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Touring Old Ironsides Dr. Bob Collier toured the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” on a recent trip to Boston. Key to the U.S. victory over England in the War of 1812, Dr. Collier was particularly fascinated by the ship because it was made out of “lots and lots” of wood.

See Dr. Bob’s story on page A-5

We are fam-i-lee In March 1980, spring baseball training at Bradenton, Fla., Phil Garner and Dave Parker were doing their salt-and-pepper act. Trash talk was clubhouse raw. Marvin West thought they might come to blows. “And I thought ex-Vol Garner, even though he was called Scrap Iron, would be a decided underdog.”

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This is the year A new year starts with a clean, fresh calendar, and 365 days available to each of us (at least so far as we know). Filled with promise and possibility, we use this time to try to live up to the resolutions we so bravely made, just last week.

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A flair for art Sherri Ellison has always had a flair for art, but her love of pottery began after she took a class at the Fountain City Art Center. “I showed up to that first class with no idea of how to turn a cold, wet, lumpy mass of clay into something with life and character,” said Ellison. That soon changed.

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Powell’s championship season By S Sandra andr an dra a Clark Clar Cl ark k

Longtime community activist Mary ary Lou Horner passed d away on New Year’s Day. Mary Lou served on County Commission (and its predecessor, the County Quarterly Court) from 1976-2006 and was a longtime community activist. The Shopper-News pays tribute to a true local legend we’ll never forget.

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Most parents hope a teacher will reach out and form a bond with their child. At Powell High School during the mid-1980s, Bill Thomas touched the players on his softball team leaving an indelible mark. Along the way, Powell won a state championship. Bill Thomas, 71, died Dec. 17 in Union, Ky., where he had moved to be near his daughter’s family. Mr. Thomas left daughter Liz Nolan, son Blake Thomas of Nashville, and former wife Molly Thomas of Knoxville. Christa Shaw, who now works in special education at Powell Elementary, pitched for the 1989 state AA championship team. Shaw says, “Bill Thomas expected each and every one of his players to play 110 percent or we were on the bench. He made me a tougher player.” Shaw had always played shortstop or third base, until Thomas approached her one day and asked if she had considered pitching. “He saw something in me that I could not see,” she says. After working with Maryville pitching coach Bill Evans, Shaw tried out and “the rest is history.” Thomas solicited money from businesses to buy new uniforms. He worked on the field daily. Finally, the team had uniforms in white, orange and black. “We wore all black when we wanted to intimidate the other team,” says Shaw. “He talked the parents into buying a $1,200 pitching machine. When practicing to face a good pitcher, we would set (the machine) five miles faster than she pitched. “Coach Thomas wore a black glove on his left hand and kept a towel in his back pocket during every game. He did it to agitate the opposing team.” Jenni Milligan Akens, who played shortstop at Powell, said playing for Coach Thomas “was like playing for your dad. He was always telling you how to play the game by making you love the game first.”

The championship team: (front) Marci Lloyd, Misty Sellers, Hope Maples Passmore; (middle) Kristin Rawlins Blair, Monica Washer Trotterchoud; Nichole Wright Madden, Gina Perry, Penny Williams, Beth Howard, Andrea Edwards Nabors; (back) Bill Thomas, Amanda Gutridge Bruce, Tammy Wright, Laura Brown, Christa Shaw, Sonya Wright, Kristy Flatford Price and Stacey Surber. Photos submitted “Coach Thomas was one-of-akind,” said Kristin Rawlins Blair, who played third base on the team. “You either loved him or you hated him! If you played for him you loved him! “He pushed us to be the best we could be and he never settled for being just ‘good enough.’ He expected nothing short of our best. “To this day I don’t settle for ‘good enough’ nor do I allow my daughter to! I am very thankful to have known him. He will be missed.” Denise Cummings McGaha, the catcher, looked up the yearbook picture of the team as freshmen and called it “a raggedy bunch.” She recalls playing for Bill’s first softball team at Powell, back in the spring of 1985 or ’86. She had played as a freshman but went back to runThomas instructs his team during the 1989 season. Powell finished 36-3 and ning track as a sophomore. “I will never forget how Bill found defeated Covington, 8-1, the state AA championship game in Chattanooga. Note the black glove and towel in the pocket. More on A-2

Legacy Parks Foundation lists goals By Sandra Clark If Carol Evans and the Legacy Parks Foundation have half the year that they posted in 2012, watch out. When asked her top three goals for 2013, Evans had a dozen: ■ Continue to develop our natuCarol Evans ral assets – parks, trails, natural areas, recreational opportunities – that help define Knox County as an outdoor recreation destination for both residents and visitors. ■ Begin development of a multi-use trail system in East Knox County, starting with eight miles of trail in East Bridge Business Park. The trails will be designed for hikers, bikers and equestrian use. A 15-mile trail can link East Bridge to House Mountain Natural Area, and Legacy Parks Foundation will seek con-

servation easements. ■ Complete our three signature projects – creation of Knox County’s first stormwater park at Harrell Road; create a master park plan for the River Bluff property on Knoxville’s south waterfront and convey the property to the city to create a spectacular park; and fully-identify the connections for Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness from the Forks of the River to Alcoa Highway. In 2012, Legacy Parks Foundation hosted Eric Weihenmayer at a fundraising lunch for 600. It opened the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center and cut the ribbon for the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. Evans spoke at the International Mountain Bike Conference and received an award. And she cheered when Barge Wagoner Sumner & Cannon decided to celebrate its 40th anniversary by developing and donating a master plan for River Bluff.

Nick Chase turns 100 By Betty Bean At 99 and 11/12ths, Nick Chase can still swing a golf club. He proved that last week when his family and friends threw him a golf-themed early birthday celebration at Calhoun’s on the River, the flagship establishment of the restaurant chain founded by his son Mike in 1973. Nick turns 100 on Jan. 9. Nick Chase, who came to know nine presidents during a long career as one of the most prominent lawyers in Washington, D.C., has lived in Knoxville since 1994 when Mike bought him and his wife, Louise, a house on Deane Hill Drive. They split their time between Knoxville and their summer home at Rehoboth Beach, Del., until Louise was diagnosed with dementia and suffered a string of illnesses in the winter of 2003 that left her needing full-time care.

Nick and Louise moved into Elmcroft of Knoxville, where Louise was cared for in the Alzheimer’s unit and Nick had a suite upstairs. Louise passed away the following year, and Nick has become well known for playing the piano for his fellow residents. He specializes in the classics, particularly Chopin and Mendelsohn. Incredibly, Mike Chase says his father doesn’t read music. One of Elmcroft’s advertisements features a photograph of Nick at the piano. “He plays by ear,” Mike said. “My dad was born with an exceptional brain, but now his ability to take in new information has been compromised, so he does this other stuff to keep his mind busy, working and moving,” Mike Chase said. Exceptional accomplishments are the standard for Nick Chase, More on A-2

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Powell’s championship me after one of our basketball games and talked to me about coming back and playing for him. I have always been so glad that I did, because he was the one coach who made me a better athlete. “I played for him both my junior and senior years. My fondest memories of playing softball will always be of when I played for him.� Designated hitter Amanda Gutridge Bruce says it is difficult to put into words the emotions Coach Thomas evokes. “It’s true that when we made mistakes, he was often harder on us than we were on ourselves. However, I never doubted that he loved

Nicholas Chase with his family: Stephen Chase, Lauren Gaston, Katie Barnett, Jackie Barnett; Bill Gaston, Kelsey Chase, Tyler Gaston, Nicholas J. Chase, Laurie Barnett, Mary Alice Rooks, Jordan Rooks; Michael Gaston, Joey Gaston, Nicholas Gaston, Kara Chase, Nick Chase II, Sydney Rooks. Photos by Betty Bean

