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The undead Travel agencies and newspapers have something in common: the Internet was supposed to kill us both. Sherri Gardner Howell finds life at The Travel Authority, located in Village Green Shopping Center near Fresh Market. The bustling office has no resemblance to a mausoleum.

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Catching Vandy So it’s come to this. Vanderbilt football, which has never won an SEC championship, not in eight decades, is leading the Vols in football recruiting. Marvin West ponders this and other “borderline inconceivables.”

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Frost finds a home as council’s counsel Rob Frost served two terms on Knoxville City Council and then was hired to represent the group as its attorney. Betty Bean talked with Frost about the differences in his old job and new.

January 28, 2013

Archer’s BBQ opens in Karns By Theresa Edwards Archer’s BBQ, located in the heart of Karns at 7650 Oak Ridge Highway, celebrated its grand opening last Thursday with a ribboncutting. And barbecue sandwiches were free during lunch. “It’s a great turnout today. We have a line out the door,” said owner William Archer Bagley III. People call him “Archer,” so that’s where the restaurant’s name comes from. When it slowed down a bit, there were about 50 diners in the restaurant. There is indoor seating, which is a nice addition for the Karns area. It also has the convenience of a drive-thru for people on the go. “Karns is a really growing area, so we’re excited about being in this community,” Archer said. “This is a really great location because it was formerly a barbecue place, so there were fewer new permits required.” Mayor Tim Burchett, who is an advocate for local small business owners, welcomed Archer to the community. “I’m glad to be here along with commissioner Brad Anders to support Archer, a local entrepreneur ... He actually has a degree in engineering,” Burchett said. “I always say government doesn’t create jobs, but it does create the infrastructure. “I think Archer’s BBQ is a great addition to Karns.” Archer’s BBQ in Karns celebrates its grand opening Jan. 24 with a ribbon-cutting by commissioner Brad Anders, Archer’s BBQ also has a “Squeal daughter Addison Anders, Tim Fischer, owner William Archer Bagley III, Clark Cowan, Knox County Mayor Tim BurMobile” and does catering. Info: chett, James Reall, Alisa Pruett of the Greater Karns Business Association and state Rep. Roger Kane. Photos by T. Edwards 281-3057 or of

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Square Room Kenny Woodhull of New City Resources is now in charge of programming at the Square Room at 4 Market Square, and its 2013 calendar is filling up. Wendy Smith tracked down the details.

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West Hills homeowners talk with Tennova How do property owners in the neighborhood of the 100+ acres on Middlebrook Pike where Tennova has optioned land for a new hospital feel about the potential development? And how do neighbors of the former St. Mary’s Hospital feel about its possible closure? Wendy Smith talks with West Hills folks, while Betty Bean talks with her neighbors in the Old North Knox and Oakwood Lincoln Park areas. Both stories are on Page 4.

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Hardin Valley beats Halls in OT din Valley coach By Theresa Edwards Keith Galloway. Hardin Valley Academy hoops “We had really fans ran onto the floor to congratgood leadership ulate their team after a 53-51 overtonight who retime win over rival Halls. fused to lose, and “I really enjoyed the guys’ enerwe won. I’m proud gy. The bench was all in the game, of them. cheering the whole time. Guys that “It’s a tough came out cheered for those who Galloway game every time went in to play. That’s the kind of attitude you must have,” said Har- we play Halls, because they fight

hard. But we said ‘It’s a new start beginning today – it’s 0 and 0.’ Now, we’re 1 and 0 and want to keep going that way. By the end of the season, we want to be 8 and 0 going into the tournament, and we took a step in the right direction today.” George Ashe, assistant principal and athletic director at Hardin Valley, congratulated the Hawks

on an outstanding game against a tough team. Halls’ Stetson Moore always scores a lot of points. “Tonight our guys did a pretty good job of shutting him down,” Ashe said. “They stuck with it, and that’s what allowed them to keep it close. I’m real proud of them.” In the preliminary game, Hardin Valley girls topped Halls 3931.

Mr. McClardy goes to Washington By Wendy Smith UT sophomore Derek McClardy rode a bus to Washington, D.C., to see President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. He had quality time with his family and rubbed shoulders with a few celebrities, but he was most impacted by the speeches. The discussion of issues made him realize that he has a role to play in the political process. “It affects me now,” he says. The trip came about because Derek’s mother, Arvetta McClardy, wanted her family to experience the inauguration. She requested tickets from Tennessee’s U.S. Rep. Diane Black, and booked the family on a chartered bus trip.

Arvetta and Mike McClardy, who live in Murfreesboro, boarded in Nashville. The bus picked up Derek and his brother Shawn, also a UT student, in Knoxville at 1:30 a.m. on the Saturday before the inauguration. They arrived in D.C. that evening. On Monday, the family arose at 3 a.m. to travel from their Maryland hotel to D.C. They stood in line from 5-7 a.m. to get into the inauguration area, and spent most of the next hour passing through security. The family was rewarded with 12th-row seats in the red section, which was behind elected officials and ticketed guests. Ticketed guests, many of whom were celebrities, passed through the red section on their way to their

Arvetta McClardy and her son, UT student Derek McClardy, pose in front of the U.S. Capitol. The McClardy family travelled to Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s second inauguration. Photo submitted seats. John Mayer, Katie Perry and Cicely Tyson were among them. Derek’s closest encounter with a star came when he allowed Paula Abdul to sit in his

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The president comforted the souls of all in attendance, Derek says. “In that moment, I felt like everything was going to be okay.” He was particularly touched by Obama’s remarks about equality. The president said the country’s journey won’t be complete until all children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, know they are cared for, which made an impression on Derek, since his parents grew up on the streets of Detroit. He says that he’s in the process of developing his own political ideas. Before the trip, he considered himself a Republican, but now he’s in favor of certain Democratic views, he says. He returned to Knoxville Tuesday morning – an hour and a half before his first class. He doesn’t regret the lost sleep. “I’ll be able to treasure this forever and tell my kids about it.”


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King College is now King University On, Jan. 23, King College officially became King University. Established in 1867, it is one of the oldest private institutions of higher learning in the Southeast. “This is a milestone in our school’s history and a change that truly benefits all King graduates – past, present and future,” said Dr. Gregory D. Jordan, president. “We are changing our name to King University because the university designation more accurately reflects what we now are as an institution of higher education.” Students were invited to a celebration at the main campus in Bristol. Later, the Knox County campus’ evening students and staff celebrated with a cake, food and refreshments. Students were also given their first “King University” long-sleeved shirts. The evening programs enable students with an associate degree to earn a bachelor’s degree in 16 months, going one evening per week. This May, I will graduate from King University with my bachelor of science degree in communication. It is wonderful going to school while being a photojournalist for the ShopperNews. The courses help enhance my writing skills, and I’ve met some wonderful friends. King University’s local campus is conveniently located across from Pellissippi State Community College at Hardin Valley.

Knoxville staff members of King University are (front) Dr. Alyssa Millner, Justin Eastwood, Susan Smathers; (back) Jacob Kramer, Kristopher R. Rhea, Matthew Lee, Amy Anthony, Brian Stoddard, Kelly Cole and Dr. Greg Mears. Photos by T. Edwards

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Booker talks black history The

Democrats welcomed guest speaker Robert J. Booker who discussed why we, as a nation, have “Black History Month.” Booker Booker has a wealth of knowledge about black history, having been the executive director at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center for 16 years. He is also an author of various history books and is currently working on a historical encyclopedia of blacks in Knoxville’s past. In junior high, Booker was involved with “Negro History Week,” which emphasized the importance of learning about notable black people who were not yet in history books. “Black history month is important because a lot of black achievements are still not in the history books,” said Booker. “That is one of the reasons I write books, to make blacks in this area more inclusive in publications.” Cal Johnson, an ex-slave who got into real estate, and owned a race track and strings of race horses in the south, is one person Booker writes about. “When he died



West Knoxville Lions Sylvia and William Van Dyke are a blind couple who serve by faithfully making phone calls “or whatever the club needs.” in 1925, he was one of the richest black men in Tennessee, yet he was born a slave. “Cal Johnson was real silent and almost never said anything,” Booker explained, “but he used his money for good will. He gave a lot of it away to people down and out. He gave the first building for the black YMCA in Knoxville in 1906. So he did a lot of good deeds, but didn’t talk about them.” ■

including: Club Vibes, which teaches blind young adults to be self-sufficient; Kids-Sight vision screen- Alton is Sylvia Van Dyke’s guide ing, an eyeglass program dog. proving eye exams and glass for needy; and in the making operations. near future the new mobile All area Lions Clubs also Vision Van with eyeglass- contribute to the White

Cane Charities which support other programs including Leader Dogs for the Blind. Sylvia and William Van Dyke, who are very active with the Lions, shared their experiences as blind people. They are glad to volunteer their time, because the club has meant so much to them. The Van Dykes enjoy being active, and are planning a cross-country skiing adventure soon in Michigan with the Ski for Light International group. “Besides visually impaired skiers, there will be handicapped skiers,” Sylvia said. “It will be a great event for us,” said William.

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government Bill limits benefit governor The Tennessee State House has limited bills to 15 per lawmaker, and it will be interesting to see how it works out. My guess is that the current 2,000 bills introduced in each House will decrease to about 1,650. How much having 350 fewer bills will speed up the process and end the legislative session remains to be seen. Those lawmakers who previously introduced bills for discussion purposes such as the selection process for judges or the state attorney general, gun bills, pro-choice or pro-life bills will be reluctant to use their 15-bill allotment that way when they feel the bill is dead on introduction. That is not necessarily good in the sense that many issues merit debate and dialogue which legislation affords and this process limits. Some bills influence the executive branch or state programs just by being introduced. After two years of this new rule, there will be a basis to assess how it worked. The real winner is the administration (any administration) as it means the executive branch has fewer bills to monitor and be distracted by from lawmakers who may not wish the administration well. When the time comes that the governor belongs to a different party than the Legislature (not now), then this limit may fade or be expanded as the Legislature asserts itself. Can you imagine the U.S. House of Representatives led by Republican John Boehner limiting the bills their 230 GOP members can introduce while President Obama sits in the White House? Not likely. The Congress treasures its independence. Limiting bills to some degree will diminish the independence of the Legislature. ■ Coffee with newly elected state Rep. Gloria Johnson two weeks ago was interesting. She spoke of her new role as a “huge adjustment.” She failed in her

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effort to be named to the House Education Committee, which she feels is due to her opposition to school vouchers. She said she “was disappointed” in not being appointed but declined to criticize Speaker Harwell directly on the matter. As a 25-year school teacher, many had expected her to be named to this committee. However, three of the seven Knox House members do serve on Education, including Harry Brooks, who is chair, along with Bill Dunn and Roger Kane. Johnson does serve on Health and Agriculture and Natural Resources. Environmental issues such as mountain top removal and clean air and water issues will go to this committee. Rep. Joe Armstrong was removed from the House Health Committee which he chaired when the Democrats controlled the House. Johnson’s win in Knoxville in a district Mitt Romney carried by more than 1,000 votes was the one bright spot for local Democrats on the state scene. She said she will not seek reelection as chair of the local Democratic Party at the end of March when the Democrats will re-organize here. She has a meeting planned with Transportation Commissioner John Schroer (former mayor of Franklin). She opposes the extension of the South Knoxville Boulevard as currently planned. Johnson lives at 2506 Brice Street and her phone is 660-9800. Her email is rep.gloria. ■ Ruth Graham, daughter of the Rev. Bill Graham, is at Carson-Newman College this week (Jan. 29-31) speaking at the Ashe Henderson Lecture Series, which my late mother established more than 30 years ago.

