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‘Opal’ at Powell Playhouse

The Powell Playhouse held auditions Dec. 30-31 for the upcoming comedy production of “Everybody Loves Opal.” The story revolves around Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged collector and recluse, who lives at the edge of a municipal dump. Attempted murder is afoot, but with the unfailing optimism of Opal, the laughs just keep coming. The play will be onstage at Jubilee Banquet Facility Feb. 27 to March 1. Dinner by reservation will be available. |

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The Doc is in Carol Zinavage scored an interview with band leader and trumpeter Doc Severinsen at his home in Blount County. She writes: The paint crew that’s working upstairs doesn’t know who he is. “He’s the nice guy who hired us to paint,” they say with grins and shrugs. They agree to Google him when they get home. Anyone who grew up watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson instantly recognizes the iconic bandleader.

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On tearing down Gibbs Hall Marvin West goes way back with UT’s Gibbs Hall. He writes: Down goes Gibbs Hall, well, soon. The old athletic dorm and Stokely Center will be mere memories as Tennessee clears the way for progress – parking garage, new dorm and three practice fields for football.

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Powell celebrates football glory year By Marvin West High school football memories, for winners, never get old. The Powell High Panthers of 1963, a close-knit group then and now, started back in the fall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Knox Interscholastic League AA championship. They are replaying the nine victories, remembering things coach Bill Henson said and laughing out loud about their many experiences. The party will undoubtedly peak at the class reunion in late May at Beaver Brook, but the rehearsal is going strong. Billy Loope, offensive guard and linebacker in the good, old days, says the Panthers are having a delightful time with memories. “The first Saturday of each month, the guys who can meet for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. If you were sitting at a nearby table, you would think we were still in high school. We generally don’t get to blowing straw covers at each other but we come close, and it’s not un-

common to see guys laughing until they are in tears.” Loope, a real estate auctioneer, says the team reminds him of the Statler Brothers’ song, “Class of ’57.” “Several went on to college, quite a few got married right out of high school. Nam was cranking up, so a lot of us ended up raising our right hand over on Central AvApologies for being unable to read names.

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Rogero tackles homelessness, trees org/development/homelessnessplandraft2014.pdf. Comments will be accepted for 45 days. According to the city’s press release, the draft is the work product of a mayoral-appointed roundtable that included the executive leadership of agencies, ministries and organizations that provide services, shelter and housing for the homeless. “Homelessness is a complicated issue, and effective responses require collaboration among many different partners,” Rogero said. “This plan is not a solution to any single problem. It is a framework And last week Rogero rolled out that we will use to coordinate efa draft plan to address homeless- forts to address both short-term ness. She’s posted the plan online and long-term challenges for peoand is calling for public input. ple experiencing homelessness or See http://www.cityofknoxville. at risk of becoming homeless.”

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Is Shopper-News at war with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero? Absolutely not, despite what you might read occasionally on Page 4. Rogero has tackled tough issues such as the city’s underfunded pension liability. She has not called for a grape or lettuce boycott or done any other dreadful thing her campaign opponents implied when they whispered “She scares me to death.”


Thankfully, Rogero is not talking about a 10-year plan to end homelessness. That idea raised and then dashed hopes with unpleasant opposition from various neighborhoods where new housing might be developed. The best we can do is mitigate the factors such as foreclosure that push people into the streets. We should move along the ablebodied residents of public housing to open up resources for shortterm housing for the newly homeless. Public housing should not be permanent and even generational. And any plan must consider the homeowners and businesses in the areas most impacted by the homeless. It must involve groups such as Compassion Coalition, which works to connect church

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health & lifestyles Treatment for prostate cancer leads retired professor to Thompson Cancer Survival Center As a retired professor of industrial engineering, John Hungerford of Knoxville, 74, is used to taking a methodical, scientific approach to solving problems. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2006, Hungerford used the same logic to make decisions about his treatment. “I used all that good training to plot my treatment plan,” said Hungerford. “But at first, I had kind of a sense of panic about the whole process. You think you have to do something right away.” But Hungerford’s cancer was in an early stage, giving him some time, and, like many prostate cancers, was relatively slow growing. “At first you think, ‘I’m going to die.’ But then you find out that’s not the case if the cancer’s not aggressive. Yes, you’re going to die, but not necessarily from that,” he said. Hungerford attended a prostate cancer support group at the Cancer Support Community of Knoxville – formerly called the Wellness Community. “I found that group amazingly helpful because a lot of men had a good reservoir of technical knowledge,” he said. Hungerford considered many current treatment options for prostate cancer. “Then I heard about this alternative at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, called tomotherapy. It’s basically a very focused kind of radiation that is limited to the cancerous cells and a small area around them,” he said. Tomotherapy delivers radiation slice-by-slice, a tiny bit at a time, as opposed to hitting the entire prostate at once. Hungerford went to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in the summer of 2006 and met Dr. Daniel Scaperoth, a radiation oncologist. “Right from the outset I liked Dr. Scaperoth,” said Hungerford. “He was very straight-forward with me and answered all my questions

Prostate cancer survivor John Hungerford enjoys a daily walk with the family dog, Gertrude. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Hungerford researched a treatment that was right for him and that led him to Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

“From the time my wife and I to my satisfaction. I felt like he was great deal of honesty between him in it for the patient’s benefit, and and me.” went to Thompson, we had a good he was trying to respond to what He said the Thompson Center feeling about the place,” he said. “It’s a light and airy atmosphere, the patient needed. There was a impressed him as well.

Weighing your options for prostate cancer Of all the cancers, prostate is one of the slowest growing. If caught early, patients typically have plenty of time to decide on the best treatment option for their particular situation. “People can die of prostate cancer, but it’s also very treatable and, for the most part, curable,” said Dr. Daniel Scaperoth, a radiation oncologist at Thompson Cancer Survival Center. Each of the treatments currently available for prostate surgery has a similar success rate, with a variety of side effects. In general, they fall into two main categories: radiation Dr. Daniel or surgery. Scaperoth “Usually men will go to a urologist or radiologist and get a couple of different opinions,” said Scaperoth. “There are support groups in town, and men will share their stories about what went well and what didn’t go well.”

