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VOL. 50, NO. 30

JULY 25, 2011




Detention basin fails, devastates family downhill By Betty Bean

Interns invade UT Bud Ford shows Neyland Stadium See page A-10

‘Ageless grace’ Powell High graduate develops low-impact exercise program for seniors See Greg’s column on page A-2


‘Right and righter’ Looking at the three-woman battle for the District 6 state Senate seat. See page A-5

At 4 a.m. on June 24, Gary and Marsha Carter were asleep in their home on the dead end of Dawson Hollow Road. They have 27 acres of wooded land halfway up Copper Ridge that they bought in 1993 because it made them feel like they were living in the Smokies. But they’d never heard a noise like the sound that awakened them that morning. Gary got out of bed and was startled yet again. “I remember putting my feet on the floor and I was in a creek. I saw sticks floating. I closed the kitchen door to stop the water coming in and I ran downstairs to open the basement door to let the water out. I was trying to save anything I could.” When daylight came, the Carters learned that a detention pond on a construction site owned by Rufus Smith Development at the top of the ridge had collapsed, sending a slimy tsunami surging downhill, sweeping up old tires and abandoned hot tubs and assorted trash from a garbage dump along the way. It slammed into the Carter’s home, taking out a fencerow, a stand of bamboo, a doghouse and a new Troy-Bilt lawn tractor. The torrent blew open the kitchen door, took out the electricity, destroyed the air conditioning unit and coated the interior with mud. A month later, the property reeks of mildew and mold. A sodden oriental rug is stretched out on the asphalt driveway and the lawn tractor To page A-3

Gary Carter digs through debris that slammed into his home when a detention pond collapsed uphill from his property. Photo by Ruth White

The detention pond at the Childress Road subdivision construction site atop Copper Ridge caught the eye of Knox County stormwater inspector Derek Keck 18 days before it collapsed, causing catastrophic damage to neighbors down the hill. Keck visited the Rufus Smith Properties-owned site June 6 and issued a

Notice of Violation, citing problems with Southland Excavation’s erosion and sediment control. He mentioned numerous erosion control issues and also said, “There are several areas where rills and gullies are forming due to lack of stabilization or inadequate stabilization. This includes a large channel that has eroded and deposited a large

amount of sediment into detention basin #1.” On June 8, county stormwater manager Chris Granju sent a letter to the Southland Group, which shares a Ball Road address with Rufus Smith Development and Smithbilt Homes, setting a June 22 deadline. On June 22, Southland Group engineer Wanis Rghebi asked for more time,

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By Greg Householder The restoration and preservation efforts on the airplane filling station building on Clinton Highway are slowly progressing. Recently, the “nose” area of the building underwent renovation as steel and aluminum framing was installed. Previously, the only thing holding up the nose was the metal skin of the building and wooden supports added to the outside. Previously the subfloor had been installed and the rear of the building extended slightly to The current state of the airplane filling station. accommodate the handicapped accessible rest- Photo by Greg Householder room required by code. Rough plumbing for the adding doors and windows. restroom has also been completed. The Airplane Filling Station Preservation The next phase of the project will involve removing and replacing the old bead board, Association (AFSPA), the group that owns the making necessary repairs to the framing, and building and is funding and overseeing the EDITOR Larry Van Guilder ADVERTISING SALES Patty Fecco Darlene Hutchison hutchisond@ Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at 4509 Doris Circle, Knoxville, TN, and distributed to 8,314 homes in Powell.


restoration efforts, recently learned that it has received a grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission. Most of the grant funds come from federal sources. The grant is a “60/40” matching grant. Every 40 cents the AFSPA raises will be matched with 60 cents in grant funding. The maximum grant funding is $24,000, which means the AFSPA needs to raise $16,000 to maximize the grant. The AFSPA raises funds through events such as the recent car show at the Karns Fair. The group’s next fundraiser is a sausage and biscuit breakfast at the Texas Roadhouse near West Town Mall from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. The AFSPA is also planning a yard sale for Aug. 20. Booth space is $10. For more info, visit the group’s website at

Worship in the City will feed the spirit and the hungry By Wendy Smith

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pleading that Southland had pressing work elsewhere. On June 24, the detention pond collapsed, unleashing a wall of muddy water down Copper Ridge. County inspectors who conducted a follow-up inspection July 13 found that some of the erosion control problems still had still not been addressed.

What started 18 months ago as a time of interdenominational worship for a few hundred will blossom into a weekend of praise, service and family fun for thousands at the end of August. Worship in the City will be Aug. 26 and 27 at World’s Fair Park. Lori Klonaris, managing partner of the Square Room and Café 4 on Market Square, created the event after monthly praise sessions, which feature local choirs like Will Reagan & United Pursuit and Collage Choir, maxed out the Square Room’s capacity. “We took that concept, but we wanted to make it a community

event – to expand the walls,” she says. The result is a weekend music festival that will include more than 15 bands, a festival of choirs, a Christian art walk and prayer walk, and a children’s pavilion. The service aspect of Worship in the City is intended to unite, as well as serve, the community. A combination of efforts aimed at alleviating hunger locally and abroad is a major focus of the event. The city of Knoxville is a sponsor of the first “Series of Service” project, which is the packaging of enough vitamin-fortified soy rice casserole to create a million meals.

Attendees will be encouraged to donate an hour of their time during the weekend to help. Klonaris thinks volunteers will pitch in joyfully, given that the project will be housed in the air-conditioned Knoxville Convention Center. The humanitarian organization Kids Against Hunger will oversee the packaging and distribution of the food. Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee will receive 10 percent of the meals produced and $2 from the sale of each festival ticket. A canned food drive during the event is expected to net 100,000 pounds of food for the organization.

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“Hunger is the issue, and we are attacking it locally and in Third World countries, where children are dying every minute,” Klonaris says. The purpose of the monthly Worship in the City praise sessions is to bring the diverse Christian community together, and that theme will continue on a grand scale during the festival. Several popular mainstream Christian artists, like Third Day, Mercy Me and Jars of Clay, will take to the main stage for the weekend festival. Another stage will be entirely devoted to local and regional choirs. Klonaris is especially excited about the children’s pavilion, which To page A-3


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Elizabeth Shorter: artist, giver Elizabeth Wilson Shorter was laid to rest with services July 18 at Weaver Funeral Home, led by the Rev. John Holland. Mike and Elizabeth Shorter met in the 6th grade, Holland said. “They loved each other from the start and that love grew and developed.” The Shorters were married 42 years ago: July 1969. Their marriage produced two children: Mark and Aimee, and a grandson, Jordan. Mike Shorter was the popular store manager of Halls Kroger for many years until his promotion to regional fuel manager for Kroger. Mike was president of the Halls Business and Professional Association and was honored as Halls Man of the Year. He especially supported the Halls High School band, sponsoring an annual car show in the Kroger parking lot and allowing the band to march through the store. Through all of Mike’s community leadership,

Elizabeth stood by his side. Holland said they grew to mirror each other and “both were givers.” Elizabeth was a Certified Decorative Artist and a member of Rocky Top Decorative Painters. Her original paintings were displayed at the funeral parlor. Mike said she had never wanted an exhibition, but he decided the artwork should be viewed. The paintings portrayed landscapes and buildings naturally. Holland called it “an amazing display of art, which Elizabeth did patiently and well. “She was honest in everything, frank and to the point,” Holland said. “She loved her flowers and her cats. And her life is not over. It is just continued in another place.” Holland asked us to comfort Mike and his family. “Somewhere along the way, if you live long enough and love somebody, you will have a broken heart.” – S. Clark

Jenny Mason demonstrates and leads the Heiskell seniors through a few of the “Ageless Grace” tools. Photos by Greg Householder

Suzanne Sweat of the Noweta Garden Club demonstrates how to put together a luminary at the July 14 Heiskell senior program.

