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More than 100 daddies and daughters gathered at Karns High School for an evening of princess dresses and chicken dancing to benefit the senior class Saturday, March 4. The inaugural Daddy-Daughter Dance featured a cake auction, raffles for five-pound Hershey bars, face painting, bake sale and a photo booth. The event raised $650 for the senior class incentive celebration – a new take on an old theme, according to principal Brad Corum. “The senior class has the choice of a trip or a field day. I heard they were leaning toward a field day, which is not a new idea by any means, but we’ve tied it to a grades and attendance incentive this year. “It’s going to be a fun day no matter what they decide to do, but to attend, students will need to be on target for graduation, passing all classes and completing all recovery courses. Attendance rate must be 90 percent or better. Emily Burnette, 4, gets a little help from her dad, Brad Burnette, adding a little “bling” to her outfit before having “You can’t just be a senior, you their picture taken in the photo booth. More photos on page A-3 have to be an engaged senior.”

MPC approves ‘safety center’ By Sandra Clark

Now it’s up to Knoxville City Council to approve or deny the request of Helen Ross McNabb Center to open a behavioral health urgent care center on Dewine Road off Western Avenue in northwest Knoxville. It was previously called a “safety center” and is intended as a short-term, voluntary alternative to jail for nonviolent offenders with mental health issues. Several members of the coun-

cil attended a public meeting March 2 at Cumberland Baptist Church, but were noncommittal. Brenda Palmer represents District 3 where the facility will be located. Helen Ross McNabb Center already operates a treatment facility, Centerpointe, next door. John Zimmerman represented opponents of the location at the March 9 meeting of the Metropolitan Planning Commission. MPC commissioners listened

politely, but then voted unanimously to accept the staff recommendation to approve the facility. Their only caveat was that the entrance be off Ball Camp Pike rather than Dewine Road. The facility will have up to eight staff members if 31 beds are installed, and it will always have one law enforcement officer on duty. The facility will only accept patients brought by law enforcement officers, and patients will only leave the fa-

cility with a law enforcement officer or a family member. The average stay for patients will be three days. The center has been advocated by Mayors Tim Burchett and Madeline Rogero, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones and Attorney General Charme Allen. It will receive start-up funding from the state of Tennessee. The date for appeal to city council had not been set at press time.

Bye-bye sidewalks if developers prevail By Betty Bean Mayors and planners across the state are lining up to oppose a bill that would require local governments to pay developers for rightof-way acquisition. “We need to maintain the ability to require developers to dedicate that right of way – their developments contribute to creating the need, and we want them to contribute an equitable share of the costs of making those improvements. This bill would make it very challenging for local governments to finance road improvements,” said Gerald Green, executive director of the local planning commission. A bill (SB1368/HB0496) sponsored by two Middle Tennessee lawmakers, Sen. Paul Bailey and Rep. Ryan Williams, would require local governments or planning agencies to pay fair market value for the right-of-way acquisition rather than demand it as a

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At the public forum for the final two candidates for Knox County superintendent of schools, I witnessed two ends of the spectrum. One struck Hopson me as a used car salesman who talked a lot but avoided answering the questions. What he said did not match up with the stories I have heard from people who have worked with him. The other was sincere and clearly connected with the crowd. On many occasions, he has asked for my input on how best to move our school system forward and restore a culture of respect and professionalism to our system while keeping the focus on our kids. When my term as president of the Knox County Education Association ends, I will most likely be returning to the classroom. Leaving KCS would cost me my tenure and likely my ability to advocate for public education. It could jeopardise my career and ability to provide for my family. However, I will not work for another superintendent who puts on one face for the public and another out of the spotlight. I will not work for another superintendent who refuses to genuinely collaborate with the people who do the heavy lifting every day. I will not work for another superintendent who makes teachers feel afraid to be an active part of their professional association and advocate for our students. I will not work for another superintendent who won’t support my right to challenge the Department of Education when it enacts policies that are harmful to our profession and our children. I will not work for another superintendent who rewards those who publicly agree with him, no matter how they feel in private, and punishes those willing to speak the truth. However, I will proudly work for a man who exemplifies integrity and decency while building relationships with teachers and students based on a desire to help both groups succeed. I will proudly work for Bob Thomas. The Board of Education will choose the next superintendent in less than two weeks. I encourage everyone to contact all school board members and voice your opinion, even if it is not the same as mine. My opinion is only one. They need to hear all of them.

See Sherri’s story on page B-3

Scott Davis

Gerald Green

condition of rezoning. “The cost of acquiring easements would tax our financial ability to undertake road improvements, and as a result, many needed projects (including sidewalks) would not get done,” Green said. “Using taxpayer money to pay developers for right-of-way rights will siphon funds away from much-needed infrastructure projects. And we’re speaking out of both sides of our mouths – saying we don’t have the funds to undertake necessary transportation improvements, so we’re having to

consider a gas tax increase at the same time we’re thinking about escalating costs by not requiring dedicating easements.” Developer Scott Davis is also watching this bill. Not surprisingly, he takes a different view. “In some cases, we’re forced to give up substantial amounts of right-of-way where there are no plans in place to widen the road or make improvements. Generally, we’re buying land on a per acre basis, and this reduces our usable acreage, taking land from us for ‘possible’ road improvements sometime in a distant future that never happens,” Davis said. He’s skeptical of the value of sidewalks in subdivisions in outlying areas with no possibility of connecting to amenities, and said that right-of-way acquisition leaves developers with less usable acreage and drives up the selling price of the homes that will be built.

“Remember I’m a greedy developer – if I thought adding sidewalks would increase the value of my lots, I would definitely put in sidewalks. People are not considering development costs. They’ve gone up so high that we are not able to produce affordable housing,” Davis said. Green has strong backing from Mayor Madeline Rogero, who said (through a spokesperson), “We share the concerns that Gerald Green expressed to you, about shifting the cost of infrastructure to support a development from a private developer to public taxpayers. We oppose the bill for that reason.” Green said it would be shortsighted to change the law in this matter. “Our society’s attention span has been limited to the time it takes us to type out 144 characters (on Twitter). We need to take a longer perspective on this.”

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News from Knoxville Christian School

The Young Fables will sing at KCS April 21 By Kelly Norrell Nationally recognized country and gospel musicians the Young Fables, singer Laurel Wright and guitarist Wesley Lunsford, will perform in concert at Knoxville Christian School April 21. The two will highlight a benefit to raise a goal of $50,000 for technology at the school. Events will include a 5:30 p.m. reception for table sponsors and the Young Fables, a 6 p.m. dinner for sponsors and guests, and a 7:30 performance by the Young Fables. Sponsors and guests will move to front row seats at 7:15 p.m. Both Cumulus Radio (WOKI Talk Radio) and WIVK country music are media sponsors. They have donated a promotion package valued at $17,000. Sponsorships for the event are still being accepted. To be a sponsor, contact the school. Sponsors may purchase either a table of eight for the dinner for $2,000, or a half-table for $1,000. All table sponsorships include front-row seats at the performance for each guest. The names of sponsors will be on the dinner program and projected on the screen at the performance. Tickets for the performance alone may be purchased at for $30. Maryville native Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford have made a name for themselves for stellar talent. In

October, they were finalists for Nash Next, a yearly talent search award sponsored by Cumulus Radio. Wright is best known for her three seasons as a contestant on FOX’s “American Idol.” At age 16, she walked away with the Texaco Country Showdown grand prize of $100,000 after competing with 50,000 contestants nationwide to be named “Best New Artist in Country Music.” The Young Fables have opened for artists who include Sara Evans, Randy Houser, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Joe Nichols and others. “Laurel has a big following here. Her incredible voice combined with the outstanding guitar talent of Wesley Lunsford make this an exciting, not to miss concert,” said Susan McKissick, event coordinator and member of the KCS board. Wright began singing in church at age 3, and she wrote her first song at age 10. She moved to Nashville at 19 to begin her full-time music career. Within a year, she had joined forces with Lunsford and had begun singing full time. Young Fables music products will be sold at the event. McKissick said event parking will be onsite, with overflow parking to be on Outlet Drive. Tickets are available on the school website. Tickets bought the night of the event will be cash only.

Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford, the Young Fables, will perform at KCS. To be a sponsor, you must supply this information to the school: full contact information with name, address, email and phone number. You must provide a check made out to the school by April 3. Send to 11549 Snyder Road, Knoxville, TN, 37932. Please provide the number of your guests by April 10.

David Roland, KCS champion, to be honored at dinner

By Kelly Norrell

Knoxville Christian School will honor David Clinton Roland, a longtime champion and supporter of the school, at a Christian Servant Dinner on Friday, David Roland March 31. The event, to be attended by faculty and longtime acquaintances, will commemorate Roland’s contributions to the school. As part of the event, a multipurpose room in the high school will be named in his honor. “That space is in the high school, not far from the office, and is used a lot by students. He chose that space as the one he wanted dedicated to him,” said KCS Board member Susan McKissick. “David has had so many roles at Knoxville Christian School. He is such a man of character and has been such an example of character to the students. He says he wants to leave a legacy of strong education in our community,” she said.

Roland and his wife, Ingrid, have been key builders of KCS since its inception. Ingrid Roland was one of the first teachers hired at KCS. She taught in the elementary school. When a mandate grew from the community for Knoxville Christian to include a high school, Roland took the initiative to help raise the money. He became project manager for the high school building and its fine arts wing when the high school opened in 2010. Three years later, when the school built a new gymnasium with The Wade & Allan Houston Courts, Roland again served as project manager. “After those buildings were completed and in use, we had the need for a finance director for the school,” McKissick said. (The existing finance director had accepted other employment.) “For three years, David served as finance director at no charge. “David was very involved with the students. He went far past the requirements of his office as finance director. He would eat lunch with

high school kids and created relationships with them.” She said he made it a point to reach out and get to know international students. McKissick said Roland also went back to work for a time after retiring, and donated his income to the school. David Clifton Roland retired from Y-12 in Oak Ridge in 2008, where he completed analytical reports for manufacturing and cost tracking for the plant. Earlier in his career he worked in electronic maintenance, with projects as diverse as Disneyland apparatus and refuel reactors. In Washington, D.C., he performed planning and cost estimation on large projects. He wrote software to implement the 1-800 call centers for the IRS. He brought his skills in technology, maintenance and project management to bear as a wonderful volunteer for Knoxville Christian School. The dinner will be at 3 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Those who have received invitations should RSVP by March 28. There will be an opportunity to donate to the school during the dinner.

