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VOL. 50, NO. 26

JUNE 27, 2011



Car Wars


Local used car values increase, new cars offer better MPG

Valorie Fister

When Sam taught school Jake Mabe tours the Sam Houston Schoolhouse See page A-6

‘University Twit’ tells all Mark Harmon seeks publisher for new book See Larry Van Guilder’s story on page A-7 FEATURED COLUMNIST BETTY BEAN

GOP meddles in mayors race Bean says it doesn’t matter ... See page A-4



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With the topsy-turvy economy, consumer purchasing of new and used vehicles this season presents some new twists. Used car values and prices are steadily increasing while new car purchasing is aided by historically low interest rates and the arrival of fuel-efficient, 40 miles-per-gallon small cars, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. And at least one local used car dealer said business has been very good the last few years – especially since April’s hail storms damaged thousands of local vehicles. “There are a lot of damaged cars,” said Wayne Akins, manager of Roadmaster Auto Sales on Clinton Highway. Akins said his customers are reporting up to $6,000 in car damages. He said his dealership is offering incentives to trade-in haildamaged vehicles for those that are clear of the tell-tale pock marks. Powell used car dealer Wayne Akins, of Roadmaster Auto Sales on Clinton Highway, says his dealership is experiencing To page A-3 increased used car values in line with national trends. Photo by Valorie Fister

Powell Lions install new officers John Black receives Melvin Jones Fellowship By Greg Householder The Powell Lions Club will have a new leader for the 2011-12 year which begins July 1. Traci Orberg was installed as president at the club’s meeting on June 16. Outgoing president Diane Wilkerson will assume duties as secretary of the Powell club and also as 1st District governor for Lions District 12N for the year – usually a final step before assuming the district governor’s post for the 2012-13 Lion year. Pam Feltner was installed as tail twister. Charter member Edd Miller will serve on the board of directors for the club. Ronnie Qualls and John Black will continue to serve as co-treasurers. The officers were installed by outgoing district governor Bill McDonald. Black also received a Melvin Jones Fellowship from McDonald and Wilkerson received the District Governor’s Appreciation Award. EDITOR Larry Van Guilder ADVERTISING SALES Patty Fecco Darlene Hutchison hutchisond@ Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at 4509 Doris Circle, Knoxville, TN, and distributed to 8,314 homes in Powell.

The Powell Lions sponsor the annual Fourth of July Parade. Wilkerson announced that Miss Knoxville, Katie Kendall, will serve as grand marshal for this year’s parade. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. next Monday (July 4) and anyone wanting to participate should be staged in the parking lot in front of Food City in Powell at Emory Road and Clinton Highway no later than 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Wilkerson at 640-1053. Following the parade, the Powell Business and Professional Association will be setting up in Scarbro Field at the end of the parade route. There will be food, activities for the kids and local businesses will be setting up booths with information about their services. To page A-3

Mayor gets creative with Carter financing Will ‘show the money’ to school board next week Larry Van Guilder

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Outgoing Powell Lions president Diane Wilkerson receives the District Governor’s Appreciation Award from outgoing district governor Bill McDonald at the John Black receives the Melvin Jones Fellowship club’s meeting June 16. Photos by Greg Householder from outgoing district governor Bill McDonald.

We’ve been asking Knox County government, the school system, the developer and the Industrial Development Board to “show us the money” for a new Carter Elementary School. Mayor Tim Burchett came through with a plan

Analysis last week to raise money by selling county properties and using a portion of $5 million in capital funds denied to the school system in its FY 2011 budget request. Knox County Purchasing negotiated a $13.88 million price tag

with Devon Group, the successful bidder. The developer will arrange its own construction financing, and the county will make a lump sum payment to Devon when the school is ready for occupancy. The mayor will propose to school board, County Commission and the IDB that $2.5 million of that payment be drawn upon the school board’s resurrected $5 million capital request for renovations to the aging elementary school, a new Carter Middle School gym and other improvements. Burchett’s plan would restore $2.5 million in funding for the gym and various improvements, with the balance going to Devon. Burchett proposes raising the lion’s share of the money, about $11.38 million, by selling county properties. With the exception


of the property on Joe Daniels Road, currently occupied by Natural Resources Recovery and appraised for about $1.19 million, the mayor’s office will not specify which properties may be considered. Burchett will present the plan to Burchett the school board at either its July 5 workshop or at the regular board meeting on July 6. As of last Friday, he was meeting individually with board members. If the plan meets with school board, commission and IDB approval, neither the county nor the school board would take on new debt, nor will the IDB need to issue bonds.

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The school board still must convey the property for the new school to the IDB. With the school system effectively receiving a new elementary school for $2.5 million under the mayor’s proposal, that shouldn’t hold up the deal. What may hold it up is finding enough debt-free properties around Knox County to generate more than $11 million in cash in a depressed market to pay the rest of the bill. Even the Joe Daniels Road property will effectively sell for a loss if sold at the appraised value. Knox County has invested millions in upgrades to the property since NRR began operations there. The mayor’s plan still lacks specifics about what properties are available to close the cash gap. It’s creative, but not complete.


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Rotary honors Clark “I know you don’t like to be the center of attention, but in this case you deserved it.” Those words were spoken by Phil Parkey, president of the Rotary Club of West Knoxville, informing ShopperNews publisher Sandra Clark that she had been named a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. This is Rotary’s highest honor for a nonRotarian and was made possible by a gift of $1,000 by the West Knoxville club. The Shopper-News partnered with the West Knoxville Rotary in 2010-11 to promote projects, speakers and club activities including the Rotary Jam, an evening of music that was the club’s chief fundraiser. Clark brought the same dedication and energy to the partnership with the club that she brings every day to this newspaper. Although she shuns the spotlight, there would be no Shopper-News without Sandra Clark. Her involvement with Rotary is just one example of her commitment to staying in touch with and strengthening the communities we serve. In short, she walks the walk. Congratulations to our publisher for this richly deserved recognition. Contact Larry Van Guilder at

Junior League names Dolly Parton honorary member The Junior League of Knoxville (JLK) has announced the establishment of the $25,000 Dolly Parton Literacy Grant and has named Parton the organization’s first honorary member. Grant applications will be accepted from Knox County public schools, pre-schools and libraries demonstrating a need for funding to promote childhood literacy programs. Applications will be available online at www.jlknoxville. org by mid-July. Funds will be awarded in December.

It’s hard to believe it’s that time again, but the annual Powell Lions Club Fourth of July Parade is next Monday. The parade will step off promptly at 11 a.m. from the Powell Place Shopping Center (where Food City is located at Emory Road and Clinton Highway), and if you are going to participate you need to be staged in the parking lot by 10 a.m. The traditional community picnic will be held in Scarbro Field (the field next to Halftime Pizza) and there will be inflatables for the kids. New this year will be members of the Powell Business and Professional Association who will set up shop with booths to show off their wares and services. At 12:30 p.m. the Knox North Lions will hold their firstever patriotic pet parade. Plan on bringing your pet – dog, cat, horse, donkey, big snake, gorilla or whatev-

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The First Baptist Church of Powell motorcycle ministry’s annual ride to benefit the Western Heights Baptist Center is July 9. This year will be my third year taking part in this ride. The work the folks at FBC Powell do at Western Heights is both heartwarming and much needed.

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Akins sells between 130 and 150 vehicles on the wholesale and retail markets monthly. He said he has watched the used car market steadily increase each month over the last few years. “There are guidelines and we check them every month,” he said. “They are appreciating.” Trade-in values of compact cars like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Ford Focus are projected to rise this month more than 30 percent year-overyear according to Jonathan Banks, senior analyst at the NADA Used Car Guide.

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Everyone is the Heiskell community is invited to join the fun. Rural/Metro will be serving lunch and will have someone with membership services on hand to answer questions. Rural/Metro will also bring its Fire Safety House for the kids to learn about fire safety in the home. Sounds like a lot of fun – hope I’m back from the benefit ride in time to swing by.

