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February 27, 2012

Quilts as art

IN THIS ISSUE Pat Summitt: End of an era The end. Well, almost. An era of historical significance is winding down. There never has been anything like the Pat Summitt story and it seems unlikely there ever will be. She made the remarkable trip from genuine country girl on a dairy farm to the absolute top of the basketball world. Talent got her started. Work was a big factor. Fierce determination, the will to win, put her on the peak.


See Marvin West’s story on page 5

‘Murder in Harrill Hills’ is new book On the cool spring Saturday of March 31, 1951, Fred Hankins returned to his Fountain City home to find his wife, Mary, lying in a pool of blood. Retired federal investigator Bob Allen looks into the unsolved crime in a new book and thinks he’s found the killer.

See Jake Mabe’s story on page 3


‘Lolly-Madonna’ screening Friday A recently-uncovered 16mm print of “The LollyMadonna War” (also known as “Lolly-Madonna XXX”), an MGM movie filmed in Union County in 1972 starring Rod Steiger and Jeff Bridges, will be shown publicly for the first time in decades 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the East Tennessee History Center downtown. Admission is free. Info: Bradley Reeves, 215-8856.


Coming together Betty Bean writes about three small churches in Concord, two black and one white and all operating apart for 100 years, coming together for mutual support following church vandalism. Click “Farragut.”

Kimberley Thomas and Shelby Ward admire a quilt on display at the Powell Branch Library. Photos by S. Clark Emily Doane

Exhibit comes to Powell Branch Library By Sandra Clark The colors were stunning and the conversation intense as the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild hosted a “meet and greet” at the Powell Branch Library. President Emily Doane is a Powell High grad who lives nearby in the Brickey area. She wanted to celebrate the group’s second anniversary at the place where it all began in February 2010.

Modern quilts are inspired by modern art and architecture, she said. “Look for asymmetry, solids and minimalist construction.” Bright quilts hung from the walls of the Larry Stephens Meeting Room. Pictured at top left is a quilt made for donation to the Restoration House. Each member contributed a square. Ron McConathy, co-owner with wife Sharon of Aronsha Photography, was packing up his equipment. He had spoken briefly, giving

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Solids Only Challenge. “The St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild was given the classic palette of Kona solids and as soon as that lovely, little stack of fabric was in my hands I began humming Somewhere Over the Rainbow. “Our guild set the guidelines that you could use the charm pack plus two other solids, of which I opted for a white background and added an orange.” The Knoxville Modern Quilt To page A-3

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tips on photographing quilts. “Any suitable light will work, so don’t spend money on lights and flashes. Shoot into the center of the quilt, paralleling the sensor and camera with the quilt,” he said. The Modern Quilt Guild website features a new quilt each day. Last Friday it was a quilt made by Juli Ann Donahue. The quilt was a great example of how solids allow quilters to be creative with their use of color. Donahue said the quilt was her answer to the Robert Kaufman

Sage Kohler in her office on Clinton Highway. Photo by S. Clark

Moving around as an Army brat became a way of life for Sage Kohler, so she didn’t object to relocating as a manager for State Farm Insurance. “Thirteen different places in 28 years with State Farm,” she said. “I always thought we would move back to Austin, Texas, but we’ve found a home in Knox County. We’re never leaving. We love it here.” She and husband Louis live in northwest Knox County and their daughter, Micah, attends Hardin Valley Academy. Their son, Luke, works for BB&T Bank in Richmond, Va. Kohler purchased the agency owned and operated for years by Andy Anderson following Anderson’s death in 2010. Her staff includes Linda Gentry, who has been with the agency for 26 years, Selena Wright, office manager Gloria Walker, sales reps Karen Russell and Jason Fillers and customer service rep Rachel Wilburn. The agency handles State Farm insurance products, and Kohler

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herself has achieved three designations: Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL). This program enables her to work with senior clients on issues of Medicare and other government programs. The agency is open until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and it has become “our busiest day,” she said. Kohler believes in giving back to the community, so she’s become active in the Powell Business and Professional Association where she chairs the Teen Driver Awareness committee and is president-elect. The agency also sponsors Little League teams, and 38 State Farm agents have joined to sponsor Thursday Night football rivalries. The Teen Driver committee at Powell High School supports students in learning and practicing safe driving. A student-adult committee will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the school to start planning for the April 2-5 event. Shopper-News is proud to join as media sponsor.



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Joe Jarret, the county law director, actually lives in Powell. He and his wife, Amanda, also a lawyer, attend the Beaverdale Baptist Church on Cunningham Road. We joked that it’s a pretty small church, and Jarret said he likes to know mayor and ambassador to the folks in the congregation Poland Victor Ashe, Knox – not just those on his row. Greenways Coalition and Knoxville Track Club. The two remaining Joe Jarret speaks at the PBPA. phases of the Urban Wilderness are the Battlefield Sandra Loop, which will include Clark River Bluff, three Civil War forts and acres upon acres of mature forests; and the POWELL HOWL connector, which will link the Battlefield and South Wow. Candid talk from a loops for bicycles and pe- politician. destrians. Joe, who is locked into

Where the wild things are By Shannon Carey You don’t have to go far from home to get a wilderness experience. You can leave civilization behind and commune with nature right here in Knox County. The Legacy Parks Foundation has been hard at work to secure natural and historic areas for public use, and two locations in particular are situated to provide outdoor adventures for one and all.

