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VOL. 51 NO. 7


February 13, 2012

Field of dreams

Hello, Dolly! Powell native Holly Norman is 2,000 Facebook “likes” away from having a booth at the CMA Fan Fair. Oh, she’s met Dolly, too!

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John Ewart with former UT and Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg McMichael at the Braves Fantasy Camp in Kissimmee, Fla. McMichael is now senior advisor for alumni relations for the Braves. Photo submitted

Ewart meets major-leaguers at Braves fantasy camp

So long, Greg

Dr. Tumblin recalls a tragic carriage accident on what is now the UT campus.

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Index Greg Householder Community Government/Politics Joe Rector/Marvin West Dr. Jim Tumblin Faith Schools Business

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Powell kids commit to graduate By Greg Householder Powell High School teacher Jim Porter talked to the freshman class about “giving your word” and how signing one’s name makes it your word. Last Wednesday, PHS freshmen crowded into the auditorium to hear principal Ken Dunlap; seniors Alexis Gillespie, Marc Cooper and Haley Wilson; and Porter talk about the importance of finishing what they start at PHS. Later, a randomly selected group of freshmen took the stage to sign the banner. The remainder of the class had the opportunity to sign it during lunch period last Thursday and Friday. Once signed, the banner will hang in the lobby until the class graduates. PHS has done this kind of thing before. For the past few years, students signed diplomas and these were plastered over the glass windows in the office area. This is the first year for the banners and only the classes of 2014 and 2015 will participate. According to Porter, the idea is to get the kids to sign showing their commitment to graduating and having the banner as a

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You choke up on the bat, as you were taught to do, knowing you’re going to swing no matter what. Whack! You connect bat to ball, seeing as you run to first base the line drive you’ve just hit go over the former major-leaguer’s head, straight up the middle, solid contact. Your hit helps lead your team, a group of fans, to victory over the best of the

dream. It was amazing.” The camp, which is now being managed by former UT and Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg McMichael, gives fans an opportunity to spend five days and nights experiencing spring training, being coached by and playing against former Braves legends (names like Otis Nixon, Sid Bream and Javy Lopez), having a catch with guys like Dale Murphy and getting two authentic jerseys with your name on the back, almost

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By Jake Mabe You’re standing at home plate ready to bat. You gaze out to the pitcher’s mound. Going into his trademark submarine-style pitch is former Atlanta Braves reliever Brad Clontz. He was once a major leaguer! You foul off the first two pitches, praying, “Please, God, don’t let me strike out.”

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best of the Atlanta Braves. No, this isn’t a dream. It isn’t even an unused reel from “Field of Dreams.” It’s what happened to Tennova Health and Fitness Center executive director John Ewart at the Braves Fantasy Camp in Kissimmee, Fla., the week of Jan. 24-29. Oh, and I didn’t even tell you the best part. Ewart made contact with the ball – it was a line out, but still – pitched by future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine. “It was the best week,” Ewart says. “I was absolutely living the

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A-2 • FEBRUARY 13, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS to Laura is that Powell has not been hit by foreclosures as hard as other parts of Knox County.

The last hurrah

Time to say goodbye It’s hard to believe that it has been almost five years, but it is time for me to go. Five years ago, I got in touch with Sandra Clark to inquire if she still had old Shoppers from the early 1990s when I wrote a financial planning column and covered Halls High School football for her. She said of course and wanted to know why I wanted them. I told her I wanted to embark on a writing career and every editor I contacted wanted clips of work that I had done in print. It didn’t make sense – how can you ever get started in this business if you have to produce clippings – but I figured with luck, Sandra would have some of my old stuff. With that, I was hired. First as a sports editor/coordinator and my first task was to recruit and hire 18 writers to cover high school football. Later I was given the job as community editor for the Powell/Karns edition and later the Powell standalone edition.

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Times were tough back then and they didn’t get any better. My friend and boss faced the impossible task of cutting back and she made painful decisions through the years. It is now my turn to be cut. I told her as a business oriented person, I understood. The ShopperNews is not a nonprofit organization. I am so grateful for the warm and genuine friendships I have made in the Powell community over the past four or so years. Powell is a great place and I thank you for your friendship. While I will still maintain my email account and will forward things as appropriate, the best place to send stuff is to Again, thank you, Powell. And I will be fine but if any-

Laura Bailey talks real estate at the Noweta Garden Club meeting last Tuesday. Photo by Greg Householder rates are good for borrowing (not so much for saving) and the rental market is good, too. Laura talked about the practice of short sales, ■ Noweta Garden where a bank sells a property for less than it has investClub gets real ed. She did say that credit estate update scores are lower – one can Real estate agent Laura actually get an FHA loan Bailey was the featured with a 680 score. speaker last Tuesday at Someone asked her a the Noweta Garden Club’s question about reverse monthly meeting. mortgages and the consenAccording to Laura, real sus was that these loans are estate seems to be picking not what they are cracked up up a bit from the horrible to be and most folks aren’t situation it has been in for happy with them. the past few years. Interest The good news according

one would like to hire me, I am, obviously, available. Thank you, Powell. It’s been a great run and it was the best job one could have.

