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Opportunity for whom?

February 22, 2017

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By Lauren Hopson Tennessee legislators have recently rebranded private school vouchers as “opportunity scholarships.” Vouchers have undergone this transformation Hopson in the hope that unsuspecting taxpayers will forget what they are, but also because they provide real opportunities for poor, minority students to escape underperforming schools in their neighborhood, right? How is this accomplished? A poor minority student in a community far from here, let’s say Memphis, has suffered through the effects of fetal drug addiction. His mother, now in recovery, hopes to improve his chances of success by moving him out of his zoned school, which the state has branded as failing. His teachers work hard, but she fears the influence of his peers with similar issues may be too much to overcome. She accepts an opportunity scholarship with hopes of sending him to an excellent private school. However, the private school of her choice charges tuition substantially in excess of the scholarship. She can’t afford to make up the difference, and pay for books, uniforms and transportation. Consequently, she elects to send him to another private school that gladly accepts the scholarship as payment in full. The school doesn’t provide the special education services needed to deal with the fallout of her son’s fetal addiction, but it’s a private school, so it must be better, right? He struggles without those much-needed supports, and his mother is ultimately forced to return him to public school, where those services are guaranteed by law. Other parents, similarly disillusioned with the “opportunity,” follow suit. But wait, private schools backers were promised an increased enrollment by legislators. Maybe the scholarships need to be expanded to regular education students who can afford to make up the tuition difference. Never mind that this plan has had disastrous effects on public education in other states. Our private school backers need the “opportunity” to make more money, so let’s give our taxpayers the “opportunity” to fund those private schools.

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does it all expert,” in the words of principal By Carol Z. Shane It’s said that Central High Michael Reynolds. The school also boasts a very School has a wonderful librarian – “a communicator as well as a tech good pianist who accompanies the

chorus and is involved with musical theater productions as well. And Central’s physical education department offers instruction

in mindfulness and yoga, taught by a qualified instructor. To page A-3

MDSave offers diagnostic savings “There’s a lot of empty land By Sandra Clark out there.” Tennova North has changed the face of Smith presided in the North Knox County. The hospital is markabsence of president Bart ing its 10th anniversary. Administrator Clyde Elkins, who was busy with Wood was the spotlight speaker Feb. 14 at Valentine’s Day diners at The Powell Business & Professional Association. Front Porch. Tennova Health & Fitness Center came Wood talked about a profirst, he said, opening in 1999. Next came the gram for consumers with high imaging and cancer center with programs for health insurance deductibles. women’s health. The hospital itself opened Clyde Wood “I see people with $10,000 or in 2007. Since then a flurry of professionals have opened offices nearby. And, as the PBPA $12,000 deductibles,” he said. Tennova is enpresident-elect R. Larry Smith observed, dorsing MDSave to help those patients.

The online service offers diagnostic procedures for roughly half-price with cash prepayment. It’s that simple, according to A routine fetal ultrasound, for instance, is priced at $146; an X-ray is $98. MDSave also offers physical, occupational and speech therapy. Prices are subject to change, and MDSave will not file for insurance reimbursement. As the federal government struggles with “repeal and replace,” it’s nice to see a free market solution to ever-rising health care costs.

Brooks goes to bat for utility customers By Sandra Clark State Rep. Harry Brooks has slipped on a three-cornered hat and gone to war over taxation without representation. Brooks wants consumers to be represented on utility boards, such as KUB.

Analysis “We want some level of representation for the folks served by the utility,” he said. His bill (HB 0269/SB 0684 by Ken Yager) was slated to be heard Feb. 21 in a subcommittee of the House Business and Utilities committee. In an interview last week, Brooks anticipated amendments and promised a more comprehensive explanation after that hearing. This bill will draw lobbyists like flies to honey. Utilities are iceberg

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governments – operating mostly out of sight with autonomy to set rates for vital services. Some charge more for the same service to customers who live outHarry Brooks side the municipal boundaries. Many have buy-out provisions and pensions for top execs to rival athletic departments; often they co-opt the very commissioners chosen to oversee them with benefits like health insurance and trips to tradeshows. Godspeed, Brooks and Yager.

Partisan elections State Rep. “Landslide Eddie” Smith has introduced a bill to require municipal elections in cities 100,000 or larger and all of the state’s school boards to be parti-

san. His bill (HB1039/SB0582 by Delores Gresham) allows political parties to nominate candidates. Leaving the cities to fend for themselves, let’s assume this bill is a reaction to Knox County’s last two school board elections. Fed up with S up e r i nt e nde nt Eddie Smith Jim McIntyre’s high-handed treatment of teachers (among other things), several educators mounted successful campaigns: Patti Bounds, Terry Hill and Amber Rountree in 2014; Tony Norman, Jennifer Owen and Susan Horn in 2016. Suddenly, Mike McMillan found allies while Lynne Fugate and Gloria Deathridge saw their former majority eroded. McIntyre resigned. Would partisan elections have

prevented McIntyre’s woes? Doubtful. McMillan and Norman had previously won election to county commission as Republicans; Bounds and Hill are long-time Republicans; Horn had solid support in Farragut where she was active in the campaign of Republican state Rep. Jason Zachary. Political allegiances are less clear for Rountree and Owen, but Owen represents District 2, a toss-up area previously represented on the commission by Democrat Amy Broyles. So the anti-McIntyre majority is firm – with or without partisan elections. If Smith’s bill passes, however, it could have the unintended consequence of getting education activists involved in partisan politics at the district level … and their next election just might be to run for the Legislature.

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No doubt about it, pursuing physical fitness takes dedication. Working up a sweat is a lot harder than sitting on the couch. The setbacks that are a natural part of any serious program can be demoralizing; if you could walk six laps easily last week, why is it so hard this week? If you’ve never exercised regularly, the very thought of it seems overwhelming. If you used to exercise but let your program lapse, it’s easy to say, “Oh, why bother?” But the thing about a fitness program is that it’s guaranteed to make you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Yes, guaranteed, if you stick with it. And sticking with it means going at your pace, improving in small amounts day-by-day and being held accountable for your own progress.

