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Teacher sues on evaluation plan Mark Taylor has become the second Knox County educator to challenge the constitutionality of the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System for teacher evaluations. The Tennessee Education Association filed a lawsuit on Taylor’s behalf in federal court last week.

Read Betty Bean on page A-4

Sullivan talks about life in Karns Last week’s Karns History Club meeting was a particularly good one. Alberta Dale Sullivan, an African-American woman, shared tales of her life growing up in Karns. She has spent all of her 81 years on the family homestead on Carpenter Road, watching the community, and the world, change around her.

Read Nancy Anderson on page A-3

A celebration of marriage ... All Saints Catholic Church celebrated marriage on Feb. 28, with a World Marriage Dinner Celebration, honoring couples who have been married a long time and just a few months. Special recognition was given to couples who had reached a “milestone” anniversary – 1, 10, 25 and 50 – with all the honored guests being celebrated with food and dancing.

Read Ashley Baker on page A-7

What really matters ... Fans are buzzing about the Tennessee quarterback derby. The race is on to determine who starts the last Saturday in August. Of course that is a big deal but the Vols can line up with any of the four.

Read Marvin West on page A-5

Ugly Lotus is the practice model of the RoHAWKtics team’s competition star Black Lotus. Photo by Nancy Anderson Joseph Nuttal, from RoHAWKtics FRC team 3824, tosses the ball to Black Lotus during last month’s Palmetto Partners FIRST Robotics Competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo submitted Academy robot that is on its way – with its team of students and mentors – to the World Competition of FIRST Robots in St. Louis, Mo., April 23-26. The RoHAWKtics FRC team 3824 wowed the judges and com-

By Nancy Anderson Move over R2D2. The Black Lotus just might make you look like an antique. One thing for certain, it’s got game. The Black Lotus is the name of the Hardin Valley Academy STEM

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Big Ridge Park sets spring events By Libby Morgan There are lots of spring activities at Big Ridge State Park. ■ Ridge Runner 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5. This is the first of what organizers hope will be an annual event. Runners should arrive one hour before start. The 5K race will be run on park trails, and the Fun Run is on an asphalt surface. Pre-registration and online registration is $20 for the 5K race and $5 for the Fun Run. Go to www., or sign up at the North Side YMCA. Race director is Jennifer Massengill. Info: 865-922-9622 or ■ Easter Egg Hunt will be held the day before Easter, Saturday, April 19, rain or shine. This is the 16th annual event. Twelve thousand eggs filled with candy or toys will be ready for four age groups to find: 2-year-olds

and younger will hunt at 10 a.m.; 3- to 4-year-olds at 10:30 a.m.; 5to 7-year-olds at 1 p.m.; and 8- to 10-year-olds at 1:30 p.m. ■ Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike will be Sunday, May 11. Meet the rangers at the old stone CCC building at the park entrance on Mother’s Day at 2 p.m. to join in a wildflower hike. For anyone who is, has or knows a mother. ■ Father’s Day Camping Trip is set for June 14. It’s a canoeing and camping trip on the weekend of Father’s Day. Canoes, canoeing equipment, Saturday evening dinner and Sunday breakfast are included in the $30 fee. Participants must bring their own camping accommodations. The group will canoe to a backcountry campsite for an overnight stay on Norris Lake. For complete details and to sign up, contact Ranger Derek Wilson by calling 865-206-9459 or email him at

Big Ridge Lake’s peaceful waters

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petition earlier this month in Myrtle Beach by winning the Palmetto FRC regional competition and securing a berth in the world championship. The team also picked up the Industrial Design award. RoHAWKtics is a team of 52

students, the majority from the HVA STEM program plus others from home school programs and other Knox County schools that don’t offer the robotics curriculum. The team is divided into the builders, designers, programmers and business managers. Together with teachers/mentors John Tilson

Last week candidate Bobby Waggoner said at any given time there are fewer than 30 officers on patrol in the 400 square miles beyond the city limits, the area patrolled by the Sheriff’s Office. We asked Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones for a response and were told, “The sheriff doesn’t respond to purely political innuendos.”

Analysis This writer is old enough to remember when Bobby’s grandpa, the late Bernard Waggoner Sr., was sheriff. In the mid-1960s, Knox County had four cars on patrol for each shift: south, east, north, west. Tim Hutchison drove on the north patrol. Since then, mostly under


Hutchison’s leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has grown to some 1,000 employees. Most are eligible for a generous pension. And I believe the folks who are paying the bills deserve to know how many officers are patrolling the neighborhoods on each shift. It’s a simple question. Stay tuned. We will continue to ask until you get an answer.

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At home in Karns – for 81 years Last week’s Karns History Club meeting was a particularly good one. Alberta Dale Sullivan, an AfricanAmerican woman, shared tales of her life growing up in Karns. She has spent all of her 81 years on the family homestead on Carpenter Road, watching the community, and the world, change around her.

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Sullivan was sharp and witty as she regaled the group with stories from her days in Karns. It seemed she could find humor in most any situation, no matter how difficult. Sullivan grew up without running water or electricity. Education for rural African-American children was spotty at best, she said. Yet she continued through school to graduate from Austin High School in 1952, the same year her homestead got electricity. She acknowledged that getting through school was pretty tough, but her greatest challenges came when she was in a car accident in

Guest Alberta Dale Sullivan talks with club president Barbara Stevens at the Karns History Club meeting. Photos by Nancy Anderson

1961. Her car was hit by a delivery truck and knocked 180 feet. Sullivan suffered serious injuries including a concussion, broken bones and permanent damage to her legs, left arm and hand. “I still sew and crochet though,” she said. Her family’s arrival in Karns came through her grandfather, who started life as a slave, living near Claxton. When freed, he be-

HVA robotics team and Beth Love and a host of community and parent volunteers, the students design, build and program their robot to accomplish the task outlined by the FIRST competition guidelines. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and is an international program. Each year, teams of high school students like the RoHAWKtics build robots that can weigh up to 120 pounds, not including battery and bumpers. The robots have to complete a task that changes each year. The task is revealed in January of each year, giving the teams six weeks to perfect their robot for competition. The robots can operate autonomously and be guided by wireless remote control. This year, Black Lotus and its robot competitors had to work in an alliance with other teams to catch a ball and throw it over a barrier to another robot that then shot the ball through an opening, says Love. (Watch the YouTube video at In the final match in Myrtle Beach, the RoHAWKtics

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and Black Lotus outscored the last robot team standing by a score of 290 to 46. The educational benefits of FIRST competition are varied. Tilson says the students learn to work collaboratively and get to see a real world application of classroom curriculum. The need to be a problem-solver is paramount. Students are also exposed not only to equipment such as a Dimensional 3D printer, but they are able to work with community members who are experts in engineering, science, design and computer programming. The business team learns how to secure sponsorships and promote the team and sponsors. The annual budget for the program is $60,000.

gan to walk toward Karns, ending his journey on Carpenter Road in 1887 where he bought several acres and raised a large family. Sullivan’s grandmother was well-known for her delicious wedding cakes, and Sullivan is also an excellent baker. “I don’t know how good her cakes were,” she said of her grandmother’s baking, “but my five-flavor pound cake won a blue rib-

Each student pays $500, which can be raised through fundraising opportunities. With the finals in St. Louis coming up quickly, the RoHAWKtics are faced with raising approximately $15,000 to make the trip for the world competition. They are looking for corporate and individual sponsors so that the 56-members, including chaperones and mentors, can attend the competition. To assist or find out more about the team, contact Beth Love at The team will also be in action this week, March 27-29, at the Smoky Mountain Regionals at the Knoxville Convention Center. Black Lotus and the RoHAWKtics practice robot, Ugly Lotus, will be waiting to impress all comers. Admission is free.

Alberta Sullivan, in a photo from one of her scrapbooks. bon at the fair!” Sullivan’s family still lives on the old homestead, and she says she hopes to keep it in the family forever.

Fair planning starts with a run

Karns High School crosscountry track coach Hannah Smith stopped by the Karns Fair board meeting last Tuesday to go over this year’s 5k race. The annual 5k is the kick off to the Karns Community Fair and a very popular summer event. Hundreds of runners from all over Knox County come to Karns in the early morning hours to participate and help raise funds for the Karns High School cross-country track team. The fair intends to focus on being super kid-friendly this year, so Smith has followed suit and opened the event to more children in strollers. “It’s really rare to see a stroller-friendly 5k,” she said. “Last year we had a few strollers, and it went great. Hopefully this year more families will come on out with the kids.” Smith is currently designing a website for the race. To register early or sponsor the race, email Hannah Smith at Hannah. In other fair news, the call is out for more volunteers. Fair board president Rodney Pointer is looking for an enthusiastic person to chair the competitive exhibits committee. The chair will organize the event and invite crafters to submit their wares to compete for prizes. Contact Rodney Pointer at

Hanna Smith, Karns health and fitness instructor, stopped by the fair board to discuss the annual 5K race. ■

Liz-Beth is moving

Liz-Beth & Company, 9211 Parkwest Blvd., is leaving Cedar Bluff. The art gallery will be moving in May to a new location in The Gallery Shopping Center at 7240 Kingston Pike. Co-owner Bart Watkins said he’s looking forward to the move. The new location has warehouse space and a loading dock to accommodate their custom framing services and large corporate accounts. He said the gallery has been showcasing talented local artists and needs a location that is more traffic friendly. “Traffic on Cedar Bluff is kind of crazy,” said Watkins. “We’re looking forward to a more convenient, more retail-oriented location to showcase our artists. I love the mix of stores in The Gallery Shopping Center, and we’ll fit right in.” Liz-Beth will stay open for business and events right up to moving day.

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government Vodka as foreign policy Bob Gilbertson, owner of Bob’s Package Store on Winston Road in West Hills, has removed Russian vodka from his store in protest of the Russian occupation of Crimea. Gilbertson was interviewed on Fox News from the University of Tennessee’s Communications Building last week.

Williams House on March 18. Meetings are not open to the public, and a completion date has not been set, according to spokesperson Gina Stafford. However, this house and adjacent carriage house, which DiPietro inherited when he became president, has become a problem that everyone motoring on affluent Lyons View Pike sees daily. Victor This writer is cautiously Ashe optimistic that something positive will come from the creation of the committee, despite it having closed, unannounced meetings. Gilbertson said he was There appears to be a desire tired of Russia being a bully to resolve this continuing in its region and undermin- negative issue that was ing freedom. Wonder if any not the case with the prior other package stores will three UT presidents. join Gilbertson in his sup■ With the heavy port of freedom? push by state and local ■ UT President Joe Democratic leaders to urge DiPietro has named citizens to enroll in Obamaa high-level committee care before the March 31 to look at the Williams deadline rolls around, House on Lyons View Pike enrollment still has not in West Knoxville and reached the hoped-for nummake recommendations as bers due to intense negative to its future. coverage on the rollout, This is the historic home which the president hopes designed by famed Knoxto repair. ville-born architect John People undecided on Fanz Staub acquired years whether to sign up need to ago by UT and allowed to study it carefully and make deteriorate. a decision based on facts, It has become a major not on the partisan debate embarrassment to the unifrom both sides. Getting versity. Staub was also the the facts, which are in fact architect for Hopecote on true, may not be easy. Melrose Avenue on the UT It is interesting to note campus, also owned by UT. that Mayor Rogero has held DiPietro did this quietly several high-profile media without public announceevents to urge people to ment. Your writer learned sign up. of it through his own What is interesting is sources. The university not that she would do this, confirmed it and provided as I have no doubt Rogero the membership list. sincerely believes this is a The committee is chaired good program. However, by Butch Peccolo, the UT the city of Knoxville does system’s chief financial ofnot operate a public health ficer. Members are UT staff program. members Chris Cimino, Certainly, the mayor Katie Colocotronis, Woody should feel free to speak out Henderson, Katie High, on issues that she backs, Robbi Stivers and Tonja even if outside the immeJohnson; UT Trustee Raja diate jurisdiction of her Jubran and Pete Claussen. office. Jubran is an active However, public health builder as owner of Denark falls under the county Construction and has supmayor, Tim Burchett, who ported historic preservawas not invited to any of tion. He is a friend to Gov. these events. Dr. Martha Bill Haslam, who chairs the Buchanan, who heads UT Board of Trustees. the Knox County Health Claussen, who is a short Department, also was not railroad owner of Gulf and invited. Ohio, personally renovated Since Obamacare is disand saved the James Park liked by many Republicans, House on Cumberland AvBurchett may be glad to enue across from St. John’s have not received an invitaEpiscopal Cathedral. Both tion. However, this is a case know and support historic where city and county leadpreservation. ers went separate ways on a The group toured the significant issue.

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Brooks speaks out for colleagues Hardly anyone in Knox County has poured more time, work and love into a school than Mari Brooks at West High School, which she believes is the last, best hope for a better future for a significant portion of its students.