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West Hills residents ponder a hospital in the backyard Representatives from Tennova met with the West Hills Community Association (WHCA) executive committee last week to discuss plans for a new hospital on 110 acres that are adjacent to the subdivision. While the group expressed concerns about traffic and potential flooding, the mood was congenial.

Jeff Potter and Melanie Robinson of Tennova talk to the West Hills Community Association executive committee about the company’s plans to build a hospital on property adjacent to the subdivision. Photo by Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith Joe Fuhr, who serves on WHCA’s zoning committee, called it “a harbinger of a good relationship” that Tennova representatives were willing to come to the meeting. Tennova has purchased a two-year renewable option on the property at Middlebrook Pike and Old Weisgarber Road. The parcel is bordered by West Hills on its western edge. The site is being considered as a location for a new medical facility that would replace Physician’s Regional Medical Center, the former St. Mary’s Medical Center, Tennova senior vice president Jeff Potter told the group.

Physician’s Regional is 81 years old and is approximately one million square feet, so it’s hard to find your way around, Potter said. Since the trend is toward outpatient procedures, the new facility needs to offer easy access and a flexible footprint. As of yet, there isn’t a plan for what the facility will look like, but Tennova intends to get input from its board, its physicians and the community over the next several months, he said. “It is our intention to be a good neighbor.” One executive committee member pointed out the number of fast food restaurants and gas stations that

have sprung up since the Tennova’s North Knoxville Medical Center was built on Emory Road. Melanie Robinson, Tennova’s director of business development, answered that development and traffic in that area increased as a result of new neighborhoods, not because of the hospital. “I can’t see a major threat of commercial development springing up around this, unless you go to the east,” Fuhr said of the Middlebrook property. A water problem on the vacant parcel could be improved with development, but it could also be a disaster, said Barbara Pelot. Her

biggest concern is that Tennova might lease or sell the acreage that’s not needed for the medical facility. Concerns about lighting were also expressed. The buffer at the Turkey Creek Medical Center is twice that of the adjacent Wal-Mart, said Potter. While patients need appropriate lighting, low lighting combined with a berm would have a minimal impact on nearby residences, he said. When a concern was raised about another abandoned Knoxville hospital, Potter expressed disappointment that no buyer has been found for the former Baptist Hospital. He said that some services, such as an emergency room, will likely remain at Physician’s Regional. Since it remains to be seen what services will be offered at the new facility, Potter didn’t comment on concerns about emergency vehicles frequently passing West Hills Elementary School and Bearden Middle School or an uptick in cut-through traffic in West Hills. Potter and Robinson said they would keep the homeowners group informed during the planning process.

Neighbors brace for loss of the former St. Mary’s Since it opened in 1930, the hospital formerly known as St. Mary’s has anchored North Knoxville’s business districts and neighborhoods, providing employment and medical care.

Betty Bean The Sisters of Mercy, who raised money to build the hospital, stayed on to preside over the birthing of babies and consoling of families in the face of illness and death. For almost 80 years, residents of Oakwood, Lincoln Park, Old North Knoxville, Fairmont, Arlington, Park City, North Hills and Fountain City considered St. Mary’s “their” hospital and felt secure knowing there was an emergency room nearby. In recent years the Christ-

mas tree lights atop the building on Oak Hill Avenue lit up the night from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. So it was natural that people got nervous in 2008 when St. Mary’s and Baptist Hospital merged and became Mercy Health, despite reassurances that things were only going to get better. The nerves grew frayed when Mercy announced a plan to replace St. Mary’s and Baptist with a fancy new building that would combine the best of both, and when a news story suggested the former St. Mary’s facility could make a good drug rehabilitation facility for Knox County, the sheriff had to visit a neighborhood meeting to tell them it wasn’t so. In 2011, St. Mary’s/Mercy became Tennova and the hospital formerly known as St. Mary’s became Physicians Regional Medical Center, leaving neighbors so

confused that they haven’t had much to say about the most recent report that their neighborhood hospital is going to be shut down and replaced with a new one on Middlebrook Pike. County Commissioner Amy Broyles says it’s not an accident that she lives within walking distance of the former St. Mary’s. “Avery (her youngest daughter) was due at the end of January, and we figured if I went into labor during a snowstorm we could still get to the hospital,” she said. But she says she’s disappointed that all she knows about Tennova’s plans is what she’s seen in the news. “The last time they talked about moving, I got a letter. They had meetings. This time I haven’t heard a thing from them. Other residents, however, say that a Tennova representative told members of the North Knox Business and Professional Associa-

tion that the building would continue to be used for some kind of healthcare. That will probably come as something of a relief to former City Council member Larry Cox, who lives even closer to the hospital than does Broyles. Cox observed that the neighborhood has lived through decades of watching the abandoned Oakwood School deteriorate until the county finally moved to rescue it last year (it is being rehabbed and remodeled as an apartment building for senior citizens). “I grew up next to St. Mary’s,” Cox said. “I’d definitely hate to see it go.”

NOTES ■ Fourth District Democrats will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road, to hear from three activists: Chris Foell, John Bohstedt and Lorraine Hart. Info: 637-3293.

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New job, same issues for City Council attorney Frost By Betty Bean Far as anybody knows, Rob Frost is the first sp e c ia l counsel and adviser to City Council to have also been a member of City CounRob Frost cil. It didn’t take him long to learn that there’s a big difference between the two positions. “I have nine different clients, but they all have the same goal: ‘How can we improve the city?’ Sometimes they have different routes to get there, but they all have the same goal. I think it’s a thoughtful council, really. They take their duties seriously.” The city pays Frost, who is in private practice with the firm of Arnett, Draper & Hagood, $79,000 a year to advise City Council (no overtime). The workload fluctuates, but he says he’s been enjoying it. “Everybody is real un-

derstanding of the push and pulls that folks have in life. The day before and the day after a council meeting can get hectic, but having served for 8 years I understand that. There are boom and bust cycles of activity with any client. “One attribute I have is a shared perspective. I know what it’s like to put your name on the ballot, run and serve, and help out constituents. I hope that’s a way I’m able to assist council. I enjoy the city and the various processes it goes through in trying to deliver good services. Though I don’t vote anymore, I’ve always been an interested observer.” Frost’s undergraduate degree (more accurately degrees, as he holds more than one) is from the University of Tennessee, from which he graduated in 1991 and was awarded degrees in English, history and political science. Afterward, he did graduate work in Chinese history at UT before going off to study law at Tulane. His years in New Orleans gave him an appreciation for old build-

ber, and his moving on created a vacancy that drew a lot of interest in Knoxville’s legal community. Frost prevailed over some stout competition, including a former city law director and a former city attorney. Vice mayor Nick Pavlis was one of Frost’s strongest supporters for the job, and says he hasn’t been disappointed. “I supported him in that position from the get-go,” Pavlis said. “I had worked on council with him for two years and was impressed by him then. “He had eight years being a council member and served on boards and commissions before that. “He hit the ground running and has been a tremenRob Frost with sons Charlie (at left) and Sonny on the grounds of Sequoyah Elementary School dous asset to us this past Photo by Erin Frost year, and it was a tough year. “Rob gives good advice if ings and historic preserva- by beautifully preserved old ney job came open when you ask him. He questions tion, which he brought home buildings. I got my law de- Mayor Madeline Rogero you and makes you think. to Knoxville after earning gree and got married in the hired Frost’s predecessor “He’s got good walking same week, and when Erin Charles Swanson as city law around sense, and I’m glad his law degree in 1996. “New Orleans is a city and I moved into our first director just after taking of- he’s there.” with great history and archi- home, our first house was in fice. Swanson had been City Rob and Erin Frost have Council’s lawyer for as long two sons: Sonny, 12, and tecture. I lived in the Garden 4th & Gill.” The City Council’s attor- as anybody could remem- Charlie, 7. District and was surrounded

proponent of sustainability and environmentallyfriendly efforts. Some of the city initiatives that were cited include: ■ Securing the Office of Sustainability within the City budget Madeline Rogero ■ Becoming a Department of Energy Better consumption 20 percent by Buildings Challenge Part- 2020 ner and publicly pledging to ■ Issuing a Mayor’s Enreduce Knoxville’s energy ergy Challenge with Path-

way Lending to announce $10 million for businesses to do energy-efficiency projects ■ Winning an IBM Smart Cities grant for a proposal to study connecting emergency utility bills to weatherization and energy education services ■ Receiving a TDEC Infrastructure grant for new stormwater permitting best practices. The grant will cover a stormwater infrastructure retrofit, separating the stormwater program from the city’s sanitary sewer system; the creation of a rain garden/bio-infiltration

planter; the installation of pollution control catch basins; and incorporating a system storage effort that allows infiltration into ground water ■ Championing the adoption of 2012 International Building Codes, including the International Green Construction Code, which establishes safe and sustainable standards for construction ■ Budgeting for a tree management plan, greenway maintenance and improvements, and the residential single-stream curbside recycling program.

particularly trying week, she washed sheets and hung them out to dry on the clothesline. One of her sisters chastised her, fretting over “What will people think? Washing clothes and hanging them out to dry on Sunday?!” Virgie, the preacher’s wife, calm and unrepentant, retorted, “The Lord will understand, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks!” What do you worry about? Do you stew over the shape the world is in? What people think? What others have? What you lack? What may (or may not) happen? Jesus told his followers not to worry, not to fret. He

asked, in so many words, “Do you think worry does any good at all?” So what can we choose to do instead of worrying? We can be prepared, at least to some extent. We can think ahead, and thoughtfully prepare ourselves for reasonable possibilities. We can be where we are supposed to be and do what we are supposed to do. We can have faith that God cares for us, leads us and will use us to God’s own purposes. We can wake up each morning with hope and the expectation that today is going to be a good day. We can let go of worry, irritation, envy and pettiness. We can look for positive

thoughts, kind words, new ideas. We can expect joy. Last, but certainly not least, we can pray. In times of confusion, uncertainty, loss and pain, we pray. In times of victory, celebration and triumph, we pray. But when we worry, doubt or fail, too often we turn to our own resources, blaming ourselves and, at the same time, adding to our misery. Worry is quite simply useless effort; prayer is effective. Fear is paralyzing; faith is nurturing. We are human and fragile; God is God and omnipotent. Turn your worries and fears over – now, today – and be free and blessed.

