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BUZZ Ed & Bob in Powell At-large county commissioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas will be at Halftime Pizza, 2509 W. Emory Road in Powel, from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, for a community meeting. Several other commissioners may attend. All are invited.

Knoxville SOUP will heat up community spirit at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. SOUP is a combination of fellowship and crowd-funding. Up to four individuals or groups from throughout Knox County will make a short presentation on planned or current projects designed to benefit the community or society in general. Attendees, who are asked to make a suggested $5 donation at the door, listen and then discuss the projects while enjoying a simple meal of soup and other goodies. Everyone gets to vote on the project they feel is most worthy, and the winner gets the entire take from the door. There will also be a raffle and entertainment. Tomorrow’s event will be held at Vestal United Methodist Church, 115 Ogle Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentations begin at 6:30, with dinner starting around 7. Last quarter’s Knoxville SOUP raised around $500 for the Joe Hill Road Show, a community event held in November. Another proposal, by South Knoxville Elementary School, caught the attention of an attendee, who privately donated the money to cover it. Based on a concept that has been growing steadily throughout the country, Knoxville SOUP is presented locally by the South Knoxville Alliance. It is held on the first Thursday of each quarter at alternating locations. Info:

Political primer Normally held in May, the local primaries have been moved to March 1 to match the Presidential Primaries in other Southern states (the SEC primary). How will an outpouring of voters for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz impact local races?

Horse Haven of Tennessee reached a milestone of sorts this past fall with 900 abused or neglected horses passing through its facilities on Reagan Road since the nonprofit began in 1999. At press time, that number had already climbed to 906. “We’re happy we’re helping, but we’re also sad that help is needed,� says Horse Haven equine manager Stephanie Solomon. Founder Nina Margetson received so many calls for assistance from local law enforcement dealing with equine in peril, she became a certified animal cruelty investigator through the National Cruelty Investigators School at the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute. Horse Haven now has four of these certified field agents who can testify during abuse trials, according to the agency’s website. Development director Mary Beth Roberts agrees with Solomon’s sentiment but wonders if the increase in equine abuse cases the last few years is due not to an increase in the abuse itself, but an increase in public awareness that animal abuse is a very real problem. Regardless, Horse Haven is about to outgrow its current 20acre facility, and a top priority for 2016 is to find a bigger place. Hardin Valley is running out of pasture, says Roberts, and board members are actively looking for land. “We really need our own home,� says new executive director Terry Holley. Her position is an example of the organization’s growth and potential to expand. She said land donated to the 501(c)(3), can be restricted on future sale. A capital campaign is planned for the next year or so, but donations are welcome anytime. Holley came on board in December. With a background in philanthropy and small time animal rescue, she is currently learning all things equine to complement her more than 35 years in fundraising. “We’d also really like to say ‘thank you’ to our volunteers,� Hol-

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After Doug Atkins died, I went back to my book about Legends. I really needed to read Chapter 3 again. This unusual man with the rare combination of size and athletic ability sort of nodded his approval back when it was Doug Atkins written. I suppose, for him, it was pure praise. “If you had put me a little closer to the front of the book, I might have asked for a free copy.� He was serious about “free.� Money was one of the windmills he wrestled in his mind. He never was paid what he was worth. He even got shortchanged in recruiting. In the spring of 1949, when Doug was just 6-6 and 197, good in basketball and still learning football, a prominent business-



Horse Haven development director Mary Beth Roberts, executive director Terry Holley and equine manager Stephanie Solomon visit with a resident feline and Tally, a rescued equine seized two weeks ago with his friend, Tansi (left). Photos by S. Barrett

ley continues. We have more than 90 people working varying shifts. We’d like to grow our volunteer program this year, also.� Horse Haven now serves every county in Tennessee with holding facilities both in Middle and East Tennessee. Its largest fundraiser, Dancing for Horses, will be held May 21 and sponsors are needed. An open house will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month beginning in March. Folks are encouraged to stop by,

meet the horses and tour the facility. Horse treats including peppermint candy and raw carrots are welcomed. In addition to horses, donkeys and mules, Horse Haven has also cared for goats, a llama, sheep and yes, even a dog. Solomon was pulling a trailer that contained the dog’s friend, a horse that had slipped out of its owner’s fence. The dog was trying its best to catch up to the trailer. Solomon stopped the truck and

rescued the dog, too. Both animals were eventually reunited with their owner. Info: Mary Beth Roberts, 3005825 or

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man wanted him to attend Murray State. “The oil man was going to give me a used car and $400 a month,� said Atkins. “He said he’d put the money is escrow. If I had known what that word meant, I might have accepted the deal.� The great Bob Neyland sent Tennessee assistant Ike Peel to Humboldt to get Atkins – no excuses, reel him in. Peel chose the soft sell. “We’ll take care of you, Doug.� “Whatever you need, Doug,� The coach even promised that Atkins could try football and basketball and choose whichever he liked best. Somewhere in the gentle pitch, Doug thought he heard $50 a month in spending money. “I never saw a penny of it.� Years later he asked Peel what happened to his loot. “Ike said it was me or him, that he had a wife and kids to feed, that

he had to sign me to keep his job and that he had to tell me whatever it took to get it done.� There is a charming story about dental dollars. Former Tennessee basketball captain Ed Wiener became a dentist. Doug needed repairs. He drove to Memphis to get a “Vol� discount. He asked Wiener if his work was guaranteed. Dr. Wiener couldn’t tell the rest of the tale without laughing. “Thirty years later, a filling fell out. Doug called and said if my guarantee was still good, he wanted his money back. I told him there wasn’t any to refund, that he never paid me.� The Cleveland Browns signed Doug Atkins on the cheap. Coach Weeb Eubank met him in a highway diner, paid for two cheeseburgers and eight bottles of beer, and signed the giant for $6,800. The first-round draft choice was budgeted for $10,000.

Atkins won fame but not fortune with the Chicago Bears. He went to seven consecutive Pro Bowls but his top salary was $30,000. Money wars with coachowner George Halas were legendary. Money was part of Atkins’ motivation, his relentless pursuit of quarterbacks. “I thought they got paid enough to take whatever I could give ’em.� After he’d caught more than his fair share and alarmed several others, after his knees went really bad, after he bowed out at 38, Doug spent the second half of his life out of the limelight. He was pre-fab manager for a homebuilding company in Panama City. He recruited pipefitters for a Louisiana shipbuilder. He trained to be an Orkin man but found he didn’t fit where termites often lived. He called on To page A-3

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NEWS FROM CONCORD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Both of the Concord robotics teams qualified and advance 16th annual East Tennessee Regional Championship at Tennessee Tech in February. Members are (front) Wilson Flynn, Connor Finley, Grayson Petersen, Jacob Armour, Aaron Phillip, Ben Thacker; (back) teacher Gina Flynn, Haley Flynn, Connor Sherrill, Nicholas Evans, Kade Leach, Nathan Armour, Duncan McAdams, Alex Horton, Owen McGuire, Jacob McClure, Alex Horton, Spencer Breeding, coaches Kim Armour and Zeenu Phillip.

Congratulations CCS robotics teams! The CCS Robotics Club competed earlier this month at Hardin Valley Academy in the First Lego League qualifier tournament. One team, Roaring Lions, won first place in Core Values. Both teams were ranked high enough to advance to the East Tennessee Regional competition in February.

First Lego League promotes numerous solutions in a competitive, yet friendly environment as students discover the rewards of science and technology. Teams had eight weeks from the time the challenge was issued to prepare their robot in order to complete various tabletop missions. Team members must take on specific roles

and responsibilities in order to accomplish the challenge on time. Coach and CCS teacher Gina Flynn said, “I’m so proud of these students! They worked very hard to earn the right to move to regional and they’ve learned so much about problem solving, working as a team and continuing in the face of adversity.”

Nathan Armour and Witt Norris display their team’s trophy. The Roaring Lions won the Core Values Award which rewards teamwork, friendly competition and “gracious professionalism.”

Allion advances to Nashville for Regional Shakespeare Competition

The wedding of Q and U

Because you never write a Q without a U! The kindergarten students at Concord Christian School celebrated a very special event … the Wedding of Q and U! It is a silly, fanciful, wonderful way to teach students the spelling pattern of “qu” in a way that is truly memorable. The wedding reinforces the idea that every time we write a word with a q, we always follow the q with a u. Just like an actual wedding, our celebration consisted of a wedding ceremony and a reception. High School Principal Mark Hageman performed the wedding ceremony. CCS Kindergarten teacher, Kari Foshie said the students love this sweet lesson.

Concord junior Rachael Allion recently performed the winning monologue for CCS’s Shakespeare Competition. Rachel will travel to Nashville this spring to represent CCS in the National English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition. Word Players Terry Weber and Matthew Lloyd, along with CCS teachers Linda Reedy and Rachel McKelvy, served as judges in the school’s first ever monologue competition. Christi Watson, theatre arts director, was thrilled with each of the students’ performances and is excited for Rachel’s opportunity to represent the school in this prestigious competition.

Theatre Arts director Christi Watson announces Rachael Allion as winner. Rachel Allion from the fall’s production of “Murder in the Knife Room.”

Upcoming Events at Concord ■ CCS School Preview, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6-8 p.m. Please join us and learn why CCS is the fastest growing private school in Knox County. * Talk with Teachers * Look at Curriculums * Tour the Campus * Meet the CCS Principals along with the Head of School * Learn about the Admissions Process

■ Information Session for Rising 6th Grade Parents, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. ■ Grandparents Day for CCS Elementary students, Friday, Feb. 12 ■ Open Enrollment BeginsMonday, Feb. 15

What a blast it was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with our very own Hollywood insider – John McMillan!

