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DECEMBER 26, 2011

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Christmas concert showcases talent Great grads Sandra Clark says each grad from the Kelley Academy has a story to tell.

The Powell Singers, under the direction of PHS choral instructor Jim Kennedy, perform at the Choral Department’s Christmas concert. The Singers are: (front) Alex Strozyk, Leslie Truan, Emily Morrow, Rebekah Harbin, Brenna Featherstone, Kelsie Shipley, Allie Patton, Caleb Brewer, Tucker Hyde; (middle row) Harrison Cooke, Cory Chitwood, Corbyn Skeen, Tori Palmer, Whitney Pittman, Cassidy White, Katlyn Householder, Jacob Hodges, Kayla Gentry; (back) Chris Linkous, Noah Muncy, Greg Leonhardt, Justin Wood, Jacob Mahler and Kyler Roberts. Photo by Greg Householder

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Ol’ Vols rally for Bud Ford Marvin West says former Vols are battling to keep Halls guy Bud Ford as UT’s athletic historian. See page A-9

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By Greg Householder One thing is always constant – if one is looking for a good musical show, Powell High School choral instructor Jim Kennedy and his gang never disappoint. On Dec. 15, the PHS Choral Department gave its annual Christmas concert at the school. The show kicked off with the Powell Singers singing “Carol of the Bells”; “We Three Kings”; “The First Noel” with soloists Tucker Hyde, Katlyn Householder, Caleb Brewer and Kelsie Shipley; “Let Snow, Let it Snow”; “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies”; “Angels We Have Heard on High”; “Mary, Did You Know?” with soloist Chris Linkous; “13 Days of Christmas”; “Down, Down the Chimney”; and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” A Very Large Quartet, which is actually an

octet consisting of Courtney Broyles, Katherine Cobb, Haley Harbin, Shay Hicks, Tori Lentz, Hannah Strozyk, Ashton Wade and Danielle Welsh, performed “O Holy Night.” The girls chorus took the stage and performed “Mele Kalikimaka” with Caleb Brewer on the ukulele, “What Child is This?” and “Jing-a-Ling” with soloist Haley Harbin. The quartet Common Time performed “Feliz Navivdad.” Members of the Concert Choir, as part of a special effects program called “Handel’s Vision” produced by Katie Higgins, performed “Hallelujah.” The boys chorus, with special thanks to Brandon Evans and Greg Leonhardt, performed “Novum Gaudia”; “The Boar’s Head Carol”; “Riu, Riu, Chiu” with soloists Luke Nightwine and Curtis

A beautiful, blue Christmas

Winter getaway Turns out December is a great time to head to Townsend and Cades Cove. See page A-6

By Ruth White Powell resident Sandy Perry had a blue Christmas, but it was a beautiful one, celebrating and honoring military personnel. Perry comes from a long line of military personnel. Her father served and her father-in-law served, as did her grandfather and several of her children. She is military proud and is ever thankful for the sacrifices made by her family and others.

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One decoration on the tree is a photograph of a painting by Perry, thanking military personnel for their service.

Sandy Perry stands in front of her blue Christmas tree, a tribute to family members who currently serve and have served in the military. Photos by Ruth White

To show her pride and respect for all branches of the military (her family has served in every branch except the Marines), she wanted a blue Christmas tree but couldn’t find one locally or one that didn’t cost a fortune. Drawing from her artistic background and work with Fantasy of Trees, Perry found the perfect white tree and transformed it into a beautiful work of art using metallic blue paint and decorations she has collected over the years. The tree features ornaments that are special to Perry, including ornaments from the White House, Bob Hope figurines, flag lights and so many other items that speak of peace, service and honor.

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Allred; “Jingle Bells” with soloists Tye Sharp, Curtis Allred, Brandon Barnes and Luke Nightwine; and finally, “Christmas Rap” with soloists Brandon Barnes and Matthew Underwood. The PHS Singers scattered throughout the audience and sang “In Silent Night.” The quartet Party of Four, consisting of Katlyn Householder, Emily Morrow, Whitney Pittman and Kelsie Shipley, performed “I Heard the Bells.” The Concert Choir took the stage and sang “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy,” “The Sleigh,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “White Christmas” with soloists Alex Strozyk and William Jones, and closed out the show with “Sleigh Ride.” Wesley Kirkland and Brandon Hall handled the sound and lighting.

“When the news came out that they wanted to close it, somebody asked me what I thought, and I said they really closed Lakeshore 15 years ago,” said the Rev. George Doebler, who came to Tennessee in 1972 to become chaplain at Eastern State Hospital and stayed there for 13 tumultuous years. He’s still in Knoxville, and although he formally retired in 2007, the ordained Lutheran minister is

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ly funded psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C., he took a detour through the Dallas County, Ala., jail. It happened like this: “Dr. Martin Luther King had been down in Selma (Alabama) registering voters. We’re sitting in an ethics class (in Dubuque, Iowa) saying ‘What do you do with this?’ One guy said, ‘We’ve got to go down there.’ So we decided to go for three days to show our support for King. We got down there and got thrown in jail.”

