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A great community newspaper

VOL. 51 NO. 22



May 28, 2012

Powell Middle School honors standout students

Sheriff JJ and Chef JJ grill sliders Wow! This hat looks French. That’s how Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones engaged Food City Chef Jimmie “J.J.” Jones in a kitchen encounter last week in Bearden.

See Sandra Clark’s story on A-4

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Summer fun with a message With the close of school, Vacation Bible School is around the corner for area youngsters. We’ve got 4 pages of information about this year’s offerings.

Honored for maintaining a 4.0 GPA all through middle school are: (front) Victoria Smith, Brittany Tolson, Alec Tripp; (middle row) Hannah Kearns, Olivia Riley; (back) Russ Edens, Dominique Rowe and Rebecca Jenkins.

Peyton Alford and Molli Guinn were named Mr. and Miss PMS, an honor selected by the faculty at the school for two outstanding 8th grade students. Photos by Ruth White

Powell Middle School teacher Bob Lavoie presents McKenzie Nicely with an award for excellence in algebra.


See pages A-8, 9


West View cemeteries Wendy Smith has an exhaustive look at cemeteries on the cover of the Bearden edition.

Hello, Las Vegas Suzanne Foree Neal looks at the recent tradeshow visit by officials of the town of Farragut. See front page of Farragut edition. Diane Wilkerson finishes lunch at Aubrey’s in Powell. Photo by S. Clark

Index Sandra Clark Community Government/Politics Marvin West Sara Barrett Faith Vacation Bible School Schools Business

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Watercolor on paper by Rod Fleming. Landscape bowl in stoneware by Linda Sullivan. Photos by the artists

Powell artist Rod Fleming at Art Market Powell artist Rod Fleming and Oak Ridge artist Linda Sullivan will be featured May 29 through June 29 at the Art Market Gallery of Knoxville. A First Friday Reception for the exhibit is planned 5:30 to 9 p.m. on June 1 with complimentary refreshments and live music. Landscape painter Rod Fleming owes his interest in watercolor to the influence of the late Hubert Shuptrine. A native of Arkansas, Rod originally used the Ozarks as inspiration for his paintings and now his landscape subjects are

from the Great Smoky Mountains. He says that “the sights and sounds of flowing water always hold my interest for the next painting.” Linda Sullivan, who holds a master’s degree in ceramics, creates functional and sculptural vessels out of stoneware and porcelain. Inspired by various landscapes and using her strong background in painting, she employs a unique glazing process by pouring and overlapping her glazes in a purposeful, painterly way to depict

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Wilkerson set to be top Lion By Sandra Clark Powell resident Diane Wilkerson will take office July 1 as district governor of Tennessee District 12-N Lions Clubs. It’s a job she has earned through longterm volunteer effort. Her goals include recruiting new members, assisting the high school Leo clubs and collecting books to donate to the Ronald McDonald House and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The book collection dovetails with the goal of the new president of Lions Clubs International, who wants to promote literacy. “I hope to collect a book from every Lion in the District,” Wilkerson said. “That would make a 2,000 book donation.” Wilkerson will leave in a couple of weeks for the international convention in Korea. Check this writer’s wrap-up on page 2 for more Lions Club information.


A-2 • MAY 28, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS ing lot about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. The grand marshal has not been determined. Things got interesting a few years back when the Powell Community Club organized a party on the Scarbro field next to Halftime Pizza. The party grew and last year the PBPA got involved. And the Community Club merged into the Lions Club, pretty much leaving the day to the Lions. Regardless of who does what, the day promises to be fun for everyone who walks, rides, watches or just comes to eat lunch. Stay tuned.

With friends like these! Some folks just can’t be let out in public. Frontier Communications guy Gary Cunningham emailed the neat shots on this page after he and his wife stayed up all night with the seniors at Powell’s Project Graduation. We zipped a couple of emails back and forth, seeking names and such, and then Gary wrote: “Did anyone tell you about the party for Powell High teachers? It’s at noon today at the water park.” I read his email at 1:38. So I talked to Laura Bailey, who thought up the event, and she said, “Oh, yeah. We should have called you.” OK, then. She took pictures, probably with her toaster oven, and promised to send them for next week’s paper. So now we’ve got a week to wait to see whether anyone got wet and what Laura cooked

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Fourth of July Well, we got half of the tag team that is managing events in Powell on July 4. Diane Wilkerson came to lunch at Aubrey’s last Tuesday. Teresa Underwood, events chair from the PBPA, had to go out of town. Diane explained that the Powell Lions Club has sponsored the Fourth of July Parade “for 60 years” and will do so again. It’s open to all with participants gathering in the Food City park-

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Standout students From page A-1

Receiving awards for excellence in honors reading were Leigh Ann Mann, Lavan Jaff and Pierce Anderson. Photos by Ruth White Chelsea Fortner received the top art award and her original piece will be on display at the school for one year.

Receiving the Top Panther Award are: (front) Cameron Lancaster; (middle row) Lavan Jaff, Alec Tripp; (back) Russ Edens and Rebecca Jenkins.

Students selected as Most Improved are: (front) Mikayla Phillips, Drew Williams; (back) Ben Sellers and Trinity Rittenberry.

Liz Harrell received the Band Directors Award for excellence in the band program. Also honored was Nathan Smith.

Named Outstanding Citizens at Powell Middle School are: (front) Aaron Ownby, Olivia Andrews; (back) Jaden Hodges and Austin Presley. Not pictured is Ashlee Mountcastle.

Receiving the Panther Pride award for chorus are Sarah Marlow Pierce Anderson was recogand Jonah Lawson. They were selected for good behavior, atnized for being the schooltendance and being prepared. wide geography bee winner.

