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A solution to belly fat

March 22, 2017

Streetlights for Maynardville Highway? B&P’s Halls Ahead pushes for project

By Nick Della Volpe This book review does not replace medical advice. Not everyone ages gracefully. That “spare tire” is not easy to resolve. Gym visits? Diet? Ads promising quick weight loss are rampant. But who wants Della Volpe another seesaw experience? In six months, the weight comes creeping back. Dr. Jason Fung, a Canadian nephrologist with a biochemical undergraduate degree, has brought science and common sense to the rescue. His two books, starting with “The Obesity Code” and then “The Complete Guide to Fasting,” can equip us with both the knowledge and a working solution to that stubborn belly or hip fat ... and lasting weight loss. The doctor, who struggled for over a decade to help his busy patients with kidney disease (often triggered by diabetes and obesity), offers us this simple solution: interim fasting. Excess insulin, he argues and documents quite persuasively, not calories, is the culprit. Dr. Fung debunks the false-but-popular conclusion that excess calories or insufficient movement are the main culprits. That’s not the root cause. Our hormone-regulating system has been thrown out of whack by current eating and bad snacking habits, filled with overly processed food and sugar-laden stuff. Excessive insulin causes us to store and store glucose as fat, but never burn it as the body’s alternate fuel. Let’s back up. We evolved as a species unsure if there would be another meal anytime soon. In times of feast, our hormone system (deploying insulin) enabled us to store excess nutrients over current needs. After the body fills the cells and stores glycogen in the liver, it converts the excess to fat stores, creating a “spare tank” to use when new fuel was not available. In effect, we have two fuel tanks: one sugar, the other fat. In lean times, we could easily switch tanks – a smart survival fix by Mother Nature. What happened? Modern people have bypassed the maker’s design. We no longer have to hunt or forage for our dinners. With steady agricultural harvests, grocery stores laden with food, drive-thru To page A-3

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Opening of a turn lane on Norris Freeway at Maynardville Highway has eased some of the congestion. A left turn lane was recently added and traffic moves somewhat quicker than it has in the past year.

By Jake Mabe Halls may be getting brighter along Maynardville Highway if somebody can find the cash. The Halls Business & Professional Association, through its Halls Ahead initiative, earmarked streetlights as one of four priorities. HBPA president Michelle Wilson says the project would focus on the stretches of Maynardville Highway from the Weigel’s at Ledgerwood Drive to Doris Circle, specifically at the intersections of Emory Road, Andersonville Pike and Norris Freeway.

“Like Bobby Hubbs says, you can’t mark what you can’t see.” Club representatives met recently with Mayor Tim Burchett. He suggested the group speak with state Rep. Bill Dunn about getting an amendment to the state budget to fund installation. Then, the group will push the county to find a line item in its budget for the monthly energy charge. The other three priorities of Halls Ahead are beautification, enhancements at Clayton Park (including a fishing dock, an amphitheater – which was part of the

Orange cones are everywhere – coming and going – down Maynardville Highway in Halls. Photos by Ruth White original park design – and con- Halls, which helps our businesses necting the two greenways), and and property values,” says Wilson. building a teen community center. To page A-3 “The idea is to attract people to

Boyd looks back and ahead at campaign kickoff elected governor By Betsy Pickle I’ll be spending Randy Boyd was in the favora lot of time supite-son zone when he visited New porting commuHopewell Elementary School last nities just like Wednesday to kick off his camthis across our paign for governor. state.” “I was famous for playing a After the fortree in one of the school plays,” mal announcehe quipped to the crowd of famment, Boyd remily, friends, well-wishers and me- Randy Boyd inisced more for dia. The school is “an important part of my personal history. If I’m the Shopper. “I was the fastest

guy in school, which meant nothing when I got to high school. I remember some great teachers. ... I think I was maybe a little fidgety back in those days, but they worked with me and believed in me. So I think it was a great experience because of the great teachers that I had.” Boyd, 57, went on to graduate from Doyle High School at 16 and UT at 19.

“I guess I’ve always been a little impatient,” he said. “By the time I was 16, I realized I had taken all the classes I needed to take to graduate. The only reason to stick around for the last year was just to play sports, and I was OK but not that great, so it didn’t seem like a reason enough to hang around. To page A-3

Staples wants school water tested; Eddie Smith pushes back By Betty Bean State Rep. Rick Staples’ inner city District 15 has some of the oldest school buildings in Knox County, and he’s concerned about the water that kids are drinking. “We want to keep what happened in Flint, Mich., from happening here,” he said. That’s why he’s sponsoring a bill mandating the state school board to require schools built before June 19, 1986 (when federal lead bans went into effect), to test students’ drinking water. Suspect samples would be retested, and parents or guardians notified when drinking water shows lead-level test results more than 20 parts per billion. The bill would leave the number of required tests up to the individual districts. “The spirit of this bill is to capture data in schools built before 1986,” Staples said. “We’re just

trying to capture consistent data to show us where we are. …” Staples said that such tests are not now being conducted, and said the procedure outlined in his bill would require testing 10 Rick Staples taps per school at $20 per tap. Last week, he presented his bill (HB0631) to the Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee and got a lukewarm reception, primarily because of the $177,000 fiscal note attached. Staples’ colleagues Eddie Smith and Harry Brooks are members of the subcommittee. Smith was skeptical, particularly of the section requiring “periodic testing,” which he said is too vague. He also

questioned the level of testing that would be required for finding lead levels of 20 parts per billion. Smith also said that Knox County has only six to eight schools that were built after 1986, which means that the cost of testing for lead contamination would be at least $20,000 per year, and more if multiple tests are required. Subcommittee chair Mark White of Shelby County said he considers the bill “a good concept,” and agreed that lead-contaminated drinking water is bad for kids, but said he is concerned about piling another mandate on local school districts. He moved to postpone Staples’ bill for a week to get a better handle on costs, and Staples agreed, after politely expressing frustration: “We have no knowledge of the levels of lead,” Staples said. “We do

not have a mechanism. And when we start thinking about spending dollars, we’re spending dollars on our children’s health.” Contacted after the meeting, he said he plans to ask for a vote and expressed frustration at the pushback he received, particularly from Smith. “I believe Eddie’s children are home schooled, so it wouldn’t make that much difference to him. He’s been a great chair of the Knox County delegation, but it would be really great if my colleagues would join me to try and get some bipartisan legislation in place to help capture the data so we can see if there is lead in the drinking water, and if so, how much? Parents and communities want to know this, and we want to keep our children safe. We have to do something to try and answer these questions.”

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A-2 • March 22, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

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By Carol Z. Shane Ballet might not be the first thing you think of when you think of a fitness program, but have you ever really looked at a ballerina? Every muscle is sculpted and strong. Every limb is flexible. Every step is sure. Now you avail yourself of one of the most valuable tools that a classical dancer uses – the barre. Barre fitness classes are taking off like wildfire, and Tennova Health & Fitness has jumped – or possibly leapt – onto the trend. Shape magazine calls barre “one of the top 10 fitness trends.” Sadie Lincoln in Fitness magazine says “Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training – holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles – combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.” Often, light hand-held weights are incorporated to “bring the burn,” as well as mats for targeted core work. Tennova Health & Fitness instructor Jill Davis describes the barre workout as “a fun, aerobic full-body workout that strengthens, stretches and tones the entire body. Light weights, bands and balance balls combined with tiny isometric movements make the barre class both effective and challenging for all fitness levels.” And as always, Tennova’s professional trainers keep a close eye on you. “Classes include modifications for any fitness level, so you can feel successful while achieving an amazing workout that will lengthen, strengthen and tone your body.” Davis says that one of her class leaders, Brittany Terry, taught barre throughout her pregnancy – even at 38 weeks. Starting in April, the classes will be offered three times a week – Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. They are included with a Tennova Health & Fitness Center membership. So light the lights and cue the orchestra, maestro! No tutu and toe shoes required – now the barre is for everyone!

If you think these folks are having fun while getting fit, you’re right! They’re taking a barre class. Well-known in classical dance, the barre provides stability. Barre classes combine high reps of small range-of-motion movements with isometric exercises. Small hand-held weights are also used. Photos submitted

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Halls/Fountain City Shopper news • March 22, 2017 • A-3

New car, same ol’ Senor

Here’s a nickel’s worth of free advice: “If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” ■■ Judson Palmer, whose daddy, Joe Palmer, was principal at Halls High in the 1950s, sent a note to the Shopper saying that nominations for the Halls High Alumni Association’s Wall of Fame end Friday, March 31. Winners will be announced at the annual banquet Saturday, April 29. Info/nomination forms: Judson Palmer, P.O. Box 70654 Knoxville, TN 37938 or 865-712-3009. ■■ The annual Halls Prayer Breakfast is 7:30 a.m. Good Friday (April 14) at Beaver Dam Baptist Church. WVLT-TV’s Heather Haley is the speaker. Tindell’s own Sue Walker is the chair. ■■ The 10th annual Halls Outdoor Classroom celebration is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20. The classroom is behind the high school softball field.

