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A closer look at 2016 By Scott Frith

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Eric and Julia Mayer wait for a table at Litton’s with sons Zachary and Kennedy Mayer. Eric said he hopes 2017 will be a year of growth and success for his work, EDP Biotech. “We had a tough 2016, and I hope that next year everything picks back up,” he said. Also, he hopes the kids don’t get any more ear infections.

Carson and Jackson Fragomeni share lunch at Amber Restaurant with grandfather J.W. Faulkner before heading back home to North Carolina. Faulkner said he prays that his family and friends are healthy and prosperous in the New Year. Also, “I think in 2017 we should go back to the old times when everybody loved each other,” he said. Photos by S. Carey

Sharing hopes for 2017 By Shannon Carey

Virginia Morgan and daughter Vickie Price are ready to have lunch at Litton’s during Price’s week off from work. Price said her hope for 2017 is to have plenty of time to spend with her mom, age 95.

It’s something we can all agree on: 2016 has been a year of ups and downs. We’ve seen people come together and people grow apart. We’ve seen deadly wildfires in our beloved mountains and rejoiced as the community rose up to support those affected. We’ve seen acts of violence, acts of heroism, and small acts of everyday kindness that reverberate in our souls. We at Shopper News thought we’d catch up with some of you as we turn to face the New Year. We visited folks getting lunch at Amber Restaurant in Halls and Litton’s in Fountain City and asked John Fugate had lunch at Litton’s with U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr.’s field rep Dave about your hopes for 2017. Chesney, who said he’d just come from taking a carload of winter clothing to More on page A-2 the Salvation Army. Fugate said he is looking forward to the New Year as Donald Trump takes office as president. “We’ve got a new sheriff in town,” he said.

Fountain City sidewalks and streets Residents are invited to a meeting hosted by Advocacy for Fountain City at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Commercial Bank in Fountain City. The new group was formed after a city-sponsored roundtable at O’Connor Center in the fall.

The subject of sidewalks and streets in Fountain City will be discussed. City Council members Mark Campen, Nick Della Volpe, Marshall Stair, George Wallace and Finbarr Saunders are expected to attend.

Nick Pavlis won’t run for mayor By Betty Bean Nick Pavlis has been city council’s Energizer bunny for the past six years, showing up for neighborhood meetings all over town and making himself available to anyone who calls him. He’s Knoxville’s longest-serving council member and has long been assumed to be aiming at a run for mayor in 2018. But he now says 16 years in city government is enough. “People just get tired,” Pavlis said. “I was first elected in 1995 and served eight years in an atlarge seat, sat out six years – serving two years on MPC during that time – then ran for the 1st District seat in 2011. “I think it’s my time not to have the obligation as an elected official – I’m 62 now and I’m just ready to enjoy my life.” What Pavlis didn’t mention is that serving as mayor is a full-

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time job, and would force him to leave his job as state director of governmental affairs with Charter Communications, a position that keeps him on the road between Knoxville and

Nashville. “I’m in Nashville every week when (the Legislature is) in session, and sometimes when we’re not in session,” he said. “I love what I do for a living. It’s tailormade for me, and I don’t want to give it up.” Pavlis feels good about the job he’s done for the city and for his district, and although he gives mayors Victor Ashe, Bill Haslam and Madeline Rogero great credit, he believes he played a part in Knoxville’s progress, as well.

“I believe I’ll be leaving Knoxville better off than I found it. It wasn’t that long ago that you could have held a Frisbee contest in the middle of downtown and there wouldn’t have been anybody getting in the way. Nobody’d care. I’m very proud of what we’ve done with the Urban Wilderness projects in South Knoxville.” He says he’s a “little concerned” about the direction city council could take. “I feel we need to have a good mix of people on the council. A good council member can’t be just a business-oriented person, nor should it be strictly a neighborhood-oriented person. We need a healthy mix on there.” He cares deeply about who’s going to step in behind him, but hasn’t heard any names yet. “I have not heard a thing about a successor. I’ve spoken to folks, kind of wanting to stir the ashes a

little bit, but I’m not hearing much back. It’s hard to run for office these days. You kind of have to be retired, or have a job (with flexible hours) like mine. It’s difficult to effectively shepherd a district and have a full-time job with the hours you’ve got to put in.” He is enthusiastic about a potential candidate in another district – former state Rep. Harry Tindell, who is considering a run for the 4th District council seat now occupied by Nick Della Volpe, who is also term-limited. “Harry is a brilliant person. I learned that when I’d go talk to him about issues. He was always knowledgeable and prepared. If he runs, I’ll support him.” And for mayor? “Too early – it’s still two years out. But knowing me, I’ll be involved. We’ve got the city headed in a pretty good direction and we need to keep the momentum going.”

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We all know that 2016 was a great year for Republicans (and a not-sogreat year for Democrats), but let’s take a closer look at what happened and what’s ahead in 2017. Scott Frith First, while the biggest political story of the year was Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race, some observers were surprised by the size of Trump’s win in Tennessee. Trump won Tennessee by nearly 25 points – a higher margin than Mitt Romney’s 20-point win in 2012 and John McCain’s 15-point win in 2008. Locally, few have noticed that Gloria Johnson has now lost three of four state elections. (Johnson lost a state Senate special election in 2011, re-election in 2014, and lost again in 2016. Johnson’s only win was in 2012.) Democrats are expected to find another candidate to take on Rep. Eddie Smith in 2018. Nonetheless, Johnson would be favored for city council next year and would be a strong candidate for Knoxville mayor in 2019. The other big story was Republican state Rep. Martin Daniel winning re-election despite being criminally charged with assault for shoving former

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Crowd rallies for Dippin’ Donuts By Sandra Clark

Owner Kent Tharp celebrates the grand opening Dec. 31 of Dippin’ Donuts in Halls. Photo by S. Clark

Kent and Mary Tharp had already put in 12 hours when we arrived at 5 p.m. on Saturday’s grand opening of Dippin’ Donuts at 6625 Maynardville Pike in Halls’ Black Oak Center. Stock was low and Kent had all the backroom cookers abuzz to prepare more doughnuts. Folks were coming in so fast, you’d think they had never seen a doughnut. Actually, few of us have seen the array of specialties offered at Dippin’ Donuts. “We’ve got 50 varieties of doughnuts and nine varieties of holes,” said Kent Tharp. “We’ve got ice cream and fritters, but we’re best known for our beignets.” Beignet is a French term for deep-

COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Fountain City Lions Club meets 6 p.m. each first and third Monday, Lions Community

fried choux pastry. Think New Orleans. Kent Tharp said he’s been in the doughnut business for 30 years and owns the name Dippin’ Donuts as well as the store. Why Halls? “My lease (on Kingston Pike) was up and this store is on the right side of the road.” The site has previously been a Time Out Deli and more recently the Backwoods Bistro. It’s a clean, no-frills eatin space with adequate counter space to place an order. Don’t see what you want? Tharp will make it for you. The store is open daily 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mary Tharp talked about the growth of the business. “In 2003 (when the store opened on Kingston Pike), we had (contracts to deliver to) two motels and

each second and fourth Monday, Shoney’s, 343 Emory Road. Building, 5345 N. Broadway. ■■ Halls Community Lions Club meets 7:15 p.m.

