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rives through most neighborhoods in Knox County eventually turn up several eyesores or hazards to residents. Knowing what to do to alleviate problems can sometimes be confusing, but the Community Outreach Program under County Mayor Tim Burchett’s administration is coming to the rescue. Managed by Jonathan Griswold, Community Outreach is part of the mayor’s government efficiency initiative. People who have complaints can call 215HELP (4357) for help. The caller gives the address of the problem property and information about the property. Pictures are also welcomed as part of the complaint process. The caller’s name is taken, but it is never given to anyone but those working on the case. “It’s important to have a name and contact information so that additional information can be gained and so that officials can report back to the caller the progress of complaints,” Griswold said. Once a report is taken, it is passed on to codes inspectors who then investigate. If they see a violation, they will give property owners time to remedy the problem and that length of time varies according to its size and scope. Griswold says inspectors try to work with people and use their discretion in each matter. However, if the problem is not alleviated, citations and fines can result. At different times of the year, common reasons exist for calling 215-HELP. Violations most often reported include: inoperable vehicles, overgrown vegetation,

Codes violations in communities can be reported for investigation.

Cleaning up neighborhoods dirty lot, dilapidated building/vacant building, commercial vehicle stored at residence, recreational vehicle stored at residence, unauthorized home business, no visible building permit, erosion/ water run-off issues, signs in the right-of-way, rental properties not properly maintained and swimming pools abandoned or lacking fences. The task of addressing codes violations is made more difficult by the fact that there are only four inspectors to handle cases in

the county. However, Griswold is a pro at working to help citizens with problems and complaints. He spent five years on the staff of U.S. Rep. Duncan before joining the mayor’s staff. He enjoyed cutting through red tape to offer the assistance constituents needed and wants the Community Outreach Program to do the same thing. Knox County residents can feel good knowing that their govern- Jonathan Griswold is the manager ment is striving to meet concerns of Community Outreach for County in neighborhoods. The Commu- Mayor Tim Burchett’s administration.

nity Outreach office addresses problems with codes violations as well as other areas of concern. The staff welcomes calls from individuals who see problems in neighborhoods and want them corrected. “We specialize in dispatching people to problems, maintaining data and following up with residents when we’re finished,” said Griswold. It’s a case of government being responsive to the needs of its citizens.

Donna Young drives greenway expansion By Betty Bean

Townsend, the director, agreed that we could go through Ijams. That happened because of her. Donna’s been a real credit to the city and greenway development.” Young worked closely with former mayor Victor Ashe, whose parks and recreation chief Sam Anderson hired her. Ashe is proud of her successes. “I may be the only Republican Donna ever placed a bumper sticker for and I love her for it. She is dedicated. She is passionate. She lives, eats and breathes greenways. She could drive some city higher-ups nuts in the pursuit of more greenways, but I was always thankful she was there and worked hard each day to make my vision of connecting greenways across Knoxville a reality.” When asked if she has a biggest failure, Young doesn’t hesitate: “Fort Dickerson. I’m still sad that we couldn’t put a greenway around that beautiful park. We spent more money dynamiting the back of the Gateway Center (in the city-owned space near Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse), where they put in fake rock. I hate fake rock.” Young almost got fired from the U.S. Forest Service for complaining about fake rock in the Ocoee River prior to the Olympics. “It was the first time they’d put a course on a natural river, and we didn’t want

When Donna Young came to Knoxville in 1994, the city had fewer than five miles of greenways. This year, as she prepares to retire as greenways coordinator, Knoxville boasts 50 miles of trails, all of which are paved except the one down the middle of Cherokee Boulevard. Young has met and exceeded all but one of her ambitious goals. Her vaulting aspirations are limitless and unquenchable and stretch like the trail she hopes will one day run from here to the Smokies and beyond. When asked to name her proudest achievement, she thinks a quick minute and then answers with no hesitation: “My two goals when I started the job, and they were arbitrary, were to complete 50 miles of greenways and to create connections. The Project for Public Spaces says there’s only one city, and that’s in Colorado, that started with parks in disparate places and worked from the outside-in, like we have done.” Will Skelton credits Young with being “the consistent face of greenways development in the city. If you met her in a grocery store, she would start talking to you about greenways. She was also really good at the visionary thing – the best example of that is the Forks of the River to Ijams Wildlife Management Center. She suggested that and Bo

“They had to send him back on another ship and tow the hulk of the USS Aaron Ward back to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which was an odd coincidence since our family’s farm was located there.” She counts Humphrey Bogart and Michael Douglas among the distant relatives. Young grew up near Atlanta and attended a Waldorf school where she learned “to view the world through art and nature. And kindness. Always kindness.” That reminds her of another failure: “Not connecting East Knoxville across the South Knoxville Bridge. TDOT wouldn’t allow it.” When Young moved to Knoxville, her daughter, Cameron Broome, now 29, was a student at Bearden Middle School. Young says she’s never regretted settling here. “I’m totally grateful to Victor Donna Young volunteers at Knoxville Green’s free bulb giveaway. Photo by S. Clark Ashe, who gave me my job and inspired me with his America Outany fake rock in there. But we had fine arts from UT and a master’s in doors experience. And Will Skelton to compromise with those SOBs and landscape architecture from UGA, was a great influence. He had this let them put fake rock underneath she long ago fell in love with the great idea – ‘Let’s put a greenway and real rock on top.” work of Frederick Law Olmsted, in every part of the city, then we’ll She jumped topics: “When I whose most famous work was New connect them.’ ” retire, don’t name anything after York’s Central Park. In retirement, look for Young me. Spend the money on putting a Young was born in Long Beach, in green politics. “A friend said greenway around the quarry. All the Calif., June 19, 1945, and went un- to me years ago that I have three way around it.” named for two weeks until her fa- agendas: education, environment A one-time college professor with ther returned from the war after his and taking care of those less fora bachelor’s in fine arts from the ship was sunk by a kamikaze attack tunate than myself. Those are my University of Georgia, a master’s in off the coast of Okinawa. credos.”


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The West Knox Utility Board addressed several issues in its last meeting. First was a complaint about a waterline that crossed a customer’s land and caused damage from several water leaks. The board directed assistant manager Drexel Heidel to look into the matter and to replace the galvanized line. The board asked that further investigation be completed before they decide whether the landowner is owed compensation. The board heard from manager Mike Banks that the Ball Camp sewer lines project was about 95 percent complete. Additional funds A few weeks ago our estimable features editor, and one heck were needed to include lines to homes that were inadverof a storyteller himself, Jake Mabe had the idea of gathering our regular feature writers into one spot in the newspaper. We tently left off the project. know a good idea when we hear one, so it didn’t take much conWKUD attorneys reportvincing for the rest of the staff to try to steal the idea as our own. ed that the lawsuit by one Jake, however, was too quick for us. Before any of us could customer had ended after treacherously lay claim to his vision, he’d already rounded up appeals were finished, and his writers and found a home for ’em. Dang. the judge ruled in favor of So, hats off to Jake (who, by the way, also does a seriously killer Elvis impersonation) for rolling out the new section this week. On pages A-6 and A-7 you’ll find your favorites like Jake, Marvin West, Lynn Hutton, Bob Collier and Jim Tumblin. A writer familiar to our Farragut readers, Malcolm Shell, is also slated for the rotation, and our community contributors are likely to pop up from time to time. Jake might even convince By Betty Bean yours truly to take a swing at the features pages on occasion. The official story is that I can’t imagine a better choice than Jake to manage the Central High School football features section. During recent months his stories have made coach Joel Helton has reus laugh, cry and sometimes simply reflect on the human tired from coaching because condition. He has an eye for the hilarious and the heartwarmof his long-term health ing, and a smooth style that goes down easy. In fact, prepare to problems and voluntarily be entertained by his latest, which is about … no, I won’t spoil submitted his resignation. it for you. He will be assigned to teach In his Elvis persona, Jake might say that his idea has us “all at Farragut High School. shook up.” But, I intend to remain calm and enjoy myself – I Helton was suspended with hope you do, too. Now, will someone hand me my blue suede pay Nov. 12. A press release shoes so I can stroll through the features in style? from Superintendent Dr. Thank you, thank you very much. James McIntyre the folContact Larry Van Guilder at lowing Monday said he had been accused of intimidat‘Barbarosa’ coming to Bijou ing a student with a stick. His daughter, Alison, says Go! Contemporary Dance Works invites the community neither the allegation nor the to “The Barbarosa,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, and 3 p.m. “official story” is true. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are $21.50 In an account given exclu($16.50 for students/seniors) in advance; $26.50/$21.50 at the door. Info: Studio Arts, 539-2475; box office, 684-1200; sively to the Shopper-News, Alison Helton tells her faor

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Karns Middle honor students visit seniors On Jan. 29, 16 members of the Karns Middle School National Honor Society spent the afternoon with residents of Autumn Care, an assisted living facility in Karns. Advisor Mary Lynn Tollison said that the visit is one of the service projects that the group completes during the year. The students held a Val-

Karns Middle School student Melita Piercy visits Georgia Roberts at Autumn Care. Photo submitted entine’s Day party for Autumn Care residents. They assembled treat bags and played games and visited with the residents. Melita Piercy, NHS president, came up with the idea for the party and set up all the activities for the day. Tollison said that students are initiated into NHS

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Joel Helton out as Central football coach

Joel Helton with his daughter, Alison, at the Joel Helton Field at Central High. Helton has resigned as head coach and will teach at Farragut. Alison’s defense of her dad is published at www. Photo submitted ther’s story for the first time. (Her account is published in full at Alison, 24, a graduate of Central High School, said her dad is a victim of age discrimination and his unwillingness to pass undeserving students just to keep up the school’s graduation rate. To assign him to another school to teach while restricting him from coaching is unfair, she said. “Clearly they do not believe he is a terror to students or they wouldn’t put him back into a school.” Helton will “not be considered for future coaching positions with Knox County Schools,” McIntyre wrote in a reprimand dated Feb. 3. The long-time coach will be allowed to say good-bye to his football players in a meeting to be organized by school principal Danny Trent. McIntyre said the original allegation was not proven, and a charge that Helton maintained a foot-

“Clearly they do not believe he is a terror to students or they wouldn’t put him back into a school.” ball account in violation of school board policy was proven, although “there is no reason to believe you misappropriated funds.” Helton’s undoing was charges that he had hit football players with a stick. Helton’s attorney wrote that “Coach Helton continues to deny that he at any time maliciously struck any child.” Lawyer James A.H. Bell responded to McIntyre’s reprimand. Both letters were made available to media late Friday. Bell said the charges of hitting football players were made by individuals with self-serving motivation; by members of the staff who

want Helton’s job as head coach. Alison Helton believes her father, who is 62, is a victim of age discrimination and has been deprived of his constitutional rights. She is angry that the locks to the fieldhouse and even the Joel Helton Field were changed immediately after Helton’s suspension. His personal belongings were locked inside and he was never allowed an opportunity to retrieve such things such as clothes, medications, heart monitors and blood glucose checkers. Alison says that the day Joel was suspended was one of the worst in her life. She called her mom who said, “Your Dad has been suspended, he will probably lose his job.” Alison was in shock. “Everything I knew in my 24 years of existence was wrapped around Central High School. How on earth could this be possible?” “Well, they said he hit a girl with a stick,” her mom said. As to the maneuvering to replace Helton as head coach, Alison said assistant principal Charles Sheets forced her father to hire an assistant coach, Jason Phillips, at the beginning of the season. She believes Phillips has been promised the head coaching job. Last Thursday, this newspaper asked Superintendent McIntyre in writing: To what school will Joel Helton be assigned and when? Why is Helton worthy to teach but not to coach? Is there substance to the charge about pressure to give nonperformers a passing grade? What is the process for filling his coaching position? Spokesperson Melissa Copelan said a visit to the Andrew Johnson office building at 3 p.m. Friday to review Helton’s personnel file would provide answers to these questions. The visit and review did not. We will continue to pursue the answers.


Lions screen to save preschoolers’ sight By Valorie Fister When 3-year-old Casen Maddux visited a team of West Knox and Farragut Lions recently, he left with more than just a sticker for good behavior. The Concord United Methodist Church preschooler and his schoolmates underwent a very quick eye test that detects vision problems early on. It’s a key step in preventing not only the need for eyeglasses or corrective surgery later in life. It’s used to stop blindness. “I had a grandmother tell me that her 5-year-old grandson was legally blind in one eye,� West Knox Lions Club President Jim McFarland recalls. “By the age of 8 or 9, he had 20/20 vision in both eyes.� McFarland went on to explain that if eye problems are caught in children before the age of 5, it’s very possible for eye specialists to correct vision with the use of eye patches and other measures.

West Knox Lions Club President Jim McFarland calls on another Concord United Methodist Church preschooler for an eye screen. Casen Maddux, 3, gets a sticker from Lion Ron Welch after completing his eye exam. Photo by Valorie Fister For more than 10 years, the local Lions Clubs have been visiting the CUMC preschool and other area day cares and learning centers to catch vision problems early. The service is completely free to parents and schools.

“Every year we find a couple of children we refer to an eye doctor who are in need of care,� CUMC preschool co-director Pat Rapkowicz said. “It’s definitely worthwhile. “It’s a wonderful service. And it’s free. How many

Library loaded with new books By Valorie Fister

Once a year, the school receives a large shipment from Follett Library Resources Inc. Roberts said it will take about a week to shelve the new titles. Already, the HVA library houses 10,000 items, RobHardin Valley Hawks erts said. Among the students’ fa“We have all the brand vorite titles are those in the new stuff in young adult Hunger Games trilogy, Robliterature,� said Angela erts said. That is a young Roberts, one of two HVA reader science fiction novel librarians. series. The first book was

published in 2008. Developed by writer Suzanne Collins, it is a mix between reality shows and footage from the Iraq War. The series gained attention and popularity and earned positive reviews from critics and writers including Stephen King. The second in the series is “Catching Fire,� published Sept. 1, 2009, and the third is “Mockingjay,� which was published in August of 2010.

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Botanical Gardens’ Tapestry of Flowers, Krutch Park Extension ■April 29: Dogwood Parade, Gay St., 7 p.m. ■ April 29: Dogwood Mile, Gay St., 8:45 p.m. ■ April 30: Dogwood Arts Festival Chalk Walk, Market Square and Krutch Park, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■ April 30: Market Square Farmers Market in conjunction with Chalk Walk, Market Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ May 6: First Friday ■ May 7: Market Square Farmers’ Market Opening Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hardin Valley Academy bookworms and non-worms alike now have a new shipment of 615 books to devour before summer break.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Info on these ongoing classes: 494-9854 or â– Weaving with Carol Pritcher, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Six classes for anyone interested in gaining knowledge of the loom and beginning weaving. Classes can be scheduled on an individual basis by calling Carol on Tuesdays at 4949854. $100 members, $110 nonmembers plus a small materials fee. Beginningintermediate. â–  Hand-Sewing Day with the Quilting Department, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring your hand-sewing project or help out with the group quilting project with a group of ladies which meets each Wednesday to quilt, laugh and enjoy lunch together. No need to call ahead; just bring your lunch. No cost. All levels. â–  Braided Rug Class with Dot Fraser 6-9 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Learn to make a beautiful, colorful rug from your scrap material. Ideas for a kitchen, bathroom or hallway. This class meets

McFarland said portable machines called auto refractors are used to look inside the eyes. Readings are printed out and sent to the Tennessee Lion’s Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where they are analyzed and returned to teachers and parents. Each week, Lions arm themselves with this machinery and visit preschools and homes to check vision in the local community. In 1997, 980 children were screened through this KidSight Outreach vision program. In 2010, more than 37,000 children were screened. “September was a record for the year,� McFarland said. “More people were aware of this. Day care centers started screening. They realized this is not a scam. When you say ‘free service,’ they can’t believe it’s free.� McFarland said he personally was interested in doing good for his community and enjoys leaving centers knowing every child possible was checked for good vision.

during regular “Ruggers� monthly sessions. $40 members, $50 nonmembers, no charge for repeating the class. Beginning.