Doug Bright Elvis world about four years strikes an ago. He’s done well, and he Elvis pose earned major respect at the before seeTribute Theater in Pigeon ing Michael Forge last Thursday night Jake Chambliss at by not wearing a jumpsuit, the Tribute Mabe not entering after the theme Theater in from “2001” and opening Pigeon Forge with “For the Heart,” a fablast Thursday. Photo by Jake Elvis an Elvis fan see Michael ulous-but-forgotten Mabe Chambliss, a handsome album cut that the Judds young man from Missis- turned into a hit a decade or sippi who watched Ronnie so later. Speaking of time, this Speeks years ago, started singing, and entered the will blow your mind if you Twilight Zone that is the know Senor: All three of his kids are out of high school. No, that hasn’t changed. The The oldest one, Neylan, is only thing that’s changed is getting married. The young- the way he gets to work. Speaking of work, other From page A-1 est one, Daylan, is a freshman at UT. than getting to see people Some of us have gotten like Senor, I hate spring “UT was a little different. I was paying hund in Knoxville – was hard for Boyd. “One of the things I look forward to in a little older, but Senor has break. Somebody asked me my own way through college, and you could get 22 (credit) hours for the same price as this campaign is that Jenny gets to travel gotten skinnier, sells stuff what I was doing this year. 14. So when you’re paying your own way with me, and in most cases the dog will at the Apple Store at West I said I was gonna try to and you’re cheap, you sign up for as many travel with me. When I get elected gover- Town Mall and works the herd words. And that’s what hours as you can get. And if you take 22 nor, we’ll share the same house together in public address system at UT I did. Couldn’t help but Nashville. We’ll still come back to Knox- softball games in his spare think of something the late, hours every quarter, you graduate early.” Boyd commuted from home in South ville to see our boys from time to time, but time, has now taught for great Paul Vaughan, longKnoxville till he graduated, at which point Nashville will be my home for that period 20 years at Webb School of suffering Halls High math Knoxville and has a new car. teacher, used to say. “Hey, Jake Mabe is attempting to return to he rented an apartment in West Knoxville. of time.” But that winsome person- people. I’ve got an idea. Get work – again – after a nerve damageHe eventually started Radio Systems Corp. In 2011, Jenny opened Boyd’s Jig & Reel related illness. and became one of the most successful in the Old City, and her husband says she ality, that avuncular attitude? to work!” doesn’t plan to desert it. businessowners in the state. “Jenny’s plan is to continue to be there, In 2012, Gov. Bill Haslam talked Boyd into serving (unpaid) as a higher-education at least on Tuesday nights,” he says. “That’s From page A-1 consultant for the state. He later served two when they have old-time jams. She loves beyears as commissioner of Economic and ing at the pub and playing with her friends, Carl Tindell, Clark HamCommunity Development, resigning last playing her fiddle. So that’s our compro- ilton and Bob Crye spoke month. mise. Mondays and Tuesdays she’ll prob- with Dunn, state Rep. Harry Working in Nashville – with wife Jenny, ably be in Knoxville, and then come over on Brooks and state Sen. Becky their two grown sons and his rescued dachs- Wednesday morning.” Duncan Massey last week. Tindell says the group also discussed “long range From page A-1 stuff” – improving Raccoon Valley Road from I-75 to fast food and a refrigerator 15 feet from have them remain fully hydrated (water, the Anderson County line our easy chair, we have become a one-trick tea, coffee). Longer clinical fasts are also and ongoing construction pony. Flooded with repeated insulin represented. in Gibbs at East Beeler Road Since no drug company or food manu- on East Emory Road and at leases, we develop insulin resistance, and can store excess in the second fuel tank, facturer makes money on this, it may Harbison’s Crossroads. but not use it up. You can’t burn both fuels take a while to take hold. But it works. A But the main focus for at the same time. fast helps reset one’s basal metabolism so now, for the B&P, is on the A view of the construction at Afton Drive and Maynardville What to do? After another six years of your body does not return to its former streetlights. Highway. rotund self (homeostasis lowers body working with kidney and other patients To get involved with this using interim fasting, Dr. Fung was able temp, heart rate and “normal” metaboproject specifically or Halls Country Club, or email Bob- pensive left turn in state to help people to lose and keep off weight, lism to conserve energy). Avoid seesaw Ahead in particular, join the by Hubbs at robert.hubbs@ history” continues. and drop or reduce their diabetes and diet disasters. Halls B&P, which meets at The last estimate for blood pressure medications. He focuses Dr. Fung has given us a clear guide for noon the third Tuesday of Construction on what’s completion was by this fall. on the root cause (excess insulin and action. A body having exhausted its gluthe month at Beaver Brook been called “the most ex- Buckle up and hang on. cose stores is free to burn fat. With healthy resulting insulin resistance over time), not the symptom of weight gain. His busy foods on regular days, a fast once or twice a week will get you to your goal. Read the patients had trouble following a strict low-carb regimen (a good thing) or to part books and stay hydrated. from their starchy comfort foods. The medical/ dietitian community was falsely preaching low-fat everything, but that was unproven and he says incorrect. The easier/ wiser course was to have them eat ■■ Gibbs High Class of 1967 50th reunion, MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA nothing, using an interim fasting regime Saturday, April 1. Info: Nancy Breeding, 2 locations (periodic fasting of 12, 24, or 48 hours), 865-256-2526. Halls: South Knoxville: once or twice a week, being careful to 4100 Crippen Rd • Halls 4409 Chapman Hwy When he pulled into the driveway, it wasn’t the orange and white Vol Van, so I thought the guy was lost. But Doug Bright just has a new car. To at least one generation of Halls High School students, he’ll forever be known as Senor. 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A-4 • March 22, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

Your idol

You shall not make for yourself an idol … for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:8, 9 NRSV) We don’t think about idolatry in our modern society. When we hear the word, our tendency is to associate it with someone else – not ourselves – but some other person, some other country, some other denomination, or some other religion. Perhaps Lent is a season to examine our own idolatries, painful as it is. What would you have trouble giving up for 40 days? Meat? Golf? Candy? Facebook? Gossip? Whatever it is, it is an idol. (Obviously, there are things one should not give up for health reasons: breathing, eating, sleeping, bathing.) But if you can’t give up a soft drink or a hot dog or a certain TV show, maybe you should consider what is important to you. What is your idol? Be honest! Another decision you will need to make is de-

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ciding what positive thing you are going to do in place of the habit or activity you have given up. Instead of playing golf, perhaps you could volunteer in a soup kitchen. Instead of eating a piece of pie, you could bake a pie and take it to a retirement home. Instead of reading a book at home, read to a group of senior citizens. Instead of complaining about the kids next door who left their bike in your yard, invite them to a story time. Word of advice: don’t talk about what you have sacrificed, what good works you have done. The Lord knows. No one else needs to.

FAITH NOTES ■■ 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. ■■ 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: 865-6895175.

Eusebia Presbyterian offers disaster plan event By Kelly Norrell Eusebia Presbyterian Church, 1701 Burnett Station Road in Seymour, wants every person and church in East Tennessee to have something new for spring – a disaster plan. On Saturday, April 1, from 10 until noon, the church will host a free workshop, “Be Prepared for Disaster,” for anyone who wants to come. You do not have to be a Presbyterian or belong to any church. Three trained volunteers from the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team and one staff member from the UT Extension Service will help churches and individuals begin preparing individualized plans to deal with emergency. The idea for the workshop came right after the Gatlinburg fire, said the Rev. Jean Davidson, Eusebia Presbyterian pastor. “Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was speaking to a group. They said, ‘This is a good time for people to think about preventing disaster.’ “When the fires were so close to us, I thought about what I would take if I had to evacuate. When we hear about disasters, we tend to think, ‘That could never hap-

■■ 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. ■■ North Knoxville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road, will offer a free weight management program, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 6-27. Info: 865314-8204. ■■ Cross Roads Presbyterian, 4329 E. Emory Road, hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-7 p.m. each

pen to me,’” Davidson said. Emergency may take the form of d a n ge r ou s int r uders, accidents that occur Davidson on trips, or the death of a loved one. Families and churches are typically underprepared, said Lynette Williams of Hillsboro, N.C., a workshop speaker. Topics will include how to begin a preparation plan and what should be in it, including suggestions from the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Wayne Clatterbuck of UT Extension will tell participants how to prepare their homes, even through landscaping, to lessen the impact of disaster. The most important thing is communication, contacting members and checking on their safety.” She said churches should keep a copy of their records offsite or online, have a plan for contacting members if the power is out, and pinpoint a place to meet if the church is damaged or destroyed.

second Tuesday and 10-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 865-771-7788. ■■ 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. ■■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-1

She said there are simple things every church can do to radically improve preparedness, like posting maps showing the exits and making sure exits aren’t blocked. “We hope that when they leave the workshop, ev-

eryone will have the seeds planted for a family disaster plan and the beginning of a church plan,” Williams said. Davidson said pre-registration is requested but not required. Info: rev2jean@ or 865-982-6332.

Saluting the ‘clean, green and beautiful’ Keep Knoxville Beautiful recognized winners in six categories and awarded two special honors at the annual Orchids banquet Felicia Harris held March 6 at the Standard. Mayor Madeline Rogero presented Felicia Harris Hoehne with a new award, named for her. It was created to honor a person who exemplifies KKB’s mission of making Knoxville a “clean, green, and beautiful” city. Harris Hoehne joined the Keep Knoxville Beautiful board in 2009 and is an active member of the Spring Place Neighborhood Association. She is dedicated to the KKB mission and hires crews to pick up litter in her own and other people’s

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SENIOR NOTES ■■ Derby Days Event, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. Info: 865-922-0416. ■■ The Heiskell Senior Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 865-548-0326. ■■ Corryton Senior Center, 9331 Davis Drive. Info: 865-688-5882. ■■ Morning Pointe Assisted Living, 7700 Dannaher Drive. Info: 865-6865771 or

neighborhoods. The Mary Lou Horner award, given to a former winner that remains “Orchid worthy,” went to the Tennessee Theatre. Executive director Patience Melnik said more than 200 people attended the event, a major fundraiser. The guest speaker was Gale Fulton, director of the School of Landscape Architecture at UT. Melnik said the 2017-18 community of the year will be East Knoxville. Winners were: Suttree Landing Park, outdoor space; Locust Street pedestrian bridge, public art; the Natalie Haslam Music Center at UT, new architecture; Balter Beerworks and K Brew, restaurant/café/bar/ brewery; Daniel and Patricia Nash Designs, redesign/ reuse; and the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials, environmental stewardship.

EASTER EGG HUNTS ■■ Big Ridge State Park, Saturday, April 15, rain or shine. Schedule: 10 a.m., 2 years and younger; 10:30 a.m., 2-3 years old; 1 p.m., 5-7 years old; 1:30 p.m., 8-10 years old. Bring a basket and meet at the Park Office. Info: 865-992-5523. ■■ Powell Business and Professional Association, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, Powell Station Park on Emory Road adjacent to the high school. Communitywide event includes prizes, live animals, free refreshments and more.

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

Purple Rain pours on the talent at competition By Ruth White

Jacobs honored as Corryton Teacher of Year By Ruth White

Cindy Jacobs has taught for 40 years, working in special ed, kindergarten and first-grade classrooms. She landed at Corryton Elementary 12 years ago and loves the growth of the children and their eagerness to learn. Her classroom features 1:1 technology, and Jacobs admits that learning the technology is sometimes frightening. “In college, I learned to thread the video machine with tape and now the students use computers.” She owes her parents for her education and the love of teaching. Being named Teacher of the Year at Corryton was a pleasant surprise for her and an honor for which she is very appreciative.

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studies and has been at Sterchi for the last nine of her total teaching years. She took time off to raise her children and worked with homebound students during that time. She loves how the school is small and is able to develop personal relationships with other staff members, parents and the students. The close-knit staff is very supportive of one another, in good times and bad, and the family atmosphere is important to her. Teacher of the Year is an honor both enjoy sharing, and they are proud to be part of the Sterchi family.