Rogero honored with 2012 ‘Green Leader’ award Mayor Madeline Rogero has been recognized for her efforts as a leader in sustainability and has been named the 2012 Green Leader by the East Tennessee Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. USGBC-ET recognizes leaders in the green building community of East Tennessee. The group held its second annual Green Light

Awards event Tuesday night at The Emporium in downtown Knoxville. “Living green and working green is not just a motto for me and my staff,” said Rogero. “We really believe sustainability is a key to keeping Knoxville a livable city, and I am grateful to the USGBC-ET for this honor.” The nominating committee recognized Rogero as a

Don’t worry, be happy “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” (Matthew 6: 25-27 NRSV) I have confessed in this space before that I come from a long line of champion worriers. In his later years my grandfather was the all-time Grand Master worrier, despite the fact that, in his youth, he had

left home at the age of 16 in search of adventure and headed west to be a cowboy. Papa was not a solo worrier. He wanted help in his worries, and would become slightly vexed when his son

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and daughters declined to join him in worrying. Some of his children inherited the worry gene, and others did not. For example, his second child and oldest daughter, Virgie, married a minister. One Sunday, after a

Trying to catch Vandy In 1932, Vanderbilt – just past the pinnacle of its athletic dominance – helped create the Southeastern Conference. Interesting, isn’t it, that Vanderbilt football has never won an SEC championship. Not in eight decades. Might never happen. It may not even be a fantasy. Humbling is the realization that Tennessee, for the first time in a long, long time, is eating dust, trying to catch up to the Commodores. This is an awkward position, slightly amazing considering the ambitions and resources in Big Orange Country. It is borderline inconceivable that the once mighty could fall so far so fast. How did this happen? Vandy took a knee to run out the clock and avoid running up the score on the 2012 Volunteers. That is one

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sad measurement of bad. Vandy didn’t beat anybody big but had nine victories. It again went bowling. It finished nationally ranked. It is riding high, recruiting boldly as if it intends to compete. What a challenge for Tennessee, to be scrambling madly in the approach to national signing day, hoping to finish ahead of Vanderbilt. Perhaps, in years to come, Tennessee can somehow gain on Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, LSU, Mis-

souri, Arkansas, Auburn, the Mississippis, oh my. New coaches are not supposed to produce miracles, well, never before their second season. They must first change things, adjust attitudes, install new systems, build a base, establish connections and nurture relationships. Personable, inspirational Butch Jones aspires to own the state of Tennessee in recruiting. He has said it out loud and is working toward that goal. That means almost never losing a top prep talent to anybody, not the vaunted Crimson Tide, not Southern Cal, not Notre Dame, certainly not to Vanderbilt. This is a chicken-oregg dilemma. Talent wins games. Winning attracts talent. Which comes first, success or sales? Magnificent facilities,

Butch Jones encourages his players during a game in late 2012 while he was still coach at Cincinnati. Jones was named successor to Derek Dooley at UT on Dec. 7, 2012. AP file photo fabulous fan base, tremendous tradition, almost unlimited budget? Tennessee is far, far ahead of Vanderbilt and many others comfortably above in SEC standings. The shocking decline and crash landing implies there must be deeper UT problems than the obvious lack of speed. Internal conflicts? No sense of direction? Weak leadership?

Not enough effort, enthusiasm, sincerity? All are relevant in recruiting. Some affect autumn Saturdays. Butch Jones is a brave guy. In spite of information available to the general pu blic, in spite of what video shows, he bet his future on the potential of Tennessee. He believes his way works. He is going to change the

leopard’s spots. The transformation will get a surge or suffer a setback next week. Who Tennessee persuades to accept a scholarship will be the first clue regarding where this process is going and how long it will take to get there. Do not expect too much. That would be unfair. Recruiting is an endless process. Among the current coaches, only Jay Graham has had more than a few weeks on the job. No way he could sell what he previously had. Tennessee will not steal Alabama commitments that Alabama wants to keep. But it might take one or two away from Vanderbilt. How about that! We now measure progress by whether we can compete with the Commodores. The late George Cafego might not like this. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is


Coffee Break with

What is your passion? Learning, teaching and encouraging others.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? Dolly Parton

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? My Grandma Lambert. She was very educated back when that wasn’t common for women, and she loved to learn. She was quite ladylike, extremely compassionate and willing to quietly do good deeds in her everyday surroundings.

I still can’t quite get the hang of …

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Jumping rope and hula-hoops. I’m a bit of a klutz.

What is the best present you ever received in a box? My engagement ring. My husband had it made with a diamond that had belonged to his father and surrounded it with rubies, which are my birthstone.

Mary Helen, aka Mimi, Webster wants her Vol-fanatic husband, Phillip, to know immediately that she had nothing to do with posing for her Coffee Break picture next to an elephant. It was all the photographer’s idea. “He’s going to think it’s a Roll Tide elephant,” says Mimi, with a laugh, as she strikes a pose in the lobby of Farragut Primary School. Phillip has no reason to worry about his Alabama bornand-bred wife, however. She is a University of Tennessee graduate and shares her husband’s desire for the Vols to always do well. “I like for them to win,” she says. “He’s always so happy. …” “Miss Mimi” has been the guidance counselor at Farragut Primary School for 26 years and has been in education for 32 years. Phillip is no stranger to FPS either, having taught there for years prior to his retirement three years ago. He and Mimi met at the school and dated for about five years before they got married in 1992. “The children were so excited when word got out that we were getting married,” remembers Mimi. “They wanted us to get married in the gym, invite all of them and have coach (Richard) Bridges sing!” Being a guidance counselor at an elementary school is “just the best job in the world,” says Mimi. “The children – they are all so sweet. Here at Farragut Primary, they are so excited about learning, and they feel free to be silly and loving. I teach classes in life skills as well as guidance, so I get to see every child in all three grades while they are here. You get a taste of what it’s like to be a celebrity every time you walk down the hall, and they all call out to you. “This is just such a cheerful place.” The biggest change Mimi has seen in her time in elementary education has been the focus on academics at the younger grade levels. “Kindergarten used to be just a few hours each day, and it was all about socialization and getting along. Now the academic push starts as soon as they walk in the school,” she says. “And I’m not saying that is a bad move. The children are so bright, and they are like sponges, soaking up everything you put in front of them. They are so techsavvy, and they want to be challenged.” In her personal life, Mimi and Phillip love their boat and spending time on the water. She plays guitar, some piano and loves to read, especially Southern fiction. This summer the couple will take a cruise to Denmark and Norway, with a stopover in London. “We have been

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on a lot of cruises, because my husband and his sister run Adrienne Cruises, a cruise-only travel agency,” says Mimi. “But this will be our first international cruise.” Sit back and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Mimi Webster:

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? “There’s no place like home!” (From “The Wizard of Oz”)

What are you guilty of?

When people mistreated me, she would remind me to be happy that I was not the kind of person who would mistreat others. She told me to be happy that I was raised not to act that way and to appreciate the nurturing upbringing I’d been given and the manners I’d been taught. She was telling me to rise above how others treat you and do the right thing anyway.

What is your social media of choice? Facebook. I was a holdout and didn’t join until late July. Now I can’t believe the way it has enriched my life, mostly by reconnecting me with far-away family and childhood friends.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

Too much shopping, shirking housework and being too grumpy around my poor sweet husband!

Working retail in the mall. I didn’t mind the work, but my back and feet got so tired from standing for such long hours.

What is your favorite material possession? My grandma’s baby grand piano.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

What are you reading currently? “After the Rain,” by Karen White.

“The Jetsons.” It seemed so very far-out and made me feel excited about the future.

What was your most embarrassing moment? When I was in junior high school, I ran around the bases at a softball game during P.E. class. Turns out I had toilet paper hanging out of my skirt!

What irritates you? People who tailgate me, and people who don’t have basic manners.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? Go to Switzerland, to Ireland, and to the Greek Isles.

What is one word others often use to describe you and why? Encourager. That is part of my role as a guidance counselor, but it is also basic to my personality. I hope that is the one they would pick and not “ditzy blonde,” although I admit to having many “blonde moments!”

What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? I love the parks, especially the ones near the lake. Going there for picnics in the spring is so exciting.

What is your greatest fear? I am irrationally terrified of frogs! I’d never want to hurt them, but if you put one on me, I would die!

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Turn myself over to experts for a makeover, but I’d be scared to death! –Sherri Gardner Howell

I would like to be able to be sensitive to other people’s feelings without being so sensitive to my own. I can be quite emotional!

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Square Room offers local talent, inspiration By Wendy Smith Kenny Woodhull of New City Resources is now in charge of programming at the Square Room at 4 Market Square, and its 2013 calendar is filling up. A weekly singer-songwriter show that begins on Thursdays in February is part of Woodhull’s vision for the venue. “It’s our wish to artfully engage the city,” he says. “The Square Room is ideal for being a gathering place for our city, across the generations.”

While he expects the singer-songwriter night to draw a younger crowd, an eclectic array of artists will offer something for everyone. Upcoming performances include a Knoxville Jazz Orchestra tribute to Nat King Cole on Feb. 6, Christian artist Michael Card on Feb. 12, and the Knoxville debut of the “Talk is Cheap” tour featuring local storytellers Bill Landry, Sam Venable, Elizabeth Rose and Jim Claborn on March 2. Other events are listed at www. Kenny Woodhull of New City Resources Photo submitted

But there is something the acts will have in common – they will meet the Square Room’s standard of excellence and integrity. Patrons will receive what they’ve come to expect from Café 4, he says. “Just like Lori (Klonaris) serves in Café 4, every plate will be full of good food.” Woodhull operated the New City Café in the Old City for 10 years. He originally anticipated moving into 4 Market Square in 1997, but chose to return to school instead. He received a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary last year. In his study of Jesus’ parables, he examined how stories and metaphors are used in artistic expression. He sees the Square Room as both an incubator for local talent and a place

to be inspired by the creativity of others. It should be an environment that encourages dialogue rather than shouting it down, he says. He hopes the performances will sow seeds. “We want to sow good, strong seeds so that as people reflect, they will grow good things in their lives.” Woodhull is pleased to be partnering with the other organizations that are housed at 4 Market Square, like All Souls Church, The Crossings Downtown, and the Knoxville Fellows program. All have the same goal of serving the city, and they work together to create a hospitable place that cultivates artistic gifts. It’s a true collaboration, he says. “The whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts.”

also a backpack program to provide snacks to children for the weekend.” In addition to community outreach, the church is involved in missions work abroad. One such program is “Imagine No Malaria.” The Sunday school children have learned the devastating and often deadly consequences of this 100 percent preventable disease and have set a goal to donate $80. Ten dollars buys and ships a mosquito

net with instructions on how to properly use it. The church is also coordinating the “Skeeter Run” 5K race along Neyland Drive June 1 to raise donations for the “Imagine No Malaria” program. Volunteers are needed for this event. Beaver Ridge UMC is beginning a new “DivorceCare” program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 6 to April 10. Info: 690-1060 or www.

dren. Info: 647-5337. Upinder Dhand, MD, neurologist, has joined the medical staff at Physicians Regional Medical Center. Dr. Dhand has joined the Tennova Neurology Group and is in practice with Michael Meyer, MD. Dr. Dhand specializes in neurology, neuromuscular medicine and electromyography. She received her medical degree from the Medical College Amritsar in Punjab, India, one of the oldest medical education institutes in India. She completed her residency at the University of Chicago in Illinois. Info: 647-3330.

Rogers Penfield talked Social Security at the West Knox Rotary Club meeting last week including this quote: Knowledge is knowing that the tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad.

Missions fair at Beaver Ridge UMC By Theresa Edwards Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church held a missions fair to share some of its outreach programs within the community as well as abroad. “One of the biggest things we do each year is the free Thanksgiving dinner. We invite the whole community to have a meal and stay as long as they want,” said Suzanne Davidson, community outreach chair. “We offer a food pantry 1-2 p.m. every Monday for many Karns families. It is funded through our church mission projects as well as the Second Harvest Food Bank.” The pumpkin patch helps raise money for the food pantry and some of the money goes to the Navajo reservation where the pumpkins are grown.

Leslie Little, community outreach chair Suzanne Davidson and Chris Little discuss outreach ministries of Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church.

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“We also have a Karns Elementary mentoring program,” Davidson said. “Volunteers go to the school and listen to the children read. There is


Lynn Johnson shows pictures of African children to Alex Stanley and talks about the “Imagine No Malaria” mission program.

