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Teacher offers support for Bob Thomas By Lauren Hopson

At the public forum for the final two candidates for Knox County superintendent of schools, I witnessed two ends of the spectrum. One struck Hopson me as a used car salesman who talked a lot but avoided answering the questions. What he said did not match up with the stories I have heard from people who have worked with him. The other was sincere and clearly connected with the crowd. On many occasions, he has asked for my input on how best to move our school system forward and restore a culture of respect and professionalism to our system while keeping the focus on our kids. When my term as president of the Knox County Education Association ends, I will most likely be returning to the classroom. Leaving KCS would cost me my tenure and likely my ability to advocate for public education. It could jeopardise my career and ability to provide for my family. However, I will not work for another superintendent who puts on one face for the public and another out of the spotlight. I will not work for another superintendent who refuses to genuinely collaborate with the people who do the heavy lifting every day. I will not work for another superintendent who makes teachers feel afraid to be an active part of their professional association and advocate for our students. I will not work for another superintendent who won’t support my right to challenge the Department of Education when it enacts policies that are harmful to our profession and our children. I will not work for another superintendent who rewards those who publicly agree with him, no matter how they feel in private, and punishes those willing to speak the truth. However, I will proudly work for a man who exemplifies integrity and decency while building relationships with teachers and students based on a desire to help both groups succeed. I will proudly work for Bob Thomas. The Board of Education will choose the next superintendent in less than two weeks. I encourage everyone to contact all school board members and voice your opinion, even if it is not the same as mine. My opinion is only one. They need to hear all of them. Lauren Hopson can be reached at 865-5229793.

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By Ruth White Over 150 staff members from Shannondale Elementary and community members gathered at The Standard to raise money for the STEM program at the school. April Lamb is the school’s

STEM teacher, and her salary is paid for fully by the school’s foundation. The group organized a casino night to raise money for the school through silent and live auction items and ticket sales. Guests were able to enjoy casino games

where no real money was used but lots of fun was had by all. Principal Megan O’Dell mentioned to those gathered how interim superintendent Buzz Thomas and Mayor Tim Burchett recently stopped by the school.

“They are taking notice of what’s going on at Shannondale.” The pair were impressed with the progress at the school with the STEM program, and it is being used as a model school. To page A-2

Melony Dodson loves music and the outdoors and music therapy, “feels By Carol Z. Shane like home to me.” She came You know her voice, but you probably to Knoxville to earn her wouldn’t recognize her if you ran into her in master’s degree in collaboraKroger or Rami’s Cafe. Melony Dodson, who tive piano at the University has been the announcer for WUOT’s Mornof Tennessee, and is welling Concert for the last seven years, loves livknown around town as a piaing here, and she’s celebrating one year of ocnist for the UT Concert Choir cupancy in her historic house, built in 1935, and Men’s Chorale, First this spring. United Methodist Church in Originally a Tarheel, Dodson grew up in Dodson Oak Ridge, and pianist/muGreensboro, N.C., but says that Boone, where she attended Appalachian State University sic director for the Clarence Brown Theatre for bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and Theatre Knoxville.

Mainly, though, she’s the friendly voice you hear on WUOT on weekday mornings. “There are so many things I love about that job,” she says. “Discovering new music. Hearing from listeners how the music has positively impacted their lives. My awesome colleagues. Interviewing really interesting people.” She’s pressed to find anything she doesn’t like, but finally mentions, “Having to work on snow days! It would be nice to hibernate then, which we don’t get to do.” To page A-3

Bye-bye sidewalks if developers prevail By Betty Bean Mayors and planners across the state are lining up to oppose a bill that would require local governments to pay developers for rightof-way acquisition. “We need to maintain the ability to require developers to dedicate that right of way – their developments contribute to creating the need, and we want them to contribute an equitable share of the costs of making those improvements. This bill would make it very challenging for local governments to finance road improvements,” said Gerald Green, executive director of the local planning commission. A bill (SB1368/HB0496) sponsored by two Middle Tennessee lawmakers, Sen. Paul Bailey and Rep. Ryan Williams, would require local governments or planning agencies to pay fair market value for the right-of-way acquisition rather than demand it as a

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condition of rezoning. “The cost of acquiring easements would tax our financial ability to undertake road improvements, and as a result, many needed projects (including sidewalks) would not get done,” Green said. “Using taxpayer money to pay developers for right-of-way rights will siphon funds away from much-needed infrastructure projects. And we’re speaking out of both sides of our mouths – saying we don’t have the funds to undertake necessary transportation improvements, so we’re having to

consider a gas tax increase at the same time we’re thinking about escalating costs by not requiring dedicating easements.” Developer Scott Davis is also watching this bill. Not surprisingly, he takes a different view. “In some cases, we’re forced to give up substantial amounts of right-of-way where there are no plans in place to widen the road or make improvements. Generally, we’re buying land on a per acre basis, and this reduces our usable acreage, taking land from us for ‘possible’ road improvements sometime in a distant future that never happens,” Davis said. He’s skeptical of the value of sidewalks in subdivisions in outlying areas with no possibility of connecting to amenities, and said that right-of-way acquisition leaves developers with less usable acreage and drives up the selling price of the homes that will be built.

“Remember I’m a greedy developer – if I thought adding sidewalks would increase the value of my lots, I would definitely put in sidewalks. People are not considering development costs. They’ve gone up so high that we are not able to produce affordable housing,” Davis said. Green has strong backing from Mayor Madeline Rogero, who said (through a spokesperson), “We share the concerns that Gerald Green expressed to you, about shifting the cost of infrastructure to support a development from a private developer to public taxpayers. We oppose the bill for that reason.” Green said it would be shortsighted to change the law in this matter. “Our society’s attention span has been limited to the time it takes us to type out 144 characters (on Twitter). We need to take a longer perspective on this.” 2704 Mineral Springs Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917 Ph. (865) 687-4537

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After the visit, it was announced that Knox County Schools will assist with half of the salary for the

Board members worked tirelessly to pull off Casino Night to benefit the Shannondale Elementary School Foundation. Pictured are treasurer Katie Johnson, vice president Allie King, Julia Slack, president Carletta Smelcer, Whitney Schuh, Kathleen Robinson, school principal Megan O’Dell, Richie Whittaker, Jenny Bryan, PTO president Kevin Cole, Lesley Cole and STEM teacher April Lamb. Photos by Ruth White

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STEM position. Looking ahead, Shannondale has plans for a state-of-the-art

STEM lab, complete with a 3-D printer and other equipment. Stepping up and paying the sal-

ary of the STEM teacher for the one that pays off each day as stupast two years may have been a dents receive a teaching experibig gamble for the foundation, but ence like no other.

