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Artist, leader Nita passes

Funeral services were held March 2 for Nita Buell Black, retired teacher and founder of the Powell Playhouse. She is survived by husband Jim Black and many relatives and friends. She was a lifelong member of Sharon Baptist Church. At Powell High School for 35 years, she was the drama coach and senior-class sponsor. Upon her retirement, the faculty named “The Nita Buell Auditorium” in her honor.

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t u O t h g Gi r l s’ Ni u s fu n o i r a l i h is Fun was the order of business for Girls’ Night Out at All Saints Catholic Church on Feb. 25. The four organizers – from left, Patty Pamorsky, Tiffany Murphy, Jocelyn Brodd and Susan Tribble – were delighted when approximately 200 showed up for the evening. Trying out their photo booth was a great way to get the party rolling. For more photos, see the Faith page, A-7. Photo by Nancy Anderson

Girls’ Night Out As events go, Girls’ Night Out at All Saints Catholic Church practically planned itself, said the quartet of women responsible. Modesty must be great virtue, because Patty Pamorsky, Tiffany Murphy, Jocelyn Brodd and Susan Tribble could easily be collecting accolades, says Sherri Gardner Howell.

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What comes next Most of us, even the slow learners, are now convinced Butch Jones and his people can recruit. We’ve been told several times. Tennessee signing success was pretty good. Among our friends and neighbors, only Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn had higher quality ratings. Georgia was within a hair of equal.

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TSD boosts literacy The night featured dancing, music, art, fellowship, cookies and cake and just all-around celebration when the Tennessee School for the Deaf hosted the Literacy Imperative for a program called “Black History: Art, Dance, Literature – A Valuable Cultural Experience.”

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Citizens speak out, seek action on Karns billboard By Jake Mabe Members of the Karns community are attempting to take action against the 24x25-foot doublesided billboard erected earlier this year at the intersection of Oak Ridge Highway and ByingtonBeaver Ridge Road. The sign, sold to Amanns Properties Diversified by the Clara Gallaher estate, has been leased by Outdoor Displays. On one side, it currently advertises the Karns Bojangles’ restaurant. Franchisees Gary Huffman and Mike White of Statesville, N.C., were unaware of the billboard’s location and controversy and are working with community members on the problem.

Karns resident Mark Cawood, a former county commissioner, says he and others are “working to find the best possible solution for the citizens of Karns.” He said the florist shop under the board has nothing to do with it. The billboard meets the proper state and county codes, but has residents worried about its size and placement as well as future construction in a growing community. Resident Carolyn Greenwood told County Commission last Monday that she is frustrated at the current process to regulate such construction. “We’re not planners, but we know what’s right and what’s

wrong,” Greenwood said. Metropolitan Planning Commission executive director Mark Donaldson said MPC is currently establishing work program updates for the Northwest County Sector Plan and will hold community input meetings in the next 1012 months to draft a new plan. Greenwood said residents participated in this process when the current sector plan was adopted a decade ago. “We can do plans, plans, plans. We need action. There’s no reason why they can’t act now,” she said. Donaldson said, “Participate (in the meetings) and be as specific as possible. The more momentum you build during the plan-

ning process, the better chance you’ll have to get the changes you want codified.” Greenwood said the Facebook page “I Love Karns” that she founded a few years ago when Hardin Valley Academy opened and affected both teacher retention and school rezoning in Karns, has grown in recent weeks from 200 members to almost 500. Law Director Bud Armstrong said a sector plan creates a broad vision, “and you’re trying to get to implementation. Talk to your (county commissioner) about the standards you have problems with and they’ll work with MPC and with this body to enact ordinances.”

Heagerty relives Farragut memories By Betty Bean Greg Heagerty lives in Atlanta but has a boyhood full of downtown Knoxville memories, many of them entwined with the Farragut Hotel, where his father, Pat Heagerty Sr., was the last Knoxvil-

lian to manage the place. A round, closed. jovial man with an Irish gift of ■ Meeting blarney, Pat Sr. was a lifetime hotelier who’d been the accountant at the Andrew Johnson Hotel the day it opened and was the last manager of the Lamar House when it

City officials tout Farragut Hotel redevelopment Knoxville Redevelopment Director Bob Whetsel is bullish on the Farragut Hotel. More precisely, he’s extremely supportive of the Halo Hospitality Group’s proposal to restore the nearly 100-year-old building at the corner of Gay Street and Clinch Avenue as a hotel. Halo hosted an open house at the building last week. “We’re very excited that developers are exploring the opportunity to restore the Farragut to a full-service hotel with a restaurant, ballroom and a bar on Gay Street,” said Whetsel. “We have a building that’s been essentially vacant for a couple of decades. This will put more people on the streets. It will help the convention center



and bring more economic vitality to the community, potentially,” he said. Downtown coordinator Rick Emmett sees the numerous benefits of a restored 190-room hotel downtown. “It could be a catalyst for that next phase of downtown development,” he said, citing its strategic location a short block away from the streetscape project that is soon to begin in the 700 block of Gay Street. Add that to work under way on the former Baptist Hospital site at the south end of the Gay Street Bridge, and the relatively sluggish revitalization of the south end of Gay Street may soon become a thing of the past. – B. Bean

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Nita Buell Black: Every child was her favorite By Nancy Anderson There’s no one in Powell who doesn’t know Nita Buell Black. She was a beautiful soul who was loved by virtually everyone. Every greeting brought a smile and a hug; every goodbye ended with “I love you,” and she meant it. Nita had the magical ability of making everyone feel special. If you were her friend, you were her best friend. If you were her student, you were her favorite student. In fact, she said many times that her students were her children and each one was her favorite. She was a rare soul who lived up to our ideal of “teacher” and “friend.” Nita gave us the most important tool needed to be successful. She taught us how to become fearless in the face of insecurity. “Act as if, and you become.”

dream come alive, and I saw her eyes that said, do not When I was her drama raised thousands of chil- fear Services Sunday student, I told her once that dren. I’ve had a charmed I’m right here.” I’d like to be a photographer Funeral services were held March 2 for Nita life. Oh yes, God is good.” but felt shy about approachBuell Black, 76, retired teacher and founder of An excerpt from Frank ing people. I couldn’t underthe Powell Playhouse. She is survived by husDenkins’ poem, “Become stand it because I was a loud band Jim Black and many relatives and friends. Who and What You Are:” and rowdy class clown. She She was a member of Sharon Baptist Church. “… hey Frank, I’ve been told me the shyest people At Powell High School for 35 years, she was awaiting to hear from you. are often the loudest. the drama coach and senior-class sponsor. I hear you can sing, Upon her retirement, the faculty named “The Nita set up a skit with me no ma’am, I write poetry, Nita Buell Auditorium” in her honor. in the lead role as a famous words spoken. photographer with a magic Would you mind sendcamera that could never ing me what you have? take a bad photo. Everyone loved wanted to see her dream come I obliged and from her response having his or her picture taken by alive. It is her legacy, her gift to the a few days later, she asked me to my magic camera and me. Today, community, and we plan to keep perform on stage thanks to Nita Buell Black and my the dream alive. I’ve always been in a cage, this magic camera, I am indeed a phoThe last time I spoke with her, phase, I wasn’t ready for, or so I tographer, and there are hundreds she said, “I’m 76 years old! Met and thought. married the love of my life at 66, of stories like mine. But she sought after me. Nita started the Powell Play- kept the home fires burning at my She was persistent house in 2010 with Gina Jones, family farm, had the best friends And before I knew it, I was on Nita Buell Black Photo by Nancy Anderson Mona Napier and many more who I could ever hope for, saw my life’s stage

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Tim Baumann, the new curator of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, hangs out with Sandy, the sandstone sculpture that is expected to be named Tennessee’s official state artifact this week. Photo by Wendy Smith

Hotel, where famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass stayed when he visited Knoxville in the 1880s. Booker was surprised by that because he thought a law prohibited AfricanAmericans from staying there. “The Hattie was replaced by the Imperial Hotel, and when the Imperial burned, they built the Farragut, which was the first hotel we could go to. It was the first hotel where we could go to have dances and parties,” Booker said. ■ Athletes: Greg Heagerty met famous athletes as well as movie stars. He particularly liked Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Auburn’s head football coach, who had beautiful manners and demanded the same of his team. “The staff always looked forward to their visits. It was always a little disconcerting to get ‘Yes, sirs’ from

“I call it job security,” he said, chuckling. The museum is already actively engaging the public. Multiple lectures, stroller tours and family fun days are scheduled, and school children visit daily. A new attraction is Monty, a 24-foot bronze Edmontosaurus annectens skeleton that graces the museum’s Circle Park entrance. Monty isn’t just a statue. He posts facts on the McClung Facebook site each

Tuesday. Baumann also envisions programs outside the museum walls. Several years ago, he helped restore the largest African-American cemetery in St. Louis. Students identified thousands of graves, and during the time they participated in the “cemetery lab,” their grades went up. Knoxville has numerous heritage and environmental sites that could engage kids in the same way, he says.

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McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture curator of archaeology Tim Baumann explains the difference between archaeology and anthropology with an analogy from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic “The Lord of the Rings.” Archaeologists are like Gollum, who seeks the magic ring for his own purposes. Frodo, on the other hand, holds on to the ring for the good of the world. Anthropology is the study of people, and archaeology contributes to that study. But Baumann will always be more interested in what artifacts teach us about our past. “I couldn’t be Gollum,” he says. Still, he’s happy to be surrounded by artifacts at McClung, where he’s served as curator since August. Being at the museum is like coming home, he says, since he worked at the museum while completing his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee in the late 1990s. His wife, Valerie Altizer, also has returned to her roots.

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She grew up in North Knoxville. Baumann’s job entails taking care of the museum’s collection and engaging the public. Caring for the collection is a bigger project than most realize, given that 99 percent of it is stored behind locked doors below the museum. A behind-the-scenes tour reveals row after row of shelves containing objects and specimens from around the world, and the collection is continually growing, he

says. One of his primary objectives is to make McClung’s extensive archaeology collection more accessible. He hopes to digitize more information to make it available online. A searchable catalog of the collection would allow researchers and teachers to see, and use, the museum’s hidden artifacts. It’s a massive undertaking that would require additional grant money, but he’s not intimidated.