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Holston Middle School ■■ Holston Middle School Show Choir will present “Peter Pan” at 6:30 nightly Thursday, March 30, through Saturday, April 1. A 2:30 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Saturday, April 1. Tickets are available for purchase online at holstonms.

LIBRARY NOTES ■■ Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road: ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: ■■ Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25

Members of Purple Rain include (front) Addison Archer, Berkley Melhorn, Scout Gilreath, Halli Archer, Brooke Pohrivchak, Milianna Espiritu, Brooklyn Samples, Emma Morris, Olivia Taylor; (back) Anna Burnette, Jordan Williams, Iasia Cline, Ella Grossman, Presley Scarbrough, Kaeli Wade, Grace Webb, Sadie Moles, Brittany Shular and Kaitlyn Brantley. Photo submitted ton called the Purple Rain they are always ready to and are some of the most group “amazing” and said work during practice time dedicated girls to coach.

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Math whiz gives prize to students By Sandra Clark Powell High School has a star. Math teacher Jimmy Waters was in San José, Calif., over spring break, receiving kudos for solving what he called “a really hard math problem.” Waters solved the San José Semaphore, a public art project that has been transmitting a visual code comprising four illuminated disks on Adobe’s headquarters for the last 4½ years. Each disk has four possible positions and every 7.2 seconds they align in a new position. His prize was a one-year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. When he donated that to Powell High School, Adobe increased it to 40 licenses and added a 3-D printer. Powell High principal Dr. Chad Smith said Waters has been a great addition to the school faculty: “(Jimmy) Waters teaches several math classes at Powell High School. Most recently he taught advanced algebra/trigonometry as well as geometry. This past fall his students earned some of the highest achievement scores for advanced algebra/trigonometry in Knox County Schools. “His true strength lies in being able to take his math content knowledge and translate it in a way so that today’s high school student can relate to it, as well as understand it. “Advanced math concepts can be hard for young people to grasp but (Jimmy) Waters presents the material so well that his students can apply what they have learned in today’s world. We are excited to have him with us and serving this community.” Waters grew up in Blount County, a product of the in-

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Maryville High School grad cracks Adobe’s Semaphore code By Amy Beth Miller

Few people in Blount County may be familiar with the San José Semaphore, but those who know Jimmy Waters aren’t surprised he cracked a code that others have tried to decipher since 2012. Atop Adobe’s Almaden Tower in California, the image displays four disks, each with four possible positions, for 256 possible combinations. Waters figured out the message those disks have been transmitting is the audio file from Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the moon. Waters was Maryville High School’s valedictorian in 2005 and received a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University, where he graduated with a double major in mathematics and philosophy. He earned his teaching credentials from Maryville College, student taught at MHS and currently is a math teacher at Powell High School. “I am not at all surprised that Jimmy cracked the encryption code for Adobe,” said Jill Owens, who was his teacher for grades 3-5 at Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning and now teaches at Coulter Grove Intermediate School. As a third-grader, Waters

Powell High School math teacher Jimmy Waters stands in front of the San José Semaphore, where four disks atop the building have been displaying a coded message. Contributed photo by Alexa Rickard, Adobe

already was helping older students solve problems. “He was one of the brightest students that I have ever had the privilege to have in the classroom,” Owens said. MHS math teacher Steve Koontz also said he wasn’t a bit surprised by Waters’ accomplishment. He knew Jimmy Waters before the young man was his student and ran track with his son Joey Koontz, salutatorian in 2005. “He’s the type of kid when he sets his mind to it, he’s going to be the best,” Steve Koontz said. And yet, he and Waters’ other teachers describe him as very humble. “He was definitely a deep thinker,” said Ashley Porter, Waters’ pre-calculus teacher at MHS and one of the track coaches when he ran. She’s still showing her students methods of working math proofs that he used, telling them, “I’m go-

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ments, plotted his data on an Excel spreadsheet and found the answer: six is usually enough, but seven to be sure, he said. Sue Waters also said her son is an avid reader and completed J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit series while still in fourth grade. It was Jimmy’s love of reading that led him to the puzzle on Adobe’s building. While reading “The Crying of Lot 49,” by Thomas Pynchon, Waters learned about the San Jose Semaphore, which transmitted the text of the novel as its first puzzle in 2006. Since 2012, puzzle enthusiasts and mathematicians had been trying to solve the latest code, which is transmitted over the internet, too. He started working on the code at the end of June. “By the time school had started back, I had figured it

out,” he said by phone from California, where Adobe had hosted him for the announcement of his accomplishment (March 13). Some days he worked on it for several hours, and others he took a break, hiking, reading and enjoying the summer break in other ways. “I copied down the disks by hand for a while,” he said, then he set up a computer to download the file every four minutes. The disks change position every 7.2 seconds. He assigned each position of a disk a number and started to graph the data. “I noticed it looked like a sound wave,” Waters said. “I thought it was just a coincidence at first.” After finding a program to play audio files, when he first played the data, it was too fast and sounded like chipmunks, but when he slowed it down he heard Neil Armstrong’s words, “I’m at the foot of the ladder …” The next puzzle was figuring out whom to contact. “I wasn’t entirely sure the contest was still going on,” Waters said. He tracked down new media artist Ben Rubin, who designed the work, and Rubin contacted Adobe. Waters recalls that when he was a senior at MHS, teacher Cynthia Freeman told the students “we had to be curious critters.” “She definitely encouraged that,” he said. “She made me think about how valuable that is,” Waters said. “My solving this was a result of me being curious.” Now he’s eager for Adobe to post the next puzzle. That’s expected to go up this summer.

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and packed cars from K nox v ille and District 6780 will head down I-75 for the 2017 Rotary International Convention in AtTom King lanta, June 10-14. This will be Rotary’s 108th convention – its third in Atlanta – and more than 40,000 Rotarians from 160 countries will be there. The convention will be at the Georgia World Congress Center, and its lineup of world-class speakers is led by the event’s keynoter, Bill Gates. Gates and his wife, Melinda, are co-chairs of The Gates Foundation and have joined Rotary’s worldwide effort to eradicate polio forever. The Gates Foundation and Rotary are ongoing partners; Gates matches 2:1 donations by Rotarians up to $35 million a year. To date Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates, has raised

Getting closure: Old Marine returns to Vietnam By Sandra Clark

Gary Koontz, along with wife Vicki, is a one-stop real estate shop. He buys, builds and sells; he partnered in development of Fountainhead on Tazewell $1.6 billion to wipe out polio Pike, Kinley’s Kanyon in Corryton and and prevent it from coming Urban Park in West Knox. And he shows no signs of slowing back. down. In fact, he rarely leaves town, “With the so you can imagine the stretch of his most effective resourc- return visit to Vietnam after fighting es in place, there as a Marine some 50 years ago. Koontz traveled 9,000 miles from it’s possible home with John Becker from WBIRthat we will soon see TV, who taped a show called “Facing the last case Ghosts.” The 8-part series is available of polio in online at Bill Gates Catching up at Litton’s, Gary said history. At the visit was not what he expected. the convention, Bill will say The people were welcoming and the more about how we can – and will – end polio,” said country looked prosperous. There John Germ, Rotary Interna- were no signs of the war that claimed tional’s president from Chat- more than a million lives of soldiers and civilians and forced the retiretanooga. ment of President Lyndon Johnson. ■■ ‘Hold ’Em’


Koontz rented a car and hired a driver to take him to his old base north of Da Nang. He was sure he could drive straight to it, but time and the jungle had reclaimed the spot. He drove on steep mountain roads, now protected with guardrails. One narrow pass where the enemy often set ambushes now features a small store, selling snacks and souvenirs. Asked if the trip “brought closure,” the old Marine said he found closure the day he left the fight to head home. He used words roughly translated: “I’m outta here and these people can kiss my rear end.” Vicki Koontz said Gary should realize that he did find his battlefield. “But guess what? Nothing’s there but peace.”

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Basketball outlook similar to past Tennessee basketball is now two weeks in the general direction of next year, No. 3-to-be for Rick Barnes. Wouldn’t it be great to believe good times are just around the corner. Through my binoculars, the outlook appears much like the past. I hope I am wrong. The coach said the team that failed in February just wasn’t tough enough, physically or mentally. Fixing that is part of the coach’s job. Careful now. Some psyches are fragile. Shooting stats made me wonder if the Vols were trying to hit a moving target. Tennessee was No. 282 in America in field goal percentage. It was 301 in threepointers. The coach is in charge of shooting. In truth, 16-16 against a good schedule and 8-10 in the Southeastern Conference (if you don’t count the tournament loss) fits Barnes’ recent pattern. In his last four years at Texas, his conference record was 35-37. That’s why he is at Tennessee. But wait, you say, 8-10 exceeded expectations. Indeed it did, by a basket or two. Experts predicted UT would be next to last in the league. They erred. Effort alone made the team better than that.

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For much of the season, the Vols were fun to watch, even with flaws. They started some games as if they didn’t know when was tipoff. They blew big leads but never quit. February was fatal. Scoring sagged into the 50s. Shooting percentages slipped into the 30s. These were hints of exhaustion. Opponents may actually have read scouting reports and adjusted to what Tennessee could do. The Vols had no place to go. There was no inside game. Likely 2018 problems: There is no projected SEC star. No not one. Grant Williams is interesting. If he were two or three inches taller, he wouldn’t be here. He’d be engrossed in March madness. Tennessee does not have even a mid-level post player. No matter what you hear, there is a place for a good big man. For some strange reason, young point guards did not develop as expected. The coach seemed surprised.