Handcrafted kayak a labor of love By Shannon Carey For Bill Clapsaddle of Sunset Bay in Sharps Chapel, retirement has come to be about more than relaxation. It’s about finding his passion and finding himself. “You retire and you fish and you golf,” he said. “But you kind of start to lose who you are.” So, what does a retired cabinetmaker from Ohio do to find his passion again? He builds a meticulously handcrafted wood kayak based on an ancient design. And he does it beautifully. “This has brought me back to who I am,” he said. The baidarka kayak is designed by Rob Macks, and it is almost complete in Clapsaddle’s workshop on the shores of Norris Lake. Baidarka is a Russian term and refers to the style of kayak used by the Aleutian people, also known as Eskimos, to ply the frigid ocean waters around present-day Alaska. Those seagoing indigenous people used sealskin sewn over a light wood frame. Clapsaddle’s modern kayak uses thin strips of various woods like western red cedar and teak, all aligned and glued by hand to create the hull, followed by fiberglass cloth and six layers of epoxy inside and out to make it watertight. The kayak is 6 feet, 8 inches long and weighs 35.5 pounds. It is rated for

Sunset Bay resident and retired cabinetmaker Bill Clapsaddle stands with his almost-complete baidarka kayak, handcrafted of western red cedar, tiger maple, cherry, white pine and teak woods. Photos by S. Carey

a 200-pound person on flat water and has two watertight storage compartments. Those storage compartments have lids made of wood inlay that exactly matches the hull. A rubber gasket and Rare Earth magnets around the lids keep them watertight. Clapsaddle will also build his own paddle, based

on an Aleutian paddle displayed in the Smithsonian Institute. Everything on the kayak is handcarved, from the bifurcated bow to the loonshaped handles that will raise and lower the kayak’s skeg rudder. Clapsaddle laid each wafer-thin wood strip by hand, glued, clamped and shaped each piece with

a heat gun. He started the project just after Thanksgiving 2016, and he’s worked on it 10-12 hours each day since. “I’ve kind of thrown myself into it,” he said. “I was just excited about it, seeing each part of it come together. “Since college, I’ve been involved in restoration. I’ve always been attracted to

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Hoffmeister, former superintendent, had strong North Knox ties Just about every North “When we arrived, (state) Knox native of a certain age Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh was speaking and ancan tell you an Earl Hoffmeister story. nounced, ‘Please welcome Jake (Earl) Hoffmeister and, My favorite is the time Earl, please introduce your Mr. Hoffmeister, Knox Mabe County Schools superinfriend.’ Earl said, ‘This is Jeff Newgent. He came to take tendent from 1976-92, persuaded Eugene Hall to sell notes. We’d have been here Mr. Hoffmeister defeated on time, but I had to teach 10 acres on Andersonville Pike to the county to build Knox County Schools Su- him how to eat with a fork.’” the present-day Halls El- perintendent Mildred Doyle His favorite movie, by the in 1976 in a major upset. She way, was “Lonesome Dove,” ementary School. “Mr. Hall,” Earl said, had been superintendent for and he was fond of saying, “Never love anything that “if you’ll sell us this land, I 30 years. He surrounded himself can’t love you back.” promise I’ll name the school with good staff at key posiafter you.” Donations may be made And he did – Halls El- tions and was popular with in Mr. Hoffmeister’s mempeople in an era when vot- ory to Special Olympics ementary School. Mr. Hoffmeister died last ers elected the superinten- of Greater Knoxville or to dent. He helped oversee Powell Church. week. He was 90. Born in Maryville, Mr. the merging of Knoxville ■■ Halls Republican Hoffmeister grew up in City Schools into the county Club meets 6:30 p.m. MonSouth Knox and played school system in 1986-87 day, March 20, at the Halls/ football and basketball at and won re-election each Powell Boys & Girls Club, the old Young High School. time he ran for superinten- 1819 Dry Gap Pike. He was also a World War dent. He took particular in■■ Halls Outdoor II veteran. After the war, terest in special education. Classroom celebration is Steve Wells grew up in 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, he attended UT and played football briefly before trans- Emory Estates, a subdivi- at the classroom behind the sion Mr. Hoffmeister devel- Halls High softball field. ferring to Wofford College. His North Knox ties are oped, in a house Mr. Hoff■■ Halls Alumni Dinmeister also built. Wells can ner is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, tight indeed. In addition to build- tell you some fishing tales April 29. Chris Vandergriff ing houses in the area, Mr. and said, “His sense of hu- says this year’s potluck dinHoffmeister moved to Pow- mor was second to none.” ner will also include a reJeff Newgent knows, too. ception and student-guided ell and taught at Powell High and at Central High, A Central High grad, New- tours in the commons at where he later became vice gent found himself on the 6:30 p.m. and a special cenprincipal. Popular with stu- receiving end of one of Mr. tennial celebration at 7:30 one-liners p.m. in the Halls Middle dents, he was affectionately Hoffmeister’s nicknamed “Hoff.” He con- while helping him during School auditorium. The tinued to build houses dur- the only campaign he lost – Halls Alumni Association, Longtime friends Earl Hoffmeister and Bob Johnson shake hands while touring Washington, ing the summers for a time, a bid for state representative which sponsors the event, D.C., during the October 2013 HonorAir Knoxville flight. Mr. Hoffmeister, a World War II veteran and wife JoAnne, to whom in 1994. is looking to fill three vaand former Knox County Schools superintendent, passed away last week. File photo Mr. Hoffmeister had in- cancies on its board of dihe was married for 67 years, was his partner in business, sisted on stopping at Shon- rectors. Those interested From page A-1 too. They attended Pow- ey’s to eat, even though they should contact James Kuykell United Methodist (now were late to a meeting with endall at 865-922-8211 or It says a lot about Dod- are all fun,” she says. She Powell Church) for 63 years. state Democrats in Nashville. email The required anson that she actually con- also loves gardening, cooknual meeting of the Fort siders going up on the roof ing and trying out new craft Sumter Community to clean snow off the radio beers, and she makes an oc865-494-7841. Cemetery and the comstation’s satellite dish as a casional foray into yoga. ■■ Fountain City Lions Club meets 6 p.m. each munity is scheduled for Come spring, she’ll be “snow day perk.” first and third Monday, Lions Community Build7 p.m. Thursday, March ■■ Bits and Pieces Quilt Guild meeting, 1 p.m. But then, she lists hiking, out walking the boulevard, ing, 5345 N. Broadway. Wednesday, March 22, Community Building 16, 2017, at the cemetery backpacking and camping and working on those new ■ ■ Halls Community Lions Club meets 7:15 p.m. in Norris. Program: “Barn Quilts” presented by office on Salem Church outdoor skills. She’s looking as her favorite hobbies. each second and fourth Monday, Shoney’s, 343 Coleen Miller. “Sit and sew” before meeting, Road. The annual re“Fishing, kayaking and forward to all of it and says, Emory Road. starting at 9:30 a.m. Bring project and lunch port will be given and rock climbing are new hob- “there’s so much to love and sew with friends. Info: Mary Jane Berry, ■■ Halls Republican Club. Info: questions answered. bies that I stink at, but they about living here!”

