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Reform elder law now By Shannon Carey All my fellow Gen X’ers, Millennials and younger, give me your attention. You guys, we are so not ready for the Silver Tsunami. If you’ve not heard, that’s the going name for the tidal wave of elderly Andrea Kline folks needing care that’s expected as the Baby Boomers – our parents and grandparents – age. I heard Assistant District Attorney Andrea Kline speak about elder abuse last week, and the statistics she quoted are staggering. Age 85 and over is the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. By 2050, 19.8 million will be over 85. Half will have some kind of dementia. Kline said Tennessee’s laws about elder abuse, her specialty within Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen’s office, are outdated, making it difficult to prosecute those who prey on the elderly. Written in the 1970s, those laws were cutting-edge at the time, but they need a reboot. She said, and I agree, “It’s time for a change, and the time is now.” More statistics: 47 percent of elders will suffer abuse by their caregivers, and only one in 19 of those cases will be reported. Examples include physical abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The stories will break your heart, like the one Kline shared about an unnamed 90-yearold woman who was left in a bathtub for four days by her “caregiver” son with nothing but a Honeybun and a yogurt to sustain her. Shocking? “Things like that happen all the time,” said Kline. She receives between five and 20 referrals a day, although she does not prosecute them all. To page A-3

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Beaver Creek could host kayaks By Sandra Clark Kayaks and canoes on Beaver Creek, along with debris removal, could reduce flooding while providing outdoor recreation. The East Tennessee Community Design Center is drafting a plan for a put-in in Halls, probably at Clayton Park, and a takeout in Powell, possibly at Powell Station Park. The Halls Business and Professional Association, led by president Michelle Wilson, and the Powell Business and Professional Association, represented by Justin Bailey, met last week with Leslie Fawaz of the Design Center, and architect Trey Benefield. Also present were Dr. Bob Collier, who donated 11 acres for a nature preserve on Beaver Creek adjacent to the Powell Library; Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation; Mark Campen, city council member and environmentalist; Roy Arthur, the county’s watershed manager; and Doug Bataille, senior director of Knox County Parks & Recreation. Arthur said the Beaver Creek Kayak Club has formed in the Karns area, putting in at the county’s Harrell Road Park and kayaking to Melton Hill. He said Harrell Road has not flooded since the park was developed and downstream debris was removed by kayakers. Plans will be brought to the community in public meetings, which will be publicized in Shopper News.

Local leaders discuss Beaver Creek: Justin Bailey, Powell; Doug Bataille, Knox County; Michelle Wilson, Halls; and Mark Campen, city council. Photo by S. Clark

Trey Benefield talks with Roy Arthur (standing) and Dr. Bob Collier.

FC meeting ends in confrontation, walkout By Betty Bean Last week’s meeting of an ad hoc group formed to advocate change in Fountain City ended with an explosion when the leaders argued about the group’s goals. Jamie Rowe said John Fugate was speaking for himself only when he told elected officials at a Jan. 5 meeting that the group, Advocates for Fountain City, wanted a traffic signal at Beverly Road and Tazewell Pike. She asked him to retract a wish list that included contradictory desires for enhanced vehicular

access to businesses along with better, safer pedestrian routes on Broadway. The earlier part of the meeting, held in the conference room of Commercial Bank, was an informational session featuring city traffic engineer Jeff Branam, who talked about long range plans to modernize traffic signals and improve KAT bus service on Broadway and other major arterial streets. After Branam and others from the city departed, Rowe, the president of the Tazewell Pike-Beverly Station Neighborhood Coali-

tion, told Fugate, the president of the Fountain City Business & Professional Association, that he needed to tell the public what he had told her in a private meeting Jan. 10: “You admitted the items on the agenda were never discussed or voted on by the Advocates for Fountain City group. You further acknowledged the three items listed were ideas you, as an individual, wanted to present to the officials attending the Jan. 5 meeting.” To page A-3

Sherri’s photo feature:

Painting at ‘Wine and Canvas’

Van Gogh couldn’t have been any more intense about his brushwork than the 20 artists who gathered at Gibby’s restaurant in the Cedar Bluff Holiday Inn. These men and women, students of Tracey Crocker’s Wine and Canvas class, were focused. ➤ See pictures on page B-3

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Here’s a thought: Ask a teacher By Lauren Hopson

Kids need to be kids. Children don’t have enough time just to play anymore. These are statements heard regularly from teachers and parents alike. Recess times have gotten whittled down from 30 minutes to 15 in many schools across the state. Some schools don’t offer recess on days that Hopson students have physical education class. Teachers are starting to use all kinds of gadgets from exercise balls to pedal desks and fidget toys, just to give students an outlet for their boundless energy. Knee deep in good intentions, our friendly local legislators jumped in to save the day! This past fall, a new Tennessee law went into effect that altered the structure of the school day. It mandated additional time for public school students to engage in unstructured physical activity, otherwise known as recess. I imagine the sponsors of this bill were reacting to data about the health of our children and outcries from con-

cerned parents and teachers. In theory, if kids need more exercise, then let’s give it to them. While we were watching harmful bills that would drain funds from public education by funding charter schools and voucher programs, this seemingly helpful one snuck up on us. It came as a great surprise to administrators who were suddenly tasked with fitting in additional periods of recess between 90-minute math and reading blocks, lunchtimes, related arts classes and intervention schedules. Bad weather, limited playground space and seven-hour days became issues. A couple extra 15-minute breaks per day may not seem like a big deal until you are faced with the nonexistent sense of urgency of a 7-year-old who needs to find his coat, go to the bathroom, get a drink of water and then play in the water fountain on the way to the playground door. Many of them will probably need to do that again on the way back to the classroom. That is what 7-year-olds do. Happily, Rep. Bill Dunn was quick to recognize the problems and introduced a bill this year to repeal the previous legislation. While

teachers are thankful that they may have a more workable schedule next year, many are wary that taking away all time requirements may allow districts to skimp on recess again. If physical activity is so important, why on earth would school systems do this? The answer lies in our obsession with feeding the testing beast. As long as test scores are used inappropriately to judge schools, administrators and educators, districts are going to be tempted to use every possible minute for instruction of subjects that can be assessed by TN Ready. Last I checked, recess is not a tested subject, but apparently, you can do math and sit on a bouncy ball at the same time. The lesson to be learned here is that crafting legislation should always involve asking the experts. Healthcare workers should be consulted on medical legislation. Safety policies should be crafted with input from the police. Maybe we should also ask teachers how legislation will actually translate to the classroom. Lauren Hopson is president of the Knox County Education Association and a mom.

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Newly installed officers of the Halls Crossroads Women’s League are parliamentarian Shelba Murphy, administrative assistant Brenda Gratz, member-at-large Barbara Catlett, treasurer Janis Crye, vice president Susan Smith, secretary Jan Morris and president Mary Carroll.

Houser named HCWL Volunteer of Year By Ruth White The Halls Crossroads Women’s League hosted its annual membership luncheon last weekend and celebrated the members and their support of the Halls community. Member Fran Houser was recognized as the league’s Volunteer of the

Year, for logging the most volunteer hours in the past year. Members were recognized for their volunteer hours, ranging from 100 hours to 3,900 hours of service (a cumulative total). Officers for 2017 were installed, with Mary Carroll leading as president. Board

FC meeting

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Rowe asked Fugate to contact members of the advocacy group and set the record straight by distributing a copy of the 32 goals identified at the economic summit. Fugate said he had already apologized to Rowe personally, and that it was Mayor Madeline Rogero who brought up the traffic light at a Jan. 12 meeting. Rowe pointed out that the light was on the list he presented Jan. 5. Fugate said he considers the matter closed. Rowe disagreed and said she cannot be a part of a group “where one person goes rogue, distributing misleading and false information that is clearly not from the group, nor it does represent the work we have done.” She labeled Fugate’s actions a dangerous way for a group to operate. “You could decide to take a position on almost anything that comes up and say again that you are speaking for the advocacy group leaving the impression a large group is in agreement with you. It is almost impossible to unring a bell like that.” She walked out and Fu-

members installed include Carol Bayless, Brenda Blanton, Barbara Catlett, Judy Duncan, Brenda Gaylor, Brenda Gratz, Shelba Murphy, Connie Sharpe and Ruth Smith. Throughout last year, the group has done several projects to strengthen and support the community. In 2016, members volunteered

a total 7,422 service hours, including The Closet (providing clothing and more to families in need), Tennova Cancer Center, hospice, trash pickup days in Halls, supporting the Halls Outdoor Classroom, celebrating Halls High’s 100th anniversary and providing scholarships to two HHS senior girls.