‘A great experience’ Fountain City family hosts exchange student By Betty Bean Deciding to sponsor a foreign exchange student was a tough process for Valeri and Todd Ellis, who worried over it so long they almost missed what turned out to be one of the best experiences of their lives. “Going from no kids to having a teenager gives you a lot to think about,” Todd said. They learned about Education First from the man who painted their house. He had hosted an exchange student under the program run by the Foundation for Foreign Study and enthusiastically recommended the experience. They also spotted an ad in their church bulletin and discussed it with Mary Kane Rhodes, the woman who placed the ad. It was that conversation that gave them the confidence to make the move. “That gave us that nudge,” Valeri said. Meanwhile, Yannick Dammer, now 17, is very glad it did. He is from a small town in Germany called Nettetal and had long wanted to come to America. “It was a very big dream.”

He was accepted as an EF student in February, and waited for several nervous months to hear if he’d gotten a family. “You get an exchange family between when you get accepted and when you leave. I didn’t know until a week before I came.” His first thought was that Tennessee would be OK because he didn’t want to face a seriously cold winter. But he didn’t really know what to expect when he arrived. “I had heard of Tennessee, but I expected more horses. It’s the stereotype. Country.” He enrolled at Central High School the day after he arrived in Knoxville and says he was very apprehensive when he walked in. “I didn’t know anybody. I kind of was alone. But immediately when I went to my first class, people started talking with me, and I already made friends the first day.” He joined the chorus his second semester and his circle of friends expanded. Although he’d never sung publicly before, he auditioned and won a part as a prison guard in the Choral Department’s elab-

orate production of “Les Miserables.” “Yannick had dance lessons in Germany, and he actually taught the other kids to waltz,” Valeri Ellis said. “They did a good job.” Yannick’s circle of friends expanded further by attending church with the Ellises. He attended football games at Central High School and watched Tennessee games from a skybox at Neyland Stadium. In December, the Ellises took him to New York, and later, Todd took him on a three-day trip to Florida – a day at Disney World, a day at the beach and a day swimming with the manatees. Todd is Gov. Bill Haslam’s accountant, and he took Yannick to Nashville to meet the governor. It all went by very quickly. Last week Yannick’s father, Thomas Dammer, arrived to see Yannick graduate and spend some time with his son’s American family. They attended graduation parties and took the Megabus to New York City and back before Thomas returned to Germany. During the next few weeks, Yannick will get in a trip to Califor-

Thomas Dammer (left) came from Germany to see his son Yannick graduate from Central High School. At right are Yannick’s Tennessee host family, Todd and Valeri Ellis. Photo by Betty Bean

nia and then come back to spend as much time with his Knoxville friends as he can before he returns to Germany on June 27. He hopes to be back in Knoxville in a couple of years to study business at UT. Todd says he’ll be welcome to make his home with the Ellises again. The Ellises say it’s going to be hard to say goodbye. Will anyone cry? “It’s a pretty safe bet I will,” Todd said. “This has been a great experience that I’d highly recommend to anybody considering it.” “Hopefully our story might inspire other people to host,” Valeri said.

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Looking ahead to mayor’s race of ‘19 Both deputy mayors of Knoxville, Eddie Mannis and Bill Lyons, are about to live in downtown Knoxville just a few blocks apart. Lyons and his wife, Gay, have lived for several years on Union Avenue near Chesapeake’s while Mannis

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the new federal judge after June 2013, but Tennessee’s two Republican senators will have a major voice in recommending a name to a President Romney. The senior Democrat who would make recommendations to President Obama would be Nashville’s U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper. However, the potential nominee must also be acceptable to Tennessee’s two Senators to secure Senate confirmation. The 6th federal Judicial Circuit annual conference for 2013 has been canceled due to federal budget constraints. It was scheduled for Nashville. This conference is normally held annually and 2013 will be skipped. A recent conference planned in the 9th federal circuit (west coast) scheduled for Hawaii had triggered active congressional criticism. ■ Watch out for the proposed 35 cent county property tax increase for schools being increased to 45 or 50 cents if it passes to accommodate county employee pay raises (especially in the Sheriff’s Office) plus pension issues. There is talk now about adding on if the 35 cents looks likely to get the needed 7 votes out of 11 to pass. Voters should watch their wallets. This add-on could occur with little public discussion if it goes unreported. ■ Former Fire Chief Gene Hamlin is recovering well from a stroke he suffered May 15 at his home in Andersonville and is back home after a week at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. ■ Lydia Pulsipher, honorary consul general for Slovenia (formerly part of Yugoslavia), held a wine tasting party on May 20 at her Holston Hills home which was attended by two former mayors, Kyle Testerman and his wife, Gloria, and your writer of this column. Testerman now divides his time between his Sequoyah Hills home and North Carolina (near Asheville).

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Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones tries on a chef’s hat offered by Food City Chef Jimmie “J.J.” Jones. “Wow. This looks French,” said Sheriff Jones. “This picture will be popping up in odd places, especially near election time.” “The secret to good burgers,” said Chef Jones, “is not to pound them. Just flip them once and let them cook.”

By Sandra Clark It was too cool to pass up. Learning that the high sheriff has the same name and same nickname as the training chef at Food City was a story made in heaven. Especially for summer when things are slow. (Well, things were not totally slow last week but this is a tastier story.) Take a look at Ruth White’s photo at left. These little burgers are now called JJ Sliders in honor of our cooking adventure to Food City in Bearden. Chef Jones said the meat is 80/20 chuck and the bread is a regular Food City dinner roll (“We make them every day.”)

