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August 17, 2016

BUZZ Football ahead! We’ve got the football schedules for Austin-East, Carter, Fulton and Webb high schools, along with photos from last week’s jamboree.


Eighth of August

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Emerald honors Clifford, Erma Ross When the Beck Cultural Center hosted Emerald Youth Foundation’s recent fundraiser, “Dinner with Elston Turner,� which raised money for the annual summer Elston Turner Basketball Camp and Clifford H. Ross Scholarship Fund, two very special people were honored. One is still with us; one has passed on to his reward.


Read Carol Z. Shane on page 3

Renee Kesler, president and CEO of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, outlines this year’s planned Eighth of August festivities next to a painting by local artist Alan Jones, who paints under the name Theophilus.

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By J.J. Stambaugh

The rumor that Gloria Johnson might switch districts started the day state Rep. Joe Armstrong was convicted in federal court of filing a false income tax return and stripped of his office. “I was out in South Knoxville at a volunteer meeting that night and noticed my Twitter feed had a tweet from a College Republican about me moving to the 15th District. I thought, ‘What a ridiculous rumor,’� said Johnson.


This 1929 photograph shows William Johnson (right), who was born a slave but was freed on Aug. 8, 1863, by his owner, thenTennessee Military Gov. Andrew Johnson. He later became a bellhop at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in downtown Knoxville and was given a silver-headed cane by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Read Betty Bean on page 7

Concert at New Harvest Park Third Thursday Concerts at New Harvest Park continue from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at 4775 New Harvest Lane off Washington Pike. The Blue Js band will play at 6:30 p.m. and country music singer Mae Beth Harris at 7:30. Concerts are free and follow the New Harvest Park Farmers Market. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. If the concert is canceled by weather, a notice will be posted on Facebook at Knox County Parks.


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It’s been 153 years since slavery was abolished in Tennessee, but the memory of that watershed moment in the dog days of 1863 are being kept alive by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s Eighth of August Jubilee. For the second year in a row, special programming commemorated the date in Tennessee history known as Emancipation Day, including the premier of a television documentary. “We want to raise awareness of the Eighth of August and what it meant,� said Renee Kesler, president and CEO of the Beck Center. Founded in 1975, the Beck Center at 1927 Dandridge Avenue in East Knoxville is the area’s primary resource for preserving the history of African-Americans in East Tennessee.

It contains extensive collections of history and artifacts of the community, a large meeting hall, and spaces for children and others to access computers and tutoring services. Although slavery was technically abolished by then-President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in early 1863, black Tennesseans celebrate the later date of Aug. 8, because that was the day Tennessee Military Gov. Andrew Johnson freed his personal slaves. Although many of today’s African-Americans might not remember the date’s importance, it was considered something of a holiday by the tens of thousands of former slaves and their descendants living in East Tennessee, Kesler said.

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Career Magnet Academy to celebrate juniors Career Magnet Academy, a Knox County high school located at the Strawberry Plains campus of Pellissippi State Community College, has scheduled a recognition dinner for its 48 junior students and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at PSCC’s Strawberry Plains campus. This marks the third year for the CMA and the first students enrolled are now juniors.

These 48 have met the requisite benchmarks to begin taking dual enrollment courses at PSCC. The Career Magnet Academy offers four tracks, each leading to an associate’s degree from Pellissippi. “These high school students are the first of their kind in the state to take college courses on a college campus and to earn the opportunity to make significant progress toward an associate’s degree while they are

still in high school, said Cameron Molchan, magnet facilitator at CMA. “While most of them will have to take three to six additional college classes after high school graduation in order to receive an associate’s degree, it is possible that some of them will earn both their high school diploma and their associate’s degree by the time they graduate in 2018,� said Molchan.

Andy Black retires with unfinished business By Betty Bean Some 150 dignitaries, employees and friends of Andy Black showed up last week to stand in a sunbaked parking lot and listen to a series of speeches praising his accomplishments at a ceremony dedicating the main building of the Helen Ross McNabb Center to the agency’s former CEO. Black retired in 2014 and has been serving as a consultant while phasing himself out for the past two years. Black sported a big smile and a red rose on his lapel, and he deflected the credit for his accomplishments by thanking his colleagues and supporters. Black, who has degrees in psychology and social work from the University of Tennessee, spent more than 30 years at Helen Ross

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Jones have been his compadres in this effort. “We couldn’t run this system without Helen Ross McNabb and all they do at the jail,� he said. “They’ve always been willing to help, and Andy Black set the tone and laid the groundwork. Most people don’t know about the work they do and how truly caring they are.� In recent years, Black, Jones and Nichols have added another ally – Mayor Tim Burchett, who supports the urgent care center and said that Black understands mental health issues and public policy as well as anyone in Knox County.

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Charlotte Wolfenbarger (right), with her husband, David, is grateful for the quick action from the team of medical experts at the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Fort Sanders Regional.

Time for a miracle

Clot-buster speeds Knoxville woman’s recovery from stroke It was snowing hard. Flakes as big as snowballs were falling onto Charlotte Wolfenbarger’s face as paramedics wheeled her stretcher down the ramp and into the waiting ambulance. Less than 30 minutes earlier, she had opened her blinds and stretched across her bed to watch it snow. But then, her left foot shook violently a couple of times and her entire left side went numb. Her left arm was fixed in a curl up to her chin and her foot was so dead she couldn’t feel the floor beneath her. Was it a stroke? She suspected so, but because she could still talk, she didn’t know for certain. Neither did her husband, David, nor did the paramedics. But once she made it to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department five miles away, there was no doubt – she was diagnosed with an ischemic stroke, likely caused by atrial fibrillation – one of the leading risk factors in the 800,000 strokes in the United States each year. “The scariest words I ever heard were when the doctor looked down at me and said, ‘Charlotte, you are having a stroke,’” she recalls. Fortunately for Mrs. Wolfenbarger, she had sought treatment quickly enough that Arthur Moore, MD, a neurohospitalist and medical director of Fort Sanders Regional Stroke Center, was able to administer the clot-busting drug called tPA or tissue plasminogen activator, an intravenous thrombolytic that can prevent death or serious disability caused by strokes. “I don’t know how many minutes it took, but it was quick,” said Mr. Wolfenbarger. “I was sitting there beside her, and she said, ‘I can move my foot and feel it now.’ And I took her arm and moved it. If we moved it, it would move. Then she said, ‘Look here!’ and she moved her fingers!” “They hadn’t even finished giving me the IV before I could move my foot,” said Mrs. Wolfenbarger. “It was a miracle! A total miracle!” “I don’t claim to be a miracle worker – that one God can have,” said Dr. Moore. “We just do what we can to help people.” Miracle or not, Mrs. Wolfenbarger was discharged the next day and her symptoms today are “so minimal that no one but a neurologist would find them,” says Dr. Moore. “They won’t interfere with her life whatso-

ever. That’s the important part. The FDA approved tPA almost two decades ago but even today it has been characterized as “vastly underutilized.” In fact, more than 80 percent of the population lives within a onehour drive of a hospital capable of administering tPA, but only four percent of those people actually receive it. Why? The reasons vary, not the least of which is that tPA can be fatal when administered too late or incorrectly. “There’s been a lot of negative press about tPA from some in the emergency department community and others saying ‘We don’t like this drug – it increases our liability,’” said Dr. Moore. “But to be quite honest, they’re just wrong. There is so much favorable evidence right now that not giving it is what gets them into trouble.” The greatest reason tPA isn’t being used frequently enough, however, is time. FDA rules require that tPA be given within 3 hours (or, in certain cases, as late as 4.5 hours) of a stroke’s first signs. For that reason, it’s important to note the time when symptoms (sudden confusion or speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg on one side; sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance; sudden headache with no known cause or sudden vision impairment) first appear. All too often, however, patients either fail to recognize those signs or discount their significance and delay treatment. “The brain is a lot like real estate – everything is ‘location, location, location’ because each area of the brain controls something different,” said Dr. Moore. “Even experienced doctors can miss the signs. It does happen. If the stroke hits in some of these areas that are relatively not important in the brain, then you may not have any symptoms, or very mild symptoms, and the paramedics may not have noticed it. That does happen. Usually, though, the paramedics tend to be very aggressive with identifying potential stroke patients, and we appreciate that because it lets us get patients in – if they didn’t have a stroke, then we haven’t lost anything.” The best stroke centers, like Fort Sanders, are certified by both the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. That certification ensures