Fort Sumter Cemetery meeting set The required annual meeting of the Fort Sumter Community Cemetery and the community is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the cemetery office on Salem Church Road. The annual report will be given and questions answered. Bid forms for the seasonal mowing of the cemetery may be obtained by calling the cemetery phone at 865-660-6949. Bids must be returned to the cemetery office by March 2 at 5 p.m.

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Women’s League to host chili supper The Halls Crossroads Women’s League will host the annual Chili Chowdown, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Halls Senior Center. The event will feature chili with all the fixings and music provided by the Dave Hall Band. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 10. Tickets may be purchased from any HCWL member or at the door.

Elder law She, along with Knoxville and Knox County law enforcement and Adult Protective Services, set up the first VAPIT (Vulnerable Adult Protective Investigation Team) in the state, making it a model that is now required in every Tennessee DA’s office. Kline is also part of a team that has drafted a new section of code for state law dealing just with elder abuse. The proposed change is modeled after child abuse laws because “these victims are vulnerable in ways similar to children.” The team hopes Tennessee’s Legislature will adopt these proposals this year.

From page A-1 “It’s a huge change, and it’s for the better,” said Kline. “We’re about 20 years behind, and it’s time to step up and make some changes.” Other problems exist. Right now, there is no mirror of child foster care for vulnerable adults, Kline said. There is a need for more low-cost services and respite for caregivers. Kline doesn’t have an answer for those yet, but changing state law to stop abusers is a good place to start. It’s time to protect the folks who raised us. Call your legislators today.

By Ruth White gate adjourned the meeting. Powell High School paused during halftime of a recent Fountain City Advocates grew out of an economic home game to recognize Larry Stooksbury for his contrisummit organized in Sep- butions to the PHS basketball program. Stooksbury was called “a true Powell Panther” and his tember by City Council varsity basketball achievements were recognized. A threemember Nick Della Volpe. year starter and two-year team captain, Stooksbury was At the summit, Della Volpe chose Fugate and council Powell’s career leader in rebounds with 1,391. He received member Mark Campen to numerous accolades, was his senior class president and Shannon Carey is a freelance journallead the Fountain City dis- earned a basketball scholarship to Tennessee Tech, Stooksbury was surrounded by his family and greeted ist and blogger. Find her on Facebook cussion group, which conor at, or email sisted of business owners by tons of friends during the event. and neighborhood representatives. Rowe took minutes, listing the group’s issues and goals, which she later tran- ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, March scribed and distributed. 9, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Fugate wanted to keep the March 10, Halls Senior Center, discussion going, and Rowe 4410 Crippen Road. Info/ recruited participants for MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA registration: 922-0416. future meetings. In Octo2 locations ber, they formulated short- ■■ Fountain City Lions Club, Halls: South Knoxville: meets 6 p.m. each first and and mid-term goals and 4100 Crippen Rd • Halls 4409 Chapman Hwy third Monday, Lions ComRowe again took minutes 377-3675 • Fax 377-3805 577-8881 • Fax 577-8966 munity Building, 5345 N. and distributed them to the Broadway. group, which met again in Hours: M-Th 11am - 10 pm ■■ Halls Community Lions November. F & Sat 11am - 11pm


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‘Social Justice for the Soul’ at Fourth Presbyterian By Carol Z. Shane “So often we hear that politics has no place in the church, but I believe it is the responsibility of the church to stay in the political conversation,” says the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Peterson of Fourth Presbyterian Church on Broadway. “Christians have a unique opportunity and responsibility to speak up for love over hate, and for justice Aftyn Behn over oppression.” During February, the church will host speakers and discussions on topics related to racial unrest and discrimination. Guests include Tom Castelli, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee; J.T. Taylor of the Knoxville Homeless Collective; the Carpetbag Theatre; and former United Nations consultant Aftyn Behn. Behn worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, on protection issues for minority groups who had, for a variety of reasons including ethnicity and disability, been forcibly displaced to other countries from their homelands. “My unit was the community-based protection unit; we identified minority groups and helped them build capacity to assume more power within their communities.” Holding a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas, Behn moved

back to Knoxville after the recent presidential election in order to use her knowledge and skills to help her native East Tennesseans and “to be quite frank, with the intention to run for office in a few years.” Behn will join Peterson to kick off the series on Feb. 1 with a talk and discussion on “Dismantling Racism and Recognizing Micro-aggressions.” “We have been surprised and excited by the great show of interest in these anti-racism talks,” says Peterson. “There is clearly a hunger to engage in this dialogue, even though it can be personally challenging for many. “We find there is a spectrum of knowledge, from people who have spent their lives fighting for civil rights, to those who have never explored the troubles associated with racism in their personal lives. “It is encouraging to see that when people of such different backgrounds come together, a spark of understanding comes. “This isn’t about allying ourselves with one political party over another, but about learning how to treat one another with respect, and recapturing the fine art of disagreeing without devolving into hate speech.” “Social Justice for the Soul” meets 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday during February at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1323 N. Broadway in Knoxville. For a full list of speakers/topics, visit or call 865-522-1437.

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Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel said, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” (2 Samuel 23:1-4 KJV) Like so many others, I know these words because I sang them. I heard them first when I was in junior high school; the high school choir room was just across the hall, and so I could listen in to their rehearsals while I did my work. I fell in love with both the biblical text and the music of Randall Thompson (my very favorite composer). Later, much later, I had the privilege of directing my own


cause our country has just inaugurated a new president. My prayer is that he will Cross Currents be aware of the need to be just, and rule in the fear of Lynn God. Pitts Let us pray for him, whether or not we voted for him, and for our beloved adult church choir, which, country. Let’s be aware of with more mature voices, our duties as citizens to do was better able to do justice what is right, care for those less fortunate, welcome the to the composer’s setting. I suppose the biblical text foreigner, and obey the laws came back to me now be- of our land. Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 771-7788.

Classes/meetings ■■ UT’s McClung Museum will host a viewing of the film “Unmasked Judeophobia” 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the auditorium, 1327 Circle Park Drive. In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. A Q&A session and a dessert reception follows the showing. The event is free. ■■ Knoxville Aglow meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike. Speaker: Lara Gaines, praise and worship leader for Aglow in South Carolina. Bring a dish to share; drinks and child care provided. All welcome. ■■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road, will host “Men’s Night Out” 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 25, at the church. Speaker: Hank Parker, professional bass fisherman. Cost: $15. Info/registration: ■■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer

■■ Fountain City UMC, 212 Hotel Road, hosts GriefShare, 6:30-8 p.m. each Wednesday in room 112. 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. Today’s program: Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Ina Hughs will speak on the church in transition. Info: 687-2952 or ■■ Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, will host “Caring for All Creation” choral concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Choirs from Messiah

Lutheran Church, Church of the Savior, Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church and St. Mark UMC will perform. Info: Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light, tennesseeipl@gmail. com.

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. ■■ 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.

SENIOR NOTES ■■ The Heiskell Senior Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 548-0326. ■■ Corryton Senior Center, 9331 Davis Drive. Info: 6885882. ■■ Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. Info: 922-0416. ■■ Morning Pointe Assisted Living, 7700 Dannaher Drive. Info: 686-5771 or

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Dance for Joy founder MaryCatherine Landry leads some of her ballet students in prayer before practice. She says opening classes in prayer helps students dance for the glory of God. Photos by S. Carey

Dance for Joy instructor and founder MaryCatherine Landry leads one of her classes through a ballet routine.

