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learn courtroom ways By Natalie Lester


hough none of them admitted to seeing the inside of a courtroom before, all of the Karns Republican Club members may feel as if they have been there now thanks to General Sessions Judge Andrew “Andy” Jackson VI. Jackson spoke at the club’s meeting last week at the Karns Middle School library, and he began with a joke. “You know you’re at a Republican function when everyone puts their hand over their heart when the say the pledge,” he said, an apparent jibe at Democrats. He then began a brief lesson on how the Knox County General Sessions Courts work. There are five courts, four for criminal cases and another for civil ones, Jackson said. “It’s very noisy,” said Jackson. “There are lots of conversations between lawyers, victims, suspects and the judge going on at the same time. By necessity, we must work as we go.” The first court is misdemeanor court, where the judge hears any cases that would result in less than a year of jail time. The second is DUI court, where all the cases deal with alcohol and driving. Felony court, which is this judge’s favorite, may deal with any case from simple drug possession to murder. Bonded arraignment court hears cases with offenders who have been released from custody without seeing a judge. The last is civil court, or “Judge Judy” court as Jackson called it. The judges are on a five-week rotation, which Jackson seems to enjoy. “It’d get boring if you had to do the same court over and over,” he said. “I like the change of pace every week.”

Rotary Club of Knoxville to hold Fat Tuesday Party Rotary Club of Knoxville will hold its second annual Fat Tuesday Party and $10,000 Reverse Raffle fundraiser 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Foundry. The fundraiser benefits local and international programs. Tickets are $100 for a chance to win $10,000. Every 25th name drawn will receive $100 back. You do not have to be present to win. Info: Elaine McCullough, 523-8252 or visit www.

In search of Civil War memorabilia Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay St., 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents. Anyone with Civil War memorabilia is encouraged to have it recorded. The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners. To schedule an appointment with the archivists, call 615-253-3470 or e-mail Info:

General Sessions Judge Andrew Jackson VI speaks to the Karns Republican Club. Photo by N. Lester

A wild ride through the justice system “On January 4, 2011, at 5:09 a.m., my car was stolen from my garage at my home. The Knox County Sheriff’s (Office) was called at approximately 7:30 a.m., upon the discovery of my missing car … and we were told they were busy and would take our name and number and call us back. After a while and no return call my husband called back and a report was taken over the phone.” Cook wrote that the sheriff’s office showed “no interest” in coming to her home to check for evidence the thief or thieves may have left. Asked if they had insurance, they were told to call their insurance company and were “dismissed.” Fearing that the thieves would discover a letter in the car from her bank notifying her of a check for a large sum to be released to her the following day, Cook said she told Detective Jim Pritchard that she was “terrified” that the

Farragut residents felt victimized by thieves and officials By Larry Van Guilder Like most of us, Kim Cook and her husband, Darryl Smith, had little experience with the criminal justice system and were glad of it. That changed around 5 a.m. on Jan. 4 when Cook’s car was stolen from the garage of their Farragut residence. Her subsequent experience with law enforcement officials and Knox County prosecutors left her and her husband outraged and bewildered. To the extent that any crime victim’s story can have a happy ending, this one does, but getting there was a wild ride. Cook told her story in a Feb. 18 letter addressed to General Sessions Judge Chuck Cerney and copied to dozens of local and state officials:


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thieves would return to her home. “Detective Pritchard felt my fears were unfounded and again dismissed me,” she wrote. Cook’s husband, Smith, is head of engineering for the town of Farragut and has access to the town’s traffic enforcement camera videos. The morning of the theft he watched a video showing his wife’s car pulling out of their subdivision and heading east on Kingston Pike before turning north on Campbell Station Road. Cook wondered why her husband was doing the investigation. “Isn’t this the job of the sheriff’s department?” she wrote. On Jan. 7, the KCSO called to tell Cook her car had been located. It had been wrecked following a high speed chase on I-75 in Loudon County. Had Cook known more about the driver at the time her vehicle was stolen, her fear would have magnified.

Afton Broderick, a 21-year-old former student at Karns High School, was wanted for questioning in the attempted murder of two other upstanding citizens (who would decline to testify) on Dec. 27. She also faced charges for other thefts. Cook discovered that Broderick had a Facebook page where she had posted statements that might have come from the defendants in the Christian-Newsom murders: Jan. 2, 2011: “I told yall weak ass nigga to stay out of my face, get it now?” (Although she uses language familiar to listeners of “gangster rap,” Broderick is white.) Dec. 14, 2010: “no apologies, nah suckers I’m not sorry. You can all sue me, y’all could be the cause of me no remorse for me, like there’s no recourse for me no apologies not even acknowledging you at all … till I get a call that

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The Knox County Sheriff’s Office sent a response to this story late on deadline day. It is on page A-2. gods coming no apologies, … its all funny I can spit in ya face while your standin across from me, no apologies.” The KCSO told Cook that Broderick’s alleged accomplice, Steven Thodos, could not be charged with car theft because he was not seen driving the car. So when Cook secured video footage from a Walmart showing Thodos entering the store wearing her sunglasses and the car later leaving the parking lot, she charged him with stealing the sunglasses. On Feb. 17, Cook was in court to hear the charges against Tho-

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community A story behind the story Last Monday a letter arrived in our office from Farragut resident Kim Cook. Kim is the wife of Darryl Smith, who heads up the town of Farragut’s engineering department. Kim’s car was stolen from the family residence on Jan. 4, and the letter related in great detail her frustration with representatives of various law enforcement agencies and the attorney general’s office. Outrage at what she considered – with justification – a looming miscarriage of justice poured forth from her letter, mixed with the feelings of terror and violation felt by all crime victims. The following day I received a call from Darryl. We discussed Kim’s letter and he asked that I call her for more details. I spoke with her Tuesday afternoon and assured her we would follow up and give her what help we could. On Tuesday evening County Mayor Tim Burchett spoke to the Council of West Knox County Homeowners. I was able to corner the mayor after his presentation and found out he had read the letter and was determined to help Kim and Darryl. On Wednesday I was able to speak with John Gill in the AG’s office. John promised to look into the matter and get back to me. Later that day, he did, and with the unofficial word that the victims should get more satisfaction from the justice system than they had been told to expect. I also contacted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office about Kim’s complaints. Meanwhile, Burchett and his staff were at work. Thursday was court day for the alleged car thieves, who were appearing in different courts, and Jonathan Griswold from the mayor’s office shuttled back and forth keeping Kim and Darryl up to date on what was happening. Late Thursday Darryl called with some good news. The “attitude” had changed, Darryl said. One of the thieves, Afton Broderick, was taking a plea that would net her a sixyear sentence. Broderick also was facing charges in Loudon County. Two weeks earlier, Kim and Darryl had been told that that the prosecutor was willing to accept a deal that would have let Broderick off with a year’s probation and a promise to pay restitution to her victims. Darryl was also happy to tell me that Broderick’s alleged accomplice would be offered a chance to plea in exchange for a 13-year stretch. The bad guys aren’t walking away after all, and that’s as good an outcome as we could have asked for. Darryl graciously thanked us for our help. We were glad we had the opportunity to fulfill a newspaper’s historic role as a watchdog. If you skipped ahead, you can read more of Kim and Darryl’s story on the front page. And check out our features pages, A-6 and A-7, for more from our crew of outstanding writers. Bon appétit! Contact Larry Van Guilder at


Wild ride through the justice system dos when prosecutor Willie Lane called her aside. Lane told her that the witness for the attempted murder charges against Broderick and Thodos had not shown up. The public defender was asking that all the charges against Broderick be combined and that she receive a year’s probation for a guilty

plea. Lane agreed, and the next day Cook composed her letter. Cook says officers from the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office told her that Broderick provided them with details of “numerous other thefts” she had committed as well as details of the attempted murder. She says e-

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mails and calls to the KCSO and a detective with the Knoxville Police Department (one of Broderick’s alleged thefts occurred in Sequoyah Hills) were never answered. Cook’s letter got results. On the “official” side, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett stepped in. Unofficially, this

newspaper also took up the cause. On March 3, Broderick accepted a six-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. She faces additional charges in Loudon County. Thodos is facing a sentence in the range of 10 to 13 years should he choose not to go to trial. Chalk up one for the victims.

Sheriff responds to today’s front page story Knox County Sheriff’s Office response via e-mail from spokesperson Martha Dooley: ■ Concerning the call to report the theft: “It is standard operating procedure for people to be called back if everyone in teleserve is busy.” ■ Regarding Cook’s complaint that no one from the sheriff’s office came to her home: “Forensics, to my knowledge, is not typically sent to stolen vehicle calls. The crime scene

Library to host book sale The Friends of the Knox County Public Library will hold this year’s annual used book sale 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 7-11; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Drive-up curbside service will be offered this year where volunteers will load purchases into your car. Most hardcover books for adults will be $2, paperbacks will be $1 or less. Hardcovers for children will be $1, with board books and paperbacks selling for 50 cents or less. There will also be movies, magazines, music and a rare special collection for sale. All proceeds

in this case was driven away.” ■ Concerning Cook’s concern about the banking information in her car: “Det. Pritchard told her he understood her concerns (but) in all probability the suspects were more concerned with the vehicle” and the property it contained. ■ The video tape was reviewed by Cook’s husband, Darryl Smith, before Det. Pritchard was assigned to the case. Smith did not supply a copy of the tape as requested, but

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‘Arts in the Airport’ The Arts and Culture Alliance and McGhee Tyson Airport are accepting entries for the next “Arts in the Airport,” a juried exhibition allowing regional artists to compete and display work in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint Thursday, April 21, through Thursday, Oct. 20. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 25. Info: airport.html.

Kids’ writing contest East Tennessee PBS has launched this year’s PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. All entries must be original, illustrated stories and should be received by Thursday, March 31. First place winners will receive a certificate, prizes and the opportunity to read their story on-air. Info: Frank Miller, 595-0240.

as described by him, the tape contained no useful information. ■ Regarding Cook’s discussion with Asst. District Attorney Willie Lane: “I spoke briefly with ADA Lane, who stated that she did not tell the victim that the suspect would receive one year probation. … Mrs. Lane stated that the victim became very agitated with her, … to the point that Det. Giammariono of KPD stepped between the victim and Mrs. Lane.”

Artist’s residency 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-by-10 studio. Applications can be downloaded at Info: 523-7543 or e-mail

Jubilee Festival The 42nd Jubilee Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, March 11-13, at the Laurel Theater. The program begins 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with Old Harp Singing and a potluck meal 11 a.m. Sunday. Tickets for Friday or Saturday are $12 (discounts apply for JCA members, students and seniors). Info: 523-7521.

World Storytelling Day World Storytelling Day will be held Friday, March 18, at the Clayton Arts Center in Maryville. The first event will be 2:30 p.m.

to 5:30 p.m. in the choir room with free admission. Donations will be accepted. A concert will be held 7:30 p.m. with stories for adults and children who listen like adults. Admission is $7 ($5 students and seniors). Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 1. Info: 981-8590.

Dragon Boat race registration open Registration is open for the ninth annual Knoxville Dragon Boat Festival race scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at the Cove at Concord Park. Boat teams race for prizes and raise money for Knox Area Rescue Ministries in the process. Info: 742-4306, visit www.racedragonboats. com or e-mail penny@

Foghorn String Band Jubilee Community Arts will present the Foghorn Stringband 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Laurel Theater. The group plays old-time string band music rooted in American folk tradition. Tickets are $14. Tickets: 523-7521 or at the door.