Nick Chase turns 100 who was born Nicholas J. Chiascione, son of Italian immigrants who settled in Connecticut. He graduated from high school and was awarded a college scholarship when he was 14, but his mother believed he was too young, and made him wait until he was 16 to enroll in Catholic University of America in Washington (CU) in 1929. He was the editor of the school newspaper, president of his class and was named Phi Beta Kappa when he graduated at the top of his class before he was 19. He went on to earn a master’s degree in philosophy there before going to work at the Brookings Institution for a couple of years before deciding to go to law school. He finished first in his class at Georgetown University in 1934 and later spent almost 20 years as a professor there, teaching trial practice. He still found time for his own law practice, and in 1947 became the senior partner in Chase & Williams with junior partner Edward Bennett Williams, a flamboyant at-

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us all like daughters and only pushed us because he knew that we could take it. “No one was prouder than he was when we played well. He pushed us to be the best and expected no less because he saw the potential for greatness in us all. “We were one big family playing a game that we all loved. He taught us to practice hard, to play harder and to never give up. Perseverance is but one trait I learned from Coach Thomas that has carried with me through the years. “I hope each of my daughters encounters a Coach Thomas of her own some day.�

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torney who would much later represent Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal. Chase & Williams proved to be a short-lived partnership due to the sketchy nature of some of Williams’ associates; the last straw being his determination to represent deported mobster Lucky Luciano. Chase objected, and was quoted in multiple accounts as saying that he couldn’t go home and look his children in the eye if he represented “skunks� like Luciano. Among clients he did not cull was labor leader John L. Lewis. In 1961, Attorney General Robert Kennedy offered him an appointment as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, a position that Chase, who says the Kennedy brothers “were all-right fellows,� turned down because he didn’t want to be a government lawyer. Dwight D. Eisenhower was his favorite of all the presidents he has known, and a scrapbook on display at his party showed photographs of Ike with Chase at the ceremony awarding the

Mike Chase and his father, Nicholas J. Chase former president an honorary doctorate from CU. There are also photos from that period of Chase with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and J. Edgar Hoover. Despite a long and storied career teaching and practicing law, it is clear what means to most to Nick Chase, who is called “PopPop� by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Louise had five children, eight grandchildren (seven of whom are living) and nine great-grandchildren. Grandson Nicholas J. Chase II is a Knoxville attorney. Great-grandson

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Joey Gaston, a freshman football player at the Naval Academy, made a special effort to get to Knoxville last Sunday after suiting up for a bowl game in San Francisco Saturday night. Dapper, as always, in a custom-made suit from John H. Daniel, Nick gave a brief speech that brought the crowd to tears when he thanked them for coming and told them always to remember that they are parts of “a wonderful family.� “I’m a very lucky man. A very fortunate man. A very proud man. Thank you, ever Coach Bill Thomas with pitcher Christa Shaw at the Powell High School softball field. Photo submitted so much.�

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Remembering Mary Lou Mary Lou Horner passes away

Four pioneering women on County Commission – Mary Lou, Bee DeSelm, Wanda Moody and Madeline Rogero. File photos

‘Rest in Peace, Mary Lou’ There are few things in life that are certain. There is, of course, the old saw about death and taxes. I’d add a third: If you ever met Mary Lou Horner, you never forgot her.

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The first week after I moved to Knoxville as a News Sentinel reporter in the late 1960s, I was sent to cover a meeting of the old Knoxville Transit Authority at the County Courthouse. The only thing I recall about that meeting so long ago was the lady at the podium with the bright red hair teased so high and thin you could probably have read a book through it. That hairstyle never changed one whit for the next 40 years, and over time, it became effectively the trademark of a distinctly and wonderfully unique individual. After the meeting ended that day, the red-haired lady

came over and introduced herself to this newcomer to town. It was the beginning of a long friendship. But then, I fully realize that just about everyone who ever met Mary Lou Horner considered her a friend. She made sure of it. You couldn’t miss her in a crowd – ever. First, there was, yes, that red hair. And then that great big grin that caused her whole face to crinkle up and her blue eyes to sparkle. Add to that a laugh that was unparalleled and could be heard way across a crowded room, and you have the person who really didn’t need a last name: “Mary Lou” said it all. She was truly one-of-akind, and it was all good. She was way before her time in so many ways, but she never wanted to be put in a category. She would scoff at some of the women’s rights tactics of the ’60s and ’70s – like bra burning in the streets. After all, she had earned her considerable stripes through sheer hard work and was darn proud of it – and still had all her bras. And yet she made certain to not only open doors for other women, but to stand to

Mary Lou Vittetoe Horner, 88, passed away on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2013) at home. fe; She leaves a son, Bobby, and his wife; daughter-in-law LeAnn Horner; grandchildren Josh, Jason and Kristen Horner; stepdaughter and son-in-law Victoria and Jeff McKee; and a host of friends. Mary Lou was a proud member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City where her memorial service was held on Jan. 6, with the Rev. Ron Mouser officiating. She served on the Knox County Commission and its predecessor the County Quarterly Court from 1976 until 2006 when the state Supreme Court upheld dterm limits. The Halls Senior Center building bears her name. ive volA two-time cancer survivor, she was an active unteer with the American Cancer Society, the YWCA where

one side and usher – drag, if necessary – them through, doling out sage advice all along the way. Mary Lou did more to promote women in the workplace than anyone around, but she did it without fanfare, as she did a lot of truly important things that improved the quality of life in this community. Yes, she was amazingly gregarious; always the life of the party and the center of attention at any gathering, but that was the public persona. The private one – the one that did so much good for so many people –was always churning just as vigorously, albeit out of sight and usually unheralded. In whatever she was doing, Mary Lou was smart to know it didn’t matter who got the credit as long as the goal was reached. That’s one of the ways she was able to accomplish so much for so many charitable organizations. She was always quick to hand off the credit to others.

she zealously sold tickets for the Tribute to Women fundrais fundraiser, and Keep Knoxville Beautiful. Pro Professionally, she was the spirit of the Hal Halls and Fountain City Shopper newspaper for 30 years. She promoted developpe m ment and supported local businesses. S She was named the first Fountain City W Woman of the Year. Her involvement with PTA when Bobby was in elementary school led to her decision to seek public office. She also supported Stan Brock and R Remote Area Medical. In a Nov. 19, 19 1991 letter, Brock called her “a mover and shaker.” an G Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crem Crematory handled her arrangements. Mem Memorials may be made to the American Cancer So Society or to Central Baptist Church, 5364 N. Broadway 37918.

A younger U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan shares a laugh with Mary Lou Horner.

Mary Lou waves during a Halls Christmas Parade.

stone and that usually cheery voice to ice if she thought someone was being mistreated. She could level you with a look. But you always knew where you stood with her. Mary Lou was forced out of office by term limits, and it soon became abundantly clear that while someone else could take her seat, no one

could ever take her place. She had no match.

And politics? She loved it absolutely and unequivocally. And no one – positively no one – was better at it. During her three decades of elective office – first on the old Knox County Quarterly Court and then on County Commission – she fought fiercely for her constituents. Those blue eyes could turn to

(This is the place where it is appropriate to say “Rest in Peace, Mary Lou.” But those of us who knew and loved Mary Lou cannot conceive of her resting. It’s easier to think of her sitting on a cloud regaling the angels with funny stories, eyes twinkling and face all crinkly with that great big grin.)

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government Don’t limit legislative bills Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell will push to limit state lawmakers to 10 bills per person for a total of 990 bills for 99 members when the Legislature convenes tomorrow, Jan. 8. This would be half of the 2,000 bills normally introduced each year.

