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One of Powell High School art teacher Lee Jenkins-Freels’ first experiences with an exceptionally talented student presented a special challenge. He had already won great acclaim for his work, but Jenkins-Freels knew he could do more.
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New pastor at Christ UMC Dennie Humphreys is the new pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Halls. He sat down with Jake Mabe last week to introduce himself to the community.
By Libby Morgan The next new featured exhibit at the Fountain City Art Center is “The Magnificent Seven,” a show with works by former Knox County art instructors: Charles “Chico” Osten, Suzanne Jack, Sue W. Lane, Christine Harness, Judy Jorden, Rikki Taylor and Owen Weston. Taylor specializes in decorative pottery, and the other members of the Magnificent Seven will be showing works in oils, watercolors, mixed media and nature photography. The opening reception for the
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Rikki Taylor, a former art instructor at Halls Middle School, will display her ceramic art at the Magnificent Seven show opening on Aug. 16. Photos submitted
Meet Central High School’s new principal, Dr. Jody Goins, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the CHS library. The event is sponsored by the Central High School Alumni Association, the Fountain City Business and Professional Association, and Work Now. Dr. Goins was previously the principal at Oak Ridge High School.
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By Jake Mabe Knox County Watershed Coordinator Roy Arthur says that Beaver Creek qualifies as a blueway under unofficial criteria. “There are no official criteria,” Arthur says, “exRoy Arthur cept for ones established by organizations such
as the Sierra Club.” Arthur says the four unofficial criteria are: 1. The waterway is designated as “waters of state,” i.e. the state owns the water. 2. The waterway has to be navigable by small watercraft. Debris jams must be taken down. 3. The waterway has to have launch points. 4. The waterway has no posted water hazards (bacteria like e coli).
“Beaver Creek meets all four criteria. A final decision to designate it as such will have to be made by Knox County.” Arthur said the county is exploring a first phase, which would be from Harrell Road Park to Northwest Sports Park in Karns, “to see how that goes.” “Then a second phase might be from Clayton Park in Halls to Dry Gap Pike. “There are about 40 miles of Beaver Creek’s main stem that
are navigable. So, you could potentially have a blueway that entire length. Wouldn’t that be wonderful to put in at Clayton Park and kayak all the way to Melton Hill Lake? Some of it even has rapids.” Arthur says no tax dollars are being spent on the exploratory project and that county employees are clearing debris jams in their spare time. “That also has a positive effect on flooding.”
The Cavett Station Massacre A new look at an old story Charles Faulkner slowed his Prius to a crawl as he topped the ridge on Broome Road a short distance from Middlebrook Pike. This, he said, is probably where the Cherokee scouts stood early on the morning of Sept. 25, 1793, and spotted smoke from the fireplace of Alexander Cavett’s fortified cabin in the woods below. They were part of a massive war party – said to number 1,000 warriors – who had marched all night, bypassing Campbell Station to stay on schedule to launch a dawn attack on Knoxville, which was sparsely defended and could not have withstood such an assault. Ravenous mosquitos are the only danger facing modern day visitors to the old Mars Hill graveyard a short distance below the spine of the ridge. Contrary to the inscription on the monument placed there in 1921 by the Tennessee Sons of the Revolution, Faulkner is quite certain that this spot wasn’t the site of the Cavett Station massacre, where 11 Cavett family members and two militia sent by John Sevier
to protect them were slaughtered. He believes the cabin stood some distance down the hill, just above one of several springs that form Sinking Creek and are now hidden behind the well-kept homes at the entrance to the Cavett Station subdivision, a few yards west of the intersection of Alexander Cavett Drive and Doublehead Lane. “My wife, kids and all kinds of people went out there to help. We worked for two summers doing shovel testing, digging holes on a grid, down to the subsoil. We didn’t find it. The location is rather vague, but there’s still enough information that we knew the approximate location. That area is covered with subdivisions now,” Faulkner said. He has written a new book (his fourth), called “Massacre at Cavett Station: Frontier Tennessee during the Cherokee Wars,” published by the University of Tennessee Press. It’s already available on Amazon and will be in bookstores soon. In it, he debunks old rumors and presents a balanced view, including the grievances of the Cherokee, who had been driven by a series of land grabs and betrayals at the hands of the whites to unite with the more militant Creeks and the Chickamauga Cherokee from
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Alabama, North Georgia and the Chattanooga area. “The Indians did not buy or sell land, and the chiefs did not have authority to sign papers selling or giving away land, but some of them did it anyway, and the next thing they knew, here came the white people. The Indians thought when they signed treaties, white people could come farm, but they did not have a concept of private property. That was totally foreign to them,” Faulkner said. This came after the turmoil of the Revolutionary War, when the
Cherokee sided with the British and split into two groups, one of which opposed giving up land and making peace. “They split off from the main group and went down to the Chattanooga area and became the Chickamauga. The Overhill Cherokee attempted to maintain peace with the whites,” Faulkner said. In 1788, First Beloved Man and principal chief Old Tassel and Chief Abraham were attempting to make peace with the State of To page A-3
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That’s what we mean by comprehensive healthcare. You never know when maintaining your good health may require the help of a specialist or primary care physician. But you can rest easier knowing that North Knoxville Medical Center can provide you with the expert care and skilled doctors you need. This handy directory lists names, specialties and contact information, so you’re as close as a telephone call to convenient and comprehensive healthcare.
Physician Offices on the Campus of North Knoxville Medical Center
East Tennessee Heart Consultants 7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite G-35 Powell, TN 37849 865-525-6688 David A. Cox, M.D., FACC Joseph S. DeLeese, M.D., FACC Stephen D. Hoadley, M.D., FACC Lawrence D. Hookman, M.D., FACC William C. Lindsay, M.D., FACC Robert O. Martin, M.D., FACC Kyle W. McCoy, M.D., FACC Barry I. Michelson, M.D., FACC Steven W. Reed, M.D., FACC John A. Ternay, M.D., FACC Randall D. Towne, M.D., FACC Charles B. Treasure II, M.D. Timothy Ballard, ACNP
CRITICAL CARE/PULMONOLOGY StatCare Pulmonary Consultants 865-588-8831 Michael Brunson, M.D. Scott Dryzer, M.D. Bruce Henschen, M.D. Andrews Paul, M.D.