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Your 401(k) offers tax-deductible contributions, taxdeferred growth of earnings potential and a variety of investment options – so it’s a great tool for building retirement savings. Yet like all tools, your 401(k) must be used properly to get the best results. That’s why you should review your 401(k) at least annually and make whatever adjustments are needed. Depending on where you work, you may get some 401(k) review help from your plan provider. But if that assistance isn’t available, you might want to consult with a financial professional to make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit from your plan. As you begin to review your 401(k), your first question should probably be this: “How much should I contribute?” At the very least, try to put in enough to receive your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. If you don’t earn this match, you are essentially walking away from “free money.” Beyond this, though, the amount you put into your 401(k) might depend on what other retirement savings vehicles you have available. For instance, if you’re eligible, you may also want to contribute to a Roth IRA, which offers tax-free growth potential, provided you’ve had your account for five years and don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½. Of course, it’s not only how much you put into your 401(k) that determines its success – it’s also how you choose to allocate your investment dollars. (Keep in mind that asset allocation does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) Your 401(k) may have a dozen or more investment choices, such as stock funds, bond funds and money market funds. To choose the right investment mix, you’ll

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Innovative ‘appl-i-cations’ for Black History Month, more By Lorraine Furtner Sixth grade language arts teacher Robin Curry and technology specialist Steve Delapp at Cedar Bluff Middle School teamed up for an innovative podcast project for Black History Month. Both are members of the “appl-i-cators,” a teacher iPad users-group that marries technology and teaching to reach today’s students. Curry said she assigned significant African-Americans that students might not have heard of for the podcasts. Curry wanted students to grasp the importance of Black History Month. The 6th grade advanced reading classes of 54 students were divided into groups of three and researched their assigned person, and wrote a script, newscast or interview to play along with a slide show of pictures. Delapp showed the students how to record their podcast using GarageBand software and put the oneminute features on the school’s website, cedar He will leave the projects on the website until spring break, March 14-18. Student Dawson Byard got it. He was paired with

Cedar Bluff Middle school teacher Amber Wehr gets assistance with her iPad from technology instructor Steve Delapp.

Cedar Bluff Middle School teacher Robin Curry (center) recognizes (seated) Dawson Byard, Alexis Longmire, (standing) Shaunna Acker and Austin French for what they learned creating podcasts for Black History month. Photos by L. Furtner Zeth Atkins and Eric Stickles to study the Tuskegee Airmen. At first the boys were disappointed because they all like sports and wanted an athlete to study. “Once we found out about their flying missions, we liked it,” said Dawson. “Did you know people came out to congratulate them and were surprised they were black? They treated them differ-

ent because of the color of their skin,” said Dawson. What did he learn besides how to use GarageBand? “That we (as a society) should learn from our mistakes and about what we should and shouldn’t do,” said Dawson. Look for more fresh ideas to come about as Cedar Bluff teachers are participating in a unique

training, sharing and brainstorming discussion for applying newly purchased iPads in the classroom. This is a challenge when only one unit is available per class. Many teachers at Cedar Bluff Elementary opted to purchase iPads with their coupon book money allotment, while PTSA bought the 12 in use at the middle school.

Delapp gave instructions and pointers during the meeting while others brainstormed and shared applications (apps) they had found helpful. Kara Evans, 5th grade teacher, said as she has shared apps such as “” with parents, they’ve given her feedback on apps that work well at home. Some ways that elementary teachers are using the iPads include: 3rd grade teacher Julie Lewis sets it up as a station for reading or multiplication in the classroom, and 2nd grade teacher Carol Bledsoe uses it for spelling and found an avatar animal that she can

“train” (record) to instruct students on classroom rules. Middle school teachers like Tim Smith gives students who finish classroom assignments early the opportunity to play educational social studies or word games. Josh Archer uses a free book sampler to allow students access to a mini-virtual library to help them choose books they want to read or use for research. One of his favorite apps is “Manual for the United States.” Delapp said many of the apps are free at first, or cost less than $5.

A cultural experience I-House lends diversity to campus and community By Wendy Smith The primary purpose of the University of Tennessee’s International House is to teach homegrown students about other cultures, and members of the community are welcome to participate – if they can find a parking place, says former I-House director Lee Rhea. Rhea recently stepped down after serving as director for seven years. On Tuesdays, students from various countries present a Coffee House with cultural food, crafts or even dance lessons. Each Thursday, Global Hour offers a forum for discussion of world events in the news. Language labs give participants the opportunity to practice foreign languages with a native speaker. Occasional Culture Nights feature dinner and an educational presentation about a particular country. A handful of Bangladeshi students presented Culture Night two weeks ago at the I-House. Nabila Khalid, the only University of Tennessee undergraduate student from Bangladesh, was master of ceremonies during the evening, which served up a Bangladeshi dinner, a slide show, traditional dance and Khalid’s performance of a Bangladeshi pop song. Culture Night is a bargain for community members at $7 per person, in addition to the $1 per halfhour parking fee at the University Center garage. “It’s cheaper than dinner and a movie,” says Rhea. The current location at 1623 Melrose Ave. is IHouse’s fourth home since it was established in 1969. One of the misconceptions about the facility is that it “sequesters” international students from their American counterparts. “That’s not what we’re about at all,” Rhea says. “We bring the world to the campus.”

The International House was established in 1969 to educate American students about other cultures. It has been at its current location at 1623 Melrose Ave. since 1995. Photos by Wendy Smith

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The Bunnies are Here! Salwa Mostafa, a graduate student from Bangladesh, performs at a recent Culture Night hosted by the UT International House.

While the main objective of the I-House is to educate American students, it also offers support to international students. Students from around the world use the facility’s computer lab, television room, and space for studying and eating lunch. Where students gather, interesting discussions occur. Recent topics have included the threat of civil war in Libya and Tennessee state Sen. Bill Ketron’s proposed bill that would make it illegal to practice some forms of Sharia Law. “It’s fascinating to hear the conversations that go on here on a daily basis,” says Rhea. Khalid has enjoyed sharing her culture through IHouse events and international festivals on campus. She has found that while

some students are interested in learning more about other cultures, most undergraduates don’t appreciate the value of diversity. She worries that the university doesn’t offer enough assistance to international students, particularly graduate students who often arrive in Knoxville with no place to stay and no Social Security number. “I was lucky to have a sister here,” she says. “It’s really hard.” Rhea agrees. He’d like to see UT advise international students on housing, public transportation and obtaining necessary identification. Perhaps the campus should be more user-friendly to international students who choose to expand their minds, and share their culture, in the Knoxville community.

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government No reason for pension secrecy Bill Lyons has normally been the person sent to calm troubled waters in city government. He usually has a good sense of what will fly. He works to bring conflicting views into harmony.

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Therefore, it is all the more surprising that he has gotten himself into the middle of the city pension controversy and is on the wrong side of the issue in a very public way. The sooner he extricates himself from it, the better for all. When he announced the pension task force, he said that several meetings of the group would be closed. He did this without talking to all members of the task force. He did not consult with City Council on it. Perhaps he asked the city law director if it was legal. He presented himself not only as chair, but as the decider. However, even if it is legally permissible, it is the wrong step to take. The public is entitled to know what is going on at all the steps along the way. They need to know the discussion. City retirees are very nervous and anxious. Lyons should know this and honor it. In the past week, an African-American was added after several pointed out the omission on the original named list, but only two of the 14 members are women, although the city’s workforce is more than 30 percent female. Yet three members are from UT. Some other unintended side effects are that he triggered a Knoxville News Sentinel editorial criticizing this process when the

paper had editorialized in favor of the review itself. Lyons also inadvertently threw a lifeline to the Mark Padgett for Mayor campaign. Padgett immediately seized on it and was able to change the subject from his own campaign donations to his opposition to secrecy in government. It gave him a good news week which he needed. And his actions made Marilyn Roddy appear exasperated that she was even being asked to take a stand by claiming she did not want to be placed in a box. Madeline Rogero did her best to defend the motives for the secrecy but could not bring herself to be for it. But not one of the four mayoral candidates supported Lyons’ position. He was alone. City Council, the interim mayor, public pressure or all of these will force this process into the open. Anita Cash and Bill Warwick will not abide by a secrecy pledge. Cash is a modern day Bernice O’Connor who will challenge this process at every turn. Lyons has created controversy over his own special project at its inception when the spotlight should be on the reasons for its creation. He has raised the issue of a hidden agenda which he does not wish to discuss in public. Does he hope to cut current retirees’ pension checks or reduce the pensions for current employees? He himself is already vested for a city pension as the city’s fourth highest paid employee in addition to his UT pension which he has earned. He and Deputy Mayor Larry Martin need to be open about what they want this task force to accomplish. The taxpayers should expect no less. Lyons needs to return to being the consensus person. He can do it.


A slush fund by any other name … If you file a federal income tax return, you’ve seen the checkbox which asks if you want $3 to go to the presidential election campaign fund. At least the feds ask, but some county commissioners want you to contribute to their campaign funds the old-fashioned way – through the back door. Showing contempt for County Mayor Tim Burchett’s efforts to rein in spending, commissioners are now openly discussing increasing the so-called discretionary fund available to each commissioner to $10,000. Commissioners want to spend more, not less, at the same time county employees’ jobs are on the line and the mayor says the next budget is starting $3 million in the red. The argument that the total available to commissioners, $110,000, is $4,000 less than was available to the old 19-member body is a disingenuous attempt to defend what has never been more than a slush fund. When the

Larry Van Guilder election rolls around, what incumbent doesn’t want to be known as a friend of her local high schools’ booster clubs or his favorite charitable organization? Commissioners who support this slush fund will say that the money goes to worthy causes, organizations deserving of support. But shouldn’t taxpayers have the final say on where their money goes? Without exception, all donations to charitable causes should undergo vetting as part of the annual budget process. A commissioner may defend slush fund handouts by saying he is elected to represent the taxpayer. Agreed, but if this practice faithfully represents the will of the voters, commis-

sion shouldn’t object to a referendum on the next ballot asking for an up or down vote on the continuance of discretionary funds. Fat chance. Burchett’s response to this latest move by commission to spend your money as they see fit is unequivocal: “It sends the wrong message,” he says. “Families are living on less now, and government just seems to take more. We need to lead by example now.” Burchett acknowledges that $110,000 is a tiny fraction of the county’s roughly $650 million budget. But he nails the issue by noting that it’s the symbolism, not the amount, that’s most important. Maybe those commissioners who have the interests of the people at heart will try to head off this ill-conceived cash grab. They could perform an even greater service by moving to strike discretionary spending from commission’s budget.

If that’s not enough outrage for you today, you can fi ll your tank to the brim with another proposal that’s being whispered about: a pay raise for commissioners. While you’re getting up from the floor, I’ll point out that commissioners already earn as much as Tennessee’s state representatives in Nashville. If you’re looking for an example of genuine public service in elected officials, consider the town of Farragut’s unpaid Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Without suggesting that commissioners volunteer their time, any talk of a pay raise now is a slap in the face to struggling taxpayers and county employees whose jobs hang by a thread. It will take a term-limited commissioner to do more than whisper about a pay raise. But term-limited or not, those who support an increase in the slush fund should hear about it. contact:

Flood mucks with First Creek flood project Three inches of rainfall in three hours on Feb. 28 left the Emoriland/Fairmont Boulevard neighborhood in an alltoo-familiar posture: underwater, again, with the First Creek flood project delayed, again.

