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VOL. 50, NO. 27

JULY 4, 2011


4th of July parade is today The 4th of July Parade will step off today at 11 a.m. from the parking lot at the Food City at Emory Road and Clinton Highway, ending at Powell High School. Post-parade activities will include vendor booths and children’s activities in Scarbro Field hosted by the Powell Business and Professional Association, and the Knox North Lions’ pet parade which begins at 12:30 p.m. Pet parade registration is free and begins at 10 a.m. at Scarbro Field.

New jobs Adam Parker is moving from Gibbs Elementary School where he has been principal since 2004 Parker to become principal at A.L. Lotts Elementary School. He joined Knox County Schools in 1995 as a teacher at Powell Elementary and has also been principal at Corryton Elementary and assistant principal at Beaumont Magnet Honors Academy. Susan Turner, a principal since 1999, will become elementary supervisor. Most recently at A.L. Lotts, Turner she also was principal at BrickeyMcCloud, Rocky Hill and Ball Camp Elementary schools. She joined KCS in 1980 and taught at Rocky Hill and Cedar Bluff Middle School. Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from UT. Turner holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from ETSU and a master’s in administration and supervision from UT.




HPUD opens new offices Carmen Jones and Julia Elkins, longtime customer service representatives, are all smiles last Thursday, their first day in the new digs.

By Sandra Clark Anyone who has paid a bill at the offices of Hallsdale Powell Utility District encountered a jarring bell, a cramped, dusty lobby and an absolute lack of privacy. Behind the glass wall, conditions for office workers were worse. In the operations center out back, conditions were downright primitive. All that ended June 30, 2011, when HPUD employees marched 100 yards into their new headquarters. Coincidentally, it was the last day of employment for the man whose vision birthed the new facility. Marvin Hammond incredulously wore a Piggly Wiggly T-shirt, a gift, he said, from the late Max Hodge. Hammond had preserved it for decades, waiting for a special occasion. Darren Cardwell, Hammond’s successor as president and CEO of the water Retired CEO Marvin Hammond stands in the spacious lobby of utility, said a community the new Hallsdale Powell Utility District headquarters on Cunopen house will be held “in ningham Road. Photos by S. Clark

a month or two, when we get everything settled down.” Power and gas will be dropped to the old building this week, and then workers will start tearing it down. The headquarters, designed by David Collins of McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, feels like Disney’s Epcot. Nothing is elaborate, yet the overall effect is futuristic. Hammond sat for a moment in the community room. “Someday people may ask why we built it like

this. They may ask why we did other things that we did. But we’re like the men who established the district. We all made the best decisions that we could for the time we’re in.” HPUD founders including general manager Allan Gill and longtime chair F.H. “Hack” Harbin went door-todoor collecting $5 per family to start the district. It opened in 1954 with 1,000 customers in a small building on Doris Circle. A new headquarters To page A-3

Shirley Knight holds a copy of her book “A Journey Through Fire.”

A journey through fire

Photos by Greg Householder

Powell woman’s story describes the anguish of a caregiver By Greg Householder Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is without a doubt one of the most sinister diseases there is. Little is known of its cause and there is no cure. But one thing is for certain – it is a killer. No one survives it. Shirley Knight of Powell probably knows more about ALS than most health care providers. She should. She was a nurse for 45 years, and in 2003 and 2004 she helped her husband, Bill, make that agonizing journey from diagnosis to death. Knight has told her story in a book, “A Journey Through Fire – ALS – Memoir of a Caregiver.”

In her book she tells her story from diagnosis through the painful reality of a disease that only gets worse and gradually takes the strength and energy of the strongest of men or women and always ends tragically. She also tells of her faith in God and the added adversity of battling a return of breast cancer herself while tending to her ailing husband. Her story is one of friendships, from Bill’s childhood friend, the Rev. John Holland, the longtime pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Halls, and other friends, neighbors and church family who helped them during their illnesses. She tells of a trip out west during Bill’s

illness. Bill was a retired Knoxville Fire Department firefighter and in August 2003, seven months after his diagnosis, three of his firefighter friends – Bill Warwick, Buster Watson and Jim Woody – took Bill on the trip of a lifetime to visit 16 states. The book is self-published and was released in June.

For Knight, the idea for a book came when she began researching ALS shortly after Bill’s diagnosis. In her long nursing career, she could recall treating only one ALS patient. The disease, though rare, is confusing even to those with medical training. “I wondered how anyone without a medical background could cope with it,” she says.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time in 2000. During the time following surgery, chemotherapy and other treatments, she began to keep a journal. When Bill was diagnosed she picked up her journal again. The book is compelling reading. With her nursing To page A-2 ShopperNewsNow

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By Betty Bean When the Tennessee General Assembly wound up its 2011 business, a group of students and administrators at the University of Tennessee went out and painted The Rock with a special message: “Thank You, Jamie.” They were saluting Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson, whose deSenate Speaker Pro Tempore parture from the state SenJamie Woodson Photo by B. Bean ate to become the president


ment’s leader in education policy. She says it is that passion that compelled her to give up her Senate seat to head the foundation created by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Woodson likely made a strong impression on Frist in 2009 when she was on the Race to the Top team that made Tennessee the first state in the nation to win the coveted $500 million federal education grant.

“I have worked with Sen. Frist for many years and have been inspired by his dedication. It is such an honor to be a part of this group, which is at the forefront of education reform. I will have the opportunity to move from policy work into implementation. At the end of the day, it’s all about making sure students in Tennessee are prepared for success in the global marketplace.” To page A-5

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Holy calendar, Batman, it’s July already! The summer seems to be flying by. Today is the Fourth of July and most Powell residents who are not on vacation will be out today for the parade. And since it is the Fourth of July that means … well, it’s July already.

Come on baby light my firecracker Today is July 4, and this evening you can bask in the rockets’ red glare and the bombs bursting in air in nearly any corner of the county. Around our neighborhood, this night won’t be that much different from most others. Apparently there are several factions around here who live by the proposition that all men are created equal until one blows his fingers off with an M-80. Over the past year or so, meetings of the local “Friends of Firecrackers” clubs have grown to the point that hardly a night passes without several canines and other critters falling victim to PFSD (post firecracker stress disorder). This firecracker fascination puzzled me for a long time, but I think I’ve finally stumbled on the answer. Not everyone who lives here is “from around here,” and a holiday somewhere else isn’t necessarily a holiday in the U.S. A few examples: ■ May 1: Labor Day (or “Labour” Day) in Guatemala, Haiti, Greece, Croatia and a slew of other countries ■ May 14: National Unification Day in Liberia ■ May 17: Constitution Day in Norway ■ June 4: National Flag Day in Estonia ■ Second Monday in June: Queen’s Birthday in Australia Now, for the record, I hold no grudges against natives of any of these countries. (Some of my best friends are Croatians.) And they certainly are entitled to live anywhere they want in Knox County. But I do wish they would choose a quieter way to celebrate their national holidays, perhaps a neighborhood demolition derby. Anybody seen my earplugs? Contact Larry Van Guilder at

