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Happy Holler nominated to National Register of Historic Places The Happy Holler commercial district has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for its cultural and historic significance to Knoxville’s early days of development. The nomination, submitted to the U.S. National Park Service, was written by Metropolitan Planning Commission staff and was pre-approved by the Tennessee Historical Commission. Happy Holler’s historic and cultural value is tied to its collection of early 20th-century buildings, the most complete example in Knoxville outside of downtown. The district runs along both sides of the 1200 block of North Central Street and forms the core of a community-oriented shopping district established along early trolley lines. Most buildings in Happy Holler are one-story commercial structures built between 1900 and 1930. The area served northside residents, from the community now known as Old North Knoxville, a Victorian-era neighborhood lying to the east of Happy Holler, as well as the families of textile, railroad and iron workers who lived to the west. Trolley lines brought other Knoxvillians – many from nearby Lincoln Park and Oakwood subdivisions – to the grocery, drug and hardware stores, movie theater and other venues in Happy Holler. The name “Happy Holler” came from both its low-lying topography and its popularity during Prohibition, well known for its bootleggers who operated from back rooms in the district. Despite its notoriety, Happy Holler also became a popular entertainment area. The first suburban movie theater in Knoxville, The Picto, opened at 1205 Central St. in 1916. In 2011, the city of Knoxville celebrated an honorary naming of the section of North Central Street between Pearl and Scott avenues as “Happy Holler.” The community hosts an annual Happy Hollerpalooza street fair.
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Telling the story of East Knoxville By Alvin Nance Knoxville historian Robert Booker recently published his newest work, a booklet titled “The Story of East Knoxville.” KCDC and Lawler Wood Housing Partners LLC sponsored the printing of the new book as well as a reprint of the booklet Booker wrote in 2008 about the history of Mechanicsville, which includes the HOPE VI project that replaced the aging College Homes development with modern and affordable housing. Understanding the history of the neighborhoods that we serve is imperative for KCDC to be able to improve and transform those communities while respecting their cultural heritage. “The Story of East Knoxville” begins in 1791, by which time the Great Valley of East Tennessee had become known as Knoxville, and runs through present day. From 1856 to 1869, East Knoxville was its own municipality with a mayor and city council. Two additional municipalities, Park City (1907) and Mountain View (1909), also were located in East Knoxville. “People should know their history,” Booker said. “It’s all about people having a sense of pride in their community. “East Knoxville has led the way in a number of ways. It is home
current changes happening in the community and the affordable housing being built by KCDC in Five Points, formerly Park City. “The Story of East Knoxville” includes photos of the Residences at Eastport, a senior housing development that repurposed the historic Eastport Elementary School built in 1932, and of the new single-family homes and duplexes. “KCDC is an organization that helps to rebuild communities,” Booker said. “In rebuilding, it sometimes needs to tell the story of what the communities are all about, as it did when it demolished College Homes in Mechanicsville and established Hope VI. There was a great story to tell of how people lived before they built public housing – how many people didn’t have electricity or running water. I want to tell those stories about how KCDC made a difference.” “The Story of East Knoxville” and “The Story of Mechanicsville,” as well as Booker’s first book, “200 Robert Booker poses with his books. Photo submitted Years of Black Culture in Knoxville,” are available for purchase at the Beck Cultural Exchange to Chilhowee Park, the Safety and the city’s water system origi- Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave., or Building and the Civic Coliseum. nated in East Knoxville. In 1894, by calling 524-8461. All proceeds There are a number of things in the city’s first water tank, which from book sales support the Beck East Knoxville that people can held 500,000 gallons, was erected Cultural Exchange Center’s probe proud of, but sometimes that’s on a high hill where Green Magnet grams and exhibits. Alvin Nance is CEO of Knoxville’s Community Deovershadowed.” Academy is today. The Knoxville Utilities Board The booklet also touches on velopment Corporation.
Hikers plan extended trek for Alzheimer’s By Betsy Pickle
South Knoxvillians Steve Madden and Kim Pieratt love to hike, whether it’s in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or in the nearby Urban Wildnerness. But this weekend, they’re going to find out if they really can get too much of a good thing. Saturday, June 21, has been dubbed The Longest Day by the Alzheimer’s Association. On the summer solstice, people around the world will spend 16 hours ba-
sically doing one activity to show their support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers while raising money for research. Madden and Pieratt have chosen hiking in the Smokies for their activity and have done practice hikes of 11 and 10 and a half hours. Others will be doing anything from playing bridge to jogging to knitting. Advocating for Alzheimer’s has become a personal quest for Madden, whose father died of the dis-
ease last December. “The reason I got so motivated to try to do something … is I saw how it affected my stepmother,” says Madden, who works for the Auto Club Group. “Dad lived at home until the last two weeks of his life, and she was basically his 24-hour-a-day caregiver. She got to the point where she could hardly sleep a wink, she was so afraid of what he was going to do in the middle of the night. He would walk out of the house sometimes; we wouldn’t know where he went. We’d find him a few hours later wandering around the neighborhood. What she went through was kind of like torture.” The figures are ominous. Ac-
cording to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, including 110,000 in Tennessee, with up to 16 million expected to be affected by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and there is no known treatment to prevent it or cure it. The financial toll is sobering, with family members – primarily females – providing billions of hours of unpaid care. Madden got involved after his father contracted Alzheimer’s, and he enlisted Pieratt, a friend and ministry assistant at First Baptist To page 3
Burchett gears up consolidated government push By Betty Bean Supporters of combining city and county governments tried and failed to get it done in 1959, 1978 and 1983 before launching a high-dollar, go-forbroke 1996 attempt that ended as the most embarrassing Tim Burchett failure of all. Tommy Schumpert, then county mayor and a unification supporter, predicted it would be 15 or 20 years before anybody tried it again, if ever. And he figured it might take some kind of crisis to trigger such an attempt. Eighteen years later, after multiple county scandals – from a series of term limits and sunshinelaw violations that led to “Black Wednesday,” to the indictments of two consecutive elected trustees – a new unification movement is emerging, this time from a different direction than the usual busi-
ness elites who have been met with suspicion by county residents. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett sees benefits from unification and seems determined to avoid the failures of the past. The popular Republican is running unopposed for reelection and appears ready to make unified government the “big idea” of his second term. He’s been dropping public hints and engaging in oneon-one discussions about it for months. “Just don’t call it metro,” he said, drawing a distinction between his plan and Metro Nashville, which combined its city and county governments in 1963. It’s governed by a 40-member metro council. The top cop is appointed, and the elected sheriff is a glorified jailor. Burchett wants to blunt the opposition of city employees, who fought the 1996 referendum. He calls the Knoxville Fire Department “one of the best in the country.” He strongly supports keeping
the elected sheriff as the top cop. But his biggest talking point is saving money. He cites duplication in parks and recreation, human resources and tax collection among others. He doesn’t foresee wholesale firings and thinks city and county staffs could be combined and trimmed through attrition and retirements. He works well with city Mayor Madeline Rogero, whose chief policy officer, Bill Lyons, said Rogero will gladly talk about unification. “We are always interested in finding ways to deliver quality service at a lower cost. However, Mayor Rogero has not yet had discussions with Mayor Burchett on this matter.” The animosity between Sheriff Tim Hutchison, who opposed unification, and Mayor Victor Ashe, who supported it, proved insurmountable in 1996. Neither holds office today, and Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones is a former KPD employee who has populated his command staff with KPD retirees.