Betty Bean The good news is that the project delay will only be four days in duration. That’s enough time for the contractor, Bell & Associates, to pressure wash the deck of the unfinished Fairmont Boulevard bridge. “That structure got inundated,” said Tom Clabo, the city’s chief civil engineer. “They had the steel tied and were ready to pour the deck when all that water deposited a lot of mud and debris. There was no damage to the rebar, but the thing you don’t want

Construction workers deal with floodwaters.

to do is leave any kind of mud or debris when you pour concrete.” Clabo said the First Creek project “might have helped some” to mitigate some of the damage of last Monday’s storm, but there’s not much that can be done when 3 inches of water fall in three hours’ time. A block north of the new bridge, the water was 62 inches deep in the basement of Ken and Kathleen Sherfick’s Dutch colonial at the corner of Emoriland and Broadway. Two days after the deluge, they still had about a foot of water and two fish – one alive, one dead down there. The next day, the live fish had been returned to the creek and the Sherficks were still mucking out their garage. As they worked, they could hear the siren of a First Responder firetruck that was attempting to find its way into the neighborhood through a maze of blocked-off streets. The water was “only” 32 inches deep next door to the Sherficks’ at Charlene Hess’s basement rancher, but she reported at least $30,000 worth of uninsured damage – and two snakes. Brian Dove, who lives on the corner of Fairmont and Broadway (now a dead end due to bridge construction) said it wasn’t bad at his house – “Just a little flooding, about 2 feet of water.” From his 3-story English Tudor, Dove has a bird’s eye view of the long-delayed First Creek project, which the city started planning for in 2005 but did not reach an agreement with the neighborhood on until 2008 and didn’t get

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Karen Russell measures the water line in her basement – 32 inches. Photos by Betty Bean started on until the following year when some stimulus money came through. It was slated to be done early last fall but sat idle and uncompleted from November through February due to a legal dispute between the prime contractor and a subcontractor. He says he’s glad that Bell has taken over the project, “Because they seem much more serious about getting it done.” Neighborhood association president Steve Cotham said this was the scariest flood anyone can remember in 35 years. “This one was really mas-

sive and way, way high compared to what we’ve seen so far.” He hopes the construction work will lessen the impact of future storms, but believes that poorly regulated development to the northeast of the city is contributing to the problem. “We are going to have to spend a lot of money creating flood control in the city and I believe the county should be looking for ways to try and reduce runoff. There’s more to property rights than just who has a piece of property out in the county that they want to build on.”


Anger abounds at school board Why is everyone so mad? Thirty-six speakers signed up to talk about sex education at last week’s school board meeting. A few didn’t show but those

Sandra Clark who did went for two-plus hours and one fellow held a stop watch on board chair Indya Kincannon to ensure she gave each speaker a full five minutes. Their anger was palpable. Even though Superintendent Jim McIntyre has said outside groups won’t be presenting sex ed next year, these speakers demanded that Planned Parenthood be ousted immediately and that public

funds not be spent for instructors from Planned Parenthood to train health educators. Board member Cindy Buttry expressed anger in voting against both the five-year Capital Improvement Plan (it passed 8-1) and the design contract for the new elementary school at Northshore Town Center (it passed 7-2 as Buttry was joined by Mike McMillan). “I will not vote for this ($500,000 design contract with Lanny Cope); the proposed site is not the best site and there are a lot of unanswered questions,” said Buttry. Buttry supports most of the capital plan but doesn’t like the cost for a STEM high school at World’s Fair Park. Meanwhile, in Nashville, Republican legislators are set to mess with teacher tenure and abol-

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‘It was slaughter’ Ralph Lewis recalls the Battle of Iwo Jima

Photo by Robert M. Warren, ca. February/ March 1945. 26-G-4474. Courtesy National Archives, public domain

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Christmas 1945 will forever be Ralph Lewis’ favorite.


t had nothing to do with gifts and glitter. It had everything to do with surviving the horror that was 36 days on Iwo Jima. It had everything to do with coming home. Ralph was 26 when he was drafted in November 1943. He chose the Marine Corps, doesn’t regret it and says he’d do it again. Born in Marion County, Tenn., Ralph spent his high school years in Jefferson City, where his father was pastor of the First Methodist Church. He met Ruth Ogle, the love of his life, at Jefferson City High and eventually married her. “She was the prettiest girl in school and just as good as she was pretty,” he says. When Ralph left for the Marines, Ruth was pregnant with the daughter he wouldn’t see until she was 18 months old. Leaving his wife, two sons and his as-yet-unborn daughter was tough. He also left behind a job at Avondale Dairy in Halls. Ruth and the children would spend the war in Jefferson City with his parents. Ralph was a crew chief on a Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT), better known as an amphibian tractor, or amtrac. He was assigned to the 11th Amphibian Tractor Battalion, which, in February 1945, was assigned to the 5th Marine Division for Operation Detachment – the Battle of Iwo Jima. On Feb. 19 of that year, Ralph was riding in the center tractor during the first wave that landed on Red Beach 1. “We got caught on the beach. The Japanese opened fire on us from Mount Suribachi from the south and from the caves and rocky area from the north. We dug in at a shell hole by the bank and spent the night there.” Ralph’s amtrac crew picked up casualties, hauled ammunition, “(and) did a little bit of everything.” He’ll never forget “D-Day plus four” (Feb. 23). He was hauling a load of ammunition. The beachmas-

ter told him to take it to an advance dump on the other side of the island. Along the way, his unit was hit by mortar fire. “My radio operator jumped into the shell hole to our right. My mechanic and I jumped into the shell hole to our left, facing Mount Suribachi.” After awhile, Ralph heard a Marine yell. Then another. Then another. “It picked up just like it was rolling off Mount Suribachi, ‘Yeah!’ “Well, of course, I looked up. Two men, one was named Lindberg were setting up a small American flag. Boy was I glad to see it.” Marines began to beat on their mess gear and ration cans. Some fired shots in the air. “You’d have thought the war was over and it was just the fourth day (of the battle).” After the Japanese barrage ended, Ralph’s crew dumped the ammunition, went out to sea and came back to chat with the beachmaster and some of Ralph’s buddies who happened to be milling around. He told them about the flag. Somebody then told Ralph to look up at Mount Suribachi. The small Stars and Stripes had been replaced by a big flag, the one hoisted by Ira Hayes and five other Marines, the one captured in the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal. During much of the next month, Ralph saw bloated bodies floating in the water. He saw them scattered everywhere on the island. He could smell the rot. “War and death has a terrible odor to it. You don’t eat much.” The battle ended on March 26. Nearly 7,000 Americans had died. Nearly 20,000 were wounded. Roughly 200 Japanese were taken prisoner. The other 18,000 were dead or missing. “If you can imagine that number of people killed and wounded in 36 days on an island that was 8 and ¼ square miles, … it was slaughter.” Twenty-seven Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded for Iwo Jima alone. It is considered to be the bloodiest battle in

Hey, Jude CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, who are beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ: may mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. (Jude 1-3 NRSV) I heard this story from someone who was present and whose veracity I have no reason to doubt: Bruce Metzger, head of the committee who produced the translations which became the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, contended in their meetings that there was no such name in He-

brew as Jude. Didn’t exist, couldn’t possibly be right. The name was Judas, and if the committee was going to do its job and accurately render the Greek texts they had before them, Metzger declared they must change the name of the next to the last book in the canon. They agreed and adjourned for

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"Smashed by Jap mortar and shellfire, trapped by Iwo's treacherous black-ash sands, amtracs and other vehicles of war lay knocked out on the black sands of the volcanic fortress."

At right, Ralph Lewis displays photos from a trip to the Washington, D.C., area to see various memorials. Behind him is a photo taken of him beside the first, smaller flag that was raised at Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, in which Ralph fought. The red coat he is wearing signifies his lifetime membership in the Marine Corps League. Photo by Jake Mabe

Marine Corps history and the second bloodiest in American history. (Gettysburg is first.) Machine gunner Lloyd Keeland, who survived it, later said, “I know I’m going to heaven. I’ve already been to hell.” Ralph prepared in Hawaii for what everybody thought was the coming invasion of Japan. He had written a letter to Ruth, saying whatever it is a man facing death needs to say to his wife, just in case. He was relaxing at a naval station when a sailor burst in, babbling about a bomb dropped on Japan that would end the war. “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Ralph said, and went to sleep. “By noon the next day, we’d gotten the official word. I took the letter I’d written back to camp and

burned it up.” He headed to Camp Pendleton, Calif., on the USS Colorado, surviving a typhoon that tore the aircraft guns off the ship. From there, he boarded a train to Camp Lejeune, N.C. Ralph was discharged on Dec. 8, 1945. He hopped a bus to Knoxville and rented a car to Jefferson City. He walked in on his wife and children, unannounced. A few weeks later, his brother came down from Virginia and the family enjoyed Christmas dinner at his mother’s house. “Presents ain’t nothin,’ friend. Coming home is great.”

the evening. The next morning, the committee reconvened. Metzger confessed he had spent a sleepless night, fretting over all the dear little old church ladies who would be horrified that a book in the Bible was named “Judas,” given that the name was forever ruined by that other Judas, the one called Iscariot. “We’re going to call it ‘Jude,’ ” he declared, a triumph of love and compassion over scholarship. And Jude it remained. The NRSV’s own intro to Jude declares that “the identification of Jude with Judas, a brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3), is unlikely.” But the Interpreter’s Bible commentary on Jude insists that the author of the little epistle refers to himself in the prescript as “Jude,

a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James.” This would be the James who was the leader of the Church in Jerusalem, and a brother of Jesus. So if Jude is a brother of James, and James is a brother of Jesus (and if a equals b and b equals c …) then Jude is a brother of Jesus. So, he is the brother of Jesus named Judas? And why did he not just say so? Look carefully at his words: “Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James …” Now this is just me, with no particular scholarly work to back me up, but it occurs to me that this may be Jude’s (or Judas’) recognition that he and his brother James were still equals, still just brothers who had grown up together, roughhousing in the dusty roads of Naza-

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Epilogue Ralph Lewis returned to work at Avondale Dairy after the war. He retired in 1982. His two sons died in 1984 and 1996 respectively. Ralph’s beloved wife, Ruth, died in 2004. He sold his Mynatt Drive property and moved to St. Mary’s Villas in 2006. He is close to his surviving daughter, Cara Boyd, and has nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Ralph teaches Sunday school once a month at Christ United Methodist Church in Halls. He is 93. Thanked for his military service, Ralph simply says, “Sometimes you do what you have to do.”

reth. But Jesus … Jesus was now someone else entirely. No longer just the eldest, no longer just the big brother. Jesus had revealed himself as someone who had servants, thousands of them, who sought to follow and honor and worship him. To claim kinship with him might seem presumptious, so Jude (Judas) humbly claimed only servanthood to Jesus, and brotherhood to the other of Mary’s boys, James. I suppose that makes Jude just like all the rest of us who seek to follow: a servant of the King of Kings. (Note: I promised six weeks ago that I would write about the five books of the Bible I had heretofore neglected. This is the final installment of that promise. Next week: “A new old milk can.” LWH)


The party is over TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West


here do you suppose Willie Nelson is when you need him to turn out the lights and tell us the party is over? Sad song to be sung about a strange Tennessee basketball season marked by exciting potential and disappointing results. Now we know it was destined for inconsistent mediocrity. That’s a fancy way of saying it wasn’t going to be very good. No chance this team could meet expectations without a genuine leader, a go-to guy, somebody really big in clutch situations. I misread tea leaves. Back in October, I said the Vols would win 22, 23, maybe 24 during the regular season. Wrong! I was smart enough to realize that coming within a basket of the 2010 Final Four was no guarantee of ever getting closer. I had a fair idea of the value of the dearly departed seniors. I thought Melvin Goins was a better point guard than Bobby Maze. I knew the coach was in trouble and that would be a distraction. I assumed maturity would make a wonderful difference in Scotty Hopson’s game. It did. Lately. For some games. For two-thirds of the season, he set a record for maybe, perhaps, but not yet. I expected something from Cameron Tatum. I did not expect Brian Williams to win the Georgia game in Athens. Tobias Harris performed well – at one end of the floor. Without transition points, when forced into a half-court game, a dependable outside attack is necessary. That didn’t materialize. Threepoint shooting was so bad, rivals encouraged it. There were games the Vols couldn’t hit free throws if their lives depended on it. I kept looking for mental toughness. Harsh critics suggested the team was lazy. It is strange to admit that effort ebbed and flowed. Fierce competitiveness was a Pearlteam trademark before there were All-American recruits. Great depth did not win many games. Kenny Hall? Nope. Freshman guards? Maybe later. A friend at Marquette told me Jeronne Maymon might break into the starting lineup. He contributed very little. Alas and alas, there is enough disappointment to go around. I still think Steven Pearl is a gladiator. He might have made a good tight end.