“And the decision depends a little bit on age,” he added. “Younger patients in their 50s and 60s will lean a little toward surgery because they can always add radiation later. People over 70 might lean more toward radiation.” There are so many options it can be difficult to choose, Scaperoth said. If it’s an early stage of disease, men can even choose not to do anything at all. “Watchful waiting is also OK, with active surveillance of PSA levels,” Scaperoth said. PSA, prostate specific antigen, is a blood test that can detect the disease at an early stage. “The PSA test is what gives you lot of options,” said Scaperoth. The American Urological Association recommends that men talk to their physicians about when to have a first PSA screening and how often they should be screened after that. In general, men ages 55 to 69 should be screened every two to four years. “It’s really something you should talk to your doctor about, based on your own risk factors,” said Scaperoth.

and the people were the same way. I just had a really good feeling about it.” Starting in mid-July, Hungerford had 39 tomotherapy treatments, one per weekday, until the end of summer. “They do precise CT (computed tomography) scans to locate the prostate,” he said. “There’s no pain. I was just lying there maybe 20 to 30 minutes each time. You don’t really feel anything, actually.” “Toward the end of the treatment series you feel a little bit of fatigue,” said Hungerford. “The last couple of weeks I felt sluggish and slow, like I was walking through mud.” But over the weeks, Hungerford’s PSA tests showed that the cancer was being destroyed. A PSA test is a blood test that detects the prostate specific antigen, an indicator of cancer. “I’d say the treatment was very successful,” he said. “My PSA level started coming down to well below where it needs to be, and I’m pleased with that,” he said. “I haven’t had any problems since.” Hungerford said he would recommend Thompson Cancer Survival Center to anyone facing prostate cancer treatment. “The personnel are just great, and the technicians that worked with me when I was going through treatment were terrific too. Everyone was so helpful,” he said. Hungerford said his wife, Ruth, met friends in the waiting room each time they went for treatment. “She’s outgoing and got to know most of the people in the waiting room, and we’ve stayed friends with a lot of those people after treatment. It was really kind of neat to have that social aspect, unanticipated,” he said. “I thought the care was outstanding, and it’s been that way ever since,” said Hungerford. “I’ve been treated really well.”

Prostate cancer treatment choices Surgery – Removal of the prostate either with an open incision or with a less invasive robotic system that uses several smaller incisions. The risks of surgery would include infection and anesthesia problems and a slightly higher risk of incontinence afterward. Radiation – Radiation treatment is done either from the outside, bombarding the prostate with radiation beams, or from within the prostate, by implanting radioactive seeds inside the prostate. Tomotherapy is one type of external radiation, which applies the radiation in thin, precise slices. Risks of radiation would include a higher irritation to the bowel and rectum than surgery. Seed implants can cause swelling that can cause difficulty urinating. Cryosurgery – A technique for freezing and killing abnormal cells, cryosurgery is being tested for very early stage cancers. It is a one-time procedure performed under anesthesia. Hormone therapy – Male sex hormones can cause prostate cells to grow. Drugs that suppress hormones can slow the growth of cancer, but they have some serious side effects. These drugs are only used in more advanced cancers.

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Playhouse producer Nita Buell Black oversees auditions. Photos by Cindy Taylor

Stage manager Carly Johnson helps with the auditions. Hoyt Landsdell reads for the part of Sol.

Loving Opal Upcoming at Powell Playhouse By Cindy Taylor The Powell Playhouse held auditions Dec. 30-31 for the upcoming comedy production of “Everybody Loves Opal.” The story revolves around Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged collector and recluse, who lives at the edge of a municipal dump. Attempted murder is afoot, but with the unfailing optimism of Opal, the laughs just keep coming. The play will be onstage at Jubilee Banquet Facility Feb. 27 to March 1. Dinner by reservation will be available. Producer Nita Buell Black will be making the decision on the cast, and rehearsals will begin in the next few weeks. But while we’re waiting on that, Jan. 18 (weather reschedule date is Jan. 25) will bring the Battle of the Bands to the Powell Playhouse. Don’t miss your chance to hear great music from two skilled groups. Tim Patt leads Whitewater Bluegrass Band along with Jordan Hamby, Dan Freels, Randy Terry, Gary Inman and Ben Allen. Leading the South Knox Swingtet is Kukuly on gui-

Flash Black auditions for the role of Brad with the help of Elizabeth Eoker.

meeting of seniors Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Heiskell Community Center. Peters is a local writer/ genealogist with numerous books to her credit. She was appointed Union County Historian in 1994 and writes for the Shopper-News. PeElizabeth Eoker and Chuck Denney read for the parts of Opal ters will have books availand the doctor. able for purchase after the meeting. tar, Mike Benjamin on piaThe show runs from 6-8 Heiskell Seniors meet no and Brandon Beavers on p.m. Tickets at the door are at the Heiskell Community mandolin. $10. Info: 947-7428 or 256The bands plan to per- 7428. form a few similar songs in their respective styles. The ■ Peters at Heiskell Bonnie Heiskell Peters audience will judge the outwill speak at the monthly come of the battle.

Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each second Thursday for food, fun and games. Speakers are at 11 a.m. Heiskell Community Center offers art classes, weight management and exercise classes, crafts, cards and more. Info: Janice White, creativedesign@ or 5480326. Reach Cindy Taylor at ctaylorsn@gmail. com

programs from horticulture operations, making each its own division within the Public Service Department. The reorganization illustrates the priority placed on fully planning and developing all of the city’s green spaces, and it also comes as contract crews are conducting the winter plantings of 600 trees. “Tree work is very specialized, and we want to make sure our crews are well trained and have the knowledge and skills to plant and work on trees,” said city urban forester Kasey Krouse. Krouse is overseeing a comprehensive inventory of the city’s trees, neighborhood by neighborhood, that will be used to plan which trees should best be planted where to ensure a healthy, diverse urban forest. Neighborhoods that have a lower than average number of trees, or a narrow range of tree species, are prioritized for new plantings. Parkridge is currently getting trees between the sidewalks and roads on Washington, Jefferson and Fifth avenues. Council member Finbarr Saunders designated $2,420 from the Community Improvement (202) Fund to increase the number of Parkridge plantings by 20 trees. Last spring, Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis designated $361.47 from the 202 Fund to add trees along Chapman Highway. Council members Mark Campen and Saunders together designated $900 from the 202 Fund to support Arbor Day educational workshops and to plant trees at Christenberry and Lonsdale elementary schools.

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government Several honor Daniel Brown State Finance Commissioner Larry Martin attended the Dec. 21 reception for council member and former Mayor Daniel Brown at Broker Hall on Martin Luther King Blvd.