Landry follows call to ‘Dance for Joy’ By Shannon Carey

MaryCatherine Landry was 18 when she took her first dance class, and she knew immediately that she was on the right path. “I walked out of that class and stopped in the lobby, and I went, ‘Yes, this is what I have to do. I got so much joy out of this class today,’” she said. Landry went on to attend the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1985 with a degree in dance. She opened a studio with her best friend from college, and she stayed there for seven years, but she felt God calling her to something else. “It was right, but it wasn’t quite right,” she said. After praying about it,

she approached her church, Fountain City United Methodist, about hosting the dance classes that she would call Dance for Joy. The classes are for age 3 through adult, and include ballet, tap, modern, hiphop, creative movement, jazz and worship dance. Her mission is to provide quality, affordable, correct dance education to everyone who wants it. She keeps costs down by holding classes and recitals at the church, and making sure that costumes won’t break the bank. Landry has been at it more than 20 years now. About 10 years in, she started seeing the children of former students in her

classes. She calls them her “grand-dancers.” “I’m teaching the children of my children,” she said. “But it’s such a privilege that they remember me and bring me their babies.” Landry believes that everyone can dance, and everyone can benefit from dance, even if they’re not the most talented. For kids, it instills discipline and gets them vital exercise. And for everyone, it increases quality of life. “Not everybody’s going to be a professional dancer, but everybody can dance,” she said. “Sometimes, those with the least talent get the most joy out of it, and they need the opportunity to perform, too.”

But there’s another aspect of dance that Landry finds fulfilling and seeks to share with her students. She seeks to perform and teach dance “in a way that glorifies God instead of the person,” she said. Landry chooses music carefully, either Christian, classical or children’s music,

and routines and costumes are never suggestive or revealing. Every class opens in prayer, and she describes dance as “praying with your whole body.” “I know for me, when I release my own ego and I let God and the spirit flow through me that there’s a different sparkle,” Landry

said. “I see that in the kids, too.” Dance for Joy classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the fellowship hall at Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Road, Knoxville. Info: Find “Dance for Joy Knoxville” on Facebook or call 865-250-2107.

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More inauguration trivia! By Kip Oswald Last week, we began our Presidential Trivia with Inauguration Day, and since then we have had our 45th inauguration! This week, we are going to look at how the Kip rest of the day ended over the years. After lunch, the president watches the Inaugural Parade, a tradition started in 1809 with James Madison. In 1953, a cowboy in Dwight Eisenhower’s parade rode out of the parade and lassoed the president. The whole day ends with fancy celebrations called Inaugural Balls. James Madison’s wife, Dolly, planned the first one. However, the biggest party was Andrew Jackson’s in 1829. He was the first person elected president who was not really rich so he invited everyone to come to the White House to celebrate with him after his inauguration and as many as 20,000 people came. It got so wild inside the White House, the president had to hide until the people left. Likewise, the police had to be called to calm down Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural parties. President Bill Clinton at-

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tended the most balls of any president when he went to 14 during his second inauguration. When Kinzy and I found out that Andrew Jackson in his inaugural speech invited all the people to the White House party, it made us wonder how the people even knew about the inauguration back then, because now we see all about it on social media and television. So we found out that bit of trivia. James Buchanan’s inauguration was the first to be photographed in 1857, but pictures were not seen until weeks later. Likewise, the first one to be recorded on any kind of video was William McKinley’s inauguration in 1897, but people had to go to the movie theater to see it weeks after it happened. People heard the first live inauguration in 1925 when they heard Calvin Coolidge’s on the radio for the first time. The first time people saw an actual inauguration live on television was in 1949 when Harry Truman was president. In 1997, Bill Clinton’s inauguration was the first one broadcast over the internet. Hope you have enjoyed the Inauguration Trivia! Next week: Part one of Presidential Pets! You won’t believe it! Comments to

Copper Ridge Elementary recently held the school spelling bee and the top three spellers emerged after many rounds. Bee champion was Lucas Hollifield, second place was his twin sister, Gracelyn Hollifield, and third place went to Nolan Cook.

Corryton Elementary School recently held the school level spelling bee. Noah Benson was the runner-up and Sydney Hutchinson was crowned champion. Sydney will represent the school at the countywide spelling bee in the spring. Photos by Ruth White

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MILESTONE Chloe Malia Shelton turned 8 years old Jan. 17 and celebrated with a pizza/ swim party with family and friends. Parents are John and Tiffany Shelton of Halls. Chloe has an older brother, John Alex. Grandparents are Gerald “Jake” and Diane Lowe, John and Vickie Shelton, and Roger and Sandy Alexander. Greatgrandmothers are Marie Cole, Mary Wagner and Dorothy Alexander.

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A-8 • January 25, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

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Joe Jarret has resigned as president of the Rotary Club of K nox v ille Breakfast Club because of his teaching responsibilities in Tom King the Department of political science at the University of Tennessee and to complete work on his doctoral dissertation. Stepping up to fill the void is the club’s president-elect, Mike Holober. This is not uncharted territory for Holober, who is a past president of the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset (2013-14). Holober owns M&M Jewelers in West Knoxville. Holober will begin as president on Wednesday, Feb. 1, when District 6780 Governor Fred Heitman will install him. He has been a Rotarian for 20 years, beginning in 1997 when he joined the Rotary Club of Belleview (Fla.). He was selected as the club’s “Rookie of the Year” and in 1999 was named the club’s

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By Sandra Clark Attorney Janet Hayes offered advice on business management in the age of social media when she spoke last week to the Halls Business and Professional Association, meeting at Beaver Brook. ■■Should a boss also be a “friend” on Facebook? ■■How about checking a Linkedin profile before hiring? ■■Should you read an employee’s personal blog? “You can look” at social media sites, but you can’t violate privacy, Hayes said. “You can be friends or not; there are no rules, legally. Just don’t do or say anything that might create discomfort at work.” Employers should be mindful that if employees post a review of your

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Tennessee wine surges forward with festival By Shannon Carey This May, 22 wineries from East Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau will gather in Oak Ridge for the first Nine Lakes Wine Festival, a chance for those wineries to sell their wares and build the brand of Tennessee wine. And once again, Union County’s Riddle family of Seven Springs Farm is at the heart of it all. When Rick and Donna Riddle’s daughter, Nikki, showed interest in becoming a winemaker, and their son, Jim, joined the farm’s Farm to Table meat and produce business, Rick set his cap at making sure the regional markets were strong so the family businesses would have a better chance at success. He credits Donna as the driving force behind the effort. “The impetus for so much of this is Donna, and she doesn’t get a lot of the credit,” Rick said. You see, each successful Tennessee winery represents a family farm preserved, and for the Riddles that hits close to home. “The issue is that a young person can’t buy into this business unless they inherit a small fortune,” Rick said. Rick spearheaded collaborative marketing efforts region-wide, resulting in the Great Valley Wine Trail and groups of wine trails banding together into Nine Lakes Wine Country and the nonprofit Appalachian

Region Wine Producers Association (ARWPA), of which Rick is president. Through these collaborations, $75 million worth of grant assistance has come into East Tennessee’s grape, wine and local food industries, funds that can help young people and local families join the industry and save the family farm. “It promotes regional tourism, preserves farm families and the rural way of life in rural Appalachia,” Rick said. Some of the efforts of the ARWPA include using grant funds to purchase winemaking equipment that can be leased to wineries and establishing an American Viticultural Area (AVA). An AVA will allow easier marketing and branding of wine grown in the region, like NASCAR is to Bristol or barbecue is to Memphis. “You have a group of people that have decided that they’re willing to work together,” Rick said. “The wineries know the value of what we’re trying to do.” It’s the ARWPA that makes the Nine Lakes Wine Festival possible. Tennessee law allows a wine festival to be held if the permit is sought by a nonprofit corporation made up of at least 10 member wineries in good standing with the state, Rick said. And the benefits are astounding. Rick said wine festivals contribute $1 million to Tennessee wine prof-

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Emerald Youth president and CEO The beginning of 2017 brings with it a refreshed vision for us as we serve young people in the heart of our city – a city where we believe every child, in every neighborhood, has the opportunity for a full life. As the new year has started, we celebrate Steve Diggs our 25th anniversary, and each day I’m grateful for the time God gives us with urban youth and their families. In his “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” Every minute of every day counts, such as children learning the fundamentals of soccer at the Sansom Sports Complex, middle school youth enjoying a weekend camp retreat in the mountains, or high school students receiving tutoring at our College Street Ministry in Mechanicsville. Each of those moments is ripe, and this year we look forward to serving more than 2,000 young people across Knoxville. By building meaningful relationships with children and being comprehensively involved in their lives, we can change their trajectory and help them become godly young adult leaders in Knoxville and beyond.