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Doebler and his friends ran into King on the street, and he asked them why they had come. “We told him it was because of his speech. And he said ‘What I said caused you to come here?’ “He thanked us for being there. He was just a little guy, not very tall. We slept in the bell tower of the church and listened to him preach every night. He could really George Doebler Photo by Betty preach. Very well trained. Bean Some people look at you, To page A-3 and they look straight


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POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS • DECEMBER 26, 2011 • A-3 possibly as much as if not more so than in the 1850s. So Happy New Year and buckle your seatbelts for 2012. It’s going to be an interesting ride.

Happy New Year! With Christmas being yesterday, we now have a week before New Year’s Day. Our workweek here at the paper was very short last week – noon Wednesday deadline and an early printing for Christmas.

prowling through this year’s “folder” on my computer looking for the highlight ■ Welcome Riley stories of 2011. This year has been an unClara Lewis! usual year for me. First my mother’s health took a turn for the worse last spring and we lost her in May. Next, the planned summer wedding took place and the Gregster was officially off the market. Couple all of that with being Greg the executor of my mother’s Householder estate and if you have ever had to do that duty you will understand. Closing out an Things tend to get back to estate is no fun and takes a normal a bit this week – no long time. short deadlines and so forth So I’m glad 2011 is almost – but the problem is, not behind us. I feel that 2012 Noell Lewis and Riley Photo much happens during the will be a tumultuous year submitted week between Christmas with a bitter election coming and New Year’s. Last Tuesday I received up in November. Seems the So this week I will be country is so divided, like the welcome news that

George Doebler From page A-1

through your head. That’s how he was. He was one of those people who comes at a certain time, and the time is ready. Three weeks later, I was in Washington and missed my first interview at St. Elizabeth’s.” Once he got there, Doebler found that practices like hydrotherapy – whereby patients were strapped into a chair and bombed by a water cannon shooting high velocity streams – were still in use. But changes were coming, dictated by the Community Mental Health Care Act, championed by John F. Kennedy, which had passed in 1963. Doebler and psychiatrist John Marshall, who later became the superintendent of Eastern State Hospital in Knoxville, pioneered community mental health at St. Elizabeth’s. Doebler’s wife, Nancy, was a psychiatric nurse there, as well. Not long before Marshall took the helm at Eastern State, the hospital was rocked by a devastating exposé that brought attention to the deplorable conditions there. Although funding was always an issue, with the encouragement of reform-minded Commissioner Richard Treadway and the help of new medications and treatment methods, Marshall started making progress. Doebler was soon training clergy to do aftercare and eventually had 20 to 30 pastors working with him. But in 1975, Ray Blanton was elected and everything got hard. “Blanton was using those jobs as political payoff. I told him we couldn’t do it, that we had a job description

and strict requirements, and Treadway stuck with us. By 1978, we had a lot of programs to bring community clergy in, working with the mentally ill. It was just a fun thing to be doing, but they asked John Marshall to step down,” Doebler said. “I was chief of chaplains and had brought in some very skilled people, four of them trained in Washington as community clergy. We had a whole network across the state. John did a lot in the community. He was very open and pretty outspoken – he said the community needs to know what’s going on inside. But I’ll bet you can’t find 10 articles from 1990 until now about Lakeshore. Blanton ruined everything.” In 1985, Doebler went to UT Medical Center to start the chaplaincy program there. He has enjoyed great success. He served as executive director of the association of Mental Health Clergy for 22 years, raised $5 million to endow UTMC’s chaplaincy program and, along

with Nancy, received the 2010 Helen Ross McNabb Spirit Award honoring their mental health work. He still sees patients from Lakeshore, including “one lady I’ve been seeing for 18 years, for nothing – these people have no money. She’ll call at 3, 4 in the morning when she hears voices. She’s being treated by Helen Ross McNabb.” He believes Helen Ross McNabb will benefit from the shutdown of Lakeshore. “They’ll do crisis intervention stuff,” he said. “They’ll get the resources to do an even better job of treatment than they do now.” He pulled out a black bound book published in 1984, titled “The Homeless Mentally Ill.” “You could write this today,” he said “The deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill was a good idea, but the only way it would have worked was to have the resources in the community. You can do better treatment in the community than what would be done in a large institution, but the money has never stayed with the patient.”

Riley Clara Lewis had decided to join the human race. Riley is the newborn daughter of Craig and Noell Lewis. Riley comes in weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces, and was 18 inches long. She entered this world at 9:34 a.m. on Dec. 20. Both mother and baby were doing well. Riley’s mom, Noell, just finished her tour as the president of the Powell Business and Professional Association. She runs the Edward Jones office in the Powell Place shopping center. The cool thing about Riley’s birth is that Noell and Craig refused to peek at ultrasounds to determine the sex of the little one – kind of old school in a way – we did that with my daughter 25 years ago. It’s kind of fun guessing and wondering and having all the rela-

community I’ve really enjoyed working with Larry through the years. I remember when I first started with the Shopper, Larry was heavily involved in ratting out the Ragsdale regime for its P-card and other scandals. ■ See ya later, much so, that I offered Larry Van Guilder So to give Larry and the rest I also learned last Tues- of the gang some hand-today that the editor of Shop- hand combat tips from my per-News, Larry Van Guil- Ranger days because there der, would be leaving us in was a real concern that the mid-January to take an ac- Ragsdale renegades might counting position with the resort to violence. Fortutrustee’s office. nately for them they did Larry is a great guy, a not. good friend, terrific writer So good luck and so long, and strong manager. The Larry. Note that the word folks in the trustee’s of- “goodbye” is not mentioned fice are lucky and we at in any of this because it’s the Shopper-News are the not goodbye but more of a worse for this deal. We’re “see ya around” because I losing an asset for sure. know we will stay in touch. tives reading the tea leaves and such telling you what it’s going to be. So congratulations Craig and Noell on your new addition.