Lots to do for Heiskell seniors The Heiskell seniors had one of their busiest meetings on July 14. First, members of the Noweta Garden Club gave several hands-on demonstrations of various flower arrangements, including dinner and altar arrangements, luminaries and various horticulture rules pertaining to flower shows. And then it got active. Jenny Mason took to the stage with a chair and demonstrated a few of the “Ageless Grace” tools. The “Ageless Grace” program is designed for seniors and is a series of 21 low impact exercises that help keep bodies supple and flexible. The “Ageless Grace” program was developed by Heiskell native and Powell High School graduate Denise Medved who now lives in North Carolina. Jenny is trying to put together an “Ageless Grace” class at the Heiskell Com-

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Marching Panthers golf tournament is Saturday

The 11th annual Powell High School Marching Band golf tournament begins with registration and lunch at noon Saturday, July 30, at Knoxville Municipal Golf Course on Schaad Road. Cost is $75 per player and includes a cart, lunch, a goody bag, door prizes, and closest to pin and hole-in-one contests. The really cool thing is that one of the hole-in-one

prizes is a 2011 Honda Accord, compliments of Rusty Wallace Honda. I drive a Honda Accord and love it. This is a great prize. Trophies for first, second, third and last place will also be awarded. A golf team and hole sponsorship can be purchased for $350. Individual hole sponsors go for $150. For info, contact Lonnie Berry at 254-8138 or visit the Marching Panthers’ website at ■

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The Powell Lions Club will be celebrating its 60th birthday on Aug. 27 at the clubMark your calendars for house with a 1950s themed Sunday, Aug. 14. That’s the barbecue. Guests are invited date of the Powell Playhouse to suit up in their best ’50s Art Show. It will run from 2-5 fashions for the shindig. Why a ’50s theme? The p.m. at the Jubilee Banquet Powell Lions were founded Facility. My good friend Nita Buell in 1951. What better way to Black tells me there are al- celebrate? ready about 17 artists and More details later.

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four groups of musicians lined up so far. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling Mona Napier, 947-7428. Artists wanting to show their wares should call Nita, 947-7427 (yes, the numbers are correct – hard to believe that Mona and Nita have sequential telephone numbers but they do) or Jo Ann Cooper, 922-1935. Call by Aug. 1.

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Lions to get vision van By Greg Householder The Lions Club is known for its service in the preservation of sight. Every year, thousands of folks who could not otherwise afford eyeglasses receive a pair through the Lions. The Smoky Mountain Lions Charities, the 501(c)(3) umbrella organization for several area clubs, recently received a generous gift from the folks at Remote Area Medical. Remote Area Medical, or RAM, is based in South Knoxville and is a nonprofit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world. RAM was in the process of decommissioning its vision van. The van – actually a trailer similar to a giant fifthwheel rig – has equipment that is capable of producing 200 pairs of eyeglasses per day. RAM recently received a car hauler as a gift from a racing team that wishes to remain anonymous. RAM converted the double-decker hauler into a dual purpose transporter and vision van. The upper part of the hauler will be used to transport dental equipment and the bottom portion will be the eyeglass lab. The newly converted hauler went on RAM’s expedition last weekend to Wise, Va.

The Smoky Mountain Lions Charities’ new vision van, donated by Remote Area Medical, at the old elementary school that serves as RAM’s headquarters in South Knoxville. Photo by Greg Householder The older van, complete with equipment, is not without some minor problems. The roof leaks and the van has electrical issues most likely caused and aggravated by the leaky roof. The Lions will need to spend an estimated $8,000 to $11,000 to get the van up and running, including maintenance and insurance costs. In addition to the van, RAM also donated to the Lions the Freightliner truck used to pull the van. The Smoky Mountain Lions Charities, formerly known as the Knox County Lions Charities, provides a tax deductible organization for several local clubs – Knox North, Farragut, Fountain City, West Knox and also includes Morristown, Kingston, Oak Ridge and Lenoir City. The Smoky Mountain Lions Charities hope to put the van on the road one weekend per month to provide eyeglasses to

Worship in the City From page A-1

will feature entertainment from Bob and Larry of Veggie Tales, inflatables, games and a toddler corral with Little Tykes play equipment. “From toddlers on up, there should be plenty to do,” she says. She and her husband, Jim, opened the for-profit Square Room and Café 4 almost three years ago as a “third place,” where people could spend time outside of home and work. The Square Room was created to be a

clean, safe venue for families to listen to live music. The Worship in the City festival will provide the same kind of environment. “I think it will be one of the biggest events that have been held at World’s Fair Park.” For more information and tickets: www.worship

those who cannot afford them. With the van, the Lions can conduct exams, have a licensed optometrist write a prescription and actually make the glasses in the van. Throughout the country, many Lions organizations have vision vans for exams but very few have the capability to actually make the eyeglasses on site. The Lions have a goal of making 100 pairs of glasses per outing. While funding plans for the vision van are still being discussed, the Lions are looking for corporate sponsors to help with the initial repairs. In exchange for financial help in getting the van up and running, the Lions will display the donor’s logo on the van. For information on how your company can partner with Lions, visit the Knox North Lions website at www., click on the “contact us” button and fill out the form.

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The Carter backyard after the pond collapse. Photo by Ruth White

Detention basin fails, devastates family downhill From page A-1

is entangled in a pile of trash in the backyard just below a mangled fiberglass hot tub. Another battered hot tub sits upended near the private road below the house. Downhill, a neighbor’s formerly-pristine spring-fed lake is fouled with trash and muddy water. Gary Carter, an industrial/commercial painter, and Marsha Carter, a registered nurse, say they are staying in the house because they can’t abandon their pets and they have nowhere else to go. Their homeowner’s insurance company refuses to pay for the damage because they don’t have flood insurance. The insurance company representing Southland Excavation (which shares a 4909 Ball Road address with Rufus Smith and Smithbilt Homes) has, to date, offered them $56,000 minus $12,000 depreciation, a

sum that Gary Carter says is less than half the value of his home. This is the second time he’s been damaged by runoff from the Smith development and he worries that it will happen again. “It flooded last July,” he said. “Mud and real fine red silt came down, right up to my back door. The yard, both sides of the garage, the driveway and the gravel road were just pure mud. They cleaned it up. They came in with a dump truck and a Bobcat and put down ‘crush and run gravel’ and paid me $5,000 for the damage. I don’t think there was a pond up there at the time. It just came off the side of the mountain. “They built the pond in August of last year, and it started filling up with silt and mud for about 11 months and then it blew out. Clearly, I’m still in the line of fire. They fixed that catch pond the day after it happened, but the debris in the dump is all loosened up and getting ready for the next rain. And this is where we are.” Smithbilt chief Rocky Smith, a member of the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Taskforce who later became a vocal opponent of

the measure, was not available for comment, but director of development Joe Madron said the Carters’ plight is nobody’s fault. “We try to do everything by the rules and regulations. What happens in a subdivision is you’re required to keep the detention ponds plugged up until the project is substantially complete. You can do everything right and still have an act of nature. We were doing everything we could do, and it still spills over the top. I really wouldn’t call it anybody’s fault, and we’re doing everything we can, making sure everybody is taken care of.” Claude Yow, whose name is on the deed of the property where the dumpsite is located, said he is not responsible for any of the debris washed down into the Carters’ yard. “Only thing I’m involved with was the girl that had the property went into foreclosure. I bought it back out of foreclosure, then give it back to her. She put the hot tubs up there to slow the water down,” Yow said. Gary Carter said he hasn’t heard from Smith or Yow since the detention pond disaster.