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Gala to raise funds, celebrate schools By Shannon Carey

Halls Elementary principal Dr. Chris Henderson (front), PTO president Heather Cardwell and assistant principal Jamey Black are planning the Halls Schools Centennial Gala, a fundraiser and celebration of Halls elementary and middle schools. Photo by S. Carey

Sarah Ramsey does it all at Central What’s unusual is, they’re all the same person – Fountain City resident Sarah Ramsey. A Knoxville native, Ramsey holds a degree in music education and business management from Carson-Newman, and a master’s degree in library science from Nashville’s Trevecca Nazarene University. She started as Carter High School’s choir director in 2005 and began a job-share program in the Carter library in 2010. In 2015 she moved over to Central. “Sarah’s been a great addition to the staff,” says Reynolds. “My goal has been to have a ‘teaching librarian.’ She is that, and she’s also involved in the community.” The mother of two – Brady, 2, and Natalie, 6 – is also concerned about teens who are already in a difficult time of life learning to navigate the stress-filled 21st-century daily landscape. “High school students deal with a lot of anger and frustration, and it’s gotten particularly worse because they have been raised in a generation with technology.” Though Ramsey grew up with Google, she was still told to “go play outside” when she was upset. “Now we say, ‘go watch television’ or ‘here’s a computer game.’ “Our kids are losing the art of learning how to live. They don’t know how to deal with

It’s not going to be your average school fundraiser. Halls Elementary School is partnering with Halls Middle School for something a bit swankier than selling wrapping paper. The schools are throwing a party at The Foundry near World’s Fair Park to celebrate 100 years of Halls schools, and to raise some much-needed funds. The Halls Schools Centennial Gala will include dinner, music, dancing, a silent auction and special guest and radio personality Kim Hansard. The gala is set for 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Cocktail attire is recommended, and tickets are $50 each. Surprised at a school fundraiser this formal? Don’t be. Halls Elementary principal Dr. Chris Henderson said other schools have fundraiser galas as well, including Sequoyah and Shannondale elementary schools. “We really wanted to celebrate the 100 years of Halls schools with something different and fresh,” said Halls Elementary PTO president Heather Cardwell. And there’s a lot to celebrate. “We’re in a unique position that we have this cluster of schools,” said Henderson. “All of our kids go to Halls Middle and then to Halls High School. It’s a unique opportunity to have a 13year impact on a student. The community is so strong and so unique. We just love to have a way to celebrate it.” Many families have a multi-generaFrom page A-1

things emotionally, how to interact with each other. They don’t know how to deal with what I call ‘the art of discomfort’ because technology is such a Band-Aid for that. “One thing I do is teach the wellness classes yoga. We talk about emotional, physical and mental health. We talk about scanning your body, feeling your body, trying to take care of what’s in your body rather than throwing it off on other people.” Through the challenges of yoga poses, kids gain physical strength and emotional responsibility. “There are not a lot of places in our society that teach you to handle your inner life well. In class, we say, ‘I’m the only person on the mat – I have to take responsibility for myself, my own choices, my own behaviors, my consequences.’” Each class ends in a rest period. “They’re just kids, lying there, silent, for two minutes, which is unheard of. And I’ll say, ‘stay in your body; what’s changed? Cultivating that inner life is such a missing piece from our educational society.” She says the kids clamor for more, and even the football players are giving the ancient art of yoga a go. But it’s not all gentle stretching. “The kids come in the next day and say ‘oh, my word – I’m so sore.’” And the footballers? Ramsey says with a sparkle in her eye, “I’m kicking their butts!”


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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.

The Fountain City Lions Club will host its annual chili supper, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Lions Building at Fountain City Park. Tickets are $5, and there will be a silent auction.

PSCC sets genealogy workshops with Tony Burroughs Celebrate Black History month with a free a question-and-answer session. community event at Pellissippi State ComCampus Dean Rosalyn Tillman invites the community to either or both workshops. munity College, Magnolia Avenue campus. On Friday, Feb. 24, genealogist Tony BurInfo: or 865-694-6400. roughs, the founder of The Center for Black Genealogy, will facilitate a genealogy workshop: “Help! I Can’t Find My Ancestors! Overcoming Challenges in Genealogy.” Burroughs will talk about the trials of fam■■ AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m. ily history research, how to create a family Thursday, March 9, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 10, Halls Senior Center, 4410 Crippen tree and the unique challenges for AfricanRoad. Info/registration: 865-922-0416. American researchers. His workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room 122. ■■ Fountain City Lions Club, Lions Community Building, 5345 N. Broadway. Burroughs also will deliver a presentation on the importance of genealogical ■■ Halls Community Lions Club, Shoney’s, research at 5 p.m., Feb. 24 in the Commu343 Emory Road. nity Room. The presentation will end with