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Students Chloe Eagle and Garrett, Shanie and Joshua Marshall take classes with Courtney Vanderpool at Street Beatz Studio. Photo submitted Learning tap steps, Ashton Gallaher, Sarah Edwards, Ben Archer and Mike Huckaba follow instructor Courtney Vanderpool’s lead. Photo by Margie Hagen

In step with Courtney Vanderpool By Margie Hagen Courtney Vanderpool has always loved dancing, but it took a leap of faith for her to realize her dream and turn her passion into a career. Growing up in a rural area near Portsmouth, Ohio, she had no formal dance lessons because family money was tight. That didn’t stop her. As a young girl, she recorded videos from TV and practiced along with them. Vanderpool moved on to baton twirling in high school and had her first dance lesson as a sophomore. While attending Otterbein

University in Westerville, Ohio, Vanderpool received a degree in dance, but wasn’t sure that she could support herself; as a fallback she also earned a degree in English. “I worked hard in a lot of office jobs, paid off college loans and made a living, but I wasn’t happy in the 9-to-5 routine,” she recalls. Living in the Knoxville area for the past 12 years, Vanderpool taught dance part-time but always kept her day job. A couple of years ago she decided to follow her heart, saying, “It was time, and I wanted to be happy in my career.”

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She took the plunge and began to build her teaching business. “I believe you should live life your way,” says Vanderpool. “Once I committed to pursuing dance on a full-time basis, it all started coming together.” Now she has time to audition and finds work as an actor and dancer in local stage and screen performances. Today Vanderpool is a freelance instructor, teaching hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary and lyrical dance around the county. She has been a teacher at the Van Metre School of Dance, the official school of the Appalachian Ballet

Company, and also teaches private classes at Street Beatz Studio in West Knox. The Shopper caught up with her teaching tap steps to actors auditioning for the Tennessee Valley Players’ new production of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”. Tap dancing is not an easy skill to learn, but Vanderpool’s style is patient and encouraging. “Dance is a lot like life,” she says, “Hold your head up high, be positive and believe in yourself.” Vanderpool has students of all ages and says, “You can start dancing anytime you want. It’s not just

dance steps, but learning how to move, being positive and just having fun. It’s also great exercise.” Being self-taught as a child, Vanderpool often felt like an outsider, but her drive to succeed in the field she loves paid off. Now she reaches kids and adults, preparing them for roles in community theater or simply personal achievement. “This is what I was meant to do,” she says with a smile. To see her in action, go to and check out for videos. Contact Vanderpool at Leapjumphop@ for more info.

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Senior Andrea Olds, 17, said Caitlyn Brown, 10, with her dad, Ronnie Brown, wins a fivethe cake auction was up to $25 pound Hershey’s chocolate bar. early in the evening, but she’d like to see it go for more since the funds are going toward the senior incentive celebration. “It’s at $25 right now, but $50 would be better!”

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News from Concord Christian School

‘The Little Mermaid’ showcases Concord Christian talent By Kelly Norrell The Concord Christian School production of “The Little Mermaid” April 6-8 will showcase plenty of theatrical talent. Directed by drama teacher Christi Watson, the play will feature a cast of 36 middle and high school actors and a production crew of six students. Students have been rehearsing the iconic musical since January, practicing the signature musical numbers like “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World.” Several things have set this production apart, said Watson. One is that the school has so many talented actors that she double-cast several key parts. Eighth-graders Kirsten Jennings and Deborah Allion are sharing the role of “Ariel.” Jake Hageman, 11th grade, and Mekhi Davis, eighth grade, are playing “Eric.” An abundance of popular and distinctive roles also marks this production. Among them are Ursula the sea witch, played by Michala Plato, 11th grade, Sebastian the crab, played by Allison Strong, 8th grade, and Scuttle the sea gull, played by Rachael Allion, 12th grade. Rachael’s talents as an actor recently won her entry into collegiate level theatre. When she attended the Tennessee Thespian Conference at Middle Tennessee State University recently, she was invited, after an audition, to join the acting pro-

Senior Rachael Allion, who plays Scuttle the seagull in “The Little Mermaid,” and drama teacher and director Christi Watson. Allion was recently tapped by two collegiate theatre departments for her acting skill.

CCS teacher and father Will Walter designed and rendered professional-quality sets and costumes. This full-body fish suit features eyes that look wet. grams at two universities – the University of Memphis and Austin Peay. “The school I’m really looking into is Memphis. The acting rate for graduates is 90 percent. Even freshmen and sophomores get sent on a lot of auditions. And Memphis is a city known for theatre,” she said. Rachael, who began at CCS in 6th grade, has appeared in a number of its productions. She played Scrooge in “A Seussified Christmas Carol” two years

ago, the White Witch in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” the same year, and was a struggling standup comic in “Murder in the Knife Room” the next year. Last fall, she played Laura in a production of “Selfie,” the theatre department’s first modern play. Professional quality costumes and sets for “The Little Mermaid” are showstoppers – six sweeping mermaid tails, a painted foam body suit for Sebastian the crab, a full body fish costume for Flounder,

a half-body foam octopus costume for Ursula, and full-body armor for Triton, just for starters. These are all the handiwork of Will Walter, an artist, photographer, designer and engineer. Walter, who began designing stage props and costumes last spring, has formed a company called Metamorph FX that both rents and designs projects on commission. Info: MetamorphFX@Gmail. com. Walter’s pieces are overflowing with special touches. For example, he coated the fish’s eye with 5-minute epoxy to provide a glassy wet look. He crafted all the pieces from EVA foam, glued and heat formed. He coated each with liquid latex, painted with a special rubber cement paint for vivid color and durability. Each is sealed with a flexible varnish. “I hope the kids have a wonderful time and they feel part of something special. I hope the parents walk away with a sense of awe that this was more than the ‘normal’ school performance. It will be a blessing just to be part of that,” Walter said. “It is amazing that we have so many students who have a knack for sharing a story on stage. I love that we have such a wide range of ages in this show. It has sixth- through 12th-graders. Theater creates a community between age groups. When you are in a show, you are in a foxhole together,” said Watson.

Concord Christian School senior Gillian Huskin announced as 2017 National Merit Finalist

Principal Mark Hageman recognizes senior Gillian Huskin as Concord Christian School as Concord’s first National Merit Finalist.

Senior Gillian Huskin is Concord Christian School’s first National Merit Finalist. Concord celebrated Gillian’s academic accomplishment in a special ceremony recently. High school principal Mark Hageman recognized Gillian’s diligence and determination as he awarded her certificate. In attendance were Gillian’s dad, Christopher Huskin; the Concord Class of 2017; CCS faculty and staff, along with the third-grade class with whom Gillian and her Senior Girls Bible Class spend time weekly volunteering. The students were thrilled to participate in the fun. Gillian has been awarded an academic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She will be studying biomedical engineering in the fall with the plan of becoming an ophthalmologist. This year, 15,000 finalists were named in the National Merit Scholarship Program’s 61st competition. A total of 1.5 million high school juniors initially entered the competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test. To become a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, students submitted detailed scholarship applications that included information about their

academic records, co-curricular activities, leadership abilities, honors, awards and employment. Beginning this month and continuing through June, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will notify the 7,400 finalists selected to receive Merit Scholarship awards, worth a total of $32 million.

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Karns/Hardin Valley Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • A-5

Fellowship Church to hold mega yard sale Westminster’s By Nancy Anderson Fellowship Church on 8000 Middlebrook Pike is gearing up for its 15th annual mega yard sale on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, to benefit the church’s international missions. “This is one of, if not the largest church yard sale in the area,” said Joan Whiteside, missions project coordinator. “Last year we raised $28,000 for our international ministry partners in Mexico, Southeast Asia, Poland, Israel, Zimbabwe and Uganda, where we help out with specific needs. “We don’t just go hand out rice and beans, we’ll help out with things such as repairing orphanages and battered women’s shelters. Whatever the need might be.” The annual mega yard sale is a big event for the church. Not only does the congregation donate quality items, but missions

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team members work the sale, earning $10 per hour toward the cost of their trips. “Just about everyone gets involved one way or the other. The Mexico team is going to offer lunch, and lots of missions team members will work the sale to earn money toward their trip,” Whiteside said. “The congregation has been donating quality items from furniture to tools to clothing and everything in between. Last year we even had a car. The church is literally filled with items for sale and we quality inspect everything so you’re going to find a good bargain on good useful things.” Items that are not sold are forwarded to Angelic Ministries and KARM. Donations of quality household items in good repair can be made by calling 865-470-9800. Donations are tax exempt. Info: www.fellowship

By Carol Z. Shane

Back in January when the snow hit, Barbara Adamcik, Westminster Presbyterian’s director of youth, had to postpone a long-anticipated overnight youth trip to Alabama and Georgia – the historical heart of civil rights country. But “our rescheduling ended up being wonderful,” she says, and was marked by several beneficial instances of “living history.” The group of 47 adults and kids from 6th-12th grade spent the last weekend of February touring sites that many of them had heard of, but never seen. Each stop was marked by Daniel Benner and Alyssa Hill help load donated items into a readings from research astruck trailer for storage at Fellowship Church in anticipation signed by Adamcik and of the church’s mega yard sale scheduled for Saturday, April 1, completed by the students. “Every kid on the trip had from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo submitted some kind of role,” says Adamcik. “We wanted it to be an authentic experience for all of them.” Included in the tour were Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, site of the 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four black girls. From there the group continued to Selma and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, known for its role in “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, when civil rights demonstrators trying to cross the bridge were attacked by armed police officers. There, the group welcomed an unexpected commentator – the grandmother of one of the youth who is originally from Selma. Vendors at the fourth annual West Knox Preschool & Activities Fair donated $720 to Columbus Home Children’s Services. The She was one of the “Bloody February event was organized by the Knoxville-Northshore Chapter of Moms Club International and held at the gym at Saint Sunday” marchers and she John Neumann Catholic School in Farragut. Pictured are Moms Club members Danielle Chandler, Meredith Crowe, Lisa Bengston wanted the kids to know and Paris Burmaster; and representatives of Saint John Neumann Janet Harrigan, director of admissions and development, and what it was like. Sister Maureen Ouma, teacher. Photo submitted

