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Gas tax makes no ‘cents’ By Scott Frith Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a wide-ranging tax proposal that would add 7 cents per gallon on gasoline and 12 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. As part of the governor’s plan, the sales tax on groceries would be lowered by one-half a perScott Frith cent (a 50-cent decrease on a $100 grocery bill) and the Hall income tax decreased. Most would agree that Tennessee’s bridges need work. Although our state ranks near the top of states in highway quality, we lie near the bottom in bridge health. In fact, one study by TRIP, a transportation research and lobbying firm, found that 19 percent of Tennessee’s bridges are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.” Supporters of the gas tax increase say that new revenue is needed to repair bridges and fund a backlog of state road projects. Also, they argue it’s only fair that drivers (who use the roads) pay for road improvements. That’s the problem. A gas tax isn’t fair at all. Gas taxes are among the most regressive forms of taxation. Whether you’re a millionaire, a senior on a fixed income, or a family barely getting by every month, a gas tax increase will cost you more money. If you’re rich (or comfortably middle class), you probably won’t notice any increase. However, if your family is worried about the cash for your next fill-up at the gas station, any tax increase hits hard in the pocketbook. Tax increases are always politically problematic, but a gas tax increase is even more treacherous. Has the Haslam administration not considered the optics of a billionaire governor (who happens to own a fuel center empire) increasing taxes on the poorest Tennesseans to pay for better roads? Even worse, Haslam’s plan decreases the Hall income tax, a tax on interest from bonds and dividends from stocks, which would inevitably benefit rich Tennesseans. The campaign attack ads against these folks write themselves. Of course, it’s important to remember that Gov. Haslam’s To page A-2

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Chowdown at the Crossroads By Ruth White The doors at the Halls Senior Center opened wide at 5:30 p.m. last Friday and the community came inside in record numbers for the Halls Crossroads Women’s League annual Chili Chowdown. The event features tables filled with

pots of homemade chili, hot dogs and the fixins, sweet desserts, music by the Dave Hall Band and lots of fellowship. It is kind of like old home week as Halls turns out to pack the senior center. To page A-3

Bill Gray and Judy Jones hit the dance floor as the Dave Hall Band plays foot-stompin’ bluegrass music at the Chili Chowdown. Photos by Ruth White

Members of the Dave Hall Band entertain during the supper hosted by the Halls Crossroads Women’s League. Pictured are RC Jett, Gordon Jett and “Catfish Dave” Hall.

Catching up with Coach Bales

Central great set for TSSAA Hall of Fame By Shannon Carey

Retired Central High School baseball coach Bud Bales was struck speechless when he received a call Jan. 25, informing him that he would be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame this April. All he could say was, “Thank you.” He also received instructions to keep the

news quiet, but somehow folks found out. He went to a ball game that Friday, and people were congratulating him. Now, he’s still humble about the honor, but he’s laying his success at the feet of the people who supported him over the years: his family, his colleagues and his players. “It is quite an honor, an unexpected, pleasant surprise,” he said. “I’m very fortunate that I had a family that supported me, players that could play, coaches that helped, administration that helped, and kids that wanted to

be part of the program.” Bales’ baseball coaching career spanned 26 seasons, 1974 through 2000. With a 509-207 record, numerous district and regional titles, plus that golden 1990 team that went 31-0 to win the state AAA championship, it’s no wonder Bales will grace the Hall of Fame come April. Add to that the fact that a number of his players went on to play Major League baseball, including Todd Helton and Bubba Trammell from the 1990 team. To page A-3

Elect a planner, get a plan By Sandra Clark Madeline Rogero’s degree in urban and regional planning is very handy as she starts her sixth year as Knoxville’s mayor. When she spoke at North Knox Rotary the other day, she listed several plans. Parks and greenways? Plan. Public safety? Plan. South Knoxville? Plan. She’s the perfect extender of former Mayor Bill Haslam’s plans; but, of course, as director of community development for Haslam, she helped write them. “We started at the core and are moving out,” she says. Credit Haslam with the revitalization of downtown Knoxville. Rogero is re-creating the major corridors to benefit businesses and neighborhoods around them: Chapman Highway, Magnolia Avenue, North Broadway and Cumberland Avenue.

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“We leverage public funds to draw private development,” she says. “I have three more years – 1,060 days or so – to maximize accomplishments. “We’ve got a plan for connecting greenways; we’ve developed the Urban Wilderness and the outstanding Lakeshore Park.” Not mentioned but important, Rogero hired engineers to fix the problems at Fountain City Lake. She joked that Knoxville has so many breweries that we might be called “the ale trail,” and she was back in Fountain City last week to announce a $6.4 million federal grant to improve traffic flow. She spoke at a windy bus stop. The plan, she said, is to install smart, interconnected traffic control signals on Broadway, Chapman Highway and Kingston Pike. The system will analyze where cars are backing up and make sec-

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Reporter-turned-novelist is living her dream

By Shannon Carey

Shopper News readers may well remember Cindy Taylor’s byline in our pages. She covered community news in Halls and Union County for many years before retiring in summer 2016. But Taylor has not put her pen and keyboard away yet. She’s turned over a new leaf in the writing world, this time as a published author and novelist, which was her dream all along. Taylor writes under the name Cyn Taylor, and her first novel, “Blue Mountain Sky,” was published last year. She had written it quite some time before then, though, and the ideas for the book started coming together long before she started writing for the Shopper. Back then, Taylor was an EEG technician and monitored sleep studies, and she turned to writing as a way to keep her mind occupied during the long hours.

Cindy Taylor “It started as a creative outlet because I had all these words in my head and didn’t know what to do with them,” she said. “The first book just flew out of my head.” The book started as a classic romance, and Taylor revised it several times before settling into the genre of faith-based romantic suspense. She liked the genre because it was a way to express her faith, and she liked writing “clean” fiction that was fun to read. Set in Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains,

Gas tax hike gas tax plan is only a proposal. There’s no guarantee it will ever see the light of day in Nashville. (Remember, Haslam proposed Insure Tennessee and that plan went nowhere.) Expect a lot of alternative proposals to emerge in the coming weeks. Here’s the bottom line. Few Republican legislators fear a Democratic opponent. However, any Republican voting for a gas tax increase should worry about an antitax Republican primary opponent in the 2018 elections. Voting for a gas tax increase puts a bull’s-eye on every tax-hiking legislator. Campaign donations from

From page A-1 road builders (and friends of the governor) might not be enough to ensure their re-election. But politics aside, it just isn’t right to fund road improvements on the backs of the poorest Tennesseans while also reducing the Hall income tax, which benefits the wealthiest. Here’s hoping state leaders reject this gas tax increase and find another way to improve Tennessee’s bridges and roadways. Say no to a gas tax increase. It doesn’t make “cents.” Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can visit his website at

“Blue Mountain Sky” focuses on a woman who lost her husband in a plane crash and her journey towards finding peace and love again. For Taylor, writing was the easy part. Then came the difficult work of finding a publisher. She sent out submissions, researched publishing houses, and worked hard to find a good fit. “It’s an almost impossible task,” Taylor said. Then, she received an assignment to write about author Brooke Cox for the Shopper News, and that proved to be a fateful meeting, as Taylor was impressed enough to purchase Cox’s book, “Deadly Doll.” She noticed the publisher, Mantle Rock Publishing, and submitted a synopsis of “Blue Mountain Sky.” By December 2016, Mantle Rock sent her a contract to publish her first book. She plans to publish the next two books in the series, “Red Morning Glory” and “Dawn’s Gray Light,” by the end of this year. But, that happy email came at a difficult time in Taylor’s life. A death in the family made it difficult to celebrate. “It was up and down,” said Taylor. “For the longest time, it wasn’t real. You start to look at life differently when you have a death in the family, and it didn’t feel right to celebrate.” Six months later, when the first publisher’s copy arrived at Taylor’s house, it finally sank in that it was real, she had achieved her life’s dream. “Now it has become my life, and it’s what I’ve wanted to do for so long, sometimes I think, ‘Is this really happening to me?’ I just try to stay focused on who I am. I love where I’m at right

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Author and former Shopper News reporter Cindy Taylor gets ready for a book signing at the Union County Heritage Festival. Photos submitted now,” she said. Taylor said she enjoys marketing the book, going to conferences, and even being a guest blogger on some of her favorite websites. She got to meet one of her favorite authors, Janet Evanovich, at a conference, too. The Front Porch in Powell

hosted Taylor’s book launch and signing. The books are available at Hardin’s Mountain Organics in Maynardville, and also on Amazon. com and Barnes and Noble. In fact, Taylor’s first Barnes and Noble signing is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Knoxville store.


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She has plans to write a young adult scifi/fantasy novel, plus plans to co-write a novel with her daughter, Christa. She also likes the amount of freedom she has to volunteer at KARM and her church, along with time to visit her grandchildren. Husband Brent will be retiring soon, and the pair plans to travel to research future books. To others who would like to become authors, Taylor said, “Just start and see where it goes. That’s what makes writing fun, and to me, writing is all about fun. It’s fun to see where a story can take you.” Info: www.cyntaylor or cyn

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County Commissioner Dave Wright and Bob Crye chat during the annual Halls Crossroads Women’s League Chili Chowdown at the Halls Senior Center. Halls High softball players, including Kim Blair and Paige Calloway, helped the Women’s League during the chili supper by setting up tables, serving food and cleaning up. The team is hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money for the season. The event will be held at Aubrey’s on Emory Road, 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 11. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any softball player.