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The ride begins with registration at 8 a.m. at “The Spring” – the parking lot across Ewing Road from the Greg FBC Youth Worship Center. Householder Kickstands up at 9 a.m., and upon arrival at Western Heights lunch will be er you have, dress them up served. The ride is donation in their patriotic best and only. If you’re interested in enter them in the contest. Votes are a dollar apiece and learning more about this folks are encouraged to vote ministry, the group meets the last Tuesday of each early and often. month at “The Spring” at ■ Motorcycle 7 p.m. The last Tuesday in June is tomorrow. ministry benefit

“Strong consumer demand for small, used cars is driving up prices,” Banks said. “The NADA Guide increase in trade-in values for June should come as no surprise because it reflects a shortage of both new and used cars entering the market.” The federal Cash for Clunkers program, which took 645,000 used cars out of the market, and the crisis in Japan are credited with the strong demand in the used car market, NADA and local car dealers said. Akins said his dealership is still offering better prices than new car dealers.

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“I was online yesterday,” he said, “and a mid-sized luxury car is easily going for $40,000 plus. Most of ours are in the $8,000 to $18,000 range.” The new car market is also holding its own and showing profits, according to NADA, which represents nearly 16,000 new vehicle dealerships both domestically and internationally. Dealers recorded a 2.5 percent profit from January through April of this year, which represents a nearly 30 percent increase from the same time period last year, NADA reported. “Despite challenges such as higher gasoline prices and generally slow economic growth, dealers have managed to increase sales while keeping their expenses low,” NADA Chief Economist Paul Tay-


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lor said. “As production ramps up in July and lenders increase their loan volume, we can expect to see continued growth in both sales and profits.” Karns small business owner Bronson Tolliver said low overhead is one of the keys to his car repair start-up success. He opened his repair shop in February 2010 with a $6,000 cash investment and low overhead. Today, he said he serves at least 50 customers in a fivemile radius. “I threw a dart at the board and here I am,” he said. “I don’t waste and that makes a big difference. I can take the bad motor and make a good motor out of it. “I think it’s going to come down to this: the people who are savvy with their money will survive.”

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The Knox North Lions Club will be sponsoring a Patriotic Pet Parade. Votes cost $1 and the pet that receives the most votes (or money) will be declared the winner. Registration for the Pet Parade begins at 10 a.m. in the picnic area and the pet parade begins at 12:30 p.m. Info: www.KnoxNorth

Lions Club District 12N governor Bill McDonald (far right) installs the 2011-12 officers for the Powell Lions Club at the June 16 club meeting. Officers are, from left: Edd Miller, director; Traci Orberg, president; Diane Wilkerson, secretary; John Black, co-treasurer; Ronnie Qualls, co-treasurer; and Pam Feltner, tail twister. Photo by Greg Householder

Strange Kane wedding celebrates international roots By Betty Bean The Strange-Kane wedding began with bagpiper Kelly Shipe playing “Highland Cathedral” along a path lined with daylilies. The guests, some of whom had traveled thousands of miles, were seated in chairs arranged on the sunny lawn in front of a rustic gazebo, surrounded by a landscape as green as Ireland. The ring bearer, Finnegan Derensis, a tyke with ringlets,

Website teaches teens about government There is a new website available to help teens learn more about local government and encourage them to get involved. The Knoxville/Knox County Mayors’ Youth Action Council (YAC) in partnership with the Metropolitan Drug Commission and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has developed the Citizens’ GPS Program where teens can learn to identify community problems through worksheets and problemsolving activities. The site is available free of charge to all teachers and students in Knox County. A link to the site will be available for teachers through the social studies teachers’ intranet. Students can access the materials at com/site/citizensgps.

was solemn in a green tartan kilt. He was also probably hot, since he shed the kilt soon after the ceremony and stripped down to his diaper to dance in the summer heat. The groom, Ryan Kane – a ginger-haired Irishman born in Scotland, reared in Belfast and recently emigrated to Tennessee – had mischief in his eyes. He’s a dead ringer for England’s royal scamp Prince Harry. The bride, Stella Strange – a green-eyed Knoxville native who met her future husband on her first night in Belfast where she’d gone for her semester abroad at the University of Pittsburgh – was a knockout in a ruched, strapless floorlength satin gown the color of whipped cream. The daughter of singer Nancy Brennan Strange, there’s a touch of show biz encoded in her DNA. Stella has an undergraduate degree in theatre arts and political science and

a Master of the Arts from Queens University, Belfast. Ryan was born in Edinburgh, reared in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, and has a bachelor’s degree in geographical studies from Queens University. They’d known each other for more than six years before they tied the knot at the Lily Barn in Townsend. “Ryan was the first person Stella met. Swept her off her feet and here we are over six years later. Fate you sly devil, we never saw you coming,” was how their wedding Web page described their meeting. In August 2008, Stella and Ryan embarked on a nine-month journey that took them through Europe, the USA and into Southeast Asia, Asia proper and Australia. They visited 15 countries, and it was during this trip that Ryan proposed. Unbeknownst to Stella, he’d been carrying a ring in his wallet waiting for the right moment. It came in Nha

The bride and groom show their colors: Stella Strange Kane brandishes the Stars and Stripes while Ryan Kane waves the flag of Ireland. Photo submitted

Trang, on the Vietnamese coast. Stella’s old friend Jane Barr officiated, and her friend Kimberly Boulton was matron of honor. Kimberly’s husband, Richard Boulton, was best man and

Jan Oosthiizen and Rachael Gammon gave brief, meaningful readings. Colette Boudreaux, a friend of Stella’s since their West High School days and a trained opera singer, sang Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Ryan’s friends Alexander Bookless, Simon Crowe and Rory Sloan came over from the United Kingdom to serve as ushers. Among the guests were Candie, Guy and Evan Carawan, Jim Thompson and Peggy Mathews, Bob and Melynda Whetsel, Don Cassell, Kay Newton, Jamie Harris and David Massey, Bill Murrah and Betty Hennault and Ryan’s sister, Lauren Kane, who lives in Belfast. When asked if the Ryan/Harry resemblance is noticed as much in Ireland as in Tennessee, Lauren grinned. “I’m the one that started that,” she said, noting that it goes deeper than just looks. “They’re both wild childs.”

■ District 6 of the Knox County Democratic Party will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at 1816 Chestnut Grove Road. Guest speaker will be Sheryl Rollins, president of the local chapter of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Info: Janice, 560-0202. ■ Vote for Lost Sheep Ministry and help them win a new car to assist with transportation for their clients. Deadline to vote is Sunday, July 3. Info: www.facebook. com/Toyota. ■ Powell Lions’ 4th of July parade will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 4. Knox North Lions will host a pet parade post-festivities in Scarbro field. ■ Karns’ “The Fairest of the Fair” will be held Thursday, July 21. Contestants should be 6-20 years of age. Deadline to register is Friday, July 8. Info: www. karnsfairestofthefair. or call Kelley, 898-5776. ■ The Fairest of the Fair will sponsor “Friday Night Lights” 6-10 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the cafeteria at Karns High School. There will be live entertainment, a movie and food including Marco’s Pizza. ■ The community fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Karns High School. Craft and food vendors are needed as well as entertainment and volunteers to help set up and tear down the fair. Info: Roger Kane, 405-5103.


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Donna Fielden, who will be inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame next month, has lived by the lessons she and her sister Lisa learned from her parents, Elbert and Darlene Fielden. A third-generation Halls resident, she was a good student, and always athletic, despite the lack of opportunities for girls to participate in organized sports during her years at Halls High School (she graduated in 1974). She went out for basketball in college and ended up serving as manager for three years under new head coach Pat Summitt (“Pat was afraid I would hurt one of her good players, so she asked me if I wanted to be manager”). She

turned down an opportunity to coach at a community college in North Carolina to take a job teaching at Karns Middle School. She moved on to Powell Middle School and then to West High School, where she is an assistant principal. She worked a second job Donna Fielden as a basketball official from 1982– 2005, following in the footsteps of her father, a legendary basketball referee. In 1994, she became

COMMUNITY PARTNERS the first woman to officiate a boy’s state championship game. She worked her way up to high school games and then to junior college, Division II, Division II and eventually Division I college basketball. Fielden, who prides herself in being a tough disciplinarian, has a tough time keeping her eyes dry when she tells a story abut the last game her dad ever called. It was December 1987, and it went down in state record books as the first time a father and daughter called a game together. Following him into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame nearly overwhelms her: “Daddy was going to call his last game with Doc Simpson, but Doc came down with Lou Gehrig’s disease that spring and

couldn’t do it. Dad always loved Johnson Bible College because they played for the love of the game,” she said. “He handed me one of those old pea whistles etched with Doc’s name. He said ‘Doc called his last game with it and I called my last game with it. Keep its integrity.’ The first call I made in the boy’s state tournament I used Daddy’s and Doc’s whistle. I’ve got it in a case at home that says ‘Daddy and Doc.’ ” On July 28, Donna Fielden will become the first woman and the second Fielden inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame as a referee. She gave up officiating after her father died, but she’s still working to better the lives of young people.

