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VOL. 51, NO. 3

JANUARY 16, 2012


Gay Street shootout What caused the big brawl of 1882? See page A-6


Jim McIntyre

‘State of the Schools’ at Gresham Thursday Dr. Jim McIntyre, superintendent of the Knox County Schools, will deliver a “State of the Schools” report and address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Gresham Middle School. The event is open to the public. County Mayor Tim Burchett, school board chair Thomas Deakins and Buzz Thomas of the Great Schools Partnership will also speak. The inaugural event is cohosted by the Knoxville Chamber and the Knox County Council PTA. The State of the Schools address will be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 10, streamed live at and broadcast on WKCS Falcon Radio 91.1 FM, East Tennessee’s only high school radio station.




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to Heiskell seniors By Ruth White

Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret stopped by to visit the senior adults in Heiskell and shared many useful tips on traveling safely overseas. Jarret is a former active duty U. S. Army Armored Cavalry officer and former U. S. Air Force special agent with service overseas. His tips were practical but often not thought of until it is too late. Following Jarret’s suggestions can make traveling go more smoothly and also help ensure proper medical care in case of emergency. The first step for senior travelers who suffer from serious health problems is to consult a physician before visiting a foreign country. Once the doctor gives a good bill of health and To page A-2

Joan Barker and Linda Forrester share a laugh and a hug before the kick off of the monthly Heiskell Seniors meeting. Photo by Ruth White

By Jake Mabe One of his children asked Phil Peek last month what he wanted for Christmas. He had a simple, special request: “I want the family together.” When you hear what happened to him last April 16, you’ll understand. That Saturday morning, Peek headed to a meeting, was hit by a sudden coughing fit and passed out while driving on Chert Pit Road (between Middlebrook Pike and Ball Camp). “As the song says, Jesus took the wheel,” Peek says, “and took me across the lane, through two yards and brought me in contact with a big tree.” Peek, who is a former teacher at Halls High School, was rushed to UT Hospital. The ambulance drivers told him later they thought they were going to lose him. His vital signs were not good. “I had 17 fractures in my ribs, two bones broken in my right hand and abdominal bleeding they thought would take care of itself.” Doctors told Peek’s wife, Linda, that he should be going home by the following Friday. But by Thursday, Peek’s bowels and kidneys were shutting down. Surgery the next morning discovered three sections of dead bowel. Peek says his body became septic and

he had to undergo 38 days of dialysis. He also began suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome and spent the next five weeks in the acute care intensive care unit. “During those five weeks my lungs collapsed three times.” At one point, Peek’s blood presPhil Peek sure dropped to 40/20. The doctors told Linda they’d done everything they could do. Peek was placed on an oscillating bed to keep his lungs open. He remembers nothing from that fiveweek period. “And then my part of the story is the Lord stepped in.” He was finally placed in a private room but could not walk. But, one week after leaving ICU, Peek suddenly began to improve. He no longer needed dialysis treatments. (He had previously been told he might have to undergo dialysis for six months to a year.) Sent to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center for three weeks, he slowly but surely began to learn how to walk again. “When the therapist told me

Liford joins HPUD staff RUS loan is $4.9 million The Hallsdale Powell Utility District will borrow $4.983 million from the federal Rural Utility Services agency. The commissioners voted unanimously to take out the loan at last week’s meeting. Proceeds from the 38-year loan will be used to replace water lines and develop storage within the system for fire protection and to address pressure

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issues in the utility’s 500plus miles of water lines. Loans from RUS protect the utility from annexation by the city as long as the loan is outstanding. The utility has four outstanding RUS loans at interest rates of 3.75 percent or lower. CEO Darren Cardwell confirmed that former HPUD commissioner Sandra Liford has been hired as the utility’s Human Resources and Public Relations manager. She will be responsible for updating employee policies and procedures to comply with any law changes, updating job

all the things I’d be doing (using a walker, being able to use the rest room unassisted), I laughed. I didn’t think it would be possible. In my mind, Patricia Neal is a miraculous place, an incredible place.” He went home June 28. In October, Peek went to his cardiologist for tests. He underwent a tilt table procedure and passed out when nitroglycerin was placed under his tongue. “The test showed the signal that prevents low heart rate wasn’t getting from my brain to my heart. I needed a pacemaker.” Hence the coughing fit that preceded his accident. “God worked a miracle in my life. He has been so good to me. I’ve had many opportunities to share my story and praise Him for sparing my life.” Peek finished his rehabilitation at Knoxville Orthopedic Center on Emory Road. Friends held a benefit singing for him at Callahan Road Baptist Church on July 22. He’d set a goal to be able to get up on stage and sing at the benefit. He needed a walker, but he did it. He sang recently at several events with his quartet, New Heights. “I didn’t know if I’d ever sing

titles and descriptions and creating job levels, and developing an evaluation program. She Sandra Liford will also develop wage levels for different positions, look at the feasibility of developing a bill assistance program, develop a curriculum to educate children and adults about the water utility industry and aid teachers with a curriculum that will assist them in teaching the ins and outs of the water and wastewater business.

Construction will start soon for a new Chick-fi l-A restaurant on Emory Road across from Tennova’s North Knoxville Medical Center. “Weather permitting, we’ll break ground next week,” said franchise owner Greg Jones. Jones expects to hire at least 50 individuals to staff the restaurant, open six days a week but closed on Sundays. He also will bring some employees from his restaurant at 6564 Clinton Highway. This store will be the “biggest and the best” in the Chick-fi l-A chain, Jones said. The restaurant will feature an earth tone color scheme and a beverage refresh station in the dining area. The drivethru will allow multi-orders so traffic moves faster, and the kitchen will have the latest technology. Jones said this store, along with one now under construction in Bearden, will test a service model in which the customer orders and pays, then is seated and a staff member brings the food to the table. The Bearden store, located near Kroger in the Homberg area, should open at the end of April, according to Marshall Wilkins, franchise owner of the stores at Kingston Overlook and Turkey Creek. While the recession has not been great for business, Wilkins said it’s not been devastating for Chick-fi l-A, probably because the business is positioned between true fast-food and a casual dining restaurant. The Knoxville area has 11 Chick-fi l-A restaurants and eight franchise owners. “Don’t try to sell customers (something) as much as take care of them. You’ll be OK,” Wilkins said. See more of his remarks to the Fountain City Business and Professional Association on Page A-5.