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ministry’s annual ride to benefit the Western Heights Baptist Center is Saturday (July 9). This year will be my third year riding in this ride. The work the folks at FBC Powell do at Western Heights is both heartwarming and much needed. The ride begins with registration at 8 a.m. at “The Spring” – the parking lot across Ewing Road Greg from the FBC Youth WorHouseholder ship Center. Kickstands up at 9 a.m. and upon arrival at Western Heights, lunch It’s hard to believe. will be served. The ride is But there are a lot of good donation only. things happening, so whip If you’re interested in out your calendar and let’s learning more about this synchronize our watches – ministry, the group meets or calendars. the last Tuesday of each month at “The Spring” at 7 ■ FBC motorcycle p.m.

ministry benefit ride is Saturday

In case you missed the story elsewhere in this week’s paper, the First Baptist Church of Powell motorcycle

Airplane filling station update

The folks with the Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association

will hold a meeting and workday at 8 a.m. on July 16. Next up in the work is shoring up the “nose” of the building. The AFSPA will host the car show at the Karns Fair on July 23, so all you car folks save the date.

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.

Rural/Metro to hold open house in Heiskell

If you had a great time last year at the fi rst ever Heiskell School Reunion, get ready for another wonderful, fun-fi lled time. Last year 300 former students, their spouses, former teachers and friends in the community visited and had a great time. This year’s reunion will be 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 6. Plan on taking pictures and memorabilia from your Heiskell School days to share with everyone. For information, call Bobbie Kennedy, 257-1283; Janice White, 548-0326; or Nita Buell Black, 947-7427.

Rural/Metro, which recently merged with the Heiskell Volunteer Fire Department, will hold an open house at the Rural/MetroHeiskell Fire Department from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9. 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. Rura/Metro will also bring its Fire Safety House

A journey through fire “I wanted to help somebody understand that disease and the tragedy it causes,” she says. Throughout the book are pages of biblical scriptures and inspirational poetry. But the book is also about survival. In later chapters, Knight writes of doing things she had never done before her husband’s death, such as mowing the lawn. She writes: “This journey has taught me many things. I have learned that life, with all its uncertainties, somehow manages to go on; that strength and courage exist for our trials beyond what we believe to be humanly possible. It has taught me that God is faithful. Even in His

Heiskell School Reunion is Aug. 6

‘Personal Perspective’

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background, Knight provides a unique insight into a disease that is little understood. She tells of the frustration of dealing with health care providers who have little knowledge of ALS and its gradual destruction of its victims’ bodies. As Bill neared the end, breathing became difficult. Knight writes of her exasperation in dealing with insurance companies and the red tape of Social Security. She also writes of her faith. “I wrote it as a testament to God’s promise. He will provide everything we need,” she says. Knight also wanted to help others who found themselves caring for an ALS patient.

silence, He showers us with blessings. Time does not heal all wounds, as some people often say; and any reason or justification that anyone could give us to explain terrible tragedy, we are not capable of understanding.” Knight credits her sister, Kathleen Enuton, with helping her edit her story – and her niece, Cynthia Enuton, with doing the publishing work. “A Journey Through Fire” is available through Knight’s blog at http://www. It is also available through as an e-book for Kindle or a paperback and through Barnes and Noble as a Nook book.

The Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus will host the exhibit “Personal Perspective” throughout the month of July. The show will feature works by local artists with developmental disabilities and physical limitations who have utilized groundbreaking techniques to express themselves through art. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The artists will host a reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the gallery. Info: 694-9964.

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Human cost of ending seniors’ free bus tickets will be high, users predict By Betty Bean Ernest Muller, 91, was once known as the “South Knoxville Litter Getter.� “We would go to parks and he would pick up trash and clean up, just to have something to do,� said his son, Ken Muller. “Now, because of balance issues, he can no longer do that.� Ernest was a design engineer with the Nevada Highway Department who retired in 1977 and became a private land surveyor until he had to give up driving at age 84. When his wife fell ill, he became her caregiver. Later, they came to Knoxville to live with Ken and his wife, Cynthia Andreson. “We deliberately chose a home on the bus line,� said Ken, who is a disabled veteran. “With both my wife’s and my disabilities, using the bus is a necessity. She used it to go to work every day, and we’ve been using the bus system more since my parents came. My mother died last December, and this is a way for Dad to see something out the window and say ‘What is that? I’ve

Steve Muller and his father, Ernest Photo by B. Bean never been here before.’ � The Mullers counted on getting Senior FREEdom bus tickets, provided by a Knoxville Area Transit/ Knox County partnership that was started in 2006 by former Mayor Mike

NOTES ■Karns Republican Club will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Karns Middle School Library, 2925 Gray Hendrix Road. Guest speaker will be former county commissioner and current candidate for Knox County Law Director Bud Armstrong. Everyone is invited. Info: Lorraine, 660-3677 or Chris, 256-4866 ■ First Baptist Church of Powell and Fountain City will host a motorcycle benefit ride Saturday, July 9, to benefit Western Heights Baptist Center. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at “The Spring,� 1709 Spring St. in Powell. The ride begins at 9 a.m. with a route through Lake City, Clinton, Oak Ridge and Karns, ending at WHBC. Lunch will be served afterward. Donations will be accepted. Info: Don Wadley, 679-4045, or Debbie Garrett, 922-4373. ■ The Knoxville City Council Pension Task Force will have its first meeting 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in the small assembly room of the City-County Building. Info: 215-2075.


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■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.

â– The Karns 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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too. A person on a fixed income who’s got $10 to spend if they don’t have to spend $1.50 for transportation, they can go out and that $10 is going in somebody’s cash register. They stay home and nobody wins. Next time I hear Burchett talking about how much he cares for seniors, I’m going to have a hard time taking him seriously.�

Hubert Smith served two terms on the KTA board during the Ashe administration. He believes Senior FREEdom has made a difference for older Knoxvillians. “I can tell you first hand. I’m on the bus every day and hear them talking about this program ending. For them, it’s a psychological blow – a financial blow,

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was occupied in 1969 when the district had grown to 6,500 customers and 35 employees. Now, HPUD operates two water treatment plants and a wastewater facility. It’s the fourth largest district in Tennessee with 27,000 customers and 65 employees. The district has fulfilled its mission of clean water and economic growth in Halls, Powell and now Union County. Those with economic and emotional ties to north Knox County owe a huge debt to Mr. Gill and Mr. Harbin. And we owe a tip of the hat to the guy in the Piggly Wiggly T-shirt. Marvin Hammond is our “Moses, man.� He envisioned, he scrambled, he cajoled and he took some heavy hits. Last Thursday, he carried in the boxes, but he doesn’t have an office in the new headquarters. Marvin Hammond is going to the house.

American Legion to host fishing tournament The American Legion post 212 will host its third annual Youth Free Fishing Tournament at Big Ridge State Park, Saturday, July 9. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and participants will be able to fish until 2 p.m. The event is open to youth up to age 12 and there will be prizes for all who participate. Reels will be furnished for those who need one and food and drinks will be provided.