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The slice of cheese looks like pepperjack (we forgot to ask) and the special ingredients are the crunchy peppers. “It smells like the Fair,” said Sheriff Jones. And then, not to insult anyone at the Fair, he added: “I go twice every year. One day to eat and one day to ride.” Chef Jones gave Ruth the recipe which she promised to try out on her family. “Halve the jalapenos and scrape out the seeds (wear gloves to avoid burns). Cut peppers and onions into strips and soak them for 10 minutes in buttermilk and then bread them in flour seasoned with pepper, garlic and some other stuff.” The JJ Slider is good stuff!


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POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS • MAY 28, 2012 • A-5 PULL UP A CHAIR … | Jake Mabe

Kickin’ back in the cabin on the hill NORRIS LAKE, May 19 – Here in the little cabin on the hill, my wonderful Walden, I see singing skies and dancing waters, or so the song says. It is one of those spring Saturdays you never want to slip away. Ah, but then there is the sunset. Endings, here at least, arrive with enchantment. This place was built by my late great-uncle, Fountain City guy Ted Mabe. He and his wife, Ethel, had the cabin constructed during the Eisenhower era. His good-luck horseshoe still hangs over the door. Ethel’s Hotpoint stove still heats. I’m sipping a glass-bottled Coke on the screenedin back deck, watching the waves on the water, resting, rejuvenating.

A black crow trounces. The moment is fleeting; the bird takes flight. A few minutes ago, a crimson cardinal skipped from tree to tree. Playing in the background is a Rodney Crowell recording by way of the Knoxville Grass. (Remember them?) “Song for the Life.” Simple. Sweet. Oh, by the way, Jerry Douglas is playing dobro. (Yes, that Jerry Douglas.) The record was recorded live at Buddy’s Bar-B-Q, back in the day. The song is perfectly poignant for this magic moment. Somehow I learned how to listen, for a sound like the sun going down; the magic that morning is bringing; there’s a song for the life I have found; it keeps my feet on the ground.

Fishermen float by in a bass boat. I can’t quite catch their chatter. Lord only knows about their luck. Are the fish feisty? It matters not. Not to me. Not here. Not now. Green hues glitter as I gaze toward the azure atmosphere. Methinks I will sit a spell. Nowhere to go; no place to be. Deadlines and commitments are a county away. Jenn spotted a yard sale several streets over from this spot. She is shopping. Fine by me. Our dog, Ellie Mae, is keeping me company. I do not want to move, but move we must. In a day or two, Jenn and I will jaunt to nearby Norris, and, perhaps, to the dam. Haven’t been there in 20-some years. Is the pool still there? See

He who coaches Tennessee … Athletic director Dave Hart is on the case. He understands that Tennessee football funds the whole show and that it must be repaired. Soon. He who coaches Tennessee football needs all the help he can get. There are plenty of problems to solve. Some are predictable. Some will be exciting surprises. If we so choose, we who pose as fans can help instead of hurt. We can donate and purchase and applaud. We can boost instead of criticize. We can believe instead of doubt. No undermining. No lists of likely replacements.

and more energy. We have turned the proverbial corner. Go Vols! He who coaches the Big Marvin Orange needs King Solomon West wisdom to sort out and manage diverse personalities. Some require tender, loving care. Others respond best to If you want to do some- swift kicks to the posterior. thing extra, tell your neigh- Some seek a father figure. bors. Tennessee will probably Others are looking for big lead the world in passing. Of brother or a pal. Some can course there will be a run- grasp historical lessons. Othning attack. Kicking will be ers are still wondering about much improved. The repro- the orange pants. grammed defense will work Toughness? Required! wonders. Staff flaws have Sufficient academic success been corrected. New assis- and eligibility are also necestants bring better technique sary. Failure is not permitted.

The view of Norris Lake from a little cabin on a hill. Photos by Jake Mabe Jenn’s photos on the Shopper-News Facebook page. When I get around to it, I’ll read last Sunday’s New York Times, Robert A. Caro’s latest thousand-pound tome on LBJ, Crowell’s memoir, and John Grisham’s “Calico Joe.” No rush. I am on “vay-cay,” as they say. My hope is you, too, have your Walden, be it the water, the ocean waves, the backyard, or the wistful “wish you were here” spot that rests in the recesses of your

mind. Go there however you can, by phone, photo, Internet or interstate. Paul Brewster and the boys are still cuttin’ bluegrass in the background. And, oh my, here comes the Jake drinks his glass-bottled tune that never fails to take Coke. me here, whether I am in Halls, Houston or a hotel in Nothing but peace, Hawaii. Feel free at all times. I’d try to forget all my A place I could use, regrets, A place I could lose And keep just the good The Tennessee blues. times. Visit Jake Mabe online at jakemabe. Work and I’d sleep

Not incidentally, someone must crack the case of clubhouse thefts. Lost iPhones disrupt harmony. He who coaches Tennessee football must walk a tightrope over a deep ravine. At all caravan stops and occasional interviews, he is expected to project optimism to help fill vacant seats but he better balance his message to avoid excessive expectations. Failing to measure up can be fatal after back-to-back losing seasons. You are right, actions speak louder than words. The new sheriff is looking. He who coaches the Vols can never dare be satisfied. He can have the finest facilities, revised to his specs,

the great stadium and new grass but he needs more practice space and better dinners and a preseason bonding adventure at Milligan College. Hmmmm. Did Hart say whatever it takes? It is just money. We who pose as fans can smile and say amen. If all that and even more will help recruiting and eventually win a game or two, go for it. We are Tennessee. He who coaches UT football must never lose sight of the primary goal – championships, top 10, big bowls, supremacy beyond all odds. It is also good to beat the betting line. The previous coach (not counting the Kiffin kid) won

