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History’s hidden truths By Reneé Kesler “Don’t Turn On the Lights: History’s Unwritten Stories” is my feeble attempt to expose to a new generation the voices of our ancestors, those eyewitnesses Renee Kesler to a bitter past speaking uncensored truths. “They told us not to have no light on! And we didn’t,” stated Mary Etter, the widow of Joe Etter, a veteran soldier who fought in the Spanish American War of 1898, and was killed during the race riot in Knoxville. On Aug. 30, 1919, during a time when race riots were erupting all across the nation, the race relations climate in Knoxville took a bloody turn and the city became one of the “Red Summer” cities. Maurice Mays, a handsome black man born around 1887, was accused of murdering a white woman, and Knoxville erupted in violence. The National Guard was summoned to maintain law and order. During this time, soldiers armed with machine guns shot and killed Joe Etter as he tried to take a machine gun from one of the soldiers. In 1979, in her own words, Mary Etter described the nightmare she endured to Anne Wilson, program coordinator of an oral history project at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Here is an excerpt from that interview: Ms. Etter, your husband was killed in 1919 wasn’t he? Yes, he was. How was he killed? Well, he was killed in the race riot what they had here. Can you tell us what the race riot was? Well, it was kind of over … well, they said a colored man killed a white woman and that’s what started it out. Ms. Etter, what was the name of that black man? Let’s see … Morris Mays, Morris Mays they say killed a white woman! When the interviewer asked Ms. Etter to tell how she found out about her husband’s death, she talked in exquisite detail about the events of that night. She described how a man from the white-owned undertaker parlor located on Vine and Gay Street summoned her to come and identify the body. To page A-4

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By Esther Roberts Eschewing offers to sell, franchise or expand, the Cardin family has remained true to Family owned and operated since 1959, Cardin’s restaurant remains a fixture in the Carter their roots, and loyal to the Carter community, community. Photos by Esther Roberts for almost 60 years. The iconic Cardin’s DriveIn has survived seven decades, two millennia, vinyl records through eight-track tapes, cas- Cardin’s has remained virtually unchanged and 12 presidents, from Eisenhower to Trump. settes, compact discs, and now direct digital since the restaurant opened in 1959. To page A-3 While music platforms have evolved from downloads, the traditional drive-in menu at

Burlington moves toward historic register By Betty Bean The wish list for the Burlington business district was imaginative at Knox Heritage’s informational meeting last week – a craft store, a hardware store, a cheese shop, a movie theater/dance studio, a yogurt/ice cream shop, a bookstore that serves wine. District 6 city council member Daniel Brown, who represents Burlington, has attended all three meetings, which are part of the process toward getting Burlington nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Brown, whose parents lived in Burlington,

has made redeveloping the district a prior- she has learned: Originally part of Park City, which was inity during his time on the council. What he’d like to see happen before he leaves office next corporated in 1907 and annexed into the city of year is pretty simple: Knoxville in 1917, it was at the east end of Mag“I’d like to see actual physical changes in nolia Avenue, which had already started develthe buildings – not just the facades – but real oping after Chilhowee Park was established in changes in the 3800 and 3900 blocks (of Mar- the late 19th century. Speedway Circle, part of tin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in the heart of which later became the main Burlington busithe old Burlington business district). I just ness district, was a racetrack – first for horses, want to see the beginning of some change.” then for cars – built by entrepreneur Cal JohnHollie Cook, Knox Heritage’s education di- son, a former slave who became Knoxville’s rector, has been researching the Burlington first black millionaire. To page A-3 history, and gave a short presentation of what

Building Gibbs Middle leaves big hole for Holston By Sandra Clark A parent said she was “happy when Gibbs got their middle school,” and then she realized that rezoning could draw her Shannondale Elementary School student out of Gresham and into Gibbs. She and some 100 others came last Tuesday to Holston Middle for the fifth of six community meetings on middle school rezoning. Most parents wanted their kids to move through school with their friends. They wanted siblings to attend school together. Members of the NAACP asked that East Knox neighborhoods be kept intact, and they spoke against busing black kids across town for racial balance. Katie Lutton, principal at Holston Middle, pleaded with decision-makers to recognize school communities. “Holston has a deep history as a high school and a mid-

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Seven schools will be affected by the rezoning. Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas says a plan will be drawn this month and brought to the communities in March and April. He anticipates a vote by the school board in May. See a possible scenario for rezoning in “Last Words” on page A-5.


