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AUGUST 22, 2011


Leading the way Community pastor sets example of compassion See page A-4

Yard sale fundraiser Support a rescue group and learn how you can become a foster parent to some furry friends See Sara’s story on page B-2


Nixon at Neyland Jake tells of the former president’s time in Tennessee at a Billy Graham crusade See page A-6



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Karns student earns wings By Valorie Fister As teenager Kelsey Beeler’s peers learned to drive cars this summer, the 16-year-old was busy learning to maneuver something else. She took a Cessna Skyhawk airplane out for her first solo flight after about 15 hours of practice flight time. She’s the first student in the Karns High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps to earn solo wings for her uniform. “I thought ‘Wow, is this happening? Is this really happening?’ ” she said of her experience. “It was surreal. It hit me in the first turn.” Beeler’s family and her Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Chuck O’Donnell, are thrilled that she attained such a goal. “This is great. This is exciting,” O’Donnell said. “This was my first opportunity to take someone from zero to hero,” adding that Beeler is an exceptional student. “She’s very dedicated,” O’Donnell said. He said Beeler is in the top 1 percent of her class and is also a third-degree black belt in taekwondo. In addition, she’s a strong academic performer with a Scholastic Excellence Award in ROTC from the American Legion. She is also nominated for entry in the National Honor Society. “She’s a type-A kind of gal,” O’Donnell said. In keeping with old flying traditions, O’Donnell cut off the back “tail” of Beeler’s shirt and signed and dated it. In former years, when instructors rode behind stu-

dents in the double cockpit planes, they would often tug on the tails of students’ shirts in front of them to get their attention. Cutting the shirttail represents the student no longer needing the instructor to coach “over their shoulder.” Beeler’s training and flight time was all made possible through an approximately $2,300 scholarship given by the Flight Lessons Instructional Grants Helping Teens Foundation. Flight Foundation has been in existence for about 20 years, according to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Bill Powley. Powley is O’Donnell’s counterpart at Sullivan South High School in Kingsport who oversees the program. Powley said Beeler is among a group of 4,700 kids who have learned to fly planes through high school Junior ROTC programs in 12 different high schools throughout upper East Tennessee. She is the 94th flight soloist to earn wings through the program. Each year, between 6,000 and 7,000 students get into planes and fly. And each year, six to seven of them excel and are able to fly solo. In 1999, the Flight Foundation received a NASA grant. Since 2000, the foundation has received a grant from the Tennessee Aeronautics Division each year. Grant money is used along with matching funds from local, regional and national donations to sponsor students. “So we fly kids and it’s pretty neat,” Powley said. Beeler can now instruct other students while she

Karns High School junior Kelsey Beeler earned her solo flight wings this summer. Photo submitted

Flight instructor Chuck O’Donnell cut the back of Beeler’s shirt and signed and dated it to memorialize her first solo flight. Photo by Valorie Fister

continues her schooling to get ready for college. She can continue her flying and turn it into a career. But that’s just one of her many choices right now. She’s looking at colleges from Alabama to Nashville and courses of study from psychology to pre-law. And now that Beeler can fly, she’ll work on something closer to the ground – driving. “She has personal knowledge,” of what it’s like to fly, O’Donnell said. “It’s a hands-on environment.”

Sound workshop Jubilee Community Arts will host a two-session workshop on audio setup, equipment and mixing for concerts 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 23-24, at the Laurel Theater. Dr. Lou Gross, volunteer sound engineer for the Laurel Theater, will lead the workshop. Admission is free, but participants will be expected to volunteer six hours of time over the next year to aid production of Jubilee Community Arts activities. Info: 522-5851.

Devon Group pulls a surprise Broyles: ‘That was directed at me’

The Devon Group’s announcement last week that it was pulling out of the Carter Elementary construction project caught more than a few people off-guard. Knox County purchasing director Hugh Holt was “devastated.” Commissioner Amy Broyles said, “I’m probably the most surprised person in the county right now.”

Analysis A letter from Bob Talbott, one of the principals in the Devon Group, to County Mayor Tim Burchett cites “a combination of political agendas and opposition to the Carter plan” as the reason for the firm’s withdrawal. Broyles is not mentioned, but until she questioned the selection process and asked about the State Street property purchased by Devon in 2007, there wasn’t a hint the developer would beg off.

Holt says he personally invested at least 500 hours since last November putting the project together. Devon has indicated it will give the county its work product on the school, which may go to Partners Development, runner-up to Devon in the selection process. But Holt cautioned it won’t be as easy as simply handing over the drawings to a new developer. “There were five attorneys involved in this,” he said, and with the developer, the county, the school board and the Industrial Development Board yet again being drawn into the process, the second time around will be no easier. Aside from the expected comments to online news stories, the criticism aimed at Broyles has been indirect. Broyles says she was doing what voters elected her to do. “I appreciate the out-of-the-box thinking (on the project),” Broyles said. “And I hope that the best parts of this process we can do again. “I was doing my due diligence on this issue and I raised the con-

cerns I had. … This is my job. Anyone who’s trying to pin this (Devon’s withdrawal) on me is giving me an awful lot of power.” Yet clearly Broyles’ questions caused the train to jump the track. Why? A hard-nosed cynic might answer that Broyles gave the developer cover, a reason to bail out of a project it wasn’t that happy with from the beginning. The school board’s approval surprised the mayor, this line of reasoning continues, but he was too far out on the limb to climb off. But that doesn’t wash. To buy it you must believe there was never any genuine concern for the children in the Carter community, that the process was a political sham. That’s frankly unthinkable. So what could Broyles have said to make the Devon Group nervous? “The first issue we need to address is the selection process,” Broyles said at last week’s commission workshop.

The Devon Group was ranked highest by the evaluation committee. According to Holt, the firm was not the low bidder, coming in with an initial price of $16.9 million dollars for the school. “I negotiated them down,” Holt said. The bid price was allotted 35 points in the evaluation process. So, much of the evaluation was subjective. But that wasn’t unique to this project, and a single commissioner wondering aloud about the selection process hardly seems sufficient reason to bail out. Bob Talbott’s financial problems are a matter of public record. Earlier this year he was named as a defendant in several lawsuits filed by lenders. Talbott filed a counterclaim against one lender. The Devon Group would have been carrying the cost of construction until completion. Are the firm’s resources too fragile to bear that burden? Right now there are more questions than answers to this bizarre turn of events.

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Helping whenever he can Nancy Gregg, wife Howard Phillips is oneof Halls Republican of-a-kind. The owner of Powell Auction and Realty Club president Duane Gregg, looks over since 1972, Howard is easing toward the exit. But he’s items at the cake aucleaving his business in the tion sponsored by the club at Beaver Brook hands of family. last week. Bidding was spirited. Bob Crye even bought a cake he had made – Sandra for $110. Steve Hunley Clark bought dinner for the 100 or so attendees, so the club cleared a good profit for use in Son Kenny Phillips was next year’s elections. with Howard at Beaver Brook Country Club last week for a cake auction to top all auctions. Son Brian works mostly in Maynardville, but he always shows up for twice monthly auctions at the showroom on Pleasant Ridge Road off Clinton Highway in Powell. Howard has served on the Tennessee Auctioneer Commission, and when the time came to pick sides for governor, he was for Ron Ramsey, at least initially. Ron is a felHoward Phillips of Powell Auclow auctioneer. tion holds a cake and looks for Howard supports win- buyers. Photos by S. Clark ners sometimes and losers too. The constant is his loy- Midway IGA and a consisalty to friends. tent 2 column x 10 inch ad I met Howard back before from White Stores. the Powell Auction days, Howard always supportback when he had a real job. ed the Teague famliy, first Howard was manager of the Wanda as Circuit Court Clerk Winn-Dixie store in Halls and later her son Ralph as a and I worked him hard for county commissioner. When his business. Ralph was upset by Larry Sure enough, the Shop- Stephens – almost no one per thrived with full page saw that coming – Howard ads from Winn-Dixie and reached out to two friends.

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Friendship at Gentlemen’s Corner He hired Ralph to work at the auction company, and he called me to write a story about it. Ralph had a happy career with the guys at Powell Auction. Howard knows I like to bid but hate to buy. That’s why he often sticks me with items at charity events – stuff I never had any intention of buying. I left the cake auction with two cakes (which I gave away before leaving the building) and some Zoo admissions and a DVD called “Buried.” Howard and Kenny ambled toward their car. “Who’s driving?” asked Howard. Kenny just grinned. It’s always good to see an old friend, even when he sells me stuff I never meant to buy.

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Most of the time I avoid using first person pronouns in stories, but this is an exception. A couple of weeks ago Anita Rickard from Autumn Care Assisted Living Facility in Karns asked me to speak to a group of men. It was a more enjoyable experience than I ever imagined. The Gentlemen’s Corner is an afternoon meeting where men who live at Autumn Care meet with individuals from the community. Guests talk about their jobs and what goes into to completing them. I talked about writing for the newspaper, as well publishing a book and other creative writing pieces. My concern was that I’d get too detailed about these areas, but I was wrong. These men were quick to ask questions and share from their own life experiences. I also worried that I wouldn’t have enough material to fill the hour, but when I left Autumn Care and looked at my watch, the hour and then some had passed. Four residents participated, and I found it more

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interesting to listen than to talk to learn about the men. Jim Wininger is a lifelong Knoxville native. He attended Central High School and lived in Fountain City. Louie Hagerman worked for years as an engineer for TVA. He told about Norris Dam during its construction and other projects on which he’d worked. Stephen Noe entertained us with stories from his years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he spent much of his time recruiting young men. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. Jerry Moeller, from Davenport, Iowa, sat quietly most of the time, but when he did speak, everyone listened intently. He

public is invited. The program will be a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America. Representatives from Phillips and Jordan, the company responsible for the cleanup of Ground Zero, will bring


worked in the banking industry as a manager over installment loans. Each man’s story was interesting, and their kindness set me instantly at ease. What these men sometimes miss is interaction with others. They are vibrant individuals who possess a desire to keep learning, and they offer much wisdom about life and its success. Their stories proved fascinating, and in that short time with them, I made four new friends. Many organizations put forth efforts to meet the needs of area groups like veterans. The residents at Autumn Care are just as interested in sharing their life experiences with others. The Karns area is fi lled with folks who have interesting careers and hobbies. The Gentlemen’s Corner is always looking for speakers. The benefits for guests far outweigh those for the residents. Give them a call at 692-2273, volunteer to speak, and treat yourself to a fun and entertaining afternoon.

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Dance team ‘dog wash’ The Powell High School dance team will hold a “dog wash” at Paws Pets Supply on Schaad Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Cost is $6 per dirty pooch and proceeds go to the dance team. Info: Paws Pet Supply at 938-7297 and ask for Stephanie Cline or Dacey Hackworth.