Lyons, a consultant and pollster in the failed 1996 unification attempt, says combining the two governments won’t be easy, despite a friendlier political climate. He’s not sure what happened before, but “we do know that it has never won outside the city.” Ashe said it could be even harder to sell unification to city voters this time around. “Even though Tim and Madeline appear to get along, they are totally opposite on almost everything. … Why would (city residents) vote to have a less progressive government that won’t ever vote to raise taxes?” Burchett is undeterred. “We’ve got to get the discussion started,” he said. “It’s not something you just say and it happens. You have to have a lot of community input. If the community decides it wants to continue with duplication of services, then, we’ll stay on this road. But if they realize there’s a problem, this might resolve it.”
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Brain tumors take many forms, cause differing outlooks There are more than 120 types of brain tumors. A diagnosis of any of them is very specific and individual to the patient. It’s also life-changing, life-threatening and often a shock. “Brain tumors can be insidious,” said Dr. Paul Peterson, a neurosurgeon at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “Initially, many people think their symptoms Paul Peterson, MD are a stroke. There can be Neurosurgery headaches, and subtle personality changes can occur even before the headaches occur. “But unlike stroke symptoms, which are sudden, brain tumors can enlarge silently for a long time,” Peterson added. Each year, an estimated 200,000 people are diagnosed in the United States with some type of brain tumor, according to research by the National Cancer Institute. Most tumors, about 160,000 of them, are spread from cancers in other parts of the body. These are called “metastatic” tumors. Cancers of the lung, breast, kidney and melanoma skin can-
cer are the most likely types of cancer to spread to the brain. Working with Thompson Cancer Survival Center, physicians at Fort Sanders use a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to treat metastatic tumors. “We customize a treatment program for each patient,” said Peterson. “It just depends on what they need.”
A smaller portion of brain tumors, about 40,000 per year in the U.S., originate within the brain. These are called “primary” tumors. Of those, less than half are cancerous, although they still may be life-threatening because the tumor presses on the brain. “Not all brain tumors are cancerous,” explained Peterson. “But benign tumors still need to
be followed and may need to be removed because of pressure on the brain.” After removal, most benign tumors do not grow back or spread further, but serial followup with a neurosurgeon may be needed to watch for potential recurrence. Under a microscope, benign tumor cells usually have distinct borders and almost a normal appearance, according
to the American Brain Tumor Association. “We do a CT scan and an MRI and these may provide good clues, but sometimes you need a piece of the tumor before you know it’s truly benign or cancerous. You can tell something’s going on but not the specifics about what it is,” said Peterson. “Some benign tumors are classic looking, others we’re not sure. Sometimes tumors can look benign but they turn out to be metastatic cancer.” A malignant primary tumor is one that is cancerous. These tend to be fast-growing and send out tentacle-like tissue into the rest of the brain, or shed cells that travel throughout the brain. No one really knows what causes primary brain tumors, although excessive radiation exposure does increase the risk, as do a few rare genetic conditions, according to the National Cancer Institute. “Some speculate head trauma can cause certain benign tumors, but how many times do you hit your head over a lifetime? One thing we can say is that there’s no association with cell phones or living near power lines,” said Peterson. “Really the term is multifactorial, because there is no one thing associated with brain tumors,” he added.
Symptoms and treatment of brain tumors Symptoms of brain tumors can be subtle at first, but they increase as the tumor grows larger. “The symptoms of brain tumors are weakness; headache, especially one that’s worse in morning; nausea; and vomiting, if the tumor is big enough,” said Dr. Paul Peterson, neurosurgeon with Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Fort Sanders Neurosurgery and Spine. There are four main types of treatment for brain tumors, and most patients receive a combination of therapies, depending on their specific needs. ■ Surgery – The goal of surgery is to remove as much of the tumor as possible without damaging the surrounding brain tissue. At the very least, the surgeon will get a sample of the tumor for a biopsy, but in many cases the tumor can be removed. The biopsy reveals whether the tumor is cancerous or not. ■ Radiation therapy – Using X-rays, gamma rays or pro-
ton beams, radiation therapy either is used to shrink tumors before surgery or as a follow up to surgery to get rid of any residual cancer cells left. Some types of radiation are used on non-cancerous tumors as well. ■ Chemotherapy – Medications that kill cancer cells are often used after surgery to reduce the chance the tumor will grow and spread. ■ Targeted therapy – New medicines being tested in clinical trials work differently than standard chemotherapy. Instead of killing all cells, they target certain types of cells in an effort to stop tumors. ■ Watchful waiting – For slow-growing tumors, this approach involves regular monitoring of the tumor without actively removing it. For more information about treatment options for brain tumors at Fort Sanders Regional, call 865-673-3678 or visit fsregional.com.