patients receive the best and fastest care possible by creating Acute Stroke Teams that utilize best practices. These teams of emergency department physicians, neurologists, radiologists and nurses continually search for ways to reduce the “Door-To-Needle” time – a measurement of the time elapsed between entering the ER to receiving tPA. “The national benchmark is 60 minutes, and we are currently at 45 minutes,” said Dr. Moore. “And when I am on, it’s right around 30 minutes. I’m proud of that.” As soon as a stroke is identified, paramedics put Fort Sanders’ Acute Stroke Team on standby. When the patient comes through the emergency department doors, the Stroke Team is immediately paged as the patient receives an identification wrist bracelet and has blood drawn before being sent directly to the CT department. There, they are met by Dr. Moore or his partner, James Hora, MD. After a quick exam, the patient gets the CT scan while the hospital’s pharmacy is preparing the tPA. “By the end of that scan, I generally know if I am going to be able to offer them tPA,” said Dr. Moore, who then discusses the risks and benefits with the patient and their family as he accompanies the patient back to their room. “If they refuse it, fine – we’ve lost a vial of medicine and that’s OK,” said Dr. Moore. “But if they say, ‘Yes, go ahead. I don’t want to live like this. Give me the best chance you can,’ it’s ready to go as soon as they get into the room once we’ve made sure that their blood pressure is OK. That’s about all that it takes. But it’s making sure you follow this very clearly defined process again and again and again that gets you in the mindset you can reduce the times and that’s what’s made the biggest differences.” Charlotte Wolfenbarger is thankful she took that chance. “People think, ‘I’m going to wait to see if this goes away. I couldn’t be having a stroke!’ or ‘I don’t want to look stupid by going to the hospital.’ But they’re not going to think you’re stupid. Don’t sit and wait to see what’s going to happen next because you are going to get worse. Call an ambulance and go straight to Fort Sanders Regional because they are equipped for it. Don’t go anywhere else.”

The Pastoral Care Department at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center will present a Stephen Ministry information meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Stephen Ministry is a program providing Christian spiritual caregiving to people who are hospitalized and to their loved ones. A Stephen Minister comes alongside a person whose life has been affected by illness or other crisis situations and provides one-on-one support. “This is a wonderful opportunity for people in our community to learn the skills needed to make a big difference in the lives of people who are suffering,” said Chaplain Randy Tingle. Training begins with workshops on Sept. 22-23, and continues with a weekly class held on Thursday evenings. Stephen Ministers complete 50 hours of specialized hospital-based classes as well as participate in ongoing continuing education opportunities. Graduates of the program commit to serve with the hospital chaplains as volunteer Stephen Ministers in the hospital for one hour per week for two years. In addition to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Stephen Ministers also serve at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center and Thompson Cancer Survival Center. For more information, or to receive an application contact Chaplain Randy Tingle at 865- 541-1235.

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Erma Ross honored at fundraiser By Carol Z. Shane When the Beck Cultural Center hosted Emerald Youth Foundation’s recent fundraiser, “Dinner with Elston Turner,� which raised money for the annual summer Elston Turner Basketball Camp and Clifford H. Ross Scholarship Fund, two very special people were honored. One is still with us; one has passed on to his reward. Coach Clifford H. Ross, legendary basketball coach at Austin-East High School, lost his battle with cancer in 2005. But “his boys� still remember him and his influence in their lives. His widow, Erma Ross, will celebrate her 93rd birthday in November. She was there to honor her late husband, and to be honored herself. Pat Jennings, the couple’s only child, says that when her father died, she and her mother decided to ask for donations in lieu of flowers in order to set up a scholarship fund. The money would go to qualified, collegebound A-E senior boys’ basketball players. “My father never asked for this to be done,� says Jennings, “but he was always concerned that ‘his boys not be on the corner.’ “This means doing nothing with their lives. “We awarded two $4,000 scholarships that first year, and both these young men have college degrees today. We have given scholarships each year since then with monies that continue to support this fund.�

Beck Center celebrates Generations after the slaves were freed, legal segregation still barred them from many public facilities, she said. During the era of legal segregation, Aug. 8 was the one day each year that African-Americans were permitted to use Chilhowee Park. “That lasted all the way up to 1948,� she said. “It was so important to them that they would literally save up money all year to go to the park on that day.� Kesler said that this year’s Eighth of August festivities kicked off on Aug. 7 with a Libation Ceremony, described as a “symbolic pouring of liquid done in the spirit of remembrance,� at the Freedmen’s Mission Historic Cemetery near Erma Ross was recently honored at a dinner given by the Emerald Youth Foundation. Her hus- Knoxville College. band was the legendary A-E basketball coach Clifford H. Ross. With her are NBA coach Elston The ceremony drew the Turner and attorney George Underwood, both A-E alumni and former players under Coach descendants of many forRoss. Photo submitted mer slaves, including Ned Arter of Kentucky. Arter Elston Turner, arguably dridge Avenue area. Under and our mother (there are is a descendant of William Ross’ star athlete out of the Ross, Turner led the A-E five Underwood kids) a few Johnson, a freed slave who hundreds he coached over Roadrunners to their first years later. He and Mrs. made his way from Greenthe years, is an NBA assis- state championship in 1977. Ross took special interest eville to Knoxville and Attorney George Under- in my life when I got to A-E ended up as a bellhop at the tant coach for the Sacramento Kings. Every year he wood is another of Ross’ and maintained it beyond.� Andrew Johnson Hotel on returns to Knoxville for the success stories, and he was Throughout the evening, Gay Street, now known as there to pay tribute. “I played Ross, looking elegant and the Andrew Johnson Buildbasketball camp. “I’m a firm believer in for his A-E teams from 1974- nowhere near her age, en- ing. The former slave often whatever you do for a liv- 77,� he says. “Because of his joyed the tributes. “My mother was the wind talked of how he would ing, you can reach back, teaching and coaching, I teach, and show somebody earned a four-year Division beneath my daddy’s wings,� like to meet then-President else how to do it,� he says. One college athletic scholar- says Jennings. “My father Franklin D. Roosevelt. Afwas the wind beneath Elston ter a local reporter passed A former teammate of the ship to ETSU. “Coach Ross was liter- and George and many oth- along the information to the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the ally a father figure in my life ers – and now Elston and Roosevelt administration, a East Knoxville native grew as my actual father passed George are winds beneath car was sent to drive Johnson to the White House. up playing hoops in the Dan- away when I was age 12 our youth.� While in Washington, D.C., the president gave Johnson a personalized silver-headed cane, Kesler said.

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Ned Arter carries the special cane given to his ancestor, former slave William Johnson, at last week’s Eighth of August Libation Ceremony at Freedmen’s Mission Historic Cemetery next to Knoxville College. “That cane became the Holy Grail of history,� Kesler explained. “Later, local historian Bill Murrah ended up talking to Ned Arter on the phone and mentioned the cane, and Arter told him, ‘It’s in my closet.’ He ended up bringing it to the Libation Ceremony.� The following evening, approximately 200 people attended the debut of an East Tennessee PBS documentary at the Regal Riviera Cinema, Kesler said. The film was made with the help of the Beck Center and the East Tennessee Historical Society. Other scheduled events included a day-long jubilee at Chilhowee Park on Aug. 13, including a parade, food, and live entertainment. Info: 865-524-8461 or

‘Sterl the Pearl’ highlights first day at SMG For the third straight year, the staff at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy welcomed students back with a red-carpet celebration. This year, former University of Tennessee football standout Sterling “Sterl the Pearl� Henton was the disc jockey. Principal Amy Brace has

returned to Sarah Moore Greene, where she started her career as a physical education teacher. She most recently was principal at Lonsdale Elementary. The full staff joined her on the red carpet to welcome returning students and families.

