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Hard-working dancers Sing on! Caitlin Wood, the Jester, heralds the arrival of the Royal Court as Hardin Valley Academy Madrigals entertain. See page A-10

Beads of Hope Africa Karns High students are selling jewelry to buy food for KHS students. See Sandra’s story on page A-2

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headed to Big Apple By Wendy Smith They dance five nights a week, and their weekends are peppered with performances, but members of the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble (TCDE) will keep up the hard work through the holidays for the opportunity to strut their stuff in New York City in January. They’re used to going the extra mile, and not just for themselves. The ensemble has donated its time and talent through benefit performances for the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and the Family Justice Center this year. They also participated in the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville’s “Penny 4 the Arts” program, and they provide free dance instruction to children referred by the Knox County Public Defender’s office. Even the expedition to New York is a working trip, with little time for tourist attractions. The company is participating in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference on Jan. 6-10, which showcases the talents of performers of all kinds from across the country. But few will be as young as the TCDE members. “As far as we know, we will be the only professional modern dance company made up of kids,” says Irena Linn, TCDE’s artistic director. The company has rented studio space at the Alvin Ailey Studios, where the dancers will perform 10 times for agents and other arts professionals attending the conference. The goal is to secure paid performances, which have become few and far between, says Linn.

Maricela Magana and Karlie Budge perform “Focus/Fusion” at the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble’s 30th anniversary concert held earlier this year. The dance company, which is housed at the Dancer’s Studio, will travel to New York in January to participate in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference. Photo submitted

The dancers are practicing a dance by Chicago choreographer Randy Duncan, who will come to Knoxville a few days before the conference to work with the company, then travel with them to New York. Nineteen of the 21 company members will make the trip. The company is housed in the Dancer’s Studio, which was founded in 1955 by Dorothy Floyd. Linn moved to Knoxville in 1966 to work with Floyd, her mentor, whom she met while she was a student at the Mary Wigman School

in Berlin, Germany. Floyd was exceptionally good at communicating with her students and was a constant source of inspiration to the young dancers. “People danced who couldn’t walk,” recalls Linn. When Linn, a self-described “theater rat,” arrived on the scene, she was put in charge of performances. The TCDE was formed to give the dancers, and the art of modern dance, more visibility. The combined leadership of Floyd and Linn resulted in a company known for clean, polished performances and

ground-breaking choreog- dren to become successful raphy. Floyd died in 2002, adults using dance as a veand TCDE alum Amy Wil- hicle,” says Linn. son is now Linn’s associate artistic director. The Tennessee ChilIn addition to the dedicadren’s Dance Ensemble tion of the dancers, mentorwill host a silent auction ing adds to the success of and performance 6 the company. Each member p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, attends dance classes with at Episcopal Church younger students, and those of the Ascension, 800 who are junior and seniors in Northshore Drive. Tickhigh school teach their own ets, which are $15 and include a drink and hors classes. The mentoring cond’oeuvres, may be purtinues after class when comchased at the Dancer’s pany members stick around Studio, 4216 Sutherland to clean up the studio. Ave. Info: 584-9636. “It’s not just about dance. It’s also about teaching chil-

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Locals brace for Lakeshore changes By Sandra Clark How best to treat the mentally ill? And who pays? The state will stop admissions to Lakeshore Mental Health Institute on Jan. 1 with an eye toward closing the 150-year-old facility on Northshore Drive. Then called Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital, the campus held 3,000 beds in 1975. With the advent of psychotropic drugs, the state has worked to deinstitutionalize the mentally ill. Today, Lakeshore has 115 beds and even fewer residents. State officials say it costs $900 per patient per day for acute care at Lakeshore. The state wants to shift that money to community-based mental health services and transfer the long-term residents to facilities in Nashville or Chattanooga.

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Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones says if Lakeshore stops admissions, deputies will take patients to Peninsula, Ridgeview in Oak Ridge or Woodbridge in the Tri-County area. “It is our hope that some of the monies from the savings of closing Lakeshore would go toward the Safety Center and that would complete the crisis service continuum run by the McNabb Center,” Jones said. He and Attorney General Randy Nichols have advocated construction of a crisis center to be operated by McNabb for short-term care of persons picked up for public drunkenness or nuisance offenses. Jones says as many as one-quarter of those incarcerated at the Knox County Detention Center are suffering from

mental illness. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said one in three Tennesseans is affected by mental illness, either personally or via family or a friend. He says Gov. Bill Haslam wants to do the right thing, and the current crisis is about dollars. “I worry about the state employees and their families, and most of all I worry about the patients and their families,” Burchett said. “Knox County will pick up the pieces. We’ll deal with it in a compassionate manner.” On Wednesday, County Commissioner Jeff Ownby convened a meeting at West High School. The 350 Lakeshore employees are worried about losing their jobs. They also are concerned about their patients. A Farragut resident said

County Commissioner Jeff Ownby and Lisa Moffett, field rep for the Tennessee State Employees Association, facilitate a public forum to discuss Lakeshore last week at West High School. Photo by S. Clark

our current mental health system is nothing more than “begging around,” trying to get help for your family member. Her son has been in the county’s Detention Center since 2010. His crime was “being born with mental illness. The mentally ill are not cute, they’re not cuddly, but they are God’s children.” She said Lakeshore should

be expanded, not closed, to take pressure off the jail. Ownby will ask County Commission to adopt a resolution requesting a two-year delay for changes at Lakeshore, but even a unanimous local vote can’t dictate state policy. Ownby said concerned residents can contact the governor’s office at 615-741-2001.

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Buy some beads, feed a kid what exactly are they doing, and why? Peggy Hense Hardwig, teacher of Spanish and helper to all, wrote next. Sandra “We’ve bought bracelets, Clark necklaces and earrings from a fair-trade not-for-profit group called Beads of Hope Karns High principal Dr. Africa that brings unique Tracy Sands was the first to jewelry handmade in Uganmention a new project at the da to the United States and we’re selling it to raise monschool: “Check out my Facebook ey for a joint program bepage where KHS is partici- tween Second Harvest and pating in Beads of Hope Af- KHS to feed hungry families rica to help Ugandan women in the Karns area. “Come to earn income and education. see what we’ve got so we can “We are selling the beads let the public know that they (necklaces, bracelets, etc.) can help families here and to fill backpacks for hungry in Africa while also buying students in Karns. They really gorgeous handmade pick up the food-filled back- pieces.� Now it’s a triple-win. packs on Friday and can eat Let’s meet two of the for the weekend!� Well, that pretty well kindest, most caring people sums it up. You can skip to you could ever want to help nurture your child. the next story. But wait! Frances Gard is director Who exactly is doing this, Talk about a win-win.

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Karns High School teachers Peggy Hense Hardwig and Frances Gard decorate the window outside the school library to promote the Beads of Hope campaign now underway. Photo by S. Clark of the College and Career Center at Karns. She counsels kids on getting into college, while helping at-risk students keep up with graduation requirements. In coaching these students, she noticed some were hungry. At first, she stocked Granola bars, freely handing them out to kids in need of a pickme-up. Then she wondered what their families did for food on weekends. She con-

tacted Second Harvest Food Bank. “Second Harvest was great. They set me up with food backpacks for 10 kids for free, but said if our program grew we would need to chip in to cover the cost.� Ten packs were not enough, so Gard talked with Sands who told her about the Beads of Hope program. Beads of Hope Africa is a direct fair trade initiative

in which products are purchased directly from workers, creating jobs for adults living in poverty. Part of the business profits are reinvested in scholarships for teen orphans who have little opportunity to escape poverty without education. Learn more at the website w w w.beadsof hopeafrica. com/. Gard was sold, but how to market the jewelry? She talked with Peggy Hardwig.