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Special services ■ Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd., will hold Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Supper will be served at 6 p.m.; service will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Info: 966-9547 or

Meetings and classes ■ Church Women United will meet Friday, Feb. 1, at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 904 Biddle St., for human rights celebration. Coffee at 10 a.m.; meeting at 10:30. ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, is beginning a new DivorceCare series on Wednesday, Feb. 6, through April 10. Meetings will be in the church library 6:30-8:30 p.m. The course is free and open to all. Info: 690-1060 or www.beaverridgeumc. com. ■ Christus Victor Lutheran Church adult Bible class will begin a 10-week series 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. Topic will be Lutheran Boot Camp, “Everything you wanted to know about Lutheranism.” Everyone is invited. The church is located at 4110 Central Ave Pike. Info: 687-6622.

The Tennova Sleep Centers are pleased to announce the arrival of Syed Nabi, MD, who will see patients at North Knoxville Medical Center, Turkey Creek Medical Center and Tennova Ambulatory Care Center South. Dr. Nabi has joined Tranquility Sleep Specialists PLC, headed by Dewey McWhirter, MD. Dr. McWhirter has been with the Tennova Sleep Centers for five years, two of them as medical director of the facilities. In addition, Ashley Brezina, FNP-C, sees patients at all the Tennova Sleep Centers.



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World class BBQ cookoff announced for West Knox site By Anne Hart An event that has been in the planning for months by a group of local Rotarians could bring national recognition to Knoxville for years to come. The Rotary Club of West Knoxville and the Episcopal School of Knoxville have set May 3 and 4 as the date for the “Rocky Top hummin’ & strummin’ BBQ Cookoff” which is expected to draw hundreds, if not thousands, of locals and visitors to the picturesque 100-acre ESK campus in West Knoxville. Oliver Smith IV, who is chairing the event with the help of a large volunteer committee, has gotten the event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the official sanctioning body of barbecue competitions internationally and

an imprimatur recognized worldwide. KCBS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbecue. With more than 15,000 members, it is the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts. Smith says 50 teams will come to Knoxville from all across the country to compete for $10,000 in prize money. There will be four major categories that will be judged by 54 people. The winner here will compete against some of the finest barbecue chefs from across the globe in the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue, held annually in October in Lynchburg, Tenn., and considered the Super Bowl of barbecue competitions.

In addition to the barbecue contest, there will be prizes in other categories, including best dessert and best side dishes. Unlike most other barbecue events, where only the certified judges get to taste the product, Smith said the “Rocky Top hummin’ & strummin’ BBQ Cookoff” will have a “People’s Choice” category in which the winner will be determined by the general public. There will also be a number of food vendors on site, including Dead End Barbecue. George Ewart, one of the owners of the Sutherland Avenue restaurant, is on the event committee along with other community leaders. The popular Big Fatty’s in Bearden will also be a vendor, along with others still to be selected.

Four bands will play – one for opening activities on Friday evening, and the others throughout the day on Saturday. One of the bands was a finalist on the American Idol TV program. There will be sales of commemorative items, including T-shirts with the event logo, which was created by designer Julie Hutchens of PureLine Media. Friday hours will be 6-10 p.m. Saturday’s will be noon to 5 p.m. Tickets for the cookoff are $15 for both days and $10 per day if purchased separately. All profits will go to the Interact Club at ESK and to other projects of West Knox Rotary. Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed the barbecue a Tennessee State Championship Event.

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Matt Muenster, Alison Victoria to headline Dogwood House & Garden Show Dogwood Arts will host 200 exhibits in this year’s House & Garden Show set for Friday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Feb. 15-16, at the Knoxville Convention Center. The show features artists, landscapers, floral designers and more. The “how-to” stage will present 11 shows throughout the weekend. Also featured: ■ The Green Pavilion

brings vendors who emphasize energy efficiency and conservation. ■ A cooking school, sponsored by Avanti Savoia, will provide 13 cooking demonstrations focused on homemade Italian cuisine. ■ The third annual fundraising raffle will give visitors 18 years and older the opportunity to win one of five prize packages. ■ Artists: furniture makers, custom tile mak-

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Perry is ‘hard-nosed dreamer’ at Austin-East By Betty Bean At Austin-East High School, students are encouraged to dream. Dreaming is an integral part of the school’s décor. The word “dream” is written, sculpted and painted into slogans on the walls and atop bookshelves. Principal Benny Perry is a dream believer. “Things started turning around here my third year in the building,” he said. “In order to be successful, you’ve got to get the kids believing. The students decided they were tired of the stigma. They took it as a challenge. The first part of that year I came up with an acronym: ‘PRIDE.’ “I told them what the public perception (of the school) was, and I told them that the P stands for perform to the best of your ability every day. If you’re in a race, you can’t run at the same pace as the people in front of you. You’ve got to run harder. The R is for responding to the challenge. People are saying A-E kids can’t do what other kids do. What are y’all going to do about it? The I stands for interdependency and the D stands for dream. Dream big. Everything starts with a dream. You can stay in the situation you are in, or you can dream about what you want to do in your life. The E stands for excellence. I told them good ain’t good enough. You’ve got to be excellent.”

Confidence builds

“By the end of the second year, the kids did really well in writing assessments. They went from 79 percent proficiency to 89 percent. That built confidence. The next year we went from 79 percent to 89 percent. The next year, we went from 89 percent to 94 percent. What we were trying to do was use that success to build confidence in kids. By no means are we where we want to be; we’ve still got wide achievement gaps. We’ve still got a ways to go, but I feel the ship is headed in the right direction.” Perry was appointed principal at Austin-East on April 30, 2008, and he walked into a school under threat of state takeover. Because A-E had failed to meet standards required under the No Child Left Behind law, every teacher and staff member in the building had to reapply for their jobs. Perry had to decide who would be rehired. This made for a challenging atmosphere, but he stayed focused on the interview process and relied on assistant principal Alvin Armstead, whom he calls “my right arm,” to handle student and staff morale. “I bet we did 500 interviews between April and August. We got tired of interviewing people,” he

Principal Benny Perry talks with a student at Austin-East High School about the consequences of making a bad decision. Photos by Ruth White

Staff members Rhonda Woodruff and Lasheika Jones with Benny Perry (center) show that at A-E, it’s all about teamwork.

said. “We came back with a 40/60 split. Forty percent of teachers after the redesign were new hires,” Perry said. “Now, we have about 69 percent new staff in the building. Lots of young teachers.” “Tense” is the word Perry employs to describe the situation he found at A-E. “The students threatened to sit in, and in fact, they did sit in for about an hour. But I didn’t deal with that. My assignment was to interview teachers and staff and hire new people. I had to concentrate on the task at hand. We had to start moving the school in a positive direction, or the state was taking it over. Knox County was being proactive,” Perry said. Knox County hired an Ohio consulting firm called Ed Works to help the A-E staff, and Perry says he picked up a lot of good ideas about professional development, even though the money ran out after the second year of what was supposed to be a three-year program. “It was a good partnership, but it was a hard time for Ed Works, too, because the system didn’t buy the whole package, and after the money ran out we didn’t re-sign up with them. It was during that time that we started toying around with the idea of small learning communities, breaking a comprehensive high

school down into smaller schools.”

Three schools in one

Now, A-E’s 600 students (it is the smallest high school in the county) are assigned to one of three schools – FOCUS (Freshman Opportunities Committed to Unprecedented Success), The Discovery School and the Impact School. Last year’s freshman class did so well, particularly in algebra, that they were each given iPads to use as sophomores. Austin-East received a $3 million grant from Race to the Top to spend on improving student performance. The school day was extended to 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Ninety-one percent of the faculty voted to join the Teacher Advancement Program. Perry believes this has helped immeasurably. “TAP has been the best system of instruction for what we do that I’ve ever been involved in,” he said. “The beauty of TAP is this: every teacher has to be evaluated four times a year – two announced, two unannounced.”

Building community involvement

Another of Perry’s strategies is to build community involvement. For three years, the school has been holding “State of the Roadrunner” meetings. “For A-E to be successful, we need our parents to come to school. I told them if we don’t start doing better,

the state’s going to take our school over,” he said. “The kids who struggle are kids who go somewhere else and then try to come back. The kids who start here in the 9th grade and stay here, we graduate them at a 90 percent clip. But whatever student comes through our door, we take them and love them just the same. We want to have that old time attitude that every child who comes through our door and follows our plan of study can be successful.” He is proud of last year’s valedictorian, who is now a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, and of the National Merit Scholarship winner, who was in the Class of 2011 and was a product of Beaumont Elementary, Vine Middle and A-E. “All of our kids come back to see us after they graduate and let us know how they are doing.” Perry is from the tiny West Tennessee town of Whitesville, near Bolivar, and is married to Carmelita Perry, who is principal at West View Elementary School. He has been an educator for 38 years, 18 of those in Knox County. This is his second tour of duty at A-E. He was an assistant principal and athletic director there for the first five years he was in Knoxville before becoming an assistant principal at Central High School. He was appointed principal at Whittle Springs Middle School in 2004. He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Lane College in Jackson, a master’s in administration from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and an Ed.S in curriculum and instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.

Perry’s philosophy

“My philosophy is, I believe we are all lifetime learners, and the time we stop learning, they need to be throwing dirt on us. But I’m not a person who feels like I know it all. You don’t have to know it all to be an educated person; you need to be a person who knows where to find the answers. To be an effective administrator, you have to hire people who are strong in areas that you need support in, and allow people to do their job by providing them the resources to get the job done. A principal doesn’t have to know everything, and you can’t be a micromanager. Just hire good people and trust them to get the job done. It’s not Benny Perry making a whole lot of changes himself, it’s the people. “The main thing we need from our parents and our students is (to) commit to come here every day and make good choices, and we will commit to making you a good citizen. The main thing for teachers is this: more is expected of you if you’re a teacher at Austin-East. You’ve got to have a heart for the students and for your fellow teachers.”

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‘Science Matters’ at Hardin Valley Academy

Dr. Gladys Alexandre, associate professor of cellular biology at UT, speaks at Hardin Valley’s “Science Matters” program, describing the roles of microbes as friends and foes. Photos by T. Edwards of

St. John Neumann holds spelling bee Run for the Schools

The Rusty Wallace Honda Run for the Schools will be held Saturday, March 2, at Chilhowee Park and the Knoxville Zoo. The familyfriendly event will include music, refreshments, vendor booths and prizes. All participants will receive a complimentary day at the Knoxville Zoo following the study,” said Lam. “Even race. though it’s not as fun as The 5k run and walk will video games, the hard work start at 8 a.m., and the onewill pay off in the long run.” mile family fun walk begins In addition to the typi- at 8:15 a.m. After awards cal stress one may expect during the ACT, Lam also started experiencing back spasms halfway through the exam. He says it was just a Ball Camp case of bad luck. Because of his score, Elementary the folks behind the ACT ■ Sign language club will offered to send Lam’s remeet Thursday, Jan. 31. cord to four colleges of his choosing, which are Stan- Faith Early ford, Vanderbilt, Duke and Learning Center Emory. Lam plans to become a ■ Kindergarten registration surgeon. He has many aunts is now open for the 20132014 school year. Students and uncles in Vietnam who must be 5 on or before are also in the medical field, August 31, 2013, in order to and it has been a longtime attend. Faith Early Learninterest.