Sarah Moore Greene principal Amy Brace and Sterling Henton

Brenda Black, Helen Ross McNabb board chair Chip Finn and Andy Black. Photo submitted

Andy Black Students get a high five from principal Amy Brace and staff at Sarah Moore Greene while walking the red carpet on the first day of school.

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“Andy’s genuinely concerned about people, especially those who are the least among us. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor (having a building dedicated to him), and we’re going to get the urgent care thing done. I’ve called people who are big hitters in the community who have been involved in mental health issues and they say Andy’s never let them down.�

‘Christmas in July’ gifts benefit homeless Throughout the month of July, members of the Community Involvement Committee challenged their KCDC coworkers at each property to prepare a “Christmas in July� surprise to help the homeless. The 15 colorful Christmas boxes, which included personal hygiene items, cleaning products, kitchen items, bedding and more, were delivered to the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) in August to assist homeless families, individuals and seniors. The boxes will be distributed through CAC’s Pillow Project, which helps homeless individuals and families get a fresh start by providing basic household and hygiene items as they move

into permanent housing. The program seeks to ease the transition from homelessness and increase housing stability. “The people receiving these items are low-income families and individuals who are likely moving into KCDC housing,� said Shana Love, Community Involvement Committee chair for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation. “Our hope is that other organizations will donate just like we have. CAC has been sending out the materials they have been receiving all year, and they are at the point in the middle of the year where they are running low on supplies for the welcome baskets.� CAC will use the materi-

als donated by KCDC and other companies to ensure each individual or family receives the necessary supplies as a housewarming gift. In addition to its homeless transition programs, CAC provides other services for low-income individuals including transportation, utilities assistance, preschool programs, food and nutrition programs and case management at KCDC’s high-rise buildings. Info:

Diana Willett, Jennifer Bell, Shana Love and Robert Justice deliver 15 “Christmas in July� boxes to the CAC.

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Vols get tip of cap for hanging in there This is not a misty-eyed Kleenex story. It is a mere tip of the cap to some older Volunteers who hung in there until the good times finally returned. All five came to Tennessee during the dark Derek Dooley era. That they stayed is no shock. Facilities are excellent. Teammates were terrific. The food was good. The future was a matter of personal faith. The fifth-year outlook is favorable for defensive tackle Danny O’Brien. He will play, maybe start, until Shy Tuttle gets well. It appears Jason Croom will contribute at tight end. He had enough speed to be a wide receiver in past seasons, which means he might now create an occasional mismatch against a linebacker. He is 6-5 and 246.

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We’ll see if he can block a tackle. LaTroy Lewis is part of the tournament at defensive end. He may end up third string, but he has proven that he can play. Vanderbilt remembers him well from last November. Want to talk about hanging in there, about giving more than he got? Charles Folger came from Augusta in 2012 as a preferred walkon. He practiced and practiced some more, often as sizable opposition for the varsity offense. Coaches

and teammates praised his competitive spirit. He has been a warrior. He is now 6-5 and 283. Two seasons ago, Charles made a brief appearance in the Kentucky game. Last season he played a few downs against Western Carolina. A few days ago, Butch Jones awarded him a scholarship. Other Vols applauded. Folger said, “It’s a dream come true.” Folger is a good story. His folks had Georgia season tickets for 25 years. Great recruiter Rodney Garner invited him to be a Bulldog walk-on. When Charles visited UT, he liked what he felt. It would cost a little more, but his dad said go for it. In addition to the scholarship, Folger has earned

a degree and is working toward a master’s. As redshirt seniors go, Kenny Bynum is one heck of a story. In October 2011, he committed to Coach Jones, then of the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kenny was to be a middle linebacker in John Jancek’s base 4-3-defense. Forty-eight hours before signing day, Tennessee turned his head. “I didn’t think I would land an SEC offer, simply because people say 4.8 isn’t fast enough.” He struggled with the decision, loyalty to Butch or a shot at the big time. “It’s every kid’s dream that lives in the Southeast of the United States to play in the SEC.” Bynum lived in Jacksonville. He was a short 6-1 and 210. He kept his weight

down to be a wrestling champ. Florida wasn’t interested in football dreams. Georgia didn’t call. Alabama didn’t know he was alive. When Tennessee finally made contact, Kenny wondered if the Vols had lost a recruit and were just filling the vacancy. Sal Sunseri assured him he could play. Sal said he should get bigger. Bynum went up to 230 in a hurry and was pushing 250 in August when he reported to UT. He suffered a torn knee meniscus and watched the Tennessee defense go from bad to awful. Dooley and his staff were fired. Butch Jones and his staff came from Cincinnati. Bynum knew them all. And, he knew Jancek’s defense because he had studied it the previous October,

November, December and January. Kenny understood when he was asked to lose weight. Jancek liked smaller, faster linebackers. Bynum made his first start when the Vols went to his hometown for the bowl game against Iowa. That was late 2014. Football coaches have hearts. Bynum started twice last season but played in all 13 games. He made the SEC academic honor roll. No doubt he can see there are better linebackers, but he has stayed the course. “I have tremendous respect for him,” said Bob Shoop, new defensive coordinator. So do I – for Kenny and the others. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Incoming and outgoing officials look ahead District 4 Knox County Commissioner Hugh Nystrom admits that he feels a little like the dog that caught the car. But he turned to an unlikely source − District 4 incumbent Jeff Ownby, whom he beat in the primary − to get his bearings. The Shopper News caught up with Nystrom while Ownby was giving him a tour of the City County Building. Stops included the mayor’s office, IT department and Public Building Authority, where Nystrom picked up his name badge. “We’re not jerks. This kind of stuff can happen naturally,” says Nystrom. His friendly relationship with Ownby began when they shared a tent during early voting back in February.

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Spending time with his predecessor makes for a smart transition, he says. “I don’t want to drop the ball on anything.” Likewise, he’s on good terms with his Democratic opponent, Marleen Davis. They’re picking up each other’s campaign signs as they get their own. He thinks treating others well pays off down the road. He says that Davis’ voice “hasn’t been silenced,” and hopes that she’ll consider a

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17 International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10 p.m., Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724;; on Facebook.

THURSDAY, AUG. 18 Bingo, 10 a.m., Humana Guidance Center, 640 Plaza, 4438 Western Ave. Free and open to the public. Info: 329-8892, TTY: 711. Burlington Game Night, 5:30-8 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info: 5255431. Family Pajama Storytime, 6:30 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Info: 922-2552. Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: Medication reviews with a pharmacist, Humana Guidance Center, 640 Plaza, 4438 Western Ave. Free and open to the public. Info/appointment: 329-8892, TTY: 711. Movie time: “Kate and Leopold,” 11:15 a.m., Humana Guidance Center, 640 Plaza, 4438 Western Ave. Free and open to the public. Info: 329-8892, TTY: 711.

