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■The 2016 Mission of Hope Christmas Campaign Big Blue Barrel Collection runs through Monday, Dec. 5. Collection barrels can be found throughout the Knoxville area at: Chick-fil-A, Food City, Kmart, Home Federal, TVA Employees Credit Union, Fisher Tire. To donate, volunteer or for more info: 584-7571;;; mail to: Mission of Hope, P. O Box 51824, Knoxville, TN 37950. ■ Christmas in the City: Regal Celebration of Lights, 6-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25, Market Square, Market Street and Krutch Park Extension. Includes: lighting of the Christmas tree, pictures with Santa, train rides, vendors and more. Info ■ Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 25-Jan. 8, Market Square. Admission: $10 adults, $7 children 12 and younger; includes skate rental and tax. Info: or 215-4423. ■ Christmas in Chilhowee, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. Includes: forest of lighted trees floating on the lake, pictures with Santa, marshmallow roasting, hot cocoa, face painting, train rides and more. Info knoxville ■ Christmas in the City: Tour de Lights, Friday, Dec. 16, starts at Market Square. Judging, 6 p.m.; the bike ride, 7 p.m. Info: ■ New Year’s Eve on the Square, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Market Square.

FC Lions Club bicycle drive Fountain City Lions Club’s Christmas bicycle drive is underway in partnership with Mission of Hope to benefit the children of Appalachia. A donation of $50 will buy a child a bicycle for Christmas. An additional $20 will assure the child has a helmet for safety. Donations in the form of a check should be made payable to Fountain City Lions Club (note bicycle fund on check) and mail to P.O. Box 5276, Knoxville, 37928. Donations are tax deductible. Info: Gib Galyon, 4144630. The bicycle drive is in memory of Michael Williams.

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Central High football coach Bryson Rosser leads his team on to the field to shake hands with Fulton High’s team following the Bobcats’ win over the Falcons Friday night. The victory sends Central to play in the semifinals against Marshall County. Photos by Ruth White

Central quarterback Trey Mitchell looks downfield and locates a receiver during Central’s playoff victory over Fulton, 20-6.

Beaver Brook celebrates 60th anniversary By Jake Mabe Here’s a little piece of local trivia you may not know. For one week, and one week only, the golf and country club built off Cunningham Road in Halls was known as Beaver Ridge Golf and Country Club. Now, of course, you know it as Beaver Brook Country Club. And they held a heck of a special 60th anniversary celebration for members and friends Nov. 11.

Board member Blan Benton served as the evening’s master of ceremonies and shared the tidbit about the club’s name change. A little more than 100 people attended. In the spring of 1956, the old Fountain City Bank loaned several individuals $1,000 each to purchase stock in the club. The board of directors met to officially establish the club on June 15, 1956. (They met a week later to change its name.) Beginning in 1959, all members began

paying monthly dues to provide the club with consistent monthly operating income. Stockholders paid $9.50/month, full golf members without stock paid $12/month and social members paid $5/month. Two flat top buildings were placed at the current location of the 18th tee. The club manager lived in one. The other was used as a pro shop. To page A-3

Is Tennessee ready for a woman governor? By Betty Bean For anybody who didn’t get enough politics this fall, here’s an interesting scenario developing on the state scene. Three of the folks who’d like for Bill Haslam to hand them the keys to the governor’s residence when he leaves office in January 2018 are all Republicans, all from Middle Tennessee, all women. Black




McCain as she moved up through the ranks. As Republicans gained ground, so did Harwell, who has never been shy about exploring House Speaker Beth Harwell and two mem- her options. She’s been criticized as indecisive in her hanbers of the state’s congressional delegation – Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black – are dling of a House sexual harassment scandal prime contenders to succeed Haslam. Despite and has been caught between her party’s Tea similarities of party, locality, age, race, marital Party faction and Haslam’s more traditional apstatus and gender, the three couldn’t be more proach. She recently survived as Speaker by a too-close-for-comfort 40-30 secret ballot vote, different, say those who know them. Harwell, 59, the first woman to wield the and will be tested often over the next two years. Black, 65, was elected to Congress in 2011, gavel in the state House, has been a state representative since 1989. She holds a doctorate the year Harwell became Speaker. Before that, from Vanderbilt and has taught political sci- she served in the state Senate. She has an imence at Belmont. She is an intellectual and a pressive back-story – grew up in public housmainstream Republican who has served as ing, became the first member of her family to state party chair and was a strong supporter go to college and is a registered nurse by proof the candidacies of George W. Bush and John fession. Her conservative credentials are solid

– anti-abortion, pro-gun rights, anti-state income tax – but she brings something different to the mix, a record of work in health care policy, particularly focused on nursing home care. Black and her husband, David Black, have the additional advantage of being immensely wealthy, which means she could self-fund a gubernatorial campaign. She has won numerous awards from conservative organizations. If Black is a workhorse, Blackburn, 64, is a show pony. A Mississippi native, Blackburn faced similar early life adversities as Black, and established herself as a specialist in sales and marketing. Elected to the state Senate in 1998, she came to public attention when she called a talk radio station to rally the troops against a state income tax bill and rode that wave to Washington in 2002, when she was elected to Congress. She’s a frequent flier on Fox News. Black, who is the least known in East Tennessee, could be the most solid choice for Republican primary voters. Harwell, who is best known locally, could wait too long to make her intentions known. The publicity-seeking Blackburn could overplay her hand. It will be an interesting year.

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During the holidays, Tennova Health & Fitness Center’s personal trainers have your back By Carol Z. Shane Hurrah! It’s the holidays! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and soon we’ll all be celebrating this festive season in many ways. Most of us will overindulge and struggle, weight-wise, this time of year. Fortunately, Tennova Health & Fitness Center has your back. And your waist, and your thighs, and your upper arms, and … well, you get the idea. Tennova’s personal trainers can keep you on track throughout the holidays and beyond. With over 30 nationally-certified personal trainers on the fitness team, you’re sure to find the right one for you. All have additional areas of expertise, and many have degrees in exercise science-related fields. They’ll consult with you about your lifestyle and goals, do an evaluation of your body and fitness levels, and give you a tailored training program to fit your budget. “The greatest benefit a trainer provides” says Tennova’s executive fitness manager Nicole Yarbrough, “is a program that will teach you proper technique and then hold your feet to the fire until you’re in the shape you want to be. Those with a personal trainer on their health team are 30 percent more likely to reach their goals.” What is working with a personal trainer like? It’s great, by all accounts. First, you’ll receive an assessment of your current physical fitness. Yarbrough says, “The consultation is a comprehensive evaluation of your fitness levels. In discussing your medical history, previous workout history, previous injuries, re-occurring injuries, previous obstacles in reaching goals and – of course – diet, a true program can be tailored to the individual. “Trainers are here to help.That is their number one objective. It’s

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Fountain City: People Who Made a Difference By J.C. (Jim) Tumblin If the history of a community is written in the lives of its people, and it is, then Fountain City has a very rich history and many worthy role models for meeting the challenges of its future.

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Marilyn Burnett (52-year member) and Nancy Stinnette (47year member and the first and, to date, only woman to serve on the board of directors) show the roses given to them at a special banquet Nov. 11 celebrating Beaver Brook Country Club’s 60th anniversary. Photo by Jake Mabe

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Jimmy Joseph tells Knox County Commissioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas about a drainage issue in Cedar Crossing subdivision at the commissioners’ community night at E.B.’s Eats and Treats. Photo by Jake Mabe

Ed and Bob Show comes to Halls There they were, together again, just like in the old days on the radio, in person and in color. Knox County Commissioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas, who hold the two at-large seats, brought one of their regular community nights to E.B.’s Eats and Treats last week. Jimmy Joseph showed up to talk about a drainage problem in Cedar Crossing subdivision. Another fella, who got out the door before I could catch his name, told them about his concerns with traffic issues on Andersonville Pike in front of Halls Elementary School and in Bonta Vista subdivision. Carl Tindell showed up because that’s what Carl does for his community. Local GOP guys Ted Hatfield (with wife Carla) and Scott Smith stopped by, too. “We wanted to make sure that everybody feels like they have a voice in Commission’s business,� Thomas said. “It can be very intimidating to come up to that podium at a meeting. Ed and I talked about it, and

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we wanted to hold monthly meetings and wanted it to be convenient. Not everybody can get to a (Commission) meeting. And, as you’ve seen, people aren’t afraid to come into this kind of setting.� They say they hear from folks who haven’t received a phone call or a follow-up from somebody downtown. And they hear about the usual issues: roads, zoning, “things that affect their dayto-day lives.� Brantley remembers talking to a full house of folks at a South Knox deli, many of whom were concerned about kids who were having to cross Tipton Station Road at a bus stop in front of the deli. “So we just arranged for an officer to be there to stop traffic for them. It was an easy thing to do. A lot of

people remember us from radio, so they’re friendly with us, and I think they know we’ll follow up with their problems.â€? Commission chair Dave Wright and Knox County school board chair Patti Bounds also attended. Bounds said she shows up as much as she can. “A lot of issues end up being school-related in some way, and it helps me,â€? she said. Thomas said they encourage other officeholders, particularly other commissioners, to attend. “Everybody on Commission gets to vote on everything, whether it’s in their district or not. John Schoonmaker’s vote counts just as much as Charlie Busler’s vote.â€? Asked what he likes best about serving on Commission, Brantley joked, “Serving with Bob!â€? But, seriously folks‌ “Yesterday, for example, I sat in an investment meeting as part of the pension and retirement board in which we heard company

Gibbs High, building a lasting foundation Since its founding in 1913, Gibbs High School has been an integral part of its community. It was built upon the goal of educating students and producing well-rounded citizens who go forth and serve not only the community but society as a whole. The Gibbs High School Foundation was organized to help today’s teachers, students and administrators reach that goal. The foundation has begun a campaign to help create financial resources that will buy books, technology and other needed supplies. The campaign, Buy A Brick, allows community members to purchase





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The original course was nine holes. More land across the road was purchased in 1960 with an eye toward designing an 18-hole course. The old clubhouse was a green cinderblock building with concrete floors. Today, the club also includes lighted tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a driving range, and offers golf, tennis and swimming lessons. “The camaraderie among the membership of Beaver Brook is what makes it such a special club, then and now,� says longtime member Nancy Stinnette, who prepared a club history. The club’s longest-tenured member (59 years), who was unable to attend the banquet, is Velma Ford. Other longtime members in attendance were honored with roses from the club: Marilyn Burnett (52 years), Louise Nelson (50 years), Stinnette (47 years), John and Diane Raymondo (42 years) and Tony and Pat Novarro (41 years). Local businesses and individuals donated an incredible amount of door prizes, which were raffled off at the end of the evening. Donors were: A&B Distributors, Beaver Brook Country Club, Bel-Air Grill, Betty Braden Initials Inc., Bonefish Grill (Bearden), Bravo, Chop House, Don and Linda Ward, Enix Jewelers, Gondolier, Halls Cinema, Halls Flower Shop, Halls Service Center, Hawks Pro Shop, Jim and Sandy Mynatt, Kroger (Powell), LaVon and Darlene Richard, Litton’s, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Petree’s, Regal Cinema/Ted Hatfield, Sofas and More, Sysco, Tune To Shine Car Wash, and Tom and Sally Crisler. For more info on Beaver Brook Golf and Country Club, call 689-5178 or visit

CHRISTMAS PARADES â– WIVK Christmas Parade, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Gay Street. Info â–  Halls Holiday Festival (in lieu of the parade), noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Halls Food City. Free to the public. To sponsor an activity or booth, contact Michelle Wilson, 300-3946. â–  Powell Lions Parade, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Emory Road.


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pitches,� Brantley said. “One was a conference call from a company in Dubai. A lot of things we do are behind the scenes from the Commission meetings themselves.� And, of course, they took time to eat E.B.’s cookin’ when things calmed down. “You’re eating beans and onions?� Brantley asked with a grin. “I am,� Thomas retorted. “And I’m from East Knoxville originally, so I put ketchup on it.� Brantley settled for a chicken cordon bleu sandwich. “This is always one of our favorite places to visit,� Thomas said. “And the food’s good, too!� Thomas can be reached at 865-309-4364. Brantley can be reached at 865-321-1016.

