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Do you know your roots? Kizzy said, “My pappy real name Kunta Kinte. He a African.” “You don’t say!” Miss Malizy appeared taken aback. “I’se heared my greatReneé Kesler gran’daddy was one dem Africans, too.” This dialogue between a young slave girl and a slave matriarch was taken from an excerpt of the book “ Roots, The Saga Of An American Family” by Pulitzer Prize w inner Alex Haley. Kizzy demonstrates the grit of a young slave girl determined to be defined not by her current enslaved situation, but rather by her strong ancestral heritage. What’s more, Kizzy’s staunch affirmation of her heritage aroused and inspired an elder to recall the stories told of that same proud lineage. Do you know your roots? Discovering our roots is about uncovering the stories of hidden treasures buried in our history while also unearthing layers of one’s self. Zack F. Taylor Jr. has researched and written five volumes of “African American Family Genealogy for Jefferson County, Tennessee,” and it is an extensive work. His dedication to uncovering the black families of Jefferson County is extraordinary. Additionally, Robert A. McGinnis has researched and compiled many books, including “Gone and All but Forgotten, The AfricanAmerican Cemeteries of Knox County, Tennessee.” Neither my friend Zack nor Robert resembles the people they have researched. Yet, when I asked them why they choose to do this work, both reply among other things, “It’s important.” This year marks the 40th anniversary of Alex Haley’s American classic, “Roots,” To page A-3

Heiskell seniors

The Heiskell Community Center’s monthly seniors luncheon will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Community Center, 1708 W. Emory Road in Powell. Meet and greet at 10 a.m., lunch at noon, bingo at 1 p.m. Bring a dessert and a friend. Info: Janice White, 947-5525 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fountain City group seeks Broadway aid, sidewalks

State Rep. Bill Dunn is flanked by Sen. Richard Briggs (left) and Fountain City leader Ken Cloninger. Photos by Shannon Carey

By Sandra Clark Fountain City’s new advocacy group has three goals: Improve traffic flow and business access on Broadway; extend sidewalks on Broadway; and improve inter-

sections on Tazewell Pike at Shannondale and Beverly roads. State and local officials, city department heads and others met last week at Commercial Bank on Broadway to discuss solutions.

John Fugate, branch bank manager and president of the Fountain City Business and Professional Association, said it’s important for customers to enter and exit businesses conveniently and safely.

Interviewed prior to the meeting, Fugate said he’s not promoting the effort for personal gain. “I’ve reached where I’m going.” To page A-3

Brantley undecided on seeking re-election By Sandra Clark A political conundrum has surfaced two years ahead of the 2018 elections. Knox County Commissioner Ed Brantley confirmed Monday that he’s undecided on whether to seek re-election to Seat 11, one of two at-large seats on the commission. Former commissioner R. Larry Smith has already named a treasurer and is raising money as a candidate for Seat 11. Commissioner Bob Thomas, who holds atlarge Seat 10, has announced his candidacy for county mayor, leaving his seat open in 2018. Both Brantley and Thomas are eligible to run for a second term on the commission. When contacted, Brantley, 70, said, “I haven’t made up my mind, yet everyone has announced for my seat.” He said Ivan Har-

mon and “some woman” have also mentioned running. A check at the Election Commission shows Smith as the only candidate to name a treasurer for Seat 11. Larsen Jay, who founded Random Acts of Flowers, is also exploring a race for an at-large seat. Smith said he picked Seat 11 rather than Seat 10 because it could become the tiebreaker on a close roll-call vote. He said his eight years on the Metropolitan Planning Commission and another eight years as county commissioner from District 7 make him especially suited to hold an at-large seat. He announced early so he could start raising money. “In four weeks, I’ve raised $52,300 with another $20,000 pledged,” he said. His budget is $175,000. Smith’s fund-raising has triggered calls to Brantley to see if he’s seeking

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re-election. “ The y ’re calling me and I’m saying I’ve not made up my mind,” said Brantley. He expects to decide “this

time next year.” Political scuttlebutt had Brantley helping Thomas, with neither seeking re-election, and then taking a job in his administration. Brantley said he strongly supports Thomas for mayor but no job has been offered. “Maybe I can help Bob more on the commission.”

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Mostly, what legislators heard at their annual breakfast with city officials is that Knoxville wants the state to help pay for a new treatment facility and otherwise stay out of city business. Yes, they’d like the state to help foot the bill for a behavioral health urgent care center (formerly called the safety center). The sheriff and the police chief and the attorney general and the city and county mayors all want this facility, which they say will take the pressure off the Knox County Jail by removing mentally ill inmates and substance abusers from the jail population and placing them in a short-term treatment facility. But Mayor Madeline Rogero

politely informed the local lawmakers that what she wants most from Nashville is for the state to stay out of the city’s business. She doesn’t want any “deannexation” laws, and said the city of Knoxville has not attempted any involuntary annexations for more than a decade. “The prospect of allowing deannexation for properties that have been part of the city and receiving city services and investment for more than a decade raises complicated legal and financial questions that would likely take years to resolve” is how a handout summarizing the city’s legislative wish list put it. City officials would also like for the state not to attempt to regulate

short-term rentals (like Airbnb), and refrain from interfering with the city’s ability to jumpstart redevelopment projects by using tax abatement tools like TIFs and PILOTs. The majority of the lawmakers present pledged their support for the behavioral health urgent care facility, led by Sen. Becky Massey, who outlined a threepronged plan to get it done, with her preferred option being for the governor to include it in his budget from the get-go. Plans B and C would be a “backup” bill she and Rep. Eddie Smith are sponsoring and, as a last resort, a budget amendment. The general sentiment was that chances are good that the state will support the