Dermatology Associates of Knoxville, P.C. 7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite G-20 Powell, TN 37849 865-524-2547 Drew Miller, M.D. Edward Primka, M.D. Carter Blanton, PA Kevin Blazer, PA Sharon McNutt, PA-C Amanda Wilks, PA Mathew Wilks, PA Sandra Gass, NP-C Melissa Headrick, NP-C
Greater Knoxville Ear Nose & Throat 7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite 220 Powell, TN 37849 865-521-8050 Leslie L. Baker, M.D. Robert A. Crawley, M.D., FACS Elise C. Denneny, M.D., FACS Richard J. DePersio, M.D., FACS William D. Horton, M.D., FACS Christopher J. Rathfoot, M.D. Allan M. Rosenbaum, M.D., FACS Ronald K. Sandberg, M.D.
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT Team Health 7557 Dannaher Drive Powell, TN 37849
Travis Fawver, D.O. Darin Hale, M.D. MacKenzie Hay, M.D. Mark Holland, M.D. Le Anne Kersey, M.D. Christopher Landess, M.D. M. Todd Montgomery, D.O. Michael Schroeder, M.D. Phillip Seifert, M.D.
Tennova Digestive Disease Center 7551 Dannaher Drive Powell, TN 37849 865-859-7330 Ravi Ghanta, M.D. Paul S. Pickholtz, M.D., FACP
GENERAL/BREAST SURGERY Complete Surgical Care 7560 Dannaher Drive, Suite 150 Powell, TN 37849 865-934-6080 Caren Gallaher, M.D.
GENERAL/VASCULAR SURGERY Premier Surgical Associates 7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite 110 Powell, TN 37849 865-938-8121
Renal Medical Associates - Knoxville 939 Emerald Avenue, Suite 610 Knoxville, TN 37917 865-637-8635
PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Gallaher Plastic Surgery 7560 Dannaher Drive, Suite 150 Powell, TN 37849 865-671-3888
Donald L. Akers Jr., M.D. C. Scott Callicutt, M.D. Brian H. Garber, M.D. Marcella Greene, M.D. David J. Harrell, M.D. George A. Pliagas, M.D. Roland Weast, M.D. Keri Inman, PA-C Lauren Clear, PA-C
Lewis H. Holmes III, M.D. Suresh N. Kumar, M.D. Marcia Williams Lyons, D.O. James L. Ogrodowski, M.D. Rhodora B. Vasquez, M.D.
Michael Fields, M.D. Anya Zerilla, NP
Srinivas Boppana, M.D. Nilesh Patel, M.D. April McGlothin, NP
Dr. Kristy Newton 7557B Dannaher Drive, Suite 155 Powell, TN 37849 865-859-7370 Kristy Newton, M.D. Rebecca Brown, APRN, FNP-PNP Steven R. Moffett, M.D. 7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite 140 Powell, TN 37849 865-859-7350
Hematology-Oncology of Knoxville 7551 Dannaher Drive Powell, TN 37849 865-558-8839 Bruce Avery, M.D. Saji Eapen, M.D. Tiffany Sipe, NP Tennessee Cancer Specialists 7551 Dannaher Drive Powell, TN 37849 865-637-9330 Richard Antonucci, M.D. Yi Feng, M.D. Hesamm E. Gharavi, M.D. Ross Kerns, M.D. Mitchell D. Martin, M.D.
StatCare Hospitalist Group 865-909-0090 Rhonda Sivley, M.D. Mark Weaver, M.D. Chuck Wilder, M.D.
Knoxville Infectious Disease Consultants, P.C. 2210 Sutherland Avenue, Suite 110 Knoxville, TN 37919 865-525-4333
Fields Center for Women’s Health and Robotic Surgery 865-218-6230
Center for Sight 7800 Conner Road Powell, TN 37849 865-546-7140
Stephen Franklin, M.D. Kenneth Raulston Jr., M.D. East Tennessee Eye Surgeons 7800 Conner Road Powell, TN 37849 865-546-1464 John Dawson, M.D. Kevin Gallaher, M.D.
Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic 7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite G-10 Powell, TN 37849 865-558-4400 John M. Ambrosia, M.D. Paul L. Becker, M.D. T. Craig Beeler, M.D. Russell A. Betcher, M.D. Douglas N. Calhoun, M.D. Brian M. Covino, M.D. Michael C. Craig, M.D. J. Jay Crawford, M.D. Bruce B. Fry, D.O. G. Brian Holloway, M.D. Robert E. Ivy, M.D. Paul H. Johnson, M.D. Amber G. Luhn, M.D. James K. Maguire Jr., M.D. William T. McPeake, M.D. Matthew C. Nadaud, M.D. Matthew A. Rappe, M.D. Cameron J. Sears, M.D. J. Chris Sherrell, M.D. Edwin E. Spencer Jr., M.D. Ben Hux, OPAC Bobbie Williams, OPAC
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Internal Medicine Associates 7557B Dannaher Drive, Suite 225 Powell, TN 37849 865-546-9751 J. Davis Allan, M.D. Robert C. Alley, M.D. Amy E. Bentley, M.D., FACP Larry C. Brakebill, M.D., FACP Miriam W. Brandon, M.D. David C. Durbin, M.D. Cassandra F. Gibbs, M.D. James C. Grifﬁn II, D.O. Glen E. Hall, M.D. M. Douglas Leahy, M.D., MACP Stephen P. Lorino, M.D. Gerald L. Mancebo, M.D., FACP Peter J. Ochoa, M.D. N. Lynne Taylor, M.D., FACP John F. Vannoy, M.D., FACP Elizabeth Gager, FNP Douglas H. Luttrell, FNP
Tennova Comprehensive Pain Treatment Center 7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite 240 Powell, TN 37849 865-859-7246 David W. Annand, M.D. Mark L. Nelson, M.D. Jeffrey Roberts, M.D. Christopher L. Vinsant, M.D. James S. Wike, M.D.
