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Sparks of Life By Reneé Kesler Sports play a pivotal role throughout all of history, including African American history. The Beck Cultural Exchange Center, “the place where African American history and culture are Joe Fishback preserved,” has in its archives a plethora of sports icons Knoxville has produced. World heavyweight boxing champion “Big John” Tate, professional basketball player and NBA coach Elston Turner, general manager of the Oakland Raiders and former NFL linebacker Reggie McKenzie, college scout and former NFL guard Raleigh McKenzie, and former NFL running back LeRoy Thompson are just a few of the sports figures who have called Knoxville home. Yet indisputably, my personal all-time favorite athlete was a member of the state championship football team and graduate of Austin East High School Class of 1986, my brother, Joe Fishback. Fishback was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 after completing a highly decorated National Football League career. During his professional career, he excelled with the Atlanta Falcons and was a member of the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl XXVIII team. Prior to his NFL career, Fishback was a collegiate athlete at Carson-Newman University under the leadership of coach Ken Sparks. The accomplishments that Fishback, a fouryear starter, achieved while at Carson-Newman under Sparks include NAIA All-American who participated in four consecutive national championship contests 1986-1989, bringing the title home in ’86, ’88 and ’89. In 1989, he was runner-up for the NAIA National Player of the Year award, was named South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was recipient of the title Carson Newman Male Athlete of the Year, and in 2013, was inducted into Carson-Newman’s Athletic Hall of Fame. While Fishback played with some of the greatest names in NFL history, he has also had the opportunity to be coached by the best. Positively, Coach Sparks, along with other outstanding coaches, have had a profound influence on his life and career. To page A-3

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Dr. Dennis Freeman, CEO of Cherokee Health Systems, welcomes guests to the company’s newest clinic at 2202 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

By Shannon Carey A private investment that will improve health care in East Knoxville was celebrated last week by neighbors and Mayor Madeline Rogero. Cherokee Health Systems is renovating and expanding the former Hardy Professional Building at 2202 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. into a full-service behavioral and medical health care center to serve more people. “You won’t find a better group of clinicians anywhere in the city,” said Dr. Dennis Freeman, chief executive officer. Local staff includes medical doctor Brad Carter, psychologist Dr. Eboni Winford and Maggie Metz, a family nurse practitioner. Dr. Carter said it “took a year or so for people to know we were going to stay here. It’s exciting to see the clinic grow. We’re hoping to become more part of the neighborhood.”

Winford added: “We’re becoming the health care home for the community. And why not meet the need (for behavioral care) where people show up – their medical provider.” Rogero thanked Cherokee Health Systems for “investing here in this historic site.” She said Cherokee has a good reputation because it does really good work. Avice Reid, who accompanied the mayor, said Dr. Hardy was her doctor. Freeman said Cherokee “will honor his legacy.” Dr. Walter S.E. Hardy built the clinic in 1960 and practiced medicine there for many years. Renee Kesler, director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, said his legacy is an important part of Knoxville’s African-American history. “Dr. Hardy on the last day of his life was seeing patients,” she said. “This building is very important to this neighborhood.”

Cherokee Health Systems purchased the building and started part-time services in 2010. Fulltime services began in 2013. In 2016, Cherokee saw 1,723 patients at the Hardy Building. The expansion announced last week will add three more medical exam rooms, behavioral health rooms and an elevator. In addition, the courtyard will be converted into an expanded lobby. There will be space in the adjacent building for intensive outpatient programming, group therapy and staff meetings. The facility already has a medical laboratory and exam rooms, but patient privacy is a concern. Freeman said Cherokee will add primary care staff and a full-time community health coordinator (social worker) after the expansion. Red Chair Architects is developing the plans that will triple the

space, said Jeff Howard, chief financial officer. “The building will have two front entrances – one to the street and one to the neighborhood, which includes the Taylor Homes apartments.” Founded in 1960, Cherokee now operates 24 clinics in 14 Tennessee counties. The non-profit clinics accept insurance and Medicaid, but no one is ever denied treatment based on an inability to pay. What sets Cherokee apart is the comprehensive nature of its treatment. “We believe the best approach to wellness involves treating both the body and mind,” according to the website. “That’s why we offer an array of comprehensive primary care, behavioral health and prevention programs and services. Whether you need medical, dental or behavioral health care, (we) are here to help you.” Info: 865-522-6097

‘They walked down the aisle singing’ The Blue family’s early Knoxville days remembered

By Betty Bean A couple of days before Chris Blue headed out to Los Angeles to take the next step toward his future, he stopped by Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church to say thank you. Nobody was there, but he stood in front of the church and posted a video to Facebook with the following message: “Earlier today I had the privilege of going to where it all started when me and my family moved to Tennessee!! You’ll hear me say it till I can’t say it no more!!.... Thank you ALL SO much for all of your prayers Love and support!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! I love you!!!” Diane Jordan, whose husband, John W. Jordan, is pastor at Peace and Goodwill, remembers the first time she saw Chris and his family. Her brother Kevin had been raving about some talented kids. The eldest boy, PJ, went to Bearden High School with Kevin’s son. The family was new to Knoxville, and Kevin wanted the Jordans to invite them to sing at Peace and Goodwill. The next Sunday, the Blue Brothers walked into the church

