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For children, summer is all about fun. In East Tennessee, sometimes that fun needs to be taken inside for a little “cool down” time. Don’t worry, Mom and Dad. Both the Karns Branch Library and Cedar Bluff Branch Library have you covered. As part of Fizz, Boom, Read, the library’s free summer reading program, special events will be held during the summer at the libraries. These range from a “mad scientist” to Shakespeare to music. The summer reading program is in its 10th year. Children sign up online or at the library and receive their goals for reading during the summer. Meeting those objectives earns them prizes, including a coupon book with more than $200 in free eats and treats and admission to area attractions, including the Knoxville Zoo and Titanic. There are no required books, although the website and library have suggested books for each age group if parents or children need helping selecting a good book to read. To complete the program, “listeners” must listen to 40 books being read to them and “readers”

New pub date Expect delivery of your Shopper-News on Wednesdays rather than Mondays starting June 11. As always, the Shopper will be delivered with the daily paper to News Sentinel subscribers; it will be delivered solo to non-subscribers. If you have questions about delivery, call our office at 922-4136 or 218-9378.

IN THIS ISSUE Bigfoot and Yeti and mayors Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s embrace of the legendary Bigfoot has sparked a rivalry with his city counterpart, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “I proclaim June 2 Yeti Day in Knoxville,” Rogero recently announced. “We don’t need no stinkin’ Bigfoot in our fair city.”

Chemistry professor Al Hazari, sporting his best “mad-scientist” look, will bring his program to the Karns Public Library to support the summer reading program on June 16. Photo by Betsy Pickle

Davis gains approval for homes near Coward Mill

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want to sell their property to a By Sandra Clark willing buyer. Maybe it’s time to rethink the Last week, deTechnology Corridor. Back in veloper Scott Dathe 1960s, visionaries got the old vis got rezoning to 3-member County Commission to build 3 homes per place technology zoning on both acre on some 8.86 sides of the to-be-built Pellissippi acres off Coward Parkway. Mill Road. Only It was contentious even then. someone with his The argument is between those stamina would who want land available for busi- Scott Davis have endured the ness development and jobs – flat land with easy access to McGhee multiple meetings and downright Tyson Airport and the labs in Oak confusion necessary to change the Ridge – versus those who just zoning.

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Davis first secured approval from the technology corridor authority, a group created to maintain the corridor’s zoning integrity. He next had to gain a sector plan amendment and then the rezoning. The matter bounced from MPC to County Commission, back to MPC and finally to the commission on May 27. “We can’t change a sector plan without a reason,” MPC chair Rebecca Longmire told Davis at MPC’s April meeting. MPC voted 12-0 for Laura Cole’s motion to do

nothing. They knew County Commission had the final say. With support of Commissioner Brad Anders, the commission amended the sector plan. Then members approved rezoning to three units per acre, but not before Commissioner Mike Brown grilled MPC planner Buz Johnson about how the land laid in relation to other technology property. “It’s near the edge,” said Johnson. “To the east you have residential use; on the north, south and west you have technology uses.”

Expect a battle Last Sunday, state Rep. Gloria Johnson threw herself a multipurpose birthday/fundraiser/ icecream social in Edgewood Park, near the heart of North Knoxville, which is no longer the geographic heart of the 13th House District. But it’s where she lives, and it’s where the former chair of the Knox County Democratic Party must win heavily in November if she is to get a second term.

Educators bow out early; cite ‘attack on teachers’ By Betty Bean When Stan Kelly and Peggy Leland retired two weeks ago, 45 years of teaching experience at Central High School walked out the door with them. “I kept asking Stan, ‘Are we really old enough to be doing this?’ ” said Leland, who taught art at Central for 20 years and directed her students in creating high-profile art projects like the huge banners hanging in the school commons and other areas. “In my mind, I just thought this was a chance to expose kids who had never had a chance to experience the visual arts to the great artists. Later, I started another project to do framed pictures in the hallways. I hope someone continues it,” Leland said. “Most of the time, you just know when it’s time,” said Kelly, who spent 25 years teaching history and was one of a dwindling handful of educators left there who were also Central High School alumni. And he says he worked at Central much longer than his teaching tenure.

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Central High School lost 45 years of teaching experience with the early retirement of teachers Stan Kelly and Peggy Leland. Leland’s art students produced the banner behind them. Photo by Betty Bean

“While I was at UT, Mr. (Dan) Boring let me work as a janitor here, and after that Mr. (Rex) Stooksbury. Then I was a student teacher here and came here for my first and only teaching job. It all adds up to about 37 years,” Kelly said.

His father, the late Cecil Kelly, spent many years as principal of Fountain City Elementary School and was later a member of the school board. His mother, Polly, was a kindergarten teacher. “We saw a young man at church


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yesterday; Mama had him in kindergarten, Dad had him in elementary school and I had him at Central. It’s that community connection,” Kelly said. Leland nodded. “That’s what I have loved so much about Central,” said Leland, who grew up in Oak Ridge, where everybody was from somewhere else. “There just wasn’t that longterm connection.” Kelly is 60, Leland 62. They don’t seem tired. Kelly’s going to do a lot of hiking and kayaking this summer and enjoy the luxury of fall travel, for the first time. Leland is going to spend the summer working in her studio and traveling to Italy and will start a part-time job in the fall. So why are they leaving early? “I do not believe in a lot of things that are being done – the overly zealous emphasis on data, on test scores – it is an outright attack on teachers,” Leland said. “I’ve always been evaluated

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Owners of Farragut Wine and Spirits David Purvis, left, and Robin Purvis, right, with daughter Julia, get ready for a wine dinner at Seasons with acclaimed author Frances Mayes. Wine dinner photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

“Under the Tuscan Sun” author Frances Mayes poses with her friend, business partner and wine importer Danny Keefe at a signing at Campbell Station Wine and Spirits.

Enjoying wine with Frances Mayes By Sherri Gardner Howell It was Frances Mayes’ first visit to Knoxville, and it was a whirlwind. The famous author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” a book about her experiences renovating a house in the Italian countryside, was in town to promote a new venture: wine. Under the Tuscan Sun wines are available at local liquor stores now. Several shops rolled out the red carpet for Mayes and her friend and wine importer Danny Keefe. Campbell Station Wine and Spirits owners Belle Muse and Jared Jordan hosted Mayes for a bottle signing – as well as books for several patrons who brought them – at their store on Campbell Station. Robin and David Purvis at Farragut Wine and Spirits joined forces with Deron Little and Kelsey Roze at Seasons for a packed-house wine dinner with both Mayes and Keefe entertain-

Belle Muse, one of the owners of Campbell Station Wine and Spirits, pours samples of Under the Tuscan Sun wine at the store.

Author Frances Mayes, seated, is greeted by Campbell Station Wine and Spirits owners Belle Muse and Jared Jordan. Signing photos by Justin Acuff A bottle of Under the Tuscan Sun with author Frances Mayes’ signature ing guests with wine stories. Little prepared a meal that impressed everyone at the sold-out wine dinner. Certainly Mayes saw some of Farragut’s best – Kelsey Roze, co-owner of Seasons, smiles with both in restaurants and author Frances Mayes before the acclaimed businesses! author talks to the crowd about her new wines.

Getting ready for a great dinner at Seasons paired with Under the Tuscan Sun wines are Mike and Sibby Flowers and Brent and Betty Grishkin.

The Butler Family Fitness Favorites: Weights, cardio equipment, fitness classes, Kid City, Kid Fit Why FSHFC? Greer and Kelly Butler joined the fitness center 16 years ago as a young couple. Today, they enjoy fitness as a family of five. Hutton, Griffin and little Greer, love to play in the sparkling pools. The Butler kids have had swim lessons and tennis lessons, too. Kelly loves the flexible hours in Kid City and Kid Fit that allow her to fit exercise into her very busy schedule.

Seasons executive chef and owner Deron Little sits with wine dinner guests Jimmy and Vicky Helton at a dinner honoring the new wines of Frances Mayes.

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and we sit back and let them happen. This time, it finally broke us.” Kelly said the emphasis on four-year graduation rates (a Race to the Top requirement) is creating grade inflation that damages academic integrity. “A couple of years ago, I was teaching an economics course that is required for graduation. I was asked to turn in the names of kids in danger of failing, and I gave them the name of one boy who never got above a 40 on a test. “Two weeks later, he

walked across the stage and graduated.” Surprised, Kelly learned the student had been placed in a last-minute, accelerated cram session aimed at making him graduation-eligible. But much as they disagree with today’s test-andassess business model, they don’t regret their career choice. “I’m leaving a little earlier than I intended, but I’ve known so many great kids. I ran into a kid yesterday that I gave a scholarship to, and I was tickled to death to see

From page A-1 him. I’ve taught kids of my kids,” Kelly said. Leland, for whom teaching high school art was the fourth career (she’d worked in planning at UT, at TVA in regional arts and at the TVA Credit Union in staff development), says she has no regrets about her teaching career. “I thought I’d stay longer, but I’m happy. I’m glad this was my fourth career. But staying would mean going along with these current policies, and I just can’t do that anymore.”

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KARNS/HARDIN VALLEY Shopper news • JUNE 2, 2014 • A-3 the diving board, and now she’s unstoppable!â€? Pool manager Melissa Buck is getting ready for the party season, which she says is a welcome summer respite after a year teaching at Karns Elementary School. It is available for private parties during the “closedâ€? hours. Call Melissa at 691-2947.

Quiet gratitude for veterans Karns was a quietly patriotic town on Memorial Day. The community doesn’t host a parade or plan a big gathering to honor its veterans, but you can hear and see signs of respect and gratitude all around town.


Nancy Anderson Ann and Boyd Hartman displayed more than a dozen flags at their home on Memorial Day.