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Martin was Brown’s deputy when he was mayor. Also attending were Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, council members George Wallace, Duane Grieve, Nick Della Volpe, Finbarr Saunders and Marshall Stair, along with the city’s community relations director Tank Strickland. Also attending were former state Rep. and council member Bob Booker (now director of Beck Cultural Center), state Rep. Joe Armstrong and retired pastor Harold Middlebrook. ■ Randy Boyd, Knoxville entrepreneur and unpaid higher education adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam for the past year, wraps up his time in Nashville in early February. ■ Mayor Tim Burchett is getting his fund raising for re-election started on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with a $100 a couple event at the Lighthouse on Baum Drive from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Invitations will go out two weeks before the event. Burchett does not have an opponent at this time and appears to be a sure bet for a second and final term as county mayor. ■ Neil McBride lost his seat on the TVA board today when President Obama not only failed to reappoint him but also did not name anyone else. The 9-member board goes to eight members which will save the pay for one – $50,000 plus travel. If the President continues to ignore expiring TVA board appointments, then two more vacancies will occur in 2014 including the chair, Bill Sansom, president of H. T. Hackney Co. and former state transportation commissioner. Barbara Haskew of Chattanooga also departs. They will go off the board the end of this year although their terms actually end in May unless renominated and confirmed.

The board will then go to six members if Sansom and Haskew depart but still have a quorum to transact business. A new chair would be elected, too. The departure of McBride cannot be blamed on Republicans in the U.S. Senate but totally on the White House. The seat is vacant due to White House inaction. The seat became open in May 2013. McBride was chair of the TVA audit committee and a member of the external affairs committee. He wanted very much to be reappointed. McBride disappointed several supporters for his low key and quiet approach to several high profi le issues such as CEO Johnson’s $5.9 million salary for nine months, closed TVA committee meetings and silence on the 2-year dress code for board meetings which triggered a federal First Amendment lawsuit. The charge was he had been co-opted by Johnson and top staff. The President has mentioned the possibility of selling TVA, and the agency has declined to comment on whether it can be sold without congressional action which seems strange given TVA has a huge legal staff available to comment on hundreds of other issues. Their spokespersons said the senators would have to answer that question. ■ Longtime UT Law professor Carl Pierce is retiring this summer. He started in 1972 at the UT College of Law. He was director of the Howard Baker Public Policy Center for several years following Alan Lowe’s departure to head up the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. He has done many interviews with former Sen. and Ambassador Howard Baker. ■ There was a large crowd Dec. 29 at the service at Canaan Baptist Church at which longtime pastor Harold Middlebrook gave his final sermon as the pastor. In addition to former Mayor Brown and this writer attending, council member George Wallace and his wife, Stephanie, attended. To their credit, both were very engaged in the service and took copious notes.

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2014: Referendum on McIntyre? Good-bye apathy. Hello involvement. There was very little interest in local politics last year and most city council incumbents ran unopposed. Election Day was greeted with a collective yawn. But if the growing list of potential candidates for county offices who had picked up nominating petitions by Dec. 31 is any indication, 2014 will be very different. There are county commission seats, fee offices and judgeships up for grabs, as well as races for sheriff and attorney general. The deadline to return completed petitions is Feb. 20. School board races appear to be generating the most interest, and the question there is whether teachers can sustain the passion they demonstrated in November and December and translate it into political clout in the May primary. If they do, the election will become a referendum on James McIntyre and his educational philosophy. By New Year’s Eve, 16 potential candidates had picked up petitions for five school board races. Incum-

Betty Bean bents Lynne Fugate, Pam Trainor and Gloria Deathridge, all of whom voted to extend McIntyre’s contract to late 2017, are drawing opposition. Watch for new opponents to sign up to run against first-term 9th District board member Trainor, who was elected with strong support from teachers. This year will be a different story. In addition to the district’s menu of perpetual candidates, her potential opponents include at least two former educators – Jim McClain (a former principal, school board member and a former Trainor supporter) and Larry Clark (a retired teacher and county commissioner who now works for the sheriff as a bailiff). Trainor’s most interesting opponent could be first-time candidate Amber Rountree, a school librarian and outspoken critic of McIntyre’s heavy reliance

Amber Rountree on data-gathering and high stakes testing. Rountree said she will find new employment if she is elected. “My understanding is that as an employee of the board, I would probably not be able to hold my teaching position,” she said. “But my degree is in library science, which is more versatile and not as tied to working in a public school environment. My gut instinct is to go ahead and do it. I think we need to see some change – pro-active, not reactive change. I’m going to run a very grassroots campaign.” She has set up a Twitter account (@vote4rountree) and chosen a slogan –“Growing Great Schools”– and a logo – a tree.

Patti Bounds, a veteran teacher at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School and longtime Powell resident, may run in school board District 7 where term-limited county commissioner R. Larry Smith is a candidate. Incumbent Kim Severance, who also voted to extend McIntyre’s contract, is not seeking re-election. Bounds plans to retire from Knox County Schools at year’s end. She teaches kindergarten. Another teacher, Cheri Siler, will be picking up a petition next week to run in the Democratic primary for state senate for the 7th District, the seat now held by Republican Stacey Campfield. She will be the guest of honor at a fundraiser at Central Flats and Taps 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Her mother, Donna Edwards, will serve as her campaign treasurer, and contributions can be mailed to Cheri Siler for State Senate, 5507 Shannondale Road, Knoxville, TN 37918; or through her Facebook page (Cheri Kay Siler) or her campaign website,

Mediating the tire store wars Moyers had granted summary judgment to Corbitt, who was managing broker for Heath Shuler Real Estate LLC in October 2004 when Plaintiff Crumpton entered into a contract to purchase real estate that included a house and business from Kelly and Patsy Beeler. Patricia Grissom was the affiliate broker for the transSandra action. Clark Crumpton was damaged, he said, when a 5-year noncompete agreement was not included with all copies of In a decision filed Dec. the contract. He sued every23, the court overturned a one in sight. decision by Knox County Corbitt asked to be disChancellor Mike Moyers to missed, saying she was not dismiss Mary Bea Corbitt personally involved in the from a lawsuit involving plaintiff’s purchase and had Reid R. Crumpton and Kelly no knowledge of the transBeeler Tire Service. action, therefore could not When is a managing real estate broker responsible for the action of an affiliate broker? Pretty much always, according to the state Court of Appeals.

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Big stories for 2014: ■ 384 files are misplaced in the Criminal Court Clerk’s office and three dozen citizens are herded off to jail. Clerk Joy McCroskey goes on cruise. ■ Ruthie Kuhlman, Herb Moncier and Brian Hornback get stranded on a desert island. Together. Republicans everywhere rejoice ... and lay odds on which will survive. ■ Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones gets the endorsement of former Sheriff Tim Hutchison. Hundreds of heretofore-undecided GOP primary voters start wearing those Bobby Waggoner armbands that read: “Wagg 4 (star).”