Serving up hotdogs and chili are HHS softball players Mayci Mason and Lauren Lawson alongside HCWL member Bonnie Gombos and Audrey Smith.


Coach Bales

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But dig into Bales’ history and you’ll see an enduring love of the Great American Pastime, baseball, that spans his whole life. He began as many players do, with games of catch in the backyard with his dad. He played in his South Knoxville neighborhood with his friends. At age 11 in 1949, he played his first season of organized ball at Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park, the only Little League program around at the time. He skipped a year because the cutoff age changed, then played two years under coach Earl Crona and went on to almost win the state championship against Morristown. Bales attended the old Young High School, which had no baseball program his freshman and sophomore years. He and his friends went to the principal and asked to start the program. They recruited assistant football coach Bob Polland to coach baseball and got the program off the ground. He went on to CarsonNewman College and played baseball under coach Frosty Holt, whom Bales credits

with keeping him in college. He studied business and went on to play professional baseball in the minor leagues with the Chicago Cubs organization in 1961. In the offseason, Bales and his wife, Carol, lived in Fountain City and attended Smithwood Baptist Church. There they met Dr. Roy Wallace, superintendent of Knoxville City Schools. Wallace recruited Bales to teach science and physical education and coach basketball at Inskip Elementary School. In 1970, Bales went to Central High School, the school’s last year at what is now Gresham Elementary school, to teach business classes and help coach football and basketball. When former coach and Knox County Executive Tommy Schumpert moved from coaching baseball to coaching football at Central, Bales took on the baseball team, fulfilling his childhood dream. “As a boy growing up, I’d always dreamed of coaching baseball,” he said. And he turned out to be a natural fit for the job. At the time, Central didn’t have

its own baseball field or an offseason workout facility. They played at Fountain City Ballpark, and Bales found unused locations in the school for workouts, finally settling on a space below the school gym that students dubbed “The Hole.” “The main thing that helped us more than anything else was the offseason workouts,” said Bales. “You’ve got to get the kids prepared to execute and do well in their positions.” The program grew all through the 1980s, and the world of high school baseball got more competitive, but Bales said Central had gotten a head start. Baseball at Central had begun to grow a community among the players, and it showed. While Bales said other Central baseball teams were as good as that golden 1990 team, “the ball just didn’t go their way.” “But that team was special, that’s for sure,” he said. “We had a good group of young men.” Bales said one challenge throughout his career was balancing coaching and family life. He thanked his

Retired Central High School baseball coach Bud Bales has a cup of joe at his favorite coffee spot, Panera Bread in Fountain City. Bales is set to be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame this April in honor of his notable coaching career. Photo by S. Carey wife and kids for helping out. Son Rusty played on his father’s baseball team, and daughter Lori was a statistician.

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The Halls High softball team arrived early and helped set the tables up for the women’s league, served food, assisted guests and stuck around to help with the cleanup. The Women’s League was especially appreciative of the team helping out this year and are

thankful for their hard work. If you have never been to the chowdown, it’s a fun, hometown event that brings out friends old and new, and helps the league raise money to give back to the Halls community through various projects.

Now, Bales is enjoying retirement and keeping up with his four grandchildren. His grandson is following in his grandfather’s footsteps by playing baseball at Carson-Newman. Two of his three granddaughters are cheerleaders and another is involved in choral music. He makes it to as many games and concerts as he can. And he’s proud to be part of the enduring legacy of

Central High School sports. “All the coaches at Central, they were all quality people, good people to work with. We had good administrators, good coaches, good faculty, and that just made things run smooth,” he said. “And Central was always blessed with quality athletes.” The TSSAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.


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Union Baptist men’s ministry pitches in Aaron Staple, Knoxville’s gospel pianist By Shannon Carey

By Carol Z. Shane If you’ve been to any Black History Month events recently, you may have run across an elegant gentleman sitting at the piano, capably providing backup for the MLK Celebration Choir. His name is Aaron Staple Aaron Staple, and everyone from choristers to symphony conductors is familiar with the deft gospel style with which he’s been gracing our area for 54 years and counting. Originally from Detroit, Staple discovered music early on and was given piano lessons, moonlighting on the violin in the school orchestra. “I was fortunate to go to an integrated high school,” he says. He credits his choir director, Otto Brown, with giving him much encouragement “from the very beginning, as a freshman. He gave me many opportunities to play. I learned a great deal from him.” Later on, studying with Dr. Charles E. Coleman at Northwest High School, he remembers passing by Hitsville U.S.A., the original headquarters of Motown, on the way to his piano lesson. Then there was his church, Warren Avenue Baptist. Staple developed his own gospel style by watching other pianists and saying, “show me how you do that.” When the Rev. R.E. James of Knoxville’s Mount Zion Baptist Church visited, he urged the young musician to come south and “play organ at gospel nights.” Staple arrived here in 1963, just as a job was also opening up at Tabernacle Baptist. He had planned to major in

music at Knoxville College but was told he would have to give up his gospel piano to study the more traditional classical format. “So I had to make a choice,” he says. Happily for hundreds of schoolkids, he opted for a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and later, at UT, a master’s in educational administration and supervision. He went on to spend 36 years teaching elementary school science in the Knox County system, winning multiple awards – all the while also fulfilling his duties as music director at Tabernacle. His wife, Joyce, who died in 1998, taught at Halls High School. In 1996, the MLK Celebration Choir was formed by the Rev. Harold Middlebrook, and Staple came on board. In 2001 he began teaching piano at Knoxville College, filling the position of the same professor who had told him he couldn’t major in music. “That’s God,” he laughs, noting the irony. He was there until 2015, when the school closed. Daughter Audrey Wrushen inherited the musical gene; she’s a well-known local singer and music director, often performing with her pianist husband, Xzavian. And little Rosita came along last spring to make Staple a happy grandfather. Now honorary music director at Tabernacle, he downsized to a smaller church, Absolute Word, in 2016. Mostly retired, he’s looking forward to playing with Rosita and doing some gardening. “I’ve tried tomatoes, but didn’t have much luck. I have a flower garden, and I’ll be trying my hand at that again in spring.” He chuckles softly. “For the last couple of springs, I’ve let it go. And you know how that is!”

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Union Baptist Church of Halls has a group of men on a mission. The church’s men’s ministry gets together for Bible study and fellowship at 7 p.m. every first Wednesday, but that’s far from their only activity. A group heavy on guys skilled in trades like masonry, carpentry or heavy equipment, they’re putting their know-how to work to help others in the community. Harvey Wright co-leads the ministry with Mike Dykes and Kenney Hall. He’s been involved in the ministry for about four years. It’s been around for a while, he said, but a few years back the group decided to “step it up and get busy.” They take on home maintenance projects for the elderly or those in need. Recently, they cut up several dead trees on a church member’s property and gave the firewood to another church member who needed it. They’ve repaired retaining walls and repaired homes. “We have a lot of very talented people,” Wright said. “We’re ready to just about tackle anything. I don’t want to single anybody out because everybody is just so valuable because of the different strengths.” The group is about 25 strong and consists of all ages, from teens up to men in their 80s. Funding for projects comes from the church offerings. Church members suggest projects to complete or folks who need help. “Everybody is just on the lookout,” Wright said. Wright said the group’s motto is Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” “Everything we do, we try to do it Biblebased,” Wright said. “We’re not interested in getting pats on the back. We’re not doing it for show, just to point to Jesus.” Wright said he’s very proud of the way the members of the men’s ministry have gotten involved and worked hard on each project. Sometimes, it doesn’t even feel like work. “I like to see how much they enjoy doing it,” he said. “We have a ball out there. It’s more like a fellowship.” And the recipients of the men’s ministry’s time and effort are always very appreciative. “I’ve seen a lot of tears, heard a lot of ‘I can’t believe you did this,’” Wright said. The men’s ministry has a new project happening almost every week. Those interested in donating to the men’s ministry’s work or getting involved should call the church at 865-992-7714.

