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A great community newspaper

VOL. 51 NO. 20

May 14, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE ‘You get what you pay for’

Powell Elementary School principal Reba Lane walks with Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, County Commissioner R. Larry Smith and school board member Kim Sepesi as they toured PES last Monday. The most recent construction at the school happened in 1988 when Earl Hoffmeister was superintendent and school board members included Steve Hill, A.L. Lotts, Harry Tindell and Mike Padgett.

There is an old Vulcan proverb that says “Only Nixon could go to China.” Well, what was true on “Star Trek” is true in Knox Vegas, Jake Mabe says. County Mayor Tim Burchett has said that if County Commission approves a property tax increase to fund Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre’s budget, he’ll veto it. Jake thinks Burchett is missing his moment.

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Ask the prof ... Looking for the perfect gift for a high school grad? Walters State Community College associate professor of history Tim Holder has just the book for a soon-to-be firstyear college freshman.

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Time capsule opening May 16 Friends of Powell Elementary School will open a time capsule buried 25 years ago this week. After opening the capsule and examining the contents, the staff and students will bury another capsule to be opened in 25 years. A public reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the school for anyone who wants to come by and view the contents. Betsi Vesser, technology assistant at PES, is handing public information for the time capsule.

Fourth of July Powell Business and Professional Association and the Powell Lions Club will team to bring a sun-filled, fun-filled day to Powell for the Fourth of July. The Lions Club will sponsor the annual parade down Emory Road, while the PBPA will host entertainment, concessions and games in the Scarbro field near Halftime Pizza. Info: teresa.underwood@

Index Sandra Clark Government/Politics Marvin West Jim Tumblin Faith Schools Business

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Lane outlines construction needs at Powell Elementary By Sandra Clark Powell Elementary School will get $1.25 million for building upgrades if County Commission funds the school board’s budget, but Commissioner R. Larry Smith wants more specifics. Smith toured the campus with school board member Kim Sepesi and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre last Monday.

McIntyre said details will be worked out by facilities supervisor Doug Dillingham and principal Reba Lane, but the improvements will not eliminate the portable classrooms at Powell Elementary. Lane said the school is landlocked, but the school system recently acquired an adjoining lot for more parking. She said all second graders are housed in por-

table classrooms, along with two CDC classes, one fifth grade, art and music. While the portable buildings are equipped for restrooms, the plumbing is not connected so the students must walk into the school building for breaks. McIntyre said the $1.25 million would make Powell Elementary more functional and a “safe,

healthy learning environment.” In response to a question from Smith, Lane said physical education classes and school assemblies are held in the gym with kids getting P.E. twice in an 8-day rotation. For assemblies, she breaks the student body into three groups. Powell Elementary has about 980 students.

Friends sustain ‘Mrs. Paddy’ ‘The Savage Dilemma’ coming to Powell Playhouse

wonderful support group. When they found out last July, Pat Stansberry took charge and they all wanted to do something. Those who are retired said, ‘I will sit with her all day after chemo so her husband can go to work.’ Others prepared dinners. They saw me through six treatments, and I had a three or four course meal every night at 6. They were there for eight solid months.” On her 70th birthday, Wells threw herself a “surprise” birthday party at the Lions Club and invited her caregivers to a brunch catered by Kelly Payne and Susan Prince. There were linen tablecloths, fresh flowers and all the fancy breakfast trimmings. “I welcomed everyone to my birthday party and said, ‘I’ve deceived you. This is not to celebrate my birthday. This to celebrate each and every one of you for what you did to make this part of my journey better. You visited me, transported me, cooked for me and cared for me. You’ve seen me with my bald head, held my head when I was sick and waited on me as if I were a queen.’ “Now, you tell me that God’s not good.”

By Betty Bean Nita Buell Black, who taught high school English and theater for 52 years (35 at Powell High School) is the founding director of Powell Playhouse. She listens to her inner voice when she is preparing to produce a play, no matter when or where it sounds off. Last year, Black was starting the casting process for “The Curious Savage” – a dark, ‘50s comedy about a bunch of patients in a Massachusetts sanitorium who want to help out a new arrival, a widow whose greedy relatives are trying to get hold of the fortune left to her by her recently-departed husband. It was to be the playhouse’s first production. Black was thinking about the task ahead when she stopped by Vaughn’s Pharmacy and ran into Carolyn Wells, who works there two days a week. The inner voice spoke, clear as a bell. “I discovered her in Vaughn’s drugstore, and I said, ‘You are Mrs. Paddy,’ She’s outgoing, friendly, responsive to people, always laughing and loves to have fun.” Mrs. Paddy isn’t the main character, but she has an interesting quirk: “Her husband told her to shut up 20 years ago, and she hadn’t spoken since,” Black said. “But there was something about the word ‘hate’ that she tuned in on.” Wells takes the cue like a pro and snaps into character: “I hate onions, bunions, banks, bigots, winters, splinters, haste, waste, rust, dust, glue, grease, grime, mud and blood.” She was a smash hit and is set to reprise the role in the next Powell Playhouse production, “The

Carolyn Wells stands outside the Jubilee Banquet Facility. Photo by S. Clark Savage Dilemma,” a sequel to last year’s play, which debuts June 7. But things got pretty dicey for Wells over the past year. “We have five original cast members returning in their roles, and Mrs. Paddy is one of them,” Black said. “Fairly soon after the play ended last year, Carolyn went to the doctor and discovered that she had ovarian cancer. It was quite advanced. When I visited her in the hospital, I was shocked. We had printed this little card that said we were going to be doing a sequel, and I told her, ‘You have got to be around to be Mrs. Paddy. If you can’t do this last play, we’re going to scrap it.’ ” Wells, a 1960 Powell High School graduate (her last name was Bennett before she married her high school sweetheart, David Wells), had taken the part-time job after retiring from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She said she wants to work, “to try to keep my brain cells from dying.” (Black puts it differently – “In retirement, your butt gets bigger and your brain gets smaller.”) Wells has had a hard year – two surgeries, five hospitalizations, che-

motherapy, a bout of kidney failure – but her last CT scan is clean of growths or tumors, and she is ready for her close-up, even though she had to postpone her final surgery so she could make opening night. “I’m scheduled for surgery June 12, and I’m praying that I can have a reversal of the colostomy,” Wells said. “Hopefully this surgery will end this part of my life’s journey. I want everybody’s prayers.” “All through this we kept saying, ‘You’re in this last play,’ ” Black said. Her doctor wanted to schedule her surgery for May 3, but Wells resisted. “I said, ‘I’ve got to be in a play, go to Washington, D.C., and be in a wedding.’ ” She was sustained during this hard year by the loving care of her husband, David, and by a group of Class of 1960 classmates with whom she’s been getting together for dinners and special occasions for the past 25 years. “It started out being social, but over the years, it’s turned out to be a support group. Death of spouses, divorce, births of grandchildren – it’s been such a