152 games and a national crown and produced many glorious Saturdays. He was 11-5 against Alabama. He was 11-6 against Georgia. He was always and forever dependable against Kentucky and almost that good, 15-1, against Vanderbilt. Alas, he had trouble with Florida. Some said he slipped in salesmanship. His help came up a bit short. He was pushed out, paid $6 million and pointed toward the Hall of Fame. He who now coaches Tennessee football can only hope, with Hart’s help, to end up half that happy. Say a prayer. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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A-6 • MAY 28, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS Knox County animal control Cpl. Frankie Byrne carries a scared stray dog to her truck for transport to Young-Williams Animal Center. This dog has since been adopted. Photo by S. Barrett

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pl. Frankie Byrne defies the stereotype of an animal control officer. She often meets animals (and people) in stressful situations. And like any law enforcement officer, her job is to calm the tension. Byrne was stuffed behind an air conditioning unit at an abandoned building recently, gently rubbing a leash against the body of a terrified dog. Two police officers stood nearby, ready for anything. Someone had complained about the dog, and the officers had arrived to a growling, threatening animal. They were about to use pepper spray on him when Byrne arrived. She stayed by the dog for a time so he would get used to her presence; then she got him used to the leash; then she coaxed him out and carried him like a baby to her truck for transport to YoungWilliams Animal Center. He has since been adopted. It was just another afternoon’s work for Byrne, but she clearly saved that dog’s life. “You have to look at the danger aspect of it – you don’t want to put yourself or the dog in a bad situation,” she said. “If you’re being irresponsible, he’s not a crazy ‘Cujo’ dog, but he will bite you like crazy. You’ve basically just signed this dog’s death sentence.” She is alluding to the common sense rule – any dog that bites a human cannot be put up for adoption. The alternative is to have them euthanized. Last week I rode along with her to see the daily operations of animal control. We visited four cases in North Knoxville and took custody of one dog and one cat. A catch pole was never used. Byrne remained

calm the entire time and seemed to have a calming effect on the people we encountered. “I’m not from Tennessee, but I can relate to people through my life experiences,” said Byrne. She grew up in rural Texas and Ohio and worked in public relations in New York after college. She eventually worked at the Oakland zoo where she realized her heart belonged in animal-related work. Byrne started with Knox County Animal Control in 2007 and has seen the operations change dramatically since the agency was merged with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in 2010. “We have a lot more access to information and educational resources now,” she said. Animal control is becoming a force to be reckoned with on both a county and state level. “We can write our own search warrants at this point,” she said. During our rounds, we visited the residence of a breeder who had been cited previously because of her animals’ poor living conditions. No one was home at the time of our visit, but Byrne was still able to do some investigative work. The structure the animals were housed in had a pretty strong odor of urine around the door and windows. A crack in a wooden fence allowed her to see a couple of days’ worth of feces on the concrete, which led her to believe the animals may not be checked on as often as needed. Byrne would call the breeder later that day to discuss the situation and state necessary changes to prevent another citation. The last call of the day was to the home of a man currently on probation for animal neglect. His plea deal included not keeping animals

Byrne provided this photo from a closed case in which a box of puppies was thrown over the fence into a cow pasture and abandoned. Photo submitted because of their living conditions. Animal control officers speak for those who can’t Also from a closed case, this picture shows the only ask for help themavailable water this dog was given to drink. Photo submitted selves. Byrne applies gentle presin the house due to unlivable condisure when needed, tions (odor of ammonia from ani- but she doesn’t come across as mal urine on the floor, etc.). overbearing or condescending. Upon our arrival, two pit bulls She is a cross between a horse could be seen jumping at the win- whisperer and Erin Brockovich – dow inside the home. This was an she knows the names of the aniautomatic violation. The man wasn’t mals and people in the cases she home but his wife invited Byrne in follows and doesn’t just see them to inspect and showed her consider- as another file folder. able improvements had been made Byrne was recently promoted to the home since her husband was to corporal because of her dedicacharged. tion to the animals and people she In an instance like this, Byrne helps. has to decide what’s best for the There are 10 officers currently animal. The pit bulls appeared to working for animal control. Bybe healthy, and the woman was co- rne says there is good camaraderie operating. Improvements had been between them and the deputies of made, so Byrne decided to leave the Sheriff’s Office; a great deal of the two indoor animals, although information is shared between the a dog and a cat were taken into two units and they help each other custody from around the property with “tips of the trade.”

A memorable case for Byrne involved a man who kept his dog in a cage on the back porch during the summer with a flannel blanket over the top and no water. A neighbor called to report it and when Byrne arrived, the man explained his plan of “prepping” his dog for hog hunting in Georgia. The dog would travel in an enclosed cage in the back of a truck in the heat of the day. The man thought the dog could be trained to adapt by its current treatment. Byrne explained why this would not work, but the man insisted. Byrne then suggested letting a judge decide who was right, and the man agreed to a change of environment for his dog. The neighbor who initially complained said they no longer saw the dog in the cage. “We answered 10,000 calls last year.” Many of those, she said, were situations where the owners just needed to be educated; some more than others. Info: http://www.knoxsheriff. org/animal/index.php.

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The One who holds us … Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6: 6 NRSV) To pray is to laugh, whistle, dance on happy feet, sing, shout, and jump higher than ever before. But it is also to whisper, wonder, stumble in dark places, cry, scream or just hold a tired head in tired hands and wait. Prayer is our tired reaching out to the One who holds us closer and loves us more than we would dare imagine. – Greta Schrumm If I am honest, my favorite prayer in the world is from the movie “The Sound of Music,” when Maria first arrives at the gate of the von Trapp estate, stops dead in amazement and trepidation, and breathes, “Oh, help.” I love it for its simplicity and for its honesty. I love that it does not bother with flowery words or empty phrases. It gets right to the point, as if Maria were speaking to a dear friend who understood the need and how to supply it (which, of course, she was). I have whispered those very words – “Oh, help” – on more than one occasion. I also remember to murmur “Thank you,” when even the smallest prayer is answered. I was talking today to a friend who is feeling cut off from that line of communication. My friend is at the “hold a tired head in tired hands and wait” stage of conversation with the Almighty. How many body blows can one person take and remain standing? It is a question I have asked more than once in the past several months on behalf of one friend and another. I have confessed in this space before that there are times when I want to grab the Almighty by the lapels and demand to know, “Are you paying attention? Why don’t you do something about this?” (I trust that God understands my frustration and can handle my impertinence.)