Betty Bean “I am a devout believer in public education,” she said. “It is the foundation of our nation, and it’s where kids learn to live in the real world. We’ve got kids born in 33 different nations at West and everything from the lowest socioeconomic group to the highest and everything in between. At West High School, you can excel no matter what your background.” Twenty years ago, when her three children were

young (they graduated from West in 2000, 2003 and 2007), Brooks noticed so many Webb School buses rolling through her Sequoyah Hills neighborhood that it looked as though it was zoned for Webb. That spurred her to get involved in a controversial rezoning that expanded West High and its zoning lines and allowed it to develop as a culturally diverse college-prep school. Then she set about helping it be successful, first as a volunteer and concerned parent, then as a highly effective fundraiser for the West High School Foundation and, finally, as a full-time German-language teacher. Along the way, she and her husband, Chris, an emergency-room physician, have taken in 13 foster children and eight to 10 foreignexchange students. Her students routinely blow the top off the annual national standardized tests,

and she offers big doses of European culture along with language instruction. She was Knox County’s 2010 High School Teacher of the Year. She misses Donna Wright, the former assistant superintendent (and Mari Brooks former West High principal) whom she calls “our guardian angel,” who left Knox County to take a job in Middle Tennessee a couple of years ago. On the same January day that Superintendent James McIntyre announced the results of teacher surveys that found that 70 percent of Knox County’s teachers feel mistrusted and micromanaged, Brooks donned a red sweater and went to speak to the school board. She said she was a little scared to be there but felt

an obligation to speak for the many young colleagues whom she fears are being driven out of the profession. They’re afraid to speak out, so Brooks, ever the volunteer, stepped up to be their voice. She warned of a coming “perfect storm” because TEAM evaluations are not coordinated with Common Core expectations, nor are schools equipped to handle the scheduled demands of PARCC testing plus current standardized testing. She predicted that school libraries will be overwhelmed with nonstop testing, thereby shutting out children who have no Internet access at home, and that schools are becoming data-driven assembly lines where teachers and principals are not valued. “Could I, who love teaching, encourage my children to enter teaching? I don’t know. I just don’t know,” she said.

Pensions: Is there room to fix them? Last week we examined the current pension shortfall ($170 million) and the rising costs to the city of Knoxville to keep it funded. Those costs are approaching $30 million per year. What can be done to make the older plans sustainable? Don’t we need to continue to work with employees to find a way to keep our pension plans and our city fiscally healthy? What does the Blackwell case have to say about it? Blackwell is the oft-cited boogeyman of public pensions in Tennessee. Employees rattle its saber when reform is suggested. Government officials seem to cower in its shadows: “Oh my, oh my, what if we are sued?” Don’t rock the boat. It seems easier to solve the problem by throwing your hard-earned money at it, rather than working through funding issues. Complicating that, most public officials are also members of the pension plan. Is there a conflict of interest? Can pensions be changed? What exactly did Blackwell hold? The only factual dispute was whether Shelby County could legitimately change the base salary/benefit formula for employee James Blackwell, who was already vested in the plan, from using his last year’s salary level to calculate his benefits (rather than the actuary’s recommended highestthree-consecutive-years’ salary) as the formula base. In the context of that 1981 case, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled no, Mr. Blackwell’s already vested

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interest in the plan benefit could not be changed without mutual consent. That’s the holding of Blackwell. The rest is what lawyers call orbiter dicta, Latin for stuff that was said generally but was not an essential part of the court’s holding. These are important statements to consider certainly, but not binding precedent in the next case. Indeed, Blackwell states as much, in rejecting the lower court’s reliance on the earlier Miles decision (involving judicial pensions expressly covered by the state constitution), that Miles did not control its decision here: “That case, like any other, must be read and interpreted in light of its facts.”

In short, courts are not legislatures. They do not make general laws; they interpret them in the context of the factual dispute before it. In surveying the law, Blackwell made clear that Tennessee public employees do not have a contract right to their job or their rate of pay. Except as protected by civil-service rules, they serve at the pleasure. Their compensation “is subject to legislative control” and “may be raised or lowered by the employer during their period of service.” Blackwell rejected plaintiff’s claim that pension plans are “frozen” against detrimental changes once an employee begins to participate. Rather, the court ruled that “public policy demands that there be a right on the part of the public employer to make reasonable modifications in an existing plan if necessary to create or safeguard actuarial stability, provided that no accrued or vested rights of members or beneficiaries

are thereby impaired.” What does that pronouncement mean today? It is subject to debate. One thing is clear: The specific facts matter. There was, for example, no municipal financial crisis in Blackwell. The court noted that the Shelby County plan had already been changed 36 times before the Blackwell dispute. Plan amendments had doubled employees’ contributions since the 1949 origin of the plan. Its indirect teaching is that parties can mutually agree to plan changes. Employee contributions can be raised. Cost of living adjusted. Everyone has an interest in keeping the plan fiscally healthy, affordable and sustainable, so it remains viable during later retirement. A growing number of municipal bankruptcies around the country reinforce that concern. So do labor-management accords in nearby Lexington, Ky., and Chattanooga. Nick Della Volpe, an attorney, represents District 4 on Knoxville City Council.

Mark Taylor challenges TVAAS By Betty Bean Mark Taylor has become the second Knox County educator to challenge the constitutionality of the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System for teacher evaluations. The Tennessee Education Association filed a lawsuit on Taylor’s behalf in federal court last week charging Gov. Bill Haslam, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and the Knox County Board of Education with

violating Taylor’s 14th Amendment right to equal protection from “irrational state-imposed classifications” by using a small fraction of his students to determine his overall effectiveness. “State policy has forced an over-reliance on flawed TVAAS estimates in highstakes decisions for our teachers,” said TEA president Gera Summerford. Taylor teaches physical science at Farragut Middle,

has primarily advanced students for whom no standardized test has been developed and was denied a bonus based on test scores of only 22 of his 142 students. Last month, TEA filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lisa Trout, who said she was misled about how her TVAAS score would be calculated. She is also challenging the state’s use of test results of a small number of her students to estimate her overall effectiveness.

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What really matters: offensive line Fans are buzzing about the Tennessee quarterback derby. The race is on to determine who starts the last Saturday in August. Of course that is a big deal, but the Vols can line up with any of the four.

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There is a lot of talk about the new and multitalented receivers. The team is almost certain to be better in the passing game. All of this is very exciting, but what really matters

at this stage of reconstruction is the offensive line. So much of what happens this fall will depend on the spring development of the big uglies. They’ve done all the weight, strength, endurance and flexibility training. Now is the time to put it all together and begin to grow as a unit. I think it is called functionality. Offensive linemen don’t get much attention unless they are really bad. This group does not appear bad, but it is different. Starters look OK. Depth is thin. There is one baby bull in the bunch. Coleman Thomas, 6-6 and 311, was front row in coach Don Mahoney’s meeting room, try-

ing to grasp the mysteries of tackle techniques, on the day he turned 18 years old. He was an early enrollee at 17 and did well in winter workouts. If Thomas, No. 3, 4 or 5 high school center in the country while at Fort Chiswell High in Max Meadows, Va., lines up against Utah State, just think what Tennessee faithful have to look forward to when he grows up. The switch from center to tackle was mostly a matter of need – and personality. Coleman is a blue-collar player who gets after it. He brings the tough, gritty style necessary for survival in the SEC jungle. And he may have enough athleticism to

enough nimbleness. Because he is versatile and unselfish, he will likely be the primary reserve guard and tackle and maybe center. Brett Kendrick, Marques Pair, Austin Sanders and Ray Raulerson are important components-to-be. Incoming freshmen? Somebody might help. My most encouraging thoughts regarding the offensive line came from Kerbyson. These guys have a little chip on their shoulders, something to prove. The goal is to be better than expected, maybe even better than the 2013 line. If that happens, Tennessee might be able to make a first down against Vanderbilt when it really needs one. Wouldn’t that be something!

cut off a linebacker. He has been a basketball center and baseball pitcher in spare time past. The other probable tackle is older and more mature but also learning on the job. Dontavius Blair, 6-8 and 310, came from Garden City (Kansas) Community College for the explicit purpose of stabilizing Tennessee’s left side. Blair could have signed almost anywhere. The Vols’ help-wanted sign was convincing. Butch Jones and I are guessing that juniors Marcus Jackson (6-2, 305) and Kyler Kerbyson (6-4, 304) will be the guards. They are not strangers. Jackson played a lot in

2011, not much in 2012 and none last season, red-shirt year to preserve eligibility for this obvious need. Kerbyson has been a secondteamer waiting for this opportunity. It is possible both will be more than adequate replacements for those who previously played the positions. The same could be said of junior center Mack Crowder, 6-2, 290. He has more toughness and smarts than actual experience but had a significant role last year. On my chart, depth is named Dylan Wiesman, sophomore, 6-3, 305, one of the six best linemen. He has the basic requirements – strength, intelligence and

Michele Carringer, who is running for an at-large County Commission seat, chats with visitors at the New Harvest Park event.

County Commissioner Dave Wright chats with fellow Commissioner Mike Hammond, who is running for Criminal Court Clerk, at the New Harvest Park event. “We can’t talk to each other!” Dave said, referring to the Sunshine Law. “A reporter’s here,” someone shouted back. “Just talk about the weather!”

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Matthew Mitchell: The new Geno? By Betty Bean Remember when some reporter asked Pat Summitt if she’d stop and help Geno Auriemma if she found him stranded on the highway? She said, “Sure.” When asked the same question about Summitt, Auriemma said nope. It’s been seven years since Summitt discontinued the hottest ticket in women’s basketball – her team’s home-and-home series with Auriemma’s UConn Huskies. She’d had enough of his smart-alecky ways and cutthroat recruiting tactics, and nobody could change her mind. A lot has happened since – Summitt’s 2011 Alzheimer’s diagnosis and 2012 resignation, UConn’s continued rise to the top. Tennessee continued Summitt’s practice of playing a brutal schedule crammed with top teams and legendary opposing coaches, but there was so much respect and sorrow for what had befallen the legendary Summitt that games were played out in sort of an era of good feelings. And who among us can work up a good hate for legend-inthe-making Dawn Staley or nice guy Gary Blair? Things had gotten kind of ho-hum. Something was missing. There’s a classic sports book by North Carolina Tarheel fan Will Blyth that says it all: “To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry.” Hating Geno was fun, wasn’t it? Remember how his flyweight associate head coach would grab his shirttail, dragging him spitting

and cursing away from the referees? Remember the big, noisy hordes of Connecticut fans who’d try to take over Thompson-Boling? Didn’t you just hate it? And don’t you miss it? What could possibly take the place of such goings-on? Enter Matthew Mitchell, head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, somebody we liked quite a bit when he was a Summitt graduate assistant in 2000. We appreciated his good judgment when he hired a bunch of Tennessee alumnae as assistants (Niya Butts, Kyra Elzy and Shalon Pillow), and we appreciated his kind words when Pat Summitt fell ill. But now he’s got a big mouth and a $7.95 million, seven-year contract that makes him the highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference. He’s beaten Tennessee coach Holly Warlick in a couple of recruiting battles and reacted in a churlish fashion when she hired Elzy away. Worst of all, when Kentucky won last month at Thompson-Boling (for the first time ever), Mitchell did the “Nae Nae” dance in the locker room. On our orange and white and Columbia blue chairs, people! The Nae Nae dance! (If you don’t know what that is, ask a kid). The Tennessee team felt disrespected and returned the favor by beating Kentucky in a heated SEC tournament final that featured two double technicals and freshman guard Jordan Reynolds dropping a postgame Nae Nae for the ESPN cameras at center court, pointing to her championship hat while Mitchell stewed on the sideline. It was, as Yogi Berra used to say, déjà vu all over again.