St. John Neumann Catholic School recently held its annual spelling bee for grades 4-8. Alex Dally, a 5th grader at SJNCS was the runner-up and 8th grader Lindsay Bruce was the winner. Lindsay will compete in the News Sentinel Southern Appalachia Regional spelling bee March 16 at the University of Tennessee. Photo submitted

Lam Tran earns perfect ACT score By Sara Barrett When Farragut High School junior Lam Tran found out he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, “I was both shocked and excited that my hard work paid off,” Lam Tran said the 15-year-old. Lam used study guides dating back to 2009 that were left behind by his sister, who is now a college student. She also scored high on the ACT, but not as high as her brother. “You just have to force yourself to sit down and

are given out at 8:45 a.m., a 100-yard dash will be held at 9:30 a.m. Participants can run to raise funds for a specific school. Last year, $9,000 was raised. Pre-registration runs through Feb. 22. Students are $10, adults are $20 and children 2 and under are free. Registration the day of the event will be held 6:308 a.m, and will be $15 for students and $25 for adults. Info:


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Hardin Valley Academy ■ A track parent meeting will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. ■ Report card pick up will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. ■ An orchestra concert will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

HVA dance team named grand champions The Hardin Valley Academy dance team recently competed at the Groove Experience Athletic Dance Competition in Chattanooga where it placed first in Hip-Hop, second in Pom and received the title of overall grand champions of the varsity division. The team is coached by Meshon Crateau and Carolyn Carter. Pictured are Cassidy Van Der Veen, Blakelee Packer, Abbi Ervin, Summer Swail; (back row) Alaina White, Olivia Feiten, Savannah Humble, Cailyn Davis, Katherine Belk, Jenna Detiveaux, Claire Benson, Angela Hu, Austen Evans, Lydia Vaigneur, Katie Robinson and Erin O’Brien. Photo submitted

Karns Middle ■ Club, group and sports photos will be taken Thursday, Jan. 31. ■ The last day to order a yearbook is Friday, Feb. 1. ■ The PTSA will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

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Heading north: Travel Authority offers taste of Alaska touring

Liz Newsom, a senior at Webb School of Knoxville, talks to the Rotary Club of Farragut about her experiences in Germany as a short-term exchange student. Photos by Sherri A special event today has the team at The Travel Authority ready to show off one of the tour buses vacationers can travel in as they explore Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Inner Passage. From left are travel consultants Debbie Heaton, Debbie Wallingford, manager Gloria Ditmore and travel consultant Chris Jones. Photo by Sherri Gardner Howell Travel agencies and newspapers have something in common: the Internet was supposed to kill us both.

Rotary Club of Farragut president Bruce Williamson, left, welcomes new member Todd Galanti, manager of Costco, as his membership sponsors Bettye Sisco, CEO of Farragut West Knox Chamber, and Eddy Ford, former Farragut mayor, look on.

Spaetzle and asparagus Exchange student shares experiences By Sherri Gardner Howell

Sherri Gardner Howell Maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why an impromptu visit to The Travel Authority, located in Village Green Shopping Center near Fresh Market, was so much fun. The bustling office with five travel consultants helping customers and answering phones had the same resemblance to a mausoleum as the Shopper-News newspaper office does: None. Gloria Ditmore, manager at The Travel Authority, had a simple explanation of why the predictions of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;deathâ&#x20AC;? of travel agencies didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come true: the personal touch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A trip is an investment and a big deal,â&#x20AC;? says the 30year veteran of the travel business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can research and search and do whatever you want to online, but people still want that personal touch. They want to talk to a person who knows what to expect and can be there to answer questions and do the troubleshooting. They want that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;go-toâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; person looking out for them.â&#x20AC;? Experienced travel consultants and flexibility in offerings has increased in importance, says Ditmore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a full-service travel agency with experienced travel consultants, so we can pretty much find anything you are looking for. As one of the largest American Express agencies, we have certain cruise lines, hotels and groups that offer specials just for our customers, but we are able to book anything out there.â&#x20AC;? The winter is a busy time, she says, because people are looking and planning for the summer. Today The Travel Authority will give the public a tangible taste of what a summer trip to Alaska might hold with a

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Exploring Alaska can offer sights such as this breathtaking scene. The Travel Authority will have a tour coach for interested travelers to visit at a special event on Monday, Jan. 28. Photo submitted visit from Great Land experts aboard an Explorer Coach, one of the tour coaches they use to explore Alaska. The coach will be parked at the Village Green Shopping Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, with a special presentation on Alaskan cruises and land tours at 6 p.m. The Alaska cruises connected to this visit are through Holland America Line of cruise ships and are booking trips for between mid-May and mid-September. Ditmore has been to Alaska and says it should be on everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bucket list. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between the land, water, wildlife and sheer majesty of the landscape, it is breathtakingly beautiful,â&#x20AC;? she says. Ditmore has been on 122 cruises and visited more than 60 countries. The Travel Authority has been in Farragut more than 10 years, she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love doing business in Farragut,â&#x20AC;? says Ditmore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people are friendly, and they have the means to travel and like nice trips. This is a great place to be.â&#x20AC;? Asked about the most unusual trip she ever booked, Ditmore was stumped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure, but some of the people who want to go on the African safaris can have some unusual requests.â&#x20AC;? There are no reserva-

tions needed for exploring the Explorer Coach tonight. Ditmore says the presentation itself, which should last about 30 minutes, will be onboard the tour bus and start at 6 p.m.

Liz Newsom really, really loves castles, so there was no way a month in Germany was going to disappoint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have castles everywhere,â&#x20AC;? the senior at Webb School of Knoxville told members of the Rotary Club of Farragut at the Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon meeting at Fox Den Country Club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was no big deal to them. I would say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s down this road?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, just a castle.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; A castle! I was immediately happy!â&#x20AC;? related Newsom. Newsom spent the month of June 2012 in a German village near Ulm as part of the Rotary Club short-term exchange program. Her parents, John and Dr. Susan Newsom, accompanied her to the Rotary meeting where Liz entertained with stories of castles, festivals, German

food, fĂźtball and her host German family. The region where Liz visited is known for two things, she said: asparagus and being home to the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest prison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The prison thing might sound bad,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but as they explained it: If anyone escapes, they will be running away from the area as fast as they can, not hanging around where the prison is.â&#x20AC;? The asparagus made for some interesting meals, especially since the village is known for a special white asparagus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One night for dinner, it was just a huge plate of white asparagus,â&#x20AC;? Liz joked. A visit to Ulm was a chance to see the past, Liz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulm was never bombed during the war, so they have a lot of old archi-

tecture and history, which I love.â&#x20AC;? After a discussion of some of the cultural differences she observed, there was a fun discussion of the food, with Liz explaining the likes and dislikes of her particular group of friends in Germany. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those cheesy noodles, spaetzle, we ate a lot of that. For lunches, it is mostly bread and cheese. But they love Nutella and put it on everything.â&#x20AC;? In other business, the club inducted its newest member, Todd Galanti, manager of the new Farragut Costco. His membership was sponsored jointly by Eddy Ford and Bettye Sisco. The Rotary Club of Farragut meets at noon on Wednesdays at Fox Den Country Club. Info: www.

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assessed); Farragut Town Hall (open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays), 11408 Municipal Center Drive; and at the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce, 11826 The Farragut Branch Library is located at 417 N. Kingston Pike, Suite 110. Campbell Station Road. A parent or guardian must Presented by the Town of Farragut and Kiwanis Club accompany each child, except for older preschool, during of Farragut, the Shamrock Ball will feature an evening of Storytime and events. Info: 777-1750. music and dancing provided by Gannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment, â&#x2013; Monday, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5. light refreshments and a craft. Event staff will take â&#x2013;  Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10:30 a.m., Older Preschool Storytime for ages a photo of each couple or family, and photos will be 4-6. available for purchase online after the event. â&#x2013;  Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m., Baby Bookworms for infants to Fathers and daughters of all ages, as well as all family age 2. members, are welcome and encouraged to attend. â&#x2013;  Thursday, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3. Event proceeds will benefit East Tennessee Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, The Leukemia Society and Youngâ&#x2013;  Friday, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5. Williams Animal Center. For more info, visit www. or contact Lauren Cox, lauren.cox@ or 865-966-7057.


Introduction to Farragut applications The Town of Farragut will accept applications for its new program, Introduction to Farragut, through Wednesday, Jan. 30, at or at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Introduction to Farragut will provide information on the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, government structure and volunteer opportunities and is open to any interested person (Farragut residency not required). Up to 20 participants will be selected; accepted applicants will be notified within seven to 10 days of the deadline. The program will begin with a reception and introduction from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Town Hall. Classes will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 19, April 16, May 21 and June 18 at the Town Hall. Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16. Participants must attend the Feb. 19 reception, at least three of the March-June classes, one Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting and one Municipal Planning Commission meeting. For info, contact Valerie Millsapps, Valerie. or 865-966-7057.

MONDAY, JAN. 28 Property assessment session The Town of Farragut will hold a free educational session on Knox County property assessment at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The county reappraises property values every four years, and it will do so in 2013. Knox County Public Information Director Craig Leuthold will speak about the reappraisal and appeals process. For more info, contact Lauren Cox, lauren.cox@ or 865-966-7057.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31 Winter parenting seminar The final session of Winter Parenting Seminars: Enhancing Skills for Success will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Smart Toys and Books, 9700 Kingston Pike in Franklin Square. The topic will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instilling the Love of Reading,â&#x20AC;? with instructor Helen Picou. The one-hour session is $10 per person. Registration and payment must be made in advance, and all registrations are final. Call 865-691-1154.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1 Father-daughter dance tickets Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 1, for the eighth annual Shamrock Ball â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Father-Daughter Dance, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Commons Area of Farragut High School, 11237 Kingston Pike. Tickets are $15 per couple and $5 for each additional person in advance and $20 per couple and $8 for each additional person at the door. Tickets will be available through noon on Friday, March 15, at: (nominal convenience fee

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, FEB. 1-2 Tax assistance for elderly, low income On Fridays and Saturdays through April 12, lower-income and senior taxpayers can receive help with their federal tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, sponsored by the Town of Farragut and the Internal Revenue Service, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. At no charge, volunteers will complete and e-file tax returns for participants. Taxpayers should bring federal tax packets received; wage and earnings statements (Form W-2 from employers, Form 1099-MISC from clients); interest, dividend, capital gains, pension, IRA and Social Security statements; a list of items that might be considered for itemized deductions; support for other income and credits; and a copy of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax return. Taxpayers should also bring Social Security numbers and correct birth dates for all taxpayers and dependents to be listed on the return. Volunteers will be available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Participants are encouraged to be in line no later than 3 p.m. Friday. No appointment is necessary.

SATURDAY, FEB. 2 Adults-only ballroom dance The Town of Farragut is stepping up to the current popularity of dance by hosting the Year of the Snake Ballroom Dance (A Chinese New Year Celebration) on Saturday, Feb. 2. The dance will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Commons Area of Farragut High School, 11237 Kingston Pike. Couples are invited to enjoy music and dancing as well as refreshments at the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural adults-only ballroom dance. Tickets are $6 per person in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets will be available at www.townoffarragut. org (nominal convenience fee added) and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, Feb. 1, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.

SATURDAY, FEB. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boots and Bustiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tickets are on sale now for the Knoxville Opera Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boots and Bustiersâ&#x20AC;? fundraiser set for 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hunter Valley Farm, 9133 Hunter Valley Lane (off Northshore Drive). The Western theme ties in with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl of the Golden West,â&#x20AC;? which the opera company will perform Feb. 8 and10 at the Tennessee Theatre. The fundraising party will feature a gourmet buffet, Texas Holdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;em poker, cornhole, the KO Corral Wine Wheel, bourbon/whiskey tasting, Western keepsake photos and music and dancing with the Barstool Romeos. Western attire is encouraged. Valet parking will be available. Tickets for dinner and dancing are $100 per person and are available at and 865-524-0795. Individual events will range from $10 to $20.

