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In our quest to discover “where the jobs are,” we found a homegrown business that has provided jobs along with compassionate community service for 35 Dr. L.C. Powell years. We also found an indomitable woman with an inspiring story. Come along.

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Dem women prepare to party The oldest Democratic women’s club in America is throwing itself a party. The Knox County Democratic Women’s Club, established March 28, 1928, will celebrate its 85th anniversary year 6:30 Saturday, March 8, at the Southern Depot, in conjunction with Women’s History Month. The public is invited and descendants of charter members will be there. There will be music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. It’s not a costume party, but period attire will be welcome.

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Spring sports No doubt you are delighted, perhaps even bubbling over, with the coming of spring sports at the University of Tennessee. What, you hadn’t even thought of Volunteer track, baseball, tennis or golf? These are the fun and games funded by football and donations. Please mark your calendar. Enjoy.

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Powell Playhouse The curtain rises this week for the Powell Playhouse production of the comedy, “Everybody Loves Opal.” John Patrick’s play is a “prank” in three acts and centers around Opal and a trio of conniving crooks: Brad, Gloria and Sol. “Everybody Loves Opal” runs Feb. 27-March 1 at the Jubilee Banquet Facility.

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Bearded dragons were stars of the show at Repticon.

By Cindy Taylor Repticon brought creepy, crawly fun and more than 2,000 attendees to the Knoxville Expo Center to show the appeal of exotic creatures. Vendors displayed, sold and traded scaly-skinned vertebrates, cuddly hedgehogs, furry spiders and other exotic pets. Attendees ranged from older collectors to kids who came for the excitement of seeing, and touching, animals

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“This is our first show in Knoxville. Tennessee can be a hard state to host a show due to the laws about exotic animals,” said staff member Danny Steele. “Usually we would have fewer vendors when they are limited to what they can bring, but we had a lot of participants and a great crowd.”

Samantha Greene with her newly purchased jungle carpet python. Photos by Cindy Taylor

Sheriff’s deputy rescues two in Powell Black saves two lives in unrelated incidents By Jake Mabe We throw the word hero around like yesterday’s garbage, but Greg Black fits the bill. The Knox County Sheriff’s deputy who patrols Powell rescued two people within weeks of each other. On Feb. 3, he pulled Terry Kropff from a car partially submerged and sinking in a retain-

ing pond off West Emory Road in Powell after she lost control of her car during a rainstorm and went off the road. On Feb. 15, he arrived at the scene of a burning home on Aultom Road, Greg Black extinguished the fire and got homeowner Brenda

Thompson, who was gathering personal items, safely out of the house before firefighters arrived. The blaze was determined to have been started by a grease fire. His reaction? “It needed to be done.” Black, who was transferred to work North Knox County two months ago after a stint in West Knox, says his police training didn’t prepare him for this kind of work. But he’s no stranger to grace un-

der pressure. Black was a scout in the U.S. Army, present for the invasion of Baghdad and the intense fighting in Fallujah, Iraq. “I was part of a special recovery unit.” He has worked for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since 2006. “I was doing peacekeeping in Fallujah and decided if I was going to do it there, I was going to do it for my country.”

Opting out: Parent says K-2 testing harms daughter By Betty Bean Jennifer Nagel’s 7-year-old daughter spent her snow days reading a book. That might not sound like a big deal, but to Nagel, it’s almost miraculous because reading has been an ordeal for her daughter, who has an undiagnosed learning disability. Nagel says her daughter’s teacher has been very helpful, but the school system has not. So she started looking for solutions on her own. Almost by accident, she found a critically acclaimed series of books co-written by actor Henry Winkler and the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity for and about dyslexic kids – who knew the Fonz has a master’s degree from Yale, and dyslexia? As of last week, Nagel’s daughter is halfway through a book about a resourceful dyslexic boy named Hank Zipzer, printed with a special font designed for dyslexics, who frequently have prob-

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lems with letters that seem to float around the page. Nagel says her daughter has finally found joy in reading, no thanks to Knox County Schools. Knox County Schools director of Student Support Services Melissa Massie said she cannot comment on Nagel’s daughter’s situ-

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that they usually find only in books or at zoos. Breeders and experts shared quality advice on the care of the animals. Zachary Bradley posted that he was as excited as a kid at Christmas to attend Repticon. Samantha Greene traded two bull pythons for a jungle carpet python she plans to name Sandy. “I really love reptiles and own a lot of them,” said Greene. “I also like meeting other reptile people.”

ation and is not familiar with the Winkler books. “But we have a number of interventions that look at multisensory approaches (for learning disabilities),” Massie said. Back in December, Nagel, who is PTA president at Amherst Elementary School, fought back tears as she stood at the lectern and told the school board how her youngest daughter is being affected by the 17 district-mandated tests she has to take during the school year. Once a happy child, she’s now anxious and overwhelmed by her struggles with a yet-undiagnosed reading disorder, Nagel said. “She hates school because she thinks she is stupid,” Nagel said, calling the K-2 Assessment (formerly known as SAT 10) “a test that is set up for her to fail.” She expressed frustration at what she sees as the school system’s inflexibility, And because of the difficulties her child had as a

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1st-grader, Nagel says she will not subject her to the K-2 Assessment again this year. “My daughter has been struggling since kindergarten, saying there’s something wrong. She couldn’t get phonics, and that’s all they taught. I kept saying she needs more help, but they just didn’t get to her. Up until six months ago, I thought the school system was doing the best they could for her. But I kept saying she needs more help, and they didn’t respond. Nearly one in five children has some form of dyslexia. That’s roughly four kids in every class.” Massie said KCS is vigilant about paying attention to young students who don’t make sufficient progress. “When we identify those students, we will begin intervention as early as kindergarten,” she said. To page A-3

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Patient is ready to dance again after foot surgery As soon as the weather warms, you’ll likely find Susan Young of Knoxville in her garden, or maybe dancing with her granddaughter, Amelia, 3. Someday, she’s sure they’ll dance again while Young is wearing high heels. “I love high heels!” said Young. “When I wear high heels I feel like I’m standing on the mountain, I can do anything. I feel like I’m younger than ever at 60, I am so happy.” Young is glad to laugh today, because last year was full of sorrow. Her beloved brother was in the last stages of cancer, in their native Taiwan. At church one Wednesday night, Young got a phone call that she should come to be with him. As she ran to her car in the rain, she fell and broke her foot. She wore a special shoe to Taiwan, but the foot did not heal properly. “In Taiwan, you have to walk a lot. It’s easier than driving a car. I walked a lot, ignoring my needs. I just concentrated on taking care of my brother … focusing on him, not my foot.” In Taiwan the pain grew worse, and when she returned, Young knew she needed to see another doctor. “The pain was sharp. I could see the swelling, it was obvious. I had to walk on the other side of my foot.” She found podiatrist Dr. Cindy

Susan Young frequently arranges flowers from her garden and enjoys decorating for weddings and events at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, where she attends.