Heiskell seniors get defense tips

Toni McSorley is one tough gal. She is a selfdefense expert and carries around a nasty little baton on her key ring and a can of wasp spray in her purse – because of her “allergy to wasps” – yeah right. She is prepared to whack attackers with that little baton and spray bad guys in the face with the wasp spray. Imagine how my blood ran cold when she asked me to assist in a demonstration last Thursday at the Heiskell seniors program. Fortunately for me, I was a nonphysical guinea pig. All she did was yell at me. But Toni had some great safety for the Heiskell folks. And the gang from First Century Bank in Powell were on hand dispensing Valentine’s Day cookies and fruit, and talking finances. Other happenings in Heiskell: the Heiskell School Reunion is from 1-5 p.m. March 24. The social worker who coordinated “Totes of Love” deliveries to Powell Middle School and Copper Ridge Elementary School in December asked the community center to make it an ongoing project. There is

Ewart went 6 for 10 the rest of the camp. From page A-1 “These guys want to win as much as you do,” Ewart says. as if you’d been drafted as the “Here’s how intense it was. “His belief in me made me team’s newest prospect. I was injured during stretch- feel great (and) it was needed It isn’t cheap (the 2012 ing. I strained my back before reinforcement of what success looks like. Don’t watch price was $3,999 per person) the start of camp.” Not to worry. This is the the ball. Swing at it.” but Ewart’s wife, Betsy, and On the fourth day, in the daughter Megan bought it for major leagues. The trainers third inning of Ewart’s game, went to work. Ewart played. him as a Christmas present. The first day is a skills test, Perez called his number as Ewart is a good athlete – he walked-on to the UT football a day for the Braves person- leadoff hitter. Warming up program in the late 1990s, nel to evaluate the partici- to pitch against him was Tom served in the U.S. Navy and pants. Teams are then draft- Glavine. “Talk about a major league stays in shape. But he knew ed based on talent. he wasn’t ready for major Ewart was drafted by the dream,” Ewart says. “It was league heat. He hadn’t even only current Braves major- almost surreal. I had an out played baseball since Little league coach at the camp, of body experience.” Glavine is throwing in League. But he trained with former catcher Eddie Perez. former major-leaguer Doug After his first two games, the mid-60s. This is fanBochtler at Cherokee North Ewart had two strikeouts tasy camp. He’s not trying to Baseball Academy, which got and two walks. After his sec- blow anything by you. Like Ewart used to seeing major- ond strikeout, when he went he would do against Clontz, league pitching and helped down looking, Perez put his again Ewart prayed, “Dear God, don’t let me strike out.” arm on Ewart’s shoulder. with his swing and timing. He fouled Glavine’s first “I didn’t draft you to watch When asked how intense pitch down the third base the ball go by.” the camp is, Ewart smiles.

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line. Ewart says he kept staring at Glavine because, well, it’s Tom Glavine. Jokester Sid Bream, in the other dugout, yells, “He’s staring you down!” Ewart says to himself, “Oh, my god.” He turns around in the batter’s box. He stands in. He fouled off the second pitch. The third pitch was either a changeup or a curve. Ewart says it was easily a ball,

but with two strikes, he was swinging. He lined out to third. But he’d made contact. With a ball pitched by Tom Glavine. Glavine signed the ball for him and wrote, “Nice line drive.” Ewart’s hit off Clontz helped lead to the win, the first time the Legends team has been defeated during Fantasy Camp. Ewart even

Toni McSorley, director of Self Defense of Knoxville, gives some useful personal defense tips to the Heiskell seniors last Thursday. always a need for the totes, according to Janice White of the community center. The seniors will be taking a bus trip to Renfro Valley in Kentucky on April 21. Cost is $49. Toni will be conducting a self-defense class at the community center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 28. Cost is $25 per person. ■

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avoided the old hidden ball trick (the pitcher acts like he has the ball, but the infielder keeps it, waiting for the unsuspecting runner to lead off the base and be tagged out) perpetrated by Clontz and Greg Olson. Ewart was the pitcher, too, when the Legends came to bat. Each camper had gotten one at-bat, but the Legends played a traditional three-out inning. Ewart got Marquis Grissom to line out to first. He walked Javy Lopez, but got Sid Bream to hit a grounder. Bream was out on a fielder’s choice (the umpire didn’t see the defensive tag on Lopez), but Lopez didn’t really try to beat the rundown. Three outs. Game over. Camp participants also get to play golf, eat dinner and hang out with the Braves legends. “We hear from a lot of guys that this was on their bucket list,” McMichael says. “John was great. We had a great time with him. He joked hard and we loved that. If we didn’t have great campers like John, it wouldn’t be the experience it is.” For more information about the 2013 Braves Fantasy Camp, which is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 22-27, email Greg McMichael at greg. Online: Read more from Jake Mabe’s interview with Greg McMichael online at w w w. ShopperNew sNow. com.




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Open House at LMU nursing school Prospective students Cara Parker, Caroline Lutz and Laura Lutz visit the Caylor School of Nursing at Lincoln Memorial University’s open house at 421 Park 40 North Blvd. on Feb. 7. LMU representatives answering their questions are nursing instructor Jennifer Savage, professor of nursing Dr. Lisa Pullen, instructor Cindy Farris and coordinator of recruitment/advising Rebekkah Pullen. Hospitals seeking magnet status are requiring nurses to have bachelor’s or master’s degrees. LMU’s next open houses will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and March 13. Photo by T. Edwards of

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Supervisor of the Inmate Industry Division of the KCSO Chris Mamowicz with County Commissioner R. Larry Smith along Clinton Highway last Thursday as KCSO inmates clean up trash in the median. Photo by Greg Householder