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Chris Blue is the crowd favorite on NBC’s “The Voice.” “It was a faith move,” she said. “God had been speaking to me, and I knew that with God on my side, I could make it.” She researched different cities and narrowed her choices to Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, but wasn’t certain where she was supposed to go until she encountered a prophet at a church conference in Dublin, Ga. “There was a man of God, ministering prophetically, and he called me out. He didn’t know my situation, but I’d asked God before I went to the conference – ‘School is about

to start. Where would you have us to go? Which city? And when?’ “The Prophet said, ‘I see you and your children moving to the state of Tennessee.’ I said, ‘OK, but which city? I need to be sure.’ The man of God said, ‘I see you and your family established in the city of Knoxville.’ But he didn’t say when.” After the Sunday service, he told her she’d be leaving within a few days. By Wednesday, the Blues had their U-Haul and everything they needed for the journey. PJ, whose given name is Earnest, was a surrogate father to his younger siblings (his email handle is IMFirstof7). Today, he is an assistant minister at Trinity Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. His deep, resonant voice gives him away as the basso profundo in the family choir. Next is Julius – nicknamed Maestro (he plays multiple instruments, has earned a degree in music from the University of Tennessee and is minister of music at Peace and Goodwill). Michael (Mookie) plays semi-professional To page A-3


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and into the Jordans’ hearts. “They were like the Jackson Five, but they were singing gospel. Chris, the baby, was Michael. He was only 10 years old and he was this big,” she said, measuring out about 4 feet from the floor. “We immediately adopted them as our godchildren – those five boys and the two girls, too.” From then until now, Diane Jordan has relentlessly promoted the Blue Brothers. Chris would preach his first sermon at Peace and Goodwill when he was 12. He was ordained at 13. “The whole Peace and Goodwill family embraced us with so much love,” PJ Blue said. Today, Chris is 26, and poised on the brink of stardom. He’s the crowd favorite on NBC’s popular talent show “The Voice,” and after his first appearance, celebrity judge Blake Shelton predicted he’d win it all. The Blue family moved here from Florida in August 2000, after their mother, Janice, made a prayerful decision to make a new life in a new place.

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Clinical trials participant hopes to help future cancer patients During a breast self-exam, Wanda Blackburn detected a lump. She wasn’t shocked or afraid, her heart didn’t skip a beat and she didn’t cry. There was no strong family history of breast cancer and Blackburn felt OK. She went on about her life without giving it much thought until she realized that the lump was growing. “I knew something was wrong,” Blackburn says. After a mammogram confirmed that the lump had grown to five centimeters in size, Blackburn called her doctor. When asked where she would like to go for follow-up, Blackburn remembered that a family member had recently received excellent treatment at Thompson Cancer Survival Center. At Thompson, leading cancer specialists use the most advanced technolo-

Prevention and Early Detection is Key American Cancer Socitey (ACS) Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer: • Women should have yearly mammograms and clinical breast exams starting at age 40. • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam every three years. • Women in their 20s should start performing breast self exams.

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By participating in clinical trials at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, Wanda Blackburn not only treated her illness, but helped others by contributing to the future of cancer care.

team at Thompson Cancer Survival Center for their professional and compassionate care. She wants to use her story to help other women. “If I hadn’t waited as long as I did, the lump in my breast wouldn’t have gotten as big as it did, and it wouldn’t have gotten into my lymph nodes,” Blackburn says. “If you find a lump in your breast, definitely go and get it checked out.”

Clinical Trials: Research for the future of cancer treatment At Thompson Cancer Survival Center, oncologists and the clinical trials department work together to find suitable trials that could benefit patients here in East Tennessee. Clinical trials manager Jennifer England says patients are sometimes recommended by doctors and sometimes selected from research of medical files. “We then meet with eligible patients to discuss the trial,” England says. “This often takes place in the exam room on the day of an appointment with the doctor, but sometimes we will call them at home and schedule them to come and meet with us.” Patients are given ample information about the process, and an opportunity to ask questions. “A very important aspect of this meeting is reiterating that participation is completely voluntary,” England says. “We describe what will be required

of them, and if we know what the possible treatment is, we will discuss side effects.” When the patient decides to participate, the clinical trials nurse and the doctor have to perform an assessment within a month to verify eligibility. The process may include blood work, heart tests, and various medical scans. While the patient is undergoing treatment, a nurse coordinates all appointments, including any required blood work, follow-up scans and doctor visits. The coordinating nurse attends every appointment with the patient, and asks a series of questions about physical and mental well-being to help determine whether the medication has more, fewer or the same side effects as traditional treatment. Sometimes patients are asked to fill out questionnaires about their day-to-day lives and how they are feel-

ing, and those questionnaires are submitted to the study. The process is clinical and scientific, but it’s also personal. “Sometimes we may see a patient once or twice a month for years,” England says. “One of the best parts about clinical trials nursing is the bond we form with our patients and being able to offer them the service of their very own nurse, who is only a phone call away during their cancer treatment.” Whether a patient gets the trial treatment or the standard treatment, participation in these clinical trials helps bring a complete cure for cancer a little closer to reality. “Participating in a clinical trial can not only provide access to cutting edge cancer therapies, it also directly impacts the future of cancer care,” England says. To learn more about clinical trials at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, visit