FRIDAY, AUG. 19 Application deadline for Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) 2016 Fall Citizens’ Trooper Academy, to be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, THP Knoxville District Headquarters, 7601 Kingston Pike. Classes are once a week for 10 weeks. Applications: TN.Gov/safety or Info: Sergeant Bill Fitzgerald, 615-743-3907; or Colleen Curtis, 615-500-0420 or Bluegrass at Big Ridge, 4:30 p.m., 1015 Big Ridge Park Road, Maynardville. Bring chair and picnic. Info: Sara Nicely, 992-5523. Charity crafting, 11:30 a.m., Humana Guidance Center, 640 Plaza, 4438 Western Ave. Free and open to the public. Info: 329-8892, TTY: 711. Medic blood drive, noon-6 p.m., Rusty Wallace Honda, 109 Callahan Drive. Donors receive a free

City Council run. Davis, a Sequoyah Hills resident, could run for Duane Grieves’ district seat, which will be open next year. Grieves has heard rumors about who might be interested in his seat, but he thinks it’s a little early for announcements. Being on City Council could stymie someone who’s already active in public affairs because of limitations created by Sunshine Laws, he says. West Hills resident Sandy Robinson has been politically active in recent months in an effort to find funding for a sidewalk on Sheffield Drive. But she doesn’t plan to follow in the footsteps of former City Council reps Jean Teague and Barbara Pelot, who ran for office to

protect West Hills from encroachment. She just wants her neighbors to have a safe place to walk, she says. “I just want to get it done.” Pond Gap Neighborhood Association president David Williams, who lost to Finbarr Saunders in last year’s contest for City Council atlarge seat C, says he hasn’t made up his mind about running for the District 1 seat. But he thoroughly enjoyed last year’s race, and he’s made up with Saunders, he says. “The bug has bit me. I like to serve the public.” New District 1 County Commissioner Evelyn Gill hit the ground running last week by participating in an East Knoxville neighborhood walking tour. She was

Medic T-shirt and coupons for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and a Texas Roadhouse appetizer. Meet the Artist: Lela E. Buis, 5:30-8 p.m., Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, 1127B Broadway. Buis’ exhibit, “Whimsical Creatures,” will be on display through Oct. 31. Info: 523-1401. Mindful meditation, 3-3:30 p.m., Humana Guidance Center, 640 Plaza, 4438 Western Ave. Free and open to the public. Info: 329-8892, TTY: 711.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, AUG. 19-SEPT. 4 “The Three Musketeers,” Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: 208-3677,, zack@

SATURDAY, AUG. 20 Access-Life Expo for individuals and families living with disabilities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cherokee Dam Park, 2805 N. Highway 92, Jefferson City. Free; preregistration requested. Info/registration: access-life. org or Matt, 352-455-9926. Free device workshop, 9-10 a.m., U.S. Cellular, 2736 Schaad Road. Do not have to be U.S. Cellular customer to attend. Info: 938-2363. Free Family Fun Day at the KMA, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park. Includes: art-making stations, artist demonstrations, face painting, glass blowing, a magic show, gallery tours and live music. Info: 934-2034 or Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: Paddles Demo Day, 9 a.m., Hickory Star Marina, 1360 Hickory Star Road, Maynardville. Union County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Wilson Park. Info: 992-8038. Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival, 8 a.m.2 p.m., Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Tickets: $7 adults; $3 kids 5-11; 4 and under free; $20 family. Info: or 577-4717.

SUNDAY, AUG. 21 Vintage baseball, noon, 2:30 and 4 p.m., Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Games and parking free; concessions available. Bring lawn chair or blanket for seating. Info:

TUESDAY, AUG. 23 Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv troop, 8 p.m., Scruffy City Hall, Market Square. Free admission.

New District 1 Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill, left, participates in a walking tour of the Five Points neighborhood. Photo by Wendy Smith

greeted by neighbors as she joined other elected officials and city staff on a one-mile loop that included the Walter P. Taylor neighborhood, Dr. Walter Hardy Park and Vine Middle Magnet School. The tour was sponsored

by Bike Walk Knoxville, Five Points Up and the Knox County Health Department. Sarah Bounse of the health department said the goal was constructive conversation about limitations facing the neighborhood.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24 International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10 p.m., Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724;; on Facebook.

THURSDAY, AUG. 25 Robotics @ the Library, 5 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Teens ages 12-15. Info/ registration: Nicole Barajas,, or 525-5431.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, AUG. 25-26 AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m., Halls Senior Center, 4410 Crippen Road. Info/registration: 922-0416. AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m., Carter Senior Center, 9040 Asheville Highway. Info/ registration: 382-5822.

FRIDAY, AUG. 26 Golf tournament to honor Jeremy Easterday, Three Ridges Golf Course. Registration, 11 a.m.; lunch, noon; tee time, 1 p.m. Four-player scramble. Cost: $75; mulligan and red tee, $10; hole sponsorship, $125; team, $300. Info: Courtney Lewis, 254-7077 or Courtney.; Dustin Humphrey, 964-6455 or

SATURDAY, AUG. 27 Fourth Saturday Jam Session, 7 p.m., Old Rush Strong School in Sharps Chapel, Bluegrass, country and gospel music performed by local musicians. Snacks available, donations appreciated. Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: Lego Club, 3 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Info: 922-2552. Stargazing Workshop, 9:30 p.m., Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. Cost: $1 donation. Includes indoor video/ lecture on Venus and Jupiter and outdoor viewing of the conjunction of the two planets. Info: info@ or 573-5508. Union County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Wilson Park. Info: 992-8038. Vintage baseball, noon and 2:30 p.m., Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Games and parking free; concessions available. Bring lawn chair or blanket for seating. Info:


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It’s back to the fightin’ 18th If there’s such a thing as too much publicity, Republican state Rep. Martin Daniel might be the poster child for the proposition. Meanwhile, his Martin Daniel Democratic opponent, Brandi Price – who was unopposed in the primary and will go up against Daniel for the District 18 House seat in the November general election – has been Brandi Price feeling ignored. “It shortchanges the voters when one side is left out of everything,” said Price, a 28-year-old lawyer who has practiced in Juvenile Court for three years. “Opposed or unopposed, it’s important for the voters to know all of their options.” Easier said than done; a

Betty Bean rock ’em, sock ’em primary contest will suck up all the media oxygen every time. Even without a physical assault and a warrant, a four-way battle in a GOPdominated district is going to demand attention. Price, a native of Elkhart, Ind., who has lived in Knoxville for seven years, is a member of the inaugural class of Lincoln Memorial University’s John J. Duncan School of Law. She works in the family services side of juvenile court and represents parents and children who are facing custody issues. She sees the aftermath of substance abuse, domestic violence, mental-health crises and problems with education, and she would like to see more thoughtful attention paid to these problems. She says she’s running because she watched her parents work full-time and

still live paycheck to paycheck. She started working when she was 15. “Seeing them work so hard, plus my education and experience as an attorney, makes me want to give back and help other people have better lives. I hope in the general election we can focus more on the issues rather than what someone said or has done.” It seems unlikely that the general election will reprise the ill will between Daniel, a 59-year-old billboard company owner and nonpracticing lawyer, and Steve Hall, the incumbent he ousted two years ago. The tension between the two was palpable even before Daniel and Hall lost their composure in late July on Hallerin Hilton Hill’s radio talk show. Bryan Dodson and James Corcoran became bystanders to a shouting match that spiraled out of control after Hall called Daniel a liar and Daniel shoved Hall back into his seat. Tension had been increasing between the two after Hall received an infusion of cash from the

Haslam family and friends. Common belief was that Daniel had given offense by inserting himself into the inner workings of the University of Tennessee. Daniel publicly apologized, but Hall filed a criminal complaint and an assault warrant. Talk that Hall had become the favorite in the race was proved wrong on Election Day when Daniel finished with 1,324 votes to Hall’s 964. Corcoran got 856 and Dodson 252. Price said she wants to talk about real issues from now until November and will be surprised if she’s targeted by “outside” specialinterest groups. “I don’t think anybody really considers me a priority. I want to use my life and work experience to give back to my community. I don’t think the Republicans have done enough to help people, and they’ve focused on unimportant issues. I just want to do my part by working on real problems and helping real people, like the people who are thanking me for running almost every day.”