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RADIATION ONCOLOGY Tennova Cancer Center 7551 Dannaher Drive Powell, TN 37849 865-859-7020
Tennova Sleep Center 7540 Dannaher Drive Powell, TN 37848 865-859-7800 Dewey Y. McWhirter, M.D. Syed Nabi, M.D. Ashley Brezina, FNP
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Harvesting rainwater at Halls High Halls High School horticulture teacher Mike Blankenship was all smiles last Thursday as he stood in the sweltering heat of an August afternoon.
Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS He was there, along with government representatives who regulate stormwater runoff, to take a sneak peek at the Beaver Creek Task Force’s last project funded by a $1 million grant it secured five years ago – a cistern/rainwater harvesting system at the Halls High greenhouse. Professionally installed by Rainwater Resources, a Knoxville-owned family company in business for 15 years, the system’s highlight is a Visy ™ water
vortex system that will allow water runoff from the roof to be filtered and reused to water plants both inside the greenhouse and in raised beds outside. Rainwater Resources president/principal owner Denis Rochat says his company is privileged to be involved with the project. He gave a tour and brief demonstration of the system, starting with the tank located behind the greenhouse. “What you’re looking at is something that has the ability to have 1,500 gallons of water sit in the tank in the heat of summer or in the cold of winter, maintained in clear, slime-free, odor-free conditions, and use it for anything – irrigation, greenhouse use, industrial use, even potable residential use. “Rainwater harvesting is all about use – detain and store water for future use.” After it leaves the tank, the water passes through
an ultraviolet system that filters the water so that it is 100 percent safe should anyone inhale it, Rochat says, “and by 100 percent safe, I mean that there are no microbiological issues that will make anyone sick.” Rochat says the system will allow Blankenship to use either cistern water or city water at the greenhouse. Rainwater Resources vice president of industry relations Vince Guarino says the company has also installed such systems in high-end residential homes and by the end of the month will have installed two systems at Ijams Nature Center. “The EPA rules are now so strict and specific about Rainwater Resources president/principal owner Denis Rochat shows off the tank for the new cisnew construction over tern system that has been installed at the greenhouse at Halls High School. The concrete pad on one acre that I think you’ll which the tank sits was built by students in Jeff McMurray’s carpentry classes. Photo by Jake Mabe probably see a lot more installation of these systems, at the possibilities the “We’re going to grow ture and hydroponics.” along with rain gardens new system will offer him plants, we know that,” A ribbon-cutting and and permeable pavers, they and his students and says Blankenship says. “But open house event to show all will come into play.” he’s “blessed” to have it at we’ll also be looking at do- off the cistern system will Blankenship is excited Halls High. ing things with aquacul- be held Oct. 8.
Charles Faulkner stands behind the monument to the memory of the Cavett Station massacre. Photos by Betty Bean Franklin when they were murdered under a flag of truce by forces under the command of John Sevier. This enraged the Cherokee nation and drove the Overhill closer to the warlike Chickamauga and their leader, Dragging Canoe. Skirmishes continued on the frontier for the next 5 years, boiling over in June 1793 when Indians killed a settler couple and militia forces tracked some of the perpetrators to the home of Old Tassel’s successor, Hanging Maw. The militia then launched an unprovoked attack on Hanging Maw’s house, killing a dozen people and wounding the principal chief, who, like Old Tassel, had advocated peace with the white settlers. “When it came to treatment of Indians, the militias, in many cases, were just as brutal as Indians were. They took a lot of land and killed a lot of Indians. There really was no con-
From page A-1 trol,” Faulkner said. In September, Chief John Watts got an army together and set out to avenge the raid on Hanging Maw by attacking Knoxville. War chiefs James Vann, Bob Benge and the murderous Doublehead shared command. They underestimated the time it would take to get to town, and when they found themselves eight miles west of James White’s settlement at dawn, they settled for an assault on Cavett Station. Some reports said they panicked when they heard distant cannon fire and thought that they’d lost the element of surprise. Whatever the reason, they decided to pluck the low-hanging fruit. Amazingly, the settlers, led by Alexander Cavett and two Sullivan County militia members – Francis Bowery and John Spurgeon – held off the initial assault. “The Indians sent Bob Benge in with a white flag, saying ‘If you surrender, we will spare your lives.’ So they decided to surrender, and when they came out, the Indians killed them all, except for the little boy,” Faulkner said. Watts was powerless to stop the ferocious Doublehead, who set upon the Cavetts and hacked them to pieces. Neighbors who buried the remains reported finding 13 dismembered bodies on the ground and human intestines draped on the wooden fence. Recordkeeping was sketchy in those days, noting only the deaths of the men, so it is uncertain exactly who else died, although they were probably Cavett’s children.
The 5-year-old boy was only temporarily spared, and was probably taken off to Alabama and murdered a few days later by the Creeks, although some reports say that Doublehead tomahawked him after he was placed on a horse by a Creek warrior (thus giving rise to the derisive nickname “Babykiller,” bestowed by his appalled fellow Cherokee). Faulkner believes that Alexander Cavett’s wife, Susanna, probably died the year before. Watts, Vann and Benge were all sons of white fathers, a trend that became more noticeable over time. Faulkner said Benge, a redhead, was particularly feared among the settler population, who called him “Bench,” invoking his name as a bogeyman to frighten children into submission. Of the four chiefs, only Watts would die a natural death. Doublehead was murdered by his own people. The graves in the Mars Hill cemetery are oddly arranged, with the newer ones up front and the burial sites of Alexander Cavett’s brother Moses and wife, Agnes, next to a large oval-shaped section that is now overgrown and dominated by a mature hemlock tree. Someone who used to tend to the graveyard told Faulkner that there’s a good-sized depression where the soil is soft beneath the overgrowth. And that, Faulkner believes, is the gravesite of the murdered Cavett family, whose deaths probably saved the residents of the new city of Knoxville from a similar fate.