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This means Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis will be eligible to receive $153.28 a month upon concluding his current term as he will be 63 then. Brenda Palmer, Duane Grieve and Nick Della Volpe will be eligible for $171.04 a month as each will be 65 or older when their terms end in 2017. Former mayor and council member Daniel Brown will make out the best due to his 10 months’ service as mayor between Bill Haslam and Madeline Rogero. His city pension is based on $130,000 annual mayor’s salary, while council pay is $19,000 a year. Brown will receive $774.47 a month when he retires in 2017. Council members Marshall Stair, Mark Campen and George Wallace are much younger than their other colleagues and will not have reached age 62 when they depart council in 2019 (assuming re-election in 2015). When they do reach 62, their council pension will be $145.68 a month. Of course, if one of them runs for mayor and is elected, that pension will increase significantly based on whether he serves four or eight years. Since the charter provides for an annual 3 percent increase for retirees, each 10 years will have a 30 percent compounded increase in their pensions by 2027 for all of these individuals. Mayor Rogero (assuming eight years as mayor plus her prior service in the Haslam administration) will earn $2,734.89 per month. This also assumes council does not raise the mayor’s salary, currently at $130,000, which is less than five other current city employees and $23,000 less than the county mayor. However, Deputy to the Mayor Bill Lyons, if he stays eight years with Rogero plus his eight years with Haslam and Brown, will enjoy a pen-

sion of more than $58,000 a year based on 16 years with his highest two years being $180,000 a year. Right now it is $168,000, but it will increase $3,000 a year compounded for the next six years for an $18,000 total increase or perhaps more due to the 2.5 percent annual pay raise for city employees. Assuming the four council members who are eligible for a second and final term in 2015 are re-elected, then the city will have two years in which no member of council can seek re-election. Neighborhood groups and developers will have little influence on them in terms of opposing their re-election as they cannot run for a third term. But some of them may consider a 2019 mayoral bid to follow Rogero. ■ Judith Foltz, city director of special events, deserves high marks for her efforts to revive the Christmas trees on the downtown rooftops in the city for 2013. Her efforts resulted in 75 new trees, but 60 of them were on the top of the City County Building (actually on the side of the roof). Mayor Rogero issued a statement in strong support. Unfortunately, two major city buildings in downtown Knoxville apparently did not know about the RogeroFoltz effort as the main fire hall and the city convention center did not have a single lighted Christmas tree on their rooftops despite the mayor’s public backing. Foltz says this next Christmas will be different. Certainly, there should be trees on these two cityowned buildings, which are centrally located. It is hard to convince private owners to install Christmas trees on their rooftops at their expense if the city itself is not doing it for its own buildings. The project was started by Sue Clancy and Roseanne Wolf and reached over 400 trees on roofs in downtown Knoxville. It was continued by Mickey Mallonee, who was the next director of special events. ■ Ambassador Cameron Munter will speak at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center on Cumberland Avenue. He served as ambassador to Pakistan when U.S. Special Forces took out Osama bin Laden. He also was ambassador to Serbia 2007-09 and deputy chief of mission in both Poland and the Czech Republic. The talk is open to the public and should be fascinating. He is a noted authority on international relations.

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Why Knox County? First District County Commissioner Sam McKenzie is one of Schools Superintendent James McIntyre’s most reliable allies. A certifiably smart guy with a master’s degree in physics, McKenzie has supported McIntyre’s budget requests and repeatedly reminded colleagues that running the schools is not their job.

Betty Bean “Let’s stay in our own lane,” he tells them. But last week when McIntyre spoke to the commission about the onslaught of teacher complaints against his administration and repeated the mantra that the state makes him do all that stuff teachers hate – which is not exactly the case since the state doesn’t mandate SAT10 testing of kindergarteners through second-graders, Discovery Education online testing or two unannounced

teacher evaluations per year – McKenzie said he hasn’t heard of mass teacher uprisings in any other county. Then he asked the big question: “Why Knox County?” McIntyre paused and got bailed out by Mike Brown, who jumped into the conversation and drove it down Memory Lane, mentioning teacher complaints as far back as 1963. By the time the others threw in their pet theories, the hijacking was complete, and McIntyre had made a clean getaway. Asked later if he got a satisfactory answer, McKenzie said not really. “I just wanted to understand why this doesn’t seem to be such a problem across the state,” McKenzie said. “Teachers don’t seem to be up in arms in other parts of the state. What I want to know is, why are teachers in Knox County so disgruntled? “The answers I got were, ‘Let’s don’t say we’re not doing well’; ‘Change is difficult’; ‘The pace of this change has been a lot for everyone to absorb.’

“I’ve been asking Dr. McIntyre a lot of tough questions. As good as the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores were, the achievement gap between AfricanMcKenzie A merican and Hispanic students and the rest of the population has not narrowed, and that concerns me.” State Rep. Gloria Johnson, on leave from her KCS teaching job while the Legislature is in session, didn’t hesitate to answer: “I would say it’s the topdown management style of someone with no teaching experience and not taking any input from the folks on the ground.” Meanwhile, up in Union County, Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter was presenting a performance pay plan he worked out with a group of teachers that isn’t tied to student testing.

It will involve four annual evaluations and reward selected high-performing teachers for working longer hours directly with students. Also, stronger teachers will mentor teachers who need help, and there will be extra pay for coordinating the school’s professional learning community. “The extra pay won’t be based on student test scores or principal evaluations,” Sandra Clark reports. “Carter said it’s just not fair to evaluate teachers in non-tested areas on other teachers’ work. And he didn’t want to put added pressure on his principals that would come if their evaluations alone put money directly into teachers’ pockets.” The Union County plan, like all others, must get state approval. Clark’s article is online at www. Tony Norman, a retired teacher and one of McIntyre’s toughest critics, is interested in hearing more about the Union County plan. “So you get paid when you work harder and stay after school? Wow, what a concept!”

What’s next for Larry? When cable television was relatively new, country-music singer Jim Ed Brown used to host a show from Nashville called “You Can Be a Star!” Think of it as a lower-budget, Music City version of “American Idol.” Winners got a record contract.

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Hadn’t thought about it in years until R. Larry Smith made the surprising announcement that he was withdrawing as a candidate for the 7th District Knox County school board race. No, it wasn’t nostalgia. It’s my “guestimate,” as the kids say, at where Smith is headed. Finishing up his second term on County Commission, Smith seemed a lock for the school board seat. He raised $25,000 in three weeks. He campaigns effectively and has great name recognition. So why the sudden split? Smith said other candidates (i.e. educator Patti Bounds, who is now unopposed after Andrew Graybeal also dropped out last Thursday) “have educational expertise and professional experience that I do not.” The stakes are too high, he said, adding that he’s concerned about “unreasonable benchmarks im-

posed by lawmakers who lack a full understanding of educational issues” as well as recent teacher trauma over fear of job loss. “Knoxville schools are in dire need of school board leadership that has the necessary expertise and insight to find effective solutions. “Because our children deserve the most qualified school board members that we can elect, I respectfully withdraw my name from consideration.” Some will say Smith looked at his hand of cards and didn’t see a full house. The rumor mill (take your grain of salt) swirls and says he was receiving a cool reception when knocking on doors in the district. My two cents is that Smith saw the proper path and took it. Bounds will play well among the old Diane Dozier coalition. She does have experience and expertise that Smith lacks. He’s not going to endorse Bounds, says he’s not even met her. And school board isn’t commission. Larry is a political animal. He can be more effective elsewhere. He says he’s not ruling out another run for something when the time is right. He mentioned the City County Building. He even said somebody encouraged him to run for Congress. But I heard him say “Nashville” twice. Hence my flashback to Jim Ed Brown. Smith would fit well in the General Assembly. One

of his best friends, Mark Pody, is a state representative. God knows politics rules the roost with that bunch, probably down to where they choose to eat. Meanwhile, Smith will pick up trash, rake leaves, battle illegal signs, promote UT basketball history, sell insurance. Something keeps telling me, though, that we’ll see him in Music City one day. Larry Smith signs a statement “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at withdrawing from the 7th trict school board race.

Wow! week in local politics Big winner: Attorney General Randy Nichols who hand picked his successor, Charme Knight, and cleared the field for her to walk into an 8-year term unopposed. It’s the most powerful office in the courthouse, and if you don’t believe it, remember that Nichols resigned as Criminal Court judge to accept appointment from then-Gov. Ned McWherter. Bigger winner: Bob Thomas, the radio guy who went to California, came back to do a morning show on a station no one heard, lost his job when the station changed hands, and announced his candidacy for county commission at-large. Scary Bob is unopposed.

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Meanwhile, Ed Brantley – who never left town, rose so high in the radio business that he was Mike Hammond’s boss, and also lost his job – is facing Michele Carringer in an all-out brawl for the GOP nomination for the second at-large seat. Guess nobody’s scared of Ed. Biggest winner: Tim Burchett – unopposed for re-election with the season free to dabble in school board races.

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What comes next is coaching Most of us, even the slow learners, are now convinced Butch Jones and his people can recruit. We’ve been told several times. Tennessee signing success was pretty good. Among our friends and neighbors, only Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn had higher quality ratings. Georgia was within a hair of equal. (I am always suspicious of high-school football player evaluations that go out to three decimal points. What if the analysts are homers?) Ratings don’t matter at the moment. Of considerable importance is did Ten-

velopment. That covers a multitude of necessities under the subheads of physical and mental. Without being ugly about it, I didn’t think Tennessee coaching was any better than the talent last season. It might not have been as good. Some teams exceed expectations because of coaching. The Vols did not. We think the roster has improved. Let us hope ideas and execution get better. Some of that is tied directly to developing a satisfactory quarterback. Better receivers and secondary play might make everybody appear smarter.

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nessee fill voids? Did Butch find playmakers? Let us hope that happened. The Vols got two five-stars and a heaven full of fours. Some other things really matter. Did winter workouts produce any miracles? Is the team really ready to start getting better? What comes next is coaching. Key word is de-

The earliest birds arrive Polar vortexes, snow and ice, used-up snow days, rain and gloom. By the first week of March, I imagine there aren’t many of us who wouldn’t love to see spring burst forth. Now.