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If successful, this will be a sea change in the way the Legislature operates and it effectively reduces the number of bills in the state Senate if there is not a House sponsor. Other changes she proposes such as eliminating “ghost voting” where another member votes for one not at his or her desk when the vote occurs are no-brainers and are clearly needed. It is proxy voting without an authorized proxy. However, limiting the number of bills an elected lawmaker can sponsor while allowing the Administration an unlimited number of bills will change the course of business. With the Administration being Republican as well as the Legislature that may not bother anyone except Democrats whose numbers have been sharply reduced to less than one-third. Democrats would see their ability to offer alternative legislation limited as they only have 29 members in the House and 7 in the Senate. It is certainly valid to ask if members duly elected to enact laws by the voters should have their rights curtailed by imposing a limit. Sometimes issues arise in districts where voters demand legislative action. What happens if that member has already introduced his limit? Why should the executive branch of state government be able to introduce through its floor leaders any number of bills while the actual members who serve in the legislative branch would be limited to 10 each? Should the limit be 10 or 15 or no limit? Will reducing the number of bills actually

shorten the session and make it more efficient? Special interest groups must be deeply concerned about this rule change as it will reduce their ability to have bills introduced. It does not speak to the state treasurer, comptroller and secretary of state who sometimes have their own legislation as well as the University of Tennessee and other higher education institutions. Will they fall under these limits too? Oftentimes bills are introduced to stimulate debate on an issue knowing actual passage is remote. Wine in grocery stores has been around for 40 years. The death penalty is debated on both sides. Other issues such as the selection process for the state attorney general or the lieutenant governor are topical and merit discussion. Will lawmakers drop these bills now in order to deal with local issues? Bill limits would impact the independence of the Legislature and make life easier for whatever Administration is in office as the executive branch would have fewer bills to follow. Certainly, the concept behind limiting bills is laudatory as it is aimed at more discussion on more quality legislation and less on headline bills with zero change of passage. Some lawmakers, like Steve Hall from Knoxville, sponsor very few bills while others sponsor 30 or 40 bills each year. If any limit is imposed it will be a significant change in how business is done. ■ This Wednesday, Jan. 9, marks the 100th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s birthday in 1913, and Nixon alumni as well as his two daughters, Julie Eisenhower and Tricia Cox, will gather at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington to celebrate the occasion. Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under Nixon, chairs the dinner. Expected to attend are former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld plus many surviving members of the Nixon Administration. Sandy Quinn leads the Nixon Foundation. Some in Knoxville may remember his role in planning Knoxville’s 1982 World’s Fair along with Bo Roberts at the time.

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Legislators dump fee on teachers State Rep. Gloria Johnson hasn’t been sworn into office yet, but she’s already hit the ground running.

Betty Bean Not surprisingly, the 25year veteran special education teacher is hoping to be assigned to the Education Committee. She has zeroed in on education issues, particularly school vouchers and the exams required for teacher licensure. Individual teachers must foot the bill for the Praxis Series Exams, and Johnson, who will be on legislative leave from her job at the Richard Yoakley Alternative School this semester, says the requirement is particularly burdensome for special education teachers, who teach a variety of subjects and must pass an exam in each one – and pay for it themselves. “This will require me to take five tests, which are about $250 apiece,” said Johnson, who teaches biology, algebra, geometry and English 1-4. She and Rep. Joe Armstrong spoke at a meeting of the directors of Democratic Television (DTV) last week. “Lots of special educa-

tion teachers are teaching in subjects they’re not qualified in, so this will be incredibly difficult and might require taking the test more than once. It’s going to cost me over $1,000 to get the tests I need. The math test includes calculus and trigonometry, which I’m never going to teach.” She said she has spoken with her predecessor, Harry Tindell, about the new requirement, and he told her that legislators who voted for it didn’t realize that it would go into effect Jan. 1 when they passed it last session. Johnson believes that a move to postpone implementation until next year would have bipartisan support because it is proving to be disruptive to school systems. “Three months is not a reasonable amount of time to prepare. People are asking, ‘Where did this bill come from?’ “Harry called to let me know that this is causing a problem in Maryville’s alternative school, and special ed supervisors in Knox County say they don’t want to exempt anybody, but they just want to allow more time. It’s not easy to find folks to fill in at alternative schools.” Johnson, who opposes school vouchers, said she recently attended an orga-

State Reps. Joe Armstrong and Gloria Johnson Photo by Betty Bean nizational meeting sponsored by Students First; a pro-voucher lobbying organization founded by Michelle Rhee, the controversial former Washington, D.C., schools superintendent. She wasn’t impressed by the substance of what she heard, but says she was concerned by the meeting facilitator’s zeal. “We need to get the word out; the other side is starting to organize,” she said. “What Students First is doing is talking about school choice. She (the organizer, who is an employee of the organization) said they want to hold county schools accountable. “When I asked a question about funding, she said that’s anonymous. I said, ‘You’re expecting the county system to be transparent, but you’re not transparent in your own organization?’ “She said, ‘By law, we don’t have to tell you.’ “The students I’ve taught for 25 years will never be accepted by a charter school,” Johnson said. Armstrong’s focus is on healthcare, and he is critical of his colleagues for ignor-

ing the issue of complying with the Affordable Care Act in budget hearings for two years while they waited for the courts to strike it down. “The whole time we were supposed to be setting up an exchange,” Armstrong said. “And I was a little disappointed that this attitude persisted until the governor’s conference call when Herb Slatery (Haslam’s general counsel) spent 43 minutes of a 45-minute call trying to explain that we couldn’t pre-empt federal law. “Haslam gave up and threw his hands into the air.” Armstrong is also worried about Medicaid expansion, over which the Supreme Court has given states broad discretion. “We’re leaving (federal) money on the table,” he said. Amrstrong predicted that moves to limit the number of bills legislators can file will be burdensome to publicity-seekers. “You’ve got a guy like (state Sen. Stacey) Campfield that’ll throw 100 bills in just for the publicity.”

Changes ahead for Shopper Mary Lou Horner had more energy than six regular people. So maybe six of us will step up and try to support her favorite projects this year and in years to come. Mary Lou led efforts to plant trees in Fountain City Park, usually in memory of someone and often in the shade of a bigger tree. Usually, I went along to take pictures, kidding Mary Lou about maybe taking sand to the beach next. But look around. Many of the older trees have lost limbs or even died. The most robust trees in the park today are those planted over the last 20 years by Mary Lou and her friends at Keep Knoxville Beautiful. So the gang at ShopperNews will plant a tree in memory of Mary Lou at Fountain City Park. We’ll invite everyone when we set the date. Hopefully, no one in the crowd will foot-drag and make jokes about planting trees in a forest (or a park).

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LeAnn Horner and Kim Isenberg stopped by to review our photo file on Mary Lou. It’s huge! Mary Lou with kids, Mary Lou with multiple former county commissioners and school board members, Mary Lou with business leaders, and Mary Lou with her grandkids: Josh, Jason and Kristen. She loved those kids, even selling her condo when they came along to move into the house with Bobby and LeAnn to be nearby. When Kristen was born, I thought, “Aha! If they name her Mary Lou, we’ll have another Mary Lou Horner.” But they were smart. Kristen is unique and will make her mark. And there will never be another Mary Lou.

Debbie Moss. Now if I could just quit calling him Cranberry!