Gamma Knife – a treatment option Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Thompson Cancer Survival Center work together to offer the latest in surgical and nonsurgical brain tumor treatment options. “Thompson is just across the street from Fort Sanders, so we work together for radiation treatment and chemotherapy,” said Dr. Paul Peterson, a neurosurgeon at Fort Sanders. “Plus, we treat with the Gamma Knife, we do biopsies
and brain tumor removal.” Fort Sanders has the region’s only Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion unit, the most advanced and widely used radiosurgery treatment in the world, which uses focused radiation to target cancerous tumors precisely, without damaging nearby tissue. This technology is most often used on metastatic brain tumors and to supplement traditional brain surgery or in cases where
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Trek for Alzheimer’s
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Bluegrass at Corryton
The Corryton Super Seniors were entertained with bluegrass music presented by Darrell Acuff and his band at the Corryton Community Center. The performance included many older selections as well as sing-along favorites such as “You Are My Sunshine” and “The Tennessee Waltz.” Band members pictured are: Clark Miller (guitar, banjo), Stu Elston (bass), Sally Boyington (fiddle) and Darrell Acuff (fiddle). Photo submitted
Steve Madden and Kim Pieratt will test their love of hiking in the Smokies by spending 16 hours on the trails as Team Hike to End Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day. Photo submitted Church, to join him in 2012 on the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Longest Day, which was launched a couple of years ago, is even more appealing to Madden. He learned about it last year after the day had taken place. “It’s a simulation of what it might be like for a caregiver,” says Madden, who, along with Pieratt, has also gotten involved in legislative advocacy on behalf of Alzheimer’s. “I think of my stepmother, Bertha, being with my dad all day long every day and what that must have been like for her. Hiking for 16 hours on one day is not going to be easy, but at the end of that day I can go back to my real life and not have to worry about it. To me, it’s going to be a way of thinking all day long about what it must be like for the patients and for the caregivers, from the minute you wake Garden Study East club members Helen Banks, Alberta Greene, Sandra Curry, president Marian Scott and Lula Chesney join up in the morning till you go to sleep at night, to deal with members from 13 other garden clubs to plant new flowers at the bandstand in Chilhowee Park. Photo by Cindy Taylor the disease.” To donate or join a team, visit www.alz.org/longestday. To support Madden’s team, click “Find a Team” and enter Steven Madden as team captain.
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Urban League sponsors health screenings Julian, a US Wellness employee, helps Deontea Stewart and Rebecca Marcum sign up for screenings during the Walgreen’s Wellness Fair, cosponsored by Knoxville Area Urban League, held in the Family Investment Center parking lot at 400 Harriet Tubman St. Participants got free screenings valued at $200 that included blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index, body age assessment and more.
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Knoxville jazz singer Kelle Jolly sings at the Fifth Avenue Street Fair Art Explosion. Vendors, food trucks and community residents made for a festive afternoon. Knoxville Police Department blocked off Fifth Avenue from Cherry Street to Chestnut Street for the event. Photo by S. Clark
Appalachian Home Educators Conference is set for June 26-28 at the Music Road Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. The conference is designed for any parent who wants to help their children succeed in their education, whether the parent is homeschooling fulltime, considering the option of homeschooling or just wants to be more involved in their child’s education. Conference coordinator Charity Suttles said 1,500 attendees are expected for the 65 workshops and a full exhibit hall of educational resources. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org/ or 865-604-2218.
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The case for crossover voting
Knox County Democrats have a history of voting in Republican primaries. Many times (e.g. last month’s county primary races) Democrats field very few candidates, leaving races to be decided in the GOP primary, so it’s not particularly surprising that conscientious Democrats who want a say in who governs them sometimes check the box marked R. Two years ago, in his first term as 7th District state senator, Stacey Campfield, Dr. Richard Briggs (in white shirt) officially opens his campaign who has a history of narrow headquarters at 9113A Executive Park Drive off Cedar Bluff primary victories over mulRoad. The headquarters will be open seven days a week. Look- tiple opponents followed by ing over a map of state Senate District 7 are Ron Leadbetter smashing general-election and Frank Leuthold. wins, filed a bill to “close” primary elections by requiring voters to swear a loyalty oath before being allowed to pull the lever. Meanwhile, Richard Briggs, with his solid-gold physician/military hero/ Moving from rural county commissioner/hapEighty Four, Penn., to the pily married guy resume, urban paradise of West Larry was already talking about Knoxville had been a mostVan ly pleasurable experience Guilder until about four weeks ago. That’s when I discovered I had traded suicidal deer for homicidal raccoons. Ed Shouse had a signifiIf you don’t think a raccant and convincing victory coon