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dle school,” she said. “My concern is, I do not want this school community fractured. (Holston) deserves to be a part of a school community, not hanging here, fractured.” Katie Lutton Lutton said afterward that she wants her students to move together to high school. What high school? “Gibbs, I guess.” Deborah Porter, an Austin-East graduate who now lives behind Gibbs High School, said city kids lack the cohesive school communities that you see in Powell, Karns, Halls, Farragut, Bearden, South Knox, Carter and now Gibbs – where elementary, middle and high schools bear the same name. “It behooves us to think what

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A new baby for a new year After being raised with a little sister who is nine years younger and being around nieces and nephews from six half-siblings, Melanie Mullins can say she has quite a bit of experience with babies. Still, the enormity of the situation was not lost on her. Mullins found out she was pregnant, and it came as a complete surprise. “We were not actively trying to start a family,” she says. “We were both a little scared, but also excited.” While the thought of having a baby was a little overwhelming, there was something that brought her peace. It was her faith in the medical staff at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “I chose Fort Sanders Regional because I had been a patient there before and felt like I was really cared about while I was there,” Mullins says. The birth of a first child is a monumental event in the life of a family, but Fort Sanders Regional delivers more than 2,000 babies each year, so first-time moms-to-be can set their minds at ease. Expectant parents find exceptional medical backup with one of the best equipped neonatal units in the area. Specialized OB surgical suites are designed for ultimate efficiency. If there are complications, it’s comforting to know that East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is just steps away, and the two hospitals are connected by a tunnel, with medical coverage and care available around the clock. Jan. 2, 2017, was the original due date, but Mullins went into labor on December 31, 2016. Like many other first-time moms, she wasn’t sure if it was the real thing or a false alarm. “It was hard to get ready to leave the house, and I kept having to lie down,” she says. “I finally realized that it was definitely ‘go time,’ so I phoned the doctor and told

her I was on my way.” Mullins gave birth to the hospital’s official New Year’s Baby. Little Adalynn Irons made her grand entrance into the world at 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 1. Months of morning sickness had caused some concern about the health of the baby,

be more pleased. “I was nervous about being a new mom, but the doctors and nurses kept me calm and confident,” Mom and baby are happy and Mullins says. “The staff was healthy after a New Year’s amazing, from the nurses to the delivery at Fort Sanders Regional anesthesiologist who administered my epidural.” Mullins appreciated the quality of care and she also appreciated the compassion the nurses exhibited, making sure she was well cared for. That included little gestures of thoughtfulness that aren’t part of a nurse’s usual job description. “On my last evening in the hospital, I was hungry at about 4 a.m., and asked the nurse where the closest vending machine was,” Mullins recalls. “She brought me a sandwich, fruit, peanut butter and crackers, and a Sprite. “It was just the sweetest thing,” Mullins says. “I just want to hug them all.” Mullins says it’s “pretty neat” to be the mother of the New Year’s Baby. “The staff made me feel special, and I am glad I will have such a special story to tell my daughter when she is older.” Mother and baby are both doing well, although Mullins admits they’re both very tired. The new mom says her biggest challenge is trying not to worry, a common concern for every caring mom. “I just want to be the best mom possible,” Mullins says. Mullins is emphatic in recommending Fort Sanders Regional for expectbut Adalyn was a ant mothers. “It’s important to feel cared completely healthy about and listened to when you are having newborn. a baby,” she says, “and that is exactly my “My appetite was never re- experience.” ally there,” Mullins says. “We were surprised and grateful that she weighed seven To learn more about the birthing center pounds, 12 ounces at birth.” at Fort Sanders Regional, visit In fact, everything about the childbirth experience went well, and Mullins couldn’t

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Drocella Mugorewera is a grateful American These days we’re hearing a lot of talk about refugees. East Knoxville resident Drocella Mugorewera knows something about that topic. The executive director of Bridge Refugee Services, located at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, she fled her native Rwanda in 2008 and arrived in Knoxville in 2009. Through Bridge, she was able to find a connection to her church and employment as a production sales associate with Goodwill Industries. Before that, she had been head of Rwanda’s Ministry of Natural Resources: Land, Forests, Environment and Mining. Because of previous genocidal campaigns and attempts to suppress them, which only resulted in more violence, Mugorewera had