On the left is the Emerald Youth dining room before new flooring was installed. The photo on the right is the dining room after the new flooring was installed. When Emerald Youth Foundation moved into its facility on North Central Street 17 years ago, two neighborhood boys were a constant presence on the basketball court of its new gym. Brothers Ballard Hall and Stephen Bryant were involved with Emerald Youth in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Hall was in the seventh grade when his teacher first connected him with the ministry. She thought Emerald Youth would be a good place for him to get some additional academic help after school. While initially hesitant to heed his teacher’s advice, Hall became involved with Emerald, not only getting help with his studies, but also playing basketball along with his brother. Hall graduated from Fulton and Bryant from Central; both earned their college degrees. They also enlisted in the Marines and were commended for their outstanding military service as combat veterans. After deployment in the Middle East, they returned home to Knoxville and went into business together, launching Custom Concrete and Design LLC, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.

“From the time we were children, we learned how important it is to serve others and that success is measured by one’s actions,” Hall said. “We started Custom Concrete and Design to build a better community, Stephen Bryant, Jonathan Whaley, Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Baland our recent proj- lard Hall of Custom Concrete and Design LLC. ect for Emerald was one way we’ve been able to give back.” ers and their employees. The product used The project: donation of much-needed protects the existing concrete while giving flooring in the dining room at the very facil- the floor the look, texture and color of inity Hall and Bryant enjoyed using as kids. laid tile. The generous in-kind gift will help Emerald “We are so pleased with the look and better serve young people and their fami- durability of the new floor,” said Emerald lies through faith, learning and sports pro- Youth spokesperson John Crooks. “Ballard, grams that regularly occur there. Stephen and their team did an incredible “Emerald did a lot for Ballard and me job. This project is really a blessing, and it’s during our childhood,” Bryant said. “They not one we asked for – they offered it unsowere always present in our lives and never licited. What great guys!” turned their back on us.” Custom Concrete and Design can be The new floor, which will last for years to found online at come, was installed Jan. 2-7 by the broth- or call 865-773-2749.

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Vols in Super Bowls Football is a numbers game – wins and losses, yards gained, punting averages, pass percentages, attendance and millions generated by the SEC Network. Here’s one you probably haven’t heard but have undoubtedly eagerly awaited, the number of former Volunteers in Super Bowls past: 96. Another number goes with that one: 7. Tennessee ranks seventh in the talent supply chain for the NFL extravaganza. Miami is first with 117. Southern Cal is one behind, followed by UCLA (108), Michigan and Penn State (104 each) and Notre Dame (101). Quarterback Peyton Manning carried the Vol flag to four Super Bowls. Linebacker Jack Reynolds and defensive back Bill Bates played in three. There are secrets to such success – get drafted by or traded to a good team. Fourteen former Vols played in two Super Bowls: punters Ron Widby and Craig and Britton Colquitt; wide receivers Alvin Harper

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and Marcus Nash; offensive linemen Mickey Marvin, Raleigh McKenzie, Bruce Wilkerson and Chris Scott; defensive warriors Reggie White, Leonard Little, Jerod Mayo, Malik Jackson and Tony McDaniel. On the flip side are other great players who never got a chance. Steve DeLong, Bob Johnson, Frank Emanuel and Chip Kell are in the College Football Hall of Fame but didn’t get closer to a Super Bowl than good seats for observation.

Memories, comments Bill Anderson played in the first Super Bowl, 1967, with Green Bay. Steve Kiner had a twoyard kickoff return for Dallas in Super Bowl V. He

made the cover of Sports Illustrated trying in vain to block Baltimore’s winning field goal. Kiner remembers the pregame carnival atmosphere. He said it seemed very strange. “I kept wondering what all the excitement was about. We were just going to play another football game. It was no big deal. “I personified young and dumb. I had no sense of time, no perspective about professional football or the history of it. I was playing and having a great time. “After the loss, a great sense of missed opportunity lingered for years.” Eddie Brown had an interception for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV. Reynolds achieved legendary status as the Pied Piper of the San Francisco 49ers. He often surprised teammates but actually stunned them in 1982. Hacksaw was primed and ready long before kickoff. He boarded the bus from

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the hotel to the stadium already in full uniform. CBS analyst John Madden loved it. He said “Boom!” Stanley Morgan had six receptions for New England in Super Bowl XX. Willie Gault had only four for Chicago but produced 129 yards. Alvin Harper became the Lauren Rider got so agfirst Vol to score a touchgravated by what she was down in a Super Bowl, XXhearing about herself last VII, a 45-yard pass from week that she called her Troy Aikman. They played best friend to vent. for the Cowboys. “I asked her, ‘Can we go Reggie White had three clean up a creek, or somesacks for minus 23 in Super thing?’” Bowl XXXI. Jamal Lewis Rider – who served four carried 27 times for 102 years as yards and one touchdown president on behalf of the Baltimore of the Old Ravens in XXXV. North Charley Garner, coming Knoxville out of the backfield, caught Inc., two seven passes for Oakland in years as coXXXVII. chair of the Manning as a Colt was Broadway MVP of Super Bowl XLI. Corridor Manning, last February Lauren Rider Task Force, as a Bronco at age 39, was two three-year terms on the oldest quarterback ever the Neighborhood Advisory to win a Super Bowl. Five Council, has restored four sacks may have encouraged old houses and a commerhim to retire and do more cial building and owns a and better commercials. resume that includes a long Marvin West invites reader commentary. list of volunteer activities His address is – has been preparing for at least two years to run for the District 4 City Council seat that incumbent Nick Della Volpe will vacate in December. Questions about her paris less than 25 percent of the new UTK Chancellor’s sal- ty allegiance don’t sit well ary. By UTK standards, this with Rider. Nor does the suggestion that she should is almost pocket change. What has become contro- defer to Harry Tindell and versial is discussion of the wait for an at-large seat to real motive behind the In- come open in 2019. “Some people say I stitute, which now has over 500 locations around the can’t win. Some people world in 105 nations as part say I’m not a Democrat. of China’s overseas propa- Some people say I’m not a ganda strategy. China inter- Republican. What I am is a estingly picked the name of candidate in a nonpartisan Confucius, who has never race, running because tons been part of the Chinese of people have asked me to Communist ideology. Clear- run over the years. I’ve had ly, had it been named Mao a lot of officeholders and Institute it would have cre- community members urgated major public relations ing me to run for council year after year after year. issues in the USA.  The respected University I’m fresh and new to this of Chicago did not renew and I’m sincere about it and its contract with the don’t doubt for a minute Institute in 2014 as the that it’s difficult and not fun Confucius Institute has at times, but I have a great weighed on free speech wealth of knowledge of how issues at some campuses the city works,” she said. Tindell, her only anby expressing concern with some programs viewed as nounced opponent, is a anti-China by the Chinese Democrat who started his government. The concern voiced about Confucius is having a foreign government with a clear agenda exercising influence on col- ■■ Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones is making noises about running lege campuses inconsistent for county mayor. He cannot with academic freedom. seek re-election in 2018 This would include, for because of term limits. China, discussions on Tibet, ■■ Hiring Hugh Holt for more Taiwan, Falun Gong and the money than he was making Dalai Lama. China carefully for Knox County governmonitors these topics withment to do just a portion of in China in a way that conthe work was a signal that tradicts America’s concept Jones would not again face of true academic freedom. voters. Perhaps he thinks we’ll Problems have not yet forget? surfaced at UTK, but they ■■ Joe Bailey is gearing up to could, depending on the acrun for Knox County Repubtions of the Chinese governlican Party chair – with the support of courthouse heavyment. China’s government weights. Bailey is a former city has a different view on acavice mayor. demic freedom and indepen– S. Clark dence than does the USA.