Inmate labor works to clean up community By Greg Householder You see them along the shoulders and medians carrying garbage bags and wearing lime safety vests. As you get closer you may be startled to see the word “inmate” stenciled on the back of the vest. What you are seeing is the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Industry Division in action. These inmates – minimum security risks – are generally in jail for driving under the influence or as child support deadbeats or for other nonviolent crimes. Surprisingly, duty on the Inmate Industry crew is strictly voluntary. According to division supervisor Chris Mamowicz, there is some incentive for the inmates. Depending on what

the judge has ruled, many are getting 2-for-1 time. For every day they work on the Inmate Industry crew equals two days of jail time. They also eat a little better. “Usually whoever has them out here provides lunch like pizza. That’s a lot better than a dry baloney sandwich at the jail,” said Mamowicz. The inmates are also allowed to smoke on the detail, something not allowed in jail. Mamowicz and his crew were out early last Thursday morning picking up trash along Clinton Highway from East Beaver Creek Drive to Emory Road. County Commissioner R. Larry Smith had requested the crew. “Sage Kohler, the State Farm agent, gave me the

idea,” said Smith. “She asked if there was anything that could be done for that stretch of Clinton Highway. This is Powell’s front yard.” Smith would like to see the community get involved in keeping that stretch of Clinton Highway clean after the inmates finish their work. The inmates have regular jobs and some have skill sets other than merely picking up trash. Roofers, electricians, carpenters and other tradesmen sometimes run afoul of the law and find themselves as inmates of the county. According to Mamowicz, the Inmate Industry Division is available to nonprofits for repair work. The nonprofit should call the KCSO at 2152444.

Powell native and Powell High School graduate Holly Norman has an opportunity to have her very own emerging artist booth at this year’s Country Music Association Fan Fair in Nashville, but first she needs you to “like” her. Norman has met all the qualifications, but now she needs your help to reach at least 2,000 “likes” on her Facebook page. You may visit her page at and click the “like” button. Norman was a majorette at both Powell and her college alma mater – UT. After college she started a career singing and entertaining at Dollywood and various other theaters in Pigeon Forge. In 2006, she made the big move to Nashville to pursue a singing and songwriting career. She currently works for Dolly Parton part time at Parton’s production company. Norman has recently released her first self-titled debut CD with 10 of her original songs and has had a single playing on many radio stations across the country. Norman has attended the

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NOTES ■ Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild will host its annual meet and greet 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Powell branch library. Door prizes will be given away, and new members are welcomed. ■ The Farragut and North Knoxville Lions clubs will co-sponsor a pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Applebees, 261 North Peters Road. For tickets, call Norvell Burrow, 693-5449. ■ K-Town Sound Show Chorus, an a cappella

show chorus affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, is welcoming new members. Rehearsals are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday night from at Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Ave. Info: Jo Ann, 483-8790, 742-4437 or ■ Powell Lions Club meets 7 p.m. each first and third Thursday at 7142 Old Clinton Pike. ■ Scott’s Free Community Recycling Center at 6529 Clinton Highway will recycle computers, TVs, electronics, cardboard, metal, paper and clothes for free. Info: 307-0659.

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Whose side is Stacey on? An open letter to Knox County Commission: You might want to think a little harder about Sam McKenzie’s resolution to ask the state Senate to censure Stacey Campfield before you dismiss it out of hand. The fact that McKenzie’s a Democrat and most of you are Republicans doesn’t oblige you to protect Campfield just because he bats for your team. What you ought to be paying more attention to is his work product – the stuff his constituents sent him to Nashville to do, supposedly. On one hand, it’s understandable that you have better things to do than study up on the national embarrassment that is Knox County’s senior state senator, since most of his legislation usually lands in some study committee slated to meet the second Tuesday of the week preceding the seventh Saturday after the third Wednesday. But as he finishes out his sophomore year in the General Assembly’s deliberative body (that’s what they like to call themselves), you ought to

Betty Bean look at the stuff he considers important enough to sign and drop into the hopper. Some of it’s aimed directly at you. Did any of you ask him to file SB1105, which would make you muster up a two-thirds vote to override a mayoral veto? Did he bother to inform any of you about it before he filed it? Doesn’t he even know this is already the requirement? And what’s up with SB1104, which would take away your authority to confirm the mayor’s appointments to county boards and commissions? Who thinks that’s a good idea? And how about SB3363, which would abolish the Metropolitan Planning Commission and transfer all its duties to you – did you put him up to that? If not, who did? Whose side is Stacey Campfield on? Not yours.

Touring Y-12 State Sen. Doug Overbey makes a point to state Sen. Randy McNally (left) and state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey during a visit last Friday to the Y-12 National Security Complex. The senators are pictured in a laboratory at Y-12’s New Hope Center with senior vice president and deputy general manager Bill Klemm and the Development Division’s Kimberly Johnson (right). Klemm and Dan Hoag explained Y-12’s work in nuclear weapons, nonproliferation and provision of fuel to the Navy and research reactors, as well as plans for further transformation of the World War II-era site. Personnel from Y-12’s Development Division explained research on aging and compatibility of materials as well as resources for radiation detection that support national missions in nuclear security and nonproliferation. And Y-12 Historian Ray Smith led a tour of historic Building 9731 and its importance in the use of calutrons to separate isotopes for weapons work as well as nuclear medicine. Photo submitted

Magnet programs help kids find success There are plenty of kids who are happy and successful in a traditional school setting. They enjoy sports, or orchestra, or student government, and they fit nicely into the hole marked “conventional.”

Payout or lawsuit to end Ray saga When will the Gloria Ray saga end? Not soon enough I am afraid. Victor While TVA official and Ashe Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation board member Peyton Hairston made a motion to fire her, most of the remaining board members voted for a two-week deferral. Meanwhile, Ray has a paid administrative leave (read paid vacation) before departing. The big question now is whether the board gives Ray enough money to satisfy her and halt litigation. Will the public accept a costly buyout? Or will the board decide enough is enough and Ray actually owes money back to the KTSC? ■ Sen. Rick Santorum winning Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota puts the focus even more on the March 6 Tennessee Republican primary where Romney has the GOP establishment support with Santorum, Gingrich and Paul having pockets of support. ■ Mitt Romney has to win 60 percent of the total state primary vote to win all the GOP delegates. There will be a Romney for President rally at Jig and Reel at Central and Jackson in the Old City at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. ■ Expect a huge GOP turnout in early voting and onMarch 6 as President Obama has the Democratic primary to himself and, locally, Knox Democrats have failed to nominate anyone to run for county law director or property assessor. If you want a voice in choosing the law director and property assessor, you must vote in the GOP primary. ■ The 27-member Charter Review Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the main assembly room. Interesting to see who is elected chair and vice chair. ■ Former Mayor Mike Ragsdale and Allison Wagley were recently married. Congratulations. Contact Victor Ashe at