MONDAY AND THURSDAY, FEB. 4 AND 7 College funding session The Town of Farragut will hold a free session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 New Ways To Beat the High Cost of Collegeâ&#x20AC;? from 6 to 9 p.m. on both Monday, Feb. 4, and Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The program is designed for families who want to double or triple their eligibility for college funding. Participants will receive info on how to locate and apply for every need-based scholarship, grant and low-interest loan for which the student will be eligible, how to pick the colleges that offer the best overall package, why private colleges are sometimes less expensive than state public schools, and how to properly complete the FAFSA. Tennessee College Funding Advisors are sponsoring the session with the Town of Farragut. Space is limited. To register, call 888-242-6063. For more info, contact Lauren Cox, lauren.cox@ or 865-966-7057.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9 Hockey Night in Farragut The Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association and Cool Sports Icearium are teaming up to present Hockey Night in Knoxville on Saturday, Feb. 9. The night will feature fast-paced hockey games with KAHA players ranging in age from 4 to 18. The year 2013 marks 50 years of hockey in East Tennessee. The goal of the special night is to raise awareness of the amateur hockey programs available in Knoxville. Admission is free. For more information on KAHA or the event, contact Tom Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brian at 865-803-6642 or K.J. Voorhees at 865-218-4500, ext. 223, or visit www.

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 Carson-Newman showcase Some of the finest music majors from CarsonNewman College will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the American Piano Gallery, 11651 Parkside Drive. The program, presented by the Steinway Society, will include both solo and collaborative pieces. The Carson-Newman Music Department received a generous donation that was used to purchase 14 new Steinway & Boston pianos and to rebuild four others for enhanced teaching, performance and practice. The concert is free and open to the public.

TUESDAYS, FEB. 19-MARCH 26 Dance Jam fitness The Town of Farragut will offer a six-week Dance Jam fitness class on Tuesdays, Feb. 19-March 26, at the Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Each session starts at 10:15 a.m. Dance Jam is a high-impact, exhilarating hour of dance with a mix of hip-hop and Latin styles. Class members should be ready to sweat as they tone up, burn calories and get their groove on. Christine Kear will be the instructor. Cost is $45. The registration and payment deadline is Friday, Feb. 15.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 21-24 Ringling circus coming to town The circus is coming! Tickets to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fully Charged: Gold Editionâ&#x20AC;? are on sale at The circus will be nightly with two afternoon shows beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 24. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with Saturday and Sunday shows playing at 1 and 5 p.m. Regular ticket prices range from $15 to $60 for front-row seats. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fully Charged: Gold Editionâ&#x20AC;? show features clown favorite Dean Kelley, the elephant act of Brett and Cathy Carden and the highwire Lopez Troupe. For more circus info, visit www.

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If you have never visited Kimballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewelers on Bearden Hill, make a point to drop in and you might be surprised at what you find. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the market for baby items, earrings, rings, necklaces or a special gift, Kimballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has something for everyone and every budget. Pictured is a sample of the Roberto Coin collection. Customer service is top priority for the staff, and they will work to help you find the best item for you and your occasion and to help you feel comfortable with complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate. They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and are located at 6464 Kingston Pike. Info: 584-0026.

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Learning to love learning By Scott Hutchinson, Webb School President


lementary school children inarguably need to acquire their basic literacies in language and mathematical reasoning. That knowledge and those skills provide a foundation for their future learning. Beyond that, though, for a young person to develop varied interests, additional competencies, and the resulting confidences Hutchinson that come from trying new things and learning to do them well, an optimal elementary experience must offer much more than language and mathematical instruction. In an optimal elementary educational milieu where young people have powerful, innate curiosities toward the world around them and an eagerness to try new experiences, providing regular, frequent, and varied opportunities outside the reading, writing, and arithmetic arena is critical. Learning to love learning is most often the result of one being exposed to a wide variety of engaging and relevant learning environments. In Webb’s Lower School there are two primary avenues for addressing this important challenge of arming boys and girls with expanded competencies and strengthened

As part of Webb’s Lower School afterschool clubs program, students have the opportunity to participate in more than 20 activities, ranging from chess to tennis, robotics to archery, Mandarin Chinese to dance, community service to Garage Band.


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■ 10:00 a.m. Language Arts ■ 11:00 a.m. Art ■ 11:40 a.m. Lunch ■ 12:10 p.m. Recess ■ 12:50 p.m. Independent Projects ■ 1:00 p.m.

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self-confidence. Those two pathways consist of the special area classes embedded in our curriculum and the after-school clubs program that meets throughout the year. In Webb’s Lower School all students participate in a diversified curriculum that includes regular and frequent classes in science, Spanish, technology, art, music, library skills, and physical education. These classes both supplement and reinforce the salient skills taught in the core language, math, and social studies classes, and they provide a variety

and balance to the day. The after-school clubs program offers an even more expanded menu of experiences that challenge and support the most curious and active young people. Webb Lower Schoolers have the chance to attend regular classes in chess, Mandarin Chinese, robotics, dance, and tennis as well as participate in archery, art, book club, Garage Band, an assortment of craft activities and service activities, and a full-scale dramatic production. In the formative, preteen years of school, children need to acquire some fundamental literacies, learn to love learning, do some school-related activities well, and feel positively about themselves as a result of all of the above. Having competent and confident children emerging from grade schools with positive experiences in a wide variety of disciplines is the best assurance that In Webb’s Lower School science classes, students participate in a variety of hands-on discovery expe- they will continue to riences that enable them to increase their level of understanding of the topics being explored. The grow into interesting, use of the scientific method and collaboration are emphasized in many units, and especially during fulfilled, and students’ annual science fair. productive adults.

“Learning to love learning is most often the result of one being exposed to a wide variety of engaging and relevant learning environments.”

Webb fourth grade students work on a combined library/technology research project about Native American tribes. Student teams researched information on computers in the Lower School technology classroom and recorded their findings on their iPads.

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Trip of a lifetime

TAVR surgery clears way for veteran’s HonorAir flight He wanted to go with all his heart, but Beaulis Lively’s heart wouldn’t allow it. When he passed out at home onenight late last summer, it was a sign that the 90-year-old World War II veteran might not be able to make that long-awaited trip to Washington, D.C., on a flight by HonorAir Knoxville. “I was just sitting there watching TV one night and all of a sudden, I blacked out – just went clear out,” said Lively, a retired West Virginia coal miner now living in Lenoir City. “Shortly after that, Helen, my wife, came in and I think I got up out of a chair and it seemed like I was falling into a wall. I recovered and I was alright. But she wanted me to go to the emergency room. I said, ‘Well, let’s wait until morning.’ But she said, ‘No, no, no – you’re going right now!’” After three days and a battery of tests at Fort Loudoun Medical Center, cardiologist Dr. Nahresh Mistry sent him to the Parkwest Valve Center where he was examined by Parkwest Medical Center cardiothoracic surgeons Drs. Thomas Pollard and Chadwick Stouffer. Together they concurred on the diagnosis: Severe aortic stenosis. More precisely, the aortic valve leading to Lively’s heart was closing. “He was a very sick man,” said Pollard flatly. “He was at the end stage in terms of aortic valve stenosis and he wasn’t a candidate for openheart surgery.” His only hope? Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR – a procedure so rare in the United States (less than 10 percent of aortic valve replacements) it’s available at only about 150 hospitals nationwide. Parkwest is the only Knoxville hospital to offer it. Most often reserved for elderly patients, the procedure involves replacing the diseased aortic valve with a collapsible prosthetic fashioned from the valve of a cow. The valve, designed by the Californiabased Edwards Lifesciences and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, can collapse to the diameter of a pencil and is guided to the heart through a catheter usually inserted into the femoral artery through a small incision in the groin. Ironically, Lively had read about the procedure in the newspaper just weeks earlier and how a Knoxville man, 88-year-old Roy Ogle, had become the first Parkwest TAVR patient. “I read that two or three times

Beaulis Lively says he’ll never forget his HonorAir flight.

A retired West Virginia coal miner, Lively found a touch of home in D.C. Below, Dr. Mike Ayres (center) enjoyed the stories of patients Burton Sales (left) and Beaulis Lively (right) during their HonorAir Knoxville trip.

and I told people, ‘Look here what this fellow had done.’ That was good news to read about him. I thought, ‘Well, if they can get him in shape maybe they can do that for me,’ ” Lively exclaimed. “Now, I consider myself above average for a man of my age – the doctors said I was a pretty stout fellow – so I went ahead with it. I had a choice of doing it, but they said if I didn’t have it done, the aorta was weak and closing up and they gave me a year or a year and half to live.” According to Pollard, studies have shown that once patients with severe aortic stenosis begin having chest pains, passing out or experiencing congestive heart failure, they have only a 50 percent chance of surviving two years, and only a 20 percent chance of surviving five. “So, we wanted to work him in quickly and get him taken care of,” said Pollard. On Sept. 4, Parkwest did just that. With Pollard serving as primary operator, cardiologist Dr. Mike Ayres as

secondary operator and Drs. Stouffer and Nicholaos Xenopoulos assisting, Lively underwent the two-hour TAVR procedure without a hitch. “I opened my eyes to a new world,” Lively beamed. “There was no way to go but up.” Four days later, Lively was released from the hospital. Less than a month later, on Oct. 3, Lively was making the trip of his lifetime, joining 125 other World War II and Korean War veterans aboard a chartered U.S. Airways jet for a whirlwind, one-day, roundtrip all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capitol. There, he toured the sights he had only seen in photographs – the memorials for veterans of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War, Marine and Air Force Memorials, and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Much to the surprise of both men,

Lively’s ever-present escort on the trip was Dr. Mike Ayres, the doctor who only weeks earlier had deployed the artificial valve into Lively’s heart. “I didn’t even know he was going on the trip until I got the list,” said Ayres, who was making his first HonorAir flight as the flight physician. “I was looking over the list of veterans and I recognized his name. Lively … where do I know that name from? Then, I put two and two together and realized that he was one of our TAVR patients!” “I actually had five of my patients on the flight,” Ayres added. “The reason I got involved in HonorAir is because I have a lot of patients who are veterans.” He wasn’t aware Lively was one of them. When they had first “met,” Lively was under anesthesia. This time, however, they shared life stories as Ayres not only accompanied him on the tours, but also provided

Lively with transportation to and from McGhee Tyson Airport. “That was such an honor for him to pick me up and bring me home like that,” said Lively. “He’s a real downto-earth fellow. He said, ‘Don’t call me Dr. Ayres. Today, I’m Mike.’ ” Ayres, likewise, said the same about Lively. “He’s very quiet and down to earth,” he said. “He’s got some great stories of working in the coal mines and of his time in the service.” One of those stories is how Lively, one of six radio operators aboard the destroyer USS Annapolis, had received and relayed the message for all ships within the immediate area to return to New York Harbor after the German surrender. “When I gave that message to the communications officer and he announced it over the loudspeakers … Ohhh, you’ve never seen such a celebration!” Lively exclaimed. “The captain set the ship straight for New York. We arrived in there at 6 o’clock, the ship was secured and everybody went ashore. They partied all night long. I’ll never forget what a celebration that was!” Neither will he forget the HonorAir trip to Washington as marching bands, balloons, flags, Cub Scout salutes, “USO girl” kisses and police escorts were all part of the fanfare. “When we got back, it looked like half of Knoxville was there!” Lively exclaimed. “I’ll never forget this trip. I’d wanted to go to Washington all my life, but I never had the chance.” He almost didn’t get the chance this time, either. Without the TAVR procedure, both Ayres and Pollard agree, Lively would not have been able to make the trip of his lifetime. He was just too ill. Now, Lively says, he can get around and do the things he needs to do, like mowing and gardening. “You know,” Lively said before pausing, “I think they said there were 16 million Americans who served in World War II, but now it’s less than a million. We’re all dying and passing away. But I’m among the survivors. I am a survivor.” For more information, visit or call 373-PARK.