Sharing hopes for 2017

Sisters Dawn Butler and Bess Smith chatted at Amber Restaurant about the imminent arrival of Butler’s first grandchild. The girl, Nora, is expected in April. “We want her to be healthy of course, and I will get to keep her all the time,” said great-aunt Smith. “I’m wishing for a peaceful year, no more wars, and that’s really it. I’m tired of hearing about so much violence.”

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Beki Proffitt paused during lunch with family at Amber Restaurant to say that 2016 was good for her and her family, and she hopes things keep going that way. “I hope people keep being supportive of each other,” she said.

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■■ Halls Republican Club meets 7 p.m. each third Monday at the Boys & Girls Club of Halls/ Powell, 1819 Dry Gap Pike. Info:

five churches; now we have about 30 regulars. For churches, we give a discount and deliver.” Dippin’ Donuts also delivers to 32 local Pilot stations. Online, customers rave about the unique flavors such as peanut butter donuts. Most like the freshness, knowing the doughnuts are cooked onsite. All churches, pastors, youth directors and program directors can call for free delivery on fresh-made pastries: 865-588-3765 or fax to 865-588-7489. Through Feb. 28, those who bring their church bulletin for the week to Dippin’ Donuts on Sunday or Wednesday will receive one free, regular-sized doughnut of their choice. Let’s give Kent and Mary Tharp a rousing Halls welcome!

■■ Seventh District Democrats meet 6:30 p.m. each fourth Monday, Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Info: Mary Ann Page, map@ or 247-8155; Dan Haney, bdl66@ or 922-4547.

Closer look at 2016 state Rep. Steve Hall during a campaign event. Even more absurd is that the mess isn’t over yet. Daniel’s criminal charges remain pending as legislators return to Nashville this month. Here are some other things to watch in 2017: Knoxville City Council district seats (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) will be on the ballot this fall, but few will notice. On average, only 5,000 people bother to vote in a typical city election. (Knoxville has a population of about 185,000.) Also, although the Republican primary won’t be held until May 2018, two heavyweight candidates are lining up to be the next sheriff: assistant chief Lee Tramel and former chief

deputy Tom Spangler. Tramel will have the blessing of current Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones (who is term limited). Spangler will raise a lot of money from his political connections in Blount County, where he is employed part-time as director of training. Of course, political posturing is also underway in the race to succeed county Mayor Tim Burchett (who is also term limited). Rumored and announced candidates for mayor are Commissioner Brad Anders, Law Director Bud Armstrong, county GOP leader Buddy Burkhardt and Commissioner Bob Thomas. The wild card in the race is Glenn Jacobs (the professional wrestler formerly

From page A-1 known as “Kane”). Celebrities win elections. Jacobs would be a strong candidate for mayor or Congress. Rumors continue to swirl around the political futures of Burchett and U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. Both have been around a while. 2018 will be the 30th anniversary of Duncan’s election to Congress and the 24th anniversary of Burchett’s first election to the state Legislature.  According to a Federal Election Commission filing this month, the “Duncan for Congress” campaign account has $974,058.05 in available cash. That’s a lot of money. 2017 will be an interesting year. Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can visit his website at

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Martha Godwin’s music students are dressed for a recital. Betty Bean is the señorita on the far left. On her left (the girl in the white dress and hat) is Betty Berggren. Bobbye Sue Bates is the ballerina next to her, and two more unidentified girls are to her left. Ginny Lou Thompson is the tall girl in the white shirt and blazer behind Freddie Godwin (Martha Godwin’s younger son), in heavy pancake makeup and some kind of exotic Middle Eastern costume. The boy on the far right with Benny Miller is the drummer boy. the guitar is Betty’s brother Butch Bean.

Martha Godwin: Fountain City’s music teacher By Betty Bean

When Bob Godwin called just before Christmas and said he’d found a bunch of old pictures I might be interested in, I showed up at his office within 24 hours and spent the rest of the afternoon looking through the stack of late-’50s photographs of kids dressed up as cowboys and soldiers and colonial dames and sheiks of Araby. Bob kept the one of himself got up as Felix Mendelssohn, but turned the rest over to me. I spent the rest of the holidays studying faces and remembering Martha Godwin’s costume recitals. I was 4 years old when my parents bought a house on Lynwood Drive, a couple of doors down from Central Baptist Church. By the time I was 6, I was walking to Mrs. Godwin’s house on Conner Avenue for weekly piano lessons, plus monthly Saturday sessions for music theory and history, where Mrs. Godwin brought the

John Bean, the toy soldier in lipstick, white pants and a tall hat his mother made out of an oatmeal box, had some swagger because Mrs. Godwin introduced him as “that big fellow” in the program. days. He can’t count the number of students his mother taught over a period of some 25 years, but says it’s “hundreds and hundreds.” “I’m astonished at the people I meet in my late stage of life who say, ‘Do you know I took music lessons from your mother?’” One of her first students, he has vivid memories of getting “roped into” making phone calls for her Moonlight Sonata and the when there were schedule Hall of the Mountain King changes and helping to run and Papa Haydn’s Surprise off endless mimeographs. Symphony to life for a room But it was his father, George full of fidgety kids. Godwin, a World War II vet“She always said she eran who was an executive taught music, not piano,” at East Tennessee Packing said Bob Godwin, who was Company, who did most of known as Robert in those the real heavy lifting, dress-

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Milan winter VBS in second year Kyra Peace tosses a beanbag during game time at Milan Baptist Church’s winter Vacation Bible School. VBS goers recited their Bible verse for the day before getting to play games.