Christmas Vacation, Star Wars and John McMillan … What could be better?! Many CCS students spent an evening discussing the Star Wars films with Hollywood producer John McMillan. Concord Christian School is the only school in Tennessee with a partnership with a Hollywood production company. McMillan, who is an executive

with Hollywood Connect and Zero Gravity Pictures, spends two weeks each school year at Concord teaching theatre arts and multimedia classes. He was in town recently for the Christmas holidays and invited his friends at CCS to join him for a viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

This was not homework, required for a test or an assignment, but simply an incredible opportunity to learn more about possibly the longest-awaited film of all time from a Hollywood insider. You could call it – a big deal!

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J Miller: Trail running’s for him By Carol Shane People react to physical setbacks several different ways. Some throw in the towel immediately. “Oh well – I’m older now – it’s age and I can’t do anything about it, so I might as well get used to it.” Some go to their doctors with specific complaints, hear some advice, and then either follow it or not. And then there are those who make up their own cure. James Miller, who lives between Norris and Halls, is one those folks. Miller, who goes by “J,” works for his family’s business, Miller Equipment Co. Inc., which sells and services commercial refrigeration and food service equipment. “My knee issues started about 18 years ago when I was working on a fryer in a restaurant kitchen,” he says. “I was on the floor on my knees, and bent them too far for too long. I never went to the doctor. I knew numerous people who had had knee pain and had surgery, most of whom told me it was the best thing they had ever done. So I was pretty resigned to having to have surgery someday but it wasn’t something I felt like rushing into.” Miller, still a young man and much younger then, decided simply to live with the pain. “Then one night about six

Trail runner J Miller enjoys the view from the top of Mount LeConte. Miller cured his knee pain on his own by running on soft mountain ground. Photo by Melony Dodson years ago I had chest pain such that it kept me up all night,” he says, “so the next day I thought I should go to the doctor. They found my blood pressure was high and wanted to put me in hospital then and there.” He didn’t stay, but returned soon after to undergo a battery of tests. “There were no blockages or anything, just high blood pressure. But it was enough to scare me into wanting to take better care of my heart, something I had never worried about too much.” Growing up near Norris, Miller had always been fairly active. He especially loved mountain biking. But adult life imposed time restraints,

and he found that he didn’t have the spare time for twohour-minimum bike trips. “I decided I should try running again as I could get more exercise in a shorter time. I say ‘again’ as I had tried running numerous times when I was younger. Running to me was something you did on roads or sidewalks or whatever. Every time I tried it I hated it. “At this time I was living in the town of Norris within walking distance of some great trails, and it suddenly hit me – I could go running in the woods! It was a lifechanging revelation!” The hilly terrain made it difficult at first. “But with my heart scare, I was de-

termined to make it work. Plus, I just really love being in the woods. I found that after about four attempts at running my body was getting used to the idea. Within about two months I was getting quite proficient at it. I then realized that I was no longer having any knee pain!” And his blood pressure dropped accordingly. Miller, who also plays percussion for Clarence Brown Theatre productions, sings the praises of trail running. “The ground is softer than pavement so you don’t get all that jarring shock on your joints and entire body. Also, the unevenness of the running surface seems to work more muscles, giving a superior all-around strengthening of the legs and knees. I have had a number of twisted ankles due to this but those are very minor and go away quickly. “The bottom line for me is that I no longer have knee pain. Ever! Except when I go a few weeks without running, then it can creep back up.” He also enjoys hiking and running in the Great Smoky Mountains National park and other scenic venues. And he’s careful to point out that the story of his “cure” is “very much just opinions and personal experience with no actual medical experience to back it up. “But very real for me.”

community Doug Atkins freight terminal managers for a trucking company. He sold caskets, actually hauled around a sample in a station wagon. He sold eye-glasses. He dabbled in the coal business. He worked for a beer distributor, sometimes carrying in cases, sometimes just batting the breeze with tavern owners. He was an assistant tax assessor. He ran the campground in Concord. He did not get rich. When Doug finally settled into old age, he discovered pensions sounded better

CALL FOR ARTISTS ■ Arts in the Airport: juried exhibition allows regional artists to compete and display work at McGhee Tyson Airport secured area behind the security gate checkpoint from March 17-Oct. 12. Theme: “Smoky Mountain Air Show.” Entries deadline: midnight Sunday, Feb. 7. Info/application:; Suzanne Cada, 523-7543 or ■ Dogwood Arts Festival: juried artists are selected to exhibit and sell their original work in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood in April. Info/applica-

From page A-1 than they were. He was embarrassed to say how little the NFL sent each month. Long, long ago, I thought I bought two used camping tents from Doug for a scout troop. He wouldn’t take the two $20s. He said money wasn’t everything. Much later he asked if I remembered the tents. He said he was relieved when I offered to pay. “I thought I was going to have to pay you for helping clean out my garage.” Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

tion: ■ “Past and Future Conditions” exhibit: art exploring the concept of “truth” and “knowledge” and how they are affected by conditions that change over time, to be held 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, A1 Lab Arts, 23 Emory Place. Submit entries to: Entry deadline: Sunday, Jan 17. Art drop off: Sunday, Jan. 31. Info: ■ Scruff y City Art Contest: a juried art exhibit competition celebrating Knoxville’s blend of southern history and modern development on the banks of the Tennessee River. Free and open to all artists. Submissions deadline: Feb. 15. Info:

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Lai sometimes allows the subject matter of the books he uses to make a statement. The title of this piece is “Common Threat.” Photo submitted

Daniel Lai in his Sterchi Lofts studio. Photo by Wendy Smith

By Wendy Smith Daniel Lai’s parents and teachers always encouraged him to pursue art − as a hobby. He needed a real career that would keep food on his plate, they said. He heeded their advice − sort of. He left Malaysia, where he was raised, to pursue higher education in the U.S. He earned two degrees, ran a gallery and taught art history as an adjunct professor in Nashville. In December, he received

a doctorate in criminology through UT’s Department of Sociology. But he never gave up his art, and now that he’s finished with school, he plans to devote himself to it full time. “I owe my art career the same amount of effort as I put into my education.” Lai isn’t risking much. His current work, which features intricately folded books and hand-sculpted figures, has proven to be very popular. The idea

came from a childhood habit of folding the pages of text books when he became bored during class. His books were nearly destroyed by the end of the year, he says. When a friend asked him to create art from some books she loved, but no longer needed, he rekindled his former bad habit. He cuts the books with a band saw and folds them into pleasing geometrical shapes, sometimes adding colored pic-

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tures or patterns to the pages for interest. The books are incorporated into panels of varying complexity and accompanied by polymer clay figures and other geometric elements. One year into his Ph.D. program, Lai was asked to participate in Webb School of Knoxville’s ArtXtravaganza. He said no, because of his studies, but gave in after being tenaciously pursued by the organizers. Each of his 16 pieces sold. “I thought, hmm, maybe

I won’t have to eat ramen noodles every night.” Lai participated in several juried exhibits and won multiple awards for photography and painting before he began creating art from books. Now, he’s busier than ever. Last year, he participated in 12 shows, and has plans to participate in 20 this year. He also sells work and receives commissions through his website, He is represented by G&G Interiors Furniture Showroom, Fine Art Gallery, and Interior Design Workshop, 5508 Kingston Pike, where his work can be seen. He thinks the art form is popular because books touch people on an emotional level. A friend told him that books are becoming artifacts, and he’s found that to be true. He created a series based on a set of en-

cyclopedias he found in the free book bin at McKay’s. An art career will ultimately take Lai to a larger market, but for now, he’ll continue to participate in the local art community. Knoxville has a good mix of art, from academic to commercial, and that variety is essential for a healthy art scene, he says. It’s also wellsuited geographically for travelling to shows. In spite of his current work’s popularity, Lai continues to try new things. He’s currently experimenting with incorporating books into freestanding pieces. “I don’t know where it’s going, but I will get bored.” Fortunately, his boredom leads to good things. Lai will participate in this year’s ArtXtravaganza on March 4, 5 and 6 at Webb School of Knoxville, 9800 Webb School Lane.

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Outlook depends on NFL lure The knockout of Northwestern boosted expectations two more notches and reminded us that Jalen Hurd has the heart of a champion. One co-star of the Hardees coffee club says the future of Tennessee football is so bright, he’s going to start selling sunglasses. Another said the outlook is favorable enough that he can put away the crutch, “Just wait until next year.� This is next year. This is the year the Volunteers do more than talk about defeating Florida, winning the East and competing for the Southeastern Conference championship. This is the time to do it.

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Butch Jones, four-million-dollar-man, has done the brick-by-brick thing, created the culture, recruited superior talent and nurtured it through the growing stage. The coach is a splendid motivator. The players, constantly focused, have learned a lot. Butch and his staff are wiser in the ways of the big league. Experience is said to be priceless.

Tennessee now has an almost finished product. Butch said a few days ago that it actually takes six or seven years to build a winning program in the SEC. That is coach talk, just in case of a calamity. The third year should have been at least one victory better than it was. This fourth year should be outstanding. How outstanding will depend in part on the lure of the National Football League. If the pro prospects eligible to leave early – Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Cam Sutton and Alvin Kamara – dive in, three other future stars must move up on the depth chart. Jones has surely

planned for this eventuality. It appears SEC coaches may even be using “early out� as a recruiting tool. Come to our place and we’ll get you ready for a big payday after three years instead of four. With or without the three big names, the Tennessee schedule is no picnic. It never is. The red meat is packed from the last Saturday in September to the third Saturday in October. Florida and Alabama come to Neyland Stadium. The Vols go to Georgia and Texas A&M. Playing in the SEC means one tough test after another. If you find that intimidating, you do not believe the lofty evaluations of the past

three recruiting classes. The Vols have been among national leaders at gathering talent. It appears sales is Butch Jones’ strength. It is now time for the Vols to be among the national leaders in results. Top 15 in August, until they have demonstrated strength, top 10 in December when they are in a big bowl. Hurd is good enough at what he does. The defensive line has tremendous potential. Praise be to the departing Kyler Kerbyson but the offensive line should continue to improve. Joshua Dobbs must refine downfield passing accuracy. Practice does not make perfect but it helps.