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show is from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16. Simultaneously showing at the art center will be transparent watercolors by students of Mary Baumgartner’s “Wonderful World of Watercolor,” and handmade books by the students of Bob Meadows. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 12. There is no admission charge.
Fall workshops and classes Enrollment is now open for several new fall workshops: Lee Edge will hold a three day Watercolor “Pouring” Workshop on Oct. 10, 11, and 12, $150 for Fountain City Art Center members and $180 for nonmembers. ■ Annual Art Center memberships start at $30 for seniors, $45 for individuals, and $25 for students under the age of 26.
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McIntyre asks board to terminate four teachers
Education reform: Follow the money People out there are trying to make public schools look bad so private businesses can get control of public funds spent for education. That’s the take of state Rep. Gloria Johnson who spoke recently in Union County.
Sandra Clark When what’s now called history books are channeled, streamed or beamed 100 years from now, the prevailing themes of this century will be education reform. And cataclysmic change makes for fear, anger and unrest. That’s the state of public education in 2013. On one side are the well-todo, pushing for classroom technology and better outcomes. They bring business models to weigh and measure. They disregard tradition and are willing to boot low-performing teachers. On the other side is the education establishment, clinging to negotiated contracts and lifetime tenure with lockstep pay increases. Many are hesitant to embrace new methods like online learning. In the middle are parents
who simply want their kids to be safe and loved at school, to be accepted for who they are and not be bullied. Nobody is clamoring to pay a penny more. So Gloria Johnson, a teacher, says “overreach” to Nashville initiatives to eliminate tenure, step pay increases and collective bargaining. She calls for study before charter schools are established. “Why are some charters successful and some are not? Why are we holding up Milwaukee as a standard? They don’t take special education students and kick out kids who don’t behave. “We’ve got to increase our expenditure to schools that are struggling, and support community schools (such as Pond Gap) which stay open in evenings with meals, health services and learning opportunities for parents. “Yes, it costs more, but we can find community partners to share those costs.” Johnson blasted Teach for America, a group that offers a 5-week training program to bring professionals into teaching. State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is a former executive of the group. “We gave a $6.7 million contract to Teach for America to train 300 recruits per year,” Johnson said. “They are most likely not from Tennessee and most will go
State Rep. Gloria Johnson talks politics with Union County Democrats. Photo by S. Clark to work at Goldman Sachs or on to law school” after a short stint in the classroom.
Superintendent Jim McIntyre is recommending termination of four teachers when the school board meets Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. Daniel Cowden, Pamela Hunter, John Kulka and Danny Sanders are recom-
mended for termination. Sanders has 29 years with Knox County Schools. Also, McIntyre is recommending that the school board retain Michael Kelley of the law firm Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley as le-
gal counsel to the board. Kelley will charge $230 per hour, and the move could be resisted by Law Director Bud Armstrong. Kelley’s parents, Norma and the late Dr. Paul, were both educators.
Johnson said the Virtual Academy is a way for students “to get off the radar.” She has heard that K-12, the company that benefits from the state’s $14 million program, has told teachers “not to mark kids absent.” She alleged that an email was sent
asking teachers to “delete all failing grades.” She called the Michael Milken-founded K-12 a “massive money-making tool” and said two states, North Carolina and Colorado, have dropped it. “We will not improve
public schools by putting money into K-12 or Teach for America,” Johnson said. “We need to teach every kid in every ZIP code. We need to teach teamwork and problem-solving. Those are the skills that employers want.”
Briggs can’t assume an advantage No doubt County Commissioner Richard Briggs was pleased to have former County Commissioner Frank Leuthold agree to be his treasurer a few months back.
Little did he think it would lead to news and controversy which has hardly been helpful to his campaign to unseat state Sen. Stacey Campfield in the August 2014 Republican primary. (This writer is a donor to the Briggs campaign). That news is that Briggs has embraced and promoted the candidacy of Craig Leuthold to be named trustee by nominating him for the position. Leuthold is a perfectly nice person, but he has hardly set the woods on fire as a reformer in county government.
Many have questioned if it was a conflict for Briggs to vote for his campaign treasurer’s son to be county trustee. Dealing with these questions has detracted from Briggs’s main goal of unseating Campfield by forcing Briggs to defend his own record without Campfield saying a word. Leuthold says he will be transparent, and one place for him to start would be to release his tax returns and net worth. Campfield is a tireless campaigner as is Briggs. But he is also very shrewd in highlighting issues such as the recent robo calls from a pollster tied to Briggs. If a third candidate enters this state senate contest, then Campfield will benefit as he has in the past when there were three candidates. If it remains a two-way race, then Briggs has a more realistic shot at winning, but the past two weeks have not been good for Briggs. He will need to get beyond these issues and
point out why he would be a better state senator than the incumbent. He cannot assume any advantage. ■ Speaking of the county trustee, one wonders why it continues to exist as an elected office when it does not make policy. Recently, I had lunch with former county trustee and county executive Tommy Schumpert, who repeated prior statements that this office should be appointed by the county mayor. One wonders why a reform-minded county commissioner does not propose a charter amendment to submit to the voters to change the selection process for trustee. Let the voters of Knox County vote on this again in light of recent developments. ■ Beth Waters, who led the effort to build Fort Kid over 20 years ago, had a 20 minute talk with Mayor Rogero about the future of Fort Kid. A prior city Administration had decided to close Fort Kid without the knowledge of
a $60,000 trust fund which exists for the maintenance and improvement of Fort Kid. Rogero promised Waters to review the matter and get back to her. Surely the city will take advantage of this private fund with no cost to taxpayers. ■ The dedication of Loves Creek greenway on Aug. 1 was postponed due to threatening rain to an unknown time. This is a project which Council member Nick Della Volpe has played a pivotal role in getting started and turned from a dream to reality. City Service Director David Brace had his department help install the trails, along with individual citizens. ■ The oldest living U.S. Senator, Harry F. Byrd Jr. of Virginia, died at 98 in Winchester, Va., on July 30. Byrd was a Democrat who became an independent. Strom Thurmond was actually the oldest person to serve in the U.S. Senate reaching 100. Thurmond was a Democrat who became a Republican.