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For the hardy birdwatchers among us, there is one more happening we would really like to see – the arrival of the spring migrants. It’s our biggest happening of the year! Lately, there have been hints of coming changes. Our year-round birds, the chickadees, titmice, song sparrows, robins, cardinals and Carolina wrens, have perked up and begun singing on the few

but nice recent mild sunny days. That’s a good sign. But those migrants! Dressed in their resplendent new spring plumage, they arrive here from their tropical winter homes in the Caribbean, Central America and South America with their hormones flowing. In the bird world, that means being hungry, conspicuous, courting the ladies and challenging rivals, singing for hours on end, being visible and beautiful. They’ve been gone since September, a long six months, so we’ve been contenting ourselves with our faithful resident birds, plus a few winter visitors from farther north, like the white-throated sparrows and the yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and a few gulls, ducks, loons and grebes on the lakes. We’ve even had a couple of rufous hummingbirds, a western species, wintering at feeders here, and last month enjoyed the amaz-

ing appearance of a beautiful male painted bunting, a bird of the Southeast coast and Texas, coming regularly to a feeder in Maryville. Our bird populations will more than double, as will the number of species, as the birds of spring return, first with a February trickle with more in March and a huge flood in April. Birders have kept records forever, and there has been a notable change in the dates of the spring arrivals. As the climate warms, some birds are arriving on their usual nesting grounds up to three weeks earlier than they did even as recently as the 1950s. Many species are nesting much farther north now. But overall the change is slow, and in spite of being subject to problems of local daily weather as they travel, our migrants generally return on a fairly predictable schedule. Thankfully, Mother Nature doesn’t

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What matters this spring is teaching and pushing people as hard as possible, as fast as possible, to get ready for the end of August. At best, this will be a young team. At worst, it may need diapers. Keep in mind that Tennessee plays in a line-ofscrimmage league. Remember that the Vols, on both sides of the ball, will be far less experienced than the dearly departed who helped go 5-7, 5-7, 5-7 and endured some losses by astronomical margins. There are returning lettermen to help the team get better. A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt come to mind. Perhaps Marlin Lane will become a senior leader. It is much too early to

guess at a starting lineup, but now is a good time to say Von Pearson and Josh Malone will add excitement to the receiving corps. No matter what mysterious voices say in the background, running back Jalen Hurd has great potential. The young tight ends are almost certain to play. Junior college all-American Dontavious Blair, 6-8 and 300, came to claim an offensive tackle position. Hope he is in shape for combat. At the spring game or perhaps against Utah State, you’ll notice younger, faster, more athletic types in the defensive front. Won’t it be exciting to see a big body come roaring in and run smack over a blocker? OK, I’m ahead of myself but it

could happen. Those same young people will probably make mistakes. They may lose contain. Oh, you’ve already seen that with adults? Linebacking might be a team strength, so much that Maggitt could become a variety show. Secondary improvement is almost guaranteed. Alas, it does come with error probabilities. I eagerly await Todd Kelly, Rashaan Gaulden, Evan Berry, Emmanuel Moseley and others. There is enough optimism to inspire increased ticket sales and perhaps donations. Tennessee needs that, too. Coaching salaries are going up.

blast us with everything at once. The spectacular scarlet tanagers, Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, 25 species of warblers, the vireos and the hummingbirds would be overwhelming if they all showed up at the same time! But it turns out that instead of some of those more spectacular species, our earliest birds are a bunch of hardworking, perpetual-motion, blue-collar, somewhat less flashy ones – the swallows. Here in the East, we have six species of swallows. The two “mud swallows” build cup- or jug-shaped nests of mud, clinging to barn walls and the underside of bridges – the barn swallows and the cliff swallows. Two species tend to nest in burrows in banks and cliffs – the bank and northern rough-winged swallows. And we have two that prefer to live in houses and tree hollows – the purple martins and the tree swallows. Of all those, the ones that get the most attention are the purple martins. They have an

army of dedicated landlords that fuss over their houses and look after them as attentively as a bunch of grandparents. The purple-martin people are experts at the game of watching for the earliest spring bird and getting bragging rights over their neighbors for having the first one. This year we saw our first tree swallows on Feb. 18 at that wonderful nearby birding haven called the Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery. Located in the big Ushaped bend of the Clinch River at Clinton, it is one of the 10 state fish hatcheries run by the state Wildlife Resources Agency. There are dozens of huge ponds there, as well as big open fields, bushy fence rows and, of course, the river. I have seen around 80 species there myself; others have recorded more than 100. I have seen several life birds there, and there is nearly always something interesting to see – a bald eagle, an unusual goose, a rarely seen migrating shorebird. The following Monday, master birder Ron Hoff ob-

served a flock of 150 tree swallows at the fish hatchery, a big flock either arriving to spread out and nest in these parts, or maybe just working their way on north. They depend on halfway decent weather for their food supply, and they nest as far north as northern Canada and Alaska, places now still in full-blown deep winter. Tree swallows like to nest in old, abandoned woodpecker cavities near water. A great place to watch them is Cove Lake State Park, where they live in hollowed-out dead willow snags standing in the edge of the lake. But they will also take readily to a bluebird house. If a string of bluebird houses is too close together to suit the bluebirds, the tree swallows will move into a house between the occupied ones. Tree swallows feed on the wing. Masters of speed and agility, they course over fields, ponds and lakes throughout the day, nabbing untold tons of flying insects. They’re beautiful to watch. Good birding!

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Three resonant peals from the Victory Bell rang through the lobby at Provision Center for Proton Therapy Feb. 24. They kept sounding over the applause of the gathered staff and well-wishers, announcing the good news: Rex Ward has completed his treatment. He is one of the first patients to complete proton therapy at the new facility. Rex was in high spirits, shaking hands and cracking jokes, grinning from ear to ear, his wife, Deanna, by his side. Rex said upbeat music is always playing during treatments at Provision, but Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” was the soundtrack today. “I do feel that way about these people,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of medical experiences, but I’ve never had one like this.” “I keep expecting my cap and gown,” he joked. When Rex was first diagnosed with prostate cancer,

Study shows proton therapy is most effective prostate cancer treatment A recent study by the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology showed that proton therapy is the most effective treatment for prostate cancer. This study reported very effective outcomes for low, intermediate and high risk patients with prostate cancer. It also demonstrated minimal toxicity to the healthy tissues surrounding the prostate resulting in excellent patientreported outcomes with limited side effects. Five-year disease free survival rates were 99 percent, 99 percent, and 76 percent in low-, intermediate-, and high-risk patients, respectively. This compares to rates of 97 percent, 85 percent, and 67 percent reported from a five-year study conducted by Memorial Sloan Kettering using IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy). “The University of Florida study is based on physicianreported and patient-reported outcomes, and it adds convincingly to a large body of evidence regarding the efficacy and unique advantages of proton therapy for prostate cancer,” said Marcio Fagundes, M.D., a boardcertified radiation oncologist and medical director of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy. “At the same time, this report debunks the one or two widely reported studies that used sub-standard procedures and surrogate data to draw flawed conclusions.” Proton Therapy side effects were reported to be minimal. Gastrointestinal and urologic side effects were 1 percent and 5.4 percent respectively. An earlier study claimed that proton therapy may be more toxic than IMRT. This study shows that claim to be false. For a link to the full study, visit

Rex Ward volunteered to keep a video blog of his Provision Proton Therapy experience. You can follow his progress at his urologist gave him a lot of options, but proton therapy wasn’t one of them. He knew about the treatment from family members who had gone through the program at Loma Linda, Calif., the first proton therapy treatment facility in the country. He had almost settled on another treatment path when he saw a television commercial featuring Provision’s Proton Guys, volunteers who have gone through proton therapy and now serve as ambassadors for the program. “We went online, and within a day or two we had an appointment here,” said Deanna. “It’s a providential thing that this center opened right

Rex Ward, one of the first patients to complete treatment at Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, rings the victory bell.

when I needed it,” said Rex. “God does wonderful things. I am thankful that God gives people the science to be able to do things like this.” Rex said the treatments have been painless, “like taking an X-ray.” “I feel great! No side effects, no pain. It’s a real blessing,” he said. Dr. Marcio Fagundes, radiation oncologist and medical director of Provision Center for Proton Therapy, had two patients complete treatment Feb. 24, Rex and one other. “Both feel wonderful,” he said. “It’s just a great accomplishment to provide the most advanced treatment available.

It’s good to see the patients we’re seeing doing so well.” Deanna said Fagundes has been a great support for her and Rex. “There was no question too trivial, no time that we could not call,” she said. According to Fagundes, next steps for Rex include a screening and exam three months from now, followed by screenings every six months for the first five years, and every year after that. For Rex and Deanna, they plan to stay in touch with the team at Provision. “The whole staff here is like family,” said Rex. “It’s an experience that I won’t forget.”

Meek named to prestigious 2014 Best Doctors in America® List Allen G. Meek, M.D. has been named one of the Best Doctors in America® for 2014. The prestigious recognition marks the 10th time that he has earned this honor (from 2005-2014). Dr. Meek is a board-certified radiation oncologist with Provision Radiation Therapy and Chairman of the Provision Medical Group. The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup® results from exhaustive polling of more than 45,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the

results and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria. “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that so many of my respected Dr. Meek peers recognized me as an expert in the field of radiation oncology,” said Dr. Meek. “I really enjoy working in an organization that truly cares to provide the level of service to my patients that I aim for.” Dr. Meek was the Founding Chairman of the Department of Radiation

Oncology at Stony Brook University Medical School and a Professor for more than 28 years. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md., completing medical school, residencies in Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology and a fellowship in Medical Oncology. A Navy veteran, Dr. Meek also served as board member and officer of several nonprofit organizations on Long Island. While in New York, Dr. Meek received numerous awards, including Top Doctors in New York and Best Doctors in the USA, along with awards for Humanitarianism and Environmental Stewardship. He has also been named as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor® for the past 15 years.

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Jessica Bocangel and Grant Standefer of Compassion Coalition hope to combat poverty through the Future Story Project. Photo by Wendy Smith

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without poverty By Wendy Smith The poverty rate is growing in Knox County, and churches giving things away hasn’t stemmed the tide, says Grant Standefer, executive director of Compassion Coalition. Instead, it has facilitated a culture of dependence. The nonprofit has launched a new approach to the problem of poverty called the Future Story Project. It’s a multi-faceted program that includes two classes, Bridges Out of Pov-

erty and Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World, and a network of allies for graduates of Getting Ahead. Compassion Coalition received a $150,000 grant from Trinity Health Foundation last year to train teachers and facilitators for the classes. Standefer and Jessica Bocangel, who is spearheading the Future Story Project, spoke at last week’s Compassion Coalition Salt and Light Luncheon, held at Messiah Lutheran Church.