Caplan after a coworker at Whirlpool Inc., recommended her. “I was so happy to see her. She always asks me about my brother,” said Young. “She does not just target the problem, she treated me

“(Dr. Caplan) is just like a gardener. She cannot give me a complete new foot, but she really takes care. My life will be like flowers, prettier, easier to live.” – Susan Young

like I am a whole person.” Young recommended surgery at Parkwest Medical Center, using small screws and plates to hold the bones together. Unfortunately, Young fell again after surgery and a screw came out. Caplan performed a second surgery this past December. Both outpatient surgeries at Parkwest went smoothly, Young said. “They treated me so well. I did not stay there long, but before the surgery they always came to bring me everything,” she said. Now her pain is almost gone, although Young said she is not quite up to wearing high heels. “I always ask Cindy (Dr. Caplan), ‘Can I wear high heels?’ I want to have hope. She always says, ‘Not yet!’ “I was anxious before, but now I feel it’s OK; I have a good doctor here to take care of me,” said Young, who compared Caplan to a careful gardener. “Can gardeners change the season? No, they can only make the flower grow prettier for the season,” Young said. “Doctors can’t change the laws of nature, but what they can do is help me go through this a little easier. “Cindy is just like a gardener. She cannot give me a complete new foot, but she really takes care. My life will be like flowers, prettier, easier to live.”

The road to happy feet

Treatment options for common foot problems The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body, consisting of 26 bones connected by numerous joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Given that our feet bear all our body weight, they’re susceptible to many stresses. Foot problems can cause pain, inflammation or injury, sometimes resulting in limited mobility. Cindy Caplain, DPM, a podiatrist at Parkwest Medical Center, explains that some foot problems have a medical origin, while others can be caused or worsened by improper body dynamics or poorly fitted shoes. Shoes that fit properly and give good support can prevent irritation to the foot joints and skin. Here are some of the most common foot problems and treatment options: A bunion is a protrusion of bone or tissue around a joint. Bunions may occur at the base of the great toe or at the base of the little toe and often occur when the joint is stressed over a period of time. “You can also develop bone growth on the top of the toe joint because of limited motion and jamming the foot into tight shoes,” says Caplan. Women are more frequently affected because of tight, pointed and confining shoes. Bunions can also result from arthritis. Treatment varies depending on the pain and deformity and may include: ■ Wearing comfortable, wellfitting shoes that conform to the

shape of the foot and don’t cause pressure areas ■ Applying pads around the affected area ■ Medications such as ibuprofen ■ Orthotic control ■ Surgery Corns are callus growths that can be painful. They develop on top of the toes, often where a toe rubs against a shoe or another toe. Treatment may include shaving the layers of dead skin or applying pads around the corn area. To avoid developing corns, Dr. Caplan suggests wearing shoes with a large toe box to accommodate your foot without rubbing. A hammertoe is a condition in which the toe buckles, causing the middle joint of the affected toe to poke out, “or you may develop a lesion at the end of the toe,” Dr. Caplan explains. Treatment may include a toe pad positioned over the bony protrusion, changing footwear to accommodate the deformed toe or surgical removal. A heel spur is a bone growth on the heel bone, usually on the underside of the bone where it attaches to the plantar fascia, a long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. If the plantar fascia is overstretched from running, wearing poor-fitting shoes or being overweight, pain can result from the stress and inflammation of the tissue pulling on the bone. Over time, the body builds extra bone

in response to the stress, resulting in heel spurs. Treatment includes rest, cold packs, anti-inflammatory medication, proper stretching before activity, proper footwear or shoe inserts, corticosteroid injections or surgery. Morton neuroma is a buildup of benign tissue in the nerves running between the long bones of the foot. It occurs when two bones rub together and squeeze the nerve between them, usually between the bones leading to the third and fourth toes. Morton neuroma often causes swelling, tenderness, tingling, numbness and burning in the toes. Treatment may involve rest and/or a change in footwear that does not restrict the foot. If the problem persists, cortisone injections or surgery may be considered. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by severe heel pain, especially when standing after resting. The condition is an overuse injury of the sole surface (plantar) of the foot and results in inflammation of the fascia, a tough, fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. “Plantar fasciitis affects both women and men,” Dr. Caplan says. It’s more common in people

who are overweight, have flat feet or high arches, or whose work requires walking or standing on hard surfaces. Walking or running, especially with tight calf muscles, may also cause the condition. Treatment includes rest, ice pack applications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and stretching exercises of the Achilles tendons and plantar fascia. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. This tendon is also the most common site of rupture or

tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon due to overuse. Symptoms may include mild pain after exercise that worsens gradually, stiffness that disappears after the tendon warms up, and swelling. Treatment options include rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory

medications, supportive devices and/or bandages, stretching, massage, ultrasound, strengthening exercises and surgery. With 26 bones in the foot, almost any of them can be broken. The type of fracture determines the course of treatment: Ankle joint fracture usually requires a cast and may require surgery if the bones are too separated or misaligned. Metatarsal bone fractures, in the middle of the foot, often don’t require a cast. A stiff-soled shoe may be all the support needed as the foot heals. Sometimes surgery is needed to correct misaligned bones or fractured segments. Sesamoid bone fractures affect two small, round bones at the end of the metatarsal bone of the big toe. Usually padded soles can help relieve pain, but sometimes the bone may have to be surgically removed. Toe fractures can usually heal with or without a cast. To learn more about foot and ankle structure and common problems, go to www.treatedwell.com and click the Health Information Library link. If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, call 374-PARK for help finding a doctor who can develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

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Tennessee State DAR first vice president Charlotte Reynolds presents a check to Eddie Mannis, founder and president of Prestige Cleaners and chair of HonorAir Knoxville.

Emory Road DAR members attending the DAR Council of Regents are (seated) Diana West, Camille Benson and Marissa Moazen; (standing) Robin Galick, Judy Bryan, Ruth Lady, guest speaker Eddie Mannis, Martha Raper and Kathy Corum. Photos submitted

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Celebrating George The DAR Knox County Council of Regents met Feb. 15 at Rothchild for its annual George Washington Luncheon. Emory Road Chapter members from Powell and Halls attended.

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Eddie Mannis spoke about HonorAir, a program that takes veterans to Washington, D.C., to see memorials erected in their honor. The Golden Tones performed. The DAR donated $3,000 to HonorAir. Worth Campbell, who was on the first HonorAir trip in 2007, spoke briefly about what the trip meant to him.

Doc (Chuck Denney) takes a listen to Opal’s heart.

Sol (Grant McMahan), Opal (Christy Rutherford), Brad (Flash Black) and Gloria (Elizabeth Eaker) toast with Opal’s mismatched mugs.

John Patrick’s play is a “prank” in three acts and cenThe curtain rises this week ters around Opal and a trio of for the Powell Playhouse pro- conniving crooks: Brad, Gloduction of “Everybody Loves ria and Sol. They weasel their Opal.” It is touted as a play the way into Opal Kronkie’s home community should not miss. by trying to sell her bogus per-

fume and then convince her to take out a life-insurance policy with them as beneficiaries. Audiences should expect to laugh loudly and often at Opal and company. “Everybody Loves Opal”

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Opting out: “We may not have a label on it as formal as dyslexia, but we have identified it.” Meanwhile, Nagel said her daughter can’t sleep the night before the test, and cries and doesn’t want to go to school the next morning. “She yells about little things and gets very

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From page A-1 stressed. She worries that she’ll get her teacher in trouble if she messes up,” Nagel said. Although the K-2 Assessment is not required by the state, KCS officials have told Nagel and other parents that they cannot opt their children out. Nagel says she

has been given an unacceptable alternative: “I refuse to let her take the SAT 10 test, so I have to keep my healthy daughter home, just so she won’t have to take a test that will be harmful to her.” KCS accountability officer Nakia Towns said that no one representing KCS tells parents to keep their children at home on test day. “We don’t advise people to not send their children to school,” Towns said. “For every child that is in attendance, those are included as part in those assessments.” In a Feb. 17 email exchange with another parent who is considering opting her children out of the highstakes tests, supervisor of testing Laurie Driver appeared to hint that skipping school could be a way out of taking the tests. “Although the SAT 10 is

an optional state assessment, it is a required assessment in the Knox County Schools. Like TCAP and End of Course assessments, all students are expected to participate. The only students who are exempt from required testing are those who are not present to take the assessment,” Driver said. Meanwhile, Nagel says there’s one more option – a private evaluation, which comes with two significant problems: expense and uncertainty about the response she’d get from KCS. “My friend paid $350 to get an evaluation privately,” Nagel said. “It confirmed dyslexia. I was told I could do the same thing, but it doesn’t guarantee they’d recognize the findings. That’s when I gave up and said this is ridiculous.” She says she’s thinking about spending the money on a lawyer.