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p.m. Tuesday, June 3. Karns Volunteer Fire Department: Come meet the firefighters from the Karns Volunteer Fire Department. They’re bringing their truck. Karns: 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4. Learn To Do Magic with the Great Bevarino: Ever wanted to learn magic? The Great Bevarino, retired stage magician L.B. Coffey, will teach free magic classes for folks from ages 5 to 105! Take lessons, or just come and enjoy. Karns: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Ronald McDonald with Readers Are Leaders: Join Ronald for a fun-filled reading program. Karns: 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12. Amazingly Awesome

Educators bow out by people who have never taught art. Teaching art cannot be compared to an academic class.� Kelly agreed: “Teaching cannot be compared to a business. We’re doing so much wrong in education. It’s bad for teachers and horrible for kids. But teachers are easy to push around. We see these cycles come and go, and we sit back and let them happen. This time, it finally broke us.� Kelly said the emphasis on four-year graduation rates (a Race to the Top requirement) is creating grade inflation that damages academic integrity.

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“A couple of years ago, I was teaching an economics course that is required for graduation. I was asked to turn in the names of kids in danger of failing, and I gave them the name of one boy who never got above a 40 on a test. “Two weeks later, he walked across the stage and graduated.� Surprised, Kelly learned the student had been placed in a last-minute, accelerated cram session aimed at making him graduation-eligible. But much as they disagree with today’s test-and-assess business model, they don’t regret their career choice.

Science with Dr. Al Hazari: By day, he’s a serious chemist doing serious research at the University of Tennessee, but if you catch him at the right time, with his colorful lab coat and goofy goggles, he might just make a scientist out of you. Karns: 2 p.m. Monday, June 16; Cedar Bluff: 2 p.m. Monday, July 14. Summer Library Club presents the ZooMobile: Can you squawk like a parrot or prickle like a porcupine? The ZooMobile is visiting the library this summer so you can get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s favorite residents. Karns: 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. Cedar Bluff: 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. Michael Messing Magic: Can you say Abracadabra? As a bonafide inductee in the Order of

“I’m leaving a little earlier than I intended, but I’ve known so many great kids. I ran into a kid yesterday that I gave a scholarship to, and I was tickled to death to see him. I’ve taught kids of my kids,� Kelly said. Leland, for whom teaching high school art was the fourth career (she’d worked in planning at UT, at TVA in regional arts and at the TVA Credit Union in staff development), says she has no regrets about her teaching career. “I thought I’d stay longer, but I’m happy. I’m glad this was my fourth career. But staying would mean going along with these current policies, and I just can’t do that anymore.�

The 6th District Democratic Party met at Karns Public Library May 27. Speakers were Mark Mohundro, a grassroots organizer for Planned Parenthood, and Jim Berrier, candidate Mohundro for Knox C o u n t y Trustee. The wellattended meeting was informative and open to d i sc u s sion with MoBerrier hundro answering several questions about Amendment 1 that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. Berrier said the Trustee’s Office is more than just a tax collector. It also oversees programs that provide tax relief for qualifying citizens. Berrier plans to regain public trust by increasing transparency and making all documents accessible and easy to understand. The June 24 meeting will be at the home of Frank and Frieda Shingle. The speaker will be Terry Adams, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Info: Janice Spoone at 560-0202.

Memorial Day brought the alluring smell of suntan oil to the gravel parking lot of Karns Community Pool, giving a hint of the fun just beyond the gates. For many, the opening of  signal the pool is  the official for summer to begin. The Karns Lions Club has

put the winter to good use, and we walked in to a spicand-span pool with restored mural, revamped restrooms and a new roof on the pool house. Stephanie Ritchie brought her daughter, Elizabeth, to get back in action after reconstructive surgery for a broken shin and ankle. The injury was well healed, said Stephanie, so Elizabeth was ready to tackle her fear of jumping off the diving board. “She’s a real trouper,� said Stephanie. “It took a good bit of coaxing, but she tackled her fears, leapt off

Merlin by the International Brotherhood  of Magicians, Messing blends magic, hu  mor and a little help from the audience for a spellbinding show that will tickle your funny bone. Cedar Bluff: 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 10; Karns: 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 Sparky and Rhonda Rucker: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs stories   from and telling the American folk tradi   tion. With “Heroes & Hard Times: American History

Through Song and Story,� their favorite books through they will take you on a jour- engaging new songs and inney that spans more than teractions. Cedar Bluff: 11 three centuries of Ameri- a.m. Saturday, June 7. Saturday Stories and can history, including the Underground Railroad, the Songs with Laurie FishCivil War, the birth of blues er: Cedar Bluff: 11 a.m. Satmusic, and the civil-rights urday, June 21. Saturday Stories and movement. Cedar Bluff: 2 Songs with Miss Lynn: p.m. Tuesday, June 3 Saturday Stories and Miss Lynn loves to share Songs with Melissa a good story through her Mastrogiovanni: Sing & songs and to hear kids’ stoSign Story Time with Melis- ries in return when they talk sa Mastrogiovanni is a fun, and sing together. She definitely doesn’t sing inside the interactive way for children to come together, have fun, lines. Cedar Bluff: 11 a.m.   sing, sign and read. Chil- Saturday, July 12. dren will learn the signs for Info:

erans. We do it every year, and we’ll continue to do it as long as we’re able.â€? Ann says, “I’d like to see a few more flags around town. It shows respect for our veterans.â€? â–

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under age 12 must read for 20 hours. Teens must read five books, which can include any books on their school’s summer reading lists. In addition, the special programs are a good way to get out of the heat and see some pretty amazing shows. Coming at up the two libraries are: Fun With Shakespeare: Think Shakespeare is boring? Find out differently when you experience “Fun with Shakespeare.� Members of the Tennessee Stage Company will present an interactive workshop designed especially for elementaryschool-age children, focusing on the play “Much Ado About Nothing.� Karns: 3

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Elizabeth Ritchie faces her fears and takes a flying leap off the diving board at Karns Community Pool, 6618 Beaver Ridge Road.

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From moments of appreKarns and West Knoxville ciation at church services, a veterans often find this handshake on the streets, Photos by Nancy Anderson “Thank You� card when they to the distribution, anonyleast expect it. mously, of thank-you cards left on windshields of cars bearing a veteran license plate or military sticker, the recognition for those who served was there. I found the distributor, John Sanders, passing them out for Memorial Day. Sanders is familiar to many Karns residents because of his annual appearance in the Karns Community Fair Parade, driving his 1979 Cadillac that has been painted like a B-25 bomber to honor Lt. Colonel Howard Jessee, a WWII bomber pilot with nearly 50 years of service. It was inspiring to see all the flags flying. There were large American flags like the one flying over Ben Atchley State Veterans Home, medium ones like the one at Karns Animal Clinic and small ones like those found in the yard of Boyd and Ann Hartman. Boyd, a Vietnam veteran, said flying the flag is a tradition. “We believe in freedom. We fly our flags as a thank you to our vet- John Sanders stands proudly beside his “B25 bomber.�

Still politics time


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Ivan Harmon considers race for mayor reelection, the open seat for mayor in 2019 will likely draw several serious candidates including more than one now serving on City Council. All City Council candidates running in 2017 and 2019 will be new as no current council member will be eligible to run in those years. ■ House Speaker John Boehner, who is Victor third in line to the presiAshe dency after the president and vice president, was in Knoxville May 24 as the main guest for U.S. Rep. The event has a 70-perJimmy Duncan’s fundson host committee of both raiser at the Pete and Cindi Democrats and RepubliDeBusk home on Cunningcans. It is an impressive ham Road. Afterward, he group, although it does and Duncan had dinner at include several persons who the popular family-owned do business with the city. Litton’s in Fountain City, Light hors d’oeuvres and where he had one of Knoxwine will be served, accord- ville’s best hamburgers. ing to the invitation. All They ate in the back of the current council members restaurant, so most patrons have been invited by Mandid not realize Boehner was nis via email to be guests at there. the event (meaning they do ■ The UT proposal not have to pay). for the historic Williams Mannis, who owns Pres- House on Lyons View Pike tige Cleaners, recently reto be leased for a 50- or 99placed the roof on his house year period may be the best after living downtown, sell- possible outcome in terms ing his condo to TVA CEO of saving the house. The Bill Johnson and moving significant sticking point back to his West Knoxwill be finding a person or ville home. His showcase persons willing to spend $3 gardens have been open to million-plus to renovate the the public several times. Staub-designed house plus Mannis hosted a fundraiser the UT Board of Trustees for Rogero in 2011. signing off on it. Not many It is smart politics by people fit that profile. Rogero to hold such an After spending that large event 15 months ahead of a sum, are they willing for the September 2015 mayoral it to revert to the University primary. It shows her inten- at some future point? Good tions to seek a second and news is that there is posifinal term (not that there tive movement to rescue was any doubt). It allows her the house from neglect. But to showcase broad-based this story is far from being support for her candidacy concluded. through her host committee ■ City Council memand thus encourage some ber Marshall Stair is credible rivals who may moving to North Knoxville want to be mayor to defer in a few months to a home their plans until 2019. It he is purchasing on East also replenishes her camAnderson Avenue. Stair paign bank account and lets currently lives downtown on people know she will be well Market Street. His new home funded. is a 1900 Colonial that labor At present she does from the neighborhood has not have an announced helped restore, according to opponent although former the sign in the front yard. county commissioner, city More can be found on it at school board member and council member Ivan dersonProject.ONK, which Harmon has said he is clearly shows how much considering it. Harmon was hard labor went into rescuan unsuccessful mayoral ing this house. His purchase candidate in 1995 and 2011. and occupancy of the house He did not make the runoff show strong personal combetween Rogero and Mark mitment to historic preserPadgett in 2011. He says, “I vation and neighborhood am not going to let her run revitalization. unopposed. I will decide by As an at-large member August or September. I am Stair is not required to live in good health.” in any particular district. No incumbent mayor or The other at-large memcouncil member has lost bers live in West Knox. All reelection to a second term three are up for reelection since term limits were imin 2015, along with council posed. Assuming Rogero’s member Mark Campen. If there was any doubt that Mayor Rogero is seeking reelection, it ended with invitations being sent out for a $250 suggested donation for a fundraiser on Wednesday, June 11, at the Kingston Pike home of former Rogero deputy Eddie Mannis.