Methodist youth groups gear up for ‘Resurrection 2017’ By Carol Z. Shane Now that the 2016 Christmas season has ended, churches are looking to the new year. Among the 887 churches of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, it’s a very busy time for youth. On the third weekend in January, over 12,000 of them will be gathering at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for “Resurrection 2017.” Described on its website as “an awesome annual event of worship and spiritual growth for youth and youth mentors,” the conference draws youth and adults from Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the Holston Conference areas of East Tennessee, southwest Virginia and northeast Georgia. And it has now come to include attendees from Baptist, Presbyterian, Christian, Lutheran, and nondenominational churches. “It was started in 1986 by three pastors,” says Laura MacLean, associate director of connectional ministries for youth and young adults for the Holston Conference. “They saw a need for something for the youth during the winter. “There are lots of activ-

By Shannon Carey Milan Baptist Church is in the second year of a wonderful idea: Vacation Bible School for winter break as well as summer break. This year’s winter VBS, held Dec. 26-28, drew 107 attendees of all ages. With the theme “From the Cradle to the Cross,” Milan’s winter VBS sought to teach “the true meaning of Christmas,” said Ami Winstead, wife of pastor Jody Winstead. “The kids are out of school and ready for some fun and energy release,” she added. Jackie Muncey, who directs Milan’s VBS with wife Sharon, said the winter VBS was the brainchild of former Milan pastor, the late Michael Viles. Muncey said the first year of winter VBS

Asher Effler made this craft at the Milan Baptist Church VBS. was for the glory of God, “but also in remembrance of Michael.” While you may think it would be tough to find volunteers for VBS the week after Christmas, Muncey said that isn’t the case at Milan. “Milan is such a strongfaithed church that volunteers just pour out,” he said.

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■■ Cross Roads Presbyterian, 4329 E. Emory Road, hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-7 p.m. each second Tuesday and 10-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■■ Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Road, will distribute “Boxes of Blessings” (food) 9-11 a.m., or until boxes are gone, Saturday, Jan. 14. One box per household. Info: 689-4829. ■■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each third Saturday. Free to those in the 37912/37849 ZIP

Classes/meetings ■■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 771-7788. ■■ Fountain City UMC, 212 Hotel Road, hosts Griefshare, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. The support group is offered for those who are dealing with the loss of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Cost: $15 for workbook. Info: 689-5175. ■■ Powell Church, 323 W. Emory Road, hosts Recovery at Powell each Thursday. Dinner, 5:45 p.m.; worship, 6:30; groups, 7:40. The program embraces

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Special services ■■ St. Paul UMC Fountain City, 4014 Garden Drive, hosts Agape’ Café’ each fourth Wednesday. Dinner is served 5:30-7 p.m., and the public is invited. Jan. 25 program: Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Ina Hughs will speak on the church in transition. Info: 687-2952.

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Jan. 16. ■■ The Heiskell Senior Center 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 548-0326 Upcoming: Mobile Meals each Wednesday; $2 donation requested; RSVP by noon Tuesday. ■■ Corryton Senior Center 9331 Davis Drive 688-5882 Monday-Friday Hours vary Offerings include: exercise classes; cross-stitch, card games; dominoes, crochet, quilting, billiards; Senior Meals program, 11 a.m. each Friday. Register for: Super Seniors meeting, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10; entertainment by the Over the Hill Gang. Veterans services one-on-one, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10; RSVP: 215-5645. ■■ Halls Senior Center 4405 Crippen Road 922-0416

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Logan Hindenburg dressed as an 80-year-old man and teacher James Boles went for the ’80s rock band look. Students in Kelly Fawver’s class enjoyed dressing up to celebrate the 80th day of school. Pictured are: (front) Michael Varner, Cayli Haynes, Emily Abbott, Bessie Miller, Kenzi Romines, Braiden Miller; (back) Fawver, Emily Williams, Alyssa Haynes, Lucas Cooper, Briley Caldwell and Colby Comparato.

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Students at Fountain City Elementary worked together to create a colorful mural that fills a portion of the hallway at the entrance of the school. Art teacher Elizabeth Noe worked with students to create the mural that was inspired by artist Henri Rousseau, who created beautiful landscapes of the wild jungle. The mural was worked on at the end of the 2015-2016 school year so that it would be ready for display as students returned to school in the fall. The pepcats were created by (this year’s) fifth-grade students, the flowers were made by the third-grade students and the leaves were created by the second- Fountain City Elementary art teacher Elizabeth Noe stands in front of the mural that was created and fourth-graders. by students. Photo by Ruth White

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A holiday birding treat Our 520-plus National Wildlife Refuges, covering 93 million acres, offer great opportunities for folks to get out and enjoy nature. Their rivers, lakes, swamps, fields and mountains are home to a myriad of varieties of trees and flowers, bushes and grasses. That means they are also home to innumerable critters that people like to watch – big animals, butterflies and, in the case of birders, birds. Over 200 of our National Wildlife Refuges were set aside specifically to protect, manage and restore habitat for migratory birds, and one result of that effort has been to yield a list of over 700 species of birds that have been seen in America’s National Wildlife Ref-

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January, and February. The late December weather there in north Alabama can be dicey for birding – we’ve had inches of snow one year, all-day monsoons of rain another. But this year was calm, dry, and a balmy 72 degrees by midday – a great Christmas present from Mother Nature! And a marvelous two-hour birding trip to Wheeler NWR in shirt sleeves on Dec. 24 was a perfect addition for us to add to the holiday festivities. The best plan for enjoying Wheeler NWR is to start at the Visitors Center, where there are friendly and knowledgeable volunteers to tell you what’s going on out there, plus interesting displays of wildlife, maps and other information. The major attraction, though, is the Observation Building, 200 yards away down a wooded gravel pathway. Sitting right on the edge of the water, the Observation Building is there for one purpose: observation. You walk in the back side, and there before you are two walls, front and side, facing out over the big embayment of calm, birdfilled water, one-way glass from floor to ceiling. Most first-timers walk in and say “wow!” Across the water from the building is a huge farm field managed to produce bird food, lying fallow at this time of the year; beyond that, woods and more water. The numbers of water birds peak out in January; when we were there the refuge personnel estimated that the big farm field held around 11,000 sandhill cranes – it looked like a million to us. This time of year the sandhills are joined by innumerable geese, ducks, white pelicans, gulls and herons, with smaller numbers of less commonly seen species, just waiting to be discovered. The sandhill cranes set the scene and the mood for the bird drama. Thousands of the big, gray, 5-foot-tall birds stand around in the field and along the shore, making a constant din of background noise with their strange bugling crane calls. And more of them are overhead, coming and going in V-formations of from three to 30 or more, flying high and low. That overall pic-