“You can’t teach a hungry child,� says Hardwig. “On Friday we connect with kids we know are hungry. They drop by Frances’ office to get their backpacks. It’s very hush-hush.� Hardwig recruited the Gay Straight Alliance, which she sponsors. The National Honor Society and Student Council also came on board. These student volunteers sell jewelry during lunch breaks. Gard and Hardwig sell it in the teachers’ lounge. Both are eager to broaden their sales outside the school to the broader community. The beads are handmade from colored paper that’s wrapped really tight and dipped in lacquer. Each bead takes nine days. Necklaces sell for $25, bracelets or earrings for $10. Karns has a wide assortment of sizes and color combinations. “We split the money 50/50,� said Gard. “Half goes back to the women of Uganda, while half stays in Karns.� Info: Frances Gard, 5398670, ext. 138 or frances. gard@Knoxschools.org; or Peggy Hardwig at 539-8670, ext. 138 or peggy.hardwig@ knoxschools.org/.

Christmas doings at Statesview

The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge will be collecting items from the community to send to a Marine unit it has adopted serving in the Middle East. The program is called “Ooh-Rah for the Holidays.� Toiletries, food, entertainment items and more will be collected through Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the AMSE lobby. A list of items is available online at www.amse. org. All packages will be shipped by Saturday, Dec. 10.

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Krista Takacs looks with Louise Ragle at handbound blank journals during the fifth annual Statesview area Christmas open house and gift bazaar, hosted by Monica Perdue (left, background). An anonymous widow shared about her journal. “After my husband passed away, I enjoyed reading my journal. Then I realized that he had been ill for some time. Journals bring tears and laughter ‌ life!â€? Photos by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com

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Charlie Buffalo: good worker, good friend Those of us in the Karns area recognized a white pick-up truck with West Knox Utilities District on the side. Seated in the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat was the familiar face of Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlieâ&#x20AC;? Buffalo. On Friday, Nov. 25, Charlie passed away after suffering a massive heart attack. Family, friends, and customers were stunned by the news, and all their hearts are heavy. Charlie was well known as a lifelong resident of the Karns community. He attended Karns High School and graduated in 1970. Back then, he was no taller than 5-7 and weighed no more than 120 pounds. His

of the utility than he did. Charlie put in long hours when emergencies arose and stayed until things were Joe working properly again. Rector Manager Drexel Heidel said he got word of Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing while he was cotton hair matched his shopping. It hit so hard childlike face. Those who that he had to sit down in attended school with him an aisle of the store. Heidel remember his kindness and says that WKUD has lost on several fronts. easy-going manner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlie was a legend In October after graduation, Charlie went to work for around here. He knew West Knox Utility District. where every valve and He spent 41 years with the line was located, and his company. For the last 20- knowledge will never be plus years, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been oversee- fully replaced. He was also ing day-to-day operations. a friend to co-workers and No one knew more about the always went out of his way functions and equipment to help others.â&#x20AC;?

Charlie greeted customers with a smile and handshake. He took time to explain what the work crews would be completing, and he reassured them over concerns for their properties. Charlie made every attempt to leave the customer satisfied. He planned on working until age 65 because his job was so enjoyable. At home, Barbara, his wife of 38 years, greeted him. When he took time off from the job, the couple enjoyed traveling across the United States, as well as to other countries. She and her two children, Eddie and April, struggle with the loss of such a good man. He also

Charlie Buffalo took teasing about being little. However, he grew after graduation to a height of 5-10 and weighed 200 pounds. His absence leaves an emptiness that is much larger than his physical appearance. Many people feel a huge void in their hearts with the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Those of us who have known him over the years and have been helped by him with our water service will miss his warm smile, easy-going personality and that slow-moving white pick-up. He served as Charlie and Barbara Buffalo an example of a person who was proud of his work and leaves behind five grand- as one who put his religious children on whom he doted. beliefs into practice. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll During his childhood, miss him.

rather than becoming storm water runoff. In the center of the complex is a gazebo with a grill and raised garden boxes nearby. Large barrels collect rainwater from the roof of the gazebo for residents to use to water what they grow in the garden boxes. A walking trail with benches also winds through the complex. The complex has 30 units and each unit is â&#x20AC;&#x153;visitableâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which means that each unit has a zero step entrance into the unit and a bathroom that is serviceable for those with mobility issues. Cutting the ribbon at Blueberry Ridge are: County Commissioners Brad Anders and Ed Shouse, Nine are universal design U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr., County Commissioner R. Larry Smith, Knox Housing Partnership chair units which will accommoGeorge Wallace and KHP executive director Jackie Mayo. Photo by Greg Householder

Blueberry Ridge offers senior housing By Greg Householder The new senior housing community, located off Beaver Creek Road near the Powell convenience center, is about as â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? as it gets. Energy, lighting, water and materials efficiency have all been optimized to achieve the highest number of LEED credits and to reduce maintenance costs and utility bills. The projected energy reduction is 33 percent less use than a conventional residential building. The asphalt used in the parking lot is permeable. This allows water to soak through to the soil below

KARNS NOTES â&#x2013;  Council of West Knox County Homeowners meets at 7:15 p.m. each first Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Joyce Feld, president of Scenic Knoxville will speak. Those attending can bring a holiday snack to share at 7:15 p.m. Soft drinks will be provided. Info: Margot Kline, www.cwkch.com/.

date those with audio/visual and mobility disabilities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; special features in these units include a roll-in shower, custom kitchen cabinetry adjusted for ease of use, and safety alarms with horns to sound and lights to flash. Units in Blueberry Ridge are available for rent to people 62 years and older who meet income restrictions based upon Housing and Urban Developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (HUD) area median income guidelines for Knox County. The entire campus, including the individual apartments, is smokefree. No smoking is allowed by residents or guests. Info: LaShawn Hall, 6371679, extension 228.

â&#x2013;  Greater Karns Business Association meets at noon each second Thursday at the Karns Community Club building on Oak Ridge Highway. The next meeting is Dec. 8. Info: Bill Halsey, 659-4155, or www.karnsbusiness.com/. â&#x2013;  Karns Republican Club meets 7 p.m. each first Tuesday at Karns Middle School library. The Christmas party and cake auction will be Dec. 6, same time, same place, tickets $15. Info: Lorraine Coffey.

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County may restore senior bus fare help KAT official says maybe not There’s a notice on the Knoxville Area Transit website announcing the end of something called the Seniors FREEdom Program:

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The world’s largest gavel is on Mike Hammond’s Christmas list. Photo used by permission

A commission Christmas Santa Claus is coming to town, and we hear he’s packing his sleigh with goodies for County Commission. Mike Hammond: The world’s largest gavel currently resides outside the Supreme Court building in Columbus, Ohio. Measuring 31 feet long and weighing 38,000 pounds, this stainless steel thumper is guaranteed to restore order when commission meetings get rowdy. Maneuvering it into the City County building won’t be easy, and its sheer bulk could require moving some commissioners beyond microphone range, but that’s not such a bad thing either. Sam McKenzie and Amy Broyles: In a perfect world, Santa might bring metro government to the inner-city commissioners. But even Santa has his limitations, so he’s promising to bring them “a commissioner or two who is on their side for a change.” Tony Norman: Santa was planning on bringing Tony City Council’s Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan, but Commissioner Richard Briggs penned a memo pointing out that Norman’s Christmas stocking was too small to hold it. Tony was spotted at Big Lots last week shopping for an XXXL stocking. Jeff Ownby: To broaden Jeff’s outlook, Santa is presenting him with the collected writings of economist Paul Krugman, whose column “The Conscience of a Liberal” regularly appears in the New York Times. Richard Briggs: With the blessings of Mike Edwards and Tom McAdams, Santa is pleased to present Richard a lifetime honorary membership in the Knoxville Chamber. (Note: Santa cautions that this gift is “advisory only” and subject to judicial review.) Brad Anders: Santa wants nothing more than to spread goodwill, and he worries that Hammond’s present might cause vice chair Anders to suffer gavel envy. So Brad will receive a downsized version of Mike’s gavel, manufactured from recycled handcuffs. R. Larry Smith: Santa feels for “Our” Larry because the commissioner is unlikely ever to achieve his dream of becoming Knox County Mayor. Therefore, Santa is preparing a certificate, suitable for framing, proclaiming Smith “Honorary Mayor of Halls and Fountain City.” The certificate is valid for one day only, Feb. 31, 2012, and is void where prohibited by law or calendar. Dave Wright: Dave fought the Battle of Midway and spearheaded the Carter Clash. He emerged on the winning side both times, but now he’s a Man Without a Cause. Santa wants to help, and Dave’s impeccable taste in clothing provides the answer. Santa will be naming him Chief Wardrobe Consultant for commission. Wright will be granted unlimited authority including banishment for commissioners whose socks or stockings clash with their suits or blouses. (The job comes with a colorful gavel containing remnants of recycled silk ties.) Mike Brown: Santa recognizes that Mike is a passionate individual but thinks he might benefit from some extracurricular reading. Mike’s stocking will contain a copy of Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Ed Shouse: Ed says little, but what he does say is thoughtful. Santa is bestowing the title of Commission Philosopher on Ed and presenting him with a copy of Plato’s “Republic.” He encourages Ed to grow a beard suitable for contemplative stroking. Contact Larry Van Guilder at lvgknox@mindspring.com.