Union Baptist Church of Halls men’s ministry members Tanner and Kenney Hall help split wood for a community member in need. Photo via Facebook

SENIOR NOTES ■■ The Heiskell Seniors Group meeting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, The Community Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-5525. ■■ Corryton Senior Center, 9331 Davis Drive. Info: 688-5882. ■■ Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. Info: 9220416. ■■ Morning Pointe Assisted Living, 7700 Dannaher Drive. Info: 686-5771 or

Notice: The required annual meeting of the Fort Sumter Community Cemetery and the community is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 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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Norma Kelley: faithful to Emerald Avenue UMC for 56 years

Interior castles Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts. … (1 Chronicles 6:54 KJV) It was St. Teresa of Avila who coined the phrase “interior castles.” She was a nun who lived in Avila, Spain. Amid the castles of Spain, St. Teresa built her own mental castles: Her prayers, thoughts, beliefs, convictions were formed, shaped, and honed by that place and by her intellect and her faith. Her most famous writing, Nada Te Turbe (Let Nothing Disturb You), was a prayer found in her breviary, written in her own hand in 1577 and published in 1588. I am intrigued by that phrase. Now I have never been one to go ballistic, to saddle up and ride off in all directions, but I freely admit that some things do disturb me! (I will refrain from listing them here, because a) why should I burden you with my complaints, and b) I am sure you have your own.) There are some battles I am willing to fight, but there are a great many smaller squabbles in

By Carol Z. Shane On any given Sunday at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church, you’re likely to spot Norma Kelley lighting up the sanctuary with her lovely warm smile. Kelley has been a member of the historic church since 1960, and in her North Knoxville home she holds a treasure trove of church and neighborhood history. “I was born just behind Home Federal Bank, on the last block of Atlantic Avenue,” she says. “We moved around, but I’ve always lived in North Knoxville.” She was a regular, active member of Oakwood Baptist Church for years, but in college she met a handsome Methodist – a schoolteacher named Paul Kelley. “I had always thought God had called me to marry a Baptist preacher,” says Norma. “But God didn’t call the preacher! So when I married Paul and came on over to Emerald, I said, ‘I’ll just be a missionary to the Methodists!’” Her eyes dance when she talks about her husband, with whom she raised two sons, each now practicing law. He died in 2012, but she speaks of their first meeting, which came about when

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which I am willing to follow what I think of as my troika: “Let it go; give it up; and set it free!” Or as a friend of mine was fond of saying: “Whatever.” But it is the “interior castles” that I keep thinking about. There are some folks who have never had an unspoken thought. Whatever is on their mind falls right out of their mouth like a gumball out of a machine. There are thoughts that bear reconsidering. There are others that should be locked up in some interior castle, never to be thought again, much less spoken. There are some thoughts that are so precious and dear that they must be spoken, as a gift to the world!

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Classes/meetings ■■ Halls Christian Church, 4805 Fort Sumter Road, will host a new study on Bible topics 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 12-April 9. The church hosts a women’s Bible study 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 922-4210. ■■ 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 Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 771-7788. ■■ 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


The Rev. Thomas Seay of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church with Norma Kelley, a member since 1960. Photo by Carol Z. Shane

she and a girlfriend were sent to observe his class at Christenberry Elementary, as if it happened yesterday. “He was very good-looking. We both noticed.” Norma earned her degree in education and became a schoolteacher herself at Christenberry and later Whittle Springs Junior High. “I loved the classroom,” she says. As for Paul, she noticed that “he was always doing something in the neighborhood, or at the church with the Boy Scouts.

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. ■■ St. Paul UMC Fountain City, 4014 Garden Drive, hosts

On our first date, he called to say he’d be late because he was out collecting for the Heart Fund.” When the two began to talk of marriage, Norma says, “I knew we were both going to be busy, busy, busy!” The couple gave much time and talent to their church, taking part in lay witness missions, food pantry and Wesley House support and other endeavors. Norma was active with the Women’s Society of Christian Service, which later

Agape’ Café’ each fourth Wednesday. Dinner is served 5:30-7 p.m., and the public is invited. Feb. 22 program: Becca Wyatt of Zoo Knoxville. Info: 687-2952.

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

became United Methodist Women, and has supported the Emerald Youth Foundation (EYF) since its inception as a summer outreach program in the late 1980s. She raves about EYF. “They are so good! Our church is trying to reach out to a community that has changed from the way it was since the church was built.” She remembers her young sons meeting AfricanAmerican boys for the first time and forming friendships. And she and Paul offered accommodations in their home to a visiting black family for the express purpose of being better acquainted. “I have loved the openness of our congregation,” she says. Paul had started a written history of Emerald UMC years ago. “I’ve taken that over.” She hopes to get all of her knowledge of the church down on paper one day. Of her denominational switch years ago, she admits, “It was a change. But they were most welcoming, and they put me right to work!” And of her age, 83, she says, “I don’t mind telling people that. I’m proud of it. And I’m just glad to have made it this far!”

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The First Pet By Kip Oswald Welcome back, friends, to my series of articles on White House pets, or “First Pets” as I am calling them. I had to take a social studies test last week in Kip class about our constitution and how laws are passed. I made 100 on the test, but I really wanted to add a question about how presidents can grant pardons. You see, one of the most famous pets was a turkey that was given to President Abraham Lincoln for the family to feast on at Christmas in 1863. Tad, the president’s 8-year-old son, named the turkey Jack, and played with him on the White House lawn. So when Tad found out the turkey was to be Christmas dinner, he begged his dad to save him. President Lincoln interrupted a cabinet meeting and issued a presidential “stay of execution” for the turkey who then became the family pet! It is now tradition for the president to issue a pardon for a turkey each Thanksgiving. Jack was not the only pet that avoided being eaten as a White House meal!

LIBRARY NOTES ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: David Blivens, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. ■■ Homeschoolers @ the Library: Drawing Workshop with the Knoxville Museum

Rebecca, a raccoon, was the favorite pet of Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president. The Mississippi town of Peru sent this raccoon to the White House for Thanksgiving dinner in 1926. The Coolidge family found her to be friendly and playful, so they decided to keep her as a pet instead. They built her a special house, and the president was known to walk around with Rebecca draped around his neck, while his wife carried her in her arms like a cat. Once, when the White House was being remodeled, the president even sent a limousine to pick up the raccoon so she wouldn’t be lonely. Now both these families had other pets as well. The Lincolns had normal pets besides Jack the turkey, like dogs and horses, but they also had two goats they called Nany and Nanko. Tad was allowed to let them sleep with him in his bed and run through the White House. (I am going to write more on Tad in my First Kids articles). The Coolidges had dogs and cats but many odd pets, like lion cubs, a pygmy hippo, and Smoky, the bobcat, who was the largest bobcat ever captured in Tennessee. All the wild animals were donated to the zoo . More First Pets next week. Send comments to

of Art, 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Grades K-fifth. Registration required. Info/registration: 922-2552. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Sarah Rysewyk, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.

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Halls High boys golf team members recognized during a recent basketball game and receiving their state championship rings include Jake Hall, Will Collins, Ryan Hall, coach Bill Warren, Alex Hodge, Anthony Basilio and Andy Cofer.

Halls golf teams recognized for accomplishments The Halls High girls and boys golf teams were two-hole sudden death playoff to beat Science Hill recently recognized for their accomplishments for the state championship. this season. Individual successes include: Anthony BasiGirls team member Shelby Liford finished lio finished second in the district tournament second in the district tournament, shootand was named to the All-District team. ing even par 72. She finished second in the Andy Cofer served as an alternate and his region tournament, shooting two over par moral support is considered invaluable by 74. She finished 13th in the state tournathe coaches. Jake Hall was a Prep-Masters ment, was named All-District, All-Region champion and finished third in the district. and All-KIL. Teammate Harper Cherry He placed sixth in the region tournament finished third in the district tournament, and was named All-District, All-Region and shooting one over par 73. She tied for fourth All-KIL. He has committed to MTSU. Ryan in the region tournament and finished 21st Hall was district champion and region chamin the state tournament. Harper was named pion. He tied for second in the state tournaAll-District, All-Region and All-KIL. ment and was named All-District, All-Region, The boys team, when all six All-State and All-KIL. He has played together in a match, holds committed to play at South CaroliHHS girls golf team members Shelby Liford a record of 50-0. They shot 13 unna. Alex Hodge finished fourth in and Harper Cherry were recently recogder par at the district tournament the district and second in the renized for their accomplishments. The team to win by 46 shots. The group shot gion tournament. He tied for secfinished first in the district tournament, winover par in the region tournament ond in the state and was named ning by 19 shots, and first in the region tourto win by 33 shots. In the state All-District, All-Region, All-State nament by seven shots. It finished fifth in tournament, they shot 7 over par and All-KIL. He is a Walters State the state tournament. Photos by Ruth White to tie in regulation, then won in a commit.


Dreier signs with Tennessee Wesleyan Halls High senior Skylar Dreier has signed to play soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan in the fall. He played center back and right back for the Red Devils all four years and has been on the soccer field since he was 5 years old. Skylar picked WesSkylar Dreier leyan because he considers it a great school with a great soccer program. He plans to study law or medicine while in college.

HHS coaches Mike Horner and Eldon English consider their three-year ■■ Adrian Burnett will hold its February PTSO meeting 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the starter a hard worker, calling him school library. a leader who sets the bar high and ■ ■ Central High School PTSO will present the pushes his teammates to become betspring fashion show, “A Walk in the Park,” 7 ter. “He’s just a great kid who always p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the school auditohelps and who supports the girls socrium. Students will be modeling clothing from cer team,” said Horner. The Gilded Gown, Regal Formal Wear, Hot Attending the signing with SkySouthern Mess Boutique, Altar’d State and lar were his parents, Michael and Rue 21. This year’s show is dedicated to the Kathy Dreier, sister Alexis Dreier, memory of Emma Walker, and a portion of the brother Blake Miller, grandparents proceeds will be donated to the Emma Walker Walt and Dot Luchsinnger, a special Scholarship Fund. Animals from Rescues for aunt, teammates, friends and his club JoJo will accompany the junior class as they coach, Paul Carrasco. walk the stage. Tickets are $5 at the door.


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HHS players earn All-Region 2-5A Honors Halls High football players recently received honors, being named to the All-Region 2-5A team. Those team members include Caden Harbin, MVP; Matthew Runge-Gold, Specialist of the Year; Nick Gangloff, All-Academic; senior J.T. Freels, senior Colton McMahan, senior Hutson Woods, junior Cooper Cook, junior Caleb Faircloth, junior Hunter Huff and junior Hunter Lam. The VEX EDR team at Gresham Middle includes Beth Suters, Clara Suters, Conner Bost and Parker Feagin.