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Morning Pointe marks 20th year

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Morning Pointe of Powell celebrated the 20th anniversary of its parent company recently with a visit from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and entertainment by Larry Blair of the Blair Experience. Founded in 1996, the Chattanoogabased healthcare services company started with its two co-founders, Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow, who share one vision to change the senior care industry. The company has since expanded to 27 communities, with three additional Pat Caron communities scheduled to open in the coming year. Morning Pointe of Powell also hosted the Sonshine Bunch Junior Clown Troupe from Ridgeview Baptist Church. Combined Morning Pointe locations have pledged to give back 20,000 hours of service in 2017.

Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. (Matthew 10: 17-18 NRSV) Today is the Ides of March, a date made famous by the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. In ancient days, the Ides (they can be singular or plural, according to the dictionary) were marked by many religious observances, but today the Ides of March is best known for Caesar’s murder. You may remember from school days the famous quote from Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” when Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.” According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. Caesar passed it off as nothing, even joking that “the Ides are come,” apparently thinking that the prophecy was false. The seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Perhaps Caesar should have heeded the warning. Every month in the Roman calendar had an Ides near the midpoint of the month – on the 13th

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Larry Blair, entertainer, sings to Morning Pointe of Powell resident Betty Sibert during Morning Pointe Senior Living’s 20th anniversary celebration at the assisted living community.

■■ Halls Christian Church, 4805 Fort Sumter Road, will host a new study session on the book “You Lost Me” by David Kinnaman, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays. The church hosts a women’s Bible study 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 865-922-4210.

■■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 865-771-7788.

■■ 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: recoveryatpowell. com or 865-938-2741.

■■ Fountain City UMC, 212 Hotel Road, hosts GriefShare, 6:30-8 p.m. each Wednesday in room 112. The support group is offered for those who are dealing with the loss of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Cost: $15 for workbook. Info: 865-689-5175.

■■ 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. March 22 program: John Cole will entertain. Info: 865-687-2952.

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Gibbs honors Eagles of Month Eagles of the Month for January include ninth-grade students Josh Minton and Micayla Domingues; sophomore Iyana Mack; juniors Morgan Gentry, Alex Hughes and Austin Thompson; and seniors Adam Geames and Shelby Keaton. Students are selected by staff members for their hard work and good character in and out of the classroom.





Vortex team members include (front) Madison Baker, Jordan Gremchuk, Kamryn Dockery, Sydney Hollingsworth, Carly Minhinnett, Anna Hibben, Tylor Gockenbach, Makiyah Hancock; (middle) Amelia Drafts, Emily Royal, Carlie Branson, Grace Lawson, Caroline Elliott, Brooklyn Nease, Cadra Pitkanen; (back) Rilee Bates, Julie Clark, Sydney Crumbley, Kelsey Varnell, Brittany Bales, Harper Kirby, Abbey Hopkins and Allie Matye. Not pictured are Jordan Mathes and Krista Watts. Photo by Ruth White

Twister’s Vortex earns bid to Summit

Halls Middle School’s space team includes sponsor Jennifer Booth; Reagan Frye, Rehtaeh Sutton, Alyssa Morgan, Summer Keck and Riley Turpin. Photo by Ruth White

The Twister’s gym senior team, Vortex, will head to Disney in May and compete at its big competition, Summit. The group competed in December in Atlanta, where they came in dead last, scoring the lowest in the entire competition. The team returned to the gym with drive and determination and competed in Chattanoo-

ga, where they received their bid to Summit. After Chattanooga, they competed at CheerSport Knox and CheerSport Atlanta, where they won their division. Coach Delaney Burton called Vortex “a comeback team” and praised them for their efforts to make it to the competition in May.

HMS students experience ‘out of this world’ trip

They call themselves the “Girl Power Group,” and these five young women from Halls Middle School recently participated in a trip of a lifetime. Jennifer Booth’s sixth-grade honors class members wrote proposals for launch projects and the wing selected the best five. From those five, the group voted and the top three were submitted. Two of the proposals – Curcurbita Pepo (summer squash) and “Sea Monkeys to the Rescue” – were selected as the No. 2 and 3 projects, after Bearden Middle School’s winning selection. The summer squash project involved growing squash seeds in micro gravity (you have to eat on Mars, right?) and the sea monkey project involved tiny shrimp living in extremely salty water in micro gravity.

The girls were invited to attend the space launch and watch as Bearden’s project went into space. This once-in-a-lifetime trip allowed the team to see interesting things, tour the Kennedy Space Center, and it fueled their excitement for next year’s competition. They received constructive critiques for their projects and plan to make improvements. Rehtaeh called the experience “cool” and enjoyed working with her friends and attending the planning meetings. Reagan was thankful for the opportunity and was thrilled to know that something she has touched could one day go to space. All of the girls were glad they participated in the project and look forward to next year. The trip was made possible through a grant from the University of Tennessee.