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Marilyn Roddy driving the pace with early events and fundraising. Now she has moved on to a state Senate race, abandoning her former opponents. But these candidates have dropped whatever else they were doing and now seek full time to win your support. With about three months until the city primary, it is already heating up between Mark Padgett and Madeline Rogero. Padgett threw the first punch claiming Rogero is anti- small business. Rogero denied

it and claimed all of this was “courthouse politics,” reminding voters of Padgett’s family ties to the old courthouse. Given that both have strong ties to the local Democratic Party, these attacks and counterattacks will only increase and help Harmon if a food fight develops. One wonders if they will start examining where the other stands on specific issues. Padgett had previously criticized Rogero for not doing enough on codes enforcement when she was a city director for Bill Haslam. All claim to be for transparency in government, but none has disclosed any personal financial information such as tax returns or net worth or even real property they own in Knox County. One wonders if the local media will pursue this issue which they discussed so much in the 2010 governor’s contest. Meanwhile, Ivan Harmon operates below the radar screen and continues going door-to-door in his down-to-earth, likeable way.

NOTES ■ The Knox County Republican Party chair hosted a meet and greet this past Saturday at Wright’s for Ivan Harmon, whom he described as the Republican candidate. Now the city election is legally and officially nonpartisan. This may help Harmon in the short run by getting Republican voters behind him. However, Harmon should remember the city (unlike the whole county) is not Republican. It is Democratic with Gore beating Bush, Kerry beating Bush, Obama beating McCain and Bredesen defeating Van Hilleary in the city precincts. If a purely partisan race occurs, then the Democratic candidate benefits. ■ Interesting that two con-

tests provide a contrast in age. Both Rogero and Harmon are old enough to be Padgett’s parents. Bill Owen is old enough to be the father of either Marshall Stair or Tierney Bates, who are his rivals. ■ TVA is not being candid on why David Mould left a $276,000 a year job as communications director after less than two years. Obviously, he was told to leave, but why? Ratepayers are entitled to know. They are also entitled to know how much the media consultants they now have are being paid. Where is Neil McBride, new TVA director, on this? He should be telling us if management will not. He has always backed openness before he was on the TVA board.


Mr. Answer Man has the answers This week Mr. Answer Man returns from a welldeserved hiatus. His mailbox is crammed, so let’s get started. Q: Mr. Answer Man, W.C. Fields once said, “Any man who hates dogs and babies can’t be all bad.” Looking over the cuts to nonprofits in this year’s Knox County budget, do you think Mayor Tim Burchett fits that description? A: You’re wrong on a couple of counts. First, it was writer Leo Rosten who said that about Fields. Second, we know that Tim is a warmhearted, sentimental soul who tears up at the drop of a hat. (You should be ashamed of yourself for asking such a question – Tim signs your paycheck, Mr. Rice!) Q: The property tax rate has not been increased in Knox County since before the turn of the century. Has any city or county in

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the U.S. gone longer without a tax increase? A: Great question. Hibberts Gore, Maine, has never levied a property tax, and not a single resident voted for the most recent effort to impose one. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population of Hibberts Gore is 1. Q: Hello, Mr. Answer Man. What is a “TIF,” and can I get one? I understand it is worth a lot of money. A: “TIF” is an acronym for “This Is Fantastic.” If you’re dreaming of creating a strip mall or hotel that may create dozens of minimum wage jobs, TIF dollars may be just what you need to bring your vision to life. Before applying, answer

of his fellow commissioners saw through his sentimentality to reject wasteful spending on seniors and the homeless, thus preserving funds for their own travel allowances. Q: Yo, Mr. Answer Man! I bet my wife you couldn’t come up with an example of irony involving our state legislators. A: State Rep. Ryan Haynes, a lawmaker, sponsored legislation that says it’s OK to break the law by turning right on red without stopping as long as the only witness is a camera. (You lose.) Q: It’s me again, Mr. Answer Man. What’s the chance for a similar law for left turns? A: This state has been turning right since Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Mr. Answer Man doesn’t see any left turning laws in the General Assembly’s immediate future. Contact:

GOP foray into mayor’s race unlikely to succeed By Betty Bean Will party politics play a role in this year’s city elections? Should they? And if they do, will that benefit Republican candidates? Evidently Republican Party chair Ray Jenkins thinks the answer to those questions is yes. He has a right to feel pretty good after last year’s county elections left County Commission with only two Democrats standing, as evidenced by the email he sent out last week on his Knox County Republican Party letterhead, complete with a border of happy red, white and blue pachyderms. It was an invitation to the faithful to join mayoral candidate Ivan Harmon (the only Republican left in the race) at Wright’s Cafeteria to hear about his

Betty Bean vision for creating jobs, lowering taxes and making city government smaller and more accountable. Rousing language for a tea party convention, but is it a winning template for city elections? Jenkins, whose family name is synonymous with old-time GOP machine politics, county style, might be tempted to think so. The last time a Democrat was elected mayor was when Randy Tyree won a second term in 1979. But Jenkins, who lives in East Knox County and isn’t eligible to vote in the city, evidently assumes that city and county poli-

Common sense and civility are dead Long live the mob. The comments in the local daily newspaper on the story of Commissioner Amy Broyle’s problems with a county employee who repeatedly sent her vulgar and insulting emails is cause for more than head-shaking despair. The vast majority were written by individuals who lack not only common sense, but the ability to so much as spell “civility.” We hardly expect critical think-

these questions: (a) I contributed (blank) to (blank) commissioners’ last election campaigns. (b) Does your car have a bumper sticker that reads “I love The Development Corporation?” (c) Should a developer pay for infrastructure improvements that mainly benefit the developer’s project? The correct answers are: (a) as much as I could to as many as I could (b) yes (c) never. Good luck! Q: I watched County Commission’s budget meeting recently, and I noticed that Commissioner Mike Brown made a couple of comments about how we’ll be remembered for how we treat the least able among us. Was he on to something? A: Commissioner Brown’s heart is in the right place, but he forgot that in this country we believe no man or woman is any more “able” than the next. Fortunately, enough

ing to emerge as a hallmark of the cesspool comments section in the newspaper, and it rarely does. Slap a story on the website that involves race, immigration or abortion and the mob is soon in full throat. But common sense? Isn’t it common sense to conclude that an employee of county government who decides to send vile emails to a sitting commissioner (or any other county official for that matter) will

lose his job if his actions are uncovered? I can’t imagine a private company in which that behavior would be tolerated. And maybe civility is too much to ask for from folks whose keyboard engages with little or no assistance from their intellect. Still, I’m going to miss common sense and civility. May they rest in peace. – L. Van Guilder


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tics are interchangeable. He is not the first to make that assumption, and in doing so he is thumbing his nose at the old adage about what happens to those who ignore history. In 1991, the late Claude Robertson, a noted attorney and longtime Republican stalwart, ran a disastrous GOP-centric campaign against sitting mayor Victor Ashe, who was always relentlessly bipartisan in his approach to city politics. In 2001, Republican Tim Wheeler ran for the 5th District City Council seat fortified with endorsements from county Mayor Mike Ragsdale and a gaggle of GOP stalwarts. He got his clock cleaned by Bob Becker, a not-fromhere labor union organizer who was the voice for the Living Wage campaign. In 2006, Democrat Harold Ford Jr. lost a bid for the U.S. Senate but carried the Knoxville city wards handily. Republican Bill Haslam was elected mayor in 2003 with the support of prominent east side Democrats. Five of nine sitting City Council members – Daniel Brown, Brenda Palmer, Chris Woodhull, Duane Grieve and Charlie Thom-


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as – are Democrats. Two of the four Republicans – Nick Pavlis and Nick Della Volpe – are centrists with many Democratic supporters. Only Republicans Joe Bailey and Marilyn Roddy are strongly identified party members. Pavlis, who is a regular attendee at the Boyd Cloud Democratic Club, has been elected to City Council three times by comfortable margins and doesn’t see the point to bringing partisan politics into city races. “I go to Lincoln Day and I go to Truman Day. I buy ads in both books. It’s set up to be nonpartisan and I enjoy support from both sides of the aisle. In return, I think it is my responsibility to give attention to both sides of the aisle. Neither party should get really involved in council or mayoral races.”