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tion history in Halls schools. Everyone is invited to share in the evening, whether you have kids in Halls schools, graduated from Halls schools, teach or taught at Halls schools or would just like to enjoy a fun evening out. Halls Elementary is offering a free evening of child care included with the purchase of two gala tickets, so kids can enjoy an evening of pizza and movies while their parents attend the gala. In addition, folks can opt to sponsor a teacher to attend the gala for an extra $50. As another way to honor Halls schools’ history, gala organizers are collecting Halls schools memorabilia to display during the gala. “Everyone has that teacher that’s impacted our lives,” said Cardwell. “What a night to honor the people who pour so much into our children.” Henderson said the elementary and middle schools will split the gala proceeds, and both are planning to use the money for technology projects. “Where we spend a lot of our fundraising money is for technology, hardware and software,” he said. “Typically we don’t get any outside funding for technology from the school district. It’s so expensive to keep computers

working and buy software.” Gala sponsorships are available, and gala organizers are looking for silent auction items. Auction items include jewelry from Enix Jewelers and Fountain City Jewelers, Dollywood passes, rounds of golf at Beaverbrook Country Club, a signed Josh Dobbs football and more. Sponsors as of Thursday include: Regal Entertainment, Rhonda Vineyard - RE/MAX, Image Matters, McGaha Electric, Stitches by Royce, Simonize, Sofas and More, Overhead Door Company, Massage Envy, Studio Chrome, American Girl, Dollywood, Wonderworks, Betty Cooper - Realty Executives, Enix Jewelers, Natalie King, Rachel Todd, Eric Baker, Backroads, Kelli Smith, Beaverbrook Country Club, Sarah McAffry Photography, Vicki’s Nails, Knoxville Museum of Art, Advanced Concepts, Highway 61 Boutique, Halls Flower Shop, Fountain City Jewelers, Josh Dobbs, Bob Johnson Insurance, Commercial Bank, Fountain City Stained Glass, Salem Baptist Church Youth Ministries, Big Oak Shoes, TC Design Works and Rural King. If this year’s gala goes well, Henderson hopes to see it become an annual event. Tickets may be purchased in the school offices at Halls Middle and Halls Elementary, or online by searching “Halls School Centennial Gala” on Info: 865-922-7445

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The Lamb You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. (1 Peter 1: 18-19 NRSV) Your gift of Love they crucified; They laughed and scorned Him as He died. The humble King they named a fraud And sacrificed the Lamb of God. (“Lamb of God,” Twila Paris) Last week, in this space, I wrote these words: “God watched His own Son die, with no lamb to take his place.” The context of that was Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only, longawaited son in obedience to God’s command. Even as Abraham agonizingly raised his knife, God gave Abraham a reprieve, and allowed him to substitute a lamb for the sacrifice and let Isaac live. I read those words again, after the column was in print. It was only then that the truth dawned on me. Jesus was the Lamb who took my place, and yours. There was no substitute available to God. I had known that truth, of course, for years and years. Even so, it struck me anew, with a power that brought me up short.

FAITH NOTES Classes/meetings ■■ 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. Feb. 22 program: Becca Wyatt of Zoo Knoxville. Info: 865-687-2952. ■■ Fairview Baptist Church,

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It brought me face to face with God’s pain as He allowed His son to die. And it made me realize all over again how much God cared for – and cares for – these sinners that we are! Ash Wednesday is one week from today, March 1. It is a day of penitence and prayer. In whatever way you observe the beginning of Lent, spend some quiet time thinking about your own walk with God. Ask God to forgive your failings and to guide your steps every day. Give thanks for God’s mercy and love.

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Smithwood interim pastor brings 50 years’ experience By Shannon Carey Dr. Larry Fields has made a career out of listening to God’s call, and now he’s been called to bring his 50 years of experience as a pastor to his interim flock at Smithwood Baptist Church in Fountain City. Fields will serve Smithwood as interim pastor until the pastoral search committee calls a permanent replacement. In the meantime, he hopes to give the church time to find the right match. Fields carries on a family tradition of pastoring. His father was a Baptist minister in Fields’ native Louisiana, but Fields was a junior in college before he heard the call to ministry. “I had no desire to be a pastor or minister. I saw my role in the church as a strong layman, a deacon or Sunday school teacher who supports the pastor,” he said. In college, he was studying to become a journalist, working for local newspapers and exploring “a new medium called television.” “The Lord pretty well told me that was not what he wanted me to do,” Fields said. “He said, ‘You’ve got a good plan, but it’s just not my plan.’” Within two months, he was filling in as pastor of Mount Hermon Baptist 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: 865-689-5175. ■■ Halls Christian Church, 4805 Fort Sumter Road, will host a new study on Bible topics 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays through April 9. The church hosts a women’s Bible study 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 865922-4210. ■■ 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



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.-1 p.m. each third Saturday.

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Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • February 22, 2017 • A-5

“Catfish Dave” Hall and Brenda Wilson sport great ’50s attire at the senior center potluck luncheon. Photos by Ruth White

Marci Clevenger and Beth LaFontaine with UT Medical Center enjoy the ’50s themed photo booth.

Rockin’ around the senior center By Ruth White The Halls Senior Center hosted a monthly potluck luncheon and guests arrived in ’50s attire to join in the fun. Musical guests Memories in Music (Tom and Stephanie Cunningham) provided great decade tunes and Elvis (Tom) made an appearance to help get the place rockin’. East Tennessee Personal Care Services provided root beer floats for the crowd and a photo booth provided great memories.

Caroline King with East Tennessee Personal Care scoops ice cream and creates root beer floats for the guests.

Josh Denton signs soccer scholarship

Josh Denton

Josh Denton will play soccer at East Tennessee State University where he will major in engineering. He was recruited because of his play with club teams. Denton played soccer at Halls Middle School and then transferred to L&N STEM Academy for high school. He played for FC Alliance 98 Black RPL, which won the

Region 3 Premier League this year. “Josh works hard and plays hard,” said coach Chad Stocton of FC Alliance. Denton also was coached by Darrick Lubell at Knoxville Football Club. He was accompanied at the signing by parents David and Debbie Denton and grandmother Janice Baldwin.

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Gibbs High senior Joshua James signed to play soccer at CarsonNewman Un iver sit y follow ing graduation. Joshua played right Joshua James

Elvis made an appearance at the luncheon and posed for photos during the event. Pictured are center coordinator Rebecca Quarles, singer Stephanie Cunningham, Elvis (aka Tom Cunningham) and Amanda Patton.



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A-6 • February 22, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

Emily Fennell with the Adopt-A-Watershed program shows a map of the Halls Outdoor Classroom.