HonorAir Knoxville has Covenant support Beaulis Lively’s HonorAir Knoxville flight was the 13th since the program was established in 2007 by Eddie Mannis, president of Prestige Cleaners. The next flight is set for April 24. However, according to Mannis, future flights will be dependent on the level of funding the program receives from the community. “Each flight costs

about $60,000,” said Mannis. “Although our major sponsors and Prestige donate substantial amounts of money to the program, we need additional donations to make the flights a reality.” Among those major sponsors is Covenant Health, which not only provides funding, but frequently provides the physicians who accompany the vet-

erans on the trip. A Covenant representative goes on each flight as a guardian escorting three veterans throughout the day, and Covenant CEO Tony Spezia or his representative speaks at the sendoff the morning of the flight. HonorAir is a 501(c)(3) organization so all donations are tax deductible. Anyone wish-

ing to support the program should send checks to: HonorAir Knoxville 7536 Taggart Lane Knoxville, TN 37938 Donations can also be made online via PayPal at Veteran applications and information about the trip are also available on that website.

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Line dancing at Strang “In 2012, the No. 1 song to dance to was ‘Pontoon’ and we’ll show you how it’s done,” said line dance instructor Evelyn Yeagle as her husband, Tom, started up the music. She got the group at Strang started by saying, “We’re going to do ‘motor boat.’ OK. Here we go.”

Halfway home Susan Shor, orchestra teacher at Oak Ridge High School, teaches her students more than music. As a certified fan of furry four-footed creatures, she says, “I believe it’s also important to instill a love of animals.”

Judy Bush smiles as she dances.

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vice requirement for their daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. The young lady thought it might be fun to foster a dog. “That was four years ago,” says Susan, “and we’re up to dog No. 22.” Right now she has two: a chihuahua mix and a shepherd/corgi mix. She keeps the dogs anywhere from a day to 10 months. She admits that they do sometimes become part of the family and that it’s often difficult to give them up. “There are two reasons that I let them go. One, I know they’re going to a great home, because Susan Shor with friend Photo SARG’s screening process submitted is so thorough. And two, I go to the shelter and I see all these dogs who are desSARG – Shelter Animals perate for homes. Giving up Rescue Group – of Oak one dog means that I can Ridge. Shirley Auble, who’s take in another and eventubeen with SARG since 1996, ally find it a ‘forever home’ says the group picks up too.” where other breed-specific If you’d like to become a rescue groups leave off. foster family or otherwise “We started this orgasupport SARG, check out nization in order to focus their website at www.shelon mixed-breed shelter Fosanimals,” Auble says. “We ter families pay only for dog also help out local pet food – all other financial owners who might need a needs are covered while the little assistance with vetdog is in foster care. erinary care.” The group “I don’t understand why has a Knoxville presence, more people don’t do this,” regularly appearing at says Shor. And then she rearea PetSmart stores with turns to practicing her viola adoptable cats and dogs. under the gaze of two adorThe Shors got involved ing mutts. with fostering animals be- Send your interesting animal stories to cause of a community ser-

Evelyn Yeagle leads the line dancing class at Strang Senior Center. Photos by T.

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The Shors belong to that noble group known as foster families. Susan and her husband (“... he feeds them sometimes, but it’s mostly me,” she says with a chuckle) provide shelter pets with a warm home, food, medical care and love while the shelter works to get the pets adopted. They and others like them are the “halfway houses” of the animal welfare world. Shor, who is also a violist with the Oak Ridge Symphony, works mostly with

About 21 were there, a good-sized group, but Tom said usually about 10 more show up. He guessed the cold weather may have deterred them. “Our goal is to get people off their couches watching television and get them active, out doing things,” Evelyn said, “and they have fun line dancing.” She also described the many friendships that have formed within the classes. Many dancers socialize, sometimes going out to lunch together. January 2014, several are going as a group on a line-dancing cruise. There are still spots available for more to join. Line dancing is great exercise, but doesn’t seem like exercise because it’s so much fun. Classes are 2 p.m. Tuesdays at Strang. Mark your calendars for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, when the Strang Senior Center will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the Tellico Tappers performing.

Many years ago it was used in the raising of pigs and cows. Like many barns in our area this one has no plan of restoration in sight. Barely having a leg to stand on, it sadly is on its way down. Thank you for the responses we’ve been receiving. I hope to share some more interesting stories from some of our readers who have welcomed the opportunity to reminisce and share their history. Please contact me with your story at woycikK@

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Jeri and Steve McNeany enjoy line dancing.

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“Why do I use this photo in my ads?” And what you should know about it... Dear friend, “I know you.” That’s what people usually say when they meet me in town. Then they say, “You’re Dr. Jennifer. I’ve seen your ad with the picture of you and that cute little boy.” Well, perhaps I should tell you a little more about that photo, and why I use it in my ads. Let me tell you about the cute little boy. Zachary was born at home at a whopping nine and half pounds! Let me tell you the story. I had a wonderful pregnancy with NO morning sickness at all! As the time got closer, we realized that he or she (we didn’t want to know!) was going to be a big baby! We had a home birth with a midwife. Contractions began around midnight, and the midwife came at 2:30 a.m. I pushed for three hours because of his size! He was born on June 16, 2007, at 8:27 a.m. Our life was changed forever, for the better. As I mentioned earlier, I had a great pregnancy! I owe that to my husband, Andy. While most pregnant women get agitated at their husbands, mine was a lifesaver! I’ll tell you why later. Back to Zach. He has been a very healthy child. No trips to the emergency room or doctor. No medicine. But why??? For the same reason that I had such a great pregnancy! Again, because of my husband. So why is my husband able to do all of this? Well he’s a doctor (and so am I). During my entire pregnancy I received specic, scientic chiropractic adjustments. Zach received his rst adjustment at ve minutes old, and he’s been getting adjusted once a week ever since. When I tell people this story, they always say, “Isn’t it dangerous to adjust babies and children?” and “I thought chiropractic care was just for neck and back pain.” Well, for the rst question, it’s not dangerous to adjust children. I would never put my own child in danger! Of course, the amount of force needed to adjust a child is much less than for an adult. Plus, kids love to get adjusted. Chiropractic adjustments are not just for neck pain and back pain, people come to see me with their indigestion, ear infections, IBS, hand and foot pain, headaches, migraines, shoulder/ arm pain, backaches, ADD, asthma, allergies, numbness in

limbs, athletic injuries, AND PREGNANCY just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients have to say: “Within a few months, my digestive problems, nausea and stomach pain, and back pain were gone! Oh, and my migraines? I have been migraine-free for over a year now!” ~ (Traci C, Knoxville) “I have noticed an incredible difference in my allergies and sinus problems. In the 10 months I have been getting

get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-eight million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benets are reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. Many people nd that they actually save money on their health care expenses by seeing a chiropractor. Another way to save… studies show that chiropractic may double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system ghts colds, the u, and

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adjustments, I truly feel better than I have in over 10 years.” ~ (Betty E, Knoxville) “My neck pain is gone, and I can feel my ngers again!” ~ (T. S., Karns) “The last time I went to my rheumatologist, he couldn’t nd any pressure points caused by bromyalgia!” ~ (F. C., Karns) “Since I have been coming to see Dr. Andy, I have not had any ear infections.” ~ (Hayden, 2 years old) “Chiropractic helped me through my pregnancies.” ~ (Tammy A., Karns) You should know that I don’t heal anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specic spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We

other sicknesses. That’s why Zach is so healthy! So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. This is especially important if you are selfemployed. And, an entire month of care in my ofce may cost what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. You benet from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, so you may as well write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this letter, you will receive my entire new patient exam for $17. That’s with all chiropractic postural X-rays, neurological evaluation, report of ndings ….the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you $250 elsewhere. But, please call

right away because this offer expires February 18, 2013, and I don’t want you to miss out. By the way, further care is very affordable, and you’ll be happy to know that I have affordable family plans. You see I’m not trying to seduce you to come see me with this low start- up fee, then to only make it up with high fees after that. Further care is very important to consider when making your choice of doctor. High costs can add up very quickly. Great care at a great fee. Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualications: I graduated Valedictorian of my chiropractic class at Life University. I’ve been entrusted to take care of all kinds of people, from tiny babies to senior citizens. In 2002 my husband, Dr. Andy, and I moved to Knoxville (Karns). I just have that low exam fee to help more people who need care. Our assistants are very compassionate people who love to serve. Our ofce is both friendly and warm, and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service at an exceptional fee. Our ofce is called SCOLES FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, and it is located at 7555 Oak Ridge Hwy, Knoxville, in Karns (we are across from Dollar General). Our phone number is 865-5318025. Call us today for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. Dr. Jennifer “We move the bone, God does the healing.” 865-531-8025

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Living off the grid By Cindy Taylor At 73, Bill Nickle is a man living his dream. Nickle began the Narrow Ridge Community in the 1970s with a 40-acre purchase. Hippies and communes were popular, but living a life that truly preserved the earth had not yet come into vogue. Nickle was born and raised in Knox County and returned to the area after graduating from seminary. Pastoring a church wasn’t where his heart lay. “I have always had a desire to be part of youth ministry,” said Nickle, a former Methodist minister. “At that time in my life I didn’t feel that the institutional church was as relevant as it had once been.” Nickle observed that young people were feeling alienated and unsure of their purpose. He felt there had to be an alternative way to reach them. “Nature is such a healer,” said Nickle. “The spirit of the divine can be felt in nature more than any other area of life.” Nickle based the name Narrow Ridge on the writings of Martin Buber, a man whose philosophy of the inclusion of all peoples he admires. “We treat each other and God’s creation as objects to do with as we want,” said Nickle. “Maintaining that relationship between ‘I’ and ‘Thou’ is like walking

Bill Nickle has a special window to show the bales of straw used to build his home. Photo by C. Taylor a narrow ridge.” Nickle pioneered the movement to develop a self-supporting community. In the early years, he and his family lived in a four-room house.

“It wasn’t easy,” he said. “My wife drove into Knoxville for school and then work every day. I was serving four different churches as pastor.” The two Nickle children were awarded

scholarships to Webb School based on need. The entire family put in long days but felt it was worth it. “There were days when we took our children to school before daylight and they did not get back home until well after dark,” said Nickle. Without grants or other help, the situation became financially difficult, and the family had no choice but to move closer to the city and a more typical lifestyle. But Nickel never forgot his dream. After a philanthropist donated 120 acres adjacent to original acreage at Narrow Ridge, Nickle moved back; and he has no regrets. “Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center was established to study, teach and demonstrate a theological way of sustainable living,” said Nickle. He lives in a straw bale home, and all power is either wind or solar. Water comes from what is collected in a rain barrel. He may live in what seems to be a semi-retired environment, but his work hours certainly haven’t diminished. “I still put in a 16-hour day,” he said. “The difference is that at Narrow Ridge your life and that of others are intertwined with nature. And that is the dream.” Info:


Consider the advantages of pre-planned cremation No one likes to think about death, let alone plan for it. However, by pre-planning your final arrangements, you relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and grief - a time when people aren’t thinking very clearly and may not know what to do because you never made your wishes known. Taking the additional step of pre-funding your plans removes this additional burden from your family and locks in today’s costs to protect from inflation.