“Persons age 65 or over who were previously riding fare-free will need to pay the discounted senior fare (75 cents each way). Proof of age is required to use the discounted senior fare.” The last county budget was lean and mean to the point of inflicting pain. Budgets were cut and belts were tightened. Few cuts looked meaner than whacking the $80,000 senior citizens bus fare subsidy. Mayor Tim Burchett said it was unfair to county taxpayers to spend that kind of money on a program that operates only inside the city limits. The Senior FREEdom Program was started in 2006 by former County Mayor Mike Ragsdale as part of his “No Senior Left Behind” initiative – a package designed to woo elderly voters. Ending it triggered a strong reaction from county taxpayers who live inside the city and from

advocates of public transportation generally. One of those is County Commissioner Amy Broyles, whose North Knoxville district is entirely within the city and which contains three subsidized senior citizens highrise apartment buildings. Broyles has been working on a plan to restore the bus subsidy and appears to be making some progress. Knoxville Mayor-elect Madeline Rogero, who enjoys a cordial relationship with Burchett, is another strong advocate of public transportation. When she ran for mayor in 2003, she spent a week traveling around the city via KAT and reported that she had no problem getting to where she needed to go. She will be sworn in Dec. 17, and it’s not unreasonable to assume that a goodwill gesture from her county counterpart in the form of bus fare restoration might be a welcome Christmas gift. KAT general manager Cindy McGinnis, however, sounds surprisingly wary about the prospect of restoring the senior subsidy, although she says that any increase in revenues is always welcome. She’s concerned about unintended consequences, like those that resulted from the state’s CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality)

Kincannon kicks off campaign Indya Kincannon, 2nd District school board member, formally kicked off her re-election campaign last week at the home of Bob and Melynda Whetsel. She and her husband, Ben Barton, greeted guests with the help of daughters Georgia (rear left) and Dahlia. Photo by Betty Bean program, which mandated free bus fare on “code orange” days. “Our buses would become so packed with our current ridership making more trips that the doors were constantly opening and we couldn’t keep the buses cool. Our regular, loyal passengers who purchase 7-day or 30-day passes weren’t able to take advantage of that, so they did not receive a benefit. The intention of the program was to encourage

auto owners to try transit, and that wasn’t happening. Free is not necessarily better in our world.” Senior citizens already ride for half-price, McGinnis said, and KAT’s data indicate that ending the free ride program hasn’t cut down the bus usage among that population. “There are other people who could benefit from riding the bus free – severely economically disadvantaged individuals.”

Personnel changes as inaugural nears As the Dec. 17 inaugural nears for Madeline Rogero, key personnel decisions are being announced with more remaining. Two persons who would have stayed were told to pack up. Longtime city council attorney Charles Swanson will take over as law director. He will initially be one of the best informed law directors in city history given his 28 years with City Council. He knows the city inside and out and where the bodies are buried. He will have no learning curve. He is not bashful about voicing his views. Currently, he earns $90,000 a year for attending 26 regular council meetings (about $3,460 a meeting). There is some preparatory work prior to the meeting. Rogero has not announced anybody’s pay, although it is hard to imagine the new directors or deputy mayors accepting a job for which they did not know the pay, at least in general terms. Swanson is expected to make $145,000 to $150,000. Once on the city payroll, the salary for each will be subject to open records review

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and divulged. City Council will select a council attorney for the first time in 28 years. Applications are already being sought by Cindy Mitchell, city recorder. Council might consider lowering the salary based on holding only 26 meetings a year. It is their decision what to pay the attorney. The pay for deputy mayors Eddie Mannis and Bill Lyons is also undisclosed at this time. It is unclear whether UT will continue to keep open Lyons’ tenured professorship for another four years after keeping it open for the past eight years while he worked for Mayor Bill Haslam. Jesse Mayshark and Angela Starke are the new communications leaders. Mayshark has pledged on a local blog to see the barber regularly and is even considering wearing ties (both

major lifestyle changes for him). Mayshark is bright, discerning and an excellent writer. It will be interesting see him responding to media inquiries (including ones from this column) when he has previously been asking the hard questions as well as writing hard hitting columns. Starke brings further diversity to the Administration as an African-American woman holding a key office. David Hill was let go and taxpayers will save $150,000 a year in salary for his remarkably stress free position. Rogero deserves praise for taking this overdue step. Lyons will take over Hill’s waterfront duties such as they were. Randy Kenner is also leaving, but his departure is not a reflection on his performance as virtually every new Administration brings in its own media team. Several holdovers had not yet been announced as staying but it is widely assumed they will such as Police Chief David Rausch, Fire Chief Stan Sharp, Service Director David Brace, Parks

and Recreation Director Joe Walsh, and Janet Wright at Information Services. (This is written Dec. 1 so it is possible they will be announced prior to Dec. 5 when the column is printed). ■ Plan to arrive early on Dec. 17 (by 9:30 for the 10 a.m. start) if you want decent parking and a good seat at the Jacob Building. I predict a large attendance. Rogero will be sworn in by state Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee. Her husband, Gene Monaco, will hold the Bible. Rogero indicates her grandchildren may assist too. ■ Swearing in the new council members will be Federal District Judge Tom Varlan for George Wallace (wife Stephanie holding the Bible assisted by son, Nick); Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz for Finbarr Saunders (his adult children, Emily Woodle and Robert Saunders, will hold the Bible). ■ Judge Geoffrey Emery will administer the oath to both Marshall Stair and Mark Campen. Stair’s father, attorney Caesar Stair III, will hold the Bible for his son, while Campen’s wife, Emily Quinn Campen, will hold the Bible for him.

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Gresham pilots standard-based grading By Jake Mabe Sixth-grade teachers and several volunteer 7th grade teachers at Gresham Middle School are piloting a new standards-based grading that gets more specific than the somewhat vague traditional “catch all” A to F, 0 to 100 grading system. Vice principal Glen Price says that standards-based grading is just that – a system in which students are assessed by each state standard rather than simply receiving a letter grade for their entire class performance. “For example, in math, a student might be proficient at dividing fractions but basic at another standard. This is about breaking down the learning more and teaching toward mastery.” Under the old 0 to 100 system, Price said, anything scored below a 69 is a failing grade.

Gresham Middle School 6th grade teachers Nicole Resmondo, Heather Fox and Lindsey Clark discuss the new standardsbased grading they are helping pilot at the school this year. Photo by Jake Mabe

“You have more chances to fail than you have to succeed,” Price says. Price says it’s like some kindergarten grade cards, through which parents learn that their child can count by 5s and 10s and knows their ABCs. “Parents know exactly what skills are missing.”

Designed to match the TCAP test, each standard is grouped into three graduated levels and is scored as advanced (an A under the old system), proficient (which could be a B or C), basic (a C or D) or below basic (F). Each student is given a score sheet on which they can see their progress.