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Jarret: Jones can ride again By Larry Van Guilder

Don’t look back “Don’t look back,” Satchel Paige said. “Something might be gaining on you.” Let’s look ahead to 2012. January: Taking heed of Commissioner Dr. Richard Briggs’ complaint that The Development Corporation’s Midway property is “the crazy aunt in the basement,” local residents petition the courts to have it institutionalized “for its own good.” Over Chamber president Mike Edward’s protests, the property is involuntarily committed to the Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. February: A group of influential Knox County developers back a bill in the General Assembly to repeal the law of gravity. “Just because Isaac Newton said so doesn’t mean water has to run downhill,” spokesperson May Flood says. March: After losing to Phil Ballard in the Republican primary race for property assessor, John Whitehead challenges Ballard to a duel. Two days before the election, Law Director Joe Jarret shaves his mustache and defeats challenger Richard “Bud” Armstrong by a whisker. April: The state closes Lakeshore and the Midway property is released, swelling the homeless population by hundreds of acres. “The crazy aunt” is denied lodging at Minvilla. May: Although he has no opponent in the upcoming August general election, early polling shows Phil Ballard trailing. Ballard pledges to knock on every door in Knox County “if that’s what it takes to beat me.” June: Commissioner Dr. Richard Briggs takes in Midway, promising to keep it busy with beekeeping until the county lands an auto factory. July: Following months of heated debate, County Commission narrowly votes down a resolution that would have required 48 hours public notice when two or more commissioners simultaneously use the same restroom in the City County building. August: The University of Tennessee football team loses an intra-squad scrimmage while gaining 6 rushing yards on 68 attempts. “Can’t anybody here play this game?” laments coach Derek “Casey” Dooley. A computer glitch results in John Whitehead mistakenly being declared the winner in the property assessor race. The error is swiftly corrected, but Whitehead challenges the Election Commission to a duel anyway. September: UT women’s basketball star Glory Johnson joins the football team in time to catch three touchdown passes in a victory over Georgia State. “Football is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical,” says coach Derek “Yogi” Dooley afterward. October: The Midway property is rezoned “CC” (children’s commercial) and immediately lands a client when Mattel announces the revival of “Big Wheel” production. “It’s not Volkswagen, but it’s close,” says Commissioner Dr. Richard Briggs. November: President Barack Obama winds down his re-election campaign with a brief stop at McGheeTyson Airport. Both local Democrats greet him with a standing ovation. December: Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma offers to renew the Tennessee-Connecticut rivalry if Pat Summitt defeats him in an arm wrestling contest. Pat wins hands down, and so does her team. The football Vols finish 6-6 and are invited to the inaugural Big Wheel Classic to face Powell High School. County Commission’s Christmas party fizzles when no one remembers to send out a public notice. Happy New Year! Contact: Larry Van Guilder at lvgknox@mindspring.com.

When is a “term” not a term? When it’s a partial term, says Knox County Law Director Joe Jarret. Jarret has sent a memorandum to Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones bolstering Jones’ bid for re-election although he served the unexpired portion of former Sheriff Tim Hutchison’s term followed by his current full term. Circumstances are similar for Register of Deeds Sherry Witt, who served a portion of Steve Hall’s term before winning election to a full term.

Jarret said the Charter doesn’t provide much guidance. It reads “no person shall be eligible to serve in any elected office of Knox County if during the previous two terms of that office the person … has served more than a single term.” But it doesn’t define “single term,” Jarret said, so the answer must be sought elsewhere. The law director starts with the Jordan decision, in which the state Supreme Court upheld Knox County’s Charter and ruled the 1994 referendum on term limits

enforceable. That led to Black Wednesday in January 2007, but Jarret’s concern is for the language of the term limits petition. In part, it reads “no person shall be eligible to Jones serve in any elected office if the individual has already served two full terms.” In the Jordan case, the court essentially ruled that the people had spo-

ken and the people intended to limit officials to two consecutive full terms. Jarret cites the 2009 opinion of State Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins who said “partial service” would not count as a “single term.” Jarret notes Goins relied on Chancellor Daryl Fansler’s opinion that former Law Director Richard Beeler was eligible to run for two full terms after serving two years of the unexpired term of Dale Workman.

Lakeshore land for play fields? Patient advocates cry foul Will there be a battle over the 40 acres surrounding Lakeshore Mental Health Institute when the state shuts it down next year?