To page A-3 Her duties will include customer communications, employee development training and evaluations and other duties that may be assigned. Liford resigned from the board of commissioners on Sept. 19 of last year. She was previously an administrator with Knox County Schools. In other business, Cardwell reported that the utility set 14 water meters in December and conducted six sewer connection inspections. The utility treated 212.3 million gallons of water and 351.9 million gallons of wastewater for the month. The board re-elected

its current officers – Jim Hill, chair; Kevin Julian, secretary; and Robert Crye, treasurer. The board declared five vehicles surplus and instructed Cardwell to sell them at auction. The board also approved a debt management policy, a requirement from the state comptroller’s office. The board approved pay requests to Insituform Technologies for $299,999 for work on the sanitary sewer rehabilitation project and $84,229 to Merkel Brothers for State Route 33 project work. The board will meet next at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.



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Men’s Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, on the campus of Crown College. An open house is 6-7 p.m. In order to get an idea of a head count – more than 1,000 usually attend – free tickets are being offered. To get a ticket, call 689-4741. The Faithful Men’s Banquet kicks off the Faithful Men’s Conference which will run through Jan. 25. Dr. Robert Bakss will speak at the banquet.

■ Project Currently, the boys plan Graduation Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret chats with Jake Halley at the monthly Heiskell Senior meet- to wear plain white T-shirts ing. Jarret spoke to the group and shared overseas travel tips. Photo by Ruth White with the words “Powell Basreturns ketball” on them. After taking last year off, If you can help, call Ron Project Graduation is back at From page 1 at 556-5969. Powell High School. At last week’s PBPA ■ Mark Padgett meeting, Chris Ogle made the OK to travel, other steps not always be available in tions are considered illegal speaks to PBPA the pitch for the program. should be taken to help the other countries or are car- and may not clear customs trip run smoothly. ried under different trade without proper identificaFormer mayoral candi- Project Graduation keeps date Mark Padgett spoke newly minted high school Several questions to ask names. When packing med- tion and certification. the doctor include food in- ication, use the original laThose individuals with to the Powell Business and graduates safe and sound on beled bottle and do not pack allergies or unique medi- Professional Association last graduation night. teractions with medication, Ah, those days – on my prescriptions in checked cal problems should wear week. readjusting regimen when traveling across time zones luggage. Jarret also advises a medical alert bracelet or You can find my story graduation night a long time ago and in a galaxy far, far and checking that vaccina- carrying your doctor’s con- carry a medical alert card at about Mark on Page 5. away, I graduated, went to tact information in case of all times. tions are up-to-date. In other business, the emergency. Traveling safely overseas PBPA approved its 2012 dinner with my parents, For people regularly takSeniors using medica- may take some extra work budget of $21,897.82 – linked up with a buddy shorting medications, being prepared is important. For dai- tions that contain narcotics on the front end, but can about four grand less than ly before midnight and drove all night to Myrtle Beach, ly medications, make sure should get a certification help make the actual event last year’s. S.C., arriving as the sun came there is enough on hand for from their doctor before run smoothly and with little Dues notices have gone up over the Atlantic. the trip. Medications may traveling. Some medica- interruption. out and are due Feb. 15. The Probably not the smartPBPA’s next meeting is at est thing to do after being up noon Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the all day and there were some Jubilee Banquet Facility. hair-raising moments when Diane Wilkerson, the a group of girls we were trav2011 PBPA Woman of the eling with needed to get gas Year and future Lions Club for their van at an all-night The Jubilee Banquet Fa- to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. The seminar is sponsored District 12N district gov- truck stop. The young ladies cility will host Tom Patire, 26. Cost is $45 per family by the Knoxville Tiger Rock ernor, will be the Business had been “flirting” with a one of America’s leading (two parents and one child) Tae Kwon Do Academy. To Spotlight in February. She bunch of lonely truckers via personal safety experts, as and $10 per additional child. reserve your spot, call 922- will be talking about the the C.B. radio and, well, you Powell Lions Club. he presents a safety seminar It is open for children age 5 0826. can guess the rest. for parents and kids from 6 and up. Project Graduation is a ■ Faithful Men’s good thing. It keeps kids Banquet is Jan. 21 safe in a supervised enviMy good friends at Tem- ronment and prevents those ple Baptist Church and awful tragedies we all too Crown College are gearing frequently read about the up for this year’s Faithful morning after graduation.

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‘Ghost Bird’ intrigues Sierra Club By Wendy Smith

A rare bird born in 1938 had members of the Sierra Club on the edge of their seats last week. Ijams Nature Center naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales told the story, which is in his book “Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1935-1941.” Tanner, who passed away in 1991, taught at UT for 32 years. His widow, Nancy, helped Bales with the book. The story Lyn Bales of “Sonny Boy” began on March 6, 1938, when Tanner, 24, was researching the nearly-extinct woodpecker. He’d been watching a pair of birds caring for a baby in a nest at the top of a 55-foot red maple in Louisiana and decided to try to tag the nestling. It took him days to peg the tree so he could climb it quickly while the parents were away. When the opportunity arose, he scaled the tree and tagged the bird. Then the startled baby jumped out of its nest. It landed unharmed at the bottom of the tree, and Tanner snapped the only known photos of a young ivory-billed woodpecker. He returned the bird to its nest and named him “Sonny Boy.” Six pictures were published. In 2009, when Bales had almost completed his manuscript, Nancy Tanner discovered eight additional photos of “Sonny Boy.” Smithsonian Magazine published the photos, along with an article by Bales, in September 2010. The Sierra Club meets at 7 p.m. each second Tuesday at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church, 2931 Kingston Pike.

