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Shatner’s World!

March 5, 2012

‘Magnolias’ flourish In Powell Playhouse production

M’Lynn (Barbara Robertson) offers Shelby (Katie Dake) a drink of orange juice to adjust her blood sugar while Truvy (Mindy Barrett) looks on. Photos by S. Clark

By Sandra Clark

New York and back, driving, in 50 hours? That was no problem for Jake Mabe and his buddy Matt Shelton, who pulled off a whirlwind trip to Manhattan to see William Shatner on Broadway. See Jake’s story on page A-6


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Southbound Band will play a benefit concert in memory of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian on Friday, March 9, at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson in Maryville. Cost is $10 per person and all proceeds go to the Channon and Chris Memorial Fund, which benefits the Newsom and Christian families. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert is from 8-10.

Coffee and conversation Residents are invited to have coffee and conversation with state Rep. Harry Brooks, County Commissioner R. Larry Smith and school board member Kim Sepesi from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Powell Branch Library, 3505 Emory Road. Info: 922-5433.


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The Powell Playhouse set attendance records with the February performances of “Steel Magnolias,” a play written by Robert Harling and directed by Nita Buell Black. “I know it’s a cliché, but we’re all on Cloud Nine,” Black said afterwards. “I’m having a blast.” She was sorry to have turned away people on Saturday and Sunday, but said the fire marshal limits seating to 250 in the Jubilee Banquet Facility. Halls Middle School drama teacher Mindy Barrett played the Dolly Parton role of Truvy, owner of the small town Southern beauty shop that is central to the action. Bonny Baker Pendleton stole the show as Ouiser, a maniacal grump who said, “I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years.” The quips keep coming amid the pathos of young Shelby (played by UT senior Katie Dake) who pushes on with life without regard to limitations brought on by her medical problems. She tells her mom, “I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.” Christina Perkins, a graduate student at UT, plays Annelle, a down and out beginning hairdresser who comes to work for Truvy. Her signature quote: “Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.” Barbara Robertson, a kindergarten teacher at Adrian Burnett Elementary School, played M’Lynn, Shelby’s mom, who carries the dramatic lead. She’s been in plays for her entire life, most recently directing “Just Clay,” a drama team at Salem Baptist Church. Renee Denney as Clairee rounded out the cast. A Powell resident, she is married to Chuck Denney, a Powell Playhouse alumnus. Nita Buell Black is the legendary retired drama coach at Powell High School. And she says one never knows when those school relationships will come in handy. “For our first play, we needed

Clairee (Renee Denney) is an everoptimistic foil for Ouiser at Truvy’s Beauty Shop.

Ouiser (Bonny Baker Pendleton) is a scene-stealer. a piano moved from a basement in Holston Hills. For this one, we needed a porcelain sink moved from Karen Long’s house in Broadacres. I just called Travis Moretz, he’s a former student you know, and his family took care of us.” Moretz Moving, based on Callahan Drive, is an established Powell area business. “And Travis brought his girlfriend and came to ‘Steel

Magnolias,’” Black said. Jeff Huffaker from Elegant Touch located four old-fashioned hair dryers with the pull-down hoods, and the set absolutely matched a vintage 1980s beauty shop. Buell Black bought a hardback copy of “Steel Magnolias” in 1988. “I had the play but I didn’t have the cast,” she says. “It’s too racy for high school.”

No strip mall at Clayton Park By Shannon Carey Norris Freeway property that has been at the center of controversy since 2008 has been acquired by Hallsdale Powell Utility District in a move called a “win-win” for the district, the adjacent property owners and advocates of Clayton Park in Halls. Shopper publisher Sandra Clark originally suggested the land for acquisition by HPUD after learning of the utility’s need for a sanitary sewer overflow storage facility during wet weather events similar to the one KUB built on Broadway at Adair. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has mandated through a consent order that HPUD reduce sanitary sewer overflow and constructing a storage facility is one way HPUD can achieve a reduction during heavy rains. The 12-acre site was purchased from developers Nathan Silvus and Lee Gamble who had sought county approval for a 30,000-squarefoot strip mall to be called Halls Park Center.

Residents along Afton Drive in Halls Heights vigorously opposed the development which would have required extensive fill dirt in an area along Beaver Creek already prone to flooding. The land lies on Norris Freeway at Maynardville Highway and adjoins the Clayton Park, a 10-acre site purchased by donations coordinated by the Legacy Parks Foundation. Hallsdale Powell’s wastewater lines crisscross the property. The site plan for the strip mall was rejected by the Metropolitan Planning Commission and by the Board of Zoning Appeals. The developers, represented by attorney Arthur Seymour Jr., went to court and lost again. But Seymour filed with the state Court of Appeals which overturned Judge Harold Wimberly’s decision and remanded the case. County Commissioner R. Larry Smith met with Law Director Joe Jarret who agreed to pursue an appeal to the state Supreme Court, but meanwhile HPUD commissioners voted to

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purchase the property for $420,000. HPUD president Darren Cardwell said the site is accessible, convenient and has neighborhood support rather than objections. Approximately 5 acres along Beaver Creek has development restrictions but can be used for recreation. Both Smith and Clark thanked HPUD commissioners for stepping up to preserve the land. “Strong parks make strong communities,” said Smith. “The last thing we needed was a strip mall in front of the park.” “The Clayton Park with the HPUD extension on Beaver Creek creates a huge passive park for walkers and kids,” said Clark. “We all see the use at Fountain City Park. The Clayton Park will be a wonderful community asset now and in the future.” Clayton Foundation donated $300,000 toward purchase of the park land; ShopperNews, through the Scripps Foundation, donated $50,000.

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So she assembled the cast and brought the play to the Powell Playhouse. “I am so pleased. The cast was well-balanced, and we had no star. That’s why I had them all come out together at the end.” The actors worked so hard in rehearsal that the lines stopped being funny, she said. “But the first time the audience laughed, a spark went through the cast. I’m having a blast.”

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Middle School puts Powell on the map ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is Powell Middle play Wow. The Powell Middle School kids are standing out in the community.