Students who need extra help, particularly in math and language, can get it during Focus 30, a time in the mornings reserved for “re-teaching.” “Whether students learn (a concept) this week or two weeks from now doesn’t matter. What matters is that they learn it. Some students just take longer. To make this type grading work, you must have time to re-teach.” During Horizontal Planning sessions on Thursdays, teachers talk about specific students, look at data, including performance on tests and quizzes and select students for the Focus 30 sessions. Teachers also plan common assessments. At Gresham, 6th grade students are grouped into two “wings,” 6A and 6B, but all are given the same assessments. “It takes collaboration to work,” Price says. Several teachers in leadership groups last year inquired

to plant a dogwood tree at the Halls Senior Center in memory of Irma “Granny” McConkey. Burchett not Mayor Tim Burchett only gave approval, but he hands his card to offered to buy the tree from Halls 2nd grader his campaign fund. Then he Jessica Swearinasked PR guy Michael Grider gen and asks her to check with Neal Denton to to invite him to determine the best time to lunch, “but not on plant it. And he started telling a day you’re havabout white dogwoods growing pizza.” Jessica ing from seed, while pink and clutched the card red dogwoods are grafted. and afterwards said “Hey,” he yelled through perhaps she would the open door. It was Denny also “invite the McMahan, heading into the president.” library. “That’s my old hortiyour momma.” state records,” said the proud culture teacher at Bearden, back in the dark ages,” said Burchett said he was tak- uncle. ing off Friday to go to CookeOnly problem with him Tim. More kids came through ville to watch his nephew, playing for the Christian Charlie High, play in the state Academy of Knoxville, Bur- with their mom. Burchett infootball championship. High, chett said, is the fans ac- vited them to visit his office a junior quarterback for CAK, knowledge bad calls with “for 15 minutes.” Any longer, was named Mr. Football for shouts of “darn!” and “drat!” he said, and they would be his classification. “He threw Mike Bridges and Alex bored senseless. 50 touchdowns and broke six Smith asked for permission

about the new grading system. Several of them visited Fairfield High School in Williamson County to look at that school’s version of it, then heard a presentation from a Hamblen County math teacher over the summer. Sixth grade reading teacher Lindsey Clark says the pilot program is going well. “We’re truly seeing what kids know and don’t know.” Science teacher Nicole Resmondo says her students enjoy seeing their progress from, for example, quiz to quiz, on the individual score sheets. “It’s made them more motivated than anything I’ve ever seen. Now kids are really getting involved, working hard and studying longer. They want proficient scores.” Adds language arts teacher Heather Fox, “They don’t want to be ‘basic’ or ‘below basic.’ 0”

The teachers say they have also incorporated various tools, including websites and streaming online video, to complement the curriculum. “Sometimes it takes two, three, four or 10 times to see something to absorb it permanently to memory,” Resmondo says. Price says he should soon be able to use the school system’s EMIS “data warehouse” to compare Discovery Ed tests, the benchmark tests taken three times a year to assess math, language, reading and science, to gage how students should perform on TCAPs, as well as to compare the scores to performance in the classroom. “You should see a correlation. Our value-added scores,” (what a teacher “adds” to the class) “are already very strong. It will be interesting to see how we improve based on what we’re doing now.”

Burchett sits a spell By Sandra Clark The conversation ranged from dogwood trees to mental health, from motorcycles to football. Often a politician ventures into the community only to be mobbed by folks who are mad or stalked by ones who want something. But Tim Burchett was greeted in Halls by old friends and some kids who thought it was cool to meet a mayor. The most poignant moment came when Burchett, who had lost his own mother just days earlier, asked three young women why they were not in school. “We’re homeschooled,” said one. The mayor reached over, patted their mother on the arm and said to the kids, “When you get old, you’ll be glad for the time you got to hang out with

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It was time to go. After a week of highs and lows, Burchett was off to watch the CAK Warriors play football. But he left town only after coming to Halls for a promised constituent meeting – in a community where the biggest problem was gaining permission to plant a dogwood.

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s I write this column, I’m looking out my daughter’s Vermont windows at the 4 inches of snow that fell the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. The snow will be there, at least off and on, until April or May. Delicious memories of the holiday feast remain, and they make it even more amazing to think about how something as small and hyperactive as the birds can survive out there even for a day, much less for an entire winter. While our East Tennessee birds don’t have nearly as much snow and bitter temperatures to contend with, they still have to stay focused and busy to maintain themselves through the dark, nongrowing months ahead. What in the world can they find to eat? So, a recent article along those lines in the December issue of Birdwatching magazine caught my attention. Written by Warren Uxley, a state park naturalist in Ohio, it describes an interesting aspect of birds finding food in winter, by the downy woodpeckers. And for me, it had a bonus: it gives me a great excuse to maintain a messy yard and

back field (as if I needed another one, besides slothfulness). More on that shortly. I remember a year or so back, watching a downy woodpecker foraging around on some weed stems in my field, not a place you would expect to see a woodpecker. The Uxley article helps explain what was going on. During the summer, a small fly, called the goldenrod gall fly, lays its egg on a goldenrod plant. The egg hatches into a small white grub, which then burrows into the stem of the plant and sets up housekeeping. This causes the stem to react by growing a round, bulbous enlargement, called a gall. The grub grows into a high-calorie, tasty morsel and plans to overwinter in the protection of the gall, then tunnel out in the spring as an adult gall fly, find a mate and repeat the cycle for another year. Uxley reports that for the first two or three weeks of December, downy woodpeckers will leave their preferred cover of woods and trees and head out into stands of now-dead goldenrods, tunnel into the galls and use their log, barbed tongues to extract

the juicy grubs. Sometimes, chickadees have been observed to join in the fun. They generally have the grubs pretty well cleaned up in that short period of time and then go back to their usual pattern of foraging in their usual trees and shrubs. So, I checked my stand of goldenrods in the back field and sure enough, there were a bunch of galls on them, roughly two or three stems with galls in each 10-foot square area. I harvested one and opened it up to see what was there. And, sure enough, there was the gall fly grub, a small, white, juicy glob of high-energy, woodpecker winter food. It’s pretty remarkable that the downies could figure out that those delicious bites were in there, but it’s just a reminder that those birds are out there all day, every day, searching every nook and cranny, working hard to just find enough food to get them through that one more day of winter. Of course, the adaptable downy woodpeckers, and their big cousins the red-bellied woodpeckers, can switch readily to eating seeds when their buggy protein sources fail; we

Aster seed heads Photos by Bob Collier see them at our feeders regularly all winter. The birds that are mainly seed-eaters, like the cardinals, towhees, finches and sparrows, don’t make the switch the other way so easily, and that’s where the untidy winter gardens and messy field corners begin to be important. The bird people who study and know about such things recommend leaving your dead autumn stalks and seed heads standing until spring. I had already been leaving several patches of goldenrod standing in the back field all summer when I mowed, for a couple of reasons. Goldenrod pollen is a favorite food for dozens of flies, bees, wasps and butterflies. Many of the flies, bees and wasps are beneficial insects. They pollinate our tomatoes, watermelons, squash, blueberries, apples and cherries more effectively than honey bees. And others prey on garden pests, wiping out various planteating aphids and caterpillars. And the butterflies! The goldenrod patches provide endless photo ops and just plain butterfly-watching all summer and fall. And late-summer goldenrods are excellent food stopovers for fall-migrating monarch butterflies, sipping on energyrich nectar as they make their way to wintering grounds in Mexico. But for the very important, potentially hungry, winter season, we tend to forget that the reason the plants make all those flowers is in order to produce seeds. And those dried seed heads, where the flowers were, are made up of large numbers of seeds, all excellent food for the finches, sparrows and

the other seed-eating birds. Picture a big sunflower head. As it dries, there are rows and rows of seeds, hundreds of them. The same situation holds on a smaller scale with your purple cone flowers, asters, black-eyed Susans, and all those field flowers like clover, goldenrod, ironweed and so on. After being nectar and pollen factories all summer long, the flowers turn into storehouses of energy-rich seeds, beginning around the time of the first frosts of fall. The dried stalks also harbor a lot of those garden-friendly invertebrates that overwinter, some as eggs, some as larvae and some as dormant adults, in the hollow stems and dried leaves of the plants so much of that raggedlooking litter is serving an important role through the winter, not just for the birds, but for other useful critters as well. Therefore, wherever you can find a place or two on your property to let the summer flowers and weeds spend the winter, you will be doing the good bugs and the birds a big favor by not cleaning up till spring. In your flower gardens, the fence rows and edges, and corners and patches in your fields, if you can suppress those urges to make everything clean and perfect, things won’t look quite as pristine. But, nobody much will be looking at them during the winter anyway. And, you’ll be offering some choice food and cover to your various critter friends out there, trying to do their remarkable job of surviving the winter.