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Tennessee needed two to tie. Holloway threw to Larry Seivers, the receiver who could catch anything he could touch. A forever question emerged: Did he catch this one? The simple answer is the nearest official raised both hands skyward. That generally means touchdown. Seivers’ explanation: “The ball hit me right in the hands. It was raining and freezing cold; I couldn’t feel my hands. And the ball rolled down my body so nice that it probably looked like I was tucking it in. But I didn’t catch it. I went to the sideline with my head down.” The game was not televised. Surprise, surprise, there was no replay. As fans booed and Vandy coaches waved their arms, West and at least three Commodores engaged in fisticuffs. Others joined in. Whether Larry caught the ball became secondary. As we survivors finally departed Dudley Field, most agreed Tennessee had won a tie. 1982: The Commodores triumphed, 28-21. Vandy fans later selected the game as their No. 1 favorite from half a century of combat. John Majors didn’t see it that way. The coach, to this day, remembers the 65-yard pass play that carried to the UT

8 and spoiled a really good contest. The home team surged ahead with 2:58 remaining. The Vols fought back and threatened. The ending was sad. Alan Cockrell was sacked. Four seconds remained. Cockrell threw toward Willie Gault. The pass was batted down. 2012: Vanderbilt had a good third quarter, three touchdowns before Tennessee made a first down. The home team won 41-18 but did not spoil a good season. Not much could have happened to make it much worse than it already was. Correction: Coach James Franklin called a “kneel down” at the end to avoid running up the score and being accused of unsportsmanlike conduct. Giving Tennessee an out was very embarrassing. The beatdown was the seventh SEC loss for Derek Dooley’s Volunteers. Nothing like that had previously happened. The conference was formed in 1933. Vanderbilt is an important part of Tennessee history. Long, long ago it was a measuring stick. When the proverbial worm turned, it took off in the new direction. Tennessee eventually won 22 in a row. The Vols once prevailed by 65-0. Then came 2005, when Tennessee couldn’t make one lousy yard to move the chains, keep the ball and save the day. I am not over that. This game might be an emotional mismatch. If the Vols win, people will say sowhat. If the Vols lose – oh my, seek immediate help. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Looking toward 2019 Donald Trump’s election guarantees the next city mayor’s election will be the fall of 2019. The county mayoral election will be in 2018 with the GOP primary in May, which may determine who actually wins in August, especially if the Democrats do not field any candidate.

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Here we go again, familiar scene, Vanderbilt eagerly awaiting the Tennessee visit. This time the Commodores seek bowl eligibility. As always, they see a chance to inflict damage and consternation. So it has been for 90 years. The result is almost always the same. Tennessee wins. This could be an exception. There have been a few in Nashville: 1932: Scoreless tie was the only blot on a perfect season. 1948: Vandy won 28-6 in a rare down year (4-4-2) for Robert Neyland. Fans fretted that the General was out of touch. He didn’t seem too worried. His freshmen beat the varsity in most scrimmages. 1954: Tennessee went 0-4 in November and lost to the Commodores, 26-0. It was Harvey Robinson’s final game as coach. The postgame fight was exciting. 1964: Vandy won 7-0 and stuck Doug Dickey with a losing season. The home team ran the Statue of Liberty play, a naked reverse. Coaches nicknamed it Sally Rand after the famous stripper of that era. 1974: Tennessee and Vanderbilt “fought” to a 2121 tie. Weather was miserable in Nashville. There were highlights. Condredge Holloway and Tommy West linked up on an 81-yard pass play that didn’t score. Vandy was eight up in the final minutes when Barry Burton dropped a perfect punt snap. It hit him in the hands, bounced off his chest and fell to the ground. The Vols got the ball at the 12 with 47 seconds remaining. Stanley Morgan scored.

Tim Burchett is term limited but is already mentioned as a possible candidate for Congress in 2018. But will recently re-elected U.S. Rep. John Duncan seek another term that year, too? Recently, Burchett’s name has surfaced as a candidate for governor as well. Potential city mayoral candidates, council members George Wallace and Marshall Stair, are already drawing the lines on some issues on council that could affect their mayoral bids, while voting together on others. A few weeks ago, Wallace voted with well-known business owner Sam Furrow to rezone property adjacent to his dealership in West Knoxville to promote more jobs, while Stair voted with the adjacent neighborhood, which is outside the city and opposed the rezoning. Another area where Stair and Wallace have taken different approaches is the disclosure of their tax returns. Stair provided his to Metro Pulse (former weekly newspaper) in 2011 when he first ran for the council, while Wallace declined at the same time. Stair has not done it since, but one assumes he would disclose if

he ran for mayor, based on the 2011 experience. Will Wallace change his mind on this issue running for mayor and will he cut ties to his real estate business if elected to the full-time position of mayor? Stair and Wallace differed on city pension charter changes in Mayor Madeline Rogero’s first year in office. On the other hand, both have supported the construction of a sidewalk along Sheffield Drive in West Hills. It is still pending, with Sandi Robinson and other residents pushing hard for it. Both are active, informed, honest and attractive individuals who would serve the city well if elected. Neither has said he will run. However, in any discussion of who follows Rogero as mayor, these two names always arise. Interestingly, there is a 20-year age difference between them with Wallace turning 58 on Nov. 29. Wallace is viewed as a Republican and Stair describes himself as a moderate Democrat in what is a nonpartisan contest, unlike county government, which is very partisan. Both grew up in West Knoxville, but Stair now lives on Armstrong Avenue in North Knoxville. Each can raise the funds needed to wage an aggressive campaign. Both have attractive spouses in Stephanie Wallace and Natalie Stair, who will be real assets to each potential candidate in a citywide campaign as well as an outstanding first lady should one of these two men win. Some other names being mentioned include deputy to the mayor Christi Branscom; Eddie Mannis, former deputy to Rogero; Vice Mayor Duane Grieve; former mayor and current council member Daniel Brown and



former Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis. While the actual election is three years off, campaigning for it will start in earnest in 2018 if not before, while jockeying for position is already underway. ■ There are now five living Knoxville mayors with Randy Tyree, 75, the oldest and Gov. Haslam the youngest. All five are firsts. Tyree is the first to serve two consecutive four-year terms. Brown is the first African-American. Rogero is the first woman. Haslam is the first to become governor of Tennessee. This writer is the first to serve four consecutive four-year terms. Three are Democrats and two are Republicans. ■ Bennett Galleries celebrates 20 years at its current location on Kingston Pike in the old Pike theatre and later the Capri Theatre with a reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, where local artists with ties to the Gallery such as Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush will be honored. Bennett Galleries has been in business for 41 years. ■ Former U.S. Sen. Bill Brock turns 86 today, Nov. 23. Brock and his wife, Sandy, divide the year between Annapolis, Md., and Palm Beach, Fla. Brock, from Chattanooga, also served as RNC chair when Jimmy Carter was president and secretary of labor and U.S. trade representative under President Ronald Reagan. State Rep. Roger Kane turns 53 Nov. 28.

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Middle school rezoning : The next great fight Knox County Schools is serving up a most amazing holiday treat – middle school rezoning. New middle schools at Gibbs and Hardin Valley will open in fall 2018. The kids who will fill them currently attend another school. The rezoning impact will be far-ranging. Public meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Farragut Middle School and Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Hardin Valley Elementary to discuss the Hardin Val-

Sandra Clark ley Middle School; meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Gibbs Elementary and Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Holston Middle to discuss the Gibbs Middle School. The meetings will be broadcast on KCS-TV Comcast channel 10 and

streamed live at http:// Here is the middle school enrollment as of Nov. 18: A second set of meetings Bearden – 1,232 will be held in the spring to Carter – 828 present a rezoning proposal. Cedar Bluff – 602 The debate will be conFarragut – 1,437 tentious because neither Gresham – 851 school is currently needed Halls – 1,093 to alleviate overcrowding. Holston – 877 The new construction was a Karns – 1,478 political decision to accomNorthwest – 916 modate community identity Powell – 892 at Gibbs and Hardin Valley. South-Doyle – 991 Gibbs area kids won’t be Vine – 343 riding buses to Holston any West Valley – 1,236 more. But who will be riding Whittle Springs – 504 buses to Gibbs?

BBC reporter visits Powell GOP So how does a British Broadcasting Corporation video journalist find herself on assignment at the Emory Road Shoney’s in Powell? Well, it’s an interesting tale. Olivia Lace-Evans, who has covered the presidential election this year, says the BBC wanted to talk to conservative voters in a heavily Republican state about the media and election coverage. She chose Tennessee because she says the BBC hadn’t filed too many stories from the state this election cycle. She did some research and found Knox County Republican Party chair Buddy Burkhardt’s contact information. Burkhardt lives in Powell. “We talked for 20-30 minutes, and I put her in touch with (Powell GOP guy) Bruce Williams. And we ultimately talked three or four times,” Burkhardt said. It coincided with a program the Powell club had

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already planned. “Last month, we decided we’d discuss the (aftermath of the) election,” said club president Dan Raper, a Vietnam veteran and former military radio operator, at the club’s meeting Nov. 17 at the Emory Road Shoney’s. He added that he’d often listen to the BBC while stationed overseas. Lace-Evans said the BBC was interested in “learning more about how people felt about media representation,” particularly those who believe their political views are not adequately represented by traditional media outlets. She also queried the group on social and alternative media, and which of those sources

they trust most. But, mostly, she listened. What she heard was a passionate, free-flowing discussion that lasted an hour and a half. Lace-Evans is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her award-winning 30-minute documentary “Through the Fire,” which examines the link between generational child abuse and drug abuse, premiered in September and has been screened throughout the United States. Prior to joining the BBC last December, she gained work experience at The (London) Sunday Times, including stints on the World News and Culture desks and in the News Review department. She is also a former senior reporter and travel editor for Epigram. She has reported from India and Argentina in addition to her work in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and has also covered

BBC videojournalist Olivia Lace-Evans asks a question at the Powell Republican Club’s meeting at the Emory Road Shoney’s last week. Photo by Jake


New York politics. LaceEvans is currently based in Washington, D.C., for the BBC. Her dispatch from Powell is scheduled to be filed by next week and will be posted to the BBC News website:

Johnson had no right to names of provisional voters State Republicans were relieved this month when Rep. Eddie Smith won reelection in state House District 13 by narrowly defeating Democrat Gloria Johnson. It was a close race and Johnson was right not to concede on election night with so many provisional (paper) ballots pending. However, Johnson was wrong to seek a court order to try to obtain the names and addresses of provisional voters. Why? Here’s how it works. Voters are required to present a valid photo ID at the polling place. Yet, inevitably on Election Day someone is going to show up without a photo ID. It’s important that the voter have the opportunity to cast a ballot while in the polling place. Therefore, the law allows a voter without a photo ID to vote on a paper (provisional) ballot. That ballot is then placed

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in a sealed envelope with the voter’s name on it and the voter is instructed to present a valid photo ID at the election commission within two business days. If the voter brings an ID, then the commission’s bipartisan counting board removes the ballot from its identifying envelope and shuffles it with other paper ballots to be counted anonymously. (Of course, if the voter doesn’t bring an ID, then the vote isn’t counted.) Johnson sought a court order to obtain a list of these provisional voters so that the campaign could (presumably) find its Democratic voters and get them to the election commission.