■“Friday Night Lights,� sponsored by the Fairest of the Fair, will be 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.

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KAT budget during a time of volatile gasoline and employee health insurance costs. James Harmon, 70, also lives in South Knoxville, is on a fixed income and is about to suffer a double whammy since his only supplemental income is from his job with KAT’s federally-funded Senior Aides program, also on the chopping block. He has organized efficiency surveys of the KAT system and participated in a study of how the trolley system could work better. “They are in the process of making changes that come from the data we collected,� he said. He is angry about Senior FREEdom ending. “Look what’s happening – a huge percentage of the senior population depends on those buses. I would classify this as a life-threatening decision at a time when gas prices are so high that a lot of people cannot afford to operate a vehicle. I am one of those. I’m already in subsidized housing, trying to supplement my small Social Security income. It’s not going to be easy on my budget to put out $30 a month for a senior pass. I’m embedded in this community. I’m an educated person. This is just where it falls out for me.� Radio talkshow host

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government Mayor finds virtue in procrastinating “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well,” Mark Twain said, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has taken that advice to heart. Burchett has a plan to

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build a new elementary school in Carter. His bank account falls short of his ambition, but the mayor says if we’re willing to wait all will come out right in the end as he unloads county property to raise about $11 million. I’m not nearly as concerned about the ultimate success of the mayor’s buy now and pay later plan as others might be. For example, the developer, the Devon Group, presumably knows a thing or two about real estate markets and might question the wisdom of selling property in a market where demand is lower than the birth rate of Peruvian penguins. But if people as shrewd as Bob Talbott and Raja Jubran aren’t worried that the county’s check might bounce a couple of years down the road, why should non-Carterites sweat it? Besides, many who want the school aren’t worried about the petty details. They fall into the, “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn,” just build it camp, and believe, like Scarlett, that tomorrow is the best day to worry about your problems. Indeed, it’s fair to say the mayor’s plan rests on hope and procrastinating. Hope that the real estate market will rally well in advance of the day the bill comes due, and procrastinating until then. All this creative planning hinges on school board approval to convey the land for the school to the Industrial Development Board and agreeing to split $5

million once intended for renovations to the Carter campus, which includes the middle school. At last word, the $5 million was hiding under an assumed identity after County Commission vetoed it as part of the schools’ FY 2011 capital improvement plan, and it did not resurface in the FY 2012 school budget. However, the county capital improvement plan for fiscal years 2012-2016 includes a line item captioned “Carter Campus Renovations/Additions” – with no money assigned to it. A note explains “the county had planned for a $5 million renovation at Carter Elementary,” but commission did not fund the project and “alternatives” are “being investigated.” We now know what the alternative is, even if the note is misleading. The school board, not the county, planned for renovations that the county – in the person of several commissioners with an assist from Burchett – derailed. That white lie of a note is consistent with the through the looking glass nature of this project since Burchett and commission concluded they were better judges of what the school system needed than the school board’s elected representatives. Ironically, the $13.9 million cost for the school is comparable to the school system’s own estimates for financing and building under conventional methods, undercutting the mayor’s contention that a little creativity could get the job done on the cheap. But let’s put the best possible spin on matters. The economy recovers, demand for land returns to something like pre-2007 levels, and the county nets enough from selling excess property to pay for the school with money left over. That would negate the opinion of one local financial guru that the plan is “smoke and mirrors.” We had enough of that under the last administration. Contact:

SCHOOL NOTES ■ Knox County school board will meet Wednesday, July 6, at 5 p.m. at the City County Building with a preliminary workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the Andrew Johnson Building. Agenda items include: ■ Karns Elementary School, a contract with C.M. Henley Roofing Inc. for $757,320 for roof upgrades. ■ Architect Lanny Cope will present the schematic design of the new southwest elementary school for board approval. ■ Baker Center is sponsoring civics professional development for teachers in grades 4-12. Deadline to register is Tuesday, July 12. Info:





DeFreese brings ‘red bull’ message The early departure of state Sen. Jamie Woodson from elected office will trigger an off-year election to fill the 6th District Senate seat. It will coincide with upcoming city elections, and County Commission will appoint an interim senator to serve in the meantime, as it did last year after Tim Burchett became county mayor.

Betty Bean It’s a Republican seat, and Democrats have been pretty quiet about making a run for it, except for a brief rumor flurry involving actor David Keith. On the GOP side, it looks like three women – Becky Duncan Massey, Marilyn Roddy and Victoria DeFreese – will battle it out. Massey, with her powerful family name and years of

nonprofit work as head of the Sertoma Center, is the favorite going in. But City Council member Roddy’s fundraising prowess and high energy level cannot be dismissed. And DeFreese, who was appointed to County Commission after the Black Friday debacle, is a favorite of the ultra-conservative set. They’ve all hit the social media trail, and while Roddy and Massey stick to standard campaign rhetoric, DeFreese’s communications are Red Bull to their sweet tea. Her Facebook page, for example, is irresistible: “I have received calls for the last four days with political pressure to back out of the state Senate race in order to run unopposed with promise of backing for a new state House seat coming from newly configured district of South Knoxville. Right now ... I still feel convicted that I bring something different to

Ron likes Ivan Peabody gives nod to Harmon for mayor Normally City Council candidates run their own campaigns and avoid getting involved in other council or mayoral campaigns. So it was quite a surprise to read in Georgiana Vines’ column on June 27 that Council candidate Ron Peabody, who is opposing former County Commissioner Finbarr Saunders (Seat C), said he is supporting Ivan Harmon for mayor when asked at the Harmon for Mayor Coffee at Wright’s Cafeteria promoted by the Knox GOP chair. It is hard to see how this helps Peabody, who is best known as a vocal opponent of the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. Why would he want to alienate backers of Padgett, Rogero and Hultquist by openly sup-

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porting one of the other mayoral candidates? Will Harmon return the favor by endorsing Peabody over Saunders? There is certainly no guarantee that all Harmon voters will vote for Peabody, but it does send a negative signal to the supporters of other mayoral candidates that Peabody is not in their corner. How does Peabody persuade Rogero or Padgett supporters to vote for him when he is not voting for their candidate? Many Rogero supporters would probably never vote for Peabody as he so actively opposes the Ten Year Plan which Rogero supporters generally back. In this contest, it is true that Saunders has close ties

the voters as a candidate. I am not wealthy, nor politically connected. I am a simple girl wanting to serve.” Yo w z a! DeFreese is a reporter’s dream (and probably a h a nd le r ’s DeFreese nightmare). In the comment section, she lets it be known that she’s not falling for any illusory pie-in-the-sky promises, particularly since redistricting won’t even have begun by the Sept. 27 special election primary: “I am not certain that these calls from high level GOP party members … are from well meaning friends. “I am repeatedly being sent the message that I am entering a race against well-funded and heavily supported candidates. … I

am told that I will probably lose. They say they don’t want to see me spinning my wheels. … “I have been told that no local business will back me for fear of retribution. I have been told that I will be hardpressed to receive donations over $50 ... because hardly anyone in this town will want their name on the financial records of my campaign. “I have been told that if I lose this race ... then it will hurt my success in future campaigns. I have been told that I need to differentiate my message if I have any hopes of winning. I have been told that I should hand over lists of names of those people encouraging me to run. “I have been told that I am their friend ... and they care about me. I have been told that they want to see me have success. Really?”