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samples, which allow them to learn more about cancer,” she explains. England says clinical trial participants help Receiving the diagnosis researchers learn An ultrasound and subsequent biopsy “what genetic prerevealed a malignancy. Blackburn remem- dispositions peobers being frightened when she first heard ple may have to the results of her pathology report. Out of developing can17 lymph nodes taken, nine tested positive cer, what characteristics make for cancer. Thompson Cancer Survival Center uses treatments work a multidisciplinary approach to treatment for some patients and patient care, so Blackburn was able to and not others, speak with all the medical professionals and what kinds who would be directly involved in her case. of new targets we This helped set her mind at ease, and with can find in a tumor their input and guidance, Blackburn decid- to be able to develop new drugs to fight ed to have a double mastectomy. “I didn’t want to have to worry about it against cancer.” coming back,” Blackburn explains. “Every time I did a breast exam I would be freak- Treatment and ing out – every little thing I felt would scare testing me to death. I didn’t want to go through that While Blackburn wasn’t seagain.” lected to test a new drug, she was Before her surgery, Blackburn was approached about the possibility of taking part given the option of continuing in the in a clinical trial. It was an opportunity she clinical trial program. She was studied as she took two chemotherapy doses and two didn’t want to pass up. Thompson Cancer Survival Center was antibodies once every three weeks for a tothe first to bring cancer clinical trials to East tal of six treatments. Then surgery was perTennessee more than 25 years ago. Clinical formed at Fort Sanders Regional Medical trials are research studies designed to find Center. “I had a great surgeon who took the time better ways to treat different types of cancer. Thompson participates in trials of new to answer all my questions,” Blackburn medicines and treatments that may become says. “No matter how long I sat there and asked him, he would answer me.” the standard for cancer care in the future. Her treatment concluded with radiation “They gave me all the paperwork, I studied it over, and I decided I wanted to do it,” therapy. Blackburn was happy to be part of the study group using these traditional Blackburn says. Jennifer England, clinical trials manager, treatment methods. “I thought it might says Thompson’s program is valuable and help someone else later,” she says. Blackparticipants like Blackburn have a chance to burn is cancer free and is back at work and doing well. She praises her husband and change the future of cancer treatment. “Participating in a clinical trial gives re- daughter, who supported her through the searchers access to tumor tissue and blood process, and she is grateful to the medical gies to achieve breakthrough successes in treating many types of cancer. “They asked me where I wanted to go,” Blackburn says, “and I just said ‘Thompson.’”

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Blue family basketball. Johnathan plays drums at Eternal Life Fellowship Church. Ashley is a police officer at the University of Tennessee and is taking college classes in her field. Strawberry is married and raising children. Chris is a worship leader at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. Janice divides her time between Florida and Knoxville, where she has grandchildren and her pick of places to stay. They remain close to the Jordans, who introduced them to other churches and relentlessly spread the word when they were getting started. Diane, a former Knox County commissioner

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■■ New Harvest Park Farmers Market opening day, 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 4775 New Harvest Park Lane. Event is free. The Farmers Market will be open 3-6 p.m. every Thursday through mid-November. Info: newharvestfm. ■■ East Knoxville Cleanup, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 29. Sponsored by Keep Knoxville Beautiful. Meet at Eternal Life Harvest Center Plaza, 2410 MLK Jr. Ave. Snacks and beverages available. Registration free and open to all ages. Info/registration: http:// ■■ Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association. Info: Ronnie Collins, 865-637-9630. ■■ Beaumont Community Organization. Info: Natasha Murphy, 865-936-0139. ■■ Belle Morris Community Action Group. Info: bellemorris. com or Rick Wilen, 865-5245008. ■■ Chilhowee Park Neighborhood Association. Info: Paul Ruff, 865-696-6584. ■■ Edgewood Park Neighborhood Association. Info:

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Nu Zeta Chapter, recently selected five women in the Knoxville community as the 2017 Woman to Woman Honorees. Whereas women have frequently been the initiators in advocating for freedom and equality, and are often responsible for rearranging and strengthening our culture, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Nu Zeta Chapter celebrates women’s history and our National Finer Womanhood Month by saluting five local women, in honor of our five founders, whose lives are examples of the fruits of the struggle. Honorees are District Attorney

Charme Allen (politics and government), Dr. Jioni Lewis (education), Quineka Moten (community), Regan Adams (entrepreneurship) and Rev. Donna Butler (inspiration and religion). Nu Zeta Chapter will host its annual Scholarship and Awards Breakfast at 10 a.m. on June 3 at The Henley Bridgewater Place. The group will be recognizing the Woman to Woman Honorees and present the annual scholarship awards to women pursuing collegiate and advanced degrees in the local Knoxville community. Tickets are available for purchase by contacting

■■ Old North Knoxville, 6:30 p.m. each second Monday, St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1101 N. Broadway. ■■ Parkridge Community Organization. Info: Jennifer Montgomery, citywhippet@ ■■ Second District Democrats. Info: Rick Staples, 865-385-3589 or ■■ Thorn Grove Rebekah Lodge No. 13. Info: Mary Jo Poole, 865-599-7698 or ■■ Town Hall East. Info: Eston

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Today it gives me great pleasure to report that Coach Sparks did more than care for her baby, he propelled him to become a successful man on the gridiron and in life. This past Wednesday, Coach Ken Sparks died after a courageous battle with cancer. A mighty man of God and a remarkable icon bid farewell to this life. No doubt, he will be sorely missed. Yet, I am truly grateful that because of who he was to so many, my family included, the Sparks of life continue. “Thank you, Coach Sparks, well done, well done.”

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and an East Knoxville political powerhouse, remembers only one slight bump in the road. It makes her laugh. “Kevin told me PJ could really sing. I said, ‘Great!’ and PJ said, ‘If you can afford us.’ If you can afford us – that little smart alec boy stood there and said that to me!” She and PJ share a belly laugh. PJ remembers himself as a kid trying to get the hang of the business side of music, but concedes that he could have been more tactful. “I didn’t realize I was standing in front of the Queen of Knoxville, or I might have reworded it.”

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I shall never forget the day my mother dropped off “Joey” as we affectionately call him, at Carson-Newman. That day, in addition to reminding her son of his responsibility to uphold the values and principles that she had instilled throughout his life, she also had a motherly chat with the coach. In so many words, my mother expressed to Coach Sparks that she was entrusting her baby to his care. She was holding him responsible for her pride and joy.


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Angela Floyd & Friends present …

Cash For Classrooms Powell Elementary special ed teacher Judy Barnes and Angela Floyd show some of the fidgets purchased to help relieve stress for students. Photos by Ruth White

Angela Floyd and Beaumont Magnet Academy kindergarten teacher Kasey Powers explore MegaBlocks and other items to help “bring fun back to kindergarten.”

