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Bob Headley found an enthusiastic audience at the July meeting of the Powell Business and Professional Association. The National Federation of Independent Business membership representative kicked off his presentation by dropping a money-saving tip to employers in the crowd. ...
July 16, 2012
A church rich in history
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Forgotten hero of the Great Smokies Although he may not be as well known as Col. David Chapman or Carlos C. Campbell, Gen. Frank D. Maloney may have had as long a relationship with the movement that finally resulted in the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as anyone else.
An exterior view of Mount Harmony Baptist Church.
See Dr. Tumblin’s story on page A-9
Two Byrds in the hall of fame Marvin West has known good guy Ben Byrd, former Journal sportswriter and editor, for 60 years. He’s known Jo Ann Byrd and son Rick for 51 years, since Rick was 8, playing biddy basketball at old Knox High. Marvin was the referee and says nobody in the Byrd family ever yelled at him. In August, son will join father in the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.
See Marvin’s story on page A-5
PHS baseball tryouts Jay Scarbro reports that Powell High baseball tryouts for returnees are Monday, July 23, and are Tuesday, July 24, for potential new players and rising freshmen.
Index Business Community Government/Politics Betty Bean/Marvin West Jake Mabe Interns Dr. Tumblin Faith
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Unav Hammer, church member since 1949, helps at the annual church rummage sale. Photos by Ruth White
By Ruth White Back in the mid-1800s the wagon train came through the valley and camped near a small spring. During one of the passages, an infant died and was buried on top of a hill. Talks began of the need for a meeting house in the area. The closest church was Beaver Dam but the distance made it nearly impossible to travel for worship. A group of individuals met on the farm of Martin Tindell back in 1848 for worship. In 1849, Mount Harmony Baptist Church was founded. The church is now 163 years old and is packed with a rich history. Church member Dan West
shared some of the church’s history from the 1800s and painted a picture of a strong foundation. According to records, Bradford DeMarcus was the first pastor of Mount Harmony Baptist. “He was a circuit rider preacher and shared the word at several churches,” said West. “He remained pastor at this church for 51 consecutive years.” DeMarcus’ great nephews George and Josiah DeMarcus were also pastors at the church in the early 1900s. On top of the hill is a small cemetery where veterans from wars through the Vietnam War have been buried, including John Childress from the Revolutionary War and both Confeder-
Dan West ate and Union soldiers from the Civil War. In 1860, the church hosted a revival that lasted more than two weeks and the church grew by 27 members. The following year, the church split with Southern sympathizers leaving the church and Union supporters remaining. One of the most unusual occurrences was in April 1876
County posts $17.3 million surplus gives us an opportunity to do someSome would say Trustee John thing,’ ” Hammond said. Duncan and his staff worked hard The commission funded $7 mil- to increase collections. That is lion of a requested $35 million in- demonstrated by the increase in By Sandra Clark crease sought by Superintendent Dr. fees collected from $1.3 million to When the county’s fiscal year Jim McIntyre and the school board. $1.9 million. ended on June 30, Some would say the economy both property tax is coming back. Consumers are and sales tax revAsk five people and you’ll get five spending more and paying propenues exceeded answers as to why the county has erty taxes on time. projections, reWhatever the reason, the surplus produced a surplus. sulting in a $17.3 Some would say Mayor Tim “no gives County Commission the opmillion surplus. shenanigans” Burchett projected portunity to step up and do the right This surplus is low in preparing last year’s budget thing for Knox County’s 56,000 available for one- during uncertain economic times. public school students. We’ll see Hammond time school needs Others would say he just got lucky. how this plays out. and could fund technology upgrades in all schools. Knox County – fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 Commission chair Mike Hammond said Friday that he has asked Budget Actual Difference interim Finance Director Chris Caldwell to attend the chair’s lunProperty Tax 248,769,308 261,463,386 12,694,078 cheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, Sales Tax 136,514,750 141,164,674 4,649,924 to discuss the commission’s options. “When I saw those numbers Total 385,284,058 402,628,060 17,344,002 come in I thought, ‘Wow! This
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prior to the customary Saturday evening business meeting. When members arrived at the church, a corpse was inside the building. The body of 16-year-old Daniel Kirk was brought to the church for burial, knowing that members would be in attendance of the meeting. The tradition and history continue today at the church. Through the years, 41 pastors have been preaching at Mount Harmony, including current pastor Michael Parsley. One parishioner said, “I remember coming here as a young girl, long before there was indoor plumbing and visiting the outhouse.” Times have changed but the close knit family at Mount Harmony has not. The church is located at 819 Raccoon Valley Road in the Heiskell community. The doors of the little white church are open to everyone, and to this day, travelers still visit the church on Sundays, thanks in part to the local campground just down the road.
In the 7th District, Commissioner R. Larry Smith voted against the school board’s budget, saying he did not favor a tax increase. He was one of four votes against the $7 million increase which did not require a tax increase. The school board’s budget included these 7th District expenditures in FY 13: Adrian Burnett Elementary, $7 million Shannondale Elementary, $4 million Powell High School, $2.250 million Additionally, Powell Elementary School was slated for $1.250 million in FY 14. Spending all or part of a surplus for one-time construction is prudent fiscal management and an investment in the health and safety of students and school staff.
A-2 • JULY 16, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS
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Celebrating Norman Watkins Day By Alvin Nance At our June board meeting, we said goodbye to a very special person at KCDC, resident commissioner Norman Watkins. Norman served on the KCDC board of commissioners for four years, and I am grateful for his dedicated public service and excellent counsel. At the meeting, Norman was recognized for his hard work and service with a resolution from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero declaring June 28 Norman Watkins Day in Knoxville. Norman’s Watkins name will also be engraved on a plaque that will be displayed permanently in the KCDC office. Though Norman will no longer serve as our resident commissioner, he will continue to have a special place at KCDC as one of our most active residents. Norman currently resides in Five Points at the Residences at Eastport, our newest affordable-housing community exclusively for seniors. He is an integral member of the KCDC community, helping out where he can. For years, Norman has provided a great service to his fellow residents who are unable to drive or don’t have a vehicle by transporting them to meetings, doctors’ offices, church services and other appointments. These KCDC residents would not be able to get to these important appointments without his help. Originally from Pennsylvania, Norman moved to KCDC’s Cagle Terrace in 1999. He lived at Cagle Terrace for many years and served on its tenant council for two years. In his spare time, Norman loves to spend time with his children and grandchildren, watch sports and fish. He is also a talented artist, specializing in paint and ceramics. I am grateful for Norman’s service to KCDC and am honored to call him friend. He will be missed at our monthly board meetings, but I am certain I’ll continue to see him lending a helping hand to his fellow residents in the KCDC community. Alvin Nance is executive director of KCDC.