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ithout knowing a little about t r a n s p or t at ion in the 19th century, one might pay little attention to uppin blocks, anomalies located in front of houses and storefronts. Although they vary in size, most are about four feet square and about three feet in height. And most are either marble or granite with a step cut in the back. These curiosities are found in several locations in Old Concord, and as a child we often used them to play “King of the Hill.” But their real purpose was to enable ladies with their hoop skirts, many layers of undergarments and high heel shoes, to board carriages and horses in a more graceful manner without showing the lower part of their leg. Morality in the 19th century was a bit different than it is today, and only a “loose woman” would allow a man to see her ankle. Not every home had an uppin block. Indeed, only the most aff luent families could afford them, which made them a status symbol. Several years ago, I was conducting a tour of
the Village for a church group, and I overlooked the uppin blocks. Finally one of the ladies in the group said, “What’s that?” pointing to a rather large block in front of a home. I explained that they were called uppin blocks or platforms that allowed ladies to board carriages in a graceful manner. They wanted to stop the bus and try the block for themselves. Their next question was, “How did they come to be called uppin blocks?” For that question, I had no answer. The blocks also allowed women to remain on a boardwalk or other hard surface area without having to step into the street, which was either mud or dust depending on the weather. Of course, covered boardwalks between stores also kept the elements at bay. In Old Concord, much of the main commercial area was fronted by covered boardwalks and false fronts, just like in old western towns. From 1887 through about 1920, Concord’s economic underpinning depended on a large marble quarrying operation. It was also the transfer point for marble quarries
located further east along the river. By using large f lat barges, marble blocks could be f loated down the river, where they were transferred to trains for shipment throughout the eastern part of the country. I assume the origin of the blocks was from those quarries, and probably someone who had an affiliation with the quarries had a better chance of getting one. With the advent of the automobile, running boards made uppin blocks relics of the past. And the paving of road surfaces removed the danger of ruining a dainty pair of shoes by stepping in a mud puddle. And there can be little doubt these two changes – running boards and paved roads – deprived many men the opportunity to see a woman’s ankle. And to that end, it undoubtedly preserved the ladies’ good reputation and alleviated the possibility of being called a “loose woman.” Today, we have become so accustomed to hard surface roads, it’s hard to envision streets with deep ruts and standing water, but an 1890s photo of Old Concord shows those conditions. Stones were
One of the remaining uppin blocks left in the village of Concord. Photo submitted
placed at intervals and hicle of choice bfor many a plank was laid over the women, one might think stones to provide a dry uppin blocks could have a entryway into someone’s place in our modern socihome. I have often talked ety. But they are doomed to people who were in Oak Ridge during Morality in the 19th century the beginning of the Manhattan Projwas a bit different than it ect, and asked them to talk about their is today, and only a “loose most vivid memory woman” would allow a man of those early days. Almost to the perto see her ankle. son, the answer was the same. It was the mud. With the popularity of to remain a part of history large sport utility vehicles, because today’s standards which are often two feet are much different than in off the ground, and the the past. Today, a woman fact that they are the ve- wearing a long dress with
multi-layered, frilly undergarments would be more of a spectacle than one wearing short shorts and a halter top. I personally like 21st century women’s attire, and I doubt that any fashion designer would ever attempt to send a model down the runway dressed in a f loor-length dress with undergarments. But some might argue that female dress of that period would certainly have added a sense of “mystery of wonderment” that is not present today.
REUNION NOTES ■ Central High School Class of 1993 will hold its 20-year reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, at Cocoa Moon. Info: Christi Courtney Fields, 719-5099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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■ Wilkerson family reunion will be held 1-5 p.m. at Big Ridge State Park Recreation Hall Sunday, Aug. 11. Bring a covered dish. ■ Central High School Class of 1944 will hold its annual reunion at noon Thursday, Aug. 15, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Cost is $15 per person. Info: J.C. Tumblin, 687-1948. ■ Central High School Class of 1978 will hold its 35-year reunion 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Cost is $25 per person with payment due Aug. 15. Make check out to “CHS Class of 1978” or to “Brent Thomas” and mail it to: Brent Thomas, 4841 Macmont Circle, Powell, TN 37849. ■ Clinton High School Class of 1967 will hold a reunion Saturday, Aug. 31, at 205 Main St. in Clinton. Classes from ’66 through ’69 are also invited. Cost is $50 per person and includes food, a DJ, games and a free class memory CD. Info/ reservations: Becky Calloway Rosenbaum, 457-259, or Bunnie Brown Ison, 599-4749, or send checks to: CHS Class of 1967, 607 Greenwood Drive, Clinton, TN 37716. ■ Central High School Class of 1963 is planning its 50-year reunion. Any member of the Class of 1963 who hasn’t been contacted by the reunion committee is asked to send contact info to: ajrader@ bellsouth.net; or mail to CHS Class of ’63, 5428 Kesterbrooke Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37918.
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building project, but that it will be some time before they will be ready for a groundbreaking. Humphreys grew up in Chattanooga, graduating from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1973 and from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta in 1976. His first church job was as youth director of McFarland United Methodist Dennie Humphreys is the new Church in Rossville, Ga., pastor at Christ United Meth- in 1969. He says he first felt odist Church. Photo by Jake Mabe called to enter the ministry at age 12 and that sevcluding music. They have one eral events along the way of the best music departments affirmed his decision. His in the county. And Bruce did first appointment was as a great job preparing the way.” associate pastor of Hixon He says the church is in United Methodist Church the process of finalizing ar- in Chattanooga. “And since then I’ve chitectural plans for a new
Five weeks or so on the job, Dennie Humphreys says coming to Christ United Methodist Church as its new pastor has been a great move. Humphreys’ first Sunday was June 30. He replaces longtime pastor Bruce Marston, who was appointed pastor of First United Methodist Church of Alcoa. Humphreys spent the last four years as pastor of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church in Athens, Tenn. “The church is exciting,” Humphreys says. “It’s open and willing to meet the needs of the people. There’s a lot of excitement and activity, and the church likes to present the gospel and share the Good News in various forms, in-
CORRYTON SENIOR CENTER ■ Monday, Aug. 5: 9 a.m., SAIL, Billiards, Quilting; 10 a.m., Dominoes, Bridge; 11 a.m., Open game play; 12 p.m., Ice cream social. ■ Tuesday, Aug. 6: 9 a.m., Billiards; 10:30 a.m., Garden Club; 1 p.m., Pinochle.
