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FIRST WORDS Creative ways to build sidewalks By Nick Della Volpe We need your help. As a city councilman, you often hear from neighborhood groups and individuals about the need/ desire for more sidewalks, a safer way to get around the neighborhood on foot or bike. In a May Della Volpe 10 Shopper article, I wrote about the five criteria the city’s engineers use to assign priority to sidewalk segments to build. Let’s focus on quantity. Currently, Knoxville builds roughly a mile-plus of new sidewalks and rebuilds another mile-plus of reworked/repaired walks each budget year. How can we build more? If you skip over the restrictions of topography and space limitations, that work generally costs over $1 million per mile. Indeed, it is estimated that retrofitting sidewalks in established areas costs about $300 per running foot, considering land acquisition cost, plans, stormwater drainage (piping and infrastructure), curbs, ADA requirements and the actual concrete pad work. Most of this work is contracted out by the city, although our Public Service crews tackle small segment repairs and replacement, when a break in regular work permits. Public Service is also building some greenway segments. How can we improve on our sidewalk build-out rate? More money is the simple answer, but that resource is as scarce as a pinch of saffron for your next paella. City government services already cost some $215 million of your annual tax dollars. A general tax increase, anyone? Didn’t think so. Realistically, we have to look for creative solutions. That’s where you come in. One obvious solution is to require new subdivisions to include sidewalks in their design and build-out. When built as part of that original build-out and grading, the cost is much lower, estimated at $100 per foot (it depends on drainage, grade, etc.) – roughly 1/3 of the cost of a retrofit. To page A-3

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Hidden gem in Hardin Valley

Looking south near one of the boat ramps, a scenic vista of Williams Bend.

By Margie Hagen

A frequent visitor, Sloane Hamrick points out one of her favorite views.

Tucked away in the gently rolling hills of the northwest corner of Hardin Valley, Melton Hill Park is a respite from the bustle of the fast growing community. Located on Williams Bend Road, it’s a pleasant drive along the bucolic road that ends at the entrance to the park. At 112 acres, the park is one of the largest of the 44 parks in Knox County. Situated on the south shore of Melton Hill Lake,

the park has roughly 7,000 feet of shoreline. Two boat ramps are located on north and south sides of the park, providing boating access to connecting river shoals. The park has numerous walking and hiking trails, with a paved loop that circles one of the recreation areas. A covered picnic pavilion, sand volleyball pit and playground are near the small To page A-3

Leaders needed for NW business group By Sandra Clark Karns residents and Cedar Bluff area businesses need to step up to support a worthwhile organization. The Northwest Knox Business & Professional Association needs officers for the new year. Formerly the Karns Business Alliance, the group expanded its name and reach in hopes of gaining members.

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at noon, with the exception of March, June, September and December, when meetings are held at 6 p.m. to accommodate members who may not be able to attend meetings during the day. All meetings are held at the Karns Community Club Center, 7708 Oak Ridge Highway, unless otherwise announced.

State Rep. Roger Kane has volunteered to head the Karns Christmas parade for 2017. Alisa Pruett, vice president, will preside at the noon Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting since Kane is in Nashville. The speaker will be Drew Thurman of Knox County Engineering & Public Works. “Our bylaws require that we vote on officers in March,� Pruett said. Volunteers are needed for

president, secretary, treasurer, and committee chairs for membership, publicity, school liaison, beautification, trash clean-up, and selection of businessperson of the year. Volunteering already are Cassie Kiestler, Karns Community Fair; and Carolyn Greenwood, website. To volunteer or learn more: call Pruett at 865-603-4273 or visit www.nwkbpa.com

Age discrimination settlement costs tax dollars By Betty Bean Donald Trump is not the only Republican officeholder who’s got a problem with women.

Analysis Knox County’s clerk of Criminal and Fourth Circuit courts, Mike Hammond, has a pattern of behavior that recently cost county taxpayers almost $200,000. The latest scrum was the settlement of an age discrimination lawsuit brought by two female supervisors whom Hammond fired shortly after taking office in September 2014. The firings of Debra Sewell, 62, and Jean Smathers, 68, cleared the way for Hammond to hire or promote younger individuals. They probably would have won at trial, but trials are expensive and uncertain and three years is a long time to wait for compensation, so they settled. Smathers received $57,500, Sewell got $65,000 and Knox County paid their attorney, Jeffrey C. Taylor,

$28,100.50 per client. Hammond could have avoided this with better personnel practices. Richard Julian, manager of Knox County’s human resources department, said the employee handbook clearly outlines procedures for a progressive discipline procedure. Hammond (Hammond has opted his office out of the county’s HR department.) “Do an annual performance review,� Julian said. “If you want improvement, put it in writing.� The next steps are verbal warning, written reprimand, suspension up to 10 days without pay and termination. “I can’t imagine why anyone would not go through these steps,� Julian said. Another way to terminate is simply to abolish an unneeded position. Hammond gave no reason for the terminations initially, but when the women filed suit in March 2016, he denounced them for running a disorganized, cha-

otic office permeated by a “circus atmosphere� that allowed lawyers free run of the place. This accusation was puzzling, even infuriating, to many lawyers who used the office. Fourth Circuit Court was the domain of Judge William Swann, who retired in 2014. His penchant for issuing orders of protection brought massive, angry and often unruly crowds to the City County building on Thursdays, where feuding parties waited for their cases to be called. Extra security was required, and OP Thursdays were dubbed “good love gone bad� days. Hammond has said the office is running more smoothly now, but a veteran lawyer who has handled divorce cases for decades said any changes in the office culture are due to Swann’s successor, Judge Greg McMillan. “You need look no further than the judge who sat in Fourth Circuit for 30 years for creating whatever atmosphere was there. The judge sets the tenor,� the lawyer said. “Ms. Sewell and Ms. Smathers were the go-to people in that office. When you needed a question

answered or something done, you went to them. I’d say they have more friends in the courthouse than Mike Hammond. This was a debacle. He took that office’s institutional memory out in one day.� Clashes with women are becoming a hallmark of Hammond’s post-county commission career (he is a career radio broadcaster who served as a county commissioner for 10 years). He ran unopposed in 2014 after unleashing a barrage of withering attacks on his predecessor, Joy McCroskey, who chose not to stand for re-election. Next he took aim at the county’s other court clerk, Cathy Quist Shanks, who heads operations for the balance of Circuit Court as well as Juvenile and General Sessions courts. Late last year, in a memo to Mayor Tim Burchett marked “Confidential,� he outlined a plan to consolidate his office with that of Shanks. She quickly criticized his plan, saying he was trying to make himself a “super clerk� who would control hundreds of jobs and a massive budget. Hammond retreated.

    

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KCS students thrive in booming sports program By Kelly Norrell

A healthy and growing athletic program at Knoxville Christian School is changing lives. More and more students are getting a chance to play sports, including many on their way to becoming student athletes in college. Volleyball, baseball and girls’ and boys’ basketball for middle and high school students, cheerleading for K-12 girls, tennis for elementary and high school students, elementary and high school cross-country and indoor soccer all have a strong base of interest. And it is all on its way to a new level. Several factors make sports exciting at KCS, said athletic director Andrew Horn. One is that KCS is blessed with a stellar athletic facility, the 12,000-square-foot Wade and Allen Houston Courts gymnasium finished in 2013. Indoor sports have bloomed there, including the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams that are just finishing finals – the North Region Champions for high school boys and girls and the Independent Preparatory State Athletics Championship at Clayton State University for the travel team. Situated on a 66-acre campus, KCS has plenty of room for expansion in sports. Horn said a cross-country course for middle and high school students is next on the list, slated to be ready for use by fall. Football and soccer fields will come after that, with a target date of 2020-21, he said.

Basketball coach Shane Carnes helps a student practice for the girls’ basketball team.

Basketball coach Shane Carnes, girls’ basketball team member Kate Bass, 14, and athletic director Andrew Horn pause in the gym.