Belle Morris pre-K teacher Lauren Hmielewski and Angela Floyd show just a few of the dress-up sets to be used in the classroom to help promote understanding of careers with students.

Sam E. Hill preschool teacher Paula Holland and Angela Floyd sit inside the reading area of Holland’s classroom. Holland purchased basic art supplies to help promote creativity in her students.

Angela Floyd and New Hopewell teacher Donna Sanford try out the InStride fitness cycles purchased to help students who struggle to stay focused in special areas.

Shopper news is proud to co-sponsor the 2017 Cash for Classrooms with the help of the Great Schools Partnership. Thanks to our sponsors, we put $5,000 directly into classrooms ($250 each to 20 classes). And we helped Angela Floyd celebrate 20 years in business.

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■■ Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont: Nature exploration, science and wilderness backpacking (ages 9-17). Firefly Camp – parent and child overnight (ages 4-9). Food and lodging included. Visit or call 865-448-6709 for more info. ■■ Day camps, Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Drive. Milton Collins Day camp for K-sixth-graders; Teen Adventure Program for seventh-ninthgraders; Counselor-in-Training Program for 10th-graders and older; AJCC Preschool Summer Programming for ages 2-pre-K. Info/registration: or 690-6343 ■■ Knoxville Museum of Art Summer Art Academy, five-day camps for ages 3-12, 9

a.m.-12 p.m. beginning June 5 through July 28; Teen Art Club (ages 13-up), 1-4 p.m. June 26-30 (ceramics) and July 12-16 (tricks of painting). Special opportunities 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: STEAM Workshop (ages 5-8), June 1329; Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (ages 9-12), June 13-29; Afternoon Clay Adventures (ages 5-8 and 9-12), July 11-27. Info/registration: 865-525-6101 ext. 241 or Details with class descriptions at ■■ Sports Medicine Workshop by Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, for high school students, Hardin Valley Academy, June 13-14, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $90. Info/ registration: or 865-6802640

■■ Fellowship of Christian Athletes, team and individual leadership camps in multiple sports (boys and girls basketball, cheer, golf, middle school football), leadership. Info/registration: www. or call 865-5246076.

■■ Kids U, University of Tennessee, for grades 3-12. Choose from more than 100 camps on the UT campus in June and July. Please register early. Camp sizes limited and fill up early. Info/register: www. or 865-974-0150. ■■ Summer Technology Camps, MondayFriday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 10-17. Two locations: Pellissippi State Community College Blount Campus, beginning June 12 or June 19, and Hardin Valley Campus,

beginning June 26 or July 10. Info/ registration: or 423-414-3987 ■■ Culinary Basics Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, June 5-9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $299. Basic skills that every aspiring young chef needs to be successful in the kitchen! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N.Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/registration: or 865-335-9370 ■■ Breakfast Cookery Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, June 12-16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $299. Learn how to make the perfect breakfast! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N. Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/registration: or 865-335-9370

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Summer Fun Time ■■ Baking and Pastry Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, June 19-23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $299. An incredible weeklong journey into the baking and pastry arts! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N. Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/ registration: or 865335-9370 ■■ The Artful Chef Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, June 26-30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $299. Making food look beautiful is a skill every cook should have! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N. Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/registration: or 865-335-9370 ■■ International Cooking Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, July 10-14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $299. Get ready for an amazing culinary travel adventure! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N. Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/registration: www. or 865-335-9370

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■■ Fairy Tale Ballet and Art Camp, June 5-9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Age 6 to 12. Tuition $175. Play movement games, take ballet class, and learn choreography. Make props and paint backdrop in art class. No dance experience necessary. Snacks, art and craft supplies included in tuition. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475. ■■ Broadway Bound! Musical Theatre Day Camp, June 26-30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Age 8 to 15. Tuition $200. No dance experience necessary. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.  ■■ Guest Artist Intensive, for intermediate and advanced level dancers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $250 per session, $450 if 2 sessions. Session I June 12-16 and Session 2 June 19-23. Guest Artist Josiah Savage from Georgia Ballet will be teaching classical ballet, variations and pointe. Erin Fitzgerald Peterson, professional contemporary dancer from Denver, will be teaching contemporary ballet, modern and improv. Additional instruction in dancer conditioning, yoga, pilates and Feldenkrais will be explored. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-5392475. 


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July 17-21 Meet the Masters • 9am-12pm Ages 3-4 Jackson Pollock Ages 5-6 Henri Matisse Ages 7-9 Wassily Kandinsky Ages 10-12 Alexander Calder

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July 24-28 Young Authors and Illustrators • 9am-12pm Ages 3-4 Words and Pictures Ages 5-9 Teller of Tales Ages 7-9 Comic Books Ages 10-12 Creative Writing

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June 19-23 Learning from Beauford Delaney • 9am-12pm Ages 3-4 Let’s Paint Ages 5-6 Express Yourself Ages 7-9 Blank Canvas Ages 10-12 Learning through the Artist Eyes June 26-30 Ages 3-4 Ages 5-6 Ages 7-9 Ages 10-12 July 10-14 Ages 3-4 Ages 5-6 Ages 7-9

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Fun in the Sun

■■ Young Dancers Intensive, for experienced dancers ages 10 to 14. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $200 per session, $375 if 2 sessions. Session I: June 12-16 and Session 2 June 19-23. Explore the different styles of dance. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.