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Program puts mid-career professionals into the classroom By Jake Mabe Whoever said there are no second acts in American life never met Betty Sue Sparks. Sparks retired in 2004 after a long and distinguished career with Knox County Schools. She began teaching special ed at Christenberry School in 1969 and, after working with several federal programs, became principal at Knoxville Adaptive Educational School in 1981. She served as principal at three other schools before being named elementary supervisor and retiring as the school system’s director of human resources. And then she got to do something she says she’d always wanted to do. In 2005, Sparks became executive director of the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute, initially a three-year program piloted in Knox

County Schools through which professionals are trained to become adjunct teachers in critical shortage areas, such as physics or foreign language. “We knew we had a lot of talent in Knoxville and the surrounding area,� Sparks told the Fontinalis Club at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City last week. “But we had one little problem. You can’t teach in the state of Tennessee without a teaching license.� Sparks worked initially with Barry Goss, chair and chief executive officer of Pro2Serve; Gordon Fee, who at that time worked at Lockheed Martin; as well as with Lynn Cagle and Homer Fisher from UT. The state Department of Education agreed to issue an adjunct teaching license to professionals who met certain criteria. Starting small, the group

than 2,400 students and is expanding to other school districts throughout the state thanks to a First to the Top grant. Sparks, who remains on the Distinguished Professionals board of directors, is now the Cornerstone Principal in Residence at the UT Center for Educational Leadership. She helps oversee the Knox County School System’s Leadership Academy, which recruits and trains future principals. “It’s great to see the enthusiasm of aspiring leaders,� Sparks says. “I also work with the new administrators. They all work so hard. They really do.� For more information on the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute, visit www.dpteach. com or email executive director Bob Thomas at

was on staff at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church for 9 From page A-1 1/2 years. As for what his future again, with all those tubes in my throat and a collapsed holds? lung.� “Right now we’re just He’ll need surgery soon seeking God’s will. Our lives for a hernia but is otherwise are in God’s hands. Whatever He wants for us to do, fine. Peek taught for 13 years we’ll go and do.� He’s been overwhelmed at Halls High in special ed and as a CDC-A teacher. He by kindnesses. The Callahan

Road Baptist benefit raised $13,000. People brought food, prayed and sent about 800 cards and letters. Oh, and the Peeks received one other special Christmastime gift, too. Last December, Phil and Linda celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. “God has really blessed us.�

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Harmony Show Chorus sets open house Knoxville’s Smoky Mountain Harmony Show Chorus, a member of Sweet Adelines International, invites women of all ages to enjoy an evening of free refreshments, a mini-concert, fun and socializing at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church (rear entrance), 6900 Nubbin Ridge Road. Sweet Adelines International is an organization of nearly 25,000 women worldwide who sing four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style. The local Show Chorus is comprised of women from all walks of life who perform regularly throughout the community, offering their talents for entertainment at civic events and charitable functions. Members share a love for music and the exhilaration of performing and the enjoyment of singing. Info: or 521-6975.

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algebra and a Navy retiree who’d attended Austin-East High School to teach physics. “And he had stories to tell,� Sparks said. “When you have people with background experience who are enthusiastic, good things happen in the classroom.� Applicants must have a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with 24 semester hours in the teaching field or their related field, five years of work experience and unLongtime Knox County dergo 50 contact hours of Schools educator Betty Sue pre-service preparation, as Sparks speaks to the Fontinalis well as background checks, Club at Central Baptist Church the Gallup Teacher Insight of Fountain City last week (which looks for potential about the Distinguished Proclassroom performance fessionals Education Institute, ability) as well as completwhich recruits professionals to teach hard-to-staff classes ing Praxis tests in conin Knox County Schools. Photo tent area and principles of training and learning. The by Jake Mabe adjunct license is available for certain courses in math, recruited an engineer and physics, chemistry and forstay-at-home mom to teach eign language, as well as for

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Rule #6: Timing your metabolism By Dr. Donald G. Wegener Remember that your body uses fat to store toxins, and the fat will be released only when there are acceptable nutrients available and there’s Dr. Wegener not much toxic waste coming in that needs to be stored. One more issue to consider is that the thyroid often slows the metabolism in the state of toxicity, because allowing your metabolic rate to rise as it should with exercise means burning fat, which means the liver is again faced with metabolic toxins that may harm your body. So once again you can see that if you don’t eliminate the toxins in your system, your body will not allow the thyroid to increase the metabolism for fear that it will lose the fat, which helps eliminate and store the toxins. To help you assess your own digestive system in a very basic way, I offer two things for you to identify if you have an elimination problem. First, you should be having at least two and preferably three bowel movements per day. Second, you need to have an idea of what your

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Clock ticking on Oakwood Kim Trent and Larry Cox stood in the rain in the Oakwood Elementary School parking lot and looked as grim as the weather while they awaited County Mayor Tim Burchett’s press conference.

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Who says you can’t look back? Writing for a newspaper is not an occupation given over to sentimentality. The beat least likely to bring out the warm and fuzzy side of a reporter is government with its assortment of the good, the bad and the ugly, so I was unprepared for my own feelings about writing my last column for the ShopperNews. It’s harder to say goodbye than I had imagined. I’ve always considered “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish,” a Douglas Adams book, to bear one of the more memorable and inventive titles in fiction. I’ve never written about space-faring dolphins in this column, and if a reader ever sent me fish, they got lost in the mail. I have written a couple of times about my time machine, but there’s nothing especially fishy about time travel, or so Stephen Hawking says. And we all experience time travel every day, steadily moving forward in time, like it or not. Just a few weeks ago in this column I quoted Satchel Paige’s advice about not looking back. But with all due respect to the legendary Paige, I’d like to take a brief glance in the rearview mirror. I started as a stringer for the Shopper-News nearly six years ago. What I didn’t know about newspaper reporting could have filled several hefty volumes. Who knows why, but our publisher, Sandra Clark, thought I might be worth a tryout. I soon learned the difference between a writer and a newspaper reporter. Time after time, Sandra trimmed and shaped my 1,000 word essays into stories half the size with twice the merit. Never underestimate the power of a great editor to make a reporter sound a lot smarter than he really is. Jake Mabe was also there as a mentor and a friend. There are less stressful occupations than newspaper reporting, and Jake’s door was always open when I needed a sympathetic ear. (And have I mentioned Jake does a fantastic Elvis impersonation?) There are many people to thank. Shannon Carey’s success on the advertising side of the newspaper has kept us all employed. Carol Springer in graphics and composition taught me a thing or two about using a camera. Judy Tharpe has forgotten more about Associated Press style than I’ll ever know. Emily Schoen and Sara Barrett fill so many varied but indispensable roles that I can’t come close to naming them all. And then there are the writers. I learn something about this trade every time I read a column by Betty Bean. Wendy Smith’s polished style has become the voice of Bearden. Greg Householder, steady as a rock, is the face of Powell. Any newspaper would be proud to host the inimitable Marvin West, and Lynn Hutton remains a reader favorite. Anne Hart was featured writer for our “30 years in 30 weeks” history of the town of Farragut and performed magnificently. Regular feature writers Dr. Jim Tumblin, Dr. Bob Collier and Malcolm Shell always bring something interesting to the table. Through good times and bad, the raison d’être for this column has been the people involved in local government I reported on. For the most part, I had fun, even when the actors in the current drama (or comedy) didn’t. The waning years of former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale’s administration provided a steady stream of events and characters begging to be parodied. I was lucky enough to be a witness. Along the way I crammed in some investigative reporting and was honored for my work by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists. Covering County Commission or the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen were rarely boring assignments. Most commissioners sooner or later became victims of my curmudgeonly take on events, yet nearly all treated me with remarkable kindness over the years. Finally, I thank the readers. Even those who disagreed with me typically did so cordially. It’s been a great ride. OK, Sandra, edit away. Contact Larry Van Guilder at