Andrew Horn is KCS athletic director. KCS junior Paul Komistek bats for his KCS team. Komistek has committed to play baseball for the University of Tennessee when he graduates.

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al. Some of them are really exceptional,” said Horn. He named 15-year-old Akeem Odisupe of Nigeria, 6 feet 9 inches, 16-year-old Arol Kacuol of Sudan, 6 feet 11 inches, and 16-year-old Rebecca Caloro of Italy. All are excellent basketball players. A travel team for excellent basketball players has evolved that plays some of the highest ranked teams in the country, like Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, ranked 11th by USA Today, and Oak Hill Academy, Mouth-of-Wilson, Va. Six of 10 students on the team are international. Local students excel, too, in the rich sports environment. Horn said about six players on the KCS baseball

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team are headed to play college ball, including senior Logan Adams, who will play at Dartmouth University; Trae Hall, who will play for Chattanooga State; Tait Phillips, who will play for the University of the Cumberlands; and Paul Komistek, who has committed to play at the University of Tennessee. Parents and students tout KCS because of its inclusive policies and willingness for students to play more than one sport. “We have a no-cut policy. If you want to play on a team, we will find a spot for you,” Horn said, adding that the school encourages athletes to play multiple sports. What parents like best is that the school looks after the athletes, providing study halls, communicating with teachers, caring for the students, said Horn. “Everyone knows everyone and wants them to succeed. We are all doing our part to make sure that happens.”


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Karns Christmas tree farm helps Gatlinburg heal Jim and Barbara Stevens, owners of White Pine Christmas Tree Farm, gave Mother Nature a helping hand in Gatlinburg last week with the gift of nearly 700 Christmas trees. Jim Stevens ordered more than he needed for his yearly planting and decided to send the leftovers to Gatlinburg. “You have to order the trees for replanting in July. We were having such a bad drought that I ordered extra, about 1,500 in all, but it turned out that we didn’t actually lose many trees at all so we had a surplus. They can’t be used for landscaping, but they can certainly be used for reforestation and Gatlinburg was our first thought.” Barbara Stevens’ son Morris Calloway, who works the family-run Christmas tree farm, contacted his friend Matt Hinkin with WATE who contacted Tom

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Welborn, chair of Trees Knoxville. It is Trees Knoxville that distributed the white pine saplings among those who lost their homes in the Sevier County wildfires in Chalet Village. Each property owner received two to three trees. Spring will bring new vegetation to the area, but the trees will help accelerate the process. “I’m just glad they’re going where they’re desperately needed. We always have a few left over, but nearly 700 is a lot of trees to just throw away and I just did not want them wasted when they can be put to good use,” said Jim Stevens.

Jim Stevens works the family Christmas tree farm on Copper Ridge Road with his grandson Mark Callaway, 5.

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FREE GARDENING CLASSES Knox County Extension master gardeners will present the following gardening classes, all free. ■■ “So You Want to Grow Organic: How to Get Started,” 3:15-4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Humana Guidance Center, 4438 Western Ave. Presented by master gardeners Barbra Bunting and Joe Pardue. Info: 329-8892. ■■ “Successful Seed Starting,” 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 28, Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Presented by master gardeners Barbara O’Neil and Marsha

Parks and Recreation staffers Chuck James and Mike Donila point out wild mistletoe growing in the treetops. Photos by Margie Hagen

Hidden gem swimming area, soon to be replenished with fresh sand. You can bring your own paddleboard or kayak; fishing from the shoreline is a popular pastime. If you want to take in striking views of the river and surrounding cliffs you’ll find a lot to choose from. Local resident Sloane Hamrick enjoys coming throughout the year, saying, “I like it in the winter because it’s peaceful here. I have a favorite tree that’s so pretty in the spring. There is a neat trail up to the cliffs, and when summer comes I go to the swimming pond.” Originally owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the land was deeded to Knox County in 1964 for the sum of $25, with the stipulation that it be used for public recreation. Previously used for agriculture, the area became popular for boating after the Melton Hill Dam was closed. Now different groups use it for special events. The Marine Mud Run is an annual 5K that includes natural and man-made obstacles including a ladder climb and, of course, a mud pit. Kids have their own muddy pit, with cleanup provided by local

Building more sidewalks Those dollars would be well invested – buyers will reward the builders for the higher property value conveyed. What else might be tried? Let me jump-start your thoughts: ■■Have the city build more sidewalks in-house, hiring a full time crew (e.g., four or five masons and laborers plus a Bobcat operator and a carpenter). They could progress block by block virtually year-round. ■■Devise a subscription fee or tax surcharge, block by block, to fund additional contractor services where neighbors agree to pay. I remember years ago KUB instituted a sewer-improvement charge for their build-out. ■■Organize skilled, in-community handy-dads to tackle one block at a time; recognizing that they would have to clear plans with the city engineers (there are ADA, drainage and material issues). Realistically, they might need a volunteer architect or engineer to prepare plans for approval. Consider generic

From page A-1 Rural Metro. The challenge run is organized by the Marine Corps League and is open to everyone. This year the event is on Sept. 16, and winners of both the men’s and women’s individual competitions will take home bragging rights and a Go-Pro Hero4 camera. Check out Marine Mud Run Knoxville for more information and to sign up. Supervising the maintenance of the grounds is part of the job for deputy director of parks Chuck James. “It’s a large park with a lot of area to be mowed,” says James, adding, “While the crews are working, they note anything that needs repair or is a safety issue. They act as an extra set of eyes and submit repair orders.” The park, open from sunrise to sunset, has an extra security feature: the Knox County Sheriff’s Office maintains a mobile housing unit there with an officer living on site. Being a little bit out-of-the-way is part of the charm of Melton Hill Park. It’s definitely worth discovering for fun on the water and beautiful vistas. For directions and more, knoxcounty.org/parks

From page A-1 plans by the East Tennessee Community Design Center? ■■Scour and reach out to state and federal grants that might aid non-polluting transportation. ■■Start a build-a-sidewalk lottery (probably requires state legislation) with the proceeds dedicated exclusively to building more sidewalks. Hey, we are sending kids to college already. ■■Where the topography is relatively flat, substitute a ground-level, meandering path through the edge of front yards – essentially a greenway. Give them an easement. Mom could easily mow right over the grass without edging. ■■Seek business sponsors, award development mitigation credit for sidewalk additions. That’s just a start. I’ve asked my district neighborhoods to discuss this at their next meeting. You may have the answer. So, put on your thinking caps. Let’s rise up out of the ditches!

Lehman. Info: 951-2653. ■■ “ABCs of Blueberries,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Presented by master gardener Marsha Lehman. Info: 4707033. ■■ “Successful Seed Starting,” 2:45-3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 23, Humana Guidance Center, 4438 Western Ave. Presented by master gardeners Barbara O’Neil and Marsha Lehman. Info: 329-8892. ■■ “Raised Beds: Build ’em and Fill ’em,” 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 28, Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Presented by master gardener Mike Powell. Info: 951-2653.

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Here I am After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Genesis 22:1 NRSV) Don’t say to God “Here I am” unless you really mean it. God will take you Cross up on your offer. Currents The dealings between Lynn God and Abraham were Pitts unusual, to say the least. God had promised Abraham a son, but God was slow in delivering on that promise. Sarah was Sarah did indeed bear a well past the age of child- son in her old age. bearing when three men Then comes one of the appeared before Abra- most suspenseful and ham. Being a good host, painful stories in scriphe offered them food and ture. The Lord instructs drink. The men told Abra- Abraham to take his only ham that his wife would son Isaac – this yearnedbear him a son. for miracle child! – and ofSarah, inside the tent, fer him for a burnt offering laughed out loud. She on a mountain to which knew better. Or thought God would lead him. she did! What a terrible, horThe Lord then spoke to rific test! Abraham, “Why did SarAt this point in the ah laugh and say, ‘Shall I story, I always envision indeed bear a child, now the rendition in the movthat I am old?’ Is any- ie “The Bible.” I can see thing too wonderful for Abraham’s upraised arm, the Lord?” his hand holding the knife But Sarah compound- that would sacrifice that ed her mistake by deny- precious, prayed-for son. ing that she had laughed. God’s brinksmanship The Lord said, “Oh, yes, always makes me uncomyou did laugh.” (Note to fortable, until I rememself: Don’t argue with the ber that God watched Lord!) God was as good as His own Son die, with no His word, however, and lamb to take His place!