Matthew Mitchell performs at Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness. Photo by Univ. of Kentucky Athletics

Best show in town (and where’s Ed?) Who needs paid entertainment when you cover the county government beat? The fun started at County Commission’s workshop last Monday, when Jeff Ownby, apparently trying to reclaim moral high ground he lost when censured, went after Knox County Schools and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, who of late is a too-easy target. Ownby called the school s y stem’s P h y s i cal Plant Upgrades (PPU) account “a slush fund.” That’s a big-time charge. Jeff Ownby Richard Nixon nearly got thrown off Dwight Eisenhower’s ticket as vice president because of a mere rumor that he had such funds. Ownby said that a piano, a keyboard and the kitchen sink (OK, I made up that last one) were paid for out of said slush fund, and that Northshore Elementary School went about $3 million over budget with the difference made up from the fund, “and we’re still collecting bills.” He said he requested info from KCS, didn’t get it and

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finally went to the commission’s Audit Committee. McIntyre made a beeline to the podium. He said minor upgrades have for several years been paid for out of PPUs. “If you have any questions, please give me a call. These are fairly salacious allegations. I think it would be a professional courtesy if you called me.” Ownby said he requested info from finance guy Ron McPherson, sent a reminder and waited longer than the requisite number of Jim McIntyre days. So I asked, Ownby said. “Except for me, commissioner,” said McIntyre, who later said he was aware of the request but not of any concerns about it. While everyone was googling the word “salacious,” the ol’ English mi-

nor here smiled. The word, the root of which is salire, which means to leap (as in leaping to conclusions) has a second meaning – which I’m not printing here – that if McIntyre chose to use on purpose at Ownby means I’m going to hire him as head writer when I take over for Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” R. Larry Smith tried to corner the County Commission candidates present at the Halls Republican Club last week into saying whether they’d vote for a tax increase. “It’s a simple yes or no answer.” Michele Carringer, running for an at-large seat, correctly said it isn’t a simple yes or no answer, that it would be her last option, but she wasn’t prepared to take it off the table in case something catastrophic happened. Seventh District commission candidate Charlie Busler gave a similar answer, while his opponent, Bo Bennett, said there are more efficient ways of using county tax dollars so that a tax hike wouldn’t be needed. Point to ponder: Nobody likes new taxes, but if someone makes up their mind before ever being faced with such a scenario,

for my money that’s much more frightening than any tax increase. Ed Brantley, former radio guy who is running against Carringer for the other at-large commission seat, was on what he previously called a “longplanned” vacation with his son last week. Several folks say that family comes first. I say that early voting is less than a month away … ■


County Commission meets in regular session at 2 p.m. today (Monday, March 24) in the Main Assembly Room at the City County Building. Third and 4th District Democrats meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Bearden Branch Library. Leland Price, candidate for Knox County Criminal Court Judge Division III, and Jim Berrier, candidate for Knox County Trustee, will speak. Bo Bennett is hosting a “Hootenanny for Bo!” kickoff event 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Ivan Harmon’s place, Cumberland Springs Ranch, 4104 Sullivan Road. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at

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Bryan Massengale stands on his portion of the family farm in Rhea County, which he mortgaged to pay for Proton Therapy cancer treatments after his insurance company turned him down.


ryan Massengale lives in the home where he grew up, nestled on the family farm in Dayton, Tenn. Known as Massengale Dairy Farms before Massengale’s father passed away, it is listed as a Tennessee Century Farm, meaning that it has been owned by the same family for more than 100 years. And two years ago, that farm saved Massengale’s life. Massengale has been the band director at Rhea Middle School for 30 years. Now 55, three years ago Massengale visited his doctor for a routine check-up and received some troubling news. His prostatespecific antigen (PSA) blood test came back high for his age, a red flag that he could have prostate cancer. After more tests and a biopsy, it was confirmed that he had prostate cancer. Immediately, Massengale started investigating treatments. “I’ve told my students for 30 years that knowledge is power,” he said. He discovered proton therapy and met with a doctor in Jacksonville, Fla., at that time the closest proton therapy center. He liked the reported cure rate of proton therapy, and the lack of side effects. Meanwhile, his insurance company denied his request to receive proton therapy, insisting that he pursue surgical prostate removal or traditional radiation therapy. Massengale met with a surgeon, who gave him a 70

Make a difference Proton Therapy is the most advanced form of cancer treatment in the world, and now Tennessee has the Provision Center for Proton Therapy located right here in Knoxville. Our Tennessee proton center is one of only 14 operational centers in the nation. However, due to decisions by insurance carriers in Tennessee, if you are between the ages of 19 to 64, you are not covered for this unique treatment option. If you live in a neighboring state like Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia or Florida, you are covered and you can come to our center in Tennessee to receive treatment. Help us make sure that this treatment option is available to ALL Tennesseans that need it. Make a Difference. Urge Your Representative to vote YES on House Bill 264 and Senate Bill 435 Find your representative here:

The Tennessee Wind Symphony performs at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Bryan Massengale, cancer survivor and Rhea Middle School band director, plays bassoon for the group. percent chance to come away from the surgery without incontinence or impotence. To Massengale, those odds were not good. He met with a traditional radiation therapist, who refused to treat him, saying that the treatment could cause secondary cancers within 10 or 15 years. Since Massengale was relatively young, it was likely that the treatment would do more harm than good. The radiation therapist recommended surgery or proton therapy, which does not harm surrounding tissues or cause side effects and secondary cancers. “He said, ‘(The insurance company is) betting that you will die of other causes before those cancers kick in,’” Massengale said. Marcio Fagundes, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist and medical director of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, agrees that proton therapy was a good choice for Massengale. “Proton Therapy continues improving our ability to treat the tumor with limited radiation to the surrounding

tissues,” said Fagundes. “A recent study out of the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute resulted in excellent cancer free survival and minimal side effects. Other studies are showing improved results for lung cancer and pancreatic cancers. Protons allow us to shape the dose around critical organs, so breast cancer patients are spared damage to the heart or lungs during treatment.” Massengale appealed five times, and the insurance company denied every appeal, saying that proton therapy was not medically necessary. “I was angry,” said Massengale. “I’m very healthy. I take care of my body. In 28 years I had one outpatient surgery, and other than that and the common cold I was never sick. When I needed (this insurance) it wasn’t there. Someone else made the decision for me, this is the treatment that you’re going to get.” Massengale decided that he would pay for the proton therapy himself. His mother had divided the family farm between Massengale and his siblings when she passed

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away. After consulting with his family, Massengale borrowed against his portion of the farm to pay for the treatment he wanted. “I consider myself very lucky that I had that avenue to fall back on,” he said. Massengale started proton therapy in Florida Dec. 17, 2012, using his Christmas break to minimize sick days. He lived in Florida for seven weeks, completing treatment on Jan. 29, 2013. The last day of treatment, he rang the victory chimes and played “The Tennessee Waltz” on a piano in the lobby, a gift from the parents of a young girl who had received treatment for another form of cancer there. Then, he drove home. “I had virtually no side effects. I rode a bike or walked on the beach every day while I was there,” he said. At the end of his treatments, his PSA level was down from 8.5 to 3.2. It kept dropping at each of his 3-month check ups. He got a one-year check up Feb. 13, and his PSA level was down to .57. “The doctor said, ‘Go home and live a good life,’” Massengale said. Now that Provision Proton Therapy Center is open in Knoxville, Massengale said it will be more convenient for people to have proton therapy locally. “If Knoxville had been open, I could have taught school every day, saved my sick days and living expenses,” he said. He encouraged people to do their own research about treatment options. “Empower yourselves with knowledge,” Massengale said. “The treatment that you need will find you.”


Shopper news • MARCH 24, 2014 • A-7

The wings of the morning

Those attending World Marriage Day at All Saints Catholic Church were served a delicious dinner, with smiles, by Barbara Naessig, Darly Drown and Sheila Murphy. Photos by Ashley Baker

Enjoying dinner at World Marriage Day are John and Marilyn Wagoner, 52 years of marriage, and Monica and Richard Lara, 10 years.

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night, even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalm 139:9-12 NRSV) Not knowing is the worst of all. The dearth of answers to Cross Currents so many questions is frustrating. What happened to Lynn Malaysian Airlines Flight Pitts Drew and Joy Sexton take a turn on the dance floor. The couple MH 370? was celebrating 20 years of marriage. The mystery has been the topic of conversation at home, at work, at church. The loss of suicidal maniac who wanted so many lives, the apparent to go down in a sea of pubThe couple who had intentionality of the cause, licity? Is there any survivbeen married the and the “how will I ever get ing family member on the longest and the most on a plane again?” factor are Earth who has an idea? A recent newlyweds clue? If so, will they ever adswirling in our minds. were chosen to cut the mit it to the public? As the days go by, hope beautiful wedding cake, I fear there are no anbecomes thin, finally almost prepared by Cynthia nonexistent. The outcome swers. I fear there never will Crosby. Doing the seems inevitable, and yet, be. honors are Norman and Like I said, not knowing there is no closure. There is Florence Lapell, 62 years that tiny fragment of possi- is the worst of all. of marriage, and RichAll we can do is pray: for bility, the “But what if….” ardo and Iris Espinal, 3 When I was a teenager, the victims, for their surmonths. Shannon – my first Irish vivors, for the searchers, setter – disappeared, and as well as for airline pilots we never saw him again. and crews who had to go to For months, Mother and work the next day, and the I watched and hoped and next, and the next. For pasdreamed about him. In our sengers who had to board a dreams, we would turn to plane that afternoon. And, if each other and say, “This our hearts are wide enough, isn’t a dream, is it? You see we will find a way to pray for the perpetrator. him, too, don’t you?” When I was in college, one But it was a dream, and we of my professors asked me a never saw Shannon again. I understand that the question: “What do you conloss of a pet is qualitatively sider the most exciting word different from the loss of a in the English language?” I had to think only a spouse or a child or a parent, but the awful not-knowing moment before answerand the slowly disappearing ing, “Airport!” He looked startled, and I explained hope are similar. Beyond the what and the that I loved to travel, and an and Marilyn Wagoner, who for 62 years. A champagne how and the who, there lies airport was my passport to were celebrating 52 years toast followed, and then the biggest question of all: new and faraway places. a beautiful wedding cake, together. Sadly, I’m not so sure why? After dinner, the couples created by Cynthia Crosby, Was it terrorism? A single about that anymore. enjoyed the anniversary was cut and shared. waltz. All began together, taking a seat when their anniversary year was called. The last couple dancing was Norman and Florence Lapell, who have been married

A celebration of marriage at All Saints By Ashley Baker All Saints Catholic Church sponsored a World Marriage Dinner Celebration with food, dancing and special recognition to couples who had reached a “milestone” anniversary. “It is such a fabulous event,” says Barbara Naessig, who helped serve dinner.

“My husband and I were here two years ago celebrating 10 years of marriage.” She had such a great time that she has returned the past two years to volunteer. The fellowship was fun. Couples such as Monica and Richard Lara, celebrating their 10th anniversary, said they enjoyed talking to John

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Memories of trains and train wrecks Most 6-year-old kids adopt cowboys or cops as their heroes, but my favorite heroes were legendary railroaders like Casey Jones or the engineer in the “Wreck of Old 97” who died still clutching the throttle.

Malcolm Shell Most of my family worked on the railroad in some capacity, and a good deal of the conversation during family gatherings revolved around railroads. The fact that we lived quite close to the track was never a problem, and after a while the sound of the trains going by became something we looked forward to – especially hearing the whistle

blow. Each engineer had his own whistle blow, and my family taught me how to recognize the trademark blows of different engineers. Some were long mournful, lonesome sounds and others were quick, fast blows. In reflecting on that now, I wonder if the whistle blows were related to the engineers’ personalities. One of the things I was taught from an early age was never to place anything on the track that might cause a derailment, but copper pennies were allowed. I never used a dime or nickel because a kid on a 50-centa-week allowance simply couldn’t afford it. But after an engine and 50 coal cars rolled over it, the penny was paper thin, perfectly round and about the size of a silver dollar. With a little imagination, they were easily shaped into birds, butter-

flies and animals. Over the years I collected a menagerie of these artifacts. Serious train wrecks were not common, and some of the more serious ones like the great New Market wreck became legendary in the annals of railroad history. But Old Concord also became closely tied to train wrecks. Over several decades, three wrecks occurred within a half-mile distance in front of Main Street. Fortunately, no human life was lost, but that was not true for animals. In the early 1940s, two kids placed crossed railroad spikes on the track and tied them down with wire. The result was disastrous. The engine and a number of trailing cattle cars with sheep jumped the track and crashed. Many of the sheep were killed, others were seriously wounded and had to be put down, and others wandered the streets

in a daze. All able-bodied citizens participated in the effort to round them up and turn them over to authorities. Many wandered off into nearby fields, where farmers were able to coax them into pens and cattle trucks. Railroad special agents quickly identified the two kids responsible, and justice was served. I can’t recall the outcome but do remember their dastardly deed was the talk of the community for several years. Almost every citizen had his or her own story to tell. In 1988, disaster almost struck again along Main Street when coal cars derailed and threatened stores and homes located within 30 yards of the track. Several cars stopped only a few feet short of Hobbs Grocery Store, where citizens often gathered to whittle and swap tales. Fortunately, the accident happened during the time of day before their normal gathering time. The

cause of the accident was a broken axle. And the only remaining reminders today are a few piles of coal that were overlooked during cleanup. But one of the most serious wrecks occurred in 2004, when several tank cars carrying sulfuric acid derailed in a residential area. The ruptured tanks sent caustic fumes throughout the neighborhood. Some citizens were initially unaware of the nature of the fumes and came to investigate. Unfortunately, some received caustic eye and respiratory burns before realizing that the escaping fumes were quite hazardous. Both law-enforcement personnel and railroad officials moved quickly to the scene, and all persons residing within a two-mile radius were evacuated under emergency conditions. Some residents were not allowed to return to their property for several days. The railroad picked up the tab for their housing in

local hotels. For a place that was established in 1854 as a railroad town, Old Concord played an active part when railroads reach their zenith. But it also saw the decline of railroad passenger service, the closing of its train station and the eventual demise of its commercial district. And the village has also had more than its share of train wrecks. And the kid who wanted to be a railroad man ended up doing something far removed from a railroad career. But the sound of a lonesome whistle and songs like “The Wabash Cannonball” and “The Orange Blossom Special” still send chills up my back. They also bring back memories of a childhood spent along a railroad track watching passenger trains, The Pelican and The Southland, go by at night all lit up. And it brings back childhood dreams of being on them going to exciting places further down the line.