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ture in and of itself makes the visit worthwhile, a scene right out of a nature documentary of some sort. But against that backdrop there were more wonders to be seen. One noted authority on cranes was quoted as saying that Wheeler is one of the best places in the world to see whooping cranes. And sure enough, in the far back of the big field were 15 white blobs, which, with the aid of binoculars, became 15 big whooping cranes! Ironically, back in 1941, at their lowest point, there were only 14 or 15 whooping cranes left in the wild, and here we were, seeing 15 of the approximately 600 whooping cranes in the world today, all in a single bunch! And we didn’t have to charter a boat or plane trip to go somewhere to see them. And as if to make things even better for us, one of the big guys decided to come over close to the Observation Building to hang out with a dozen or so of its new best friends, the sandhill cranes. It flew in, sipped some lake water, worked on its feathers for a bit, and sat down for a nap – all within a couple hundred feet of us in there behind the glass, in awe of seeing, up close, one of the rarest birds in the world! Once one has had a full dose of crane watching, one turns to the ducks. And there they were, probably more than a thousand of them, right there in the water and on the shore outside the windows. We identified eight species, loafing, swimming, eating, occasionally chasing one another, constantly in motion. And in addition to large numbers and good close looks, the ducks provided us with one more rare-bird treat for the day. Among all those ducks, the two most numerous species were ducks called gadwalls, and then American wigeons; both are totally familiar to our duck-hunting friends; both species were there in the hundreds. But then there is another wigeon, called the Eurasion wigeon, that breeds in Europe and Asia. It is known to winter along both coasts of North America, though only rarely at inland locations like the TVA lakes. Not an especially rare bird, but rarely seen where we are. The refuge staff had told us that there was a Eurasion wigeon around; one fellow at the Observation Building had driven down from Nashville just to see it. And after two hours of looking at all those ducks, there it was – close enough to see well and to photograph! Icing on the birding cake! A brief scan for small land birds at the headquarters feeders and nearby woods, and we were back in our car and POOF! Back to the world of cars and gas stations, fast food places and last-minute shoppers. But happy to have had that time outdoors, seeing a tiny corner of the earth as it was intended to be, and knowing that those refuges are there, all across the country, saving those treasures for us all. So a Happy New Year to you all; get out somewhere and enjoy your surroundings!

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Joy to the world: Optimism restored Joy to the world. Good times have returned.

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All together now, one more round of “Rocky Top” – even with the dreaded woo. Across all of Big Orange Country, and in several far-flung places, Tennessee football fans are celebrating the new year and the new outlook. The Volunteer victory in the “meaningless third-level bowl game” made a wonderful impact on orange-andgray psyche. The lingering pain from that loss in November has dwindled. Well, somewhat. The team bounced back and inspired the multitude to follow. Optimism has been restored. My friend Oscar says he may even renew

his season tickets. The win over Nebraska was more convincing than the score. Tennessee had more speed. Tennessee had more enthusiasm. Tennessee had Derek Barnett and Joshua Dobbs. The senior quarterback was not pin-point perfect in passing but he hit the big one. He ran for three touchdowns. He received the MVP trophy. Two harsh critics surrendered and agreed the performance was somewhat better than acceptable. One did keep count of overthrows. The celebration when Barnett induced the recordsetting sack was one for the ages. If you have a photo, frame it. Save the scene in your memory bank. The entire team ran onto the field to congratulate the warrior and share the moment. He was surrounded with respect. It was beautiful. I think it is safe to say nothing like that has ever happened at Tennessee. Through the decades, few have had a Barnett-style en-

gine. He is truly relentless. Great tailbacks and Peyton have claimed most of the applause. This was different. I and others said the Music City Bowl did not matter, that the Vols of 2016 had already established their identity. This was not a good team. It struggled with Appalachian State before injuries were a factor. It was not ready to play when the Florida game started. Fate awarded the win at Georgia. Alabama rubbed faces in the turf. Tennessee suffered two embarrassing upsets. One cost a trip to the Sugar Bowl, deserved or not. I and others said the season ended with the loss at Vanderbilt and it was time to begin next year. I and others were wrong. The Vols actually used December. They went after Nebraska with a fierceness seldom seen. Mistakes gave the Cornhuskers two touchdowns but the defense did not collapse. Josh Malone was tough enough in the clutch. The triumph was com-

forting, even therapeutic, for Butch Jones. He thanked Tennessee fans who kept the faith. He said the net result was “an illustration of progress.” I wouldn’t go that far. The Vols finished with nine wins, same as last year, short of expectations. Defensive statistics were a disaster. The offensive line showed some improvement. Dobbs and the passing game got better. Bowl success pulled the fat from the fire. The hot seat is cool enough for the coach to stop squirming. The “meaningless” victory was meaningful. Three consecutive wins over Big 10 foes might sway some neutrals. As he did previously, Butch will turn this into another building block, oops, brick. Winter workouts will have a purpose. Some days may even be fun. Recruiting will get a late boost. Coaches, players and fans can look forward to spring practice. Some time back, I said eight wins were not enough. Nine feels some better.

Lies, darn lies and statistics Research shows that teachers don’t improve in their effectiveness after their fourth year. At least that is what Mitchell Zais, the former South CaroHopson lina state superintendent of education, stated at a recent SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) event in Nashville. In this era of “fake news,” it is vitally important that decisions affecting our children be based on facts and a preponderance of all the research, not just cherrypicked data that support a particular agenda. Although SCORE should be up on the most recent data concerning education, not one person in the room challenged Zais’ statement. While there are a few studies linking teacher effectiveness to test score data, which back up Zais’ claim, there are many more that do not. In a June review of 30 studies, the Learning Policy Institute concluded that, “Teaching experience is positively associated with student achievement gains throughout a teacher’s career.” Gains continue for teachers in the second and often third decades of their careers and didn’t affect just test scores, but also the absenteeism and discipline rates of students as well. We know this to be true, however, even without the statistics. I certainly hope I am a better teacher now than I was in the fourth year of my career.

I have learned an abundance of things since then. When is the last time you thought, “Boy, I sure do hope my kid gets a rookie teacher this year?” I have, in fact, talked several parents off the ledge who were upset that their child was not placed in the classroom of an experienced educator. I reminded them that we were all new teachers once, and the experienced ones would be there to guide and mentor when needed. Their children did quite well, thanks to quality teacher education programs, but teaching is like other professions. That fifth-year heart surgeon may be brilliant, but I would bet on the experience of a 20-year veteran should an unexpected situation arise on the operating table. I cannot name a profession in which workers top out on their expertise after just four years. So when you hear that Knox County ranks in the 79th percentile among state districts for high school math and the 75th percentile in reading, you also need to know that the rate of students who were advanced or proficient was 20.8 percent and 30.3 percent, respectively. When you hear that only 43.5 percent of our high school freshmen are proficient in English, remember that the new test halved that percentage from last year. When you hear that Tennessee is the fastest improving state in education, you need to know that we didn’t really improve that much; most other states incurred flat or lower test scores.