A close-up of the map shows red dots indicating the location of trees in the Halls Outdoor Classroom.

HHS environmental science teacher Kerrie Coley works with Ian Yow as they research tree species native to East Tennessee as part of the recertification process for the Halls Outdoor Classroom arboretum. Photos by Ruth White

Halls Outdoor Classroom gets update By Ruth White Students in Kerrie Coley’s environmental science class have been busy on a service project that will benefit the Halls Outdoor Classroom and the community. The group has been researching different types of trees inside the classroom area and is assisting Coley with the recertification of the HOC. To remain a Level 1 arboretum, the area must contain at least 30 species of trees that are native to the area. The students spent quite a bit of time using GPS tracking to locate trees and document those that were missing. They photographed the bark and leaves of each tree and identified them for tagging. With the data collected, the students will create story maps that describe the trees by characteristics, scientific name and other interesting details. The plan is to have the interactive story maps available for viewing during the Halls Outdoor Classroom 10th


anniversary celebration this spring. They also plan to create story maps of the history of the HOC. The students will be assisting with seedling distribution in the Halls community as part of the 100K Tree Day on Saturday, Feb. 25. The distribution site will be the Halls Crossroads Women’s League clothing closet at the corner of Maynardville Highway and Cunningham Road and will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instructions will be distributed along with the seedlings on how to plant and care for them. The 10th anniversary celebration of the Halls Outdoor Classroom is planned for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, behind Halls High. The event will feature complimentary barbeque, homemade ice cream, s’mores over a fire, games, pie eating contest, music by the HHS jazz band, HHS art display and more. Bring a lawn chair and join the fun.

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Halls Middle School staff selected three teachers for the honor of Teacher of the Year and the group was recognized and celebrated at a countywide dinner. Teachers of the Year at HMS this year were Sabrina Boling (seventh-grade science), Jarrod Pendergraft (eighthgrade social studies) and Lora Lee Williams (special education). Photo by Ruth White

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Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • February 22, 2017 • A-7

Come to the L&N By Abbey Morgan

HHS cheerleaders receive state rings

Halls High School cheerleaders received state championship rings for winning at competition earlier this season. The group was recognized during a basketball game and includes: (front) seniors Alyssa Bales, Jordan Mathes, Olivia Drafts, Morghan Mason, Shelby Gresham, Delaney Langston; (middle) Courtney Voss, Caroline Elliott, Cassidy Gresham; (back) Caroline Dykes, Carly Minhinnett, Brianna Yanniello, Maddie Conner, Taylor Wood, Harper Kirby, coach Cheri Duncan, Katlyn Appling, Sarah Nelson and Maggie Beeler. Photo by Ruth White

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Corryton Elementary School plans golf tourney

Corryton Elementary will host a golf tournament, Saturday, April 1, with a 1:30 shotCentral High School Foungun start. Cost is $300 per team ($75 per golfer) and includes lunch, T-shirt, goodie bag dation will meet 6 p.m. Monand door prizes. Prizes will be awarded during the event. Deadline to register is March 18 day, Feb. 27, in the library and can be done online at or by calling 687-4573. classroom at Central High School. The meeting will include a report on the 2016 Wall of Fame Breakfast and efforts to improve academics and technology at Central High School. All interested staff, parents, students and community members are welcome. Info: Courtney Shea, 865-387-7466 or

SCHOOL NOTES ■■ Halls High School band will host a spaghetti supper featuring music by the jazz band and gift basket silent auction, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday,


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Join us for family-fun event at the L&N! The second annual STEM Around the World will take place noon to 4 p.m. SatMorgan urday, Feb. 25, at 401 Henley Street. Families will experience various Asian, African and European ethnic foods, watch cultural performances and learn about traditions and tolerance through crafts and activities. It is fun for the whole family! Children can play in the KidZone for face painting and fun games. There is a $5 cash donation to experience the fun at the L&N STEM Academy. Additional food will also be sold. The proceeds will benefit L&N’s class of 2017. Each year, instead of participating in a senior prank, the seniors provide a meaningful gift to the school. This is the major fundraiser for the graduating class.

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

This is also a wonderful opportunity to visit the beautiful, historic L&N building. This Knoxville landmark has been standing since 1905. The Louisville & Nashville train company once called this building its home. It now serves as Knox County’s first stand-alone magnet school. The building has held a variety of people from different cultures across the world. This will be symbolized through the celebration of cultures from all over the globe at STEM Around the World. This year the event will focus on tolerance among all cultures. Because the L&N STEM Academy is home to high school students from all over the county, this is extremely relevant. The school is a melting pot and has a welcoming atmosphere. This is an attitude that should be promoted worldwide. For more information, contact the L&N STEM Academy at 865-329-8440 or email Derek Griffin at derek. Abbey Morgan is a senior at the L&N STEM Academy.

Band will host a concert in the HMS auditorium. Highest bidders for the silent auction will be announced during the band concert.

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McCosh Films expanding regionally Fountain City is home to a video production company that has creatively expanded its local presence into Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Partnering with Morningstar Properties based in Charlotte, N.C., McCosh Films has produced a stunning video featuring Morningstar’s nine marina properties in those states. With elegant scenes of Savannah, Jacksonville, Pawley’s Island and six other locations, the video captures scenic attractions that complement the exceptional marina properties and the service that Morningstar offers. McCosh Films is the brainchild of its president, Jason Hensley, a 1991

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Overholt named Employee of the Year Mike Overholt, of Corryton, has been named Gerdau 2016 Employee of the Year at its Knoxville mill. Overholt was nominated by co-workers and selected by administration in recognition of his strong work ethic and willingness to help others. During the nomination process, co-workers praised Overholt as someone whose Mike Overholt attitude will “help take the Knoxville mill to the next level.” He has been with Gerdau since 2010.