Eddie Smith and Lanna Keck Smith at Honor Fountain City Day. Gloria Johnson (at top) poses with family at her birthday bash in Edgewood Park. At left are her nephew and his wife, Spencer and Stephanie Rouser; on the right are her brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Sheri Johnson, and their son, Landen; Gloria’s mom (center) is Nell Johnson. Photo by Patricia Williams

Expect a battle in the fighting 13th Last Sunday, state Rep. Gloria Johnson threw herself a multipurpose birthday/fundraiser/ ice-cream social in Edgewood Park, near the heart of North Knoxville, which is no longer the geographic heart of the 13th House District. But it’s where she lives, and it’s where the former chair of the Knox County Democratic Party must win heavily in November if she is to get a second term. The 13th has been sending Democrats to Nashville for more than 50 years, with the exception of the brief tenure of Republican Joe Burchfield, who won a special election in 1989 over the widow of the late Ted Ray Miller to serve out the second year of the term vacated by the death of the incumbent. Burchfield was promptly defeated in 1990 by Harry Tindell, who remained in office until 2012 despite numerous attempts to oust him by candidates with ties to conservative Re-

Betty Bean publicans Stacey Campfield and Bill Dunn. Tindell, a fiscal conservative who specialized in government finances, became an important cog in the power structure of a House dominated by Democrats and was the favorite Democrat of a lot of Republicans. Over the years, he survived the gradual GOP takeover of the House unscathed. The Republican takeover was completed with the wave election of 2010, which gave the GOP the power to redraw House district lines. By 2012, the 13th District had been stretched south and west with the addition of Bonny Kate, Mount Olive and Sequoyah Hills. Privately, Republicans maintained that it could have been worse, but for their re-

spect for Tindell, who nonetheless bowed out in 2012. Common wisdom was that the Republicans would take the seat, but Johnson, a special-education teacher fresh off a 2011 run for state Senate that nobody expected her to win against Republican Becky Duncan Massey (she mostly ran because no other Democrat volunteered to take the bayonet in the breadbasket), took the House seat with a strong election-day showing in the North Knoxville wards, where demographics skew older and more sympathetic to the labor, education and civil-rights issues that are her strengths. This year, two Republicans will go at it in the primary – the heavily selffinanced Jason Emert, a Farragut High School graduate and former Blount County resident who moved to Sequoyah Hills a year ago and has a recently acquired law degree from the University of Miami and a penchant for

shooting himself in the foot, and Eddie Smith, an arranger of church music and Inskip resident who grew up in Alice Bell and is married to former Miss Tennessee Lanna Keck and has ties to Bill Dunn (who is now a committee chair and wields power commensurate to that which Tindell enjoyed when his party ruled Capitol Hill). It will be ugly. Smith will be heavily outspent by Emert but should win the primary. And the November battle with Johnson, who will have the support of a legion of ticked-off teachers, will be epic. Note: A photo accompanying last week’s column about a campaign reception for Chancellor Daryl Fansler identified his colleague, Chancellor Mike Moyers, as a Fansler “supporter.” Moyers says he was merely in attendance at the reception and the Fansler sticker he was wearing was a nametag.

Bigfoot and Yeti and mayors, oh my! Satire alert! Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s embrace of the legendary Bigfoot has sparked a rivalry with his city counterpart, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

County Building yesterday,” Rogero said, “but it was just Burchett’s communications guy, Michael Grider.” Rogero later apologized for bashing Grider with the Louisville Slugger she uses for the annual City-County softball game. Not to be outdone, BurLarry chett has been trolling Van countywide for Bigfoot with Guilder his Nikon camera. “Thought I had the rascal cornered last Thursday evening outside Wright’s “I proclaim June 2 Yeti Cafeteria,” Burchett said. Day in Knoxville,” Rogero “I want to say publicly how recently announced. “We sorry I am for smashing don’t need no stinkin’ Big- Michael Grider in the head foot in our fair city.” with my tripod. Get well “That’s a danged politi- soon, Big Sexy!” cal maneuver,” Burchett reInterest in the Bigfootsponded, “trying to distract Yeti rivalry has spread becity folks from the tax in- yond the mayors’ offices. crease. Besides, everybody “I smell opportunity,” knows Bigfoot would make said Knox County Commisspaghetti of the Yeti.” sioner Amy Broyles. “TourRogero disagrees, and ist dollars could make up for says she is personally lead- the property-tax increase ing the hunt for the Yeti in we didn’t get – again.” downtown Knoxville. Broyles says she will bring “I thought I spotted it on resolutions before County the sixth floor of the City Commission and City Coun-

cil proposing the purchase of specially equipped patrol cars to be manned 24/7 by sheriff’s deputies and city police officers. “I’m volunteering to ride shotgun,” Broyles said. “And when the Safety Center is completed we’ll have the perfect place to house and display the critters.” Other commissioners expressed support for Broyles’ idea. Richard Briggs, who will claim the local record for most honorifics if elected to the state Senate this fall, sees merit in the proposal. “Can I fit Commissioner Colonel Senator-elect Dr. Richard Briggs on a standard business card? Is that the question? Snaring Bigfoot or the Yeti will be a snap, by comparison,” Briggs said. Commissioner Jeff Ownby has also signed on to the Broyles initiative. “I’m very interested, I guess you’d say bi-curious, about both those big fellows,” Ownby said. In Nashville, even Gov.

Bill Haslam is taking notes. “If the electric chair is cruel and inhuman, how about a date with old Bigfoot for condemned prisoners?” Haslam mused. “Put ’em in a steel cage, let ’em rassle, invite the public, closed-circuit television, the works!” the governor crowed before being nudged away by several aides. Out west, Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill took little note of the Burchett-Rogero contretemps. “We have very strict codes in Farragut,” McGill said. “Hairy monsters have no place in this town unless they play for the high school football team or guard our liquor taxes.” Should Bigfoot or the Yeti slip into Farragut, he added, they would be “cited on sight.” UPDATE: After his release from the hospital, Michael Grider was cited by a Farragut codes-enforcement official who subsequently apologized for the mistake in identity.

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Shopper news • JUNE 2, 2014 • A-5

Talent or experience? Take your pick We shall soon see the difference in football talent and experience. Beginning on the last Sunday in August and continuing for three months, Tennessee will present a case study for the comparison of superior athletic ability and jungle warfare survival. Butch Jones has assembled a bright, young cast of highly regarded prospects. Alas, the foundation of his brick-by-brick building program is thin. There just aren’t many Volunteers who have enjoyed learning experiences against Southeastern Conference foes. That’s double trouble. There haven’t been many winning games to enjoy, and there are too few seniors.

Marvin West

Back when freshmen were not allowed to play because of perceived immaturity and sophomores were considered generally inadequate, the late, great Robert R. Neyland said college teams could expect to lose one game for each underclassman in the starting lineup. Thankfully that philosophy is no longer applicable. There aren’t enough games. Now is an OK time to guess which Tennessee

freshmen might be in the opening lineup against Utah State. Offensive tackle Coleman Thomas, tight end Ethen Wolf and corner Emmanuel Moseley are best bets. Wide receiver Josh Malone appears ready enough. Tailback Jalen Hurd is not far behind. At least two incoming missiles will try to take a safety spot. A rookie could become a starting linebacker. I suppose it is possible that a freshman could be a defensive tackle. Another rookie might emerge as kicker. Sophomores? They are everywhere. Neyland would shudder. In trying to compare the values of talent and experience, consider this: Coaches can intensify practice to a

level that is somewhat similar to “experience.” There is no way to fake talent. You are or are not athletic. You can or can’t run fast. Reaction time is excellent or less. You can jump or you can’t. OK, that doesn’t matter as much if you are a big, strong lineman. Talent can be enhanced with improved technique, but it is really hard to teach speed. Coach Jones knew what he was getting into when he took the Tennessee job. As soon as he analyzed the roster, he saw that his second season would likely be more challenging than his first. He inherited experienced linemen on both sides of the ball, but they would soon be gone. He couldn’t be sure that Tiny would go

A busy June: Nesting Around A d th these parts, t the th h month of June is about the busiest time of the year, at least in the bird world. All those nice calm birds that spent the winter munching seeds at our feeders have had a big dose of hormones kick in. They’ve been joined by dozens of migrant species like hummingbirds, house wrens, swallows and vireos, jostling for both groceries and housing opportunities.

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The neighborhood is full of drama, with such familiar characters as super-

moms, absentee dads and overworked parents trying to cope with fussy, demanding kids. Of course, we’re not talking reality shows here, we’re into actual life in the June bird world. The name of the game is nesting. The object of the game is to produce as many new baby birds in as short a time as possible. Nesting includes building a place, laying some eggs, sitting on them till they hatch (the process called incubation by the biologists) and then feeding those hatchlings from dawn to dark till they go from helpless little blobs to independent, flying creatures. This all takes place in a late-May-to-June frenzy of activity covering two or three weeks and is often followed up with a second round of the same stuff,

producing a second, and sometimes, here in the South, a third brood. At our house we are presently hosting (or putting

up with) nests of Carolina wrens (back porch – they tried hard for the garage), cardinals (crepe myrtle bush just outside my desk

but he did. I remember when the coach said: “I knew right away that we were in trouble in Year 2 in terms of depth and experience. We had to make a commitment in recruiting.” Did they ever! Butch and his people recruited one of the finest classes in the country. As is almost always the case, most new Vols are very young. The truth is that Jones still doesn’t know what his defense will look like until the summer freshmen are integrated into the program. There is powerful incoming potential among linebackers and defensive backs, but it is too early to forecast what Derek Barnett, Dewayne Hendrix,

Charles Mosley and Michael Sawyers can do. There is evolution to come. Jones says there is no way around playing some rookies in the defensive front. “That’s just where we are. And, as we know, this is an unforgiving league when it comes to the line of scrimmage.” Coaching tip based on many years of observation: If you really must make a choice, take talent over experience. There will be mistakes. There will also be more big plays. NFL scouts prove that point each spring. They sometimes recommend basketball players. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

roof overhang). And then the bluebirds and the house wrens are in constant disputes over who gets which nest box this year. The blue jays, instead of being loud and raucous, are skulking around the yard, quietly gathering food, a sure sign of a nest with babies, and the blue-gray gnatcatchers are just finishing up their first brood and are starting on their second. Bird nests come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. They range from the tiny hummingbird nest woven from cobwebs and lichens, to the massive hundredpound-plus pile of sticks constructed by our bald eagles. The artistry ranges from the carefully woven baskets of the orioles and vireos, to the precise, mudlined cups of the robins, to the half-dozen twigs thrown window; momma bird gives together by the mourning me a scolding every time I doves. The killdeers don’t sit at my desk) and phoebes even bother – they just (on a shelf I built for them To page A-6 last year, under my shed-

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(and people) lovers If you’ve ever wanted to help animals and people at the same time, you have a golden opportunity to get started tonight (Monday, June 2). Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) is holding a free informational meeting for those interested in becoming volunteers.