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“She didn’t sugarcoat it,” says Adamcik. “I was a little concerned about the younger kids.” But, she says, they were able to take it in stride, and were honored to have the older woman’s company. “Things like that kept happening,” says Adamcik. Along for the tour was Adamcik’s good friend Mary Hawkins, with whom she once taught in the Oak Ridge school system. Hawkins grew up in Montgomery, Ala. She was 12 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, resulting in the city’s 381-day bus boycott. “She walked everywhere for a year,” says Hawkins. The tour group passed by Hawkins’ old neighborhood and measured the distance she would have had to walk to get downtown. Four miles. The group also visited the capitol steps in Montgomery and the memorial fountain, designed by Maya Lin, which stands on the very spot where slaves were auctioned in previous centuries. The next day, the group traveled to Atlanta and attended church at Ebenezer Baptist, site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral service. Adamcik, already planning the next tour, is so proud of the youth – including her own daughter, Emma – who were along for this one. “There were such great authentic questions and discussions,” she says. “I think it’s because everyone showed up with open hearts.”

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Scottish songwriter to perform Bruce Davies, awardwinning performer/songwriter from Scotland, will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at West Emory Presbyterian Church, one block off Pellissippi Parkway at Westland Drive. Pastor Miki Vanderbilt says Davies has been called a “Scottish John Denver,” who has made several appearances in East Tennessee. “When Bruce made his 25th tour of the U.S. in 2007, he and his American fans, of which I am one, thought it would be our last chance to get together,” says Pastor Vanderbilt. “However, such is the love that Bruce

and his wife, Sandra, have for this side of the Pond that they are going to be back on vacation in our area. “We are thrilled that he has agreed to do a benefit concert at West Emory Church, at my request and the congregation’s delight, on behalf of the East Tennessee Disaster Relief Fund of the Presbytery of East Tennessee.” There is a suggested donation of $10 or more. Davies’ career highlights include two concerts at the United Nations, Edinburgh Fringe and Folk Festivals, Wolftrap in Washington, D.C., and the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

What is an ‘Ides,’ anyhow? Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. (Matthew 10: 17-18 NRSV) Today is the Ides of March, a date made famous by the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. In ancient days, the Ides (they can be singular or plural, according to the dictionary) were marked by many religious observances, but today the Ides of March is best known for Caesar’s murder. You may remember from school days the famous quote from Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” when Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.” According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. Caesar passed it off as nothing, even joking that “the Ides are come,” apparently thinking that the prophecy was false. The seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Perhaps Caesar should have heeded the warning. Every month in the Roman calendar had an Ides near the midpoint of the month – on the 13th

FAITH NOTES ■■ Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, will host its annual yard sale for Missions, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the church. All proceeds go to missions and all leftovers go to Angelic Ministries and KARM. Lunch available onsite. Sale held indoors. Items include clothing, jewelry, tools, furniture, luggage and more. Info: 865-470-9800 or


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■■ Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road, will hold the following special services – Wednesdays through March 29: 6 p.m. Lenten Meal, 7 p.m. Lenten Worship; 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.: Palm Sunday Services, Worship with Holy Communion; 7 p.m. Thursday,

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for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July and October. Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, because of the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. Therefore, the variance of the date. All of that is long ago history, of course, but it is also a reminder of the dangers of overarching ambition and self-importance. Even today, it behooves leaders of any area of endeavor – whether political, religious, professional, military, social or educational – to keep in mind their humanity, their responsibility, and their obligation to the people they lead and serve. And, importantly, it behooves all of us to remember our history, lest we repeat it.

April 13, Maundy Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, Easter Cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ”; 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 16, Easter Sunday Services, Worship with Holy Communion. Info: 865-690-9201. ■■ Solway UMC, 3300 Guinn Road, hosts a women’s Bible study 10 a.m. each Thursday. The group is led by Cindy Day. Info: 865-661-1178.

SENIOR NOTES ■■ Cedar Bluff AARP Chapter luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Red-Haired Mary will entertain at a cornbeef and cabbage meal. Info/ reservation: 865-438-5797.

Karns/Hardin Valley Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • A-7

Woodworker’s world shows limitless vision

Woodworker Faris Ashkar creates wooden signs as small as this and outdoor ones as large as several square feet for commercial use. Faris Ashkar shows off one of his larger art pieces. The wooden calligraphy is done in Arabic. In the center is “God” and surrounding that is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The large outside circle says “You are the light of the world” four times. The piece shows off many techniques he uses, including wood burning, wood inlay and fret work. The piece is one of six he’s made and is meant to be hung as a diamond shape. Photos by

Suzanne Foree Neal

By Suzanne Foree Neal “If you can dream it, I can make it,” says Faris Ashkar. He’s been crafting wooden items since he was 6 years old. Sitting at home wasn’t an option, and his father saw to it that his son didn’t have idle time. Ashkar helped his father’s friend who was a woodworker. “He taught me how to sweep floors without creating dust and how to plane wood,” he laughs. Of Lebanese descent, he came to the United States to attend Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C. and never went home. After working in the corporate world of textiles, systems

management, accounting and engineering, he promised himself he would own his own business by the age of 35. He creates everything from jewelry to massive furniture pieces. Wood speaks to him, and he’ll work with the graining that nature provides when possible. While he will stain or paint furniture, he would much rather let the natural wood shine through a lacquer coating. “I don’t like to duplicate,” he says of furniture, wall units, entertainment centers, mantels and cabinets he creates. All his business comes by word of mouth; he’s never adver-

tised. “I love a challenge,” he says. “I get bored quickly doing the same thing. The more complicated the better.” Ninety-five percent of his design work is done by hand. “Keeps my brain busy,” Ashkar laughs. One big challenge was a woman who wanted kitchen cabinets to the top of her 10-foot ceilings. He created his version of a library ladder on a track so she could reach the top ones. One unique characteristic of his furniture pieces is that they come apart in a good way so they can be moved to another place in the house or taken to a

new one. He has a couple of helpers and a list of subcontractors for things like plumbing, electrical and HVAC units for remodeling jobs but says it’s about time to slow down and do less of those. A current project is for himself: a new workbench with lots of drawers. Ashkar’s art pieces hang on walls from his college in North Carolina to a professor’s house in Michigan. He creates calligraphy out of wood, does wood inlays, wood burning and chisel work, something rare in the current world of automation. He and his wife, Chafica, have lived in Farragut for 29

years, raising sons Charles and Tony. One lives in Kentucky, one in Connecticut. Ashkar stays current with

the community through membership in the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce.

Project Help recaps winter campaign By Sandra Clark Powell played host to executives from KUB, Home Federal Bank and Food City on March 6 as checks totaling $40,000 were presented to KUB for Project Help. KUB officials said 667 needy families were assisted in 2016 with overall donations of $166,170.36. Food City has assisted in collections for 17 years, said executive vice president Mickey Blazier. This

year’s effort ran from Jan. 9 to Feb. 3, and collections totaled $38,601. Home Federal Bank was represented by vice president Amy Williams, who presented a check for $1,968. Project Help is an emergency heating-assistance program for KUB customers, administered by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC). To apply for assistance: 865-637-6700.


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A-8 • March 15, 2017 • Karns/Hardin Valley Shopper news

Young First Kids MPC rolls out draft of walkability ordinance By Kip Oswald Quentin Roosevelt and the White House Gang may have brought their pony inside the W h i t e House, but they were not the only First Kids to have a Kip pet pony. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy moved into the White House with his wife and his 4-year-old daughter, Caroline, and baby son, John. They were the youngest children to live in the White House since Quentin Roosevelt. Caroline had a pony named Macaroni, who roamed freely around the White House gardens and was seen looking in the windows at the president. Caroline even went to first grade inside the White House, where her mother made a special classroom on the third floor. Ten of Caroline’s friends joined her White House school. Can you imagine the carpool of parents dropping their kids at the White House in the morning for school? The Kennedys hated television and had all the televisions taken out of the White House when they moved in, until Caroline cried when she couldn’t see the show “Lassie.” Then they had one television brought back just for Caroline. President Kennedy’s children would often come to visit their father in the Oval Office. Guests could

expect a meeting with the president to be interrupted by Caroline coming through on her tricycle, or John Jr. pretending to be a soldier and practicing his salute. John Jr. played under his father’s desk. There was even a secret door in the desk where he hid often. President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy, was 9 years old when she moved into the White House with her mother, two older brothers and their wives. Unlike Tad Lincoln, who had a fort built on top of the White House, Amy had a treehouse built for her. There are many trees in the backyard of the White House, so Amy could go to her treehouse when she wanted to be alone. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Bill Clinton, moved into the White House when she was 12 years old and remained very private the whole time. President Barak Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, were just 7 and 10 when they moved into the White House. Sasha was the youngest child to live in the White House since John Kennedy Jr. moved in as a baby. Both girls have really grown up in the White House and are now really famous, but neither of them has Twitter, Facebook or any other social media accounts, so we really can’t keep up with them on social media like other famous people. Next week we will find out what it really is like inside the White House! Send comments to oswalds

By Nancy Anderson Gerald Green says sidewalks offer a lot of benefits. The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission, which Green heads, has finalized its draft walkability ordinance. Green spoke last week at the Karns Community Club. “Transportation, you can walk to your local grocery store. Recreational, you can run or walk your dog, which also adds health benefits. A great sense of community, sidewalks connect you with your neighbors. You can get out and visit with your neighbors and get to know them. That adds to the safety factor. When you’re outside you can see what’s going on in your own neighborhood.” Green shared a draft of the “Proposed Walkability Ordinance for city of Knoxville and Knox County” with

a small but ent hu s i a s tic crowd of about 20. The ordinance proposes that all new development Gerald Green and redevelopment will provide sidewalks with the exception of some types of development outside the urbanized area. Developers can pay a fee in the event terrain does not permit sidewalks. Many expressed concern that the fee would be more attractive than paying to put in sidewalks. Green said that sidewalks would improve home value and thus attract buyers and that the goal is to impose a fee that is not more attractive than installing sidewalks, which will cost about

$40 a linear foot for new development. Since sidewalks are required on only one side of the street, the cost is ultimately divided by two homes. “In the end, the sidewalks will add about $1,500 per home, which is nominal considering the added value. We don’t know what the fee in lieu of would be, but hopefully it will not be seen as more attractive by developers. That would just pass on cost to the homeowner without any added value.” The fee would be used to build sidewalks elsewhere to improve connectivity. Sidewalks will have to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to cross slopes. While a sidewalk, which must be 5 feet wide, can contour to rolling hills, it can’t have a cross slope causing someone in a wheelchair to slide off.