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The Powell Lions Club will celebrate the club’s 60th birthday at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the clubhouse at 7145 Old Clinton Pike. Cost is $15 per person. RSVP: Diane Wilkerson at 947-1828 or 6401053.

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■ Sixth District Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Karns Middle School. This district includes Karns, Hardin Valley and Powell. Everyone is welcome. Info: Janice Spoone, 771-5920, or Clay Mulford, 257-6744.

Fundraiser will support future Powell Playhouse productions By Greg Householder

■ Karns Republican Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Karns Middle School Library, 2925 Gray Hendrix Road. The speaker will be Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret. All are invited. Info: Lorriane Coffey, 660-3677, or Chris Smith, 256-4866. ■ Patriots of East Tennessee will host a mayoral candidate forum 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the upstairs meeting room of Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore, 504 N. Peters Road. All invited.

Powell Playhouse Art Show participant Bill Lett gets his picture taken by fellow participant Phil Savage. Lett’s metal sculpture works can also be seen in the lobby of Mercy North Hospital. Savage had photographs on display. Photos

‘Art by the Kids, for the Kids’

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John C. Calhoun entertains during a set at the Powell Playhouse Art Show. with Eugene Johnson on guitar and Jean-Phillippe Cypres on harmonica; and John C. Calhoun on guitar. Closing out the show was Tara Gideon on guitar. The Powell Playhouse has set its schedule through early next summer. The Playhouse will present the play “The Night is My Enemy” by Fred Carmichael on Nov. 3-6 at the Jubilee Banquet Facility. The cast consists of five men and five women ranging in ages from their 20s to their 60s. Tryouts will be held at the Powell Library from 5 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, and from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Auditions are open to all. On Dec. 9, the Powell Playhouse will present an evening of gospel music. On

The Johnson Swingtet with Eugene Johnson on guitar and Jean-Phillippe Cypres.


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Gale Engelke and Rhonda Harbin check out some of Engelke’s wooden rocking horses. Feb. 14-16, the Playhouse will present the play “Steel Magnolias.” On April 21, it will present a comedy night and on June 7-10 will present the sequel to the group’s first play “The Curious Savage” by performing “The Savage Dilemma.”

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The Knoxville Museum of Art will host “Art by the Kids, for the Kids” in the KMA Education Gallery through Monday, Aug. 29. The exhibition showcases artworks created by the oncology and hematology patients of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The exhibition is part of a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer and other blood diseases. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Info: Angela Thomas, 934-2034 or visit

Powell Playhouse president and art show organizer Nita Buell Black shares a moment with state Rep. Bill Dunn.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Unversalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, will host an exhibit of works by artists Carl Gombert and Ricky Beene through September.

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A calamity for Carter How do we characterize the news that the Devon Group has pulled out of the Carter school project? Are Bob Talbott and his associates serious? Yes, they are. Has Talbott really recoiled from “a combination of political agendas” that “changed the dynamic” as he wrote to Mayor Tim Burchett last Thursday? Give me a break. If one commissioner’s comments at the commission workshop constitute a “combination” that changes the “dynamic,” Amy Broyles has – until now – shielded from public view power that would make the governor tremble. One commissioner, without a single “attagirl” from her colleagues, asks what happened to the Devon Group’s plans for developing the property at State Street and Church Avenue, the so-called “Sentinel Tower.” One commissioner asks about alleged “construction issues” with the Knoxville Convention Center and Denark Construction. “The model for the development of this new school has changed drastically since the initial RFP (request for proposal) was issued,” says one commissioner, and maybe we need to take another look at the selection process. This is, in Talbott’s words, “a combination of political agendas and opposition to the Carter plan?” This was enough to send Talbott and Raja Jubran scurrying to safety crying “Danger, Will Robinson?” For this the Devon Group was willing to sacrifice a nice profit, pick up their toys and go home? Broyles should run for president. Her power to intimidate the opposition is being thrown away at the county government level. The wolves are in full bay on the daily’s website, eager to devour Broyles personally and politically. They’d find more profit in baying at the moon – they’re chasing a shadow. If the house that Devon built could be leveled by a few questions from Broyles, the foundation was laid in quicksand. There isn’t a municipal project in history that hasn’t been opposed by “political agendas” from the right or left. If I may, these folks “have some ’splainin’ to do.” So Devon backs out and loses some revenue. Broyles speaks out and loses even more of the dubious rapport she enjoyed with the mayor and some of her colleagues. The big losers? The children in the Carter community. No one who has stepped foot in Carter Elementary walks away believing its condition to be other than disgraceful. And Carter has a lot of company in Knox County. “We’ve got to do some serious school building,” Mike Brown said at the commission workshop, understating the obvious. But while this is sorted out, while commission considers tabling the project for a few months, while some school board members who voted to give the mayor his head have second and third thoughts, Carter Elementary deteriorates and the children wait. For the children and their parents, it’s a bitter irony to think that had commission approved the school board’s plan to renovate the school, those renovations would have been well under way. The cost could well have topped the $2.5 million estimate, could easily have doubled that figure. But something would have been done. And something is better than what they may have been left with for the foreseeable future – nothing at all. Contact Larry Van Guilder at

Called to compassion Eddie Young, who in a relatively short four years has become Knoxville’s most influential voice for the homeless and the poor, says he just can’t read the comment section of the daily newspaper. He’d really like to believe that most people just aren’t that mean. Young is an associate pastor at Redeemer Church in Fort Sanders as well as president and founder of Redeeming Hope Ministries, which has launched such Knoxville firsts as a voter registration drive for the homeless, publication of The Amplifier, a monthly newspaper devoted to news of the homeless sold by homeless street vendors, and Food in the Fort, a feeding program that includes community vegetable gardens worked by members of the homeless community. He spent 15 years of his youth caught up in the drug culture in his native Nashville, but he doesn’t think he deserves to be praised for turning his life around.

Betty Bean “We love success stories because they are the exception, not the rule. The person who overcomes terrible parents, extreme poverty or mental or physical disabilities – we love that because it is so rare. To most of us in the mainstream, those are things we don’t have to overcome. If you plant a tree and stake it to grow sideways, you can cut that cable 20 or 30 years down the road and it’s still going to grow sideways.” Young claims none of those handicaps. “My family wasn’t wealthy, but I was privileged in that I had good parents. I could make a lot of mistakes and still have a safety net under me. I was able to maintain a job. At 30, I was a manager in Nashville at UPS. That’s when I underwent a real

The Rev. Eddie Young, founder of Redeeming Hope Ministries Photo by B. Bean

spiritual conversion. I decided to resign from UPS and go into the ministry.” In 1995, Young and his wife, Lori, and son Marcus (his daughter Meagan wasn’t born yet) picked up and moved to the outskirts of Dundee Scotland, where he served a small church in a poor neighborhood. There, he said, “God lifted a veil” and allowed him to see

what his life’s work would be. One of the things he saw was The Big Issue, a newspaper for the homeless, much like The Amplifier, which he would start years later in Knoxville. He gets frustrated because there’s still so much to do. “Compassion can only take you so far. You can’t force the community to be compassionate. But you can force the community to act justly. At the end of the day there are things that are right that a community has to almost be led to – I hate to say this – against its will. But when you talk about segregation in the South, if we’d left the decision up to the community, we’d still be segregated. We’ve lost sight of the fact that we are called to free the oppressed, not just clothe the naked and feed the hungry. When we work at the soup kitchen, we feel good that we’ve accomplished something. But we have to get up and do it again tomorrow.”

Amazon exemption unfair Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is meeting with Amazon to resolve the sales tax issue which has other businesses up in arms. Former Gov. Phil Bredesen cut a deal with Amazon for the giant Internet bookseller to not collect the state sales tax if they moved to Tennessee, a move which created hundreds of new jobs, most of which are now in Cleveland and Chattanooga. While in this unsettled economic climate where the creation of new jobs is very desirable, there remains the issue of how any company located in Tennessee can legally escape collecting a sales tax which all other similar businesses must collect. Furthermore, the loss of this revenue reduces state government’s ability to perform the services required by law. Why should any business in Tennessee have a competitive price advantage over a competitor by more than 9 percent? No doubt Gov. Haslam, when he agreed to continue the Bredesen commitment, did not want to jeop-

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ardize new jobs. However, almost a year has gone by and legislators are starting to ask questions. These include the very influential Republican chairs of the Senate and House Finance Committees, Sen. Randy McNally (who represents part of Knox County) and Rep. Charles Sargent of Williamson County. McNally and Sargent have formally asked the state Attorney General for an opinion on whether the state can legally ignore the law requiring businesses located within the state to collect the sales tax. It will be interesting to see when Attorney General Robert Cooper responds and what he says. If he says the tax must be collected, will the Haslam administration follow the AG opinion or go to court to contest it? Will another business go to court to force the decision, as an

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Ivan Harmon. In a city election, having the most money is not necessarily a ticket to the runoff or victory. Early voting starts Sept. 7. member ■ Council Charlie Thomas has agreed to a write-in effort to place himself on the ballot for Nov. 8, but he has not named a treasurer and he cannot raise money for the Sept. 27 primary or the runoff until he does. Apparently, he is waiting to see if he actually gets the 25 write-in votes required to be on the ballot with Mark Campen (the only declared qualified candidate for District 5). that happens, ■ If then all city voters will decide between Campen and Thomas. Thomas will have to wage a very active campaign from Sept. 28 to Nov. 8 if he wants to win. However, Campen has not raised much money to date for his campaign, and his slow-motion activity is part of the reason there was a push to get Thomas to agree to a write-in campaign. And now, neither is sprinting to the finish line.

Welcome back, Herb With all the publicity about the Devon Group pulling out of the Carter school project, you may think County Commission will have little else to deliberate today. Not so. Right after roll call, attorney Herb Moncier is scheduled to speak at public forum. Moncier will ask commission to pass on paying former Sheriff Tim Hutchison a little more than $134,000 for Hutchison’s legal expenses in defending lawsuits brought by Moncier on behalf of various litigants. Law Director Joe Jarret brought the resolution to commission. Jarret has explained that commission is not compelled by state law to pay the bill, but it may choose to do so. Commissioner R. Larry Smith was reimbursed for attorney fees, and so was former Commissioner Paul Pinkston. Moncier will likely argue that the Hutchison cases are not over, that higher courts may yet make rulings that support his position on “standing” for everyday citizens. However it turns out today, it’s usually entertaining when Moncier has the floor. – Larry Van Guilder

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Going to a party Come Wednesday I’ll be at a party on Kingston Pike, snapping pictures of Madeline Rogero and some of her best business buds at the home of Madeline Rogero Eddie Mannis. It should be fun. Reporters can usually crash fundraisers (except the really BIG ones) to hobnob with the rich and famous. Problem is, we usually encounter the same ol’ political types that we see at the free hot dog rallies. But then, the food is better. This party will be fun if even half of the host committee shows. For instance, there is Dee Haslam, wife of Jimmy Haslam who has maxed out on contributions for Rogero’s opponent Mark Padgett. Then there are the bankers, Larry Martin and Monty Montgomery, and Regal Entertainment guy Greg Dunn. Not all business leaders are for Padgett, and showing that is the purpose of this particular fundraiser. Also, raising money would be nice.