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Shandi’s Boutique recently celebrated its opening with an Open House, and the Halls/Powell community showed up in support. The boutique is named for owners Shannon Steele and Candi Hall (pictured). The pair consider the boutique “modern with a vintage charm” and offer something for everyone in sizes ranging from small to 3X. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. They are closed Sunday and Monday. They are at 1837 Dry Gap Pike between GruJo’s and The Boys & Girls Club. Info: 362-5665. Photo by Ruth White

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Longtime Rotarian and past District 6780 governor Bob Ely passed away last Wednesday morning. His services were this past Saturday, and members of the Rotary Club of Bearden were honorary pallbearers. Ely was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Bearden in 1960, a Rotarian for 55-plus years and in 1981-82 was elected district governor. He also was a past president of the Bearden club, which was known as the Rotary Club of West Knoxville then.

■■ Case Antiques Inc. will host the East Tennessee PBS Antique Appraisal fair at the Historic Cherokee Jennings Mills Building, 2240 Sutherland Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1. The appraisal fair is open to the public and guests are invited to bring their items for appraisal.

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The Interact Club is the high school arm of Rotary International. The 50-member Webb club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Knoxville. The students also selected these projects to support with the balance of the funds they raised: $500 to support Remote Area Medical in Knoxville $1,000 to support the slum school some of the students have visited in Chandigarh, India $1,000 to support education/ students in South Africa $500 to support clean water/wells in Thailand








In January, the members of the Webb School Interact Club had a special dinner fundraising event – “A Taste of India.” The students Tom King raised almost $4,000 in one evening for the projects the club supports. Webb junior Kalina Scarbrough, president of Webb Interact, presented a check for $1,000 to her grandfather Kanti Patel. He will use the money to help an eye clinic that he helped establish in his hometown in Gujarat, India. The clinic provides free eye operations for anyone in the surrounding area. He also is supporting a pediatrics program and now an assisted living center for the elderly. “Mr. Patel is matching the $1,000 and on his next trip to India will take photos of the clinic to show the Interact students how their money has made a difference 8,000 miles away!” says Liz Gregor, Webb’s multicultural coordinator and the Interact Club adviser.

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Difference of opinion In comparison to recent athletics directors, John Currie may be cause for celebration. He brings an actual track record. He is relatively modern. He uses the word “cool.” John Currie He has personality and doesn’t do sun lamps or hair dye. Now that the music has stopped and noise has subsided, let us seek what passes for the truth. What we have here is a guarded difference of opinion about the new man at Tennessee. There is high praise, mostly from far-away places. There are biting local undertones but they do not sound lethal. Those who guided Dr. Beverly Davenport in her discovery and knee-jerk choice of Currie identified the precise qualities she sought: An established leader at a so-so Power 5 school who would see UT as a full step up. A man of integrity, yea, with respect for NCAA rules. A smart salesman (comfortable with other millionaires, keen at remembering names, polished at smiling and shaking hands). John demonstrated several skills

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in negotiating a very favorable bonus contract for himself. A builder and maybe even a visionary with proper appreciation for great athletes who turn all the wheels. Favoring athletes and academics is very popular. It discourages lawsuits about misuse and abuse. All that information and more was available in the official Currie biography or in glowing reports of his success at Kansas State. Some who actually know John, who worked with him in his previous years in Knoxville, have reservations. Some in Manhattan claim the community is pleased that he is gone. One UT employee, before and after Currie, is “flabbergasted” by the selection. John was supposedly No. 2 in being least liked. Ask later who was No. 1. After that, ask if being liked is important to being the boss. Another former associate said Currie tried to change the entire culture to reflect the Atlantic Coast Confer-

ence image, specifically Wake Forest, from whence he came. As for him morphing into a Tennessee guy, no way. “Not sure he could find Ayres Hall with a campus map.” A third said, being charitable, that John was a bully. There were other caustic words. John has been called Mike Hamilton 2.0, much better at raising and spending money than identifying, hiring and keeping winning coaches. He was Hamilton’s right-hand man in the knockout of Phillip Fulmer the week of the Wyoming game in 2008. Currie is also linked to Lane Kiffin. Ouch. One sincere critic wonders if Donna Thomas, prominent on the search committee, provided that information to Dr. Davenport. John is perceived as a micromanager. That is code for butting into subordinates’ business. There was a zinger from a support person: “John decided how many dill pickle slices should be in box lunches.” Go light on some of this stuff, all anonymous talk radio and coffee-break chatter, presented as certified facts, but don’t quote me. OK to attribute good stuff – intelligent, energetic, tenacious, passionate.

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Keep in mind that Tennessee recollections are eight or more years old. We don’t know how maturity and additional experience may have changed Currie. K-State inside talk sounds suspiciously similar but it could be prejudiced. Certain Vol lettermen, some outspoken, were Frank Bowden’s funeral wounded by the selection was over before I knew he process. They think Fulwas gone. I learned of his mer was used as window dressing. They fear David death when I saw his obituBlackburn may never be the ary in a stack of papers I’d set aside to same. Fans and media had read when him believing he was a logiI got the cal choice. time, and Most who really wanted although I a genuine Vol for Life have knew him elected to take a deep breath pretty well, Frank Bowden and go on living. We can still there was marvel at Dr. Davenport’s a lot I didn’t know about “non-negotiable” criteria Frank Bowden, because since she came to UT withhe really didn’t talk about out ever being chancellor at himself much. a Power 5 school. He would have turned Of all the things John Cur90 this year, which means rie is or isn’t, has or hasn’t he was one of the youngest done, something he said at of the Greatest Generathe welcome party got my tion, having served in the attention: “The University U.S. Army in Germany and of Tennessee can and should France. This would have be the very best athletic proplaced him in some of the gram in the country.” fiercest fighting of the war Terrific idea. Let’s go for at age 18. When I knew it. No more basketball colhim, some 50 years later, he lapses, no more football was one of those “Stand me losses to Vanderbilt, never up at the gates of hell and I again last in SEC track and won’t back down” guys that field, contenders in every- Tom Petty sang about. thing, national champs in Another thing I didn’t several sports. know about him was that If I were coaching, that as a science teacher and would make me nervous. a principal, he worked to (Marvin West invites reader reaction. His integrate Southern Appalaaddress is chian Regional Science Fair and was an active but behind-the-scenes participant in the civil rights struggles of the ‘60s, providing transgas tax bill but is a sponsor. portation and bail money He says it helps build roads for the Knoxville College in North Knox County such students who were sittingas Emory Road. He points in at downtown lunch out he has opposed other counters and picketing the tax hikes consistently in the Tennessee Theatre. Bob Booker was among past. ■■ Circuit Court Judge those KC students Frank Deborah Stevens turns assisted. “I’m not sure he felt 63 on March 17. ■■ Former Lt. Gov. comfortable marching and Ron Ramsey was in Knox- carrying signs, but there ville two days last week were a number of people promoting parental control who would get students over student placement. out of jail and provide Ramsey retired two months transportation when they ago from the second-high- needed to get downtown. est office in the state at the He was in the forefront of height of his popularity. He trying to move us forward will continue to push issues and was always interested that are conservative and in progress. He tried to bring that to every school close to his beliefs. he was assigned to, whether