Green said the walkability ordinance is now being presented to the public, and it is imperative to let the county commissioners know your thoughts. “The walkability ordinance in now available online, it’s being rolled out to the public. Now is the time to let your county commissioners know your thoughts whatever they may be – the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s going to directly relate to the success and funding of this project. “They need to know what you want. They’re here to enact your vision and they need to know what this vision is. “Visit the MPC webpage often to stay current, you can sign up for emails, and you can contact your county commissioner through the webpage.” Info:

Speech showcase to feature Zenobia Dobson Zenobia Dobson will be the keynote speaker at Pellissippi State Community College’s annual Student Speech Showcase. The event will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Dobson is the mother of Zaevion Dobson, who was shot to death in 2015 as he shielded

others from gunfire. Zenobia Dobson has since created the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation in memory of her son to raise awareness of gun violence. In addition to a keynote address by Zenobia Dobson, Pellissippi State speech

students Stephen Lumsdaine, Caelan Paul, Savanah Pope, Isaac Scott and Isabel Vazquez will present informative or persuasive speeches. The event is free and open to the community. Info: or 865-6946400.


Sterchi promoted at Episcopal School of Knoxville LIBRARY NOTES The

Episcopal School of Knoxville has appointed Beth Sterchi as Lower School d i re c tor, effective July 1. The Central Baptist Church-Bearden’s Children’s Consigna n nou nc e ment Sale is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Beth Sterchi ment came Saturday, April 8, 6300 Deane Hill Drive. Consignor/vol- from ESK head of school unteer registration is open through 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jack Talmadge. April 5. Info: or 865-588-0586

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Sterchi holds a bachelor’s degree from UT in elementary education and a master’s in school administration from East Carolina University. She joined the ESK faculty last year as a third-grade interim/assistant teacher and currently

teaches language arts in ■■ “Windows 10” class, 1-3 fifth and sixth grades. p.m. Thursday, March 16, She served five years as Bearden Branch Library, 100 assistant principal in North Golfclub Road. Requires “InCarolina before returntroducing the Computer” ing to Knoxville as a lead or similar skills; uses tablet/ teacher at Whittle Springs laptop hybrids. Info/regisMiddle School and Bearden tration: 865-215-8700. Elementary.

Celebrate spring with a state park hike Tennessee’s 56 state parks are hosting free guided hikes statewide Saturday, March 18, to celebrate the coming of spring and the recreation opportunities state parks offer. Hikes will range in distance, degree of skill, accessibility, and time of day in an effort to accommodate the needs of all seeking to enjoy a day outdoors. Planned activities along the trails include wildlife viewing, spring cleanups, scavenger hunts, historical interpretive programs and more. All hikes will be guided by park staff who can speak to the natural, cultural and historical treasures that Tennessee state parks offer. From the cypress swamps of the Mississippi River to the rugged ridge tops and waterfalls, every park showcases a unique piece of Tennessee’s outdoor beauty. Info:

LEGAL NOTICE The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Farragut, at its meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2017 adopted the following ordinances on second and final reading: 1st Mortgage, 15 Yr. Fixed Rate

I. Ordinance 17-01, an Ordinance to amend the text of the Municipal Code of the Town of Farragut, Tennessee, by amending Title 8, Alcoholic Beverages, Chapter 1, Intoxicating Liquors, Section 8-101, Definitions and 8-102, Alcoholic Beverage Regulations; Chapter 2, Beer, Section 8-206(5), Definitions and Section 8-218 (4)(a) & (e), to amend the maximum square footage for Class 4 onpremise tavern permit. (The Casual Pint, Applicant) KN-1524288

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■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 865-470-7033.

■■ “Web Browsing” class, 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 23, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or similar skills; uses tablet/ laptop hybrids. Info/registration: 865-215-8700. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Robin Bennett, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 865-470-7033. ■■ West Knox Book Club: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, 10 a.m. Monday, March 27, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Info: 865-588-8813. ■■ “Email” class, 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golfclub Road. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or similar skills; uses tablet/ laptop hybrids. Info/registration: 865-215-8700. ■■ Saturday Stories and Songs: Kindermusik, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. For ages birth to 5 years. Info: 865470-7033.

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Karns/Hardin Valley Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • A-9

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Webb club gives $1,000 to India eye clinic By Tom King In January, the members of the Webb School Interact Club had a special dinner fundraising event – “A Taste of India.” The students Tom King raised almost $4,000 in one evening for the projects the club supports. Webb junior Kalina Scarbrough, president of Webb Interact, presented a check for $1,000 to her grandfather Kanti Patel. He will use the money to help an eye clinic that he helped establish in his hometown in Gujarat, India. The clinic provides free eye operations for anyone in the surrounding area. He also is supporting a pediatrics program and now an assisted living center for the elderly. “Mr. Patel is matching the $1,000 and on his next trip to India will take photos of the clinic to show the Interact students how their money has made a difference 8,000 miles away!” says Liz Gregor, Webb’s multicultural coordinator and the Interact Club adviser.

The Interact Club is the high school arm of Rotary International. The 50-member Webb club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Knoxville. The students also selected these projects to support with the balance of the funds they raised: $500 to support Remote Area Medical in Knoxville $1,000 to support the slum school some of the students have visited in Chandigarh, India $1,000 to support education/ students in South Africa $500 to support clean water/wells in Thailand

Outpatient center hip replacement a first Jason McClure was shocked to learn he’d need a total joint replacement at just 42 years old. But he was having so much pain in his hip, he was struggling just to do his job. He knew it was time to have surgery. “I’ve never been in the hospital and I wasn’t looking forward to it at all,” McClure said. “But then my doctor said there might be another option for me.” Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic surgeons have been performing partial knee replacements at Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center (KOSC) in West Knoxville since last year. Dr. Matthew Nadaud, one of KOC’s four joint replacement specialists, had

been looking for the perfect candidate to undergo hip replacement at the surgery center. “Jason is young, active, and very motivated,” said Dr. Nadaud. “He had none of the medical risk factors we sometimes see in our patients who need Dr. Nadaud total joint replacement, and he was excited about having the surgery done as an outpatient at our surgery center.” McClure had surgery on Feb. 23, and was up using a walker at the sur-

gery center just four hours later. At a post-op visit with Dr. Nadaud less than two weeks later, McClure was able to walk on his own. Said McClure: “It was easier on the pocketbook than a hospital stay.” Not every patient is a good candidate for the surgery center, generally based on health and insurance. But Dr. Nadaud along with KOC’s other joint replacement surgeons, Dr. Herman Botero, Dr. Brian Covino and Dr. Christopher Sherrell, plan to use KOSC for total joint replacements as often as possible in the future. More information: 865-558-4444 or

The Venue at Lenoir City opens in March

The community is invited to a family-friendly open house from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, for The Venue at Lenoir City. Located three miles from Farragut, the facility has 19,000 square feet of event space, a ballroom to accommodate up to 700 guests for a banquet or 1,000 guests for a reception. It has multiple meeting spaces and break-out areas. The manager is Allison Sousa. Info:

■■ Bearden Rotarian

Bob Ely dies

Longtime Rotarian and past District 6780 governor Bob Ely passed away last Wednesday morning. His services were this past Saturday, and members of the Rotary Club of Bearden were honorary pallbearers. Ely was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Bearden in 1960, a Rotarian for 55-plus years and in 1981-82 was elected district governor. He also was a past president of the ■■ Tatiana Chambers, CPA, and Josh Vehec, CPA, have each Bearden club, which was been promoted to senior manknown as the Rotary Club of ager in the Audit Department West Knoxville then.

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UT NOTES ■■ U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, a 1981 electrical engineering graduate from UT, has been promoted to fourstar general and has assumed leadership of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command. Through that role, Holmes will guide U.S. airpower around the world, including national security and the ongoing war on terror. ■■ Author Sam Kean will speak and hold a book signing 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Room 307 of the Science and Engineering Research Facility, 1499 Circle Drive. He will be discussing his Holmes book “The Disappearing Spoon.” Kean’s book and lecture delves into the secrets behind the periodic table of the elements and the initial discoveries. Free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase. ■■ Fainting Goat 5K and Fun Run, sponsored by the United Residence Hall Council, will host the third annual Fainting Goat 5K and Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25. The event is open to the public. Proceeds from the race will benefit Heifer International, an organization that works to end world hunger, and the Hopper Family. Check-in begins at Fred Brown Residence Hall at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $20 for UT students and $25 for the public.

■■ Thursday, March 16, 8-9:30 a.m., networking: Brothers Bedding, 220 N. Peters Road.

of Coulter & Justus PC. Chambers holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Carson- Chambers Vehec Newman University and Vehec holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.

■■ Tuesday, March 21, 7:30-9 a.m., new member orientation, Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. ■■ Thursday, March 23, 8-9:30 a.m., networking: Holy Cross

Anglican Church, 515 Herron Rd.

HEALTH NOTES ■■ Peninsula Lighthouse Group of Families Anonymous, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, 1451 Dowell Springs Blvd. Info: Barbara L., 865-696-6606

■■ Amanda Shell Jennings has been hired by Priority Ambulance as director of marketing and communications for the eight-state service area.