While this may seem to be clever politics, releasing the names of provisional voters to the public could endanger the secrecy of a provisional voter’s ballot. How? With a list of provisional voters, a campaign would quickly determine each voter’s precinct from their address. If that voter is in the district and likely to support the campaign (voting history, political donations, etc.), the campaign would contact that voter, ensure that they have a proper photo ID, and get them to the election commission. As a result, the campaign would now know that the vote of that specific provisional voter will be counted and added to the vote totals by the election commission. In many elections, there may be only one provisional voter in a voting precinct that ends up eligible to be counted. By comparing the unofficial, precinct-by-precinct results from election


government Hammond proposes

‘super clerk’ (Hint: It’s not Shanks) Mike Hammond has a plan to streamline the operation of the Knox County courts – put him in charge. On Nov. 8 – amid the Election Day chaos – a hand-delivered envelope with the word “Confidential” scrawled across the front landed on Mayor Tim Burchett’s desk. Inside was a memo from Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond, a career radio broadcaster and 10-year county commissioner who ousted incumbent Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey in 2014. Hammond’s letterhead identifies him as Knox County Clerk of the Courts. His office oversees Criminal Court, Criminal Sessions Court and Fourth Circuit Court. The memo to Burchett (available in full at begins with a reference to an Oct. 19 TV news story slamming Circuit Court Clerk Cathy Quist Shanks’ office, which oversees Circuit, Juvenile and the civil court division of General Sessions Court, for not generating excess fees for the past four years. County fee offices are generally expected to be self-supporting and to turn over excess funds to county general government. After Shopper News broke the story online last week, Shanks responded Friday with her own letter to Burchett (also available at She called Hammond’s contentions incorrect – particularly that his office would provide technology upgrades. “The Criminal Court Clerk currently relies on obsolete document storage, retrieval and delivery methods that have been in use for decades,” Shanks wrote. In contrast, the Circuit Court Clerk’s office uses an electronic content management system and has since early 2015. Shanks said her office currently collects 95 percent of the fees it generates, and she said the financial benefits he claims from

night (you can find this online) with the final election results, which include the provisional votes, it’s easy to determine how that provisional voter actually voted because the candidate totals in that precinct will have increased by one vote. Thankfully, there are legal and procedural protections in place to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It’s one reason why the names of provisional voters aren’t released to the public. Of course, Gloria Johnson probably didn’t intend any of this, but it was reckless for her campaign to try to go around these safeguards in court and make this kind of scenario pos- ■ State Sen. Mark Green is on sible. a “listening tour” in preparaUltimately, Johnson was tion for a race for governor. He spoke at Powell last Friday. unsuccessful and Smith won Learn more at re-election. Here’s hoping Democrats find a different ■ Howard Phillips , the auction guy, has been around candidate in two years.

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consolidation are “unrealistic.” Hammond offered two alternatives for consolidation – a merger of criminal and civil sessions courts, which he said has the advantages of using his office’s “highly effective procedures and collection methods” and of moving all the courts toward paperless technology. He also said this merger would provide the benefit of a savingsproducing “synergy” and could be accomplished with a private act of the General Assembly and a two-thirds vote of County Commission. The second alternative would be to eliminate one of the elected clerks. “We believe that this option can only be made effective at the end of Ms. Shanks’ and my current term in office.” It is unclear who “we” is. And Hammond suggests that this measure would also require a private legislative act to accomplish. But there’s a glitch – the Circuit Court Clerk, like the Clerk and Master of Chancery Court, is a constitutional office and cannot be abolished by legislative act. Such a feat would have to be done by constitutional amendment. If it could be accomplished, Hammond’s proposal would create a “super clerk” who would not be subject to term limits and could have at least 150 employees.


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1970s as the store manager of Halls Winn Dixie. Howard likes politics, is loyal to a fault and isn’t scared to get out early for a favored candidate. ■ Howard Phillips likes Mark Green. This could bear watching.

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SENIOR NOTES ■ All Knox County Senior Centers will be closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25. ■ Corryton Senior Center 9331 Davis Drive 688-5882 Monday-Friday Offerings include: exercise classes; cross-stitch, card games; dominoes, crochet, quilting, billiards; Senior Meals program, 11 a.m. each Friday. Register for: Clear Captions presentation and lunch, noon Wednesday, Dec. 7; RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5. Christmas Party/ Ugliest Christmas Sweater, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Christmas Cookie Swap, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21; dominoes and lunch follow. ■ Halls Senior Center 4405 Crippen Road 922-0416 Monday-Friday Offerings include: card games; exercise classes; quilting, dominoes, dance classes; scrapbooking, craft classes; Tai Chi; movie matinee 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Halls High Madrigals performance, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Register for: Field trip to Mighty Musical Monday at the Tennessee Theatre, 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5: O’Connor Singing Seniors will perform; box lunch, $5. ■ The Heiskell Senior Center 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 548-0326 Upcoming: Mobile Meals each Wednesday; $2 donation requested; RSVP by noon Tuesday. ■ Morning Pointe Assisted Living 7700 Dannaher Drive 686-5771 or Ongoing event: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers Support Group meets 1 p.m. each last Monday.

Mission trip changes lives forever Fountain City Presbyterian team repairs flood-damaged home in West Virginia By Jake Mabe Chances are you didn’t hear about this flood on the news back in June. More than 20,000 homes were destroyed and 23 people died in or near the small town of Elkview, W.Va., June 23 when the Elk River flooded. It was the area’s worst such disaster in a century. But a group of old pros from Fountain City Presbyterian Church, who call themselves the Home Repair Team, jumped into action. Powell guy and Shopper News columnist Dr. Bob Collier Bob Collier, who spearheads them, said the team had helped repair damaged homes over a fiveyear period in Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “We have some Habitat for Humanity builders in our group and people with various skills of this type,” Collier said. And they jumped back into action this month after the news of the Elkview flood. Collier said the crew spent Nov. 4-12 repairing a flooded single-wide trailer in the area. “We put four new tires on our work trailer, and off we went. It’s a five-hour drive from here, so people could come up for part of the week and work if needed. At our max, we had 25 people working.” Collier said the Presbytery of West Virginia, which is made of 135 churches, many with 10 or fewer members, organized a well-run disaster team in 2002. The

The team builds a bedroom for the family’s son Christopher, 9, who’d never previously even had his own bed and slept on the couch. younger children are both adopted and have severe illnesses. “The girl has a peculiar illness that affects her movement, and she sometimes has to use a wheelchair. So, we built an ADAaccessible bathroom and bedroom door. And the little boy, Christopher, who is 9, also has a rare illness. We added a 12x12-foot wooden addition onto the trailer, and built him his own bedroom. “He’d never even had his own bed and slept on the couch. When he saw it, he Jimmy and Robin Lamey, whose home was repaired by the was so excited.” Fountain City Presbyterian team in the aftermath of Hurricane The family had gone to Katrina in 2005, drove from their current residence in Texas to Cincinnati Children’s Hospihelp repair the home in Elkview. tal when the flood hit. More than 6 inches of water damFountain City team was that flood happened.” aged their home, to which housed at nearby First BapThe father of the family they couldn’t return for two tist Church of St. Albans. whose residence was dam- weeks. “They had actually just aged is physically disabled. “And the floor had fallen outfitted the church with He and his wife have three through. We cut out the old showers and two rooms for children. The eldest, 16, drywall and insulation, and disaster team workers like helped the Fountain City we put in all new doors, both us to stay in a month before crew repair the trailer. The on the interior and exterior

of the trailer.” The crew also removed the roof and siding, and installed drywall in two new bathrooms as well as new interior fixtures and furnishings. “We’re planning on going back at the first of December to put the new flooring down. They taught us while we were in Mississippi that you never really finish a mission trip like this.” Jimmy and Robin Lamy joined the Fountain City team. It was their way of saying thanks. “Theirs was the first home we worked on after Katrina. They drove all the way from their current residence in Corpus Christi, Texas,” said Collier. The trip was dedicated in memory of team member John Biddle, who passed away a month ago. His wife, Joan, and children Johnny and Cindy Biddle joined the team in Elkview. “We always say we get more out of it than we give,” Collier said. “It’s a week that will change your life forever. Every one of us who went feels that way. You think you know what it means for someone to be poor, but we didn’t really know what poor was.”

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Fountain City says ‘Welcome Home’ to vets by Carol Z. Shane Last September, the Shopper News had a conversation with the Rev. John Gargis of Fountain City United Methodist Church concerning the church’s helpful and varied Celebrate Recovery program. At the time Gargis, who has 14 years of sobriety to his credit, stated, “We will soon add a group for returning veterans that is known as ‘Welcome Home.’” The wait is over; “Welcome Home” is here. The first session took place on Tuesday, Nov. 15, offering, according to the church newsletter, “a safe place to come for support and encouragement.” Subsequent meetings will take place alongside the rest of the Celebrate Recovery meetings addressing such topics as alcoholism, co-dependency and mental health. “Welcome Home” is fa-

cilitated by church members and veterans Dan Laine and Ed Bardill. Bardill, who says he was “in uniEd Bardill form for 30 years, with 24 years’ active duty” as a lieutenant colonel in the Army, specialized in chemical weapons and warfare. He says that in addition to familiar problems such as PTSD, there are others that are “not so well talked about or known. In the military, you live with structure, organization, discipline, chain of command. Meals are all provided. You know what has to be done and you know how to do it.” Bardill says that when a veteran returns home, that way of life is completely gone. He recalls being lost for a

Elmcroft schedules wreath fest Elmcroft of Halls is planning the third annual Festival of Wreaths 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, to support Alzheimer’s Tennessee. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, cookies and beverages will be served. Wreath winners will be announced at 7 p.m. and the Halls High Madrigals will perform 6-6:30 p.m. Viewing and bidding on wreaths will extend from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Elmcroft of Halls is at 7521 Andersonville Pike. Info: 865-925-2668.

time after he returned from duty during Operation Desert Storm. “One thing that helped me was to get into a church, where there’s structure and organization,” he says. He recounts his experiences in the food brokerage industry, where he worked post-military. Becoming aware of sometimes-shoddy business practices, he would try to correct the problem with the high standard of integrity he’d known for three decades. When the problem continued to surface and he was asked to ignore it, he couldn’t live with that, saying, “I never signed my name to anything that wasn’t the truth.” His blood pressure skyrocketed, and he made an appointment with a doctor, who said, “It sounds like you’re under stress.” He replied, “Doc, I’ve been under a heck of a lot of stress for 24 years. This is not stress, this is frustration.” Bardill knows about other aspects of returning home, too. “When people leave the service, they don’t know how to do a résumé. They can go online and find a sheet they can fill out, but how do you explain all the military skills and experi-

ence you have?” Vets can receive support and guidance on these and any other issues they care to bring to the circle at “Welcome Home.” “It’s just like all our other groups,” says Gargis. “Somebody’s in the room who understands.” “Welcome Home” and other Celebrate Recovery groups meet weekly beginning with a coffeehouse at 6:30 p.m., followed by meetings at 7, at Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Road in Knoxville. Info: 865-689-5175 or email John Gargis at john.gargis@

worship, 7; groups, 8:15. The program embraces people who struggle with addiction, compulsive behaviors, loss and life challenges. Info: or 938-2741.

Agape’ Café’ each fourth Wednesday. Dinner is served 5:30-7 p.m., and the public is invited. Nov. 30 program: Brenda Logan will present the Heifer Project, an international organization dedicated to assisting third world families to become self-sustaining. Info: 687-2952.

Summit View plans re-opening Summit View of Farragut will be celebrating its grand re-opening after major interior and exterior renovations. The ribbon cutting and celebration event will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 12823 Kingston Pike. Ron Lawrence, president, says: “I’m proud to say that these renovations will keep pace with Farragut’s continuing evolution.”

FAITH NOTES Community services ■ Clapp’s Chapel UMC, 7420 Clapps Chapel Road, will host a free Thanksgiving lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. Free and open to the community. Reservations requested. Info/reservations: 687-4721. ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian, 4329 E. Emory Road, hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-7 p.m. each second Tuesday and 10-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each third

Saturday. Free to those in the 37912/37849 ZIP code area.