Violinists Edward and Mary Pulgar pose with Ana, 5, and Claudia, 3, on a family vacation. Mary describes Ana as “very happy and social. She’ll start dancing in the middle of a restaurant or playground or the mall.” Claudia is a “foodie” who loves to help her parents cook. But, Mary says with a laugh, “she manages to spill or break anything and everything!” Photo by Sarah Earhart

Violist Katy Gawne and her husband, Tim, welcomed Alice in 2004, and their most recent addition is Louisa Jane, born in 2012. Alice loves Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Star Trek,” Legos and all things American Girl, but the honor student “wants to be either a pediatric surgeon or a biomedical engineer when she grows up,” says her mom. “Louisa loves music. She’s a big fan of Stan Getz, Laurie Berkner and Lady Gaga.” The Gawnes have been dealing with a series of medical problems that manifested soon after Louisa’s birth. Katy says, “The flip side of the difficult times is that when the highs of parenting happen, they are intense.” Photo by Tim Gawne

Kiri Fellenbaum, born in 2011, demonstrates her own special charm. Her parents are KSO associate conductor and UT orchestra conductor James Fellenbaum, who also heads the KSO’s Youth Orchestra, and trumpeter Sarah Chumney Fellenbaum. James says, “She is into Elmo and other Sesame Street characters, puppies, elephants, princesses, Play-Doh, sandboxes, drawing and making up new words to songs she already knows!” Kiri has been in the Knox County Kindermusik program for two years. “She enjoys directing others during play,” says her mom, “so she’ll probably be a conductor in later life!”

The Bray-Thompson family manages a trio of dark-haired sprites – Nick, 10, Sophie, 7, and Lainie, 4. Nick is already our computer guru, say the parents, clarinetist Erin Bray and bassist Dan Thompson. “He was first appointed classroom computer assistant in first grade and has been the tech guy ever since. Sophie loves the outdoors and is the most generous soul we’ve ever known. She is a trickster, always quick with a laugh, and lives for practical jokes. Lainie is the living child reincarnation of Ethel Merman. She sings everything – about her dinner, her socks, while tattling on her siblings – she also has a quick wit and a booming laugh.” Photos by Erin Bray

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We all know that the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is capable of making beautiful sounds. But its members also seem to be very good at producing Carol offspring. Zinavage In 1991 the group experienced a baby boom the likes of which they’d never seen with a record number of 10 new parents all at once, or very nearly. Those KSO The Allard brothers, Owen and Noah, get goofy at Christmas babies are grown now and with their mom and stepdad, Jill and Mac Bartine. “Quirk-wise, working at graduate school one right after the other for quite a few years now. as twins, they are just so different!” says Jill. “One loves vanilla, or careers of their own. But lately there’s been Must be all that romantic one loves chocolate. One’s lean, one’s solid. One’s a picky eater, the other loves gumbo and baby octopus!” Jill, originally from another “wave.” Though this music their parents play. Houma, La., has been a flutist with the KSO since 2000. Photo by one’s a bit more spread out, Send story suggestions to news@Shopthe kids have come along Jill Bartine

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The newest member of the crew, Jacqueline Marie Roche, was born in August 2013. Her mother is French hornist Jennifer Crake Roche. Speaking of husband Sam and their new life with the little one, Jennifer says, “She is the best alarm clock – even when she wakes up early, we just can’t help being happy because this beautiful, happy perfect baby is smiling and cooing at us. ‘Jax’ is a daddy’s girl and Sam is a girl’s daddy! They have such a special bond and share their own lovey and cuddly time together.” Photo by Joscelyn Haward Photography

The Khuziakhmetov girls, Maia, born 2012, and Alexandra, called “Sasha,” born 2011. Maia was given Mardi Gras beads at a recent family wedding in New Orleans, and loves to put all of them on at once. Sasha has learned all the words to “A Bushel and a Peck” from the musical “Guys and Dolls,” and she loves to watch Doris Day singing the song on YouTube. The girls’ parents are Ildar Khuziakhmetov, cellist, originally from Uzbekistan, and Jennifer Bloch, violist. Photo by Jennifer Bloch

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Wanted: students’ expressions Farragut High School junior Emma Jeter is starting a literary publication for the students at her school. Farragut Expression will be published at the end of the Emma Jeter school year, and it is completely student driven. “I think that having something like Farragut Expression is important because it is purely creative,” said Emma. “It isn’t a contest or a comparison. It doesn’t require an application or an interview. It is simply an opportunity for students of all backgrounds to submit their independent work and have it published for their peers to see.” Farragut Expression will

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include artwork and written content. Copies will be sold for $5 although anyone who has their work printed in the book will receive a free copy. Emma got the idea for a literary magazine from her mom whose high school had one. “I want this to be something completely independent,” said Emma. The publication is completely created by students. It is not considered a publication of Farragut High School. Sponsors are needed to help with the costs of printing Farragut Expression. Info: farragutexpression@

Hardin Valley Elementary School teacher Rob Eichholtz and PTA parent Gray Clark portray characters from Star Wars during the Hawk Walk. ■

Savage to play for Roane State

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Grace Christian Academy senior Kaleb Savage has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Roane State Community College. The catcher has played for 14 years and says his favorite part of the game is getting at-bat. While playing for Roane State, Kaleb plans to pursue a degree in business mar- Hardin Valley Elementary School first grader Moira Barnett keting. His parents, Tracie and Sammy takes a break from laps around the gym to try on a bullet proof vest with the help of SWAT officer Chris Lougheed. Photos by S. Savage, attended the signing.

Hawk Walk brings out the crowd

Hardin Valley Elementary School held its annual Hawk Walk in the gym this year because of brisk outdoor temperatures. The fundraiser lets the students help the school by doing something healthy instead of selling magazines or other merchandise. Students gather pledges from family and friends to walk around the gymnasium. Sponsors from all over the community come out to show their support including the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the rescue squad and the bomb squad, and mascots from businesses including Chick-fil-A and Sweet Frog waited at each turn to high-five students. This year, volunteers also came disguised as storm troopers and other characters from Star Wars. Physical Education teacher Rob Eichholtz answered to Rob Hawk Walker and PTA parent Gray Clark, who went by the alias Princess Graya, led the students in their laps. Each class participated for an hour throughout the day. All proceeds will benefit the school’s PTA.


SCHOOL NOTES Free math tutoring ■ Free math tutoring is available from a certified teacher and former high school math teacher. Sessions are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for algebra I and algebra II at Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7234 Middlebrook Pike. To reserve space, call or text 388-1725 or email

Lawnmower safety clinic ■ A free lawnmower safety clinic for grades 5-8 will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 5, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Watt Road. Learn basic maintenance, safety and how to start a lawn mowing business. Each child must have an adult present. Lunch will be provided by the Optimist Club of West Knoxville. Deadline to pre-register is Wednesday, April 2. Info: 215-2340.

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A.L. Lotts kindergartners Peggy and Grace Feng create artwork at one of The Muse Knoxville’s STEAM stations. Photo by S. Barrett

Science Night at A.L. Lotts Atomic City Aquatic Club competes in Chattanooga Abigail King, Julia Mason, Jessica King and Madeline Linkous represented the Atomic City Aquatic Club with 52 other athletes in the SE Eastern District Championships in Chattanooga. Julia took 4th place in the overall individual 8u. ACAC has 20 swimmers who will compete at the southeastern championships. Photo submitted grades 9-11, text @farragut to 442-333-4864.

■ The robotics club collects used printer cartridges and old electronics. They can be labeled “FRC” and dropped off in the main building’s first floor office. Sign up to receive texts of important updates regarding college information, testing and events from the counseling office. For seniors, text @farraguths to 442-333-4864. For

SPORTS NOTES ■ Sign up as an individual player or bring your own team. Knox Youth Sports softball is a developmental recreational league for girls ages 7-13. Games are at Lakeshore Park. The season begins early April and ends by Memorial Day weekend. Register online at or call 584-6403.

■ Sign up as an individual player or bring your own team. Knox Youth Sports baseball is a developmental recreational league for boys and girls ages 3-12. Games are Monday-Thursday and Saturday at Lakeshore Park with some games at Sequoyah Park. The season begins early April and ends in June. Register online at or call 584-6403. ■ Knox Youth Sports lacrosse league is for boys ages 9-14, excluding high school


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By Sara Barrett Students at A.L. Lotts Elementary School showed off their science projects during Science Night. Cafeteria tables were covered with poster board displays and materials used in experiments. Parents and siblings socialized with students who discussed the results of their testing. Also on hand were folks from The Muse Knoxville with several stations of gadgets, puzzles and art supplies to keep little hands busy. The theme was STEAM, with activities for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Objects levitated over a balloon because of static electricity; boats were made from aluminum foil, electricity was created using magnetic circuit boards and geometric art was created from circles.

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Deadline nears for Hometown Heroes

Nominations for Home Federal Bank’s Hometown Heroes community service awards are due Friday, March 28. The program honors everyday citizens who do extraordinary things for others and for their community and also financially supports area nonprofits. Little League coaches, senior-citizen center workers, teachers, Scout leaders, nonprofit volunteers and other individuals who work in their own way to make East Tennessee a great place to live are potential honorees. “Hometown Heroes has two key components,” said bank president Dale Keasling. “First, it recognizes our community’s volunteers for the work that they do. Second, it offers financial support to the organizations they so passionately serve.” Eight Hometown Heroes honorees will be recognized

for their volunteer work in the community and will select a local nonprofit for a $2,500 donation in their name. From these finalists, a top winner will receive an additional $2,500 for donation to his or her chosen nonprofit. Nomination forms are available for download at http://www. or can be picked up at any of the bank’s locations in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. Winners will be announced beginning in April at various Home Federal Bank branches. “Hometown Heroes reflects the heart of Home Federal Bank,” Keasling said. “As a hometown bank, we are invested in our community and welcome this opportunity to honor the people of East Tennessee who tirelessly give of themselves to make it an even better place.”

Ashley Wu and Justin Smith demonstrate one of the rowing machines at the Iron Tribe ribbon cutting.

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Working out with Tribe By Nancy Anderson The grand opening and ribbon cutting for Iron Tribe Fitness in Turkey Creek last week was the beginning of big things for owner Ashley Wu. It was also the culmination of a personal journey. Wu says she was an overweight mother of three who stayed home and had no friends, low self-esteem

and little drive to do anything different. At a low point, she walked into an Iron Tribe Fitness center and became engaged in the process they showed to promote fitness and good health. The changes didn’t happen overnight, says Wu, but she slowly began building her strength – and her dreams. Part of her mission in opening the Turkey Creek Iron Tribe is to give back to the community and help

support those in need. She says she also wants to help others find and accomplish their dreams, which usually include being healthy. One of the organizations they support is Neverthirst, a group striving to provide clean water wells in India, Cambodia and the Sudan. On the Tribe team are coaches Justin Smith and Whitney Gibson and general sales manager Josh McGuire.

Spring 2014 Classes Workshops and Events Preventing Home Improvement Pitfalls – A General Code Overview for Homeowners and Builders When: Thursday, April 3: 5:30 p.m. What: The Community Development Department will give a general overview of the Town’s requirements for home improvement projects. Cost: Free – no registration required Farragut Dogwood Trail When: Wednesday, April 9 – Sunday, April 27 What: The 7.9-mile-long Farragut Trail is part of over 60 miles of trails in the Knoxville area. Visit for more information. AARP Smart Driving Program When: Thursday, April 10: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. What: Participants must be 55 years of age or older and complete 8 hours of class time to be eligible for a discount (up to 10%) on their auto insurance. Cost: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-AARP members. Bring cash or check payment to class. Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 9 Spring Up Floral Arrangement When: Thursday, April 10: 6:30 p.m. What: Cranberry Hollow – a unique gift store located in Farragut – will show you how to spring up a floral arrangement and decorations. This class is sponsored by the Farragut Beautification Committee! Cost: Free – no registration required Atoms in Appalachia: Secret City and Super Science (Farragut Folklife Museum) When: Wednesday, April 23: 6:30 p.m. What: Museum Committee member Steve Stow will give a special presentation on the Manhattan Project and its impact on East Tennessee. Cost: Free – no registration required

Winner of the Farragut Rotary Spelling Bee in 2013 was the home team, represented by Fred Martin, Stephanie Myers and Bruce Williamson. Photo by Sherri Gardner Howell

Matching wits with the dictionary By Sherri Gardner Howell It is time for those internal spell-checkers to kick into high gear. The 8th Annual Rotary Club of Farragut Adult Spelling Bee will be Tuesday, April 1, at Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd., Farragut.

The adult spelling bee is a major fundraiser for the Rotary club. While some “April Fools’ Day” surprises are planned, the Bee is serious business in its mission. Monies raised each year benefit club programs that include help for schools, Imagination Library and student education.