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THIS AND THAT ■ We received the final Woodson Weekly last week, wrapping up Jamie Woodson’s career in the state Legislature. The Woodson Weekly was the most comprehensive recap of legislative action ever. It will be missed. And so will Jamie.

maverick from her early days on the old County Court and later on County Commission. “She has always believed that women should be seen and heard.” Horner was first elected in 1976 and served until defeated by term limits in 2002. She was a partner and long-time sales manager for the Shopper newspaper after retiring from South Central Bell. She has served as a board member at the YWCA and has worked with Tribute for 26 of its 27 years. She lives in Halls now with son and daughter-in-law Bobby and LeAnn Horner. Her grandchildren are Josh, Jason and Kristen. Info about this year’s Tribute:

■ Bill Haslam has put his stamp on the state Board of Education with the appointments last week of Mike Edwards, president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber, and Lonnie Roberts, chief executive officer of TRH Health Plans. Haslam reappointed former Knoxville educator (now Nashville resident) Carolyn Pearre. All get nine-year terms. ■ Congrats to Eleanor Yoakum, who will be honored by the state Republican Party at its annual dinner July 15 in

Nashville. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is scheduled to speak. Yoakum represents the 3rd Congressional District as one of nine honorees. Ticket info: ■ A school in Los Angeles has increased class size by having students work in small groups with computers. It’s called blended learning and it’s coming to a school near you. Sometime. Smaller class sizes generated by the state’s BEP resulted in a boom of school construction, but it’s not sustainable long term. ■ Second Harvest Food Bank got hit again last week. On Thursday, 16 vehicles in the parking lot were damaged by flooding from Second Creek. The warehouse and food inventory was not affected and executive director Elaine Streno said the trucks will be back on the road today (June 27).

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trivia you may not know. Who is the only person to serve as governor of two states? I’ll give you a hint. He’s also the only head of a foreign state to serve as a member of Congress. Give up? Well, the answer is Sam Houston, and here’s something else you may not know: he also taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Blount County from May to November 1812. And that’s kind of ironic, to hear Marleitta Cooper tell it. She plays the schoolmarm here at the Historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse and says that Sam wasn’t much of a student. “He kept running away from school, so his mother had to lock him in his father’s library,” Cooper says. “Sam read everything in it by the age of 12.” He particularly liked a translation of Homer’s “The Iliad,” calling it “the biggest adventure I’d ever read” and memorizing most of the story’s 24 books. Remember all this because it’ll become important here in a minute. Born near Lexington, Va., in 1793, Sam moved to Blount County with his recently widowed mother and eight brothers and sisters when he was 13. They settled on 400 acres that Houston’s father, Sam, had patented before his death. The property is located in south Blount County, almost to Greenback. Cooper says young Sam enjoyed the adventure of moving here, but quickly became unhappy clerking for his brothers, James and John, in a Maryville dry goods store. So he ran away at age 16 to live for about three years with a Cherokee Indian tribe near Hiwassee. The Cherokee dubbed Houston with the nickname “The Raven.” He came to love the calico cloth the Indians used to make their clothing and ran up a $100 bill in his brothers’ store for the material. After he returned home, his brothers told Sam he’d have to pay the bill

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Sam Houston as he looked when he had become too cold to get to school. was elected governor of the state of Cooper says most students walked Tennessee at age 33 in 1827. He is the to school in bare feet. only person to serve as governor of Built in 1794, the Historic Sam two states (Tennessee and Texas). Houston Schoolhouse is billed as the oldest standing one-room schoolhouse in the United States. It was or go to jail. restored beginning in the 1950s. He decided to get a job teaching Three beams, the fireplace and the school in the spring of 1812, which schoolhouse seats are all original. took some doing because he didn’t Cooper says the building was have the required 8th grade educalater used as a house, chicken coop tion to get the job. and a barn. It had been left to rot But Sam had given himself an when the restoration began. It is education reading the books in his now a state-owned historical site father’s library. He got the job. He and includes a museum and gift was 18 years old. shop. Civil War re-enactments are He taught 40 students ranging held here in March and October. in age from 6 to 60. Cooper says the “We had to fight to keep Texas older students were there to learn from getting it,” Cooper says. “Texas how to read pages they’d signed for land acquisition and to be able to wanted to take it to Texas and the issign their names to a deed rather sue went all the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court.” than using an X. After his teaching career ended Sam charged $8 and was the in November 1812, Sam joined the most expensive teacher in the county. He wanted $2.50 in coin money, U.S. Army, believing that if he did Cooper says, which would have so his debts would be forgiven. He meant gold, silver or copper – trad- was later seriously wounded in the able anywhere in the days before Battle of Horseshoe Bend. After the War of 1812 ended, federal currency. Another $2.50 could be payable in corn and the fi- Sam’s new friend, Andrew Jacknal $2.50 could be payable in – wait son, encouraged him to become a lawyer. He completed the two-year for it – calico cloth. The school year began in May course in six months. A lot of the after the crops had been planted books Sam had read in his father’s and there was no longer a danger of library turned out to be prerequifrost. It ended in November, when it sites for law school.

What does prayer change? CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? (Matthew 5: 43-46a NRSV)


had made a promise, and I failed to keep it. It was not a huge, life-changing promise, and I didn’t purposely fail to keep it. It happened like this:

A member of the church where I was serving as director of music (this was my first “real” church job, for real money) had asked me to unlock the back door of the

church for her at a set time. I forgot. I just plain forgot. On the appointed day, which, in my own defense, was my day off, unlocking that door never once entered my mind. The person who had asked me to unlock the door was disappointed, and when I say she was disappointed, what I mean is, she was irate. As in, livid. She was convinced I had neglected my duty just to inconvenience her. But did she speak to me about it? Heavens, no! That would have been much too forthright and healthy. No, she went straight to the pastor. (Psychologists call this maneuver “triangulation”: bringing in a third party to commiserate and side with the wounded party.) Our pastor was a small man, and wise, but when he carried an

An interior shot of the schoolhouse, which was restored in the 1950s. Three beams, the fireplace and the schoolhouse seats are original.

Sam Houston taught in this one-room schoolhouse from May to November 1812. Built in 1794, the Sam Houston Schoolhouse in Maryville is billed as the oldest standing one-room schoolhouse in the United States. Photos by Jake


He began practicing law in Lebanon, Tenn., and was later appointed state attorney general. Houston served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1823-25 and again from 1825-27. He was elected governor of the state of Tennessee in 1827. Jackson later appointed Houston to be an Indian agent in Arkansas. In 1832, Houston left for Texas and became embroiled in the politics of what was then a Mexican territory. Joining the Texas Army, he later became a hero at the Battle of San Jacinto, was twice elected president of the resulting Republic of Texas and later served as a U.S. senator and governor of Texas after it became a U.S. state. As a Unionist governor, he bitterly opposed secession and even refused to accept its legality after

umbrella, he reminded me of no one so much as Jiminy Cricket. He did not look at all like someone who could impose his will on an angry pillar of the church. He invited her into his study, and listened to her tale of betrayal, inconvenience and disappointment. And then he said an extraordinary thing. He said to her, “Irene” – that’s how I like my irony served up: her name was from the Greek for “peace” – “Irene, I want you to do something for me. I want you to pray for Lynn.” Could you deny Jiminy Cricket anything he asked of you? I didn’t think so. Neither could Irene. I don’t know if she recovered from her anger through her prayers. Of course, as I think about it, I have no way of knowing that she actually prayed for me. She was able to speak to me

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cordially when she saw me. I have used the Rev. Cricket’s sage advice in my own life many times. I have dished it out to others as well. Someone you don’t like? Pray for them. Someone you can’t get along with? Pray for them. Pray for them by name, with heartfelt fervor. Here is the truth. You cannot pray for someone and hate them at the same time. You cannot pray for someone and hold onto your grudge against them. You cannot pray for someone and wish them ill. Here is the bonus. Letting go of hatred, anger and frustration blesses you as much as it blesses the object of your fury. The old adage says “Prayer changes things.” It has been my experience that what prayer changes most is me.