Abby Gibson – a friend to animals, always

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Carol’s Corner A program of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, HABIT is a nonprofit group of volunteers working to promote the bond between people and animals. The organization sponsors animal-assisted therapy programs for all ages in many different settings, including nursing and retirement homes, assisted-living centers, hospitals, physicalrehabilitation centers and area schools. You can find out more by attending the meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in room A118 at the UTCVM, 2407 River Drive. Parking is available in Lot 66 behind the veterinary college. HABIT requests that you do not bring pets to this meeting. Info: edu/habit/. â–

Walk your waggers

The Abby Gibson Memorial Foundation will hold its third annual Walk & Wag event Saturday, June 7, at Victor Ashe Park. This

This clumsy baby bird is doing just what it’s supposed to do. Photo by K. Woycik dog-friendly family event, presented by PetSafe, will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with early-registration check-in and day-of-event registration starting at 9 a.m. Ten-year-old Abby Gibson lost her life in 2010 from injuries sustained in a horseback-riding accident. She was an animal lover like no other, and she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Her mom, Jennifer, decided to do something positive to mark Abby’s extraordinary life by spearheading this wonderful annual fundraising event. Proceeds from this year’s Walk & Wag will benefit the Abby Gibson Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Endowment at UTCVM, HABIT, HALT (Humans and Animals Learning Together) and the Knoxville Zoo’s ZooFund for Kids.

Last year’s Walk & Wag was an absolute blast. You won’t find better, happier, more caring people on the planet. This year there are contests, demonstrations by the Knox County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, music, food, prize drawings and a scavenger hunt. The Knoxville Zoo ZooMobile will be on hand. Plus there’s a new “kids’ zoneâ€? with all kinds of fun games and activities. Info: â–

Leave ‘em alone

Lately on our daily walks, my corgi mix Barney Fife and I can’t help noticing that there are an awful lot of scruffy baby birds floundering around in the underbrush. Sometimes we’ll spot a baby bunny, frozen in place, looking deserted. Friends in more far-flung places report fawns lying


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motionless in the grass. It’s difficult to tell if any of these infants are in trouble. They aren’t. Janet Pezzi, a licensed veterinary medical technician with the Avian, Exotics and Zoological Medicine and Surgery service at the UT Veterinary Medical Center, says: “This time of the year baby birds are in the fledgling stage of their lives. Most of them spend about two to three days on the ground, hopping around, learning to forage for food.� Pezzi stresses that all the fumbling around is quite normal; the babies are also learning to fly. In addition, she says, the parents are usually near. They are easily scared off by humans, so “people need to keep a large distance or go inside when they know that fledglings and parents are close by.� She also suggests keeping pets indoors or on a short leash, as a large percentage of injured wildlife seen at the UTVMC suffers from dog and cat bites. Other baby animals you see are just following their parents’ orders by staying still, according to Dr. Cheryl Greenacre of the UTVMC. Again, it’s best for us humans to stay out of the situation. “Let’s help them make it in this big world,� says Pezzi, “by letting the parents do what they know is best for their babies.� Send story suggestions to

plunk their eggs down on a driveway or in a parking lot somewhere and call it a nest. After the nests are built and eggs laid, then comes the easy part – incubation. The average length of time to hatching for our smaller songbirds is about 11 days. Ah, but then – feeding. Bird parents face one common sight all day long every day – a nest full of big, wide-open, hungry mouths. Baby birds must have protein to develop properly, and even species that usually eat seeds feed their growing youngsters protein. This means caterpillars, worms, spiders, insects. As many as they can find, constantly foraging, day after day. People have watched and counted the feeding trips parents make to their nests, and some number in the hundreds per day. This is interesting and fun to watch, but think also of the millions of grubs eating your lawn, and caterpillars eating your garden and trees, and gnats and mosquitoes tormenting you, that are gathered each spring and fed to growing birds, that would otherwise be eating us people out of house and home! There is no way we could ever keep up. Just like in the average American neighborhood, the arrangements for rearing a family vary from one household to another, only with the birds it’s determined by the species. For example, our good old American robins mostly cooperate in the enterprise, with the male bird helping the female build her nest, then keeping a watchful eye on things while she incubates the eggs for 12 to 14 days. The dad then joins the mom in the monumental task of stuffing hundreds of worms and caterpillars into the ever-open hungry mouths till the babies are off

From page A-5 the nest and on their way. The opposite end of that spectrum is the hummingbird family. The male rubythroated hummingbirds select a territory each spring that offers good nesting sites and an adequate food supply. A female comes along and chooses a male based upon the quality of territory he oversees. They mate, and then that’s it for the father. Away he goes, and the female then builds the nest, lays the eggs and sits on them, with brief breaks for a bite to eat. When they hatch, super-mom finds all the food and feeds the two babies by herself. What’s really amazing is that she will often mate and start a second nest by herself, while finishing up with the first one! Certainly something for the neighbors to watch and talk about over the back fence. But all this June activity is not just programmed into the birds for our entertainment. Mother Nature has worked things out so that on average, over the years, we will end up with about the same total number of birds each season. And it’s not easy being a baby bird. Weather such as cold snaps and storms, disease and predators, especially outdoor house cats, wipe out millions each year. Many first-year birds fail to make it back to their nesting grounds on that first migration. And so to replace all those losses, plus losing parent birds annually as well, there has to be a good-sized batch of replacement birds each year. It’s a huge job, and it takes a lot of trips to the nest with your mouth full of worms. But it seems to be a system that’s worked out well through the eons. Just be glad that kids don’t grow that fast. Imagine what jeans and sneakers would cost.


Shopper news • JUNE 2, 2014 • A-7

The desert in bloom The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. (Isaiah 35: 1-2 NRSV)

Choir Director Tina Hutchison, second from left, performs with Heather, Cleva and Sheena of the Tennessee Prison for Women Choir at the Take One prayer breakfast, held last week at Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Photo by Wendy Smith

Take One program helps inmates sing a new song By Wendy Smith Nichole, a member of the Tennessee Prison for Women Choir, performed a solo at the Take One Prayer Breakfast held last week at Central Baptist Church of Bearden. “I just can’t give up now, I’ve come too far from where I started. Nobody told me the road would be easy, and I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me,” she sang. As the first inmate to receive support through Take One, a new program that matches newly-released inmates with faith-based organizations and nonprofits, Nichole will have help building a new life when she leaves prison next year. Approximately 5,000 people volunteer in the state’s prisons, and most of those are affiliated with religious organizations, said Derrick Schofield, Tennessee Department of Correc-

tions commissioner. But prisoners who receive support while in prison often feel alone when they leave. Members of several local congregations were in attendance, and he asked them to encourage their churches to commit to mentoring one recently-released prisoner for a year. “Don’t let them walk out that door, then come back and say, ‘I couldn’t find nobody,’ Just take one,” he said. Take One was conceived by Tennessee Rep. Johnny Shaw, who is also a pastor. It was an answer to God’s prompting him to be a difference-maker rather than a politician. “I want to emphasize that this is not a state program,” he said. “It’s about the church, about doing what God put us here to do.” Former inmate Derek Seneker told his story to illustrate the importance

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS ■ Bearden UMC, 4407 Sutherland Ave., will host Gotta Move! VBS July 21-24, with ages 3-5 meeting 6-8 p.m., and kindergarten through 5th grade meeting 6-8:30 p.m. Register online at www. ■ Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, will host VBS clubs to meet at various times and places June 16-19. Theme is “Have u Herd.” Kickoff Carnival will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 15. Info or to register: ■ Farragut Presbyterian and Faith Lutheran present Workshop of Wonders, 9 a.m.noon, June 2-6, for ages 3-12. Youth may volunteer. Info or to register: Katrina Sharp, 742-2292, or www.2014. ■ Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, will host Adventure Squad Returns VBS, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 1820, for preschool through 5th grade, with nightly giveaways and activities. Preregistration is required. Info or to register: ■ Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike at Cherokee Boulevard, will

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of mentoring prisoners. Throughout his childhood, he suffered abuse and neglect. The first time he got high was with his mom. He was arrested in Hawkins County in 2010 for manufacturing methamphetamines. Up to that point, he’d been bad at everything − a bad son, brother, husband and father, he said. Through faith-based mentoring he received as an inmate, Seneker turned his life around. When he was released from prison, he attended Focus Christian Academy, a Focus Group Ministries program that teaches life skills while developing a spiritual foundation. “It’s the first time I ever finished anything in my whole life,” he said. Now, Seneker leads Celebrate Recovery classes at Morgan County Correctional Complex. His men-

tors served as millstones, he says, so that he could become bread for others. “I stand here before you guys bread − nourishment for someone else.” Deborah Thomas, director of religious and volunteer services with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, said an overwhelming number of inmates have asked to participate in Take One. Tennessee is leading the way with this initiative, and she thinks other states will follow. An army of resources is available to organizations that take on the task of mentoring a recently-released inmate, including the Tennessee Reentry Collaborative (TREC), which has an office in Knoxville. “You’re not going to be in this alone.” For more information and an online application:

Ordination Mass for four priests In a first for the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained four priests during an ordination Mass on May 31 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The four men have diverse backgrounds: ■ Colin Blatchford, 30, was born in Bloomington, Ind., and grew up in Chattanooga. He graduated from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.; ■ Tony Budnick, 42, is originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., and moved to East Tennessee in 1997. He worked as a sports producer for a television station before enrolling in the seminary. He graduated

from Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis.; ■ Julian Cardona, 33, is originally from Pereira, Colombia. He now lives in Knoxville and graduated from St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind.; ■ Adam Kane, 31, is originally from Lynchburg, Tenn. He converted to Catholicism as a young adult and is a graduate of St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology. Now more than 80 priests in the diocese are serving at 47 parishes, four missions, 10 schools and three university campuses throughout East Tennessee.