Sometime over the next two months, the ShopperNews team will leave our 10-year home on Doris Circle and move across the highway to a new home adjacent to our prior location. ■ Recycle computers and accesWe will be located near sories at Chilhowee Park from Toby Strickland’s Edward 9 to 3 Saturday, Jan. 12, in a Jones office and Mike drive-thru event co-sponPadgett’s antique shop. sored by the city of Knoxville, In fact, we’re meeting the Optimist Club of West Knoxville, the Volunteer Restoday (Jan. 7) to look at cue Squad and Knox County upgrades and technology Solid Waste. Volunteers hookups at the office. will accept old computers, We’ll let you know when laptops, cell phones, small apit’s official. pliances and other electronic Brandi Davis returns items. Info: plugintoyourcomto work today, having been munity@yahoo.com/. gone on maternity leave ■ School board will meet 5 p.m. with baby Brinkley. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Andrew Davis is a wonderful adJohnson boardroom with a dition to our team, and workshop at 5 p.m. Monday, we’re all glad she is back to Jan. 7, at the same site. work. ■ Citizens Academy, sponsored Rachel Dove, who filled by the League of Women in for Brandi, has found a Voters to help folks learn job in the office at Salsariabout Knox County governta’s. Good luck to Rachel in ment, will be held on three Saturdays, Feb. 16 and 23 her new career. and March 9. Applications are Tony Cranmore is comdue on Jan. 25. Info: www. ing along as our newest lwvknoxville.org/. sales rep after replacing

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Undefeated NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier “Undefeated� is the title of a book I recently bought in a small museum at Boston Harbor. It was written by a distinguished Navy officer and historian, Commander Tyrone G. Martin, and unfolds the amazing history of our most famous warship. The USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides� when a British cannonball was seen to bounce off her side into the sea early in the War of 1812, is still moored at her berth there in Boston, fully maintained, fully rigged and seaworthy nearly 200 years after the end of her remarkable career. Grandma and I were in Boston at Thanksgiving to gather up No. 2 Grandson from college and see the sights. One sight I really wanted to see, besides all the beautifully-preserved historic buildings and the wonderful Museum of Science, was Old Ironsides. The great ship is kept in the harbor where she was built in the years 1794-97, launched in October of 1797 and put to sea in July of 1798. Her glorious fighting days long over, she is still a fullycommissioned ship of the U.S. Navy under the constant watchful care of an attentive crew of active-duty personnel. I have always been fascinated by the Constitution, not only by her amazing career on the high seas, but by how she was built. Back then, there were no big machines or any power tools, and ships were built essentially of wood-tons (tons of it) and pieced together by hand and ingenuity. Being a tree and wood person, I find the story remarkable of how all that wood, of several important varieties and from many different parts of this new country and elsewhere, got assembled into the best fighting ship on the seas. A bit of historical background is necessary here to explain why the Constitution and her two sister ships, plus three smaller warships, were needed and came to be built. After winning independence from the British in 1781 (more officially with the Treaty of Paris in 1783), the United States of America, tired of war, penniless and just trying to figure out what they really were, apparently breathed a sigh of relief and did away with their navy. The last units of the Continental Navy were sold off in August of 1785. Within a week of the end of the Continental Navy, writes Commander Martin, the notorious Barbary pirates of North Africa had seized two American ships and held their crews for ransom. Previously under the protection of the powerful Royal Navy, the now-vulnerable, unarmed American merchant vessels could be picked off by the pirates at will. And so it continued. The last three months of 1793 saw 11 American merchant ships taken by the pirates and more than 100 crew members held for ransom, a situation that finally roused Congress into action to create a new navy. A Select Committee was appointed and recommended construction of four 44-gun warships and two 20-gun ships. But then, as now, politics dominated the scene. Arguments went back and forth, some politicians even suggesting that a strong navy could lead to the overthrow of the government. There was a lot of parsimonious wrangling and name-calling. But at last, reason prevailed and appropriations were agreed upon. Designs for the big warships were drawn up, engineering ahead of anything then on the seas. Preparations were begun to build one of the three big ships at

USS Constitution captain’s wheel

a shipyard in Boston Harbor and work began in 1794. Now, it takes a lot of stuff to build a big warship. Fiftyfour cast iron cannons, 32 of them weighing in at 5,600 pounds each, were forged in foundries in Maryland, New Jersey and Rhode Island. The three anchors weighed more than 5,000 pounds apiece. Paul Revere’s foundries supplied 4,200 feet of 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inch copper bolts to hold the parts together. More than 4,000 sheets of copper, ironically from British mills, were tacked over the bottom, with 40 copper tacks per sheet. And finally, the acres and acres of sail were provided by more than 10,000 yards of 20-inch-wide flaxen canvas. Now let’s talk about all that wood. More than 1,500 huge oak trees, weighing more than 1,200 tons in all, were harvested from at least six states: white oak planking

from New Jersey and live oak for the massive structural pieces from the islands and swamps of Georgia. Towering white pines for masts, cut in Maine, were floated to Boston by sea. There were cedar logs for interior frames and planks, yellow heart pine for flooring. More than 50,000 “tree-nails,� 18-30 inches long, of black locust, were used to nail the pieces of the frame together; these again came from England, almost all produced in the small village of Owlesbury. The structural strength of the great ship came from the oak. Oak is quite strong and quite heavy, and the framing pieces for the ship were massive. A cube of white oak only 12 inches on a side weighs 42 pounds! The largest piece for the keel was 80 feet long and 18 x 24 inches across. That adds up to 4 1/2 tons, and it had to be accurately shaped

Old Ironsides’ cannons by hand and laid in place with no power equipment. The huge oak ribs, in some places 12 x 21 inches across, were laid less than two inches apart. Covered with oak planking, some of it 40 feet long and seven inches thick, Old Ironsides’ wooden sides were an incredible 21 inches thick! The USS Constitution had

already distinguished herself against the varying enemies of the time, whether British, French or the Barbary pirates, when the United States again declared war on the British on June 18, 1812. At that time, America had the second-largest fleet of merchant vessels in the world, but the smallest navy of any major power. The entire navy

totaled 17 ships; the British Royal Navy boasted about 900. During the War of 1812, with unsurpassed design, construction and seamanship, the Constitution pulled off three narrow escapes from vastly superior British naval forces, and decisively won three major engagements, the last against two Royal Navy warships at the same time. Commander Martin concludes his book by writing that in helping to win the Second War for Independence, the Constitution and her sister ships uplifted American morale at the time spectacularly, ended the myth that the Royal Navy was invincible and proved that Americans were equal to any other nation in the world. Isn’t it wonderful what a bit of genius, a few oak trees, and a lot of hard work and sacrifice can accomplish?

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A-6 • JANUARY 7, 2013 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS eration later, and football coach Butch Jones is using the same concept, talking family to Tennessee. His hot line to recruitIn March 1980, spring ing commitments is “Welbaseball training at Bracome to the family!” denton, Fla., Phil Garner Great idea. Big Orange and Dave Parker were doMarvin Country really needs the ing their salt-and-pepper West glue and all the clichés that act. This was before “racgo with family – we are one, ism” precluded such antics. all join hands, close ranks, Trash talk was clubget on the same page and house raw. I thought they might come to blows. And They had borrowed the start the climb up the hill. I get the feeling Jones I thought ex-Vol Garner, song from the disco group even though he was called Sister Sledge and made it might make it happen. Scrap Iron, would be a de- their theme for the 1979 sea- Mothers of prospects uncided underdog. son that ended with a World doubtedly appreciate the When my eyes were as Series championship. The thought of family looking wide as they would go, Pirates really were a togeth- after their boys. Butch talked family Parker and Garner stopped er group. Their closeness the show, laughed, hugged was part of what made them with his team at the first and sat down to tell me the famous. Willie Stargell was meeting, about signing their names to be part of story of the Pittsburgh Pi- another part. rates and “We Are Family.” Here we are, a gen- the program.