Betty Bean Mental health advocates say the city should pay for the land and the proceeds be used for the benefit of the mentally ill, as required by state law. Park advocates say the acreage should be added to Lakeshore Park, which surrounds it. The sum of $1 has been suggested. State Mental Health Commissioner Doug Varney hinted that he’d like to see

the land conveyed to the city, but pronounced the decision above his pay grade, citing the law that requires any such proceeds to be reinvested in the Tennessee Mental Health Trust Fund. For Victor Ashe, it’s déjà vu. Some 20 years ago, the former mayor got wind that the state was planning to downsize the hospital, so he took action. “Caesar Stair, Tom McAdams and myself saw the potential for making it into a park, so we went to the governor. Parks was kind of my middle name, so I said, ‘Governor, do you have any plans?’ We worked out a deal to lease the donut around the hole, so to speak, for 20 years. I knew if it worked out well, it would stay,” Ashe said. The only hitch was the state’s plan to build a veterans’ cemetery, which they fixed by crafting another deal to locate the cemetery in another part of town.

The 110-acre park with its spectacular views, baseball/ softball and soccer fields, playground, paved trails, restrooms and open spaces has been a smash hit from the get-go. The Harrington deed was conveyed to the city when the lease ran its course. The only perceived down side was an uptick in the city’s homeless population, many of whom suffer from untreated mental illness, which brings us back to the question of the Mental Health Trust Fund. Will Gov. Bill Haslam, who is a pay grade above Varney and whose brother, Jimmy, is on the Lakeshore Park board, decide to get around the trust fund requirement by cutting the city another sweetheart deal?

‘Bump backs’ add to city payroll The inauguration of Mayor Madeline Rogero was carried off flawlessly. With the able guidance of Judith Foltz, special events director, and Bob Polk, coliseum director, more

Victor Ashe

than 1,000 attendees were made to feel comfortable. The sound system worked, the parking worked and the reception afterwards had good food and lots of tables. The crowd flow was smooth. They did not run out of food. Mistakes, if any, were well hidden. This was my seventh inauguration. New council members George Wallace and Finbarr Saunders formed the bow tie club at their swearing in and will present an image unique

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to themselves at future council meetings. Marshall Stair caught everyone’s attention by throwing his arms into the air after his oath in a winning athlete’s pose. He is an avid canoeist. He is the only member of council to be fluent in Spanish with the retirement of Charlie Thomas. He is also the youngest member of council and Saunders is the oldest. Rogero spoke for 13 minutes and extolled arts and culture as well as a green Knoxville. She specifically mentioned South Knoxville’s urban wilderness. She pledged diversity and inclusiveness. The crowd was clearly excited by the historic nature of the moment. Her remarks were well delivered. All living past mayors except for Kyle Testerman were present: Haslam, Brown, Tyree and Ashe. Haslam offered Rogero three pieces of advice: Be the mayor, be yourself and have fun. As a former mayor myself,

I can assure you he is right. Missing from the first City C o u n c i l meeting was Law Director Debbie Poplin who will continue to the New Year before she becomes the federal court Nick Pavlis clerk. Deputy law director Ron Mills represented her. Also missing was longtime city recorder, Cindy Mitchell, who was looking after her husband, Richard Mitchell, who had been hospitalized a day earlier but is now home. ■ Nick Pavlis, as expected, was elected vice mayor and will oversee the selection process for a new council attorney. ■ Rob Frost, former council member, indicated he would apply for the newly open position, hoping to work for the body on which he once served. Other attorneys are

It’s also déjà vu for Ben Harrington, executive director of the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee. “I think the remaining 40 acres need to be sold – not gifted – to the city. It would be most appropriate to sell this, and the dollars be restricted to the Mental Health Trust Fund for use in East Tennessee,” he said. Ashe worries about opening the door to problems if things go in that direction. “In ’91, the state could have made millions – if you feel that multimillionaires need another subdivison. I would argue that recreation is good for mental health. It keeps people out of trouble.” He said the property falling into private hands would be catastrophic for the community at large. “It would benefit some private person, but do nothing for the broader community interest.” sure to join this process, which by law must be open. ■ While formal announcements were not issued by the mayor, Joe Walsh, Janet Wright, Becky Wade, Judith Foltz, Jim York, Bob Whetsel, David Brace and Tank Strickland will be continuing at the city. Not issuing public announcements on each of them was a missed opportunity to showcase their work as each is significant in their own area. They merit public mention. ■ Steve King has been bumped back to deputy director of engineering. Brent Johnson will be moved back to stormwater and David McGinley will become a staff engineer in stormwater. Both are also bump-backs. No change in pay is expected, but title and duties are modified. ■ Talk is circulating about a publicly funded nonprofit which is paying out very high salaries. County Mayor Tim Burchett knows about it and is appalled. Expect to be surprised by the amount and who it is.

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Every grad has a story Every student has a story, but the stories of graduates of the Paul L. Kelley Volunteer Academy are almost always best. That’s because those young adults rarely find their way to the school at the mall by means of a straight line.

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By Larry Van Guilder

Hope Fritts is the 100th grad- Katie Hancock, who graduuate of the Paul L. Kelley Vol- ated early, speaks at graduaunteer Academy. tion.