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been, she says, “enduring the situation. But it was getting worse and worse.” On her way to a conference, “something happened which was terrifying,” she says. “I spent two nights without sleeping. What do you choose? Death or life?” Leaving her husband, two children and three nieces behind, she fled to Uganda, then Kenya, where she began the process of proving her refugee status. She was investigated, fingerprinted and interviewed. After arriving in America, she underwent a similar

Drocella Mugorewera is executive director of Bridge Refugee Services. Photo by Carol Z. Shane process and was approved. Over the next two years, all family members were able to join her. As of this May, all will have graduated from college, including husband Jen, who earned an accounting degree and now

works as a CPA. “I have an accountant, a nurse, a flight attendant, an MBA and a human resources manager,” says Mugorewera, clearly proud of her kids. “To see them all graduate from college is one of my dreams.”

The family has been Habitat for Humanity homeowners for the last three years. Mugorewera enjoys the parks and lakes of East Tennessee. “The environment is in my bones,” she says. “When I fled, I lost a country, I lost a family, I lost my belongings,” she says. “I lost everything. It’s just starting from scratch when you come here. Finding peace, freedom, friends, support. This is a country of opportunities. I hope I can restore what I lost, but also go beyond.” She wants to be a successful businesswoman and to continue to reach out to people in need. “I want to touch many people’s lives, spiritually, socially and economically. I want to be a beacon of hope. “I’m very proud and thankful to the government

of America. One of my duties is to educate the community about how people get here and what they can do. Some people don’t understand that these are new Americans coming; they are our neighbors, friends of our children. We have to work together to see how they can integrate because they bring cultural and economic values to our nation. America is built on an immigrant background and we are very thankful for people who donate time, cash, talents, love and kindness to make these people feel at home. Many of them have been in horrific, terrible environments – wars, violence, persecution. It means a lot for them to find a strong, supportive, welcoming community. “I hope that culture of welcoming and hospitality will remain forever.”

Cardin’s Drive In A disabled World War II veteran, W.H. “C” Cardin returned from the war and worked as a commercial fisherman. According to his daughter, Wilma Cardin, the current owner of Cardin’s, the idea for opening a restaurant came to C after he caught a particularly large mess of catfish. “He told my mother, Pauline, ‘We should open a little restaurant next door and offer only catfish and french fries and hushpuppies.’” Pauline took the bait, so to speak, and together in 1958 they began to build the red brick building that comprises the original Cardin’s structure. During construction, a restaurant supply sales rep stopped by and told C and Pauline, “I have an ice cream machine for sale.” Thus handmade milkshakes, old-fashioned dip cones and decadent banana splits were added to the menu. Wilma remembers, “Mom and Dad never sold just catfish and

Cardin’s cook staff: It’s a place that holds on to its employees for generations. Photo

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The business district started growing in the early ’20s, aided by the Burlington Business League. A Gulf service station opened on the corner of McCalla and Fern Street in 1927, followed by McCarty Mortuary in 1928. A construction boom led to a wide variety of businesses popping up in the years that followed. In 1937, the Burlington fire hall opened, cutting insurance rates. A civic club and a merchants association were touting the district as Knoxville’s fastest growing community by the late ’40s.

The beginning of the decline came in the late ’50s, with the new bypass at the east end of Magnolia, which Bill McCarty said put his funeral home on a back street, forcing him to buy an expensive sign to remind people where he was. The supermarket Kroger built on the east end of Burlington in 1962 made it difficult for the neighborhood’s mom and pop markets to survive, and the core of Burlington was slowly but steadily hollowed out over the decades that followed. Kim Trent, Knox Heritage’s executive director,

reported that Cook is on schedule to complete a draft of the application in time for it to be presented at the May meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission, a 24-member board that will decide whether to recommend it to the National Register of Historic Places. Once approved, owners of historic properties will be eligible for historic tax credits.