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Knoxville Rotarians will celebrate World Rotary Day three days from now on Saturday, Feb. 25, doing what Rotarians do – workTom King ing together to improve our community. Members of the seven Knoxville clubs will gather at Beaumont Elementary School to clean out a teacher’s work room, rake, mulch, build a timber wall around a tree and create some “flowers” and “pencils” out of plywood and fence pickets, and do some painting. Working alongside the Rotarians will be students from the Rotary Interact clubs at Webb School and Catholic High. The work begins at 9 a.m., and Bearden Rotarian George Wehrmaker, owner of Bright Side Professional Landscape Management, will be the job foreman and ramrod. Rotarians will bring leaf rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, paint brushes, leaf blowers, a jigsaw and drills along with a lot of elbow grease. George brings along trucks and equipment and orders all of the materials that will be needed. Part of the work was done this past weekend by another Rotarian – Doug Lesher of the Lanrick Group, a member of the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club.

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Who is in charge at Tennessee? The University of Tennessee has endured considerable criticism and some snickering because it wasn’t ready or able to immediately name a new athletic director. Alabama introduced a replacement for Bill Battle two days after he said goodbye. The secret courtship with Greg Byrne had been going on for months. Last summer, when Dave Hart didn’t get the contract extension he wanted, he announced his forthcoming retirement. Speculation has been romping along ever since. We’ve nominated two really good candidates. Neither has been ordained. OK, the Tennessee situation is different. First priority was to find a new chancellor. We finally got one but she was not ready to approve our suggestions. She wanted to look around. I dare not say that is a woman’s prerogative. I can say this delay caused a very bright Shopper reader to ask exactly who’s in charge at Tennessee? In theory, the chain of

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prominent in Clayton Bank, is vice chair. He has had lots to say about settlements of Title IX and sexual harassment lawsuits but not much about athletic directors. ■■ Dr. Joe DiPietro, president of the university system, is a voting member except on audit and compliance matters. ■■ Ex-Vol Charles Anderson, CEO of Anderson Media, is an influential trustee. He is from the Florence, Ala., family that founded Books a Million. He is on the committee searching desperately for a new athletic director. He is also on the executive and compensation committee.

The athletics committee: ■■ Spruell Driver Jr., UT graduate with a Duke law degree, is a contract specialist with Vanderbilt’s sponsored programs administration. ■■ D. Crawford Gallimore, graduate of UT-Martin, is chief financial officer for HamiltonRyker, job placement company in Martin.

Other trustees: ■■ Shannon A. Brown is senior VP, human resources and diversity officer for FedEx. ■■ Dr. William E. Evans, UT grad, retired as director and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. ■■ George E. Cates retired from MidAmerica Apartment Communities in Memphis. ■■ Dr. Susan Davidson is a professor of nursing at UT-C. ■■ John N. Foy, UT law grad, is retired from CBL & Associates Properties in Chattanooga. ■■ Candice McQueen, state commissioner of education, is an ex officio voting member. ■■ Sharon J. Pryse, UT grad, is president and CEO of Trust Company in Knoxville. ■■ Dr. Jefferson S. Rogers is a professor of geography at UT-Martin.

■■ Miranda N. Rutan is a student at UT-Martin. ■■ Jai Templeton, state commissioner of agriculture, is an ex officio voting member. ■■ John D. Tickle, UT grad, chairs Strongwell Corporation.

■■ Vicky Brown Gregg retired as chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Her roots are in Cleveland.

■■ Julia T. Wells, UT grad, is VP of marketing for Pictsweet.

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Betty Bean named Lester Tanner, who mentioned that he and many other Jewish GIs owed their lives to the bravery of a master sergeant named Roddie Edmonds. Chris contacted Tanner, who introduced him to another former POW, and the old soldiers, who have become like family, told him a remarkable story. The war was going badly for Germany by January 1945, but the Nazi determination to exterminate Jews never flagged, and Jewish soldiers were instructed to destroy their dog tags if they were taken prisoner lest they be assigned to camps that they couldn’t survive. On Jan. 26, Roddie Edmonds got word that Jewish prisoners were going to be taken away the next morning after roll call. As the highest-ranking soldier there (officers were sent to separate camps), he told his men that they could not allow this to happen. The next morning, the camp commander ordered Master Sgt. Edmonds to send the Jews forward. Every prisoner there obeyed the order. “The commander could not believe his eyes – all 1,300 men standing together in sharp formation.” And that’s when Roddie said, “We are all Jews here.”

Chris Edmonds talks to President Barack Obama while Sen. Bob Corker (center) looks on. The Nazi drew his pistol and pressed it hard into Roddie’s forehead. He repeated the order: “You will order the Jewish men to step forward.” Nobody moved. “Dad had been shot, beaten with a rifle butt, punched, attacked by dogs, stripped of his dignity… Yet there he stood with a gun to his head, disobeying Nazi orders. Lester Tanner said, ‘Your dad never wavered.’” “Dad said, ‘Major, if you shoot me, you’ll have to kill all of us because we know who you are. And you’ll stand trial for war crimes when we win this war.’” The Nazi’s arm began to tremble. He holstered his gun and returned to his office. Seventy years later, Chris was visiting Israel at the request of officials who wanted to honor his father, and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial to Holocaust victims, named Rod-

A visit to Easter Island The first week of February, I visited Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles east of Chile, which owns the island. It had been on my bucket list for years. Two other Knoxvillians who have previously visited Easter Island are Will Skelton, active