The Getting Ahead class is a game-changer because it’s relational, Standefer says. Classes with 10-12 participants, called “investigators,” discuss how they came to be in poverty and catalog their strengths and abilities in order to write their future stories. Two facilitators lead the conversation. Investigators are compensated for their time and receive help with transportation and childcare during the 16-week, 32-hour class. Seven members of Knoxville’s first Getting Ahead class have graduated, and three more classes are underway. Standefer hopes to offer 21 classes during the next 18 months. Some are already scheduled to meet at churches and the KnoxvilleKnox County Community Action Committee (CAC). Barbara Disney of the CAC’s Homeward Bound program is facilitating a Getting Ahead class now. She’s taught a lot of classes, she says, but nothing like this. “It’s awesome. It’s not your typical structured class. I can’t tell you how you feel coming out of this class. The participants are coming to long-term thinking,” she says. Her class of nine demonstrates the changing face of poverty. Three have master’s degrees, and two teach at private schools.

Part of the success comes from volunteer allies who walk alongside Getting Ahead graduates. Bridges Out of Poverty classes are meant to cultivate the compassion that makes it easier to serve others, says Standefer. Bridges Out of Poverty explores the different experiences of those who come from wealth, the middle class and poverty. Wealthy and middle class individuals often label those in poverty as lazy, but there are a wide variety of contributing factors. Each group has its own set of “hidden rules” and language, and most opportunities present themselves through middle class rules and language, Standefer says. The class is offered as a two-hour overview and a six-week indepth course. The Compassion Coalition is accepting applications for upcoming Getting Ahead classes. The form is available at www. Those interested in the Future Story Project are invited to participate in a Bridges Out of Poverty class, meet with Getting Ahead graduates or volunteer to support a Getting Ahead class with meals, childcare or transportation. For information: contact Bocangel at 251-1591, ext. 8, or Jessica@

These girls got game the past year. The night was filled with comparing information and experiences. “We wanted to give our women a place to come and enjoy each other,” said Tribble. “At Girls’ Night, they can really be comfortable and get to know each other and make a few new friends. Each table hostess brought games and a drink for her table, and the women were encouraged to visit other tables. It was just a relaxed,

Father Michael Woods and Father Pontian Kiyimba tried to slip in “unnoticed” so they could join the fun at the All Saints Girls’ Night Out party. They were noticed. Photo by Nancy Anderson

As events go, Girls’ Night Out at All Saints Catholic Church practically planned itself, said the quartet of women responsible for the Feb. 25 event. Modesty must be great virtue, because Patty Pamorsky, Tiffany Murphy, Jocelyn Brodd and Susan Tribble could easily be collecting accolades for planning a great evening for the women of All Saints. “I think everyone was just ready for a night out,” said Pamorsky. The format of the Girls’ Night was to offer tables with board and card games,

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refreshments and a fun and funny photo booth so women could come to the church’s parish hall and just “play” for a couple of hours. Some tables of participants got into the games while others used them as “props” while they talked non-stop with each other. One table had a group of young mothers who have all had babies in

fun time away from home, husbands, children and stress.” Approximately 200 came to Girls’ Night Out. And then there were the two “party crashers.” Father Michael Woods and Father Pontian Kiyimba dressed up as women to try to blend in and enjoy the party. The ladies all roared with laughter, then put Father Michael to work to offer prayer to open the festivities.

faith Playing hide and seek with God Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. (Joel 2: 12-13 NRSV) Ye people, rend your hearts, rend your hearts and not your garments. (“Elijah,” Felix Mendelssohn) As is so often the case, I know this verse of scripture because I have sung it. Not actually in public, mind you, but at my piano, in my own living room. I give thanks to and for Harry Whitt, who taught me both music and singing, who introduced me to such wonderful music, and at the same time exposed me to the great truths of Scripture that I might very well have missed in Sunday school. Rending a garment is no longer the way we express grief. It seems an odd custom, and I can only assume that the import of it was that the hearer of bad news was utterly distraught. However, Elijah, that fiery prophet, upped the ante. He preached that the people God called His own should not tear their clothes, but rather that they should be heartbroken by their sinfulness. Another way they expressed their repentance was to cover themselves with ashes, or literally to sit in the ash pit. That, of course, is the source of the custom that so many of us will re-enact this week, on Ash Wednesday, as we kneel at the altar and have ashes smudged onto our foreheads in the form of a cross. Now to be honest, most of us have not been in the habit of tearing our clothing in grief over our sins. Nor, sad to say, have many of us been made physically uncomfortable by our sinfulness. But I can tell you from experience

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Lynn Pitts that those ashes are itchy, and if you are one of those folks who go to church early on Ash Wednesday, you get to wear your itchy sins on your forehead all day. It wears on you, much as our sinfulness should wear on us. And it is humbling as well, this wearing our sinfulness on our foreheads. It declares, “I am a sinner.” But the good news is this: God also made a promise, which Mendelssohn faithfully quoted in his oratorio “Elijah,” that “If with all your heart ye truly seek Me, Ye shall ever surely find Me,” Thus saith our God. You see, God does not play hide and seek with us. We are the ones who try to do that with God. We have been doing it since Adam and Eve tried to hide from God in the Garden. If we are wise and fortunate and penitent – or even, come to think of it, just penitent, God will find us. So will we find God, or will God find us? Does it matter which way it happens, as long as it happens? In my way of thinking, God knows exactly where we are. We just have to be willing to hear God calling, “Olly, olly, oxen free.”

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‘The Banana Police’ visit Webb

Local author Katy Koontz stopped by Webb School of Knoxville last week to help kick off their book fair. Koontz read her book “The Banana Police” to kindergartners before teaching them a cheer about bananas.

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of the school’s office staff, said there are about 25 sets of multiples enrolled at Northshore. The number was even larger at the beginning of the year. Although there is potential for trickery if one twin switches classes with the other, James said there has never been an issue in the past. W h e n asked what it is like to live life with a twin, students’ responses James varied from “awkward” to admissions of feeling sad for no reason and then finding out later that their twin had been crying. James said her set of fraternal twins, Emma and Ethan, came out of their shells upon being put in separate classes in kindergarten. Instructional assistant Sarah Starkey said having twin 3rd grade girls is a blessing because she can bounce s ome t h i ng schoolrelated off of one twin regarding the other one since they’re both learning the Starkey same thing. Both sets of twins attend Northshore. Assistant principal Carl Whipple also has a twin brother, Tom, who teaches math in Delaware. Guinness World Records hasn’t contacted the school’s staff about a potential entry for this school year, but there’s still time.

Koontz was inspired to write the book while her daughter, Sam, was an infant. Sam is now a college sophomore. The story of people and elephants sharing a town harmoniously grew from the heaps of creativity Koontz had as a mom, she said. “There are several lessons to be learned,” said Koontz, as she talked about working as a team. “Everybody is a hero, and it takes all of us working together to solve a problem.” In an interesting twist, when Koontz was looking for an illustrator for the book Sam, was a student at Webb. Artist Kelcey C. Roy visited the school during Art Week and talked to Sam’s class. Sam told her mom about Roy that day after school, and Koontz contacted the illustrator. ■ Happening at The rest is history. “The Banana Police” can Farragut High be found online at www. Fine arts students will present the musical “9 Info: to 5” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, and ■ Seeing double 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at and triple the school. Tickets are $10 Students and faculty at ($8 students and seniors). The robotics club is colNorthshore Elementary School have grown accus- lecting used printer cartomed to seeing double and tridges and old electronics. Donations should be triple. Sherri James, a member labeled “FRC” and dropped

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Author Katy Koontz looks through her book, “The Banana Police,” with Webb School of Knoxville students Lilly McMillin, Rohan Krishnan, and Sophie Belmont.

A.L. Lotts Elementary School’s 5th graders chose their favorite people from history to portray during the annual wax museum. Derek Jacoby and John Richardson portray Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, respectively. Photo submitted

Northshore Elementary School multiples include Maddie and Sophie Starkey, Rachel and Elena Sepaniak, Carrie and Callie Blackwood, Kelsey and Kathryn Bingham, Morgan and Kendall Phillips, Rachel and Sarah Rice, Ethan and Sean Couvertiere, Drew, Zack and Jill Langley, Abigail and Jackson Plumlee, Reagan and Jackson Cline, Julie and Billy Richards, Brooke and Pierce Vaught, Aidan and Ava Linginfelter, Jaxon, Bryce and Ty Seritt, Ethan and Emma Atchley, Sophia and Connor Cook, Corinne and Joseph Kooken, Landon and Morgan Barnett, Catherine and Daniel Martin, Hunter and Luke Pitts, Emma and Ethan James, Megan and Emily O’Neal and assistant principal Carl Whipple who has a twin brother, Tom (not pictured). Photos by S. Barrett

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Reflections aplenty at Karns High By Sara Barrett Karns High School had several winners in the Knox County Council PTA’s Reflections contest. This year’s theme, “Believe, Dream, Inspire,� resulted in a wide array of artistic creations. Senior Courtney Bailey said this is the 6th time she’s won a Ref lections contest with her paintings. Her rendering of “little kids in big clothes� s h o w e d Bailey children dreaming of what they want to be when they grow up. Courtney wants to be a dermatologist. Her painting took first place in the visual arts category. This is the second year senior Kristine Tran has been recognized for her photography. A photo of her best friend’s dad with his adopted son won first place in that Tran c a t e g o r y. Kristine would like to be a fashion photographer. Amy Smith’s equestrianthemed photography collage placed second in the photography division. The piece featured a photo of a girl lying asleep on Smith her horse. Amy both photographs and rides horses. She graduated from high school in December and is currently attending Pellissippi State Community College.