Classes/meetings ■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 771-7788. ■ Fountain City UMC, 212 Hotel Road, hosts Griefshare, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 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: 689-5175. ■ Powell Church, 323 W. Emory Road, hosts Recovery at Powell each Thursday. Dinner, 6 p.m.;

Special events ■ Bookwalter UMC, 4218 Central Avenue Pike, will host an open house 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. See the church decorated for Advent; bring cameras to take family pictures in front of the Christmas tree and other special backgrounds. Info: 689-3349 or ■ St. Paul UMC Fountain City, 4014 Garden Drive, hosts

Special services ■ Bookwalter UMC’s Chancel choir will present a Christmas concert, “Noel, Night of Everlasting Love,” 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the church, 4218 Central Avenue Pike. A reception will follow. Info: 689-3349 or info@

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Recapturing glory The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises. (Ecclesiastes 1:5 NRSV) There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:41 NRSV) When I was a kid, I did not see many sunrises. I was a late sleeper whenever I could manage it. Easter Sunrise services were the only time I actually enjoyed seeing the sun come up! I look to the sky many times a day, to admire its varying shades of blue, to watch the clouds as they form and shift and move, to find the evening star, to be assured that the Big Dipper is still there. It was William Wordsworth, however, who, in the midst of his own lonely pain, wrote: The rainbow comes and goes, And lovely is the Rose. The Moon doth with delight Look round her when the heavens are bare, Waters on a starry night are beautiful and fair. … But yet I know, where’er I go, That there hath past away a glory from the earth. (“Intimations of Immortality”) So, what is Wordsworth’s “glory” that has passed away? Perhaps the fault lies not in the earth, but in our lack of attention! We tend to walk looking down at the path, failing to look up at the trees, the skies, the sun. The glory has not passed away at all. It is there, steadfastly waiting to be noticed, to be appreciated, to lend its beauty to our lives. Perhaps the glory that has passed away is in our hearts! What if we re-introduced wonder into our lives? If we stood still and listened, or if we looked up in awe? ■ Bookwalter UMC, 4218 Central Avenue Pike, will offer the following Christmas services: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24; Christmas morning worship service, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. Info: 689-3349 or ■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, will hold

Thanksgiving Day service with Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. Info: or 523-5687. ■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, will host “Candlelight Advent Lessons and Carols,” 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, featuring Bible readings and prayer interspersed with carols, choral music and congregational singing.

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Jim Holleman shows Kenya, Africa, to Janiyah Thornhill and others.

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more than a meal By Kip Oswald I never really gave Thanksgiving a whole lot of thought. We always just had a huge meal that Grammie, Aunt Becky and Mom cooked and a lot of family came over and ate. At school, we always learned about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians, but we never really talked about what it meant to be truly thankful. After Cassie came to live with us a couple of weeks ago, I really began to understand what it means to be thankful. Then at school, we were asked to list what we were thankful for and I was stunned at what I read from other people my own age. There were kids my age who were thankful for shoes without holes in them, a warm room without a draft, a real bed, a winter coat, new socks, food backpacks, a bus pass so a mom could get to work, and one of my friends was thankful to see his dad at Thanksgiving. I had written that I was thankful for family, which really seemed lame after reading everything they had written, so I came home and began thinking about all the things I truly should be thankful for in my life. I realized that even though I was thankful for family, it was really

the safety my mom had given me for which I am most thankful. After living with Cassie and seeing what she has gone through, I don’t think she has ever felt safe, and that is the best thing I have in life. So as this Thanksgiving comes, we will have our big meals again and we will have our huge families come over, but I hope we will never forget the importance of looking past the celebrations to the real meaning of being thankful for whatever is most important in our lives. Send comments to oswaldsworldtn@

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Holleman talks animals at SMG By Sandra Clark

Jim Holleman by day is a successful commercial Realtor, a principal in AvisonYoung of Knoxville. But at heart he’s an explorer, a traveler to distant lands. And he shared his adventures with the Leaders Club of Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy recently. Just to show there’s no fear of important people, one kid, Zach, asked Holleman if he had anything to do with “that McDonald’s commercial.” Holleman showed pic-

tures of his trip to Kenya in 2012 to witness the Great Migration on the Serengeti. Jim is an excellent photographer. If you’re looking for a special gift, call for a copy of his two giraffes. Then frame it. Or ask about his yawning lion or his momma elephant. Animal photography could become his second career. While the pictures flashed on the screen, Holleman was peppered with questions. Here are a few of his responses: ■ Gazelles and wilde-

beests survive in a group because a predator can’t get them all. ■ Hippos are the most dangerous animals in Africa, and they love to swim. ■ A zebra is much bigger than a horse; not as tall but heftier. Crocodiles are the unanticipated beneficiaries of the annual migration because all the animals must cross a river. And guess who waits? Holleman showed wart-

hogs and wild dogs, cheetahs and hyenas. The kids made a game of naming the animals as their pictures appeared. Holleman said the animals migrate to find food and water. They can travel together because each species eats a different kind of grass. “These animals have no map, no GPS, but they know where they are going. They do it every year at the same time.”

School bus drivers recognized By Sandra Clark Five Knox County school bus drivers were recognized last week for professionalism. The program is sponsored by Ted Russell Ford and WIVK Radio. It was initiated by Courtney Hendrix Miller Mitchell Commissioner Bob Thomas, who wrote: “We would appre- a bus for West Haven Elementary for ciate your coverage of these five drivers 14 years; Joe Miller, a Halls resident and who do it right for Knox County chilschool bus driver for 21 years who dren every day.” drives a bus for Halls Elementary, Honorees were: Randel Courtney, a four-year Middle and High schools; Howard Mitchell, who has drivdriver who currently transports kids en a bus for Farragut students for for Karns Middle School; Melissa Hendrix, who has driven three years; and

Jean Morris, a 10-year driver for Farragut students. Afterward, Hendrix said, “We’re the first face (some students) see some days.” Morris The drivers were given $100 each by Ted Russell Ford owner Andy White, a gift bag from WIVK and a certificate of appreciation from Knox County Schools. They were chosen from bus drivers graded with high standards by the Knox County Schools, the bus contractors, the Sheriff’s Office and by school staff.

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Three softball players from HHS sign Pictured at the Eagle Scout ceremony are (front) Cole Chagnon, Xavier Self, Zach Miller, Will Johnson, Chandler McCartha; (back) assistant Scoutmaster C.L. Brown and Scoutmaster Dave Ringley. Photo by Ruth White

Fountain City scouts become Eagles Five scouts from Troop 13 in Fountain City achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor a Scout can earn. Cole Chagnon is a senior at Central High School. His project was building a gaga pit (outdoor game) for Emerald United Methodist Church and Emerald Youth Foundation.

Will Johnson also is a senior at Central High School. His project was building a garden shed for the Boys & Girls Club in the Vestal community. Chandler McCartha is a 2015 graduate of Bearden High School. His Eagle project involved cleaning up around Fountain City Park by planting flowers,

cutting down bushes and sprucing up the main entrance. Zach Miller is a senior and is homeschooled. His project was building a wheelchair ramp at a Sertoma house off Washington Pike. Xavier Self graduated from Central High School in May. His Eagle project

involved updating, painting and landscaping the large sign at Fountain City Lake. His parents are Steve and Karen Self. Troop 13 meets at the Fountain City Lions Club building on Tuesday evenings and is led by assistant Scoutmaster C.L. Brown and Scoutmaster Dave Ringley.

Adam Brown steps out at MC Adam Brown of Knoxville was selected as one of the representatives of the freshman class during Maryville College’s Homecoming festivities last month. Candidates are nominated by students in their respec-

tive classes, with the entire student body selecting the Homecoming Queen and King through an election. Brown, who escorted freshman Miracle Ann Walls of Memphis, is a 2016 graduate of Berean Christian High School.

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and learned that hard work pays off. Makenna would love to go into dermatology after she graduates from college. Attending the signing with Makenna were her parents, Tim Helton and Susan Prince, her brother, Xander Helton, aunts, uncles, an extra special cousin, friends and teammates. McKinley Snyder will attend ETSU next year, where she will continue her softball career. She played shortstop for the Red Devils for four years, where she learned that mental toughness is important to being a great ball player. She selected ETSU because of the gorgeous campus, and having her family be able to attend her games was very important to her. She plans to study chemistry in college and pursue a career as a pharmacist. Attending the signing with McKinley were her parents, Tommy Snyder and Leisa and Geoff Dupes, siblings Dawson and Marina, and her high school teammates.


Adam Brown and Miracle Walls prior to the homecoming festivities at Maryville College. Photo submitted

Halls High players of the week for the playoff game against Morristown West are Caden Harbin and Matthew

Three Halls High athletes signed to play softball at the collegiate level after graduation. Kimberly Blair will continue her career at LenoirRhyne University in Hickory, N.C. She has been a pitcher for Halls for her four-year career and looks forward to the opportunity of playing at the collegiate level. She selected LRU because it “just felt like home” to her. Kimberly plans to study biology and wants to become a veterinarian after college. While at HHS, Kimberly has learned about teamwork and not having to do everything on her own. Attending the celebration with Kimberly were her parents, Michael and Karen Blair, her sister, Brianna, and her softball teammates and friends. Makenna Helton will attend the University of South Carolina after graduation. After her first visit to the campus, Makenna said that she fell in love and felt like it was a great match. She has played center field all four years at Halls

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A-10 â&#x20AC;˘ NOVEMBER 23, 2016 â&#x20AC;˘ HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY Shopper news

Chef Bogartz finds new home on Broadway By Betty Bean

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunchtime at Tata Creole Corner and the couple in the window seats facing Broadway are waiting for their crispy chicken livers with dirty rice and tomato jam. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had this dish at four restaurants, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair to say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fans of the chef. The next customer in the door was a regular at Rouxbarb, the farm-to-table restaurant Chef Bruce Bogartz owned and operated on Northshore Drive. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grinning like a gator. Another couple are right behind her, already knowing what they want. The short but enticing menu at Tata Creole Corner (the front counter features the massive grille of a vintage Tata truck) includes Creole/Cajun favorites like Bayou La Baitre boiled shrimp, gumbo three ways, benne crusted redfish and jambalaya, brown butter sautĂŠed shrimp (and sometimes oyster) poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys and Bogartzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; signature Famous Duck Club Sandwich (with bacon, provolone and

The regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most interesting chef has opened what he calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pop-upâ&#x20AC;? restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; until the end of the year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in North Knoxville, and he says he likes what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found at the little hole in the wall at 1328 N. Broadway so much that he hopes to secure a more permanent location soon as he recovers from surgery scheduled in February. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a former coffee shop that is probably smaller than many of the Victorian dining rooms in the historic homes surrounding his business. Bogartz and his employee Jason Fraker keep the place open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday, hours are extended until 9 p.m. They come in early for prep work and keep their fingers crossed, since Bogartz does the cooking on just two burners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we get too many of the same tomato jam). Dessert is generally Seating is limited (like six seats, caramel apple pie or coconut cake, max), so Tata is a carryout joint. order at once, then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayhem,â&#x20AC;? homemade and luscious delivered Customers are served fast and ef- Bogartz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Either homicide or suicide.â&#x20AC;? by the baker. ficiently amid enticing aromas.