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This is the year Pay attention! Are you deaf? Open your eyes! Are you blind? You’re my servant, and you’re not looking! You’re my messenger, and you’re not listening! The very people I depended upon, servants of God, Blind as a bat – willfully blind! You’ve seen a lot, but looked at nothing. You’ve heard everything, but listened to nothing. (Isaiah 42: 18-20 The Message) Thank you, God, for this good life, and forgive us if we do not love it enough. (Garrison Keillor) A new year starts with a clean, fresh calendar, and 365 days available to each

of us (at least so far as we know). Filled with promise and possibility, we use this

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time to try to live up to the resolutions we so bravely made, just last week. We are going to lose weight, exercise, clean out the broom closet, throw away all the stacks of papers (they’ve been there since before Christmas; they could not possibly have been there since Thanksgiving!) We’re going to be kinder to our

He took a great second step, inviting former Volunteers to dinner, for a tour of the world-class facilities and a little family chat. The meeting was just about getting acquainted, feeling welcome, connecting names and faces, asking and answering questions and wishing everybody well. Nobody took up a collection. It was a brilliant move. If he and we are going to talk Tennessee family, old Vols are the very foundation. Those guys made Tennessee football what is was – big time, spectacular, giant stadium, full house. Butch has the precisely correct perspective. He’s the new guy in town and reaching his goal may take

a few minutes. He needs all the friends he can find, positive support, maybe even a few prayers. Mike Stratton, 1959-61 Volunteer and later a Buffalo Bill, came away with an optimistic first impression – football name, football haircut, knows what he is talking about when he discusses the game and is hopefully the answer this time. Jack Kile, 1959 guard, 1962-69 assistant coach, past-president of the T Club, faithful supporter of all things orange, reports as follows: “Coach Jones said he thinks we will be proud of the team that takes the field this fall. Coach said there will be discipline, hard work, much effort by

all, no slackers.” Kile liked the part about doors open to former lettermen, welcome at practices and inside the big building. “I personally told him that I was glad he was here because he wanted to be here.” Kile told athletic director Dave Hart that he thought Jones scored more points with lettermen in one day than Derek Dooley had in three years. Jack Kile does not wear orange blinders. He is a realist. He knows what really matters are results. For now, Butch Jones is in the front row of the family photo. Looks good with the power T on his lapel.

neighbors, more patient with our kids, more careful with our checkbook, more generous with our church, more consistent with our daily devotions, or attendance at worship. And then stuff happens. The kids get sick; it’s raining when we are supposed to go running; we see a paper we wanted to re-read in the stacks for recycling and put it back on the coffee table; we find a really good deal on the one thing we wanted (but didn’t receive) for Christmas. We decide to skip church this week because it is raining (or sunny, Commitment Sunday or the first day of

the golf tournament). It is easy to see why the Lord gets exasperated with us – just as God did with the people of Judah. We make promises to ourselves, to others, to God, and then fail to keep them. We swear off bad habits, then let them creep back in. We lay a few more miles of well-intended paving stones on that famous road to perdition. In the passage from Isaiah 42 (quoted above), God rants at God’s own chosen people, calling them to account. “I chose you,” (to paraphrase a thundering God), “to be my servants, to do my

will, to be a light to the nations! And you have done nothing – nothing! – for me.” However, the God of Second Chances is alive and well, and still in business. God calls us to all manner of tasks in God’s name, asks us to stand up again when we fall, to try again when we fail, to start all over again when the whole thing just doesn’t work. And here is the really Good News: God walks with us every step of the way, leads us through the difficult passes, reproves us when we fail, rejoices with us when we succeed, and loves us. Always.

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Designing the mass ie-cutter pieces she had seen at craft fairs. Her talent quickly emerged and she moved on to what is known as hand-building. This method excludes the potter’s wheel. Instead, the artist uses her hands to shape the raw clay into a unique form. Some of Ellison’s pieces resemble open seashells that look as if the ocean has hewn their delicate shape. She often embellishes the finished product with items as unique as the design itself. “I use household things such as buttons, lace, antique jewelry and even real items from nature to ‘impress’ the clay,” said Ellison. “This is much like a child would do with Play-Doh.” Ellison’s results are anything but childish. Her designs are unique and interesting and often feature an impish owl, ref lecting the name of her business, Sleepy Owl Pottery. “I especially enjoy the

Sherri Ellison has always had a flair for art, but her love of pottery began after she took a class at the Fountain City Art Center.

DOWN-home UPdate “I showed up to that first class with no idea of how to turn a cold, wet, lumpy mass of clay into something with life and character,” said Ellison. That lack of knowledge was quickly replaced with a love for the art and a designer’s f lair. By the end of her six-week class, Ellison had purchased a small kiln and converted a corner of her garage into a studio. Initially she was interested in making the cook-

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imperfections that often present themselves during the creation process,” said Ellison. “Those give each piece a special personality of its own.” Ellison’s love of all things natural drives her color choices and ref lects the hues found in nature. “When I daydream it’s almost always about being outdoors beneath swaying trees and sunbeams,” she said. Her pottery can be purchased at Heaven and Earth Gallery in Halls located at 7045 Maynardville Highway or online at www.etsy.com; key in SleepyOwlPottery. But don’t go searching for a perfectly round bowl among Ellison’s designs. “I’m not fond of perfection in art. The designs of my pieces are always evolving and my insatiable need to create drives me on to that next handful of clay,” said Ellison. “It needs life. It needs form. Hand-built clay designer Sherri Ellison holds a couple of her faIt needs my attention.” vorite pieces. Photo by Cindy Taylor

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Morgan to perform By Cindy Taylor Renowned dulcimer player Sarah Morgan will perform in concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Union County Arts Cooperative. The Union County resident was named National Mountain Dulcimer Champion in 2012. A concert by an artist of this caliber would generally cost quite a bit to attend. But Sarah is all about the music. Her concert will be free. Bring a friend and

Food banks ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Dante Church of God will be distributing Boxes of Blessings (food) 9-11 a.m., or until boxes are gone, Saturday, Jan. 12. Anyone who would like to receive a box of blessings is invited. You must be present to receive a box of food. One box per household.

enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music and song while browsing the gallery inside the Arts Cooperative, which features handmade work from artisans in Union County. The Arts Cooperative is located at 1009 Main Street and can be reached at 992-9161.

■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane, distributes free food 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265.

Dulcimer artist Sarah Morgan

■ New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry distributes food boxes 5-6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.

Photo by C. Taylor

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Haiti Outreach Program needs formal dresses

The Heiskell Community Center will hold its Super Thursday meeting 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. The speaker will be pastor Knox Wimberly, who will discuss a free tax prep program for seniors. The program begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and bingo at 1 p.m. Bring a dessert and a friend. The center is now open 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for games, cards, crafts, book club, sewing and quilting. Bring your own lunch on these days. Info: Janice White, 548-0326. The center is located at 9420 Heiskell Road.

The Haiti Outreach Program is currently accepting donations of gently used prom and formal dresses for its annual Fierce and Fancy Formals fashion show to be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Donations can be dropped off at any Prestige Cleaners location until Tuesday, Feb. 5. Both current and vintage styles will be accepted. Proceeds will help provide food, clothing, housing, education, healthcare and more for the people of Haiti. Info: www.givehaitihope.org or facebook.com/ fierceandfancy.

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Special services ■ Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon meets at noon each Tuesday at Golden Corral. Info: www.kflluncheon.com.

New programs ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Ave. Pike, will host Fit For the Father, a program that promotes body and soul fitness while serving the Lord, beginning 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Cost: $20 for the class and the book. The program will be held each second and fourth Thursday. Info: 938-2611.