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From page A-1 hushpuppies! By the time the restaurant opened in 1959, they offered a complete short-order lunch and dinner menu, including hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, chuckwagon sandwiches, fries and onion rings, and, of course, catfish dinners!” Soon thereafter, Pauline’s cathead biscuits and hearty sausage gravy launched a breakfast menu, and today Cardin’s menu includes everything from baconand-eggs to hot tamales. “The tamales are handmade by one of our best employees,” notes Wilma. “She’s been with us for decades and makes the tamales every day fresh from scratch.” Reciprocating such employee loyalty, Wilma says, “a couple of years ago, that employee got very sick and took several months to recover. During her convalescence, we stopped offering tamales; hers are the best, and we decided it was better – and more respectful – to wait for her

to recover than to try and find an alternative source.” Tradition and loyalty are cornerstones of Cardin’s philosophy. “We’ve expanded the building three times,” Wilma says, “but never destroyed the original part. Many of our current employees are the children or grandchildren of our original employees. And we use local sources whenever possible, including Grainger County tomatoes in season.” Cardin’s Drive-In offers covered outdoor seating, or you can dine in your car. One of the Cardin’s curb servers will cheerily deliver your food directly to you. “I like making people happy, and serving good food at a good price,” says Wilma. Located at 8529 Asheville Highway, Cardin’s is a quick 15-minute drive from downtown Knoxville. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to midnight.

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Fleetwood Photo & Digital again offers huge video transfer sale By Carol Z. Shane since 1985. “We want to give folks a chance When the groundhog pokes his head to clear out those stacks of tapes again.” out of his burrow on Feb. 2, his shadow Fleetwood will provide one DVD per might not be the most exciting thing tape, no matter the length of the tape. he’ll be able to see. If he’s taken all his Also, Distefano is careful to clarify that VHS tapes to Fleetwood Photo & Digi- by 8mm videotape, he doesn’t mean the tal, he’ll also have an easily accessible old 8mm movie tape from granddad’s trove of furry family memories to cheer day. Fleetwood does have the capability him up through the impending days of to transfer that type of medium, but not … winter? Spring? Who knows? for this price in this sale. Even if you’re not a This is also a great groundhog, you can time to make dupliavail yourself of cate copies at the some of the best same low price prices you’ll ever of $10.95 apiece. see for VHS-toFor various other DVD transfer. prices, Distefano Starting Thursand his staff can day, Feb. 2, Fleeteven upload your wood will transfer videos to the intera minimum of 10 net and make digiVHS, VHS-C and tal files. There’s a Clearly, the husband who designed 8mm videotape host of possibilithe mug on the right is a true rorecordings, inties. mantic. You can find all sorts of cute cluding standard, Also on hand in Valentine gifts at Fleetwood Photo & digital, and hi-8, the coming month Digital, as well as one of the best and to DVD for $10.95 will be various most popular sales of the year. Photo each. That’s a great Valentine’s Day submitted deal; prices for gifts. “Come in videotape transfer and see what we’ve usually start at $29.95 each for fewer got,” says Distefano. “We love foot trafthan 10 tapes. And if you do have few- fic.” And of course, for an extra special er than 10 tapes, you can still get great Valentine’s Day gift, you can make a savings at $17.95 each – almost half the memory book for your sweetie online or usual price. They’ll also transfer your in-store. mini-DVs at an additional $2 each. All So round up those VHS tapes and orders are prepaid. bring a box full to Fleetwood Photo & “The last promotion was wildly success- Digital. Those video family memories ful,” says Frank Distefano, who with his will give you joy for years – and generawife, Doris, has run the popular business tions – to come.

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Presidential pets By Kip Oswald Truly, sometimes my favorite family member is my dog, Sachi. He is always happy to see me, listens to all my problems and never tells any of my secrets. He is reKip ally the best friend a guy can have! This made me think about our new president’s son, who is close to my age and surely going to need a friend in the White House when he gets there. It seems he won’t be moving to the White House until he finishes the school year at his current school in New York City. So there is still time for him to persuade his dad to get a pet. However, right now he doesn’t have any kind of pet, so they would be one of the few president’s families not to have one. This, of course, got me looking into all the past “first pets.” In fact, there have been over 400 animals kept in the president’s house as first pets. Our country’s first pets have made history that I will retell over the next several weeks.