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Some kids just aren’t comfortable in that hole. Maybe they don’t like sitting behind a desk all day. Or perhaps they have a creative passion, like dancing or photography, that can’t be satisfied in a traditional school setting. Or maybe their dreams are so big that they won’t fit into any hole at all. These are the kids who would most benefit from Knox County’s magnet school program. There are several options to choose from, including a new School of Communications at Fulton High School. All were touted at a recent magnet school fair held at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The museum reverberated with the sound and energy of the West African drummers and dancers who participate in Austin-East High School’s performing arts magnet program. The talent of the students was mesmerizing, and Simon Wilson, a West Valley Middle School 8th grader, was drawn to the Austin-East information booth. His father is a professional musician, he says, and he’d like to learn to play the drums. But he’s not sure about leav-

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West African drummers and dancers from Austin-East High School perform at the magnet school fair held at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Photo by Wendy Smith ing his West Knox friends. That’s the biggest obstacle for kids who are considering making the leap to a magnet program. With the exception of the L&N STEM Academy, all magnet programs are housed in existing community schools. That means transfers will be thrown into a new culture, as well as a new school. Since Austin-East is 89 percent African-American and Bearden High School is 84 percent white, the cultural chasm between the two is bound to be deep. But diversity is another benefit of the magnet program, and the county wants to provide opportunities that are exciting enough to draw kids, and parents, out of their comfort zone. Simon’s mother, Kelli Wilson, is willing to take on the challenge of transporting him to either Austin-East

or West High School for its International Baccalaureate program. “If he finds his niche, it’s worth it. We’re willing to do anything for him to enjoy school.” That’s the primary objective of the magnet program. Schools should provide “multiple pathways to success” for all students, says Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. It’s a beautiful thing that Knox County is striving to meet the educational needs of kids who don’t fit into the “conventional” hole. And stellar programs at AustinEast and Beaumont Elementary School give inner-city kids a glimpse of the world beyond their neighborhood. Peggy Burks Denny, director of the Austin-East dance company, says that 85 percent of the kids who participate in her dance program

will go to college, where they will continue to dance. Parents play a role in the success of the magnet program. They, like Kelli Wilson, should place a high priority on helping their kids find success at school, even if it requires change. The best way to experience a magnet program, says Magnet Supervisor Daphne Odom, is to visit. Each has room to grow, and welcomes new students. “We want more babies in all of our magnet programs. We want waiting lists at each of our schools.” The magnet transfer window for Knox County Schools is open until Feb. 20. To read about them, or download an application, visit the Magnet Schools Department on the Knox County Schools website. Wendy Smith is the community reporter for Bearden Shopper-News. Info:

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Former Gibbs High School principal Janice Walker with her husband, Dale, (right) and Conley Underwood, candidate for school board from District 8 at Underwood’s rally last Thursday at New Harvest Park. Photos by S. Clark

School board member Mike McMillan with supporters Jack Huddleston and Jack’s granddaughter, Emily Bunch, at McMillan’s rally last Tuesday at the Corryton Senior Center. Early voting starts Wednesday, and the election is March 6.

Underwood is clear, best choice Mike McMillan, former county commissioner and current school board member, is battling to keep his seat, faced by challenger Conley Underwood. Underwood, who works at a family-owned business, comes out of the Carter Elementary School PTSO where he served as treasurer and president. When the community rallied to lobby for a new school building, rather than renovations, Underwood was selected by his neighbors to lead the fight. Persistently patient, Conley and Gina were the perfect faces for the effort. Even school board members who voted against them had nothing bad to say about their efforts. And when Mayor Tim Burchett weighed in, the quixotic campaign suddenly became reality. Ground has been broken for a brand new school on Strawberry Plains Pike. Mike McMillan was front and center in the picture. “Congratulations on your new school,” I wrote to Conley after the school board vote. “You have just re-elected Mike McMillan for eternity.” (School board

Sandra Clark members are not term-limited.) The fellow in the seat gets blame or credit for what happens. Just ask Obama. But Conley had been bitten by the school board bug. He knows that education is not about a building. It’s about the principals and parents, the teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers and even bus drivers who support student learning. Up at the Corryton Senior Center last Tuesday, Jack Huddleston made the case for McMillan, who is serving the unexpired term of Bill Phillips, who resigned. “Conley was just a cheerleader (for the new Carter school). He didn’t have a vote,” said Huddleston. McMillan voted “right” on building Carter, not closing Corryton Elementary and not outsourcing custodians. So what’s not to like? said Jack. The retired city firefighter has delayed his annual trip to Florida until

March in order to help McMillan. There’s no better yard sign guy in town than Jack. Mike didn’t talk at his gathering. He stood by the door and watched former school board member Steve Hunley work the room. Huddleston estimated 80 folks came for the barbecue dinner. Over at New Harvest Park on Thursday, Conley and Gina were surrounded by family and friends. It was their third such meet and greet, and Conley’s aunt, Shirley Underwood, was everywhere. Before ending her career as the top aide to Superintendent Allen Morgan, Shirley Underwood taught English at both Gibbs and Carter high schools. She’s got former students with grandkids in school. Former board member Jim Williams and former interim superintendent Roy Mullins were at the Underwood event, along with a bunch of door-prize donating business owners. I won a pedicure. Yes, I’ve got a favorite in this race, and that’s Conley Underwood. I like his coach’s slogan: “Team

First,” and his operating strategy of being “positive, polite and respectful.” Most of all, I like his persistence and optimism. If elected, he will do a good job. If not elected, he’ll be right back at the school board lobbying for kids.