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government Rogero donor list ‘impressive’ If choosing between the Mark Padgett donor list and the Madeline Rogero donor list based on which one makes it more likely he/she will win the mayor’s race, the Rogero list is preferable because it is far more broad based and reflects significantly greater grassroots support across the city. It is still $100,000 short of the Padgett list. But for every donor to Padgett, Rogero has six donors at a much smaller level who are totally committed to their candidate. It is an impressive and fascinating list. More than $40,000 on the Padgett list is for use in the general election and legally cannot be spent in the primary. Also, it is unclear how Padgett will use his financial advantage to undercut Rogero while strengthening his own cause. Will he go negative on Rogero with an atVictor tack piece? Will he Ashe take a public stand on several city issues and challenge Rogero to do the same? Will it go into direct mail, television or radio, and when will it start? Early voting starts Sept. 7, just six weeks and two days away. All the major mayoral candidates responded to the Metro Pulse request to release their federal tax returns. Rogero had the most income in 2010 with Harmon second. It will be interesting to see if Metro Pulse asks the same question of county officials at some point. Senate vacancy: Do not be surprised if Sue Atchley, wife of former state Sen. Ben Atchley, is chosen to be the interim state senator by Knox County Commission. The mother of two, Sue has been the mainstay of Ben Atchley’s political career. She is a lively, energetic, fun loving, livewire lady who has earned this honor if commission bestows it on her. She will be only the third woman to represent Knox County in the state Senate in history since my mother, Martha Ashe, was elected in 1974 as the first woman from our county in the state Senate and the first Republican woman in the entire state of Tennessee to serve. She ran on the slogan of “Vote for Martha to Elect Victor” as I had been disqualified from the ballot by the state Supreme Court on the age issue of not being 30 on the day of the election in 1974. The next state senator to be elected in the fall will undoubtedly be a woman as well, making her the fourth woman to serve our county in the Senate should Atchley prevail at County Commission. Seat C on Council: The Finbarr Saunders-Ron Peabody contest for the open City Council seat was shaping up as a real doozey over the Ten Year Homeless Plan, but it may turn out to be a sleeper with Saunders the easy winner. First, Peabody endorsed Ivan Harmon for mayor, irritating Rogero and Padgett voters. Then his financial disclosure shows he has failed to raise any significant donations and now it is revealed by Metro Pulse that he took bankruptcy last January. This all occurred without Saunders saying a word. However, given Saunders’ upset loss to Jeff Ownby last year, one suspects he will not take this contest for granted even with the weaknesses in the Peabody candidacy. He is discovering a citywide contest is far different from a county district contest. Ivan Harmon had a well attended fundraiser at Calhoun’s on the River last week which Democrat Mike Chase co-hosted. Joining Chase on the host committee were former Vice Mayor Jack Sharp, banker Dale Keasling, Sheriff J.J. Jones and former Democratic County Commissioner Mark Cawood. Attending were former Council colleagues Jean Teague and Gary Underwood.

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City Council candidate combats rumor mill by coming clean Like many first-time candidates, when Paul Berney decided to run for City Council (Seat A, at-large), he wondered what might be used against him. He took to heart a warning that in every race there’s a secret rumor campaign.

Betty Bean Now he’s been in it awhile, and he thinks he knows what his is: his cousin Stacey. “My mom went to a Democratic Women’s group wearing my campaign button. She sat down and someone said ‘I hear he’s Stacey Campfield’s cousin.’ “There was also the fellow who asked me about it at the Boyd Cloud (Democratic) Club. It took him a long time to finally come out with that. I said ‘You know, I heard that rumor, too.’ Everybody has a strange uncle or a cousin who’s just a little

Paul Berney Photo by B. Bean Gay” bill and a constellation of measures expanding the rights of citizens to tote firearms into schools, parks, saloons and anywhere else he can think of. His bills seldom pass, but he seems to enjoy being ridiculed by the likes of Jon Stewart, which drives Cousin Paul a little crazy. “As a Southerner, I get tired of the stereotypes, and I’ve thought about calling Stewart’s show and telling them that Stacey is from their state, not my state.”

Audits, audits everywhere We’ve had a lot of mail asking what’s going on with the audits in Knox County. For the answer to that and other questions we turned to Mr. Answer Man. Q: I’ve been hearing about several pending audits, Mr. Answer Man. Can you fill me in? A: Commissioner Jeff Ownby has requested “forensic” audits of the Public Building Authority and the Hardin Valley Academy construction project. “Forensic” pertains to findings suitable for use in a court of law. The word is derived from Latin and means “Herb Moncier yelling at a judge.” Besides the City County Building, the PBA’s reach extends to schools and parking lots, so the first order of business for a forensic auditor will be to find it. This may not be easy. PBA often travels under an assumed name and is known to don a false beard. Q: PBA sounds like a tough customer. Isn’t Commissioner Ownby afraid that PBA may request a forensic audit of him? A: Ownby assures us that he has nothing to hide and

Denna Grogan is the new principal at Gibbs Elementary School where she has served as an assistant principal since 2008. She previously taught at Belle Morris Elementary and was a master teacher at Pond Gap Elementary. Kim Towe, former assistant principal at Halls High School, is the new principal at the Paul L. Kelley Volun-

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bit different. And mine is my cousin Stacey.” Berney, an architectural consultant, native Knoxvillian and member of the Church of the Savior, describes himself as moderate to progressive. He’s very interested in issues of sustainability and once tried to find common ground with Campfield, a devout Catholic, over the issue of mountaintop removal coal mining, which Berney considers a matter of creation care – being a good steward of God’s world. Did it work? Not really, Berney said. Campfield is a transplanted New Yorker and a ferocious campaigner who moved to Tennessee, got himself elected to the General Assembly and became the most famously rightwing state senator in a legislative body dominated by ultra-conservatives. He specializes in filing attention-getting legislation like the so-called “Don’t Say

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nothing to fear but fear itself and Madeline Rogero’s support for the Ten Year Plan. Q: Because I have no life, I just read Knox County’s 2010 Consolidated Annual Financial Report. On page 8 I read that the county’s capital assets are “not available for future spending” because the assets “provide services to citizens.” Doesn’t this put a crimp in Mayor Burchett’s plans for Carter Elementary School? A: Not really. Assets that do not “provide services” and are free of related debt may be sold. Mr. Answer Man conducted a forensic audit of the county’s assets to come up with a list of qualifying items and found these: three gas-powered refrigerators, a subscription to “National Geographic,” four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves and Property

Assessor Phil Ballard. These should provide the mayor a modest start. Q: I see that County Commission wants the mayor to investigate installing emergency sirens to warn of severe weather. I live in the city. Will I be able to hear the sirens? A: Oh, sorry. Mayor Burchett is a stickler for limiting county funds to county purposes. If the sirens are installed, a siren sound barrier will be erected between the city limits and the county. The mayor assures us he can sell enough assets to meet the estimated $5 billion cost for the barrier. Q: Hello, Mr. Answer Man! I’m really worried about the national debt ceiling. Republicans and Democrats just can’t get together. Any ideas? A: Very timely question. If President Obama would take his cue from our county mayor we could solve this thing. Start by selling off the U.S. Congress and Senate. Both should fetch a decent price from collectors of selfrighteous pandering. Contact:

teer Academy in Knoxville Center mall. Katherine Banner, previously an assistant principal at Austin-East High School is the new principal at West High School. Diana Gossett is the principal at Ridgedale Elementary School.

Berney and Campfield are part of a brood of 22 first cousins, 18 of whom are girls. That left the two boys, who are close together in age, pretty much to their own devices, and they spent big chunks of their summers together. Berney remembers Stacey as a skinny redheaded kid who liked to suck his belly in and do something he called a skeleton dance. They were partners in the paddleboat races at Big Ridge, and Berney says Campfield’s competitive nature was already quite striking. “He’d spend all week looking for the best and the fastest paddleboat. He’d look for one that sat low in the water and was easy to maneuver. And we always won.” He says that Campfield has helped him out some with advice about campaign tactics – “Door knock, door knock, door knock.” “We get along great as long as we don’t talk about politics. I love Stacey. I really do. Mama says I have to.”

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Green Collar Jobs: Mark Padgett surely didn’t invent this term, but it’s a good one and it’s his goal as mayor. “It’s never been more important who our next mayor is,” he said in an interview with Shopper-News editors. ■ “Not from me,” he said when asked if he plans to “go negative” on Madeline Rogero. In fact, Padgett says his polling shows a neckand-neck race with many undecideds. He won’t concede that she’s ahead. ■ Rogero, meanwhile, spent last week talking with folks who actually vote in city elections. ■ Tim Burchett is inching closer to a win in the game of “chicken” that is the Carter Elementary School project. After false starts with “lease to own” and IDB bond funding for the new school, Burchett hit upon paying cash. There’s absolutely no justification for the school board to turn down a free school. ■ Grab your ass-ets as Burchett looks for stuff to liquidate. ■ R.I.P. books: As Knox County Schools dips into its fund balance for $2.94 million for math textbooks, let us hope this marks the final book buy. Textbooks are a rip-off and these are costing more than $50 each if the system is buying one for every student. Get those kids an iPad and move on! ■ Cluck! Just when you thought County Commission was becoming dull, Richard Briggs wants to legalize roosting hens in subdivisions. That’s “roosting,” not “roasting,” and it’s sure to draw a squawk.