Urban Wilderness South Loop Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge Since 2009, Legacy Parks Foundation has been working to preserve and link several areas of natural and historic value in South Knoxville. Now, 30 miles of natural-surface trails are set to open to the public in May or June. This phase of the project, called the Urban Wilderness South Loop, connects Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, William Hastie Natural Area and Marie Myers Park with trailheads and parking at several points. The loop is designed for hikers and bikers of any experience level. An additional 15 miles of secondary trails offers more varied terrain. Along the way, hikers and bikers will pass rock features, mature forests, farms, and views of the Tennessee River. Also on the loop are the beautiful Ross Marble Quarry and Meads Quarry. The loop was formed through a unique partnership of Legacy Parks, city of Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Ijams, the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, private donors and land owners. Major donors include former Knoxville

A backcountry camping and paddling experience is right here in Knox County, too. Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge now offers five primitive campsites along the French Broad River, along with non-motorized boat access, twelve miles of natural trails and scenic views. Seven Islands is managed through a partnership between Knox County Parks and Recreation, the Seven Islands Wildlife Foundation and Legacy Parks. The refuge offers more than 400 acres and 12 miles of natural trails. Over 10 years, 300 acres of fescue pasture at Seven Islands have been replaced with native grasses, making the refuge a bird watcher’s paradise. More than 140 species of birds can be found at Seven Islands. The refuge and the stretch of river it borders are home to several threatened, rare and endangered species. Also, three restored barns and two restored homes give the refuge historic significance, calling attention to the several generations of farmers who made Seven Islands their home. One home is now the Seven Island’s land manager residence. The other is

a race for re-election with challenger Richard “Bud” Armstrong, spoke recently to the Powell Business and Professional Association. Laura Bailey drops by to chat. It was a nonpolitical talk about employment law, but those there came away with jeopardy, while customers an appreciation for Jarret will wonder if their needs will be met. and his skill set. “Be careful what you say Jarret said if a termination is necessary, it should be done about people who leave,” with dignity after first warn- Jarret added. “Be mindful ing the employee that her job of post-employment lawis in danger. If possible, have suits. Do not slander, libel a representative from Human or defame.” Resources in the room. Watch your tone, he said, and use ■ Lunch with Clark Let’s talk about Corwords such as: “We’ve decided to make a change,” or “It’s not vette’s BBQ, located at the working out” or “We’re going corner of Brickyard Road and Emory. If Laura Bailey to let you go.” He said people already (friend and former business know when a relationship is partner) hadn’t joined me, I would have been the only not working. Never fire someone on woman in the room. Other diners were big Friday, he said. Do it at the beginning of the week so the guys, the hard-working employee can start search- guys who cut down trees and build things. Perhaps ing for a new job. Reach out to your re- coincidentally, fried bolomaining employees and gna is a popular menu item! So I ate pulled pork, customers. Employees will wonder if their job is in baked beans, and maca-

open to the public to tour. Two ponds, Wayne’s Pond and Schumpert Pond, also grace the refuge, along with


informational signs about the history of the land. The campsites may be reserved through River Sports Outfitters at 5230066 or laura.jones@ The refuge is located in East Knox County off the Midway Road exit from I-40. Info: www.legacy

Ron Corvette serves Randall Crumbley, owner of Executive Lawn Care and Cherokee Baseball Academy. Photos by S. Clark roni and cheese. It was good stuff. You won’t leave hungry, and for a while I thought I might never be hungry again. That lunch powered me through to bedtime. Randall Crumbley said Ron is “a fine man who will do well here.” And he added, “We try to eat at businesses that support us (meaning the Powell youth sports programs). The lunch room features six tables for four, so get there early. Carryout is available. Open for about a week, Ron was waiting tables, cooking and cashing people out. As we drove away we spotted him outside, turning meat in the smoker.

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What are the barriers to your sleep cycles? By Dr. Donald G. Wegener Research has shown that the quality of your sleep, how fresh you feel in the morning, depends on how naturally and easily your sleep cycles are allowed to occur. Your sleep cycles are made up of two major states, Dr. Wegener non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). NREM is the dreamless period, and it has four stages from very light sleep to very deep sleep. REM is the psychologically essential “dream sleep” that follows the deepest NREM sleep. The normal sleep cycle going through all stages and states takes about 90 minutes, and these patterns occur four or five times a night. Major barriers and interruptions of the natural sleep cycles have been found to be: ■ Your own physical condition including chronic conditions, diet and exercise. ■ Drugs, including alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and “sleeping pills.” ■ Stress you are feeling from your job, home or social life. How can these barriers and interruptions be overcome?

Check out your physical condition. Your doctor of chiropractic can help relieve any chronic pain and adjust your body structure if such problems may be keeping you from restful sleep. People under chiropractic care frequently experience much greater relaxation and sounder sleep. Most people find too that regular exercise, at least walking, relieves stress and aids in natural sleep. Any vigorous exercise should be performed before the dinner hour. Vigorous exercise can last for several hours. While attempts to treat sleep disorders through diet alone have proved inconclusive, a well balanced diet is essential. Too heavy a meal at night or heavy snacks in the evening can interfere with sleep. Avoid salty or greasy snacks such as corn chips or nuts. Popcorn is fine. Some people find that a glass of milk or a dish of corn flakes or other high protein or high carbohydrate food can make them feel satisfied and sleepy. Next time: Avoid sleeping pills!

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■ Grief support groups at Fort Sanders Sevier Hospital 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. ■ 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.


‘Murder in Harrill Hills’ On the cool spring Saturday afternoon of March 31, 1951, Fred Hankins returned to his Fountain City home to find his wife, Mary, lying in a pool of blood.

Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS Mary, a young housewife, was the victim of an apparent senseless murder with no motive. It was never solved. But, it’s the subject of a new book, “Murder in Harrill Hills,” and its author, retired federal investigator R.S. “Bob” Allen, makes a good case against the man he believes committed the crime. Allen spoke to the Open Door Book Review at the Fountain City Library. The Hankinses had lived in the Harrill Hills home for just less than six months. Both were from Corryton and had attended Gibbs High School. Allen said Fred had taken his car to Hensley’s Garage in Fountain City that afternoon and was brought back home and later picked up to retrieve the car by a young 17-year-old parttime worker named Don Severance (future state Rep. Charles’ brother). After picking up the car, Allen says Fred visited his father’s furniture store, which was located at the present-day site of Fountain City Finance. He returned home just before 5 p.m., entered through the garage and saw his wife’s blood trickling down the steps. In shock, he ran to the Holt home nearby – Mrs. Holt had become

friends with Mary Hankins and knew she had recently suffered a miscarriage. When they returned, they discovered that Mary Hankins had been shot. A witness, a neighbor named Mrs. Shoemaker, had noticed a lanky young man in a light blue shirt, driving a 1950 Ford with what she believed to be Knox County tags (the plate began with the telltale No. 3 that at the time identified Knox County by its population), stop at the Hankins home, knock on the door, look in the picture window and eventually enter the house after Mary answered the door. This was uncharacteristic of Mary; she’d recently denied entry to a Fountain City minister until he was identified. But there was one difference. This man had a gun. Allen believes when the lanky young man, who had recently escaped from prison after seven years, saw the attractive 27-yearold Mary Hankins answer the door, his motive changed. There was, however, no evidence based on the limited technology of the time to prove sexual assault. The position of her body and the angle of the bullet wound suggest, Allen says, that Mary Hankins was trying to flee from her killer. Knox County Sheriff Buddy Jones famously, and to his later regret, said he wouldn’t sleep until the crime was solved. He came to be known as Sleepless Jones and never solved his case. In 1953, a man working in South Carolina named Joseph Hegler was brought in for questioning. Allen says a jilted lover, eager for revenge, used what she’d read in the newspaper about the murder to try to hang it on Hegler. He had an air-

Flea market for a good cause CONTACT Helpline will hold its annual flea market Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, at First Baptist Church, 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike. A special preview will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. for first pick on merchandise at twice the price. The sale continues at regular price from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Donations of small appliances, craft supplies, tools, boats, cars, furniture and more are currently being accepted. CONTACT Helpline is a referral service and suicide prevention hotline. The helpline number is 584-4424. Sale info: 312-7450.

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There’s Th ’ no b better way to enjoy nature’s bounty than by hitting one of the numerous trails that meander through East Tennessee’s abundant wilderness areas. But setting out into the woods can be intimidating for a beginning hiker. That’s why Knoxville’s Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club developed the Take-aHike program. Take-a-Hike is for new hikers or those who want to return to the sport but need to develop stamina. It’s a year-long series of hikes that starts with a short distance – about three miles – then builds in distance and difficulty as the year progresses. The hikes are guaranteed to increase knowledge as well as fitness levels because they’re led by Sierra Club veterans like Mac Post. “He can tell you everything you need to know about wildflowers and trees,” says Harvey Broome Group Chair Robin Hill. “They’re not just hikes – they’re learning experiences. It’s sort of like a walking classroom, you might say.” Upcoming outings, in-

tight alibi and was released. Allen’s research led him to a habitual petty criminal named Bill Luallen. Known for robbing homes during the day in well-to-do neighborhoods, Luallen later admitted to having a stolen .32 caliber gun and throwing it in a creek off Norris Freeway, the weapon all-butpositively identified as being used in the murder. A snitch later told investigators he’d seen Luallen the evening of the murder wearing a light blue shirt with blood splatter on it. One week after the murder, Luallen was arrested in Davenport, Iowa, driving a stolen 1950 Ford with a Campbell County license plate. Campbell County’s license plate at that time began with 31, confirming why Shoemaker thought it was a Knox County (No. 3) plate. Luallen never admitted to the crime. The attorney general never brought an indictment. Luallen left prison for good on July 4, 1965, and died in 1982. “Murder in Harrill Hills” is available directly from the author at or through