Sandra Clark A.C. Entertainment guy Ashley Capps is on the list, as are developers Nick Cazana, Tom Weiss and Rodney Lawler. There are lawyers John Buckingham and Mark Mamantov, plus PR guy Tom Jester. I recognized a couple of doctors, Doug Leahy and Steve Brewington, and the owners of The Lunch Box, Karen and Don Sproles. If Rogero is elected mayor, look at what she’s overcome: ■ Not from around here ■ Democrat ■ Female ■ Not wealthy Nothing against Mark Padgett, who has a great career ahead, or Ivan Harmon, who’s had a great career already, but eight years ago Bill Haslam was elected mayor with the slogan: “It’s Knoxville’s Time.” The year 2011 is looking more and more like “Rogero’s Time,” and on Wednesday I’m going to a party.

the retired ap- is in balancing a budget.” pellate judge Joe One Duncan was noticeDuncan, was in ably missing from the event. the crowd, along Knox County Trustee John with numerous Duncan III said afterwards nieces and neph- he was out of town. In reews. sponse to our question, he “Becky grew wrote: “I’m supporting up in a political Becky and even have one family,” said Jim- of her signs in my yard. She my Duncan, “but is going to be a great state she has made her Senator!” mark outside of While former Mayor Vicpolitics.” tor Ashe attended, the event Becky and was sparse on county officehusband Morton holders. Most are lying low, were leaders at waiting for a primary winthe Rocky Hill ner to emerge. ballpark for 20 Marilyn Roddy has served Attorney and campaign manager Howard Vogel captures the moment as years while their eight years on City Council U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr. hands his sister Becky Massey a lucky Duncan daughters came and is poised and “together.” penny. Photo by S. Clark through the softVictoria DeFreese served ball program. briefly on County CommisBecky and Morton have sion and lives in South Knox supported numerous charCounty. ity auctions at no charge Becky Duncan Massey Becky Duncan Massey is great, great candidate.” and Becky has served as has never held a public ofnot the most articulate canJimmy Duncan added, “I’m executive director of the didate in the race for state pretty sure I’ve known her regional Sertoma Center fice, yet she’s identified as Senator. In fact, she’s often longer than anybody here.” for many years. Her degree “political.” third when the three candiIt’s an interesting contest, Prominently displayed from UT is in business addates appear at forums or was a photograph of her dad, ministration. but we all know Massey’s on TV. “We need more business strength. It’s the united orthe late U.S. Rep. John DunUndeterred, she says: “I can Sr., on Air Force One people in government,” said ganization of Duncan family know what my strengths are.” with Howard Baker Jr. and Massey. “My main concern is and friends. And that’s hard Those strengths were on Harold Ford Sr. Her uncle, the economy; my experience to beat in Knox County. display a couple of weekends ago when Massey opened her headquarters on Kingston Pike (across from Bearden Elementary School). Her brother U.S. Rep. “First Tennessee makes John Duncan Jr. welcomed me feel like I’m a part “a great, great turnout for a

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Others have suggested that the University of Tennessee might be the one campus in America Nixon thought he could visit in the weeks after Cambodia and Kent State without too much protest. East Tennessee was solidly Republican, although the UT campus itself had seen its share of turmoil. Twentytwo people had been arrested on campus during demonstrations in front of the UT administration building on Jan. 15, 1970. Whatever his reasons, here

Nixon came, and an overflow crowd estimated at 75,000 to 100,000 was waiting when he arrived about 30 minutes late that Thursday night. The large crowd gave him a one-minute standing ovation. But even here, surrounded by thousands who supported him, Nixon could not escape the protests. A group described as being everything from “a small band of hecklers” to 350-400 people, most of them sitting in the east stands of the stadium around the 20yard line closest to the north end zone, frequently interrupted Nixon’s speech, many holding signs that read “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” The protestors also reportedly chanted “Push ’em back, push ’em back” and “1-2-3-4, we don’t want Nixon’s war!” UT’s Daily Beacon reported the next day that singer Ethel Waters angered the protesters when she referred to Nixon as “my blessed child.” After they let out an audible jeer, Waters said, “Now you children listen to Mama. If my arms were long enough, I’d reach out and smack ya, but I’d love you and hug you, too.” Nixon spoke for 14 minutes. He said that if America was going to have peace, it would have to return to “those great spiritual sources.” “I know there are things about America that are wrong,” Nixon told the crowd. “But I also know this: that this is a country where a young person knows that there is a peaceful way he can change what he doesn’t like about America.” Nine people were arrested that night. All were charged with disrupting a religious service. Some were charged with assaulting a police officer. At least three were UT students and one was identified by both the Daily Beacon and Knoxville Journal as Carroll Bible, 25, who had been arrested in the Jan. 15 incident on campus and was described by the Journal as a “hippy leader” who was not enrolled as a student at the time of the Crusade. The Journal was blunt about the protests in an editorial published the day after Nixon’s visit. “The unspeakable nastiness of a handful of undisciplined brats seemed only to intensify the commitment of the pro-Nixon ele-

ments and to alienate even more of the UT students,” it read, indicative of the newspaper’s decidedly partisan Republican tone at the time. (The newspaper’s front page declared “This is Nixon Country” the day after his visit.) Controversial UT history professor Dr. Richard Marius was no less blunt with his point of view. “Graham is still back in the days when religion, as Marx said, was just an opiate of the people,” Marius was quoted in the Daily Beacon as saying. “It would do us no good to disrupt (the Crusade) because the people would beat us up.” (Ironically, Marius held a degree in divinity and would spend much of his adult life studying the Protestant Reformation.) Religious studies professor Dr. Charles Reynolds, according to the Beacon’s Rob Christensen, had suggested the protesting students “should go and kneel on the turf and say a prayer for peace” when Graham delivered the altar call. “This plan was not executed at the Crusade.” UT president Dr. Andy Holt said he was “shocked and embarrassed” by the protests and vowed to cooperate with police. Police photographers had roamed the stadium with orders to take pictures of any riotous demonstrators. Knoxville Mayor Leonard Rogers later said, “Those who can be identified will be prosecuted for disturbing public worship.” In a 2006 News Sentinel column about the Crusade, Don Ferguson noted that 43 people were ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and disruption of a religious service On Friday, May 29, the Journal declared that Nixon could now go about his duties “with the knowledge that America’s heartland is with him.” Nixon, for his part, was “elated over his reception Thursday night at the Billy Graham Crusade in Neyland Stadium,” reported Guy L. Smith IV on the front page after talking with Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler in San Clemente. If you believe Bob Haldeman, Nixon’s elation didn’t last long.

wanted to camp out somewhere. It was an extremely impromptu idea, but Mother got permission from a friend who owned a farm, my brother and I each invited a friend, and we set off. We took a pot of stew and some firewood and a bundle of quilts. We found a spot in the middle of an open field. We ate our stew, let the fire burn down, then stretched out on our quilts under the starlight. No sleeping bags, no tent, no lanterns, not even a candle. We had no idea the light show the universe had planned for us. We saw shooting stars all night: long, trailing streams of light that decayed amazingly slowly, what the ancients called “the dragon stars.” We stayed awake much of that soft summer night, watching the show, oohing and aahing, afraid to blink for fear we would miss the next one.

I had never before, and have never since, seen anything quite like it. It was many years later that I learned about the Perseids and realized that must have been the very meteor shower we saw that night. It happens every year in August, because the Earth is in the phase of its journey around the sun that allows us to see the meteors emanating from the constellation Perseus in the northern sky, hence their name. It was quite late when we fi nally went to sleep and early morning when we awoke. The fi re had burned to nothing, and we were dew-covered. But I heard my mother laugh and rolled over to look skyward. There was a circle of faces looking down at us. The farmer’s cows had come to see what was going on in their field! They stood around us in a

perfect ring, sniffing us, clearly as amazed as we were. Cows are curious creatures (something else I learned much later) and they were mystified by this peculiar human behavior. It was almost as if one of them had found us and mooed the message to her friends: “Hey, Bossy, come and see what I found! Silly humans!” I treasure that night for many reasons, not least of which is that my mother was willing to do such a whimsical thing. I also treasure the memory of the heavens ablaze with meteors, more amazing than any man-made fireworks display. I remember with great pleasure the dew, the dying embers of the fire, the curious cows, the rising sun, the smell of the wet grass. Given Einstein’s choices quoted above, I choose to live life as if everything is a miracle.

Nixon in Knoxville PULL UP A CHAIR … | Jake Mabe


hat last Watergate summer ended 37 years ago this month, the hot August Washington air stained with the paradoxical sadness and sleaze that marked much of the Nixon years. One-time White House chief of staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman later wrote that he believes the seeds for Richard Nixon’s downfall that culminated with the president’s August 1974 resignation were planted in May 1970. It happened in the wake of Nixon’s decision to invade Cambodia and the resulting paranoia from press leaks and student demonstrations that followed in the days after the military action and the May 4 killing of four students by national guardsmen at Kent State University. Late that month Nixon made his first visit to a college campus in more than a year. He came to Knoxville as the guest of honor on Youth Night (May 28), during the 10-day East Tennessee Billy Graham Crusade at Neyland Stadium. The decision to attend appears to have been an impromptu one. On Tuesday, May 26, the White House announced it as an uncertain possibility. The Knoxville Journal didn’t confirm it until the morning of the visit. Nixon was indeed making a brief stopover in Knoxville to attend the Crusade before heading to the Western White House at San Clemente, Calif., for Memorial Day weekend. U.S. Rep. John Duncan Sr. told the Knoxville News Sentinel he had invited Nixon to attend the Crusade “because of his close friendship” with Graham. Graham told News Sentinel reporters Nixon’s appearance was not political in nature, according to an unsigned story that ran the

UT president Dr. Andy Holt, Ruth Graham, Pat Nixon, the Rev. Billy Graham and President Richard M. Nixon on stage at Neyland Stadium during Nixon’s appearance at the East Tennessee Billy Graham Crusade on May 28, 1970. Dr. Holt and the Grahams keep an eye on the protesters sitting in the east sidelines. Photo courtesy Knoxville Journal Collection, McClung Historical Collection day of Nixon’s visit. “He is the president of all the people, Democrat and Republican,” Graham said. A Journal editorial that ran the same day said the newspaper did not believe Nixon’s visit was personal or political. Nixon, the paper said, would by his visit “focus greater national attention on the Billy Graham Crusade at a time when a large part of the American public is in moral and spiritual turmoil.”