Market Square District calendar ■March 4: First Friday ■ April 1: First Friday ■ April 1-3: Rhythm ’N Blooms, Dogwood Arts ■ April 9: Rossini Festival, Gay St., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ April 15-17: Dogwood Arts Festival Market Square Art Fair ■ April 19-30: Knoxville

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The Arts and Culture Alliance has announced availability of the next Betsy Worden Memorial Artist Residency at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 11. The residency includes free, exclusive access to a 10-foot by 10-foot studio. Applications can be downloaded at Info: 523-7543 or e-mail

■Ball Camp Elementary – First grade Valentine’s Day Ball is noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Students dress up for the big dance. The gym will be decorated and pictures will be taken.

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■Karns Middle School – The Blizzard Beach Bash dance will be held 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the school. The dance is sponsored by the PTSA.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will continue its library tour with string quartets traveling to local libraries through February. Musicans will read stories and play music for pre-school ages children as part of KSO’s Story Time Program. All performances are free and open to the public. Performance dates are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, South Knoxville library; 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, Farragut library; 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, Caryville library; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, Murphy library; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, Carter library and 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, Lawson McGhee library. Info: 2913310.

■Caeley Gullett, an 8th grader, is the Karns Middle School spelling bee champ. ■ Amherst Elementary – Jason Eskridge, 5th grade, is the spelling bee champ.

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Another section of the population the Lions would like to reach is at-home mothers. Local mothers are encouraged to contact the Lions Club or a local day care center to sign their children up for free screenings. All that’s needed is a permission slip. McFarland said Lions will screen if there is only one child or there are 100 children to test. Farragut Lions Club members Norvell and Kathy Burrow assisted West Knox Lions and said they, too, are happy to serve. “Well, our motto is ‘We Serve,’ � McFarland said. “This is one of our best sight conservation programs. I’m elated knowing every one of those kids passed the screen, and I’m just as elated walking out when we’ve found one child in need.� The Lions Club encourages all day care centers to take advantage of this free community service. Call 690-2557 or your local Lions Club for information.


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Family affair Harmon puts feet to the street Litton’s Restaurant owner Barry Litton (holding grandson James Lyons) chats with mayoral candidate Ivan Harmon, who began his walking tour through Fountain City and greeted residents and business owners. Harmon wants the community to know that he is “one of the people for the people.” Photo by Ruth White

Invasion of the mayor snatchers By Larry Van Guilder Thinking about this story I nearly wrote “far be it from us” to pass judgment on the way the government runs its business. Fortunately, I regained my senses quickly and realized that is exactly what we do around here, and thus avoided praising Caesar when it wasn’t warranted. That said, lend me your ears. A couple of weeks back a reader called asking if we had information about a road project in North Knox County, a realignment of Dante Road, Dry Gap Pike and Fountain City Road. We didn’t, but were sure we knew where to get some answers. If you guessed we’d be checking with the county’s public works and engineering folks, you’re way ahead of me. Jim Snowden, an engineer and deputy director of the department, has always been our go-to guy when we have road questions, and if Jim didn’t have the answer, he could almost always tell us who did. A Shopper-News reporter contacted Snowden for an update on the project. The alert reader had noticed that work had apparently halted. Had the contractor pulled out? Is the project on schedule? Before we come to the heart-wrenching twist in this tale (you should have your handkerchiefs ready, however), let’s emphasize that the information we were seeking was not classified “for your eyes only.” It wasn’t subject to restricted access under the Patriot Act, hadn’t been impounded by the National Security Council (or City Council) as a state secret, nor would it have violated the privacy of the intersection in question, which could never keep a secret in the first place so would have no room to com-

to three persons in the A, E, RA, RA-E zone districts … (3) Up to four persons in condominium multi-dwelling structures within any RB, TC or PR zone districts …” It gets worse. Jarret noted that courts have been “inconsistent” in defining family. “There is not a simple solution,” he said. So as a county resident, or Larry as a homeowners association, Van Guilder what can be done if the Rolling Stones, their stage hands and a band of groupies take a liking to your neighborhood The law director’s topic and move the entire “family” was family. More specifically, into that new house down what constitutes a “family” the block and begin to party for purposes of the county’s 24/7? Jarret jokingly suggested residential occupancy stancontacting the fire marshal in dards? extreme cases, but he’s willThis snippet from Knox County codes should illustrate ing to consider the possibility that while most of us could of tightening the rules. “I’m going to take a crack rattle off a practical definition of family, when city planners at it and see how restrictive it and lawyers get involved the (occupancy standards) can be and stay within constitutional meaning gets slippery: “Residential dwelling law.” (Just like a lawyer – dragunits may be occupied by a family, a ‘functional family’ ging the Constitution into the consistent with the criteria discussion.) established by this ordinance, or any one of the following Author, author! If you’ve followed Jarret’s groups or persons, where one or more of whom is not career since he joined Knox related by blood, marriage, County’s legal team, you know adoption, or guardianship, that he publishes regularly in including foster children: (1) professional journals. His latTwo unrelated persons and est article, “Sexual Assault any of their children … (2) Up on Campus: The Public Risk By popular demand, Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret was back for a return engagement at last week’s meeting of the Council of West Knox County Homeowners. Jarret’s take on his encore performance was more modest: “I didn’t get it right the first time.”

Management Challenge,” appeared in the journal Public Risk in January. Sexual assaults are “one of the dirty secrets schools don’t want to discuss,” Jarret said. Jarret writes from the perspective of the risk manager. The article addresses federal law, prevention education for students, student rights, postassault procedures and Joe Jarret campus disciplinary procedures. A frightening statistic for parents jumps off the page: only 5 percent of women who are sexual assault victims report the attack.

No better time With planning for events surrounding the Civil War sesquicentennial underway, there’s no better time for Knox County to join efforts to preserve the birthplace of Adm. David Glasgow Farragut. The United States Navy’s first full admiral is a bona fide Civil War hero and a figure of national and international renown. Standing in for Margot Kline, Farragut resident Mul Wyman briefly addressed the Council with a history of the site. For information, contact Kline at utmargarita@, or check the website http://farragutbirthplace. contact:

Kincannon brings ‘good news’ By Sandra Clark

plain if it did. Blissfully ignorant of the tragic turn of events that had taken place in Knox County government’s executive branch, our reporter was stunned when Snowden said he would need permission from the mayor’s communications manager, Michael Grider, before he could answer our questions. Revived with the aid of smelling salts and a liberal dose of Jack Daniels, this fearless editor set out to unravel the meaning of this unexpected blow to the open and transparent government we came to know and love under former Mayor Mike Mike Rags – oh, wait. The investigation soon uncovered this memorandum from Snowden to Michael Grider. (OK, we asked, and they had to give it to us.) “Gentlemen, I received the inquiry below from Ms. Lester @ the Shopper. Would you like me to respond or prepare a response and let you review, etc. Thanks and I don’t care to do either, whatever you

preference may be.” In less than an hour, Grider responded: “If you don’t mind, go ahead and refer her directly to me, and she can pose her question to me and I’ll coordinate from there.” The document trail then ran cold. No matter, we had our answer, and we were grateful we hadn’t posed a really difficult question like asking the mailing address for 400 Main St. And here’s where the heartbreak starts. (Sniff.) Obviously, the minds of our mayor and his entire staff had been taken over by aliens! Furthermore, the aliens’ base had to be at or near the intersection we had so incautiously inquired about. There’s simply no other explanation for this sudden about face from a mayor who campaigned on promises of openness and transparency. The mayor snatchers are among us! Citizens, be afraid, be very afraid. And, whatever you do, don’t ask about county road projects. You could be snatched next!

Statistics send most of us screaming for the door. That’s not the case with Indya Kincannon. Knox County’s school board chair holds a master’s in public policy and urban/regional planning from Princeton University. She worked as a budget analyst for the Arizona legislature before moving to Knoxville when her husband, Ben Barton, took a teaching job at the UT College of Law. Now Indya is a stay-athome mom with daughters in grades 2 and 4 at BeauSchool board chair Indya Kincannon talks with parents followmont. She’s in her seventh ing the PTO meeting at Shannondale School. Photo by S. Clark year on the school board and is a passionate advocate for ents test scores from their scheduling permit grade level public education. school and the middle and teachers to carve out time for And she loves statistics. high schools their kids will collaboration, she said. Kincannon smoothly ex- attend. She contrasted the Knox County secured a plained higher standards, av- scores with those countywide grant to expand the TAP erage yearly progress (AYP) and statewide. It was easy to program to 17 schools – creand value added scoring when see that middle school math ating pay incentives for test she spoke to the Shannondale needs a boost. score progress. “We have treSchool PTO last week. It was good to see that Cen- mendous talent within each “I’m here to share good tral High School is making school,” Kincannon said. She news,” she said. “I’m incred- AYP in all academic subjects supports time for master or ibly encouraged by where we and falls below guidelines mentor teachers to work with are as a county. … We talked only in rate of graduation. less experienced teachers or a long time (about improving Kincannon called it “a jour- those having trouble with a education). Now we’re act- ney” and said higher stan- particular skill. ing.” dards have increased “the Kincannon has always The stats are all on the pressure that our teachers been smart. After seven years school system’s website – and kids are under.” on the school board, she’s and scroll to Professional learning com- come a strong, effective voice TDOE Report Card. munities in many schools for kids. And for 20 minutes Kincannon used Power- enable teachers to learn last Tuesday, she made test Point charts to show par- from each other; changes in score statistics compelling.

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The missing enabling legislation You’ve gotta love county government. Back in December, Mayor Tim Burchett asked the school board to consider a lease-to-own deal on construction of a new Carter Elementary School. Let a developer build the facility to school board specs and then the county would lease it for 20 years. This would avoid adding to the county’s debt and the school system would get the building at the end of the lease, Burchett said. And, oh, by the way. This would require enabling legislation. Cindy Buttry said the legislature has an early deadline to submit bills, and board chair Indya Kincannon asked Law Director Joe Jarret to draft a bill for the board’s review.

Sandra Clark Come February and there’s no draft. Buttry said the deadline is upon us. Kincannon said she had not retracted her request. Assistant Law Director Marty McCampbell said Jarret had drafted the bill and “sent a draft.” But apparently no one has it, she said, eyes darting around the room. No one spoke up, so McCampbell said she would ask her boss to “resend.” Stay tuned.

Our friends, the IDB Remember the Industrial Development Board?

That’s the group appointed by County Commission that can use the county’s credit to provide financing for private developers. Remember them now? Remember the TIFs (tax increment financing) that a couple of developers wanted? The IDB, then led by Suzanne Schriver and Harry Call, refused. Commission got piqued and declared term limits for the IDB. Now, a more compliant group of pro-development folks sits on the board. And Tim Burchett’s finance director came to the school board last week suggesting that we just skip the aforementioned enabling legislation (we’ve missed the deadline anyhow) and just ask the IDB to work with the selected developer on financing.

“What’s an IDB?” asked one board member. The astute Lynne Fugate quickly Googled it on her laptop. She read the makeup – names unfamiliar to most. Let’s cut to the chase. The IDB is John Valliant and his friends. Whatever happened to just bidding a construction project?

McIntyre to address NAACP today Dr. Jim McIntyre will address the Knoxville branch of the NAACP at 6 p.m. today (Feb. 7) at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. He wants to hear the community’s questions and concerns about students and the school system, said president Sheryl Rollins. This is an activity of Black History Month. Info: 973-0025.

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Old-time fiddle Bruce Molsky will play his old-time fiddle 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Laurel Theater. Tickets are $16. Info: or 523-7521.

Glass workshop The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will a Glass Fusing Workshop 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, with Kathy King. Students will learn the basics of glass fusing and make pendants using dichroic glass. Cost is $50 for members, $60 nonmembers plus $40 for materials. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 23. Cost is $25 and includes materials. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts. net.

Haydek aces ACT Webb School of Knoxville junior Jennifer Haydek earned a composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Among test takers in Haydek the nation’s graduating classes for 2010, only 588 of close to 1.6 million students earned the same score. Jennifer is the daughter of Dr. John and Susan Haydek.

SCHOOL NOTES ■ Dinner theatre to benefit Bearden High School Latin Club, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the school cafeteria. Tickets are $5. Info: 539-7800 or 690-9101. ■ Visitors’ open house at Greenway School 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. Info: 777-0197 or www.

Webb musicians picked for clinic Webb School of Knoxville’s upper school orchestra and band members (seated) Mary Julia Emanuel and Ishi Keenum and (back) Craig Fowler, Brian Glatt and Matthew Klawonn qualified for this year’s East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (ETSBOA) All-East Senior Clinic on Feb. 4-6. Also qualified but not pictured is Gaines Miller. Photo submitted

COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ The Harvey Broome Group/ Sierra Club will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Kingston Pike. Guest Speaker will be Don Barger of the National Parks Conservation Association. ■ East Tennessee Clean Fuels will meet 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Copper Cellar on Cumberland Avenue. Anyone interested in using alternative fuels and decreasing oil consumption is encouraged to attend. Info: http://eerc. ■ Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection will host “The Love in Your Life” luncheon 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Bearden Banquet Hall. Special guest Heidi Carlone will show her jewelry creations and Clay Jordon will provide musical entertainment. Tanya Villani will discuss “Under the Covers? Where Do You Hide Your Fears?” Complimentary child care by reservation only. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. RSVP: Connie, 693-5298 or e-mail her at dick3234@ ■ Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans will have its monthly business meeting 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at Crescent Bend, 2728 Kingston Pike. Before the meeting, J.W. Binion will speak about Confederate Gen.

Leonidas Polk. Admission is free. ■ The Knox Council of Regents of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its annual George Washington Birthday Luncheon at noon Saturday, Feb. 19, at Rothchild Cathering. Guest speaker will be state regent Linda Jones from Sevierville. Info: Linda Carey, 690-3239. ■ Knoxville Writers’ Guild will sponsor a workshop 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. Guest speaker Dale Mackey of Community Television will conduct the workshop, “Social Media for Writers.” Admission is $15 for members, $20 nonmembers. Info: Terry Shaw, www.knoxvillewriters

DREAM #135: A second living room or 963-7633. ■ Rotary Club of Knoxville’s second annual Fat Tuesday Party and $10,000 Reverse Raffle fundraiser will be held 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Foundry on the World’s Fair Site. Tickets are $40 and include dinner music and show. Info: 523-8252 or www. ■ West Knox Lions Club meets 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at Shoney’s on Lovell Road. ■ Families Anonymous will meet each Tuesday from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Peninsula Lighthouse building 2, 6800 Baum Drive. The group gives support to families with members experiencing substance or behavioral issues. Info: Barbara, 696-6606.

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Did you know? Martin Van Buren Bates is a fifth cousin to President Abraham Lincoln. His family is also related to explorer Daniel Boone and country singer Loretta Lynn.

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For more information on Giant Fest, visit www.GiantFest. com. For more information on the Bates family reunion, call Rhonda Cookenour Turner at 680-2926 or e-mail She also presents a program on the Bates family’s giants to schools and libraries.

Martin Van Buren and Anna Hanning Swan Bates – still in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest couple on record. Photo submitted

Descendant recalls the Bates family’s big story



honda Cookenour Turner can tell you a good story. A giant, eight-feet tall kind of a story. Yes, her third great-grand uncle and aunt, Martin Van Buren and Anna Hanning Swan Bates, are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest couple on record. (California couple Wayne and Laurie Hallquist holds the modern record as tallest living couple.) Rhonda, who lives in North Knox County, discovered this whopper of a tale while researching family genealogy. Her grandmother, Hazel Juanita Bates Cookenour, had recorded a lot about the family’s history. Rhonda carried on her grandmother’s legacy after Hazel’s 2002 passing.