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Leuthold is no change agent Almost two weeks ago the county Charter Commission met to elect its Victor chair – Craig Leuthold, a Ashe former County Commissioner and son of veteran County Commissioner Frank Leuthold. This Commission can make recommendations on county charter changes which then go to voters in November 2012. Leuthold was elected chair over commissioners R. Larry Smith and Sam McKenzie. Leuthold won on the third ballot when Smith withdrew and threw his support to Leuthold. Five current members of the group were absent on Feb. 15. Two members may have to be replaced due to residency issues. Leuthold is the public information officer for the property assessor, Phil Ballard, who is seeking his second and final term as assessor. Leuthold is thought to want to hold that position. Being the public information officer for the assessor is not exactly heavy duty. In fact, it is a pretty easy, simple and quiet position in local government. Ballard himself could handle most of the media inquiries. If the Leuthold job disappeared tomorrow, no one would notice. It represents waste in government. Leuthold’s election as chair sends a strong signal that this Charter Commission may do little progressive work and might seek a return to the past such as enlarging the current 11 member commission back to 19 members (at considerable cost to taxpayers), repealing term limits or extending the two-term limit to three terms, ensuring no charter change to the sheriff’s pension plan despite its massive costs, and protecting current fee offices. Craig Leuthold, on the county payroll for many years, worked in the Trustee’s office before moving to the Assessor’s office. It is hard to think of anything significant Leuthold did on County Commission, whereas his father was known for his vast knowledge of county finances. After his election he offered no ideas for charter changes. He said he would listen. No one would suggest that Craig Leuthold is a change agent. This new Charter Commission is very large with 27 members. Next public meeting is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the City County Building. Keep an eye out for bad things occurring under the radar screen. ■ Early voting has not been large. Democrats have nothing to vote for besides President Obama who has his nomination locked. Of early voters to date, more than 80 percent are voting in the Republican primary as this will decide the next county law director and property assessor. Democrats failed to field a candidate in either race. Not certain who the crossover Democrats will support for president. Be sure to vote March 6. ■ Financial adviser Peter Mahurin of Bowling Green, Ky., has been nominated to the TVA Board of Directors by President Obama. He lives in the same town as Sen. Rand Paul, son of presidential candidate Ron Paul. He must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. ■ Bearden High School was mentioned last Monday, Feb. 20, on the front page of the New York Times in an article on Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system as it relates to physical education teachers. See www.nytimes. com and type in Bearden High School on the search icon. Contact Victor Ashe at

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Get ready for a bloodletting as American Medical Response (AMR) gears up to challenge Rural/Metro for the county’s ambulance contract. John Mills, who works for R/M, is on County Commission’s agenda today. ■ R. Larry Smith will be heard on setting up a committee to investigate fee offices that pay bonuses for continuing education. Fur may fly if Sherry Witt attends. ■ Expect a release soon of the county’s audit of the Public Building Authority’s construction of Hardin Valley Academy. We hear there’s a question of $1,200 misapplied to HVA from the transit terminal project. Since Hardin Valley cost about $50 million and the transit project another $25 million, that’s not much of a mistake.

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Knox County candidates for property assessor, John Whitehead and Phil Ballard, speak to the Halls Business and Professional Association last Tuesday. Both are Republicans. Photos by Jake Mabe

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Candidates make their cases By Jake Mabe The Republican candidates for Knox County law director and property assessor made their cases at a candidate forum held at the Halls Business and Professional Association’s meeting at Beaver Brook Country Club last Tuesday. Law Director Joe Jarret and his challenger, Richard “Bud” Armstrong, and Property Assessor Phil Ballard and his challenger, John Whitehead, gave brief bios and answered audience questions. Joe Jarret: Law director since 2008, unanimously appointed by County Commission after former law director Bill Lockett resigned. Air Force veteran. Served in the public sector for 25 years. Licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee. Has experience before state and U.S. Su-

preme courts. Says he is responsible for all the county’s legal affairs and must be an attorney, a litigator, a mediator and an administrator. Moved to Knoxville from Florida in 2007. Richard “Bud” Armstrong: Says he’s “homegrown in Tennessee and Knox County.” Earned degrees from UT and Columbia University in New York in education and management science. Says he is the “only candidate running who is educated in Tennessee law.” Pointed to his charity work and serving on the board of the East Tennessee Historical Society when the new history center was built downtown. Member of a Masonic organization. Sunday school teacher. Served with TVA for 30 years, says he managed $60 billion in budgets and contracts. Has

Shortly before City Council denied an appeal of Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel’s building permit to add a crematorium to the historic structure on the hill overlooking Fountain City Lake, Gentry-Griffey’s lawyer Arthur Seymour Jr. made a claim that drew hoots of derisive laughter: “Our marketing area is Fountain City,” Seymour said, shrugging off the chorus of guffaws from members of Community Awareness Network (CAN), who filed the appeal. Last year, city building official Tom Reynolds approved the crematorium as an accessory, or secondary, use. But opponents have taken note that Gentry Griffey’s permit will allow them to run the incinerator 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Give or take a couple of corpses, that equals some 1,400 bodies annually. Gentry-Griffey conducted 70 funerals last year. Barring a recurrence of the Black Plague, it’s doubtful that Fountain City can supply enough bodies to satisfy the needs of Seymour’s client. Furthermore, GentryGriffey, which is no longer owned by Fountain Citians,

Betty Bean should probably hearken back to the furor stirred up in the late ’70s when developers – who, if memory serves, were also represented by Seymour – demolished a stately Victorian home to build a Target store. The Target, like the Woodward-Williams house before it, is long gone now, but there are many Fountain Citians who refused to shop there. Taking Seymour’s dubious claim of marketing only in Fountain City at face value, and recognizing that funeral homes – even more than big box retailers – operate primarily on good will, do the owners expect an uptick in business? It could be that the court of public opinion won’t be Gentry-Griffey’s only trial. Despite City Council members’ oft-stated wish to stay out of court, they might end up there anyway. CAN spokesperson Nan Scott confirmed that the group is exploring legal action and has received offers of finan-

cial support to do so. No doubt part of their anger stems from the fact that Gentry-Griffey applied for a permit to build the crematorium February 22, 2011. None of its neighbors knew what they were doing until the following October when they read about it in the Shopper-News. It is unlikely that any of the 80-some people who showed up to support the CAN appeal on a rainy night will be recommending Gentry-Griffey to their friends and family. And think City Council member Nick Della Volpe was hot when five of his colleagues, all of whom hail from West Knoxville, voted against the Della Volpe Fountain City citizens’ appeal? Here’s the text of a love letter he emailed them the next day: “To my dear colleagues from the western half of town: “I will always cherish and remember your kind support of the people of Foun-

tain City. I know they are truly proud of their city officials. May the gentle plumes wafting across the lake from Gentry-Griffey be a visual reminder of your tenacious commitment to neighborhood integrity.”