as a teacher or a principal. He was a strong voice. No question about that.” Years later, when Bowden was a county commissioner, Booker enjoyed his sparring with County Executive Dwight Kessel, who opposed Bowden’s efforts to force the county to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Mark Cawood, who served on commission with Bowden, remembers those battles, too. “He told Kessel to take that sheet out of his closet and wear it,” Cawood said. I can’t remember the precise issue, but I do remember the time Bowden – who could flat turn a phrase – elegantly accused his colleagues of being spineless by saying they had “exoskeletons,” and the time he told a pandering colleague to “Put that race card back in your pocketbook.” But my favorite Bowden memory happened the day buses full of Christian Coalition members packed the hall and cheered while their preachers demanded that the commissioners sign onto a resolution denouncing “special rights” for gay people. Popularly known as the “Gay Bashing Resolution,” it had no force of law, but was being carried to local elected bodies all over the country, and would become a cudgel come the next election. There were 19 commissioners in those days, and 15 of them voted – with varying degrees of enthusiasm – for the measure. Two passed. Another, Bee DeSelm, voted no. And one voted “Not only no, but hell no.” That was Frank William Bowden. I’m glad I knew him.

put in sidewalks. Green said that sidewalks would improve home value and thus attract buyers and that the goal is to impose a fee that is not more attractive than installing sidewalks, which will cost about $40 a linear foot for new development. Since the plan requires sidewalks on only one side of the street, the cost is shared by two homes. “In the end, the sidewalks will add about $1,500 per home, which is nominal considering the added val-

slope causing someone in a wheelchair to slide off. “The walkability ordinance in now available online, it’s being rolled out to the public. Now is the time to let your county commissioners know your thoughts whatever they may be. That’s going to directly relate to the success and funding of this project. They need to know what you want. They’re here to enact your vision and they need to know what this vision is. Info:

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UT administrators paid well in retreat The current controversy on high pay for UT administrators who return to teach as faculty could not come at a worse time for the university, as it suggests waste through inflated salaries that are not genuinely earned or deserved. To retire as chancellor, president or provost and then earn 75 percent of your salary with no limit as to how long it lasts and no connection to duties, workload or ability seems fundamentally misplaced. It is not fiscally conservative. It is wasteful. UT is often asking for more money and telling the Legislature not to micromanage. This weakens their argument as the board of trustees allowed this to happen. This was actually reported in this column some three months ago after Jimmy Cheek announced his retirement as chancellor, but now the daily media have discovered it. UT President Joe DiPietro obviously saw the public relations disaster looming when he offered to limit his own benefit to four years instead of a lifetime. He is taking a bullet for the other six people who are enjoying this benefit. Will the others step forward and announce an end to this windfall? Good question to be asked.


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The excuse that this is what other comparable universities are paying does not apply for retreat salaries once the administrator returns to his prior job. How did the trustees allow this to happen? If they had read their materials they would have known it, as they approved the contracts allowing this. The trustees were not doing their job of exam-

ining expenses in this case. Unless this is changed soon, the Legislature may intervene, and certainly some candidates for governor may make it an issue. It is a legitimate issue for gubernatorial candidates as the governor is a voting member of the UT board who often chairs it. A candidate could pledge to not let it happen on his/her watch. UT would not benefit if this became a statewide issue and should act to modify it ASAP. ■■ State Rep. Bill Dunn, who often has been one of the most conservative lawmakers, is not only backing the Haslam

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MPC rolls out draft of walkability ordinance By Nancy Anderson Gerald Green says sidewalks offer many benefits. “Transportation – you can walk to your local grocery store. Recreational – you can run or walk your dog, which also adds health benefits. A great sense of community – sidewalks connect you with your neighbors. Safety – when you’re outside you can see what’s going on in your own neighborhood.” The Knoxville Knox County Metropolitan Plan-

ning Commission, which Green heads, has finalized a draft walkability ordinance. Green spoke last week at the Karns Community Club, sharing the report. The ordinance proposes that new and redevelopment provide sidewalks with the exception of some areas outside the urbanized area. Developers can pay a fee if terrain does not permit sidewalks. Karns residents worried that the fee would be more attractive than paying to

ue. We don’t know what the fee in lieu of would be, but hopefully it will not be seen as more attractive by developers. That would just pass on cost to the homeowner without any added value.” The fee would be used to build sidewalks elsewhere to improve connectivity. Sidewalks will have to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to cross slopes. While a sidewalk, which must be 5 feet wide, can contour to rolling hills, it can’t have a cross

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HealtH & lifestyles News From Fort saNders regioNal medical ceNter

Estella Whitehead, RN, is certified in inpatient obstetrics. She works with Jennifer Thomasson, RN, who is a certified lactation Wound-certified nurse Anne Rodgers, RN, works with Lynne consultant, to provide the best possible care in labor and de- Penny Elder, RN, is certified in gerontological nursing. She has a heart for providing excellent care to older adult patients. Bevins to examine and treat a patient’s wound. livery.