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government UT Athletic Board goes silent The UT Athletic Board is meeting behind closed doors after years of being open. The News Sentinel has gone to great lengths to criticize this change.

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It is apparent that the university went to great lengths to ensure nothing comes out of the meeting that suggests remotely what is happening. No minutes are taken, and no reports are written. Clearly, they have had legal advice on how to avoid disclosure. It leads to the inescapable conclusion that there must be some heavy discussion going on inside the meeting room for UT to take the media hit for closed sessions with these instructions to board members and staff on how to stiff the media. This may have been done without Gov. Bill Haslam’s knowledge or approval. However, he is chair of the board, and a simple word from him to Chancellor Cheek would end this. The board itself, which operates in public, could end it. We should all remember that the UT board must meet in public to choose a UT president. Why should the Athletic Board be different? UT would not be going to so much trouble to keep it all quiet if there was not something worth hiding. The Athletic Board operated well for many years in public. Why the sudden need to go silent? ■ UT President Joseph DePietro is expected to appoint an internal committee to review the status of the historic Eugenia Williams house on Lyons View Pike. This house was acquired several presidents ago and has languished and deteriorated. The committee will look at the basic question of what to do with the Staub-designed house and where UT goes from here. One hopes a sensible use can be found. This needs to be resolved since UT has only been embarrassed by it to date while this historic home simply falls down in front of us. ■ Don’t hold your breath, but TVA might consider opening its committee meetings to the public. That is where all its

real work occurs. Recently the regional advisory committee that TVA named listed open committee meetings as one of its recommendations to the full board (now short one member). TVA has discussed this in the past but opted to keep them closed every time. Current board chair Bill Sansom has opposed going open. Given that it is TVA’s own advisory group that has pushed this, TVA will have to respond in some way. It cannot be dismissed. Within the group, the effort to highlight this was led by Anne Davis, head of the Tennessee Office of the Southern Environmental Law Institute and wife of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and Steve Smith of the Clean Energy group here in Knoxville. Supporting them was Gov. Haslam’s appointee on the group, Susan Richardson Williams. She is a former TVA board member who unsuccessfully supported open meetings along with former TVA chair Mike Duncan when she served on the board. ■ Almost five years ago in 2009, Knoxvillian Troy Whiteside, who has been active in local politics, was accused of murder. The trial still has not been held. Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols recused himself early in the process, and it was transferred to DA Berkeley Bell of Greeneville. One of his assistants is actually handling the case. It is now scheduled for trial on April 21 with Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz (who is retiring Sept. 1) to hear it. It is a first-degree murder case with prominent attorney Greg Isaacs representing Whiteside. The DA expects it to go to trial. The judicial system has worked very slowly in this case.

Correction Mayor Rogero will not present two budgets to City Council as previously stated in this column, but she has asked department heads to present two budgets to her prior to her single budget going to council on April 24. One will have 6 percent cuts in her internal budget hearings, which are open to the public. The 6 percent cuts are usually designed to alarm citizens into supporting a tax increase.

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Solutions in search of problems “Well, we didn’t give you much to work with today,” Tony Norman said after County Commission’s work session last week. I just grinned. The meeting was, well, weird. Discussion over R. Larry Smith’s resolution affirming commission’s support of the End of Forced Annexation in Tennessee Act was downright contentious. Andy Andrew, who has been fighting annexation nearly as long as I’ve been alive, evoked everything from rugged individualism to the Bill of Rights. “This is an opportunity to solve a problem that has bothered Knox County as long as I’ve been here,” he said. Amy Broyles said this resolution is “a solution in search of a problem.” (I looked around for Stacey Campfield. But I digress.) Broyles said the city of Knoxville is not allowed to annex outside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), and those who live within it know annexation can happen. Smith called Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, who was trying to get the heck out of Dodge (long day – his department lost the beloved Roger Wilson last week), to the lectern. Jones agreed that finger annexation has caused a problem over lawenforcement jurisdiction. “We’ve already had this conversation,” Sam McKenzie said, adding that the

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process is working. “That’s because there’s been a moratorium on annexation,” Smith said. “There’s not been a moratorium,” McKenzie said. “That ended in 2008. This is 2014. This was an issue with one city mayor a long time ago.” (Paging Victor Ashe.) “We know what our culture is in Knox County. We’re pro-property rights. I’m voting against this because I think we’re already doing this.” Dave Wright hit his light. “Well, if there’s no problem, Commissioner McKenzie, if it’s moot, then it would be OK for the state to pass it.” Wright is upset about finger annexation on Millertown Pike. “There’s an excellent development at the end of Millertown Pike, but it’s still just a (small) road leading up to it. The suggestion that we had the conversation in 2001 … doesn’t mean we can’t have another discussion before it becomes a problem in search of an answer.” (I looked around for Stacey Campfield. But I digress.) “If we want to change

this, let it be homegrown,” McKenzie said. “I don’t want the state telling us what to do.” (The Republican in me smiled.) “All we are doing, commissioners, is letting Nashville know where we stand,” Smith said. “I bet less than 3 percent of homeowners know if they live in the (UGB).” Broyles is sponsoring amendments to ordinances ensuring that county employees are protected when speaking out against employers without risk of termination. She cites both teachers who have spoken up recently and county employees who want to campaign for someone other than their bosses. “I’m going to use Commissioner Broyles’ earlier words against her. This is a solution waiting on a problem,” McKenzie said. (I looked around for Stacey Campfield. But I digress.) Rick Briggs said free speech in this case needs limits. “Tennessee is an atwork employer state,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t be in favor of something that would protect an employee who spoke maliciously, giving the county no resource to stop it. Broyles said the amendments would include all departments and elected offices and would not protect slander and libel. Chief deputy law director David Buuck said the only process in place now is a lengthy, costly battle in

federal court. “This brings it to the local level,” Broyles said. “And the mayor (Tim Burchett) said he is for this, so I don’t want you to miss an opportunity to vote for something that he and I are both in favor of …” (Maniacal laughter.) “Retribution occurs,” Norman said, referring to teachers. “There are a variety of ways to do that. This might help the teachers and their position.” McKenzie mused and changed his position, saying he felt more comfortable that the county wouldn’t have to defend slander or libel. Briggs was the lone “no” vote. Finally, Barry Hawkins, who is running for Knox County trustee, took exception to Wright adding a discussion item based on a News Sentinel report about his allegedly getting $3,000 that he allegedly wasn’t owed as a former county employee, adding it is a political tactic timed to help his opponent. Wright said his feelings were hurt at such a charge, “but I’m a sitting commissioner and I have no feelings.” I have to disagree with you, Tony, my friend. Y’all gave me plenty with which to work. For that, I thank you. Commission will hold its regular meeting at 1:45 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 24) in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at jake mabe.blogspot.com