Underwood wants school policy enforced Conley Underwood says campaign workers for school board member Mike McMillan are handing out materials at schools and he wants it stopped. School spokesperson Melissa Copelan said, “We have reminded school administrators and school security of Policy CC (Political and Commercial Solicitations in Schools). If persons are discovered violating this policy, they are being asked to cease such activity.” Underwood says McMillan workers have been found leafleting the car riders lanes at Gibbs, Carter and Corryton elementary schools. He figures Ritta is next. Meanwhile, Underwood and McMillan will participate in a forum at Gibbs High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The election is Tuesday, March 6.

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End of an era The end. Well, almost. An era of historical significance is winding down. There never has been anything like the Pat Summitt story and it seems unlikely there ever will be. She made the remarkable trip from genuine country girl on a dairy farm to the absolute top of the basketball world. Talent got her started. Work was a big factor. Fierce determination, the will to win, put her on the peak. Among the prizes were Olympic success as player and coach. Pat is famous for intensity and The Stare. And defense. And discipline. She is big on positive attitudes and the Golden Rule. Been there and done all that and won almost 1,100 games. There are no mountains to climb. She is in the relevant halls of fame. The Tennessee basketball floor is named in her honor. She has her own street. Some day she will get a bronze statue. Pat has always said it was all about the players but she gets credit for doing more than any college coach and I do believe she did it the right way. She has overseen the harvest of eight national championships. Beyond the numbers, she has touched lives, changed lives and encouraged, even demanded, excellence from her Volunteers. She has charted a clear course. She has applauded as hundreds earned degrees and charged boldly ahead, willing and able to compete in the real world. In her spare time, Pat has been the best ambassador ever for the University of Tennessee. Andy Holt is runner-up. Peyton Manning may someday move into consideration. Oh, I know, I’m making a

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big fuss and it is only women’s basketball. Well, Pat Summitt took it above fun ’n games when she went public with her affliction, early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She would, by the grace of God, refuse to surrender. That meant she would fight it with both hands and all her might. She would take her medicine and work her puzzles and do all the stimulating mental gymnastics doctors recommend. Pure Pat quote: “There’s not going to be any pity party.”

Part of the war would be increasing awareness. When Pat speaks, people listen. Never has there been such a voice for this cause. Fans and foes joined hands. Her new foundation sprouted wings. “We back Pat” is more than a slogan. It is a genuine inspiration. I actually bought a T-shirt. The Patricia Sue Head story started almost 60 years ago in Clarksville. She was fourth among five children in the Richard and Hazel Head family. Daddy was tough enough. Mother was an angel. The Head boys liked baskets and the father put down a floor and put up a goal and lights in the large barn. That’s where Trish learned to play, against big brothers, push and shove or get out of the way. She was 5-9 in 3rd grade but didn’t want to be so tall. Years later, Daddy ap-

preciated her desire and talent enough to move the family from a brick home in Montgomery County to a cold, two-story frame house in Henrietta so she could attend Cheatham County High. It had a team. Trish was multitalented. She was in the 4-H Club. She showed cattle at the fair. She rode horses, barrel races, in Ashland City. She was voted “Most Popular” and “Basketball Sweetheart.” The gym where she played now bears her name. UT-Martin wasn’t her first choice for college. It was Richard’s. His perspective mattered. He was going to pay. Martin didn’t give scholarships to women way back then. She became an AllAmerican. The Martin athletic director pushed her toward the World University Games. Because she would play defense and rebound, coach Billie Moore

took her to Moscow. Back at Martin as a senior, Trish suffered a serious knee injury. The doctor said finished. She never believed it for a minute but admitted rehab was much harder than expected. She decided to take her restoration project to Tennessee – as a graduate student and assistant coach, $250 per month. She moved up before she arrived. The head coach requested a leave of absence. Pat Head, 22, worked on her master’s, taught classes, coached baskets and put unbelievable effort into rebuilding the bum knee. She got well in time to become co-captain of the 1976 Olympic team. We sat together in the Court of Flags in Montreal and talked for some time. She was wise beyond her years. Her rise to coaching immortality was not instant pudding. She first cut down national nets in her 13th

season. In the years that followed, Pat and great players kept cutting. She became a mother and a millionaire and a legend. She wrote books and should have books written about her. The Vol Network produced a magnificent threedisc video of her success. My cameo appearance adds little but you really should own the set. The Pat collection? Naismith coach of the century. Architect of a perfect season. Winner of lots and lots of games and the same number of titles as Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight and Dean Smith combined. Without thinking, I assumed good times would go on forever, until she finally grew weary of winning. Alas and alas, it didn’t happen that way. Sad, isn’t it? Call it triumph and tragedy. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Arthur Seymour’s great week Fountain City lawyer Arthur Seymour Jr. had a smashing time at City Council last week. First, he steamrolled developer Tim Graham’s proposal for the corner of Clinton Highway and Merchant Road. Graham wanted commercial zoning that avoids site plan review. That vote passed 6-3 with only Marshall Stair, Mark Campen and Duane Grieve voting no. Brenda Palmer, who represents District 3 where the property is located, zinged Lynn Redmon, president of the Norwood Homeowners Association. “There are what, maybe 15,000 people in the Norwood area,” she said, implying that Redmon did not speak for the majority. Then she stumbled over his name. Redmon may be one of