is capable of mayhem The first week my cans over Trustee Craig Leuthold on a Charles Manson scale, were ransacked, I naively in the May primary for Knox you’ve never known a coon attributed the mishap to County Trustee. hunter, nor have you met strong winds. Rachel Campos, an AlamDiscovering the cans eda, Calif., woman who was tipped and the contents attacked by five raccoons a scattered a few days later few years ago. after a serenely calm night Victor “It was definitely like blew away the high-winds Ashe something out of a horror hypothesis. A trail of mutimovie,” Campos said, just lated Lean Cuisine cartons before starting a round of led to a slotted drain cover, rabies shots. and as I peered into its dark It wouldn’t surprise me if depths two malevolent eyes His margin of victory was Cliven Bundy employs racpeered back. generally consistent across coons for security and that He was, if nothing else, Knox County with the excepthey go armed. If they can cocky – he winked at me. tion of Sequoyah Hills, West turn a doorknob, they can Obviously, this meant Hills, Deane Hill Recreation squeeze a trigger. war. Center and Bearden, where I haven’t met a gun-totI tried securing the lids his margins were almost 4 to ing raccoon in my neighwith cement blocks and 1 or greater. Leuthold has his borhood (yet), but firearms tying them down with a best margins in the Farragut aren’t necessary if you’ve bungee cord. and Cedar Bluff areas. got muscles like Godzilla. He scoffed. He and Leuthold ran a These guys are strong, and Two bungee cords and I have the spilled garbage an anvil borrowed from the civil campaign. Shouse carried every cans to prove it. Museum of Appalachia. You might think that He pawned the anvil and precinct within the city of Knoxville, where he served tipping a garbage can is ate the bungee cords. 20 years on City Council. nothing notable. In this Desperate, I considered He now faces Jim Berrier, case, you’d be wrong. and discarded: the Democratic nominee. Somehow, as a single Dynamiting the drain Leuthold is supporting person, I accumulate (too noisy). Shouse. Many people beenough empty food conMarshmallows laced lieve he will run for proptainers each week to feed a with strychnine (too many erty assessor in 2016 when Rwandan refugee camp for small dogs around). Phil Ballard is term limited a month with the scrapings. A bazooka (I’d blow and unable to seek a third The heft of my trashcans myself up). term. Leuthold has worked is legendary. Garbage colFinally, I turned to the in that office in the past. lectors beg me to eat out fountain of all knowledge, Shouse is expected to be more often, and offensive the Web, and that’s where linemen develop hernias I found “Rocky’s Righteous a steady, low-key officeholder who will keep the office nudging the cans the six Raccoon Trap” (patent out of trouble. inches separating the carpending), guaranteed to He has served in both city port from the driveway. snare and hold the feistiand county government. He Once vandals (probably est raccoon or your money and his wife, Lisa, along raccoons) heisted the Mucheerfully refunded. with their son, Joe, live off seum of Appalachia’s anvil A few minutes ago I Northshore near Morrell used for their July Fourth baited the trap. If all goes Road. anvil shoot. My containwell, tomorrow he’ll be on There is every expectaers were poised to step in his way to join other emotion Shouse will serve two until visions of soup-can tionally unstable wildlife. terms (eight years). shrapnel showers spooked He may even like Eighty the organizers. Four.
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Betty Bean running against him in 2014. It’s not hard to connect the dots. Although Campfield told the Chattanooga TimesFree Press that he wanted to keep those bent on causing “havoc” out of GOP primaries, it’s a pretty safe bet the havoc he feared was going to be wreaked by Democrats voting in the Republican primary for the purpose of sending Stacey Campfield home. That was before Cheri Siler, who also has her own solid-gold resume – mathematics teacher with two legit college degrees, happily married mother of six accomplished children who is not only “from here” but grew up helping her parents in their family-owned chain
of family restaurants – announced as a candidate and gave Democrats a reason to hope. But not a reason to stay home in the primary. They shouldn’t give up the notion of crossing over and voting in the GOP primary since Siler is unopposed and will do just fine. What they need to do is get over there and vote for Campfield. The district strongly favors Republicans, and Siler will have a tough battle in the November election. But her path will be easier against Campfield than against Dr. Col. Commissioner Briggs. Really, this should be a no-brainer. Meanwhile, Briggs must walk a careful line, attracting as many Republicans as possible while taking care not to offend others who may want to visit, just for Election Day. And for many 7th senatorial district voters, there’s
another reason to cross over. Incumbent 13th District House member, Rep. Gloria Johnson, targeted by Republicans, is running unopposed. Her district overlaps Campfield’s, and her general-election opponent will be the winner of a GOP primary slugfest between newcomers Jason Emert and Eddie Smith. Johnson supporters should vote for the heavily funded Emert, who has demonstrated a knack for shooting himself in the butt and has no track record in the district, which he appears to have moved into in 2013. Smith, on the other hand, grew up in the Alice Bell community and has a strong campaign partner in his wife, former Miss Tennessee Lanna Keck. If he survives the primary, he will be a more formidable opponent for Johnson than Emert would be. This math isn’t hard to do.