to Rogero, including cohosting a reception for her before he decided to run for Council. Saunders’ daughter worked for Rogero when she was a city director. However, Saunders is not openly backing Rogero in this campaign, unlike Peabody, who is in the Harmon camp.

force study discussion (it was delayed by a proposal to hold closed meetings), its first meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building. The urgency for this study vanished months ago. It is a safe bet little will happen beyond talk until the next mayor is elected. Mainstream media may ignore it. ■ KUB has settled its tree cutting lawsuit brought by Christian Seus by paying him $15,000 for damage to his property. Meanwhile, Pat Serio, who lives on West Ridge Road in West Hills, has sent a long letter to KUB’s Mintha Roach complaining vigorously about KUB sending a sheriff’s deputy to her home to observe tree cutting which she opposed. She got a form letter back from Roach. Serio, who had never violated the law, was upset by KUB hiring a sheriff’s deputy to watch her. KUB should explain the circumstances under which they hire a deputy to go to private property.

Notes ■ The Airport Authority recently elected attorney Howard Vogel as chair to succeed Kirk Huddleston, but just barely, as there was hardly a quorum present. The Airport Authority has had major trouble recently getting five of its nine members to attend meetings with several members regularly absent. Vogel has his work cut out for him to get those absentee members to start attending. Council, which must confirm all airport nominees, should ask persons being reappointed about their attendance record to whatever board they are being named to by the mayor. ■ Six months after the city started the pension task

Ballard’s office ‘assessed’ by state Assessor ‘assesses’ employees By Larry Van Guilder Property Assessor Phil Ballard says a change in his funding and budget reporting that involved reducing hours for a number of the lowest paid employees in his office is about Phil Ballard “transparency.” While the expense details for the department are more transparent, the changes are more compulsory than voluntary.

The salary and benefits of some eight to 10 employees had been funded by a grant from the state. When that grant was discontinued for the upcoming fiscal year, the mayor’s office asked Ballard for $70,000 in reductions. Ballard says he came up with about $91,000. “We got back with the whole department,” he said, even asking if anyone wanted to retire. If not, “Then what about working 30 hours?” The nine employees asked to take one for the team were earning between $28,000 and $36,000, according to Ballard. He said his 47-member staff fits the

state guidelines of one employee per every 4,500 parcels exactly, and, “I knew I couldn’t lose nine people and be effective.” Ballard said six of the nine selected for a reduction in hours from 37.5 to 30 volunteered. “There’s no bitterness – this has really united the office,” he said. There’s no question it’s united at the top tiers, where no sacrifices were required. Jim Weaver, Ballard’s chief deputy, earns $82,000, and Dean Lewis, director of assessments, draws $80,000 annually. But Ballard says the office is getting a bargain with

both. Weaver was a high ranking state employee for 37 years, and Lewis handled state appeals for 23 years. Both hold multiple professional certifications. Ballard cites a human resources salary survey which “rated” Weaver at a $99,000 salary. He says both men could earn more working outside Knox County. The property assessor says he inherited an office in disarray, that budget records were virtually nonexistent. Now, the nine employees who’ve lost 20 percent of their pay can at least take comfort in knowing they’ve been elevated to a transparent budget line item.

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Woodson, 39, likes to say she was born in L.A. – “Lower Alabama.” Her father, Jim Roberts, was a State Farm agent who taught her about setting goals. He died in October 1998, two weeks before she was elected to the House. Her mother, GaNelle Roberts, is a steel magnolia who owns a successful real estate business and has been an indispensable cog in Woodson’s campaign machine from the beginning. But neither her parents nor her two sisters – Mary Ann and Susan – were ever particularly political, says Woodson, who spent her junior year in high school in Washington, D.C., working for Sen. Bob Dole as a Senate page and attending classes in the attic of the Library of Congress. “It was a pretty great place to spend 5:30 to 7:30 in the morning everyday,” she said. “We would actually suspend math class every morning during that magic moment when the sun comes up and turns the dome of the Capitol rainbow-colored. We would watch the sun rise over the capitol.” “That’s when the bug bit her,” GaNelle Roberts said. “She could see what great things could be done in public service.” Roberts has an alternate theory, too: “Jamie is the one that got dropped on her head as a baby.” Woodson says she was different from the rest of the Roberts clan in another way, as well. She became “the orange sheep” in a family of Crimson Tide fans when she graduated from Germantown High School and came to Knox-

ville to attend the University of Tennessee. She was active in student government, was a College Scholar and in the political science honors program. She was named a Torchbearer (the highest honor UT can bestow on a new graduate) in 1994, got her law degree in 1997 and was elected to the state House in 1998. Her mother has a word of caution about sending sons and daughters to Knoxville to go to school: “Sending your children off to UT is like sending them off to the Moonies. They never turn loose of them.” In 2002, Woodson survived a brutal redistricting that stretched her West Knoxville district (the 17th), out to White Pine in Jefferson County and down to Rocky Hill via a narrow strip of south Knox County. The inside word was that Woodson’s senior, all-male colleagues were uneasy with her growing clout and wanted to stifle any future plans she might have. It didn’t work. She defeated a popular Jefferson County high school football coach and was easily re-elected. GaNelle Roberts worked the polls in Strawberry Plains, where she was so popular with her daughter’s constituents that they brought her jugs of spring water and bags of fresh produce from their gardens. “Those are absolutely the most wonderful people in the world,” Roberts said. Two years later, when Senate Republican Leader Ben Atchley retired from office, she sailed through what pundits had predicted would be a difficult race

ate, but knows she is well suited to lead SCORE. “She was who the legislature really relied on for education policy. She was a very strong voice of moderation and a calming influence on the body. A lot of times we operate on the herd instinct – the herd will charge off in one direction until something spooks it and heads it off a different way. She was a consensus builder and one of the quickest studies I’ve ever run into down there. It’s just been a pleasure working with her over the years.” GaNelle Roberts isn’t torn at all. “As a mother, I’m glad she’s out of the political arena. People think just because you’re in public office that it’s open season on you. That first run for the Senate was a nightmare, and mamas never forget. “Now she’s on a different course and she’s not going to do anything but be great for the people of Tennessee. To have her in a position where she can impact something as important as educating Tennessee’s students makes me immensely proud. How many people can say they have a daughter who is going to be a part of something that will change people’s lives for the better?”