Dem women prepare to party The oldest Democratic founder Lucy Graham Crowomen’s club in America is zier’s sister Lizzie Crozier French stands on Market throwing itself a party. Square, commemorating the feminists who worked for women’s suffrage. Betty The Croziers, both eduBean cators, were smart, fearless and deeply involved in the political fight that The Knox County Demo- made Tennessee the crucratic Women’s Club, estab- cial 36th state to ratify the lished March 28, 1928, will 19th Amendment, which celebrate its 85th anniver- gave women the right to sary 6:30 Saturday, March vote in 1920. They had three other sis8, at the Southern Depot, in conjunction with Women’s ters, Mary, Anna and CorHistory Month. The public nelia, all described in Coris invited and descendants nelia’s obituary as “women of charter members will be of dominance and individthere. There will be music, uality.” The Crozier home, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a said to house the finest cash bar. It’s not a costume private library in the area, party, but period attire will stood on the corner of Gay Street and Clinch Avenue be welcome. Club president Kathy now occupied by the former Manning says the event Farragut Hotel. Lucy was will be more of a celebra- born there in 1856. Her fation of the historical con- ther, attorney John Hervey tributions of Knoxville Crozier, a two-term memwomen than a political ber of Congress, sided with event. Tickets are $40. the Confederacy during the A bronze statue of club Civil War and retired from

politics soon thereafter. Kathy Manning’s grandmother Mary Vance Manning and great-aunt Ann Manning were founding members of the Democratic Women’s Club. She found Lucy Crozier’s obituaries, dated Nov. 30, 1930. One praises her “unquenchable spirit and great heart.” Another begins like this: “A brave and earnest soul passes in the death of Lucy Graham Crozier. An extremist she was, of course. But she was always sincere and often brilliant.” Kathy Manning never knew her grandmother, but her aunt spent her last years living with her, and Manning says she wishes she’d asked more questions. Since the club’s purpose was to educate women as new voters and encourage them to become involved in politics, and it was chartered the year that Democrat Al Smith, the first Catholic to run for president, took on Republican Herbert Hoover,

Manning believes her Catholic grandmother and aunt were probably involved in that campaign. She wishes she knew more about them. “My aunt was a World War II veteran and served with the Army Nurse Corps. Later, she was a public-health nurse for the city of Knoxville. I’ve since realized, ‘Gee, I should have asked her all those questions.’ Having the oldest club in the country is something we can all take pride in.” Knox County Democratic Women’s Club charter members: Lucy Crozier, Mary Crozier, Mrs. J.C. Guinn, Mrs. Frank Haur, Mrs. Sarah Henry Hood, Mrs. J.B. Shinliver, Miss Emma Pate, Mrs. Joe McMillan, Mrs. E.T. Beach, Miss May Leland (Marshall), Mrs. Sam Heiskell, Mrs. J.C. Renfro, Mrs. Herman Schenk Jr., Mrs. Ida Reynolds Lonas, Mrs. Bannister Wilkes, Mrs. J.J. Manning and Miss Ann Manning.

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Excitement is upon us: spring sports! No doubt you are delighted, perhaps even bubbling over, with the coming of spring sports at the University of Tennessee. What, you hadn’t even thought of Volunteer track, baseball, tennis or golf? These are the fun and games funded by football and donations. Please mark your calendar. Enjoy. I didn’t throw softball into that group. It is a big winner and often draws a crowd. Ellen Renfroe is really good. Baseball, we are told, will be better this year, weather permitting. Dave Serrano, baseball coach ($450,000 salary), is not promising championships just yet, but he does foresee significant improvement. That was the plan all along for year three. It appears he has recruited well. He expects the rewards of growth and development. He thinks he has much better pitching. He believes the Vols will become relevant in the SEC.

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That is very good news, a giant jump if it happens. The team was 8-20 last season, last in the Eastern Division, totally irrelevant. From mid-April until the bitter end, Serrano’s Vols won three league games. Other highlights were two rainouts. Pitching, you ask? Andrew Lee is thought to be recovered from Tommy John surgery. Kyle Serrano, the coach’s son, chose college over the Colorado Rockies. Bless him. First baseman Scott Price can hit. “Probably the best hitter in the SEC,” says the coach. Third baseman Will Maddox takes the game very seriously. Tough guy.

Dirt on uniform. The oldfashioned description was “hard-nosed.” Pro scouts will probably make notes about sophomore shortstop A.J. Simcox. Team characteristics? Better defense, lots more scoring punch. Coach says he can now compare talent with rivals without feeling handicapped. If there are positive developments in track, they remain hidden. Old Vols send emails, trying to convince me that a coaching change is necessary. I have reserved comment. Athletic director Dave Hart is on his own in this case. He gets paid most of a million to make such weighty decisions. Tennis is not really a spring sport. It goes on 10 months a year. For me, it is more fun on a balmy April afternoon. The Vols are nationally ranked. They have strong leadership with teaching skills. Sam Winterbotham was 2013 national coach of

County auditor hits the ground running You’d expect an internal auditor to run a lean, mean operation, and new county auditor Andrea Williams is no exception. Her office has a staff of three – herself, another auditor and an administrative assistant who does everything from some audit work to checking grammar. Williams, who came to Knox County from TVA, started work Dec. 16. She said the timing was perfect, with the laid-back holiday season allowing her to work her way through a massive amount of reading material. She’s now working on a risk assessment for fiscal

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year 2015. “We’re looking at which areas add the most value,” Williams said, “so we can evaluate not just the financial risk, but the reputational risk and public safety. We should be finished around June.” Her office also performs

some request work, if the county Audit Committee or County Commission requests an audit, or performs reviews on the back end of an external audit. All of her work has to be approved by the Audit Committee. In January, County Commission requested a procedural review of the criminal-justice system. “That includes everything, from the time a person enters the system to the time they complete it. It involves multiple players and processes,” she said, not just the office of embattled Criminal Court Clerk Joy

the year. Chris Woodruff is another head coach in associate disguise. Ben Testerman is volunteer assistant. Wow! Winterbotham, a native of Stoke on Trent, England, has the proper recruiting phone numbers – Australia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Webb School. Tennessee golf, much like cross-country, is for the participants who take pride in their sport and can press on without the cheering multitudes. It is OK if you skip some matches. You do need to know about the Mack and Jonnie Day practice facility along the Tennessee River. It is big league. It should be. The grassy patch cost $4.5 million. Phase 2 of this project, the Furrow-Blackburn clubhouse, will be special, too. If you are into spring football, there is one date to circle. The Orange and White game is scheduled for April 12 at Neyland Stadium. McCroskey. One of Williams’ suggestions has been to digitize the method by which the county performs monthly pcard audits. C u r r e nt l y, that process is manual. “ W i t h Williams technology, you can do queries and push a button. (Manually), it is time intensive and less consistent than a database process.” Last month, commission discussed at length whether Williams should be present for the entirety of its meetings like the county law di-