■■ Annette Sydes has joined Bailey & Co. Real Estate as an affiliate broker, specializing in the Bearden and Farragut markets. Sydes holds a master’s degree in public health. She and photographer Alison Cunningham founded and operate a company called I Love Local. She says she picked Bailey & Co. because it’s locally owned with a great reputation. Owner/broker Justin Bailey said the real estate process can be stressful and everyone deserves to find what they are looking for. “You can rely on Annette to make it as easy and exciting as possible.” Info: or 865-441-0891


■■ Case Antiques Inc. will host the East Tennessee PBS Antique Appraisal fair at the Historic Cherokee Mills Building, 2240 Sutherland Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1. The appraisal fair is open to the public and guests are invited.

PUBLIC HEARING The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Farragut will hold a public hearing on April 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM, at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, to hear citizen’s comments on the following ordinance: I. Ordinance 17-02, an ordinance to amend the Farragut Municipal Code, Title 14, Land Use Controls, Chapter 6., Farragut Architectural Design Standards, Standard 2.17, to provide for new requirements associated with building materials KN-1523671






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last words The unshakable Frank Bowden Frank Bowden’s funeral was over before I knew he was gone. I learned of his death when I saw his obituary in a stack of papers I’d set aside to read when I got the time, and although I knew him Frank Bowden pretty well, there was a lot I didn’t know about Frank Bowden, because he really didn’t talk about himself much. He would have turned 90 this year, which means he was one of the youngest of the Greatest Generation, having served in the U.S. Army in Germany and France. This would have placed him in some of the fiercest fighting of the war at age 18. When I knew him, some 50 years later, he was one of those “Stand me up at the gates of hell and I won’t back down” guys that Tom Petty sang about. Another thing I didn’t know about him was that as a science teacher and a principal, he worked to integrate Southern Appalachian Regional Science Fair and was an active but behind-the-scenes participant in the civil rights struggles of the ‘60s, providing transportation and bail money for the Knoxville College students who were sittingin at downtown lunch counters and picketing the Tennessee Theatre. Bob Booker was among those KC students Frank assisted. “I’m not sure he felt comfortable marching and carrying signs, but there were a number of people who would get students out of jail and provide transportation when they needed to get downtown. He was in the forefront of trying to move us forward and was always interested in progress. He tried to bring that to every school he was assigned to, whether

Betty Bean as a teacher or a principal. He was a strong voice. No question about that.” Years later, when Bowden was a county commissioner, Booker enjoyed his sparring with County Executive Dwight Kessel, who opposed Bowden’s efforts to force the county to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Mark Cawood, who served on commission with Bowden, remembers those battles, too. “He told Kessel to take that sheet out of his closet and wear it,” Cawood said. I can’t remember the precise issue, but I do remember the time Bowden – who could flat turn a phrase – elegantly accused his colleagues of being spineless by saying they had “exoskeletons,” and the time he told a pandering colleague to “Put that race card back in your pocketbook.” But my favorite Bowden memory happened the day buses full of Christian Coalition members packed the hall and cheered while their preachers demanded that the commissioners sign onto a resolution denouncing “special rights” for gay people. Popularly known as the “Gay Bashing Resolution,” it had no force of law, but was being carried to local elected bodies all over the country, and would become a cudgel come the next election. There were 19 commissioners in those days, and 15 of them voted – with varying degrees of enthusiasm – for the measure. Two passed. Another, Bee DeSelm, voted no. And one voted “Not only no, but hell no.” That was Frank William Bowden. I’m glad I knew him.

A-10 • March 15, 2017 • Karns/Hardin Valley Shopper news

Difference of opinion In comparison to recent athletics directors, John Currie may be cause for celebration. He brings an actual track record. He is relatively modern. He uses the word “cool.” John Currie He has personality and doesn’t do sun lamps or hair dye. Now that the music has stopped and noise has subsided, let us seek what passes for the truth. What we have here is a guarded difference of opinion about the new man at Tennessee. There is high praise, mostly from far-away places. There are biting local undertones but they do not sound lethal. Those who guided Dr. Beverly Davenport in her discovery and knee-jerk choice of Currie identified the precise qualities she sought: An established leader at a so-so Power 5 school who would see UT as a full step up. A man of integrity, yea, with respect for NCAA rules. A smart salesman (comfortable with other millionaires, keen at remembering names, polished at smiling and shaking hands). John demonstrated several skills

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in negotiating a very favorable bonus contract for himself. A builder and maybe even a visionary with proper appreciation for great athletes who turn all the wheels. Favoring athletes and academics is very popular. It discourages lawsuits about misuse and abuse. All that information and more was available in the official Currie biography or in glowing reports of his success at Kansas State. Some who actually know John, who worked with him in his previous years in Knoxville, have reservations. Some in Manhattan claim the community is pleased that he is gone. One UT employee, before and after Currie, is “flabbergasted” by the selection. John was supposedly No. 2 in being least liked. Ask later who was No. 1. After that, ask if being liked is important to being the boss. Another former associate said Currie tried to change the entire culture to reflect the Atlantic Coast Confer-

ence image, specifically Wake Forest, from whence he came. As for him morphing into a Tennessee guy, no way. “Not sure he could find Ayres Hall with a campus map.” A third said, being charitable, that John was a bully. There were other caustic words. John has been called Mike Hamilton 2.0, much better at raising and spending money than identifying, hiring and keeping winning coaches. He was Hamilton’s right-hand man in the knockout of Phillip Fulmer the week of the Wyoming game in 2008. Currie is also linked to Lane Kiffin. Ouch. One sincere critic wonders if Donna Thomas, prominent on the search committee, provided that information to Dr. Davenport. John is perceived as a micromanager. That is code for butting into subordinates’ business. There was a zinger from a support person: “John decided how many dill pickle slices should be in box lunches.” Go light on some of this stuff, all anonymous talk radio and coffee-break chatter, presented as certified facts, but don’t quote me. OK to attribute good stuff – intelligent, energetic, tenacious, passionate.

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My favorite story is the time Mr. Hoffmeister, Knox County Schools superintendent from 1976-92, persuaded Eugene Hall to sell 10 acres on Andersonville Pike to the county to build

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UT administrators paid well in retreat The current controversy on high pay for UT administrators who return to teach as faculty could not come at a worse time for the university, as it suggests waste through inflated salaries that are not genuinely earned or deserved. To retire as chancellor, president or provost and then earn 75 percent of your salary with no limit as to how long it lasts and no connection to duties, workload or ability seems fundamentally misplaced. It is not fiscally conservative. It is wasteful. UT is often asking for more money and telling the Legislature not to micromanage. This weakens

ing when he offered to limit his own benefit to four years instead of a lifetime. He is Victor taking a bullet for the other Ashe six people who are enjoying this benefit. Will the others step forward and announce an end to this windfall? Good question to be asked. The excuse that this is their argument as the board of trustees allowed this to what other comparable universities are paying does happen. This was actually re- not apply for retreat salaries ported in this column some once the administrator rethree months ago after Jim- turns to his prior job. How my Cheek announced his re- did the trustees allow this tirement as chancellor, but to happen? If they had read now the daily media have their materials they would have known it, as they apdiscovered it. UT President Joe DiPi- proved the contracts allowetro obviously saw the pub- ing this. The trustees were lic relations disaster loom- not doing their job of exam-

Earl Hoffmeister was superintendent for all Earl Hoffmeister was a South Knox legend when he played football and basketball at the old Young High School. But he’s probably best remembered, at least by oldtimers, as the man who toppled another South Knox legend, the iconic 30year superintendent Mildred Doyle. Mr. Hoffmeister died last week. He was 90 and had been living at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Powell.

Keep in mind that Tennessee recollections are eight or more years old. We don’t know how maturity and additional experience may have changed Currie. K-State inside talk sounds suspiciously similar but it could be prejudiced. Certain Vol lettermen, some outspoken, were wounded by the selection process. They think Fulmer was used as window dressing. They fear David Blackburn may never be the same. Fans and media had him believing he was a logical choice. Most who really wanted a genuine Vol for Life have elected to take a deep breath and go on living. We can still marvel at Dr. Davenport’s “non-negotiable” criteria since she came to UT without ever being chancellor at a Power 5 school. Of all the things John Currie is or isn’t, has or hasn’t done, something he said at the welcome party got my attention: “The University of Tennessee can and should be the very best athletic program in the country.” Terrific idea. Let’s go for it. No more basketball collapses, no more football losses to Vanderbilt, never again last in SEC track and field, contenders in everything, national champs in several sports. If I were coaching, that would make me nervous.

the present-day Halls Elementary School. “Mr. Hall,” Earl said, “if you’ll sell us this land, I promise I’ll name the school after you.” And he did – Halls Elementary School. Born in Maryville, Mr. Hoffmeister grew up in South Knoxville. He was also a World War II veteran. After the war, he attended UT and played football briefly before transferring to Wofford College, where

he met his wife of 67 years, JoAnne. The Hoffmeisters moved to Powell and he taught at Powell High and at Central High, where he later became vice principal. Popular with students, he was nicknamed “Hoff.” He built houses during the summers for a time, and JoAnne was his partner in business, too. They attended Powell United Methodist for 63 years. As superintendent, he surrounded himself with

good staff and was popular with people in an era when voters elected the superintendent. He oversaw the merging of Knoxville City Schools into the county school system in 1986-87 and won re-election each time he ran for superintendent. He took particular interest in special education. His favorite movie, by the way, was “Lonesome Dove,” and he was fond of saying, “Never love anything that can’t love you back.”

ining expenses in this case. Unless this is changed soon, the Legislature may intervene, and certainly some candidates for governor may make it an issue. It is a legitimate issue for gubernatorial candidates as the governor is a voting member of the UT board who often chairs it. A candidate could pledge to not let it happen on his/her watch. UT would not benefit if this became a statewide issue and should act to modify it ASAP. ■■ State Rep. Bill Dunn, who often has been one of the most conservative lawmakers, is not only backing the Haslam gas tax bill but is a sponsor. He says it helps build roads in North Knox County such as Emory Road. He points out he has opposed other tax hikes consistently in the past. ■■ Circuit Court Judge Deborah Stevens turns 63 on March 17. ■■ Former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was in Knoxville two days last week promoting parental control over student placement. Ramsey retired two months ago from the second-highest office in the state at the height of his popularity. He will continue to push issues that are conservative and close to his beliefs.