Then Sen. Tim Burchett with his wife, Allison, encounter GaNelle Roberts and Sen. Jamie Woodson. All were eating breakfast at Long’s. File photo by an 80-20 margin, leaving much of the Republican establishment wondering what happened. Her mother wasn’t a bit surprised. “The thing people don’t know about Jamie is this: Don’t make Jamie mad. You do that, and she’s going to let you-know-what freeze over before she’ll give up. She is a bulldog. She has an unbelievable drive, unfailing and neverending. There’s no quit to her. You better shoot her, because redistricting is not going to get it.” Republicans were in the minority when Woodson got to the House, where she was named to the education and policy committees. She worked well with the Democrats and won a reputation as a smart, diligent and reasonable legislator. Six years later, she

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ext time you hear a Dobro playing in the background of a country or bluegrass recording, say a quick thanks to George E. “Speedy” Krise Jr. Speedy passed away on June 9 at age 89 in Portsmouth, Va. His sister-inlaw, Mary Turner, who lives in the Gibbs community, brought a bunch of magazine articles and photos about Speedy by the Shopper office last week. You’re not going to believe this story. Speedy is recognized as the first musician/songwriter to play a Dobro on a commercial bluegrass/country recording. He did so during a recording session roughly 60 years ago for Capitol Records with Knoxville native Carl Butler. The session included several of Speedy’s own compositions, including “Heartbreak Express” and “Plastic Heart,” which helped launch Butler’s career. (Butler’s biggest hit, “Don’t Let Me Cross Over,” was recorded a few years later with his wife, Pearl.) “Back then, there were only about eight Dobro

players recording anywhere,” Speedy told Phyllis Speidell of the VirginianPilot newspaper in 2006. “Now there’s one behind every tree – and they’re all good.” Speedy also told Speidell during the interview that a Dobro isn’t a type of guitar (it’s actually called a resonator guitar), but a brand name for the guitar first made by the Dopyera brothers during the Hawaiian music fad of the 1920s. Speedy said he first borrowed a Dobro from a boy who was courting his sister back in their West Virginia home when he was 15 years old, using the instrument to accentuate the mountain music he’d been singing his whole life. He later used it on the Carl Butler sessions and the rest is history. After he graduated from high school, Speedy began working at WJLS radio in Beckley, W.Va., and formed his own band, the Blue Ribbon Boys. Speedy said that they earned $40 in a good week. Most of the musicians also worked a day job. They traveled to gigs in a DeSoto. While at WJLS, he met

country singers Molly O’Day, Roy Acuff and Little Jimmy Dickens. Dickens and Speedy were eating a chicken dinner together in the Krise home on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 – the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. After being discharged from the Air Force following World War II, Speedy worked briefly as a telegraph operator until he and his bride, Freda, moved to Knoxville when Molly O’Day invited him to come to WNOX radio. “They lived off Black Oak Drive in Norwood,” Mary Turner says. Speedy played on the popular radio shows “The Tennessee Barn Dance” and the “Mid-Day MerryGo-Round” along with country stars including O’Day, Union County natives Carl Smith and Roy Acuff, the Carter Family, Mac Wiseman, and future “Hee Haw” star Archie Campbell, who later lived in Powell. Speedy and Archie were working in Tampa one year when they heard a young singer from Memphis rehearsing be-

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eware of Vanderbilt. The Commodores are making waves. Baseball was in the World Series. Basketball is looking down on the Vols, smirking about forthcoming probation. New football coach is selling bowl bubbles and rounding up commitments from state stars. Disconcerting? Dangerous? How can this be without an athletic director and a massive budget? Football recruits may waver from summer pledges. If they are smart enough to attend Vanderbilt, or even Peabody, they may be smart enough to compare facilities and coaching backgrounds and identify greater chances of success at other SEC schools. It is possible that other SEC schools are not falling

all over themselves seeking commitments from Tennessee prep stars. The University of Tennessee is facing severe scholarship limitations because of front-loading, not because of NCAA penalties. One prep prize recited what he was told, that facilities don’t matter all that much, that people and academics do. If facilities are overrated, UT is spending freely for small rewards. Adjusting requirements for the magnificent training facility, as coaches came and went, didn’t double the price but it caused conservatives to flinch. Can you believe $250,000 to rehab a practice field? How bad were the flaws in the original construction? *** Social news you may have

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fore a show and wondered whether he’d make it. The young man’s name was Elvis Presley. Acuff recorded Speedy’s song “Plastic Heart” and Smith made his recording debut with Speedy’s “No Trespassing.” By 1956, as radio’s popularity was giving way to television, Speedy quit the music business and took a sales job with the Cook Coffee Company in Akron, Ohio. Speedy spent the last years of his life living qui-

etly in Portsmouth with Freda. He would play festivals and such from time to time but told Speidell he was happy to leave the music business behind. “I’d liked to have stayed with it, but it was hard to travel that much with four little ones at home and barely making a living.” Perhaps the greatest honor came when two folklife historians interviewed Speedy for a 24-minute documentary recorded by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Con-

Tauren Poole and Malik Jackson will get the most exposure. There is concern about too much publicity for certain sophomores who figure to play prominent roles (quarterback, receivers, etc.) Dooley, a man devoted to details, is the only person who would think a photo on schedule cards generates pressure. *** Sad and absolutely amazing that Phillip Fulmer remains a lightning rod. Mentioning his name as a possible athletic director led directly to complaints about the monthly $125,000 welfare check. What happened next was certain passionate fans erupted, charging the former coach with everything possibly related to the downhill slide, from recruiting negligence to hiring Dave Clawson to indifferent weight control. It wasn’t all Fulmer’s fault that agent Jimmy Sexton was able to negotiate a $6 million protection plan for his client. Former athletic director Mike Hamilton, another Sexton client, signed the contract. Somebody higher

than Hamilton, probably not a Sexton client, said OK. I suppose trustees could have stopped the stamp, stamp, stamping and called it excessive. They didn’t. Here’s the part critics conveniently forget: Fulmer did a lot of things right in his two-thirds of a lifetime relationship with the University of Tennessee. He was a good player, a senior leader. He showed potential as a student coach. He was outstanding as line coach and recruiter. He was borderline excellent as offensive coordinator. He was 152-52 as head coach. I feel certain his record would be at least one game better if he hadn’t been fired during Wyoming week. Ironic that it was homecoming. Yes, that bothers me. Fulmer did not lead the school into NCAA prison. He may have granted too many second chances but some delinquents became responsible citizens. Indeed, Fulmer was loyal to a fault. There is no need for a standing ovation but he doesn’t deserve the rip job. He is what he is, a winner, decent, smart, a Tennessee