Jarret talks at Cedar Bluff We were set for a big d e b a t e last Tuesday at the Council of West Knox County Homeow ners. Law Director Joe Jarret is being Jarret challanged in the March 6 Republican primary by former County Commissioner Bud Armstrong. But Bud’s mother-in-law passed away and he could not attend. Jarret opted not to campaign and spoke instead of current zoning issues. John Schoonmaker passed out Jarret literature and we all went home.

As is usually the case, Tennessee football talent scouts did not find great riches in Tennessee. Volunteer fans often complain about quantity and quality of in-state prospects. Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana are far ahead. Texas and California are another world. We concede the Knoxville area is not a fountain of prep football life. It bubbles now and then. This time, UT signed allaround athlete Cody Blanc of Central High. Powell running back Dy’shawn Mobley chose Kentucky over Vanderbilt. LSU and Michigan came in too late. Patton Robinette of Maryville, Gatorade player of the year in Tennessee, chose Vanderbilt over North Carolina. The 6-5 quarterback, leader of an undefeated state championship team, had a Volunteer connection. His grandfather is former Tennessee basketball guard Pat Robinette. Over the years, the distinguished patriarch, a pillar in public education, shared tidbits about the lad. Patton exceeded the scouting report. It turns out ol’ granddad was modest. Like Pat, Patton has brightness. His grade point average was 4.55. He scored the maximum 36 on the ACT. Tennessee did not recruit Robinette. The Vols went for QB Nathan Peterman of Bartram Trail High in St. Johns, Fla. He was 6A player of the year. NFL playoffs reminded me that sometimes UT fails to recognize talent under its nose. Garrett Reynolds of Carter High and North Carolina was side-by-side with Tyson Clabo of Farragut and Wake Forest in the Atlanta Falcons offensive line. Both grew up in orange britches. Reynolds is the son of former Tennessee linebacker Art Reynolds. Tyson is the son of former Tennessee tackle Phil Clabo. Tennessee thought young Reynolds was too slow. Tennessee thought young Clabo would be a suitable walk-on. Tennessee guessed wrong on what development and fierce determination would do. How

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wrong can you be? Clabo earns $5 million per season. In a previous cycle, Chad Pennington went from Webb School to Marshall to the NFL and made even more. I will not belabor the issue of Randall Cobb driving past the university on his way from Alcoa to Lexington, Ky. I will say that Harrison Smith of Catholic High is peaking at Notre Dame and that Will Jackson of Farragut was a freshman AllAmerican at Georgia Tech. There are historic landmarks. Leroy Thompson gained 5,987 yards at Austin-East and became the No. 1 prep prospect in America. Penn State got him. D.D. Lewis went from Fulton High to All-America honors at Mississippi State to the Dallas Cowboys to the College Football Hall of Fame. In a previous century, Robert R. Neyland and associates made the classic miscalculation. Jackie Parker was secondteam at Young High until his senior season. He had spindly legs and skinny arms. His toes turned in. He supposedly smoked, drank and sped around town on a Cushman motor scooter, chasing girls. He caught one, pretty Peggy Jo Pease. They married when they were 16. Tennessee wanted no part of that. Jones Junior College took a chance. Mississippi State needed help. Parker became a legend in Canadian pro football. Indeed, he ended up among the all-time greats. Moral of this story? Some talent is obvious. Some is perhaps. You can’t sign ’em all. Sometimes, as in the case of James Cofer and Terry Minor of Rule High and Clemson, there are extenuating circumstances. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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Tragedy at Melrose Estate HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin The Knoxville Journal and Tribune of May 11, 1900, carried this headline: “Two Persons Killed in Runaway Accident (M.J. Condon, One of Knoxville’s Most Prominent Citizens, and his Guest, M.F. Shea of New York, Meet Tragic Deaths).� Fannie Renshaw House O’Conner (1832-1923), widow of Thomas O’Conner (1836-82), who had been killed in the Mabry-O’Conner shootout on Gay Street, was still living at the family’s Melrose Estate. Yet another tragedy would occur, this time at the gates of the estate. Melrose had once belonged to Judge Oliver P. Temple and was among the finest estates in Knox County. Its 20 acres contained the mansion, experimental flower and vegetable gardens, extensive fruit orchards, and an outstanding collection of ornamental shrubs and trees. The plat was surrounded by a white picket fence with an impressive gate guarding the long road leading up to the main house. It was at that gate that an ill-fated afternoon carriage ride would end in tragedy. Michael J. Condon (18461900) had been born on Sept. 29, 1846, in Springfield, Mass., the son of John and Bridget Condon, natives of Clare County, Ireland. John Condon was a successful contractor who had secured the contract to build the Virginia Midland Railway in 1856. He had moved his family, including four sons – Michael J., James J. (1851-1903), Stephen P. (18551926) and Martin J. (1858-1940) – to Rogersville, Tenn., to oversee the job. Michael received most of his early education there in Hawkins County

but, by age 13, he was at work with his father in the contracting business. After the Civil War, the family moved to Knoxville. M.J. became one of the leading contractors in Tennessee and probably built more miles of track than any other contractor. He built a portion of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad; the Knoxville and Ohio from Caryville to Jellico; the Virginia and Georgia Railroad from Atlanta to Macon; part of the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad; part of the Georgia, Carolina and Northern Railroad; and part of the Memphis and Birmingham extension of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. At the time of his death, he had just finished 91 miles of the Sea Board Air Line Railroad in Florida in six months’ time, one of the quickest, if not the quickest, jobs of railroad construction in the South. For a time Condon had a wholesale grocery business with his brother. He built the stone piers for the old Knox County Bridge, the Knoxville sewage system and also built 25 miles of roads in Sevier County. He served two terms on the board of aldermen (1883-1884) and was elected a Tennessee railroad commissioner in 1884. He was elected a member of the Knoxville board of education in 1893 and continued to work on behalf of the schools until his death. His brother, Martin J., Knoxville mayor in 1888-89, was responsible for the building of a new city hall on Market Square during his administration. It stood for more than 70 years. On that May afternoon in 1900, Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer

The Melrose Estate. On Melrose Avenue below the University of Tennessee’s Hess Hall, the gate to the Melrose Estate was the scene of a tragic carriage accident on May 10, 1900. Photo courtesy C.M. McClung Historical Collection F. Shea were in town from New York. Mortimer was also born in Massachusetts and had been Condon’s fast friend since childhood. Shea had been clerk of the surrogate court of New York for several years and was hailed as one of the best who had ever served in that office. The Sheas had been vacationing in Hot Springs, N.C., for several days and had traveled on to Knoxville to visit the Condons. They were guests at the Imperial Hotel downtown. Deciding to do some sightseeing, the two couples left the Condon home on Asylum Ave. (now Western Ave.) only 20 minutes before the accident in a surrey drawn by two spirited horses, one of the best pairs to be found in the city. With the men in front and the women in the rear, the surrey drove past the remains of Fort Sanders, the scene of the Civil War battle, and proceeded down the steep 9th Street hill (now 17th Street). The horses became excited when crowded by a vehicle on their flanks, began to run and were eventually out of control. Upon reaching the pike in front of Melrose and seeing that the

turn could not be made, Condon attempted to guide the horses through the open gate at the O’Conner property. The surrey whirled into two poles standing beside the gate about 3 feet apart. The two men were hurled headlong against the fence, Condon striking squarely on top of his head and Shea also suffering a glancing blow to his head. The two women were thrown from the surrey but did not strike the fence. Assistance arrived quickly but, within the hour, both men had died of their injuries. Neither woman was seriously injured. Michael J. Condon, member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, member of the Catholic Knights of America and a member of the Irish Catholic Benevolent Union of America, was buried in Calvary Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Catherine Moore Condon (1850-1937); both of his parents; his three sons and his three brothers. Sadly, his mother would lose her husband in 1901. Another son, James J. Condon, was murdered at the site of a road he was building to the mines of the Fentress Coal and Coke Co. in Fen-

tress County in 1903. He had heroically intervened to save the life of one of his employees when he was shot. When Bridget Gray Condon died on Dec. 9, 1908, at 90 years of age, she was thought to be the second oldest woman in Knox County. She had lived to bury two of her sons after both had died tragic deaths. Her youngest son, Martin J., who was mayor of Knoxville at only 30 years of age, had moved to New York and become president of one of the largest tobacco companies. He had known both as business associates and friends the group of financiers credited with developing America’s largest tobacco companies. He survived the Dukes, the Cobbs, the Hills and the Ryans to become the last of the old school of tobacco millionaires and died in Memphis in 1940 at 82 years of age. Author’s Note: Thanks to the C.M. McClung Historical Collection, C. Milton Hinshilwood, Robert A. McGinnis, John L. Neely IV and Sally R. Polhemus for their assistance with the text and the photograph.




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CONDOLENCES Recently, our community has lost several members. We acknowledge the passing of Polly Lester Beeler, 84, a member of the Bethany Sunday school class at Central Baptist Church. She retired after 31 years at Sears and volunteered with Baptist Hospital. Marshall H. Monroe was a favorite of folks in Halls where he entertained with Jerry Reed type music, and he looked like him, too. Marshall probably surveyed all the land in Halls at one time or another. Others who passed are: Irene Cheek McDonald James “Frank” Belew Hazel Chesney Robert B. Rector John Edwin Lawson Raymond Earl Whitson Michael Parton Walter Leon Warwick Hazel “Nanny” Bean D. C. “Buck” Wilson Nancy J. Tweed Dunlap Barbara Joyce McManus Charles Lee Perkey Jennie Foster Grant James Byrd Seaborn Waggoner Cindy Toole Sitton Fern Worley Teresa Miller Tammy Darlene Bright

WORSHIP NOTES Community Services ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane (across from Tractor Supply in Halls), distributes free food 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of the month. Info: 566-1265. ■ 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.

Music services ■ New Beverly Baptist Church will host the Washams 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. A love offering will be taken. Info/ directions: 546-0001 or www. ■ Texas Valley Baptist Church, 7100 Texas Valley Road, will have a singing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. All are welcome.

Rec programs ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753

New leadership at KJA By Wendy Smith Knoxville Jewish Alliance (KJA) past president Stephen Rosen has passed the baton to Renee Hyatt, a Townsend physician. Hyatt isn’t daunted by a post that requires frequent trips to Knoxville. “Are you familiar with the Yiddish word ‘schlep’?” jokes Rosen. Rosen and Hyatt sat down at the Highland Grill for a chat before the KJA’s annual fundraiser, Celebrating Tzedakah. Rosen was president for three tough years. It may have been a recession for businesses, but it’s been a depression for nonprofits, he says. He is proud that the KJA maintained its commitment to the community and retained all of its employees during tough financial times. That says something about the organization, he says, given that many members were hurt by the economic slowdown. He is also proud of KJA’s youth-oriented work in recent years. There has been an emphasis on developing leadership and a positive identity among Jewish kids due to problems they have encountered in schools. “The community still has Oak Ridge Highway, holds 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 denabower@comcast. net. ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5. Info: 689-7001.

Special services ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Avenue Pike, will hold the third annual Honor Emergency Services Personnel Day at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Chaplain Paul Trumpore will be speaking and lunch will be provided. Info: 938-2611.