All spring classes, workshops and events will be held at the Farragut Town Hall community or assembly room, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, unless otherwise stated. Hurry - classes fill up fast!!!! Call 966-7057 to register (if required). Payment must be received within 5 business days of date of registration but no later than the registration deadline (unless otherwise indicated on class description). No refunds are given after the registration and payment deadline. The Town of Farragut is not responsible for costs associated with the purchase of supplies when a class is canceled.



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NEWS FROM WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE Webb’s Middle School program supports the overall growth of each student. Extensive offerings in both curricular and extracurricular areas, including community service, athletics and class trips, help to ensure that we are growing well-rounded young leaders and allowing students to explore areas of great passion.

WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL FACTS • College preparatory curriculum designed to meet the needs of early adolescents • Class sizes average 18 students with no classes of more than 20 • World Language offerings (Spanish, French, Latin) become a core course, beginning in 6th grade • Weeklong class trip program for each Middle School grade

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• Advanced math classes, beginning in 6th grade

Placing the student at the center of learning By David Nelson, Webb Middle School Head


middle school’s curriculum provides some important insight into how a school thinks about adolescence and the role of school in an adolescent’s life. The incredible uniqueness of early adolescents – kids from 10 to 15 years old – demands and deserves a program that matches their energy, curiosity, and social nature. These formative years of adolescence provide a wonderful Nelson opportunity for educators and parents to help develop a prescriptive plan that will allow students to be successful now and in the future. Failure to seize this moment can be monumental. Thus, it is imperative that we offer programs that meet the needs of early adolescents and that we have teachers committed to the overall development of the middle school student. At Webb, the middle school experience focuses both on strengthening core academic skills to better ensure success at the high school level and on exploring a wide array of non-academic interests that add diversity and value to a balanced day. Placing the student at the center of learning and recognizing that intellectual growth is one of the many developmental challenges for a middle schooler are at the heart of Webb’s Middle School philosophy. As early adolescents enter into this critical stage of self-exploration, they deserve a program with a broad and diverse array of classes and activities.

Webb’s extensive offerings in both curricular and extracurricular areas help to ensure that the school is developing well-rounded young leaders and allowing students to investigate areas of great passion. Students take daily classes in math, science, World Languages, social studies, literature, and composition; those classes form the bulk of their school day. Additionally, students can enroll in various music, art, drama, robotics, and physical education classes. This balanced and diverse daily schedule allows them to gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, various disciplines, while acquiring key core knowledge and skills. It is through these classes that Webb aspires to develop the salient skills of the 21st century student: communication, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and problem solving. These critical skills will allow students to tackle more rigorous content in future study as well as prepare them for an everchanging world. Among all the components that contribute to successful learning and overall growth, two stand out as significantly more important. The quality of the faculty and the facultystudent relationships distinguish exceptional educational experiences. Just as any delicious entrée needs quality ingredients, strong schools need outstanding faculty members. Superior independent schools strive to attract faculty who bring a wide variety of life experiences, talents and interests to the classroom, as well as a strong commitment to both quality education and the welfare of each student. These teachers help construct an environment where students understand their strengths and weaknesses, take intellectual risks

without fear, and maintain a positive approach to learning. Healthy school cultures are characterized by relationships between teachers and students that are forged through mutual respect and genuine friendships. Successful faculty-student relationships allow teachers to be more than just sources of information – they become advisors and confidants. The more the teacher knows about the student, the more effectively learning takes place. Quality teachers pride themselves in knowing each of their students as an individual and being able to offer appropriate support when needed. The commitment to developing a well-rounded young person is paramount in a great school.

• Required 12-week, annual engineering course, starting fall 2014 • Strong service learning program that promotes leadership and community awareness • Advisory program ensures that every student has an adult advocate • Full menu of athletic offerings - 13 sports teams for 6th & 7th grades - 21 sports teams for 8th grade

TRANSFORMING LEARNING WITH TECHNOLOGY In anticipation of a rapidly changing world, Webb School continues to research and implement programs that will enable our students to succeed in a global society. One strong example of this commitment is our one-to-one iPad initiative.

The program allows each student and teacher to take learning mobile. Our students use video and audio components to capture key activities in class and review them at a later time. They enter into realtime chats with their classmates about topics such as the Articles of Confederation. They write essays that are assessed electronically by an application that provides instant feedback and tutorials. Beyond using the iPads for learning, the one-to-one program gives us an almost hourly platform to teach digital literacy and citizenship. It provides the opportunity to explore digital etiquette, rights and responsibilities, laws, and security. We understand clearly that simply placing an iPad in the hands of an early adolescent will not prepare him/her for the tech world they will inherit as adults, but daily use will allow them to be competitive in college and beyond.

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Volume speaks volumes when choosing a joint surgeon Parkwest Joint Center known for tackling hard cases When the going gets tough, the really tough cases go to Parkwest Joint Center – The Retreat. That’s because Parkwest has quietly gone about building a reputation as the place to go when joints – and joint replacements – have gone bad. “We take on really complicated cases,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Naylor, co-director of the Parkwest Joint Center. “We’ll go to any extreme to save a leg, but you’ve got to have a dedicated team, the right equipment and the rehab facilities to make it work,” Naylor said. One such case was that of Linda Kidman, a 52-year-old grandmother from Virginia, who sought out orthopedic surgeon Dr. Hal Cates, Naylor’s colleague and Joint Center co-director, after two failed knee replacements and six surgeries had left her leg bent and twisted at a 45-degree angle. Doctors at a prestigious teaching hospital in another state told her that she should have her leg amputated because nothing more could be done for her. “She goes to a very well-established academic center, and they say, ‘Gosh, you need an amputation,’ and that would’ve worked but there are other ways,” said Cates. “All complex cases are different – you can’t ‘cookbook’ those. Whether it’s a firsttime knee with a bad deformity or a complicating medical problem that makes recovery complex, there are all kinds of things you can do.” Cates points out that patients considering joint surgery should do some homework when choosing where to receive their care. He recommends doing a side-by-side comparison in the facilities and ask questions about experience, skill level and staffing. “Studies show that true joint surgeons who do several hundred procedures a year have fewer complications and better outcomes,” Cates stated.

Joint pain can be debilitating, however, the skilled, experienced orthopedic surgeons at Parkwest take on the most complex cases to get their patients back in action. Joint Center Medical Director Paul Naylor MD stresses that every case is unique and must be approached as such. He says, “You have to form a winning game plan before you go into the operating room.” Cates and his colleagues at Parkwest perform about 1,900 surgeries annually – approximately five surgeries a day for a calendar year. This number is much higher than an “average” joint center, and their outcomes are impressive, despite the number of complex cases. Approximately 15 percent of the surgeries are reworks of previously failed operations. When a patient arrives with a history of a failed operation, missing bone, missing muscle attachments, ligament issues or bad knees along with bad hips, Cates may consult with colleagues Naylor, Dr. Brian Covino, Dr. Brian Edkin and Dr. Paul Yau. “Having seen those kinds of complex cases over the years, you learn to

look individually at those and it helps with the thought process,” said Cates. “We often have discussions about how best to address that particular patient, that particular problem. We employ everybody’s thoughts and experiences and come up with a wellthought-out plan.” “We may even send cases off to experts in other states for their input. There is a clique of highly educated professionals who have depth of experience with this kind of thing and we all share our toughest cases and get really great feedback,” Cates continued. “So, the patient isn’t just seeing one person – they may be ‘seeing’ 15 people who will discuss your complex case.”

Joint Effort: ‘The Retreat’ leads the way Dr. Paul Naylor and Dr. Hal Cates make no bones about it – it takes a joint effort. It takes dedicated staff working across departments, patients giving honest feedback, a marriage of research and technology, and doctors working with researchers and other doctors. Put it all together and you have the Parkwest Joint Center – The Retreat, one of Tennessee’s leading providers of hip, knee and other joint replacements. Parkwest has had a designated area for Joint Replacement since 1993. In 2007, the center moved to occupy the fifth floor of Parkwest Medical Center where Naylor and Cates – co-directors of the center and former medical school classmates at the University of Tennessee-Memphis – assembled what has become an orthopedic dream team capable of any joint surgery one can imagine. “Most of the Joint Center staff is hand-picked,” Naylor, also the hospital’s vice chief of staff, said during a rare break between surgeries. “Every one of those nurses asked to be on the Joint Center floor. They want to be there. When we first started, we asked, ‘Who wants to do this?’ and we told them the guidelines and what we were going to be doing, and these are the people that we picked. It really makes a difference when you’ve got people who

“We collect numbers like length of stay, number of infection events, deep vein thrombosis, patient satisfaction scores, and we can match anybody in the country – Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, special surgery in New York,” said Naylor. “We are as good or better than any joint center in the country. We stack up with the best.” The Joint Center keeps in touch with patients after the procedure. Patients from the previous quarter are invited to a dinner in which they are encouraged to give Naylor, Cates and Covino feedback on their experience while at Parkwest. “We tell them, ‘All right, we hear the positives. We want to hear the (Standing) Hal Cates, MD and (seat- negatives. We don’t get better by patting us on the back Tell us what it is ed) Paul Naylor MD. that we lack. Did we wake you up too many times during the night? Did are doing what they really love.” we stick you too hard with a needle? “We were well ahead of our time What can we do to make it better? and remain so today,” said Cates. Anything? We want to be best in the Today, Parkwest Joint Center is country so we strive to find out what, among the busiest programs in the if anything, is bothering you.’ ” area. Although Parkwest has roughly The feedback, Naylor said, has 40 to 50 active and courtesy physi- been enormously useful, resulting in cians, about 90 percent of the total earlier times for the food service and joint surgeries are performed by medication schedules. And when the Cates, Naylor and Dr. Brian Covino hospital switched some ice coolers, with the remainder handled by Drs. the patients were quick to point out: Rick Parsons, Richard Cunningham, the coolers are nice, but they don’t Paul Brady, Chris Shaver, Robert hold as much ice. Smith, Paul Becker, Robert Jackson “So we went back to the low-tech ones because that’s what the patients and Christopher Sherrell.

“You want one operation, not two more or 10 more,” said Naylor. “So you must get it right the first time. You have to go in there prepared for every kind of eventuality, bring along all kinds of extra equipment. That takes a lot of pre-op planning, calling a lot of different reps to make sure you have all types of different implants you could possibly use and all different equipment. You have to form a winning game plan before you go into the operating room.” Sometimes, “winning” requires creating custom implants, a highly prized skill that has earned Cates and Covino spots on the implant design teams of multiple major manufacturers. “In cases where the defect and the

wanted,” said Naylor. “You think you are doing the right thing, but the patients come back and say, ‘No, no, you don’t understand. …’ Little things like that really make a difference in a patient’s experience.” “Some of them become volunteers,” Cates said. “They believe so strongly in the center that they become volunteers once a week or once a month to help other patients because they are the best advocates of joint care.” Cates added that Parkwest’s history and patient volume “speaks for itself.” “When patients ask other patients about how they did, there’s a reason people come to Parkwest,” he said. “It’s because the doctors there do a good job, stay current, doing what’s best for the patient. We welcome those patients and they seek us out.” There is no shortage of patients, either. According to Naylor, Medicare is predicting that the number of total joint replacements in the United States will triple within the next 20 years, largely due to the aging Baby Boom population. “The demand is unbelievable,” said Naylor. Looking back on his 24-year career, Naylor says he’s not only seen many changes in the field of orthopedic medicine, but changes in Parkwest as well. “We’ve built a really collegial staff and we also excel in outcomes and patient satisfaction.” “It’s not the surgery – it’s the patients that make it satisfying for me,”

missing bone are so bad that a conventional implant won’t work, you may have to make a special custom device. You have to make what goes in that patient,” said Cates, who has done just that in more than 60 cases – second most in the state. “In the Southeast, hardly anybody does custom implants, but we do it all the time. We can handle anything that comes in.” What’s more, Parkwest is currently part of an implant trial funded by the Food and Drug Administration as well as one of only 12 centers in the nation to participate in a retrieval study of total hip arthroscopy devices conducted by Drexel University and funded by the National Institutes for Health. Cates’ own expertise is irrefutable. As founder and president of the Tennessee Orthopedic Foundation, he has authored articles for medical journals and publications, and is frequently called upon to speak at conferences in New York, Nova Scotia, Osaka, Las Vegas and other venues. His topics often cite research collected by the Foundation. “We track patient outcomes and have done so since I came into practice,” said Cates. “So I’ve got about 20 years’ worth of data, probably 25,000 photos and 20 years’ worth of interesting cases and follow-up that not a lot of surgeons have.” “I give all my patients a copy of what their joint looks like during surgery and a copy of what it looks like before we close – I’ve done that for 20 years,” Cates said. “They get operative notes and color photos. The visual information helps them have a more complete understanding. Patients use what they know to get back to the lifestyle they prefer following joint replacement surgery.” For more information, visit www. or call 865-373-0091.