He never stopped searching. The combination of disappointment and no answer means adequate floor leadership is yet to be confirmed. No question about defensive deficiencies. Guards couldn’t guard guards. There is no more Robert Hubbs, dearly departed senior. He exceeded a thousand points but left us wondering what might have been. If the roster holds, Tennessee will have no scholarship seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, two important redshirt freshmen and at least one newcomer who might make a difference. Barnes may know which player or players will provide leadership. I don’t. Well, Admiral Schofield and Williams might. The coach may know who will start. I don’t. Williams is one good bet. He was a delight in some games. He will be offered video seminars in what SEC officials are likely to consider a foul. Jordan Bone has talent and a lot to learn. If Jordan Bowden is going to be a key shooter, he must gain consistency. If John Fulkerson really gets well, if Jalen Johnson gains endurance, if, if, if. It would be almost wonderful if Tennessee could be-

come a championship contender. John Currie would order the removal of covers that hide empty upper-level seats at Thompson-Boling arena. Enthusiastic crowds would provide a home-court advantage. Foes would fear the Volunteers. Think how much young players must improve for that to happen. Consider the difference in three-star recruits and what top teams sign. Incoming Zack Kent, a project in rivals’ eyes, is 6-10 until remeasured. Derrick Walker, 6-8, says he will bring toughness and fast-motor. The scholarship that once belonged to Detrick Mostella goes to 6-6 young Frenchman Yves Pons. Interesting story: born in Haiti (Port-au-Prince), adopted at age 4 by a French couple, surprisingly mature at 17, genuine international experience, great potential but not nearly ready for prime time. Thank goodness Barnes, 63 in July, still sees the future. He has tournament history, 22 NCAA appearances. One thought related to returns: A couple of better, bigger players would speed up the process. Tell the recruiters. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is

Could city council become all white? The map of Knoxville City Council’s sixth district looks like a cartoon drawing of a long-nosed, pointyheaded man stretched out on an east/ west axis from Burlington to Lonsdale, nose pointed south. The district was drawn to encomBob Booker pass Knoxville’s African-American neighborhoods and business districts in 1969 with one clear objective in mind: “So that a black person would stand a chance,” said Knoxville historian and longtime political activist Bob Booker, who, thanks to a similar redistricting in 1966, was serving in the state Legislature when the city redistricting took place. “To give us a seat at the table,” said Rick Staples, who occupies the state House seat that Booker pioneered. Same thing happened when the old County Court morphed into the modern day County Commission a few years later, and minority citizens have been electing minority officeholders ever since. The few African-Americans who have sought other seats

Betty Bean have had no luck, to date. But now, Booker and other East Knoxville community leaders are growing apprehensive, as shifting populations and evolving voting patterns are changing the district’s makeup. Downtown is booming and Parkridge is growing. In last year’s elections, turnout in those precincts swamped that of the traditional black wards. “We are in danger of losing our representation,” Booker said. “I’ve said that some time ago about all of our seats. All of those positions (the sixth district council seat, the first district commission seat and the 15th district state House seat) are in danger. And there are several reasons for this: “Number one, black people don’t vote. Number two, the population is changing. I look at all these new apartment buildings downtown – the White Lily Building, Marble Alley – everywhere I look there are new apartments, and not one percent of them will have black occupants.”

And with the deadline to turn in qualifying petitions to run for city council still two months away, all signs point to an old-fashioned throwdown in District 6, where 10 aspiring candidates – three white and seven black – had picked up petitions by St. Patrick’s Day, with rumors of many more waiting in the wings. Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers is elated with the heightened candidate interest and hopes that it will translate into increased voter participation. He is frustrated, however, that turnout will be depressed because the 12,458 voters registered in the city’s fifth

district (Mark Campen) won’t be voting in the primary – their representative runs in off-year elections with the three at-large council members. Add this anomaly to the district-only primaries and citywide general elections, and Rodgers is not the only one with concerns. “I never did like the way it was done – nominated in the district, voted on citywide. Better than nothing, I guess,” Booker said, pointing out the void in black representation on city council between 1912 when Dr. Henry Morgan Green left office and 1969 when Theotis Robinson Jr. took office.

Clement to speak at History Center Bob Clement, former TVA director and member of Congress, will be in Knoxville at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Admission is free and the public is invited. Clement will speak about his new book, “Presidents, Kings and Convicts: My Journey from the Tennessee Governor’s Residence to the Halls of Congress.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. Clement’s father, Frank G. Clement, was governor of Tennessee for 10 years, from 1953-59 and from 1963-67. Bob Clement served eight terms in the U.S. Congress.

last words Jones must overcome history to win Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones will be a credible candidate for county mayor, if he runs, and will keep Commissioner Bob Thomas and perhaps Glenn Jacobs, if he enters the race, busy. However, Jones will need to overcome the impression that he is only a sheriff. Three previous sheriffs tried to transition to executive or legislative office in Knox County and failed. They were Archie Weaver for city mayor in 1965, Bernard Waggoner for state senator in 1974 and Tim Hutchison for county mayor in 2010. Democrats do not yet have a credible candidate, and the GOP primary in May 2018 will decide who the next county mayor will be. It also appears that Sherry Witt, register of deeds, and state Rep. Roger Kane will oppose each other for county clerk to follow Foster Arnett Jr., who is term limited, also in the May 2018 primary. This means there will be a new register of deeds and a new state representative. ■■ More information is coming out on the search for the new UT athletic director, which resulted in John Currie being hired. It seems the six-member search committee may have interviewed only two candidates, Currie and Phillip Fulmer. David Blackburn at UT Chattanooga was interviewed by the search firm, paid $75,000 for its work, but did not make it to the actual search committee. The six-member search committee had no black members and only one woman, Donna Thomas (who works at the Athletic Department and was on the search committee that picked Beverly Davenport to be chancellor). Davenport stresses diversity but did not implement it on this high-profile committee. The Fulmer interview occurred in Nashville at the Governor’s Residence on Curtiswood Lane and included Jimmy Haslam,

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brother of the governor, Peyton Manning and Chancellor Davenport. The governor was not present for the interview. A majority of the search committee also was not present. Manning favored Fulmer and Jimmy Haslam favored Currie. Davenport then flew to Manhattan, Kansas, to meet with Currie, where the job was offered. None of this is inappropriate as such, but it makes for interesting discussion about the total process. ■■ Former state Sen. Brown Ayres turns 86 on March 27. He is retired and lives in Sequoyah Hills’ Hamilton House. Judge Charles Susano turns 81 on March 25. He is longestserving current judge on the state’s civil appellate court. ■■ Randy Boyd will hold a major April 24 fundraiser in Knoxville for his campaign for governor in the August 2018 primary. State Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville, another candidate for governor, campaigned in Knoxville last week. But he will likely be nominated to be Secretary of the Army, which would remove him from the race. Green would be a very able choice for the Pentagon. ■■ State Sen. Mark Norris of Memphis may end up with a federal judgeship and depart the governor’s race, leaving only Boyd and U.S. Rep. Diane Black as the two major candidates. ■■ Jim Harter, longtime Fountain City resident and Scenic Knoxville advocate, died last week. He, along with his wife, Ann, who survives him, were dedicated advocates against billboards and appeared at many city council meetings. He will be missed.

New rule at impoundment lot Because of a change in a city ordinance to reflect state law, anyone retrieving a vehicle from the city impoundment lot will now need to present proof of insurance. State law requires all vehicle owners to have insurance. Under the revised city ordinance, anyone seeking to retrieve a vehicle from the lot on Vice Mayor Jack Sharp Road in East Knoxville must bring proof of insurance, a government-issued picture ID, a licensed driver and proof of vehicle ownership. They also must pay any fees for towing and storage at the lot. The impoundment lot is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but vehicles are only released between 8 a.m. and midnight.

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March 22, 2017

HealtH & lifestyles News From Fort saNders regioNal medical ceNter

Back at it

Brent Blalock, 69, had been having trouble with his lower back for a long time. The mild pain at first followed physical activity like golfing or canoeing, so he just assumed he had overworked his back, or that it was simply a symptom of old age. In June 2016, the pain and discomfort took a new direction. “I thought I had neuropathy,” says Blalock, who has diabetes. “Some days I would have a pain in my legs that I had never had before, and I started having some strange numbness,” Blalock says. “It got progressively worse – instead of experiencing it once every couple of weeks, it was weekly on one leg or the other, and sometimes both.” He credits a team of Covenant Health physicians with getting him into an active lifestyle.

and informed Blalock that neuropathy wasn’t the problem. He referred Blalock to neurologist Brent Blalock can enjoy his family to the Darrell Thomas, MD. fullest thanks to a successful spinal stenosis “He did extensive procedure at Fort Sanders Regional. neurological testing and he prescribed an MRI,” Blalock says. After reviewing the results, Dr. Thomas recommended that Blalock see neurosurgeon Barrett Brown, MD, at TN Brain and Spine. “Dr. Brown confirmed exactly what Dr. Thomas thought,” Blalock says. The verdict was spinal stenosis, a condition in which the passage ways of the spine become narrow, putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. After reviewing Blalock’s symptoms and test results, Dr. Brown recommended lumbar laminecBlalock scheduled an appoint- tomy, a surgical procedure ment with his primary care doc- that widens the spinal canal tor, Richard Rose, MD, for late and relieves spinal cord or September 2016. He tried to go on nerve pressure caused by about his daily life, but it wasn’t stenosis. easy. “He is very thorough and “In mid-September, we took he goes into detail, telling our grandchildren on a Disney you exactly what your issues cruise, and I couldn’t keep up at are and what his approach is the airport,” says Blalock. going to be,” Blalock says of After struggling through a pain- Dr. Brown. “Dr. Brown and ful and exhausting trip, Blalock his staff are very, very communiwas glad to get to the doctor’s cative, and they take the time to office. Dr. Rose ordered X-rays make sure you understand.” Blalock underwent a lumbar laminectomy at Fort Sand-

The Right Diagnosis

The Right Answer

Back and Leg Pain Neck and Arm Pain

To learn more about spine surgery ers Regional Medical Center in January and couldn’t be happier at Fort Sanders Regional Medical with the results or with the team Center, visit or call 865-331-2835. that took his pain away.

Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

NEW RELIEF Fort Sanders Center for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain… the root of the problem is often a pinched spinal nerve. The good news is that now Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center’s physicians use state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques to perform spine surgery. Compared with traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgeries offer patients many advantages, including a smaller incision, less postoperative pain, faster recovery and improved outcome. Non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy and medication should always be tried first. If those don’t help, surgery may be the best option.

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“Oh, I’m fantastic,” he says. “I wanted to get my lifestyle back to where I could enjoy my grandkids, and I’m there! I’m fortunate that I have three extremely good doctors – I have not had one single stenosis-related pain since my surgery.” Blalock is looking forward to enjoying all the activities he gave up because of the pain he experienced before surgery. He can hardly wait to get out on the golf course this summer. He wants to go tubing with his grandsons again, and to hike, bike, and get back in his old aluminum canoe. Dr. Brown says many of his patients are like Blalock, ready to enjoy an active retirement that might include gardening, hiking, fishing, traveling or going to grandchildren’s school or sporting events. “Lumbar laminectomy lets patients resume activities they were not able to participate effectively in because of limitations from the neural compression,” he says. Dr. Brown adds that “surgery should never be viewed as a quick fix for pain. But for those who need it, lumbar laminectomy can have life-changing results.”

Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the passage way of the spine which causes pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, often causes a particular form of discomfort or pain, says Barrett Brown, MD, a neurosurgeon at TN Brain and Spine. Those who have spinal stenosis “may or may not have back pain – and if they do, it’s a minor component of their symptoms,” Dr. Brown explains. “The main issues are pain or weakness in the legs after walking a Barrett Brown, MD set distance. That distance may vary among patients, but generally doesn’t vary for (the individual).” A first visit to his office includes a review of symptoms and methods of treatment the patient has already tried. Dr. Brown works with the patient to find alternatives to surgery if possible. Surgical procedures include risks, so he recommends surgery only after the patient has exhausted other options and symptoms continue to interfere with quality of life. For those patients, lumbar laminectomy can mean the difference between merely existing and living life to the fullest.

Once it has been determined that the patient is a candidate for a lumbar laminectomy, the hospital stay is usually a short one. “Most patients stay overnight, but some will go home the same day,” Dr. Brown says. “A few may stay longer, depending on their medical needs. “The procedure involves going to sleep under general anesthesia,” Dr. Brown says. “The muscles are elevated off the bone to be removed, followed by removal of the lamina (the bone that forms a ‘roof’ for the spinal canal) and underlying ligament.” Most patients report improvement in their symptoms after waking from anesthesia, although it takes a few days or weeks for some. “Your back will be sore for a few days, but for most patients the operative pain has improved or resolved within a week,” Dr. Brown says. Spinal stenosis may develop or become symptomatic at any age, but is most frequently diagnosed in older patients – often people who are ready to enjoy retirement and want to remain active. Successful lumbar laminectomy can allow them to keep moving and stay involved in their favorite pastimes. To learn more about spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, visit www. or call 865- 331-2835.

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From the area’s first robotically-assisted surgery system, imageguided brain and spinal cord procedures, to our brand new hybrid operating room, Fort Sanders Regional provides patients more options and the best surgical technology available.

B-2 • March 22, 2017 • Halls/Fountain City Shopper news

Deadline is 4 p.m. FRIDAY for next Wednesday’s paper Boats/Motors/Marine Transportation Automobiles for Sale


Tree Services Services Offered

Will beat written estimates w/ comparable credentials. All types of Tree Care and Stump Removal

2010 CHRYSLER 300 FOR SALE - Black, costumed chrome, 22’ costumed wheel, $9,900. (865)-599-5192. 2016 KIA FORTE - Automatic with power windows and power locks. Blue in color. 12,000 miles $12,500. (865)-567-2522. CHEVROLET IMPALA - 04. Looks/Runs great,well maint. 104 mi., $3,400. (865)566-7089. KIA OPTIMA - 2014. Automatic, power locks, power windows. 27,000 miles. $13,800 (865)-567-2522.

Sports and Imports 2012 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID - Four door. Very low miles. Mint. Car of the year! $15k (865)201-6894. KIA OPTIMA SX Lmt Turbo 2013 Fully loaded, 10k mi, $15,500. (423)295-5393. Nissan Altima SL 2012, leather, heated seats, moonrf, exc cond & records, 95K mi, $9600. (865)266-4410.


silver, only 139K miles, 1 owner, $5,500. 865-368-8582

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Campers & RV’s


CAMPERS • Travel Trailers • 5th Wheels • Popup Campers • Motorhomes


Sport Utility Vehicles

Trucks 2007 CHEVROLET SILVERADO - Second owner. Super nice. 4.8 V8 automatic. 25K miles. Extended cab 4 door. $21,000 (865)-992-4488. 2013 CHEVROLET SILVERADO LTZ 4X4, Pearl Wht./Tan Ltr., Factory Polished wheels and Steps, Trifecta bed cover. Gorgeous truck w/65000 Hi-way miles. Dealer service, One owner. $27500 Call 865-740-9300. Pictures available.

Vans CHEVROLET ASTRO CONVERSION VAN with lift gate. Front and rear air. Really Loaded. 103k miles. $4990 (865)-308-2743. HONDA ODYSSEY EXL 2015, leather, DVD, loaded, 32K mi, $26,500. (423)295-5393.

Classic Cars 1999 Mercedes SL500, 92K mi, silver w/black top, silver hardtop, V8, all opts, exc cond, clean fax, $10,000. (423) 346-7894. FORD - 1926. TT C Cab Stakebed Truck. Original. Wood spoke wheels. Antique tools. Runs. Was shown in AZ antique vehicle shows. $15k OBO. (865)257-2097. MGB 1980, bright red conv. w/tan int., exc cond, 4 spd, $5500. (865)389-1055. WANTED 1946-75 Chevy Convertible; 1946-75 GM Convertible; 197076 Chevy or GM 2 door; 1967-73 Camaro. Any condition. Fast cash. (330) 722-5835.



4ft x 8ft Tilt Trailer. Contact 865-688-7035.

HOMETOWN AIR “Back to the basics”


FORD RANGER 1993, AC/Heat, 68K mi, 5 spd, new bedliner, $2500. (865) 385-8049

HONDA PILOT 2014. Touring, fully loaded, 49K mi., $23,500. Call (423)295-5393.

Blank’s Tree Work

Air Cond/Heating

2005 VOLVO XC90 - Excellent condition. Beautiful car. 135k miles. AWD fully loaded. $6800 (423)-5393837 or (865)-236-7506


Lennox 17.00 S.E.E.R Heat Pump Financing Available

Dozer Work/Tractor

• Bobcat w/Backhoe Attachment • Footer • Above-Ground Pools • Sewer Installations • Landscaping • Bush Hogging • Driveways • Firewood etc.

General Services

2012 20’ camper with super slide, Prowler by Heartland model 20RBS, AC & gas heat, gas refrig, lrg rear bathrm, $13,000. (865)995-1986.

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!





Call (865)281-8080

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

Home Maint./Repair


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



HANNAH’S GROVE SPRING YARD SALE - Saturday, March 25th, 8 am - 1 pm. 1/4 mile past Halls Walmart. RUMMAGE SALE - Loveland Church, 1320 Spring Hill Rd. March 31st, 8am-5pm & April 1st, 8am-3pm. Space to rent, booths available. Call Phillip (865) 368-8015. SALE - Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 23, 24, 25. Hannah’s Grove Subdivision. Norris Freeway, 1/4 mile past Walmart, on left. Antiques, collectible items, and curios. 8am-3pm.

Farmer’s Mkt/ Trading Post Farm Equipment JOHN DEERE size 1020 diesel tractor w/canopy, perfect shape, $5500. (423)231-0044



865-216-5052 865-856-8106

All Types of Residential & Commercial Plumbing

SOUTH 58 Tractor Repair Sales and Parts

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

2014 YAMAHA 242

LIMITED S BOAT RED And tandem trailer. Docked in Vonore, TN. $45,500

POWER SPORTS DIVISION ODES S XS, S All Models in Stock Luxury Units with More Options - Less Cash Tech on Duty Parts, Tires, Accessories

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Boats and motors also available


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Tree Service

Owner Operator

Roger Hankins 497-3797 Pruning • Logging Bush Hogging Stump Removal Insured

CNB BOAT DOCKS We have been manufacturing boat docks for over 20 years. Timbertech decking, steel or alum. decks, kits or turnkey. Any phase of completion. We have built over 1,000 docks. (423) 2013824 Lafollette. GREAT FIBER GLASS FISHING BOAT - 50 horse power motor. Trolling motor. Everything runs and works great. $1500. (865)243-0569.

Breeden's Tree Service

Jobs Employment DRIVERS - Getting Home is Easier. Nice Pay Package. BCBS + Other Benefits. Monthly Bonuses. No-Touch. Chromed out Trucks w/ APU’S. CDL-A. 855-200-4631


by 4 pm Friday

Aerial bucket truck Stump grinding Brush chipper Bush hogging Trimming & removing Licensed and insured Over 30 yrs. experience

Free estimates

JET SKI LIFT - For dock. Excellent condition. Drives on wheel crank. Good time to mount with water level down. Asking $800 (865) 556-2800



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MOVING. MUST SELL. Sofa, color sage, 83” L, 37” D, like new, $400 obo. Cost $1200. Cash only! Maryville (865) 604-6308

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

SOFA FOR SALE - Floral. Light lavender, gold and green. Excellent condition. No pets. No smoking home. $100 cash only. Call after 6:00 PM. (865)-249-8300

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS AKC, West German bldlns, 2 M, 8 F, vet ck’d. health guar. $700. 865-322-6251. GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES - Born February 6th, both parents AKC, $750. (865)-388-0987 GOLDENDOODLE PUPS great temperaments, good with children, S&W, $775. (865) 466-4380. GOLDENDOODLES - LABRADOODLES - YORKSHIRE TERRIERS - Quality puppies. Call or text 865-591-7220 HAVENESE PUPS AKC, home raised, health guar. 865-259-7337 Jack Russell/Min Pins puppies, beautiful, Perfect gift. $125 each (865) 237-3897 Pug/Chihuahua mix puppies, males, 8 wks, blk & wht or brwn & wht, 1st shots & worming, $200. 865-455-0153


Many different breeds Maltese, Yorkies, Malti-Poos, Poodles, Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, Shih Tzu. Shots & wormed. We do layaways. Health guar. Go to Facebook, Judys Puppy Nursery Updates. 423-566-3647 SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $500 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016 SHIH TZU puppies, CKC reg, 5-8 lbs full grown, S&W UTD, $800. call/text (423) 268-0615 STANDARD POODLES Hypoallergenic, Non-Shedding, Great with kids, $750, Fb: southerngoldendoodles, 865-466-4380. TOY POODLE puppy, male, 100% pure, crate & potty trained, beautiful coloring, $850. (865) 221-3842

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

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

922-0645 Workers Comp Liability

Lawn & Garden 2000 JOHN DEERE GATOR 6X4 - LOWEST Price: $2100. Contact me: (901)504-4875 JOHN DEERE rear engine mower, $550. (865)806-1252

Musical GODIN Freeway Floyd guitar $400; Fender 212R amp, $300; Ludwig drum set $750. (865)806-1252 SILVER DRUM SET FOR SALE - Made by Jamm-Cannon. Great Condition! All pieces & new stool included. $375. Contact Donna (865)525-5300


(865)281-2437. 74 Albums-with shelving. 163 Cassetts with sliding drawers. 45 CD’s with rack. 28 LP Records w/ shelving. 2 Speakers. Stackable Auto 3 speed (33 1/3-4578 RPM) Turntable. Cassett and CD Tuner. AM-FM Radio. Table for all Equipment.