Fundraising for the state museum Gov. Bill Haslam hosted a luncheon Aug. 3 at the Governor’s Residence on Curtiswood Lane in Nashville to beef up the fundraising for the troubled Tennessee State Museum, which has signed on to a $160 million building project for a new museum building in Nashville. The Legislature directed that $40 million of the $160 million be raised privately, which means the governor will have to do much of the heavy lifting for it to succeed in getting large donations. Interestingly, the 35year executive director of the museum, Lois RigginsEzzell, did not attend the luncheon. Riggins-Ezzell, who turns 77 in November, has faced several health issues and generated employee morale issues when she declared, “I am the Museum. Jesus.” Many feel she needs to retire. This project is dear to the governor’s heart as he loves history. A new museum is also needed, but many question whether the current proposal will be adequate to meet the long-term needs. A storage area is not included. The Museum Commission is led by a new chair, Tom Smith. He is from Knoxville but is now a Nashville businessman. He has taken absolute control of the commission, which is a public body subject to public review. (This writer is a commission member, having been appointed by Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey.)

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Smith did indicate at the luncheon that RigginsEzzell plans to retire, but no date was given. In fact, the search effort to replace her is almost a year old, and a search firm has not yet been identified, much less employed. Many feel this has dragged on too long already at a time when the University of Tennessee plans on choosing a new chancellor in five months. Some feel the failure to find a new executive director as the new museum emerges from the ground hurts the fundraising effort. Recently, Smith removed Bob Buchanan, commission member and president of the Tennessee Historical Society, from serving on any committee. Buchanan is a highly respected Nashville attorney who speaks his mind. Buchanan had been on the collections committee, but it did not meet for over a year. People are wondering why Smith is so upset with Buchanan. No one has an answer. Attending the luncheon besides Bill and Crissy Haslam were Tom Smith; Barry Stowe, chair of Jackson National Life Insurance; Mark Ezell, president of Purity Dairies; Jerry John-

son and Wanda Lyle of UBS Bank; Bill Freeman, partner of Freeman Webb Co., former Nashville mayoral candidate and big-league Democratic donor; Mark Cate, Haslam’s former chief of staff; and Charlie Cook, retired Nashville banker. Rob McNeilly, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Nashville, was invited but was a no-show. It was actually a small group, and not many of the known heavy hitters of the Nashville philanthropic scene (of which there are many) were present. Interestingly, the guests were never specifically asked to contribute to the building fund. Smith was asked if current Museum Commission and Foundation members had participated in the campaign. Smith gave vague answers about asking them. The governor indicated that roughly $5 million had been raised (or committed) to date from five or six sources but shared no names. That leaves another $35 million to be raised. Cate is leading the effort to raise funds but has declined to state if donations to secure the $40 million will be made public. At some point, state media will catch on and start asking who is making the large donations to this public project and in what amount. If donations over $100 to a political candidate must be disclosed, one would think million-dollar donations to this public project

would be public, too, especially when the governor himself is seeking the donation. This could become a sticking point if not revealed and even trigger legislation in the General Assembly to mandate disclosure. It would be much better if it were voluntarily revealed. The $40 million will be used for exhibit space in the new building to be located on the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. It is clear there is still a long way to go to raise the money, and the game plan is a work in progress. ■ Gov. Bill Haslam and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett celebrate birthdays next week, with Haslam turning 58 on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and Burchett reaching 52 on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The joke’s on … By Betty Bean The rumor that Gloria Johnson might switch districts started the day state Rep. Joe Armstrong was convicted in federal court of filing a false income tax return and stripped of his office. “I was out in South Knoxville at a volunteer meeting that night and noticed my Twitter feed had a tweet from a College Republican about me moving to the 15th District. I thought, ‘What a ridiculous rumor,’” said Johnson, who held the 13th District seat 2012-2014, when she was defeated for re-election by Republican Eddie Smith. Johnson is squaring off against Smith in November. At about the same time, a GOP-connected blogger posted a rumor that Johnson was being “encouraged” to go for the 15th District seat, which will be filled Aug. 18 by the 15th District members of the Knox County Democratic Party’s executive committee. District 13 is mostly North Knoxville, plus Sequoyah Hills and a swath of the western end of South Knoxville. District 15, which Armstrong represented for 28 years, is mostly East Knoxville plus a chunk of the east side of South Knoxville. The only residency requirement (beyond state and national citizenship) is that the candidate must be a resident of the district on Election Day. Johnson said the next thing she heard about it was from Democratic Party chair Cameron Brooks, who said he had been “approached” about this as well. “I just laughed. Hysterically. I couldn’t believe this was actually being discussed, it’s so outrageous. This is the district I know, and this is the district I represented. It’s not fair to the people in the 13th or the 15th for Republicans to cut some backroom deal. “They are terrified I’m

going to win 13,” Johnson said. “And I am.” Brooks said the first thing he heard was in a phone call from someone connected to the Republican Party. “He told me about it, and we both dismissed it as ridiculous. Then I heard from Gloria, and it became apparent that it was floating around in the blogosphere. Later, I was texting with (Knox County GOP chair) Buddy Burkhardt and mentioned it to him, and he kind of jokingly suggested it – I don’t think he was serious – and we agreed it was ridiculous.” Burkhardt confirmed Brooks’ account: “I was joking,” he said. But Johnson’s not laughing about state GOP Executive Director Brent Leatherwood issuing a press release after Armstrong’s conviction connecting her by name to Armstrong’s felony conviction. “They are smearing me while they’re the ones trying to cut a backroom deal.” She said she feels good about her general-election prospects and backed up her claim with some numbers: 1,638 ballots cast in the Democratic Primary for Johnson versus 1,423 in the Republican Primary for Smith. This is a sharp contrast to the past two elections, where the Democrats drew far fewer votes than did the GOP. Brooks says Rick Staples is drawing the most vocal support in the race to replace Armstrong (the Republicans didn’t have a candidate on the primary ballot), and he believes the rumor started in Nashville. “It’s not a local GOP thing. I think it came from someone out of Nashville looking for a way to hold on to District 13 – ‘We’ll let Gloria have the 15th and won’t oppose her if you let Eddie have the 13th.’ It’s like they said, ‘Let’s see how stupid the Democrats are.’ ”

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Rep. Jeremy Durham is history. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. ■ Speaker Beth Harwell could become Durham’s final female victim; at least from his stint in the Legislature.

you are Stand for Children, not much. The group spent $200,000 on four Nashville school board races and lost all four. Hat tip to Dave Boucher at The Tennessean for his coverage.

■ Harwell did everything she could to banish Durham except call for a vote to expel him. And now the guys she protected from an up or down vote are lining up to oppose her re-election as speaker.

■ Donald Trump was profiled by writer Mark Singer in New Yorker magazine back in 1996. Now, 20 years later, Singer has compiled his columns into a small book called, “Trump and Me.”

■ Loudon County’s Jimmy Matlock has already announced for the job.

■ Best tale: Trump responded to Singer’s first book with a lengthy, rambling review. He concluded that

■ What can $200,000 buy? If

Singer was depressed and a poor writer who “just doesn’t have what it takes.” ■ Singer responded with a note and a check for $37.82 as payment for the review. ■ Trump wrote back on Singer’s letter: “Mark, you are a total loser! And your book (and writings) sucks!” (s) Donald J. Trump. ■ When his bank statement came at month’s end, Singer noticed his balance was $37.82 lighter. Trump had cashed the check! – S. Clark


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DeRoyal moves toward technology By Sandra Clark