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During our explorations of the Southwest, my husband, Lewis, and I had the opportunity to visit Carlsbad Caverns. The caverns were vast and beautiful, old and mysterious, dark and foreboding. The small pools of reflecting water amid the swirling rock were like gems set in a great diadem. My astonishment was almost overpowering; as I rounded the next curve in the path, I wondered if I would be able to comprehend more majesty, more beauty, more wonder. When we emerged from the darkness of the caverns, the sunlight was warm and welcome. As we drove down the highway (the entrance to the caverns is high on a mountain), we paid closer attention to our surroundings. The mountains were rocky and rugged, barren of trees. I was reminded of the mountains in Israel, particularly those on the road that leads from Jerusalem down to Jericho – the forlorn setting of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. There were more caves among the hills, but it was the vegetation that surprised me. New Mexico is desert after all, I reminded myself. There were varieties of cactus – not the upraised arms of the Saguaro cactus, but the broad, low-to-theground, paddle-shaped, flat-leafed types. Do cacti have leaves??? They certainly do have spikes: fierce, needle-like, defensive weapons that clearly say, “Hands off, Buster!” They were everywhere, reminiscent of so many settings of Western movies. And they were blooming! Large yellow blossoms everywhere! Multiple blooms on each cactus! It was incongruous and as “mules in horses’ har-

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ness,” to quote Scarlett’s Mammy. But it also was a lesson in the abundant goodness of God. Robinson Jeffers wrote a poem titled “The Excesses of God,” in which he posed the following question: “Is it not by his high superfluousness we know our God? For to be equal a need Is natural, animal, mineral: But to fling Rainbows over the rain And beauty above the moon, And secret rainbows On the domes of deep sea-shells...?” God created a universe that is wild with wonder, and our little planet Earth is teeming with its own amazing miracles. We need to explore our world and discover what God is up to. We need to open our eyes and really see the world. Discovery doesn’t necessarily mean distant places either. Open your eyes on your drive to work. Pay attention to sunrises and sunsets. Notice the flowers. Look – really look – at the greenness of the grass. Stand at a window and look into the distance. How far can you see? Is there a mountain within sight? Go outside tonight and look up at the stars, the planets, the moon. “Lift up your eyes,” as the psalmist says. And if your life feels desert-like just now, remember: The desert will bloom.


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Host an exchange student World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a nonprofit organization, is looking for local host families for high school students from around the world for the 2014-15 school year. Families will provide room, board and guidance. Couples, single parents and families with or without children living at home are all encouraged to apply. Each exchange student is fully insured, brings their own spending money and expects to bear their share of household responsibilities and participate in normal family activities. Info: Adrienne Smith, 240-4144 or

West Valley Middle School teachers John Martin and Amy Crawford

A good prank The night before the last day of school, some 8thgrade students from West Valley Middle School gathered for a slumber party. The discussion eventually turned toward leaving a lasting impression on the school they were leaving behind.

Sara Barrett

Ashtyn Glover, Darby Bauman and Addie Crawford wanted to do something in a positive light, not a typical upperclassman prank often associated with the end of school. “As 8th-graders, we have more of an opportunity to step up and set a good example,” said Ashtyn. Addie’s mom, WVMS teacher Amy Crawford, suggested they do something for the teachers. “Mrs. Crawford always tells us to do our best, and we wanted to do something for someone else,” said Darby. About 10:30 p.m., the girls made a couple of phone calls and gathered other friends before heading to the grocery store to pick up packs of chalk.

Addie’s dad drove the girls to the school, where they wrote encouraging messages with chalk within each parking space. Messages included “You are loved” and “Thank you” and “You are a good teacher.” The next morning as teachers arrived at the school, emails started circulating to give others a heads-up about notes left for each of them to see. “Only one car was in the parking lot when I arrived for bus duty,” said teacher John Martin. “I saw the messages and drove back and forth to read them, and then I walked by each of them to look again,” he said. Martin quickly took a picture and posted it on his Facebook page. Friends of his from around the world commented that they’d never seen anything like it. “I never would have expected this type of thing,” said Martin. “We turned a ‘prank’ into a good thing,” said Darby. “Kids our age should take advantage of opportunities they’re given to do something great.”

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Darby Bauman, Addie Crawford, Ashtyn Glover and Weston Standifer display one of the positive messages they wrote in teacher parking spaces at West Valley Middle School. Photos by S. Barrett

Darby Bauman, Addie Crawford, Ashtyn Glover and Weston Standifer

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■ Bearden High School’s Junior Cheerleading Camp for students age 5-14, 6-8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, July 14-16, at the school’s football field. The camp will feature the squad’s new coach, Chelsea Harris, a former UT cheerleader and UCA staff member. Cost is $55, which includes a T-shirt and $5 insurance fee. Info: or call Lori Hampton, 256-0324. ■ Sign up as an individual player or bring your own team. Knox Youth Sports

its students. Cost is $125. Registration may be done at bcs, 539-7167 or in person at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road in Room 108 of the Alexander Building. Info: www.wordplayers. org or 539-7167. 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 ends in June. Register online at or call 584-6403. ■ Girls’ basketball camp for ages 7-15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9-13, at Roane State Community College in Harriman. Registration will be held 8:30-9 a.m. June 9. Cost is $100 with a team rate of $85 per player if five or more team members are attending the camp. Info: Monica Boles, 354-3000 ext. 4388 or email

Knox County Schools’ summer transfer window ends 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 1. The transfer window provides an opportunity for parents or legal guardians to request transfers for their students who meet at least one of the following criteria: ■ Students new to the Knox County Schools, including kindergarten students ■ Students who have had a change in family circumstances such as custody or guardianship since Feb. 19, 2014 ■ Students with a change of address since Feb. 19, 2014 ■ Students seeking a transfer to a magnet program where space is available Parents can apply for transfers by completing a transfer application form in person at 912 S. Gay St., Suite 103; faxing an application to 865-594-1504; mailing an application to Supervisor of Enrollment, Knox County Schools, P.O. Box 2188, Knoxville, TN 37901 or apply online. Info:

CHS seeks honorees for Wall of Fame Central High Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the school’s Wall of Fame. Prospective candidates should have graduated from Central High at least 20 years ago; they are selected by what the individual has done in business, how they have excelled in their profession and how they have given back to the community. To nominate a graduate, contact R. Larry Smith, association president, via email at; fax 922-4467; or phone 922-5433. Deadline for submissions is Monday, June 30.

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Aviation Academy at McGhee Tyson By Wendy Smith Things are taking off at McGhee Tyson Airport. Becky Huckaby, vice president of public relations for the Metropolitan K nox v ille Airport A u t h o r i t y, spoke to the Optimist Club of West K nox v ille last week. Huckaby An upcoming airfield modernization program will take six years and cost $108 million and will include the complete replacement of one runway − 9,000 feet long and 150 feet wide with a depth of three Madison Fox and Parker Fox, front, and Jake Hammond, Joe Pryor, Reilley Swanson, Caroline Pryor and Alyssa Fox, back, relax at feet. the Arnstein Jewish Community Center pool. Taxiways also will be reconfigured. The new design will employ better geometry to accommodate larger aircraft than the current taxiways, built in 1937, Huckaby says. the Wahoos swim team, as By Wendy Smith She shared news of the Ahhh, summer. After one well as kids who just want third annual Aviation Acadfigures out how to manage to splash around. emy, which is currently un“It’s a wonderful family the extra children underderway. The program was foot, it’s a time to revel in a atmosphere where kids make developed for the airport’s more relaxed pace and end- lifelong friendships,” says 75th anniversary in 2012 as mom Audrey Brown. “It’s the less sunny days. a way to engage the public. As soon as my kids grad- best money I ever spent.” Margie Frizzell appreciuated from the wading pool in the backyard, we joined a ates that the pool serves as a nearby neighborhood pool. great adoption community. It was a significant finan- Many members, herself incial investment, especially cluded, have adopted or are in those days, but it paid in the process of adopting. The Arnstein Jewish off with a new set of friends ■ Central High School’s class of 1959 will hold and a new family activity − Community Center, 6800 its 55th reunion Friday Deane Hill Drive, attracts swim team. and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, My memories of morn- neighbors who prefer a quiat Beaver Brook Country eter pool. Lesli Fox says she ing practices that stretched Club. Info: Judy Edeninto all-day play dates and lived in Westwood for 10 field Hodge, 531-4837 or evenings spent grilling by years before she realized judychs59@mindspring. the pool with neighbors will the pool was an option for com or Harold Knott, always be some of my most her family. 947-3486 or haroldknot@ “There aren’t many peoprecious. Everyone fortunate ple, and it’s super conve■ Central High School’s enough to have such a situa- nient,” she says. class of 1989 will reunite The Smokin’ Salmon tion has the same warm-andJune 14. Tickets are $40. fuzzy feelings about their swim team practices and Make checks payable pool, especially at the begin- competes at the AJCC. to CHS Class of ’89 and Sadly, my days of hanging ning of the summer, when mail to Felecia Turner, memories of single-digit out at the neighborhood pool 1103 Darby Lane, Forest, VA 24551. Info: Felecia temps are fresh. I visited a are numbered. My two old(Robbins) Turner, felecouple of neighborhood pools est children are lifeguards, to see what’s special about so they have little desire to or Mark Allen, 4davolz@ hang around a pool for leithem. Barbara Frizzell, a rising 7th-grader at Cedar Bluff Middle sure. But I’m proud that they The Crestwood Hills Recreation Center, 8740 have moved on to helping School, shows off her perfect dive at the Crestwood Hills Fox Lonas Road, is home to other families enjoy the pool. Recreation Center. Photos by Wendy Smith

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The academy meets for five Wednesday evenings beginning in April. Thirty to 35 members of the community are selected from nearly 200 applicants to learn the inner workings of an airport that serves 9,000 people a day and operates like a small city. Participants get an up-close look at Transportation Security Administration operations, firefighting facilities and how jets are inspected and repaired, among other things. This year’s class will get to observe the replacement of batteries in black boxes − which are actually orange. The first call for 2015 applications will be in February. Participants enjoy the academy and give it high marks, Huckaby says. “It really is a program that’s so much more than airplanes.” President Carolyn Bird says the mission of the Optimist Club of West Knoxville is to bring out the best in kids. The group meets at noon on Thursdays at O’Charley’s, 11036 Parkside Drive.