Dreaming of good ol’ home cooking Wanda Nalley, Lillian Miller, Ann Golden and Rose Davis share a few laughs before lunch at Golden Girls Restaurant in Clinton. Miller is a resident at Elmcroft Assisted Living and enjoyed a Second Wind Dream thanks to Davis. When asked what she wanted to do for her dream, she said that she wanted to eat some fried green tomatoes and enjoy a good cup of coffee. Miller’s niece and nephew, Wanda and Stan Nalley, took her to Golden Girls Restaurant, where Ann Golden made up a batch of fried green tomatoes for the occasion. Prior to lunch Miller received a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates and a green coffee mug (her favorite color) with her name on the outside from Davis. Photo by Ruth White
■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane, distributes free food 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265.
■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. Info: 922-9412.
■ New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry distributes food boxes 5-6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.
■ Dante Church of God will be distributing Boxes of Blessings (food) 9-11 a.m. or until boxes are gone, Saturday, Aug. 10. Anyone who would like to come and receive a box of blessings is invited. You must be present to receive a box of food. One box per household.
■ Bookwalter UMC offers One Harvest Food Ministries to the community. Info and menu: http://bookwalter-umc. org/oneharvest/index.html or 689-3349, 9 a.m.-noon. weekdays.
■ Glenwood Baptist Church, 7212 Central Ave Pike, is accepting appointments for the John 5 Food Pantry. Info: 938-2611 or leave a message. Your call will be returned.
■ Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon meets at noon each Tuesday at Golden Corral. Info: www.kfl-luncheon.com. ■ Women’s Connection Fall Bible Studies begin Aug. 27
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Youth Minister Nick Cancemi, who joined the ministry team at Sharon Baptist Church in Powell last June, hosts a pool party to get to know his flock and commemorate the end of summer. As a new youth minister, the 26-year-old Oklahoma City native plans to partner with other youth ministers for community service and fellowship. “It is important for teenagers to enjoy fellowship with those who offer positive mentorship, and to offer the same in return,” said Cancemi. Photos by Nancy Anderson
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O’CONNOR SENIOR CENTER ■ Wednesday, Aug. 21: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fall Program Festival. This is an opportunity to find out upcoming activities for the year. Happy Hikers will host an ice cream sundae event at 12:30 p.m. ■ Thursday, Aug. 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., East Tennessee Brain Games. Enjoy competing with other seniors from surrounding counties in this regional event sponsored by the East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability.
Timothy Crutchfield, 13, of Sharon Baptist Church catches a football at the end-of-summer pool party. When asked how he likes his new youth minister, the youth simply said “He’s OK ,” but he was wearing that big mischievous grin 13-year-olds tend to wear sometimes.
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Looking ahead – with proper caution Butch Jones has spent so much time looking forward, pouring a foundation and building brick by brick, there just wasn’t much time left for looking back. The Tennessee coach may not realize what all happened at Vanderbilt on the evening of Nov. 17, 2012 – the end of an era, four consecutive touchdowns in the second half, a rout so bad the benevolent James Franklin told the mighty Commodores to take a knee to avoid running up the score. It was humiliating or whatever is worse than that. Thankfully, the late George Cafego was spared the pain. The old Vol genuinely hated Vandy. Tennessee’s collapse would have caused acute indigestion and severe anguish.
My vocabulary is limited. It does not contain Cafego expletives to properly describe what Vanderbilt did but it was among my very few truly awful football experiences. It was worse than no first downs against Auburn, worse than the Chattanooga riot, worse than the Jackson Massacre, worse than the North Texas State kick return. It would be good to put away that Vandy memory. It may not happen until the Vols do something to replace
it. At best that is weeks away. It could be months. Hold on just a minute, you say, Butch can do it. There is renewed enthusiasm! And hope. And maybe optimism. Some believe there may be a miracle hiding in the hurryup offense. The defense has no way to go but up. The honest outlook for this Tennessee team comes with caution and apprehension. There is no ready quarterback. Receivers are classified as maybe, perhaps and sometime. The two experienced running backs have averaged one touchdown every five games. A volleyball player tough enough to take over at tight end? Won’t that be something to see. The offensive line has battle scars. Veteran survivors
Movable mountains Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast (the demon) out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20-21 NRSV) My mother says that since she was two years old (when her family moved from Union County to Knox County) she has never lived where she couldn’t see House Mountain. Admittedly, when my family lived in the house I grew up in, she had to look out an upstairs window to see it, but it was there. Somehow or other, it was a talisman of steadiness. It meant home to her. Like my mother, I check in with “my” mountain on a daily basis. It stands there, solid, sturdy, steady: a talisman of the security and order of my world. I look for it every
Lynn Hutton time I go out the door. To be fair, some days I can see only its crest. Some days it disappears entirely, hiding in the mists. Even so, I know it is there. I believe it is there. It is an article of faith. In some ways, God is like that. There are days that God is, if not visible, at least palpable. I sense God’s presence and know with certainty, as
the poet said, that “God’s in His heaven and all’s right with the world.” God, like my mountain, is a constant for me: fully present, reassuring me, steadying me. There are other days (and I’m sure you have known days like this) that God seems to be distant, far away, hiding perhaps. Or at the very least, unconcerned. In my heart of hearts, I know that is not true. I’m like the woman who complained to her husband that they never sat close to each other in the car, as they had done when they were dating. (This was obviously in pre-seatbelt days!) There was silence for a moment, and then her husband said quietly, “Well, I’m not the one who moved!” When I can’t find God, when God seems to be hiding in the mists, like my
are 5-19 against Southeastern Conference foes. The defense does have a sense of direction. Last year there was none. Concerns to be resolved between now and Sept. 14 at Eugene, Ore., are pressure without constant blitzing, linebacker reads and speed and secondary stability. Just understanding assignments is a start. We are told that Tennessee’s defense looked decent to good in spring practice. What does that mean? The measurement was against Tennessee’s offense. We know there is room for improvement of special teams. Coaching can help. Michael Palardy faces potential overload. That warning aside, this August is an exciting time mountain, it is not because God has moved. It is because I have. I have not been paying attention, not been praying, not been immersing myself in Scripture. I have not been seeking God. And God, like a steadfast lover, does not demand my attention, but waits patiently, faithfully, until I find my way back. “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills,” the Psalmist wrote (Psalm 121:1). I lift up my eyes to the hills every day, because I need to do so. My mountain reassures me, reminds me of God’s presence and steadfastness. My mountain pares me down to size, reminding me of how small I am in God’s great scheme. My mountain reminds me that, in the same way I look for my mountain, I need to seek God. Every day. My mountain is, quite simply, home to me. Just like my mother’s mountain is for her. Just like God’s love.