Showing the love Sisters Ellen Turner (left) and Helen Ashe are fascinated with Mayor Tim Burchett’s selfie, a photo taken on his smartphone and transmitted instantly to friends of The Love Kitchen. Burchett and Doug Bataille, senior director of parks and recreation, presented the sisters with $3,400 and several barrels of canned food on Feb. 19. The donations were collected in December at the county-sponsored Holiday Festival of Lights at Concord Park. Photo by S. Clark

rector. Williams says the consensus was that she use her discretion on when to be present. Other goals for her first year include getting the dayto-day operations of running her office in order and making sure every county department knows she has an open-door policy. “We want to maintain our independence, but that doesn’t mean we’re isolated. We’re all on the same team, working for the people of Knox County.” Williams was born in Michigan and lived all over the Southeast as a child. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in accounting with a concentration in taxa-

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The dreary days of February – or the frequently heard complaints about them – traditionally make this time of year a letdown from the gaiety of the previous holiday season. Well, there’s nothing like a road trip to buoy the spirits. East Tennesseans are lucky to have diverse and affordable options nearby. Parks – from the Smokies to Big South Fork to Concord Park right here in town – offer hiking on much-lesscrowded-than-in-springtime trails. If you’re in a more urban frame of mind, Nashville and Atlanta are within a few hours’ drive. This past weekend I was in the mood for a treasure hunt. So I grabbed my best girlfriend and headed for Asheville. There’s nothing more fun for us than picking through antique malls and secondhand stores. Knoxville has some fine ones – Dutch Valley Antique Mall is one of our favorites, and we’re big fans of KARM and Goodwill. But for a change of pace and some beautiful scenery, you can’t beat Asheville. Swannanoa River Road boasts several large collectives. We saw some exceptional mid-century furniture at The Local. The price tags weren’t slight, but this was quality stuff in beautiful condition. Owners Chad and Morgan Baker travel a lot and say of their extraordinary inventory, “we really work for it!” Other stores in the same location are Oddfellows, Nostalgique and Bryant Antiques. Right next door, we found the Tobacco Barn. Its 70,000 square feet of space is crammed with booths. The big barn doors were wide open on either end, which, in the 30-degree windy weather, meant some brrrrrrowsing! But we goodnatured “pickers” bundled up in our parkas and made the best of it. Some folks even brought their dogs in! We mostly just look. You know how it is. I’m big on metal lawn furniture and jelly glasses; my friend is obsessed with mid-century lighting fi xtures and divider screens. But our rule is, “It has to be absolutely perfect in every way.” Not too far from the Tobacco Barn, Sweeten Creek

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Carol’s Corner Antiques offers 31,000 square feet of just about anything you can think of. I found a beautiful silver bedside tray from the 103-yearold Taft Hotel in New Haven, Conn. It provides a touchstone to history for me every morning when I reach for my eyeglasses case. Our last stop was Lexington Park Antiques in downtown Asheville. Labyrinthine and seemingly endless, it features gorgeous estate jewelry, vintage clothing, movie memorabilia and fine used leather goods. Other Asheville landmarks are within walking distance. We love Tops for Shoes – 30,000 square feet of quality footwear and accessories on three levels – and Malaprop’s Bookstore, where a cup of hot chocolate awaits, along with every book you’d ever want to read. It’s a good time of year to get hotel rooms at lower rates, and we chose the Brookstone Lodge. Built only five years ago, it has the atmosphere of a much older place. There’s a cozy lobby with fireplace and a complimentary 24-hour coffee bar. The rooms have large flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, microwaves and refrigerators, cozy beds and mountain views. A complimentary hot breakfast is served each morning. But the main reason we chose the Brookstone Lodge in the middle of February? The indoor pool and spa. Right now the hotel is in the middle of a renovation from water damage caused by a burst pipe during last month’s extreme cold, but the only evidence we saw was the temporary carpeting in the hall. Info: http:// brookstonelodgeasheville. com/. Stores mentioned here are open year-round. Visit www. romanticasheville.com/antiques.htm to find out more. And bring your parka!


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POWELL Shopper news • FEBRUARY 24, 2014 • A-7

Beating back the past Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. … Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. (Exodus 1:8, 11 NRSV)

The Singing Seniors Ensemble (front) Jean Osborne – director/accompanist, Mary Jane Lindholm, Linda Carringer, Jan Allen, Charlotte Lee, Brenda Craidon, Betty Coleman, Pat Ensor, Sue Newman, Joyce Jones; (second row) Chris Warren, Lucille Shreve; (third) James Watkin, Larry Warren, James Bumgardner, Sam Bess, Bob Montgomery and Edward Jenkins. Not pictured: JoAnn Hayden. Photo by Cindy Taylor

Seniors ensemble at Powell Church By Cindy Taylor The Singing Seniors, a 70-voice choir based at O’Connor Senior Center, is widely known in the Knoxville area. But with so many members it can be difficult to perform and minister in smaller venues. For this reason, a newly formed group of 18 vol-

unteers, dubbed the Singing Seniors Ensemble, has formed out of the larger group to bring entertainment to nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and small groups. “We love to sing and want to help people have fun while enjoying good music,” said member Lu-

cille Shreve. “It is also a good way for us to stay active and happy.” Jean Osborne directs and accompanies the ensemble, which sings four-part harmony (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) in all musical genres. The troupe recently performed a lively Valentine program of love-themed

music and poetry for the XYZ group at Powell Church. The program included contemporary and classical music, recitation and a fun sing-along. The ensemble is available to sing at no charge for any who enjoy music. To invite them to your facility or gathering, call 523-1135.

A tribute to R.C. Harless By Wayne Roach When I was 16, a new pastor came to my church, New Corinth Baptist in Grainger County. He was young and full of life with something about him that drew both young and old. The church began to grow. There was a different spirit of love in the church. This new pastor was the Rev. R.C. Harless. I remember when he and his wife, Mary Lou, would take me to meetings and training seminars that helped me grow and become more involved in the work of the church. When I was 19, I was inducted into the U.S. Army. I remember very well the last Sunday before I left for the military. R.C. called me before the church and told me how much the church appreciated me and how much they loved me and that they would be praying for me. Then he reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a little Bible that he always carried. He said, “Take this with you, read it and it will comfort you.” Inside he had written: “God and you are a majority.” To this day I still have that Bible and consider it one of my cherished belongings. R.C. went on to pastor Cedar Ford Baptist in Luttrell, where he and Mary Lou met a young lady named Sharon DeVault. They asked if she would write to me. She did, and we corresponded by

mail for about a year. When I came home, we dated for three months, and then R.C. married us. He must have done a good R. C. Harless job because that marriage has lasted 46 years to date. We have two children, and R.C. assisted me in their weddings. Our friendship grew. He was always helpful in my church work and recommended me for several posi-

tions. He was the very first person I told that I was being called to preach. I followed him in my first pastorate to Fair Havens Baptist Church in Powell. He was to me as Paul was to Timothy. R.C. pastored eight or more churches and was director of missions for the Northern Association of Baptists. I still have people telling me how much he meant to them. He had a great impact on many lives. R.C. passed away Oct. 5, 2013. Many times since then I have wanted to talk with him. I can just hear

him asking, “How is your church doing, Buddy?” He was always interested, even through his illness. Many times I would see him sitting on the porch, and I would stop and we’d chat for a while. Twice he asked me, “How long have we been buddies?” I would tell him, more than 50 years. He would say, “Boy, that’s a long time.” I miss my buddy, but I know he is in a better place. Thanks, R.C., for being my friend, my counselor, my pastor and my mentor. We shall meet again. The Rev. Wayne G. Roach is pastor of Greenway Baptist Church.