Shouse gains Leuthold’s support ■ Getting a handle on curring because many Rehow the current contests for publicans want to place a the three Supreme Court Republican in the Attorney justices seeking retention General’s office on Sept. in the Aug. 7 election are 1, when the office must be going is very difficult as filled by the five justices there is no polling that gives then serving on the court. us a clue. Neither side has The current justices have started spending money on indicated they will be fair advertising despite rumors and transparent about the and stories that it will hap- selection without saying more about the choice. No pen. Some $600,000 has been woman, no Republican and raised to assist the three no African-American has incumbents, but that is a ever served as Tennessee’s small sum for a vigorous Attorney General. Knox County’s next Disstatewide race. That much Attorney (Charme money would be needed to trict penetrate the Memphis me- Knight) will be the first woman to hold that position. dia market alone. Interestingly, the state The truth is that few persons could name a single Democratic Party has not member of the state Su- yet taken an active position preme Court if asked. For on the three Democratic the record, they are Cornelia justices. Most support for Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary them has come from a biWade, seeking retention, partisan group of attorneys and William Koch and Jan- and judges. Those attorneys ice Holder, whose terms are who may favor a change not up. Even fewer would have been quiet. A few weeks ago a unity know much about the decisions they have rendered on rally was held in Sevierville, Wade’s hometown, where he the court. Based on past elections, was mayor for 10 years. It about 30 percent of the voters was attended by three Rewill automatically vote “no” publican legislators, state on keeping the incumbent. Rep. Dale Carr and Sens. Those seeking the ouster Doug Overbey and Steve of the three justices, led by Southerland. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, have not yet opened their media advertising. How well the ads are put together may de■ Mike Donilla demonstrated termine the outcome of this why he’s best off as a newspastruggle. per reporter when he hosted Ramsey strongly argued “Inside Tennessee” on Sunday. for the replacement of the ■ Don Bosch, a panelist on the Supreme Court justices at show, kept Donilla straight by the GOP Statesmen’s Dininterrupting several times and ner in Nashville where New even cutting to a commercial. Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ■ Randy Tyree, former mayor spoke. There was applause and frequent candidate, has for his remarks. taken a job with Sheriff Jimmy Much of this battle is oc“J.J.” Jones as an assistant
Longtime Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters hosted it. Wade was the only justice there. Turnout was modest. Getting sustained interest in either retention or replacement will be an uphill effort. Should a current justice fail to win retention, the replacement will be chosen by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. ■ On another judicial note, Gov. Haslam and former Gov. Phil Bredesen are hosting a breakfast on June 24 at the Governor’s Residence to discuss Amendment 2 on the November ballot. It allows the governor to name Supreme Court judges subject to legislative confirmation. Confirmation processes can easily become political, particularly when the confirmation must occur in both the House and the Senate. The invitation refers to it as “a small group breakfast.” It is unstated as to whether donations will be sought to fund the campaign. There will be four state constitutional amendments on the ballot in November. Subjects include the income tax, abortion, veterans and the judiciary.
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the three-overtime victory at Mississippi State for the 1967 SEC title. That was Ron Widby, Tom Boerwinkle, Tom Hendrix, Bill Justus and Billy Hann. If you missed Mears, you missed a treat. A smallercollege national championship at Wittenberg was his springboard to Tennessee. Sports Illustrated featured the team pre-game meal of green JELL-O and oatmeal cookies and mentioned the deliberate offense, matchup zone and player discipline. Nobody in Knoxville noticed. Mears was invited in under cover of darkness and grabbed the UT job offer without even asking what his salary would be. He was
otherwise very smart. He switched to orange JELL-O. In addition to compelling basketball, this coach offered a bag of sideshow tricks, runner-up to the Greatest Show on Earth – Globetrotter warmups, John Paschal wrestling a bear, Roger Peltz riding a unicycle while juggling three balls. The carnival pitchman was a front. Mears was a crafty, calculating, fiercely competitive fighter. He was too forthright to be a good recruiter, but he did a lot with what he got. Mears associate Stu Aberdeen signed Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King, and they created the best of times. The Mears team that took shape 50 years ago was very interesting. It won the first seven games, took two of three at the Far West Classic,
lost at Vanderbilt and won 10 in a row. The trip to Alabama interrupted the fun. Kentucky won by one in Lexington, and Florida was a twopoint victor in Gainesville. Those Vols – captain A.W. Davis, Widby, Howard Bayne, Larry McIntosh, Austin “Red” Robbins and some other really good guys – finished 20-5, but there was no place to go, no conference tournament, no NCAA opportunity. They finished 12-4 in the SEC. Only champions qualified. It would be a warm, fuzzy gesture if Tennessee brought back that group for a 50th reunion. Old fans could say thanks one more time to A.W. The now generation might discover Vol basketball excitement isn’t a totally new phenomenon.
Mr. Thompson kept his lawn well manicured to ensure the best possible playing conditions. Competition was fierce. And knocking another player’s ball away could become both emotional and personal. On a given Sunday, there could be 10-12 people participating, but only six played while the others watched and cheered their favorite. Someone always brought refreshments, usually fresh-squeezed lemonade or iced tea. Performing arts were plays conducted at Farragut High School. These included productions by students and local play groups. Churches hosted music recitals and the occasional visiting choir. It made no difference which of the three churches sponsored the event, the other two announced it during Sunday service and most everyone attended. In fact, denomination didn’t make much difference either, and for 43 years, the
Methodist and Presbyterian churches held both services and Sunday school together. And browsing through antique shops, book stores and museums was never an option. First, no stores were open on Sunday, and those that were open usually became the subject of a sermon. An example was the Lakeland Service Center at the corner of Concord Road and Front Street. Not only did that establishment stay open, but it also sold beer, and the combination of those two indiscretions always made good subject matter for Sunday sermons. Ironically, Concord Swimming Pool and Concord Marina were always open on Sunday, but without much criticism. That’s probably because almost everyone in old Concord owned a boat or at least had access to one, and since boating and swimming had broad involvement, it was considered to be acceptable entertainment. Another Sunday afternoon pastime was visiting
relatives. Not much happened. We generally sat on the front porch and talked, and my mother would serve dessert. Visits were seldom impromptu, and when someone was coming, mother always fi xed enough food for dinner to ensure we had enough left over for supper. So, reflecting on past and present Sunday afternoons, the most amazing thing is that so much change in thought, attitudes and entertainment has occurred in such a relatively short period of time. But I presume life in old Concord was very similar to life in other rural areas in the South 60 years ago. Life was simple then, and modern conveniences we often take for granted had yet to be discovered. And if I were asked to choose between the present and half a century ago, it would be a hard choice. Certainly, I enjoy the present, but I also enjoyed the past.
Basketball enthusiasm isn’t brand new Donnie Tyndall generated so much excitement with his remarkable recruiting roundup, a spur-of-the-moment thing, that basketball is suddenly a summer sport.