FAITH NOTES ■■ Solway UMC, 3300 Guinn Road, hosts a women’s Bible study 10 a.m. each Thursday. The group is led by Cindy Day. Info: 661-1178.

SENIOR NOTES ■■ Knoxville Senior Co-Ed Softball league games, 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays,

April 4-Oct. 26, Caswell Park, 570 Winona St. Cost: $10. Noncompetitive league for men over 60 and women over 55. Info: Bob Rice, 573-2189 or kxseniorcoedsoftball@ comcast.net. ■■ Frank R. Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road. Info: 670-6693. ■■ Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 951-2653.

Cedar Bluff Baptist Church to hold fun run/walk By Nancy Anderson Cedar Bluff Baptist Church will host a run/ walk fundraiser on Saturday, March 11, to raise money for the building of its new 140-seat sanctuary. “Our sanctuary was more than 100 years old, and even though it was remodeled in the ’30s, the building was deteriorating and we had seriously outgrown it. The new building, which is currently under construction, will give us some muchneeded growing room,” said event coordinator Lori McCown. The Solid Rock 10K/5K/1-Mile Fun Run course will start and end in the parking lot of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church on 9215 Floyd Lane. The course will take runners/walkers on Cedar Bluff Road, through Gulf Park Neighborhood to Sanders Road, down Sanders Road to Dutchtown Road. Runners on the 10K will turn right onto Dutchtown Road and go to Century Park Complex and turn around and run back down Dutchtown Road to the church’s parking lot. Runners on the 5K will turn right onto Dutchtown Road and run about a quarter of a mile down the road and turn around and run back down Dutchtown Road to the church’s parking lot. Runners/ walkers on the 1-Mile Fun

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Run turn left out of the church’s parking lot onto Dutchtown Road, go onehalf mile and turn around and come back down Dutchtown Road, returning to the church’s parking lot. Pre-entry fees for participants 12 and over are $20$30 from Feb. 11 to March 10 and $30-$35 on race day. Pre-entry fee for participants 11 and under are $15$20 from Feb. 11 to March

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10 and $20-$25 on race day. Start times are 10K: 7:45 a.m.; 5K: 8 a.m.; and 1-Mile Fun Run: 8:15 a.m. Packet pickup will be at Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville on 11619 Parkside Drive on Friday, March 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. McCown said prizes are plentiful and volunteers are needed. “We have prizes for age and category winners and we’re fortunate to have cor-

porate sponsors who have literally stuffed our goody bags with amazing coupons and prizes. “If you don’t want to or can’t run or walk the course, consider volunteering. We need about 20 volunteers to help with water stations and check points.” To volunteer, contact Amanda Flynn at solidrockrace@gmail.com For more info and to register visit: http://bit. ly/2kuoBvQ

Freedom Christian Academy open house Freedom Christian Academy will host an open house, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway. Potential students and their families can visit classrooms, meet the teachers and view grade specific curriculum. Info: freedomchristianacademy.org or 525-7807.


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Sometimes you just have to find any place to work in the hectic robotics workshop. Spenser Byrd found a spot off to the side to measure pieces of metal. Careful measuring is a must to be sure each part fits perfectly.

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Adam Cook was charged with creating a Kickstarter request to earn $1,500 to fund a new playing field for the Farragut High School Flagship 3140 robotics team. He also does a lot of CAD (computer assisted design) work, photography and is the Web programmer. Zaky Hussein, one of the team captains, helps Brandon Atkhamjanov drill holes into a piece of metal framing that will be used on the robot so it can climb, one of many required moves for competition.

By Suzanne Foree Neal There’s no time to waste and the robotics workshop in the Career Technical Education building at Farragut High School is controlled chaos. Students are scurrying like an army of ants. They get six weeks to compete their robot for the 2017 Steamworks competition. The Feb. 21 deadline is looming. A Kickstarter fund led by member Adam Cook exceeded the $1,500 needed for a new practice field housed in the building. Teacher Jane Skinner says the school will offer its new facility for some 15 to 20 area schools to use as well. FHS robotics students lead a summer middle school ro- It’s all hands on deck and working against the clock for the Farragut High School Flagship 3140 botics camp that also fulfills robotics team to get their bot into fighting shape. Kevin Wang, Roshan Varma and John Mannrequirements for Boy Scout eschmidt work together to assemble wheels. The robot has to be finished, bagged and tagged merit badges. “We try to by Feb. 21 to be entered into the Steamworks competition. Photos by Suzanne Foree Neal do a lot of community outreach,” Skinner says. Team members of FIRST Flagship 3140 come from varied disciplines. FIRST means “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and it’s not just for boys. There are about eight girls on the team. Patience Simes says, “I found robotics and I love it.” As a child, Brandon Atkhamjanov took things apart just to see how they worked. Now he’s drilling holes into metal parts for a robot and likes the teamwork. Kevin Wang and Roshan Varma got the robotics bug from their brothers. Spenser Byrd thought he would go into law enforcement, but involvement with robotics has sent him in a new direction. “I’m better at technology and want to do anything that can help save lives,” he says. Farragut High has had a robotics team for eight years. “When they go to competition they meet people from other states, even countries,” Skinner says, experiences that may help them later on.

Sometimes you need more than one pair of hands to get the job done. Kenny Hoang holds tight to a piece of metal while Chloe Guzowski works to punch a hole for a screw. There are about eight girls on the team.

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Rugby team tryouts Saturday A high school rugby team is being organized in the Karns community. Open tryouts for high schoolage boys will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Tennessee Rugby Park, 8051 Oak Ridge Highway. The team will be a part of the Smoky Mountain Athletic Club of the Tennessee Rugby Association.

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Thompson lives in the creative zone By Betsy Pickle Robert H. “Bob” Thompson sees things that other people might not. He sees words that seem to fit with old landscape paintings he finds in thrift stores, so he paints his thoughts into the pictures. And he sees ways to bring creativity into community service, which has been a hallmark of the decade that he has lived in South Knoxville. A show of Thompson’s art opened on First Friday at the gallery space at Tori Mason Shoes, 29 Market Square. The exhibit will be up through the end of March. Thompson shows his community spirit monthly at meetings of the SouthDoyle Neighborhood Association and, since the fall, on the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals, on which he serves as the representative for District 9. Being retired – he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority as a lawyer for 30 years – gives him time to spend on his art and his volunteerism. He and wife Kaye, also retired, are empty-nesters – both of their sons are grown – except for their two cats and a “grand-dog” of which they “share custody.” Thompson says he has been a “doodler” since he was a kid, but he’s selftaught. He’s also played the guitar since he was young – he entertained attendees with lovely acoustic music at his art opening – and did take lessons, but “my last teacher got drafted and sent to Vietnam, if that tells you anything.” Thompson’s word paintings were initially inspired by the works of Chatta-

Bob Thompson, South Knoxville’s representative on the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals, provides the music for his own First Friday art opening at Tori Mason Shoes on Market Square. Photo by Betsy Pickle

nooga native Wayne White, but it was important to him to create his own style. The words he paints into the pictures – which he tweaks for the desired effect – usually require viewers to feel as much as think. Thompson, a native of Kansas City, moved to Knoxville to work for TVA after graduating from law school

at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He met his wife, who grew up in Halls, at TVA. They lived in Fountain City for 20 years before moving to South Knoxville. He got involved in the SDNA because he was concerned about a proposed housing development near his property. That’s typical of many who start coming Bob Thompson’s quirky word paintings demonstrate his love of surrealism.