■■ Dance Camp for age 5 and 6. Ballet and creative movement. No experience necessary. July 3-20, Monday and Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m. $90/3 weeks or $40 per week. Each week is a separate session. Dancers may take one, two or all three sessions. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.  ■■ Dance Camp for age 7, 8 and 9. Level I. Ballet/modern and creative movement. July 3-20. No experience necessary. Monday and Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuition $150/3 weeks or $60 per week. Each week is a separate session. Dancers may take one, two or all three sessions. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475 ■■ Dance Camp for age 8 to 12. Ballet/ modern and musical theatre July 3-20. Dance experience necessary. Monday and Thursday 5-7:15 p.m. Tuition $150/3 weeks or $60 per week. Dancers may take one, two or all three sessions. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.  ■■ Beginning Ballet and Jazz age 11 and up, no dance experience necessary. Monday and Thursday 7:15-9:15 p.m. Tuition $150/3 weeks or $60 per week. Learn Ballet, jazz and hip-hop fundamentals. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.  ■■ Rising Level IV/V, experienced dancers only. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, July 3-21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuition $275/3 weeks; $110/week or $50 per day. Work on improving your ballet technique. Take pre-pointe/pointe class and learn jazz, modern dance and musical theatre as well. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475. 

■■ Intermediate I, II and Advanced, experienced dancers only. Monday, Wednesday, Friday July 3-21, 9 a.m.1:15 p.m. Tuition $300/3 weeks, $125/ week or $50 per day. Take class in Ballet, pointe variations, modern, jazz and contemporary. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.

■■ Adult ballet Fit. Come dance this summer. Class 9-10:15 a.m. on Fridays in June and July. $15 per class. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475. ■■ Camp Webb Basketball/Soccer Camp July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 2-6 www. ■■ Camp Webb Boys Lacrosse Camp Fundamentals June 26-30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Boys entering grades 5-8 ■■ Camp Webb Boys Advanced Position Lacrosse Camp July 17-21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 7-10 ■■ Camp Webb Boys Junior Soccer Camp June 12-16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Boys entering grades 1-5 www. ■■ Camp Webb Elliott Stroupe Basketball School July 24-28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 4-7 ■■ Camp Webb Football/Basketball Camp July 10-14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 4-8 www. ■■ Camp Webb Girls Soccer Camp June 19-23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Girls entering kindergarten-5th grade ■■ Camp Webb Grand Slam Dunk Baseball/Basketball Camp June 5-9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Boys entering grades 3-8 ■■ Camp Webb Meske Football Camp  June 19-23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 1-5 www.campwebb. com

■■ Camp Webb Spartan Spirit Cheer and Dance July 10-14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Girls entering grades 3-6 www. ■■ Camp Webb Sports Variety Camp 13 Spaces Available. June 5-9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 2-5 ■■ Camp Webb Tennis Camp Session I: June 5-9; Session II: June 12-16; Session III: June 19-23; Session IV: June 26-30; Session V: July 10-14; Session VI: July 17-21; Session VII: July 24-28; Session VIII: July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 1-7 ■■ Camp Webb Volleyball Camp July 24-28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Girls entering grades 5-8 www. ■■ Webb Basketball Camp July 17-21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Boys entering grades 6-8

■■ Camp Webb Wild World of Sports June 12-16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 2-6 www.campwebb. com ■■ Camp Webb Wrestling Camp June 12-16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 5-8 ■■ VBS 2017 – Passport to Peru, June 4-8. Sunday Kickoff 4-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/registration at CentralBearden. org/Camp-Central, campcentral@ or call 865-450-1000 ■■ Mega Sports Camp, Jun 19-23, 5:307:30 p.m. Cost $30. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/registration at, or call 865-450-1000 ■■ Music and Arts Camp 2017, July 9-14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost $75. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/ registration at CentralBearden. org/Camp-Central, campcentral@ or call 865-450-1000

■■ Jr. Chef Academy, July 24-27, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost $50. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/ registration at, or call 865-4501000 ■■ Preschool Summer Adventure, Age 6 weeksentering kindergarten. July 10-14 and July 17-20. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/registration at, or call 865-450-1000 ■■ Calvary Baptist Church “Big Fish” summer camp and afterschool, field trips, swimming, devotions and lasting friendships. For ages entering kindergarten through entering seventh grade. Three Knoxville locations. More info, schedules, online registration at www. or call 865-386-0779 ■■ Camp Wallace Summer Day Camp, May 24-Aug. 4, for children who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade. Field trips including Splash Country, Jump Jam, Knoxville Zoo, Alcoa Pool, plus weekly devotions, arts and crafts. Contact Kristie Bell, director, 865-688-7270. ■■ Christian Academy of Knoxville “We Have That Camp!” Full summer lineup at www.cakwarriors. com/cak-life/summercamps.cfm or call 865-6904721


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Holston student’s essay honoring teacher wins Holston Middle School math teacher Damien Molchany recently found out just how seventh-grade student Hannah Hall felt about him as a teacher and the subject of math. Hannah was recently notified that she was the local winner for Barnes and Noble’s “my favorite teacher” contest and she shared her essay during a recent staff meeting at HMS. In her heartfelt essay, Hannah stated how she “loathed math with an eternal burning flame of passion” until she was placed in Molchany’s class. She called his teaching style charismatic and described Molchany as “not your average Joe.” Hannah concluded the essay with “Mr. Molchany is a compass, a leader, who guides us daily. Providing education and a laugh every day. This is why

Peter Pan (Hogan Wayland) watches as Wendy Darling (Emma Wyatt) and her brothers Michael (Noah Crabtree) and John (Cody Owens) learn to fly in Holston Middle School’s production of “Peter Pan”. More photos on page A-x. Photo by Ruth White

Holston Middle School teacher Damien Molchany was recognized as Hannah Hall’s favorite teacher when she was the local winner of Barnes and Noble’s “my favorite teacher” contest. Photo by Ruth White

he is, and will forever be, my favorite teacher.” Hannah’s essay will move on to the next level for judging and a chance to

win great prizes for herself and the school. This is the second year in a row that Holston has produced a local winner in the contest.