with the neighborhood. Rumor has it that later in the meeting Seymour reached up to scratch his Sandra ear and three Council memClark bers hit their lights, trying to change their vote. If it’s not true, it should 15,000, but he’s a dynamo be. It was that kind of week political operative, espe- for Arthur Seymour. cially in city elections. Palmer may someday Money quote know his name. “We need to do the right But back to Seymour. Next thing and let the lawyers up came Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel, arguing against fight it out,” said Nick Della a neighborhood group that Volpe after Council’s attorformed to fight the funeral ney Rob Frost and city Law Director Charles Swanson home’s crematorium. Seymour represented opined that Council really Gentry-Griffey owners shouldn’t overturn the GenTim Williams and Jim try-Griffey building permit. Clayton, and he won again. This time the vote was Pension war closer, 5-4, with Council County Commissioners members Daniel Brown, may preempt the Charter Campen, Nick Della Volpe and Nick Pavlis voting

Kim Bennett Review Commission’s discussion and vote on changes to the Uniformed Officers Pension Plan. Commissioner Richard Briggs said at a workshop last week, “We can put this on the ballot as County Commission and not wait on the Charter Review Commission.”

Kim Bennett, executive director of the county’s Retirement and Pension Board, said “It’s not uncommon for uniformed officers to have an enhanced plan, as opposed to people who sit behind a desk like myself.” Commission chair Mike Hammond asked Bennett if the officers’ plan is solvent. “My feeling is we can’t keep doing what we’re doing.” Finance Director John Troyer said the pension’s “liability grows every year.” He estimated the fund is worth $105 million with liabilities of $124 million. Briggs wants Mayor Tim Burchett and Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones to weigh in on the discussion. He suggested both attend today’s Pension Board meeting.

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The Belle Morris Elementary School playground that faces the fire hall at Buffat Mill Road shows the cleanup efforts by eight Rotary clubs. Photos by S. Clark

Anne Parks of Downtown Rotary donated original artwork depicting the Belle Morris School mascot, the black bear.

District Gov. Frank Rothermel works on bleachers for the outdoor classroom. At left is Bruce Williamson.

North Knox Rotary Club members working on the outdoor classroom are: Phyllis Driver, Jason Duncan, Tom Post, John Gaddis and Scott Beasley (who represents Community Rotaract, a Rotary youth group).

working. Anytime you have a clean house it makes you feel better inside. That’s how we feel at Belle Morris.” School board member Indya Kincannon said, “The playground looks great! Belle Morris is a great little school. Princiof District Gov. Frank Ro- last week. “Their eyes got pal Hursey and the teachthermel and assistant gov- big with an excited, happy ers there are making some ernors Fred Martin and look. When we took one good things happen. And Phyllis Driver, the Rotar- group to the outdoor class- lots of young families are ians cleaned desks, spread room, a student said, ‘Now moving to the zone.” mulch and constructed an everyone has a place to sit.’ Driver said the entire “Another one said, ‘I wish project will reflect a $10,000 outdoor classroom. “How to put into words all schools could have (a investment. Thirteen trees the reactions of the stu- playground) just like this.’ were planted on the cam“It was like a beehive pus, the library will get new dents?” said principal Terry Lynn Hursey later here, so many people were carpet during spring break,

Rotary clubs ‘wow’ Belle Morris By Sandra Clark When students at Belle Morris Elementary School returned to class last Tuesday, most were wowed by the weekend work of Knox-area Rotarians. Eight clubs contributed money and labor to improve the school, located at 2308 Washington Pike. Under the leadership

and then new books will be added to the library. This is the fourth year for such a project, Driver said. Last year Rotarians worked at Tennessee School for the Deaf, two years ago at South Knox Elementary School and three years ago at Sarah Moore Greene. “This is a good cooperative effort,” said Driver. Last Thursday, Rotarians gathered on Market Square to mark World Rotary Day by showing public service announcements, billboards and other graphics celebrating Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign.

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POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS • FEBRUARY 27, 2012 • A-7 Linda Tozer of the Society of St. Andrew, which donated 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to various Knoxville area food pantries, helps Mike Smith, president of the Holston Conference United Methodist Men, carry sweet potatoes bagged by volunteers from several different churches. “The fresh produce is a treat for those who usually get just canned or boxed potatoes,” The group quotes from I John 3:18, “Let us love not only in words, but in deed and in truth.” Info:

faith Sunshine and shadow Have mercy on me, O God, According to your steadfast love; According to your abundant mercy Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. – Psalm 51: 1-2 NRSV Loss and possession, Death and life are one. There falls no shadow where There shines no sun. – Hilaire Belloc