August miracle CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8: 3-4 NRSV) There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)


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Last look before results get in the way TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West


his is the last crystal-clear look at Tennessee football before results cloud the view. At more than one position, we are about to discover whether talent or experience is more important. If talent wins and freshmen play, a recruiting we will go! Trying to be fair, balanced and objective, what we think we see overall is a mixture of optimism and watch-out caution. Seven and five would be acceptable. Eight and four would be a good season, considering how far expectations have been beaten down. Anything better would be cause for celebration, contract extension and more money spread around, with or without an athletic director. No way to dress up six-six and pretend it is progress. Reality begins to set in when we stare at the week-by-week schedule. You don’t need me to

tell you that this team, any Tennessee team worthy of orange shirts that doesn’t get lost on the Vol Walk, will defeat Montana, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Middle Tennessee State at Neyland Stadium, morning, noon or night kickoff. Well, the Bearcats most times. At least seven and maybe all eight Southeastern Conference foes undoubtedly believe they are better than Tennessee. Choose your arguments carefully. The Florida search committee found an exciting new coach almost immediately. He purchased an offensive genius and they, together, have replaced several moving parts. Do you think the young Gators fear the Volunteers? In Gainesville? Georgia, LSU, Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas are undoubtedly counting Ten-

nessee as a stepping stone along their path to Atlanta, big bowl games and another national championship for somebody. Surely Vanderbilt is not so cocky. Up to now, the Commodores haven’t done anything except talk. They are talking boldly. The new coach is running a fever. Kentucky is no more than even with Tennessee in talent but the Wildcats have convinced each other that their time will eventually come. Indeed, history suggests nobody lives forever and all good things will sometime come to an end. I believe the blues believe the streak will finally expire on Nov. 26 in Lexington. It will be sad, whenever it happens, but I would not be shocked. To get six victories, the Volunteers must pick up the four obvious and whip Vandy and Kentucky. To get seven, they must upset somebody, Florida or Georgia being the best bets. Both would make eight. Tigers and Gamecocks in Knoxville are longer shots. Winning in Tuscaloosa and Fayetteville would be simply wonderful. Derek Dooley for coach of the year. Tyler Bray automatic All-American. The fullback or somebody in the offensive line qualifies for the Jacobs

blocking trophy. The running game gains thousands of yards. Youthful linebackers make shocking progress. A Volunteer actually flourishes as punt returner. There are no injuries, no interceptions, no fumbles – and only 11 on the field at any given time. All games are sellouts! Parking is free! Concession prices are cut in half! Oops. Sorry about that. Got carried away. Could be heat stroke. Thank you for caring. I can see more clearly now. I believe Tennessee football is headed in the correct direction. I lack the wisdom to determine how long it will take to arrive at the necessary destination. So much really does depend on evaluations and recruiting – and luck. As for now, I think the offense will be moderately improved and a bit better balanced. I do not expect the buoyant Bray to be repressed by technical difficulties. Huddle administration? Are you kidding me, throw the football! Experience in the blocking front should add a first down or two but I do not foresee it manhandling strong defenses. Likewise, I don’t expect us to get pushed around as often. Young receivers have abil-

ity. Check back later to assess smarts. New runners Marlin Lane and Tom Smith project as plusses. Slipping Rajion Neal into the slot is intriguing. It is almost enough to make you think old line coach Jim Chaney is getting creative. I am not over-confident about defense. The secondary is better. There are actually some spare parts. The team is thin at tackle and end. Daniel Hood may become a lifesaver. Tennessee may or may not be able to wrest the ball from tough foes. The largest concern is youth and uncertainty at linebacker. Peter Sirmon faces a serious coaching challenge. He is surrounded by green. Great freshmen can beat bad opponents but …well, we’ll see whether spring practice matters. The kicking game, a giant segment of championship football, remains a mysterious piece of the Tennessee puzzle. Maybe yes, maybe later. Maybe not at all. You need to know that in the good old days, Robert R. Neyland spent all of February coaching kickers – before the beginning of spring practice. Alas and alas, these are not the good old days. Not yet. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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1,000,000,000,001 LARRY’S CORNER | Larry Van Guilder


et’s face it: trillions are the new billions. If you watched the debt ceiling debate unfold in Washington, you’ve learned that a billion dollars is chump change these days, nothing to break a sweat over when the national debt has topped $14 trillion. But just how much is a trillion? Bill Gates and Warren Buffett may be comfortable talking about personal net worth in billions, but even the super rich don’t aspire to accumulate trillions of dollars. Maybe we can construct a scenario that helps us grasp how large a trillion of anything is. Imagine you just walked into your favorite bakery, eager to grab a box of bear claws to pair with your morning coffee at breakfast tomorrow. “Sure is crowded in here today,” you grumble, squeezing your way through the waiting customers to get a number from the dispenser on the counter. You grab the slip, but you groan when you see your number is 1,000,000,000,001. (Right here we should note this is one heck of a big bakery, although you may have figured that out on your own.) This bakery is not only big, it’s fast. Customers are whisked in

How much is $1 trillion?

In the center: One trillion dollars in one hundred dollar bills, in double-stacked pallets of $100 million each. and out at a lightning pace, about one every second. So you figure the wait may not be too long. Roughly 1,200 generations later, your ancestors claim your dusty bones from the bakery floor, 31,710 years or 1,000,000,000,001 seconds after you decided to make a “quick” stop for bear claws. (Don’t feel bad – your pastries would have been stale anyway after 317 centuries.) Where else might we turn to get a handle on trillions? How about the vastness of the universe itself? Surely trillions mean something there.

Well, yes and no. Take our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The best estimates place the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy somewhere between 200 and 400 billion, so three or four galaxies of roughly the same composition would contain about a trillion stars. Only a tiny fraction of these stars are visible to the naked eye, just as only a fraction of all the galaxies in the universe can be seen from Earth. Astronomers estimate the universe contains 100 to 200 billion galaxies, so the number of stars in the universe may range as high as 8,000

trillion. (Thinking that over, I don’t feel nearly as dejected about the $14 trillion national debt as I did a few minutes ago. If only 10 percent of those stars contained a planet with intelligent life willing to loan the U.S. a buck, we could pay off the debt and have $786 trillion left over. On the other hand, intelligent extraterrestrial life probably wouldn’t loan us a dime.) There has to be a lot of elbow room in the universe to squeeze in hundreds of billions of galaxies and trillions of stars, and there is. The standard cosmolog-

ical measuring stick is the light year, the distance light travels in one Earth year. Light cruises along at about 186,000 miles per second. In a year the energetic little photons travel 5.86 trillion miles, subjectively about the same distance as from downtown Knoxville to Farragut during Friday afternoon rush hour. But when we try to estimate the size of universe, we’re really measuring time, not distance. The speed of light is the limiting factor. We’ve “seen” to a distance of about 14 billion light years. That may or may not be the edge of the universe, which could be infinite. (Let’s skip the discussion of infinity – my head hurts already.) Yet even that unimaginably vast distance shrinks to insignificance alongside our friend trillion. We would need 700 universes of the size we’ve observed lined up edge to edge to span the distance light travels in a trillion years. Perhaps it’s best to leave the discussion of trillions to the experts, to those who don’t break out in a cold sweat just contemplating such mind-boggling numbers. Speaker Boehner? Sen. Reid? Help! Contact Larry Van




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Info: 966-6728 or visit 222. ■ Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Road, is accepting crafters for its fall festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 17. Space rental is $25. Info: Lena Coker, 693-2688 or email ■ Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, will host a churchwide yard sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. ■ Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, will host its sixth Habitat for Humanity fundraiser golf tournament Friday, Oct. 21, at Avalon Golf Course with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Four person scramble format, $100 entry fee includes greens fees, cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. All proceeds will go toward the building

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Karns High School French teacher Stephanie Clark, Farragut High School French teacher Saralee Peccolo-Taylor and Bearden High School French teacher Patricia Harris are using their summer travel to enrich their classrooms. Photo by N. Lester

Travels for teachers By Natalie Lester French teachers Patricia Harris, Stephanie Clark and Saralee Peccolo-Taylor met in college and their friendship has lasted and grown throughout their careers. They each teach French at a Knox County High School, and they took full advantage of their summer vacation with a trip to the 84th annual American Association of Teachers of French convention in Montreal. The trip lasted only four days, but it was more than enough to reignite the teachers’ passion for the language. They returned with many ideas and lessons to teach their students this year. “It is a conference, but it is also in a target country,” said Harris, who teaches at Bearden High School. “Not only do we learn during the sessions, but we were totally immersed in the culture and got to practice our language

everywhere we went.” “Whenever I go to conferences, I am amazed at the passion and inquisitiveness of teachers because they want to take it all back to their students,” added Peccolo-Taylor, who teaches at Farragut High School. Clark, who teaches at Karns High School, explained how the three divide and conquer at these events. “We go to different sessions and take good notes,” she said. “Then, we can trade ideas afterward.” Clark and Peccolo-Taylor also held their own session at the conference. They discussed the book “Sarah’s Key,” which tells the story of two Jewish children in Paris during the Holocaust. “The response was really positive,” Peccolo-Taylor said. “We had lots of comments and questions in our email when we got home

from other teachers who were going to use the book.” “I will use the book in my AP and Honors courses,” Harris said. “And, I’ll use a lot of what I learned in their session.” The three believe trips like the one they took to the conference are crucial for those teaching their subjects. “It is very important for foreign language teachers to travel to the countries they teach for both credibility and to maintain fluency,” Harris said. “It also just renews your passion,” Peccolo-Taylor said. “Our subject consumes us inside and outside the classroom,” Clark said. “It is everything we love: art, history, literature and food.” At the conference, Clark won two round-trip tickets to Paris so she and PeccoloTaylor already have their up-coming spring break planned.