■ 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 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 bodyworks or call 541-4500 to find a location near you. ■ Grief support groups at Fort Sanders Sevier Hospital 6 p.m. each first Thursday;

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.

Community Services

■ Clapps Chapel United Methodist Men’s Club will host a food drive to benefit the Corryton Hospitality Food Pantry fromThursday, May 31, through Saturday, June 2, at the Midway IGA in Gibbs.

■ Kingdom Closet Benefit Sale at Knoxville Center Mall adjacent to The Rush will be open Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. with refreshments and bake sale on Saturday.Sponsored by City on a Hill Church, the sale will raise funds for a mission. Info: 209-0067.

■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane (across from Tractor Supply in Halls), distributes free food 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each third Saturday. 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. ■ Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Road, will host a Second Harvest Food Pantry on Saturday, June 2. The parking lot will open at 6 a.m. and food will be given out around 7:30. There are no prerequirements to receive food. Volunteers should come from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Info: 938-8311.

And that is usually when I remember what one of my favorite preachers said from the pulpit one Sunday Fundraisers morning years ago. It made me squirm at that moment, and sales and it makes me squirm ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will host every time I think about it. a benefit concert to help a He said, “Whenever we ask church family in need of a God why God isn’t doing specially equipped vehicle something about a bad sitto accommodate their son uation, just remember that who requires a feeding tube, God asks us the same quesoxygen equipment and a tion: ‘Why aren’t you?’ ” full-time nurse. Choir director In my work, we see a Jean Osborne and vocalist Jo steady stream of need – Ludwig will perform a fulllength program 4 p.m. Sunday, folks who need help, enJune 3. Everyone is invited and couragement, advice, a donations will be accepted. listening ear, a referral, a Info: 690-1060. “You can do this,” or a “Go, get ’em, Tiger!” If ever folks ■ Bookwalter UMC, 4218 needed to hear that there is “One who holds us closer and loves us more than we would dare imagine,” it is the folks I see in my office. So I keep a candle burning in my office every day. I get accused – facetiously, I think – of being a firebug. But the truth is, that candle is one of the ways I pray. Its aroma and its smoke reach heavenward, and every time I think about it, see it or smell it, I whisper Maria’s prayer. “Oh, help.”

■ North Knoxville Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road, will hold a rummage sale 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28. Info: 925-3154. ■ Northside Christian Church, 4008 Tazewell Pike, will hold a rummage sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2. Clothing, small appliances, toys, etc. ■ Park West Church, 7635 Middlebrook Pike, will host a “Bunco” fundraiser for http:// from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9. Admission is $10. RSVP by emailing event@ or call 523-4956.

Music services

■ Gospel singings 7:30 p.m. Saturday nights at Judy’s Barn off Hickory Valley Road on Grissom Road behind Big Ridge Elementary in Union County. Info: Jim Wyrick, 2450820. Admission is free. ■ First Christian Church on Gay Street will host the Jericho Brass Band from Chattanooga at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Free admission. The band will also play during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, June 10. Everyone is invited to both performances. Info: http://

■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, will host a performance by Karen Peck and New River at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 3. Admission is free but a love offering will be collected. Info: 688-8822.

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 ■ 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.” 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.


■ Freeway Church of God holds a gospel tent meeting 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the Ray Viles car lot on Highway 61 in Clinton. Info: 567-9600.

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: www. or 688-1000.

Special services

■ The Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon (KFL) will meet at noon Tuesday, May 29, at Golden Corral on Clinton Highway. Amy Belew will speak.

Info: ■ Clapp’s Chapel UMC, 7420 Clapp’s Chapel Road, will host a Memorial Day service at the cemetery 2:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 28. Events will include Gibbs High School’s AJROTC Color Guard presenting the colors followed by several short readings. All fallen servicemen and women from all wars will be honored. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited. Info: Richard Wright, 687-3050.

Women’s programs

■ Knoxville Day Women’s Aglow Lighthouse will hold an outreach meeting 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Ave. Pike. Diane Shelby, 687-3687.

Workshops and classes

■ Fairview Baptist Church 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 Mondays. Info: 242-3995.

Youth programs

■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7752 Oak Ridge Highway, still has space available for Parents’ Day Out and the T-N-T program which begins Tuesday, June 5. The programs are for children who are walking through age 5. Info: Lori or Lisa, 531-2052, or the church office, 690-1060. ■ New Liberty Baptist Church, 5901 Roberts Road, Corryton, invites everyone to Vacation Bible School, June 10-15 at 6:30 p.m. The Theme is “Praise” by Go Fish.

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HEALTH NOTES ■ A demonstration of the Alexander Technique, a practical method for learning to move with more ease, will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Lawson McGhee library, 500 W. Church Ave. Admission is free but preregistration is required. Info: Lilly Sutton, 387-7600 or www.


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 www. Info: 305-6877.