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gress. The film debuted at the library’s Mary Pickford Theater in November 1995. Speedy is survived by his wife of 67 years, Freda Mae Pettry Krise; four children, one sister, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one g re at-g re at-g ra ndch i ld, many family and friends, and a lifetime of musical memories. He is buried at Restwood Memorial Park in his hometown of Hinton, W.Va. Call Jake Mabe at 922-4136 or email Visit him online at, on Facebook or at

man, a Vol for life. The school is paying more for administrative mistakes than coaching errors. *** Jimmy Hyams, multimedia personality, will be inducted into the Tennessee sportswriters’ hall of fame on July 14 at Cumberland University in downtown Lebanon. Jimmy was previously honored several times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as Tennessee sportswriter of the year and sportscaster of the year. I am of the educated opinion that he is the only person ever to win both print and broadcast awards. At the tender age of 16, Jimmy was sports editor of The Natchitoches Times. He worked his way up to several other Louisiana newspapers, the News Sentinel and the Shopper-News. He switched his emphasis to radio in 1998 and is currently sports director for The Sports Animal in Knoxville. His talk show is No. 1 in the state. Marvin West invites reader response. His address is

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eyland Stadium in September has nothing on my back field in June. One of the showiest weeds (milkweeds, that is) of the season is in full bloom. Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, to those inclined to use proper Latin names for their flowers, is one of more than a dozen species of milkweed found in Tennessee. Unlike the rest of them, it doesn’t have the sticky white sap that gives the whole family their name. It is also the only one that is orange, and really big orange; most of them are white. Butterfly weed produces big heads of orange to deep orange-red flowers. Later in the season, typical milkweed seed pods burst open to release a batch of small, dark seeds carried away on the wind by parachutes of fluffy white down. But their flashy appearance is only part of the story. Unseen is the brew of toxic chemicals, called alkaloids and cardenolides, which the milkweeds produce in their tissues. The plants are toxic to animals and can cause illness or even death in range animals, though that seldom happens because the chemicals are also bitter and distasteful. As is often the case with plants that have a reputation as folk remedies, these toxins in smaller doses have led to the use of milkweeds in a number of human ailments. The Latin name for the genus comes from Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, and alludes to the milkweeds’ supposed healing qualities. And, as is also frequently the case with folk remedy plants, it has been used for a whole list of ills from a variety of causes. In fact, another folk name for butterfly weed is “pleurisy root.” Native Americans and early

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CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8: 3-4 NRSV) Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity. (Albert Einstein) bought a note card the other day to send to a friend.

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another card with the above quote from Albert Einstein. The back of the card says “Albert Einstein (18791955), German-American physicist, was the most influential theoretical scientist of the 20th century,” a statement which is pretty nearly inarguable. I have read its simple message many times over several days. I have considered framing it, but if I did, I would probably stop seeing it at all, after a while. It would become just a part of the scenery. I may leave it on the end table beside my couch where I will see it every day, because I have to move it to get to something else. Because what is so endearing about it (for me, at least) is his implied

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ins have made the Monarchs very bad to eat. One classic and well-photographed experiment graphically demonstrates this. Scientists offer a Monarch butterfly to a young blue jay who is raised in the lab and has never seen a Monarch. It jumps right on it, like a high-school football player on a 20-ounce cheeseburger. But it’s a bad choice! Photos show the poor novice blue jay looking bad, then throwing up repeatedly. From then on, when offered a Monarch, the bird won’t touch it. It’s a great defense mechanism, unless you happen to be some bird’s first Monarch. But your sacrifice saves countless dozens of your fellow butterflies down the line. Lots of other insects besides Monarch butterflies visit butterfly weed to sip the nectar from the hundreds of little flowers. A quick

is a harmony and a simplicity that we have not yet understood. One of the terms that scientists use for that apparent harmony is “elegance.” We live in an “elegant” universe, a creation that is systematic, that is harmonious. I heard an interview with a physicist some months ago, in which he was asked whether he subscribed to the “string theory” or the “particle theory” of matter. His reply? “Well, what we find is that if you ask a string question you get a string answer. And if you ask a particle question, you get a particle answer.” That could be construed as a total non-answer, but it also might mean simply that you find what you are

belief that it is possible to get past the clutter to simplicity. Einstein was a genius, and there is the stereotype that geniuses live amid clutter – the absent-minded professor syndrome. I make no claim to genius, but clutter is something I understand all too well. But I suspect that in this quote, at least, the great scientist was not talking about the state of my desk. I think he was talking about the physical world: the heavens, the stars, the galaxies, the farthest reaches of the universe, known and unknown. I believe he was stating his conclusion that within what appears to be the randomness and the infinite complexity of the universe

looking for. It says, to this listener, at least, that the world is complex and subject to interpretation. But most of all, I think it means that the God who flung it all into space is infinitely creative, divinely imaginative, and deliberately difficult to categorize, limit, or pigeon-hole. My favorite phrase from the Affirmation of Faith from the Church of Canada is this: “We believe in God, who has created and is creating.” Another statement from Einstein offers the option of worshipping this fabulous God: “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Amen, and amen.

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■ 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.

■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, will welcome Gaither Homecoming artist Stephen Hill 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10. A love offering will be collected. Info: 688-8822.

■ North Acres Baptist Church Happy Travelers will visit the Billy Graham Museum in Charlotte on an overnight trip Monday, July 25. Double occupancy is $115 and includes transportation, lodging, admission and one dinner. Info: Sahrron Horton, 670-9690. ■ 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 host a revival with services at 7 p.m. during the week of July 4. 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 ■ The Church at Sterchi Hills, 904 Dry Gap Pike, will have evaluations and sign-ups for Upward Soccer beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Early registration deadline is Friday, July 15. Times vary for each age group. Info: Jeff Stevens, 688-4343. ■ Faith UMC , 1120 Dry Gap Pike, “Wolfpack” youth group meets 6 p.m. each Wednesday and Sunday. Everyone in grades 6-12 is invited. Info: or 688-1000. ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, has summer events scheduled for the youth: Bible study, fun days, road trips, community service days and more. Info: 690-1060 or visit ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, has open gym for middle and high school students 7-9 p.m. every Thursday. Everyone is invited. No sign-ups or fees.

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The Crossroads Festival of Western Legends will be held Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, at various locations in downtown Morristown. A special “Evening with the Stars” will kick off the event 6:30 p.m. Friday at Higher Grounds. Western Legends James Drury, Robert Fuller and Peter Brown will make appearances throughout the event. Admission is free on Saturday. Info: www.

A Brown Bag Lecture will be held noon Wednesday, July 13, at East Tennessee History Center on Gay Street. Guest speaker Ethiel Garlington, director of Preservation Field Services for Knox Heritage, will discuss the regional preservation efforts of the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Soft drinks will be available. Info: 215-8824 or visit www.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL ■ Bells Campground Baptist Church, 7816 Bells Campground Road, will have its Beach Blast VBS 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday, July 10-15, for kids pre-K through 5th grade. ■ Bethel Baptist Church Corryton will have VBS 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 11-15. ■ Clapp’s Chapel UMC, 7420 Clapp’s Chapel Road in Corryton, will have Warriors for God VBS 6:15 to 8:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 11-14 with dinner served each evening at 5:30. A castle bounce house and fair will be at the church 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Closing program on Friday, July 15. Info: Kathy, 377-3124. ■ 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. ■ Dayspring Church, 906 Callahan Drive, will have No Time for Wimps VBS 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, July 19-22, for all ages. There will be free Smokies baseball tickets, arts and crafts, games, snacks and prizes. ■ 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. ■ Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Road, will have its Rainforest Adventure VBS 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 11-15. Toddlers through 5th grade. Children under 3 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Info or to register: www.