Sporting Goods ADULT K AYAK WILDERNESS PALMETTO 100 storage compartment paddles and life vest, $500 firm. (865)-567-7869

Wanted WANTED: R12 FREON. Certified buyer will pick up and pay CASH for cylinders and cases of R12. 312-291-9169;



ANTIQUE TIGER OAK FIREPLACE MANTLE - with beveled mirror. Mint condition. $1200. (865)591-3331



ADOPT: Active woman wishes

to complete her family through adoption. Lifetime of love, opportunity and learning awaits. Call Anne-Michele 877-246-1447 Text 516- 305-0144


Appliances Farm Products


ADOPT: Loving secure woman excited to adopt and share my life with your newborn. Expenses paid. Dianne: 1-800-321-7919.

Merchandise Antiques



for information leading to whereabouts of 55 year old Tim Spradlin of Seymour. He has not been seen since Sept. 2016. Please call (865) 748-6467

WANTED INFORMATION on Patty / Pepper Halstead Seaver for an injured party. Call (540)850-8377

90 Day Warranty


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(423)200-6600 Livestock & Supplies


Cemetery Lots

Business for Sale

2, 4 or 6 lots at Lynnhurst. Save thousands $$. Monument Rights. Near Babyland. $1500 ea obo. 865-475-9323

24 Room Motel for sale at Middlesboro, KY. Office w/4 BR living quarters. Owner retiring. For further info call 314-578-2329

Greenwood Cemetery, 4 lots in bronze section, will sell $3,000 ea OBO. Lots sell for $5,500 ea. (865) 281-5608

Consolidation Loans



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

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

Legals Miscellaneous Notice GIBBS HIGH CLASS OF 1967- is

Tree Services


Call or text Doug (931)-265-2160

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

3290 Decatur Highway Kingston, TN 37763

MASTER PLUMBER 40 Years Experience � Licensed & Bonded Recreation

ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES - AKC registered. 1st shots, vet checked. $1800. Call (423) 519-0647.




Vehicles Wanted

Garage Sales

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



Call (865)804-1034




2015 HARLEY DAVIDSON - Dyna Glide, 2600 mi. Excellent condition. $10,825. Call/Text (865)250-6584.



AND POWER STUMP GRINDER Free est, 50 yrs exp!


CARPENTRY, PLUMBING, painting, siding. Free est. 30+ yrs exp! (865)607-2227

Off Road Vehicles

fully insured • free estimates

Retired Vet. looking to keep busy.

2007 YAMAHA V STAR 650 AND 2007 SUZUKI BERGMAN - Garage kept. Black with leather bags. 14k mi/ 400 cc scooter. also garage kept. Blue. Great gas mi. 14k mi. $3,500 OBO on either. (865)257-2097.

SUZUKI - 2004 1400 Intruder, adult owned, gar. kept, never damaged, $1850. 865-806-1252



2002 DOLPHIN 36’ CLASS A RV - Excellent condition, Michelin tires, two slides, Satellite TV, extra clean, low mileage, work horse chassis, with 502 Chevy V8 motor, Large basement storage, New awnings, and slide-out covers. Recent full-svc at Work Horse Dealer. Asking $31,000. (865)-805-8038.

2017 AVION CLASS B RV - Full warranty. 6,800 miles. $105,900 (865)-567-7879 or (865)-599-8797


Dogs DOBERMAN PUPS, AKC, Sire XL natl & intl champ - 125 lbs, Dam Lrg Russian champ. - her sire was 2013 World Champ. $750. Credit cards accepted. 615-740-7909

having a 50th Class Reunion, Saturday April 1st. For more information, call Nancy Breeding (865)256-2526

Furniture 30’Lx8’W. Full living w/ slide, leather sleeper sofa, mw, stove, elec/gas fridge, table, new q size mattress. AM/ FM/CD/TV. Sep bath w/full shwr. H&Air, ft canopy w/ canopy over slide. Elec ft jack, 2 battery, 2 gas btls, loading lights outside & stall area. lots of storage, used very little. Excellent condition. $28,000.

CALL 865-742-9308

BEDROOM SET, PLAYER PIANO, MISC BdRmSet PennHse, drk pine, qn bed, 2nt tables, chest, dresser, mirror $1950. Player Piano Keepsakes Aeolian, oak $950. Misc: Keepsakes oak dresser & nt table $300, Office desk & shelves $200, Fp mantle drk oak hand carved 63.5x9x3.5 $150, other items. (865)982-7643

Public Notices

GERMAN GRANDFATHER CLOCK - $700. Call or text for photos. (865)209-8150.

THE NORTHEAST KNOX UTILITY DISTRICT - Board of Commissioners will hold the regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in their office located at 7214 Washington Pike, Corryton, TN. If special accommodations are needed please call (865) 687-5345.

Automobiles for Sale

Automobiles for Sale

McBee Angus Sale

Sat., March 25, 12 Noon CST Hwy 41 A, East of Cowan, TN 43 breeding age bulls, 10 A.I. bred heifers, 50 young cows and calves, working, performance cattle. Tom Mcbee 931-308-5175

Wanted to Buy


Standing Timber 40 years of experience



SPECIALS OF THE WEEK! SAVE $$$ 2013 FORD EDGE SEL, AWD, LEATHER, PANORAMIC ROOF, FULLY LOADED, R1891...............$24,997 2014 FORD ESCAPE TITANIUM, LEATHER, MOONROOF, NAV, ONLY 15k MILES!!! R1910......$22,777 2015 FORD TAURUS LIMITED, FACTORY WARRANTY, 1 OWNER, XTRA CLEAN, R1928..........$21,999 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.

Pets Dogs DACHSHUNDS & POMAPOOS PUPPIES POMAPOOS, 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, females $450 males $400. DACHSHUNDS, CKC reg., 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, $250. (931)-319-0000

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


Andy and Laura Vandergriff, Knoxville, twin boys, Levi Hawk and Owen Daniel

Parkwest Medical Center Benny and Brittany King, Knoxville, a girl, Rayne Kenzley Jerome and Kacy McKenzie, Knoxville, a boy, Cooper Wesley Jesse and Alison Lawson, Knoxville, a boy, Easton Ray Matt and Jamie Seals, Knoxville, a girl, Isabell Mae Tyler and Kristin Burnette, Knoxville, a girl, Mabry Kate Adam and Lindsay Kohntopp, Knoxville, a boy, James Frederick Michael and Felicia McAbee, Rockwood, a girl, Isabeau Dale Brandon and Summer Kidd, Jellico, twin girls, Presley Blake and Chandler Bree Matt and Jessica Weaver, Knoxville, a girl, Olivia Scarlett Rose Alan and Brittany Thurman, Powell, a boy, Silas Anthony Jesse and Summer Glenn, Knoxville, a boy, Dawson Lee Jonathan and Katie Addington, Knoxville, a boy, Carsten Melchizedek Christopher and Lauren Clowers, Oliver Springs, a boy, Garner Jennings Jonathan Dry and Kelsey Caran, Knoxville, a girl, Riley Cooper Jonathan and Valerie Kelly, Knoxville, a girl, Gwendolyn Ann Thomas and Chelsey Anderson, Knoxville, a girl, Ainslie Kate Christopher and Jia-Li McNeal, Knoxville, a boy, Ryan Shire John Smith and Rita Rutledge, Knoxville, a boy, Waylon Lawrence James and Sydney Sherrell, Knoxville, a boy, Harvey Wallace Laycee Vinsant, Loudon, a boy, Landon Reid Dustin and Lindsay Hughes, Knoxville, a boy, Henry Robert Lori Beth Cole, Sevierville, a boy, Cooper Edward Brian and Heather Peddicord, Oak Ridge, a boy, Grayson Scott Omar Cortez and Laura Esquivel, Knoxville, a girl, Isabella Cortez Corlene Williams, Andersonville, a girl, Lydia Faith Richard and Baily Bowers, Knoxville, a boy, Henry Holston Aleksandr and Kristen Shelyakov, Knoxville, a boy, William Aleksandrvich Matthew Watts and Bethani Theurer, Loudon, a boy, Brantley James Christopher and Merita Cotton, Huntsville, a girl, Zoey Jordyn Lucas and Lindsey Whitworth, Knoxville, a girl, Reagan Lee

UT Medical Center Joseph and Jacqueline Creech, Louisville, a boy, Joseph Michael Christopher Massie and Rebekah Brookshire, Rockford, a boy, Noah Ixavier Massie Donnie and Brittany Whitaker, Sweetwater, a boy, Ryder Eli Lance and Amber Lloyd, Knoxville, a boy, Simon Oliver Hung-Ta and Savanna Lin, Knoxville, a girl, Charlotte Shiouli Lin Clint and Fara Wisdom, Knoxville, a boy, Brice Michael Jada Tate, Knoxville, a boy, Karter Kyree Shayla Trent, Knoxville, a boy, Shaun Tobias Jared Mains and Regan Jacobs, Knoxville, a boy, Kieran Reed Mains Julian Sanchez and Nicole Henry, Corryton, a girl, Selene Izelle Sanchez Norberto Sanchez Rojas and Lizbeth Rodriguez Reyes, Knoxville, a boy, Neithan Sanchez Rodriguez Bryan Bates and Amanda Irizarry, Knoxville, a boy, Ty William Bates. Christopher and Kira Buck, Oliver Springs, a girl, Kelsey Jean Rickie and Kristina Wilson, Loudon, a boy, Steven Bryce Daniel and Sarah Varnell, Knoxville, a girl, Elizabeth Allen Scott and Katie Montgomery, Knoxville, a girl, Scarlett Rhea Jordan King and Sloane Pemberton, Oneida, a boy, Jordan Walker King. Michael Crowder II and Kathryn Crowder, Knoxville, a boy, Henry James Jabrielle and Kirsten Pruitt, Knoxville, a boy, Avery Tra Charles Michael Quiett and Brandy BakerVance, Maryville, a girl, Madecyn Ann Quiett. Richard Collins II and Leia Blackstock, Knoxville, a boy, Garland Everett Collins. Thomas Bell and Mackenzie Weaver, Knoxville, a boy, Thomas Andrew Bell Jr. Christopher and Kerri Buckner, Gatlinburg, a girl, Ella Catherine Brandon and Shelby Snell, Etowah, a boy, Paxton Boone Allen Sean Earley and Kayla Yoder, Heiskell, a boy, Jackson Daniel Earley. Heather and David Canterbury Jr., Sevierville, a girl, Hadley Blair Scott and Stephanie Zurcher, Louisville, Tenn., a boy, Lincoln Daily Tiasha Raines, Sevierville, a girl, Ananias Haskel Boling. Timothy Brown and Sara Pigg, Jacksboro, a girl, Bonnie Rose Brown.