Take Hope Fritts, for example. Recognized as the 100th graduate of the academy, she is a cancer survivor who fell behind in her schoolwork at Central High because of time required for treatments. Mary Oxendine said her granddaughter is special and proves “there is hope.” Diagnosed with brain cancer at age 5, Hope is now 18 and a high school graduate. Brent McKenzie spoke at graduation. “I’ve always wanted to be in the military, and not only because I look really good in a uniform,” he joked. McKenzie said he wanted to make his parents proud and “Kelley Academy gave me a second chance when my other high school pushed me aside.” Without a high school diploma, he could not have pursued a military career. Now he can. Proud parents, grandparents and family friends packed the ground floor area near Sears at Knoxville Center for last week’s graduation. Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre spoke, as he always does. The nontradi-

tional school is named after a real person, he said. “Dr. Paul Kelley is a great advocate for education and for kids.” Principal Kim Towe said 12 of her 36 winter graduates received TN Achieves scholarships. “I am very proud of all of you,” she said. Afterwards, McIntyre said he enjoys watching the graduates descend on the escalator. And school board member Indya Kincannon called it one of her favorite graduations. “It’s payback for those long school board meetings.” “I don’t know where I would be without (the Kelley Academy),” said Katie Hancock, who graduated with top grades. Hancock originally attended a church-affiliated school before transferring to Carter High. “Some of her Bible classes didn’t count and she found herself a year behind,” said her uncle, Mark Hancock. “Here you can go at your own pace. It’s unbelievable. She’s caught up and even graduated early. We are so thankful for this school.”

Nakia Moss and her mom, Cassandra Ashford, celebrate graduation. Photos by S. Clark

Nakia Moss, 17, had a literal cheering section of parents, grandparents, aunts and cousins. Her mother just beamed. “Nakia is a special person, very loveable and kind-hearted. She’s my only daughter and my oldest child,” said Cassandra Ashford. She thought No Child Left Behind was just political talk, but she’s now a believer. “Nakia was so many credits behind. … No Child Left Behind ended up working for her.” Nakia wants to pursue a career as a medical therapist, attending either UT or Pellissippi State. Every graduate had a story. I only got to three of them before the chairs were removed and people resumed Christmas shopping at the mall. Thirtysix young people had just given their families and themselves a most marvelous present – a high school diploma.

to Shopper-News through the urging of his aunt, Ada Clonts of Fountain City, who is well-known for her Christmas rum cakes. Nobody says no to Aunt Ada. Larry was into his mid50s when he discovered the career he was made for. And now he’s returning to the career he was trained for, as an accountant for the Knox County Trustee. We’re all going to miss Larry, who quickly advanced to serve as our editor. Our door stands open. When Larry retires, he can return as a freelance writer. Meanwhile, here’s our plan: I will resume the editor’s job while Shannon Carey steps up as general manager, handling administrative duties as well as sales management. Jake Mabe and Ruth White are still around for Halls, Wendy Smith for Bearden and Greg Householder for Powell. West Side papers will get additional writers in ■ Changes at 2012, and we’re looking Shopper-News for a Farragut sales rep. So Larry Van Guilder, a stay tuned. We’ve got more Farragut resident, came great stories ahead.

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Christopher Rowe was appointed judicial commissioner from among three nominees at last week’s County Commission meeting. Rowe will fill the unexpired term of the late Carolyn Jeter, which expires Jan. 31, 2013. Rowe was most recently an assistant attorney in the Knox County Public Defender’s office. Rowe served three years as a substitute judicial commissioner before joining the Rowe public defender’s office in January 2010. He represented indigent clients in the Knox County General Sessions and Criminal Courts, specializing in DUI defenses. He has also served as a special judge in General Sessions Court. Rowe received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in May 2004. He passed the Tennessee bar exam in July 2004 and was licensed as an attorney in November of that year. In December 2005 he earned an MBA degree with a concentration in finance from UT. He earlier earned a bachelor’s degree from David Lipscomb University in May 1993 followed by a master’s in divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in May 1996. He is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Tennessee Organization of MBAs. Rowe is a volunteer instructor at Wheeler’s School of Isshinryu Karate in Powell, where he earned a fourth degree black belt. He received the Alan Wheeler Award for outstanding karate instruction in 2004. He was also honored in 2004 for academic achievement in National Security Law. Rowe resides on Greenbrier Drive in Bearden.

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A perfect winter weekend getaway PULL UP A CHAIR … | Jake Mabe According to a park brochure, winter is a perfect time to visit Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, if the weather cooperates, because the absence of leaves on deciduous trees allows for views not seen in the spring, summer and early fall.

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ooking for the perfect winter weekend getaway? Head on over to the “quiet side of the Smokies,” which of course means Townsend. Townsend has long been a favorite weekend getaway, particularly in the colder months, because it lacks all of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg’s congestion and is a short car ride to Cades Cove. We found an incredible deal at the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Parkside on Lamar Alexander Parkway. For $79 plus tax, I got a generouslysized room (it looked almost like a suite) with a gas fireplace. Forget about the dime-a-dozen chain restaurants. Townsend boasts several locally owned eateries. My favorite is Miss Lily’s Café, which is located at 7765 River Road. You can find all kinds of delicious Southern dishes (plus dessert!) for lunch or dinner. And, if you can catch the weather in a cooperative mood, winter is also a perfect time to spend part of a day in Cades Cove. We were there on a Monday in the late morning/early afternoon earlier this month and more or less had the place to ourselves. Well, other than about 150 deer. I took my time walking up to the John Oliver Cabin, which is one of your first stops in Cades Cove. Be sure and take in the magnificent view on your way back to your car, too. John and Lucretia Oliver were among the first Euro-Americans to settle in Cades Cove. It is believed they arrived by 1818 and had their cabin built by sometime in the early 1820s. It is one of the oldest structures in the Cove. “Hewing logs for walls, painstakingly preparing notches and splitting shingles was tedious, sometimes backbreaking work,” says a park sign. “Building a log home was not the idyllic, pastoral labor we might naively imagine.” In addition to the deer, we also spotted a good-sized red-headed woodpecker and, as we were leaving Cades Cove, a huge bird