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Golde, played by Sarah Marlow, gets a wink from “husband” Tevye, played by Jonah Lawson. Photos by Ruth White

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First, the boys basketball team won both the regular season and county tournament. (Story inside.) Next, the Drama Club aced the junior version of “Fiddler on the Roof” in five performances. Drama Club advisor Alison Bradley, who is also the chorus teacher, said she is very pleased. “They worked hard and it showed.” The kids had fun during the performances and will be rewarded with a party today (March 5). Shopper photographer Ruth White has seen her share of school plays, and she called this rendition of “Fiddler” the best yet. “Those kids, especially Sarah Marlow, could really sing. And Jonah Lawson put personality into his role as Tevye. He sure had a lot of lines to memorize.” Bradley said most of the lead characters were 8th graders, even though Drama Club is open to all students. The club meets before and after school and students are not required to take chorus to participate. “This is an experience they will never forget,” said Bradley. ■

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Powell High Alumni Association annual dinner is set for Saturday, April 7, at Jubilee Banquet Facility with registration and fellowship from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6. The business meeting will start at 7 p.m. Dinner is $20, annual dues are $7 and donations to the scholarship fund are welcomed. Reservations are due March 30. Entertainment will be

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by Judy Morris of the Powell Playhouse (PHS Class of ‘78). Golden Grads from the Class of ‘62 will be recognized, along with the oldest graduate in attendance and the one who has traveled the farthest. Info: Mary Hodge-Cunningham, 938-9428, Vivian Jett McFalls, 607-8775 or ■

Heiskell seniors

The Heiskell Community Center, 9420 Heiskell Road, will hold its monthly Seniors Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8. The speaker will be Craig Leuthold, information director for the Knox County Property Assessor, who will speak at 11:15 a.m. about programs available to seniors regarding tax freeze and tax relief. Lunch and bingo will follow. No charge for attendance or lunch, but donations are appreciated. Those that have signed up for the bus trip to Renfro Valley in April should bring the $49 fee. Info: Janice White at 548-0326. ■

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■ Heiskell School Reunion is 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The seniors will be taking a bus trip to Renfro Valley in Kentucky on Saturday, April 21. Cost is $49. ■ Toni McSorley will conduct a self-defense class at the Heiskell Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Cost is $25. Contact Sandra Clark at 922-4136 (leave message) or

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Panthers to play for University of the Cumberlands Three members of the state runners-up Powell Panthers signed letters of intent last week to play football at The University of the Cumberlands, a Southern Baptist University in Williamsburg, Ky. Linebacker Gray Bunch, offensive lineman Koby Crisp and defensive back Cade Smith signed at a reception for family and friends. Seven Panthers now have signed to play college ball. Already having signed are RB Dy’shawn Mobley (University of Kentucky), QB/Athlete Dustin McPhetridge (Austin Peay State University), OL Chris Easterday and DL Wesley Sparks (both Carson-Newman College). Bunch has been called the “Quarterback of the Panther Defense.” A two-year starter, Powell High senior Gray Bunch signed to play football at the University of the Cumberlands. three-year letterman, Bunch Joining Gray at the celebration are his grandparents, Scott and Kay Underwood, and his parplayed a key role in the Pan- ents, Debbie and Robert Bunch. Photos by Ruth White Powell football player Cade Smith will join his teammates Gray Branch and Kody ther defensive success that tion to the Panther football Crisp on the sidelines at the University of the Cumberlands next season. Pictured led his team to a record set- fense get those extra yards. Crisp was part of an offen- program. He embodies all with Cade at the signing are his parents, David and Kim Smith. ting 14-1 season in 2011 and a combined 25-2 mark dur- sive line that helped the Pan- that a high school football ing the past two seasons. thers gain more than 6,000 player should be.” Cade’s parents are David During his senior season, yards and average more than the 5-10, 185-pound inside 40 points per game in 2011. and Kim Smith. His defenlinebacker made 93 total During his career at Powell, sive backs coach at Powell tackles, nine tackles for loss, Koby’s offensive lines blew was Scotty Stewart. These seniors were part registered three sacks, and open holes that allowed a running back to set the all- of an unprecedented run of had two interceptions. Bunch was voted All-Dis- time Tennessee single sea- success within the Panther trict 3AAA by district coaches son rushing record at 3,068 football program. Some of and was selected as the De- yards. During Crisp’s ten- the 2011/2012 senior class fensive Player of the Year by ure, his lines blocked for the accomplishments included: his teammates. As a junior, school’s Nos. 1 and 2 all-time ■ School record for wins Gray was credited with 81 total offensive yards leaders. in a season with 14 total tackles, nine tackles for Larry Neely is the Panther ■ Best single season winloss and four sacks. Gray’s offensive line coach. Koby’s ning percentage at .933 position coach at Powell was dad is Kenny Crisp. ■ Most wins in a twoCade Smith was one of year period at 25 Justin Lamb. Gray’s parents are Robert and Debbie Bunch. the most versatile players in ■ Best winning percentCrisp, a versatile offen- the Powell senior class. As age within a two-year pesive lineman, is a three-year a 5-9, 175-pound defensive riod at .926 starter for the Panthers, and back, Smith played a key role ■ Only the second appearhas played both guard and in the secondary during the ance in a state championship tackle. At 6-2, 255, he can Panther run to Cookeville. game in school history go toe-to-toe with both de- In addition to being a solid ■ Back-to-back District fensive tackles and defen- defensive player, Smith also 3AAA titles Kody Crisp will continue his football career next season at the University of the Cumberlands. Powell sive ends, but he also has the excelled on special teams. ■ Back-to-back undeHigh held a triple signing last week and celebrating with Kody are: (front) dad Kenny Crisp, Kody, Former Panther head feated regular seasons. quickness and footwork to get downfield and make sec- coach Matt Lowe said, “Cade Voice of the Panthers Bill Mynatt contrib- brother Kelar Crisp; (back) grandmother Joyce Crisp, aunt Brenda Hines and grandfather Chris Crisp. ondary blocks to help his of- brought a great contribu- uted to this report.