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A son’s discovery brings father’s heroism to life World War II veteran Roddie Edmonds was always a hero in his son’s eyes, even though he never volunteered details about what had happened after the Germans captured him during the Battle of the Bulge. Chris Edmonds, who grew up to become a Baptist minister, says his father’s beliefs were uncomplicated: “There is a God and God is good. We must be good to one another. Loving others is what Dad did well. I think he was gifted to do that,” Edmonds told the Volunteer Rotary Club. “And here’s another truth. Evil is real. Dad believed that God was good and evil was real, and it was wrong. He knew this from his faith and his Tennessee roots – right was always right and evil was wrong.” Roddie Edmonds died in 1985, and 20 years passed before Chris’s mother gave him a journal Roddie had kept during his time as a master sergeant in the 106th Infantry, including 100 days in two different German POW camps. “The story begins with an old diary, weathered and fragile. It belonged to a young man from Tennessee who was fighting for his country on a continent on the edge of collapse,” Chris Edmonds said. “It touched my heart.” Wanting more information, Chris ran a Google search on Roddie’s name. He found a story about Richard Nixon buying a Manhattan townhouse from a lawyer

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greenways advocate and retired attorney, and Jeff Chapman, well respected director of the McClung Museum on the UT Knoxville campus. Getting there is part of the adventure, as one flies to Santiago, the capital of Chile, overnight and then flies five hours west over the Pacific to the island, which is partway to Australia from Chile. There are daily flights to the island from Santiago. Otherwise, one goes by ship, and they are infrequent. About 8,000 people live on 44 square miles in the middle of incredible statues carved on the island centuries ago. In addition to being an open air museum, the island offers outstanding diving, snorkeling and surfing. Hanga Roa is the main and only town. The airport is next to the town. Much of the island is part of the national park established by Chile. Tourism is now its main industry. No one knows for sure how the island was first inhabited or when or how the statues (moai) were made and then moved to different sites on the island. The theories are just theories. It is believed the first settlers arrived from the Marquesas islands between the 4th and 8th centuries. Today about 90,000 tourists visit the island. At times the population has dwindled to a few hundred. I was able to visit the quarry of a long extinct volcano where some 400 statues with oversized heads have been counted in various shapes, sizes and conditions. The photo here is typical of what exists. The climate is tropical but seldom exceeds 82 degrees. Accommodations and food are much better than adequate but not deluxe. It can be expensive as most supplies are imported from the mainland of Chile. ■■ Bearden activist Terry Faulkner says she will not run for city council

No one knows the origin of the statues of oversized heads on Easter Island. this fall as she needs to be home assisting her husband, who has been ill. However, she will continue to speak out on issues and indicated she has not decided whom to support among Wayne Christensen, David Williams and Andrew Roberto, the declared candidates in the West Knoxville city district. ■■ New UTK Chancellor Beverly Davenport says she will spend time getting to know state lawmakers as part of her introduction to Tennessee. In the same news conference, she announced her opposition to legislation by state Rep. Martin Daniel to guarantee free speech on college campuses, saying it is not needed. However, she was not precise as to what provisions in it she dislikes. Her comments made it appear she had not read the legislation, which she will need to do prior to meeting with Daniel. Davenport was able to avoid explaining why she failed to appoint a single African-American to the Athletic Director search committee and named only one woman to the six-member task force. At some point she will have to address these issues while she promotes diversity. ■■ Attorney James Corcoran is running for the city council seat currently held by Brenda Palmer. So is Jodi Mullins, who has the backing of Palmer. Corcoran has a page on Facebook. He ran a strong race in the GOP primary last year for state representative, which was ultimately won by Martin Daniel. Half the district is inside the city of Knoxville. ■■ County Commissioner Bob Thomas turns 63 today, March 1, and City Law Director Charles Swanson, husband of Judge Pam Reeves, also turns 63 on March 6. ■■ Middle Tennessee U.S. Rep. Diane Black will be in Knoxville today talking to people about her campaign for governor next year and attending a UT basketball game tonight. Attorney Jeff Hagood is helping her campaign.

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Feeling the burn?

Man’s first case of ‘heartburn’ was actually heart attack It was that last bite of pizza. Or so Michael Smith thought. He assumed his usual Friday night pizza delivery brought on his first-ever case of heartburn. “It was just a burning sensation right there,” he said, pointing to just below his sternum. But what the seemingly healthy 65-year-old Sevierville man didn’t know is that he wasn’t having heartburn – he was having a heart attack. “He’d never had indigestion before so he didn’t recognize it,” said Smith’s partner, Yvonne Osborn, who spent the next three hours trying to persuade him to go to the emergency department at LeConte Medical Center. “I asked him, ‘What does it feel like?’ He said, ‘I don’t know how to explain it, but it just hurts right here.’ And I said, ‘Mike, that sounds like your heart.’ ‘Oh no,’ he said, ‘I don’t think it would be that.’ That was at 7:30, then I looked over and he was sound asleep in the chair, and I thought, ‘Well, it can’t hurt that bad if he’s sound asleep.’ But we had worked all day; he was tired.” At 9:45 p.m. Smith awakened just in time to see the winner of “American Idol.” At 10, Osborn asked if the pain was still there. When he replied that it was, Osborn said she remained calm on the outside, but on the inside was “screaming, ‘Let’s go!’” Finally, she told him, “Maybe we should just go over there and see what they have to say. It’s not far from our house. If they say you have indigestion, hooray! But let’s just go see. It won’t hurt.’ He finally said, ‘OK, let’s go’ – but grudgingly.” They arrived at LeConte Medical Center’s emergency depart-