When you hear that educators can be held accountable by having test score data included as a part of their evaluation, you need to know that the vast majority of teachers don’t teach tested subjects. That means they are judged on the performance of other teachers and even students they don’t teach or who may not even be in their school.

When you hear that India and China have three times as many mathematicians and scientists as the United States, you have to realize they should. They have exponentially more people. And when you hear that teachers don’t improve after their fourth year, remember what they say about statistics. Lauren Hopson is president of KCEA.

A whole new world! He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20 NRSV) If you are in the habit of skipping the verses of Scripture that always appear at the beginning of this column, stop right now, and go back to the top! Read and reread those six verses and reflect on the power and the wonder of that passage. It is stunning! The magnitude of creation – the centrality of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection in that creation – is jawdropping! The Apostle Paul captured in those words an astonishing description of Jesus: the Creator, the Son, the Man, the Lamb, the Savior. Sometimes I fear we get so familiar with the Bible

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we don’t read it with amazement and joy. We read it just like we would read yesterday’s paper: “Oh, yeah, I know what happened. I know all that stuff.” As we start a New Year, let’s try – every day – to remember what God has done for us in the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s live into His promises; let’s be His people on earth!

last words UT breakfast much more than social Mayor Madeline Rogero and council member Nick Pavlis deserve credit for adding to our greenway system with the recent announcement that almost a mile will be added in South Knoxville from the Mary Vestal Park over to the OgleMartin Mill Pike corner. Now that greenways in the city are under new management, progress is occurring at a faster pace than in the prior five years. Better late than never for Team Rogero. Let’s hope this pace is maintained and even accelerated. This column will keep checking on the actual progress. The announcement of a greenways maintenance crew under the able leadership of Chad Weth and David Brace is welcomed news as well. Small problems are more easily fixed than big ones, and a dedicated crew to this mission is important. ■■ It is disappointing to criticize the University of Tennessee, but when the President’s office purposefully issues inaccurate information, someone needs to call them on it. One likes to think UT President Joe DiPietro is factually correct and transparent, even on issues where there is division of opinion. As a UT Law graduate, I am proud of our university and feel it is one of Tennessee’s greatest assets, but when the law is ignored one wonders and asks why. Last month, DiPietro hosted a breakfast meeting for area lawmakers at Andy Holt Towers and closed it to the public, claiming it was purely social. A “social meeting” suggests that serious issues of interest to the public would not be discussed. Imagine the surprise after the meeting when participants were interviewed. We discovered the discussion centered almost entirely on diversity and the restoration of the Lady Vols name to women’s athletics. Both are issues that could face the UT board and certainly have already faced the Legislature. There are strongly divided views on both topics, and neither could be considered simply a “social” matter. Two members of the UT board were present at the breakfast, which triggers the Open Meetings law. The law applies equally to the UT Board of Trustees as it does to the Knoxville City Council and Knox County Commission. DiPietro, in a letter to a legislator, actually said the number of trustees present does not matter in regard to compliance with the Open Meet-

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ings law. So on his theory, a majority of the full board could meet, discuss these pending issues with lawmakers and the public be barred. Does he ever confer with UT legal counsel? Because DiPietro says a meeting is social or hopes it is social does not mean the reality is consistent with the wish or statement. In this case, the President’s office was not truthful in its statement to the media. It was not a social meeting. After the meeting, participating legislators and UT officials spoke to the media about the issues discussed, which causes one to wonder why did they bar the public from the meeting in the first place if they planned to talk about it later? DiPietro should be and is better than this. His secrecy achieves nothing positive. He should take charge of the news releases being issued in his name and rewrite them to be accurate. His own correspondence should acknowledge that the breakfast was far more than social. If not, he runs the risk of people thinking he thinks he is above the law. A big mistake. ■■ Only last week it was disclosed the settlement of the latest Title IX lawsuit exceeds $3.2 million with final resolution nowhere in sight. These are public dollars which could be spent for better purposes than legal fees, media advice and consultants. This story never seems to end despite UT’s effort to keep the story quiet. But as long as it is someone else’s money the board does not seem inclined to call a halt. ■■ KCDC will pay Ben Bentley $160,000 per year. He is the new director from Nashville who was chosen by a closely divided vote of 4-3. The outgoing director, Art Cate, was making $184,704. KCDC is doing the smart thing by hiring the new person (under 38) at a lesser salary than the person he replaces and then let his performance determine what pay increase he may receive in a year or two. The decision was made last Friday at a KCDC meeting. ■■ This writer turned 72 three days ago on Jan. 1. ■■ The Legislature returns for its 2017 session next Tuesday in Nashville.

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Subtle signs, safe hands There was nothing unusual about that Wednesday in March. It was a typical workday for Karen Russell. There was no indication that anything extraordinary was about to happen, and certainly no indication that she was about to have a stroke. Russell, 62, processes data at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, with the end goal of using the results to ensure quality care and patient safety. As she wrapped up her duties at the end of her day, she had no idea that she would soon be on the receiving end of that quality care. On the drive home from work that Wednesday in March, Russell began to experience numbness in her mouth. The possibility of a stroke never entered her mind, and her first thought was that it must have been the result of something she ate. “I thought I was having an allergic reaction, Russell says. “It was so subtle I could explain it away.” Later in the evening she fell asleep in the recliner, and woke to discover her arm and hand had gone numb. “You know how sometimes your hand and arm will get numb while you’re asleep,” Russell says. “I just decided that’s what it was, and so I explained it away, again.” It wasn’t until early the next

morning in the shower that Russell began to realize something could be so wrong that it would require medical attention. “It dawned on me that I couldn’t feel anything on my right side,” Russell says. “I couldn’t feel my toes, my leg was numb, and I decided I might b e

having a stroke.” She informed her husband that she was going to stop by the emergency department at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center on her way to the office. Her husband wisely insisted that he take the wheel. Russell also called her boss to explain what was going on. “I might be a little late,” Russell told her, “ I


“This is not only my choice of employment,” Karen Russell says. “This is my choice of health care, too.”

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Stroke When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost, so it’s important to understand the warning signs of stroke and how to reduce your risk. If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, call 911.