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■ 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 at Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Ave. Info:

■ Fort Sumter Community Cemetery annual meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8,

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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Williams forecasts Obama victory Back when writer/commentator Don Williams was invited to speak to the 6th District Democrats about why Barack Obama should be re-elected, it was a challenging topic. The slight signs of economic recovBetty ery hadn’t been enough Bean to boost Obama’s sagging approval ratings, and top Republican challenger Mitt Romney was running ahead of him in most any poll out there. That was January. By the time his Feb. 28 speaking date rolled around, Romney had stumbled and the case for Obama’s re-election was a far easier sell. “Just to get to the short answer, if you look at it as a contest, it’s got to be a resounding yes. He should easily win re-election. First of all, the guy’s a rock star. People say that as a criticism, but he’s likable, much in the same way as Reagan was likeable. He’s a charmer. When you see him sink a 3-point basketball shot on a dare, or hear him sing Al Greene’s ‘Let’s stay together,’ which instantly became a ringtone … the guy’s got chops,” Williams told some 20 Democrats at the Karns Middle School library. “Even though I have some problems with the Don Williams way it was executed (Williams wishes Obama had taken less of a “top-down,” banks-first approach to the mortgage crisis and done more to help struggling homeowners escape foreclosure), you’ve got to give him some credit for preventing a great depression. Can you imagine 30 percent unemployment?” “Then there’s Obamacare – they’re going to be sorry they (nicknamed it) that,” he said. “I have a grown son who has insurance now because of Obamacare. In the end, he’ll be glad they named it for him.” He ticked off a list of daring foreign policy accomplishments: the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden; leading from behind in the liberation of Libya; ordering the rescue of Americans captured by pirates; and bringing an end to two wars. He cited Obama’s speechifying ability, his “nearly spotless” adult reputation, his attractive family, his civility in the face of opponents who have challenged his religion and his citizenship and called him everything from a Marxist to the son of a Kenyan witchdoctor. “He doesn’t stray into dangerous waters through ignorance. He makes decisions for the long game, and when he errs, he errs on the side of decency and dignity. … He has turned the other cheek again and again – to a fault some of us thought. But in the long run, it stood him in good stead.” Williams points to another reason why the president will be re-elected: “Obama has been blessed by his opponents. Could there be a more embarrassing lot?” Finally, Williams ended by warning the gathered Democrats that as good as Obama’s prospects are now, they could still be upended by a “black swan” event – like Sept. 11, 2001 – that comes out of nowhere and instantaneously rearranges the political landscape.

GOSSIP AND LIES Rick Santorum brought along his daughter, Elizabeth, to his talk at Temple Baptist Church in Powell where women are discouraged/forbidden from wearing slacks. Elizabeth, wearing slacks, sat behind her dad. When we noted it might well be the first time a woman wearing slacks had been near the Temple pulpit, a friend observed, “or a Catholic.” Mitt Romney did not come to the Public Market at Turkey Creek last Friday, and he never intended to. Yet the event’s publicity fooled two members of the Shopper news team who are trained to discern such things. Sorry, Bill Haslam, but we didn’t hold the presses during a tornado watch to get a shot of you talking about Romney.

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Looking and sounding presidential, Rick Santorum brought his message of limited government and freedom to Powell’s Temple Baptist Church last Wednesday. “We’re heading to Super Tuesday with the wind to our back,” he said, citing the previous day’s Michigan Primary where he matched Mitt Romney for delegates, each with 15. “We were outspent 6 to 1, maybe 10 to 1, in his home state and yet we ran dead even.” Santorum introduced his daughter, Elizabeth, and ment ioned his Knoxville ties. His brother married the daughter of the late Santorum educators Sarah and James “Doc” Simpson. Echoing his remarks

from Michigan, Santorum said the U.S. Constitution is the country’s operations manual, “the how,” while the Declaration of Independence is the soul, “the why.” He stood easily in the Baptist pulpit with flags on both sides and a choir behind. “This country is a moral enterprise. … The right to life is fundamental. Without life the other rights don’t much matter. The right to liberty is bigger than property rights. And the pursuit of happiness does not mean to do whatever makes you feel good. It means doing what you ought to do. “This is our American

fense spending was 60 percent of the federal budget, while now it’s 17 percent. Also that year, entitlements were less than 10 percent of the budget. Now they are 60 percent. “And with Obamacare that will grow to 70 percent. “This is the most important election of your lifetime. … There is no reason to lose hope in America. We just need to believe in ourselves.” Santorum was mobbed by students and guests. He posed for pictures which he urged people to post on Facebook. There were few elected officials present, although I did spot R. Larry Smith. Our governor and two U.S. senators are supporting Romney. But when the dust settles tomorrow, Rick Santorum will have taken Tennessee. You had only to hear him talk in Powell last Wednesday to understand why.

Who would buy the Hall of Fame? It is hard to imagine who would want to buy the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame which Knox County wants to sell. In fact, the organization which operates the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame could decide to relocate out of Knoxville. It is a board composed primarily of persons who do not have ties to this area. Whether they own and could move the contents of the building with them is unclear. It presents a tough issue for County Mayor Tim Burchett and County Commission which rightly see no reason to be the landowner of this building which, unfortunately, attracts few visitors. While Gloria Ray suggested KTSC should buy it, one has to wonder for what purpose? Who would pay its maintenance costs? If the Hall of Fame moves, what does Knox County do with this building with the basketball on top? City Council attorney Rob Frost is starting out at $10,500 less than city Law Director Charles Swanson made when he was council attorney. Vice

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Tim Burchett pleaded a previous commitment to avoid introducing Rick Santorum at Temple and then met with the former senator on his plane. That picture was leaked to a right-wing blog where (hopefully) the large contributors that Burchett doesn’t want to offend would not notice. We talked to Burchett about a persistent rumor in the 8th District that Carter Elementary School will be stopped if a certain candidate is elected to the school board. “Absolutely not true,” said Burchett. “I just talked to the builders Monday and we’re on schedule.” Occupy Nashville protesters are getting a bit snarky about efforts by Gov. Bill Haslam and the Republicancontrolled Legislature to outlaw them on public property. In a fiesty email, Occupy Nashville said if banned from the Legislative Plaza they would occupy the State Capitol,