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■ 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: 1-800-7848669 (1-800-QUITNOW) is a program of the Knox County Health Department. The hotline is answered 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. ■ UT Hospice conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 and older) interested in becoming volunteers with its program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. Info: 544-6279. ■ UT Hospice Adult Grief Support, for any adult who is suffering loss, meets 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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LISTINGS Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, 405 Black Oak Drive, will have Rockstars of the Bible 6-9 p.m. June 3-8, for ages 3 through 5th grade, with crafts, games, music, worship, snacks and “living” Bible stories. Friday night will be Family Night. Info: 689-5397 or

Black Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 6404 Old Maynardville Pike, will have Amazing Wonders Aviation 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 11-15, for ages 4 and up. Nursery will be provided. There will be games, crafts, gifts on family night, complete meals each night and more. The church will pick you

BIBLE OLYMPICS: Champions of God’s Word June 18-21 9:30am - Noon Ages 3 years to 5th grade To register your child, go to Select Contact Us from the drop-down menu and choose VBS registration.

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Let’s learn more about the Bible! Enjoy lots of stories, crafts, games & snacks!

up if you schedule ahead of time. Info: 219-8589.

Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike, will have Sky VBS 8:45 a.m. to noon, June 4-7, for ages 4 through rising 6th graders. Pre-register by May 30 or walk-up register June 4. Info or to register: or 291-5206.

Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, 5364 North Broadway, will have Amazing Wonders Aviation 9 a.m. to noon, June 4-8. Pre-register online at Info: 688-2421.

Christ United Methodist Church, June 18-22 from 6:30pm-8:45pm. Operation Overboard (Cokesbury Church has graphic on their website) Register your child online at www. Info: 922-1412, ask for Heather.

Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley Street, will have Bible Olympics: Champions of God’s Word, 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 18-21, for ages 3 years to 5th grade. There will be Bible study, stories, crafts, games and snacks. Info or to register: or 521-0282.

Farragut Church of Christ, 136 Smith Road, will have Bean Acres VBS 8:30 a.m. to noon, June 18-22, for ages 3 years to 5th grade. Info or to register: www.farragutchurch. org or 966-5025.

Farragut Presbyterian Church will have Adventures on Promise Island 9 a.m. to noon June 4-8, for ages 3 years through 5th grade. $10 covers supplies, snacks and T-shirts. Info or to register: 966-9547 or FarragutPresbyterian.

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Powell Church 323 W. Emory Road

June 10-15 3 Yrs - 8th Grade: 6:15 - 9pm Adult Class: 6:40pm - 7:40pm

Sharon Baptist Church 7916 Pedigo Road • 938-7075


vbs 2012 Fellowship Christian Church, 746 Tazewell Pike, will have Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS 7-9 p.m. June 4-8, with classes for all ages, including adults. All are welcome.

First Baptist Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, will have The Genesis File June 10-17. Info or to register: 9669791 or

Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, will have a Summer Spectacular 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 20-22, for ages 2 through 5th grade. The Adventure Squad will return for another action-packed adventure with music, drama, nightly giveaways and fun. Info or to register:

Graveston Baptist Church, 8319 Clapps Chapel Road, will have Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS 6-8 p.m. June 3-8, with dinner served each night. June 8 will be VBS Blow-Out with barbecue, bounce houses, music, giveaways including Dollywood tickets, bikes, an iPod Shuffle and more. Info: 6860186 or

Greenway Baptist Church, 2809 Addison Dr., will have Amazing Wonders Aviation 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 11-15.

Karns Church of Christ, 6612 Beaver Ridge Road, will have Christian Academy, Training Superheroes

for God, starting at 6:30 p.m. June 24-27, with classes for all ages. Info: 691-7411 or

Milan Baptist Church, 1101 Maynardville Highway, will have Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS 6:45 to 9 p.m. Sunday-Friday, June 3-8, with classes for nursery-aged children through adults. Info: 992-8128 or

Nave Hill Baptist Church, will host VBS 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 4-8. Everyone is invited.

New Beverly Baptist Church, 3320 New Beverly Church Road, will have Sky VBS 6:15 to 9 p.m. June 11-15, with themed days, music, food, crafts, games and inflatables. Info: or 5460001.

Powell Church, 323 W. Emory Road, will have Adventures on Promise Island 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 11-15, for ages 4 through 5th grade, with Family Night on June 15. Info or to register: 938-2711 or

Road, will have Amazing Wonders Aviation 6:15 to 9 p.m. June 10-15, for ages 3 years to 8th grade, with adult classes 6:40 to 7:40 p.m. Info or the register: 938-7075 or www.

Smithwood Baptist Church, 4914 Jacksboro Pike, will have Sky VBS 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 18-22, for ages 3 through completed 5th grade. Info or to register: 689-5448 or

Son Light Baptist Church off Rifle Range Road will have Adventures on Promise Island 6:45 to 9 p.m. June 18-22, with classes for all ages and dinner provided. Commencement will be held at 6 p.m.

June 24. Info: 922-5501.

Union Baptist Church of Halls, 8244 Old Maynardville Highway, will have Amazing Wonders Aviation 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. June 10-15, with a kick-off and registration at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. Info: 922-7714 or

Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchant Drive, will have Amazing Wonders Aviation 9 a.m. to noon, June 4-8, for ages 4 years through 6th grade. There will be crafts, snacks, music and inflatables. Info: or 688-4343.