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Where the votes are STATE SENATE DISTRICT 6 57 58 60 61 74

Jamie Woodson followed Ben Atchley in the state Senate and together they represented District 6 for 35 years. Both achieved power in Nashville: Atchley as longtime GOP leader and Woodson as Speaker Pro Tempore. And since the senator from District 7 is known more for his antics than for his legislation, our new senator has huge responsibilities.


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Alice Bell School Fountain City Library Shannondale School Gresham Middle Inskip Elementary Inskip School Inskip Recreation Center


Concord/Farragut Middle School A.L. Lotts Elementary School Bluegrass School Rocky Hill School


Sandra Clark State Senate candidates Becky Duncan Massey, Marilyn Roddy and Victoria DeFreese at a recent meeting in Halls. File photo by Jake Mabe Running are three strong women. Wow! Women are moving toward parity in Nashville after obtaining the right to vote just 91 years ago. That’s a great trend. A not-so-great trend is the seismic slide of the Republican Party toward the political right. You can see it in the candidates’ literature. “Victoria DeFreese is the right person, at the right time, for the right reason.” (italics added). And how about: “Marilyn Roddy.

True. Conservative. Leader. Right values: pro-life and will create a culture that respects all life. Defend our 2nd Amendment rights.” (italics added) Becky Duncan Massey probably would be doing it too if she had her brochure printed. Massey and Roddy cannot out-right DeFreese no matter how they might try. She’s got the tea party and the true believers on social issues. Roddy said last week, “You can’t carry a message

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with authenticity if it’s not who you are.” Sadly, some of her votes on City Council make her vulnerable in a Republican primary in a district where most voters live outside the city. Massey said she’s pleased with her start (raising $78,525 in just seven weeks) and pledged to represent “conservative values and to focus on constituent service.” Geography: Roddy and Massey live in West Knoxville and DeFreese lives South. Just 19 percent of the vote is South of the River, giving DeFreese a limited base. Assuming Roddy and Massey split the West vote, which is likely, the winner will be the one who can corral Halls and East Knox County voters. Urban/Rural: Just 32 percent of district voters live inside the city of Knoxville, and they have seen Roddy on the ballot twice. The others have never been on a ballot at all, but

Massey’s dad, brother and nephew (John Duncan Sr., Jr. and III) have run plenty of times, winning every race. Roddy would run better in a more urban district since city government is her expertise. Turnout: Here’s the kicker. With 128,760 registered voters currently in District 6, just 17,745 ballots were cast in 2004 when Woodson pounded Billy Stokes. And that was a regularly scheduled election. Sept. 27 is a special election coupled with a city election in just one-third of the Senate district. The Sept. 27 primary winner could easily serve 15 or 20 years, making crucial votes on taxes, education, public health, economic development, roads and support for UT. This race is way too important to be decided on who promises the most guns in public places or the fewest legal rights for anybody who deviates from the norm.

24Q Sequoyah School 49 Bearden Elementary School 51 Deane Hill Rec Center WEST CITY TOTAL 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 84 85 86 87

Fairgarden Community Center Chilhowee School Springhill School

EAST CITY TOTAL 88 89 90 91 92 93

2,131 1,561 1,975 2,984 2,605 3,160 2,051 16,467 11,869 7,776 8,287 5,640 33,572 3,194 2,188 2,831

1,825 1,046 883 1,216 1,482 5,718 1,942 3,623 2,170 2,058 1,444 23,407 2,621 1,601 1,714 5936

Kings/Anderson Headstart Mount Olive Elementary Bonny Kate/Doyle High Vestal/South Knox Community Center Gap Creek School Hopewell School

SOUTH COUNTY TOTAL 25 26 27 28 29



Sunnyview School Ramsey/Asbury UMC Riverdale Community Center Dora Kennedy/Mt. Harmony Church Corryton Community Center Gibbs Elementary School Ellistown/Arminda Ritta Elementary School Skaggston/East Knox Elementary Carter Elementary Thorn Grove Community Center


630 2,969 2,308 8,809 2,523

South Knox Community Center Dogwood School South Knox Optimist Club South-Doyle Middle School Anderson Head Start


469 3,488 3,731 1,175 1,393 2,601 12,857 2,521 4,567 1,867 930 1,184 11,069

City Total: 41,685 (32%) • County Total: 87,075 (68%) North Total: 33,706 (26%) • West Total: 41,785 (32%) East Total: 29,343 (23%) • South Total: 23,926 (19%)

Grand Total: 128,760

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More stuff … CROSS CURRENTS | Eden Badgett And why do you worry about stuff? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29 NIV, adapted) (Author’s Note from Lynn Hutton: Once when she was in college, my daughter Jordan wrote a guest column in this space. Today is her sister Eden’s turn.) t was time for the children’s message during worship. A time when many parents sit with bated breath, hoping that this week their child will not be the one to do or say anything too telling (read: potentially mortifying) in front of all these people. As the gaggle of children gathered around, the pastor pulled out a half dozen manila envelopes. She explained to the children that she’d been collecting them for many years. She then posed the question: “What do you think is in all these envelopes?” Without missing a beat, a young boy in the back of the group said, “More stuff.” Out of the mouths of babes. The congregation enjoyed a good chuckle, and the service went on. Ever my mother’s daughter, however, I couldn’t let it lie. I kept thinking about what had prompted that little boy to make such a claim, if he had any idea what his statement meant or just how much it reverberated with all of us – or, at the very least, with me. What is it within us that makes us so preoccupied with “stuff?” As part of an academic community, I’ve recently witnessed many friends pack up their lives and move to new cities, new apartments, new jobs. All of them (and the people helping pack, to be sure) made comments about how much or how little they possessed. I myself have been taking inventory of my own possessions in the process of rearranging and – gasp! – organizing my little house. Truly? There’s too much. Do I really need 27 scarves of varying colors and knitting patterns? What about that stack of magazines I keep promising myself I will go through and cut out all the recipes I want? Nope. Now, hear me say this: I am by no means advocating a monastic lifestyle for Americans. I like curling up on my couch and watching my TV just as much as the next guy. I like my coffeepot (just try to make me give that up!). I like my books and shoes and, well, my stuff. I just have been wondering if I really need all of it to be … to be what? Happy? Accomplished? To fit in to the 20-something set of young professionals in my neighborhood? The answer: I don’t know. Here’s what I do know, however. Recently, my best friend and her husband opened their home to a young man of 19. They didn’t know him, other than through a friend-of-a-friend. But they got a call late one evening that this man, Phillip, had been kicked out of his house and could he please come to stay for a little while in the guest room? His parents didn’t “agree with his lifestyle” and would no longer support him, financially or emotionally. To clarify, Phillip isn’t addicted to drugs. He hasn’t been arrested for theft nor is he suspected of gang activity. He simply went to his family and said, “This is who I am, and these are the things I want in life.” And they replied, “Not in our household.” So, Phillip is 19 and homeless. The night he left the house of his childhood, he didn’t get to bring anything other than a few changes of clothes and a couple of favorite books. He had to leave the rest of his stuff behind. Over the course of the next few weeks, Phillip had countless conversations with his family members trying to resolve this issue. His boss fired him from the store where he works during the summers because Phillip had no way of getting to his assigned shifts. He had to withdraw from college for this fall because he has no way of paying for it, and no way to get there, even if he did. And yet. Phillip is one of the most sincere, loving, giving and happy people I’ve had the privilege to know. I’ve never seen him in a less than stellar mood; he always has a smile to offer and a joke to make, with the slightest twinkle in his eyes. All this has happened to him in a matter of weeks – his life completely turned inside out, all the comforts of home gone – and he maintains a positive attitude. Perhaps the best part about this is that I asked my church – the place where even the children know we have “more stuff” – if they would be willing to donate items to help Phillip during this time of transition. The congregation leapt at the chance to help. When I approached Phillip about this, though, asking him to tell me the kinds of things he needed most, he said, “Oh, you know. I’m OK right now on clothes, and James and Amanda have said I can live with them for the rest of the summer. So, really just some groceries would be nice.” At the young age of 19, and in the face of heartache and adversity, this man already knows what many of us take decades to figure out: as long as we have a roof over our heads and loved ones, in whatever capacity, to support us, everything else is gravy. Be thankful for the people who surround you with love and support every day. Offer this same love and support to others who need it. And then? Get rid of more stuff.



