christmas program. Students from the pre-school to twelfth grade contributed to the evening’s

performances. The evening’s program was entitled, “O Come, Let Us Adore Him!” Reneé Gamble, Temple’s fine arts director, coordinated the entire event. The program told

protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas pageant, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion. The play provided plenty of laughs while reminding the audience of the significance of the true message of Christmas.

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Food drive feeds 100 Temple Baptist Academy conducted its annual food drive in November and December. Students collected hundreds of items for food baskets for needy families, providing food to more than one hundred families in the Knoxville area. “We are grateful to Terri Gilbert and Powell Food City for their help and support of this effort to be a blessing to those in need in our local community,” said Temple principal David Whitaker.

the Christmas story through a variety of vocal and instrumental presentations. The senior class, under the direction of Jessica Motes, presented a lively readers

theatre rendition of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson. The play tells the story of six delinquent children, the Herdmans: Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie and Gladys. The Herdmans go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite

Luke Smith, Josh Woods, Skuyler Kell and Aaron Savage collect donations for the Temple Baptist Academy food drive.

On Dec. 7, the Powell community gathered for its annual Christmas parade. In the days leading up the parade, Temple Baptist Academy parent volunteers worked around the clock to prepare a 48-foot flatbed trailer for the school’s parade float. The theme of this year’s float was “A Smoky Mountain Christmas.” One end of the float was decorated with an old-fashioned log cabin. A split rail fence was built around the perimeter of the float that had wagon wheel gates along with a Christmas tree set by a stone fireplace on the other end of the float. The middle of the float was

Parent volunteers crafted this float for the Powell Christmas Parade.

filled with several members of the school’s concert band who played Christmas carols all the way down the parade route. Temple High School basket-

ball players and cheerleaders walked in front of the float, tossing candy to the children lining Emory Road. It was great fun for all involved.

Sophomores visit Washington, D.C. Caroling at the City-County Building Temple Baptist Academy students Mark Burley, Charlie Farris, Haddon Bryant, Isaiah Helget, Jean Remember and Andy Moshi meet Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. The Temple Elementary choir visited the City-County Building Dec. 11, and sang Christmas selections while there.

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By Beth A. Booker, Fort Sanders Regional Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist As the final stretch of the holidays nears, so too does the crunch of shopping, family and tempting food. But there’s a way to avoid a dieting disaster and keep your waistline in check for 2014. Here are some strategies for having a tasty, terrific holiday. ■ START YOUR DAY OUT RIGHT. Use the morning meal to pack in lots of nutrition with whole grains, fruits, and lean protein. People who skip breakfast usually make up the calories (or more) later in the day. Use this time to refresh yourself and build a healthy base for the day. ■ GAME PLAN. Planning is paramount during the holiday season. You need a course of action: think about what to do when you’re offered foods you feel you should not eat; what to eat instead; and ways to enjoy the season that are not foodrelated. If you have a plan you will not be caught off-guard. ■ WHERE’S THE FIBER? Eat foods high in fiber including whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Fiber delays digestion, making you feel full longer and making you less likely to binge on holiday foods. ■ BRING SOMETHING YOU LOVE. Ask to bring something to the holiday party or family dinner. Make sure your contribution is something that you like and is low in calories while being high in nutrients. By bringing something along, you can be assured that you have a go-to food for healthy snacking. ■ HELPING HAND. Ask someone else to fill your plate at a buffet. Walk down the line without a plate first, making mental notes of what you might want to eat AND what you might want to avoid. Ask a friend to fill your plate and not deviate from your requested foods. If your friend is watch-

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THROUGH SATURDAY, DEC. 21 “Little Women,” stage adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic novel, Children’s Theatre of Knoxville, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12 (any adult and child entering together $10 each); at 208-3677 or tickets@

THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 22 Volunteer Ministry Center Annual Holiday Store, 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Dec. 22. New gift items and cash donations are appreciated and may be dropped off at VMC during normal office hours. Info: Bruce Spangler, 524-3926 or

TUESDAY, DEC. 17 “Winter Flavors from the Farmers Market” class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $50 per person. To register: or 922-9916. Memoir Writers Group meeting, 1 p.m., Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. New members welcome. Info: 922-0416.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 Merry, Merry at the Library with Santa Claus, 3:30 p.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19 Merry, Merry at the Library with Santa

Claus, 3:30 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Info: 922-2552. Silver Stage Players performance, 1 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info: 5231135.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 19-22 “Christmas in the Cave,” 6-9 p.m., Historic Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway. The cave is decorated with Christmas trees, lights, music and scenes. Photos with Santa Claus. Admission: $8 per person ages 5 and up. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Info:

FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Breakfast with Santa, 9:30-11 a.m., Willow Ridge Center, 215 Richardson Way. Info: 992-5816.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY DEC. 20-21 Live Nativity Drive-thru, 6-8 p.m., presented by Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Road, and The Children’s Chapel. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 Samuel Frazier Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, 11 a.m., at the home of Sharon “Sam” Wyrosdick. Program by Jim Cundall, Flight Coordinator HonorAir Knoxville. Guests are welcome. Info: Martha Kroll, 603-4655. Open house, 1-4 p.m., Miller’s Chapel UMC, across from McDonald’s in Maynardville. Each child age 12 and under will receive a toy. Christmas cookies and refreshments will be served.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22 Miss Merry Christmas Pageant, 1 p.m., Knoxville Center Mall. Everyone receives a crown and trophy. Entry forms available at the mall or www. Annual BBQ Christmas Fellowship meal following the morning worship services, The Church at Sterchi Hills, 904 Dry Gap Pike. Info: 281-8717 or www. The Washams will sing during the 11 a.m. service, Son Light Baptist Church, 6494 Son Light Way. Lunch

will follow the service. Everyone invited. Info: 6887990.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, DEC. 30-31 Powell Playhouse auditions for John Patrick’s ”Everybody Loves Opal,” 4-6 p.m. Monday and 3:305:15 p.m. Tuesday, Powell Branch Library. Roles include two women ages 20-60, four men ages 20-60, and one cooperative cat. Info: 947-7427.

TUESDAY, DEC. 31 O’Connor New Year’s Eve Dance, 9:30 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Live band. Tickets available at the Center. Info: 523-1135. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 10 p.m.-?, World For Christ Church, 4611 Central Ave Pike. Dancing, food and fun. Info: 249-7214, www.worldforchrist@bellsouth. com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 Stained Glass Suncatcher Workshop, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., instructor: Teresa Arrington. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Jan. 5. Bring lunch. Info: 4949854 or

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Beginner Drop Spindle, 1-3 p.m., instructor: Kathleen Marquardt. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Jan. 15. Info: 494-9854 or www.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 Introduction to Wet Felting, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., instructor: Tone Haugen-Cogburn. Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: Jan. 19. Info: 494-9854 or www.

SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Chocolatefest Knoxville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Grande Event Center at the Knoxville Expo Center. Info/ vendor application:

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An American master Christmas approacheth, and holiday frenzy is reaching its peak. Your own todo list undoubtedly grows daily, but here’s something you might want to put on the back burner.

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Carol’s Corner The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville is currently hosting “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.” After Christmas Day, you’ll have about six weeks to see something you’ll never forget. As a closet Norman Rockwell fan for most of my life, I feel vindicated. “He’s so corny!” folks will often say. “He’s so old-fashioned!” Actually, he is a heck of a draftsman. The first aspect of Norman Rockwell’s work that sucked me in decades ago was his impeccable drawing and painting. His people look real, not idealized. Faces have lines and blotches, clothes have stains and wrinkles, objects are arrayed messily. Everything down to the last crumpled handkerchief is absolutely believable. And looking at many of his most-beloved paintings


in person underscores that point. Nelda Hill, central library manager at Lawson McGhee Library, attended the exhibition with her nephew, Chris Hill, who works in the healthcare industry in Nashville. Both came away with deep impressions. “It’s easy to dismiss Norman Rockwell as a feel-good illustrator, but this exhibit proves that he is everything but,” said Nelda. “He tapped our best selves but more, he gave us a standard to which we can aspire. “At the same time, he confronted us with our racism and the terrors in other parts of the world.” Many people don’t realize how much weight Rockwell provided to the cause of civil rights. Along with such paintings as “The Problem We All Live With” and “New Kids in the Neighborhood” – both of which deal with racial integration – the Frist exhibit features a stunning timeline, including sketches, letters and the artist’s notes, of a work called “Murder in Mississippi” (also called “Southern Justice”) commissioned by Look magazine. The 1963 painting depicts the deaths of three civil rights workers. The last one to die is shown standing, holding one of his dying colleagues. He’s staring his killers – a sheriff’s posse depicted only in shadows on the right side of the canvas – right in their faces.

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All five members of the Rockwell family can be found in this painting. It’s chilling, horrific and deeply affecting. Many of Rockwell’s bestknown paintings are there, including “Triple Self-Portrait” in which he’s shown from the rear, sitting on a stool, straining to catch a glimpse of his face in a mirror while putting it on the canvas in front of him. You can also see “No Swimming,” “Family Tree” and “Coming and Going,” the amusing double painting of a family setting out for a lake adventure and then returning at the end of the day, exhausted. “Christmas Homecoming,” in which a young man is warmly greeted by his nearest and dearest, contains portraits of every member of the immediate Rockwell

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Rockwell’s chilling account of a triple murder during the civil rights era

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“I am thankful that he did.” “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” runs through Feb. 9 at

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