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She noted that when Our first president, she got there, “It looked George Washington, kept to me like there’s men almost 50 pets at his presibut theys covered up. I dential home, including went to go and pull the horses and 36 hounds. Two covers and they said no of his hound dogs created that’s not for you to look the first foxhound in the at. So they took me to United States, and the King where he’s at. But there’s of Spain gave him the first a lot of men killed up almale donkey in the United right.” After identifying States. her husband, Ms. Etter Thomas Jefferson, our recalled how the white third president, had several undertaker came to the pets, but his favorite was a house, took down the mockingbird that rode on bed, brought the casket his shoulder and sang along with the body into the with him when he played house, asked the family the violin. He also had two to leave the house and grizzly bears in a cage on lock the door. “They told the White House lawn. us not to have no light on! Alligator for a pet? John And we didn’t,” Ms. EtQuincy Adams, our sixth ter said. “They told us to president, kept an alligator bury him just as quick as as a pet in his bathtub at the we could cause it might White House. start another one.” Other unusual pets were Within two days, the kept by James Buchanan, white undertaker took the 15th president. He kept Ms. Etter and her two an eagle at the White House, daughters in a cab to bury along with a 170-pound dog that was the largest dog ever to live at the White House. Lara, the dog, was known for lying still for a long time with one eye open and one ■■ Carter Senior Center, 9040 eye closed. Asheville Highway. Info: 932Next week, I will tell two 2939. Thanksgiving stories that ■■ Corryton Senior Center, involve presidential pets! 9331 Davis Drive. Info: 688Send your comments to 5882.




■■ Fulton High will host an open house of the communications department, FulCom, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 2. Guests will be able to tour the facility, see examples of student work, meet students and teachers and learn more about the program.

■■ Introducing the Computer, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Computer basics on a Windows 10 tablet/laptop hybrid. Info/registration: 215-8700.

■■ A FulCom sneak peek will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 for a unique, handson opportunity to experience what students do daily. Prospective students will be able to participate in each of the CTE pathways and create a quick project in each. Info: www.

He will purify But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. (Malachi 3: 2-3 NRSV)

Mary Etter Joe Etter in the colored cemetery. This month, as we celebrate Black History Month, I challenge each of us to turn on the lights of history and open the dialogue of conversation with those still among us, those eyewitnesses to history who speak uncensored truths, and then write their stories. Renee Kesler is executive director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

■■ Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail. Info: 5461700. ■■ John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info: 523-1135.

AREA NOTES ■■ Alice Bell Spring Hill: Info: Ronnie Collins, 637-9630. ■■ Beaumont: Info: Natasha Murphy, 936-0139. ■■ Belle Morris: bellemorris. com or Rick Wilen, 524-5008. ■■ Chilhowee Park Neighborhood: Paul Ruff, 696-6584.

■■ Windows 10, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or similar skills; uses tablet/laptop hybrids. Info/ registration: 215-8700.

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February, I discovered while researching material for this column, comes from the Latin “to purify.” The early Romans held religious rites to purify themselves for festivals that would be held at the start of the New Year. Their New Year began in March. Around 690 BC, Numa Pompilius turned a period of celebration at the end of the year into a month of its own, named after the festival Februa. (It sounds to me sort of like Lent – a time of fasting and purification before an important holy day!) So what should we do to purify ourselves? Well, we are a month away from Ash Wednesday, so we have some time to consider the matter. But it might behoove us to do some warmup exercises. Maybe we should spend time reading Scripture.

FAITH NOTES ■■ Alice Bell Baptist Church Clothes Closet (3305 Alice Bell Road) will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Everyone invited. Adult and children’s clothes will be available. Everything free. ■■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road, will host “Men’s Night Out,” 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 25, at the church. Speaker: Hank Parker, professional bass fisherman. Cost: $15. Info/registration:

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Take a look at some lesser visited books (Malachi, maybe, or Habakkuk?); there is good stuff there! Read the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-11) and try to live up to them! Remember, we should purify ourselves before trying to lead others to a closer walk with God. Women particularly will enjoy the Book of Ruth, a love story for the ages. Men will profit from reading the Letter of James in the New Testament, a social gospel, to be sure, and one that calls on the men of the church family to help the pastor care for the flock. And pray!!!

■■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 771-7788. ■■ Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, will host “Caring for All Creation” choral concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Choirs from Messiah Lutheran Church, Church of the Savior, Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church and St. Mark UMC will perform. Info: Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light, tennesseeipl@

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Winter workouts, then and now Winter workouts are under way at Tennessee – famous new strength and conditioning coach, new goals, positive attitudes, favorable conditions. Motivation is firmly in place. Players need only review the Vandy video to conclude the need for improvement. The Vols have great facilities. Official description is state of the art. Modern machines are or were all around. Ambiance is the stuff of champions. Refreshments are available. The team will strive to get stronger and quicker. One plan will not fit all. Individuals, as Butch likes to say, will have individual programs designed to meet their needs. Rock Gullickson has a book of plans. He may have a scientific formula for reducing injuries. This is critical. The winter aspect of college football is completely different from the good old days. Robert R. Neyland suggested that players not get fat in the off-season, what there was of it. His idea of the lull between storms was a couple of weeks of fishing in Florida. Early spring practice was vigorous. Under the guidance of Bowden Wyatt, football