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Copper Ridge Elementary: a little piece of heaven By Ruth White Four teachers at Copper Ridge Elementary School said goodbye to students last week and are ready to begin new adventures in their lives. The four have a combined 122 years of teaching experience and take with them fond memories of a “little piece of heaven.” Charlene Smith has been part of the family for 38 years, when Green Hill School sat on the site of the current Copper Ridge Elementary. A fire at the school in May 1974 destroyed part of the school building and led to overcrowded classrooms. In the fall of 1974, temporary classrooms and an attempt to rebuild Green Hill ensued. By the fall of 1977, Green Hill was deemed inadequate and the school’s students and staff were moved to classrooms provided and shared with

Brickey Elementary for two years until a new school could be built. Copper Ridge was completed in 1979. Smith remembers that when the school opened there was no cafeteria, no office, no working plumbing. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, located across the street, allowed the school to use their bathroom facilities. A lot has changed for the school since the fire in 1974, but one thing hasn’t changed for Smith – Copper Ridge Elementary is a precious place to be. Bonnie Bates has been at Copper Ridge for more than 30 years and it’s the only school where she has taught. Both she and Smith sent their children to Copper Ridge because of the wonderful family atmosphere and close-knit community. “The school has the best teachers in the area and

Academic awards at Maryville College

differences are made in the lives of our students every year,” said Bates. “It’s wonderful when a student returns to visit with teachers when they reach high school. It lets us know that we have made a difference in their lives.” Phyllis Tipton and Suzanne Greene have both been educators for 27 years and like their teaching companions, love children and love teaching. Thanks to the community feel of the school, teachers at Copper Ridge develop roots and Retiring from teaching and ready for new adventures are grow with their students Copper Ridge Elementary teachers (seated) Suzanne Greene; and community. Many (standing) Charlene Smith, Bonnie Bates and Phyllis Tipton. Photo by Ruth White times, teaching reaches past the basic curriculum and true learning begins when a connection is made between eas of their lives, includ- Smith will spend a lot of teacher and student. “Some- ing family, church and her time in the garden and times students just need a community. Greene plans working in ministries, and hug and to know that they on an active retirement of Bates is excited to read a hiking, biking and canoe- few books without feelare loved.” Now that the four have ing while Tipton will spend ing guilty because lesson retired, they have a lot of time gardening, reading plans are due and hopes to love to share in other ar- and being with family. do some traveling.

Maryville College recently held its annual Academic Awards Ceremony. Among the students honored were Emily Julian and Elizabeth Rodriguez. Julian received The Clark Family Prize, which is presented each year to rising juniors or seniors in art who have demonstrated outstanding academic and artistic achievement. She is a 2009 Clinton High School graduate and daughter of Phil and Julie Julian of Powell. Rodriguez was awarded the Jerry L. Pietenpol Computer Science Award for outstanding achievement in the study of computer science. She is a 2008 graduate of Powell High School and the daughter of Lisa McDonald and Ramon Rodriguez.

KIDS NOTES ■ Story Time with Miss Helen, 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Smart Toys and Books, 9700 Kingston Pike in Franklin Square. ■ Ijams Story Time: “The Hungry Thing” by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler, 1 p.m. Thursday, May 31. A fun craft is included. Free, but a donation appreciated. To register: 577-4717, ext. 110.

Cherokee 7U wins ‘Field of Dreams’

■ “Mommy and Me” art classes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Friday, June 1, at Smart Toys and Books. $5 materials fee; reservations required in advance. Ages 2 and up.

Cherokee 7U won the BPA Field of Dreams Blast are 8U silver champions. Team members are: (front) Luke Lawson, Nolan Faust, Zachary Helton, Pierce Browning; (middle row) Camden ■ Game/craft demo, 10 a.m. Johnson, Landon Pique, Hunter Graybeal, Austin Bolding, Carson Jessie, Bryce Burkhart; (back) to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at coaching staff Stuart Helton, Patrick Faust, Cale Lawson, Brandon Bolding and Spencer Burkhart. Photo submitted

Smart Toys and Books. Handson trials with and demonstrations of newly arriving games. ■ Thomas Play Day, 10-11 a.m. Monday, June 4, at Smart Toys and Books. Play with trains, hear a story and enjoy a snack, Ages 2 and up. Reservations required in advance. No charge. ■ AMSE’s Summer Explorer Camp for rising 5th grade (10 years old), 6th and 7th grade will be held June 11-15 at Freels Bend Cabin in Oak Ridge. Deadline to register is Monday, June 4. For cost, camp schedule, registration form and more: www.amse. org.

Julian is All-District Morgan Julian, 8th grade golfer at Powell Middle School, has earned AllDistrict honors. Photo submitted

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SPORTS NOTES ■ Baseball tournaments will be Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, and Friday through Sunday, June 8-10, at Halls Community Park. Open to all, Tee ball to 14U. Info: 9925504 or email hcpsports@

Troop leader Rebecca Larocque said the goal was to demonstrate activities to encourage youngsters to “turn off the TV and come out to play.”

■ Camp 76 Youth Football Camp will be held 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, at the Johnny Long Training Academy, 2598 Willow Point Way. Boys 6-18 are invited and will be divided into age groups. Cost is $50. Proceeds benefit The Harry Galbreath Foundation in memory of the former Vol. Sack lunches will be provided. Info: www.

Girl Scouts Troop 20693 hosted other Scouts from the Emory Valley at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church to kick off summer with a “Pledge to Play.” Lining up for the sack race are Alma Pintoc, 9; Lauren Earley, 11; Emily Glover, 8; and Lacey Stokes, 8. Photos by S. Clark

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■ 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 www. school_main.htm.

Lacey Stokes sports a neat face painting. “It’s a dog!” said Lacey.

Melanie Williams and Amber Nicholson, members of a disc golf club, give Scouts tips to improve their game.

Momma is a 3-year-old black domestic short hair who loves affection. She has an adoption fee of $75 and can be visited at Young-Williams Animal Village on Kingston Pike at Bearden Hill. Hours there and at the main center on Division Street are noon to 6 p.m. daily. Visit to see photos of all of the center’s adoptables and call 215-6599 for more information about each pet.