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Tales from the crib: Return of the sleepless nights By Amanda Howerton

Welcome to 2017! Somehow we are already past the month of February and well into March. I also find myself past the halfway point of my maternity leave. I am enjoying every minute of spending time with my little one while relearning lessons about parenting a newborn (I truly forgot just how Amanda many diapers babies Howerton use!). It turns out that during many 2 a.m. feedings, I realized that many of these lessons also hold true for being an investor. Lesson 1: Life with a newborn is cyclical. Eat, sleep, play, poop, then repeat (but not necessarily in that order). Some days there is a little more eating, some days a little more (or less) sleeping. The market is also cyclical. The markets will go up, the markets will go down, and the markets will sometimes be flat. Sometimes the up cycle will be longer; sometimes the down cycle will be longer. We cannot predict the cycles for newborns or the markets.

So how do we deal with this? We set ourselves up to best handle each phase of the cycle. With my little one, I try to be in a calm, quiet environment during times that should be sleep times, I have a bottle prepped if we are out and about, and I always have diapers within an arm’s reach. With an investment portfolio, we stay invested and ready with target allocations for each asset class. We implement an investment policy statement that indicates how the portfolio is invested, and how it is monitored and traded. The investment policy statement has been structured to help deal with the unpredictable cycles so that we are prepared no matter what is happening in the markets. Lesson 2: Worrying (unnecessarily) does more harm than good. If I lie awake at night listening to the monitor and jumping at every noise, I will wear myself out and be no good the next day. If I run into her room to check on every single noise, I might wake her up and irritate her. As an investor, worrying also does more harm than good. Our emotions could cause us to sell low because we are worried about “no end to

the downfall” or buy high because “that stock/class is doing great.” Missing the best 10, 20, or 30 days in the market can drastically change your returns. How do we deal with this? Each night, my husband and I do our best to practice safe habits with her. We feed her, we burp her, and we lay her on her back to sleep. There is absolutely nothing I can do to make sure her body functions properly. As investors, again we implement an investment policy statement and plan to help keep emotions in check and practice “safe” investing habits. There is nothing either you or I can do to personally influence the markets; I believe they will function properly without any action on our behalf. Lesson 3: Development guides remind me what to expect with my infant’s growth. With each pediatrician visit, we talk about what milestones my baby has reached and what I might expect over the next few months. The doctor is always clear to say my baby may reach some developmental milestone earlier and some later, but at least I have an idea of what to expect. I may think that my daughter is the most amazing child (along with her 5 ½-year-old sister), but I shouldn’t expect her to do things that are beyond the scope of normal development. However, if she

were to miss a big milestone, then we’d check her out to make sure everything was OK. This could not be more true of the investment philosophy in our portfolios here at Rather & Kittrell. We review our investments and performance compared to the appropriate benchmark for each holding. We expect our investments to perform about the same as the benchmark (you might hear us using the term “capturing market returns”). Sometimes the investments will outperform, and sometimes the funds might slightly underperform. Should there be a big deviation from the benchmark, we would investigate what has happened within that specific fund. It is not really surprising that lessons associated with newborns correlate to lessons in investing. A lot of it boils down to being prepared, removing negative emotions, and setting proper expectations. What is surprising is my ability to put these thoughts together in the middle of the night after only a few hours of sleep. I am truly blessed to have this time with my daughter (thank you Rather & Kittrell) and to have clients and co-workers who make being a working mom very enjoyable. I look forward to seeing and speaking with many of you later in March.

Lesson 3: Development guides remind me what to expect with my infant’s growth. With each pediatrician visit, we talk about what milestones my baby has reached and what I might expect over the next few months. The doctor is always clear to say my baby may reach some developmental milestone earlier and some later, but at least I have an idea of what to expect. I may think that my daughter is the most amazing (along with her 5 ½ year old sister), but I shouldn’t expect her to do things that are beyond the scope of normal development. However, if she were to miss a big milestone, then we’d check her out to make sure everything was ok. This could not be more true of the investment philosophy in our portfolios here at Rather & Kittrell. We review our investments and performance compared to the appropriate benchmark for each holding. We expect our investments to perform about the same as the benchmark (you might hear us using the term “capturing market returns”). Sometimes the investments will outperform, and sometimes the funds might slightly underperform. Should there be a big deviation from the benchmark, we would investigate what has happened within that specific fund.


It is not really surprising that lessons associated with newborns correlate to lessons in investing. A lot of it boils downs to being prepared, removing negative emotions, and setting proper expectations. What is surprising is my ability to put these thoughts together in the middle of the night after only a few hours of sleep. I am truly blessed to have this time with my daughter (thank you Rather & Kittrell) and to have

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Home is where the heart is Gilbert is Parkwest’s 400th TAVR patient

There’s no place like home, especially when your home is an RV. Richard (Rick) Gilbert, 74, loves to be on the move. That’s not just the case when it comes to traveling. This veteran of the United States Navy and former Florida resident now parks his rolling home in Pigeon Forge, he doesn’t like to sit still, and certainly doesn’t like to sit anything out. It was frustrating when failing health forced him to slow down several years ago. First, there was bypass surgery in 2006. Last year, there was a pacemaker implant. “My energy was depleted, and I was always out of breath,” Gilbert says. “I had pneumonia five times in five months.” Gilbert is the recipient of the 400th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at Parkwest Medical Center, and he’s now on the move, again. TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, delivering a fully collapsible replacement valve through a stent instead of going in through traditional open heart surgery. The replacement valve pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way, so the tissue in the replacement valve can take over the job of regulating blood flow. When TAVR was recommended for Gilbert last year, he had been feeling unhealthy and discouraged for quite a while. “If we went out to the mall, I would have to sit in a chair while everyone else went through the stores, because I would be completely worn out,” Gilbert says. “I couldn’t walk. It’s not a good feeling.” Gilbert couldn’t walk up the Gatlinburg strip from Ripley’s Aquarium to the Ski Lift without stopping at least a couple of times to rest. Soon he was no longer physically capable of prepping the RV to go out on the road. The sharpest decline came after Gilbert received a pacemaker.

He chalked it up to his age, until his wife persuaded him to press for answers. It didn’t take long for LeConte Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Roger Riedel to figure out something was very wrong with his new patient. Dr. Riedel ordered extensive tests, revealing that an Roger Riedel, aortic valve wasn’t MD functioning properly. Riedel consulted Parkwest cardiologist Dr. Nicholaos Xenopoulos who agreed that Gilbert was a candidate for TAVR. He explained the procedure, and that one of the

benefits would likely be a faster and easier recovery. Gilbert knew from personal experience how long it could take to recover from a heart procedure. In addition to his own experience, he had seen plenty of other heart patients in lengthy cardiac rehabilitation. What if it took weeks or Nicholaos months to recovXenopoulos, er? MD Gilbert’s wife wasn’t well, and she wouldn’t be able to watch over him at the hospital, or cater to him at home. Neither would his children, who were scattered across the country with

400 Patients and counting A lot can happen in five years, and a lot can happen after 400 procedures have been performed. Cardiologist Nicholaos Xenopoulos, MD, is excited to see the improvements in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). The recovery is faster than ever, the device is more efficient, and the risk of complications has been reduced. From the beginning of the process, the patient benefits from the minimalist approach of sedation, versus general anesthesia. “Patients are waking up much faster, and we try to mobilize them much faster,” Dr. Xenopoulos says. “The result is patients being able to go home in just a few days.” The extended benefit is that patients are making significant strides in cardiac rehabilitation after they are discharged. Meanwhile, the increased utilization of the transfemoral approach, entering through a large artery in

the groin, means the procedure can be performed without a surgical incision in the chest, and this also leads to a quicker recovery and faster discharge from the hospital. Dr. Xenopoulos says there have been advances in the tools he’s working with, too. “The device has a smaller diameter, it’s much

easier to use, and there have been improvements in the design of the valve itself,” he adds. “With this new generation of the device, we have less risk of a paravalvular leak.” When a paravalvular leak occurs, it means blood is flowing between the implant device and cardiac tissue. It’s a risk in TAVR,

get moving. One might say the old Rick Gilbert was back, except that he wasn’t feeling quite as old as before. “I feel like I’m 50,” Gilbert says. “I’m completely, physically ready to do whatever I want to do.” Valentine’s Day this year not only marked a day of hearts and flowers. For Gilbert, it also marked the last day of cardiac rehabilitation. When he underwent open heart surgery a few years ago, he had to follow it up with 24 weeks of therapy. After TAVR, he needed Rick Gilbert loves traveling only six weeks. in his RV, but heart problems With his renewed pushed him to the curb. Since energy it didn’t take receiving a Transcatheter Gilbert very long to Aortic Valve Replacement at start making plans Parkwest, he said, “I’m comto pull up stakes pletely, physically ready to do and do a little travelwhatever I want to do.” ing with his wife this homes and spring. You can count families of on them coming back, though. their own to take care of. Gilbert won’t return because Dr. Xenopoulos and cardiothoracic surgeon he’s not able to travel. Gilbert will Dr. Michael Mag- return because East Tennessee is gart performed now his home, he says everyone the transaortic has been wonderful here, and valve replace- there’s really no place he’d rather ment at Parkwest be. In other words, East Tennessee Medical Center on Sept. 19, is where his heart is. “I’m just so grateful,” Gilbert 2016. From the says, expressing gratitude for the moment Gilbert Michael TAVR procedure, the cardiolowoke up, he knew Maggart, MD this was no ordi- gists and the hospital that made it possible. “Everyone should know nary heart procedure. “I couldn’t believe it,” Gilbert about this procedure.” To learn more about TAVR at says. “It was like my whole body Parkwest Medical Center, visit transitioned – I could breathe!” For the next two days Gilbert, was anxious to get out of bed and or call (865) 374-PARK.

but much less of a risk than it used to be. Hundreds of people have been able to experience improved quality of life with TAVR, and there will be many more. “There has been dramatic improvement in so many ways,” says Dr. Xenopoulos. “It’s thrilling when you can help someone in a dramatic way.” Dr. Xenopoulos says witnessing the success of so many TAVR patients is assurance that all the hours he’s spent caring for the heart has been worth the time and effort. “I have been practicing for a long time, so I have seen many advances,” he says. “TAVR has been a landmark treatment for something that affects older patients, and it is a significant shift in paradigm.” “TAVR is really a team sport and we are fortunate at Covenant Health to have the support of administration and highly trained multi-disciplinary staff to provide this technology at a high level,” said Dr. Ayaz Rahman, Director of the Parkwest Structural Heart and

Valve program. “I wouldn’t trade our structural team for anything. Our motto is similar to NASA’s which is, ‘failure is not an option’.” TAVR is appropriate for heart Ayaz Rahman, patients who are MD too frail for traditional open heart surgery, or those for whom the traditional surgery carries too many risks. It isn’t meant to replace the more traditional method, but to help patients when open heart surgery isn’t an option. Patients’ severe aortic stenosis is diagnosed through a physical exam and echocardiogram. Dr. Xenopoulos says patients don’t receive the TAVR procedure unless and until that diagnosis is confirmed, and the patient is experiencing symptoms. You can learn more about TAVR by visiting, or by calling (865) 374-PARK.