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alling all publishers! If you haven’t had a look at former Knox County Commissioner Mark Harmon’s latest literary effort, what are you waiting for? Tentatively titled “Crashing the Commission: Confessions of a University Twit,” Harmon’s newest is far removed in tone and topic from “Found, Featured, then Forgotten,” his critical look at media coverage of Vietnam veterans against the war published earlier this year by Newfound Press. “Crashing the Commission” is part autobiography, part political primer and wholly readable. Harmon’s humor – essential for a county commissioner who often found himself on the short end of votes – nicely offsets the more reflective mood he embraces when tackling serious subjects, as when he relates his first “political” victory. “A short, thin young man steps to the microphone at a high school assembly. He has a mop of red hair. His blue eyes are twinkling and he’s giving only a tiny hint of sly smile. “ ‘I’d like to thank all of you who helped take down my election posters,’ he says and pauses,

Former Knox County Commissioner Mark Harmon File photo ‘but I wish you had waited until after the election.’ The audience erupted in laughter that day in 1974, and I became vice president of my senior class.” Harmon grew up in Pittsburgh, the eldest of three children in a family he describes as “not poor, just broke.” At Penn State he developed a love for the academic life that would propel him to graduate studies at Syracuse University and eventually to Ohio University, where he earned a doctorate. A job offer took Harmon to Texas Tech, where the liberal

Democrat found himself a distinct minority in “decidedly Republican” Lubbock. Undaunted, he became involved in partisan issues and decided to run for Congress. His 14-month quixotic quest racked up 33,000 dusty miles on a Geo Prizm. He won the Democratic primary and lost to his Republican opponent in the general election. But along the way he learned something about campaigning about himself: “In the morning … I’d regain my hope and set out on yet another adventure. Those who hate campaigning aren’t doing it right. You must bring joy to each encounter and enjoy even the absurd – like the day I campaigned in Mr. Porky’s, a biker bar in Denton, Texas. I spread my campaign literature on the green felt of the pool table, assured them I had no interest in advancing mandatory helmet laws (their major concern), and got nods of approval and maybe a few votes when I tore into Washington’s corporate welfare as supported by the renting of politicians as needed.” Harmon was again a political underdog after moving to Knoxville and deciding to make a run

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o, Tennessee baseball is back in the news. That creates opportunities. We could talk about the new coach and what he is going to do to resurrect the team. Or, we could talk about recruiting efforts down the drain when signees take the money and run. We could talk about former Volunteers cashing professional checks, how Todd Helton looks more like himself in Colorado or how many home runs J.P. Arencibia has for the Blue Jays or how Julio Borbon on the disabled list wasn’t much help to the Texas Rangers. We could talk about R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball and rare ability to float over New Yorkers’ heads when the subject is mountain climbing or English lit. We could talk about Luke Hochevar and be glad Kansas City pays for potential rather than productivity.

There must be conversation material in Andy Simunic going down to Lancaster and getting a hit in his first at-bat. Just guessing but I might do better talking about Tommy Bridges. You don’t know him? His name is carved in marble on the Tennessee lettermen’s wall of fame. He was a 1927-29 Volunteer. Most of us missed seeing him pitch. For a frail, little man, 5-10 and 155, his fastball was considered rather swift. His curve was better. Mind you, this was before speed guns and radar detectors tied to strike zones. Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges, named for Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States, and for Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, was born three days after Christmas 1906 in downtown Gordonsville. His father was a country doctor. His mama

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for a County Commission seat. His plan: “shoe leather,” and lots of it, preceded by a careful analysis of voters in the 2nd District and a plan to visit all but the solid Republicans. Harmon would edge out his opponent, David Collins, with about 54 percent of the vote and serve four colorful years on commission. Following the downsizing of commission from 19 members to 11, Harmon opted not to run for re-election against Amy Broyles. Harmon’s introduction to the power bosses in Knox County left him discouraged but not defeated: “ ‘What do you want?’ That’s what Mayor Mike Ragsdale and his top aide Mike Arms asked to start their individual meeting with me. I was taken aback and stumbled around mentioning everything from policies discouraging sprawl to grants for making healthy locally grown food available to school cafeterias.” Harmon writes that he “probably came across as naïve and idealistic.” If he became less naïve as time passed, his idealism never flagged. The former commissioner devotes considerable space to a dissection of the events of “Black Wednesday” in January 2007 which led to the so-called “Sunshine Trial.” And he recalls

of Tommy Bridges’ big heart, live arm and long fingers and offered a pro contract. Tommy sped up through the ranks, from the Wheeling Stogies to the Evansville Hubs to Detroit city, in August 1930 – after he struck out 20 in one game. Bridges made his major league debut in relief against the famed New York Yankees. Babe Ruth beat a breaking ball into the dirt and was thrown out at first. Lou Gehrig struck out. Tommy shrugged and said the awesome Yanks looked a lot like the men of Johnson Bible College. Fortunately, the New York press did not quote him. What happened after that is intriguing. He married a sweet lady and set some kind of record by spending a lot of money to call home most every day he was on the road. He mowed ’em down in the American League and eventually established himself as the absolute best pitcher not in the hall of fame. Bridges retired the first 26 Washington Senators he saw in 1932 but gave up a pinch single one out short of a perfect game. He won 20 or more three straight seasons. He won one game in the 1934 World Series and pitched two complete-game

the night of a seven-hour commission meeting (attended by a stringer from the New York Times) during which he was bestowed with a nickname that he would soon wear with pride. Former Commissioner Greg “Lumpy” Lambert was not known for his restraint. Defending the practice of county employees holding county office, Lambert asked: “How does that arrogant little university twit sit up there and make those decisions that keep us from having jobs?” “University twit” stuck like glue, and Harmon reveled in it, even printing T-shirts to memorialize the title. There’s much in Harmon’s work that will fascinate the political junkie. The book also includes a sober examination of the July 2008 shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church that left two people dead and several others seriously injured. Harmon’s take on the Knox County political scene as he found it will amuse some, infuriate others and should cause all serious readers to ponder the nature of local government. This book in search of a publisher deserves a home, and we trust it finds one soon.