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facility, which is also strongly supported by county Mayor Tim Burchett this session. Rep. Bill Dunn said he’d like to hear more specifics. There was little pushback from the lawmakers until Rogero brought up diversity. “We consider diversity a strength,” she said, citing the difficulties North Carolina ran into after its Legislature passed a so-called bathroom bill. She said North Carolina’s losses were other localities’ gains, including Knoxville’s. “We got an event because of that … Please keep Tennessee opening and welcoming,” she said. To page A-3

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Jeanine Wilkinson brings strings to Old North Knoxville “Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly” goes the song, and along with that, “musicians gotta make music.” That’s certainly the case for cellist Jeanine Wilkinson. The North Knox resident is excited about the upcoming concert of Inner Voices String Quartet, which she co-founded, at Geo Hair Lab. “I love supporting local businesses, and this place is so hip for a classical music concert,” she says. “The funny part is that Geo doesn’t have an extra space; we’re just rearranging the salon chairs and bringing in additional seating for guests. Totally nontraditional!” One could say the same about Wilkinson. Originally from Oregon and a cellist for 23 years, she teaches 43 private students, plays regularly in four symphony orchestras and runs “A Touch of Classical,” which provides music for weddings. She’s also director of operations for the University of Tennessee cello workshop.

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“I am fortunate to make my living freelancing in every musical capacity. I love my job because I am always doing something different.” She and her husband, Matt, also a cellist, have been together 14 years. They met at the University of Oregon, and when they were both offered assistantships for graduate study at UT, moved to Knoxville in 2005. They’ve never looked back. Wilkinson had been thinking “for several years” about getting together with friends to play music in informal settings. She found three likeminded pals – violinists Rachel Loseke and Ruth Bacon Edewards and violist Christy Graffeo, who is also

Jeanine Wilkinson, Rachel Loseke, Christy Graffeo and Ruth Bacon Edewards are Inner Voices String Quartet. They’ll be presenting a program of classical pieces in a very nontraditional setting this Friday. Photo by Frank Graffeo her partner in the wedding business. The four presented their first concert at The Hive on Central Avenue in November 2015. “Classical music can often come off as inaccessible or stuffy; however, this group strives to highlight how extraordinary and

Knoxville to state: Leave us alone This plea struck a nerve with Dunn, who said the North Carolina legislators were forced to act to counteract an ordinance passed by the city of Charlotte. He said he believes in “the diversity of the individual,”

and cautioned against telling people how to run their businesses. Rep. Martin Daniel told Rogero that he hears complaints about the city disregarding property rights and being “ultra-regulatory.”

neighborhood and are really excited with the direction that it is trending in.” Inner Voices String Quartet will present “Barber at the Hair Salon” at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Geo Hair Lab, 300 W. Fifth Avenue. Small bites, desserts and drinks will be offered.

From page A-1 “If you want us to keep our hands off, only do that which is minimally necessary.” Rogero said her administration has streamlined a lot of processes in order to make the city businessfriendly.

Police Chief David Rausch, who gave the final presentation, stayed with the “hands-off” theme, asking the legislators not to decriminalize marijuana and not to interfere with civil asset forfeiture laws.

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The group formed last fall after a meeting convened by City Council member Nick Della Volpe at O’Connor Senior Center. Even Della Volpe was surprised by the turnout. Focused on job creation and economic development, the larger group split into four geographic subsets: Fountain City, the Magnolia Corridor in East Knoxville, the East Towne mall area, and the Broadway Corridor from I-640 to Henley Street. For the first time, representatives from neighborhood groups talked directly with business owners and political leaders. Most discovered common goals, and the Fountain City group, at least, has continued to meet. City Council members Mark Campen and Della Volpe represent parts of Fountain City. They attended last week’s meeting, along with at-large council members Marshall Stair, George Wallace and Finbarr Saunders. On the state side, Sen. Richard Briggs and

City Council member Mark Campen holds a traffic study on Broadway from July 2000, saying there have been many traffic studies on the road without much change. Reps. Bill Dunn and Eddie Smith were there. County Commissioner Michele Carringer attended, along with former commissioner and current candidate R. Larry Smith. Della Volpe said afterward that getting traffic signals on Tazewell Pike “has been a tug of war,” with vocal support and strong op-

Discovering your roots a story that sparked an extraordinary dialogue about slavery and ignited a new interest in genealogy. As we celebrate this 40-year milestone, perhaps we will also take the opportunity to reignite the search for our roots. Like many others, the untold stories of my ancestors remain hidden and are awaiting discovery. We need to know our roots because as Haley so eloquently surmised, “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage … Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning no matter what our

position. He said perhaps the city and state could collaborate on a signal at Shannondale Road which would break traffic farther east at Beverly Road. At any rate, the advocacy group is late to the dance in terms of budget preparations. City Engineering Department head Jim Hagerman said he’s already sent his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2017-18 to Mayor Madeline Rogero. Dunn said Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget is being drafted. The state’s ability to contribute will be determined by local priorities and whether legislators adopt a gasoline tax increase, he said. Della Volpe said widening Broadway from I-640 to Fountain City Lake would be incredibly expensive. “And what do you do with businesses that have skinny parking lots?” Hagerman said an electronic system of signal synchronization will help traffic flow. He added that the city is funding bicy-

cle and pedestrian connectivity on Old Broadway as part of TDOT’s 640 project now underway. “And none of these projects will move quickly,” said Della Volpe. “The cost of sidewalks is $350 per foot, and the soonest we could get a traffic signal on Taze- Veteran lawmaker Harry Brooks huddles with rookie Rick Staples at meeting with city officials. Photo by Betty Bean well Pike is 2018.”