When he turned 6, Martin began to grow. And grow. And grow. It is believed he attended Emory and Henry College in Virginia before joining the 5th Kentucky Infantry of the Confederate Army in September 1861. (It later merged into the 7th Confederate Cavalry under Clarence Prentice). Martin Van Buren Bates probably should have been the Rebel to earn the nickname Stonewall – but, heck, he was bigger than one. Family lore has it that he carried two 71-caliber horse pistols strapped on his chest by black leather holsters that were 18 inches longer than a standard weapon. He was taken prisoner in April 1863 near Piketon, Ky., and held at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio, until his parole. Members of the ‘The Confederate Giant’ U.S. Army who saw him called him Martin Van Buren Bates started “a Confederate Giant, as big as five life like any normal-sized baby. men who fought like 50.� He was born in Letcher County Bates was forced to resign from (Whitesburg), Ky., on Nov. 9, 1837. the Confederate Army on July 19,

1864, because, as Prentice wrote, “there’s not a horse in the Confederate states strong enough to carry him for any length of time.� He was 19 years of age, stood 7 feet tall and weighed 351 pounds. By the time he reached full height, he stood just under 8 feet tall, family records show. Although he resigned as a first lieutenant, because of his physical stature, he was given the nickname “Captain Bates.� Bates returned to his homeplace only to discover it had burned and his family was missing. So, he sold the land, moved to Cincinnati and began touring as a giant, realizing folks would pay to gawk at his massive frame. Bates caught the attention of circus promoter P.T. Barnum, who quickly signed him up.

Anna, the 8-foot bride Barnum also did Bates another favor, introducing him to Anna Hanning Swan of Nova Scotia, who was even bigger than Bates. Anna came into the world as a big girl and grew rapidly. By age 6 she was as tall as her mother (5 feet, 2 inches). By age 15, she stood 7 feet tall. She began touring with Barnum in New York in 1863. Martin and Anna had met in

November 1870 at Gen. Winfield Scott’s home. They were quickly booked to appear together and sailed for shows in England in April 1871, even being summoned to appear before Queen Victoria. They became engaged aboard the ship and were married June 17, 1871, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, London. Anna’s gown, commissioned by the Queen, contained 100 yards of satin and 50 yards of lace. The couple’s first child, a girl, was stillborn on May 19, 1872. Anna went into labor while on tour in England. The baby weighed 18 pounds and was 27 inches long. Although they would tour with both Barnum and the W.W. Cole Circus from 1878-1880, Anna’s health began to decline after the miscarriage and as a result of a thyroid problem. So, Martin bought 130 acres of land in Medina County (Seville), Ohio, and built a home. The ceilings were 14 feet high; the doors were 8.5 feet. The couple’s bed was custom made at 10 feet long. Martin had a custom-fit pew installed at the Seville Baptist Church. Anna played the piano, which had to be put on stilts so she could be seated and play it properly.

Why I hate my neighbor CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton When the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of families and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God as you do, and we have been sacrificing to him ever since the days of King Esarhaddon of Assyria who brought us here.� But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of families in Israel said to them, “You shall have no part with us in building a house to our God; but we alone will build to the Lord, the God is Israel, as King Cyrus of Persia has commanded us.� (Ezra 4: 1-4 NRSV)


he Book of Ezra was written as a postscript to Chronicles (which it follows in our Old Testament). Second Chronicles gives the account of the destruction of Jerusalem and the carrying away of captives.

During the time of captivity, Esarhaddon, the king of Assyria, sent people from Babylon, and other lands of his holding, to populate the cities of Samaria, to replace the Israelites who had been taken away. He sent foreigners to the

land, but “they did not worship the Lord; therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them.� (2 Kings 17:25) Later, King Sargon commanded a priest from Israel be sent back: “Send there one of the priests whom you carried away from there; let him go and live there, and teach them the law of the god of the land.�(v. 27) One of the priests was duly sent home, and he “lived in Bethel and taught them how they should worship the Lord.� So the people in Samaria became, essentially, spiritual halfbreeds: people who worshipped the Lord God of Israel, but who also continued to worship the gods of their homelands. Later, Ezra tells of the return of some of the Israelites from captiv-

ity, by command of Cyrus of Persia, and their attempt to restore the religion of their fathers, which had centered in the now-destroyed Temple in Jerusalem. Their northern neighbors, the people of Samaria, came offering to help in the re-building, pointing out that they had been worshipping the God of the Israelites for years now, and offering a helping hand – a hand of fellowship. To which the heads of the families of Israel replied, “You shall have no part with us in building a house to our God; but we alone will build to the Lord. ‌â€? It was, at first, a question of religious purity, of “my religion is better, purer, ‘right-er’ than yours,â€? on the part of the Jews, and of “It doesn’t really matter what you believe as long as you are sincereâ€?

A second child was born Jan. 19, 1879, but only lived 11 hours. The child weighed 23 3/4 pounds and was 30 inches long and still holds the Guinness record as the world’s largest baby. Anna died of heart failure on Aug. 5, 1888, one day shy of her 42nd birthday. Her husband telegraphed a coffin maker in Cleveland, Ohio, who thought the measurements had to be wrong and instead sent a regular-sized coffin. The funeral was delayed for days. To avoid this problem later, Martin went ahead and had his own coffin built. He kept it in his barn for 30 years. Just more than a year later, Martin married Annette LaVonne Weatherby, who stood only 5 feet, 3 inches tall. They moved to a house, which still stands, in Seville. Its side had to be torn out to move Martin’s bed inside. Martin died of nephritis (inflammation of the kidney’s nephrons) on Jan. 7, 1919. He and Anna are buried beside one another at Mound Hill Cemetery just outside of Seville. Seville hosts a Giant Fest each September to remember its biggest citizens. Rhonda is the coordinator of the Bates family reunion held the day before. This year’s reunion is Friday, Sept. 16, and the Giant Fest is Saturday, Sept. 17. Those who attend always have a big time. How could they not? Contact Jake Mabe at 922-4136 or e-mail JakeMabe1@ Follow him online at jakemabe.blogspot. com, on Facebook or at

on the part of the Samaritans. (Sounds uncomfortably familiar and contemporary, doesn’t it?) And thus began the hatred between the Jews and the Samaritans, which lived on for centuries, into the time of Jesus, influencing travel routes and famously forming the basis for the power and the irony of his parable about the Good Samaritan. It also brings to mind a church sign I have read and pondered on my way home from work every afternoon recently. It says (I may be paraphrasing slightly), “Your actions are more important than your beliefs.� The story of the Jews and the Samaritans from the sixth century B.C. forward, the Jews and the Arabs in the Middle East today, and life in the church in America beg a couple of serious questions: Is that statement true? Then, straight to the heart of the matter: Can you ever separate your beliefs and your actions?

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orry I am so late with fall football projections. Got caught up in recruiting and lost my focus. I know, spring practice is just around the corner. Excitement is building for the Orange and White game. Can’t you just feel it? The season opener is a mere 29 weeks away. College Football News has already picked Tennessee to win the East division of the Southeastern Conference. Those who take that seriously should soon make December dinner reservations in Atlanta. Best restaurants fill up fast. One of my favorite barometers says an 8-4 season would appease most fans. Other paying customers are all over the lot, counting chickens that haven’t even hatched as already in the crock pot. Montana, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee State, Vanderbilt and 27 in a row over Kentucky have been designated to provide bowl eligibility. Five of those six are at Neyland Stadium, almost guaranteeing a record sale of season tickets and popcorn. Many Vol fans are such delightful optimists. They remember the decade of dominance and expect duplication. Why not more of what Phillip Fulmer did between 1993 and 2001? An occasional national championship and a steady sequence of conference crowns became our birthright. A few fans have adjusted their perspective. One said another 6-7 record would be a disaster, that the team must show improvement, that Derek Dooley has to start producing something, his free pass has expired. Others are still hung up on last year, saying it was embarrassing not to be able to catch a punt, that the Vols must learn to play four quarters – and count to 11. I was shocked to hear that our main man is 1-20 against teams with winning records. Could this be true? Oh my. Maybe you heard that defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox got a raise. I got an e-mail asking why. The next sentence reminded me that Oregon scored 48, Florida 31, Georgia and Alabama 41 each and South Carolina 38. Hmmmm. Fortunately, that was then. This is now. Believe me, better days are coming. We don’t play Oregon. Take my word for it, Alabama won’t get more than 35 this time. Playing catch-up in the best league in the United States of America is no simple challenge but I predict Tennessee will make gains. My faith has

a firm foundation. No less an expert than Al Wilson said he thinks the Vols may have possibly turned the curve in the general direction of where we want to go. Excellent recruiting is the obvious building block. All you have to do is sign more and better prospects, bigger and faster, than the teams you are trying to catch. Any questions? Everyone assumes experience equals improvement. Could be the young offensive line will actually remember being slapped around in kindergarten. Maybe the bowl education will help Tyler Bray identify linebackers. Perhaps errors by amateur defensive backs will vanish with maturity. Incoming Byron Moore may help with schooling. I predict Dooley will have another stab at developing a running game. He gave up on that idea in late October and, when it really mattered, the Volunteers couldn’t make a couple of yards to retain possession and win a game. They were last in SEC rushing and 100th in the country. In the strange case of Tauren Poole, a tailback beat the odds, gained 1034 yards and remains a question mark. I do believe Bones (Justin Hunter) and the other young receivers will help us forget the dearly departed Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones – but maybe not Larry Seivers and Peerless Price. In searching for reasons why I think the Tennessee defense will be tougher, there are Jackson and Jackson, Malik at tackle and Janzen at safety, and “newcomers.” This is a risky omen. If the 2010 team was too young and inexperienced, we had better hope that most newcomers watch instead of play – or the Vols will again be too young and inexperienced. Of course there will be new linebackers. There are continuing causes for concern about the defensive front. Is there a real Montori Hughes and will he eventually emerge? Will Marlon Walls and Ben Martin make it all the way back? How good is Maurice Couch? Is there another Joseph Ayres in the emergency file? In projecting the forthcoming Tennessee record, two key answers are pending: 1. Which SEC foes have less talent? 2. Who will provide leadership, be the heart and soul of the 2011 Volunteers? I have never seen another Nick Reveiz but there might be one. Marvin West invites reader response. His address is

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his winter hasn’t been exactly ideal, but we’re living in a tropical paradise compared to the poor wretches living in Chicago, Cleveland and the Northeast. We’re just back from northern Vermont, where they have more than two feet of snow on the ground and no prospects of it melting before spring, and they are putting the kids on the school buses every morning in subzero temperatures. We’ve had some snowy days, and some miserably cold ones, but then think back to the last four days of January, three of them bright and sunny, and all four with high temps of 60 degrees or better! It was so spring-like that the cardinals, the song sparrows and the tufted titmice were all tuned up and singing as if they thought it were April. And I was so encouraged that I decided to creep out of my winter cave and look around to see what was out there. It was last Monday, the last day of January, and about 45 degrees when I set out. I headed first to Schumpert Park, resting in the wonderful quietude of a weekday morning. Located down between Black Oak Ridge to the south and Beaver Ridge to the north, Schumpert Park has a lot of nice real estate besides just soccer fields. It has woods, fields, both mowed and unmowed, ponds, a doggie park, good walking paths – and birds. I walked around the place for about an hour, from 10 until 11 a.m., and found 18 species of birds, many of them doing their spring songs. Besides all the usual characters, I found a golden-crowned kinglet, a Cooper’s hawk, three cedar waxwings feasting on privet and poison ivy berries. And, the big unmowed field was a graphic demonstration as to why many of us aren’t experiencing as many goldfinches and others at our feeders this time of the year. It was filled with acres of dried flower heads of goldenrod, ironweed, and countless other tall fall flowers, and what must have been millions of seeds, just waiting to be harvested. But, as any experienced feeder will tell you, the birds still need our feeders when all that natural bounty is covered with snow. Well, then. The birds are active and singing, even at 11 a.m. Let’s

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try Halls Community Park. The Halls Park has some great new signs, showing maps of the greenway and the distances to the various places. It is 0.9 miles from the library to the far end of the greenway, with a 0.2 mile spur over to the wooden overlook. By now it was up to 57 degrees. I covered all the greenway in about two hours and recorded 29 species of birds. These included a redshouldered hawk soaring over the library end, another great close look at a Cooper’s hawk, sitting above me in a tree and clucking at me, and two different pairs of red-bellied woodpeckers excavating nest holes. There were three other kinds of woodpeckers, some yellow-rumped warblers and a flock of 43 robins out on the old soccer practice field. Hunger and fatigue won out about 1 p.m., but it had been a really nice day of birding, especially considering that it was still January. If I’d started earlier, there could have easily been another dozen species to add to the list. Try it for yourself! Travelling this time of year can be a good opportunity to see some interesting birds, and it is certainly more fun than reading billboards. Coming back down Interstate 81 from Vermont a couple weeks ago, we saw a bunch of neat birds, something every few miles. We saw a peregrine falcon chasing a flock of pigeons over the town of Cobbleskill, N.Y. We saw a raft of hardy ducks swimming between the icy margins of the Susquahanna River at Binghamton, N.Y. And we saw a fairly rarely seen roughlegged hawk perched in the median near the Pennsylvania line. The next day, going through the 323 miles of countryside that I-81

passes through in Virginia, we saw 11 kestrels, 21 red-tailed hawks, and an adult bald eagle! And I even saw one of the increasingly scarce loggerhead shrikes, perched on a big weed stem in the I-81 median in northern Virginia. Spouse frowns upon my birdwatching by car, especially at 70 miles an hour, but with wide open interstate and a little practice, you’d be amazed at all the bird life you can observe. Please be careful. When the rain and snow set in again, another thing you can do is build something. Our old birdfeeder was rapidly deteriorating, thanks to a combination of age, weather, and squirrels and raccoons. I just finished a four-day construction job to build a new and improved, and larger, feeder. I used scrap lumber and only needed two trips to the local hardware to finish up. The birds took to it almost immediately, though they were a bit suspicious at first of the big squirrel baffle installed just beneath it. If not a feeder, then you might whip together a few birdhouses. Building them can become an addiction. If you build a bunch of them, you can give them to your friends and neighbors to put up in the spring – sort of like with your zucchinis in the summer. It’s a win-win situation for everybody, including the birds.

A note in the way of follow up: my December column was about Cranes for Supper. Well, the Knoxville Bird Club Newsletter reports that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has postponed for two years a decision about an open season on shooting sandhill cranes. Their public comment period yielded a 72 percent response against hunting the cranes, as opposed to a 28 percent opinion in favor of it. We should complIment the TWRA on its attention to public opinion and respecting it. Other government agencies would do well to follow the same policy.

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Brandon Cate to speak at KFL Brandon Cate will speak at the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Feb. 8. The KFL is a group of Christian Brandon Cate men and women that meets weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell. Info: www.

Harp concert Blount County public library, 508 N. Cusick St., will present “Harp Ensemble Concert” 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in the reading rotunda. Admission is free. Info: 982-0981.

Guitar class Three-time USA National Guitar Champion Steve Kaufman will teach an alllevel mandolin workshop Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, at Mainstay Suites, 361 Fountain View Circle, and an all-level flatpicking workshop Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19, at the Townsend Visitors Center. RSVP to JoEllen, 982-3080 or e-mail jo@

‘Songs in Paint’ Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave., will host “Songs in Paint,” a collection of works by Kate and Roy McCullough, through Friday, Feb. 18. Also featuring an exhibit by Knox County School students. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. Info: 357-2787 or www.