Buddy and Stacy Rinker, Knoxville, a boy, Bentlee Jo Joseph and Amanda Eggers, Mohawk, a girl, Evelyn Claire Aaron and Lindsey Sams, Strawberry Plains, a boy, Paxton Wiley Nicholas and Tabitha Brown, Niota, a girl, Adelyn Grace Joshua and Leslie Kimsey, Knoxville, a boy, Hollister David Clinton and Mary Carbonell, Maryville, a boy, Oliver Robert Anthony and Shannon Twilla, Knoxville, a boy, Jude Simon Joshua Tucker and Briey Franconeri, Dandridge, a boy, Joshua Michael Tucker Jr. Jay and Kassi Wright, Maryville, a boy, Sloan Abram Kevin and Abigail Koeneman, Seymour, a boy, Brantley Michael Adam Pierce and Hannah Jones, LaFollette, a girl, Josie Marie Pierce James Ford and Jasmin Kellogg, Jellico, a girl, Avaya Mae Ford William Cowart and Whiey Knowles, Knoxville, a boy, William Everette Cowart

Physicians Regional Medical Center Jaden and Melanie Cook, Knoxville, a boy, Josiah Dale Sara and Brad Trento, Knoxville, a boy, Charles Raphael Scott and Keely Hoekstra, Powell, a girl, Holland Kate James and Amanda Johnson, Knoxville, a girl, Mari Sinclaire Nathan and Amanda Medlin, Tazewell, a girl, Annie and Todd Kidd, Corryton, a girl, Sidney Alene Coty and Brogan Dople, Oneida, a girl, Ella Claire Barry Wilder and Shasta Marlow, Knoxville, a boy Mr and Mrs Brian Shoudy, Knoxville, a girl, Fallon Christine Candace Lowery and Johnny Fain Jr., Knoxville, a girl, Aubree Elaine Chelsea Lauderdale, Jefferson County, a boy, Steven Bradley Sgt. and Mrs. TJ Aubuchon, Powell, a girl, Sophia A.J. Oluwaean and Omotola Adeyemi, Knoxville, a girl, Ellen Amanda and Nick Oliver, Knoxville, a boy, Jaden Nicholas Jeffrey and Sunshine Matlock, LaFollette, a girl, Novalee Rose Bryan and Charly Cooper, Kodak, a girl, Sadie May Jameshia Davis and Ramod Shepard, Knoxville, a boy, Ramodiz Kashton


■■ Charles Stephen Hodge, 63, Knoxville, and Patti Kay Williams Hodge, 60, Knoxville

■■ Madeline Louise Pace, 25, Knoxville, and Robert Wesley Baker, 30, Knoxville

■■ Kawther Essam Al Matrah, 21, Knoxville, and Ahmad M. Abdulbaki, 36, Knoxville

■■ Brittany Nicole Hunt, 27, Knoxville, and Charles Lewis Burgess, 27, Knoxville

■■ Punam B Patel, 28, Knoxville, and Bhavikkumar A. Patel, 28, Knoxville

■■ James Brent Allen Jr., 39, Knoxville, and Toni Louise Clements, 39, Knoxville

■■ Andre Maurice James, 37, Knoxville, and Jessica Danielle Bass Byrge, 27, Knoxville

■■ Ernest Eugene Paul, 79, Knoxville, and Frances Marion Roberts Jordan, 82, Knoxville

■■ Shawna Fay Atkins, 28, Knoxville, and Jatziel Martinez Cruz, 29, Knoxville

■■ Tishay Denise Jenkins, 25, Knoxville, and Carmelita Lu Jana Mcdowell, 33, Knoxville

■■ Bryan Mauricio Ramirez Suarez, 21, Knoxville, and Anastasia Paige Riley Wilson, 20, Knoxville

■■ Kebba Bojang, 29, Knoxville, and Linda Blanche Luewap, 31, Knoxville

■■ Anthony Michael Jenkins, 27, Knoxville, and Jodi Denise White White, 36, Knoxville

■■ Anna Kristina Rogers, 29, Knoxville, and Zachary Adam Wagle, 33, Knoxville

■■ Bradley Austin Bridges, 21, Nashville, and Andres Felipe Andrade Guerrero, 21, Nashville

■■ Jennifer Delores Jennings, 19, Knoxville, and Omar Sarabia Guzman, 28, Knoxville

■■ Michael James Scoggins, 36, Knoxville, and Melonie Rose Walthall, 39, Knoxville

■■ Tyson Stewart Carico, 33, Powell, and Marcie Lynn Thomas Huff, 38, Powell

■■ Chanel Renee Jones, 26, Knoxville, and Herman Lathers, 27, Knoxville

■■ Angela Kay Smith, 48, Powell, and Robert Daniel Williams, 61, Powell

■■ Reynaldo Lainez Canales, 38, Knoxville, and Judith A. Garcia, 49, Knoxville

■■ David Allen Smith, 38, Knoxville, and Rebecca Fay Stohrer, 30, Knoxville

■■ Stacey Lee Lauser, 53, Knoxville, and Philip Alan Menken, 54, Maryville

■■ Scott Andrew Sokoloski, 46, Philadelphia, Pa., and Trina Nocerino, 36, Philadelphia, Pa.

■■ Colleen Marie Lavery, 24, Corryton, and Alejandro Cristobal Torrez, 24, Corryton

■■ Tereza Soriano Vega, 25, Knoxville, and Jairo Alejadro Torres Lopez, 20, Knoxville

■■ Wai Ho Lean, 27, Knoxville, and Chermaine Yi Yheng Teh, 27, Knoxville

■■ Michael Seth Stephens, 29, Knoxville, and Jesselyn Elizabeth Day, 26, Knoxville

■■ Jessica Renee Lipsey, 22, Knoxville, and Michael Nathan Adkins, 24, Knoxville

■■ Rebecca Renae Stoneberger, 29, Knoxville, and Michael Daniel Graham, 22, Knoxville

■■ Candice Elaine Long, 23, Knoxville, and Steven Paul Mize, 23, Knoxville

■■ Jennifer Marie Teran, 34, Knoxville, and Jose Angel Aponte, 35, Knoxville

■■ Sarah Elizabeth Matlock, 25, Louisville, Tenn., and Rebecca Ann Key, 28, Lenoir City

■■ Jose Melchor Vazquez, 34, Lenoir City, and Guadalupe Beatriz Aguilar, 49, Lenoir City

■■ Erin Morgan McCloud, 25, Knoxville, and Mark William Randall Whitley, 18, Knoxville

■■ Jacob Jay Velba, 27, Knoxville, and Lauren Trudene Sparks, 26, Knoxville

■■ Daniel Keith Meyer, 32, Powell, and Leia Michelle Kirsch, 24, Powell

■■ Joseph Isaac Washam, 49, Corryton, and Donna Sue Montgomery Gass, 49, Corryton

■■ Kelli Diane Carter, 22, Knoxville, and Grayson Harris Byard, 23, Knoxville ■■ Whitney Allison Childs, 36, Knoxville, and Christopher Marvin Phillips, 37, Knoxville ■■ Christopher Louis Cobble, 48, Powell, and Supachee Nopakhun, 34, Powell ■■ Marcos Antonio Cordeiro Costa, 24, Knoxville, and Ewerton Esdras Rodrigues De Ara, 26, Knoxville ■■ Sara Ashley Crooke, 30, Knoxville, and Adam Colgan Kirthlink, 34, Knoxville ■■ Laura Elizabeth Davenport, 32, Strawberry Plains, and Zackary Allen Emory, 23, Strawberry Plains ■■ Paul Howard Delong, 24, Knoxville, and Lindsey Patricia Rochester, 22, Knoxville ■■ Angel Rene Duque Morales, 42, Knoxville, and Mirna Yamileth Gutierrez Villed, 34, Knoxville ■■ Youssef Elmerybet, 31, Knoxville, and Zahra Elmorady, 30, Knoxville ■■ Telisa Yvonne Evans, 28, Knoxville, and Joseph Leroy Tyler, 40, Knoxville ■■ Hannah Taylor Freeman, 20, Louisville, Tenn., and Nicole Destiny Wagner, 22, Louisville, Tenn. ■■ Jason Paul Graham, 37, Powell, and Miranda Beth Gray Sbardella, 34, Powell ■■ Jose Carmen Hernandez Hernan, 25, Knoxville, and Olga Marina Hernandez Mejia, 37, Knoxville ■■ Thomas Michael Higginbotham, 45, Knoxville, and Sandra Renee Jenkins Foster, 45, Knoxville ■■ Tyler Lane Hodge, 19, Maynardville, and Autumn Justice Loveday, 18, Luttrell

■■ Roger Moore, 37, Lenoir City, and Veronica Serrano Jimenez, 31, Lenoir City ■■ Pedro Morales Chajon, 35, Knoxville, and Michelle Donna Bailey, 26, Knoxville ■■ Cammi Lee Morgan, 23, Knoxville, and Angel Osvaldo Ibarra Belmares, 25, Knoxville ■■ Damien Shane O’Shea, 30, Powder Springs, and Chessie Thomasa Goforth Noe, 28, Powder Springs ■■ Haley Lynne Osborne, 25, Knoxville, and David Mitchell Carter Carter, 25, Dover AFB, Del. ■■ Jenny Anna Owenby, 29, Knoxville, and Cody Geren Bramlett Bramlett, 30, Knoxville

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Downsizing with flair Realtor helps homeowners find Town Center fit

By Betsy Pickle Beth Donnell always wanted to live in a big city where she could walk to stores and restaurants. She found her “city” at builder Mike Stevens’ Northshore Town Center. Beth and husband Bill moved into the development overlooking Northshore Elementary School in October. They’d checked out the neighborhood for years, but they waited until their children were grown before they made the plunge. “We are just recently empty-nesters,” says Donnell. “We wanted a smaller house, but we wanted a house with a lot of personality. So we moved here mainly because Mike was a builder who was willing to let us have a lot of say and influence.” The Donnells have lived in several houses in West Knoxville since moving to town in 2000. To page 2

Homeowner Beth Donnell and Realtor Marquita Stevens in Donnell’s family room. Photo by Betsy Pickle