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Alex Kail heads to Germany Alexander Ian Kail – Alex – flies out into the “unknownâ€? today for a year in Paderborn, Germany, as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. His year abroad is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Farragut. Alex says he’s not nervous at all. “I’m excited about what I don’t know is coming up. I’m looking forward to the unknown, and I don’t think I’ve ever been nervous in my life about anything,â€? he says. Alex will celebrate his 18th birthday on Feb. 19, 2017, in Alex Kail Germany. “I’m always open to change. I get tired and bored with the ordinary.â€? Alex is the son of Keith and Jennifer Kail. He has two sisters, Amanda, 20, and Aaren, 13. “I’ve always wanted a brother, and I’ll have one in Germany with my first host family. His name is Finn Kulig,â€? Alex says. Alex will arrive in Dusseldorf on Thursday morning, and his host family is driving from there to the Frankfurt airport to say goodbye to their daughter, Emma. She is off to Argentina as a Rotary exchange student for a year. Alex graduated from Farragut High School in May. He combined his junior and senior years into one while he worked two part-time jobs. “All I did was study and work,â€? he says. He took two years of German classes at Farragut and will take more German classes in Paderborn. Alex says he’ll miss family and friends. “But it’s OK. I’ll see them again,â€? he says. What else will he miss? “Chicken pot pie. I love it. I hope they have something similar over there.â€? Our only other outbound RYE student from Knoxville, Julia Kestner, left a week ago for Sukhothai, Thailand. She attends Webb School and is sponsored by the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club. She is the first RYE student the club has ever sponsored. It took her more than 40 hours to finally meet up with her host family. We’ll be learning more about Julia in an upcoming column. â–

Celebs at Bearden Rotary

The Rotary Club of Bearden is hosting two true community celebrities as speakers this month. On Friday, Aug. 19, Ted Hall, WVLT Channel 8 news anchor, is the speaker, and on Friday, Aug. 26, they will hear from Marvin West, former News Sentinel sports editor and current Shopper columnist. Bearden Rotary meets at noon every Friday at the Bearden Banquet Hall.

DeRoyal’s plants in Powell and Maynardville are just a piece of a multinational company based in North Knox C ount y. And it’s a company that’s ready Smith for the 21st century. Michael Smith, brand marketing manager for DeRoyal, spoke last week to the Powell Business and Professional Association. Smith, an Atlanta native, worked his way up from

sales to management over 17 years at DeRoyal. “The company is moving from products to technology,� he said. That’s reflected in DeRoyal’s tag line: “Improving Care. Improving Business.� You know the story. DeRoyal was founded by Pete DeBusk some 43 years ago. DeBusk continues to live on Cunningham Road in Halls, just west of the house where he created his boot cast, the first of many innovative products DeBusk successfully marketed to the medical community. DeBusk’s business started as STAT Medical, Smith said, and in 1978, DeBusk moved to Beaver Creek Drive in

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “The Three Musketeers,� a live theatrical version of the famous adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas especially adapted for youth and families. The play will be performed Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 4, and show times will be 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. The play will feature 17 talented young actors ages 12 to 16. The role of d’Artagnan will be performed by Grant Trivette. Three veteran actors will take on the title roles: Max Harper as Porthos, Eric Magee as Aramis and Quintin Rhodes as Athos. Andrew Fetterolf will portray the villainous Cardinal. Four actors are making their KCT debuts: Tripp Keeton, Ahmani Marion, Caedmon Oakes and Anna Kate Stanley. The rest of the cast includes KCT veterans Ben Barber, Catherine Blevins, Betsy Blumberg, Annie Smith, Boone Sommers, Charlotte Stark, Levi Vinsant and Jared Watkins. Tickets are $12, and reservations can be made by phone at 208-3677 or online at The Knoxville Children’s Theatre is at 109 Churchwell Ave.

(original equipment manufacturing). There are lots of acronyms in the DeRoyal vocabulary. Smith showed a video of a futuristic medical center in which inventory is monitored in a “vault,� and reorders are automatic when inventory falls to a predetermined level. This ensures the facility won’t run out of supplies but keeps inventory lean. The inventory is tracked by both doctor and patient, Smith said. And DeRoyal is a fun place to work. The corporate headquarters includes a workout area and a basketball court. “And we get free fruit daily,� said Smith.


Good buddies Brendon Riley and Kaylin Chesney hang out at the Boys & Girls Club on Irwin Street. Photos by S. Barrett

Pinnacle at Turkey Creek helps Boys & Girls Clubs By Sara Barrett The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley received a check for $10,000 from the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek on Aug. 5. The presentation took place at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ new facility at 967 Irwin St. Money was raised during the Pinnacle’s Sounds of

Summer concert series held each Thursday in June. Admission was free, and donations were collected through concession sales, raffled giveaways, in-kind donations and with help from sponsors including Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Turkey Creek, U.S. Cellular, Menchie’s Frozen

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Powell where his first plant continues in operation. He built plants in Maynardville, New Tazewell and Rose Hill, Va., before launching acquisitions that led to ownership of plants worldwide. Now DeRoyal employs 1,900 people (300 of them at the corporate headquarters in Powell). “We hold 100 patents, have sales in 74 countries and produce 25,000 SKUs (unique products),� said Smith. He outlined the product line, especially the surgical kits that are packaged so that what the doctor needs is on top. He talked about wound care, acute care, orthopedics and OEM

Concert and discounted admission tickets for the 97th annual Tennessee Valley Fair are on sale for a limited time. Guests can save an average of 20 percent by purchasing tickets early. Specials include: Adult admission, $8 (regularly $10); child admission, $6 (regularly $7); family fun pack, $28 (regularly $39), includes two adult admissions, two child admissions and a parking pass; fair fun pack, $32 (regularly $47), includes four adult admissions and a parking pass. Other specials include: a 3-day pass, $20 (regularly $30); all-you-can-ride

wristbands, $14 (regularly $22), for opening day, Sept. 9, only; wristbands, $16 (regularly $20), MondayThursday; or $21 (regularly $25), weekend special. Buy a reserved seat to any headline concert at Homer Hamilton Theatre before Sept. 8 and receive a fair admission for $5. Info: or 215-1482.

UT NOTES â– UT Department of History has been awarded a $204,785 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete publication of the correspondence of James K. Polk, a Tennessean and the 11th president of the United States. Michael David Cohen, a research associate professor of history, is editor of the Polk project.

Yogurt, Graphic Creations, Smoky Mountain Brewery, Zoe’s Kitchen, WBIR, Q100.3 and others. Boys & Girls Club CEO Bart McFadden said staff members are all too aware of the challenges kids face today, but they are ready to help them meet those challenges head on.


Incoming Bearden High School senior, longtime Boys & Girls Club member and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley’s Youth of the Year Diamond Love said a few words about the “guidance, discipline and unconditional love� she’s received at the club. “I have created bonds so strong, they cannot be broken,� she said. She attributed much of her success to club programs like Smart Girls, Money Matters and Healthy Lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley aim to enable all young people to reach their full potential. The clubs serve more than 7,900 youth and teens in grades K-12 after school and throughout the summer. Info:

PSCC sets record for dual enrollment A record number of high school juniors and seniors have taken college-level classes at Pellissippi State Community College over the past academic year. The college’s dual enrollment program – which allows high school students to take college level classes at their high schools or at Pellissippi State campuses in order to receive dual high school and college credit – had 1,849 students from Knox and Blount counties in 2015-2016. A record 84 academic sections were offered to those students. A Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

grant pays for students to earn up to six hours of college credit during their junior and senior years of high school, but students can take additional classes if they choose, at their own cost. A record six high schools registered more than 100 dual enrollment students last year: Farragut High (259 students), Bearden High (236), Hardin Valley Academy (174), Halls High (133), Maryville High (113) and Karns High (110). Farragut, Bearden, Karns, Alcoa, Central and Gibbs high schools, and the L&N STEM Academy, set school records for dual enrollment students.