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Majority Leader Eric Cantor will host a fundraiser for Fleischmann on April 20 in Knoxville. House Speaker John Boehner has already appeared for Fleischmann in Chattanooga. Fleischmann faces a primary challenge from Weston Wamp, son of former Rep. Zach Wamp. The GOP primary winner is a clear favorite to win in November. The top two House Republicans backing Fleischmann is a clear, unmistakable signal the House leadership is not anxious to have another Wamp return to Congress. Dennis Francis, Knoxville attorney and prominent Democrat, serves on Knox County Election Commission but is the only current member of either party not to have his photo on the Election Commission website. Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation has several seats to fi ll after the Gloria Ray debacle. Former city Law Director Michael Kelley chairs the KTSC nominating committee to seek new members. Interested persons

can email him at mkelley@ It is not clear what standards or criteria will be employed in seeking new members. However, it should be persons who ask questions and take their fiduciary responsibility seriously. The remaining KTSC members seem to recognize they have to reestablish public trust plus work closely with the two mayors. Early voting for the March 6 primary is 15,552 countywide which suggests total voting may not exceed 40,000 – a very light turnout. Heaviest voting was at Downtown West (4,288 votes) and the smallest vote was at Love Kitchen (155 votes). As people realize that Randy Nichols really is retiring as district attorney general in 2014, expect Republicans to make an effort to take back the DA’s office. It is an eight-year term and therefore attractive to many. Nichols has been a likeable DA who has on occasion endorsed Republicans, such as Bill Gibbons (a fellow DA) for governor in 2010.

reclaim foreclosed homes and occupy the restrooms of all Pilot Travel Centers. KCEA has endorsed two school board candidates: Gina Oster in District 3 and the unopposed Indya Kincannon in District 2. Some candidates didn’t even meet with the group’s political action committee, leading one member to say: “Usually they wait until after they’re elected to disrespect us.” Rep. Harry Brooks has set a series of public meetings. I may drop by to discuss his bill to prevent delivery of free newspapers. What a slam. ... ... Meetings are on Saturdays: March 10 at 10 a.m. at Tennessee School for the Deaf and 2 p.m. at Carter Community Library; March 17 at 10 a.m. at Corryton Senior Center and 2 p.m. at Powell Branch Library. – S. Clark

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POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS • MARCH 5, 2012 • A-5 1989, 1997 and 1998 come to mind. Terrific players ran to and fro, knocking down rivals on their way to AllAmerica honors and the College Hall of Fame. Herman Hickman, Bob Suffridge, Bowden Wyatt, Doug Atkins, Bob Johnson, Steve DeLong, Ed Molinski, John Michels, Steve Kiner, Reggie White, Frank Emanuel and Chip Kell live on. There were others, oh yes, tailbacks who followed blockers: John Majors, Hank Lauricella, George Cafego, Beattie Feathers, Gene McEver ... and still others. This was home to the Swamp Rat, Hacksaw and Curt Watson, where the Artful Dodger scrambled, Larry Seivers made spectacular catches, Bobby Majors returned punts, Tim Priest picked off passes, Al Wilson backed the line with vigor and Travis Henry rushed for several of his 3,078 yards. The Pride of the Southland band was full of pride.

Tour time Based on the University of Tennessee’s rich tradition, rare appreciation for public relations and endless appetite for money, I, as a graduate and honorary letterman, offer positive suggestions: Former Commissioner John Mills with heart surgeon and Commissioner Richard Briggs. Photo by S. Clark

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Being stubborn can kill you Notes from County Commission By Sandra Clark Commissioners heard a sobering message from a former colleague last week. John Mills told of his near death because he was too stubborn to have symptoms of heart disease checked out. Mills was introduced by Commissioner Richard Briggs who said “John’s is a very, very typical story.� “I’ve been kissed by an angel,� said Mills. He checked off the symptons he ignored: ■Numbness in left arm ■ Sharp pain in right shoulder ■ Pressure on his chest Mills went on to work at Rural/Metro where he was surrounded by paramedics. His boss, Rob Webb, insisted that he go directly to the hospital. “I came within hours of being sorry,� said Mills. “Listen to your body. Don’t be stubborn.� Briggs said heart attack is the country’s No. 1 killer. “The lesson we can learn from John’s story is to know the symptoms and be aware of your loved ones. “There is an element of denial that can kill.� Mills represented the 8th District and at one time chaired the commission. “I love you all,� he said.

Battle of Midway is back A Russellville, Tenn., company wants to buy 22 acres in the proposed Midway Business Park along I-40 at the Midway interchange. P roblem is, the land is not zoned for commercial use and the zoning would require an amendment Patricia Bible to the East County Sector Plan. Yet Patricia Bible came to the commission last week asking for consideration for KaTom, a restaurant supply business. Can she succeed where others have failed? “A smile goes a long way,� she said. Bible has a compelling story, a booming business and about 100 real jobs. “We can be a $100 million company, and we want to move to Knox County,� said Bible. “I’m in,� said commission chair Mike Hammond. On Thursday, The Development Corp. voted to sell the land for $550,000, subject to rezoning. Here we go again.

Now, as we escape the dark ages of football and approach a new dawn, is the time to cash in on the beauty and fame of Neyland Stadium. Open it to fan tours, $7 for adults and $3 for teens. Little people should get a real deal. Call it the beginning of the recruiting process. Route traffic through the gift shop at Gate 20. Sell souvenirs. Provide something free, maybe one folded page with stadium illustration, historic tidbits and a map. Tour guides could be volunteers, nice people, reliable, courteous and able to communicate in several languages so New Yorkers and even Louisiana visitors could ask questions and understand answers. Clean shoes, please, to enter the spacious Peyton Manning Locker Room where, some day soon, great players will again get dressed and great coaches will recite Neyland maxims with the idea of winning big games. Stop at the Lauricella Room where each football Saturday famous Vols and old linemen gather for fellowship. Considering accomplishments, this is a

genuinely modest group. Visitors should be so advised. They might enjoy Vol Network video in the background. Take a walk on ShieldsWatkins Field, sown in 1921, nurtured by a wealthy banker, W.S. Shields, and his gracious wife, Alice Watkins Shields. Oh, the games on the grass – played by real men who really cared, heart and soul, whatever it took, everything on the line, be it sweat and spit, contusions and tears. From 1925 to 1933, there were 55 games without a loss. Think about it. This is where, in 1939, Tennessee completed a season without giving up a single point, all shutouts in a streak of 15. Nothing like that has happened since. Other great teams, in the truest definition, graced that field –1950, 1951, 1956, 1967, 1985,