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to neighborhood meetings anywhere. But Thompson has remained active. He says that group members may be far apart politically, but they’re all concerned about their community. County Commissioner Carson Dailey, a fellow SDNA member who served on the BZA until he was elected to the commission last fall, encouraged Thompson to take on the BZA position. “It’s interesting,” he says. “Back in the old days, when County Commission would run it, they gave a variance to everyone that asked for one.” Now, the BZA takes a hard look at requests and follows established development standards. Thompson takes time to do the research to make the best decisions. He believes that the spirit of creativity can enrich business and government. He

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Owner Leslie Naylor offers locally baked gluten-free cupcakes in a variety of flavors at her vegan café at 151 North Seven Oaks Drive. Photos by Nancy Anderson

Tofu fingers fried to a golden brown in sunflower oil served with house ranch dressing. “Those are our creation,” said Leslie Naylor. “I wanted something firm and crispy but light, and Chef Dino really came through for us. This is one of our top sellers, people love it.”

Chef Jeff “Dino” Godfrey with assistant store manager Heyley Naylor serve up deep fried tofu fingers.

Karns resident opens Sanctuary Vegan Café By Nancy Anderson Karns resident and animal rights activist Leslie Naylor opened a new vegan café at 151 North Seven Oaks Drive in December. Sanctuary Vegan Café specializes in vegan, organic, non-GMO and gluten-free although not everything is gluten-free or non-GMO. She chooses those options when available. “That’s our biggest challenge. Finding food distributors and food options that are really super clean. We use the same distributors that service Whole Foods so we do have a lot of choices and I buy non-GMO when possible, vegan 100 percent, and I’d say organic 90 percent. A few sauces and items might have a couple of nonorganic ingredients, but if organic is available, that’s what I buy. All the vegetables are organic for sure.” The casual barn motif café seats 49, and while it caters to vegan eaters, Naylor said she gets quite a few people in who are curious and looking for healthier alternatives. “I know a lot of people think the food is weird. I mean we have a Reuben sandwich that has a beet base. Not a lot of people have ever heard of that. But my biggest pleasure is watching someone new just try it and discover that it’s delicious. Like the tofu fingers, those are popular, and if you didn’t know better you’d swear that was chicken, but it’s actually much healthier. “I love it when I see that

look on their face and they say, ‘Hey, I can do this. I can eat this.’” The café isn’t just a labor of love for Naylor. She’s a woman on a mission. She has a plan to use the proceeds of the café to open an animal sanctuary for not only dogs and cats, but farm animals as well. “For me, being vegan is an ethical lifestyle. Vegan means no animal products. That includes dairy and for me, wearing leather as well. I mean it really isn’t necessary since we have so many other options. “I’m a breast cancer survivor and had already decided to try to eat healthier by cutting red meat from my diet. Then my oldest daughter sent me a video called “Meet Your Meat” and it really opened my eyes to where our meat was coming from and how it’s processed. I decided right then and there to never eat meat again. “Today my numbers are great and my doctors tell me to keep doing what I’m doing.” “It wasn’t long after I went vegan that I also vowed to never wear animal leather again, and now I want to buy a piece of land in the Karns area and offer sanctuary to animals as well.” But her plans don’t stop there. Naylor wants to open another café next year in downtown Knoxville to offer late night craft beers and appetizers. Info: www.sanctuary vegancafe.net

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In the “Shark Tank” are (back) Ashlyn Beal, Mikenzie Setzer, Cheyenne Dunford, Brittany Tate, Clara Suters, Grace Garren and Ella Brush; (front) Katie Antrican, Anna Cooper, Beth Suters and Hollie Ruffner. They make up Girl Scout Cadette Troop #20670. They are currently earning their entrepreneurship badges with a project styled after the television program “Shark Tank.” Teams of girls pitch their ideas for organizations to receive donations and volunteer support, and a panel of “sharks” votes. Troop leader Leslie Suters leads the Girl Scout pledge.

COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Council of West Knox County Homeowners. Info: cwkch.com. ■■ District 6 Democrats. Info: Mike Knapp, 696-8038, or Janice Spoone, 771-5920. ■■ Family Community Education-Crestwood Club. Info: Ruby Freels, 690-8164. ■■ Family Community Education-Karns Club. Info: Charlene Asbury, 691-8792.

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■■ Karns Community Club. Info: Don Gordon, 803-6381. ■■ Karns Republican Club, 7 p.m. each first Tuesday, Karns Middle School library. ■■ Karns Lions Club. Info: karn-

slionsclub.com. Gov. Bill Haslam has thanked the General Assembly for its swift confirmation of six university governing boards. ■■ Northwest Knox Business and Professional AssociaThe General Assembly approved all 48 of Haslam’s aption, Karns Community Cenpointments to the governing boards of Austin Peay State ter, 7708 Oak Ridge Highway. University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University and the University of Memphis.

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Artist Sheri Treadwell lives her passion Though she moved back to her native California five years ago after 18 years in Knoxville, Sheri Treadwell, former owner of Good Life Gallery in Fountain City, visits East Tennessee often. “Oh, I miss it,” she says. “Tennesseans really make friends when they make friends, and they keep them forever!” Sculptor Sheri Treadwell enjoys making and selling her “wearable art.” Photo by Carol

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Primarily a sculptor, with one of her pieces in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Treadwell now focuses on what she calls “wearable art.” “My current work reflects a ‘smalling down’ of the sculptures. I’ve always been interested in feminine forms; I’ve been sculpting women for a long time in sort of a quasi-fantasy aspect.” She’s drawn to biomimicry – a concept found in science as well as art and architecture. The lithe, vine-laden Art Nouveau forms of the early 20th century are an example of the style. Treadwell forms her pieces out of polymer clay, then paints, distresses and textures them. Each is unique. She sells her work at fairs, festivals and trunk shows. “I take them where I want to go. It’s a fun way to travel,” she says. “I’ve found that the way people connect to my work provokes really interesting conversations. I think that, for them, meeting the artist and getting to ask me where that face or inspiration came from is a little bit of magic.” Treadwell also has a knack for finding exactly the right item. “It’s because I know the piece so well, and there’s some spark between the way it speaks to me and the way the person

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speaks to me. What is that song? ‘Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match’ – I feel like a matchmaker when it comes to pairing my work with people.” Recently, she joined with Broadway Studios and Gallery to host a “bohemian event in an evening” complete with a gypsy tarot card reader and belly dancers. “It’s not enough anymore to just have a display of your work; it has to create a mood,” she says. “That sets the scene for people to imagine themselves into your work.” She also sells online at TempleofTrustStudios.com and says that there was “nothing natural about” her mostly-self-taught foray into web-based marketing. “It was hard work to switch over from the old way of selling,” she says. “I had a really hard time finding people who understood what I was trying to convey. But truly I’m a real self-starter and always have been; I’ve never worked for anyone else. It was a matter of saying, ‘OK, here’s what I need, how do I do this, can I hire an expert’ and learning to do it myself.” She admits, “I find the whole thing fun. But mostly I love to make the work. I think every single artist on the planet would spend their lives just making their work if they could.”

Strange first pets By Kip Oswald Last week, I wrote about Tad Lincoln’s goats running through the White House and even sleeping in his bed. The Lincolns were not the only family to have goats as pets. Our Kip 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, let his billy goat, Whiskers, pull his grandchildren around the White House. The goat did, however, run out of the yard with the cart down Pennsylvania Avenue with the president chasing them for several blocks. Most of our presidents have had some kind of bird as a pet, but Washington Post, William McKinley’s parrot, may have been the most talented of all. He could finish any song the president began and would always say “Look at all the pretty girls” to any women who stopped by his cage. Several first families had very unusual pets. William Taft, 27th president, had a dairy cow at the White House. She grazed on the lawn and slept in the garage with his several cars. Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, kept sheep on the White House lawn because there were no gardeners during World War I.