Women’s programs ■ Beaver Dam Baptist Church will host author and speaker Vicki Courtney from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Courtney is the founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries, which seeks to equip women of all ages to

One step enough Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. -Psalm 27: 11 NRSV Keep thou my feet: I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me. -“Lead, Kindly Light,” Cardinal John Henry Newman, 1833

Knoxville Jewish Alliance past president Stephen Rosen and president Renee Hyatt enjoy the fire at the Highland Grill before the Celebrating Tzedakah fundraiser. Photo by Wendy Smith issues with discrimination, even if it’s not obvious.” Knox County has been helpful in dealing with the situation, he says. B’nai Tzedek, a program that fosters philanthropy among teens, has also been a success. Teenagers set aside money and learn about money management and philanthropy with assistance from the East Tennessee Foundation. Rosen is pleased that the preschool and day camp at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center (AJCC) haven’t raised prices in several years. Preschool scholarships are also available. Hyatt concedes that she has big shoes to fill, but says pursue Godliness in today’s society. Cost is $30 and tickets are available through the church. Worship leaders will be Anne Allen and Sarah Holloway. Info: 922-2322. ■ New Liberty Baptist Church, 5901 Roberts Road in Corryton, will host a Women’s Day of Praise 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, featuring Stephanie Elswick as inspirational speaker. The event is free but RSVP is required. Registration begins at 11 a.m., lunch is at noon and the program will begin at 1. Info: Charmin Foth, 368-0806 or email charminfoth@yahoo. com.

Workshops and classes ■ Fairview Baptist Church , 7424 Fairview Road off East Emory Road, hosts a Celebrate Recovery program 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. ■ 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 13-week program and child care will be provided. Info: 242-3995

she has a vision for making the KJA more inviting. While more than 1,000 people currently participate in programs, she is optimistic that Judith Rosenberg, vice president for public relations, will raise the organization’s profile. The KJA was active during community events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and has successfully reached out to members of the Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center, she says. She’d also like to work more closely with the Oak Ridge Jewish community. Rosen echoes her sentiments and says everyone is invited to events held at the AJCC.

MILESTONES Birthdays ■ Harrison Lee Andriopoulos celebrated his first birthday Feb. 3 with a teddy bear party. His parents are Tom and Cindy Andriopoulos. Grandparents are Andriopoulos Leon and Connie Wyrick and Harry and Maria Andriopoulos. Harrison also has a sister, Marinna. ■ Brianna Shea Baker celebrated her seventh birthday Jan. 5 with family and friends. Parents are Wes and Keeley Baker of Halls. Grandparents are Brianna Baker Steven and Debbie Barnes of Halls and Harlan and Rita Baker of London, Ky.

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Rieg to speak at KFL Daniel Rieg will be the guest speaker for the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Feb. 14. The KFL is a group of Christian men and women who meet weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell. Daniel J. Rieg Photo submitted

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SCHOOL NOTES Halls High ■ Parent/teacher conferences are 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Call 922-7757 for an appointment.

Sterchi ■ Jump for the Playground Friday, Feb. 17; PTA meeting Monday, March 12; Family Fun Night 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 13.

SPORTS NOTES ■ Girls softball sign -ups at Willow Creek Youth Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 18 and 25 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Sign-ups for wee-ball through 14U teams. ■ Baseball tournament at Halls Community Park, Feb. 17-19; open to Tee ball through 14U and middle school teams. Info: 992-5504 or ■ Spring Rec baseball sign-ups at Halls Community Park, absolutely last day for sign-ups, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18; open to Wee ball, Tee ball and 3U through 14U. Info: 992-5504 or


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Powell’s Khalia Rainey duels with a Bulldog last Tuesday.

Other sites: ■ 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Grace Lutheran Church, 9076 Middlebrook Pike, inside fellowship hall. ■ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Old Navy at Knoxville Center Mall, Bloodmobile.

Panthers sweep Halls Bearden spoils Senior Night By Greg Householder The Powell High School girls and boys basketball teams swept Emory Road rival Halls on Feb. 3. The Panther girls downed the Red Devils 33-22 with Dimiyah Moore leading Powell with 10 points.

The boys won 51-42. Steven Parsons led the Panthers in scoring with 15 points, including a 3-pointer. Clay Payne added 11 and Lex Waters scored 10. The Bearden Bulldogs paid a visit last Tuesday for Senior Night. Seniors from boys and girls basketball teams, cheerleaders, pep squad and dance team and their folks were recognized.

The Panther girls could never really get anything going and fell in the nondistrict matchup 49-33. Shea Coker and Halee Logan led Powell with eight points each and two 3-pointers each. The Powell boys led most of the game, but a late controversial out-of-bounds call led to the Panther’s demise. One referee called it for Powell and was over-

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The one in the back By Sara Barrett Last week while at Petco in Farragut, I met the cutest little hamster that had been given up by his previous family. He has been living in the back room of Petco (in his cage, of course) since this past July. Austin Brumitte, animal companion department manager, said it’s likely that one of the reasons the little guy hasn’t been adopted yet is because “most people don’t like (his) red eyes.” When I saw LeRoy (what many of the staff call him), he was eating some cabbage he had been given as a treat. He is pretty much a lowmaintenance animal with the usual daily feedings and

Powell’s Ogle to run for Georgetown Powell track star Andrew Ogle is flanked by his mom, Gina, and dad, Chris, as he signed last Thursday his letter of intent to run for Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Joining him are PHS track coach Paul Klein, PHS principal Ken Dunlap, sister Janie, grandfather Marvin, sister Jennifer Boyd and nephew Kelvin, sister Julie and PHS athletic director Nathan Langlois. Photo by Greg Householder

Meet Gilbert The staff at YoungWilliams introduces 12-week-old Gilbert, a male border collie mix puppy. This sweetie will benefit from lots of guidance and structure from a loving family. Gilbert is available for adoption at the main center at 3210 Division St. You can also visit the “new” center at Young-Williams Animal Village, 6400 Kingston Pike. Both facilities are open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Visit www. to see photos of all of the center’s adoptables and call 215-6599 for more information.