If only you believe

Holston Show Choir presents “Peter Pan”

The lost boys welcome John and Michael Darling (Cody Owens in white and Noah Crabtree in purple) to Neverland. Tinkerbell (Jaklyn Rutter) welcomes guests to the production of “Peter Pan” by the Holston Middle School Show Choir.

Smee (Brylee Crawford) and Captain Hook (Sam McRary) check out the ship and crew of pirates.

HEALTH NOTES ■■ “Ready, Set, Unite! Walk for Child Abuse Prevention” free community prevention walk and information fair, 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, Market Square. No registration required; everyone invited. Hosted by Helen Ross McNabb Center. Info:; or Houston Smelcer, or 865-329-9119.

■■ Parkinson’s Walk sponsored by PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson Support Group of East Tennessee, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 15, Bissell Park Pavilion in Oak Ridge. Live music, free healthcare info, prizes and more. All donations go to research funding for the seven major Parkinson’s organizations. Info:, specify team: PK Hope Is Alive.

North/East Shopper news • April 5, 2017 • A-9

FLAT ROCK, NC Mad Greek staff: Amanda Lorrain, “Papa Zeke,” “Big Mama,” Travis Blevins, Schaye Bridge, “T.J.,” Jay Sheadrick, Shaun Cayce, Dylan “Melvin” Mahan Photos by Esther Roberts

Mad Greek: International flavor with a down home vibe By Esther Roberts Two decades ago, Cyprus native Georgia Schnell opened the first “Mad Greek” restaurant in Bristol with a vision. “She wanted to offer folks a place where they can come and enjoy international cuisine and feel like they’re family.” So says Travis Blevins, general manager of the latest manifestation of Schnell’s vision, the Mad Greek restaurant in East Knox County, just off I-40 at the Strawberry Plains exit. Entering the Mad Greek is like walking into a Greek family’s dining room, scaled up to accommodate lots of friends. The atmosphere is lively and welcoming. “Come in! Sit down!” Smiling faces abound, from the hostess to bartender Emily Bailey to the haute-cuisine-but-not-haughty head chef, Shaun Cayce. Indeed, one suspects weekends and game days may find guests and staff enjoying some impromptu Greek dancing. And that’s just fine. “We want everyone to feel like family when they’re here,” Blevins explains. “Come for a meal, come for a drink, sit and visit without feeling rushed – whatever each guest is seeking in a great dining experience, that’s what we want to provide.” “We especially want to make sure each guest enjoys the best food possible,” chef Cayce adds. “I and my staff create weekly specials so there’s always a new entrée to savor. Along with our signature Greek dishes, we also feature other international foods. Recently our weekend special was pork schnitzel on a pretzel bun with all the trimmings.”

The restaurant features tables for large groups as well as booths for more intimate dining. Al fresco dining is available on the patio. The bar sports a large-screen television and offers a full array of libations. Brightly colored pages from children’s coloring books have been taped along one wall. “We keep coloring books and crayons on hand for our youngest guests,” explains Blevins, “and we tape up their finished artwork so, next time they come to visit, they get to see it, just like they would at home. It’s fun to watch a child walk in and be excited to see their artwork on the wall. They feel validated, and I love that.” Blevins served as general manager of the Johnson City Mad Greek before coming to Knoxville to open the newest installment in this burgeoning chain. “We offer catering services, takeout service, and also many gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menu items,” Blevins says. “We also believe in supporting our community.” Mad Greek participated in the “Dine Out for Education” initiative to support Knox County Schools. On April 4, 10 percent of all food sales was donated to local schools. Mad Greek may expand to other areas of Knoxville in the future, but, for now, if you want to enjoy some great international food in a festive atmosphere, Blevins and his colleagues will be happy to welcome you into the Mad Greek family. Mad Greek is at 750 Brakebill Road, just off I-40 at exit 398. Open weekdays 11 a.m.9 p.m.; weekends 11 a.m.-10 p.m. For takeout call 865-200-8486.

Head chef Shaun Cayce enjoys creating featured entrees with international flair.

General manager Travis Blevins focuses on a family atmosphere at Mad Greek.

Clusters of joy The living, the living, they thank you, as I do this day; fathers make known to children your faithfulness. The Lord will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the Lord. (Isaiah 38:19-20 NRSV) Time was, in my family, that births took place in January. Mother and two of her three siblings were January babies. Daddy was also born in January, as were his father and mother. There were jokes that floated around the family about how unfair it was to have so many birthday celebrations in the same month. That pattern has shifted now, to April. My brother Warren and his wife, Libby, are April babies, as are my daughter Eden and my husband, Lewis. My daughter Jordan is a March baby, and her husband, Justin, was born in October. Like them, I am an outlier in the April pattern, because although I was due in October, I dilly-dallied around until the first wee hours of November. I am especially fond of birthdays because of their power to make what would be an otherwise ordinary day into a spe-

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cial occasion. Birthdays bring back memories, tend to bring out old pictures and stories, and celebrate the life of one person. Sometimes when I am considering the joy of birthdays, I remember the birthday of our Lord, which we celebrate with all manner of food and gifts and partying, but too easily forget the birthday Boy and the difference He made in our world and in our lives. So, let’s celebrate the gift of life, not just on birthdays, but every day, and give thanks that we are here, alive, able to enjoy this beautiful world, with all its wonders and joys and challenges! Enjoy life!


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FAITH NOTES ■■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 865-771-7788.