■ Competition for who can draw the most public pensions accelerates when ace reporter Snidely Whiplash discovers a former city teacher working as a bailiff for the Sheriff ’s Office after a retirement job in city government. ■ Ahh, public employment. Where some make little and many make much. ■ Doug Harris, in voting to extend Superintendent Jim McIntyre’s contract until Dec. 31, 2017, mentioned that he serves some 50,000 meals a day. Wow! And there’s a CEO job open just up the road at Ruby Tuesday. ■ Stacey Campfield is working on gun bills, mentioning on his blog that he’s remorseful about allowing cities and counties to opt out of state

be held liable for the actions of the affiliate broker. In an opinion written by Judge G. Michael Swiney, the court said Tennessee law created a duty on the part of the managing broker, and Corbitt failed to show that she met the standard of care sufficient to satisfy her duty. The court reversed the summary judgment and remanded the case for further proceedings. Corbitt argued: “My duties as managing broker at Heath Shuler Real Estate did not include involvement in the day-to-day activities or review of the routine contracts of independent contractor realtors affiliated with the brokerage.” Judge Moyers said to hold a managing broker respon-

law. “A citizen should know what is and what isn’t a state crime statewide,” he said. ■ Stacey also noted his resemblance to Jason Garrett and said he’s not a candidate for coach of the Dallas Cowboys. ■

With Cheri Siler joining Dr. Richard Jason Garrett Briggs in AP photo/Tim Sharp trying to oust Campfield, one could call it the race of the red-haireds versus the no-haired. ■ Human capital just ain’t what it used to be. When Superintendent Jim McIntyre hired

sible for “possible misrepresentation or negligence of her affiliate brokers” would create a strict liability for managing brokers for the negligent or intentional torts of their affiliates. The appellate court held “by simply and purposefully remaining ignorant of the substance and details of an affiliate’s transactions,” a managing broker could “completely escape her statutory duty and any liability.” In the Crumpton case, the court held, the managing broker’s liability, if any, arises from a breach of her own statutory duty – not from the actions of the affiliate broker. It’s an interesting case with several well-known participants.

former KPD guy Gus Paidousis to head up school security and boosted its ranks to 100 or so, who vetted those hired? We had a guard arrested recently for indecent exposure at Tyson Park. Somebody get that guy a petition to run for county commission! ■ Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey turned heads with his Christmas greeting in which he celebrated that dates are being set for executions. Finally, it’s about time and joy to the world, you-all. ■ Mike McMillan has as much chance of being school superintendent on Dec. 31, 2017, as does Jim McIntyre. So what was that extension really about? It boosted the buy-out by $225,000.

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Down goes Gibbs Hall Down goes Gibbs Hall, well, soon. The old athletic dorm and Stokely Center will be mere memories as Tennessee clears the way for progress – parking garage, new dorm and three practice fields for football. This dorm was built in ’64 and named in a kneejerk reaction to the death of assistant basketball coach Bill Gibbs, 35. He was lost on the morning of Feb. 3 that year, when a commuter plane crashed on takeoff in Gainesville, Fla. An entire generation may not have known or cared about Bill Gibbs. I did. That was one of the worst days in 60 years of newspaper life. The basketball Vols were in Florida for a Monday night game. Gibbs was the advance scout who

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had charted the Gators on Saturday. He gave his report to Ray Mears and the team at the Sunday walkthrough. The next day he would be moving on to see a future foe. When I heard about the crash, I read tea leaves. Bill wasn’t at the hotel so he almost certainly was on the flight. I hurried to the airport. There were no survivors. I got around enough police tape to see the wreckage from a distance but couldn’t confirm anything with authorities,

Winter birding bunch of little brown sparrows that all look alike, and are nearly impossible to see anyway? Well, now, that’s a good question, but it has some good answers (or I wouldn’t have asked it in the first place). For one thing, just getting outside in the winter, birds or no birds, is something everyone should Dr. Bob try. Collier Once you’ve been out and about in the winter and found that you can survive, and even be comfortable, it This is prime season for tends to grow on you. You watching familiar yard-bird will discover that all those trees and bushes and grassy friends at our bird feeders. So why would someone fields that were there in the even consider going out summer are still out there on a cold damp morning – they just look different. into a world of sticks and Even though they’re bare stems to look at birds, espe- and brown, they are full of cially since there’s nothing bird food. All those weeds out there but a few cardi- and flowers have produced nals and chickadees, and a zillions of seeds, and the January and February can be gloomy, cold and damp. Up in Vermont they call this time of year “stick season.” Aptly named – just look at the hillsides of bare limbs and twigs – all you see are sticks.

no matter how I asked the same questions. This was another time in the news business. It was important to be first but more important to be accurate. Of course I wrote the story but the combination of personal hurt and professional frustration made for a bad-hair day. Gibbs Hall became a focal point in my many years of covering the Volunteers. Access to athletes was far more open then and I conducted almost daily interviews in the dorm lobby, after practice and after dinner, without Haywood Harris or Bud Ford arranging or monitoring conversations. Steve Kiner and I once talked for two hours in his room – about life, obligations, responsibilities, exsumacs and grapes and poison ivy vines still have dried fruits and berries. And on most days throughout the winter, lots of tiny, tasty insects are out and about on all that vegetation. This adds up to a lot of food for the scores of species of birds that choose to winter here with us. They’re all busy making a living, foraging through the short winter days, often too busy to pay much attention to a nearby, nosy birdwatcher. They’re generally easier to see and observe without all those pesky leaves on the trees and bushes, and you often have time to really watch some of the harder to spot ones, like the sparrows, and really get to know them. We know there are a lot of them out there – Christmas counts have shown 80 or more species on a single day. In a good place, you’ll be amazed at the numbers of species and individual birds that you can see.

pectations. The linebacker was struggling. I was a young husband and father and Sunday school teacher. I thought I had all the answers. It was an unforgettable experience. We remain friends. Kiner and Gibbs Hall – he was guardian of an adopted stray dog named Rabies. I believe it slept under his bed. He and other Vols smuggled in meat scraps. Maids and janitors didn’t notice. Kiner and Gibbs Hall – he once walloped basketball giant Rupert Breedlove over a table dispute in the dining room and had to skip a few meals as punishment. Tim Townes, very small freshman safety, was misidentified in the dining room by assistant coach Bob Davis: “Son, this is the football section. Wrestlers sit over there.” Gus Manning persuaded Tom T. Hall and part of his band to stop one evening as

cultural enrichment for the Volunteers. That was the first time I heard “Watermelon Wine.” Joe Louis came to see and be seen. I tried but the former heavyweight boxing champion didn’t say much. Bernard King lives on in Gibbs memories. Greg Phillips was second-team football but first in electrical engineering. He was studying late when loud music interrupted concentration. He took a walk, found the sound and asked the basketball star to turn it down. King said OK. Greg went back to books, heard more music and made another trip. Sorry about that. And there was peace and relative quiet. Phillips seemed more determined on the third trip. When Bernard opened the door, Greg picked him up and dumped him onto the stereo. It broke. It is good

for all of us that King didn’t. Police, now and then, visited Gibbs Hall. Eventually doors were locked. That didn’t prevent the occasional girl incident. The dorm was a focal point as recently as January 2010, after the sudden departure of a famous football coach. From a second floor window, somebody screamed, “Go to hell, Lane Kiffin.” John Ward delivered the most famous dorm mention, Vol Network, 1967, from the campus of Mississippi State. One fine guard hit free throws with seven seconds left in the third overtime to clinch the SEC championship. The big trophy belonged to the Volunteers. Ward said: “Wrap it up, tie it in orange and white, and send it to Bill Justus, care of Gibbs Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee!”