Sudden severe headache with no known cause Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes All nine Covenant Health hospitals are part of our stroke network, so when seconds count, you can trust that our elite teams can provide the comprehensive stroke care you need. Claiborne Medical Center | Cumberland Medical Center Fort Loudoun Medical Center Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center LeConte Medical Center | Methodist Medical Center Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System Parkwest Medical Center | Roane Medical Center

have to run by the ED (emergency department) and make sure I’m not having a stroke.” At the time she was half joking, but the minute she came into the emergency department and explained she was there because of stroke symptoms, things got serious, and the team went into action. “As soon as I said it, there was a wheelchair behind me, and then everything happened so fast,” Russell says. “I just put myself in their hands, and I felt safe.” She was asked many questions, and while she never lost her ability to speak, it frightened her that she wasn’t able to answer the doctor correctly when he asked her what month it was. “I ought to be able to remember March,” Russell says, “because that’s my birthday month.” Screenings and tests were conducted, revealing high blood pressure and evidence of a stroke. It had been 16 hours since Russell’s first symptoms, so she had already passed the window for standard emergency stroke treatment. But in the limited period of time she was there, Russell felt well informed and completely cared for as a stroke patient. “They told me what it was, where it was, and I had a plan of care,” Rus-

sell says. That plan of care got Russell on the road to recovery, and she was able to return to work the following Monday, in the place where she says she’s most happy in life. “This is my hospital, and I love it,” Russell says. “I’ve been here 33 years, and I feel like I own part of it.” Russell laughs when she shares her grandchildren’s response to her treatment at Fort Sanders Regional. “They said, ‘Gosh, Mamaw, that place is the bomb diggity!’” Russell says. She is inclined to agree. “This is not only my choice of employment,” Russell says, “this is my choice of health care, too.” Fort Sanders Regional has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart/ Stroke Association, the largest independent health care evaluation system in the nation. The certification recognizes hospitals that meet high standards in treating the most complex stroke cases with advanced imaging, personnel trained in vascular neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular procedures, availability of personnel and facilities around the clock, and both experience and expertise treating stroke patients. To learn more about Fort Sanders Regional’s certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, signs of a stroke, and an online checklist to find out your level of stroke risk, visit www.

The first Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in East Tennessee Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center serves as the hub of Covenant Health’s stroke hospital network, and offers advanced care and rehabilitation services to patients who experience a stroke. Fort Sanders Regional was the first in the Knoxville area to earn an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care programs in the United States. This “gold-seal” advanced certification means that Fort Sanders is recognized as having the most advanced and effective treatments available for stroke today. Certification through The Joint Commission involves extensive training for the staff, documentation of effectiveness and inspection of the hospital by The Joint Commission. Part of certification is having a team of “neurohospitalists” on staff. These physicians treat only stroke and neurological cases in the hospital, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Instead of waiting for a doctor to have time from his or her private practice, Fort Sanders Re-

gional has neurologists on hand. “It makes access to specialized neurologists easier,” said James Hora, MD, one of the neurohospitalists at Fort Sanders. “We have 24/7 coverage, and this provides rapid access to a neurologist for acute neurologic problems.” Arthur Moore, MD, was hired in July 2014 as medical director for the center. “With our Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Certification, we offer the highest level of care for all patients. Whether they’re able to have surgery or not, we’re there to give their bodies the

best chance to heal and recover,” he explained. Most stroke patients need followup care after the initial event, and patients at Fort Sanders have access to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, an award winning rehabilitation center. About one-third of the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s patients are stroke patients, according to the center’s medical director, Mary E. Dillon, MD. “Our specialists begin determining as soon as possible what level of care the patient will need,” said Dillon. “Patients have access

to rehab services from the time they arrive in the emergency department, throughout their care here and through all the postacute levels of care.” Having everything – speedy emergency care, advanced surgical techniques and the best in rehabilitation – makes Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center the smart choice for stroke care. “We’re equipped to handle all stroke cases, from the most complex to the least,” said Dillon. “Our patients don’t have to go anywhere else to find help.”

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No comprehensive stroke and rehabilitation center in our region does more to reverse stroke’s devastating effects than Fort Sanders Regional Medical Fort Sanders performs Center. That’s why hospitals clinical trials and procedures for stroke not available across East Tennessee refer their most complex stroke patients to anywhere else in our region. us. And only Fort Sanders Regional is home to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, East Tennessee’s elite rehabilitation hospital for stroke, spinal cord and brain injury patients.

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Sports and Imports


INFINITI G37 2013. HT Convertible. Fully loaded. 27k mi. $22,500. (423)295-5393.

DRIVERS - Regional & OTR. Excellent Pay + Rider Program. Family Medical/Dental Benefits. Great Hometime + Weekends. CDL-A, 1 yr. EXP. 877-758-3905

KIA OPTIMA SX Lmt Turbo 2013 Fully loaded, 10k mi, $16,500. (423)295-5393. THINK SPRING. 2001 Jaguar XKR Super Charge, Low Miles 77,564. $11,950 obo. (865)521-9112.

Sport Utility Vehicles GMC ACADIA - 2014. SLT loaded. Very nice car! 55,000 mi., $25,500. (865)671-3487.

Services Offered Air Cond/Heating

HOMETOWN AIR “Back to the basics”

Lennox 17.00 S.E.E.R Heat Pump Financing Available

Child Care Services


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Off Road Vehicles

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Large Selection of Side x Sides KYMCO CFMOTO dealer


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Can fix, repair or install anything around the house! Appliances, ceramic tile, decks, drywall, fencing, electrical, garage doors, hardwoods, irrigation, crawlspace moisture, mold & odor control, landscape, masonry, painting, plumbing. Any Remodeling Needs you wish to have done or completed!


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Home Maint./Repair


CARPENTRY, PLUMBING, painting, siding. Free est. 30+ yrs exp! (865)607-2227

HAROLD’S GUTTER SERVICE Will clean front & back, $20 & up. Quality work, guaranteed.



Small jobs welcome. Exp’d in carpentry, drywall, painting, plumbing. Reasonable, refs avail. Call Dick at (865)947-1445

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Owner Operator

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Fri. Jan. 13th, 8pm

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Campers & RV’s


East Tennessee Livestock Center

Auction sale each Wed. 12 noon. Receiving cattle Tues. until 9 pm & Wed. beginning 7 am.

Tree Service

MERCEDES-BENZ 560-CLASS - 1987. 560 SL. Repainted in Sept. in orig. signal red w/ clear coat. Invested $9000 in upgrades to running components and int. since August 2016. All mech. work done by Bearden Benz. Engine and trans. in superb cond. Elect. winch to remove hard top comes w/car. $8000 OBO. Email at or call (865)525-4266.