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Elizabethton man chooses Parkwest for surgical weight loss Procedure was ‘life-changing and life-saving’ Michael Ensor is fabulous at 40 after having surgical weight loss at Parkwest Medical Center. The Elizabethton resident confesses that he was nearly 400 pounds when his primary care physician, Dr. Robert Shubert, said, “It’s not a matter of if you’ll have a health problem; it’s a matter of when and how bad.â€? Ensor is the assistant principal at Unaka High School. The ďŹ eld of education has always kept him on the go; however, choosing foods that were fast and convenient packed on the pounds. “The more weight I gained, the more my knees and back started to give me trouble,â€? said Ensor. “My endurance dwindled to the point that I would easily become out of breath.â€? Ensor was always being heavier than average, but active throughout his own high school and college years when he played football. He experienced affects of yo-yo dieting – like losing 30 pounds, just to put 40 back on.

Michael Ensor before surgical weight loss at Parkwest. After hearing about his friend’s success with Dr. Stephen Boyce with Parkwest Medical Center, Ensor further consulted with Dr. Shubert, thinking it could help him put his health back on track. “We were impressed with Parkwest’s cleanliness and how professionally its program runs,� said Ensor, who lives two hours

2009, and he quickly noticed a dramatic turnaround. At his one year check-up, he had lost 140 pounds, averaging a loss of nearly three pounds per week. “Now, I’ve lost more than 200 pounds and added about 20 years to my life,â€? said Ensor. “At ďŹ rst, I was a little embarrassed to have to turn to surgery, but I’ve added a great deal of quality to my life.â€? Now, he is able to help his father on construction jobs, hunt, hike and ďŹ sh – all things he couldn’t do when he was heavier. “My goal wasn’t a number; it was to a healthy weight where I felt good at,â€? he said. “With all the right tools and resources along the way, that’s exactly what I was able to achieve by having weight loss surgery at Parkwest.â€? Ensor after losing more than 200 This year, Ensor married his pounds wife, Mitzi, who says she can’t from Parkwest. “I attended one imagine him being overweight. of the free bariatric weight loss The couple lives a healthy lifeseminars held at Parkwest and style and ďŹ nds splitting meals to immediately felt at ease having be a great way to keep their meals my surgery there.â€? healthier. During his medical evaluation, “I often feel like people judge Lisa Bunch, a phlebotomist with me for being cheap when we’re Dr. Boyce, told him, “You’re about eating in a restaurant, but the reto go through a miracle.â€? ality of it is that we are just eatHis surgery was on Sept. 29, ing our recommended portion

Free Weight Loss Seminar Tuesday, Sept. 13 or Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Classrooms at Parkwest Medical Center Convenient parking near the door RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Call 1-865-531-5243 1-877-291-7611 size,â€? he said. Ensor has had about a dozen phone calls from those who are curious about having surgical weight loss, and he wants everyone who has had a difďŹ cult time losing weight otherwise to know about this option. “I was blown away with his progress,â€? said Dr. Boyce. “Michael is a great example of someone who has had surgery and done very well by being simply being compliant to procedure’s guidelines.â€? “It’s a life-changing and a lifesaving decision,â€? he said.

Covenant Weight Management Center offers new surgical weight loss procedure On an LGCP procedure, the stomach is dissected on one side, which allows the surgeon to access both the front and back surfaces of the stomach. One side of the stomach is folded and fastened. The folds narrow and significantly reduce the volume of the stomach. Patients are monitored for three years after the procedure to compare the results of this procedure to currently used procedures.

Early results: Less invasive, lower risk for patients For those who have contemplated weight loss surgery, a new, investigational, less invasive and less costly procedure could mean their wait – and their weight – may be over. Covenant Weight Management Center, affiliated with Parkwest Medical Center and New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, is now offering Laparoscopic Greater Curvature PlicaDr. Stephen Boyce tion (LGCP.) LGCP is an investigational bariatric surgery which reduces most of the stomach by folding and fastening it into a small pouch. “LGCP is an emerging procedure that offers a potentially less invasive alternative to other weight loss procedures,� said Parkwest surgeon Stephen Boyce, M.D. “Early results show that LGCP may also have fewer risks than other bariatric procedures, which is not to say other procedures are unsafe, it’s just that the LGCP procedure is less invasive for the patient.� It is less invasive because LGCP eliminates the need for some

Why LGCP? N More people qualify N Less invasive N Not as expensive

steps which traditional surgeries may require, including removal of stomach tissue, an implant of a gastric band or manipulation of the bowel. It will also cost less than traditional bariatric surgical services including gastric bypass and lap band procedures. “LGCP is very effective,� Boyce said. “Clinical data in the early studies show that by 12 months post-surgery, patients lose more than 50 percent of their excess weight. Nearly 1 in 4 of all Tennesseans are obese, putting the state’s population among the heaviest in the United States. While some bariatric patients will be still be better suited for the more traditional procedures, Boyce points out that three times as many people will qualify for the investigational study on LGCP as for traditional surgical tech-

niques. Unlike lap band or gastric bypass surgery which require that a patient be morbidly obese (100 pounds or more overweight) and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40, LGCP patients need only have a BMI of 30. “Anyone who has ever been signiďŹ cantly overweight knows what a burden it can be, physically, mentally and socially. If we can help reverse the obesity epidemic through surgical procedures designed for morbidly obese individuals, then those affected can live longer with healthier, happier lifestyles,â€? Boyce said. With 16 years of experience, Dr. Boyce and his team have performed more than 3,000 bariatric surgeries with an exceptional success and safety record. LGCP surgeries will be performed at Parkwest as a part of an investigational trial beginning as early as September of this year.

“Parkwest is a Bariatric Center of Excellence, and this means better care for patients,â€? Boyce said. “4 Riverstone is the bariatric surgery oor at Parkwest. Staff are specially trained in this area of expertise, and every bariatric patient stays in a suite equipped with specialized furniture and other amenities to assure post-surgical comfort.â€? Boyce said that for obese people who have been waiting to improve their health, the investigational trial for LGCP is worth exploring. “Obesity is approaching tobacco as the top underlying preventable cause of death in this country, but obesity is a tough battle, so surgery may be the best option for some people,“ he said. “The health beneďŹ ts of losing weight are far more important than having a slimmer body. Looking good is great. Being healthy is even better.â€?

Is LGCP right for you? Contact the Covenant Weight Management Center to find out. The Center is located in Knoxville at the Fort Sanders West campus, 200 Fort Sanders West Blvd., Building 1, Suite 200. Call 865-531-5243 or 1-877-291-7611. Visit www. covenantweightmanagement. com to calculate your Body Mass Index using the online BMI tool or to hear success stories from real patients.


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Living a happy, healthy life We have all heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine,” and research has shown that laughing is good for individuals. The Health and Humor group at the John T. O’Connor Senior

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Blackwell named administrator for Young-Williams Dr. Michael Blackwell, former dean of the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed administrator of YoungWilliams Animal Center. In addition to his UT experience, Blackwell served as chief of staff of the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States, as deputy director of the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine and as a private practitioner of veterinary medicine. Dr. Blackwell He also served as chair of the animal center’s board of directors for five years until 2010. Blackwell will continue his role as administrator as well as assume the responsibilities previously handled by former executive director Tim Adams.

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years old and various other issues. While genetics plays a role in living a long life, other factors, including daily exercise, flossing, taking a multivitamin and checking weight once a week on the scales, can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and keep senior adults mentally and physically active. In the hour the group met, the world’s problems weren’t solved and a cure for cancer had not been discovered, but people shared ideas and thoughts, jokes were told and a lot of healthy laughing was heard throughout the room. The mood in the Claudia Jewell facilitates a discussion about living a healthy life Health and Humor group with members of the Health and Humor group at the John T. was upbeat and fun, and when I left, I felt that I had O’Connor Senior Center. Photo by Ruth White made a new friend or two. Topics of discussion and group members share Health and Humor meets range from weight loss to vi- opinions, ask questions and every Wednesday at 12:30 tamins to healthy eating and often discuss other related p.m. at the John T. O’Connor more. Claudia Jewell, the areas of interest. Senior Center. Everyone is health services specialist at As I sat in on the discus- welcome to drop in, share a the center, brings a health- sion this week, the group laugh and learn about health related topic to the table talked about living to be 100 issues senior adults face.

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Friends of Retrievers rescue group will have a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, at the corner of East Fox Den Drive and Grigsby Chapel Road. In addition to finding a good deal, you will also be able to get information about volunteering as a foster parent to a dog in need. “We are absolutely desperate for foster families,” said Kim Badeaux, vice president and cofounder of the group. Badeaux and her team search the outlying areas of East Tennessee and surrounding states for smaller shelters. Animals have less of a chance at a happy end-

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MUST SELL 22 Acres HALLS/GIBBS, 2 br, 1 140 with modular, city ba, $500/mo, $500/ Cats water, great loc. dep. 1 yr lse req'd. Powell/ Knoxville. No pets. 6512 Archer Adoption Cats & Kittens, $175,000. Motivated Rd., 865-388-2736 Spay/neut., S&W, $65. ***Web ID# 842643*** 865-765-3400. Homes 40 seller. 865-388-9656 NORTH, 1914 Albert (2 blks off Fairmont HOUSES FOR Lakefront Property 47 Blvd). 100% redone, SALE! Buy at dis- LAKEFRONT Estate 141 Din. rm., 3BR, 2BA, Dogs LR, Kit. all appls., count prices. Low Lot on Ft. Loudoun hdwd. flrs., $795 + Boston Terrier puppies, Lake near Pellisdown-payment. dep. 414-7616. CKC, healthy, M&F, sippi & Northshore. on site, Cheaper than rent! Covered dock, WEST, KARNS, 3 BR parents $250-$300. 931-544-7654 beautiful view. 865-809-0141 $799,000. 865-293-5474 2 BA, appls. provided, ***Web ID# 842696*** $510/mo. 865-938-1653 WE BUY HOUSES BOSTON TERRIERS, Resort Living at its Finest Cash….Fast WINDSOR AVE. CKC, 4 M, choc. & Level wooded lake 865-365-8888 2BR; 1BA; Deck & white. S&W. 7 wks. lot only $9,900! fenced in yard. $675. $600. 865-223-1445 Free boating, ***Web ID# 841689*** community boat slips, Call Tayna, 688-7531. clubhouse with For Sale By Owner 40a Nicklaus putting green. BOXERS, AKC puppies, Condo Rentals 76 Blk, brindle, flashy, 865-922-6000 tails, dewclaws & Beautifully Remodeled, wormed. 865-705-5004 handicap access. CONDO/PELLISSIPPI/ ***Web ID# 844943*** ranch style home on Real Estate Service 53 DUTCHTOWN 1/2 ac level lot. HardDACHSHUNDS, wood, granite, tile 3 BR/2 1/2 BA, 2000 SF Mini., M&F, thruout. Lg. crown & STOP FORECLOSURE 2 car gar. $1300/mo. Free Report / Free Help Non smoking, no pets. different colors, $250. base molding. 3 BR, 2 Call 865-428-9228. 865-365-8888 BA, 1800 SF, 865-680-1040 ***Web ID# 842272*** ***Web ID# 841653*** $139,900/b.o. OPEN HOUSE SEPT. ENGLISH BULLDOG WEST, Edgewater, 2 3-4, 9-5. $1250. VISA & M/C Investment Prop-Sale 61 br, 2 ba, W/D conn, PUPS, Or call for showing accepted. 423-775-6044 1 car gar, no pets. 3216 Luwana Ln, 37917 $700/mo + $500/dep. 865-919-6675 or 387-0761 HALLS. CRIPPEN RD. ***Web ID# 842628*** Call 865-458-6445 ***Web ID# 844894*** Turn at Wendy's, ***Web ID# 844526*** property on right. 2 acres zoned General 109 FSBO, 5500 Kenbrook commercial. Will Rooms-Roommates 77 Ln., Cumberland Esdivide. 865-567-5788 tates. Brick rancher w/full bsmnt, approx MIDDLEBROOK INN 3400 sf, 3 br, 2 ba, Comm. Prop. - Rent 66  Nicest Economical remod top to botMotel in West Knox tom, superb kitchen 575 S.F. off Broadway  HBO, ESPN, Lg Rms & bath, new Trane  1 Night $21.90 + tax on Walker Blvd. heat/air, Pella win- (behind Fisher Tire).  Week $104.50 + tax dows, new roof, plus Fresh paint & new AC  Exc Area on Bus line detached 2 car ga588-1982 unit. $600/mo. 1st & rage & shop. last due upon move $189,900. 865-924-0484 in. (865) 696-9555