Why cremation? Over the last few years, the interest in cremation as a means of final disposition has dramatically increased. There are many options available for those who choose cremation, and it is not necessary to limit or alter the type of funeral arrangements you select because you have chosen cremation. Many families include the traditional viewing, visitation and funeral service as a part of the final arrangements, while others decide to have simpler memorial services. There are many reasons why people choose cremation. Among the most common are environmental considerations,

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Why is an on-site crematory important? Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel & Crematory offers Knoxville’s only on-site crematory. By having a crematory on-site, Gentry Griffey is not dependent on anyone else’s schedule or facilities, and they oversee every step of the cremation. Your loved one will never leave their care, and as the sole service provider, their services stay affordable for all budgets. Gentry Griffey is the only funeral home in Knoxville that does not use an out-of-town crematory. The entire cremation process is completed on-site at their crematory by their professional and licensed staff. Because Gentry Griffey’s crematory is located on their prem-

The advantages of Pre-Planning: • Make important decisions together, not alone • If something were to happen to you today, your family would know what to do • You have peace of mind knowing you have minimized the anxiety for loved ones • Your final wishes will be carried out • You can choose a pre-payment plan that fits your budget • Costs are locked in and you are protected • Most pre-arranged plans are transferable, should you transfer or move to another area

Tom and Martha Wells review pre-planning options with Gentry Griffey’s managing partner & licensed funeral director Eric Botts. ises and includes a viewing room, they both welcome and encourage families to be present prior to the cremation, which is an option not available at any other area funeral home. For those who have chosen cremation but have pre-planned their final arrangements at another funeral home, it is a very simple process to transfer that pre-arranged plan to Gentry Griffey. Their staff can handle all of the details for you.

Cremation offers limitless options The choice of cremation does not limit the type of funeral arrangements you may make. Many people plan a traditional visitation and funeral service prior to the cremation, while others decide on a simple memorial service to be held

either before or after the cremation. Whatever your decision, it should be the one that is right for you. If a funeral service is planned, either a traditional casket or a cremation casket may be chosen. Cremation caskets are simpler in design and are typically less expensive because they are made with different materials. Following cremation, an urn or temporary container is used to protect the cremated remains. Cremation urns are available in a wide variety of materials and price ranges. Temporary containers are designed to hold the remains only until final disposition and are made of less permanent materials. Direct cremation is another

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and Marti Hindalong helped and Ma M art rtii Hi ind ndal alon ng wh who he hel lped found the Paradigma Church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did not know what to expect, but we were going on a fourday retreat right outside Moscow,â&#x20AC;? Whaley said. His wife, Claudeane, took part in the mission trip with him. They were scheduled to spend time in a sports camp in Southern Russia on the Black Sea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were like rock stars at the camp,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids captured us at every opportunity. They surrounded us and held us captive with their inquiries.â&#x20AC;? On one day of the trip, the Whaleys were able to take a 14-kilometer hike with some of the kids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They wanted to know what life is like in America. They asked us about singers, movie stars and sports figures,â&#x20AC;? Whaley said. While in Moscow, the Whaleys attended a Russian Orthodox morning service at Christ the Savior Cathedral. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no pews, no carpet, no choir, no singing and

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Monroe and Claudeane Whaley recently visited Russia on a mission trip. Photo submitted

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Franklin stays active through service By Shana Raley-Lusk After spending 25 years as an auctioneer, East Knox county resident Robbie Franklin knows a thing or two about fundraising. “I feel that God has blessed me with a talent and personality to make people feel good about spending their money, so I try to use this talent to help organizations raise money for worthy causes,” he said. Franklin’s diverse life experiences have certainly contributed to his unique ability to work with people and get involved in the community. In addition to his background as an auctioneer, Franklin was also a football coach at one time. He worked on the staffs of both Bill Battle and Johnny Majors. He is very involved at his church, Pleasant Hill Methodist, where he sings in the choir, teach-

“I hope to continue to serve God daily by using my gifts, skills, and wisdom to serve others.” es Sunday school, and even serves as lay leader and speaker on occasion. But Franklin’s community outreach goes far beyond fundraising and church ministries. “I am also involved with an East Knoxville ministry called Lock Down on the Outside which works with at-risk young people,” he says. The program aims to change the attitudes, habits, and behavior of young individuals who are in negative situations. He also uses his time to be a positive force in the lives of his 13 grandchildren.

“My number one ministry is my family,” he said. “I have created a ‘Proverbs Covenant’ that I ask my grandchildren to join when they turn 13. It is a promise to read the book of Proverbs each year with me for the rest of their lives.” Currently, five of Franklin’s grandchildren are participating in the group. “This has been a great way for me to stay connected in their lives during a period of time when grandchildren and grandparents usually grow apart,” he said. A regular participant at Carter Senior Center, Franklin also feels that staying active is a very important part of life after retirement. He and his wife participate in Senior Fitness and try to work out at least three times per week. His involvement at the senior

center also provides a great way for him to connect with others. “My wife and I have enjoyed the social part of the center,” Franklin said. “All of the participants have common interests.” Franklin looks to the coming year with plenty of anticipation and plans. “In March, my wife and I are going to Ghana, where our oldest daughter Robin and her family are spending two years working with orphans in remote villages,” he said. While he gets a chance to speak with his daughter and grandchildren through Skype and email, he is truly looking forward to seeing them face-to-face again. Franklin views his involvement in local programs and activities as a fundamental part of his life. “They make me feel vital and

Robbie Franklin Photo by Shana Raley-Lusk alive,” he said. “I hope to continue to serve God daily by using my gifts, skills, and wisdom to serve others.”

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Unraveling the mysteries of Medicare By Anne Hart If you find yourself standing at your mailbox awash in a daily sea of flyers, letters and packets of information from insurors, two things are certain: (1) It’s the last quarter of the year, and (2) you have reached the age when you are Medicare eligible or are about to be. And there’s also a third certainty: every insurance company in existence seems to want you as a client. So you’re swamped with information – and anyone who has been through this process knows that’s no exaggeration – but what do you do with all of it? How can you manage to sift through dozens and dozens of promises and pledges to find the one program that is the perfect fit for you? The answer is pretty simple: you can’t. Sure, you can close your eyes and pick a program out of that pile of offers, but much as you wouldn’t buy a house without seeing what’s available on the market and consult-

Blake McCoy ing a Realtor, or buy a car without test driving and kicking some tires, you shouldn’t jump into just any Medicare supplemental insurance and prescription program. There is one perfect fit for you,

but unless you’re an expert in the field, you don’t know what it is. It’s a true conundrum. Finding the appropriate provider is a major, life-affecting decision. It deserves the scrutiny of an unbiased professional who is not going to benefit financially from selling his or her company’s own product. That individual is a broker. To again use the real estate comparison: just as a Realtor sells all agents’ listings, an insurance broker sells the products of many companies. Each of those envelopes in your mailbox represents just one company and that company’s products alone. A broker can tell you about the products represented by each of those envelopes and more, and match your needs to what is offered by a specific company. Blake McCoy, owner of Independent Insurance Consultants in Knoxville, is one of those brokers who charges no fees for his services. He explains that fees are paid by the

insurors, never the client, and that his goal is to meet annually – or more often depending on individual circumstances – with each client to assess and reassess. “Medicare changes every year. It is our job to keep up with those changes and to continue to stay informed and keep our clients informed.” Medicare pays only 80 percent of medical costs. It is up to the individual to cover the additional 20 percent, and that can be done outof-pocket or through either a Medicare supplement plan or a Medicare Advantage plan. “One is not better than the other,” McCoy explains. “They are different in structure and payment. With a Medicare supplement, also called a Medigap plan, you pay a higher premium to have low or no out-ofpocket costs. “Medicare Advantage plans usually have less expensive premiums and some even have zero monthly

premiums, but they require co-pays and co-insurances and some include a Part D prescription plan. Medicare supplements don’t include a Part D drug plan. An Advantage plan does have a maximum for co-pays and co-insurances and will not exceed that amount.” McCoy cautions that “Medicare is not one size fits all, even in families. Often we have husbands and wives on completely different plans because their situations are different. Health issues, age, drug needs, doctors, specialists and assets and income are all among the considerations that would dictate whether a husband and wife would have the same or different coverages. We always need to talk in detail with each person to assure the best coverage.” While most Medicare recipients are eligible to change policies only in the final quarter of the year, McCoy reminds that the exception to that rule is certain people who receive government assistance. “Those who are on Medicaid on Tenncare can make changes year-round as their situation changes. We meet with people every day in those situations. The good news is that we can help them.”

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In the U.S., there are nearly 26 million people living with diabetes and more seniors have diabetes than any other age group – 10.9 million, or 26.9 percent, of all people age 65 and older. “Currently, one in four Americans over the age of 60 is living with diabetes and there is a great need for further education among older adults,” says Dr. Vanessa Jones Briscoe, Chair of the Older Adult Subcommittee and Board Member for the American Diabetes Association. In 2012 the American Diabetes Association launched its Se-

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Five things you may not know about hearing aids Hearing aids – those two words alone may conjure up images of unattractive, beige devices that your father or grandmother once wore before finally throwing them in a drawer, never to be seen again. And who could blame them? In the past, hearing aids were big, bulky and fragile - incapable of getting wet or dirty. But hearing aids have come a very long way. Here are five things you may not know about today’s digital hearing aids:

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Just like a personal headset, today’s hearing aids can wirelessly stream audio via Bluetooth technology directly into both ears – with no delay.

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Closing the financial planning gender gap Study S tud dy ffinds inds me men en a and nd wome women en a approach pproac ch m money oney management mana agement in very different ways, leaving women at a disadvantage While it’s a bit of a stereotype to say men are from Mars and women are from Venus, when it comes to financial planning styles, the fact remains the sexes are worlds apart in their approach to saving and investing. Prudential Financial’s latest biennial study on the Financial Experience and Behaviors Among Women found significant differences in the financial styles and priorities of women versus men. Among the findings: ■ Married/partnered women are more likely than their male counterparts to say they share financial decision-making equally (35 percent vs. 21 percent). ■ Married men are far

more likely to say they are taking control of financial decisions (38 percent) than married women (19 percent). ■ Women worry most about household expenses, debt and their ability to save for retirement. ■ Men are more focused on external factors such as the state of the economy, followed by household expenses and retirement. The survey also noted that only 10 percent of female breadwinners feel very knowledgeable about financial products and services, and are only half as likely to feel as well-prepared to make wise financial decisions as men.

“The good news for women is that they are more likely to ask for help from a financial professional, a smart move no matter where you are in terms of retirement preparedness,” says Caroline Feeney, president of Agency Distribution at Prudential. “It’s not surprising to learn that women who work with advisors are more likely to report being on track for meeting their retirement goals.” At a time when women are taking greater responsibility for their own and their families’ finances, it is also time for women to take the lead when it comes to saving and investing. While the task can seem daunting and even a bit intimidating, the truth

is simply educating yourself about various products and services can boost your financial I.Q. and your confidence. One good place to start is the Prudential Financial website section for women ( women). The site includes helpful life-stage checklists, easy-to-understand guides to financial products and services, and first-person financial accounts that provide encouragement and support. Even if men are from Mars and women are from Venus, getting real-world financial planning assistance now can help both sexes prepare for a more secure financial future. – BPT


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