Sheriff loses special friend By Jake Mabe

He was a big man with an even bigger heart. And he’ll be missed. R o g e r Wilson, 55, passed away Feb. 16, following an Roger Wilson illness. He was a longtime employee of the Sheriff’s Office, including a 22year stint as assistant chief deputy. “I’d usually talk to him every day,” Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said. “No five people could do Roger Wilson’s job.” For the past few years, Wilson was in charge of inmate work crews. They would perform maintenance for nonprofits and

around the county. Wilson himself would secure bicycles and food baskets for those who needed them, as well as help former inmates and their children. Jones said Wilson never publicized it and wanted it that way. Last year, he racked up $125,000 in volunteer hours for nonprofits. Wilson knew tragedy. His son, Andy, a corrections officer, was killed in 2008. And yet he carried on, developing a memorial fund and hosting a golf tournament fundraiser in Andy’s memory. Law enforcement and volunteerism ran in the family. Wilson’s father, Bill, is a former chief of detectives for the Sheriff’s Office. His mother, Peggy, is a longtime volunteer at Hillcrest North.

The family requests memorials be made to the Andy Wilson Memorial Fund, 455 N. Wooddale Road, Strawberry Plains, TN 37871.

Working dough. Working, working dough. Nothing better than that to start the day’s serious work of beating back the past. (“Beloved,” Toni Morrison)

Toni Morrison’s searing and grace-filled book “Beloved” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Don’t ask me why I am just now reading it. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t ready. It is not a book for the faint of heart. It is about the aftermath of slavery and the long shadows that horror draped across a young nation. It is, quite simply, stunning, heartbreaking and haunting. In a tale filled with truths I have read about only in history books, Morrison’s words about kneading bread struck a chord with me. There was something I could relate to! I have been baking bread for more than four decades, and every batch is a little miracle of grace. Not to say – far from it – that every loaf of bread was perfect. It takes a while to get the hang of making bread, and then, if one is daring enough to try a different kind of loaf, or work at a different altitude, or bake on a rainy day, all bets are off. Yeast is a living thing and seems to have a temperament. It can’t be hurried, or overheated, or too cold. But it is the handling of the dough, the kneading of it, the shaping of it that makes the magic work, and at the same time affords such pleasure to the baker. However, Morrison’s “beating back the past”? That is harder still. Admit it. There are things in the past that haunt you. That worry, and nag at and grieve you. It is part of

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the human condition, this memory of pain or failure or regret or sin. We may not be enslaved by chains or by those who claim to own us. But slavery still exists in today’s world. It lives in those who live with terrible memories of pain and suffering. It thrives in those who will not, cannot forgive or forget the wrongs done to them. It continues in those who are addicted – to anything! (A good friend made an unforgettable statement to me many years ago. She said, “Satan is alive and well in Knoxville, and his name is Crack Cocaine!”) So, how do we throw off the chains and beat back the past? William Faulkner, who knew something about the South, famously said, “The past isn’t over. It isn’t even past!” Forgiveness is key, I believe. Forgetfulness is also helpful. I can’t remember where I first heard the 10 words that will lead to freedom. But I believe they are true and life-giving. Write them down. Keep them where you can read them when you need to. Remember them. They are, “Give it up, let it go, and set it free.”

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The magic of the library storytime

Illusionist David Claunch “appeared” with his special blend of music, stories and magic at the Powell Library Feb. 15, along with his new storytelling partner Libby Tipton. Claunch brought laughter and illusion to kids and adults alike with his talents, especially bubbles. Pajama-rama is still going strong at 6:30 p.m. each first Thursday at the Powell branch. The next PJ event will be March 6. ■

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from Michele Lindsay, the school’s college, career and scholarship coordinator. “I have distributed a bulletin listing all scholarships,” said Lindsay. “Seniors can pick up copies in my office along with applications. The bulletin is also available to view on the PHS guidance website. The class of 2013 had offers totaling more than $9 million and we expect to exceed that amount this year.” The PHS Alumni encourages all graduating seniors to seek the paperwork for their scholarships from Lindsay and complete it as soon as possible. Deadline to return the application is Feb. 28. Recipients will be notified and requested to attend the annual alumni meeting April 5 at Jubilee Banquet Facility.

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Happy Munchkins dance and sing when the wicked witch of the East dies.

Libby Tipton and illusionist David Claunch prepare for a show at Powell Library. Photos by Cindy Taylor

Dorothy (Christina Varnes) inherits the ruby slippers and the wrath of the wicked witch of the west (Maria Kasipovic).

Saturday Stories and Songs at Powell Library begin with an elephant walk and even dads join in. Pictured are Greg Hastings and daughter Mya Hastings, 9, Libby Tipton and David Claunch.


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Challenger B-ball finishes season By Cindy Taylor Basketball players who participate in Knoxville Challenger Sports (KCS) are winding down the season. The group practices and plays at Sharon Baptist Church, and only one game remains before the end-ofseason banquet. “We have ages ranging from 5 to 35 among our teams of physically challenged kids and adults,” said board chair Nic Arning. “We separate teams by ability, not age.” Sharon Baptist welcomes the teams to play in the church gym at no charge

and provides a banquet at the end of the season. The only cost to participants is the purchase of a jersey. Board members, coaches, referees and others involved are volunteers. KCS was created to give recreational opportunities to children and young adults with special needs. The nonprofit began with Little League Challenger Baseball and has grown to include four additional sports. “We want to get the word out that we exist,” said Arning. “We have been going for 16 years, and many people still don’t know about us.”

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Priority Ambulance launches on Callahan Several widely known members of the Rural/Metro team have established a new firm. Priority Ambulance has opened its corporate headquarters on Callahan Road in Knox County and put a branch in Scottsdale, Ariz., which happens to be the home of R/M.

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Knoxville’s YWCA is recruiting volunteers to begin a training course in March.

Enough! was created in 2011 to assist the Y’s Victim Advocacy Program (VAP). Through Enough!, staff and volunteers help victims of domestic violence. Volunteers work closely with VAP advocates to ensure the safety of victims. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of intensive training, which includes 20 classroom hours and 20 hours of hands-on experience. A commitment of 12 hours per month for at least one year is expected. Info: www.ywcaknox. com or Leah Harris at 865215-6851. ■

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City hires Ahrens

Peter Ahrens, 38, is the city’s new director of building inspections. He comes from Virginia and holds a degree from Virginia Peter Ahrens Tech. He will oversee 29 employees and a $2.4 million annual budget. Tom Reynolds will remain deputy director. Mayor Madeline Rogero has named Jennifer Stone to the Board of Environmental Appeals. She is a licensed professional engineer employed by AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Inc. Liliana Burbano Bonilla was appointed to the board of the Knoxville Transportation Authority. She is employed by the Knox County Health Department as the project coordinator of the Healthy Kids Healthy Communities program. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from the IberoAmerican University in Mexico City.