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December was a busy month for the Powell swim team. On Dec. 1, the team traveled to Lenoir City, where the high school swimmers lost 175-93. Finishing first for PHS were: Alec Tripp, 200 freestyle; Canyon Givens, 200 IM; girls 400 free relay team: Madissen Campbell, Alyssa Rolen, Meredith Denney, Destinee Jones; and boys 400 free relay team: Canyon Givens, Collin Caruthers, Alec Tripp and Tyler Sexton. The middle school swimmers lost 130-91. First place finishers were: boys 200 medley relay team: Ben Stover, Chris Wilbanks, Logan Smith, Case Martin; Logan Smith, 200 IM; BrieAnne Davenport, 50 freestyle; Logan Smith, 100 freestyle; Isabell Loy, 100 back; Ben Stover, 100 back. On Dec. 11, Powell traveled to Clinton for a meet with Clinton and Gatlinburg-Pittman. The final score was Powell, 141; G-P, 134; and Clinton, 77. First place finishes for Powell: Alec Tripp, 200 freestyle; Canyon Givens, 200 IM; Madissen Campbell, 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; girls 200 free relay team: Madissen Campbell, Meredith Denney, Chesni Ballinger, Alyssa Rolen; boys 200 free relay team: Canyon Givens, Collin Caruthers, Alec Tripp, Tyler Sexton; Chesni Ballinger, 100 breast; girls 400 free relay team: Madissen Campbell, Meredith Denney, Chesni Ballinger, Alyssa Rolen; boys 400 free relay team: Tyler Sexton, Collin Caruthers, Alec Tripp and Canyon Givens. The team participated in the Ray Bussard Invitational meet at UT on Dec. 15. On Dec. 22, Powell hosted a meet with Grace and Karns. Final score for the high school was Powell, 129; Karns, 106; and Grace, 82. First place finishes for PHS swimmers: Alyssa Rolen, 200 freestyle; Tyler Sexton, 50 freestyle; Madissen Campbell, 100 freestyle; Alec Tripp, 100 freestyle; Jordyn Dover, 500 freestyle; girls 200 free relay team: Madissen Campbell, Kassidy Stroom, Meredith Denney, Alyssa Rolen; boys 200 free relay team: Tyler Sexton, Collin Caruthers, Alec Tripp, Canyon Givens; Destinee Jones, 100 back; boys 400 free relay team; Tyler Sexton, Collin Caruthers, Alec Tripp and Canyon Givens. Powell won the middle school meet with 149 points to 132 for Grace and 17 for Karns. First place finishes for middle school swimmers: girls 200 medley relay team: Isabell Loy, Caroline Whitehead, Caylin Moore, Lilia Whittington; boys 200 medley relay team: Ben Stover, Case Martin, Logan Smith, Chris Wilbanks; Isabell Loy, 200 IM; Caylin Moore, 50 free; Ben Stover, 100 free; boys 200 free relay team: Ben Stover, Case Martin, Chris Wilbanks, Logan Smith; Isabell Loy, 100 back; Ben Stover, 100 back; Caroline Whitehead, 100 breast; Chris Wilbanks, 100 breast; and girls 400 free relay team: Lilia Whittington, Caylin Moore, Isabell Loy and Caroline Whtehead. – Report submitted by Tammy Rolen

This barn is part of the Messer Farmstead, located in the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Also nearby is the former Smoky Mountain Hiking Club cabin. The barn was built in 1875 by John Whaley. The site is located about two miles along the Porter’s Creek Trail, along which you can also see remains of stone walls and an old cemetery. Photo by S. Carey

So that’s what that is! Barnyard Tales Kathryn Woycik I often pass by an unusual barn at the Museum of Appalachia and wonder about its style. Well, thanks to one of our readers, I now know. It is a cantilever barn. Cantilever has a style which is similar to European barn designs. This barn has a large upper story which rests over two log cribs with an open driveway in the middle. Hay was usually stored in this large loft area. Wagons could be driven in the covered drive and then easily loaded from above.

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The overhangs on either side could be used as storage for farm equipment or even an area for livestock. They would protect the cribs from the rain and allow plenty of air circulation. These barns are rarely found anywhere outside of Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, in the 1980s, fieldwork by Marian Moffett and Lawrence Wodehouse indicated that six cantilever barns could be found in Virginia and another three in North Carolina. There are 316 located in East Tennessee, with 183 in Sevier County, 106 in Blount County, and the remaining 27 can be found from Johnson to Bradley counties. Most seem to have been built from 1870 to about 1915. In addition to the barn at the Museum of Appalachia,

Two cantilever barns can be seen at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris. Photo by K. Woycik

two more can be seen in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Tipton Place barn is in Cades Cove. The John Messer Barn is off the Porter’s Creek Trail in the Greenbrier area near Gatlinburg. Thank you for the re-

sponse from readers who suggested some of their own barn histories. We will try to feature these in the upcoming weeks. Anyone wanting to share the age, history, or story of their barn, please contact me at woycikK@ ShopperNewsNow.com.

ZOO OFFERS TRADE FOR PHONE BOOKS The Knoxville Zoo is currently hosting Penguin Discount Days in which regular admission is half price. Throughout January, folks can bring their outdated phone books to recycle and receive two half-price admission tickets in exchange for one phone book. January at the Knoxville Zoo is one of the area’s best kept secrets since many of the animals enjoy the cooler weather and are more active. These include the red pandas, otters and big cats. There are also plenty of indoor viewing areas to get out of the cold, and children can enjoy the indoor fun of the Wee Play Zoo. The phone book recycling promotion is not valid with any other coupon, discount or offer. It ends Thursday, Jan. 31. Info: 637-5331 or www.knoxvillezoo.org.

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Shopper-News Presents Miracle Makers

Teaching the little ones By Sandra Clark Dani Rose loves her job. The Nashville native is a graduate of UT’s early childhood program with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was then selected to teach the kindergarten class at the lab school, so her connection to the college remains strong.

Summer camp Summer camp at the lab school runs almost 10 weeks, June through three days in August, with an “on the move” motif, says Jennifer Reece. She’s the assistant teacher at the Jennifer Reece kindergarten and camp director. The camp is open to the community and will accommodate 20 to 24 kids with a weekly tuition of $185 plus lunch and snacks. “We visit downtown, ride the trolleys, learn to read maps and GPS,” she says. “There’s an animal week and a couple of weeks for drama.” Reece is flexible on the age limits. She said former campers often ask to come back and she’s designated some as junior counselors. Details and registration info are available online at elc.utk.edu/. Will she go for her doctorate? She’s unsure, but after four years of the physically strenuous work with fiveyear-olds, she pretty certain her body won’t hold out for a 30-year career. The UT Early Learning Center (ELC) enrolls kids from babies through kindergarten. UT professors work with the teachers to share current research. In turn, the teachers such as Dani Rose model best practices to the student teachers who pass through their classrooms. “It’s a teaching partnership (with the UT students),” Rose says. Last semester she had just one student teacher, along with assistant teacher Jennifer Reece. The classroom has sometimes had four student teachers. While teachers don’t let kids set the curriculum, Rose says, “We put emphasis on empowering children to learn what they don’t know.” That seems logical, but Rose says the “lines are a bit more gray” than at public schools where teachers are expected to follow a more rigid program. The lab school kindergarten is for families

Teacher Dani Rose observes a kindergarten student at the UT lab school.

who “are looking for something more – more attention in a smaller classroom.” Children learn from play, Rose says, and the UT lab school features a playground with natural elements. More academic topics are tackled through a “project-based approach to learning.” This year, the class began a writer’s workshop that “has transformed how children have embraced writing. “First, we ask them to tell us who you are. We want a narrative, only truth. Next, we move into story-telling and then to scientific writing. The more factual writing leads to research. The children are so much more passionate about (writing) now.”

What do they know, and when should they know it? What are your expectations of children entering kindergarten and what are your goals for them when they finish? UT lab school teacher Dani Rose says kids entering Dani Rose kindergarten should know how to write their name and have a general sense of the alphabet and numbers. They should do self-care tasks independently and know how to use classroom tools. “We don’t expect them to have

mastery of these skills, just some experience,” she says. And what are the expectations at completion? Rose says kids should have mastered recognition of all letters of the alphabet and should write phonetically. There should be “an emerging ability to read,” with children able to “navigate simple math equations and words in print. “They should leave us with the ability to work with other children and understand simple math concepts, such as telling time and counting money.”

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Crashing success Farragut grad at helm of NASA project

I’ve heard probably 500 lunch and banquet speakers over a multi-year career in the reporting business, but I’ve never heard one as compelling as Vallie Smith Collins, a survivor of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 that was landed safely in the Hudson River by Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger in 2009.

