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Teacher offers support for Bob Thomas By Lauren Hopson

At the public forum for the final two candidates for Knox County superintendent of schools, I witnessed two ends of the spectrum. One struck Hopson me as a used car salesman who talked a lot but avoided answering the questions. What he said did not match up with the stories I have heard from people who have worked with him. The other was sincere and clearly connected with the crowd. On many occasions, he has asked for my input on how best to move our school system forward and restore a culture of respect and professionalism to our system while keeping the focus on our kids. When my term as president of the Knox County Education Association ends, I will most likely be returning to the classroom. Leaving KCS would cost me my tenure and likely my ability to advocate for public education. It could jeopardise my career and ability to provide for my family. However, I will not work for another superintendent who puts on one face for the public and another out of the spotlight. I will not work for another superintendent who refuses to genuinely collaborate with the people who do the heavy lifting every day. I will not work for another superintendent who makes teachers feel afraid to be an active part of their professional association and advocate for our students. I will not work for another superintendent who won’t support my right to challenge the Department of Education when it enacts policies that are harmful to our profession and our children. I will not work for another superintendent who rewards those who publicly agree with him, no matter how they feel in private, and punishes those willing to speak the truth. However, I will proudly work for a man who exemplifies integrity and decency while building relationships with teachers and students based on a desire to help both groups succeed. I will proudly work for Bob Thomas. The Board of Education will choose the next superintendent in less than two weeks. I encourage everyone to contact all school board members and voice your opinion, even if it is not the same as mine. My opinion is only one. They need to hear all of them. Lauren Hopson can be reached at 865-5229793.

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Carter High Singers hit high notes together

Carter Singers rehearse early in the morning at Carter High School. Photo by Esther Roberts

By Esther Roberts “I don’t like to waste their time.” This respect for her students is the hallmark of Carter High School choral director Jessica Strutz. Strutz quickly gets the advanced choir, The Carter Singers, focused and ready to work. In a moment, two dozen chatty teenagers meld into one voice. They are attentive. Enthusiastic. And oh, so very talented. “We go to competitions and other schools see ‘Carter’ and

think, ‘oh, that’s just a rural school.’” The expectation of larger schools, Strutz explains, is that the choral groups at Carter won’t be very good. At a recent competition, however, the other schools were taken by surprise when some judges gave Carter a “Superior” rating. Strutz smiles. “Carter’s school motto is ‘Excellence for EVERY Child,’ and my students strive to embody that motto.” Observing Strutz work with

her students is like watching a beloved athletic coach work with top-tier talent. Strutz is inspiring, supportive and demanding. Her students are dedicated to their art and devoted to their “coach.” The banter between students and teacher reflects a mutual affection founded on mutual respect. The Singers are a diverse group, including the 2017 Carter Valedictorian, members of the football team, the wrestling team and the moot court team. Singers are all

different shapes and sizes, colors and ethnic backgrounds, some live in suburbs and some on sprawling farms. The unifying thread that binds them together is music. When asked to talk about what it’s like to be a Singer and learn under “Strutz,” the students are quick to answer, but with one caveat – no individual source credit for their comments. “We sing as one voice; we speak as one voice.” To page A-3

Melony Dodson loves music and the outdoors By Carol Z. Shane You know her voice, but you probably wouldn’t recognize her if you ran into her in Kroger or Rami’s Cafe. Melony Dodson, who has been the announcer for WUOT’s Morning Concert for the last seven years, loves living in her Fairmont/Emoriland neighborhood, and she’s celebrating one year of occupancy in her historic house, built in 1935, this spring. “I love the architecture of the houses – how each one is unique and lovely in its own way. The pride that the neighbors take in taking

care of their houses and lawns! How friendly and welcoming everyone was when I moved in. I love that it’s a ‘walking neighborhood’ and I also love that I can walk to Señor Taco! Jumbo margaritas!” Dodson laughs. She’s discovering new things to love all the time. “I enjoy its close proximity to downtown and to work. It’s quiet, clean and feels safe. I love all of the beautiful old trees, and the boulevard is lovely. And I love my house, which has ‘old character/charm’ but was lovingly restored and updated by the previous owner.” Originally a Tarheel, Dodson grew up in