There is a need for depth at linebacker. The secondary, even with Sutton, is cause for moderate concern. Safeties are gone. New safeties are moving up. The big jump has to come from receivers. They are the under-achievers of recent seasons. Blame them or coaching or pass protection or Dobbs. Special teams? Wow! Net results are not accidental. This is another Butch Jones strength. This is not a national championship prediction. This is an acknowledgment that good times have returned to Tennessee. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Primary primer for March 2016 January’s the time for deciding what excess clutter needs to be pitched, and I’m not talking about the antimacassar Aunt Zelda gave you for Christmas. I’m talking about Knox County’s March 1 primary elections. (If you don’t know what an antimacassar is, look it up. If you don’t know who’s running for which office, read on.) Normally held in May, the local primaries have been moved to March 1 to match the Presidential Primaries in other Southern states (the SEC primary). How will an outpouring of voters for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz impact local races? Onward Christian Soldiers: The advantage may go to school board candidates Grant Standefer (executive director of Compassion Coalition) and Susan Horn (Jason Zachary’s

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ally and children’s minister at Christ Covenant Church). Jim McIntyre won’t be the issue. He guaranteed that by agreeing Monday to step down in July. Elections matter. McIntyre acknowledged that the majority of school board members come September will prefer a different direction and a new leader. Coupling the non-partisan school board races with the Presidential Primary, which will turn out a huge Republican vote in Knox County, causes a trickledown effect which will enhance the majority of con-

servative, even pro-charter, school board members. New broom sweeps clean: Incumbent County Commissioner Jeff Ownby might be swept away by stiff competition from wellknown Republicans and Webb School grads Hugh Nystrom and Janet Testerman. The District 4 race will be the hardest fought and most expensive. And one more thing: It’s ridiculous to make March 1 winners, like unopposed school board candidate Tony Norman, wait until Sept. 1 to take office. Other school board candidates who capture 50 percent plus one on March 1 are effectively elected. They at least should be included in the search for a new schools superintendent. Here are the matchups: School board (non-partisan) – District 2: Jennifer

Owen vs. Grant Sandefer; District 3: Tony Norman, unopposed; District 5: Buddy Pelot, Susan Horn, Lori Boudreaux; District 8: Mike McMillan, unopposed. County commission (partisan; general election in August) – District 1: Michael Covington (R), Evelyn Gill (D), Rick Staples (D), Tyrone LaMar Fine (I). District 2: Michele Carringer (R), John Fugate (R), Laura Kildare (D). District 4: Jeff Ownby (R), Janet Testerman (R), Hugh Nystrom (R), Marleen Kay Davis (D). District 5: John Schoonmaker (R), Sheri Ridgeway (D). District 6: Brad Anders (R), John Ashley (R), Donna Lucas (D). District 8: Dave Wright (R), Donald Wiser (I). District 9: Carson Dailey (R), James Hamilton (D),



Tom Pierce (I). Pierce’s interesting political agenda, advertised on Facebook, says that those who practice Islam, Judaism or other “foreign religions� will “simply have to get over it.� Property assessor: Andrew Graybeal, Jim



Weaver and John Whitehead, all Republicans. Law director: Bud Armstrong and Nathan Rowell, both Republicans. Several races will be decided by the primary, so don’t skip it. The General Election is Aug. 4.

GOSSIP AND LIES â– Tony Norman is scarier than you think. Just the threat of him joining the school board eight months out is enough to send Jim McIntyre packing. â–  The political climate is just fine. School board elections

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2016: Bring it on! Jake Mabe called Wednesday to check in and catch up.

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We commiserated about our ailments. I told him about a Wufoo form somebody decided would help our efficiency. How can you take it seriously if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s named Wufoo? Jake recalled the good old days when we worked in a tiny office in Halls with an assortment of friends and characters dropping by to show us oddly-shaped vegetables or giant pumpkins. There was Hubert Ma-

jors, who tried to convince me and Betty Bean that his shaggy animal was a rare â&#x20AC;&#x153;sheep-goat.â&#x20AC;? Joe Smelser: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, Jake, jump in the truck. Gotta show you this cemetery.â&#x20AC;? And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tear out on two wheels. Tud Etherton: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, Sandra, my good friend Jerry Cheung is cooking up something special tonight. Bring your camera.â&#x20AC;? (And after dinner at the Mandarin House, Jerry might come out to play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rocky Topâ&#x20AC;? on his urhu.) Jesse Butcher: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking these gourd seed over to Mynattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Hardware). Giving them away. Let people know. Hollow out the gourds to make houses for purple martins, and those martins will keep

your place mosquito-free.â&#x20AC;? Lula Mae Winegar: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, I found this bat at my house.â&#x20AC;? She dragged a pet carrier into our office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, get that thing out of here,â&#x20AC;? I said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like bats.â&#x20AC;? Jake leapt up and dragged the crate outside. Our office was in a log cabin with a front porch. Lula wanted us to photograph the bat (or maybe she just wanted it gone from her place), so she opened the crate. The little bat flew out and immediately attached itself upside down under our red paper box. While I climbed the gutter downspout, Lula tried to coax the bat into flight so Jake could snap a picture. The bat literally disappeared, probably under the porch.

Jim McIntyre: Not a good fit By Sandra Clark Jim McIntyre made a wise choice to leave Knox County Schools. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just sorry that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s asking for a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay as a buyout. And why the battle over a four-year contract just two months ago? Fact is, one doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk away from a job he loves because his enemies donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like him. He walks away when his friends stop liking him. I think the 12 white guys

that we used to joke ran K nox v ille have been dow n si z e d through the recession to the 7.5 white guys. Better McIntyre late than never, I suppose, but if the white guys (if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not certain who they are, review Tracie Sangerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donor

list) had been paying attention, they would have seen this â&#x20AC;&#x153;dysfunctional political climateâ&#x20AC;? brewing for some time. When 300 teachers wear red shirts to the school board, many in tears, they represent probably 3,000 teachers who are upset. When veteran teachers quit in droves, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a problem. And when principals are churned through schools without even a

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jake,â&#x20AC;? I said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those folks have one thing in common. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all (except Jerry) dead.â&#x20AC;? Pour another round, bartender. The Halls Shopper was Facebook before Facebook. We created community by sharing information. Now folks just post their sheepgoats and ballerina squash directly online. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK. We never owned the information, Jake, just the mechanisms for sharing it. Imagine a couple of dusty monks discussing that newfangled printing press back in the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why, Brother Anthony, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have folks writing whatever comes into their heads and claiming itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s straight from God. Woe, woe.â&#x20AC;? Ha! 2016 will bring more change to our business. I, for one, am past ready. Here comes Gannett, a company that actually makes money in the information business. Bring it on!

chance to say good-bye, morale has tanked. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jim McIntyreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy with Knox County Schools. We cannot run a modern school system on stress and fear; when teachers feel like the evaluation system is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gotcha.â&#x20AC;? On at least one occasion, he demoted a principal by saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a nice guy, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a good fit.â&#x20AC;? So on behalf of my friends who are educators, let me say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good-bye, Jim. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just not a good fit.â&#x20AC;?

Democratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rookie chief not raising white flag After a long series of election beatdowns, Knox County Democrats are at their lowest ebb ever, and Republicans are prepared to administer the coup de grâce in 2016. Not one single countywide elected officeholder is a Democrat. County Commission is down to two Democrats (in the center city first and second districts) and the only Democrat left in the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislative delegation, Joe Armstrong, is facing trial in federal court. So why would Cameron Brooks, a young guy with a full-time day job, want to spend 2016 chairing the Knox County Democratic Party? His answer is simple: Fighting uphill battles is what he does. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throughout my life Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve felt like an underdog,â&#x20AC;? said Brooks, who took office in 2015, and spent his rookie year recruiting County Commission candidates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a distinct change from the Democratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; usual practice of allowing those races to be decided in GOP primaries. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also planning a vigorous attempt to take back the 13th District House seat that fell to Republicans

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in 2013, and there will be Democrats on the ballot in six of the seven contested commission districts, leaving Republicans to fight it out amongst themselves only in the deep red eighth district of East Knox County where Dave Wright now serves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first thing I wanted to do was make sure we recruited candidates to run in as many open slots as possible. The Republicans have targeted the first and second districts, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve recruited great candidates, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to spread their resources out. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what the result will be, but they will not sweep us out,â&#x20AC;? Brooks said. As a student activist in economic justice issues, he got involved in the formation of United Campus Workers (UCW), which is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). After he got his degree he went to work in

the School of Social Workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Research and Public Service, and in 2003, took a job as an organizer with UCW and worked in the Living Wage campaign. In 2011, he was promoted to a staff position with the national CWA, moved to the D.C. area and hit the road. After a year and a half of exhausting travel, he came back to Knoxville and went back to work for the campus workers for a year or so before taking a job as an agent with Coldwell Bankers Wallace & Wallace. When he looks back, he is most gratified by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;living wageâ&#x20AC;? battle, which worked for salary increases for workers on the bottom of the pay scale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We made a lot of progress during my tenure, and wages did go up,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest thing was having an organization that could go to Nashville and build relations with the Legislature.â&#x20AC;? Brooks had good working relationships with former legislators like Harry Tindell and Tim Burchett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tim was like a hero to a lot of UT employees. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Democrat, but can see when someone genuinely does care and does connect