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A time for binding Come, let us return to the Lord; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up. (Hosea 6: 1 NRSV)

Members of the children’s choir of the First Lutheran School get ready for their performances at GermanFest. Shown are (front) Drew Debord, Ezra Sprecher, Gary Hamilton, Aubry Metelka; (second row) Christian Eimmerman (hidden), Emerson Wagner, Ellie Chrapliwy, Lucas Hamby, Ben Laing, Ethan Veit, Jonah Beal, Jadealynn Flanigan; (back row) Lillian Tower and Asher Harold. Photo by Lindsey Hofman

GermanFest at First Lutheran By Carol Z. Shane You don’t have to wait until October for a good German beer-and-brats fest. First Lutheran Church is having its third annual GermanFest on Saturday, August 27, and everyone’s invited. It’s a celebration of all things Teutonic, with authentic German food, music, games, art and plenty of that cold, foamy brew so essential to the party. On board this year are Schulz Bräu Brewing Company, Blackhorse Pub & Brewery of Knoxville and Fanatic Brewing Company. So there’ll be plenty to sample. Food is provided by GruJo’s German Restaurant and Hawg

SENIOR NOTES ■ Carter Senior Center 9040 Asheville Highway 932-2939 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Offerings include: card games; exercise programs; arts and crafts; movie matinee Fridays; Senior Meals, noon Wednesdays. Register for: Lunch Bunch: Puleo’s, noon Monday, Aug. 22. AARP Safe Driving class, noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Aug. 2526; registration: 932-2939. ■ Corryton Senior Center 9331 Davis Drive 688-5882 Monday-Friday Hours vary

Dawg’s. You don’t know the meaning of comfort food until you’ve tried some German-style grilled sausage in a roll with a little sauerkraut on the side, or a schnitzel – tender breaded pork loin – sandwich. There’ll be an accordionist, polka dance lessons and a performance by the Knoxville Polka Kings, a concert by the UT organ studio, German field games and a cornhole tournament. Ongoing attractions include a silent auction, children’s booths, inflatables, storytelling, a marketplace and a beer garden. First Lutheran School students will be very much involved; three different FLS children’s choirs will

Hattie Lewis Hattie Bradley Lewis, 92, passed away Aug. 12. After many years as a salesperson, Ms. Lewis retired from Nancy Lynn Fashions in 1986. She was preceded in death by parents, William T. Bradley and Myrtle Hunter; brother,

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

perform during the day, and “we will have children’s games and a gallery of German-inspired art by all students of FLS, one-year-old to eighth-grade,” says Lindsey Hofman, principal of the school. First Lutheran Church’s Third Annual GermanFest happens Saturday, August 27, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the church grounds at 1207 N. Broadway. Info: 865-524-0366 or visit GermanFest 2016 on Facebook. Admission is $2 and children under 12 get in free. Funds raised from the event go to support the Lions of First Lutheran School.

I don’t often wade into political territory. I have my opinions, to which I am entitled, just as you are entitled to your own. However, I have been dismayed in recent weeks by the tone of some of the rhetoric in our process. There have been harsh words as well as accusations and childish “nanna-nanna-boo-boo” remarks made. I am old enough to remember when candidates referred to each other as “my worthy opponent.” I remember respect and dignity among political foes. We have serious business to conduct. We need to do so respectfully, with clarity of purpose, with willingness to listen to each other, with a good grip on our awareness that we are in this together. We have wounds to heal in places where some of our own citizens have murdered and assaulted their fellow Americans for being different from themselves. We have groups of people in the world who will do us harm if they can because we worship differently than they do, or because they envy our freedom, or because they are just plain hate-filled. In the middle of all that hatred, there is woundedness across the world, including here in our own country: millions who are hungry, homeless, fearful, lost, sick, lonely. What are we going to do? Wring our hands? Turn our backs? Close our eyes? Cover our ears? I hope not. I hope the people of faith across this land and across this globe will see the need and do something about it. As Hosea said, “The people … shall be gathered together” and “great shall be the day.”

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Burton Bradley; and husband, Joseph B. Lewis. Survivors include daughters, Sharon Wells and husband, Kenneth; Wanda Scarbro and husband, Kenneth; grandsons Kenneth Tod Wells; Collin Joseph Wells and wife, Stacie; and Brandon Lewis Scarbro and wife, Kaleena; granddaughter, Rachel Scarbro Herbig and husband,

Jonathan; great-grandson, Edward Nathan Wells; brother, Herbert Bradley of Salem, Oregon. Memorials may be made to her church, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3839 Buffat Mill Road. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at N. Broadway.

Fundraisers ■ First United Methodist, 3316 Kingston Pike, will host a churchwide garage sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug.20. Items include: small appliances, kitchen ware, lawn mowers, clothing, CDs, home décor and more. Hot dogs and drinks available. Proceeds go to missions. Info: 525-0435.

Offerings include: exercise classes; cross-stitch, card games; dominoes, crochet, quilting, billiards; Senior Meals program, 11 a.m. each Friday. Register for: Main Munch Potluck, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18: Hot dogs and fixin’s. Ice Cream Social, noon Friday, Aug. 19. “A Matter of Balance” eight-class series, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 6-29. ■ Larry Cox Senior Center 3109 Ocoee Trail 546-1700 Monday-Friday Hours vary Offerings include: exercise programs; bingo; arts and crafts classes.

Ed Norman looks like a pro at the archery event.

Lora Patterson with Avalon Hospice cheers for Norma Richardson in the discus toss event.

Windsor Gardens residents go for the gold Ray Weeden carries the “Senior Olympics” torch into the Halls Senior Center. Pho-

Edna Weiland shows the medal she earned at the kickoff to the Olympic Games at Windsor Gardens Assisted Living. The residents enjoyed an Olympic cake, punch and “Going for the Gold” Hershey bars. Partygoers competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in games like bean bag toss, dice swimming and dancing. Everyone was a own edible gold medals out gold medal winner as the of Golden Oreos and Fruit by group made their very the Foot. Photo submitted

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■ John T. O’Connor Senior Center 611 Winona St. 523-1135 html Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Offerings include: Card games, billiards, senior fitness, computer classes, bingo, blood pressure checks 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Register for: Pinterest/ Instagram/Twitter class, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 17; cost: $15. KAT Bus Q&A, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23. Savvy Caregiver Class, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23; designed for dementia patient caregivers; cost: $25; info/ registration: 978-6168. ■ Knox County Senior Services City County Building 400 Main St., Suite 615 215-4044

at Halls Senior Center The Halls Senior Center helped kick off the Olympic Games in Rio by hosting a “Senior Olympics” featuring food, games and prizes for the winners in the form of gift certificates and handcrafted medals. The event began with lunch featuring mini bagel sandwiches and red, white and blue iced cupcakes.

Following lunch, the group headed off to their respective events, including archery, basketball, badminton, table tennis and discus throw. The top three scorers received hand-crafted medals compliments of Amanda Patton, and each gold medal winner received a $10 gift certificate from sponsors

Pat Linkous tests her skills at the badminton event at Halls Senior Center’s “Senior Olympics.”

which included East Tennessee Personal Care, NHC Homecare, The Courtyards Senior Living, West Hills Rehab and Avalon Hospice. Gold medal winners at the event included Tandy Beeler (basketball), Mike Carmichael (discus throw), Carolyn Camp (archery), Johnnie Long (table tennis) and Micki Wiles (badminton).

Seniors to host Beans and Bluegrass benefit Mark your calendars to attend the Beans and Bluegrass event, 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at The Community Center in Powell. The event will feature music by Whitewater Bluegrass Band, The Inman Family and others, a cake walk and an auction. In addition to the entertainment, a lunch/dinner featuring beans, cornbread and all the fi xins’ will be served for $5/person. Beans and Bluegrass will benefit programs and operations at The Community Center, where senior adults from the Heiskell and Powell communities gather for crafts, bingo, line dancing and more. The Community Center is located at 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: 548-0326.


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Welcome home, Kinzy! By Kip Oswald Kinzy is my older sister. You might remember from the introductions a couple of weeks ago that she has been away for a while. K i n z y has not always made good choicKinzy Oswald es since she started high school. Last year she struggled with several of the subjects in her course load and then dropped out of school. She went to live with my grandmother for a few months because she gave birth to my nephew, Sammy. Now that Sammy is a few months old, however, Kinzy has moved back home and wants to finish high school. Because of the issues Kinzy had in her past high school, the guidance counselor recommended to Mom that Kinzy apply to the Paul Kelley Volunteer Academy. So what is Paul Kelley Academy and why is it so different from the typical high school? Paul Kelley is housed inside Knoxville Center Mall. It has seven classrooms, a library and a few offices.