Freshman Elise Morgan won 3rd place in the visual arts category with a “big, giant eyeballâ€? painted with oil pastels. “It’s hanging in my room, and my mom always Morgan tells me it stares at her when she comes in the room,â€? she said. Elise enjoys post-impressionism art and would like to be an archeologist someday. An awards banquet was held at Bearden Elementary School to honor the winners of the Reflections contest. Also recognized at the event were winners of the citizen and safety contests. â–

Howe is high school teacher of year By Sara Barrett Farragut High School computer science teacher Leslie Howe has been n a m e d Knox County Schools’ high school teacher of the year. H o w e was feaHowe tured as a Shopper-News Miracle Maker early in the school year. She has written more than 400 computer programs to aid students and teachers. She has never been paid for the programming she’s done for Farragut (it’s considered a conflict of interest, she says), although she’s been able to sell her work to other school districts at conferences and through her website, Howe’s programs give immediate feedback and make monitoring easier for teachers. “It’s not a replacement for the teacher. A lot of people want to replace teachers. They want to save our edu-

Teachers of the year at Cedar Bluff Elementary Cedar Bluff Elementary School teachers of the year are Zel Bond (special education), Andrew Klicka (2nd grade), Alisa Ternes (3rd grade) and (inset) preschool teacher Mandy Dye. Teachers are nominated for this honor Dye by their peers. Photos submitted

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Beth Rhodes, Karns Middle School PTSA president, is looking for a few good folks to volunteer some time on the group’s executive board or on one of its committees. Some opportunities you may be able to help with include classroom support (making copies, reading to students, laminating documents), fundraisers, making posters for upcoming events and assisting with the school’s annual career fair. If you’re interested in helping, Rhodes will find a spot for you. Karns families could use business support as corporate sponsors for the 201415 school year. Info: Beth Rhodes at karnsptabeth@ If you can’t volunteer your time or your business to help out, the PTSA also collects Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education and Coke Reward Points. You can look at the PTSA’s website for more information. Info:



By Sara Barrett Three of Hardin Valley Academy’s cross-country and track athletes have committed to compete in college. Emma Mashburn and Aaron Templeton will attend Furman College in Greenville, SC. Emma was impressed with the college’s campus and said the coaching staff and teachers seem very encouraging. Emma hopes to be a veterinarian and will study pre-vet med at Furman before heading to the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Aaron will also run for Furman while studying pre-


health sciences to become a general surgeon. Aaron started running in high school and said he loves seeing the results of his efforts on the track. Alexandra Christopoulos has committed to Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Alexandra started a nonprofit recently and feels Wofford will help encourage it to grow. She plans to study business and economics. HVA coach Bryan Brown said all three students are great representatives of Hardin Valley Academy both at the state and national levels. “We know they’ll do well,� said Brown.

cational dollars by cutting down on staff, when I think the technology should be used to assist the teacher, because you cannot replace a good teacher,� she said. Howe has 35 years of teaching under her belt and has helped faculty members and students with their technology needs for the past 18 years. She teaches AP computer science, AP Calculus, and AB and CP geometry, but her work as building-level technology coordinator and in the school’s math lab has had a positive impact on everyone at Farragut High School. In addition to helping students at school, she also mentors students of families at the church she attends. Her husband, David, is the minister at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church. Howe has one daughter, Lisa. “Education should come from the teacher out,� Howe has said. “I started teaching in 1965. There’s not a thing in high school math that I haven’t taught and found out what is hard for (students) to understand.� Betty Bean contributed to this story.

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Pat Kaufmann creates a fresh Kathy Reid uses fresh ingredients to make a soup during a salad dressing during a class Healthy Choices cooking class at North Knoxville Seventh-day using cucumbers and onions Adventist Church. as the base. Photos by Ruth White

Making healthy food choices By Ruth White If you want to learn the secrets of feeling great and increasing your energy, reducing stress and preventing illness, mark your calendar to attend the Health Seminar with chef Melody Prettyman. She will host live demonstrations on how to prepare plant-based foods that are tasty, and she will discuss natural health remedies to fight illness. The event will

be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the fellowship hall of North Knoxville Seventh-day Adventist Church. Prettyman appeared with Chef Mark Anthony on 3ABN TV, the second-largest Christian broadcasting network in North America. Anthony was a guest last year at the healthy-cooking seminars. The demonstration is part of a series of workshops that are hosted by

North Knoxville Seventhday Adventist in an effort to help individuals eat healthy and live healthier lives. The workshop in February featured healthy, plant-based salads, dressings and sandwich spreads. To register for the seminar, contact Kathy Reid, 314-8204, by Saturday, March 8. North Knoxville SDA Church is at 6530 Fountain City Road.


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Local author Amy Greene grows up By Wendy Smith New York Times bestselling author Amy Greene claims Morristown as her hometown, but in fact, she hails from an area so obscure that she calls it “near Bull’s Gap.” Her parents were natural story-tellers, and her writing, and life, have been deeply influenced by those stories, she says. “Storytelling and writing are my way of sort of making sense of the world. If I couldn’t figure something out, I wrote it down.” The Knoxville Writers’ Guild hosted a book launch party for Greene’s second novel, “Long Man,” last week. Her nationally successful debut novel, “Blood-

root,” was published in 2010. The heart-wrenching tale of family dysfunction, set in the hills of East Tennessee, is particularly memorable because of the depth of the characters, who each participate in telling the story. Since childhood, Greene has written her stories longhand, in a notebook, while sitting in bed. She was married at 18 to her childhood sweetheart, Adam, who understood that she would always need time to write. She had a son at 20, and began her undergraduate degree at Vermont College when her daughter was 1. “That’s when I knew I was Appalachian,” she laughs. Greene compares publishing books to pregnan-

Amy Greene speaks during the Knoxville Writers’ Guild launch of her new novel “Long Man.” The event was held at the West Knoxville home of Warren and Annelle Neel. Photo by Wendy Smith

Dave Matthews saxophonist reaches out to Bearden High

Christmas came early – really early – for some Bearden High School musicians and a few fortunate community members when Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin presented a music clinic at the school.

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Coffin, who lives in Nashville, was on his way to Boone, N.C., to work with Appalachian State students who were performing one of his big-band arrangements. He enjoys visiting with students when he travels, he said, so his assistant contacted Bearden band director Megan Christian. The Bearden PTSO sponsored the clinic. Coffin’s resume includes three Grammy awards he received while performing with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, five years with Dave Matthews and fronting his own band, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet. He also has a degree in music education and loves teaching and talking

with students. He began the clinic with a solo that showcased the range of the saxophone. When it was over, he asked audience members what they heard. One youngster replied, “I heard the sound of a musical genius.” During instruction that was aimed at older students, Coffin emphasized the importance of scales, which help musicians understand “how things are interrelated.” He also talked about the importance of practicing with a metronome. “We have to work on rhythm so we can play well with others.” He supported Christian by recommending that students be consistent with practice. “If you want to play fast, you’ve got to practice slow.” ■

Recognition for Horton Foote

The cast of the Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of “The Trip to Bountiful” and Gerald Wood, author of “Voice of an American Playwright: Horton Foote,” stopped by Union Avenue Books last week to discuss Foote’s work. Carol Mayo Jenkins plays

Carrie Watts. She had to find Carrie’s strength so she could stop crying during rehearsal, she says. “Horton Foote is so real, so honest,” she says. Johanna Dunphy, a third-year MFA student at UT, plays Jessie Mae Watts. Dunphy says she relates to Jessie because it also took her a while to understand “the Southern thing.” David Alley, who plays Ludie Watts, says he immediately identified with the play. “It reminds me of people I grew up knowing.” Jenkins has a theory as to why Foote isn’t recognized for his writing contribution. “He wasn’t drunk, he wasn’t gay, and he didn’t marry Marilyn Monroe.” Wood says he’s seen many “Trip to Bountiful” productions, and he especially likes this one, directed by Kate Buckley. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, through Saturday, March 8, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9. ■

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cies – no two are alike. She worked on “Bloodroot” for a year without letting anyone read it, not even Adam. But she screwed up her courage to allow novelist Jill McCorkle to read the story during a writing conference, and within a few months, Greene had an agent and an editor from Knopf Publishing. Since then, she’s been grateful and surprised by the support she’s received. She wasn’t sure how well “Bloodroot” would be received in her hometown, given that the fictional Millertown is loosely based on Morristown in the dark novel. The success of the book, in East Tennessee and beyond, has made her feel confident and appreciated, she says.

While the plot of “Bloodroot” evolved after a painstaking development of each character, “Long Man” began with the story. Long Man is the Cherokee name for the Tennessee River, which is about to flood the tiny town of Yuneetah. A TVA dam has condemned the town, and all but a few residents have evacuated their homes. One holdout is Annie Clyde Dodson, who wants her 3-yearold daughter, Gracie, to inherit the family land. As the floodgates prepare to close, a storm rages, and Annie and her husband realize that Gracie is missing. Greene grew up hearing family stories about TVA and the dams that covered much of East Tennessee with water, and it was a topic she embraced. But as she followed the plot she’d created,

she got stuck because she didn’t know the characters well enough, she says. So she returned to the process that worked for “Bloodroot” and fully developed each one. While waiting for “Long Man” to be published, Greene began work on her third novel, a contemporary coming-of-age story that is slightly autobiographical. The plot revolves around a young woman who devotes herself to finding the truth after she’s orphaned by an industrial accident. While Greene didn’t have a social agenda in mind when she wrote “Bloodroot,” she hopes to address the plight of the working poor with her third novel. “As I’ve grown as a writer, and a human being, I do look beyond the mountains a little more.”

demonstrated the long-term value of the program and highlighted current talent. Performers included Austin-East student Jeremiah Morris on piano, a percussion trio called “3 Chix with Stix” and West High School trumpeter Sarrah Harris. UT senior Mario Goss reflected on the sense of responsibility he gained during his ten years at the Community School of the Arts. The event was a beautiful celebration of 21 years of showing how the arts can influence children, said executive director Jennifer Willard. “This organization is empowerment for young people, and art is the vehicle.” The Community School of the Arts has 158 after-school students in grades 1-12. ■

Don’t blame it on hanging chads

Last week’s five-hour Board of Zoning Appeals meeting was a disappointment to those who count on Knox County government, especially the residents surrounding Sinking Creek. Due to confusion during the board’s final vote, the pastoral area soon may be home to several four-story apartment buildings. While board members seemed sincere in their consideration of the residents’

The Community School of the Arts hosted a Showcase Breakfast last week at First Presbyterian Church that

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appeal of zoning that would allow John Huber’s proposed Westland Cove development, their investment of time wasn’t enough to help them understand that voting “No” to an appeal was the same as voting “Yes” to the development. Huber attorney John King headed for the exit while board members,

who voted five to three against the appeal, were still scratching their heads. This followed a five-to-three “Yes” to the appeal of a marina on the property. I believe the board intended to approve the project with revisions but didn’t know how. Better luck to the next rural area that a developer chooses for a skyscraper.