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Powell Elementary needs more required. Betty McNeilly, a retired educator, confessed that she came without reading: “That did not prevent me from expressing opinions, however.” Martha Moore, a 41-year Powell resident, keeps everything (somewhat) organized. At least, she’s got the name of everyone who has ever attended. She says Joan Falcon founded the book club in May 2007. Sandra “She’s off somewhere in an Clark RV,” said Moore. Readers come from far (Clinton) and near. Retired POWELL HOWL teacher Virginia Rains, Ellen James, Katherine Smith I was at the school board and Joan Davis are regumeeting a decade ago when lars. then board member Diane “We need some men!” Dozier suggested that Pow- said one of the women as the ell Elementary be moved to others laughed. the Powell Middle School Books range from building and Knox County thought-provoking to justSchools buy the old Levi’s for-fun. The book for June plant for a new middle is “The Thirteenth Tale” by school. Diane Setterfield. So read Dozier was squelched it (or not) and come to the by then Mayor Mike Rags- book club. It’s fun. dale who said the county really needed to put a jobs- ■ Lunch with producing business back in Charlie D. the Levi’s building. Maybe, The Baker Center at UT but Temple Baptist jumped on the real estate, convert- will host a luncheon 11:30 to ing the building to Crown 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in College, a real asset to Pow- honor of political cartoonell but certainly off the tax ist and Powell guy Charlie Daniel. rolls. Two of Charlie’s biggest The county then spent money to renovate and ex- fans are Sens. Howard Bakpand Powell Middle School, er and Nancy Kassebaum and Dozier moved on to sup- Baker. A small exhibit of porting a brand new build- Daniel’s work will be displayed in the Rotunda. ing for Brickey-McCloud. The cost of lunch is $15/ Somehow in the shuffle, Powell Elementary was left person and is payable at the door with cash or check. behind. The school’s gym and State any dietary restriccafeteria are inadequate for tions when making your the almost 1,000 students reservation. Call 974-0931 enrolled there. The zone has or email bakercenter@utk. been shrunk to west of Cen- edu. The deadline to registral Avenue Pike. And added ter is May 14 or until full, so capacity at Adrian Burnett don’t delay. in Halls and Shannondale in Fountain City just won’t ■ Lunch with relieve overcrowding. S. Clark That said, parents and Oops! I’m skipping my friends of Powell Elemenusual Powell lunch this tary School should support week in order to pursue the school board budget. “The Fugate Challenge” (see The opportunity for new page 4). Will return on Tuestechnology and physical day, May 22, to Aubrey’s at plant upgrades comes along noon where the folks from every 20 years or so. Let’s the Fourth of July event will grab what we can get now join us. You come, too! and then continue to lobby for what the kids here really ■ Powell notes need. ■ Powell Book Club meets at 3 p.m. each first ■ Powell Book Club Monday at the Powell The group meets at 3 Branch Library. Info: Therp.m. each first Monday at essa Brittain, 938-6981. the Powell Branch Library ■ Powell Branch Lito discuss a book, usually brary has three programs working with a study guide. for kids: Tuesday, May 15, “That’s better than trying 3:30 p.m., reading roundup to do it without one,” said for grades K-2. Wednesday, Viola Schneider, “when we May 16, 10:30 a.m., Baby ask, ‘Well, how did you like Bookworms, for infants to this book?’” So the group is open to anyone interested in joining. The name of each month’s book is posted at the Powell library, and actually reading the book is not After touring Powell Elementary School with R. Larry Smith and Kim Sepesi last week, one thing jumped out. The $1.25 million in the school board’s budget is a start but not enough to fi x the problems at the school.

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Looking for the per- ing what Holder describes fect gift for a high school as “practical advice for a grad? college freshman, with a little humor, from the point of view of a college professor.” I’ve told you about Tim before. He’s a great guy. Jake Ja Wrote an earlier book on Mabe M Watergate. Tim and his wife are members at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, MY TWO CENTS where he sometimes is a Walters State Com- guest preacher. Tim has also taken evmunity College associate professor of history Tim ery scribe’s big step: he’s Holder has just the book written a novel. for a soon-to-be first-year Called “Double college frosh. Crossed,” Tim says it is From the “Ask the Pro- an action/science fiction fessor” books, a series story with a sense of huHolder co-authors with mor. It is set on another Jason Edwards, comes planet and sounds like a a new release, “What lot of fun. You can find the books Freshmen Need to Know at or 2.0.” For $15, it is a com- order them directly from bination of the first two Tim at www.tdhcommubooks in the series, offer-

Interest picks up in North Sector Plan County Commissioner R. Larry Smith listens to Powell resident Joe Elkins during an MPC-sponsored forum on the North Sector Plan now under development. Planner Mike Reynolds said comments included support for mixed use development, now at the old Powell Airport, to be extended westward where medium density residential zoning is proposed. Mixed use would allow office and commercial development.

age 2 (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Friday, May 18, 10:30 a.m., Storytime, for ages 3-5. ■ Powell Airplane Filling Station info: Roch Bernard at 933-7158 or 4379980. ■ Knox North Lions Club info: Clare Crawford, 607-1898. ■ Powell Republican Club meets at 7 p.m. each third Thursday at Shoney’s on Emory. Info: Lillian Williams. ■ XYZ (Extra Years of Zest) Club for seniors meets at 10:30 a.m. each first Wednesday at Powell Church, 323 W. Emory Road. Info: 938-2741.

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A-4 • MAY 14, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS Halls High principal Mark Duff listens as Powell High principal Ken Dunlap talks with County Commissioner R. Larry Smith about needs at area schools.