GMS robotics gears up for competition By Ruth White Gresham Middle School’s robotics teams are busy building robots to compete in upcoming events this month. Teacher Eric Stansberry works with the group of students, and shows them how to build and write programs that will control the robots. Thanks to a grant from TVA, the group has purchased two base model kits and will use imagination to enhance the robot from the base model. The VEX IQ team uses components that are plastic and snap together to form the yet unnamed robot. When complete, it will be programmed to pick up a ball and toss it on their opponents’ side of a court area and then park on a bridge. The VEX EDR team named its robot Steve Harvey (because he’s just a cool guy, said one team member) and it uses metal components and assembles using



Buell inks with Virginia Central High’s Isaac Buell had a tough decision to make, and when National Signing Day arrived, he signed his letter of intent with Virginia to play football. Coach Bryson Rosser told the large crowd inside the CHS liBuell brary how proud he was of Buell for his hard work Gentry Pierce works on the robot that the VEX IQ team will use and commitment to the Bobcat to compete in late February. Photos by Ruth White football team. Buell boasted the highest ACT score on the team, screws. Several students members are able to use was a three-year starter and fourbuilt paper blocks to use creative thinking, problem year captain and was named to with Steve to help the robot solving and teamwork as the All-State team this year. perform the programmed they strive for the goal of beWhile at Virginia, he plans to tasks. coming robotics champions study physics. He picked Virginia Whether the team uses in their respective divisions. because he liked the coaches and Lego robots, plastic pieces their philosophy, earning a great or larger metal pieces, the education and it “felt like home.” Joining Buell at the signing were his parents, Marvin and ■■ Dogwood Arts 2017 Jill Buell, his brother Ben and a events and exhibits entry crowd of friends and teammates. deadlines: Dogwood Art


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Peebles signs with Carson-Newman Central High senior Rondrow Peebles enjoyed National Signing Day, officially putting his signature on a letter of intent to play football at Carson-Newman University. Coach Bryson Rosser said how proud he was of Peebles as a leader on the Bobcat football team and for having one of the highest ACT scores on the team. Peebles led the state in interceptions, was a team captain and was named to the All-State team for the second year. In college he plans to study either Peebles engineering or sports management. He picked Carson-Newman because he liked the closeness of the team, the coaches and how it felt like home. He appreciates how coach Rosser pushed him to become the best player he could be, which has allowed him the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. Joining Peebles at the signing was his mom, Tateanna Lanxter; his dad, Rondrow Peebles Sr., teammates and a room filled with friends.

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Go! Contemporary Dance Works presents an unusual pirate story

Dancer Addison Harper, who stars as Anne Bonny in “The Barbarosa.” Photo by Lisa Hall McKee

We all love a good pirate story, but how many female pirates can you name? Now’s your chance to learn about one when Go! Contemporary Dance Works presents “The Barbarosa … the Full Story of the Legendary Pirate Anne Bonny.” Born Anne McCormac toward the end of the 17th century in County Cork, Ireland, Bonny was the illegitimate daughter of lawyer William McCormac and his servant, Mary Brennan. She came to Charleston, S.C., with her family when her father’s attempts to outrun his adulterous scandal failed in his homeland. Known for her red hair, fiery temper and rumored childhood acts of violence,

let with more avant-garde forms, has framed Bonny’s story in dance and spectacle. Choreographed by Carol Z. Leah Pinder, there are Shane playful scenes of Bonny as a young girl as well as nightmarish dream sequences and plenty of good old Bonny married small-time shipboard swordplay. “We pirate James Bonny as a balanced the dark with the young teen. The couple light,” says McKee, “but we headed for Nassau in the didn’t get so artsy that we Bahamas, where she even- skipped what people want tually left Bonny to marry to see.” Harper Addison, a John “Calico Jack” Rack- recent San Francisco transham, captain of the pirate plant who stars as Bonny, ship Revenge. Thus began agrees. “There are lots of her notorious career as a good fights!” real life pirate of the CaribAddison is enjoying her bean. first production in her new Go! artistic director Lisa hometown, and McKee apHall McKee, who creates preciates the fact that the cutting-edge productions dancer has “grit” as well combining classical bal- as playfulness. Plus, “she’s

awfully good at slinging swords around! “Our mission is to bring people to see dance who wouldn’t normally come,” says McKee. “The Barbarosa” is the perfect chance to introduce yourself or your kids to the art. “It’s big, it’s huge, it’s grand. There are ropes, nets, lots of aerial action. It’s a very strong contemporary piece.” Go! Contemporary Dance Works’ production of “The Barbarosa … the Full Story of the Legendary Pirate Anne Bonny” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. in Knoxville. Tickets/info: 865-539-2475 or visit gocontemporary

The Hills are alive . . . and very healthy By Joanna Henning Vestal residents Kevin and Cheryl Hill have no shortage of passion when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. In fact, they have made it their mission to help teach others just how easy it is to live the healthiest life possible. The couple will open the newest location for Uncle Lem’s Mountain Outfitters on Sevier Avenue this spring, and the store will feature an entire section dedicated to health and nutrition. In 2015, when their daughter Olivia was 3, the Hills took her for a hearing test because she wasn’t speaking as clearly as their son. She was also suffering

with massive amounts of nasal congestion, sneezing and other allergy symptoms, but the test results kept coming back normal, and none of the medical professionals seemed able to diagnose the problem. “We took her to her pediatrician and two ear, nose and throat specialists who wanted to remove her tonsils and adrenals, and put ear tubes in,” Cheryl explains. Exasperated by the situation, Cheryl and Kevin decided to try Olivia on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, and the results of their decision were mind-blowing. Cheryl says that, “. . . after just four days without

dairy or gluten, Olivia was like a different person. She stopped sneezing, and there was no more of that congestion and discharge.” Kevin and Cheryl were so inspired by Olivia’s blossoming health that they decided to make the whole family dairy and gluten free. They read books and watched countless documentaries about Eating Clean: a lifestyle change that encourages the complete removal of processed and refined foods from the diet as well as eliminating toxins from the home environment. Eating Clean also meant removing all refined sugars, chemical additives, preservatives, nonorgan-

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Mary Utopia Rothrock: Innovative librarian Books are a way up and a way out. – Michael Dirda, senior editor, Book World, The Washington Post, 2001 How true! Books really are a way up and a way out. Mary U. Rothrock (18901976) proved that axiom during her 24 years as head librarian at the Lawson McGhee Library and during her 14 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority Library. When she was supervisor of library services at TVA (1934-1948), she instituted an innovative system for providing “do-it-yourself” guides and other books to employees and their families at the various construction sites. Often boxes of books would arrive along with boxes of tools at remote locations throughout the valley. She knew that books promoted enhanced job skills and provided pleasure and she wanted ambitious workers to have access to them. TVA was Appalachia’s “Marshall Plan,” and its network of dams gave impetus to the area’s emergence from the Great Depression (1929-1940) and made Alcoa and Oak Ridge and other developments possible. Rothrock’s initiatives assisted the recovery and evolved into systems that enabled rural areas in several southeastern states to provide library service. Later, her innovations earned her

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the prestigious Lippincott Award and her “rare vision and intelligence” were cited during its presentation. Mary Utopia Rothrock was born on Sept. 19, 1890, in the hamlet of Trenton (pop. 1,293) in Gibson County in northwest Tennessee. She was the youngest of five children of Rev. John Thomas Rothrock, a Presbyterian minister, and Utopia Ada (Herron) Rothrock. Pvt. J.T. Rothrock had survived the Civil War as a member of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest’s brigade in Holman’s 11th Tennessee Cavalry. After completing grade school and college preparatory school, Mary matriculated at Vanderbilt University and attained her B.S. in 1911 and her M.S. in 1912. She then attended the New York State Library School in Albany and received her B.S. in Library Science in 1914. After graduation she became head of the Circulation Department of the Cossitt Public Library in Memphis. In 1916, longtime Library Trustee Calvin M. McClung (1855-1919) was designated by the board of Lawson McGhee Library to look for a new head librarian for the

Knoxville Public Library on Market at Commerce (1917-1971). Its design by Grant Miller of Chicago’s Patton and Miller architectural firm had “horizontality” features like the Sullivan-Wright Prairie-Style. Many felt it was an outstanding example of the best in architecture. new free public library. The old subscription library had just been reborn as a taxsupported public library. Most of the existing funds of the older library were used in the construction of the new public library building. When McClung visited Memphis in 1916 to begin his search, he was immediately impressed by “(a) little red headed librarian,” Mary U. Rothrock, and offered her the job. She worked with McClung and his wife, Barbara Adair McClung, on both library and local history projects until his death in 1919. When C.M. McClung died, she encouraged his widow to donate his personal library of some 4,000 volumes of books and numerous historical papers. That collection became the centerpiece of today’s McClung Historical Collection, the

Seedling giveaway at Halls Clothes Closet set for Feb. 25 Halls High School students and Beaver Creek Task Force members will be giving away tree seedlings, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, as part of the statewide 100K Tree Day event sponsored by the Tennessee Environmental Council. The distribution site will be the Halls Crossroads Women’s League Clothes Closet at Cunningham and Maynardville Hwy. One hundred free seedlings will be given away; varieties available will be Eastern Red Bud, Shumard Oak, Virginia Pine, American Plum, and Yellow Poplar.