Fort Sanders Regional celebrates Certified Nurses Day Certified Nurses Day™ honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialties. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing. Fort Sanders Regional is proud to employ a total of over 120 certified nurses in the following categories:

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Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center receives highest NICHE designation Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center announces it has again achieved “Exemplar” status by the Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders (NICHE) program. This is the third time Fort Sanders has received “Exemplar” status in recent years, signaling the organization’s dedication to providing patient-centered care for older adults. “The staff at Fort Sanders continues to evaluate the unique needs of patients 65 years and older and continually develops best practices to provide specialized care. Our long-standing commitment to improving elder care is reflected in the NICHE designation,” says Keith Altshuler, chief administrative officer at Fort Sanders Regional. NICHE is an international program designed to help health

care organizations improve the care of older adults. NICHE, based at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, includes more than 680 health care organizations in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Singapore and Australia. The “Exemplar” status is the highest of four levels of recognition of NICHE facilities. Rankings are issued following a rigorous self-evaluation of the current state and future goals of the hospital. Fort Sanders was the first NICHE-certified facility in our region and has served as a model to other hospitals across the nation for more than a decade. Currently, three other Covenant Health facilities also carry the NICHE designation: Fort Loudoun, LeConte and Parkwest Medical Centers.

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon races set for April 1-2 Mark your calendars for the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events – and lace up your running shoes! The races are set for Saturday, April 1 (5K race and the popular Covenant Kids Run) and Sunday, April 2 (half-marathon, two- and four-person relays and full marathon). The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has grown to become the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee. As in previous years, all races will have an exciting finish on the 50-yard line inside Neyland Stadium. For many, it is the thrill of seeing themselves on

the JumboTron as they cross the finish line that inspires them to participate in the events. But the best reward may be what runners gain by the entire experience. Proceeds from the marathon benefit the Knoxville Track Club’s youth athletic program and Covenant Health’s Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC), which encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities. To learn more or to register, go to www.

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VILLA - 3200 SF, stand alone, on golf course w/lake & mtn views. $389,900. 170 Heron Court, Vonore, TN 37885 CONDO - 1580 SF, 1st floor w/priv. entry, on golf course. $149,900. 565 Rarity Bay Pkwy, Unit 101, Vonore, TN 37885. Listing sheets for both properties will be at the gatehouse. For more info call (423) 884-6276


Lawn & Garden 2000 JOHN DEERE GATOR 6X4 - LOWEST Price: $2100. Contact me: (901)504-4875 2014 Ariens auto. 19 HP, 42” riding mower, model A19A42, like new, $500. (865)414-7410

FSBO. 144 Creekwood Way, Seymour. 2+2, 2 car gar., gas fp, new paint, all season encl porch, new W.H., $162,500. No agts. (865)387-5824

Vacation Property

HAZELTONE BICOLOR KOHLER & CAMPBELL PIANO - Top rises, maple finish. Excellent condition. Local pickup only. $800 obo. Call (865)-771-5784

FREE LAND WITH PURCHASE OF THE CABIN at Top of the World - near Smokey Mountain Park & Lake. TOTALLY RENOVATED, MOVE IN READY! Vacation home or rental income. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Reduced to $70,500. Price includes cabin and 9 lots (approx. 3/4 acre) (865)-660-8404

Automobiles for Sale

Automobiles for Sale


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PLUMBING CO. All Types of Residential & Commercial Plumbing


Standing Timber 40 years of experience



MASTER PLUMBER 40 Years Experience � Licensed & Bonded

922-8728 � 257-3193

423-504-8036 1999 ALLEGRO BUS, 35’, 275 HP, Cat diesel pusher, exc. cond. Non-smoker. No pets. $35,000. Photos online. 865-984-4786.

Blank’s Tree Work


Wheels/Recreation 1992 CLASS B COACHMAN MOTOR HOME - Excellent Condition! 86,500 miles. $14,000. Pictures on request. Contact Frank (865)851-5591.


Home Maint./Repair

Landscaping/Lawn Service

I-40 Exit 347 N 1 Mile

Norriscraft fishing boat, 50 HP Merc T&T, 2 fish finders, Minnkota 36 lbs, exc cond, (865)804-6921.

fascia board repair, gutter guards, gutter cleaning. Call (865)936-5907

GOLDENDOODLES - LABRADOODLES - YORKSHIRE TERRIERS - Quality puppies. Call or text 865-591-7220

Aerial bucket truck Stump grinding Brush chipper Bush hogging Trimming & removing

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


GREAT FIBER GLASS FISHING BOAT - 50 horse power motor. Trolling motor. Everything runs and works great. $1500. (865)243-0569.


GOLDENDOODLE PUPS great temperaments, good with children, S&W, $775. (865) 466-4380.

SHIH TZU puppies, CKC reg, 5-8 lbs full grown, S&W UTD, $800. call/text (423) 268-0615



GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES - Born February 6th, both parents AKC, $750. (865)-388-0987

SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $500 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016



And tandem trailer. Docked in Vonore, TN. $45,500

Call (865)281-8080

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS AKC, West German bldlns, 2 M, 8 F, vet ck’d. health guar. $700. 865-322-6251.

Breeden's Tree Service


NEW 255X75X17 GOODYEAR - Wrangler SRA, raised white letters. Same sz. as 265x70x17. $99. (865)933-3175.


Retired Vet. looking to keep busy.

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

Auto Parts & Acc

2014 YAMAHA 242



SENIOR CITIZEN - In need of depend. transport. to save job. Sed/Van or pick-up in good cond. $2500 or under. (865)659-8765. ASAP.

2014 Sweetwater 2086. Yamaha 70HP four stroke(118 hrs)Tennessee trailer 727-776-3251

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

German Shepherd puppies, AKC/CKC, all shots, pics on facebook/tennesseeshepherd $450. (423)619-9840


Free estimates


Musical MARTIN DC18E DREADNOUGHT Acoustic, electric, cut away guitar, BRAND NEW w/case. Purchased on Nov. 2016. $2400. (423)460-1700

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

Licensed and insured Over 30 yrs. experience


New side x sides in stock starting at $7999 GOAD MOTORSPORTS

Interior Pruning, Complete Removal, Power Stump Grinding

Workers Comp Liability

General Services


EDWARDS TREE SERVICE Insured • Free Estimates

Trucks CHEV. 1500 SPORTSIDE 1993 w/Mark IV pkg, mag whls, 125K mi, $5500 obo. (865)755-4729.