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Pie out of the sky By Sherri Gardner Howell On their website, Scott and Meredith Layton define Buttermilk Sky for those whose grandparents may not have used the term: “An old Southern term describing a cloudy sky with the clabbered appearance of buttermilk.” The term is quickly coming to mean a different kind of heavenly in Knoxville. The Laytons celebrated the opening of their second Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop with customers, guests and members of the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 26. The new Turkey Creek store joins the shop in Bearden that opened in late fall last year. The Laytons specialize in fresh ingredients and sell pies, ice cream, biscuits and biscuit toppings. Their daily pie line-up of Granny’s Apple, Southern Buttermilk, Chocolate Meringue and Nanny’s Pecan is supplemented as fresh ingredients become available. Favorites such as coconut and I40, which is a pecan pie with chocolate chips, make frequent appearances. The pies come in 9-inch and 4-inch sizes. Store hours for the Turkey Creek store at 11525 Parkside Drive are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Bearden store, 5400 Kingston Pike, is open Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Info:

Owners Scott and Meredith Layton, center, are flanked by Lanna Talle, head baker on left and Leslie Berez, store manager on right as they cut the ribbon at the new Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Turkey Creek. They are encircled by guests and members of the Farragut West Knox Chamber. Photos submitted by Terri Lester

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop co-owner Meredith Layton works behind the counter to help a customer at the new shop in Turkey Creek.

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Tennova notes Sleep Awareness Week By Anne Hart While some still debate the issue of Daylight Savings Time, Dr. Dewey McWhirter of Tennova Healthcare’s Sleep Centers knows the truth: the practice does our bodies no good, and can actually be quite harmful.

Dr. Dewey McWhirter “A lot of people will have problems after “spring forward,” McWhirter says. “In fact, we’ll see an increase in car accidents and a little bit of an increase in heart attacks.” And that’s just for starters, as the body’s circadian rhythm is jarred by a two-hour alteration to the normal sleep pattern – an hour on each end of the sleep cycle. It all starts when America sets its clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday. To help the general public become aware of the problems that can result from irregular sleep patterns – and the fact that treatment is available – Tennova’s Sleep Centers in North, South and West Knoxville, and also in Jefferson and Cocke counties,

are taking part in Sleep Awareness Week – March 2-9 – sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation. Amy Harris, Tranquility Sleep Specialist with Tennova, will have informational booths set up at the hospital’s south location on Chapman Highway and the north location in Powell, as well as in Jefferson City and Newport. Dr. McWhirter says the booths will have materials that explain to the public “that we all need to think about our sleep, and if we have a problem, we need to do something about it. At Tennova we are confident we have the very latest in technology and innovation to help with most sleep disorders.” Among those disorders, Dr. McWhirter says, are decreases and stoppages of breathing, insomnia, sleep walking and others. He adds that even if we do not have serious issues, there is still much the average person can do to sleep better, including a mental and physical winding down before bedtime, turning off TVs, computers, cell phones and all things with bright lights. “We want to encourage people to not think of sleep as something that interferes with their life, but rather something that is good for them and will make them feel better. “When we have slept well, we tend to have more energy during the day, to think more clearly, to respond better to stress and to be in a better mood. People are happier if they are getting a good night’s sleep, and there are many long term health benefits.”

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Airport’s past includes dirt runway, super-cheap airfare By Betsy Pickle “Airplane rides for 5 cents” – that’s something you’re not likely to see in today’s economy. But when Knoxville’s first airport was operating on the site of what’s now West High School, that was the advertised rate. Becky Huckaby, vice president of public relations for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, shared that slice of history and many more at the Feb. 19 meeting of the Rotary Club of Farragut. The dirt runway on Sutherland Avenue was a popular attraction in the 1920s. “People would ride their horses out to that location to get their mail or just to watch the only airplane come in once a week,” said Huckaby. “People were very interested in aviation, and it caught on very quickly. Our area was so inundated with people who were building their own airplanes and who were very interested in bringing routes and travel by air to our community that we were very much on the forefront of aviation for our country. “Because of our geographic location

… we became a very popular location for people to stop over and fill up their aircraft and get gas and move on. So a lot of people would plane-spot here for a while.” Huckaby said the family of Lt. Charles McGhee Tyson, a U.S. Naval aviator who was killed in action in the North Sea during World War I, donated the land for Tyson Park to the city of Knoxville with the stipulation that the city’s airport be named for their son. The original airport was operated by private entrepreneurs, but the city purchased it, created an aviation department and soon ended up buying land in Blount County for a larger airport that could meet the needs of bigger, more modern aircraft and an expanding flight schedule. McGhee Tyson Airport, which celebrated its 75th anniversary two years ago, has been operated by the nonprofit MKAA since 1978. It is governed by a nine-person board whose members serve seven-year terms. Farragut Rotary meets at noon Wednesdays at Fox Den Country Club. Info: www.

ArcelorMittal to reopen in Harriman A global steel-processing company will sister facility in LaPlace, La., by rail to create 61 jobs in Harriman with an antici- the Harriman facility where they will be pated launch in April 2014. reheated and rolled into light structural ArcelorMittal executives met recently shapes and merchant bars for the construcwith Bill Hagerty, state commistion market. The reopening will ensioner of Economic and ComWHERE hance ArcelorMittal’s long product munity Development, to portfolio by producing onethe announce reopening the fato three-inch angles and cility, which closed in 2011 one- to four-inch flats, acbecause of poor market concording to a company press ditions. release. “We work hard to help The plant is organized by the companies locate and expand in United Steelworkers. Roane County our state, but when a company like ArceExecutive Ron Woody said its relorMittal is able to restart its operations, it opening is a good sign the steel industry is gives the community a tremendous sense of “bouncing back.” revival and renewed momentum. I appreciArcelorMittal has a presence in more ate ArcelorMittal’s commitment to Roane than 60 countries and an industrial footCounty and its continued investment in our print in more than 20 countries. In 2012, state,” said Hagerty. ArcelorMittal had revenues of $84.2 bilArcelorMittal will ship billets from its lion. Info:


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Gerdau gives Perry employee honor Gerdau has named Tim Perry 2013 Employee of the Year for its K nox v ille mill. Perry, a crane operator, was nom inated by coworkers and selected by administraTim Perry tion in recognition of his excellent work ethic and positive attitude. Perry lives in Karns. During the nomination process, coworkers praised Perry for being one of the facility’s best crane operators and also appreciated his willingness to pitch in and help wherever needed. ■

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Annazette Houston has been named by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, representing East Tennessee. S h e currently Houston serves as the director of the Office of Disability Services at UT. She holds a master’s degree in organizational communication from Murray State

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Urban League secures jobs, saves lives By Phyllis Nichols Sophia Brown first contacted the K nox v ille Area Urban League, she was just looking to improve her comPhyllis Nichols puter skills. Howe ver, she gained much more than that. Working with the Urban League gave her the confidence to realize she could do even better. “I learned I could have a career beyond working in the fast-food industry,” Brown said. “The Urban League equipped me to go out into the business world and be successful.” Brown was part of a pilot program to help women get out of abusive relationships, support themselves financially and get involved in the

community. The class taught participants business and computer skills, as well as how to deal with their current situations. After graduation, the Urban League placed Brown in an internship at the Appalachian Community Fund and then helped her get a job with a funeral home. “I was quiet and shy,” Brown said. “Working with the families brought me out of my shell and built my people skills as I helped families cope with their loss.” Now, Brown works at the University of Tennessee College of Law as a director’s assistant and recently self-published “In the Blink of an Eye,” a book on her journey of surviving and getting away from domestic violence. “The Urban League saved my life,” Brown said. “It played a big part in

getting me started on my journey, and for that I will always be thankful. I feel that God sent me there for a reason at that very moment in time. “I’m proud of where I’ve landed and, when I think back, I know I have come such a long way. The Urban League gave me the chance to make that happen.” Though the specific program Brown participated in is no longer available, the Urban League provides workforce development and training with computer programs, employment readiness, counseling and job placement, customer service, internships and apprenticeships. Info: Bill Myers at or 5245511, ext. 136; or Jackie Robinson at jrobinson@ or 524-5511, ext. 126. Those phone calls can change lives. Phyllis Nichols is president/CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League.

Wogan joins Diocese of Knoxville Sportscaster Jim Wogan is leaving television to become director of communications for the Diocese of Knoxville effective July 1. Wogan joined WATE-TV 6 in 1990 and said the decision to change jobs did not come easily. He will manage, coordinate and ex- Jim Wogan

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Keeping the dream alive The night of Feb. 24 featured dancing, music, art, fellowship, cookies and cake and just all-around celebration when the Tennessee School for the Deaf hosted the Literacy Imperative for a program called “Black History: Art, Dance, Literature – A Valuable Cultural Experience.�

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Carol’s Corner The Literacy Imperative is a national faith-based, not-for-profit initiative providing books and other tools of literacy to underserved communities. The organization often partners with Habitat for Humanity to provide in-home libraries for new residents.

The evening began with a rousing welcome by DUeX (“Divine Urban Expressions,�) a dance/spokenword team led by Felicia Outsey-Pettway, originally from Birmingham, Ala. “I wanted to keep the dream alive in Knoxville by working with disadvantaged youth through dance, poetry, spoken word and art,� she said. “I am the seed of change!� the kids shouted in rhythm, as they danced and strutted to the beat. John Sibley, local president of the Literacy Imperative chapter based at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, spoke of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and great men and women in general. Addressing the crowd of over 200, he stressed that everyone is capable of greatness. “We may not impact a nation, but we can impact the community in which we live,� he said. “God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.�

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This rowdy group provides the evening’s dazzling entertainment! Dance troupe DUeX includes (from left) Robby Mathews, parent volunteer Ngina Blair, Camariana Whitaker, Devon  Arnold, Damya Blair, Eshanna Houston, Myari Jones, Rayshard Pettway,  Chenai Jones, Mkynlei Vaughn, D’Azaria Cain, Annalicia Ellis, director Felicia Outsey-Pettway, Dequann Vaughn and interpreter Rachelle Whittington.