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Vacation Property FREE LAND WITH PURCHASE OF THE CABIN at Top of the World - near Smokey Mountain Park & Lake. TOTALLY RENOVATED, MOVE IN READY! Vacation home or rental income. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Reduced to $70,500. Price includes cabin and 9 lots (approx. 3/4 acre) (865)-660-8404

SOFA FOR SALE - Floral. Light lavender, gold and green. Excellent condition. No pets. No smoking home. $100 cash only. Call after 6:00 PM. (865)-249-8300 A Large Clean 2 BR apt. in Old North Knoxv. Conveniently located. No smoking/no pets. $700 mo. Dep req’d. (865)522-7552 BEST DEAL OUT WEST! 1BR from $395-$425. 2BR $550-$750. No pets. Parking @ front door. (865)470-8686.

BROADWAY TOWERS 62 AND OLDER Or Physically Mobility Impaired 1 & 2 BR, utilities included. Laundry on site. Immediate housing if qualified. Section 8-202.

865-524-4092 TDD 1-800-927-9275

EFFICIENCY APARTMENTS $250 deposit $500/month. Includes water. Great for single, couple, etc. Studio size. (865)-279-9850 / (865)-279-0550


ELDERLY OR DISABLED COMPLEX A/C, Heat, Water & Electric Incl, OnSite Laundry, Computer Center & Resident Services Great location! On the Bus Line! Close to Shopping! Rent Based on Income, Some Restrictions Apply

Call 865-523-4133 TODAY for more information

NORTH. Nicely remod. 2 BR, ground floor, washer & dryer, reasonable util., conv. prking, credit ck. $525 mo + $375 dep. (865) 384-8532

PINNACLE PARK APTS. Open every Saturday from 12-4pm. Please call 865-523-9303 for info.

SPACIOUS 2 BR, full BA, LR, DR, lrg kitchen, lots of closet/storage space, laundry rm w/W&D conn., priv. drive, quiet safe neighborhood. Close to UT Hospital, airport & downtown Knoxville and Sevier County. Ideal for professional. All utilities, cable, garbage pickup & pest control incl. NO smoking. NO pets. $900 mo + DD. Refs required. For appt. (865) 577-9426

Homes Unfurnished 2BR, 1 BA HOUSE FOR RENT, 1 car garage, hardwood floors, $725 month $500 deposit. (865)705-8300 HOME FOR RENT KARNS - 3BR, Brick, basement rancher, immaculate, newly remodeled, 3 BR, 1 BA, large living room with fireplace, den / dining room, large kitchen with appliances, hardware floors, large yard wiwth nice view, central Heating/ Air, no smoking. Small pet negotiable. Credit & reference chek. 1 year. lease $1000/month $500 deposit. (865)690-0245 NEWLY REMODELED HOME - near Powell, handicap acces. built in ramp at front and balcony deck in back. 2br 1b with eat in kitchen. Large dining room/living room and den with hardwood floors, garage. water furn. $950 mo. & $1000 deposit. 423-593-8010.

Lots/Acreage for Sale STRAW PLAINS, 5.2 acres, well water, power & septic, unrestricted, $50,000. (865) 206-5818

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*Pools, Laundries, Appl. *5 min. to UT & airport

West FSBO. 1137 Lovell View Dr. 2100 SF, 4 BR, 3 BA, Hardin Valley Schools, $189,500 w/lease opt. 352-553-6368.

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GERMAN GRANDFATHER CLOCK - $900. Call or text for photos. (865)209-8150.


168 Main St., Caryville

1,2,3 BR

$355 - $460/mo.

Adoptions ADOPT: Loving secure woman excited to adopt and share my life with your newborn. Expenses paid. Dianne: 1-800-321-7919.

SHIH TZU puppies, AKC, beautiful colors, Shots UTD. Warranty. $500 & up. 423-618-8038; 423-775-4016 SHIH TZU puppies, CKC reg, 5-8 lbs full grown, S&W UTD, $800. call/text (423) 268-0615

Apartments - Unfurn.

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GOLDENDOODLES - LABRADOODLES - YORKSHIRE TERRIERS - Quality puppies. Call or text 865-591-7220

Antiques Farmer’s Mkt/ Trading Post


Call 922-4136 TO ADVERTISE!

Toys & Games 1950’S WOOD BUMPER POOL TABLE - with balls and two sticks. Good condition. (865)458-4515


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Norriscraft fishing boat, 50 HP Merc T&T, 2 fish finders, Minnkota 36 lbs, exc cond, (865)804-6921.

ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES - AKC registered. 1st shots, vet checked. $1800. Call (423) 519-0647.

GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES - Born February 6th, both parents AKC, $750. (865)-388-0987


GREAT FIBER GLASS FISHING BOAT - 50 horse power motor. Trolling motor. Everything runs and works great. $1500. (865)243-0569.

DOBERMAN PUPS, AKC, Sire XL natl & intl champ - 125 lbs, Dam Lrg Russian champ. - her sire was 2013 World Champ. $850. Credit cards accepted. 615-740-7909

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS AKC, West German bldlns, 2 M, 8 F, vet ck’d. health guar. $700. 865-322-6251.


Call or text Doug (931)-265-2160

DACHSHUNDS, CKC reg., 6 weeks old, all shots and dewormed, $250. (931)-319-0000

German Shepherd puppies, AKC/CKC, all shots, pics on facebook/tennesseeshepherd $450. (423)619-9840

Call (865)281-8080


BOSTON TERRIER puppies, 8 wks, 1M, 1F, reg., $400 ea. 423-437-1749

Retired Vet. looking to keep busy.


(865)281-2437. 74 Albums-with shelving. 163 Cassetts with sliding drawers. 45 CD’s with rack. 28 LP Records w/ shelving. 2 Speakers. Stackable Auto 3 speed (33 1/3-4578 RPM) Turntable. Cassett and CD Tuner. AM-FM Radio. Table for all Equipment.

Sporting Goods

ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPS AKC, $1500+. Visa-MC Accepted. (423)775-6044.


KYMCO CFMOTO & now Can-Am dealer


UMPIRE CHEST PROTECTOR WILSON/ WEST VEST - shoulder and arm guards. Plate mask by Wilson. Two navy blue plate and base shirt Large/Medium. Two powder blue/ blue shirts Large/Medium. Two powder blue/black shirts Large/ Medium. One black/white shirt Large. One gray/black shirt Large. Two red/white/blue shirts Large/ Medium. Shin guards made by Diamond. $200 for all. Will sell shirts individually. (423)-562-6161 or (484)401-1697


2015 HARLEY DAVIDSON - Dyna Glide, 2600 mi. Excellent condition. $10,825. Call/Text (865)250-6584.

New side x sides in stock starting at $7999 GOAD MOTORSPORTS

MARTIN DC18E DREADNOUGHT Acoustic, electric, cut away guitar, BRAND NEW w/case. Purchased on Nov. 2016. $2400. (423)460-1700


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SENIOR CITIZEN - In need of depend. transport. to save job. Sed/Van or pick-up in good cond. $2500 or under. (865)659-8765. ASAP.

Apartments - Furnished NE KNOX- Lrg 1 BR 1 BA for 1 PERSON. Upstairs loft duplex. 900 sq. feet. Clean & peaceful, $550 water incl. + sec. deposit. NON SMOKER (INSIDE/ OUT). NO PETS. NO DRUGS. 865-4564424 Cell/Text.

AKC SHITZU PUPPIES - 3 boys, vet checked. The House of Little Lions (828)-884-7208 or 828-507-6079

Jack Russell/Min Pins puppies, beautiful, Perfect gift. $125 ea. (865) 237-3897

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ODES S XS, S All Models in Stock Luxury Units with More Options - Less Cash Tech on Duty Parts, Tires, Accessories

2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, RV tow car,/4 down, blue ox rigged, good cond., $5750. (865) 250-8252.

Off Road Vehicles

Musical HAZELTONE BICOLOR KOHLER & CAMPBELL PIANO - Top rises, maple finish. Excellent condition. Local pickup only. $800 obo. Call (865)-771-5784


2011 MAZDA 6 - 87K miles, one owner, dealer service, very clean car, hail dimples. $6,300. (865)-774-9791. 2016 KIA FORTE - Automatic with power windows and power locks. Blue in color. 12,000 miles $12,500. (865)-567-2522.

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Real Estate Commercial Commercial Property /Sale 0-1 ZONE, 2200 SF bldg., lrg lot, near Papermill Rd. across from Pond Gap School. $174,900. 865-765-1123; 865539-1145

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2014 Ariens auto. 19 HP, 42” riding mower, model A19A42, like new, $500. (865)414-7410

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Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • B-3

Ki Stulbert and Michael Sayne get information ready to pass out to the guests at the table. Michael, founder of the Helping Kids, Fighting Abuse luncheon, is past board chair.