The preseason media survey said the Vols were fourth best in the SEC East. That struck me as pessimistic. There were warnings in the opening seven-game winning streak. Belmont was within a point in the final 40 seconds. Missouri State and Virginia Commonwealth were too close for comfort. Knocking off Villanova and Pitt persuaded me that experts were wrong. Sorry about that. I thought Oakland was in California until the Oakland U. Golden Grizzlies stormed out of Rochester, Mich., to stun the Big Orange. Believeth thou me, that was an omen of things to come – loss at UNC-Charlotte, home loss to so-so Southern Cal. In the second meeting, Tennessee overcame Belmont’s better ideas with better players. Tennessee won 66-65. The Vols made UT-Martin appear big-time. College of Charleston won in a romp. Amazing. One bright spot: Memphis seemed to suffocate. The Vols won here and there, now and then. They came up large at Vanderbilt. They lost much too often at home. Some setbacks required cooperation. For the most part, this was not a smart basketball team. It failed miserably in the clutch. Seems like there were seven losses when the Vols had potential winning possessions. Several times they threw up long shots for lack of more intelligent possibilities. Bruce Pearl grumbled about point guard play. I am grumbling about Bruce Pearl. This is his mess. His players. His plan. His sins. I got a few things correct in October. Said it would be tough for the coach to maintain focus, that the NCAA investigation would siphon away some attention. Said it would be difficult to recruit while shackled. Bingo! I feel some compassion for the university, for the guys in orange and white, for the always optimistic fans and the coach who has done so much. Tournament outlook? There could be a finishing kick. Maybe some small something good can still happen. If there is a sudden revival, a sincere change of heart, I will ask why didn’t it happen earlier? If nothing brightens the end, the light switch is over there on the wall. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is


he official first day of spring is less than two weeks away (Sunday, March 20). Of course we’ve been known to have some really bad weather in March (remember the Blizzard of ’93!), but the mild and showery last weeks of February seem to have us all in a ready-for-spring mode. Two weeks ago, the forsythia bushes along Neyland Drive were in bright yellow bloom, with ample time to view them, sitting in basketball traffic. My jonquils have been working on buds for more than a week now, and we have had crocuses blooming in a flower bed at church. I suppose the two main things that people mention as most important to them as spring approaches, besides longer days and warmer weather, are the birds singing and the flowers blooming. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day (May 8 this year), are the two biggest fresh flower-buying occasions in the United States. Both are big springtime flower celebrations. We enjoy flowers all year long, of course, but they seem so much more fun to see after the barren months of winter. But, like strawberries and tomatoes, in these days of global commerce we can get fresh-cut flowers all year long as well. Along those lines, the cover story of the February Smithsonian magazine last month was entitled “Growth Industry: Where Your Flowers Really Come From.” The article unfolds the story of a Colorado State University graduate student named David Cheever, who wrote a paper in 1967 about what an ideal place the vicinity of Bogota, Columbia, would be for a large cut-flower industry. He and three partners started such a business in 1969. The concept was later supported by the U.S. government as an alternative means for the locals to support themselves instead of producing cocaine. The climate was perfect, there was plenty of labor and Bogota was three air hours from Miami – way closer to the East Coast flower customers than our main flowerproducing areas in California. Bogota is now the second-largest flower-producing area in the world after Holland and commands 70 percent of the U.S. cut-flower market. In fact, the author comments that if you buy a bouquet in a supermarket or a big box store, it probably came from Bogota. With huge success have come issues as well, such as decent housing for employees, child labor problems and human exposure to toxic chemicals like fungicides used to dip each bouquet. But, I imagine these will be addressed, and certainly the production of flowers is preferable to the production of cocaine.

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Few of our East Tennessee spring wildflowers would do for the cutflower bouquet business. In fact, they are called spring ephemerals, a word that means “here and gone in a day.” They are tiny, delicate and they wilt away to nothing in minutes of being picked. Part of their magic is in seeing them where they grow; that is really the only way you can see them as they are meant to be. Opportunities abound, though, to see and enjoy our local early spring wildflowers. Seeing the earliest ones is sort of like looking for that first purple martin or chimney swift – how soon will they show up? Where will they be first? Of the many good spots, one of our top favorites is the Norris River Bluff Trail, along the west bank of the river below Norris Dam. Only about 20 minutes from Halls and Powell, on a good spring morning one can do a pleasant mile or so along the river and be amongst as many as 20 or more species of flowers. And all this accompanied by ducks and geese (and trout fishermen) on the river and the birds singing in the trees. The flowers bloom surprisingly early there, so Spouse and I decided to check it out Feb. 27 in hopes of maybe seeing the first spring flower popping out. The day was nice, mid-50’s, with a chilly breeze and warm sun. The moss covering the rocks and logs was fresh, bright green. But, nary a blossom to be seen. The closest we came to flowers were several little toothwort plants with lots of buds and a neat group of orange-red cup fungi. We know, though, that within a few days to a week or two the place

will be a garden, a carpet of thousands of trout lilies, along with dozens of Dutchmen’s breeches, trilliums, yellow wood-poppies and all their other friends. And, if you feel the need for help with identifications, friendly folks from the friends of the Norris Dam State Park and others offer guided walks of the flower trails, both the River Bluff Trail and the Clear Creek Trail. This year, the walks will be available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and Saturday, April 2. The Clear Creek walks, meeting at the grist mill parking lot, will be on the same days at 2 p.m. For more details, call Norris Dam State Park at 426-7461. And, of course, both areas are free and open every day to go on your own, whenever the good spring weather beckons. Another really big wildflower deal in these parts is the annual Smoky Mountain Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Gatlinburg. This will be its 61st year, and it is attended by people from all over the country. It features exhibits, lectures, hikes and field trips, more than 150 in all. This year’s events will be from April 26 to May 1. Lots of information is available at www. And, if you’re not into crowds, pick a likely spot or two from their lists of activities and go back by yourself or with a friend, when the dust settles, so to speak. They’ll be coming up soon. Keep an eye out for those first spring blooms. And, when you find a favorite spot, return often. You’ll be surprised at how fast the cast of characters changes this time of the year. Enjoy!

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Salem to host Annie Moses Band By Jake Mabe

The Annie Moses Band will appear in concert 6 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Salem Baptist Church in Halls. Photo submitted

Somebody asked David Whipple whether the musicians in the Annie Moses Band play “the violin or the fiddle? “That will tell me what kind of music they play.” Whipple, the church’s associate pastor for worship and media, replied with one word. “Yes.” Salem Baptist, located at 8201 Hill Road in Halls, is hosting the Annie Moses Band 6 p.m. Sunday, March 20. There is no charge for admission, but a love offering will be taken. The band is comprised award-winning songwriters Bill and Robin Wolaver and their children: Annie, Alex, Bejamin, Camille, Gretchen and Jeremiah. The older children are Julliard-trained musicians and all of them are steeped in classical music. They play what Whipple calls a

unique blend of classical, Christian, folk and pop. “This is probably the biggest thing we’ve tried to do here as far as a concert,” Whipple says. “I have wanted to have them here for a long time and heard about them from friends who’d hosted them in their churches. I also happened to be flipping channels one Christmas and came upon a special they did for PBS. “They have played everywhere from the Lincoln Center to little churches.” The band will also help lead the worship during Salem’s 10:15 service that Sunday morning. Whipple is expecting an overflow crowd for the concert and encourages attendees to arrive early. For more info on the concert, visit www. or call 922-3490. For more on the Annie Moses Band, visit

Mission conference reflects changing philosophy By Wendy Smith There was a time when the typical American missionary in Africa was a Bible-thumping man in a coat and tie. But the faces (and attitudes) of overseas missionaries have changed. They now include women like Linda Lind and Lucinda McCay. Lind and McCay sold Capulana Bags at the Women in the Church (WIC) luncheon at last week’s 2011 Global Mission Conference held at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. Made by women in Mucatine, Mozambique, the bags are named for the colorful squares of fabric they wear and use to carry things. Cedar Springs joined with World Relief 10 years ago to bring clean water to the community and followed up with an irrigation system that increased crop production. While on a mission trip to Mucatine, Lind came up

with the idea to have African women make bags she could sell in the states. The women set a goal of selling enough bags to purchase a truck that could carry the community’s extra crops to market, and they recently met that goal. Lind and McCay grin from ear to ear when they talk about the Capulana Bag project. “We have had so much joy over it, I can’t tell you,” says Lind. Cedar Springs has hosted the conference since 1974, but the philosophy behind the church’s missionary efforts has changed significantly since then. Global Missions Director Piers Van Der Merwe says that efforts in those days were “missionary-centric,” and churches established in foreign countries were based upon a Western model. Now, the church’s overseas efforts

Linda Lind and Lucinda McCay sold Capulana Bags at the Global Mission Conference held last week at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. They hold a picture of the truck bought with proceeds made from the bags, which are made by women in Mucatine, Mozambique. “West Knoxville women love to give them to friends, but also to give back to Africa,” says McCay. The bags are available at www.thecapulanastore. Photo by Wendy Smith

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says Van Der Merwe. The keynote speaker for the conference was Tim Keller, senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Keller started the church in 1989 with 50 members, and membership rose to 5,000 by 2008. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of “The Reason for God” and several other books. Because of his expertise, Cedar Springs has teamed with Keller to plant churches in urban areas. The church is also active in local service efforts, and almost half of the 33 mission partners who attended

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■ 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. ■ 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. ■ 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.

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the conference were part of local ministries like the Restoration House, which helps single mothers and their children overcome poverty. But global missions are still important because there are millions of people in the world who have never heard of Jesus, Van Der Merwe says. There are large numbers of ethnic groups in countries like China and India that have never heard the gospel, and those groups are often overlooked by churches within those countries. Cedar Springs’ members share his conviction, and that’s kept the economic

Givens will be on display and lunch by Becky Bishop will be served for $5. RSVP for lunch by calling 966-6728. No reservations needed for the program. Everyone is invited.

Women’s groups ■ Shepherd of the Hills Baptist Church, 400 East Beaver Creek Dr., will host a women’s Bible study 10 a.m. the first three Saturdays in March. Beth Moore’s DVDs will be discussed, including “The Healing Heart” March 12 and “Praying God’s Word” March 19. Info: 947-7151. ■ 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. ■ 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.

Youth ■ 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.rocky ■ Concord Christian School is now enrolling for the

downturn from affecting the church’s overseas efforts. So many members have lost jobs that the church has hosted job fairs, he says, but they continue to give. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Gospel: It Changes Everything,” and Van Der Merwe says it’s the message that makes things happen, rather than those who carry it. “We’re not special people doing special things. When the gospel gets ahold of you, you can do fantastic things. We’re all a bunch of people in the process of getting fi xed up.”

2011/2012 school year. Info: 288-1617. ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, has open registration for summer and the 2011-2012 school year sessions of preschool and Parent’s Day Out. Info: Lori or Lisa, 531-2052.