You get what you pay for There is an old Vulcan proverb that says “Only Nixon could go to China.” Well, what was true on “Star Trek” is true in Knox Vegas. County Mayor Tim Burchett made public what most of us knew. If County Commission approves a property tax increase to fund Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre’s budget, he’ll veto it. Burchett is missing his moment. Look, none of us likes new taxes. Heck, I still have my “Cas Walker for President” T-shirt hanging in the closet. But the Vulcans were right. Only Richard Nixon, the Cold Warrior, could shake hands with Chou and Mao in ’72 and get away with it. Heck, it sealed the deal on his re-election. And only Burchett, who has earned his belt-tightening reputation honestly, could get away with raising property taxes. I’m reading Robert A. Caro’s four-volume opus on a man I’ve never particularly liked, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Told early on not to push for what became the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because he’d waste the political capital earned after JFK’s assassination, Johnson said, “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?” Times are tough. Belts should be buckled; bloat should be belched. The problem is Burchett is going about it the wrong way. A friend of mine, who is as Republican as Ronald Reagan, said, “Burchett’s going to keep cutting on parks and schools until there aren’t any left.” Lord knows Burchett’s predecessor, Mike Ragsdale, had his problems. But, I’ll tell you this: in some ways he’s looking better in the rearview. A couple of weeks ago, Emily Shane and I sang at the Halls Senior Center, built during the Ragsdale era. Seventy-seven smiling

Smith and school board member Kim Sepesi met with principals last week at Powell Middle School. Dunlap said he must close the PHS library for nine days four times a year so students can take computerized tests. “By 2014-15, all year-end tests will be on computer,” he said. Without wireless technology and a handheld device for each student, he joked that he would have to close the library “for about a year and a half” so all 1,400 students could take their exams.

Jake Mabe faces showed up. (And, nope, I didn’t pay ’em.) Next door, I heard a group of seniors exercising. John “Dee” Myers told me three or four years ago he goes up there every Wednesday night for supper. And he was crying tears of joy when he said it. Ragsdale didn’t and Burchett hasn’t learned another lesson from Nixon. The Quaker balanced his administration with, for example, speechwriters Pat Buchanan (on the right) and William Safire (on the left), intelligent men both. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (liberal) and John Connally (conservative) both served in his cabinet. Unfortunately, Nixon also had Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean. Ragsdale had Arms, Finch and Werner. Burchett has Dean Rice, Big Sexy and the scandalplagued fraternity brother that lasted five minutes. There’s so much I like about Tim Burchett. His laid-back attitude, his fist-bumpin’, “aw, shucks” persona and, yes, his desire to pay down the debt. And yet. And yet. Last week, France rejected belt-tightening President Nicolas Sarkozy for the “I’m raising taxes on those that make over a million” Francois Hollande. Well, this ain’t France and most of us probably think that’s a good thing. France may come to regret that choice. I don’t know. But I can’t help but remember something my step-daddy told me when I was a teenage audiophile trying to decide between a Sony stereo system and a knockoff brand. “Son,” he said, “you get what you pay for.”

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Accepting ‘The Fugate Challenge’ By Sandra Clark Last week at the Fountain City Business and Professional Association, Indya Kincannon, Virginia Babb and Buzz Thomas advocated for funding the school board’s budget. And once again, County Commissioner R. Larry Smith asked folks to “let me know what you think.” And, in the midst of this, association board member John Fugate said if Knox County Schools could enroll the kids who now attend private schools and are homeschooled, the

branch bank manager. The Fugate Challenge is risky, because John may come away still convinced that the tax increase is not needed. But I’m willing John Fugate to find out, and whatever the verdict, I’ll share it here next week.

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Neither Knox city nor county mayor is recommending a tax hike in their 2012-2013 budget, but the issues are different for each. Mayor Burchett has vowed a veto should county commission enact the requested 35 cent property tax hike sought by the school board. He has not been as outspoken as to whether he would oppose a referendum to increase the sales tax for schools. On the other hand, if the requested property tax hike were scaled back to a lesser amount such as 15 or 20 cents, he has not indicated his stand, but one might safely infer that his opposition would continue, making 7 votes needed to enact the tax regardless of the amount instead of the normal 6 votes. One vote to pass it and one to override a mayoral veto a week or two later. If the commission should go the sales tax referendum route, Burchett might not veto it since it allows the people to decide, but the question remains ment, and KUB. This year, Carmen Teg- whether he would be neuano will host for a tour of tral in the campaign to pass UT’s baseball stadium and it or would he urge voters facilities. to reject it. Additional facStudents will take pic- tors for school advocates to tures and look for “money consider are whether they quotes.” are willing to scale back the Info: 35 cent request to a lesser or www.ShopperNewsNow. amount or go for a refercom/. endum on sales tax which

Deadline nears for Shopper interns We’re looking for a few good youngsters to participate in this summer’s Shopper-News intern program. The interns will meet at 10 a.m. each Tuesday during the summer to visit local spots of interest. Previous trips have included the Knox County Detention Center, the Health Depart-

test scores would increase in a flash. As one who supports the school board’s budget, I invited Fugate to go with me to the school of his choice to see the needs. John accepted. So Kincannon has arranged for us to visit a couple of schools this week. John is Everyman on this issue. He’s smart. He owns property and would be hit with a property tax increase. He has grandchildren who attend Knox County Schools. And he’s a former educator who left the profession to enter banking and is now a

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would not produce as much as 35 cents. It also runs the risk of defeat. It would appear on the November ballot when the presidential election is being held along with possible city and county charter amendments. Voter turnout will be very high and Knox county is likely to vote for Romney over Obama by a 60-40 margin. Burchett did recommend an increase for schools, but far less than what the superintendent and school board want. People should realize that Tim Burchett is a very frugal person in both his personal and public live. There is no smoke and mirrors when it comes to Burchett. He and Mayor Rogero, who are quite different in many ways, are also very congenial and cooperative. Rogero will support Obama for a second term and Burchett will back Romney, but that will not interfere with them working together. For Rogero there is no call for a tax hike. In fact, under the city charter she does not have a veto anyway, even

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unless council adopts and the voters approve major changes for new employees to halt the financial drain on the budget. The pending mayoral hybrid pension plan takes a chance on market conditions whereas the 401(k) plan advocated by some council members is fi xed in its cost. It would go on the November 2012 ballot when the Obama/Romney contest assures a large voter turnout. ■ Federal Judge Thomas Varlan has set a hearing on this Thursday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m. at the Howard Baker Federal Building in downtown Knoxville on the Wellington Drive lawsuit. The issue is whether to issue an injunction against TVA cutting more trees under power lines until the merits of the entire lawsuit are heard and decided. ■ The hearing is open to the public. Knoxville attorney Don Vowell represents residents and faces a battery of TVA lawyers who are not affected by upcoming TVA layoffs. ■ Meanwhile current TVA board member and former community activist Neil McBride of Oak Ridge has spent the past week and this week in France hiking with former TVA general counsel Maureen Dunn. ■ Next week, more on city budget.