This multimedia piece is titled “Life Flow.� All artworks may be purchased by contacting Jackie Holloway at 382-3599. Proceeds go to benefit the Literacy Imperative. Photos by Carol

Artist Alan Jones, who paints under the name “Theophilus,� shows off his oil-on-wood painting titled “Reflections.� “It’s a portrait of a young black urban male,� he says. “He’s thinking about his life and what he has to deal with as a black man. He’s highly intelligent and feels ostracized from society.� Jones, who has had lessons in drawing but not painting, currently has a show up at the Blackberry Farm Gallery at Maryville College.


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The committee for the evening: James Baughn, Laura Edmondson, Amy Minolfo, Landon Perry, Bev Gibson and Camille Belle

John Sibley, president of the Mt. Zion Baptist-based local chapter of the Literacy Imperative, talks about the similarities between Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. “They were both religious,� he says. “They were both family men, both dreamers and both willing to die for their beliefs.�

Alan Mealka and Steve Farmer, superintendent and director of student living for the Tennessee School for the Deaf, are having a great time!

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Arts are flying high at Grace By Shannon Morris While Grace Christian Academy has seen its reputation grow in many areas over the past decade, one of the aspects of our school that has seen some tremendous advancement is the Theater and Fine Arts Department. In this area, students are given the opportunity to excel in the arts, honing the talents and skills that God has given them, and then putting them on display. Whether the medium is drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, chorus, or some other method of creative expression, GCA students benefit from excellent teachers to help mold their passions and their crafts. Recently, the already established and highly successful theater program soared to new heights in a high school dramatic presentation of “Peter Pan,” performed twice on Feb. 11. The sets, costumes and talented cast were made even more impressive by the addition of a flying mechanism which allowed Peter Pan and three additional cast members to “fly” through the air, high above the stage. This

was made possible by diligent fundraising and the hard work of the troupe. Peter, Wendy, John and Michael took to the air throughout the presentation, much to the delight of the audiences! Especially excited were some of the attendees of the matinee presentation, a group of 5th grade students from Lonsdale Elementary School. These children were able to see a fabulous production, followed by lunch and some “hang time” with the GCA 5th graders. At the end of the afternoon, our students sent 56 Lonsdale 5th graders home with gifts of travel bags or small luggage they could use, a nice gesture that continued the GCA tradition of building relationships with other schools in our area. Besides our high school drama production, the GCA Lower, Middle and High Schools are busy making preparations for their upcoming musical presentation of “The Wizard of Oz,” a production that has already been several months in the making. Our musical productions have quickly become

Two from Grace are National Merit finalists



By Linda Comfort Congratulations to Grace Christian Academy seniors Jeremiah Roberts and Nathan Silver who were named 2014 National Merit finalists. Jeremiah, Nathan and other National Merit finalists represent a nationwide selection of 15,000, less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. Finalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state from the 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools who took the PSAT in their junior year. Of these, 8,000 will be named National Merit Scholarship winners. Every finalist will compete for National Merit Scholarships; winners of these scholarships will be announced in four nationwide news releases in the spring. Scholarship winners are chosen on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Jeremiah and Nathan mark the third and fourth National Merit finalists to be named in GCA’s history. Reid Rankin (2007) and Stacia Firebaugh (2009) honored our school by their selection and standing as finalists.

Abigail Seal, Katelyn Lewis and Jonathan Seal are the Darling children, and Katie Borden soars as Peter Pan in the Grace Christian Academy drama production. Photos by GCA Yearbook Staff

favorite events for our students, as well as family members and others in our community, and they are becoming known for incredible stages and sets, costumes, choreography and cre- Katie Borden as Peter Pan and Sean Sloas as Captain Hook battle it ativity. Grace has been blessed out in the classic musical “Peter Pan.” by an incredibly talented student body, and these young This year’s production of everyone who comes will walk performers enjoy sharing their blessings and gifts with the “The Wizard of Oz” will be held away singing the familiar tunes community during these per- April 3-5. There is no cost to at- of a long-time favorite musical tend, and it’s a guarantee that production! formances.

Grace goes to State for swim, wrestling By Shannon Morris High schools from across Tennessee were competing two weeks ago at the State Swim Meet competition in Nashville. While we were enjoying a snow day in Knoxville, our Grace swimmers did an outstanding job in their events as multiple members of our swim team qualified to compete. Our relay team (Jordan Keelty, Sean O’Connor, Aaron Prieto and Jack O’Connor) placed 37/54 in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, bettering their time from 1:52.31 to 1:50.04, setting a new GCA record for the event. Jack O’Connor finished the 50-Yard Free Style during prelims in eighth place, earning his Junior National Cut with a 21.65. He moved to sixth place in the finals with a time of 21.58. In the event 100-Yard Free Style, Jack placed 17th in the prelims and made first alternate for the finals. He

Representing Grace Christian Academy at the State Wrestling Tournament were Michael Johnson, Dalton Jinkins, Todd Hargis, Austin Saporito and David Comfort.

has earned his bonus cut for Junior Nationals in this event. Our team had an impressive showing at this year’s event. Also representing GCA well at their state championships were our five state qualifiers in wrestling: Dalton Jinkins,

Sean O’Connor at the State Swim David Comfort, Competition in Nashville. Austin Saporito, Michael Johnson and Todd pounds) also earned his Hargis. Three came back 100th GCA career win at with medals, a first in State, along with a fifth GCA history! Senior Aus- place medal, and senior tin Saporito (126 pounds) Todd Hargis (152 pounds) earned sixth place. Senior earned fourth place at Michael Johnson (160 State. What a great honor!

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Active woman receives surprise diagnosis She attributed tiredness to boredom with fitness routine As Norma Burt sat in her doctor’s office one day last fall, she casually mentioned that her sister had just undergone bypass surgery. That simple statement touched off a series of events that left her reeling and still has her somewhat astounded today. “He recommended I have a second opinion on a stress test I’d had a couple of years ago,” Burt says. Sitting on the sofa in her well-furnished Loudon home, Burt doesn’t exactly look like someone you might suspect would need heart surgery. Because Burt has a family history of heart disease, she’s been careful to take good care of herself, keep her weight down, exercise and eat right. It was only when she started experiencing some discomfort in her chest during exercise a few years ago that her doctor sent her for that stress test. A visit to a cardiologist followed, and it was determined that her situation wasn’t dire enough to warrant further testing at the time. But that second opinion last year made all the difference. Parkwest Medical Center cardiologist Mitchell Weiss, MD, looked at the results of the test and felt Burt needed another one. On Dec. 18, Burt met with Dr. Weiss to hear the results. “He told me the test showed blockage and recommended I have a cardio cath,” Burt says. A cardiac catheterization can check blood flow in the coronary arteries, blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of the heart, find out how well the heart valves work, and check for defects in the way the wall of the heart moves. “During the cath he told me I had widespread blockage and that I would need bypass surgery.”

Norma Burt enjoys playing the piano again, after life-saving heart surgery at Parkwest Medical Center. “Many patients are surprised to find out that they have heart disease serious enough to warrant bypass surgery,” says Dr. Weiss. “Ms. Burt had developed severe coronary artery disease, with blockages in all three of the main arteries and a few of the principle branches thereof.” Weiss says the blockages ranged in severity from 70 percent to 100 percent, but she had not yet developed damage to her heart’s muscle. Burt’s friends were surprised, and so was she. After all, if ever there was a person who was a living and breathing example of healthy living, it was her. But there she was a few days later, meeting with surgeon Mike Maggart, M.D., on a Friday and then surgery was planned for just a few days before Christmas. “It’s almost like it didn’t re-

Mitchell Weiss, M.D. ally sink in,” Burt says of the surprising news. “It still hasn’t sunk in. I wasn’t really having symptoms.” The only other sign of trouble had been a little lethargy, but she didn’t recognize that as being a symptom of heart disease. When she didn’t feel like exercising, Burt assumed she was just getting tired of her fitness routine and chalked it up to laziness. “He told me to come to the emergency room if I experienced any problems over the weekend,” Burt says. “I wasn’t feeling well

Sunday evening. I had chest pains, tightness in the chest and some dizziness, so I went to the ER.” Burt was admitted to Parkwest Medical Center that night and underwent five-vessel bypass surgery Dec. 23. She got to go home the day after Christmas. Weiss explains Burt underwent coronary artery surgery, in which Maggart took a vein harvested from one leg and an artery from the inner aspect of her chest wall, then “bypassed” the blockages by surgically rerouting blood into the arteries further downstream. Normal blood flow was restored to areas in need. Weiss says Burt will likely need to stay on medication long term, but the surgical outcome was excellent. Having had some time now to think about heart disease, how it has affected her family and where she needs to go from here, Burt has some advice she’d like to share with other women. “I feel certain that I would not have survived before, or recovered as well after the surgery, had I not been in excellent physical health,” Burt says. “I work out several times a week with both cardio and strength training. I also walk and carry my golf bag for 18 holes of golf three to four times a week.” Burt recommends that women, if they aren’t already on an exercise program, start one and stick with it. She also feels strongly that it’s important for a woman to get and keep her weight under control. Research from the Ameri-

Debunking common heart disease myths Think you’re immune to heart disease? This might change your mind.

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✱ Myth: It’s a guy thing.

✱ Myth: I don’t have symptoms, so I’m OK.

There’s a common misconception that heart attacks are predominantly a threat to men. In reality, heart disease strikes more women than men. A woman dies from heart disease about every minute.

✱ Myth: It’s for older people. Heart disease impacts women and men of every age. In women, the use of birth control pills and smoking increases heart disease risk by 20 percent. Habits like overeating and living a sedentary lifestyle can make you more likely to suffer heart disease later in life.

✱ Myth: I exercise, so I don’t have to worry. Staying active definitely helps reduce your chances of developing heart disease. However, no amount of exercise can completely eliminate the risk. In addition, habits like smoking and unhealthy eating can counterbalance that exercise. You can also have high cholesterol (a key risk factor) even when you’re not overweight. The American Heart

Believe it or not, 64-percent of women who have died suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. It’s also possible to have symptoms without realizing it. Contrary to popular belief, severe chest pain isn’t the most common symptom of a heart attack for women. Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and pain in the back or jaw. Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue are other signs to watch for.