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ety (1925) and its president (1932 and 1937); author of “Discovering Tennessee,” a public school textbook (1936); president, American Library Association (1946-47) and editor of the landmark local history “The French Broad-Holston Country” (1946). Mary Utopia Rothrock passed away on Jan. 30, 1976, at her home on Kingston Pike. She was buried in Old Gray Cemetery, survived by a niece and several nephews. Her friend and fellow librarian Lucile Deaderick observed of her: She brought to (her) profession a keen mind and broad intellectual interests, a hard-headed approach to problems, and a sensitive appreciation of people. This combination of qualities guaranteed her great professional success, and under Rothrock’s leadership a modern library system was established in Knoxville.

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most comprehensive source for East Tennessee history to be found anywhere. Upon her arrival in Knoxville, Rothrock immediately became involved in the planning for the move to the new library at Market and Commerce (Summit Hill). The design was by Grant Miller of the prestigious Chicago firm of Patton and Miller Architects who utilized the so-called Chicago Style with elements of “horizontality” typical of Louis Sullivan’s and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style. Miller would later design several buildings for the University of Tennessee, including Ayers Hall. The building was occupied in January 1917 and remained Knoxville’s Main Library until 1971, when the current building at Church and Walnut was built. The old library had become a victim of the extensive redesign of streets on Summit Hill and was so venerated that protest about its overnight destruction led to the founding of Knox Heritage. (That old library holds fond memories for the au-

thor as it was there that the then high school student discovered Francis T. Miller’s 10-volume “Photographic History of the Civil War,” which kindled his interest in that era of American history that lasts to the present day.) As early as 1922 Rothrock recognized the need for branch libraries and established the first one in Park City in 1925 followed by others in Lonsdale, Burlington, North Knoxville and Vestal. Rothrock could not resist the challenge when the Tennessee Valley Authority asked her to become their Supervisor of Libraries in 1934. She joined the massive project and held her position until her resignation in 1948 but remained their consultant until 1951. While at TVA she developed the aforementioned multicounty rural library program that has been a model throughout the Southeast, the achievement that earned her the Lippincott Award (1938). She returned to public library work in 1949 as Knox County librarian and worked to consolidate the city and county libraries into one system. She retired in 1955 but continued to maintain a very active interest in local history and spent many pleasant days at her mountain home on Roaring Fork in Gatlinburg. During her long career she contributed greatly to local, state and national organizations and causes in these positions: president, Tennessee Library Association (1919-20 and 1927-28); president, Southeastern Library Association (192224); founding member, East Tennessee Historical Soci-

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■■ Halls Business and Professional Association meets noon each third Tuesday, Beaver Brook Country Club. President is Michelle Wilson, or 594-7434.

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January brings great start to ’17 By Sherry Witt After a strong ending to 2016, local real estate and lending markets wasted no time getting off to a fine start for the new year. For the Witt month ending Tuesday, Jan. 31, there were 732 property transfers recorded in Knox County – well short of the 1,020 filed in December, but comfortably ahead of last January’s total of 661. It was also the highest number of property sales recorded in January since 2007. The total value of land transferred during the month was $228.7 million, compared to December’s $244 million, and outpacing January 2016 by more than $70 million. It was the first time January sales had topped the $200 million mark since 2007, when about $250 mil-

COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ The Halls Elementary School book fair, through Friday, Feb. 10. Family Fun Night is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Proceeds will buy new books for the library. Info: 922-7445. ■■ Fountain City Town Hall meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike. Program:

lion worth of property was sold in the county. Lending markets also had reason for optimism as about $314 million was borrowed against real estate in January. In 2016, just $220 million was loaned. By far the largest real estate transfer in January involved multiple parcels in the Dowell Springs complex off Middlebrook Pike. The properties brought $70.6 million. On the lending side, the largest transaction recorded was a Deed of Trust in the amount of $30.18 million filed on real estate formerly known as the News Sentinel Building on State Street in downtown Knoxville. As markets continue their long recovery from the housing collapse of 2008, the data seem to indicate that both sales and lending are now reaching their 2007 levels. If this trend continues, it would certainly be good news for our local economy. KUB personnel with information about water quality and fire hydrant pressure; Gresham Middle School students will be recognized for outstanding achievement in citizenship and scholarship. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, March 9, and 9-1 Friday, March 10, Halls Senior Center. Info: 922-0416. ■■ Halls Republican Club. Info: ■■ Democrats. Info: 247-8155.

Game night to toast nonprofit workers There are fundraisers galore. But when it’s a “FUN”Raiser, well, it’s just plain fun! The Rotary Club of B e a r d e n ’s “Big Game Show Night: Celebrating Nonprofits” on Friday, Tom King March 3, will be a high-energy evening that honors those employees who toil at various nonprofits in Knoxville. Bearden Rotary vice president Wayne Underwood is heading up this 6:30 p.m. event at Buddy’s Banquet Hall. Companies and individuals are buying tables of 10 for $1,500 each and inviting employees of the nonprofit of their choice to come and enjoy this event. Already lined up is staff from Pond Gap Elementary, KARM (Knox Area Rescue Ministries), Mobile Meals, hospice workers and a group of firefighters who

worked hard at the recent wildfires in Gatlinburg and Sevier County. The games will be similar to those fun games on TV – “Most Popular Answer” is a “Family Feud”-type game. “The Answer Is” will be played and “Easy As 1-2-3” and “Face Off.” Gifts donated by local businesses will be raffled off. Underwood says 15 tables have already been sold and only a few more are available. Email him as soon as possible at wunderwood@ ■■ Interact Club gets

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Depends on who you believe Butch and Tennessee assistant coaches talk as if they recruited well, assembled an excellent class of future Volunteers. Maybe they will be good enough to help win championships – which hasn’t happened around here in a long, long time. Fans seemed a little disappointed there was no late drama, no prize that switched at the last moment and went orange. Oh well. Recruiting analysts, almost ordinary people who get paid for perusing video and seeing stars, sound as if Tennessee finished in the middle of the Southeastern Conference pack, well behind the big boys but safely ahead of Vanderbilt. Based on that limited information, you can choose optimism, realism or pessimism, depending on who you believe. No matter how you view the recruiting scoreboard, whether your glass is half empty or half full, Tennessee is no closer to beating Alabama than it was last October. The Tide had more

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talent, has more talent and will have more next year. That reassigns the burden of victory to coaching or luck – development, strategy, precise execution or who drops the ball or misses a tackle. None of that has been a recent Tennessee strength. The Vols gathered several three-stars with great potential. When you hear about upside in recruiting, it usually means somebody else signed the top prospects and you got the couldbe guys, hopefuls and possibilities. Alabama was awesome, as usual. Georgia, with new coaches, came on boldly. LSU exceeded expectations.  There are several compelling thoughts about Tennessee recruiting.

(1) Securing offensive tackle Trey Smith, 6-5 and 310, of Jackson was a big win in more ways than size and need. It was very smart to have his sister employed in the athletic department. Perfectly legal. Also astute. Illustration of family atmosphere. (2) The fence Butch built around the state has a hole in it. Clemson and LSU slipped through and hit us hard. (3) Tennessee filled some vacancies but may not have signed the offensive gamebreaker or future all-American on defense. Here we go again: development can make up the difference. (4) Recruiting gets more difficult as you go along. In the beginning, Butch presented an exciting plan for restoring Tennessee credibility. Brick by brick. Some called it a vision. It was contagious.  There were glaring gaps in his inheritance. He could offer immediate playing time. Sign right here, young man, fill this void. Lyle Allen “Butch” Jones

Jr., a very good salesman, essentially solved the roster problem. The cupboard is no longer bare. The Vols are not juveniles. They have matured into adults. Lots of seniors on the next team. OK, some on defense contributed to record yards allowed. Unfortunately, the great goal in the sky has been capped at 9-4 and 9-4. Butch is 30-21 in four seasons. He is 1-3 against Florida, 2-2 versus Georgia, 2-2 against Vandy and not very good at all against the SEC West. The dream has been scarred by results. Prospects with medium intelligence might wonder how could you possibly lose to South Carolina? What if a parent sought an explanation of the Vanderbilt game? Forget it, that is past tense. The Vols won their bowl game. Recruiting was pretty good or at least soso. New coaches brighten the horizon. Some of the injured are healing. Spring practice is not far away.  If you chose optimism …

last words Misplaced priorities in Parks & Rec budget Visit any community and ask what citizens want. You will hear more and better parks, sidewalks and greenways. We heard that in Hardin Valley just last month, and Shauna Godlevsky, parks planning and development director, said her capital budget is just $300,000. When a mile of sidewalk can cost $1 million, you see the problem. “No money” is the mantra. Yet somehow we continue to add personnel – even in Parks & Rec. Mike Donilla, former reporter for the News Sentinel and later WBIRTV, has joined Knox County government as PR guy for Parks & Rec.

Sandra Clark We confirmed last week that his salary is just south of $50,000. Add that to the salaries of senior director Doug Bataille, $123,143; deputy dirctor Chuck James, $75,690; and Godlevsky, $50,936, and you see we’re paying about $310,000 for people to plan and manage a $300,000 budget for purchases and projects. How many folks do we need to tell us there’s no money?

Mannis considers mayoral race Barber tells story of Gazan people

It’s going to take Brian Barber a while to get used to the word emeritus, but he will continue the work he’s been doing at the University of Tennessee for the past 30 years from his new home in Washington, D.C.