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if the council pushed one. There is no danger council would ever raise taxes without a mayoral request. Whatever city council does is what happens. However, one wonders if she plans to go four years as mayor without a city tax hike. If so, well and good, but it will get dicey by her fourth year when she seeks a second term and is challenged by an opponent on whether she would raise taxes in a second term. Odd numbered years for the city are when the mayor or part of council seek election. If Rogero goes four years without a property tax hike on top of the past seven years without a tax hike, there is a strong possibility there would be one in 2016 when she starts a second term or there is a new mayor as it means 11 years without any city property tax increase. Current council members will be less enthused over a city tax hike next year when 5 of the 9 members are up for re-election (none term limited). In 2015, of course, the Mayor plus 4 council members are up for re-election which is not a good time to seek a tax hike. Working in favor of a city tax hike over the next 5 years will be city pension costs (still not as bad as county pension costs)

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Visiting the Murphy Farm By Betty Bean Kevin Murphy spent his childhood in Winter Haven, Fla., but no summer was complete without a visit to the Murphy Farm in Knoxville, which was settled by his ancestors in 1797. Then he grew up and became an IT architect who created technology roadmaps and designs for putting big systems together. It’s a highly portable skill that pretty much allows him to live where he chooses. In 2005, he was living in Dayton, Ohio, and got to thinking about where he wanted to put down roots. Australia sounded good, and he went down to check it out. While he was there, he had an epiphany: “I could live anywhere in the world, working from home, and decided Knoxville felt more like home than Australia did.” So he started making

plans to renovate and move into the two-story farmhouse that a carpenter named Edward Legg built for Hugh Murphy around 1841 at what is now the corner of Murphy Road and Washington Pike. He learned all he could about the house’s history – for example, the Norfolk & Southern railroad track that bisects the side yard was laid in 1877. The easement agreement called for the railroad to plant some apple trees to mitigate the noise. “They never planted them,” Kevin said. “I’m sure the ancestors were not pleased. They didn’t get paid for this stuff.” He had the house gutted to the bare walls and restored, paying meticulous attention to detail and preservation. The actual work took from May to December 2009. Recently, he invited the neighbors over for a Sunday

Fantastic fans Tennessee sports fans come in all sizes, shapes and colors. They also vary in enthusiasm. Some are seasonal at best, never more than lukewarm. They check to see who won. At the other end of the spectrum are those who worship the Volunteers with Tennessee tattoos and orange overalls, even on Thursdays. Just win, baby, no rules, whatever it takes. This passionate peak of fandom wouldn’t miss a game for their first cousin’s funeral. They will lose sleep over Akron and Georgia State. Some are radicals. They buy tickets

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for stadium seats but won’t sit down. In between are the many, many thousands who faithfully follow the Vols, root for their success in all sports and stay steady through the decades. Uncle Lee Roy Jarvis has seen 289 consecutive home games and

Kevin Murphy (center) shows James McMillan (left) and Scott Starbuck around the Murphy Farm springhouse. Photos by Betty Bean afternoon visit. A couple or three dozen of them made the acquaintance of Murphy’s Jack Russell/Bassett Hound Koda as they toured the big house and the seven historic outbuildings before sitting down for lemonade and conversation on the wraparound front porch. The entire Murphy Farm consists of 192 acres, and the 50 acres where the house stands are Kevin’s. He plans to place a conservation easement on his portion of the land in 2013. His intention is to keep that parcel farmland forever. He says he hopes that other family members decide to do the same, in time. “I’m really blessed that my

ancestors and family kept the place together and have continued taking care of it,” he said. The entire family has agreed to list the entire Murphy Farm on the National Register of Historical Places, and Kevin is working on the nomination and hopes to submit it in June. “This will document the significance of the farm in the community and influence future federal projects in the area,” he said. He is concerned about how the city’s plans to widen Washington Pike from the I-640 interchange to Murphy Road will impact Murphy Farm, and he has written the

Kevin Murphy in front of his 1841 farmhouse. city’s director of engineering, Jim Hagerman, to remind city officials of the special requirements, ask for information and request that the rural nature of the easternmost portion of the road project be respected. “I would like to make

sure that the planners are aware of my farm’s historical nature, that an impact analysis is performed as required by Section 106 since federal funds are being used, and that the impact of the project on the farm is mitigated.”

hasn’t fired a single coach. Of course these fans jump up and yell. They applaud effort and excellence wherever they see it, including academics. Some are linked to history as third- or fourthgeneration fans. Some have heard of Chuck Rohe and Ray Bussard. Some are aware there were baskets before Bruce. Some remember Bill Bates from Farragut High and Jimmy England from Holston and Ron Widby from Fulton or even A.W. Davis from Rutledge. They know what Todd Helton did before Denver. They have heard about Richmond Flowers’ courage in choosing Tennessee over Alabama. They know why Chip Kell is in the Hall of

Fame. They remember what Al Wilson did as a linebacker and leader. Some with tunnel vision measure fans by their level of donations, by skyboxes and buildings that bear their names. What you do with what you have might be more credible. It is possible to be a supercharged fan, have loads of fun and retain at least a degree of dignity. Case in point: Linda Penny. The entry to her Nashville home is orange and white. Her living room and dining room have orange walls. Her orange clothes are in the orange closet. Some of her orange shoes hide there. The den is the official Ten-

nessee room. Her lawyer husband Bill just smiles. Linda learned about football from her father in Paducah, Ky. They went to high school games. Considerably later, a dear friend with 50-yard-line tickets invited her to an autumn Saturday at Vanderbilt. “Pretty soon I was yelling and doing my own coaching when two very properly dressed women asked that I not make so much noise.” Linda was not blocking their view, just cheering in good fan fashion. “I got ticked and educated them about football. Did they know the work those guys put in every day, did they know the hours, did

they understand what the heck was going on? “My friend laughed and said my husband should take me to UT.” Bingo. As the old saying goes, the rest is history. Bill got his law degree. He and Linda have been seeing the Vols since the mid ’80s. They have season tickets for football and basketball. For years, they have raised funds for the athletic department. They are part of a tailgate group that sometimes grows to a hundred. They really enjoy the Vols. They are dedicated fans. There is a hint of proof, a touch of orange at their house.