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■■ Derby Days Event, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. Info: 865-922-0416. ■■ Carter Senior Center, 9040 Asheville Highway. Info: 865932-2939. ■■ Corryton Senior Center, 9331 Davis Drive. Info: 865688-5882. ■■ Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail. Info: 865546-1700. ■■ John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info: 865-523-1135.

REUNIONS ■■ Woodhill School Reunion, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, Pleasant Gap Baptist Church, 4311 Pleasant Gap Drive. Bring covered dish. All who attended Woodhill are invited. ■■ Halls High Class of 1967 final planning meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, Bel Air Grill. The reunion is 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, Bearden Banquet Hall. The class is the featured class at the Halls Alumni Dinner, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Halls High. Info: Theda, 865-221-0710, or Darlene, 865-256-7491.


A-10 • April 5, 2017 • North/East Shopper news

Central UMC celebrates 90 years

By Carol Z. Shane

observance of the church’s 90th birthday during its Sunday morning worship service. “There was talk of a reception after church, but the team realized that those who were planning it would miss out on visiting with old friends,” says the Rev. Jimmy Sherrod, Central’s pastor since 2014. “As a church, it is important and imperative to celebrate this anniversary in the context of worship – a place we gather every week to celebrate what God has done, is doing, and will do in the future.” Two former pastors, the Rev. Carl Oakes and the Rev. Grady Winegar, were there to offer reminiscences and inspiration. Winegar and his wife, Ottalee, led ministry at Central for 13 years, and she helped to start the Beta Class for special needs adults, as well as Wonderful Wednesdays – a ministry

Formed in 1925 by the merging congregations of Broad Street Church and Centenary Church – both founded in the late 1800s – Central United Methodist Church has a long, rich history. Early on, services were held in several locations, and finally on March 20, 1927, 2,000 members met for their first service in their new building on Third Avenue between Morgan and Lamar Streets, the population center of the city. Hailed for its classic beauty, acoustics and facilities, the building included a gymnasium, handball courts, showers and meeting space for Scout troops and community organizations. It’s now one of the crown jewels of the Fourth and Gill neighborhood. And recently, the current congregation had a special

reaching out to kids in the neighborhood. Now regular churchgoers there, “they hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Central,” says Sherrod. Other distinguished guests were the Rev. Nathan Malone, Knoxville’s district superintendent for the Holston Conference; Knoxville’s 6th District City Councilman Dan Brown and his wife, Kathy; Knox County Commission’s 2nd District representative, Michele Carringer; Beaumont Magnet Academy’s principal Windy Clayton and Community School director Jill Akin; and Fulton High School’s community coordinator Ara Rickman. “We have developed partnerships with these two schools, and we were delighted they could join us,” says Sherrod. “There is a certain feeling each week that I am standing on the shoulders of some

pretty amazing people who have gone before me – the bishops who have preached, the weddings that have been performed, the dead who have been honored, the clergy that have been ordained, and the lay people who have given witness to God in this church. While we pastors are prone to remind our congregations that the church isn’t the building, it is important to acknowledge that just as the body is living and breathing, the sacred spaces can be alive with tradition and history, with hospitality and welcome. Anytime a building is 90 years old, it presents challenges. But our mission and purpose is strong and we want to be right where we are – drawing from the past while forging ahead into the future.” Info: visit or call 865-524-1659.

News from EyeXcel

40-year eye care legacy continues with a new name There is a personal touch to everything about the long-standing optometry practice of Dr. David A. Patton, O.D., including the sign in front of which he proudly stands. Dr. Patton built the frame of the new sign in his woodworking shop, a hobby he enjoys when not caring for his patients. Over the last few decades, Dr. Patton has provided care and has helped countless eyes see better, but now he is also focused on ensuring that his patients and friends are still being cared for many decades from now. Most people know Dr. Patton as the founding partner of Drs. Rhyne & Patton Optometrists, and along with Dr. M.W. Rhyne Jr., he started in 1978 with just a dream and a desire to help people. “Back in the early days when we were just

starting out, we didn’t have enough patients, so we were truck farmers growing and selling vegetables on the side. I’m glad my wife stuck around because she was definitely not happy about helping,” Dr. Patton says jokingly. A lot has changed in the nearly 40 years in practice. “We have so much better technology, medicines, diagnostic machines and treatment methods today that just didn’t exist when we first started. We can treat so many things now, and it’s exciting to see all the changes and to be a part of it; not only in eye care, but all of medicine.” The most recent change to the practice, though, has not been an advancement in medicine, but some new faces and a new name. “I knew I didn’t want the practice to just shut its doors one

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day,” says Dr. Patton. His first order of business was to bring in new doctors, but was very selective in picking the partners to continue his legacy. The practice is all about relationships, and he wanted to see that it remained that way. “It’s a family atmosphere. I love seeing the same patients year after year. I like getting to know my patients. I enjoy meeting their vision needs, but oftentimes my staff gets mad at me for talking too long about fishing or about what’s new with their children or grandchildren,” he says with a laugh. In 2015, Dr. Bruce D. Gilliland was added to the practice. He is the only low-vision specialist in East Tennessee, and loves people and meeting their needs. Dr. Patton grew the practice again in 2016 when he added Frank A. Carusone, a young optometrist who specializes in vision therapy and binocular disorders of the eyes relating to the brain. “Instead of adding more locations, we are growing our practice to involve more specialties so we can treat more people” says Dr. Patton.

Together with the new partners, Dr. Patton decided it was time for a name change. Instead of sticking with the old name that includes the last names of the original doctors, Dr. Patton thought it was the right time for a new identity that will carry the practice forward for the new doctors and next generation. “When I step down one day, I’ll know that this is a premier and thriving practice with a great name and reputation in the community that offers all aspects of vision care.”