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Art winners By Sara Barrett In other Ball Camp Elementary news, three students won First National Bank’s art contest held at its office on Middlebrook Pike. Sterling Ross won first place, Michael McCarthy took second and Meeyah Green placed third. Bryan Hair, assistant vice president and branch m a n a ger, stopped by Ball Camp to meet the winners and give each a savings account in varying amounts. Hair “We do this to excite the kids and let them know hard work pays off,” said Hair. Art teacher Jan Yinger chose 40 entries that were displayed at the bank. Customers voted on their favor-

ite, and the top three were rewarded, although all participants received certificates for their efforts. Both Yinger and Hair plan to collaborate on another contest next school year.


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how the distribution centers operate and how large the facilities can be. The depot in Mira Loma, Calif., is 1.3 million square feet and serves 111 locaTodd Galanti tions. The Farragut warehouse receives its shipments from a center in Atlanta. Galanti showed the nine-hour system the company uses. Products are unloaded at the distribution centers and then the pallets are transferred across the large facility to Costco fleet trucks to carry to the appropriate warehouse. He presented a short video that showed an empty distribution center at the start of a workday, the transfer of hundreds of goods during the day and an empty center again at the end of nine hours. All these innovations help provide members with quality products at significant savings, he said. During the meeting at Fox Den Country Club, he said the company also takes care of employees, which shows in the low turnover rate of 4.9 percent. Galanti, who has worked for Costco in several states, is a native of Atlanta.

Everything you hear about Bob Watt just seems to fit together well. For many in Farragut and West Knoxville, he was their longtime barber, back when barbershops were places Bob Watt to go, sit a spell, get a good haircut for not a lot of money and discuss the issues of the day. For others, he was “the fishing guy,” the man whose passion, fingerprints and name are part of the town’s fishing tournament, which will celebrate its 30th year on June 14. For his family, he was a good husband, dad and Papaw, who taught life’s lessons the way they should be taught – by example. Mr. Watt passed away Tuesday, May 20, in his home, surrounded by his family. They will feel the loss the most, but the community has lost an important leader and supporter. Sue Stuhl, parks and leisure services director for Farragut, remembers his leadership. “When I first started in 1991, Bob was on the recreation committee. “This committee was very instrumental in laying the groundwork and guiding the development of Farragut’s parks and recreation areas. I worked with him then and when he was an alderman and vice mayor. He was such a nice, polite, gentle man.” Stuhl remembers going to Lovell Heights Barber Shop to go over details with him or to discuss citizen requests. “He worked with us on all kinds of issues and was very good at helping his con-


Bob Watt looks over his list of winners at a 1992 fishing tournament. stituents. He is going to be missed. It’s the end of an era.” The fishing tournament that now bears his name was as much about family as fishing, says Stuhl. “Fishing was always important to Bob. More than that, however, was the fact that he wanted something youth could do with their families.” That attitude was found at home, too, says Betty Watt, his wife of 53 years. “Some of my fondest memories are of Bob taking the children fishing. Later, he would take the grandchildren, and he would take them over to a friend’s pond who kept it stocked with catfish. Bob thought it was important for the kids to catch a fish, and he knew they had the chance to catch a big catfish at his friend’s place.” Daughter Janee Watt Cates, who now lives in North Carolina, said her father would take the two girls fishing together and then take the two boys. Cates also remembers the barbershop. “When he retired, he gave me the cash register from the shop because I always loved playing

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sold it in 2002, continuing to work part time until 2005. He was alderman from 1993 until 1997, serving as vice mayor the last two years of his term. His community service continued through his involvement with the fishing tournament and the parks. “We talked to him every year about the tournament, and he always tried to come,” says Stuhl. “He loved seeing the families out fishing together.” Her father wasn’t one for lectures, says Cates. “He was never one to sit us down and teach us a lesson,” she says. “We learned from him just being who he was. Daddy led by example.”

with it, hearing it ding when it was opened. Every now and then, not too often, we would get to take a dime out of the register and put it in the gumball machine.” Although she had left for North Carolina when her father was an alderman and vice mayor, Cates says the community service didn’t surprise her. “I knew how important this community was to him. He was always very involved, even before it became a town. He thought this was a great place and wanted others to know that.” Mr. Watt was a member of Concord United Methodist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. He was the owner of Lovell Heights Barber Shop for 35 years until he

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Life-saving heroes Rotary Club of Farragut welcomed and honored two heroes at the May 7 meeting when the club awarded the 2014 Service Above Self honors to Seymour Volunteer firefighter Chris Grabanow, left, and Tennessee State Trooper John Pedigo. Both men had selfless acts of heroism that resulted in saving lives. This is the 10th year the club has given the awards, which are presented and coordinated by Rotarian Ben Harkins. Photo submitted

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Planet Beach owner builds new career By Bonny C. Millard Nina Morgan, a professional athlete and mentalhealth counselor, combined her interests in improving physical health and emotional well-being when she opened a Farragut franchise of Planet Beach in January. Planet Beach is an automated spa. When Morgan, a former competitive bodybuilder, was researching the franchise with her husband, Justin, she realized this was an opportunity to help people feel better physically as well as provide a way to reduce stress and improve their overall outlook. Morgan, who has a master’s degree in mental-health counseling, worked at Cornerstone of Recovery for eight years. Planet Beach offers a number of automated services to help people unwind from their busy and stressful lives. Morgan said her spa offers benefits in the areas of pain management, insomnia, skin conditions, joint problems and weight loss. The original Planet Beach started out as a tanning salon about 20 years ago but changed to the spa concept in 2010. The newer franchises, such as Morgan’s salon, do not use ultraviolet lights, and the older ones are phasing them out, she said. Morgan will open a second area location on Bearden Hill next to Bone-

Planet Beach owner Nina Morgan opened her spa franchise in Farragut in January and plans another for Bearden in July. Photos by Bonny Millard fish Grill in July. Manager Kimberly Trezise explained that the spa is divided into a number of stations, allowing members to achieve different results. Most of the rooms are for individual use, but some, like the “relax room” with its automated massage equipment, can accommodate more than one person. The DreamWave Massage Chair, which adapts to the user’s size, massages not only the back, but also the arms, neck, calves and feet. During the massage, members can also breathe in pure oxygen and do guided meditations. Other services include the Slim Capsule, a sauna, a hydration station, pb-

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Anesthesia team watched every heartbeat, every breath They’re the doctors you never met, the nurses you didn’t see. They’re the ones who lulled you to sleep without ever singing a lullaby, the ones who enabled you to gently awaken right on time. They are Parkwest Medical Center’s anesthesia team, an elite group of 10 anesthesiologists and 45 anesthetists who, like an army of guardian angels, watch over you as you sleep peacefully through anything from an appendectomy to neurosurgery. You may think you’ve never met them. More likely, however, the anesthesia just wiped them from your memory. “We say that it’s a good thing if your patient doesn’t remember you, because that means everything went well,” says Dr. Jeff Fuqua, an affable Tennessee native who chairs the hospital’s anesthesiology department. Not so in labor and delivery, however. There, Fuqua says, the mothers are more concerned about the epidural than childbirth. But when they discover the IV was the most painful part of it, they are quick to recall the kind doctor or nurse who eased their labor pain. “Now, those women,” he says with a laugh, “are grateful!” Last year, Parkwest anesthesiologists and anesthetists worked 14,200 cases, including about 500 heart surgeries and countless general; orthopedic; neuro; and ear, nose and throat surgeries. When it’s time for your colonoscopy, they’re there. When you need a breathing tube, they’re there. When you’re unconscious and lying on the operating table, they’re seated inches away behind the drape above your head as they keep close watch over your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and other critical functions. “The whole time they (patients) are asleep we are monitoring, monitoring,” says Dr. Mitch Dickson, who has also served as Parkwest’s chief of staff and is a member of Covenant Health’s Board of Directors. “Monitoring their oxygen level, their EKG, their blood pressure, the gasses they are breathing in and out. We measure brain waves to determine the depth of anesthe-

Parkwest’s anesthesia dream team, Dr. Mitch Dickson and Dr. Jeff Fuqua. sia. We’re doing all those things while the surgeon is working. “Keep in mind, too, that the surgeon has more patients waiting,” Dickson adds. “So we need to do an anesthetic in a way that will wake patients up in a timely fashion. Obviously, if it takes three hours for them to wake up, the surgeon is not going to do another case in that operating room.” It’s a challenging task that requires much training and skill. Even so, it is one of those medical procedures often taken for granted. “It’s fun to watch surgery, but if you came back and watched me do anesthesia, you would be bored stiff,” says Fuqua. “Watching anesthesia is just boring! But when you are the one who’s got to get that tube in, the one who’s got to keep that patient alive but still and unconscious, it’s a totally different thing.” Yet, the critical role anesthesia professionals play in healthcare is seldom seen or understood by the patients they serve.

“Every patient thoroughly researches the surgeon when they need surgery, but no one looks into who is sedating them,” said Rick Lassiter, Parkwest’s chief administrative officer. “These are very skilled but often overlooked medical professionals who deserve recognition for the complex work they do.” It is the anesthesiologist who “holds the trump card” before surgery begins. Having formulated an anesthesia plan in advance of the surgery based on height, weight, age and a host of other factors, the anesthesiologist is well-versed in the patient’s medical history although he or she may have never met the patient. “We are the patient’s last medical clearance before proceeding with surgery,” says Dickson. “If we see any concern about their medical history – or if they’re having chest pain the surgeon didn’t know about – we’re the ones who would prevent them from going ahead with the surgery.”