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Speaker’s job changes hands Lt. Gov. Randy McNally turns 73 on Monday, Jan. 30. He represents part of Knox County and all of Anderson County in the state Senate. He is the first person to represent Knox County to be Senate speaker in over 100 years. State Rep. Jimmy Matlock, who came close to winning the GOP speakership contest in Nashville over incumbent Beth Harwell, turns 58 on Feb. 5. Harwell had been considered a candidate for governor but is viewed as a longer shot now due to the difficulties she has encountered the past two years as speaker. With 30 of the 74 GOP House members voting against her to be speaker for a fourth term, they are not likely to favor her bid for governor either. Nevertheless, Harwell is now passing the word she may run after all. This means this would be her final term as speaker. Her House clerk, Joe McCord, abruptly retired as clerk just four days before the House reconvened on Jan. 10. He had become a source of controversy for Harwell, and she quickly named Tammy Letzler – a onetime employee of Jimmy Naifeh – the first woman ever to be clerk of the House in his place. McCord, 49, will be eligible to draw a generous state pension at age 55 as he is a former legislator. Her committee appointments last week sought to punish several who opposed her for speaker, which may haunt her next year when she campaigns in the counties of those House mem-

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bers. There was not a healing process here. Harwell will need to articulate a compelling story of her time as speaker and what she has accomplished to make headway over former economic development chief Randy Boyd, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, the three state senators – Mark Green, Mark Norris and Doug Overbey – and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee. ■■ Five City Council members depart in a little over 10 months on Dec. 16, but they will not depart the city’s payroll, as they will receive a modest city pension based on eight years of service. The current council annual salary is $19,000 a year. Three of the five who are over 66 will receive $2051.52 a year. They are Vice Mayor Duane Grieve, Brenda Palmer and Nick Della Volpe.  Former mayor Daniel Brown will receive the highest pension at $7,635, which is a result of his 11 months as mayor when he received the mayor’s salary of $130,000 a year. Because the pension is based on one’s highest two years of pay, this generously upped the pension amount for Brown. Former vice mayor Nick Pavlis receives the least at $1,838.52, since he is not yet 66.

Mayor Madeline Rogero, too, will transition from her mayor’s salary to a city pension the day she leaves office in December 2019. Her pension will be based on 11 years with the city, which will work out in rough figures to $30,000 a year plus a 3 percent annual increase, which in 10 years in 2029 means a 30 percent increase compounded in her pension. Several other high-paid city employees such as Bill Lyons will depart then, but in his case his annual pension will likely exceed $58,000 a year also with the same 3 percent annual escalator. He will have put in 16 years with the city. He is currently the second-highest paid city employee at $168,240 a year plus $1,320 in longevity pay and $5,830 a year car allowance – when he lives at 607 Union Ave. and usually walks the five short  blocks to work.  Lyons’ total pay package exceeds $175,000 a year with a guaranteed 7.5 percent increase on top of this for the remaining three years he has with Rogero. Rogero earns $142,000 a year but does not receive an annual increase nor does council. Five city employees make more than the mayor. ■■ The Confucius Institute at UT Knoxville, located in the International House, is funded primarily by the Chinese government under the name of Hanban in Beijing, which is part of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Its funding is less than $150,000 a year, which


Betty Bean political career by serving on the Knox County school board, spent 22 years in the General Assembly, was well-liked by his colleagues and was never seriously challenged for re-election. He’s amassing an impressive list of supporters, but so is Rider, a librarian at Pellissippi State’s Division Street campus, who moved to Knoxville 12 years ago when her husband, Steven, took a position as a neurologist at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Rider is from the tiny town of Evans, Ga., near Augusta. Growing up in the country – “seven miles from the grocery store, seven miles from school, two and a half miles down a dirt road” – made her hanker for city life. A small inheritance provided the means to help her attend Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she got her first taste of city life. She lived downtown, majored in exercise science and was president of the sports club council. She also worked full-time and spent her weekends racing bicycles, something she continued after graduation. After she got her degree, she moved to Indianapolis with her coaches and worked as a nanny to their children. It was there that she met Steven, a medical student. They moved to Knoxville when he finished his training. While Tindell’s supporters tend to be Democrats, labor leaders and business people, Rider’s list of supporters is heavy on neighborhood stalwarts like Carlene Malone, Jamie Rowe, Ronnie Collins, Lynn Redmon and former state Rep. Gloria Johnson. Rider said she won’t be outworked. “There are both men and women, Rs and Ds and Independents who support me,” she said. “I have support from a broad base and from all walks of life, and it’s based on my experience and the work I have done. I’ve shoveled gravel in the basement of a blighted property in 100-degree weather, to the point of tears, by myself, with my two kids running around. I know zoning. I know neighborhood issues and I work to the point of blood, sweat and tears to do what is best for my community.”

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FSRMC surgeons mend ex-NYPD detective’s tell-tale heart Lt. Joe Kenda, TV’s “Homicide Hunt­ er,” is showing in the living room of John and Barbara Mohl’s Sevierville condo­ minium, but neither is watching. That’s because Mohl, a retired detec­ tive with the New York Police Depart­ ment, has plenty of true crime stories of his own. His were the kind of high­pro­ file cas es that might evoke a signature “My, my, my” from Kenda himself. But these days, John’s most recent case is a crime of the heart. He was 80 when clogged arteries choked off his heart in August 2015, sending him to the ER at LeConte Medical Center. From there, he was sent to Fort Sanders Re­ gional Medical Center for a triple bypass and valve repair. That, however, wasn’t the worst of it. Tests prior to his bypass surgery revealed a deadly secret – he also had an abdomi­ nal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a balloon­ like dilation of the largest blood vessel that leads from the heart, down through the abdomen to the rest of the body. It was almost three times its normal “gar­ den hose” size. The great majority can be treated with a stent; however, Mohl’s an­ eurysm involved the kidney arteries and plaque­related blockages of his iliac and femoral arteries, requir ing open repair. If it ruptured, the odds were 90 per­ cent he wouldn’t make it. Even without a rupture, repairing it would not be easy on him or his surgeon. Mohl would have to wait more than six months to heal from his open­heart surgery before his body could withstand the rigors of an open AAA, one of medicine’s more chal­ lenging and complicated surgeries. Vascular surgeons Richard Young, MD, and Michael Kro­ pilak, MD, met that chal­ lenge in an operation at Fort Sanders Regional. “We always double­scrub on open A AA surger ies to increase the speed and quality of the repair,” said Dr. Young. “Every case is different, but an open Richard AAA is a major operation Young, M.D. for any patient.” Through a large incision on Mohl’s

Ex-NYC detective John Mohl and his wife, Barbara, are back to their quiet life after John’s vascular surgery at Fort Sanders Regional.

abdomen, Dr. Young clamped the aorta above and below the aneurysm to stop the blood f low. Then he replaced the diseased vessels with a polyester graft. After it was attached, they removed the clamps to restore blood f low and closed the incision.

Two weeks later, a happy­to­be­alive Mohl was discharged from the hospi­ tal. “There are not enough accolades for these two doctors,” he said. “They did a marvelous job. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be sitting here. They may say things that you think are blunt but

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AAA often goes undetected, untreated Think you would know an abdominal aortic aneu­ rysm if you had one? Think again. More than half – 62 percent – of AAAs are discov­ ered incidentally, meaning they are found while doctors are searching for something else. For John Mohl, that “something else” came while doctors were looking at a CT scan for a possible pulmonary embolus. Dr. Richard Young, a vascular surgeon at Fort Sand­ ers Regional Medical Center, says the location of AAAs is what makes them so difficult to detect. “They lie along the front of the backbone in the back of the abdomen,” said Dr. Young. He added that while most aneurysms affect the segment of the abdominal aorta below the kidneys, Mohl’s AAA extended up to the kidney renal arteries. What’s more, Dr. Young said, “Almost all are asymp­

tomatic (show no symptoms) until they rupture, leak or begin growing very quickly.” In fact, 75 percent of AAA patients show no symp­ toms at all. Of the 25 percent who do, the most com­ mon is pain in the abdomen, chest, lower back or groin area. The pain may be severe or dull. The occurrence of pain is often associated with the imminent rupture of the aneurysm. Acute, sudden onset of severe pain in the back and/ or abdomen may represent rupture and is a life­threat­ ening medical emergency. Sometimes, a pulsing sensa­ tion, similar to a heartbeat, in the abdomen may be a symptom. More times than not, however, AAAs are diagnosed with CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds or arteriograms while searching for a different problem.