sat down recently with The owner of a pot-bellied pig gave her Young-Williams Anito Young-Williams after she grew too big. mal Center’s executive director Tim Adams, along with members of his staff, to find out what really happens behind the scenes at Knoxville’s official “go-to” animal shelter. After a short conversation, they were eager to give me a tour of the facility. I think most people would be surprised at what I found. I say that because there seems to be a lot of incorrect beliefs about animal shelters in general. Most remarks I’ve heard are pretty negative: “You know what happens to animals taken there.” A litter of puppies that was surrendered to Young-Wil“They kill the animals liams by their owner, who has no intentions of spaying the mother. Photos by S. Barrett that don’t find homes.” “Those animals don’t have a chance.” “The majority of our animals are on the adoption floor until they find homes,” Adams says. And the shelter’s policy is to accept any creature, no matter the size, health or species. “We’ve accepted everything from ducks to tarantulas and mice, and even a type of crocodile. An emu was even brought in from the backyard of an abandoned house. That was my favorite. Considering my background, you know where it ended up.” SARA’S CORNER Adams is referring to his time as education director for the Knoxville Zoo. He left that position five years ago to come to Young-Williams.


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“When they have time, some of our staff even checks Craigslist to see if we can match up strays we have with listings of lost pets.” – Monica Brown After making a positive, lasting impression on the staff and animals at the shelter, and the organization itself, Adams will be moving on to his next project Aug. 8 as executive director of the Wesley House, a community center which helps inner city children and seniors. When hearing any of the shelter’s staff talk about their job, you can hear pride in their voice for what they do, and respect and affection for the animals in their care. Treats are given regularly and toys are scattered throughout the cages to help the animals pass the time. Maggie, a beautiful labradoodle surrendered by an older couple, was sitting in her cage, tail wagging, looking at me through shaggy curls of fur. Education specialist John Swank got her out on a leash to show me her tricks. “This dog can sit on command,” he says. Although it can be stressful and even depressing dealing with some of the issues that arise with animals coming to the shelter, the staff wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Kennel manager Monica Brown is a perfect example. She has been with the shelter for seven years, but she started rescuing animals when she was just 17. “You have to be here because you care,” she says. Swank talks about the day the staff heard the numbers of animals coming in to the shelter had dropped – slightly. “Monica just started crying (out of happiness),” says Swank. Monica nodded. “When I stop crying, then it’s time to go.” Although they follow regulations set by the state, they also incorporate the organization’s beliefs into the process of accepting animals.

Young-Williams executive director Tim Adams hangs out with a husky dog picked up two days prior. The owner still had not contacted the shelter looking for him.

YWAC education director John Swank sits with Maggie, a lovely girl given up by her owners because of her size.

“We worry about the health of the ‘herd,’ ” Brown says. “We vaccinate every animal as soon as they come into the building. This prevents the rest of the animals from becoming sick if there is an illness brought into the population.” The center also keeps animals longer than the minimum stay required by state law. This allows pet owners a better chance to find their lost pet. The staff tells everyone who calls about a lost animal to check back every day. “We are really detectives,” says Brown. “When they have time, some of our

Kennel manager Monica Brown holds a cutie that came in wearing an invisible fence collar. “Someone forgot to replace the batteries,” she said.

staff even checks Craigslist to see if we can match up strays we have with listings of lost pets.” The only animals euthanized right away are those that arrive too sick to find a new home. “We have 16,000 animals that come into our facility each year,” Brown says. “People don’t realize when they lose a pet, this is the first place they should look for it. We want to see these numbers go down.” Another service YoungWilliams offers the community is low-cost euthanasia for pet owners who can’t afford a high vet bill. The own-

ers can even be present in the room when the animal is euthanized if they choose. The pet food pantry is another service. A pet owner can receive free pet food to supplement their animal’s diet if there is a change of household income. In exchange for the food, participants must do at least three hours of community service to receive more pet food. No matter what service you’re talking about, it is clear the main goal at Young-Williams is helping the community, one animal, or human, at a time. Info:


have been on another planet. Although Knox County owned the pool and its facilities, the daily management and operations were leased out to private individuals. The first operator I can remember was Joe Kimsey, whose father, Joe Kimsey Sr., was chief of police of Knoxville. Although Joe passed away some years ago, he is someone I will always remember because he taught me to swim – well, sort of. Actually, he just picked me

up and threw me in the deep end of the pool and stood and barked instructions on what I should do to get out. His method worked well, but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. Most of the Concord kids worked in the snack bar, flipping hamburgers and hot dogs or handing out baskets at the bath house. The baskets were used to store your clothes during your stay, and since there was no time limit on how long you could stay, many of the regulars came early in the morning and stayed all day. Of course, another benefit was to see all the beautiful girls, and in some cases, relationships that started at the pool resulted in lifelong marriages. The day work was a bit mundane, but the real work started after the pool closed. When flood lights were installed, this could sometimes be late at night. Normal activity was to pick up trash, empty garbage cans, and periodically empty the pool and scrub it down using long-handled brushes and chemicals. Initially, the water supply was unfiltered straight from the lake, which left a residue of silt and debris on the bottom, but the work got much easier after filters were installed. Barbara’s husband, Jay, ran the pool for a number of years, as did her brother, Frank. The original lifeguards were the Kimsey brothers (Joe and Don), Frank Hall, the Beller brothers (Jay and Bill), Dale Daniels and several others whose names I can’t remember. But most were World War II vets who went to college on the GI Bill and several years later became football coaches in Knox County Schools. The pool was also the favorite hangout for UT football players, including Frank Kolinski, Gordon Polosfki, John Gordy, Looney Smith, Bob Hibbard, Ray Elkins and a host of others, some of whom went on to have NFL careers. Most of the time, they arrived together, and from the time they came

through the gate, you could detect a change in the general energy level. They passed footballs, flirted with the prettiest girls and made life rough for the “pool pack,” as we were often called. Sometimes we worked so late we spent the night at the pool and slept in the pump house. I always called my family to let them know when I was going to stay overnight. Reflecting on it now, I am sure it was a cause for worry about my safety. But they knew that the park police and county sheriff’s deputies regularly patrolled the area, which kept us out of mischief. The “pool pack” was a great bunch of guys. Drugs were a pill your doctor prescribed for malady, and beer was not allowed in the park or swimming pool, so that vice was never a problem. The demise of the pool began when new subdivisions started including community pools as amenities, and as public utilities were expanded, families started building private backyard pools. And, although Concord Swimming Pool held on for several years, it became apparent that it could no longer be a profitable enterprise and was eventually closed. Today, it is only a fond memory of our youth and a time when the complexities of modern society were beyond our imagination. The old pool site was originally planned as the location for the new YMCA facility, which is now located on Northshore Drive in the Choto area, but those plans fell by the wayside. As I drive by this site now, usually en route to Lakeside Tavern, I try to picture where all the buildings stood, but with the pool completely filled in and the site graded, it’s hard to visualize it as it existed in my memory. Barbara pointed out that it’s a bit like driving by your old home place that has been torn down and trying to visualize it as you remember it, usually with a mixture of sadness and happiness.