By Suzanne Foree Neal

Christmas came early for Cavan Cuddy, bringing with it a bang “heard” around the world. On Dec. 17, the 1999 Farragut High School graduate watched with pride and excitement as two washing machine-sized gravity probes successfully crashed into a mountain on the moon. Cuddy, a Clemson University graduate, was the spacecraft team systems lead for NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL. The purpose of the mission was to create both gravity and high resolution maps of the moon. “We did achieve our goal and were able to produce the highest resolution gravity map of the moon or any planetary body,” Cuddy said during a holiday visit home to see his parents, Mike and Carolyn Cuddy. Cuddy lives in Denver and works for Lockheed Martin in Waterton Canyon. The team named the probes, which were launched in September 2011, Ebb and Flow. “It was four years of hard work, and everything came together,” said Cuddy. “The mission was over when the probes impacted the moon, but it all went as planned.” The probes got such good “gas mileage” that their orbiting was extended from what the team thought it would be. When they ran out of fuel, the plan was to crash them into the moon, away from any historical locations like the Apollo landing sites. The ultimate goal of the mission was to understand

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Cavan Cuddy (seated) watches the screen as two gravity probes crash into the moon Dec. 17 as a colleague Steve Odiorne celebrates and Erin Roethlisberger looks on. The Farragut High School graduate was the team systems lead for NASA’s GRAIL project. Photos submitted

the structure of moon, its composition and what makes up its core. “To date we’ve made significant progress to meet that,” he said. “Scientists will study this around the world for years. The overall purpose is to understand how the Earth was created. To know that we provided just a piece of that is very rewarding.” Cuddy has a mission of his own outside the walls of his office. He says he gets extra satisfaction when he can speak to middle school students in Denver area schools about the mission, science and engineering. “Getting our kids interested in aerospace and science is a priority for our country. We need to get our kids inspired.” NASA assisted with

that goal, and each probe had a camera. As part of a public outreach program sponsored by NASA, about 150,000 images were returned to middle school students around the world. “It was most rewarding to get to talk to these students,” said Cuddy. “Students need to see the reward that can come from studying science and math and the applications they have in our world. “It’s amazing to see their eyes light up when they wrap their brains around what I do. These subjects require hard work, but the reward is great. Engineering wasn’t the easiest thing for me, but I liked the challenge.” Cuddy got his insight

As the plane filled with icy water, 155 people were rescued without loss of life. The Miracle on the Hudson survivor makes it come alive. And she will be speaking at noon Tuesday, Jan. 8, to the Powell Business and Professional Association at Jubilee Banquet Facility. The cost is $12.50, but it includes a delightful buffet prepared by the Jubilee chef. Collins lives in Maryville with her husband and three children. She graduated from UT in 1993 with a degree in biomedical engineering. For 12 years, she was employed as an account manager for a contract manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products. If you don’t attend another PBPA meeting all year, don’t miss this one. But get there early, I’m bringing three guests and the place fills up fast.

into engineering from his father, Mike, who worked in Oak Ridge with K-25, Y-12, SAIC and Tech2010. He said that even as a child he was always fascinated by space. His career choice has afforded him an opportunity to embrace another area that he has enjoyed most all his life: “playing” outdoors in the Denver mountains. He does trail running, half-marathons, biking and skiing. He plays guitar and attends music festivals at every opportunity. Cuddy and his crew aren’t resting on their laurels. The next NASA mission, named Insight, is headed to Mars in 2016 to study the planet and its interior. He will be the lead fault protection systems engineer on the project. ■

Jarnigan gets second term

Kelley Jarnigan, Farm Bureau Insurance agent at 3539 W. Emory Road, was reelected president of the Kelly said he is “highly, Jones will bring us back PBPA. Dues are $50 and highly impressed” by new to where we ought to be in will be accepted at TuesUT football coach Butch UT football. I believe he is a day’s meeting. Jones. “I believe Butch leader.”

Todd Kelly teaches life skills

Tax talk in Fountain City

The talk won’t be as compelling as Sully’s Miracle, but Fountain City Business and Professional Association will meet at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Virginia College on Broadway. The group usually meets at Central Baptist Church, but Jim Branham and the folks at VC are hosting this month’s meeting. Lunch is $10, first come first served. Speakers will be Andrew Hartung and Ben Alexander, both certified public accountants with LBMC (Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC), who will give a 2013 tax update. Hartung, the new president of the Fountain City BPA, is manager of tax services for LBMC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University at Fullerton and a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University of San Francisco, as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT. Info: ahartung@ lbmc.com or 862-6518. Alexander holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s from UT. He sings in the choir at Cokesbury UMC and is active in state and national professional organizations. Info: balexander@ lbmc.com or 862-6507.

Dick Hinton, at left, and Sam Balloff, right, with Todd Kelly, speaker at West Knox Rotary. Photo by A. Hart

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was recruited by and played under coach John Majors, went on to play professional ball for San Francisco, Cincinnati and Atlanta, but despite being raised by strict parents who gave him a strong foundation on which to build his life, Kelly found himself living a party lifestyle that destroyed his chances at a long career in football. Fortunately, Kelly was able to turn his life around. He returned to Knoxville and now sells medical products and is a motivational speaker. In 2012 he was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. He is married to Renee Davis Kelly, principal at West Valley Middle School. The couple’s son, Todd Kelly Jr., is a senior defensive back at Webb School who has received scholarship offers from 28 Division One colleges.

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SATURDAYS, JAN. 12 TO FEB. 16 Take Your Pottery to the Next Step, 1-4 p.m., with York Haverkamp, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline: Jan. 7. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 8 The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, 8 p.m., Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Jim Lewis, Park Historian of the Stones River National Military Park. Topic: “The Battle of Stones River.” Cost for talk only: $5. Buffet dinner, 7 p.m.: $15 for members, $17 for nonmembers. Reservations by 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7: 671-9001. Open to the public.

THURSDAY, JAN. 10 Ebook Help Session, 6 p.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Fontinalis Club, board meeting at 9:30 a.m., coffee at 10 and general meeting at 10:30. Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, 5364 N Broadway. The Board Meeting will be at 9:30 AM, Coffee Hour at 10:00 AM, and General Meeting at 10:30 AM. Speaker: Kaye Williams. Halls Family and Community Education Club meeting, noon-3 p.m., Halls Senior Center, 4410 Crippen Road.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11 Opening reception for Foothills Craft Guild Exhibit and Sale, 6:30-8 p.m., Fountain City Art Center; 213 Hotel Ave. Also showing: artwork by students from Karns area Knox County schools. Fundraiser for dual enrollment students, 5:30-8 p.m., Union County High School gym during Gibbs vs UCHS basketball game. Proceeds to be used to fund books for eligible students participating in the Walters State Dual Enrollment program.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11, THROUGH THURSDAY, FEB. 7 Foothills Craft Guild Exhibit and Sale, Fountain City Art Center; 213 Hotel Ave. Also showing: artwork by students from Karns area Knox County schools. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Info: fcartcenter@knology.net, 357.2787 or www. fountaincityartctr.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12 Autograph signing by Tony Campana of the Chicago Cubs, 3-5 p.m., Sports Treasures, 4819 N. Broadway. Grand opening of the new Children’s and Teen Room at Maynardville Public Library, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ice cream will be served. Free and open to the public. Saturday Stories and Songs: Miss Lynn Hickernell, 10:30 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. New Play Festival: “An Uncommon Language” presented by the Tennessee Stage Company, noon, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: David Claunch, 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. “Plug Into Your Community” eCycling event, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., midway parking lot at Chilhowee Park. Drivethrough, drop-off and leave event to recycle old computers, laptops, cell phones, small appliances and other electronic items. Free, but donations accepted to benefit the Optimist Club of West Knoxville and the Volunteer Rescue Squad. Info, including list of acceptable and unacceptable items: email plugintoyourcommunity@yahoo.com.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JAN. 12-13 Weaving a scarf class, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, with LouAnn Robinson, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Bring a lunch Saturday. Registration deadline: Jan. 7. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net.

New Beverly Baptist Church will host Cliff Adkins during the 11 a.m. service and Mike Southerland, Cliff Adkins and The New Calvary Echoes during the 6 p.m. service. Info: 546-0001 or www.NewBeverly.org.