Ah yes, those were the days. The tour should include the Tom Elam press box and John Ward broadcast center. Offer play by play, home and away. “Give him six!â€? “Touchdown Tennessee!â€? “Willie Gault is going to run all the way to the state capital!â€? “Count it down with me ‌ five, four, three, two, one. The national champion is clad in Big Orange. ‌â€? Visitors must experience sky boxes. They might buy one or two. The Neyland Stadium tour should pause for pics at the statue, the great bronze likeness of Robert R. Neyland, and perhaps return to the starting point for more and better souvenirs. This is a free plan for preserving memories and promoting the marvelous story that was Tennessee football. Who knows, even in hard times, we might earn enough to afford a historian, maybe even Tom Mattingly. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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Virginia. Forever. Then Maryland. Then Pennsylvania. I waved the white flag just across the New Jersey line. Rest stop. We were eating breakfast at Junior’s in Midtown Manhattan by 7 a.m. The server’s name was Cheryl and the eggs were awesome. (And scrambled.) The room at The Milford wasn’t ready. So, I grabbed a Daily News and snickered at Snooki being banned in Newark. Then I grabbed a nap before the matinee. “Shatner’s World (We Just The marquee at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in Manhattan announces William Shatner’s one-man show, Live in It)” is one hour and 40 “Shatner’s World.” Photo by Jake Mabe minutes of pure ego. And I mean that in the best sense of the word. Let’s face it: Shatner’s sense of himself is part of his charm. It worked as Kirk. It worked even better as Denny Crane. The show was charming, cute, poignant, perfect. He told us about his big break, on the Shakespearean stage in his native Montreal, stepping in to play “Henry V” for an ill Christopher Plummer. He hammed it up on Broadway 50 years ago in “The World of Suzie Wong” and saved the sinking ship. He lit up live TV, including the infamous night when Lon Chaney Jr. blinked in front of the never-blinking cameras and started spouting stage directions. He saw that thing on the wing in “The Twilight Zone.” And, then, NBC rejected Jeffrey Hunter as the captain of the Enterprise. Shatner got the nod and trekked his way into immortality. But don’t get the idea “Shatner’s World” is a Trekkie tour de force. It’s the story of a life, of a little boy growing up in Montreal who used to skip school for the

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CONDOLENCES Our community recently lost these contributors: Robert Aaron “Bob” Bradley, 64, of Corryton, a member of Bethel Baptist Church and leaves his wife, Glenda. Edgar Robert Bradley W. “E.W.” Brown, 86, a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. He attended and played football at Central High School and served in the Marine Corps in World War II. B i l l y S. “Bull” Carico, 78, retired USAF coloBilly Carico nel, was

a fighter pilot who later worked with the Air National Guard in Knoxville. He graduated from UT and was an engineer at ALCOA. He is survived by his wife, Thea Lynne Carico of Powell. Audrey Mae Dillard, age 1, leaves her parents, Daniel and Alice Dillard. Goldie F. Bailey Graham, 93, of Heiskell, was a lifelong member of Macedonia Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Roma Graham. Karl Groen, 82, a retired bus driver and Air Force veteran, leaves his wife, Renae Piedot, and her family in North Knox County. Sarah Lillian Rolen Hatfield, 74, a member of Inskip Baptist Church. She was director of the lo-

cal Arthritis Foundation and active in AARP driver safety programs. James Evan Hopson, 20, leaves a large extended family including his dad, Mark Hopson, and mother, Sherre Hopson Rackley. Agnes “Jeanette” Kennedy, a resident of Hillcrest North who attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Virgil Mathews Jr., 66, grew up in Halls and is survived by his wife, Betty. Among his survivors are a sister and brotherin-law, Glenda and Don Darden of Halls. Michael Stephen McCann, 50, was employed by the UT Maintenance Department.

Dr. Wilson Watkins Powers, 87, practiced internal medicine for 50 years including service in the U.S. Navy. He leaves his wife, Rita. Wilson Powers Agnes Watson, 93, was a teacher at Fulton High School and a member of Oakwood Baptist Church for more than 70 years. Dale William “Bill” Yambert, 87, a member of Powell United Methodist Church who attended Central High School and served in World War II. Notices compiled by S. Clark

Halls High School class of 1952 will hold its 60th reunion in conjunction with the yearly alumni banquet Saturday, April 28, at the Halls High School cafeteria. Info: Judson Palmer, 922-7651 or 712-3099.

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. ■ Dante Church of God will distribute Boxes of Blessings (food) 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, until the boxes are gone. Anyone can receive a box, but you must be present. One box per household. Info: 689-4829. ■ 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.

Men’s programs ■ Faith UMC United Methodist Men, 1120 Dry Gap Pike, will host a tamale dinner 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Everyone is invited and encouraged to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day. Tamales are also available for purchase at $12 a dozen. Info: 688-1000 or

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@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.

Revivals ■ Walridge Baptist Church will hold a spring revival March 11-14 with Dr. Ken Trivette, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Special services ■ Powell UMC’s XYZ Fellowship will host Holocaust survivor Sonja DuBois at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the worship center. DuBois will give a PowerPoint presentation. Everyone is


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Women’s programs ■ Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7225 Old Clinton Pike, will host the women’s brunch “Renewal of Faith through Thought, Word and Deed” 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31. Guest speaker will be Takisha Fitzgerald, assistant district attorney for Knox County, and music will be provided by the Powell High Singers. Brunch will be included. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling the church at 938-7845 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. ■ Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection will host “Discover Life’s Lost Sheep Luncheon” Thursday, March 8, at Bearden Banquet Hall on Kingston Pike. Fredda Temples and Theresa Phillips will perform, and the inspirational speaker will be Maxine Raines, executive director and founder of Lost Sheep Ministry. Admission is

$12 all-inclusive. Complimentary child care will be by reservation only. Info: Call Connie, 693-5298 or email dick3234@bellsouth. net. ■ 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, 3680806 or email charminfoth@

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.