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Cameron Brooks with rank-and-file blue collar guys.â&#x20AC;? And the admiration is mutual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got nothing but respect for Cameron,â&#x20AC;? Burchett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He worked for those people who were over at UT scrubbing toilets. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a stand-up guy, and we were both tilting at similar windmills. As a Republican, though, Cameron is the kind of guy I hope is not successful.â&#x20AC;? Brooks says it will be better for everybody for Democrats to grow stronger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need two-party government. And it would be great to elect some women â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we need more gender diversity. That is a no brainer. If we can do that in Knox County, government will work even better.â&#x20AC;?

government Remembering Zaevion Dobson, John Bynon The funeral service at Overcoming Believers Church for Zaevion Dobson on Dec. 26 was one of the saddest and most moving I have attended. He was killed while saving the lives of two young girls in Lonsdale. Local officials were represented by Mayor Rogero who spoke, as well as Police Chief Rausch, former Mayor Daniel Brown, former Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, Council member Finbarr Saunders, former Council member Larry Cox and School Superintendent Jim McIntyre, along with former school board chair Sam Anderson and state Rep. Joe Armstrong. The irony of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ one day and saluting one of his children in death the next day was not lost on attendees. Hopefully, out of this darkness will emerge a new and effective way to eliminate violence in our neighborhoods. Giving powerful messages were Mark Brown Jr., son of former Vice Mayor Mark Brown, and the Rev. Walter Cross. Had this tragedy occurred in military combat, Dobson would be an obvious candidate for the Congressional Medal of Honor. â&#x2013; Over the Christmas holidays several wellknown Knoxvillians who made substantial contributions died, but did not receive the special mention they merited in this writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view. They included John Bynon, for whom West Hills Park is named, along with prominent businessmen Tom Bell and Jim Talley. Bell and Talley in their day were key leaders of the community and the Chamber of Commerce. Few issues arose without their participation. They leave a significant legacy of service and civic leadership. Bynon was a key leader of the West Hills Neighborhood Association. He was a regular attendee at City Council meetings and close friend to Council member Jean Teague. In later years, he moved to Alabama and then Houston where his son lived and where he died two weeks ago. He leaves an interesting article with the East Tennessee Historical Society on his days as a young soldier in Europe in World War II which he had embargoed from public review until his death. â&#x2013;  The failure of Mayor Rogero to lift a finger to help former Vice Mayor

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Nick Pavlis keep his position has city hall observers talking in amazement. Pavlis had been there for Rogero on numerous occasions such as sponsoring an ordinance raising her salary by $15,000 a year (and her lifetime pension being increased as a consequence). He assisted her in pension reform. He often defected criticism of her. He was there for her on any issue of importance. This signals to Council, the new vice mayor and the public that there is little appreciation, reward or benefit for being with the mayor. Rogero simply walked away from Pavlis despite four years of him being as loyal to her as Jack Sharp was to me when I was mayor. It is likely that Pavlis, now that he free of the vice mayor office, will chart a different course. â&#x2013; The University of Tennessee once again made the national media in a way it may regret. This time it was in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 23 with a column by Daniel Henninger on the UT diversity office urging readers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise.â&#x20AC;? The columnist tied it to the trend to secularize Christmas in many commercial advertisements, especially in major stores along New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Madison and Fifth avenues. UT officials need to develop a strategy for this story which continues. The Legislature goes back into session next week on Jan. 12 and just as surely as Tuesday follows Monday this will be a hot topic. The real issue is to justify is how the $5 million is being spent systemwide and could it achieve the same result for less. What is a typical day in the life of a diversity office employee? What do they do to justify this sort of expenditure? The University cannot expect Gov. Haslam or the UT Board to stop legislation to restore the Lady Vols name by Rep. Roger Kane or protect the diversity office from budget cuts or further review. They will have to do it on their own. Happy New Year in 2016.




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SENIOR NOTES â&#x2013; Karns Senior Center: 8042 Oak Ridge Highway 951-2653 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Offerings include: card games; dance classes; exercise programs; mahjong; art classes; farkle dice games; dominoes; a computer lab; billiards room.

Nola Killion, first place winner, corn hole Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Jean Holloway Emily Jones, first place, coloring page Myra Payne, third place colortoss, pictured with her daughter at decorating cookie class w/Lauren, PEP contest; third place, dart tournament; ing page contest and second tech and Clay, OT, rehab director. pictured with Clay, OT, rehab director. place decorated door.

Register for: Medicare Presentation, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Well with Diabetesâ&#x20AC;? sixweek workshop begins 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. Lunch and Learn: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spinal Flexibility,â&#x20AC;? noon Thursday, Jan. 21; register by Jan. 19. â&#x2013; Frank R. Strang Senior Center: 109 Lovell Heights Road 670-6693 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Offerings include: card games; exercise programs; dance classes; watercolor classes; Tai Chi; blood pressure checks; Mahjong; senior-friendly computer classes. The Golden Tones accepts new members in January; first rehearsal 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. Hearing aid cleaning by Beltone, 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Register for: LifeWords Reading Circles, 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. Free hearing tests by AccuQuest Hearing, 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Pot Luck Lunch Club organizational meeting, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. Elder Law attorney Monica Franklin presentation, noon Wednesday, Jan. 13. Farragut Hearing & Speech presentation/lite lunch, noon Friday, Jan. 15; register by Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  CAC Office on Aging 2247 Western Ave. 524-2786

Wanda Lippert, first place, dart tournament; with Ling, PT. Skip Paulsen, first place, decorated door entrance contest

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Shannondale ALC resident appreciation celebration Shannondale Assisted Living Center hosted a resident appreciation celebration sponsored by the therapy department. It was enjoyed by residents, family members and staff. Several activities were lined up for all attendees included: Corn hole toss, dart tournament and cookie decorating class. Everybody also enjoyed roaming the halls to check out door entrance decorations and a display of the coloring page contest. Winners of several contest categories are noted here:

The state Department of Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services is in need of foster parents for children/youth of all ages. There is a special need for sibling groups, schoolage children and teens. Classes are free and a new class begins monthly in Knox County. Upcoming PATH training dates are Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. or Saturday, March 5, at 9 a.m. All sessions will be held at the DCS office at 2600 Corn hole toss: Western Ave., Knoxville. First place: Nola Killion For more informa2nd place: Euvena Suggs tion contact Jennifer at 3rd place: Christine 865-329-8879 or jennifer. Woodard stamper@

Coloring page contest: 1st place: Emily Jones 2nd place: Jean Holloway 3rd place: Myra Payne Decorate Room Entrance 1st place: Evelyn Paulsen 2nd place: Myra Payne 3rd place: Mary Montgomery Dart Tournament 1st place: Wanda Lippert 2nd place:Dot Cowan 3rd place:Emily Jones â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a successful event and we our grateful to all those who participated and those who generously donated prizes,â&#x20AC;? said Ling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are also grateful for Santa (Tim) who visited us even in his busiest time of the year.â&#x20AC;? Shannondaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assisted

Living Center offers â&#x20AC;&#x153;around the clockâ&#x20AC;? personal a s si st a nc e by licensed nurses and nursing assistants. Dot Cowan And when residents need it, there is access to Shannondale Health Care Center. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared on-site and served restaurant style. While residents enjoy a private room with bath, there are also community spaces such as the recreation/activities room, a beauty shop and barber shop, a sunroom/living room, nursing services and emergency care.

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Three kings In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.â&#x20AC;? (Matthew 2: 2 NRSV)

First Baptist Concord took advantage of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Warsâ&#x20AC;? mania to teach a message about the light of Jesus.

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Star Wars awakens kids at First Baptist Concord By Carolyn Evans â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Wars: The Force Awakensâ&#x20AC;? showed as many as 14 times a day at Pinnacle theaters last week. The movie also awakened some literary inspiration in Farragut. Staff members Holly Kirtley and Jason Jennings put their creative talents together and brought light sabers and Darth Vader to the Sunday School classes at First Baptist Concord. Jennings, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pastor, and Kirtley, family ministry director, used the familiar lightsabers to create lessons. She and Jennings co-wrote a skit to go with the curriculum, using John 1:9 as the springboard: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our whole focus of the series was to talk about Jesus as the light of world,â&#x20AC;? Kirtley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Wars talks about the good guys versus the bad guys. We saw that parallel. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. His light cancels out all darkness that we see in our world today. When we become Christians, we have

gela Stavros. The first week told the story of the angel of light visiting Zechariah and predicting the birth of John the Baptist. The next week, the lesson was about the angel Gabrielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit to Mary, giving her the news that she would be the one God uses to bring light into the world. The entire skit with the

A need for accessibility By Carol Shane Among close-knit church communities, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a more caring set of folks than those who attend Glen Oak Baptist Church in Old North Knoxville. Many members of the congregation have been coming for 30 years or more, with their children and grandchildren following. But sometimes even that bond has its limits when dealing with the physically disabled. The building nestles into a hill and has two multi-level entrances: the lower one in the back leads into the fellowship hall and the higher, main one in front leads into the sanctuary. Inside the building, the only access

FAITH NOTES Classes/meetings â&#x2013; Church Women United of Knoxville-Knox County meeting, 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, 124 S. Cruz St. Info: 546-0651.