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Buildings for Sale 191 SUMMER CLEARANCE! Only a few sizes left! Huge savings avail on Steel Bldgs! Amazing discounts through our Display Program! Call Now! 1-866-352-0469

Machinery-Equip. 193

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OPEN HOUSE Sun 2-5 3914 Whittle Springs Rd

Whittle Mansion 4BR, 3BA, 2250 SF, 11 rooms. Priced to sell at $125K. 865-922-8734 ***Web ID# 843308***

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BR West Hills, 2 story, 1.5 BA, lg. laundry rm, patio, No pets. Cr Ref. $650/mo. $400 DD. 865-567-5004

Like New brick townhouse, 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, West Knox. No pets or vouchers. $350 dep. $650/mo. 1 year lease. 865-986-0905 ***Web ID# 841871*** NEAR WEST Town, 1 BR studio, W/D conn, CHA, no pets. Lease, $350. 865-966-5983.

POWELL 2 BR 2 BA, NEAR West Town 2 BR TH, 1 1/2 BA, W&D 865-719-0922 conn, CHA, no pets. www.1909wellsdrivepo Lease. $550. 865-966-5983 NORTH 1BR, 1BA, CRENT TO OWN H&A, DW, stove, water furn., $425. 3BR, 2BA, fenced No pets. 865-414-3633 yard, St. Mary's & Fulton area, built SOUTH, 2 BR, 1 BA, 2004, $93,900. Dep. + 1200SF, appls furn, montly is negotiable. priv. $700/mo + dep No pets, 865-577-6289 865-254-5464

FSBO, 3 BR mobile home set up in park. Owner will finance. Call 206-0391. REDUCED , New Home MH w/ land in subdiv near Morristown Hosp; 3BR 2BA; 865-719-1338

Manf’d Homes - Rent 86 MASCOT AREA, private lot, 2BR, $425 mo. $425 dep. Call 865-933-5705

Trucking Opportunities 106

6 PIECE ANTIQUE BEDROOM SUIT, like new, $2000. Call 865-354-1710


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JC Pontoon boat 20', 1999, 75HP Force, TM, trlr, FF, cover, $7,000. 865-945-5071 LOWE - DECK BOAT 2005, couches, carpet, bimini top, 115 HP, 4 stroke, low hrs. Exc. cond. $18,500. Call 865376-3529 or 617-8109.



5TH Wheel Copper Canyon, 28', 2006, 1 CARVED ANTIQUE slide, new tires, Parlor Set, 5 pcs, sell sleeps 6, exc cond, 1 pc $125 or all for $13,900. 865-933-8354 $600. 865-691-2336. CAMPERS WANTED We buy travel trailers, Medical Supplies 219 5th Wheels, Motor homes & Pop-Up Campers. Will pay DAV Chapter 24 has cash. 423-504-8036 FREE RENTAL OF POWER WHEEL MONTANA 2007, 35', 2 CHAIRS available for slides, many any area disabled vet- hitch. $21,000/bo. extras. Camperan or members of their immediate family. ing ready. 865-932-7902. Manually operated wheel chairs also Motor Homes 237 available. Call 7650510 for information. Newmar Dutchstar FREE JAZZY 1994 DSL Pusher, WHEELCHAIR. Cummins 235, Allison (Doesn't run) Call 6 spd, 6.5 KW gen set, 686-1681. 2 TV's, 2 satellite rec. Surround snd, 1000 JAZZY Select power watt inverter. Exc chair, new, all pacond. Must see! pers & attachments. Selling due to health. $750. 865-804-2070, $24K. 865-691-8523 ***Web ID# 837753***

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cover for back, black, $550. 865-680-2108.

Utility Trailers 255

Montego Tiger Shark jet ski, $1750 obo. Call 865-455-4488 or CAYMAN Swimming 865-455-4481 Pool, 15x30 above ground w/salt water NORRISCRAFT 19' generator, all access. Sport & Ski, 200 HP $1500. 276-889-1292. Mercury, Hustler deluxe tandem trailer. Must see, $7200 obo. Antiques 216 865-494-0948; 805-3657.

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mag, Nikon 3x9 scope $450. 423-562-3080

Pools/Hot Tubs 209

Manf’d Homes - Sale 85

East 40e Apts - Unfurnished 71 1 & 2 BR APTS. $3,500 Down C H&A, W&D conn, to $650 per mo. $827 Month $475 Dep. $400 to $500.

FSBO Alice Bell Rd. Bsmt rancher, 4 BR, 2 BA, almost 2 ac, big front yd, gar. & carport, $98,500. 865-924-0484

■ Support group meeting for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Cherokee Health Systems,

Boats Motors 232 22' 10 ton King Pin G. N. with beaver tail & air brakes. $6500. 423- Floating Cottage 46x16 562-2154; 423-566-3385 Hickory Star, Norris Lake, must sell, $30k/obo. 865-389-4552 Household Furn. 204 ***Web ID# 844614***

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2018 Western Ave. Info: Rebecca Gill, 602-7807 or www. ■ UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: 544-6279.

40w Apts - Furnished 72 Trucking Opportunities 106 Dogs 348 141 Farmer’s Market 150 Fishing Hunting 224 Auto Accessories 254 Domestic 265 Plumbing FB $4,000 a ENGLISH BULLDOG PEACHES & CREAM, WINCHESTER FORD EXPLORER CHEVY MALIBU GREG MONROE WALBROOK STUDIOS DRIVERS: month. Great home- pups, AKC reg, all shots Hickory cane, white Model 70, 270 short Sport Trax fiberglass MAXX, 2005, V6, all PLUMBING

1 LEVEL, 3 br, 2 ba, W. Knox, Brentmoor Subd, new roof/paint before closing, $159,900. 865-966-7572 ***Web ID# 827996***

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speaker will be Mary Chris Testerman, M.D., who will discuss the causes of common foot pain and how to care for your feet. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Aug. 23. Visit www. or call 632-5200.

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FLY SCOUT 2010 motor bike, Honda cub copy, 110CC, 4 spd. semi automatic, 900 mi. $1200. 423-404-4523 HARLEY DAVIDSON 2008 Nightrain, 4070 mi, exc cond, gar. kept, tons of genuine HD access. + all orig parts incl. $14,500. For more details call 423-523-5498

6X10 UTILITY TRAILER like new cond. $950. Call 865-932-3139. BIG TEX DUMP TRAILER $3,995. Call 865-986-5626.



CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1990, 56K act. mi., new tires, PS, PB, AC, exc. cond. $2800 OBO. 865-689-5646 FORD Econoline Conv. Van 1994, hi-top, 115K mi, very nice, $4500. 865-379-0568

Pressure Washing 350

PONTIAC G5, 2009, red, 2 dr, all pwr, 51k mi, $8250. 35+ mpg. Sharp! 865-522-4133



CLEANING HOMES or offices by honest, reliable hardworker who still believes in cleaning the old fashioned way. Ref. available. Call Lisa, 237-9823.

Contracting / Gen. 320

BLDG REPAIR & FORD Windstar 2002 MAINT. Lic'd/ins'd, gray/tan, CD, 7 pass comm/res, metal 114K mi., good cond roofs, concrete, $5,000/bo 865-688-3309 bobcat, masonry, ^ ***Web ID# 841560*** doors, stucco re- DUKE'S PRESSURE pair, ret. walls, etc. WASHING Affordable Rates, satisTrucks 257 30 yrs exp! 250-0496 faction guaranteed! 324 258-6830 CHEVY 1500 1992, 5.0, Elderly Care 2 camper tops & tow pkg, $1900 obo. HILLCREST WEST is Remodeling 351 865-455-4488; 455-4481 now hiring hospitality aids. We are looking for someone 4 Wheel Drive 258 with dependability, positive attitude, FORD F250 2002, able to work nights 7.3L, diesel, 4x4, and wkends, and insuper cab, XLT, tegrity. Caregiver $13,500. 865-859-9051 exp. pref. If you are ***Web ID# 843733*** interested in working in a peaceful, homelike environAntiques Classics 260 ment, apply today. http://grace.vikus.n et/app or 588-7661. GEO TRACKER 1995, 5 sp., overdrive, 4x4, super nice, WILL ASSIST w/personal care needs, $3600. 865-457-2451 cook, clean & do errands. 15 yrs exp, refs MERCEDES 560SL, avail. 208-9032 1988, 124K mi., all orig., red w/blk int., hard & soft top, 327 mint cond. $11,900 Fencing obo. 865-992-0386


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FORD BRONCO 1989, 4x4, 2 dr., new paint, great tires, Must sell. $3900. 865-679-2100. LEXUS GX470, 4X4, 2004, loaded, nav., 3rd row, DVD, 113K mi., $19,900. 865-389-4324 ***Web ID# 842729***


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INFINITI G35 2006 Coupe, auto., 23K mi, red, garaged, 1 owner $22,800. 865-414-0219

FENCING & REPAIR, small jobs OK, clear fence rows, some tree work, 20 yrs. exp., Wanted: used fence. 200-1752