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Jeans for Teens not just for clothing By Shannon Carey The volunteers in Beaver Dam Baptist Church’s Jeans for Teens ministry are full of stories about kids in need. The two Halls High kids who were homeless last year. The student who was placed in foster care with nothing but the clothes on her back. Families who lost everything in house fires. Countless custodial grandparents on fixed incomes. All are real, dire needs that Jeans for Teens seeks to fulfill with a caring eye toward the unique world of teenagers. “I think people can be so ignorant to situations outside their lifestyle,” said volunteer Dawn Worsham. “Living in Halls, you don’t think about people being homeless.” “You don’t know the needs are so bad until you start doing something like this,” said co-founder Rebecca Carter. Carolina Jones and Carter founded the ministry five years ago after God placed a burden on Carter’s heart. “My daughter would come home from school and say, ‘So-and-so’s keeping his shoes together with paper clips,’” Carter said. “I had been praying about it for awhile, and one morning I woke up and it was clear. God was telling me to start this ministry.” Because so much emphasis is placed on clothing and looks during the teenage years, Jeans for Teens focused on providing teenappropriate, name-brand clothing that teens could feel good about wearing. They set up two rooms upstairs at Beaver Dam, one for boys and one for girls, each laid out and decorated

Jeans for Teens volunteer Dawn Worsham organizes clothing for teens in need with co-founder Rebecca Carter. Not pictured is co-founder Carolina Jones. Photo by S. Carey like a clothing store. “We wanted them to have a shopping experience,” Carter said. “We just wanted them to feel good.” “And to have some control,” added Worsham. Jeans for Teens gives vouchers to the guidance offices at local middle and high schools, not just Halls, but Union County, Fountain City and Gibbs schools as well. When teachers see a student in need of clothing, that student gets a voucher to visit Jeans for Teens. During the first visit, teens get two pairs of pants, two shirts, a pair of shoes, underwear and socks, along with sundries like hygiene items. Girls also get to select accessories like purses or jewelry. Once a student has visited Jeans for Teens, he or she can come back each month for another outfit without

needing a new voucher. “We get to know them and establish a relationship, which is neat,” said Carter. After all, the Jeans for Teens mission doesn’t stop with clothing. The volunteers hope to fulfill students’ spiritual needs as well. Volunteers wear T-shirts with the program’s mission statement: “Loving one another as He loves us.” “We always just try to love them and help them,” said Carter. “We pray for them.” At Christmastime, Jeans for Teens hosts a dinner for the teens’ families, making age-appropriate clothing available for the adults and younger children. They are planning a February selfesteem workshop for Jeans for Teens recipients as well. Jeans for Teens provides for specific needs, too. Re-

cipients who are in chorus or band and need black pants and shoes for performances can get them at Jeans for Teens. They even provided a dress for a middle schooler who wanted to go to a dance. Jeans for Teens accepts donations of gently used, high quality, teen-appropriate clothing for boys and girls. They are also in need of new socks and underwear, plus new boys shoes. Monetary donations are needed more than anything else, though. “We could give more if we had more,” said Worsham. “Our drive is our passion for Christ and a love for other people,” said Carter. “Also, we get so much out of it. We are truly blessed by having this interaction with people.” Info or to donate: 865922-2322

A pygarg? These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, the hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois. (Deuteronomy 14:4-5 KJV) When I wander around the more obscure pages of the King James Bible, I Cross run into words I never saw Currents before! Lynn My love of words (and Pitts my fascination with words that are completely new to me) sometimes keep me holding a Bible in might have occurred to one hand and a dictionary me that chamois equals leather, and leather in the other. For example, a pygarg? equals animal, but someA what? how I didn’t think that far. My New Revised StanThis kind of informadard Version of the Bible tion (which is not terribly translates pygarg as ibex. useful, I admit) is just fun And my dictionary (Web- to know. I mean, think of ster’s Seventh New Colle- playing Scrabble and begiate) says that an ibex is ing able to put pygarg on a “wild goat living chiefly the board. You are bound in high mountain areas of to be challenged, but you the Old World and hav- will be right and your oping large recurved horns ponents will be bumfuztransversely ridged in zled. The dictionary will front.” be involved, I feel sure! Clears it right up, This leads me to wondoesn’t it? der how any of our words And besides that, who came into being, but if knew that a chamois was we re-read Genesis, we not just a very soft piece will discover that we can of leather that one uses blame it all on Adam. He to polish a car? I guess if is the guy God deputized I had thought about it, it to name the creatures!