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North/East Shopper news • April 5, 2017 • A-11

last words

Digging up bones:

Regulations are a good thing I heard from the cemetery woman again this week. This time she called me. Her English was better than my Spanish, but that didn’t get us anywhere, so she got my email address and sent me a bill. Best I can make out, if I don’t pay up, she’s going to dig up my grandmother. My grandmother, my Mamita, lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her name was Luci Gonzales and she laughed a lot. She was deeply religious and was always making deals with God.

Betty Bean Once, when my mother had diphtheria and almost died, Mamita told God she’d beg money and give it to the church in exchange for her baby’s life. Mama got well, and Mamita hit the streets with a tin cup. At a time and in a place when educating women wasn’t a big priority,

she made sure her girls went to college. She saw ghosts in odd places, and once demanded to be moved to a different room in a Venezuelan hotel because there was a ghost under her bed. She sent me sparkly jewelry and big fancy dresses for my birthday and Christmas and Easter, and visited us in the winter because she loved to play in the snow (we’d go to the Smokies to find it). I loved her. She died in 1982, the year the World’s Fair came

done. But as time passed and money dwindled, I started culling them. Then a bill to town. My mother, who from the cemetery arrived. Turned out that she was brought Mamita to Knoxville to care for her when paying annual maintenance she got sick, took it hard, on Mamita’s grave. This one truly bumfuzand arranged to fly Mamita’s body home to the island zled me. I’d covered the long, so she could be buried in a sad story of Halls Memory pretty cemetery in Carolina, Gardens (now Fort Sumter Community Cemetery), just outside San Juan. Mama is 95 now, and suf- and how its previous owner fers from dementia. The first abandoned it, bilking scores year I took on the task of pay- of customers by selling the ing her bills, I was astounded same plot to more than one at the number of charities customer. I followed tireless and political causes she sup- crusader Bobbie Woodall ported. At first, I paid them around, and she educated all, just as she would have me about Tennessee laws

regulating cemeteries. Like every other state, we have mandatory trust funds set up for perpetual care. That’s part of the built-in cost of buying a cemetery plot. Not so in Puerto Rico, where problems are compounded by an economic crisis that has bankrupted the island. There are no laws requiring up-front payment of perpetual care. I’ve been paying the annual fee because that’s what Mama did. But let’s face it. None of us are here forever. I’ll think about this the next time I hear a rant about government regulations.

Roane lawmaker could become lone ET voice on TVA board Another name being mentioned for the TVA board of directors is state Sen. Ken Yager from neighboring Roane County, who chairs the legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee. He is a former county mayor and would be an interesting choice given the massive TVA spill several years ago in Roane County. However, if nominated and confirmed he would have to resign his state Senate seat to serve. He cannot do both at the same time. At present, there is no one from East Tennessee serving on the TVA board for the first time in recent memory. It appears TVA has caved on the citizens’ lawsuit over the program for treecutting under power lines. This lawsuit has been twice to the federal court of appeals under attorney Don Vowell’s direction, where his arguments have prevailed. TVA attorneys are finally acknowledging they

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have not complied with all aspects of the law. ■■ The death of former state Sen. Doug Henry marks the end of an era. He was a true Southern Democrat from the old school. He served 40 years in the state Senate. He truly believed that the two U.S. senators from each state were ambassadors to the U.S. Capitol as we are a union of 50 sovereign states. He chaired the Senate Finance Committee for many years. He and the late speaker John Wilder were close allies. When the Senate Democrats dropped Wilder, Henry joined the Republicans to keep Wilder in office. When the Democrats

dropped Bill Snodgrass as comptroller for Floyd Kephart in 1972, Henry and a few other Democrats sided with the Re- Joe Bailey publicans to keep Snodgrass in office. Henry’s integrity was unquestioned. His devotion to Tennessee history was remarkable. ■■ Former vice mayor Joe Bailey, 59, says several people have urged him to look at running for Knoxville mayor in 2019, and he plans on doing just that. Interestingly, one other person seriously eyeing the mayor’s office lives almost directly across the street from Bailey on Kingston Pike. This is Eddie Mannis, 58, former deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero. Bailey served eight years on council. The two other potential candidates now are council

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members Marshall Stair, 39, and George Wallace, 59. Three of the four live in West Knoxville. Stair lives in North Knoxville on Armstrong Avenue. Two of the four are Republicans (Wallace and Bailey). Three of the four are within one year of each other in age. Stair is the youngest by 19 years. ■■ State Rep. Eddie Smith, who chairs the Knox delegation, turns 38 on April 11, while Doris Sharp, wife of longtime former vice mayor of Knoxville Jack Sharp, turns 80 the same day. As second lady of Knoxville for 14 years, she was a vital part of her husband’s success.

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■■ T h e Polish Ambassador to the U.S., Piotr Wilczek, will speak next Wednesday af ternoon, April 12, at

the Howard Baker Center. The public is invited. ■■ Former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale and his wife, Allison, have moved to Jefferson County to live on the lake in Dandridge, which is the county seat. They sold their home in Farragut.

Lamar offers help on health insurance U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has drafted a plan to help Tennessee residents who lack options on health care. Sen. Bob Corker joined Alexander to sponsor the legislation. Alexander said 34,000 Knoxville area residents rely on an Affordable Care Act subsidy to purchase health insurance. Currently, he said, they will have “zero options on the exchanges for the 2018 plan year. After the one remaining insurer pulled out of the exchange for 2018, these subsidies are

worth as much as bus tickets in a town with no buses running. There is also a real prospect that all 230,000 Tennesseans who buy insurance on the exchange – approximately 195,000 with a subsidy – won’t have any plans to buy next year either.” Alexander’s bill would allow those in Knoxville and across the country who receive a subsidy and have no option next year to use that subsidy to buy any state-approved individual insurance plan off the exchange.

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