All Types of Residential & Commercial Plumbing


Classic Cars




Tree Services

HYUNDAI SANTA FE - 2011. 4 cyl, 48,650 miles, silver with light gray interior, $11,500 in good condition. Call (865)539-9631.

Vehicles Wanted



HONDA PILOT 2015. Touring 4WD, fully loaded, 24K mi., $26,500. Call (423)295-5393.

OLDSMOBILE EIGHTY-EIGHT - 1966. Call Ted Phillips. 72,000 mi., $6,900. (865)719-4557.

Livestock & Supplies

Workers Comp Liability




Wanted to Buy WANT TO BUY STANDING TIMBER, Hardwood & Pine 865-982-2606 & 865-382-7529.


Apartments - Unfurn.

Cherry wood king sz BR set, dresser w/mirror, chest of drawers, 2 night stands, headboard & footboard, incl clean box springs & mattress, non smokers, no pets, $1300 obo; 2 pc computer printer storage cabinet, beautiful all wood, no stains or scratches, $400 obo. (865)985-0627 Furnish an entire 3 BR home with 25 pcs of beautiful solid wood furniture for only $3,900. Will text pictures of furniture. Call (865)951-4995

Lawn & Garden JOHN DEERE X475 - 197 hrs, new 62”deck, great condition $6295 obo (865)599-0516

Sporting Goods GUNS FOR SALE- All shotguns. Bolt action pumps and single shot. Winchester, Mossberg, Remington. Call or text. (865)712-9221

Wanted WANT TO BUY SERMON BOOKS Pastor Library, Commentary. Don (865)776-1050

Announcements Adoptions COUPLE LOOKING TO ADOPT - A loving couple dreams of adopting your newborn, promising a secure life and forever love. Expenses paid. 800-7057768. Tara and Christopher.



GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS. Full blooded. Parents on premises. 1st shots & wormed. $350 each. 865-933-3621 / 865-933-5894. GOLDENDOODLE PUPS, F1B, parents & grandparent on prem. M&F avail. Taking dep. Ready 2/14. (423) 733-9252. PEMBROKE CORGI pups, AKC reg, vet ckd, 1st shots, ready to go 1/12 aft 2nd shots, 3M, 3F, tri color, $800. 865-457-4415; 865-806-7968


Many different breeds Maltese, Yorkies, Malti-Poos, Poodles, Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, Shih Tzu. Shots & wormed. We do layaways. Health guar. Go to Facebook, Judys Puppy Nursery Updates. 423-566-3647 SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, Females $700; Males $500. Shots UTD. Warranty. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016 Toy Poodle Puppies. 2 LITTERS DUE END OF JAN. TAKING DEPOSITS. 865-221-3842 WANTED: LAB GOLDEN/CHOCOLATE - 1-2 years old, Jake. 828-421-2706.

Cats CATS & KITTENS! - Fully vetted & tested. Come see us at PetSmart Turkey Creek on Saturday & Sunday Visit us on Facebook. 865-765-3400


*Pools, Laundries, Appl. *5 min. to UT & airport 2BR TOWNHOUSE near West Town, new carpet, W/D conn, no pets, $625/mo. (865)584-2622. 4TH & GILL area. 2 BR, very clean, W/D conn, DW, cent H/A, no pets, no smoking. $650 + dep. 865-947-0472 BEST DEAL OUT WEST! 1BR from $395-$425. 2BR $550-$750. No pets. Parking @ front door. (865)470-8686. BROADWAY TOWERS 62 AND OLDER Or Physically Mobility Impaired 1 & 2 BR, util. incl. Laundry on site. Immediate housing if qualified. Section 8-202. 865-524-4092 for appt. TDD 1-800-927-9275

North. 2 BR, elec. C H/A, W/D conn, No pets. Quiet complex. $650 mo + dep. 2912 Greenway Dr. (865) 556-6244

Homes Unfurnished

HALLS, 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1 car gar. $925 + deposit. Pets + dep. 865-388-4498; 865-680-8971


GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS - AKC reg., Vet ck’d. 1st shots, 6 weeks $450 each. Call (865)216-9395.


3 BR, 3 BA - Farragut Area- 2 car gar. End unit inf condo subd. Plenty of windows. 1 BR & BA w/bonus rm up. $1300/mo. Lse & refer. (865)4055908

Consolidation Loans Pets

1,2,3 BR

$355 - $460/mo.

We make loans up to $1000. We do credit starter & rebuilder loans. Call today, 30 minute approvals. See manager for details. 865-687-3228

LEASE: QUEEN ANNE COTTAGE - 2222 Harvey Street, Hist. oakwood. 2 bd/ 1ba. Liv. rm, kitchen, frml dining rm, entry foyer. Just refurb. $800. Ref. and cred. (865)254-7393 NORTH St. Mary’s Area, 3BR, brick rancher, lease, no pets, no vouchers, $800 mo. Crabtree O/A 865-588-7416. NORTHSHORE TOWN CENTER SHORTTERM LEASE - 9543 Clingman’s Dome Drive, 4BR, Northshore Town Center 2800sqft Home with 3-4 beds with 3.5 bath. Only available for 4-6 month lease. Email com. $1975/mo. (865)850-3727

Real Estate Sales North

Powell Claxton. 3 BR, 2 BA

4 level acres in North Hills w/mature hdwds & lots of privacy, 2 mi. from dwntwn. 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA, 1700 SF remod. bsmt rancher, hwd flrs & granite. $239,900. 865-368-2443

Manufactured Homes Land/Home Package in Sweetwater, 32x60 3 BR, 2 BA, on 3/4 acre lot, only $65,000 cash. Chris 865-207-8825

For Sale By Owner NEWLY REMODELED HOUSE IN HARRIMAN, TN Pics and info on website. $179,900. Call 865-696-0965

no pets, private, convenient, $700 mo + 1st, last, DD. 865-748-3644

WEST off Northshore. 3 BR, 2 BA, W/D, new carpet, very CLEAN! Quiet, scenic area near Concord Park & YMCA. $800/mo. 865-599-4617

Duplx/Multplx UnFurn Island Home. 2 BR, lrg LR & kit., 1 1/2 BA, stove/refrig/DW furn., util rm, carport. No pets. Near School for the Deaf. $650 mo + $400 DD. 2328 Spence Place. (865) 689-4238

Seasonal/Vacation Rentals Gatlinburg in Arts/Crafts Community. 1 BR w/loft, jacuzzi & hot tub, priv. courtyard. Check VRBO #925381.

Rooms Furn/Unfurn Real Estate Rentals

FREE RENT in exchange for housecleaning & dog sitting. Loudon area. (865) 851-5765

Apartments - Furnished WALBROOK STUDIOS 865-251-3607 $145 weekly. Discount avail. Util, TV, Ph, Refrig, Basic Cable. No Lease.