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The Smith behind Smithwood HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin The John Smith family provided the land for the first grade school in Fountain City, the predecessor to Smithwood Grammar School. They also provided land for their home church, Smithwood (formerly Adair’s Creek) Baptist, which has long been a bulwark in the community. The community in which they lived long and productive lives assumed their name, Smithwood. Mary Adair, daughter of Fountain City’s patriarch John Adair and his wife, Eleanor, married Robert Christian, son of prominent Sullivan County resident and founder of Kingsport Col. Gilbert Christian. On Aug. 2, 1819, their daughter Mariah (1802-1883) married John Smith. Smith, a harness maker by trade, was born on Feb. 2, 1795, in Culpepper County, Va. He was living in the Beaver Dam settlement but purchased 474 acres for $1,000 from Mariah’s grandfather Adair’s plat on Dec. 2, 1820. He farmed the land for many years and John and Mariah raised their nine children there. He built his imposing handmade brick house on the Tazewell and Jacksboro Turnpike in 1839 in the Flemish Bond pattern. Simple but elegant woodwork highlighted the fireplaces in the parlor, the living room, the four bedrooms and the kitchen. The elegant doors in each room were Christian doors (the paneling formed a cross and an open Bible). The parlor was used exclusively for “courting, receiving the minister and for funerals.” One of the bedrooms, the Blue Room, was especially furnished to accommodate their frequent guests who were traveling the busy turnpike. Preservationist Harvey Broome, a descendant, would later observe, “When company came, the folks living

near would just bring in some meat from the smokehouse and put down some extra mattresses on the floor. They had wonderful times then.” John Smith and his son, James Harvey Smith, appear to have been the last of John Adair’s descendants to have seen the last vestige of Fort Adair. A respected Knox County historian, Katherine Keogh “Kate” White reported on her interview with James Harvey Smith in an article titled, “Where Trolleys And Autos Now Run John Adair Built His Stockade While Indians Peered Down From Black Oak” (Knoxville Sentinel, July 22, 1923). The article provides the best evidence we have of the fort’s location: “What was then far out beyond the extreme frontier of this city in 1788 and where now is a part of busy North Knoxville out on the Fountain City road in beautiful Lynnhurst cemetery, in the extreme north, between the deep cut driveway and a large lonely oak tree, sleeps John Adair. This place was always known as Adair Burying Hill, and the Hill graveyard on Adair Creek. “Recently Lynnhurst was being put in order, some bones of early settlers were found, and reinterred in Lynnhurst and Greenwood cemeteries. It was thought that John Adair and wife were among these, but a great-grandson of John Adair, John H. Smith (this was probably James Harvey Smith), who lives on the Adair estate in the large brick house between the Fountain City railway tracks and Broadway pike, remembered where his greatgrandfather was buried and the rocks that used to mark his grave. He helped his father to pull down the old Fort and house of John Adair (emphasis added).

The Smith Mansion. Built in 1839 in the triangle between present-day Broadway and Tazewell Pike, the location of CiCi’s Pizza, the Smith mansion stood until 1961, when it was demolished for a shopping center. Photos courtesy C.M.

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John Smith (1795-1883). The Smithwood community, Smithwood Baptist Church and Smithwood Grammar School were named for their benefactor, an early settler of Fountain City. “The Brick House was built by the late John Smith, the second, in the year of 1839. The Fort, stockade, and house of 1788 stood on the west side of the asphalt road to Fountain City, between it and where Adair Creek runs, just below the graveyard. Mr. Smith said there were two springs one on each side of the stockade, which supplied the settlers (emphasis added), and that always a sufficient amount of water was brought in during daylight, and some one with a rifle stood guard while the women and children brought in the supply. He said his

grandmother would put bells on the cows, in the morning after the milking was finished, and turn them out on the wide barrens, where they wandered, until late afternoon, when she would mount a horse and go out ‘callin, callin,’ where she heard the tinkling bells until all the cows came home. “Mr. Smith says there was no forest, hardly a tree, but shrub, acorn bushes, that the cattle fattened on. Just beyond, up to the foot of Black Oak Ridge, was a wide barren with thick grass and these shrub trees. Perhaps this was why John Adair located his fort in this basin (emphasis added).Yet he was constantly molested by Indians who would creep up in the night and steal the horses or any thing else they could get away with. There is an old tradition that an Indian trail extended along the top of Black Oak Ridge, which lies about two miles to the north of Adair’s Fort. This was a government fort, Adair was appointed Commissary under North Carolina, to furnish provisions for the Cumberland Guards, who were stationed at West Point, now Kingston, Tennessee, in the year of 1783.” Although we do not know the ex-

act location of Fort Adair, we know that John and Mariah Smith made their home and raised their large family near its former location and within the limits of John Adair’s original 640-acre land grant. Mariah Adair Christian Smith preceded her husband in death on June 21, 1883. Her epitaph reads: “The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.” According to the monument on their grave site at Smithwood Baptist Church Cemetery, Deacon John Smith died on Dec. 8, 1883, at 88. His obituary was printed in the Sunday Chronicle: “Died, yesterday evening, at 5 o’clock at his home, four miles north of this city, John Smith, aged about 90 years. Deceased came to his death from fever and general debility, brought on by old age. He had only been sick since Tuesday. This man was well known and liked by all his neighbors. He leaves some grown sons, his wife being dead. The funeral takes place tomorrow at Adair’s Creek church, at 12 o’clock. Friends of the deceased invited to attend.” His epitaph reads: “After he had served his generation by the will of God he fell asleep.”

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The senior adult group of Grace Covenant Baptist Church on Dutchtown Road in West Knoxville was entertained recently by member Sandy Waters who gave her personal testimony, talked about playing the dulcimer, and performed bluegrass and gospel music. Info: Photo submitted

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. ■ 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. ■ New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2504 Cecil Ave., will host a meet and greet for Vanderbilt “Van” Brabson, candidate for District 13 state representative, 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. Info: www.brabsonfortennessee. org or email info@ ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Avenue Pike, will open the John 5 Food Pantry from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday nights starting May 17. Appointments to receive food once monthly must be requested by Wednesday, May 16. Info: 938-2611 or email

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■ Bookwalter UMC, 4218 Central Avenue Pike, will host a communitywide yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2 (rain date will be Saturday, June 9). Free to set up. Info: 773-3380. ■ Park West Church, 7635 Middlebrook Pike, will host a “Bunco” fundraiser for kicko. org 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9. Admission is $10. RSVP by emailing or call 523-4956.