School supply drive at First State Bank First State Bank in Knoxville will host a school supply drive for Pond Gap Elementary School. Items collected will be provided directly to the school. Items sought include colored pencils, 24-count crayons, Fiskar scissors, hand sanitizer and Kleenex tissues. Items may be brought to the First State Bank office at 8351 E. Walker Springs Lane through July 31.
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Stowers is Knoxville Rotary president Rotary Club of Knoxville named Harry W. “Wes” Stowers Jr. president for 20122013, at the club’s June 26 meeting. Wes Stowers Stowers is chair of Stowers Machinery Corporation. He serves as a commissioner of the Metropolitan Planning Commission and sits on the boards of many local nonprofits and businesses. Stowers is a graduate of McCallie School in Chattanooga and the U.S. Air Force Academy with a master’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute. He retired from the Air Force in 1998 as a lieutenant colonel. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Knoxville since 1994. His late father, Harry Stowers Sr., was a Rotarian for several decades.
COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ Memoir Writers meet 7 p.m. each second Thursday at Panera Bread, 733 Louisville Road in Alcoa. ■ National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1476, will meet at noon Tuesday, July 17, at the Double Tree Hotel on Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. A hot lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Oak Ridge fire chief Darryl Kerley will be the speaker. Everyone is invited. Info: Jerry Wing, 938-4532.
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Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine. Scoliosis affects boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18. It is more common
with girls. There are several causes of scoliosis, the two most common are congenital and habitual. Congenital scoliosis occurs when someone is born with a lateral curvature of the spine. Habitual causes are environmental or situational depending on the habits of the individual. Carrying backpacks improperly can contribute to a spinal distortion. Poor sitting habits and practicing poor
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POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS • JULY 16, 2012 • A-3
Small business, ‘All fired up’ big stake
Bill Clark wasn’t kiddin’ when he says his dune buggy causes a commotion.
By Betty Bean Bob Headley found an ent hu sia s tic audience at the July meeting of the Powell Business and Professional Association. The NaHeadley tional Federation of Independent Business membership representative kicked off his presentation by dropping a money-saving tip to employers in the crowd. “Any of you taking advantage of the new exemption to the worker’s compensation law?” No hands went up, and he explained that companies that have employees whose jobs carry varying risk levels could be eligible for the new exemption – clerical workers who never leave the office versus skilled craftspeople who drive company vehicles to outside jobs, for example. He said that Tennessee NFIB executive director Jim Brown got the exemption by sitting down with legislators and explaining why an exemption was needed. “You can file for the exemption on the Secretary of State’s website,” he said. Headley said the NFIB is a grassroots, membershipdriven organization that looks out for small businesses, primarily by monitoring state laws and regulations and lobbying state and local governments to be friendlier to small business. Keeping the membership informed via publishing lawmakers’ voting records and ranking them for business friendliness is another of the NFIB’s most important activities, Headley said.
On the state level, Headley said tort reform, which limits “pain and suffering” awards and this year added a “loser pays” requirement, making plaintiffs financially responsible for successful defendants’ legal bills, is one of NFIB’s biggest accomplishments. On the national level, he was very proud of the NFIB’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, even though his side ended up losing in the U.S. Supreme Court. “The NFIB was the only business organization in the U.S. to stand up to the federal government,” he said.
Temple Baptist Academy D a v i d W h i t a k e r, principal of Temple Bapt ist A c a d e m y, was the “spotlight” speaker for July. Whitaker He is a 1995 TBA graduate and is married to Jennifer Harbin Whitaker, a 1997 Powell High School graduate. He had been teaching at TBA’s sister institution, Crown College, when he was offered the position as principal of the academy. He says it’s an honor to walk the halls where he was once a student. “Our mission is not to compete with the public school system,” he said. “We are here to complement the public school system. Our mission is to serve families who want education built on a biblical worldview … to prepare students for whatever God has for their future.
MY TWO CENTS He had it all decked out for Independence Day, flags flying, a super star-spangled salute to the good ol’ U.S. of A. Bill didn’t have to ask twice about going for a ride when I got to his house. I was sold the minute I saw the floor mats that feature Tweety Bird from the Warner Bros. cartoons surrounded in flames. They read “All fired up.” As we made the loop around Broadway, folks were beeping horns and waving hands. “I took it to Food City the other day,” Bill says. “When I went inside, the whole store came out to see it.” Bill bought the buggy about 10 years ago from McCoy Motor Company. It had sat in a garage for 40 years. It’s got a Volkswagen-type motor in it, but Bill says his gets 110 horsepower. The
The school was founded in 1971, is accredited through the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools, and all of its teachers are certified and have at least a master’s degree, Whitaker said. The school offers a variety of sports, including soccer and volleyball, but no football. “Many of our students are big supporters of the
Bill Clark shows off his patriotic-themed antique dune buggy. Photo by Jake Mabe normal VW motor gets about half that. “This ain’t something you want to drive every day.” But, Bill takes it the back way to Pigeon Forge to car auctions. His usual companion is his dog, Browning. While we were cruising Broadway, Bill told me his story. He’s lived in the Ar-
lington community all of his life. He joined the National Guard as an underage child and has never forgotten the train trip to Fort Jackson, S.C. When the Korean War broke out, Bill figured it was time to own up about his age. He got transferred to the Air National Guard and became a member of the 199th A, C and W Squadron at Otis Air Force Base in MassachuPowell High School football setts. He still remembers goteam, and you will see them ing to hear the Big Bands. His hobbies also include at games, supporting their flying remote-control aircommunity,” he said. “We’re not here to compete with anybody, just here to provide what we provide for families who are looking for a biblically based education.” He said annual tuition is $4,700, although most students receive some form of financial aid.
planes and helicopters. He had a sweet lookin’ one underneath a table in his home. “If you know what you’re doing, you can fly that in your house,” Bill says. “I’ve never tried it.” We stood and talked awhile outside. Bill is the type of guy you feel you’ve known forever. As I was leaving, Bill pointed to his buggy. “I don’t know why I did it.” Pause. “Yeah, I do, too. I’m 80 years old!” family and friends.