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The watching ones I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6 NRSV)

God of the watching ones, The waiting ones, The slow and suffering ones, The angels in heaven, The child in the womb, Give us your benediction, Your good word for our souls, That we might rest and rise In the kindness of your company. Amen. (“God of the Watching Ones,” Cloth for the Cradle, Iona Community Wild Goose Worship Group) We must watch for Christmas. Some of us look out of the corner of our eyes, with – dare I say it? – dread, fearing that it is slipping up on us all too quickly. Others of us watch for Christmas with eyes wide open, standing on tiptoe in anticipation and expectancy, with eager hearts and open hands. It has been my experience, and maybe yours, that Christmas will come when it will come, and not before. It will appear at an odd moment, perhaps when we least expect it. It may come early in December, and we will fear that it is over too early. Or it may tarry until the very last moment and we will despair, thinking that this is the year, at last, when it bypasses us completely. For me, every year, there is a Christmas moment. I am one of the watching ones, alert and hopeful, looking for that benediction, believing

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COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the East Tennessee Historical Society on Gay Street. Before the meeting, Dr. Michael Bradley, former commander in chief of the Tennessee division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will present the program, “With Blood and Fire: Life Behind Union Lines in Middle Tennessee, 18631865.” The presentation is free and open to the public. ■ Knoxville Writers’ Group will meet 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Naples Restaurant on Kingston Pike. Members will read from their work. All-inclusive lunch is $12. RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5, to 983-3740. Everyone is invited. ■ The West Knox Toastmaster Club meets 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7324 Middlebrook Pike. Now accepting new members. Info: Ken Roberts, 680-3443.

Channukah ■ Heska Amuna Synagogue will host a Channukah celebration 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. There will be latkes, Karaoke and lots of family fun. Bring your family and your Menorah. Dress casual. Everyone is invited. Admission is $18 ($9 children 12 and under, family cap of $45). RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 15, by calling 522-0701.

Christmas events ■ The Knoxville Nativity Pageant, now in its 43rd year, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 12-13, at the Civic Coliseum. Admission is free.

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Community Services ■ Concord UMC’s Caregiver Support Group, affiliated with Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. each first Tuesday in Room 226 at the church, 11020 Roane Drive. Anyone in the community who gives care to an elderly individual is invited. Refreshments. Info: 675-2835. ■ Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, will begin its DivorceCare class again Jan. 5. This group is for anyone healing

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Memorial for Lt. Bonnyman On Nov. 22, Marines from the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment, Marine Corps League conducted a memorial ceremony at the Bonnyman family plot at Highland Memorial Garden. Pictured at the service are Laimon Godel, Leroy Brown, David Hatfield, Eric Nash, George Sexton, George Helton, David Cates, Paul Vadeboncoeur, Bob Brown, Jeff Tegzes, Virgil Young, Jim Putman and Karl Ekstrom. Photo submitted

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Care packages for soldiers The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge will be collecting items from the community to send to a Marine unit it has adopted serving in the Middle East. The program is called

tation is free and open to the public. â&#x2013;  Knoxville Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group will meet 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Naples Restaurant on Kingston Pike. Members will read from their work. All-inclusive lunch is $12. RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5, to 983-3740. Everyone is invited. â&#x2013;  The West Knox Toastmaster Club meets 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7324 Middlebrook Pike. Now accepting new members. Info: Ken Roberts, 680-3443.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ooh-Rah for the Holidays.â&#x20AC;? Toiletries, food, entertainment items and more will be collected through Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the AMSE lobby. A list of items is available online at www.amse.org. All packages will be shipped by Saturday, Dec. 10.

Ray and Pat Lipps are into old stuff. Very old stuff like Bible manuscripts from the 1300s. Or artifacts from 400 B.C. For the first time ever, more than 250 items of the Lippsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personal collection will be on display 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 8-11, at Powell Presbyterian Church. The exhibit is free to the public. The show is to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The Lippses, who own Esquire Galleries on Clinton Highway, know their business when it comes to art and artifacts. The show will feature paintings, manuscript leafs, printed leafs, etchings, engravings, lithographs and artifacts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all with biblical themes. On display will be leafs from 31 Bibles. As Ray Lipps explained, manuscripts are handwritten. Illuminated manuscripts are manuscripts with hand-colored artwork. A leaf is a single page. A printed leaf was printed by a printing press. Very few of the collection are complete Bibles. Featured at the show will be a mid-17th century painting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the second of five sorrowful mysteries â&#x20AC;&#x201C; titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar.â&#x20AC;? There will also be a 20th century painting of Jesus raising the widow of Nainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son

The first edition 1611 King James Version â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Heâ&#x20AC;? Bible leaf is one of the more than 250 items to be displayed at the Powell Presbyterian Church Biblical Art Show from Dec. 8-11. Photos by Greg Householder

from the dead. A 15th century Russian illuminated manuscript will be displayed as well as a 14th century illuminated manuscript leaf hand done from French Breviary in 1350. There will be a 15th century manuscript leaf displayed, too. Most interesting are a trio of Kings James Version Bible leafs. One is a 1611 first edition called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Heâ&#x20AC;? Bible leaf. In this edition, there is a mistake in Ruth 3:15 which says â&#x20AC;&#x153;he went into the cityâ&#x20AC;? when referring to Ruth. The 1613 second edition is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Sheâ&#x20AC;? Bible. The mistake in Ruth is corrected. And finally, there is the black letter quarto (a smaller version) printed in 1613 that still has the mistake. One of the artifacts to be displayed is a Sumerian cylinder seal from 400 B.C. The cylinder seal represents some of the first printing in the world and most Sumerian entrepreneurs carried one of these for use in consummating at deal. A 1776 Gun Wad Bible

Leaf will also be displayed. This Bible was the fi rst German language Bible to be printed in the New World. The printing office was raided and burned in 1776 by the British who used many of the Bibles as gun wadding. There is also a crusader cross from the 1096-1099 A.D. period that has five holes representing the five wounds of Christ on the cross and a 16th century Latin manuscript from the book of Genesis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is Powell Presbyterian Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift to the whole community,â&#x20AC;? said Ray Lipps. Groups may arrange private viewings by appointment at 938-8311. Info: w w w.powel lp c u sa.or g/. There will be a Biblical and Art Seminar at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.11.

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Christmas in the city shoppers browsed for unique gifts at the Christmas Market. A week later, throngs lined Gay Street for the Christmas parade featuring floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, dancers, twirlers, and, of course, a special appearance by Santa. Through December, there are trees wrapped in sparkling blue and white lights all over downtown, lighted wreaths and Up on the Rooftops, the growing collection of lighted trees on rooftops. At the Holiday Market on Dec. 10 and 17, vendors from the Market Square Farmers’ Market will sell root crops, hearty greens, hydroponic vegetables, meat, eggs, and dairy from noon to 3 p.m.; craft and artisan food vendors will be set up along Market Street noon until 7 p.m. First Night is Dec. 31, a family-friendly celebration of the arts held at different downtown venues. The variety of performers represents the best singers, musicians, artists and dancers East Tennessee has to offer. A special children’s festival will feature performers, crafts, balloons and face painting. At midnight the celebration will close on Market Square with lasers and fireworks.

By Pam Fansler Downtown Knoxville is dressed in her shimmery holiday best. The Celebration of Lights on Fansler the Friday after Thanksgiving began with the lighting of the 36-foot tree, which First Tennessee Bank donated to the city a few years ago. It joined the more than 100,000 lights festooning Krutch Park. This year after the blue and white balls on the tree burst into light and fireworks exploded across the sky, the happy crowd got into the holiday spirit with carriage rides down Gay Street; visits with Santa; cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus; marshmallow roasting; free hot chocolate, snow cream and eggnog; and performances by the Unity Choir and Clarence Brown Theatre. A short distance away, the WDVX Holiday Ho-Ho-Hoedown was in full swing on the Market Square Stage with Logan Murrell, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, and Freddy Smith and his Holiday Chicken. Skaters enjoyed Holidays on Ice, the Square’s outdoor ice rink and Knoxville’s “coolest” holiday tradition, while

Pam Fansler is president of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region.