Greensboro, N.C., but says that Boone, where she attended Appalachian State University for two bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music therapy, “feels like home to me.” She came to Knoxville to earn her master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, and is well-known around town as a pianist for the UT Concert Choir and Men’s Chorale, First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, and pianist/music director for the Clarence Brown Theatre and Theatre Knoxville. To page A-3

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

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


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care organizations improve the care of older adults. NICHE, based at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, includes more than 680 health care organizations in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Singapore and Australia. The “Exemplar” status is the highest of four levels of recognition of NICHE facilities. Rankings are issued following a rigorous self-evaluation of the current state and future goals of the hospital. Fort Sanders was the first NICHE-certified facility in our region and has served as a model to other hospitals across the nation for more than a decade. Currently, three other Covenant Health facilities also carry the NICHE designation: Fort Loudoun, LeConte and Parkwest Medical Centers.

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon races set for April 1-2 Mark your calendars for the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events – and lace up your running shoes! The races are set for Saturday, April 1 (5K race and the popular Covenant Kids Run) and Sunday, April 2 (half-marathon, two- and four-person relays and full marathon). The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has grown to become the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee. As in previous years, all races will have an exciting finish on the 50-yard line inside Neyland Stadium. For many, it is the thrill of seeing themselves on

the JumboTron as they cross the finish line that inspires them to participate in the events. But the best reward may be what runners gain by the entire experience. Proceeds from the marathon benefit the Knoxville Track Club’s youth athletic program and Covenant Health’s Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC), which encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities. To learn more or to register, go to www.

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Carter High Singers From page A-1 So – what’s it like to be a Singer? “I’ve gained so much self-confidence!” “Being a Singer makes me feel cool!” “I feel authentic when I’m singing.” “Nobody judges you, and I love that.” “Being a Singer has opened my mind to other types of music, other cultures, other languages.” “Singing is way more challenging than I ever thought it would be, but I love how much I am learning.” “I love how we’ve developed such a kinship – we’re all so very different, but not in here. Here, we are Singers.” “The discipline of singing has helped me gain skills I will need throughout my life – to be on time, to strive to always do better, to be my best self, every single day.” All this from – singing? Yes, indeed. “In addition to singing, the students learn about other aspects of putting on our various musical productions,” Strutz says. They act The Carter Singers include, among others, the 2017 class Valedictorian, football players, wrestlers, and moot court members. Photo by Esther Roberts and dance. They also learn stage management, set deThis is an invitation not sign, costuming and props, industry such as publicity support the Carter Choral We need a (choral) shell. But our performances! We want program? The Singers an- what we really need is com- to share our music with ev- to be missed – the invitaand various aspects of the and fundraising.” tion of our youth. How can the community swer: “We need new risers. munity support – come to eryone, so please come!” business side of the music

Melony Dodson loves music, outdoors Mainly, though, she’s the friendly voice you hear on WUOT on weekday mornings. “There are so many things I love about that job,” she says. “Discovering new music. Hearing from listeners how the music has positively impacted their lives. My awesome colleagues. Interviewing really interesting people.” She’s pressed to find anything she doesn’t like, but finally mentions, “Having to work on snow days! It would be nice to hibernate then, which we don’t get to do.” It says a lot about Dodson that she actually considers going up on the roof to clean snow off the radio station’s satellite dish as a “snow day perk.” But then, she lists hiking, backpacking and camping as her favorite hobbies. “Fishing, kayaking and rock climbing are new hobbies that I stink at, but they are all fun,” she

Abram Hanford (left) is one owner of Architectural Antics. Photos by S. Clark

Evelyn Gill poses with the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster, which she used successfully in her campaign for Knox County Commission.

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Melony Dodson, WUOT’s morning concert host, likes to be on top of a mountain. Photo by Jay Miller says. She also loves gardening, cooking and trying out new craft beers, and she makes an occasional foray into yoga. Come spring, she’ll be

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

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

Central High basketball player Marcus Hixenbaugh works hard not to get tongue-tied as he reads “Fox in Sox” to a class.

Rachel McFarling, Miss McMinnville’s Outstanding Teen, reads to kindergarten students at Ritta Elementary for Read across America. Rachel is a sophomore at Gibbs High and is an advocate for early childhood reading. Photos by Ruth White

Area schools celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday By Ruth White Schools across the country celebrated the beloved author Dr. Seuss during March by dressing up as favorite book characters and participating in Read across America. Guest readers stopped by schools and spent time in classrooms reading some of Dr. Seuss’s favorite books to students and attempted not to get tongue-tied while reading. It wasn’t always a success but was definitely a good time. Second-grade teacher Jenna Jarvis dressed as Sam I Am from “Green Eggs and Ham” and is pictured with students Audrey Barlow as “the Lorax”, Elyse Day as Sally Walden from “The Cat in the Hat” and Kyla Huffaker as Cindy-LouWho from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”.