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government Republicans move from the A-4 • JULY 16, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS
Trainor speaks ridiculous to the sublime By Anne Hart
This time last year – actually for the last three years – West Knox Republicans have sweated and suffered mightily through their annual July picnic and cake auction because of the lack of air conditioning at Deane Hill Recreation Center. Is that even legal? I mean to expose a bunch of us who aren’t spring chickens any longer to such sizzling hot conditions? “So why did they do it?” you’re probably asking. Likely the answer would be a huffy “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” True. And they used to burn – ’er cook – the hamburgers and hot dogs outside on those little bitty grills, too. Part of that equation changed a few years ago when someone got the bright idea of having it all catered. But then there was still that heat thing. Whew! This year everything changed. Thank you to club members Mary Ann Thompson and Nick McBride who pitched the idea of moving the whole shebang to Rothchild to club president Gary Loe, who then asked club members what they thought of the idea. It’s unlikely that so many “yeas” have been hollered out with such enthusiasm in the
David Sanders of the Law Director’s Office said that’s OK: “The Law Department cannot substitute its own judgment for that of the legislative body.” Board members responded characteristically. Cindy Buttry was combative, saying this just proves again why the school board needs its own lawyer. Indya Kincannon was hopeful, saying the economy might improve so that the funding would be secure. Mike McMillan was cautious, saying McIntyre should tell the new hires that theirs is a one-year job. Karen Carson was calming, saying the school board will just do what it always does – educate kids. If the commission fails to fund the money next year, the board can shuffle its priorities to continue the initiatives, assuming they’re getting good results, Carson said. Pam Trainor drew on her experience in PTA to say it best: “The minutes are the written record of a meeting. How do you amend something that’s already happened? You can correct it, but you cannot add to it or take away. I have a problem as a citizen with what the commission did. And that’s all I have to say.”
As you read this on July 16, I am in surgery having a bum right hip replaced after a 10-day visit to Asia. I expect to be home by week’s end, then a few weeks of recovery getting my new hip in working order so I can resume a normal pace. Hip replacements generally work well. Last week, I completed my visit to Timor-Leste as one of 13 election observers for the International Republican Institute on their parliamentary elections. Timor-Leste is a former Portuguese colony on the eastern half of the island of Timor. The other half is Indonesia, which occupied Timor-Leste for 25 years before giving the province its independence in 2002. Timor-Leste is Roman Catholic while Indonesia is overwhelmingly Muslim. Timor-Leste has a population of 1.2 million with some petroleum reserves and lots of good coffee. The population is young. The capital, Dili, is near the equator. Our election observers included delegates from India, Egypt, Uganda and Spain and separate groups from the European Union and the United Nations.
We had at least two calls on Betty Bean’s story about Arnold Smith, the physician who grew up in Knoxville and is now in jail, accused of murder for hire. The first caller disputed the word “nerd” to describe Smith. The second said Smith’s first school was Staub Elementary, not Van Gilder.
Hutchison endorsed by TSEA Former Sheriff Tim Hutchison has been endorsed by the Tennessee State Employees Association in his campaign to be the Republican nominee for state representative from the new District 89. Hutchison called employees the state’s “best and most important asset” and said he believes in rewarding good employees with “an adequate salary and appropriate raises.”
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lengthy history of the club as when that question was posed. Everybody wanted out of the heat. So last week was the picnic. Rothchild was the cool and comfortable venue, and it seemed Judge Dale Workman had been polishing the running commentary he uses while auctioning off cakes and other pastries donated
by elected officials – the highlight of the event. The good judge teased, he cajoled, he begged, he ridiculed, he twisted arms – all for the cause of perpetuating the Republican Party in Knox County. The room was pretty well packed by the time the auction began. Those who were serious about the hot dogs
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Judge Dale Workman asked for a little help “moving the merchandise” from the display tables to the auctioneer’s podium, and he got it. Coming to his aid were: Patrick Boles; Zach Buttry, son of school board member Cindy Buttry; and Anne McCall Stansberry, whose dad is Judge Tony Stansberry. Photo by A. Hart
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Election Day was Saturday, July 7, and I watched a polling place in the capital city with more than 50 people already in line in the dark for the official opening at 7 a.m. Then I traveled into the interior of the island on a one-lane road, barely paved. It took an hour and a half to go 17 miles. It was amazing to see a huge voter turnout exceeding 74 percent of the country. We were allowed full access to all polling places. Voting was by paper ballot with voters placing a finger in red ink afterwards to prevent return voting. The ink was impossible to wash off in less than two days. We visited six polling places which were located in schools and open air recreation areas. The atmosphere was calm but festive. A volleyball game was going full speed at one polling place. Polls closed at 3 p.m. and
most had voted by noon. Unlike Knoxville where many vote in the last 30 minutes, virtually no one voted at the end of the allotted time period. We then observed the actual vote counting after one polling place closed as this is where mischief can occur. While it took more than two hours to count 750 paper ballots, it was an orderly process where each ballot was opened in front of the assembled audience and tallies were maintained for all to see. The ballot was a list of 21 political parties and each voter voted for one of the parties and not candidates. It was reassuring to see voters in an impoverished nation facing major economic issues freely participating so calmly and determinedly in choosing their Parliament of 65 members. It has been American foreign policy for both Democratic and Republican administrations to promote democracy. The Timor-Leste leadership is fully committed to seeing this process prevail. Our IRI delegation met for an hour with the President of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak.. He is a former resis-
tance fighter against the Indonesian occupation. I also had an hour meeting with Ambassador Judith Fergin at her residence. A fair question would be what does it matter what happens in this country which you have never heard of? It does matter because it shows the strength of democracy once it takes hold in nations through the world. At a time when China is asserting its money and influence, it is especially relevant that Asian nations promote democracy and it is happening now in Mongolia (China’s immediate neighbor) as well as Burma (also a Chinese neighbor) and now Timor-Leste. China is spending literally trillions of dollars building new government buildings in Laos, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, as well as many African nations. The U.S. has vital interests in Asia in terms of promoting our values which will be a response to China. ■ Sen. Becky Massey had a well-attended fundraiser July 10 at the Sequoyah Hills home of Joe and Ruth Fielden. (This writer was a host along with my wife, Joan). Among those attending were Sen. Randy McNally, state Rep. Steve Hall, B. Ray Thompson, Joe May, Karen Gilbertson, and Dean and Mary Farmer.
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Pam Trainor, who represents South Knox on the school board, last week scored a couple of zingers. On the fun side, she invented a verb when describing Chief of Staff Russ Oaks’ efforts to make the board’s policy on volunteers more inviting. “I appreciate Russ’ work to warm and fuzzy it up,” she said. Trainor later struck at the heart of County Comm i s s i o n’s attempt to restrict the “maintenance of effort” component of the extra $7 million it cobbled toPam Trainor gether without a tax increase to support board initiatives. Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre plans to hire as many as 65 new teachers to replace veterans he will move into jobs as instructional coaches to provide support for classroom teachers and also help with the reading initiative in grades 1-3. Maintenance of effort means the commission can’t cut the funding; without it, there’s no guarantee of second- or subsequent-year funding for these positions. Both Commissioners Richard Briggs and Sam McKenzie asked if the new money was maintenance of effort before voting yes when the budget was adopted June 4. Two weeks later, Commissioner Brad Anders amended the minutes of that meeting to strike any reference to maintenance of effort.