Other causes for optimism? Seven of the first nine games are at redecorated Neyland Stadium, proud home of the Vols and a really good marching band and a hundred thousand seats. Oops, they may or may not be filled. Too many tickets remain for sale and stimulus money is running short. The resumption of football has TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West different significance at different places. he resumption of Tennessee horizon. It may go away and the Alabama, LSU and Arkansas football is upon us. This is sun will pop through or we may have legitimate title aspirations. the official switch from talk to get soaked again. This is the best Mississippi State action. The odds are no better than 50- has felt in a long time. Ole Miss has Instead of wondering, we’ll get 50 that a Tennessee search will doubts. Defending national chamanother look at Derek Dooley in find the right answer. If you think pion Auburn doesn’t know what to the big league and at Tyler Bray that is harsh, consider the parade think. Was that a castle of cards on the loveliest village on the plains? under fire against opponents of presidents. who can play. We’ll see if a runIt seems Tennessee football is Ask Trooper Taylor if you see him. ning attack is reborn, if anybody entering a period of cautious opSouth Carolina is loaded. Georcan catch a punt, whether there timism. Staff stability was main- gia has a quarterback. Florida is are linebackers on campus and if tained – at considerable cost starting over, well, somewhat. summer gains in strength and en- (where I’m from, you don’t get Vanderbilt is overjoyed with a new durance are fact or fiction. raises for going 6-7 and losing to coach that Maryland didn’t want. Kentucky, hmmm, maybe the It is an exciting time, even Alabama by 31). when surrounded by uncertainI am in favor of more and streak will eventually end. ties. Indeed, the NCAA penalty is better four-star recruits but my Tennessee is all about improvenot far away. scales say new talent under con- ment. Any progress will be duly High among uncertainties are tract is potentially superior to noted and appreciated. The comuniversity leadership and the talent lost. Smarts, courage and posite of the past three seasons committee searching for a new intensity are yet to be evaluated. does not exactly fit the image of athletic director. The scenario re- You are correct; there is no obvi- Big Orange Country. Starting point for improvement minds me of a dark cloud on the ous Nick Reveiz.

is the offensive line. It is one year older. If it is also better, glory, glory. Offensive balance may be overrated to a degree or two but I still believe a team must be able to run to win in the Southeastern Conference. The ability to run greatly influences defensive concepts. Gaining a couple of tough yards under duress earns critical first downs and keeps the clock ticking. Elementary, my dear Watson, but whether the chains more or not often determines who wins games. Tennessee’s future on the ground is in the hands of the aforementioned offensive line, battering ram Channing Fugate and tailbacks Tauren Poole, Rajion Neal, Toney Williams, Marlin Lane and maybe Tom Smith. As good as Bray was last November, he wasn’t good enough to beat North Carolina. Whether he can win at Gainesville remains to be seen. We can hope experience and greater knowledge makes a better quarterback. Alas, in some cases, too much information muddies young minds. Tennessee offense 2010 depended heavily on big plays. I suppose you have noticed that Denarius Moore is gone. He averaged 20.9 per catch. Where are you,

Justin Hunter? Are you for real? Is Da’Rick Rogers the deep answer? Nothing to do but keep watching for DeAnthony Arnett. The Vols will be better in the secondary – if, if, if and if. Focal points are Janzen Jackson, Prentiss Waggoner, Brent Brewer and Byron Moore. The Vols will probably be better in the defensive front. Malik Jackson is a winner. We can only hope Maurice Couch is. I have no clue regarding linebackers. There are athletic possibilities. There is less experience. I wish I knew when Herman Lathers will be well and exactly how good is A.J. Johnson. Kicking game? Half of it has to be better. The idea of letting punts hit and roll was not too good after the first laugh. That a college football team, supported by expensive instructors, has no one who can field a punt is a scary situation. It is also symbolic of how bad the Vols have been. Returning punts is basic stuff. Bobby Majors ran ’em back for 1,163 yards and four touchdowns in an All-American career. If Coach Dooley calls, I’ll tell him about Bobby Majors.

Concord Swimming Pool, back in the day. Photo submitted

Remembering Concord Swimming Pool MALCOLM’S CORNER | Malcolm Shell


was talking to Barbara Beeler the other day and we reminisced about the fun the young folks had at the old Concord Swimming Pool in present-day Concord Park. I specifically remember the early 1950s, when the pool was relatively new and many of the Concord teenagers worked there during the summer. Swimming pools were a novelty then because few homeowners had them. First, water was

too scarce to waste on a pool, and with a lake within a stone’s throw from our front porch, we could go swimming anytime. But the public swimming pool offered the opportunity to enjoy swimming in a safe environment and make a little money at the same time. As far as I can remember, Concord Swimming Pool was the only one in West Knox County. There was one in Oak Ridge and one in Maryville, but at that time, they might as well

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Troutman to speak at KFL Shereece Troutman will be the guest speaker for the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon at noon Tuesday, July 26. The KFL is a group of Christian men and women who meet weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell.


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No time for wimps Dayspring Church hosted Vacation Bible School last week. The theme was “No Time for Wimps.” The week focused on physical fitness and was based on Philippians 4:13 which states “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The theme was a unique idea of the church and used God’s word to teach participants about being strong in their faith. Each night students earned their spiritual belts – black, red, white and gold. The black belt symbolized sin, the red belt symbolized the blood of Christ, white symbolized being washed clean and gold symbolized Heaven. Dayspring Church is located at 906 Callahan Road, suite 109 near Premier Athletics. Info: 206-8878. Mayci Mason enjoys playing a relay game during activity time – Ruth White at Dayspring Church’s Vacation Bible School. Photos by Ruth White

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

Cool down in the cave Historic Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway, will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Admission is $7 per person (cash only). Children 6 and under get in free. All proceeds benefit the maintenance and preservation of Cherokee Caverns. Free parking and restrooms are available, and the cave is handicap accessible. Cameras are allowed. Info: Jim Whidby, 982-7261 or email

Tech help at the library A monthly computer workshop will be held at Lawson McGhee Library 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, and 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. The public is invited to come with questions about computers, iPods, etc. Info: 215-8723.

each second Tuesday and from 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday.

Fundraisers and sales ■ Beaver Ridge UMC will receive 10 percent of the total purchases made 5-8 p.m. each Thursday at the Sonic restaurant in Karns. Info: ■ Bookwalter UMC , 4218 Central Avenue Pike, is looking for vendors for its fall festival to be held Oct. 1. Info: 5842995. ■ Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2500 Mynatt Road, will host a benefit rummage sale Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6. All proceeds from the sale will help with church projects.

5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5 a class. Info: 689-7001.

Music services ■ Mount Harmony Baptist Church, 819 Raccoon Valley Road in Heiskell, will hold a benefit singing 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, to help Gary Coward with his medical needs. A love offering will be taken. Performers will include Tony Thomas of Clinton and Blaine Chapel Baptist Church singers of Corryton. ■ Oaks Chapel Church, Raccoon Valley Road, will host a singing 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, featuring the Clinch Valley Church Singers and others. The Rev. Roger Short is pastor.

Rec programs ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class led by a certified personal trainer

■ Glenwood Baptist Church is hosting a family festival 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the church grounds, 7212 Central Ave. Pike. The event will include rides, games, face painting and balloon gifts, food, ice cream and soft drinks. The event is free but families are encouraged to bring one nonperishable food item as a donation to help feed the hungry. Info: 938-2611 or www.

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Sharon Baptist Church will host a showing of the movie “Soul Surfer” at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31. The film is based on the life of surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003. The movie details the events surrounding the attack and her struggle during the aftermath. Directed by Sean McNamara, the film’s title refers to a term coined in the 1960s to describe people who surfed purely for pleasure. But in Hamilton’s case the word “soul” has a double meaning, referring to how her faith helped her recover her surfing career after the attack. The film stars AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid and Carrie Underwood. Everyone is invited to this screening and no admission will be charged. Sharon Baptist Church is located at 7916 Pedigo Road. Info: 938-7075. ■ 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.

Women’s programs ■ Knoxville Day Women’s Aglow Lighthouse will hold an outreach meeting 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Ave. Pike. Dawn McGinnis, co-pastor of Park West Church of God, will speak. Info: Diane Shelby, 687-3687.

Workshops and classes ■ New Hope Baptist Church, 7602 Bud Hawkins Road in Corryton, hosts Celebrate

■ Greater Knoxville Baptist Fellowship will meet 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, at Lakeview Baptist Church in Rockford. Brother Johnny Price will be preaching.

Recovery adult and youth classes 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 12-step class 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 688-5330.