^ STUCCO / STONE repairs, new const, fireplaces, water damage, ret. walls, columns, gates. 20 yrs exp! 250-0496

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CERAMIC TILE installation. Floors/ walls/repairs. 32 yrs exp, exc work! John 9 3 8 -3 3 2 8

Furniture Refinish. 331

Mazda Milennia 2001S Black/gray lthr, cold DENNY'S FURNITURE a/c,49K mi, 6 disc REPAIR. Refinish, reBose, 17 “chrome glue, etc. 45 yrs exp! Whls. John, 385 4290 922-6529 or 466-4221 ***Web ID# 843698*** MERCEDES 560SL, 333 1988, 124K mi., all Guttering orig., red w/blk int., GUTTER hard & soft top, HAROLD'S SERVICE. Will clean mint cond. $11,900 front & back $20 & up. obo. 865-992-0386 Quality work, guaranPONTIAC TRANS teed. Call 288-0556. AM WS6, 1997, Ram Air, 107,000 mi., V8 auto., black exteLandscaping 338 rior, graphite gray leather interior, new LANDSCAPING MGMT tires, brakes, rotors Design, install, mulch, turned, new starter, small tree/shrub work, battery, alternator, weeding, bed renewal, distributor, tune up, debri clean-up. Free compressor, many estimates, 25 yrs exp! more new parts. Mark Lusby 679-9848 Runs great. Everything works. Good driver. $8,250. 423286-9847, 937-232-1883 Painting / Wallpaper 344

HD ROAD KING Custom 2004, lava red, detachable windshield & backrest. TOYOTA CAMRY Lots of chrome xtras. 1994, AT, AC, 100,000 Chrome front forks mi, great mpg, & Sampson pipes. $3550. 865-582-1974 Very clean, no ***Web ID# 841819*** blemishes, 13k mi, $11,500. 423-312-5285 TOYOTA Supra 1998 ***Web ID# 838189*** auto, all pwr., targa top, lthr., very rare. HONDA 2001 Shadow $19,500 obo. 865-300-9576. Spirit, 1100 CC, 4200 ***Web ID# 844728*** mi. $4900. Call 423562-2154; 423-566-3385.

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264 HONDA GL 1800 Trike Sports 2003, black cherry, 48K mi, custom trlr, Corvette Conv. 2001, red, black top, 6 sp, $25,000. 865-983-7056 62k mi, new tires. Honda Rebel, 2006, $20,500. 865-406-3801 white, saddlebags, ***Web ID# 841767*** windshield. $2400/ obo. 865-380-9172 ***Web ID# 837455*** Domestic 265 TRIUMPH SPRINT RS 2000, 17K, new battery & tires. Good cond. $2,600. 865-567-6032.

FORD FOCUS 2001 Auto, runs & looks good. $2000 obo. Bought new car! 865494-0948; 865-805-3657.

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Section SPot AUGUST 22, 2011



Rotary projects secure funding The golf tournament for girls and boys was held at Williams Creek off Dandridge Avenue in East Knoxville. Fifteen teams and more than 100 golfers participated. Rotarians worked with each team, recording scores and getting to know the youth. Coach Bill Warren of Halls said he was happy that the Rotary Club sponsored the tournament. “I hope they do it every year!” Teams came from Bearden, where coach John Heins is also a member of the West Knox Rotary and was event chair, Powell, Halls, Claiborne County, Grainger County, Grace Christian, Webb, Hardin Valley Academy, Jefferson County, Cumberland Gap, Carter, Campbell County, Maryville and Catholic. Heins a nt icipated giving away some $5,000 in prizes and goody bags while raising $30,000 to $50,000 for the club’s local and international charities. Most fundraising comes t hroug h sponsorships, To page C-2

By Sandra Clark Rotary Club of West Knoxville should be set for the upcoming year following an Aug. 13 fundraiser called the High School Shoot Out.

A quality education Webb School See page C-4

Sandy Loy talks construction Construction Plus See page C-3

Sam Balloff, Rotary Club member who coordinated volunteers, stands on the putting green at Williams Creek.

Eli Hechmer and Joe Dickey of stream live from the West Knox Rotary Club’s High School Shoot Out, held Aug. 13 at Williams Creek. Photos by S. Clark

News from Stratetic Partners Knox County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department has received tools worth $15,000 from The Home Depot, and OG Hughes donated $7,500 toward the truck tool bed. Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre and CTE Director Don Lawson will meet with company representatives Sept. 7 to acknowledge the gifts. The Home Depot will be represented by district manager Stan Rudder, Pro Shop desk manager Frank Bellew and the Knoxville area managers: Tom Householder, Ryan Donnelly, Scott Santel and Nancy Brannon. President Tom Hughes, vice president Richard Hughes and in-house sales manager Steve Hudgens will represent OG Hughes. Coachman Clothiers now has Southern Tide women’s polos for fall. Also for backto-school are the Southern Tide Original Skipjack polo in more than 50 colors and styles. Info: 690-5805 or www.coachmanclothiers. com/.


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Want to rent a rooster? Ever thought about using a 4-foot-tall painted iron rooster for decoration at your wedding? Well, maybe not. But how about at your next garden party, or, if you’re a South Carolina fan (Heaven forbid!) your next football party?

Anne Hart

Turns out you can buy that happy-looking gamecock outright, or you can just rent him. You can take a look at him for yourself at the intriguing Ironic Home Décor shop in the Colony Place shopping center on Kingston Pike in Bearden. That rooster has a lot of whimsical friends who are for sale – garden critters such as large painted ladybugs, butterflies or pigs – but there are also more serious items in this little gem of a store, and they’re all handmade of iron which has been doublecoated with a rust preventive so they can be used indoors or out.

There is a huge array of decorative and useful iron items, including standing, hanging and tabletop candelabras; lamps; magazine racks; wine racks; planters in many sizes and styles; and baskets that are perfect to use yourself or to fill with items to give as a present. There are topiaries, trellises, arbors and bird houses. There are UT-themed articles and lots of clever signs to hand on the wall. There is also furniture – beds and tables of varying sizes with matching chairs and benches, including bistro tables, sofa tables, dining room tables, coffee tables and side tables. There are credenzas and baker’s racks, room dividers, easels for displaying artwork and garden benches that would be pretty either indoors or out. Owner Holly Honeycutt says just about anything in the store can be rented. “If you want that 4-foot-tall rooster at your wedding, we can make that happen,” she laughs. Holly and her husband, Michael, who works for Realty Trust Group, travel to Texas three or four times a year to meet with the artists who create the masterpieces for sale in Ironic. “We can offer great prices because there is no middle man,”

Holly Honeycutt with Sullivan, the mascot at Ironic Home Décor.

she says. “Nothing comes in this store that I haven’t personally touched. “Also, being able to work personally with the artists is a great service for my customers. I listen to what they say and can relay that to the artists so they can make the alterations my customers have suggested.” Holly says she and Michael have a lot of fun with the store. “He comes here after work every day. It’s a good thing, too. I’m only 5

feet tall, so I can’t hang anything on the walls without him.” The couple just celebrated their first wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago. In honor of that and of the second birthday of the store’s official mascot, their English bulldog Sullivan, they’re having a special sale. Today through Aug. 31 you can get 20 percent off any item in the store. Info: www.ironichomedecor. com or 588-3131. Contact:


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Alzheimer’s Walk beats goal Businesses and individuals joined to put the annual Alzheimer’s Walk over the top, under the leadership of Phillip Fulmer. Top walkers and sponsors were honored Aug. 18 at a luncheon. Together, the corporate community and grassroots volunteers raised $211,332. More than 1,400 people raised $151,182 through car washes, spaghetti dinners and other events. The Knoxville Alzheimer’s Walk supports more than 22,000 East Tennessee families facing Alzheimer’s by funding services, education programs and advocacy for research coordinated by Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc. The executive director is former TV news reporter Kay Watson. Info: www.alztennessee. org or 544-6288.

Youth winners were Savannah Ivey (individual) and Seniors for Seniors from Farragut High School (team). With team captain Bethany Hatmaker, the group raised $815 and won a behind-thescenes look at WBIR-TV with Russell Biven and Beth Haynes and lunch compliments of Pizza Kitchen. Savannah raised $740 and also was team captain for Knoxville Teen Board. Individual adult winners were: Deana Haney, $8,095, who won a lakeside retreat getaway at a 4-bedroom home on Norris Lake, compliments of Janine and Chris Owen. Faun Norton, $7,095, who won a framed print by artist Jim Gray, compliments of Dr. Maria O’Shaunessey. Nancy Dettmering, $3,423,

who won a night on the town including dinner for four at Flemings plus movie tickets from Regal. Kevin Bragg, $3,375, who won a landscape print by artist Mark Keathley, compliments of Art of the South. Adult team winners were: Dreammakers with team captain Deana Haney, raised $13,318, and won a day with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and gourmet lunch for 20 with the mayor, compliments of Atria Weston Place. Sigma Kappa Sorority at UT, raised $11,896 and won barbecue lunch for 20, compliments of Vonnie and Carl Oaks. Shannondale of Knoxville, $11,394, lunch and a movie for 10, compliments of East Tennessee Personal Care Services and Regal Cinemas.

For more information: Linda Parrent, Executive Managing Director 247-0157 •

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coordinated this year by Oliver Smith IV. In the 2010-11 year, the West Knox club gave away $80,000 to charities such as Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Clinic, Friends of the Smokies, Ross Learning Center, Salvation Army, Veterans Reintegration Project and Japan’s Relief Fund. Dr. Lucy Gibson is club president.

Chip Umphenour provides Krystal lunches for participants.



■ Board of Directors Meeting, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Bill Jones Music, 10412 Kingston Pike.

■ Business After Hours: News Sentinel Open at Fox Den Country Club, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 12284 N. Fox Den Drive.

■ Networking, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Hilton Garden Inn, 216 Peregrine Way.

■ Ribbon Cutting, 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 2, Regions Bank, 465 S. Gay St.

■ Speaker Luncheon w/ Hallerin Hilton HIll and Phillip Fulmer, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Rothchild, 8807 Kingston Pike.

■ Ribbon Cutting, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, Activize Knoxville Chiropractic Clinic, 1645 Downtown West Blvd., Suite 34.