■ Emory Valley Baptist Church will host The Northside Singers from Morristown 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. ■ Highland Baptist Church, 6014 Babelay Road, will host the Southern gospel trio Crimson Ridge at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. A love offering will be collected. Info: www. or call Byron, 680-8823.


■ North Acres Baptist Church, 5803 Millertown Pike, will host a 1950s-themed DooWop Dinner and Movie on Saturday, May 19. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and the movie starts at 8. Poodle skirts for the women and greased hair for the men is encouraged. Admission is $5 (free for children 5 and under). There will be classic diner food, a “best dressed” contest, music, games and more. All proceeds will go toward church ministries. Info: 705-7126, 216-5696 or www. ■ Virtue Presbyterian Church, 725 Virtue Road in Farragut, will host a free concert by Cross Connection for its 22nd anniversary concert with special guests the Dumplin Valley Trio 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Info: 584-9313.

■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, holds a

■ Callahan Road Baptist Church, 1336 Callahan Road, will host free Drive-In movies at dusk every other Friday through Aug. 17 (weather permitting). Movies will include “Cars 2” and “Adventures of Tin Tin.” Concessions will be available for purchase. No skateboards, scooters or roller skates. Info: 938-3410. ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5. Info: 689-7001.

■ Living Waters Missionary Baptist Church, 3315 E. Emory Road, will host The Foothills Quartet at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

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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

■ Texas Valley Baptist Church, 7100 Texas Valley Road, will hold a tent revival May 7-11. Pastor will be the Rev. Corey Carroll.

Senior programs ■ Faith UMC, 1120 Dry Gap Pike, Young at Heart group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited. Info: or 688-1000.

Special services ■ The Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon (KFL) will meet at noon Tuesday, May 15, at Golden Corral on Clinton Highway. Sonya Mackie will speak. Info: ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Avenue Pike, will be led in worship by a group from Teen Challenge 10:45 a.m. Sunday, May 20. They will sing and give testimonies of deliverance from severe life-controlling situations. Info: 938-2611 or www.

Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken And many times confused. Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken And certainly misused. Oh, but I’m alright, I’m alright. I’m just weary to my bones. Still you don’t expect to be Bright and bon vivant So far away from home. So far away from home. (“American Tune,” Paul Simon) Simon and Garfunkel’s songs were the soundtrack of my college years, and I found the words of “American Tune” running through my head the other night. “I’m just weary to my bones.” The past three weeks have been full of really hard work, interspersed with some fun projects that also took energy and concentration. There have also been concerns for friends and extended “adopted” family. I wondered what Jesus meant when he said, “Get away with me and you’ll re-


■ Central High School Class of 1957 will hold its 55th reunion 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Beaver Brook Country Club’s 19th Hole and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Beaver Brook Country Club. ■ Central High School Class of 1962 will hold its 50-year reunion July 6-7. Info: Bob Davis, 689-4302, or Diane Turner Sebby, 521-6652. ■ Fulton High School Alumni Association will host the fourth annual Wall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony Saturday, June 2, at Rothchild Catering and Banquet Hall on Kingston Pike. Meet-and-greet starts at 4 p.m.; banquet begins at 6:30. An open house will be held at Fulton High from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Cost is $50 for the banquet and $5 for the open house. ■ Fulton High School Class of 1972 is planning its 40th reunion celebration 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at The Foundry, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive and will include a catered dinner buffet, photos by a professional photographer that will be available online, Jake the DJ from


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■ Mount Harmony Baptist Church, 819 Raccoon Valley Road, will have homecoming 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27. Guest pastor will be the Rev. Gray Day.

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■ John Sevier Baptist Church, 1401 Paramount Road, will have its homecoming celebration Sunday, May 20. Worship service will be held at 10:45 a.m. followed by lunch on the grounds and an afternoon softball game. Info or to RSVP: 546-1068 or email

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■ Fulton High School will host an open house for every graduating class from 1952 to present 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the school. Any class choosing to host a gathering must notify the FHS Alumni Association to reserve a room. Each class is responsible for their expense of the hosting of the room. Info: fhsalumni@ Refreshments will be available.

■ Gibbs High School Class of 1967 will hold its 45th reunion 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Angelos’ at the Point in Dandridge. Reservations/info: Nancy Breeding, 922-3120. ■ Powell High School Class of 1967 will hold its 45th class reunion Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. Info: Brenda Owens, 5734395 or phs67class@comcast. net; or Lynn or Wayne Tarver, 938-5248 or lynnwayne2@ ■ Powell High Class of 1972 will hold its 40th class reunion Saturday, June 23. Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 15. Info: Lynette Brown, lbrown8042@ or 548-2890.



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■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will host a benefit concert to help a church family in need of a specially equipped vehicle to accommodate their young son who requires a feeding tube, oxygen equipment and a full-time nurse. Choir director Jean Osborne and vocalist Jo Ludwig will perform a full-length program 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Everyone is invited and donations will be accepted. Info: 690-1060.

Oak Ridge Highway, will hold choir rehearsal 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday for performances each Sunday at 11 a.m. All teenagers and adults are welcomed. There is currently a great need for male singers. Church membership is not required. Info: or 690-1060.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (Matthew 11:28-30 The Message)


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ty sure Jesus was a true introvert: drawing his strength from time spent alone (frequently in prayer) and spending that strength when he was with people. Maybe that is the “Get away with me …” part. Maybe (or perhaps, surely) we busy moderns don’t have enough down time. So what would it look like to “get away” with Jesus? I have been on retreats of various kinds. I went to church camp as a kid, a time that was full of activities and music and worship. I have retreated with grown-up church folk who wanted to be together, to pray, study and fellowship. And I have been on contemplative retreats, where silence reigned for large portions of the time. All have been meaningful and formative. But I remember one black, black night on a camping trip, a night so cold that I could barely stand to be outside my sleeping bag. There was no artificial light, so the night was utterly dark. I looked up and was awestruck by the countless stars I could see. Then I looked down at the dark surface of the lake beside the tent and the water was so still the stars were perfectly reflected. Stars above me and stars at my feet. The old folk song says: I know where I’m goin’, and I know who’s goin’ with me. I have a light to guide me when the way is dark and dreary.