in Tennessee football. The quarterback race is compelling. Jones says everybody gets a chance. It will be best if somebody wins decisively. How to do that? In addition to making a hundred crisp decisions, protecting the football, passing accurately and running some, planned or in self-defense, the coach says “managing” the scene is critical. I think that means the quarterback must help teammates avoid losing the game before they can win it. There is a glaring lack of depth at running back. Offensive linemen were slighted in preseason all-star voting (not that it matters). Receivers may be more promising than you have heard. A superb defensive performance will likely provide Tennessee’s best chance to beat somebody big. Astute scouting, a better game plan, a brilliant effort by A.J. John-
son, a timely pick by Justin Coleman or Brian Randolph might do it. A web gem is more likely than a series of 80-yard drives. Johnson is a key to team success. Thirteen times in 24 games he has had 10 or more tackles. Tennessee was 62nd in the USA Today preseason poll. That is too low. The media vote closer to home says fifth in the SEC East, below Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. I say fourth based on improved organization and extra effort. A royal decree by tackle Tiny Richardson says there shall be no Commodore celebration on Shields-Watkins Field. That takes care of that. This outlook summation is subject to change: Discouraging: 5-7; Probable: 6-6; Could be: 7-5; Unlikely: 8-4; Stunning: 9-3. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is email@example.com.
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Shopper News Presents Miracle Makers
Freels enjoys getting ‘under students’ skin’ By Betty Bean One of Powell High School art teacher Lee Jenkins-Freels’ first experiences with an exceptionally talented student presented a special challenge. She was at South-Doyle then, and had a student who specialized in beautiful environmental photographs of Cades Cove. He had already won great acclaim for his work, but Jenkins-Freels knew he could do more. “I’d say, ‘Cory, these are awesome pictures of Cades Cove, but do you ever do anything else?’ He’d say, ‘No, Freels, this is me.’ The thing was, I wanted him to stretch and grow so that when he left me, he’d know more than he knew coming in. So I kept after him, and as I began to get under his skin, he started taking the challenge. I told him, ‘If you don’t step outside the box, you’re not going to do very well in this class,’ so he went downtown and shot the Tennessee Theatre.” “He’d say, ‘You happy now?’ I’d say, ‘Not quite.’ ” Then, he started taking pictures of bands, and won a Dogwood Arts award. Now, he is a professional photographer. “He’d send me these messages, ‘You happy now?’ I’d say, ‘Can you send me half of that check?’ He reaized that if he was willing to step outside his comfort zone, he could do phenomenal things. He’s shot for Dolly Parton, done shots featured in National Geographic, because he was willing to step outside the box.” Known simply as “Freels” to her colleagues and students, she came to teaching later in life than most, and even though high school art teachers don’t make as much money as merchandizing managers at J.C. Penney, she says she’s never looked back. “It’s the best job ever. Sometimes the kids are tough, and sometimes the parents are tougher than the kids. But it gives you an opportunity to revisit your youth. I see a lot of fearlessness in my high school kids – that want and need to put themselves out there through their art. And as an art teacher, I feel like my job is to help students use those higher order thinking skills to think through problems and figure them out,” said JenkinsFreels, who doesn’t believe her job is teaching kids to draw pretty pictures. “As students take those tests in other classes, they’ll come back and and find out there are things that I as an art teacher can help them think through. I’m not a huge fan of ‘teach to the test.’ I want students
to see something and say, ‘Gee, I remember that, and I can apply it here.’ We have the opportunity to expose our students to so many things. We’re hands-on. We have our lessons and we go over the lessons, but we encorporate math, social studies, science and English. We do writing. After they’ve created this artwork, I want them to be able to write about it. So I’m more a fan of ‘Do I have the basic skills to apply to the test that I’m being given?’ than teaching to the test. Sometimes I feel like we’re so ‘teach to the test’ driven that kids don’t get it.” Jenkins-Freels, who is married to Jim Freels and has three children between the ages of 9 and 20 – Wyatt, Hunter and Taylor – lives on a farm in Claxton and knows how to drive a truck, throw hay and shoot a gun. She earned an art degree at the University of the Cumberlands and went straight to work for J. C. Penney, rising through the organization and doing a lot of traveling. “As senior visual merchandising manager, I incorporated all the things I had studied in art school – layout, design, planning. I opened new stores all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and it was challenging, but the hours were long and taxing. The wear and tear on your body is overwhelming after awhile. In 2005, Penney’s bought me out. I started teaching at South-Doyle while I went back to school and got my master’s.” When she gives an assignment, she sometimes talks about the elements of art and principles of design, but she believes there’s a better way: “I need to show them how it applies to them. The biggest question I get is, ‘How will I use art ever again? I’m not going to be an art teacher.’” But that’s OK, Jenkins-Freels says. While she does want to help them hone their technical skills (she thinks each of her students should be able to draw a recognizable selfportrait by the end of the year, for example), she considers other things more important. “I want them to question things – ‘How is this going to help me?’ I want them to approach it in a way that they can figure it out. Great art is not photorealism every day. I might sit down with them as they’re having their conversations and listen to what they’re talking about. One student was talking about his car that he was restoring. So I asked him how he could apply art to his car.