Park volunteer Ed Langton shows off animal furs in Cades Cove. that looked somewhat like a stork! (We couldn’t get close enough to figure out what it was.) Another added bonus to visiting during the non-peak time of the year is that you can quite easily set your own pace and take your time. The animals don’t seem to mind too much. Park volunteer Ed Langton had a display set up near the restrooms and park store on the back side of the Cades Cove loop. Lying on the table were fur samples from bears,

The John Oliver Cabin is one of the oldest structures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, believed to have been built by the early 1820s. John and Lucretia Oliver were among the first Euro-Americans to settle in Cades Cove. Photos by Jake Mabe

foxes and even a skunk! Ed says the park orders them from taxidermists across the country as part of an educational display. No animals that die in the park are disturbed, of course. Ed has been volunteering in the park since he retired three years ago. He says the park service relies quite heavily on volunteers in the wintertime. He moved to East Tennessee with his job several years ago and says he loves the place.

“My wife is around here somewhere,” he said. She volunteers, too. After we left Cades Cove, we ducked into Miss Lily’s Café for lunch. Afterwards, we drove by the locomotive that sits out front of the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum. Wintertime is laid back in Townsend. If you want to enjoy a relaxing, quiet, peaceful weekend getaway during the next couple of months or so, I know of no better spot.

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Reeves to speak at KFL The Rev. Dr. Latisha D. Reeves will be the guest speaker for the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Dec. 27. The KFL is a group of Christian men and women who meet weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell.

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Passersby at Hilda Gill’s place on Emory Road were treated to a living Nativity scene on Dec. 17. Many kids participated live in the ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare MinisGamble Mobile Home Park, a ministry of Powell First Baptist. Larry and Laura Bailey provided the donkey and lambs. The living try food pantry 6-8 p.m. each Nativity scene was a way for the kids to give back to the community and remind everyone what the Christmas season is actually second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. about. Participants and their roles are: Kristin Carter, angel; April Eastman, angel; Amber Noce, angel; Michael Carter, Joseph; K.K. each fourth Saturday. Carter, Mary; Kristye Gill, angel; Becky Carter, angel; Dylan Noce, shepherd; Jack Carter, shepherd; and (not pictured) Josh Carter, ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, shepherd. Photo by Greg Householder

How will we get to Bethlehem?

Let us see this child, this king, wrapped in swaddling as we wrap our own, Born of a virgin, born in David’s city, Born this holy night, born to wear a crown. Let us see this king. (“This Child, This King,” Jane Griner) last people in the world one would expect to receive the best news in the world. Their message comes to them from an angel, then an army of angels, singing “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace. …” (Well, to be absolutely accurate, the Bible insists the angels said those words, rather than singing them. It is a fact that breaks my heart, but there it is.) You will note there is not a single verb in the angels’ message: the angels are not describing events, but rather telling what heaven and earth will be like, now that this child has been born into the world. And people start moving toward Bethlehem. It is almost like a movie script, with disparate characters moving from distant places toward the epicenter of the plot. Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem because Caesar Augustus ordered a census.

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They were being good citizens and doing what they had been told to do. While the timing was inconvenient for them, they were going about the business of their lives. According to Matthew, the magi get to Bethlehem because they have been studying the stars, because they are learned men who have seen the news written in the heavens: a king will be born. The shepherds – the low-

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He recognized the value of old programs, pictures and newspaper clippings, and faithfully filed thousands of information segments. Harris was recognized by peers as the best in his profession. Ford, a little later, won the same awards. Together, they were outstanding. Incidentally, Harris remained with the athletic department as historian after retirement. Ford invited Harris to continue as press box public address announcer. Harris made civic club speeches. He and Gus Manning, also retained in retirement, wrote books and did a radio show. As others came and went, they and Ford were the institutional memory of the Volunteers. Dave Hart, new athletic director, vetoed the historian plan in early December. He told Ford the retirement date was firm, the end, no part-time continuation. He did not give a reason. He didn’t need one. He is the boss, authorized by the

chancellor to do whatever he feels is in the best interest of the athletic department. Former Tennessee athletes say Hart has it wrong, that voiding the agreement with Ford is not in the best interests of Tennessee. Jack Kile rose immediately in support of Ford. His message to the chancellor: “I am writing as a Tennessee alumnus, former football letterman (1959), past UT Lettermen’s Club president, former Athletic Board member, present T-Club Board member, 25-year donor to UT, and season ticket holder for football and both basketball programs. …” Kile called for Dr. Cheek to solve the problem and report to UT alumni and fans. Former quarterback Dewey Warren was among the first to speak out. His message to old Vols went promptly to the point: “Guys, the Big Orange had better start pulling together or we will be a thing of the past. We need some UT guys in here fast. Everybody here now is Alabama and Florida right down to the ticket sales.” The Swamp Rat referenced a biting column of criticism by Bob Gilbert, long-time university employee, honorary UT letterman and again a writer in semi-retirement.