Youth programs ■ 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 a number of summer events scheduled for the youth. There will be Bible study, fun days, road trips, community service days and more. Info: 690-1060 or visit www.beaverridgeumc. com. ■ 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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here,” Ford said. “You look by Jenna Kalmon right across the field and that’s where the opposing team Interns Caroline Longmire, Elizabeth Longmire, Madeline Lonas, Kathleen Karnes, Dalton Mulis coming out. You are able lins, Patrick Kidwell, Max McCoig and Owen Sanders take photographs at the tunnel leading By Tia Kalmon Last week the interns to see their faces, with this from the home locker room onto Shields-Watkins Field. Photo by Jake Mabe learned a lot of history about many people in the stands. Neyland Stadium during They aren’t used to playing in their “behind the scenes” a stadium this big.” Ford began working in tour with Bud Ford. Shields-Watkins Field was sports information while atbuilt in 1921. The stadium tending UT and was hired that was constructed around straight out of college in 1966 by former athletic director it was dedicated to Gen. RobBob Woodruff. ert Reese Neyland following “It keeps you young. The his death in 1962. In 2004 athletes I work with average the University of Tennessee between ages 18-21,” Ford began a project to expand the said. “They always stay the stadium to better accommosame age. date the fans that come to see “I’ve seen a lot of firsts that each game. Today it can hold aren’t going to happen again, more than 102,000 spectalike world records set on our tors. tracks and a 99-yard run by “During game days there Kelsey Finch (at Florida). is a buzz of activity, with UT associate athletic director for media relations Bud Ford Ford says one of his favorthree ESPN trucks and many ite games is UT’s big comeshows the chalkboard that is still updated by hand during UT more stations from all over,” back at Notre Dame in 1991. home football games in the press box, a tradition that has conFord said. tinued into the modern era. Photo by Patrick Kidwell “We were down 31-7 just Throughout the stadium before halftime,” he says. are orange “T’s” lined on the After Floyd Miley rewalking through this magBy Madeline Lonas walls to display the spirit turned a blocked field goal This week the Shopper- nificent facility with UT asfor the team. We walked on for a touchdown, and followNews interns toured Ney- sociate athletic director for the part of the path that the ing an incredible second-half media relations Bud Ford. land Stadium. athletes take during the Vol comeback, Tennessee’s JerFrom top to bottom, it was It’s hard to imagine that Walk on game days. Ban- emy Lincoln blocked a Notre first class all the way. Gen. Robert Reese Neyland ners commemorate past SEC Dame field goal in the closing Hanging above the doorwouldn’t be amazed by the and national championships, seconds. UT won 35-34. way in the locker room is a recently renovated grand Hall of Famers and players After a dedicated 45 years sign that says, “I will give my stadium named in his honor who have had their numbers of working for UT, Ford is all for Tennessee today!” Ford that is home to the Tennesretired. planning to retire in Decemsaid it is a Volunteer tradition “We have the home field ber and become UT athletics’ Bud Ford leads Shopper-News writer Jake Mabe and the in- see Volunteer football team. to touch this sign before each We were awestruck while terns on a tour through Neyland Stadium. Photo by Jenna Kalmon advantage when we play official historian. game. We were all jumping, reaching and struggling to do so as we left the locker room. From there, it was on to the Stokely Family Media Room. Behind us was the black backdrop with orange Tennessee Vol T’s on it where coach Derek Dooley conducts his postgame press conferences. Finally, we toured the press box and the skybox. The inside rooms of the skyboxes have cloth covered walls and Power T carpet. Couches and Frisky is a senior female Audrey is a female Pixie is a female chairs have leather covered Chihuahua Yorkie Schnauzer/Yorkie Mix football-shaped ottomans between them. On nearly every surface were flat-screen Players still recite Gen. Robert Neyland’s maxims, displayed here TVs, even though the views were outstanding. Small Breed Rescue has small breed dogs in all sizes, breeds and ages. in the dressing room, before each game. Photo by Owen Sanders

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Todd Steed: UT group taught and learned at Chinese summer camp By Betty Bean Todd Steed has been writing songs and playing his own witty brand of Knoxville-centric music since 1977. His first touring band, Smokin’ Dave & the Premo Dopes, made him a teenage legend. For someone so identified with a particular place, he’s had a lifelong case of wanderlust, which he demonstrated by finishing college and then going off to see the world. He’s had a series of bands since he returned – Apelife, Opposable Thumbs, Suns of Phere – and is now working full time for WUOT-FM, where he hosts a jazz show, “Improvisations,” and a live singer-songwriter showcase called “Studio 865.” But here’s the part that a lot of people don’t know – Steed has a master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) and has taught at the University of Tennessee’s Center for International Education and in places like Indonesia and Lithuania, where he used music and creativity to help his students learn English. “Almost everybody likes to be creative, even if they’re

not good at it. I’ve had thermal engineers singing Green Day songs,” he said. Steed says he worked at learning the languages in the places where he taught, but discovered this was frowned upon in ESL schools. “The schools in Indonesia wouldn’t let students use their first language because it would slow them down. In Lithuania I got kind of excited that I could use their language but my students quit speaking English, so I had to stop doing that.” Steed’s most recent foray was to China, where he spent a month working as co-coordinator of foreign teachers and volunteers at Tsinghua University’s summer camp. He led a group of 14 faculty and volunteers from UT. Tsinghua is acknowledged as one of China’s top two universities and is located in the Beijing suburbs. The camps, which serve nearly 3,300 students, started in 2005 and continued through 2007 before being discontinued until this summer. Steed has worked every one of them and has made many friends.

“When I went to the 2000 Olympics, I’d see my students in volunteer booths in Olympic venues. One of them guided George Bush around; another, Mark Phelps. Afterward, the Chinese government said ‘Olympics gone, camp’s off.’ But then they started reading evaluations that summer camp was the high point of the students’ experience, and they started back up and UT asked me if I would be willing to lead a group again. “The students come mostly from technical and legal fields of study, but spend a big chunk of their summer participating in music and dancing competitions, singing, and fashion shows. We use creativity to get them excited about learning English.” Since moving into administration, Steed doesn’t actually teach anymore, but he’s proud that of the 140 British and American teachers, students of UT teachers won their competitions in all categories. Megan Fields of the College of Communications and Betty Tipton of the theater department were outstanding members of the foreign faculty, Steed said.

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REUNIONS ■ Powell High School Class of 1971 will have its 40-year class reunion 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The theme will be “senior” prom, with food, music, prizes and a laser/light show. Admission is $60. Info: Kathy, 805-4446.

Center, located in the back of Heiskell United Methodist Church). Bring pictures and other memorabilia to share. Info: Bobbie Kennedy, 257-1283; Janice Patt White, 548-0326; or Nita Buell Black, 947-7427.

■ Powell High School Class of 1996 will have its 15-year class reunion 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Jubilee Banquet Hall with entertainment by the Hinckley Brothers. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. Info: Linnie, 382-3052 or email

■ Karns High School class of 1986 will hold its 25-year reunion 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in the Old City, continuing 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the picnic area at the Cove at Concord Park. Info: Tammy Tate Asbury,

■ Big Ridge State Park will have a reunion for anyone who visited in the 1950s and early ’60s at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the pavilion above the pool. Several men who were lifeguards during the pool’s heyday will be at the reunion. Everyone is invited to bring photos to share and bring their own food and drinks. No food services will be available at the park.

■ Standard Knitting Mills will hold its annual reunion 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the O’Connor Senior Center. All previous employees are welcome to attend.