Fountain City Methodist hosts GriefShare Fountain City UMC, 212 Hotel Road, hosts GriefShare from 6:30-8 p.m. each Wednesday in room 112. This support group is offered for those who are dealing with the loss of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Dealing with grief can be a confusing time when we feel isolated and have questions about things we’ve never faced before. Each week, there will be a video seminar with experts on grief and recovery subjects, group discussion, and a workbook that gives guided study and journaling exercises for additional support between meetings. Participants will begin to gain closure to the loss as they learn to go through a healthy season of grieving and transition, develop new friendships with those in the group and discover hope for the future. Cost: $15 for workbook. Info: 689-5175.

FAITH NOTES Community services ■■ 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.

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■■ 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 code area.

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■■ 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 people who struggle with addiction, compulsive behaviors, loss and life challenges. Info: or 938-2741.

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 or


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Knoxville High’s influential principal “A firm, steady, stable and human person.” When W.E. Evans was honored at his retirement in 1955, those were the words his former students chose to describe their principal.

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Having served one of Knoxville’s longest careers in public education, Evans retired in 1955 at the compulsory retirement age of 70. He served 33 years as principal of Knoxville High School, and after that school closed, moved to East High as principal for four more years. William E. Evans was born in Ashland, Ohio, on April 4, 1885, the son of the Rev. Amos and Lillie “Ernst” Evans. When asked where he grew up, he once said, “All over Ohio, since my father was a Methodist minister.” He attended Ohio State University, graduated from Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) and received postgraduate education at the University of Chicago and the University of Tennessee. He soon became a teacher

and coach at Woodstock (Ill.) High School before coming to Knoxville. Beginning in 1913, only three years after the school was born, he taught chemistry and mathematics for five years and then became principal of Knoxville High School in 1918. The school enrolled 646 (grades 8-10) when it opened in the fall of 1910. There were 800 students when he became principal and 2,300 in 1950-51 when the school board decided it was too large and created smaller regional high schools at Fulton, East, West and South. Only four other principals had preceded Evans at KHS: W.J. Barton (19101912), H.M. Woods (1913), Samuel Hixson (1914-1916) and E.E. Patton (1916-1918). Evans’ students regarded him as both an inspiration and a role model. Evans gave this earnest advice to each incoming freshman class: ■■Study at home, ■■Be attentive in class, ■■Be honest, ■■Have an ideal. Community spirit was a hallmark of Evans’ leadership. In his long career he never resorted to corporal punishment, but rather used the “heart-to-heart conference method” with his students, and he extend-

Shown with his wife, Helen Stewart Evans, near the time of his retirement, Principal William E. Evans served Knoxville High School from 1918 to 1951. His character-building influence helped more than 16,000 KHS graduates to achieve successful careers and dedicated community service. Photograph courtesy of

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New roofs for Corryton, Holston schools By Sandra Clark Knox County school board meets today (5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11) at the City County Building downtown. Agenda items include a $50,000 contract with The Lewis Group Architects to design bid specs for a new roof for Corryton Elementary School and a partial roof replacement at Holston Middle School. The Corryton project will replace approximately 32,000 square feet of roof, while the Holston project will replace about 73,000 square feet of roof. The Lewis Group will develop construction documents, obtain either competitive

other clubs. These met the diverse interests of his pupils, and the secret fraternity died a natural death after dwindling in membership for two years. One of his science teachers observed, “He met and resolved disciplinary and other problems before they got too far along. He gave students so much of good to do that they had little time to think of doing wrong.” The Knoxville High School Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) battalion was the pride of



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“Serving Humanity” is the theme for Rotary International President John F. Germ’s year as the worldwide leader of Rotary. The Mainstream Committee of the Rotary Club of Knoxville has a project this month that speaks to serving huTom King manity here in town. The Mainstream Committee is composed of the club’s newest members, and this year’s committee chair is Amy Sherrill, partner and principal architect at Benefield Richters Architects. And how are they serving humanity? Amy’s club members will be donating professional-style clothing during January to the Volunteer Ministry Center and the YWCA for their respective clients to use when going out on

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Adjustable aspect of recruiting Looking ahead instead of behind … The dead period in college football recruiting is ending. It was in place to protect coaches of bowl teams from being overtaken by coaches with time on their hands. The turn of the calendar means Tennessee can resume pursuit of young talent supposedly better than what it has in the bank. Butch Jones and associates assembled a strange preliminary list of threestar commitments while looking all around for more famous names. This is the controversial shotgun approach to recruiting, based on bountiful travel budgets – go here and there and look at everybody, extend scholarship offers to 300 possibilities and hope to hit a top 25 as permitted by NCAA restrictions. Each time the collection appears complete, a better possibility suddenly develops an interest in Tennessee. To create space, one of the early commitments mysteriously goes away. Hard to tell if 18-year-olds read tea leaves precisely or coaches suggest looking

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around for more favorable playing opportunities. Prep players, relatives, girlfriends and high school coaches are often befuddled or offended by the shuffle. They have told all their friends about the scholarship at Tennessee. Even worse than the embarrassment, they are sometimes left to learn of changing plans through osmosis. One father said coaches never said anything. They simply stopped calling his son. He took that as a clue. Recruiting travels a twoway street. Future stars, apparently dedicated and all locked in, may succumb to rival lures and simply walk away, leaving terrible voids and fever blisters. Recruiting is a cruel and often heartless sport. Promises don’t count until signed in blood and legally notarized – or the young man enrolls in school.