The sheep also raised more than $100,000 for the Red Cross when their wool was sheared and auctioned. Horses were another regular pet at the White House. John Kennedy, 35th president, let his daughter, Caroline, have a pony called Macaroni pull her and her brother around the White House in a sleigh. The pony was so special, kids around the country wrote letters to him. One other pony, Algonquin, actually got inside the White House. He was the pony of Theodore Roosevelt’s son Archie, and Archie’s brothers sneaked the pony into the White House elevator on the way to Archie’s room to cheer him up when he was sick with measles. Apart from all the odd pets, almost every first family had a dog, but Spot, George W. Bush’s dog, is the only pet to live in the White House under two presidents: George H.W. Bush, 41st president, and George W. Bush, 43rd president. Spot was born in the White House as the puppy of George H.W. Bush’s dog, Millie, and was given to George W. Bush, who was president eight years later. Next week, we will see how first pets became “famous” first pets! Please send comments to oswalds worldtn@gmail. com

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News from the Rotary guy

Bill Nichols loves ‘his kids’ By Tom King

Knox Heritage’s weekend lunch for volunteers drew a full house to Historic Westwood.

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Knox Heritage thanks volunteers By Sandra Clark Knox Heritage wants a few good volunteers. K i m Trent, executive director, says Knox Heritage and the East Te n n e s s e e Preservation AlliKim Trent ance rely on hundreds of volunteers each year to advocate for the preservation of historic places and educate the public and local officials about the cultural and economic value of those places. Volunteers were honored Feb. 11 at an appreciation lunch and open house at Historic Westwood. Knox Heritage needs volunteers for its summer supper host committee, to help during office hours and to teach a preservation network workshop. Working committees include preservation advocacy and education, vintage properties, special events, marketing and fundraising. To learn more, contact Hollie Cook, director of education, at hcook@knoxheritage.org. Howard House: Knox Heritage lists annually the most vulnerable historic properties. Among them is the home of Paul Howard

BIZ NOTES ■■ UT College of Architecture and Design Lecture Series: Robert B. Church Lecture, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, McCarty Auditorium, Room 109 in the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Guest speaker: Brad Collett, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences with a faculty appointment to the landscape architecture program in the College of Architecture and Design. Free and open to the public.

at 2921 N. Broadway. The property is now listed for $575,000 by George Brown of Wood Properties. The house has nearly 5,000 square feet of space and sits on 2.4 acres. It is currently zoned for office use, but Knox Heritage says adaptive re-use as a private residence or bed and breakfast would also be a welcome addition to the surrounding neighborhoods. According to the Knox Heritage newsletter, “The home is a North Knoxville icon and is one of the finest examples of Craftsman style architecture still standing in Knox County. It has a rich history and has received Knox Heritage awards on two occasions for the quality maintenance and care by its previous owners.” Open house: The Branson House, 1423 Branson Ave., will be open to the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Admission is free. Knox Heritage worked with the city of Knoxville and others to save the 1922 home of artist Lloyd Branson. The house had been deemed “blighted” and was at risk for demolition. Taste & Toast: Get in the Mardi Gras spirit at Sweet P’s BBQ and Down-

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The long hours he puts in, the miles he drives, the meetings he attends and the legwork matter not one bit to Bill Nichols. What does matter are “his kids” – the RoTom King tary Youth Exchange students he preps to spend a year overseas in a new country and a new culture with host families they do not know. Those students are known as the “outbounds” and when they come home they’re “rebounds.” Bill’s title is the Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound Chair of District 6780. He coordinates this program for 65 clubs in East Tennessee. If a club in Mt. Juliet or Rogersville or Maryville or Knoxville has a student who wants to go on an exchange, they call Bill. He speaks to clubs around the district and is the major cheerleader for this program. This year he has eight students overseas he stays in touch with and he’s helping 12 more students – and their families – get ready for an exchange next year. He rarely misses a meeting at his home club – the Rotary Club of Farragut. Bill interviews each student and their parents. He has to make sure passports

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The civic club speech was “Highly favored, richly blessed.” My modest remarks included tidbits about Sarah and Tom Siler and Ralph Millett and Roland Julian and a who’s-who of Tennessee sports names that are or were at least a small part of my life – all the way back to Nathan W. Dougherty, who tipped a nickel each week for newspaper delivery, Robert R. Neyland when he was bigger than his bronze statue and even an interesting sophomore tailback, Carolyn and Tom Jensen John Majors, in a 1954 geography class. Tom and Carolyn have “Any questions?” said the two children, Cindy, who host. is married to Mike Segers, From a face in the crowd: the pastor of Inskip Baptist “Of all those, the hundreds Church for 18 years, and or a thousand, who was the Tom, who is city execumost interesting?” tive of Mountain ComI was suddenly speechmerce Bank. They have four grandchildren. Jensen also less. No way I was going to answer that. No way. served on the Knoxville But the wheels started Airport Authority and was whirring. Stu Aberdeen. chair part of that time. ■■ Ijams: The new ex- Condredge Holloway. Dewecutive director of Ijams ey Warren. Richmond FlowNature Center is Amber ers. Ernie Grunfeld. Ray Parker, 45, who starts to Bussard. Peyton Manning. Willie Gault. Pat Summitt. work Feb. 20. Ijams is a showcase area Howard Bayne. Steve Kiner. in South Knoxville that has A.W. Davis. Reggie White. been part of environmental Chuck Rohe. I shook my head and said awareness, learning and enjoyment for the city and county for many years. Parker relocates from Parsley, Va., where she was executive director of ChinA slate of women cancoteague Bay Field Station didates is looking to take on the eastern shore of over leadership of the Knox Virginia. She was special County Democratic Party. programs coordinator The candidate for chair is and education director at Emily Gregg, a senior mathe Great Smoky Mounjoring in Classics (with a tains Institute at Tremont concentration in civilizafrom 2001 to 2007. tion) at the University of She earned a degree in Tennessee. zoology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1994 and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott ColBetty lege in Arizona in 2007. Bean “I love East Tennessee. Ijams is perfect for me as I She got active in KCDP love to grow programs and Ijams is poised for real growth as a freshman in 2012. The Nashville native is making and new opportunities,” the rounds of district meetParker said. She mentioned ings during the run-up to the wilderness program in South Knoxville as an exciting the March 25 countywide reorganization convention development for Ijams. and was a featured speakShe plans to keep Symer at both the Democratic phony in the Park, a soldWomen of Knoxville and out event each September. “It is an incredible honor to the First District Democrats last week. be asked to serve and I am First District Democrats excited to take Ijams to the president, the Rev. Harold next level,” she said. Middlebrook, reminded his She follows Paul James group that their district has as the permanent director, but Bo Townsend served for more Democrats than any in Knox County, and will have the past several months as 55 delegates to the county interim director. convention. ■■ Bill Frist, former He challenged them to U.S. Senate majority leader, work on ways to get more turns 65 on Feb. 22. Frist African-Americans innow lives in Nashville. volved. Linda Haney, the ■■ This writer just slate’s candidate for vice returned from 6 days on chair, offered to step aside if Easter Island, owned by a member of the black comChile and located in the South Pacific. Will compose munity wants to run.  a report soon. It was on my  Party treasurer Shannon bucket list. Webb will seek to stay in

Legislative pioneer In the 1970s, Tom Jensen was an important person if you had business before the Legislature and lived in Knox County as he was the Republican leader of the House for eight of the 12 years he served (1966 to 1978).