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bath, a mudroom and laun“I wanted every room to dry room. Donnell is so have something that was anti-clutter that she doesn’t unique to that room,” says 218-1117 “We’ve built several houseven have a knob on her Donnell. “I wanted it simwww.HelpMeRhonda.House It’s the experience that counts! powder-room door. es; this was not our first,” ple, but I also wanted it to KN-1240262 she says. “The architect here Upstairs are two bed- have detail.” does a great job. We knew rooms, each with a full bath, One unifying theme is what we wanted. He did a and a sitting room with a variety of starburst mirgreat job helping us get that.” board games on shelves to rors spread throughout the At 2,400 square feet, the side of the flat-screen TV. house. their home is smaller than Although both children are Mike Stevens was intheir previous one, “but it out of the house, they still spired by Mud Island in lives bigger than the house have their own rooms, re- Memphis to build the comwe were in before.” flecting their personalities. munity – a mixture of Realtor Marquita Stevens, Their son has an over- single-family homes, townwife of Mike Stevens, says sized photo of New York homes and lofts, with sidethat can be credited mostly City on one wall and gal- walks and park spaces – but to Beth Donnell’s ideas. vanized metal covering he waited till Knoxville was “I think what’s so cool another. Their daughter, a “ready.” He had started on about this house is all the cre- The Donnell home in Northshore Town Center presents a horse lover, has one wall of the project before the reative spacing,” says Stevens. barn wood and display cas- cession hit in 2008. Buildfriendly face to neighbors. Photos submitted The airy foyer not only es with her show ribbons on ing came to a standstill, but invites guests in off the front with the ability to have com- land, which has seating for another. once the recession ended, porch, it also serves as home pany come upstairs. This six and vast storage space. house nailed it.” for the Donnells’ piano. “I like my kitchen,” she “I like really clean lines, says. “I like the light, and The main level features an open space that incor- and I want it to be casual, I like the space. The other Claxton Mayo, fourth-generporates family, dining and not messy,” says Donnell. “I room I really love is my ation owner of Mayo Garden do not love to clean house, screened porch. We have kitchen areas. Centers, on a stand-up zero“I don’t think anybody in so that kind of drives my a fireplace out there and a turning-radius lawnmower. here has a living room,” says style. I just like it to be fountain out from it. I have Stevens. “Most people don’t simple and calming when I a feeling that’s where we’re going to spend a lot of time.” have formal dining rooms. come home.” Her favorite area is the The main level also has Most people want mainlevel living, all open spaces, kitchen and its expansive is- the master bedroom and From page 1


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“It took off, and it’s still going strong,” says Marquita Stevens. “People are buying into a concept as much as they’re buying into a home: the concept of being outside on your porches and sharing a glass of wine with your neighbors and walking your dogs and riding your golf cart and going to dinner. I think that’s what’s made it as popular as it is right now.” Northshore Town Center will have a neighborhood block party 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 25, with music and food trucks. The public is invited. New homes will also be on display during an open house 1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 26.

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It’s not what lawn aficionados want to hear, but here’s the truth: “Most people cut their grass as short as possible, and then wait to cut again until it’s as long as possible,” says Paul Dickinson, a landscape designer with Earthadelic, the local full-service landscaping contractor. Unfortunately, that’s the worst thing you can do. “You want longer grass so that weed seeds are less likely to germinate. And you want to mow every three days, and just take a little off each time.” Dickinson admits that “nobody wants to hear this; the truth hurts! It’s like when someone wants to lose weight – nobody wants to hear ‘eat less and exercise more.’” Over at Mayo Garden Center in Bearden, Claxton Mayo has plenty ideas for helping with lawn maintenance. As a fourth-generation owner of the store, which was started on Gay Street by his great-grandfather in 1878, he keeps an eye on the trends and knows what his customers want. For the past few years they have wanted zero-turning-radius commercial-grade mowers – those fast-moving, wide-cut vehicles you see professional crews using. They come in stand-upon, stand-behind and riding versions. “I’d say 60 percent of commercial riders go to homeowners.” There are good reasons. The mowers are quite a bit pricier, but they are built to last. “There’s not as much upkeep, and they’re tougher,” says Mayo. “And when you’re ready to downgrade and move into a condo, the resale value is good.” He points to a big machine with a 52-inch cutting path. “That’s the one TVA buys,” he says. Such

mowers can run to five figures in cost. Commercial mower manufacturers such as Ferris and Scag Power Equipment also produce less expensive, smaller versions of the mowers for homeowners. The drive speed and zero-turning radius feature is usually controlled by a lever system. Some customers, says Mayo, balk at the levers, saying they prefer a steering wheel. The levers do take some getting used to, but are much better ergonomically, and suitable for all ages, all strengths. “I sold one two years ago to a fellow who lived up in LaFollette,” says Mayo. “He said, ‘When my father-in-law sees this he’s going to want one!’ The father-in-law came in the next week and bought one. He was 97 years old. That’s my record as far as getting up in age.” Mayo says the mowers are fast, and they maneuver well. A homeowner using the same cutting width as a regular push mower can finish the lawn in half the time. He hasn’t had much luck selling electric push mowers, but says they’re good for someone with a very small lawn. As a designer who plans landscapes for new properties as well as existing ones, Dickinson suggests that homeowners first determine how the grounds will be used. “If you’re got kids who are going to be kicking a soccer ball around, great – you need some lawn. But you need landscaping with mass plantings and seasonal color.” Some can be strategic plantings to shade and protect your house. “You want trees, shrubs and windbreaks on the west. Don’t settle for just lawn when you can have so much better.”

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Light it up! Inside and out, pay attention to the fixtures By Carol Z. Shane “A good all-purpose term for garden lighting is pool of light,” says Jay Strozier, owner-operator of Dream Gardens in Inskip. “You don’t have to have focused lights, just enough for people to find their way safely at night.” Strozier’s own back yard is an oasis of herb beds, decking, waterfall, goldfish pond and attractive seating areas. And all are artistically, economically lit when darkness falls. Strozier uses a 12-volt system and says that’s all anyone needs for good outdoor lighting. A transformer near the deck drops the 120 voltage sourced from the house to one-tenth of its power. For the lights themselves, he uses LED. He used to have halogen, but says the LED lights are “not as hot as halogen. They’re a very benign way to go. These days most everybody wants LED.” He points out the various ways of creating those “pools” of light – from up lights on tree trunks and corners of the house to down lights that illuminate a social area, to safety lights for paths and stairs. There’s even “moonlight,” set high up in a tree to glow down through the branches. For paths, he prefers copper “hat” fixtures which can age naturally or chemically. “Artistic path lighting, in a way, is a lot like plants. You want to stagger it and have an odd number.” In his 1925 bungalow, music plays softly from a wireless system. He’s a big fan of the technology and looks forward to the

inevitable day when there’s wireless lighting. “WiFi’s here to stay,” he says. “It’s just incredible.” Over at Stokes Lighting Center on Papermill Drive, lead showroom representative Angie Kidwell has a lot to say about indoor lighting trends. “Everyone is switching to LED bulbs,” she says, echoing Strozier’s observation. She picks up an LED recessed down light kit, complete in itself and made to work anywhere recessed lighting is desired. “This is probably our most popular item right now. With recessed lighting, you usually have to choose the can and trim. With this you have the can, trim and light.” The light is wafer-thin and retro-fit for existing fixtures. It’s attached to a small driver box that takes the place of the junction box. In other areas, Kidwell says, “rustic” is in. “It’s the whole HGTV thing – whatever they’re doing, that’s what people do. Farmhouse and wood looks are very popular.” Here again, LED bulbs fill many of the fixtures. Kidwell notes that tremendous strides have been made in the technology, and that LED lights – known to be cold and harsh 10 or so years ago – are now quite warm and attractive. And of course, they’ve always been economical. “They pay for themselves. And they don’t get hot. People don’t want heat, like you get with an incandescent bulb. Even in baths. You don’t want hot lights while you’re trying to put on your makeup!”

Jay Strozier points out the kind of copper path lighting he prefers.


Angie Kidwell with Stokes Lighting Center says these glass “farmhouse-style” fixtures are very popular. Photos by Carol Z. Shane


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DIY can be a don’t By Betsy Pickle

The do-it-yourself movement has every homeowner thinking he or she can tackle nearly any home repair – and save a little money in the process. TV shows, magazines and Pinterest make it look simple. The reality is, certain projects are best left to a professional. Dan Mitchell, president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville, says to think of your body as a home. You can treat some ailments with over-the-counter meds, but you’d never perform surgery on yourself. Here are some DIY don’ts: Tree removal: A homeowner might be able to cut smaller trees, 12-15 feet in height. With taller trees, even with a couple of people working, “there’s a danger of the tree falling in the wrong direction, causing damage to a structure or an individual. Also, there’s brush and material you have to contend with.” Mitchell says that for safety, hire a professional, at least to fell the tree. Home addition or structural changes: Unless the homeowner has “a strong construction background,” this gets a big “no” from Mitchell, a thirdgeneration contractor and owner of Eagle CDI in Seymour. Such work usually re-

quires permits, and most municipalities require you to have a contractor who knows what is needed legally and will follow code requirements. P a v i n g your driveway: “No brainer,” says Mitchell. The job requires specialty equipment to pour the asphalt or put concrete down and trained workers to get a uniform and smooth appearance in a timely manner. Homeowners can patch small sections with materials from Home Depot or Lowe’s. Electrical work: “Again, that’s a no brainer. Any full-fledged electrical project where you’re reaching inside the meter base or dealing with the high-voltage cur-

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rent that’s inside – your meter box, breakers and so forth – we recommend getting a professional out there.” Projects such as installing a ceiling fan, changing a light fixture, adding a light switch or dimmer or adding a wall outlet can be done by the homeowner “with instructions from Home Depot or Lowe’s or YouTube.” Plumbing repairs: DIYers can replace a faucet, as long as they have proper tools, Mitchell says. For bigger things, such as installing a new water heater, repairing a sewer line, or getting inside a wall cavity to repair a leak, call a plumber. Roof repair: This is “one of those things that we always recommend you hire a professional. … More people are admitted to the hospital annually than car accidents from getting up on a roof.” Safety is paramount, but liability is another issue. When you hire someone,

make sure they have the insurance to cover both property and medical claims. Installing siding: Mitchell says this isn’t necessarily a difficult task. “However, unless you have two or three people to assist you in an expeditious fashion, you are exposing the house to rain or other elements. … Most do-it-yourselfers are not quick.” Adding or replacing windows: Again, you’re exposing your house to the elements. And Mitchell says window projects require knowledge of structural loads and sometimes electrical and plumbing. Plus, you have to remove and replace trim, and there may be siding to put back on. Creating an outdoor kitchen: Mitchell says, “There are some projects out there with pavers and stackable blocks that DIYers can do. The only area of caution truly is, what are you using for a cooking source?” A standalone grill with a propane tank is one thing, but for those who want built-in gas, “you should never do anything with a gas line unless you’re a professional,” he says. Homeowners should remember that hiring professionals also means that someone else is responsible for the warranties and liability of the work. Also, when you try to sell your house, amateur work will be easily detected. “The money you saved in the beginning could be money you lose in the resale of your home,” Mitchell says.

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