Kitts Cemetery seeks donations for mowing The Kitts Cemetery Association in Grainger County is seeking donations so that the cemetery can be mowed. The cemetery operates on donations alone. Donations can be sent to Audrey Vittetoe, 223 Blankenship Road, Washburn, TN 37888.


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James Shaffer, plant manager at the Weisgarber Post Office, talks briefly with the interns. We were scheduled to walk through the plant, one of the first tours since 9/11, but “someone” forgot to tell the interns to wear hard-toed shoes. We won’t name names. Shaffer said his team processes 3 million letters per day, basically from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m.


Hearing the ‘money quote’ Interns were instructed to listen for the “money quote,” a witty or succinct statement from a source that could be used as a story lead or “pull quote.” Here are some responses: Madeline Lonas asked, “Who is Barney?” With a chuckle James Shaffer replied, “We have a lot of nicknames and acronyms here and Barney is one of our sorting machines that is painted purple.” Max McCoig liked Officer Burnett’s quote: “We have each other’s backs.” Jacob Mullins heard this advice from an officer: “It takes a short time to get into trouble, but a long time to get out.” Leo Coppock-Seal noted: In normal security there are 72 inmates to one officer, but in maximum security it is 5-to-1. He loved this quote: “First we ask them, then we tell them, then we make them.” Dalton Mullins was amazed that the local post office handles more than 18 million letters each week. Elizabeth Longmire said, “Everywhere we went (in the detention facility) there were cameras, and all the tapings are kept for at least a year. ... Men and women were kept in separate pods.” Caroline Longmire said for some prison “can be more like a normal, but limited, life.” She was struck by the inmates working up to privileges such as lawn mowing and gardening. But she also heard one officer say, “They call them trustees, but I don’t trust any of them.” Another intern asked why the inmates wore bright orange Crocs. It’s a 2-in-1 shoe, said Officer Carter. Previously, the Sheriff’s Office had to provide both tennis shoes and sandals for showering. Now inmates wear the Crocs everywhere. Probably doesn’t help them get away, either! Money quote from Officer Carter: “The inmates do the housekeeping. This is not the Marriott.”

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The interns go to jail By Madeline Lonas Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. The interns of Shopper-News went straight to jail on June 27. We never even got to see a judge. We remained silent while Officer Debbie Carter read us our (lack of) rights. She led us down the long hallways to where the inmates were being kept – not to be put in a cell, but to tour the facility. The Knox County Detention Center was built in 1994 and doesn’t look like what you would expect a jail to be. The walls are painted and there are no rusty bars. It’s bright and cheerful with colorful, waxed tiles on the floors. When criminals go to jail they must undress and are given underwear and an uniform. For shoes they wear neon orange Crocs. People who have gone to jail always say that the food is just plain out horrible. To me, getting two hot meals a day,

a box lunch and the choice of lemonade, milk or water with the meal sounds better than my school lunches. While food might sound good, the bedtime, 9:45 to 10 p.m., might be a little too early for my age group. Of course, we don’t have to get up at 4 a.m. to go to work. Inmates get at least an hour of free time which can be used to take a shower, work in the garden, read a book and even watch HGTV or the Discovery Channel. If they behave themselves they earn privileges. I’m not talking about having a cell phone, a computer or a TV. They can do things from work in the garden, take care of the goats or donkeys, or cut the grass. I thought that was chore, not a privilege. Overall this was a good experience, and it taught me that I never ever want to go to jail because it really is such a scary place to be.

Leo Coppock-Seal is final intern Leo Coppock-Seal, 15, joined the Shopper-News interns after missing the first week for a family vacation. He’s a rising sophomore at the new STEM Academy. Leo’s favorite color is blue and his hobbies include hanging with friends and X bar. He’s aiming for medical school upon graduation from college and joined the intern program “because it sounded like an interesting experience.”

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High-tech kid I must confess, I’m guilty of a little eye-rolling when elder family members call with technology problems. Once we get past the “Is it plugged in?” and “Have you turned it off and on again?” stage, I’d rather just sit down with the machine myself than explain stuff over the phone.

I thought. I’ll keep up with this stuff. There will be no eye-rolling or heavy sighs in this relationship. Well, I’m wrong. As all you parents probably know by now, touch screens are the Velcro of toddler computing, and they’re everywhere. No longer do our kids have to point and click or type to use technology. Touch screens are everywhere. Tablet computers like the iPad, my Nook e-readShannon er, my husband’s Android phone, heck, even Daniel’s Carey little V-Tech e-reader, all of these have touch screens. If you haven’t seen a preschooler with an iPad, take your kid to the Apple store It’s a generation gap thing, today. It’s crazy how quickly one that I naively thought they figure it out, and sudwouldn’t exist between Dan- denly they’re navigating iel and me. I’m tech-savvy, software that is light years


SPORTS NOTES ■ Baseball tournament, tee ball to 14U, Friday through Saturday, July 8-10, at Halls Community Park. Info: 992-5504 or email ■ Larry Simcox-Diamond Baseball Summer Camp, ages 6-11, 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, July 18-20. Info: Larry, 567-9082 or www.diamond

ETTAC to host golf tourney The East Tennessee Technology Access Center (ETTAC) will hold its 13th annual Al Wilson-Mack French Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge. Hosts for the tournament will be Al Wilson, Phil Fulmer and former UT football team players who knew Mack French.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit people with disabilities in East Tennessee. The grand prize winners this year will be treated to a day with Al Wilson on the sidelines at a UT home game. Scholarships are available for golfers with disabilities who need Centennial’s adapted golf carts and who cannot afford to play in the tournament. Info, registration and sponsorship: 219-0130.

beyond the Nintendo I coveted at age 8. Be warned, though. You’ll walk out of there with a screaming kid or without $500. Your pick. Daniel plays Angry Birds, asks for it by name. He surprised us the other night by un-pausing “Cars” on our laptop using the touchpad. He did it swiftly and perfectly, something we’d never taught him. Touch screens and motion-sensing technology like the X-Box Kinect are so intuitive for preliterate children, I can only imagine what Daniel will be doing in two or three years. Maybe I’ll direct his grandparents to call Daniel for computer advice instead of me. Then again, his techspeak will probably sound like Swahili compared to mine. Contact Shannon Carey at shannon@

KSO's Pop Series The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has announced the schedule for this year's News Sentinel Pops Series. The series begins with "The Sinatra Project" with Michael Feinstein 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Series tickets start at $103. Info: 291-3310 or www.