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Jensen led the effort for a truly independent Legislature. He helped change the way things were done in a Legislature where the annual salary was $1,800 a year in 1967 and there were no offices for the members. Jensen, 82, lives in North Knox County now on Pine Harbor Lane with his wife, Carolyn. They have been married 56 years. She was field representative for Dr. Bill Frist for the 12 years he served in the U.S. Senate from Tennessee. Tom Jensen was Gov. Winfield Dunn’s House floor leader during the four years that he served as the first Republican governor in over 40 years. Jensen represented northwest Knoxville and Knox County when Brown Ayres and Fred Berry served in the state Senate. Jensen considers the creation of a state kindergarten system to be the most significant and lasting legislation he helped enact. At the time it passed, enrollment was voluntary for all students as it was still a novel idea for Tennessee at that time. Later, attendance became mandatory. Jensen said, “Winfield was interested in legislation and the state’s welfare, whereas Ray Blanton just wanted to get by, exist and not for much of anything.” Jensen became president of the National Conference of State Legislators and pushed for the Legislature to be an informed, independent branch of state government through tools such as the Fiscal Review Committee. Jensen locally insisted the Knox delegation hold regular Saturday meetings during the legislative session at the City County Building where any citizen could come to speak. This was done for 14 years; it has now been discontinued. He recalls the late state Sen. Houston Goddard of Maryville, who later became an appellate judge, to be “memorable and a statesman.”

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there were too many interesting choices. I offered the valid excuse that the mind plays tricks in old age and got the heck out of there – to a standing ovation I am sure. After all, others were leaving, too. That afternoon, “most interesting” came back time and time again. I thought of Coppley Vickers and Doug Atkins and Phil Garner and Lester McClain and Orby Lee Bowling. More and more, many more. I finally got around to Robert Allen Dickey, baseball pitcher and English lit major of the mid-1990s, avid reader, academic AllAmerican, Olympic star. He was the first-round draft choice who lost $735,000 in bonus money when the Texas Rangers discovered his right elbow lacked an ulnar collateral ligament. He did the bouncearound, sometimes here

but mostly there. I recalled an unusual game with the Buffalo Bisons against the Durham Bulls. R.A. gave up a leadoff single and retired the next 27 batters. He eventually got paid, as in many millions, when he mastered the rare art of delivering an angry knuckleball, not a butterfly, for strikes. He had one-hitters back to back and set a bunch of records. He won 20 games and the National League Cy Young Award in 2012 with the New York Mets. He got a really big payday from the Toronto Blue Jays. He will appear this summer, at age 42, with the Atlanta Braves. Dickey is married to Anne Bartholomew of the famous Middle Tennessee football family. They have four children. He is very interesting. He is the only former Vol to have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He got that urge from his boyhood read of Hemingway. His risky mission was to raise funds and awareness for one of his charitable projects, the prevention or reduction of trafficking of women in India. Dickey is an evangelical

Christian who helps Honoring the Father ministries in Ocala, Fla. It sends medical supplies, powdered milk and baseball equipment to impoverished youth in Latin America. He has been profiled on “60 Minutes” and featured in The New Yorker. He wrote a very personal book, a jagged, cutting memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up,” that describes sexual abuse by a baby sitter, tough times growing up with an alcoholic mother, his sins as a husband and how close he came to suicide. R.A. Dickey is the only exVol with an honorary doctorate from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He spoke to graduates of the Anglican theological school. “This life is about changing other lives; it’s about introducing people to the hope of Christ.” Dickey has been called the smartest player in baseball. I can’t substantiate that. Some of the stuff he reads and talks about is above my understanding. I can say, based on Tennessee sports family standards, he is very interesting. So is Joshua Dobbs.

Slate of women campaigning to head Knox Dems the usual suspects, that position. citing two UT offiGregg said one of cials, Chris Cimino, her first priorities vice chancellor for is to organize and finance and adminsustain the wave of istration for the energy generated Knoxville campus, by the inauguration and Butch Peccolo, of President Donald former UT treasurTrump. er, who were nudged “Volunteers are Allie Cohn Emily Gregg Jon Shefner out of meetings concoming to us left and right, from every di- subcommittee that is mov- ducted by the state’s Office rection,” she said. “We get ing to heal lingering Bernie/ of Customer Focused Government when they started three or four signups on our Hillary party rifts. “People do want to talk voicing doubts about outwebsite every day because people are so concerned, so about it – in a positive sourcing. “There are two ways to we want to focus on build- way,” Cohn said. “A lot of ing the party’s infrastruc- people chose not to vote. make money by outsourcture – if we’re not in tip- We really need to under- ing: pay a lower wage with top shape, we could really stand why people sat this fewer benefits, or diminish the quality of services. see our government suffer. election out. “Not one legislator has “We need to find out what We’re trying to find a home for all of those volunteers people want from the party. come out openly in favor so we can hit the ground The class divide is getting of this plan. … Legislators bigger and bigger, and it’s know their constituents will running in 2018.” Speaking of running, Al- less a Democrat/Republican be harmed,” Shefner said. The campus workers lie Cohn, a human energy thing than a top 1 percent have scheduled a rally in bomb who moved to Knox- and the rest of us thing. “What is it the party can Nashville March 9 that will ville from Gainesville, Fla., last August, is a candidate offer them? We’re Demo- culminate in some arrests, for secretary, and came to crats. We want to fight for Shefner said. “We need you to come to the Democratic Women’s people.” The First District Demo- our office and help us make meeting with Gregg. Fresh off a trip to Phila- crats’ meeting opened with phone calls. We need money delphia as a Bernie Sanders a presentation from UT so- – money for buses, money delegate to the Democratic ciology professor and Ten- to pay the bonds. There are National Convention, Cohn nessee Higher Education working people in serious contacted KCDP the day she Union representative Jon anxiety about their jobs all arrived, and got a call the Shefner, who updated the across the state. Many thounext day from party activ- crowd on Gov. Bill Haslam’s sands of jobs will be lost, ist Chris Barber inviting her efforts to outsource physi- and it will impact local busito help with Gloria John- cal plant workers’ jobs nesses.” Middlebrook said he son’s legislative campaign. in universities and state plans to be there. Last month, she served as parks. “I haven’t been to jail in Shefner said Haslam’s a marshal in the Women’s March in Washington, and plan has met with great re- some time. I’m getting my is a member of a progressive sistance, and not just from bond together.”

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Some advice for living in tense times By Tim Eichhorn Tension. It seems to be everywhere these days. Everybody has a comment or an opinion. I almost turned off my Facebook account because if it is not a recipe, then it seems like it is a political comment or rant. I do not care to watch the news right now either. It’s also tense. But, is it not my duty to Tim Eichhorn know what’s going on? So again, more tension. It seems like there is a protest of something or another every day. I know that they are happening; they are right there on the screen. Yet, they’re not happening here in East Tennessee and so I don’t see them. That in itself creates tension. How big are the protests? What do they really want? Why are they protesting? Am I missing something of which I should be aware? Then there is the fake news. More tension. Financial markets also seem tense. The mythical level of 20,000 was broken on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in late January. The “Trump Bump” as some call it is currently +10 percent or so since the November election. Is it real? Or is it something that will pass as the shine wears off for any president once he begins to govern and the realities of the tension of that job set in? Is “Make America Great Again” something that has staying power? We personally have tension in something as simple as driving by the gas pumps. Who doesn’t glance to see if gas has started back up in price? Who doesn’t sigh a bit when they see the price gains erased and they dip back down? For a reality check, going back to 1918 (adjusted for inflation), gas on average has been $2.64 per gallon for those 99 years. I purchased just this morning at $1.98 per gallon. I am tense because I believe that everything eventually returns to the average. The price of gas

has to go back up again, someday, which will affect my family budget. On top of that, tension appeared when hearing of Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed gas tax increase even if he is proposing to offset it with tax cuts in other areas. So it is everywhere, tension that is. What do we personally do about this persistent tension and the effects that it may or may not have on us? How do we handle it in a way to take care of our own households and combine our efforts with other households to make our way through this tension and on to the next? We should rely on a few sound fundamentals: ■ Build up your emergency fund. Keep it in the bank. Keep some in your safe at home if it makes you feel better, but have enough to cover your living expenses for at least six months. ■ Level down your debt. Carrying a car payment? A credit card balance? Pay them down. After the emergency fund, this is the first priority. ■ Have some family time. Or friends. Or social time. Do something that relies on other people in a fun or relaxing atmosphere. ■ Get some exercise. Go for a walk. Go to the gym. Get outside. Fresh air and exertion will clear most anxiety issues away. ■ Turn the news off. Shut down the time spent on the internet. Enjoy human company or watch an old movie starring Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn. Let nostalgia lighten your heart. (By the way, it was just as tense 50-plus years ago, but with different tensions like the Cold War, campus protests, nuclear threats. Wait a minute, that sounds familiar, like right now…?) ■ Keep in mind that it is the extreme voice that gets the sound bite and also causes the tension. Extreme voices attract advertising dollars, which drive for-profit stations and outlets with producers who are worried about revenue. Millions upon millions of people across the country are normal people who do normal things every day just like you.