Powell High School art teacher Lee Jenkins-Freels Photos by R. White
“‘Tell me how you’re having your car painted. How’d you know to do that? Not only are you using color, you’re using composition. You’re using art to create your work of art – your car.’ No, he couldn’t do photorealism, but he could do this piece of sculptured art work that he drove in and was proud of every day. I want it to be more than an art credit. I want every kid to walk away with something.” Zachary Henry, who was Powell’s valedictorian this year, knows exactly what she’s talking about. He, his mother and Jenkins-Freels just returned from an all-expense paid trip to New York City that he won for a drawing representing Tennessee. He said he would never even have entered the contest without her prodding.
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Zachary Henry “She’s a pusher,” he said. “She called me in on a Thursday and said ‘here’s this contest I want you to do. It’s due Tuesday.’ I sat at home non-stop, drawing all weekend. She kept pushing. I love Ms. Freels. She’s pretty much part of my family. She’s the one who has pushed me to be the artist I am today.”
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School supplies and the first day I will admit it: Iâ€™m a school supply geek. When I see all of the pencils, paper, backpacks, notebooks, highlighters, etc., my heart skips a beat. I want to purchase them all. Bins filled with school supplies signal the start of a new school year, a favorite time for me. I love covering school news for the Shopper. The students are so excited to meet their teachers, see old friends and make new ones. I enjoy photographing children creating art projects, building science projects, watching eggs get
launched from the school roof, enjoying RIF days and all the fun activities during the school year. Iâ€™m looking forward to filling up my school calendar this year. Let me know what is going on at your school by emailing me at email@example.com.
Help fill up school news reporter Ruth Whiteâ€™s calendar for the school year. She is always looking for unique, fun and educational events. Email Bettyphoto@aol.com.
Orientations will be held for 1st and 2nd grades, 6-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12; 3rd and 4th grades, 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13; and K and 5th grade, 6-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19.
Brickey-McCloud Elementary â– Class lists will be posted 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. Meet the Teacher will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. Parent Nights will be held for 5th grade, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12; 2nd grade, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13; 4th grade, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15; 1st grade, 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19; 3rd grade, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20; and K, 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26.
Halls Elementary â– Class lists for grades 1-5 will be posted 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Sneak Preview: Meet your Teacher, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.
Inskip Elementary â– Open House will be held 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.
Corryton Elementary â– Class lists will be posted 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, on the front doors. Parents can follow @CorrytonElem on Twitter and receive the information Wednesday, Aug. 7; Meet Your Teacher event and school technology challenge update 3:30-5:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.
Fountain City Elementary â– Meet and Greet for 1st-5th grades will be held 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.
Gibbs Elementary â– Sneak Peek will be held 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. Parent
Ruby Tuesday Give Back program to help Halls band
â– Sixth grade orientation will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 9. Parents are welcome. Buses will run the regular routes. Seventh grade parents reminder: Students must provide proof of Tdap and two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines on a new Tennessee Certificate of Immunizations/ Certificates before the first day of school.
Halls Middle School â– Sixth grade orientation will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 9. Parents are welcome. Buses will run the regular routes. Seventh grade parents reminder: Students must provide proof of Tdap and two varicella (chicken pox)
Ruby Tuesday, 508 East Emory Road, is teaming up with the Halls High band through the Community Give Back Program. Grab family and friends and head to Rubyâ€™s August 6, 7 and 8 and give back 20 percent of your restaurant purchase to the band. Mention this promotion to your server on those days and help out a great program. Coupons will not be accepted in conjunction with the Give Back program.
Halls High girls golf team wins tourney Halls High School girls golf team members Summer Smith and Megan Gaylor are pictured with coach Bill Warren after winning the Prep Masters tournament. The team has started the golf season with a bang. Going into the Prep Masters tournament presented by the Knoxville News Sentinel and Pilot, the team had won all of its early season matches, including key wins over Grace, Powell, Maryville, Central and Lenoir City. The team made a comeback on the second of the two-day 36-hole event and beat several highly touted preseason teams, including Grace Christian, Farragut, Jefferson County, Anderson County and Maryville. The team was led by senior Megan Gaylor and junior Summer Smith. Grace had the lead going into the second day but the Red Devils had a strong showing, with Gaylor shooting a 78 and Smith shooting an 84 on the second day of the competition to secure the win. Both finished in the top 10 individually, with Gaylor finishing sixth and Smith finishing eighth. Photo submitted vaccines on a new Tennessee Certificate of Immunizations/ Certificates before the first day of school.
Sandy and Don Cates mark anniversary Don and Sandy McGlothin Cates, of Halls, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They celebrated on July 9 in Ringgold, Ga., where they were married in 1963. He is a retired sheet metal worker, Local No. 5. She is vice president at Commercial Bank. They have a daughter and son-in-law, Robyn and Jim Hale, Greensboro, N.C.,
and two granddaughters, Cates Elizabeth and Sanders Olivia Hale.
Knox County to host orientation for sixth/ninth grades
The Knox County Schools will host student orientations for rising 6th and 9th graders on Friday, Aug. 9, to help transition those students into middle and high school. Orientations will be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon at all middle and high Halls High â– Freshmen Day is Friday, Aug. schools where the students are based. Bus service will be provided. Transitioning students will have the opportunity to become familiar with and 9. Buses will run on a regular schedule in the morning acclimated to their new school environment, meet friends, and receive schedules and and leave the school begin- other information while being in a small-group setting prior to the return of the entire ning at noon. The schedule student body. includes: meeting/pep rally in the gym, 8:30 a.m.; 9:15-10:45 a.m., Red Devil Day, including business, school pictures, clubs and a gift. Students will need four checks for fees, yearbook order, picture order and a PTA membership; 10:45-11 a.m., visit homeroom and pick up schedule; 11 a.m.noon, student orientation; 11 a.m.-noon, administrative question and answer session with parents in the library. Every student who attends will receive a free gift. Info: 922-7757.
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