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ment about 10:30 p.m., walked to the counter and told the receptionist that Smith was “either having a heart attack or has indigestion.” “I don’t think it was 30 seconds before they took me to triage and did some bloodwork and put me on an EKG. Another minute later, they said, ‘Get a bed! We need a room,’” said Smith. “They hooked me up with all kinds of other stuff, and told me I

was having a heart attack.” “People came from everywhere,” said Osborn. “There must’ve been 15 people around. Some were putting IVs in each arm, some were putting those heart leads on, another one was on the phone trying to get a helicopter to transport him to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, but it was too windy. It was like in slow motion – I was

watching all these people like they were choreographed in a play. It was incredible to me. Then the doctor (Dennis Mays, MD, a LeConte emergency medicine doctor) came in, and he was, of course, listening to the heart. Everybody was doing a different thing.” “They started asking me questions about how I felt,” Smith added. “I said, ‘I feel fine. I don’t feel dizzy. I don’t feel weak. I don’t have any pains. I just have a little pain right here and it’s not bad.” When asked, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad is it?” Smith said, “Maybe a .5.” “Five?” the staff asked. “I said, ‘No, point 5.’ I could barely feel it,” he recalled. By 11:30 p.m. Smith was in the back of an ambulance, chatting with the emergency medical technicians as they raced to Fort Sanders Regional’s emergency department. Along the way, the EMTs were feeding information to Fort Sanders Regional emergency department staff. Upon arrival at Fort Sanders Regional, he was wheeled directly to the cath lab where he was met by interventional cardiologist Joshua Todd, MD, who found Smith’s right coronary artery to be 100 percent blocked, requiring a stent. “He was showDr. Joshua Todd ing me my heart on the monitor and how the blockage was like a big stop sign – no blood could pass through anymore,” said Smith. “Then they put the stent in, and Boom! – you could see it open up and go right down to

the heart. It was just incredible! You’re awake the whole time, and you don’t feel a thing. I was amazed that I didn’t feel any anxiety at all.” “I think part of that was the way that everybody handled it,” said Osborn, who says Smith’s heart catheterization and stent was finished and he was in recovery when she arrived at Fort Sanders Regional at 12:10 a.m. “They were so calm, so forthcoming with information. They told me everything that was going on and that really reduced my anxiety, because I’ve never been through this before. They were so kind about giving me every single detail about what was going to happen, where it was going to happen, and I think that was very important. They all deserve credit for the way they handled everything so professionally. And not just professionally – the kindness they exhibited was really important.” A day and a half later, Smith was discharged from Fort Sanders Regional with instructions not to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for seven days. After the seventh day, he didn’t rest. Instead, he returned to the task he was working on before his heart attack – building a threebedroom, two-bath home for him and Osborn to “flip” in two years – something the couple has been doing for 17 years as they travel throughout the United States. For now, however, Smith’s heart has found a home in Sevierville, where Osborn plans to keep a close watch. “If you have a pain, don’t be embarrassed, don’t feel badly – just go!” she said. “If they tell you that you’ve got indigestion, great! But it might not be.”

Heart attacks often mistaken for indigestion Heartburn or heart attack? Michael Smith couldn’t tell the difference. Could you? Decide quickly, because depending on what type of heart attack you have, your best chance for survival is getting to the hospital within the first three hours of your symptoms. “Indigestion can be a common symptom,” said Joshua Todd, MD, the interventional cardiologist at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center who placed a stent in Smith’s right coronary artery. “Patients tend to ignore the initial symptoms of a heart attack and may attempt other alternative strategies to help alleviate pain such as antacids or pain medications, including aspirin. When the symptoms aren’t relieved, that’s when EMS is usually called.” In fact, a recent survey of 500 heart attack survivors found that eight out of 10 failed to realize that they were having a heart attack. One-third of those mistook their symptoms for indigestion. The study

also found that half of heart attack sufferers do not seek help for more than an hour because they think they have indigestion or other minor conditions. “It can be hard even for physicians to interpret these symptoms” said Dr. Todd. “Based on a patient’s symptoms and their risk factor profile, the chance that indigestion-like signs are indicators of a blood flow problem with the heart can range from 20 to 90 percent. “The emergency department is the best place to determine the patient’s risk by rapidly obtaining an EKG within 10 minutes of the patient’s arrival. This test will tell which type of heart attack a patient is experiencing – STEMI (ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) or NonSTEMI,” he added. The diagnosis of a STEMI heart attack is made by a combination of symptom indicators and an EKG tracing that shows elevated “ST” segments, indicating an artery is totally blocked. “There are large amounts of data show-

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ing that if you have that type heart attack, sooner is better for interventional action because the artery is 100 percent blocked,” said Dr. Todd. “If the EKG does not demonstrate this finding, a medical evaluation is performed which involves obtaining laboratory testing over the next several hours to see if heart cell death has occurred. The first EKG is how we determine who is emergently transported to the cath lab.” The best time for treatment is within the first three hours of the onset of symptoms. After 12 hours of continued symptoms, there is little benefit to procedures offered in the cath lab. Individuals at risk for a heart attack should be well informed of these facts. If you can recognize the symptoms of heart attack early and get to the hospital, you can receive the most effective treatment. Hospitals without the ability to perform emergent interventions like LeConte Medical Center have established “STEMI” teams that spring into action the moment

a heart patient enters their emergency department. “If a person presents with symptoms that may by caused by a heart attack, they receive an EKG rapidly, and if the patient meets criteria, the STEMI team is activated,” said Dr. Todd. “After the STEMI team is activated, a request is sent to an EMS emergency transport provider. LeConte then notifies the cath lab team at Fort Sanders Regional so that the team is ready to go before the patient arrives.” Michael Smith learned that it’s not how much you hurt, but why you are hurting. “Pain intensity is not as important as the EKG findings,” said Dr. Todd. “Mistaking a heart attack for heartburn is not uncommon. Reflux disease can present the same way. For every one patient who is having a heart attack, there are probably 10 with the same symptoms who aren’t. If you are having symptoms that may represent a heart attack, prompt presentation to qualified medical personnel who can perform and interpret an ECG may be life-saving.”

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Homes Unfurnished 2BR, 1 BA house FOR RENT, 1 car garage, hardwood floors, $725 month $500 deposit. (865)705-8300 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 VERY NICE - 2 BR, 2 BA mobile home in Halls. All appls, garb. PU incl, $625 mo + $625 DD. Teresa, 865-235-3598.