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As I write, days ahead of publication, Ash Wednesday is looming. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of self-examination, repentance, reflection and fasting. There are people who dislike Lent and its disciplines, but I am not one of them. Perhaps it is some native melancholy in me that leans into the thorns. I learned pretty young that life has valleys as well as mountaintops, and one had best be prepared to experience them both. I believe that the depths of life, as well as the heights, expand our souls. So I love the somberness of the Ash Wednesday service. I love that the ashes used in the service are traditionally from the burning of last Palm Sunday’s palm branches, a symbolic linking of one Easter cycle to the next. I love the texts that are read (especially David’s psalm of contrition, quoted above), the penitential music, the silences, the acknowledgement of our humanity and our sinfulness. I love that we can be honJoe Thompson, president of the Oak Ridge United Methodist Lily Pulver, 4, helps bag sweet potatoes at Cokesbury United est with God, that we can Men, receives a trailer-load of sweet potatoes for delivery to Valley Methodist Church. Her family, members of the Church of Jesus admit to God what we know View Methodist Church for their food pantry, one of many recipi- Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farragut, all volunteered, since they to be true about ourselves. I ents. Nothing is wasted. Produce donated is too large, too small, enjoy doing things together. Mom Karen Pulver said, “When love the idea that God hears or otherwise unsuitable to sell to grocery stores. The squishy or children get practice helping when they are young, they will our confession with comheavily gouged potatoes were given to the Knoxville Zoo. help when they grow up.” Photos by T. Edwards of passion and forgiveness. I love that God loves us enough not to say, “Oh, served, so arrive early. Those will host a night of testimony Church, 6828 Central Avenue


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.

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Fundraisers and sales ■ Bell Road Worship Center, 7321 Bell Road, will have a chili lunch, bake sale and silent auction 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, to raise money for the purchase of a bus.

Music services ■ Cedar Ford Baptist Church, 3203 Highway 61 in Luttrell,

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Rec programs ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 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@ ■ New Covenant Fellowship

Pike, will hold Pilates class 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5. Info: 689-7001.

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CROSS CURRENTS that’s OK.” I love that God loves us enough to say “You break my heart, but I love you anyhow.” I love that God keeps trying. And so I keep trying too, to become the person that God envisioned when God thought me up. All of that is tangled up in Ash Wednesday for me. And so, by the time you read this, I will have been to church on Ash Wednesday. I will have knelt and confessed that I am a sinner, saved by grace. I will have received the mark of my sinfulness smudged onto my forehead, and I will have worn it all day as a reminder to myself, and as a confession to everyone who saw me. And if Hilaire Belloc is right at all, that “Death and life are one,” and that sunshine and shadow are inextricably linked, then I will know that it is only because the bright light of God’s love shines on me that the shadow on my forehead – the shadow of my sinfulness – is so visible.

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Students curl up with a good book

Powell Elementary School hosted RIF last Thursday and the chilly, rainy day was perfect for wearing pajamas and curling up with a good book. Hailey Gann and Grace Osborne enjoy looking through their new books in the school library.

Sports Notes ■ Baseball tournament will be held at Halls Community Park on March 2-4. Open to all, Tee ball to 14U. Info: 992-5504 or hcpsports@ ■ Girls softball sign-ups at Willow Creek Youth Park, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Signups for wee-ball through 14U teams. ■ Girls softball sign-ups at Bojangles in Powell, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Info: Mike Bezark, 680-9929.

James Hyman gets ready to dig into his new book during RIF day at Powell Elementary.

Hannah Parker and Abby Wilson tear into their free books. Photos by Ruth White

Powell Flags Powell High School winter guard won first place in the Scholastic Regional A Class guard competition held at Hardin Valley Academy on Feb. 11. Pictured are Erin Ross, Lillie Smith, Amber Price, Tanner Dowdney, Gabi Alexander, Kara Greene and Brittany Jones. Photo by T. Edwards of

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Dancin’ the day away


at Copper Ridge Wilkerson turns 82 Carl Wilkerson turned 82 on Feb. 1. He is the dad of Mylinda Wyrick and Lorrie Thomas; his son-in-laws are Bryon Wyrick and Willie Thomas. Grandchildren are Chris Wyrick, Matt Bruner, Cassandra Wyrick and Kayla Thomas.

Parker completes basic training

Halls High student Delaney Burton does the Chicken Dance with Copper Ridge Elementary student Hunter Pieper.

Christopher Logan Parker has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and is currently training in aerospace propulsion. Parker is the son of Chris and Yvette Parker of Corryton and a graduate of Gibbs High School.


Sloane Baldridge is having a blast dancing in the Copper Ridge gym at the school’s dance-a-thon to raise money for the playground. Photos by Ruth White

Sunday Elizabeth Johnson was born Jan. 27, weighing 7 pounds, 10.4 ounces, and measuring

20 1/4 inches long. She is the daughter of David and Courtney Johnson. Grandparents are Wayne and Kathy Johnson of Halls, Tony and Suzanne Green and Bryan and Mary Ann Merrell of Knoxville. Great-grandparents are David and Judy Johnson of Columbia, Ky., Maurice and Ruth Foster of Nashville, and John Merrell and Judith Rattner, both of Knoxville. Parker Ward Stinnett will celebrate his 12th birthday with a bowling party at the University Center’s Down Under Bowling. His parents are Chad and Renita Stinnett of Powell; grandparents are Junior and Sue Ward and Robert and Sherry Corum of Knoxville. His great-grandmother is Joyce Stinnett of Knoxville. Parker was born on Leap Day. Waylon Jay Spierdowis will celebrate his third birthday March 3 with a party at Bounce USA. His parents are Bill and Eden Spierdowis of Corryton. Grandparents are Jay and Eunice Hindley of Chepachet, R.I., and Bill and Sandy Spierdowis of Foxboro, Mass. His great-grandmother is Dot Hindley of Lincoln, R.I. Waylon also has an older brother, Will, and a younger sister, Rebekah.