The Parkwest Joint Center performs almost 2,000 total joint replacements yearly, giving patients a precise and highly functional implant that will last them for many years to come. The center provides extensive education to patients prior to surgery and at discharge to ensure that they have the best possible outcomes with their new joint. said Naylor. “You can’t imagine what it’s like when somebody comes in and they can’t walk and you fix them and they come back and say, ‘Doctor my life is so much better! You’ve changed my life. I’m walking and playing with my grandkids, I’m playing golf, I’m doing things with my friends again.’ There’s no greater reward than hearing that.” For more information, visit www. or call 865-373-0091.

ORTHOPEDIC EXCELLENCE Patients who undergo elective orthopedic surgeries at high-volume, regional hospitals have better surgical outcomes and experience fewer complications than those who undergo those surgeries at local hospitals.* Ask how many joint replacement surgeries your surgeon does and trust your care to the experienced orthopedic surgeons at Parkwest. | 374-PARK Source: Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City) in an analysis of more than 974,000 orthopedic patients. HSS is nationally ranked in orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report and is a multi-year recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award.

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3400 Wilderness Rd. Knoxville! $113,000! 3BR/2.5BA bsmnt ranch. Approx 1744 SF. BR, den & full BA in bsmnt w/sep entrance & sep driveway & gar. Huge corner lot w/fenced backyard. Hdwd flrs on main & lam down. Lrg grtrm on main, eat-in kit w/updated counters, cabs & flooring. S/S appl incl. Breakfast bar & dining area combo, lrg deck, 1-car carport on main. Some plumbing & elec updated. MLS #855415

3116 Walnoaks Rd, Knoxville! $109,900! 3BR/1.5BA, approx 1150 SF. A real doll house w/original hardwood, fresh paint, solid surface tops & glass tile backsplash. Upgraded appl, updated BAs, covered deck, lrg fenced & level backy6ard. Carport, utility room. Priced to sell and move-in ready! MLS # 868268

7916 Aultom Ln, Powell! $118,900! Spacious ranch, 3BR/2.5BA, approx 1840 SF. Lrg, level lot. Over 3/4 acres, extensive remodel & addition completed in 1992. Wiring, meter box, plumbing & insulation. Split BR plan, master w/whirlpool tub, sep shwr, 2nd master w/adj half BA, W/I closets, galley kit w/adj DR. Great room, vinyl clad windows. Storage bldg, great Powell location. MLS # 868259


25+ ACRES! Restricted, gated hunter’s paradise in Powell. 1 acre spring-fed, stocked lake, lots of wildlife and privacy. Great place to build your dream home. $299,000

1.2 ACRES! Walk to lake, lots of wild life and privacy. 4BR/3.5BA, open cathedral FR w/ FP, large master w/whirlpool tub & separate shower,formal DR, screen porch & deck. $235,000



Perfectly flat estate lot. Close to golf course. Backs up to the Debusk estate. Floorplan available. $114,900 MAYNARDVILLE!


SOLD! JUST LISTED! 4BR, fenced lot with pool. Open tile main level. Lots of extras. Almost 2200 sq.ft. $184,900

PERFECTLY LEVEL LOT! 4BR, 2600 sq ft. Master on main, bonus rm on main, new deck, large 2-car gar w/workshop area, real woodburning FP, formal DR, hdwd floors & much more. $209,900

Building lots in restricted subdivision. Level lots & basement lots to choose from. $19,900. Owner financing available.


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ALL BRICK! 3BR/2BA all on 1 level. Flat, fenced lot, open FR and ALL BRICK! 3BR/2BA + office on kit, gas FP, laundry rm, large, 1-car a flat, fenced lot. Lots of updates. gar & detached storage building. $122,900 Won't last long at $99,900

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PRICE REDUCED! WINDSTONE SUBDIVISION: Amazing all brick bsmt rancher. 4BR/3.5BA, 2-car gar on main & additional 4-car gar + sep driveway in bsmt. Wonderfully updated home w/ so many extras. Huge media rm downstairs & stg galore! Located on almost .5 acre lot in private cul-desac. Priced at $387,800. MLS# 868460.

Powell – Pretty 2-story in great location. 3BR/2.5BA, 1700 SF. Minutes from shopping, restaurants & interstate! Formal LR or office + fam rm w/pretty FP, kit w/island & breakfast bar, formal DR, mstr BR has great window seat for relaxing, screened-in porch overlooks great big backyard. $176,500 MLS# 879217

Open House – Just reduced! Like new bsmt rancher, hdwd on main level, cathedral great rm & kit, island, seller added screened-in porch (on both levels) + a 3rd gar, tiled BAs, walk-in closets, bsmt w/built-ins could be BR, study/office, or game rm, full BA,wood stove in bsmt. Open house 3/30/14 2-4 pm. $174,900 MLS# 863180

< Halls – Great rancher w/bonus! Open flr plan,

cath ceilings, pretty hdwd in main living areas, big kit w/lots of cabs, eat-in kit + formal DR, big mstr, master BA has dbl vanities, walk-in shower & whirlpool tub, BRs 2&3 + bonus all nice size. $199,900 MLS# 873549

Best Bets for Adding Value to Your Home in 2014 Here are 3 of the top 8 upgrade ideas to add value to your home this year. The number one champ is replacing your front door. This goes along with improving the first impression & curb appeal of your home when you put it on the market. Today's new steel doors can be painted to fit your home's color scheme. The National average cost for a steel door is approx. $1,100 & the return on investment(ROI) is over 96%! Number 2 upgrade is a new wood deck. It provides a generous amount of living/ entertaining area at a fraction of the cost of an enclosed addition. National cost is approx. $9,500 & return amount is over 87%. The third highest return on investment upgrade comes in at over 84% as well and is an attic conversion. So many options are available for this finished space from a teenager bedroom, home office, hobby space, or play area for the children. This allows you to possibly add square footage & livable space without having to change the footprint of your home. To see the remaining upgrade items including garage doors, siding, windows, & kitchens, just go to my website: & read the full article. Our local costs have been less than most of these national averages but the returns are staying very high. For any of your real estate or remodeling questions, just contact me at 865-389-0740 or Author John Riha. More articles like this on with permission of the National Association of Realtors.

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POWELL AUCTION & REALTY, LLC 4306 Maynardville Hwy., Maynardville Call The Phillips Team • 992-1100 Visit online at or email Justin Phillips • 806-7407 • email 120 HONEY RIDGE WAY KNOXVILLE TN 37924 Great condo. Hardly lived in. Must see for yourself. Beautiful kit w/lots of gleaming maple cabs & counter space. All appliances, prep island, all open kit/ LR/DR layout. Mstr has mstr BA & 2BRs & full BA on the front end. Corner FP w/gas logs & Vaulted ceilings & custom area recessed for TV above FP. Lots of crown molding through out. End Unit. Priced to Sell at $159,900. 5006 OMEGA TERRACE LANE KNOXVILLE TN 37938 All Brick basement rancher w/3/4 finished bsmt. Cath. ceilings. Lots of Oak cabinetry in kit w/all appl EXCEPT refrig. All tiled back splash & eat-at bar. Cath/open LR area w/french doors to rear patio. Mstr on main w/lg mstr BA w/ tile surrounded whirlpool tub, sep. seated lg shower & dbl oak vanity. BR2 & 3 are also on main level w/full hallway BA. Downstairs BR4, spacious den/ rec rm. could be BR5 or office, sep. entrance also in bsmt. Wood fenced area in backyard. Alarm sys & security outside lights. 3-tier prof. landscaping. This is a foreclosure. Just needs rms finished in bsmt area. Priced at only $179,900.

121 HONEY RIDGE WAY, KNOXVILLE TN 37924 - All brick, 2-story condo. Full fin bsmt. Foyer w/hdwd flooring. Open kit w/maple cabs, eat at bar & all appl. French doors in DR to covered patio out back. LR w/crown molding & corner gas FP. Mstr has WIC & mstr BA. Main has 2BR/2 full BAs. Laun rm on main. Down is all open w/corner FP, kitchenette, place for fridge, & eating area. 1BR w/oversized closet & full BA. Lg strg rm. Sep ent from lower patio. ADT Alarm Sys, 2 gas heat pack units 1 for each floor; 2-car gar. There are only 2, 2-story, units & this is the only one w/full fin bsmt. Priced at only $207,600! Dir: I40 E, Exit 398 Left Strawberry Plains Pike. Right into Trentville Ridge. Unit on Right *End Unit*. DALE RD, POWDER SPRINGS – 53 acres, 2 barns, shed, lrg stocked pond, fenced w/creek. Great views of Clinch Mtn. Mins from Blaine, mins from Hwy 61 or 131! All hook-ups to water & elec are in front of property. Only 2 miles from Grainger/Union Cnty line – 5 miles from 131/61 split. Call Justin for more info 865-806-7407. LOT 110 HICKORY POINTE S/D – One of the best lots offered on main channel of Norris Lake. 1.01 acres, gated comm, wooded. Lays great all the way to the water. Dockable. Over 100' of shoreline. All ammenities of clubhouse, pool, boat launch. Priced to sell at $279,900.

LOTS/ACREAGE COMM PROPERTY W/RENTALS on Rutledge Pk. Mins to interstate. 2 houses, mobile hm, det 3-car gar. All currently rented and sitting on over 5 acres w/frontage on Rutledge Pk. Offered at only $479,000. SEVERAL BEAUTIFUL LOTS in Hidden Ridge S/D. Over ten 1/2 acre lots to choose from. NOW YOUR CHOICE LOT FOR ONLY $15,000! Call Justin today!

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VERY NICE LEVEL LAKE-VIEW LOT in Mialaquo Point S/D of Tellico Village. Seller says "BRING ALL OFFERS". Great summer-time home or weekend get-away!! 0.28 acres. $12,500. Directions: Tellico Parkway to Mialoquo S/D. Left on Elohi, Right on Noya Way. Just past Lgoti Ln. Lot on left.




111 DANTE RD, KNOXVILLE Very nice 1/2 acre lot Zoned C-3 Commercial. Great loc just off I-75 at Callahan Dr behind Weigel’s. Offered at only $95,000. Call Justin today. Dir: I-75 to Callahan Dr (exit 110), right on Callahan to 111 Dante Rd. on left.

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THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Registration open for UT-led Wildflower Pilgrimage to be held April 15-19. Tickets: $75 per person for two or more days; $50 for single-day tickets; $15 students with ID. To register: http://www. Info: 436-7318, ext. 222.

THROUGH SATURDAY, MAY 17 Tickets on sale for Tennessee Theatre’s annual “Stars on Stage” event. Kenny Rogers will headline the event, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 17. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Registration open for AMSE Science Explorer Camp for rising 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Two sessions: June 9-13, June 16-20. Info/to register: http://amse. org/visitors/summer-camps/.

MONDAY, MARCH 24 “Towards a Theory of Earliness” lecture by Eva Franch i Gilabert, 5:30 p.m., UT Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Part of the UT Church Memorial Lecture Series. Free and open to the public. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, 7 p.m., the Bijou Theater. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports and benefits the Legacy Parks Foundation. Tickets: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports or Info: Jill Sawyer, 403762-6475 or; www. Tennessee Shines featuring Irene Kelley and Wordplay guest RB Morris, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and Info:

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 “Chariot Racing in Roman Society” lecture by Sinclair Bell of Northern Illinois University, 7:30

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p.m., McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Free and open to the public; followed by a reception. Info: 974-2144. Final recital in KSO’s Q Series, noon, the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Features the Principal Quartet, the Woodwind Quintet and special guests. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Third Creek Greenway Ride, 6 p.m., Bearden Bike & Trail, 126 N. Forest Park Blvd. 14-mile ride. Must have front and rear lights. Info: 200-8710.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 UT Film Series: “Manufactured Landscapes” documentary, 8 p.m., McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Free and open to the public. Info: Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: John W. Lacey talking about his book, “Smokey Tails: Smokey and the Southeastern Jungle.” All-inclusive lunch: $12. RSVP by Monday, March 24, to 983-3740. Open house at Pellissippi State Community College Division Street Campus, 5-7:30 p.m. Free and open to all prospective students and their families. Info: www. or 694-6400. Dinner and health seminar by vegan chef Melody Prettyman, 6 p.m., Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church, 9123 S. Northshore Drive. Free but donations accepted. Preregistration required by March 24. To register: or 637-8160. Info: www.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 WORKSHOP • 6:00 PM Silent Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call Approval of Agenda Mayor’s Report Citizens Forum Approval of Minutes A. March 13, 2014 VI. First Reading A. Ordinance 14-01, ordinance to amend the text of the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapters 2 and 3, to consider providing for accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) within single-family residentially zoned neighborhoods VII. Business Items A. Approval of Bid for Contract 2014-05, Street Resurfacing VIII. Town Administrator's Report IX. Attorney’s Report

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry performed by the Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: 208-3677, Info: www., 208-3677.