Special services â&#x2013; Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 616 Fretz Road, holds meditation services 6:30 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. Includes quiet reflection, simple music and readings. Info:

Youth programs â&#x2013; Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, hosts Morning Breakfast and Afternoon Hang Out for youth each Tuesday. Breakfast and Bible study, 7:20 a.m.; Hang Out Time, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Info: 6901060 or

Jamia and Roger Gilland at Glen Oak Baptist Church. to the lower floor is by four very narrow, steep, enclosed stairwells, each in a corner of the rectangular building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stairs have been an issue for the disabled for as long as they have been members, which in several cases is 20 years or longer,â&#x20AC;? says church member Roger Gil-

land. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As for the elderly, we have many who have been there for 30 years or longer and have always expressed concerns about the steps.â&#x20AC;? The congregants at Glen Oak Baptist take care of their own. At their regular Wednesday night fellowship hall suppers followed by a

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Thinking about all of this, however, brings me to a smaller, more personal miracle. The God who flung the stars into the heavens, who created all the worlds that are, who keeps the whole universe spinning, who may have created other universes that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know about, sent a part of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own self to live among us as a baby and as a savior for all humankind! God became one of us, in order to save each of us from our rebellion and our disobedience. The first verse of Scripture I ever memorized was John 3:16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;For God so loved the worldâ&#x20AC;Ś.â&#x20AC;? The whole world: kings, camel, and a Babe.

Star Wars theme featured a cast of 20, was an hour-long program and included the skit, a game, songs and the Christmas story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The play centered on three kids who are waiting in line to see the new movie,â&#x20AC;? said teacher Holly Zachary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They fall asleep and dream theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Star Wars. The Death Star is trying to

destroy the New Light, and their job is to protect it.â&#x20AC;? Katelyn Stooksbury didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the story to end, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really liked it,â&#x20AC;? said the second grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really cool. They used a lot of decorations. I got to get my picture taken with all the characters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Princess Leia, R2D2, Darth Vader, Hans Solo and Chewbacca.â&#x20AC;? Her parents, Melody and Mark Stooksbury, teach second grade. Mark played a cinema employee in the skit and drove the remote-

controlled car that moved R2D2. He also served as backstage manager. On the last week, all the kids did Jedi training and a big obstacle course was set up. They made light sabers and were reminded that their job was to be the light. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the training was that they remember that, as believers in Christ, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re responsible for carrying the light of Christ into the dark world we live in today,â&#x20AC;? Kirtley said.

service in the sanctuary, members who are unable to take the stairs are helped up the hill outside by younger members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in many cases by the youth of the church. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a touching and rare opportunity for intergenerational bonding, and the youth gain perspective and compassion in the process. When it rains, adult members drive their cars around to the lower entrance in order to transport

people up to the sanctuary entrance. Everything possible is done to help every church member take part in all desired activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try,â&#x20AC;? says Jamia Gilland, Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try.â&#x20AC;? Fortunately, Knoxvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Compassion Coalition â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a nonprofit agency which describes itself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a catalyst to help local churches build capacity and vision for community transformationâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; got wind of the need

for a more accessible way of transitioning between Glen Oakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper and lower floors. So theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting out the call for help. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think an elevator would be best-case scenario for our members, but anything to help them would be greatly appreciated,â&#x20AC;? says Roger Gilland. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to donate, please call the Compassion Coalition at 251-1591, or visit

The evil Darth Vader leads the Storm Troopers across the stage in the 4Kids theater.

that light in us and can use it to battle the dark side in our world as well.â&#x20AC;? She said it took about three days to write the 38page script. They gathered high school and college volunteers to be actors and had six rehearsals. They ordered costumes, except for Yoda, who was handmade by children ministry volunteer An-

In the Christian calendar, Jan. 6 is Epiphany, the day in which the church celebrates the visit of the wise men. Tradition even gives us names for them: Caspar, which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;Master of Treasure,â&#x20AC;? Melchior, which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;King,â&#x20AC;? and Balthasar, which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;Protect the King.â&#x20AC;? The visit of these foreigners has more meaning than simply their own adoration of the Christ Child, however. There were cosmic implications. The Magi (from the Greek, meaning sages) were Persian astrologers, professional star-watchers. So naturally they took notice when a particularly bright star appeared, a star they had not seen before. They were curious â&#x20AC;&#x201C; naturally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and intrigued. Modern astronomers have opined that what the Magi saw could have been a super-nova, an exploding star (which, in my opinion, is amazing enough to count as a miracle).

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Children all over Knox County were sweating over the holiday break, and it wasn’t just from the unseasonably warm weather. Cabin fever lured many families out around town to partake in exhibits, day camps, art activities and playground fun during students’ last days of winter vacation before returning to school. The Muse Knoxville held several Winter Wonderlabs that featured crafts, 3D design and printing and code writing. A favorite hot spot was a sensory activity made of boards and thousands of yellow zip ties. Children walked through the ties as if walking through a hallway while the ends of the plastic tickled their skin. More than half of the children at The Muse were accompanied by an adult family member that seemed to have just as much fun as their younger play pal(s). Lucinda Alexander, grandmother to Everett and Edith Alexander, spoke very highly of The Muse’s Grandparent Pass, which allows a grandparent to pay one time and bring all of their grandchildren as often as they’d like. A special presentation also took place at The Muse on Dec. 29 when TVA announced a presenting sponsorship of this year’s third annual Robotics Revolution: A STEM Awareness

Event, to be held Aug. 6 at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park. TVA will donate $10,000 to the event, hosted by The Muse. “Robotics Revolution has hosted almost 3,000 attendees in the previous two years,” says Ellie Kittrell, executive director of The Muse. “State-of-the-art corporations always benefit from a well-educated workforce and TVA’s investment in Robotics Revolution demonstrates how events like this are meeting this need in our community.” Info: The Knoxville Museum of Art’s East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is on display through Jan. 10, and several students and their families stopped by for a peek. Cain, Libba and Louise Gray Leonard were visiting their grandparents but came by KMA for a scavenger hunt. Their mom printed a list of items to look for in the exhibits, and the children marked them off as they went along. KMA will host its Winter Family Fun Day 11 a.m.3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. There will be artist demonstrations, live entertainment and lots of art activities for kids. The kids will most likely need another break from school by that time. Info:

Knoxville Academy of Music owner Jeff Comas talks to students about becoming a musician.

Computational scientist Suzanne Parete-Koon demonstrates how she can control “the universe” with an Xbox game controller. Photos by S.


If you want to see fifth graders getting pumped up about science, talk to them about how super heroes get their powers. Or about the in those fields. possibilities of controlling Knoxville Academy of the universe with an Xbox Music owner Jeff Comas controller. played his guitar for students before a question an answer segment. Comas suggested working on small pieces of a song Sara until you have each note Barrett down, and taking your time to learn the music. “If you do those two things … that is a lifetime of Guest speakers at Far- music lessons,” he said. It was hard to tell who ragut Intermediate School’s Career Day picked excellent was more excited about topics to get their listeners Army nuclear engineer Mike Shattan’s presentainvolved. Careers including nuclear tion: the students listening, engineering, computation- or Shattan himself. Ideas bounced around al science, nursing, music therapy, painting and park the room like atoms when service were represented by Shattan brainstormed with some of the brightest folks the students about how su-

per heroes got their super powers. Shattan said he and his colleagues surmised Spiderman received his power from Alpha Radiation after the infamous spider bite that started it all. Computational scientist Suzanne Parete-Koon said if students liked taking things apart to see how they work, they might want to consider her field. “As soon as I was able to stand up and walk, I pulled my parents’ toilet completely apart” to see how it worked, said Parete-Koon. This is the second year of the career fair, and students could choose speakers according to their career interests.

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Farragut High School student Briana Lackey will perform with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Iowa. Photo submitted


Farragut High School student Briana Lackey will perform this summer with the nonprofit Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa. Briana is a member of the marching band and winter guard at FHS and the daughter of Jennifer Lackey. Briana was chosen after a competitive audition process including about 500 young people for each of the 150


January Council on Aging Meeting: “Dealing with Sentimental Clutter – Feel the Freedom” will be held on January 14th at 2:30 p.m. at the O’Connor Center. The meeting will feature Mary Pankiewicz, Certified Professional Organizer, she will talk about what clutter to let go of and what to save. She will discuss such items as gifts, greeting cards, family heirlooms and more.

Thanks for your service David Hutchins is thanked by KCDC chair Dan Murphy for Hutchins’ 15 years of leadership at KDCD. His final meeting was in December. Hutchins began his tenure during the HOPE VI revitalization project in Mechanicsville in 2001 and continued through the ongoing Five Points revitalization in East Knoxville.

■ Webb School of Knoxville, 9800 Webb School Lane, will host an admissions open house 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the school’s central building. Interested parents are invited. Info/RSVP: Christy Widener, 291-3830 or ■ West Hills Elementary participates in the following programs to help raise money for the school: General Mills “BoxTops for Education,” Campbell’s “Labels for Education,” and linking Food City ValuCards, Kroger Plus Cards and Target Red Cards to the school for points. Info: 539-7850.