Like everybody else there, Cox, a former City Council member, and Trent, the executive director of Knox Heritage, knew the score: unless an angel developer materializes within 30 days with a plan and the wherewithal to save the nearly-100-yearold building, it’s going to meet the wrecking ball. When Burchett spoke, he sounded regretful, but said the condition of the abandoned building, one wing of which was used as a supply depot before Knox County Schools handed it over to the county’s general government a little more than a year ago, is forcing his hand. “It’s a shame we don’t take better care of our property,” Burchett said.

He introduced Jon Gustin, a professional photographer and manager of E-Government Services in Knox County’s Office of Information Technology, who ventured inside the condemned building the week before to document its condition. The pictures are stark, and show cavedin roofs and ceilings, collapsing floors, and general decay. Gustin described encountering exposed asbestos, rot and rodent droppings. Cox said he’s not surprised by Burchett’s decision. “I sponsored a resolution asking the school system to do something with the building the last year I was in office.” Cox, who left City Council in December 2003, attended Oakwood Elementary, along with 20 relatives including his parents, children, siblings and cousins. Trent is still holding onto a sliver of hope. “Just another day at the office,” she said. She has made a life’s work of preserving buildings like Oakwood, which has been near the top of Knox Heritage’s “Fragile 15” list of endangered structures for years. “A roof on this building 15 years ago would have

Knox Heritage director Kim Trent and former City Council member Larry Cox stand in the Oakwood School parking lot. Photo by Betty Bean

stopped this from happening,” she said. She believes the building still could be converted to residential use or housing for senior citizens. “I spoke with a developer yesterday who is willing to talk about saving this iconic structure.” County Commissioner Amy Broyles, who lives a few blocks from Oakwood,

A time to reflect Since Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday is today, it is a time to recognize how far we have come with more to do in terms of ensuring equal opportunity for all. I grew up in a segregated

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Tennesssee. I recall the efforts which then-Mayor John Duncan made to integrate local lunch counters in the ’60s. Duncan does not receive the credit he deserves for those moves, including traveling to the headquarters of national chain stores to urge service to all customers at lunch counters. Nevertheless, it is a time when we should reflect and recommit to ending any remaining vestiges of discrimination as we enter the second decade of this century. Last week when I wrote about the Republican leanings of the proposed Harry Tindell district, I had un-

derstood that Rocky Hill and Deane Hill Recreation Center voting precincts would be part of the Tindell district. If that had been true, then Tindell faced major hurdles winning reelection as a Democrat. However, I have since learned those two precincts are going to Steve Hall, whose district is already safely Republican and now becomes more so. However, when it comes to redistricting, nothing is final until the bill becomes law and survives the likely court challenge. Tindell is actually a very credible and knowledgeable state lawmaker who is completing 20 years in Nashville. He is also very quiet and seldom in the news. He is probably the least visible of all local lawmakers, although he comes from a long established Democratic family. His father is Billy Tindell, a longtime county commissioner. The proposed new district is more of a tossup. Tindell, if he chooses to run, will not be able to wage his normal quiet campaign. Republicans will come with a candidate. The nominee of either par-

ty has a shot at winning. Statewide, it may not matter who President Obama faces in the general election as he is unlikely to win Tennessee. At www. you can see who gave to all the presidential candidates by zip code and in the entire state. Through September 2011, Obama had raised $270,139 in Tennessee while Republican presidential candidates had raised $987,517 in the same period – almost a 4-to-1 advantage. Statewide as of three and a half months ago, Mitt Romney had raised $386,330, followed closely by Texas Gov. Rick Perry at $347,176 (when the new figures come in, the difference will be much wider in Romney’s favor). Third up was U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at $98,260. However, if this is narrowed down to zip codes that begin with 379, most of Knox County, then Obama raised $22,147 in this period while the combined Republican presidential candidates raised $125,618 (or a disparity of 6-to-1). Most of the well-known local Democrats were not on the Obama donor list. In fact,

said she’s sad about what’s happened to Oakwood, but, like Trent, is keeping hope alive. She also said she finds it difficult to criticize the school system. “It’s hard to justify spending money on an empty building when we are laying off teachers and struggling to maintain classrooms that are in use,” she said.

the single largest donor in Knox County was Julie Miller who gave $1,660 in 19 separate donations. She is listed as a UT library employee. The best known Obama donors were Jon Roach, former city law director and husband of KUB chief Mintha Roach, for $1,000; former federal magistrate Robert Murrian for $300; and Anne Woodle, former school board member and close friend/supporter of Mayor Madeline Rogero, at $350. Also listed at $1,000 each are Judith Burnette and Dr. Lewis Harris Jr. ■ The recent disclosure that Gloria Ray, head of Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, received more than $405,000 in total compensation for 2009, according to the 990 IRS form, has raised questions as to who approves this sort of compensation. It far exceeds what any other local nonprofit pays its CEO. IRS 990 forms are public record and can be viewed by any citizen. KTSC gets most funding through the hotel/motel tax and is therefore spending public money. The final chapter on this revelation has not been written. Many people are speechless at the size of the compensation regardless of their warm feelings toward the recipient.