Looking for a few good kids Who: Rising 9th graders at Knox area high schools What: Spend Tuesdays exploring Knox County and having fun When: Tuesday, June 5, to Tuesday, August 7, usually 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Corryton to Farragut and all points between Why: Students will be expected to take pictures, write captions and hear “money quotes” from guest speakers. The program is tour-based. Student work will be edited and some may be printed in the summer’s editions of Shopper-News. Last year we toured Knox County Sessions Court, KUB’s wastewater plant, the Knox County Sheriff ’s Office detention center, WATE-TV for a live broadcast and the Weisgarber Post Office.

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■ The KARM Dragon Boat Festival will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at The Cove at Concord Park. Deadline to register is Monday, June 11. Info: 742-4306 or ■ Gibbs Knockouts 03 8U softball is looking for a few players. Playing two or three weekends a month in local tournament. Info: 617-3131 or gibbsknockouts03@

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compete in events such as the 50-meter dash, discus throw, relays and high jump. “Our goal for the program is to teach the basic ■ Park Your Bikes at the Rumble at the Park, 10 a.m. skills most prevalent in the to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, sport of track and field: with rain date June 10, at running, jumping and Beverly Park Place Health throwing,” said KYA direcand Rehab, off Tazewell Pike. tor Marty Sonnenfeldt. Registration is $10, collected Participants can register at the event. Awards will be online, or onsite at any given for best of show, vinpractice location. tage, touring, sport, custom Registration is $40 per and a special “Residents Choice” award. Vendors participant (maximum $95 are welcomed for $20 per per family) and includes a booth. Proceeds benefit the T-shirt. American Heart Association. Info: 385-6237 or http:// Info: 687-1321, x 2015. w w w.k tc yout h at h le t ic s. ■ Roane State Basketball or g /pr og r a m s/su m mer Camp for boys age 8-14 will developmental-track-andbe held Monday through field.

Beginning Tuesday, May 29, and running through Saturday, June 23, Knoxville Youth Athletics will host a program that exposes kids to the fundamentals of track and field. The program is open to all girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 18. Practices will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at more than 23 schools in Knox and surrounding counties. The program will also offer four consecutive Saturday track meets, held June 4, 11, 18 and 25 at UT’s Tom Black Track. During the meet, youth from all locations will

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■ A golf tournament will be hosted by Sons of the American Legion at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Three Ridges Golf Course, 6101 Wise Springs Road. Proceeds will help several youth organizations in East Tennessee. Advance registration is preferred. Info: Josh Plane, 805-8781 or email

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The real signs of drowning By Rob Webb What does Hollywood teach us about drowning? On the silver screen, drowning victims yell for help and wave frantically to those Webb on shore alerting lifeguards to their plight. This dramatized version of a dangerous situation gives people an unrealistic view of what drowning really looks like. In a real drowning situation, a victim can slip quickly and quietly under the water before anyone recognizes the danger. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children 15 and under. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 750 children will drown next year, and about 375 of them will drown within 25 yards of a parent or adult. In 10 percent of those drownings, the adult will notice them, but not realize the serious warning signs until it is too late. Drowning victims often cannot get their mouths above the water long enough to inhale to call for help. Their limbs will be busy under the surface pushing down on

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Linnie Sexton supervises her daughter, Riley, while enjoying a day at the lake. May is National Water Safety month, and Rural/Metro urges parents to supervise their children while enjoying water activities. Photo submitted the water, trying to bring their mouths above the surface to breathe. Their bodies will be upright with no evidence of a kick or struggle. These are signs of something called Instinctive Drowning Response. Once this critical point is reached, a rescuer may have as little as 20 to 60 seconds to save a child before he or she slips beneath the surface. If someone is waving and calling for help, the situation is still grave. This is a sign of aquatic distress, which can quickly escalate to Instinctive Drowning Response. Watch for these warning signs of Instinctive Drowning Response:

■ Mouth submerged or head tilted back with mouth open ■ Eyes closed or glassy, unable to focus ■ Hair over forehead or eyes ■ Vertical position in water ■ Hyperventilating or gasping ■ Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder. When supervising a child in the water, remove all distractions, stay alert and know basic CPR. Don’t let Hollywood fool you. Know the real signs of drowning, and swimming can be a safe and fun activity for your family this summer. Rob Webb is East Tennessee Division General Manager for Rural/Metro.

UT NOTES ■ UT is partnering with the ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) Business School in Paris and Singapore to present the second annual Western Europe Global Supply Chain Forum tobe held on the ESSEC campus in Paris on June 13 and 14. The forum will feature leaders from international business giants such as Caterpillar and pen company BIC and will provide

Mike O’Hern of Mathnasium grins when he’s asked to give business advice. Then, he picks up two 12-sided dice he uses to teach kids quick multiplication.

a place for senior supply chain executives and renowned faculty to discuss global supply chain issues, opportunities and best practices. ■ UT has released “Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia’s Distressed Rural Counties,” a groundbreaking study on the state of the economy in Appalachia. The study was conducted for the Appalachian Regional Commis-

sion (ARC), a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government. A webinar with authors, representatives from the ARC and Appalachian community leaders to discuss the report will be held in the coming weeks. The full report is available at research/researchreportdetails. asp?REPORT_ID=98.

“When you open a business, you’re doing this,” he says. Then, he rolls the dice. O’Hern is a Southern California native whose wife hails from Charleston, Tenn. He called the decision to move to Knoxville in 1985 “pretty much a no-brainer.” He studied engineering at UT, then went into research at ORNL. He even participated in a start-up business in Oak Ridge. Then, he heard about the Los Angeles-based Mathnasium franchise, offering math tutoring and individual math instruction for kids. “I thought, it’s math and it’s kids, two things that are great for me,” he said. When Mathnasium opened in West Knoxville in 2008, it grew twice as

ROANE STATE NOTES ■ Roane State Community College will host a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, June 5, for the new Allied Health Sciences and Technology Building at the college’s Oak Ridge campus. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. The public is invited.


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