Rotary and Scouts Did you know that Rotary International and the Boy Scouts of America have a long and storied history? They are two of Tom King the oldest organizations in the United States – Rotary was founded in 1905 and five years later the Boy Scouts began in the U.S. Recently, members of the Rotary Club of Farragut heard this story from David Williams, the Scout Executive of the Great Smoky Mountains Council. Williams is a member of the Rotary Club of Knoxville. In his role he leads Scouting in a 21-county East Tennessee area with 10,300 Scouts and their adult leaders. Williams explained the link: “Paul Harris was the

founder of Rotary and James E. West, the first chief scout executive, were good friends in Chicago,” he said. “They traveled the country together establishing Boy Scout councils. And our relationship continues to be strong today. Because of the support of Rotarians, countless young men and women across the nation are able to enjoy the benefits of Scouting.” In 1918, Rotary was the first service club to adopt Scouting. Today, Rotarians remain among the foremost sponsors. Rotary clubs in the United States charter over 1,400 Scouting units (Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venturing crews) serving about 45,000 Scouts. And then there is the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, one of more than 50 Rotary Fellowship Groups established to bring together Rotarians with similar interests from around the world. This fel-

Scout Executive David Williams, Farragut Rotarians Andy Luttrell and Chris Thomas, and John Tipton, the new Toqua Scout Executive. lowship is made up of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, Interact and Rotaract members. Williams, who is an Eagle Scout, is an Army veteran, a graduate of the University of Memphis and has worked for 18 years for the BSA. He says the relationship is strong because, “We share strong codes of behavior that define and shape who we are. Rotary has the Four Way Test and those are the same types of principles at work in our Scout Oath and Scout Law

to this day. Rotary has been a part of scouting since the beginning.” Prior to his presentation, Williams introduced John Tipton, the new Toqua District Executive. His district includes West Knoxville and Loudon County. Tipton now has been welcomed as a new member of the Farragut club, again strengthening the ties between Rotary and Scouting. Tom King is a retired newspaper editor, a Rotarian for 27 years and past president of the Rotary Club of Farragut. He can be reached at

BIZ NOTES ■ Steven M. Goodpaster, of Woodford & Associates, has been awarded the Appraisal Institute’s MAI membership designation, which is held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties, and who advise clients on real estate investment decisions. A Powell resident, he is president of the Broadacres Homeowners Association. Info: 865-686-3300

FARRAGUT CHAMBER EVENTS ■ Thursday, Jan. 14, 5-6:30 p.m., networking: Jet’s Pizza, 11124 Kingston Pike. ■ Thursday, Jan. 21, 8-9:30 a.m., networking: ITT Technical Institute, 9123 Executive Park Drive.


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positions in the group. This will be Briana’s first year performing with the nationally-ranked drum and bugle corps. Competitions will include shows in Dallas, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Allentown, Penn. To help fund Briana’s experience, visit Info: www.

Army nuclear engineer Mike Shattan discusses how super heroes get their powers.


■ Dr. Robert E. Malka, a neurologist and neuro-hospitalist, has joined Tennova Healthcare at Physicians Regional Medical Center. Dr. Malka offers critical inpatient care for individuals admitted to the hospital for stroke, aneurysm, head trauma, brain and spine tumors, and other neurologic conditions. He will coordinate care and treatment for neurologic patients from admission through discharge from the hospital.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Revenantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By Betsy Pickle â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revenantâ&#x20AC;? may be one of the toughest movies youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever love. A grueling experience for the characters, the actors and the audience, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revenantâ&#x20AC;? is a visceral journey through physical pain and mental anguish, but it is worth it on oh so many levels. Its story of survival alone raises it above even the best human-vs.-nature tales that come to mind, and yes, that includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;127 Hours.â&#x20AC;? Mountains, rivers, freezing temperatures and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most memorably â&#x20AC;&#x201C; bears besiege the protagonist beyond what mere mortals are expected to endure. Some would mark that off to the revenge that drives Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, but that would be dismissing the person Glass is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as created indelibly by DiCaprio. Many might feel the burning anger that Glass experiences, but unless they are as full of love for family, respect for nature and honor for the righteous, they could not begin to follow his trail. Glass is a scout in the western wilderness of the 1820s. Leading a party of trappers organized by Capt. Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson), he aims to keep the scruffy group safe from Native Americans who want their pelts and their scalps. He has with him his teenage son, Hawk (Forrest Goodluck), whose protection is his top priority. After a Ree attack leaves more than half the trappers dead, Glass hustles them deeper into the woods on a route toward a frontier fort. Reconnoitering early one morning, Glass is surprised by a grizzly bear that thinks he means to harm her cubs. The bear violently mauls him, and when the trap-

Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) refuses to let harsh weather and terrain deter him from revenge in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revenant.â&#x20AC;? pers find him they expect him to succumb quickly to his injuries. The fact that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sets up a dilemma for Henry and brings out some of the best and worst of human nature from the others. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu from a script by Inarritu and Mark L. Smith, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revenantâ&#x20AC;? was inspired by real-life events as well as a novel by Michael Punke. A version of the story was previously told in the 1971 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man in the Wilderness.â&#x20AC;? The brutal portrayal of frontier life comes from a 20th/21st-century sensibility, but the story benefits from that realism. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough existence with strong emotions driving whites, Native Americans and French traders alike. Hand-in-hand with the violence is a magical realism that surfaces in Glassâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dreams/memories of the past with his Pawnee wife (Grace Dove) and young Hawk (Isaiah Tootoosis), as well as the compassion shown by Henry and young Jim Bridger (Will Poulter). Family is a touchstone for many, and Inarritu never lets the darkness completely overshadow the light. As much as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revenantâ&#x20AC;? is a riveting adventure

tale, it also turns out to be a stunning acting showcase. DiCaprio finally finds a role that erases all vestiges of his pretty-boy, urbane persona. Covered in blood, furs and facial hair and communicating primarily with his eyes and grunts, he commands the screen more than he has ever done before, yet because it is all in service to the character thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never any sign of â&#x20AC;&#x153;actingâ&#x20AC;? to it. Tom Hardy, as the villainous Fitzgerald, is as talkative as his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Max: Fury Roadâ&#x20AC;? character was

reticent, and his contribution is outstanding. Gleeson, Poulter and Goodluck are superb as well. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki turns the gorgeous and unforgiving terrain into another character, and Inarritu brings it all together with heart and insight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revenantâ&#x20AC;? is one youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to come back to again and again. Rated R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.

An artistic tribute to MLK By Carol Shane

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Forestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sara Price (Natalie Dormer) goes looking for her identical twin sister in a Japanese forest and finds herself surrounded by paranormal forces in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Forest,â&#x20AC;? opening Friday in local theaters. Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt and Yukiyoshi Ozawa star for director Jason Zada. The horror film is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and images.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Conversations and Cocktailsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ahead The Humanities Center at UT has announced the lineup for its annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations and Cocktailsâ&#x20AC;? series, which will begin 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. Offered in collaboration with the Grill at Highlands Row, the series provides the community an opportunity to interact with guest scholars as they discuss history while enjoying special dinner and appetizer selections. All discussions are free. Dinner reservations are required and seating is limited. A reservation can be made by calling the Grill at Highlands Row at 865-8517722.

The first discussion will feature UT scholar Charles Maland, J. Douglas Bruce Professor of English and Cinema Studies. Maland The talk is titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s What You Think:â&#x20AC;&#x2122; James Agee as Movie Reviewerâ&#x20AC;? and will explore how Agee responded to some of the famous films of his era. Agee, a Knoxville native, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who was first known for his movie reviews for Time and The Na-

tion published in the 1940s. Maland recently completed the editing process of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Complete Film Criticism: Reviews, Essays, and Manuscriptsâ&#x20AC;? for the UT Press â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Works of James Ageeâ&#x20AC;? series. He will provide guests with an overview of Ageeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie reviewing career during the event. Other â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations and Cocktailsâ&#x20AC;? talks include: Feb. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thomas Burman, professor of history and Riggsby Director of the Marco Institute: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ignored Model, Admired Enemy: Islam and Christian Europe.â&#x20AC;? March 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How East Tennessee

Transformed the World: TVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Global Career after WWII.â&#x20AC;? April 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Robert Glaze, doctoral student in history: â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hardships, perils and vicissitudes:â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Army of Tennessee in Civil War Memory.â&#x20AC;? May 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mary Campbell, assistant professor of art history: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mormon Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Polygamous Suffragettes.â&#x20AC;? The Humanities Center supports faculty fellows and graduate students whose work explores what it means to be human, our place in the universe, and our obligation to extend compassion and social justice to one another.


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Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to be reminded that in a world where negativity seems to nab the front page more often than not, good things also tend to grow and flourish. The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery of Arts Tribute is an example. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown so much that it needs a new home. On Jan. 8, in partnership with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and in celebration of 2016â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very first First Friday, it will be the featured exhibition at the Emporium Building in downtown Knoxville. According to the ACAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy director Suzanne Cada, the exhibition, which honors the life and legacy of the slain civil rights leader, has traditionally been housed at the Beck Cultural Center, and has featured only one or two artists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year they wanted to open it up,â&#x20AC;? Cada says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a juried show for multiple artists.â&#x20AC;? In the spirit of making the entry process even more egalitarian, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no entry fee. According to the ACA website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The exhibition seeks to feature: 1) works by African and African-American artists living within 50 miles of Knoxville; and/or 2) works that pertain to the themes of unity, community, love, reconciliation, social justice and civil rights by any artist living within

50 miles of Knoxville.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I put the call out,â&#x20AC;? says Cada, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we had a lot of people respond that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making something especially for this exhibition.â&#x20AC;? The selected works, judged by a panel of three, will be displayed in the Emporiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atrium and upstairs gallery. The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose, according to its website, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;to reaffirm and reflect upon the American ideals of freedom, justice and peace. To that end, we pledge to work inclusively with community partners to: lift and live principles of non-violence, equality and love; tell the stories of the struggles; and provide education and leadership training for adults and youth.â&#x20AC;? The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception as part of Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Friday. Complimentary hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres will be available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping this will grow,â&#x20AC;? says Cada of the annual art show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already been a big response.â&#x20AC;? The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery of Arts Tribute opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street. The show will run through Friday, Jan. 29. The Emporium will be closed on Jan. 18 in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. Info: or 523-7543. For info about the Commission, visit

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If you are like most people, at some point in your life you may experience symptoms of an undetermined medical problem or have a health issue for which your doctor wants a closer look. Depending on the situation, your doctor may order an X-ray, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, mammography, nuclear medicine or interventional radiology. “Most people have some basic knowledge about these procedures, but they may not realize that they have a choice about where to get the exam or that all diagnostic equipment is not equal,” said Parkwest Director of Radiology Connie Wagner. “We believe that investment in the best equipment and in advanced training for our staff pays off in more accurate results and excellent patient care.” Wagner explained that the different modalities (types of scans) provide internal “personal picAll-digital technology allows medical teams to consult quickly about a patient’s treatment. Images are available to tures of a person’s health.” Parkwest’s Imaging Services radiologists and other physicians almost immediately after your scan.