Saturday Stories and Songs: Kindermusik, 10:30 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: Laurie Fisher, 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.

FRIDAY, FEB. 8 Union County Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Auction, 7 p.m., Rutherford Methodist Church, Corryton. Everyone invited. Ticket sales or info: Kathy Chesney, 745-1626; Darlene Wine, 992-5268; or Rebecca Mills, 992-5816.

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MONDAY, JAN. 14 Ebook Help Session, 4 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17

Saturday Stories and Songs: Laurie Fisher, 10:30 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagan, 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.

“State of the Schools Report and Address” by Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, 6 p.m., Powell High School. The event is open to the public.

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Hot Chocolate and Cool Crafts, 2-5 p.m., Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline Feb. 3. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts.net.

Art Escape!, 6-8:30 p.m., with Doris Prichard, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline: Jan. 14. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts.net.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 Comedy Night – Rhythm & Laughter, 7:30 p.m. at Jubilee Center, presented by the Powell Playhouse. Tickets: $10 at the door only. Info: 256-7428. Saturday Stories and Songs: Becca Tedesco, 10:30 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. New Play Festival: “Birds on the Bat” presented by the Tennessee Stage Company, noon, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: Laurie Fisher, 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. “The role of Knoxville in the Civil War: What civilian life was like in a city of divided loyalties from 1861 to 1865, including the role of the Ramsey Family during that time,” a free presentation by the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, 2 p.m., the Historic Ramsey House Visitor Center. Info: 546-0745 or www. ramseyhouse.org.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JAN. 19-20 Weaving a scarf class, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, with LouAnn Robinson, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Bring a lunch Saturday. Registration deadline: Jan. 14. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net.

MONDAY, JAN. 21 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade, 10 a.m. Info and application to participate: www. MLKKnoxville.org.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 16 Free Folk Music Concert, 2 p.m., Union County Arts Co-Op, 1009 Main St., Maynardville. Featuring National Mountain Dulcimer champion and folk musician Sarah Morgan. Free admission. Saturday Stories and Songs: One World Circus, 10:30 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: Miss Lynn Hickernell, 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23 Winter Tealight Workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with Shelley Mangold, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline Feb. 18. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts.net. Shannondale Elementary Foundation’s “Dancing in the Moonlight!” fundraiser, 6 p.m., Beaver Brook Country Club. Tickets: Janie Kaufman, 687-0272; Tracie Sanger, 405-4449; or Shannondale Elementary School office, 689-1465. Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagan, 10:30 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: Becca Tedesco, 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY FEB. 23-24 Are we Listening?: “The Diary of Adam and Eve” and “Louder, I Can’t Hear You,” 7:30 p.m. at Jubilee Center, presented by the Powell Playhouse. Info: 9477428, 256-7428. Two-Day Stone-Carving Workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, with Lisa Ruttan Wolff and Kathy Slocum, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline Feb. 15. Info: 494-9854 or www. appalachianarts.net.

Saturday Stories and Songs: Georgi Schmit, 10:30 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: One World Circus, 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. “Talk is Cheap” Tour to Tickle Funny Bones, 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. show, Alumni Gym on the Maryville College Campus. Features Bill Landry, Sam Venable, Jim Claborn and Elizabeth Rose sharing their Appalachian tales. Special reception 6-7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Hearing and Speech Foundation Ticket info and reservations: 977-0981 or email Amanda@handsf.org.

Pottery for the Wheel, 9:30 a.m.-noon, with Sandra McEntire, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline Feb. 20. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts.net. “You Should Write that Down!” Autobiographical/Family History Writing, 7-8:30 p.m., with Sandra McEntire, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline Feb. 20. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts.net.

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NEWS FROM GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF KNOXVILLE

Grace introduces junior kindergarten By Shannon Morris Is my child ready for kindergarten? That is a question many parents ask as their children grow and develop. There are many factors to consider when facing this question, including academic readiness, social skills and maturity level. It is important to consider a child’s level of independence and ability to focus on an activity for an extended period of time. When contemplating these issues, parents may feel that their child is not quite ready for kindergarten, yet the parents is looking for a structured program. With the changes to the age requirement for kindergarten, junior kindergarten may be just the answer parents are looking for. To enroll your student in kindergarten, the state now requires they must be 5 years old by Aug. 30. With this

change, junior kindergarten at Grace Christian Academy will provide another option for parents seeking a challenging enriching program for their children. Students who are not quite ready for the rigors of kindergarten, or who do not meet the new state guidelines, now have a valuable option for

this transitional year. Parents who prefer an extra year for growth for their children will find that our junior kindergarten program has a stronger academic program that goes beyond preschool. Each junior kindergarten class will be taught by an ACSI certified teacher, and will offer a low teacher-student ratio.

Some of the curriculum components include letters and sounds, math, Bible, handwriting and various learning centers. Students will also take part in special areas like gym, library, Spanish and art. A daily rest period will also be provided for each child. The curriculum will provide a seamless transition into

the kindergarten program at Grace. Children who will be 5 by Nov. 30 are eligible for this program. Junior kindergarten allows 4- and 5-year-olds skill development at a pace that will be successful for a positive start to their educational experience. This program will complement the objectives of kindergarten and will build a strong foundation. Join us at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, for a kindergarten open house, which includes information about our junior kindergarten, or 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, for a schoolwide open house. You can visit classrooms and meet the teachers and administrators who will be working with each child. For more information on our new junior kindergarten class beginning in the fall of 2013, visit www. gracechristianrams.org or call Teri Rash at 691-3427.

Learning outside the classroom By Shannon Morris While most students will return to their traditional classroom environments after Christmas break, Grace Christian Academy high school students will start a new year and a new semester in a different way. For the next two weeks, students at Grace will experience what is known as Winterim. This is a unique opportunity for students to be challenged with hands-on learning experiences that are not part of the typical classroom curriculum. Many local professionals in the business, legal, medical and technology sectors open their doors to our students each year, giving them an opportunity to explore possible careers. During this two-week period, students serve as interns and volunteers for six hours a day, participating in the daily activities of the business. Our list of professionals continues to expand year after year. Some Grace students will experience the daily operations at our local TV stations. Others will assist a production crew on the filming of a TV show for Jupiter Entertainment. Alstom Power, Kimberly Clark, Tennova Medical Center, Tennessee School of Beauty and Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Marketing have all been added to the already abundant

Grace Christian Academy student Kaycie McCreight (right) chats with a patient at Children’s Hospital. Photo by R. Down

list of participating businesses. Other courses are offered during Winterim that involve activities both on and off campus. Options to learn

a new craft or trade are available. Students can participate in a variety of courses such as gourmet cooking, light construction, landscape design

and jewelry making. Other courses allow a hands-on approach to exercise, nutrition and the connection between the body and mind in overall wellness. All of these courses are taught by GCA faculty and staff, and serve to challenge students physically, mentally and spiritually. Winterim does not just take place in Knoxville. Grace has students traveling the country and the world absorbing all they can about life and culture outside of our city. This year, we have groups traveling to Italy and Peru. Other groups have chosen to travel a little closer to home with a trip to Washington, D.C. Students visit various historical sites, attend a session of Congress and Supreme Court hearings, visit the White House and visit as many museums as time allows. The Winterim experience expands the boundaries of learning for each high school student at Grace. Some students will be out in the community learning about life in the work force, and others will be traveling to different countries and exploring new cultures, while still others will stay close to home serving in a variety of ways. Winterim is what makes Grace Christian Academy a place that equips the whole student, for life!

Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten Admissions Open House Tuesday, January 8, 2013 • 6:30 p.m. Grace Christian Academy Library Come hear about about our NEW Junior Kindergarten Program. Call for more information or to RSVP 865.691.3427, ext. 3940 5914 Beaver Ridge Road Knoxville, Tennessee 37931 www.gracechristianrams.org

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