From ‘takeoff to landing,’ anesthesia gets you there safely Dr. Jeff Fuqua says the work of the anesthesiologist is much like that of a pilot for an airline. “If you think about it, there are a lot of similarities between anesthesia and airline flying,” says Fuqua, an anesthesiologist at Parkwest Medical Center. “You get on a plane and give control to that pilot, trusting that he’s going to take that plane up safely and get you to where you are going. We’re kind of the same way – we have the takeoff, we have the landing. You are putting your life in my hands and I take that seriously. That’s important to you, your kids, your family. Every patient is a person with loved ones who want to see them come back safely.” Yet, just as there are passengers with a fear of flying, there are also patients with a fear of anesthesia. “Most people don’t realize how safe anesthesia is now. Years ago, the American Society of Anesthesiologists launched some safety initiatives that have really helped, and our safety data have been tremendous over the years,” says Dr. Mitch Dickson, Parkwest anesthesiologist. “Now, anesthesia is one of the safer medical procedures you can have.” Fuqua concurs that the ASA’s initiatives have “taken safety to a whole new level.” Furthermore, he says, technological inno-

vations in monitoring equipment such as the capnograph which measures the CO2 a patient exhales, the pulse oximeter which measures oxygen levels and pulse, and the introduction of the sleep drug propofol have “revolutionized” anesthesia safety. “When I was in residency in the early 1990s, the chance of a major catastrophic event was 1 in 10,000. Those are pretty good numbers,” Fuqua says. “Recent numbers say it’s 1 in 250,000. That’s how much safer it’s gotten in 20-25 years. When I think about people in the 1970s doing anesthesia without having those monitors I have now, it scares me to death. Of course at that time, you didn’t have them and you did the best you could do with what you had.”

Patients are encouraged to talk with the anesthesiologist or anesthetist about any concerns. “Tell them if you’ve had any problems with nausea or vomiting in the past, tell them if you have had any complications with your previous anesthetic history or if any member of your family has had any significant problem with anesthesia,” advises Dickson. “Everybody has different anesthetic tolerances – some have lower tolerances and some have higher tolerances. All those things are important to know.” “I think it’s good to know who is providing your care,” adds Fuqua. “Is this person a physician or a CRNA? It’s good to know what kind of relationship is there. But mostly, a person should talk about any concerns they have. “What I think patients really need to know is: What’s going to be done to me? Are you doing regional anesthesia or general? Then, is there anything you are particularly worried about? For instance, if I’m a smoker and have COPD, I’m going to be worried about that as an anesthesiologist. So it’s good to know what your concerns are going in. You want to know the type of anesthesia and then have trust that they are going to do fine.”

The “art and science” of anesthesia, as Fuqua calls it, is more than “putting a person to sleep.” “We’re responsible for taking care of patients in the recovery room; we do epidurals for labor and delivery. Any time there is a difficult intubation or a procedure where somebody needs an airway on the floor – typically in the intensive care unit – we’re called,” says Dickson. “We’re called for sedation in the GI Lab. We do sedation in the emergency room. We have different roles all over the hospital.” “Anywhere that needs deep sedation or general anesthesia, we’re involved,” Fuqua says. With more than 14,000 cases a year, it isn’t surprising that a culture of teamwork has prevailed between anesthesiologists and anesthetists at Parkwest. “They’re critical. They allow us to cover all the surgeries here that need to be done. They’re our ‘extenders,’ ” says Fuqua, noting that the anesthetists, who are advanced practice nurses most often referred to as CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), actually handle “98 to 99 percent” of the cases while working under the supervision of the anesthesiologists (or MDAs – Medical Doctor-Anesthesia). “We work together,” says Dickson. “We function as a team, and they enable us to do our job better and more efficiently because of their expertise.” Fuqua said he feels “fortunate” to have such a competent group of anesthetists. “I know I can trust them on a routine case,” he says. “I know they’ll be diligent about it, and that they’ll call me if they need to. In anesthesia, that is a key.” It’s the kind of confidence that helps everyone sleep well. “In anesthesia, you don’t get a pat on the back every day from your patients saying, ‘you did a great job,’ ” says Fuqua. “They are asleep so they don’t know. So when you leave at the end of the day, you have to know you did a good job. You know if you’ve done well. That’s your gratification.”

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Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, for providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, a national online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“A” grade in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, whose annual survey is the most robust national measure set comparing hospital safety, quality and efficiency in the clinical areas consumers and healthcare purchasers value.

“National Excellence in Healthcare” awards from Professional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC). Parkwest’s Outpatient Surgery Services, Outpatient Services and Childbirth Center received the 5-Star Award for Overall Quality of Care, meaning these units scored in the top 10 percent of the PRC database. Our Emergency Services Department earned the 4-Star Award for Overall Quality of Care, scoring in the top 25 percent of the PRC database.

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1) Visit a quaint town on the New England coast. 2) Spend a weekend at an animal sanctuary bed and breakfast. 3) Finish restoring our home.

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Sallie Namey grew up in a world of beauty and magic. She and her mother and two brothers lived with her grandmother, watercolor artist Sallie Middleton, in Asheville, N.C., for several years after her parents’ divorce. “Everything she did was magical,” says Namey. “Everything.” Middleton painted her dining room to look like a fruit orchard. “When I would come home from school, she would go into the dining room and ‘pick’ a piece of fruit off one of the trees, and magically it would appear in her hands, and that’s what I would eat for a snack. Or she would take me in the backyard to shake what she called fairy trees, and if we picked the right trees then candy would come pouring out of the trees. Of course, she was throwing it, but at the time we had no idea.” Namey says that didn’t inherit her grandmother’s artistic abilities. “I’m the only one in the family who can’t draw a stick figure,” she says. But she does appreciate beauty, in nature and in architecture. After graduating from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a double major in communications and business, she worked for a short time with a fashion designer in Los Angeles before coming back East to marry Tom Namey, whom she’d met in her first class in college. They left Atlanta and moved to Nashville, where she’d taken a job as a sales rep for a medical company, and spent three years renovating a 1970s rancher in Brentwood. After they had a daughter, Namey realized the travel demands of her job didn’t mesh with raising a family, so she quit her job, and the family moved to Knoxville, Tom’s hometown. They found a home in Sequoyah Hills built in 1931. “This fixer-upper was a totally different story because (when they started) the last fixer-upper we had no children, 1,700 square feet and double incomes. This home, we grew to three children with one income and a home twice the size and twice as old. It’s been a busy seven years.” From the beginning, she had no trouble making friends, meeting people at parks, the library and church. “I think it had a lot to do with having young children,” says Namey, whose kids are now 8, 5 and 3. She got involved with the Kingston Pike-Sequoyah Hills Association rather innocently. She went to the group’s annual meeting and heard a presentation on a restroom that the

What is one word others often use to describe you?

Determined. Once my mind is set on something, I will not give up, no matter how hard I have to work – to the point of it being ridiculous. The family joke is that after everyone is done, I take it one step further. My mom always says that when she sees my bottom lip poke out in a determined way, there’s no stopping me.

What is your passion?

I am passionate about doing what’s right. If people always did what they knew to be right, can you imagine how much more amazing this world would be?

With whom would you most like to have a long lunch?

city Parks and Recreation Department was going to put in nearby. The proposed cinder-block-and-plastic-roof design sounded like a bad fit for the historic area, so she phoned parks chief Joe Walsh the next day to see if the neighborhood group could substitute a more aesthetically appropriate structure, covering any difference in costs. Walsh said yes, an architect friend provided a design, and the restroom that was installed was cheaper and more ecofriendly than the original plan. “After that, the neighborhood association recruited me and asked if I would join since I seemed to have an interest,” says Namey, who is now the group’s president. Over the past five years, she has actively worked with the group on beautification and restoration projects. Her latest challenge has her trying to keep the safety and character of the neighborhood intact by fighting against a proposed condominium development at a dangerous curve on Kingston Pike. Sit back and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Sallie Namey.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?

“Elsa, are you in there?” from “Frozen.” There is nothing cuter than watching my toddler walk around the house, knocking on doors and walls, asking, “Elsa, are you in there?”

GrandSallie (my mom’s mom). It’s very difficult to think that she’s been gone five years now, but I still can’t think about her without crying – I miss her so, so much. There aren’t words to say how proud I am to have come from GrandSallie – and as strong as the pain is in having to live life without her, it doesn’t touch the power of the love I felt in living life with her. I would give anything to be with her again.

I still can’t quite get the hang of …

Motherhood. How do other moms always seem to have a clean house, clean car, dinner on the table and their sanity?

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

1) Life’s not worth living without taking risks. 2) You deserve to be in a room as much as anyone else in the room … no matter where you are. 3) Think positively – the universe listens.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

The worst job I’ve ever had was as a child. My job was to make a salad every night to go with dinner. I still hate making salads.

What irritates you?

It really, really, really bothers me when people have their priorities in the wrong place. Superficiality also really irritates me. It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Farragut Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Sherri Gardner Howell, Include contact info if you can.

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Paper Bag Puppets, 2 p.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Info: 777-1750. Movie Party: “Despicable Me 2” (PG, 98 min.), 3 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. “Founding Spirits: George Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry” Brown Bag lecture by Dr. Dennis J. Pogue, noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Free and open to the public. Info: 215-8824 or


Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting, 7 p.m., Laurel Theater, corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Street. Speaker: Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable. Open to the public. A $2 donation is requested at the door. Info: Amazingly Awesome Science with Dr. Al Hazari, 10:30 a.m., Sequoyah Branch Library, 1140 Southgate Road. Info: 525-1541. Fizz! Boom! Read! Renaissance, 11 a.m., Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. For ages 5-11. Info: 588-8813.

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Leonardo Silaghi: 3 Paintings exhibit, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park. Presenting sponsor is Emerson Process Management. Info: Angela Thomas, 934-2034, or www.