Department is open by appointment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it’s not just for patients who are admitted to Parkwest Medical Center. “We do 11,000 to 13,000 exams every month, including outpatients,” said Wagner. “We have some of the most advanced equipment on the market and staff who have been expertly trained on its use. A prime example is the addition of 3-dimensional breast imaging (tomosynthesis) at the Parkwest Comprehensive Breast Center, which is a superior tool in detecting cancer.” Additionally, Parkwest Imaging Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and all of the modalities and processes in the department meet stringent quality measures. To find out more about Parkwest Imaging Services or to schedule a service, call 865-373-1500. Learn more online by clicking the Imaging Services link under Clinical Services at

The acronyms of radiology: a primer for Parkwest Imaging Services Special Procedures (Interventional Radiology) Parkwest Imaging Services offers a full spectrum of diagnostic and interventional procedures, including, but not limited to: angioplasty/stent placement; central venous access (Permacath, Portacath); dialysis fistula/graft declotting; IVC filter placement; uterine fibroid embolization; liver chemo-embolization and radiofrequency ablation; TIPS (shunting of liver vessels); biliary and genitourinary drainage; and vertebroplasty. All technologists are ARRT registered and RNs are ACLS certified.

CT (Computed Tomography) A CT (or CAT) scan combines the power of X-ray technology and computerized imagery to take layered pictures of hard and soft tissues, including bones and organs. Common uses of CT include identifying stroke, pulmonary embolism, kidney stones, trauma and signs of heart disease. CTs are typically quick procedures, taking just minutes to complete. In emergency cases, they can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives. A major advantage of CT is that it is able to image bone, soft tissue and blood vessels all at the same time. CT imaging is sometimes compared to looking into a loaf of bread by cutting the loaf into thin slices. When the image slices are reassembled by computer software, the result is a very detailed multidimensional view of the body’s interior. Refinements in detector technology allow new CT scanners to obtain multiple slices in a single rotation. Approximately 2,300 scans are performed monthly at Parkwest. All technologists are ARRT registered. Parkwest has three scanners: two GE 16-slice Lightspeed and a GE 64-slice VCT (Volume Computed Tomography).

DaTscan DaTscan is an imaging drug that is injected into the bloodstream to help your doctor assess a chemical called dopamine, which is involved in controlling movement. After the chemical is injected and enough time has passed for it to be absorbed, a special device, called a gamma camera, will take 3-dimensional, cross-sectional pictures of your brain. These images (called single photon emission computed tomography or SPECT images) and a report will be sent to your doctor, who can discuss the test results with you. DaTscan procedures and SPECT imaging are performed in the Nuclear Medicine Department.

Ultrasound Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray) X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation. In the hospital setting, X-rays are emitted by a machine as individual particles that pass through the body and are interpreted by a computer to display the images. Solid structures such as bones appear white, areas that contain air (such as lungs) appear black and soft tissues appear as shades of gray. This digital technology is an efficient change from the traditional film process. All technologists at Parkwest are ARRT registered, and radiation protection and minimization of patient exposure is always considered for patient safety.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to non-invasively produce detailed images of the body. MRI is capable of showing very fine detail in tissue and organs. Typical uses of MRI scans are helping identify problems with the brain, joints, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels and distinguishing cancerous tissue. Depending on what information your doctor needs, the MRI scan may require the use of a contrast-agent given intravenously to assist in seeing certain structures in your body. Unlike conventional

radiography and CT, no radiation is used. All technologists at Parkwest are ARRT registered with advanced registry. MRI at Parkwest is performed using a GE 3-tesla or GE 1.5 tesla magnet.

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Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine is an exam that requires a radioactive isotope be ingested orally or injected via IV into the body. The patient lies on a table under a camera which specializes in the imaging of organs’ metabolic functions. One of the distinct differences between nuclear medicine and other areas of radiology is that nuclear medicine is often used to assess how an organ functions; other modalities focus of the anatomy of the organ. Nuclear medicine services at Parkwest include bone scans, heart scans, hepatobiliary scans, thyroid scans and general nuclear medicine scans. Nuclear medicine can be highly beneficial in locating the source of an unknown infection. For example, in a white blood cell study at Parkwest, an isotope is injected that goes to the site of the infection. Four cameras are available for patient exams. All technologists are NMTCB certified.

of the body organs, vessels and other structures to produce images. Unlike other areas of radiology, no radiation is used in ultrasound imaging. A waterbased gel is placed on the patient’s skin over the area of interest to help conduct the sound waves. The technologist then scans with a probe called the transducer. The transducer emits sound waves and listens for the “echo” as the sound is either absorbed or bounces off anatomic structures. Ultrasounds help diagnose a wide range of conditions and are frequently used to visualize soft structures such as arteries, veins, glands and abdominal organs. Ultrasound technology at Parkwest is often used for vascular diagnostics, obstetrics and gynecology, biopsies, thoracentesis and paracentesis. All Parkwest sonographers are RDMS certified.

Parkwest Imaging Services is located on the first floor of Riverstone Tower and is easily accessible from the hospital’s main lobby entrance. Patients are phoned the day before scheduled exams and are told what to expect. They are given any special instructions they should know before arriving, such as what clothing is appropriate and what forms may be needed. Parkwest staff understands that even “routine” medical tests can be confusing and that patients are sometimes

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Enjoying a rare bird

Red-cockaded woodpecker

One of the real joys of birding is to find and get great looks at the occasional rare, unusual, or hard-tofind bird, and wintertime is often a good time to discover a rare bird or two.

Dr. Bob Collier

In the winter, one of the more dependable families of birds that we can count on being around is the woodpeckers. And of the eight species of woodpeckers that can be found here in the Southeast in winter, one of those fits the above description to a “T.” Motoring out on a roundabout route from Powell to north Alabama for the holidays, Grandma and I did a bird-watching loop through the state of Mississippi the week before Christmas. One of our prime scheduled stops was a day at the 48,000-acre Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located about 20 miles south of Starkville. It has ponds and lakes full of wintering waterfowl, mowed agricultural fields with open-country birds, and lots of woods, including old-growth pine forest – just what our Bird of the Trip, the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, ordered. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are found nowhere in the world other than the southeastern United States. They are widely scattered from Virginia and North Carolina south into Florida,

and west into Texas and Arkansas. Sadly, you needn’t look for one in Tennessee. They once lived in a few counties in our state, but the last known one was a lonely male that was nesting down in Polk County, in the farthest southeast county in Tennessee. Discovered in 1991, he was gone by 1994, and as far as anybody knows, there are no others. There aren’t that many red-cockaded woodpeckers anywhere. From a low of perhaps 4,000 birds when they were placed on the Endangered Species List in 1970, and with a lot of expert help and attention, they have come back to a total of maybe 12,500 today. Through the years, Grandma and I have been fortunate enough to see them at various special areas in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. But we

got our best and closest observation ever of one there in the Noxubee Refuge. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are busy little guys intermediate in size between downy and hairy woodpeckers. Instead of the white backs and black faces of those two, the redcockadeds have black backs with white barring, and big white patches on their faces. The red cockades that give these birds their name are little red marks on the side of their heads, so small that they are seldom visible. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are scarce because they are very picky about where they will live. They make their nest holes only in large, mature pine trees that are from at least 60 to 120 years of age. Of the 60 to 90 million acres of oldgrowth longleaf pine savannah that once covered

the Southeast, only about 3 million acres remain; the rest has been cut for timber and cleared for agriculture and housing, or broken up into little patches or small groves of the big trees. So, it turns out, there is less than 1 percent left of the habitat these birds insist upon as a decent place to live. The nest holes are a curious thing in themselves. The birds select a big, old tree that has what is called red heart rot, a fungal disease that softens the heartwood. They take an amazing 1 to 3 or more years to excavate any given nest hole. And then they peck the tree all around the hole to make the tree ooze sap, coating the whole trunk in the area of the hole with a whitewash of sticky pine rosin. This apparently protects the nest from their most dreaded predator, those skillful tree-

climbers, the rat snakes. And the birds require more than just a little patch of the big trees – each of their family groups, with a batch of nest trees called a “cluster,” takes around 200 acres of old-growth pine forest to meet their nesting and foraging needs. And speaking of family groups – in addition to being choosy about their real estate, they also have some peculiar social habits, at least for birds. The family unit consists of a male and female pair that own the nest and produce the usual 3 or 4 eggs, but in addition, there are 1 or 2, up to 4 helper birds, usually young single male birds from the previous year’s batch. They really do help, staying with the family and joining in with incubating the eggs and then feeding the new hatchlings. This makes an active, chat-

tering family group of several birds if you are lucky enough to find them. Visitors to a place like the Noxubee Refuge will find active red-cockaded nest trees marked with a ring of paint; once you see those, the rosin-coated trunks and nest holes become obvious. There at Noxubee, a few days before Christmas, we walked through an area like that, a park-like place with big stately pines and almost no undergrowth. Numerous nest trees were marked with rings of white paint. Our ears perked up when we came upon a mixed flock of foraging birds, including red- and white-breasted nuthatches, singing pine warblers, even a spiffy redheaded woodpecker. Then we heard it – the chittering call of a red-cockaded woodpecker! And there it was – hooray! – some 12 feet up in one of the big pines, ripping off half-dollar flakes of bark as it searched industriously for hidden insect snacks in the nooks and crannies. We stood and watched the rare bird, and ooh’ed and aah’ed, for 10 minutes or so. Our day was happily made! Only two woodpeckers have been on the Endangered Species List – the ivory-billed and the redcockaded. It was too late for the ivory-billed; its last stronghold, in the oldgrowth swampland of Louisiana, was converted into hundreds of acres of rice fields. With the red-cockaded, perhaps the warning was sounded in time. There are lots of smart and caring people working to help them survive. Maybe someday we, or our grandchildren, will be able to experience the joy of watching one of those busy little birds making the chips fly, once again here in Tennessee.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6 Jazz Lunch at the Square Room, noon-1 p.m., 4 Market Square. Featuring “Kayley Farmer sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook.” Admission: $15; includes lunch buffet. Info/tickets:


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WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, JAN. 13-14 KSO Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series: Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends, 7 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Dr. Tickets: $20. Info/tickets: 291-3310 or

THURSDAY, JAN. 14 AAA Driver Improvement Course, 5:30-9:30 p.m., AAA Office, 100 W. Fifth Ave. Four-hour course helps reduce points for traffic offenders and teaches how to reduce risk while driving. Cost: $30 members/$35 nonmembers. Must preregister. Info/registration: Kate, 862-9254, or Stephanie, 862-9252.


“How to Self-Publish Any Written Project” presented by Marilyn Smith Neilans, 2:30 p.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Info: 777-1750.

Alive after Five: Wallace Coleman Band, 6-8:30 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $10; $5 for members/students. Info: 934-2039. Steep Canyon Rangers in concert, 8 p.m., Bijou Theater, 803 S. Gay St. Info/tickets:



Alive After Five: Aftah Party, 6-8:30 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $10; $5 for members/students. Info: 934-2039. Art exhibit by Hanna Harper, 5-9 p.m., Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. All ages welcome. Light refreshments served. Info: Jessica Gregory, 556-8676;; Brown Bag Lecture: “Kidnapping the Kaiser: Tennesseans in the Great War,” noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Presented by Darrin Haas. Free admission. Info: 215-8824 or Opening reception for “Gallery of Arts Tribute”: a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists and honor the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 6-8 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Info: 523-7543 or Opening reception for Art Market Gallery’s January featured artists painter Lil Clinard and fiber artist Julia Malia, 5:30 p.m., 422 S. Gay St. Info: 5255265 or

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Info/tickets: all Ticketmaster outlets, Tennessee Theatre box office and 800-745-3000. Monster Jam, 7:30 p.m., Thompson-Boling Arena. Saturday Pit Party, 5 p.m. Info/tickets:;

SATURDAY, JAN. 9 Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: Saturday Stories and Songs: Dancing Spider Yoga, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Saturday Stories and Songs: Jodie Manross and Laith Keilany, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. The Tennessee Stifflegs Old-Time String Band, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $14, some discounts available. Info/tickets: www.

SUNDAY, JAN. 10 Epworth Monthly Harp Singing, 6:30 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Info: Claudia Dean, 673-5822. KSO Chamber Classics Series: The KSO Principal Quartet, 2:30 p.m., Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Tickets: $15-$33. Info/tickets: 291-3310 or Pen to Podium: SAFTA Reading Series, 3-4 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Featuring: George David Clark and Jeni Wallace. Info: 215-8750.

MONDAY, JAN. 11 All Over the Page: “Dr. Mutter’s Marvels,” 6:30 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Staged reading of “Last Train to Nibroc,” 7:30 p.m., The Square Room, 4 Market Square. Presented by the WordPlayers. Free admission. Info: 5392490 or

TUESDAY, JAN. 12 Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meeting, 8 p.m., Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College. Topic: “The Civil War Along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.” Dinner, 7 p.m. Cost: lecture only, $5; dinner and lecture, $17. RSVP by noon Monday, Jan. 11: 671-9001.

TUESDAYS, JAN. 12-FEB. 16 “Reflections, Light and Magic” class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Cost: KMA members $150/nonmembers $175. Materials list provided. Info/registration:

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13 “Branding Yourself as an Artist” professional development seminar, 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Emporium, 100 S. Gay St. Cost: $8 members of Arts & Culture Alliance/$12 nonmembers. Info/registration: 523-7543; Brown Bag Lecture: “An Inside Look at Lloyd Branson” by Adam Alfrey, noon, East Tennessee History

SATURDAY, JAN. 16 AAA Driver Improvement Course, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., AAA Office, 100 W. Fifth Ave. Eight-hour course helps reduce points for traffic offenders and teaches how to reduce risk while driving. Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers. Must preregister. Info/registration: Kate, 862-9254, or Stephanie, 862-9252. “Fantasia, Live!” presented by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Knoxville Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Info/tickets: Financial Education Series: “Get Out Of Debt,” 10:30 a.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Info: 777-1750. Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: Roux du Bayou Cajun Dance Music, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $12, some discounts available. Info/tickets: Saturday Stories and Songs: David Blivens, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Saturday Stories and Songs: Kindermusik, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. For ages birth to 5. Info: 215-8750.

TUESDAY, JAN. 19 Computer Workshop: Introducing the Computer, 2 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Preregistration required. Info/registration: 215-8700. Old College Monthly Harp Singing, 6 p.m., McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 W. Madison Ave., Athens. Info: Cora Sweatt, 423 745-0248. Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, 7 p.m., Middle Creek UMC, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. Info: David Sarten, 428-0874. Tribute Show honoring Dolly Parton’s 70th birthday, 7 pm., Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Tickets: $25. Proceeds will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County. Info/tickets:

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20 Greensky Bluegrass in concert, 8 p.m., Bijou Theater, 803 S. Gay St. Info/tickets:

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 27 “Beautiful, Vibrant Alcohol Inks” class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Cost: KMA members $50/nonmembers $65. Info/registration: “Mosaics Keepsake Box” class, 2-4 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Cost: KMA members $50/nonmembers $65. Info/registration:

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, JAN. 20-21 AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m., O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/registration: Carolyn Rambo, 382-5822.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, JAN. 21-22 Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven & Bruch, 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Info/tickets:;; 656-4444.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 Alive after Five: Tennessee Sheiks, 6-8:30 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $10; $5 for members/students. Info: 934-2039. Black Jacket Symphony performs Journey’s “Escape,” 8 p.m., Bijou Theater, 803 S. Gay St. Info/

tickets: Cafe Mortel, 2:30-4 p.m., Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Info: 588-8813. The Naughty Knots, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $12, some discounts available. Info/ tickets:

SATURDAY, JAN. 23 The Freight Hoppers Old-Time String Band, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $14, some discounts available. Info/tickets: Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: Moon Taxi in concert, 8 p.m., Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Info/tickets: Saturday Stories and Songs: Kindermusik, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. For ages birth to 5. Info: 470-7033. Saturday Stories and Songs: Miss Lynn, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. West Knox Preschool and Activities Fair, 2-4 p.m., St. John Neumann Catholic School, 625 Saint John Court. Free event. Hosted by the Knoxville-Farragut MOMS Club. Info: events/1612266402369709/.

TUESDAY, JAN. 26 “An Evening with Regina Carter” presented by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m., Square Room, 4 Market Square. Tickets: $32.50 adult, $15 student. Info/ tickets: Computer Workshops: Excel, 5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires “Word Basics” or equivalent skills. Info/registration: 215- 8700. Robert Earl Keen in concert, 8 p.m., Bijou Theater, 803 S. Gay St. Info/tickets:

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27 Computer Workshops: Internet and Email Basics, 2 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or equivalent skills. Info/registration: 215-8700. Guster in concert, 8 p.m., Bijou Theater, 803 S. Gay St. Info/tickets:

THURSDAY, JAN. 28 KSO Very Young People’s Concerts: “Let’s tell a story!” 11 a.m., Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Info/ tickets:

FRIDAY, JAN. 29 Alive after Five: “Tribute to the R&B Classic Hits, Part 3” featuring Evelyn Jack & Donald Brown, 6-8:30 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $15; $10 for members/students. Info: 934-2039.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JAN. 29-30 WaveTransform Festival, Bijou Theater, 803 S. Gay St. Tickets: Info/schedule:

SATURDAY, JAN. 30 Beginning Genealogy, 1-4 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Registration begins Jan. 19. Info/registration: 215-8809. The Del McCoury Band with Sierra Hull, part of WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass concert series, 7 p.m., Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Info/tickets: 981-8590;; Clayton Center box office. Financial Education Series: Debt Free, 1 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: Saturday Stories and Songs: Faye Wooden, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sarah Rysewyk, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033.

MONDAYS, FEB. 1-15 “Mask Making and Face Jugs” (clay sculpture) class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Cost: KMA members $90/nonmembers $110. Info/registration:

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, FEB. 3-4 AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oak Ridge Senior Center, 728 Emory Road, Oak Ridge. Info/ registration: Carolyn Rambo, 382-5822.

FRIDAY, FEB. 5 Alive after Five: “Fat Friday Mardi Gras” with Roux Du Bayou, 6-8:30 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Tickets: $10; $5 for members/students. Info: 934-2039.

THURSDAY, FEB. 11 AARP Driver Safety class, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule St., Alcoa. Info/ registration: Carolyn Rambo, 382-5822.

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