1 BR Powell, NOW 1/2 Drivers: $3,000.00 MIN. SCHNAUZERS, LARGE CD rent. Gorgeous, all appl, Orientation CompleReg., Salt & Pepper Playing JUKE BOX, DW, disp., stove/ref. water tion Bonus! & black, $400 & up. $300 obo. $3,000.00 Driver Re423-736-0277 865-588-0277 pd. $150 DD. Secured bldg. $510 mo. 865-384-1099 ferral Bonus! Make ***Web ID# 382833*** $63,000.00yr or 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, Bearden more! CDL-A OTR SIBERIAN HUSKY AKC Misc. Items 203 HS district. Newly pups. All colors, shots. Exp. Req. Call renovated 4-Plex. Champ. Lines. $600. DRYER, REFRIG., Now: 1-877-725-8241 Newly painted and 865-256-2763. POOL table & re-carpeted. No ***Web ID# 382556*** stove, & Smoking, No Pets. General 109 YORKIES AKC, quality chairs, more. 865-387-2368 $650 mo. 865-414-1260 ch. ln. Puppies & young GROOMING SALON adults. M & F. Great Household Furn. 204 for PT pricing. 865-591-7220 Apts - Furnished 72 interviewing bather/brusher posi- ***Web ID# 385127*** tion. Must be de2 USED wall hugger pendable, mature, recliners, brown, flexible & moti- Free Pets Homes 40 145 good cond. $125/ Say: vated. Call 865-777both. 865-828-4568. 2275 to set up interCHEAP Houses For Sale 48" round metal kit. view. ADOPT! Up to 60% OFF table, heavy glass Looking for an addi865-309-5222 in the beveled top, 4 metal tion to the family? arm chairs, $350. Dogs 141 Visit Young-Williams 941-962-3810 Knoxv. Animal Center, the official shelter for Chihuahua Pups, tiny For Sale By Owner 40a Knoxville & ACTION ADS apple head $400-$1500. WALBROOK STUDIOS All sizes & colors. Knox County. HOLSTON HILLS, 25 1-3 60 7 423-413-2410 off I-24. Call 215-6599 922-4136 or 218-WEST(9378) move in ready. 4/5 $140 weekly. Discount ***Web ID# 384366*** 8 PCS. of white wicker, BR, 3.5 ba. Nicely avail. Util, TV, Ph, or visit desk, chair, lamp, updated, hdwd. 1 block Stv, Refrig, Basic ENGLISH BULLDOG bookcase, dressing to CC. Updated HVAC. Cable. No Lse. Pups NKC, $1200. Visa table w/stool, 3 odd pcs. Secluded, screen porch. & M/C. 423-775-6044 Exc. cond. $350 obo. Agents welcome. Farmer’s Market 150 865-705-6281 (no text.) $278,500. 423-277-3235. Duplexes 73 ***Web ID# 385357*** NEW QN. SIZE PILSHEPHERD 16' GOOSENECK NEAR I-75, GER. Real Estate Wanted 50 NORTH LOW TOP, $225/ Pups, sable, wht, CATTLE TRAILER, Ftn. City / Inskip, SET, OVERSTOCK. $600. shots, ch. bldln, Modern 2BR, quiet, 865-805-3058. Call 865-567-3442 WE BUY HOUSES $300. 865-712-2366 private & clean, Any Reason, Any Condition ***Web ID# 382885*** WD conn. No pets. HAY FOR SALE Sofa Bed & Loveseat 865-548-8267 $520. 865-522-4133. 4 X 5 rolls, in dry. incl matching rug, GREAT PYRENEES, multi colored, $165. 1 M, 2 F, Father AKC, $20/roll. 865-828-5574; 865-660-1752 865-680-2656 Mother FB, raised on Real Estate Service 53 Houses - Unfurnished 74 lg sheep farm. 5 wks. old. $175. 931-738-8272 NORTH, Ftn. City, Prevent Foreclosure brick 3BR, 2BA, 2 car ***Web ID# 382665*** Lawn-Garden Equip. 190 Household Appliances 204a Free Help gar. Very Nice. $895. Rottweiler Pups, Ger. 42" CUT 12" HOBART COM865-365-8888 Cr. ck., 865-680-1954. block hds, M & F, TORO 420 XL MERCIAL MEAT S/W, Tails, dew 50 hours, $650. SLICER $250. claws, 423-223-5429 Call 865-922-6408 Call 865-428-5870



East Tennessee PBS Appraisal Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Cost: $10 per appraisal, payable at the door. No limits. No Parent to Parent Support meeting for parents of children with mental health diagnoses, 6-8 p.m., K-TOWN reservations required. Info: or 595-0220. Youth Empowerment Network, 901 E. Summit Hill Drive. “Irish Pub Quiz Night,” 7 p.m., The Grove Theater Info: Alicia, 474-6692 or Open house at Pellissippi State Community College in Oak Ridge. Teams compete in trivia quizzes for unique prizes. Tickets: or SeMagnolia Avenue Campus, 4-7 p.m. Free and open to aira Stephenson, 481-6546 or all prospective students and their families. Info: www. Turkish cooking demonstration, 2-4 p.m., or 694-6400. nessee Istanbul Cultural Center, 7035 Middlebrook Pike. National Stuttering Association Knoxville Info/to register: 558-0040, Chapter meeting, 5:30 p.m., UT Hearing & Speech Baseball in concert, 10 p.m., Scruffy City Beer Hall Center, 1600 Peyton Manning Pass. & Brewery on Market Square. Tickets: $3, available at the Kindergarten Konnection, 6:30 p.m., Freedom Christian Academy, 4615 Asheville Highway. An opportu- door. The band plays a unique blend of jazz, funk and soul. Free soft shoe dance lessons, 10 a.m., Connornity for prospective kindergarten families to meet teachShort Center on Walters State Community College Sevier ers, see classrooms. Info: Kara Robertson, 525-7807. County Campus. Minimum age for participants is 13. To register: Laura Ritter, Saturday Stories and Songs: Laurie Fisher, 11 a.m. Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. Info: 588-8813. Tu Dia or Your Day – a special day for Hispanic “WRENS,” a semi-autobiographical story by Anne V. women, 12:30-5 p.m., fellowship hall of Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive. Theme: “My McGravie, Clarence Brown Theatre’s Lab Theatre. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 home is your home.” Keynote speaker: Dr. Humberto Rodriguez. Lunch, pampering and child care provided. p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $5 to $15. Info/tickets: 974-5161 or Reservations: Myrna, 441-6917.

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3 BR, 2 BA 24x48, CA$H for your House! wood flrs, all appls, Cash Offer in 24 Hours AC, W/D, $20,000. Crissy 865-938-4055 865-365-8888 ***Web ID# 382883***

UT Science Forum speaker: Stan Wullschleger, project director of Next-Generation Ecosystems Experiments – Arctic at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, noon, Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Topic: “Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful and Warming.” Free and open to the public. Info: Opening reception for “Terra Madre: Women in Clay,” 5:30-9 p.m., The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike. The show continues through April 18. Meet & greet reception with appraiser Lark Mason, 6-8 p.m., McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Hosted by East Tennessee PBS. Tickets: $35 in advance, 595-0239. Info: or 595-0220. “Oak Ridge Has Talent” 7 p.m., The Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. Featuring performances from community partners and other locals who want to support the Grove. Tickets: or Seaira Stephenson, 481-6546 or


LOST MIXED BREED DOG. Brown/white, 30-35 lbs., Collar, Neutered, Microchipped. Last seen: South Roane Cty, near Paint Rock close to Kingston, Loudon, Sweetwater. 865-717-3884; 250-4368

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VTX 2000 Whole body RANGER 2002 16' Yamaha Star 950, extras, 1981 Corvette, 350 auto., CADILLAC 2005 CTS, exercise machine, Bass Boat w/ Trlr, gar. kept, 10k mi, all orig., 54K mi, all only 40K mi, like Like new $400. Call 2002 Merc. mtr, 90 $5500/b.o. Too old to fact. opts. exc cond, new cond, $11,750. 865-323-9012. HP, 20 hrs. Loaded. ride. 865-774-9791 $12,800. 865-679-1421 865-680-2656 Details. 865-679-0009 ***Web ID# 384976*** 1990 17 ft Autos Wanted 253 Collectibles 213 TRACKER BMT w/40 Evinrude, runs & handles A BETTER CASH Authentic Doll House great. $3400! 755-5878 OFFER for junk cars, w/furn.; PenDelfin bunnies collection; WAR EAGLE BASS trucks, vans, running or not. 865-456-3500 Harbor Lights BOAT 19 ft, 150 HP lighthouse collection. Yamaha mtr, custom 865-249-8020 trlr, $18,900. Unit never been in water. Utility Trailers 255 C. M. MCCLUNG'S 865-223-2366. catalog, new, got UTILITY TRAILERS 1969. 12"x13"x4" deep. All Sizes Available Kept wrapped. $300. Campers 865-986-5626 235 865-643-0990 NEW COLORED Hee 1980 Holiday Rambler 32', full BA, new 18 Haw orig. overalls, 256 gal. elec. water Vans sz. large. $300. 865heater, new stove, 643-0990 lots of storage in CHEVY Venture 2001 LS, dual AC, Onstar, kit., extra 100 lb seats, 158K Medical Supplies 219 propane tank, Jensen 3mi,row pretty maroon CD plyr, $3200. color, exc cond., Nice. 865-865-206-9979 JAZZY POWER $4800. 772-267-5858 CHAIR, new battery, 2004 24' TT, queen or text 703-501-0175 $300/b.o. Phone 423bed, new tires, new ***Web ID# 385377*** 353-4394 batt, no smoking, no pets, spotless, $7300 DODGE Caliper 2008 SXT, 84k mi. Good $7000 no hitch. Wanted To Buy 222 w/hitch. cond. New paint. Can del. 908-2689 $8,000. 772-267-5858. Wanted to buy 16, 18 2012 KZ Travel Trailer, Text 703-501-0175 28', priced to sell. ***Web ID# 385349*** or 20' fishing pontoon boat w/50, 60 or 70 4 1003270.htm or call FORD 2004 Freestar stroke mtr. 457-1782 SES, white, exc cond., 865-456-7770 for info. loaded, 178k mi, ***Web ID# 380484*** $5800. 772-267-5858 Sporting Goods 223 or text 703-501-0175 ***Web ID# 385367*** 7' solid oak pool table, WE BUY CAMPERS green felt, exc cond, Travel Trailers, 5th Nissan Quest SE 2004 you move, $999. Call Wheels, PopUps ult. perf. soccer mom van, 865-288-3153 & Motor Homes. 160k mi, every opt. Pwr WILL PAY CASH slid drs. Nav., 3 DVD, Full Set left hand 423-504-8036 dual AC, $8,000. 772Ping Copy Golf 267-5858 text 703-501-0175 EVEREST BY Clubs, new driver, ***Web ID# 385356*** grips, compl. w/bag, KEYSTONE, 32' 5th $400. 865-643-0990 wheel, new roof & AC, 2 slide outs, exc. cond. Trucks 257 $17,000, 865-457-4955.

CHEVY CORVETTE 1981, T-top, red w/blk leather int. 84,003 mi. $16,500/bo. 865-689-8377 ***Web ID# 385181***


FORD RANGER 1994 XLT, 2.3 5 spd., air, low mi., all orig, must see. $3650. 865-643-7103

BMW 2013 328i Hardtop conv. Like new. 8K mi. $34,500. 423-295-5393

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CHRYSLER SEBRING conv. 24K mi., like new. $4500 firm. Call Walter 865-988-7364.