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squeezed out of expenses. That’s the good news. The bad news is that $7 million in federal stimulus money is gone; unavailable for next year’s budget. Transfers: Want to attend a school out of zone? Then apply Feb. 6-20. Forms are available online or at any school. TVA for TAP: The federal utility has donated $100,000 to use in the 18 TAP (teacher advancement program) schools in Knox County. TAP includes performance based compensation and collaborative teaching. ■ School board Year around school update is being considered for FulWhat’s happening at the ton and Austin-East high school board? schools, but McIntyre told Knox County Schools will the school board last week end the year with $10 mil- “while it could be benefilion more than expected, cial, it should include the said Superintendent Dr. Jim feeder patterns.” And KCS McIntyre. Revenue exceeded doesn’t have the resources projections by $5 million, to support a year-around while another $5 million was program (or “balanced cal-

endar”) in the feeders. Cindy Buttry asked for a “broader discussion” to include all zones. School use fees: Passed on first reading with amendments by Indya Kincannon to eliminate the insurance requirement for “routine meetings.” But not before Kincannon groused about secretarial staff using red ink to denote both changes and items moved to another spot in board policy. “We have the whole rainbow of colors to choose from. Make it green or blue … not all red!” Full STEAM ahead? What happens when you add art to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concept? It becomes STEAM, and that’s heading for the Green (Elementary) Academy. Teacher Supply Depot will open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Y’all come!

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meant that his message of heard, even by his opponent. running government more “In the future if there is an like a business had been office where I think I’m the

best, then I would run again,” he said. “But I’m not looking right now.”

Eat Mor Chikin If the politicians talking about job creation would get quiet and listen to Marshall Wilkins, it would be an hour well spent.

taurant will open this spring on Emory Road between Halls and Powell and “that’s about as close to Halls as you’ll get.” He said the Atlanta-based chicken chain’s studies have pegged Halls as a place “where everybody leaves during the day and comes back at Sandra night.” That makes for a great Clark dinner crowd but not so much for lunch, when Chick-fil-A typically does heavy volume. Wilkins spoke to a Wilkins also disclosed standing room only crowd that negotiations are in at Fountain City Business progress for a location in and Professional Associa- Fountain City, but “nothing’s tion last week. There were official yet.” folks from Halls and West Wilkins is the owner of Knoxville in addition to the Chick-fil-A restaurants in usual suspects. Turkey Creek and Kingston. “My boss sent me to The company has 11 franask you one thing: When chises in the Knoxville area is Chick-fil-A coming to with eight different owners, Halls?” asked one. he said. Wilkins said a new resThe Chick-fil-A philoso-

By Greg Householder Former Knoxville mayoral candidate Mark Padgett made his first public appearance since his defeat in last November’s election at the hands of Madeline Rogero last Padgett Tuesday at the Powell Business and Professional Association. Padgett joked about his appearance being his first since his loss by telling the Powell business leaders, “The calls to speak dry up after you lose.” Padgett was there as the guest speaker to talk about his experiences that he touted during the campaign of building a business with “$5,000 and a borrowed laptop.”

He told the group of his early life growing up in Lonsdale and how as a kid he started a T-shirt business where he sold painted shirts. He described the process as using a brush and a knife – “In Lonsdale, you had a knife” – to splatter the paint on the shirts. He talked of the influence of athletics on him as a youngster. After tearing his ACL in his senior year in high school, he developed a product related to knee injuries. His father set him up to present the idea to Pete DeBusk of DeRoyal Industries. Padgett was only 17 years old. “Do whatever you do because you love it,” DeBusk told him. Padgett told the group of his time working for former Gov. Phil Bredesen. It was while working for Bredesen that he got the idea for his company

Chick-fil-A franchise owner Marshall Wilkins (right) talks with John Fugate, board member of the Fountain City BPA and branch manager of Commercial Bank. Photo by S. Clark

– eGovernment Solutions – because of the inefficiencies he saw and the fact that, at the time, no county in the state offered online services. Padgett had some advice for the Powell business group: “Have your first client lined up before you begin.” He also talked about using peer groups and mentors and about staying power in the market place. The former mayoral candidate took questions from the floor and when asked about his future political ambitions he answered, “I was raised in a family involved in public service. I’m not looking for the next open seat but I think we changed the conversation.” He alluded to the fact that one of the first appointments of the Rogero administration, entrepreneur Eddie Mannis,

The restaurant works to build relationships with customers, using good food, engaged employees and those crazy cows you see on TV and billboards urging folks to “eat mor chikin.” When the recession hit, Wilkins said Chick-fil-A decided to become more of who we are rather than trying to become something else. “Sales will come and profits will come if you focus on the right things.” His was strong, common sense advice that would help any business.

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n a footnote in his book “Life on the Mississippi,” Mark Twain quoted the Associated Press Telegram story of Oct. 19, 1882, relating the death of two of Knoxville’s most prominent business owners in the prime of their careers to illustrate that violence persisted in the South 20 years after the Civil War. In less than two minutes, local history was changed forever. Thomas O’Conner (18361882) was the richest person in the state of Tennessee and, some said, the richest in the South. It was said that his influence in the Tennessee Legislature was “overpowering.” His Melrose Estate, which he had purchased from Judge Oliver P. Temple, was among the finest in Knox County. Temple’s 20 acres contained the impressive mansion, experimental flower and vegetable gardens, an extensive fruit orchard, and an outstanding collection of ornamental shrubs and trees. A large farm pond had been expanded and concreted, and a boat house was built to provide a place for O’Conner’s nieces and nephews to swim, boat and fish. Thomas was born in Halifax, Va., on Feb. 29, 1836, the son of John and Rebecca (Powell) Conner. When Thomas was 16, he and his brother James moved from Virginia to Knoxville and opened the O’Conner Saddlery, choosing to use the original Irish version of their name. Thomas was a Knoxville alderman (1859-60), but soon moved to Atlanta to establish a saddlery there.