Fundraisers and sales ■ First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, will hold a children’s consignment sale 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the family life center gym. The sale will also be open to church staff and participants only 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Online registration for vendors will end noon Tuesday, March 22. Info:

Rec programs ■ Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Dr., will host “Tuesday Movies” 1 p.m. each Tuesday beginning March 8. AARP magazine’s list of “Movies for Grownups” featuring actors over 50 will be shown. Info: E-mail Linda Morrison at llmorrison99@yahoo. com or 966-0234. ■ First Farragut UMC, 12733 Kingston Pike, invites everyone to “Wednesday Night Live,” 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Enjoy a homecooked meal with your family and have some fun and fellowship. A family of four can have dinner for only $22. Info: ■ Heska Amuna Synagogue, 3811 Kingston Pike, is collecting aluminum cans to recycle and purchase new energyefficient lights for their upstairs hallway. Info: www.

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Dr. Seuss Night at Ball Camp Elementary

Sarah Gladwin carefully picks out which item to select from the book fair at Ball Camp Elementary School.

Ball Camp music teacher Faye King watches as Brice Whitely tosses a beanbag through a hole during Dr. Seuss Night. Photos by N. Lester

Ahmed Almeferge balances packages on his head during a game inspired by “The Cat in the Hat� during Ball Camp Elementary School’s Dr. Seuss Night on Feb. 25.

Hardin Valley Academy special education teacher Roberta Bianucci proudly displays her poster and picture of the “Teacher’s Pet� winner, her dog, Sunny. Photo by N. Lester

Teacher’s pet said proud owner and Hardin Valley Academy special education teacher Roberta Bianucci. “I just love him.� HVA’s National Honor By Natalie Lester Society ran a five-day proHe may never know it, gram where 43 pets of the but Sunny the dog helped school’s teachers competed raise nearly $300 for the during lunch. The students Humane Society last week. put money in their favor“He’s the light of my eye,� ite pet’s jar, but they didn’t

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Chess club at Webb Chess master Leonard Dickerson, who heads up the after-school chess clubs in Webb School of Knoxville’s Lower and Middle schools, stands with Webb students Dan Primka, Sean Read, Tolson Bell, Evan Davies, Spencer Williams and Eli Davies at this year’s Tennessee State Scholastic Individual Chess Tournament Regional at Oak Ridge High School. Webb students Tolson Bell, Sanchit Wadhawan and Matthew Klawonn qualified for the Scholastic individual finals held Feb. 19 at Tennessee Tech. Photo submitted

AMSE calendar The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Info: ■“Take Flight,� through Sunday, April 24. This traveling exhibit on the creative exploration of flight has hands-on activities on what makes flight possible. AMSE second level.

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Rock climbing clubs among few in US By Lorraine Furtner The Karns High School Rock Climbing Club finished the season “somewhere in the middle” in rankings of 14 schools, including Karns, Hardin Valley, Bearden and West high schools in Knox County. Karns is coached by Byington Solway Career and Technical Education Center teacher John Rhyne.

Karns Beavers The league is hosted by The Climbing Center (behind River Sports Outfitters) on Sutherland Avenue. The Karns team meets each Sunday afternoon to practice and asks that members practice an additional one or two nights at the indoor climbing gym. The Climbing Center holds five competitions or “comps” each season between September and March. Climbers are given points for climbing three levels of top-roped (being tied in to ropes suspended above the 35-foot climbing wall) routes and for two 15foot “boulder” (un-roped) routes. Team members, including Jeffrey Allman, Susan Coleman, Cierra Easterday, Jacob Eubanks, Cathering Hawley, Ryan Savery and Andrew Smith, concurred that while it is a competition, members from all the

teams encourage and help one another succeed. They said if there is a difficult problem (a specific, tough move on a route), members from all the teams get together and discuss it. Cierra said, “We all want each other to reach the top.” Particularly challenging are the boulder problems that require a “dyno” or dynamic move to start (get on the climb). Mark Large, instructor at The Climbing Center, describes a dynamic move as one where all four limbs are off the rock – you must jump or leap to make the move. That’s when it becomes a personal test. “It’s a competition with yourself,” said senior Jonathon Fehl. Andrew summed it up, “(the rock climbing club) is about growing the individual more than the team.” “Few realize the physical and mental challenge rock climbing requires,” said Rhyne. Rhyne had never rock climbed prior to accepting the coaching position two years ago. He loves the outdoors, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking, so it gave him something new to try. Rhyne would like to see the team grow. There are only a few such high school rock-climbing leagues in the country. Most are in

Jeffery Allman solves a “difficult problem.” Jeffrey has been a member of the Karns Rock Climbing Club for two years. California and Colorado and were established in the past three or four years. The Climbing Center has been doing this league for approximately 10 years. For information on joining the club, contact Rhyne at John.Rhyne@ Club

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A ‘Beautiful’ dream come true By Lorraine Furtner Take a chance on your dreams – you might surprise yourself and be successful. Hardin Valley Academy senior Sierra Trott took a shot in singing in the school level Career, Technical Education Idol Contest and won. Sierra sang a cappella “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera.

Hardin Valley Hawks Sierra decided to enter just because she was a senior and it was something she’d always wanted to do. She practiced for just two weeks. Sierra will compete with other school level winners at the CTE Idol Competition at Market Square on April 8. The winner will receive a two-song recording session in Nashville. Teacher Vivian West said she was helping backstage when Sierra, the next to last competitor, took stage. West said that when Sierra start-

ed singing, choral director Teresa Scoggins, preoccupied in the sound booth, craned her neck to see who was singing. “Prior to the event, no (faculty members) knew she could sing,” said West. Sierra said that she was in chorus and ensemble at Karns Middle School, and in chorus at Karns High School her freshman year. When she transferred to Hardin Valley Academy as a sophomore, she switched her focus to drama. She will play Tweedledee in the senior play “Alice in Wonderland” on March 11. Sierra said singing remained a dream and she would occasionally sing karaoke. “I sing all the time. The shower, kitchen and garage are my stages,” said Sierra. “Everyone likes it when I sing “Beautiful” and I think my vocal range is similar to (Aguilera’s voice), so I chose that for the contest.” Up until this year Sierra

Brown Bag, Green Book A new season of the Brown Bag, Green Book lunch and learn series begins this month at the East Tennessee History Center: ■ “The Climate War Politics: True Believers, Power Brokers and the Fight to Save the Earth” by Eric Pooley, presented by Stephen Smith, executive director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy,

■ Spring Break for Knox County Schools will be Monday through Friday, March 14-18. ■ The Cedar Bluff Elementary School PTSA is accepting donations for its silent auction to be held during Mayfest Saturday, May 7. Info: e-mail, or

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Sierra Trott, winner of the CTE idol competition sings “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. Photo by L. Furtner

had considered becoming a cosmetologist, but was undecided after receiving a two-year scholarship to Pellissippi State Community College. Her singing success may change her focus. Sierra doesn’t know what the future holds, but if she ever gets a chance at a recording contract, “I’m going for it!” she said.

Wednesday March 23. ■ “The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality and Religion in the Twentyfirst Century” by Thomas Berry will be presented by Rabbi Beth Schwartz from Temple Beth El on Wednesday, April 20. Reading the book is optional but encouraged. Copies of the books are available at the library. Info: Emily Ellis, 215-8723.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Info: www. or 4949854. ■ “The Art of Bronzing” with Kathy Bradley, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Price is $55 for members, $65 nonmembers, $40 materials. Deadline to register is Monday, March 7. ■ Beginning Precious Metal Clay, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 17, with instructor Kathy King. In this introductory class, students will make at least one pendant and receive information on making other. Cost is $55 for members, $65 for nonmembers, plus $45 for materials. Beginning level. Registration deadline is Monday, March 14. ■ Hand-Sewing Day with the Quilting Department, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring your hand-sewing project or help with the group quilting project. No need to call ahead; just bring your lunch. No cost. All levels.

SPORTS NOTES ■ A 30 minute speed clinic, each Monday through Thursday during March at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center. Grades 3-5 will meet 4:30 to 5 p.m.; grades 6-8, 5 to 5:30 p.m.; and grades 9-12, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $25 a week for members, $45 a week for nonmembers. Info: Megan Miller, 531-5453. ■ Spring Break Hitting Camp with coach Larry Simcox, 10 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday, March 14-15, at Diamond Baseball-Simcox Academy for ages 9-14. Info: 567-9082, e-mail or visit ■ Baseball tournament, Friday through Sunday, March 18-20, Halls Community Park. Open to all, 6U-14U. Info: 992-5504 or e-mail ■ Baseball tournament , Friday through Sunday, March 11-13, at Halls Community Park, 6U-14U. Open to all. 992-5504 or e-mail ■ The second annual Coach Rusty Bradley Quarterback-Receiver Clinic will be held 6-7 p.m. Monday, March 28, and Monday, April 4, at Christian Academy of Knoxville for current 5th-7th graders. Info: Jeff Taylor, 765-2119. ■ Spring recreational lacrosse sign-ups for Knox Youth Sports, ages 9-14, excluding high school students. Games at Lakeshore Park. Guaranteed playing time, season from March 26-May 21. Info: e-mail or call 584-6403. ■ Spring recreational baseball sign-ups for Knox Youth Sports, ages 3-12. T-ball, coach pitch and player pitch. Games at Lakeshore Park. Guaranteed playing time, season from early April through early June. Info: e-mail or call 584-6403. ■ Spring recreational softball sign-ups for Knox Youth Sports, ages 7-12. Games at Lakeshore Park. Guaranteed playing time, season from early April through late May. Info: e-mail kyswc@aol. com or call 584-6403. ■ Open registration for additional CYF Football teams based at CAK 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. ■ 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. ■ Three players are needed for 12u traveling team. Info: 466-0927.

Junior golf camp Spring Break Golf Camp for ages 8-14 is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15-16, at Concord Park. The cost is $75 and there will be instruction time as well as play on the course. Beginner golf clinics, for ages 5-14, will be held on Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16 and 23, with a different skill taught each week. Clinics are 10-11 a.m. and cost $10. Golf clubs will be available to participants who do not have their own clubs. Info: 966-9103 or

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Webb girls win at state By Greg Householder It was a tale of two districts in Region 2-3A as tournament play commenced Feb. 25. In girls play, District 3-3A sent champ Hardin Valley Academy, runner-up Oak Ridge, No. 3 Campbell County and No. 4 Halls. When the smoke cleared, only the District 4-3A representatives – champ West, runner-up Farragut, No. 3 William Blount and No. 4 Maryville – were left standing. HVA fell to Maryville 3327 in quarterfinal action, Farragut topped Campbell County 53-50, William Blount downed Oak Ridge 48-47 and West bested Halls 36-33. In semifinal action last Monday, Farragut beat Maryville 64-44 and West downed William Blount 5836 to set up the championship game last Wednesday. West took the crown over Farragut 52-43, earning both teams a trip to the sectionals last Saturday. Farragut visited Science Hill and West hosted Jefferson County with winners going to the state tournament in Murfreesboro. Results of Saturday’s games were un-

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The Region 2-3A champions Bearden Bulldogs celebrate after downing West in the championship game last Thursday. available at press time. In Region 2-3A boys action, it took a little longer to send the District 3-3A reps packing. On Feb. 26, Oak Ridge beat Maryville 6459, West downed Anderson County 68-45, Bearden topped Karns 65-53 and Central downed Catholic 57-54 in quarterfinal action. In the semifinals last Tuesday, West beat Oak Ridge 75-66 and Bearden rolled over Central 79-47 to set up last Thursday’s championship game which was won by Bearden 64-56. Tonight (March 7), West travels to Science Hill and Bearden hosts Morristown East in the sectionals.

In Region 2-2A action, the CAK girls beat Gatlinburg-Pittman 66-51 in quarterfinal action on Feb. 25 before falling to Fulton 61-56 last Monday. Pigeon Forge ended up claiming the crown by downing Fulton 61-60. The CAK boys suffered an early exit from regional play by falling to Gatlinburg-Pittman 64-49 in quarterfinal action on Feb. 26. Fulton won the championship over Stone Memorial 73-70. In Division II-A action, the Webb girls beat University School of Jackson in substate action on Feb. 25. Last Thursday, the Webb girls defeated Fayette Acad-

emy 53-47 in the state semifinals at Lipscomb University in Nashville. The Spartan victory set up the championship game against Franklin Road Academy last Saturday. Results of Saturday’s game were unavailable at press time.