People who didn’t know there was a Rocky Top League are now asking about rosters and schedules. Youngsters wonder if there has ever been anything like this outburst of enthusiasm. Well, the answer is yes,
Tennessee has, on occasion, done well enough in baskets that fans paid to attend post-season celebrations. Those were fun times. With the almost total changing of the guards (and forwards), March seems long ago and already has been reclassified as the good, old days. Before that, Bruce Pearl pumped the Vols up to No. 1 in the country for a few minutes and, once upon a time, fell one basket short of the Final Four. That would have been a first. The Jerry Green era still confuses me, but I remember highlights. In the year of our Lord 2000, the Vols won 20 of their first 23 games, racked up 26 in all and made it to the Sweet 16.
That was when Vincent Yarbrough and Tony White lit up the town. The year before was good, too. Tennessee defeated Kentucky at Rupp Arena for the first time in 20 years. Don DeVoe directed memorable accomplishments in 1978-79. His Vols whipped Kentucky three times and won the rejuvenated SEC tournament, in mothballs for 27 seasons. That team (Reggie Johnson, Terry Crosby, Gary Carter and friends) recorded Tennessee’s first NCAA tournament triumph. There was some excitement in Ray Mears’ 15 years. His teams never finished worse than third in the SEC. Unforgettable was
On a Sunday afternoon Sunday afternoons offer a selection of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities that would have been beyond my imagination 60 years ago. Typically, after church we often join friends for lunch at one of the many fine restaurants in our area. After lunch, we can choose a round of golf with friends or perhaps a matinee cultural event like a Clarence Brown Theatre presentation or a Knoxville Opera Company performance. And of course, there are always good cinemas playing or interesting sports events on TV. One of my favorite Sunday afternoon pastimes is visiting area museums. And with the diverse shops we now have in our area, it’s easy to entertain yourself by just browsing through them in search of that one item you’ve been wanting for some time.
But on a Sunday afternoon 60 years ago in old Concord, life was more structured in that you did about the same thing every Sunday. First, having dinner (lunch) out after church was not something you did because there were no restaurants. There was a chicken restaurant (Dender’s Tender Chicken) at Dixie Lee Junction, and the Duisen family ran a country-style restaurant where the old Court Café was located. But there was no local restaurant in the Concord-Farragut area. And of course, fast food establishments were still years in the future.
So, part of getting ready to go to church was to have dinner (lunch) partially prepared the night before, and that included catching the chicken. We generally had fried chicken and occasionally pork chops or baked ham for Sunday dinner. But my mother could fry chicken in a way that would put the Colonel to shame. In fact, if the Colonel could have fried chicken as good as my mother’s, he would have been a general. As for golf after church, we barely knew that such a game existed. There were no television programs that featured golf, and for that matter there weren’t many television sets. But croquet was a favorite pastime, and several families regularly sponsored croquet matches on Sunday afternoon. I usually participated in one sponsored by the Alder Thompson family who lived directly across the street.
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Meet the interns! By Ruth White Charlie Hamilton is a rising 9th grader at Union C o u n ty High School. If he had a time machine, Charlie would go into the future to see how his life Hamilton would turn out. He likes photography and his favorite thing about Knoxville is downtown. When asked what he would try to save if his house were burning, Charlie said he would make sure his family was safe and then get his pictures and medals (he is a second degree, level three black belt). Joshua Mode will be in the 10th grade at Halls High and is a member of the marching band. If he could have lunch with one celebrity, living or dead, J o s h u a Mode would like to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If he had a time machine, Joshua would like to go back to the 1950s and show off the technology of this era. If stranded on a deserted island, he would like to have Nicki Minaj’s new album, the book “Imaginalis” and a couch for sleeping. Leila Hennon will be a 9th grader at West High this fall. She lives in Halls and loves World’s Fair Park. If possible, Leila would like to have lunch with Adam Levine and Hennon if she could go back in time she would like to see the fall of Rome. In her free time, Leila enjoys volunteering at the art center. If her house were burning, she would grab her teddy bear and make sure her brother was safe.
Donna Mitchell is a rising 11th grader at West High School. She enjoys w r iting and would like to have lunch with Anderson Cooper one day. If she could go Mitchell back in time she would like to experience the 1970s. If she were stranded on a deserted island she would want to take along “A Tale of Two Cities,” the song “Rumble and Sway” by Jamie N. Commons and soap. Julia Grant will be in the 9th grade at Central High in the fall. She lives in Fountain City and loves dow ntow n K nox v i l le . She enjoys singing and Grant play ing the guitar and if she could go back in time she would like to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Julia likes photography and if her house were on fire, she would save a picture of herself and her grandmother, a picture of her great-grandfather and her great-grandmother’s necklace. Zoe Risely is a rising 9th grader at West High. She lives in Bearden and loves Market Square dow ntow n. If she could have lunch with a celebrity, she would pick Risely John Lennon and if she could go back in time it would be to Woodstock. Zoe is very talented and has been in a short film for a contest, sang at her mother’s wedding and enjoys rock climbing. If her house were on fire she would grab her ukulele, writing journal and songbook.
Steve Whitaker serves up freshly baked biscuits as Gary Thompson looks on and Jim Chadwell helps out. Photos by Ruth White
Gene Patterson: Great guy By Donna Mitchell
Shopper intern Joshua Mode stirs apple butter during a visit to the Union County Masonic Lodge to meet the Apple Butter Brothers.