Securing that December commitment from Trey Smith, best offensive lineman in the state and maybe America, did not eliminate all alarm among experienced recruiting followers. It appears there are holes in the fence that Butch built around his turf. Clemson is causing consternation. Texas A&M has invaded. Alabama is a constant threat. LSU and Oklahoma think they have one each of ours. Others are circling like hawks, looking for a free lunch. In times past, Tennessee recruiters went elsewhere due to the perceived shortage of talent in our state. Now the shoe is on the other foot. In some cases, there are disagreements about how good is a certain prep player and how much does it matter which college he chooses. There is no disagreement about wide receiver Tee Higgins of Oak Ridge. The Vols know he is good. Clemson has him. There are whispers about academic shortages. The Tigers haven’t noticed. Amari Rodgers of Knoxville Catholic, son of exVol Tee Martin, never has shown deep interest in Ten-

nessee. Clemson wins again. Clemson success is relevant. Are there secret recruiting weapons? Dan Brooks is no secret. He is associate head coach. He was a key man with Phillip Fulmer for 15 years. Marion Hobby is a sharp Tiger who played at Tennessee. Both know which interstate exits to take and a lot of people who live nearby. John Chavis, once a gritty Volunteer, longtime defensive coach for Fulmer, crosses state lines while wearing a Texas A&M shirt. He signed two from Tennessee last winter that UT didn’t make much fuss about. He is back, trying to take someone Tennessee wants. Maybe you’ve read and fretted about de-commitments. They make headlines but should be evaluated carefully. Ten who said they would be Volunteers have since said so long and are going elsewhere. Sometimes that means better prospects have appeared. If more emerge, others will clear out. It is the law of the recruiting jungle. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is

Ex-GOP chair joins private sector Former GOP state chair Ryan Haynes will become head of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers and will not be a candidate for local office in Knox County anytime soon or ever if this becomes his career path. As such he will replace the fabled Col. Tom Hensley of Jackson, known for years among legislators as “the Golden Goose.” Hensley also worked closely with the Miss Tennessee pageant in Jackson. Hensley had been a fixture in the Legislature for over 50 years. Whether this turns out to be a 30-year job for Haynes or not remains to be seen, but compensation (while not public) is very comfortable and is in the six-digit range. Haynes served as state representative from Farragut for five years and will maintain a residence in both Knoxville and Nashville. He has a law degree. ■■ The big news in Knoxville’s legal community is that prominent, highly regarded attorney L. Caesar Stair III, 72, father of City Council member Marshall Stair, has retired as a partner of Bernstein Stair and McAdams law firm and is now of counsel. This means his law practice has been sharply curtailed and he no longer is a partner in the firm. Stair’s retirement follows well-respected atto-

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ney Bernard Bernstein, who retired several years ago from the same firm, located in West Knoxville’s Bearden on Agnes Street. Stair will maintain an office there.  His specialty has been divorces, and virtually every affluent  individual (and some not so  affluent)  in Knoxville who had marital issues sought him out to be their attorney or, in the alternative, hoped the other spouse did not retain his services. He was that good. His older son, Caesar Stair IV, continues working at the firm. He was superb in maintaining confidentiality with well-known clients who were often a who’s who in Knoxville and often getting positive results for his clients. His civic leadership over the years in the arts has been outstanding and tireless, heading up both the Knoxville Museum of Art and Knoxville Opera at different times. He has been an advocate along with his wife, Dorothy, of historic preservation.  Their home, Hilltop Farm, on Lyons View

Pike celebrated its 100th birthday and has one of the most spectacular views in Knoxville of both the Tennessee River and the mountains. The home was originally acquired by his parents. It has been the site of major fundraising events for charities in Knoxville. Govs. Ned McWherter, Lamar Alexander and Bill Haslam have all been guests there, as well as George W. Bush before he became president. Stair was a strong advocate and proponent in the early 1990s of the creation of Lakeshore Park. He was a major player, along with Tom McAdams, in placing it on the city agenda. He even went to Nashville to lobby then-Gov. McWherter on the project. He is a 1962 graduate of the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn., and  a 1966 graduate of Yale University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam as an officer. ■■ Beth Harwell was re-elected House speaker last week after a closer than anticipated vote among Republicans of 40 to 30 over Loudon County’s popular state Rep.  Jimmy Matlock. It will be interesting to see how she appoints members to committees and whether she attempts to punish those who opposed her. With a secret ballot, it is not possible for her to know the

identity of all who opposed her or pledged their support to both candidates. However, the smartest move she might make is to announce all 74 GOP members are on the same team and she would not sideline any member who opposed her in committee appointments. That would shock her rivals who expect retribution and go a long way toward healing the divisions which exist. It would help her if she seeks another term as speaker in 2018 or runs for governor that year. ■■ Mayor Madeline Rogero a week ago  on Jan. 4 opened her annual legislative breakfast to the public. Last year she tried to close it, got criticized and learned from the criticism by not repeating it this year. She deserves a compliment for transparency on this, in contrast to UT President Joe DiPietro, who misled the media as to the purpose of his legislative breakfast as he closed the meeting to the public. Rogero included the whole city council and several city directors, such as David Brace. Rogero often learns from her errors and does not repeat them. ■■ U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan made the front page of the Jan. 4 issue of USA Today when he was sworn into office for his 15th term.