Youth concerts The Jr. Philharmonia, Philharmonia, Sinfonia and Youth Chamber Orchestra will perform 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, and the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Both concerts are free and will be at the Tennessee Theatre. Info: www. or 291-3310.

Dance Ensemble The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble will celebrate its 30th year in Knoxville with a performance 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Tickets are $22. Info: 584-9636.

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Glen Humphrey (front) does his own version of the “Macarena” while Hannah Daughtery, Lillian Bunch, Cecilia McKinley, Reilley Fox, Danielle Humphrey, Laken Wolfe, Kaitlin Nelson and Ashlyn Hurst perform the line dance in the traditional way.

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Still “Kung Fu Fighting” Brandon Pollock and Ashlyn Hurst. Eighth grade class vice-president Pollock dressed as a snow creature for the winter wonderland dance theme.

It was a small turnout at Cedar Bluff Middle School dance Jan. 21. The school’s Student Council hosted the dance to raise money for TASC (Tennessee Association of Student Councils) Conference in Nashville. Patty Morgan, social studies teacher and Student Council sponsor, said the group hoped to fund transportation, hotel and dinner for the members. They may not be able to send everyone, said Morgan. – Lorraine Furtner

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rector of the winter drum- 35 groups are scheduled to line team. compete. Room for others is Students put in plenty of available. More information extra work and time to be on the competition and enmembers of the groups. The try can be obtained by callguard works on Mondays ing the KHS band room at and Thursdays after school 470-2114 or contacting Alex and from 8 a.m. until noon Rector, assistant band direcon Saturdays. The drumline tor, at also puts in several afterCongratulations go to the hours practice. The students following students who were say that being a part of those selected for the ETSBOA All Karns Beavers groups makes the extra time State East Band: Catey Dodworth it. son, Logan McGhee, Nathan The hard work that these Karns High will hold its Reichert, Jamie Wilkerson, groups give has proven own Winterguard compe- Bradley Moody, Caleb Asworthwhile. At the recent tition March 5. At present bury and Michael Pearce. competition at Hardin Valley Academy, the Karns High Winterguard took first place in their division. The drumline came in third, and the Karns Middle School Wendy D Schopp Winterguard placed second in their group. Financial Advisor In all, 55-60 students are 12744 Kingston Pike involved with the groups. Tim Hudnal is the director Suite 103 for the high school WinterFarragut, TN 37934 guard, and Kelsie French, 865-671-1318 Karns alumnus and former member of the group, directs the middle school Member SIPC group. Jimbo Crawford, another KHS alumnus, has worked with the high school drummers for several years and has always been the di-


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Does ‘A-l-e-c’ spell astrophysicist? When I was 12, I wanted to become a famous writer. Now, – um – “just a few short years later,” I’m not famous, but I am writing.

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Last week, I met a 7th grader at Bearden Middle School, Alec Bissell, who already envisions his path. Alec dreams of going to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and then it’s a toss-up between becoming an astrophysicist or the U.N. Secretary-General. He’s being serious. He’s also “seriously” on his way. I say, “Go, Alec!”

Bearden Middle Spelling Bee winner Alec Bissell poses with other trophies that he has helped earn for his school, including the Pellissippi State East Tennessee Math Competition and the Technical Student Association. Photos by L Furtner

since the county and regional spelling bees have been combined to save money. “I guess this economy has Bearden Middle even affected spelling bees,” top speller aims high said Alec. After 26 rounds, Alec In addition to great spellBissell spelled “geocentric” ing skills, and playing the to become Bearden Middle baritone, Alec took fifth in the School’s spelling bee win- state at the Pellissippi State ner on Jan. 23. Alec was the East Tennessee Math Comschool winner in 4th, 5th and petition. Bearden Middle as a 6th grades, and was Knox school placed first place in the County runner-up in 5th 8th grade division, and third grade. in 6th grade division. He is He’s disappointed he won’t also a member of the award have the opportunity to earn winning Technical Student the title Knox County winner Association (TSA) at BMS.

Last year Alec was one of 250 chosen from thousands of online applicants to audition to be on “Jeopardy” in the under 12 category. Alec thinks he would do better in the teen division though, because some of the under 12 questions included stories or movies like “Finding Nemo.” Alec confesses, “I didn’t pay much attention to fairy tales.”

Teaching the teaching assistants Susan Turner, principal at A.L. Lotts Elemen-

tary, said it’s a challenge maintaining consistency in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores. (Lotts went from an A to a B in social studies, but maintained A’s in science, math and language arts, as well as in achievement scores). To rise to the challenge of ensuring all students’ needs are being met, curriculum coach Candace Evans designed training to provide educational enhancement for the teaching assistants. The educational assistants now provide support for teachers during a 45-minute block of daily instruction called coreextension. Advanced students get enrichment lessons and children needing more time to master skills receive it. In addition to core-extension time, the six fulltime and one part-time assistants provide any other support the teacher needs: giving tests, reading in small groups and clerical support. “There is a big focus on reading and reading groups,” said Jennifer Davis, a teaching assistant at A. L. Lotts for 20 years. Davis said this is the first training of this type she’s received in her 23-

A.L. Lotts Elementary School educational assistant Jennifer Davis gives a test to students Alyssa Lewis, Ryan Bridwell, Raylen Moye and Joshua Bernius. at West Valley Middle, filling in for Meredith Worden, who’s on maternity leave. Maples is bringing a new challenge for the 7th and 8th graders: the theatrical production of “Annie.” Auditions were over last week, and rehearsal begins right away for the production, May 16 -17. The musical was double cast so more can participate. Some with major roles include: “Annie” played by Anna Smith and Elizabeth Harper, “Miss Hannigan” will be Anne McCall Stansbury and Alyse McCamish, “Grace” will be Abby Army and Audra Chaney, and playing “Molly” (another main orphan) is Emalee Josef. West Valley Middle Maples said one of the tackles ‘Annie’ biggest challenges will be Seth Maples, who gradu- converting the “gym-atoriated from the University of um” into workable space, Tennessee in December, is but he has faith in his parthe interim choral director ent volunteers. year career. In the past her job was more clerical with occasional classroom help. Now, she spends four hours a day hands-on with the students and loves it. Davis, who began a degree in education but did not complete it, said it’s been rewarding watching students blossom. One success story is a student who cried in her daily struggle to master reading. Not long ago, that same student hugged Davis ecstatic, saying she’d had made a 95 on her reading test. “Helping to bring about that change, making a difference and seeing something click is so rewarding,” said Davis.

Noweta Garden Club visits Blount Mansion Gardeners learn of path to statehood By Greg Householder

Situated in the middle of downtown Knoxville on the bank of the Tennessee River sits one of the most important homes in the state. And most Knox County residents don’t even know it. The Noweta Garden Club paid a visit to Blount Mansion for the group’s monthly meeting last Tuesday. Club members were escorted on a tour of the mansion and grounds by Blount Mansion executive director Jason Illari. The tour began in the visitor center as the group watched a video about the life of William Blount – a signer of the U.S. Constitution and one who played a key role in Tennessee becoming a state. Club members learned of life in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Contrary to today, folks during that period freely moved furniture around to meet the

Noweta Garden Club president Lana McMullen examines copies of documents in William Blount’s office. These documents were integral to the development of Tennessee’s first constitution and subsequent statehood in 1792. Much of this work was done from Blount’s office at the Mansion. Photo by Greg Householder need. As Illari said, “If you asked Mary Blount where the dining room was, she would look at you as if you had lost it – they would not waste an entire room on merely eating.” The mansion site consists of the house, a two-story structure with two additional wings added to the original design; a kitchen build-

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Construction began on the mansion in 1792. William Blount died eight years later and he and his wife, Mary, are buried in the nearby First Presbyterian Church cemetery. Club members also learned how the property was saved. By 1925, the property was in serious disrepair. Nearby, construction was beginning on the Andrew Johnson Hotel, now headquarters for Knox County Schools. The hotel developers were eyeing the former Blount property as a parking lot. Local figures such as Mrs. B.B. Cates; Dr. James Hoskins, a dean at the University of Tennessee and president of the East Tennessee Historical Society; and Mary Boyce Temple, a regent of the Bonny Kate Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, spearhead-

ed the effort to save Blount Mansion. Temple gave her check for $100 to secure the option on the property in November of 1925, and on Nov. 17, 1926, Blount Mansion Association Inc., was established to preserve the property. Temple served as the first president. The Mansion was restored and opened for tours in 1930, the same year the last loan of the $31,500 purchase price was paid in full. Now, Blount Mansion, designated as Knoxville’s only National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1965, has become the oldest museum in Knox County. The Blount Mansion Association is looking for volunteers to help give tours. Today (Feb. 7) and Tuesday (Feb. 8), the association will be conducting training sessions from 9:30 to 11:30

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Bruins finish perfect regular season By Ken Lay Bearden Middle School’s boys basketball team kept up a tradition last Monday night. The Bruins cut down the nets after putting the finishing touch on a perfect regular season. Bearden (19-0 overall, 13-0 in the Knox County Middle School Basketball Conference) achieved perfection with a 62-23 home victory over Vine. Bearden celebrated early last week after wrapping up a regular-season championship and clinching the top seed and a first-round bye in the James A. Ivey Jr. Memorial Middle School Basketball Tournament, but Bruins coach Ben Zorio knows that his toughest games lie ahead. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” he said. “Since Christmas, we’ve had a little target on our backs, and now that target has gotten a little bigger. “If somebody beats us, that will make their season, and in the last nine years only three No. 1 seeds have won the tournament.” The coach didn’t have to look back very far to find a top seed that wasn’t cutting down the nets in early February. Powell went undefeated last year but lost to West Valley in the tournament semifinals. The Panthers finished third and the fourth-seeded Wolves won the title with a thrilling victory over the host Karns Beavers. The Bruins began their quest for the ultimate prize Saturday at Karns (results were unavailable at press time).

Bearden wasted little time last Monday, cruising to a 30-15 halftime advantage. The Bruins blew the game open with a 22-2 third-quarter surge. Bearden got its usual offensive contribution from Jordan Anderson, who scored 21 points, and Yasmond Fenderson, who added 10. Other first-round bye: Whittle Springs finished second in 2010-11. The Warriors also enjoyed an opening-round bye. Defending tournament champ West Valley earned the third seed, and 2009 champ Farragut was fourth. Both the Wolves and Admirals hosted firstround games Friday.

Bearden girls rout Vine The Bruins downed the Golden Bears 42-9 in the regular-season finale for both schools. Keegan Francis scored 12 points to lead a balanced Bearden attack. Moneisha Thomas, Maisy Brichetto, Elizabeth Harpole and Keke McKinney each scored seven points for the Bruins, who had a 36-5 lead at halftime. “This was a good way for our 8th graders to end their regular season,” Bearden coach Mark Vaughan said. Bearden finished fifth this season and had its best season under Vaughan. The Bruins hosted Whittle Springs last Thursday but results were unavailable at press time. The Farragut Admirals had an opening-round bye along with tournament host Karns. Holston nabbed the third seed and defending champ Powell took the fourth slot.

By Greg Householder As most area teams got schedules back on track last week with make up games, all eyes are turning to the district tournaments slated to begin next as teams jockey for favorable seeding. In girls play Jan. 27: CAK downed Alcoa 61-49, Webb fell to McMinn Central 5845 and Halls lost to Oak Ridge 53-45. In boys play: Bearden lost to Oak Hill Academy 90-60, Webb fell to McMinn Central 69-67, CAK lost to Alcoa 85-66 and Halls fell to Oak Ridge 81-78. In girls action on Jan. 28: Bearden lost to Lenoir City 61-56, Gibbs lost to Carter 57-51, Catholic lost to William Blount 53-41, Karns downed Clinton 66-50, Farragut topped Maryville 5341 and Central beat Powell 59-51. In boys play: Gibbs lost to Carter 82-63, Farragut fell to Maryville 58-50, Catholic beat William Blount 64-52, Karns beat Clinton 63-50 and Central topped Powell 70-55. In girls play on Jan. 29: West fell to Jefferson County 37-34, Hardin Valley Academy rolled over Central 71-48, and Webb dominated Webb of Bell Buckle 58-23 and St. Andrews of Sewanee 66-14. In boys games Jan. 29: Bearden beat Lenoir City 61-48, Webb beat St. Andrews of Sewanee 50-34 and Webb of Bell Buckle 48-17, Central beat HVA 7660, Catholic topped Grace Christian 69-52 and Halls fell to Anderson County 5954. In girls games last Monday: Halls downed Gibbs 61-34, Grace Christian lost to Tellico Plains 71-37 and Karns lost to Campbell County 74-44.

Farragut’s Jessica Griswald (24) puts up a jump shot in the Admirals’ win over Heritage last Tuesday.

Farragut’s DeMarcus Martin drives the ball down the lane and puts up the jumper over a couple of Heritage defenders. Photos

In boys play last Monday: Halls topped Gibbs 84-73 and Karns fell to Campbell County 68-63. In girls action last Tuesday: Central rolled over Clinton 70-25, CAK beat Kingston 54-51, Catholic fell to Lenoir City 39-36, Gibbs lost to Cosby 52-46, HVA lost to Oak Ridge 47-38, Bearden fell to Maryville

51-40, Halls beat Campbell County 45-29, West beat William Blount 81-54, Farragut topped Heritage 4635 and Powell fell to Anderson County 43-40. In boys play last Tuesday: Central rolled over Clinton 92-52, Catholic downed Lenoir City 69-48, CAK beat Kingston 72-50, HVA lost to Oak Ridge 80-55, Halls

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Games to benefit Juvenile Diabetes research The Halls and Catholic High School softball teams will play a preseason double header at Halls on Saturday, Feb. 26.

topped Campbell County 73-71, Gibbs beat Cosby 5653, Farragut beat Heritage 76-44, West downed William Blount 72-40, Bearden beat Maryville 53-46 and Powell fell to Anderson County76-49. Last Wednesday, the Webb girls downed CAK 4727 and the Webb boys beat CAK 49-38.

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Farragut star lighting up local scoreboards By Travis Cabage This season for the Farragut Admirals has featured many high moments, as well as some low ones. The Admirals, who are 10-10 this season, have had big wins over Webb and Catholic, but have lost to Lenoir City twice and been unable to reel in the better teams in the area, including West, Christian Academy of Knoxville and Alcoa. The Admirals, however, do feature one of the most prolific scorers around. Averaging almost 19 points and five rebounds per game, junior Blake Williams is setting himself apart from the rest of the players in the East Tennessee area. In the big wins over Webb and Catholic, Williams was the difference maker, scoring 28 and 39 points respectively. “Everything was just falling (against Catholic),” said Williams. “I just came out early and hit a couple of shots. Other people were setting me up as well.” “Blake is probably one of the best scorers I have been around,” said Farragut head

SPORTS NOTES ■ Three players are needed to fill Cherokee 11u’s spring roster. Will play in the Knoxville area and possibly two out of town tournaments. Info: Rex, 765-0306. ■ The second annual Mark Bradley, Jarvis Reado lineman camp will be held 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at CAK Football Field for cur-

Farragut junior guard Blake Williams is averaging 19 points per game for the Admirals. Photo by T. Cabage

coach Chris Cool, “He can score 20 points, and you don’t even know it – you think he’s had a bad game.” Unlike many top scorers, Williams is having success in every facet of the game. The 6-1 guard is shooting 50 percent from the floor and burying 3-pointers left and right. In fact, Williams had five 3-pointers in both the Webb and Catholic wins. He’s also making just over 76 percent of his foul shots.

rent 4th-7th graders. Info: Jeff Taylor, 765-2119. ■ Open registration for CYF Football based at CAK for additional football teams for 7-, 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds. Teams will play in AFC and NFC divisions. Rosters capped when full. Info: Jeff Taylor, 765-2119. ■ Spring tryouts for Naturals Baseball Club will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at its indoor facility, 6833 Barger

“My best quality is being able to do it all,” said Williams. “You’ve got to respect all parts of my game.” Heading into the final stretch of the season, the Admirals still must play arch-rival Bearden twice and have to navigate through a tough district playoff bracket to have a chance of making it back to the regional playoffs. Both Williams and Cool, however, know having a big time scorer can be to a team’s advantage. “This isn’t just the ‘Blake Williams Show,’ ” said Cool, “but our chances improve greatly with (Blake).” “(I) hope we can make it to region and try to pull an upset,” added Williams. “Just want to get as far as we can.” One factor that will be in the Admirals’ favor is that Blake has had most of his 20-or-more point games against those in their district. “Our league teams know him inside and out,” said Cool, “They know they need to stop him, and they still haven’t done it yet.”