and hamburgers and all the fixins’ filled the tables. Most of those running for office worked the side of the room near the entrance and the food tables. These guys are no dummies. They know where to go after votes. Most of the elected officials and candidates were on hand or sent representatives. Criminal and Circuit Court Clerk Joy McCroskey is still recovering from serious back surgery but still sent a couple of chocolate chess pies that were snapped up in a hurry. Trustee John Duncan III was at a funeral a few counties away but was well represented by his chief of staff Josh Burnett and delinquent tax attorney Chad Tindell, who purchased several items to take back to the office. Tindell purchased the evening’s highest-priced pastry, a very impressive looking peanut butter chocolate cake donated by Knox County Property Assessor Phil Ballard and auctioned for $70. Morton Massey purchased the home-baked goodies donated by his wife, state Sen. Becky Massey. He said with a big grin that he had “been smelling it all night anyway.” Ruthie Kuhlman and Chris Christenberry, seated at adjacent tables, ran the price up on several items as they bid against each other, particularly for some lemon coconut bars donated by Judge Tony Stansberry. Kuhlman finally gave in, muttering good-naturedly that she was “out of money.”
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MPC approves North Sector Plan The Metropolitan Planning Commission staff held five open house-style meetings in developing a new sector plan for North Knox County. The meetings were sparsely attended, but were designed to give citizens a chance to be part of the process of long-range planning. The plan has also been highlighted on the MPC website, where no negative comments were recorded. So it was adopted unanimously by MPC commissioners last week and will be forwarded to County Commission for consideration. The new plan replaces the 1998 version, but makes few changes. Areas identified
Betty Bean for Low Density Residential coincide with the county’s Planned Growth Area. The Agriculture/Rural area is kept to Bull Run and Raccoon valleys, which coincide with the Rural Area of the Growth Policy Plan. The plan contains six special land use districts, several of which are mixed use districts where commercial, office and residential uses would be appropriate with further develop-
ment or redevelopment: Clinton Highway/ Powell Drive Mixed Use District: The completion of Powell Drive (the name of the new Emory Road) will place this section of Clinton Highway in an advantageous position for revitalization. Office, light manufacturing, commercial and residential uses could be considered. Historic Powell Center: The completion of Powell Drive will reduce thru-traffic on Emory. But because it is pedestrianoriented, this area can build on its assets – three schools, historic buildings and neighborhood-
Two Byrds in the hall This one is personal. Sorry about that. I’ve known good guy Ben Byrd, former Journal sportswriter and editor, for 60 years. I’ve known Jo Ann Byrd and son Rick for 51 years, since he was 8, playing biddy basketball at old Knox High. I was the referee. Nobody in the Byrd family ever yelled at me. In August, son will join father in the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. The Wests hope to be there, to stand and applaud. Ben was honored long ago for writing informative, entertaining stories. Rick will be inducted as one of the best basketball coaches in America.
Oh, that’s a little much, you say. No, he’s that good – 10 conference championships, national coach of the year among mid-majors, 637 career victories, 545 at the same place, Belmont College in Nashville. He put the Bruins in the NCAA tournament five of the past seven years. Rick went from coaching Maryville College to
Lincoln Memorial to Belmont in rapid progression – and stayed. As many games as his teams have won, the story of a loss is the one framed and hanging in his office: Duke 71, Belmont 70 in the 2008 NCAA tournament. That one turned Mike Krzyzewski’s hair grey. Byrd, 59, has some grey, too. It fits. He is not flamboyant. He is poised and polite, more like John Wooden than Dick Vitale. Rick is comfortable in the big leagues. He golfs and does lunch with Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings. Country music superstar Vince Gill is a close friend. Byrd votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top
oriented commercial uses. Callahan Road Mixed Use District: The 2001 Corridor Plan, which included office, retail, warehousing and light industrial uses, will be left as is. Emory Road/I-75 Mixed Use District: Commercial, office, medical-related development, and medium density (apartments or senior housing) residential are planned for the northeast side, with more intense uses going to the relatively-undeveloped west side of the interchange. Offices (medical and professional), retail, hotels and medium density residential would be appropriate for this area. I-75/Raccoon Valley Industrial and Commercial Center: Some
400 acres here could be more intensively developed, especially for warehousing/ distribution uses and light industrial. The creation of a master plan for the area should also be considered, including expansion of utilities, layout of new roads and access points for more intense uses, design and development standards and an economic development program. Halls Mixed Use District: Focuses on and around the Black Oak Plaza shopping center and the former Walmart shopping center, where several hundred square feet of land and vacant retail space exist. Rather that concentrating solely on commercial uses, this proposed land use designation would allow a mix
of retail, residential and office uses, including vertical mixed use. In other proposals, the Parks, Greenways and Recreation Facilities Plan was modified slightly. A Heiskell Community Park is depicted. The “Orange Route” greenway was removed, and two additional greenway proposals were added in Halls. A green infrastructure plan shows the greenway connections, hillside protection areas, floodplains and areas with prime agricultural soils. No changes were made to the Long Range Transportation Plan. Mike Reynolds was the primary planner for the sector plan. Info: 215-3827 mike.reynolds@knoxmpc. org.
25 poll. He is a member of the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee. Considering his accomplishments and a thousand pats on the back, Rick Byrd remains refreshingly unaffected. He has never forgotten roots and the blessing of who he is. “Most of what I have done occurred outside of Knoxville, but 90 percent of what I learned about athletics came from growing up there. Many of those experiences formed the foundation of my life, personally and professionally.” Rick realizes that being the son of a sportswriter provided far greater access to sports events than most boys enjoy. “Starting as an 8-yearold, I would sell programs (for 25 cents) at Stokely Center until tipoff and
then run to the press table and sit at my father’s feet and watch Danny Shultz, A.W Davis, Ron Widby, Bill Justus, Jimmy England plus all the great players that came in. “I not only got to watch a great coach (Ray Mears) from about 15 feet, I watched Adolph Rupp and other great coaches on the other end.” Rick says it helped that his father kept sports in perspective. “He thought, and still thinks, that a game is a game, not life or death. I continue to carry that philosophy even though my livelihood and my family’s well-being have depended on the scores.” Rick played little-boy baskets for Rock City. He played Little League baseball at Mary Vestal Park. He played
golf at Bays Mountain. He played high school baskets at Doyle. He saw every sports event that he could work into his schedule. He became a walk-on junior varsity basketball player at Tennessee. “I practiced daily against the likes of Ernie Grunfeld, Bernard King, Mike Jackson and Rodney Woods.” He became a graduate assistant coach for Mears. He scouted opponents. No less an authority than Stu Aberdeen said “young Byrd is smart.” Sure is, and doggedly determined and fiercely competitive and very successful. Nice guy, too. He said he’s seen a lot of referees in his time and I wasn’t all that bad. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero. com.