Hard as he works, Bogartz says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever been, professionally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I literally hate to close,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This neighborhood has welcomed us, and in spite of the brutal schedule, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pleasure to be here. We have such a cross-cultural clientele â&#x20AC;&#x201C; black, white, straight, gay, families â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we need more space for strollers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a delicate balance (because the place is so small). People get mad because we run out of the duck club or the coconut cake, but we only have one refrigerator.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s won a wagonload of awards (heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been named Knoxvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Chefâ&#x20AC;? in multiple venues), but says he has difficulty working for people who want to tell him how to cook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So starting something of my own made more sense,â&#x20AC;? he said. Tataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creole Corner will offer a variety of catered food for the holidays. Info: 865-223-6845 or or

Bill Dunn, Kelley Jarnigan get top Powell honors By Sandra Clark State Rep. Bill Dunn and Farm Bureau Insurance agency manager Kelley Jarnigan were recognized as Powellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s man and woman of the year for 2016 at the Powell Business and Professional Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual banquet. Sandra Clark of Shopper News was recognized as businessperson of the year. The banquet was hosted by Tennova North with food catered by Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Singers from The Crown College entertained. Outgoing president John Bayless thanked his officers and committee chairs for their work. Dunn swore in the new officers: Bart

Elkins, president; Laura Bailey, vice president; Tina Marshall, secretary; Steve Mouser, treasurer; and R. Larry Smith, presidentelect. Dr. Don Wegener presented the award to Dunn, who has represented Powell and District 16 in the state Legislature for 22 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a strong citizen for Powell and the entire state,â&#x20AC;? said Wegener. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He supports youth activities and is an advocate for education improvement. He created the joint task force to fight opioid addiction and to help babies born addicted. He supports the PBPA and is the only leg- Bill Dunn is Powellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s man of Kelley Jarnigan is Powellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s woman of the year for 2016. islator I consistently see at the year for 2016. meetings.â&#x20AC;? Dunn worked to secure funding for the four-laning of Emory Road from Norris


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Freeway to Clinton Highway. He then got the section in Powell designated as a scenic highway to set standards for future development. Dunn acknowledged his wife, Stacy, saying he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often get a chance to thank her publicly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because she avoids being seen with me in public,â&#x20AC;? he joked. He said his service has been a partnership. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I left for Nashville, she was left with five little kids.â&#x20AC;? The Dunns now have four grandchildren. PBPA events chair Teresa Underwood presented the award to Jarnigan, a former PBPA president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has a passion to help the Powell community,â&#x20AC;? said Underwood, citing Jarniganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement with the banquet and community parades. Her family started Manning Window Co. where her husband, Derek, now handles sales. Kelley and Derek have a son, Jackson. The Farm Bureau Insurance agency in Powell has grown, adding an agent, Dan Rhyne. Jarnigan was surprised by the award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love this organization, I love this community,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot think of any other place Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather have my business.â&#x20AC;? Justin Bailey presented the award to Clark. The two

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Goodwill offers Black Friday deals This Black Friday, all 28 regional Goodwill stores will offer 50 percent off everything in stock from 1-5 p.m. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers spent an average of $299.60 on Black Friday weekend in 2015. Goodwill hopes to offer an alternative, with clothes, toys, books, electronics and other household goods at a fraction of the price. Funds raised in Goodwill retail stores support job training programs and employment services for individuals with barriers to employment. Programs include Certified Nursing Assistant training, computer training, school-to-work programs, placement services and beyond. Info: www. or 865-588-8567.

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co-chair the Enhance Powell committee, which developed the Powell Station Park disc golf course and is preparing to develop a linear park in front of Powell Middle School. Bailey said the businessperson of the year is expected to operate a successful business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to do.â&#x20AC;? The difference, he said, is when a business steps up to help the entire community succeed.

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Keep Knoxville Beautiful is now accepting nominations from the public for its beautification awards, the Orchids. Since 1979, Keep Knoxville Beautiful has presented Orchid Awards to Knoxville and Knox County buildings and outdoor spaces that beautify and elevate the local landscape. Deadline for nominations: Dec. 16. Info: or 521-6957.

BIZ NOTES â&#x2013; All local Shoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day and will be featuring a Thanksgiving Day Fresh Food Bar from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The purchase of an adult Fresh Food Bar also includes a free slice of pumpkin spice cake or pumpkin pie. â&#x2013;  Peninsula Lighthouse Group of Families Anonymous meetings, 6:15-7:15 p.m. each Tuesday, 1451 Dowell Springs Blvd. Newcomers welcome; no dues/fees; no sign-up; first names only. Info: Barbara L., 696-6606 or


HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY Shopper news • NOVEMBER 23, 2016 • A-11

Military Services facility dedicated By Margie Hagen Behavioral health care for veterans, military personnel and their families will now be available at the new Helen Ross McNabb facility at 3712 Middlebrook Pike. Among those attending last week’s dedication were representatives from the military, law enforcement, government and social services. Recognizing the need for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse was only the first step; planning and fundraising followed, and $715,000 was

raised, enabling the purchase and complete renovation of the building. The outpatient facility treats Brandon Hall “inv isible wounds,” behavioral issues that are often experienced by servicemen and women after returning from deployment. Clinical therapist John Chandler specializes in marriage and family treatment and says, “When service personnel return home it changes the family

dynamic and re-adjustment can be difficult.” Dedicated in memory of Senior Airman Brandon Hall, the Center’s Military Services will help bridge the treatment gap in East Tennessee. Hall was a Farragut High School graduate who turned down a college football scholarship to serve six years in the U.S. Air Force, including four tours of duty in the Middle East. “The transition from active duty to civilian life is misunderstood by those who haven’t served in our armed forces. It is a pivotal time for our veterans as they try to navigate from

rigorous structure to a life that doesn’t possess defined boundaries,” said Mitch Steenrod, Hall’s stepfather, and a primary donor. “All services are free and confidential, available to veterans and current service personnel regardless of length of service or reason for discharge,” said Jerry Vagnier, HRMC president and CEO, adding, “We aim to serve those who have courageously served our country to guarantee they have access to the resources and support they need.” Info: or 865-637-9711.

Halls Cleaners extends coat collection Collections are running slowly this year, and Chris Mynatt at Halls Cleaners is encouraging residents to donate gently used coats and jackets for distribution to needy individuals through the Halls Welfare Ministry. Donations should be taken to one of three Mynatt-owned cleaners by Wednesday, Nov. 30: Halls Cleaners, 7032 Maynardville Pike; Robbins Cleaners, 5034 N. Broadway in Fountain City; or Paramount U-LIK-A, 741 N. Broadway near Central Avenue. All stores are open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chris Mynatt weekdays and closed on Sundays. Halls and Robbins have limited Saturday hours. Coats and jackets will be cleaned and mended as needed, boxed and distributed Saturday, Dec. 10, along with

food baskets at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Halls. Mynatt said he’s been cleaning coats for this project for close to 20 years. He recalled working with early members of the Halls Welfare Commission including Bill Morton, Joe Smelser, Willard and Kate Hutchison and Peggy and Charles Arnold. Info: 865-922-4780.

Santa photos and more at Crye-Leike Agents at Crye-Leike Real Estate, 7563 Barnett Way, off Emory Road near I-75, will offer photos with Santa and cookie decorating for kids who bring a toy (minimum value $10) to donate to a needy student at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School. The event is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Info: 865-938-7750.

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Rotarians to ring the bells Rotary Ringers will be out in force during the 2016 Christmas season, ringing the bells for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. This kettle tradition dates to 1891 in San Francisco and to Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee when he placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing on Market Street to feed the hungry at Christmas time. Captain McFee’s kettle launched a tradition that spread throughout the U.S. and across the world. Kettles are now used in Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. Today in the U.S., the Salvation Army assists more than 4.5 million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Where do the local proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign go? They support the local ministries of The Salvation Army that include the emergency assistance program, men’s and women’s transitional housing programs, disaster relief, the Joy D. Baker Center for Women affected by domestic violence and for homeless women with children, and the Rainbow Promises program focused on the needs of the children living at the Joy D. Baker Center. Rotarians from four clubs will be ringing the bells at these Red Kettle sites around town from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bearden Rotary: Saturday, Dec. 3, Dillards at West Town Mall Farragut Rotary: Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17, at the Ingles in Farragut Knoxville Rotary: Saturday, Dec. 10, two sites at West Town Mall North Knox Rotary: Club president Phyllis Driver and husband, Ely, will be ringing bells for their church – First Presbyterian – this year at the Bearden Kroger. ■

New uniforms for Vine athletes

Turkey Creek Sunset Rotarians recently presented new basketball uniforms to the boys and girls teams at Vine Middle School. The club raised $1,600 to pay for the uniforms. Making the presentation were club president Matt Jarrell, past president Paul West and members Christine Williams and Aimee MacIlveen.

Tazewell Pike Market is U-Haul dealer U-Haul Company of Tennessee has added the Tazewell Pike Market, 5417 Tazewell Pike, as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Knoxville community. The market will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers and towing equipment. It will offer support rental items and in-store pickup

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for boxes. Avni Bharucha owns the Tazewell Pike Market. Hours of operation for UHaul rentals are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. After-hours drop- off is available. Info: 865-6880834.

Holly Warlick to speak

University of Tennessee women’s head basketball coach Holly Warlick will speak to a joint meeting of Knoxville’s Rotary clubs on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Knoxville at The Marriott. This is open to all Rotarians and their guests. The lunch costs $12 (cash or check). The ballroom seats 300, so RSVP at Avni Bharucha, owner of the Tazewell Pike Market

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Bohanan remains â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;detectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; He talked By Sandra Clark about heatRetired Knoxville Police ing â&#x20AC;&#x153;super Department detective Arthur glueâ&#x20AC;? to 400 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boâ&#x20AC;? Bohanan said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been degrees and locating lost graves and lookputting it ing at fingerprints since age on a victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14. He spoke last week to the skin. When Halls Business and Profesitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s removed sional Association at Beaver it can hold Brook. Bohanan fingerprints Bohanan was introduced by Pat Sisson. His talk was of the crime perpetrator. DNA was discovered in understated, but drew nu1958, he said, and crimemerous questions.

KUB gas tips The Muse offers hands-on learning Sterchi Elementary first-graders Wade Cooper and Anson Nguyen enjoyed a recent trip to The Muse. The students learned about mammals, explored with hands-on activities and were mesmerized by a planetarium show. Photo submitted

Hess is new president of LMU; Dawson retires E. Clayton Hess will become the 21st president of Lincoln Memorial University, effective July 1, 2017, upon the retirement of B. James Dawson. Hess is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at LMU. The presidential search was chaired by Brian DeBusk, an LMU trustee and son of Pete DeBusk, who chairs the LMU board of trustees. Hess earned a bachelor of arts in history and masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees in counseling and in curriculum and instruction from LMU and a doctorate in human services counseling from Walden University. He has four grown children and five grandchildren. He lives in LaFollette, Tenn. Hess began his career at LMU in 1981, shortly after

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three decades includes roles in virtually every division on campus and gives him tremendous institutional knowledge.â&#x20AC;? Brian DeBusk added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we started this search process we knew we would be looking for an innovative leader with a clear vision of how to navigate the changes that are coming in higher education. Once we identified Dr. Hess as a candidate, there was a groundswell of support both internally within the board and externally from higher education leaders across the country. It became clear that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to look far for our next president.â&#x20AC;? Dawson, who will retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, will continue to serve the university as president emeritus.


his graduation, as the assistant director of admissions, director of testing and director of career planning and placement. In 2008, he was promoted to the assistant vice president for academic affairs for planning and accreditation and was named vice president for academic affairs in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;LMU is very fortunate to call Dr. Hess as its next president,â&#x20AC;? Dawson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His distinguished service to this institution over

As the temperatures cool, KUB reminds customers of some key natural gas safety messages. These include how to recognize a leak, how to react if you suspect a leak, and KUBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response to any call about a potential natural gas leak. More information is at Remember the three Rs: Recognize. React. KUB Responds â&#x2013; Recognize. You can recognize a natural gas leak by sound when the gas makes a hissing sound as it leaves the pipe. You might also see brown or dead vegetation (without obvious explanation) in an area where a natural gas pipeline

fighters started collecting DNA in 1997. Bohanan holds patents on some of his own ID techniques and says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the verge of some really great things.â&#x20AC;? His work offers possibilities of identifying bodies of soldiers who went missing in action. Remember this, he said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are 150 elements that are unique to humans that cannot be created or destroyed.â&#x20AC;?

is buried. Or, you might smell the natural gas, which is the most common way a natural gas leak is detected. KUB adds a harmless chemical called mercaptan to its natural gas supply so it smells similar to rotten eggs. â&#x2013; React. Immediately leave the area and go to a location where you can no longer smell or hear the natural gas leak. Alert those in the area as you go, and take them with you as you leave. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop to turn off lights or do anything that could cause a spark. Simply leave. â&#x2013;  KUB Responds. When you have reacted and reached your safe area, call KUB at 865-524-2911. KUB will respond quickly, for free, to investigate the natural gas leak and provide you with further guidance.