Pellissippi State speech showcase to feature Zenobia Dobson Zenobia Dobson will be the keynote speaker at Pellissippi State Community College’s annual Student Speech Showcase. The event will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Dobson is the mother of Zaevion Dobson, who was shot to death in 2015 as he shielded others from gunfire. Zenobia Dobson has since created the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Foundation in memory of her son to raise awareness of gun violence. In addition to a keynote address by Dobson Zenobia Dobson, Pellissippi State speech students Stephen Lumsdaine, Caelan Paul, Savanah Pope, Isaac Scott and Isabel Vazquez will present informative or persuasive speeches. The event is free and open to the comEast Knox Elementary fourth-grade teachers Beverly Dougmunity. Info: or 865-694-6400. las, Mark Mauldin, Laura Wright and Allison Moody dressed as characters from “The Cat in the Hat.”

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Kids can hunt Easter eggs in a communitywide event sponsored by the Powell Business and Professional Association, according to Laura Bailey, chair. The fun will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Powell Station Park on Emory Road adjacent to the high school, with the actual hunt at 2 p.m. sharp. “We’ll have lots of great prizes including bicycles,” Bailey said. “There will be costumed creatures in the park, along with live animals and free refreshments.” Powell Station Park is approximately 12 acres extending to Beaver Creek. It was developed by the PBPA over a twoyear period and “gifted” to Knox County for public use. The park is managed by Knox County Parks & Recreation.

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Buffat Heights Baptist observes

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By Carol Z. Shane

Quick – what do you think of when you hear the word “fast,” as in food? Chances are you might link it to health and weight loss. You might think of “a juice fast,” or the preparation you have to endure the day before certain medical procedures. Christians recognize the concept in both the Old and New Testaments and value it as a way to focus on prayer and seeking God’s will. Which is exactly what the members of Buffat Heights Baptist Church plan to do, starting March 19. “This is the first time we’ve ever done this,” says the Rev. Dave Thomas. “We’re hoping to get about half our regular attendees to participate.” Thomas estimates his average church membership at 300. Such a dedicated spiritual practice needs a protocol, and the Buffat Heights congregation will indeed be consulting the book “The Daniel Fast”

by Susan Gregory. “The Daniel Fast is based on the fasting experiences of the Old Testament prophet,” reads Gregory’s website. “It’s a partial fast where some foods are eaten while others are restricted. Most people use this method of fasting for 21 consecutive days.” And it’s not just Thomas about restricting foods. “Entering into a period of extended prayer and fasting is like pushing the ‘pause button’ on life so you can draw nearer to God. The Holy Spirit joins you in this experience as you open your heart to receive from the Lord,” says Gregory. “This past Sunday we gave out some instructions about how to prepare,” says Thomas. Participants are encouraged to read parts of the book, discuss it with family members, make a meal


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

plan and take inventory of items already on hand before heading to the grocery store. The Daniel Fast prohibits chemicals, sugar, meat and animal products, dairy, leavened bread, refined processed foods, solid fats and deep-fat-fried foods. Participants may drink only water. They do have plenty of other choices – all fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts/seeds including peanut butter, all legumes and quality oils. Tofu, soy, vinegar, seasonings and salt are also allowed. It actually just sounds like a very healthy eating plan. But to believers during Lent, it’s much more. “We are praying about some new ministries that we are going to start this year,” says Thomas. “During this fast, which ends on Palm Sunday, we are praying and seeking the steps that the Lord would have us to take.” Info: 865-524-1204 or visit

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

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

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Bob Ely dies

Longtime Rotarian and past District 6780 governor Bob Ely has passed away. His services were this past Saturday, and members of the Rotary Club of Bearden were honorary pallbearers. Ely was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Bearden in 1960, a Rotarian for 55-plus years and in 1981-82 was elected district governor. He also was a past president of the Bearden club, which was known as the Rotary Club of West Knoxville then.


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A-6 • March 15, 2017 • North/East Shopper news

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Difference of opinion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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