Pond Way. Ages 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u and 13u. Info: 742-9911 or 740-5804 or e-mail travis@ ■ Larry Simcox Infield Camps held Monday, Feb. 21, at Diamond BaseballSimcox Academy. Camp one, ages 7-10, 9 a.m. to noon and camp two, ages 11-14, 1-4 p.m. Info: 5679082, e-mail lsimcoxma@ or visit www.

UPCOMING GAMES Monday Feb. 7 ■ Hardin Valley Academy at Lenoir City ■ Farragut at Clinton ■ Catholic at South-Doyle

Tuesday Feb. 8 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Halls at Oak Ridge Central at Hardin Valley Gatlinburg-Pittman at Gibbs Powell at Bearden Karns at Campbell County

By Travis Cabage No rivalry among Knox County high schools is more intense than Bearden vs. Farragut, whether the sport is football, basketball, soccer, tennis or even track. The teams go head-to-head every year to earn bragging rights. In football, Farragut has dominated for nearly a decade, going 12-1 against their archrivals. The Bulldogs’ last win was in 2007 during the state playoff quarterfinals. But Bearden has dominated on the basketball court recently, winning every game with the Admirals

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■ Sevier County at Halls ■ Campbell County at Central ■ CAK at Farragut

Friday Feb. 11 ■ Halls at Clinton

■ Gibbs at Union County ■ Oak Ridge at Powell ■ Hardin Valley at Karns ■ Carter at Bearden ■ Cleveland at West ■ Grace Christian at Anderson County

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■ Catholic at Notre Dame ■ Elizabethton at CAK

for the last four years. Farragut head coach Chris Cool says one of his team’s goals at the beginning of the season was to end the streak. “That’s a credit to (Bearden) coach (Mark) Blevins and his program,” said Cool. “That’s not a discredit to our kids or our coaches, but it’s just where we are at right now.” The Bulldogs have won the last three district titles and are currently tied for first atop the standings. They have beaten a very good West team twice this year, though one was in a non-district game. During a two-week stretch Bearden

played five district games and one against nationallyranked Oak Hill Academy. Farragut’s Blake Williams is of the most prolific scorers in the East Tennessee area. His point production has helped the Admirals to big wins against Webb and Catholic. But the team’s play has been inconsistent, and Farragut’s record has hovered around the .500 mark all season. But stats and win streaks don’t mean much in this fierce rivalry. Once the game is underway, the only thing that counts is which team goes home with the victory.


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can be made right up until the tax-filing deadline. ■ Make a charitable gift in your valentine’s name. Your valentine may well support certain charitable, educational or civic groups. By making a contribution to one or more of these groups, and designating the gift in your valentine’s name, you will be doing a good thing for your valentine, for the charity – and for yourself, too, because your gift may earn you some tax benefits. If you simply give cash, you can write off part of the value of your gift if it’s made to tax-qualified charitable organization. And if you give an appreciated asset, such as stock, you’ll also avoid paying capital gains taxes, because when the stock is sold, it will be the charity, not you, taking the gain. ■ Make a debt payment. You might want to volunteer to pay your valentine’s car payment or credit card payment for a month, and then encourage your valentine to put the savings to work in an investment. The more debts any of us have, the less we have to invest for our future. ■ Check your beneficiary designations. If your valentine also happens to be your spouse, you’ll be doing him or her a favor by making sure the beneficiary designations are correct on your insurance policies and investment accounts. Through all the events of life – marriage, remarriage, new children – these designations can become outdated, so you’ll want to keep them current. By following any or all of these suggestions, you can help make sure your loved one will feel the glow of this year’s Valentine’s Day far into the future.

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Peninsula’s Baum Drive Campus services relocate to Dowell Springs Business Park in West Knoxville Peninsula Lighthouse has a new home. Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, has moved all of the Knoxville-based outpatient programs from Baum Drive to Dowell Springs Business Park, located just off Middlebrook Pike effective Feb. 7. “This is a positive change for both our staff and the 3,500 patients who use our Knoxville-

based outpatient services,â€? said Jeff Dice, Vice President of Behavioral Health. “The Dowell Springs location is much newer and allows for more efďŹ cient service in a pleasant environment. We were also able to maintain a convenient west Knoxville location that is on the bus line.â€? The new 25,000-square-foot building contains space for the whole continuum of Peninsula

Did you know? You do not have to be a physician to refer someone to Peninsula Lighthouse. If you believe you or a loved one may benefit from treatment, call 865970-9800 and set up an appointment.

This is the end of the building visitors see first when they arrive at Peninsula Lighthouse’s new location at 1451 Dowell Springs Boulevard. Administrative offices are located on the lower floor and use the lower parking lot; the main entrance is on the second floor. An upper parking lot accommodates patients. Peninsula Lighthouse is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed by the state of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Health.

Lighthouse services including the outpatient psychiatric services, intensive outpatient program (IOP) and the Recovery Education Center (REC) in one building, which will provide a more seamless feeling to patients. The new space houses six group rooms, a dedicated art room, and a computer classroom along with a host of practitioner offices. This location will also house the

Peninsula Outpatient Pharmacy, Peninsula Mobile Crisis Unit, Outpatient Administration and Insurance Verification. The Baum Drive property has been sold to a private buyer. For more information about Peninsula or downloadable directions to Peninsula Lighthouse at Dowell Springs, visit www. or call 865-970-9800.

Peninsula Lighthouse staff eagerly await patients at their new location. Beginning front row, L to R: Ann Gallaher, Ashley Acord, Rebecca Juarez, Linda Estridge, Sandy Lane, April Davis, Ashly Shrum, Lynn Leith, Teresa Whittaker, Donna Petre, Brandy Lindsey, Michealena Stout, Deena Goldstein, Pat Carter, Sheryl McCormick, Allie Kachelries, Whitney Bull, Vickie Linnell-Schubert, Elizabeth Stockton, Merle Poplin, Thel Martin, Michael Chandler, Martha Wells, Laura SpaldingMarzolf, Hazel Brady, Janet Milligan, Beverly Tackett, Angie Morris, George Tolbert, Cathy Jerrolds, Mary Nelle Osborne, Tiffany Vargas, Helen Dicks, Jessica Cox, Victoria Klopf, Teresa Lawson, Sally Taylor, Nathan Lind, Derrick MacGillivray, Ben Kadas, Mark Potts, Jeff Dice, Kevin Haugaard, Claudia Wilson, and Mona Ford.

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Meet our psychiatrists Dr. John Kupfner, Dr. Elizabeth “Libby� Reid and Dr. Charles Rodwell are the psychiatrists on staff at the Knox Clinic. They provide psychiatric evaluations and oversee the multidisciplinary treatment team to help patients achieve wellness through the use of medication, therapy and case management. “We are very fortunate to have Drs. Kupfner, Reid and Rodwell on Peninsula’s staff,�

states Jeff Dice, Vice President for Behavioral Health at Peninsula. “Each of these physicians brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in treating children, adolescents and adults with psychiatric and substance abuse issues.� Appointments are available at the Knox Clinic Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Pictured L to R: Ben Kadas, Nurse Practitioner; Amanda Walters, Nurse Practitioner; Dr. Charles Rodwell, Psychiatrist; Charlotte Tunnell, Nurse Practitioner; Dr. John Kupfner, Psychiatrist; Tony Elkins, Nurse Practitioner.

treatment services for persons who are experiencing psychiatric illnesses or symptoms, substance abuse or both. The Knox Outpatient Center offers: psychiatric evaluation and psychiatric medication management; individual, group and family therapy; mental health case management, assessment and referral services. Peninsula also operates outpatient centers in Blount, Loudon and Sevier counties.

N Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a fiveday-a-week program that provides a more concentrated level of care than traditional outpatient services. Patients participate in therapeutic groups which focus on key issues related to substance abuse, mental illness or their co-occurrence. Master’s level staff facilitate intensive group therapy sessions that provide new skills and solutions in an environment that supports change. Family and Individual therapy are used to enhance patients’ ability to apply new skills outside of the treatment environment.

N Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Peninsula Lighthouse is designed for young people ages 14-18 who have been experiencing emotional/behavioral problems, and students who are abusing or dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. The length of treatment is usually four to six weeks; however, each person’s treatment is based on individual progress toward treatment goals. Each treatment day is three hours in the morning and students typically attend one half day of school. Treatment includes Psychiatric medication management, group therapy and psycho-education groups.

N Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU) is an assessment and referral service that responds to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, often working in tandem with local law enforcement. Services include on-location crisis evaluations to hospital emergency departments, homes, schools and other locations. MCU fields calls from 273-TALK, a suicide prevention hotline for East Tennessee.

N Recovery Education Center (REC) is a unique place where people who struggle with mental illness develop their own programs to enhance and support their recovery. REC provides a place for learning and support with students and staff. Sessions are eight weeks long. Classes meet five days a week, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Snacks and lunch are provided to participants at no charge. There are three potential goals for the students of the REC. The first is that students will either return to work, pursue educational opportunities or find meaningful volunteer work. The fundamental belief is that work, giving back to the community or developing one’s skill base are possible and necessary to have a meaningful life. All classes are led by Peer Support Specialists who understand the challenges of living with mental illness and addiction and who are themselves models of recovery.

N Pharmacy – Peninsula Lighthouse patients are able to fill all medications, not just psychiatric drugs, at the convenient location. Peninsula Pharmacy offers fast, confidential service; a knowledgeable, on-site pharmacist; and a comfortable, kid-friendly waiting area. All types of insurance are accepted.

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My furry Valentine Although Valentine’s Day is meant to be a celebration of those we love, it is often difficult to find ways to share it with our furry friends. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is inviting animal lovers to share a photo and the story of their animal bond in 100 words or less. All pets can compete including birds, chinchillas and guinea pigs. Dress your doggie up in red or photograph them in their favorite

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Critter Tales napping spot and submit the entry for a chance to win a prize pack from the ASPCA. The winning photos and stories will also be shared online with other fans of fur.

Deadline for entries is Saturday, Feb. 12. E-mail submissions to photocontest@ In addition to Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month? Before taking Fluffy’s photo, make an appointment with his or her vet for a teeth cleaning. Neglecting your pet’s gums has the potential to cause bacteria and plaque build up similar to humans. And they don’t make doggie dentures.

Young-Williams Animal Center team member Sarah P. enjoys spending time with Buster, a 2-year-old male American foxhound mix. Buster is an active dog with a fun personality who needs gentle guidance to help him be the best dog he can be. He is available for adoption at the main center, 3201 Division St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. The adoption center at Young-Williams Animal Village, 6400 Kingston Pike, is open daily from noon until 6 p.m. Info:

Playground etiquette Since it’s been too cold to get Daniel outside much lately, I’ve been taking him to the play area at Knoxville Center Mall on days he’s not at preschool and I’m not at work. If the temperature peeks above 45 degrees, we play in the yard or run to the park, but that’s not often enough to get his wiggles out. Last week, we made another visit to the mall play area so Daniel could run around, slide on the slide and climb on things. Normally, he’s a fan of the spaceship, but on this day he was enamored of the car. Unfortunately, so was another kid. Daniel climbed into the car, then climbed out and, in the classic toddler style, turned right around to climb in again. By that time, though, another kid had laid claim to the car. Daniel got upset, and I came over to give the “You need to take turns and share,” speech. Daniel cried a little, but I steered him away and got him playing with something else. That is, until he saw that the car was once again free. He ran over, and when the other boy saw this, he ran and plonked his behind in

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ANIMAL EVENTS ■ The second annual Adopt a Rescued Rabbit month will be celebrated throughout the month of February. Info: 212-876-7700 or visit www. ■ Feral Feline Friends will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, 6909 Kingston Pike. Everyone is invited at attend. ■ Feral Feline Friends will also

hold an adoption fair 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at PetSmart in Turkey Creek. Foster cats and dogs will be available for meet and greet in addition to the resident adoptable cats at the store. Info: www. ■ East Tennessee Border Collie rescue group will hold an adoption event 10:30 a.m. until

1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at AgriFeed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike. Info: 584-3959. ■ A pet loss support group will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the family room of UT Veterinary Hospital, 2407 River Dr. This is a supportive environment where people can share their grief and loss of a companion animal. Info: 755-8839.

UT’s Personal and Professional Development program will offer the class “Understanding Hoarding” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 26. This class will be taught by Mary Pankiewicz, certified professional organizer in chronic disorganization who is trained to work with hoarders, and Jerry Fried, licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with hoarders and obsessive compulsive disorder. Participants will receive

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moms101 that car again, then sat there and glowered at my kid. Meanwhile, his mom did nothing. I once again admonished Daniel to share, told him that there were lots of other things to play with, and got him interested in something else. But, once he saw that the car was empty, he went running for it again, and so did the other boy, who had been lying in wait. Yep, you guessed it. Once again, his mom did nothing. This scene repeated itself four times before Car Ninja and Lady Lax Discipline finally went home. There is etiquette most parents follow on the playground, because most of us realize that the playground is one place where kids practice for adult life. While having a blast, running like ma-

a clutter/hoarding scale and will be asked to sign a confidentiality statement to encourage open communication. Info: 974-0150.

Avon gives grant to breast health program The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $65,000 one-year grant to the Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) at the University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute to increase awareness of the benefits of early detection

niacs and screaming their heads off, they have to take turns, share, respect others and not play too rough. At least they do if their parents help teach them the rules. On the playground, it’s taboo to discipline another person’s child. A calm reminder to play gently around the little kids is OK, but some moms will give you the stink eye just for that. Telling Daniel to share was mommy playground code for “Let’s manage our kids before someone has a meltdown.” But, the other mom didn’t take the hint. What I really wanted to say was, “If you want to raise a bully, you’re doing a great job. Bravo.” Parents’ playground interactions can be awkward. Our kids are playing together, but so often we’re texting, making a phone call or planning the grocery list. Heck, moms have glared at me for even talking to their kids. It’s weird that we bring our kids to the playground to play with other kids, but we don’t come to the playground to talk to other parents. Contact Shannon Carey at shannon@

of breast cancer. This is the ninth year the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work. BHOP at the University of Tennessee Medical Center will educate area women in 21 rural and remote counties in East Tennessee and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams. It will also provide free comprehensive education programs emphasizing the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. Info: 305-9753 or

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Fun, affectionate, playful, energetic, … that's me, Chaco, a young Shih Tzu/Terrier mix. I also have behavior issues with children and some other dogs–an adult home with a fenced yard would be perfect.

Please check out our web site for lots of adorable small breed dogs available for adoption. We have so many wonderful dogs in rescue right now who need to find their forever family. Go to our web site to see pictures and descriptions of the dogs as well as adoption information. You will also find a calendar of events so that you can schedule a visit with them.