Overholser signs with Milligan College Gibbs High senior softball player Morgan Overholser signed to play at Milligan College after graduation. The Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first base/ pitcher played four years for Coach Carol Mitchell and she is excited for the new experiences and challenges that she will face at the collegiate level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Mitchell has prepared us for everything,â&#x20AC;? she said. Overholser Mitchell is proud of Morgan for her achievements on and off the

field and called her a leader and a solid, allaround player. Morgan selected Milligan because it is a prestigious school and she has heard only good things about the college. She plans to study nursing. Milligan College softball coach Wes Holly called Morgan a â&#x20AC;&#x153;great fit for Milligan.â&#x20AC;? He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is a great student and athlete with great character and a very supportive family.â&#x20AC;? Attending the signing with Morgan were her parents, Wendy and Rick Overholser, her brother Richie, grandmother Jewel Nicely, aunts, uncles, teammates and friends.

Assistant principal chosen for Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy Ashley Booher, assistant principal of Gibbs Elementary School, has been selected for the 2017 Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy for School Leadership, a one-year fellowship program to develop future school leaders. She has been paired with an experienced principal mentor and will attend monthly

group training sessions and a weeklong summer institute at Vanderbilt and will intern three days a month at her mentorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school. Upon completion of the academy, participants will be expected to pursue placement as a school principal in their district or region.

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Remodeled 3BR 2BA 3BR Rancher in the POWELL - Remodeled 2BA Rancher heart Powell. This home features: in the of heart of Powell. This home feacomplete remodel of ofkitchen tures: complete remodel kitchen & baths. All All new: new:windows, windows, plumbing plumbing fixfixtures, lighting fixtures, cabinets, tures, lighting fixtures, cabinets, granite granite counter tops,tile, ceramic tile, counter tops, ceramic carpet, gutcarpet, gutters & stainless appliances. ters & stainless appliances. Oversized Oversized and a half. Great prime lot and a lot half. Great prime location. location. $184,900 (958440) $184,900 (958440)

We have qualified buyers looking for land. Call us if you have an interest in selling.

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‘Go ahead and do it!’

Gilmore gets the most out of senior years with weight loss surgery It’s not something you decide to do overnight. The decision to undergo weight loss surgery requires a lot of intentional consideration. “I changed my mind every other day,” says Jim Gilmore, 70. “It’s a whole lifestyle change, but it’s worth it many times over.” Gilmore is enjoying the benefits of bariatric surgery performed by Jonathan Ray, MD, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Having endured shots four times a day for type 2 diabetes, dealt with hypertension and lived with heart problems, his only regret now is that he didn’t make the decision sooner. “I would recommend it to absolutely anybody,” Gilmore says emphatically. Eight months after surgery, Gilmore had lost 87 pounds.

dures. The surgery has become safer, and the benefits have become worth the risk. “The risk for gastric bypass is about the same as someone having a hip replaced, and some people even say the risk is lower than having your gallbladder removed,” Dr. Ray says. “For the past 10 or 15 years, we’ve been operating on patients of a greater age because of their multiple health problems, and the potential for better quality of life.” Dr. Ray says Gilmore’s case is a good example, with the health benefits of gastric bypass far outweighing the risks. “Type 2 diabetes with insulin dependence is a very severe disease leading to stroke, heart disease and circulation problems,” Dr. Ray says. “It’s the metabolic problems that people have such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and obstructive sleep apnea that we’re looking at today.” Dr. Ray says these “co-morbidities” are serious conditions that can result in poor quality of life, and may even shorten a person’s life. He says bariatric surgery has become “metabolic surgery.”

Side benefits

The lean, trim appearance that comes with dramatic weight loss is just a side benefit when you consider that weight loss improves overall health, and perhaps even extends the patient’s life. Still, being a thinner version of himself is something Gilmore is enjoying. “It’ll make your self-confidence go from zero to 100,” Gilmore says. “I had a 44-inch waist. Now I’m a 32 and I can wear skinny jeans!” Gilmore’s daughter and sisterin-law have also had bariatric procedures performed by Dr. Ray and have seen similar success. “I no longer have diabetes and my high blood pressure is gone,” A metabolic surgery Gilmore says. “To anybody my age “With diabetes, you just never who is thinking about doing this, I feel good,” Gilmore explains. “I would say go ahead and do it.” feel great every day now. I have Gilmore is just as emphatic tons of energy, and I can’t wait to about the benefits of having the get up in the morning.” surgery performed by Dr. Ray at Dr. Ray is accustomed to hearFort Sanders Regional. “They’re ing statements like that as more the nicest people ever,” Gilmore and more people in their 60s and says of the hospital staff. “I just 70s turn to weight loss procecan’t tell you how much I appreciate them.” In Jonathan Ray, Gilmore says he found more than an experienced surgeon. “Dr. Ray and his staff are just super people,” Gilmore says. “If he wasn’t a doctor, he’d be a good one to be a minister.” Gilmore marvels at how much his life has changed. Afternoon Q Where are you from and where did you attend medical school? exhaustion used to bring a halt to A I am from Thibodaux, Louisiana, and I attended LSU Medical whatever he was doing, as he had School in New Orleans. to stop everything for a nap just to get through the rest of the day. Q What types of bariatric surgery do you offer to Now he has energy that lasts from patients? the time he wakes up until whatA At Fort Sanders Regional, we perform Sleeve ever time he decides the day’s acGastrectomy, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Lap Band and tivities should come to a close. “I wish I’d found out about it the Loop Duodenal Switch surgeries. earlier,” Gilmore says. “I’d do it Q How long have you been doing bariatric sur- again in a New York second, I’ll tell you that.” gery? anyone his age A I started performing bariatric surgery 14 years whoHeisencourages Jonathan Ray, dealing with similar health ago in Blount County. In 2013, Dr. Mark Colquitt and I MD joined with Covenant Health to practice at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

Losing more than 80 pounds after bariatric surgery at Fort Sanders Regional makes Jim Gilmore celebrate in his skinny jeans!

Jim Gilmore before bariatric surgery

Get to know bariatric surgeon Jonathan Ray, MD

problems to make the call. “You know, today is the first day of the rest of your life,” Gilmore says. “If you want to have a good quality of life, don’t hesitate.” To learn more about weight

loss procedures at Fort Sanders Regional Center for Bariatric Surgery, or to access a schedule of upcoming informational seminars, visit, or call 865-331-BAR1 (2271).

Q What sort of comprehensive programs does Fort Sanders Regional offer for bariatric patients? A The hospital has the Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery, which is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement. We offer regular education, dietary information, exercise programs, psychological support and support groups with lifelong follow up to help focus on long-term success. Q What is the most rewarding part of being a bariatric surgeon? A I love witnessing the dramatic improvement and resolution of ma-

jor medical issues like diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia, and overall improvement in the patients’ well-being as well as the weight loss. Seeing patients get excited about life again is very rewarding.

Q How can those interested in making a life change through bariatric surgery learn more? A We offer free bariatric seminars led by a physician two to three times per month at various locations in East Tennessee. More information is also available at

Regional Excellence. With more than 250 physicians on the active staff at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, we provide the community with the most comprehensive


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Deadline is 4 p.m. FRIDAY for next Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper Off Road Vehicles Transportation Automobiles for Sale

Sports and Imports FORD MUSTANG GT 2009. Sunroof, chrome wheels, 85k mi, $13,500/b.o. Call Dan at (865)724-7705. KIA FORTE EX - 2012. By owner. Exc. cond. AT, all power, 27k mi. $10,000/b.o. Phone (865)250-4443. LEXUS SC430 2002. SC 2002. Hardtop convertible, red, black int. New Michelins, alternator, shocks. Exc. cond. 164 k mi. $9,000/b.o. (865)947-3465. PORSCHE 911 - 2000 Carrera Cabriolet, 6 cylinder, 6 speed, blue/ beige, blue top, 43,292 mi., $23,500. (865)898-8561. Volvo 1987 240DL, 84,500 mi, new timing belt, good tires, 4 years of records, $2,200. (865)719-2042.

4 Wheel Drive FORD F150 2010, 2wd/4wd, new tires, exc cond, color tan, 93,500 mi, $15,000 firm. 828-356-4434. Ford F250 Super Duty 2010, 4x4 Crew Cab XLT, 105K mi, 5.4L EFI V8, 12.5K trailer tow hitch, tow & brake pkg., bedliner, Landau top, 1 owner, well maint., $20,000 obo. 865-466-8981. HONDA RIDGELINE - 2009. RTL 4WD 4Dr Loaded Upgraded wheels New tires Leather trim Excellent condition 28,000 mi., $19,500. (865)2061005.


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865-216-5052 865-856-8106 Auto Parts & Acc USED TIRES - 4 used tires P235-60R17. $150. Firestone. Half-used.(865)6793912.


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2014 Cougar Lite 28 SGS 5th wheel, 3 slides, gar. kept, elec. awning, hitch incl., like new, $27,900. 865-609-9126 CAR TOW DOLLY - 2016, all cars/pu Swivels, tilts, never used, new ret. $2750. 1st $1050 cash. 864-275-6478

Motorcycles/Mopeds HARLEY DAVIDSON Dyna Glide Low 2015, 2600 mi., Payoff, $11,388, pyt. $200 mo. Call or Text (865)250-6584. HARLEY DAVIDSON ROAD KING 2014, only 3000 mi. Like new. Some access. Color Amber Whiskey & Silver. Beautiful motorcycle. $13,900. (865)805-8038. HONDA 250 Scooter 2001, low mi, exc cond, new tires, $1500 firm. (865)360-8656 only serious inquiries

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CHIHUAHUAS, 6 wks, Reg., dewormed, 1st shot. Sm 6 lbs or less. Very healthy. $250 cash. (865)766-5652 DOBERMAN AKC puppies, M&F, chocolate & rust, 8 weeks old, vet checked, $600 each. (865) 654-2486 DOBERMAN PUPS, AKC, Sire XL natl & intl champ - 125 lbs. Damâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father was 2013 World Champ. Great protection, good with kids. $325. Credit cards accepted. 615-740-7909 ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPS AKC, $1300. Visa-MC Accepted. (423)775-6044. FEMALE GERMAN ROTTWEILER - AKC. 9 mo. $1200 firm. The sire is the son of Champ Cochies from Royal Breed. The dame is a grand-daughter of 2010 IFR Royal Champ Astor Von Junipera. (865)438-7322. GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS AKC, 3 rare blue & tan females, $1,000 ea. Vet ckd. Health guar. 865-322-6251. GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPIES Reg. Up to date on S/W. Health guarantee. $850 & up. (865) 654-4977 pics online at Goldendoodle Puppies, CKC reg., 10 wks old, UTD shots, worming, black, standard size, $1500. (828)506-5623 GOLDENDOODLE PUPS, no shedding, great temperaments, good with children, $850. (865)466-4380. HAVENESE PUPS AKC, home raised, health guar. 765-259-7337 LABRADOODLES, AUSSIE DOODLES STANDARD POODLESM, YORKIES. Beautiful pups. Can hold till Christmas. Call or text 865-591-7220


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HONDA MAGNA 2001 - Garage kept, 9k mi, black, new tires, just serviced. Runs perf. Beautiful cond. $3150. (865)332-3859.

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HONDA SILVER WING - Scooter 2006, exc. cond. Low mi. Blue. $2600. (865)805-8038.

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PERMOBIL, STYLE C300 - $2200. Electric wheel chair, 5 speed. (865)8062618

Public Notices THE NORTHEAST KNOX UTILITY DISTRICT - Board of Commissioners will hold the regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 28th, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in their ofďŹ ce located at 7214 Washington Pike, Corryton, TN. If special accommodations are needed please call (865) 687-5345.