Gilbert’s opening paragraphs were: “The Tennessee Vol athletics department, indeed, the university itself, is in the clutches of neophytes who appear hellbent on destroying its last vestiges of tradition and loyalty among the legions of UT alumni and fans. “At the center of this carnage is Jimmy Stanton, whom then-athletics director Mike Hamilton hired to displace veteran Bud Ford as head of Vol athletics public relations. …” Stanton, associate athletic director for communications, made no formal announcement. Hart didn’t say much. Dr. Cheek has been silent. Jerry Holloway, former tackle and the key link that holds former Tennessee athletes together, has said a lot: “To: Teammates, coaches, former Vols, family and friends, “Thanks to all of you who have responded, many by phone, many by email to the previous message asking you to let Dave Hart (new UT AD) know that he will be making a huge mistake if he doesn’t honor the commitment made for Bud Ford to become UT’s athletic historian. “Bud has no advocates within the ... system because

he has out-worked them all. “There is no one familiar with the importance of the The Powell Playhouse position and project, nor the will be holding audioutstanding job that only tions for its upcoming Bud could accomplish with production of “Steel the same pride and loyalty Magnolias” from 5 to he has brought to work ev7:30 p.m. Thursday, ery day. Dec. 29, and 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec 30, at the “We are Bud’s advocates. Powell Library. The play We know that much of the will be presented Feb. pride we feel when we say 23-26. Rehearsals for ‘Ain’t No Vol Like An Ol’ “Steel Magnolias” will Vol’ is due to the rich legacy begin Jan. 2. left to us by those who came before us. It is important that their history and ours be preserved so that future Vols and alumni can appreciate the heritage left to ■ Larry Simcox Winter Camp them. at Diamond Baseball-Simcox Academy, 9 a.m. to noon “I have copied President Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29-30. DiPietro, Chancellor Cheek, Ages 7-12. Info: 567-9082 or visit the Board of Trustees, and diamondbaseballtn.com. AD Dave Hart with this email. I hope one of these will see to it that the commitment to Bud Ford is kept. “Send emails and/or call these (and anyone else you ■ Powell Lions Club know) to let them know the meets 7 p.m. each first Ol’ Vols want Bud Ford to be and third Thursday at UT athletic historian as he 7142 Old Clinton Pike. was promised.” ■ Scott’s Free CommuDr. Joe DiPietro, nity Recycling Center ut pre sident@ten ne s see. at 6529 Clinton Highway will recycle computedu; Dr. Jimmy G Cheek, ers, TVs, electronics, chancellor@utk.edu; UT cardboard, metal, paper Board of Trustees, bot@utk. and clothes for free. Info: edu; Dave Hart, dhart5@ 307-0659. utk.edu. Hart’s phone number is 865-974-1224.

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The line has been drawn. Old Vols are gathering in support of Bud Ford. Dozens already with many more to come are urging the administration of the University of Tennessee to honor the “historian” agreement. After just 46 years with the sports information department, Ford is retiring on Dec. 31. In negotiating his exit, Ford asked to continue as historian on a parttime basis for three years to oversee the transfer of records, documents, photographs and treasured memorabilia from old quarters in Stokely Center to new vaults and workrooms in the Football Training Center. Ford was also going to write the definitive record book. Mike Hamilton, then athletic director, approved the proposal and sent a signed copy to Dr. Jimmy Cheek, UT chancellor. Token wages of $20,000 a year were involved. It was mostly a labor of love. Indeed, Ford loves Tennessee records. He loves Tennessee tradition. He loves Tennessee. Since his days as a student, it has been a large part of his life. While the late, great Haywood Harris was the front of UT sports information, Ford did much of the work behind the scene.

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Hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning By Rob Webb Roof repairs are common around Knoxville right now. During one recent repair, a furnace vent was accidenWebb tally covered leading to a build-up of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home. Fortunately, the furnace automatically shut down, the homeowner requested service, and no one was stricken with CO poisoning. But this close call points out the risks and dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially during these cold winter months. CO is an invisible and odorless gas produced by fuel-burning equipment, like furnaces, wood stoves and fireplaces. You can’t see or smell carbon

monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. If appliances that burn fuel are maintained and used properly, the amount of CO produced is usually not hazardous. However, if appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result. Carbon monoxide from cars and other vehicles can also enter the home through an attached garage. The Centers for Disease Control estimates an average of 21,000 CO exposures occur each year, resulting in the death of nearly 450 people. Infants, elderly people and those with anemia, heart or respiratory disease are especially susceptible. In order to promote safe heating practices and prevent CO poisoning, Rural/ Metro suggests having fuel-burning appliances

BSP Deals launches website marketplace Tiffany Gleason, a native Knoxvillian and owner of Mystery Shoppers, has launched BSP Deals, a website designed to advertise and sell discounted products and services that small businesses need but might not be able to afford. The operation is simple. A business lists its product or service at a savings to other businesses for a limited time. There is no financial investment required to be on the BSP website. Buyers pay BSP Deals which retains a commission and passes the balance to the seller. If an offer has not sold by the time it rolls off the website, the business does not pay a fee. Info: www.bspdeals.com, TGleason@BSPDeals.com or 253-7093.