✱ Myth: Heart disease runs in my family, so I can’t fight it. Yes, you’re at a higher risk if there’s a history of heart disease in your family, but there’s still a lot you can do to dramatically reduce your risk. It’s estimated that healthy choices and awareness of symptoms have saved more than 627,000 women from the effects of heart disease.

can Heart Association backs her up. The AHA consistently reports that being overweight or obese raises blood pressure, raises blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lowers HDL “good” cholesterol, and can induce diabetes. “Get a second opinion on important health tests,” Burt continues. “Especially stress tests, and discuss changes in your physical condition with your doctor.” Last but not least, Burt says a woman should never assume that changes in her health like aches, pains and loss of energy are only signs of getting older, or other natural causes. After years of regular weekly exercise, Burt experienced physical changes that she shrugged off. “I didn’t feel like exercising,” Burt says, “but I thought I was just getting burned out on exercise.” Dr. Weiss agrees that being proactive when it comes to your health is always the best way. “I can’t stress enough the importance of seeking attention sooner rather than later,” Dr. Weiss says. “We want to intervene before significant heart damage has occurred, in hopes of preventing the development of congestive heart failure, permanent disability and even premature death.” Burt says she feels well and has started some exercise. During this time while her activity has to be limited, she’s also rekindled an old love – playing her grand piano. To learn more about the life-saving heart procedures at Parkwest Medical Center, visit, or call 865-374-7275.

Did you know? ■ Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. ■ Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. ■ An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. ■ 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. ■ The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men and are often misunderstood. ■ While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease. ■ Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women. ■ Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for African-American women. Source: the American Heart Association


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If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? That I would talk less and listen more. I’m getting better as I get older, so I figure if I live to about 110, I may be balanced.

What is your passion? Helping people – making a difference in their lives. That’s why I do what I do. I love to be a resource for folks.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? J.R.R. Tolkien – the creativity in his writings fascinates me. I’d love to meet the mind behind his books.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?

Sage Kohler

Sage Kohler went to the “other UT,” but she found a home in East Tennessee. In 2010, she had been with State Farm as an agent and in various executive positions for 28 years when the company asked her to take over the agency in Powell after the unexpected death of agent Andy Anderson. “We had never set foot in Tennessee,” she says. “I said, ‘I don’t know. I have to check it out.’ “We came down, and I fell in love. Absolutely fell in love. And six weeks later we were living here. It’s our favorite place we’ve ever lived. I can’t imagine leaving here.” Kohler was an Army brat, born in Fort Sill, Okla., who lived in 13 places before age 10, when her parents divorced. She moved with her mother and two younger sisters to Fort Lauderdale, where she says their life was nothing like the spring break good-times fantasy. After high school, Kohler spent two years at Auburn University before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin. She landed a job before she even graduated, doing sales for a radio station purchased in Austin by Clear Channel Communications. “I interviewed with Red McCombs and Lowry Mays,” she says, dropping some iconic names in radio history. “I was their top salesperson for two years, but back in the early ’80s I was female, young and not married, and when the sales manager job came open, even though I was their lead salesperson, they wouldn’t even let me interview. “I was like, done. I want to do something where I’m judged on what I do and not who I am or what sex I am. So I became a State Farm agent in 1984 at 24 years old. “The first policies I wrote were on myself. I was my best client for at least a month.” Kohler was an agent for 13 years, but she went into management in 1997 when State Farm asked her to become the director of recruiting for Texas. “As a State Farm agent, I have a few thousand households that I represent, but as the director of recruiting I was going to hire people that each and every one of them had a few thousand people they could help.” Helping people is Kohler’s goal in life. Although she went on to work in more management positions in Huntsville, Ala., Philadelphia and Louisville, Ky., she wanted to go back to being an agent, so the Knox County opening came at the perfect time. While she has moved her office from Powell to Hardin

Valley, where she lives with husband Louis, she remains involved in the Powell community – she’s president of the Powell Business and Professional Association – and says it’s an easy commute. Now, she’s close enough to her office to go home for lunch. And she’s right where she needs to be when – reluctantly – she takes time off. “We’re big lake people,” she says. “In the summertime we’re on the lake every weekend.” Sit back and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Sage Kohler.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? “I’ll have what she’s having” from “When Harry Met Sally.” The whole scene is hilarious!

What are you guilty of? Overworking. My family is always telling me to “have fun,” and my response is “when the work is done.” It just never seems to get finished.

What is your favorite material possession? My home – it’s my refuge. Its décor is eclectic – whatever I like, and I’m pretty eclectic.

What are you reading currently? I’m always reading several things at once. Currently, I’m re-reading Stephen Covey’s “First Things First,” John Piper’s “A Godward Life” and Veronica Roth’s “Allegiant” (last book in the “Divergent” series – requested by my 19-year-old daughter).

What was your most embarrassing moment? I was at a church worship weekend, and I went to a different set of bathrooms than I normally do, and yes – you guessed it – I went in the men’s. BUT (it gets worse) I didn’t realize till I was sitting and heard two men walk in, talking.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? Go to Australia. Become a grandma. Live on the lake.

My husband, Louis (March 10, 2014, is our 30th wedding anniversary). He loves me because of me and in spite of me. I have never doubted his love, and knowing that has helped me face tough days/times.

I still can’t quite get the hang of … Our Mac Apple computer at home. I work in a Windows environment all day, and when I try to do things on the Apple – it is NOT intuitive!

What is the best present you ever received in a box? Back in 1989, we really needed a car, and for Christmas my husband, who was selling Mazdas for a living, gave me a small box – better than jewelry … It was the key to a new model of Mazda – a red Miata convertible.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? This is tough – she gave me so much. Things like, “Don’t lay out in the sun or you’ll turn into an old brown leather purse,” but the best was probably, “Do what you know, not what you feel.”

What is your social media of choice? I’m terrible at all of it – not that I can’t or don’t enjoy it. I can just never find the time. If I had to pick, I’d say Facebook because I do love to catch up with old friends. It helped tremendously when I organized my 25th high school reunion.

What is the worst job you have ever had? Maid at my stepdad’s hotel. Not because I don’t like cleaning, because I do. But my supervisor, “Frenchie,” was OCD, and after you cleaned, she truly gave it “the white-glove test.”

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why? “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” – I think because they were such a diverse group of friends that had a goal and seemed to have the smarts to reach that goal – every week!

What irritates you? People who litter. Tennessee is so beautiful – I just don’t understand why some folks don’t get it.

What is one word others often use to describe you and why? Intense. I’m pretty passionate about anything I believe in or do … it’s never less than 110 percent, and I think that often exhausts the people around me.

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“The Trip to Bountiful” starring Carol Mayo Jenkins, Clarence Brown Mainstage, UT campus. Tickets range from $5 to $40. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Info/ tickets: 974-5161 or “Charlotte’s Web” presented by the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info: 2083677;; info@

TUESDAYS THROUGH MARCH 11 Living Well with Chronic Conditions, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Knox County Health Department classroom, 140 Dameron Ave. Free. To register: 215-5170.

MONDAY, MARCH 3 Ossoli Circle meeting, Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. Refreshments, 9:45 a.m.; Poetry Contest program by Faye Julian, 10:30 a.m.; Business meeting, 11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106. “Intuition, Evolution And What To Do About It” lecture by R. Michael Hendrix, 5:30 p.m., room 109, Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Info: 974-3200 or

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 UT Hospice Adult Grief Support Group meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info/reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277. Best-selling author Ron Rash will speak, 7:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Cosponsored by The Library Society of UT Knoxville and Friends of the Knox County Public Library. Free and open to the public. Reception for the 2014 Farragut Primary Schools Art Show, 5-6:30 p.m., Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. The work of young artists from Concord Christian School, Farragut Primary and Intermediate schools, and St. John Neumann Catholic School will be on exhibit March 3-14. Info: Lauren Cox, or 966-7057. Performances by Aubrey Baker, Pamela Klicka and Emily Mathis, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Community Room on Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Free and open to the public. Caregiver Support Group meeting, 10 a.m.noon, Room E 224, Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Speaker: Yvonne Marsh, CPA, Independent Financial Advisor with Marsh Professional Group LLC. Info: 675-2835. Council of West Knox County Homeowners Inc. meeting, 7:30 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church,

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Parent to Parent Support meeting for parents of children with mental health diagnoses, 6-8 p.m., KTOWN Youth Empowerment Network, 901 E. Summit Hill Drive. Info: Alicia, 474-6692 or abanks@tnvoices. org. Free “Creating and Maintaining a Home Rain Garden” workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tusculum College, Room 101, 1305 Centerpoint Blvd. off Lovell Road. Advanced registration required. To register: 974-9124. Info: The Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting, 7 p.m., Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders. Theme: “Of Hills and Rivers: Cherokee Women Writers.” A $2 donation is requested at the door. Info: Thursday, March 6 Energy Conservation in the Home, 6:30 p.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Free and open to the public. Info: 777-1750.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, MARCH 6-7 Bowl For Kids’ Sake at Family Bowl, 213 Hayfield Road. Times: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Friday. To register a team: www.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 6-8 The Picky Chick Spring Consignment Event, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Knoxville Expo Center.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 “Eat Me Two,” an exhibit of paintings of culinary drama by Denise Stewart-Sanabria, 6-10 p.m., Paulk + Co. Alternative Art Space, 510 Williams St. Also features demonstration of the art of sushi making by Sushi Academy of TN; organic produce and artisan baked goods will be available from local vendors. Opening reception for “Photography by Judge Harold Wimberly Jr.,” 5:30-9 p.m., The District Gallery. The show continues through March 22. Community Law School presented by the Knoxville Bar Association at O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Sessions: 9-10:45 a.m., “Wills & Estate Planning for Everyone”; 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., “Consumer Rights & Responsibilities: Protect Yourself and Your Assets.” Free. Preregistration requested: www.knoxbar. org or 522-6522. First Friday reception for “A Bird in this World” exhibit by the SASS Collective, 5-9 p.m., the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. The exhibit is on display March 7-29. Info: 523-7543 or Opening reception for exhibit by Knoxville artist Rick Whitehead, 6-9 p.m., Bliss Home, 29 Market Square. Free. Exhibit open through the month of March. UT Science Forum speaker: Marcy J. Souza,

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 7-9 ArtXtravaganza Art Show and Sale, Webb School of Knoxville’s Lee Athletic Center. Hours: 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Event is free and open to the public. Info: www. or 291-3846.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 7-23 World premiere of “Tic Toc” by Gayle Greene, presented by the Tennessee Stage Company, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info: www.

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