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THE CRITTER TICKER Too short for a story, but important enough to be told: ■ There is a $17,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of those who killed two bald eagles in and around Crab Orchard about a year ago. For leads on the killing in Bledsoe County, call 692-4024; for the killing in Cumberland

HEALTH NOTES ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee (formerly the Wellness Com-

a weekly change of the bedding in his cage. Brumitte said hamsters usually live about three years and LeRoy is believed to have already lived half of that. So if you’re interested in a semi long-term relationship with someone who’s not too needy, LeRoy may be the perfect pet for you. This coming weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19) rescue groups across the country will celebrate national adoption weekend, and Arfnets will be on hand at Petco with a number of animals for meet and greet. If you’d like to stop by and meet LeRoy, he may be hanging out on the counter

“LeRoy” is currently staying with his friends at Petco in Farragut, but he really needs a permanent home.

County, call 615-736-5532. ■ I stopped by the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley last week and the managers were out at surrounding animal shelters rescuing dogs and cats from being euthanized. If you’re in need of a companion, check with the folks at the Humane Society for someone who may need you, too. Info: 584-0496. ■ The Humane Society will host a volunteer orientation class 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at its

location on Bearden Hill. Register online at www. humanesocietytennessee. com/about-us/volunteer/. ■ Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) in Lenoir City will hold a volunteer training session for anyone 13 and up 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and training for ages 10-12 will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Horse experience is not necessary. Info: Melissa, 988-4711, or visit

munity), 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or

6 p.m. each first Thursday; 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each third Wednesday at the Covenant Home Care Knoxville office; and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each fourth Wednesday at the Covenant Home Care Oak Ridge office. Registration is required. Info or to register: 541-4500.

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up front to get some exposure. He’s usually brought up from the back when it gets busy on the weekends. Info: Austin at Petco, 671-1864.

■ Lung cancer support group meets 6 p.m. each third Monday at Baptist West Cancer Center, 10820 Parkside Drive. No charge, light refreshments served. Info: Trish or Amanda, 218-7081. ■ Smoky Mountain Hospice will conduct orientation and training sessions for its volunteer program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Burlington branch library. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Info: 673-5877. ■ Stop Smoking: 1-800-7848669 (1-800-QUITNOW) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. ■ UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: 544-6279. ■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support, for any adult who is suffering loss, meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday in the UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper will be served. Info or to reserve a spot: 544-6277. ■ “Volunteer Management No. 7”, a training forum for coordinators and organization leaders, will be presented by Lennisa Mostella from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at John T. O’Connor Center, 611 Winona St. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; sessions begin at 8:30. Cost is $10. For early registration call 524-2786. Sponsored by RSVP and Covenant Health.


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Make yourself memorable By Shannon Carey My first “real” sales job, if you don’t count an ill-fated stint as a telemarketer, was as a waiter in a series of restaurants, both here in Knoxville and in Savannah, Ga. People who don’t think waiting tables counts as sales have never won St. Patrick’s Day off in a wineselling contest. Just saying. It was at an Italian restaurant in Savannah where I netted my first regular customers: a family with two young children. I approached the table and noticed that the daughter was reading the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, a book I’d just finished reading. After greeting the table, I asked her about the book, her favorite characters and where she thought the

plot was going. Turns out, the parents and little boy were big fans, too. They kept coming back, and asking for me. Each time they wanted to talk about the newest plot developments, the movies and all things Harry Potter. But, they didn’t come back to my tables just to talk Potter. They came back because I connected with them on a personal level. Anyone can give a customer a good experience, but memorable good experiences are harder to achieve. Harris DeWese, author of “Now Get Out There and Sell Something,” recently wrote his 300th column for Printing Impressions magazine. Therein, he imparted selling tips from his “benefactors,” Ginger and



Jim Erwin of Northwoods Printing LLC. “Find a way to make yourself and your company memorable. Northwoods Printing uses a moose logo. A moose is memorable.” So is Harry Potter. If you want return business, a base of clients you can really count on, find your moose.

Kudos ■ Tennessee State Bank announced its 2011 Staff Members of the Year, Sherry McCroskey and Rebecca McGaha. McCroskey has been with Tennessee State Bank for four years and works as an ad-

News from Office of Register Deeds

Slow start for property sales By Sherry Witt For those hoping to see a robust rebound in real estate activity, the first month of 2012 offered little to cheer about. The m o n t h ending on Jan. 31 Witt produced 479 property transfers in Knox County. That number lagged well behind the 603 parcels that changed hands during December and also represented fewer transactions than last January. The total value of prop-

erty sold for the month was about $88.4 million, also off from last January’s pace when almost $98 million worth of land was transferred. These figures were well under December’s total value of $249 million. Land transfers do historically experience a slowdown during the midwinter months. As for the lending markets, January’s activity was very comparable to that recorded a year ago. Last month saw about $241 million loaned against property in Knox County, compared to about $254 million in January 2011. The largest transfer

was for the parcel that will serve as home to the new Costco Wholesale store near the intersection of Kingston Pike and Lovell Road. The property sold for $5.5 million. A sale of property involving Parkwest Hospital came in second at $3.54 million. On the lending side, the largest mortgage transactions involved $12.4 million in financing for a residential development known as The Landings at Knoxville, followed by a trust deed of $9.7 million for Knoxville Properties Partnership on property in the Clinch Avenue and Gay Street area of downtown.


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