Correction In last week’s high school basketball coverage with the District 3-3A All-District tournament teams, Cayla Varner of Halls was inadvertently left off the list. We apologize and regret the oversight.

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Molly Lynn and Mary Nelle Strevel were born at Parkwest on Oct. 22, 2010. After a brief stay at Children’s Hospital for Mary, the girls are both at home and enjoy sleeping next to each other in their crib.

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Parkwest made everything seem as if it was planned that way.� At 6:14 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 22, Molly Lynn and Mary Nelle Strevel arrived via cesarean section. Molly was 5 pounds, 1 ounce and 17 inches long, while Mary was 6 pounds, 1 ounce and 17 3/4 inches. Shortly after the birth, Mary started

experiencing breathing difďŹ culties and, within the hour, a decision was make to transport her to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital. The following day – with the Strevels still at Parkwest with Molly – a call came in from Children’s NICU at 10 p.m. that Mary needed to be put on a ventilator. When Chris looked at the clock, his heart sank because he knew that a University of Tennessee football game had just ended and getting to Children’s Hospital would be impossible until trafďŹ c cleared. Chris went to the nurse’s station at Parkwest to ask if there was any way to get to Children’s immediately. He wanted to be there when his daughter was put on the ventilator. Parkwest nurse Vicki Pointer contacted the Children’s Hospital nurse clinician Tracey Savage who was onsite at Parkwest. Children’s and Parkwest have an agreement which provides neonatal consultation at Parkwest (see box below). The two nurses met with Chris and contacted Children’s Hospital on his behalf and spoke with the nurse caring for Mary. Pointer and Savage then met with Chris, Julie and all their family

members who were at Parkwest and explained in detail exactly what was happening to Mary and why. “Since no one could get to Mary because of the trafďŹ c, the extra time that Tracey and Vicki spent to gather and present information to us really helped ease our anxieties and understand what was happening,â€? Chris said. “My dad and I left just before midnight to go to Children’s. The trafďŹ c had cleared and we were able to see and spend time with Mary.â€? Mary would spend 11 days at Children’s and Chris would make two visits daily to see her. On Nov. 2, Mary was able to come home and join sister Molly. Julie had not planned on breastfeeding because of having two babies. However, with Mary’s transfer to Children’s, a recommendation was made that she try to pump milk for her because it was the best thing she could provide for Mary during that time. “Parkwest Lactation Consultant Mary Alice Middleton was absolutely wonderful,â€? Julie said. “She gave me a crash course in breastfeeding and pumping. She didn’t leave the room until I was completely comfortable doing it on my own. She answered all my questions and eased any fears I had about breastfeeding.â€? The Strevels describe their entire experience at Parkwest – including the childbirth classes – as wonderful, even though it wasn’t on the schedule they thought it would be. “Food service was extremely accommodating as well,â€? Julie said. “I was on a clear liquid diet for 24 hours after delivery. Once I was on solid food, they would call me every day and ask what I would enjoy for the day’s meals.â€? Now that the Strevels have been home for a few months with the two girls, life is happily falling into routine. “No matter how much you think you are planning ahead, you will never feel like you have done everything,â€? Julie said. “When the baby – or in our case, babies – arrive, just go with it. Don’t sweat the small stuff, it will all work out – and yes, there is no sleep in the beginning, but I promise it will be the best sleep that you never get.â€?

Neonatal specialists at Parkwest give tiniest patients excellent care Parkwest only hospital to have on-site NICU staffing partnership with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Dr. John Buchheit with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) examines a newborn with Parkwest nurse Brynn Whitworth and ETCH nurse Debbie Richardson. Babies born early can benefit from Parkwest’s partnership with ETCH by having access to ETCH professionals

Prospective parents have one less worry because of a unique partnership between Parkwest Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH). Children’s Hospital staffs a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse to be onsite at Parkwest 24-hours a day, seven days a week. This partnership also includes a daily visit to Parkwest from an ETCH neonatal physician to perform medical exams on children who do not have an assigned pediatrician. “Each delivery at Parkwest includes the NICU nurse should an urgent situation arise. The nurse is speciďŹ cally trained to handle criti-

cal circumstances such as resuscitation and assistance with transport services to ETCH,� said Parkwest President Rick Lassiter. “Although just 40 or so of the 1,600 babies born each year at Parkwest require transporting to Children’s, Parkwest is committed to excellent service for every patient, every time.� “This is a grand commitment on behalf of both hospitals to guarantee that only the absolute best level of care is available in the event a child needs to be transferred for more critical care or monitoring,� said neonatologist John Buchheit, MD, who is also ETCH chief of staff. “We are fortunate to not only have

a close relationship as a business, but the relationships between us and each physician at Parkwest are exceptional.� During a year that most hospitals were seeing a decline in the number of deliveries, The Childbirth Center at Parkwest has continued to see consistent growth. In 2010, more than 1,600 babies were born at Parkwest – up nearly 100 births in comparison to the previous year. Carefully selecting a medical team that has all the tools and resources available is vital. For more information about The Childbirth Center at Parkwest, call 865-374PARK or visit

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In sickness and in health I have come to the conclusion that one definition of “mother” is, “Any person who will catch vomit in her bare hand rather than let it touch her child’s pajamas.” We all know the power of Mom when it comes to sickness. Most sick or hurt kids, no matter what their ages, want nothing more than their mommies. Last fall and winter, Daniel was sick just about more than he was healthy. He went through a round of bronchitis, two rounds of strep and two rounds of pneumonia. We’ll still be paying off those medical bills, including a fun-filled trip to the ER, when he graduates from college. Well, last weekend he came down with bronchitis yet again. Friday night, cough turned into a wheeze with fever and restlessness. Of course, these things never happen on weekdays. I decided to help him tough it out until I could get him to a walk-in clinic Saturday morning. This meant a night spent with an upset toddler propped up on pillows in my bed, and almost no sleep for Mommy. As much as I hate these awful nights, they serve as stark reminders of just what I am to this little guy, just what it means to be a mom. I lie awake listening to him breathe and willing him to sleep. Even when he’s hot

Feral colonies need shelter If you know of someone with a big heart and an empty barn, Mary Wetzel and two feral colonies of cats could use their help. Wetzel has been caring for numerous colonies of feral cats around town for several years now – feeding them, having them spayed and neutered, etc. – and has come upon a situation where she needs some help. Animal control has notified Wetzel that two of the colonies she cares for are too big and too close to nearby businesses to be able to stay in their current locations. Because of this, Wetzel has been given a short amount of time to place the cats in other areas before they are picked up and taken to the shelter, most likely to be euthanized. If someone can temporarily allow the cats to stay in their barn or other facility, Wetzel will assist with feeding or supplying food, etc. for the animals until she’s able to get them spayed and neutered and

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moms101 with fever, he snuggles up to me, as though physical contact is the only thing that will bring him comfort. And, when it comes to the icky parts of nursing a sick kid, it’s not so bad, because he’s my baby. Being a mom has a lot to do with sacrifice, but it’s a sacrifice I don’t mind because it’s for him. Grim as they may be, Meet Snuggles, a Young-Williams Animal Center kitty. This there’s always humor to be 2-year-old female tabby cat is a delight. There are many found in these situations. more cats and kittens of all shapes and sizes available for The next night, two doses adoption. Kitten season is fast approaching, so now is a into the antibiotic, Daniel great time to have your pet spayed or neutered. Call 866coughed hard and threw 907-SPAY (7729) for information about subsidized spay/ up on my bedspread. After neuter clinics in your area. Snuggles is available for adopcleaning him up and putting tion at the main center at 3201 Division St. Hours are 11 the soiled cover in the wash, a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. I set Daniel back on the bed Sunday. The adoption center at Young-Williams Animal with a barf bucket. Village, 6400 Kingston Pike is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. See all of the center’s adoptable animals at www. “If you need to throw up, do it in that, Buddy,” I said. He leaned over the bucket and made puking sounds for a minute, then looked at me and said, “Mommy, I can’t do it.” “No, no!” I said. “Don’t ■ The kickoff to Multiple tion will be held Mondays try to throw up, just do it Sclerosis Awareness Week and Wednesdays beginning there if you need to!” will be held 10 a.m. SaturMonday, March 28, in the That’s my boy. day, March 19, at Rothchild, fellowship hall of Highland 8807 Kingston Pike. National champion cyclist Maureen Manley will be the keynote speaker. Brunch will be served. Deadline to register is Monday, March 14. RSVP: 1-800-344-4867, option #1. Info: or 470-9933.

Covenant Health promotes Clary Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, has announced Liz Clary as its director of patient care services for Peninsula Hospital. Clary holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Technological University and a master’s in Healthcare Administration from the College of St. Francis. Clary has served Covenant Health in many roles since her tenure began in 1983, most recently by administrating nursing operations at Peninsula Hospital.

■ Colonoscopy screenings will be held 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at UT Medical Center. To schedule a screening, call 305-6970. ■ An eight-week Tai Chi class for the Arthritis Founda-

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Presbyterian Church, 721 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. Level one will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and level two will be 11 a.m. to noon. There will be an introductory class to level two 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23. Class fee is $80; the introductory class is $20. Preregistration is required. Info: www.smoky or 803-8887. ■ YWCA Club W has added a hula hooping class to its community exercise schedule, held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Info: http:// ■ 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

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Are you looking to unload some old tack or pick up something new? It’s almost show season! Then bring yourself and your goods to Horse Haven and join our tack swap! 10% of the participants’ proceeds will go to Horse Haven. While you are here you can also visit with our horses that are available for adoption. You might just find a new horse to go with your new tack!

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Critter Tales placed in a forever home or rereleased in another area. “People don’t understand feral cats,” said Wetzel. “They need to be in an enclosed area until they’re sure of their surroundings and they know that’s where their food comes from.” Of roughly 20 cats in one location, eight have already been placed. Wetzel is determined to save the remaining cats and needs some help. “Animal control will take action as of April 1,” she said. “I’d like to care for the cats initially so they see a familiar face. They’re all well fed and well taken care of.” If you know anyone who could help out, have them give Mary a call at 247-2102.

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■ 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. ■ Chronic Pain and Depression support group meets noon to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at Faith Promise Church off Pellissippi Parkway. Info: Paula, 945-3810, or 748-1407. ■ Fibromyalgia screenings are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fibromy-

Physicians at the Mercy Health Partners Pain Management Centers are the first in the Knoxville area to offer an advanced procedure for providing relief for certain types of back pain that have traditionally been difficult to treat. The procedure is an advanced form of radiofrequency (RF) lesioning, which uses no incisions and works by inserting a small probe Vinsant, M.D. through a needle that transmits a minimal radiofrequency current to the area at the source of the pain. The small radiofrequency current disrupts the individual nerve that’s sending pain signals to the brain, and the procedure is repeated until each affected area is treated to achieve optimal pain relief. RF lesioning is less painful than more invasive suraligia Clinic located at Total Rehab Physical Therapy. Also support group meetings and several classes are held on the third Wednesday of each month. No charge. Info: 548-1086. ■ Grief support groups at Fort Sanders Sevier Hospital at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Covenant Home Care Knoxville office and 10

gical techniques, so only mild sedatives are needed for a brief period until discomfort subsides. Mercy physicians are using the newest RF technology, Cooled-RF, for patients who have exhausted traditional treatment methods. The RF probe is internally cooled, enabling the physician to apply a larger area of pain-relieving treatment. By treating a larger area than other RF techniques, Cooled-RF can offer a highly effective therapy for back pain suffers. Christopher Vinsant, MD, who is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, has performed a number of these advanced RF techniques. “For these patients, minimally invasive procedures using novel radiofrequency lesioning technology may offer significant pain relief,” he said. “These procedures do not require an overnight hospital stay and can reduce a patient’s need for strong, oral pain mediations.” Info: 545-7246 a.m. and 3 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Covenant Home Care Oak Ridge office. Registration is required. Info or to register: 541-4500. ■ Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. the third Monday every month at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081.