We have no end of good winter birding opportunities in these parts. Think of Tommy Schumpert Park and Halls Community Park. Without baseball or soccer, these parks are usually peaceful, quiet, birdy places. Having nearby streams, good open field, brushy, and forest-edge bird habitats, plus nice walking terrain and even paved walking paths, they make winter birding easy and fun. We spent a couple of hours at Schumpert Park on the morning of Dec. 19 and came up with 25 species of birds, including four species of sparrows and a surprise flyover by three sandhill cranes. Nice, easy, pleasant birding. In the winter, any place with water seems to offer a higher concentration of bird life. Even as small an area as the duck pond in Fountain City often comes up with a surprise wild duck or gull.

Places a little farther out such as Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery on the Clinch River in Clinton, the Songbird Trail along the river below Norris Dam and the Norris State Park above the dam, Cove Lake State Park at Caryville, and Fort Loudoun Dam and the lake above it up through Knoxville, all offer the usual as well as unexpected water- and shoretype birds all winter. With a little more time, birders try a bit farther afield, looking for birds that wouldn’t ordinarily be expected to be here. Word recently got around that a couple of short-eared owls had been seen hunting over the tall-grass meadows of Cade’s Cove. Short-eared owls nest in northern Canada and the Northwest, and in winter down through the middle of the U.S. They are rare for us East Tennesseans to get to see.

And so on Friday afternoon, Dec. 20, three of us set out for the Cove. The hills and fields were lovely, and traffic nearly nonexistent. We set up our birding scopes on a grassy elevation along Hyatt Lane. Sure enough, as dusk approached, there they were, flying like big feathered moths back and forth over the fields. One was even kind enough to perch in a leafless tree and pose for us for over 30 minutes. The owls were accompanied by three owl-like hawks called northern harriers. We also saw wild turkeys and deer. And then, across the road came a fat, shiny mama bear with three cubs! It was a scene that will stay with us for a while. Winter birding is a great alternative to the couch or the mall with the woods mosquito- and tick-free, and alive with birds to learn from and enjoy. Good birding!

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Doc (center) jokes with the paint crew, Herman DuBose and Rob Rathbun, as Cathy looks on.

and Muñeca. On a recent weekday, they were headed Cathy Leach and Doc Severinsen discuss renovations for their farmhouse in Blount County. for UT – Cathy to teach and Doc to practice. He enjoys practicing in the stairwell near Cathy’s office because of the resonance. Those lucky enough to be in the The paint crew that’s building enjoy hearing working upstairs doesn’t that big bright sound, know who he is. undiminished in over 70 “He’s the nice guy who years of playing. Carol hired us to paint,” they say “The trumpet is wonwith grins and shrugs. They Zinavage derful,” says Doc. “It’s agree to Google him when the king of musical inthey get home. struments – that’s why In this age of 15-minthey put trumpets on the ute, viral video fame, Doc highest level when you Severinsen isn’t known to everyone. His friendly de- don’t really dress ‘like that,’” see an orchestra, because meanor and down-to-earth he says, referring to his they’re the majesty! nature make him seem like well-known habit of wear“But you can be hua regular guy. But anyone ing flamboyant clothes. He miliated beyond dewho grew up watching The still glitzes it up for concert scription. Playing the Tonight Show with Johnny tours, but “I don’t own any trumpet will keep you Carson instantly recognizes suits. All I own is jeans, work Doc likes the resonance of the stairwells in humble. About the time shirts and cowboy boots, so the iconic bandleader. you think you’ve got it the UT music building. When a 30-plus-year if I play in church, I’m going Doc Severinsen in front of his Bount County farmmade, it’ll reach right up house, built in 1840. Photos by Carol Zinavage friendship with fellow to be wearing that.” and bite you in the rear! Both stay busy with intrumpeter Cathy Leach “If you’re not having such One current joint project room will be my ‘cave’ where a good day and you don’t feel blossomed into romance a dividual projects. Cathy, Doc Severinsen Big Band, few years ago, Doc moved to who was the KSO’s princi- which he says is “the finest isn’t at all musical. The cou- I can practice and work on like you’re playing your best, pal trumpeter for 31 years, big band I’ve ever worked ple are restoring a rambling sewing projects. And that’s you’ve just got to keep at it. I Maryville to be near her. The two work together plays with “Stiletto,” an all- with.” And, of course, he’s of- Blount County farmhouse Doc’s room at the end of the get kicked off the horse every on many musical projects. female brass ensemble. The ten featured on his own. This built in 1840. “I am still try- hall,” she says, gesturing to- darn day in my own practice. They’ve appeared in Knox- group does master classes past weekend he appeared ing to find my way around ward a room literally stacked “But you’ve got to get with trumpets. ville churches in programs and concerts all over the with the Milwaukee Sympho- this place!” laughs Doc. right back on. And I do!” Cathy’s looking forward In fact, there’s at least of “jazzed-up” gospel mu- country. Their CD, featur- ny in a series of four concerts Stay tuned. Next week to getting all the rooms one trumpet somewhere in we’ll hear about Doc’s sic. There’s always a rustle ing Doc as special guest, is over three days. At 86, he’s fit, healthy and squared away. The busy pro- every room of the house. of excitement when Doc’s available on musical upbringing and his Doc’s quintet, the San up to such a punishing sched- fessor of trumpet and direcBoth enjoy cooking in the memories of Johnny Carson lanky, jean-clad figure Miguel 5, features music with ule. “I’ve still got the mojo,” tor of undergraduate studies spacious farm kitchen, lookstrides to the front. and The Tonight Show. “People might be sur- a Latin flair, including Span- he says of his desire to per- at the UT School of Music ing at the mountain views Send story suggestions to news@ sees great potential. “One and caring for dogs Gracie prised to find out that I ish guitar. He also leads The form and delight audiences.