MONDAY, JUNE 2 AARP Driver Safety class, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., South Knoxville Senior Center, 6729 Martel Lane. Into/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. Pilot Golf Classic presented by EWI, Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club. Check-in, 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; tee times, 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost $750 per foursome. To register: Sheri Lockett, 246-6112 or

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 UT Hospice Adult Grief Support Group meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info/reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277. Summer Library Club presents magician Michael Messing, 1 p.m., South Knoxville Branch Library, 4500 Chapman Highway. Info: 573-1772. Sparky and Rhonda Rucker share stories and songs, 2 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Fun With Shakespeare, 3 p.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. The Tennessee Stage Company will present an interactive workshop designed especially for elementary school age children, focusing on the play “Much Ado About Nothing.” Info: 470-8663. Caregiver Support Group meeting, 10 a.m.noon, Room E224 Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Guest speaker: Carolyn Pointer Neil, RN and president of Elder Advocates. Anyone who gives care to an elderly individual is welcome. Info: 675-2835. Knoxville Day Aglow Lighthouse outreach meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Ave. Pike. Speaker: Patty Johnson. Bring dish to share if possible. Beverages and child care provided. Info: Diane Shelby, 687-3687. Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv troop performance, 8 p.m., Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Free admission.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Karns Volunteer Fire Department visit, 11 a.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 470-8663.


FRIDAY, JUNE 6 “Frankly Speaking about Lung Cancer,” noon-1:30 p.m., Tennova Health Care, North Knoxville Medical Center, Sister Elizabeth Assembly Room 1st Floor, 7565 Dannaher Drive, Powell. Speaker: Hesamm Gharavi, MD, of Tennessee Cancer Specialists. Light lunch provided. RSVP: 546-4661. Opening Reception for new exhibition by Depot Artists Association, 5-9 p.m., the Balcony at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by The Melting Pot and music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day. Info: 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance. com. Amazingly Awesome Science with Dr. Al Hazari, 10:30 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 6-7 ACO State Championships of Cornhole, Cool Sports Home of the Icearium, 110 South Watt Road. Open Courts for Cornhole play 5-11 p.m. Friday; Singles and Doubles State Championship Tournament 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 6-22 “Disney’s Aladdin” presented by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/reservations: 208-3677 or www.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry, 9 a.m., departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Tickets: $50 per person; includes light snacks and a cold beverage. Reservations required: 448-8838. Learn to Do Magic with the Great Bevarino, 10:30 a.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 470-8663.

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2007 John Deere riding mower w/72" deck, 5405 BLUEFIELD RD, Cumberland Estates. diesel, zero turns, low hrs, $6900. 423Fri June 6 8a-2p & Sat June 7, 8a-noon. 312-0479; 423-581-2320 HH items, clothes, ARIENS Model 6020 6 new jewelry & HP, rear tine tiller, purses, misc. $400. Call 865-966-1689 CHURCHWIDE SALE Central Church of GRAVELY MODEL L God, 4721 Papermill in great shape Rd. 8am-2pm June 7. $1,000. Lots of treasures! 865-306-2090 SCAG comm. walk behind, 52" cut, Hydro, Kawasaki eng. 539 hrs, exc. cond. Just svcd. $3600. 865-691-5296

Household Furn. 204 Bed, Pillow top mattress set. Never used. $165. Can deliver. 404-587-0806 ENTERT. CTR., 5'x6' solid oak, new cond., $200. Mahogany High Boy Chest on a Chest. 7-drawers, new cond. $500; 865-603-4165 LIKE NEW dining rm set w/8 chairs & china cab., gold leaf mirror, 66x46, custom made sofa. 865-377-4905 MOVING SALE. Wooden computer desk w/hutch, 42" round maple dinette table, 3 swivel bar stools, Stiffel floor lamp, Sears Pro Form elec. treadmill like new, 2 drawer wooden file cabinet, Kenmore cabinet sewing machine, orig. & print art. Call for details, 865-603-1348; 865-603-7366

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Saturday Stories and Songs: Laurie Fisher, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Saturday Stories and Songs: Melissa Mastrogiovanni, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Hard Knox Roller Girls in roller derby doubleheader, 6 p.m., Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Ave. Brawlers vs Smoky Mountain Roller Girls; All Stars vs Vette City Rollergirls. Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 in advance. Tickets available at Coliseum box office, team members and team website. Info: www. Beginning Genealogy, 1 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Preregistration required. Info/to register: 215-8809. Day with the Lions – Walk for Sight, sponsored by the East Tennessee (District 12N) Lions Clubs, 9 a.m., Karns Lions Club Community Pool, 6618 Beaver Ridge Road. Registration: $25 which includes 4 individual day passes for the pool. Activities: motorcycle run, car show, health fair, kids games and food vendors. All invited.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, JUNE 9-10 AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tellico Village Property Owners Association, 145 Awohli Drive, Loudon. Info/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 5849964.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 “Kid-to-Kid: Fun with a Purpose,” 5:30-7 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 2230 Sutherland Ave. Parents are invited to attend “Talking to Kids about Cancer” at the same time. RSVP: 546-4661. Summer Library Club presents magician Michael Messing, 1 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Computer Workshop: Introducing the Computer, 5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Preregistration required. Info/to register: 215-8700. Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv troop performance, 8 p.m., Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Free admission.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Buckingham Retirement Clubhouse, 7103 Manderly Way. Into/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. Summer Library Club presents the Zoomobile, 2 p.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Info: 777-1750. Sparky and Rhonda Rucker share stories and songs, 3 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Summer Library Club presents magician Michael Messing, 11 a.m., Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. Info: 588-8813. Ronald McDonald: “Readers are Leaders,” 2 p.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 470-8663.

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A principal’s perspective By Nathan Stevens, GCA High School principal

Anticipation As I was asked to reect on my rst year at Grace Christian Academy, this is the word that most clearly represents what attracted me to this opportunity and what still inspires me on a daily basis. Stevens In all honesty, this is a word that would have described my perspective in my previous experience at an independent school in South Carolina. We were constantly challenging our current models and working towards consistent improvement. We were anticipating that our purposeful efforts were going to impact our students as they prepared for their futures. What makes the anticipation that I feel as the high school principal at Grace Christian Academy different from my leadership in South Carolina? Why does the

anticipation that I feel have a palpable intensity that was not present in my previous experience? Grace Christian Academy is pursuing excellence in partnership with families who recognize that learning is founded on truth. This allows us to work diligently and wait with anticipation as God works through us for his purpose.

Excellence Many of you may be reading this and have begun to question how this anticipation based on faith is any different than what other organizations experience. I can only speak from my personal involvement and say that Grace has been blessed with educators who are willing to challenge our current models for the betterment of the students. As a relatively young school, we have grown consistently since the school was founded in 1997. Just this year we graduated our 10th and largest senior class of 90 students. What I have found in the last year is a group of people who are thankful for the blessings that God has given us but are not satised with the

status quo. It is this pursuit of excellence that has served as a tangible reinforcement of the anticipation that I felt as I transitioned into this community one year ago.

have lost loved ones. To see the people of GCA rise up around those who are hurting has been the clearest representation of community that I could have ever experienced.



While the commitment to pursue excellence has been a foundational component of my anticipation, the depth of community has surpassed any of the expectations that I had prior to my arrival on the campus of GCA. Fine arts performances, school-wide worship experiences, and athletic events are all more traditional community-building opportunities. What sets GCA apart is that this sense of community can be seen clearly through the daily interactions on campus. This community is founded on teachers who have a genuine love for their students and are responding to a call on their life. The most concrete example of how the Grace community models rich relationships is through loss. This has been a challenging year for many members of our school as they

The pursuit of excellence and sense of community is bolstered through working in partnership. As a K-12 school we have a unique opportunity to partner together as educators to build a synchronized program which supports students in their development educationally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. My previous experience was a school that had a K-12 structure; it too worked for a synchronized program that supported student development. The distinction that is present in the Grace Christian Academy experience is the recognition that in order to reach the whole child, we must partner with parents in the spiritual development of their child. Our partnership with parents is a foundational aspect of the experience at Grace

Christian Academy. We desire to continue to strengthen this partnership throughout the coming years, and we anticipate that God will bless these efforts as we come alongside families, raising the next generation of servant leaders.

Anticipation Many times what we anticipate never comes to fruition. We project how an upcoming opportunity will serve as a panacea in comparison to the challenges we have faced in the past. Although Grace Christian Academy is far from perfect, the anticipation with which I started the year has only been strengthened as I reect on my rst year of ministry here. This anticipation is not because we have created the perfect program of excellence. It is not based solely on the sense of community and partnership with families. This anticipation is founded on the people that God has brought to Grace Christian Academy and how he is going to use us to lead, build, and equip students for their future.

Spring sports a success Jenkins placed fourth, fth, By Danielle Taylor or At Grace Christian Academy and sixth respectively. The swimming relay team of senior we strive to produce athletes who rst and foremost have an Aaron Prieto, junior Jordan Keelty, and freshmen Jack active and growing relationO’Connor and Sean O’Connor, ship with Jesus Christ, and who can perform at the highest qualied for the State Meet in level within the sport in which both the medley relay and 200yard freestyle relay. O’Connor they participate. This year qualied individually for the was no exception as we had National Meet in the 50-yard six Spring sports represented freestyle. at a State Tournament or In addition to their success State Championship, with one individual champion and three as Rams, four GCA athletes signed scholarships to play state runners-up! sports at the collegiate level GCA sophomore Rhett Elwood earned GCA’s rst State (two in baseball, one in wresChampionship this year for boys tling and one in swimming). discus. Our baseball and softball We wish them and all seniors the best of luck in their future teams both earned the Class A endeavors and good luck to our State Runners-Up titles after returning students as they try winning both the Region 2A to build on this year’s success! and District 3A Championship games. In girls doubles tennis, junior Lexie Hill and freshman Shelby Rogers ended the season with a 19-1 record, Class A-AA State Runners-Up, and Region 2A-AA and District 3A Champions. Five Rams wrestlers qualied for State: seniors Todd Hargis, Dalton Jenkins, Michael Johnson, Austin Saporito, and junior Girls doubles tennis team Lexie Hill and David Comfort; Hargis, Johnson, and Shelby Rogers (center) stand with coaches Alysia Haluska and Tracy Rodgers

Boys Discus State Champion Rhett Elwood, a GCA sophomore

The 2014 Grace Christian Academy baseball team

The 2014 Grace Christian Academy softball team

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