Comedian LeAnne Morgan talks with Childhelp Tennessee director Hugh Nystrom and board president Janette Burgin.

Helping the children By Sherri Gardner Howell Fundraising events like Oysterfest (May 6) are fun and profitable for Childhelp Tennessee, but sometimes you just need to sit down and talk to your friends. A luncheon at Cherokee Country Club last Wednesday gave the staff and supporters of Childhelp the opportunity to do just that. In its seventh year, the Helping Kids, Fighting Abuse Luncheon highlighted the entire breadth of services and programs offered by the organization. Director Hugh Nystrom was there, along with a large number of board members and representatives from partner agencies. The sobering stats – 46 percent of children served are younger than age 6, for example – pointed to the problems faced daily in the Childhelp world, but speakers like Hayley and Jonathan (siblings who were Childhelp kids) and foster parents Chad and Elizabeth Schollaert gave guests the good news as well. The afternoon ended with an opportunity to support the organization with donations. Michael Sayne is founder of the event, which started with 60 people at a church and boasted a full house Little Tori Schollaert, whose parents were speakers at the this year with more than 150 in attendance. Table host and board member Valerie Lamb talks with guest Tommy Childhelp: Childhelp luncheon, charms guest Lara Fleming. Keeler.

Let’s check the calendar! Ryan Greer and Lee Popkin catch up before the luncheon begins.

HAPPENINGS ■■ KARM Dragon Boat Festival early bird team registration discounts available through April 13. The Dragon Boat Festival will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Cove at Concord Park. Info: karm. org/dragonboats. ■■ New Play Festival: “The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister” by Kris Bauske, Thursdays-Sundays, through March 26, Theatre Knoxville Downtown space, 306 N. Gay St. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets/reservations: 865-546-4280. ■■ Appalachian Arts Craft Center Spring Porch Sale begins Thursday, March 16, at the center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton. Features outdated stock, seconds, student crafts and unjuried work by members of the Center. Sale runs for two weeks. Info: 865-494-9854 or ■■ Marble City Opera: Verdi’s “La Traviata,” 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, March 16-18, Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike. Admission: $25. Info/tickets: www. ■■ “Ancestry in Detail,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires preregistration, a valid email address, good Internet searching capabilities. Info/ registration: 865-215-8809. ■■ “Rock Against Dementia,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, the Square Room on Market Square. Hosted by the Purple Cities Alliance. The event is free, open to the public and

appropriate for all ages. Activities include: free concert, face painting, balloon animals, silent auction, information tables. ■■ World Storytelling Day, 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Vienna Coffee House, 212 College St., Maryville. $5 donations appreciated. Presented by Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association. Info: 865-429-1783;; ■■ Shibori Silk Scarves workshop,10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Pat K. Thomas. Registration deadline: March 11. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or ■■ “Forest for the Trees” film screening, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 865-215-8750. ■■ World Storytelling Day, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, Tribute Theater, 175 E. Wears Valley Road, Suite #22, Pigeon Forge. $5 donations appreciated. Presented by Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association. Info: 865-429-1783; cuznjan@juno. com; ■■ “Stepping Off the Edge” workshop, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Cost: $7, Arts & Culture Alliance members; $10, nonmembers. Info/registration: or sc@ ■■ Conversations and Cocktails talk: “Using and Abusing the Memory of the Holocaust” by associate professor of German Daniel Magilow, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, Holly’s Gourmet’s Market and Café,

Welcoming guests are Dana Bliley and Megan Queen, both with Childhelp Tennessee.

5107 Kingston Pike. Hosted by the UT Humanities Center. Reservations required; seating limited. Reservations: 865-330-0123. ■■ The 2017 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture: “An Evening with Amy Greene,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Free and open to the public. Info: 865215-8801. ■■ The Big Ears Festival, ThursdaySunday, March 23-26, various venues. Info/tickets: bigearsfestival .com. ■■ Landscape Painting workshop, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, March 23-April 27, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Sherry Smith. Registration deadline: March 16. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or ■■ RSVP deadline for the UT School of Music Gala is Friday, March 24. The Gala will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, and will feature a wine pull, fine dining, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment by School of Music faculty and students. Tickets: $200. Proceeds go to student scholarships. Info/reservations: ■■ “Presidents, Kings, and Convicts: My Journey from the Tennessee Governor’s Residence to the Halls of Congress”: a special lecture and book signing with Bob Clement, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 865-215-8801. ■■ Rooting Pot Planter workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Appalachian Arts Craft Center,

2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or

Dr. David Kitts, Special Crimes Unit of the Knoxville Police Department, told the crowd how the police work with Childhelp and how valuable its role in the process is.

or ■■ “Octavia Butler’s Kindred”: a special evening discussion, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Dr. Michelle Commander, UT Department of English and Africana Studies Program, will facilitate the discussion. Pizza from the Tomato Head will be provided. Info: 865215-8801.

■■ Josephine Wine Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 494-9854 or

■■ Books Sandwiched In: “Bad Feminist: Essays” by Roxane Gay, noon Wednesday, March 29, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Discussion led by Dr. Rebecca Klenk, UT Department of Anthropology. Info: 865-215-8801

■■ Large Market Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, or Sunday, March 26, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854 or ■■ “Autosomal DNA For Genealogy” lecture, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Instructor: Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Info: 865215-8801. ■■ “Tanasi 1796,” 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 25, Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Presented as a docudrama through the lives of Captain Joseph Black and Cherokee Chief Attakullakulla. Fundraiser to benefit The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Info/tickets: 865981-8590. ■■ Josephine Storage Basket workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Norris. Instructor: Barbara Holt. Registration deadline: March 18. Info/registration: 865-494-9854

■■ Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Speaker: Christiane Paul, Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies, The New School, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Free and open to the public. Info/ reservations: or 865-525-6101 ext. 246. ■■ We Read YA Monthly Book Club: “The Serpent King” by Jeff Zentner, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Teachers, librarians, parents, young adults, and young adults “at-heart” who read YA invited. Light refreshments provided. Info: 865-215-8750. ■■ Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale, SaturdayTuesday, April 1-4, Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building. Info/schedule:

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B-4 • March 15, 2017 • Shopper news

News from Dental Images

Dr. Brock offers free, preventive care seminars to public By Kelly Norrell Most adults can increase the length and quality of their lives by taking key preventive measures, said a Knoxville restorative dentist. Steven E. Brock, DDS, believes so strongly that people can avert major health issues such as heart attack, stroke and other systemwide disorders that he is hosting free seminars on prevention techniques each Tuesday at 6 p.m. The sessions, which cover a range of topics, will be at his Dental Images offices at 1715 Downtown West Blvd. Attendees are asked to RSVP by phone at 865-531-1715. Dr. Brock hosts the seminars in the roomy building housing his practice, Dental Images, at 1715 Downtown West Blvd. “Over the years of caring for patients in my restorative dental practice, I have observed several reoccurring conditions that significantly affect the health and well-being of my patients. The fact is, patients have the power to help protect

Dr. Steven E. Brock explains common disorders and outlines preventive measures and remedies at his weekly seminars.

themselves against acute health events and avert chronic disease. In these sessions, our focus is on preventive care,” Dr. Brock said. Topics to be covered will include sleep apnea, the problem of systemic inflammation, the roles of nutrition and nutrition supplements in good health, and many more. He invites patients to attend the sessions every Tuesday and plans to offer both repeat sessions and brand new topics as the months progress. To attend, just RSVP in advance by calling 865-531-1715 and arrive at Dental Images, where parking is plentiful and free. Join Dr. Brock and his staff in the comfortable conference room just off the reception area. Enjoy refreshments such as fresh fruit, sandwich wraps, salads, cheese and crisp bread at no charge. Dental Images, PC, is a full service dental practice providing advanced care, restorative laser-based therapy, dental implants and cosmetic procedures. Join the next seminar on Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Dr. Brock will explain ways that keeping your teeth healthy will help maintain good systemic health and actually protect you against acute illness. Bleeding gums and broken teeth are not just unsightly; they increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. On March 28, Dr. Brock will introduce the topic of dental implants, an innovative option to the heartbreak

of losing teeth to decay, injury or periodontal disease. “Fixed” teeth improve your appearance, add to your self-esteem and help you to live longer. There are many reasons to “keep your teeth in your mouth!” These are just the start. Dr. Brock will provide a full list of upcoming topics at his seminars. Or, just check his website: http://www.mydental Dr. Brock began his seminars in early March, when he began showing attendees the power they have to recognize symptoms of chronic illness and achieve miraculous-seeming results by taking appropriate remedial action. At the first session March 7, Dr. Brock discussed sleep apnea, the most prevalent chronic disease in the U.S. He explained the symptoms of this disorder that triggers sufferers to stop breathing many times per night and causes about 50,000 deaths each year. Dr. Brock also outlined a range of effective therapies for sleep apnea, including easy-to-use oral appliances, use of the CPAP device and surgical options. On March 14 at the second session, Dr. Brock explained inflammatory gum disease, the most prevalent chronic infection in the U.S. Left unchecked, it contributes to systemic inflammation that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that it is reversible. Dr. Brock described for at-

Dr. Brock spends time with guests and answers many questions.

Dennis and Sally Russell attended Dr. Steven E. Brock’s seminar on sleep apnea. tendees an effective, minimally invasive way to treat periodontal disease. There is a new FDA-approved regenerative therapy with practically no convalescence and no narcotic fog to impair work and normal activity. In fact, most of the disorders covered at the sessions are reversible with effective management. “Good health is the result of personal investment and preventive care. Unfortunately, our health system is set up to serve end-stage disease events that are potentially lifesaving, but extremely costly in every way,” said Dr. Brock. “Our No. 1 priority in these seminars is the benefit to the patient. I want you to walk away after each of our seminars with a significant gain in understanding about your health,” he said.

Dr. Brock frames discussion topics in the context of his more than 30 years of private practice.

YOUR HEALTH Talks with Dr. Brock






Why your heart and brain need your teeth healthy. Bleeding gums and broken teeth increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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