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Sugarbakers turns 25 Sugarbakers Candy and Wedding Supplies celebrated its 25th anniversary Feb. 14 with an open house and sale. Pictured are Larry Clark, Sugarbakers owner, in the cupcake aisle with longtime customer Kelsie Valentine. Valentine and her mom are two of Sugarbakers’ generational shoppers. Photo by Cindy Taylor

Niche Boutique makes special day for cancer patient By Cindy Taylor The staff at Niche Boutique and Spa off Callahan Drive has spent the past year providing services to enhance beauty. Feb. 15 brought a special client, Kylie, to the salon for a day of beauty at no charge. Kylie Grace Overton has suffered more pain in her five short years than most people do in a lifetime – and while those in the medical field continue to give grave prognoses, Kylie defies them all. Medical problems began for Kylie at age 2 when she was diagnosed with a tennis-ball-sized brain tumor. Multiple surgeries followed. Kylie’s family received one bad-news diagnosis after another including Stage 4 cancer, apnea, stroke, hemorrhaging, seizures, malignant primary myoepithelioma, fever neutropenia and leptomeningeal disease. Through all of this Kylie has never given in to despair, and her battle continues. Her family says Kylie’s beautiful smile and her faith that God is good have never wavered. So when her church, Dante Baptist, announced a Valentine Dance, Kylie wanted to attend and wanted to feel like a princess. Niche stylist Jamie Ferguson attends church with Kylie and wanted to give her

Stylist Jamie Ferguson shows Kylie the finished result after her day of pampering. Photos submitted a special day of pampering to prepare for the dance. Ferguson volunteered her time, and salon owner Lisa Wallace volunteered the space and supplies. “This little girl has touched so many lives in her short life. Her strength and faith inspire me daily,” said Ferguson. “I can’t imagine the pain she has endured in the past three years, but she always has a smile on her face. She is truly an angel.” “Kylie wanted to feel like a princess, and we wanted to help with that,” said Wallace. “She certainly brought happiness to all of us while she was here, and we tried to make the day really special for her. Hopefully, she

left feeling like the princess she is.” Kylie got her wish. She looked like a princess and was crowned Princess of the Dance. Niche Boutique and Spa is a full-service salon offering Swedish and deeptissue massage. Niche is at 6767 Jubilee Center Way. Info: Lisa Wallace, 2403628. ■

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Unity gets new owner with familiar name principal, widow of City By Sandra Clark In our quest to discover Council member Bill Powell “where the jobs are,” we and mother of A.V. Powell, found a homegrown busi- the mortuary’s new owner. ness that has provided jobs “It’s my fourth career,” she along with compassionate says with a smile. Dr. Powell is an East community service for 35 Knox legend, having years. We also WHERE served as principal found an inthe of Green Eldomitable ementary for woman with almost 30 an inspiring years before story. Come retiring in along. 2001. She continues In 1979, a to live in the neighyoung man completed his doctoral course- borhood, near Beck Cultural work in Risk and Insurance Center. “I’ve got a grown son, from The Wharton School three granddaughters and of Business in Pennsylva- lots of others who call me nia. A graduate of Harvard momma,” she says. Powell never meant to University, he moved to Atlanta and started a compa- work at a mortuary in reny that now conducts more tirement, but she says the than 125 comprehensive work has helped her fill ASOP#3 actuarial studies a void since the death of each year. The firm devel- her husband in 2009. “I’m ops comparative bench- here 24/7,” she said. “Most marks for key actuarial, of our clients are those I’ve demographic and operat- taught.” So she’s got a job ing statistics. It’s developed that enables her to keep in software for the profession touch with the people she and propelled the found- loves. Powell is an easy iner to several high-profi le boards and consulting con- terview. We didn’t ask a question until 20 minutes tracts worldwide. Also in 1979, three in. But it was later, after a friends launched Unity tour of the facility, that she Mortuary on McCalla Ave- revealed personal details nue in East Knoxville. They that left this writer in chills. hired an African-American “Lula,” as she was called architect (the Rev. Dewitt growing up, was one of five Dykes) and contractor (Fe- kids. Her dad was a minislix Gaiter), kept the jobs ter who often was paid “incommunity-based and built kind,” and her mom worked a solid business over time. as a maid, earning 50 cents Their aging brought transi- a week. Work was a way of tion to the business. Could life for the Cooper family. With just six in her it survive? Up stepped a new owner, the Wharton- graduating class, the prinand Harvard-educated ac- cipal asked each girl what she planned to do. “Two of tuary from Atlanta. us went to college,” PowWhy? Meet Unity’s board chair ell says. “There were no Dr. L.C. Powell, retired scholarships or government

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loans. I worked doing cleanup, babysitting, whatever I could find.” She graduated from Knoxville College in 1952, having earned that degree with “determination.” She went to the University of Tennessee for a master’s, education specialist degree and doctorate. “People asked me if that doctorate is honorary,” she says. “No, those degrees are all earned.” Powell’s first job was as a traveling substitute teacher in segregated schools in Knox and surrounding counties. In 1959 she was hired by the Knoxville City Schools and opened libraries at Maynard, Sam E. Hill and Eastport schools. She had help from moms in Sequoyah Hills who volunteered to shelf books. She continued her education while teaching fourth and fifth grades. In 1960 she became principal at Green Elementary. After the systems merged, Powell worked for Knox County Schools. She embraced Green’s conversion to a magnet school, telling her students, “Now children from all over the county are going to come here.” Powell encouraged her students to dress up and attend ballet, thanks to efforts by KCS supervisor Lynn Miller. She encouraged her teachers to aspire to become principals. She mentored young principals, and she taught evenings as an adjunct at Knoxville College. “Our children are not born with resources,” she said. And Green often got newly minted teachers, straight out of school. Powell would put them on a bus and drive through neigh-

Standing in front of portraits of the Unity Mortuary founders are Bessie Jackson, secretary; Dr. L.C. Powell, board chair; and James Hawkins. Photo by S. Clark borhoods so each could see where their children lived. She organized report card nights in neighborhoods including Austin Homes. Powell marched in with teachers and a police officer to put report cards directly in the hands of parents. How did she get her son through Harvard? “We had to pay, but he had to (have the grades to) get in,” she says. “We taught our children, ‘You can do anything.’ I have never accepted ‘No.’” Alwyn “A.V.” Powell went through school at Mountain View and Vine Middle, then in the 7th grade the Powells realized he needed more. Research turned up a prep school in Boca Raton, Fla., which Alwyn and three other boys integrated. “All we thought about was the education. He led the class for three years and came out of there and went to Harvard.” She recites the family motto (that worked for her granddaughters as well): “You will not stop (school).”

“I came up the hard way. My parents said I could go to college, but I’d have to work for it. We loved each other and we knew who we were.”

Unity Mortuary Wow. It’s quite clear why A.V. Powell bought Unity Mortuary. Would you tell Dr. L.C. Powell no? Brandon Willis is manager and chief operating officer at Unity Mortuary. He’s a licensed embalmer, funeral director and notary public. George Tolbert is chief technology officer with more than 20 years as a bereavement coordinator.

The custom-built chapel contains stained glass throughout, including an awesome 23rd Psalm in glass. Each December a reception is held in memory of all clients. Founders were William V. Powell, Jefferson Davis and Bryant Keese. Mr. Powell was the first African-American social services director for KCDC. He served on Knoxville City Council from 1990-98 and passed away in 2009. Unity Mortuary is located at 1425 McCalla Avenue. Info: 637-8811 or www.unitymortuary.com/.

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hiatal hernia. It successfully resolves symptoms in more than 80% of people. “I was nervous about surgery, but Dr. Harrell is a wonderful person and has done surgery on several Jamie Wood, pictured members of during ZUMBA class, is our family, so active and feeling great I knew I was in following surgery for good hands,” severe GERD. says Wood. Wood, who underwent the surgery in December, was vigilant about being a perfect patient. “The biggest thing is following the doctor’s instructions after surgery and only eating liquids and soft foods for several weeks. It’s hard, but you can do it, and it’s worth it.” After healing for several weeks, Wood is thrilled with the result. “I’m off the medicines, I feel fortunate – the surgery was wonderful for me.” Wood hopes others with severe GERD will also learn about their surgical options. “I tell people it’s a “nobrainer.” If you’ve dealt with these symptoms, it’s a life changing surgery. There is help – you don’t have to suffer.”