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The Written Word Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. (2 John 12 NRSV) See? This is a problem. What the author of 2 John may have said to the community of faith we will never know, because it was said and not written. If it had been written, we would likely have it recorded in Scripture. In much the same way, I have an issue with emails. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate email as much as the next person. It is quick and efficient and quite handy. However, there are advantages to getting a letter in the mail. Let me explain. We have, in the family archives, several letters my grandfather wrote to the young lady he would eventually marry – my grandmother Belle. She was well and truly named; Papa claimed forever that she was the prettiest girl who ever came out of Union County. His letters

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enue, across from Sears.” Like in the song, Eddie drove a truck, Jim sold trucks and Don built houses. Gary stayed with the Air Force, Mike became a soil specialist. O.E. Evans, extra-point kicker nicknamed Toe, earned a UT degree in personnel management, worked in Knoxville businesses and eventually retired from Commercial Plastics as purchasing manager. Former end Johnny Gamble is the only Panther who owns and operates funeral homes in Clinton and Lake City. He has twice served families of deceased teammates. The Panthers of ’63 were not a surprise. Henson knew they should be a good team. He scheduled accordingly, then had second thoughts, saying he would probably be a gray-haired nervous wreck by the time the season was over. “We have a veteran team and a young man who I think is the best player (quarterback Jim Courtney) in the Knox Interscholastic League, but we have a backbreaking schedule. Whether

we can stay with such teams as South, East and Central remains to be seen. I guess even the games we win will be close.” Some were. Powell defeated South, 6-0, Clinton 13-0, Ketron 13-6 and Rule 14-7. Powell played well but lost at AAA Central, 19-13. Sevier County beat Central. Powell nipped Sevier County, 7-6, in a game moved to Evans-Collins Field to accommodate the crowd, estimated at more than 10,000. Sevier returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but missed the extra point. Courtney scored for Powell in the third quarter. Evans kicked the winner. “I’ll always remember when the team bus returned to Powell, there were Dr. Mildred Doyle, Knox County schools superintendent, and her associate, Mildred Patterson,” said Evans. “Miss Doyle and Mrs. Patterson had listened to the game on radio and hurried to Powell to congratulate us on the win.” Other victories were 27-0 over Lake City, 27-7 over East, 28-6 over Carter and 42-6 over Karns. The rout of

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the correspondence she exchanged with Daddy before they were married. She was working at Miller’s Department Store and he was in school at Lincoln Memorial University. Those letters are filed, in order, in a cedar keepsake box. I have not read them, considering them private and personal. When my brother was born (not long before the end of World War II), Daddy sent telegrams to relatives announcing the birth. At least one of those documents was sent back to Daddy and Mother as a keepsake. It gave Warren’s name, date of birth, birth weight, then remarked, “Mother and son are fine; father’s condition questionable.” That telegram is still in the family archives. When I was born three years later, Daddy made long distance phone calls. It was the new technology, very upto-date. However, I have always felt a little cheated, because I didn’t have a telegram I could hold in my hand. I don’t know what Daddy said in those phone calls, and I would love to know! We also have all of the

war correspondence from Daddy’s younger brother, who fought in the South Pacific, and who was in a foxhole on Okinawa when he learned of Warren’s birth. All of these are documents of a different time, of a different world. They are, however, historical documents, even if they are a family history and not of great importance to anyone else. They are a little chunk of our story, and that is, after all, what history is all about: story – yours, mine, ours, our country’s, our world’s, our universe’s story. I encourage you to find out your story, your history. Ask your parents and your grandparents to tell you their stories. Check out old family Bibles; look at the pages between the Old and New Testaments; frequently there are pages there on which to record births, marriages, and deaths. Go to the McClung Historical Collection, 601 Gay Street. It is part of the Knox County library system, and an unimaginable wealth of genealogical information. Go to Learn your stor y!

the Beavers was a get-even game. Karns players or fans had been accused of plowing and planting a row of corn down the middle of the Powell football field. The Panthers say they were not unusually big but had good speed. They excelled on defense. Eddie Cardwell was outstanding, an all-KIL two-way tackle. Gamble was a tough end. Golden Gloves boxer Jeff Courtney was a fullback and linebacker. Wally Dye was a fine halfback. Don Dare, not very tall but 250 pounds wide, was a middle guard distinguished by wads of chewing tobacco – Black Maria twist. “Big Don chewed all the time,” said Loope. “And I mean all the time. And he rarely spit. “In one game, maybe Rule or Ketron, Coach Henson thought that tobacco juice might be a weapon. The other team was about to score. Coach called time and called Don and me over to set up a play. “He said when the center put his hand on the ball, Don should spit on his hand. Coach said if that center moved the ball, if he so much as flinched, one of us had better come up with the football.”

The tobacco juice landed with a “splat.” The center kept his cool. Loope says he may not have realized what hit him. The Panthers remember Henson as creative in many other ways. He had several ingenious plays in his bag of tricks. Assistant coaches were Kenneth Hume and Hymie Gordon. Captains were Jim and Jeff Courtney and Loope. Other prominent Panthers were Roy Long, Mickey Reed, Dewey Wade, James Lawley, Mike Lickliter, Charles Brennan, Teddy Murray, Gary Hunt, Russell Wright, Eddie Cross, Richard Atkins, Ronnie Ayers, Gary Sherwood, Ken Carter, Terry Cox and Mike Roberts.


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Full disclosure Marvin West is a Powell person, a member of the Powell High hall of fame. He was, nevertheless, surprised to receive a message from former all-star tackle Eddie Cardwell, on behalf of teammates: “I would like to request a favor for the Powell High football team of 1963. We were the county AA champions and this is our 50th year. You wrote a lot of big articles about us back then. We would appreciate it very much if you wrote one more about a bunch of old

men now reminiscing.” Marvin said OK. He knows several former players. He knew their parents. He saw Eddie’s father, Roscoe, pitch very fast-pitch softball. He remembered Eddie’s mother, Virginia, from Powell basketball. The Gamble family and the Wests went to Beaver Creek church. Jeanette Evans was third-grade teacher for all four West children. She was the mother of O.E. Evans, extra-point kicker on the team of ‘63. There is a connection between the writer and the story. – S. Clark

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A mostly white deer roams the hills of North Knox County.

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Look around while looking forward By Cindy Taylor Yes, all the lights are coming down, Christmas parties are done and we move into what can be a bleak time of year. But for those living in North Knox County, beauty is all around us. You just have to know where to look – and how to look quietly. A glance out a kitchen window may afford you a peek at a special visit from a buck guarding his doe while she gleans the last rosebud from the dormant bushes. A light dusting of snow may hide the white deer that often roams the north hills. It won’t be a true

albino or Seneca deer in this area, but is a rare and amazing sight just the same. And the sunsets; don’t even get me started on the sunsets. From November to February the evening skies lend themselves to the most beautiful twilights of the year. Watch for that golden time of day to turn into deep orange and red. So while you’re working off those desserts, counting calories and planning for the coming year, don’t forget to take time to enjoy the special moments we have been given right now. A doe enjoys a morning meal. Reach Cindy Taylor at ctaylorsn@gmail.