UT NOTES ■ UT Extension Assistant Dean Robert Burns has been named by the Environmental Protection Agency to the Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) for its 2012Robert Burns 2014 term. The committee specializes in water quality issues related to agricultural production. He has served UT Extension as assistant dean and Agriculture Natural Resources and Resource Development program leader since 2010. ■ UT has installed a new Solar Secure SunStation outside Perkins Hall on the Hill. The SunStation is a solar powered, wireless structure that provides a self-sufficient power and communications source for Emergency Assistance Stations, video surveillance, LED lighting and Wi-Fi. It also features a power outlet, allowing students the convenience to stay connected by using their laptops, cell phones and other technology outdoors. UT is the first university in the country to install this product on campus. ■ UT Extension has launched a drought response website, https://utextension.tennessee. edu/drought/, which will be available to the public at no charge 24/7 and will assist the state’s farmers and ranchers, as well as citizens and homeowners, as they respond to the unseasonably hot and dry weather. The website will be an ongoing project and materials and links will be continually updated and added. ■ A study written by Russell Crook, a UT associate professor of management; David Patterson, executive director of the UT National Defense Business Institute; Dave Ketchen, a Lowder Eminent Scholar at Auburn University; and James Combs, a professor at Alabama, outlines ways the Pentagon can cut billions. The study was sponsored by U.S. Air Force. ■ UT Extension is coordinating a series of livestock producer meetings across the state to assist with the increasing dire situation of the state’s forage and pastures. The meeting scheduled in Knoxville will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the UT Extension Eastern Region Office.
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t the end of a long gravel driveway, past a barn and a few tractors and an old gas pump advertising its contents for 48 cents a gallon, Calvin and Carolyn Copeland were waiting. They work a calf-cow operation on three farms in East Knox County, one of which almost touches the Knox/Union county line. Photographer Ruth White and I took the kids we call “interns” – actually middleand high school-aged students who might want to go into journalism one day, God help them – out to the Copeland’s house last week. It was like stepping back in time, in the best sense of what that means. We saw land, lots of it, the precious commodity disappearing faster than common sense. Carolyn gave the kids Coca-Colas from an actual Coke machine, the classic kind with the door that swings out. She took the girls to a picnic table overlooking an inviting three-acre pond that makes you wish you had a line and a pole and bait and some time to kill. A Canada goose who decided it didn’t want to keep migrating north lives there, too. Calvin stayed with the guys up on the porch. He told tales. He says he calls Carolyn “Bologna,” because, “before she met me, that’s all she
A snapshot of the three-acre pond on Calvin and Carolyn Copeland’s farm.
The Shopper interns enjoyed exploring the farm of Calvin and Carolyn Copeland and stop for a photo under the grape vines. Pictured are: Jacob Messing, Melinda Taylor, Mitchell Kolinsky, Madeline Lonas, Ethan Sanders, Madison Noe and Sarah Dixon.
used to eat.” Asked about it later, up near the grapevine, Carolyn just shrugged. “Might as well let him (call me that), after 40-something years.” Calvin was born off Pedigo Road, near the stretch of Emory Road between Halls and Powell, on a produce farm. His father was a sharecropper. Calvin remembers when the preacher used to alternate Sundays behind the pulpits at Sharon Baptist and nearby Glenwood Baptist. “I thought that I couldn’t be happy but in that community,” Calvin says. “Now, I couldn’t go back. There’s not enough property.” In addition to the land in East Knox County, the Co-
pelands also own 800 acres near Kearney, Neb. Calvin served on a mano-war destroyer in the Navy during World War II. Before that, the farthest place he’d been from home was to Hardin Valley. He was a storekeeper onboard the destroyer. “My job was to find out how long a trip the job was going to be. A ship is like a floating village. It should have everything on it you need to survive.” The destroyer escorted troops and supplies that were headed to Germany, England Corryton farmer Calvin Copeland shows the Shopper-News “interns” his 1924 Model T Ford. and France. Photos by Ruth White The Copelands have lived in Corryton for more than “I was a-feared to get mar- As is the case with all of our the door.” 40 years. Calvin says he Calvin says if somebody waited until he was middle- ried. I was a-feared she might nation’s history, the Native offered to give him land out in take me to the cleaners!” Americans were here first. aged before he married. They still farm the land Before we left the house, West Knoxville or somewhere themselves. Calvin wanted us to see his worth three times more than “In the early days, you were Model A and Model T Fords his, he’d turn ’em down, if it lucky to (farm) six or 10 acres in the garage. The Model T meant having to move. “We don’t know any place a day. Now, my wife and I do was built in 1924. The Model we’d rather be.” about 35 acres – rake, bale A was built in 1929. It had been raining heavily and haul hay out of the field – Calvin says he courted in one evening. But we enjoy Carolyn in a car like the that morning. But when we it. That’s the main thing. We Model T. It has manual got to Calvin and Carolyn’s do everything together.” windshield wipers. Cal- house, the sun came out. Call me corny, but I think Carolyn brought out wa- vin says whenever it would termelon for the kids and rain, he would pretend he the Copelands had someshowed them arrowheads couldn’t work the wipers thing to do with it. Don’t even try to tell me otherwise. and musket balls found on and steer at the same time. the farm. They’ve even taken “Otherwise, she’d sit on Visit Jake Mabe online at jakemabe. blogspot.com. them to UT for identification. the other side of the car near
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The original Little Flat Creek Baptist Church, built in 1797 Photo by Madeline Lonas
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A forgotten champion of the Smokies HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin Although he may not be as well known as Col. David Chapman or Carlos C. Campbell, Gen. Frank D. Maloney may have had as long a relationship with the movement that finally resulted in the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as anyone else. Judge George L. and Sonora Dodson Maloney had four sons: William M., George E., Frank D. and James D. Maloney. Frank was born in Knoxville on Jan. 3, 1879. His father was judge of the Knox County Court from 18881902 and worked for the establishment of a home for the indigent. Eventually, when it was established, the home was named for him and the George Maloney Home at Maloneyville served Knox County’s indigent for many years. After he attended the public schools in West Knoxville, Frank graduated from UT with an engineering degree in 1898. His lifelong friend, David Chapman, was a teammate on the football team with Maloney at fullback and Chapman as quarterback. Years later, they would work together effectively in the efforts to set aside land for the national park. When the battleship Maine mysteriously exploded and sank in Havana harbor on Feb. 15, 1898, during Maloney’s senior year at UT, the SpanishAmerican War was ignited. When the war began, there were only 28,000 men in the regular U.S. Army. The Army requested 50,000 new men and received more