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players were encouraged to stay in shape. They could lift weights or participate in racquetball or handball. They could play intramural basketball or sign up for a volunteer, noncredit physical education class. Real live winter workouts arrived with young coach Doug Dickey. He had learned the value as an assistant coach at Arkansas. He was surprised that UT had nothing similar. Dickey told the story of sending forth a search committee to find a place for workouts. It didn’t find much. There was running room at Dean Planters Tobacco Warehouse. Weather permitting, there were open spaces at the agriculture campus. The report mentioned the possibility of the northwest corner of Neyland Stadium, under Section X. It was described as unsuitable, dirty, drab and dreary, space once used for storage. Dickey inspected it. He said the room looked like

something left over from the Civil War, except dusty cobwebs appeared older. The coach could have made it better. He made it worse. He installed old mats on the floor and hung a heavy rope from on high. Those who thought they wanted to be on his football team were going to do agility drills, wrestle, fight and scratch as if their life depended on it and then climb that blasted rope, hand over hand, until they bumped their head on the concrete ceiling. Center Bob Johnson remembers a one-on-one war, Vols on opposite sides of the mat, no rules, do anything you want to get to the other side. Tempo was frantic for other drills, run here, jump there! Down on the mat, up on your feet, seat roll right, jump up again, forward tumble. Everywhere a player looked or landed, there was another assistant coach yelling for more speed and greater effort. Dickey said some players were overcome by the setting and spirited exercises and lost their lunch. He admitted the smell was terrible. One of his most dramatic terms described the winter workout scene: “A stinking mess.”

Joe Graham, sophomore guard, landed right in the middle of it. There wasn’t room under Section X for all players. There were groups with different times to report. Joe was in the third group. “We arrived to the sound and smell of some of the guys throwing up. In the middle of the winter, the room seemed nearly steamy. Everybody was sweating. I don’t remember how long we worked but it seemed forever.” Dewey Warren was there. The scene matched his imagination of Marine boot camp, only worse. “Under Section X was like a dungeon, dark and smelly, the worst place I’ve ever been.” Bert Ackermann recalls that complaints to Coach Dickey went unheeded. Robbie Franklin said there were more losses than lunches. “We lost several teammates that first winter.” Ackermann said it was a special learning experience. “It was the foundation for the great comeback of Tennessee football under Doug Dickey.” Now would be a good time for a great comeback under Butch Jones. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Knox to prosecute aggravated animal cruelty A Corryton man has been charged with killing two neighborhood dogs on Thanksgiving morning and faces two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. Billy C. Mounger Jr. is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 23 in Criminal Sessions Billy C. Court. UnMounger Jr. like a “simple” animal cruelty case, which is a misdemeanor, aggravated cruelty is a Class E felony, punishable by one to six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000. “We don’t see a lot of these cases,” said Sean McDermott, public information officer with the Knox County District Attorney General’s office. “We only had one case brought last

Betty Bean year in criminal court.” That’s because law defines aggravated cruelty as an act committed “in a depraved and sadistic manner,” which creates a high threshold for the prosecution to prove. The case brought last year is scheduled for trial in March. Jethro and JuJu belonged to Frances Thompson and her husband, Eric Schafferman. Thompson sounded the alert on her Facebook page Thanksgiving Day after the dogs didn’t return from their morning run. “Jethro (blond) and Juju (black) are missing from the Wood Road area in Gibbs/Corryton. Left home