Turkey Creek Medical Center is the recipient of an award earned by few hospitals nationwide. In 2011, only 18 hospitals across the country earned the Press Ganey Top Improver Award for continuous improvement in patient satisfaction performance over a two-year period. The center ranked among the top 5 percent in overall improvement within its database of medical centers. “To have this award focused on quality and patient satisfaction is a great honor,” said Turkey Creek Medical Center CEO Lance Jones. Jones said the award was “a tribute to the work and performance of physicians, the medical staff and their associates.” In the mid-1980s, Dr. Irwin Press partnered with Dr. Rod Ganey to develop metrics for measuring patient satisfaction as a way to improve hospital perfor-

mance. The value of a patient’s perspective regarding quality of care is at the heart of the company’s methodology. Today, Press Ganey performs monthly surveys

Adam Robertson has been promoted to president of Commercial Bank where he follows his grandfather and Commercial Bank founder E. Oscar Robertson. He pledged continuation of the “tradition of banking excellence” and customer service. Robertson has worked for Commercial Bank for more than 14 years, most recently as executive vice president. He first served as a teller and CSR, then loan Adam Robertson officer at the Halls office, then branch manager at the cating to the Main Office at Powell office, before relo- Harrogate as the central re-

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Jones agrees, and re-emphasizes that the credit goes to all of the hospital staff. “It’s something all of West Knoxville can be proud of,” he said.

gion executive officer. Terry Lee has served as president and CEO since 2004 and will continue as CEO and a mentor to Adam Robertson. “Adam is one of the brightest and best young men I have ever known, and he is very deserving of this promotion,” said Lee. Robertson’s has held leadership roles in the Bell County (Ky.) Chamber of Commerce, Pine Mountain Community Development Corporation, Harrogate Little League and Outdoor

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Soles 4 Souls By Shannon Morris

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tudents at Grace Christian Academy are challenged in many ways, from academics to athletics, and from social to spiritual development. One important challenge they face each year is to undertake a significant missions project that makes a difference in the lives of people far beyond the Grace campus. This year was no different, as during the month of November the high school students got involved in an effort to provide shoes to people in areas of the world that have been ravaged by natural disasters. The ministry that Grace partnered with this year was Soles4Souls, an organization whose mission is to deliver shoes and clothes to millions of people in need around the world. This charity, founded six years ago by Wayne Elsey, works tirelessly to provide not only shoes, but also a system by which people in poverty-stricken areas of the world can find gainful employment. Elsey was inspired to begin this worthwhile charity when, upon visiting a region that was affected by the 2004 tsunami, he spotted a single Grace Christian Academy students Spencer Grady, Keith Birdwell, Ashleigh Arp, Morgan shoe that had washed up on a beach. Parker, Sam Barton, Brady Akers, Tyler Stooksbury, Jennifer Bell, Lauren Hensley and His desire to help people who had lost Morgan Cleveland gather with shoes to be donated to Soles 4 Souls, a good start on the everything was thus born. Soles4Souls is headquartered in Nashville, but its school’s goal of 2,000 donated shoes. Photo by S. Johnson

reach is felt in countries like Haiti, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Peru, Honduras, and several African nations. Grace high school students were challenged to donate new or gently used shoes specifically for people in Haiti who have been devastated by the massive earthquake that struck that island. A majority of the residents of this beautiful island lost literally everything they owned. For people in such desperate straits, even a simple necessity like a decent pair of shoes goes a long way toward helping them feel restored, and it gives them hope which they may have lost in the tragedy that they have experienced. Grace’s goal for shoes collected was set at 2,000, a sizeable number for such a relatively small student body. What a tribute to their spirit of generosity, and to the influence of Grace Christian Academy in their lives. The missions project will expand into the month of February, as the entire school, grades K-12, will combine their efforts to reach and even exceed the goal of 2,000 shoes collected. The feeling among the students is that this goal will fall easily, but more than that, thousands of people in Haiti will have the opportunity to wear shoes that are neat, clean, and can be worn with pride.

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The Grace Christian Academy choir stuns the audience with their Christmas performance. Photo by K. McKamey

By Shannon Morris The arts are “present” at Grace Christian Academy this Christmas. The kindergarten through 2nd grade students recently completed their production of “The Light before Christmas” while the 3rd through 5th grade students performed the musical “The Great Christmas Giveaway,” to rave reviews. The middle and high school arts departments will soon be

presenting their production, “Tidings of Comfort and Joy!” at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The spectacular music, drama, lighting and sets all reflect the beauty and joy of this most special time of year, and the Grace students and art faculty derive tremendous satisfaction in producing quality work that shows the true meaning of Christmas – Haley Sluss and Shelby Rogers prepare for their roles the birth of their savior, in the Grace Christian Academy Christmas musical. Jesus Christ. Photo by T. McNelly

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An artist’s rendering of the finished football field. a thing of the past. Add to that the sense of pride that the players will have when they step onto a surface that is the same as some NFL teams play on, and it’s easy to see why so many people at Grace have gotten behind this project. Field demolition is already underway, and the new turf is scheduled to be completed by the first of March. Make plans now to attend a Grace football game next year, and be a part of this exciting new phase of growth at Grace Christian Academy!

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Knox County has more than 6,000 people living in substandard housing conditions? Habitat for Humanity is the only program in the Knoxville community that sells homes to low-income families at the builderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost with a zero percent interest mortgage. Since the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception in 1985, more than 350 Habitat homes have been built in Knox County.

Peninsula Holiday Survival Guide Gives Practical Advice If you envision your family gatherings unfolding as happily as an episode of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brady Bunch,â&#x20AC;? but in reality your relatives more closely mirror Roseanne Connerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or Al Bundyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t alone. Peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Survival Guide is produced as a community service of Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, because nearly everyone experiences heightened stress during the holiday season. The guide includes expertsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; advice on common holiday stressors such as managing money, juggling multiple obligations and coping with loneliness. While the guide wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the people who stress you the most, you may find some coping skills that will help you Download a complimentary copy at peninsulabehavioralhealth.org

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Is it the holiday blues or something more? If five or more of these symptoms persist for more than two N Feel restless or slowed down? weeks, or interfere with work or family life, it is time to seek N Have no energy? help from a physician or a mental health professional. N Feel worthless or guilty? Do you: N Have trouble concentrating? N Feel sad or empty? N Think a lot about death? N Sense a loss of enjoyment or fun? Unexplained, prolonged symptoms may indicate that you or a N Notice inexplicable change in your weight? loved one is suffering from clinical depression. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t despair â&#x20AC;&#x201C; N Have a change in your sleep pattern â&#x20AC;&#x201C; too much or too little? depression is treatable. Call Peninsula at 865-970-9800.

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‘You can beat the blues’ A time filled with holiday cheer can also be a time of “holiday blues” for many people, so Allie Kachelries, crisis service manager at Peninsula, presented a helpful program at the Strang Center on how to cope with holiday stress and challenges of the season.

Holly is a no-no And forget the mistletoe It’s time once again to deck your halls with everything merry and bright, but be aware that those festive lilies and sparkly bows could potentially cause a holiday disaster for you and your pet.

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Don’t be a Grinch, keep holiday dangers away from your pets.

Sara Barrett These cheer-building strategies include: ■ Maintain a positive attitude ■ Participate in enjoyable activities ■ Know your limitations ■ Schedule what you can accomplish without overtaxing yourself ■ Get plenty of rest ■ Plan ahead ■ Spend time with family and friends you enjoy ■ Use moderation (especially in eating sweets) ■ Set a budget for holiday shopping, and ■ Give the gift of time or handmade gifts. Kachelries spoke of her dad who often says, “Every day I wake up is a good day!” He is a person who knows that starting each day with

Donate blood, save lives Medic Regional Blood Center and Second Harvest Food Bank are teaming up this month for “Double Your Good Deed.” Blood donors can opt out of a Tshirt and a donation equal to nine meals will be made to Second Harvest.