■ With that in mind, do not let the noise created by these talking heads drive you to make rash investment decisions. Make certain that you know what your financial plan calls for and look to see that it is in place. Go see your advisor. Spend a few minutes reaffirming what you have been telling them all along and what they have been telling you. Be reassured that a good plan pro-

vides the steps in advance to take when the tension, like now, ratchets. In the end, the opportunity to reduce tension in your life comes from controlling what you can control and having the patience and perhaps the wisdom to recognize what you don’t control. Tim Eichhorn is a Senior Financial Advisor with Rather & Kittrell. He is available at teichhorn@rkcapital.com.

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Cardiac rehab gets fitness instructor spinning again Michael Berry of Knoxville is living proof that you can be in great shape and still have heart disease. A professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science and the department of mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Berry also teaches fitness classes and competes in triathlons. In September 2016 he was just 55 years old and weighed a trim 158 pounds when he had a heart attack. “I was leading a spin class – it was a good routine, typical of what I do,” Berry said. “But as we were cooling down, I felt exhausted, like I had run a marathon. I thought, ‘Why do I feel so weak?’ I thought maybe I was getting the flu.” Berry drove 25 minutes home. When he got inside, he started to sweat and felt light-headed. “Fortunately my wife was home. She looked at my face and said, ‘You’re turning white.’ I laid down on the carpet and couldn’t breathe,” he said. “There was no pain, but it was like drowning on land, I just couldn’t get enough air. I told my wife to call 911,” said Berry. “From there on I have no more memory.” Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) took Berry to Parkwest Medical Center. On the way there, Berry went into full cardiac arrest. The EMTs used a defibrillator to shock him and restore his heartbeat. At Parkwest, cardiologist Dr. Nicholaos Xenopoulos took Berry into the heart catheterization lab, and found four plaque blockages in his heart, two of them lifethreatening. Using angioplasty, Dr. Xenopoulos repaired the two worst blockages and sedated Berry in an induced hypothermia.

Karen Adams, RN, Michael Berry, Amy Dale, RN and Shelli Hendee, RT Sometimes called a “cold coma,” the hypothermia can often preserve brain cell function after a heart attack. Five days later, Berry woke up. He was shocked to learn what had happened. Nicholaos “I’ll be honest, Xenopoulos, I couldn’t even say MD the words ‘heart attack’ for the first two months,” said Berry. “It took me a while to come to terms with it. I was depressed at first, and felt the mortality of it all sinking in. I’ve always been in good shape. I knew I had higher cholesterol than nor-

Parkwest’s cardiac rehab team helped Michael Berry regain his strength after a heart attack in time to celebrate with his daughter, Amanda, on her wedding day. mal, but not at what’s considered the trigger level. Then again, my father had a quadruple bypass.” Dr. Xenopoulos said family history can be a significant factor in heart disease. “Dr. Berry was unusual, but people who are in good shape are not immune to coronary heart disease. They typically have a tendency because of their genetics,” he said. After his hospitalization, Berry began regaining his strength at Parkwest’s Phase II cardiac

rehabilitation program. Three times each week he did gradual, monitored exercises and attended classes in stress management, medication management and heart-healthy nutrition. “We fitness people think we can eat junk because we don’t gain weight,” said Berry. “Now I eat a Mediterranean diet, with lean meat and fish. I haven’t had cheese or anything fried in months, and I’m a Southern boy! It’s just changing your whole culture.” After several weeks in cardiac rehab, Berry had the other two a heart event, and they’re afraid blockages in his heart repaired that if they exercise, they’ll have in a non-emergency procedure at another event,” said Dale. Parkwest. Just two weeks before To make sure patients exerbeing discharged from the cardiac cise at a safe level, “we check their vital signs at each visit. Then they exercise with a heart monitor, so we’re watching their heart rhythm and rate,” she said. “We make adjustments based on how the patient is tolerating the therapy and how their heart is responding.” The intensity of exercise is increased slowly as the patient gets stronger. “What is so rewarding is having patients return not just to the life that they’ve had, but returning to a better life,” said Dale. “As their quality of life improves, they’re stronger and have more confidence. They want to get better and get back to doing things they enjoy. For some people, it’s a whole new birth.”

Rehab helps heart patients move past fear to achieve better health Parkwest’s Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program is a 36-session program usually prescribed for patients who have had a heart attack or other cardiac event, said Amy Dale, RN, certified nurse case manager at the program. “Phase II is monitored cardiac rehabilitation,” explained Dale, adding that Phase I is hospitalization and Phase III is a maintenance program. In Phase II, “everything is medically supervised, with a physician in close proximity, registered nurse case managers, master’s degree-trained exercise physiologists, a respiratory therapist and nutritionists on staff.” Amy Dale, RN Three days each week, patients attend exercise sessions specifically tailored for their needs. They also are asked to attend classes in nutrition, stress management, medication management and other health topics. Dale explained that cardiac rehab provides important reassurance for heart patients who may be anxious about exercise. “A lot of patients are scared when they first have

Parkwest Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is located on the Fort Sanders West campus in west Knoxville and requires a physician referral. For more information, visit www.treatedwell.com/cardiacrehab.

rehab program, Berry began to run again. Today Berry is again teaching computer science and math at UT, and a number of fitness classes. He’s even thinking about competing in another triathlon. “Dr. Xenopoulos said the only reason I’m alive is that I was in good shape,” said Berry. “But now I’m going to do it differently. I still want fitness in my life, but without all the adrenaline and stress.” Meanwhile, Berry said he would recommend Parkwest to anyone needing heart care. “I highly recommend Parkwest. I can’t say enough about them,” he said. “And the cardiac rehab staff was great, too. I was just so impressed with their professionalism, and the time and patience they had with me. “I made it to my 56th birthday, and danced at my daughter’s wedding. I get to start over. I have to be positive about it, because some people don’t get a second chance,” said Berry. “I don’t wish this experience on anybody, but I thank God He looked over me and that I was where someone could help me. I’m on my second life now.”

Congratulations Jon Dalton (right), manager, Parkwest Medical Center, and Jay Jordan, leader, LeConte Medical Center, on passing the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP) exam!

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Elijah Burritt, 20 months old, gets an up-close look at Honey, a rescue bulldog belonging to Brad Cullen, at the Wine to the Rescue fundraiser for the Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

Event chair Debbie Murmylo, center, talks with Ryan Casey of Radio Systems and Sarah Church with Bob’s Liquor and Wine. Sarah was the wine expert for the evening, giving guests an overview of the wines served with each dinner course.

Rally cry for fundraiser:

Bully for all

By Sherri Gardner Howell The Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club is just under 35 in membership, but their bark can be heard throughout East Tennessee. The club, with the goals of education, fellowship and rescue, held its third Wine to the Rescue fundraiser at Crowne Plaza Saturday night. Attendees included members, rescue parents, friends, sponsors and, of course, bulldogs. Debbie Murmylo, event chair, joined new president Ken Dudley in welcoming all to the auction and dinner. Radio Systems, represented at the evening by Ryan Casey, and the Crowne Plaza received high praise and rounds of applause for sponsorships and support for the cause. “This is a major event in fundraising for us,” ex-

Laura Crabtree, a rescue mom, shows off Mavis, who is dressed in pink for the party.

Ken Dudley, chapter president, and Judee Shuler, member, get ready for dinner.