Looking at the front door, you would not realize what lies inside. This school provides a place where students can actualize their dream of graduating high school in a truly individualized teacher-to-student environment. My mom was so excited after meeting principal Janice Cook that she talked about her all night! Mom said Ms. Cook seemed to have the ability to see past where young people are at present, and help them see where they can go. This is exactly what Kinzy needs! Mom said Ms. Cook will be Kinzy’s champion at school to help her gain academic competence and confidence. Kinzy is excited about the teachers who will allow her to work at her own pace – and with individual instruction to help her master the skills she needs to graduate. Also, the school day is only four hours long, so Kinzy can go in the afternoon when Grammie is off work to watch Sammy. Kinzy and Mom see this as a school of second chances for people like Kinzy. If you want to share a story about PKA or anything else school-related, email oswa ld sworldt n@g ma i l. com.

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Anna Habrylyak, Natalia Justice and Sophia Habrylyak show their Lego creations at the Robotics Revolution, hosted by the Muse Knoxville.

By Shannon Carey Knoxville’s Jacob Building was packed full of fun, learning and friendly competition Aug. 6, as the Muse Knoxville hosted Robotics Revolution, a STEM event for all ages, interests and levels of ability. Muse executive director Ellie Kittrell said the Robotics Revolution is all about providing STEM connections and taking kids “from cradle to career.� Kids in elementary school see high school students on robotics teams, high schoolers can make connections with the colleges present, and college students can meet with professionals in those fields. “The main goal is to promote STEM education opportunities in our area across a variety of ages and connect

Written by Marc Talbert and Illustrated by Betsy James

CHAPTER SIX: STORY SO FAR: Clay’s plans for making money backfire and his mother and grandmother see them at Jerry’s Super-Duper. Clay’s mother abandoned her cart and ran toward them. “Clay!� she gasped. Nick saw her horrified gaze fi x on Clay’s filthy T-shirt and bloodstained jeans. “What’s going on?� “So you know these kids?� Mr. Jerry

them with real occupations,� said Kittrell. “We want to create that conversation between industry professionals and younger kids and show a wide array of career choices in a hands-on, fun way.� The ORNL traveling “road show� was there with hands-on, interactive exhibits staffed with real ORNL professionals. High school robotics teams, Lego clubs, libraries, robotics clubs, KnoxMakers and even the Knoxville Police Department offered activities as well. TVA presented the event. CRS Data was the silver sponsor. Other sponsors included ORNL, ALCOA, Asheville Highway Animal Hospital, Bricks 4 Kidz, Lowe’s, Barnes and Noble, Hobby Town and Elder’s Ace Hardware. Winners of the Sumo Robot Tour-

naments were: Mindstorms Division Tournament, first place Warm Cozy Hugs by JMS Master Builders, second place Skywalker by NX36T, third place Yeti by NX36T; Mindstorms Division Programming, first place Eagle by Atomic Eagles, second place Warm Cozy Hugs, JMS Master Builders, third place Spike by Matt Billings; Mindstorms Division Design, first place Warm Cozy Hugs by JMS Master Builders, second place JMS Black by JMS Master Builders, third place Capybara by Atomic Eagles; Open Division, first place Rando by Null Hypothesis, second place GlaDOS by NX36T; Mindstorms versus Open Faceoff, first place Warm Cozy Hugs by JMS Master Builders. Info:

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asked, smiling. Clay’s grandmother sauntered up. “You might say so.� “Don’t be shy, son. Show them your sign.� Embarrassed, Clay held up his piece of posterboard. “As you can see,� Mr. Jerry continued, “these kids are raising money for the homeless and this young man is helping generous



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customers with their groceries. Open your purse strings. I’m matching them dollar for dollar. Would you excuse me? I need to call the newspaper.� Nick felt uncomfortable as Clay’s grandmother stared at them with knowing eyes. “Helping the homeless, are we?� They nodded. Nick was relieved when Clay’s mother sighed. “I thought I got rid of those jeans. You’re just full of surprises, Clay. But how can I be angry when you’re doing something so nice?� She turned to Jazz. “What does your sign say, dear?� Jazz held it up. “You’re telling jokes for the homeless?� They nodded. “People get their money back if they don’t laugh,� Jazz said. “I hope it’s a whopper of a joke.� Nick could tell that Clay’s grandmother was trying not to smile. Clay’s mother glanced at her shopping cart. “The ice cream’s melting,� she said. “Be a dear, Clay, and take the groceries to the car.� “I’ll show him where it is,� said Clay’s grandmother, taking his elbow in her hand. “Do you get paid extra for helping an old lady walk?� She chuckled. Clay’s mother turned to Nick and Jazz. “Does your mother know what you’re doing?� Nick shook his head. We’re in trouble now! he thought. “Should I call her?� “I suppose,� Nick said. What would their mother think? Clay’s mother hesitated as she turned to go. “One more thing. I don’t know where you kids came up with this idea, but make sure Clay gives every penny to the homeless. OK?� Nick smiled. “Yes, ma’am,� he said. Boomer’s owner, with Boomer in his arms, greeted them as they walked back to the Scudsy-Sudsy. “I knew you’d be back!� Grateful, Nick smiled. “Just so you know, the dollar you gave us is going to help the homeless.� “Wonderful! In that case you need more business!� Boomer’s owner disappeared into the Laundromat. Soon a loose line stood in front of Jazz and Nick. The next couple of hours were busy. Starting with Boomer’s owner, Jazz whispered her joke over and over, trying not to laugh, her face funnier than the joke. Nearly everybody laughed for her. Only once did Nick and Jazz have to give money back. Whenever Nick glanced toward the SuperDuper, Clay was stretched out, pushing a

loaded cart. When the newspaper reporter arrived, Nick and Jazz could barely fit another coin or bill into their pockets. As if by magic, Mr. Jerry appeared, pulling Clay behind him. The reporter got her pen and pad ready. She looked at the sign Jazz held. “Want to share your joke with our readers?� Jazz held out her hand. “Got a quarter?� The reporter laughed. Mr. Jerry grinned. “Aren’t these kids something? When you’re writing this story, would you mention that I’m issuing a challenge to other business leaders in this community to match these kids dollar for dollar, just like me?� “You got it,� the reporter said, taking notes. She looked up. “Here comes the photographer.� A car belching blue smoke pulled up. “Let’s get some photos! Then I’ll ask questions.� “So much for being rich!� Clay grumped as they posed. “But we’re famous,� Nick said. Curious people were gathered around. More people to tell Jazz’s joke to, he thought. “I’d rather be rich,� Clay muttered. Nick checked Clay’s pockets for lumps of money. He didn’t see many. The record was probably his. But just in case... He flashed a smile just before the camera clicked. “About my mom’s groceries. I don’t feel right taking your mother’s stuff. Give me the twenty-dollar bill so Jazz and I can shop before we go home.� “Man!� Clay moaned. He frowned but reached into his pocket. “You’re wiping me out! I was too busy pushing carts to make much,� he whined. “What was your joke, anyway?� Jazz cleared her throat, hunching her shoulders and speaking softly to keep new customers from hearing. “Why did the rooster cross the road?� Mr. Jerry, the reporter, and the photographer leaned close enough to hear. Clay shrugged. “Should I care? OK. Why?� “Because he wasn’t dead.� She wanted to laugh so much, her face must have hurt. The reporter and photographer laughed. Mr. Jerry laughed. “That’s the stupidest joke I ever heard!� Clay said, staring at Jazz. But then a burplike, nervous giggle popped from his mouth. He tried to hold the laughter inside, but when he started laughing, he couldn’t stop for several minutes. A world record? Naw. But maybe a record for Clay.

Text copyright Š 2012 Avi. Illustrations copyright Š 2012 Timothy Bush. Reprinted by permission of Breakfast Serials, Inc., No part of this publication may be reproduced, displayed, used or distributed without the express written permission of the copyright holder.

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