Those who watch WATE, 6 news, are no doubt familiar with the polished anchor Gene Patterson; however, the Shopper-News interns now know him as the “guy that stuck hot apple butter in his mouth.” Either way, Gene Patterson’s still a great guy. He began his career as an editor for his high school newspaper, and then moved on to being a bartender to put himself through college. Patterson says he never really knew how he became interested in journalism, “it was just obvious where I belonged,” and as sure as the sun rises he’s been doing it ever since. The interns joined Patterson as he interviewed the men behind some pretty amazing apple butter (if I do say so myself). Throughout the process, Patterson moved about skillfully, but he still treated it as if he were covering his first news story. The manner in which he questioned the men as well as our intern group showed an almost unreal, genuine sense of kindness and warm inquisitiveness
you can hardly find anymore. He described the process as “kind of like making sausage.” What happens behind the camera is all protocol for the finished product. Although the work is tedious – from shooting clip-byclip footage, trying to get the right angle, or fighting to get some good lighting – there’s always enough room for the warm belly laugh of Gene Patterson and all who have the opportunity of being around him. Aside from his career in journalism he worked briefly in government (deputy to Mayor Victor Ashe), but realized where he belonged and quickly got back to it. He told us that “it’s not about the money, it’s about the satisfaction.” That’s what’s key to your career. Having a career as a journalist has awarded him the experience of meeting great people with great stories and engaging in situations that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Patterson declared the best part about his job is that “you never know what tomorrow may bring.”
Making apple butter (and a TV segment) B By Joshua J h Mode M d For our first day at Shopper-News, the interns traveled to Maynardville where Gene Patterson was interviewing the Apple Butter Boys to learn how they make their delicious treat. They were very humble, saying each jar of apple butter sold, supports a pair of new shoes for local kids. Patterson talks to and
b f i d everyone b f befriends before they even start recording. The camera operator fi xes the lighting to be ideal for the area and then the process begins. They get multiple shots of every scene and step to make sure it turns out perfect. They take each shot “step by step,” said Gene. He watched along and studied the subject so when it came
tto th i t i h h d the interview he had some great questions to ask and great ideas for camera shots. Afterward, Gene was willing to answer some of our questions and was very positive and excited about his job and our enthusiasm to learn. The trip was a great and unique experience that I will never forget.
David Paul scoops warm apple butter into canning jars.
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Elections matter; so do election years Tennessee’s Republican senators split on two important votes last week, leaving little doubt which is currently running for re-election.
Veterans: Sen. Bob Corker was one of just three to vote against a bill to allow military veterans to seek medical care from private doctors. Sen. Lamar Alexander said he strongly backed the bill to let veterans go to civilian doctors if they reside more than 40 miles from a VA hospital or clinic or have
been waiting more than 30 days for an appointment. The bill also provided funding for more VA health providers. But Corker said the bill was “thrown together without any discussion (by the Senate) and would increase the deficit by at least $35 billion.” Student Loans: Corker voted for a bill sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (DMass.) to enable people to refinance student loans at lower rates, while Alexander voted no, calling the bill a “political stunt.” Warren’s bill would have been paid for with a minimum tax rate on those earning more than $1 million annually. The vote was 56-38, but Warren needed 60 votes. Corker voted right on veterans. The VA is a mess, but a seat-of-the-pants patch
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won’t fi x it. And Congress must stop new spending by increasing debt. The student-loan vote is a tougher call. Borrowers should be able to refinance at market interest rates, but most borrowers are not creditworthy, and their loans are either from the government or federally guaranteed. Talk about a budget-buster if these loans go into default. With 40 million people carrying $1.2 trillion in student-loan debt, we should be making these loans harder, not easier, to get.
Dollar General Store for Gibbs
The Knox County Board of Zoning and Appeals will hear two requests from Tim Dunaway for variances in the county code for a potential Dollar General Store at 7415 and 7417 Tazewell Pike. Weigel’s is at 7420 Tazewell Pike and Tazewell Pike Animal Clinic is at 7408. The BZA will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, in the main assembly room of the City County Building.
Food City customer Haven Jarvis (center) signs the petition to get a referendum on wine in retail food stores on the Nov. 4 ballot. Collecting signatures are Food City assistant mangers Zachary Abbott and Tyler Bailey. Photo by S. Carey
‘Time To Shine’ for East and South Occasionally O Occa cca asi sion ional all lly ly when when hen I meet meett with a small-business owner, I really want the business to do well simply because the owner is a super nice person. Craig Calvert is one of those guys.
Calvert is one of the partners of Time To Shine Car Wash. He previously was a manager at Target for 20 years in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. I first met him at an East Towne Area Business and Professional Association meeting. Co-owner Mike Roper is from Knoxville. The opportunity to open modern and affordable car washes lured
Calvert to Tennessee. He lived in Crossville for three years after the men opened their first location. He is now at the East Knoxville location every day. Zane Roper, Mike’s son, is the district manager for all six Time to Shine locations. The car washes are constructed using the latest in car-wash technology. Customers can pay with cash, credit or debit cards. They can select from five choices ranging from the basic wash all the way up to a plan that includes lava shield, a spotfree rinse, hot wax and shine, tire shine and many other options. Free vacuums are always available with the purchase of a wash. It takes less than three minutes to go through the wash. Time To Shine’s system allows 87 percent of water used to be reclaimed, so less water is used than
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THROUGH FRIDAY, JULY 11 Registration open for the Crown Education Camp for students in grades 7-12. Three tracks available: Crown Music Camp, Crown STEM Camp and Crown Vocational Skills Camp. Info/preregistration: http://thecrowncollege.com/educationcamp or 1-877-MY-CROWN.
THROUGH SATURDAY, AUG. 23 Registration open for Lakeside of the Smokies Triathlon: 1.5k open water swim on Douglas Lake, 40k bike ride on rolling rural roads and 10k run on rolling roads. Info/to register: 250-3618 or http://racedayevents.net/events/lakeside-of-thesmokies-triathlon/.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Seniors potluck lunch, 10 a.m., Sharps Chapel Community Center. All seniors welcome. Fun on the Farm presented by Tennessee Valley Fair, 11 a.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info: 525-5431.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Summer Library Club presents the Zoomobile, 10 a.m., North Knoxville Branch Library, 2901 Ocoee Trail. Info: 525-7036. Summer Library Club presents the Zoomobile, 4 p.m., Mascot Branch Library, 1927 Library Road. Info: 933-2620.
FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Farm Fresh Fridays: Union County Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., downtown Maynardville. Info: 9928038. Opening reception and awards presentation for Fountain City Art Center Open show, 6:308 p.m., Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave.
washing a car at home. Chemicals are environmentally friendly. Time To Shine has a fantastic program for clean-car fanatics. Fast Pass allows you to purchase a monthly plan and wash your car every day. The $12 car-wash Fast Pass plan is $29.99 for a month. The savings are tremendous. There are car washes and then there is Time To Shine. Calvert and Roper aim to be affordable and to keep their business spotless. They are meeting their goals. With six locations, they continue to grow. East Knoxville location is 2935 Miller Place Way, across from Krystal on Millertown Pike. South Knoxville is at 7525 Mountain Grove Drive near Chapman Highway and Gov. John Sevier Highway. Info: www.TimeToShineCarWash. com/.
Craig Calvert and John McMillan pose for a quick picture between car-wash customers. Photo by N. Whittaker
Fit-friendly worksites saluted by Heart Association The American Heart Association has recognized 11 local worksites as fit-friendly for helping employees eat better and move more. Honorees are: Claxton
Exhibit runs through July 12. Info: 357-2787 or www. fountaincityartctr.com. Amazingly Awesome Science with Dr. Al Hazari, 2 p.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Concert on the Commons, 7-9 p.m., Norris Town Commons. Featuring Shannon Whitworth. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket. Info/ schedule: www.facebook.com/pages/ConcertsOn-The-Commons/210787865610690 or www. cityofnorris.com. Mr. Bond and the Science Guy, 12:15-2 p.m., Maynardville Public Library, 296 Main St. Info: 9927106. Author Susan Carter book signing event, 1-3 p.m., Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St. NW. Signing copies of “A Home for Copper: A Story of Adoption.” Info: 405-458-5642 or Michelle Whitman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry, 9 a.m., departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Tickets: $50 per person; includes light snacks and a cold beverage. Reservations required: 448-8838. Fishing at Big Ridge State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., hosted by the veterans. All kids welcome. Lunch provided. Info: Maynardville Public Library, 992-7106. Benefit singing and cookout, 1-6 p.m., 1388 Main St., Maynardville. Hosted by Thunder Road Gospel Jubilee. Cookout and drinks on site available for purchase. Proceeds go to The Thunder Road Gospel Jubilee. Regular Saturday night singing begins 6 p.m. Info: Joe Painter: 201-5748. Buckner family reunion, Wilson Park in Maynardville. Lunch at noon. Bring homemade dishes, drinks, desserts and lawn chairs. All family and friends invited. Info: Carolyn Norris, 992-8321; Billy Cox, 9923466; Jean Mize, 992-3674; Anna Hubbs Todd, 9922656. Annual yard and bake sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Strawberry Plains Presbyterian Church, 3168 W. Old Andrew Johnson Highway. Hamburgers and hot dogs for sale, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds go to church programs. Bricks 4 Kidz: LEGOs fun at the Library, 1 p.m, Carter Branch Library, 9036 Asheville Highway. Free library program for elementary age children from kindergarten through 5th grade. Space limited; registration required. Info/registration: 933-5438. Lavender Festival, 8 a.m.-3p.m., Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. Food, activities for children, herb demonstrations, crafts, antiques, music and more. Info/schedule: www.jacksonsquarelavenderfestival.org. Summer Solstice Celebration, 7-9 p.m., Narrow Ridge, Mac Smith Resource Center, 1936 Liberty Hill Road., Washburn. Wear shoes and clothing suitable to the weather conditions and the light uphill journey. Rides provided to individuals who are unable to journey
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on foot. Info: Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener, 497-3603 or www.narrowridge.org. Yoga, 9-10:15 a.m., Narrow Ridge outdoor stage or Mac Smith Resource Center, 1936 Liberty Hill Road., Washburn. Bring yoga/Pilates mat, towel, water. No fee; donations accepted. Info: Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener, 4973603 or www.narrowridge.org. Old Fashioned Gospel Singing, 7:30 p.m., Ridgeview Heights Baptist Church, 7809 Ridgeview Road in Corryton. Everyone invited. Info/directions: 712-1835. Saturday Stories and Songs: Faye Wooden, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. Saturday Stories and Songs: Georgi Schmitt, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 21-22 Antique Street Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., historic settlement of Rugby. Features: array of antiques and primitive, vintage and fine crafts from more than 20 vendors. Also arts, crafts and vintage wares available at the village shops.
SUNDAY JUNE 22 The Heavenly Heirs will sing, 11 a.m., Fellowship Christian Church, 746 Tazewell Pike, Luttrell. Everyone welcome.
SUNDAY-FRIDAY, JUNE 22-27 Acoustic Music Week, Lincoln Memorial University Cumberland Gap campus. Featuring bluegrass stars Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley. Open to all ages and skill levels. Preregistration required. Info/schedule/registration: www.LMUnet.edu/artsinthegap.
MONDAY, JUNE 23 Coffee, Donuts and a Movie: “The Monuments Men,” 10:45 a.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. PG-13 110 min. Info: 525-5431. Amazingly Awesome Science with Dr. Al Hazari, 2 p.m., Carter Branch Library, 9036 Asheville Highway. Info: 933-5438. Family Movie Night: “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (PG, 106 min.), 5:30 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info: 525-5431.
MONDAY-FRIDAY, JUNE 23 -27 Kids’ Camp, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive, Norris. Instructor: Kat Havercamp. For kids ages 7 to 12. Registration deadline: June 17. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts.net.
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