than 220,000 volunteers, including members of the state National Guard units. Maloney was one of those volunteers. He assisted in organizing a company that became part of the 6th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. During the Philippine Insurrection (1899–1902), Maloney re-enlisted and was assigned a captaincy in the 39th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. He served under Gen. Arthur MacArthur, Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s father. He survived that brutal jungle war and won a promotion to colonel. His uncanny expertise in assessing topography and preparing detailed maps enabled him to choose the site for Fort Benning, Ga., which remains an important military post today. Although Maloney had not been an applicant, Gov. Ben Hooper chose him to become adjutant general of the Tennessee National Guard in 1911. During Gen. Maloney’s four years as AG, he reorganized the guard and gave it a sound structure. Periodically, he engaged in general contracting and railroad engineering with the John A. Kreis Construction Co. Later, he worked with the Benson Winch Co., where his military experience facilitated its rapid growth. During his long career, he would also serve as commissioner of highways for Knox County, become the first chair of the Knox County Planning Commission (organized in 1940) and serve on the Knoxville Housing Authority. Maloney was hiking and
camping in the Smokies as early as 1896. When the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association was formed, he became one of the original members. The group first met on Dec. 21, 1923, with a board of directors that included Forrest Andrews, Carlos C. Campbell, Col. David Chapman, Willis P. Davis, Paul Fink, Russell W. Hanlon, Maloney and I.W. Rawlings. Arno B. Cammerer, associate director of the National Park Service, was charged with establishing the park boundaries. Gen. Maloney had double qualifications to become his chief assistant in the project. He had lengthy experience as a civil engineer with a particular expertise in topography and mapmaking, and he had an intimate knowledge of the Smokies, where he had often hiked and camped since he was 17 years old. By 1926, Maloney had prepared a composite map of the park’s proposed 704,000 acres. This map, dubbed the “Cammerer Map” or the “Red Line Map,” was used throughout the lengthy negotiations with the state of North Carolina, the state of Tennessee and the U.S. Congress. Gen. Maloney conducted many of the meetings with Col. W.B. Townsend, owner of the Little River Lumber Co., and eventually arranged for the sale of their 76,507 acres for $273,557.97 or about $3.50 per acre. North Carolina had paid $9 to $12 per acre for similar land. When Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay received the
The Longmire-Gentry House circa 1911. Probably the first house built on Gibbs Drive in the Gibbs-Maloney Addition, it was home to Brice Longmire (1862-1916), a member of the board of education, the Knox County Court and the Tennessee state Legislature (1911-1913). Photo submitted
151 pages of deeds for the LRLC’s property on Mar. 22, 1927, and when Tennessee’s share of the cost ($183,371.73) was paid, the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was almost assured. However, the park was not chartered by the U.S. Congress until 1934. President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke at the formal dedication of the park at Newfound Gap on Sept. 2, 1940. The park remains one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States and the most-visited national park year after year. But Gen. Maloney’s work was not finished. He envisioned a 72-mile scenic Foothills Parkway along the Tennessee border of the park that would make travel from one section of the park to another much easier for residents and park visitors alike. It would also provide a num-
ber of loops for added exposure of the scenery. Congress authorized the project in 1944 and the Tennessee Legislature authorized purchase of rights-of-way in 1945, but it was 1960 before construction would begin. Having just returned from yet another mission to Washington on behalf of the park, Gen. Frank D. Maloney passed away suddenly on March 7, 1952. A confirmed bachelor, he was survived by his sister and three brothers. He is buried in the family plat at Highland Memorial Cemetery. His gravestone reads: “Frank Maloney, Army Officer, Engineer, Adjutant General (Tenn.) 19111915, Leader in the Establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” The Maloney Point overlook on Tennessee state Highway 73, just a few miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center, is a spectacular
Gen. Frank D. Maloney (1879-1952). Gen. Maloney, an Army officer, civil engineer and mapmaker, was a major contributor to the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy C.M. McClung Historical Collection
spot from which to catch a sunrise with a scenic view of the valley toward Gatlinburg. What a fitting memorial to one who gave so much of himself in the establishment of the park! Author’s Note: Next month’s article will describe Gen. Maloney’s partnership with Charles R. Gibbs and the development of Fountain City’s historic Gibbs-Maloney Addition.
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To call myself beloved Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73: 25-26 NRSV) And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. (from “Late Fragment,” Raymond Carver)
Cubs take home title of tournament champions The Knox Youth Sports Cubs have won the Pee Wee junior tournament championship. Pictured are: (front) Cade Lawson, Carter Goodwin, Jack Lavelle, Jacob Hurd; (middle row) J.P. Quigley, John Mancini, Alexander Bielicki, Preston Weeks, Ty Cox, Luke Hurd; (back) coach Chris Cox, head coach Jesse Hawe and coach Matt Lavelle. Not pictured are Tyler Hawe and Jay Gobi. Photo submitted
WORSHIP NOTES Community Services ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane (across from Tractor Supply in Halls), distributes free food 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265. ■ New Hope Baptist Church distributes food from its food pantry to local families in need 6-8 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.
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Music services ■ Gospel singings 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at Judy’s Barn off Hickory Valley Road on Grissom Road behind Big Ridge Elementary in Union County. Info: Jim Wyrick, 254-0820. Admission is free.
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I remember the day that it dawned on me. It made me sad then, and it makes me sad every time I bring it to mind. Here is the truth that hit me, really out of nowhere: there are a great many people who love me, it is true, and I am grateful for them beyond all imagining. But it occurs to me that there is no one who loves me best, no one who calls me “Beloved.” That, my friends, is a sobering realization. And I know I am not alone in that circumstance. I consider myself to be a loving person. I love people, I love dogs, I love horses. I love strawberries, and swings and lilacs. I
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Revivals ■ Freeway Church of God is holding a gospel tent meeting 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the Ray Viles car lot on Highway 61 in Clinton. Info: 567-9600.
Senior programs ■ Faith UMC, 1120 Dry Gap Pike, Young at Heart group meets 10 a.m. to noon each first Tuesday. Everyone is invited. Info: www. faithseekers.org or 688-1000.
Special services ■ The Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon (KFL) will meet at noon Tuesday, July 17, at
CROSS CURRENTS love picnics, and folk songs and puzzles. I love a new word, and the right word and the last word. I love books, and poetry, and history and rainy days at home. I love smart minds and good hearts. I love old friends, new friends and true friends. I love campfires, and hearth fires and candles – all candles, even birthday
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Workshops and classes ■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road off East Emory Road, hosts a Celebrate Recovery program 7-9 p.m. Thursdays.
Youth programs ■ First Lutheran Church, 1207 N. Broadway, will have a Noah’s Ark themed summer day camp 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 3. All children ages 3-12 are invited. Cost is $75 to register and $100 per week or $40 per day. Kids may attend any part of the summer. Info: Shirley Eimmerman, 524-0366 or 524-0308.