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2009 G3 Suncatcher 18' fish Pontoon, 50 238 HP Yamaha, 2 stroke Motorcycles mixes gas & oil BIG DOG Mystique automatic, good cond, 2004, 10th anniv. 107 low hours, troll. motor cu. in, S&S Super & battery, Gar. depth Stock. Like new. 9000 fish finder, 2 live wells, mi. Yellow w/green 8 life jackets, anchor, flames, $10,900/obo. AM/FM/CD, no 423-312-8256 trailer, docked at Willow Point, S. Knox CAN-AM SPYDER ST Co. $10,900. Can be 2013, less than 50 mi, financed up to 72 lots of motorcycle mos. Call to see 865clothes, $18,750 obo. 216-7762 $22,000 invested. 865233-2545; 250-5531 2010 TAHOE Q4 S/F 15 Hours! $18,750 CUSHMAN EAGLE See 1958, 8 HP, restored for details. Superb 200 mi ago, 10" tires, condition. 843-861-5716 elec. start, $8400. James 865-254-8231 BASS BOAT, Ranger 2000, 175 Mercury, gar. kept, great cond. HD 2005 Soft Tail delx, many extras, only $12,400. 865-742-3815. ***Web ID# 380220*** 1500 mi, looks/runs like new. Details 679-0009 BAYLINER 1999, 19 ft, 135 HP I/O, HD Heritage Softail 2006, apprx 100 hr w/trlr. 25K mi., V&H exhaust, new battery & tires, $5200. 865-408-0756 red & blk. exc. cond. $10,500. 865-680-3038. CANOE. 16' Dagger with 3 paddles, exc ***Web ID# 383258*** cond., $400 cash. HD Heritage Soft tail 865-458-2621 2005, 35,000 mi., lots JET SKIS 2004 & 2005 of extras. $9,950. Call 865-908-8855. Sea Doos w/trailer, like new, $9495. Call HONDA VTX 1300 2006, 865-323-3015 aft 3p 8400 mi., V&H pipes, MASTERCRAFT 190 windshield, saddlebags, PROSTAR 1993 25th Call for extras. $5800. Call 423-608-2326. anniv. White, blk, turq. Exc. cond. All new Mastercraft int. 440 hrs. $10,900/bo. 423-312-8256

DODGE RAM 1500 SLT quad 1998, 4x4, 129K mi., V8, 5.9L mtr. Runs Great! $4,000. 865-673-4897

CLASSIC COLLECTOR CARS. 2 1967 Olds 442's, 1 is a black conv., 1 is blue. Both cars fully restored. Trophy winners! Serious inquires only. 865-368-9411. ***Web ID# 380214*** FORD, MODEL A Coupe, 1928, all orig. exc. cond. $13,500 Call 423-351-3100 FORD SKYLINER 1957, hard top conv. 312 V8, AT, CC, PS, $42,000. James 865254-8231

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In Rebecca Bell Jenkins’ law practice, it’s all about family By Anne Hart Few words in the English language evoke stronger emotions than this: family. Your family members are the ones you want to protect throughout life in every way possible. No one can help you do that more successfully than an experienced family attorney. Every family Attorney Rebecca Bell Jenkins should have one. Photo by Debbie Moss Rebecca Bell Jenkins is a family lives. attorney with a practice Bell Jenkins also that covers virtually every represents clients in aspect of family law from other matters that can birth to death and beyond. impact the entire family, With offices in Franklin such as personal injury Square on Kingston cases and even criminal Pike in West Knoxville misdemeanors when and on Emory Road in family members make Powell, Bell Jenkins has bad choices. been in the practice of Another vital part of law since 1995, and has the practice of family gained recognition as an law is estate planning, experienced practitioner which involves three in the field of family law. critical documents: a will, As more and more which everyone 18 years families are faced with or older who has assets the realities of divorce and/or children should and post-divorce issues, have; a Power of Attorney including matters of document, which specifies spousal support, child who can make decisions support, child custody, for you on health care and/ adoption by step- or financial matters if you parents, juvenile court become incapacitated; issues and the myriad and a Living Will, which of other complications, states whether heroic misunderstandings and measures should be taken disputes that can arise, to save your life in certain the practice of family law life-threatening situations has become increasingly and also communicates important to our everyday whether you wish to be an

organ donor. Bell Jenkins is also a Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator. In many situations this allows her to serve as an independent third party in discussions between the two parties and their attorneys as they attempt to work out their differences without going to court. This form of mediation allows the two sides of an issue to reach an agreement without the time and legal expense involved in going to court, and without the possibility of having a judge issue a ruling that suits neither party. The law offices of Rebecca Bell Jenkins are available to serve your family’s legal needs. Please call the central telephone number – 6912211 – which serves both the West Knoxville office and the Powell office.

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One of Brad McDougall’s proudest achievements, built for the Maryville/Alcoa Parade of Homes in 2007. Photos submitted

all around By Carol Zinavage

“I have been playing music and working with my hands all my life,” says bass trombonist Brad McDougall. “I would have a hard time labeling one a vocation and one an avocation.” The musician and homebuilder, who with his younger brother Jim owns McDougall Brothers Construction, has lived in the Knoxville area since 1995. He grew up on a farm in northern Illinois and says he learned from his grandfather and father – both master carpenters – how to use tools at a very early age. When school music lessons were offered to him as a 7th grader, he “latched on to the tuba. I loved playing it so much that I hauled it home on the school bus several nights a week so I could practice at home.” He subsequently switched to bass trombone, and earned a music degree from the University of Miami. First stop for the young musician was New York City, where worked to break into the freelance music scene. After “only two years,” he says, he was thrilled to get a steady position with “A Chorus Line,” playing trombone in the pit orchestra for

evening performances and matinees. The show brought another major change to his life. He had left it to spend three years touring with “Matrix,” a jazz band. He was making plans to go to Los Angeles to break into the music scene there when he was asked to come back to “A Chorus Line” in the “bus and truck” touring company. Eager for a different

musical scene and weary of touring, he originally turned the job down. But the contractors offered more money, so he scrapped the L.A. idea. It was a good decision. While touring with “A Chorus Line,” he met his wife, Kathy, who was playing the role of Bebe and understudying the role of Diana. The two spent a year on the road together,

Homebuilder and trombonist Brad McDougall (right) and his singer/dancer wife Kathy. The couple met while performing in “A Chorus Line” on Broadway.



pringtime is here! Warmer weather, fragrant blooming trees, and perennial flowers signal the start of this wonderful season with Easter not far behind. To celebrate this season, Bobby Todd is hosting the fourth annual “Spring Sip and See” on Friday and Saturday, March 28 & 29 from 10 to 5 daily in Historic Downtown Sweetwater. Bobby and Todd have just returned from another gift and antique market, and the store is stocked full with wonderful spring merchandise for your soul, home, and garden. After an incredibly busy holiday season, Bobby Todd has again transformed … this time into a springtime shopper’s dream, just in time to freshen up your home. Unique home accessories, whimsical Easter decorations, classic outdoor statuary, and colorful scarves are just a sample of the items you will see. Also just in is a shipment of antique furniture and accessories that blend in seamlessly with the new pieces, just like they will in your own home. Bobby and Todd have been traveling to numerous antique markets and auctions to find unique treasures at incredible prices. Value is just as important as the look at Bobby Todd. To add even more fun to the “Spring Sip and See,” please wear your favorite spring hat or Easter bonnet to receive 15% off all regular non-sale merchandise purchased on Friday and Saturday only. All customers wearing Spring hats or Easter bonnets will also have the opportunity to enter our “Best Spring/Easter Hat” contest with the winner receiving a $100.00 Bobby Todd gift certificate. Bellinis and Southern peach tea will be served along with Sweetwater Valley cheese and sweet treats. Be sure to sample the drinks, register to win wonderful door prizes and look for many sale items throughout the store. We hope you make the Bobby Todd “Spring Sip and See” a part of your springtime tradition. Please feel free to bring your spouse and friends … and by all means, don’t forget your hat! If you like Christmastime at Bobby Todd, you are going to love the fresh look at Bobby Todd for Spring.

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performing the show in McDougall favors expansive various cities, includinteriors, the better to enjoy ing Knoxville in Februbeautiful East Tennessee ary of 1981. After movviews. Photosubmitted ing back to NYC, Kathy continued to perform in “A Chorus Line,” and Brad was back in the pit until the late ‘80s. He had continued to do carpentry jobs during the day all through his musical career in New York. In fact, it was there that he first started his own construction company. But after 14 years of city life, he was “ready to get back out to the country.” His brother Jim had also started his own construction business. Pooling their efforts, the two of them moved their families to Knoxville, where they found immediate work building custom homes in the Townsend area. Since then they’ve expanded to Blount, Knox and Sevier counties. The broth“We do get to build in some beautiful arers specialize in upscale residences, and they’ve had requests of all kinds. And the eas of East Tennessee,” he continued. “We homeowners aren’t always around to check built a unique home in Townsend that comwith on crucial points. pletely swallowed an existing log cabin. You “We built an upscale custom home for can still see some of the original walls on a couple that lived in Houston while they the interior of the home. This homeowner were rapidly approaching retirement. We bought an antique barn and salvaged the only saw them a few times during the en- wood to be used for much of the interior tire process. They moved in soon after we trim and flooring. The reclaimed flooring finished.” Remembering the experience, he incorporated more than 20 species of wood laughs ruefully, “No pressure there!” from this barn with stunning results. Much


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of the siding is made of poplar bark slabs.” Another home was built for a couple who lived in Ireland. The entire process was done through phone calls and emails. Asked about environmental building practices, he says, “There are exciting new products and techniques being developed all the time. Many of the advances in building technology have been developed and tested here in Knoxville and Oak Ridge. We are always looking to find the balance between


cutting-edge technology, green building techniques and tried-and-true ‘old school’ building practices. “Our job is to stay current through reading the trade publications and attending training seminars and helping the homeowners sift through the information. Together we find the comfortable balance within their budget.” Brad and Kathy had the pleasure of living in one of Brad’s custom-built homes which was built for the Maryville/Alcoa Parade of Homes in 2007. They picked the lot and floor plan and chose all of the colors and finishes. They eventually sold that home, and are currently looking for another project. And the performing couple still take part in occasional productions together, usually with the Knoxville Opera Company or the Appalachian Ballet Company. Brad is the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s bass trombonist, and he also plays with the highly-acclaimed Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. “I find that building and music are both very different and strangely similar,” says Brad. “Both feel creative to me, though. We all assume that musicians are creative but there is a lot of room, if not a need, for creativity in building. “I’d be hard-pressed to say which I enjoy more!” For more information about Brad’s projects, visit

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A side view shows off the Arts and Crafts style of the Green House with exposed structural 6 x 12 beams.

the exterior beams. Air vents are placed at the side of the house rather than through the roof to create a more visually pleasing exterior view. Card is making use of indirect lighting and window placement for energy conservation. The interior is broken up to create visually interesting spaces that draw the eye. Card is bringing in features such as structurally mounted gooseneck lighting in keeping with the Arts and Crafts design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The old-timey lighting is one of my favorite features of the house,â&#x20AC;? he said. Card has coined the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;Residustrialâ&#x20AC;? for his type of construction. He has copyrighted an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Râ&#x20AC;? carved in stone that will be featured on a front corner of his house, and on future projects, to represent his style of building.

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or many of us, one of the most daunting challenges of domestic life is the neverending task of home organization. Even with the best of efforts, it is easy for our things to take over our living space. From the closets to the garage, making sense of the clutter can become a chore indeed. Fortunately, there is an area business that specializes in creating stylish, tasteful solutions for any organizational need. Since 1997, Closet Solutions, located in Franklin Square, has the answer for any home storage design dilemma, and closets are just the beginning. With products to accommodate the pantry, laundry area, home office and more, the possibilities are truly endless. A wide selection of cabinet hardware is also available in the store. As the most experienced and largest dealer of its kind in the East Tennessee area, Closet Solutions offers products and services to fit every budget and taste. The company also puts considerable effort into using environmentally friendly materials such as powder-coated accessories and 100 percent recycled or recovered wood fiber. According to Pam Neuhart, the owner of Closet Solutions, it is the long-term relationships that she has developed

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Myth #1: All grass is created equal. ■ Truth: Grass and their seeds come in many different varieties, all with various maintenance, climate and mower requirements. While some varieties require more sunlight, others may be prone to certain diseases. The type of grass and scope of land you need to mow will determine how powerful a lawn mower you’ll need. Large lawns with thicker, tougher grass will require a mower with higher horsepower and bigger, taller wheels. Varieties of grass that have thinner blades and slower growth, or a small backyard space, can be maintained easily with a lower horsepower machine. Riding mowers like the John Deere 100 Series come in a variety of models

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Small Room, Big Difference Food and beverage containers, glass, newspapers and other paper items are commonly recycled in households across the nation. But outside the kitchen, living room or office, where many of these items are found, there are other areas where you can find unexpected opportunities to re-

cycle â&#x20AC;&#x201D;like the bathroom. While 7 out of 10 Americans say they always or almost always recycle, only 1 in 5 consistently recycles bathroom items, according to a report commissioned by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because many of our personal care products are

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used or stored in the bathroom, we wanted to understand if Americans are recycling there,â&#x20AC;? said Paulette Frank, Vice President of Sustainability for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. The study further revealed that 40 percent of Americans donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recycle any bathroom items at all. Among the reasons cited, 22 percent reported they had never thought about recycling in the bathroom and 20 percent didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know that products in the bathroom are recyclable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw an opportunity to help reduce waste going to landfills by educating people about the recyclable items they use in the bathroom,â&#x20AC;? Frank said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We created the Care to RecycleÂŽ campaign to be a gentle reminder to recycle empty containers from the bathroom rather than throwing them in the trash.â&#x20AC;? Here is some helpful information about which

common bathroom items can be recycled: â&#x2013; Plastic bottles marked #1 (PET) or #2 (HDPE) containing products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, baby powder, face cleanser and body oil are recyclable in most communities. â&#x2013;  Plastics marked #4 (LDPE) and #5 (PP) are recyclable but may not be accepted for recycling via curbside programs. Check with your municipality and the Care to RecycleÂŽ locator developed in partnership with Earth911. â&#x2013;  Paperboard items such as toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes and cartons for things like medicine, lotions, soap, bandages, etc. can all be recycled in most communities. More tips and tools for recycling items from the bathroom, including Johnson & Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smallest Roomâ&#x20AC;? video, are available at www. Every time you share the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small-

est Roomâ&#x20AC;? video, Johnson up to a total of $10,000, to & Johnson will donate $1 provide recycling bins to to Keep America Beautiful, schools across the U.S.

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