Club secretary and Rescue Chair Mari DeCuir cuddles one of the large stuffed bulldogs available at the auction.

HAPPENINGS ■■ “Outside Mullingar” will be performed on the Clarence Brown Mainstage through Feb. 19. The production features a UT faculty member and visiting professional guest actors. Performance schedule/tickets: 974-5161 or clarencebrowntheatre.com. ■■ Cedar Bluff AARP Chapter luncheon, 11.30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Guest speaker: WBIR-TV’s chief meteorologist Todd Howell. Guests eat free. ■■ Marble City Opera presents “Opera, Chocolate & Wine,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, The Modern Studio, 109 W. Anderson Ave. Featuring local

performers Brandon Gibson and Michael Rodgers. General admission: $50. Info/tickets: marblecityopera.com. ■■ “Wild Woman & Her Sacred Gypsy” Trunk Show, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. Handcrafted Sculptural Jewelry Collection by artist Sheri Treadwell from Temple of Trust Studios. Info: 556-8676, or BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com. ■■ Father-Daughter hike, 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. Short trail hike led by Jeff Holt. Info: utarboretumsociety.org. ■■ Family Fun Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Performances by Kelle

plained Murmylo, adding that the money raised helps in the club’s educational and rescue efforts. The group was formed in the early 1990s, “and we usually rescued one, maybe two, dogs,” said Murmylo. “Now we get between 30 and 40 dogs every year.” The growing popularity for the breed is part of the reason for the growth, explained Dudley, adding that that is another reason for increasing educational efforts on what it means to add a bulldog to the family. And bulldogs – stuffed, sketched, painted, cast in stone and ceramic – on the auction tables were joined by four live, well-behaved crowd-pleasers in the audience. All four were rescue bulldogs, with one of them still being fostered to get ready for adoption.

Guests Butch and Dulcie Peccolo look over the silent auction items.

Rescue Mom Jill Green checks out some bids during the silent auction part of the Wine Stella Star was rescued approximately one year ago, says her to the Rescue evening. now-permanent foster mom, Denise Pridgen.

Ed Skompski fills out a raffle ticket purchased from Vickie Webb and Alena Havrylyak.

Jolly, Dre Hilton, Circle Modern Dance; demonstrations by artist Brandon Donahue. Free and open to the public. Snacks available for purchase. ■■ Ijams Family Wildlife Series: Winter hike, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. All ages. Members free; nonmembers, $5. Info/registration: 577-4717, ext. 110. ■■ Kaleidoscope Making Class, 1-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Drive. For adults and children age 9 and older. Cost: $27 or $49 for two in same family. Info/registration: Bob Grimac, bobgrimac@gmail.com or 5465643. ■■ Freedom Christian Academy open house, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb.

20, Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway. Potential students and their families can visit classrooms, meet the teachers and view grade specific curriculum. Info: freedomchristianacademy.org or 525-7807. ■■ Conversations and Cocktails talk: “Adorned Identities: An Archaeological Perspective on Race in 18th-century Virginia” by anthropology doctoral student Hope Smith, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Holly’s Gourmet’s Market and Café, 5107 Kingston Pike. Hosted by the UT Humanities Center. Reservations required; seating limited. Reservations: 330-0123.

Goins Building, Pellissippi State Community College. Free lecture co-sponsored by UT Arboretum Society and Pellissippi State. Info: utarboretumsociety.org. ■■ One Bag/One Day! clay workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Sandra McEntire. Registration deadline: Feb. 15. Info/registration: 494-9854 or appalachianarts.net. ■■ Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Judith Duvall, poet and fiction author. Visitors welcome. Allinclusive lunch: $12. Reservation deadline, Monday, Feb. 20. Info/ reservation: 983-3740.

■■ “Forensic Law Enforcement Field Operations” lecture presented by forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, More at www.ShopperNewsNow.com Feb. 21, Goins Auditorium,


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News from Concord Christian School

Concord Christian students leap forward in technology By Kelly Norrell

Concord Christian School provides a robust technology education for students of all ages, with the goals of enhancing their learning now and building skills for professions of the future. Its students’ accomplishments are pretty amazing. ■ Students in grades K-12 are learning computer programming. Young students learn to move a cat across a page by changing “X” and “Y” coordinates in a programming game. High school students used the programming language Python to create a scorekeeping program for cornhole. ■ Elementary students recently used their 3-D printer to make a working prosthetic hand for a local child. Under the supervision of their teacher, Sherilyn Dawson, they read about a similar project and created it, with help, using an open source worldwide program called enablingthefuture.org. ■ Students learn skills systematically with an eye to real-world application. Kindergarteners learn mouse skills, the beginnings of Excel and keyboarding while high schoolers create websites using markup languages, assemble interactive multimedia presentations, and produce working JavaScript programs. ■ Middle and high school students learn the basics of computer literacy and computer science and then move to specialized skills they can pursue as adults. ■ STEM robotics team members programmed robots, one note at a time, to play music. An eighth-grader programmed his robot to sing “Happy Birthday” to his grandmother. Concord Christian may be unique in its presentation of technology. Recognizing its place in the present and future of all students, the school furnishes the best technology and offers a community of adept teachers. “There is no job a student will take that doesn’t require use of a computer,” said teacher Kristen Lancaster. All classrooms are equipped with SMART boards. The school has three desktop computer labs and one laptop lab. Elementary, middle and high school students all take computer classes. At the same time, the school views technology as one tool among many to be studied in a Christian environment. “We are committed to preparing our community of learners to exhibit Christ-like character as citizens in a digital world,” says the school’s technology mission statement. Its stated goals: to integrate technology to maximize productivity, stimulate innovation, advance communication, promote critical thinking and foster collaboration. Kindness and community are at the heart of every lesson. When the elementary school got a 3-D printer, the classes prayed about how God wanted them to use it for good. In middle and high school, alongside lessons in coding, building a computer and avoiding viruses, Lancaster teaches her students appropriate conduct in technology – ethics, security, privacy and copyright laws. “I try to reinforce things their parents might say, like it’s OK to have strict rules,” she said. Computer teachers reinforce what students are learning in academic classes, including math skills like order of operations and geometry. Students also learn confidence and independence. From elementary school, they learn the mantra, “I can do it if I try. I am an engineer and I will figure it out.”

Below is the prosthetic hand students built to specifications using their 3-D printer. Parent Chris Petty and student Braxton Petty helped calibrate the printer, said teacher Sherilyn Dawson. Elementary school computer teacher Sherilyn Dawson and fourth-grader Andrew Pickell work with the 3-D printer. Andrew holds items the class made with the printer.

Third-graders Levi Dunn and Evie Davis work to build the fingers on the 3-D printed prosthetic hand.

Eighth-grader Chase Johnson, middle and high school computer teacher Kristen Lancaster and eighth-grader Steven Bell work with the programming tool “Blockly.”

Elementary artists exhibit at Farragut Town Hall

Caroline Woods loves art and third grade.

Kindergartener Lydia McCurry points out her colorful cross.

Farragut recently hosted a primary school art show for all of the local schools. Elementary principal Leigh Ledet said, “I am very proud of our incredible elementary art teacher Mrs. Gaddis and her talented students who were featured in this evening’s special exhibit at Farragut Town Hall.” Concord Christian Elementary School art teacher Krista Gaddis enjoyed spending the evening at Farragut’s Town Hall congratulating her students as they came to see their art on display. Gaddis said, “I love teaching elementary art because I get to help students connect with God – the ultimate Creator who we get our creativity from! I enjoy watching them explore, have fun and let their creativity and expression come out in their artwork. There is no greater job!”

Kara Lynn Noggle stands before her selfportrait.

Kindergartener Anna Chaverait is all smiles at Farragut Town Hall.

See why CONCORD is the fastest growing private school in Knox Co.

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Fifth-grade student Cruz Caudill poses with his artwork.

McKena Korda was excited to be selected to represent her fifth-grade class for the art exhibit.

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