victories in the following October classic. There was drama at the end of the deciding game. With the score tied at three, Bridges gave up a leadoff triple in the ninth but calmly retired the next three Cubs. Tigers got a run and won. Tommy Bridges was voted America’s second mostfamous athlete in 1935, behind some Notre Dame running back. He was Detroit’s main man for several seasons. Six times he was an all-star. He twice led the AL in strikeouts. The great Charlie Gehringer explained how that happened. “I’ve seen Bridges throw that curve at a guy’s head, and the batter would fall flat on his rear end, thinking it was going to hit him, and the ball would go over the plate for a strike.” Bridges’ curve was so sharp, some thought it might be a spitball. Famous umpire Bill Summers once asked Tommy if he was loading up the ball. “Why, Mr. Summers, don’t you know the spitball has been outlawed for years?” said Bridges with a twinkle in his eyes. “There are no teachers. How would I ever learn to throw one?” Bridges was a key Tiger through 1943, until he got

himself drafted into World War II at the inappropriate age of 37. Rumor has it that he turned to strong drink. When he was discharged, Detroit considered him over the hill. He settled into the Pacific Coast League, pitched four more years, led the league in ERA and notched a no-hitter at age 42. After that, he pitched some more. Bridges drifted downhill. He created a serious marital problem, ducked a couple of gunshots from an irate husband, triggered dual divorces and married “the other woman” in 1950. Old friends who saw him in later years were stunned by how far he had fallen. For a while, he was a baseball scout. Then, he was a tire salesman. He died in ’68. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America long ago decided Tommy Bridges doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, despite his record of 194-138, his 1,674 strikeouts and career ERA of 3.57, considerably better than average for his era. Even though he lost his Boy Scout badges, Bridges belongs. Thus ends today’s baseball discussion. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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By Madeline Lonas Have you ever wondered after you take a shower, flush the toilet, brush your teeth, wash your hands, do the dishes and even wash your clothes where the water goes after it circles down the drain? We know it flows into pipes that lead to somewhere, but where do they go? Well, last week my fellow interns from the Shopper-News and I went to the KUB Kuwahee Wastewater Facility. The most amazing point was that such a huge facility can run with just 14 employees. The most noticeable thing was the smell. As I gagged, I also noticed and learned some things. Halls resident and 35-year veteran KUB operator Gary Cooper typically works a 12-hour shift, mostly in the control room monitoring the plant and even seeing other plants via remote cameras. The control room is the “heartbeat” of communication for the system that pumps and treats from 20 million gallons to 35 million gallons per day. KUB and other utilities are regulated by the state and must file monthly reports. Photo by Owen Sanders

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These jars show wastewater at different stages of treatment. Ted Tyree said water discharged into Fort Loudoun Lake is cleaner than water taken out of the lake upstream at the water treatment plant. Photo by Madeline Lonas “Most people here are technicians without a college degree,” he said. “Most have been here 20 to 30 years.” KUB jobs are high-pay for the market and have good retirement benefits. Tyree said he could run the plant with one employee “if nothing goes wrong.” He likened the operator to an airplane pilot who sits in front of a computer and makes sure things go right. – S. Clark ■

Smiles and laughs abound as interns watch other interns’ faces, eyes and noses get scrunched as the smell of the screens of sludge hits them. Here, Max McCoig reacts. Photo by Jenna Kalmon Ted Tyree, directing a tour for Shopper interns, said, “Hold onto your (hard) hats!” He said surprising items turn up in wastewater: cellphones, wedding rings, driver’s licenses, even money. Once, an operator found half of a $50 bill. The next day he found the other half. An intern asked at what point a person will reach into the sludge to retrieve money. “Usually $20 and above,” said Tyree. Photo by S. Clark


A problem occurred when 14 interns walked in and took two benches. A bailiff came over and asked us to leave. Hey, it’s a public courtroom and we’re reporters! But, he said, a huge number of inmates are about to be brought in and there’s a security problem with so many kids and spectators present. How about traffic court, he suggested. So we trouped over to First, there are many Judge Andy Jackson’s courtsafety hazards at the plant, room where an assistant DA so they don’t like to have was huddled with defenvisitors so people don’t hurt ■ The Courts dants in a corner and the themselves. Also, there are This veteran reporter let judge was nowhere in sight. security concerns since 9/11. the interns down by opting “Let’s just eat lunch,” said (Ted) Tyree also showed not to make a scene at the I, and we marched two blocks us step by step how they take Courthouse. That’s a first! over to The Lunchbox. Ahhh, wastewater and turn it into We had made arrange- the dilemma of standing on clear water. It was cool to see ments to sit in on Judge Patri- principle or sitting at a lunch what kind of stuff they find cia Long’s courtroom in Gen- counter. That chicken salad in the water – from Sharpies eral Sessions Court since she was just great! to cellphones to even wed- was hearing criminal felonies. – S. Clark ding rings. The only thing I still don’t understand is why the mallard ducks would be cooling off in the secondary treatment ponds when there is was a perfectly good river across the street. This was an awesome experience. Believe me, if you ever get the chance to go a wastewater facility, go. SPECIALS OF THE WEEK! Even though it might gross '10 Mercury Marquis, ultimate leather, B2322 ............................... $15,995 you out, if you listen to what the people tell you, you can '10 Ford F150 Raptor, R1126 .........................................................$45,914 learn a lot. '10 Toyota Corolla, auto, nice care, R1109 ......................................... $15,995 (With an assist from Tia Kalmon and S. Clark) '95 Ford Bronco, full size Eddie Bauer, great shape, DT6039X ........... $6,200 ■

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Circuit Court Judges Wheeler Rosenbalm (left) and Dale Workman (right) pose with Don Sproles, a former attorney who now co-owns The Lunchbox with his wife, Karen. Celebrating their 30th anniversary in business, Don and Karen were featured in the June 20 edition of Shopper-News. “Why, we’re in the Shopper and now the Shopper is in here,” he said as the interns marched in. They saw more “action” at The Lunchbox than in two courtrooms as customers included former Commissioner Greg “Lumpy” Lambert and former Judge David Creekmore. Photo by Owen Sanders

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Staying out of the dog house Children at CrossPoint Church enjoyed a fun week of Vacation Bible School, where they learned to stay out of the dog house by treating others with love and respect. The week featured Bible stories about sibling rivalry and how to handle conflict, crafts with a dog theme and snacks including kibbles, dog bone Rice Krispy treats and dog house sugar cookies. CrossPoint Church meets 9 a.m. Sunday mornings for worship and is located at 2000 Loves Creek Road at Spring Place Presbyterian Church. Madison Tallent enjoys singing and learning about Jesus at Vacation Bible School.

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■ Beaver Ridge UMC will receive 10 percent of the total purchases made 5-8 p.m. each Thursday at the Sonic restaurant in Karns. Info:

■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, takes orders for Angel Food Ministries by phone or in person the Saturday before each distribution. The distribution of the food is usually the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Info: 228-9299 or the church office, 690-0160. ■ Beaver Ridge UMC Food Pantry hands out food to local families in need 1-2 p.m. every Monday and 7-8 p.m. every first Monday. Donations and volunteers are welcome. Info: or 690-1060. ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry from 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and from 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday.

■ Bookwalter UMC , 4218 Central Avenue Pike, is looking for vendors for its fall festival to be held Oct. 1. Info: 584-2995. ■ Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2500 Mynatt Road, will host a benefit sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 15. All proceeds will go to the youth department. Info: 687-9012.

Music services ■ New Beverly Baptist Church, 3320 New Beverly Church Road, will host Adam Crabb 6 p.m. Sunday, July 10. A love offering will be taken. Info/directions: 546-0001 or

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Rec programs ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class led by a certified personal trainer 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5 a class. Info: 689-7001.

Revivals ■ Home Faith Baptist Church, 5139 Rouse Lane, will begin a revival 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Services will continue at 7 p.m. through the week. The Rev. Chris “Red” Beeler will preach. Info/directions: 323-4541.

Special services ■ The Shepherd of the Hills Baptist Church now offers an Internet prayer line. Anytime you have a prayer or concern, call the line and leave a message. Someone will be praying about the request with you within 24 hours. Prayer line: 484-4066.

Workshops and classes ■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road off East Emory Road, hosts a Celebrate Recovery program 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. ■ New Hope Baptist Church , 7602 Bud Hawkins Road in Corryton, hosts Celebrate Recovery adult and youth classes 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 12-step class 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 688-5330.