Pruning • Logging Bush Hogging Stump Removal Insured


BUY NOW & SAVE $$$$$ Visit Us Online at or call 865-681-3030


Dogs ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPS AKC, $1500+. Visa-MC Accepted. (423)775-6044.




Dogs AKC SHITZU PUPPIES - 3 boys, vet checked. The House of Little Lions (828)-884-7208 or 828-507-6079

2012 FORD FUSION SEL, AUTOMATIC, POWER, MOONROOF, SONY SOUND SYSTEM, R1950..$12,950 Price includes $399 dock fee. Plus tax, tag & title WAC. Dealer retains all rebates. Restrictions may apply. See dealer for details. Prices good through next week.

BOSTON TERRIER puppies, 8 wks, 1M, 1F, reg., $400 ea. 423-437-1749

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DACHSHUNDS, CKC reg., 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, $250. (931)-319-0000 DOBERMAN PUPS, AKC, Sire XL natl & intl champ - 125 lbs, Dam Lrg Russian champ. - her sire was 2013 World Champ. $850. Credit cards accepted. 615-740-7909 ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES - AKC registered. 1st shots, vet checked. $1800. Call (423) 519-0647.

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2026 N. Charles Seivers Blvd. • Clinton, TN 37716

865-457-0704 or 1-800-579-4561


Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • B-3

Ki Stulbert and Michael Sayne get information ready to pass out to the guests at the table. Michael, founder of the Helping Kids, Fighting Abuse luncheon, is past board chair.

Comedian LeAnne Morgan talks with Childhelp Tennessee director Hugh Nystrom and board president Janette Burgin.

Helping the children By Sherri Gardner Howell Fundraising events like Oysterfest (May 6) are fun and profitable for Childhelp Tennessee, but sometimes you just need to sit down and talk to your friends. A luncheon at Cherokee Country Club last Wednesday gave the staff and supporters of Childhelp the opportunity to do just that. In its seventh year, the Helping Kids, Fighting Abuse Luncheon highlighted the entire breadth of services and programs offered by the organization. Director Hugh Nystrom was there, along with a large number of board members and representatives from partner agencies. The sobering stats – 46 percent of children served are younger than age 6, for example – pointed to the problems faced daily in the Childhelp world, but speakers like Hayley and Jonathan (siblings who were Childhelp kids) and foster parents Chad and Elizabeth Schollaert gave guests the good news as well. The afternoon ended with an opportunity to support the organization with donations. Michael Sayne is founder of the event, which started with 60 people at a church and boasted a full house Little Tori Schollaert, whose parents were speakers at the this year with more than 150 in attendance. Table host and board member Valerie Lamb talks with guest Tommy Childhelp: Childhelp luncheon, charms guest Lara Fleming. Keeler.

Let’s check the calendar! Ryan Greer and Lee Popkin catch up before the luncheon begins.

HAPPENINGS ■■ KARM Dragon Boat Festival early bird team registration discounts available through April 13. The Dragon Boat Festival will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Cove at Concord Park. Info: karm. org/dragonboats.

■■ New Play Festival: “The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister” by Kris Bauske, Thursdays-Sundays, through March 26, Theatre Knoxville Downtown space, 306 N. Gay St. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets/reservations: 865-546-4280.

2 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Apartments - Unfurn. Real Estate Sales

1,2,3 BR

Lots/Acreage for Sale STRAW PLAINS, 5.2 acres, well water, power & septic, unrestricted, $50,000. (865) 206-5818

Real Estate Wanted $$ PAYS TOP DOLLAR $$- Small or large tracts of timber to log. KY, TN, and VA Master Logger Program. (606)273-2232 or (423)566-9770



*Pools, Laundries, Appl. *5 min. to UT & airport A Large Clean 2 BR apt. in Old North Knoxv. Conveniently located. No smoking/no pets. $700 mo. Dep req’d. (865)522-7552

Real Estate Rentals Apartments - Furnished A CLEAN, QUIET EFFICIENCY. - Util., no pets, smoke free. Ftn. City. $550 (423)306-6518 NE KNOX- Lrg 1 BR 1 BA for 1 PERSON. Upstairs loft duplex. 900 sq. feet. Clean & peaceful, $550 water incl. + sec. deposit. NON SMOKER (INSIDE/ OUT). NO PETS. NO DRUGS. 865-4564424 Cell/Text.

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

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■■ Appalachian Arts Craft Center Spring Porch Sale begins Thursday, March 16, at the center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton. Features outdated stock, seconds, student crafts and unjuried work by members of the Center. Sale runs for two weeks. Info: 865-494-9854 or ■■ Marble City Opera: Verdi’s “La

Apartments - Unfurn.


Traviata,” 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, March 16-18, Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike. Admission: $25. Info/tickets: www.

Apartments - Unfurn.



1 BR Apt Now Available

ELDERLY OR DISABLED COMPLEX A/C, Heat, Water & Electric Incl, OnSite Laundry, Computer Center & Resident Services


Great location! On the Bus Line! Close to Shopping!

TDD 1-800-927-9275

Rent Based on Income, Some Restrictions Apply

for appointment

Call 865-523-4133 TODAY for more information

EFFICIENCY APARTMENTS $250 deposit $500/month. Includes water. Great for single, couple, etc. Studio size. (865)-279-9850 / (865)-279-0550

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Internet searching capabilities. Info/ registration: 865-215-8809. ■■ “Rock Against Dementia,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, the Square Room on Market Square. Hosted by the Purple Cities Alliance. The event is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

■■ “Ancestry in Detail,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires preregistration, a valid email address, good More at News Sentinel

Or Physically Mobility Impaired 1 & 2 BR, utilities included. Laundry on site. Immediate housing if qualified. Section 8-202.

NORTH. Nicely remod. 2 BR, ground floor, washer & dryer, reasonable util., conv. prking, credit ck. $525 mo + $375 dep. (865) 384-8532


Apartments - Unfurn. SPACIOUS 2 BR, full BA, LR, DR, lrg kitchen, lots of closet/storage space, laundry rm w/W&D conn., priv. drive, quiet safe neighborhood. Close to UT Hospital, airport & downtown Knoxville and Sevier County. Ideal for professional. All utilities, cable, garbage pickup & pest control incl. NO smoking. NO pets. $900 mo + DD. Refs required. For appt. (865) 577-9426

Homes Unfurnished 2BR, 1 BA HOUSE FOR RENT, 1 car garage, hardwood floors, $725 month $500 deposit. (865)705-8300 HOME FOR RENT KARNS - 3BR, Brick, basement rancher, immaculate, newly remodeled, 3 BR, 1 BA, large living room with fireplace, den / dining room, large kitchen with appliances, hardware floors, large yard wiwth nice view, central Heating/ Air, no smoking. Small pet negotiable. Credit & reference chek. 1 year. lease $1000/month $500 deposit. (865)690-0245 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.