Critter Tales Most folks are aware of the dangers “everyday” plants can pose to pets when ingested, but many don’t know the risk of an animal ingesting mistletoe or holly. Such decorative greenery Allie Kachelries, crisis service manager at Peninsula, shares can lead to vomiting and dihelpful ideas to keep cheerful and reduce holiday stress. Photo arrhea in your furry friends, by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com even causing an unexpected trip to the pet emergency a positive thought helps they get together, then they clinic. And according to the feed more positive thinking are no longer alone! throughout the day. What The Strang Senior Center we focus on often deter- has a variety of activities mines our mood. In other and programs during the words, count your blessings, holidays and year-round. name them one by one. The Center invites you to The holiday blues often its Christmas show at 1 p.m. come from isolation and Wednesday, Dec. 7, featurloneliness. If there are two ing entertainer and singer people who are alone, and Tammy Marshall.

Donors can stop by one of two donor centers: 1601 Ailor Ave. or 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Other sites: ■ 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, Christian Academy of Knoxville. ■ 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, Hardin Valley

Church of Christ. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old weighing 120 pounds with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and have positive identification. Info: 524-3074 or visit www.medicblood. org.

Season review: Bad team got worse Good news for Derek Dooley. The president has a lower approval rating. Bad news regarding job security: Dooley’s grip is based more on the cost and confusion of replacing him than on prowess as coach of the Volunteers. That information does not discourage optimists. They say we’ll get ’em next year. Tennessee doesn’t need much, just better players and better ideas. Pessimists are certain the end is near, that tradition is doomed. The power T has turned to script. The orange checkerboard is fading to pale yellow. Once-proud Vols are doormats of the Southeastern Conference. We realists recognize problems. Disorganization and ineptitude are ugly words. Losing is worse. All three are now linked to Tennessee football. So are indecision and token effort. This time, there is no skinny, little bowl to mask the hurt. A mediocre Kentucky team, minus a quarterback, somehow stopped monopoly. SEC big boys rang up lopsided scores and took a knee so it wouldn’t be worse. Highlight was what happened to Cincinnati. Thrill of the year was an overtime victory over Vandy and some post-game jumping up and down. Whoopee. In chilly summation, a bad team got worse. There were second-half shutdowns and a 42-point rout. For the first time in a long, long time, the Vols are irrelevant.

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It is too early to tell about recruiting. Some commitments may come unglued. Prep stars afflicted with pomposity may not want to associate with losers. I thought this team would go 7-5 with a chance for a happy holiday. As is the custom in today’s world, I have excuses for erroneous expectations. I did not anticipate the loss of Tyler Bray for six games, five while injured and the last one in a funk. I didn’t expect Justin Hunter to go down without being hit. I did not foresee and cannot explain the continued absence of a running attack. I have trouble grasping the revolvingdoor secondary. I could not believe the Vols had to switch centers in the seventh game. Never have I seen such futile kicking. Missed tackles, missed opportunities and timeouts to correct alignment or get 11 players on the field were maddening. I repeat my mid-season remark: This was not a wellcoached team. The 5-7 record was worse than it appears. Montana, Buffalo and MTSU barely count. October was horrendous. Think how bad November might have been without the orange ceramic dog.

Pet Poison Hotline’s website, eating just two petals from a lily can cause sudden kidney failure in a cat. Surprisingly, poinsettias are not as dangerous as most people think. Instead of taking the chance, this animal advocate suggests making wise decisions when it comes to the safety of your (furry) family. Purchase pet-friendly greenery (a list can be found at www.aspca.org) or opt for

the artificial kind. Also, make sure all electrical cords are tucked away out of the reach of curious critters, and leave the tinsel at the store. A cat likes nothing more than something sparkly, long and stringy to chew on. A handy number to keep around this season (and all year) is the 24-hour Pet Poison Helpline, 1-800-2136680. Share questions or comments with Sara at 218-9378, or email her at barretts@ shoppernewsnow.com.

Hitting the road Ty Swank, son of Young-Williams Animal Center staff member John Swank, sits with his dad and a four-legged passenger on the center’s “Rover” vehicle as they load 40 dogs and puppies to be transported to rescue groups and an animal shelter in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Photo submitted

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Optimists point to the young roster that will mature and return as sophomores and juniors. Maybe ■ Young-Wilthat is good. liams Animal Pessimists, after anaCenter, 3201 Division lyzing the lack of developSt., will have its board ment, stopped whispering of directors meetand shouted out loud that ing 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Dooley can’t do it, never Adcock-Jones Comhas done it. munity Room. We realists realize ■ Knoxville the coach has a contract. Feral Cat Friends Economics and common will host pictures with sense dictate continua“Santa Paws” at Petstion. Dooley deserves sevmart in Turkey Creek eral more minutes to get from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. things fixed. Saturday and Sunday, Positives? Da’Rick RogDec. 10-11. A framed ers has unusual talent picture with Santa is but seniors implied he is $9.95. A portion of selfish. Ben Martin, old the proceeds will benwarrior, didn’t do much efit KFCF. Info: Visit but did the best he could www.kfcf.petfinder. on bad legs. Congratulacom. Young-Williams team member Sarah enjoys a few motions to Malik Jackson ■ The Knoxville ments with 9-month-old male tabby cat Stewart. This boy and best wishes for future Zoo will offer half-off is a dreamboat. He is drawn to people and likes to proemployment. I respect admission during vide commentary about what is going on around him. Matt Simms for hanging “Penguin Discount Not moving fast enough? Stewart will politely alert you in there. Freshman Brian Days” through Feb. to this fact (especially if treats are involved). Not giving Randolph can be a really 29. Hours are 10 him enough attention? Stewart is on it. He will work to get good safety. Other hona.m. to 4:30 p.m. your attention and encourage you to change your ways. orable young men need a daily. Tickets can be Stewart is available for adoption at the main center at leader, an Al Wilson-type. purchased at the zoo, 3210 Division St. Both the main center and the “new” cenAlas, they are rare. at area Kroger stores ter at Young-Williams Animal Village, 6400 Kingston Pike Derrick Brodus was and online at www. are open noon to 6 p.m. daily. Visit www.young-williams. the strangest story. The knoxvillezoo.org. org to see photos of all of the center’s adoptables and call walk-on kicker, left off Info: 637-5331. 215-6599 for more information about each pet. the dress-out list, was at home on a Saturday lateafternoon, napping on the through Friday, Dec. 5-9, at ■ Support group meeting for couch, when coaches disvarious locations around town. family members or caregivcovered they had no body Request a screening online at ers of an adult with a mental or soul to attempt extra ■ Cancer survivor support www.premierveinclinics.com. illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the groups, Monday evenings and points or field goals. Kickthird Tuesday of each month ■ Lung cancer support group Tuesday mornings and Tuesday at Cherokee Health Systems, off and chaos were near. 6 p.m. the third Monday meets evenings, at the Cancer Sup2018 Western Avenue. Info: Oh my, what to do? of every month at Baptist West port Community of East TenRebecca Gill, 602-7807 or Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Brodus was awakened. nessee (formerly the Wellness www.namiknox.org. Drive. No charge, light refreshHe rushed to the stadium Community), 2230 Sutherland ments served. Info: Trish or ■ UT Hospice conducts ongoAve. Support groups for without combing his hair. Amanda, 218-7081. ing orientation sessions for cancer caregivers, Monday He performed flawlessly. evenings. Cancer family beadults (18 and older) inter■ Stop Smoking: 215-QUIT Little else worked so well.

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Meg Millikan, PTO fundraising chair, shows brothers Owen and Lewis Brooke the Rocky Hill “spirit wear.”

Gillian Howard, Kaylan Adams, Jackson Snograss and Hammad Awad give bags to shoppers at the Candy Cane Cottage Market at Rocky Hill Elementary School. Photos by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com

Rocky Hill hosts Candy Cane Cottage By Theresa Edwards

Alina Butcher gets a hug from Santa, as she shares her Christmas “wish list” which includes a zebra pillow pet. When asked if Alina had been good, her aunt Val Mire said, “She’s an angel!”