Betty Bean Barber, the founding director of UT’s International Center for Study of Youth and Political Conflict, studied a generation of Palestinian boys who grew up in the midst of violent political conflict in the territories of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. When he started, they were adolescents; today they are grown men, married with children of their own. A longtime professor of child and family studies and an adjunct professor of psychology at UT, the center he directed also conducted studies on the effects of violence on young people in Egypt and Bosnia. The center’s work has been supported by the U.S. National Institute for Mental Health, the Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerusalem Fund, the United States Institute for Peace and the Jacobs Foundation. And although the center closed Jan. 31, Barber will remain closely connected to UT, where he chaired the search committee to find his replacement and will return

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Brian Barber inspects the olive crop with Fuad, the patriarch of the first family that hosted Barber in Gaza. Barber still stays with them on his visits.

in the spring for a scheduled farewell party. “I have nothing but good feelings and good memories of the University of Tennessee,” Barber said. He is now an international security program fellow at New America and a  senior fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies. His work will be available on his personal website (http://, and he is writing a book he hopes to finish by the end of 2017 about five Gaza men, now entering their 40s, who are a subset of the larger group of Palestinian youth in the 30-year study. The working title is “Gaza’s grit: beauty, tenacity, betrayal and yearning from an ostracized corner of the world.” Barber said those four conditions are crucial to the story. “They’re all alive and healthy, and have been re-

markably tenacious in making their lives work under clearly degrading conditions, both political and economic. They are suffering for sure, but they are also making it work. One of the main messages of the book is that people in general are resourceful and value life and love and dignity. “They are doing well – as long as ‘well’ is understood as a very compact word, a single word that captures a very rich and deep set of conditions. ‘Well’ in this case does not mean carefree. It means survival.” Barber has lost track of the number of trips he has made to Palestine over the years, but estimates it’s between 30 and 50, sometimes staying for a month at a time. He has become particularly close to two families whom he says are among his best friends in

the world. “I’ve been a guest in their home over two decades. They’ve treated me as a son and a brother – and a father in some cases – they are tremendously warm and welcoming people, and some of my best friends in the world are there. This is one of the benefits of being a social scientist. You get to do your work on humanity, and humans connect. And these are very connectable people because of their inherent warmth and sense of hospitality. “Gazans feel very much lost and forgotten and betrayed, by everyone, and the only thing they’ve ever asked of me over two decades is to tell their story. And now, the book will tell their story to people across the world, I hope. Very few people will go to Gaza, so it’s my goal to take you there.”

Eddie Mannis, deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero during her first 18 months in office, is seriously looking at running for mayor. He is the owner and founder of Prestige Cleaners and a strong supporter of veterans. Mannis would be Eddie Mannis viable if he decides to run, but the primary is not until August 2019. He has lots of time to think it over. Mannis, 57, grew up in Inskip. He now lives on Kingston Pike across from Sequoyah Hills. His businesses employ 170 people. He has been heavily involved in the community over many years. It is likely he would have the active support of Rogero. Also being mentioned are council members Marshall Stair, 38, and George Wallace, a youthful, energetic 58. Mannis is the only one of these three who has served in the executive branch of city government – as did Rogero for thenMayor Bill Haslam, which assisted her in defeating Mark Padgett and Ivan Harmon in 2011. If all three actually seek the mayor’s office, the city would choose among three able, well-funded, energetic candidates who would bring different perspectives to the office but, in this writer’s opinion, are all well qualified to serve.

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Mannis’ views on pressing issues will evolve during a campaign. For Stair and Wallace, they have and are compiling a record of votes on council now which they can explain, promote and defend in 2019. The last member of council to be elected mayor was Kyle Testerman in 1971. Other council members have sought the office, including Bernice O’Connor, Casey Jones, Jean Teague, Ivan Harmon and Danny Mayfield. None succeeded. Some have suggested that Stair, who would be 41 in 2019, would be too young. Mayors elected in 1971 (Testerman) and 1975 (Randy Tyree) were under 40 years old. ■■ Bill Hagerty, former state commissioner of Economic and Community Development, will be the next ambassador to Japan. He will follow two Tennessee senators who served in Asia in the past 24 years: the late Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. (Japan) and former Sen. Jim Sasser (China). Hagerty worked on the Trump transition and wins favorable reviews wherever he works. He will be a very able and knowledgeable envoy to Japan, which has significant investment in Tennessee. Victor Ashe is a former mayor of Knoxville and U.S. Ambassador to Poland.

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Knox County principal turns stroke into learning experience Within hours after a stroke had garbled her speech and paralyzed her right hand, West View Elementary School principal Beth Blevins was making plans to turn her nightmare into a learning experience. From her hospital bed in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Blevins was texting and making calls to her staff to schedule an educational program designed to teach the signs of a stroke to all 201 of her pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders. “On that day when I had no control in the morning, by that afternoon I was already starting to put my life back in place,” said Blevins, who had learned of the program only minutes earlier when she was introduced to Jered Collis, one of two registered nurses who cared for her in the NICU. “When Jered found out I was an elementary school principal, he told me that Fort Sanders Regional has this educational outreach program that goes into schools and teaches kids to recognize a stroke,” Blevins said. “I said ‘Absolutely!’ When you feel out of control, you need to start feeling in control of something. When he connected me with this program, I immediately started to get some of my control back and that to me

After experiencing a stroke, West View Elementary principal Beth Blevins invited the Fort Sanders Regional stroke team to her school to present their kid-friendly stroke education program.

was key to recovery.” It was Dec. 1 when Blevins grabbed her coffee as she went out the door of her Farragut home. Before backing out of her driveway, she sent a courtesy text message to Wes Haun, West View’s school resource officer, saying she should be arriving around 6:45 a.m. But as she got off the exit ramp on Sutherland Avenue, Blevins

began having trouble swallowing her coffee. “I just thought, ‘Man, that coffee is not sitting well with me this morning.’ I never thought anything about it,” she said. By the time she traveled one block and pulled into the school’s parking lot, she knew something was wrong. “I couldn’t put my finger on it,” she said. “I just felt funny. I didn’t

know if it was a stroke but I knew it was like one. I didn’t have any of the face droop though – nothing like that. It was just that I could not swallow, I couldn’t put my thoughts together and my speech was really garbled.” Blevins dialed Officer Haun from the parking lot. He rushed to her and quickly summoned an ambulance. “They were over here within, oh gosh, it felt like less than five minutes,” she said. “By that time I literally couldn’t even pick up my purse. My right hand couldn’t pick up anything.” Several students, members of West View’s safety patrol, watched as Blevins was lifted into the ambulance and whisked away to Fort Sanders Regional. There, she received the clot-busting drug, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), within 38 minutes of her first symptom. “Within 10 minutes of them putting the tPA in my system, everything came back!” she exclaimed. “Everything!” Before she knew it, she was wheeled into NICU and introduced to Collis. He immediately put at her ease, explaining her treatment and showing his concern as he told her about the hospital’s stroke education program for kids. “He was phenomenal,” Blevins

said. “He told me everything that I needed to know, everything that was happening with me, everything about every procedure. He was wonderful.” Collis wasn’t the only one who impressed her. “From the moment that I was taken off of the stretcher and put into my first CAT scan everybody at Fort Sanders was wonderful,” she said. “Even though I couldn’t speak, they didn’t assume that I couldn’t think. It was a scary time and it was important to me that they talked me through everything.” Blevins was discharged the following day with only a lingering headache and some mild cognition problems. Two weeks later, she was back in school finalizing plans for a Dec. 22 program on stroke recognition presented by Fort Sanders’ stroke team. “Before we left for the holidays, all of my school kids had received this education and the book, ‘Can My Dog Have a Stroke?’” said Blevins. “They learned about the brain and what a stroke really is and what a stroke really isn’t. Every one of my kids now knows about it and they’re not scared – which is really good because, as much as I wanted to protect them from that, they saw the ambulance come for me that day.”

FAST payoff for Stroke Team program Students attending the Dec. 22 stroke education program at West View Elementary learned a lot about a complicated topic – stroke. Through the analogy of a traffic jam, they learned how the blood flows through the brain. They learned how to recognize the signs of a stroke using the FAST (Face, Arm, Speech, Time) acronym. They watched a short cartoon with a catchy tune about stroke, and they talked about exercise and eating right – and they asked questions. “It is important for elementary students to know about stroke because more people are having strokes at an earlier age – about

40 percent of our patient population are younger than 65 years old,” said registered nurse Tracy Dwight, stroke coordinator at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “We hope to send the message that the children can be the ‘stroke heroes’ for their family if someone experiences signs and symptoms of a stroke. We encourage the children to call 911 if needed and we go through a mock call to practice what to say.” Launched in December 2014 to meet a Joint Commission standard requiring a comprehensive stroke center to reach out to the community to offer stroke educa- Principal Beth Blevins poses with a group of her students who became “stroke heroes” after learning signs and tion, the program’s first stop was symptoms from the Fort Sanders Regional Stroke Team.

Students had the opportunity to practice 911 calls and memorized important information that first responders need to treat a stroke quickly and effectively.