When the Civil War began he joined the 1st Georgia Regulars (CSA) and served as a sergeant for eight months. He then resigned and returned to Knoxville to help raise a company of light artillery. He became senior first lieutenant of Kain’s Artillery Battery (CSA). When Capt. William C. Kain, a Knoxville attorney, was ordered to serve in various court martial proceedings, O’Conner assumed command. His battery was heavily engaged at Cumberland Gap when he was captured on Sept. 9, 1863, and imprisoned at Johnson’s Island in Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio. He spent almost two years there, along with 2,500 other prisoners, and endured the inadequate food and the exceedingly uncomfortable damp and penetrating cold conditions. In June 1865, with the war ended, O’Conner swore allegiance to the U.S. and was granted amnesty. He soon was in business in Atlanta but, in 1870, he returned to Knoxville to marry Fannie Renshaw House (1832-1923). They lived in the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville about half the year and at Melrose in Knoxville the other half. His influence with the state government enabled him to lease convict labor and to contract for many projects in railroad construction, coal mining and the manufacture of “Tennessee wagons” at a rate of more than 60 a day. His was probably the most popular farm wagon at the

Thomas O’Conner (1836-1882). His investments in railways, mining, manufacturing and banking made O’Conner the richest person in the state. He was killed in a Gay Street shootout on Oct. 19, 1882. time in the South and in the prairie states. He built the Cincinnati Southern Railway from the Cumberland Plateau to Chattanooga and became a major owner of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co., based in Tracy City. He contracted for road work in Louisiana and, in September 1882, led other Knoxville investors to organize the Mechanic’s National Bank and became its president. In 1877, he was appointed a trustee of East Tennessee University (predecessor to the University of Tennessee). Joseph Alexander Mabry Jr. (1826-1882) was born to Joseph A. Mabry Sr. and Alice Scott Mabry on Jan. 26, 1826, on his father’s farm in west Knox County. He was educated in the Knox County

public schools and at Holston College at New Market. In 1852, he married Laura E. Churchwell, daughter of a prominent local family. He was a major property owner and developer early in life and, in 1853, he and his brother-in-law William G. Swan gave the city the property for Market Square. He was president of the Knoxville and Kentucky Railroad and was quite influential in Nashville in lobbying for state support of the railroads. He was appointed a trustee of the East Tennessee University in 1854 and was a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1870. During the Confederate occupation at the outbreak of the Civil War, Mabry personally offered to equip and clothe many Confederate soldiers from his depot of clothing and tents. With the Federal occupation in late 1863, he declared his loyalty to the Union. His mansion on Mabry Hill off Dandridge Pike in East Knoxville was used as a headquarters for each side during their respective occupations. Mabry’s Knoxville and Kentucky Railroad went into receivership in 1871 and was sold. Other financial difficulty caused him to reduce his extensive land holdings and

The Melrose mansion. Formerly owned by Judge Oliver P. Temple, Melrose was among the city’s most elegant mansions, surrounded by flower and vegetable gardens and rare shrubs and trees. Photos courtesy C.M. McClung Historical Collection sell many of his fine horses. O’Conner and Mabry, as well as many other prominent businesspeople of the time, were engaged in high stakes gambling, including betting at the horse races at the Old Fairgrounds in South Knoxville. There were rumors that Mabry’s second mansion at Cold Spring Farm (later called Mount Rest Home), which he had sold to O’Conner in 1880, had been won back in a card game by his son, Will, but that O’Conner reneged on the bet. Will was shot and killed in a fight on Dec. 24, 1881. The grief-stricken father somehow concluded that O’Conner had arranged for Will to be murdered. On Oct. 17, 1882, a visibly intoxicated Mabry confronted O’Conner at the Fair Grounds in South Knoxville; but O’Conner backed off, saying it was neither the time nor the place to settle their dispute. That evening, Mabry sent O’Conner a message stating that he would “kill him on sight.” On the morning of Oct. 19, 1882, O’Conner stepped outside the Mechanics’ Bank and spotted Mabry walking

down Gay Street. O’Conner quickly grabbed a doublebarreled shotgun and emptied both barrels into Mabry, killing him instantly. Hearing the commotion, Joseph Mabry III hurried toward the bank and, upon seeing his father’s body, drew a pistol and shot O’Conner. As O’Conner fell mortally wounded, he managed to reach inside the bank for another shotgun and fire one final shot, killing the younger Mabry. Seven bystanders were wounded by stray shot from O’Conner’s gun. Three men lay dead: O’Conner, who was in his prime at only 46 years of age; Mabry, who was only 10 years older; and Mabry’s son, a promising young attorney. The contributions they might have made to the community and to the state were lost in less than two minutes. Author’s Note: Next month’s article will describe the tragic carriage accident at the gates of the Melrose Estate that claimed the life of two prominent bankers while Thomas O’Conner’s widow, Fannie R. O’Conner, and the spouse of one of the bankers survived.

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Let’s all be ‘chalant’ But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15 NRSV) I collect words like some people collect good jokes. Find a new one (new to me, at least), and I am fascinated with its sounds, its etymology (as my Greek etymology professor at UT explained the definition of etymology, “all that nonsense in brackets in the dictionary”), its meaning, its pronunciation, its possible uses and its taste in my mouth. You never know where a new word will crop up, or when a familiar word will pique your curiosity. In this case, just the other day, it was in the comic section of the daily paper. I have searched for that

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■ New Hope Baptist Church distributes food from its food pantry to local families in need 6-8 p.m. every third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.

Rec programs ■ Beaver Ridge UMC , 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will have a beginner yoga class 6-7 p.m. Mondays in the family life center. Cost is $10 per class or $40 for five classes. Bring a mat, towel and water. Info: Dena Bower, 567-7615 or email ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5. Info: 689-7001.

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it is fairly common. But in the last frame of the strip, one character pointed out that one should be as chalant as possible. Curiosity bells went off in my head immediately. “Non” clearly means not, as in “nonjudgmental.” So, if “nonchalant” means unconcerned, what exactly does “chalant” mean? And is it a word at all? Or was it just a comic strip joke? I thank God for Noah Webster and his ilk. Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (the handiest one at the moment) says that “nonchalant” is from the Old French “non” (not) and “chaloir” (to concern), and is defined as “having an air of easy unconcern or indifference.” Well, there you are, then. “Not concerned.” So, the last frame of the Sunday comic strip must have been a sincere call for caring, for compassion: “We all need to be as chalant as possible.”