How to achieve ‘red to the roots’ Like a football team that goes for a touchdown in the waning minutes of a 50-12 game, rumbles have begun that the state’s legislative GOP supermajority is looking to take over the last frontiers left for them to conquer – city governments and school boards. How? By making those elections partisan. And that would be a mistake. (Let’s save the school boards discussion for another day.) The state’s four largest cities (Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga) all have Democratic mayors and generally vote that way in national elections. Naturally, this cannot be tolerated by a GOP establishment that controls the governor’s office, walkout majorities in both houses of the General Assembly, both U.S. Senate seats, seven of nine Congressional districts and county commissions from Pickett to Polk counties. But pulling off such a coup could be harder to do than to talk about if Knoxville – probably the most Republican of Big Four cities – is any example. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is a lifelong Democrat who enjoys strong support from her nine-member city council, whose members are elected on a non-partisan basis. In her first run for office, she handily beat all comers in the primary, including a well-known Republican former officeholder and a Democrat who was supported by Republicans in the runoff. This year’s Knoxville city council elections may prove to be a better testing ground for GOP ambitions. But it’s probably not going to be easy, and even if some Republicans get elected, they are unlikely to be the red meat, Trump-supporting kind. Take the sitting council, for example: Republicans Nick Pavlis, Nick Della Volpe and George Wallace are not ideologues. While they would probably be comfortable wearing the label of fiscal conservative, none of them is cut from the same

Betty Bean cloth as the county’s most outspoken right-wingers. Pavlis, who has served four four-year stints on the council, refused to knuckle under to NRA activists who flooded the audience to protest the city’s opposition to “guns in parks” legislation. Della Volpe is a strong neighborhood advocate. Wallace, who has inherited wealth and runs a prosperous real estate business, has surprised his skeptics with his moderate views and willingness to listen. Brenda Palmer, Daniel Brown, Duane Grieve and Finbarr Saunders are all Democrats, although (and I’m going out on a limb here) they probably weren’t among the crowd that was feeling the Bern last fall. They’re business-friendly, mindful of neighborhood interests and moderate in approach. Marshall Stair, the son of a prominent West Knoxville family, fits the profile of a Republican. He hasn’t said much about party affiliation, but did confirm (to this reporter) that he is a Democrat. Stair is also a fiscal conservative who looks out for neighborhoods. Mark Campen likes being independent. “We’re just trying to make Knoxville better. To make it more partisan like the county is, it will just create factions.” Wallace, who was present at the city’s breakfast meeting for the Knox County legislative delegation, noted some tension among conservative legislators when Rogero asked them to stay out of Knoxville diversity issues. He said he wishes that were not the case. “There’s trepidation on a lot of these issues, but we’re in the trenches here, and our issues are not partisan.” If the Legislature tries to make city elections partisan, expect vigorous local opposition.

Halls GOP sets program on elder abuse Andrea Kline, an Elder Abuse Unit prosecutor with the Knox County District Attorney’s Office, will speak to the Halls Republican Club at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Halls/Powell, 1819 Dry Gap Pike. Come early for refreshments. Since its inception in October 2014, the DA’s Elder Abuse Unit has reviewed over 1,600 cases with nearly 900 referrals made during last year alone. It is the first unit of its kind in the state of Tennessee. The club will elect 2017 officers.

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Fort Sanders Regional tech gets new perspective after aneurysm When interventional radiologist Keith Woodward, MD, repairs an aneurysm, Adam Hill stands beside the surgeon and hands him the instruments. But on a recent November afternoon, the 33-year-old manager of interventional radiological technicians at Fort Sanders Regional’s Comprehensive Stroke Center was in a different position. He was Dr. Woodward’s patient. An aneurysm in an artery in his brain had ruptured several hours earlier, causing a subarachnoid hemorrhage and giving Hill a 13day hospital stay with a close-up view of Fort Sanders Regional’s heralded stroke care. “Everybody kept coming into my room saying, ‘Adam, was treating patients not good enough for you – you wanted to see the other side of it, too?’” he said with a laugh. “But the more people said it, I realized that this is going to help me to relate to my patients more because I know what they’re going through. I know what pain they’re in and I know what they’re going to be facing. It’s not an easy row to hoe.” The night it happened Hill was “on call for strokes,” but when a call came around 3 a.m., the young father of two was battling what he described as “the worst headache I’ve ever had.” Although he recognized that as a symptom of an aneurysm, he thought he was “just being paranoid” and brushed the possibility aside. After all, headaches and nausea were not uncommon for him. Still, this one was bad enough that he had to beg off on the call, sending in his backup while he waited to see if the pain would ease. “When it started, it came on really fast, really strong,” said Hill, who also had the risk factors of hypertension and genetics. “I felt like my head was going to blow off my shoulders. It was awful.” Hours passed; the pain didn’t. When he saw that his balance was also “off,” Hill’s suspicions of a cerebral hemorrhage grew. Those suspicions were shared by emergency room physician Douglas Campbell, MD, after Hill and his wife, Melissa, arrived at the Fort Sanders Regional Emergency entrance around 11:15 a.m. Dr. Campbell quickly ordered a computed tomography angiogram (CTA), telling Hill, “If that comes back negative, we’ll do an LP (lumbar puncture or ‘spinal tap’) and go from there.” He knew that if it was an aneurysm, Dr. Woodward would likely be treating him. “I work with Dr. Woodward and I’ve seen him do some unbelievable stuff,” Hill said. “He’s helped patients who had no hope and he would bring them back. I knew what that man was capable of. He’s a good man, a good friend and a good doctor.