Dogwood Elementary School in south Knoxville. “We thought it would be fun to reach out to children and so we targeted third-graders,” said Dwight. “We were trying to think outside the box and target a different audience.” Along the way, the students’ questions inspired another project: a book titled, “Can My Dog Have a Stroke?” A copy of the book is included in goody bags given to the kids during the half-hour

program. The bag also includes a brain-shaped stress ball, a refrigerator magnet, an activity book and wallet cards with the FAST message. When a stroke sent West View’s principal to the hospital on Dec. 1, she learned about the program from her nurse and immediately wanted to bring it to her students. “I couldn’t believe it when I heard she had requested to see the book,” said Dwight. “We didn’t have a pulse on how effective the

book would be or how the community might receive it. When we received the request, it sort of confirmed that we really have made an impact for stroke education in our community. It was an ‘aha’ moment that affirmed we could be making a difference.” East Tennessee teachers interested in scheduling the elementary stroke education program for their school should contact Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at 865-541-1111.

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Call (865)281-8080


Breeden's Tree Service Aerial bucket truck Stump grinding Brush chipper Bush hogging Trimming & removing

HOMETOWN AIR “Back to the basics”


Vehicles Wanted



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

Dodge Dakota PU 1992, 2nd owner, straight shift, 170K mi, new tires, & paint & brakes, AC upgraded. Contact George Milton, Duncan Automotive, Parkside Dr. 865-237-0385


Free estimates

Sport Utility Vehicles


Owner Operator

Licensed and insured Over 30 yrs. experience

BMW Z3 - 1998. gar. kept, mint cond., 39K mi., $14,500. 865-607-3007 (865)573-3549. CHEVROLET CORVETTE - Corvette, 1977, 36k mi., auto, exc. cond., $16k. (865) 675-6902.

Tree Service


FORD MUSTANG GT CONV. 2001, $5,000. (865)660-5019.

Home Maint./Repair


Blank’s Tree Work Will beat written estimates w/ comparable credentials. All types of Tree Care and Stump Removal LOCAL CALL


Will clean front & back, $20 & up. Quality work, guaranteed.

EDWARDS TREE SERVICE Interior Pruning, Complete Removal, Power Stump Grinding Insured • Free Estimates

922-0645 Workers Comp Liability


AND POWER STUMP GRINDER Free est, 50 yrs exp!

Call (865)804-1034

Farmer’s Mkt/ Trading Post Farm Products






WANTED: BUICK COUPE - 1928, 29, or early 30s in #2 or #3 condition. Cash buy. (865)724-2721


Campers & RV’s 2002 Dolphin Class A motor home, 36’, exc cond, very low mi, Michelin tires, 502 Chevy V8 motor, $35,000. 865-805-8038 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, dingy ready w/Blue Ox equip. Exc cond. $6,000. (865) 250-8252. 2016 WINNEBAGO CLASS B MOTORHOME - Mercedes diesel chassis, 16-20 MPG, 3,600 mi., Cost $97,500. (865)765-0201.




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

WANT 1982-1999 Jeep Wrangler, AT, cloth top, up to $5,000. (865) 573-1025



PLUMBING CO. All Types of Residential & Commercial Plumbing


Dogs Golden Retriever puppies, AKC, family/farm raised, parents on prem. $1100 ea. (423) 618-6311 GOLDENDOODLE PUPPY, F1B, female, parents & grandparent on prem. available 2/4. Taking dep. (423)733-9252 GOLDENDOODLE PUPS - great temperaments, good with children, S&W, $850. (865) 466-4380. GREYHOUND ADOPTION PetSmart, Morrell Rd., Sat, Feb. 11, 12-2pm, 865-690-0009 or 865-539-9942. HAVENESE PUPS AKC, home raised, health guar. 765-259-7337 MALTESE FEMALE PUPPY - AKC, 8 wks. Vet chkd and shots. Very pretty. $650. (865)659-5875. Pugs, 6 wks old, S&W, CKC reg., $500. Dachshunds, 6 wks old, S&W, CKC reg, $350. (931) 319-0000


Many different breeds Maltese, Yorkies, Malti-Poos, Poodles, Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, Shih Tzu. Shots & wormed. We do layaways. Health guar. Go to Facebook, Judys Puppy Nursery Updates. 423-566-3647 SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $400 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016 STANDARD POODLES Hypoallergenic, Non-Shedding, Great with kids, $750, Fb: southerngoldendoodles, 865466-4380. YORKIE PUPS - AKC, Toy, Blk./tn. shots, dewormed, family raised $500. (865)712-2366 YORKSHIRE TERRIERS CKC - males, Black & tan & 1 tri-color. $700$1200. (865) 201-1390

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

Merchandise Antiques ESTATE OF 96 YR. OLD. - Czechslovakia Vase. With spiderweb design over 50 yrs old. $150. 1 gal. crop jar. $30. 1 exc. orange fabric platform rocker. $25. 1 black secretarial chair, $12. (865)573-1025



2001 E. Magnolia Ave.


Cherokee West $625 South - Taliwa Gardens $585 - $625 1 1/2 bth, W/D conn. (865) 577-1687


BEST DEAL OUT WEST! 1BR from $395-$425. 2BR $550-$750. No pets. Parking @ front door. (865)470-8686.


A Loving & Fun Couple

hoping to grow our family through adoption! Our warm, nurturing home is waiting to welcome your baby! Expenses paid. Anne & Colin

DUPLEX FOR RENT - 8418 Rutledge Pike 1B, 2BR, washer and dryer hook ups $600 (865)438-3044 AnneandColinAdopt/

NORMANDY CHATEAU APTS. North Knoxville on Jenkins Rd. New management, Newly renovated 2 BR/1 BTH, W/D conn, no pets $695/ mo. 865-637-1679


ADOPT: Creative, musical, nurturing teacher wishes to adopt a baby into her loving & secure home. Expenses Paid. Call Lillian 1-888-861-8427 or ADOPTION: Loving couple promises your baby the best in life. Expenses pd. Paula & Christopher 1-800-818-5250

Consolidation Loans


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

Manufactured Homes 3 BR, 2 BA, 16x80, good cond., heat/ AC, wood flrs & tile, upgraded windows, $10,500. Must be moved. 423920-2399 SWEETWATER. ON 1 ACRE. Beaut. mtn views, move in ready, like new, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1300 SF, 2 decks, lrg shed, new paint/tile/carpet. $59,900. 423-9202399 text for pics

Lots/Acreage for Sale

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

NORTH, St. Mary’s area. 3 BR, brick rancher, lease, no pets, no vouchers, $800 mo. Crabtree O/A 865-588-7416. OAK RIDGE / CLINTON - Lake Melton, Lakefront home with dock on Lake Melton in Mariner Pointe Subd. LR, fam. rm, & sunroom, opens to lg. open kit. w/all appl. Deep water yr. round. 3 car gar. & deck. 10 min. to Pellissippi, 5 min. to Oak Ridge. $1650. Call Lydia (954)547-2747 no pets, private, convenient, $700 mo + 1st, last, DD. 865-748-3644

Condos Unfurnished TERRIFIC UPDATED 1BR IN WEST KNOX Great 1BR, 1BA West Knox condo. A/C, Pool, recently updated. Upper floor unit. (703)635-4121

Duplx/Multplx UnFurn

Real Estate Rentals


Cemetery Lots

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

Apartments - Unfurn.

South (off Chapman Hwy) Convenient to Downtown & UT No Pets $575 - $605 (865) 577-1687

Manufactured Homes MOBILE HOME FOR RENT IN HALLS 2 bdrm, living room, kitchen, washer/dryer connection, and 1 bath. First & last months rent & damage deposit. $475 month. 865-850-8875.

Seasonal/Vacation Rentals

1,2,3 BR


$355 - $460/mo.

A.J. GREEN & BENGALS MEMORABILIA FOR SALE! - Mini autographed helmet in glass case, authentic glass case pictures of stadium, as well as a 3 position motion photo of A.J. Green. 2 Bengals license plates. Bengals themed cards, beach towel, umbrella, and lots more! All items never been used! Purchase all the collectables together for no less than $225. Contact the Ashbys’ at (865)360-1531 or (865)382-6682.



GREAT 2 BR, 2 BA MH All appls, garb. PU incl, $550 mo + $550 DD. Teresa, 865-235-3598.

Powell Claxton. 3 BR, 2 BA

CEMETERY LOTS FOR SALEI’ve got 4 together on the 50 at Lynnhurst Cemetery for the final game! Section 3C, lots 10, 10A, 5, 5A, with monument rights. Retails for $3695 each. Will sell for $2500 each, want to sell all 4 together for $10,000. Call Tim (865)659-0865

Apartments - Furnished

90% silver, halves, quarters & dimes, old silver dollars, proof sets, silver & gold eagles, krands & maple leafs, class rings, wedding bands, anything 10, 14, & 18k gold old currency before 1928 WEST SIDE COINS & COLLECTIBLES 7004 KINGSTON PK CALL 584-8070

Homes Unfurnished

NEWLY REMODELED HOME - near powell, handicap acces built in ramp at front and balcony deck in back. 2br 1b with eat in kitchen. Large dining room/living room and den with hardwood floors, garage. water furn. $950 mo. & $1000 deposit. 423-593-8010.