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Webster’s also points out that the French “chalant” is related to the Latin “calere”: to be warm. As in the opposite of cool. The opposite of nonchalance, then, is warmth, compassion, concern and caring. In a word, to be chalant. Remember the rule: the way to make a new word your own is to use it in a sentence, so: God is chalant – warm, compassionate, concerned and caring. Besides having a beautiful meaning, this fabulous word also has a graceful, elegant French sound. It is a lovely word, entirely worth collecting. I am happy to have added it to my collection. It may not be used frequently (it might sound pretentious), but it is mine, to use or keep or share. And it will remind me that Crankshaft (or whoever it was!) was right. We all need to be as chalant as possible, because this old world can certainly use all the chalance it can find!

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■ Fairview Baptist Church , 7424 Fairview Road off East Emory Road, hosts a Celebrate Recovery program 7-9 p.m. Thursdays.

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■ New Hope Baptist Church, 7602 Bud Hawkins Road in Corryton, hosts Celebrate Recovery adult and youth classes 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 12-step class 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 688-5330. ■ Dayspring Church, 901 Callahan Drive, Suite 109, will offer Divorce Care classes 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday evenings. There is no charge for the 13week program and child care will be provided. Info: 242-3995

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Barbara Faubert will be the guest speaker for the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon at noon TuesFaubert day, Jan. 17. The KFL is a group of Christian men and women who meet weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell.

Teen Challenge Bethany O’Donnell and Joanna Burke do a fundraiser, spreading public awareness of Knoxville’s Teen Challenge. The organization’s purpose is to help both adults and teens overcome addictions and abuse. Photo by T. Edwards of

FCUMC to host ‘Becoming a Love and Logic Parent’ Fountain City United Methodist Church will host “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent,” a program open to all parents, grandparents, teachers or guardians that will make parenting less stressful, more successful and really fun! Elizabeth Kose, certified “Love and Logic Independent Facilitator,” will discuss the basic principles and philosophies behind becoming a Love and Logic parent. A four-week Sunday evening series, beginning Jan. 29, will be offered on the Love and Logic philosophy, techniques and strategies. Sessions will run from 4-6 p.m. in Wesley Hall at FCUMC. The course fee is $60 per couple and $45 per person. Reservations are requested but not required. To register or for more info: Elizabeth Kose, 809-9075 or elizabethkose@

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Panther hoops heading into meat of schedule By Greg Householder The Powell High School boys and girls basketball teams returned to classes last week and headed into the meat of the 2011-12 schedule. Last Monday, the boys downed Anderson County 61-50 in a game rescheduled from the previous week due to the newly refinished floor in Jeff Hunter Gymnasium. The girls knocked off the Mavericks 31-27, also on Monday.

The boys brought a 10-4 overall record and 4-2 district record into last Tuesday’s home game with Fulton. The Falcons proved too much for the Panthers and the boys fell 62-41. Clay Payne led Powell with 14 points and Steven Parsons had 11. Fulton proved too much for the girls as well. The girls, 8-7 (4-4) going into Tuesday’s game with the Falcons, fell 44-38. Damiyah Moore led the Panthers

with 13 points and Shea Coker scored 12. Powell traveled to Karns last Friday. Results of Friday’s games were unavailable at press time. This week, the Panthers Powell’s Canaan Lindsay drives around a Fulton Falcon last Tuesday. Photos by Greg Householder entertain Hardin Valley Academy on Tuesday and host Clinton on Friday. The girls lost to the Hawks 39-18 on Nov. 29, while the boys won 76-49. On Dec. 13, the ■ Rec baseball sign-ups: Halls Community Park spring rec league baseball, 4U-14U sign-up girls lost to Clinton 43-42 as times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday in January; Saturday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 11. the boys came away with a Info: Visit 51-41 win over the Dragons.


PHS Project Graduation group seeks funds By Greg Householder After a one year hiatus, a group of Powell High School Class of 2012 parents is seeking to revive Project Graduation. Project Graduation is an all-night lock-in for newly minted high school graduates on graduation night. The kids are provided with plenty of food, drinks, games and activities in a safe, secure and supervised environment. It is the last official class activity the class will have until its first reunion. Chris and Gina Ogle are heading up the effort in conjunction with PHS PTA. A group of senior parents met last Tuesday to discuss fundraising ideas. Tom Householder, store manager of the Home Depot in Powell and a senior parent, pledged $1,000 in merchandise to get the fundraising effort going. The group is seeking cash donations or donation in kind of food, soft drinks,

prizes, gift cards or anything to help to make the night a memorable one for the new graduates. This year’s Project Graduation will be held from 10 p.m. May 19 (Graduation Night) until 6 a.m. May 20 at the Jubilee Banquet Facility off Callahan Road. Activities will include karaoke, basketball, movies and more. Individuals or local businesses that would like to donate to Project Graduation should contact Kim Fortner, 385-0223.

The group is also seeking chaperones for the night of the event. Parents who would like to help with Project Graduation should contact the Ogles at 947-9464 or 300-3464 or email Donations made payable to Powell High School Project Graduation may be mailed to Project Graduation, Powell High School, 2136 W. Emory Road, Powell, TN 37849. Responses no later than April 1 will be appreciated.

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By Sandra Clark Gary Weaver has serious plans for 2012. “We’re taking customer service to the next level,” he said. “Just getting a hearing aid is not the end of the story. “What happens when our patient goes home? “Can she hear the smoke detector at night? Can he hear his turn signal while driving? Can she hear the phone ring? The dog bark? The door bell? “Life involves all sorts of different doors. If you hear something growling behind a door, don’t open it.” Yes, Gary Weaver talks like this. He’s totally committed to caring for his

will program it and demonstrate it until the patient is comfortable with it. The ConnectLine microphone can be worn by the person you’re listening to. Clip it on the lapel of your Sunday School teacher or offer it as a necklace to your dinner companion. The microphone transmits their voices wirelessly to your hearing instrument over a distance of up to 30 feet. It also filters out background noise, such as in a restaurant. Because the sound is transmitted directly to your ear, the speaker’s voice is not amplified to create disturbance for others in the room.

Dooley deals with dilemma How do you explain the amazing turn of events? Was it just a matter of money? In the beginning, when the new head coach had a six-year contract and a generous budget, it was easy to hire assistants. All he had to do was pick and choose and pay too much. An ugly ending to two losing seasons, coupled with the hint of regression, created unrest and altered the scene. The result was a surprising number of staff vacancies – and what seemed to be a problem finding replacements. What if ambitious aides on the way up looked over the “opportunity” and weighed the risks? They might wonder if football time in Tennessee had become precarious.