Youth programs ■ Fountain City UMC’s preschool program will hold registration for the 2012-2013 school year throughout March. Parents of children ages 6 months to 4 years need to stop by the preschool office between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Registration fee is $50 ($70 if you need to purchase a rest mat). Info: Susan Todd at 689-5518 or email stodd@

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A cloud of witnesses Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 12: 1-2 NRSV) The question that started the whole conversation was whether ghosts are mentioned in the Bible. Apparently, everyone on all sides was willing to cede the point that was so obvious: the Holy Ghost, as a part of the pre-existing Trinity, present from before the beginning. But were there other ghosts? Spirits who existed separate from the earthly bodies they had once inhabited? And what, exactly, is a ghost? The undispersed, unused energy that is left over after a person dies too young? Are they spooky, to be feared? Are they poor, pitiable souls, wandering abroad with no body, and no hope of being released from their current condition? What is our fascination with ghosts? Have you ever seen one? Well, I claim to have seen one, on the battlefield at Gettysburg, but I can’t be positive. What I saw was a horseman, in a military uniform, come riding up a trail, right up to my car. I remember clearly that the moon was full, and that it was Halloween night (both of which, I realize, could be arguments for an overactive imagination and against the validity of my sighting). But I saw what I saw, and then I was past him, out the Chambersburg Pike and the moment was gone. Years later, there was the creak on the stair that was loud enough to wake me from a deep sleep. I thought I had overslept, and that my husband had come back upstairs to wake me. That’s when I realized my husband was lying beside me. He had been awakened too, and was alert and reaching for his pistol. We searched the house over, but there was no one else there. Anyhow, thanks to Strong’s Concordance, that amazing tome that catalogs every word

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CROSS CURRENTS in the Bible every time it is used, I was able to ascertain that there are only two usages of the word in the Bible: the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Trinity, and the phrase “gave up the ghost,” used to describe a person’s dying. That usage of the word appears to me to equate “the ghost” with the soul. But then there is that wonderful Hebrews reference to the “great cloud of witnesses” surrounding us. What are we to make of the “great cloud of witnesses”? A “cloud” seems a little ethereal for flesh and blood, so are they the thousands and millions of souls who have finished the race? Are they cheering us on from the other shore? And how are we to understand the appearance of Moses and Elijah with Jesus on the Mount of the Transfiguration? I grasp that they are there to represent the Law and the Prophets, sort of a pair of bookends flanking the Christ, the culmination of God’s selfrevelation to humankind. But were they ghosts, since we know that they had been dead for centuries? I suppose that the most interesting thing about the discussion that prompted all these musings is the fact that it originated on Facebook among a group of sophisticated 20-somethings, a generation typically not overly given to spiritual concerns. I am pleased that they are willing to “think on these things.” (Philippians 4: 8)

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Powell Middle School boys claimed both the regular season and Knox County tournament championships. Team members are: (front) Matthew Samples, Zach Crawford, Brandon Brown, Jackson Steeley, Charlie Richards, Reilly Hamilton, Jack Richards; (back) Russ Edens, assistant coach Lucas Heildel, Gavin Hicks, Tanner Kesterson, Rysaiah Thomas, Conley Hamilton, Bryson Cowden, head coach Darin Courtney and Aaron Greene. Photo submitted

Powell boys bring home the gold Bearden made it a dogfight, but the Powell Middle School Panthers held on to win the Knox County basketball tournament championship in overtime 37-33. Coach Darin Courtney called Bearden “an extremely talented team.” Powell finished the season 17-0 in league play and 23-1 overall – a school record. “This was a special group,” Courtney said. “I’m extremely blessed to be a part of their lives. Because of their work ethic, they were very deserving of the

success they achieved.” And now the 8th graders on the championship team will move on to high school. Courtney says some of the players returning should step into leadership roles next year. Four pairs of big shoes to fill belong to Bryson Cowden, Conley Hamilton, Charlie Richards and Aaron Greene. Cowden scored 15 points in the championship game and was named Tournament MVP. Hamilton was named All-League and All-Tour-

nament. He scored the final four points in overtime to seal the win. Courtney said with just seconds remaining and Powell down by 1, Conley stole the ball and scored with a lefthanded layup. Powell then disrupted Bearden on the in-bounds play. Hamilton came out with the ball and was fouled. He sank two free throws. Richards scored eight points in the final game and was named All-Tournament. Greene was also All-Tournament. Powell had beaten

Bearden earlier 50-48 on a last second tip-in. That game determined the regular season champion. In the tournament, Powell beat Vine Middle in the quarterfinals and topped Farragut in the semifinals to advance to the championship game with Bearden. Courtney is in his 10th year as coach at PMS, and during that time the team has won three regular season championships and three tournament championships. – S. Clark

The Powell boys basketball team wasn’t supposed to make it past the second round of the district tournament. A couple of crazy games later, doubters were silenced. On Feb. 25, the Panthers took on Farragut at home. After a 13-0 start for Powell, it was looking like it was going to be a rout. What was in store was so much more special. Powell led the Admirals 55-52 with about 10 seconds remaining when Blake Williams hit a three for Farragut to tie the game. Quickly, and without calling a timeout, the Panthers inbounded to sophomore guard Dallas Fields with about 4 seconds remaining. He caught the ball, dribbled once and threw up a long one from beyond half court. The ball spun through at the buzzer to make the final score 5855 and push the Panthers past Farragut. “That was an awesome win for us,” said senior Steven Parsons. So awesome, in fact, that two days later ESPN posted the video on Twitter to its more than 3 million followers. Head coach Mike Ogan said he’d never seen anything like it. “Can’t really say anything about it. That was just lucky,” said junior Lex Waters. The shot sent Powell to the second round of the regional tournament to play an away game at Maryville on Feb. 28. The Panthers

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came out hot, hitting five threes in the first half. But sometimes momentum can best a team. “Basketball is a game of runs,” said Ogan. “When one team gets up, they start to let off steam, while the other team is working hard to get back in it.” The runs made by Maryville in the second half, combined with Powell’s 11 of 30 three point shooting, was just too much for the Panthers. The high-seeded Rebels came out on top, 57-52. “I think we were ready to play. We just kind of took them lightly,” said Parsons. “Defense definitely wasn’t our strong suit in that game … Offensive rebounding for them, that killed us,” he said. “We lost, but I’m proud of what we did.” Ogan, who’s been coaching for 37 years, said this team was in his “top two favorite teams. “They made a lot of people stand up and believe.” Next season could shape up to be a good one also, as Powell loses only two seniors. “The leadership extends to all the juniors this year,” said Waters. “We’re looking to go further and advance past regionals next year, and hopefully get to rematch Maryville.” “Hopefully, next year we can pick up right back where we left off,” echoed Ogan.