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GENERATOR BIG 8500 watt, 2016, Honda elec. start. Batt. & whl kit incl. Never used. New retail $4995. Wholesale $3750. 1st $1850 cash, 864-275-6478.

Musical 1 TENOR & 1 ALTO SAXOPHONE - with cases & extras. $1000/both. Text (865)389-3919

Tickets/Events 3 LADY VOLS SEASON -Basket Ball Tickets. Section 100, Row 19, seats 1, 2 & 3. $575. (865) 806-3197 3 LADY VOLS SEASON -Basket Ball Tickets. Section 100, Row 19, seats 1, 2 & 3. $575. (865) 806-3197

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Real Estate Sales North Emory Rd & I-75. 4 BR, 2.5 BA, oversized lot, in Teagues Grove, new appls, granite, shows like model, 3,000 SF, subd pool, A+ Powell schools, by owner, $259,900 or lease to own. (954) 547-2747

Condos-Furn Gatlinburg. Park Place Condo. 2 BR, 2 BA, on Little Pigeon River adj. National Park. Very private. 2 min. walk to town. $235,000. 6% owner fin. avail. 706-463-1140; 706-463-1139

Condos-Unfurn POWELL, 2BR, 2BA, mstr suite, w/d conn., appls stay, some updates, off street prking. $775 mo. 865-300-9534 UPSCALE 3BR, Condo in Sevierville, gas frp, granite, great view, by owner. $189,900. (865)963-5037

Lake Property LENOIR CITY 2-story 3000 SF home in gated comm., boat dock, 3 BR, 3.5 BA, $770,000. (865) 216-6154

SEC Championship Game, Dec 3, GA Dome. 20 ticket luxury skybox available. (678) 596-3688



1990 up, any size OK 865-384-5643

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CASH FOR YOUR HOUSE Quick Closing. (865)980-8555


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Real Estate Rentals Apartments - Furnished Clean BR, LR, kit. & BA, near Chilhowee Park, $200 to $250 every 2 wks, no pets. 865-453-5079. WALBROOK STUDIOS 865-251-3607 $145 weekly. Discount avail. Util, TV, Ph, Refrig, Basic Cable. No Lease.

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1,2,3 BR $355 - $460/mo.

MAINE COON kittens, reg., beautiful giants, vet ckd & shots, $500. 423667-0372; (423)478-1815



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Invacare hospital bed, fully elec w/ remote, rails & upscale Solace foam mattress, new cond., $275; Wheelchair, DRIVE, $60; Transport wheelchair, Medline, new cond. $60; Rollator (Guardian Envoy 480) rocker w/seat & basket, exc cond, $60; (865)466-8981


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All hardwood. $60 a rick delivered. Call (865)922-0943 or (865)3327055.

SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, Females $700; Males $400. Shots UTD. Warranty. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016

WEIMARANER AKC Puppies and/or AFD Reg. $700. 4 boys, 2 girls, vet ck., shots, ready! (865)337-7507


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PUPPY NURSERY Many different breeds Maltese, Yorkies, Malti-Poos, Poodles, Yorki-Poos, Shih-Poos, Shih Tzu, $175/up. shots & wormed. We do layaways. Health guar. Go to Facebook, Judys Puppy Nursery Updates. 423-566-3647

Toy Poodle Puppies (100% PURE) 2 M, chocolate, hypo-allergenic, crate & potty trained. $650. 865-221-3842

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FURNITURE FOR SALE - Whirlpool front ld dryer. Great cond. Hardly used. $75. 50â&#x20AC;? glass top round rod-ironed table and 4 chairs. From Havertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Pd $1,000. Asking $200. 3 Bar stools. Brushed nickel. Uphols. seat. 29â&#x20AC;? rod iron. $45 for all. (865)696-9198.

Beautiful Toy puppies, $350-$450. Tiny snow white female $600. Shots. 865-717-9493

Classic Cars


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1963 Pontiac Catalina, 2 dr hardtop, 389 V8 auto trans., PS, PB, cruise, $9,000 obo. 865-257-3971

Mercedes Benz 1987 560SL, repainted in beautiful signal red clear coat. Tan leather int. Hardtop & custom tan soft top. Eng. & trans in exc cond. Recently underwent full service inspection. Several after-market upgrades. Must see to appreciate. $10,000 firm. 865-525-4266 or


WANT TO BUY STANDING TIMBER, Hardwood & Pine 865-982-2606 & 865-382-7529.

Licensed and insured Over 30 yrs. experience

VOLKSWAGEN - 2000. 2.8L V6 Gas,Automatic,Mini-van, Pa ssenger, 131,000 mi., $3,100. (615)933-6934.

I WOULD LIKE TO BUY a 1970 or 1971 Mercedes 280SL, or a 1961 - 1975 Jaguar XKE, or a Porsche 911, 912 or a 1970s or 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ferrari. I am willing to buy running or not running. Any Condition. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a local guy living in Grainger county. If you have one or know of one please call Call (865)621-4012.

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WANT TO BUY standing hardwood or pine in Blount & surrounding counties. By acre. Min. 5. (865) 206-7889

Breeden's Tree Service


FOR SALE - 1989 Plymouth Voyager Van. Cash only. Call (865)216-8345.




Dodge Ram 1995, LB, 130K mi, rebuilt transmission, $2,000. (865)387-7637.

Chevrolet Van 2003, Runs good, $1100. (865) 386-1803.

Livestock & Supplies REG. BLACK ANGUS BULLS - 16 mo. old Calf Ease out of A Bismarck son $1450. Black angus steers for beef. $650/$700 lb. Avg. Grass / grain. No homones or antibiotic.s $975. (865)556-9623


Cadillac Deville Concour 1999, 84,500 mi, fully loaded, carefully maintained, silver w/black leather int., orig owner, spotless! $4900 obo. (865) 466-8981. Chrysler Sebring Convertible - 2001. eng. has 60k, new tires & brakes, great little car. $3800/bo. (423)470-8016


Cemetery Lots 2 LOTS Highland Memorial West, on Sutherland Ave. Value $2900 each. Sell $1400 each. Call 865-414-4615. 2 SIDE BY SIDE cemetery plots in the Bronze section # 33 in Greenwood Cemetery, Tazewell Pk. Valued at S3,840 ea. Will sell both for $4,000. Willing to neg. (865)688-1561. 6 PLOTS IN MASONIC SECTION HIGHLAND CEMETERY $3500 - 5315 Kingston Pike. $3500 buys all six. Mark Sherrod executor (706)847-6134 LYNNHURST CEMETERY 4 LOTS, Area 400, Sec. 3-B, Lot 644A. Value $14,000; sell $8000/b.o. (615)373-1638

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

1-877-246-6780 AnneandColinAdopt/ ADOPT: A Loving family wishes to adopt newborn into home filled with joy and laughter. Expenses paid. Please call Jenn and James, 800-518-7030; text 516-817-5569;


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2 BR TOWNHOUSES Cherokee West $615 South - Taliwa Gardens $585 - $625 1 1/2 bth, W/D conn. (865) 577-1687 BEST DEAL OUT WEST! 1BR from $395-$425. 2BR $550-$750. No pets. Parking @ front door. (865)470-8686. BROADWAY TOWERS 62 AND OLDER Or Physically Mobility Impaired 1 & 2 BR, util. incl. Laundry on site. Immediate housing if qualified. Section 8-202. 865-524-4092 for appt. TDD 1-800-927-9275

Consolidation Loans


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

NORTH, 1 BR APT. Very clean & quiet, dishwasher, water incl. $500 + sec. dep. No pets. 865-531-7895

Homes Unfurnished Emory Rd & I-75. 4 BR, 2.5 BA, oversized lot, in Teagues Grove, new appls, granite, shows like model, 3,000 SF, subd pool, A+ Powell schools, by owner, $1650 mo. Lease to own avail. (954) 547-2747

Lynnhurst Cemetery, Sec C-3, 2 adjacent lots. Current value $3495 ea. Offering both $4500. (865)382-3313


POWELL CLAXTON. 3 BR, 2 BA, no pets, private, convenient, $700 mo + 1st, last, DD. 865-748-3644


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


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Automobiles for Sale

Automobiles for Sale

COMPLETE Dickens Village. Price open. Call after 6pm (865) 428-5870 Lionel Trains - Clinchfiled Railroad, 13 brand new (O) gauge pcs of CRR rolling stock; freight cars & locomotives; all in orig. boxes, mint cond. Call for item list & prices 865-748-5978

Furniture Broyhill queen sofa bed $500. lg. overstuffed sofa, $325. Both Exc. cond. Photos & more info (865)660-0311 CALIFORNIA KING 4 POSTER BED, exc. cond. $800, Call 865-803-3471 or text for picture. Gray 2 pc sectional sofa & taupe swivel rocker recliner. Microfiber. Exc cond. $700/both. (865)690-1680




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Jewelry: Costume/Fine WEDDING RING SET FOR SALE - 14K White Gold. .62 carat diamonds. Appr. value $3,800. (865)984-2775/(865)323-1997.


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SUNDAYS THROUGH DEC. 18 Moose Lodge Sportsman Association’s Weekly Turkey Shoots, 1 p.m., Knoxville Gun Range, 6903 Mundal Road. Stock guns only. All proceeds go the Community Christmas Food Basket Program. Info: 382-7664.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23 International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10 p.m., Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724;; on Facebook.

SUNDAY, NOV. 27 “Classical Christmas” featuring by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Pellissippi State Variations Choir, 2:30 p.m., Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Tickets $15-$33. Info/tickets: 291-3310; Tickets also available at the door. “Ready for Rain” concert, 6 p.m., Black Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 6404 Old Maynardville Pike. Free admission.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30 International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10 p.m., Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724;; on Facebook.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2 Candlelight tour and dinner, 6 p.m., Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Individual or groups up to 10; $125 donation to benefit Historic Ramsey House. Reservations required. Info/reservations: 546-0745 or First Friday Comedy, 7-9 p.m. Saw Works Brewing, 708 E. Depot Ave. Free monthly comedy showcase featuring touring and local comedians. NYC’s Yedoye Travis is this month’s featured performer, along with Atlanta’s Max Fine and local comedians. Open House and Greens Tea, noon-3 p.m., Ivan Racheff House and Gardens, 1943 Tennessee Ave. Baked goods, pecans, gift shop items, holiday wreaths, centerpieces and tabletop designs created by members of the Board of Governors of Racheff will be available for purchase. Info: 681-1704. Opening reception for “Gaudy Gold Frame Show,” 5 p.m., Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. Cash awards presented 7 p.m. Info:

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, DEC. 2-3 Candlelight Christmas, 5-8 p.m., Museum of

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SATURDAY, DEC. 3 Candlelight tour and dinner, 6 p.m., Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Individual or groups up to 10; $125 donation to benefit Historic Ramsey House. Reservations required. Info/reservations: 546-0745 or Cook’s Workshop: Holiday Sweets and Treats, 10-11:30 a.m., Clinton Physical Therapy Center, 1921 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton. Presented by Holistic Nutrition/Health Coach Camille Watson. Cost: $54. Preregistration required. Info/registration: 457-8237 or Iron Dog 5K Race, Third Creek Greenway beside UT Gardens. Race day registration and packet pick-up, 7-8:30 a.m.; race, 9 a.m. Registration: $25. Proceeds to help in the care of critically ill dogs, cats and exotic animals at the UT Veterinary Medical Center. Info/registration: Make ’N Take Holiday Gift Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Make up to five small gifts. Each activity $5. Info: 357-2787. Powell Elementary Winter Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the school, 1711 Spring St. Includes pancake breakfast, 9-11 a.m.; musical performances; vendors; Secret Santa Shop; silent auction; visit with Santa; crafts and games; and more. “Used Toy” sale, 8 a.m.-noon, Mount Harmony Baptist Church, 6500 Strawberry Plains Pike. All proceeds benefit the Guatemala Mission Team Trip for projects. Toy donations may be dropped off at the church before Nov 30. Info: 522-5522.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 3-4 “The Nutcracker” presented by the Appalachian Ballet Company with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Knoxville Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Tickets: Knox Tickets, 656-4444.