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Big names parked in rocking chairs and established assistants with good positions were greedy. They wanted more than they could possibly be worth. Security. Parachutes. Pensions. That combination appeared to change the search from who do you want to who can you get. A few weeks ago, early in the patch-and-repair process, Derek Dooley said hundreds of people want to coach at Tennessee. Or

maybe it was thousands. He could be correct. He certainly found some who would accept orange dollars. Generally speaking, hiring assistants is very important but not absolutely critical. If a new guy doesn’t fit (think Chuck Smith), just make a change. OK, so it hurts feelings but this is big business. The revolving door shakes up recruiting connections but that soon settles if you send in a better man. This dilemma was different. Dooley, whether he knows it or not, is under duress. His Volunteers need to get better in a hurry, starting with national signing day, continuing through winter workouts, surging during spring practice and peaking in

Belinda and Gary Weaver. The television or phone adaptor streams clear sound to the patient’s hearing instrument without the echo or lip synch problems of standard Bluetooth, Gary said. The adaptors have a range up to 30 feet. You can listen to programs at the patient’s preferred volume while the family listens at theirs. Freedom Alert is an exclusive new product with a programmable 2-way voice emergency pendant

September. There is little or no margin for error. If you think I am kidding or overstating the crisis, you are not hearing the same critics who are threatening rebellion. If season ticket sales decline and donations diminish, rock-solid steady Dave Hart might get nervous. Indeed, there is a mortgage to pay and a budget to balance. Hart understands that Dooley, in the beginning, ventured into difficult circumstances. That was then. This is now. It might be unfair to demand a certain number of 2012 victories to extend this rehabilitation project but it is not unreasonable to expect improvement. That completes the circle and brings us back to the cure for nervous indigestion. Even under adverse

and no monthly fees. Gary can program in numbers for four emergency contacts: family, friend, neighbor, nurse or E-911. The pendant, worn around the neck, has a range that includes both house and yard. Also included is an emergency wall unit for bedroom or bath which is water resistant and can be mounted near the floor for easy access in case of a fall.

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conditions, it is possible that Dooley has assembled a better staff than he had in the beginning. Almost certainly, there will be some improvement on the field. The running game just can’t be as bad as it was. In fact, there are talented juniors and sophomores at several positions who could become all-conference players. Dooley and others have supposedly recruited well, very well, but not as well as key opponents. That partially explains why Tennessee is not gaining ground on the big boys. The next option is development – where coaching by assistants suddenly becomes very important. There is now reason for optimism. As developments go, that is amazing. Marvin West invites reader response. His address is

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Cub Scouts give back to community By Alvin Nance The Boy Scouts’ website states: “Being a Cub Scout means you are a member of a worldwide youth moveNance ment that stands for certain values and beliefs. Cub Scouting is more than something to do. It’s all about the boy you are and the person you will become.” As chair of the Chehote District of the Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountain Council, I am honored to be involved in work that is helping build

Tennova ‘Goes Red’ for women Konnie Anderson (center) holds a pair of jeans she wore before losing 140 pounds in two and a half years. Anderson is a charter member of Tennova Health and Fitness. With her are Tennova Health and Fitness member Vickie Pettit and Nicole Lipsey of the American Heart Association. The occasion was a Jan. 10 kick-off to Tennova’s second year of partnership with the American Heart Association and Tennova’s sponsorship of the “Go Red for Women” campaign. Photo by S. Carey

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HEALTH NOTES ■ Grief support groups at Fort Sanders Sevier Hospital 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month; 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Covenant Home Care Knoxville office; and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at

the Covenant Home Care Oak Ridge office. Registration is required. Info or to register: 541-4500. ■ Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. the third Monday every month at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081.

Mize gets the ‘Daisy’ An extraordinary nurse has been honored as Phy sicia ns Regional Medical Center’s recipient of the Daisy Award For E x t raord iMize nary Nurses. Tennova Healthcare presents the monthly award in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Daisy Foundation. Phyllis Mize, RN, got the December honor. She will celebrate her 40th year in the nursing profession in May. She works on 2 Central, the Cardiovascular Interventional Unit, at Physicians and has been recognized repeatedly by her patients and their families for going above and beyond. Trish McDaniel, chief nursing officer for Physicians, said, “Nurses are heroes every day, and it’s important that our nurses know their work and efforts are highly valued and appreciated. The Daisy Foundation provides one way for us to do that.”

future leaders. A recent service project is a good example of the value of scouting. About a dozen Cub Scouts who live in our Walter P. Taylor neighborhood recently gave up their Saturday morning to give back to our community in a meaningful and lasting way. The Scouts, who were 1st through 5th graders, planted about 30 dogwood trees at The Residences at Eastport, KCDC’s new housing complex for seniors. The trees were donated by the Dogwood Arts Festival, and KCDC was also happy to support the effort. In addition to providing breakfast, KCDC Residences at East-

port property manager Kim Clark instructed the Scouts on how to properly plant trees and helped get them started. Once the trees were planted, Clark took everyone on a tour through the newly opened senior complex. According to Jervece Steele and Vivian Williams, who headed up the project, the Scouts were excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community and really enjoyed their day. Planting trees isn’t easy work, and I admire these Scouts for taking on the task. I applaud the efforts of all involved and look forward to admiring the dogwood blooms each spring for years to come.

Random acts of kindness from artist Linda Lee By Betty Bean When WATE-TV’s community relations director Bill Evans read the Shopper-News story about artist Linda Lee’s painting of the Lakeshore administration building, it reminded him of the time when Linda and her husband, Chuck, showed up at his Greystone office asking for permission to take pictures of the building’s exterior. “Several months later, she surprised us with a beautiful painting of Greystone. It hangs in our lobby for all visitors to see,” he said. “In testament to the accuracy of her paintings, I want to share this story with you. As we were admiring her work, I commented on how she had correctly painted the downstairs stained glass windows as semicircles and the upstairs ones as slightly-arched rectangles. Her reply to me was, ‘Oh, yes! And do you want to know how many stones are on the front of the building?’ “I’m glad to see from the accompanying photo that she is doing well. Her passion for painting historic buildings in Knoxville is a great gift to us all.”

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