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HEALTH NOTES ■ A Look Good, Feel Better Program for Women with Cancer will be held 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Clinton Physical Therapy Center, 1921 Charles Seivers Blvd. Enhancing appearance and self-image during cancer treatment and skin care and beauty techniques will be discussed. To register: 584-1668 or Kelly Lenz, 457-1649. ■ Belly Dancing Class will be held 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the YWCA’s Club W, 420 West Clinch Ave. Info: 523-6126 or visit ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Community), 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or www.


■ Dr. William J. Carl III, president of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will present “Learning To Be the Best Preacher You Can Be!” 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike. The event is free. There will be a break for lunch. Register at www.

■ Bearden UMC, 4407 Sutherland Ave., invites everyone to “Jubilee Praise and Worship” 6 p.m. every second Sunday in the fellowship center. Park in the back of the church and enter through the gym. Fellowship and a snack-supper follow the service. Info: www.

■ Grace Covenant Baptist Church, 9956 Dutchtown Road, will host a Bible study with the Rev. Chris Edmonds as guest speaker 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. A potluck lunch will follow. Info: 691-0829.

■ Two Rivers Church, 275 Harrison Lane, Lenoir City, will host “the Launch” 5-7 p.m. Sundays in the Fireside room. Come experience community and connect with others in a Growth group. Info: www.

■ Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, will host GriefShare Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Get support from the group while recovering from a loss and rebuilding your life. Registration: Laura, 470-9800. ■ Journey Builders, a new group for young profession-

CREST study at Mercy West The Circulatory System Devices panel of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the Acculink Carotid Stent after a clinical trial at Mercy Medical Center West. Dr. Malcolm Foster, a board-certified cardiologist with the Mercy Heart Institute, implanted the metal mesh tube in


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Music services ■ The Knoxville Early Music Project (KEMP), will present a concert of sacred Italian music from the 17th century 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at First Presbyterian Church. A free

patients as part of the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial (CREST). Dr. Foster has committed to 10 years of longterm follow-up at Mercy West, the only location in Tennessee for the CREST study. The decision to use the Acculink system will now go on to the full FDA for final approval. Info: 1-877599-WELL (9355) or www.

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Women’s groups ■ Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive, will host a “Morning Moms” group 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday in room 296. Bible or book studies will be discussed relating to women’s lives in general. Child care is provided. Info: www.

Men’s groups ■ Concord Woodcarvers will meet the first and third Friday mornings of each month at Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Info: www.concordumc. com.


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■ First Farragut UMC, 12733 Kingston Pike, invites everyone to “Wednesday Night Live,” 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Enjoy a home-cooked meal with your family and have some fun and fellowship. A family of four can have dinner for only $22. Info:

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Mercy Medical Center West. Featured speaker is Dr. Kelly Caldwell-Chor, a boardcertified family medicine physician with the Southern Medical Group. ■ Thursday, Feb. 17, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Sister Elizabeth Assembly Center at Mercy Medical Center North. The featured speaker is Dr. James C. Griffin, a boardcertified internal medicine physician with Internal Medicine Associates, a division of Summit Medical Group.

The cholesterol screening, which includes a glucose reading, is a fingerpick specimen collection with results available in five to seven minutes. For accurate results, the test requires an eight-hour fasting period. Individuals on medication should follow their normal medication schedule and diabetics should check with their physician before fasting. Info and registration, 6325200.

As part of Heart Month activities, Mercy Health Partners is sponsoring three cholesterol screening and educational programs. The “Know Your Numbers” programs will be on: ■ Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Judy and Joe Johnson Conference Center at

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CITY clean 2 BR Acreage- Tracts 46 FTN CH&A, appls., DW, Price Reduced no pets, $300 dep. OVER 120 tracts size $475/mo 865-684-7720 $252,000 1 to 15 acres in 30 diff. ***Web ID# 720267*** All brick in maintenance locations. No money free Maryville community; down, long term energy eff. Pella windows; owner fin. No credit Duplexes 73 great storage; hardwood/ check. 423-494-7624 tile/carpet;2-car gar; CEDAR BLUFF AREA great neighborhood. 865-671-1314; 865-804-0957 Lakefront Property 47 2BR, 1.5BA, laundry rm, 1 yr lease ***Web ID# 720209*** $695 mo $250 dam. dep. 216-5736 or 694-8414 TELLICO VILLAGE prime building lots Close to UT/dwntwn, 2 Say: 76 CHIHUAHUA PUPS, POODLE Std, reg for $2,900. Two to BR, 1 BA, $600 mo. Condo Rentals black F, 9 mos., all + $500 sec. dep. choose from. 3 golf 7 wks old, CKC reg shots & crate, reach 865-660-9988 very small, S&W, courses, boating, Cedar Bluff/Greywood 60 lbs., reduced Call 865-932-2333. 3 br, 2 full, 2 1/2 fishing, fitness center, SEYMOUR in the on pvt. X-ing. $300. 865-376-7808 KNX725481 ba, LR w/cath ceil., marinas. $500 down, farm carport, decks, KNX726714 frpl, DR, EIK, den, $100/month, 0% interest. W/D, H/A, no pets, safe, mstr on main. 2 br, 1 CHIHUAHUA PUPS, quiet, clean. 865-256-6111 ba up. Lower fam rm, 941-769-1017 Reg., health warr., PUPPY NURSERY. 1st shots, wormed. Many different breeds 1/2 ba, open to screen Maltese, Yorkies, 865-426-8317; 963-1965 porch. Lrg stor rm, 2 Malti-Poos, YorkiCondos- Townhouses 42 Condos- Townhouses 42 Condos- Townhouses 42 car gar. $1350/mo. KNX726445 Shih-Poos, shots 865-671-3237; 963-8368 CHIHUAHUAS, beau- Poos, & wormed. Health KNX725499 tiful babies, very guar. 423-566-0467 small, S&W, $275 to PUPPY SALE! Puppy $300. 865-387-2859 CONDO/PELLISSIPPI Zone at 8235 KingKNX726440 /DUTCHTOWN, 3 ston Pike next to BR, 2 BA, 1950 SF, Chuck E Cheese. Call 1 level, 2 car gar., COCK-A-POO Female puppy, 9 wks, 1st 865-690-5252 or come $1250/mo. No smokshots/wormed. $250. by for more info. ing. 865-680-1040 423-312-1404 SHIH TZU/Bichon Mix, KNX723855 MOVE IN SPECIAL (Teddy Bears), non 2 & 3 BR Condos shedding, M&F, S&W. Halls area. 2 full BAs, ENGLISH MASTIFF Call 937-829-1035. microwave, DW, dis- AKC, 8 wks, brindle & posal, laundry rm. $675 fawn, M&F, S&W, vet SHIH TZU pups, AKC ck'd. $1000. 423-253-2615. & $900. 865-680-8496. vet chkd, shots/ KNX724155 KNX721797 wormed. Beautiful ■ One level, open floor plans GERMAN Shepherd colors, 865-637-4277 Palisades 2 BR Units Puppies, both M&F, ■ Energy efficient ■ Fully furnished model near Bearden Hi, pool, SIBERIAN Husky AKC older adults avail. tennis. No Pets. $700-$750 Pups, champ lines, ■ Professionally landscaped entrance 865-856-6548 + dep. 617-4171; 588-3493 shots, $350-$500. ■ Underground utilities ■ On-site design center GERMAN Shepherd 865-995-1386. Puppies (Imported) KNX726384 Manf’d Homes Sale 85 dual reg., champ. 1-car garage (1,028 SF) $124,900 bloodlines, all sable SIBERIAN HUSKY MALE PUPPIES, 2-car garage (1,204 SF) $137,900 4 F, 1 M, ready now, 3BR, 2BA Singlewide AKC reg., $300 $650 ea. 865-256-6512 Owner financing. each. 865-223-7316 KNX724582 Karns area, $613 mo. 865-250-4205 for info. GERMAN Shepherd SIBERIAN HUSKY PUPS, will be 6 wks Pups, 7 wks old, 1/25, 4 M, 2 F, CKC & tan. $250. Banking/Finance 97A black reg., $300 ea., Red & Call 865-585-6614. white fem. CKC, 8 GERMAN Shepherd mos. $150. 931-510-4269. LOCAL BANK Pups, exc. imported seeking to fill FT working line, M&F, YORKIE MIX PUPS, $350 & adults, $200, teller position for solid black, $850. 3 to 4 lbs. M&F. 865our Bearden 865-717-0012 376-0537; 898-3091. branch. Send reGOLDEN DOODLE sume to 100 W. PUPPY, pups, non-shedding, YORKIE Emory Rd, Powell AKC Reg., Fem., 6 males & females TN 37849 or fax to wks, $500. 423-526-0008 avail. Must see! 947-3800. or 734-502-4229. $700. 423-733-9851 KNX723835

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■ Concord Christian School is now enrolling for the 2011/2012 school year. Info: 288-1617.

Rec programs

■ Heska Amuna Synagogue, 3811 Kingston Pike, is collecting aluminum cans to recycle and purchase new energy-efficient lights for their upstairs hallway. Info: www.

■ Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 Northshore Drive, will host “The Brotherhood of St. Andrew” 7-8 a.m. each Thursday for prayer and study. Info: www.

FIRE KING Safes LAB PUPS AKC ylw, (2), large, 4 m, s/w, vet ck, chip, EXECUTIVE HOME drawer, exc. cond. guar $350. 865-405-4454 10 min. from downtown. $500 ea. 865-435-7594 3 BR, 3 BA, on 3 acres of KNX726020 KNX724123 privacy with fully stocked lake. 865-687-8300 Used Office Furniture & Banking Equipment 2 BR, 2 BA, low 8517 Kingston Pk maint, quick access, melissac@ 816 Valerie Ln, 37938 LAB PUPS, choc., (near 75/Emory Rd). 865-531-6060 AKC, 4 M, 2F, S&W, No pets. Appl incl. KNX722663 beautiful heads, As is $700/mo, $700/ $400. 865-385-7148. dep., with cosmetics $800/mo, $800/dep. Cats 140 MALTI-POO PUPS, 423-304-4442 various colors, health guar, $400 & 3BR, 1 1/2 BA, Powell, Maine Coons (2), stay up. 423-317-9051 together, 10 mos old area, appls., CH&A, KNX723671 neutered, S&W & full bsmnt. $800 + dep. chipped 865-765-3400 MIN NO pets, 865-947-0616. SCHNAUZER puppies, 8 wks, 4 BR, 2 1/2 BA, frpl, AKC reg, champ 141 bldlines, $450. 1st fin bsmt, fenced yd, Dogs conv to O.R., downshots. 865-724-7156 town Knox, & Tur- AMERICAN ESKIMO KNX725047 key Crk. Gar., sep. Pups, min., Born 10/12, laundry room, shop, 1 short hair, 2 long UTD Olde English Bulldog $1,100/mo. + 1 mos. Puppies, IOEBA reg., $150. 865-804-4867 rent dep 865-919-2457 4M & 3F Ready to go! KNX725218 FTN. CITY, 3 BR 1 1/2 BISHON FRISE PUP$900, (865) 457-5300 BA rancher located PIES, 1st shots, LitKNX723332 in quiet cul-de-sac. tle white teddy bears. PEEK-A-POOS, 1 $850. 865-712-1272 $200. 865-255-4373 blk/wht, 1 blk. 6 wks. KNX726632 BOXER Puppies, 1st shot/wormed. $150. N.E. 3 BR, 2 BA brick AKC, family raised. 423-627-4517 w/2 car gar., new POMERANIANS, tile/hdwd flrs. $950. $350+. 865-368-0943 Baby Dolls, CKC, ch. 599-8174; 938-7200 KNX723915 bloodline, 1st shots, KNX724564 BOXER PUPPIES, $300. 865-254-0419 fawn w/bold markKNX726455 WEST, 1205 Farrington Dr. 4 BR, 2 1/2 ings, 6 wks., M $250, POODLE NURSERY, F $300. 865-385-0707 BA, lg den w/frpl, We Have All Sizes, sunrm, 2 car gar., all colors. Pups are reg., wooded lot $1300 BOXER PUPS, AKC have shots, health Now ready. $300. mo. + dep. 300-1699 guarantee & wormed. Call 865-582-1881. Our nursery is full. WEST, 3 BR, 2 ba, $175 & up. 423-566-0467 KNX724778 porch, deck, fncd yard, comm. pool. pups, stan$1100/mo + sec dep. CHIHUAHUA Babies, POODLE dard, cream & choc CKC, blk/wht, brn No smoke, 865-216-7585 AKC, 1st S&W, $300 brn/blk & blue, KNX721946 & up. 865-257-6810 $225. 865-382-6119 KNX726538 KNX723819 WEST KNOX, 4BR, 2BA, fenced yard, CHIHUAHUA PUPS, POODLE PUPS, toy, storage, 2000 SF, red, blk, & apricot. 1st S&W, LH & SH, $1250. 865-405-1478. health guar. $200 & multi colors, $200. KNX725713 up. 423-317-9051 865-300-4892, 293-9212 KNX723673 KNX724325

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■ Rocky Hill Baptist Church, 7409 Northshore Drive, invites kids to the Word of Life Club on Sundays at 5:45 p.m. There will be games, Bible study and more. Info: www.

will hold a children’s clothing and toy consignment and bake sale Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, with a consignors-only pre-sale Thursday, March 3. Consignors are currently being accepted for a $10 registration fee. Deadline to register is Tuesday, March 1: e-mail kanoak@knoxcentralumc. org or call 363-3103. Info:

■ The United Methodist Women of Grigsby Chapel UMC, 11603 Grigsby Chapel Rd., will host a Valentine’s spaghetti supper 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Cost is $7 per person or $25 for a group of four. Proceeds benefit mission service. Call ahead for pick-up orders, 966-4580.



Baptist Concord’s Westlake campus, 9635 Westland Dr., will sing Valentine songs and give out valentines to members of the Arbor Terrace retirement home 10:30 a.m. and Elm Croft retirement home 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.

will offering will be collected. Info: 546-2531.

40e Real Estate Wanted 50 Houses - Unfurnished 74 Business Equipment 133 Dogs

FSBO - Brick home with approx. 1,500 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 1/2 basement, with carport, detached garage, and large shed. House has new interior paint, carpet and new roof. Sits on 1 full acre. Located at 2325 Stapleton Rd., New Market. Asking $129,900 and owner will finance with $5,000 down. Call Bill at 877-488-5060 ex 323. KNX722328

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ADORING COUPLE longs to adopt a newborn, promising to give a secure life of unconditional & endless love. Linda & Sal 1-800-595-4919 Expenses paid.

als, couples and singles, will meet 9:50 a.m. Sundays in room 133 at Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Dr. Info: Jennifer DeTar, 719-1626 or 966-6728, ext. 242.

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2002 NEW Holland TL80 Cab Tractor w/woods loader, 2000 hrs. $21,500. 865-250-1480 4X5 ROLLS OF HAY $12/roll. Asheville Hwy. Call 865-577-7810 or 865-556-7812 8 Wheel V Rake, RCS8, $2500. Newholland Square Baler, $2000. 865-250-1480 HAY FOR SALE $20 a roll. Corryton area, 865-368-8968.

217 Vans

NEXT AUCTION: Tues March 1, 6pm Cherokee Auction Co. 10015 Rutledge Pike Corryton, TN 37721

Just 10 min from zoo exit off I-40. 865-465-3164 or visit a u c t i o nz i p .c o m T A L 2 3 8 6 FL 5 6 2 6

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256 Domestic


Dodge Grand Cara- Ford Focus SE Wagon van SXT 2006, pwr, 2002, 4 cyl, AT, red, 3.8 V6, only 82.5k 107K mi, good cond, mi, below book @ $3995. 865-977-6475 $9.9k. 865-671-1899 Lincoln Continental KNX725773 2001. Loaded. $5000 firm. Call for more info 865-924-7519 PONTIAC MONTANA MERCURY 2003 Grand Marquis Ultimate. 2000, quad seats, pwr. low mi outstanding. equip., runs great, $8000. 865-332-0036 $2900. 865-679-2100 KNX723662



Elderly Care


LIC'D CNA, in-home or facility. Refs avail, reasonable rates. Call 637-2999 or 382-4443.