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Coming to an end As summer looms, the sports year is winding down and the season is already over for a few of Powell High’s teams. The baseball team has finished another year. After beating the Anderson County Mavericks 11-0 in the first round of the district tournament, Powell went on to play Hardin Valley Academy. The Hawks topped the Panthers, pushing Powell into the losers’ bracket. Powell ended the year with a 6-5 loss to Clinton. Powell struggled offensively. “The only runs we scored came off three home runs,” said assistant coach Jay Scarbro. “We just didn’t get key hits … we had runners on base.” Things were better on the

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defensive side of the ball for the Panthers, though. “All the way through our pitchers pitched well enough to win,” said Scarbro. “We just didn’t execute.” Despite coming up short in the postseason, Scarbro is still proud of the overall effort put forth by the team this season. “We had a great group of seniors,” he said. “They gave everything they had. Sometimes things just don’t go your way.” After the loss to Clin-

of started locking up.” The Panthers played 100 minutes that night. This year’s seniors had never played on a PHS team with a winning season – until this year. Track: One part of the Powell High athletic department still has a few weeks to go, though. The track team began regionals at Science Hill on May 11 and expects to send several individuals to the state championships in Murfreesboro. Georgetown-signee Andrew Ogle won the mile and half-mile at KIL at Hardin Valley. Ogle broke the PHS school record and the Hardin Valley stadium record in the half-mile. He also anchored Powell’s 4x4 relay, which the Panthers also won. The Powell boys’ team came in fifth as a whole at the meet. “That’s the highest we’ve ever been,” said Ogle. “We’re doing really well.”

Recognized for helping the community Powell High School freshmen and Girl Scouts Kameron Hanshaw and Meredith Denney were honored recently by the Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachia with its Silver award. Meredith earned the award for community service by helping feed and cloth the homeless in Knoxville, and Kameron earned her award by holding a monthly activity night at Windsor Gardens Assisted Living Facility. Both girls are members of troop 20769. Pictured are Meredith Denney, troop leader Tracy Jarnigan and Kameron Hanshaw. Photo submitted

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SPORTS NOTES ■ Baseball tournament at Halls Community Park, Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, open to all Tee ball and 6U, coach pitch, 14U. Info: 992-5504 or ■ Chota Canoe and Kayak School will be held Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, and will include whitewater, touring or canoe tripping. Cost is $115 and includes weekend instruction, two nights camping and more. Info: 288-3249 or canoe_school_main.htm.

ton, coach Jeff Inman announced he was stepping down from the head coaching position. No replacement has been named. Soccer: The PHS soccer team also finished things off for the year. Coming off a 5-2 win against Union County on May 3 and a 3-0 win over Anderson County on May 5, the Panthers appeared to be peaking going into the district tournament. Powell faced the Oak Ridge Wildcats in the first round on May 7. The Panthers were put out by a score of 3-1. “That was a really, really good game,” said Ellias Palcu. “We were neck-and-neck the whole time.” The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time and ended up going into two overtimes before a winner was determined. “We were so fatigued,” said Palcu. “My legs just kind

Brickey-McCloud kindergarten students Luke Marlowe, Acelyn Washam, Walker Hopkins and Katie Quinten show off tomato plants they received while learning about the farm. Pictured with them is their teacher Kara Israel.


Powell High School senior Elizabeth Crawford received the Barney Thompson Memorial Scholarship from The Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and Knox County Schools Partners In Education at a special ceremony May 7 at the Realtors’ office on Weisgarber Road.

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Rabies clinic Dr. Janell Peterson maintains eye contact with Daisy at the rabies clinic May 5 at Powell High School. Austin Tipton, PHS student, holds Daisy and reacts to the injection. Photos by S. Clark

Splash pad opens Zachary Gassler enjoys the splash pad at Powell Station Park (Emory Road near Powell High School). Knox County Parks and Recreation opened the pads on May 5. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. At right, Marley Rose and Trevor Wright explore the splashing water. Photos by S. Clark



■ Story Time with Miss Helen, 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Smart Toys and Books, 9700 Kingston Pike in Franklin Square. ■ Nature Preschool – “Gettin’ Buggy with It” for ages 4-5 is 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Ijams Nature Center. Free to members, $15 for nonmembers. To register: 577-4717, ext. 110. ■ Ijams Story Time: “Skippyjon Jones” by Judy Schachner is 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Ijams Nature Center. Craft included. Free, but donations accepted.

To register: 577-4717, ext. 110. ■ “Mommy and Me” art classes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Friday, May 18, at Smart Toys and Books. $5 materials fee; reservations required in advance. Ages 2 and up. ■ Game/craft demo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Smart Toys and Books. Hands-on trials with and demonstrations of newly arriving games. ■ Children’s Festival of Reading, presented by the Knox County Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May

19, on the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn and Amphitheater. Admission is free. Info: or 215-8767. ■ Engino Building – Engineer/Architect Creativity Workshop for ages 7-12 will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 4-8, in the Community Room of the Farragut Town Hall, located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Cost: $145 per child (includes all supplies, snacks and beverages). Register and pay by Friday, May 25. Info or to register: 966-7057.

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Halls Elementary ■ Field days will be held Tuesday, May 15, for kindergarten and 1st grade; Wednesday, May 16, for 2nd and 3rd grades; and Thursday, May 17, for 4th and 5th grades.

HEALTH NOTES ■ Alzheimer’s caregiver support group meets 6-7 p.m. each third Thursday at Elmcroft Assisted Living and Memory Care in Halls. Light refreshments. RSVP appreciated. Info: 925-2668. ■ Alzheimer’s support group meets 6:30 p.m. each first Thursday at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7225 Old Clinton Pike. Info: 938-7245. ■ Cancer survivor support groups, Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings, at the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee, 2230 Sutherland Ave. Support groups for cancer caregivers, Monday evenings. Cancer family bereavement group, Thursday evenings. Info: 546-4661 or ■ The cooking class “Viva Mexico! Healthy Creations” will be held by UT Medical Center’s Healthy Living Kitchen team at noon Wednesday, May 23, in the Healthy Living Kitchen. Learn how to make a healthy Mexican meal. Cost is $20 and includes supplies. To register: 305-6877 or www. ■ Covenant Health’s Bodyworks offers community exercise for all ages at $3 per class. Classes include Easy Cardio Max, Mind and Body, and Senior Cardio. Visit www.covenanthealth. com/bodyworks or call 541-4500 to find a location near you.