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■ Epworth Annual Singing and Potluck, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch at noon Sunday, March 13, Laurel Theater. Bring a dish to share. Info: Tina, 982-7777. ■ Old College Monthly Harp Singing, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 123 S. Jackson St., Athens. Info: Cora Sweatt, 423-745-0248. ■ Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. Info: David Sarten, 428-0874. ■ Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, Greenville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Main St., Greeneville. Info: Jeff Farr, 423639-8211.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International announced that the Helen Ross McNabb Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its continuum of rehabilitation services including mental health care, addiction treatment and social service programs. This decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows its substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving the Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated that its programs and services are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. Info: www. or 637-9711.

If you recently upgraded your computer system and want to know where to drop off your old computer, the East Tennessee Technology Access Center will accept Pentium IV computers or newer. All computers must be in good working condition. ETTAC is a regional nonprofit agency that helps people with disabilities. The staff adapts computers with specialized software and hardware that are then given or loaned to clients with disabilities to enable them to become more productive. Hard drives will be wiped clean before distribution. All donations are tax deductible. Computers can be dropped off at ETTAC’s Knoxville office, located at 116 Childress St., 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 219-0130 or www.

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Ongoing classes at the Art Center The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Info on these ongoing classes: or 494-9854. ■ 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 494-9854. $100 members, $110 nonmembers plus a small materials fee. Beginningintermediate. ■ 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. ■ 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 during regular “Ruggers” monthly sessions. $40 members, $50 nonmembers, no charge for repeating the class. Beginning.


The Knoxville Museum of Art will present the exhibit “Amplified Moments” by Chinese contemporary artist Xiaoze Xie on Friday, March 11, through Sunday, May 15. The exhibit will include more than 30 works of painting, photography, installation and video, and represents the artist’s use of books and newspapers “to symbolize the fragile nature of history and memory.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Info:

Photography contest Knox Heritage is holding a contest for photographers to participate in the organization’s annual Art and Architecture Tour. Professional and amateur photographers 16 or older can submit photos of historic buildings located in and around The Old City. The winning photos will constitute the tour route Friday, May 6, and will be displayed at the Emporium throughout June. Entries must be received no later than Thursday, March 31. Winners will be notified mid-April and publicly announced the day of the tour. Info: www.knoxheritage. org or 523-8008.

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Tribute to John Denver The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present a tribute to John Denver 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Civic Auditorium. The concert will feature Denver’s hits including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” and “Take Me Home Country Roads.” Tickets start at $34 and can be purchased online at www.knoxvillesymphony. com or by calling 656-4444 or 291-3310.

Writing class at LMU Lincoln Memorial University writer-in-residence Darnell Arnoult will offer a six-session writing class on short fiction 7-9 p.m. each Tuesday beginning April 5 at LMU-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, room 105. Admission is free to anyone not currently enrolled at LMU. Registration begins 8 a.m. Monday, March 14. Info: 423-869-7074 or e-mail

‘Alive After Five’ winter series All shows are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Info: Michael Gill 934-2039. ■ March 11 – Philippe LeJeune, Piano Blues, Jazz and Boogie-woogie ■ March 18 – Paula Michelle, Rhythm & Blues and Soul.

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VICKI KOONTZ office: 588-3232 Crown molding ■ Extra storage over garage cell: 973-2644 ■ Covered entrance ■ Split Bedrooms ■ Tray ceiling in master ■ Gas fireplace* ■ Vaulted ceiling in living area ■ Large master closet ■ Microwave & stove GARY KOONTZ ■ Hardwood floors* ■ Dishwasher ■ Disposal office: 588-3232 ■ Screened evening porches* cell: 548-1010 ■ 1 & 2 car garages with opener ■ Large laundry room ■


DIRECTIONS: West on Middlebrook Pk, right on Amhurst. At All Occasions Party Rentals, turn right on Jackson, then 300 ft, right into Urban Park on Metropolitan Way.

Each Realty Executives Office is Independently Owned and Operated

Sporting Goods 223

257 Fencing

327 Roofing / Siding


FORD F150 2002 XLT, YOU buy it, we install AT, bed rails, bed it! Fencing & repair. We haul stuff, too! liner, black/tan, 2nd Free est. 604-6911 ownr, 106,700 mi, exc cond, $7,000. Home 865-657-9042; Flooring 330 Cell 910-274-3233 KNX741218 FLOORING & MORE

Antiques Classics 260

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hdwd, eng'd, laminate, etc. Free ests, all work guar. Jerry 389-0237 or David 684-3819. Also home repairs, decks, bath/kit, etc.

JUG COMBINATION Sport Utility 261 pitching machine. Guttering 333 Garage kept. $1600. HONDA CRV 2000 1 865-932-4708 owner, great mpg, HAROLD'S GUTTER KNX740744 SVC. Will clean $5675. Phone 865front & back $20 & 566-7191 up. Quality work, KNX743016 Boats Motors 232 guaranteed. 945-2565 Landrover Discovery 17' BASS BOAT, 2002, lt. gray ext., garage kept, beige int. 4x4, Well- Lawn Care 339 loaded. $5800. Danmaint. Great shape. dridge 865-397-6883 Maint. rec. 138k orig. mi. $6850. 865-659-1292 Bayliner 185, 2006, 18' KNX740761 low hrs, garage kept, good cond. $11,500/obo. LANDROVER LR3 Call 865-680-8500 2007, great condiKNX742579 tion, fully loaded, 33k mi, $29,000/obo. ^ MARINETTE 39' Call 865-522-1715 AFT CABIN 1985. KNX740665 Twin crusaders. $59,999. 865-809-0577. LEXUS GX470 2007, KNX739535 pearl white, 40k mi, immac. cond. RANGER 1986 17 ft blue $35,900. 865-256-2674 silver metal flake, 200 KNX736492 Mariner, troll. mtr, DF, gar. kept, good cond. $6000. 865-475Imports 262 6478; 865-567-4469 SEARAY 300D, 2004, INFINITI G-35 2007, blue hull, 2 fridge, 2 door, exc. cond. all canvas, all up1 owner, non-smkr., grades, great cond. $18,999 obo. 865-660-3214 $69k, 865-673-6300 KNX736089 KNX735617 LEXUS GS300, 2006, 1 ^ WELLCRAFT 1987, 23' owner, white w/tan ADCOX LAWN CARE Cuddy, runs great, lthr, loaded, 85K mi 386-1517. Low rates, looks good. $4,000. $21,900. 865-765-6040 satisfaction guar! FamCall 865-922-8341 ily owned/operated. KNX743111 MERCEDES 1984 300SD turbo dsl, exc. maint., GOT LAWN? Gotcha tires, $3900. 865-531covered! Locally Campers 235 new 8164 6-9pm wkdays; owned & operated in anytime wkends Gibbs. No job too big or FLEETWOOD pop-up too small! Best rates, camper, 12-ft box, Toyota Avalon 2000 XLS, refs avail. Mowing, 93,500 mi, 1 owner, sleeps 8, hot water trimming, mulching, ^ exc. cond. loaded, heater, outside weeding, cleaning, leaf $8500. 865-453-7551 shower, inside toilet, 357 removal & more! Call Tree Service KNX741519 $5,500. 925-3154. 719-4762 for free est. See it at : TOYOTA CAMRY LE 2004, wht, 134k mi, Painting / Wallpaper 344 exc condition. $8700. Gulfstream Seahawk Call 865-386-4371 TT 2001 XL mod., 29' AA PAINTING KNX737449 slps 8, slide, $9500 cash. Int/Ext painting, 615-406-0268 (Kingston) staining, log homes, KNX743249 Sports 264 pressure washing. HOLIDAY Rambler 9 9 2 -4 0 0 2 Presidential 2005, or 6 1 7 -2 2 2 8 CHEVY Camaro 2011, 36', custom 1 owner, blk w/white stripes, immac. cond. (no V8, auto., 430 HP, less pets, no kids, nonPool Services 349 than 5K mi, $33,000 smokers). Kept OBO. 865-933-8765 under cover in RV KUNTRY POOLS KNX743820 port at residence. Openings start at Separate washer & CHEVY CORVETTE $150. Wkly maint, dryer. Photos avail. 2010 Grand Sport Coupe salt s ystems , in$34,000. 423-605-8806 LS3, little over 3000 mi. ground & aboveAssume loan payoff ground liners. InROCKWOOD POP-UP, of $46,500. stallation pros, refs 2000, AC/heat, frig., Call 865-933-8765. avail. 388 -1752 sleeps seven. Clean, KNX741935 $2500. 865-803-1801. Thunderbird 2004, 37K Remodeling 351 Travel trailer 2004 Trail mi, red/tan, both tops, Lite Cruiser MC17, ^ immaculate, with full kit. & bath, diCOOPER'S TREE SVC records/many extras, nette makes queen Bucket truck, lot clean$21,250. 865-458-3303 bed, $7900 cash. ing, brush pick-up, chipKNX742813 Towing vehicle 1993 per. Ins'd, lg & sm jobs. Conver. Van Chevy 523-4206, 789-8761 G20, $2750 cash. 265 Trailer & Van both Domestic $10,000. 865-376-6856 BUICK LaSabre 2004, low miles, burgundy, Motor Homes 237 excellent cond. $7,000. Call 865-483-7995. FOREST RIVER 2008 CADILLAC Deville diesel pusher, 4 slides 2001, pearl white, 340 Cummins, 21k mi, moon rf., 90K, Clean satellite, warr, gar $5750. 865-577-4069. kept, many extras. $125,000. 865-992-3547 Cadillac Deville 2002 KNX738552 gold, 3.2 Northstar, 96k mi, $6950. Call Motorcycles 238 865-556-7225, Tom

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• MARCH 7, 2011


Duncan School of Law

First Tennessee invests in new locations, new technologies Last week was a big week for us at First Tennessee. Following a lot of hard work by our dedicated Retail Support team (the No. 1 team across our company statewide, by the way), First Tennessee’s newest location – “The Grove” – has opened in the South Grove shopping center at the intersection of Chapman and Governor John Sevier highways.

continues growth

Pam Fansler East Tennessee Market President, First Tennessee Bank

firstforward Chick-fil-A is located right next door. Knoxville loves its chicken biscuits and the whole South Grove center should be bustling. We are very happy in our new neighborhood. Building a new bank branch (or financial center, as we call them) is an exceptional investment but a necessary one for a convenience-focused bank like First Tennessee. As in our last several locations, we have implemented the latest in safe deposit box technology: you will simply place your palm onto a scanner to gain access to the safe deposit box area, thus eliminating the need to wait for a staff member to open the door for you. Of course, we still provide the traditional in-lobby and drive-thru banking as well to allow our customers to choose the convenience that best works for them. However, brick and mortar aren’t the only customer convenience investments we’ve made recently. Our Mobile Banking give you free access to your account wherever you are with a mobile phone for things such as checking your account balances, transferring funds between eligible accounts at any time, viewing recent transactions, finding the nearest First Tennessee ATM or financial center, or even to access Mobile Bill Pay to pay bills, see payments made or cancel payments. Its “robust technology” allows you to choose the functionality that works best for you, whether that be via text, mobile Web browser or downloadable applications (aka “apps”). So what’s on the horizon in terms of customer convenience? It’s hard to predict but most experts say in the near future our phones will replace our wallets, currency and credit cards. Many other countries are further down this road than the U.S. For now, my phone is for talking and maybe a little texting (but not while driving) and my wallet holds my money.