■ Central High School class of 1991 will celebrate its 20-year reunion with a family night swim party 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Beaver Brook Country Club and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with dinner, dancing and a cash bar at the Foundry at the World’s Fair Site. Admission $35 for the swim party ($10 for children) and $50 for dinner at the Foundry. Info: ■ Heiskell Elementary School will hold its second annual reunion 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the old school (now the Heiskell Community

■ Wilkerson family reunion will be held noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Big Ridge State Park. Bring a covered dish. ■ Halls High School class of 1991 will have its 20-year reunion 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Knoxville. Info: email halls1991reunion@gmail. com. ■ USS Albany Association will hold its 22nd annual reunion Sunday through Friday, Oct. 9-14, at the Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg. The association is currently looking for shipmates who served on one of the USS Albany ships (CA123, CG10, SSN753). Info: Dick Desrochers, 603-5949798, or


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There went Mom of the Year, struggling through fever and malaise to get a 3-yearold fed, dressed and off to preschool without infecting him. Lo and behold, there was a good-sized group of kids for Daniel to play with. I stumbled in and out, touching as little as I could, then made it to the nearest health care professional. It was strep throat. I came home clutching antibiotics and promptly fell into bed. It’s possible that I felt worse during labor or after getting my wisdom teeth pulled, but not by much. I remember thinking as I lay there, “Here I’ve got a whole day to l in bed in a quiet house, and I can’t even enjoy it because I feel like crap.” When Daniel’s dad brought him home that afternoon, Daniel ran to my bedside and said, “Aw, Mommy’s sick. You got medicine, Mommy?” “Yes, buddy. I’ve got medicine.” He crawled up on the bed, stood up and leapt into the air. “Look at me, I’m bouncing!” he cried. I let him bounce. See? I can make up those mommy points in no time at all. Contact Shannon Carey at shannon@

SPORTS NOTES ■ Players needed, Tennessee Copperheads 11U boys baseball team is looking for two to three players for the fall season. Players must not turn 12 before May 1, 2012. Tryouts are 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Luttrell Elementary School field. Rain date is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Info: email or visit ■ Fall Baseball League, 4U-12U, bring your own team plus individual sign-ups, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 13 at Halls Community Park. Info: 992-5504 or email hcpsports@

■ Baseball Tournament , Tee ball and 6U coach pitch and 8U-14U, Friday through Sunday, July 29-31, Halls Community Park. Info: 992-5504 or email ■ Baseball Tournament , Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7. Open to everyone, Tee ball and 6U coach pitch and 8U-14U, Halls Community Park. Info: 992-5504 or email hcpsports@msn. com. ■ Baseball Team Needs Players, Knox Silver Sox 9-year-olds for fall and spring 2012. Competitive USSSA level. Info: 363-1483 or email

■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will host “From Our Corner Into the World” Friday through Sunday, July 29-31, for children in kindergarten through the 5th grade. For those who would like to help out, the children will be collecting laundry detergent and children’s clothing to take to area organizations if you’d like to drop something by the church. Info: 690-1060.

Mentors needed for tnAchieves The privately-funded program tnAchieves is looking for mentors to work with its latest class of students. The program provides opportunities for public high school graduates in the area to attend community college free of tuition or fees. The mentoring element is what sets tnAchieves apart from other college access programs as mentors provide encouragement and guidance to students making the transition from high school to college. Mentors generally spend 10-12 hours annually working with students. There will be a single, two-hourlong training session in September. To download a mentor application, visit www. become-a-mentor/. Info: Krissy DeAlejandro, 218-4093 or email krissy@tnachieves. org, or Graham Thomas, 218-4287 or email


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■ Clear Springs Baptist Church, 8518 Thompson School Road, will hold Big Apple Adventure Family Vacation Bible School 7-9 p.m. July 25-29 with classes for all ages. Register online at www.clearspringsbaptist. net and receive a free T-shirt. Info: 688-7674. ■ Corryton Church, 7615 Foster Road, Corryton, will have SonSurf Beach VBS 9 to 11:15 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 7,

Math camp Grace Christian Academy, 5914 Beaver Ridge Road, will host the middle school and high school math camp “ArithmaPhobia” from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 1-4. All middle and high school students are invited. Math expert Bill Baysinger will help students discover their “hidden mathematician” through hands-on activities, games and skills. Info: 934-4780.

Powell High baseball tryouts this week The Powell High School baseball team will be holding tryouts noon to 3 p.m. today (July 25) and continuing through Wednesday.

COMMUNITY CLUBS ■ The 6th district Democrats will meet at Clay and Cindy Mulford’s home, 1104 Durham Road, 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. Hamburgers will be served. Guest speaker will be Great Schools Partnership president Buzz Thomas. ■ The Knoxville Writers’ Group will meet 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Naples Italian Restaurant. Members will read from works in prog-

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Anyone who will be enrolled at PHS in August is eligible. Baseball pants, cleats, glove, hat, bat, etc. will be needed. Questions may be sent to coach Jeff Inman at jeff.

Used medical equipment needed The East Tennessee Technology Access Center’s ReUse program recycles donated, durable medical equipment to people with disabilities who cannot afford to purchase the items for themselves. There are waiting lists of people who need shower seats, transfer benches and wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds and lifts. To donate, call Jeff Drum at 219-0130.

ress. Everyone is invited. Allinclusive lunch is $12. RSVP by Monday, July 25, at 983-3740. ■ The Knoxville Writers’ Guild will host mystery author Beverly Connor at the group’s next meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Laurel Theater on Laurel Avenue. Connor will discuss how one’s personal experiences can play into their literary pursuits. Everyone is invited. A $2 donation will be accepted at the door. The building is handicap accessible.


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A story of faith Former UT football players Eric Berry and Inky Johnson visit the ORNL Federal Credit Union on Emory Road to sign autographs and meet fans. Johnson signed his book, “Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance,� which talks about his journey following a careerending injury. Berry, a former teammate of Johnson’s, wrote a foreword in the book along with former UT player Jerod Mayo. Photo by Ruth White

Stop, drop and roll. You’ve heard this safety tip since childhood. But fire safety is much more than that. One of the important community services Rural/Metro provides is fire safety education. Recently, we hosted our first open house at the fire station in the Heiskell community and had the Knox County Fire Safety House on-site for the event. It’s essentially a two-level mobile home designed for educa-

Each year, local schools are invited to schedule an on-site visit from the Knox County Fire Safety House. Rob Rural/Metro firefighters Webb team up with the Knoxville Division General Fire Prevention Bureau to Manager of Rural/Metro visit these schools and teach thousands of school children valuable life-saving lessons. Our fire education focuses on fire prevention and plantion about fire prevention ning an escape route that and home escape plans. It is includes a designated safe one of the many tools we use meeting place. It is importo promote our fire safety tant for every homeowner to messages. have a plan in place and to


practice a home fire drill. Rural/Metro offers our fire service subscribers free home safety inspections and help these homeowners plan fire escape routes and drills. There are more than 350,000 residential house fires in the U.S. each year. Our goal is to reduce the number of house fires and fire injuries in our community by giving our neighbors the information they need to be safe. We take this job very seriously.

High school golf tourney to boost Rotary, Williams Creek By Sandra Clark

15 schools in seven counties will participate. Sam Balloff is coordinating volunteers from the Rotary Club to serve as scorekeepers. “You don’t need to know about golf,� he said. “The players will tell you their Sam Balloff Karl Klemmer score and you write it down!� fees to help with their proBalloff is lining up 18 grams to introduce the life scorekeepers for either lessons of golf to children morning or afternoon. who might otherwise never Each will follow their team get the chance to play.� through 18 holes, representThe format is a shotgun ing Rotary and getting to start with 12 boys teams tee- know the high school golfing off at 9 a.m. and 15 girls ers. teams starting at 2 p.m. Karl Klemmer is a comIn all, more than 100 high mittee member. He said conschool golfers representing firmed teams are Bearden,

Powell, Halls, Claiborne County, Grainger County, Grace Christian, Webb, Hardin Valley Academy, Jefferson County, Cumberland Gap, Carter, Campbell County, Maryville and Caholic. “We plan to give away close to $5,000 in prizes, awards and goody bags to players while raising $50,000 for local and international charities,� said Heins. Tickets are $10 and sponsorships are available at levels from $100 to $5,000. Oliver Smith IV is seeking major donors. Info: John Heins, 2977045.

Cameron Mash shows just a small sampling of items available at his mom’s store, Blackberry Hollow. Owner Leslie Mash offers a variety of candles, cabin dÊcor, braided rugs, table dÊcor, bath accessories, custom gift baskets and more. Blackberry Hollow will host a grand opening Saturday, July 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shop is located at 6667 Maynardville Highway in North Place Center near Domino’s Pizza. Info: 925-4300. Photo by Ruth White

Pottery DVD at Appalachian Arts Craft Center The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris has DVDs for sale featuring a pottery demonstration by internationally known potter Charles Counts. Cost is $10. Info: 494-9854.

KSO's Pop Series kicks off with ‘Sinatra’ The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has announced the schedule for this year's 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 MATRIX • BACK TO BASICS • KENRA • REDKEN DKEN • PAUL MITCHELL

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