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‘Ring out the false, ring in the true’ BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – It’s about 11 on the Monday morning of a holiday week, and Jeremy Burke is unpacking books.

Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS He runs a small bookstore here in this charming city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that still bears scars from Hurricane Katrina. “This Christmas was better than last year, which was better than the year before,” Jeremy says of his store, and that seems to sum up the city’s resolve. I scan the shelves, finding an award-winning book

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about the town’s triumph over tragedy, a marvelous Molly Ivins and a discarded ex-library book that looked like it needed a home. I’m a sucker for a stray. Jeremy knows my friend, writer Rheta, and says, “I Everybody knows your name (or at least your game) at The keep telling her she needs to Blind Tiger. write another book.” On the wall are some words by resident DP Dagle, read on NPR in 2011: “The Soul of Bay St. Louis isn’t hard to find if you know what you’re looking for in downtown BSL. “Geographically, it’s off Highway 90, and is most active between Carroll and Union, centered around main street (sic) overlooking the Gulf. Metaphorically, it’s located between Bloody Mary Mornings and Sunday strolls in seersucker suits, centered around Southern Living overlooking a troubled past and a promising future.” The Big Easy, Gulfport Owner Jeremy Burke (far right) chats with a customer at Bay Books, the bookstore he co-owns and Pass Christian attract with Kristen Tusa.

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First Tennessee Bank: 150 years of service By Pam Fansler

Such success might not have been foreseen when we were founded. But through the years we expanded into most markets in the state. In East Tennessee, milestones included the acquisition of United American Bank in 1983 and Valley Fidelity Bank in 1991. Most recently we completed the conversion of Mountain National Bank to First Tennessee, giving us an expanded presence and new options for our customers. Our legacy of trust and service gives us perspective. First Tennessee was founded when the American Civil War was raging, and we’ve served customers through World Wars and social upheaval, through the Great Depression and the Great Recession. First Tennessee has been a part of the state’s history. We’ve provided financial services, jobs and community investment. We’re First Tennessee and we put Tennessee first. We are very proud of our strong presence in East Tennessee. We will continue to invest in the communities we serve, supporting education, economic development, health and the arts. When our communities prosper we do too. That’s been our guiding principle for 150 years and will be into the future. At First Tennessee, we’re ready for our next 150 years of serving customers, one opportunity at a time. Pam Fansler is president, East Tennessee Region, First Tennessee Bank.

There was no waiting for the stroke of midnight for members of the Rotary Club of Knoxville on New Year’s Eve. Approximately 50 members gathered in the back room at Naples restaurant at 5 p.m. so they could be ready to count down to the New Year – at 6 p.m. “We welcomed in the new year with a toast to our Rotary partners in Hungary,” explains Townes Osborn. “This is our 11th annual New Year’s Eve party at Naples. Every year we toast our international partner clubs in Hungary and South Africa. The toast to Hungary is at 6 p.m., when it is a new year there.” The party has given birth to the Unicum Society, named for the traditional drink that is found in most Hungarian homes. “Unicum is an elixir that every home

in Hungary keeps on hand because it helps one digest the rich Hungarian food,” says Osborn, adding, “but the taste of Unicum is an acquired taste.” The toast isn’t easy for newcomers as the Rotarians take a drink of Unicum and yell, “Egészégedre,” which roughly means “Cheers! Here’s to your health” in Hungarian. The Hungarian connection has a serious side. The club has partnered with the Hungarian Rotary Club in Mátészala for 18 years on humanitarian projects. In October, for example, Rotary Club of Knoxville collected $5,000 to send to the Mátészala club for them to buy Christmas gifts for the children in a nearby orphanage. Knoxville Rotary also partners with two clubs in South Africa, and they toasted the New Year in

Getting ready to toast a new year in honor of their sister club in Hungary are Rotary Club of Knoxville members Doug McKamey, Mack and Cheryl Gentry and Bob Parrott. Photos submitted their honor as well. The toast was with Amarula, which goes down much smoother, says Osborn. A new toast was added this year to the Hungarian portion of the celebration. It is a mixture of the Unicum, which is made by the Zwack company, and Jack Daniel’s

whiskey. “We call it Zwack Jack,” says Osborn, “and when we drink it, we raise a toast to world peace. It’s a symbolic mixture of our two cultures and how we have gotten to know one another as we work together on humanitarian projects.”

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First Tennessee Bank’s promise is to be the best at serving our customers, one opportunity at a time. The bank was founded in 1864 Fansler when Abraham Lincoln was president, and employees have been practicing that promise ever since – even if it wasn’t written down. No financial institution could endure for a century and a half without dedicated employees earning the trust of generations of customers. Next March, First Tennessee will celebrate its 150th anniversary. We’re planning an array of events to honor our customers, employees and communities. It’s not every day that an institution reaches that milestone, and we want to show our pride in our history. Galas, historical displays, signs and banners, an advertising campaign, a book and more will proclaim that First Tennessee is Tennessee’s bank, as it has been for 150 years. First Tennessee is the largest bank headquartered in the state, and thanks to our customers, we’re staying number one. First Tennessee has the leading market share for all of Tennessee, according to the latest Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. figures. Our deposits grew faster than the market statewide and in each of our three regions in Tennessee.

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Computer Workshop: Word 2007 Basics, 2 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or equivalent skills. Info/to register: 525-5431. Bonny Kate Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, noon, Second Methodist Church, 1524 Western Ave. Speaker: Lisa Duncan, director of Dogwood Arts Festival. Free blood pressure checks, 6:30-7 p.m., North Knoxville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road. No appointment necessary.

THURSDAY, JAN. 9 Fontinalis Club meeting, Central Baptist Church, 5364 N. Broadway. Board meeting, 9:30 a.m.; social time, 10 a.m.; general meeting, 10:30 a.m. Program: “Technology Initiative” by Theresa Nixon, director of Instructional Technology for Knox County Schools. The Heiskell Community Centers Senior Program, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Heiskell Community Center, 9420 Heiskell Road. Speaker: local writer Bonnie Heiskell Peters. Lunch at noon; bingo at 1 p.m. Bring a dessert. All seniors over 55 welcome. Info: Janice White, 548-0326.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10 Opening reception for new Knoxville Watercolor Society exhibit, 6:30-8 p.m., Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. On exhibit through Feb. 14. Info: 3572787 or For the Love of Sushi cooking class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $60. Info/reservations: 922-9916 or www.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: David Claunch, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.