they’re just telling you how it is, and that’s how it should be. In the medical profession, you can’t go sugar­coating things.” Straight talk. It’s a quality Mohl learned to appreciate on some of New York’s toughest streets. He joined the NYPD and began patrolling in June 1956, 11 months before his marriage to Barbara. “He was 21 and looked 12,” she said. “People would throw garbage cans at him from the roof.” In the ensuing years, Mohl worked undercover narcotics, burglary, major crimes and homicides in neighborhoods where surviv al required street smarts. He later became part of the Major Crimes Investigative Unit, working to round up criminals claiming responsibility for high­profile crimes. “I was always too smart to get hurt. Se riously,” said Mohl, whose undercover col leagues included Eddie Egan, who inspired the movie “The French Con­ nection.” “You have to be on the alert. It’s not a game out there. These people play for keeps. You just have to be a little smarter.” These days, Mohl lives the quiet life of a “house husband” and fills his days alongside Barbara, vacuuming, washing dishes, going shopping and watching Joe Kenda on TV. He occasionally helps out at the Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo, owned by his daughter and son­in­ law. He would like to see his 90th birth­ day and thanks to Drs. Young and Kropilak and Fort Sanders Regional, he might just do that. “When you come from a big city like New York, you have a sense of superior­ ity, that everything is bet­ ter there,” said Mohl, who still speaks in his native Michael “Brook lynese.” “They may Kropilak, M.D. think ‘All the best hospi­ tals are in New York.’ No, they’re not! They should try Fort Sanders someday.” For more information about vascular surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, call 865-673-FORT or visit

Are you at risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm? What causes an abdominal aortic aneurysm to form? The exact cause isn’t fully known. Most people, like re­ tired detective John Mohl, who quit smoking 10 to 12 years ago, attribute it to smoking. While it is true that smoking weakens the arterial wall, vascular surgeon Dr. Richard Young says smoking is only part of the problem. “Smoking in itself doesn’t cause AAA,” said Dr. Young. “Risk factors are anything that can weaken the arterial wall, such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking. A family history of aortic abdominal an­ eurysm also increases your risk. Fifteen to 25 percent of patients undergoing AAA repair have a first degree relative with an AAA.” Factors also include age (older than 60), gender (males are four to five times at greater risk than females), genet­ ic factors and obesity.

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Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • January 25, 2017 • B-3

Danielle McKellar of Bearden, front, and Leilani Branner of Hardin Valley work on their paintings.

Spread out at long tables, the students in the Wine and Canvas class are hard at work.

Tracey Crocker, owner of Wine and Canvas, welcomes her students to class and showcases the painting they will be reproducing. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

‘Masterpieces’ unfold for

Karns resident Jama Chandler concentrates on layering her blues

budding artists

By Sherri Gardner Howell Van Gogh couldn’t have been any more intense about his brushwork than the 20 artists who gathered at Gibby’s restaurant in the Cedar Bluff Holiday Inn. These men and women, students of Tracey Crocker’s Wine and Canvas class, were focused. There was quite a bit of laughter, too, and a little wine and cocktails for some – just to loosen the mood, but when the brushes hit the canvas, they were attentive, watching Crocker as she

guided them through creating their own masterpiece, “Stars Are Out at the Bijou.” Crocker and her husband, Rob, own Wine and Canvas and have been conducting classes in approximately 70 venues for almost three years. While they sometimes offer a “Masterpiece Class” for painting the famous works of Van Gogh and Monet and the like, most of the works they choose for their students to paint are originals. “We have more than 1,000 paintings in our wheelhouse,”

says Tracey. “Local scenes are very popular. This one (Stars Are Out at the Bijou) was painted by Rockney McNamara, who is here to assist tonight.” Interesting thing about copying masterpieces: If the artist has been dead for 100 years, there are no copyright protections on reproducing the work. “For example,” says Tracey, “I can paint a picture from Lewis Carroll’s book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (illustrator John Tenniel), but not a Disney Alice.”

With the outlining complete, Natosha Webb of Maryville and Jake Thompson of Farragut wait for the next set of instructions.

Don Sessoms of Gatlinburg looks to the front for instruction.

Jennifer Aaron from Louisville works on the edges of her canvas so her painting will be ready to hang.

Heather Grose is part of a group of five friends who came together to socialize and paint.

HAPPENINGS ■■ Production of “The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Thursdays-Sundays, through Feb. 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: ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance, noon Wednesday, Jan. 25. Discussion led by Sam Venable. Info: 215-8801. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Jan. 26-27, O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/registration: 382-5822. ■■ Handbuilding Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Judy Brater. Glazing day, Friday, March 3. Part

of the Featured Tennessee Artists Workshop series. Some supplies needed. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ Refresher course for Wilderness First Responder, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 27-29, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Satisfies the requirements to renew certification in First Responder on the national registry. Info/registration: gsmit. org/wfr.html or 448-6709. ■■ Conifer Symposium for Gardeners, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 28, UT Gardens, UT Institute of Agriculture campus on Neyland Drive. Cost: $30 members; $35 nonmembers. Registration deadline: 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Info/registration: ■■ Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Tone HaugenCogburn. Some supplies needed. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ Winter Stargazing Session, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. Session led by Gary Noland, UT adjunct instructor of astronomy. A $1 donation per person is requested. Info: info@ or 573-5508. ■■ The KSO Chamber Classics Series: Principal Quartet Plays Beethoven, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie Haslam Music Center, UT Campus, 1741 Volunteer Blvd. Tickets: $35. Info/tickets: 291-3310 or Tickets also available at the door. ■■ Jazz Lunch at the Square Room featuring Top Brass with Thomas Heflin and Mitch Butler, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4 Market Square Building. Admission: $15; includes lunch buffet by Café 4. Tickets: or at Café 4. ■■ The Authors Guild of Tennessee meeting, 11 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2, Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd. Published authors invited. Info: ■■ Sara Evans in concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Knoxville Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Tickets: ■■ Public reception for new exhibits, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Exhibits on display Feb. 3-24: “The Slovene Independent Biennial,” lower gallery; National Juried Exhibition of 2017, Balcony gallery; “Through My Eyes: Works by Derrick Freeman, an Autistic Artist,” display case; “Travel ... Begins Close to Home” by Cheryl Sharp, the Atrium; “Mother’s Dream Quilt,” recently created by the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Info: 523-7543 or ■■ Foghorn Stringband, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $15, some discounts

available. Info/tickets: ■■ The Scottish Society of Knoxville’s annual Robert Burns Tribute Dinner, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, the Holiday Inn, Executive Park Drive. Dress is formal; social hour, 5-6 p.m. Entertainment: the Scottish Good Thymes Ceilidh Band. Info: Ron Jones, or 947-3394; or Doug Harrill, flash37886. or 983-1534. ■■ Clayton Valentine’s Pops Concert featuring Mary Wilson of the Supremes and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, the Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Info/tickets: ■■ “The Power of Video and Photo to Tell Your Story” workshop, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Cost: $5, Arts & Culture Alliance members; $8, nonmembers. Info/ registration: or

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Life over 50

A Shopper-News Special Section

January 25, 2017

After a career teaching art in the school system, artist Ann Birdwell now shares her painting expertise at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center.

By Carol Z. Shane


Ann Birdwell

Native Oak Ridger Ann Birdwell’s 30-plus years of teaching art in the Anderson and Knox county school systems were full of challenges and joys. She was there when East High School transitioned to Austin-East in the late ’60s. She spent almost 20 years at Central High School, retiring in 1995. Even after that, she continued to substituteteach. “The most joy I had,” she says of that time, “was to go back to Oak Ridge High School 50 years after I had graduated! They have such a strong program there. They value the necessity of art and how it helps the students in so many disciplines.” Now she teaches beginning and advanced art at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center. And according to her students, she’s the bomb. “She is amazing!” says Pauletta Thomas, a retired chief nursing officer. “She has a way of telling you how to improve your work without making you feel bad about yourself.” “So many of them, when they come in here, they’re intimidated,” says Birdwell. “Once they’ve retired, this is something they want to pursue. My delight is to see how they progress.”

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Karen Fawver (left) and Ann McIntyre flank their teacher, Ann Birdwell. McIntyre retired from UT’s psychology department in 2005. Her only previous art experience, she confides, was “sketching on the backs of the agendas at faculty meetings.”

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Elle Colquitt says her impressive first attempt at painting glass bottles is working because Birdwell told her to look at the reflections in a photo from all angles, including upside-down.

Her students have been in the spotlight quite a lot lately, owing to “Breaking Ground,” the show by the John T. O’Connor Senior Center Painters, currently part of a triple exhibition at the Emporium Center on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Their First Friday reception, originally planned for Jan. 6, was postponed because of the snowstorm. On a recent Wednesday morning, the students talk excitedly about attending the rescheduled event, and about their art.

From page 1 “I’m a retired schoolteacher,” says Sherry Lane, who has been studying with Birdwell for four years. “It’s like a dream come true to be able to express myself this way. It’s like saying ‘this is me.’” Akiko Takayana, originally from Japan, says she loves watercolor because “you’re not supposed to touch it that much. It reminds me of Japanese calligraphy – you just put it on the paper and leave it; you cannot erase it. That’s why I like it. It’s always challenging.”