Real Estate Commercial Retail Space/Rent

AND POWER STUMP GRINDER Free est, 50 yrs exp!

Call (865)804-1034

Merchandise Automobiles for Sale

Farmer’s Mkt/ Trading Post


Farm Products

Warm Morning heat stove, nat. gas, elec fan, 1,000 BTU/cu.ft. heating value. $250. (865)898-5664



LYNNHURST - 2 burial plots. Desirable location. $2,400, (865)922-6190


(423)200-6600 PASTURE RAISED BEEF & HOGS Non GMO - No antibiotics No hormones - Not confined Call 865-599-4587 8am-6pm

Automobiles for Sale

Cemetery Lots



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Prime property, must sell. Older section in Lynhurst Cemetery. 4 spaces, $8,000. (865)525-3253



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Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • January 4, 2017 • B-3

Harper Lee the border collie is excited to join the New Year’s Eve party. Looking on are Ben and Kaitlin Faust from South Knoxville, and the dog’s owner, Anthony Wilson, who lives near Market Square and said he planned to watch the ball drop from his own window.

Baneen Altameemi, who attends Bearden Middle School, gets in some more of a favorite activity before the new year. “I was here skating yesterday,” she says. With her are her parents, Silvana and Adio. The family enjoys the countdown and the ball drop. “We come every year!” says Baneen.

Frank Murphy of WNOX is the master of ceremonies for the event. With him is Elaine Frank, who is with the city of Knoxville’s department of special events. “Her last name is Frank and my first name is Frank,” quips Murphy. “Now, figure that one out if you can.”

Ringing in

2017 in Market Square

Brian Sommer, who says he hasn’t skated “for 30 years,” gives his daughter Teagan her first lesson. The Sommers are visiting from Indiana. “My girlfriend lives here, and my parents have a condo on Norris Lake,” he says, “so we come here a lot.”

Bob Maddox and his singing saw are found at the corner of Union and Gay Streets. “I’ve been playing the saw for 67 years – since I was 13,” he says. He first heard someone play a saw when he was a boy. “My parents took me to a stage show and I thought it was so neat; I went home and got my dad’s saw and messed around with it ’til I could make some notes!”

Hannah Long and her pal Ally Collins join Julie and Marcus Long, all of Grainger County, for the fun. “We’re probably not staying ‘til midnight,” says Julie, “but we’ve got two teenage girls with us, so you never know!”

Lacing up for some icy fun are Tiekiesha Sharp, Nya King, Julion Santos, Cita Garrett and Kierra Santos, while Jalen Sharp looks on behind them. The group, from Athens, Tenn., had stopped for some skating before continuing on to Gatlinburg for the night.

The man who makes the start of 2017 official is Russell Taylor of Pyro Shows of LaFollette, who is in charge of dropping the ball at midnight. With the company for “eight to 10 years,” Taylor also stays busy doing fireworks shows. “I work a full-time job; this is my extracurricular activity,” he laughs. “I’ve been all over the place doing this. It’s a lot of fun.” Photos by Emily Shane

HAPPENINGS ■■ Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) meeting, 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd., Farragut. Published authors invited. Info: ■■ Auditions for all voice parts with the Knoxville Choral Society, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. Location provided with appointment. Appointment: 312-2440 or membership@ Info/audition form: ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, Central UMC, 201 E. Third Ave. Speaker: New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer. Admission: suggested $2. Public invited. ■■ First Friday reception for “Meandering Mythologies” exhibit by Timothy Massey and Gary Monroe, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St. On display through Jan. 28. ■■ Opening of “Opportunity Knocks” art exhibit, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. Info: or ■■ Public reception for three new exhibits, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Exhibits include: The O’Connor Senior Center Painters: “Breaking Ground – What You Want to See”; Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths: “Beautiful Iron”; and Dr. Martin

Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission Gallery of Arts Tribute. On display through Jan. 27. Info: 523-7543 or ■■ Opening reception for Art Market Gallery’s January featured artists exhibit, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 422 S. Gay St. Featured artists: mixed-media artist Lynnda Tenpenny and fiber artist Julia Malia. On display through Jan. 30. Info: 525-5265 or ■■ Opening reception: “The Alley Cat Series” by Knoxville photographer Marianne “Ziggie” Ziegler, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Tori Mason Shoes, 29 Market Square. On display through January. ■■ Children’s Hospital Winter Fundraiser, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston Pike. Featuring Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, Dee Dee Brogan. Admission: $10, includes two complimentary drinks from bar. All proceeds go to Children’s Hospital. Info/tickets:; on Facebook. ■■ Auditions for the Middle/East Tennessee District Metropolitan Opera National Council, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Powell Recital Hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Mus ic Center, UT campus. Hosted by the Knoxville Opera Guild. Public invited to the competition. Free admission. Info: ■■ Gatlinburg Wildfire Benefit, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston

Pike. Featuring music by WarClown, Divided We Stand, Killing Grace, Among the Beasts, Inward of Eden and the Holifields. Minimum $8 donation requested for admission; more greatly appreciated. All proceeds go directly to Sevier County Rescue Squad. Info: on Facebook. ■■ Oz with Orchestra, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performing score to “Wizard of Oz” film on the big screen. Info/tickets: knoxvillesymphony. com. ■■ Ijams Outdoor Academy: Wilderness EMR Certification, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8 and 14-15, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Also meets one additional date (TBD) for final certification test. Instructor: Russ Miller. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 4. Info/registration: Benjy Darnell, ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: screening of “Flannery O’Connor: Uncommon Grace,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans, meeting, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay St. Before the meeting, Bill Heard will present a program on the Confederate

Raiders. Presentation is free and open to the public. ■■ All Over the Page: “LaRose,” 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Facilitated by Brandon Hollingsworth. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Claxton Country Squares beginning square dance lessons, 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. For 12 weeks. Info: 551-Y’ALL (9255.) ■■ Auditions for the Tennessee Stage Company’s New Play Festival, 7-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 9-10, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. No appointments necessary. Info: 546-4280. ■■ “Lessons from Ansel Adams in the Digital Age” workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Cost: $5, Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8, nonmembers. Info/registration: knoxalliance. com or ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: “Good Country People,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meeting, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Jim Lewis; topic: fighting at Hell’s Half Acre. Dinner, 7 p.m. Lecture only, $5; lecture and dinner, $17. RSVP by noon Monday, Jan. 9: 671-9001.

B-4 • January 4, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

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