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Rocky Hill Elementary School welcomed all ages to its 26th annual Candy Cane Cottage Market where shoppers could purchase gifts for a good cause and visit Santa Claus. The event started with children shopping in a tiny art room. Over the years, it has exploded. PTO member Allison Watt said, “I love having this every year. It’s a joy helping families.” Items are donated to the school, and 100 percent of the sales proceeds are used to purchase grocery and toy store gift cards for families in need at Rocky Hill. Last year more than 60 families were helped. The Market was the start of the school’s food drive, which also helps families within the school. In addition to the parent volunteers, many students helped operate the holiday market. Kelsy Uselton and Regan Mills are 6th grade volunteers who attended

Rocky Hill Elementary through 5th grade. Kelsey said, “It’s great to be back here … so many good memories!” Student volunteers assisted shoppers, gave out shopping bags, rang the bell for the Salvation Army (with a “patriotic orange” kettle), created posters for the food drive which lines the halls and spread cheer with their welcoming smiles. Spirit was also spread in the form of Rocky Hill Rams spirit wear, water bottles and reflective tote bags. To order these items, visit www.rockyhillpto.org/ support/spirit-store. A special visitor really, really in the holiday spirit was Santa Claus! The children were delighted to see and share their Christmas lists with him. Most asked for one item. Fifth grader Chelsey Witt told Santa, “Yes, I’ve been a good girl. I got good grades and today I’m helping out with the Candy Cane Cottage.”

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Fourth grader Carley Fisher asked Santa for “Lemony Snicket” books. She has editions 1 to 5 and would like the others and the movie.” Her friend Presley Keith, also in 4th grade, would like the new movie “Tron.”

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Bella Mason gets help buying Christmas gifts for their parents from her sister Lilly Mason. Mary Beth Coleman enjoys the yummy cookie suckers at the Candy Cane Cottage Market’s bake sale.

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News from the Turkey Creek Public Market

Santa and Mrs. Claus are putting up a reindeer for adoption. Each “adoption certificate” filled out must be accompanied by a $5 filing fee which will be donated to Blount County Humane Society and their adopt-a-pet program. One lucky winner will be chosen by the management of Turkey Creek Public Market on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Shirley Osborne of Shirley’s Place sells 100 percent handmade one-of-a-kind hoodies, tank tops and purses.

M & F Sales displays the voiceactivated “Green Machine Frog Band,” a 1989 collector’s item being sold for only $5. Owner Frieda Wotring said, “Turn it on and you got five little Kermits dancing!” She has a lot of unique antique items, all moderately priced.

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■ Harley Davidson has a drawing for a free 2008 FLHX motorcycle on display.

■ Call Libby Fisher, events coordinator, to suggest entertainment for the Turkey Creek Public Market. Info: 671-5000.

Jim Dalton of Jim’s Amish Foods helps customer Harvey Lott buy Old Fashioned Dutch Apple Jam. Jim’s wife, Anne, said, “It tastes just like apple pie in a jar.” Photos by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com

‘Shakespeare into Opera’ By Theresa Edwards Brian Salesky, executive director and conductor for the Knoxville Opera, presented “Transforming Shakespeare into Opera” at Pellissippi State Community College on Nov. 29 in the Goins auditorium. This program is part of the Shakespeare Project, designed to complement and enhance the study and appreciation of the works of Shakespeare. In his presentation, Salesky showed video clips of opera versions of William Shakespeare’s plays “Othello” and “Romeo and Juliet.” He showed how

the composers and writers transformed these famous works into operas. Salesky explained, “Transforming Shakespeare into opera enables the audience to have an experience of the story which is impossible to obtain with just the spoken word. The addition of singing, chorus, dancing and orchestra enables the story to be told in an overwhelming way that is a feast for the senses.” Knoxville Opera’s productions of “Othello” and “Romeo and Juliet” will be at the historic Tennessee Theatre. The operas are presented with lavish period

■ Visit Santa 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Christmas Eve.

■ Jackets and other biker accessories are sold at “All In.” ■ M & F Sales displays hematite jewelry which helps some people with a variety of ailments, including headaches, arthritis, high blood pressure, tendonitis, arthritis, circulation problems and pains.

sets and costumes. These thrilling performances bring these classics to life in a unique way. To see a schedule of these performances, visit www.knoxvilleopera.com. To purchase tickets, call 524-0795. This Pellissippi program was sponsored by Gnosis, the college’s student service-learning club. Info: Annie Gray, ajgray@pstcc.edu/. Knoxville Opera Maestro Brian Salesky presents “Transforming Shakespeare into Opera” at Pellissippi State Community College. His opera shirt says, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Photo by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com

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Listen to the sounds of the season The entire community is invited to a free performance at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike. Last Saturday, the Knoxville Symphony League Ball, “An Evening in Paris,” came to Cherokee Country Club. The silent auction items were awesome. The 25th annual Clayton Holiday Concert series is set for four performances in midDecember with tickets available for purchase online at www.knoxvillesymphony.com/.

Look for KSO’s Lucas Richman, conductor; Logan Murrell, singer; Hallerin Hilton Hill, all around entertainer; the Knoxville Choral Society; Sound Company Children’s Choirs; Go! Contemporary Dance Works; and the fellow in the big red suit himself, Santa Claus. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Angela Pugh, president of Knoxville Symphony League, Janet Greer and Gail Smith plan an up- Dec. 17; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Discounts up to 20 percent are available coming event. Photo by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com for groups of 10 or more. To bring your Sponsored by Clayton Homes, Clay- mances will feature Knoxville’s favorite group to a KSO performance, call Lusada at 521-2337. ton Bank and Clayton Volvo, the perfor- music man, Jim Clayton.

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Make your home ready for the holidays with easy, affordable decor updates Welcoming friends and family into your home is one of the best ways to celebrate the season. One of the keys to making visitors feel right at home is to be a happy host. So, do yourself – and your guests – a favor and put a little effort into getting your home holiday houseguest perfect. Since your house will be full with visitors over the holidays, go beyond cleaning and organizing. Adding touches of festive decor will create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere, and if there are do-it-yourself projects still on the to-do list, now is the best time to finish them. Not only will your home look fresh and revived to you, but your guests will certainly notice your home’s

updated updateed appearance. appearrance To get your home ready for hosting holiday guests, follow this room-by-room checklist. Whether you want to tackle one room at a time or do it all at once, breaking down your tasks can make the process much easier.

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Seasonal sense: Using scent, sight and sound to stimulate holiday spirits From baking cookies with loved ones to caroling through the neighborhood or celebrating with family and friends, fond memories of holiday traditions abound. Each year, scents, sights and sounds promote the season’s spirit – continuing long-standing traditions and creating new memories. Here are some ideas for stimulating your senses and evoking the warmth of the holidays in your home:

Savoring seasonal scents Home fragrances create a warm, inviting environment during the holidays and all year-round. A whiff of a familiar scent often

calls to mind memories of holidays past. The scent of cinnamon and vanilla conjures thoughts of freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, while a blend of evergreens, cedar and musk reminds many of Christmas tree hunting in the woods. One of the safest ways to recreate holiday memories is with scented, wickless candles. With no wick and no flame, there’s no worry or mess. After selecting a favorite seasonal fragrance, it’s easy to place a cube or two of the scented wax into a decorative, ceramic candle warmer. Just one whiff and you are on your way down memory lane. “A festive, welcoming our senses and reminds atmosphere stimulates us of holidays past as we

Thompson, president and co-owner of Scentsy, a leader in home fragrance. “A home filled with classic holiday scents not only evokes memories but inspires new seasonal traditions for young families.”

Behold the sights Twinkling lights fill the indoor and outdoor landscape during the holidays. To capture the spirit of the season and add a shimmering glow to any room, consider a simple string or two of miniature lights strung along a mantel or displaying a holiday-themed wickless candle. From snowmen to Santa, there are festive decelebrate with our family signs in all shapes and sizes and friends,” says Heidi to complement any decor.

Sounds of the season The sounds of the season create happy holiday memories. Adding traditional tunes from Bing Crosby or modern interpretations from Harry Connick Jr. can set the mood as you decorate your home, entertain dinner guests or simply escape the hustle and bustle of the season. Music creates a cheerful atmosphere and often encourages listeners to sing along. Enjoying the scents, sights and sounds of the season is simple. To learn more about how to fill your home with festive fragrances and decorate with wickless candles, visit www.Scentsy.net. – ARA

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