steel wool. Blood cells are caught and clot on this mesh, sealing off the aneurysm from the artery circulation. Just two months after his brain an“Dr. (Scott) Wegryn (a radioloeurysm, Adam Hill is back at work gist colleague of Dr. Woodward) helping to repair hemorrhages like was watching the procedure and the one he experienced. he said it was one of the best procedures he ever saw Dr. Woodward do,” said Hill. “He said it went smoothly – it was so perfect; Keith Woodward, MD, specializes there were no hiccups. He said in the prevention and treatment of Dr. Woodward got right up there, stroke, including brain aneurysms, at pulled it off, closed me up and sent Fort Sanders Regional. me off to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit.” A post-procedure checkup by occupational and physical therapists determined that Hill had not only survived his aneurysm rupture (50 percent of patients do not) but did so with no disabilities or deficits. Still, because younger patients are more susceptible to vasospasms, a dangerous after-effect of a rupture, he remained hospitalized at Fort Sanders Regional for 13 days as they kept close watch on him. “The care I received was beyond excellent,” he said. “It was the best care I’ve had in my life. It was amazing. I was treated like a king.” the aorta, up through the neck and As Hill recovered in the hospiinto the site of the aneurysm. The tal, he began to see his ordeal in a I trust him.” and ensuring the syringes used in guide wire is then removed and a new light. “I got to see the whole Just minutes after the scan con- the procedure do not contain air contrast dye injected via the cath- perspective of the patient, and eter to give clear radiographic im- that’s the best part,” he said. “We firmed a 4mm aneurysm on Hill’s bubbles.” only get to see the patient for the brain, Dr. Woodward was face to But if Dr. Woodward was shak- ages of the artery and aneurysm. A microcatheter is then slipped procedure, but we never see them face with his assistant-turned- en, it didn’t show as he performed patient. “I was shocked,” said Dr. an embolization using a technique into the larger catheter and used in the units, and once they leave … Woodward, who has performed known as endovascular coiling. to carry spring-shaped platinum there are a lot of things they have about 1,000 aneurysm repairs in The procedure accesses the femo- coils about twice the thickness of to go through to get out the door. 13 years of practice. “Normally, ral artery through a tiny incision a human hair into the aneurysm. A lot of things have to line up just Adam would be assisting me, in the groin. The radiologist uses a The coils are then “packed” into right. I got to see that part of the prepping and handing me the coils wire to guide the catheter through the sac, forming a mesh similar to picture.”

What are the symptoms of a cerebral aneurysm? The presence of a cerebral aneurysm may not be known until it ruptures. Most cerebral aneurysms have no symptoms and are small in size (less than 10 millimeters, or less than four-tenths of an inch, in diameter). Smaller aneurysms may have a lower risk of rupture. The symptoms of an unruptured cerebral aneurysm include the following: ■ Headaches (rare, if unruptured) ■ Eye pain ■ Vision changes ■ Diminished eye movement The first evidence of a cerebral aneurysm is most often a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), due to rupture of the aneurysm. This may cause symptoms such as: ■ Rapid onset of “worst headache of my life”

■ Stiff neck ■ Nausea and vomiting ■ Changes in mental status, such as drowsiness ■ Pain in specific areas, such as the eyes ■ Dilated pupils ■ Loss of consciousness ■ High blood pressure ■ Loss of balance or coordination ■ Sensitivity to light ■ Back or leg pain ■ Problems with certain functions of the eyes, nose, tongue, and/ or ears that are controlled by one or more of the 12 cranial nerves The symptoms of a cerebral aneurysm may resemble other problems or medical conditions. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

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Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • January 11, 2017 • B-3

Chuck James swaps stories with past KOC board president Dr. Michelle Lanter Brewer at the opera dinner.

Co-director of the opera competition Phyllis Driver welcomes opera supporter Doug McKamey to dinner. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

Welcoming the judges By Sherri Gardner Howell Knoxville Opera Company has had no shortage of stars to come from these humble Tennessee hills – from the iconic Mary Costa and Delores Ziegler, to such talents as Cheryl Studer, Roy Smith and Kristen Lewis – just to name a few. And since everybody has to have that “start,” there are competitions every year to pick the best of the area, who then go on to compete regionally and, possibly, nationally. Phyllis Driver, a longtime KOC and KOC Guild member and supporter, is co-director of these annual auditions. “We alternate between Nashville and Knoxville,” explains Driver, “bringing in renowned judges to listen to young singers under the age of 30. The winners go on to the district level, then the Southeast regionals, with those final-

ists going to New York City when five overall winners are chosen.” Three judges came to Knoxville – braving the snow and enduring the cold – to conduct the competition last weekend. The Knoxville Opera Guild hosted a potluck dinner for guild and board members to meet the judges and show their appreciation. Maestro Brian Salesky was present, with guild president Eden McNabb Bishop conducting the evening’s festivities. Judges, all three first-timers in Knoxville although not new to judging the competition, were Keith Wolfe of Opera Birmingham; Melissa Wegner with the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and Mark Gibson with the College of Conservatory Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Mark Gibson, one of the judges for the competition, gets some refreshments from guild member Robin Gold.

The green beans were a hit at the potluck dinner. Filling plates are Paula McMorran and Dr. David Snow.

Knoxville Opera Guild president Eden McNabb Bishop introduces Phyllis Driver at a dinner to welcome audition judges to Knoxville. Driver is the co-director of the auditions.