Chevy Silverado 2008, HORSE HAY. Good I'm Paying Top Dollar 4x4, all pwr, 1 owner, for Standing Timber, ext. cab, 20K mi. mixed grass/clover hardwood & pine. 5 $26,500. 865-435-4626 $4+, 4x5 rolls $25+. acres or more. Call Loudon 865-458-4239 865-982-2606; 382-7529 DODGE RAM 2500, Furniture Refinish. 331 2003 Laramie, quad JOHN DEERE cab. 63k mi, loaded, DENNY'S ROUND Baler, 446 FURNInew tires, 5th whl electronic tie, $7000. TURE REPAIR. Buying Standing hitch avail. $15,500. Phone 865-250-1480 Refinish, re-glue, Timber 423-351-3090 etc. 45 yrs exp! ReNEW IDEA DISK Small or Large Tracts ***Web ID# 720455*** tired but have a deof Timber To Log MOWER, 5408 sire to keep active Pays Top Dollar FORD F250 1997, model. $4200. 865in the trade. 922Ky ,Tn, VA long bed, AT, 4.6L, 250-1480 6529 or 466-4221. Master Logger 139K mi, $2450. Also antiques for Program 423-312-9216 PREMIUM BERsale! 606-273-2232 or MUDA HAY Sq. 606-573-4773 bales, mixed grass ALSO PAYING sq. bales. 423-506long bed, needs motor Guttering 333 FINDERS FEE 7203; 423-334-9746 work. $600. 865-947-8719 REG. ANGUS BULLS HAROLD'S GUTTER FRONTIER 232 NISSAN from 12-16 mo. old. Boats Motors SVC. Will clean LE 2005, king cab, One 5 yr. old bull. 865front & back $20 & V6, AT, cap, 62K mi, 983-9681 or 865-755-2030 BAYLINER, 2006, 18' up. Quality work, $14,000. 865-379-7229 guaranteed. 945-2565 Inboard/outboard, ***Web ID# 719264*** good cond. $12,500/obo. Call 865-680-8500 Orchard Grass/ Lawn Care 339 KNX724136 4 Wheel Drive 258 Timothy Hay. No rain. Good horse hay. $4. SEARAY 300D, 2004, 865-607-5880. No anblue hull, 2 fridge, CHEV. Silverado LS swer leave message. crew cab 4 dr, 2006, all canvas, all up4x4, like new, 4.8 Vorgrades, great cond. TN70 2004 New Holtex, SB, spray in liner, $69k, 865-673-6300 land 4 wh. dr. 70 HP towing pkg, pewter ***Web ID# 717243*** w/Woods front end color, 60K mi. 423-312loader, $18,500. 8658256, $17,900. TAHOE CASCADE 250-1480 Angler Pontoon 2005 Ford Ranger FX4 2002, 4 Bass seats, 60 HP WANT TO BUY 4x4, ext. cab, 4.0 L V6, 5 Yamaha, 4 stroke, standing white oak & sp man, 78k mi, exc. like new, with trolling walnut timber. You cond. $12,000. 865-207-0335 may have trees worth mtr., live well, trailer. KNX725894 $10,500 obo. 423-312-8256 $1000. 865-456-6489

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SUZUKI SX4 2007, 1 owner, 4x4 for snow, only 41k mi, 34 mpg, warr, AT, AC, PW, Sunset Creek 2010, 26' exc. cond. Very 94 SQUARES Of 25 Yr Gelcoat, lrg slide out, roomy, priced low, 1st Driftwood. $50/SQ. all opts, exc cond. $8850 firm. 803-932-7430 One or all. Call 865$18,500. 865-379-1907 680-3078 KNX723347

Building Materials 188 Campers


Machinery-Equip. 193 Motor Homes


10 TON P&H overhead Crane, span 46', 20' lift. 1 ton crane also avail. 865-573-7768 3 TON OVERHEAD CRANE, Shaw Box, span 46', top running. 865-573-7768 535 RIDGE PIPE machine & Johnson J10 bandsaw. 865-573-7768 BRUSH CAT Bushhog, 6 ft, new, $6000. Phone 865250-1480

Household Furn. 204 ETHAN ALLAN, BD. RM. SUITE, king, 6 piece, $2100/obo. Call 865-777-4668 KNX724879 MOVING SALE LR set, quality loveseat, recliner, 2 lamps, end tables, tv w/armoire, like new, $1,000. 865-694-3753

Household Appliances 204a KENMORE STACK washer & dryer, new. $650. (paid $1000+), 865-524-3773

Exercise Equipment 208

Sport Utility


FORD EXPEDITION 1999, 2x4, F&R air, ^ AMERICAN EAGLE all pwr. equip., must 1996, Diesel pusher, 40 sell. $4000. 865-679-2100 Painting / Wallpaper 344 ft, 71k mi, $30,000/b.o. KNX723669 865-250-1480. AA PAINTING Int/Ext painting, THOR FOUR WINDS, Imports 262 staining, log homes, 1996, 31', fully self pressure washing. contained, new Onan 9 9 2 -4 0 0 2 4KW gen., new refrig. BMW 325ci 2005 conv., or 6 1 7 -2 2 2 8 46K mi., white w/ blk that works off protop, mint cond. $19,500 pane or electricity. ONE ROOM obo. 865-405-6996. Newly installed elecAT A TIME KNX723638 tronic smart transInt/ext, wallpaper mission controls, new JAGUAR XK8, 1997, 1 removal, faux fintires, new awning, owner, 101k miles, ishes. 15 yrs exp, refs cruise control, blue, must see! avail. Call Sue at 689AM/FM/CD with 7405 or Cathy 947-5688. $7800. 423-718-0240 added 10 CD changer. Only 38K mi. $12,000 MERCEDES BENZ OBO. 423-559-8361 2005 E320, 18k mi, Pool Services 349 KNX726475 $25,000/b.o. Phone 865-250-1480. KUNTRY POOLS Motorcycles 238 MERCEDES BENZ Openings start at $150. Wkly maint, 2007 E350 4matic, salt s ystems , inHARLEY DAVIDSON 23k mi, $28,000/b.o. ground & above865-250-1480 2003 RK Classic, ground liners. Inpearl wht, extras. stallation pros, refs $10,000. 865-603-2003 TOYOTA Prius V 2010 avail. 388 -1752 Hybrid, 4 DR, auto., HD ELECTRA Glide 8K mi, lk new, lthr, Classic 2000, like new, nav. pkg., 50 mpg, Tree Service 357 Screaming Eagle $26,900. 865-693-1870 pipes, new tires & KNX725829 brakes, burgundy, lots of extra chrome. 423-312-8256, $8,900. Sports 264 KNX721517 CHEVY CORVETTE H.D. ELECTRA Glide 2006 Conv., loaded, Classic 2006, red & all options, 26K mi., blk, 14K mi, like new $32,000 ($8,000 under $13,000. 865-988-0163 NADA). 865-254-8148 SUZUKI 2008, 800 CC, if no answer lv. msg. KNX725601 M50, black & silver, only 400 mi., $5000 obo. CHRYSLER 300 SRT8 865-384-2820 lv. msg. 2006, 46K miles, loaded, $23,900. Call SUZUKI 250 2003, Vic 865-919-4666 beautiful bike, exc. shape, 8400 orig. mi. $900. 865-804-2070.

142 GOLDEN Retriever Misc. Pets Pups, AKC, 12 wks. Ultimate 2, all 2nd shots, $300. 423- Blue/gold Macaw w/cage, Bowflex attach. Like new. AlAwesome Attitudes 869-2156; 606-499-0667 best offer. 125 gal. reef ready assem. Over Wanted!!! KNX723586 tank w/fish & access. $2500 new, must sell Seeking determined drivers. best offer. 865-986-9196 $1200/b.o. 423-539-1990 Domestic 265 DANE PUPS No experience necessary GREAT KNX726426 born 10/24, NKC to make $500-$1000 a reg, 1st S&W, vet Free Pets BUICK PARK AVE Autos Wanted 253 145 CLUB, all 9500 series. week. Must be 21 with ck. 865-789-3347 2000, 45K mi, all Treadmill, $800; valid license. Please Call KNX722796 opts., like new, A BETTER CASH Cross trainer, $400; 865/455-1365 or $7,000. 865-458-0423 Recumbent bike, $300. OFFER for junk cars, LAB Puppies, AKC ** ADOPT! * * 423/723-9716 between 865-966-7232 trucks, vans, running CADILLAC reg. OFA certified, Looking for a lost pet or a new Deville the hours of10am-6pm. or not. 865-456-3500 KNX725130 2 black Males, $350. 2001, pearl white, ^ one? Visit Young-Williams 865-850-3775 moon rf., 90K, Clean COOPER'S TREE SVC Animal Center, the official KNX724720 Bucket truck, lot cleanBusiness For Sale 131 Pools/Hot Tubs 209 Utility Trailers 255 $6350. 865-577-4069. shelter for the City of ing, brush pick-up, chipper. Ins'd, lg & sm jobs. CHRYSLER 300M 1999, Knoxville & Knox County: 2010 ALUMA 523-4206, 789-8761 1 owner, looks & runs Comm'l Embroidery 3201 Division St. Knoxville. LG Hot tub, 2 yrs. old, 18', like new, cover/steps Open car hauler. great, must sell. Equipment for sale. $2900. 865-679-2100. incl. Pd $5000; Model 8218, $5,500/ For details call 865$2950/b.o. 423-346-9715 obo. 865-607-8011 * * * * * * * * KNX723668 567-3797 General


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Better service means better banking To borrow a quote from Mark Twain, rumors of the demise of the banking industry are much exaggerated. While the current regulatory environment definitely creates an atmosphere of uncertainty, I’m pleased to announce a new First Tennessee financial center will soon open to better serve South Knox and Seymour.

Members of the Second Opinion band are, from left, Dr. Ken Luckmann, Larry Sheumaker, Kelsey Feldmann, Dr. John Jernigan, Tim Comer, Mack Stephens, Todd Wright and Dr. Daryl Harp.

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By Anne Hart

East Tennessee Market President, First Tennessee Bank


firstforward On Friday, Feb. 18, our Chapman Plaza Financial Center will close to reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the South Grove shopping center, onehalf mile away at the intersection of Chapman Highway and Governor John Sevier Highway. Another good news story: First Tennessee Bank won top customer satisfaction honors in both the national and regional categories for treasury management in the 2010 Greenwich Excellence Awards for U.S. middle market banking (businesses with sales of $10 million to $500 million). First Tennessee was also recognized for customer satisfaction for small business banking (businesses with sales of $1 million to $10 million) with awards in 10 of the 13 categories and ranked in the top 1 percent of the 750 banks surveyed for customer satisfaction in the small business banking segment. In this economy, treasury management services are critical to our customers as they must closely manage their working capital resources. This award reflects the expertise of our employees and the exceptional job they do every day to understand our customers’ needs, provide innovative ideas and deliver outstanding service. The small business awards reflect our success in building strong relationships with our customers. Our employees go the extra mile to understand our customers and their diverse financial needs, and this recognition from Greenwich Associates confirms our customers value the level of service we provide. I’m proud to say we’re alive and well at First Tennessee.

hen the classic rock band d Second Opinion performss at the Rotary Jam on Saturday,, Feb. 19, at the Bijou Theatre, thee group’s cardinal rule for its mem-bers will be in effect: if you’re a doctor, you can’t be on call at thee time of the performance. Band member Larry Sheumak-er, who is also a member of Westt Knox Rotary, sponsor of the event,, explains that three of the nine members are medical doctors – thus, the group’s name. Sometimes a “second opinion” is called for. Once, when the group was on stage in the middle of a performance about a mile from Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, the drummer’s beeper went off and, as Sheumaker tells it, “he went out the door.” Fortunately for the band – and the audience – there was a friend in the audience who is a drummer and jumped in to pick up the slack. Second Opinion was started about 15 years ago by four doctors who had played with various bands in school. It grew and



features rockin’ docs and more evolved with the addition of other local musicians, some of whom have been physicians, RNs, medical assistants and still others not in the medical professions. The group plays classic rock and roll as close as possible to the sound of the original artists. “We get as close as we can to the original version.” Sheumaker says. “It gives us an edge in professionalism.”

The Feb. 19 event will benefit the projects of the Rotary Foundation, particularly its successful Polio Plus project which works to prevent and eradicate polio worldwide. Second Opinion has become known for donating performances to benefit charitable organizations, including Child Help USA, the American Heart Association, Bud-

dy’s Race for the Cure, the Anderson County Humane Society, Taste of Oak Ridge, Covenant Health Foundation, Methodist Medical Center, Joy of Music and others. Members of the group, in addition to Sheumaker, a Knoxville businessperson (sax and vocals), are Dr. Daryl Harp of Vista Radiology, keyboards; Dr. John Jernigan, retired ENT, Methodist Medical Center, percussion; Dr. Ken Luckmann, Oak Ridge Gastroenterology, bass; Todd Wright, financial management, guitar; Tim Comer, machinist at Y12, vocals; Mack Stephens, machinist at Y12, guitar; and Kelsey Feldmann, college student, vocals. Backup singers are Dianne Seals and Kim Kennedy, who are RNs, and Tracy Guymon, a medical assistant. Hallerin Hilton Hill will be master of ceremonies for Rotary Jam, and two other groups will perform: David Hales and The Early Morning String Dusters (bluegrass). Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Bijou box office or from Ticketmaster.

Culinary delights await Valentine’s Day diners With the New Year’s Eve closing of Regas Restaurant, the special occasion dining spot for generations of locals, it’s a good Anne guess lots of folks are trying to Hart figure out where to dine out for the next special occasion. And fellas, a friendly reminder: it’s Valentine’s Day, and it’s ing up a menu like no other. Enonly seven days away. Not too trees include a choice of lobster soon to make reservations. And medallions with saffron risotto from what we’re hearing, it and mustard greens with may even be too late. Still, a vanilla ginger reduction, it’s worth a try – especially or seared filet mignon with if cooking isn’t your favorcurried cilantro potato puite pastime. ree and fried plantains with Knoxville is blessed with a truffle reduction. Each is many good restaurants, matched with a choice of a number of them in The wines. District in Bearden, and Dessert choices are they’re stirring up lots of pineapple panna cotta with specials for Valentine’s candied ginger and fizzy Day. er cherries or chocolate p p Sho Pot Chez Liberty at soufflé with raspberry reS Homberg Place is offerduction and honeyed goat

cheese whipped cream. Over at The Grill at Highlands Row, owner Tom Weiss is promoting “Southern Classics:” fried chicken, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, fried catfish and pot roast. Lisa McCoig at Gourmet’s Market is offering diners a fancy Valentine’s dinner on Saturday evening, with reservations required. Entrees include grilled rib eye, Dijon and wild mushroom encrusted swordfish or caramelized onion perogies. Dessert choices are strawberry shortcake or Mississippi mud. Gourmet’s Market brunch next Sunday will feature red velvet pancakes among other delicacies. Naples, billed as “Knoxville’s most romantic restaurant,” has its usual full menu of special

items for Valentine’s Day, and is also planning a Spanish wine dinner Thursday, Feb. 17, that would make a great surprise Valentine’s gift. And what would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate-dipped strawberries? You can order them either at Holly’s Eventful Dining (300-8071) or at Gourmet’s Market (584-8739). Contact:

Visit our unique shops and find wondeerful gift ideas and warm hospitality. All off our shops and restaurants are loocated between Sequoyah Hills and Northhshore Drive. Art Bennett Galleries 584•6791 Hanson Gallery 584•6097


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Meet us this Wednesday, February 9, at Long’s from 9-10 a.m. Hosted by Barbara Pelot



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Former commissioner ponders city race

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Don’t let winter lull you into ignoring your legs W

ith your legs buried under layers of heavy winter clothing, it’s easy to forget about them. If varicose or spider veins are hidden under those layers, the physicians at Premier Vein Clinics advise that it’s best not to ignore them. “Spider veins can be indicators of other serious vascular issues and can lead to painful and dangerous varicose veins,” says Dr. Christopher Pollock, a board-certified vascular surgeon at Premier Vein Clinics. “Varicose veins can result in pain and numbness, skin ulcers or even a serious blood clot.” Pollock adds, “Many people assume varicose veins are just part of aging

Christopher W. Pollock, MD, FACS of Premier Vein Clinics. Photo submitted

and that treating them is merely a cosmetic issue. To those people, I would say that the benefits of seeing a certified surgeon can be far more important than just

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being able to show off your legs again.” Board-certified vascular specialists at Premier Vein Clinics are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of spider and varicose veins and venous disease, and they can use this clinical experience to determine the best treatment option. Thanks to advancements in medical technology, most procedures require only a local anesthetic, take an hour or less and have little or no side effects or downtime. Procedures available to treat varicose veins include: ■ Sclerotherapy, an in-office, minimally invasive, relatively painless procedure in which affected

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veins are injected with a solution that causes them to collapse and fade away. The number of treatments needed varies based on the severity of the problem.