MONDAY, DEC. 5 “Super-Charge Your Immunity” class, 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., Clinton Physical Therapy Center, 1921 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton. Presented by Holistic Nutrition/Health Coach Camille Watson. Cost: $54. Preregistration required. Info/registration: 457-8237 or

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10 p.m., Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724; oakridgefolkdancers. org; on Facebook.

THURSDAY, DEC. 8 Pizza Ha’s, 8-9:30 p.m. Pizza Hoss, 7215 Clinton Highway. Free monthly stand-up comedy show featuring local and regional comedians. This month’s show is a Chattanooga invasion with Scenic City comedians Ben Dalby, Ryan Darling, Natasha Ferrier and Grace Holtz.

SATURDAY, DEC. 10 Free “Brunch with Santa,” 10 a.m.-noon, Christ United Methodist Church, 7535 Maynardville Highway.

Ages toddler to 12 years old. Reservations by Dec. 2: 922-1412. Natural green wreath class, 12:30 p.m., Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Instructor: Julia Shiflett. Class fee: $35. Info/registration: 546-0745.

SUNDAY, DEC. 11 Annual Candlelight tour, 6-8 p.m., Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Tour is free, but donations will be accepted. Info: 546-0745 or go to

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12-14 “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” production, Clayton Performing Arts Center, Pellissippi State Community College. Performances for public private and home school students: 9:15 a.m. and noon Monday and Tuesday; 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets: students, $5; adults, $8. Reservations required. Info/ tickets: 539-2490 or

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10 p.m., Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724; oakridgefolkdancers. org; on Facebook.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 Suzy Bogguss’ Swingin’ Little Christmas, 7:30 p.m., The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave. Tickets: $25, plus applicable service fees, in advance or $30 at the door. To purchase tickets: 544-1029. Info: info@wdvx. com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 16-18 Clayton Holiday Concert, “A World of Joy,” presented by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Info/tickets:

THURSDAY, DEC. 22 Sugar High!, 8:30-10 p.m. Sugar Mama’s, 135 S. Gay St. Free monthly stand-up comedy show featuring touring and local comedians. This month’s show features Jake Head, along with Atlanta comedians Paige Bowman and Andrew Michael.

SUNDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 15-22 Roane State’s Wilderness First Responder course, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Meets Tennessee EMS standards and national standards for first responder training. Focuses on special situations that may develop in the wilderness. Must have completed professional-level CPR training. Info/registration: or 448-6709.

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Martha Wilds counts 21 years with by Carol Z. Z Shane

What does Martha Wilds like so much about the Fantasy of Trees that it’s kept her coming back as a volunteer for 21 years? “Pretty much everything!” she says. Wilds, an educational assistant at Halls High School, started out as a volunteer in the children’s area. Her own children began helping as soon as they were old enough; now grown, Helen, 22, is in corporate communications at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville and Grant, 20, is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee. But they still come back every year to help out with the Fantasy of Trees. Her husband, Mike, she says, is “my builder. He’s my technical support.” The couple’s wedding anniversary falls during the Fantasy of Trees. They try to observe the occasion, but “there was a technical difficulty” with the event one year, says Martha, and she had to bail on the planned romantic dinner. Mike forgave her. This year they’re celebrating 25 years. In addition, Wilds’ mother, June Meschendorf, worked alongside her for 10 years until her health prevented her from doing so. Volunteering for the Fantasy of Trees is indeed, as Wilds says, “a family tradition.” To page MY-2

Fantasy of Trees The Wilds family enjoys the annual Fantasy of Trees gala, traditionally held the night before the event opens. Shown are Mike, Helen, Martha and Grant Wilds. Says Wilds of her husband, “He’s my builder. He’s my technical person.” Photo submitted

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Billed as “East Tennessee’s Premiere Christmas Event,” the Fantasy of Trees takes place at the Knoxville Convention Center. Now a member of the creative team, Wilds helps to “set the stage that surrounds everything the local community provides” for the event. So her and her colleagues’ artistry will be seen in the entrance and other areas which lead to the main show floor. This year’s theme is “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Wilds describes the process of getting the Fantasy of Trees up and running: “When Marguerite Hogan (creative projects officer at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital) and Pat Scott (the hospital’s community development officer) decide what the plan will be each year, they start looking at the volunteers and deciding who fits where. The supplies are in a warehouse on Forest Avenue. This year there are some new ones; ladders and deer. Wilds explains that volunteers are always on the lookout for unusual decorations. “If you see something like a certain kind of deer at the Merchan-

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A group of friends and family gathers for a good cause. Shown are (back) Grant Wilds, Cathy Tampas; (front) Helen Wilds, Emily Tampas and Martha Wilds. Cathy Tampas and Martha Wilds have worked together on the annual fundraiser for 15 years. Photo submitted

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What do you do with extra painting canvas or possibly canvas that has a mistake on it? If you are like me, you want to figure out a way to use that canvas so you don’t have to throw it away and throw money down the drain. Well, how about making a canvas memorabilia holder either for yourself or as a great gift. I actually made these for my oldest daughter’s best buddies; they call each other the “Fab Four” and have known each other since they were 3 years old. My local craft store has a 50 percent off sale on painting canvases every once in a while, so I bought them in a bulk package and I used the thin canvases for this project. Use the canvas size of your choice; I chose an 8x10. Next, I painted the canvas different colors for each girl, just to give each of them a personal feel. You can also paint them to match certain décor or room color. Also by painting the canvases you can re-use your canvas that might have a mistake on it and paint over it. I just used regular craft paint; it’s everywhere. Just mix the paint with Mod Podge so the paint and transfer letters will stick to the canvas better (canvas has a lot of grooves and indentions, so this process makes it easier). After your canvas dries, it’s time to add your verbiage, quote, initial or anything

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The end of December is prime shopping and shipping time for holiday gifts. Shipping giant UPS calls this time of the year its peak season, and FedEx and the United States Postal Service also cite the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as some of their busiest weeks. Jingling bells and Christmas carols once were the foremost sounds of the season, but now those noises have been replaced by the sounds of conveyor belts, trucks and airplanes rushing to get packages to their destinations. According to research firm Forrester, online sales now account for 10 percent of all shopping and 15 percent of holiday shopping. USPS expects to deliver roughly 15 billion letters, cards and packages during the holiday season. While the postal service and the major pack-and-ship companies are incredibly reliable, shoppers can take the following steps to further ensure their gifts arrive on time. ¥ Shop in-store. Choose off-peak hours, such as early morning and late evening, to visit brick-and-mortar stores. The crowds will not be too large, and you will have the added peace of mind knowing that you

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The color green is synonymous with the holiday liday season, as Christmas trees, mistletoe toe and holiday wreaths feature prominently throughout the month of December. But there are ways to make this holiday season even greener. Going green around the house can save homeowners substantial amounts of money and benefit the planet in various ways. Yet come the holiday season, many people unintentionally eschew ecofriendly practices in an effort to make their homes as festive as possible. Fortunately, there are several ways to enjoy an eco-friendly holiday season. ¥ Choose LED holiday lights. Holiday lighting displays help make the season even more special. But traditional incandescent holiday lights consume considerable amounts of energy and burn out much more quickly than more eco-friendly alternatives. According to, LED holiday lights consume less energy than incandescent holiday lights, and they’re also safer because LED lights burn cool, reducing the risk of combustion. In

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and family over this year can turn down the thermostat to save energy and make conditions inside the home more comfortable. Extra bodies inside the house will warm the place up, allowing homeowners to turn down the thermostat during parties. If you’re traveling for the season, program your thermostat so you’re not heating an empty home. ¥ Send e-cards. Holiday cards are a tradition in many families. But paper cards contribute heavily to that extra mil-

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Holiday revelers tend to be busy with social engagements Ñ from corporate parties to cocktails with close friends Ñ between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Chances are, many people will be attending a party and/or hosting their own this holiday season. While attending a party requires little of celebrants other than a willingness to have a good time, hosting a holiday gettogether can be hard work. But hosts can heed a few time-tested strategies to ensure they and their guests make the most of their time together this holiday season. ■

Forget perfection

Television, movies and advertisements paint an unrealistic picture of what the holidays should be. Don’t get down if a holiday party that would make Norman Rockwell proud is beyond your capabilities. Rather than trying to plan a pictureperfect holiday party, channel your energy into what you do best. Cook up a holiday feast if you love being in the kitchen, or decorate till you drop if you love to deck the halls. The point of the party is to gather with family and friends, so no need to worry about throwing a perfect party. ■

Enlist helpers

Ask others to contribute to the party so all of the work is not on your shoulders. A potluck party is a great way to encourage participation. When everyone brings something along and helps, it frees up time to spend together rather than wor-

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Festive feelings may inspire you to expand your guest list. Social people understandably want to invite all of their circles of friends, but an overwhelming guest list can make hosting more difficult. If you have trouble paring down the guest list, consider hosting separate parties, designating one for family and another for friends. You can even downsize your offerings to lessen your load. Rather than spending days in the kitchen making unique appetizers, stock up on chips, snacks and premade appetizers so you have enough food. If you want to make one or two appetizers from scratch, stick to a handful of triedand-true recipes and convenience items so you’re not worrying about kitchentesting new things. ■

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If you’re simply too busy to handle hosting but still want to invite loved ones, hire some professional help. Hire wait staff to tend to guests during the party, and book a cleaning service to clean your home in the days before the party. Don’t hesitate to have the party catered if you prefer your gathering not be potluck. Holiday hosting can be a big time commitment, but there are ways to make hosting easier regardless of how busy you are.

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VMC Holiday Store provides chance to earn Christmas gifts By Betty Bean Christmas is no easy time for people who are struggling with homelessness, nor for those who are trying not to become homeless. In 2015, Volunteer Ministry Center’s Holiday Store helped provide Christmas gifts for 161 families (or 553 individuals) served by VMC during the year. Here’s how it works, says the Rev. Bruce Spangler, VMC’s CEO: “It begins with a simple but empowering notion – folks will do community service in a variety of places, and for every hour they work, they get 75 points, and they use that to shop in the Holiday Store, which is stocked with brand new merchandise donated by the community.” The two store managers who are working to get the store stocked and ready for

“I want to participate and I’ll the season understand its imdo the community service,” portance – they were among he said. “So they earn evthe very first Holiday Store erything they get.” shoppers 20 years ago, and they plan to have evBusinesses, churcherything ready for the es, organizations or store’s opening 1 p.m. individuals who want Nov. 30, at VMC, 51 to help stock the store North Broadway. The can contact Mary store’s hours will be 1-3 Beth Ramey, VMC’s p.m., Monday, Wedneschief development ofday and Friday through ficer, at 524-3926 or at Dec. 21. This service gives Ramey says the participants, whom VMC store has a large stock of employees and volunteers Barbie dolls and Matchrefer to as their “neighbors,” box cars thanks to a gensweat equity in the operaerous individual donor, tion, Spangler said. but still has a need for infant and baby clothes, “The only qualification is, Volunteer Ministry Center CEO Bruce Spangler

men’s and women’s fragrance sets, small tool kits, sports equipment – particularly footballs and basketballs – and toy tea sets and Legos for smaller boys and girls. VMC is a faith-based, interfaith Knoxville agency that was founded in 1987 and is dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness. This year, VMC has helped nearly 80 people to move off the streets and into homes of their own, and has assisted some 700 householders with utility and rental expenses to enable them to stay in their homes. Additionally, 57 men and women live in Minvilla Manor, an apartment complex that opened in 2010 to provide permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless. This means that Minvilla is fully occupied, and more than half of its residents have lived there since it opened.

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