At the recent fundraising event benefitting the John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law are former Knox County Executive Dwight Kessel and his wife, Gloria Kessel; Lynn Duncan, who heads fund development for the law school; and Janet Testerman Crossley. Photo by A. Hart

By Anne Hart


he recent fundraiser for Lincoln Memorial University’s John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law, located in the Old City Hall Building in downtown Knoxville, brought out several hundred local dignitaries and others from surrounding counties for an entertaining evening in the spacious lodge at the Halls home of Cindi and Pete DeBusk. Organized by Lynn Duncan, wife of the U.S. representative for whom the school is named, the

dinner and auction will help pay for the work on the recently renovated courtroom at the law school. The courtroom has been called the “crown jewel” of the school. With a jury box, judge’s bench and jury room, the set-up enhances the school’s ability to train future lawyers in a reallife trial setting. The courtroom also has video capture, polling and other technological advances that would have been impossible to imagine for generations past who have used that space.

The law school opened its doors to its first class of 80 night school students in August of 2009. Currently, there are 98 students enrolled part time and 51 full time. The first class will graduate in 2013. The evening program, which consists of classes Monday through Thursday, takes four years to complete, and the full-time program, which has daily classes Monday through Friday, takes three years. The multimillion dollar renovation of the old building

offers its students state-ofthe-art technology. All of the lectures are video captured and streamed online for easy recall. The law library is almost totally digital. Group study rooms are equipped with large screen displays, easy audio visual inputs and white boards to encourage collaboration among students. The school’s faculty consists of practicing attorneys, judges and professional educators with real-world experience. Contact:

Entertainment + education for kids on spring break For parents trying to find a way to keep children occupied during spring break from local schools next week, Lynda Blankenship and her staff at Smart Toys and Books in Franklin Square have come up with a method to do just that, and in a way that combines fun with skillfully disguised learning experiences. A series of five workshops has been scheduled – one for each vacation day. The workshops will be taught by store employees Katie Appleby, Kelley Blankenship, Steven Ross and Tammy Rooney. There is a small charge which covers the cost of supplies for each session. Monday’s workshop, which starts at 1 p.m. and is for ages 8 and up, is titled “The Legend of the Worry Doll.” Worry dolls originated in the Andes Mountains, and the legend has been

Anne Hart handed down for generations. The dolls are used to illustrate the point that “a joy shared is multiplied and a worry shared is divided.” During the class each child will make two worry dolls and a bag to keep them in. Materials are included to make a third doll at home. Cost is $8. Tuesday’s event has an artsy theme. It is “Tie-Dye Workshop” for ages 8 and up. It starts at 1 p.m., the cost is $8 and each child is to take a white cotton Tshirt to custom dye and wear later. Store employees do all of the set-up and clean up afterwards.

On Wednesday, youngsters Amazing.” Kids will don lab will explore local history, learn- aprons and goggles and become ing about Adm. Farragut, Sam instant Einsteins. They will mix solutions to form a high Houston, James White and others. They will learn bounce ball and to create gooey slime. A magnet hunt how the city of Knoxville got its name, along with will illustrate which everyday items have magnetic other bits of local history properties, and a windbag to be told through stories and games. This session is and rocket balloon demonstration will teach about for children ages 6 and up and costs $5. This workthe air around us. This workshop is designed for shop also starts at 1 p.m. ages 7 and up and costs $9. Those at the Thursday It is scheduled for 1 p.m. workshop, which begins at 3 p.m., will build a Smart Toys and Books is per windmill generator and known for its great workp o Sh ot shops, but this is the first learn about renewable SP energy. They will be able time they have offered a to watch an LED glow as it full week of them during is powered by the wind. Cost for spring break. Call early, as resthis workshop for ages 8 and up ervations are limited. The store is $9. number is 691-1154. Friday’s workshop is also Contact: about science and is titled “Be

Visi Vi siit our unique shoops and find wonderful gift ideas and warm hospitality. Alll of our shops andd restaurants are located between Sequoyah Hills and Nortths h ho h re Drive. Art Bennett Galleries 584•6791 Hanson Gallery 584•6097


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Bearden Antique Mall 584•1521 eGroup Fine Electronics| Home Theatre 212•9860 Gift + Gourmet & Interiors 212•5839 Persian Galleries, Inc. 558•8777 Southern Market 588•0274 Westwood Antique & Design Market 588•3088

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Ensure your pet’s safe return home O

ur pets bring us so much joy each day, what would we do without them? Life just would not be the same if suddenly they were lost! In our busy daily hustle and bustle, we need to stop and take a minute to think about how easily our furry friends can get distracted and accidently get separated from home. The last thing we want for them is to be out there lost in this big world, scared and alone. A lost pet’s chance of being reunited with their family is slim to none without proper identification. Collars and tags help,

but collars can break away from their necks easily by catching on a fence or tree limb, or by simply falling off. When our pets are lost, they are extremely vulnerable to injury. Time is critical – the sooner they are back home in our arms, the better. The preventative answer is microchipping. Microchips are an inexpensive form of identification that can never be lost or altered. The chip is implanted under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades with a single injection. In one step you can give your pet a better chance of find-

ing their way back home. The microchip processes a unique number that identifies your pet. When found and presented to a veterinary hospital or other animal care facility, your pet will be scanned with a handheld microchip scanner. The microchip itself gives off a signal that the scanner is able to detect. From that signal, the veterinarian is able to get the pet’s individualized code number and then call the host company with which it is registered. The host company then provides the doctor with the owner’s contact informa-

tion and she can get the family reunited with their lost pet! Once you have your pet microchipped, it is very important for an owner to keep her contact information updated for optimal recovery. This can be done with one simple phone call. This amazing technology can prevent your beloved pet from being lost too long and can potentially save their life. Microchips work! Inquire with Hardin Valley Animal Hospital or your pet’s regular vet and get them chipped today.


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Where to start When hearing loss is suspected By Sandra Clark People are confused about steps to take when hearing loss is suspected, says Gary Weaver, co-owner with his wife, Belinda, of Weaver Hearing Aid Center in Franklin Square. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are just blown away by the ads and mailings. They often donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a clue where to start,â&#x20AC;? said Gary. The Weavers have a simple answer: Visit them for a free check-up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no co-pay and free front door parking,â&#x20AC;? said Gary. Gary and Belinda are low-key and personable. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no high-pressure to purchase, and the Weavers carry hearing instruments

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every conversation is a hearing test. How are you doing today?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gary Weaver from major manufacturers. Appointments are generally available within two days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unless thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a serious or sudden problem, start with us,â&#x20AC;? said Gary. A visit to Weaver Hearing starts with an otoscopic ear examination, in which a licensed professional uses a fiber optics process to look into the ear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We check for wax and look for problems,â&#x20AC;? Gary said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This exam is painless.â&#x20AC;? Next, if indicated, comes a full battery of hearing tests.

Finally, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we will present solutions,â&#x20AC;? said Gary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The (hearing) loss determines what type of equipment we recommend. All aids are designed for specific circumstances. All hearing loss is different, almost like a fingerprint.â&#x20AC;? He said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not abnormal to have a hearing loss as one grows older, and a hearing aid is an investment. Good hearing is not a luxury. Weaver works with seniors who are remaining in the work force longer. He speaks bluntly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be on our game, because the next generation is on our tail.â&#x20AC;? Getting checked earlier is better because the hearing loss is easier to correct. If the loss continues over time, Gary can often reprogram the hearing aid to

adapt without the need for new equipment. Belinda and Gary are sensitive to price, working to make good hearing affordable to as many as possible. They recommend that a spouse or family member attend the initial appointment, to help them learn about the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle and hearing issues. Weaver does not sell â&#x20AC;&#x153;toysâ&#x20AC;? that one might see advertised on TV. Gary and Belinda advise that you check on the licensure of the professional you are dealing with before making any hearing instrument purchase. Gary is a Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. He says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every conversation is a hearing test. How are you doing today?â&#x20AC;?

Belinda and Gary Weaver

WEAVER HEARING AID CENTER 357-2650 â&#x20AC;˘ 9648 Kingston Pike, Suite 2 (Franklin Square)

Owenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turkey Restaurant

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hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost always something new on the menu at Owenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turkey Restaurant in the Lovell Heights Shopping Center on Kingston Pike, but one thing never

changes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there is always fresh, delicious turkey, just as the name would have you think. But the name doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell the full story â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like the fact the turkey can be prepared on the spot in everything from the signature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gobbler Sandwichâ&#x20AC;? (fresh roasted turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce, lettuce and mayo served on a Kaiser roll), to hot open-faced turkey and chicken sandwiches, dinner with sides, pot pies, salads, soups, quiche, dumplings and more â&#x20AC;&#x201C; much more.

Jim and Fran Owen of Owenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turkey Restaurant It is all prepared on the spot, using only fresh ingredients. They use no processed foods, and yes, there is the occasional nonpoultry item, including meatloaf, lobster bisque and clam chowder. If you want to fill up your freezer for future meals, they have a variety of frozen items, including both large and individual-size homemade dinner pies, and also

offer a wide range of fresh baked goods. Everything is available for carry-out. You can feed just yourself or a crowd. Whole roasted turkeys are available with 24-hour notice, as is sliced turkey by the pound. Fran and Jim Owen are the owners of the restaurant, which seats about 40. It is decorated with every imaginable image of a turkey and

Pink Pomegranate Home


new store in Cherokee Plaza on Kingston Pike in the heart of Bearden offers shoppers a great opportunity to purchase high end furniture, accessories, lighting and gifts at lower than the usual price point. Pink Pomegranate Home, a companion shop of Gift Gourmet and Interiors, which is right around the corner in the same center, held its grand opening March 1 and is under the management of designers Chelsea Miller and Blair Ramsey. The new venue carries sale items from Gift Gourmet and Interiors, but also has lots of brand new things. It is also a consignment shop, where you may place your items for resale to others. One of the featured items at Pink Pomegranate is a line of milk paints. This tempera paint, in fashion many years ago and now making a come-

Blair Ramsey and Chelsea Miller of Pink Pomegranate Home

back, is nontoxic and can give a new look to old articles. One of the goals of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners is to offer classes in updating those old pieces â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

perhaps treasured antiques â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to a new look with paint and hardware. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want people to walk in and imagine items in other fabrics, and with different finishes and hardware. We want to be a do-it-yourself design center,â&#x20AC;? Miller says. Also offered are refinishing,

reupholstery and designer fabrics. The storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showroom is an eclectic gathering of many styles and periods, with appeal to a wide range of tastes. Be sure to stop by before they sell the huge crystal pink pomegranate chandelier. That one piece is worth the trip! Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Info: Cherokee Plaza, 5508 Kingston Pike, Suite 150, or 212-3932.

offers a warm, cozy family atmosphere complete with red checked tablecloths. Jim grew up on a poultry farm in Massachusetts and was in the poultry business there for many years. He and Fran owned a restaurant in Vermont and opened one here when they moved to Knoxville 16 years ago. They have been in their present location for four years. A sign on the restaurant wall tells the rest of the story: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good food, good friends, good times.â&#x20AC;? Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Info: 6709 Kingston in the Lovell Heights Shopping Center, www. Owensturkeyrestaurant. com or 694-7733.

Brent Trentham, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial Advisor, has been named to the Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State Listingsâ&#x20AC;? list in Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Magazine, a publication covering business and finance. Barronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recognizes the most outstanding financial advisors who represent the highest levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success in the business. The rankings are based on data provided by more than 3,000 of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most productive advisors. Trentham was chosen based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, client satisfaction, and regulatory and compliance record. Info: Amanda Morton at 588-4484 or

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