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Brush up on your investment education You don’t need to have young children to be keenly aware that we’ve reached that “back-to-school” time of year. Whether you’re shopping for school supplies or not, you may want to take a cue from this season to think about getting a little more education yourself Wendy – specifically, investment Schopp education. Many people find the language of investing to be confusing, but with a little effort, you can learn important concepts and principles. And the more you know about investing, the better off you’ll be because, in the investment world as in other areas of life, knowledge is power. So take just a few minutes to read more on these basic investment concepts: ■ Growth – You purchase some types of investments with the hope that their value will rise over time. Of course, over the short term, the prices of growthoriented investments can and will fluctuate, sometimes substantially, and the preservation of your principal is not guaranteed. ■ Income – When you invest in income-oriented or fixed-income vehicles, you receive income in the form of interest payments. The market value of fixed-income investments can also fluctuate, but if you hold them until maturity, you can generally expect to receive the original principal value. ■ Investment risk – When most people talk about investment risk, they are usually referring to the possibility of

losing money – and that is indeed an ever-present risk. But all investments carry some type of risk. When you invest in fixed-income investments, for example, you may incur interest rate risk – the risk that the value of your investment will drop if interest rates rise. Or you may encounter purchasing power risk – the risk that your rate of return may not keep up with inflation. ■ Risk tolerance – Generally speaking, your risk tolerance refers to what type of investor you are. If you’re an aggressive investor, you may be willing to accept greater risk in exchange for potentially higher returns, whereas if you’re a conservative investor, you’ll take lower returns if you can receive greater preservation of principal. ■ Time horizon – Your investment strategy will be partially based on your time horizon – the number of years in which you plan to invest. Your time horizon will likely stretch into your retirement years. ■ Diversification – Diversification is an important factor in investment success. By spreading your investment dollars among an array of investment vehicles, you can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio, although diversification, by itself, can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss. While far from exhaustive, this list of investment terms can help you gain a clearer understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of investing – and perhaps encourage you to further your investment “education.”

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Making Knoxville better By Sandra Clark You’d think Sandy Loy was running for office. But the West Knox-based contractor with a degree in architecture says he’s about making Knox County a “better place to raise families and educate our kids.” Best Sandy Loy known as a construction manager, Loy also advocates political positions: most recently, successful efforts to get the Public Building Authority audited

and a new school for Carter Elementary. “Neither was popular when I started the initiatives, but both issues became popular,” he says. “I am not getting any financial benefit out of either campaign and didn’t even submit a proposal on Carter because I didn’t want to reap financial gain from my public support of it.

“I have probably lost business exposing PBA, which is why others haven’t done it before me. That said, I am optimistic that the audit will expose waste which, if corrected, will avert a tax increase for several years to balance the budget despite our debt.” Loy’s next campaign will be to “attack the costs of

school construction.” He says: “While I am a supporter of the new Carter school, it is costing too much money to build it. There are better ways.” Those “better ways” are construction management and design build, he says, and he has quotes from area architects to back his claims. Sandy Loy may not be building local schools yet (although he has built award-winning schools in other districts), but he can save time, money and hassle on your construction project. Details are below.

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CLIENT REVIEW I have used Construction Plus for all of my construction projects. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning new construction or expansion. – Julie Pauletto, President, Power Systems

ARCHITECT REVIEW Community Tectonics Architects has worked with Sandy’s company, Construction Plus, on a number of projects. These projects varied in size from a residence to multiple large school projects. We have worked together in design-build and construction management types of project delivery. Sandy is innovative and has new methodologies which have been successful and saved our clients money. – Bill Vinson, President, Community Tectonics Architects, Inc.



Cherokee Health Systems asked us to help them in the selection of a constructor for their new rural office building. The selection process yielded a number of highly credentialed and qualified constructors. Construction Plus impressed Cherokee Health Systems strongly on a professional level and even more so on a personal level. The executives of CHS felt a connection and trust with those from Construction Plus seated across the table, understanding that those same people were the ones who would actually deliver their new facility. Turns out their instincts were right. Throughout all the challenges and difficulties typical of a construction process, the trust and chemistry between us as the designers, the owner executives, their end users and Sandy and his team were the essential elements to a very successful project delivery. We welcome the opportunity to build together again, both a facility and our relationship.

Sandy Loy takes a very professional and personal approach to construction and follows through on the commitments he makes. He is very conscientious of his client’s budgets and works hard to meet or exceed expectations without sacrificing quality. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about building to consider Sandy Loy and Construction Plus.

– David L. Cockrill, AIA President, Cockrill Design & Planning

ARCHITECT REVIEW ARCHITECT REVIEW Sandy Loy is one of the most accomplished professionals in the East Tennessee building industry. His background combines the design and construction expertise that few individuals possess in this competitive field. He is creative in developing multiple approaches to the problems that the typical construction project presents. Most importantly, his direct involvement in the entire process will ensure a good product. – Danny Brewer, Partner, Brewer, Ingram & Fuller Architects

CLIENT REVIEW Sandy brings high energy, a sense of great confidence and strong professionalism to every project. He is committed to not only constructing high quality facilties but to developing long-standing relationships with each and every client. – Russ Watkins, President, Partners Development

I have known and worked with Sandy for decades. He never fails to exceed expectations, and makes the construction process flow smoothly and professionally. Building with Sandy is an enjoyable experience that makes you want to come back and do it again and again. – Tom Wortham, Architect, VP Hollingsworth Companies

CLIENT REVIEW If you want a job completed with top notch professionalism, expert advice and quality, call Sandy. His company does as he says and at the end of the project, you will still call him your friend! – Robin Jones

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATE REVIEW Sandy has shown excellent leadership by becoming the first Certified Construction Manager in the state of Tennessee. I greatly appreciate his commitment to professionalism. – Bruce D’Agostino, President & CEO, CMAA

– Stacy Cox, Vice President, Studio Four Design, Inc.

CLIENT REVIEW Construction Plus, Inc., functioned as our construction manager for an outpatient medical facility in Englewood, TN. Sandy and his team were great. They worked well with our staff, architects and sub-contractors to build a high-quality building at a reasonable cost. It is unfortunate that Linked-In only allows me to choose THREE attributes to describe them because all fit. In addition to the value received by this experienced and personable team, we got great, timely results and CPI’s integrity and creativity were never in question. I highly recommend CPI. – Jeffrey Howard, CFO, Cherokee Health Systems

CLIENT REVIEW I know Sandy both personally and professionally. I can honestly say that he is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. He is also one of the most hard-working and honest men I know. These are the reasons I asked him to build my house, and now I live in a structure that is so well-built, I was not worried at all with the recent severe storms we had. The quality of the construction and the solidness of the foundation is unparalleled. The best part of my experience was the fact that he delivered on everything he promised. We got first-rate quality, an excellent price and the project was finished ahead of its projected schedule. I highly recommend Sandy and Construction Plus for any construction project, commercial or residential. – Dr. Thomas Haskins III

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Scholarship, Character, Leadership By Scott Hutchinson, President Webb School of Knoxville In last month’s column, I wrote about the positive and powerful role that faculty can, and do, play in the creation and the improvement of a healthy school. Adult leaders matter greatly in teaching Hutchinson and learning environments in a school community. Equal to, and sometimes even surpassing, the importance of those teaching mentors, though, is the role that peers play in the lives of their fellow students. This month’s column focuses on the students at Webb – how the school thinks about our student body and how students are selected for the school.

Webb sixth graders get the new school year rolling with their iPads. As part of Webb School’s new iPad initiative, every 4th through 12th grade student is required to attend classes with an iPad.

On the first day of school, work quickly gets underway in Bob Brown’s AP Chemistry class as Upper School students complete a lab that includes chemical tests to identify an unknown powder. for challenging and exciting jobs. Despite the headlines of unemployment over the last three years, there are great jobs available to talented, welleducated folks. The challenge is that those jobs will require a higher and more relevant education and that is what parents and strong schools need to keep a focus on.

Those students who want to learn and are willing to consistently do the hard work to learn succeed best and are fulfilled most in this environment. Plain and simple, Webb seeks to enroll students who can best contribute to and benefit from our school experience. We have discovered that those students who want to learn and are willing to consistently do the hard work to learn succeed best and are fulfilled most in this environment. Being genuinely curious about both the world outside oneself and the world within oneself seems an equally attractive and impactful quality in succeeding at the school. We’ve also learned that students who have a strong sense of honor and who consistently do the right thing or make the right choice when confronted with the freedom to choose also succeed at Webb and in life beyond Webb. The high school in particular is a place of great responsibility and freedom as we continue to prepare our students for the world beyond Webb, and being able to live almost unfailingly within our guidelines is critical. In the end, scholarship and character prove the foundation for both who is admitted to the school and who ultimately enjoys and benefits from the experience. Beyond those two attributes, Webb is looking for young people who want to, and can, successfully interact with other students in a highly collaborative environment.

Upper School English teacher Lance Dean discusses Beowulf with this year’s juniors in his AP English class. Webb School offers small class sizes with a student-to-teacher ratio average of 10:1.

This year’s Webb kindergarteners get to know each other through an exercise that requires them to match ribbons with their fellow classmates.

As classes are small, the opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from other students are large, and having the confidence to speak up and be respectfully challenged are important. The school is also looking for diversity in its student body – diversity of thought, talents, interests, backgrounds, geography, ethnicity, and religion – again all in the context of high scholarship and character. The reenrollment rate for Webb families is historically strong, so traditionally the bulk of the openings are in kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade;

and they are the three entry points into the three respective divisions. Openings do occur in other grades, and we encourage anyone who has an interest in learning more about Webb to attend an open house. Webb can be an expensive school choice. This year’s tuition for the Middle and Upper schools is $15,280. That cost is largely a function of the wide breadth of curricular and extracurricular offerings, the various levels of rigor available in each class, the enrollment size of the classes, and the volume and

quality of resources necessary to support such a program. Our tuition is expensive compared to all local alternatives, but there are three important points to consider in conjunction with spending money on education that make this investment a wise one. ■ In an ever-increasingly competitive world of work, the importance of a firstrate education has never been more critical. The world isn’t shrinking, nor are the opportunities

■ The 108 Webb graduates last year received more than $8 million in scholarship offers from the colleges of their choice. Many Webb families choose to invest their education funds on the front end at Webb where that investment will pay dividends both as an end in itself during the K-12 years and as a means to an end in college. ■ Webb distributes more than $1.4 million of needbased financial aid to families in the community to help subsidize tuition. All of us who have children at the school recognize that many families who could not afford the tuition otherwise have wonderful children who add much to our school environment. More than 120 students at Webb receive aid, and we consider that expenditure some of the best money that we invest on behalf of both a vibrant learning community and our children. The quality of peers that your children interact with plays a large part in how your children see themselves and ultimately develop. With school and schoolrelated experiences occupying the bulk of your child’s waking hours, attending school with peers who have high expectations and the willingness and knowledge to fulfill those expectations is incredibly important. At Webb we work hard both to understand who might benefit from this environment and encourage and support those students once they are here.





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