Thanksgiving morning without breakfast. Both are friendly and have collars with names and our phone number. Please call or message me if you have seen them. Please share.” The warrant says that Mounger shot the dogs “with aggravated cruelty and no justifiable purpose,” dragged their bodies out of the woods, loaded them into his pickup truck and drove to Irwin Road and dumped them. When found, their collars had been removed. Mounger also was charged with violating a state law requiring “big game” hunters to wear daylight fluorescent orange. Jethro, whom Thompson describes as a big, goofy Lab/boxer mix, had lived with the family for a year. Juju, who was black with a notch bitten out of one of her big pointy ears, was adopted from a friend who

could no longer give her the attention she needed. There were two other dogs in the household, as well. “This broke our hearts,” Thompson said. “It broke our hearts. “Eric and I both just sort of held each other and cried for a long time. He goes into a shell and gets real quiet. I cried every night. Jethro’s probably the most joybringing dog we ever had.” McDermott said his office sees three or four misdemeanor cases of animal cruelty per week in Sessions Court. Most of the cases involve dogs, followed closely by horses. Cats come in third, and are typically victims of hoarding situations. Under a state law that went into effect last year, the names of those convicted of aggravated animal abuse will be recorded on a registry, and will remain there for two years.

Davenport shreds diversity Those who had worried that the first female chancellor at UTK, Beverly Davenport, would be serious about diversity can rest easy based on her appointments to the first significant committee she named – the search committee for the new athletic director Davenport to replace Dave Hart. She shredded diversity with her six appointments. The six include only one woman and no AfricanAmericans, but two male trustees and the brother of a third trustee who is the chair of the UT board. Two are neighbors who live three houses apart on Lyons View Pike in West Knoxville on either side of the neglected historic UT-owned Williams House. The woman is Donna Thomas, who works for Hart and will help choose the person she will be working for. Stunning that no African-American serves on this search effort given that a large number of the players for basketball and football are AfricanAmerican. Women make up almost half of the total UT athletic program, not to mention the Title IX issues UT has paid millions to go away, but only one of the six is female and she has an acute conflict of interest. The best-known member is obviously Peyton Manning. This past weekend he made news by speaking to the GOP Congressional meeting in Philadelphia, along with President Donald Trump. There are several well-known UT female athletes such as Candace Parker, Chamique Holdsclaw, Semeka Randall and Tamika Catchings who maintain ties to UTK and could serve along with Manning. The truth is, Davenport’s committee includes members of great ability and significant achievements.

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They contribute to our civic society in many ways. But they have been placed in an unfortunate situation that could be resolved easily by expanding the committee. It does not look good when half of a committee are trustees or related to a trustee. Two of these members helped recruit Derek Dooley to UT as football coach. We all know how well that worked out. Mistakes can be made, even by wellknown, respected people. What is also remarkable and exceptionally inconsistent about this committee is the obvious desire for the UT board of trustees to own it. On paper and in theory the campus athletic director reports to Chancellor Davenport. The board of trustees just approved her hiring as chancellor. No way she will turn down or even question the finalist this committee picks given who is on it. New trustees are always told that they should not micromanage the university, just as the Legislature is told the same. However, here Davenport has basically turned over the hiring of the new AD to the people who run the board. Will she do the same when she names the search committee for a new provost? So why did Davenport do this? It is hard to come up with an answer on this. However, it is not too late to expand the search committee to give proper representation to all. Hopefully, UT will move to remedy this. ■■ Bob Clement, former U.S. representative and TVA director, is out with a book on his life titled “Presidents, Kings and Convicts.” It starts with growing up in the Governor’s Residence. Not clear whether Clement will do a book signing here in Knoxville.

Putting 5,430 kids into 6,550 spaces: Knox County flunks math The challenge: Finding enough kids to populate Gibbs Middle School without wrecking Holston. Here’s one model: Gibbs: Pull 100-200 from Halls, aligning the middle and high school zones. Yes, that means families who live in Halls will find their kids zoned

to Gibbs, but that’s already happening with the high schools. And it would relieve legitimate over-crowding at Halls Middle. Take whatever kids come out of Gibbs and Corryton elementary schools. That will leave Gibbs Middle short to start, but folks swear growth will follow the school con-

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stone’s throw to Holston Middle. This solves the middle school dilemma without closing a school. A more fiscally sound model would convert all or some of Vine to headquarters for the central office. “Be creative,” said Cynthia Finch. “Open a school

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Leave Gresham and Whittle Springs alone. Trim enrollment at South-Doyle by using the river as its boundary. Kids on the east side would attend Vine or Holston. Holston: Rezone 200 from Carter to Holston. Currently, the Carter zone includes Holston Hills, a

at Gibbs for the people who live there. Don’t zone anybody. Find other uses (for the empty spaces).” We’re running out of time for creativity. The number crunchers might look at a combined high and middle school at Holston. One thing’s for sure – we won’t all live happily ever after.

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