Youth programs ■ Beaver Ridge UMC , 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, has a number of summer events scheduled for the youth. There will be Bible study, fun days, road trips, community service days and more. Info: 690-1060 or visit www. ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, has open gym

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Patricia Neal, we thank you The phone rang often during the last month. About 99 percent of the time the caller was my husband who, until late last week, had a full-time temporary address at one of Knoxville’s most well-known medical centers. My hubby, Joey Fister, called often from the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center when I wasn’t there with him. He called to tell me he was able to walk up stairs with assistance. And he called to tell me how good he was feeling, which was something I hadn’t heard him say in a while. For years, Joey suffered from back pain that started with a limp and ended in constant pain and nearly complete immobility. His legs were always in spasms, hurting and just plain not working. He would go to work, where he was able to sit while he worked. Then he would return home, where he would, again, just sit. It was a miserable existence for a 41-year-old. We aren’t sure exactly what name to call the quiet thief that slowly swindled his mobility. Age, regular wear and tear, and a neuropathy were all possible reasons for his deterioration. But after more than a year of medical testing, and then two spinal surgeries back-to-back in May, he en-

tered the Patricia Neal rehabilitation facility to work on his walking. We are thankful for the help Joey received, first at Fort Sanders and then at Patricia Neal. His medical heroes were so numerous I can’t name them all. But they know who they are. And each one showed such compassion and concern it was hard not to be touched by the genuine care. I can’t explain the feeling of being the spouse of someone who is in a deteriorated physical state. It’s safe to say it’s upsetting to watch your spouse hobble and sweat just walking up the stairs to get through the front door at night. And it’s frightening not knowing if that will get better or worse. Unseen weights of enormous proportions lift from the necks and shoulders of patients and families upon entering the center. Opened in 1978, Patricia Patricia Neal patient Joey Fister is one of at least 30,000 paNeal is East Tennessee’s well- tients who have passed through the doors of the rehabilitation respected leader in rehabili- center to heal and gain better mobility. Photo by Valorie Fister tating brain injury, spinal cord and stroke patients. The cenThere’s something we ter staff regularly heals 1,000 and comprehension as papatients per year. More than tients begin their daily routine want to say to Patricia Neal, 30,000 people from all over of physical, occupational and the larger-than-life actor the U.S. have been helped by other forms of therapy to start who founded and supported moving and shaking again. this center long before her Patricia Neal’s crew. There are some very spe- death last year. We also say I’ve looked into the eyes of this to those at her center incoming patients, caregivers cial healers at Patricia Neal. They possess more than who are “restoring abilities and family members carrying heavy emotions including an- education and experience. and rebuilding lives” every ger, sadness, uncertainty and They offer unconditional single day. Patricia Neal, we thank exhaustion. And I’ve watched hope and love. And they grant you. expressions melt into relief acceptance.

July at Art Market Gallery

The Arts and Culture Alliance will present a new exhibit beginning 5 p.m. Friday, July 1, in the balcony of the Emporium Center featuring seven local artists. The show will include watercolor, digital photography, contemporary portraits and more and will run through Friday, July 29. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 523-7543 or

Art Market Gallery will present an exhibit of works by watercolor and colored pencil artist Marjorie Horne and ceramic and clay artist Lisa Kurtz throughout July. A reception will be held with refreshments and live music 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 1. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 525-5265.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL ■ Bethel Baptist Church Corryton will have VBS 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 11-15. ■ Church at Sterchi Hills, 904 Dry Gap Pike, will have its “Big Apple Adventure” VBS 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 1. Classes available for kindergarten through adults. Info: 281-8718 or ■ Corryton Church, 7615 Foster Road, Corryton, will have SonSurf Beach VBS 9 to 11:15 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 7, for kindergarten through 5th grade. Info: 688-3971. ■ Hines Creek Baptist Church, Hinds Creek Road, Maynardville, will have Big Apple Adventure VBS 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. July 10-15. Fun day and VBS registration will be noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, with hot dogs, games, taxi rides and face painting. Info: 992-7729 or 497-2495. ■ Karns Church of Christ, 6612 Beaver Ridge Road, will have VBS, themed “The Battle Belongs to the Lord,” 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 26-29. Info: 691-7411. ■ Union Baptist Church, 6701 Washington Pike, will have PandaMania VBS 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Thursday, June 30, for ages 4 years through 5th grade. Info or to register: www.


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Ernest T. Bass (Chris Monday) was the entertainment at the 50th class reunion of the Powell High School Class of 1961 held June 11 at Rothchild. The class dedicated the program to former teacher James Bellamy and honored his wife, Anna Finchum Bellamy, during the festivities. Of the 123 class members, 40 graduates attended the reunion. The class has lost 24 members over the years and honored their fallen classmates with a candle ceremony.


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Hiwassee hires new leader President has big vision, sets lofty goals By Natalie Lester Tucked away in the hills of Madisonville, Hiwassee College is expected to attract more students and increase its undergraduate programs over the next several years. “We are shooting for 350 students in the fall,” said Dr. Robin Tricoli, the new president of the Methodist school. “I am hoping we can add 100 students every year after that until we find the right number for us.” Tricoli, who has been at the school for only a month, has worked for several public universities, but it has always been one of her personal goals to serve at a Christian school. “Everything I have done in my career and personal life has led me here,” she said. “I’ve always worked to link academic programs at different schools to the

needs of the community.” And that is just what Tricoli plans to do at Hiwassee. She hopes the college can partner with local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to create internship opportunities for students. “I hope to develop academic programs that meet the needs of this community,” she said. “We are dedicated to student success, and getting a job is all about education and experience.” Tricoli said the school will be opening its swimming pool to the community on weekends in July and installing a nine-hole disc golf course. In the future, she plans to utilize the school’s land to be self-sufficient. “We are looking into solar energy,” she said. “Next year, we’ll plant a garden to grow our own fruits and vegetables for our kitchen.”

Dr. Robin Tricoli is the new president of Hiwassee College, a four-year Methodist school in Madisonville. Tricoli has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University, a master’s from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. She said everyone in East Tennessee has been welcoming. “Everywhere I go I hear a lot of Hiwassee College stories,” she said. “There is a Hiwassee tradition and it is exciting to see it grow.”

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Continuing Healthcare Education Department is offering a six-week course to train emergency medical dispatchers. It will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting Aug. 1 at the Knox County Center for Health Sciences, 132 Hayfield Road. The cost is $450 (book included), and fees are nonrefundable. Info: 531-8051.


Vacation Bible School is summer staple Summer is in full swing. Yes, the weather is warm, even down right hot, and the days are wonderfully long. Another signal that summer has arrived comes from area churches. All of them have signs or posters or flashing lights drawing attention to the week set aside for Vacation Bible School. For generations it’s a time second only to those spent at the beach or in the mountains. Vacation Bible Schools of the past were simple affairs. Children attended most often during the day. Volunteers from churches, usually women, worked to pull together activities for children from ages 3 to 12. They included coloring sheets, Bible stories and songs. The biggest event of the week was making something to take home to parents. One year, children made potholders. Another, they potted plants for moms. Another time, they made leather bookmarks. The best loved creations involved nothing more than modeling clay. Children worked the pinkish colored stuff to make it pliable. Next they flattened and shaped it into a rough circle. Some children chose to add personal

touches with decorative borders. The final step, and the most important one, came when little folks pressed their hands into the clay. Carefully, hands pulled away, and then the clay was left to dry for a couple of days. At the end of the week, the kids retrieved the impressions and toted them home. Parents “oohed and aahed” and displayed them so that all who came into the home could see. Years later, they remained wonderful items that brought back a flood of memories of simpler times and being a child. Today’s sessions are much more elaborate affairs. Most often held during the evenings to accommodate working parents, these prepackaged programs are sold to churches and a central theme dictates the activities and direction of the week. Colorful literature and decorated areas lead children along a trail that develops the idea. Some weeks end in

tion for Talented Students, brought 29 high school students from across the state to the UT campus to learn about careers in business. Participants had an average GPA of 3.74 (out of 4.0) and were nominated by counselors or community members Gregg Rader, a junior in economics, earned the

title of Pearson’s Future Economic Insider at the recent National Economics Insider Symposium (in Washington, D.C. He was one of 12 finalists to compete for the honor. Rader is a graduate of Bearden High School. Rader proposed to reward public school student performance with financial incentives.

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a program that combines all age, in which parents and other family members attend and applaud the work of the children. Some churches offer adventures to children. They hold weeklong camps where young ones stay on campus all day long. Opportunities for participating in vigorous physical activities, as well as worship and song times, are included in the day. Children end the week exhausted but content with the fun they’ve had. Vacation Bible School is a staple in this area. It fulfills the desires of parents for religious training combined with fun activities. Whether the week includes elaborate programs and perfectly laid out timelines or loose and flexible activities that conform to the mood and interests of the children, the aim is to show them that participation in organized religion is something worthwhile. It might also show the importance of this kind of education in their lives. Look around and notice all the VBS opportunities. Then sign up a child or grandchild for the week. If time permits, volunteer some of your time and enjoy Vacation Bible School, too.