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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. ■ The Healthy Living Kitchen Team at the University of Tennessee Medical Center has published a cookbook called “A Recipe for Life.” It is available for $35 at the gift shop or online at Info: 305-6877. ■ 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. ■ Stop Smoking: 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUITNOW) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. ■ UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: 544-6279. ■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support, for any adult who is suffering loss, meets 5 to 6:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday in the UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper will be served. Info or to reserve a spot: 544-6277.

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News from Office of Register of Deeds

Signs of life in real estate data By Sherry Witt After a healthy performance in March, the local real estate market surged a h e a d still further in April. For the month Witt ending on Monday, April 30, there were 746 property transfers in Knox County – some 65 more than in March, and even further ahead of last April’s pace when 622 parcels changed hands. April also blew past March in terms of the total value of properties sold. The aggregate value of all the parcels transferred in April was $137.2 million, compared to $110.7 million the previous month. A year ago in April, about $122 million worth of land was sold in Knox County. Mortgage lending dropped off slightly during the month as about $287 million

was borrowed against real property. That was around $25 million short of the March total, but well ahead of last April’s amount of $178 million. The largest property transfer of the month was for a commercial parcel on Old Callahan Road. The land was sold by Tennessee State Bank for $3.6 million. Another notable transfer was for property on Emory Road in Powell purchased by Hardee’s Food Systems for $1,365,000. The two largest lending transactions of the month included a loan of $15.15 million by Parkside Hotel Partners, and a loan of $10 million on Hardin Valley Apartments II. Also, 2012 is outperforming 2011 in both recordings and fee collections. The number of documents recorded during April experienced its biggest jump in many months. There were more than 1,000 documents filed in April 2012 than in April 2011.

‘Cowboy for a Cure’ Johnny Warnshuis, a.k.a. “The Cowboy for a Cure,” was spotted on Cedar Bluff Road last Wednesday during his cross-country trip on horseback to raise awareness of Guillain-Barre syndrome, an illness his mother was diagnosed with in 2010. His goal is to reach Times Square in New York City by June or July. Pictured with Warnshuis is “Sandy,” one of two horses he’s traveling with. Info: Photo by S. Barrett

Almost 40 years for David’s Carpet David Hayes opened David’s Carpet out of his basement Jan. 23, 1973, as a part-time business. At the time, he was working as a Mayfield milkman, and the carpet business was a way to bring some extra money to his growing family. Now, almost 40 years later, he owns two fullservice f looring stores, one in Farragut and one in Pigeon Forge. In 1997 he joined the Abbey Carpet franchise and became David’s Abbey Carpet. Hayes says the Farragut store has the largest selection of area rugs locally, along with a full gamut of carpet, tile, stone and wood f looring. What’s kept him at it this long? “I just enjoy doing it,” he said. “I get up every day and still enjoy my job after 40 years.”

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Hayes and his staff love making homes beautiful. They spend a lot of time and effort to make sure they have the best products, prices and selection of anyone in the area. They also put a lot of time into training so they can best help their customers. But, Hayes says that only goes so far. “Training is important, but I’ve preached for years that people don’t care how much you know if they know how much you care.” That’s why Hayes pays attention to the little things. Every once in

awhile, he parks at the front of the building and walks in like a customer would, looks at the showroom with fresh eyes. A room full of choices can be intimidating, but Hayes and the staff strive to make the environment as welcoming as possible. Hayes has accumulated a lot of advice for new entrepreneurs over 40 years in business. Gather a good team, he says. Make sure your spouse is 100 percent on board. Find a mentor and a good bookkeeper. But, a passion for what you’re going to do is first and foremost. “You’ve got to first have the passion and understand how tough it is to get started,” he said. “It is not easier to be in business for yourself. It looks easier, but this is not a perfect world.”

David Hayes of David’s Abbey Carpet. Photo by S. Carey

If you want to support local business, David’s Abbey Carpet is a great place to start. Hayes says money spent at David’s stays local. Hayes loves interacting with his customers and is always ready to help customers find flooring they’ll love. Info: 777-0661 or www. Shannon Carey is the Shopper-News general manager and sales manager. Contact Shannon at shannon@shoppernewsnow. com.

Finding peace for your pet After you’re gone

Local attorney and public speaker Anne McKinney talked to a group of folks recently about their pets and estate planning. Although the subject is not a concern for everyone, considering the care of your pet in the event of your death should be a priority for those of us fortunate enough to have them as part of our families. Hosted by Visionary Horizons Wealth Management, the group met at Panera Bread in Bearden to discuss the “what ifs” of pet ownership. McKinney answered several questions from the group, including how to choose a caretaker for your pet and what type of information to leave behind to ensure your furry friends are cared for just as you

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Critter Tales would care for them. When making out your will with an attorney, McKinney suggested having a detailed list of items for the pet-related part of the will, including any medications your animal(s) may need, what types of food they eat and what “comfort” items they need. Be as specific as possible. McKinney also suggested leaving money for your pets’ caretakers to cover the costs of care. “Hopefully,” she

Young-Williams staff member Eddie Morris visits with Chris, a shy 2-year-old domestic short hair mix. Chris loves one-on-one attention and is not big on dogs. He is ready to find his fur-ever home. You cannot take them all home yourself, but you can help them all find homes. Visit both locations: 3210 Division St. and the Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike. Both facilities are open daily from noon to 6 p.m. If you don’t have time to drop by and take a look, visit to see photos or call 215-6599 for more information about each pet.

said, “by the time the money runs out, your pet will have warmed the heart of their caretaker” and your pet will be seen as part of the family. Pet insurance, she added, is also another option for covering the costs of your pets’ care upon your death. McKinney went on to say you can have your entire estate go toward the care of your pet, with beneficiaries receiving the remaining amount upon the death of the animal. A trustee will be given the authority to check on the animal and make sure its living conditions and quality of life meet the standards you put into place with your will. No one likes to think about what will happen to our pets after we die, but by being proactive, we can allow them to have the same

Local attorney Anne McKinney recommends keeping your pet(s) in mind when making decisions about your will. Photo by S. Barrett quality of life as when we were on earth to pamper them. For more information visit www. or Anne McKinney’s website at Contact Sara at 218-9378 or email her at

A donation for ‘Paws to Visit’ Enrichment Federal Credit Union community relations manager Katy Jett recently presented Amy Buttry and Ashley Schneider from the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley with a donation for the “Paws to Visit” program. Puppies Barney and Lana helped out with the donation. Photo submitted

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