■ Ambulatory phlebectomy, a procedure that uses pinhole incisions to treat medium to large veins with little or no downtime. This in-office, minimally

invasive procedure can be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy. ■ Endovenous laser therapy (ELT), a non-invasive treatment for larger veins using laser energy delivered through a small puncture in the leg to treat the diseased vein. The in-office procedure is performed in about an hour. Normally, patients resume regular activity within a day. Dr. Pollock encourages anyone with spider or varicose veins to make an appointment to discuss treatment options available.


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KNOXVILLE CHAMBER Info: 637-4550. All events are held at the Knoxville Chamber unless otherwise noted. ■ New Member Reception, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8. ■ Bright Ideas: Navigating Through the New Normal, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. $25 for members, $35 nonmembers. ■ Fantasy Casino Night, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, the Falls banquet and Conference Center, 325 North Cedar Bluff Road. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. ■ Power 30 Speed Networking Event, 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15.\ Bright Ideas: Navigating Through the New Normal,

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. $25 for members, $35 nonmembers. ■ Knoxville Chamber Exclusive Premier Partner Event with John Morgan, Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. ■ Electric Vehicle Information Session, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 24. ■ The Knoxville Area Urban League will hold a basic computer skills/job readiness class Monday, Feb. 14, through Thursday, March 10. This class will be geared toward unemployed or underemployed students and will include basic computer instruction and pre-testing to assess skill levels career interests. It will conclude with a three-day internship. There is a $10 for

instructional materials. Info and registration: 524-5511.

FARRAGUT WEST KNOX CHAMBER ■ Ambassador Meeting, 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, Pinnacle Financial, 232 Brooklawn St. ■ Networking, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, Oasis Day Spa, 10420 Kingston Pike, Suite F. ■ Networking, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, FHS Education Foundation, McAlister’s Deli, 11140 Parkside Dr. ■ Board of Directors Meeting, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, Bill Jones Music, 10412 Kingston Pike. ■ Networking, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, Pinnacle Financial, 241 Brooklawn St.

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Find the perfect Valentine’s gift at Coachman Clothiers I

f you’ve ever wondered what has happened to businesses with a strong tradition of personal service, you’ve not been to Coachman Clothiers in the Shops at Historic Franklin Square. ■ 690-5 Coachman Clothiers has been serving Knoxville 805 and the surrounding counties since 1982 and ■ 970 0 Kingsto n Pike has built their reputation and business on Historic F ra referrals and patrons who continue to return. Knoxville nklin Square, , TN Coachman Clothiers provides traditional ■ Mo nday-Satu rday, clothing for the well dressed gentleman. You 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. will find exclusive lines like Jack Victor, H. Coachma nClothiers Freeman, Tallia, Bugatchi, St. Croix, True .com Grit, Southern Proper, M-ClipTM and others as well as famous brands like Barbour, Canada Goose, Gitman Brothers, Corbin, Th Agave, Hiltl, Allen Edmonds, Martin Dingman to name a ffew. They also offer the very best attire for black tie events. Ladies, you are cordially invited to Coachman Clothiers’ Be My Valentine Event held Wednesday–Saturday, February 9-12. Stop in for some great gift ideas and do your Valentine’s shopping in one place. They also offer complimentary gift wrapping, so when you walk out the door, your gift is ready for your special someone. If you are an early bird, stop in on Wednesday, February 9, to see Hallerin Hilton Hill from News/ Talk 98.7 broadcasting live! He will be at the store until 10 a.m. Coachman Clothiers, located in Historic Franklin Square, is open to serve you Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Plan on stopping in to find exactly what you are looking for. They would love to help you pick the perfect Valentine’s gift for your special someone. Coachman Clothiers, a tradition of fine Southern Men’s clothing, shoes and accessories since 1982.


Gift Suggestions ■ Luxurious Royal Highnies 400-count pima cotton Boxer Shorts Lounge pants & tops Royal Robe Royal Hankies ■ M-ClipTM, the World’s Finest money clip ■ Colognes and shaving products The Art of Shaving Truefitt & Hill Masik Collegiate Fragrances Caswell Massey Royall Lyme ■ Derek Rose luxury robes ■ Scojo Eyewear ■ Finest leather goods and exotic belts Martin Dingman Trafalgar Torino Leather Col. Littleton ■ Mulholland Luggage ■ Fancy hosiery Punto from Italy ■ Handcrafted business pens ■ Cuff links


Thank you, East Tennessee, for voting Coachman Clothiers “Best Men’s Store” in 2010!

Fabric Decor


ast week’s snippet of warm weather had a lot of folks dreaming of nice spring and summer months to be spent on the screen porch, deck or patio. So you’re ready to get back to that comfy outdoor furniture, but is it ready for you and your guests? Joy Combs of Fabric Decor is a specialist in recovering and updating all Joy Combs those well-worn outdoor furniture cushions. She has plenty of handsome fabrics to choose from in all-weather materials that will give your outdoor space a brand new look for the season. Spring is also a great time to get the guest room ready for summer visitors. And you can get everything you need at Fabric Decor: custom made bed spreads, bed skirts, shams, accent pillows, draperies and also blinds, shutters and shades for your windows. The weather is still plenty cool now, though, and if you’re cocooning in your den or media room watching TV and movies, you may want to take a look at the motorized window shades and drapery panels at Fabric Decor. You won’t even have to get out of your easy chair to let the daylight in or out – just push a button. Combs offers just a few words of advice for those opening wide all of our draperies and blinds to let the sunshine in: remember that too much of that welcome light can fade not only the fabric on your upholstered furniture, but also your rugs, carpets and hardwood floors. Better call the experts at Fabric Decor to get those windows covered! There is no charge for in-home consultations and estimates. Info: or 223-7081.


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AARP driver safety class For registration info about this and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Barbara Manis, 922-5648. ■ Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7-8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike. ■ Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17-18, noon to 4 p.m., Halls Senior Center, 4410 Crippen Road. ■ Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17-18, noon to 4 p.m., Sevier County Senior Center, 1220 W. Main St., Sevierville. ■ Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 21-22, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Church St.

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Poole is Food City VP of center store

Fair named to Top 20 events

Food City has added Scott Poole, formerly of Springdale, Ark., to the company’s executive management team as vice Scott Poole president of center store operations. His background is in procurement, merchandising and strategic planning for both perishables and dry grocery, said president Steven Smith. At Food City, Poole will have oversight of all center store operations, supervision of the category management staff, space management team, grocery supervisors and coordination of the Consumer Product Goods partners.

The Tennessee Valley Fair has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the month of September. Each year, thousands of events across the Southeast compete to receive the designation. The Tennessee Valley Fair has received this distinction six of the last seven years.

Richard Petty to benefit veterans group Food City and seven time NASCAR champion Richard Petty have teamed up to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mission: ABLE project. The group supports seriously injured heroes. The campaign continues through March 19 with specially marked $1, $3 and $5 donation slips available at Food City checkouts.

PR pros set workshop Join the Volunteer Chapter of PRSA for a panel discussion that serves up answers to questions like: “What do bosses want? How can I create my dream job on the job? And, where do I find the time to grow my professional skills?” Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at noon Thursday, Feb. 17, at Calhoun’s on the River. Cost is $25 ($20 for members). Info: Susan Wyatt at swyatt@

Belk gives $10K to YW Belk has contributed $10,000 to the Knoxville YWCA to support programs for low-income women and their families. Y executive director Marigail Mullin said the funding will help the agency expand services to those in need. Mullin and board member Lynne Fugate ac-

cepted the donation from Belk representatives Mike Jones and Dixie Minatra.

Second Harvest expands to Alcoa Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee has purchased the former Walker Supply building in Alcoa for $4 million to use as a warehouse and distribution facility for its 18-county service region. The new building has 78,000 square feet of space, compared to less than 20,000 square feet in the organization’s current facility. Director Elaine Streno said Second Harvest is literally “turning away deliveries because we have no space to store the food.” She anticipates a move this summer. Some Second Harvest employees will transfer their work locations to Alcoa, and some will remain in Knoxville.

Winter classes at the Craft Center The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. You must preregister and pay for all classes in advance. Info or to register: 494-9854 or www. ■ Clay, Beginning Handbuilding, 10 a.m. to late afternoon Saturday, Feb. 12, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, with Sal Smith. Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 8. Cost: $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers plus a studio fee of $15 paid to the Pottery Studio. Beginning.


Star athletes sign to play in college

Second grade teacher Niki Kurusu wears a mic while talking with students. Photo by S. Clark

By Travis Cabage Two athletes from the Christian Academy of Knoxville made official their college choices Feb. 2 at the high school. Quinn Epperly formally signed his letter of intent to play football this coming fall at Princeton University. During his recruitment, Epperly was linked to other schools such as Vanderbilt and New Hampshire. In his senior season, Epperly set school records for passing yards (3,351 yards) and touchdown passes (38). Hannah Cox signed her letter of intent to attend the University of Louisville on a track and field scholarship. Cox had many suitors, including Kentucky, Villanova and Virginia. She holds CAK records in the long jump, triple jump, 4x200 relay and pentathlon.

Sound system puts every student on the front row By Sandra Clark


eachers in the elementary school at CAK are “wired” for voice amplification, and one parent says her goal is to “cover the campus” with sound enhancement technology. The family asked not to be identified. The parent said the lightweight microphones worn by teachers, coupled with speakers throughout each classroom “help my child and every kid in the classroom.” CAK’s system is unique to Knox County, she said. Sound systems are now in 24 classrooms at a cost of $1,500 each. The project was driven by a family whose child had limited hearing in one ear. They began to research ways to help the child live with the challenge. “We feel like God has blessed our child. (The hearing loss) is simply a difference. We are all different,” she said. The Warrior News in March 2009 reported, “Most of us can remember the challenges of sitting still and paying attention all day in a classroom, or how much better you could have done in class if you would have been able to sit in the front row.”

The writer said the sound systems look much like a surround sound theater system, but they are much more. “The specialized speakers and transmitters are specifically designed to enhance the phonologic skills of the students.” Now every child is on the front row. Another benefit, according to the story, is reduced vocal strain for teachers. “The system overcomes the problems associated with distance and noise, allowing our teachers to use a normal voice. Not only do the classrooms have more harmony, but the teachers are likely to go home a little less tired.” Second grade teacher Niki Kurusu began using the speaker system during the 2007-08 school year. “During the year, however, I quickly realized that all of my students benefited greatly from the system. “If I were late to put on my mic in the morning, the students would ask for it. They even reminded the substitute teachers to please use the mic.” Kurusu finds the system helpful if she turns her back to the class to write on the white board. Her voice still carries throughout

Students showcase creativity Ceramic artwork from CAK elementary students is highlighted in a showcase near the office door.

the room. She also finds that students with attentional issues “remain more focused.” She says, “As teachers, we are used to having to speak above our students and command their attention with our voices.” With the mic, Kurusu can speak in a conversational tone, walk around the room and face in any direction. “And the students are able to hear

as clearly as if I were right next to them personally.” Second grade teacher Adrienne Toro is hooked. After using the system for three years, she would not want to teach without it. “Students can focus (on instruction) above the white noise in an every day classroom. There is a huge difference when it is not used now.” Jennifer Lukens said the system makes a difference in her classroom. “I would guess there are at least three to four students per grade level with auditory processing issues. They benefit because of these systems.” In response to one family’s needs, CAK found a solution that benefits every teacher and student in the elementary school.

Quinn Epperly and Hannah Cox sign letters of intent to their respective colleges. Photo by T. Cabage As they move on to higher levels of academics and athletics, both believe CAK has helped develop and prepare them for their future. “I really loved my experience here at CAK,” said Cox. “Everyone has just cooperated so well with me.” “I think they (CAK) have prepared me very well,” said Epperly. “Princeton is very prestigious academically and I think they definitely prepared me to succeed there.” The signing day at CAK was also a realization of dreams come true for the parents of these young student-athletes. “She’s worked really hard to overcome injuries over the last couple of years,” said Hannah’s mom, Cindy Cox. “They (CAK) really rallied behind her knee injuries and it couldn’t be a better place.” “We feel incredibly blessed,” added Quinn’s mom, Kathy Epperly. “CAK has been an incredible place to raise my son.”

Tommy Pharr in baseball Hall of Fame CAK varsity baseball coach Tommy Pharr has been inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Also, CAK’s baseball field was honored as 2011 “field of the year.” Pharr joined CAK in 2009 after a long career at Farragut High School. He also is assistant athletic director. “It’s very humbling,” he said of his induction. “I don’t even think about being in the Hall of Fame or anything. I just do what I do. We try to do things right and work hard and emphasize with our guys to be good young men. There are more important things than baseball because, at

some point, baseball will end and who you are is more important.” Pharr said God led him to CAK where he is trying to build something special. “We had a good year last year (school record for wins, won district) and I think that gave us a good starting point,” he said. “I think we’re starting to build momentum with our younger guys, it’s just a process.” As for his selection to the Hall of Fame, he said: “It’s a great honor, especially because it’s from your peers, It’s really a blessing that I’ve been able to be around a lot of great people and a lot of good players.

“Usually stuff like this, you think about after you’re done. Hopefully, I’m not done for a long time,” Pharr said with a smile. He was surprised to receive “field of the year” because he had not nominated CAK’s field. “I think our park has come a long way. We have a beautiful setting, through contributions of various people we’ve been able to make some nice improvements to it and I think we definitely have one of the nicest fields and facilities around.” Athletic director Steve Denny said, “We’re so proud of Tommy and grateful to have him as a part of our CAK team.

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For any athlete wishing to play high school baseball, CAK’s facility and coaching staff is one of a kind.” Denny said the school is blessed to have the facilities, which “come from generous contributions and hard work.” He said Pharr has “taken ownership of the baseball field and all of our fields for that matter.” Pharr holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State and a master’s from Tennessee Tech. He has led high school teams to five state championships, four second-place finishes, and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005. Pharr’s overall record is 570-171. In 2003, his team was 48-1; in 2004, 46-2.

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