Downtown Knoxville Open every Saturday from 12-4pm. Please call 865-523-9303 for info.

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Welcoming guests are Dana Bliley and Megan Queen, both with Childhelp Tennessee.

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Dr. David Kitts, Special Crimes Unit of the Knoxville Police Department, told the crowd how the police work with Childhelp and how valuable its role in the process is.

0-1 ZONE, 2200 SF bldg., lrg lot, near Papermill Rd. across from Pond Gap School. $174,900. 865-765-1123; 865539-1145



5500 sf warehouse and office space, restrooms, loading dock now available in Union Co. Industrial Park Maynardville, also small offices available. Call JT at 865- 679- 2443.


(865) 922-


NORTH KNOXVILLE Office/Shop 1,120 SF $425/MTH Call Chris Hansard (865) 922-3675 Worley Builders, Inc.

Retail Space/Rent

CONVENIENCE STORE FOR LEASE KNOXVILLE Large neighborhood area with heavy traffic. Call today for more info 865-560-9989

B-4 • March 15, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

Woodworker’s world shows limitless vision By Suzanne Foree Neal “If you can dream it, I can make it,” says Faris Ashkar. He’s been crafting wooden items since he was 6 years old. Sitting at home wasn’t an option, and his father saw to it that his son didn’t have idle time. Ashkar helped his father’s friend who was a woodworker. “He taught me how to sweep floors without creating dust and how to plane wood,” he laughs. Of Lebanese descent, he came to the United States to attend Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C., and never went home. After working in the corporate world of textiles, systems management, accounting and engineering, he promised himself he would own his own business by the age of 35. He creates everything from jewelry to massive furniture pieces. Wood speaks to him, and he’ll work with the graining that nature provides when possible. While he will stain or paint furniture, he would much rather let the natural wood shine through a lacquer coating. “I don’t like to duplicate,” he says of furniture, wall units, entertainment centers, mantels and cabinets he creates. All his business comes by word of mouth; he’s never advertised. “I love a challenge,” he says. “I get bored quickly doing the same thing. The more complicated the better.” Ninety-five percent of his design work is done by hand. “Keeps my brain busy,” Ashkar laughs. One big challenge was a woman who wanted kitchen cabinets to the top of her 10-foot ceilings. He created his version of a library ladder on a track so she could reach the top ones. One unique characteristic of his furniture pieces is that they come apart in a good way so they can be moved to another place in the house or taken to a new one. He has a couple of helpers and a list of subcontractors for things like plumbing, electrical and HVAC units for remodeling jobs but says it’s about time to slow down and do less of those. A

Faris Ashkar shows off one of his larger art pieces. The wooden calligraphy is done in Arabic. In the center is “God” and surrounding that is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The large outside circle says “You are the light of the world” four times. The piece shows off many techniques he uses, including wood burning, wood inlay and fret work. The piece is one of six he’s made and is meant to be hung as a diamond shape. Photos by Suzanne Foree Neal Faris Ashkar creates wooden signs as small as this and outdoor ones as large as several square feet for commercial use. current project is for himself: a new workbench with lots of drawers. Ashkar’s art pieces hang on walls from his college in North Carolina to a professor’s house in Michigan. He creates calligraphy out of wood, does wood inlays, wood burning and chisel work, something rare in the current world of automation.

Larry & Laura Bailey

Clinton - This 100x150 size lot is zoned C-1. Property once had a residence but now is vacant land with utilities at the road. Lots of possibilities $55,000 (973305)

He and his wife, Chafica, have lived in Farragut for 29 years, raising sons Charles and Tony. One lives in Kentucky, one in Connecticut. Ashkar stays current with the community through membership in the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce.

This mission style bench and table were made from oak for a client. Faris Ashkar makes everything from wooden jewelry to massive wall units, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and art pieces in his workshop. Photo submitted


Justin Bailey

HEISKELL - 7.5 Acres Private wooded HALLS - This 3Br 2Ba Rancher convenient setting. This manufactured home location & features a detached 3-car garage has open floor plan with 3Brs & 2Bas. 36x24.6 with floored attic storage. Courtyard deck area off kitchen connects to garage Features large eat-in kitchen, dining& greenway access. Updates include: Roof, living rm combo & master suite with carpet, water heater, Cork kitchen flooring, shower and garden tub. $134,900 Dishwasher & washer 4years old. Sale includes (981103) washer/dryer. $149,900 (993512).

Andersonville - Convenience store, Gas & Deli. Well kept and in prime location within minutes to Sequoyah & Stardust Marinas on Norris Lake. Zoned A-2 (1 store per community) sits on corner lot with approx 200+ ft on Park Ln and approx 120+ft on Boyer Rd. Everything you need to be up and running $329,900 (992733)

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POWELL - Cul-de-sac lot w/neighborhood pool! This 3Br 2.5Ba with bonus features: Family rm w/fp open to eat-in kitchen w/ island. Formal dining and office/formal living on main. Private setting in backyard. Updates include: New high end laminate flooring, new stainless appliances, new master bath shower doors & freshly painted. $224,900 (989082)

HALLS - Private wooded setting. This 2Br home sits on 39.76 acres and is move in ready. Freshly painted, extra storage with walk-in crawl space & 2-car carport. $189,900 (993655)

COMMERCIAL LEASE ONLY: $1850.00 Monthly Lease. Well maintained and easily accessible office space w/ reception area, 4 offices, large work area with cubicles, full kitchen, copier/ common area, additional large area that could be used as a separate office area or large conference room with separate entrance. Includes all furniture in lease rate. (989864)

We have buyers who need homes. Give us a call today 947-9000

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A great community newspaper serving Halls and Fountain City

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A great community newspaper serving Halls and Fountain City