Real Estate Sales

East Knox Co. off Rutledge Pk. Bsmt apt., furnished, 1 BR, all util., cable TV, priv. entr., real nice, no pets, $700 mo., $300 DD. (865) 932-1191

LYNNHURST CEMETERY - 2 lots & 2 openings/closings in Everlasting Life Garden, $8,000. (865)201-7300

NORTH, LRG 1 BR APT. Very clean & quiet, Central H/A, water incl. $500 + sec. dep. No pets. 865-531-7895

HARDIN VALLEY CABIN furnished 1 BR, $150 wk + dep. 1 yr lease. No smoking. No pets. (865) 310-5556

Building Materials

HIGHLAND MEMORIAL CEMETERY - 2 lots. Paid $3500. Selling for $2500. Call for info. (865)254-1213 cell/ (865)470-2646

EFFICIENCY APTS. - $250 dep. $500/ mo. Includes water. Great for single, couple, etc. Studio size. (865)2799850/(865)279-0550

Homes Furnished


OLD BARN WOOD, various lengths & widths, call for pricing (865)992-7700


*Pools, Laundries, Appl. *5 min. to UT & airport

Gatlinburg in Arts & Crafts Comm. 1 BR w/loft, jacuzzi, hot tub, priv. courtyard. $100/night. Check VRBO #925381

Real Estate Commercial Retail Space/Rent CONVENIENCE STORE FOR LEASE. KNOXVILLE. No Inventory to Buy. Call 865-560-9989

Automobiles for Sale

Automobiles for Sale

Dogs AUSSIEDOODLES - DOUBLEDOODLES LABRADOODLES. Litterbox Trained. Call or text 865-591-7220 AUSTRALIAN SHEPARD - full blooded, 7 weeks old, blue merle, shots & dewormed. Very smart working dogs and pets. (865)679-0067 BASSET PUPPIES, CKC reg., 7 wks old, all shots and dewormed, females $350, males $300. (931) 319-0000 BICHON FRISE / SHICHON / POOCHON - puppies, M&F, family raised, potty & crate trnd started, $800. (865)607-5463 CHOW CHOW PUPPIES - Very purple mouth and tongue. 8 WEEKS OLD, first shots and dewormed, housebroken, $125. auctionable (865)3043583

Furniture BROYHILL ENTERTAINMENT CENTER - 3 piece set. Honey Pine. Includes 32” Samsung flat screen. Exc. cond. $475 cash firm. (865)523-8457 CAT NAPPER SOFA - Tan, excellent condition, all 3 sections recline. $275. (865)992-8928


ELEGANT COFFEE TABLE - Brass fender, walnut frame, thick glass top. $1500. Call (865)437-0402




CONOVER-CABLE piano, quality built, exc cond. $600. (865) 216-5810



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FREON 12 WANTED. Cert. buyer will pickup & pay CASH for R12 cylinders! Call Refrigerant Finders (312) 291-9169

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ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES - AKC reg., 1st shots, vet ck’d. $1800. Call (423) 519-0647.

I BUY DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! - OneTouch, Freestyle, AccuChek, more! Must not be expired or opened. Local Pickup! Call Daniel: (865)3831020

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Dachshund miniature puppies, choc & tan, AKC - 1st shots & dewormed, 2 long hair M & 3 long hair F. $500. 865-223-7162; 865-680-4244

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Tree Services

French Bulldog, male, AKC reg, 8 wks old, shots UTD & wormed, vet ckd, brindle pie, $2400 cash. (423) 3335778 call aft 6 pm or text anytime GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS AKC, West German bldlns, 2 M, 8 F, vet ck’d. health guar. $700. 865-322-6251.

NEED SUMMER CASH? I WANT TO BUY Vintage mens watches, vintage eye glasses, vintage lighters, costume jewelry, gold & sterling, vintage toys & tools. Will pay fair market price. (865) 441-2884.

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Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • February 8, 2017 • B-3

Madison Holland-Davis, 3, gets a boost from the music and from dad Stan Davis and mom Michelle Holland.

Richard Jolley’s “Cycle of Life” Sky shines over the Great Hall during Southern Avenue’s set at Alive After Five. Sandy Larson, choreographer and director of the Sandsation Dancers, gets a kick from dancing with some of her students.

Music moves Alive After Five crowd By Betsy Pickle

Andrea Wilson and Jamie Zambo find their space on the dance floor.

One of the country’s hottest young blues bands, Southern Avenue from Memphis, warmed up a chilly evening at last Friday’s Alive After Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The dance floor was packed as music lovers of all ages grooved to the talented band: singer Tierinii Jackson, guitarist Ori Naftaly, drummer Tikyra Jackson, bassist Daniel McKee and keyboardist Jeremy Powell. Those who were hungry for more than music filled up on yummy-smelling delectables from Jackie’s Dream (2223 McCalla Ave.). Jackie Griffin’s menu for the night included meatloaf, cole slaw, collard greens, pinto beans, sliced tomatoes and onions.

At least three people celebrated birthdays at the event. Attendees represented all age groups, with perhaps the most enthusiastic dancers coming from the far ends of the spectrum – adorable tots and lively seniors. Sandy Larson, owner and artistic director of Sandsation Dance & Yoga, and a group of her students showed some fancy moves. Others enjoyed simply sitting and listening to the music. Regular Monica Willis said, “It’s a great way to spend a Friday evening.” Upcoming Alive After Five performers include: ■■ Feb. 10 – Wallace Coleman ■■ Feb. 24 – “Fat Friday Mardi Gras” with Roux Du Bayou ■■ March 10 – Kelle Jolly & The Women in Jazz Jam Festival

Evan Melgaard watches the band as daughter Cobi and wife Shannon dance.

“Bluesman Barry” Faust plants a kiss on wife Debbie as they dance to Southern Avenue.

Knoxvillian Chris Straight takes a photo of new friends Liming Xu and Ellen Xu of Asheville in front of Leo Villareal’s “Big Bang” piece in the Virtual Views exhibit as Southern Avenue’s music floats throughout the museum.

Gregory Holt celebrates his 60th birthday with his wife of 28 years, Jean, his sister, Lisa Faulkner, and her husband, William. Photos by Betsy Pickle

HAPPENINGS ■■ “Outside Mullingar” will be performed on the Clarence Brown Mainstage through Feb. 19. The production features a UT faculty member and visiting professional guest actors. Performance schedule/tickets: 974-5161 or ■■ Scott Miller performing, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $18-$20; may not be available at the door. Info/tickets: ■■ “The Barbarosa: The story of the legendary pirate Anne Bonny,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Presented by GO! Contemporary Dance Works. Info/ tickets: or 539-2475. ■■ Harvey Broome Group meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Program: “Welcome to the Big South Fork NRRA and Obed Wild & Scenic River” by Ranger Daniel Banks. ■■ Knoxville Civil War Roundtable,

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Dr. Earl J. Hess. Topic: Napoleonic tactics and the advent of the rifle musket. Lecture only, $5; dinner begins 7 p.m., $17 including lecture. RSVP: noon Monday, Feb. 13: 671-9001. ■■ “Jazz is for Lovers with Carmen Bradford,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Presented by Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Bistro by the Tracks. Tickets: $35.50 adult, $15 student. Info/tickets:, 684-1200, Tennessee Theatre Box office. ■■ Marble City Opera presents “Opera, Chocolate & Wine,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, The Modern Studio, 109 W. Anderson Ave. Featuring local performers Brandon Gibson and Michael Rodgers. General admission: $50. Info/tickets: ■■ “Wild Woman & Her Sacred Gypsy” Trunk Show, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. Handcrafted Sculptural Jewelry Collection by artist Sheri Treadwell from Temple of Trust Studios. Info: 556-8676, or ■■ Freedom Christian Academy open house, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway. Potential students and their families can visit classrooms, meet the teachers and view grade specific curriculum. Info: or 525-7807. ■■ Handbuilding with Clay class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 20-March 6, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Janet McCracken. Registration deadline: Feb. 13. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ Conversations and Cocktails talk: “Adorned Identities: An Archaeological Perspective on Race in 18th-century Virginia” by anthropology doctoral student Hope Smith, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Holly’s Gourmet’s Market and Café, 5107 Kingston Pike. Hosted by the UT Humanities Center. Reservations required; seating limited. Reservations: 330-0123. ■■ One Bag/One Day! clay workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Appalachian Arts Craft Center,

2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Sandra McEntire. Registration deadline: Feb. 15. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Judith Duvall, poet and fiction author. Visitors welcome. Allinclusive lunch: $12. Reservation deadline, Monday, Feb. 20. Info/ reservation: 983-3740. ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,” noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 215-8801. ■■ 48th Jubilee Festival, FridaySunday, Feb. 24-28, Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Concerts, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Old Harp Singing, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15, some discounts available. Sunday singing: free. Tickets: knoxtix. com, 523-7521, at the door. Info: ■■ Family Search in Detail, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Instructor: Eric Head and/

or Dr. George K. Schweitzer. Info/ registration beginning Feb. 13: 215-8809. ■■ Choral Music for Brass, Percussion and Organ, performed by the Knoxville Choral Society, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, West Hills Baptist Church, 409 Winston Road. Tickets: adults, $15; students, $5. Tickets available at Rush’s Music, from any choral society member and at the door. Info: ■■ Beginner Smocked Baby Bonnet class, 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 19, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Beth Cannon. Registration deadline: Feb. 24. Info/registration: 494-9854 or ■■ First Friday gallery exhibition, 6-10 p.m. Friday, March 3, A1 LabArts Studio 23 Emory Place. Exhibit centers around “Beer Girl” by Walter Wykes, a sudsy 10-minute comedy performing three times throughout the evening. Gallery admission is free; tax-deductible donations accepted. Info: MovingTheatreKnoxville@gmail. com.

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