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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will have “Bible Boot Camp” VBS Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, for grades K-5. Participants will get to ride on a float in the Karns community parade. Preregister now; T-shirts will be ordered and cost $5. Volunteers are also needed. Info: Kristin Stanley, 247-7424 or stanley721@ hotmail.com, 690-1060, or www.beaverridgeumc.com. ■ Bethany Baptist Church, 6705 Raccoon Valley Road, “Amazing Wonders Aviation,” 7-9 p.m. July 16-20. Classes for ages 3 to adult. Pastor is Donnie McGinnis. Info: Jean, 922-2818. ■ Clear Springs Baptist Church, 8518 Thompson School Road, will hold “Amazing Wonders Aviation” 7-9 p.m. July 23-27. Classes for all ages. Kick-off family fun movie night is 8 p.m. Friday, July 20. Info: 688-7674 or www.clearspringsbaptist.net. ■ Cross Point Church, 2000 Loves Creek Road, will host “Amazing Wonders Aviation” from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 16-20. ■ Halls Christian Church, VBS 6:15 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, July 22-25. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. A closing ceremony will be held 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Info: 922-4210. ■ Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Road, “Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street,” 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 16-20, for all kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. Info: 938-8311 or email pastor@ powellpcusa.org.
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REUNIONS ■ Central High School Class of 1948 will hold its 64th reunion Saturday, July 28, at All Occasion Catering, 922 N. Central Ave. Fellowship starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Info: Mary Frances Tucker, 539-6242 or email email@example.com. ■ Central High School Class of 1965 will have a “Picnic in the Park” reunion 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Fountain City Park. The cost is $12. Buddy’s bar-b-q will cater. The Lions Club building and a pavilion will be available, but bring a chair for outside seating. Remit to Scott Bolton, 1917 Belcardo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. Info: Donna Keeling, 938-6583, or Herman Fischer, 688-4761. ■ Central High School Class of 1967 will hold its 45th reunion Friday through Sunday, July 22-
LIBRARY EVENTS Powell Branch Library is located at 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. ■ Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 a.m., Baby Bookworms for infants to age 2,
Visitors were happy to wait in line for their turn to purchase beautiful flowers. Photos by C. Taylor
By Cindy Taylor Every year about this time there is an awesome display of color around these parts that rivals the most spectacular fireworks display. But if your eyes are watching the skies you’ll miss it. Each year the last weekend in June brings folks here to view more than 200 varieties of daylilies and 300 varieties of perennials. The Oakes family held its 14th Daylily Festival with record setting temps and a record number of visitors. With the heat index exceeding 100 degrees, folks still donned their bonnets and brought their cameras to view the tapestry of color winding along the two to three acres of daylilies on display at the Oakes’ farm. Hayrides took visitors along a trail to the still-inprogress 2012 corn maze, while local musicians pro-
vided live music. Ice cold watermelon helped keep the heat at bay and a cookout was planned for later in the day. Many folks chose to just sit a spell among the color on the gazebo overlooking the fountain and lake. A kids tent was provided so mom and dad could enjoy some free time. New this year was the “Man Cave,” but women were also welcome. “Last year visitors came from 35 states,” said Ken Oakes. “We’re looking forward to this year and hoping the heat doesn’t keep people away.” This year’s festival brought Carla and Ray Joinson from Church Hill, Tenn., who traveled just for the blooms. “We’re here for the first time and plan to take some f lowers back home,” said Carla. “It is absolutely
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■ Halls High School Class of 1965 will hold a reunion July 28 at Beaver Brook Country Club. Any class is welcome. Info/reservations: George VanDeGriff, 922-8345 or 278-6724. ■ Halls High School Class of 1992 will hold its 20-year reunion Saturday, Sept. 1, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Info: Jennifer Corum, 654-1317 or email jennifercorum@ yahoo.com. ■ Standard Knitting Mills reunion is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center. Any employee or relative is welcome. Food donations are accepted; limited to finger foods. Info: 523-5463. ■ Wilkerson Reunion is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Big Ridge State Park. Bring a covered dish.
must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. ■ Friday, July 20, 10:30 a.m., Storytime for children age 3-5. ■ Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m., Saturday Stories and Songs with Jodie Manross and Laith Keilany.
Stewart Oakes had tractor privileges to pull visitors around the farm for a view of the Daylilies from above. beautiful here.” Many came with plans to purchase the plants, but others just came to stroll the grounds on a beautiful summer day. Oakes had many other types of plants in the Paradise Garden Nursery. Cut daylilies were labeled and on display in
vases to make it easy to choose favorite varieties for purchase. And best of all, everyone got a free daylily! If you missed out on this year’s festival, not to worry – flowers can be purchased 365 days a year online at www.oakesdaylilies.com.
■ Pellissippi State is joining with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to offer a $99 “Introduction to QuickBooks” workshop four times this fall: Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7. The 3 1/2-hour workshop focuses on setting up business finances using QuickBooks Pro. The class covers company setup, chart of accounts creation, invoicing, bill payment, check writing, customer and vendor management, report generation and preferences. The workshop takes place at the TSBDC office, located at the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. Preregistration is required. To register or more info: visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call Debi Bolton at 539-7008.
COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ Memoir Writers meet 7 p.m. each second Thursday at Panera Bread, 733 Louisville Road in Alcoa. ■ National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1476, will meet at noon Tuesday, July 17, at the Double Tree Hotel on Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. A hot lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Oak Ridge fire chief Darryl Kerley will be the speaker. Everyone is invited. Info: Jerry Wing, 938-4532.