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us appreciate the not-sotough times. There’s a freedom to realizing that your business won’t go down in flames if a little change comes your way. There’s power in knowing that you can handle more. Getting through the Shannon tough times is also a good Carey way to gain more knowledge of your staff. Who are your strongest players? Who can you lean on in a crisis? No, I’m not throwing We’ve all had those moments. Heck, some of us have parties when crises arise. had those six-month spans. Those are for after the tough Those times when key peo- times have passed. But, I ple are out, when you don’t know they’re not the end of know where the sales are go- the world. ing to come from, when you find out something’s missing Congrats ■ Ellen Robinson reat the zero hour. The tough shouldn’t get cently joined the law firm of going. The tough should Lewis, King, Krieg and Walstay put, bear down and get drop P.C. as chief marketing officer. She previously to work. Now that I’ve faced a served as vice president of few of those tough times, public and media relations I’ve come to value them in firm Moxley Carmichael a back-handed kind of way. and has more than 30 years The tough times shake us of broad communications up, stretch our limits, make experience. Robinson is a

Personally, I think the cliché should be “When the going gets tough, the tough get tougher.”

First Lieutenant Reggie Dotson (left) and Carl Lambert (right) present Rural/Metro Market General Manager Danny Edwards with the Patriotic Employer Award for his support of Lt. Dotson during his various duty assignments. Photo submitted

Patriotism at its finest By Rob Webb There are many things we can do to support our military overseas, and at Rural/ Metro we are committed to doing our Webb part. Wayne Pack, Knox County EMS supervisor, just returned from a deployment in Afghanistan. He has been with Rural/ Metro for more than 19 years, and we have worked with him throughout his deployment to hold his job for him upon his return. John Brinkley, a quality improvement officer, is another outstanding

patriot working at Rural/ Metro. An Army reservist for 21 years, Rural/Metro has held his position during multiple deployments, allowing him to maintain steady work between duty assignments. Recently, Rural/Metro and Danny Edwards, market general manager of Franklin County, were honored with the Patriotic Employer Award on behalf of all the Guard members and reservists in service. The award was given in recognition of support for 1st Lt. Reggie Dotson. Lt. Dotson, a Blackhawk pilot for the TN ARNG’s 1/69th Aviation, has been a paramedic at Rural/Metro in Winchester, Tenn., since 2001. Last year, he spent

Adopt and drop the pet shop By Sara Barrett For those people who would prefer to buy an animal at a pet shop or from a breeder instead of adopting a homeless or rescued animal, listen up. I recently saw some information on Young-Williams Animal Center’s home page that would (or should) stop an animal lover in their tracks. The website said the number of homeless animals that were brought to Young-Williams last year could fill every seat of Thompson-Boling Arena. Now add to that number all of the other animals that were rescued by rescue groups and Good Samaritans in and around the Knox County area that didn’t go to Young-

Dublin is available for adoption at Photo submitted

Williams. That is a very large and very pitiful amount. And that’s just here in our small part of the world. Yet we continue to allow strays to breed and breed-

27 weeks serving the National Guard in various temporary duty assignments. Edwards ensured Lt. Dotson maintained a steady amount of work as a paramedic between his military assignments. In appreciation for the support he received from Edwards and Rural/Metro, Dotson nominated them for the Patriotic Employer Award and planned a special presentation after Rural/Metro was chosen for the award. Lt. Dotson will soon return to Afghanistan to pilot a hospital helicopter, and we plan to continue supporting him and others at Rural/Metro who put their lives on the line for our country. We are proud of our employees and their commitment to their communities and their country.

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member of the Executive Women’s Association, is a trustee of the Knoxville Museum of Art, and serves on the board of the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Knoxville Symphony Society. ■ Lori Ramsey, LCSW, has been named the Helen Ross McNabb Center’s new assistant director of Crisis Services. Ramsey joined the center in 2009 as the services coordinator for the PACT program. In her new role, she will help oversee the center’s continuum of crisis services. Shannon Carey is the Shopper-News general manager and sales manager. Contact Shannon at shannon@shoppernewsnow. com.

Rob Webb is Rural/Metro Division General Manager.

ers to operate. Think twice before you decide to get an animal from someone who will profit from the transaction. Once you’ve thought twice, if you’re still considering going to a pet shop or breeder, please drop by Young-Williams on your way there. If you don’t have a car, look online at I did a search for dogs within 35 miles of zip code 37922 and 480 animals came up. If you can’t find a new friend out of 480 choices, it’s time for some self-evaluation, folks. If you still don’t find an animal that will fit your family’s needs, contact a veterinarian’s office (after contacting your psychiatrist) or look through Critter magazine. One of these sources will know of an animal in need that needs to be off the streets … or off the euthanasia list. If you have a question or comment for Sara, email her at barretts@shoppernewsnow. com or call her at 218-9378.

Patriotic award Carol Russell of Walland recently received the Judah P. Benjamin award from the Captain W.Y.C. Hannum Chapter 1881 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy for creating the “Proud to Be an American” parade, an event held annually in Blount County. Pictured at the presentation are Elaine Russell, Julie Murr and Carol Russell. Photo submitted

DONATE BLOOD,SAVE LIVES All donors will receive a T-shirt and a year’s credit toward Medic’s membership program which exempts donors and IRS dependents from paying blood collection or processing fees if a transfusion is needed. Donors can stop by one of two donor centers: 1601 Ailor Ave. or 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Other sites: ■ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Austin-East High School, inside auditorium. ■ 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, First Utility District, 122 Durwood Road, bloodmobile. ■ 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Fulton High School, inside auditorium. ■ 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, TestAmerica, 5815 Middlebrook Pike, bloodmobile. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old weighing 120 pounds with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and have positive identification. Info: 5243074 or

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