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Farm boy I remember when my family moved from our home in the suburbs to the farm where my parents live now. I was in middle school, and the whole world revolved around school and the mall. The move happened on a wing and a prayer, out to 40 acres in Union County, with just one room in the dry. My parents, my two sisters, our two dogs and I lived in that room for a year, with the rest of the log house slowly taking shape around us. Growing up, I hated the sweat and travail of the farm and building the house. I hated how far it was away from “everything,” how I could never have friends over. Don’t get me wrong, there were things I loved about living on the farm. Like heading out on a summer morning to ride my horse bareback or crawling out on

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away they went with a bushel basket swinging between them. Daniel was so excited. To him, something 13-year-old me would have called boring is an adventure, a game and a chance to be a good helper. Daniel loves chasing the barn cats, walking the fields and even cleaning up the horse stalls. I can already see that three years down the road he’s going to know that farm like the back of his hand and beg to spend time with Gran and Bear. When I came to pick him up, he crowed that he’d picked lots of big beans, and he was soaked head to foot from helping fill the water troughs. He was happier than a hog in slop. Now I know why Mom and Dad bought the farm, and I’m happy that they’ve kept it all these years, no matter what certain teenagers thought.

Powell Middle players make Future Stars team Four Powell Middle School football players made the Tennessee Future Stars football team and competed in the Football Tech/Future Stars Tennessee versus Kentucky game at Carson-Newman College. Future Stars is an All Star football team put together via multiple combines and tryouts across the state. The best talent forms a 45-member 7th and 8th grade team. Powell had four players chosen to represent Team Tennessee and all earned playing time in the Tennessee win over Kentucky 26-25 in overtime. Above are: Austin Capps, Blake Jenkins, 7th grade Team Tennessee head coach Jay Malone from Maryville Middle School, Dalton Jett and Cameron Lancaster. Photo submitted

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Powell Middle diamond Panthers win district tournament The Powell Middle School varsity baseball team won the district tournament for 2011 with a regular season record of 10-2. This team played in and won several area tournaments. Team members are: (front) Jacob Henley, Zac Goodin, Joe Stucky, Riley Cooper, Josh Neely, Brandon Barnes, Hunter McPhetridge; (back) Coach Brian Hyde, Koby Hyde, Matthew Fortner, Hunter Wooliver, Chase McAllister, Bryce Brewer, Logan Lacy and head coach Rick Lacy. Photo submitted

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Kitts Market offers homemade craft items

Fireworks On the Fourth can be safe and fun There has been much talk in the news media recently about whether or not fireworks should be legalized.

Rob Webb Division General Manager of Rural/Metro

lifelines Currently, fireworks are illegal to buy, sell, use or store in Knox County. But legal or not, fireworks are always dangerous. They are unpredictable explosives subject to inconsistencies such as short fuses or overcharging. Every year our Rural/Metro team sees the devastating effects of the improper or unsafe use of fireworks in everything from burns to the arms and face, scarring, ear trauma, eye injuries and loss of limb to property damage and major fires. The consumption of alcohol increases the risk of injury. And there are always small children treated for burns on their feet from stepping on hot sparklers.

But fireworks are exciting – and a long-standing tradition for the Fourth of July. The good news is we have lots of professional pyrotechnic shows around town for the Fourth of July. That is the best and safest way for the whole family to enjoy fireworks. The Festival on the Fourth at World’s Fair Park, which includes the annual Pilot Independence Day Concert, offers a great fireworks display. The festivities start at 8 p.m. and parking is free. You can also find fun fireworks displays at other area festivals including Rockin’ the Docks in Lenoir City Park or the Fourth of July festival at the Tate and Lyle Performing Arts Center in Loudon. And we typically provide stand-by service for several area churches offering professional fireworks shows for the holiday weekend. Or you could combine the fireworks show in Gatlinburg with a family hike in the Smokies. There are plenty of options. We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday. So plan a festival adventure this Fourth of July. Leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the show.

Amy Kitts (with daughter Blakely) has opened Kitts Café at 4620 Greenway Drive on the second Saturday of each month for Kitts Market. The market offers an opportunity for vendors to sell craft items in a central location. Items offered include handmade soaps, jewelry, children’s clothing, hair bows, wreaths and framed letter portraits. Kitts Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the next opening set for Saturday, July 9. The market will be closed August and December. Info: Photo by Ruth White

Brenda Albert

Albert joins Realty Executives Brenda Albert has joined Realty Executives Mercy Medical Center West president Jeff Potter shares coffee with Bettye Sisco, chief operating as an agent. Albert is a officer of the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, during a networking event last week. 22-year veteran Realtor who relishes the chalThe hospital welcomed a large turnout of Chamber members. Photo by S. Barrett lenges that are inherent to home buying and selling. Awards include: MultiYork Life, 265 Brookview ■ Chamber Member MD Million Dollar Producer, Top Centre Way, Suite 102. Lab, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. TuesProducer, All-World Team day, July 12. ■ Networking, 4-6 p.m. Tuesand Team Spirit Award. The day, Aug. 9. ■ New Member Reception, office is at 3232 Tazewell 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. Info: 637-4550. All events are ■ Chamber Member MD Pike. Info: 688-3232. Lab, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesheld at the Knoxville Cham- ■ Ribbon Cutting, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, New day, Aug. 9. ber unless otherwise noted.

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Shipe honored by Shelter Insurance Elaine Shipe, Shelter Insurance Companies agent in Fountain City, has been honored as one of Shelter’s highest achieving sales representatives, based on overall 2010 agency operations. The Champion designation recognizes members of a select group of Shelter agents who demonstrate the highest overall excellence in insurance services and meet corporate standards of sound agency operation during the previous year. Shipe has represented Shelter since December 1989. Since then, she has earned the Champion recognition four times. She has earned two life insurance honors for her performance in Shelter Life Insurance Co. The Elaine Shipe Shelter Insurance® agency is located at 3208 Tazewell Pike.


Hear more bang With aid from Weaver Hearing Center Gary and Belinda Weaver report ecstatic customer response to their newest product line. The German-made Hansaton hearing aid is well-built and ranges from “very sophisticated to very basic,” said Gary, a licensed hearing instrument specialist. By Sandra Clark “You get twice the technology for half the price with Hansaton,” Gary said. So the Weavers have adopted a slogan for July: “Hear more bang for your buck.” Guess that fits in with the Fourth of July holiday as well! Everyone needs to hear fireworks, but not everyone needs the bells and whistles found on the most sophisticated hearing aids. So Gary Weaver first prepares

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a patient profile. He asks whether the patient still works or is retired. He asks about hobbies and activities. He discovers how much time is devoted to telephone conversation and television. Once the profile and hearing exam are completed, Gary recommends the best, most affordable hearing aid for each patient. “Prices vary according to the technology and accoutrements. That’s why we continue to research different

equipment to find the best fit for each patient,” said Gary. He then fine-tunes the aid for each patient. “The more (of a particular brand) you use, the better you can fine-tune. That’s what we do best,” he said. Gary and Belinda function in a competitive business environment, challenged by practitioners who run big ads as “grabbers.” They might hook customers with a grabber and then try to upsell them during the appointment. “They don’t know you and you don’t know them,” said Gary. “We don’t have to sell ourselves so we can concentrate on what we need to do for each patient. We’re more consultative.

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“The business is extremely competitive. Technology comes in three tiers. We only use the top tier; other products are not as consistent. We’re only going to use what we know works.” Weaver Hearing Aid Center has been in business for 12 years and is locally owned and operated. The Weaver family has been in business here since 1921. A summer question: “Gary, do you need to remove your hearing aid before going swimming?” “Yes, unless you want to talk to the dolphins!” Gary laughs. Actually, he sells waterproof hearing aids and even ones that translate English to German. “You’re kidding! Right?” “Yes, we don’t have that one yet, but we’re looking!”

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