Duplx/Multplx UnFurn 2 BR DUPLEX

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

Rooms Furn/Unfurn 2 fully furn. BRs & 1 full BA in West Knox. Access to shared LR, DR, kit. & laundry. Sep. food storage & refrig provided. WIFI & driveway parking. $500 per BR per month. 1 mo. sec. dep. Credit & bkground check req’d. Myra 865-250-7014


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Trailers 4 1/2’ x 8’ utility trailer, good tires, new lights, fold down ramps, exc cond, $450. (865)705-0718



Trucks CHEVROLET - 1975. We have a 1975 Chev dump truck up for auction. VIN CCS615V129341. Starting bid on this is $4000. Auction date Feb 28 at 9AM. 2924 Asbury Rd, Knoxville TN 37914 $4,000. (865)523-6230.

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Automobiles for Sale 1992 MERCURY MARQUIS LS - $850. & 1985 FORD F750 Chip truck $2250. (865)705-9247.

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Real Estate Sales Homes For Sale 3.3 ACRES IN COUNTRY located on Loudon/ Monroe Co. line, 7 min from I-75. 3800 SF, 3 BR, 3 1/2 BA + fin bsmt w/kitchenette, ext wood/stone, int hdwd/tile/granite, inground pool. Oppty to lease adj. 10 acres. Serious inquiries only. Will send pics. (865)466-7052

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Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • February 22, 2017 • B-3

A team from Kohl’s – Bill Brabson, Kim Barker, Paul Rice (holding the table decoration) and Todd and Caren Wilkinson – relaxes after a busy evening of helping out at Martinis & Movies. When Kohl’s associates volunteer at a qualifying event, Kohl’s donates $500 to the benefiting organization. Not pictured is Mary Byrne. Photos by Betsy Pickle

Red-carpet event benefits CFF By Betsy Pickle The Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday, but last weekend supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation turned out in red-carpet-ready attire to celebrate the CFF Knoxville chapter’s work and to honor 11 “Rising Stars” from the business community who committed to raise at least $2,000 for the organization. The 10th annual Martinis & Movies Gala at the Crowne Plaza drew more than 200 attendees for a fun evening that included cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, an awards program and dancing. Mary Scott of WBIR hosted the program, which highlighted the efforts of the 2017 Rising Stars: Susan Calvert, Nick DeSamantha Hembree of Maryville shared the story of her daughter, Shealie, 4, who has CF, during the program.

Mel Evans and Jennifer Hill embody elegance on the red carpet. Evans has been a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for four years and this year bought a table at Martinis & Movies.

Vore, Santana Ewers, Joshua Grossbard, John Howard, Megan McCauley, Andrea Kariofiles Shanks, Shannon Swafford, Kelly Taylor, Brittany Williams and John Young. Their combined fundraising campaigns brought in more than $70,000. Williams won for Entertainer of the Year (for organizing the event that raised the most money) and Overall Top Rising Star. DeVore was the Top Male Rising Star, and Shanks was Top Female Rising Star. A video highlighting the story of Shealie, a 4-year-old living with CF, brought a serious note, and her mom, Samantha Hembree, spoke to the crowd and helped inspire another round of donations. Info:

Hannah Bartrug, Sarah Dirkmaart and Lei and Raimund Ganancial sample the hors d’oeuvres.

Brittany Williams of Visage: Salon & Spa won Overall Top Rising Star and Entertainer of the Year for her fundraising efforts.

On a date night for a good cause, Lydia McCoy Jones and husband Korri Jones pose in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza.

Among the many Regal Entertainment folks supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are Chris Sylvia, a vice president in marketing; Sam Malek, Carole Malek, a vice president in IT; and Chris Dzambo, treasurer.

Allison Woods checks out a gift basket at the silent auction.

HAPPENINGS ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 865-215-8801. ■■ Africa’s Great Civilizations” documentary, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave. Performance by West African Drummers Live; dinner provided. Free and open to the public; seating limited. Reservations: BeckEvent@Beck or 865-524-8461. ■■ “The Busy Body,” Feb. 22-March 12, Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Performance schedule/tickets: 865-974-5161 or clarencebrown

■■ “Between a Ballad and a Blues” production by the Carpetbag Theatre, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 23-26, Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall in the Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. First of a six-part performance series. Info/tickets: purchase-tickets. ■■ Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble season opener “Soaring,” Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25. Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday; 9:15 a.m. 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Info/tickets: 865-5849636 ■■ 48th Jubilee Festival, Friday-Sunday, 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

Sequins set a glamorous tone for friends Andrew and Brooke Stanley, Corey Ehinger, Erin Felty and Mikaela Brock. discounts available. Sunday singing: free. Tickets:, 865-5237521, at the door. Info: jubileearts. org. ■■ 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: 865-215-8809. ■■ Creative Series: Kids Artstravaganza- Face Mugs (Part 1), 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Cost: $50; includes all supplies. Part 2 class, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 4. Preregistration required. Info/ registration: 865-577-4717 ex 110. ■■ 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: knoxvillechoralsociety. org. ■■ “Just Eat It” movie screening and community potluck, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Entrance fee: a dish including at least one local ingredient or $5/person. Bring your own place setting. Water provided; beer available for purchase. Info: 865-577-4717. ■■ The Garden Brothers Circus, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Info/tickets:

Baptist Church, 2500 Maryville Pike. A celebration of music featuring wonderfully talented alumni and faculty from Mount Olive Elementary School from the past 75 years. Reception follows. Free and open to the public. Donations at the door will go to new posture chairs in the Mount Olive Elementary Music Room. Info: Robert Huffaker, 865-579-2170 ext.17622 or robert. ■■ Beginner Smocked Baby Bonnet class, 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 10, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Beth Cannon. Registration deadline: Friday, Feb. 24. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or

■■ Music from the Mount, 6:30 p.m. More at Monday, Feb. 27, Mount Olive

B-4 • February 22, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

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