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‘An extraordinary, unselfish man’ Hiking a 50-mile section of the Florida Trail with four Sierra Club friends was a walk in the park for Will Skelton. Literally. And while he seems a little embarrassed about “slackpacking” between trailheads in a car, pitching a tent on the banks of a gator-infestWill Skelton ed swamp should cancel out any potential wuss factor. Skelton, who grew up in Surgoinsville and did a stretch in the Marines after
Betty Bean law school, is a trim, vigorous man who runs 15 miles a week and isn’t the least bit shy about listing his 1942 birthdate on his resume. He is a vegetarian (because he grew up in the country watching hogs get slaughtered, gutted and dressed), a Unitarian (because he is concerned about social justice) and a Democrat (because his father instilled in him an admiration for Franklin D. Roosevelt and a belief that he
has a responsibility to help others). He retired from 40 years of practicing law four years ago and decided to spend his time traveling – by car, plane, train, boat, bicycle or foot – which gives him a cache of stories that put a listener to mind of an old Johnny Cash song: “I’ve been everywhere, man. “Crossed the desert’s bare, man. “Breathed the mountain air, man. “Of travel I’ve had my share, man. “I’ve been everywhere.” So far, 2012 has also taken Skelton to Atlanta, Turkey, the Colorado/New Mexico
side of the “Four Corners” and the Utah/Arizona side in a separate trip. He’s going backpacking in the Sierras on the John Muir Trail in August and (probably) to India in November with weekend hikes in between. He and his girlfriend of seven years, Kim Robinette, are thinking about going to Australia and New Zealand in January. In between, he will continue his life’s work to expand Knoxville’s greenways. He is, after all, the guy Victor Ashe calls “the Godfather of Greenways.” Retired city greenways director Donna Young calls him “an extraordinary, un-
selfish man” whose dedication and negotiating skills are why the city went from 2.5 miles of greenways to 65-plus miles over the past 20 years. “Will would walk the walk and talk the talk and continues to lobby today. Will was the best sort of greenway catalyst that anyone could imagine in their dreams and yet he made it all happen for all of us. … He returned our city to the rivers that run through Knoxville. I cannot say enough good things about Will.” Space restrictions do not allow a complete list of Skelton’s causes and accomplishments. He chaired the Knoxville Greenways Commission, was the first general coordinator of the Knox Greenway Coalition, raised money for greenways expan-
sion and saved money by personally negotiating greenway easements. He was a founding board member of Legacy Parks Foundation and has been active in numerous state and national preservation efforts, most notably the Tennessee Wilderness Areas Acts of 1984 and 1986 that designated wilderness areas totaling 66, 345 acres in the Cherokee National Forest. Ashe, whose proudest accomplishment as mayor was establishing outstanding parks and greenways, says Skelton’s work is not done: “He gave me inspiration and encouragement as mayor and it is imperative we continue his legacy in connecting the existing greenways across Knoxville at an increased rate.”
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The Powell High School Touchdown Club and Powell High School football team held a youth football camp on July 9-11 for ages 5-14. More than 100 campers attended each evening to work on defensive and offensive fundamental skills. On the last night, a Pass, Punt and Kick competition was held by age group. The winners are: (front) Clayton Campbell, Deuce Shreve, Jacob Claiborne, Bryce Burkhardt, Logan Poteet, Carter Grooms, Jayden Collins, Max Oglesby; (back) James Miracle, Connor Sepesi, Keegan Loy, Josh Davis, Lucas Storey, Russell Lindsay, Chase Akers and PHS coach Derek Rang. Photo submitted
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or many students, summertime relegates academics to an afterthought. Attention turns from math and science to vacations, camps, parades, cookouts and outings with family and friends. However, for the administration and staff of Temple Baptist Academy, school is always on their minds. Summer is a golden opportunity for planning and preparing for the upcoming school year. It is also a time to reﬂect on the past year and look for ways to improve. “From implementing strategic planning initiatives to working on capital improvement projects, and from processing student applications to scheduling athletics events, there is a atmosphere of anticipation as we look to advance as a school in the upcoming year,” says vice principal Tim Missey. Teachers report back to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 1, to ﬁnalize their lesson planning and classroom preparations. The Parent/Student Orientation Rally is 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and the ﬁrst day of school begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. The administration, faculty and staff of Temple Baptist Academy are committed to providing
the best educational experience possible. It is a commitment to provide a distinctively Christian education. The hallmark of a truly Christian education is that the knowledge of God and the Bible serve as the foundation for all of life and learning. This biblical worldview provides the framework in which subjects such as science, math, history, language and music are studied. In a sense, a Christian education is simply the unending discovery and study of our Creator and his creation. To schedule an appointment for a campus visit or to learn more about Temple Baptist Academy, call 938-8181.
Sixth grade teacher Kellie Lollar teaches math at Temple Baptist Academy.
Rising 1st graders Olivia Rouse and Kara Landrum.
Rising 2nd grader Matthew Howe works at his desk.
Students embrace community Many would agree that one of the things that makes Knox County such a great place to live is that it consists of close-knit communities that provide a small-town feel. A great community is one where each person accepts his or her responsibility to contribute to the overall wellbeing of the community. It is this attitude of service that the students of Temple Baptist Academy are being taught to develop and make a part of their lives. It is something that grows out of an understanding that they are personally accountable to God and, in turn, responsible for others. Academy students are not only learning to look for ways to serve God in the lives of others, but they are regularly seizing opportunities to experience what it is like to make a difference in their community.
U.S. Rep John Duncan Jr. greets Temple students Camren Beard and Josh Woods at the Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at UT Medical Center. In the fall of 2011, Temple Baptist Academy began an ongoing initiative called “Embracing our Community with the Love of Christ.” From food drives to celebrating birthdays at assisted living homes, to honoring
veterans who have faithfully served our nation, Temple students are discovering the joy of helping and encouraging others. Through these efforts students are learning how they can make a difference in their community.
Now in 2012, the academy plans to build on this initiative as the start of a new school year approaches. Plans for additional community service projects in the coming months are currently in the works.
The Crown Education family Temple Baptist Academy is a member of an educational family. Crown Education is a family of institutions and resources that provide a suite of educational offerings. ■ Little Lambs Learning Center: A Christcentered child care with purpose for children 30 months to 4 years old. ■ Temple Baptist Academy: Christian Education (K-12) providing the foundation for life for more than 40 years. ■ Temple Home School: Educational opportunities and services to support parents and students. ■ Crown Tutoring: One-on-one remedial and advanced instruction for children and adults. ■ Knoxville School of the Bible: Bible certiﬁcate program for adults in the greater Knoxville area. ■ Crown Music Conservatory: Professional, personalized music instruction for children and adults. ■ The Crown College of the Bible: Providing excellence in higher education through the School of Ministry, the School of Education, and the School of International Language Navigators. ■ Crown Graduate School and Seminary: Advanced training and valuable resources for a lifetime of study and ministry. ■ Crown School of Business and Trades: Where targeted education meets employment opportunity. Info: CrownEducation.com or 938-8186.
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1130 S. Roane Street, Harriman, TN (865) 882-0117
9565 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN (865) 539-0580
4344 Maynardville Hwy., Maynardville, TN (865) 992-0534
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508 E. Tri-County Blvd., Oliver Springs, TN (865) 435-1187
4216 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN (865) 686-1761
1199 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN (865) 483-2889
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11503 Chapman Highway, Seymour, TN (865) 579-4728
5941 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN (865) 588-0972
7608 Mountain Grove Drive, Knoxville, TN (865) 573-5090
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2135 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN (865) 981-4338
8905 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN (865) 694-1935
4805 N. Broadway, Fountain City, TN (865) 281-0286
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300 Market Drive, Lenoir City, TN (865) 986-7032
2712 Loves Creek Road, Knoxville, TN (865) 633-5008
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1610 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN (865) 380-0110
7202 Maynardville Hwy., Halls, TN (865) 922-9683
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1000 Ladd Landing, Kingston, TN (865) 717-7085
284 Morrell Road, Knoxville, TN (865) 691-1153
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