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Ann Birdwell’s warm relationship with her students is obvious from this photo, taken as she greets Sherry Lane.

Ann Birdwell suggests improvements to Akiko Takayana, who works in the unforgiving medium of watercolor.

“She came to me in 2000,” says Birdwell. “She is very talented. And she’s a breast cancer survivor.” Ann McIntyre wears a smock that has “The Artful Codger,” a play on a Dickensian name, spelled out in fabric paint on the pocket. She lobbied for the class to adopt it as a group name, but failed. “Not everybody was crazy about the idea,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t think they liked the word ‘codgers.’” Birdwell is fond of all her students and says picking a standout is like “trying to choose a favorite child.” She has

two grown children of her own, two stepchildren and eight grandkids. Her son Robert, a caterer, paints every day and sends her a photo of each painting. “He was around it growing up,” she says, but he didn’t really delve into it until he lost his dad last March. Ann’s husband, Robert Birdwell, was one of the “Knoxville Seven,” a collective of envelope-pushing young artists in the 1940s-1960s. Birdwell loves her work and her students at the senior center. “It’s a real creative outlet,” she says. “This is a completely new way for them to express themselves.”

Pauletta Thomas works mostly in acrylics. “I so enjoy it,” she says. The retired critical care nurse draws parallels between painting and nursing. “You work hard ‘til you get it so that you feel good about what you have done.” Photos by Carol Z. Shane

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Making new friends after a move or other life event Downsizing and other life changes often find seniors leaving their comfort zones to move to new neighborhoods or regions of the country. It can be difficult to leave those comfort zones behind, especially when it means saying goodbye to close friends or family members. Establishing new social circles as a senior can be challenging. But with a little effort and the right attitude, seniors can meet new people and enjoy the excitement that comes with new friendships. ■■ Join a club. If you have a particular hobby or interest, rekindle it in your new location. Find a local gardening club, churchsponsored organization or fitness center where you can meet like-minded men and women. Ask the real estate agent who helped you relocate to make suggestions on where to find community information; read community notices in the local newspaper. ■■ Get a dog. Dogs make great companions inside the house and also serve as an ice breaker when you are outdoors. Take plenty of walks and take advantage of opportunities for conversation when people come up to you to inquire about your dog. Explain your situation and you may make some new friends along the way. ■■ Volunteer your time. Many people make new friends through volunteering. Vol-

unteer and you’re likely to meet people who share the same interests as you. Sign up with a favorite charity or volunteer at nonprofit events and look for familiar faces. Start talking to those people you meet again and again. ■■ Participate in church events. Places of religious worship are often cornerstones of a community, and they frequently host different events to get parishioners or members together. Read the bulletin and get involved in potlucks, retreats, movie nights and other church-sponsored events. ■■ Work at a school. Schools also serve as hubs of community activity. Volunteer or work for a local school and you will soon find yourself immersed in your community’s weekday hustle and bustle. This is a great way to meet people and learn more about your new neighborhood in the process. ■■ Host your own party. Go out on a limb and plan a “new to the neighborhood” party. Put invitations in neighbors’ mailboxes and invite everyone over for snacks and cocktails. Remember, neighbors may be just as nervous about new faces as you are, and a party is a great way to break the ice. Change can be hard for seniors starting out in new communities. With some gumption and a few strategies to get started, anyone can expand his or her circle of friends.

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James Williams enjoys lively conversation. His natural curiosity and his years spent as an educator show in his wide range of interests. Photos by Carol Z. Shane

James Williams finds joy in every day By Carol Z. Shane Gerontologists divide old age into the young-old (ages 65-74,) middle-old (7584) and old-old (over 85.) Among the latter, James Williams of Norris is that rare treasure: a man with a mind like a steel trap who speaks generously but unsentimentally about his long life, and about his everyday challenges. A visit with this 92-yearold won’t have you patting his hand and thinking, “poor old dear” – not for a minute. With his ready laugh and lightning wit, Williams is much too engaged and animated for that. After all, he’s weathered Gen. George S. Patton, the raising of two daughters and 32 years as principal and teacher in the county school system. And he still has lessons to teach.

“I keep a daily record,” he says, pulling out a small notebook. “See, here are all the names of the staff since I’ve been here.” Now in an assisted living facility in Norris after leaving the home he bought when the town was new, the adjustment wasn’t easy. But “they’re super, and I have to reason that I am much better off here than there.” Williams and his eight siblings grew up on a farm near Matthews, N.C. “I come from a family of vigorous, active people. I worked from the time I was 13 years old. It kept us in good physical shape.” Basic training in the Army built upon that strength. “It was absolutely a rigorous program. I gained weight, I gained muscle.” After serving in the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the Third Army under Patton,

he returned home in 1946 and within a week met his future wife, Jean, when she came to town to visit relatives. “My friend asked, ‘Would you like a date with a redhead tonight?’” and I said, “‘Of course I would!’” At the end of the evening, he told Jean’s aunt, “I’m going to marry that woman.” The next year, he did. “Look at you, you beautiful thing,” he says, gazing at a photo of the two of them. “We were absolutely totally dedicated to each other all our married lives,” he says. “We didn’t argue; we ‘discussed,’ which was good. She was not a patsy. She had her views.” The couple enjoyed adventurous road trips, raising their daughters, gardening and putting up preserves, To page 6

At his daughter (left) Missy Williams Tortora’s birthday party, James Williams is asked, “How does it feel to have a 60-year-old daughter?” “Like I’m 92,” he deadpans. Also shown is Terry Williams Hozinsky, who lives with husband Ira in New York City. Photo by Emily Shane

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and watching game shows and sports on TV. He lost her in October 2015. “I have had a tough time adjusting to it. You can’t have a beautiful, wonderful companion for 68 years and have her leave and not have it be different.” He’s found some new activities, but admits without a trace of self-pity, “I don’t watch golf now. But it was fun when she watched it with me.” In May 2017, Williams will have been retired as long as he was employed as an educator – a rewarding career that he found after a series of postwar jobs that didn’t work out. “I’m not a religious freak,” he says, “but there was some kind of guidance. It didn’t just happen by accident.” Williams says “staying active” is his No. 1 priority in healthy aging, and he attends his facility’s exercise classes every weekday. He still drives. He enjoys jigsaw puzzles, word games, science magazines and “wonderful” email. “You’ve got to find a little bit of joy and pleasure every day,” he says. “Sometimes I feel 92 and sometimes I feel much younger,” he says. “Sometimes it changes throughout the day. My dear sweetie used to say, ‘one day at a time.’” His faith is in “an all-loving God,” and when the day comes and he’s standing at the Pearly Gates, what does he hope to hear? With a laugh as big as his heart, Williams’ answer is immediate: “Jeanie’s right around the corner!”


Seniors and exercise: Tips to avoid injuries, get healthy Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Daily exercise can improve mood, promote an active lifestyle and reduce a person's risk for a host of ailments, including diabetes and heart disease. Despite the importance of exercise, many people live sedentary lifestyles into their golden years. Seniors who want to embrace a healthier way of life and get more physically active should first consult with their physicians before beginning an exercise regimen. Certain medications may limit just how far seniors can push themselves, while pre-existing conditions may make specific types of exercise off limits. After discussing their limitations with their physicians and developing a safe exercise routine, seniors can heed these tips to avoid injury but still get healthy. ■■ Pick a partner. Whether it's a spouse or a friend who is physically active or wants to be, try exercising with a partner, at least initially. Doing so can provide the motivation you need, and partners can serve as safety nets should you need assistance completing an exercise or suffer an injury and require medical attention. Personal trainers can serve as your partner, and many gyms offer discounts to seniors on personal training services. ■■ Start slowly. Seniors who have not been physically active for some time should take a gradual ap-

proach to exercise. Instead of heading right for the treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical machine, start walking every day. When it rains, find a treadmill you can walk on. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends seniors begin by determining how many steps they can take in a day and then gradually working toward 10,000 to 15,000 steps per day. Utilize step counting apps on your smartphone to track your progress. Apply the same slow approach to strength training exercises, lifting only very light weights at first before gradually increasing weight as your body acclimates to the exercises. ■■ Stretch. Bodies that have been inactive for lengthy periods of time are inflexible, and lack of flexibility increases your risk for injury. The AAOS recommends that seniors warm up their bodies before stretching with five to 10 minutes of low-intensity activity such as walking. Then stretch gently, remembering to relax and breathe during each stretch. ■■ Switch things up. When strength training, do not work the same muscle group two days in a row. Muscles need time to recover. If you prefer circuit strength training where you exercise various muscle groups in one day, do not strength train on back-to-back days, leaving at least one day in between strength training sessions so muscles have ample time to recover.