Cabin Fever Car and Motorcycle Show, Knoxville Expo Center, Clinton Highway. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Appearance by Deputy Fife of Mayberry; Swap meet, car corral, vendors, karaoke. Info:

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Healthy Choices, a plant-based free cooking class, 6 p.m., North Knoxville 7th-Day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road. Program: showing of documentary “Forks Over Knives,” featuring Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn. Limited space. Info/to register: 314-8204 or www. The Romance and Reality of Soufflés cooking class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $50. Info/reservations: 9229916 or

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16 AARP Smart Driver class, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/ registration: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964.

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Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: Melissa Mastrogiovanni, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Baseball signups for 3U-14U, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Halls Community Park. Also during Saturday basketball games at Halls Elementary, Brickey-McCloud and Halls Middle schools. Continues Saturdays through Feb. 8. Info: hcpark. org or Battle of the Bands, 6 p.m., Jubilee Banquet Facility, 6700 Jubilee Way off Callahan Road. Presented by the Powell Playhouse Inc. Featuring the South Knox Swingtet and the Whitewater Bluegrass Band. Tickets: $10 at the door. Info: Mona, 947-7428 or 256-7428. Knoxville Sentinels 8U tryout, 4 p.m., RBI Indoor Facility. Info/to preregister: 385-1313 or knoxsentinels@

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Grace students help Mission of Hope By Shannon Morris In the spirit of Christmas cheer, a handful of our middle school students had the opportunity to spread some peace, love and joy to a group of students from Huntsville, TN., on Dec. 5. For the last four years, students at Grace Christian Academy have been involved in a cooperative effort with Mission of Hope to assist children from impoverished backgrounds during the Christmas season. This year, a group of eight students from the Middle School Worship Arts

class, along with four staff members, went to Huntsville School to help in this annual project. Once the students arrived on-site, they helped unload the delivery truck and unpacked dozens of boxes of toys, which were designated by age group. The gymnasium at Huntsville was filled with more than toys, as the GCA students performed two short programs for the kids during the day. In addition, the students played games with the children, led the boys and girls in the singing of Christmas carols, and spent time encouraging each child as they met with them and

spoke to them. GCA staff and students, along with other volunteers, walked with the Huntsville students through the Christmas “store,” giving these children the opportunity to choose two toys. It was a tremendous opportunity to interact with students, some of whom have come from a very difficult background. It was an inspiring way to kick off the Christmas season and to show the love of Jesus to our neighbors north of us through a spirit of giving. We look forward to tak- Grace middle schooler Dexter Reasons (right) helps a stuing part in Mission of Hope again dent at Huntsville School choose items from Mission of Hope. next year! Photo by Teri Rash

Soccer balls for Haiti By Julie Pointer Why would a group of 72 third graders willingly choose to eat black beans and rice instead of pizza? If it means being able to provide soccer balls for kids in Haiti who have nothing to play with, it’s an easy choice for the 3rd graders at Grace Christian Academy. The Thursday before Thanksgiving, GCA 3rd graders brought in their $4 like they always do to pay for their pizza lunch, but this day they gave their money to provide for kids in Haiti. They were able to talk to a college student from Haiti to learn more about his country. They experienced a typical Haitian meal to replace the normal pizza lunch. The 3rd grade classes are excited about the partnership they have developed with Blackmon Pediatrics and Harvest Field Ministries this year to provide supplies for a joint

mission effort in Haiti. In September, they collected boxes of medical and dental supplies for the clinics in Haiti. After the Friends and Family Campaign at GCA, in which students began asking for donations to help fund the new playground at Grace, their thoughts turned to their partners in Haiti. Students realized that children there did not have anything to play with, so they stepped up to meet the need. Sixty-one MacGregor soccer balls were purchased with donations from “Have a Ball for Haiti.” Many students brought in above and beyond the $4 they were asked to donate. They were so excited when the balls arrived and they got to see all that their sacrifice had provided for others. When asked if their sacrifice that day was worth it, the response from most was, “When can we do it again?”

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Grace 3rd graders Lillie Peterson and Ian Setzer enjoy a lunch of rice and beans instead of pizza to help buy soccer balls for children in Haiti. Photos by Kim Giles

New Year’s reflections By Rachel M. Hannon, Grace Christian Academy teacher The coming of a new year traditionally brings a time for reflection and resolution. It is a stepping stone in one’s life: an opportunity to appreciate the blessings and accomplishments of the past and determine to make the future better. The lists of New Year’s resolutions are often long, but contain a common theme of personal improvement. Most of us resolve to lose weight, exercise or learn something new. As a classroom teacher of high school freshmen and seniors, I wonder how teenagers view the new year. First, one has to understand the significance of a new year for a high school student. To them, it is more of a transition than an end. The school year is half over. The pressures

of midterm exams are past and Form), commit to a college and important chapter in their lives students have had several weeks make concrete plans for the is about to close. It is also a time to relax. With the start of a new future. This time of year brings of anticipation of having to face semester everyone has a perfect a sense of excitement as an the unknown. Ultimately, the start of the year allows grade in every subject. an opportunity to finish Students are focused on strong. One senior stated the distant approach of that now is the “time to summer, knowing that go as hard as you can. It’s May represents the end a chance to start proving of the year for them. who you really are.” Perhaps the best analogy shared by one student is When asked about that New Year’s is like their resolutions, halftime. You know the responses of my where you stand based students were varied. on the first half, but you However, there was one now have an opportunity underlying theme. While to pull ahead or stage a adult resolutions focus comeback. on self-improvement, For seniors, the new the vast majority of my year is the beginning of Grace teacher Rachel Hannon (standing) chats students’ resolutions the end. It is now time with students Madison McMullen, Shelby Green, concerned others. To to complete the FAFSA Lori Lower, Morgan Jackson and Miranda Pratt. the students, New Year’s (Federal Student Aid Photo by S. Morris is an opportunity to

decide to do something different, make improvements and correct mistakes. For them, this is a time to improve relationships with parents, siblings, classmates and the Lord. Many teenagers resolved to do something good— give of their time, encourage a friend or help someone in need. It seems adults can learn a lot about what really matters from a teenager. Looking at our list of resolutions and plans, maybe it is time for us to look out and up instead of in. As one student put it, “A new year means a new start, a fresh beginning. The old year is gone, and no matter what you do, you can’t get it back. The good times, the bad days, the experiences, are in the past. New Year’s is a time to reflect, to laugh, to cry, but also to move on.”

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