Flex team runner up in Charlotte The AYSO Region 124 U10 girls flex team competed in the Section 5 games in Charlotte in early June. The team was the runner up in their age division. Team members are: (front) Taylor Dawson; (middle row) Rachel Barrick, Bailey Taylor, Joy Carrigan, Brooke Jackson, Savannah Bresler, Eva Toler; (back) coach Eddie Guzman, Cassi Worsham, Ashlyn Miller, Kayla Guzman, coach Logan Jackson and coach David Dawson. Photo submitted

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Brown Bag, Green Book Rabbi Beth Schwartz will discuss “The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Berry noon Wednesday, July 20, at the East Tennessee History Center. The program is part of the Brown Bag, Green Book series. Everyone is invited to bring a lunch. Info: 215-8723.

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kindness” and other support for nonprofits. General Manager Mike Byrd said it’s been “a year of dynamic change and growth,” in all markets, including Powell. Frontier Communications is celebrat“On this anniversary, our celebration ing the one-year anniversary of its ac- is an opportunity to express our ‘Fronquisition of Verizon wire line operations. tier spirit’ throughout our communities, On July 1, 2010, Frontier became the new thanking customers, helping nonprofit orcommunications provider in many areas ganizations and sharing the news of Fronin 14 states. tier’s products and services,” he said. Frontier employees throughout the In Powell, the Frontier employees parcompany’s multi-state regions are plan- ticipated in the Fourth of July parade set ning free activities including customer for July 4. In Grainger County, they’ll be appreciation events, “random acts of all-out for the Tomato Festival.


‘On My Own’ First Tenn supports financial literacy An investment in financial literacy is an investment in the future. I’m proud of our many employees who volunteer to teach budget and credit workshops for the Knoxville Area Urban League. I’m also proud of a statewide youth financial literacy program delivered by UT Extension educators and partially funded by First Tennessee Foundation. “On My Own” is a simulation teaching module that includes visuals, poster graphics, a computer presentation and evaluation. Students assume they are 25 and the primary or sole support of their household. After choosing a job, participants are assigned a realistic monthly salary and a hypothetical family. They then are guided through the realities of creating a budget that includes tax payments, savings, and the real costs of living including housing, transportation, groceries, utilities,

KNOXVILLE CHAMBER Info: 637-4550. All events are held at the Knoxville Chamber unless otherwise noted. Joe and Kathy Madron’s friendship garden Photo submitted

Noweta Garden Club recognizes gardening efforts Every year for National Garden Week, which is the first full week of June, the Noweta Garden Club recognizes the efforts of neighbors for their gardens and landscaping. This year, Wade and Bonnie Shields and Joe and Kathy Madron were recognized for

their landscape gardens and the entrance to Powell Animal Hospital was recognized for business landscaping. The club also recognizes one of its members, whether or not they live in Powell. This year’s recipient is Tommy Sue Lepper.

■ Chamber Member MD Lab, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. ■ New Member Reception, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. ■ Ribbon Cutting, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, New York Life, 265 Brookview Centre Way, Suite 102. ■ Knoxville City Mayoral Candidate Debate, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Registration required. ■ Networking, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. ■ Chamber Member MD Lab, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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Mercy gets new owner, name change Mercy, we hardly knew ye! Mercy Health Partners announced last week a firm agreement to sell its assets to Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates. The deal includes Mercy’s 1,323 licensed beds in seven hospitals and additional continuum-of-care services including the residential hospice in Halls and the Health & Fitness Center on Emory Road. With new ownership will come a name change, officials said, since the seller, Catholic Health Partners, uses the brand in other markets. Mercy was formed here in 2007 with the merger of St. Mary’s Medical Center and Baptist Hospital. The transition from nonprofit to for-profit will mean an estimated $4.5 million in state and local taxes. Mercy generates about $600 million of annual net revenue and the purchase price is approximately $525 million with adjustments for working capital. Health Management administrators will work alongside Mercy leaders effective immediately and the change of ownership should be complete by Oct. 1. The acquisition is subject to review and approval by appropriate authorities, including the Vatican.

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STAFF WRITER Roll up your sleeves and get ready to start your spring cleaning early this year. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow opens tomorrow in Knoxville and is looking for anything old. Remember those musical instruments you played with as a kid? You know, the ones that have been stored away in the attic for the past 30 years. Well itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to dig â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em out, along with any other forgotten treasures. You might be sitting on a small fortune and not even know it. Roadshow representative, Archie Davis, explains what the event is all about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to sell just about anything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old, and get a fair price. We host over 3,000 shows every year throughout the U.S. and Canada. Gold and silver, timepieces, war memorabilia, jewelry, fine art, coins and just about anything valuable can be sold at the Roadshow. This event is popular because it puts money in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pockets. At a typical show, we will see hundreds of people during the five day event. We will see a few unusual items, but mostly we will see a lot of old coins, gold jewelry, and a wide variety of musical instruments and paintings.â&#x20AC;? Last week at a show in Missouri, a retired dentist

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a modern day goldrush as precious metal prices soar due to the unstable economyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketâ&#x20AC;? says Archie Davis, Roadshow Representative.

walked in with over 5 lbs. of dental gold fillings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say that is pretty unusual, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you say?â&#x20AC;? commented Davis. The gentleman received over $31,243 for his gold fillings. He told Davis that over the years he would keep the extracted teeth when the owners didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them. He would throw them in ajar and over the years it added up to over 5 lbs. of gold. Now, not everyone has a jar of gold teeth lying around, but according to Davis, more than you might think have some sort of gold they can cash in. Davis says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Roadshow receives a fair amount of gold each day of the event.â&#x20AC;? Broken jewelry, gold coins and dental gold are all valuable items with todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high gold prices. Archie Davis commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other top categories at the Roadshow

WHAT WE BUY COINS Any and all coins made before 1965: silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions wanted! GOLD & SILVER PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGH for platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, Krugerrands, gold bars, Canadian Maple Leafs, etc. JEWELRY Gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, all types of stones and metals, rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. (including broken jewelry) Early costume jewelry wanted.

WRIST & POCKET WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others. Aboveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Treasure Hunters Roadshow runs tomorrow through Saturday this week in Knoxville.




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would have to be silver dollars and other coins, pocket watches and my personal favorite, old military items.â&#x20AC;? Davis told me a story about a visitor at a recent Roadshow in Iowa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This elderly gentleman walked into the show and asked if we were interested in old war memorabilia. He explained that he had kept all of the uniforms, medals, flags and swords that he had collected during his service in WWII and that they were outside in his pickup. I walked outside, and to my surprise his pickup was full of the coolest militaria I had ever seen: beautiful swords and daggers, battle flags, patches and medals, uniforms, he had it all. We spent the next 3 hours going through his collection, and at the end of that day, he ended up walking away with over $8,000 for his old war memorabilia. His last comment to me was, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, I hope someone else can enjoy these things now.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Whether you have 5 lbs. of gold or a single gold tooth, a pickup full of old military items or a single sword, you should ta vi visit the Roadshow this week. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun and it could put some money in your fu p pocket, maybe a lot of money!

MILITARY ITEMS & SWORDS Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc: swords, badges, clothes, photos, medals, knives, gear, letters. The older the swords, the better.

GUITARS & INSTRUMENTS Fender, Gibson, Martin, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, new and vintage amps, saxophones, wood winds, mandolins and all others.





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