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Happy 50th birthday Brickey! Former Brickey-McCloud Elementary principal John R. McCloud does some fancy foot work as the 2nd grade students sing during the 50th anniversary celebration of the school. McCloud was the first principal at then Brickey Elementary and remained at the helm for 32 years. Photo submitted


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Kernses celebrate 65th anniversary Janette and Thomas Kerns celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Feb. 24 at Arminda Community Center. They have three children: Thomas Kerns (married to Brenda), Tanya Peters (married to Terry) and the late Trula Kerns. They also have six grand-

Birthdays L i l y Haggard turned 1 on Jan. 24. Parents are Steve and Courtney Haggard. She has an older sister, Caitlin. Grandparents are Kreis and Dawn Lester and Bill and Ruth Haggard.

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Career fair draws huge crowd Powell Middle School student Haley Matthews hopes to make a difference in the world and attended the Knox County Career Fair to check out what jobs might be in her future. Matthews posed for a picture, appearing on the “front page” of a Shopper-News special edition. Photo by Jake Mabe

The Adult Education program at Pellissippi State Community College offers free GED preparation available both day and evenings hours at several locations. Enrollment is open to everyone, and classes are taught by small-group or oneon-one instruction. “Even if you’ve been out of school for years, there’s no reason to fear the GED,” says Joan Newman, director of Academic Testing and Adult Education. “Approximately 70 percent of adults who take the GED pass,” she said. “Unfortunately, only about 1.5 percent of all adults who did not graduate from high school even attempt it. The odds really are in your favor, especially when you’re prepared.” Pellissippi State also offers a free practice test that, according to Newman, provides a reliable predictor of actual GED scores. Info: 694-6400.

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■ Moneyball: Former UT football coach Phillip Fulmer, UT softball coach Karen Weekly and UT baseball coach Bill Mosiello will host a panel discussion about the book and movie “Moneyball” and the use of business analytics in sports, business and recruiting. This is an invitation-only event for top students in the College of Business Administration to be held today (Monday, March 5) at Club LeConte, Plaza Tower. ■ Bill Landry, longtime actor, director and producer, will be honored at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Crowne Plaza at the 10th annual Appalachian Spring gourmet dinner and auction hosted by the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management. Tickets are $150. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 12. Money generated will be used for student scholarships, industry trips and internship support. Info: Ann Fairhurst at 974-6614 or fairhurs@ ■ Rupy Sawhney, Weston Fulton Professor and head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, challenged his students to find a way to help Edi Deaver, a UT alumnus with cerebral palsy, be more mobile. A team of five graduate students, led by Lavanya Marella, researched how Deaver’s body moved and then customized an over-the-bed lift system to accommodate his movements. Sawhney used research funds to purchase the system that was adapted for Deaver’s needs.



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Winter concerts for KSYO

Copper Ridge ■ Dates to remember: Monday, March 5, 3 p.m. PTO meeting in the library; Thursday, March 15, Grandparents Day for 2nd and 3rd grade students; Thursday, March 15, Biography Day.

Sterchi ■ PTA meeting Monday, March 12; Family Fun Night 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 13.

By Pam Fansler Twice in February, the historic T e n nessee Theatre w a s filled with the sounds of the K noxFansler v i l l e Symphony Youth Orchestra Association. The free concerts were sponsored by The First Tennessee Foundation. The first featured the Youth Symphony Orchestra, led by music director James Fellenbaum. This concert featured solos by the winners of the Youth Concerto Competition: Ellie Lai, piano; Catherine Rothery, flute; and Chloe Amelia Harvel, violin. Fellenbaum says the concert allowed the Youth Orchestra to realize two goals: To perform a stand-alone, full-length concert by themselves and to accompany three soloists. The second concert featured performances by four of the five orchestras in the Association: the Preludium, led by Erin Archer; the Philharmonia, led by Katie Hutchinson; Sinfonia, led by Association general manager Kathy Hart-Reilly; and the Youth Chamber Orchestra, led by Wesley Baldwin.

Book fair at Brickey-McCloud

Several football players from The University of Tennessee stopped by Brickey-McCloud Elementary School’s book fair recently to show their love of reading. Pictured are: (front) book fair chairs Lisa Minott and Darlene Martin; (back) UT players James Stone, Jacques Smith, Brock Collier, Darin Gooch and Carson Anderson. Photo submitted

Knox County champions

Powell’s youth basketball 12U boys’ team has won the Knox County championship. Pictured are: (front) Eric Ludwig, Logan Ward, Bryce Hodge, Dawson Lamb, Spencer Miracle, Jordan Mink, Cameron Ward; (back) coach Lucas Heidel, Tyler Mink, Matthew Samples, Jonas Payne, Derek Reagan, Levi Everett, Jack Richards and coach Joey Payne. Picture submitted