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Interesting ways to enjoy travel Research indicates that traveling is at the top of the list of interests motivating today’s men and women over the age of 50. Seniors are perhaps the most likely demographic to indulge their love of traveling. Retirement leaves lots of time for recreation, and many choose to spend that time on the road. Travel also can improve adult longevity, say geriatricians at the University of Arkansas. Those in the travel industry understand that men and women over 50 comprise a large percentage of their customers and have catered many travel packages toward this influential demographic. The following is a look at some of the more popular travel opportunities for men and women over 50. ■■ Genealogical tourism: This is one of the fastest-growing markets in vacation travel. Genealogical tourism involves individuals traveling to areas of historical significance for their families, such as churches where past relatives may have married and villages where grandparents or cousins once lived or were employed. This can create a tangible link to one’s past and open up more opportunities to learn the varied genealogical history that has shaped a family, and even one’s per-

sonal identity. ■■ Extended vacations: Seniors may have the capacity to devote more time to travel and not be caged in by strict time constraints. That makes them eligible for extended vacations. These can include long-term rentals in tropical locales, several-week sightseeing cruises or guided tours overseas that touch on several dif-

ferent countries or cities during the trip. ■■ Off the beaten path: Adventurous travelers may not be content to stick to the resort lifestyle or standard vacation options. Active men and women over 50 are charting their own vacation courses with bucket list-style vacations that may be off the beaten path. Travelers who have always aspired to climb a mountain or see

a rain forest may be inclined to realize these goals as they get older. Nontraditional tours can include living like indigenous peoples or following the footsteps of early explorers. ■■ All-inclusive tours: All-inclusive packages remain a popular option for travelers of all ages. These vacation packages charge one price for accommodations, entertainment, sightseeing, food and many other amenities. Allinclusive vacations remove some of the headaches associated with organizing various components of travel so that a person can focus on relaxation and having fun. ■■ Singles meets: Single vacationers over 50 may want to meet other men or women in their age bracket in the hopes of finding romance. These vacations double as relationship mixers and give men and women the opportunity to mingle with others in similar situations without the pressure of traditional dating. Travel is a way to see the world, meet new people and experience various cultures. Seniors increasingly embrace travel because they have both the time and the means to take vacations.

How to determine if downsizing is for you As men and women retire or approach retirement age, many opt to downsize their homes. Such a decision can save older adults substantial amounts of money while also liberating them from the hassle of maintaining large homes they no longer need. Downsizing to smaller homes or apartments is a significant step, one that homeowners should give ample consideration before making their final decisions. The following are a handful of tips to help homeowners determine if downsizing to smaller homes is the right move. ■■Get a grip on the real estate market. Downsizing is not solely about money, but it’s important that homeowners consider the real estate market before putting their homes up for sale. Speak with a local Realtor or your financial adviser about the

current state of your real estate market. Downsizing can help homeowners save money on utilities, taxes and mortgage payments, but those savings may be negated if you sell your house in a buyer’s market instead of a seller’s market. If you think the current market won’t get you the price you are hoping for, delay your downsize until the market rebounds. ■■Take inventory of what’s in your house. Empty nesters often find that their homes are still filled with their children’s possessions, even long after those children have entered adulthood and left home. If the storage in your home is dominated by items that belong to your children and not you, then downsizing might be right for you. Tell your children you are thinking of downsizing and invite them over to pick through any items still

in your home. Once they have done so and taken what they want, you can host a yard sale, ultimately donating or discarding what you cannot sell. Once all of the items are gone, you may realize that moving into a smaller place is the financially prudent decision. ■■Examine your own items as well. Your children’s items are likely not the only items taking up space in your home. Take inventory of your own possessions as well, making note of items you can live without and those you want to keep. If the list of items you can live without is extensive, then you probably won’t have a problem moving into a smaller home. If you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to many of your possessions, then you might benefit from staying put for a little while longer.

Retirement saving for late bloomers Today’s young professionals hear about the importance of saving for retirement seemingly from the moment they are hired. In addition to discussions with human resources personnel about employersponsored retirement plans, young professionals are learning about the importance of saving for retirement thanks to the abundance of financial-planning advertisements on television, the radio and the Internet. Older workers may not have been so lucky, and many may find themselves trying to play catch up as retirement age draws closer. While it’s important to begin saving for retirement as early as possible, late bloomers whose retirement dates are nearing can still take steps to secure their financial futures. ■■ Pay down debts. Eliminating debt is good for men and women of all ages, but especially so for those nearing retirement. Substantial debt may delay your retirement and can greatly reduce your quality of life during retirement. If you still have substantial debt, eliminate that debt before you start saving additional money for retirement. Once your debt slate has been wiped clean, you can then increase your retirement contributions. ■■ Eliminate unnecessary expenses. If your retirement savings are low (many financial advisers now advise men and women that they will need at least 60 percent of their pre-retirement income each year they are retired), start cutting back on unnecessary expenses and reallocate that money toward retirement saving. Cutting out luxury items, such as vacations to exotic locales or country club member-

ships, is one way to save money. But don’t overlook the simpler ways to save, such as canceling your cable subscription or dining at home more often. ■■ Downsize your home. Many empty nesters downsize their homes as retirement nears, and doing so can help you save a substantial amount of money. If the kids no longer live at home or if you simply have more space than you will need after retirement, downsize to a smaller, less expensive home. Monitor the real estate market before you decide to downsize so you can be sure to get the best deal on your current home. Downsizing saves on monthly utility bills, property taxes and a host of additional expenses. Downsizing also means less maintenance, which gives you more time to pursue your hobbies upon retiring. ■■ Take on some additional work. While you may have long felt you would slowly wind down in the years immediately preceding retirement, taking on some additional work outside your current job is a great way to save more for retirement and perhaps even lay the foundation for a postretirement career. Workers over the age of 50 can be invaluable resources to startups or other businesses looking for executives who have been there, done that. Look for part-time jobs that seek such experience. Even if the initial jobs don’t bowl you over financially, part-time consultant work in retirement can make up for lost retirement savings and may even make your retirement years more fulfilling. Men and women on the verge of retirement can take many steps to grow their retirement savings and make their golden years that much more enjoyable.

■■Consider your retirement lifestyle. If you have already retired or are on the verge of retirement and plan to spend lots of time traveling, then downsizing to a smaller home may free up money you can spend on trips. ■■And if you really do see yourself as a silver-haired jetsetter, then you likely won’t miss your current home because you won’t be home frequently enough to enjoy it. If travel is not high on your retirement to-do list but you have a hobby, such as crafting, restoring classic cars or woodworking, that you hope to turn into a second profession, then you might benefit from staying put and converting your existing space into a workshop. Many retirees downsize their homes, but this decision requires careful consideration of a variety of factors.

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Protect your joints and prevent pain Joints play vital roles in the human body, forming the connections between bones and facilitating movement. Damage to the joints can be especially painful, and that damage may result from conditions such as osteoarthritis or gout. While not all joint pain is debilitating, the discomfort is such that it’s wise for adults to take steps to protect their joints with the hope of preventing joint pain down the road. The Arthritis Foundation offers these joint pro-

tection tips: ■■ Forgo fashion with regard to footwear. When women choose their footwear, fashion should not be the top priority. According to the Arthritis Foundation, three-inch heels stress the feet seven times more than one-inch heels, and heels put additional stress on knees, possibly increasing women’s risk for osteoarthritis. Though heels may be fashionable, the risk of developing joint pain is not worth making the fashion statement.

■■ Get some green in your diet. A healthy diet pays numerous dividends, but many may not know that a healthy diet can help prevent joint pain. Green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, kale and parsley are high in calcium and can reduce age-related bone loss while also slowing cartilage destruction. ■■ Shed those extra pounds. If you start including more healthy vegetables in your diet, you might just start to lose a little weight as well.

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