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Aviation Academy offers backstage look at Knox airport By Betsy Pickle Amid all the discussion and controversy over schools in Knox County, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one that gets As from everyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been involved with it. The Aviation Academy at McGhee Tyson Airport is an acclaimed, groundbreaking endeavor that has become a model for programs across the country. And it takes only five days to graduate! The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority is accepting applications through March 14 for the program, which runs on five consecutive Wednesday evenings April 23 through May 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be our third class,â&#x20AC;? says Becky Huckaby, the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president of public relations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aviation Academy was created during the year the airport was celebrating its 75th anniversary.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were looking for ways to help bring the public in and interact with the facility, instead of just thinking of our building as a place where people come to take a trip or to rent a car or to pick someone up. We wanted people to know about the people who work here, about the significant operations that go into keeping the facility open and also what kind of impact we have just being in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had such wonderful moments with the people who participated (the first year), we opted to make this an annual program.â&#x20AC;? The academy is free, but there is a rigorous screening process for applicants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have to go through a background-clearance process because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking them behind the scenes and taking them into areas of

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Cabage completes med school By Bonnie Peters As a 10-year-old, Stacy Cabage carried the News Sentinel in Fountain City in 1975. At 49 years of age and the mother of six, Stacy Cabage Sterling has graduated from medical school in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This proves again that if you have a dream you are never too old to fulfill it. Stacy is the daughter of John and Mary Anne Cabage of Washburn. Many will remember Mary Anne as owner/operator of the Crafty Courier in Fountain City; John is a retired

teacher of vocational education at North Knox Vocational Center. Stacy graduated from Central High School in the Class of 1980. She had a close-knit group of friends â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sheri Peters Hensley, Teresa Tarver Benson, Bonnie Bailey Bowers, Connie Ward Rose, Elizabeth Winegar Harden and Susan Free Buckner. Stacy and her friends were interested in learning, especially science. Even though Stacy is far away, she can count on any of these women to pick up their friendship

the airport that the general public typically doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to go,â&#x20AC;? says Huckaby. The program is targeted toward adults age 21 and older â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and there is no upper limit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This last class we had someone who was 85 years old.â&#x20AC;? The first two classes had members from eight counties throughout East Tennessee. Between 25 and 35 people will be accepted for the academy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some of the areas visited are cramped, and there are space limitations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our class members are people who have a genuine interest in our facility, who are opinion leaders within their own groups who can help spread the word about what the airportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing and what impact it has on the community,â&#x20AC;? Huckaby says. Participants have been surprised at â&#x20AC;&#x153;the size of the

exactly where they left off. Sheri says she knew that anything Stacy set her mind to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she did it! John and Mary Anne attended their daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduation in May 2013 from the School of Medicine, University of British Columbia (Vancouver) with her M.D. degree. Stacy was chosen by her Northern Medical Program (Prince George) classmates to give one of the valedictory addresses. One of the most inspirational parts of her speech was when she stated that people do not have â&#x20AC;&#x153;disâ&#x20AC;?abilities, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;difâ&#x20AC;?abilities. Her youngest child has Down syndrome and she was emphasizing that everyone is different, but all are worthy. Stacy Cabage Sterling has six children: Khalidah, 11; Yirmeyah, 17; Chesediah, 19; Meghan, 26; Nateevah, 14; and Micah, 24. She is currently serving her residency at Prince George Regional Hospital, Prince George, British Columbia.

Aviation Academy participants examine a military helicopter at McGhee Tyson Airport. Photo submitted operation, how in-depth the programming goes here,â&#x20AC;? says Huckaby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People take for granted that the airport is here, and they just come out and they get on a plane, and they go on their business trip or vacation, and they get back, and they pick up their bag and they go home. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about what it

takes to make the airport operate smoothly for them and all the other businesses that spring up in the area because the airport is here.â&#x20AC;? The five weekly classes, running from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., cover as much of the airport as possible, from its history to current operations; airport security and public safety; cooperation

with the military elements at the airport; general aviation and the Civil Air Patrol; and even the cargo facility and regional jet maintenance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have cram-packed those five nights,â&#x20AC;? says Huckaby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit still.â&#x20AC;? To apply for the academy, visit http://flyknoxville. com/tys/programs-at-theairport/aviation-academy/.

Business and Bonnaroo Bonnaroo: Launch Tennessee CEO leverages connection By Sherri Gardner Howell How do you get Silicon Valley techies and West coast entrepreneurs to spend a few days in Tennessee so you can pump up what the region has to offer businesses? Package the conference with country music and Bonnaroo. This type of creative thinking to introduce entrepreneurial businesses to Tennessee is just part of what Launch Tennessee is all about, CEO and president Charlie Brock told members of the Rotary Club of Knoxville on Feb. 18 at the Knoxville Marriott. Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership partly funded by a grant from the state. The mission is to develop, launch and support highgrowth companies in Tennessee. Brock took Rotary members through the four key areas of Launch Tennessee: entrepreneurship, commercialization, capital formation and outreach. The music connection was part of Southland, a Nashville area conference that debuted in June last year.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you convince Silicon Valley techies to come to Tennessee when they believe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got all they could ever want right where they are?â&#x20AC;? Brock asked the audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here, in Silicon Valley.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Offer them tickets to Bonnaroo and a backstage experience at the Grand Ole Opry, and they book their plane tickets.â&#x20AC;? Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southland attracted more than 500 participants for the two days of speakers and workshops, including PandoDailyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sarah Lacy. PandoDaily, a webbased publication that focuses on technology, analysis and the Silicon Valley, was so intrigued that they are a sponsor of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southland, Brock said. Speakers for the June 2014 Southland recently announced include former Vice President Al Gore,

PayPal president David Marcus and Evernote CEO Phil Libin. Brock has some good numbers to report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2013 in the capital formation area, the INCITE Co-investment firm invested approximately $11 million across 27 deals,â&#x20AC;? said Brock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Venture Match program that pairs entrepreneurs, academics and investors in the different areas around the state had eight matches. Nine regional entrepreneurial accelerators have been created to provide entrepreneurs with mentors and training.â&#x20AC;? Brock has been CEO of Launch Tennessee since January 2013. Previously, he helped establish Foxmark Media and grew the company into one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest mall advertising companies before selling it in 2006 to the Australia-based EYE Corp. He then helped launch FourBridges Capital Advisors, a lower-middle market investment bank in Chattanooga. Rotary Club of Knoxville meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Marriott. Info about Launch Tennessee: launchtennessee.org. Info on Knoxville Rotary: www. knoxvillerotary.org.

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myself if I hadn’t worked so hard in tai chi, building up my leg strength and balance. I’m positive it saved my butt. I had that leg strength. With two feet to go before disaster, I got my feet under me. It was in my limbic system – muscle memory.” Renfro was beset with problems – newly divorced, uprooted from his longtime home and in bad health – in 2008 when Jenny Arthur, co-president of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Knoxville, got him to give Tai Chi a try. He says he immediately felt at home in the sunny, mirrored studio in Happy Holler that is the Knoxville headquarters. “I came to realize that I could do this. It gave me

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