Former guild president and current KOC board member Chuck James enjoys the dinner conversation.

A smorgasbord of good food awaited the diners. Going through the line are judges Keith Wolfe and Melissa Wegner with guild member Evelyn Hopp.

Sprecher on exhibit The Knoxville Museum of Art is honoring a local artist with a growing national reputation with an exhibit running Jan. 27 through April 16 at the museum. The new contemporary exhibition, Outside In, features work by Jered Sprecher, a professor at the University of Tennessee School of Art. Sprecher is gaining fame as one of the leading representatives of a generation of contemporary painters dedicated to the exploration and revitalization of abstraction. He describes himself as a

“hunter and gatherer,” pulling his imagery from such disparate sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones and X-rays. The exhibit reflects the range of Sprecher’s recent works in terms of format, scale, imagery and process. It also includes several new works designed to reference a space familiar to most: the living room. Sponsors for the exhibition include the National Endowment for the Arts and Emerson Process Management.

“Trees Walking” by Jered Sprecher is an oil on linen.

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Sprecher’s “The Study” is oil on canvas.

HAPPENINGS ■■ KSO Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series: Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 11-12, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1015 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $20. Info/tickets: 291-3310 or Tickets also available at the door. ■■ The Ragbirds, The Valley Opera performing, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan 12, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston Pike. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. Info/tickets:; on Facebook. ■■ Public reception for three new exhibits, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 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 exhibit by Glass Guys, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave. Info/RSVP: facebook. com/events/1622896261347485. ■■ Josiah & The Greater Good, Dylan McDonald & the Avians, The Sedonas performing, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Open Chord Music, 8502 Kingston Pike. Tickets: $7 advance; $10 day of show. Info/tickets:; on Facebook. ■■ Ijams Birding Series: Birding Brunch-Birds of Prey, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. For all ages. Light brunch provided. Fee: $5 members, $8 nonmembers. Info/registration: 5774717, ext. 110. ■■ Introductory Internet Genealogy class, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, East

Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info/registration: 215-8809. ■■ Dichoric Pendant workshop, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Donna Gryder. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ Roane State’s Wilderness First Responder course, SundaySunday, Jan. 15-22, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Meets Tennessee EMS standards and national standards for first responder training. Must have completed professional-level CPR training. Info/registration: gsmit. org/wfr.html or 448-6709. ■■ A Night with the Arts: A Celebration Concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Features performances by the KSO Chamber Orchestra, Carpetbag Theater,

Celebration Choir and more. ■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: “A Displaced Person,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. ■■ Cedar Bluff AARP Chapter luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Speaker: Knox County Trustee Ed Shouse will address property tax questions.

■■ Production of “The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Thursdays-Sundays, Jan. 20Feb. 5, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: ■■ Wallace Coleman performs, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $15, some discounts available. Info/tickets:

■■ KSO’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: “Sibelius Violin Concerto,” 7:30 p.m. ThursdayFriday, Jan. 19-20, Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Featuring violinist Bella Hristova. Info/tickets:

■■ The Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo, Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 21-22, Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 at the door; kids 12 and under are free. Info: 414-6801.

■■ RB Morris with Greg Horne and Daniel Kimbro, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $15, some discounts available. Info/tickets:

■■ Finding Flannery: The Life and Work of Flannery O’Connor: screening of “Wise Blood,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750.

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POWELL - A rare ďŹ nd for the Powell area this 53.97 acres has great development potential. $1,500,000 (971186)

HALLS - 5Br 3.5Ba w/bonus on 3+/acres. Features: Media/Theater room, 5+Garage, 2car with bonus rm above & detached garage/workshop approximately 2500 sqft with (2)10ft doors, 8 inch concrete slab ďŹ&#x201A;oors, lift and compressor. Bring the whole family with lots of possibilities: possible separate living down or purchase home next door. $474,900 (975059)

POWELL - Private & wooded lot, this 3Br 2Ba 2-story features: Master br on main, laundry-utility room off kitchen, 2 lrg bedrooms up with lrg walk-in closets great for bedroom use or bonus room. Enjoy the covered front porch or deck out back with wooded backyard and ďŹ re pit. Plenty of storage with pull down attic & 14 ft crawlspace. $162,500 (983459)

POWELL - Well kept 4Br 3Ba features master on main & up. Large master up could be bonus room. Family rm off kitchen with brick ďŹ replace. Formal living & dining rm on main & sunroom. Extra storage w/ full crawl space that has workout room & workshop. Many updates including: New roof 2016, water heater 2016, Heat pump #1 3yr & Heat pump #2- 1yr. New range & dishwasher. New driveway. $249,900 (987232)

HALLS - RENT or LEASE PURCHASE: All brick 4Br or 3Br 2.5Ba with bonus. Open ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan with vaulted ceilings, hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors & granite tops. Master suite on main has tiled shower & whirlpool tub. Neighborhood amenities include park & pool. $257,900 or $1650 month call for details. (972002)

N.KNOX - Convenient location close to I-75 & Hospitals. This one level 3br 2ba condo features: open ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan, hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors, vaulted ceilings, trey ceiling in master bedroom, laundry rm, wired for security system , 2-car garage & end corner unit. $179,900 (980941) KN-1419810

Justin Bailey

We have qualiďŹ ed buyers looking for land. Call us if you have an interest in selling.

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A great community newspaper serving Halls and Fountain City