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Vagrants abound Rogero pledges help By Betty Bean Pulling up stakes is hard to do when a business has been in one location for 60 years, but the owner of Harb’s Carpets, a block north of the Mission District on Broadway, says that staying put is getting even harder. “We’ve been in downtown for 80 years, in this location for 60,” said Johnny Harb, whose grandfather John Harb Sr. and great uncle W.J. Harb founded the business in 1926. “We like it down here. Our family has a lot of history here, and that’s why we’re hanging in, hoping the situation is improving.” Harb was one of about 100 North Knoxville business owners and residents who met with Mayor Madeline Rogero, Police Chief David Rausch and other members of the city administration at the Broadway Academy of Performing Arts last week looking for answers to their questions. “We don’t want to board up our property,” Harb said, but the only interest

he drew when he put out feelers for potential tenants was two out-of-town churches wanting to minister to the homeless. Others in the audience said that church people from other parts of town are exacerbating North Knoxville’s problems, despite their good intentions. “I understand that happens a lot,” Harb said. “In the building next door to us, they rented to a ministry. The next morning, there’d be coffee cups all over the place. They finally quit. There is a lot of desire, more so than you would imagine, from these ministries and churches to be in this area. The city’s doing a real good job of holding it down, but they just keep trying. …” Harb and many others present for the meeting are keeping a wary eye on a building across the street from Harb’s Carpets that Focus Prison Ministries purchased to use as a residence for 24 to 30 parolees. City redevelopment director Bob Whetsel said that project has been stymied by the requirement that it gets a use-on-review from the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

“They’ve been stopped cold in their tracks,” he said. Longtime Fourth &Gill homeowner Barbara Simpson complained that a city ordinance passed two years ago prohibiting sitting or lying on sidewalks isn’t being aggressively enforced. Rausch said that his officers are vigilant, but cannot cite violators of the “sit and lie” ordinance as along as there’s enough sidewalk space to walk around them. Simpson is skeptical: “I’d like to see what would happen if I decided to lie down on the sidewalk in West Knoxville,” she said. “I don’t think they’re enforcing that ordinance the same way in every part of town.” Rausch said he is making a practice of walking the streets of North Knoxville. “I wandered down Broadway just the other day,” he said. “And I let them know that when they become a meeting for me at night when I should be home, that’s a problem. I’ve made it very clear that I’m not happy and the residents and business owners are not happy.”

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lthough music and fine arts have been a strong tradition at Grace Christian Academy for many years, Feb. 28 continued that tradition with the high school drama department’s performance of “Phantom of the Old Opera House.” Set in an old vacant opera house in Denville, we were taken back a quarter century to a group of actors staging “The Phantom of the Opera.” Right at the climax of the play the hero shoots the Phantom with a prop gun. However, a tragic twist occurs when it is discovered that the gun is loaded with real bullets, and the actor playing the Phantom is actually murdered. This devastating tragedy closes the doors of the opera house. Many years pass, and strange lights and sounds in the

theatre lead to the theory that the old building was haunted, presumably by the ghost of the murdered Phantom. Now, 25 years later, the local high school drama class decides to revive

“The Pha ntom of the Opera” on the abandoned stage. Yes, the results are funny, mysterious and scary! Last Friday night, 16 Grace high school students brought this production to life, each playing an important role on stage and behind the scenes. The whole process of performing arts is a growing part of student life at Grace under the direction of Tonya Wilson, who brings 25 years

of television, stage and speech experience to the classroom. The excitement of a growing drama department at the high school level started last year with the first dramatic presentation of “Ransom of Red Chief.” Not only have students been involved in stage productions, but several students h a v e b e e n involved in speech competitions, and have helped in the construction of Knoxville’s Nativity Pageant. A strong and serious drama program in a high school offers students the opportunity to experience the many aspects of theater arts, which would not be available to them otherwise. In any drama, there is so much more to do than perform on stage. Helping in set construction, make up, prop work, cos-

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Wendy Adams and Chris Caylor in “Phantom of the Old Opera House.”

Madi Scealf and Cody Clift in “Phanton of the Old Opera House.”

The Grace Christian Academy middle school boys “A” basketball team are honored on Pilot’s High School Heroes on WVLT. Pictured are: (front) Billy Wilson, host Mark Packer, John Holland, Lee Poff; (second row) Wade Sluss, Zach Walker, Jon Creel, Christian Hammond; (back) Grant Ledford, C.J. Gettlefinger, Landon Hensley, Nick White, Chase Kuerschen, Robbie Windham and Ben Andrews. Photo by Patti Andrews

Middle school basketball on top By Shannon Morris With a regular season record of 27-1, the Grace middle school boys “A” basketball team headed to the KISL tournament after setting a season record for wins. Continuing that winning streak, the team beat schools in the post season that have proven to be tough opponents in years past, resulting in a championship win in the KISL tournament. The team racked up other victories as champions of the Maynardville Preseason Tournament and the Karns Christmas Tournament. But, the wins did not stop there. The team was invited to participate in the “Tops N Tennessee” fundraiser tournament sponsored by Springfield Mid-


dle School. Teams travel from across the state to compete, determining the top middle school team in each of five divisions. The divisions are ranked by the size of the school. The Grace Middle School boys came home with the victory in their category. They even had the privilege of being interviewed on Pilot’s High School Heroes program with Mark Packer on WVLT. The success of the middle school boys team bodes well for the future, as several of these young men will be taking part in the already successful high school basketball program. The faculty and staff of Grace offer congratulations to these athletes and their coaches!

Three Grace seniors sign to play football for University of the Cumberlands. Pictured are: (front) Mark Palmer, Harley Palmer, Denise Palmer, Kim Melton, Caleb Melton, Jason Melton, Kristina Campbell, Abbey Campbell, Jake Minga, Tim Minga; (back) coaches Matt Green, Randy McKamey, Jason Hamock, John Bland of University of the Cumberlands and Eric Woodard. Photo by Miranda Fox

Moving to the next level By Shannon Morris Despite the cloud of a postseason ban hanging over the heads of the Grace Christian Academy football team, the Rams showed tremendous fortitude and determination in finishing the season with a perfect 10-0 record. Not only were they victorious each time they stepped onto the field, but they were almost impossible for other teams to score against, finishing the season with six shutout wins, and also finishing second in the state in total points allowed.

Much of the success of this year’s squad was due to a strong class of 11 seniors, who demonstrated leadership both on and off the field. Their examples of hard work, dedication to the team, and determination to succeed paved the way for victories this year, and built upon an already strong foundation of success that the Rams have experienced in recent seasons. Several of these outstanding seniors excelled to the point that they were deemed

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