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By Greg Householder Just more than a year ago, the Powell Animal Hospital got into the pet grooming business when professional groomer Amy Nunn came on board. Earlier this month it doubled its grooming capacity with the addition of April Cox to the staff. Cox, a single of mom of two, recently graduated from the Concord School of Grooming in West Knoxville with a certification as a Master All-Breed Professional Groomer. With Cox, the facility now offers expanded grooming hours. Nunn usually sees clients on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Cox works Wednesdays through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. Practice manager Valerie Ellis calls the two groomers “The Dynamic Hair Duo.” Grooming is an important part of an animal’s health care. Cox is trained to examine animals for problems with ears, skin, mouth and teeth. She informs the veterinary staff at Powell Animal Hospital and the owner is informed before the animal is treated.

Keating buys First Tennessee Title Longtime Knoxville title attorney Neil M. Keating has purchased the assets of First Tennessee Title, which will now be doing business as MAC Title Inc. d/b/a First Tennessee Title Insurance Agency. Keating specializes in title law and this transaction continues his long-term work relationship with First Tennessee Title into a new phase. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School and has been practicing title law for more than 40 years in the Knoxville area. The company offices are located 9047 Executive Park Drive, Suite 100, and may be reached at 690-0831 or docs@fttitle.com/.

Powell Animal Hospital dog groomer April Cox brushes down Daisy, a Maltese. Photo by Greg Householder Some pets “enjoy” their grooming session better than others. Pets who find the pampering a bit stressful sometimes require sedation. Sedation is relatively common in the pet grooming world but at PAH it is treated much more seriously. Cox does not administer sedation – that is done by the veterinary staff, either by a veterinarian or a technician. Sedated animals are monitored and what better place to be if one is to have an unpleasant reaction to sedation than a hospital? Cox grew up in the Mossy Grove community in Morgan County. She has two daughters – Haley age 13

and Brianna age 12. She also has two Maltese dogs – Daisy and Maggie. “I just love dogs,” says Cox when asked why she got into the grooming business. She grooms cats as well. “I was one of the few in school that was willing to do cats,” she says. Cats can be difficult to groom, especially when using clippers around their faces. She generally doesn’t like to muzzle the animal unless it’s absolutely necessary. “I treat my clients like I want my own dogs treated.” Cox can provide breedspecific cuts or custom cuts. Info: 938-1884.

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Attention: Fulton Alumni The Fulton Alumni Association is gathering information for a directory. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 10. Info: Visit www.fultonfalcons.com or call Ray Abbas, 607-3074.

Y-12 United Way campaign posts record results

Gallaher Spa MD opens Gallaher Spa MD has opened a new branch near Tennova’s North Knoxville Medical Center at 7560 Dannaher Drive. The spa offers all the services of the West Knoxville location, including massage, body treatments, facials, laser treatments and facial rejuvenation. Gallaher Spa MD staff members are: (seated) Kelly Norris, Melissa Gause, Angela Chandler, Roberta Baldridge; (standing) Leslee Allen, Katie Beeler, Andrea Dyess, Suzanne Stooksbury, Donna Ott, Kristi Demers and Pam Walker. Info: www.gallaherspa.com. Photo by S. Carey

United Way contributions at the Y-12 National Security Complex reached a record high in 2011. Contributions from employees, retirees and the corporation totaled $961,225, the highest United Way contribution level ever at the complex. The campaign also added 10 Leadership Givers, bringing the total to 517. More than one out of five employees now are Leadership Givers. Employees also donated $71,000 of vacation time, a 60-percent increase over 2010.

Nearly 59 percent of Y-12 employees contributed to the campaign, an increase of three percentage points from 2010. Hourly employees who donate at least $250 and weekly and salaried employees who donate at least $1,000 or 1 percent of their salaries are considered Leadership Givers. Included in the number of leadership givers are 34 gold-level and 147 silver-level contributors from the Atomic Trades and Labor Council.

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Celebrating the season with cookies The Halls Senior Center hosted a cookie exchange last week. If you missed it, all I can say is that you missed out! Freshly baked cookies, fudge and chocolate-covered goodies were brought in by some great bakers in the Halls community. Center coordinator Darrell Gooding shared a recipe for his Apple Cranberry Harvest cookies that he has worked on to perfect the recipe. After one bite, I can honestly

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The staff at Young-Williams would like you to meet 2-year-old female spaniel mix Chanelle. She is stunning and sweet, and she loves all the visitors at the center who say hello to her. Chenelle is available for adoption at the main center at 3210 Division St. The “new” center at Young-Williams Animal Village is at 6400 Kingston Pike. Both facilities are open every day from noon to 6 p.m. Visit www.young-williams.org to see photos of all of the center’s adoptables and call 215-6599 for more information about each pet.

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Call John: 938-3328 This communal spider web was found in Texas and was measured to be longer than a football field. Communal webs allow larger prey to be caught. It could happen to you, folks. Photo courtesy of Donna Garde

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